Daily Archive : Saturday September 7, 2013


    Musician Billy McLaughlin will perform Saturday, Sept. 21, at Oakton Community College.

    Guitarist Billy McLaughlin to perform at Oakton

    Artist Billy McLaughlin – who overcame incredible medical odds to perform again on stage – kicks off Oakton’s Performing Arts season with a concert of his complex and rhythmic guitar music at 8 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 21, at Studio One, 1600 E. Golf Road, Des Plaines.


    Area churches pray for peace

    Catholic churches throughout the Chicago metropolitan area Saturday participated in Pope Francis’ worldwide call for a day of fasting and prayer for peace in Syria.

    Cardinal Francis George walks to the altar at St. Thomas of Villanova Catholic Church in Palatine during a Mass of thanksgiving celebrating the school’s 50-year anniversary on Saturday.

    Cardinal celebrates 50th anniversary of St. Thomas of Villanova school

    Cardinal Francis George, archbishop of Chicago, joined students, families and parishioners of St. Thomas of Villanova in Palatine to celebrate the parish school’s 50th anniversary Saturday night. George will make a second visit to the Northwest suburbs today when he will celebrate a Mass in Elk Grove Village honoring first responders at 11:30 a.m. at Queen of the Rosary Parish, 750 Elk Grove Blvd.


    Dept. on Aging highlights service for grandparents

    Illinois officials are highlighting assistance for people going through child-rearing for the second time in light of Grandparents Day Sunday.

    Pottawatomie Garden Club Plant Sale captains review plans for next Saturday’s plant sale at the county office parking lot on Randall Road across from the county fairgrounds. The captains are, from left, Judi Asselborn, Jane Erickson, Cynthia Jelm, Marce Van Glabek and Julie Griffith.

    Plant sale next Saturday should get lots of visitors

    The Pottawatomie Garden Club should get plenty of business next Saturday when it sets up shop across from the fairgrounds for its annual plant sale.

    Paige Franzen, 3, of Chicago pumps her fist so the fire trucks will blow their horn Saturday during Bloomingdale’s Septemberfest at Old Town Park. The fest included a parade and booths with local food vendors and services.

    Bloomingdale enjoys its 40th Septemberfest

    Bloomingdale's Septemberfest is a "labor of love," according to Bill Wolff, who chaired the event's commission. The end-of-summer gathering brought food and craft vendors, entertainment and a car show to Old Town, near the intersection of Lake Street and Bloomingdale Road.

    Liz Krahn of LaGrange is served a sample by Sergey Beylis with VMA Group Inc. wine and spirit distributors out of Elk Grove Village on Saturday at the Festival of the Vine in Geneva.

    Festival of the Vine bears fruit in Geneva

    The 32nd Festival of the Vine had barely gotten started Saturday in Geneva when communications director Laura Rush rushed into help an official from the local historical society who had locked her keys inside an office. “This is probably one of the most physically demanding festivals,” Rush said. “The hardest part I would say is really the weather. If the weather is bad, it’s kind of all for...

    Former President Richard M. Nixon bids goodbye to British commentator David Frost, left, following the last taping of their 12 interviews in Laguna Beach, Calif.

    Notable deaths last week
    Broadcast journalist David Frost, scince fiction writer Frederick Pohl and Hitler's bodyguard among the deaths of note last week.

    Democratic mayoral hopeful Bill de Blasio, right, is joined by his daughter Chiara, during a campaign rally Saturday in the Brooklyn borough of New York. The Democratic primary election is Tuesday.

    Bloomberg says Democrat running ‘racist’ mayoral campaign

    NEW YORK — New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said in an interview that one leading Democrat vying to replace him is running a “racist” campaign based on “class warfare.”Bloomberg made the comment about candidate Bill de Blasio in an interview with New York magazine due on newsstands Monday. It appeared on the magazine’s website Saturday.

    Associated Press/U.S. Forest Service Fire crew members stand watch near a controlled burn operation as they fight the Rim Fire Monday near Yosemite National Park in California.

    Wildfire near Yosemite burns into fourth week

    Federal officials have amassed a team of 50 scientists, more than twice what is usually deployed to assess wildfire damage. With so many people assigned to the job, they hope to have a preliminary report ready in two weeks so remediation can start before the first fall storms, Alex Janicki, the Stanislaus National Forest BAER response coordinator, said.


    Three rescued after helicopter ices on Alaska volcano

    Two researchers and their pilot were rescued Friday from a remote Alaska volcano after freezing rain left thick ice on their helicopter’s blades. Alaska State Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters said the rescue came at about 5 p.m. Friday. The three were caught in a freezing rainstorm Wednesday evening.

    Barry Clifford, left, reviews an X-ray image of a concretion showing a cannon ball and coins that diver and conservator Chris Macort, right, had recorded in Brewster, Mass.

    Dive signals more treasure at U.S. pirate ship wreck

    The Whydah was built as a slave ship in 1716 and captured in February 1717 by pirate captain “Black Sam” Bellamy. Just two months later, it sank in a ferocious storm a quarter mile off Wellfleet, Mass., killing Bellamy and all but two of the 145 other men on board and taking down the plunder from 50 vessels Bellamy raided.


    Feds: Man tried to enter U.S. via red chile shipment

    uthorities say an immigrant suspected of entering the country illegally attempted to make his journey in an unusual but hot place — a shipment of red chile.U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at a New Mexico border checkpoint said the man was discovered Thursday face down among a commercial load of the spicy stuff.


    3-hour standoff with police in McHenry closes Rte. 120

    A 22-year old McHenry man was being held on a variety of charges Saturday after refusing to come down from a roof during a three-hour standoff that resulted in the closure of Route 120, police said.

    Yomara Ibarra, right, of BalloonsbyTommy.com, moves along the Septemberfest parade route with balloons on Labor Day in Schaumburg.

    Rain can’t spoil Schaumburg’s Septemberfest

    Apart from some rain that interfered with the start of Schaumburg’s Septemberfest on Aug. 31 and then canceled the final musical performance on the night of Sept. 1, the three-day event was considered a success by village officials. In fact, the weather was so good on Monday, Sept. 2 that crowds exceeded those normally anticipated during and after the accompanying Labor Day parade, Special Events...


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    An Arlington Heights man faces charges of aggravated assault and resisting a police officer after an altercation with police at a McDonald’s. The man directed profanity at the responding officers, refused to leave, and charged an officer who was able to push him away, reports said. There was a brief struggle when officers tried to handcuff the man, but he was taken into custody without injuries,...

    Director Alexandros Avranas holds the Silver Lion for Best Director for the film Miss Violence, during the awards ceremony of the 70th edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy, Saturday.

    Italian documentary ‘Sacro GRA’ wins Golden Lion

    It was the first time an Italian film has won the top prize at Venice in 15 years, when Gianni Amelio won for “The Way We Laughed” in 1998. “Sacro GRA” won a standing ovation during its official world premiere, but mixed international reviews.

    A man wearing a Syrian flag prays Saturday during a vigil for peace attended by Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican.

    Vatican: 100,000 attend Syria peace vigil

    Tens of thousands of people filled St. Peter’s Square for a four-hour Syria peace vigil late Saturday, answering Pope Francis’ call for a grassroots cry for peace that was echoed by Christians and non-Christians alike in Syria and in vigils around the world.

    Alma Martinez and newborn daughter Julie, joined by boyfriend Jason Manning and 2-year-old son Michael, were recovering Friday at Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville, a day after the baby was delivered in the hospital’s parking lot.

    Baby doesn’t quite wait for Condell’s ER

    Baby Julie Ann Manning couldn’t wait to come into the world. Julie’s mom Alma Martinez delivered the 7-pound, 9-ounce bundle of joy about 9 a.m. Thursday in the front seat of the family truck, just seconds after Julie’s dad ran into the ER at Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville. “A few seconds later people from the hospital came. My boyfriend came out with a wheelchair. I remember...

    Australian opposition leader Tony Abbott speaks to supporters Saturday in Sydney following his win in Australia’s national election.

    Conservatives sweep to Australia election victory

    With more than 90 percent of votes counted, official figures from the Australian Electoral Commission showed the Liberals ahead 53 percent to Labor’s 47 percent. The coalition was on track to win 91 seats in the 150-seat House of Representatives, and Labor 54.


    Man sought for trying to lure high school runner in Antioch

    Antioch police have issued an alert regarding a report Friday afternoon that a man tried to lure a female member of the Antioch Community High School cross country team at McMillan Road and Gail Street.

    President Barack Obama gestures while speaking during a "Civil Society Roundtable" with gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender activists, Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Russia.

    Back home, high-stakes week on Syria awaits Obama
    President Barack Obama faces a high-stakes week of trying to convince a skeptical Congress and a war-weary American public that they should back him on a military strike against Syria. His administration came under pressure Saturday from European officials to delay possible action until U.N. inspectors report their findings about an Aug. 21 chemical attack that Obama blames on the Assad...

    Ariel Castro, 53, serving a life sentence for the kidnapping and rape, was found hanging in his cell, Tuesday night, Sept. 3, 2013, at the Correctional Reception Center in Orient, Ohio.

    Ohio kidnapper says police missed chance in 2004

    A man who held three women for a decade in his Cleveland home said authorities missed an opportunity to catch him in 2004, because his picture should have been captured by a school security camera minutes before he abducted one of his victims, according to interrogation videotapes that became public Friday.

    Julia McLendon, chief executive officer of the YWCA in Elgin and India Smith, its youth services director, say that about 30 black kids from their Teen Reach program were racially profiled during a field trip to the Dolphin Cove Family Aquatic Center in Carpentersville. Many of the teens pictured were a part of the outing. A Dundee Township Park District official, however, says the kids weren’t following aquatic center rules.

    Were YWCA Elgin kids racially profiled?

    The YWCA Elgin prides itself on fighting racism and says a group of about 30 of its black teens were the victims of racial profiling during an August field trip to the Dolphin Cove Aquatic Center in Carpentersville. Meanwhile, the Dundee Township Park District's executive director says staff targeted the kids for breaking the rules, not for being black.


    Shedd Aquarium to unveil teen learning lab

    Chicago's Shedd Aquarium is getting ready to unveil a free learning lab for teenagers that will be open three days a week.


    Chicago sees record number of overseas visitors

    Chicago saw a record number of international visitors last year as the city ramped up a campaign to promote itself as a business and tourism destination.


    Chicago considering way around concealed carry law

    Under a proposed ordinance, bars and restaurants serving alcohol in Chicago could lose their liquor licenses if they fail to ban firearms from their establishments.


    After 145 years, Marching Illini getting a home

    After well over a century without a permanent place to practice the Marching Illini will finally put down some roots next year.

    A cat named Stubbs lies on a tarp in an alley in Talkeetna, Alaska. Locals know him as Mayor Stubbs, a 15-year-old yellow cat that has been overseeing the town since shortly after he was born. For the honorary mayor, a weekend dogfight was less political, more literal. Mayor Stubbs is recovering at a veterinarian’s office in Wasilla after being injured by a dog Saturday night in the tourist town near Denali National Park.

    Odd news: Cat is honorary mayor of Alaska town

    This week’s odd news column features a skyscraper that can melt cars, a cat mayor in Alaska, a 15,000 pound fruit salad, candy fed bees that produce red honey and 16 skulls on a Czechoslovakia street. The viral video features the scariest job interview ever.


    Lutherans from Palatine, across the U.S. gather for day of service

    All across the country, congregations on Sunday will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America by holding a day of service. A trio of Lutheran churches in Palatine decided they could do more good by rolling up their sleeves together, so they’ve partnered for the national “God’s Work. Our Hands” initiative. "We’re not going to just have a cake and a party,” said...

    Kane County Forest Preserve District President John Hoscheit, center, sold a panel of commissioners Friday on the idea of a $150,000 property tax increase. Every commissioner on the panel voted in favor of the increase except Theresa Barreiro, pictured to the right of Hoscheit.

    Kane Co. Forest Preserve officials to vote on property tax increase

    Kane County Forest Preserve District commissioners are poised to vote on a new budget that will raise local property taxes by about 83 cents for the owner of a home worth $225,000. While the amount is small, it comes during a time of big pledges at the county level to keep the property tax levy flat. Fans of the increase, which will fund raises for staff, said the spending increase is minimal...

    Hoffman Estates Mayor William McLeod, standing, moderates the Hoffman Estates Chamber of Commerce’s annual legislative lunch at the Alexian Brothers Women and Children’s Hospital in Hoffman Estates Friday. From left to right are state senators Matt Murphy, Michael Noland and Dan Kotowski, and representatives Michelle Mussman, Tom Morrison and Fred Crespo.

    Legislators discuss state spending, business aid in Hoffman Estates

    Six local legislators offered their opinions about a variety of state issues during the Hoffman Estates Chamber of Commerce’s annual legislative lunch Friday. Concealed carry, pensions, campaign funding and other hot topics were briefly touched upon, but much of the 40-minute panel discussion — which took place at the Alexian Brothers Women and Children’s Hospital in Hoffman Estates — was...

    A sample ticket for the Conway Farm’s BMW Championship in Lake Forest.

    Conway Farms PGA ticket to be the hottest in Lake County

    Scoring a ticket to next week’s BMW Championship at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest won’t be nearly as rough as trying to get one to the Ryder Cup a year ago. Still, organizers say the tournament featuring the top names in men’s professional golf will be a hot ticket.

    Lina and Aladean Attar, a Syrian-American couple from Lake Forest, talk about the humanitarian crisis in Syria and their fears for family members and countrymen.

    Suburban Syrians urge intervention to prevent further bloodshed

    Suburban Syrian-Americans are conflicted about how far the United States should go with military intervention in Syria, but say something needs to be done now. “I don’t want America to bomb Syria,” said Lina Sergie Attar, a Lake Forest architect, adding though that she believes a U.S. military strike, while undesirable, may be the only way to prevent further civilian bloodshed.


    Week -2 Photos from the Christian Liberty vs. Marquette football game on Saturday, September 7th, in Arlington Heights.

    Images: Christian Liberty vs. Ottawa Marquette football
    The Christian Liberty Academy football team hosted Marquett Academy on Saturday, September 7th, in Arlington Heights.


    Swider, Wheaton don’t let Benedictine lead for long

    Benedictine University didn’t so much take the lead in the second quarter of Saturday night’s nonconference football game so much as Wheaton College let the Eagles handle the lead for a few seconds just to see what it felt like.


    McQuail’s walk-off homer wins it for Boomers

    Steve McQuail hit a walk-off homer on the first pitch in the bottom of the ninth inning as the West Division Champion Schaumburg Boomers opened the Frontier League playoffs with an 8-7 victory over the Florence Freedom, taking a 1-0 lead in the best-of-five series.

    The Cubs’ Starlin Castro, celebrating a home run against the Marlins last week, has shown signs of getting his offense back on track.

    Matt Spiegel: So much for all of this wild-card drama

    Thanks to Bud Selig’s 24-hour blowout sale of forced drama, the pennant races are a little dull. Baseball insider Matt Spiegel breaks down the one mystery for the wild-card race in the American League, and checks out the recent progress of Starlin Castro at the plate.

    Northwestern’s Ibraheim Campbell runs with an interception in the second half of an NCAA college football game against Syracuse in Evanston, Ill., Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013.

    Colter, Siemian combine to crush Syracuse

    A two quarterback system can work. In the first half of Northwestern's 48-27 victory over Syracuse at Ryan Field, alternating QB Kain Colter and Trevor Siemian combined to complete 22-of-24 passes for 277 yards and 3 touchdowns. Colter also went on to lead the Wildcats in rushing with 87 yards.

    The Bears’ Marc Trestman won’t be reflecting too much Sunday on his first game as an NFL head coach because he knows he has a job to do.

    Bears’ Trestman just focused on doing his job

    Marc Trestman may take some time on opening day to savor his position as the Bears' new head coach. But it won't happen during the game, when Trestman will be too focused on the job at hand.

    Westminster Christian's William Rathjen tries to work upfield against Mooseheart's Hameed Odunewu Saturday during the first varsity football game played at Westminster Christian.

    Loss doesn't take away from Westminster's first home game

    The final score didn't spoil a memorable afternoon of football at Westminster Christian School in Elgin Saturday. Playing on campus for the first time as a varsity program, the Warriors recorded numerous firsts in their Northeast Athletic Conference game against Mooseheart. A victory wasn't one of them, however. Senior-laden Mooseheart took advantage of underclassmen-heavy Westminster Christian by pounding the ball between the tackles. The Ramblers rushed for 295 of their 426 total yards on 36 carries and scored touchdowns on their first 5 possessions to take a 32-0 halftime lead in an eventual 46-17 win.

    Syracuse's Micah Robinson chases Northwestern University's Kain Colter during the first half of Saturday's game in Evanston.

    No. 19 Northwestern picks apart Syracuse, 48-27

    Trevor Siemian threw for 259 yards and a career-high three touchdowns, Kain Colter passed for a touchdown and ran for one, and No. 19 Northwestern pounded Syracuse 48-27 on Saturday. Tony Jones added a personal-best 185 yards receiving and a 47-yard TD, and the Wildcats (2-0) racked up 581 yards in all. They also intercepted Syracuse's Drew Allen four times on the way to an easy victory.

    Illinois running back Josh Ferguson catches a pass before running in for a touchdown during the first half of Saturday's home win over Cincinnati.

    Illinois stuns Cincinnati, 45-17

    Nathan Scheelhaase passed for 312 yards and four touchdowns to lead Illinois to a surprise 45-17 win Saturday over Cincinnati. The Illini (2-0) went up 21-0 in the second quarter and survived a Bearcat rally to stay undefeated. Scheelhaase threw to 11 different receivers. The biggest catch was Steve Hull's 22-yard touchdown late in the third quarter. It capped a 99-yard drive and put Illinois up 28-10.

    Minnesota wide receiver Donovahn Jones pushes away New Mexico State cornerback Darien Johnson during Saturday’s game in Las Cruces, N.M.

    Minnesota pounces on New Mexico St. miscues, 44-21

    Minnesota had a pair of return touchdowns for the second week in a row and Roddrick Williams Jr. rushed for 148 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries to lead a 44-21 victory Saturday night at New Mexico State.


    Glenbard North proud to take trophy

    Glenbard North’s girls pored over their runner-up trophy proudly, only pausing to pose for pictures.This first weekend was surely one to grow on.The volleyball Panthers advanced to the final of the Willowbrook Invite, where they gave highly-regarded Plainfield North all it could handle before falling 25-23, 25-22 on Saturday in Villa Park.


    Lake Zurich runner-up at invite

    Boys golfMcHenry invite: At Oak Grove Golf Course in Harvard, Crystal Lake Central (329) edged Lake Zurich (331) for the championship.Lake Zurich’s Sean Baldwin (79), Aman Roy (80) and Jacob Edwards (81) all finished in the top 10 for Lake Zurich.


    Antioch takes title behind 6 goals from Hernandez

    Antioch senior forward Iven Hernandez continued his torrid scoring pace Saturday, scoring 6 goals in a pair of wins that earned the Sequoits the tournament championship at Illinois Math and Science Academy in Aurora.The Sequoits defeated IMSA 5-1, as Hernandez scored four times. He then notched a pair of goals to help Antioch finish the tournament with a 3-0 win over Joliet Catholic.For the season, Hernandez has 16 goals and 5 assists in 8 games. Antioch is off to a 7-1 start.JR Lonergan assisted on 3 of Hernandez’s goals against IMSA, while Krystian Streit added a goal and an assist. RJ Ruano also assisted on a goal.Danny Brito tallied a goal and an assist against Joliet Catholic. Brandon Schwarz added an assist as well for Antioch, and Connor Gugel recorded the shutout in goal.Glenbrook South 1, Libertyville 0: The Titans scored the lone goal in the opening half.


    Lake Zurich fourth at Early Bird

    Girls volleyballConant/Fremd Early Bird tournament: Lake Zurich (6-2) settled for fourth place, as Kristen Walding led the Bears with 107 assists, 17 blocks, 8 kills and 6 aces.Mickenzie Andrews had 17 kills and a team-best 25 blocks for Lake Zurich, while Kiley McPeek led the squad in kills with 27. Mallory Parsons and Allie McIlwain added 23 and 21 kills, respectively.Mundelein (6-7) went 2-3 in the tourney. Yasmeen Johnson piled up 27 kills, and Madi Wilcox dished out 53 assists on 202-of-204 setting. Emily Dunkin delivered 12 kills and 5 aces for the Mustangs.Grayslake Central tournament: Carmel defeated Libertyville’s JV for first place in the Ram Slam.Grayslake Central (4-2) finished third. Alex Dahlstrom totaled 46 kills, 16 blocks and 13 aces for the Rams.Anna Basten and Gabi Casper contributed 21 and 20 kills, respectively.“We had a pretty solid day and took a big step forward playing as a team,” Grayslake Central coach Jason Janczak said. “Our offense played well and we are starting to get cohesive on the court. I’m pleased with how we are progressing.”


    Cary-Grove nets title at Grant

    Grant’s boys soccer team has made steady progress in its early-season invitational in recent years. The Bulldogs have been proving that they can play with the better teams. They did again Saturday. For more than a half against a quality Cary-Grove squad, Grant was competitive before the Trojans exploded for 5 goals en route to a 6-0 win that netted them the championship in Fox Lake. Three of the goals came in an eight-minute span.

    Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner (98) celebrates his touchdown during the second quarter of Saturday night’s against Notre Dame in Ann Arbor, Mich.

    No. 17 Michigan beats No. 14 Notre Dame 41-30

    Devin Gardner threw four touchdown passes, including a victory-sealing connection to Drew Dileo with 4:18 left, and the dual-threat quarterback wearing No. 98 to honor Tom Harmon ran for a score to lead No. 17 Michigan to a 41-30 win over No. 14 Notre Dame on Saturday night in front of an NCAA-record crowd of 115,109.


    Convincing Montini victory worth the trip

    Thrilling the Montini faithful who drove five hours to the City of Champions football triple-header at East St. Louis, the four-time defending Class 5A champions beat the host school 34-6 on Saturday.


    Angry Glenbard West hits back at Morton

    Scott Andrews scored 3 touchdowns and six of his teammates also reached the end zone as defending Class 7A champion Glenbard West routed Morton 68-7 in a West Suburban Conference crossover football game.


    Fenton rolls over Walther Christian

    There’s a theory that football teams learn the most about themselves between Week 1 and Week 2.For Fenton, it just took an extra half.The Bison’s halftime adjustment to smashmouth football powered them to Saturday’s 38-13 nonconference victory over Walther Christian Academy in Melrose Park.

    Carl Edwards approaches the finish line to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Saturday at Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, Va.

    Edwards wins race, Keselowski misses Chase

    NASCAR will have a new champion at the end of the season. For now, it has yet another conspiracy. Reigning champion Brad Keselowski failed to make the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship Saturday night when an ill-timed caution ruined his run at Richmond International Raceway.


    Barrington drops tough one for title

    One too many set pieces did in Barrington late Saturday night. Hoping to lift the championship trophy at their own tournament for the second consecutive year, the Broncos (5-1-0) were stunned by an 87th minute goal from Alexis Galvez that boosted Rockford Boylan (5-1-1) to a 1-0 title victory — one year after falling 2-1 in the final to the hosts.


    St. Edward notches easy win at Hamilton

    It was a fruitful road trip for the St. Edward football team Saturday. The Green Wave outgained host West Hancock 325 yards to 70 to win a nonconference meeting in Warsaw, Ill., 43-0. Senior running back DaVontae Elam rushed for 2 touchdowns as St. Edward (2-0) bolted to a 29-0 halftime lead and never relented.

    Wauconda’s Alex Schwickrath, left, celebrates his first-quarter touchdown with teammate Josh Anderson during Saturday’s game against Orr.

    Wauconda attacks like lightning

    The Wauconda football team has seen more delays lately than Chicago drivers through summer construction. Last week, the Bulldogs endured a 90-minute lightning delay before eventually taking care of Woodstock North. On Saturday, it was a 30-minute lightning delay that interrupted a Week 2 nonconference game against visiting Chicago Orr.And yet, the game still finished in a reasonable amount of time. The Bulldogs kept the game clock moving thanks to all the extra points they put on the board.Wauconda enacted the running clock in the third quarter by going up by 40 points and wound up finishing with a gaudy 47-0 shutout of Orr, which lost in this game last year by just 6 points.


    Niles Notre Dame QB picks apart Bartlett

    The defensive plan for the Bartlett football team against visiting Niles Notre Dame was to stop Dons’ senior running back Chris James. For the most part, the Hawks did that, holding James to 82 rushing yards on 19 carries. Unfortunately for Bartlett, Dons’ quarterback Ryan Greene had a career game going 17-of-20 for 314 yards and 5 touchdowns leading Notre Dame (2-0) to a 47-6 nonconference win on Saturday night at Millennium Field.


    Boys soccer/Fox Valley roundup

    Elgin 3, Nazareth 2: Tournament MVP Edgar Zavala had the game-winning goal as Elgin won the championship of the LaSallian Cup tournament at St. Patrick. Zavala also assisted on the Maroons’ two first-half goals, which were scored by Daniel Geary and Tirso Reynoso. Flavia Jaimes had 9 saves in goal for Elgin (3-0-2).“Zavala is the type of player that makes everyone around him better,” said Elgin coach Dave Borg. “Nothing around him rattles him.”Huntley 4, Buffalo Grove 0: Christian Ramos, Scott Dorviller, Niko Mihalopolous and Jack Bessey scored goals and Austen Emery had 11 saves in goal as Huntley (5-0-1) captured the championship of the 22nd annual Hillner Classic at Lake Park.Westminster Christian 8, Kirkland Hiawatha 1: Ian Merlak, Robert Kleczynski and Noah Gannon each had 2 goals, with Chad Thomason and Chase Woods adding single scores to lead Westminster Christian in the Northeast Athletic Conference. Alex Wocjic made 2 saves in the net for the Warriors (3-2).South Elgin 3, Glenbard East 0: J.L. Lujan, Issac Perez and Nate Fisher scored goals as the Storm (1-2) won in nonconference action. Richard Groenewegen (2 saves) and Michael Cortez (1 save) combined in goal for the shutout.St. Edward 2, Rockford East 2: Joe Martell’s goal with 46.7 seconds to play lifted the Green Wave to a nonconference tie. Kevin Bardan and Austin Pfeiffer assisted on the goal. Alex Semler scored the first goal for St. Edward (4-0-1) and John Gotheredge had 9 saves in goal.Neuqua Valley 1, Bartlett 0: Justin Busch had 7 saves in goal for Bartlett in the Best of the Midwest Tournament.Batavia 1, Streamwood 0: Phil Lewy (3 saves) and Sergio Blanco (4 saves) shared the net for the Sabres (3-1, 1-1) in this Upstate Eight River loss.Dundee-Crown 1, Hoffman Estates 0: Ben Stone’s first-half goal off an assist from William Campos, and 6 saves by Jose Gonzalez in the net lifted the Chargers (5-0) to the nonconference win.Crystal Lake South 0, Wheaton Warrenville South 0: Gus Alvarez made 6 saves for the Gators at the Barrington Classic. Alvarez was named to the all-tournament team.


    Girls volleyball/Fox Valley roundup

    At West Aurora: South Elgin took second place in the Gold Division at the West Aurora tournament, going 4-1 for the weekend. The Storm (4-4) defeated Romeoville, West Aurora and Bartlett before losing a 3-set match to Glenbard South. They then came back and beat Wheaton Academy in 3 sets. Leading South Elgin in the tournament were Ashley Oandasan (24 kills, 21 digs), Adrianna Loiacono (58 assists), Bri Reum (15 kills, 9 aces) and Kate Innis (33 digs).Streamwood finished fourth in the tournament, beating Sycamore and Plainfield East and losing to West Aurora and Wheaton Academy. Hannah McGlone led the Sabres (6-5) with 40 kills, 22 digs and 20 blocks. Mercedes Olmos added 27 assists and Lexi Engram had 17 kills for Streamwood.“McGlone had one of her best all-around tournaments for us,” said Streamwood coach Lisa Vazzanna. “She was all over the place for us.”At Timothy Christian: St. Edward went 4-1 for the weekend at the Timothy Christian tournament to take third place. The Green Wave (9-4) beat Aurora Christian, Westmont twice and U-High and lost to Timothy Christian. Leading St. Edward in the tournament were Mallory Gross (48 assists, 31 digs), Casey Gredzieleski (38 assists), Allison Kruk (112 digs, 3 aces), Clara McDowell (26 digs, 4 aces), Alyssa Saunders (34 digs), Katie Swanson (43 digs, 31 kills, 4 aces), Megan Barth (11 kills, 6 aces), Cece Rapp (11 kills), Cory Kelly (12 kills) and Shannon Igielski (34 kills).Harvest Christian went 3-2 at the tournament, beating Round Lake twice and U-High and losing to IC Catholic Prep and Timothy Christian to finish in fifth place. Ellie Burzlaff (21 kills), Chloe Corbett (23 kills, 12 aces, 21 digs), Sydney Doby (26 kills, 10 aces, 25 digs) and Shayna Manusos (41 digs, 8 aces) led the Lions.


    Aurora Central Catholic drops Bogan

    Aurora Central Catholic unleashed its pent-up energy Saturday. Bogan took the brunt of it.


    Aurora Christian pitches another shutout

    Aurora Christian 55, Bronzeville 0: Pitching its second straight shutout over a Chicago Public School squad, the two-time defending Class 3A champion Eagles (2-0) have outscored their foes 119-0.


    Libertyville’s Mansfield certainly catches on

    Passed by a senior and an up-and-coming sophomore on the depth chart to be Libertyville’s primary passer, Jake Mansfield wasn’t about to pass up an opportunity to contribute elsewhere on the football field. Sometimes it’s better to receive than give (up). “They were better for the (quarterback) spot,” Mansfield, a junior, said about senior Anthony Monken and sophomore Riley Lees. “What I wanted to do was try to help the team at a different position, so I just thought ‘receiver,’ because I think I’m pretty good at it.” The 6-foot, 165-pound Mansfield has been a good catch, so to speak, for the Wildcats.Note the new wide receiver’s 76-yard touchdown reception from Monken during Libertyville’s 28-6 win over Westinghouse College Prep on Chicago’s West Side on Saturday.


    Joliet Catholic has Geneva’s number again

    Geneva girls volleyball coach KC Johnsen knows all too well about the strength of Joliet Catholic’s program. The Angels, who earned back-to-back Class 3A state titles in 2008 and 2009, have captured 12 straight regional championships and have posted 8 consecutive 30-plus winning seasons. They’ve also made a habit out of winning tournament titles. Joliet Catholic made its annual early September trek to the western suburbs a winning one, capturing its eighth consecutive Geneva Invitational crown with a hard-fought 20-25, 25-21, 25-15 title triumph over the host Vikings (7-2) Saturday afternoon.


    Hinsdale Central dominates Batavia invite

    The Batavia Invitational has invariably served as a time-honored appetizer to the local large-school boys golf sectional in recent years. Less than a year after the Class 3A St. Charles East sectional produced the three trophy-winning teams at the state finals — Hinsdale Central, Naperville North and Lyons Township — met at Fox Valley Golf Club in North Aurora on Saturday for the tournament.But it was the West Suburban Silver, with all but Proviso West in attendance, which dominated the 27-team field.


    Area teams reap some medals at Fremd Invitational

    A five-minute shower turned into a two-hour rain delay Saturday at the Fremd Tennis Invitational.That caused a format change because of time constraints. The usual best-of-three sets, first-to-six-games format was replaced in the first two rounds of the eight-team invite that also included a second flight at Harper College. The coaches agreed to initiate the pro-set (one set with the first player to win eight games).After the rain subsided, Fenwick took first-place honors for the second straight year, posting 45 points. St. Charles East followed in second with 41 points, while Libertyville took third with 35.Area teams Fremd, Conant, Buffalo Grove and Hersey all participated.


    South Elgin, Elgin grads star for UW-Whitewater

    South Elgin graduate Jake Kumerow and Elgin graduate Dennis Moore scored the only 2 touchdowns for host Wisconsin-Whitewater, which rallied for 17 points in the fourth quarter to defeat Washington University (Mo) 17-7 before 4,282 fans in the the season opener at Perkins Stadium on Saturday.

    Jordan Niebrugge, right, is greeted by U.S. teammates Max Homa, left, and Cory Whitsett after Niebrugge completed the 18th hole Saturday in the Walker Cup tournament in Southampton, N.Y.

    U.S. takes 8-4 lead in Walker Cup

    NCAA champion Max Homa beat Max Orrin 5 and 3 and the United States won the first six singles matches Saturday in the Walker Cup to take an 8-4 lead over Britain and Ireland at historic National Golf Links of America.


    U.S. loses players in addition to World Cup qualifier

    Jozy Altidore, Geoff Cameron and Matt Besler are suspended after getting yellow cards in Friday night’s 3-1 loss at Costa Rica. And Michael Bradley has been ruled out of Tuesday night's game against Mexico after spraining his left ankle.

    Former 49ers quarterback Scott Tolzien hands off to running back Jewel Hampton in a preseason game last month. Tolzien, a former Fremd High School star, is now with the Vikings. Hampton, who played at SIU, made the 49ers roster.

    NFL rosters filled with talent groomed in Illinois

    Mike Wilkening, who has covered the NFL for more than a decade, provides a list of former Illinois prep football stars now on NFL rosters, as well as former college players in the NFL who played in our region. Wilkening will track the progress of these players throughout the NFL season and provide updates in his NFL Tracker column.

    Navy’s Darius Staten runs into the Indiana secondary during the first half Saturday in Bloomington, Ind.

    Navy grinds out 41-35 win at Indiana

    Keenan Reynolds rushed for 127 yards and three touchdowns, leading Navy to a 41-35 season-opening victory Saturday at Indiana. The Midshipmen (1-0) played almost flawlessly, finishing with 444 yards rushing, no turnovers, five penalties and only three carries for negative yards.


    Prospect second at invite

    With Mother Nature interfering, Prospect’s girls golf team had to settle for only one invite on Saturday.The Knights split their roster, sending girls to the Homewood-Flossmoor and Waukegan Invites. However, following two lightning delays, the Waukegan Invite was canceled. The golfers had played about 14 holes after the 1 p.m., shotgun start.However, with its 8 a.m. shotgun start in the south suburbs, the Homewood-Flossmoor Invite was completed. Prospect (335) took second place to Waubonsie Valley (328) at Green Garden Country Club in Frankfort.

    Darwin Barney

    Barney’s defense good as Gold again for Cubs

    Cubs second baseman Darwin Barney is quietly making his case to win the Gold Glove for defense a second straight year. Barney leads all National League second basemen in traditional fielding measurements as well as so-called advanced metrics.

    Nebraska players celebrate with teammate Quincy Enunwa after he scored a touchdown in the first half of Saturday’s rout of Southern Mississippi in Lincoln, Neb.

    No. 22 Nebraska starts fast, beats Southern Miss 56-13

    Stanley Jean-Baptiste and Ciante Evans returned first-quarter interceptions for touchdowns and No. 22 Nebraska made quick work of Southern Mississippi in a 56-13 victory on Saturday night.


    Solid Early Bird sends Meadows’ confidence soaring

    Rolling Meadows senior Jenny Vliet said the Mustangs’ ball control improved greatly throughout their five games at this weekend’s Early Bird Girls Volleyball Invite.And with that, the Mustangs confidence also soared.They lost only one match _ to powerful St. Charles East (7-1) _ and wrapped up a 4-1 run by defeating Schaumburg 25-19, 25-23 for fifth place.


    Hersey comes up short against Morton

    The first big test of the young season didn’t end with the result the Hersey faithful had hoped for. State ranked Morton got off to a bright start en route to a 1-0 victory over the Huskies (3-1-0) Saturday morning to advance to the finals of the Hinsdale South Invitational in Darien.

    Oakland Raiders quarterback Rich Gannon drops back to pass in the second quarter against the Tennessee Titans during the AFC championship on Jan. 19, 2003.

    Cutler, Forte checked out film of predecessors

    Lance Briggs says it's no disrespect to rookie middle linebacker Jon Bostic if veteran D.J. Williams takes back the job he had before a calf injury sidelined him at the end of July. Briggs says the time Bostic got with the starters will help his development down the road.


    Fremd struggles against Sandburg

    After a less-than-sparkling 80 minutes Saturday in the heat against Sandburg (3-2-0), Fremd faces an interesting training session Monday. The Vikings (1-3-1) never found their pace during a 1-0 defeat in the final match of the annual Best of the West tournament on the turf of host Naperville Central, going 0-3-0 to end their first week of action.

    With Bears head coach Marc Trestman on the sidelines, the offense has a chance to join the 21st century attacks employed throughout the NFL.

    Suddenly, offense part of Bears football

    The 2013 Bears season will feature growing pains from Marc Trestman all the way down to the newest players on special teams, but the Bears should be much more entertaining as they join the 21st century and include the offense as part of the football team.

    Gary Payton, a member of the 2013 class of inductees into the Basketball Hall of Fame, was an All-Star nine times, a member of the All-Defensive first team nine times and averaged 16.3 points per game in 17 pro seasons.

    Payton, King go from playground to hall of fame

    Gary Payton grew up on the West Coast and became a dominant defender. Bernard King got his start on the East Coast and developed into a great scorer. Those different routes led to the same destination — the Basketball Hall of Fame.

    Christian Liberty quarterback Gabe Grob fires downfield against Marquette Academy on Saturday in Arlington Heights.

    Christian Liberty battles against one of state’s best

    Christian Liberty Academy senior Alex Glynn has participated in some big victories in addition to some challenging losses in his 4 years on varsity. The first half of Saturday’s game against visiting Ottawa Marquette won’t go down as one of the high points, but Glynn was able to put the loss to one of the state’s better teams in perspective. Marquette, which won 11 consecutive games without a defeat in 2012 until a tough 35-34 loss to Forreston in the second round of the IHSA Class 1A playoffs, scored all 7 of their touchdowns in the first two quarters in a 48-0 win over the Chargers. Glynn, who was all over the field for Christian Liberty in the loss, preferred to focus on the second half when the Chargers held Marquette (2-0, 2-0) scoreless and allowed the Crusaders only 23 yards on offense.

    The Cubs’ Junior Lake argues with second base umpire Wally Bell after being caught stealing second base during the seventh inning Saturday against Milwaukee.

    Brewers rookie puts Cubs in the cellar

    Johnny Hellweg pitched six innings for his first career major league victory and Logan Schafer hit a three-run triple to help the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Chicago Cubs 5-3 on Saturday. Hellweg (1-3) allowed three runs on four hits. The Cubs got solo homers from Luis Valbuena and Brian Bogusevic. With the loss, the Cubs dropped behind the Brewers for last place in the NL Central.


    Cary-Grove a solid 5th at Jacobs

    With a team that has only two seniors on its roster, you would think Cary-Grove’s girls volleyball team would struggle during the early portion of the 2013 season. Forget about it. The Trojan express is rolling like a well-oiled machine. Posting a 4-1 slate at Saturday’s Jacobs Invitational, the Trojans finished a solid fifth in the talent-laden tourney. Cary-Grove, 6-1 overall for the season, defeated Wheaton North 25-20, 24-26, 25-12 to earn fifth place.

    Ohio State backup quarterback Kenny Guiton breaks away for a touchdown run against San Diego State during the second quarter Saturday in Columbus, Ohio.

    Backup QB to the rescue for No. 3 Ohio State

    Kenny Guiton took over when Braxton Miller left with a sprained left knee, running for one touchdown and passing for two on Saturday while leading No. 3 Ohio State to a 42-7 victory over San Diego State. Miller watched the last three quarters from the sideline after being sandwiched between two tacklers on the Buckeyes’ seventh offensive play. The Buckeyes (2-0) didn’t need him.

    Wauconda’s Alex Payne carries the ball during Saturday’s game against Orr.

    Images: Wauconda vs. Chicago Orr football
    The Wauconda Bulldogs hosted Chicago Orr for football action on Saturday, Sept. 7.

    John Hart

    Huntley cruises past Elgin

    Huntley football coach John Hart had a simple message for his team Saturday after a 32-point victory: To beat Cary-Grove, you have still have to be better. The Red Raiders scored on 6 of their first 7 possessions, held Elgin to less than 100 yards until a late drive without any regulars still playing, and cruised to a 48-16 victory at Memorial Field.


    Palatine powers into elite picture

    In preseason rankings, Glenbard West and Naperville North grabbed most of the girls cross country attention. But the Palatine Pirates elbowed their way into the conversation by taking the 33rd annual Hornet-Red Invitational title with 59 points at Katherine Legge Park in Hinsdale on Saturday. The Pirates edged runner-up Glenbard West (61 points), while Naperville Central took third with 86 points, followed by New Trier (90) and Minooka (128). Glenbard West was without top runner Madeline Perez, who set a state record in winning the 2012 Class 3A individual cross country state title. Perez also captured the Class 3A track crowns in the 1,600 and 3,200 last spring to complete a dominating performance. After a grueling junior season, Perez is easing herself back into competition this fall.

    Novak Djokovic reacts after losing a point to Stanislas Wawrinka during the semifinals of the 2013 U.S. Open on Saturday in New York.

    Djokovic pulls out epic 5 setter at U.S. Open

    Top-seeded Novak Djokovic withstood a 4-hour, 9-minute onslaught of Stanislas Wawrinka’s massive groundstrokes to escape with a 2-6, 7-6 (4), 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory and advance to his fourth straight final at the U.S. Open. It will be remembered for Game 3 of the final set, a back-and-forth roller coaster ride in which Djokovic had five opportunities to break for a 2-1 lead and lost them all.


    Western Illinois has no problem with Quincy

    Trenton Norvell threw for two touchdowns and J.C. Baker ran for two more as Western Illinois cruised to its second straight victory, defeating Quincy 34-6 on Saturday.

    Michigan State’s Shilique Calhoun picks up a fumble and returns it for a touchdown in front of South Florida’s Darrell Williams during the second quarter Saturday in East Lansing, Mich.

    Defense carries Michigan State to 21-6 win over South Florida

    Michigan State’s offense hasn’t been very good so far, but defensive end Shilique Calhoun scored on a fumble return and an interception return Saturday, and the Spartans beat South Florida 21-6.


    Magnesen makes major move for Hinsdale Central

    Hinsdale Central’s Billy Magnesen was knocking on the door of all-state honors last season by finishing 32nd in Class 3A. This year the Red Devils senior is looking to open it. Magnesen took a step forward Saturday at the 33rd annual Hornet–Red Devil cross country invitational, crashing through to win the title in 14:40 and leading host Hinsdale Central to the team title with 59 points at Katherine Legge Park in Hinsdale. Runner-up New Trier (74 points) placed four runners in the top 20. In third was Wheaton Warrenville South (83 points), followed by Neuqua Valley (88 points) and Palatine (125 points).

    Batavia’s Dakota Roman nears the finish line in the meet at Leroy Oakes Forest Preserve in St. Charles on Saturday, September 7.

    St. Charles North pulls a surprise

    Shari Hayes couldn’t believe the good news she was hearing. “We won?” the St. Charles North girls cross country coach asked Saturday after the Leavey Invite at LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve. “I’m shocked we won. I thought Jacobs won. We did really well.” The North Stars scored 77 points to finish 12 ahead of runner-up Jacobs. Geneva (120), St. Charles East (126) and York (140) rounded out the top five. Senior Ashley England led the North Stars with a third-place finish in 18:22 trailing only Jacobs junior Lauren VanVlierbergen (18:03) and St. Charles East junior Torree Scull (18:17).

    Geneva’s Blaine Bartel nears the finish line in the meet at Leroy Oakes Forest Preserve in St. Charles on Saturday, September 7.

    Johnson, Jacobs off to fast start

    A little lightning and a quick downpour delayed the start of Saturday morning’s Leavey Invite at LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve in St. Charles by an hour. It didn’t take long for Matthew Johnson and his Jacobs teammates to get back on the course and find their stride. Johnson finished the race in 15 minutes, 28.6 seconds to take fourth overall, leading his team to the runner-up spot behind champion Downers Grove North.

    Glenbard West’s Scott Andrews (23), scores a first half touchdown against Morton, as the Hilltoppers build a 41-0 halftime lead.

    Images: Glenbard West vs. Morton football
    Glenbard West hosted Morton for football action on Saturday, Sept. 7.

    Westminster Christian’s William Rathjen stiff arms Mooseheart’s Eric Vogeler, and tries to break past Feddide Okito Saturday in Elgin.

    Images: Mooseheart vs. Westminster Christian football
    Westminster Christian hosted Mooseheart for football action Saturday, September 7, 2013.

    Chicago White Sox Dayan Viciedo follows through on a solo home run against the Baltimore Orioles in the fifth inning of a baseball game Saturday in Baltimore.

    Wieters lifts Orioles over White Sox 4-3

    Matt Wieters hit a two-run single in the 10th inning to give the Baltimore Orioles a 4-3 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Saturday.

    Members of the Tokyo 2020 delegation celebrate after Tokyo was awarded the 2020 Olympic Games on Saturday in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

    Tokyo will host 2020 Olympics

    Tokyo has been awarded the 2020 Olympics, capitalizing on its reputation as a “safe pair of hands” and defying concerns about the Fukushima nuclear crisis.

    Hall of Fame second baseman Joe Morgan poses with his statue that was unveiled at Great American Ball Park on Saturday in Cincinnati.

    Reds unveil Morgan statue with Rose on hand

    Pete Rose and the rest of the starting lineup of the Reds’ back-to-back champions were together again at Great American Ball Park on Saturday for the unveiling of a bronze sculpture of Hall of Fame second baseman Joe Morgan.

    Penn State running back Zach Zwinak dives into the end zone to score on a two-yard run during the first quarter of Saturday’s game against Eastern Michigan in State College, Pa.

    Penn State cruises past Eastern Michigan

    Christian Hackenberg threw for 311 yards and a touchdown, and Zach Zwinak and Bill Belton each ran for a pair of scores, leading Penn State past Eastern Michigan 45-7 on Saturday.

    Iowa defensive back Tanner Miller, left, celebrates with teammate Desmond King after intercepting a pass in the end zone during the second half of Saturday’s game against Missouri State in Iowa City, Iowa.

    Iowa beats Missouri State 28-14

    Jake Rudock and Mark Weisman each ran for a pair of touchdowns and Iowa beat Missouri State 28-14 on Saturday, snapping a seven-game losing streak dating back to 2012.

    Purdue tight end Gabe Holmes runs after a catch against Indiana State during the first half of Saturday’s game in West Lafayette, Ind.

    Purdue slips by Indiana State

    Ricardo Allen’s interception with 19 seconds remaining preserved Purdue’s 20-14 win over Indiana State on Saturday afternoon. Indiana State (0-2) reached the Purdue 36-yard line in the final minute before Allen stepped in front of Mike Perish’s pass and gave Darrell Hazell his first win as Purdue’s coach.

    Wisconsin’s Warren Herring (45) and James Adeyanju (99) tackle Tennessee Tech punter Chad Zinchini during the second half of Saturday’s game in Madison.

    No. 21 Wisconsin throttles Tennessee Tech 48-0

    Melvin Gordon ran for 140 yards and a score, and No. 21 Wisconsin’s overpowering defense got its second straight shutout in a 48-0 win over FCS school Tennessee Tech on Saturday. Joel Stave was 24 of 29 for 219 yards with three touchdowns and an interception, while defensive back Darius Hillary set the tone early by forcing a fumble that set up a score for the Badgers (2-0).


    Sky can’t figure out how to beat Fever

    Sky fall to Indiana Fever, 82-77.

    The United States’ Eddie Johnson, front, collides with Costa Rica’s goalkeeper Keylor Navas, who blocked his attempt to score during a 2014 World Cup qualifier Friday in San Jose, Costa Rica. Behind at center is the United States’ Jozy Altidore.

    Costa Rica beats U.S. in World Cup qualifier

    Johnny Acosta and Celso Borges scored as Costa Rica burst ahead in the first 9 minutes, Joel Campbell added a goal on a late counterattack, and the Ticos beat the visiting United States 3-1 in a World Cup qualifier Friday night at San Jose.

    Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini watches a replay during last Saturday’s game against Wyoming in Lincoln, Neb. The Huskers won 37-34, but Wyoming amassed 602 yards.

    No. 22 Nebraska needs defense to rebound

    If Bo Pelini is worried about his defense, he isn’t showing it. While Nebraska fans spent the week stressing over how easily Wyoming moved the ball in the opener, the Cornhuskers’ coach stayed positive. He expects the defense to be “significantly better” Saturday against Southern Mississippi (0-1).


    Micha Berry, with the city of Fresno’s water division, unscrews the motor that sits on top of a groundwater well in order to repair the well’s pump, in Fresno, Calif.

    In drought, water war in California being fought underground

    Experts say water supplies have been strained by growing city populations and massive tracts of newly planted orchards and vineyards. “Water levels are dropping dramatically in some areas. It’s never been this bad,” said Steve Arthur, vice president of Arthur and Orum Well Drilling.

    Commercial buildings standing behind the Rainbow Bridge are reflected on a table at an observatory of a building at dusk in Tokyo, Japan.

    Towers scrape new heights with ‘vanity’ spires

    The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat has released a report noting that the developers of many new super-skyscrapers have been sticking huge, “useless” needles on top of them so they can be marketed as being among the world’s tallest.

    A 2014 Ford F-150 STX SuperCrew truck. Americans are paying record prices for new cars and trucks.

    Illinois sales tax receipts rise 11 percent

    SPRINGFIELD — Illinois sales tax receipts rose 11 percent in August. Strong automobile sales likely helped lift the numbers.That runs counter to the state government’s forecast of flat sales tax growth for the fiscal year that began July 1.The (Champaign) News-Gazette reports that in the first two months of the fiscal year, receipts have grown $108 million, or more than 8 percent, above last year’s level.Jim Muschinske is revenue manager for the state’s Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability.He says the results are “a little surprising.” But he cautions against reading too much into the bump, saying that “there’s still a lot of time for that to change.”He attributed the gains to good auto sales.

    Kathy Pedersen said caterers shouldn’t be charged similar to what bars and restaurants are charged for a liquor license.

    Lake Zurich caterer persuades village to retreat on $1,000 catering liquor license fee

    Lake Zurich village board members this week retreated from the police chief’s recommendation to create a catering business liquor license that would have cost $1,000 annually. This after listening to a caterer who just moved her business to town. If you go into a restaurant or you go into a banquet hall, you’re pretty much a captive audience,” Kathy Pedersen said. “You’re drinking their liquor or you’re not drinking any liquor.”

    Stephen Elop, outgoing chief executive officer of Nokia Oyj, speaks Tuesday during a news conference at the Dipoli conference center in Espoo, Finland. Microsoft Corp. agreed to buy Nokia Oyj’s handset business and license its patents for$7.2 billion, casting together the lot of two companies trying to stay relevant against fleet-footed technology rivals.

    Nokia deal boosts Elo’s chances at Microsoft CEO

    Stephen Elop, already an odds-makers’ favorite to take over as Microsoft’s next leader, just boosted his chances by helping orchestrate the $7.2 billion deal that makes him a senior executive at the software maker he once helped run. Elop, 49, a Canadian who has been Nokia chief executive officer for three years, will return to Microsoft as it buys the Finnish company’s mobile-phone unit. The one-time head of the software maker’s business division returns with experience competing head-on in mobile devices against Apple and Google.

    The Samsung Galaxy Mega, left, Samsung Galaxy S4, center, and Apple iPhone 5 are shown. With a screen measuring 6.3 inches diagonally, the Galaxy Mega is almost as big as a 7-inch tablet computer. The difference: It makes phone calls.

    AP reviews new smartphones: Samsung Note and more

    New phones are continually coming out. Which should you buy? Here’s a summary of The Associated Press’ recent phone reviews, including Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 phone, which was announced Wednesday and is coming later this year. — Android devices: Galaxy Note 3, Samsung Electronics Co.Samsung is giving its latest Galaxy Note smartphone a stylish makeover. The Note 3 has a soft, leather-like back. It feels like you’re holding a fancy leather-bound journal. Grooves on the side of the big-screen phone make it easier to grip. But the new phone is complicated to use. There’s too much going on. Between Scrapbook, My Magazine, Air Command and dozens of other functions, it might take even the most experienced smartphone user several hours to figure out. Once you get past that, though, you get new features such as the ability to quickly access the calculator, clock and other apps simply by drawing a box on the screen with the included stylus. The display measures 5.7 inches diagonally. That’s larger than the Note 2, yet the new phone is lighter and thinner. — Joseph Pisani, AP Business WriterGalaxy Mega, Samsung Electronics Co.The Mega shouldn’t even be called a phone, if it weren’t for the fact that it makes phone calls. With a screen measuring 6.3 inches diagonally, the Mega is more like a small Android tablet computer. It shares the tablet’s advantages in showing more detail in photos and video. Text is larger and easier to read, too. You can read small print on websites without zooming in, and you make fewer mistakes when trying to click on buttons and links. That doesn’t make the Mega practical, though, for many people. It’s huge and difficult to grip tightly. It could appeal to those who are willing to carry along a tablet computer but don’t want to carry a second device — the phone. For everyone else, small is the way to go. — Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology WriterGalaxy s4, Samsung Electronics co.The S4 is an excellent device from a hardware standpoint. Its 5-inch screen is larger than its predecessor, yet it’s a tad lighter and smaller. The display is sharp, at 441 pixels per inch. Samsung packed the Android device with a slew of custom features, including new camera tools and the ability to perform tasks by waving a finger over a sensor. Many of the features, however, make the phone more complicated to use. In some cases, custom features work only some of the time. In other cases, you’re confronted with too many ways to do similar things. The S4 might be for you if you don’t mind spending time customizing it. Otherwise, you must bypass all the gimmicks to get to what otherwise is a good phone. — Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology WriterHTC One, HTC Corp.The One is a phone that can match Apple’s standards of feel and finish. Plastic and metal are joined together so well that you can’t tell by feel where one ends and the other starts. The 4.7-inch screen is also quite a sight, its 468 pixels per inch among the best. Two front-facing speakers give you real stereo sound when turned sideways to watch a movie. HTC’s camera has a lower resolution than most. Promises of better lowlight shots from its larger sensors only partly delivered. Like other Android phone makers, HTC adds confusion by customizing the interface. There are four different “home” screens from which to launch apps, for instance. The One is worth checking out as an alternative to the Galaxy S4 from Samsung, which also adds complication with its custom features. — Peter Svensson, AP Technology WriterGoogle Play Phones

    A man tries a Samsung Galaxy Gear, right, next to his regular watch Wednesday after the presentation in Berlin, Germany. Samsung has unveiled a highly anticipated digital wristwatch well ahead of a similar product expected from rival Apple. The so-called smartwatch is what some technology analysts believe could become this year’s must-have holiday gift. Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Gear on Wednesday in Berlin ahead of the annual IFA consumer electronics show.

    Review: Samsung watch blends style, tech wizardry

    Samsung’s Galaxy Gear, a new computing device worn like a wristwatch, is certain to pique much curiosity when it starts being seen in public. The intensely black rectangular screen and orange strap on the wrist of a Samsung executive immediately caught my eye as she entered a corporate meeting room to give a preview of the gadget.

    Sales associate Jacky Hom, right, assists customer Katie Guo with a product demo of the Nokia Oyj Lumia 1020 mobile device at a Microsoft Corp. store in Boston.

    Microsoft raced to $7.2 billion deal with soul-searching Nokia

    Microsoft’s agreement to buy Nokia’s handset business, codenamed Project Gold Medal, was more of a sprint than a marathon. Talks between the two companies began in February after both sides agreed a two-year-old collaboration on smartphone development wasn’t working, according to people familiar with the deal. By July, Microsoft and Nokia, based near Helsinki, settled on the price and structure of a $7.2 billion deal to buy the handset business and license its patents, the people said.


    Mobile-phone sales to jump 7.3% in 2013 as Windows makes inroads

    The surging popularity of smartphones will fuel a 7.3 percent gain in mobile-phone shipments this year, rebounding from 1.2 percent growth in 2012, according to research firm IDC. While the smartphone business remains a two-horse race between Google Inc.’s Android and Apple Inc.’s iOS, the Windows Phone platform will make inroads over the next four years, IDC predicted.

    A man shows the new Sony Xperia Z1 smartphone at a Sony event ahead of the IFA, one of the world’s largest trade fairs for consumer electronics and electrical home appliances, in Berlin.

    Sony launches camera phone with add-on lenses

    Sony Mobile unveiled a new addition to its Xperia smartphone lineup Wednesday: a device that sports a massive 20.7-megapixel camera and is capable of attaching better lenses. The Xperia Z1, presented in Berlin two days before the annual IFA consumer electronics show there, is Sony’s attempt to leapfrog rivals such as Nokia and Samsung in the race for the phone with the best camera.

    The Samsung Corp. Galaxy Mega phone is displayed for a photograph in San Francisco. The idea behind the Mega is that you can replace two devices, phone and tablet, with one.

    Review: Samsung’s Galaxy Mega is a lumbering giant

    The most common reaction to Samsung’s new Galaxy Mega smartphone may be: You’ve got to be kidding. The Mega is a phone in only the loosest sense of the word. True, it runs Google’s Android operating system, has a built-in microphone and speaker and connects to AT&T’s voice network as well as its high-speed LTE data service.

    This undated product image provided by Google Inc. shows the new Kit Kat bar Android statue outside Google Inc. headquarters in Mountain View, CA. Google is naming its new Android operating system after the chocolate bar. The Android 4.4 KitKat system is expected to launch in October 2013.

    Gimme a break: New Android system named ‘KitKat’

    The tech giant, which is known for nicknaming its Android mobile operating systems for smartphones and tablets after desserts, has for the first time chosen a brand-name candy for its 4.4 version that’s expected to launch this fall: Kit Kat.

    An attendee looks at a new Samsung Electronics Co. Galaxy Gear watch during an event in Times Square in New York. The market for wearable tech — seen as the next generation of data-processing devices — is expected to grow, with Yano Research Institute predicting a market in the 100-million-unit range for watch-type devices and in the 10-million-unit range for eyeglass-type devices.

    Japan, overseas Firms battle over wearable tech business

    The market for wearable tech — seen as the next generation of data-processing devices — is expected to grow, with Yano Research Institute predicting a market in the 100-million-unit range for watch-type devices and in the 10-million-unit range for eyeglass-type devices. Japanese tech firms, which have lagged behind Samsung and Apple in smartphones, are hoping to create a place for themselves in this market.

    The Foresee app gives forecasts geared to specific activities, like hiking or biking.

    App Reviews: Foresee, 1Weather

    The Foresee app gives forecasts geared to specific activities, like hiking or biking. The 1Weather app has a seven-day forecast and lets users bookmark multiple cities.

    The idea behind the Mega is that you can replace two devices, phone and tablet, with one.

    Review: ‘Mega’ phone is huge, with limited appeal

    The Samsung's new Galaxy Mega phone shouldn’t even be called a phone, if it weren’t for the fact that it makes phone calls. With a screen measuring 6.3 inches diagonally, the Mega is more like a small Android tablet computer. It shares the tablet’s advantages in showing more detail in photos and video. Text is larger and easier to read, too. That doesn’t make the Mega practical, though.

    Stephen Elop, chief executive officer of Nokia Oyj, left, speaks as Steve Ballmer, chief executive officer of Microsoft Corp., listens while onstage at the Nokia capital markets day in London, U.K., on Friday, Feb. 11, 2011. Microsoft Corp. agreed to buy Nokia Oyj’s handset business and license its patents for $7.2 billion, casting together the lot of two companies trying to stay relevant against fleet-footed technology rivals.

    Microsoft-Nokia: A good deal that came too late

    This week, Microsoft announced its unsurprising, $7.2 billion plan to buy Nokia’s smartphone division. Nokia is the world’s largest manufacturer of phones that run Microsoft’s Windows Phone operating system (which is a bit like pointing out that, at 5-foot-6, I’m the tallest member of my immediate family). Microsoft is buying Nokia to control both the hardware and software in its devices; this move, Microsoft promises, will improve the phones themselves and make them easier to sell. But this is the antithesis of the company’s Windows strategy.

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    Yankee Magazine’s September-October issue offers travel ideas for hiking in the White Mountains in New Hampshire, visiting the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts and more.

    Magazine offers autumn travel ideas to New England

    Leaf-peepers looking to visit New England this fall can find travel ideas for New Hampshire’s White Mountains and the Berkshire Mountains of Western Massachusetts in the September-October issue of Yankee Magazine. The magazine also offers live foliage maps and best drives for autumn color around the region.


    Sophie Hannah to pen new ‘Agatha Christie’ novel

    Here’s one mystery solved: Sophie Hannah is the crime writer given the formidable and most likely lucrative task of reviving Agatha Christie’s famed detective, Hercule Poirot, in a new novel. The joint venture involving Hannah, HarperCollins publishers and the late Christie’s descendants means that Hannah will write the first family-authorized sequel to the works that made Christie the best-selling novelist in history, with more than 2 billion copies sold.

    Johnny Wagner of Pingree Grove performed at the 2012 Platzkonzert, an Oktoberfest-themed festival held this year at Sears Centre.

    Weekend picks: Oom pah pah at Platzkonzert Germanfest

    Be German for a day at the free Platzkonzert Germanfest at Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates. Enjoy multiple bands, kids' activities, and loads of German food and more. Head to the Wings Over Waukegan Air Show for some high-flying action today. Put on your walking shoes for Theatre-Hikes' production of "A Walk with Mark Twain" at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle.

    In this March 22, 2011 photo, Mexican actor Eugenio Derbez discusses his movie "No eres t?, soy yo" during an interview with the Associated in Miami Beach, Fla. The movie "Instructions Not Included," with Eugenio Derbez as actor, director and one of the writers, turned in the biggest Spanish-language opening ever over the Labor Day holiday weekend in the U.S., according to studio estimates Monday Sept. 2, 2013.It took in $10 million and ranked fifth at the box office, competing with blockbusters such as "The Butler" and Disney animation "Planes" that were shown in 10 times more theaters. (AP Photo/J. Pat Carter, File)

    Spanish-language ‘Instructions’ winning at box office

    English speakers need subtitles to understand the movie and probably Google to know where they’ve seen the star, if at all. But a movie featuring a Mexican actor whose shows have been a TV staple in Mexico for years has taken Hollywood by surprise. The movie “Instructions Not Included,” with Eugenio Derbez as actor, director and one of the writers, turned in the biggest Spanish-language opening ever over the Labor Day holiday weekend in the U.S., according to studio estimates

    San Francisco-born Chris Hart sings at an outdoor concert in Tokyo. His album of cover versions of Japanese pop tunes is rising on the charts. And the crooner is scoring on this nation’s equivalent of “American Idol,” being billed as a genius who understands the “soul” of Japan.

    Chris Hart finds J-pop home in Japan

    Leaving San Francisco, singer Chris Hart has made himself at home in “J-pop.” His album of cover versions of Japanese pop tunes is rising on the charts. And the crooner is scoring on this nation’s equivalent of “American Idol,” being billed as a genius who understands the musical soul of Japan. His success highlights a music industry that’s still booming, and increasingly eager to internationalize.

    Capt. Kirk (Chris Pine) faces new challenges in “Star Trek Into Darkness,” now on DVD.

    DVD previews: “Star Trek Into Darkness,” “Love Is All You Need”

    DVDs out next week include "Star Trek Into Darkness," "Love Is All You Need," "Tyler Perry Presents Peeples," "Chasing Ice" and a host of TV series.

    People walk on the Nowy Swiat street, a part of the seven-miles Royal Route in Warsaw, Poland. The Royal Route runs from Warsaw's Old Town, south, to the Baroque royal mansion of Wilanow.

    5 free things to do in Warsaw

    From memorials of its dramatic history to enchanting parks and Vistula River banks, Warsaw offers a great deal for free to visitors who add Poland's capital to their must-see list.

    Designer Annie Le handles a dress on a mannequin in the production room of the New York studio of fashion designer Carmen Marc Valvo, as he and his staff create his Spring 2014 collection for a Fashion Week runway show.

    N.Y. fashion week straight from the lens

    Carmen Marc Valvo narrows his eyes at the flowing skirt Taylor Foster models on a carpeted “runway” — technically a hallway — in his Garment District studio. It’s a common look for Valvo in these days before New York Fashion Week, one that asks without words, “Does this feel right?” This time, the answer is not yet — it will require some tinkering. The runway shows at New York Fashion Week are 15 minutes each of glitz, glamour and hopefully some clothes to remember before the editors, stylists and retailers move on to the next.

    This potpourri jar is very Victorian, but does the damage hurt its value?

    Valuing an old potpourri jar

    Q. Can you help me date my grandmother’s potpourri (?) jar and possibly value it? The top lid has a crack and a small wedge-shaped piece missing from the edge. The rest of it is in mint condition. On the underside of the lid is the number “52."


    Old vacant lot is not worth agent’s time

    Q. In 1972, my parents bought a vacant lot in Florida for $1,000. They hoped to build and retire there. They’ve both passed away, and they did not have wills. The property is not worth that much, and I never legally had it put in my name.


    The art of vacuuming

    What, you don’t love to vacuum? Well, chances are you still need to suck it up. Here are some tips on methods and machines to help make the chore of vacuuming less of a challenge.


    Feast your eyes on fall foliage

    Leisurely road trips to see the changing colors of fall are an annual event for many Midwestern families. Knowing when to go can be dicey — it's hard to predict exactly when trees will be at their most vibrant reds, yellows and oranges.

    Furniture designer Amy Howard has a new line of powder paints to refinish old furnishings.

    Designer expands furniture company to include DIY products

    “Did you know Americans throw away more than 10 million pieces of furniture a year?” asked Amy Howard. Her company, Artisan Studios, produces her eponymous handcrafted furniture.


    Owners do not have right to ask questions at board meetings

    Q. I have always wondered about a practice of our homeowners association. Owners are permitted to attend the board meetings; however, owners are not able to pose questions to the board or comment on matters being discussed by the board. Is this legal?


    Fix up a home before selling it, or not?

    Recently I put my home up for sale, and because it needed a new roof, deck, and septic system, came face to face with this question. This article is based heavily on that experience, in which I made a serious mistake that other sellers can avoid.



    Voting is key to solving problems
    A Des Plaines letter to the editor: As a retired classroom teacher, I compliment the Obama and Quinn administrations for being motivating factors to increase insightful thought and deeper analysis of political candidates.


    Military-style weapons are for military
    A Palatine letter to the editor: My opinion on the right to bear arms is simply that nobody needs military-type assault weapons except our military and police forces.


    Don’t let Syria policy repeat history
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: It has been said many times; “Those who ignore history tend to repeat it.”


    GOP should take lead on immigration reform
    A Naperville letter to the editor: While it has become a largely bipartisan issue, the fate of immigration reform now rests in the hands of the Republican majority in the U.S. House.


    Lazarus House open house is today
    A St. Charles letter to the editor: Sixteen years ago this summer Lazarus House was founded when the truth of homelessness within our cities was revealed. Through the leadership of founding Director Darlene Marcusson we learned that the people we saw sleeping on park benches were not from far away places, but rather were our neighbors who returned to their own community the months shelters in other cities closed.


    Why a special tax just for DuPage?
    A Bartlett letter to the editor: My thanks to the Daily Herald for covering the recent protest at the DuPage County Board meeting Aug. 27. This is something which needs some additional background.


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