Daily Archive : Saturday August 24, 2013



    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Thieves stole two folders containing documents, files and engineer reports for two client firms between 10 p.m. Aug. 21 and 6 a.m. Aug. 22 out of an unlocked metal storage container in a parking lot at International Test and Balance, 380 E. Northwest Hwy, Des Plaines. Cost to replace the reports was estimated at $5,000.

    Bre Bjornberg of Schaumburg is consoled by her mom Kari Bjornberg as they remember Bre's brother Michael who died of an overdose during the Overdose Awareness Week ceremony at Roosevelt University's Schaumburg campus.

    Overdose rally in Schaumburg calls for action

    Patty Lynn's son has been clean almost six months, but the Villa Park woman is familiar with the always-looming threat of relapse. She attended a training class for the overdose drug Naxalone at Saturday's rally in Schaumburg to kick off International Overdose Awareness week. “I've known about it, but didn't know it was available to me,” Lynn said. “I can't explain what it means...

    Demetries Thorpe

    Boyfriend faces murder charge in Zion baby's death

    While police continue to search for the remains of five-month-old Joshua Summeries in a Zion landfill, authorities have charged the boyfriend of the boy’s mother with his murder. Police said Saturday morning at a news conference that Demetries Thorpe, 26, of Zion, confessed to killing the boy, placing his body in a backpack and putting the backpack in a Dumpster.


    Autopsy inconclusive for Arlington Heights man found Friday

    An autopsy on an Arlington Heights man who was found in a car on Friday afternoon was inconclusive about the cause of his death, officials said Saturday afternoon. Scott Verden, 50, was found in the trunk of a car parked in the 2100 block of East Park Street, said Arlington Heights Police Sgt. Scott Winkelman. There were no apparent signs of trauma.


    Fire departments update auto aid agreements

    The Palatine Rural Fire Protection District, Palatine Fire Department and Rolling Meadows Fire Department recently agreed to update existing automatic aid agreements in an effort to provide safer and more efficient use of resources.

    In this combination of Associated Press file photos, at top, a large crowd marches for civil rights in Washington on Aug. 28, 1963; and at bottom, demonstrators march toward the Martin Luther King Junior Memorial during a rally to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1963 march on Saturday.

    History created iconic images from 1963 march

    Although the rally was called “The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom,” the cause of civil rights would quickly overshadow the focus on economic parity. And King’s remarkable speech has eclipsed almost everything else that was said that day.

    Visitors walk at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial after the march Saturday to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington.

    Five myths about the March on Washington

    On Aug. 28, 1963, the March on Washington, featuring Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, became the touchstone of the American civil rights movement. But our focus on one man and one speech has obscured some of the history and meaning of the event. As we mark this milestone, let’s take a closer look at popular misconceptions about what brought hundreds of thousands of people to...


    Aurora man gets 15 years for child sex assault

    An Aurora man has been sentenced for 15 years in prison for sexually assaulting a child, Kane County State’s Attorney officials announced on Saturday.

    The Washington Monument is mirrored in the Reflecting Pool Saturday just before sunrise before an event to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington at the Lincoln Memorial.

    Thousands commemorate famous 1963 civil rights march

    Organizers expected about 100,000 people to participate in the event, the precursor to the actual anniversary of the Aug. 28, 1963, march.Marchers began arriving early Saturday, many staking out their spots as the sun rose in a clear sky over the Capitol. By midday, tens of thousands had gathered on the National Mall.

    At top, a group of demonstrators pose for a photo at the Lincoln Memorial in during the Aug. 28, 1963, March on Washington; and at bottom, the Rev. Al Sharpton, center, arm-in-arm with Congressman John Lewis, lining up with Martin Luther King III, third from right, Andrea King, and Rep. Nancy Pelosi, second from left, after the rally Saturday at the Lincoln Memorial, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the 1963 march.

    Images: March on Washington
    Tens of thousands of people marched to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial and down the National Mall on Saturday, commemorating the 50th anniversary of King's famous speech and pledging that his dream includes equality for gays, Latinos, the poor and the disabled. The event was an homage to a generation of activists that endured fire hoses, police abuse and indignities to demand equality for...

    Golf pro Sue Anderson helps Zinzi Steele, 10, of Evanston during the First Tee golf event at Ivanhoe Club near Mundelein. First Tee uses the game of golf to provide education programs that build character. Thirteen kids were rewarded for their good choices with a special day at Ivanhoe.

    Young golfers get special treat at Ivanhoe

    A group of young Chicagoland golfers had a memorable Saturday that included getting lessons from golf professionals and playing a few rounds at one of the most renowned private golf clubs in the area. “It’s a really nice facility; there is a lot of lush green,” said Trevor Britton, 14, of Wadsworth, who’s been golfing since age 9. “I’ve never been here before, and I’m really glad to be here.”

    The MV Midland works Saturday on the Arkansas River, just below Little Rock, Ark.

    Daylight look at Arkansas bridge shows minor damage

    The only bridge to remain open after the accident was limited to railroad traffic, meaning at least a 16-mile detour for motorists.Tthe barges, pushed by the MV Midland, made only a glancing blow to the I-30 bridge and a pedestrian span near the Clinton Presidential Library that is part of a riverfront trail.

    Former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, center, is taken from the Centre County Courthouse by Centre County Sheriff Denny Nau, left, and a deputy, after being sentenced in Bellefonte, Pa. Seven young men, including Jerry Sandusky’s adopted son, have finalized deals with Penn State.

    Lawyer: Sandusky son, Victim 2 settle with Penn State

    The men known in court documents as Victims 3, 7 and 10 released statements through the lawyers, saying that although they are relieved the settlement process is over, they won’t get their childhoods back.“Penn State is not great for settling something that could have been stopped years ago,” Victim 3 said. “What makes a school great is stopping these things no matter what negative effect it has...


    Justice Dept. sues Louisiana over school vouchers

    “Make no mistake — this motion is a threat to the children in our state who only get one chance to grow up and deserve the opportunity to get the best education so they can pursue their dreams,” Gov. Bobby Jindal said of the Justice Department filing.

    A Syrian army soldier wears a medical mask as he stands guard Saturday on a street in the Jobar neighborhood of Damascus, Syria.

    Doctors Without Borders: 355 dead in Syria attack

    U.S. naval forces are moving closer to Syria as President Barack Obama considers a military response to the alleged use of chemical weapons by President Bashar Assad’s government. U.S. defense officials told The Associated Press that the Navy had sent a fourth warship armed with ballistic missiles into the eastern Mediterranean Sea but without immediate orders for any missile launch into...

    Volunteer Jacob Bastin, 16, of Geneva, moves a purchased chair to the pickup lot at the Kane County Fairgrounds during the St. Peter Barn Sale in September 2011. This year’s barn sale is Sept. 14 and 15 at the fairgrounds.

    Siblings pave the way for St. Peter Barn Sale

    Dave Heun says the St. Peter Barn Sale, coming up in mid-September at the Kane County Fairgrounds, is in the capable hands of the Mayorga siblings.


    Thousands of Tunisians protest government

    Tunisia’s main labor union has been mediating between the Islamists and the opposition.

    Runners clear out in front of the bulls Saturday during The Great Bull Run event at the Virginia Motorsports Park in Dinwiddie, Va.

    Great Bull Run holds first U.S. event

    DINWIDDIE, Va. — A bull-running event inspired by the traditional Spanish spectacle is making its U.S. debut.The Great Bull Run held its first of several events Saturday at a drag-racing strip in Virginia. Organizers said about 12,000 attended the event, including spectators, and that one minor injury occurred on the final run.

    Paul Poberenzy, in the cockpit of his P-51.

    Notable deaths last week
    A roundup of national and international deaths of note over the past week.

    Elaine Cimino, a second-grade teacher at Wiesbrook Elementary School in Wheaton, and her students spent the past eight years collecting 1 million pop can tops to donate to Ronald McDonald House Charities.

    Wheaton teacher and her students prove to be one in a million

    Kids in a typical second-grade classroom regularly will brag about having “a million toys” or complain about “a million pages of homework.” Eight years ago, a second-grade teacher in Wheaton decided to teach her students about a million ways to help someone. Literally.

    Park board Commissioner Karen Johns tries the spinning seat Saturday during the grand opening of the new Sunnyside Accessible Park in Bloomingdale.

    Accessible playground debuts in Bloomingdale

    A playground that’s fully accessible for children of all abilities has opened in Bloomingdale. Bloomingdale Park District officials were joined Saturday by other local and state dignitaries to celebrate the grand opening of Sunnyside Accessible Park at Sunnyside Park, 291 Glen Ellyn Road.

    Dara Van Antwerp, the school resource officer at Panther Run Elementary School, drives her patrol car Thursday in Pembroke Pines, Fla., in the suburbs of Fort Lauderdale.

    Armed security guards now at many schools

    Bernard James, a professor of constitutional law at Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., said one clear trend among legislation introduced since Newtown has been assessing the security of elementary school campuses.Past efforts to prevent school violence had not focused on elementary schools, James said, “and that lack of dedicating resources is what was under examination.”

    Trips to space may be coming to a state near you soon.

    California vies for new space industry

    As several new private ventures to take people on trips to space come closer to becoming reality, California lawmakers are racing other states to woo the new space companies with cushy incentives. They are debating a bill now in Sacramento that would insulate manufacturers of spaceships and parts suppliers from liability should travelers get injured or killed on a voyage, except in cases such as...

    The Rim Fire burns near Yosemite National Park, Calif. The wildfire outside Yosemite National Park — one of more than 50 major brush blazes burning across the western U.S. — more than tripled in size overnight and still threatens about 2,500 homes, hotels and camp buildings. Fire officials said the blaze burning in remote, steep terrain had grown to more than 84 square miles and was only 2 percent contained on Thursday, down from 5 percent a day earlier.

    Huge California wildfire reverberates in 2 states

    After burning for nearly a week on the edges of California's Yosemite National Park, a massive wildfire of nearly 200 square miles has now crossed into it, and firefighters have barely begun to contain it. The Yosemite Valley, the part of the park frequented by tourists and known around the world for such iconic sights as the Half Dome and El Capitan rock formations and Yosemite falls, remained...

    In this Aug. 21 file courtroom sketch, U.S. Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, right, and his defense attorney, Lt. Col. Kris Poppe, are shown during Hasan's court-martial trial in Fort Hood, Texas. Hasan has been convicted of murder for the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood that killed 13 people and wounded more than 30 others.

    Fort Hood shooter convicted on 13 counts of murder

    As the head of a military jury read a verdict convicting him of premeditated murder 13 times, Major Nidal Hasan stared intently at her. Then he let his eyes fall to the courtroom desk in front of him. The army psychiatrist responsible for a 2009 shooting rampage against his fellow soldiers at Texas' Fort Hood, the worst mass-shooting in history on a U.S. military base, offered no visible reaction...


    Date set for release of endangered butterflies

    There's a firm date to reintroduce endangered butterflies to Illinois. The Swamp Metalmark butterflies were bred at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum's in Chicago by museum biologists.


    Cameras checking speed go live Monday

    Chicago officials say the first set of speed-monitoring traffic cameras will go live Monday near Gompers Park on the city's North Side.


    Better weather means better Illinois apple crop

    The apple crop in Illinois is better quality than last year because of better growing conditions.


    Motorists can use phones as auto insurance proof

    Gov. Pat Quinn has signed a new law that lets Illinois residents use cellphones to prove they have auto insurance.

    Schaumburg High School band director Kevin Miller stands on the front steps of the school with Kyle Bicchi, left, and Robert Bach as the marching band performs on his last first day of school.

    Schaumburg band director enters ‘senior year’

    Schaumburg High School Music Department Chair Kevin Miller has gotten into the habit of telling his senior band members they have work hard because it’s their last year. Now, his students are playing that card on him. Miller, who's retiring at the end of the school year, said what he enjoys most about teaching has remained the same over his 33-year career. “I’ve always loved the kids. It’s all...

    The week's odd video: A hillbilly dancing a jig with a raccoon.

    Odd news: Zopittybop-bop-bop arrested, dancing with a raccoon

    The week's odd news column includes the arrest of Beezow Doo-doo Zopittybop-bop-bop, Georgia bans paying tolls for drivers behind you and a goat manure fire stinks up a Vermont town. The video of the week is a hillbilly dancing with a raccoon (no, we don't know why people do this).Beezow Doo-doo Zopittybop-bop-bop charged in Iowa

    New Mundelein High School math teacher Maggie Sharp looks over the paper boat constructed by Anjelika McFeely, 14, Claire Whitemarsh, 14, Annie McGarth, 14, and Jenna Geary, 14, during their first day of class. They would later see how many pennies it would hold while floating in water — 99 pennies is the current record.

    Rookie Mundelein teacher excited about first year

    As she prepared for the first day of classes at Mundelein High School, first-year math teacher Maggie Sharp admitted to being a little nervous. Not about being in front of a class of students for the first time as a professional teacher. Her anxiety had more to do with what she called the “learning curve” of being a new teacher, stuff like getting organized and discovering the things she’ll need...

    Rob Russell

    Kane County coroner, chairman at odds over budget

    Kane County Coroner Rob Russell and County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen clashed Friday over Russell's request to increase his payroll by adding two new employees. Lauzen said the request is unfair to other departments toeing the line on a quest for a flat budget. Russell said the move is necessary to avoid legal problems with overtime and on-call death incidents. He said Lauzen's opposition is a...

    Lee Gomez of St. Charles gets a look at some of the cars during Kane County Sheriff Pat Perez’s sixth annual charity car and motorcycle show last year in Elburn. Gomez was showing his own six-cylinder 1965 Chevrolet Impala.

    Partnership means annual charity show expanding

    Expect the seventh annual Charity Car and Motorcycle Show on Aug. 31 in Elburn to be much larger this year. Kane County Sheriff Pat Perez has partnered with Kendall County Sheriff Richard Randall to being more cars to the area. Both men are fundraising co-chairmen for the Fox Valley United Way, which Perez has specified as the recipient of all funds raised during the event.

    Naperville Mayor George Pradel unveils a sculpture of town founder Joseph Naper Friday at the Naper Homestead historic interpretive site. The 1,500-pound bronze sculpture is 9 1/2 feet tall.

    ‘Larger than life’ sculpture honors Naperville founder

    From 1798 to 1852, Joseph Naper was larger than life. He was a sailor, soldier, ship builder, merchant, land surveyor, politician, husband, father and founder of what’s now known as Naperville. But among all the sculptures, murals, plaques and places of public recognition in the city Naper founded, there was nothing honoring him. Until Friday afternoon.

    Former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was convicted of 45 counts of child sexual abuse and is serving a decades-long prison sentence.

    Sandusky’s son among 7 who settle with Penn State

    Seven young men, including Jerry Sandusky’s adopted son, have finalized deals with Penn State over claims of abuse by the school’s former assistant football coach, their lawyer said Friday. Matt Sandusky had been expected to be a defense witness for his father until the trial, when he told investigators that he also had been abused by Jerry Sandusky. He has since petitioned for a legal name...


    Kane sheriff investigating inmate’s death at jail

    The Kane County sheriff’s office is investigating an inmate’s death Friday at the Kane County jail, officials said. A female inmate at the Kane County Adult Justice Center in St. Charles was found unresponsive in her cell about 1:45 p.m. by an officer making a routine check, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office.

    Zion police continued searching Friday for 5-month-old Joshua Summeries, who went missing Wednesday morning.

    Zion police to provide update on missing baby Saturday

    Zion police continued their search Friday for a 5-month-old baby boy missing since Wednesday, focusing their efforts on combing through garbage in a landfill. The infant, Joshua Summeries, was reported missing about 8 a.m. Wednesday from an apartment on the 2300 block of Galilee Avenue.


    The Packers' Jermichael Finley has as good of a chance as any tight end ranked below No. 6 in John Dietz's fantasy football rankings to put together a solid season.

    A plan that may not be all that crazy

    Drafting wide receivers in fantasy drafts is always a crapshoot. John Dietz is here to wade through the carnage to help you get a better handle on who to take as your draft approaches.

    Rookie linebacker Jon Bostic has been in the center of thing since taking on a starting assignment as veteran D.J. Williams recovers from a calf injury.

    Bears building strong nucleus for future

    In their preseason victory over the Raiders Friday night, the Bears got multiple positive contributions from young players who will be counted on when the regular season begins in two weeks. Among Friday's standouts were rookies Jordan Mills, Kyle Long and Jon Bostic, plus second-year wide receiver Alshon Jeffery.

    Jeff Samardzija pitched eight impressive innings and Darwin Barney homered and drove in two runs as the Chicago Cubs beat the San Diego Padres 3-2 on Saturday night. In his second straight solid outing, Samardzija (8-11) limited the damage to one run in the eighth inning when the Padres twice loaded the bases and cut the lead to one run.

    Samardzija strong as Cubs beat Padres 3-2

    Jeff Samardzija pitched eight impressive innings and Darwin Barney homered and drove in two runs as the Chicago Cubs beat the San Diego Padres 3-2 on Saturday night. In his second straight solid outing, Samardzija (8-11) limited the damage to one run in the eighth inning when the Padres twice loaded the bases and cut the lead to one run.

    Scott Dunsire of Naperville Central tees off during the 2013 Vern McGonagle Memorial boys and girls golf invitational at the Naperville Country Club.

    Scouting DuPage County boys golf

    Scouting DuPage County boys golf

    Josh Phegley, middle, is swarmed by his White Sox teammates after getting the game-winning hit Saturday night against the Rangers.

    Phegley, White Sox get back to winning

    Josh Phegley's two-out RBI single in the ninth inning rallied the White Sox to a 3-2 win over the Rangers in Saturday's Civil Rights Game at U.S. Cellular Field.


    Cougars rally for 5-3 win

    For the second straight game, the Kane County Cougars used a seventh-inning rally on their way to a victory as they defeated the host Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 5-3 on Saturday night.

    Matt Kenseth celebrates after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Saturday at Bristol.

    Kenseth holds off Kahne to get 5th win of season

    Kasey Kahne was fed up with all of Joe Gibbs Racing by the time contact with Matt Kenseth ended his race at Watkins Glen earlier this month. It was the fourth time a JGR driver had wrecked him, and he took to Twitter to voice his displeasure, posting: “Headed to Joe Gibbs Racing to talk to whoever will come out front.”

    Rookie Josh Phegley, center, is mobbed by his teammates after hitting the game winning hit against the Texas Rangers Saturday at U.S. Cellular Field. The Sox defeated the Texas Rangers’ 3-2.

    Rookie Phegley singles in winning run for Sox

    Rookie Josh Phegley singled home the winning run with two outs in the ninth inning to lift the Chicago White Sox to a 3-2 victory over the Texas Rangers on Saturday night. Texas had its four-game winning streak snapped and wasted another strong outing by Yu Darvish, who gave up two runs in seven innings while striking out 11.

    Geneva’s Graham Lillibridge, pictured at the Geneva invitational Thursday, is playing in the No. 1 spot as a freshman this fall for Vikings coach Bill Koehn.

    Scouting Tri-Cities boys golf

    Raghav Cherula has unfinished business to begin the boys golf season. “It’s definitely disappointing because I usually play so well during the regular season,” the St. Charles North senior golfer said of not qualifying for the state tournament the last two years. “I need to make sure I play like this when it really matters.” Cherula, the two-time defending Upstate Eight Conference River Division player of the year, made his comments after shooting a 73 Thursday at the Geneva Invitational.


    Magical finish for Marquardt; Prospect takes team title

    Stevenson senior Nikki Marquardt made a birdie putt to win a playoff with Prospect's Ally Scaccia, but the Knights won the team competition of their own invitational with a 305 on Saturday at the Mount Prospect Golf Club.


    Boomers win in 10th against division-leading Crushers

    Steve McQuail recorded an RBI double with two outs in the 10th inning to bring home Sean Mahley from first base with the game-winning run as the visiting Schaumburg Boomers won 4-3 over the East Division-leading Lake Erie Crushers.


    Delle Donne scores 25, Sky beat Dream 67-56

    Rookie Elena Delle Donne scored 25 points, and Chicago strengthened its hold on the Eastern Conference lead by beating the cold-shooting Atlanta Dream 67-56 on Saturday night.

    Bo Jackson is recognized on the field as a MLB Beacon Award recipient before Saturday night’s seventh annual Civil Rights Game between the White Sox and the Texas Rangers at U.S. Cellular Field.

    Special, and important, night for White Sox

    The White Sox hosted major-league baseball's annual Civil Rights Game Saturday night at U.S. Cellular Field, and African-American legends like Hank Aaron. Frank Robinson, Willie Horton and Bo Jackson were on hand to help baseball celebrate the color barrier being broken.

    Mundelein golfer Bret Cigelnik returns for his fourth varsity season.

    Boys golf: Scouting Lake County

    Here's a look at the upcoming boys golf season from the perspective of high schools in Lake County.

    Kiley Walsh, left, and teammate Ally Scaccia are leading Prospect’s elite girls golf program this fall.

    Prospect’s Scaccia, Walsh still take their best shots together

    Ally Scaccia and Kiley Walsh met as basketball players. Ally was the point guard, Kiley the shooting guard. That was back in the sixth grade, when they were members of the Prospect girls basketball feeder program. Little did they know then that seven years later, instead of running an offense on the basketball court, they’d be running 15-footers for par on a golf course. And doing it as well as anyone in the state.

    In 2010, Jacob Brinlee was a star running back for Lake Zurich High School and captain of the Lake County Daily Herald All-Area Football Team. As a walk-on at Northern Illinois last season, he saw action in eight games.

    Lake Zurich native looking to catch on at NIU

    Jacob Brinlee capped his high school career at Lake Zurich by rushing for 226 yards in a state championship loss to Wheaton Warrenville South. But no colleges were ready to offer a scholarship, so Brinlee attended a prep school in Virginia for a year. Now he's a walk-on receiver at NIU who is expected to contribute this season. Mike McGraw has more on local players making an impact for the Huskies.


    Girls golf: Scouting Northwest

    A look at the girls golf season from the perspective of high schools in the Mid-Suburban League plus St. Viator and Leyden.

    Buffalo Bills quarterback Kevin Kolb throws to a receiver in the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Washington Redskins Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

    Bills QB Kevin Kolb has concussion-like symptoms

    Buffalo quarterback Kevin Kolb was treated for concussion-like symptoms after getting kneed in the back of the helmet in the Bills’ preseason game Saturday against the Washington Redskins.

    Will Take Charge, left, with jockey Luis Saez aboard, pulls past Moreno, with Jockey Jose L. Ortiz up, to win the Travers Stakes horse race at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013. (AP Photo /Hans Pennink)

    Will Take Charge pulls upset in Travers

    Will Take Charge waited until the final stride to get a nose past Moreno and pull off a surprise win in the Travers Stakes on Saturday at Saratoga Race Course.The thrilling finish gave 77-year-old Hall of Famer D. Wayne Lukas his third win in racing’s Mid-Summer Derby and first since 1995, with the 9-1 Will Take Charge also beating Kentucky Derby winner Orb and Belmont Stakes winner Palace Malice, who finished third and fourth, respectively.

    Matt Kuchar holds up his ball after making a birdie on 14th hole during the third round of The Barclays golf tournament Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, in Jersey City, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

    Woodland, Kuchar tied for lead at Barclays

    Matt Kuchar and Gary Woodland began their week at The Barclays by going to Citi Field and getting a tour of the clubhouse, where Kuchar noticed an indoor batting cage and asked if they could try it out. He stood behind the net and threw to Woodland, a promising baseball player in high school.

    While he looks comfortable here, Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro, second from left, hasn't played that way at the plate or in the field this season.

    Can Cubs’ Castro find his comfort zone?

    The terrible offensive season of Starlin Castro has made us all psychologists and hitting coaches. Matt Spiegel explains why he likes Dale Sveum's move to bat Castro first in the Cubs lineup. He also has more to say on PEDs and Ryan Braun's attempt at an apology.

    Burlington Central’s Matt Weber, chips to the 11th green during the Geneva Boys Golf Invitational at Mill Creek Golf Club in Geneva Thursday. Weber’s 69 led the Rockets to a school-record 298 at the tournament.

    Boys golf: Scouting the Fox Valley

    A preview of the boys golf season in the Fox Valley.

    Britain’s Andy Murray poses with the trophy after beating Serbia’s Novak Djokovic in the championship match at the 2012 U.S. Open.

    10 things to know for the U.S. Open

    For the first time, Andy Murray will be the defending champion at a Grand Slam tournament — and he suspects he’ll be more nervous than usual in the early rounds. On the women's side, Serena Williams will try to achieve one thing missing from her resume: a successful title defense at the U.S. Open, the site of a couple of her infamous meltdowns.

    Chicago Bears running back Michael Bush (29) celebrates his touchdown with wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) during the first quarter.

    Images: Bears vs. Raiders Preseason
    Images from a Chicago Bears preseason game at O.co Coliseum in Oakland against the Oakland Raiders on Friday, Aug. 23.

    Chris Sale reacts to giving up an inside-the-park home run to Texas’ Ian Kinsler during the third inning of the White Sox’ loss Friday night.

    Sale loses control on, off the field

    White Sox starter Chris Sale lost another game - and lost his temper again - Friday night against the Texas Rangers. Sale receives the lowest run support in the American League, but following the 11-5 loss to Texas, he was blaming no one but himself for his poor pitching performance and two more ugly outbursts.


    Associated Press/Jan. 16, 2013 A five-million gallon water storage tank and a building that houses a well, right, at Aquifer Storage and Recovery well field No. 2 in Moorpark, Calif.

    Millions spent on water-storage plan that leaks

    The Las Posas Basin Aquifer Storage and Recovery Project, about 50 miles northwest of Los Angeles, illustrates the risks of what’s known as groundwater banking — warehousing water below ground in aquifers to pump out during dry spells or emergencies.Imagine a bathtub beneath the earth. If geologic conditions are right, water can be added to such a basin, supplementing naturally occurring groundwater and creating a reserve for future use, much like a water tank. But at Las Posas, water instead disappeared.

    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, left, and Stanley Fischer, right, Governor of the Bank of Israel, talk together last year outside the Jackson Hole Economic Symposium, at Grand Teton National Park near Jackson Hole, Wyo.

    Major financial movers meet at Jackson Hole

    James Bullard, head of the St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank, noted that a change in the Fed chairmanship has been fairly unusual since World War II. Bernanke has served for nearly eight years. Two of his predecessors — William McChesney Martin (1951-1970) and Alan Greenspan (1987-2006) — served for a combined nearly four decades.

    A MacBook Air from Apple, bottom center, a Vaio Pro 13 from Sony, top left, an Aspire S7 from Acer, center, and an XPS 12 from Dell, right, are displayed. Each notebooks has a microprocessors that belongs to a new family of Intel chips called Haswell.

    Review: Haswell laptops deliver on long battery

    I reviewed Apple’s MacBook Air and Dell, Sony and Acer computers running Microsoft’s Windows 8. Samsung and other PC makers are just coming out with Haswell laptops, so you should expect even more choices by the holidays. The four I tested use solid-state flash drives, which keep laptops light but don’t have as much capacity as traditional storage. They also lack Ethernet ports for wired Internet connections and slots for DVDs.

    PayPal’s new chip-and-pin payment device for small businesses, shown in February in Barcelona, Spain. The market for tools that help consumers buy goods via mobile phones is getting crowded, putting off venture capitalists and making it hard for many payment startups to compete against providers like PayPal.

    Mobile-payment startups with zero fees no match for PayPal

    The market for tools that help consumers buy goods using mobile phones is getting crowded, inundating small businesses, putting off venture capitalists and making it hard for many payment startups to make a buck. Not making money — while fine for merchants — is rampant in a mobile-payments market that Crone Consulting LLC estimates has more than 100 competitors.

    A computer user sits near displays with a message from the Chinese police on the proper use of the Internet at an Internet cafe in Beijing. Many famous Chinese — from pop stars to scholars, journalists to business tycoons — have amassed substantial online followings, and these larger-than-life personalities don’t always hew to the Communist Party line. Now Beijing is tightening its grip on China’s already heavily restricted Internet by making influential microbloggers uncomfortable when they post material the government doesn’t like.

    China in big push against opinion-leading blogs

    BEIJING — Best-selling Chinese author Murong Xuecun had nearly 4 million followers on his Twitter-like microblog. One day in May his account disappeared. So did his profiles on several other social media sites. No explanation was given, but one is starting to emerge. Many famous Chinese — from pop stars to scholars, journalists to business tycoons — have amassed substantial online followings, and these larger-than-life personalities don’t always hew to the Communist Party line. Now Beijing is tightening its grip on China’s already heavily restricted Internet by making influential microbloggers uncomfortable when they post material the government doesn’t like.Murong, whose real name is Hao Qun, is among those whose microblog accounts have been silenced in recent months. Over the past two weeks, Internet censors have called microbloggers to meetings and state media have accused some of undermining socialism and promoting Western values through lies and negative news. It is a development that dims hopes China’s new Communist Party leadership under Xi Jinping will tolerate more freewheeling discussion on the Internet and in the official media. Many of the online personalities call attention to social injustices and question government policies. Some are advocates for democracy, freedom of speech and human rights, and others are radicals who believe China has strayed from its communist roots.Popular microbloggers, including real estate mogul Pan Shiyi, who helped force new government air quality standards through his campaign of posting daily pollution indexes, were asked at a meeting in Beijing to agree to seven standards: obey the law, uphold the socialist system, guard the national interest, protect individual rights, keep social order, respect morals and ensure factuality. The edicts are broad enough to have a chilling effect on what China’s nascent opinion leaders say online. State media has since publicized the standards, urging all Chinese netizens to follow suit, underlining Beijing’s determination to stay in control of the message and its fast changing medium — the Internet. More than half of China’s 1.1 billion people are online. “I think they are making so much effort because they feel it has become increasingly difficult to control public opinion,” said Yang Dali, a political scientist and director of the University of Chicago Center in Beijing. “But one challenge is the mainstream media do not have much credibility, and another challenge is to live with a much more diverse world.” Attempts to rein in the top Internet personalities, who are called “Big Vs” in China because their social media profiles are verified as genuine, often are far from subtle.Real estate magnate Ren Zhiqiang, who has 15 million followers on popular microblogging service Sina Weibo, was silenced after he was critical of the attitude of government officials in the aftermath of a deadly storm. Annie Yi, a popular Taiwanese singer, was shushed online after she voiced her support for Southern Weekly newspaper staff who protested overbearing censorship earlier this year.Former Microsoft executive Kai-Fu Lee has 51 million followers on Sina Weibo who lap up largely innocuous advice on career and information technology. Yet he irked Chinese censors earlier this year when he questioned a government-funded search engine project, and his account was suspended for three days.Authors, such as Murong Xuecun, rights layers, scholars and journalists are liable to see their microblogging accounts evaporate after they attract sizable followings. Murong is not sure why his blog was targeted. He suspects it may have been for posts critical of a document rumored to have been circulated by top leaders calling for a stifling of discussion on issues including press freedom and the party’s historic mistakes.

    Adrian Letts, chief operating officer of Blinkbox, pauses Monday during a Bloomberg Television interview in London, U.K.

    In Britain, grocer Tesco takes aim at Netflix with Blinkbox

    Britain’s biggest retailer is boosting investment in its digital download service, Blinkbox, which offers thousands of movies and TV series and will soon also feature e-books and music. The programs are streamed to computers, tablets, televisions and Sony PlayStation 3 consoles. With Blinkbox, Tesco joins the growing ranks of retailers shifting their focus from in-store sales in the battle for a digital download market that’s growing about 17 percent annually.

    An aircraft climbs toward the sun as local drone enthusiasts gather for the Maryland Fly In last month in Laytonsville, MD.

    A drone of your very own: These aren’t your average remote-controlled aircraft

    Personal drones have been used for all kinds of high-minded purposes — helping farmers map their crops, monitoring wildfires in remote areas, locating poachers in Africa. One local drone user is recording his son’s athletic prowess from a bird’s-eye view, potentially for recruiting videos. But not every flier is virtuous. Privacy and civil rights activists worry about neighbors spying on each other and law enforcement agencies’ use of drones for surveillance or, potentially, to pepper-spray protesters.

    The European Aeronautic, Defence & Space Co. North America (EADS) logo is seen past a Cassidian Ltd., a unit of EADS, Future MALE unmanned aircraft system (UAS) on the exhibition floor at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) unmanned systems conference in Washington. AUVSI is the world’s largest nonprofit organization devoted exclusively to advancing the unmanned systems and robotics community.

    24 states wage fierce competition for drone-test sites

    The Federal Aviation Administration is poised to select six locations to test drone technology, and state leaders across the country are lobbying for the chance to open their skies to new unmanned vehicles — and maybe become the Silicon Valley of drone technology. The FAA is expected to make a decision on the test-site locations in December. The agency has said that once it unveils the regulatory framework, the air will be filled with 7,500 small drones within five years.

    TiVo Inc. announced a new line of digital video recorders to give television viewers more control over what they watch on traditional channels and over the Internet.

    TiVo refreshes lineup with 6-tuner Roamio DVRs

    TiVo Inc. wants to give television viewers more control over what they watch on traditional channels and over the Internet as the pioneer of digital video recorders unveils its fifth-generation devices. With its new Roamio DVR, TiVo is counting on the notion that avid television viewers prefer one device to do it all.

    This image provided by TiVo, Inc shows a sports menu from the new TiVo Roamio Plus. TiVo Inc. announced a new line of digital video recorders Tuesday Aug. 20, 2013, to give television viewers more control over what they watch on traditional channels and over the Internet. (AP Photo/TiVo, Inc.)

    Review: New TiVo delivers for avid TV viewers

    The company that pioneered the device 14 years ago keeps churning out new products. The latest is the Roamio family of DVRs, the fifth-generation TiVos. These new DVRs, unveiled Tuesday, give you much more than what you can get through your cable or satellite company. That includes the ability to watch recorded shows when you’re away from home, starting this fall.

    Amazon.com is steps up a warehouse-building spree, signaling the urgency of delivery amid rising competition from eBay and Wal-Mart.

    Amazon speeds warehouse spending to fend off eBay, Wal-Mart

    Amazon.com is stepping up a warehouse-building spree, signaling the urgency of getting products to customers more quickly amid rising competition from eBay and Wal-Mart Stores. “We’ve standardized them in such a way that opening them and replicating them happens very fast,” Dave Clark, vice president of worldwide operations and customer service, said in an interview at the Chattanooga building.


    Google’s Hanke moves on from maps

    John Hanke is coming up on his 10th year at Google. Over his decade at the search giant, Hanke turned his old startup, Keyhole, into Google Earth and took charge of the company’s Geo division, which produces indispensable products like Maps and Street View. But Hanke thinks there’s more to geolocation than finding out where you are or where you’d like to go.

    The Boundless app has set out to offer students low-cost alternatives to their traditional textbooks by collecting information and curating it into free or low-cost books.

    App reviews: Boundless, CamScanner
    Boundless has set out to offer students low-cost alternatives to their traditional textbooks by collecting information and curating it into free or low-cost books. CamScanner aims to take a little bit of friction out of that process by making your scanner something you probably have on you anyway: your smartphone.

Life & Entertainment


    Smart mortgage shoppers understand mortgage pricing

    Mortgage pricing is a complicated process, which allows loan officers who understand it to get the better of borrowers who don't. The first step for any borrower looking to obtain the best possible price is to learn how the pricing process works.

    Joan Jett and The Blackhearts will perform at Festival Park in Elgin.

    Weekend picks: Joan Jett, Plain White T's rock the suburbs

    Feel the beat with Joan Jett and the Blackhearts and Eric Burdon & the Animals Saturday at Festival Park in Elgin. Get your fill of hot air balloons Saturday during the new Color Aloft Balloon Festival at Central Park in Grayslake. The Plain White T's will bring its energetic pop-punk sound back “home” for a special show Saturday at the Benedictine University sports complex in Lisle.

    “Rising Tide: Bear Bryant, Joe Namath, and Dixie's Last Quarter” by Randy Roberts and Ed Krzemienski

    Bear Bryant and Joe Namath made the Tide roll

    When Bear Bryant ordered University of Alabama freshman Joe Namath to climb up the coach's tower high atop the practice field in 1961, it signaled a partnership that launched a new era in college football. It was apparently the first time that Bryant had allowed anyone to join him in his private sanctuary. Randy Roberts and Ed Krzemienski describe the ensuing meeting, in which Namath could barely understand a word the coach spoke. Despite their differences, the hard-nosed coach and his free-spirited quarterback would combine to put the Crimson Tide on a path to becoming not only a successful college team but also a source of pride to people in Alabama and throughout the South.

    Cats Woodchuck and Clint at the ASPCA Adoption Center in New York City. Allison Wheatley adopted them and renamed them Henry and Angus. Angus, right, has only one eye.

    Rescuers try to help pets that need each other

    Ivan, Domino and Joshua arrived together at the animal shelter when their ailing owner could no longer care for them. To get adopted, they will need to go as one. The plight of the threesome points to the challenge of finding homes for multiple pets that must be adopted as a package deal to honor a previous owner’s request or to keep inseparable pets together.

    Dolly Parton speaks during a news conference to announce plans to expand her Dollywood properties in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. Parton said she is going invest $300 million over the next 10 years in a project that includes a 300-room resort.

    Dollywood to build resort, add shows and rides

    To see the future of Dollywood, you need to borrow the vision of its chief imaginer, Dolly Parton. In the near future, Parton sees a resort hotel lobby with a three-story window that frames Mount LeConte — one of the tallest peaks in the Smoky Mountains. Guests will be able to book a grand suite in the hotel that the entertainer uses when she stays in the Pigeon Forge theme park that bears her name.All of that is future tense, but not very far away. The park plans to open DreamMore Resort in 2015. It’s part of a planned $300 million expansion to take place over the next decade.

    Zumba creator Beto Perez performs at the 2012 Zumbathon Fitness Concert in Orlando, Fla. Zumba instructors worldwide are not only using the Latin-heavy song lineup in their classes, but creating new fans for artists such as Pitbull, Daddy Yankee and Don Omar.

    Zumba creating a new fan base for Latin stars
    Zumba Fitness instructors worldwide are not only using a Latin-heavy song lineup in their classes, they’re also creating new fans for artists such as Pitbull, Daddy Yankee and Don Omar. Omar’s “Zumba” has remained high on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart for nearly a year, peaking at No. 2. In Greece, Daddy Yankee’s “Limbo,” currently in the Top 10 on the Hot Latin Songs chart, is featured in a promotional video that has Greek Zumba instructors dancing to a Puerto Rican reggaeton beat in a beach setting.


    Stars of reality show ‘Pawn Stars’ meet fans

    The stars of the cable reality show “Pawn Stars” have left their Las Vegas pawn shop to meet fans in Southeast Asia. And one of them says he never thought they would be so popular. Father-and-son duo Richard and Corey Harrison run the pawn shop with the family patriarch. They offered tips to fans in Manila about bargaining and putting value on things.

    This vase has a somewhat Neoclassical shape and is typical of items made in Japan (Nippon) during the early 20th century.

    Are these old Japanese vases worth much today?

    Q. I have enclosed pictures of one of two vases that were given to my great-grandparents as a wedding gift in Germany, probably in the late 1800s. I have also enclosed a drawing of the mark on the bottom. The vases are about 8 inches tall and in good condition.

    Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby, Carey Mulligan, as Daisy Buchanan and Joel Edgerton as Tom Buchanan in “The Great Gatsby.”

    DVD preview: ‘Great Gatsby,’ ‘Pain and Gain’

    Coming out on DVD are "The Great Gatsy" starring Leonardo DiCaprio and "Pain and Gain" with Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson.

    Actress Christina Hendricks, who portrays Joan Harris, in a scene from “Mad Men.”

    Christina Hendricks talks ‘Mad Men’ signature fashion

    Christina Hendricks says it’s going to be difficult when the seventh and final season of “Mad Men” starts filming this November. “I just want to milk it as long as possible,” said Hendricks, who plays Joan Harris on the critically acclaimed AMC drama. Hendricks also talked about the show’s signature style, too, created by costumer designer Janie Bryant.

    A worker stacks cut glass at the Milgard Windows & Doors’ manufacturing facility in Tacoma, Wash., last month. More Americans are renovating their homes, and many are hiring outside help instead of doing the projects themselves.

    Remodeling work rebounds as homeowners hire contractors

    More Americans are renovating their homes, and many are choosing to hire outside help instead of doing the projects themselves. This is shaping up to be a “strong year” for home-improvement spending, said Mike Englund, chief economist at Action Economics in Boulder, Colo.

    Colchicum brightens the September garden.

    Art in the garden: Fall brings a wealth of new flowers

    There are many cool weather plants available for fall planting. Pansies top the list of cool season plants. Often considered the harbingers of spring, fall-planted pansies are gaining in popularity for the fall garden.

    Ceiling fans can be design-conscious as well as functional. Three examples from top to bottom: Hampton Bay’s 52-inch Windward IV fan in oil-rubbed bronze; 52-inch Highbury bronze ceiling fan from Hunter; Hampton Bay’s 68-inch brushed nickel Altura.

    Ceiling fans that give style a whirl

    In the hot summer months, a ceiling fan can be critical. It can help circulate air, cool a room and lower electricity bills. But is it a design no-no?


    How determine size of reserves

    Q. Every year, the board of our association struggles to determine how much of a reserve contribution should be included in the annual budget. Is there a “rule of thumb” or formula to determine how much of a contribution to reserves should be included in the budget each year?

    Hilda Jones, right, and her daughter Jennifer combine powers to make a mother-daughter Realtor team. They are marketing this house in Algonquin.

    Illinois seeing a delayed jump in prices, Realtor team says

    Residential real estate sales have been hot so far this year in the Carpentersville, Algonquin and Crystal Lake areas, said Hilda and Jennifer Jones, Realtors with Baird and Warner’s Carpentersville office.


    A problem with a concrete patio

    Q. I have a question about fixing concrete. My patio has cracked and settled and the step is so low that I trip going into the home. How do I fix this problem? Do I remove the old patio and have a new one installed or maybe install a deck over the concrete, or can I fix the concrete and keep the old patio?



    The Soapbox

    Daily Herald editors share their views on a school district's privacy policy, statewide politics for 2014 and a new "woodie" proposed in Gurnee.


    Forgetfulness is no reason to panic
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: Most of us will not succumb to Alzheimer’s, genetic predisposition, notwithstanding. We need not worry if we can’t recall the name of an acquaintance we haven’t seen for several years. Some call these simple memory lapses “cluttering” and not the beginning of serious dementia.


    Election laws must be tightened
    A Mundelein letter to the editor: The opinion piece by Cokie Roberts, “How a true democracy must operate”, which lauded her recently deceased mother’s record as a voting rights activist, was, unfortunately, pure Democrat twaddle.


    Gays, Olympics an artificial issue
    Gays, Olympics an artificial issue“Reform: Obama against Winter Olympic boycott” in Aug. 8 newspaper. People, what are you thinking? Does every gay and lesbian have to now register at the Olympic Games as lesbians and gays?Athletes will do their best to bring all the gold medals home regardless of their sexual orientation.What is this artificial pushing for a matter that should not exist. Athletes from around the world go there to compete, to show how good they are, not to show their sexual orientation.Was Vladimir Putin going to check each athlete’s sexual orientation personally and exclude gays and lesbians? It is diverting attention from other more serious issues. What do the Olympics and lesbian and gays have to do with each other? Nothing. Let athletes play freely. Whatever their orientation, athletes will go there and perform their best, That is the goal of the Olympics.None of the governments should impose any agenda to international sports. After all, there were many great gay and lesbian athletes in the past and no one lamented about it. Is there going to be a competition between gays and lesbians and other athletes at Olympic Games now? Are the international flags going to be raised higher for the gay and lesbian athletes now? Are the lesbian and gay athletes going to be honored more now? If I were a lesbian or a gay, I would be really outraged by such selective agenda being pushed on free spirited international athletes’ competition.Why is this issue so loud now, whose interest in it? Leave Olympics for the athletes and not politicians pushing agendas.Liz SzymanskiElgin


    High court decision on DOMA correct
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: Robert Meale’s July 28 letter states that the Supreme Court failed to follow the will of the majority in declaring the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional. Mr. Meale fails to recognize that one of the basic purposes of the Supreme Court is to protect the rights of the minority against the will of the majority in matters involving fundamental personal rights.


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