Daily Archive : Thursday August 29, 2013



    Game Video: Maine South at Montini
    Montini hosts Maine South South Friday night in the season opener. Follow the action here with video from High School Cube, and then come back later for the replay and highlights.


    CLC offers Disney internship

    College of Lake County students are invited to attend an information session about the Disney College Program, a paid internship experience. Sessions will be held at noon on Tuesday, Sept. 10, or Wednesday, Sept. 11, in Room T326 (Technology Building) at the Grayslake campus, 19351 W. Washington St.

    From left, Melynda Benjamin of Elgin, Scott Niedl of Carol Stream, and Edward Duncan of Elk Grove Village will take the stage in Elgin Theatre Company’s production of the comedy “The Fox on the Fairway.”

    What’s funny about golf? See ‘The Fox on the Fairway’

    Elgin Theatre Company wil explore the lighter side of golf when it opens its 2013-14 season with Ken Ludwig’s comedy, “The Fox on the Fairway.” Performances will run Sept. 6 to 22 at the Kimball Street Theater at Elgin Academy.


    Fight with suspects sends deputies, detective to hospital

    Two Lake County deputies and a detective were hospitalized and four people are in custody after a fight Thursday afternoon in an unincorporated area near Grayslake. The incident took place about 1:45 p.m. on the 17300 block of West Dartmoor Drive.

    The windup and the pitch, Carson Stech, 6, delivers his fast pitch at the baseball game at opening night at Buffalo Grove Days Thursday.

    Crowds enjoy opening of Buffalo Grove Days

    Months of hard work by more than 50 volunteers began to pay off on Thursday night as community members began to pour in for the first night of the 2013 Buffalo Grove Days festival. “I see a lot of people I don’t see all year,” said Martha Weiss, a Rotary volunteer with the festival. “It’s a real community event.”


    District 207 upholds teacher’s firing

    Maine Township High School District 207 school board this month upheld the firing of a former physical education teacher and health instructor at Maine West and Maine South high schools who is suing the district for discrimination. Jannon Kirley, 55, was dismissed due to insubordination and unprofessional conduct toward staff members and students, the district maintains.


    Married gay couples will be able to file joint tax returns

    WASHINGTON — The government on Thursday said that all legally married gay couples will be able to file joint federal tax returns even if they reside in states that do not recognize same-sex marriages.

    Doug Taron, curator of biology, and Karen Kramer Wilson, living invertebrate specialist, both of the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, release their special insects Thursday into the Bluff City Fen in Elgin. The swamp metalmark butterflies were bred at the nature museum in Chicago.

    Notebaert Nature Museum releases endangered butterflies

    The Peggy Notebaert Museum in Chicago released endangered butterflies Thursday at the Bluff City Fen in Elgin. “It’s almost as if we just sent them off to college, except things can eat them here,” said a nervous Doug Taron, curator of biology at the museum.

    Adel Daoud

    Feds: Terror suspect sought agent’s murder

    A teenage terrorism suspect charged with trying to bomb a downtown Chicago bar is now accused of seeking to have an undercover FBI agent killed while the suspect was behind bars, prosecutors announced Thursday.

    Kwame Raoul

    Raoul says he won’t run for governor

    State Sen. Kwame Raoul said Thursday he won’t jump into the 2014 race for Illinois governor. The Chicago Democrat had been weighing a primary challenge to Gov. Pat Quinn and former White House chief of staff Bill Daley for months.

    Mark Kirk

    Kirk, Rush tour violence-plagued neighborhood

    Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk and Democratic Rep. Bobby Rush toured Chicago’s violence-prone Englewood neighborhood Thursday, saying afterward they will work together to solve the community’s problem. However, there appeared to be some difference between the pair on how to accomplish that, with Kirk emphasizing fighting crime and Rush pointing to the need for economic development.

    U.N. investigation team with blue helmets speak with Free Syrian Army fighters in the Damascus countryside of Zamalka, Syria, Thursday. Syria’s state news agency quoted President Bashar Assad as saying Syria will defend itself against any aggression.

    Syria defiant as UN chemical probe nears end

    President Bashar Assad vowed Thursday that “Syria will defend itself” against Western military strikes over a suspected chemical weapons attack, and the U.N. said inspectors will leave within 48 hours carrying information that could be crucial to what happens next.

    U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power talks with British delegate, Michael Tatham, in the United Nations Security Council Thursday. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the inspection team in Syria is expected to complete its work Friday and report to him Saturday.

    Obama: U.S. action would send Assad ‘strong signal’

    President Barack Obama on Thursday prepared for the possibility of launching unilateral American military action against Syria within days as Britain opted out in a stunning vote by Parliament. Facing skepticism at home, too, the administration shared intelligence with lawmakers aimed at convincing them the Syrian government used chemical weapons against its people and must be punished.


    Suburban men charged in vehicle loan fraud scheme

    Ten people, including men from Libertyville, Naperville, Geneva, Oswego, and Elburn, are charged in a multi-million-dollar financing fraud scheme involving sports motorcycles and other recreational vehicles. Prosecutors allege the scheme cost lenders more than $56 million.

    Mireya Elizabeth Cardenas of Round Lake hugs Fremont employee Colleen Downey on the first day of school earlier this month in Mundelein. Mireya drowned Tuesday night in Fox Lake.

    Round Lake girl who drowned ID’d

    A girl who drowned Tuesday evening in Fox Lake has been publicly identified as 9-year-old Mireya Elizabeth Cardenas of Round Lake. She was a student in Fremont Elementary District 79.


    Four charged in 9-day string of Batavia burglaries

    A stolen credit card used to buy an Xbox 360 and Walking Dead video game, along with surveillance video from a nearby gas station, helped nab four people connected to a string residential burglaries in Batavia from early August, according to a search warrant.

    This image provided by The Humane Society of the United States shows artwork created by Brent, a chimpanzee at Chimp Haven in Keithville, La. The 37-year-old chimpanzee who paints with his tongue has won $10,000 for a sanctuary in northwest Louisiana, as the top vote-getter in an online chimp art contest organized by the Humane Society of the United States.

    Louisiana chimpanzee wins 1st prize in art contest
    A painting by a 37-year-old Louisiana primate who applies color with his tongue instead of a brush has been deemed the finest chimpanzee art in the land.


    Downers Grove man charged in mother’s murder

    A Downers Grove man is charged with the shooting death of his 61-year-old mother.DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin and Burr Ridge Chief of Police John Madden announced Thursday that first-degree murder charges have been filed against Michael Zaky Bassaly, 27.Zaky Bassaly is scheduled to appear in bond court at 8 a.m. Friday at the DuPage County Courthouse. Yvonne Zaky Bassaly was...

    In this in Dec. 31, 2012, file photo, a woman smokes marijuana on the official opening night of Club 64, a marijuana-specific social club, where a New Year’s Eve party was held, in Denver.

    Feds won’t sue to stop marijuana use in 2 states

    Despite 75 years of federal marijuana prohibition, the Justice Department said Thursday that states can let people use the drug, license people to grow it and even allow adults to stroll into stores and buy it — as long as the weed is kept away from kids, the black market and federal property.

    Huntley fire department mechanic, Rob Territo takes a walker from Huntley firefighter/paramedic Eric Smith to load onto a flatbed as residents get onto a bus to be taken home after a gas leak forced their evacuation from supportive and assisted living facilities in Huntley.

    Gas leak forces evacuation of Huntley facilities

    More than 100 people were evacuated from assisted and supportive living facilities as well as a small office building on Regency Parkway in Huntley Thursday because of a gas leak. A contractor hit a gas main just before 9 a.m. while digging for a streetlight, according to the Huntley Fire Protection District.

    A rendering of the new lobby now being built at the main branch of the Algonquin Area Public Library District on Harnish Drive. The main branch will be closed for several days next week while workers reconfigure its double doors.

    Algonquin library closing briefly for renovation

    The main branch of the Algonquin Area Public Library District is taking an extended Labor Day weekend of sorts while it temporarily closes for a portion of its $600,000 lobby renovation. Officials will close the branch Tuesday through Thursday for part of the construction project that involves repositioning the library’s interior and exterior double doors to minimize the wind-tunnel effect.


    Elgin Symphony makes lullaby CD for babies born at Alexian Brothers hospitals

    In a unique partnership with the Alexian Brothers Health System, some members of the Elgin Symphony Orchestra have been using their musical talents to soothe newborn babies and their parents. In March, a strings, flute and piano ensemble recorded 11 songs for an exclusive lullaby CD that is given to moms of newborns when they are discharged from the Alexian Brothers Medical Center in Elk Grove...

    Aaron Lawlor

    Lawlor plan would require standards of conduct for appointed boards and commissions

    Lake County Board Chairman Aaron Lawlor wants the nearly 300 board and commission appointees to sign a "Standards of Conduct" pact to protect the public interest and be good stewards of their money. “It’s my goal to establish a culture of accountability," he said.


    Buffalo Grove Days Blood Drive on Saturday

    The Buffalo Grove Blood Commission is holding its quarterly community blood drive in conjunction with Buffalo Grove Days from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Buffalo Grove Park District Alcott Center, 530 Bernard Drive. All donors will receive this year’s 2013 Buffalo Grove Days Blood Drive T-shirt sponsored by American Enterprise Bank, Beckley CPA, and Gold Medal Ideas.

    Six Flags Great America park President Hank Salemi promises the Goliath will be the tallest, steepest and fastest wooden roller coaster in the world when it opens next summer at the Gurnee amusement park.

    Fastest, tallest, steepest wooden coaster in the world to be built at Six Flags

    Goliath, a new wooden roller coaster to debut next summer at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee is touted as the fastest, tallest and steepest woodern coaster in the World. Park president Hank Salemi desribed it as a "world record behemoth of a ride," Thursday during a ceremonial groundbreaking.


    District 45 struggles with tardy school buses

    Problems with school bus service have caused some students in Villa Park Elementary District 45 to arrive late for classes and to get home late as well, officials said Thursday. Four days into the school year, some buses still were running 30 minutes late or more, officials said. The district has been using an automated phone system to send multiple messages to parents to update them on the...


    Help with natural gas bills:

    North Shore Gas is alerting customers that help with natural gas bills is available via the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).


    Hawthorn Woods fun fest:

    The village of Hawthorn Woods hosts its 5th annual Fall Family Fun Fest on Saturday, Sept. 7, from 10 a.m. to noon at its Aquatic Center, 94 Midlothian Road.


    Get candidate packets:

    Political candidates from Lake County who are running in the March 2014 primary can get election packets online at lakecandidatepower.info or at the clerk’s office in Waukegan until Dec. 2.

    Tiara Norris

    Attorney: Elgin woman facing 5th DUI will seek treatment if bond lowered

    The attorney for a 30-year-old woman facing charges of her fifth DUI — including three from July — says she will seek alcohol treatment if her bond is reduced. Tiara Norris, formerly of Lake in the Hills and now of Elgin,was being held on $350,000 bail and faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted. She's been at the Kane County jail for about a month.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    Kevin Edward Brennan, 42, of St. Charles, was arrested Monday on charges of retail theft, according to a police report. Store security at Meijer, 855 S. Randall Road, St. Charles, observed Brennan try to leave the store with a backpack, prepaid cellphone and a DVD without paying for the items. The total value of the items was about $180.

    Jim Durkin

    Illinois House Republicans pick Durkin as leader

    Illinois Republicans chose a suburban lawmaker Thursday to lead their House caucus in Springfield after his lone opponent, a longtime friend, bowed out. Rep. Jim Durkin of Western Springs was elected by acclamation.

    Jeff Hill does some power washing as crews prepare for Friday’s opening of the Naperville Jaycees Last Fling. The four-day festival runs through Monday in downtown.

    Last Fling returns to downtown Naperville

    When Naperville throws a party to celebrate the end of summer, it really throws a party. You can cheer for nuns racing on beds or for dogs chasing discs. You can test your stomach in eating contests or on carnival rides (though you may not want to do both too close together). And, of course, you can take in Main Stage acts such as country singer Jerrod Niemann on Friday night, the Goo Goo Dolls...


    3 charged in death of 51-year-old Chicago man

    Authorities say two teenagers and an adult have been charged with murder in the death of a man whose body was found in garbage container located near a route taken by Chicago children to their public school.


    Smoke stops American Eagle flight at U of I airport

    An American Eagle flight scheduled to fly from the University of Illinois’ airport to Dallas-Fort Worth was aborted after crew members noticed smoke in the cockpit during takeoff.

    Adel Daoud

    Surveillance ruling goes against terror suspect

    A federal judge has issued a ruling against a 19-year-old terrorism suspect in his bid to force the government to provide details on how it might have used expanded surveillance against him.


    Bicycles to ride on some Chicago-Michigan trains

    Bicycles soon will be welcomed on some Amtrak trains running between Chicago and Michigan. Amtrak announced Thursday that bicycles will be accepted aboard the Amtrak Blue Water line trains Nos. 364 and 365 starting Sept. 6.

    Gregory Weiler II is accused of plotting to bomb 48 churches in Oklahoma.

    Elk Grove native plans insanity defense in Oklahoma

    An Elk Grove Village native accused of plotting to bomb dozens of northeast Oklahoma churches will mount an insanity defense, according to documents filed this week in federal court.


    Holy Family hospital offers walk-in mammograms

    The Women’s Imaging Center at Presence Holy Family Medical Center in Des Plaines is now offering patients the ability to get walk-in mammogram screening without an appointment or a physician’s order.


    Buffalo Grove firefighters fill boots for MDA

    Firefighters will take to the streets, as well as the Buffalo Grove Days festival grounds and parade route, this weekend boots in hand to collect donations for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.


    Four suburban finalists chosen for free roof contest

    A Mount Prospect family-owned roofing company looking for a deserving homeonwer for a free roof has narrowed its search down to four finalists. Peterson Roofing Inc. launched the free-roof contest, part of the national “No Roof Left Behind” campaign, earlier this year. The company opened the contest to all residents of Cook County, but company officials said the finalists would be people with a...

    Ronald Stolberg, of Vernon Hills, and his defense attorney, Kevin Rosner, right, listen during Stolberg’s murder trial in May.

    Vernon Hills man who killed wife could be free in one year

    If his defense attorneys get their way, a Vernon Hills man sentenced to eight years in prison for killing his wife could be freed from custody in about one year. Defense attorneys for Ronald Stolberg, 49, argued the Vernon Hills electrical engineer deserves to receive time-served credit for being forced to wear an electronic home monitoring bracelet for 411 days while out on bail after his wife’s...

    Kevin Curtis

    Transient pleads not guilty to Waukegan murder

    A 26-year-old transient pleaded not guilty Thursday to three counts of murder in the stabbing death of a family friend in Waukegan. Kevin C. Curtis is accused of killing Jacob Blum, 19, in the early morning hours of July 16 during a visit at a hotel in the 3100 block of Belvidere Road, authorities said in Lake County court.

    A playground that reflects the nearby barns of the Danada Equestrian Center will feature slides, climbers, activity panels and toddler swings at a facility being built in Wheaton.

    First phase of DuPage Sensory Garden Playground ready to go

    After years of preparation and fundraising, organizers of the Sensory Playground Garden in Wheaton say they’ll be ready to begin construction next month on the first phase of the $2.2 million project. “The Play For All playground project that we have been working on for the past couple of years is quickly becoming a reality,” park district Planning Director Robert Sperl said.


    Dual-degrees offered for Roosevelt pharmacy students

    Students at Roosevelt University’s College of Pharmacy in Schaumburg who are studying for the three-year Doctor of Pharmacy degree will have an opportunity beginning in the fall to simultaneously earn a Master’s Degree in Public Health from Elmhurst College.


    Oak Brook attorney faces federal fraud charges

    A suburban attorney whose law license was suspended earlier in the year was arrested Thursday on federal fraud charges. Prosecutors said Kathleen Niew, 57, of Burr Ridge, misappropriated $2.3 million in client funds. Niew was arrested at her Oak Brook law office.


    Train strikes, kills pedestrian in Wheaton

    A 37-year-old man was struck and killed Thursday morning by an eastbound freight train near North Hale Street and the Union Pacific railroad tracks in Wheaton, authorities said.

    Carly Rousso

    Defense questions huffing charges in fatal crash

    The defense attorney for a Highland Park woman accused of huffing computer cleaner just prior to driving into and killing a 5-year-old girl is challenging the constitutionality of the charges in the case. Defense attorney Doug Zeit said Carly Rousso, 19, cannot be charged with aggravated DUI that resulted in death because the chemicals in the computer cleaner are not listed as illegal banned...

    Anthony Cechini

    Judge says Fox Lake man would face prison sentence if he takes plea deal in fatal crash

    A Fox Lake man was told by a Lake County judge that he would be sentenced to prison if he accepts a plea deal for his role in an alcohol-related crash that killed a lifelong friend. Anthony Cechini, 24, now needs to decide whether he will accept a plea deal or go to trial for the death of David Letchinger, 21, of McHenry.


    Northwest suburbs in 60 seconds

    Thieves stole 364 ceramic straightening flat irons and 221 ceramic blow dryers out of a DSC Logistics warehouse, 575 E. Oakton St, Des Plaines. The items were to be stored in the warehouse to fill orders for Walmart stores. Value was estimated at $50,765.

    Lynette Klingbeil was a longtime Naperville Jaycees member who enjoyed working to plan the Last Fling Labor Day weekend festival, where she is seen here with Naperville Mayor George Pradel.

    Naperville loses longtime Jaycees member Lynette Klingbeil

    A lifelong Naperville resident known for her volunteer efforts, devotion to family and uncanny memory has died. Lynette Klingbeil, a longtime Jaycees member who was executive director of the Last Fling in 2001, died Tuesday in her home. She was 50. “She was always willing to volunteer and give whatever she could to causes she felt were important and to be a very devoted daughter, sister, aunt and...


    U.S. releases 2 Algerians from Guantanamo

    Two Algerians held at Guantanamo Bay prison for more than a decade have returned to their homeland where they were interrogated by judicial authorities and released pending an investigation, the Algiers Court said Thursday. Their release was the first from Guantanamo in nearly a year.

    The Obama administration announced new steps Thursday on gun control, curbing the import of military surplus weapons and proposing to close a little-known loophole that lets felons and others circumvent background checks by registering guns to corporations.

    Obama offers new gun control steps

    Striving to take action where Congress would not, the Obama administration announced new steps Thursday on gun control, curbing the import of military surplus weapons and proposing to close a little-known loophole that lets felons and others circumvent background checks by registering guns to corporations.

    This clock tower in Cornish Park was inspired by another clock tower at Algonquin’s historic village hall.

    New parks, creative restaurateur make Algonquin a river destination

    With some smart financial planning and the hard work of a local restaurateur, Algonquin has made the Fox River a hub for playing, eating and quiet solitude. One local leader even likens one of the efforts to a Norman Rockwell painting. The result is a thriving riverfront that draws boaters, families, foodies and gardening types.

    An estimated 350 to 400 ash trees have been removed in Libertyville since the emerald ash borer was confirmed in June 2010.

    Libertyville hires help to battle emerald ash borer

    Libertyville is dealing with the quick progression of the emerald ash borer, contracting for the first time for help to remove infected ash trees. The village has approved a $47,300 contract to take out 43 of the largest trees on its list. “Every town around us is going through the same thing,” said Jim Barlow, parks superintendent.


    Dist. 41 pursuing renovations at 4 schools

    Glen Ellyn District 41 has proposed at least $12 million in renovations and additions to its four elementary schools over the course of the next three years. At the forefront of the proposal is the addition of so-called “innovation labs,” described as large, flexible spaces where students would tackle hands-on projects as part of the district's STEAM curriculum focus on science,...

    Firefighters keep a close eye on section of forest along Evergreen road in the Stanislaus National Forest, where crews are conducting a burnout of the dry fuel that lies in the underbrush by a stand of pine trees Wednesday evening, Aug. 28, 2013. By conducting the back fires, crews can safely monitor the fire and prevent large flare ups from crossing the road and potentially endangering nearby structures.

    Predator drone now part of Calif. wildfire battle

    As crews advanced against a giant wildfire around Yosemite National Park, fire commanders said they would maintain use of a Predator drone to give them early views of any new flare-ups across in the remote and rugged landscape. Officials remained confident on Thursday about their efforts to corral the Rim Fire, which grew by a relatively modest few hundred acres overnight.

    Shellie Zimmerman, wife of George Zimmerman, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor perjury charge for lying during a bail hearing after her husband’s arrest, and she was sentenced to a year’s probation and 100 hours of community service.

    Zimmerman’s wife to ‘think about’ staying married

    George Zimmerman’s wife says she’s going to have to “think about” whether she stays married to him.Shellie Zimmerman made the comments to ABC on Wednesday after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor perjury charge for lying during a bail hearing following her husband’s arrest for the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in February 2012.

    Gilberton, Pa., Police Chief Mark Kessler says he expects to be fired for posting incendiary videos in which he rants obscenely about the Second Amendment and liberals while spraying machine-gun fire with borough-owned weapons.

    Gun-toting, foul-mouthed Pa. chief won’t back down

    Police Chief Mark Kessler expects to be fired for posting incendiary videos in which he ranted obscenely about the Second Amendment and liberals while spraying machine-gun fire with borough-owned weapons. But Kessler, whose pro-gun videos have garnered hundreds of thousands of views online, has no intention of going away quietly.

    Associated Press/Courtesy KWTV Tiny red worms that workers in Colcord, Okla., found in a filtering system for the town’s drinking water. Residents were asked to not drink tap water after the worms — ranging from a half-inch to an inch long — showed up earlier this week. A spokesman said city water was turned back on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, after workers cleaned, drained and recleaned the town’s water tower.

    Tiny Okla. town tries to rid water supply of worms

    Beating the late-summer heat isn’t as easy as running to the sink in one northeast Oklahoma town, as residents there are being asked not to drink tap water after red worms were found in the filtering system.

    Brian Van Dine of Carol Stream won our monthly Photo Finish contest with this colorful image he captured in his yard.

    Carol Stream photographer wins Photo Finish contest

    Carol Stream's Brian Van Dine used a keen eye and a cool camera filter to walk away with this month's Photo Finish prize.

    The 141-year-old, one-room Schaumburg Centre Public School will be open to visitors during Schaumburg’s Septemberfest over Labor Day weekend and again on Sunday, Sept. 8. The school is believed to have been built in 1872 and stayed in use until 1954.

    Schaumburg Septemberfest features one-room schoolhouse

    Carnival rides, games and musical entertainment aren’t all that’s happening this weekend during Schaumburg’s Septemberfest celebration. Visitors are invited to tour the one-room schoolhouse on the grounds of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, just down the road from the Septemberfest grounds, Saturday through Monday. After that, the 19th century school will be closed until Memorial Day.

    Meet Little Man, a male Pomeranian mix, who is looking for a forever home. He is about 6 years old and weighs 9 pounds.

    Buddy Foundation veterinarian answers your questions

    Buddy Foundation vet answers your questions.

    The Illinois Tollway has posted the names of 157 companies on its website along with the amount of money it says each owes. To make the list, a person has to have racked up more than $1,000 in unpaid tolls and fines.

    Tollway creates wall of shame for scofflaws

    Striking back at drivers who routinely fail to pay up, the Illinois Tollway created a virtual wall of shame Wednesday on which it outed the worst offenders. The state agency posted the names of 157 companies, including three area businesses in the top 10, on its website along with the amount of money it says each owes. Although only companies are listed currently, individual drivers could also...


    Elgin approves incentive for new Butera Market

    A grocery store is finally on its way to Elgin’s northwest side, which has been called a “food desert” for its low access to fresh fruits and vegetables. The Elgin City Council approved 7-1 on Wednesday an economic incentive agreement that paved the way for a Butera Market to be established at 20 Tyler Creek Plaza.

    Partly sunny skies, a cool breeze, and temperatures in the 70s made the day easy Sunday at the Lake in the Hills Summer Sunset Festival at Sunset Park on Miller Road. The annual three-day festival ended with fireworks at dusk.

    Taste wine or watch melons fly at Summer Sunset Festival

    Lake in the Hills' Summer Sunset Festival is known for its Melon Propellin' contest, in which teams construct catapults to see how far they can launch a watermelon. But in the 13 years since the festival began, its offerings have grown. This year, organizers are hoping visitors will check out the newly added wine tasting event.

    A member of UN investigation team takes samples of sand in areas struck by a purported poison gas attack last week outside Damascus in Syria.

    AP sources: Intelligence on weapons no ‘slam dunk’

    The intelligence linking Syrian President Bashar Assad or his inner circle to an alleged chemical weapons attack that killed at least 100 people is no “slam dunk,” with questions remaining about who actually controls some of Syria’s chemical weapons stores and doubts about whether Assad himself ordered the strike, U.S. intelligence officials say.

    U.S. Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan is shown as the guilty verdict is read at his court martial, in Fort Hood, Texas. A military jury has sentenced Hasan to death for the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood that killed 13 people and wounded more than 30 others.

    Before death, Fort Hood shooter faces long appeals

    If Nidal Hasan plans to welcome a death sentence as a pathway to martyrdom, the rules of military justice won’t let him go down without a fight — whether he likes it or not. The Army psychiatrist was sentenced Wednesday to die for the 2009 Fort Hood shooting rampage. But before an execution date is set, Hasan faces years, if not decades, of appeals. And this time, he won’t be allowed to represent...

    Congressional Republicans and Democrats are pressing President Barack Obama to explain why the U.S. military should attack Syria and involve Americans in a deadly civil conflict that has roiled the Mideast. “What is the intended effect of the potential military strikes?” House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, wrote the president on Wednesday as the drumbeat of war grew louder.

    Congress seeks answers from Obama on Syria

    Wary of another war, congressional Republicans and Democrats pressed President Barack Obama to explain why the U.S. military should attack Syria and involve Americans in a deadly civil conflict that has roiled the Mideast. “What is the intended effect of the potential military strikes?” House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, wrote the president on Wednesday as the drumbeat of war grew louder.

    Left to right are Mark Piccoli, DuPage Metro Enforcement Group, DEA Special Agent Jack Riley and DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin announcing that 31 people have been arrested in a heroin conspiracy bust in Cook and DuPage counties, during a news conference yesterday at the DuPage County Courthouse in Wheaton.

    Dawn Patrol: New coaster at Six Flags; Bolingbrook teen drowns

    31 charged in DuPage County heroin bust. Bolingbrook teen drowns in quarry. Zion mother wants search for dead son to continue. Upscale Hoffman Estates neighborhood plan draws laughs, objections. Metra board member says he’s done at end of term. Second man charged in $40,000 Naperville cellphone theft. Dodgers beat Cubs 4-0 with Nolasco, 2 homers. Bears QB hopefuls need to understand offense.


    Arlington Heights sees rise in vehicle break-ins

    Arlington Heights officials are warning residents to take precautions to protect their belongings after a spike in vehicle break-ins this month. According to police reports, at least 15 car burglaries have been reported so far in August, with items stolen including GPS systems, wallets, iPods and other electronics, clothing and cash.

    Donna Mitchell, 80, seated at right, and her daughter Donna Keefer behind her, watch as the coffin of Mitchell’s twin brother, Army Cpl. Donald V. MacLean, is carried to a hearse by an Army honor guard Wednesday at O’Hare International Airport.

    Twin’s brother comes home 63 years after war death

    Fighting the enemy in North Korea, 17-year-old Pfc. Donald V. MacLean was reported missing in action on Dec. 2. 1950, and presumed dead. His twin sister, Donna Mitchell of McHenry, was on hand when MacLean's remains received a solemn ceremonial welcome home at O'Hare and a motorcycle escort to McHenry for services. “Now, at least, there’s going to be closure,” his 80-year-old...

    Cody Barker of B & B Services in Buffalo Grove hits a bases-loaded double during Wednesday’s annual charity softball game at Emmerich Park in Buffalo Grove. The game precedes this weekend’s Buffalo Grove Days.

    Buffalo Grove holds annual charity softball game

    Buffalo Grove village officials and members of the Buffalo Grove Area Chamber of Commerce teamed up Wednesday night for the charity softball game that is the unofficial lead-in to Buffalo Grove Days, the big festival that runs today through Labor Day.


    Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler and head coach Marc Trestman have a lot to discuss with their NFL opener just 10 days away.

    Where will Cutler take Bears in pivotal year?

    Will Brandon Marshall’s situation be too much of a distraction to Jay Cutler this season? Cutler already is dealing with a new general manager, a new head coach, and his fourth offensive coordinator in five years. With Cutler in his contract year, the heat is on.

    Jordan Danks watches his 2-run single off Astros relief pitcher Erik Bedard in the eighth inning of the White Sox’ victory Tuesday night.

    White Sox’ Jordan Danks making most of opportunity

    After bouncing back and forth between the major leagues and minors the past two seasons, outfielder Jordan Danks has been getting a chance to play with the White Sox. He's making the most of the opportunity.


    Game video: St. Edward vs. Genoa-Kingston
    St. Edward hosts Genoa-Kingston Friday night in the season opener. Follow the action here with video from High School Cube, and then come back later for the replay and highlights.


    Thursday’s girls golf scoreboard
    High school varsity results from Thursday's girls golf meets, as reported to the Daily Herald.

    Ryne Sandberg, Cubs Hall of Famer and now Phillies interim manager, returns to Wrigley Field on Friday for the first time in uniform since retiring as a player in 1997.

    Sandberg's return to Wrigley all business

    Ryne Sandberg arrived in Chicago Thursday night with a record of 8-6 as Phillies interim manager, and he doesn't expect to get caught up in the emotion of the day Friday, but that might change when he is greeted by a fan base that still worships the Hall of Famer. “I'm not sure what it will be like,” Sandberg said of his first day back. “I have other things on my mind now and a job to do, so I'd like to think I will be focused on that.

    Northern Illinois had plenty to celebrate last fall after defeating Kent State in double overtime in the Mid-American Conference championship in Detroit. The Huskies are hoping for a return trip this season.

    What will NIU do for an encore?

    After a spectacular run of recent success, culminating in a trip to the Orange Bowl on Jan. 1, what's next for Northern Illinois? The Huskies start with a tough stretch of road games, beginning Saturday at Iowa. Here's what needs to happen for NIU to win a third straight MAC title.


    Thursday’s girls volleyball scoreboard
    High school varsity results from Thursday's girls volleyball matches, as reported to the Daily Herald.


    Thursday’s girls tennis scoreboard
    High school varsity results from Thursday's girls tennis meets, as reported to the Daily Herald.


    Thursday’s girls swimming scoreboard
    High school varsity results from Thursday's girls swimming meets, as reported to the Daily Herald.


    Thursday’s boys soccer scoreboard
    High school varsity results of Thursday's boys soccer matches, as reported to the Daily Herald.


    Thursday’s boys golf scoreboard
    High school varsity results from Thursday's boys golf meets, as reported to the Daily Herald.

    Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden (3) and Chicago Bears quarterback Jordan Palmer (2) talk after the Browns' 18-16 win over the Bears in a preseason NFL football game on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    Palmer passes final Bears exam

    Jordan Palmer, the starter in Thursday night’s preseason finale at Soldier Field, knew he wouldn’t have the opportunity to throw the ball all over the yard as he competed with Trent Edwards for a possible spot as the Bears’ No. 3 quarterback. “At this point it doesn’t become how many yards you throw for, how many touchdowns you throw, it becomes how do you do each series?” Palmer said. “Complete balls, move the chains and finish in the red zone.”


    High note for Harper, Rolling Meadows

    At 5-foot-4, there was nothing all that unordinary about Mia Harper playing the back row for the Rolling Meadows girls volleyball team last year. But this season, outside hitter?That’s exactly where Mustangs coach Joe Di Silvio has the senior playing _ and producing.Harper put down a team-high 6 kills on Thursday night as Rolling Meadows captured its first victory of the season with a 25-16, 25-17 decision over Maine South.


    Amarino nets Hall of Fame accolade

    Harper College men’s basketball coach Tony Amarino has earned a spot in the NJCAA Region IV Hall of Fame. “I’m proud (of just being nominated),” the coach said.


    Game video: Downers Grove North at Lockport
    Downers Grove North travels to Lockport Friday night in the season opener. Follow the action here with video from High School Cube, and then come back later for the replay and highlights.


    Game video: Crystal Lake South vs. Marian Central
    Crystal Lake South hosts Marian Central Friday night in the season opener. Follow the action here with video from High School Cube, and then come back later for the replay and highlights.


    Crowd-pleasing victory for Mundelein

    Mundelein’s girls volleyball team treated a large turnout by playing a thrilling match on its home court. The best part for the Mustangs was that they rallied for a 10-25, 25-17, 25-22 win over Barrington in nonconference action Thursday night.


    Stevenson shuts out Schurz

    Jimmy Wang scored in each half, and that’s all Stevenson’s boys soccer team needed, as the Patriots blanked Schurz 2-0 in the Glenbrook South invite Thursday.

    Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro is 20-for-101 with no homers and 2 RBI in August.

    August has not been kind to Cubs

    The month of August has not been an august one for the Cubs. They enter this weekend's series against Ryne Sandberg's Phillies 7-19 in August, and they've been shut out six times this month.


    Hansen paces Warren victory

    Boys golfWarren d. Grant: At Fox Lake Country Club, Jack Hansen’s 1-under-par 35 led the Blue Devils (157) to the North Suburban Conference win.Hansen was the only golfer to break 40. Warren also counted Mike Balla’s 40, T.J. Collins’ 41 and Jason Sachs’ 41.Grant (192) was led by Austin Basala’s 44.Lake Zurich d. Wauconda: At Countryside Golf Club, Teddy Noll shot a match-best 42 and led the Bears (175) to a 5-stroke win.Brent Rogers and Tommy Greco had 44s for Lake Zurich, while Jacob Edwards carded a 45.Wauconda (180) received 43s from Brad Efflandt and Brian Nee.Hampshire d. Grayslake North: At Renwood Golf Course, Myles Miller IV shot a 37 to lead the Whip-Purs (155) in Fox Valley Conference action.Christian DiBerardino fired a 38 for Grayslake North (170).

    Cleveland Browns players react as Bears kicker Robbie Gould, right, misses a 57-yard field goal-attempt during the second half of a preseason NFL game on Thursday in Chicago. The Browns won 18-16. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    Browns best Bears 18-16

    Brian Hoyer threw for 307 yards and came on down the stretch and Cleveland closed out the preseason with an 18-16 victory over Chicago on Thursday night.Hoyer was intercepted twice. But he also led the Browns (3-1) on a 76-yard touchdown drive that made it a one-point game in the fourth quarter. Punter Spencer Lanning kicked a 40-yard field goal with just over three minutes left following a fumble by Harvey Unga to make it 18-16. Jordan Palmer dominated the first half for the Bears.Robbie Gould then missed a 57-yarder wide right with just over a minute left, and the Bears (2-2) lost after leading most of the way.

    Chicago Bears wide receiver Joe Anderson runs with a pass against the defense of Cleveland Browns cornerback Johnson Bademosi.

    Images: Bears vs. Browns Preseason
    Images from a Chicago Bears preseason game at Soldier Field in Chicago against the Cleveland Browns on Thursday, Aug. 29.


    Fremd tips BG in MSL showdown

    Two of the top girls golf teams in the Mid-Suburban League battled to the final hole on Thursday at the Chevy Chase Golf Club in Wheeling. When the final score had been counted, Fremd edged Buffalo Grove 162-165 in the tri-meet hosted by Wheeling. Dorothy Feng (38) Jaehee Hur (40), Jennifer Kim (41) and Kelly O’Sullivan recorded the top scores for the Vikings on the par-36 layout.Amber Guiao of Buffalo Grove earned medalist honors with a 37 followed by teammates Lauren Guiao (41), Courtney Meyer (43) and Stacey Mantas (44).Wheeling’s top score was produced by Kirsten Caramba (59).


    Boys soccer/Fox Valley roundup

    The Larkin boys soccer team improved to 3-0 on the season Thursday night with a 3-0 nonconference win over Riverside-Brookfield at Memorial Field.Ricky Nava, Hector Mendoza and Moises Raya each had goals for the Royals. Leo Perez had 4 saves in net and Griffin Perez, Jesus Avilar and Diego Ramirez each notched assists. Dundee-Crown 2, Waukegan 0: D-C’s Carlos Ramos put in a cross past the right post from Eduardo Arellano for the only score as the Chargers improved to 2-0 overall at the Lake Forest Tournament. Jose Gonzalez had 7 saves in net for the Chargers, including a key penalty kick in the first half. Dundee-Crown will play Carmel in the championship game on Saturday at 10 a.m. St. Edward 2, Westminster Christian 0: The Green Wave moved to 2-0 defeating the Warriors (1-1) with goals in each half. Matt Hesch and Austin Pfeiffer scored while Joe French and Alex Semler were credited with assists and John Gotheridge had 6 saves in goal for the Green Wave. Alex Wocjic had 7 saves for Westminster Christian. Neuqua Valley 1, Bartlett 0: Xavi Ortiz’s breakaway goal in the 20th minute proved to be the difference in this Upstate Eight Valley tilt. While the Hawks had scoring chances throughout, Justin Busch had 4 saves in goal for Bartlett. Huntley 3, Lake Park 3: After trailing by a goal in the first half, the Red Raiders (2-0-1) managed to avoid a loss by scoring 3 times in the final 40 minutes. Niko Mihalopolous scored twice and assisted on David Pardo’s goal in the 55th minute in nonconference action against the Lancers. Austin Emery had 9 saves in net.Elk Grove 5, Crystal Lake South 1: Austin Lamping scored the lone goal for the Gators (1-1), who dropped a nonconference game to the Grenaiders. Goalkeeper Gus Alvarez was busy with 11 saves. Jacobs 1, Prospect 1: The Golden Eagles and Knights settled for a tie in nonconference play. Tim Hubner scored the only goal for the Golden Eagles in the 27th minute and Ean Wilson was credited with the assist. East Aurora 2, South Elgin 0: Goalkeeper Richard Gorenwenger had 7 saves but the Storm were shutout in this Upstate Eight Valley loss.

    Mike Spellman, as well as most Bears fans, would like to know what’s up with Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall.

    Spellman’s Scorecard: Braun, Marshall and more

    It hasn't been the most uplifting time in sports lately, but there is planty to look forward to this holiday weekend. That and much more in this week's Spellman's Scorecard.


    Boomers inch closer to playoff spot

    Seth Webster won his fifth consecutive start, putting the host Schaumburg Boomers to the brink of a West Division title as they posted a 3-2 victory over the Frontier Greys on Thursday night. The Boomers' magic number is 1 to secure their first playoff slot.

    Wide receiver Joe Anderson makes 1 of his 4 receptions during the Bears’ preseason game against Cleveland at Soldier Field on Thursday night.

    Bears WR Anderson helps his cause

    First-year wide receiver Joe Anderson caught 4 passes for 64 yards in the first half and looked like a player who belongs on the Bears' final, 53-man roster.


    Torrez, Cougars fall 5-2

    In his Midwest League debut, Daury Torrez was effective for the visiting Kane County Cougars but made one mistake that cost him and the club in a 5-2 loss to the Cedar Rapids Kernels on Thursday night at Perfect Game Field.

    St. Charles East’s Daniel DiLeonardi goes up for a header during Thursday’s game in Batavia.

    St. Charles East blanks Batavia

    Senior Daniel DiLeonardi scored twice and St. Charles East beat up on host Batavia, 5-0, on Thursday in the Upstate Eight River Conference opener for both squads.


    Waubonsie Valley wins big against Elgin

    A roundup of Thursday's volleyball action around DuPage County.


    Girls volleyball/Fox Valley roundup

    St. Charles North d. Bartlett 25-15, 25-18: The Hawks (0-2) were unable to get on track as they fell to the North Stars in straight sets. Rachel Hartford and Elizabeth Arco led the Hawks’ attack with 3 kills apiece while Lexi Cazzato recorded 7 assists. Jenna Kummerer and Brooke Kulbeda led the defense with 6 and 4 digs, respectively.Larkin d. East Aurora 25-12, 25-20: The Royals (2-2) evened their record as they picked up a sweep victory over the Tomcats on the road. Amelia Gill (5 kills) and Alyssa McGhee (4 kills, 2 assists) paced the offense while freshman Natalie Kofie had 10 assists, 2 aces, 2 digs, and 2 kills.St. Edward d. Harvest Christian 25-16, 25-22: The Green Wave (2-0) used a balanced offensive attack as they defeated the Lions in straight sets. Katie Swanson led all players with 9 kills to go along with 12 digs. Megan Barth and Shannon Igielski added 5 and 3 kills, respectively. Allison Kruk recorded 17 digs while Mallory Gross tallied 17 assists.Crystal Lake South d. Woodstock 25-10, 25-12: Carly Nolan led the Gators (1-0) to their first victory of the season with an all-around game of 9 kills, 6 digs, and 3 aces. Avalon Nero (6 kills, 2 aces) and Nicole Slimko (6 kills, 3 aces) also added to the offense while Cassie Sivesind led the Gators with 19 helpers.


    Game video: St. Charles North at Elk Grove
    St. Charles North visits Elk Grove Friday night in the season opener. Follow the action here with video from High School Cube, and then come back later for the replay and highlights.


    Game video: Naperville North at Neuqua Valley
    Naperville North visits Neuqua Valley Friday night in the season opener. Follow the action here with video from High School Cube, and then come back later for the replay and highlights.


    Game video: Metea Valley at Plainfield East
    Metea Valley travels to Plainfield East Friday night for the season opener. Follow the action here with video from High School Cube, and then come back later for the replay and highlights.


    Game video: Warren at Lyons Township
    Warren visits Lyons Township Friday night in the season opener. Follow the action here with video from High School Cube, and then come back later for the replay and highlights.


    Game video: Lake Zurich at Fremd
    Lake Zurich travels to Fremd Friday night in the season opener. Follow the action here with video from High School Cube, and then come back later for the replay and highlights.


    Game video: Geneva at Oswego
    Geneva visits Oswego Friday night in the season opener. Follow the action here with video from High School Cube, and then come back later for the replay and highlights.


    Game video: Benet at Downers Grove South
    Benet visits Downers Grove South Friday night in the season opener. Follow the action here with video from High School Cube, and then come back later for the replay and highlights.


    Game video: Palatine at Libertyville
    Palatine visits Libertyville Friday night in the season opener. Follow the action here with video from High School Cube, and then come back later for the replay and hghlights.

    Libertyville’s Simone Mikaelian chips to the second green during the Libertyville girls golf invite at Pine Meadow Golf Course in Libertyville on Thursday.

    Mikaelian has her moment as Libertyville prevails

    It’s possible freshman Simone Mikaelian has never shined brighter. Then again, the same could be said about all of her Libertyville golf teammates. Sporting excessively bright orange shirts and led by their even brighter young talent, Mikaelian, the Wildcats indeed stood out Thursday. They shot 348, beating darkness just in time as well as four other competing teams, as Libertyville won its own LHS invite at Pine Meadow Golf Club for the first time in the tournament’s five-year history. Runner-up Lake Forest (352), Glenbrook North (368), Vernon Hills (374) and Lake Zurich (386) also comprised the field.

    Jimmy Mitchell and his St. Charles East teammates will have to wait until Saturday to make their season debut against South Elgin.

    Scouting this weekend’s Tri-Cities football games
    Week 1 football game previews for the TriCities coverage area

    Steve Lundy/slundy@dailyherald.com Running back Tim Vestuto, left, runs through plays during the first day of football practice Wednesday at Stevenson High School.

    Scouting Week 1: Lake County

    Here's a look at the Week 1 high school football matchups featuring teams from Lake County.


    Doing the scouting for your ‘Eyes on Five’

    Welcome back. Specifics aren’t necessary because we all know it’s finally prep football season. Nine months after we watched Montini, Glenbard West and six other schools win state titles, we’re thrilled to be back for Opening Day, 2013.

    Laura Stoecker/lstoecker@dailyherald.com Senior Shane Jorgensen during drills at Kaneland High School's varsity football practice on Thursday, August 15.

    Plenty of talent returns in NI Big XII

    The Northern Illinois Big 12 East — conference of the returning starter.Kaneland, which has won the division at 5-0 all three years of its existence, returns 15 starters from last year’s squad, nine of them on offense. Coach Tom Fedderly’s Knights enter the season ranked No. 4 in Class 5A according to The Associated Press.

    From left, Hersey linemen Matt Lazarski, Joe Bellafiore, George Vladimirov and Chris Collins spring into action at Glenbrook North on Friday night.

    Scouting Week 1, Northwest

    Here's a look at the Week 1 football matchups featuring teams from the Mid-Suburban League plus St. Viator, Maine West, Leyden and Christian Liberty.

    South Elgin will open the season at home Saturday against St. Charles East.

    Scouting this weekend’s football games in the Fox Valley

    Taking a look at this weekend's football season openers around the Fox Valley.


    Scouting this weekend’s DuPage County football games
    Taking a look at this weekend's football season openers around DuPage County.

    Northern Illinois had plenty to celebrate last fall after defeating Kent State in double overtime in the Mid-American Conference championship in Detroit. The Huskies are hoping for a return trip this season.

    What will NIU do for an encore?

    After a spectacular run of recent success, culminating in a trip to the Orange Bowl on Jan. 1, what's next for Northern Illinois? The Huskies start with a tough stretch of road games, beginning Saturday at Iowa. Here's what needs to happen for NIU to win a third straight MAC title.

    In this Oct. 7, 2011 photo, former Chicago Bears quarterback Jim McMahon speaks during a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, honoring the Bears’ 1985 Super Bowl XX win. On Thursday it was announced the NFL and more than 4,500 former players, inluding McMahon, want to settle concussion-related lawsuits for $765 million.

    NFL to spend $765 million to settle concussion lawsuits

    The NFL agreed to pay more than three-quarters of a billion dollars to settle lawsuits from thousands of former players who developed dementia or other concussion-related brain disorders they say were caused by the very on-field violence that fueled the game’s rise to popularity and profit.

    Hoffman Estates coach Mike Donatucci gathers his players as the Hawks embark a new chapter in the school's football history.

    Donatucci ready to write new chapter with Hoffman

    When Mike Donatucci was named the new football head coach at Hoffman Estates, cornerback Rainier Del Rosario did what most kids do today: He looked him up on the internet. “I went to the Daily Herald website and found out all about him,” Del Rosario said. “I saw what he had done. I had heard how great he was and wanted to see what he was all about.” The arrival of the former Fremd coach has everyone at Hoffman Estates excited about starting a new chapter in the school's football history.


    16-inch softball tourney coming to Mt. Prospect

    Majewski Park in Mount Prospect will be the site for the Amateur Softball Association’s 50th Major Men’s 16-inch National Championship softball tournament Sept. 6-8. The tournament will feature 24 teams from around the country, including OBI of Forest Park, which will try to become just the seventh team to win back-to-back national championships.

    Austin Berry, who has started all 24 Chicago Fire games this season, will be trying to slow down a strong Houston attack on Sunday at Toyota Park.

    Fire facing another must-win scenario

    For the Chicago Fire, Sunday’s matinee against the Houston Dynamo is just the latest must-win match.

    Notre Dame running back George Atkinson III, right, makes a move to get past Pittsburgh linebacker Todd Thomas during a game last season in South Bend, Ind.

    Atkinson, Carlisle seek to carry load for Irish

    Notre Dame running backs George Atkinson III and Amir Carlisle head into the season opener against Temple looking to prove they can be reliable every down backs.The question heading into the season is: Who will emerge as the primary ball-carrier?


    Morkov wins 6th stage, Nibali keeps lead in Vuelta

    Michael Morkov of Denmark won the sixth stage of the Spanish Vuelta after spoiling Tony Martin’s long solo escape in the final miles, and race favorite Vincenzo Nibali maintained the overall lead on Thursday.

    Los Angeles Galaxy forward Landon Donovan, right, signed a multiyear contract extension with on Wednesday, keeping the high-scoring U.S. national team star with his MLS club. He’s also back on the U.S. national team.

    Donovan back for next round of World Cup qualifying

    Landon Donovan will be back with the Americans when they resume World Cup qualifying next week. U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann snubbed the Americans’ all-time leading scorer for the last round of qualifiers, saying Donovan needed to work his way back onto the team following his offseason sabbatical.

    This is a critical time for Ohio State’s Braxton Miller, and he knows it. The junior quarterback of the No. 2 Buckeyes, who open on Saturday against Buffalo, is in position for a big season for both his team and himself.

    Miller feels at home as Ohio State’s star QB

    Heading into Saturday’s 2013 season opener against Buffalo, junior Braxton Miller is confident and comfortable, surrounded by solid players and assured that this will be a special year for Ohio State.

    Coach Darrell Hazell is in his first season at Purdue and opens the season Saturday at Cincinnati.

    Hazell making all the right chess moves at Purdue

    Directly behind Purdue coach Darrell Hazell’s desk is one of his most prized possessions — a simple, wooden chess board. “There is nothing like chess and the way it relates to life and football and so many other things,” Hazell said. He has come to West Lafayette to shake up the Cradle of Quarterbacks and lead the program back to success by doing things his way.

    Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson was stripped of his Olympic gold medal and world record in the 100 meters at the 1988 Seoul Games after testing positive for steroids.

    Ben Johnson promotes new anti-doping campaign

    Disgraced sprinter Ben Johnson is the face of a new anti-doping campaign called Pure Sport. The campaign’s backers say Johnson will ask sports fans to sign a petition demanding action to “improve the waning credibility of world sport.”

    TJ Edwards is prepared to make a winning impression as he tries to Lakes in a repeat of last year’s success.

    Lakes’ Edwards prepares for a big senior season

    Lakes senior quarterback TJ Edwards recently committed to Western Michigan and is showing he's one of the top high school football players in Lake County.

    The sky’s the limt for every team in the state of Illinois in advance of tonight’s season openers.

    Excitement — and change — is in the air on this opening night

    It's always a special day when the high school football season kicks off, but change is in the air for the sport as head injury awareness and overall declining numbers in participation are changing the landscape.

    Football coach T.J. Ragan, right, left Wheaton Academy after one season.

    Explaining change at Wheaton Academy

    As the 2012-13 sports season wound down the question seemed to be on everyone’s tongue. “What’s going on at Wheaton Academy?”

    Like most area coaches, St. Charles East’s Mike Fields has mixed feelings about the changes the IHSA has made to the type and amount of practices teams are allowed to have.

    Coaches weigh in on IHSA’s rule changes

    It’s ironic that in the first year of the Illinois High School Association’s new Football Acclimatization Policy, the weather during what traditionally had been known as “doubles week” was as mild as morning dew.

    Returning Ohio State defensive back C.J. Barnett celebrates a win over Purdue last season in Columbus. “We want to be one of the best defenses in the country,” Barnett says.

    Despite losses, Ohio State’s D might be better

    There was a time not so long ago when Ohio State’s defense was one of the most feared, effective and efficient units in the country. For this season’s second-ranked Buckeyes to contend for a Big Ten, let alone a national title, coach Urban Meyer knows his defenders have to harken back to the not-so-distant past.


    Hoosiers ready for 1st test of revamped defense

    There’s little doubt the Hoosiers can score, but they’ve been trying to beef up the defense and fix the mistakes. Fans will finally get a glimpse into what’s changed with the new-look Hoosiers during Thursday night’s season opener against Indiana State.

    Wisconsin’s Chris Borland (44) and Brendan Kelly hit Northern Iowa’s Sawyer Kollmorgen as he throws during a game last season in Madison. Borland’s 13 career forced fumbles are one short of tying the major college record.

    Playmaker Borland paces Wisconsin defense

    The Chris Borland fan club at No. 23 Wisconsin starts at the top. Barely eight months on the job, and first-year Badgers coach Gary Andersen can’t help but gush about the senior linebacker.


    An ear of corn is blackened in the sun and heat Tuesday in Farmingdale, Ill. A growing season that began unusually wet and cold in the Midwest is finishing hot and dry, renewing worries of drought and its impact on crops.

    Midwest hot, dry spell brings back drought worries

    A growing season that began unusually wet and cold in the Midwest is finishing hot and dry, renewing worries of drought and its impact on crops. Experts say corn and soybeans may not have enough moisture in dry areas to develop to full weight, which could reduce this year’s harvest.

    U.S. stocks rose, sending the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index higher for a second day, as data showed the economy expanded at a faster pace in the second quarter and concerns over Syria eased.

    Stocks post mild gains following economic data

    Positive news on the U.S. economy outweighed worries about Syria Thursday, sending the stock market higher for a second straight day. The Dow has gained 64 points over the past two days, not nearly enough to make up for its 170-point loss Tuesday as tensions over Syria rattled markets.

    Fast-food workers and supporters protest outside a Burger King in Los Angeles, one of the demonstrations across the country Thursday meant to rachet up pressure on the industry to raise wages.

    Fast-food workers protest wages in Chicago, other cities

    Thousands of fast-food workers and their supporters beat drums, blew whistles and chanted slogans Thursday on picket lines in dozens of U.S. cities, marking the largest protest yet in their quest for higher wages.


    Manufacturing plant to close in Kewanee

    The owners of a BOMAG plant in western Illinois say it will close next year and move to another part of the country. It received incentives from the state of Illinois three years ago to consolidate its Illinois and Missouri operations in Kewanee.

    Labor Secretary Thomas Perez said recent fast food worker strikes are another sign of the need to raise the minimum wage for all workers.

    Perez: Fast food strikes show need for wage hike

    The recent spate of fast-food worker strikes is another sign of the need to raise the minimum wage for all workers, Labor Secretary Thomas Perez said in an interview with The Associated Press.

    A bottle of Extra Strength Tylenol bears a new warning label on the cap alerting users to potentially fatal risks of taking too much of the pain reliever.

    J&J tries new cap to curb fatal Tylenol overdoses

    Bottles of Tylenol sold in the U.S. will soon bear red warnings alerting users to the potentially fatal risks of taking too much of the popular pain reliever. The unusual step, disclosed by the company that makes Tylenol, comes amid a growing number of lawsuits and pressure from the federal government that could have widespread ramifications for a medicine taken by millions of people every day.

    George Goley, left with glasses, CIO of online business at Sears Holdings, and Robert Scoble, center, startup liaison officer for Rackspace, judge applications during Sears’ Startup + Developer Challenge in Silicon Valley. Sears’ latest code-a-thon was designed to foster digital innovations for its Shop Your Way member experience and strengthen the company’s long-standing relationships in the technology community.

    Sears gets infusion of new ideas for online, mobile use

    Hoffman Estates-based Sears Holdings Corp. announced winners of its Startup + Developer Challenge, a so-called code-a-thon where the parent of Sears and Kmart stores aims to use fresh ideas to help its online and mobile sales and improve the consumer experience. The winner was actually inspired by childhood memories of Sears and Kmart stores. Omega Ortega developed The Chore Score app to inspire children to do their chores, make chore lists, track progress and earn rewards that can be redeemed online or in-store.

    Dominique Raccah

    Naperville’s Sourcebooks acquires Simple Truths

    Naperville publisher Sourcebooks announced it has acquired Simple Truths, its largest purchase to date. This is the 15th acquisition Sourcebooks has made since it ws established in 1987.


    Elwood sues former arsenal developer over wage issue

    The village of Elwood has asked a judge to require CenterPoint Properties to provide documentation to determine if the developer is in compliance with state law in paying workers a prevailing wage. Although state law and the Tax Incremental Finance agreement between the village and CenterPoint require that it pay prevailing wages,


    Lincolnshire’s Aon Hewitt foresees higher salary increases in 2014

    Salary increases for U.S. workers in 2014 are expected to reach their highest levels in six years, according to research from human resources services firm Lincolnshire-baased Aon Hewit. Still, the company said average increases are projected to remain modest as employers strive to reserve the majority of their compensation budgets for merit increases and performance-based awards for high-performing workers..

    U.S. regulators are reviewing safety rules for transporting hazardous materials in response to the July 6 train derailment and explosion in Lac-Megantic, Quebec. Some of the 72 cars, which were carrying crude from North Dakota’s Bakken formation to a New Brunswick refinery, were DOT-111s.

    Revamping ‘Ford Pinto of rail cars’ urged after Quebec fire

    Barrington Mayor Karen Darch, head of a rail safety group Wednesday compared a widely used train tank car to the recalled Ford Pinto in urging U.S. regulators to require upgrades that would prevent accidents like a Quebec derailment that killed 47 people.Darch said regulators dragged their feet in mandating safety improvements to the car, known as the DOT-111, amid evidence showing the tankers are more prone to rupture in a derailment than other types.

    Job seekers Emilio Ferrer, Brian ferrer, center, and Jonathan, right, of Hollywood, Fla., talk to a FirstService representative at a job fair in Miami Lakes, Fla.

    Applications for U.S. unemployment aid fall to 331,000

    The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits remained near the lowest level in more than five years last week, a sign that companies are cutting few jobs. The Labor Department says weekly applications for benefits fell 6,000 to a seasonally adjusted 331,000. The four week average, a less volatile measure, inched up 750 to 331,250 after reaching a 5½-year low the previous week.

    The U.S. economy grew at a 2.5 percent annual rate from April through June, much faster than previously estimated, according to data released Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013, by the Commerce Department. The steep revision was largely because U.S. companies exported more goods and imports declined.

    U.S. economy grew at 2.5 percent rate in spring

    The U.S. economy grew at a 2.5 percent annual rate from April through June, much faster than previously estimated. The steep revision was largely because U.S. companies exported more goods and imports declined.


    Insurance exchange company expanding in Illinois

    A major Illinois health insurance exchange has announced plans to double its workforce to serve those shopping for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. GoHealth LLC announced it plans to create 450 additional jobs by the end of 2013. The company plans to add 90,000 square feet in working space at Chicago’s Merchandise Mart to accommodate the workers.


    Spirit to end Myrtle Beach-Chicago flight in November

    Airlines are reducing flights to Myrtle Beach as fall approaches. The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reported that Allegiant Air already has ended service between Myrtle Beach and Fort Wayne, Ind. Service to Allentown, Pa., Huntingdon, W.Va., and Youngstown, Ohio, continues until Sept. 18.

    Hyatt Hotels Corp. said Wednesday that its Hyatt Regency subsidiary plans to buy the Peabody Orlando hotel for $717 million, expanding its presence in a market popular with tourists and conventions.

    Chicago-based Hyatt to buy Peabody Orlando hotel for $717M

    Chicago-based Hyatt Hotels Corp. said Wednesday that its Hyatt Regency subsidiary plans to buy the Peabody Orlando hotel for $717 million, expanding its presence in a market popular with tourists and conventions.The 1,641-room hotel in Orlando, Fla., is being acquired from UST Hotel Joint Venture Ltd., a company owned by real estate investment companies Belz Enterprises and Estein & Associates USA Ltd.

    George McReynolds was the lead plaintiff in a racial bias law suit against Merrill Lynch in 2005,

    Merrill Lynch settles discrimination lawsuitt

    Lawyers for hundreds of black financial advisers have reached a $160 million settlement in a lawsuit accusing Wall Street brokerage giant Merrill Lynch of racial discrimination, a plaintiffs’ attorney said Wednesday.If approved by a federal judge in Chicago, the payout by Merrill Lynch to around 1,200 plaintiffs would be one of the largest ever in a racial discrimination case, Chicago-based attorney Suzanne E. Bish said.

Life & Entertainment

    Associated Press Actor George Eads is taking a leave of absence from CBS's "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" after appearing in the show's first three episodes of the upcoming season.

    Eads taking leave from ‘CSI,” return uncertain

    The investigators on CBS’s “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” will be without forensic scientist Nick Stokes for a while. CBS said Wednesday that George Eads is taking a leave of absence after appearing in the show’s first three episodes of the upcoming season.


    Fergie gives birth to baby boy Axl Jack

    A representative for the singer says she gave birth to 7-pound, 10-ounce Axl Jack Duhamel on Thursday. Axl Jack is Fergie and actor Josh Duhamel’s first child. The 38-year-old singer married the 40-year-old actor in 2009.

    Actor James Spader will play Ultron in “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the sequel to the 2012 box-office hit “The Avengers.”

    James Spader cast as ‘Avengers’ villain

    Marvel announced Thursday that James Spader will play Ultron in its “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” In the comics, the character is a robot with artificial intelligence.


    Fitzgerald, Luhrmann a good pairing for ‘Gatsby,’ now on DVD

    For many years, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 novel “The Great Gatsby” was a staple of high school literature classes. Director Baz Luhrmann, known for his lavish productions such as “Romeo & Juliet” and “Moulin Rouge,” has a winner with his remake of “The Great Gatsby.”

    Designer Michael Kors acknowledges applause after his spring 2013 collection was modeled during Fashion Week in New York.

    Colorful Michael Kors delves into world of beauty

    Michael Kors can’t really be called just a fashion designer anymore. He’s a full-fledged lifestyle brand, and that lifestyle is about to add color cosmetics and several new fragrances. Kors says he’s driven by perfection, and that means a total look. “Beauty is always such an important part of my runway. When we put on a fashion show — after this many years — I’ve learned the layers and the steps. When I first start thinking mood of the season, beauty is part of it from the start.”

    Television host David Letterman is celebrating 20 years on CBS.

    David Letterman on CBS: 20 years of conjuring chaos

    On Thursday night, David Letterman marks 20 years on CBS, a length of time that is nearly one-third the age of the network’s average viewer (cue rimshot). His guest will be fellow sexagenarian Bill Murray, who was also the guest on Letterman’s first show on CBS, in August 1993, and his first late-night show ever, on NBC in 1982. If the pair’s 24 previous interviews on “The Late Show” are any indication, this one will involve a costume, a song, some kind of gag, and the trading of unpleasantries between two men who have settled into a good-natured glumness about their elder statesmanship.

    One Direction — Niall Horan, left, Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik, Harry Styles and Liam Payne — is now larger than life in Morgan Spurlock’s documentary “One Direction: This is Us.”

    Spurlock in wrong direction with 1D doc

    While hardly a very incisive look at the band or its five individual singers, Morgan Spurlock’s documentary “One Direction: This is Us” should score big with kids. Spurlock’s first concert doc picks up with 1D’s 2012-13 world tour, covering more than 100 shows. Overall, Spurlock plays things incredibly safe compared to his usual irreverent, hang-loose style. The concert scenes represent fairly standard fare, with 3D visual effects adding a touch of hyper-reality.

    Julie Gardner, from left, Walter Cameron and Lauren Ross-Hixson transplant lettuce in a field at Denison Farm in Schaghticoke, N.Y. Justine and Brian Denison adhere to all the growing practices required for organic certification but have adopted an alternative label: Certified Naturally Grown. Certified farms pledge to follow organic practices, while avoiding the high fee and extensive paperwork required for the federal organic label.

    An alternative label to organic

    Justine and Brian Denison say they adhere to all the growing practices required for organic certification, yet if they label their beans and tomatoes “organic” at the farmer's market, they could face federal charges and $20,000 or more in fines. So they and hundreds of other small direct-marketing farms across the country have adopted an alternative label: Certified Naturally Grown.

    Police arrest Texas outlaws Ruth Guthrie (Rooney Mara, left) and Bob Muldoon (Casey Affleck) in “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints.”

    ‘Ain’t’ it arty? Pretense robs outlaw tale of natural charm

    The outlaw romance “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints” is a lyrical, sepia-toned folk tale, awash in 1970s filmmaking and the kind of stylized folksiness that hipsters will drool over. It deserves some of that drool: David Lowery’s film, starring Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara as entwined, young Texas bandits, is an elegiac tone poem, beautifully shot by cinematographer Bradford Young. But it also bears an unmistakable sense of artful pretense that drains “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints” of the naturalism it aspires to.

    Thinner Teed plays this weekend’s Love Shine Festival in Yorkville, raising money for autism awareness and education.

    Summer’s ending, but the music plays on

    In the last Summer Scene column of the year, we take a look at this weekend's Love Shine Festival in Yorkville, a few North Coast Music Festival aftershows and the Lucky Boys Confusion "A Decade of Commitment" anniversary show at the House of Blues.

    Floyd (Jonny Mars) investigates claims of paranormal activity in Spencer Parson's alleged parody "Saturday Morning Massacre."

    'Saturday Morning Massacre' plain silly

    Dann reviews the new horror movie “Saturday Morning Massacre” (or it could be “Saturday Morning Mystery”), a failed parody of the TV cartoon series “Scooby-Do,” plus he supplies lots of Reel Life film notes, including efforts to save the McHenry Outdoor movie theater, plus the return of Dann & Raymond's Movie Club celebrating its seventh season with a show about the great superhero movies.

    A machine gun assassin demonstrates his terrible marksmanship by missing race car driver Brent Magna (Ethan Hawke) at point-blank range in the dumb action movie “Getaway.”

    Action-packed ‘Getaway’ racing to Dumbville

    From the get-go-go-go, “Getaway” displays a distinct disdain for deft drama. “Getaway” is steeped in such stupidity that it earns the title of the dumbest action film of the new millennium so far.

    Gabe (Josh Tolle) serenades his mother, Diana Goodman (Susie McMonagle), to the song “There’s a World” in the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical “Next to Normal” at Drury Lane Theatre in Oakbrook Terrace.

    ‘Next to Normal’ a rewarding change of pace at Drury Lane Theatre

    "Next to Normal" is a wrenchingly emotional experience at Drury Lane Theatre. The Pulitzer Prize-winning musical touching upon mental illness, mourning and prescription drug abuse is a bracing modern jolt for the Oakbrook Terrace-based theater. But audiences who stick it out will be richly rewarded by the end as each member of a troubled family stifled in its grieving and ability to express affection individually approaches a newfound clarity to move ahead.

    Wet rocks created by Thor and Jennifer Bueno, who form hot glass into shapes evoking water-washed rocks or molecular structures in their studio in Spruce Pine, N.C.

    Glass becomes unique works of art

    When silica, soda and lime meet high heat, a beautiful alchemy occurs. The result — a taffy-like substance otherwise known as glass — has inspired creative minds for centuries. Artists and craftsmen today often combine old-school techniques with new technology to create one-of-a-kind works of arts for the home. Internationally known sculptor Dale Chihuly, based in Tacoma, Wash., has drawn crowds to a variety of public spaces with his outdoor “glass garden” installations of imaginative, otherworldly creations.

    “Age Against the Machine” by Goodie Mob

    Goodie Mob reunites with CeeLo-led album

    Goodie Mob reunited for their new album, “Age Against the Machine,” but the foursome’s offering seems more like the CeeLo Green show. It is Goodie Mob’s first album in 14 years as a complete group. But Green, a six-time Grammy winner, clearly stands out with ease alongside his longtime group mates for much of the 17-track album.

    Kid Rock headlines First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre in Tinley Park on Friday, Aug. 30.

    Music notes: Kid Rock, ZZ Top play First Midwest Friday
    Kid Rock, who has shifted from a rap-rock bad boy to a more restrained rocker exploring country and classic soul, brings his live show to the First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre in Tinley Park Friday. ZZ Top and Uncle Kracker share the bill.

    Philanthropist Charlie Annenberg with his golden retriever, Lucky, visit the beach in Molokai, Hawaii. Annenberg gives away up to $8 million a year.

    Man, dog join forces for new breed of philanthropy

    When Charlie Annenberg adopted an abandoned golden retriever named Lucky, a new breed of philanthropy was born. Lucky was 4 in 2001 when he teamed up with Annenberg, scion to a wealthy family known for giving money away. The 46-year-old Annenberg incorporated Lucky into all his projects. They were on the road more than they were home as they traveled around making documentaries about people who were making a difference.

    Riders will go upside down on the new Goliath wooden roller coaster planned for Six Flags Great America in Gurnee.

    Goliath wooden coaster to open next year at Six Flags

    A Goliath of a ride is coming to Six Flags Great America in Gurnee. Park officials are set to announce early. Thursday that construction of the new “Goliath” roller coaster will begin in the fall and open next spring. “Goliath will be the biggest roller coaster that we have ever added to Great America in the park’s 37-year history,” park spokeswoman Katy Enrique said.


    Mark Black/mblack@dailyherald.com, 2006 Boast travel under the Grass Lake Road bridge on the Chain O' Lakes.

    Editorial: Consider boat-safety law, but listen to boaters, too

    A Daily Herald editorial says a law that could cost unsafe boaters their license to drive on land deserves consideration, but lawmakers should also solicit boaters' ideas about safety.


    Political gaps not as wide as they appear

    Columnist Lee Hamilton: As a whole, Americans do not want excessive government or heavy-handed bureaucracy, but they do want programs that help them, like Social Security and Medicare. They are dedicated to both individual freedom and opportunity and to community obligation, and they don’t see them as mutually contradictory.


    Filling the fertility gap in Europe

    Columnists Stephen and Cokie Roberts: Yes, Americans are somewhat more fertile than Europeans, but the United States has something else that is just as valuable to the economy as children. Foreigners. Proponents of immigration reform have focused on the enormous economic benefits contributed by newcomers — starting new businesses, inventing new products, filling jobs others don’t want. But they also foot the nation’s bills.


    Outside Syria, difficult adjustments

    Columnist Michael Gerson: Pursuing the best-case scenario is exceedingly difficult, messy and thankless. And it would require exertions of leadership and will the president has not yet shown.


    Stop diverting safety resources
    An Indian Creek letter to the editor: What absolutely baffles me is how some of these critical, limited tax payer resources of ours are being squandered elsewhere, on political agendas.


    Crossing guards deserve your smile, attention
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: Being a crossing guard requires special skills — the ability to identify a potentially dangerous situation, to alert cars to slow down and stop for children, and to give those warm smiles and friendly hellos to make our students feel safe.


    A suggestion for sports coverage
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: I have a great idea for the Herald’s Sport section. Stop printing any baseball news about any of the teams including the Cubs and Sox. After all, the Cubs and Sox are out of contention, and nobody else in the area has any interest in any of the other 28 teams in the Major Leagues.


    Many questions not asked about Metra scandal
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: The biggest question of all is why are the Republicans not all over this scandal? Come on, Daily Herald, let’s do some good old fashioned investigative reporting.


    Congress must fix Voters Rights Act
    A Batavia letter to the editor: As the summer heat began to build in Washington DC, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a much-anticipated decision which gutted key components of the monumental Voting Rights Act (VRA) of 1965. The decision in the case of Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder razed fundamental protections against racial discrimination in voting that have been effective for more than 40 years and opened the floodgates for a wave of attacks on voters.


    This time, secure our borders first
    A Glen Ellyn letter to the editor: Mexican cartels now supply over 90 percent of the narcotics in Chicago, the third-largest city in the United States, street gangs vying for turf to sell drugs, kill each other, and bystanders caught in the crossfire.


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