Daily Archive : Tuesday September 3, 2013


    Ariel Castro, who held 3 women captive for a decade, committed suicide Tuesday.

    Officials: Ariel Castro commits suicide in prison

    The Cleveland man serving a life sentence for holding three women captive in his home for a decade hanged himself in his prison cell, officials said Wednesday in another startling twist in the case that appalled and transfixed the nation. Ariel Castro, 53, was found hanging around 9:20 p.m. Tuesday at the prison, according to the spokeswoman for the corrections system. Prison medical staff...

    Rescue personnel assist Lincolnshire residents who live along the Des Plaines River during April’s flooding.

    Flood management, ecosystem restoration outlined for Des Plaines River

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Chicago District has released for public comment the “Upper Des Plaines River and Tributaries, Illinois and Wisconsin Integrated Feasibility Report and Environmental Assessment.”


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Thieves stole a manila envelope containing cash and receipts from an employee’s desk at Motel 6, 441 W. Algonquin Road, Arlington Heights, between 2 p.m. Aug. 25 and 4 p.m. Aug. 27. There was confusion over making the bank deposit. Value was estimated at $4,800.


    Woman questioned in Aurora man's stabbing death

    A 19-year-old woman is being questioned about a man's apparent stabbing death early Tuesday on Aurora's near-east side, police said. Authorities found the man, identified as 31-year-old Lamar D. House, about 3:45 a.m. while responding to a 911 call to his home on the first block of North Ohio Street.

    Ellen Piotrowski, 13, of Wheeling, right, who lives in the Fox Point community on Milwaukee Avenue, protests with her neighbors Aug. 16. ¬

    Wheeling mobile home dispute ruling delayed

    Owners of mobile homes in Fox Point affected by flooding in April received a two-week continuance Tuesday in Wheeling's administrative court. The residents of approximately 34 homes want to stay in the community. Wheeling believes the homes need repairs and it is unhealthy and unsafe for people to live in them, City Manager Jon Sfondilis said after the hearing. “There are sanitary issues...


    New Naperville fire contract gives raises, retirement incentives

    The employees who fight fires and respond to medical emergencies in Naperville now are operating under a new contract that gives them 6 percent raises in base pay over three years and encourages eligible employees to retire by Jan. 5.

    Patrick Yost

    Yost takes over as Wauconda’s new police chief

    After months of public controversy, Wauconda has a new police chief. Veteran officer Patrick Yost, who most recently had been a sergeant with the department, took the oath of office in relative privacy Saturday at village hall.


    Batavia sells land for Speedway; liquor license a question

    Batavia aldermen agreed to sell land for a Speedway gasoline station at Kirk Road and Wilson Street, getting at least $650,000 for a site that was given to the city. But whether the city will change its laws to allow the station to sell liquor remains to be seen.

    An SUV is uprighted after a two-vehicle crash Tuesday at North Lombard Road and Diversey Avenue in Addison. The driver of the SUV suffered minor injuries, firefighters said.

    Driver injured in Addison rollover crash

    A man suffered minor injuries in a rollover crash Tuesday in Addison, officials said. The two-vehicle accident happened about 3:19 p.m. at North Lombard Road and Diversey Avenue, just south of Addison Trail High School.

    Former NBA star Dennis Rodman arrives at Pyongyang airport, North Korea, Tuesday. The former Chicago Bulls star said he plans to hang out with authoritarian leader Kim Jong Un — but not be a diplomat.

    Rodman in North Korea to visit his ‘friend’ Kim

    Former NBA star Dennis Rodman landed Tuesday in North Korea and said he plans to hang out with authoritarian leader Kim Jong Un, have a good time and maybe bridge some cultural gaps — but not be a diplomat.

    Endurance swimmer Diana Nyad talks to the media about her record-setting swim from Cuba to Florida during a press conference in Key West, Fla., Tuesday. She said the biggest challenge was swallowing large amounts of seawater, which made her vomit often.

    Nyad: Maturity helped me achieve record swim

    The clocks Diana Nyad uses to time her training swims show that she’s a slower swimmer than she used to be. That’s only natural: She's 64. And yet, the endurance athlete says she felt stronger than ever when she completed her successful effort to become the first person to swim 110 miles from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage.

    House Speaker John Boehner announced after meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House on Tuesday that he will support Obama’s call for the U.S. to take action against Syria and said his Republican colleagues should support the president, too.

    Boehner’s aboard: Obama gains Syria-strike support

    President Barack Obama gained ground Tuesday in his drive for congressional backing of a military strike against Syria, winning critical support from House Speaker John Boehner while key Senate Democrats and Republicans agreed to back a no-combat-troops-on-the-ground action in retaliation for a suspected chemical weapons attack.

    This Jan. 6, 2005, file photo, shows a train derailment where toxic chlorine gas leaked, killing nine people, in Graniteville, S.C.

    Train safety move delayed decades

    Technology is available to prevent the most catastrophic train collisions, but the railroad industry and its allies in Congress are trying to push back a deadline for installing the systems until at least 2020.


    Schaumburg hires new investigations commander

    Repairs to the Schaumburg Police Department continued Tuesday with the hiring of retired Illinois State Police Capt. Dan Roach as the department’s new commander of investigations. The hiring of Roach marks another major step in the reorganization of the department following the arrests of three undercover officers on drug conspiracy charges in January, and the subsequent disbandment of the...

    Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat said any partition of the city as part of a future peace agreement will not work, insisting only a united city could function and thrive.

    Mayor says Jerusalem can’t be split

    Jerusalem’s mayor presides over perhaps the most complicated city in the world. But Nir Barkat told The Associated Press that Jerusalem is thriving like never before and in a re-election pledge insists the key to success is keeping its various fragments united.

    Louie Kloepper of Lake in the Hills has helped with the renovation at the Odd Fellows Century Lodge 492 in Carpentersville. During construction members found a hidden door to a staircase and a window that says Coca-Cola. The building has existed since 1877 and the Odd Fellows have resided there since 1900.

    Odd Fellows returning Carpentersville lodge to former glory

    A renovation of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows lodge in Carpentersville aims to return the fraternal organization to its historic roots, but with a modern twist. Century Lodge 492 has spent the last few months renovating the building. "We wanted to restore it to the 1800s, but we also wanted to have our own touch to it,” spokesman Louie Kloepper said.


    Police, FBI probe Aurora bank robbery

    Authorities were investigating the robbery of an Aurora bank Tuesday afternoon on the city’s near-west side. The suspect fled with an undisclosed sum about 2:50 p.m. after he entered Associated Bank, 301 W. Galena Blvd., and demanded money from a teller, police said.

    Visitors walk under the notorious “Arbeit Macht Frei” sign at the entrance gate of the Auschwitz Nazi concentration camp in Oswiecim, southern Poland.

    Prosecutors recommend Auschwitz guard charges

    The German special prosecutors’ office that investigates Nazi war crimes said Tuesday it is recommending charges against dozens of alleged former Auschwitz guards, opening the possibility of a new wave of trials almost 70 years after the end of World War II.


    Cops: Aurora man slashed roommate during argument

    An Aurora man was charged with attempted murder after slashing his roommate with a "box cutter-like object" early Tuesday on the city’s west side, police said. Marvin Martin, 56, is accused of attacking the 51-year-old victim around 1:45 a.m. as a verbal argument escalated inside their apartment on the first block of South View Street.


    Lake County property tax bills due Friday

    The second installment of Lake County property taxes is due Friday, Sept. 6. A second bill will not be mailed to homeowners and by state law, any payment received after the due date must include a 1.5 percent monthly penalty.

    Science-fiction author Frederik Pohl, 93, of Palatine died Monday.

    Science fiction legend, Palatine resident Frederik Pohl dies

    Award-winning science fiction author Frederik Pohl, a contemporary and friend to the likes of Isaac Asimov and Ray Bradbury, died this weekend in Palatine, where he’d lived since the early 80s. He was 93.

    Egyptian Army personnel supervise the destruction of tunnels between Egypt and the Gaza Strip at the border, near the town of Rafah, northern Sinai, Tuesday. Tunnels between Egypt and the Gaza have been used to smuggle everything from weapons, to cigarettes and fuel but now the Egyptian military appears determined to close the tunnels once and for all.

    Egypt’s Sinai emerges as new theater for jihad

    Egyptian intelligence and security officials say the lawless Sanai Peninsula is emerging as a new regional theater for jihad since the Islamist president was ousted

    Egypt’s interim President Adly Mansour, seen here in a photo from July, on Tuesday defended the military’s ouster of President Mohammed Morsi, saying he failed to deliver on campaign promises and was forced out by the will of people who elected him and not by a coup.

    Egypt president: Brotherhood’s fate with judiciary

    Egypt’s interim president has defended the military’s ouster of President Mohammed Morsi, saying he failed to deliver on campaign promises and was forced out by the will of people who elected him and not by a coup.


    Army releases study of Des Plaines River flooding

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released for public comment Tuesday a study calling for spending another $13 million on projects to limit flooding damage on the Des Plaines River, with half the money coming from the federal government.

    ASSOCIATED PRESS This 37-story skyscraper still under construction in London may concentrate sunlight on the road below so well that it melted parts of a car parked there. Scaffolding has been constructed along the street to protect vehicles while a more permanent fix is investigated.

    London skyscraper may be terror to parked cars

    Motorists may want to think twice about parking in front of the half-built London skyscraper known as the Walkie-Talkie. That’s because the glare off the skin of the new building is so intense that at least one Jaguar owner says it caused part of his vehicle to melt.

    The family of World War II hero Raoul Wallenberg will ask President Barack Obama for help in their quest to find out what happened to the Swedish diplomat who vanished after being arrested by Soviet forces in 1945.

    WWII hero’s family seeks Obama’s help

    The family of World War II hero Raoul Wallenberg will ask President Barack Obama for help in their quest to find out what happened to the Swedish diplomat who vanished after being arrested by Soviet forces in 1945. Wallenberg’s niece, Marie Depuy, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the family will present a letter to Obama at a memorial ceremony for Wallenberg that the president is set to...


    Tri-Cities police reports
    Christopher J. Carr, 26, of Aurora, was charged with aggravated assault and criminal damage to property at 7:45 p.m. Monday in the 400 block of Church Street, according to a police report.


    Fox Valley police reports
    Steven D. Acquaviva, 41, of Algonquin, was charged Monday with two counts of battery after he spat at someone, according to court records.

    Rosemary Mulligan

    Mulligan to become Des Plaines library board trustee

    Former state Rep. Rosemary Mulligan will be taking on a new role on the Des Plaines Public Library board. The Des Plaines City Council Tuesday night was expected to confirm Mayor Matt Bogusz’s appointment of Mulligan to the board.


    NY case puts N-word use among blacks on trial

    In a case that gave a legal airing to the debate over use of the N-word among blacks, a federal jury has rejected a black manager’s argument that it was a term of love and endearment when he aimed it at black employee.


    District 25 changes lunch menu to make healthy eating more appetizing

    While new federal mandates are making school lunches healthier, Arlington Heights Elementary District 25 has had to tweak its menu to make sure students will actually eat the food. Last year District 25 saw a 7 percent decline in the amount of lunches bought at the district’s nine schools, said Food Services Director Coletta Hines-Newell.


    Tree trimming in Lincolnshire:

    ComEd will be performing mid-cycle tree trimming for electric line clearance within the months of September through November in Lincolnshire.


    Free concert in Island Lake:

    Musician Sean Shiel will perform a free concert in Island Lake on Friday, Sept. 13.


    Auditions for “Steel Magnolias” set:

    Encore Theatre of Libertyville will be holding open auditions for all roles for “Steel Magnolias” from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16t and Thursday, Oct. 17 at the Libertyville Civic Center, 135 W. Church St.

    Jesus R. Llanos

    3 arrested after Mundelein robbery

    Mundelein police have arrested three suspects in the Aug. 9 armed robbery of a local store. Charged with aggravated robbery were: Christian Romero-Nuno, 21, of the 1600 block of Grove Street in Round Lake Beach; Jose L. Morales, 23, of the 300 block of Willow Drive in Round Lake Park; Jesus R. Llanos, 31, also of the 300 block of Willow Drive in Round Lake Park.

    The Lake County Forest Preserve District is moving forward with plans to drain Rasmussen Lake in the Ethel´s Woods Forest Preserve near Antioch and open the area to public access.

    Plan to drain hidden Antioch-area lake continues

    The Lake County Forest Preserve District is considering a modified plan to drain a 57-acre man-made lake at the Ethel's Woods Forest Preseve near Antioch. Poor water quality and severe erosion are among the reasons officials a few years ago decided that restoring North Mill Creek to its original path would be the best option for the property.


    Bartlett Heritage Days

    Northbound lanes of Route 12 at the Route 59 intersection is closed in Fox Lake due to a large hole in the road.

    Route 12, Route 59 ramp closed because of hole in road

    The southbound Route 59 ramp to Route 12 and northbound Route 12 north of Route 59 were closed early Tuesday afternoon because of a large hole in the road, authorities said. Dan Miller, head of the Fox Lake street department, said the Route 12 bridge over Route 59 is a state road and it is up to IDOT to complete any potential long term repairs.


    Naperville may remove limit on towing licenses

    The number of companies that can be licensed to haul cars away after Naperville police respond to wrecks may increase if councilmen approve a towing policy that's set for a vote Tuesday. The proposed policy update would remove the cap that limits available towing licenses at 11 and would change the licensing process from yearly to every other year, Police Chief Robert Marshall said.

    Organizers of the third annual United Fall Fest at the Congregational United Church of Christ in Campton Hills say Saturday’s festival is about families, fun, food and fellowship.

    Campton Hills festival aims to unite, excite

    Three years ago, a Campton Hills church organized the inaugural Campton Hills United Fall Festival as a way of bringing the village together after a contentious battle to incorporate. Now in its third year, organizers have cooked up a load of fun for Saturday's festival.

    Jose Garcia

    Defense attorney questions video evidence in Round Lake Beach slaying

    Attorneys continue to debate who the triggerman was in the murder of a 19-year-old Zion man outside of a Round Lake Beach convenience store in early spring. Defense attorney James Schwarzbach filed motions to dismiss the murder case against Jose Garcia, 19, of the 600 block of Deepwoods Drive in Mundelein, because Schwarzbach claims important security video frames that show the shooting of...

    Students at Jacob Duman JCC in Buffalo Grove welcomed the Sabbath and marked the coming of the Jewish High Holy Days with the singing of traditional songs and the blowing of a hollowed-out ram’s horn last Friday.

    Buffalo Grove students usher in High Holy Days

    Students at Jacob Duman JCC in Buffalo Grove usher in the Sabbath and mark the coming of Rosh Hashana, the Jewish High Holy Days, with songs and the blowing of the traditional ram's horn during classes last Friday. Rosh Hashana marks the first day of the Jewish new year — year 5774 — and the beginning of the seventh month, Tishrei, of the Jewish lunar calendar.

    U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon Ban warned Tuesday that any “punitive” action taken against Syria for an alleged chemical weapons attack could unleash more turmoil.

    Ban: Any Syria strike must get Security Council OK

    U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday warned that any “punitive” action taken against Syria for an alleged chemical weapons attack last month would be illegal without Security Council or a sound case for self-defense.

    Adel Daoud, of Hillside, is charged with terrorism for allegedly trying to set off what he thought was a car bomb Sept. 14, 2012, near a downtown Chicago bar. A federal judge in the case has undone a key ruling saying the government needn’t divulge whether its investigation relied on expanded phone and Internet surveillance programs.

    Judge undoes ruling on surveillance evidence in Chicago terror case

    A federal judge in a Chicago terrorism case has undone a key ruling saying the government needn’t divulge whether its investigation relied on expanded phone and Internet surveillance programs. Adel Daoud denies trying to ignite what he thought was a bomb in Chicago. But if agents used the programs, he says they violated protections against unreasonable searches.

    Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, has asked Swedish police to investigate what happened to a suitcase he suspects was stolen from him when he traveled from Sweden to Germany in 2010.

    WikiLeaks founder Assange asks Sweden to investigate lost luggage

    WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange asked Swedish police on Tuesday to investigate what happened to a suitcase he suspects was stolen from him by intelligence agents as he traveled from Sweden to Germany in 2010. The suitcase contained three laptops with WikiLeaks material, including evidence of a “war crime” allegedly committed by U.S. troops in Afghanistan, according to Assange’s lawyer.

    U.S. secretary of state John Kerry speaks Sunday from the State Department in Washington. Kerry appeared in a series of interviews for Sunday news shows to say the case for intervention in Syria’s two-and-a-half-year civil war was strengthening each day and that he expected American lawmakers to recognize the need for action when the “credibility of the United States is on the line.”

    Obama overrules new team in first major test

    For President Barack Obama’s new foreign policy advisers, the first test of their willingness to undertake military action wound up being a stark lesson in the president’s ability to overrule them all. People close to the deliberations say Secretary of State John Kerry, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, national security adviser Susan Rice and U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power largely agreed about the...

    Russian President Vladimir Putin listens Monday during a meeting with Russian Parliament speakers at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow. Putin, the world leader who is hosting the Group of 20 gathering, has perhaps done the most to stymie international efforts to oust Syria’s Bashar Assad.

    Obama seeks support for Syria strike at G-20

    Facing obstacles at home and abroad, President Barack Obama this week plans to urge reluctant world leaders to back an American-led strike against Syria even though the prospects for military action could depend on a fractured U.S. Congress. The uncertainty surrounding Syria will hang over the president’s three-day overseas trip, which includes a global summit in Russia after a stop in Sweden.

    Midshipman Tre’ves Bush

    U.S. Naval Academy sexual assault hearing nears end

    A hearing to help determine whether three U.S. Naval Academy midshipmen will face a court-martial could be nearing its end in the case of an academy senior who allegedly was sexually assaulted at an off-campus party in 2012.

    Stones painted with messages of support from well-wishers sit outside the residence of former South African President Nelson Mandela, where Mandela was continuing to receive medical care after leaving the hospital.

    South Africa president pleased Mandela is home

    The South African president says Nelson Mandela remains in critical condition, but notes the fact that he has left hospital indicates the progress that he has made.


    Drug agents plumb vast database of call records

    For at least six years, federal drug and other agents have had near-immediate access to billions of phone call records dating back decades in a collaboration with AT&T that officials have taken pains to keep secret, newly released documents show.The program, called the Hemisphere Project, allows investigators armed with subpoenas to quickly mine the company’s vast database to help track down drug...

    A phalanx of police officers cross the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge after leading a procession marking the east span’s opening, in San Francisco. At the modest inaugural ceremony, the new, self-anchored suspension bridge with its looming, single white tower was praised as a dramatic safety upgrade over its predecessor. It also was held up as a beautiful example of public art.

    First cars cross SF-Oakland Bay Bridge’s new span

    There was little fanfare, but the gleaming white and newly built $6.4-billion eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge opened to the public as vehicles began crossing it after more than a decade of construction delays. Part old and part new, part permanent and part temporary, the hybridized bridge opened late Monday night in time for Tuesday’s morning commute. The opening followed a...


    Northern Indiana airport facing coyote hazard

    ELKHART, Ind. — Officials at a northern Indiana airport have turned to shooting coyotes that wander onto the property after unsuccessfully trying to trap the animals.Elkhart Municipal Airport manager Andy Jones says at least two landings have had to be aborted because of coyotes near or on the runway and one plane taking off missed a coyote by about 20 feet.


    6 al-Qaida suspects killed in 2 clashes in Yemen

    A Yemeni security official says six suspected al-Qaida militants and two citizens fighting them were killed in separate clashes between members of the terror group and armed residents who repelled attempts to retake their communities.


    Firefighters hurt battling fire at Atlanta airport

    Two firefighters sustained minor injuries while battling a blaze that sent thick smoke into a terminal at Atlanta’s airport, authorities said. The early Tuesday blaze involved an escalator in Concourse T, filling the area with heavy smoke, Atlanta Fire Rescue spokeswoman Janet Ward told The Associated Press.


    14 killed in shootings and car bombing in Iraq

    Shootings and a car bombing in and south of Baghdad killed 14 people Tuesday, the latest deaths in a surge of sectarian killings and other violence this year, Iraqi officials said.

    Japan will fund some of the costly, long-term projects to control the worrisome and growing leaks of contaminated water at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant. Public funding is part of several measures the government adopted Tuesday.

    Japan to fund ice wall to stop reactor leaks

    The Japanese government announced Tuesday that it will spend $470 million on a subterranean ice wall and other steps in a desperate bid to stop leaks of radioactive water from the crippled Fukushima nuclear station after repeated failures by the plant’s operator. “Instead of leaving this up to TEPCO, the government will step forward and take charge,” said Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said after...


    Israel says it holds joint missile test with U.S.

    Israel says it has carried out a joint missile test with the U.S. in the Mediterranean Sea amid heightened tensions as Washington weighs sea-launched strikes against Syria.


    Rescuers search Rend Lake for missing 18-year-old

    WHITTINGTON, Ill. — Authorities in southern Illinois are set to resume searching for an 18-year-old woman who is presumed dead after she disappeared while swimming in Rend Lake.The Carmi resident was swimming with friends on Monday in the Franklin County lake when she slipped beneath the water.


    Without bridge, Moline island returns to nature

    MOLINE, Ill. — A 35-acre island in the Mississippi River is quiet these days after Moline officials shut down most access to the property.


    State Farm sponsors Tollway help in $1.8M deal

    DOWNERS GROVE — State Farm insurance is spending $1.8 million to sponsor tow trucks that rescue motorists who are stranded on the Illinois Tollway.WJBC Radio reports the three-year sponsorship is the first of its kind of the northern Illinois road system, which includes 286 miles of highway in 12 counties.


    Old Lake County Indiana courthouse readies 135th birthday

    CROWN POINT, Ind. — Astronaut Jerry Ross will return to his northwestern Indiana hometown of Crown Point this month to help commemorate the 135th birthday of the Old Lake County Courthouse.The public is invited to the celebration at the courthouse on the downtown square on Sept. 22.


    Indiana University professors to study Chinese philanthropic sector

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Indiana University says professors on two of its campuses have been awarded a grant for a new initiative on philanthropy in China.


    Indiana Supreme Court to review energy contract

    INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Supreme Court will hear arguments Thursday on a lower-court ruling invalidating part of a contract that would require the state to buy synthetic natural gas from a southwestern Indiana plant and resell it on the open market for 30 years.


    I-65/70 stretch in Indianapolis closed for project

    INDIANAPOLIS — Drivers heading into downtown Indianapolis could face new delays as highway crews have closed a stretch of Interstates 65 and 70 for an expected two-month project to lower pavement under seven bridges.Officials say that work is needed because those bridges have been hit repeatedly by oversized semitrailer loads.


    13-year-old bicyclist fatally struck in northwestern Indiana

    HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — Police in northwestern Indiana say a 13-year-old boy was struck and fatally injured when he rode his bicycle from an ice cream shop into traffic.


    Trapped man freed from under van in Indianapolis

    INDIANAPOLIS — Authorities say a man found trapped under a van in Indianapolis refused to tell them how it happened.The Indianapolis Fire Department says crews were called about 2 a.m. Tuesday to a neighborhood on the city’s east side where the 37-year-old man was beneath the cargo van.


    Bloomington crowd protests planned Syria attack

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — About 100 protesters gathered in Bloomington for a rally against possible U.S. military strikes in Syria.Many of those at Monday’s rally on the downtown square were members of the Bloomington Peace Action Coalition or the Unitarian Universalist Church.


    Dillard, Rutherford get jump start on 2014 race

    Two Illinois Republicans eyeing the governor’s office headed into Tuesday — the first day that Illinois candidates wanting to run in 2014 can circulate petitions — with a jump start on announcing their running mates.


    Veterans art museum to join Smithsonian event

    The National Veterans Art Museum will participate in Smithsonian magazine’s 9th annual Museum Day Live! this month. Smithsonian is trying to make learning opportunities more accessible. Participants are allowed to enter museums for free across the nation on Sept. 28.


    Illinois officials to demonstrate photo speed checks

    KANKAKEE — Illinois State Police and Department of Transportation officials will demonstrate photo speed enforcement for reporters Tuesday near Kankakee.

    Illinois State Report Card data for 83 school districts shows West Chicago District 33 and Bensenville District 2 are two districts with the biggest poverty growth.

    Suburban school districts see jump in low-income student populations

    Suburban school districts are experiencing steady and perhaps staggering growth in low-income student populations. Illinois State Report Card data for 83 school districts shows West Chicago District 33 and Bensenville District 2 are two districts with the biggest poverty growth. “Poverty makes it more a challenge to get students prepared, and it takes additional resources to assist those...

    6-year-old Bridget Blau of Des Plaines picks out her duck for the Rotary Rubber Duck Race on the fifth and final day of Buffalo Grove Days. The race raised money for several charities.

    Dawn Patrol: South Barrington teen in hospital; Kildeer gas leak

    South Barrington teen stable after one-vehicle crash in Barrington Hills. Natural gas leak causes a busy Labor Day along Quentin Road in Kildeer. Cary man flown for treatment after fall from ladder while trimming trees. Schaumburg's Septemberfest parade sends summer out on a high note.

    Gail Borden Public Library’s main location in Elgin has a new 3M Cloud Library which allows people to download e-books wirelessly. Suburban libraries are struggling to keep up with the higher costs associated with acquiring e-books for their collections.

    Weekend in Review: Addison Trail grad dies; libraries struggle with e-books
    What you may missed over the holiday weekend: suburban libraries struggle with e-books; ECC launches healthier choices in cafe; Addison teen dies of injuries from June accident; 9 hospitalized after Elgin gas leak; residents escape Mundelein apartment fire; Oakbrook Center undergoes $30 million renovation; Blackhawks' Corey Crawford gets $36 million deal; Sox and Cubs lose.

    Mark Thompson

    Retired Antioch High yearbook adviser awarded lifetime achievement award

    Mark Thompson decided as a senior at Buffalo Grove High School in the 1970s that he wanted to be a teacher, but that he also wanted to be a yearbook adviser. “I just connected with yearbook and my yearbook adviser, so I decided it was something I wanted to do,” he said. “It was through a yearbook that I found my first job at Antioch High School, and I stayed ever since.”


    Now election campaign season starts in earnest

    Just nine months after new members of Congress and the Illinois General Assembly were sworn in, candidates Tuesday can start circulating petitions for the 2014 election. U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider, a Deerfield Democrat, faces a rematch with former Republican Congressman Bob Dold of Kenilworth. U.S. Rep. Bill Foster, a Naperville Democrat, will face primary challenges


    Kelly Karlis of Montini drives to the hoop during their victory over Crane in the girls Class 3A supersectional basketball game Monday, February 27, 2012 at Hinsdale Central.

    Montini's Karlis opts to play at Ohio

    Ohio University this spring hired a new women’s basketball coach with a track record of turning programs into winners. One thing Kelly Karlis knows, it’s winning. The Montini senior gave her verbal commitment to Ohio and head coach Bob Boldon this week.

    Aurora Christian quarterback Austin Bray throws to wide receiver Brandon Walgren for a first-half touchdown.

    Images: Aurora Christian vs. DuSable football

    Northwestern’s Tony Jones, left, is congratulated after scoring against California in Saturday’s season-opening victory for the Wildcats. NU is favored to win again this week at home against Syracuse.

    Still hard to believe how far Northwestern has come

    For someone who remembers the bad old days of Northwestern football, every time the Wildcats win a game seems remarkable. Now head coach Pat Fitzgerald intends to win more than mere games. All these years later college football and NU football have changed so dramatically that NU head coach Pat Fitzgerald is comfortable establishing goals like winning the Big Ten, big-time bowl games and, yes, even a national title some day if the SEC ever drops the sport.

    Benet Academy's Porter Ontko scores the first touchdown of the season against Downers Grove South.

    Images: Daily Herald prep photos of the week
    The Daily Herald Prep Photos of the Week gallery includes the best high school sports images by our photographers featuring football, soccer, golf and volleyball.


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


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


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


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


    Tuesday’s girls cross country scoreboard
    High school varsity results from Tuesday's girls cross country meets, as reported to the Daily Herald.


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


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


    Tuesday’s boys cross country scoreboard
    High school varsity results from Tuesday's boys cross country meets, as reported to the Daily Herald.

    Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura (23) stands on the mound after removing relief pitcher Nate Jones (65) in the eighth inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium, Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

    Johnson to debut for White Sox vs. Yankees

    As they look ahead to 2014, the White Sox purchased the contracts of four players from Class AAA Charlotte on Tuesday, including top pitching prospect Erik Johnson and versatile infielder Marcus Semien.

    Fremd’s Julia Portmann heads for a victory in the 200-yard freestyle during Tuesday’s meet with Hersey at Olympic Pool in Arlington Heights.

    It’s falling together for Fremd

    For the coach of the Mid-Suburban League’s defending champion girls swimming and diving team, things are already falling into place nicely. Andrew Kittrell had identified the breaststroke and butterfly as a couple of trouble spots in his dual meet lineup heading into the season. But after the Vikings’ victory over defending MSL East champion Hersey, those trouble spots are already starting to fade, courtesy Fremd’s senior captains Samantha Barry and Jillian Marsden.


    North Central returns high hopes for season

    The season hasn’t even started yet but already North Central has a target on its back. After a 2012 season that saw a share of the CCIW title, the automatic playoff bid and a trip to the second round in the playoffs, the Cardinals have been picked as the preseason conference favorite.


    Team Parola helps Mundelein to two wins

    Team Parola had it going on Tuesday. Senior Derek Parola and freshman Brett Parola each fired a 38 to help their dad, Mundelein golf coach Todd Parola, and the Mustangs earn a pair of North Suburban Conference wins. Led by medalist Bret Cigelnik’s even-par 36, Mundelein shot a 150 in defeating Vernon Hills (164) and Grant (219) at White Deer Run Golf Course in Vernon Hills. Freshman Ryan Magee also carded a 38 for Mundelein.


    Barrington tops at Lake County meet

    Boys cross countryArt Campbell invite: Angel Estrada crossed the finish line in 15 minutes, 41.8 seconds to win the Lake County Invite and help Highland Park place second to Barrington.Stevenson’s Sam Oh (15:53.5) finished second, while Highland Park’s Ben Casey (15:59.7), Barrington’s Jake Herb (16:00.20 and Libertyville’s Patrick Humen (16:08.7) rounded out the top five.Barrington’s 4-6-9-11-19 finish was good for a winning 49 points, comfortably ahead of Highland Park (86). Stevenson (102) was third, followed by Grant (113) and Libertyville (115).


    New and improved Mankowski makes Naperville North happy

    Emily Mankowski isn’t new to Naperville North’s varsity volleyball team. But this is a new Emily Mankowski. The Huskies are all the happy for it. Mankowski continued her stellar early-season play Tuesday, putting down 8 kills — including match point — with 2 aces and spot-on passing in No. 10 Naperville North’s 25-19, 25-15 win over Metea Valley on Tuesday in Naperville.


    Huntley holds off Grayslake North

    The Huntley girls volleyball team was taken the distance by feisty visitor Grayslake North in Tuesday’s 25-6, 27-29, 25-12 Fox Valley Conference crossover victory, which didn’t seem like it would be the case considering how thoroughly the Red Raiders dominated the opening set. Playing their sixth match of the season, Huntley (4-2) peppered the Knights at the start, courtesy of an efficient, multidimensional offense. Seniors Emily Westermeyer, Erin Lyman and Rachael Kisten and sophomore middle Erin Erb each showcased their ability to terminate as the Red Raiders embarked on a pair of 8-0 runs, much to the delight of the robust Raider Nation cheering section on hand for the home opener.


    Ryan’s 39 paces Carmel victory

    Sophomore Kayla Ryan carded a 39, and Carmel Catholic’s girls golf team continued its winning streak Tuesday, as it defeated Palatine at Brae Loch Golf Course in Grayslake.


    Tourney championship hits home for Vernon Hills

    Brad Burrows and Jeremy Cohen scored second-half goals, and Vernon Hills’ boys soccer team captured its own invite championship by edging Taft 2-1 Tuesday.

    Forward Mike Magee said the Chicago Fire is moving forward in its quest to win a spot in the playoffs.

    Fire turns its focus to crucial road trip

    Returning to training Tuesday, the Chicago Fire put Sunday’s disappointing draw behind it and began to focus on the upcoming two-game road trip.

    Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale throws in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium, Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

    White Sox can’t hold off surging Yankees

    Eduardo Nunez’s two-run double capped a five-run eighth inning that rallied the New York Yankees past the White Sox 6-4 on Tuesday night for a crucial victory as they chase an AL playoff berth. Derek Jeter got the Yankees started on a vintage comeback, and pinch hitter Curtis Granderson tied the score with an RBI single. New York, which began the day 2½ games out of a wild-card spot


    Girls volleyball/Fox Valley roundup

    Streamwood d. Bartlett 27-25, 25-21: Senior middle Hannah McGlone put the Sabres (1-2) on her shoulders with 12 kills and as many digs and outside hitter Andrea Prytulak registered 4 kills and 3 aces in an Upstate Eight crossover win. Jacobs d. Johnsburg 25-20, 25-17: Bridget Wallenberger led the Golden Eagles’ (2-0) offense with 8 kills while Mackie Traub provided 10 assists. Kassie Kasper added 9 digs.Cary-Grove d. Woodstock North 25-8, 25-8: Sarah Graham turned in a stellar performance for the Trojans (1-0) with 8 aces and 6 kills. Meghan Seymour added 14 assists while Bree Coffey provided 11 digs.Elgin d. Proviso East 25-23, 25-16: Melanie Berg supplied the offense for the Maroons (3-4), striking 7 kills and adding 2 digs. Taylor Hedl and Tanya Welch kept pace with 13 digs and 14 assists respectively.Dundee-Crown d. Grayslake Central 25-19, 25-23: The Chargers improved to 2-0 led by Kiana Mays, who provided 6 kills and 5 digs and 2 aces in this Fox Valley Conference crossover victory. Frankie Cavallaro also had 6 digs along with 2 aces and Ashley Raby garnered 4 kills and 3 blocks. McHenry d. Hampshire 25-23, 25-20: Erin Foss managed 7 digs and 6 kills to lead the way for the Whip-Purs, who fell in a Fox Valley Conference crossover. Jen Moerke has 15 digs while Brittany Laffin recorded 8 assists and 3 aces. DeKalb d. Harvest Christian 25-8, 25-17: The Lions (0-2) went down in nonconference action against a much bigger school in DeKalb. Sydney Doby led Harvest with 5 kills, 2 aces and as many blocks. Shayna Manusos recorded 6 digs and Jade Martinez posted 11 digs. Westminster Christian d. Willows Academy 20-25, 25-20, 25-14: Savannah Dutcher and Claire Speweik paced the Warriors’ (2-0) offensively with 9 and 7 kills respectively while Emma Kovachevich added 12 assists. Christina Cusumano and Cassidy Finnegan led the defense with 8 digs apiece.

    Aurora Christian’s Jeremiah Wiggins, left, Legend Smith, and Jonah Walker, right, take down DuSable’s John Phillips in a rare Tuesday game in Aurora.

    Aurora Christian rolls in rare Tuesday night game

    Aurora Christian and DuSable met for a rare Tuesday night football game because of the storms over the weekend. Maybe because it was an unusual day for a game so many unusual things happened in the game. The Eagles started quickly, but the Panthers were hanging in there with the two-time defending Class 3A state champs until the start of the second quarter. Aurora Christian scored four touchdowns in one minute and 10 seconds and 43 points in the second quarter alone and coasted to a 64-0 victory.


    Boys soccer/Fox Valley roundup

    St. Edward 4, Kirkland 0: The Green Wave used a balanced attack as Austin Pfiffer, Eduardo Carachure, Joe French and Matt Hesch all scored in the first half in a 4-0 win over Hiawatha. John Gotheridge made 4 stops while in the net.Larkin 3, Geneva 1: Defense and timely scoring pushed the Royals (4-0, 1-0) to their first Upstate Eight River win. Goalkeeper Leo Perez stopped 2 penalty kicks and gained 12 saves while Gonzalo Garcia scored twice and added an assist.Huntley 3, York 0: Niko Mihalopolous delivered 2 goals for the Red Raiders (3-0-1) and Austen Emery recorded 3 saves in goal in a win at the Lake Park Invite. Jack Bessey, Eddie Gonzalez and Michael Zambrzuski each added assists. Burlington Central 4, Marengo 1: In their first action at Rocket Hill, the Rockets (4-1, 1-0) notched their first Big Northern East win behind 4 different scorers. Sean Fitzgerald and Matt O’Connor each had a goal and an assist, Paolo Sespene and Anthony Passi scored goals and goalkeeper Brett Rau had 2 saves.Elgin 2, Ridgewood 2: Daniel Geary scored both of the Maroons’ (0-0-2) goals while Chelito Chavez recorded an assist in a draw at the LaSallian Tournament.Crystal Lake South 0, New Trier 0: Gus Alvarez managed 6 saves in goal for the Gators (1-2-1), who were shutout for the second-straight game and left with a 0-1-1 record in pool play at the Barrington Classic Tournament. Cary-Grove 3, Harvard 0: Kevin Wilde recorded 2 goals and Danny Kinnerk added a goal and an assist as the Trojans (1-2-0) notched their first win of the season at the Grant Invite.Round Lake 10, Westminster Christian 1: The Warriors (1-2) trailed 2-1 after 30 minutes of action before Round Lake scored 5 goals in the final 10 minutes of the first half en route to the win. Robert Kleczynski notched the only goal for Westminster while Alex Wocjic recorded 8 saves in net. Benet Academy 5, Bartlett 1: Despite having 6 saves from their goalkeeper Justin Busch, the Hawks lost their opening match of the Best of the Midwest Tournament. Anthony Santori scored Bartlett’s lone goal.


    Spiglanin delivers 15 kils but VH falls short

    Sienna Spiglanin’s spikes couldn’t save Vernon Hills’ girls volleyball team Tuesday night. The junior pounded 15 kills and added 11 digs, but Leyden prevailed 25-18, 25-27, 25-15 in nonconference action.

    Carmel’s Alexandra Wayland, left, spikes one at Lake Zurich’s Allie McIlwain and Kristen Walding on Tuesday at Lake Zurich.

    Lake Zurich’s all set with Walding

    These two special setters have met before. Through club volleyball. And now they both have stories to tell about the schools they will be attending next fall. For Lake Zurich setter Kristen Walding, it’s Northeastern in Boston. For Carmel Catholic setter Alyssa Armada, it’s the New Jersey Institute of Technology, a short train ride from New York City. With those Division I scholarships in hand, both setters met on Lake Zurich’s home floor to decide which unbeaten team would be left standing in the early going of the volleyball season. After a thrilling first set, the home-standing Bears (3-0) emerged with a 25-23, 25-21 victory.


    Schaumburg strikes late, sink Meadows

    Phil Minneci’s sensational late goal gave host Schaumburg a 3-2 win over Rolling Meadows at Gary Scholz Stadium on Tuesday night in a Mid-Suburban League season opener for both clubs.


    Schaumburg goes the distance for another win

    Schaumburg’s girls volleyball team won’t be home this season until Sept. 17.But the Saxons are making themselves quite at home on the road. For the second time in two matches, they rallied from a first-set loss to pull put a victory in a nonconference match. This time, it was a 29-25, 25-18, 25-14 triumph over Prospect at the Jean Walker Field House in Mt. Prospect.


    Wheaton Academy starts season right, tops Batavia

    Batavia might have had a week’s worth of games on its side going into a nonconference matchup with visiting Wheaton Academy Tuesday night, but the Warriors had something that proved more valuable. “Our team has this motto that we play as a family and we play for one reason so it was all a matter of if we were playing for ourselves or for each other and with each other,” Warriors junior outside hitter Sydney Vischer said. “I think that’s how we did it.” What the Warriors did was overcome deficits in both games of a 25-20, 29-27 victory. Vischer was in the center of the comebacks with a team-high 9 kills.


    Sanford sparkles in Boomers victory

    Game coverage of the Schaumburg Boomers of the Frontier League:West Division champion Schaumburg employed quality pitching and solid defense to defeat the visiting Joliet Slammers 3-1 on Tuesday, the Boomers’ fourth straight win.Winning pitcher Shawn Sanford made his third start since joining the Boomers (59-35) in a trade at the transaction deadline and threw 6 innings, allowing 1 run on 4 hits with a walk and 6 strikeouts. In the second, the Boomers’ Steve McQuail led off with his 20th homer of the season to match a team record. Keith Werman delivered an RBI single later in the inning that drove home Alexi Colon.

    Libertyville quarterback Anthony Monken throws the ball to receiver Sean Ferraro during the first half at Libertyville on Friday.

    Libertyville spreads the QB duties around

    Every high school football season there seems to be at least one team that alternates quarterbacks during games. Libertyville is one of those squads this season. So far, anyway.


    Crystal Lake South disposes of Libertyville

    Future Crystal Lake South girls volleyball opponents, beware. The Gators are loaded with offensive weapons. With Carly Nolan and Avalon Nero collecting 8 kills each host South overpowered Libertyville 25-14, 25-18 in nonconference action at Gator Alley Tuesday night.


    St. Charles North continues perfect start

    Midway through the opening game, St. Charles North’s girls volleyball team found itself clinging to a 14-13 lead over visiting Addison Trail Tuesday night. A few minutes later, the North Stars (8-0) closed out Game 1 with an 11-2 surge en route to a 25-15 triumph, and carried their momentum into the second game where they downed the Blazers (0-3) by a score of 25-9.

    Serena Williams, of the United States, pumps her fist after winning a point against Carla Suarez Navarro, of Spain, during a quarterfinal of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    Serena Williams wins US Open quarterfinal 6-0, 6-0

    From an ace on the first point to a stinging return on the last, Serena Williams was close to perfect in the U.S. Open quarterfinals.The score said it all Tuesday night: 6-0, 6-0. Yes, Williams is looking better and better with each match at the year’s last Grand Slam tournament. With two more wins — no matter the exact scores — she’ll earn a fifth title at Flushing Meadows and 17th major championship overall.

    Matt Weber of Burlington Central reacts to a missed chip Tuesday at the Elgin Country Club boys golf invitational.

    Boyle, Jacobs shine at Elgin Country Club

    Less than a week before Tuesday’s Elgin Country Club Invitational, the Jacobs boys golf team played a good nine holes of golf only to lose by 4 strokes to Huntley. The Golden Eagles got a little bit of revenge Tuesday as they dominated the 18-team field at the par-72 course, winning by 10 shots with a score of 312. Burlington Central finished second at 322. Huntley was third at 327.

    Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald speaks with the officials Saturday during the game at California.

    Jones’ injury costly loss for Cats

    The depth and overall talent pool have improved at Northwestern, but the Wildcats took a hit in a bad spot on Saturday. Starting cornerback Daniel Jones went down with a knee injury late in the first half of the victory at California and is expected to be out for the season.

    Wide receiver Alshon Jeffery is one of 28 original Bears on the roster, joining the team as a 2012 draft pick.

    Bears’ plan is to develop homegrown talent

    Bears general manager Phil Emery believes the best way to build a championship team is by drafting and signing players out of college and developing them, something he needs to do a better job of than his predecessor, Jerry Angelo.


    Schaumburg’s junior trio looks hungry

    Schaumburg’s junior trio consisting of Caroline Kurdej, Ali Gut, and Erin Falsey seem ready to put it together. Last year each finished in the top 10 at the Mid-Suburban League meet, but took a step back at the Class 3A girls cross country state meet in a 22nd-place finish. This year, they’re looking to finish the deal. They got off to a good start on Tuesday, leading Schaumburg to an impressive 16-43 season-opening MSL crossover over host Hersey at Melas Park in Arlington Heights.


    Powerful opening statement for Hersey

    There is quite a buzz for the Hersey boys cross country team this season, with expectations rising quickly. And the Huskies look ready to meet them. Junior David Rodriguez powered a pack of 10 Hersey runners through the first mile before the Huskies dialed it down a bit in rolling to a season opening 15-50 Mid-Suburban League crossover victory over Schaumburg at Melas Park in Arlington Heights on Tuesday.

    Lake Zurich’s Zach Wallace hauls in a first quarter pass play against Fremd’s defense in the opening day game at Fremd High School in Palatine on Friday.

    Associated Press Top 10 rankings

    Neuqua Valley is the No. 2 ranked team in Class 8A, as is Lake Zurich in Class 7A, in the latest Associated Press high school footbal poll released Tuesday.


    Butler English bulldog mascot Blue II dies

    Blue II, the English bulldog mascot who gained national fame during Butler’s run to the men’s basketball championship games in 2010 and 2011, has died.

    NASCAR driver and team co-owner Tony Stewart, left, arrives in a wheelchair assisted by Josh Katz, right, before a news conference at Stewart-Haas Racing's headquarters in Kannapolis, N.C., Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

    Tony Stewart calls injury a small bump in the road

    Tony Stewart, upbeat and noticeably thinner, won his first race since breaking his leg in a sprint car accident when he beat an employee around the office at Stewart-Haas Racing in his wheelchair. His injury? The three-time NASCAR champion called it “a small bump in the road” and expects to be back in a race car in time for next year’s Daytona 500.

    A strong finish at the Deutsche Bank Championship has forced Steve Stricker to change his plans and join the field at the BMW Championship next week.

    Strong play gets Stricker to change BMW plans

    Steve Stricker had planned to go bow hunting for elk in Colorado with some of his buddies during the BMW Championship, but that trip was rescheduled because Stricker now needs to stay sharp for the season-ending Presidents Cup. His second-place finish in Boston on Monday means Stricker will be coming to Lake Forest next week for the BMW Championship at Conway Farms.


    Illinois kicks running back Ayoola off team

    Illinois coach Tim Beckman says sophomore running back Dami Ayoola has been kicked off the team for an unspecified violation of team rules. Beckman said Tuesday that the Fort Lauderdale, Fla., native will no longer be with the team. A day earlier, Beckman said only that he was working through “a situation” with Ayoola.


    Boomers voted league’s Organization of the Year

    The Schaumburg Boomers, playoff bound in just their second season, were voted the 2013 Frontier League Organization of the Year, it was announced Tuesday. “For the Boomers, being named Organization of the Year is about as good as it gets, and we’re extremely humbled to be recognized this way by the 13 other outstanding teams in the Frontier League,” Boomers President and General Manager Andy Viano said.


    Illinois adds South Florida to 2017, 2018 schedules

    The University of Illinois says it will face an opponent it’s never played before when it takes on South Florida in 2017 and 2018. Illinois will play the Bulls in Tampa on Sept. 9, 2017. The teams will then play in Champaign on Sept. 15, 2018.

    Jordan Spieth reacts Monday after his eagle on the 18th hole during the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship golf tournament in Norton, Mass.

    Spieth can pump some life into Presidents Cup

    This was one of those moments when Jordan Spieth knew he had arrived. It wasn’t earning a PGA Tour card after starting the season without belonging to any tour. Not his win at the John Deere Classic. Not getting into the Tour Championship. Not even his birdie-birdie-birdie-eagle finish for a 62, by four shots the best score of the final round at the Deutsche Bank Championship. It was an invitation from Phil Mickelson.

    Victoria Azarenka returns a shot to Ana Ivanovic Tuesday during the quarterfinals of the 2013 U.S. Open in New York.

    Azarenka rallies to 3-set U.S. Open win over Ivanovic

    NEW YORK — No. 2 Victoria Azarenka rallied from a set down for the second straight match, beating Ana Ivanovic to return to the U.S. Open quarterfinals.The 2012 runner-up at Flushing Meadows needed just over 2 hours, 10 minutes to win 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 on Tuesday.Ivanovic, the 2008 French Open champ, was whipping forehand winners in the first set. Then her serve deserted her, as it has before. She was broken in nine of her last 11 service games. But Azarenka wasn’t much better, with nine double-faults of her own.Unable to serve out the match at 5-3, Azarenka finally clinched the victory on her fourth match point. She’ll face unseeded Daniela Hantuchova, who played her fourth-round match Monday. The Azarenka vs. Ivanovic match was pushed back a day by rain.

    Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) celebrates a touchdown Saturday with teammate Ben Malena (1) during the fourth quarter against Rice.

    When will Johnny Football talk?

    No. 7 Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel didn’t speak to the media until late November last year because of coach Kevin Sumlin’s ban on freshman talking to reporters. Sumlin says it isn’t the right time for Manziel to talk, but that he will talk at some point this year.

    Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly yells to his team Saturday during the second half against Temple in South Bend, Ind. Notre Dame defeated Temple 28-6.

    Notre Dame’s Kelly: Michigan game a great, historic rivalry

    Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly has changed his stance two days after saying he didn’t consider Michigan “one of those historic, traditional Notre Dame rivalries.” He started his news conference Tuesday by saying he wanted to “dispense with the nonsense” and called the series against Michigan “a great and historic rivalry.”

    Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd, right, outruns the tackle of Georgia linebacker Amarlo Herrera, left, Saturday in the second half at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, S.C. Clemson defeated Georgia 38-35.

    No. 4 Clemson has best AP poll ranking in 25 years

    Barring a severe case of Clemsoning by Clemson, the Tigers should be in the national championship race for most of this season. No. 4 Clemson surged Tuesday to its highest ranking in The Associated Press poll in 25 years after the Tigers won the biggest game of the opening weekend of the college football season, a 38-35 victory against Georgia.

    Kyle Long, a first-round draft pick, is one of several Bears rookies who could make an impact this season.

    All these Bears rookies conjure up Super memories

    Thirty years ago the Bears had a draft class that contributed mightily to a Super Bowl championship a mere two years later. Thirty years later they can only hope that they have another one just as good.


    Kodak CEO Antonio Perez speaks says the shedding of Kodak’s consumer film, camera and other businesses has allowed it to focus research and development on businesses the company sees as more profitable.

    Kodak CEO talks company’s future

    Kodak emerged from bankruptcy protection Tuesday vastly different from the company of old. Gone are the cameras and film that made it famous. The company hopes to replace them with new technologies such as touch screens for smartphones and smart packaging embedded with sensors.

    Nokia’s Lumia 925 phone is shown at the flagship store of Finnish mobile phone manufacturer Nokia in Helsinki, Finland. Microsoft Corp. is buying Nokia Corp.’s devices and services business, and getting access to the company’s patents, for a total of $7.2 billion in an effort to expand its share of the smartphone market, the companies announced late Monday.

    Microsoft shares drop on $7.2 billion Nokia deal

    Microsoft is wagering $7.2 billion on the idea that owning Nokia’s phone business will help the software giant grab a bigger slice of the mobile computing market from Apple and Google. The Windows maker is buying Nokia Corp.’s line-up of smartphones and a portfolio of patents and services.

    The Nokia brand name is displayed on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in New York Tuesday after Microsoft announced it would pay $7.2 billion to acquire Nokia’s line-up of smartphones and a portfolio of patents and services.

    Stock gains are held in check by Syria concerns

    The stock market logged modest gains Tuesday as renewed worries about a U.S.-led attack on Syria dampened an early rally. Stocks surged in the opening minutes of trading as worries of an imminent attack on Syria appeared slimmer after President Barack Obama announced over the weekend that he would seek congressional approval for a strike.

    Master diagnostic technician Kurt Juergens uses a laptop computer to diagnose and repair the brake system on a 2010 Toyota Prius in the repair shop of a Toyota dealership in Norwood, Mass.

    Hackers find weaknesses in car computer systems

    As cars become more like PCs on wheels, what’s to stop a hacker from taking over yours? In recent demonstrations, hackers have shown they can slam a car’s brakes at freeway speeds, jerk the steering wheel and even shut down the engine — all from their laptop computers.


    Ronald Coase, UC Nobel winner who studied corporations, dies at 102

    Ronald Coase, the British-born University of Chicago economist whose Nobel Prize-winning work on the role of corporations stemmed from visits in the early 1930s to American companies including Ford Motor Co. and Union Carbide, has died. He was 102.He died Sept. 1 at St. Joseph Hospital in Chicago, according to a news release from the University of Chicago. No cause was given.The Royal Swedish Academy of Science awarded Coase the 1991 Nobel in economics “for his discovery and clarification of the significance of transaction costs and property rights for the institutional structure and functioning of the economy.”Unusual for an economist, Coase had concluded early in life that mathematics “was not to my taste.” So he built his career offering insights on the legal precepts and institutions, such as the corporation, on which the field is built. He was one of the first economists to treat the size and function of companies as a subject worthy of more than incidental attention.Coase “is one of the most influential economists of his day,” Oliver Williamson and Sidney Winter wrote in a 1993 book on his work. “His seminal thinking has pushed economics to reconsider its primitives.” Williamson, a student of Coase, won the Nobel in economics in 2009.Coase’s 1937 article, “The Nature of the Firm,” explained how the costs of economic transactions — including time, fees, and what became known generally as overhead — determine the size of the companies that arise to carry out the transactions.New IdeasThe Nobel committee wrote that Coase “showed that traditional basic microeconomic theory was incomplete because it only included production and transport costs” and “neglected the costs of entering into and executing contracts and managing organizations.” This new way of thinking had implications for corporate and contract law as well as for the structure of the financial system.Coase further explored transaction costs in a 1960 paper, “The Problem of Social Cost,” which examined how to address harm caused by business, such as pollution from a factory. Holding the company liable and ordering it to pay money to an affected property holder is less likely to yield an optimal result than having the parties negotiate, he wrote.The paper spawned what became known as the Coase Theorem, which conservative legal activists cited to support free-market solutions rather than government regulation.‘Obvious Point’“All it says is that the people will use resources in the way that produces the most value, that’s all,” Coase said of the theorem in an interview with Reason magazine published in 1997. “I still think it’s an obvious point. You wouldn’t think there was a need for a Coase Theorem, really.”Ronald Harry Coase was born on Dec. 29, 1910, in Willesden, a suburb of London. His father was a telegraph operator in the post office, where his mother also worked until their marriage.At 12, he won a scholarship to the Kilburn Grammar School and earned distinction in history and chemistry on his college entrance exam four years later. He spent two more years at Kilburn beginning his university-level studies, choosing commerce as his major.At the London School of Economics & Political Science, starting in 1929, he was influenced by the teachings of Arnold Plant, a commerce professor newly arrived from the University of Cape Town in South Africa.“What Plant did was to introduce me to Adam Smith’s ‘invisible hand,’” Coase wrote in an autobiography for the Nobel Foundation. “He made me aware of how a competitive economic system could be coordinated by the pricing system.”U.S. Visit


    Parents would rather talk drugs than life insurance

    Parents in the U.S. would rather talk to their kids about drugs and alcohol than life insurance. Just 38 percent of parents said they’re extremely comfortable talking about insurance, while 55 percent are fine discussing the intoxicants, according to a survey released today by State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co.

    Northfield-based Kraft Foods has hired a successor to take over for Chief Financial Officer Timothy McLevish. Teri List-Stoll is set to start work in the first quarter of 2014.

    Kraft names new chief financial officer

    Northfield-based Kraft Foods has hired a successor to take over for Chief Financial Officer Timothy McLevish. Teri List-Stoll is set to start work in the first quarter of 2014. Kraft’s brands include Jell-O, Oscar Mayer and Maxwell House.


    ComEd begins smart meter installations

    As part of its 10-year, $2.6 billion grid modernization program, ComEd began installation of more than 4 million smart meters throughout its service territory. The first smart meters to be deployed will be in the Western suburbs, beginning in North Riverside. ComEd expects to install 60,000 smart meters by the end of 2013. The full deployment will be complete in 2021.


    MYR Group establishes operations in Alaska

    Electric infrastructure contractor MYR Group Inc. has established district operations in Anchorage and Fairbanks, Alaska, through its subsidiary Sturgeon Electric Company, Inc. Anticipating market growth over the next several years, Rolling Meadows-based MYR acquired equipment and transferred personnel from an existing operation of NORCON, Inc. a subsidiary of CH2M HILL.


    Rosemont’s Flex celebrates 25 years in health insurance

    Rosemont’s Flexible Benefit Service Corporation is celebrating its 25th anniversary in the health insurance industry. Since it’s inception in 1988, Flex has been a general agency and account-based benefits administrator, who also operates the InsureXSolutions private health insurance exchange.


    Shareholder plans to vote against Smithfield sale

    One of Smithfield Foods’ largest shareholders says it plans to vote against the pork producer’s proposed takeover by a Chinese company.

    Verizon’s $130 billion deal with Vodafone is huge for both companies, although Verizon customers in the U.S. are unlikely to see any big changes to their bills or their service.

    Verizon sees few changes to U.S. wireless business

    Verizon’s $130 billion deal with Vodafone is huge for both companies, although Verizon customers in the U.S. are unlikely to see any big changes to their bills or their service. Verizon is buying the 45 percent of its wireless business owned by British cellphone carrier Vodafone. That will let Verizon keep all of the profits from that business, and gives Vodafone a large pile of cash that will fund its expansion ambitions in Europe. It’s the second-biggest buyout on record.

    Spending on U.S. construction projects rose in July, led by strong gains in housing and nonresidential projects.

    U.S. construction spending up 0.6 percent in July

    WASHINGTON — Spending on U.S. construction projects rose in July, led by strong gains in housing and nonresidential projects.Construction spending increased 0.6 percent in July compared with June when activity was unchanged, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday. The June performance represented an upward revision from an initial estimate that spending had fallen 0.6 percent.Total construction activity rose to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $900.8 billion in July, the strongest performance since June 2009.The July gain reflected a 0.6 percent rise in housing construction with both single-family and apartment construction posting gains. In June, housing had fallen 0.9 percent.Government projects fell 0.3 percent in July with state and local spending down 0.4 percent. That drop more than offset a 1.1 percent rise in the smaller federal category.The advance in housing activity pushed residential construction to its highest level since September 2008. The increase for nonresidential building was led by a 6.1 percent increase in construction of hotels and motels. Office building and the category that covers shopping centers also showed gains.Total construction is 5.2 percent higher than it was a year ago with residential activity up 17.2 percent and nonresidential construction up by a more modest 2 percent. Public construction is down 3.7 percent from a year ago as all levels of government are still facing tight budget constraints.The housing rebound that began in 2012 has helped drive economic growth and create jobs in the construction industry. But mortgage rates have climbed more than a full percentage point since May. Although rates remain low by historical standards, the increase in rates has slowed the momentum in housing and has heightened concerns about what might happen going forward. Sales of new homes dropped 13.4 percent in July although sales activity remains 7 percent higher than 12 months ago. Economists at JPMorgan expect that housing will keep improving with construction this year hitting 925,000 homes and apartments, up 18 percent from 2012. The forecast is for a further increase to a level of 1.13 million homes and apartments in 2014. The overall economy grew at an annual rate of 2.5 percent in the April-June quarter, an improvement from a growth rate of 1.1 percent in the first three months of the year. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke has said the central bank is prepared to start reducing its monthly bond buying later this year if the economy and labor market keep improving. Some economists believe the first cut in the $85 billion per month in bond purchases might come at the Fed’s next meeting on Sept. 17-18. But others argue that the economic outlook remains too uncertain at the moment to start reducing bond purchases. They are forecasting the Fed will wait until either its October or December meetings before making a move.

    U.S. factories expanded last month at the fastest pace since June 2011 on a jump in orders. The report signals that manufacturing output could strengthen in coming months.

    Pace of U.S. manufacturing hit 2-year peak in Aug.

    U.S. factories expanded last month at the fastest pace since June 2011 on a jump in orders. The report signals that manufacturing output could strengthen in coming months. The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, said Tuesday that its manufacturing index rose to 55.7 in August from 55.4 in July. That topped the index’s 12-month average of 52. A reading above 50 indicates growth.

Life & Entertainment

    Mark Hespen, front row left, and Sarah Jean Mergener, and Michael Kurowski, back row left, and Megan Skord Campbell play lovers bedeviled by mischievous faeries in Janus Theater's adaptation of “A Midsummer Night's Dream.”

    Savvy editing, performances make brisk, breezy 'Dream'

    A change of venue seems to suit Janus Theater, which relocated temporarily from its home at the Elgin Art Showcase to a nearby storefront gallery for its spirited, fast-paced production of “A Midsummer Night's Dream.” There is a freshness to Janus' production, which unfolds on a stripped-down set at Side Street Studio Arts, a small, airy space with room for about two dozen patrons.

    Ryan Kwanten, left, as Jason Stackhouse and Anna Paquin is Sookie Stackhouse in HBO’s “True Blood,” which will end its series run next year

    It’s a wrap for HBO’s ‘True Blood’

    It’s a wrap for the sexy supernaturals on HBO’s “True Blood.” The network said Tuesday that the series will end next year, following a 10-episode season that will begin in the summer.

    Kids can help make Baked Honey Date Apples for Rosh Hashana dinner or any other night of the week.

    Celebrate Rosh Hashana with a fast, healthy baked apple

    Like many Jewish holidays, Rosh Hashana — the Jewish new year — is rich with delicious, symbolic foods. Rounds of challah bread, for example, signify continuity, while apples and honey represent wishes for a sweet year to come. Of course, just as important is spending time with loved ones.

    “Yours Truly” by Ariana Grande

    Ariana Grande’s debut one of the year’s best

    In a show of maturity, Ariana Grande is letting her music do all the talking. The 20-year-old singer-actress, one of the stars of Nickelodeon’s “Victorious” and the network’s spinoff “Sam and Cat,” is in near-perfect form on her debut, “Yours Truly,” mainly thanks to her Mariah Carey-esque vocals and songs written by Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds.

    Pork tenderloin cuts lets with grilled cherry salasa perks up late summer dinners.

    Pork Tenderloin Cutlets With Grilled Cherry Salsa
    Pork Tenderloin with Cherry Salsa

    The Royal Canadian Air Force Snowbirds performed during the 2012 Waukegan Air Show at the Waukegan Airport. The event returns Saturday, Sept. 7.

    Best bets: Fly high at Wings Over Waukegan

    See all kinds of aerobatic team demonstrations and classic military war bird planes at the Wings Over Waukegan Air Show Saturday at Waukegan Regional Airport. The Platzkonzert Germanfest returns Saturday with two stages, multiple bands and loads of German food at Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates. See comedian Dave Foley when he performs his standup routine this weekend at Chicago's UP Comedy Club.

    Pop star and actress Jennifer Lopez will be back on “American Idol” after a two-season run as judge in 2011 and 2012 that was a boon for the show and her career.

    ‘American Idol’ taps Lopez, Connick as judges

    “American Idol” is betting that a judges’ remix with Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Jr. and Keith Urban will fare better with viewers than bickering divas Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj did last season. The rumored addition of Lopez and Connick as judges for season 13 was announced Tuesday by Fox. They’ll join Urban to make up the talent show’s first panel consisting solely of singers.

    Use chicken wire or tree wrap to protect the bark of trees to keep deer from rubbing their antlers on the bark and damaging it.

    Keep trees protected from deer with itchy antlers

    As fall approaches, it is time to protect the trunks of smooth-barked trees such as young maples from deer rubbing. Deer rub their antlers on trees, typically those with smooth bark.

    Mums are available in a range of bloom times from early September to late October.

    Art in the garden: Mums add a seasonal touch to the fall landscape

    Chrysanthemums, or garden mums, are a traditional favorite in autumn landscapes. They are unbeatable for adding a fresh burst of color to the late season garden.

    Prince announced Tuesday that he’s released a new song, titled “Breakfast Can Wait.”

    Prince delivers ‘Breakfast’ for his new song

    The artwork may have made people laugh, but Prince’s new song is no joke. The mercurial superstar announced Tuesday that he’s released “Breakfast Can Wait.” It caused a stir when Prince released the cover art for the song — a photo of Dave Chappelle dressed as Prince — on YouTube.

    TV personality Katie Couric is getting married to her financier boyfriend John Molner.

    Katie Couric engaged to boyfriend Molner

    Katie Couric is getting married to her financier boyfriend John Molner. Couric’s spokesman Matthew Hiltzik confirmed the engagement Tuesday morning following a report by People magazine. Molner gave 56-year-old Couric, the former host of “Today,” a diamond ring over the weekend in East Hampton.

    Poland’s Oscar-winning filmmaker Andrzej Wajda speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Warsaw, Poland, about his latest film “Walesa: Man of Hope.” Wajda said that the movie, which has its world premiere next month at the 70th Venice Film Festival, was the hardest he ever made, because the hero is still living and free to comment on his portrayal.

    New Polish movie honors Lech Walesa

    Solidarity leader Lech Walesa has largely fallen from grace in the eyes of his Polish countrymen. Oscar-winning filmmaker Andrzej Wajda says he wants to restore his longtime friend as Poland’s hero in his latest movie — which he calls the hardest of his life.

    English actress Rebecca Hall stars in the film “Closed Circuit,” which opened this week.

    Emboldened, Rebecca Hall moves toward center stage

    Rebecca Hall is confidently stepping toward center stage. This year, there was her snappy, unapologetic Sylvia in the Tom Stoppard HBO miniseries “Parade’s End,” a revelation of Hall’s dynamism and capacity for boldness. There was her supporting role as a scientist in “Iron Man 3,” an indoctrination to the Hollywood blockbuster. And, now, there’s the British thriller “Closed Circuit,” a confirmation of her ascendance to being a leading lady — one bristling with intelligence in any role.

    James Gandolfini, Edie Falco and Robert Iler in a scene from the finale of “The Sopranos.” More people are binge watching their favorite shows thanks to video streaming and On Demand services.

    Love TV? Power watchers date favorite shows

    Maggie Edinger, 26, is in a cozy relationship. It’s predictable and relaxing. She’s in that phase, she said, “where you start wearing sweatpants and completing each other’s sentences.” And that’s just her relationship with “Law & Order,” plus spin-offs. She remains on the hunt for an actual boyfriend.


    Doctors urged to advise patients on sex after heart attack

    Many heart specialists are hardly Dr. Ruth — sex is not something they relish bringing up with patients. But new guidance says they should, early and often, to let survivors know intimacy is often possible after a heart attack. Discussions should involve everything from when and how to resume sex, to what position might be best for some conditions or not advised for others, according to a consensus statement released by the American Heart Association and the European Society of Cardiology.

    “The Most Defiant Devil: William Temple Hornaday and His Controversial Crusade to Save American Wildlife” by Gregory J. Dehler

    Notable biography examines dogged conservationist

    Irony alert: The man often credited with saving the buffalo from extinction began his crusade by killing 20 of the furry beasts. It had taken five weeks to find even a handful of buffalo in Montana in the fall of 1886. William T. Hornaday wasn’t seeking meat or fur or even trophies — well, not exactly. He was the chief taxidermist for the U.S. National Museum, a branch of the Smithsonian Institution, and needed specimens. The hunt led Hornaday to write a book decrying the buffalo’s fate and to help create preserves. His efforts, and those of others, kept the buffalo roaming into the new century.

    Pork tenderloin cuts lets with grilled cherry salasa perks up late summer dinners.

    Pork with a fresh take on salsa — grilled cherries

    By this point in the summer, I’ve had about all the burgers, dogs and birds I can handle. It’s time to try something a little different on the grill. And one thing most of us don’t do nearly enough of — grilled fruit. Not only is grilled fruit crazy delicious, it also pairs perfectly with savory meats.

    young mother breast feeding her infant

    Are breast-fed babies smarter?

    Breast-fed kids are smarter, according to a Harvard University study that found the longer babies are nursed, the greater their intelligence. The research, which followed more than 1,000 women and their babies, found that each additional month a child was breast-fed resulted in better language skills at 3 years old and intelligence at age 7, compared with babies not breast-fed. The findings are published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics.

    The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray has a sophistication and finesse once thought available only in cars European and prohibitively expensive.

    2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is cause for celebration

    Welcome the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe, now officially the “Corvette Stingray,” the Stingray name resurrected from the 1963-68 era of the C2 Corvette Stingray automobile. In attitude and performance, it is an appropriate reuse of nomenclature. But anyone who has been brutalized by the C2 Corvette Stingray, especially driving over less-than-perfect roads, will not confuse the new car with its predecessor. By comparison, the 2014 Corvette Stingray has a sophistication and finesse once thought exclusively resident in cars European and prohibitively expensive.

    Arlington Heights native and John Hersey High School grad Colin Ebeling is now a movie producer and screenwriter. His first feature, “Bounty Killer,” opens next weekend.

    Arlington Heights native: Movie producing ‘beats working for a living’

    Arlington Heights native Colin Ebeling’s interest in showbiz began at John Hersey High School where two drama teachers — Ed Moon and Kyle Marquette — inspired and directed him into theater arts. Now the UCLA graduate is the producer and cowriter of a new futuristic, post-apocalyptic exploitation action movie, “Bounty Killer,” opening next weekend. “It beats working for a living,” he said.

    Doing volunteer work may lower blood pressure, according to new research.

    Volunteerism may lower blood pressure, study finds

    Helping others and building social relationships certainly make for a more satisfying life. Now there’s reason to believe that they can help protect a person from the risk of developing high blood pressure in the mature adult years. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University think they may have found a non-pharmaceutical way to reduce the risk. In a recent study, they concluded that older Americans who perform at least 200 hours of volunteer work a year are 40 percent less likely to develop hypertension.



    Editorial: Keeping sports risks in check and in perspective

    The risks inherent in athletic activities shouldn't outweigh the value, and won't, a Daily Herald editorial says, if we prepare for them properly.


    The preacher and the politician

    Columnist Michael Gerson: As the president said, we have traveled far since the March on Washington, only to arrive at different challenges. But our politics seems unequal to them on every side.


    Impeachment is the right’s new lost cause

    Columnist Gene Lyons: Sometimes politics is like high-stakes poker. If you look around the table after a few hands and you can’t tell who’s the pigeon, citizen, chances are it’s you: the guy who plunked down $26.95 for a book called “Impeachable Offenses: The Case for Removing Barack Obama from Office.”


    Action would speak louder than words
    An Elk Grove Village letter to the editor: With regard to K. Wagner’s Aug. 16 letter criticizing the “hypocrisy” of Wal-Mart and the Walton family, I am reminded of something my mother often said to me during my early years.


    We’d be better off with smaller government
    A Barrington letter to the editor: Just what largesse from the government do you rely on, James? Is the dependent culture working? After many trillions of dollars spent on eliminating poverty, the rate is not lower. It actually might have been if we only did not spend the trillions in handouts.


    State must protect addicted gamblers
    A letter to the editor: More than 10,000 addicted gamblers are on the self-exclusion list at Illinois’ casinos, and thousands more continue to gamble. Video gambling establishments will not “cut off” their best customers from gambling, and there are no measures in place to safeguard residents from gambling away their paychecks in one sitting.


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