Daily Archive : Monday November 12, 2012



    Woodland D50 workshop on ADHD

    Woodland Elementary District 50 will host a parent information workshop on children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) from 7 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 5 at the Educational Support Center, 1105 N. Hunt Club Road, Gurnee.

    Alex’s Army continues to raise money in honor of friend Alex Kintz, a Rotolo Middle School student who was diagnosed with a form of bone cancer in 2007 and died less than two years later.

    Alex’s Army to participate in one more Relay For Life

    Friends of Alex Kintz have been known as Alex's Army the last several years. With graduation for many of them coming in 2013, the Army might take its final march in next June's Relay For Life, says columnist Dave Heun.


    Santa’s Flight to Schaumburg Dec. 2

    The annual Santa's Flight to Schaumburg will occur from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 2 at Schaumburg Regional Airport, 905 W. Irving Park Road. Participants will wail for Santa's arrival by helicopter in the hangar and enjoy a buffet breakfast provided by Pilot Pete's.


    Slick lanes Monday night lead to fatal crash on Elgin-O'Hare

    This season's first snowfall — a rainy, snowy mix — quickly turned to ice Monday evening, leading to a fatal traffic accident overnight on the Elgin-O'Hare Expressway.

    Dozens of teachers, parents and supporters showed up at the District 300 board meeting, overflowing into the hallways, to protest large class sizes.

    Hundreds speak up on Dist. 300 teacher negotiations

    Hundreds of teachers, parents and students descend on Community Unit District 300 board meeting to voice concerns over ongoing contract negotiations. "I invite you to see what it is like to teach in a classroom with 31 students and meet the needs and continue to provide the quality education all students deserve," teacher Marg Molnar said at Westfield Community School in Algonquin.

    Portrait of Frank DeRosa as he was interviewed for the 793rd Military Police Battalion history.

    Veteran spends week with his old battalion as they prepare to ship out

    Frank De Rosa did his duty as a military policeman during World War II, and last month he spent a week with his old battalion as they prepared to deploy to Afghanistan. The Arlington Heights veteran spoke to them at the deployment ceremony: "Cover your back, cover each other's backs and come home safely."

    The owner of the building that houses the former Arlington Theaters is in talks with a movie theater company about bringing a new cinema to downtown Arlington Heights by next spring. Arlington Theaters closed in July when lease talks broke down.

    Arlington Heights theater deal could be coming soon

    A movie theater company is negotiating with the owners of the vacant Arlington Theaters to have a new cinema up and running in downtown Arlington Heights by spring, Village President Arlene Mulder said. Arlington Theaters closed in July when negotiations for a new lease fell through, ending a 13-year run in the village's downtown. “There isn't a week that I don't run into people ... asking...

    A large group of lame duck lawmakers could set the stage for votes on several controversial issues at the state Capitol.

    Lame duck legislature could hatch gambling, pension deals

    Big changes are coming to the Illinois Capitol after last week’s election, possibly setting the stage for resolving issues like pension cuts and gambling expansion within the next few months. About 35 lawmakers — out of Illinois’ 177 — lost their elections Tuesday or retired and did not run, possibly making it easier to get their votes on contentious issues.

    P-38D Lightning

    Downed WWII plane piloted by Elgin man unearthed

    Four men have unearthed pieces of what they say is a World War II-era fighter plane that crashed 71 years ago in a southeastern Michigan farm field. The plane was piloted by an Elgin native who died while trying to parachute from the craft.

    Matt Spartz

    ‘Veteran’ awkward term for young Lombard ex-soldier
    He fought and was wounded in battle, but Matt Spartz, a former Army lieutenant who grew up in Lombard, says he's still uncomfortable being recognized as a veteran. "When I was growing up, veterans were always grandpas," says the 26-year-old Spartz, who wrote a column for the Daily Herald while serving in Afghanistan. "Stories were always told about a time long ago in a land far, far away."


    Geneva school board favors lower tax levy hike

    The Geneva school board decided Monday to calculate its 2012 operating property tax levy with an increase of 1.5 percent over what it collected in property taxes this spring. It could have figured on trying to get more, as the limit this year on increases is set at 3 percent. The difference between the two is about $901,500.


    Hoffman Estates opts against noise wall near CN tracks

    The Hoffman Estates Transportation and Road Improvement Committee unanimously agreed Monday to have Canadian National reimburse residents who live in three subdivisions bordering the company's railroad tracks for home improvements that will reduce train traffic noise. CN agreed to either install noise walls near the subdivisions or provide funds for noise wall alternatives after buying the EJ&E...


    Roselle facing $170,000 budget shortfall

    Although Roselle has seen a modest 1.3 percent rise in several tax revenue streams, officials said Monday it may not be enough to cover a 2013 budget deficit of roughly $170,000. Roselle's 2013 budget expects just below $14.1 million in revenue, but spending is expected to run nearly $14.3 million, according to village documents.


    Realtors: Carol Stream library land worth more than appraisers say it is

    The Carol Stream Public Library's 7.5-acre vacant piece of land on Kuhn Road may be worth more than double or triple the amount an appraiser determined last year, according to three Realtors who addressed the library board Monday. Last month the board directed Interim Library Director Marilyn Boria to contact Realtors to obtain the fair market value of the property at 480 N. Kuhn Road. It's the...

    Matthew Weber

    Two arrested on charges of damaging police cars in Bartlett

    Two Bartlett men used a BB gun to shoot at two parked squad cars in Barlett, police say.

    Students, like these at Geneva High School last week, aren’t expected to miss any classroom time after the school board and the teachers union reached a tentative agreement on three-year deal early Monday.

    Geneva teachers, school board thankful for deal

    Geneva teachers and the school board reached a tentative agreement early Monday morning, but the public won't know the details until after the union membership and the board ratify the contract later this week. "It was a long process," school board President Mark Grosso said at Monday night's school board meeting. "It was tough, tough on everybody."

    “If our Republican counterparts can step forward with that revenue piece, we will be able to find a solution,” Sen. Patty Murray, a Washington Democrat, said of impending congressional deficit talks. “We can’t accept an unfair deal that piles on the middle class and tell them they have to support it. We have to make sure that the wealthiest Americans pay their fair share.”

    Congress faces agenda of unfinished business

    Congress returns Tuesday to a crowded agenda of unfinished business overshadowed by the urgent need for President Barack Obama and lawmakers to avert the economic double hit of tax increases and automatic spending cuts.

    An open house will be held Tuesday regarding a proposed construction and demolition debris recycling facility proposed in Round Lake Park.

    Open house on construction debris facility in Round Lake Park

    Though accepted months ago by the Round Lake Park village board a proposed facility to recycle construction and demolition debris will be the subject of an informational session held Tuesday. Recycling facilities do not require a public hearing and the session was scheduled after inquires by state Rep. Sandy Cole, who contended many people may be unaware of what is coming or what it may mean in...

    Rep. Chris Van Hollen, ranking Democrat on the House Budget Committee, says Republicans’ “obsession with small changes in tax rates goes back to this pixie-dust theory that if you cut tax rates for wealthy people, it pays for itself” through job creation. “That theory went bust,” he said.

    Deficit talks will test the GOP focus on tax rates

    Republican leaders say the government can raise tax "revenues" without raising tax "rates." This politically tricky trade-off is about to take center stage with the "fiscal cliff" just seven weeks away.


    Suspicious package delays some Metra trains

    A suspicious package created delays for some Metra commuters Monday evening. Chicago police responded to a call at 5:27 p.m. of a suspicious package on the railway in the 2000 block of North Narragansett near Galewood. Police determined it was a normal package, said Officer Veejay Zala.

    An Israeli tank is seen in firing position in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights overlooking the Syrian village of Bariqa on Monday.

    Israel reports ‘direct hits’ on Syrian target

    Israeli tanks struck a Syrian artillery launcher Monday after a stray mortar shell flew into Israel-held territory, the first direct clash between the neighbors since the Syrian uprising began nearly two years ago.


    Cary man killed in North Dakota rollover crash

    A Cary man was killed in a rollover crash in North Dakota Friday night. A passenger in the vehicle from Barrington was taken to a hospital with injuries. The two men were driving from Illinois to North Dakota for a hunting trip.


    Kane County-area police reports
    Jacqueline Mancilla, 22, of the 1200 block of North Lyle Avenue in Elgin, was arrested and later charged with aggravated battery and resisting a police officer, both felonies, as well as obstructing identification, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana, all misdemeanors, after a traffic stop in which officers Tasered Mancilla, according to police reports. Mancilla was...


    Elgin council turns to Riverboat, TIF funds in budget talks

    Elgin City Council members will discuss the Riverboat and TIF funds Wednesday as part of their ongoing budget talks. Like its decisions regarding the general fund, the city council will have an easier time choosing what to do with the Riverboat and TIF revenues during this budget cycle, as compared to last year. Few new major projects are planned, but the council will have to decide whether to...

    These photos provided by the U.S. Geological Survey show Mantoloking, N.J., before and after Superstorm Sandy. The top photo was created May 21, 2009, and bottom photo taken Nov. 5.

    Many on NY’s Long Island still dark after Sandy

    Two weeks after Superstorm Sandy, while most utilities have restored electricity to nearly all their customers, there was one glaring exception Monday: a Long Island power company with more outages — almost 60,000 Monday — than all the others combined.


    Algonquin deals with water and sewer issues on same day

    Algonquin's public works departments has its hands full today while it fixes two water-related issues. Workers are hustling to fix a water main that ruptured late last night or early this morning in Towne Park, where construction of the Algonquin Bypass is ongoing, while an electrical issue at the wastewater treatment plant at 8 p.m. Sunday flooded the pumps with raw sewage and caused water...


    Volunteer fire company elects new Glen Ellyn chief

    The rank-and-file members of the Glen Ellyn Volunteer Fire Company have selected two veteran firefighters to fill the top two leadership positions in the company. Jeff Buccola was elected chief by the 65-member fire company in a special election held Friday to fill the remaining five months of the term Pete Campbell, who resigned due to "personal reasons," according to a fire company news release...


    Gurnee police warn of phone scam

    A caller who disguised himself ComEd employee attempted Monday to scam a Gurnee resident out of $199. Gurnee Police are telling residents to be cautious after the incident, in which the caller said an immediate payment was required to keep their electricity on.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    Roman Ladron-DeGuevara, 35, of Geneva, was charged with public intoxication and possession of a controlled substance at 12:31 a.m. Saturday in the 1200 block of Lencioni Court, according to a police report.


    See stars at Aspen Drive Library

    The Lake County Astronomical Society will host a star party at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 19 at the Aspen Drive Library in Vernon Hills.


    Thanksgiving Day dinner at St. Matthew

    Members of the community are invited to attend St. Matthew Lutheran Church's 6th Annual Thanksgiving Day Dinner on Thursday, Nov. 22. The church is located at 24500 N. Old McHenry Road, Hawthorn Woods.


    Toys for Tots 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. The offices are at 700 North Lake St., Suite 101, Mundelein.


    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.


    Good Shepherd Hospital recycling event Thursday

    Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital near Lake Barrington will host an electronics recycling drop-off for the community from 2 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15. The event will accept all electronics from computers and laptops to blenders and toasters, with the exception of TVs and monitors.


    Fox Lake officials review new lakefront hotel proposal on Nippersink Drive

    Fox Lake officials will decide Tuesday whether they are interested in selling or leasing undeveloped lakefront land to a developer for a proposed hotel. Mayor Ed Bender said a developer will present board members with a conceptual plan for a hotel and potential boardwalk on about 4 acres of village-owned property on Nippersink Road, next to the village's Lakefront Park.

    A recreation center in West Chicago is expected to open in summer or fall of 2014 now that voters have approved the $15.5 million project.

    West Chicago rec center plan on faster track

    By changing the location of a planned recreation center, West Chicago Park District officials did more than convince a majority of voters to approve the $15.5 million project. The 65,000-square-foot facility at Reed-Keppler Park is expected to debut "at least two years" sooner than it could have opened at its originally proposed location in downtown West Chicago.

    Chief Judge Judith Brawka

    Kane County court camera plan moving forward

    A committee has finalized a plan to allow cameras in Kane County courtrooms, but a change in the chief judge for the 16th Judicial Circuit has slightly delayed sending the document to the Illinois Supreme Court. New Chief Judge Judith Brawka hopes to review the document by week's end. The document spells out how cameras will be used and how some courtroom participants may object.

    Elgin Mayor David Kaptain speaks with residents after the Gail Borden Public Library’s opening ceremony of its latest exhibit, “Green Scale: Weighing in on the Green Movement.” The exhibit is curated by the Northern Illinois University Museum Studies Program and will be on display through Dec. 30.

    Elgin library hosts sustainability exhibit

    The Gail Borden Public Library will feature a Northern Illinois University Museum Studies Program exhibit about the green movement through Dec. 30, enhancing the display with local stories of Elgin's own sustainability initiatives. "Green Scale: Weighing in on the Green Movement" examines the pros and cons of the national movement. Also tied to the exhibit will be an electronic recycling event...


    Bartlett bar loses liquor license

    A downtown Bartlett bar has had its liquor license revoked after being closed for more than 30 consecutive days.Lucky Jack's, 121 Railroad Ave., closed April 5, due to issues with its state liquor license, according to village officials.

    Lourie Ann Shipley

    Grayslake Dist. 46 secretary called for Army Reserve duty

    Grayslake Elementary District 46 Superintendent Ellen Correll's secretary, Lourie Ann Shipley, has been called away to serve a U.S. Army Reserve unit for a year. Shipley of Round Lake was sent last week to Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center in Hattiesburg, Miss.

    Dan Cronin

    Cronin expects DuPage board to hold course

    A dramatic shift in the makeup of the DuPage County Board hasn't changed the goals of its chairman. Dan Cronin says having eight new faces on the 18-member county board won't hamper ongoing efforts to increase efficiency, improve transparency and pursue local government consolidation. "As long as we promote good government, I expect the board members to join me," Cronin said.

    Aurora is expanding its holiday tree-lighting event this year into the Winter Lights holiday walk featuring ice sculptures, art for sale, carols, hot cocoa and decorated windows.

    Winter Lights expands tree-lighting tradition in Aurora

    The City of Lights is planning a new tradition involving exactly what Aurora earned its nickname for — lights. The Winter Lights holiday walk will expand upon Aurora's holiday tree-lighting tradition by bringing in elements of ice sculpture, art for sale, carols, holiday lights and Santa to the streets of downtown Aurora from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16.

    Diane Spitaliere is seen with her pet dog Izzie outside her house in Alexandria, Va. More women now have driver’s licenses than men, a reversal of a longtime gender gap behind the wheel.

    More women have driver’s licenses than men in U.S.

    Women have passed men on the nation's roads. More women than men now have driver's licenses, a reversal of a longtime gender gap behind the wheel that transportation researchers say is likely to have safety and economic implications.

    Jill Kelley leaves her home Monday in Tampa, Fla. Kelley is identified as the woman who allegedly received harassing emails from Gen. David Petraeus’ paramour, Paula Broadwell. She serves as an unpaid social liaison to MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, where the military’s Central Command and Special Operations Command are located.

    Petraeus shocked at girlfriend’s emails to friend

    Ex-CIA director David Petraeus has told friends he was shocked to find that his biographer and girlfriend, Paula Broadwell, was suspected of sending anonymous, threatening emails to a Petraeus friend she saw as a romantic rival.

    House Majority Leader Eric Cantor first heard about CIA Director David Petraeus’ extramarital affair Saturday, Oct. 27, from an FBI source he didn’t know, according to an aide in Cantor’s office.

    House leader heard of Petraeus affair Oct. 27

    An aide to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor says the Virginia congressman first heard about CIA Director David Petraeus' extramarital affair Saturday, Oct. 27, from an FBI source he didn't know.

    Mark Bodnar, right, and his brother, Whitney, show off a horse named Merriehill After Hours at Merriehill Farm in Marengo.

    Marengo horse farm breeds stable of champions

    If there is a Super Bowl for Morgan horses, it's the Grand National & World Championship Morgan Horse Show held in mid-October in Oklahoma City. The show featured 1,100 horses from all over the world. Merriehill Farm in Marengo, owned by the Bodnar family, saw 12 of its 17 horses take first place this year at the 35th edition of the show, and altogether winning 24 of 43 events plus six...

    Santa visits with children in his sleigh during last year’s “Dickens of a Holiday” in Libertyville.

    ‘Dickens of a Holiday’ returns to downtown Libertyville

    MainStreet Libertyville hosts its annual "Dickens of a Holiday" event Saturdays, Dec. 1 and 8. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day, the downtown will be bustling with holiday festivities.

    More than 1,000 would-be marathoners descended on Staten Island Nov. 4, the day of the canceled New York City Marathon, to help with cleanup in one of the hardest hit communities in New York.

    Suburban marathoners become volunteers in wake of Sandy

    New York City would have been Colleen Huml's ninth marathon. But when she landed in the city Nov. 2 to confirmation that the race was canceled, the 24-year-old Wheaton native shifted gears. Huml joined more than 1,000 people Nov. 4 – the day of the marathon – to travel to Staten Island and help clean up one of the areas hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy. "There's a certain determination...

    Thorndale Avenue will be the future extension of the Elgin-O’Hare Expressway. Now it ends at a “T” intersection with York Road at the western edge of O’Hare International Airport.

    How $2 billion in campaign cash could have been spent on Illinois roads

    President Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney had spent about a collective $2 billion on their campaigns. What would that kind of money buy if it wasn’t spent on negative ads? For starters: A bunch of railway grade separations to protect drivers and pedestrians from trains and relieve freight congestion in the Chicago region or new buses and train cars for Pace, Metra and the CTA or a completed...

    James Dietz

    Round Lake’s Dietz wants 4 more years as mayor with new political slate

    Round Lake Mayor James Dietz says he's seeking another four-year term as part of a political slate in the April election. Dietz took the village's top elected position when he ousted Bill Gentes in 2009.

    A federal court will hear arguments in February over a controversial proposal to build a 50-unit apartment building in Wheeling to house residents with physical and mental disabilities. Wheeling officials have twice rejected the plan.

    Federal court sets hearing on PhilHaven injunction

    A federal judge will hear arguments Feb. 15 on a developer's request for an order requiring Wheeling officials to approve a controversial plan for an apartment building to house people with mental and physical disabilities. The builder filed for a preliminary injunction last week, saying that without quick action they could lose their chance to develop the proposed 50-unit building at 2418-2422...

    Courtesy of the Bartlett History Museum Bartlett History Museum director Pam Rohleder recently found an antique Uncle Sam on an online auction website that once sat outside Mungerson’s Barber Shop on Railroad Avenue until 1970. Rohleder arranged to have the item sent back home to Bartlett, and it’s now on display in the museum.

    Uncle Sam antique returns home to Bartlett

    A true patriot has returned home to Bartlett, just in time for Veterans Day. The Bartlett History Museum has on display a handcrafted, wooden Uncle Sam that first stood at Mungerson's Barber Shop, once located at 116 Railroad Avenue, about the time of World War II.

    Jamaica Tornadoes Swim Club team members Alex Mignott, 12, Justin Gay-Semenkoff, 12, Christian Allicock, 12, with coach Wendy Lee and Llori Sharpe, 12, listen to instructions during practice Friday with the Barrington Swim Club at Barrington High School.

    Barrington swimmers welcome new Jamaican teammates

    In Jamaica, where the athletic stars traditionally shine in track and field, the pool of swimming talent can be shallow. So Barrington Swim Club head coach Rob Emery invited athletes from the Kingston-based Tornadoes Swim Club to come north to train with their Barrington peers.

    Sonia Albarran of Elgin tries to comfort her son Xavier Marques, 2, while visiting Santa during the Elgin Home for the Holidays, event Saturday November 3, 2012 at the Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin.

    Images: The Week In Pictures
    This edition of The Week In Pictures features local election night celebrations, Santa arriving, and a variety of other events.

    Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) walks of the field after a play against the Houston Texans in the first half an NFL football game in Chicago, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    Weekend in Review: Veterans Day, DuPage forest district changes
    What you may have missed over the weekend: GOP eyes 2014 governor's race; 1 in 4 voted before Tuesday's election; vigil held for South Barrington man; NIU police chief on leave amid scandal; nation's political divide is deepening; 'Skyfall' has record debut; 2 kiled in Indianapolis explosion; Bears lose 13-6 and Jay Culter out with concussion.


    Schaumburg Township Democrats, GOP setting slates for April election

    Former Republican state House candidate John Lawson will seek re-election as Schaumburg Township assessor in April, solidifying a GOP township slate that will feature mostly incumbents. Both the Republican and Democratic organizations of Schaumburg Township will be holding caucuses the evening of Tuesday, Dec. 4 to determine their candidates in the April race.

    Salahuddin Rabbani, left, head of Afghanistan High Peace Council, shakes hand with Pakistan’s Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, for the benefit of the media prior to their meeting in Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday. They were to discuss peace and the reconciliation process in Afghanistan.

    Pakistan accuses Afghans of killing civilians

    Pakistan on Monday accused Afghan forces of killing at least four civilians in a cross-border shelling attack, increasing tension just as a senior Afghan official visited Islamabad to discuss peace talks with the Taliban.


    2 buses collide near Lincoln Tunnel, about 20 hurt

    Authorities have reopened the Lincoln Tunnel leading out of New York City after two buses collided in New Jersey, injuring about 20 people.

    Jessica Tata, accused in the deaths of four children at her west Houston day care, stands at the conclusion of opening statements at the Harris County Criminal Courthouse, in Houston in October. Tata, 24, is charged with four counts of felony murder but is currently being tried in the death of 16-month-old Elias Castillo. She faces up to life in prison if convicted.

    Houston day care fire trial to soon reach jury

    A jury in Houston will soon consider the fate of a woman charged with murder after four children died in a fire at her home day care in February 2011.

    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo greets residents of the Far Rockaways section of the Queens borough of New York, Saturday. An administration official says Gov. Andrew Cuomo plans to request at least $30 billion in federal disaster aid to rebuild after Superstorm Sandy.

    N.Y. governor to seek $30B in superstorm federal aid

    An administration official says Gov. Andrew Cuomo plans to request at least $30 billion in federal disaster aid to rebuild after Superstorm Sandy.


    Fire at Crystal Lake steel fabricator causes $500,000 in damages

    No one was injured in a fire at a steel fabrication plant on Route 31 in Crystal Lake Sunday night, authorities said. The fire at TC Industries along Route 31 occurred about 8:05 p.m. and caused about $500,000 in damage, said officials from the Crystal Lake Fire Department.

    United States Army Sgt. Zach Ames, center, who has been on a one-year deployment to Afghanistan, surprises his wife, Bri Ames, left, and their daughter Emersyn, right, with a reunion prior to an NFL football game between the New York Jets and the Seattle Seahawks on Veterans Day, Sunday, in Seattle.

    Nation pays tribute to sacrifices of veterans

    LOS ANGELES — 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.

    Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard ordered a federal inquiry Monday into allegations of child sex abuse in state and religious institutions and community groups following a string of sexual abuse accusations against priests and claims of a Catholic Church cover-up.

    Australia orders federal child sex abuse inquiry

    SYDNEY — Australia’s prime minister ordered a federal inquiry Monday into allegations of child sex abuse in state and religious institutions and community groups following a string of sexual abuse accusations against priests and claims of a Catholic Church cover-up.

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

    BBC says its news chief, her deputy stepping aside

    The BBC's news chief and her deputy have been temporarily replaced while the broadcaster deals with the fallout from coverage of a child abuse scandal that forced its director general to resign, the broadcaster said Monday.


    Ikea to release report on East German forced labor

    Swedish furniture giant Ikea says it will release a report this week addressing claims that it benefited from forced labor in communist East Germany.

    A rare security breach has been reported at the Tower of London, one of the British capital’s most famous landmarks. Authorities say the Crown Jewels and other unique artifacts are safe but that locks had to be changed after an intruder broke in and stole some keys.

    Security breach at Tower of London

    A rare security breach has been reported at the Tower of London, one of the British capital's most famous landmarks. Authorities say the Crown Jewels and other unique artifacts are safe but that locks had to be changed after an intruder broke in and stole some keys.


    Iran’s army drill to test new air defense system

    Iran's military is to test a new air defense system modeled after the U.S. Hawk system as tensions with the West escalate over the country's suspect nuclear program, the Iranian state TV reported Monday.

    China’s Minister for Environmental Protection Zhou Shengxian answers a reporter’s question during a news conference at the media center of the 18th Chinese Communist Party Congress in Beijing Monday.

    China seeks to stem environmental protests

    The Chinese government will require that future industrial projects include assessments of their risk to social stability, following several large protests around the country over pollution, a top official said Monday.

    Agri, a Kurd from Syria who gave only his first name, said he fled his country due to fighting a few months ago and describes in Athens how he was attacked as he walked home one recent night. Human rights and immigrant groups say there has been an increase in racist attacks in Greece over the last year, as the country struggles through a protracted financial crisis.

    On streets of Athens, racist attacks increase

    Police are investigating the assault of a Bangladeshi man as yet another in a rising wave of extreme-right rage against foreigners as Greece sinks further into economic misery. The details vary, but the cold brutality of each attack is the same: Dark-skinned migrants confronted by thugs, attacked with knives and broken bottles, wooden bats and iron rods.

    John Papanier directs traffic on a street congested by vehicles during cleanup after Superstorm Sandy, in the New Dorp section of Staten Island, N.Y. Residents of New York’s Staten Island borough are noticing something new as they and volunteers work to clear the remains of storm-damaged homes: gawkers.

    Gawkers head to N.Y.’s storm-ravaged neighborhoods

    Garbage trucks, hulking military vehicles and mud-caked cars move slowly through a Staten Island waterfront neighborhood still reeling from Superstorm Sandy's storm surge. Then comes an outlier: a spotless SUV with three passengers peering out windows at a mangled home choked with sea grass: Disaster tourists.

    U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, center, is shown Monday, Nov. 5, during a preliminary hearing in a military courtroom at Joint Base Lewis McChord in Washington state. An Afghan National Army guard who reported seeing a U.S. soldier outside a remote base the night 16 civilians were massacred in March said the man did not stop even after being asked three times to do so. The guard, named Nematullah, testified by live video from Kandahar, Afghanistan, on Friday Nov. 9, during an overnight session for a hearing in the case against Staff Sgt. Robert Bales.

    Afghans find hope for justice in video testimony

    Through a video monitor in a military courtroom near Seattle, Staff Sgt. Robert Bales saw young Afghan girls smile beneath bright head coverings before they described the bloodbath he's accused of committing. From the other side of that video link, in Afghanistan, another man saw something else: signs that justice will be done. "I saw the person who killed my brother sitting there, head down with...


    Dawn Patrol: Geneva teachers reach deal; Cutler has concussion

    Geneva schools and teachers reach a tentative deal. Tributes were paid to veterans in suburbs including Naperville, Elgin, St. Charles, Libertyville, Gurnee and Hanover Park. Vigil held for South Barrington man. Des Plaines man charged with 2 counts of armed robbery. Jay Cutler is out with a concussion.

    State Rep. Sidney Mathias, alongside his wife, Rita, said he has no regrets about a 30-year career in public office that may be coming to a close.

    Mathias: “I have no regrets” about 30 years in public service

    State Rep. Sidney Mathias' 30-year tenure in public office could be coming to a close after his Election Day defeat, but the longtime representative of Buffalo Grove and surrounding communities says he has no regrets. “I have never actively planned my political career. I felt that, if an opportunity comes up, I would evaluate it and either go for it or not," he said.

    A German soldier lifts weights at his combat outpost in Char Darah, outisde Kunduz, Afghanistan, Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011.

    Images: US troops at war
    The last U.S. veteran of World War I is gone and the ranks of World War II and Korean War vets are dwindling. Baby boomers who served in Vietnam are retiring. And with the pullout of troops from Afghanistan, the U.S. commitment there and in Iraq is coming to an end.


    Park district marks 75th anniversary of Glen Ellyn landmark

    The late 1930s came alive in the Lake Ellyn Boathouse in Glen Ellyn Sunday as the Glen Ellyn Park District marked the building's 75th anniversary with an open house that featured old photos, newspaper clippings, even a live performance of a Dick Tracy radio program.



    Mathe making waves at Carthage

    Steven Mathe made a big splash last week for Carthage College. The native of Wauconda and former Carmel Corsairs was named the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin men's swimmer of the week for his effort against Illinois Wesleyan.

    Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith has a word with linebacker Brian Urlacher (54) in the second half during Sunday’s game at Soldier Field in Chicago.

    Bears, 49ers build from same mold in many ways

    Lovie Smith and Jim Harbaugh have used many similar methods in building highly successful programs in Chicago and San Francisco, and both needed to turn around franchises that had developed losing cultures.

    Bulls forward Taj Gibson walks back to the bench during a timeout during the closing seconds of Monday night’s loss.

    Bulls ‘try’ too late as Celtics hold on
    The Bulls played one quarter of quality defense on Monday, but it wasn't enough. They sliced a Boston lead from 13-2 in the fourth quarter, but came up on the short end of a 101-95 loss at the United Center. With Kirk Hinrich sidelined, Boston guard Rajon Rondo had a big night.


    Monday’s girls basketball scoreboard
    Here are the results from Monday's varsity girls basketball results as reported to the Daily Herald.


    Steady start for Grant against Mundelein

    Well after his Grant girls basketball team's season opener at Mundelein on Monday night, as his players were exiting the gym, coach Matt Lukemeyer still couldn't believe what just happened. "My hand's still shaking," a smiling Lukemeyer said, raising his arm. Fortunately for the Bulldogs, Tania Trbojevich's hand was still as she stood at the foul line with 7.3 seconds on the clock and her team clinging to a one-point lead. The senior guard sank both free throws, despite Mundelein coach Brian Evans calling timeout before each one, and Grant pulled out a come-from-behind, 47-46 win.


    Scouting DuPage County men’s college basketball

    Here's a look ahead at the local men's basketball scene this season in DuPage County.


    Scouting DuPage County’s women’s college basketball

    Here's a look at the women's basketball teams competing in DuPage County this season.

    Rosary head coach Jessie Wilcox diagrams a play against IMSA Monday in Aurora. It was the first game for Wilcox, a Wisconsin native, with the Royals, and Rosary made it a good debut with a 58-23 victory.

    Rosary’s speed too much for IMSA

    Rosary gave its new basketball coach a nice present to open the season Monday night at home. Employing a suffocating defense the entire night against IMSA, Jessie Wilcox made her debut as the Royals' new girls basketball coach an unqualified success. In not allowing IMSA double digits in any of the four quarters, Rosary (1-0) scored the first 10 points and never looked back in posting a 58-23 victory over its neighborhood rival.

    Bulls forward Taj Gibson walks back to the bench during a time out during the closing seconds of Monday’s loss to the Celtice at United Center.

    Rondo leads Celtics over Bulls
    $PHOTOCREDIT_ON$Associated Press$PHOTOCREDIT_OFF$Rajon Rondo had 20 points, nine rebounds and 10 assists Monday to lead the Boston Celtics to a 101-95 win over the Bulls at United Center.Rondo took advantage of Bulls point guard Nate Robinson for three quarters, helping the Celtics build a 12-point lead on 56-percent shooting. He extended his streak of consecutive games with 10 or more assists to 31, the longest in the NBA since John Stockton had 37 straight between Feb. 27 to Nov. 29, 1989.Brandon Bass led four other Celtics in double figures with 16 points as Boston held off a furious late Bulls rally to snap a five-game losing streak at the United Center. Kevin Garnett had 15 points.Luol Deng led the Bulls with 26 points and 11 rebounds. Joakim Noah added 17 points and 11 boards and led Chicago’s fourth quarter rally with nine points.The Celtics became the first team to score 100 points against the Bulls since April 8 of last season, ending a streak that had reached 15 straight games.The Bulls held Boston without a point for 5:15 of the fourth quarter, scoring 10 straight pull to 87-84. Chicago had five straight possessions to close the gap further but couldn’t, and Jason Terry finally snapped the Celtics’ drought with a jumper with just under 5 minutes to play.Rookie Marquis Teague replaced Robinson in the fourth and helped curb Rondo’s scoring. Noah outplayed Garnett during the Chicago spree, aggressively driving to the basket while Garnett missed three straight jumpers on the other end, including an air ball that landed out of bounds.In the final minute, Deng made two free throws to cut the lead to three, but Rondo passed to Garnett for a dunk and Taj Gibson missed two free throws.Rondo then passed to Bass for a dunk to seal the win and extend his assists streak. The Celtics shot just 35 percent in the fourth after their strong start.Chicago had won seven of its last 10 games overall against Boston, but lost for the third in its last five outings at home. Chicago will now head on the road for a five-game trip.The Celtics used a 10-0 run over a 3:45 stretch of the second quarter to establish its biggest lead of the first half at 51-38. Boston led 58-46 at the break, getting 59.5 percent shooting.Rondo had 10 points, five rebounds and five assists in the first half.Rondo continued to take advantage of Robinson in the third quarter, scoring 10 points in the period as the Celtics maintained their shooting touch. Boston led 82-70 after three and appeared to be in good shape. The Celtics entered the game having won their last 26 games when leading after three quarter, twice as long as any other such streak in the NBA.Pierce and Rondo scored eight points apiece as the Celtics took a 33-27 lead after the first quarter. Boston shot 63.6 percent from the field and set a new season high for points in a quarter. Carlos Boozer scored 10 points on 5 of 6 shooting for Chicago.Boozer finished with 15 points, but didn’t play in the fourth quarter. The Bulls played without starting point guard Kirk Hinrich, who sat out with a strained right hip. Hinrich suffered the injury in Saturday’s win over Minnesota and is considered day to day. Robinson started in his place.

    Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo drives on Bulls center Joakim Noah during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Nov. 12, 2012, in Chicago.

    Thibs optimistic about Rose’s recovery

    Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau offered some promising news on Derrick Rose's recovery from ACL surgery. Thibodeau said Rose began cutting on the court last week. He also expressed confidence Rose would play sometime this season. Sometime after the all-star break in February seems to be a reasonable guess.

    Marissa Panko of Benet misses the catch allowing Sammy Marshall of Naperville North to safely dive into second during the sectional semifinals at Oswego East.

    Benet’s Panko picks NU

    Marissa Panko always could pick it at shortstop like few other gloves her age. In two years at Benet, she's developed a lethal lefty bat to boot. Numerous colleges noticed, and the Benet junior made her decision this past week by committing to Northwestern.

    Elgin girls basketball coach Dr. Nick Bumbales is hoping his Maroons can gain some confidence this week at the Elgin Academy Thanksgiving tournament.

    A primer to the girls basketball season in the Fox Valley

    The girls basketball season tips off around the Fox Valley area this week and any new season comes with questions, right? We'll try to give some insight to the questions with our season previews later this week but before the first jump ball of the season aroound our Fox Valley coverage area, a little primer, school-by-school, as we get ready for 2012-13.

    Mark Black/mblack@dailyherald.com ¬ Kelly Karlis of Montini drives to the hoop during their victory over Crane in the girls Class 3A supersectional basketball game Monday, February 27, 2012 at Hinsdale Central.

    Montini to get its feet wet

    How does Montini coach Jason Nichols approach November basketball? Allow him to channel his inner amateur chef to explain. "It's like you want to cook a meal and don't how how to prepare it, Nichols said. "It's going to look ugly at times and you just hope it tastes good when it comes out of the oven. Either we're going to enjoy the meal or we're going to throw it out." Nichols and the three-time defending Class 3A champion Broncos get their first taste of the new season, and a new tournament, when they tip off tonight at the Schaumburg Tournament at 6:40 p.m. against Glenbrook South. Wheaton Warrenville South-Rockford Boylan will follow that game.

    Carmel’s Kathleen Felicelli, left, drives on Prairie Ridge’s Kailey Aldridge at the Mundelein Turkey Tournament on Monday.

    Prairie Ridge hangs on against Carmel

    In the opening game of the season, Carmel Catholic's girls basketball team had a chance to win in the final seconds. Instead, Prairie Ridge saw its own chance, and the Wolves took their opportunity, beating Carmel 49-48 in opening-game of the Mundelein Turkey Tournament on Monday afternoon. The Corsairs were down by 1 point with the ball and made a couple of passes in an attempt to set up a final shot. But the Wolves' Alex Neckopolous stepped in under the basket and got a game-ending steal.


    Swanson, VH take winning first step

    Wednesday is signing day for college basketball players, and Vernon Hills is hosting an event saluting 6-foot-2 center Meri Bennett-Swanson. Her next basketball adventure will take her to Chicago for hoops at DePaul University. There was more good news on opening night of basketball at Vernon Hills. The Cougars, a team that finished second in the state a season ago, scored the game's first 12 points on Monday night and never looked back in routing Maine East 68-31. This game was part of the fourth annual Cougar Classic. Bennett-Swanson led all scorers with 16 points and grabbed 9 rebounds.


    Rebuilt women’s basketball program ready for tip-off

    Fresh off of a tumultuous 2-18 season that saw the cancellation of the confence portion of the slate, second-year Harper women's basketball coach Nicole Jones is trying to keep things in perspective. "We are in a better place (than last season), we will be able to compete," Jones said. "When you see Harper College on your schedule, I don't want you to assume that's a win for you."


    Girls basketball/Top 20
    Here's the preseason girls basketball Top 20 for schools within the Daily Herald's circulation range.

    Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall walks off the field after the Bears’ 13-6 loss to the Houston Texans on Sunday night.

    Bears need more than just Marshall

    The Bears are still a good football team that wasn't truly playing at a 7-1 pace offensively before the loss to Houston, which was proof that they must find their running game to remain effective.

    Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin tips his cap following a 29-24 win over top ranked Alabama in Tuscaloosa on Saturday.

    Taking a spin on the college coaching carousel

    This iis the time of year when people speculate on which college football coaches are going to be fired at season's end. John Feinstein of the Washington Post looks at which coaches will be looking for work next season, and which ones deserve some special recognition for the jobs they've done this season.

    Illinois head coach Tim Beckman isn’t happy with his team’s woeful offense, and said there may be personnel changes this week.

    Beckman may make changes to Illini offense

    CHAMPAIGN — Illinois coach Tim Beckman let his frustration over his offense's inability to get even a yard or two when it needs them show after Saturday's loss to Minnesota, and on Monday said he may make changes.

    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.

    Bears will be cautious with Cutler’s return

    Quarterback Jay Cutler's status for next Monday night's game probably won't be known until much later in the week, but the Bears are likely to err on the side of caution in bringing him back from another concussion.


    Basierak makes a splash in first yeat at Dubuque

    Former Grayslake Central volleyball standout Klaudia Basierak made quite a debut on the college scene. The University of Dubuque rookie was named "Freshman of the Year" in the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Also an all-conference selection, the outside hitter led all IIAC players in kills with 526, averaging 3.95 per set and points scored with 595. Basierak's 595 points came as a result of 526 kills, 45 service aces, 11 solo blocks and 26 block assists.


    Cubs hire Mainville as head athletic trainer

    The Cubs on Monday named PJ Mainville their new head athletic trainer. He replaces Mark O'Neal, who remains in the organization in a different role in the medical department.

    Green Bay Packers offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga of Crystal Lake has been placed on the injured reserve list by the team.

    Hip injury lands Packers’ Bulaga on IR list

    GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Green Bay Packers have lost another player despite having the weekend off, placing offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga of Crystal Lake on the injured list.

    Tickets are on sale now for the 2013 Boomers season.

    Boomers manager Bennett returning for 2013 season

    After compiling a 54-42 record in his first season with the club, manager Jamie Bennett has agreed to a new contract with the Schaumburg Boomers.

    Bears quarterback Jay Cutler walks off the field after throwing a second interception Sunday against Houston at Soldier Field. He didn't play in the second half due to a concussion, and his status for Monday's game at San Francisco is uncertain.

    Cutler questionable, and so is Bears offense

    Slow offensive starts have hampered the Bears all season, and they may need someone other than Brandon Marshall to contribute before the situation improves. The loss to the Texans illustrated the lack of production the Bears have gotten from other players in the passing game.


    Football: Semifinal pairings
    Here are the pairings and kickoff times for this weeke's football state semifinal games.


    Mahoney excels on, off the field at Butler

    After helping Butler's women's soccer team to its winningest season since 2002, sophomore Kelly Mahoney was also winning with off-the-field awards. The former Buffalo Grove standout was voted second-team academic all-district by the College Sports Information Directors of America. Mahoney is one of 22 players in District 5 to be honored. District 5 covers schools in Indiana, Illinois, Ohio and Michigan.

    Chicago Fire goalkeeper Sean Johnson has been added to the U.S. National Team roster for Wednesday's friendly against Russia.

    Fire’s Johnson added to U.S. National Team roster

    Chicago Fire goalkeeper Sean Johnson has been called up by the U.S. Men's National Team for an international friendly Wednesday against No. 9-ranked Russia, club officials announded.

    Toledo running back David Fluellen rushed for 200 yards last week in a loss to Ball State. The Rockets (8-2) travel to DeKalb on Wednesday for face 9-1 Northern Illinois, led by quarterback Jordan Lynch, with the MAC West title at stake.

    NIU-Toledo puts MAC West title on the line

    Nothern Illinois and Toledo meet again Wednesday night, this time at Huskie Stadium in DeKalb, with another MAC West title on the line. The Huskies are 9-1 and looking for their 10th straight win, while Toledo is 8-2 and coming off a loss to Ball State.


    Mike North video: Bears’ loss doesn’t spell panic

    Mike North thinks the Bears' loss is no big deal. Plenty of good teams, like the New York Giants, lost. The Chicago Bears will be fine.

    Bears cornerback Tim Jennings (26) celebrates his interception against the Houston Texans with teammates Kelvin Hayden (24) and Major Wright (21) in the first half an NFL football game in Chicago, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012.

    Picky Jennings gets 2 more INTs but wanted more

    Tim Jennings picked a pair, again. But, what, no pick-6 for the Bears cornerback and his defensive teammates? Shocking? “You could say that,” said Jennings, whose career year continued Sunday night with his seventh and eighth interceptions and 3 pass breakups. It was the third time this season he picked off 2 passes in one game.


    U.S. stocks rose, after last week’s Standard & Poor’s 500 Index’s biggest weekly retreat since June, as investors awaited budget talks in Washington and European finance chiefs met to discuss Greek aid.

    U.S. stocks nearly unchanged as fiscal threat looms

    U.S. stocks closed nearly unchanged Monday, after a day of uneven trading plagued by investors' fears about the approaching "fiscal cliff."

    This is the Chevron oil refinery in Richmond, Calif. California’s largest greenhouse gas emitters will for the first time begin buying permits in a landmark “cap-and-trade” system meant to control emissions of heat-trapping gases and spur investment in clean technologies.

    California to officially launch greenhouse gas system

    California's largest greenhouse gas emitters will begin buying permits in a landmark "cap-and-trade" system designed to control emissions of heat-trapping gases and to spur investment in clean technologies.

    Investors are growing increasingly worried that J.C. Penney may not be able to stabilize its business soon.

    Penney is the day’s biggest stock loser

    J.C. Penney Co. executives may be confident in the department-store chain's everyday low pricing strategy, but its investors are panicking.The company's stock fell more than 13 percent on Monday.

    The U.S. Federal Trade Commission may be pressing Google to make an offer to settle the agency’s antitrust investigation against the Internet search provider in the next few days or face a formal complaint.

    Google said to face ultimatum from FTC

    Google Inc. is being pressed by U.S. Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jonathan Leibowitz to make an offer to settle the agency's antitrust investigation in the next few days or face a formal complaint, two people familiar with the situation said.

    A year ago, Google’s YouTube TV channels were trumpeted as the next iteration in television.

    A year in, YouTube’s channels not yet must-see TV

    When Google announced its plans to fund some 100 new channels of original programming on YouTube, many expected a transformation in television. The revolution has not yet been YouTubed.

    United Airlines is consolidating its premises at Chicago’s Willis Tower.

    United to repay $5.6M in incentives to Chicago

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says United Airlines will repay $5.6 million in tax incentives the company received from Chicago to redevelop its downtown headquarters.

    Acting director general of the BBC Tim Davie arrives at New Broadcasting house in central London Monday. The BBC, one of the world’s largest and most respected broadcasters, is facing calls for a radical restructuring after botched coverage of child sex abuse scandals and the subsequent resignation of its director general.

    Murdoch gleeful at BBC debacle in Britain

    Few seem to be enjoying the management meltdown at the venerable BBC more than Rupert Murdoch, the News Corp. chief whose rival British newspapers have been caught up in their own lengthy, embarrassing and expensive phone-hacking scandal.

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office said Monday morning that United also will forgo nearly $10 million in additional city grant money because it is leaving the site and consolidating at Willis Tower.

    United to repay $5.6M in incentives to Chicago

    City officials say United Airlines will repay $5.6 million in tax incentives the company received for redevelopment of its downtown Chicago headquarters.Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office said Monday morning that United also will forgo nearly $10 million in additional city grant money because it is leaving the site and consolidating at Willis Tower.

    Jill Card, owner of Jeans and a Cute Top shop in Downers Grove is shown with some of her store’s items. The outfit at left is a colorful jacket by Grazia with jeans by Mavi. On the right is a cobalt blue jacket with black piping by Tulle and python print pants by Mavi.

    Jeans & A Cute Top Shop a perfect fit for growth

    Jeans & a Cute Top Shop has found the perfect fit. The boutique, specializing in casual clothing for women is growing. Business Columnist Kim Mikus talks to the owners about how.


    Business movement in Lake Zurich
    Several business changes and expansions are taking place in Lake Zurich.

    Salim Bassoul

    Elgin’s Middleby Corp. ranks on Forbes list
    Middleby in Elbin made the Forbes Magazine list with a ranking of 25th overall and was the top-ranking company from Illinois.

    Toyota Motor Cop. is testing car safety systems that allow vehicles to communicate with each other and with the roads they are on in a just completed facility in Japan the size of three baseball stadiums.

    Toyota tests cars that communicate with each other

    Toyota Motor Cop. is testing car safety systems that allow vehicles to communicate with each other and with the roads they are on in a just completed facility in Japan the size of three baseball stadiums. The cars at the Intelligent Transport System site receive information from sensors and transmitters installed on the streets to minimize the risk of accidents in situations such as missing a red traffic light, cars advancing from blind spots and pedestrians crossing the street.

    Apple Inc. and HTC Corp. have settled all global lawsuits and signed a 10-year licensing agreement, ending a dispute that threatened their shipments of mobile devices.

    Apple, HTC resolve patent disputes

    Apple Inc. and HTC Corp. have settled all global lawsuits and signed a 10-year licensing agreement, ending a dispute that threatened their shipments of mobile devices. Apple, which had accused HTC of copying features that made its iPhone unique, "will continue to stay laser focused on product innovation."

    Afghanistanís President Hamid Karzai, left, and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh attend a ceremony of the signing of agreements between the two countries in New Delhi, India, Monday, Nov. 12, 2012. Karzai was meeting with Indian leaders Monday in a bid to woo investment to his war-torn country and boost security before a planned drawdown of NATO troops in 2014.

    Karzai in India to woo investment in Afghanistan

    Visiting President Hamid Karzai on Monday urged Indian companies to invest in Afghanistan, with India's leader saying economic development in the war-torn country would contribute to stability in the region. "Investment opportunities are better today in Afghanistan, a country that is more confident of its future," Karzai said at a news conference with India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.


    Olympus cuts operating profit forecast on expected camera loss

    Olympus Corp., the camera and endoscope maker that admitted an accounting fraud, cut its operating profit forecast by 24 percent on an expected loss at its camera unit. Operating profit, sales minus cost of goods sold and administrative expenses, will probably be 38 billion yen ($478 million) in the year ending March, down from the August estimate of 50 billion yen.

    U.S. President Barack Obama, right, speaks while U.S. Vice President Joseph “Joe” Biden listens in the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Friday, Nov. 9, 2012. Obama is urging quick action by Congress to keep taxes from rising on middle-income Americans at the start of the new year and begin negotiations to avert automatic spending cuts.

    Lawmakers in both parties see resolution to U.S. fiscal cliff

    Senior lawmakers in both political parties predicted an end to a standoff on the U.S. fiscal cliff that threatens to yield $607 billion in tax increases and automatic spending cuts in January, while saying the details of a debt-cutting deal may come later.Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad, a North Dakota Democrat, said he thinks lawmakers can reach a "framework agreement."


    Emirates profit rebound amid expanding fleet

    The parent company of Dubai-based carrier Emirates said Monday that operating profit for the first half of the year surged by more than 63 percent as the Middle East's biggest airline expanded routes and benefited from stabilizing fuel prices.


    Moody’s revises sown G-20 growth forecasts as austerity bites

    Moody's Investors Service lowered its forecasts for economic growth in the Group of 20 nations, citing budget cuts and financial-market uncertainty. Real gross domestic product growth for the G-20 as a whole will be about 2.7 percent in 2012, 3 percent in 2013 and 3.3 percent in 2014, Moody's said.

    U.S. oil output is poised to surpass Saudi Arabia’s in the next decade, making the world’s biggest fuel consumer almost self-reliant and putting it on track to become a net exporter, the International Energy Agency said.

    U.S. oil output to overtake Saudi Arabia’s by 2020

    U.S. oil output is poised to surpass Saudi Arabia's in the next decade, making the world's biggest fuel consumer almost self-reliant and putting it on track to become a net exporter, the International Energy Agency said.

    Lisa Caradine

    Elgin firm president aims to make deposit boxes more secure

    Kukec's People features the president of an Elgin-based company that provides insurance for your safe deposit box, because no one else does.

    Karen Hollis, owner of K. Hollis Jewelers, with her husband and children, recently held a ribbon cutting celebration at the store in Batavia.

    Batavia jewelry business continues to shine

    Karen Hollis started her jewelry business from her home. When she had 800 customers, she decided it was time to open a shop. We talk to Karen about launching her new shop in Batavia.


    Stay home one day. See how staff responds

    Small Business Columnist Jim Kendall shares a few do-it-yourself thoughts as we wait for fall to end. He suggests staying home for a day or offering sweets and coffee at your shop for customers.

Life & Entertainment

    Puppeteer Kevin Clash for “Sesame Street” character Elmo has taken a leave of absence from the popular kids’ show following allegations he had a relationship with a 16-year-old boy.

    Elmo puppeteer accused of underage relationship

    The puppeteer who performs as Elmo on "Sesame Street" is taking a leave of absence from the iconic kids' show in the wake of allegations that he had a relationship with a 16-year-old boy.Puppeteer Kevin Clash has denied the charges.

    “The Twilight Saga: Brealing dawn Part 2”

    ‘Twilight’ breaks out mourners for last CD

    It's a sad goodbye from "The Twilight Saga," which sees its last installment, "Breaking Dawn — Part 2," hit the big screen this week. The soundtrack reflects a chocked-up melancholia that lingers over the sound like dust over old boxes of family photos.

    Vegetable and chicken-stuffed sweet potato stew is not only good, but good for you.

    Celebrate SPAM — that’s Sweet Potato Awareness Month — with spicy stew

    Sweet potatoes are packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, says dietitian Toby Smithson. They are a good source of vitamins A and C, manganese and potassium. One medium sweet potato provides about 100 calories and is naturally low in sodium, fat and cholesterol.


    Time to be honest with smitten boyfriend

    Sixteen-year-old wants to break up with her boyfriend, but isn't sure how to go about it since it is her first relationship. He thinks everything is going well, she says. Carolyn Hax says it's time to be honest and open.

    Dave Attell told a packed house at the Comedy Cellar that New York after Superstorm Sandy had a familiar feel. “It was dark. Toilets were backing up. ... It was pretty much like it always was.” The Comedy Cellar, a regular stop for decades for the country’s most notable comedians, was closed from Oct. 28 through Nov. 1, but reopened on Nov. 2.

    Laughing in the storm: Comics don’t shy from Sandy

    Comedian Dave Attell told a packed house at the Comedy Cellar that New York after Superstorm Sandy had a familiar feel. "It was dark. Toilets were backing up. ... It was pretty much like it always was." New York's comedy clubs, some of which had to shut down or go on generator power in the aftermath of the storm, dealt with a bad situation like they always have — by turning Sandy into a running punch line.

    Classic running shoes or almost barefoot? What you choose will depend on your fitness routine.

    Choosing the right shoe can improve exercise routine

    One question we hear quite frequently is "What type of shoes should I wear while exercising?" A simple answer might be "Whatever you feel comfortable in." But, is the answer so simple? Let's take a look at shoe selection and how it affects your body during exercise. If you're choosing your shoes solely based on appearance, you're probably missing out on the performance aspects of many models.

    Vegetable and chicken studded sweet potato stew is not only good, but good for you.

    Slow Cooked Sweet Potato Stew
    Sweet Potato Stew:Toby Smithson

    On Monday, Nov. 19, Led Zeppelin’s “Kashmir” and “Since I’ve Been Loving You” — sung by Jason Bonham, left, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and Jimmy Page — will be featured in an episode of “Revolution,” the same day that Led Zeppelin’s “Celebration Day” album and a companion documentary on DVD will be released.

    NBC’s ‘Revolution’ snares Led Zeppelin songs

    What tunes fit a post-apocalyptic society? For NBC's freshman drama "Revolution," the answer is Led Zeppelin's "Kashmir" and "Since I've Been Loving You." The songs will be featured in next week's episode of "Revolution," on the same day that Led Zeppelin's "Celebration Day" album and a companion documentary on DVD will be released.


    Antibiotics overuse poses major public health threat

    When patients demand antibiotics for a cold, the flu or any other viral infections, physicians sometimes appease them with a prescription. On other occasions, doctors prescribe antibiotics for infections most commonly caused by viruses but sometimes caused by bacteria or that progress to a bacterial infection. Antibiotics kill germs — bacteria — and have no effect on viruses, making the above practices unnecessary and dangerous to health.

    Trying to cram for a test by pulling an “all-nighter” can be counterproductive for students, brain scientists say.

    To improve learning try sleeping, not cramming

    Trying to cram the brain with information during an "all-nighter" before taking a test is a ritual for many high school and college students. But most brain scientists say putting in long hours trying to pack in facts and figures is counterproductive, disrupting the steady absorption that's key to long-term learning.


    Use common sense, simple tips to avoid traveler's diarrhea

    Traveler's diarrhea comes from eating food or drinking water contaminated by certain bacteria, viruses and parasites — particularly the bacteria called enterotoxigenic E. coli. About half of the people traveling to a developing country come down with traveler's diarrhea. Fortunately, it is usually not severe. Still, it can spoil a good vacation.

    People often find that quality of life improves when they turn 60.

    Your health: Age-old advice
    Turning 60 doesn't mean life is over, and often times, quality of life improves. Also, learn how to give your eyes a break and keep them healthy.


    Some promising news on chelation therapy

    There is robust medical evidence to indicate that specific metals in our environment can make their way into our bodies. Lead, mercury, cadmium and other metals that are commonly found in our environment can result in an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, asthma and other medical illnesses. However, a new study shows chelation therapy may reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke and death in those patients with existing coronary artery disease.


    Guidelines: Women need Paps every 3 to 5 years

    Most women can wait three to five years between checks for cervical cancer, depending on their age and test choice, say new guidelines. Many medical groups have long recommended a Pap test every three years for most women. The new advice from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists says that's true for women ages 21 to 29 whose Paps show no sign of trouble.

    Eddie Murphy addresses the audience at the close of “Eddie Murphy: One Night Only,” a celebration of Murphy’s career at the Saban Theater in Beverly Hills.

    Foxx, Wonder among stars honoring Eddie Murphy

    However riotous the Eddie Murphy stories from Arsenio Hall, Tracy Morgan, Adam Sandler and Russell Brand, the highlight of Spike TV's tribute to Murphy was the comedian's duet with Stevie Wonder. Murphy joined the subject of one of his most classic impressions for a rousing rendition of Wonder's 1973 hit "Higher Ground" during the taping of the Spike TV special "Eddie Murphy: One Night Only," which is set to air Nov. 14.

    High blood pressure is a majoring risk factor for strokes and heart disease.

    Hard to gauge number of people with high blood pressure

    How many Americans have blood pressure well outside the normal ranges — and how many of them have the condition under control — remains a bit uncertain. Normal blood pressure lies anywhere at or below 120 over 80 millimeters (the first number is the beating-heart pressure; the second, the heart at rest). Any numbers 140/90 or above is considered high blood pressure; the zone in between is labeled pre-hypertension. Having high blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke.

    1961 Autobianchi Bianchina Transformable

    Italian micro gets more ‘smiles per gallon’

    Burt Richmond confesses his 1961 Autobianchi Bianchina Transformable, despite its pint-size dimensions, is tremendously huge on fun. "My wife and I experience more smiles per mile' than most other cars we see," the Chicago resident said.



    Keeping faith across generations, continents

    A Daily Herald editorial emphasizes the importance of keeping faith with the veterans whose sacrifices protect our freedoms.

    John Starks/jstarks@dailyherald.com Sen. Mark Kirk comes out of the stairwell to hug his mother on the 103rd floor of the Willis Tower during the Skyrise Chicago climb to befefit the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.

    Editorial: Kirk, other Willis climbers inspire us all

    U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk's climb of the top 37 floors of the Willis Tower last weekend was a testament to the spirit of the senator and to the medical advances at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, a Daily Herald editorial says.


    Reconstructing the GOP

    Columnist Michael Gerson: This is the conservative task over the next few years: Not the preservation of a rigid ideology but the reconstruction of a political appeal along improved but principled lines.


    Take two

    Columnist Susan Estrich: Ultimately, Democrats united behind an imperfect president who had disappointed many of them, and we decided to go out and vote for him and work for him anyway. Republicans, when they stop blaming each other and the media, might actually learn from that.


    Rudd: Grateful for campaign support
    Letter to the editor: Rich Rudd, candidate for the 54th state House district, congratulates state Rep. Tom Morrison on his victory and thanks his friends and supporters. "Along the campaign trail I met thousands of people and I'm grateful for the positive response we received," he writes.


    Police, fire there when she needs them
    Letter to the editor: Kathy Kasprowicz recently had need for emergency assistance, and she was impressed with the speed and professionalism from both the Arlington Hts. police and the Mt. Prospect Fire Department. "Our municipal taxes for police and fire are well spent," she writes.


    Volunteers are who made fair a success
    Letter to the editor: Wheeling Twp. Supervisor Michael Schroeder thanks the volunteers and donors who made the annual Halloween Fun Fair for special needs children and their families a big success. "Isn't it amazing what a group of neighbors, young and old, can accomplish when they join together to 'Make a Difference' in their community?" he asks.


    Residents want to support park district
    Letter to the editor: Roland Ley of Taxpayers United says Arlington Heights voters would have supported a smarter park district referendum than the one that failed Tuesday. "Taxpayers in Arlington Heights want to support our outstanding park district, but with huge property tax increases in recent years we believe the park district should be more careful with our money," he writes.


    Make health care for veterans a priority
    A letter to the editor: We must recognize that as our veterans return to civilian life, they and their families will be seeking continued care and support for their service connected injuries — both seen and unseen.


    Obesity has effect on national security
    A letter to the editor: More than 300 retired generals and admirals like myself are concerned that one in four young adults currently is too overweight to join the military and that weight problems have become the top medical reason why young adults cannot enlist. In Illinois alone, 529,000 18- to 24-year olds were overweight or obese in 2010.


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