Daily Archive : Wednesday September 11, 2013



    I-290 crash kills Elk Grove Village man

    An Elk Grove Village man was killed Tuesday night in a single vehicle crash on I-290 westbound, east of the Route 64 exit, according to authorities. A spokesman for the DuPage County Coroner’s Office identified the man as 49-year-old Charles O’Connell.


    ESO, Elgin reach agreement on debt

    The city of Elgin and the Elgin Symphony Orchestra finally have agreed on a debt repayment plan for the symphony, after more than a year of wrangling, both in public and in private. The Elgin City Council approved in a 6-3 vote Wednesday a plan that requires ESO to repay to the city $233,920 plus interest over the course of 15 years. Councilmen Terry Gavin, John Prigge and Toby Shaw voted against...


    New Jefferson referendum looms in Wheaton Warrenville 200

    The prospect of another vote to increase taxes for the Jefferson Early Childhood Education Center remains very much alive in Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200 as supporters of the failed April effort have re-emerged. Former board President Andrew Johnson introduced himself to the school board late Wednesday as the new chairman of a group called “Friends of the Schools — Yes to the Jefferson...

    Peter Roskam

    House extends review of Roskam trip to Taiwan

    The U.S. House Committee on Ethics today extended a review into U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam's 2011 trip to Taiwan. The panel began looking into whether the Taiwanese government improperly funded the $25,000 trip after an Office of Congressional Ethics report called for an additional review. Roskam has argued the Committee on Ethics reviewed and signed off on the trip, which was paid for by Chinese...

    Jeff Ralston places a hutch on top of a desk this week as he helps set up for the St. Peter Barn Sale coming up Saturday and Sunday at the Kane County Fairgrounds in St. Charles.

    Barn Sale, mum sale, recycling drive all in St. Charles

    Expect traffic congestion more than usual Saturday morning on Randall Road north of Route 38 in St. Charles. The St. Peter Church Barn Sale is at the Kane County Fairgrounds, the county has its monthly electronics recycling drive in the parking lot of of the circuit court clerk's office, and the Pottawatomie Garden Club is selling mums in the circuit clerk's parking lot.

    Carpentersville Village President Ed Ritter places a wreath on a stand while “Amazing Grace” plays Wednesday morning during a Sept. 11 remembrance ceremony at Fire Station 1.

    Suburbanites remember Sept. 11 victims

    Suburban residents marked the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on Wednesday with the reading of the names, moments of silence and serene music that have become tradition.

    West Dundee officials will vote on a honeybee ordinance in October. If approved, residents would be allowed to raise honeybees in their backyards.

    West Dundee learns more about honeybees

    West Dundee officials invited a honeybee expert to explain and dispel myths about the insects this week, but it wasn't enough to convince some trustees that the village should become honeybee friendly.Trustees Daniel Wilbrandt and Michelle Kembitzky said they cannot support a proposal to legalize honeybee keeping.


    Some minor injuries reported in Glenview high-rise fire

    Only minor injuries were reported in a high rise fire in the 3900 block of Triumvera Drive in Glenview. Residents had to be rescued from the fire in the 9th floor condo overnight.


    One killed in Evanston shooting

    A man was fatally shot in Evanston overnight. Police remain on the scene of the shooting in the 1700 block of Leland Avenue.

    A test of the twin beams of the Tribute in Light intersect with still-under construction Tower One as they rise behind the building and above lower Manhattan in New York. The memorial, sponsored by the Municipal Art Society, will light the sky on the evening tonight in honor of those who died in the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks on the United States.

    Dawn Patrol: High rise fire in Glenview; hot again today

    Suburban members of congress respond to Syria. Record-setting heat moves through. Dist. 220 to link low-income students to Internet. Elgin man gets 36 years for sexually abusing teen. Lawyer: Villa Park trustee's dispute version 'baloney.' Bears tight end Bennett gets serious. What to watch for at Blackhawks training camp.


    Emanuel apologizes for police torture

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has apologized for police torture of two suspects who will receive millions of dollars in settlement money. The settlements approved Wednesday bring the total payouts in the long-running torture cases to more than $80 million.


    Chicago mayor offers olive branch to union leader

    A year after 26,000 members of the Chicago Teachers Union walked off the job, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and union president Karen Lewis are expressing a willingness to improve their relationship. The strike, idling 350,000 students, was marked Tuesday with Emanuel saying he is trying to build a more amenable relationship with Lewis.


    Chicago City Council reluctantly waters down gun ordinance

    Forced to weaken one of the nation's toughest gun-control laws, the Chicago City Council clearly signaled it wasn't backing down on Wednesday by banning concealed weapons in all bars and restaurants that sell liquor — and noting that attorneys were ready to fight the anticipated legal challenges.

    Srinivasa Erramilli

    Aurora man who groped fellow traveler gets 9 months

    A judge sentenced a business traveler from Aurora to nine months in prison Wednesday for groping a passenger in flight while she slept in a seat next to him. The victim told reporters later she wished the punishment could have been harsher.


    Quinn halts funding for future Capitol renovation

    Gov. Pat Quinn announced Tuesday that he’s suspended funding for future renovations at the state Capitol, blasting the project’s architect for extravagant renovations that have already prompted criticism of Quinn’s leadership and caused embarrassment for financially shaky Illinois. “We don’t need to have the Palace of Versailles at our state Capitol,” Quinn...

    Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White is gearing up to announce his re-election bid for a fifth term in office.

    Jesse White to announce re-election bid

    Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White is gearing up to announce his re-election bid for a fifth term in office. White will make it official Thursday morning at a downtown Chicago hotel, campaign spokesman Dave Druker said Wednesday, adding that Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is also expected to attend.


    Illinois marks anniversary of Sept. 11 attacks

    Illinois is marking the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks with solemn remembrances. In Chicago, retired Lt. Col. Ryan Yantis, a survivor of the attack on the Pentagon, will address members of the Union League Club. Bells will ring and the audience will observe a moment of silence.

    Peter Roskam

    GOP Congressman Roskam opposes Syria strike

    U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam, the House GOP chief deputy whip from suburban Wheaton, is parting with fellow House Republican leaders in opposing U.S. military action in Syria.


    Wauconda 16-year-old honored with Citizen’s Lifesaving Award

    A 16-year-old girl is now the youngest person to ever receive the Citizen’s Lifesaving Award from the McHenry County sheriff’s office, according to a news release. Megan Ringel, of Wauconda, was presented with the award — the highest honor a civilian can receive from the sheriff’s office — on Wednesday afternoon.

    Kevin McCartney

    ‘Coward’ gets 9 years for leaving friend to die in Wheaton crash

    For two years, Gregory Hoctor’s parents were left searching for answers about the accident that killed their son. Kevin McCartney knew the whole time. On Wednesday, McCartney was called “coward” by the judge who sentenced him to nine years in prison for leaving his friend to die in an October 2009 crash.

    Bryce Laspisa

    Police: Burned body not missing Naperville native

    The search for a Naperville native missing in Southern California will continue with a renewed fervor after police confirmed a burned body found last week near the area where the teen was last seen has been identified as someone else. According to a Sheriff’s Department news release, the victim was a 35-year old man who police believe was murdered by a brother and sister over a money...

    Laura Zeng, 13, left, of Libertyville and Camilla Feeley, 13, of Lincolnshire take a ballet lesson during a recent training session at the North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastic Center in Deerfield. Both are members of the junior national team and Laura is the reigning national junior champion.

    Libertyville, Lincolnshire gymnasts find winning rhythm

    When watching rhythmic gymnasts Laura Zeng of Libertyville and Camilla Feeley of Lincolnshire, you’re not sure whether to be awe-struck or completely baffled as to how they do it. Each of the 13-year-olds has a promising future in the sport. "Laura and Camilla have the psychological ability to show their best when their heart is beating out of their chest,” coach Dani Takova said.


    Teen with BB gun puts Gages Lake schools on lockdown

    Gages Lake schools were placed on lockdown Wednesday afternoon after a school bus driver observed a teen near a school with what appeared to be a rifle, according to a news release. Police located a 17-year-old boy in the wooded area with a BB gun.

    Roger Burgess, former teacher and coach of Todd Beamer, who died in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks after confronting terrorists aboard United Flight 93, speaks Wednesday during the Sept. 11, remembrance ceremony in Naperville Wednesday.

    Naperville ceremony honors, remembers Sept. 11 heroes

    At a memorial honoring one person who lost his life in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Naperville leaders and residents gathered Wednesday night to hear the story of another who perished that historic day. The Cmdr. Dan Shanower Memorial was the backdrop for a ceremony marking the 12th anniversary of the attacks, featuring remarks about the life and heroism of Wheaton College graduate Todd Beamer.

    Aurora police are investigating a Wednesday afternoon accident that left a man critically injured at a construction site on Meridian Road, north of Ferry Road.

    Truck rolls over man in Aurora

    A mechanic was critically injured Wednesday afternoon at a construction site in Aurora when a dump truck he was fixing rolled over him, authorities said.

    After Richard Doner, right, bought his first electric guitar, CPA Steve Doner jumped onboard the musical bandwagon. Now, the Wheaton father and son craft elaborate, custom guitars, which they donate to charity.

    'Uncool' CPA teams with son to create rockin' guitars for charity

    In his life as an "uncool" CPA, Steve Doner of Wheaton implements initiatives, drives change and crunches numbers. After hours, he and his teenage son make custom electric guitars, which they donate to charity auctions.

    Ali Haidar, the Syrian Minister for Reconciliation Affairs, said Syria’s acceptance of a Russian initiative to relinquish its chemical weapons is a sign of strength and that by agreeing to the proposal, Syria has taken away one of the pretexts for war against Syria although he says the threat of foreign military action remains.

    Diplomats move on 2 fronts on Syria weapons

    Key international players were moving on two diplomatic fronts Wednesday to try to put Syria’s chemical weapons under international control, and a fresh effort appeared to be underway to get the government and opposition to peace talks.

    Kevin Jones, right, and Jeff Gove of the Des Plaines Fire Department prepare to raise the colors at the Sept. 11 memorial and Patriot Day ceremony at fire station 1 on Wednesday.

    Images: Suburban Sept. 11 memorial services
    On the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, memorial observances were held locally in Des Plaines, Hoffman Estates, Carol Stream, Naperville, Elgin, Veronon Hills, Mundelein and Carpentersville.


    Mobile home residents sue Wheeling for discrimination

    About 50 residents of a mainly Hispanic mobile home community in Wheeling claim the village is enforcing its building code in a discriminatory manner in an effort to remove them from their homes.

    Secretary of State John Kerry is headed for Geneva to work on a Russian proposal for international inspectors to seize and destroy the deadly stockpile.

    White House: Russian prestige on the line in Syria

    The White House tried Wednesday to pin the success or failure of a diplomatic option to secure Syria’s chemical weapons on Russia rather than the United States as Secretary of State John Kerry headed for Geneva to work on a Russian proposal for international inspectors to seize and destroy the deadly stockpile.

    Dan Cronin

    DuPage County not seeking property tax hike

    Saying DuPage County government must live within its means, county board Chairman Dan Cronin is proposing a budget for 2014 that wouldn’t increase the property tax levy. “The challenge of doing more with less rings true once again this year,” Cronin told county board members.


    Former Schaumburg man sentenced to 7 years for extortion

    A former Schaumburg man was sentenced Wednesday to seven years in federal prison for a multimillion-dollar extortion scheme, according to a news release from the FBI.


    Prison time for Hanover Park man charged with DUI

    A 22-year-old Hanover Park man pleaded guilty to aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol and driving without a valid driver’s license stemming from a crash last May after he fell asleep at the wheel.In exchange for Rafael Camarena’s guilty plea, a Cook County judge sentenced him to one year in prison and ordered him to pay $1,934 in fines.


    Downers Grove man gets probation for copper theft

    A 52-year-old Downers Grove man pleaded guilty to stealing copper from the Rolling Meadows company where he worked and selling it to an Aurora recycling firm. In exchange for Peter Dang's guilty plea, a Cook County judge sentenced him to 18 months probation and ordered him to pay $31,258 in restitution.

    Retired FDNY Marshal, Ernie Medaglia, of Bronxville, N.Y., who was at the attacks at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, listens to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo at a ceremony near the 9/11 Memorial honoring first responders and FDNY Rescue 1 on the 12th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013.

    Nation pauses on 9/11 to pay tribute to victims

    As bells tolled solemnly, Americans marked the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on Wednesday with the reading of the names, moments of silence and serene music that have become tradition.


    Geneva school eyes applying $5 million surplus to debt

    Should the Geneva school district continue to use education fund excess to make debt payments? Should it levy less for operating taxes, to avoid having such a surplus? The board's finance committee reviewed these options this week at its annual presentation about what to do about the district's outstanding debt.


    Downers Grove teen faces arson charge

    A Downers Grove teenager faces one count of arson after setting fire to a park district facility, according to a police news release.


    11 burglaries in 2 weeks in Naperville

    A string of burglaries continues in Naperville, where police said $37,350 in jewelry was taken Tuesday from a home on the 2200 block of Comstock Lane. Police believe two people or groups of people likely are responsible for 11 residential burglaries reported during the past two weeks, Sgt. Louis Cammiso said.


    Wauconda Fire open house:

    The Wauconda Fire District will host its annual open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at Station One, 109 West Liberty St., Wauconda.


    District 95 meeting:

    Lake Zurich Unit District 95 meets at 6:15 p.m. Thursday at Seth Paine Elementary School's gymnasium.


    Experience Hope walk/run at Lakewood:

    The first Experience Hope 5K run/walk will be held at 8 a.m. Sunday at the Lakewood Forest Preserve near Wauconda.


    Marching band exhibition:

    Marching bands from Woodland Elementary District 50’s Middle School, Warren Township High School and Gurnee Elementary District 56’s Viking Middle School will join forces to perform their marching routine in exhibition style at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 18.


    Hanover Park’s Longmeadow Lane bridge reopens

    Hanover Park officials gathered Wednesday for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to reopen the Longmeadow Lane bridge to the public. The original bridge, located south of Irving Park Road, was built in 1965. It closed in July 2012 after several sections were found to be deficient.

    Jaime M. Diaz

    Life sentence for 1998 Aurora double murder in alley

    A 36-year-old Aurora man was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison without the chance for parole after his conviction earlier this year of killing two men in an Aurora alley in 1998. A beer bottle with his DNA on it was a key piece of evidence the helped convict Jaime Diaz of killing Brendon Anderson, 21, of North Aurora, and Elias Calcano, 21, of Aurora.


    Mount Prospect works to curb Lawrence Lane flooding

    Many areas of Mount Prospect are prone to flooding, but for the residents of one particular neighborhood, the cup continually overflows. This summer, however, the village has engaged in a series of public improvements designed to mitigate flooding in the area surrounding Lawrence Lane.


    Fox Valley police reports
    Andrew J. Ross, 17, of Carpentersville, was charged as an adult and accused of robbing a gas station convenience store Sunday night that’s less than a mile away from his home, according to a police report.

    Thomas Poynton

    Rock the Block bash to showcase downtown Lake Zurich

    Lake Zurich is throwing a bash Saturday night that's meant to be a good time for visitors while serving as a way to attract downtown redevelopment.


    Chicago City Council honors ex-alderman Mell

    During Wednesday’s tribute, Chicago aldermen took turns recalling moments of Dick Mell’s career. Alderman Ed Burke presented a photograph of the most defining moment: the time Mell jumped up on his desk in 1987 to make a point while his colleagues were choosing a successor for former Mayor Harold Washington.


    NIU enrollment falls 3.3 percent

    NIU released enrollment totals on Wednesday for the new school year. The DeKalb university says the school’s total enrollment is 21,138. That’s 3.3 percent less than the 21,869 that attended NIU in fall 2012.


    Expect traffic delays near Rosemont starting Thursday

    Drivers traveling to Rosemont hotels, restaurants, or the Allstate Arena can look forward to traffic snarls starting Thursday when the Illinois Department of Transportation closes the Mannheim Road northbound exit off I-190. Arena patrons traveling eastbound on I-90 should expect high than usual traffic and allow extra time to get there for events, according to the village website.


    Dist. 204 weighing 2 superintendent search firms

    As leaders of a district serving 29,000 students in four communities, Indian Prairie Unit District 204 board members know they need to find the right leader to take over when Superintendent Kathy Birkett retires at the end of this school year.

    Bob Odenkirk will reprise his “Breaking Bad” role of sleazy lawyer Saul Goodman in a spinoff called “Better Call Saul.”

    AMC cooks up ‘Breaking Bad’ spinoff

    AMC is calling Saul Goodman for a spinoff of the network’s drama series “Breaking Bad.” AMC and Sony Pictures Television on Wednesday confirmed the long-discussed spinoff, which will feature the popular supporting character from “Breaking Bad” in a one-hour prequel tentatively titled “Better Call Saul.”

    A fire house bell is rung in honor of the firefighters who lost their lives in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of 2001 during the city of Elgin’s Sept. 11th ceremony Wednesday in front of the police department.

    Elgin, Carpentersville conduct remembrance ceremonies

    Elgin and Carpentersville held ceremonies Wednesday commemorating the 12th anniversary of the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

    Margie Beniaris, director of Early Learning Center, gives Dennis Van Roekel, president of the National Education Association, a tour of one of the classrooms of the Early Learning Childhood Center at Forest Elementary School in Des Plaines.

    Teacher’s union president tours Des Plaines promoting Common Core

    “There’s a lot of confusion about the Common Core standards,” said Dennis Van Roekel, president of the National Education Association, the country’s largest teacher’s union, after a tour of Des Plaines schools Wednesday. Van Roekel met with the Daily Herald Editorial Board to discuss the new Common Core State Standards adopted by 45 states and the District of Columbia to better prepare students...


    Document, electronics recycling events in Arlington Heights Sept. 21

    There will be two recycling events on Saturday, Sept. 21 in Arlington Heights, officials said. The Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County will host a document destruction event from 9-11 a.m. that morning at the Arlington Heights Senior Center, 1801 W. Central Road. An electronics recycling event with Sen. Matt Murphy is planned for the same day at Recreation Park, from 9 a.m. until noon.

    Singer Kayla Tejero of Montgomery, a finalist in the Geneva’s Got Talent competition, is a voice student in the Fox Valley Park District’s Adagio Music Studio.

    Park district helps students make beautiful music

    Let’s face it — not everybody is naturally gifted to make beautiful music, whether through voice, instrument or both. Fortunately, the Fox Valley Park District’s School of Performing Arts is providing expanded opportunities to develop those talents through the new Adagio Music Studio.

    Lakota Indians Ronald and Barb Wolfbear, of Glen Ellyn, wait for the start of the Grand Entrance during the 59th Annual American Indian Center Pow Wow at Busse Woods Forest Preserve in Elk Grove Village. The event features Native American dance competition, singers, artists, food vendors, storytelling and archery.

    American Indian pow wow at Busse Woods this weekend

    The 60th Annual American Indian Center Pow Wow is Friday through Sunday, Sept. 15, at Busse Woods Forest Preserve in Elk Grove Village.

    Alexander Kvasnicka

    Former Mundelein trustee candidate appointed to planning, zoning commission

    A former candidate for the Mundelein village board has been appointed to the town’s planning and zoning commission. Alexander Kvasnicka, who ran for a trustee post this past April but lost, will review development projects as part of the volunteer group.


    Join Autumn Wine Walk Saturday in Barrington

    The merchants in downtown Barrington will host an Autumn Wine Walk 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, to kick off the fall shopping season by introducing shoppers and visitors to the unique stores and restaurants in Barrington.

    President Barack Obama lowers his head during a moment of silence at the Pentagon Wednesday, during a ceremony to mark the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

    Obama pays tribute to the fallen of Sept. 11, 2001

    For President Barack Obama, the prospect of more U.S. military action in the Middle East hung over his observance Wednesday of the Sept. 11 attacks that occurred a dozen years ago. While Obama made no direct mention of the crisis in Syria, he vowed to “defend our nation” against the threats that endure, even though they may be different than the ones facing the country during the 2001 attacks.

    Continuing opposition from conservatives forced House GOP leaders, including House Speaker John Boehner, seen here, on Wednesday to delay a vote on a temporary spending bill required to prevent a government shutdown next month.

    GOP stopgap spending plan to be delayed

    Continuing opposition from conservatives forced House GOP leaders on Wednesday to delay a vote on a temporary spending bill required to prevent a government shutdown next month.

    This is the short form for the new federal Affordable Care Act application. Getting covered through President Barack Obama’s health care law might feel like a combination of doing your taxes and making a big purchase that requires some research.

    Haves and have-nots as health care markets open

    Having health insurance used to hinge on where you worked and what your medical history said. Soon that won’t matter, with open-access markets for subsidized coverage coming Oct. 1 under President Barack Obama’s overhaul. But there’s a new wild card, something that didn’t seem so critical when Congress passed the Affordable Care Act back in 2010: where you live.


    2nd threatening note found in ISU bathroom

    Illinois State University says another threatening message has been found in a bathroom where a handwritten bomb threat was found last month. The school hasn’t canceled classes and police say they consider it a “low-level” threat. ISU President Timothy Flanagan posted a campus-wide message on the school’s website Wednesday.

    Byron J. Sullivan

    Round Lake man pleads guilty to supplying fatal heroin dose to friend

    A Round Lake man accused of providing the heroin that killed his best friend pleaded guilty to delivery of a controlled substance in Lake County court Wednesday. Byron Sullivan, 21, was sentenced to 30 months of probation and 18 months of periodic imprisonment for killing Tim McCann, 20, of Libertyville.

    Citing possible voter backlash in the next election, Kane County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen Tuesday tried to convince Kane County Forest Preserve District commissioners not to approve a budget with a property tax levy increase.

    Kane County forest preserve district to delay tax hike vote

    Kane County Forest Preserve officials agreed to delay a vote that would've raised the district's property tax levy by about 83 cents for the average homeowner Tuesday. The delay will allow exploration of other options that would pull in the $150,000 the tax increase would generate. The most likely target will be seeking a riverboat gambling funds grant from the county. However, county board...

    Dogs will be able to test their skill at an agility course during the fifth annual CSBarks Dog Festival Sunday in Carol Stream.

    CSBarks gives dogs, owners a day out together

    CSBarks Dog Festival in Carol Stream is celebrating its fifth anniversary this weekend, and what better way to celebrate than with birthday cake? But only for the dogs, of course.


    Roosevelt Road in West Chicago closed following crash

    Eastbound lanes of Roosevelt Road have been shut down at Fabyan Parkway in West Chicago due to a crash.


    Buffalo Grove farmers market is #1 in state

    The Buffalo Grove farmers market has been voted the number 1 farmers market in Illinois and 25th in the nation, based on the votes in the American Farmland Trust poll.


    An obedient life can lead to many rewards
    We never know how the workings of God’s Holy Spirit will bring about a blessing in our lives, says columnist Annettee Budzban.

    Pages from a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Office of Law Enforcement document obtained with a Freedom of Information Act request by the Associated Press in the investigation of a dead bald eagle the reports says was found at the Carroll Wind Farm in Carroll, Ia.

    Study: Wind farms killed 67 eagles in 5 years

    A new study by government scientists says wind energy facilities have killed at least 67 golden and bald eagles in the last five years, but the number could be much higher. The research represents one of the first tallies of eagle deaths attributed to the nation’s growing wind energy industry.


    Giant boulder slides onto Arizona road, lands on man

    An Arizona man was seriously hurt when a room-size boulder slid down onto a mountain road and landed on him while he and some other workers were trying to move another boulder out of the road.

    In this still image made from dash-cam video provided by the Lake Mary (Fla.) Police, George Zimmerman is detained by officers on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013. Police in central Florida have been focusing on a broken iPad in their investigation of a domestic dispute between George Zimmerman and his estranged wife Shellie this week. Shellie Zimmerman called 911, saying her estranged husband was in his truck and threatening her and her father with a gun. She also said her husband punched her father in the nose. Hours later, she told police she hadn’t seen a gun.

    Police work to extract video from Zimmerman iPad

    A police spokesman says that law enforcement analysts are having difficulty extracting video from an iPad used by the wife of George Zimmerman, which remains key in determining whether either will face charges after a domestic dispute.


    Celebrate Fiestas Patrias at Greenbelt Cultural Center

    Celebrate independence for Mexico, Honduras and other Central American countries at Fiestas Patrias from 2 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15, at the Greenbelt Cultural Center in North Chicago.

    There are plenty of old tractors to see at the Farm Heritage Festival at Lakewood Forest Preserve near Wauconda.

    Farm Heritage Festival takes place in Wauconda Sept. 21 and 22

    Check out hundreds of antique tractors and other farm machinery at the Lake County Forest Preserve District’s 21st Annual Farm Heritage Festival.

    The front entrance of the Motorola smartphone plant in Fort Worth, Texas. The plant is the only U.S. factory making mobile phones.

    Motorola opens first US-assembled smartphone plant

    Cellphone pioneer Motorola on Wednesday opened a Texas manufacturing facility that will create 2,500 jobs and produce its new flagship device, Moto X, the first smartphone ever assembled in the U.S. Motorola says moving assembly to the U.S. will boost efficiency because it means being closer to the product's main end-users — American phone-buyers.


    Dist. 220 giving low-income students Internet access

    Barrington Unit District 220 and its community and corporate partners Tuesday unveiled the details of an innovative program aimed to be a model for the rest of the country. Project Horsepower — a nod to the district's Bronco mascot — will provide home Internet service at no cost to low-income families who qualify for the national free-and-reduced lunch program.

    A woman pauses along the edge of the north reflecting pool at the Sept. 11 memorial during a ceremony marking the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York, September 11, 2013.

    Images: National Sept. 11 memorial services
    Images of events around the nation on the 12th anniversary of the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

    President Barack Obama conditionally endorsed a Russian offer for international inspectors to seize and destroy deadly chemical weapons in Syria as efforts to avert retaliatory U.S. missile strikes shift from Washington to the United Nations.

    Obama conditionally backs offer on Syria

    President Barack Obama conditionally endorsed a Russian offer for international inspectors to seize and destroy deadly chemical weapons in Syria as efforts to avert retaliatory U.S. missile strikes shift from Washington to the United Nations. In a nationally televised address Tuesday night, Obama offered a rationale for greater U.S. intervention in a sectarian civil war while acknowledging that...

    A flier seeking information regarding Cody Lee Johnson is posted on a Montana street corner. Johnson’s newlywed wife confessed she pushed her husband face-first off a cliff in Glacier National Park, then lied about his death and told authorities he had driven off with friends, court documents said.

    New wife charged with pushing husband off cliff

    A newlywed wife with doubts about her 8-day-old marriage confessed she pushed her husband face-first off a cliff in Glacier National Park, then lied about his death and told authorities he had driven off with friends, court documents said.

    Democratic mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner makes his concession speech at Connolly’s Pub in midtown Tuesday, September 10, 2013 in New York. Public Advocate Bill de Blasio held a clear lead Tuesday night in New York City’s mayoral Democratic primary as polls closed, according to early and incomplete voting returns.

    Weiner, Spitzer political comebacks fall flat

    Anthony Weiner’s ill-fated mayoral campaign ended with a string of final embarrassments: He mustered a mere 5 percent at the ballot box. One of his sexting partners tried to crash his primary night rally. And Weiner was caught making an obscene gesture to reporters. Another politician with a sex scandal, Eliot Spitzer, lost the Democratic primary contest for city comptroller.

    Democratic state Sen. Angela Giron hugs a supporter after giving her concession speech after she lost in a recall vote in Pueblo, Colo., Tuesday Sept. 10, 2013. Two Colorado state lawmakers who backed gun-control measures in the aftermath of the mass shootings in Colorado and Connecticut last year have been ousted in recall elections.

    2 Colo. lawmakers ousted in gun control recalls

    Two Democratic state lawmakers who backed tighter gun laws in the aftermath of mass shootings have been kicked out of office in a recall election promoted by both grass-roots activists and the National Rifle Association.


    Suicide bombs hit Egypt military in Sinai, kill 9

    In near-simultaneous attacks, a pair of suicide bombers rammed their explosives-laden cars into military targets in Egypt’s volatile Sinai on Wednesday, killing at least nine soldiers, security officials said.

    A powerful car bomb exploded Wednesday near Libya’s Foreign Ministry building in the heart of the eastern coastal city of Benghazi, security officials said, one year to the date after an attack there killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans. The early morning blast targeted a building that once housed U.S. Consulate under the rule of King Idris, who former Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi overthrew in a 1969 bloodless coup.

    Car bomb hits Libyan Foreign Ministry in Benghazi

    A powerful car bomb exploded Wednesday near Libya’s Foreign Ministry building in the heart of the eastern coastal city of Benghazi, security officials said, exactly one year after an attack there killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans. The early morning blast targeted a building that once housed the U.S. Consulate.

    NSA’s Utah Data Center. Newly declassified documents released Tuesday Sept. 10, 2013 tell a story of a surveillance apparatus so unwieldy and complex that nobody fully comprehended it, even as the government pointed it at the American people in the name of protecting them.

    The NSA machine: Too big for anyone to understand

    The surveillance machine grew too big for anyone to understand. The National Security Agency set it in motion in 2006 and the vast network of supercomputers, switches and wiretaps began gathering Americans’ phone and Internet records by the millions, looking for signs of terrorism. Newly declassified documents released Tuesday tell a story of a surveillance apparatus so unwieldy and complex that...

    Visitors to the Flight 93 National Memorial participate in a sunset ceremony with a giant flag memorializing Flight 93 on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013. Wednesday will be the 12th anniversary of the crash of United Flight 93 in this western Pennsylvania field.

    Sept. 11 victims honored at Flight 93 Memorial

    The families of the passengers and crew aboard United Flight 93 recalled their loved ones as heroes who made history with unselfish and quick actions. “In a period of 22 minutes, our loved ones made history,” said Gordon Felt, the president of the Families of Flight 93.

    Protesters peacefully demonstrate in Detroit against the impending attack on Syria. Members of the Michigan Committee for Emergency War and Injustice were among the marchers. The question of whether the U.S. military becomes involved in Syria’s civil war weighs heavily on the minds of U.S. Syrians and other Arabs. But divisions among them have been building for a long time.

    U.S. role in Syrian civil war divides Arab-Americans

    Sawsan Jabri and Osama Siblani represent the advancement of the Arab community in the Detroit area: Jabri is a doctor from Syria who teaches at several community colleges, and Siblani came from Lebanon to be an engineer and now publishes the influential Arab-American News. They also represent dissension among Arab-Americans over Syria and underscore a growing rift over ideological, political and...

    John Merry watches President Barack Obama deliver a speech about relations with Syria from McP’s Pub, Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, in Coronado, Calif.

    Americans respond to Obama pitch for Syria strike

    As President Barack Obama made the case Tuesday night for possible U.S. military intervention in Syria, he addressed a public hardened by the lessons of past wars, murky on the details of the current crisis and fearful of what another conflict abroad would mean for America.


    U of I: Urbana fall enrollment sets all-time high

    The University of Illinois has nearly 43,400 students enrolled this semester at its Urbana campus — the largest number in the school’s history. The Champaign News-Gazette reports the numbers got a boost from this year’s freshman class, which is the second-largest to date.

    Anti-war activist Joyce Brody rallies for peace outside the offices of Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), a senior member of the Intelligence Committee, to urge him to vote against a possible limited military strike on Syria in Hollywood selection of Los Angeles Tuesday, Sept 10, 2013.

    Haunting memories of Sept. 11 shape Syria debate

    Twelve years later, haunting memories of Sept. 11 are shaping the debate over what to do about Syria. As Americans mark the anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks, the nation again is wrestling with painful questions about al-Qaida, weapons of mass destruction and the risks of American inaction.

    Sen. John McCain said Wednesday he worries that the cause of rebels fighting Syria’s President Bashar Assad has been obscured in the rapid-fire military and diplomatic events following a chemical weapons attack near Damascus. “I feel very badly for my friends in the Free Syrian Army today,” McCain said.

    McCain: Rebels fighting Assad feel abandoned by US

    Sen. John McCain said Wednesday he worries that the cause of rebels fighting Syria’s President Bashar Assad has been obscured in the rapid-fire military and diplomatic events following a chemical weapons attack near Damascus. “I feel very badly for my friends in the Free Syrian Army today,” McCain said.

    Jean Schildbach, 93, lifelong Elmhurst resident, laughs at memories the “Greatest Generation” exhibit brings back.

    Elmhurst Historical Museum exhibit lets ‘Greatest Generation’ tell their stories

    Elmhurst Historical Museum's traveling exhibit "Our Lives, Our Stories: America's Greatest Generation" explores the lives of those shaped by the Great Depression and World War II. An interactive kiosk features interviews of Elmhurst residents who grew up in the '30s, '40s and '50s.


    Chicago contractor accused of safety lapses

    A federal workplace safety agency is accusing a Chicago contractor of failing to protect employees from possible cave-ins while working in trenches. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited the company for what it says were three safety violations. OSHA says one of its inspectors saw workers in an unprotected trench, prompting an inspection of a Chicago job site in May. The...

    Volunteer Coordinator Kelsey Knapp, left, speaks with vendors outside the volunteer hospitality tent at the BMW Championship at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest. Volunteers are a crucial part of tournament operations, organizers say.

    BMW volunteers unsung heroes of tournament

    While much of the focus at the BMW Championship at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest is on the golfers, the unsung heroes of the event are the 1,600 volunteers. This year's volunteer staff comes from 23 states and two foreign countries, Knapp said, though the majority are from the Midwest. “We have a good number of North Shore residents,” she said.


    Some Glen Ellyn residents want apartments back in TIF district

    Some Glen Ellyn residents want the Parkside Apartments included again within the boundaries of a proposed tax increment financing district, but it appears that request won’t be granted. Those who live in the neighborhood adjacent to the eight apartment buildings at 18 N. Parkside Ave. asked village officials this week to reconsider their decision to remove the properties from a...

    Patrick Dowdell speaks to a reporter in the empty lots where his neighbors houses once stood before they were washed away by Superstorm Sandy, in the Breezy Point neighborhood of New York’s Queens borough. His home, seen behind him, was flooded during the storm, destroying treasured photographs of his firefighter father who perished in the attacks of Sept. 11.

    Families lose 9/11 mementos in Superstorm Sandy floods, fire

    From photos and letters to coffin liners and actual memorials, scores of families from Breezy Point and Rockaway — two Queens beachside neighborhoods hit particularly hard by both events — lost cherished reminders of loved ones taken by one tragedy that were then swept away by another.


    Dist. 220 panel favors ending semester in December

    An advisory panel Tuesday recommended Barrington Unit District 220 end the first semester of each school year before winter break without changing the start or end times for the entire year. The 35-member Input 220 Advisory Council has been researching and discussing whether any changes from the current school calendar would be beneficial to students without causing any unintended side effects.

    Wauconda Mayor Frank Bart says the village should collect fees from any other community that joins a regional water system after Wauconda. But as negotiations to bring drinking water from Lake Michigan to Wauconda continue, village trustees on Tuesday broke with Bart on that point.

    Wauconda trustees change stance on water fees

    As negotiations to bring drinking water from Lake Michigan to Wauconda continue, village trustees on Tuesday broke with Mayor Frank Bart on a key bargaining point. Since taking office in May, Bart has adamantly said the village should collect fees from any other communities that join a water system after Wauconda. These so-called recapture fees would reimburse Wauconda for some of the money it...


    Rutland Twp. looks at bus options for seniors, disabled

    While Grafton Township leaders have threatened to cancel bus service to senior and disabled residents in Rutland Township, Rutland officials are deciding whether to pick up where Grafton may leave off. Tuesday night, Rutland township board members said they will continue to discuss how and whether to provide transporation to those groups within the township.

    While the arrests of three officers in January and abrupt retirement of its chief dealt a blow to morale in the Schaumburg Police Department, new investigations Cmdr. Dan Roach said today he senses optimism within the department’s ranks.

    New investigations leader praises Schaumburg cops

    While the arrests of three officers in January and abrupt retirement of its chief dealt a blow to morale in the Schaumburg Police Department, new investigations Cmdr. Dan Roach said he sees his new colleagues holding their heads high these days. “I’m picking up more on a sense of optimism,” said Roach, who took over the agency’s investigations unit last week.


    When the Blackhawks opening training camp, Brandon Saad will be spending some time at second-line center after playing last season at left wing.

    Hawks to give Saad a look at center

    When the Blackhawks hit the ice for the first time Thursday at Notre Dame’s new Compton Family Ice Center on campus, Brandon Saad will be playing center. Tim Sassone has Hawks coach Joel Quenneville's explanation behind the decision.

    Russ Henley talks to Daily Herald columnist Barry Rozer at the Gardner Heidrick Pro-Am tournament at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest.

    Stricker to hunt for glory in PGA ‘Super Bowl’

    With a chance to go for the $10 million top prize next week in Atlanta, Steve Stricker decided to put a long-planned hunting trip with friends on hold.And believe it or not, it wasn’t as cut and dried a decision as one might think.

    Sergio Garcia tees off on the first hole.

    Images: Wednesday at the BMW Championship
    Images of Wednesday events at the BMW Championship at Conway Farms, including appearances by Bubba Watson, Tiger Woods and others at the Gardner Heidrick Pro-Am tournament.

    Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder (7) is pressured by Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh Sunday during the third quarter at Ford Field in Detroit.

    Vikings' offensive line issues leak into regular season

    he Minnesota Vikings never had to worry about their offensive line last season. With everyone coming back this year, they figured that unit would be the least of their concerns in 2013. But the big guys up front were shaky in the preseason, and that carried over in a season-opening loss to Detroit. Now one of the chief focuses heading into Chicago this weekend is getting the group back to its once-dominant form.

    Cubs starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija walks behind the mound Wednesday after giving up a solo home run to Cincinnati Reds' Devin Mesoraco, rounding the bases at left, in the fourth inning in Cincinnati.

    Cubs' Samardzija gives up 2 homers in 6-0 loss

    Jeff Samardzija has never pitched this much in his life. It might be catching up to him. The Cincinnati Reds pegged the Cubs' right-hander for eight hits, including two 400-foot home runs, and six runs in 5 2-3 innings en route to a 6-0 win in the finale of a three-game series on Wednesday. “I feel good,” said the pitcher, threw 114 pitches on Wednesday in 84-degree heat and has 194 2-3 innings under his belt.

    Blackhawks' General Manager Stan Bowman has agreed to a two-year contract extension through the 2017-18 season.

    Blackhawks reward Bowman with extension

    President and CEO John McDonough said the Blackhawks are an organization that believes in rewarding achievement. On Wednesday as the Hawks reported to Stan Bowman's alma mater, the University of Notre Dame, for the start of training camp, the club announced a two-year contract extension for their general manager that will run through the 2017-18 season. The 40-year-old GM with two Stanley Cup titles already gives much of the credit to the players, staff and ownership.

    The Bears have had some success against Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, but shutting him down is almost impossible.

    Bears face big challenge in stopping Peterson

    Job One for the Bears' defense Sunday against the Vikings is containing running back Adrian Peterson, who came back from a torn ACL to rush for 2,097 yards in 2012, the second-highest total in NFL history. Peterson has said he wants to rush for 2,500 yards this season, and Vikings coach Leslie Frazier isn't about to doubt him.

    Chicago White Sox starter Jose Quintana didn’t get any run support on Wednesday night and came away with his 17th no decision of the season to lead both leagues.

    Can Semien solve Sox problems at third?

    Marcus Semien is the latest in a long line of third base candidates for the White Sox. After putting up big numbers with Class AA Birmingham and AAA Charlotte earlier in the season, Semien is getting a shot with the Sox in September.


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


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


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


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


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


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


    St. Viator picks up road victory

    Junior Grace Fedus (6 kills), senior Megan Mueller (5 kills) and senior Mary Cleary (3) led the attack for the St. Viator girls volleyball team (5-3) which defeated Resurrection 25-14, 25-17 in a nonconference match on Wednesday in Chicago.

    Toronto FC's Ashtone Morgan, right, and Chicago Fire's Quincy Amarikwa battle for control of the ball during their 1-1 game Wednesday night.

    Fire hurts playoff chances with draw

    The Fire watched its playoff hopes take a hit Wednesday night as Robert Earnshaw scored midway through the first half to lift Toronto FC to a 1-1 draw with the Fire. Dilly Duka put the Fire (10-11-6) ahead in the 20th minute with a looping ball that skipped over Mike Magee’s foot and past goalie Joe Bendik, who was expecting Magee to redirect it.


    Delle Donne’s buzzer beater lifts Sky

    The Chicago Sky defeated Phoenix Mercury on a buzzer-beating 10-foot jump shot by rookie Elena Delle Donne on Wednesday night at Allstate Arena. Phoenix played without suspended guard Diana Taurasi.


    Loverde, Fabbri lead Mundelein

    Mundelein’s girls golf program continues to make gains, and the Mustangs were at it again Wednesday. Cristina Loverde and Courteney Fabbri fired a 37 and 38, respectively, leading Mundelein to a school-record 166 and a North Suburban Conference win over visiting Warren (173) at Countryside Golf Course.


    Thode paces Antioch’s best effort

    Hot, sticky weather didn’t bother Antioch golfer Kyle Thode on Wednesday. Thode fired a 2-over-par 37 — the Sequoits’ best score of the season — and Antioch (161) earned a North Suburban Conference Prairie Division win over visiting Grant (201) at Spring Valley Country Club in Salem, Wis.

    Larkin players celebrate with the Town Jug following their win over Elgin last year. The Royals will look to keep the Jug on the west side for the third straight year when the Royals and Maroons battle at Memorial Field Friday night.

    Town Jug is what it’s all about for Elgin, Larkin

    According to new Elgin High football coach Kyle Rohde, a 2002 Elgin High graduate who never lost to rival Larkin as a high school player, winning the Town Jug trophy can resonate for decades. “If you stay in town and live here after you play, no doubt you’ll still run into a guys from the other school,” Rohde said. “You probably grew up playing with or against those guys in church leagues, rec leagues or at the Y. You fight for bragging rights because you’ll both remember this game forever. Either you’ll be looking down at him the rest of your life, or he’ll be looking down at you. That’s what makes this game fun.” Bragging rights are on the line for the 53rd time when Elgin and Larkin tangle at Memorial Stadium on Friday at 7:30 p.m. Larkin won 40-12 last year, its second straight victory in a varsity series it leads 32-19.


    Scouting Week 3, Lake County

    Here's a look at the Week 3 football matchups involving high schools from Lake County.


    Kim steps it up for Fremd

    Fremd’s girls golf team kept its record perfect in the Mid-Suburban League on Wednesday. And the Vikings did it with a school record-tying performance. One week after senior Dorothy Feng shot a school-record 36 on the front nine at Palatine Hills Golf Club, classmate Jennifer Kim duplicated the par score on the same course Tuesday as the Vikings topped visiting Hoffman Estates 159-206.


    Sinnapan, Benet beat Neuqua Valley in three games

    A roundup of Wednesday's girls volleyball action around DuPage County.

    Becca Shearer of St. Francis drives one past Rory Manion of IC Catholic Prep during girls volleyball in Elmhurst, Wednesday.

    St. Francis wins defensive match

    Molly Haggerty had herself quite a summer.Winning AAU gold with the Sports Performance 15 Elite, Haggerty in August was the youngest member of a U.S. Youth National team that took silver at the FIVB U18 World Championships in Thailand. It was the first medal by the U.S. boys or girls at the youth or junior level.“It was really cool,” said Haggerty, now a sophomore at St. Francis. “It was fast-paced. Going from club to that was a big, big change. The blocks were huge, so it helped me working off the block. I really developed that skill in club and even more there.”Needless to say, Haggerty casts a rather large presence in the high school setting.She put down 13 kills — including a a ferocious hit at match point — and No. 1 St. Francis pulled away in both games to beat No. 17 IC Catholic Prep 25-18, 25-15 in Elmhurst.

    Lakes’ Megan Behrendt (14) knocks the ball past Vernon Hills’ Tori Smith during Wednesday night’s volleyball game in Vernon Hills.

    Lakes establishing winning identity

    After a nip and tuck first set, Lakes' girls volleyball team topped host Vernon Hills 25-23, 25-17 on Wednesday.

    Brian Johnson

    Football MVPs, Week 2

    Willowbrook senior quarterback Brian Johnson and Crystal Lake South junior defensive back Tyler Baker have earned Daily Herald MVP honors for their football performances in Week 2.


    Girls volleyball/Fox Valley roundup

    Leyden d. Streamwood: Hannah McGlone had 3 aces, 4 digs and 3 kills, while Sarah Cimino added 10 digs for the Sabres in a 25-22, 25-9 nonconference loss. Mercedes Olmos added 5 assists for Streamwood (6-5).West Chicago d. Larkin: Brianna Stewart had 18 kills, 2 aces, 13 digs and 3 blocks and Olivia Kofie added 10 kills and 13 digs but Larkin fell 25-23, 21-25, 25-20 in an Upstate Eight crossover. Alyssa McGhee (23 assists, 7 digs) and Mia Gill (10 digs) also contributed for the Royals (6-4).


    Patiently, Stevenson looks forward to bounce-back chance

    Stevenson is off to an 0-2 start this year, and equally shocking is that quarterback Willie Bourbon has thrown 3 interceptions in each game. Homewood-Flossmoor picked off Bourbon three times in the second half last Friday night and won 28-21. Bourbon’s pass on the first play of the second half led to a 12-yard TD drive for the visiting Vikings. Bourbon will look to turn around his fortunes when Stevenson hosts Zion-Benton tonight in a North Suburban Lake Division opener.


    Dundee-Crown stays unbeaten

    Dundee-Crown 6, Woodstock North 1: Paul Buch scored 2 goals to lead the Chargers to a Fox Valley Conference crossover win. Ben Stone, William Campos, Luis Tinajero and Eduardo Arellano also scored goals and Jose Gonzalez had 3 saves in goal for D-C (6-0).


    Streamwood blanks Elgin

    Meeting for the first time since last October in the regional final, Streamwood and Elgin came together for an Upstate Eight River Division boys soccer contest on a hot and humid Wednesday afternoon on the turf at Millennium Stadium Wednesday. The Sabres (5-1-0) used two first-half strikes from Edwin Rueda, and plenty of support from his midfield mates Nestor Ascencio and Christian Vences, to secure a hard-fought 3-0 victory.


    Nothing like an early rise on a secret stream

    One stream I discovered that allowed me to don my waders and explore its depths and hiding places. This jewel was still partially hidden by the darkness of the dawn, and yet its magnificence was already showing as the sun slowly rose to the challenge.

    AJ Washington, pictured catching a touchdown in St. Charles East’s season-opening win over South Elgin, is one of the basketball players making a big impact on the Saints’ football team.

    St. Charles East finds help from the basketball court

    Two weeks into the high school football season, it might be a little early to jump to conclusions while analyzing our area teams. However, I firmly believe some patterns have been established — and I think the arrow is pointing upward. Here are some things that have caught my eye:


    Yale’s man of many hats

    Few would call Eastern Illinois University the Yale of the Midwest. Yet 2003 Glenbard East graduate Nick Kray, with merely one stop in between, went from starting his collegiate career as a Panthers’ walk-on defensive end to his current position as Yale football coach Tony Reno’s right-hand man, the Bulldogs’ second-year director of football operations.

    Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III turns to hand off to running back Alfred Morris during game Monday against the Philadelphia Eagles. Owner Dan Snyder has vowed never to change the team’s name.

    Goodell: NFL should listen to protests about Redskins

    Commissioner Roger Goodell said Wednesday that the NFL should pay attention to those offended by the Washington Redskins nickname. “If we are offending one person, we need to be listening,” Goodell said Wednesday in an interview with 106.7 The Fan, “and making sure that we’re doing the right things to try to address that.”

    Quarterback Keith Price and the Washington Huskies ran a play an average of every 21 seconds in their season opener against Boise State.

    Washington will keep offense at full throttle against Illini

    No. 19 Washington’s new offense has Huskies playing faster than at any other point in coach Steve Sarkisian’s time at the school. What's scary for future opponents, beginning with Illinois on Saturday, is that the Huskies believe they can be even faster.

    Nebraska running back Terrell Newby has always worn Walter Payton’s No. 34 and resembles his idol with his 5-foot-10, 185-pound frame.

    Nebraska’s Newby is channeling his inner Payton

    In street clothes, Terrell Newby is quiet, if not a bit shy. In a Nebraska football uniform, everything changes.

    Purdue’s Akeem Hunt carries the ball against Indiana State during the first half of last Saturday’s win in West Lafayette, Ind. The Boilermakers have scored only two offensive touchdowns so far this season.

    Purdue coach makes strong point: Score more TDs

    After combining for 27 points but only two offensive touchdowns in Darrell Hazell’s first two games as the Purdue coach, the Boilermakers (1-1) are looking for a quick fix before facing No. 21 Notre Dame on Saturday.

    Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook started the Spartans’ second game.

    Michigan St. may add 3rd QB to mix

    Mark Dantonio could have his third quarterback rotation in as many games with Michigan State freshman Damion Terry officially in the mix for Saturday’s game against Youngstown State.

    Mexico’s Hector Herrera walks off the field after the team’s 2-0 loss to the United States in a World Cup qualifier Tuesday.

    Despair, frustration follow Mexico’s loss to U.S.

    To Mexicans, it’s just unthinkable: Their soccer-crazed country stands a chance of not qualifying for the World Cup. Worse yet, it was a 2-0 loss Tuesday night to their bitter northern rival — the U.S. — that has left Mexico out of position for a spot in next year’s 32-nation tournament.

    The Phoenix Mercury’s Diana Taurasi reacts after she was called for a technical foul on June 14. She’s received nine technicals so far this season.

    Taurasi suspended for game against Sky

    Diana Taurasi has been suspended one game for an accumulation of technical fouls. The Phoenix Mercury star picked up her ninth technical of the season in the third quarter against New York on Tuesday night. She’ll miss the Mercury’s nationally televised game in Chicago tonight.

    Waubonsie Valley Head football coach Paul Murphy. Lee photo

    Players help Murphy reach milestone at Waubonsie

    Waubonsie Valley’s 40-21 win over Oswego gave Warriors football coach Paul Murphy career victory No. 150 in his 24-year head coaching career. Fifty-eight have been at Waubonsie Valley, the rest in 13 seasons at Marmion.

    Hockey legend Scotty Bowman is the Blackhawks’ senior adviser for hockey operations, but Mike Imrem wonders why Bowman never coached the Hawks.

    Oh, Scotty, what might have been

    On the day the Blackhawks extended the contract of general manager Stan Bowman, a question that begs answering was why his father Scotty never made Chicago one of his five stops on the NHL coaching trail.

    Bears outside linebacker Lance Briggs and defensive end Julius Peppers put a hit on Bengals running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis Sunday at Soldier Field. Peppers was unable to record a sack despite playing against a backup tackle.

    Bears expect more from Peppers and D-line

    Eight-time Pro Bowl defensive end Julius Peppers didn't contribute much to the Bears' Week One win, but he isn't the only defensive lineman whose game has room for improvement.


    Game video: Vernon Hills vs. Wauconda
    Vernon Hills takes on Wauconda Thursday night in a Week 3 matchup. Follow the game here with video from High School Cube, then come back later for the relay and highlights.


    Game video: Stevenson vs. Zion-Benton
    Stevenson faces Zion-Benton Thursday night in Week 3 action. Follow the game here with video from High School Cube, then come back later for the replay and highlights.


    Game video: Barrington vs. Rolling Meadows
    Rolling Meadows takes on Barrington Thursday night in a Week 3 matchup. Follow the game here with video from High School Cube, then come back later for the relay and highlights.


    Game video: Libertyville vs. Grant
    Libertyville takes on Grant Thursday night in a Week 3 matchup. Follow the game here with video from High School Cube, then come back later for the relay and highlights.


    Game video: Hoffman Estates vs. Elk Grove
    Hoffman Estates takes on Elk Grove Thursday night in a Week 3 matchup. Follow the game here with video from High School Cube, then come back later for the relay and highlights.


    Game video: Buffalo Grove vs. Palatine
    Buffalo Grove takes on Palatine Thursday night in a Week 3 matchup. Follow the game here with video from High School Cube, then come back later for the relay and highlights.

    Sergio Garcia is one of 70 top players competing in the third round of the FedExCup playoffs at the BMW Championship in Lake Forest this week. The top 30 advance to the final tournament in Atlanta.

    A timely primer on the FedExCup playoffs

    Len Ziehm takes a good look at the FedExCup points playoffs and offers up a primer for this week’s BMW Championship, the third of the four tournaments for the 70 players still alive in the points race.

    Tiger Woods walks past the practice driving range before taking part in the Gardner Heidrick Pro-Am tournament at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest on Wednesday. The top 70 players in the world tee it up Thursday for the first round of the BMW Championship.

    Can Conway Farms defend birdie barrage?

    Heading into Thursday’s opening round of the BMW Championship, the prevailing opinion is that unless the greens are firmer than firm and the wind picks up big-time, the field of 70 of the top players in the world amassed in Lake Forest this week just might eat up Conway Farms.

    Justin Rose of England won the BMW Championship when it was held in 2011 at Cog Hill. He'll be among the 70 players vying for a chunk of the $8 million purse at this week's tournament.

    Rose pleased after first look at new course

    The last time the PGA Tour conducted a tournament in Chicago the champion was England’s Justin Rose, who won the BMW Championship at Cog Hill in 2011. He knows Conway Farms will play much different for this week's BMW Championship, but he also likes what he's seen of the Lake Forest course.

    Jordan Spieth

    Five players to watch in BMW Championship
    Sure there are 70 elite players to watch this weekend, but here are 5 Mike Spellman says to keep a very close eye on.

    New York Yankees' Alfonso Soriano (12) and Derek Jeter, right, gestures after Soriano drove in teammate Robinson Cano (24) on a home run in the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, in Baltimore. New York won 7-5. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

    Jeter done for year with ankle injury

    New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter will miss the rest of the season with an ankle injury, the team announced Wednesday.Jeter last played Saturday against Boston. He was removed for a pinch runner after hurting his left ankle, and although a CT scan was negative, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said the shortstop will be shut down for the remainder of the year.“This entire season has been a nightmare for me physically,” Jeter said. “It’s a fitting end.”

    Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder (7) is chased by Detroit Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley (98), defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (90) and defensive end Ezekiel Ansah (94) during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game at Ford Field in Detroit, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

    Lions’ Ndamukong Suh appeals $100K fine from NFL

    Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh says he isn’t going to change what he does on the field.And he’s appealing his latest fine, too.Suh was fined $100,000 for an illegal block on a Minnesota Vikings player in the Detroit Lions’ season-opening win last weekend. It is believed to be the NFL’s biggest monetary fine for on-field conduct, not including the dollars lost by players due to suspensions.


    Cubs scouting report
    Cubs scouting report

    Elk Grove’s Sean Oldenburg wraps up John LeGare of St. Charles North during Week 1. The Grenadiers host unbeaten Hoffman Estates in a 6:30 p.m. Thursday contest.

    Scouting Week 3, Northwest

    Here's a look at the Week 3 football matchups featuring teams from the Mid-Suburban League plus St. Viator, Maine West, Leyden and Christian Liberty.


    Mike North video: Cutler over RG3 and Vick
    Mike North takes the pocket passer style of Jay Cutler over the Washington Redskins’ RG3 and the Philadelphia Eagles' Michael Vick’s running game. The chances they both won't make it trough the whole season because of injury seems high.


    Molex in Lisle

    Will Koch restructure Lisle-based Molex?

    Lisle-based Molex Inc. said it's business as usual until the closing of its sale to Koch Industries, which is expected later this year. After that close, could layoffs be far behind? The company issued a memo and a Q&A to employees that discusses that and more.


    Illinois State adds minor in financial planning

    Illinois State University is adding a new undergraduate academic minor. The university's College of Business has registered with the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards to provide an undergraduate minor in financial planning. The board is responsible for awarding certifications to those who meet its standards.


    Ill. sues property firm over foreclosure evictions

    Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is suing an Ohio company, claiming it illegally evicts Illinois homeowners whose properties are in foreclosure. Madigan announced the lawsuit Tuesday. She says Safeguard Properties of Valley View, Ohio has broken into homes, changed the locks and shut off utilities before foreclosures are finalized.

    Associated Press In this Nov. 16, 2012 photo, Jim Simons walks along a sand bar, exposed by low water levels, on the Portage Lake channel that leads to Lake Michigan at Onekama, Mich. Experts say putting man-made structures in the St. Clair River as some advocates want might not boost Great Lakes levels significantly because they might not offset the effects of a warmer, drier climate.

    Experts debate how to improve Great Lakes program

    An Obama administration program that has spent about $1.3 billion to rescue Great Lakes ecosystems on the verge of collapse should be fine-tuned to make sure it's getting the job done, scientists and advocates said Tuesday. The federal government established the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative in 2009, responding to warnings from experts that a combination of ailments was wearing down the system's ability to ward off catastrophic breakdown that could turn parts of the waterways into aquatic deserts.


    Suburban entrepreneurs honored for innovation

    Innovation on the local level was celebrated Wednesday evening as 20 business owners were honored at the 14th Annual Entrepreneurial Excellence Awards sponsored by the Daily Herald Business Ledger. The honorees represented 18 companies that were feted at the event held at Northern Illinois University’s Naperville campus, with about 160 people cheering on their successes.

    Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide product marketing, discusses the new iPhone 5c in Cupertino, Calif., Tuesday. The new products Apple debuted Tuesday apparently did not impress investors on Wednesday.

    Stocks rise; iPhone disappointment hurts Apple

    Investors decided the risk of a conflict with Syria is shrinking and sent stock prices higher. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 135.54 points Wednesday. But a big decline in Apple and other technology companies held back the Standard & Poor’s 500 index and the Nasdaq composite.

    Circa 57, a 50s-themed restaurant with a “drive-in” section and authentic soda fountain, will open in the former Grand Station restaurant in downtown Arlington Heights this fall.

    New restaurants, businesses planning fall debut in Arlington Heights

    Arlington Heights officials say fall will bring the opening of several new businesses and restaurants — including a few that had expected to open their doors over the summer. They include Circa 57, a nostalgia-themed restaurant expected to open by the end of the month in the village's downtown.

    A federal appeals court said Google wrongly collected people’s personal correspondence and online activities through their Wi-Fi systems as it drove down their streets with car cameras shooting photos for its Street View mapping project.

    Google loses appeal in Street View snooping case

    A federal appeals court said Google wrongly collected people’s personal correspondence and online activities through their Wi-Fi systems as it drove down their streets with car cameras shooting photos for its Street View mapping project. The ruling that the practice violates wiretap laws sends a warning to other companies seeking to suck up vast amounts of data from unencrypted Wi-Fi signals.

Life & Entertainment

    Christine Murphy of Palatine uses frozen multigrain waffles in cheesy mini strata and as the base for a tangy strawberry bruschetta.

    Egg and Cheese Strata in Muffin Tin
    :Egg and Cheese Strata in Muffin Tin: Christine Murphy

    Kevin Kilgore created an eggy strata with layers of frozen multigrain waffles, Alpine-style cheese and canned green chiles.

    Egg and Waffle Strata
    Egg and Waffle Strata: Kevin Kilgore

    Cook of the Week Challenge contestant Lori Wiktorek created Green Tea-Rosemary Pork Chops with Cranberry-Apricot Stuffing and cheddar Bacon Cauliflower Casserole.

    Cheddar Bacon Cauliflower Casserole
    Cheddar Bacon Cauliflower Casserole: Lori Wikotrek

    Cook of the Week Challenge contestant Lori Wiktorek created Green Tea-Rosemary Pork Chops with Cranberry-Apricot Stuffing and cheddar Bacon Cauliflower Casserole.

    Green Tea-Rosemary Pork Chops with Cranberry-Apricot Stuffing
    Green Tea-Rosemary Pork Chops with Cranberry-Apricot Stuffing: Lori Wikotrek

    Carrie McCulley created a green-tea infused relish and roasted cauliflower to serve along side grilled pork loin chops.

    Oven Roasted Cauliflower Mash
    Oven Roasted Cauliflower Mash: Carrie McCulley

    Carrie McCulley created a green-tea infused relish and roasted cauliflower to serve along side grilled pork loin chops.

    Grilled Pork Loin Chops with Apple Relish
    Grilled Pork Loin Chops with Apple Relish and Cauliflower Mash: Carrie McCulley

    Christine Murphy of Palatine uses frozen multigrain waffles in cheesy mini strata and as the base for a tangy strawberry bruschetta

    Strawberry and Waffle Bruschetta
    Strawberry Bruschetta: Christine Murphy

    The Smoking Popes perform at 5:15 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, at Riot Fest in Chicago.

    Raucous Riot Fest races into Chicago

    Riot Fest is back! The three-day celebration of punk rock returns to Chicago with a lineup that includes many bands from the city and suburbs including the Smoking Popes, Screeching Weasel, White Mystery and many more. And don't forget The Replacements, Bob Mould, Dinosaur Jr., Pixies and Fall Out Boy. What a lineup.


    Alaska tops list of ‘tax-friendly’ states for retired homeowners

    If you don’t mind chilly weather, the state nicknamed “America’s Last Frontier” can help you stretch a retirement budget.


    From the Food Editor: Bakers get their chance in the contest ring

    Do you like to bake? The Daily Herald is looking for suburban bakers to represent us at America's Baking and Sweet Show in November. Also learn about "The American Craft Beer Cookbook."

    Carrie McCulley

    Cook of the Week Challenge: Pure Leaf Green Tea, pork loin chops and cauliflower
    Cook of the Week Challenge contestants Lori Wiktorek of Aurora and Carrie McCulley of Palatine share their recipes using Pure Leaf Green Tea, pork loin chops and cauliflower

    Roasting a chicken upright on a beer can keeps the meat moist and tender.

    The Cooking Lab: Beer-can chicken: popular classic based on science

    There are solid scientific reasons that chicken really does roast better in a more upright, lifelike pose than when it is flat on its soggy back. And by adding a couple of extra prep steps to the technique and taking care with the temperature, you can get the best of both worlds: succulent, juicy meat and crispy, golden brown skin. On top of all that, you get to drink the beer! The chicken doesn’t actually need it.

    A farmer nicknamed Breezy shows his illegal patch of budding marijuana plants during a tour of his land in Jamaica’s central mountain town of Nine Mile.

    In Jamaica, a twist on wine tours for pot lovers

    Napa and Sonoma have their wine tours, and travelers flock to Scotland to sample the fine single malt whiskies. But in Jamaica, farmers are offering a different kind of trip for a different type of connoisseur. Call them ganja tours: smoky, mystical — and technically illegal — journeys to some of the island’s hidden cannabis plantations, where pot tourists can sample such strains as “purple kush” and “pineapple skunk.”

    A passion fruit/dragon fruit Berliner: vibrant in both color and taste, is is example of a growing category of brews known as sour ales.

    U.S. brewers wake up to the taste of Germany's sour ales

    For decades, American brewers have infused foreign beer traditions with boldness and innovation — by re-imagining the moderately bitter English IPA as the hop-saturated Titan of the U.S. craft-beer pantheon, for example. Now they're doing it again with Germany's little-known sour ales.

    An electric car at a charge point in front of city hall in Orlando, Fla.

    Program introduces electric rental cars in Orlando

    Visitors to Orlando often try new things while on vacation: thrilling roller coasters, luxury hotels, different cuisines. Now they can try out a fully electric car — and not have to pay for gas during their vacation. Under a new program called Drive Electric Orlando, anyone who rents one of 15 Nissan Leaf cars from Enterprise Rent-A-Car will be able to charge the car for free.


    Anchovies swim into the mainstream

    TV chef John Besh of New Orleans has moved anchovies to the top of the food chain, showcasing them as elegant bar snacks, sophisticated bruschetta or the foundation for pasta dishes and stews. And he's not the only one.


    Study shows e-cigarette use among students skyrocketing

    The use of electronic cigarettes among middle and high school students has been growing rapidly, a trend that public health officials worry could undermine decades of efforts to reduce youth smoking and could put more teenagers on a path toward conventional cigarettes. According to new by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the percentage of middle and high school students in the United States who have used e-cigarettes more than doubled from 2011 to 2012.

    Billy Crystal is set to star in a film comedy directed by Frank Oz and this fall will return to Broadway with his one-man show about his childhood and his father, “700 Sundays.”

    Billy Crystal — from Sha Na Na to Yankee Stadium

    It’s been a long time since Billy Crystal has been mistaken for anyone else. At 65, he has the same round face, scrappy New York accent and rubbery grin known to fans of “Analyze This,” “When Harry Met Sally ...” and all those Oscar telecasts. Seated in his publicist’s office, sipping coffee from a paper Starbucks cup, he looks at least a decade younger than his age and is working at the same pace — constant — that he’s kept up for much of his life.

    “AM,” the latest release by Arctic Monkeys

    Arctic Monkeys endure American love affair

    A woozy, psychedelic collection cooked up in the California desert, Arctic Monkeys’ latest album, “AM,” is the sound of Sheffield via San Francisco. Fans expecting anything approaching the kinetic, snot-punk blast of the English group’s highly revered 2006 debut, “Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not,” will be disappointed as frontman Alex Turner and cohorts rarely break a sweat — strutting and swaggering their way through 12 tasty rock nuggets.

    Actress Debbie Reynolds comes to the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles to sing and share stories from her Hollywood career.

    Weekend picks: Debbie Reynolds, Yardbirds grace Arcada stage

    Hollywood and Broadway star Debbie Reynolds sings songs and shares anecdotes about her acting career Sunday at Arcada Theatre in St. Charles. The current version of the Yardbirds, including original members Jim McCarty and Top Topham, will blast through the band's classic songs Friday at the Arcada. “Disney On Ice Celebrates 100 Years of Magic” features more than 60 Disney characters skating on the ice at the United Center this weekend.

    Co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg, left, and Jenny McCarthy tape an episode of “The View.”

    New season at daytime talk-alikes

    Balloons and fans chanting her name greeted Jenny McCarthy on her first day on “The View” this week, opening a transition season for Barbara Walters’ daytime show at the same time a program modeled after it, “The Talk,” is gaining momentum. At “The View,” they’re even looking to introduce something revolutionary: men.

    A 2013 Ford Mustang with a laminated glass sunroof. To ensure a comfortable driving experience, the panoramic roof is made of tinted privacy glass, which reduces both vehicle cool-down time and infrared energy.

    Car windows may not protect from sun

    Car windows are designed to protect you in an accident. But they won’t necessarily protect you from the sun. Automotive glass must meet a host of government standards in the U.S. and elsewhere. It has to let in the maximum amount of light to help drivers see. It has to shatter into tiny pieces instead of shards that might hurt occupants in a crash.

    Grilling tofu makes for a delicious spicy peanut noodle salad.

    Spicy Peanut Noodle Salad With Tofu
    Spicy Peanut Noodle Salad With Tofu

    Cook of the Week Challenge contestant Jeff Zilch of Fox River Grove will be moving to Round 2.

    Garrett, Zilch advance in Cook of the Week Challenge

    Jeff Zilch of Fox River Grove and Tina Garrett of Des Plaines emerge as the first winners in the 2013 Cook of the Week Challenge. See what the judges had to say about their mystery basket recipes.

    Christine Murphy

    Round 1, week 2: Frozen multigrain waffles, canned green chiles and Alpine-style cheese provided by Green Country Tourism
    Cook of the Week Challenge contestants Christine Murphy of Palatine and Kevin Kilgore of Prospect Heights share recipes using Alpine-style, gruyere-like cheese, frozen multigrain waffles and canned green chiles.

    Beth Peterson of Beth's Table in Naperville

    Cook of the Week Challenge: Meet this week’s judges
    Meet the judges who rated this week's Cook of the Week Challenge recipes.


    Slow-Roasted Chicken on a Beer Can
    Beer Can Chicken: The Cooking Lab

    Spicy Peanut Noodle Salad With Tofu

    Grilled tofu ups the flavor in spicy peanut noodles

    Back in the day, I loved cutting tofu into cubes, then tossing them with chilled soba noodles and spicy peanut sauce. It was a robust, yet cool salad for a warm day. And lately I’ve found myself craving it. But I decided to play around with the concept a bit. I wanted more flavor. And I wanted to make use of the grill to get it.

    Annie Overboe’s gluten-free apple crisp relies on almond and coconut flours to give the topping structure.

    Baking secrets: Nut flours swap in for gluten-free apple crisp

    Annie Overboe creates an autum dessert with one thing missing - gluten. Read on to learn how she baked an apple crisp that rivals Gramma's old-fashion treat.

    Pasta salad should be easy. It should be a just-throw-the-ingredients-in-a-bowl kind of summer food like this prosciutto, cantaloupe and orecchiette combo.

    Prosciutto, Cantaloupe and Orecchiette Salad
    Prosciutto, Cantaloupe and Orecchiette Salad

    “Foodist: Using Real Food and Real science to Lose Weight Without Dieting” by Darya Pino Rose (Harper One, 2013)

    Roasted Curried Cauliflower
    Roasted Curried Cauliflower

    “The American Craft Beer Cookbook” by John Holl (2013 Storey)

    Braised Duck Legs with Cabbage and Fingerling Potatoes
    Braised Duck Legs: Half Acre Beer Company

    A three-dimensional piece made from medical plaster bandages by artist George Segal, and based on Paul Cezanne’s still life series, hangs in the executive dining room of the world headquarters of Johnson & Johnson in New Brunswick, N.J.

    Corporations do more to put art on public display
    Corporate art buying in North American has fallen off since the boom days of the 1970s and 1980s but even as the economy improves, some companies are buying less art but doing more to put their works out for the public to enjoy.There are about 1,500 corporations in the world with art collections, with some of the largest held by banks and financial institutions.

    Reality television star from the MTV series “Jersey Shore,” Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino talks about his drug addiction.

    Ex-‘Jersey Shore’ star opens up about addiction

    Former “Jersey Shore” cast member Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino realized he had an addiction problem on a trip to Australia in February 2012. He ran out of a prescription to treat an injury suffered during a 2010 stint on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.” “All I had to do was get dressed for a family function and I couldn’t do that,” Sorrentino said Monday in an interview with The Associated Press. “The shirt was laid out, the belt, the pants, everything. The shower was on. I couldn’t even get out of bed,” he said. Then he thought, “If I can’t do that how am I going to continue?”

    Running can add stress to older joints but may offer some protection from osteoarthritis.

    Running may actually protect against osteoarthritis

    The notion that running causes wear and tear on the joints that could spur arthritis makes some intuitive sense. But is it true? No — if anything, running probably offers protection from osteoarthritis, says Paul Williams, an exercise scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory who leads the National Runners' Health Study and the National Walkers' Health Study.


    One World Trade Center rises above the lower Manhattan skyline in New York. Twelve years after terrorists destroyed the old World Trade Center, the new World Trade Center is becoming a reality, with a museum commemorating the attacks and two office towers where thousands of people will work set to open within the next year.

    Editorial: Take a moment today to reflect, remember

    Today is a day to reflect and remember the victims, the heroes and the lessons we've learned in the 12 years since Sept. 11, 2001 attack, a Daily Herald editorial says.


    Where’s the moral outrage?

    Columnist Richard Cohen: Not mentioned in the protests against an attack on Syria is the first Gulf War, which promptly ended by diktat of George H.W. Bush, or more to the point Kosovo or Bosnia, two military actions that did what they set out to do. The killing stopped.


    Misunderstanding wartime leadership

    Columnist Michael Gerson: The Obama administration already has elements of a regional strategy in place. It has imposed sanctions on the Assad regime and provided considerable aid to threatened neighbors. It is committed to training selected rebels. And it is hinting that strikes against Syrian targets may actually be larger than Kerry describes. It may be difficult, at this late date, to assemble these elements into a case that persuades Congress. But it is not even possible without the end of ambivalence.


    Syria non-strategy another failure
    A Buffalo Grove letter to the editor:


    Event shows value of religious freedom
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: Just last week, some of my Christian and Muslim friends got together to feed the homeless at a neighboring church. This incredible feeling reminded me of how lucky we are to live in a country that believes in religious freedom and security.


    Put negotiation before action
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: Your story about the 17-year-old soldier who sacrificed his life in the Korean War gives us cause to reflect on almost 90,000 still missing in action.


    Questions must be answered first
    A Schiller Park letter to the editor: The situation in Syria is difficult and unclear. Accepting the premise that the Assad regime used poison gas, our leaders must answer the following questions to the U.S. public before taking any action: 1. What will be the cost in U.S. lives and Syrian civilian lives?


    Carpentersville not friendly to landlords
    Carpentersville not friendly to landlordsA letter was sent to real estate investors today stating a “proposed” change in how water billing will be handled for landlords in Carpentersville. After reading the letter, it sounds as though it is not a proposal, but already changed. It sounds very confusing to me. I guess it is like most policies and ordinances they make or change. The more confusing it is, the less people will notice or care.The basis of the letter is that the landlords will be responsible for their tenants’ water bills. The water bill will now be in the landlord’s name, but you can “request” to have a copy sent to the tenant. It sounds like we could reduce village headcount, since we are in fact doing their job. I wonder who came up with this great idea and if they put much thought into this subject. Do they realize by renting the property, the tenant may purchase necessities such as groceries, clothes and gas in the village. Let’s take back the gas income, since they probably do not buy gas in Carpentersville, due to the recently added gas tax. I guess they are trying to deter investors in Carpentersville. The downside of that will be vacant properties, which as we know, brings more crime and lower property values. We will need more police and this will be funded by an increase to the residents’ taxes.John LasherCarpentersville


    Outrageous fees at COD for textbook
    A Clarendon Hills letter to the editor: I recently enrolled in a Humanities course with the College of DuPage. The cost of the course including a lab fee was $479.50. This is an online course requiring no classroom or actual “lab.” I purchased the textbook through the college’s bookstore for $142.75. The book is a ‘COD only’ special that contains material from another book, “Landmarks in Humanities.”


    Why should Jesse Jr. get anything?
    An Elmhurst letter to the editor: There is an article that recently showed that Jesse Jackson, Jr. has had a “mood disorder” just about the same time he learned he was to be indicted. His “mood disorder” was so severe he has become “disabled” and therefore receive $8,500 a month disability as well as $45,000 from his Congressional pension.


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