Daily Archive : Sunday October 21, 2012


    Susan and Michael Maddox.

    ‘Le Titi’ owners offer three holiday cooking classes

    Food lovers and cooks will get a gastronomical treat in November as District 214 Community Education welcomes the former owners and operators of Le Titi de Paris for three holiday cooking classes.

    This photo provided by the Brookfield Police Dept. shows Radcliffe Franklin Haughton, 45, of Brown Deer, Wis. He is suspected of opening fire at a salon where his wife worked, killing three women and wounding four others. He was found dead at the scene.

    Suspect in Wis. salon attack had history of abuse

    A Wisconsin woman whose husband is suspected in a fatal spa shooting Sunday morning says he threatened to throw acid in her face and burn her with gas. The Wisconsin man, whose Facebook page says he graduated from Wheeling High School in 1985, suspected of opening fire at a salon where his wife worked, killing three women and wounding four others, had a history of domestic abuse and had been...

    Uggie, a 10-year-old Jack Russell terrier, has appeared in several commercials and films, including 2011 Academy Award winner “The Artist.” He lounges Sunday at the Elgin Sams Club on Randall Road while waiting for his fans.

    Canine star of 'The Artist' visits Elgin, Naperville

    While his long days on movie sets are over, retired canine actor Uggie is still in the spotlight, touring with his new book, Uggie: My Story, “as barked to Wendy Holden.” He and his owner/trainer, Omar Von Muller, were at the Elgin Sam's Club Sunday where fans could get “pawtographed” copies of Uggie's memoir and photos with the Jack Russell terrier. He will be in...

    Brian Curtin

    Award-winning Schaumburg teacher is 'the real deal'

    For Brian Curtin, teaching provides its own reward. Still, the Schaumburg High School teacher said it was a pleasant surprise when he was named the 2013 Teacher of the Year by the Illinois State Board of Education this weekend. Schaumburg Principal Timothy Jay Little, who nominated Curtin, said he has a gift of connecting with students. “If you were to go into his classroom, it is a...

    This image provided by WSBT-TV shows paramedics helping an Amtrak passenger into an ambulance after the train she was on derailed Sunda near Niles in southwest Michigan.

    About a dozen hurt in Michigan train derailment

    About a dozen passengers and crew on an Amtrak train from Chicago to Pontiac, north of Detroit, were injured Sunday when two of its locomotives and one or more coaches derailed. None of the injuries from the incident near Niles in southwest Michigan were considered serious or life-threatening, said Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari.

    A worker adjusts the backdrop on stage in preparation for Monday’s presidential debate between President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Sunday at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla.

    Obama, Romney allies square off on foreign policy

    On the eve of their final presidential debate, Mitt Romney and Barack Obama — through their allies — squared off Sunday over which candidate would best protect the nation’s interests and security abroad with just two weeks left in a race that polls show is increasingly tight.

    History Singers Kathryn and John Atwood perform songs from the Civil War at the Glen Ellyn Historical Society History Center Sunday. It’s one of several special Civil War programs the historical society has planned for the war’s 150th anniversary.

    Duo brings Civil War music to life in Glen Ellyn

    John and Kathryn Atwood, who perform together as the History Singers, discussed and performed a number of songs from the Civil War era during a special program Sunday hosted by the Glen Ellyn Historical Society.

    Kline Creek Farm volunteer Ruth Anne Mielke plays music popular in the 1890s during the “Spooks and Specters” house tour in West Chicago Sunday. The tours at the West Chicago living history museum continue through Oct. 29.

    Kline Creek Farm offers supernatural farmhouse tour

    Visitors to Kline Creek Farm in West Chicago can take tours of a ghostly side of history. Through Oct. 29, the living-history museum is offering "Spooks and Spectres" tours that show what people from the post-Civil War era thought of spirits and the afterlife.

    An anti-Syrian regime protester reacts in Martyrs’ Square during the funeral for the country’s intelligence chief, Brig. Gen. Wissam al-Hassan, in Beirut, Lebanon, Sunday. Lebanese soldiers fired guns and tear gas to push back hundreds of protesters who broke through a police cordon and tried to storm the government headquarters.

    Lebanon protesters try to storm government palace

    The funeral for Lebanon’s slain intelligence chief descended into chaos Sunday as soldiers fired tear gas at protesters who tried to storm the government palace, directing their rage at a leadership they consider puppets of a murderous Syrian regime.

    Former Venezuelan Vice President Elias Jaua shows a picture of Cuba’s leader Fidel Castro, third from left, in Havana Sunday. According to Jaua, the picture was taken Saturday inside a van.

    Ex Venezuelan VP says he met with Fidel Castro
    Former Venezuelan Vice President Elias Jaua said Sunday that he met with aging revolutionary icon Fidel Castro for five hours and showed The Associated Press photos of the encounter, quashing persistent rumors that the former Cuban leader was on his deathbed or had suffered a massive stroke.


    Bring unwanted items for recycling in Lake County

    Lake County residents are invited to celebrate America Recycles Day by bringing in unwanted items from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3 at the Lake County Division of Transportation, 600 W. Winchester Road, Libertyville.


    Four hurt in six-car crash in Gurnee

    Four people were taken to a hospital Sunday after a six-vehicle crash on the Tri-State Tollway in Gurnee, authorities said. The crash happened about 12:30 p.m. on the northbound side of the highway at Route 120.

    A campaign worker works on the set for the spin corner for the President Barack Obama campaign in the media center ahead of Monday’s presidential debate between Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Obama, Sunday at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla.

    Debate moderating: a thankless job

    Beneath Bob Schieffer’s Southern charm is the tough spine of someone used to dealing with politicians. The moderator of Monday’s final presidential debate will need it, because it has been open season on the other journalists who have done that job this campaign. “There are millions of people with their hands over their keyboards ready to analyze every single moment of what’s happening,” said...


    Haunted House at Genesee Theatre

    Have you wondered what scary things lurk in the basement Genesee Theatre? The Waukegan Public Library on Friday, Oct. 26 will offer free haunted expeditions through the innards of Waukegan’s historic theatre with the purchase of a ticket to the Ray Bradbury Storytelling Festival.


    Aurora detectives honored for work that set innocent man free

    Two veteran Aurora Police Department detectives have received national and state honors for leading an investigation that ultimately resulted in a former Aurora man being freed from prison and his murder conviction thrown out. Aurora investigators John Munn and Darrell Moore recently were recognized by the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the Illinois Public Defenders Association...


    Wauconda mayor to run again

    Wauconda Mayor Mark Knigge will seek re-election as part of a slate of candidates, he has announced.


    What is the value of bats?

    Lara Sviatko, who has been interested in bats for 25 years, will discuss the subject at the Lake County Audubon Society meeting at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 5 at the Libertyville village hall, 118 W. Cook St.

    Eric Ming, new media director for CREDO SuperPAC, and Kyran McCann, district director, send out emails to rally people to defeat Joe Walsh in the upcoming election. CREDO has had headquarters in Elk Grove Village since April.

    How CREDO is different from other SuperPACs in 8th race

    The only locally-based SuperPAC in the 8th District Congressional race is Credo SuperPAC, which has set up shop in Elk Grove Village. It has spent less than $165,000 so far, new media director Eric Ming said, and is emphasizing a “grass-roots effort” centered around phone banking and neighborhood canvassing.

    Former presidential candidate George McGovern serves as a panel member during a discussion titled “The American National Nominating Process-Then and Now” at the Adlai Stevenson Center on Democracy near Mettawa.

    Images: George McGovern Through the Years
    Images of political figure George McGovern through the years. McGovern, a former US Representative and Senator from South Dakota , was the Democratic nominee for President of the United States in the 1972 election year, losing to Richard Nixon. McGovern died Sunday morning at the age of 90.

    Associated Press File Photo, Sept 2012 Former Sen. George McGovern, 90, in Sioux Falls, S.D. A family spokesman says, McGovern, the Democrat who lost to President Richard Nixon in 1972 in a historic landslide, has died at the age of 90.

    Former Sen. George McGovern dies at 90

    George McGovern once joked that he had wanted to run for president in the worst way — and that he had done so. A proud liberal who had argued fervently against Vietnam War as a Democratic senator from South Dakota and three-time candidate for president, McGovern died at 5:15 a.m. local time Sunday at a Sioux Falls hospice, surrounded by family and lifelong friends, family spokesman Steve...

    Lebanese protesters throw sticks and rocks Sunday during clashes with security forces after the funeral of Brig. Gen. Wissam al-Hassan who was assassinated on Friday by a car bomb in Beirut, Lebanon.

    Protesters try to storm Lebanese government

    Lebanese soldiers fired guns and tear gas to push back hundreds of protesters who broke through a police cordon and tried to storm the government headquarters in Beirut. The enraged crowd came from the funeral of a top Lebanese intelligence official assassinated in a massive car bombing. The protesters blame Friday's killing on Syria — and they consider the government in Beirut to be far...

    Sen. George S. McGovern, D-S.D., signals victory as he talks with the media as his daughter Teresa, stands by in Boston, after he won the Massachusetts Democratic presidential primary. A family spokesman says, McGovern, the Democrat who lost to President Richard Nixon in 1972 in a historic landslide, has died at the age of 90. According to the spokesman, McGovern died Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012 at a hospice in Sioux Falls, surrounded by family and friends.

    McGovern an unwavering, often unrequited, liberal

    George McGovern was an unwavering, often unrequited advocate for liberal Democratic causes. He pursued those goals in plainspoken, usually understated, Midwestern style. He was a dedicated, decent man, a devoted Democrat even when the party establishment turned away from him in defeat.

    Cathy and Al Kurowski of Cary walk through a series of flags Saturday during the fourth annual Honor Flight Festival and fundraiser held by the Veterans Network Committee at Lake Julian Park in Cary. Kurowski served 20 years in the Navy.

    Cary party raises money for Honor Flight

    A party in Cary, complete with 50-50 raffle and memorabilia sale, raised money Saturday to take veterans on Honor Flights to see the World War II and other war memorials in Washington, D.C.

    After years on the run in Oak Brook, the dog now known as Rusty Redd, right, has a home in Utah with former Lake Zurich resident Kristine Kowal and her old dog Maddy.

    Dog with 9 lives, Rusty’s legend grows after rattlesnake bite

    Life as a pampered pet in scenic Utah has been pretty swell for Rusty, a dog who avoided capture while capturing hearts as the most famous stray in Oak Brook. But Rusty's recent run-in with a rattlesnake has his Oak Brook pals thinking of sending him shin guards for Christmas.

    Sears Holdings Corp. regularly files appeals on the value of their headquarters property at 3333 Beverly Road in Hoffman Estates. They have received more than $30 million in reductions in some years from the Cook County Assessor or the Board of Review.

    Sears regularly gets multimillion-dollar property tax cuts

    Last year, after an extended and highly public battle, including mass protests by supporters of Community Unit District 300, Sears Holdings Corp. won state approval of millions of dollars in tax breaks for its Hoffman Estates headquarters. Much more quietly, Sears in recent years also has won millions in property tax breaks through the complex, multilayered Cook County property assessment appeals...

    Oscar is a male Dachshund. He’s around 3 months old.

    Open your minds and hearts to adopting a shelter dog

    With October being Adopt a Shelter Dog month, it's a great time to visit an animal shelter and find a wonderful dog, sayd Ellaine Kiriluk, this week's Buddy Beat columnist.

    Mark Kuhlmann of Aurora took this photo at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle. “The bridge and fall colors came together to create a surreal scene,” he says.

    Contest entries focus on distinctly autumn theme
    This week's Photo Finish entries in DuPage focus on a distinctly autumn theme, from raindrops on a single leaf to a sea of red at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle.


    Indiana Fever forward Tamika Catchings celebrates with the trophy and the MVP award after winning the WNBA basketball Finals against the Minnesota Lynx in Indianapolis, Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012. The Fever won 87-78 to clinch their first WNBA championship. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

    Mission accomplished: Indy gets Catchings a title

    The Indiana Fever made it their mission to get Tamika Catchings a WNBA championship. Catchings had won three Olympic gold medals and an NCAA championship at Tennessee in 1998, but never one in the WNBA. She scored 25 points to help the Indiana Fever win their first WNBA title with an 87-78 victory over the Minnesota Lynx on Sunday night.

    Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh comes down on Michael Vick as they chase a ball last week. Suh has a reputation as a dirty player and was fined and penalized in 2010 for a hit on Bears quarterback Jay Cutler.

    Bears won’t take Lions lightly

    The Bears’ offensive line faces a greater challenge Monday against the Lions’ defensive line than it’s faced all season. The 2-3 Lions had 10 tackles for loss in last week’s overtime victory over the Eagles, with 7 coming from defensive linemen. They’re a lot like the Bears’ D-line, which has been the catalyst for a defense that has done most of the heavy lifting during a 4-1 start.

    Notre Dame running back Theo Riddick, left, gets past BYU defensive back Joe Sampson to pick up a first down during the second half Saturday in South Bend, Ind.

    No. 5 Notre Dame keeps finding ways to win ugly

    Notre Dame’s victory over Brigham Young lacked the drama of the goal-line stand against Stanford, the defensive domination the Fighting Irish showed against Michigan and the excitement of their last-minute win over Purdue. Yet just like in those three other games, the Irish found a way to win a close game, beating BYU 17-14 to move to 7-0 for the 25th time in school history.

    Pittsburgh Steelers running back Chris Rainey runs past Cincinnati Bengals safety Nate Clements to score a touchdown in the second Sunday in Cincinnati.

    Depleted Steelers down Bengals 24-17

    The top two running backs were gone. So were two offensive linemen. All that the Steelers had left was Ben Roethlisberger, some backup runners and one of the NFL’s top defenses. In Cincinnati, that’s plenty.

    J.R. Celski of the U.S. skates for a gold medal Sunday during the men’s 500-meter competition at the ISU World Cup short track speed skating event in Calgary, Alberta.

    American breaks 40-second barrier in short-track speedskating

    American J.R. Celski become the first short-track speedskater to break the 40-second barrier in the 500 meters, setting a world record of 39.973 second Sunday in a World Cup final. “I wasn’t really expecting to go that fast today because it’s been a long weekend of racing,” Celski said.

    The Giants’ Brandon Crawford (35), Angel Pagan, right, and Gregor Blanco celebrate winning after Game 6 of the National League championship series against the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday in San Francisco.

    Giants beat Cardinals 6-1 to force NLCS Game 7

    Turns out the defending champion Cardinals aren’t the only team that’s tough to put away in October. Ryan Vogelsong and the San Francisco Giants saved their season once more, pushing St. Louis to a winner-take-all Game 7 in the NL championship series. Vogelsong struck out a career-best nine in another postseason gem.

    Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein looks to pass Saturday’s game against West Virginia in Morgantown, W.Va.

    K-State moves past Oregon for 3rd in BCS standings

    Kansas State moved ahead of the Ducks and up to No. 3 on Sunday behind SEC rivals Alabama and Florida. The Wildcats’ big victory Saturday at West Virginia was enough to nudge them past the Ducks, who are No. 2 in both polls but are getting held back by computer ratings.

    Jockey Chantal Sutherland announced her retirement on her website, saying she wants to focus on her new husband and slow down and enjoy her life.

    Jockey Sutherland calls it a career at 36

    Chantal Sutherland went home to Canada to ride the final race of her career Sunday, and then announced her retirement as a jockey at 36. She went 0 for 2 at Woodbine in Toronto, finishing seventh aboard Crushin Hard in the eighth race, the last mount of her 13-year career on a horse owned by her father, Paul.

    Ashley Wagner stands on the podium after receiving the women’s gold medal Sunday in the Skate America figure skating competition in Kent, Wash.

    Wagner takes women’s title at Skate America

    Ashley Wagner put her self-described “Almost Girl” tag behind her at Skate America. The 21-year-old won the women’s title, and 18-year-old teammate Christina Gao made it a 1-2 U.S. finish Sunday.

    Tommy Gainey holds the trophy after winning the McGladrey Classic PGA Tour golf tournament Sunday in St. Simons Island, Ga.

    Gainey wins at Sea Island with course-record 60

    Seven shots behind going into the final round of the McGladrey Classic, Tommy Gainey came within one putt of a 59, and then had to wait more than two hours as David Toms, Jim Furyk and tournament host Davis Love III — who have combined for 49 wins, three majors and 17 Ryder Cup teams — tried to catch him. None of them could.

    Former Bulls center Omer Asik, now playing with Houston, leads the NBA with 11 rebounds per game in the preseason.

    Thibs not overly concerned with Belinelli’s poor shooting

    Shooting guard has been an inappropriate description for Bulls newcomer Marco Belinelli. He's shooting just 25 percent from the field in preseason and is 0-for-7 from 3-point land. But coach Tom Thibodeau still has faith.

    New England Patriots defensive end Rob Ninkovich sacks New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez to clinch a 29-26 Patriots win in overtime Sunday in Foxborough, Mass.

    Patriots escape with OT win over Jets

    Rob Ninkovich knocked the ball out of Mark Sanchez’s hand in overtime and lifted the New England Patriots into sole possession of first place in the AFC East. The undersized defensive end got around right tackle Austin Howard and hit Sanchez high while Jermaine Cunningham got him low for a sack, sealing a 29-26 overtime victory over the New York Jets on Sunday.

    Oakland Raiders defensive end Lamarr Houston celebrates after a tackle against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the fourth quarter Sunday in Oakland, Calif.

    Raiders rally past Jaguars 26-23 in OT

    Sebastian Janikowski kicked a 40-yard field goal after Cecil Shorts III fumbled on the opening possession of overtime, and the Oakland Raiders rallied from 14 points down in the second half to beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 26-23 on Sunday.

    Matt Kenseth does a burnout after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway on Sunday.

    Kenseth wins crazy race in Kansas

    The recent repave at Kansas Speedway cluttered Sunday’s race with a record 14 cautions. But Matt Kenseth still managed to drive it to his second victory in three races


    Ranking NFL teams a total waste of time

    Fortunately for the Bears, they haven't had to serve their time yet as the mythical best team in the NFL.

    The Eagles’ Kurt Coleman knocks Detroit wide receiver Calvin Johnson out of bounds on the 1-yard line last week in Philadelphia.

    Megatron has yet to explode on Bears

    Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson has recorded a pair of 100-yard games in nine meetings with the Bears, but he hasn’t dominated them as he has some other teams.“We’ve got a guy named Charles Tillman, No. 33, he’s a Pro Bowl corner,” said Bears 5-foot-8 cornerback Tim Jennings. “So we’re going to try to match up with his size and kind of let those guys go after it.”

    Dallas kicker Dan Bailey watches his second field goal of the fourth quarter alongside Brian Moorman on Sunday against the Panthers in Charlotte, N.C.

    Bailey’s 4 FGs lift Dallas over Carolina 19-14

    Dan Bailey kicked four field goals and Tony Romo threw for 227 yards and a touchdown as the Cowboys held on for a 19-14 win over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.


    Earnhardt cleared, will race next week

    Dale Earnhardt Jr. is expected back on the track next weekend at Martinsville Speedway. Team owner Rick Hendrick said Sunday that NASCAR’s most popular driver has been headache-free for more than a week, and that tests by a specialist in Pittsburgh showed no lingering issues from two concussions that Earnhardt sustained in a six-week span.

    Tennessee Titans wide receiver Nate Washington catches the game-winning touchdown over Buffalo Bills defensive back Justin Rogers Sunday in Orchard Park, N.Y.

    Hasselbeck seals Titans’ 35-34 win over Bills

    Tennessee Titans QB Matt Hasselbeck hit Nate Washington for a 15-yard touchdown pass on fourth down with 1:03 left in a wild and wacky 35-34 win over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.

    Saints quarterback Drew Brees celebrates with backup quarterback Chase Daniel after throwing a touchdown pass to tight end David Thomas against the Buccaneers on Sunday in Tampa, Fla.

    Brees throws 4 TDs as Saints outlast Bucs

    Drew Brees threw TD passes of 17 yards to Marques Colston, 9 yards to Darren Sproles, 48 yards to Joseph Morgan and 20 yards to David Thomas to overcome the New Orleans defense yielding 513 yards to Tampa Bay.

    The Texans’ Arian Foster celebrates a touchdown against the Baltimore Ravens during the third quarter Sunday in Houston.

    Texans dominate Ravens 43-13

    The Houston Texans look like the new bullies in the AFC, while the Baltimore Ravens look like a mess without Ray Lewis. Matt Schaub threw two touchdown passes, Arian Foster ran for two scores and the Texans dominated a showdown of the conference’s top two teams, routing the Ravens 43-13 on Sunday.

    John Farrell

    Blue Jays trade manager to Red Sox

    The Red Sox hired John Farrell to be their new manager after pursuing him for more than a year, agreeing to trade infielder Mike Aviles to the Blue Jays to pry their former pitching coach out of the manager’s chair in Toronto.

    Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz catches the game-winning touchdown pass as Washington’s Josh Wilson (26) and Madieu Williams pursue him Sunday in East Rutherford, N.J.

    Manning 77-yarder to Cruz rallies Giants

    Eli Manning threw a 77-yard scoring pass to Victor Cruz with 1:13 to play, and the New York Giants overcame a late touchdown toss by rookie sensation Robert Griffin III to defeat the Washington Redskins 27-23 on Sunday.

    The Colts’ Andrew Luck runs for 5 yards for a touchdown during the first half Sunday against the Cleveland Browns in Indianapolis.

    Luck, Colts run through Browns 17-13

    Andrew Luck used his quick reactions and fleet feet to beat Cleveland on Sunday. He became the first Colts quarterback since 1988 to run for two touchdowns in the same game and won the first head-to-head matchup of this season’s rookie starters, leading Indianapolis to a 17-13 victory over the Browns.

    Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers throws a 3-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Jordy Nelson during the first quarter Sunday against the Rams in St. Louis.

    Rodgers sharp as Packers beat Rams 30-20

    Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers made themselves right at home in St. Louis. Backed by a huge contingent of cheeseheads who were every bit as loud as the real home fans, Rodgers passed for three touchdowns and Green Bay’s depleted defense clamped down on the Rams in a 30-20 victory on Sunday. Randall Cobb caught two touchdown passes and Jordy Nelson had eight receptions for a season-best 122 yards for the Packers (4-3).

    Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson rushes against Arizona Cardinals strong safety Adrian Wilson in the second half of Sunday’s game in Minneapolis.

    Vikings hang on to beat Cardinals 21-14

    Adrian Peterson and a dominant Minnesota defense put the Vikings back on track, even if Christian Ponder and the passing game fell further out of sync. Peterson ran 23 times for 153 yards and a first-quarter touchdown, and the Vikings survived an ugly second half to hang on and beat Arizona 21-14 Sunday to hand the Cardinals their third straight loss.

    The Red Sox are preparing to announce that John Farrell will be their new manager, according to a baseball official with knowledge of the deal to bring the former Boston pitching coach back one year after the ballclub first tried to give him the top job.

    AP source: Red Sox to hire Farrell as manager

    The Red Sox are preparing to announce that John Farrell will be their new manager, according to a baseball official with knowledge of the deal to bring the former Boston pitching coach back one year after the ballclub first tried to give him the top job.


    McCarron, No. 1 Alabama blast Tennessee 44-13

    Amari Cooper caught two of A.J. McCarron's four touchdown passes Saturday as No. 1 Alabama defeated Tennessee 44-13 for its sixth consecutive victory over the Volunteers


    Cablevision Systems Corp. and AMC Networks say they have reached a settlement with Dish Network related to Voom HD Holdings.

    Dish and Voom reach settlement

    AMC Networks Inc. and pay-TV provider Dish Network Corp. said today they reached a settlement in their lawsuit over AMC’s claim that Dish wrongfully terminated their contract for high-definition television programming.The settlement includes a return of AMC’s networks and award-winning shows like “Mad Men” and “Breaking Bad” to Dish’s viewers today. Dish had dropped AMC’s channels in July.Cablevision Systems Corp., AMC’s former owner, sued Dish in 2008 over a now-defunct HD satellite TV service called Voom, claiming Dish breached a 15-year contract to offer the service to its 14 million TV subscribers. AMC sought $2.4 billion in damages. A jury trial was proceeding in New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan.Dish will pay $700 million to Cablevision and AMC and enter into a long-term distribution agreement with AMC to carry AMC, IFC, Sundance Channel and WE tv, according to a statement.Cablevision claimed that it spent $103 million on Voom in 2006. Dish said that figure included corporate overhead expenses and that the contract stipulated the money must be spent on programming. The legal dispute was over the meaning of the contractual phrase “on the service” in relation to spending.Cable provider Comcast Corp. and DirecTV are the largest U.S. pay-TV companies. Dish is the third largest U.S. pay-TV service.

    House Ways and Means Committee member, Rep. Kevin Brady, a Texas Republican, left, makes a comment during a meeting of the Payroll Tax conferees, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Feb. 1. A temporary reduction in Social Security payroll taxes is due to expire at the end of the year and hardly anyone in Washington is pushing to extend it.

    Psst, taxes go up in 2013 for 163 million workers

    President Barack Obama isn’t talking about it and neither is Mitt Romney. But come January, 163 million workers can expect to feel the pinch of a big tax increase regardless of who wins the election.

    At long last, gas prices are falling across the U.S. In the last two weeks, prices fell 8.46 cents to $3.7529 a gallon.

    Gasoline falls to $3.7529 a gallon nationwide

    The average price for regular gasoline at U.S. filling stations fell 8.46 cents in the past two weeks to $3.7529 a gallon, according to Lundberg Survey Inc.

    ASSOCIATED PRESS Apparently, Abercrombie & Fitch CEO Michael S. Jeffries is a stickler for having things just the way he likes — at least when he flies.

    Lawsuit shows A&F CEO’s finicky travel habits

    When it comes to flying, it seems that Abercrombie & Fitch CEO Michael S. Jeffries is obsessed with the details.

    On Friday, the Dow Jones industrial average fell more than 200 points for its worst day in four months.

    As stocks soar, more join the $100 Club

    High prices help sell watches, sports cars and handbags by suggesting rare quality. Now, they may be helping sell stocks, too.

    Wilna Alexander, 54, a part-time cook for a Jackson, Miss., community services operation and one of an estimated 476,000 uninsured Mississippians, cleans up after preparing the batter for a baked dessert for a preschool center and a senior citizens meal program. Alexander said she was on Medicaid, but lost the coverage more than two years ago when she began working.

    Mississippi says no thanks to Medicaid expansion dollars

    Mississippi has long been one of the sickest and poorest states in America, with some of the highest rates of obesity, diabetes and heart disease and more than 1 in 7 residents without insurance. And so you might think Mississippi would jump at the prospect of billions of federal dollars to expand Medicaid. You'd be wrong. "While some people say Obamacare will come as an economic boost with 'free' money, the reality is simple: No money is free," said Republican Gov. Phil Bryant.


    Career Coach Q&A: Office vs. cubicle; too soon to leave?

    Career Coach columnist Joyce E.A. Russell, an industrial and organizational psychologist, discussed workplace issues in a recent online forum.

    Checking account fees have soared over the past year as banks try to boost profits. Depending on your situation, it may be time to jump to another bank.

    Should you look for a new checking account?

    Quick. How much are you paying every month just to have a checking account? And for ATM Fees? If you're not sure, it's time to find out. If you're paying hefty fees, you don't necessarily have to switch banks, says Greg McBride, a senior financial analyst at Bankrate. Ask your bank if there is anything you can do to get your fees waived.


    Work advice: A modest mouse gets no cheese

    I am a new college graduate, and I have been bombing interviews. I have studied manuals on answering standard interview questions, but I am modest about my skills and capabilities. Are you supposed to be "dishonest" even if you are freaking out about whether you can perform the job?

    Amber Peebles, a co-owner of Athena Construction Group, gets 85 percent of her revenue from the government doing everything from carpentry work to helping build hospitals for the Veterans Administration. Athena Construction Group, has been a contractor and subcontractor on federal construction projects since 2009.

    Looming federal cuts big risk to small companies

    Laura Schoppe's small business gets about half of its revenue from contracts with the federal government. It's at risk of losing a chunk of that money in 2013. Schoppe's company, Fuentek, helps federal laboratories license their technology innovations so they can be sold to companies for use in their own research and development. Most of the Raleigh, North Carolina, company's government contracts are with NASA and the Pentagon. It also works with universities. "Our funding has a very real possibility of big cuts," Schoppe says.

    The Appleseed Fund, co-manager Adam Strauss shown here, is unique, and not just because of its strict socially-responsible investing mandate. Its managers won’t invest in tobacco or alcohol company stocks, and even ‘too-big-to-fail’ banks are off-limits. Just as noteworthy is Appleseed’s unusual record. The mutual fund has been one of the best performers over the latest 5-year period, yet among the worst over just three years.

    Fund manager: Plenty of reason to be cautious now

    The Appleseed Fund is unusual, and not just because of its strict socially-responsible investing mandate. Just as noteworthy is Appleseed's atypical record. The mutual fund has been one of the best performers over the latest 5-year period, yet among the worst over just three years. One reason Morningstar analysts give the fund a bronze-medal rating is its nearly 7 percent average annualized return over five years, a period that includes the 2008 stock market meltdown.

    Brothel owner Soula Alevridou, left, the benefactor of the Voukefalas amateur soccer team, reacts during a local championship match in the city of Larissa, central Greece. The cash-strapped Greek soccer team has found a new way to pay the bills, with help from the world’s oldest profession. Players are wearing bright pink practice jerseys emblazoned with the logos of the Villa Erotica and Soula’s House of History, a pair of pastel-colored bordellos recruited to sponsor the team after drastic government spending cuts left the country’s sports organizations facing ruin.

    Brothels rescue cash-strapped Greek soccer team

    The world's oldest profession is giving a whole new meaning to love of the game. Players on a cash-strapped Greek soccer team now wear pink practice jerseys with the logos "Villa Erotica" and "Soula's House of History," two bordellos it recruited as sponsors after drastic government spending cuts left the country's sports clubs facing ruin. "Unfortunately, amateur football has been abandoned by almost everyone," said Yiannis Batziolas, the club's youthful chairman, who runs a travel agency and is the team's backup goalkeeper. "It's a question of survival."

Life & Entertainment

    In 1996, actress Frances McDormand, William H. Macy and the Coen Brothers took theaters by storm with the movie “Fargo.” When the movie debuted in 1996, many residents in the North Dakota city were not fans of the film’s dark humor, not to mention the heavy accents. But the fame and cash from the movie eventually brought many Fargo residents around.

    You betcha: Fargo awaits TV version of hit movie

    Ask folks in Fargo what they first thought about the 1996 movie that made their city famous, and some will tell you they were not fans. Some residents initially didn’t appreciate the Coen brothers’ dark humor or were offended by the extreme violence. But the fame and cash it brought Fargo eventually brought the city around. Now, 16 years later, Fargo awaits the debut of a new cable television show by the same name, and many residents here are less apprehensive about how their hometown will be portrayed this time around.

    “Paranormal Activity 4” debuted in the No. 1 box-office spot, taking in $30.2 million this weekend.

    Box-office activity slows for ‘Paranormal’ sequel

    Scary movie fans are still into “Paranormal Activity,” though the horror franchise looks as though it’s starting to run out of steam at the box office. According to studio estimates Sunday, “Paranormal Activity 4” debuted at No. 1 with $30.2 million, a big drop from the $40 million and $50 million opening weekends of the last two installments.

    A sign at the Hamilton Street Cafe advises customers about their cellphone policy at the restaurant in Albany, N.Y.

    Restaurant cell phone distractions still irritate

    The digital divide is wider than ever between diners who talk, tweet and snap pictures mid-meal and those who wish they'd just shut up, shut down and be present. Caught at the center of the discord are restaurant owners and chefs, who must walk the careful line of good customer service for both those who dine under the influence of smartphones, and those who won't. But as the devices have morphed into an unrelenting appendage for texting, photography and games, more restaurateurs are challenged to keep the peace.

    Television personality Montel Williams speaks to supporters of a ballot measure that would legalize medical marijuana in Arkansas.

    Montel Williams campaigns for medical marijuana

    Talk show host Montel Williams has accused opponents of an Arkansas ballot measure that would legalize medical marijuana of resorting to "racist" imagery with a television ad featuring a black actor portraying a drug dealer.

    Comedian Dog Benson will make a special appearance at Zanies in Rosemont on Sunday, Oct. 21.

    Sunday picks: Laugh hard with Doug Benson at Zanies

    Comedian Doug Benson, known for “Super High Me,” headlines Zanies Comedy Club in Rosemont tonight. The dead rise up (via costumed actors) to lecture on their life and times in the 21st edition of Tale of the Tombstones at Forest Home Cemetery in Forest Park. The Waukegan Symphony Orchestra performs its “Beyond Ordinary: Music in Memory of Ray Bradbury” concert at Waukegan High School. Catch Local H Sunday at the Montrose Room in Rosemont.

    A sailboat makes its way past Alcatraz Island in San Francisco.

    San Francisco iconic landmarks play role in films

    Filled with iconic landmarks, breathtaking scenery and a wide range of locations, San Francisco has a long history as a favorite site for filmmakers. “So many people are so familiar with the icons,” said Bryan Rice, owner of San Francisco Movie Tours. “You can show the Golden Gate Bridge, you can show the Transamerica Pyramid in the background, show these different places where people are familiar with and it draws people in.”

    Comedian and TV host Jon Stewart, shown onstage at Comedy Central’s “Night of Too Many Stars” in 2010, hosted this year’s program, which uses comedy to raise money for autism education programs. It will air at 7 p.m. Sunday on Comedy Central.

    ‘Night of Too Many Stars’ shines on one who’s not

    Moments of absurdity are to be expected at the biennial "Night of Too Many Stars" benefit airing at 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, on Comedy Central. Things like Seth Rogen auctioning off a trip to the urinal with him. But the most memorable highlight of the show, which raises money for autism education programs, was when a young autistic girl accomplished a feat beyond that of most: She sang a duet of "Firework" with Katy Perry that brought the house down.

    A group of visitors rides a pontoon raft through rapids in Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. Thousands of people who had been on a waiting list for a coveted trip on the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon still are waiting.

    Grand Canyon floats new system for river trips

    The Grand Canyon boasts some of the most spectacular views in the world. Those eager to watch rare animals emerge from the cliff sides, camp under the stars and get an adrenaline rush as they soar over rapids must get a permit if they want to lead one of hundreds of the trips available through a lottery each year. One in eight will get one — a dramatic shift from a system that once had applicants waiting up to 27 years for that chance.

    A display of decorated pumpkins are part of the fun of the Sycamore Pumpkin Festival Oct. 27-28.

    On the road: Carving out time for Pumpkin Fest

    There are festivals featuring pumpkin decor and then there's the Pumpkin Festival in Sycamore. Thousands of decorated pumpkins are on display along with art and craft shows, zombie miniature golf, a carnival and a house walk. There is also Chicagoween on Daley Plaza. Midnight Circus will perform breathtaking acrobatics and kids can enjoy free arts and crafts on Franken (Daley) Plaza as well as dances, family comedy and the Saturday Monster Bash.

    A man walks past the Paco Imperial or Royal Palace in Rio de Janeiro, the home where the Portuguese royal family settled when they fled Europe just ahead of Napoleon’s advancing troops.

    Best things in Rio are free — from beach to samba

    After years of steady economic growth in Brazil, the dream of an on-the-cheap exotic vacation in Rio de Janeiro has melted faster than a Popsicle in tropical sunshine. Now, sipping something fancy in boutique bars dotting bourgeois neighborhoods like Ipanema and Leblon will run you a tab to rival any in New York, London or Paris.

    Halloweencostumes.com sold out of several takes on “Sesame Street’s” Big Bird almost overnight after remarks during the first presidential debate Oct. 3.

    Big Bird costumes hot sellers for Halloween

    Can't figure out how to dress as a binder full of women for Halloween? There's always Big Bird, the other star of the presidential debates. The Yellow One is flying off the shelves after Mitt Romney's threat to do away with government support for PBS. President Barack Obama kept the Halloween dream alive last Tuesday night when be brought up the bird again during their second debate.

    The Menninger Clinic in Houston uses flight simulators in conjunction with cognitive behavioral therapy to help patients overcome fear of flying.

    Experts, travelers say fear of flying is treatable

    Earlier this month, NBA rookie Royce White disclosed that he is afraid to fly and said he expects to travel by bus for at least some of the Houston Rockets' games. But psychologists who treat fear of flying and travelers who've overcome it hope he'll ditch the bus and get help instead.

    Jordana Spiro plays Dr. Grace Devlin in the Fox drama “The Mob Doctor,” which may be in line to go under the knife.

    Cancellation hangs over season’s new shows

    Watch out, Fox. The Cancellation Bear is gaining on you. The website TV By the Numbers is making sport out of predicting which television series will survive or disappear, and the first weeks of a new TV season are particularly busy. Less than four weeks into the new season, one series — CBS' "Made in Jersey" — is already swimming with the fishes. The site gives six other shows the dreaded single frowning face.


    Road map to ‘getting past’ being No. 2

    Q. My two sons, 13 and 9, love to play sports, with me and with each other. The 9-year-old routinely whips his big brother in driveway basketball, sprints past him in footraces and easily belts baseballs over the fence while his big brother strikes out. The 13-year-old gets upset and is starting to develop "take my ball and go home" tendencies. Any thoughts on how I can work on this?


    Noise from furnace aggravates new owners

    Q. My wife and I recently purchased a new home in a 55-plus community in Illinois from a big builder. Every time the furnace comes on, you have to raise the volume of the TV and shout to have a conversation. The general contractor on the job has gone through a lot of HVAC contractors, and each one has made changes to the HVAC system.

    Even though a hot-water dispenser can be a nice addition to your kitchen, they can be pricey as often plumbing and electrical work is required.

    Instant, steaming hot water for your kitchen

    Q. I am constantly boiling water to prepare meals for my family. To speed things up, I'm thinking about having a hot-water dispenser installed on the kitchen sink.

    Best Use of Color For the Style of the Home, Professionally Painted 327 W. Chicago Ave., Elgin. Painters: Homework Construction Inc., Carlos Rivera

    Winners of ‘Painted Ladies’ contest announced
    For more than a quarter of a century, a group of painters has drawn attention to the colorful homes and businesses in the area. Winners of the 26th annual Chicago's Finest Painted Ladies and Her Court competition have been announced by the Chicago Paint and Coatings Association.



    Endorsement: Shapiro over Brown for Cook court clerk
    The Daily Herald endorses Diane Shapiro over Dorothy Brown in the race for Cook County Circuit Court clerk.


    Endorsement: Yes on appointment of Bloomingdale clerk
    The Daily Herald says Bloomingdale residents should vote yes to let city officials appoint a village clerk as they do the treasurer.


    Endorsement: Yes on electrical aggregation
    The Daily Herald recommends a yes vote on electrical aggregation referendums around the suburbs.


    Endorsement: Yes to appoint Island Lake clerk
    Island Lake voters will decide whether the village clerk should continue to be an elected office or an appointed post similar to the police chief or other top administrators. We urge a YES vote.


    Yes to privatize trash pickup in Rolling Meadows
    Rolling Meadows residents love their city-run garbage pickup -- for good reason. But when they vote in November on whether to privatize the service, residents should vote yes.


    The weird political war between the generations

    Columnist Froma Harrop: A weird war between the generations is growing, and the Republican candidates are the mongers. Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan both accuse President Obama of taking money out of Medicare to help younger Americans get health care — while they blame government spending (Medicare is a big item) for burdening "our grandkids" with debt.


    The great gaffe

    Columnist Charles Krauthammer: The rub for President Obama comes, ironically enough, out of Mitt Romney's biggest flub in the debate, the Libya question. That flub kept Romney from winning the evening outright. But Obama's answer has left him a hostage to fortune. Missed by Romney, missed by the audience, missed by most of the commentariat, it was the biggest gaffe of the entire debate cycle:


    An ‘A in creativity, death and taxes
    A West Chicago letter to the editor: It is amazing that there are people in America who, Hamlet-like, cannot decide, until after the debate points are tallied, whether this country needs rescuing. Fence-sitters, are you better off now than you were four years ago?


    Business experience an asset for Romney
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: Romney understands that the road to recovery is to unleash the spirit of American free enterprise. Only by lowering taxes and removing unnecessary regulations can we recover the prosperity and opportunity that should be the birthright of every American.


    A Romney vote is a setback for women
    A Palatine letter to the editor: Women, if you want to continue to fight the battles we've thought were won, then, Gov. Romney should be your choice. Not for me, I choose to build on the progress women have made and will cast my vote for a man who views women as equals.


    Obama no longer talks about the poor
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: The Democratic Party lost its soul when it abandoned the poor. Because Obama has taken such a crassly expedient campaign strategy, he deserves to lose on moral grounds. However, if he is fortunate enough to be re-elected I hope he grows a moral backbone.


    Civility must be part of campaign
    A Hoffman Estates letter to the editor: Both of them have repeatedly put their foot in their mouth, but so what, I do it all the time and often have to say sorry. This goes for every candidate running for every office. Let's try to treat each other with respect and civility.


    Backyard fires are the pits for neighbors
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: The smoke from them causes pollution, and as a person with COPD I know it is detrimental to anyone who is afflicted.


    Stand against ‘killing of innocents’
    An Elk Grove Village letter to the editor: May every single soul who works in this evil industry also have a change of mind and heart, and may every clinic be converted into a center where health care providers will truly provide healthy care for all to continue to live.


    Herald’s agenda shows in endorsement
    A Hanover Park letter to the editor: Perhaps the endorsement would be in support of receiving more advertising dollars from the foreclosure attorneys. The Daily Herald would be certain to continue making a buck off them with Ms. Duckworth in office.


    Mitt’s legacy with Bain
    An Elgin letter to the editor: Mitt Romney's history does not provide Americans with a comforting record. He was one of the founders of Bain Capital, a company that buys other companies with the attempt to make them more profitable through actions such as layoffs and outsourcing. Even though Romney is no longer with the company, the legacy of his time at Bain still lives on.


    Obama shouldn’t demonize ‘rich’
    A Huntley letter to the editor: My suggestion to the gentleman who is complaining about the rich not paying enough — keep pushing for increased taxes on the people who are already probably paying your tax bill and the rich will take their money out of the economy and lie on a beach somewhere. Then, you really will have something to complain about.


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