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Images: American Music Awards
The stars were out at the 40th Annniversary American Music Awards on Sunday night. Performers included Justin Bieber, Kelly Clarkson, Carly Rae Jepsen, Psy, The Wanted, Swizz Beat, Ke$ha, No Doubt, Usher and many others.
Oak Brook physician stable after stabbing at Chicago hotel
An Oak Brook physician was expected to make a full recovery after a nearly fatal stabbing in a downtown Chicago hotel on Saturday night. Dr. Mir Shah, 67, was attacked about 8 p.m. in the bathroom of the Westin Hotel on Michigan Avenue. "His wounds were very serious ... but miraculously missing the critical arteries and areas. we're very lucky," a family spokesman said.
Two killed in crash of small plane registered in Antioch
A small plane registered to an Antioch man crashed near Burlington, Wis., Sunday afternoon, killing the two people aboard, authorities said. The single-engine Grumman AA1 crashed into a cornfield near the Burlington Municipal Airport just before 1:30 p.m. Sunday, said Lynn Lunsford, spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration.
Quinn launches education campaign for pension reform
As part of his pension reform efforts, Gov. Pat Quinn announced Sunday a new website designed to increase awareness about pensions and the need for an overhaul. Quinn said he hopes ThisIsMyIllinois.com hopes will get people talking about the issue and compel them to pressure their legislators to act now. “The only way to activate the public, is you first have to educate the people about the...
2 Rhodes winners from Illinois
A Chicago-area woman who just won a Rhodes Scholarship says she’s interested in social welfare policies in the United States and how they could be made more effective.Rhiana Gunn-Wright of Oak Lawn is one of two winners from Illinois who were named Sunday.
Petraeus scandal puts four-star lifestyle under scrutiny
Of the many issues that have been raised by the scandal involving former CIA director David Petraeus, among them is a new scrutiny of the imperial trappings that come with a senior general's lifestyle.
Faiths unite in Buffalo Grove to give thanks
Congregations from several faiths gathered Sunday to say thanks for the spiritual bonds that knit them together. The 22nd Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Celebration was held in Buffalo Grove’s Congregation Beth Am under the theme “Give Thanks to God, for God is Good!” “We come here together, because we’re stronger together,” one rabbi said.
Obama opens landmark visit to Myanmar
Launching a landmark visit to long shunned Myanmar, President Barack Obama said Monday he comes to “extend the hand of friendship” to a nation moving from persecution to peace. But his praise and personal attention came with an admonition to those in charge.
Sandy a super test for Bloomberg, Christie, Cuomo
For New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, leadership often came with an empathetic hug. For New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, it came with an angry tirade at utilities slow to restore power. For New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, it came with cool, businesslike assurance. But who got the highest marks?
New frontier for scaling up online classes: credit
A year ago, hardly anybody knew the term MOOC. But the Internet-based courses offered by elite universities through Coursera, by a consortium led by Harvard and MIT called edX, and by others, are proving wildly popular, with some classes attracting hundreds of thousands of students. MOOCs have landed like a meteorite in higher education.
Obama warns against 'ramping up' in Gaza crisis
President Barack Obama said Sunday an incursion by Israel's forces into the Gaza Strip could only deepen its death toll, cautioning against an escalation even as he defended the Jewish state's right to defend itself. Obama also warned Palestinians the crisis could crush peace hopes for years. "Israel has every right to expect that it does not have missiles fired into its territory," Obama said at...
Israel strike kills 11 in Gaza, including children
An Israeli missile ripped through a two-story home in a residential area of Gaza City on Sunday, killing at least 11 civilians, including four young children and an 81-year-old woman, in the single deadliest attack of Israel’s offensive against Islamic militants.
Bieber, Minaj and Swift pick up awards at AMAs
America proved its Bieber Fever was strong: The teen singer dominated the American Music Awards on Sunday night. Justin Bieber's wins included the show's top award, artist of the year. His mom joined him onstage as he collected the trophy, beating out Rihanna, Maroon 5, Katy Perry and Drake. "I wanted to thank you for always believing in me," Bieber said, looking to his mom.
Going out Wednesday? Get a cab, designated driver
If you plan to throw back a few cold ones this Wednesday, you might want to call a cab or have another option to get home besides driving yourself. The Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office will hold a “No Refusal” event Wednesday night, the first time the office has held an operation the day before Thanksgiving, which is considered one of the biggest party days of the year.
Santa to visit in Vernon Hills:
Spend a Saturday with Santa from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Dec. 8 at Christ Lutheran Church and Preschool, 595 Deerpath Drive, Vernon Hills.
‘Twilight’ finale bows with $141.3 million weekend
The sun has set on the “Twilight” franchise with one last blockbuster opening for the supernatural romance. “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2” sucked up $141.3 million domestically over opening weekend and $199.6 million more overseas for a worldwide debut of $340.9 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.
Bensenville offers residents some holiday magic
The weather didn't exactly suggest the North Pole, but those who attended Bensenville's annual Holiday Magic festival Sunday didn't seem to mind. The event included visits with Santa, holiday carols and the traditional chili cook-off. It culminated in the annual tree lighting ceremony. “It’s great to see people come out and have the community come together on a night like this,” Bensenville...
Lake County teaching certificate current?
The Lake County Regional Superintendent of Schools urges all Lake County teachers to be sure their Illinois teaching certificates are currently registered.
Why citizenship matters to Lake Zurich man, 93
A Romanian immigrant, Steve Auer of Lake Zurich takes his civic duty very seriously. The 93-year-old reads three newspapers a day and put off a hospital trip last week until after he voted. “It’s your duty,” said Auer, who first voted in 1948 after arriving in this country during the Depression and working six days a week for $4.
In unusual CIA case, FBI detoured from usual path
The way the FBI responded to Jill Kelley’s complaint about receiving harassing emails, which ultimately unraveled or scarred the careers of ex-CIA Director David Petraeus and Marine Gen. John Allen, is the exception, not the rule.
Public nudity ban eyed in fed-up San Francisco
San Francisco may be getting ready to shed its image as a city where anything goes, including clothing. City lawmakers are scheduled to vote Tuesday on an ordinance that would prohibit nudity in most public places.
Congress to investigate Benghazi ‘talking points’
Lawmakers said Sunday they want to know who had a hand in creating the Obama administration’s now-discredited “talking points” about the Sept. 11 attack on a U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, and why a final draft omitted the CIA’s early conclusion that terrorists were involved.
Firefighter suffers minor injury in Deer Park blaze
A Lake Zurich firefighter suffered a minor injury while putting out a fire that broke out in the basement of a Deer Park home Sunday morning. The injured firefighter did not require transport to a hospital after being hurt putting out the blaze in the 21400 block of Sumac Court, officials said. Two residents of the home were checked on the scene by paramedics and released.
Chicago man charged in Craigslist robberies
Chicago police have arrested a 20-year-old man they say robbed several people who were responding to ads posted on Craigslist. In a news release, police said Andrew Jones of Chicago was arrested Friday and charged with aggravated battery and armed robbery. They said people responding to the ads would arrange to meet Jones at a specified location.
Retired judge swaps criminal cases for red-light violations
Henry "Skip" Tonigan III presided over high-profile murder trials and major lawsuits until his retirement as a Lake County judge in 2007. Since then, he's developed a business as an adjudication hearing officer handing less-serious red-light camera and ordinance violation cases while receiving a six-figure pension. “I really enjoy administering justice on something a lot more low profile than...
Dist. 62 chief is ‘Superintendent of the Year’
Jane Westerhold, superintendent of Des Plaines School District 62, has been selected the 2013 Illinois Superintendent of the Year by the Illinois Association of School Administrators. “I am extremely honored and humbled to be recognized by my peers, and although I am extremely proud of District 62’s accomplishments over the past eight years, I certainly cannot take the credit in isolation,”...
Cantigny Park’s annual poinsettia show helps welcome the season
Flower lovers can get a close look at thousands of poinsettias Tuesday, Nov. 27, when Cantigny Park's horticultural department plays host to its annual Shades of Crimson display.
Bake your dog a treat for Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving Day is all about giving thanks, family, tradition and food. We've used my aunt's recipe for cooking the turkey for years. Putting it in the oven in the evening, cooking it until the "smell of turkey" fills the house, and then turning the oven temperature down for the rest of the night. Even if we were to sleep through it, our dogs have always let us know when the oven temperature...
Rodgers lifts Packers to 24-20 win over Lions
:Aaron Rodgers threw two touchdown passes, including a 22-yarder to Randall Cobb with 1:55 left, and the Packers came through with a 24-20 win over the Detroit Lions on Sunday for their fifth straight win. Mason Crosby made a 39-yard field goal with 19 seconds to go after missing two field goals earlier in the game.
Bulls start fast, but it’s not enough
This started out looking like a redemption performance from the Bulls, a night after they ended a streak of 140 straight games without a 20-point loss. The Bulls dominated the first quarter in Portland, then began suffering from familiar problems. They lost to the Blazers 102-94 on Sunday for a rare two-game losing streak.
Keselowski clinches NASCAR title for Penske, Dodge
HOMESTEAD, Fla. — Brad Keselowski, loud, a little buzzed and soaked in beer, bounded through the door with an oversized bottle of champagne in one hand and his cellphone in the other.He plopped down next to Roger Penske, a pillar of the American auto industry, and triumphantly slapped him on the back.“We did it boss,” Keselowski hailed.“Did you bring your tweeter?” the 75-year-old Penske replied.NASCAR’s oddest couple captured its biggest prize Sunday, when Keselowski brought Penske his first Sprint Cup championship 40 years after the owner’s first stock car race.He beat five-time champion Jimmie Johnson of mighty Hendrick Motorsports while delivering the crown that fills a glaring hole on Penske’s otherwise sterling racing resume.Penske is considered the gold standard of open-wheel racing — he has 15 Indianapolis 500 wins — and his empire makes him one of the most successful businessmen in America.But until Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway, his NASCAR program was never more than average.“Personally, I feel amazing that I’ve been able to achieve this in racing,” Penske said. “I think it took guts for me to stay in the sport. We could have thought, ‘Well, we won the Indy 500 15 times and we’re a big deal.’“But I’ll tell you one thing … I think I just woke up here tonight, and it’s a big thrill.”As always, Penske credited his entire organization.But the program really turned behind Keselowski, you know, the kid you first heard about when he tweeted from inside his car during the season-opening Daytona 500 earlier this year.So it was fitting that his first act as champion was sending a tweet, of course, from inside his car. “We did it,” he posted with a picture.Then the party really began.The blue collar, Twitter-loving, Michigan native chugged sponsor Miller Lite’s product, donned goggles to douse the Blue Deuce crew with champagne, and imagined how his life will change as NASCAR’s champion.At 28, he’s the eighth-youngest champion in NASCAR history and proud he doesn’t have a date for the Nov. 30 champions banquet in Las Vegas.“I’ve always wanted to date a celebrity,” Keselowski said, “I’m just throwing that out there. That would be really cool, don’t you think?”Penske could only shake his head in bewilderment.“Maybe I am conservative, but I like to have a little fun, too,” Penske said. “And I think when you’ve won the NASCAR championship, the driver, you can kind of give him a little wider path, and he’s certainly taken it side to side. I think it’s all good.”Keselowski might not have seemed like Penske material three years ago, but he’s a cornerstone now.He was a developmental driver for Hendrick Motorsports in 2008 when he went to see Penske, convinced he could be the driver to bring “The Captain” a coveted Cup championship.He wiggled free from his contract a year later, and had a second-tier Nationwide championship — and a closet full of starched white Penske shirts — to show for his convictions.Now, three years into the partnership, he and Penske have that Cup championship and a connection no one saw coming.“Always, throughout my whole life I’ve been told I’m not big enough, not fast enough, not strong enough and I don’t have what it takes,” Keselowski said from the championship stage.“I’ve used that as a chip on my shoulder to carry me through my whole career. It took until this year for me to realize that that was right, man, they were right.“I’m not big enough, fast enough, strong enough. No person is. Only a team can do that.”Keselowski needed 125 starts to win his first championship, the fewest starts since four-time champion Jeff Gordon won his first title in 93 starts in 1995.Keselowski also won a second-tier Nationwide title in 2010, his first season with Penske and the owner’s first official NASCAR championship.
Averkamp scores 27 points to spark Loyola
Ben Averkamp scored 27 points to lead Loyola past Maryland-Eastern Shore 62-46 on Sunday at Tampa, Fla.Averkamp also had 8 rebounds and became the 19th player in Loyola history with at least 1,000 points and 500 rebounds. “That feels a thousand times better,” Averkamp said after the Ramblers (3-2) stopped a two-game skid.Maryland-Eastern Shore (0-6) got 13 points from Troy Snyder. Both teams lost games Friday and Saturday in the three-day South Florida Invitational.Loyola grabbed a 47-36 lead with five minutes remaining on Christian Thomas’ 3-point play and 3 in-close baskets by Averkamp.“Averkamp is a great role model,” Loyola coach Porter Moser said. “The kid just works and works. He’s a big-time performer for us.”NIU 72, Judson 54:Sam Mader and Akeem Springs scored 16 points apiece and Northern Illinois won its home opener. Kevin Gray had 10 points and 8 rebounds to lead the Huskies (1-2), who dropped road games at Nebraska-Omaha and Valparaiso.Judson (2-6), which plays in NAIA Division II, jumped out to a 20-12 lead. NIU answered by running off 15 straight points and eventually led 39-32 at halftime.Ohio St. 77, Washington 66:Deshaun Thomas tied a career high with 31 points and led No. 4 Ohio State over Washington in the championship game of the Hall of Fame Tip Off tournament at Uncasville, Conn.The 6-foot-7 junior, who also had 8 rebounds, had 21 in the first half as the Ohio State (3-0) built at 10-point lead and cruised through the second half. Washington fell to 2-2.MSU 69, Texas Southern 41:Gary Harris scored 19 points, including 14 in a lopsided first half, to lead No. 21 Michigan State (2-1) past Texas Southern (1-3).Branden Dawson had 13 points and 6 rebounds, while Adreian Payne added 9 points and 7 rebounds for Michigan State, which extended their string of wins in home openers to 36.Wisconsin 73, Cornell 40:Jared Berggren and Ben Brust each scored 18 points to help No. 22 Wisconsin (2-1) beat Cornell (1-3). Brust also grabbed 12 rebounds, while Ryan Evans also had a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.Minnesota 72, Richmond 57:Rodney Williams helped host Minnesota (4-0) rally in the second half after a sluggish start, scoring 15 points with 6 rebounds and 4 assists in the victory over Richmond (3-1).Duke 88, Fla. Gulf Coast 67:Mason Plumlee finished with a career-high 28 points and hit 10 of 11 free throws for No. 9 Duke (3-0) as Florida Gulf Coast (2-2) became the 96th straight non-ACC visitor to lose at Cameron Indoor Stadium.Louisville 80, Miami (O.) 39:Russ Smith had a game-high 23 points and Wayne Blackshear added 14 points and 6 rebounds and No. 2 Louisville (3-0) defeated visiting Miami of Ohio (1-2).Florida 66, Middle Tenn. 45:Kenny Boynton had 20 points and Will Yeguete scored 11 and grabbed 13 rebounds to help No. 10 Florida (3-0) pull away to a victory over Middle Tennessee (2-1) in the South Florida Invitational at Tampa, Fla.Boynton scored the final 13 points of the game for Florida, which opened the second half with a 14-2 run and never looked back.Nebraska 75, Neb.-Omaha 62:Dylan Talley scored 14 of his career-high 22 points in the second half to lead host Nebraska (3-0) past Nebraska-Omaha in the first Division I matchup between the two schools.Syracuse 88, Wagner 57:Brandon Triche had 21 points and 7 rebounds, James Southerland added 15 points and 3 blocks, and No. 8 Syracuse (2-0) defeated Wagner (0-2). Syracuse has won 23 straight home games and 34 in a row in the Carrier Dome against nonconference foes.Oklahoma St. 76, N.C. St. 56:
Maryland nears decision on move to Big Ten
COLLEGE PARK, Md. — The University of Maryland’s decision to stay in the Atlantic Coast Conference or join the Big Ten comes down to tradition vs. money.Given the plight of the school’s struggling athletic program, the Terrapins’ stature as a charter member of the ACC may not mean as much as the prospect of playing a home football game against, say, Ohio State, and being part of a league that generates more revenue.The Board of Regents is scheduled to meet today to discuss the joining the Big Ten. If Maryland approves the move and applies for admission, Rutgers is expected to follow suit and leave the Big East. That would leave the Big Ten with 14 schools.An announcement on Maryland’s final decision is expected this week, maybe as soon as today.The addition of Maryland and Rutgers, located in New Brunswick, N.J., about 40 miles south of New York City, would give the Big Ten an added presence in the East — along with Penn State — and add two huge television markets.That explains in part why the Big Ten is courting Maryland and offering a fee to join, enough to at least partially offset the $50 million exit fee the ACC approved by vote in September after adding Notre Dame.By leaving the ACC, Maryland would be breaking ties and rivalries with many schools it has competed against since 1953. There are few bigger college basketball games than Maryland vs. Duke, and Terrapins fans for decades have made up a decent portion of the crowd at the ACC basketball tournament.Unfortunately, tradition doesn’t fill the football stadium on Saturdays. Maryland can’t sell out the luxury boxes at the newly renovated Tyser Tower inside Byrd Stadium, and only 35,244 showed up Saturday on senior day for a game against 10th-ranked Florida State.Maryland lost to the Seminoles 41-14, its fifth straight defeat.The Terrapins (4-7) close their second season under coach Randy Edsall at North Carolina next week, and he insisted Sunday that his attention was centered solely upon the present rather than the future of the program.Asked his opinion of the potential move to the Big Ten, Edsall responded: “My whole focus is trying to clear things up from Florida State and getting ready for North Carolina. … I’m just concentrating on North Carolina.”Rutgers coach Kyle Flood had a similar response when asked about the reports during a Sunday teleconference with reporters.“The best thing for me do to is not react to it,” he said.Maryland’s six home games this season averaged 36,022 in a stadium that seats 54,000.Home matchups against Ohio State, Michigan and Nebraska would surely be sellouts. And it is entirely possible that the school would consider expanding the on-campus stadium if it joins the Big Ten.There’s also the matter of the Big Ten television contract, which is far more lucrative than the one the ACC has in place.The Big Ten network has become a cash cow for the league since it started in 2007. According to a May report in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Big Ten schools receive about $24.6 million in revenue from the conference this year.With two more major television markets in the conference’s footprint, that could go up.Maryland this year cut seven sports programs because of budget concerns. Instead of merely surviving, the athletics department might even flourish if the Terrapins become part of the Big Ten.But the prospective move would call for longer road trips. Instead of taking a bus trip to North Carolina for a basketball game against the Tar Heels, Maryland would be forced to fly to the Midwest, perhaps in a snowstorm.And while a visit from the Ohio State football team would be extremely interesting and unique, the curiosity factor would drop off considerably for a game against Minnesota or Iowa.
Bears’ defense focused on stopping Gore
The San Francisco 49ers have a lot of offensive weapons, but the Bears’ foremost concern Monday night will be stopping Frank Gore and the run game.
Bears need better Campbell vs. Niners
In April, Bears GM Phil Emery said the Bears could win a championship with Jason Campbell. It hasn’t come to that yet, but the Bears do need Campbell to help them win a game Monday night. Jason Campbell looked unprepared when he relieved Jay Cutler against Houston. He was awful in the second half, save one throw on which Brandon Marshall made a spectacular catch in traffic.
For Bears offense, it doesn’t get any easier vs. 49ers
The Bears have issues on offense, and tonight they’ll have to try to work them out on national TV against an exceptionally tough 49ers defense. Eliminating the 4 turnovers they had last week would be a big help for an offense that will be guided by backup quarterback Jason Campbell, who’s making his first start as a Bear.
Manning throws for 3 TDs in Broncos’ 30-23 win
DENVER — In the win column, Peyton Manning drew even with John Elway and the Denver Broncos extended the gap between themselves and the San Diego Chargers. In the sack column, Von Miller made a statement of his own Sunday.Manning threw for 270 yards and three touchdowns and Miller had three sacks and forced two Philip Rivers fumbles, as the Broncos defeated the San Diego Chargers 30-23 to take a three-game lead in the AFC West. Manning won his 148th regular-season game to tie Elway for second on the all-time list for starting quarterbacks — still 38 behind Brett Favre. But this was a choppy day for quarterbacks. Manning’s final stats were decent enough — 25 for 42 — but he threw an interception that got returned for a touchdown by Eric Weddle to open the scoring and also got sacked in the end zone by Shaun Phillips for a safety, as the Denver offense didn’t quite click the way it has in recent weeks. Rivers also put up decent numbers — 24 for 40 for 258 yards — but all but 60 of the yards came after the Chargers (4-6) had fallen behind 24-9 midway through the third quarter. Danario Alexander leapt over cornerback Chris Harris for a 21-yard touchdown to pull the Chargers within 30-23 with 1:24 left. But the Broncos recovered the onside kick. After a punt, Denver defensive end Elvis Dumervil sacked Rivers to seal Denver’s fifth straight win — a streak that started Oct. 15 in San Diego, when Manning rallied Denver from 24-0 down for a 35-24 win. It was the first time a team had trailed by that much and gone on to win by double digits. The Chargers have lost five of six and trail Denver (7-3) by three games, leaving coach Norv Turner’s job security as a big topic of conversation in San Diego. Optimists will remember the Chargers overcame a three-game deficit to Denver over the last three weeks in 2008. But that was well before either Manning or Miller arrived in Denver, and both are changing the equation for a franchise seeking its first Super Bowl in 14 years. Manning now has 24 touchdown passes on the season and remained on pace for a 4,700-yard year. Overshadowed by the quarterback’s arrival has been the blossoming of the Broncos defense with Miller as the headliner.Dumervil’s late sack gave the Broncos four for the game and 35 for the season.When Rivers completed a 15-yard pass to Malcom Floyd in the third quarter on third-and-10, it snapped a string of 26 straight holds for the Denver `D’ on third down, dating to the end of a win over Cincinnati two weeks ago. Making teams one-dimensional is helping Miller the most. He now has eight sacks over the past four weeks and vaulted past Houston’s J.J. Watt, who had one against Jacksonville on Sunday, for the league lead. Miller is getting plenty of practice on that sack dance he uses to celebrate. The second-year player brought a choreographer in at the start of the year and donates $1,000 to charity every time he does the dance.
Brady outplays Luck, Patriots rout Colts 59-24
The Patriots used three scoring passes from Tom Brady, two touchdowns on interception returns and another on a punt return to match a team single-game scoring record in a 59-24 rout of the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. The first matchup between three-time Super Bowl winner Brady and star rookie Andrew Luck was no match.
South Dakota State women beat No. 15 Nebraska 60-55
$PHOTOCREDIT_ON$Associated Press$PHOTOCREDIT_OFF$BROOKINGS, S.D. — Ashley Eide scored 26 points to lead South Dakota State to a 60-55 victory against No. 15 Nebraska on Sunday.Eide, who shot 10 of 17 from the floor, was the only player in double figures for the Jackrabbits (2-2). Katie Lingle had nine points and eight rebounds off the bench, and Leah Dietel had 10 rebounds.Lindsey Moore scored 21 points and Jordan Hooper 15 for the Cornhuskers (3-1).Nebraska led 40-39 in the second half when South Dakota State took control with a 15-5 run over a 4:32 stretch. During the surge, Lingle and Megan Waytashek had four points each and Hannah Strop added a 3-pointer.The win was South Dakota State’s third in 16 games against ranked opponents since it moved to Division I for the 2004-05 season.
RG3 has 4 TD passes; Redskins beat Eagles 31-6
There was some serious scoreboard watching in the Washington Redskins locker room. A near-perfect game from Robert Griffin III buoyed the hopes of a team that hadn’t won a game in over a month. “Did Dallas lose?” right guard Kory Lichtensteiger asked a group of reporters. In the Philadelphia Eagles locker room, it was the same old same old.
Schaub rallies Texans past Jaguars, 43-37
HOUSTON — Tied in overtime with one of the NFL’s worst teams, the Houston Texans turned to their superstar to pull out the victory.Andre Johnson caught a screen pass from Matt Schaub and ran 48 yards for the winning touchdown as the Texans rallied to beat Jacksonville 43-37 on Sunday.Schaub threw a career-high five touchdown passes, completed a franchise-record 43 passes and finished with 527 yards in the air, second most in NFL history. Warren Moon also threw for 527 yards for the Houston Oilers in December 1990 against Kansas City. Norm Van Brocklin holds the record with 554 for the Rams in 1951.Schaub completed his final 16 passes in regulation time to rally the Texans.Johnson caught 14 passes for 273 yards, both career highs; the yardage was a team record. The Texans (9-1) won an overtime game for the first time at Reliant Stadium.Chad Henne threw a career-high four touchdown passes in relief of injured Blaine Gabbert for the Jaguars (1-9). First-round pick Justin Blackmon finally had his breakout game, making seven catches for 236 yards. It was the first time in NFL history opposing players each had more than 200 yards receiving in the same game.Blackmon caught Henne’s pass at midfield, shrugged off two defenders for a stunning 81-yard touchdown with 12:33 left in regulation to put Jacksonville up 34-20.Schaub then threw two touchdown passes to tight end Garrett Graham in the final 5:39 to force overtime.Shayne Graham and Josh Scobee kicked field goals in overtime and, for a while, it looked like NFL would have its second tie in two weeks. San Francisco and St. Louis finished 24-24 last week.Henne threw incomplete on fourth-and-10 from the Houston 47, and the Texans regained possession with 2:30 left in OT. Schaub flipped a screen pass to Johnson, who sprinted untouched down the right sideline for the winning score.The Texans improved to 2-7 in overtime in their history, while the Jaguars dropped to 0-3 in OT this season.Gabbert left in the first quarter with a bruised right elbow. Henne looked much more effective against the Texans.Playing for only the fourth time this season, Henne barely beat a Houston blitz with a throw to Blackmon for a 63-yard gain, then found tight end Marcedes Lewis in the end zone late in the opening period. The Texans hadn’t allowed a touchdown since their 43-13 win over Baltimore on Oct. 21.The Jaguars had 238 yards in the first half, just 26 yards shy of their average output this season. Henne started the second half with a 39-yard throw to Blackmon, then found Blackmon again to convert a third down to the Houston 30. Scobee kicked a 40-yard field goal to put Jacksonville up again, 20-17.Arian Foster fumbled and Schaub threw an interception as the Texans looked like they might get embarrassed at home after beating Chicago at rainy Soldier Field last week.Schaub was flawless in leading the Texans back, though, and Houston had a chance to escape in regulation, but Graham badly hooked a 47-yard field-goal attempt at the end.The Texans finished with 640 total yards.
Dalton, Green lead Bengals past Chiefs, 28-6
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Bengals punt team trotted onto the field midway through the first quarter Sunday, shortly after the Chiefs had kicked a field goal to take a rare lead in a game.All the momentum was going Kansas City’s way.Then the snap landed in the hands of Cedric Peerman, who was lined up to protect punter Kevin Huber. The running back raced around the side of the line, the perfectly executed fake catching the Chiefs napping, and 32 yards later gave Cincinnati a first down.New life, too. The Bengals would convert another fourth down on the same series, and Andy Dalton would hit A.J. Green with a short touchdown pass to cap it off, giving Cincinnati a lead it would never relinquish in a 28-6 victory on Sunday.“It was a momentum-swinger,” running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis said. “That’s the thing about the NFL — most of the games are decided by a few points. When you get a momentum-swinger like that where you punch them right in the gut, it swings the momentum going your way.”Dalton wound up with 230 yards passing, including another TD throw to Mohamed Sanu, and also scampered for a score. Green had six catches for 91 yards, and Green-Ellis bullied his way for 101 yards and a touchdown on the ground as the Bengals (5-5) won their second straight.Cincinnati plays its next four games against teams that began the day with losing records.None of them are as bad as the Chiefs, though.Jamaal Charles had 87 yards rushing for Kansas City (1-9), but that was the only highlight for a team that lost its seventh straight amid a gloomy backdrop at Arrowhead Stadium.The Chiefs’ once-raucous home venue was only about half-full most of the game, and a good portion of those who showed up were dressed in black — a grass roots effort organized by fans who have been trying to pressure team ownership to clean out the front office.“I focus on the game. I don’t get into the crowd,” Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel said.Perhaps he should have let his eyes wander.What happened on the field couldn’t have put him in a good mood.Dalton and Green shredded Crennel’s porous pass defense, Ellis pounded away at a front line that had played better of late, and a middle-of-the-road Cincinnati defense looked like an iron curtain against a Kansas City offense that has been utterly inept.The result: The Bengals are back to .500, and eying back-to-back postseason appearances for only the second time in franchise history, while the Chiefs have dropped seven straight games in a single season for the first time since Oct. 5-Nov. 23, 2008.“We felt like we gave a couple of games away,” said Dalton, who had four TD passes in last week’s win over the Giants. “Now we’ve got momentum and we’ve got to keep it going. We’ve had two great wins, full-team wins, with everybody doing their part, and we’ve got to keep that going.”The Chiefs struck first for the second straight week, turning several nice runs by Charles into a 34-yard field goal by Ryan Succop, before reality set in again.That’s when the Bengals pulled off their faked punt, converted another fourth down and then saw Dalton cap the drive with a 5-yard fade pass to Green, who managed to stab the ball with one hand and then slap both feet into the end zone before falling out of bounds.Peyton Hillis fumbled on the Chiefs’ ensuing possession, their league-leading 31st turnover this season, but they dodged trouble when Mike Nugent missed a 50-yard field-goal attempt.Cincinnati made it 14-3 later in the second quarter when Dalton fooled the entire Kansas City defense on a perfectly executed naked bootleg. The 1-yard TD run came on fourth down after a video review showed that Gresham had been stopped just shy of the goal line on a 10-yard catch.The Bengals’ most impressive drive of the game came after they forced the Chiefs to punt for the third straight time, an 11-play, 78-yard masterpiece in which they faced third down once.
Choi wins final LPGA Tour event of the year
NAPLES, Fla. — U.S. Women’s Open champion Na Yeon Choi won the Titleholders on Sunday to turn a great season into her best one yet.Locked in a battle with So Yeon Ryu along the back nine, Choi pulled away with a wedge that had to hit a tiny spot on an elevated green with three tiers. It came off perfectly, spun to 3 feet for birdie and Choi took it from there. She closed with two pars for a 2-under 70 and a two-shot victory.The 25-year-old from South Korea won for the second time this year, and she captured the two biggest paychecks on the LPGA Tour. She won $500,000 at the Titleholders, pushing her season earnings to a career-best $1.9 million.Ryu, honored this week as the LPGA Rookie of the Year, hit 3-wood into about 25 feet for a two-putt birdie on the 13th to tie for the lead. But on the next hole, she didn’t account for the wind making her 30-foot birdie putt faster than it looked. The putt went some 6 feet by the hole, and a three-putt bogey cost her a share of the lead. She never caught up.Brittany Lincicome also closed with a 70 at The TwinEagles Club for finish alone in third. Karrie Webb had a 69 to finish another shot behind.Inbee Park was never in the hunt, though she still felt plenty of pressure in the final LPGA Tour event of the year. She needed to make sure she didn’t stumble in the final round to capture the Vare Trophy for the lowest scoring average, and she handled that with ease. Park had a 70, while Stacy Lewis had a 74.Lewis is the first American since 1994 to be LPGA Player of the Year. Park took the Vare Trophy and money title, the only woman to earn more than $2 million this year.Sunday, however, belonged to Choi.“I’m really happy with how I played this season,” Choi said. “I won my first major and even this tournament is very big for me. I think I can have even bigger expectations now and think I deserve it.”She is becoming known as “Big Apple” because of her initials — NYC — and she sure knows how to pick the right fruit when it comes to prize money. Choi showed she had the mettle to win big events with her first major this summer at Blackwolf Run in the U.S. Women’s Open, the biggest purse in women’s golf. And she finished off the year with a solid putting stroke in the final round, and a delicate touch with a wedge on the reachable par-4 16th.She wanted to go for the green, a risky play if she didn’t pull it off. Her caddie, Jason Hamilton, suggested a 3-wood to the left side for the best angle into the green, and Choi took it from there. Ryu was on the right side of the fairway, and her pitch shot up two tiers didn’t quite clear the last ridge and rolled off the green.“My putting wasn’t really great,” Ryu said. “Na Yeon is a great player, and I’m just a rookie, just starting this season. It was quite tough. Na Yeon was great.”It capped off another banner year for South Koreans. They won three of the four majors and finished 1-2 on the money list.The timing couldn’t have been better for Choi.Her mother came over to help her buy a house in Orlando, and this was the first time she saw her daughter win outside South Korea. And with a $500,000 check, Choi smiled and said, “I think I can buy bigger than I thought.”There were a few nervous moments early, particularly on the third hole, that put the tournament up for grabs.Choi pulled her approach some 30 yards left of the green, surrounded by steep slopes. Her chip failed to reach the green, and she two-putted for double bogey. There was a four-way tie for the lead among Choi, Ryu, Lincicome and Ai Miyazato, with Webb only one shot out of the lead.Moments later, Choi seized regained the lead with a 3-wood from 240 yards that landed some 20 yards short of the green and bounced onto the putting surface, rolled next to the flag and stopped just inside 10 feet away. She holed that for eagle and never trailed again.
Cowboys beat Browns 23-20 in wild OT finish
Dan Bailey kicked a 38-yard field goal in overtime and Dallas overcame a critical fumble by Tony Romo that sparked a wild ending in the Cowboys’ 23-20 victory against Cleveland on Sunday. Bailey’s winning kick with 6:07 remaining in overtime came after both teams punted once in the first overtime game at Cowboys
McLaren’s Hamilton wins US Grand Prix in Austin
AUSTIN, Texas — A bold passing maneuver at the end of a long straightway slipped Lewis Hamilton past Sebastian Vettel, and the McLaren driver went on to win the U.S. Grand Prix on Sunday in the first Formula One race on American soil since 2007.The drivers’ championship will be settled next week in Sao Paolo, Brazil, after Red Bull’s Vettel finished second and Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso third.“Wicked!” said Hamilton, who pumped his fists, waved to the crowd and danced a jig on the nose of his car after his fourth win of the season. “This is one of the best, if not the best Grand Prix, we’ve had all year.”Vettel started the race in the pole position and led the first 41 laps before Hamilton caught him, sneaking past Vettel just before they reached the tight corner on turn No. 12 at the Circuit of the Americas. Hamilton started in the No. 2 position and pushed Vettel at every opportunity.“It was a close fight with Lewis. He had one chance and took it. There wasn’t much between us,” Vettel said.Vettel, the defending two-time Formula One champion, remains slightly ahead of Ferrari’s Alonso in the drivers’ championship, meaning the title will come down to the final race of the season.Hamilton, who won the last U.S. Grand Prix, talked all week about how much he loves the United States and how badly he wanted to win in his return.With the stars and stripes of the American flag painted on top of his helmet, Hamilton pulled off the daring move of the race with his pass. Vettel had been dominant in practice and qualifying on the new $400 million track that none of the teams had driven before this week, but couldn’t hold off the former world champion Sunday.Vettel survived the chaos of the start as the drivers reached the top of the 133-foot elevation at the signature first turn, then whipped around and down into the second before hitting a series of curves.Vettel kept clear of the congestion and looked to be off and running to a victory. But Hamilton kept looking for his chance on every pass through the straightaway before he finally found the room he needed.“I knew that lap was going to be the lap that I was going to try, so I turned the engine up and went for it,” Hamilton said.Alonso had to work hard to keep up and keep the chase for the drivers’ championship going.Alonso was set to start in eighth. He got a boost to seventh when Ferrari broke the gearbox seal of Alonso’s teammate, Felipe Massa, incurring a five-spot penalty for Massa that allowed Alonso to move up.“The reason for this was for strategy considerations, with the objective of maximizing Alonso’s start potential given that he’s still in with a chance to win the drivers’ championship,” Ferrari said in a statement. “It was a decision agreed by both drivers.”Alonso used the better position to immediately advance three spots on the first lap. He ran into trouble with a bad pit stop when his crew struggled to replace his rear left wheel, but made up enough ground to finish third.“Today it was not possible to keep pace (with the leaders),” Alonso said. “They were too far ahead.”Vettel still leads the drivers’ championship race by 13 points. The 25-year-old German would be just the third driver to win three consecutive titles, joining Juan Manuel Fangio and Michael Schumacher.Alonso, 31, of Spain, won consecutive titles in 2005 and 2006.“We try to look at Brazil with a possibility to fight for a world championship,” Alonso said.
Despite Ryan’s 5 picks, Falcons beat Cards 23-19
On a miserable day, Matt Ryan came through when it counted for the Atlanta Falcons. Ryan overcame a career-worst five interceptions, guiding Atlanta to its only offensive touchdown in the fourth quarter, and the Falcons rallied from their first loss of the season for a sloppy 23-19 victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.
Wild night in college football as Nos. 1, 2 fall
Coming into Saturday, Oregon and Kansas State had the inside track to college football's national championship and the Southeastern Conference's run of six straight BCS titles was in jeopardy. Then No. 2 K-State got thumped 52-24 by unranked Baylor and top-ranked Oregon fell in overtime to No. 14 Stanford, 17-14.
Clippers’ bench too much for Bulls
The Bulls got a taste of their old medicine on Saturday in Los Angeles. They used to be known for having one of the best benches in the NBA. The Clippers piled up 35 bench points in the first half alone and rolled past the Bulls 101-80.
Illinois Tool Works CEO Speer dies at age 61
David Speer, the longtime chairman and CEO of Illinois Tool Works Inc., has died at the age of 61 after a lengthy illness.
Son of Madoff’s accountant kills himself in Ohio
Authorities say the son of Bernard Madoff’s longtime accountant, who pleaded guilty to securities fraud in the scandal centered on the financier, committed suicide in central Ohio.
Company continues search; 1 hospitalized man fair
As crews searched Sunday for a worker still missing after an oil platform explosion and fire, doctors said one of four men burned in the blaze is improving and is now in fair condition. Two remained in critical condition and one in serious condition, doctors say.
Gas prices drop 7 cents over past 2 weeks
The average U.S. price of a gallon of gasoline has dropped 7 cents over the past two weeks.
Higher taxes may not hammer dividend stocks
If Washington allows tax cuts to expire at the end of the year, taxes on dividends will nearly triple for the highest-paid Americans. That’s led some experts to warn of a looming collapse for popular dividend-paying stocks. When Uncle Sam charges a higher tax on something, they reason, it drives people away.
Work Advice: Is there a grown-up in the office?
Karla L. Miller writes an advice column on navigating the modern workplace. Each week she will answer one or two questions from readers. This week's questions focus on how to deal with unprofessional people in the office.
Small banks feel squeezed in home loans
Community banks say they may be pushed out of the residential mortgage market, leaving it in the hands of a few lending giants, because of an effort by global regulators to make banks hold more in their reserves in the event of a crisis. The move will hit smaller banks harder than big ones, lessening their ability to provide mortgages and other loans to consumers, community bank advocates say.
Dividend investors face a tangled year-end tax web
Investors have enjoyed historically low rates on investment income since 2003. But those will expire in January unless Congress and President Barack Obama reach a compromise first on taxes and government spending. The prospect of higher rates on dividend payouts starting in January has left dividend investors, as well as dividend-paying companies, with plenty of news to track and what-ifs to consider.
Suicide points to wave of insider trading in health industry
NEWARK, N.J. — On April 14, 2011, James Fan stood on a parking garage landing at Newark Liberty International Airport, a cheer-you-up letter from his young son in his pants pocket, the prospect of a four-story leap facing him.Fan, 39, had been charged a day earlier with insider- trading based on his knowledge of Seattle Genetics Inc., a health-care company where he was manager of clinical programming. Also charged: his younger brother, Zishen, who was scheduled to take the oath of U.S. citizenship a month later.The total take, a judge later determined, was about $200,000. James Fan was trying to help his brother, who had found himself deep under water after the California real estate market collapsed in 2008, prosecutors said later.“The Fan case is such a cautionary tale,” Jenny Durkan, the U.S. attorney in Seattle, said in an interview. “Both brothers were promising.”The markets are awash in insider trading, and the health care industry has been particularly hard-hit. Health care businesses offer illegal traders more opportunities to profit than the finance and technology sectors that have traditionally been prime victims of insiders who leaked confidential data about earnings or deals.Health companies can live or die on the results of drug trials, which stretch for years before regulators make decisions that can trigger hundreds of millions of dollars in profits or losses. And the industry has undergone significant consolidation, leading to several multibillion-dollar mergers.The lineup of accused health-industry insider traders illustrates how widespread the illegal practice has become: chief executive officers, hedge fund traders, bankers, lawyers, doctors, accountants, a retired Delta Air Lines pilot, a film producer and a member of Major League Baseball’s Hall of Fame have been charged or sued by regulators. It has touched the Food and Drug Administration and large health care companies such as Bristol-Myers Squibb and Abbott Laboratories.“Health care is particularly attractive to criminals because so much turns on the government regulatory approval,” said Rod Rosenstein, the U.S. attorney for Maryland, whose office helped prosecute the FDA case. “If you have a pending application for a new drug, the difference between yes and no on approvals can be tens or hundreds of millions of dollars.”The Fans are among at least 75 people sued by the SEC or charged since 2008 with passing or receiving insider-trading tips involving pharmaceutical, biotechnology or other health care stocks. While the number of insider-trading cases in the technology industry has been roughly the same during that time, many of those were intertwined with the case of Raj Rajaratnam, the billionaire hedge-fund manager serving an 11-year prison sentence.What’s notable about health care corruption is its breadth. It’s a part of what could be termed the democratization of insider trading. While once it seemed to be the domain of big players like arbitrageur Ivan Boesky and personified by the character Gordon Gekko in the movie “Wall Street,” insider trading now is often conducted by everyday, otherwise law- abiding people looking to make thousands, not millions, of dollars.Among the cases: husbands stealing information from wives, fraternity brothers conspiring and a 62-year-old attorney, Dean Goetz, making trades on information he overheard from his daughter. She was a lawyer visiting home for the holidays while she worked on the Abbott acquisition of Advanced Medical Optics Inc. Goetz, who was sued by the SEC, settled without admitting or denying wrongdoing.“The biotech industry is particularly vulnerable to insider trading schemes because a successful or unsuccessful clinical trial can cause such sharp market movements,” Durkan, the top federal prosecutor in Seattle, said in an interview.And there is also this:“The health care sector of the hedge fund industry is a very small world where people work closely on ideas.”
Small business owners reinvent to survive and grow
NEW YORK — One of the most painful moments small business owners can face is when they realize: It’s not working.It could be a product that’s not succeeding, business that’s taken away by a competitor, or changes in the economy that threaten a company’s survival.When something has gone awry and sales are taking a hit, company owners have to make big changes to turn things around — and they usually can’t afford to waste time. Large companies often have enough revenue coming in from a variety of products and services that they can weather a problem in one area of their business. Smaller companies typically don’t have that cushion. Reinventing a company, large or small, is not an easy task and it can’t be done overnight, but many business owners have been able to pull it off.Almost socked by overseas competitionCabot Hosiery Mills had great success its first 20 years, making what are called private label socks for retailing chains. It only made socks that carried the names of the stores that sold them such as J.C. Penney and Gap. But in 2000, sales began falling as stores began buying cheaper socks from Chinese vendors, says Ric Cabot, co-owner and son of the company’s founder. “We weren’t paying as close attention to our financial indicators as we should have,” he says. By 2003, sales were down by more than half. Cabot was forced to cut his staff of 70 down to 30. “We needed to create a product that would basically save us,” he says.Cabot didn’t have to look far to find a market niche his company could fill. An avid hiker who is also active in several sports, he had a hard time finding high-quality socks for those activities. And he knew how to make socks that were comfortable and durable.So Cabot combined survival, know-how and personal interest and Darn Tough Vermont, a line of socks for outdoor activities and sports was born. Well, it wasn’t that simple. There were some things about socks that he didn’t know, like how to make ones that appeal to style-conscious hikers, skiers and runners. So he had to hire someone who did. It took about two years for the socks to hit the market. Now they can be found in many stores that sell outdoor gear. The brand has been successful enough that the company has grown to 150 workers and annual sales have quadrupled from the low they hit in 2003. Cabot still has a small private-label operation. Cabot says he has learned a lot from the experience.“Almost going out of business, if you leverage it properly, is one of the best experiences to emerge from because you see the mistakes, the warning signs a lot sooner,” he says. “You try to take a longer-term view of the business — not just what I need to do today, but what will ensure the best tomorrow?”A drink company gets focusedArnulfo Ventura and his business partner, Jose Domene, decided while getting their MBAs at Stanford University to start selling aguas frescas, beverages made from plants like tamarind and hibiscus, that are popular in Mexico. The partners called the drink Bonadea and ordered the first batch of 3,000 bottles from a manufacturer by the time they graduated in June 2008. The found several customers: Six delis and natural food stores in the Palo Alto, Calif., area. Over the next year, the duo attracted enough money from investors to increase production, working their way up to a run of 15,000 bottles. They got a distribution company in the Los Angeles area and Bonadea was in hundreds of convenience and small grocery stores. Things seemed to be going well. But Bonadea, priced between $2.49 and $2.69 a bottle, didn’t sell as well as hoped. Sales were up by hundreds of percentage points from the first batch, but Ventura expected an increase in the thousands by then. “We just weren’t getting serious attention. The brand wasn’t moving off the shelf,” he says. “I wasn’t sure if it was the price point or the marketing.”
The ‘$5 doctor’ practices medicine from bygone era
Patients line up early outside his office just off the town square, waiting quietly for the doctor to arrive, as he has done for nearly 60 years. Dr. Russell Dohner is, after all, a man of routine, a steady force to be counted on in uncertain times. The only thing that has changed, really — other than the quickness of the doctor's step or the color of his thinning hair — is his fee. When Dohner started practicing medicine in Rushville in 1955, he charged the going rate around town for an office visit: $2. Now it is $5.
5 tips to steer clear of debt in holiday shopping
Black Friday deals are starting early this year, and that means more pressure to spend spend spend. As the holiday shopping season expands and retailers make impulse buys ever-easier via smartphone and otherwise, consumers have to be extra-disciplined to avoid money trouble. Many are willing to indulge. The National Retail Federation forecasts holiday sales to rise 4.1 percent to $586.1 billion this year, a bigger increase than usual over the last 10 years.
Career Coach: Tips for answering awkward questions
This week's Career Coach column takes a look at how you can answer some akward questions during a job interview.
Beating tax cheats key to Italy’s recovery plan
Good plumbers may be worth their weight in gold, but when one was spotted zipping around in a bright red Ferrari, Italian tax police were fast on his trail. Stamping out entrenched tax evasion is crucial to Premier Mario Monti's quest to keep Italy from succumbing to the European debt crisis, and it is critical to fellow eurozone members in more dire straits, such as Greece and Spain — which are also notorious for making cheating the taxman a way of life.
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Georgia river could take Appalachian hikers to coast
A river with a history of ferry boats and Civil War battles may one day provide a new route for hikers who finish the Appalachian Trail to continue south until they reach the Gulf of Mexico, a national conservation group says. Leaders envision the Chattahoochee River as a way to allow Appalachian Trail hikers to reach the Gulf either on trails along its banks or in a canoe or kayak on the river. The trail already stretches from Maine to north Georgia.
And the winner is ... the Mormon church
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has entered a new era after Mitt Romney's run for president in 2012. His candidacy illuminated a changing landscape for the religion, where Americans are growing more curious than fearful about the faith, and allies can be found even among Christians with deep misgivings about Mormon beliefs.
London show views death through artists’ eyes
ry as we might, there's no escaping death. Art collector Richard Harris has decided to embrace it instead — and wants the rest of us to do the same. The retired Chicago print dealer has spent years acquiring works imbued with mortality, from 18th-century anatomical drawings to Tibetan skull masks and papier-mache skeletons from Mexico. Some 300 items from his trove are on display at London's Wellcome Collection in an exhibition.
Nobel laureate says he tried ‘50 Shades’ fiction
Mario Vargas Llosa may be a Nobel laureate, but he says he has tried to write erotic novels "without the same success" as EL James, who wrote the best-selling "Fifty Shades of Grey" trilogy.
‘Dog Whisperer’ looks forward to new lease on life
Very soon, Cesar Millan will have a new television show, a book, a tour, a documentary, and — if she says yes — a fiancee. The year is ending on a high note for Millan as he ends his reign as TV's "Dog Whisperer" and bounces back from a suicide attempt in May 2010 that left him unconscious and hospitalized.
What’s shaking fashion? An adult-quake
This season's clothes aren't taking their cues from club kids, college students or teenage rebels. There's something grown-up about some of the most popular looks: They're a little refined and very wearable, but they've avoided being stodgy or, worse, just plain old. Some of the influence could be coming from pop culture with "The Great Gatsby" and "Anna Karenina" among the most anticipated movies before year's end.
Vogue shows Raf Simons at head of Dior table
After almost two years of ups, downs and more than a little bit of drama, could it be one big happy family at Christian Dior now, with Raf Simons sitting at the head of the table? If it is, credit probably goes to his happy roots in Belgium, where the 44-year-old, an only child, was surrounded by a large extended family.
Sunday picks: Feel like a kid at Chicago Toy & Game Fair
See what's new in the world of toys as more than 250 toy and game exhibitors present their products at The Chicago Toy & Game Fair in Festival Hall A at Navy Pier in Chicago. Celebrate all things American when the Elgin Symphony Orchestra performs defining U.S. music in “A Patriotic Salute” at the Hemmens Cultural Center in Elgin. UFO brings its guitar-heavy sound — part hard rock, part heavy metal — to the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles tonight.
Lincoln was at home in Springfield
Springfield covers the clean-shaven period of Abraham Lincoln's life, from 1837, when he arrived in the newly minted state capital, to 1861, when he boarded the train bound for Washington and the White House. The city 200 miles south of Chicago claims to contain more Lincoln sites than any other destination in the country.
Why is HVAC system emitting sewer smell?
Q. I am a single lady living in my own one-story house for 25 years. My problem is that for the past six months, my house smells like a sewer every time the heat (or AC) kicks on.
Christmas on the Fox is a cure for Black Friday blues
Say "Bah Humbug" to Black Friday. Christmas on the Fox Art and Craft Show is the savvy consumer's cure for the Black Friday blues. The festive holiday market is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, and Sunday, Nov. 25, at Kane County Fairgrounds Prairie Events Center in St. Charles.
Biodiesel blends worry fleet owners
Here's a follow-up to my Nov. 4 column on biodiesel fuel blends. Many diesel fuel suppliers in Illinois are switching from B5 (5 percent biodiesel) to B20 (20 percent biodiesel) fuel. One fleet technician says Mercedes-Benz requires buyers of its diesels in Illinois to sign an engine warranty waiver due to the higher blend.
Incorrect lien on home should be easy to remove
Q. My wife and I are attempting to refinance our mortgage. Our loan guy called us yesterday and told us there is a judgment recorded against our property and that it would have to be removed. He gave us a copy of what was recorded and although it is my name, I'm positive this judgment isn't against me.
Looking for a ‘two-for-one’ plumbing deal
Q. We have a classic 1950s ranch with one big pink bathroom that we are remodeling next year. We have a very long countertop with only one small sink. When we install the new countertop, can we add a second sink? Is this a bad idea since it is the only bathroom in the house?
Editorial: Lame ducks and lines they should not cross
Gambling, cuts to teacher retirement benefits and a proposal to make local school districts pay more for pension costs are among the issues that could be decided by a lame-duck General Assembly. A Daily Herald editorial says those issues are too important to be decided by lawmakers who will cast their votes without fear of being held accountable by taxpayers.
Absent-minded editor glad staff has his back
When news of a local lottery winner came into the newsroom, DuPage Editor Jim Davis was a flurry of activity. But he needed a little help from his friends to get the full story in the paper.
The toxic alliance
Columnist Michael Gerson: The Catholic Church — a politically and ethnically sprawling institution — has no natural home on the American ideological spectrum. Neither major party combines moral conservatism with a passion for social justice.
Obama re-election makes no sense
A Sugar Grove letter to the editor: Consider these facts about Obama and his administration:
Party not everything when casting vote
An Inverness letter to the editor: Personally, I long to find those in leadership positions who seek to serve us first with honesty and integrity, putting their political aspirations second and believing that doing the job well for us will ultimately serve their interests as well.
Research judges before you vote
A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: These judges are in office for at least the next six years or longer when they get re-elected. Thousands of people will appear before these judges. They and you deserve better.
Term limits needed, but lobbyists are not
A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: I've been around for a long time and have had ample opportunities to observe the actions of our politicians. I have concluded that four things are necessary to save our country from their machinations.
No balance in letters published by Herald
A Naperville letter to the editor: Three lengthy letters in the Oct. 10 Fence Post trashing Obama, spewing the same nonsense of the last two years that no one believed, and practically predicting the Apocalypse. And not one letter in support of our re-elected president and Commander in Chief. But I guess no one has ever accused the Daily Herald of being balanced.
GOP, cooperate with Obama
A Naperville letter to the editor: The big election is over. The people have made their choice between two what was clearly presented as two different paths for America's future.
Social views explain Obama’s re-election
A Naperville letter to the editor: I do not believe the economy and national debt impacted the 2012 election. It was based more on social issues like sex, marriage and family. While the economy is important, people showed they would rather not have religion come into politics via trying to ban abortion and gay marriage.