Daily Archive : Sunday November 11, 2012


    Angela Beestra, left, with Nancy Wicker of Harvard, who together installed the quilted barn panel on Beestra’s Harvard farm. Beestra’s dog Lilly is also pictured.

    Quilted barns draw attention to preservation, public art

    A "quilted barns" project has merged public art with efforts to restore former dairy barns in McHenry County. More than 30 barns across the county feature quilted patterns painted onto plywood squares that are attached to the barns.

    Clutching a poster featuring her likeness from her days as a Marine Corps airplane mechanic, Helen Ehlers, 89, of Wheaton, soaks in the adoration from a fellow DuPage County Marine Corps League member welcoming her home from an Honor Flight trip to Washington, D.C., to see the World War II Memorial.

    World War II vets want to expand Honor Flights

    The local Honor Flight charity has taken almost 4,000 veterans to see the World War II Memorial. With even the youngest veterans of that war now approaching 90, those veterans say they'd like to see the effort keep going after they are gone, expanding to include veterans of Korea, Vietnam and our 21st Century wars. “It takes you back. You almost lose your breath,” says Helen Ehlers of...


    Dist. 304 board, teachers still negotiating

    Members of the Geneva Community Unit District 304 school board and teachers union worked late into the night on Sunday trying to avert an impending strike. The school district on Saturday sent a letter to parents that school is still scheduled to take place Monday. In the event of a strike, officials will attempt to notify families by 5:30 a.m. using the district’s emergency notification...

    This July 13, 2011, photo shows former Gen. David Petraeus, left, shaking hands with Paula Broadwell, co-author of “All In: The Education of General David Petraeus.”

    Congress wants answers on Petraeus affair

    Members of Congress said Sunday they want to know more details about the FBI investigation that revealed an extramarital affair between ex-CIA Director David Petraeus and his biographer, questioning when the retired general popped up in the FBI inquiry, whether national security was compromised and why they weren’t told sooner.

    This film image released by Columbia Pictures shows Daniel Craig as James Bond in the action adventure film, “Skyfall,” which in its first weekend of release in the US made nearly $90 million.

    Bond soars with record $87.8 million ‘Skyfall’ debut

    James Bond’s “Skyfall” has extended its worldwide box-office rule to North America, hauling in a franchise-record $87.8 million in its first weekend at U.S. theaters. Adding in $2.2 million from Thursday night previews at IMAX and other large-format theaters, “Skyfall” has taken in $90 million domestically, according to studio estimates Sunday.


    Des Plaines man charged with 2 counts of armed robbery

    A Des Plaines man was arrested on Sunday on two counts of armed robbery after police said he robbed a liquor store and gas station at gunpoint in the past few days.


    Kane drug court has ‘write’ idea

    Recovering addicts in Kane County’s Drug Rehabilitation Court will get a chance to show artwork and essays they have created and completed in the 2nd annual Fine Art and Writing Show this week. Scheduled from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the first-floor jury room at the Kane County Judicial Center, the show provides a venue for participant and recent graduates in drug court to display...

    As a band nearby plays the National Anthem, Priscilla Eclarinal pays her respects to her father’s grave at the annual Veterans Day ceremony at Memphis National Cemetery in Memphis, Tenn., Sunday. Her father, Chief Petty Officer Teofilo Eclarinal, served for 30 years in the U.S. Navy fighting in both World War II and Korea.

    Nation pays tribute to sacrifices of veterans

    From sea to shining sea, the nation paid tribute to its members of the armed services Sunday, both with somber traditions such as a Virginia wreath-laying ceremony attended by President Barack Obama to honor those who didn’t make it back from active duty, and more lighthearted perks including red-carpet treatment at Las Vegas casinos for those who did.

    Vance Nwankwo

    Mourners gather to honor South Barrington man

    Vance Nwankwo was remembered by friends, neighbors and former teachers on Sunday night as selfless and kind, someone who wanted to get to know everyone and a had a smile for anyone he met. More than 50 people who knew Nwankwo gathered in the cold and rain for a candlelit vigil on Sunday night near the pond where the South Barrington man was found dead on Friday.”Whenever you were around him he...

    Gustavo Torres, director, Casa in Action, center, and others rally in front of the White House on Thursday, calling on President Barack Obama to fulfill his promise of passing comprehensive immigration reform.

    Senators propose comprehensive immigration changes

    Two senators on opposite sides of the aisle are proposing comprehensive changes to the immigration laws that would include a pathway to citizenship for the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants now in the United States.

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev. listens to a question during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, to discuss Tuesday’s election results.

    Dems, GOP fight brewing over curbing filibusters

    A brewing and potentially bitter fight over Democratic efforts to curb filibusters is threatening to inflame partisan tensions in the Senate, even as President Barack Obama and Republicans explore whether they can compromise on top tier issues such as debt reduction and taxes.

    Cassidy Bolster, 10, of St. Charles, tips a cup of food for a llama Sunday during the Chicago Pet Show’s third annual expo at the Kane County Fairgrounds. Bolster’s family is looking to adopt a Great Dane or English Mastiff and got to meet and see pictures of dogs during the event.

    Thousands turn out for St. Charles pet expo

    The Chicago Pet Show started as a way to connect pet rescue agencies with people interested in volunteering or adopting animals and animal-oriented businesses with pet owners in need of services. It has grown over the last three years from 50 exhibitors to 160, reaching thousands of pet enthusiasts during the two-day event, held at the Kane County Fairgrounds in St. Charles.

    President Barack Obama likely will have a chance to shape the Supreme Court in his next four years in office.

    Obama’s victory creates new chance to mold court
    Barack Obama, already the first president to appoint two female justices, may have a chance to name a third during his second term in office and deepen his imprint on the Supreme Court.

    Jim Elder, center, talks with a friend during open mic night at Baine’s Books in Appomattox, Va.

    Healing the divisions in postelection America

    Peace and harmony in America? It's not apparent. Not even now that Election 2012 is behind us at last.

    Thousands of food and clothing items are organized by Occupy Sandy volunteers in the school gymnasium at the St. Camillus Roman Catholic Church in the Rockaway Park neighborhood of the borough of Queens, New York, Sunday, almost two weeks in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.

    As days without power drag on, frustration simmers

    New Yorkers railed Sunday against a utility that has lagged behind others in restoring power two weeks after the superstorm that socked the region, criticizing its slow pace as well as a dearth of information.


    Missing Winfield woman found safe

    A Winfield woman who had been reported missing since Tuesday has been found safe, Winfield police said. Roberta Vendel, 55, who reportedly suffers from short-term memory loss and seizures, had last been seen on Tuesday afternoon. She was found safe in Chicago.

    The Color Guard marches through the Naperville Healing Field to post the colors for the Naperville Veterans Day Ceremony, Sunday.

    Images: Veterans Day in the suburbs
    Residents and officials honored our heroes during Veterans Day ceremonies throughout the suburbs on Sunday, Nov. 11.


    Recycling event in Waukegan

    A community recycling event will be held at Belvidere Park in Waukegan on Saturday, Nov. 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    In this photo provided by the Indianapolis Fire Department, firefighters work the scene where an explosion and fire has killed two people and damaged more than a dozen homes late Saturday and early Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012, in the Richmond Hill subdivision in Indianapolis.

    2 killed, three dozen homes damaged in Indianapolis

    A massive explosion sparked a huge fire and killed two people in an Indianapolis neighborhood where about three dozen homes were damaged or destroyed, authorities said Sunday. The powerful nighttime blast shattered windows, crumpled walls and could be felt at least three miles away.


    Honor, respect the cornerstones of Glendale Heights veterans ceremony

    Dozens gathered at Glendale Heights' Veterans Memorial Park on Sunday to pay tribute to veterans as well as those serving on the front lines today. . “You are my heroes,” Adam Laurich, senior vice commander of VFW Post 2377, told veterans at the event.


    Honor for Warren boys soccer champs

    Warren Township High School’s boys soccer state championship team will be formally recognized at a school board meeting this month.


    Toys for Tots drop-off in Mundelein

    State Rep. Ed Sullivan, of Mundelein, has teamed up with Century 21 to volunteer their offices as a Toys for Tots drop-off site for this holiday season.


    Run at MHS on Thanksgiving

    The Mundelein High School track and cross country teams will host a Thanksgiving Day 5-kilometer run.

    In this Sept. 18, 2012 picture, Homeless veteran George Krider poses for a portrait at a homeless shelter in San Diego. Krider has lived on and off the streets since leaving the navy with the rank of Petty Officer Second Class. Despite budget increases and an aggressive strategy, the Obama administration struggles to make good on its audacious promise: End homelessness among veterans by 2015.

    Major hurdles remain to end veteran homelessness

    Despite budget increases and an aggressive strategy, the Obama administration struggles to make good on its audacious promise: End homelessness among veterans by 2015. “It’s baloney to say it will end in 2015,” said Bob McElroy of the Alpha Project, which has helped the homeless in San Diego for decades. “This needs to be a priority for decades to come.”

    A member of the Israeli forces that have been sent to assist in the Ghana relief efforts, climbs debris after a building collapsed in Accra, Ghana, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012. Authorities on Thursday blamed faulty construction for the collapse of the five-storey building in Ghana’s capital that killed at least nine people and trapped some dozens of others as search and rescue efforts continue Thursday.

    Ghana: Rescuers still work in collapsed building

    Workers had congregated for morning prayers on the ground floor of the Melcom retail store in northern Accra Wednesday morning at around 9:15 when they heard a “boom, boom, boom” and the five-story building collapsed around them, trapping some 80 people under the rubble and killing at least 17.

    Police forensic officers examine a bullet-ridden three-wheeled vehicle used by inmates for their unsuccessful escape attempt, close to the entrance of a prison in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012. A shootout between rioting prisoners and security forces at a prison in Sri Lanka’s capital killed 27 inmates.

    Sri Lanka opposition calls prison deaths massacre

    Sri Lanka’s main opposition party on Sunday described the deaths of 27 inmates after a prison riot as a “cold-blooded massacre” and demanded a parliamentary investigation into the incident. Authorities have said the prisoners died in a shootout.

    A new business center has opened in Chicago to promote trade, joint projects and other forms of cooperation between U.S. and Turkish companies. Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office announced the new center Saturday.

    Emanuel welcomes new Turkish business center

    A new business center has opened in Chicago to promote trade, joint projects and other forms of cooperation between U.S. and Turkish companies.


    Emanuel talks high-tech ties with UK ambassador

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has met with Britain’s ambassador to the United States to discuss ways of further developing relationships in the high-tech industry on both sides of the Atlantic.

    Kenneth Koehler

    Four possibly vying for McHenry Co. board chairmanship

    McHenry County chairman Ken Koehler is still deciding whether he wants to go for a fifth term as leader of the board, incumbents Tina Hill and Ersel Schuster said they want the chairmanship, and Nick Provenzano said he’s considering it. All four are Republicans. The board will choose a chairman at its organizational meeting Dec. 3.

    A worker inspects a marijuana plant at a grow house in Denver, on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012. Marijuana legalization votes this week in Colorado and Washington state don’t just set up an epic state-federal showdown on drug law for residents. The measures also opens the door for marijuana tourism.

    Pot votes in CO, WA raise specter of weed tourism

    Hit the slopes — and then a bong? Marijuana legalization votes this week in Colorado and Washington state don't just set up an epic state-federal showdown on drug law for residents. The measures also open the door for marijuana tourism.

    President Barack Obama’s Twitter posting, which read “Four more years” and featured a picture of him hugging his wife, Michelle, became the most retweeted post on Twitter. Unlike many images of political marriage in which the man lays claim to his wife through a symbolically possessive gesture, the embrace between these two people seems mutual and symbolic of a healthy society.

    Obama photo is snapshot of modern, equal marriage

    President Barack Obama's Twitter posting, which read "Four more years" and featured a picture of him hugging his wife, Michelle, became the most retweeted post on Twitter. Unlike many images of political marriage in which the man lays claim to his wife through a symbolically possessive gesture, the embrace between these two people seems mutual and symbolic of a healthy society.

    An electoral U.S. map displays red states v. blue states on election night.

    Nation’s political divide is deepening

    Contrary to what President Barack Obama famously declared when he came to prominence in 2004, and which he echoed in his victory speech, there really does seem to be a Red America and a Blue America, each seeing a markedly different reality. That's why seven in 10 Democrats say the economy is getting better, while nearly six in 10 Republicans say it's getting worse, according to exit polls.

    Kate Heart, 19, a Pakistani transgender, applies makeup before heading to a wedding party where she will perform. Transgender people live in a tenuous position in conservative Pakistan, where the roles of the sexes are traditionally starkly drawn. One role where they are tolerated is as dancers at weddings and other celebrations at which men and women are strictly segregated.

    Transgender Pakistanis face society’s scorn

    Dressed up in elaborate, feminine outfits and artfully applied makeup, they are showered with money while dancing at all-male wedding parties. But the lives of transgender people in Pakistan are also marked by harassment, rejection and poverty. Transgender people live in a tenuous position in conservative Pakistan, where the roles of the sexes are traditionally starkly drawn.

    Brad Weber of Eden Prairie holds up a sign thanking people for voting no, as opponents of an unsuccessful ballot effort to define marriage as between a man and a woman rally outside the State Capitol in St. Paul, Minn., on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012.

    Gay rights advocates welcome election results — this time

    American politics became much more gay-friendly this week. Wisconsin voters elected a lesbian senator. Three gay men, and potentially one bisexual woman, will join the House of Representatives. And the approval of ballot initiatives means homosexuals can marry in three more states.

    Sleep difficulties, a problem for as many as 70 million Americans, can double one’s risk of heart attack or stroke, according to a study.

    Insomnia doubles risk of heart attack, stroke

    Sleep difficulties, a problem for as many as 70 million Americans, can double one's risk of heart attack or stroke, according to a study. The study by researchers in Taiwan found that people with insomnia were twice as likely to have heart attacks or strokes than those without the sleep disorder during the trial's four- year period. The research was presented at the American Heart Association...

    President Barack Obama and family host thousands of kids of all ages for an annual Easter Egg Roll at the White House in 2009. Pictured, Sasha, left, and Malia Obama read to a group gathered on the South Lawn.

    Sasha and Malia get four more years as First Daughters

    When her father's second term as president is up, Malia Obama will be 18 years old and entering adulthood. She and her younger sister, Sasha, will have spent their formative years in the White House, a place that their parents have attempted to shape into something resembling a normal home.

    Buffalo Grove Republican David Stolman leads the Lake County Board. After last week’s election, the GOP will have a 13 to 8 majority over the board’s Democrats.

    GOP retains majority on Lake County Board

    Despite big wins by Democratic candidates across the suburbs, control of the Lake County Board will remain in Republican hands. Because of redistricting and a remapping process that shrunk the board from 23 to 21 members, every seat was up for election last week. When the ballots were counted, 13 Republicans and eight Democrats were victorious.

    Shannon Burns is one of several new faces assuming leadership roles in the DuPage County Forest Preserve District. Burns is one of three new commissioners elected Nov. 6 and the district is seeking a new executive director.

    Election causes major shifts in DuPage forest district

    Dramatic changes are coming to the DuPage County Forest Preserve District. Three new commissioners were elected last week, including the district's first Democrat, a new public affairs director was hired, and the search continues for an executive director.

    Laura Penosky of Wheaton, with some of her children looking on, took advantage of the first day of early voting by casting her ballot Oct. 22 at the DuPage County government building in Wheaton. Penosky’s daughter, Lydia Penosky, 21, voted for the first time at an adjoining booth.

    Why 1 in 4 chose to vote before Election Day

    Nearly one in four people in the Chicago suburbs who voted in Tuesday's election went to a polling place in person and voted early. Election experts say this percentage will only grow as early voting continues to gain traction across the county. "The people who are voting (early) are usually the most partisan, the people who have made up their minds,” said Matt Streb of NIU.

    Republican state Sen. Kirk Dillard of Hinsdale, confirmed he’ll be making a bid for governor in 2014,

    Republicans focusing on 2014 governor’s race

    As Republican candidates start lining up for a run for Illinois governor in 2014, so do issues the party must consider. Among them: appealing to minority voters and bridging regional differences. “If the Republicans want to win the governorship in 2014, they must run a suburbanite with strong downstate roots that can run well in Chicago,” said David Yepsen, director of the Paul Simon...


    Chicago Bears running back Michael Bush (29) fumbles on a fourth down run in the first quarter against Houston Texans during Sunday’s game at Soldier Field in Chicago.

    Images: Bears vs. Texans
    The 7-1 Chicago Bears welcomed the 7-1 Houston Texans football team to Soldier Field in Chicago for a Sunday night game.The Bears lost the game 13-6 in a windy, rain-soaked game.

    A Bears fan can’t bear to watch the final seconds during Sunday’s loss to Houston at Soldier Field in Chicago.

    Bears’ chances washed away after Cutler exits

    With no scoring help from their defense that had scored 7 touchdowns in the first eight games, and without injured quarterback Jay Cutler, the Bears just didn’t have enough firepower to get past the Texans. The 13-6 defeat ended the six-game winning streak of coach Lovie Smith’s team. “In the end, the best team won,” Smith said. “You can’t make some of the mistakes we made early.”

    Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) gets up after a second quarter hit that may have resulted in a concussion during Sunday’s game at Soldier Field in Chicago. Cutler did not return to the game in the second half.

    Again, we’re left wanting more from Cutler

    The intrigue during halftime Sunday night was whether Jay Cutler would reverse a terrible first-half performance. The Bears’ quarterback recorded a paltry passer rating of 16.7 during the first two quarters against the Houston Texans. But great quarterbacks have stunk it up in the first half and rallied to win the game. We’ll never know because he was in the locker room the entire second half with a concussion.

    Brandon Marshall drops what appears to be a sure touchdown during the second quarter after beating cornerback Johnathan Joseph on Sunday at Soldier Field.

    Smith says Campbell can do the job vs. Niners

    Backup quarterback Jason Campbell found out at halftime he’d be getting his first extended playing time as a Bear. “When we came in, Jay told me, ‘Hey, get ready. I’m not sure of the status of my injury. Just get ready to go out and play the second half,’ ” Campbell said. “The coaches came out and said, ‘You’re in, let’s roll.’"

    Chicago Bears quarterback Jason Campbell (2) talks to one of the officials late in the fourth quarter during the game.

    If Campbell Bears’ answer, what’s the question?

    Jay Cutler will not have to worry about a quarterback controversy in his absence. If nothing else, that much was clear amid the mud and rain Sunday night at Soldier Field. For however long Cutler is out with a concussion, Jason Campbell will have to show a considerable amount more than he did in the second half Sunday night against Houston.


    Grading the Bears: A ‘C’ average

    Quarterback C-: Before leaving with a concussion, Jay Cutler struggled big time. But Jason Campbell came in and did OK.

    Bears quarterback Jay Cutler walks off the field after throwing his second interception of Sunday’s first half at Soldier Field.

    Big headache: Bears lose 13-6, Cutler suffers concussion

    The Houston Texans kept taking the ball away from the Chicago Bears. Then, they took Jay Cutler out of the game. Arian Foster finished with 102 yards rushing and a touchdown catch, and the Houston Texans intercepted Cutler twice before knocking him out of the game with a concussion on their way to a 13-6 victory.


    Rams, 49ers play to 24-24 tie

    SAN FRANCISCO — The St. Louis Rams and San Francisco 49ers played the NFL’s first tie game in four years as kickers from both teams missed overtime field goals Sunday.Greg Zuerlein kicked a 53-yarder, but the Rams were penalized 5 yards for delay of game. He tried again from 58 as coach Jeff Fisher played for the win, and missed wide right with 2:42 left in OT. San Francisco’s David Akers missed wide left on a 41-yard attempt that could have sealed it for the NFC West-leading 49ers (6-2-1), who lost quarterback Alex Smith to a first-half concussion.Akers booted a tying 33-yarder with 3 seconds left in regulation after Sam Bradford threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Austin Pettis with 1:09 remaining.San Francisco linebacker Patrick Willis was flagged for holding Lance Kendricks on third down of St. Louis’ final drive, a costly mistake that kept his team from getting one last chance.On the first play of OT, Bradford completed an 80-yard pass to Danny Amendola that took St. Louis (3-5-1) to the 2, but the play was called back for an illegal formation. Some 49ers fans got up to leave, then returned to their seats.The last tie was between Philadelphia and Cincinnati, 13-13 in 2008.Frank Gore ran for a 20-yard touchdown with 8:23 to go in regulation just 17 seconds after backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick scurried 7 yards for a score. Kaepernick finished 11 for 17 for 117 yards and also had eight carries for 66 yards, calmly leading the Niners after it took several series to find his groove.Gore ran for 97 yards, while Michael Crabtree made five catches for 70 yards and a 14-yard touchdown from Smith before he left the game. Amendola returned for the Rams following a three-game absence with a shoulder injury to make 11 catches for 102 yards. Bradford went 26 for 39 for 275 yards and two touchdowns.Smith took a hard hit on the back of the neck from linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar after a scramble with 1:10 left in the first quarter. But the No. 1 overall pick in the 2005 draft stayed in the game and completed his next five passes, including Crabtree’s TD.Smith, who has started 28 straight games, wound up 7 for 8 for 72 yards. The 49ers didn’t face Bradford in either meeting last season as the Rams quarterback missed six games with a high left ankle sprain. He had all kinds of extra opportunities this time.Bradford found Steven Jackson for a 14-yard gain and first down late in the third period to keep a drive going. Jackson’s helmet flew off as he bowled through Willis. The Rams benefited moments later from Dashon Goldson’s 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for taking off his helmet.Then, defensive tackle Ray McDonald was flagged for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Bradford when he came in under the quarterback’s chin, extending another Rams drive and giving them first and goal from the 7. Zuerlein kicked a 27-yard field goal.The penalties and miscues were certainly uncharacteristic of San Francisco’s defense.Crabtree’s touchdown midway through the second quarter gave him a TD reception in five straight games against the Rams. It was his third touchdown in two games, and all of his team-leading four TD catches have come in the last five games. Kaepernick took over as Smith went to the bench to be examined by medical personnel and soon left for the locker room with a concussion.

    Bulls guard Nate Robinson (2) will get the call Monday night if Kirk Hinrich hip strain keeps him out of the lineup.

    Bulls’ reserve guards could get on floor
    Improving the bench play has been an issue for the Bulls. So even if Kirk Hinrich has to skip Monday’s game against Boston, at least there could be a silver lining. Hinrich missed the second half of Saturday's win over Minnesota with a right hip strain.


    Bulls tipoff
    Bulls vs. Boston Celtics at the United Center, 7 p.m.TV: Comcast SportsNetRadio: WMVP 1000-AMUpdate: Boston improved to 3-3 by beating Milwaukee on Saturday, but the Celtics haven’t looked impressive. Their other 2 victories were by small margins over winless Washington. Paul Pierce is averaging 20.8 points, Kevin Garnett is at 16.0, while Rajon Rondo leads the league in assists with 13.3. Ex-Dallas SG Jason Terry (11.7 ppg) has taken over for Ray Allen. This is the Bulls’ final home date before departing on the five-game circus road trip.Next: Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center, 8 p.m. Wednesday— Mike McGraw


    Wilson, Lynch lead Seattle’s 28-7 rout of Jets

    SEATTLE — The Seattle Seahawks are heading into their bye week on a roll as even receivers are throwing for touchdowns.Golden Tate let fly with a left-handed shot put throw that fell into the arms of Sidney Rice for a score, then took a well-deserved bow in Seattle’s 28-7 rout of the New York Jets on Sunday.Russell Wilson threw two touchdown passes and Tate found Rice for a 23-yard TD on a reverse pass midway through the fourth quarter.Marshawn Lynch added 124 yards rushing and a 1-yard TD plunge as the Seahawks (6-4) won their second straight, improved to 5-0 at home and sent the Jets to their worst start since 2007. Lynch also topped 1,000 yards for the season on an 18-yard run, bouncing off tacklers late in the fourth quarter. He has 1,005 for the season. Wilson was harried for much of the day by the multiple looks from the Jets’ defense. But the Seattle rookie responded with key throws, hitting Tate for a 38-yard TD on Seattle’s opening drive, then connecting with Rice early in the fourth quarter to give Seattle a two-score advantage. Then came Seattle’s closing act. After a penalty wiped out another TD run from Lynch that left Antonio Cromartie buckled and grabbing at air, the Seahawks went into their bag of tricks. Facing first-and-goal at the 23, Wilson handed off to Tate. His windup was methodical and his heave wasn’t the prettiest, but the spiral found Rice in the back of the end zone. Tate bowed to three sides of CenturyLink Field while his teammates celebrated the blowout victory. Wilson finished 12 of 19 for 188 yards and still has not thrown an interception at home. Both of Rice’s catches were for touchdowns.Mark Sanchez struggled in his meeting against Seattle coach Pete Carroll, his former coach at USC. Sanchez threw a costly interception at the goal line in the first half, then fumbled at the Seattle 32 on a blitz from Richard Sherman and Seattle’s Jason Jones recovered. New York’s only touchdown came on a 21-yard fumble return by defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson when Wilson was sacked. Otherwise it was a miserable trip to the West Coast for the Jets (3-6).Sanchez finished 9 of 22 for 124 yards. Tim Tebow ran four times for 14 yards, and was 3 of 3 passing for 8 yards. But Tebow was of no help to the offense. It looked promising for the Jets when they got their first fumble return for a touchdown since 2009. Mike DeVito hit the scrambling Wilson, who held the ball too long. The loose ball bounced perfectly into Wilkerson’s arms and he rumbled for the TD. It was the first fumble returned for a touchdown against the Seahawks since 2009. Seattle’s problems keeping possession weren’t done. Lynch fumbled on the first play of the second quarter at the New York 40, his first lost fumble in a year. Lynch sat on the bench with his headband pulled over his face in disgust. Lynch’s fumble nearly became the turning point for the Jets. Tebow converted third-down with a 3-yard keeper, then Sanchez found Jeremy Kerley for 43 yards to the Seattle 7 on a blown coverage. But on third-and-goal Sherman baited Sanchez into throwing across the field, where the Seahawks cornerback stepped in to steal his fourth interception of the season. Jon Ryan wound up punting and Kerley tried to run under the kick near the Jets sideline, but saw it bounce off his hands. Seattle’s Kam Chancellor pounced on the turnover. Seattle quickly capitalized, converting a second-and-15 when Wilson threw a backhanded screen pass under heavy pressure to Lynch for 27 yards. Lynch finally plowed in from the 1 to give the Seahawks a 14-7 halftime lead.


    Romo’s 2 TDs lead Cowboys past Eagles 38-23

    PHILADELPHIA — Dallas scored big on all sides of the ball and pumped some life back into the NFC East race.Tony Romo threw a pair of touchdowns, Dwayne Harris had a 78-yard punt return TD, and Brandon Carr returned an interception 47 yards for a score to lead the Dallas Cowboys to a 38-23 win over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.The Cowboys improved to 4-5, and are second in the NFC East, 1½ games behind the New York Giants, who lost to Cincinnati earlier Sunday.The Eagles (3-6) lost Michael Vick to a concussion after consecutive bruising hits in the second quarter and have lost five straight games under coach Andy Reid for the first time in his 14 seasons.Nick Foles filled in for Vick and briefly rallied the Eagles until the Cowboys started showing some touchdown versatility. Romo hit Dez Bryant on a 30-yard pass on the final play of the third quarter, and Harris and Carr scored their TDs in the fourth quarter.The win, and a break in the schedule, could propel the Cowboys back in the thick of the division race. They will play five of their next six games at home, starting Sunday against Cleveland.The loss could speed up the countdown clock on Vick and Reid’s time in Philadelphia. Foles hit the field in the second quarter and was greeted by a loud ovation from a crowd that had become fed-up with Vick’s erratic play. Vick was knocked on his back by linebacker Ernie Sims on an incomplete pass and was slow to get up. He headed for the locker room and Foles started warming up. Vick, however, may have been injured on the previous play when he was driven from behind head-first into the ground by tackle Jay Ratliff. Foles, a fan favorite without ever throwing a regular-season pass, looked like an instant hit and woke up a sleepy crowd in the third when he hit Jeremy Maclin for a 44-yard TD and a 14-10 lead. Alex Henery kicked a 40-yard field goal to make it 17-10.Foles was rolling, the Eagles were scoring, and the good times were back at Lincoln Financial Field.But in a season unraveling with each bumbling defeat, the Eagles were knocked down to reality.Romo, who finished 19 of 26 for 209 yards, ended the third with a 30-yard TD pass to Bryant that evened the score at 17-all.Dallas coach Jason Garrett had insisted the Cowboys weren’t desperate after losing four of five. The Cowboys were dominant and had their way in the fourth. Early in the fourth, Foles had an interception return for a touchdown wiped off the board on a holding penalty. No worries, Dallas. Harris returned a punt 78 yards for score and a 24-17 lead that silenced the crowd.On the next drive, Foles had an interception returned for a score that counted, this pass intercepted by Carr and returned 47 yards for a touchdown and a 31-17 lead.That was it for the fans in green, who fled for the exits. Stanley Havili had a 1-yard TD run with 1:55 left but Henery missed the extra point.It got worse for the Eagles. Foles fumbled after he was sacked and Mike Jenkins recovered for the touchdown and put the finishing touches on the win.In the final minutes, fans behind Dallas’ bench unrolled a banner that read, “Andy, Quit, Your Team Has!”Vick, the four-time Pro Bowl quarterback, has struggled this season and entered with 10 touchdowns and nine interceptions.He looked like his old self on the first drive of the game, completing passes for 17 and 31 yards, before connecting with Riley Cooper for a 2-yard TD pass. Cooper made a sensational one-handed grab on a fade route and gave the Eagles their first points on their first drive of a game all season.The fun was short-lived when Romo hit Felix Jones on an 11-yard TD pass. Dan Bailey kicked a 30-yard field goal to send the Cowboys into halftime with a 10-7 lead.


    Harper falls in fifth-place game

    The Harper College women’s soccer team wrapped up its participation in the NJCAA tournament with a 2-1 loss to Holyoke Community College (Mass.) in the fifth-place game Sunday morning in Dryden, N.Y.


    Brady’s 2 TD passes lead Pats over Bills 37-31

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — New England simply doesn’t lose at home to Buffalo.Tom Brady threw for two touchdowns, Devin McCourty ended Buffalo’s hopes with an interception in the end zone, and the Patriots kept the surprisingly tough Bills winless at Gillette Stadium with a 37-31 victory on Sunday.The Patriots (6-3) let a 17-3 lead slip to 34-31 with 7:47 left on Ryan Fitzpatrick’s 2-yard pass to Donald Jones. Then the Bills (3-6) held the Patriots to a 27-yard field goal by Stephen Gostkowski.Buffalo moved to the New England 15 before Fitzpatrick threw the ball right into the hands of McCourty while trying to hit T.J. Graham.New England is 11-0 against the Bills at Gillette since it opened in 2002 and 23-2 overall in its last 25 games against Buffalo.The Patriots were coming off a bye that followed their best game of the season, a 45-7 win over the St. Louis Rams in London. The Bills have lost five of six.Fitzpatrick completed 27 of 40 passes for 337 yards, the second time this season he’s thrown for more than 339. The other came when he threw for 350 in a 52-28 loss to the Patriots in the fourth game. He also threw for two touchdowns Sunday, but his only interception ruined the Bills’ upset chances.Brady was 23 for 38 for 237.The game was closer than expected considering the Patriots led the NFL in points and yards gained and the Bills were next to last in points and yards allowed.The Patriots extended their streak to 11 straight scoring possessions against the Bills with a field goal and three touchdowns on their first four series Sunday. In the previous meeting, New England scored on its last seven series: six touchdowns followed by a field goal.But not even that — and 13 Buffalo penalties through three quarters — could give the Patriots a secure lead and they entered the fourth quarter ahead 31-24.The Patriots led 24-17 at halftime, scoring on a 43-yard field goal by Gostkowski, touchdowns runs of 1 yard by Stevan Ridley and 15 yards by Danny Woodhead, and a 2-yard pass from Brady to Rob Gronkowski, his fifth touchdown catch in three games.Gronkowski’s touchdown came two plays after Buffalo’s fourth defensive pass interference penalty and third in the end zone, covering 36 yardsThe Bills scored on a 42-yard field goal by Rian Lindell, a 14-yard run by Fred Jackson and a 3-yard pass from Fitzpatrick to Scott Chandler with 31 seconds left in the half.Chandler’s touchdown capped the fourth straight scoring drive of the game covering at least 72 yards in less than 3 1-2 minutes.Woodhead scored again, his first multi-touchdown game of his career, on an 18-yard pass from Brady. But the Bills cut the lead to 31-24 on the next possession on a 1-yard run by Jackson and Lindell’s extra point.Gostkowski’s 48-yard field goal gave the Patriots a 34-24 lead 50 seconds into the fourth quarter.


    Surging Bucs beat Chargers 34-24 for 3rd in row

    TAMPA, Fla. — Tampa Bay’s suddenly potent offense got some unexpected help in rolling to another high-scoring victory over Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers.From the Buccaneers’ defense and special teams.Josh Freeman threw a pair of touchdown passes and the surging Buccaneers scored on a blocked punt and Leonard Johnson’s 83-yard interception return to beat the Chargers 34-24 for their third straight win Sunday.Freeman has thrown for 13 TDs with just one interception in his past five games, helping the Bucs (5-4) win four times to climb over .500 following a 1-3 start.The Bucs, normally known for playing stingy defense but sputtering offensively, topped 30 points for the fourth straight week. They have scored 28 or more in five consecutive games for the first time in franchise history.They did it this time with help from linebacker Adam Heyward, who scooped up a punt blocked by Dekoda Watson and ran 29 yards for a second-quarter touchdown. Rivers threw for 337 yards and three TDs for San Diego. However, he was intercepted twice in the fourth quarter to ruin any chance of the Chargers (4-5) coming from behind.Bucs linebacker Quincy Black was carted off the field after tackling Ryan Matthews for a 1-yard loss late in the third quarter. There was no immediate announcement on the nature of the injury, but trainers examined the sixth-year pro for several minutes before immobilizing his neck and back and strapping him to a stretcher.Freeman threw scoring passes of 3 yards to Dallas Clark and 15 to Tiquan Underwood, the latter set up by the quarterback’s 4-yard run on fourth-and-inches, and a 31-yard completion to Vincent Jackson. The former Chargers receiver had five receptions for 59 yards in his first game against his old team.Connor Barth kicked two field goals for Tampa Bay, including a 45-yarder that clinched the game after Rivers threw his second interception with San Diego trailing 31-24.Rivers also made a huge mistake on his first interception, releasing a pass that went straight to Johnson as the quarterback was scampering out of bounds to avoid a sack. Johnson took off up the sideline, running through lineman Jeromey Clary’s potential tackle near midfield and outrunning the rest of the pursuit to the end zone to put Tampa Bay up 31-21 early in the fourth quarter. Jackson had three 1,000-yard seasons and was a two-time Pro Bowl selection in seven years with the Chargers, who have not been as potent offensively without him.Facing the NFL’s lowest-ranked pass defense, though, San Diego had three scoring drives of 80 yards in the first half. Rivers was 16 of 18 for 218 yards and no interceptions in the first two quarters. The Chargers held the ball for more than 8 minutes before taking a 21-17 lead on Malcolm Floyd’s 3-yard TD reception with 27 seconds left in the half.Danario Alexander scored on an 80-yard reception in which he spun out of the grasp of Johnson on San Diego’s opening possession. Rivers later threw a 13-yard TD pass to Antonio Gates for a 14-7 lead.A week after rushing for 251 yards and four touchdowns in a 42-32 victory at Oakland, Bucs rookie sensation Doug Martin set up a first-half field goal with a 42-yard reception and finished with 68 yards rushing on 19 carries. Freeman completed 14 of 20 passes for 210 yards. His 54-yard completion to Mike Williams on third-and-12 set up Barth’s 40-yard field goal in the second quarter.Rivers finished 29 of 37 and was sacked twice. Alexander had five receptions for 134 yards.


    4 takeaways help Titans beat Dolphins 37-3

    MIAMI — The Tennessee Titans’ embattled defense finally found a way to stop the other team: by forcing turnovers.Colin McCarthy returned an interception 49 yards for a touchdown, one of four takeaways that led to 20 points, and Tennessee beat the Miami Dolphins 37-3 Sunday.The Titans came into the game on pace to set an NFL record for points allowed in a season, but they stymied Miami by intercepting Ryan Tannehill three times and recovering a Reggie Bush fumble to set up a touchdown.The home loss was the most lopsided for Miami since 1968.Tennessee (4-6) rebounded from a 51-20 defeat a week ago against the Bears that prompted owner Bud Adams to put the organization on notice. Last week the Titans trailed 28-2 after one quarter; this week they led 21-0 after 16 minutes.Two benchings by coach Joe Philbin failed to shake the Dolphins (4-5) out of their malaise. Bush spent the rest of the first half on the sideline after his early fumble, and guard Richie Incognito sat briefly after committing a costly personal foul penalty.With 20 minutes left, the stands were two-thirds empty, and the only remaining drama was whether Chris Johnson would become the first rusher to gain 100 yards against Miami in the past 23 games. He reached the milestone late in the third period and finished with 126 yards in 23 carries and one score.Jake Locker, back after missing five games with a dislocated non-throwing shoulder, went only 9 of 21 for 122 yards, but threw for touchdowns covering 9 yards to Kendall Wright and 26 yards to Jared Cook. Locker also ran for three first downs and helped Tennessee convert nine of 18 third- and fourth-down situations.The Titans didn’t commit a turnover after totaling five a week ago. Linebackers McCarthy, Akeem Ayers and Zach Brown intercepted passes by Tannehill.The tone was established early, when Jason McCourty recovered a fumble by Bush at the Dolphins’ 28, and Tennessee converted the turnover into a touchdown.The Titans even turned pratfalls into big plays. Locker tripped as he dropped back to pass and fell 10 yards behind the line, then rose and scrambled to transform the broken play into a 20-yard gain. Four snaps later, Locker converted a fourth down with another scramble, and Johnson then scored on a 17-yard run for a 14-0 lead.Tannehill’s six-week streak without an interception ended at 107 passes when Ayers deflected a throw to McCarthy, who sprinted along the sideline to score for a 21-0 lead. Ayers made his first career interception to set up a field goal for a 24-3 halftime lead.There was no letup in the second half by the Titans, who opened the third period with an eight-minute, 85-yard touchdown drive.

    Oakland Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer (3) is sacked by Baltimore Ravens strong safety Bernard Pollard in the first half of an NFL football game in Baltimore, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012.

    Ravens rout Raiders 55-20

    BALTIMORE — Joe Flacco led a record-setting day for the Baltimore Ravens, who scored touchdowns at a dizzying rate in several different ways.Flacco threw for 341 yards and three scores, and Baltimore set a club mark for points in a 55-20 rout of the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.The Ravens (7-2) scored on six of their first seven possessions against the struggling Raiders (3-6), who have yielded at least 40 points in two straight games for the first time since 1962. The 55 points tied an Oakland record for points allowed, set in 1961 and matched in 1981.Baltimore led 27-10 at halftime. In the third quarter, Flacco threw touchdown passes of 47 and 20 yards to Torrey Smith, and holder Sam Koch scored on a fake field goal to make it 48-17.In the fourth quarter, Jacoby Jones took a kickoff 105 yards for a 55-20 lead. Baltimore’s previous record for points in a game was 48, against Detroit in December 2009.It was a rare blowout for the AFC North-leading Ravens, who won their previous five games by a total of 23 points. Baltimore has 15 straight home wins, the longest current streak in the NFL.Carson Palmer went 29 for 45 for 368 yards and two touchdowns for Oakland. Playing without injured running backs Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson, the Raiders gained only 72 yards on the ground.Baltimore didn’t punt until the third quarter, and even that turned out well. Phillip Adams fumbled, the Ravens recovered the ball and Flacco promptly threw a touchdown pass to Smith.Later in the quarter, Koch ran 7 yards for a touchdown on a fake field goal to cap a 74-yard drive.Burned for 251 yards on the ground last week by Tampa Bay rookie Doug Martin in a 42-32 defeat, Oakland shored up its run defense to stop Ray Rice. So Flacco went to the air, repeatedly hitting tight ends Dennis Pitta and Ed Dickson over the middle in the first half before going long and outside to Smith in the third quarter.Flacco went 21 for 33 and did not play in the fourth quarter.Rice ran for 35 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries. He finished the afternoon with 5,034 yards rushing for his career, joining Jamal Lewis as the only players in Ravens history to top 5,000.The Raiders used a 55-yard pass from Palmer to Darrius Heyward-Bey to close to 20-10 with 1:39 left in the second quarter. It was the ninth straight game in which Oakland scored in the final two minutes of the first half.But that gave Flacco enough time to add another touchdown before the break. He went 5 for 6 for 73 yards before Rice ran for a 7-yard score.Oakland’s first possession ended with Palmer flat on his back. On a fourth and 1 from the Baltimore 44, Palmer took the snap from center and took one step backward before right guard Mike Brisiel stepped on his right foot. The Ravens then moved 22 yards before Justin Tucker kicked a field goal.After an Oakland punt, Flacco completed an 18-yard pass to Pitta and connected with Dickson for 40 yards before scoring on a 1-yard run to make it 10-0.Early in the second quarter, Raiders cornerback Michael Huff intercepted a pass at the Baltimore 19 to set up a field goal by Sebastian Janikowski. Flacco responded by covering 80 yards in six plays for a 17-3 lead. After completing a 47-yard pass to Jones and a 19-yarder to Dixon, Flacco tossed a 5-yard touchdown pass to Pitta.The Raiders followed with their first drive that included multiple first downs, but that ended poorly, too. Paul Kruger picked off a short pass and took it to the Oakland 32, which led to field goal.

    Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) meets with New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) after the Bengals’ 31-13 win in an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012, in Cincinnati.

    Dalton’s 4 TDs lead Bengals over Giants 31-13

    CINCINNATI — A.J. Green was right. The defending Super Bowl champions have a lot of holes, and not just on their defense.Andy Dalton threw a career-high four touchdown passes — each to a different receiver — and the Cincinnati Bengals ended their four-game losing streak by beating the reeling New York Giants 31-13 on Sunday.The Bengals (4-5) took advantage of a fumble and Eli Manning’s two interceptions, which set up third-quarter touchdowns and helped Green back up his observation that there are a lot of holes in New York’s defense.That’s not the only place.The Giants (6-4) head into their bye week with back-to-back losses and a lot of issues, especially on offense. Manning had another subpar game, failing to live up his family legacy of beating the Bengals. Older brother Peyton improved to 8-0 against Cincinnati on the same field a week earlier, leading Denver to a 31-23 win.This one was surprisingly lopsided as the Giants hurt themselves with bad passes, broken coverages, a dropped touchdown pass and penalties in front of a less-than-capacity crowd of 56,614.Manning was sacked a season-high four times by a defense that hardly touched his brother. He also threw two interceptions under pressure that led to Bengals TDs and a 31-6 lead in the third quarter. Manning finished 29 of 46 for 215 yards, falling to 1-2 career against Cincinnati.Manning threw for only 125 yards, his fewest in four years, during a sloppy 24-20 loss to the Steelers last Sunday that finished a week of turmoil from Superstorm Sandy. The Giants badly wanted to get back in form before their bye week.Instead, they were worse. The Giants gave up a 68-yard punt return, Victor Cruz dropped a pass at the goal line, and New York’s four turnovers in a horrific second half helped the Bengals pull away.Green didn’t have to take anything back.Cincinnati’s first big play was made by the Pro Bowl receiver, who went on a New York radio station during the week and said the Giants “have a lot of holes” in their defense. Five plays into the game, he found a huge one. Cornerback Corey Webster let him go down the sideline, apparently expecting help in coverage that never came. Green was wide open for a 56-yard touchdown catch.The Giants have given up 39 passes of 20 yards or more, 10 for touchdowns. Green has a touchdown catch in eight straight games, tying T.J. Houshmandzadeh for the second-longest streak in club history.There were openings for all of Dalton’s receivers. Andrew Hawkins made a one-handed catch for an 11-yard touchdown that came off another Giants mistake. Steve Weatherford’s punt went out of bounds at the Cincinnati 14-yard line, but a penalty forced a rekick. Adam “Pacman” Jones slipped through two defenders for a 68-yard return that set up the score.Jones started Cincinnati’s big third quarter by stripping Ahmad Bradshaw of the ball at the Cincinnati 14-yard line, preventing New York from getting back into the game.On New York’s next possession, Manning’s deflected pass was intercepted by tackle Pat Sims at the 12-yard line. Dalton threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jermaine Gresham, who outjumped Antrel Rolle in the end zone. Rolle was upset by Green’s “lot of holes” comment, saying he would let his pads do the talking on the field.Less than 2 minutes later, Manning forced a throw that was picked off by Nate Clements. Dalton’s 10-yard touchdown to Mohamed Sanu made it 31-6. Dalton was 21 of 30 for 199 yards without a sack or interception.

    New Orleans Saints wide receiver Lance Moore (16) makes a leaping pas reception in front of Atlanta Falcons middle linebacker Akeem Dent (52) and outside linebacker Stephen Nicholas (54) in the second half of an NFL football game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012.

    Saints end Falcons unbeaten run with 31-27 win

    NEW ORLEANS — Of all the teams to end the Atlanta Falcons’ unbeaten run, it had to be their resurgent rivals, the New Orleans Saints in game filled with drama until the end. Jimmy Graham caught seven passes for a career-best 146 yards and two touchdowns, cornerback Jabari Greer made a diving, touchdown-saving pass breakup on a late fourth-down play, and New Orleans held on to hand the Falcons their first loss, 31-27 on Sunday.Graham and his Atlanta counterpart, veteran tight end Tony Gonzalez, both were superb in a game that showcased all the intensity and momentum changes one would expect from one of the NFL’s most passionate and longstanding rivalries.Gonzalez finished with 11 catches for 122 yards and two scores for Atlanta (8-1), and in the process became the first tight end to catch 100 touchdown passes.Brees threw for 298 yards and three TDs as the Saints (4-5) won for the fourth time in five games, keeping alive hope of getting back into the wild card race after an 0-4 start. It was also New Orleans’ 11th win in 13 games against Atlanta since Brees joined the Saints in 2006.Matt Ryan was 34 of 52 for 411 yards and three touchdowns with one interception, and the game was there for him to win when his 9-yard pass to Harry Douglas gave Atlanta a second-and-goal at the 1. But Ryan could not connect on a second-down pass for Gonzalez, the Saints stuffed Michael Turner for a 1-yard loss on third down, and then Greer broke up Ryan’s pass over the middle for White.After three conservative run calls from their own 2, the Saints still had to punt the ball back to Atlanta with about 40 second left, but the Falcons’ hopes were extinguished soon after when Gonzalez could not handle a fourth-down throw in tight coverage along the sideline.Although the Saints’ defense came in allowing a league-worst 176.5 yards rushing per game, they held Atlanta to 46 yards on the ground.By contract, New Orleans rushed for 148 yards, highlighted by Chris Ivory’s career-long 56-yard scoring run that gave the Saints a spark after Atlanta had raced to a 10-0 lead.Ivory used a hesitation move to get to the corner past Asante Samuel, broke a tackle by Thomas DeCoud, kept his balance, cut back and then stiff-armed Dunta Robinson before trotting into the end zone.The Saints led by as much as 28-17 on Brees’ scoring strike to Marques Colston. Colston’s TD was the 55th of his career, tying Deuce McAllister for first all-time in that category in Saints history. The touchdown capped an 81-yard drive which started with rookie Corey White’s interception and was highlighted by Lance Moore’s diving one-handed catch for a 29-yard gain to the Atlanta 32.The Falcon’s chipped away, pulling to 28-27 on Gonzalez’s second TD and Matt Bryant’s short field goal after New Orleans’ second defensive red zone stand of the game.New Orleans then briefly interrupted Atlanta’s momentum when Graham’s 46-yard catch set up Garrett Hartley’s 31-yard field goal to make it 31-27. Atlanta went 80 yards in seven plays on its first drive, highlighted by White’s 49 yard reception to the New Orleans 1. That set up an easy TD toss to eligible offensive tackle Mike Johnson.Brees then underthrew Colston on an apparent miscommunication and Samuel made a diving interception and returned it to the Saints’ 12. However, Samuel taunted fans afterward drawing an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty that moved the Falcons back to the 27. The Saints’ defense forced a field goal that made it 10-0.New Orleans vaulted into the lead with touchdowns on two straight possessions, the first on Ivory’s long run and the second on Brees’ first TD connection with Graham from 29 yards out.The Falcons pulled back in front on Gonzalez’s 1-yard TD catch, capping a drive on which Atlanta converted three times on third down — all on Gonzalez catches.

    Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson celebrates after an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012, in Minneapolis. The Vikings won 34-24.

    Peterson, Vikings run past Lions 34-24

    MINNEAPOLIS — Adrian Peterson gave Minnesota another injury-defying performance. This time, Christian Ponder and the rest of the Vikings provided the necessary balance.Peterson raced 61 yards for the game-sealing touchdown midway through the fourth quarter, padding his NFL rushing lead with 171 yards on 27 carries for the Vikings in a 34-24 victory over the Detroit Lions on Sunday afternoon.Peterson had 120 yards in the final 15 minutes, 10½ months after reconstructive surgery on his left knee. Ponder bounced back from a rough game with 221 yards and two touchdowns on 24-for-32 passing for the Vikings (6-4).Rookie Jarius Wright filled in for injured standout Percy Harvin and scored in his first NFL game. Tight end Kyle Rudolph had a touchdown catch in the fourth quarter, too. Ponder passed for almost as many yards in the first quarter of this game (57) as he did last week at Seattle (6-3).But with the Vikings, it always comes back to Peterson. He has 353 yards in the last two games.Calvin Johnson had 207 yards on 12 catches, including a touchdown that brought the Lions (4-5) a little closer with 1:53 left. But Johnson’s lost fumble near midfield on the previous possession put Vikings rookie Blair Walsh in position for his fourth field goal.Matthew Stafford threw touchdown passes to Brandon Pettigrew and Titus Young to cap quick 80-plus-yard drives in the second half, fueled by Johnson and his ailing left knee that sure didn’t look too bad. Their sluggish start, though, was too much to overcome. The Lions lost defensive end Cliff Avril in the third quarter to a possible concussion, and cornerback Chris Houston left on a cart with what was announced as an ankle injury.Winning this game was critical for both teams and their quest to make the playoffs, which for the Lions would be their first consecutive appearances since three in a row from 1993-95 and for the Vikings would be their first since Brett Favre’s renaissance in 2009.The rest of the schedule is brutal on each side. Detroit’s remaining opponents took a combined 44-16 record into Sunday, and Detroit plays Green Bay and Houston next. The Lions can play five of their last seven contests at home, however.The Vikings face four of their final six on the road, with their only home games against Chicago and Green Bay. Their remaining foes had a 36-14 mark, entering the weekend. To have a fighting chance in this challenging stretch, the Vikings badly needed a boost for Ponder and their ragged passing scheme. With Harvin unable to play because of a sprained left ankle, Wright made his first career catch count, flying past strong safety Erik Coleman on a post route to grab one of Ponder’s best throws of the last month. After being brought down at the goal line and scooped up in a bear hug by fellow wide receiver Jerome Simpson, the fourth-round draft pick from Arkansas caught a 3-yard pass in the corner three plays later for the 7-0 lead.The defense has been in a slump, too, failing to force a turnover in either of the previous two games and allowing four straight 100-yard rushers. Progress was made there, too. Chad Greenway’s interception set up Walsh’s first field goal. Mikel Leshoure’s team-leading total was 43 yards rushing. Given the favorable field position the Vikings had throughout the afternoon and the five times they had to use punter Chris Kluwe, their inability to break the game open was another sign of the flaws lingering on offense when Peterson isn’t galloping through the secondary for huge gains.They dropped three passes in the first half. They wiped out what would’ve been a first down to Rudolph at the Lions 26 early in the third quarter with an illegal formation penalty. They heard boos when a safe third-and-goal throw over the middle to Toby Gerhart gained only half the needed yardage, bringing Walsh out again.

    Bears head coach Lovie Smith, left, is congratulated by Titans head coach Mike Munchak after the Bears’ 51-20 victory at Tennessee last week.

    Simple steps to Bears happiness

    If Lovie Smith annoys you with his postgame Bears rhetoric, we're here to provide a solution. Stop listening. If it's spoiling your Bears Sunday, or has at times had you considering rooting against the beloved, then don't watch the news conferences. If it makes you crazy, stop paying attention.

    Minnesota’s Nikola Pekovic, left, passes the ball to guard Luke Ridnour as the Bulls’ Marco Belinelli reaches in during the second half Saturday night.

    Belinelli helps Bulls topple Timberwolves
    Bulls shooting guard Marco Belinelli is sort of like his coach, in that he often gives the same answers to interview questions. Belinelli keeps saying he wants to be more of a 3-point shooter. But he wasn't even that -- until Saturday when his 3-point barrage early n the fourth quarter sent the Bulls past Minnesota 87-80.


    It’s all about matchups for Bulls’ Mohammed

    Nazr Mohammed might have been the most pleasant surprise of preseason. Playing just 16 minutes per game, he averaged 6.6 points, 5.6 rebounds and shot nearly 50 percent from the field. Once the regular season began, though, Mohammed’s contributions disappeared.


    A woman holds an IMF banner in front of the Parliament in Athens on Sunday. Hundreds of protesters were converging on the Greek capital’s main square outside Parliament on Sunday evening, as lawmakers debated the 2013 budget.

    Greece to vote on 2013 budget

    About 15,000 protesters converged on the Greek capital’s main square outside Parliament on Sunday, ahead of a vote by lawmakers on the 2013 budget which would once more cut pensions and salaries so Greece can qualify for its next vital batch of rescue loans.

    United Auto Workers member Harry Van Uden attends a rally on Election Day at the UAW Region 1 technical training center in Warren, Mich.

    Romney never overcame bailout opposition in Ohio

    Only a couple of weeks after Barack Obama won the presidency in 2008, the man who would become his Republican challenger in the next election penned a New York Times column with a fateful headline: “Let Detroit Go Bankrupt.” Those four words would haunt Mitt Romney.

    This drill rig at Prudhoe Bay on Alaska’s North Slope is testing a method for extracting methane from methane hydrate. A half mile below the ground at Prudhoe Bay, above the vast oil field that helped trigger construction of the trans-Alaska pipeline, a drill rig has tapped what might one day be the next big energy source.

    Alaska ice tested as possible new energy source

    A half mile below the ground at Prudhoe Bay, above the vast oil field that helped trigger construction of the trans-Alaska pipeline, a drill rig has tapped what might one day be the next big energy source.

    aiwanese smartphone maker HTC Corp. has settled with Apple Inc. on their outstanding patent disputes. In a joint statement Sunday, the two companies said they also signed a 10-year license agreement that will extend to current and future patents held by one other.

    Taiwan’s HTC settles patent disputes with Apple

    aiwanese smartphone maker HTC Corp. has settled with Apple Inc. on their outstanding patent disputes. In a joint statement Sunday, the two companies said they also signed a 10-year license agreement that will extend to current and future patents held by one other.

    Participants who are singles introduce themselves during a matchmaking party organized by one of the biggest Chinese matchmaking websites in Shanghai, China on Sunday Nov. 11, 2012. Singles Day was begun by Chinese college students in the 1990s as a version of Valentine’s Day for people without romantic partners. The timing was based on the date Nov. 11, or “11.11” — four singles. Unattached young people would treat each other to dinner or give gifts to woo that special someone and end their single status.

    Singles Day: China’s online shopping holiday

    A quirky holiday dubbed “Singles Day” that has grown into China’s — and possibly the world’s — busiest online shopping day. Singles Day was begun by Chinese college students in the 1990s as a version of Valentine’s Day for people without romantic partners. Unattached young people would treat each other to dinner or give gifts to woo that special someone and end their single status.

    This product image provided by Electronic Arts shows action from the video game “Medal of Honor: Warfighter.” Seven members of the secretive Navy SEAL Team 6, including one involved in the mission to kill Osama bin Laden, have been punished for allegedly divulging classified information to the maker of the game, senior Navy officials said.

    Seven U.S. Navy SEALs punished over video game
    Seven members of a U.S. Navy SEAL team have been punished for disclosing classified information while serving as consultants for a video game, a Pentagon spokesman said.

    In this picture taken Wednesday Nov. 7, 2012 people visits the Pepsi/Gatorade stand during the 30th Havana International Trade Fair, in Havana, Cuba. Many of America’s best-known brands were on display at a Havana exposition center this past week as representatives hawked some of the few U.S. products that can legally be exported to Cuba, thanks to an exception to the U.S. embargo allowing cash-up-front sales of food, agricultural goods and medicine.

    Stagnant U.S. exports to Cuba belie fair’s optimism

    Kellogg’s. Gatorade. Hormel. Hunt. Many of America’s best-known brands were on display at a Havana exposition center this past week as representatives hawked some of the few U.S. products that can legally be exported to Cuba, thanks to an exception to the U.S. embargo allowing cash-up-front sales of food, agricultural goods and medicine. But cold numbers belie the enthusiasm on the convention center floor.

    Chris Patten, Chairman of the BBC Trust walks out of the BBC headquarters to give a media interviews in London, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012. The head of the BBC’s governing body said Sunday the broadcaster needs a radical overhaul following the resignation of its chief executive in wake of a scandal over a botched report on child sex-abuse allegations.

    BBC trust head calls for radical overhaul

    The head of the BBC’s governing body said Sunday the broadcaster needs a radical overhaul following the resignation of its chief executive in wake of a scandal over a botched report on child sex-abuse allegations.

    John Arensmeyer, CEO of Small Business Majority, an advocacy group for small business owners, poses for a portrait at the Small Business Majority office in Washington. “We’ve been seeing steady albeit modest growth in the economy since the president took office and we are cautiously optimistic,” Arensmeyer said.

    Small business outlook for Obama’s 2nd term

    President Barack Obama's re-election to a second term takes away some of the uncertainty that small business owners have been carrying around. The question now is whether he can satisfy those who say he hasn't done enough to help them expand and create jobs. "We've been seeing steady albeit modest growth in the economy since the president took office and we are cautiously optimistic," says John Arensmeyer, CEO of Small Business Majority, an organization that lobbies on behalf of small companies.


    5 questions to ask about Medicare Advantage plans

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    3 stock funds to reduce risk as fiscal cliff looms

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    The new LED bulbs aren’t worth $50

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    Tuberculosis patient Kallu, 36, who also suffers from HIV, gives his fingerprint as part of a verification program to Operation ASHA program counselor Shammo Khan as he sits on a bed in the courtyard of a relative’s home in New Delhi, India. Private companies, aid groups and the government have embarked on a flurry of innovation to modernize India’s archaic anti-tuberculosis campaign and fight the spread of frightening new drug resistant strains threatening to cause a public health nightmare.

    India wages hi-tech war on ancient TB scourge

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    Employee 401(k) accounts grew more than 4 percent in the third quarter as a rising stock market boosted investment returns, and contributions from workers and their employers increased.

    Fidelity: 401(k) average balance grows 4 percent

    Employee 401(k) accounts grew more than 4 percent in the third quarter as a rising stock market boosted investment returns, and contributions from workers and their employers increased. Fidelity Investments, the nation's largest 401(k) administrator, said Thursday that the average balance of $75,900 at the end of the quarter was the highest since it began tracking the data in 2000.

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    Holocaust opera to premiere in Austrian parliament

    An opera focusing on Nazi atrocities against children will premiere next year at an unusual venue — Austria's parliament. An official involved in the staging says the opera will be performed for the first time at the parliament on Jan. 25, marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

    This product image released by Berjuan Toys shows The Breast Milk Baby doll. The breastfeeding doll, whose suckling sounds are prompted by sensors sewn into a halter top, has caught some flak after hitting the U.S. market.

    Breastfeeding baby doll: creepy or groundbreaking?

    We've got dolls that wet, crawl and talk. We've got dolls with perfect hourglass figures. We've got dolls with swagger. And we've got plenty that come with itty bitty baby bottles. But it's a breastfeeding doll whose suckling sounds are prompted by sensors sewn into a halter top at the nipples of little girls that caught some flak after hitting the U.S. market.

    In this photo taken Nov. 2, 2012, Diane Spitaliere and her pet dog Izzie sit in her car outside her house in Alexandria. Baby boomers, that giant population bubble born between 1946 and 1964, started driving at a young age and became more mobile than any generation before or since. Spitaliere, a 58-year-old who recently retired after working 38 years at the Federal Aviation Administration, said the idea of moving to a retirement or assisted living community “is just very unappealing to me.”

    Aging drivers present new transportation challenge

    Baby boomers, that giant population bubble born between 1946 and 1964, started driving at a young age and became more mobile than any generation before or since. Now, 8,000 "leading edge" boomers are turning 65 every day, and will continue to do so for the rest of the decade. That, too, could reshape the landscape of transportation in the U.S.

    This publicity film image released by Columbia Pictures shows Daniel Craig as James Bond in the action adventure film, “Skyfall.”

    5 examples of cinematographer Deakins’ best work

    Roger Deakins is the rare person I was actually nervous to interview because I'm such a huge fan of his work. When I talked to the veteran cinematographer in early 2008, after he'd received Academy Award nominations for both "No Country for Old Men" and "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford," I found him to be lovely and humble, with a dry and self-effacing British wit — which naturally made me admire him even more.

    Blythe Danner at a screening of the “Seven Psychopaths” hosted by The Cinema Society and Hugo Boss in New York. Danner is jumping into the Broadway show “Nice Work If You Can Get It,” playing the mother of Matthew Broderick’s wealthy playboy character. Danner assumes the role currently being played by Academy Award-winner Estelle Parsons on Dec. 18. She’ll play it for 12 weeks through March 10.

    Blythe Danner joins ‘Nice Work If You Can Get It’

    Blythe Danner is jumping into the Broadway show "Nice Work If You Can Get It," playing the mother of Matthew Broderick's wealthy playboy character.

    In this May 2011 photo provided by Sheron Long, Chula, a 30-pound Shetland sheepdog and veteran traveler, noses a fake cow outside a butcher shop in the hilltop village of Sault, France. Travel for humans during holidays is tough enough: Long lines, crowds everywhere, extra bags full of presents. Throw a pet in the mix, and it’s a recipe for disaster. Long is the author of “Dog Trots Globe - To Paris and Provence.”

    Experts: Holiday travel with pets is worth hassle

    Travel for humans during holidays is tough enough: Long lines, crowds everywhere, extra bags full of presents. Throw a pet in the mix, and it's a recipe for disaster. But Sheron Long, a frequent traveler and author of "Dog Trots Globe — To Paris and Provence," say it's worth the trouble. The U.S. Department of Transportation estimates more than 2 million pets and other animals are transported by air each year.

    Comedian Christina Pazsitzky performs at the Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg.

    Sunday picks: Get ready to laugh with Christina Pazsitzky

    Comedian Christina Pazsitzky, a TV regular on “Chelsea Lately” on E!, brings her brand of stand-up to The Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg. Today's the last day to catch Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey's “Dragons” show at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont. Honor those who have served in the military by attending a Veterans Day concert today. Tis the season: The annual Symphony in Lights holiday show is already lighting up the Promenade Bolingbrook.

    The sport of canyoneering includes hiking, climbing, sliding and wetsuit-wading.

    Canyoneering combines rappelling, rock climbing and fun

    The idea of canyoneering is to navigate a canyon using water flow as your trail, down into waterfalls, creeks and whirlpools. While canyoneering hot spots include Mexico's Copper Canyon, Colorado, the Pyrenees in Spain, the Blue Mountains in eastern Australia, New Zealand and Costa Rica, Utah reigns supreme as a destination for the sport, with Arizona as a close rival.

    Chocolate from around the nation will be available at the Chicago Fine Chocolate Show at Navy Pier.

    On the road: Who loves chocolate?

    Even those who loathe shopping can find something to love about the Chicago Fine Chocolate Show. Explore artisanal products in the world of chocolate through tastings and educational demonstrations and seminars Friday through Sunday, Nov. 16-18, at Chicago's Navy Pier. Also, this year marks the 50th anniversary of the world's largest Christmas tree that stands at the epicenter of downtown Indianapolis.

    Dara Cameron stars as the title character in “Cinderella,” running from Saturday, Nov. 17, through Monday, Dec. 31, at the Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire.

    Curtain goes up on local children's theater

    Heading out to the theater can be a special family outing, especially around the holidays. For youngsters, in particular, it can be a chance to step into a magical world of lights, costumes and make believe. “Theater is so important — especially for young audiences. We know that we are planting a seed for future theatergoers," said Andy Hite, artistic director at the Marriott Theatre, which is staging "Cinderella" starting Nov. 17.

    Effective weight loss takes time, experts say.

    Slow and steady the best way to lose weight

    Small changes can make a difference! We know that one must burn approximately 3,500 calories to lose one little pound of fat. Such a daunting task makes it tempting for people interested in losing weight quickly to take on rapid short-term diets. The immediate problem with that is this: What happens after you go off the diet?


    Water heater is likely source of awful odor

    Q. We have stinky water rotten egg stinky. It hasn't always been this way. Some 12 to 15 years ago, there was no smell. A plumber once told us heating the water would exaggerate the smell if the heating elements had a buildup of minerals.



    The way forward

    Columnist Charles Krauthammer: Republicans: No whimpering. No whining. No reinvention when none is needed. Do conservatism, but do it better. There's a whole generation of leaders ready to do just that.


    A new America speaks

    Columnist Eugene Robinson: On Tuesday, the America of today asserted itself. Four years ago, the presidential election was about Barack Obama and history. This time, it was about us — who we are as a nation — and a multihued, multicultural future.


    The fat lady’s aria

    Columnist Kathleen Parker: President Obama and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Democrat and Republican, came together in common cause to confront a common enemy. Weather. This is when we're at our best.


    The simple truth of how taxes work
    A Long Grove letter to the editor: Here's a little something on the fiscal cliff and increasing taxes. Read and learn, all you Obama lovers.


    Facts just don’t add up
    A Wauconda letter to the editor: Well, after spending well over $2 billion dollars, what do we have another four years of? Boehner, Reed and Obama. What a waste.


    Questions to ask about abortion
    An Elk Grove letter to the editor: Good questions prompt us to more deeply consider issues and force us to ponder why we believe what we believe. With that, I would like to offer five questions to help us all develop a thoughtful, not a reflexive, position on abortion.


    War on women centers on health care
    A letter to the editor: For too long, Republicans have celebrated their victory by passing or proposing laws that limit abortion rights, mandate ultrasounds, allow employers to deny women birth control coverage and defund Planned Parenthood; basically depriving women of medical healthcare that could save their lives. This is a slap in the face to women across America.


    Church dispute smacks of government meddling
    A Carpentersville letter to the editor: I have been following articles in the paper about the clash between West Dundee and the First United Methodist Church over the matter of the parsonage the church owns. If West Dundee wants to preserve the parsonage because it is in the historical district, why not buy the thing and be done with it, assuming the church would consider selling it?


    Honor service by supporting vets
    A Cary letter to the editor: Veterans Day, Nov. 12, has special meaning to our American servicemen, especially our veterans. No one knows this better than Randy Granath, chairman of the Veterans Network Committee of Northern Illinois.


    We give and give and get nothing in return
    An Elgin letter to the editor: Why do we, the people of the United States of America, always send aid to foreign countries in the wake of whatever natural disaster that strikes? There is not a single reported foreign country that has sent the United States of America any aid whatsoever in the aftermath of Super Storm Sandy that devastated the East Coast of the United States.


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