Daily Archive : Sunday October 28, 2012


    Showing how a relationship can grow into an abusive situation, Maya Abujaffar of the Harper College Theater Club portrays a young woman whose boyfriend, played by Danny Quinlan, crosses the line.

    Harper students provide realistic look at domestic violence

    Students in the Harper College Theater Club are working with the school's police chief to make a series of short films highlighting the dangers of dating violence and the emotional abuse that can occur in teen relationships.

    Large waves generated by Hurricane Sandy crash into Jeanette’s Pier in Nags Head, N.C., on Saturday as the storm moved up the East Coast. Hurricane Sandy, upgraded again Saturday just hours after forecasters said it had weakened to a tropical storm, was barreling north from the Caribbean and was expected to make landfall early Tuesday near the Delaware coast, then hit two winter weather systems as it moves inland, creating a hybrid monster storm.

    Suburban companies send products, help to East Coast

    Sears, AT&T, Motorola Solutions, ComEd and other companies from the suburbs are sending emergency help and supplies as a massive storm threatens to cripple East Coast homes, businesses and communication networks. Officials and business executives have been watching the development of Hurricane Sandy since Wednesday as it has barreled northward from the Caribbean to the Eastern Seaboard. And...

    The statue of George Washington at Federal Hall near the front of the New York Stock Exchange

    Sandy wreaks havoc in NYC, DC, Philly, Boston

    Superstorm Sandy slammed into the New Jersey coastline with 80 mph winds Monday night and hurled an unprecedented 13-foot surge of seawater at New York City, flooding its tunnels, subway stations and the electrical system that powers Wall Street. At least 10 U.S. deaths were blamed on the storm, which brought the presidential campaign to a halt a week before Election Day.

    Victoria Blasko, 8, putts through a jack-o’-lantern while Sofia Bargen, 6, waits her turn during the Naperville Park District’s Halloween Happening Sunday at the Grand Pavilion. Other events in downtown Naperville included trick-or-treating and the Naperville Park District’s Halloween Happening at the Grand Pavilion.

    Downtown Naperville gets into the Halloween spirit

    Hordes of little ninjas, superheroes, monsters and princesses prowled downtown Naperville Sunday to enjoy a variety of Halloween-themed activities.

    American intelligence officer Tony Mendez (director Ben Affleck) plans to rescue six U.S. embassy workers in "Argo."

    'Argo’ finally tops box office with $12.4 million

    It took three weeks, but “Argo” finally found its way to the top of the box office. “Argo” had been in second place the past two weeks and has now made about $60.8 million total. “It’s a tribute to the film," a Warner Bros. officials said. "Word-of-mouth has taken over the campaign. We have a long way to go, we have a lot of year-end accolades which will...


    Quinn pushes back pension campaign launch

    Gov. Pat Quinn has again pushed back the timeline for when he’ll revealed his so-called grass-roots campaign to rally support for an overhaul of Illinois’ pension system.Lawmakers have failed to come up with a plan to deal with the roughly $85 billion pension funding gap, which is the worst of any state in the country.


    Immigrant scholarship program to take applications

    When 24-year-old Rigoberto Padilla first enrolled in one of Chicago’s community colleges in 2007, there were few financial aid options available for illegal immigrants like him.He was brought to the country from Mexico at age 6 when his family crossed the California border illegally for a new life in Chicago.


    Waukegan man killed in Gurnee crash

    Lake County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating a fatal one-car crash that occurred near Gurnee early Saturday morning. Deputies said Michael Smith, 25, of Waukegan, lost control of his car and struck a tree while traveling south on Route 41 just south of Route 21. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

    The Statue of Liberty officially reopened Sunday — but it won’t be until Hurricane Sandy clears New York City that the public will get to see the results of Liberty’s yearlong renovation.

    Superstorm cuts short Statue of Liberty reopening

    The Statue of Liberty has officially reopened to the public after a renovation project. The public will just have wait until a massive storm has passed to see it.

    President Barack Obama speaks at Federal Emergency Management Agency headquarters in Washington Sunday.

    Hurricane Sandy upsets candidates’ campaign plans

    Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama frantically sought to close the deal with voters with precious few days left in an incredibly close race as this year’s October surprise — an unprecedented storm menacing the East Coast — wreaked havoc on their best-laid plans.

    Statuettes depicting President Barack Obama, left, and Republican rival Mitt Romney are backdropped by the Stars and Stripes in a shop in Naples, Italy. Interest in the U.S. presidential election is high around the world.

    Advantage Obama in hunt for 270 electoral votes

    President Barack Obama is poised to eke out a victory in the race for the 270 electoral votes needed to win re-election, having beaten back Republican Mitt Romney’s attempts to convert momentum from the debates into support in all-important Ohio, according to an Associated Press analysis a week before Election Day.


    Bar association provides guidance for Kane judge options

    The Illinois State Bar Association has offered some guidance to help voters sort out who should retain seats on the Kane County bench on Nov. 6. The group sends out ballots to lawyers and asks them for opinions on a range of qualifications, such as integrity, meeting the requirements of office, impartiality, legal ability, temperament, court management, health and sensitivity.

    Noah Ivicic, 10, and his dad Chris, of Mokena, look over a table of Hot Wheels Sunday at the Chicago Toy Show at the Kane County Fairgrounds in St. Charles. Four buildings were filled with collectible toys for sale.

    St. Charles show offers toybox of memories

    If you ever wondered whatever became of that favorite doll or Hot Wheels set from childhood, you may have found the answer this weekend at the Kane County Fairgrounds in St. Charles. The 39th annual Chicago Toy Show would have rekindled even the most dormant childhood memories. GI Joe was there. So was Barbie. And you could find everything from old Matchbox cars to Viewmasters.

    FILE This July 27, 2006, shows President George W. Bush, center, surrounded by members of Congress as he signs legislation extending for 25 years the Voting Rights Act.

    High court weighs new look at voting rights law

    Three years ago, the Supreme Court warned there could be constitutional problems with a landmark civil rights law that has opened voting booths to millions of African-Americans. Now, opponents of a key part of the Voting Rights Act are asking the high court to finish off that provision.

    Libyans walk on the grounds of the gutted U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 12, a day after an attack that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens. Witness accounts gathered by The Associated Press give a from-the-ground perspective for the sharply partisan debate in the U.S. over the deadly incident.

    Panetta: US lacked early info on Benghazi attack

    The U.S. military did not quickly intervene during the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya last month because military leaders did not have adequate intelligence information and felt they should not put American forces at risk, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Thursday.


    CLC open house on Nov. 8

    The College of Lake County will offer an open house from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 8 at the Grayslake campus, at 19351 W. Washington St.


    Teen club hosts fundraiser

    The Oasis, a gathering place after school and on weekends for teens in Grayslake and surrounding communities, is hosting a Roaring Twenties Gala & Fundraiser at 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, at its headquarters, 151 Hawley St., in downtown Grayslake.


    PsPrint opens Des Plaines facility

    PsPrint, a national provider of online printing services, has opened a printing facility at 1600 E. Touhy Ave. in Des Plaines. PsPrint caters to small and medium-sized businesses, and can handle both short run and long run printing.


    DuPage club to recognize acts of police, firefighter valor

    The Hundred Club of DuPage County will recognize acts of valor by local police and firefighters Tuesday at its annual gala in Lisle. The event marks the 30th anniversary of the nonprofit group, which gives financial assistance to families of police officers and firefighters killed, injured or otherwise stricken while living or working in DuPage.

    Anticipating heavy rain associated with Hurricane Sandy, Amtrak is curtailing its service along the Eastern Seaboard.

    Amtrak cancels northeast service ahead of Sandy

    Amtrak says it is canceling service across the northeastern U.S. on Monday as Hurricane Sandy threatens to create a wet, windy mess in the region.

    Ray Walker

    Advocate for Northwest suburban children dies at 89

    A noted advocate for Northwest suburban youth and the namesake of the Ray Walker Head Start Center, which serves 118 low-income children in Schaumburg Township, has died. Walker was an Arlington Heights resident and 23-year board member of the Community Economic Development Association (CEDA) Northwest Self-Help Center in Mount Prospect, which operates the Head Start center. He passed away Oct.


    Diamond Lake crossing to close

    The Canadian National Railroad will close the railroad crossing on Diamond Lake Road at 6 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, to adjust the railroad tracks at the recently rebuilt crossing


    Mundelein show choirs fundraiser

    Mundelein High School’s Show Choirs will host their annual Spotlight Concert/Dessert Extravaganza on Saturday, Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 per person.

    Jason Cassidy, wearing a compression suit to help his burned skin heal, survived a Lombard arson fire that killed a friend. He is recovering at the Schaumburg home of his dad, Bob Cassidy.

    Lombard fire victim ‘just trying to get back to my old self’

    Jason Cassidy remembers little about the fire that took 40 percent of his skin and killed one of his friends. But the Villa Park man tells the Daily Herald he is determined to recover. "I was basically given two choices -- you can either live your life as a burn victim forever or you can go back and live your life before the incident even happened. Obviously, I chose the second choice."


    One injured in Palatine garage fire

    Nearly two dozen firefighters battled a blaze in Palatine Saturday evening that damaged a garage in a six-unit townhouse building and left one resident with nonlife-threatening injuries. The cause of the fire remains under investigation, though officials said initial indications are that it was set accidentally.


    Romney woos Florida early vote; Obama eyes NH

    Juggling politics and storm preparations, Mitt Romney dangled a plea for bipartisanship before early voters in Florida on Saturday as Barack Obama worked to nail down tiny New Hampshire's four electoral votes. Both campaigns scrambled to steer clear of a most unlikely October surprise, a superstorm barreling up the East Coast.

    Tad Kanski of Newport Beach, Calif unties his family's sailboat moored at the Ala Wai Harbor after learning of a tsunami warning Saturday.

    Tsunami warning in Hawaii downgraded to advisory

    A Hawaii tsunami warning that spurred coastal evacuations statewide was downgraded to a tsunami advisory early Sunday, ending the threat of serious damage less than three hours after the first waves hit the islands.Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie said early Sunday that the Aloha State was lucky to avoid more severe surges after a powerful earthquake struck off the coast of Canada.

    Tad Kanski of Newport Beach, Calif unties his family's sailboat moored at the Ala Wai Harbor after learning of a tsunami warning Saturday.

    Tsunami warning in Hawaii downgraded to advisory

    A Hawaii tsunami warning that spurred coastal evacuations statewide was downgraded to a tsunami advisory early Sunday, ending the threat of serious damage less than three hours after the first waves hit the islands. Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie said early Sunday that the Aloha State was lucky to avoid more severe surges after a powerful earthquake struck off the coast of Canada. Abercrombie said...


    8th incumbent Walsh sees himself as ‘average Joe’

    Calling himself the most "accessible congressman on the planet," Joe Walsh expresses his conservative political views with unrestrained candor -- a trait that earns the incumbent 8th District congressional candidate a strong reaction from both supporters and opponents.

    Eighth Congressional District Democratic candidate Tammy Duckworth of Hoffman Estates visits Saysana Songvilay of Elgin and other Laotian community leaders in Elgin.

    Duckworth touts shared experience in campaign for 8th

    Running in a district drawn to the advantage of her party, Democrat Tammy Duckworth is taking nothing for granted and emphasizing her personal experiences in her bid for the 8th District congressional seat.


    Magnitude-7.7 quake strikes off western Canada

    A magnitude-7.7 earthquake has struck off the coast of western Canada and a tsunami warning has been issued. There are no immediate reports of damage.


    Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb tries to get away from Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback William Middleton during the second half in Green Bay, Wis. The Packers won 24-15.

    Rodgers throws 2 TDs as Packers beat Jaguars 24-15

    With the Green Bay Packers struggling, Aaron Rodgers went back to an old favorite. Rodgers connected with Donald Driver on a 4-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter, Mason Crosby made up for an earlier miss with a 25-yard field goal and Green Bay escaped with a surprisingly tough 24-15 victory Sunday over the Jacksonville Jaguars.

    Taj Gibson

    How Harden trade affects Bulls’ Gibson

    Bulls forward Taj Gibson always had plenty in common with Oklahoma City guard James Harden. This fall, both were hoping to sign contract exensions to stay with their current teams, but Harden couldn't agree and was traded to Houston on Saturday. What does this mean for Gibson's situation?

    Robbie Gould kicks the game-winning, 41-yard FG as time expires Sunday at Soldier Field.

    Bears’ Gould gets encouragement from teammate

    With the Bears looking like they were headed for defeat Sunday for the first time since their Thursday night fiasco at Green Bay a month-and-a-half ago, Eric Weems beelined on the sideline. The special-teams ace walked up to kicker Robbie Gould and predicted that Gould would make the game-winning field goal. Gould would, giving the Bears a wild, 23-22 victory over upset-minded Carolina. Weems — “E-Weezy,” as Gould calls him — made his call after the super-reliable Gould missed a field goal that he probably could make blindfolded on most days.

    Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) is sacked by Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy (76) during Sunday’s game at Soldier Field in Chicago.

    Cutler key to Bears’ big turnaround

    The Bears had a feeble 59 yards of total offense with less than a minute left in the third quarter and were trailing 19-7. But they picked up 151 yards the rest of the way to finish with 210 yards and a 23-22 victory. Why the improvement? For openers, the Bears didn’t give the Carolina Panthers an opportunity to add to the 6 sacks they got in the first half. Jay Cutler wasn’t sacked at all after halftime.


    Tillman praises Jennings’ work on Smith

    The Bears still haven’t figured out a way to stop Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith, who caught 7 passes for 118 yards. Cornerback Tim Jennings, who was primarily responsible for covering Smith, did have 2 interceptions, including a pick-6. “When you’re playing a guy like Steve, you’re going to win some, lose some, but in the end you have to keep playing,” Bears cornerback Charles Tillman said. “You saw what 2-6 (Jennings) did, he kept playing. He played through adversity. Big-time players make big plays, and he came through when he needed to.”

    The San Francisco Giants celebrate after winning Game 4 of baseball’s World Series against the Detroit Tigers Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012, in Detroit. The Giants won 4-3 to win the series.

    Giants sweep Tigers for World Series title

    DETROIT — Marco Scutaro singled home the tiebreaking run in the 10th inning, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Detroit Tigers 4-3 on Sunday night to complete a four-game sweep and win their second World Series title in three years.Former Cubs infielder Ryan Theriot, who went hitless for St. Louis in Game 7 of last year’s Series, singled softly into right field off Phil Coke opening the 10th.Brandon Crawford sacrificed, nearly bunting the ball past Coke. Angel Pagan struck out and Scutaro singled into short center field as Theriot slid home ahead of Austin Jackson’s throw.Pablo Sandoval, who hit three homers in Game 1, was selected Series MVP. He was 1 for 5 in Game 4, dropping his Series average to .500 (8 for 16).Santiago Casilla got the final out of the ninth for the win, and Sergio Romo struck out the side in the 10th for his third save, freezing Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera with a called third strike to end it. The Giants ran out of the dugout and bullpen to celebrate between the mound and second base.Of the 24 teams to take 3-0 Series leads, 21 swept and three won in five games.Delmon Young hit a tying home run off Matt Cain in the sixth. Cabrera and San Francisco’s Buster Posey homered, marking the first time both reigning batting champions went deep in the same Series game.San Francisco’s Brandon Belt hit an RBI triple off the right-field wall in the second inning following a ground-rule double by Hunter Pence. But on a night when the wind was gusting to right field at up to 25 mph, Cabrera put Detroit ahead for the first time in the Series with a wild-blown, two-run drive in the third.Cabrera’s drive, on an 86 mph breaking ball, sailed over Pence, who thought he would catch it but ran out of room in front of the right-field wall on the cool, blustery night. It drove Jackson, who had walked with one out, and ended Detroit’s 20-inning scoreless streak.San Francisco had not trailed since losing Game 4 of the NL championship series, when the Giants fell into a 3-1 series deficit against St. Louis. With a light rain falling, Scutaro reached on a chopper to third leading off the sixth and, one out later, Max Scherzer hung an 82 mph breaking ball. Posey drove it down the left-field line, where it stayed a few feet fair and landed a couple of rows over the wall for a 3-2 lead.That advantage didn’t last long. Young sent an opposite-field, no-doubt drive into the right-field stands in the bottom half, setting off cheers among the crowd of 42,152, with many fans waving white rally towels.Andy Dirks followed with a single and Jhonny Peralta hit a drive that Gregor Blanco caught against the wall in left.After watching Barry Zito, Madison Bumgarner and Ryan Vogelsong each allow one run or none in the first three games, Cain gave up three runs and five hits in seven innings with five strikeouts and two walks.Scherzer, pitching on nine days’ rest, gave up three runs and seven hits in 6 1-3 innings, struck out eight and walked none. After he left with a runner on second and one out in the seventh, lefty Drew Smyly retired Brandon Crawford on a flyout and righty Octavio Dotel induced a groundout from Angel Pagan.Smyly, Dotel and Coke combined for 2 2-3 innings of hitless relief before the 10th.Jeremy Affeldt followed Cain and struck out four in a row before Peralta hit a ninth-inning drive to center that the wind carried and was caught by Pagan on the warning trackCasilla relieved and hit Omar Infante with a pitch, breaking his left hand. Danny Worth ran for Infante and Gerald Laird hit into a forceout.Sandoval was 1 for 5, dropping his Series average to .500 (8 for 16). He also made a nimble play to throw out Quintin Berry on a bunt to third.Detroit’s Prince Fielder was hitless in four at-bats, dropping to 1 for 14 in the World Series (.071) and 1 for 25 (.040) against right-handers in the postseason.Detroit has lost seven straight postseason games.

    Penn State kicks off to Ohio State before the start of an NCAA college football game at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pa., Saturday.

    Penn State panel urges openness about sex abuse
    Associated PressSTATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Survivors of child sexual abuse said Sunday night the problem cannot be combated unless people are willing to talk about it openly.At a two-hour panel discussion at Penn State University, two-time Olympic swimmer Margaret Hoelzer, state Rep. Louise Williams Bishop (D., Phila.), and Christopher Anderson, executive director of MaleSurvivor, shared personal stories of being abused as children with an audience of about 150 people. It was the opening session of “Child Sexual Abuse Conference: Traumatic Impact, Prevention and Intervention,” a three-day gathering that hopes to shed more light on a problem that gained national attention after former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was arrested on child sex abuse charges last November.The panelists said more resources and treatment for victims and survivors will become available if the issue gains more attention and awareness. Williams Bishop said the Sandusky scandal was just a conversation starter because the issue has been going on for years.Sandusky, 68, was sentenced to at least 30 years in prison earlier this month after being convicted on dozens of criminal counts covering abuse allegations both on and off campus.“There are Sanduskys in almost every community in the United States,” Anderson said. “There are survivors in every community in the United States.” Hoelzer said Sandusky was able to abuse children because he gained the trust of those within the university and surrounding community. In her case, she said a friend’s father — someone she admired — abused her.“Sex offenders wouldn’t be successful if we didn’t trust them,” Hoelzer said. “They wouldn’t be successful if they were creepy, and they looked funny and they all drove the creepy van from ‘Silence of the Lambs.’” Most of the time, sex offenders are well-respected and trusted members of a community, which enables them to prey on children, said Dr. Cindy Christian, a nationally recognized expert on child abuse and member of Pennsylvania’s Task Force on Child Protection. Christian moderated the panel discussion, which lasted more than two hours. Retired boxing champ Sugar Ray Leonard and former kidnapping victim Elizabeth Smart, both abuse survivors, are the featured speakers at the conference on Monday and Tuesday, respectively. Despite expecting Hurricane Sandy to rip through the state, conference organizers said the events are expected to proceed as planned. “The severity of this problem, outweighs the severity of the storm,” Penn State Vice President Tom Poole said.

    New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) stands on the sidelines in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, Sunday, in Denver.

    Manning throws for 305 yards, Broncos top Saints

    DENVER — A dinged-up right thumb wasn’t enough to throw Peyton Manning off his game, and to no one’s surprise, neither was the New Orleans Saints’ defense. Despite banging his throwing thumb on an opponent’s helmet in the second quarter Sunday night, Manning passed for 305 yards and three scores, led a pair of 90-plus-yard touchdown drives and easily outplayed Drew Brees to lead the Denver Broncos to a 34-14 victory over the Saints. Manning surpassed the 300-yard mark for the fifth straight time to match his personal best and set a franchise record for Denver (4-3). He completed 22 of 30 throws for a passer rating of 138.9. Willis McGahee ran for 122 yards and a score for the Broncos, who won two in a row for the first time this season and took sole possession of first place in the AFC West. The Broncos gained 530 yards — a season high — against the NFL’s worst defense, which came in allowing more yards (2,793) over the first six games of a season than any team since 1950. New Orleans (2-5) was hoping to get a boost from the return of linebackers-turned-interim head coach Joe Vitt from his six-game suspension for the team’s bounty scandal. All he can do is stand on the sidelines, though, and linebacker Jonathan Vilma — another Saint implicated in the scandal — returned to the starting lineup, but he couldn’t plug the holes, either. The Broncos’ defense, meanwhile, held Brees and the league’s top passing offense to 213 yards and two scores, the second marking the first points Denver has allowed in the fourth quarter since opening week. Linebacker Wesley Woodyard did extensive damage, finishing with 13 tackles, one sack, one forced fumble and one interception, when Vitt chose to go for it on fourth-and-2 from the Denver 47 early in the second quarter with the game tied at 7.Manning answered with a 56-yard drive for the go-ahead touchdown, capped on a 13-yard pass to Eric Decker, who was all alone when Jabari Greer slipped. Decker celebrated by spiking the ball a good 10 rows into the stands. A bit later, Manning dinged his thumb while completing a 23-yard pass to Decker, leaving a trace of blood across the quarterback’s thumb. Manning handed off the next four plays and the Broncos settled for a field goal before halftime. But when Manning returned for the third quarter, he warmed up with no trouble and showed no signs of injury. He then answered any questions by going 4 for 4 to start the third quarter, moving the Broncos 93 yards and capping it with a 1-yard pass to Demaryius Thomas for a 24-7 lead. Thomas finished with seven catches for 137 yards. Decker also caught a 2-yard touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter for a 31-7 lead. He finished with 43 yards receiving.Denver’s first scoring drive opened at the 2 and began with four straight runs by McGahee for gains of 4, 12, 7 and 3. That set up play action and Manning hit Thomas for 41 yards. Five plays later, Manning dropped back, peaked through the crowded line and somehow picked out McGahee among all the big men clogging things up. That little flip screen was good for 14 yards and set up McGahee’s 1-yard touchdown run to open the scoring.

    Everett Golson scrambles as Oklahoma defensive end Chuka Ndulue defends Saturday during Notre Dame’s 30-13 victory.

    Golson getting quite the crash course at Notre Dame

    NORMAN, Okla. — Brian Kelly folded his arms across his chest and shook his head in disgust at a promising Notre Dame drive that stalled out in the red zone.His young quarterback, Everett Golson, had just planted a third-down throw in the grass a few feet too far away for second-team All-American Tyler Eifert to dive and catch it on the 13th play of a series that had lasted nearly seven minutes.All that work would end up with no payoff when Kyle Brindza missed wide left on a 35-yard field goal attempt, but it could pay dividends down the road when it comes to Golson’s growth.As his quarterback came to the sideline, Kelly put one arm on either side of Golson’s waist and drove home a point: When you have a talented 6-foot-5 tight end, put the ball up high where he has an advantage on defenders, not down on the ground.“Every single play, there’s something out there that needs to be communicated and it’s very important that I got it across to him because later it ended up being a big play for us,” Kelly said, referring to a pass Golson delivered high for a leaping 22-yard catch on the next drive by 6-foot-2 DaVaris Daniels.“When you’re dealing with a young quarterback, you have to take those moments. I can’t control that kick at that point, so it was important that I got my point across at that time and not wait.”Golson, who because of injury or ineffective play was unable to complete three games in the first half of the season, is starting to show signs of maturing into the type of leader the Fighting Irish (8-0) will need to stay in the national championship picture for the final month of the season.Following a 30-13 win at then-No. 8 Oklahoma, the Irish moved up to No. 4 in The Associated Press poll on Sunday. They return home to face Pittsburgh (4-4) next Saturday.Before Saturday night, much of Notre Dame’s ascent had been built around a three-headed power running attack and the nation’s second-stingiest defense, led by Heisman Trophy hopeful Manti Te’o at linebacker. But against the Sooners, Kelly said it was “the first time that we showed that we could be on our own a little bit offensively and put some points on the board.”“If we continue to go that way, it’s going to give us an offense that’s going to be difficult to defend because we’ll have great balance,” Kelly said Sunday. “That’s what we’re trying to get with Everett in there: Not an offense that throws it 50 times nor an offense that runs it 50 times, one that’s balanced and difficult to defend.”That’s exactly what the Irish got in their most difficult test of the season so far, while stuffing Oklahoma’s run game and turning the Sooners — who were fifth in the nation in scoring — into a one-dimensional attack that could only complete short passes.The Irish held a 215-15 advantage on the ground, with Golson contributing 64 yards rushing to go with his 177 through the air.After missing the previous week’s win against BYU because of a concussion, Golson said he got a different perspective from the sideline and came back with changes in mind. Chief among them: “Just the relationship with the other players, the other 10 guys on the offense,” Golson said. “I definitely just wanted to improve in that.”“It had a tremendous effect, just seeing it outside of me actually being out there really helped me,” Golson added. “Just kind of seeing it from the sideline perspective. It made me realize a couple things that we needed to work on.”

    Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel (7) and Oakland Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer (3) talk following an NFL football game at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday. The Raiders defeated the Chiefs 26-16.

    Palmer leads Raiders to 26-16 win over Chiefs

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Carson Palmer walked off the field at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday, where the Raiders had just won for the sixth straight time, and looked just like he did at the start.Not a grass stain on him. No laundry detergent needed.The subject of such scorn over the years, Palmer threw for 209 yards and two touchdowns while having all the time he needed in the pocket, leading Oakland to a 26-16 victory.“Phenomenal,” Palmer said. “I don’t think my jersey needs to be washed.”It was the Raiders’ first road win since beating the Chiefs last December, and certainly a satisfying one. Sebastian Janikowski was perfect on four field-goal attempts, and the Raiders (3-4) nearly became the third straight team to keep the Kansas City offense out of the end zone. The Chiefs got their lone touchdown on Dexter McCluster’s catch with 2:27 left in the game.Darren McFadden ran for 114 yards, and Denarius Moore and Darrius Heyward-Bey had touchdown catches for Oakland, which has won two straight after losing four of its first five.“It took us a while to get it going, but once it finally got going, we finished the game out well,” McFadden said. “We feel like with our offense, you just have to stick with it.”Helps that Palmer could have pitched a tent in his pocket.“I thought he managed the game really well and had tremendous poise,” Raiders coach Dennis Allen said. “We still have a lot of things to get cleaned up, but the good thing is that we are able to make those corrections after a win.”Meanwhile, the Chiefs (1-6) have lost four straight overall, their only win coming in overtime at New Orleans. They also haven’t led in regulation this season, the first time since at least 1940 that a team’s gone this long without a lead, according to STATS LLC.Matt Cassel threw for 218 yards in place of Brady Quinn, who left in the first half with what the team called a “head injury.” Quinn had started his second straight game even though Cassel was cleared to play following his own concussion sustained three weeks ago against Baltimore.“It’s unfortunate because I think the guys put a lot into it during the week,” Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel said. “You just have to go forward and do the best you can.” The Chiefs committed four turnovers to run their league-leading total to 25, and their fourth-quarter touchdown was the first by the offense since Sept. 30 against San Diego. Jamaal Charles, their biggest offensive weapon, carried only five times for 4 yards.Why did Charles have so few attempts? “Now, that I’m not exactly sure, either,” Crennel said.Altogether, it’s little wonder that two more banners appeared prior to the game, towed behind an airplane over Arrowhead Stadium. They were paid for by disgruntled Chiefs fans and renewed their plea from earlier this season that general manager Scott Pioli be fired.The first play of the game pretty much summed up the confrontation between two of the league’s lousiest teams: Palmer threw into tight coverage and was intercepted by Stanford Routt.Naturally, the Chiefs countered by going three-and-out and punting.The Raiders finally got on the board when Palmer found Moore for a short completion that he turned into a 38-yard gain, and Janikowski connected from 36 yards for a 3-0 lead.The field-goal struggle was on.Janikowski hit from 38 yards early in the second quarter, and Ryan Succop matched him with a 30-yarder. Succop hit again from 42 yards late in the half to tie the game.The Raiders took the lead into halftime when the Chiefs’ Javier Arenas fumbled a punt while attempting to make a fair catch. Jon Condo recovered it at the Kansas City 11, and Palmer hit Moore in the back of the end zone on third down to give Oakland a 13-6 lead with 49 seconds left.The game’s circuslike nature continued in the second half.

    Chicago Bears cornerback Tim Jennings runs an interception for a touchdown during Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers at Soldier Field.

    What’s new? Bears find the will and a way

    Lifeless for 53 minutes and getting an appropriately flat response from the Soldier Field faithful, the Bears once again found a way to turn certain defeat into victory.

    Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera, left, talks with Carolina Panthers cornerback Captain Munnerlyn during Sunday’s game against the Bears at Soldier Field.

    Tough times for former Bear Ron Rivera

    Losing is tough for any visiting coach in Chicago, which normally wouldn’t mean much around here. But Ron Rivera isn’t Mike McCarthy or Andy Reid or even Jim Harbaugh. Rivera is one of Chicago’s very own — a linebacker on the Bears’ 1985 Super Bowl champions and the defensive coordinator on their only other Super Bowl team.

    Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) makes a last-minute reception between New York Giants cornerbacks Corey Webster (23) and Michael Coe (37) for a touchdown that was nullified after review.

    Giants blow 23-point lead, but win 29-24 at Dallas

    ARLINGTON, Texas — The New York Giants are still undefeated at Cowboys Stadium after another comeback victory under Eli Manning. None were quite like this one, the 20th time in Manning’s career the Giants rallied from behind in the fourth quarter. Lawrence Tynes kicked two of his five field goals in the fourth quarter and the NFC East-leading Giants won 29-24 Sunday after blowing a 23-point lead — and before the Cowboys thought they had a game-winning play with 10 seconds left.New York (6-2) led 23-0 just 2 minutes into the second quarter when defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul returned an interception 28 yards for a touchdown. That was the third of four interceptions thrown by Tony Romo, and among six turnovers by Dallas (3-4).But the Giants didn’t score again until Tynes made a 43-yard field goal with 10:20 left for a 26-24 lead. He added a 37-yarder with 3½ minutes left after Stevie Brown recovered a fumble, and yet that still wasn’t enough even though Brown had his second interception of the game after that. Dallas got to the Giants 19 after Tynes’ last field goal. On fourth-and-1 with 1:03 left, Romo was scrambling when he threw the ball and it was picked off by Brown at the 17. After New York failed to get a first down on three running plays and the Cowboys used all three of their timeouts, Dallas got the ball back with 44 seconds left at the 30. They got to the Giants 37 when Romo threw a pass that Dez Bryant caught between two defenders in the back of the end zone. The play was ruled a touchdown, and the Cowboys and the fans celebrated even as Bryant remained on the ground after coming down hard on his rear end. It was during that time that officials looked at the replay, which showed Bryant’s hand touched out of bounds first and made it an incompletion. The Cowboys still got three more plays after that, a 10-yard pass to Jason Witten, and an incompletion to Miles Austin before Romo’s pass on the final play of the game landed well out of the end zone. The Giants are 4-0 at Cowboys Stadium, Jerry Jones’ football palace that opened in 2009 with a New York victory.Manning completed 15 of 29 passes for 192 yards with an interception. Romo threw for a career-high 437 yards while completing 36 of 62 passes with three 100-yard receivers. Witten broke his own Cowboys team record with 18 catches, which resulted in 167 yards. Austin had nine catches for 133 yards and Bryant had five catches for 110 yards.

    Bears cornerback Tim Jennings (26) is swarmed by teammates after his fourth-quarter interception return for a touchdown Sunday at Soldier Field. Jennings’ play gave the Bears a 20-19 lead with 6:44 left in the game.

    Bears CB Tim Jennings comes up BIG with his picks

    A sick season for No. 26, who’s much shorter than 6 feet, just had to include a pick-6. It happened to be Tim Jennings’ sixth interception, of course. And his first NFL touchdown couldn’t have come at a much better time. "He’s my hero,” Bears cornerback Charles Tillman said with a smile of his tiny-but-tough teammate.

    The Chicago Bears bench erupts as cornerback Tim Jennings (26) returns an interception for a touchdown during Sunday’s game at Soldier Field in Chicago.

    Bears deliver when it matters most

    It almost sounded as if the offense was apologizing for its role in the 23-22 victory over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday that jacked the Bears record up to 6-1. And there was a lot to apologize for — at least until just past the halfway point in the fourth quarter. “We just didn’t execute, honestly,” said quarterback Jay Cutler.


    David Frost wins AT&T Championship in playoff

    SAN ANTONIO — David Frost won the AT&T Championship on Sunday, beating Bernhard Langer with a birdie on the second hole of a playoff after overcoming a six-stroke deficit in the final round.Frost and Langer each shot 6-under 66 to finish at 8-under 208 on TPC San Antonio’s Canyons Course.Second-round leader Mark Calcavecchia had a 74 to finish two strokes back. He bogeyed four of the first 11 holes.The 53-year-old Frost also teamed with Michael Allen to win the Legends of Golf in April and has three career Champions Tour victories. The South African won 10 times on the PGA Tour.The tournament was the final full-field end of the year. The top 30 on the money list qualified for the Charles Schwab Cup Championship at Desert Mountain in Scottsdale, Ariz.Langer, the German star who has two victories this year, left his approach in regulation on No. 18 short in a deep bunker. His blast went about 6 feet past, and made the putt to save par.Frost missed a birdie putt of about 25 feet and tapped in for par to set up the playoff.On the first extra hole, Langer lipped out a 10-foot birdie putt.Tommy Armour III shot a 67 to finish fourth at 5 under.

    Chicago Bears free safety Anthony Walters, right, celebrates Chicago Bears kicker Robbie Gould’s game-winning field goal during Sunday’s game at Soldier Field.

    Images: Bears vs. Panthers
    The Chicago Bears battlted the Carolina Panthers Sunday afternoon at Soldier Field.The Bears won the game over the Panthers 23-22 on a last second field goal by Robbie Gould.


    Randy Bernard steps down as IndyCar CEO

    Randy Bernard has stepped down as CEO of IndyCar. Jeff Belskus, President and CEO of series owner Hulman & Co., will step in as interim CEO. Bernard will stay on in an advisory position. The decision was reached following an executive session Sunday of the 11-member Indianapolis Motor Speedway board of directors. It ends a month of speculation about Bernard’s future that reached a fevered pitch last week, when Bernard and an IMS spokesman denied a report that Bernard had been fired. But a mutual decision was reached Sunday for Bernard to step down as CEO to end the suffocating speculation that has overshadowed one of the best seasons in series history. It comes nine days after series founder Tony George resigned from the Hulman & Co. board of directors.

    Michigan’s Kenny Demens, right, is tackled by Nebraska’s David Santos in the second half of an NCAA college football game in Lincoln, Neb., Saturday.

    Nebraska’s D now wearing Blackshirts with pride

    LINCOLN, Neb. — At long last, Nebraska’s defense turned in a Blackshirt-worthy performance.Hard-to-please coach Bo Pelini said he actually thought the Cornhuskers were good enough against Northwestern the week before to merit the awarding of the iconic black practice jerseys traditionally worn by the team’s defensive starters.The players wouldn’t accept them because they thought they could play still better — and they certainly did Saturday night in a 23-9 win over Michigan, holding the Wolverines to no touchdowns and 188 total yards. The win gave the No. 21 Huskers (6-2, 3-1 Big Ten) a share of first place in the Legends Division with Michigan, but Nebraska owns the tiebreaker.Afterward, defensive end Eric Martin met with reporters while modeling the Blackshirt that was hanging in his stall when the team entered the locker room after the game.“I’m going to go home and sleep in it,” he said.“Blackshirts” has long been known throughout college football as the alternate name for Nebraska’s defense. It started in 1964 under coach Bob Devaney, who wanted to make it easier to identify his defensive players during practices. Devaney sent an assistant coach to a sporting goods store to buy practice jerseys for the defense. Unable to get enough jerseys of one color to outfit the entire squad, the decision was made to give black ones to the first-string players. The starters wear the black tops at practice and under their jerseys during games.Devaney, Tom Osborne, Frank Solich and Bill Callahan would hand out the treasured tops before the season. Pelini waits until he believes his defensive starters have proved themselves worthy on the game field. One year it took until November.It looked as though the defense might not get any Blackshirts this year after allowing 653 yards to UCLA the second game of the season and 498 yards, 371 rushing, in a 63-38 loss at Ohio State on Oct. 6.Pelini thought the time was right after the Huskers held Northwestern to 301 total yards, shut down Kain Colter and forced 10 three-and-outs in a 29-28 victory.But senior linebacker Will Compton, speaking on behalf of the defense, told Pelini to hold off.“It shows the character of our kids and the type of standards that they have,” Pelini said. “They didn’t want them last week. They said they hadn’t earned them and we’ll revisit it after the Michigan game. I think they earned them.”So does defensive end Cameron Meredith.“Ohio State was a tragedy,” he said, “and we had to prove ourselves before we got them. We said after this game, if we prove ourselves, we could wear the Blackshirts. They aren’t just given out.”The Huskers kept Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson under control until he left the game with an injury to his right elbow late in the first half. Robinson finished with 46 yards on 10 carries and was 6 of 11 passing for 55 yards.Backup quarterback Russell Bellomy wilted when the Huskers turned up the pressure on him. He was sacked twice and intercepted three times. Michigan managed only 58 yards in the second half.Redshirt freshman David Santos made a team-leading 10 tackles in his first start, and fellow linebackers Alonzo Whaley and Sean Fisher added eight and seven, respectively.Ciante Evans and Martin had sacks, and the Huskers made a total of nine tackles for losses.Because of the meltdowns against UCLA and Ohio State, Nebraska’s season defensive statistics are modest. But the last two games the Huskers have given up and average of 137.5 yards rushing, 244 total and have allowed the opponent to convert just 10 of 35 third downs.“It’s come a long way,” defensive coordinator John Papuchis said of his unit’s progress since the Ohio State game. “By no means is today perfect. That’s the fun aspect of this job — coming to work and trying to get better.”

    Jimmie Johnson celebrates his win after the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Martinsville Speedway, Sunday, in Martinsville, Va.

    Johnson wins at Martinsville, takes points lead

    MARTINSVILLE, Va. — Jimmie Johnson raced to his seventh career Martinsville Speedway victory to take the season points lead with three event left, holding off Kyle Busch on a restart with five laps to go Sunday.The five-time series champion moved two points ahead of Brad Keselowski, who finished sixth for his highest career finish at the track.Keselowski started 32nd, methodically worked his way forward, and took a late gamble to grab the lead on a restart with 19 laps to go. When Johnson and the rest of the leaders pitted for tires behind him, Keselowski’s best bet was to hang on for as long as he could and avoid any Martinsville mayhem that cropped up in a furious dash to the finish.Johnson made the race a points bonanza, leading the most laps and earning three points for the victory.Busch was second, followed by Kasey Kahne, Aric Almirola, Clint Bowyer, Keselowski, Jeff Gordon and Brian Vickers.While the championship race tightened at the top, it also eliminated Denny Hamlin, who seemed poised to get in the thick of it, and then had an electrical problem that sent him to a 33rd place finish and out of title contention.Until then, he had put on a clinic about how to pass cars on the 0.526-mile oval.After his first pit stop, Hamlin was penalized for entering pit road too fast, a penalty that moved him to the back of the lead lap, which was 31st. Immediately, he started quickly working his way forward.After 200 laps, he was contending and actually left pit road with the lead, but again, he was penalized for speeding entering pit road, again dropping him to the back of the lead lap, this time 28th. He again worked his way into the top five until his problems dropped him 34 laps behind.

    Miami Dolphins wide receiver Marlon Moore (14) catches a pass for a first down in front of New York Jets cornerback Kyle Wilson (20) during the first half in East Rutherford, N.J.

    Moore steps in for Tannehill, ‘Fins top Jets 30-9

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — After a week of back-and-forth trash talk, the Miami Dolphins settled this one on the field.And it was no contest.Matt Moore threw a touchdown pass to Anthony Fasano after stepping in for injured Ryan Tannehill and the Dolphins didn’t miss a beat, rolling past the New York Jets 30-9 on Sunday for their third straight victory.Olivier Vernon recovered a blocked punt in the end zone for a touchdown and blocked a field goal, and the Dolphins (4-3) smothered Mark Sanchez and the Jets’ offense. They were helped by some hideous play by the Jets (3-5), who have lost two straight.Tannehill injured his left knee and quadriceps muscle on a sack by Calvin Pace on the Dolphins’ second possession. There was no immediate word on the severity of the injury, but Moore finished 11 of 19 for 131 yards after Tannehill was 2 of 5 for 18 yards.Rex Ryan said the Jets would “empty our tanks” as they tried to sweep the Dolphins for the first time in his four seasons as coach. But Sanchez had a brutal performance, making mistakes throughout, not hitting open receivers at times — and not taking care of the football.He was 28 of 54 for 283 yards with a touchdown and interception, and was done in late in the opening quarter by a fumble on a sack by Nolan Carroll that the Dolphins turned into a touchdown. He also had the Jets driving while trailing 27-3 in the third quarter, but Chris Clemons intercepted a throw intended for Dustin Keller.That brought out loud boos and some chants for Tim Tebow by the angry crowd at MetLife Stadium, which had a few thousand empty seats, more than likely because of the threats of the approaching Hurricane Sandy.Even the retirement of former defensive end Dennis Byrd’s No. 90 jersey couldn’t inspire the Jets in this one.Dan Carpenter kicked a 33-yard field goal less than 4 minutes in. Miami then recovered an onside kick, and although the Dolphins didn’t turn it into points, the special teams unit came up big again later in the quarter. Jimmy Wilson blocked Robert Malone’s punt and Vernon recovered to make it 10-0.Sanchez turned it over on the Jets’ next possession when he was sacked by Carroll and Jared Odrick recovered the fumble at New York’s 32. Moore led an efficient six-play drive capped by Daniel Thomas’ 3-yard run to make it 17-0 less.Carpenter added a 39-yard field goal later in the half to give the Dolphins a 20-0 lead.Even the one area that had been flawless until Sunday failed the Jets. Nick Folk’s 35-yard field-goal attempt was blocked by Vernon; Folk had opened the season 11 for 11.New York finally got on the scoreboard a few minutes into the second half on Folk’s 38-yarder, but the Jets couldn’t keep the momentum. Moore connected with Fasano in the back of the end zone for a 4-yard touchdown to make it 27-3.New York got closer on Chaz Schilens’ 5-yard touchdown catch with 7:20 left. The 2-point conversion failed and the Jets had made too many mistakes and fallen too far behind to mount much of a comeback.Carpenter hit a 42-yarder to cap the scoring, with the stadium mostly empty by that time.The latest installment of one of the NFL’s best rivalries had some added spice after the teams yapped at each other all week. It started from the first meeting, a 23-20 overtime win by New York, when Ryan said the Jets needed to put “hot sauce” on Reggie Bush — explaining he meant extra attention on the playmaking running back. Bush hurt his knee in the game and took Ryan’s comments to mean the Jets intended to injure him, so he said it was karma that Darrelle Revis was knocked out for the season.Capping the chippy week, Antonio Cromartie said Bush’s comments about Revis were “unprofessional.”Now, the Jets head into a bye week with plenty of uncertainty — and in last place in the division. Meanwhile, the surging Dolphins kept pace with the New England, remaining a half-game behind the AFC East leaders.

    New England Patriots running back Stevan Ridley, right, with St. Louis Rams free safety Quintin Mikell, left, in action during the second half of a NFL football game at Wembley Stadium, London, Sunday.

    Brady, Patriots rout Rams 45-7 at Wembley

    LONDON — Tom Brady and the Patriots certainly seemed right at home on their second trip to London. Brady led touchdown drives on the Patriots’ first five drives Sunday and New England (5-3) ran over the St. Louis Rams 45-7 in the NFL’s annual regular-season game at Wembley Stadium.The Rams (3-5) had looked ready to put up a fight when Sam Bradford hit Chris Givens with a 50-yard touchdown pass on the first drive of the game.But St. Louis, which arrived in London on Tuesday three days before the Patriots to get better adjusted to the time difference, was the team that looked jetlagged the rest of the way.Brady led four straight touchdown drives to give New England a commanding 28-7 lead by halftime, and then hit Brandon Lloyd for a 9-yard score to start the third quarter.Brady passed for 304 yards with four touchdowns and tight end Rob Gronkowski caught eight passes for 146 yards and two scores. Lloyd also had two touchdown catches, while Stevan Ridley ran for 127 yards and a score as the Patriots put themselves atop the AFC East heading into their off week.The Rams, who also will be off, are now last in the NFC West after losing two in a row. New England had at least 350 yards of total offense for the 17th straight game — breaking an NFL record set by the Rams in 1999-2000, back when Kurt Warner was leading “The Greatest Show on Turf.”This, perhaps, was the greatest show put on by a team in London since the NFL started staging regular-season games here in 2007 — or at least the most dominating, as New England gave the British crowd a first-hand look at the league’s top-ranked offense. After the Rams took the lead, Brady led a 78-yard drive to tie the scores with a 19-yard pass to Brandon Lloyd. On their next drive, coach Bill Belichick opted to go for it on fourth down at the one-yard line, and Shane Vereen broke into the end zone for the score. It was the only fourth down the Rams forced until the middle of the third quarter, when the Patriots had to settle for a 26-yard field goal to make it 38-7. In between, Brady hit Gronkowski on a 7-yard touchdown pass and Ridley had another one-yard run into the end zone for the Patriots 10 seconds before halftime. St. Louis only had one other scoring opportunity in the first half, but botched the snap on a 52-yard field goal attempt right after the two-minute warning and holder Johnny Hekker was tackled for a 9-yard loss. By then, though, it was clear that field goals wouldn’t do much good either for the Rams, who again failed to cope with a high-powered offense after losing to Green Bay at home last weekend. Already without leading receiver Danny Amendola, the Rams offense sputtered after Givens left the game temporarily with a toe injury late in the first quarter. Givens’ touchdown gave him a reception of at least 50 yards for the fifth straight game, a rookie record, but he only managed two more catches after returning and finished with 63 yards. Running back Steven Jackson was also largely shut down, finishing with 23 yards on seven carries. Bradford was 23 of 31 for 205 yards and added an interception in the fourth quarter before being replaced by backup Kellen Clemens near the end. Brady, meanwhile, made full use of his multitude of weapons — and got some help by the Rams defense along the way. St. Louis was called for pass interference on third down three times in the first half — including twice on the final drive. New England became the first team to win two games in London, having beaten Tampa Bay here in 2009. As expected, the Patriots also had the majority of crowd support from the 84,004 fans at Wembley, despite the Rams being the designated home team. That, however, didn’t stop backup quarterback Ryan Mallett from getting booed when taking knee to run out the clock — one of the few aspects of the American version of football that the British crowd didn’t seem to appreciate.

    Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) throws a pass as Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Alan Branch (99) puts pressure on the quarterback in the first half in Detroit.

    Lions top Seahawks 28-24 with 20 seconds left

    DETROIT — The Detroit Lions drafted Titus Young last year, envisioning him as the receiver to eventually replace veteran Nate Burleson.It has happened sooner than planned, and Young is making the most of his opportunity.Young caught his second touchdown pass from Matthew Stafford on a 1-yard slant with 20 seconds left, lifting Detroit to a 28-24 win over the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.“Matthew trusted me all day, and he gave me a perfect opportunity to make a play at the end,” Young said. “I wanted do that for everyone on the team, but I especially wanted to do it for Nate.”Burleson broke his right leg in Monday night’s loss at Chicago, pushing Young up the depth chart. Burleson sent a motivational message to his teammates on offense that was shown on video Saturday night.Young caught a go-ahead TD midway through the second quarter and finished with nine receptions and 100 yards receiving — both career highs — in a breakout performance that didn’t surprise Detroit coach Jim Schwartz.“I wasn’t worried about Titus,” Schwartz said. “Titus has never lacked for self-confidence.”Young needed to make the second TD catch after Zach Miller had a spectacular, 16-yard snag on a toss from Russell Wilson with 5:27 left that put the Seahawks ahead.But Seattle (4-4) couldn’t stop the Lions (3-4) on their last possession.“We’re disappointed that after that terrific drive, we couldn’t finish it off the way we wanted to,” Seattle coach Pete Carroll said. “We didn’t get the stops on third down.”That was a problem for the Seahawks all afternoon, giving up first downs on 12 of 16 third downs on defense, including three on Detroit’s last drive.Stafford led the 16-play possession that started at Detroit’s 20 with 5:27 remaining. It began with a 15-yard pass to Calvin Johnson and was kept alive with third-down conversion passes to Johnson in Lions territory, to Joique Bell that set up the winning score from just outside the goal line on another third down.After Stafford had to throw away two passes to avoid sacks with no timeouts left, Young broke inside of cornerback Brandon Browner and caught the winning TD pass.“There were four dudes standing next to Calvin and one standing next to Titus, so I liked my odds on that side,” Stafford said. “Calvin got a lot of attention all game, just like he always does, but the other guys stepped up. Titus had a huge game, Brandon Pettigrew had a hell of a game, Ryan Broyles made some big plays, and the running backs were coming out of the backfield and making catches.“That’s what we needed.”Stafford threw a winning TD pass with less than a minute left for the second time this year and for the fourth time in four seasons. He has led nine drives — including three this year — that led to decisive winning scores in the fourth quarter and overtime during his 36-game career.“It’s easy to be confident in Matt when you are with him every day,” Schwartz said. “The talent he has isn’t just going to go away.”Stafford was 34 of 49 for 352 yards with three TDs, also connecting with Broyles in the end zone at the end of the first quarter. The quarterback also ran for a 1-yard TD that gave Detroit a lead early in the fourth period for the first time this year.It looked like the Lions were going to blow it.Seattle went ahead when Wilson lobbed a pass into the end zone that a leaping Miller tipped to himself with his right hand and hauled in with both hands for the go-ahead TD.“I knew he’d catch it,” Wilson said. “He has unbelievable hands.”Seattle, though, was the team that failed to hold onto the lead and ended up losing consecutive games for the first time this year.Wilson was 25 of 35 for 236 yards with two TDs and an interception. Marshawn Lynch ran just 12 times for 105 yards, including a career-high 77-yard run early in the second quarter for one of five lead changes in the closely contested game.

    Suzann Pettersen from Norway, reacts on the 18th green after winning the Taiwan Championship at the Sunrise Golf & Country Club, Sunday in Yang Mei, Taiwan. Pettersen closed with a 3-under 69 at Sunrise to finish at 19 under and earned $300,000 for her 10th LPGA Tour title.

    Suzann Pettersen wins Taiwan Championship

    YANG MEI, Taiwan — Suzann Pettersen won the Taiwan Championship on Sunday for her second straight LPGA Tour victory, rallying to beat Inbee Park by three strokes.Pettersen closed with a 3-under 69 in wind and drizzle on the at Sunrise course. The Norwegian finished with a 19-under 269 and earned $300,000 for her 10th LPGA Tour title.“It is a great win for me, especially coming back from behind in tough conditions like today,” Pettersen said. “I just focused on every shot and stuck to my game plan.”Last week in South Korea, she beat Catriona Matthew in a playoff.“I tee it up every week to try and win,” Pettersen said. “Obviously, winning last week gave me perhaps a bit more confidence believing that what I do is the right thing. ... I don’t think I’ve enjoyed myself so much on the golf course like I have the last three or four weeks, so I think that might be a huge part of it. Really playing with my heart, playing with my instinct, even on the last shot. Just being aggressive.”Park shot a 74. The South Korean won two weeks ago in Malaysia for her second victory of the year and leads the money list.“Today, I hit the ball good, I think,” Park said. “Just, putts just didn’t fall. I mean I holed a lot of putts the last three days, so I guess today was just unlucky day. Just try to take the things from this week and go on to next week.”Local favorite Yani Tseng had a 71 to finish third at 15 under. The top-ranked Taiwanese player won the event last year.“I really enjoyed this week to coming back home and play the LPGA tournament here,” Tseng said. “ So many fans out here to cheer for me and to give me 100 percent support, so I really, really appreciate that. I can’t wait to come back next year to play well.”She won three of the first five tour events this year, then struggled before finishing third in the last two events.“I know I didn’t finish where I wanted to, but it’s getting better and I think it’s getting better slowly, so I’m very happy what I play right now,” Tseng said. “I always have something that I can improve on like every day, so I’m very happy to see my game right now and feel very confident and going to play Japan next week, so hopefully I’ll have a good week, too.”Matthew was fourth at 14 under after a 70.Cristie Kerr was the only American in the top 12, shooting a 73 to tie for sixth at 9 under. Michelle Wie had a 76 to tie for 23rd at 1 under.

    Atlanta Falcons outside linebacker Sean Weatherspoon (56) reacts during the second half of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles in Philadelphia.

    Ryan leads unbeaten Falcons over Eagles 30-17

    Either the Atlanta Falcons are really this good or the Philadelphia Eagles are really this bad. Matt Ryan threw touchdown passes on Atlanta’s first three possessions against the Eagles and new defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, and the Falcons remained the NFL’s only unbeaten team with a convincing 30-17 win over Philadelphia on Sunday.

    Chicago Bears kicker Robbie Gould (9) kicks the game-winning field goal as time expires during Sunday’s game against Carolina at Soldier Field in Chicago.

    Gould field goal lifts Bears over Panthers 23-22

    Robbie Gould kicked a 41-yard field goal as time expired as the Chicago Bears rallied twice in the fourth quarter to beat the Carolina Panthers 23-22. The Bears were trailing 19-7 in the fourth when the game turned in a big way. The Bears took over on the Carolina 38 after Brad Nortman shanked a 6-yard punt, and Jay Cutler connected with Kellen Davis on a 12-yard scoring pass with just under seven minutes left.

    Cleveland Browns safety Raymond Ventrone celebrates after a 7-6 win over the San Diego Chargers in Cleveland.

    Browns edge Chargers 7-6 in rough weather

    CLEVELAND — Trent Richardson’s sore ribs didn’t slow him down, and neither did the nasty weather.Cleveland’s rookie running back rushed for 122 yards and scored a touchdown, leading the Browns to a soggy, wind-whipped 7-6 win over the San Diego Chargers on Sunday.Richardson, pulled last week at Indianapolis when he was ineffective because of a rib injury, carried 24 times as the Browns (2-6) slopped their way to a second straight home win — and first for new owner Jimmy Haslam. Richardson scored on a 26-yard run in the first quarter and the Browns were able to hang on despite not generating much offense in blustery, wet conditions.The Chargers (3-4) dropped their third straight. San Diego had a final chance, but quarterback Philip Rivers’ pass was batted away by Browns cornerback Buster Skrine with 1:24 left.Rivers finished 18 of 34 for 154 yards but had a potential touchdown pass dropped by Robert Meachem in the third quarter.With winds off Lake Erie gusting to more than 40 mph and a steady rain falling from the opening kick to the final whistle, neither offense could get anything going.So the Browns turned to Richardson, their young star who had been limited in practice all week with a rib injury he sustained two weeks ago in a win over Cincinnati. But unlike last week when he was tentative hitting the hole, Richardson ran with purpose from the outset. He also had an important 12-yard reception in the fourth quarter when the Browns were backed up near their goal line.Because of the bad weather, the Chargers, too, were forced to go to the ground and Ryan Mathews picked up 95 yards on 24 attempts.Nick Novak kicked field goals of 43 and 31 yards for San Diego, which blew second-half leads in consecutive losses to New Orleans and Denver before its bye. But the Chargers never got ahead in this one and Meachem’s huge drop will be the play that haunts coach Norv Turner this week.Richardson’s TD run gave the Browns a 7-0 lead in the first quarter.Two plays after quarterback Brandon Weeden converted on a 4th-and-1 with a sneak to keep the drive alive, Richardson took a handoff up the middle, broke two tackles and was kept upright by right guard Shawn Lauvao, who wrapped his hands around his teammate, before scampering into the end zone for his fifth TD.The Browns were effective getting Richardson outside with quick pitches, plays that allowed him to minimize smacked in the ribs and forced some of the Chargers defensive backs into situations where they had to try to bring down the bruising back in space — not an easy job.San Diego’s offense sputtered for much of the first half but Rivers moved the Chargers in the final two minutes, setting up Novak’s 43-yard field goal as time expired that cut Cleveland’s lead to 7-3.The Chargers missed a chance to take the lead midway through the third when Meachem failed to hang on to what would have been an easy TD pass. Meachem got behind Cleveland’s secondary and was wide open at about the 25-yard line when he let Rivers’ toss slip through his hands.Novak’s 31-yard field goal brought the Chargers within 7-6 in the third.Following Richardson’s TD, the Browns punted on eight consecutive possessions and were in trouble backed up at their own 7. On second down, Weeden’s pass was tipped at the line and nearly picked off by safety Atari Bigby. Given new life, Weeden then hit Richardson on a swing pass for a critical first down and the Browns were able to run off some time before Rivers got the ball back with 2:36 left.But San Diego only got as far as Cleveland’s 44 and Rivers threw four straight incompletions to end a frustrating day.

    Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12) is sacked by Tennessee Titans outside linebacker Akeem Ayers (56) as Indianapolis Colts tackle Anthony Castonzo (74) blocks during the second half in Nashville, Tenn.

    Luck’s TD pass in OT leads Indy over Titans 19-13

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Andrew Luck came through against the Tennessee Titans just like the Colts quarterback he replaced used to.The rookie who took over for Peyton Manning threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to Vick Ballard 4:49 into overtime and the surprising Indianapolis Colts beat the Titans 19-13 on Sunday.The Colts (4-3) have beaten Tennessee in seven of eight overall and seven of the past 10 in Nashville. Manning was in charge of the Colts before moving to the Denver Broncos this season.Luck lead the Colts on a pair 80-yard touchdown drives. The No. 1 overall draft pick set up Delone Carter’s 1-yard TD run that tied it at 13 with 3:24 left in the fourth quarter.In overtime, Ballard capped the drive, taking a screen pass and going up the left side where the rookie got his feet knocked out from underneath him as the Titans tried to get him out of bounds. Ballard crossed the goal line upside down with his head hitting the pylon for the TD. Officials reviewed the play before ruling it a score.The Titans (3-5) had won two in a row, but had a couple of chances to win this one in regulation. After Carter’s TD run, Tennessee moved down the field and Matt Hasselbeck overthrew tight end Jared Cook on what would have been a touchdown. Then Hasselbeck was incomplete before the Titans punted back to the Colts with 56 seconds left.Tennessee thought it had recovered a fumble that would allow Rob Bironas to win the game in regulation. Colts fullback Dwayne Allen was stripped of the ball after a catch, and Titans cornerback Alterraun Verner recovered at the Colts 28. Officials ruled Allen down due, and the Colts kneeled down to run out the final seconds to reach overtime.The Colts won the toss, took the ball and never gave it back.Donald Brown, who had eight carries for 41 yards in regulation, got the ball on the first six plays of overtime and ran for 39 yards. Facing third-and-8 from the Titans 36, Luck stood in the pocket and found Reggie Wayne for a 20-yard completion. A play later, Luck tossed the screen, and Ballard did the rest to finish off the victory.Indianapolis outgained Tennessee 457-339, and Luck was 26 of 38 for 297 yards. Adam Vinatieri also kicked two field goals.The Titans led most of the game, tied only at 3-3 in the first quarter and late in regulation. Hasselbeck was 22 of 29 for 236 yards with a TD pass that was the 200th of his career making him the 32nd player in NFL history to reach that mark. Chris Johnson ran for 99 yards, and Rob Bironas kicked two field goals while missing a 45-yarder wide right. But the Titans came in giving up more points than any team in the NFL, and they just couldn’t make the stop to give their offense one last chance. They sacked Luck twice. Michael Griffin got an interception and also blocked a 37-yard field goal at the end of the first half. It wasn’t enough.The Titans pressured Luck repeatedly in their first shot at their division rival’s new quarterback. Luck had a couple passes batted down but found open receivers time and again.

    Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, center, is stopped by Pittsburgh Steelers nose tackle Casey Hampton, right, and cornerback Keenan Lewis (23) in the second quarter in Pittsburgh.

    Steelers shut down Griffin III, Redskins 27-12

    The Steelers swarmed Washington's precocious star Sunday, keeping Griffin in check during a dominant 27-12 victory. Griffin completed just 16 of 34 passes for 177 yards and a score while managing 10 yards rushing. Ben Roethlisberger had no such issues against Washington's depleted defense, throwing for 222 yards and three touchdowns as the Steelers (4-3) won consecutive games for the first time this season.


    Wolves get back to winning

    Chicago Wolves game report:

    Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau shouts instructions to his team during the first half of the preseason finale Friday against the Indiana Pacers in South Bend, Ind.

    Assessing what Bulls preseason told us
    Other than a groin injury to Kirk Hinrich, the Bulls have no reason to complain about preseason. Now that it's over, here’s a look at what went well and where’s the cause for concern with the Bulls:

    Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson (5) runs the ball against Oklahoma during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)

    Nebraska bests Michigan, Robinson hurt

    Ameer Abdullah ran for 101 yards and a touchdown and Nebraska took control of the Big Ten Legends Division with a 23-9 victory over No. 20 Michigan on Saturday night.


    Hurricane Sandy isn’t going to close the New York Stock Exchange, at least Monday morning — when trading is scheduled to open as usual.

    NYSE plans to open as usual Monday

    The New York Stock Exchange plans to open for trading as usual Monday, even as Hurricane Sandy barrels its way up the Atlantic.

    The third business quarter was no blockbuster, to be sure, but by midweek analysts were reassessing their grim predictions. Halfway through earnings season, both winning streaks — profit and revenue — are on track to survive another quarter.

    Halftime report: Is fear of a weak 3Q overblown?

    Regarding the state of the American economy as third quarter earnings reports began to trickle in last week, a funny thing happened on the way to the pity party: Some of the biggest and most important U.S. companies started reporting revenue growth and raising their guidance.

    Different versions of the Microsoft Windows 8 operating system displayed during a media availability at Best Buy Friday in Springfield, Ill. Friday was the first day of sales for the new Windows 8 operating system.

    Poll: Scant demand for Microsoft’s Windows 8

    Microsoft bills Windows 8 as a “re-imagining” of the personal computer market’s dominant operating system, but the company still has a lot of work to do before the makeover captures the imagination of most consumers, based on the results of a recent poll by The Associated Press and GfK.

    Health insurance CEOs are getting nervous about what could happen if Republican Mitt Romney wins the White House. “There are a lot of dollars and a lot of staff time that’s been put into place to make this thing operational,” said G. William Hoagland, until recently a Cigna vice president, said of the health care law.

    Insurers nervous over prospect of Romney victory

    You’d think health insurance CEOs would be chilling the bubbly with Republican Mitt Romney’s improved election prospects, but instead they’re in a quandary.

    A US Airways plane passes behind a JetBlue plane at Logan Airport in Boston. Some U.S. airlines are giving travelers a way out if they want to scrap their plans due to Hurricane Sandy.

    Hurricane Sandy grounds thousands of flights

    Airlines canceled more than 5,000 flights mostly as a result of Hurricane Sandy, with hubs along the East Coast bearing the brunt of the disruptions.


    Reliance Steel looking to acquire bigger targets, CEO says

    Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co., the largest U.S. metals-servicing center company, said it was looking to increase the size of its acquisitions to $500 million or more to expand its business in North America.


    Career Coach: Dressing for successful job interviews

    A recruiter who once came through to interview students actually told me he didn't hire a candidate because the student wore brown shoes with a navy suit — a fashion decision that would never jibe with the corporate culture at the recruiter's company. It is critical to mirror the style of the organization for which you are interviewing.

    Hewlett-Packard recorded its biggest quarterly loss ever in this year’s second quarter.

    Fund managers: Don’t give up on HP, Dell or PCs

    All the buzz about mobile devices might lead you to believe the PC's future is bleak. Just this week, Apple unveiled the iPad Mini. Even Microsoft, a driving force in the rise of desktop PCs, is ramping up its mobile game. Here's an outlook on HP and Dell from fund managers who own those stocks.


    Hong Kong imposes property tax on nonlocal buyers

    Hong Kong's government announced its first property tax targeted at overseas buyers, stepping up efforts to cool home prices as U.S. monetary easing and record-low interest rates raise the risk of a bubble.


    SuperValu bonds tumble as shareholders gain

    Bonds of SuperValu Inc. that lack protections for investors in a takeover have made the supermarket chain's debt the worst performer among high-yield U.S. food and drug retailers in 2012 even as its shares soar.

    Hnin Nandar stands along with her cow near her farmland at Mingaladon township, northern outskirts of Yangon, Myanmar. The landscape of Mingaladon township tells a story of economic upheaval. Skeletons of factories for a new industrial zone rise from thick green rice paddies local farmers say were seized illegally by the Zaykabar Company, one of Myanmar’s most powerful companies. Human rights groups say land battles could intensify because companies tied to the military and business elite are rushing to grab land as the country emerges from five decades of isolation and opens its economy.

    Land battles surface in Myanmar as reforms unfold

    The landscape of Mingaladon township on the northern outskirts of Myanmar's main city tells a story of economic upheaval. Skeletons of factories for a new industrial zone rise from thick green rice paddies local farmers say were seized by one of Myanmar's most powerful companies. Human rights groups say land battles are intensifying because companies tied to the military and business elite are rushing to grab land as the country emerges from five decades of isolation and opens its economy.

    Fred Frank poses Tuesday for a photo in his vineyard at Dr. Konstantin Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars in Hammondsport, N.Y. Frank, grandson of Dr. Konstantin Frank, worries the region’s carefully tended reputation is in danger if tourists who make the long trip up from the New York City area and elsewhere have to deal with traffic created by gas drilling.

    Wine and fracking don’t mix, say vineyard owners

    The hillside vineyards of New York's Finger Lakes region make money producing fine Rieslings and inviting tourists to sip white wine by the water's edge. Now winery owners are worried about the prospect of a grittier kind of economic development: gas drilling. "If they allow hydro-fracking anywhere near us, tourism will be over and the industry will be done," said Art Hunt of Hunt Country Vineyards near Keuka Lake, N.Y.

    Great Waters Brewing Co. owner Sean O’Byrne is shown outside his brewpub located near the Xcel Center, home of the Minnesota Wild NHL hockey team. O’Byrne’s business is down 20 percent since the start of the NHL lockout and that’s a painful reminder of the 2004-05 lockout that wiped out the entire NHL season.

    NHL dispute puts sales for small businesses on ice

    In cities with professional hockey teams, it seems that the only thing on ice these days is sales — at least at the bars, restaurants and other small businesses that cater to sports fans. Business at the Great Waters Brewing Co., a brewpub located near the Xcel Center in St. Paul, Minn., is down 20 percent since the start of the lockout. For owner Sean O'Byrne, it's a painful reminder of the 2004-05 lockout that wiped out the entire NHL season. "The economic times are different now, and I think the one thing that's become apparent to me is the sort of ripple effect the hockey strike has," he says.

    The impending drastic changes in the estate and gift tax laws are prompting a flurry of activity as 2013 draws near. Family members are making financial gifts, creating trusts and considering other tax-minded moves.

    Coming changes in estate, gift taxes stir ‘frenzy’

    Taxes that are largely a concern of the very rich will soon affect far more people unless Congress steps in. The impending drastic changes in the estate and gift tax laws are prompting a flurry of activity as 2013 draws near. "There's been a little bit of a frenzy all of a sudden," says Janis Cowhey McDonagh, a principal with New York accounting firm Marcum LLP. "People are saying Wait a minute, this is really going away. I need to do something before the end of the year.'"


    Work advice: How to deal with pay inequity

    Karla L. Miller writes an advice column on navigating the modern workplace. Each week she will answer one or two questions from readers.

Life & Entertainment

    The original Aladdin’s Lamp from the Aladdin Hotel & Casino is part of a collection of signs from defunct hotels that have been installed as public art throughout downtown Las Vegas.

    Yes, there are free things to do in Las Vegas

    If you've got the money, Las Vegas has a million ways for you to spend it — the limo, the penthouse suite, the finest champagne money can buy — and that's before you even hit the casino floor. But even in this town of glamour and excess, there's enough for the guys and girls who didn't get so lucky at the tables last night. Here's a sampling of the best Las Vegas has to offer without spending a dime.

    Hoffman Estates resident Gerald Adams, shown here in his basement workshop, opened Custom Wood Accents shortly before the lengthy recession hit.

    How is local business affecting area furniture makers?

    Local customers — and the lack thereof — has affected a pair of merchants in different ways and in one case, a Hoffman Estates furniture maker took on a second job to make ends meet. Burress Amish Furniture in Elgin sells all sorts of solid wood furniture made by Amish people living in Ohio. Joanne Scara, the store's marketing associate, estimates that half of the store's clientele hails from the surrounding area. Customers typically discover the 29-year-old store online, then come in to see what it's selling — merchandise is not available for purchase online.

    "Halloween Magic 2" comes to the Akoo Theatre at Rosemont on Sunday, Oct. 28.

    Sunday picks: 'Halloween Magic 2' wows at the Akoo

    The magic tricks of Dr. Mark Kaschube and the amazing “Quick Change” costume changing act of David Mass and Dania Kaseeva are just some of performers at “Halloween Magic 2,” a family-friendly show at the Akoo Theatre at Rosemont. Country music artist Sara Evans headlines Pfeiffer Hall at North Central College Sunday. See how Christopher Titus mines his life for comic material when he headlines The Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg.

    “Good Kid m.A.A.d. city” by Kendrick Lamar

    Kendrick Lamar delivers classic rap album

    Kendrick Lamar is an up-and-coming rapper hailing from Los Angeles with a reputation already built through the underground scene as one of hip-hop's best lyricists. With the backing of Dr. Dre, the socially conscious emcee continues to enhance that stature on "good kid, m.A.A.d city," a cohesive album filled with classic gems. He takes his storytelling ability to a higher level on his major label debut.

    Luke Anderson stands in Alma, Ark., the 31st state he visited. Anderson, who has now visited a total of 39 states, is on a quest to play disc golf in all 50 states.

    A proud travel milestone: Visiting all 50 states

    It's a proud achievement for a certain type of traveler, and a worthy goal: Visiting all 50 states. But for those who take the quest seriously, merely crossing the border or changing planes at an airport doesn't necessarily give you the right to say you've been there. In fact, many 50-staters have a specific litmus test for what counts — eating a meal there, staying the night or spending a certain amount of time.

    Barlowgirl — Rebecca Barlow, left, Alyssa Barlow and Lauren Barlow — is retiring after they release their final single, “Hope Will Lead Us On,” on Oct. 30.

    Christian sister trio Barlowgirl calling it quits

    Christian sister trio Barlowgirl is retiring after nearly a decade of chart-topping success. Alyssa, Lauren and Rebecca Barlow are releasing their final song, "Hope Will Lead Us On," on Tuesday, Oct. 30. They will hold an online chat with fans Monday, Oct. 29, on Ustream, where they will take questions and perform acoustically.

    The Frank Lloyd Wright's Chicago bus tour will include visits to several homes designed by the famous architect in Oak Park.

    On the road: Visiting Wright homes

    You know you've wanted to take a Frank Lloyd Wright architectural tour and now you can see nearly two decades of the master's Chicago work in one Saturday morning. The Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust presents a three-hour, information-packed coach tour of famous Wright sights. Also, combine a weekend getaway to lively Madison, Wis., with early holiday shopping. The Madison Holiday Market hosts an array of merchants and boutiques full of unique gift ideas.

    The Jim Beam visitors center at its central distillery in Clermont, Ky. The $20 million center, called the Jim Beam American Stillhouse, is a replica of a 1930s stillhouse and is three times the size of the distilleryís old tourist center.

    Bourbon tourism: New visitors center at Jim Beam

    A new #20 million visitors center at the Jim Beam distillery is part of a wave of new or expanded visitors centers at Kentucky bourbon distilleries to cater to growing numbers of tourists.

    Huge carpenter ants pop out of tunnels as part of the Backyard Monsters exhibit at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.

    'Backyard Monsters' takes bugaboo out of bugs

    With their weird appearance and bad reputation, it's easy to be afraid of insects. The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum's exhibit "Backyard Monsters" tries to combat that attitude by bringing visitors face to face with a huge variety of bugs. In addition to the lifelike robots, "Backyard Monsters" offers viewers the opportunity to check out plenty of live insects.

    A woman walks the street of Safed, Israel in northern Israel. Safed is a popular destination for all kabbalah or Jewish mysticism, followers.

    Jewish center of mysticism isn’t just for celebs

    Kabbalah, or Jewish mysticism, is known around the world thanks to the many Hollywood celebrities who have embraced its teachings. Safed in northern Israel, is a popular destination for kabbalah followers. Its distant location, several hours from Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, doesn’t stop hundreds of thousands of people from visiting each year to get up close with kabbalah’s origins and the Jewish mystics who defined it 500 years ago.

    Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) has won a seat on the Pawnee City Council on the NBC comedy “Parks and Recreation.”

    Viewers elect to watch TV’s make-believe politicians

    It seems you just can’t watch TV without confronting politics. And that’s not just the glut of campaign coverage, now reaching its feverish climax. No, the high drama of this political season has been echoed by episodic TV this season. If candidates in real life are often criticized for playing roles and relying on scripts, these TV shows’ pretend politicos make no bones about it.

    Two cyclists ride along the 13-mile-long scenic drive at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area in Nevada. These towering red sandstone cliffs, some reaching 3,000 feet, are just 15 miles west of metropolitan Las Vegas.

    Stunning parks, great scenery outside Vegas worth the gamble

    The images of Las Vegas are familiar: gambling, ostentatious theme hotels, gambling, shows, the Strip ... and gambling. But when we visited friends who moved there from the East, they recommended leaving Vegas for some stunning natural sightseeing ranging from Red Rock Canyon to Zion National Park.


    Sister-in-law unfairly knocked off pedestal

    Q. Two years ago, an acquaintance of mine — and friend of my sister-in-law, “Jane” — repeated to me Jane’s ventings about our family. Our family only thinks highly of Jane; she has two special-needs children, and my brother, her husband, is controlling and not an easy person to live with.


    Garage access to attic helps vents heat

    Q. I own a trilevel home in the Chicago area. In the garage is an access door to the attic. During this brutally hot summer of 2012, I’ve left the garage access door open, and it dropped the temperature in the attic substantially.

    This dining room furniture is in the English Eastlake style.

    Aunt’s dining set not worth much today

    Q. Enclosed are photos of a dining-room set composed of a dining table, seven chairs (six straight and one captain’s) and a large mirrored sideboard/china cabinet. The set belonged to an elderly aunt in Montreal, and when I received the pieces, all were in good condition except the table and two chairs.

    The paperbark maple is covered in a reddish bark that peels and curls for a dramatic display.

    Woody plants for the winter garden

    Some gardeners dread the approach of winter, others with a small sense of relief. Do you remember what your landscape looked like last winter? Do adjectives like “stark” or “barren” come to mind? Adding some well-chosen woody plants may be the solution.


    Mitt Romney

    Endorsement: The case for Mitt Romney for president

    The Daily Herald endorses Mitt Romney for president, breaking with Barack Obama who received its endorsement four years ago with the argument that only a moderate, bipartisan approach will meet the country's profound economic challenges. Romney, unlike Obama, understands that business creates jobs, not governments, the newspaper editorial argues.


    Other newspapers’ presidential endorsements
    A sampling of endorsements for president by newspapers around the country, along with links to the full editorials.


    Obama stoops, doesn’t conquer

    Columnist Charles Krauthammer: Romney chose to do a Reagan: Don't quarrel. Speak softly. Meet the threshold. We'll soon know whether steady-as-she-goes was the right choice.


    Stop bowhunting in Kane preserves
    A Gilberts letter to the editor: Please contact the Kane County Forest Preserve officials and demand a stop to this plan of turning our peaceful forest preserves into places where arrows fly and our deer are heartlessly killed or maimed.


    Send integrity back to Washington
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: I was pleased to see that Peter Roskam was endorsed by both the Daily Herald and the Chicago Tribune to be our representative here in the Sixth Congressional District.


    Bench not a place for political hacks
    A Winfield letter to the editor: Judges should appointed on merit as professionals, not elected as political partisans. It creates a dilemma here in DuPage county where, I as a Republican committeeman, am asked to get out the vote for a totally unqualified politician to put on the robe of a senior judge.


    Keeps ‘forest’ in ‘forest preserve’
    Keeps ‘forest’ in ‘forest preserve’I have been a resident of DuPage for 14 years, 10 of which I spent as a volunteer in a local environmental organization performing water testing on rivers throughout the county. During that time, I crossed paths with many ordinary folks who were dedicating their lives to improving DuPage County. One of those people was Don Kirchenberg.I have known Don Kirchenberg for many years in his role as citizen advocate. As an activist and volunteer, Don is a tireless, hands-on worker whose dedication to our regional trail system helped make it the popular attraction it is today. In his capacity as leader of the Illinois Prairie Path and Great Western Trail, Don inspired me to become involved with the trails as both a member and volunteer, of which I remain today. And now, as a candidate for forest preserve commissioner in District 2, Don brings his experience and commitment to bear on our county’s valuable public lands.Voters in both parties have become frustrated and disillusioned with the pandering, dishonest and euphemistic language that has come to dominate both local and national politics. Don bucks that trend with unflagging integrity, breadth of knowledge, and a refreshing level of candor that is sorely missing from public dialogue today. Don is a candidate whom I trust to ensure transparency in government, stewardship of public lands, and the upholding of the covenant to keep the “forest” in “forest preserve”.Paul MackWarrenville


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