Daily Archive : Sunday November 25, 2012


    The Daily Herald is giving away two snowblowers to the winners of its annual holiday lights contest.

    Two ways to win snowblower in Daily Herald holiday lights contest

    The Daily Herald is giving away two snowblowers in its annual holiday lights contest. Submit a photo of your house by Dec. 9, and vote on the entries between Dec. 10 and 16. The top vote-getter will win a Toro Power Clear snowblower worth $850, receive a plaque and be featured in a Daily Herald article. In addition, a voter will be chosen at random to win a Toro snowblower valued at $450.

    Karen Golinski, left, and Amy Cunninghis, look over a photo album of their wedding photos in San Francisco. All Golinski wanted was to enroll her spouse in her employer-sponsored health plan. Four years later, her request still is being debated.

    Benefits fight brings lesbian couple to high court

    The high court has scheduled a closed-door conference for Friday to review five cases that seek to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act overwhelmingly approved by Congress and signed by President Bill Clinton. The purpose of the meeting is to decide which, if any, to put on the court’s schedule for arguments next year.

    Sen.-elect Deb Fischer is a conservative Republican from Nebraska who’ll take her seat in January.

    Fewer moderates will make deals harder in new Congress

    When the next Congress cranks up in January, there will be more women, many new faces and 11 fewer Tea Party-backed House Republicans from the Cass of 2010 who sought a second term. Overriding those changes, though, is a thinning of pragmatic, centrist veterans in both parties.

    Bob Chwedyk/Daily Herald May 2012 Suburban mayors joined forces with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel in May to advocate for pension changes for municipal employees. Among them are Itasca Mayor Jeff Pruyn on the left, Barrington Mayor Karen Darch, center, and Addison Mayor Larry Hartwig on the right.

    Suburban mayors might have to wait for pension relief

    Suburban mayors looking for relief from their rising police and firefighter pension costs might have to wait in line. State lawmakers returning to the Capitol this week are focused on brokering a deal on cutting back teachers’ and state workers’ pensions. That yearlong debate has rarely included talks of solving local officials’ concerns at the same time.

    Families view the light decorations during Wheeling’s Lighting of the Lights Sunday at Friendship Park.

    Wheeling celebrates its lights at Friendship Park

    Wheeling kicked off its holiday season with music, lights and plenty of hot liquids Sunday night during its tree lighting ceremony. Brass players from Wheeling High School regaled the crowd huddled around the gazebo. Some children danced to the music. “It’s special because of all the people that come, all the children that come and what we can give back to the residents of the village of...

    The choir sings “Sing Unto God” during District 214 Community Education’s presentation of “Notes of Thanks” Sunday at Forest View Educational Center in Arlington Heights. Forest View and Elk Grove High School Alumni from 1972 to 2005 joined together in a choir of more than 150 voices to show their appreciation for the direction of music teacher Jerry Swanson.

    Decades of alumni sing thanks to retired choir director

    More than three decades of alumni came together for a reunion concert to pay tribute and give thanks to the choir director who they said made such a difference in their lives. At least 150 singers who graduated from Forest View High School or Elk Grove High School gathered for two hours of singing led by Jerry Swanson. “It seems like just yesterday we were singing these songs for the first time,”...

    Maine Township High School District 207 is acknowledging a 2008 hazing incident involving the freshman baseball team coached by the same man accused in a 2012 lawsuit alleging varsity soccer team hazing.

    District 207 says 2008 Maine West hazing case similar to 2012 allegations

    A 2008 hazing incident involving the Maine West High School freshman baseball team is now being considered “similar in pattern” — and involves the same coach — as events that a lawsuit alleges occurred on the school’s boys varsity soccer team this fall, officials said Sunday.

    This undated publicity photo released by DreamWorks and Twentieth Century Fox, shows Daniel Day-Lewis, center rear, as Abraham Lincoln, in a scene from the film, “Lincoln.” The film made $34.1 million in its first weekend of wide release.

    ‘Twilight,’ Bond, ‘Lincoln’ bulk up box office

    Bella Swan, James Bond and Abe Lincoln have combined to lift Hollywood to record Thanksgiving revenue at the box office. According to box-office tracker Hollywood.com, the three films, “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2,” "Skyfall" and "Lincoln," paced Hollywood to an all-time Thanksgiving week best of about $290 million from Wednesday to Sunday.

    Casey Anthony, front right, walks out of the Orange County Jail with her attorney Jose Baez, left, during her release in Orlando, Fla., after being acquitted of murder in the death of her daughter Caylee on July 17, 2011.

    Casey Anthony detectives overlooked Google search

    The Florida sheriff’s office that investigated Caylee Anthony’s death confirmed Sunday that it overlooked a computer search for suffocation methods made from the little girl’s home on the day she was last seen alive.

    Neal Kingston, director of the Center for Educational Testing and Evaluation at the University of Kansas, talks about testing fraud in his Lawrence, Kan., office. “There’s a never-ending war between those who try to maintain standards and those who are looking out for their own interests,” says Kingston.

    Feds: Teachers embroiled in test-taking fraud

    It was a brazen and surprisingly long-lived scheme, authorities said, to help aspiring public school teachers cheat on the tests they must pass to prove they are qualified to lead their classrooms. For 15 years, teachers in three Southern states paid Clarence Mumford Sr. — himself a longtime educator — to send someone else to take the tests in their place, authorities said.

    Hank the Cat ran for a U.S. Senate seat from Virginia in a write-in campaign that fell considerably short this month. Nevertheless, he joined the long list of names voters have scribbled on ballots when the printed choices weren’t satisfactory.

    Hank the Cat learns hard truth

    It has never been easy for political hopefuls, like Hank the Cat or even humans, to run a successful write-in campaign. Hank ran for a U.S. Senate seat in Virginia this month, but fell short. Still, voters who register their dissatisfaction with the ballot's printed candidates by writing in something whimsical is a longstanding tradition.

    This artist’s rendering shows a proposed perimeter wetlands and an archipelago of man-made barrier islets on New York’s Manhattan island, designed to absorb the brunt of a huge storm surge. The concept was worked up by DLANDSTUDIO and Architecture Research Office, two city architectural firms, for a museum project.

    Will NYC act to block future surges?

    Prominent planners and builders say now is the time to think big to shield New York City's core: a 5-mile barrier blocking the entryway to New York Harbor, an archipelago of man-made islets guarding the tip of Manhattan, or perhaps a 1,700-foot barrier — complete with locks for passing boats and a walkway for pedestrians.


    FBI warns of Cyber Monday scams

    Authorities warn online shoppers to take extra precaution today, Cyber Monday, as well as the rest of the holiday season, to avoid being scammed. The FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center offers several tips on how to protect yourself. The top piece of advice is pretty timeless: If it’s too good to be true, then it probably is.


    Officials: Keep an eye on elderly during holidays

    November is National Family Caregivers Month. Illinois Department on Aging Director John Holton says it’s also the kickoff to the holiday season and a good time for families to use the time they spend together to look for signs that older relatives may need more help.

    A gas explosion leveled a strip club and damaged 41 other buildings in Springfield, Mass., on Friday evening.

    Utility worker caused huge Massachusetts blast, official says

    A utility worker responding to reports of a natural gas leak in one of New England’s largest cities punctured a pipe and an unknown spark ignited a massive explosion that injured 18 people and damaged 42 buildings, the state fire marshal announced Sunday.

    Civil rights leader Lawrence Guyot died late Thursday or early Friday outside Washington, D.C., at the age of 73.

    Civil rights leader Lawrence Guyot dies at 73

    Lawrence Guyot, a civil rights leader who survived jailhouse beatings in the Deep South in the 1960s and went on to encourage generations to get involved, has died. He was 73. He continued to speak on voting rights until his death, including encouraging people to cast ballots for President Barack Obama.


    Israel successfully tests missile defense system

    Israel says its new mid-range missile defense system has successfully passed a test. The “David’s Sling” system is designed to stop midrange missiles. The military says it shot down its first missile in a drill Sunday.


    19 bodies found in northern Mexico border state

    Authorities in Mexico’s northern border state of Chihuahua say they have found 11 long-dead people in a mass grave and another eight who were apparently tortured and killed in recent days.

    Jesse Jackson Jr.

    Democrats want to endorse candidate for Jackson’s seat

    Cook County Democratic leaders say they’ll slate a candidate for the primary election to replace former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. The Chicago Democrat resigned days ago, citing his health and acknowledging that he’s under a federal investigation.


    Welsh named Stormwater Manager of the Year

    Lindenhurst Public Works Director Wes Welsh has been named “Stormwater Manager of the Year” for 2012 by the Lake County Stormwater Management Commission. For more than 22 years, Welsh has served as the village’s public works director and engineer, overseeing stormwater infrastructure and land development projects.


    Three hurt in I-90 crash near Rosemont

    Three passengers were taken to the hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries Sunday morning after a head-on collision on I-90 near Rosemont.


    Holiday travel appears smooth in Chicago

    Travelers heading home after Thanksgiving say it’s been smooth and hassle-free in the Chicago area with good weather for travel. Both of Chicago’s airports reported normal operations Sunday with no delays at O’Hare or Midway international airports.


    At least 11 killed in Nigerian church bombing

    At least 11 people were killed and about 30 injured when twin car bombs hit a Protestant church in a major military establishment in north-central Nigeria, officials said Sunday, a month after a deadly church bombing in the same state.

    In this authenticated image taken from video obtained from the Ugarit News, Syrian rebels capture a helicopter air base near the capital Damascus after fierce fighting on Sunday.

    Syrian rebels capture air base near Damascus

    Syrian rebels captured a helicopter base just outside Damascus Sunday in what an activist called a “blow to the morale of the regime” near President Bashar Assad’s seat of power. The takeover claim showed how rebels are advancing in the area of the capital, though they are badly outgunned, making inroads where Assad’s power was once unchallenged.

    A Kuwaiti woman walks past a board with the names and photos of next December’s election candidates in Salwa, Kuwait. The past year has brought almost nonstop — and highly complex — political turmoil.

    Divided Kuwait limps toward boycott-hit elections

    There is little middle ground as Kuwait stumbles toward its second election this year for the most politically empowered parliament in the Gulf Arab states, which serves as a check on the emir, Sheik Sabah Al Ahmed Al Sabah. Violent protests and crackdowns on activists — until recently rare in Kuwait — have contributed to the high-stakes tension.

    Demonstrators carry a banner Sunday at a gay pride parade in New Delhi, India. Until 2009, gay sex was punishable by up to 10 years in prison in India.

    Indian gay rights parade demands greater tolerance

    Hundreds of gay rights activists marched through New Delhi on Sunday to demand that they be allowed to lead lives of dignity in India’s deeply conservative society. Dozens of demonstrators carried a nearly 50-foot-long, rainbow-colored banner and waved placards demanding that the government extend the scope of anti-discrimination laws to schools, workplaces and public and private spaces.

    The Doha Climate Change Conference in Qatar will start Monday.

    UN to launch new round of talks on global warming

    As nearly 200 countries meet in oil-and-gas-rich Qatar for annual talks starting Monday on slowing global warming, one of the main challenges will be raising climate aid for poor countries at a time when budgets are strained by financial turmoil. Rich countries have delivered nearly $30 billion in grants and loans promised in 2009, but those commitments expire this year.

    Valerie Jarrett

    Obama aide among Small Business Saturday shoppers

    Chicagoan and White House Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett was among the shoppers who supported local businesses this weekend. Jarrett stopped by Powell’s Books and The Little Black Pearl in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood in support of Small Business Saturday.

    The jackpot for Powerball’s Wednesday drawing has climbed to $425 million. No one picked all of the winning numbers on Saturday.

    Powerball jackpot goes to record $425M

    Lottery officials say nobody has won the Powerball jackpot and the top prize will now increase to about $425 million for the next drawing, the largest jackpot ever for the game. The Powerball numbers for Saturday were 22-32-37-44-50, and the Powerball was 34.

    Associated Press/May 23, 2012 Grammy award-winning jazz bassist Marcus Miller.

    Marcus Miller Band members hurt in bus crash

    Grammy-winning jazz bassist Marcus Miller and several members of his band were injured when their bus overturned Sunday on a busy highway in Switzerland, killing the driver, police said.

    Rep. Lou Lang said he is close to the 60 votes he needs for House approval of a medical marijuana bill, allowing people with specific illnesses — who, for example, get pain relief from marijuana — to possess small amounts purchased from licensed dispensaries.

    Lawmakers face gambling, prisons, weapons in veto session

    Illinois lawmakers could tackle high-profile issues beginning Tuesday in their six-day fall session. They will decide whether to reject vetoes by Gov. Pat Quinn on issues such as expanded gambling, money to keep prisons open and a Quinn-designed assault-rifle band. The Democrat rejected a plan to add five casinos. Legislative leaders hope to avoid a veto override and negotiate a deal with Quinn.

    Service dog Puzzle experienced a busy school day at South Middle School, part of his training by Arlington Heights resident Debbie Kubitz. Puzzle soon will move to Ohio to live with an 8-year-old Ohio boy who suffers from numerous health problems.

    Arlington Heights woman, students help train therapy dog

    Thanks to the help of an Arlington Heights woman and the students at South Middle School, a sick little boy in Ohio will soon be getting a very special dog. Debbie Kubitz, who works with Dog Builders, spent much of October training Puzzle, a 10-month-old Goldendoodle puppy who will start work as a service dog this winter. Puzzle’s future owner, Jaivon Chear, is an 8-year-old boy who suffers...

    Mary Stitt marks fingers of children who have received the polio vaccine.

    At 87, Arlington Hts. woman still driven to fight polio

    Mary Stitt has spent her life teaching and helping children in Arlington Heights and around the world, and at 87 years old she isn't done yet. She is leaving in December for her 8th international trip with Rotary International to deliver polio vaccines as part of the mission to rid the world of the disease. And that's the tip of the iceberg. Stitt has made nearly 50 philanthropic trips over the...

    Bangladeshis and firefighters battle a fire at a garment factory in the Savar neighborhood in Dhaka, Bangladesh, late Saturday. An official said firefighters have recovered more than 100 bodies after a fire raced through the multi-story garment factory just outside Bangladesh’s capital.

    112 dead so far in fire at Bangladesh garment factory

    At least 112 people were killed in a fire that raced through a multi-story garment factory just outside of Bangladesh’s capital, an official said Sunday. The blaze broke out at the seven-story factory operated by Tazreen Fashions late Saturday. By Sunday morning, firefighters had recovered 100 bodies.


    Chicago Bears cornerback Tim Jennings, left, celebrates an intercepting with Major Wright at Soldier Field Sunday.

    Images: Bears vs. Vikings
    The Chicago Bears faced off with the Minnesota Vikings Sunday at Soldier Field in Chicago. The Bears defeated the Vikings 28-10 and ended a two-game losing skid.

    Chicago Bears tight end Matt Spaeth celebrates his second-quarter touchdown against the Minnesota Vikings at Soldier Field Sunday.

    Patchwork protection works for Cutler, Bears

    A patchwork offensive line and the return of quarterback Jay Cutler provided enough offense for the Bears to snap a two-game losing streak with a physical 28-10 NFC North victory over the Vikings. The patchwork job held better than Krazy Glue, and Cutler played one of his more efficient games.

    Chicago Bears holder Adam Podlesh, middle, celebrates his two-point conversion with teammates Gabe Carimi, left, and Matt Spaeth during the second quarter at Soldier Field Sunday.

    Bears’ Podlesh gets a kick out of scoring points

    Adam Podlesh’s sneaky special-teams gem wasn’t “Devin Hester” flashy, nor was it original. But the Bears’ punter, understandably, couldn’t help but flash a smile when talking about it. Podlesh dusted off some of the footwork that he displayed at Sutherland High in Pittsford, N.Y., some 10 years ago and showed it off on a sunny Sunday at Soldier Field.

    Bears quarterback Jay Cutler throws a second-quarter touchdown pass to tight end Matt Spaeth while being pursued by Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Jared Allen at Soldier Field Sunday.

    No ill intent on Louis hit, says Vikings’ Allen

    Even while getting routinely sacked by Jared Allen in last season’s regular-season finale in Minnesota, Bears quarterback Josh McCown never absorbed a hit like the one the Pro Bowl defensive end delivered to Bears guard Lance Louis on Sunday. “I never try to hurt anybody, honestly,” Allen said. “I checked to see how he was doing. I heard he had an MCL (injury). My condolences to him and his family."


    Cutler back as feisty as ever

    Quarterback Jay Cutler was his usual feisty self in his first game back after missing a week with a concussion.

    Brandon Marshall, who snared a dozen passes Sunday against the Vikings at Soldier Field, has 1,017 receiving yards this season.

    Brandon Marshall is Mr. 1,000 for sixth straight season

    Brandon Marshall caught 12 passes for 92 yards in Sunday’s victory over the Vikings to become the first Bear since Marty Booker in 2002 to surpass 1,000 receiving yards in a season. He was aware of the milestone when it occurred, so he shared it with his buddy, quarterback Jay Cutler, who did not exhibit the same enthusiasm for the milestone. "You're disgusting," he said.

    Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler gives Chicago Bears tight end Matt Spaeth a hand after Spaeth scores a touchdown Soldier Field Sunday.

    There’s no disputing Cutler’s effect on Bears

    If you are what your record says you are, Jay Cutler must be a pretty good quarterback after all. After Sunday's 28-10 victory over the Vikings, the Bears are 25-10 with him at quarterback since the start of the 2010 season. They are 2-6 when any one of a variety of backups attempts to replace him.

    While coach Lovie Smith said all week that it wasn’t a “must” win, Sunday’s 28-10 victory over the Vikings definitely was an important one.

    Bears bounce back big beating Vikes

    All is well again in the Land of Lovie, after the Bears beat up on the hapless Vikings at Soldier Field. It won’t be long before talk of a Super Bowl returns to Lake Forest.

    San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) celebrates his rushing touchdown with tight end Delanie Walker (46) in the first half against the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans, Sunday. The 49ers won 31-21.

    49ers use defense to beat Saints 31-21

    NEW ORLEANS — Ahmad Brooks, Donte Whitner and the rest of the San Francisco defense made enough plays for the 49ers to win no matter who they started at quarterback.Brooks and Whitner returned interceptions for touchdowns, the 49ers sacked Drew Brees five times, and San Francisco ended the New Orleans Saints’ three-game winning streak, 31-21 on Sunday.Colin Kaepernick was solid in his second career start while Alex Smith, deemed healthy enough to suit up after recovering from a concussion, watched from the sideline. Kaepernick passed for 231 yards, including a short touchdown to Frank Gore. He also ran for a 7-yard score. He threw his first career interception, but it was inconsequential.Brees finished with 267 yards and three TDs. After rushing for 140 yards or more in each of its previous three games, New Orleans (5-6) managed only 59 yards against San Francisco (8-2-1).One of Brees’ scoring passes went to Marques Colston, who set a Saints record with his 56th career touchdown with the club.The Niners gained 144 yards on the ground, led by Gore with 83. The Saints shut down tight end Vernon Davis, the player they feared perhaps the most, but the Niners’ other tight end, Delanie Walker, had three catches for 81 yards, including one for 45 yards to set up a touchdown.San Francisco’s interceptions turned a 14-7 deficit into a 28-14 lead. Brooks snagged the first, returning it 50 yards late in the first half. The second came on Brees’ first pass of the second half. The ball deflected off Colston’s hands as the leaping receiver was upended and briefly shaken up. Whitner snagged the deflected pass and returned it 42 yards to make it 28-14 Since losing to the New York Giants on Oct. 14, the Niners are 5-0-1 and now hold a 2 1/2-game lead in the NFC West with five games to go.It seems their biggest problem at this point is deciding who should be their No. 1 QB. Smith, who led the Niners to the NFC title game last season, started the first nine games this season before his injury. The Saints, meanwhile, missed a chance to pull into a tie for the last NFC wild card berth, and remain a game out with another tough game coming up at Atlanta on Thursday night.Kaepernick used the running ability that served him so well in college at Nevada to give the Niners the early lead, scoring on a read-option run that fooled the Saints defense as well as the Superdome crowd, which erupted, initially believing the play had been snuffed out, while Kaepernick scampered to his left and scored easily. The drive was highlighted by Mario Manningham’s 40-yard gain after Kaepernick found him wide open on a short crossing route.Then, New Orleans’ offense, which could not muster a first down on its first two drives, suddenly ignited, marching 79 yards in 10 plays — highlighted by Joe Morgan’s diving 33-yard catch — to tie it on tight end David Thomas’ 6-yard catch.San Francisco entered the game allowing a league-low 13.4 points per game. The Saints surpassed that in the second quarter when Brees hit Colston to make it 14-7 and capitalize on Ted Ginn Jr.’s fumbled punt, which Rafael Bush had recovered on the 49ers 10.New Orleans looking intent on going up by two scores after Kaepernick’s first career interception on an underthrown pass that cornerback Patrick Robinson easily caught. But the crowd has hardly finished celebrating when Brooks stepped in front of Brees’ pass for Jimmy Graham and returned it 50 yards to tie it at 14 shortly before halftime.

    Baltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker (9) is congratulated by punter Sam Koch (4), as tight end Dennis Pitta (88) celebrates after Tucker kicked the game-winning field goal in overtime against the San Diego Chargers, Sunday in San Diego. The Ravens won 16-13.

    Tucker’s field goal gives Ravens 16-13 OT win

    SAN DIEGO — This one was all but over, with the Baltimore Ravens trailing by three points and facing a fourth-and-29 from their 37.All the San Diego Chargers had to do was get the stop and run out the clock for their first win against a team with a winning record this season. Amazingly, the Chargers found yet another way to lose.The Ravens converted on a dazzling catch-and-run by Ray Rice, forced overtime and then won it 16-13 on Justin Tucker’s 38-yard field goal with 1:07 left.Baltimore (9-2) took a firmer grip on the AFC North, increasing its lead to three games over Pittsburgh, which lost to Cleveland, and Cincinnati, which beat Oakland. The Ravens won their fourth straight and for the eighth time in nine games.San Diego (4-7) was pushed closer to elimination from the playoff picture for the third straight season, and with it, mostly likely the end of the Norv Turner era. The Chargers dropped four games behind AFC West leader Denver, which swept the season series against San Diego. In the wild-card race, the Chargers trail Indianapolis by three games and Pittsburgh and Cincinnati by two games. While Tucker provided most of Baltimore’s scoring with three field goals, Rice had the play of the game.On the fourth-and-29 play, Flacco took a shotgun snap and threw a short pass to Rice, who weaved through the defense, found a big hold in the middle of the field and made it to San Diego 33 before he was tackled with 1:37 to play. After a lengthy review, the ball was moved back to the 34 and the refs measured. The new spot still gave the Ravens a first down by the length of the ball.The Ravens were put in a hole because of a holding call against guard Marshal Yanda and a 9-yard sack of Flacco by Antwan Barnes.Six plays after the big conversion, Tucker kicked a 38-yard field goal to tie the game as regulation expired.San Diego punted on both of its OT possessions. The second punt, a 63-yarder by Mike Scifres, pinned the Ravens at their 11 with 4:56 to go. On third-and-10 from the Chargers 47, Torrey Smith came back and went over cornerback Quentin Jammer’s tight coverage to make a nice catch of a 31-yard pass from Flacco to the Chargers’ 16. Flacco twice took a knee to set up the winning kick.San Diego had gone ahead 13-3 on Nick Novak’s 30-yard field goal with 7:51 to go in regulation.The Ravens trailed by 10 points with 7:51 to play. This was the third time the Chargers blew a lead of double digits in the second half. They also came from ahead to lose at New Orleans and in an epic Monday night game here against Denver, when they blew a 24-0 halftime lead and lost 35-24.The Ravens struggled offensively until the opening drive of the second half. Flacco threw a short pass to Smith, who made two Chargers miss, then cut inside and deked another defender before being tackled at the Chargers 27 for a 54-yard gain.The Ravens had to settle for Tucker’s 43-yard field goal.Flacco was sacked five times, twice by Antwan Barnes. Philip Rivers was sacked six times, twice by Arthur Jones. Rivers was turnover-free for just the third time in 11 games. He came in with 14 interceptions and four lost fumbles.San Diego’s first two drives stalled when Rivers was sacked on third down by Paul Kruger and then Dannell Ellerbe. Their third bogged down when Terrell Suggs deflected a third-down pass.Rivers finally got time to throw behind his makeshift line on the fourth drive, which he capped with a 21-yard TD pass to Malcom Floyd.Novak kicked a 47-yard field for a 10-0 lead with 3:04 left before halftime. San Diego had a first-and-10 from the Ravens 22 before Rivers threw an incompletion, was sacked by Suggs and then was flushed and threw an incompletion.

    St. Louis Rams’ Janoris Jenkins, left, returns an interception for a touchdown as Arizona Cardinals’ Nate Potter gives chase during the second half Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012, in Glendale, Ariz. The Rams won 31-17.

    Jenkins returns 2 picks for TDs, Rams win 31-17

    GLENDALE, Ariz. — No NFL rookie since 1960 and no Rams rookie ever accomplished what cornerback Janoris Jenkins did on Sunday.The second-round draft pick with off-the-field issues through his college career returned two interceptions for touchdowns and St. Louis dominated the second half to hand the Arizona Cardinals their seventh loss in a row, 31-17 on Sunday.Arizona rookie Ryan Lindley was intercepted four times in his first NFL start.Jenkins’ returns of 36 and 39 yards emphatically ended the Rams’ streak of five straight games without an opponent turnover. The talented defender had slipped to the second round for the Rams after he was booted from the Florida team following a pair of marijuana-related incidents and finished his career at North Alabama.All that was just history on this big day. Sam Bradford had a pair of 37-yard touchdown passes — to Lance Kendricks and Chris Givens — for the Rams (4-6-1), who snapped a five-game winless streak and beat Arizona (4-7) for the second time this season.The Rams’ Steven Jackson rushed for 139 yards in 24 carries.St. Louis outscored Arizona 17-0 in the second half.Lindley, a sixth-round draft pick out of San Diego State and the third quarterback to start for Arizona this season, completed 31 of 52 for 312 yards and no touchdowns. Beanie Wells, back after missing seven games with a turf toe injury, had TD runs of 1 and 12 yards for the Cardinals.Arizona led 17-14 at the half on Jay Feely’s 32-yard field goal as the second quarter ended.The third quarter, though, belonged to the Rams.With St. Louis pinned at its 8-yard line, Jackson ran 46 yards, doubling his previous longest gain of the season. Two plays later, Givens beat rookie Justin Bethel down the left sideline for a 37-yard scoring reception to give the Rams their first lead, 21-17, with 9:58 left in the quarter.The Rams threatened to extend the lead when Lindley threw right into the hands of linebacker Harvey Dahl, who returned it 38 yards to the Arizona 12. But after a holding penalty, Greg Zuerlein’s 35-yard field goal try was wide left.The Cardinals weren’t so fortunate on Lindley’s next bad pass. The rookie had Larry Fitzgerald open but underthrew him by 10 yards. Jenkins caught it and in a play almost identical to his earlier TD, raced down the right sideline for the score that made it 28-17.Arizona scored with a long, time-consuming drive on its first possession. With Lindley throwing short passes over the middle, the Cardinals went 91 yards in 15 plays on their first possession, using up 8:55 of the first quarter. He was 7 of 8 for 80 yards on the drive, which stayed alive thanks to a late hit penalty against St. Louis safety Quintin Mikell.On the first play of the second quarter, Jenkins read Lindley’s throw, stepped in front of intended receiver LaRod Stephens-Howling, intercepted the pass and ran untouched 36 yards to the end zone to tie it at 7-7.Danny Amendola, who played despite a foot injury that prevented him from practicing all week, made a diving grab of Bradford’s 38-yard pass to the Arizona 19 on St. Louis’ next possession and two runs by Jackson put the ball on the Arizona 7. But Patrick Peterson picked off Bradford’s pass over the middle in the end zone to end the threat.Lindley’s 25-yard pass to Rob Housler and Andre Roberts’ 13-yard run set up Wells’ 12-yard scoring run that put Arizona back on top 14-7.The Rams tied it 14-all when Bradford threw over the middle to the wide open tight end Kendricks, who rumbled into the end zone on a 37-yard scoring play with 1:53 left in the half.


    Grading the Bears: 3 to 4 footballs in all categories

    Sure, the game ball could’ve gone to Brandon Marshall and there wouldn’t have been much of an argument. But Marhsall will have a ton more opportunities down the road and the same can’t be said for tight end Matt Spaeth. So, for your tremendous catch in the end zone which broke the game open, Matt Spaeth, this game ball’s for you.

    Illinois guard Joseph Bertrand shoots over Gardner-Webb guard Max Landis in the first half of their game Sunday at Assembly Hall in Champaign.

    Illini survive scare against Gardner-Webb

    Tyler Griffey buried a long 3-pointer with 4 seconds left and Illinois survived a scare Sunday by beating Gardner-Webb 63-62. After winning the Maui Invitational, the Illini (7-0) came home and needed to rally against Gardner-Webb.

    Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema, center, celebrates with Wisconsin running back Montee Ball after a touchdown run during the first quarter of Saturday’s at Penn State. Wisconsin lost in overtime.

    Bielema: No shame backing into title game

    Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema understands a lot of people believe his Badgers don’t deserve to be playing in the Big Ten championship game. Asked if he’s insulted by the sentiment, he says he’s not. The Badgers (7-5, 4-4) finished third in their division but get to play Nebraska in the title game because Ohio State and Penn State are ineligible. Bielema said Sunday that when the Badgers and Cornhuskers take the field, “no one will care how the other team got there.”

    Purdue head coach Danny Hope watches a replay during the second half of Saturday’s game against Indiana in West Lafayette, Ind.

    Purdue makes quick decision to fire Hope

    A strong finish for Purdue wasn’t enough to save Danny Hope’s job. One day after Purdue retained the Old Oaken Bucket and became bowl-eligible for the second straight season, athletic director Morgan Burke announced that Hope had been fired.

    North Carolina State coach Tom O’Brien, left, greets Boston College coach Frank Spaziani after N.C. State’s 27-10 victory on Saturday. Both coaches lost their jobs Sunday.

    Boston College fires football coach Spaziani

    Boston College has fired football coach Frank Spaziani after four years of progressively worse records and two straight seasons without a bowl appearance. The team made the announcement on Sunday, a day after the Eagles (2-10) finished the season with a 27-10 loss to North Carolina State.

    Denver Broncos wide receivers Demaryius Thomas (88) and Brandon Stokley celebrate a touchdown during the second half Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.

    Manning’s 2 TDs lead Broncos past Chiefs

    The difference between Denver and Kansas City on Sunday amounted to simple math. Touchdowns are worth seven points. Field goals are worth three. Well, and the fact that the Broncos have Peyton Manning slinging the ball over the field, and the Chiefs have Brady Quinn trying to run their woefully inept offense.

    Cleveland Browns linebacker D’Qwell Jackson (52) and cornerback Joe Haden break up a pass to Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace in the fourth quarter Sunday in Cleveland. The tipped ball was recovered by Browns defensive tackle Billy Winn.

    Browns upend sloppy Steelers 20-14

    The Pittsburgh Steelers have more to worry about than starting a 37-year-old, third-string quarterback. Their playoff lives are in peril. Chris Rainey’s fumble with 2:25 left — Pittsburgh’s seventh turnover — was recovered by Cleveland’s Phil Taylor and the Browns handed their hated rivals a potentially devastating loss, 20-14 on Sunday.

    Bears quarterback Jay Cutler throws a second-quarter touchdown pass to tight end Matt Spaeth while being pursued by Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Jared Allen on Sunday at Soldier Field.

    Injuries mar Bears’ easy win over Vikings

    The Bears will be just fine if they keep playing like this — and don’t lose any more players to injuries. Jay Cutler threw for 188 yards and a touchdown after missing a game because of a concussion, and the Bears broke it open early in a 28-10 victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. Injuries to Devin Hester, Matt Forte and Charles Tillman, however, tempered some of the good feelings.

    Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton, left, makes a catch in the end zone in front of Buffalo Bills defensive back Justin Rogers for a touchdown during the second half Sunday in Indianapolis.

    Hilton’s big day leads Colts past Bills 20-13

    Receiver T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis’ other emerging rookie star, returned a punt 75 yards for one touchdown and caught an 8-yard pass from Andrew Luck in the third quarter to lead the Colts past Buffalo 20-13.

    Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Cecil Shorts runs into the end zone for a 59-yard touchdown reception during the second half Sunday at home against the Tennessee Titans.

    Jaguars finally win at home, down Titans 24-19

    Making his first start in more than 13 months, Chad Henne threw two touchdown passes, and the Jacksonville Jaguars beat the Tennessee Titans 24-19 Sunday.

    Miami kicker Dan Carpenter celebrates his game-winning field goal against Seattle on Sunday at home.

    Carpenter’s kick gives Miami 24-21 win over Seattle

    In the tense final seconds of a matchup between rookie quarterbacks, Ryan Tannehill looked like a savvy veteran. Tannehill moved his team 65 yards in six plays to set up a 43-yard field goal by Dan Carpenter at the final gun, and the Miami Dolphins rallied to beat Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks 24-21 Sunday.

    The Bengals’ BenJarvus Green-Ellis runs against Raiders defensive tackle Desmond Bryant in the first half Sunday in Cincinnati.

    Bengals roll to 34-10 win over Raiders

    Carson Palmer had a horrid homecoming. Andy Dalton threw three touchdown passes, taking advantage of Oakland’s dreadful defense, and the Cincinnati Bengals showed their former franchise quarterback that they’ve moved on without him, beating the Raiders 34-10 on Sunday.

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback E.J. Biggers hits Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, forcing a fumble during the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game in Tampa, Fla.

    Falcons overcome mistakes to edge Buccaneers

    The Atlanta Falcons stumbled into a hole, only to find a way to escape again. Matt Ryan threw for 353 yards and overcame two critical turnovers by leading another late touchdown drive to rally the Falcons to a 24-23 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.


    Concussion knocks Hester out of game

    Bears receiver and return specialist Devin Hester has left Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings with a concussion. The injury occurred early in the game, although it was not clear exactly when. Bears running back Matt Forte suffered an ankle injury early on a run midway through the third quarter. His return was questionable.

    Michigan State’s Brandan Kearney, left, Louisiana Lafayette’s Steven Wronkoski, center, and Michigan State’s Keith Appling dive for a loose ball during the first half of Sunday’s game in East Lansing, Mich.

    No. 15 Michigan St. beats Louisiana-Lafayette 63-60

    Keith Appling scored 19 points to help sluggish Michigan State survive a scare and beat Louisiana-Lafayette 63-60 on Sunday.

    Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer celebrates as time runs off the clock in the Buckeyes’ 26-21 home win over Michigan on Saturday. Ohio State went 12-0 this season but can’t play in a bowl game.

    Buckeyes go 12-0, but their season is done

    No one could have blamed at least a few of the 19 seniors on Ohio State’s football team if they had bolted for somewhere else. The NCAA decreed last December that the Buckeyes couldn’t play in a bowl or even in their own conference championship game after the 2012 season. But all of those seniors stayed, and they were rewarded Saturday with an improbable 12-0 season.

    Top-ranked golfer Rory McIlroy celebrates winning the Dubai World Championship in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on Sunday.

    McIlroy wins Dubai World Championship by 2 strokes

    Rory McIlroy made five straight birdies down the stretch to overtake Justin Rose and win the Dubai World Championship on Sunday, ending a historic year in which the 23-year-old Northern Irishman won the PGA Championship and the European and PGA tour money titles.

    North Carolina State coach Tom O’Brien hugs senior Brandan Bishop after the team’s 27-10 victory over Boston College on Saturday. O’Brien was fired Sunday.

    O’Brien out after 6 seasons at NC State

    North Carolina State has fired football coach Tom O’Brien after six seasons, four of which were good enough to get the Wolfpack into a bowl but none that could get them to the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game.

    Auburn coach Gene Chizik watches the end of a 49-0 loss to Alabama on Saturday. Chizik was fired Sunday.

    Auburn fires coach after 3-9 season

    Auburn coach Gene Chizik was fired Sunday after the Tigers’ rapid fall from a national champion to a winless Southeastern Conference season. The Tigers endured the worst slide within two years of winning a national championship of any team since the Associated Press poll started in 1936.


    Former White Sox pitcher Hal Trosky Jr. dies

    Hal Trosky Jr., who briefly played in the major leagues and was the son of the late Cleveland Indians great Hal Trosky Sr., has died at 76. In 1958, he pitched two games for the White Sox.

    Running back Matt Forte walks off the field after the Bears failed to convert on fourth down on their final possession during the loss to the Texans earlier this month.

    Bears need to lean heavily on running back Forte

    Matt Forte is not getting the work this year that he did a year ago, and with all the problems the Bears are having on offense, maybe this is the time to go with a heavy dose of Forte. Hand him the ball, toss him some flares, drop him some screens and make him the workhorse again. That is why they paid him $32 million, right?


    With the opening bell of the country’s stock market on Sunday, the first day of the workweek in Egypt, the turmoil spread from the country’s bitter politics to its already ailing economy.

    Egypt’s political foes dig in their heels

    Supporters and opponents of Egypt’s president on Sunday grew more entrenched in their potentially destabilizing battle over the Islamist leader’s move to assume near absolute powers, with neither side appearing willing to back down as the stock market plunged amid the fresh turmoil.

    Almost a third of the money raised in IPOs this year came from one deal, Facebook’s $16 billion offering in May, and the number of companies taking themselves public may end at a three-year low. The pipeline, or backlog, of companies planning to sell stock is also thinning.

    Facebook and volatile market still chill IPOs

    Companies are set to raise more than $45 billion through IPOs this year — the most since 2007, according to data provider Dealogic. But if you scratch the surface, there are signs that the market is less healthy than it appears.

    A Waste Management driver fills his truck with CNG gas at the company’s filling station in Washington, Pa. Years from now, motorists needing a fill-up might see natural gas pumps sharing space at the neighborhood filling station with ones dispensing gasoline and diesel.

    Natural gas drillers target US truck, bus market

    Surging gas production has led the drilling industry to seek out new markets for its product, and energy companies, increasingly, are setting their sights on the transportation sector.

    An Apple store employee unboxes iPods at the City Creek Shopping Center on Black Friday in Salt Lake City on Friday.

    Report: Shoppers boost U.S. weekend spending to $59.1 billion

    Shoppers turned out in bigger numbers and boosted purchasing over the Black Friday weekend, lured by promotions online and in stores, the National Retail Federation said today.

    Seth Masters, chief investment officer of asset allocation with AllianceBernstein L.P., argues that dividend-paying stocks have become so expensive that they no longer offer the relative safety that investors expect from them. Masters sees far more opportunity in the market’s lowest-priced value stocks, which have become bargains.

    Market strategist: Dividend safety could be myth

    All too often investors succumb to the temptation to buy a stock that's been a hot performer, only to get in when it's about to go cold. One market strategist says such a turning point is approaching fast for many dividend-paying stocks. They've been popular because dividend payers are frequently touted as a relatively low-risk investment option.

    An extra 100 pounds reduces fuel economy by up to 2 percent, according to the Energy Department.

    Tips for saving on pump prices during the holidays

    Gasoline prices are the highest ever for a holiday weekend. Assuming you're not taking a sleigh over the river and through the woods to Grandma's, you'll want to save as much as you can on fuel. There are two ways you can cut your gas tab, at least a little: Use less of it, and pay less for what you use.


    Knight CEO said to see business as usual amid unit sale report

    Thomas Joyce, moving to reassure Knight Capital Group Inc. employees after a report that it might get offers for its biggest unit, told them capital levels are strong and no deal will be done unless it makes sense for the company, according to a person briefed on the matter.

    Once you’ve told somebody you’re not interested Screen your calls, save all past and future messages from him, and consider letting your company’s receptionist/HR team/security personnel know what’s going on, in case he decides to pop by for a surprise visit.

    Work advice: Rules of disengagement

    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 question deals with how to say no to somebody who won't stop badgering you.

    This image provided by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission shows a Foam Pumpkin Turkey Craft Kit. The line of craft kits that resemble a turkey were recalled Friday because the magnets involved in the assembly pose a serious internal injury risk if they are ingested. Other recalls this week included pajamas that fail to meet flammability standards.

    Recalls this week: Craft kits, pajamas

    A line of craft kits that resemble a turkey were recalled because the magnets involved in the assembly pose a serious internal injury risk if they are ingested. Other recalls this week included pajamas that fail to meet flammability standards.Here’s a more detailed look at the products:Craft kitsDETAILS: Foam Pumpkin Turkey Craft Kits imported by Jo-Ann Stores Inc. and made by Ningbo Golden Time Gifts and Crafts of China. They were sold exclusively at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores nationwide from August to October 2012. When assembled, it resembles a turkey with a pumpkin-shaped body. WHY: Magnets holding the pumpkin shell pieces together can become loose, posing an ingestion hazard to young children. If swallowed, these magnets can link together inside a child’s intestines and clamp onto body tissues, causing intestinal obstructions, perforations, sepsis and death. Internal injury from magnets can pose serious lifelong health effects.INCIDENTS: None reported.HOW MANY: About 1,800.FOR MORE: Call Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores at 888-739-4120 or visit http://www.joann.com/productrecall Children’s pajamasDETAILS: Mini Boden pajamas for children 18 months to 14 years old made by J.P. Boden & Co. Ltd.WHY: The all-cotton pajamas fail to meet federal flammability standards for children’s sleepwear, posing a risk of burn injuries to children. They were sold by Bodenusa.com from July 2012 through Sept. 2012.INCIDENTS: None reported.HOW MANY: About 1,130.FOR MORE: Call J.P. Boden Services Inc. at 866-206-9508 or visit www.bodenusa.com, then click on Product Recall for more informationGirls’ pajamasDETAILS: Girls’ woven cotton pajamas imported by Elephantito of Key Biscayne, Fla., and made by Catalogo S.A.C. of Lima, Peru. Sets carry style number JP 12 FL, printed on the garment’s hang tag. The sets are printed with a small pink flower and green leaf pattern with a short-sleeve, five-button shirt and a matching pair of shorts. They were sold from Aug. 2008 to Sept. 2011.WHY: The pajamas fail to meet federal flammability standards for children’s sleepwear, posing a risk of burn injuries to children.INCIDENTS: None reported.HOW MANY: About 180.FOR MORE: Call Elephantito at 888-776-9541 or visit www.elephantito.com. Consumers may also email the company at customerservice@elephantito.comWindow coveringsDETAILS: Window coverings made by Hunter Douglas Fabrication Co., of West Sacramento, Calif. The recall includes standard cordlock top-down/bottom-up Duette and Applause honeycomb shades, standard cordlock top-down/bottom-up Hunter Douglas pleated shades, Hunter Douglas Brilliance Privacy View pleated shades, and standard cordlock Duette and Applause Duolite shades. They were sold from Jan. 2011 through Aug. 2012.WHY: Some of the cords inside the breakaway cord stop were tied in a single knot which can prevent the cord stop from functioning as designed to break away. A child can become entangled in a cord loop and strangle.INCIDENTS: None.HOW MANY: About 4,400 shades.FOR MORE: Call Hunter Douglas at 800-997-2389 or visit http://www.hunterdouglas.com/connector


    Career Coach Q&A: Advice on age discrimination, job market

    Career Coach columnist Joyce E.A. Russell, an industrial and organizational psychologist, discussed workplace issues in a recent online forum. Here are some excerpts:Q: I am in my 60s working a part-time job, but need full-time work. I have a MS in computer science and recently did a certification program to upgrade my computer skills. I have sent out tons of resumes but have not heard anything. What do I need to do? I see the same jobs that I applied for six months ago are still posted on Craigslist. I hear that there is a need for IT people but I think companies only want to hire young H1-B [high-skilled foreign] people.A: While it is great that you sent out resumes, it would also help to get connected on social media sites like LinkedIn. This would enable you to reach out to others directly online. Also, are you restricted in terms of where you work? If so, this could limit your options.Q: For the past few years, I have maintained a full-time day job and done additional work on the side. I get paid more per hour for the side work, but because of my day job, I am limited in the amount of time I can spend. I am mainly available weekends and evenings. At some point, I would love to make the switch to only working the side jobs. I know that initially I wouldn’t have enough work to keep me busy full time, but hopefully, that would change. In the mean time, how do I maintain the balance of the two jobs and grow the amount of side jobs in the pipeline?A: Most people have to eventually make a choice because they have trouble balancing both. I think you have to set a goal regarding financial issues and when you can move to the side jobs. It would help if some of them were more stable so you could count on some consistent income (assuming that is important to you). That would enable you to feel more safe in leaving your day job.Q: I’m sending out resumes and custom cover letters for jobs that I feel that I am qualified for but usually hear nothing back (or get a thanks, but no thanks). How do I know if it is me or the market?A: You never know unless you ask. Maybe you can follow up with some of the firms you are most interested in (and have sent a resume to) to let them know you sent a resume and ask for some feedback. The other possibility is to have others (career professionals) review your resume to make sure it best reflects you and is as professional as possible.I think resumes can only do so much. Today, you have to follow up with the key firms you are most interested in working for, and you really need to try to connect (personally or via social media) with individuals from those firms.And here are some great tips, courtesy of a reader: If you are not getting responses to your resume, perhaps the issue is that you are sending out “tons of resumes” rather than targeting jobs that are a good fit for you and your skills. Many of the jobs on Craigslist are there for HR to collect resumes not for currently available positions. Try looking at job boards for specific fields/areas of expertise.Q: I’m a new federal employee, and Combined Federal Campaign requests and reminders are coming fast and furious. I have received multiple signup sheets (including one that was clipped to my time card), brochures and email reminders. The CFC coordinator for our office makes over twice what I do and is much higher up on the ladder than I am, which makes me feel like contributing is an edict from On High, instead of a choice. I donate heavily and fundraise for causes I believe in, and do significant research regarding those causes, all on my personal time. I do not wish to route my money through my employer, as I think this is an uncomfortable overlap between my personal and professional lives. Is it possible to be a CFC conscientious objector while keeping my professional reputation intact? Or do I suck it up and kick in a nominal amount so my office gets a plaque?

    Facebook's IPO offering was the most keenly anticipated market debut at least since Google’s in 2004. But concerns about revenue from smartphone users spooked investors, and the offering was plagued by technical glitches.

    Facebook and volatile market still chill IPOs

    Making a killing on initial public offerings used to be easy. At the peak of the technology boom, little more than a decade ago, a plentiful supply of companies vied to sell stock on the exchanges, and investors were assured mouthwatering returns.These days, the deals are fewer and the returns more modest.


    U.S. economy preview: Spending probably cooled, investment fell

    Consumer spending probably cooled in October and business investment dropped, showing how superstorm Sandy and the looming fiscal cliff are hindering U.S. growth at the end of 2012, economists said before reports this week. Household purchases rose 0.1 percent last month, the smallest advance since June, after increasing 0.8 percent in September, according to the median estimate from 52 economists surveyed by Bloomberg before Nov. 30 figures from the Commerce Department.

Life & Entertainment

    Beth Haim, believed to be one of the oldest Jewish cemeteries in the Western Hemisphere, was established in the 17th century in Curacao.

    Historic Jewish cemetery in Caribbean fades away

    Headstones are pockmarked, their inscriptions faded. Stone slabs that have covered tombs for centuries are crumbling. White marble has turned grey, likely from the acrid smoke that spews from a nearby oil refinery. One of the oldest Jewish cemeteries in the Western Hemisphere, Beth Haim on the island of Curacao, is slowly fading in the Caribbean sun.

    Comedian Mitch Fatel returns to the Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg this weekend.

    Sunday picks: Mitch Fatel provides the laughs

    Top off your weekend with a trip to the Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg to see comedian Mitch Fatel perform his stand-up routine tonight. Salt Creek Ballet's version of "The Nutcracker" takes the stage in Hinsdale this afternoon. “Don Pasquale,” Donizetti's comic opera, returns to the Lyric Opera of Chicago today. The annual Celebration of Lights Festival, which includes the annual tree lighting and photo ops with Santa, returns to the Batavia Riverwalk tonight.

    Bobby Bare’s latest album is “Darker Than Light,” a collaboration of Bare’s favorite folks songs, including works by Bob Dylan, Lead Belly and Woody Guthrie.

    Bobby Bare returns to RCA Studio B for new album

    When Bobby Bare returned to RCA Studio B 50 years after he began his career there, he was afflicted with an off-kilter case of deja vu. There was a sense of familiarity for the 77-year-old country singer, but things also were out of place as he recorded "Darker Than Light," his first album since 2005.

    American playwright and Broadway producer Eve Ensler speaks out when she sees injustice in the world.

    Eve Ensler takes on a new play — while beating cancer

    If you've ever fired up your computer and cringed in anticipation of what nasty emails await, pity Eve Ensler. The Tony Award-winning playwright and activist gets a daily record sent to her of atrocities against women. "When I see people messing with women's rights, there are certain things I can't be quiet about," she says. "I cannot sit there and let those people do that. That just makes me insane." She says that with a smile. For a crusader, Ensler isn't dour. The woman you meet may be deadly serious about her life's work, but she's also quick to laugh.

    Twins Abigail and Noah Thomas, 8, ride on the motorized wheelchair of their mother, Jenn Thomas, on their way to a schoolbook fair in Arlington Heights. Thomas, a 36-year-old mom who has cerebral palsy, says her twins occasionally complain about having to do a few extra chores around the house to help her.

    Disabled parents face bias, loss of kids

    Millions of Americans with disabilities have gained innumerable rights and opportunities since Congress passed landmark legislation on their behalf in 1990. And yet advocates say barriers and bias still abound when it comes to one basic human right: To be a parent. A Des Plaines mother, because she is quadriplegic, endured an 18-month legal battle to keep custody of her young son. A Kansas City, Mo., couple had their daughter taken into custody by the state two days after her birth because both parents were blind.

    Sean Leonard, left, Zach Ingrasci, Chris Temple and Ryan Christoffersen in Pena Blanca, Guatemala. The foursome lived in the village on $1 a day per person for a summer to experience firsthand issues related to rural poverty, then made a film about their experiences.

    Students experience life in Guatemala on $1 a day

    For many American travelers, Guatemala is an inexpensive, exotic destination for visiting Mayan ruins or studying Spanish in a language immersion program. But for a couple of U.S. college students, the country was the setting for a social experiment. They spent a summer living there on the same daily budget that sustains over a billion people around the world: $1 a day. Then they made a film about it, "Living on One."

    An inflatable footrest is popular among air travelers. Magellans also sells a style of footrest made from lightweight hard plastic that folds flat.

    Holiday gifts for the traveler in your life

    Travel is fun once you reach your destination, but being away from home, getting through airport security and enduring long trips can be stressful. No wonder, then, when you ask, "What's a good gift for travelers?" the answer is often related to comfort and convenience. Here are some ideas for holiday gifts that make travel more pleasant, whether the traveler in your life is a frequent-flying sales manager or a bus-riding student.

    Chicago Loop Alliance's Winter WonderLoop delights pedestrians in downtown Chicago with Random Acts of Holidays each Saturday from Dec. 1-22.

    On the road: Enjoying Random Acts of Holidays

    While you're holiday shopping in the Loop, don't be surprised if you come across one of the many Random Acts of Holidays taking place Saturdays in December. Chicago Loop Alliance's fourth annual Winter WonderLoop event offers pedestrians in downtown Chicago free, spontaneous, family-friendly experiences around the Loop. You can also enjoy a country Christmas when the northwest Illinois town of Richmond hosts its annual Christmas of Yesteryear.

    The Grand Illumination is part of the Hometown Holidays in downtown Naperville.

    Holiday events
    Here is a roundup of area holiday events in the coming week.


    Tenant claims fees for repainting, garbage removal are exaggerated

    Q. I vacated my rental house after living there for five years. I had paid a $650 deposit when I moved in. Per the landlord-tenant act in my state, the landlord is required to provide a detailed itemized statement or accounting and a refund of any remaining balance of my security deposit.


    Water filter company still in business

    I live in an area of southwest Pennsylvania where cisterns are the typical water source for homes. Recently, my aged Bruner sand/gravel water filter developed an irreparable leak. The water from this filter was used for every household purpose except drinking and cooking for many years.


    Consider multi-piece bath in lieu of walk-in shower

    Q. My husband and I are retired, and we're thinking of removing our only bathtub. In its place we want to install a walk-in shower. We plan on staying in our home for as long as we can and would like to feel safe in our own bathroom.

    Alphabet bricks arranged on a staircase is a fanciful way of greeting holiday guests.

    Decorating a home for a holiday open house

    Although she loves classic style and neutral interiors, the hospitable owner of this Geneva home longed for vibrant seasonal scenes that turned the tide on traditional decorating. "She wanted something a bit different, something unexpected," says Country Sampler stylist Sally-Jo Ensta. "So we turned up the glitz by making sure each of our cheerful displays sparkled."

    The living room of the Waters family home is decorated for the holidays and the annual housewalk.

    Mount Prospect Holiday Housewalk turns 25

    Mount Prospect's oldest neighborhood will be on display Friday, Nov. 30, when the Mount Prospect Historical Society holds its 25th annual Holiday Housewalk from 3:30 to 9 p.m. The featured homes are in the the old Busse Eastern Addition neighborhood just east of downtown.


    New windows darken as sun strikes

    At first glance, the big lobby windows in San Francisco's W Hotel look unremarkable. Then the sun strikes them — and the glass slowly darkens to block the glare and heat.



    Editorial: The politics of circumventing the public

    A Daily Herald editorial sounds the alarm again about efforts to push controversial state business -- this time, driver's licenses for undocumented immigrants and marriage rights for gay couples -- through the General Assembly through the votes of lame-duck legislators.


    Why was there war in Gaza?

    Columnist Charles Krauthammer: Israel has once again succeeded in defending itself. But, yet again, only until the next round, which, as the night follows the day, will come. Hamas will see to that.


    Health coverage a ‘gift’ to ourselves

    Columnist Froma Harrop: The whole idea of employer-sponsored health coverage is a historical oddity from the wage and price controls of World War II. Obamacare offers a step away from that irrational link.


    Same old tune on bipartisanship
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: Today as I unfolded the Daily Herald, the first words to get my attention were in dark print: "Vowing to be open, bipartisan."


    Fear for the future if compromise fails
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: It is crucial that all legislators understand and practice the art of compromise so that our nation can move forward. Every legislator must remember that compromise has been and always will be a principle of the democratic process.


    Government should sacrifice, too
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: We've got a confusing taxing system that few understand. Then add a multiplier that seems to overcompensate when prices fluctuate. This is happening not only in Cook County but the entire state.


    Don’t stick suburbs with pension mess
    A Naperville letter to the editor: Mike Madigan's plan to dump the pension mess he helped create onto local school districts will inevitably lead to higher taxes rates for suburban property owners — or budgetary cuts for our schools.


    Paring military would prove costly
    A West Chicago letter to the editor: Please understand: Cutting our military would cost far more than providing the money for it. The reason is simple: Defense always costs far more than offense. When an enemy can cheaply strike anywhere, and we must defend everywhere, an unsuppressed enemy can easily bankrupt us and bring our whole system down.


    New judge promises integrity, fairness
    I recently was elected by the voters of Kane County as a circuit court judge. The time it's taken to sink in has allowed me to fully grasp the enormity of the trust and confidence the voters placed in me, and it is humbling indeed.


    America we once knew slips beneath waves
    Unfortunately for our children and grandchildren, as the America we once knew slips quietly beneath the waves, an overwhelming majority of us will be quite content in front of a huge flat screen with our favorite reruns of Jerry Springer.


    Why give it away if we’re broke?
    An Elgin letter to the editor: No one except Americans are helping the people affected by Hurricane Sandy, so why do we give help and aid to almost every country in the world? America is broke and in debt, yet our politicians still give away billions of dollars.


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