Daily Archive : Friday September 13, 2013


    Will Pitner is rescued by emergency workers, and neighbor Jeff Writer, left, after a night trapped sheltering outside on high ground above his home as it filled with water from a surge of water, after days of record rain and flooding, at the base of Boulder Canyon, Colo., Friday Sept. 13, 2013 in Boulder. Flash flooding in Colorado has left at least three people reportedly dead and the widespread high waters have hampered emergency workers' access to affected communities as heavy rains hammered northern Colorado.

    Rescuers issue stern warning to Colorado evacuees

    As rescuers broke through to flood-ravaged Colorado towns, they issued a stern warning Saturday to anyone thinking of staying behind: Leave now or be prepared to endure weeks without electricity, running water and basic supplies. National Guard helicopters and truck convoys carried the admonition into paralyzed canyon communities where thousands of stranded residents were eager to escape the...

    Firefighters battle a blaze in a building on the Seaside Park boardwalk on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, in Seaside Park, N.J. The fire began in a frozen custard stand on the Seaside Park section of the boardwalk and quickly spread north into neighboring Seaside Heights.

    Hot spots could slow search for cause of NJ fire

    Continuing hot spots could hamper investigators trying to figure out the cause of a fire that charred four blocks of bars, pizza shops and T-shirt stands — perhaps 50 businesses in all — on a Jersey shore boardwalk that still was trying to recover from Superstorm Sandy.


    Wheaton to weigh new noise ordinance Monday

    Wheaton city council members Monday are expected approve a new noise ordinance that will require a permit for outdoor bands and events, including block parties.


    Nightclub owners charged with staying open past closing

    Owners of Geneva nightclub EvenFlow are charged with several offenses stemming from Aug. 25 incident in which the city claims the club stayed open after hours.

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

    Man who killed his wife will go free in about 32 months

    A Vernon Hills man convicted of killing his wife will spend 32 months in prison after his sentence was reduced by a Lake County judge Friday. Ronald Stolberg’s sentence was cut by about 16 months by Lake County Judge Mark Levitt, who granted him 486 days of time-served credit toward his prison sentence.

    Elburn has dropped its charge that the owner of this business was operating a non-permitted massage business in a shopping center off Route 38.

    Charge against Elburn massage business dropped

    Elburn has dropped its case against the proprietors of Asian Massage and Bodyworks, which it had contended illegally set up shop in a strip mall off Route 38. The return of tanning equipment brought it in to compliance with the village's zoning law, according to building commissioner Thomas Brennan.


    Kane Co. budget showdown coming Monday

    Monday will be the final showdown for any Kane County departments seeking unusual budget increases. Kane County Coroner Rob Russell, who is seeking additional funds,said Friday he is optimistic that county’s latest offer to give him two new deputies (while spiking salary increases) can be successfully negotiated. Russell said he wants to hear the final details of the plan before agreeing to...

    Abraham Lincoln

    Lincoln documents donated to Springfield museum

    Dozens of documents from Abraham Lincoln’s family are being donated to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, museum officials said Friday. The 77 documents include items from Lincoln’s son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Mary Harlan Lincoln, and their descendants.

    Shannon Hill

    Lawsuit filed in 2012 DUI crash that killed Elgin teen, injured another

    A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed against Shannon Hill, 18, of Elgin, who is accused of being high on marijuana when he caused a crash in September 2012 that killed a passenger, Lawrence Echols. Also named in the lawsuit are Hill's guardian, Mattie Grant, and 2 J's Wine and Liquor, an Elgin store. The suit argues that: Hill is liable for wrongful death; Grant was negligent in letting him...

    Michael Seyller

    Weapons charge against East Dundee police officer dropped

    A weapons charge against East Dundee Police Officer Michael Seyller was dropped Friday because Thursday the state Supreme Court ruled that the state's law was unconstitutional. Carpentersville police had said Seyller, while intoxicated, brought a loaded shotgun onto a sidealk outside his home, after complaining to police about a loud party in his neighborhood.

    The first of more than 300 families have begun moving into the new downtown Wheaton 121 luxury apartment development. It’s slated for completion next spring.

    Wheaton luxury apartment tenants begin to move in downtown

    [Leslie Tiongco, a 10-year Wheaton resident, wanted to stay in Wheaton to raise her two young children but she had “had it” with the tasks that came with living in her rental home.

    Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart is the latest Lake County school to add iPads to the classroom.

    Woodlands Academy requiring students to have iPads

    Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart is the latest Lake County school to add computer tablets to the supplies students must bring to classes. For the first time, the private, all-girls high school in Lake Forest is requiring its 190 students to have Apple iPads.


    West Chicago school bus driver charged with on-duty DUI

    A bus driver was charged with felony drunken driving Friday after giving rides to dozens of West Chicago elementary school students. Jill Beebe, 42, admitted drinking four bottles of Mike’s Hard Lemonade and two “strong” vodka-lemonade cocktails before going to bed around midnight and starting her route at 6 a.m., authorities said.

    James Heath

    Medinah sex offender arrested on charges of failure to report address change

    A convicted child sex offender was arrested Friday for not reporting his change of address, DuPage County Sheriff’s Office officials said. James Heath, 50, formerly of Medinah, was charged with one count of failure to report change of address as a sex offender, which is a felony, authorities said.


    CLC event on financial aid:

    College of Lake County will offer a seminar on financial aid and scholarships Sept. 25.

    Mezzanine-level offices in the west wing of the state Capitol, which were entered through doors below the mural, have been eliminated as part of a two-year, $50 million renovation project.

    Pricey Capitol renovations had narrow oversight

    The four-person board overseeing the state Capitol renovation meets irregularly, and members didn’t see until recently an itemized accounting of the ornate flourishes first proposed by an engineering company until the work was nearly complete.

    Architect J. Richard Alsop III, center, speaks to reporters Friday after a board meeting addressing the pricey renovations of the state Capitol in Springfield.

    State Capitol architect defends $50 million renovations

    The architect of the Illinois Capitol said Friday he’s being unfairly targeted by Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration for renovations to the building that critics say are unnecessarily extravagant. J. Richard Alsop III says Quinn’s calls to have him “reigned in” are “unwarranted and completely out of line.”

    Veterans Steve Aoyagi, Vietnam/Air Force, Des Plaines, left; Bernard Hermsen, World War II/Air Force, Glenview; William Smith Sr., Vietnam/Navy, Waukegan; Harry Fontana, Korea/Marines, Mundelein; Theodore Hudson Jr., Korea/Marines, Zion; Edgar Douglas, World War II/Navy, Chicago are honored during Lake County Honor Flight send off celebration.

    Honor Flight Lake County sends six veterans to Washington

    Six veterans, their guardians, friends and well wishers gathered Friday morning at Veterans Memorial Park in North Chicago for a send off to Washington D.C. for a three-day visit made possible by the fledgling Lake County Honor Flight organization.


    Attempted murder charges dropped against Schaumburg man

    Cook County prosecutors this week dismissed attempted murder charges against Marcos Milan-Soto, 23, of Schaumburg. Milan-Soto's defense attorney said the woman recanted and has since moved away.


    Input on raising bees, chickens:

    Residents can provide input at public hearings regarding new regulations being considered that would allow beekeeping and hens in residential areas of unincorporated Lake County.


    Second AIR-ONE landing for expo:

    A second AIR-ONE helicopter landing has been added to the activities this weekend at the Ninth Annual Law Enforcement Exhibition at Westfield Hawthorn mall in Vernon Hills.


    Open house at fire station:

    The Mundelein Fire Department will host its annual open house at Station No. 1, 1000 N. Midlothian Road, on Sunday.

    A jogger runs along Milwaukee’s Inner Harbor of Lake Michigan, a federal “area of concern” because of industrial pollution. Members of both parties in Congress support an Obama administration program that seeks to finish cleanups of such toxic hot spots.

    Great Lakes program inspires rare bipartisanship

    Republicans have seized control of statehouses across the Midwest, where they’ve slashed budgets with a vengeance. Their counterparts in Congress have waged war with Democrats over federal spending. But there’s a 94,000-square-mile exception to the GOP crusade to starve the federal beast: the Great Lakes.


    Merit board reinstates officer in NIU rape case

    A civil service merit board has determined a Northern Illinois University police lieutenant fired for failing to give prosecutors two witness statements in a rape case can return to work.


    Son not guilty by reason of insanity in mom’s stabbing

    A McHenry County judge has found a 24-year-old man from Johnsburg not guilty by reason of insanity in his mother’s stabbing death.


    Gun seizures pass 5,000 mark in Chicago

    Chicago police say that the number of illegal guns seized this year has passed the 5,000 mark. The department said in a news release Friday that the total illustrates the need for tougher federal and state laws.

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel talks to children at Dulles School of Excellence before a ribbon cutting for a new playground Friday. Shootings last week near the school prompted officials to take the unusual step of rushing students and staff off the property as soon as classes ended for five straight days.

    Chicago school tweaks dismissals for extra safety

    Shootings near a Chicago elementary school and worries that a gang member’s funeral might mean more violence prompted officials last week to take the unusual step of rushing students and staff off the property as soon as classes ended for five straight days.


    1st West Nile virus death reported in Illinois

    State public health officials say an elderly central Illinois man is the first person in Illinois to die of West Nile virus this season.


    Dist. 211 launches Instagram account, new websites

    Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211 has launched an Instagram account and new websites. Instagram is downloadable on mobile devices through the Apple Store or Google Play. It connects to a photo-sharing, social networking website that will allow people to view and share photos posted by the district.


    Fox Valley police reports
    Samuel Herrera, 26, of Elgin, was charged Wednesday with retail theft, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of 2.5 grams or less of cannabis, according to a police report. He was arrested as he was leaving a grocery store at Clock Tower Plaza.

    Bryan Winter

    Photo ID, other tighter hotel-motel rules proposed in Gurnee

    Travelers who book a motel or hotel room in Gurnee would be required to present valid photo identification at check-in, if a proposal before the village board gains approval.

    Paul Struck

    New trustee joins Barrington-area fire district

    In the midst of the Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District’s biggest year of change, former Lake Barrington trustee Paul Struck will succeed Walter Dalitsch on the fire district board Monday evening. Struck’s appointment by District 17 Lake County Board Member Nick Sauer was approved by the rest of the county board this week.

    Mustard gas agents are stored in these 105mm shells in a bunker at the Army’s Pueblo Chemical Storage facility in Pueblo, Colo. Three decades after the United States started destroying its own chemical weapons, the nationís stockpile stands at more than 3,000 tons.

    In U.S. arsenal, lessons for Syria chemical weapons

    Assembled weapons, where chemicals already have been loaded into rockets and packed with explosives, pose their own dangers. They also can leak, or go off by accident, contaminating the environment.

    Ruth Erdemir, 57, of Naperville has been charged with being under the influence of alcohol when she crashed Thursday afternoon into Midwest Fit Club in south Naperville, authorities said.

    Cops: Second driver strikes Naperville gym

    One Naperville gym has been hit by a plane, and now another has been hit by a car — twice. A motorist accused of driving under the influence crashed into a south Naperville gym Thursday afternoon, damaging a window and cracking the building’s foundation, authorities said. “She would have driven straight into the building if she was just another two feet to the left,” the gym's co-owner said.

    This 2008 photo provided by Janice “Lokelani” Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele shows Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele, right, and her husband in Kamuela, Hawaii.

    Hawaii can’t fit woman’s last name on license

    Janice “Lokelani” Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele is in the midst of a fight with state and local officials to ensure that her full name gets listed on a license or ID card.

    Summer Howard, 19 and Alecia Wilkins, 18, make a poster for Summer’s sister Rebecca Sedwick. Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said that Sedwick jumped to her death on on Monday at an old cement business in Lakeland, Fla.

    Florida girl bullied for months before suicide

    After Rebecca’s suicide, police looked at her computer and found search queries such as “What is overweight for a 13-year-old girl,” “how to get blades out of razors,” and “how many over-the-counter drugs do you take to die.” One of her screensavers also showed Rebecca with her head resting on a railroad track.

    America’s Got Talent semifinalist Matt Wilhelm performs stunts on his BMX bike for an assembly at Horizon Elementary School in Hanover Park, while talking to the students about bullying, perseverance, bike safety and character.

    BMX show in Hanover Park carries anti-bullying message

    Professional BMX rider and America’s Got Talent semifinalist Matt Wilhelm entertained students Friday at Horizon Elementary school in Hanover Park, and imparted a message as well. Wilhelm was the star of two stunt-filled school assemblies where he also shared his own story about overcoming bullying.


    Maine Twp. road repairs coming

    About $117,175 in state money will be spent to improve two roadways in Maine Township: Harrison Street from Meadow Lane to Dee Road, and at Central and Dee roads. The money will build sidewalks, add traffic controls and make street crossing improvements.


    Des Plaines approves switching fire dispatch services

    Des Plaines will be switching its emergency dispatch services for the city’s fire department to the Regional Emergency Dispatch (RED) Center, a consortium providing dispatch services for 14 area fire departments. The city council recently voted 7-1 to approve the change in provider. The Park Ridge City Council similarly approved moving its fire dispatch services to the RED Center, as both towns...


    Bloomingdale man arrested in Bartlett after shots fired into ground

    A Bloomingdale man is in police custody after a witness reported he discharged a firearm Thursday afternoon in Bartlett, according to a news release. Michael Magnafichi, 51, of the 0-100 block of Bloomingdale Place, has been charged with unlawful use or possession of a weapon by a felon. According to police, Magnafichi also had a warrant out for his arrest for failing to appear in DuPage County...

    Michael Zaky Bassaly, 27, of Downers Grove, enters DuPage County court for his arraignment Friday on five counts of first-degree murder in the Aug. 29 slaying of his mother, Yvonne Zaky Bassaly.

    Downers Grove man pleads not guilty to shooting mom outside church

    Prosecutors said they will seek an extended term of up to natural life in prison for a Downers Grove man charged with fatally shooting his mother outside a Burr Ridge church. Michael Zaky Bassaly, 27, formally pleaded not guilty Friday to five counts of first-degree murder in the early Aug. 29 slaying of his 61-year-old mother, Yvonne Zaky Bassaly.

    The crowd watches on the 12th hole during the first-round of the BMW Championship at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest Thursday.

    BMW Championship ties up traffic in Lake County

    The BMW Championship at Conway Farms in Lake Forest is drawing plenty of fans today — including some spending hours in traffic tie-ups that also ensnared other drivers trying to navigate around Lake County. In phone calls and on Twitter, fans reported long backups around the venue, especially on Route 60 and St. Mary’s Road approaching the parking area at W.W. Grainger Inc. at Everett...


    Man falls out of helicopter during pot eradication

    Authorities in central California say a member of a volunteer environmental cleanup crew fell out of a helicopter and died during a marijuana eradication effort in Tulare County.


    Warrenville, Wheaton schools required to offer tutors

    Two Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200 elementary schools, already required to offer parents a choice to attend different district schools because of poor test scores, now must also offer tutoring to their low-income students.

    Rosie and Dave Claus of Naperville will bring their unique gourd creations to the Naperville Art League’s annual Riverwalk Fine Art Fair. Dave prepares the surfaces of the gourds and does pyro-engraving to burn in designs, while Rosie does the weaving and coiling.

    Naperville’s Riverwalk Fine Art Fair in its own league

    Dave Claus knows the words “gourd art” often conjures up images of smiley faces and bird houses. Those aren’t the kind of gourd creations he and his wife, Rosie, will show and sell at the Riverwalk Fine Art Fair this weekend. “It’s kind of a unique art form,” said Claus, a retired high school architectural drawing teacher from Naperville.

    People enjoy a recent French market in downtown Mount Prospect. This year’s market, which runs 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, will include an appearance by residents of Mount Prospect’s sister city of Sèvres, France.

    Mt. Prospect to host visitors from French sister city

    A delegation from Mount Prospect's sister city of Sevres, France, will visit the village this coming week. More than a dozen residents of Sevres will stay with local people, visit a number of local sites and enjoy a trip into Chicago. The fun begins with a special French version of the farmers market on Sunday. “That will be a great time for people to say ‘Hi’ to our French guests,” Paula Randant...

    De’Marquise Elkins, convicted of fatally shooting a baby in a stroller, was sentenced Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013 to spend the rest of his life in prison with no chance of parole after the grieving mother asked a judge to punish the gunman for taking “the love of my life.”

    Teen convicted of killing baby gets life in prison

    A Georgia teen convicted of fatally shooting a baby in a stroller was sentenced Thursday to spend the rest of his life in prison with no chance of parole after the grieving mother asked a judge to punish the gunman for taking “the love of my life.”


    Newlywed released pending trial in husband’s death

    A federal judge ordered a Montana newlywed released from jail Thursday as she awaits trial on charges that she pushed her husband to his death over a cliff in Glacier National Park because she was having second thoughts about marriage.

    The Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tenn. The price tag for a new uranium processing facility in Tennessee has grown nearly sevenfold in eight years to upward of $6 billion because of problems that include a redesign. The nuclear labs are getting renewed scrutiny in light of forced across-the-board federal budget cuts and high-profile security lapses, such as an incident last year in Tennessee. Protesters there cut through a fence and spread blood on the walls of a plutonium lab before being detected.

    Nation’s bloated nuclear spending comes under fire

    Virtually every major project under the National Nuclear Security Administration’s oversight is behind schedule and over budget — the result, watchdogs and government auditors say, of years of lax accountability and nearly automatic annual budget increases for the agency responsible for maintaining the nation’s nuclear stockpile. The NNSA has racked up $16 billion in cost overruns on 10 major...

    Indian people light candles to mark the verdict after a judge pronounced death sentences for four men convicted in the rape and murder of a student on a moving bus in New Delhi last year, in Gauhati, India, Friday, Sept. 13, 2013. A judge on Friday ordered all four to the gallows for a brutal attack that left the young woman with such severe internal injuries that she died two weeks later.

    4 men given death sentences in India gang rape

    An Indian court Friday sentenced to death four men for the gang rape and murder of a young New Delhi woman, ordering them to the gallows for a brutal attack that riveted India, where it became a symbol of the rampant mistreatment of women and the government’s inability to deal with crime. Issuing his decision, Judge Yogesh Khanna said the attack “shocked the collective conscience” of India.

    New mapping suggests North America’s tallest peak is actually 83 feet shorter than previously thought. Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell, who released the data this week, said Mount McKinley is still the continent’s highest peak.

    North America’s tallest peak may be shorter

    North America’s tallest peak, Alaska’s Mount McKinley, may have been taken down a notch. An effort to update decades-old maps using airplane-mounted radar technology showed the mountain, called Denali by locals, stands at 20,237 feet. That’s 83 feet shorter than an estimate of 20,320 feet from the early 1950s. McKinley would still be more than 680 feet taller than the continent’s second-highest...

    In the hours before fire crews were able to corral a wildfire in rural far Northern California, wind-driven flames fueled by dry grass and brush tore through communities at an estimated 500 acres an hour, giving residents just minutes to grab what they could and escape. Sixty-eight residences were destroyed, officials said Thursday, nearly doubling the initial estimate of home losses in Shasta County from the Clover Fire, which began three days earlier around the community of Igo about 150 miles north of Sacramento.

    California wildfire destroys 68 homes

    In the hours before fire crews were able to corral a wildfire in rural far Northern California, wind-driven flames fueled by dry grass and brush tore through communities at an estimated 500 acres an hour, giving residents just minutes to grab what they could and escape. Sixty-eight residences were destroyed, officials said Thursday, nearly doubling the initial estimate.


    Scathing obit about abusive NV mother goes viral

    Anyone expecting a sweet remembrance of the life and times of Marianne Theresa Johnson-Reddick was in for a surprise if they opened the obituary pages this week in the local newspaper. “On behalf of her children who she abrasively exposed to her evil and violent life, we celebrate her passing from this earth and hope she lives in the after-life reliving each gesture of violence, cruelty and shame...

    Local residents view dangerously high Boulder Creek following overnight flash flooding in downtown Boulder, Colo., Thursday, Sept 12, 2013. Flash flooding in Colorado has left two people dead and the widespread high waters are keeping search and rescue teams from reaching stranded residents and motorists in Boulder and nearby mountain communities as heavy rains hammered northern Colorado.

    Images: Colorado Flooding
    With rain still falling and the flood threat still real, authorities called on thousands more people in the inundated city of Boulder and nearby towns to evacuate as rivers and creeks rose to dangerous levels.

    Firefighters battle a blaze in a building on the Seaside Park boardwalk on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, in Seaside Park, N.J. The fire began in a frozen custard stand on the Seaside Park section of the boardwalk and quickly spread north into neighboring Seaside Heights.

    Images: NJ Boardwak Burns
    Firefighters poured thousands of gallons of water Friday on the smoldering remnants of a massive fire that destroyed part of an iconic Jersey shore boardwalk as officials began counting the cost of once again rebuilding a walkway.

    A balloon cluster carrying Jonathan Trappe lifts off from Caribou, Maine, Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013. Trappe lifted off Thursday using hundreds of helium-filled balloons clustered together. Trappe hoped to be the first person to successfully complete a trans-Atlantic flight using the balloon cluster, but he landed short of his goal in Newfoundland.

    Man using cluster balloons lands in Newfoundland

    A balloonist who was trying to cross the Atlantic Ocean using hundreds of helium-filled balloons landed short of his goal in Newfoundland. Jonathan Trappe was using more than 300 helium-filled balloons, like those used in the animated movie “Up.” He lifted off Thursday morning from Maine and had hoped to be the first person to cross the Atlantic using a cluster of helium balloons.

    Tim Schmitz

    Schmitz will leave Illinois House

    State Rep. Tim Schmitz, a Batavia Republican and 14-year veteran of the Illinois House, won’t run for re-election in 2014. Schmitz made the announcement on Facebook this morning and referenced the death this summer of his father, longtime Batavia Alderman Tom Schmitz.

    Nick Balk, 14, balances on one hand on 18-inch high balancing canes he made out of leftover lumber and pipes. He prefers strength tricks while sister Katie, 16, prefers balancing and flexibility tricks.

    Moving Picture: South Elgin siblings polish their acts

    There's a circus happening just about every day in South Elgin these days. Teen siblings Katie and Nick Balk can be found juggling, pedaling unicycles in tight circles, balancing on one hand, and holding each other over their heads, to hone their circus skills. “I like to do acts where it’s both of us and we are a partnership,” Katie says. “It’s a lot of trust. I feel like I know my brother."...

    In this photo released by the Novgorod region branch of Russian Emergency Ministry, the ministry’s Emergency Situations workers and firefighters work at a site of a fire at a psychiatric hospital in Luka village in the Novgorod region, Russia, early Friday, Sept. 13, 2013. A fire swept through the Russian psychiatric hospital overnight, killing at least three people and leaving more than 30 others feared dead, officials said Friday. Authorities had long warned that the building was unsafe and called for its closure.

    37 dead in fire at Russian psychiatric hospital

    A pre-dawn fire swept through a Russian psychiatric hospital Friday, killing 37 people, Russia’s top investigative agency said. Authorities had long warned that the mostly wooden building dating to the 19th century was unsafe. It was the second such deadly blaze in less than five months, underlining the widespread neglect of fire safety standards in Russia.

    Afghan security personnel investigate the site of a suicide car bombing and a gunfight near the U.S. consulate in Herat Province, west of Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, Sept. 13, 2013. Taliban militants attacked the U.S. consulate in western Afghanistan on Friday morning, using a car bomb and guns to battle security forces just outside the compound in the city of Herat. It was not entirely clear whether any attackers managed to breach the facility.

    Afghan Taliban attacks U.S. Consulate, kills 2 Afghans

    Taliban militants unleashed car bombs at the U.S. Consulate in western Afghanistan on Friday morning, triggering a firefight with security forces in an attack that killed at least two Afghans and wounded 17. The U.S. said its personnel from the mission were safe and that most of them were temporarily relocated to Kabul, while American forces secured the site.

    The Voyager 1 spacecraft, seen here in an artist’s rendering, is farther from Earth than any man-made object has ever gone.

    NASA: Voyager 1 probe has left the solar system

    Voyager 1 has crossed a new frontier, becoming the first spacecraft ever to leave the solar system, NASA said Thursday. Thirty-six years after it was launched from Earth on a tour of the outer planets, the plutonium-powered probe is more than 11.5 billion miles from the sun, cruising through what scientists call interstellar space — the vast, cold emptiness between the stars, the space agency...

    Secretary of State John Kerry and U.N.-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi attend a press conference after their meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, unseen, at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Friday, Sept. 13, 2013. Kerry and Lavrov say the prospects for a resumption in the Syria peace process are riding on the outcome of their chemical weapons talks.

    Kerry: Syria peace prospects ride on weapons talks

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Friday the prospects for resuming the Syrian peace process are riding on the outcome of U.S.-Russian talks aimed at securing Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal that lurched into a second day.


    District 79 upgrades security in its schools

    When parents and community members visit the Fremont District 79 schools this year, they will experience new safety protocols for visitors.

    In this citizen journalism image provided by Edlib News Network, ENN, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, anti-Syrian regime protesters hold a placard as they pose for a photograph during a demonstration in Kafr Nabil town, Idlib province, northern Syria, Friday, Sept. 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Edlib News Network ENN)

    Human Rights Watch: Syrian regime behind mass killings

    An international human rights group on Friday accused Syrian government forces and pro-regime militias of carrying out summary executions earlier this year that left at least 248 people dead in two predominantly Sunni Muslim towns along the Mediterranean coast.

    A new volleyball/basketball court is readied Thursday by carpenter Jeremy Cavanagh in advance of the grand reopening of the Glendale Heights Sports Hub this weekend.

    Revamped Glendale Heights Sports Hub ready for unveiling

    Glendale Heights' Sports Hub recreation center has come a long way since it opened its doors in 1978. With four racquetball courts and a small outdoor swimming pool, it served a village population a third of the size of the 34,000 who live there now. This weekend, Glendale Heights officials will be unveiling the latest renovations to the Sports Hub, the culmination of a $12 million recreation...

    Artist Keith Kibbons rides his 2004 Harley-Davidson Road Glide in Kankakee. Kibbons customized and added a side car to the motorcycle after hitting a deer.

    Crash hasn’t slowed motorcycle artist

    Keith Kibbons doesn’t just make lemonade from lemons. He can turn a potential disaster into a work of art. The 35-year-old mechanical genius from Bradley has been expressing himself in various forms of transportation since 1999. And two months ago, he moved his artist workshop, Kustom Kreations by Kibbons, to its new home at 980 N. Washington St. in Kankakee.


    14-year-old boy recovering after Chicago shooting

    A 14-year-old Chicago boy is recovering after he was shot in the back outside a high school on the city’s southwest side. The boy was shot just before 8 p.m. Thursday outside the Sarah E. Goode STEM Academy. He was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.

    A river otter in Illinois.

    Illinois trappers net 2,000 otters during season

    Illinois trappers captured about 2,000 river otters during the first otter-hunting season in decades.The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports that’s more than expected. A state biologist attributes the larger-than-predicted numbers to high fur prices. Each river otter pelt brought in about $73.


    Piper City soybean plant fire under investigation

    A fire at a north-central Illinois soybean plant remains under investigation.Authorities lifted a partial evacuation in the tiny village of Piper City on Thursday afternoon and classes are set to resume Friday at a nearby school district.


    Indiana Catholic bishop has collarbone surgery

    The Roman Catholic bishop for much of northern Indiana is recovering after surgery to repair a broken collarbone. A spokesman for Fort Wayne-South Bend Bishop Kevin Rhoades says he was injured in a fall Sunday night while he was on his way to Washington, D.C., for meetings with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.


    CeaseFire program shrinking due to funding woes

    Chicago’s CeaseFire program is shrinking because funding from the city has been exhausted. WMAQ-TV reports the organization’s West Side office closed its doors Aug. 31 after a $1 million dollar grant from the city ran out. The grant was part of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s efforts in 2012 to decrease violence on the South and West sides of the city.


    Skokie man found not guilty but insane in deaths

    A Skokie man has been found not guilty by reason of insanity in the 2011 stabbing deaths of his 18-year-old daughter and 2-year-old granddaughter. WLS-TV reports a judge issued the verdict Thursday after bench trial for 39-year-old Miguel Renteria of Skokie.

    Naperville Independent Film Festival co-founder Edmond Coisson, left, launched the event in 2008, when he is seen here, with screenplay winner Chris Davane and star Karen Black. The sixth annual festival begins Friday, Sept. 13, and will show 92 films before it concludes Saturday, Sept. 21.

    Naperville film fest goes for ‘Oscar-ish feel’

    The magic of the silver screen will take over two venues in Naperville for nine days beginning Friday, Sept. 13, as the sixth annual Naperville Independent Film Festival comes to town.Organizers say the 92 films to be shown will give viewers a chance to experience creative cinematography, to see something they never would encounter anywhere else, to escape into a different reality.

    A pair of waterspouts were seen from downtown Waukegan and other lakefront suburbs Thursday. While waterspouts are basically tornadoes over water, they were no threat to land-dwellers.

    Dawn Patrol: See those waterspouts? Naperville drug sting

    Waterspouts seen from Waukegan. Three charged in Naperville drug arrests. Tree tough to plant in Carpentersville. Longtime Gurnee business goes to Wisconsin. Elgin car burglaries leads to probation. Fox Lake man out on bail back in jail. BMW Championship full of birdies in first round.

    Doug Goldberg

    District 95 looks at network with authorities

    Lake Zurich Unit District 95 may purchase radios for a communications network as part of a budget proposed for the 2013-14 academic year. District 95 board members in a nonvoting committee meeting Thursday night took a final look at the proposed spending plan. The document is slated for a final vote Sept. 26.


    Dist. 211 board reviews change in student discipline

    Changing the mindset of student discipline from one of consequences to one of interventions has resulted in dramatic reductions in the number of discipline referrals and suspensions in the past few years in Palatine-Schaumburg District 211, according to school officials.


    District 214 uses grant for new wheelchair-accessible buses

    Northwest Suburban High School District 214 approved buying new activity buses to transport students with some help from a federal grant. The school board on Thursday approved the purchase of five multifunction school activity buses and two wheelchair-accessible multifunction school activity buses.

    Bob Schillerstrom

    Schillerstrom not sure what his next move will be

    After abandoning his own bid for Illinois treasurer, former DuPage County Board Chairman Bob Schillerstrom said this week to “never say never” about him running for office again at some point. But he most likely plans to support other candidates in 2014, starting with House Republican Leader Tom Cross' bid for Illinois treasurer.

    A female northern cardinal feeds her three nestlings in Wheeling on August 21st.

    Images: Photo Contest Finalists
    Each week you submit your favorite photo. We pick the best of the bunch and select 12 finlaists. Here are the finalists for the week of September 9th.

    The Voyager 1 spacecraft has been barreling through space for more than three decades.

    Poll Vault: Are we alone in the universe?

    So far, Voyager 1 hasn't encountered life in outerspace. Could that change now that the spacecraft has traveled beyond our solar system? Will we meet aliens in our lifetime?

    Daily Herald File Photo Regional divides are emerging on the RTA board.

    Battle lines drawn at RTA may have scuttled meeting

    Looks like suburban/city battle lines are being drawn at the RTA with feuding over who gets a fair share of the transit pie. At the heart of the friction is a power struggle that's both political and regional, and it's one reason Friday's board meeting was abruptly cancelled.


    Week-3- Photos from the Wheaton North at Wheaton Warrenville South football game on Friday, Sept. 13.

    Images: Wheaton North vs. Wheaton Warrenville South football
    Wheaton Warrenville South hosted and won 17-13 over Wheaton North for football action on Friday, Sept. 13.


    Glenbard West blanks Downers Grove North

    Just in case folks forgot, Jordan Hassan and Glenbard West served a not-so-subtle reminder Friday.The road to the Silver title still goes through Glen Ellyn.The Hilltoppers, who have won at least a share of the last five West Suburban Silver titles, opened the conference season with an emphatic 21-0 win at previously unbeaten Downers Grove North.


    Dundee-Crown 3-0 for first time since 1993

    Dundee-Crown has been searching for a signature victory under third-year coach Vito Andriola. The Chargers earned it Friday night. Using two big fourth-quarter defensive stands, D-C beat FVC Valley Division foe Crystal Lake South, 14-13, in Carpentersville.

    Batavia quarterback Micah Coffey and his teammates gave their fans plenty to cheer about including this play — one of Coffey’s three rushing touchdowns Friday at Geneva.

    Batavia blows by Geneva

    Only once in the previous 94 meetings between Batavia and Geneva had the teams combined to score as many points as the 69 they put on the scoreboard Friday night in front of another standing-room-only crowd at Burgess Field. Thanks to Micah Coffey, Anthony Scaccia and company, the Batavia half of that crowd got to do almost all the celebrating. The Bulldogs scored the first 21 points, then made two big plays to thwart the one chance the Vikings had at stealing the momentum. Batavia put its foot on the gas in the third quarter on the way to a 49-20 victory.

    Connor Ostrander of Wheaton Warrenville South pulls down a pass against visiting Wheaton North on Friday.

    WW South clips Wheaton North

    Coming off a rare playoff absence, Wheaton Warrenville South’s football team entered the season as a bit of an unknown. It’s taken only three games for the Tigers to take its familiar place in state championship conversations. WW South stayed unbeaten against a brutal early schedule by beating Wheaton North 17-13 in Friday’s cross-town DuPage Valley Conference game at Grange Field.

    St. Charles East wide out Brannon Barry (2) goes in for the final touchdown in overtime against St. Charles North game Friday.

    St. Charles East rallies for OT win

    For St. Charles East’s football team, it was an instant classic. For St. Charles North, it was an instant replay. Trailing 21-13 after North Stars senior running back Evan Kurtz (36 carries, 236 yards) raced 76 yards for a touchdown with 8:09 remaining in the fourth quarter, the Saints (3-0, 1-0) came up with a couple huge plays of their own down the stretch during their 28-21 overtime victory Friday night at Norris Stadium.

    Larkin’s Kemmerin Blalark (5) and teammate Alex Duran present the Town Jug to Royals fans after beating Elgin on Friday night at Memorial Field.

    Larkin thumps Elgin to keep Town Jug

    There was no raucous midfield celebration after Larkin won the Town Jug trophy for the third straight season with a convincing 46-28 victory over rival Elgin at Memorial Field Friday night. Captains Kemmerin Blalark and Alex Duran calmly accepted the Town Jug and the Royals exchanged high fives and hand shakes, took pictures with their trophy and generally exhaled. Though retaining the trophy was important to every player dressed in royal blue and white, keeping it on the city’s west side was secondary to the ultimate goal.


    Cary-Grove stuns Huntley with late TD

    Cary-Grove juniors Jason Gregoire and Larkin Hanselmann were not like-minded about their deep thoughts in Friday night’s Fox Valley Conference Valley Division showdown at Huntley. Gregoire thought it was time to throw a hitch-and-go pass with the Trojans staring at a 4-point deficit and a little more than two minutes to play before a standing-room-only crowd of more than 3,500. Hanselmann and receivers coaches Trevor Fritz and Ryan Passaglia believed they needed to go with a backside post pattern to escape a third-and-24 at their own 40 and avoid their first 0-3 start in 11 years.


    Fortune favors Joliet Catholic against St. Viator

    St. Viator nearly made Friday the 13th lucky for itself. The Lions, who had lost 24 consecutive games to Joliet Catholic, led the Hilltoppers 13-0 late in the first quarter. But Joliet Catholic showed why it remains one of the class programs in the state, rallying to keep its streak intact with a 35-20 victory Friday in Joliet.


    Metea Valley makes it tough on West Chicago

    West Chicago received a rude welcome into the Upstate Eight Conference. Metea Valley beat the visiting Wildcats 47-7 Friday in Aurora. The Mustangs piled on their 14-7 second-quarter lead with a field goal before halftime and 30 unanswered second-half points.


    Prince leads Sky to 87-82 win over Dream

    Epiphanny Prince scored 16 of her 29 points in the final quarter to lift the Chicago Sky to an 87-82 win over the Atlanta Dream in a meeting of the Eastern Conference’s top teams Friday night in Rosemont.


    David tosses 2 TDs in Kaneland’s win

    Kaneland had never played a regular-season game at Sterling before, but the Knights made themselves right at home in Roscoe Eades Stadium. Kaneland scored on 5 of 6 first-half possessions on the way to routing the Golden Warriors, 48-7 in a Northern Illinois Big 12 crossover. Drew David completed 19 of 26 passes for 231 yards and 2 touchdowns, and Nate Dyer run for a 95 yards and three scores as the Knights won their 31st consecutive regular-season game.


    Glenbard East shuts out West Aurora

    It was a fry cry from the last time Glenbard East played West Aurora in football. In the teams’ final game as members of the DuPage Valley Conference, Glenbard East, which surrendered over 50 points to the Blackhawks when they ended the regular season last fall, was utterly miserly on defense in a 21-0 victory Friday night in Aurora.


    Naperville C. tosses shutout in Lake Park’s DVC debut

    The Lake Park football program entered a new era on Friday night as the Lancers traveled to Naperville Central to play their inaugural DuPage Valley Conference game. The lesson learned, though, was one that has been taught in every league, from Bill George leagues to the NFL: You can’t turn the ball over and expect to win games, which the Lancers were reminded of harshly as their 6 giveaways helped the Redhawks to a 36-0 victory.


    Parks sparks another Benet win

    It is hard enough in football to stand out on one side of the ball, let alone in all three phases of the game. Benet senior Ryan Parks managed to make contributions across the board — offense, defense and special teams — to help the Redwings avenge their only East Suburban Catholic Conference loss from a season ago. Benet started league play off on the right foot by defeating St. Patrick 37-13 on Friday night at Benedictine University.


    Crystal Lake Central runs past Hampshire

    Was Jason Voorhees wearing a Crystal Lake Central Kyle Lavand jersey Friday night? Or was Lavand just wearing the wrong helmet? Either way, the senior hosted his own Quarterback Camp Crystal Lake and was a Friday the 13th nightmare for visiting Hampshire. Known for his arm in the Tigers’ spread offense, Lavand decided to become a dual-threat monster. Along with 2 touchdown passes, an interception and 12 of 22 for 250 yards passing, Lavand rushed 24 times out of the spread for 150 yards and a touchdown to total 400 of the Tigers’ 513 total yards in Central’s 46-21 Fox Valley Conference Fox win over the Whip-Purs at Owen Metcalf Field in Crystal Lake.


    Marmion surges past St. Edward

    When Davontae Elam fought across the goal line for a 2-yard touchdown run a minute into the second quarter, St. Edward led Marmion 10-0 in a battle of unbeaten football rivals Friday in Aurora. But while Marmion’s players were visibly frustrated over the Green Wave’s dominating start on the Cadets’ home field, Marmion coach Dan Thorpe provided a calming influence on the sidelines. Thorpe believed it was only a matter of time before his team’s advantages in size and depth took a toll on St. Edward’s 30-player roster. Thorpe proved to be prophetic. Marmion rang up two second-quarter touchdowns to surge in front and pulled away after halftime, posting a 27-10 victory in the Suburban Christian Blue Division opener for both schools.


    St. Francis puts it all together at Chicago Christian

    St. Francis tuned up for perhaps its biggest game of the season with a dominant display of football against Chicago Christian on Friday. With a showdown against four-time defending state champ Montini looming next Friday, the Spartans rolled to an impressive 49-0 victory over the host Knights in Palos Heights. Quarterback Zach Prociuk led the way for St. Francis (3-0) with 35-yard touchdown passes to both Ryan Benton and Adam Hart. The junior also ran one in from 11 yards out.


    Cowan sparkles as Fenton subdues Rich South

    Fenton took advantage of a short-handed and error-prone Rich South squad to prevail 33-6 on Friday in Bensenville. Alex Cowan scored 3 touchdowns and gained 184 yards on 17 carries to lead the Bison.


    Bartlett spreads the wealth in win over East Aurora

    Bartlett went the equal opportunity route on offense Friday night in the Upstate Eight Valley Division opener, showcasing a cadre of tailbacks that could be mistaken for clones. Four running backs scored touchdowns as the Hawks notched their first win of the season after routing host East Aurora 40-6.


    Neuqua Valley survives furious finish against South Elgin

    Illinois-bound receiver Mikey Dudek hauled in a one-handed 35-yard touchdown catch from quarterback Broc Rutter with 41.2 seconds left to give Neuqua Valley a 40-34 Upstate Eight Conference victory over South Elgin on Friday night.


    Jackson carries the day for Glenbard North

    Naperville North has a solid “Limit the Damage” strategy for dealing with Glenbard North tailback Justin Jackson. But the theory didn’t work as well as it did last year, when Jackson battled for 110 yards in 27 carries. “You know if it’s a close game, he’s going to get it 40 (times),” said Huskies coach Sean Drendel. “You figure he’s going to get his 150 to 200 (yards). You just hope it’s not 300.” Jackson wound up carrying the ball 43 times for 323 yards and 4 touchdowns as Glenbard North pulled off a 37-28 victory in a wild DuPage Valley Conference opener in Carol Stream.


    Burlington Central notches first win

    Due to some injuries, Burlington Central head coach Rich Crabel was forced to move some players around, including moving quarterback Casey Matthews to running back and giving Parth Patel his first start of the season under center. Both moves worked out pretty well for the Rockets as Matthews scored the game’s first touchdown with a 20-yard run and Patel ran the offense flawlessly in leading Burlington Central to a 34-0 victory in its Big Northern East opener against Rockford Christian Friday night on Rocket Hill.

    Chicago Cubs' Anthony Rizzo hits third as he rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the seventh inning of the baseball game on Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, in Pittsburgh. The Cubs won 5-4. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

    Rizzo homer rallies Cubs past Pirates

    Anthony Rizzo hit a towering go-ahead, two-run homer off Jason Grilli in the seventh inning and the Cubs rallied past the Pittsburgh Pirates, 5-4 on Friday night.Brian Bogusevic went 3 for 4 with his fifth homer of the season for Chicago. Dioneer Navarro added two hits as the Cubs ended Pittsburgh’s four-game winning streak.


    Glenbard South takes strong message to heart

    All the talk about strong starts has really hit home with the Glenbard South football players. On Friday night, the Raiders took what their coaches preach to heart and jumped out in front of visiting Rich East with a pair of first-quarter touchdowns. They then followed that up with two more scores in the second quarter on their way to a 35-0 lead and eventual 35-13 defeat of the Rockets (0-3).


    Ground game does the trick for Carmel

    Marian Catholic tried to break out some trickery on Friday night when it hosted Carmel Catholic in an East Suburban Catholic Conference opener. It translated to some impressive numbers for senior receiver Ki-Jana Crawford, including a second-quarter touchdown. However, Carmel just stayed with it old tricks. While Crawford’s score was the lone one for Marian, Carmel rushed the ball down the Spartans’ throats for a 41-7 victory to spoil things for the home team on a night that Marian named its field after 37-year retired head coach Dave Mattio.


    Waubonsie Valley wants to keep making gains

    Although from different perspectives, Waubonsie Valley coach Paul Murphy and Streamwood coach Mark Orszula said the same thing after Friday night’s 56-7 Waubonsie victory in Aurora. There’s a lot of football left to be played.

    St. Charles East’s Vince Locascio hoists the trophy after the Saints won in overtime against St. Charles North .

    Images: St. Charles North vs. St. Charles East football
    The St. Charles East High School football team hosted and won in OT 28-21 over their crosstown rival St. Charles North High School on Friday, September 13.

    Kevin Streelman of Wheaton acknowledges the support he received from fans during the second-round of the BMW Championship on Friday.

    Fan support puts Streelman in comfortable position

    With local fans from Wheaton urging him on, Kevin Streelman coped with windy, colder conditions in Friday’s second round of the BMW Championship and finds himself entering the weekend in a four-way tie for fourth place, trailing co-leaders Brandt Snedeker and Jim Furyk by five strokes, and third-place Zach Johnson by two.


    Mooney-to Williams a winner for Jacobs

    Dynamic duo. No, we are not talking about Batman and Robin. We are referring to Jacobs’ prolific duo of senior quarterback Brett Mooney and senior wide receiver Hunter Williams. Mooney completed 8 passes to Williams for 148 yards and 3 touchdowns as the Golden Eagles claimed their first victory of the 2013 season, a 20-0 whitewashing of Prairie Ridge in Fox Valley Conference Valley Division play at PR Stadium in Crystal Lake Friday night.

    Steve Lundy/slundy@dailyherald.com Jim Furyk hugs his caddy Mike "Fluff" Cowan after shooting 59 during the second-round of the BMW Championship at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest Friday.

    Furyk's 59 makes history at BMW Championship

    The only story on a day full of great storylines was Jim Furyk and that magic number. The number 59. But even a half an hour after his on-course magic, the ever low-key Furyk admittedly was having trouble grasping what he had just accomplished. So was his caddie. “All I can say is it was a very special round of golf, very special,” Fluff Cowan said.


    Vosicky, Italia keeping Montini grounded

    Montini senior center Frank Vosicky liked what he saw Friday against Wheaton Academy. So did senior running back Nikko Italia. Both were excited there was room, sometimes plenty, to carry the football. Italia had 2 touchdowns and 80 yards on just 7 carries in the Broncos’ 56-0 victory at Wheaton College in the Suburban Christian Conference crossover.

    Larkin’s locker room explodes with excitement after beating Elgin and claiming the “Jug” in the varsity football matchup at Elgin High School on Friday.

    Images: Elgin vs. Larkin football
    Elgin hosted and lost 46-28 to Larkin in football action Friday night.

    Joey Logano smiles after winning the pole during Friday’s qualifying for the Geico 400 auto race Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet

    Penske Racing sweeps pole at Chicagoland Speedway

    Penske Racing swept the front row in qualifying for the first race of the Chase, with Joey Logano winning the pole hours after NASCAR placed his team on probation for allegedly cutting a deal with another organization to help him make the championship field.

    Kyle Busch celebrates winning the NASCAR Truck Series auto race Friday night at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet

    Kyle Busch wins truck race at Chicagoland

    Kyle Busch won his 34th career Truck Series race Friday night, beating Brad Keselowski at Chicagoland Speedway before running out of gas on his way to Victory Lane. It was Busch’s fourth series win of the season and 17th overall spanning all three of NASCAR’s national series.

    Kyle Busch celebrates winning the NASCAR Truck Series auto race Friday night at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet

    Kyle Busch wins truck race at Chicagoland

    Kyle Busch won his 34th career Truck Series race Friday night, beating Brad Keselowski at Chicagoland Speedway before running out of gas on his way to Victory Lane. It was Busch’s fourth series win of the season and 17th overall spanning all three of NASCAR’s national series.

    Tiger Woods watches his tee shot on the 8th hole during the second-round of the BMW Championship at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest Friday.

    Woods adamant that latest penalty undeserved

    Tiger Woods didn’t get off to the best start Friday, and it went downhill from there, culminating in a 2-stroke penalty levied at the end of his round.


    Ross, Lyons too much for Leyden

    Sometimes a team just needs to take a road trip to get back on course. After dropping its first two games of the season at home, Lyons (1-2) went on the road and picked up a 31-14 win over Leyden on Friday night in a West Surburban crossover game. “I don’t really get too caught up in all of that,” Lyons coach Kurt Weinberg said of the road win. “All I know is that we needed a win and that’s what we accomplished tonight.” It also didn’t hurt that the Lions had Leonard Ross suited up for them. The junior tailback rushed for a game-high 225 yards and scored 3 touchdowns.

    Jim Furyk hugs his caddie, Mike “Fluff” Cowan, after shooting a record-tying 59 in the second round of the BMW Championship at Conway Farms Golf Club on Friday.

    Furyk joins elite group with a remarkable 59

    The only story on a day full of great storylines was Jim Furyk and that magic number. The number 59.


    No victory, but big improvement for Fremd

    One week after a disappointing run at the Best of the West tournament in Naperville, Fremd coach Steve Keller’s team turned in a fine performance against defending Class 2A state champ Peoria Notre Dame on Friday night as the first day of the Fremd Invite came to an end. Despite the scoreless draw, the Vikings (2-4-2) and Irish (2-1-1) played an entertaining 80 minutes of soccer to set up the final day of this rotating-venue tournament. The hosts will meet Hinsdale Central, while Peoria Notre Dame faces Schaumburg.

    Geneva’s Billy Douds closes in on Batavia’s Michael Moffatt.

    Images: Batavia vs. Geneva football
    Geneva hosted and lost 49-20 to Batavia in football action Friday night.


    Hiawatha blanks Christian Liberty

    The third time was not charmed for Christian Liberty Academy’s football team, which dropped a 38-0 decision to Northeastern Athletic Conference foe Hiawatha on Friday in Kirkland.


    Kim, Hinsdale Central handle Schaumburg

    Schaumburg put a little scare into No. 1 Hinsdale Central for a brief time in the second period Friday afternoon. But the top-ranked boys soccer squad in the state ended the hopes of the Saxons with an inspired effort in the final quarter-hour in an impressive 5-2 victory on the first day of play at the Fremd Invite in Palatine.

    Jim Furyk gestures to the crowd after his round of 59.

    Images: Friday at the BMW Championship
    Images of Friday and the second round at the BMW Championship at Conway Farms. Brandt Snedeker continued to lead the pack, but was joined at 11 under by a surging Jim Furyk who shot a 59.

    Steve Lundy/slundy@dailyherald.com Jim Furyk tips his hat after shooting 59 during the second-round of the BMW Championship at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest Friday.

    Nervous Furyk exorcises some demons

    There was history made at Conway Farms late Friday afternoon in the BMW Championship, as Jim Furyk shot only the sixth 59 ever on the PGA Tour. The man who won the Tour Championship and the FedEx Cup in 2010 is also tied at 11 under with Brandt Snedeker for the BMW lead. “It’ll sink in later,” said the typically mild-mannered Furyk on Friday evening.

    Minnesota running back David Cobb sneaks into the end zone as New Mexico State’s George Callender tries to stop him during last week’s game in Las Cruces, N.M.

    Gophers still trying to get passing game going

    Minnesota has scored 95 points over the first two games, and the Gophers have barely mastered the forward pass so far. That could be a good sign. If sophomore quarterback Philip Nelson and the rest of the offense find a rhythm with the aerial attack to supplement what has the potential to be a rugged, productive running game, the Gophers will be in good shape.

    While Bears offensive guard Kyle Long struggled in the season opener, his line coach is confident Long can correct his mistakes and get better.

    Kromer not worried about Long’s struggles

    As impressive as rookie right guard Kyle Long was in training camp and throughout the preseason, he struggled in the season opener. But offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Aaron Kromer is confident the first-round pick will bounce back.

    Wauconda coach Dave Mills talks to players’ parents before Tuesday night’s practice at the school.

    At Wauconda, it’s open season on winning

    Wauconda football coach Dave Mills has taken the unusual step of having weekly chalk talks with the parents of his varsity football players in an effort to get a united approach behind the team.

    Despite falling to 2-13 against Cleveland this season, Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura says his team has had lots of opportunities to beat the Indians.

    Sox lose 10th straight to Indians, 3-1

    If the Indians grab one of the American League wild-card spots, they can thank the White Sox. Cleveland ran its winning streak over the Sox to 10 with a 3-1 decision Friday afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field. The Indians are 13-2 vs. the White Sox this season.


    Appeals court upholds slugger Bonds’ conviction

    A federal appeals court on Friday upheld former Giants slugger Barry Bonds’ obstruction-of-justice conviction stemming from rambling testimony he gave during a 2003 appearance before a grand jury investigating elite athletes’ use of performance-enhancing drugs.


    Teravainen’s skills catch Hawks’ attention

    Blackhawks prospect Teuvo Teravainen’s skill and talent were on display Friday at Notre Dame in the first scrimmages of training camp and coach Joel Quenneville noticed the 19-year-old Finn. “I liked him,” Quenneville said. “He did a lot of nice things."


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    New England Revolution at Chicago FireWhen: 7:30 p.m. at Toyota ParkTV: Channel 50Scouting the New England Revolution: The Revs (10-10-7, 37 points) own the fifth and final playoff spot for now, tied with Houston and just 1 point in front of the seventh-place Fire. Goalkeeper Matt Reis, a longtime Fire nemesis, is suspended, but backup Bobby Shuttleworth has been very capable. Youngster Diego Fagundez leads the team in goals with 10.Scouting the Fire: The Fire (10-11-6, 36 points) is in what Mike Magee called “a frustrating stretch.” The Fire has never been as high as fifth place this season but can finally get there by ending the frustration and getting a victory. Midfielders Arevalo Rios and Joel Lindpere are due back from international duty.Next: at Columbus Crew, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 21 at Crew Stadium— Orrin Schwarz

    Northwestern’s Tony Jones, right, celebrates his touchdown with teammate Rashad Lawrence in the second half of last week’s home win over Syracuse.

    Northwestern looks to stay on roll

    Already with two wins over BCS teams, No. 17 Northwestern now needs to guard against one big letdown. The Wildcats host Western Michigan in a game that looks every bit like a mismatch, and it just might turn out that way as long as they don’t get caught looking ahead. Northwestern has a good chance to go into Big Ten play unbeaten, assuming no stumbles during what looks like a light stretch in the schedule.

    Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase throws past Cincinnati safety Zach Edwards during last week’s game in Champaign. Scheelhaase is off to his best start in his four seasons as a starter at Illinois.

    Saturday a big test for both Illini, No. 19 Washington

    Even though Illinois and No. 19 Washington are both coming off big wins, it isn’t clear yet how good either is. Illinois coach Tim Beckman says it’s too early to be sure what the hot start for the Illini (2-0) means. The Huskies haven’t won on the road outside the Pac -12 since 2007. Saturday’s game at Soldier Field should tell both teams a lot more about themselves.

    Iowa defenders tackle Missouri State running back Phoenix Johnson, left, during the second half of last weekend’s win in Iowa City.

    Hawkeyes, Cyclones resume unpredictable rivalry

    Iowa is the favorite again in Saturday’s in-state showdown after Iowa State played poorly in its season-opening loss to Northern Iowa. Which means very little, especially when the series is played in Ames, as it will be this season.

    Wisconsin’s James White runs for a touchdown against Tennessee Tech last Saturday in Madison, Wis. White has posted more than 100 yards rushing in both of the Badgers’ first two games.

    Arizona St. nothing like Wisconsin’s first two opponents

    No. 20 Wisconsin breezed through it first two games by a combined score of 93-0 to open a season with consecutive shutouts for the first time since 1958. It'll be much different this week against Arizona State.

    A roadside memorial to UCLA football player Nick Pasquale was erected near where he was killed by a car in San Clemente, Calif.

    Bruins’ emotions to be tested vs. Nebraska

    Coach Jim Mora can’t imagine a more difficult situation for his UCLA football team. Less than week after the death of receiver Nick Pasquale, the 16th-ranked Bruins visit No. 23 Nebraska on Saturday.

    Michigan State quarterback Andrew Maxwell looks to throw during the third quarter of last week’s game against South Florida in East Lansing, Mich.

    QBs still under microscope for Michigan St.

    Time is running short for Michigan State, which is undefeated and playing great defense — but still needs to figure out which of its four quarterbacks can be trusted against better competition. The next auditions take place Saturday when the Spartans host Youngstown State.

    Michigan wide receiver Drew Dileo celebrates his touchdown with running back Fitzgerald Toussaint in the fourth quarter of last week’s win over Notre Dame, the Wolverines’ 16th straight at home.

    No. 11 Michigan hosts Akron in ‘doughnut game’

    Michigan coach Brady Hoke said it’ll be a “glazed-doughnut game” when the 11th-ranked Wolverines play the Akron Zips. Hoke explained that when he was growing up and playing football, eating a glazed doughnut the morning before games was part of his routine. He is now trying to bring his childhood ritual to Ann Arbor, promising early-arriving students they will get a doughnut before noon kickoffs.

    Notre Dame wide receiver Joe Reynolds scores a touchdown in the third quarter of last week’s loss to Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich.

    Irish, Boilers using rivalry as proving ground

    Purdue and Notre Dame are both looking for answers. They want more consistency out of their quarterbacks. They want to finish drives with touchdowns, not field goals. And, of course, they’re both trying to creep over the .500 mark after starting 1-1.

    In Saturday's races at Arlington International, a pair of horses will be competing with names that are familiar to Blackhawks fans. Kaner and Toews, owned by the Glander family, will run in the 11th race.

    Kaner and Toews to race at Arlington

    The Chicago Blackhawks may be conducting training camp at the University of Notre Dame this week, but that won’t stop Kaner and Toews from facing off Saturday at Arlington International Racecourse. The Kaner and Towes referred to here are not hockey superstars — they are racehorses, each in search of their first victory in the day’s 11th race (approximate post time 6 p.m.)

    Nikolai Khabibulin, back with his second tour with the Blackhawks, says he understands his role with the team as they go through training camp at the University of Notre Dame.

    Khabibulin sees a swagger in Hawks this time

    A lot has changed since Nikolai Khabibulin played his last game for the Blackhawks in 2009. Back for a second tour of duty with the Hawks, the 40-year-old goaltender says one thing stands out above all else. Tim Sassone explains in this report from training camp in South Bend, Ind.

    Javier Baez

    Cubs name minor league player, pitcher of the year

    The Chicago Cubs today named infielder Javier Baez the organization’s Minor League Player of the Year and right-handed pitcher Kyle Hendricks the Pitcher of the Year. Baez and Hendricks will be honored before the Cubs’ Sept. 21 game against the Atlanta Braves at Wrigley Field.

    Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) was excited after leading his team to an upset over Alabama last November. The two teams meet again on Saturday.

    Manziel has Barkley ready to ‘Roll Tide’

    How can a guy like Charles Barkley, who has had plenty of issues himself as a professional athlete, find such fault with a young player like Johnny Manziel? It’s enough for Barkley to say he might root for Alabama, and Mike North says Barkley should watch his words.

    The Cowboys celebrate after recovering a fumble by Giants running back David Wilson during the first half Sunday in Arlington, Texas.

    High-end trio provide reasons to fret

    After one week is it too early to panic? Too early to get excited? Fantasy football analyst John Dietz says no way on either account. He gets you ready for Week 2 with early observations.


    Meyer meets Myers’ challenge for Buffalo Grove

    After six holes on Thursday, Buffalo Grove coach Matt Myers challenged Bison senior Courtney Meyer. “She was frustrated because her second shots weren’t what she wanted,” Myers said. Sure enough, Meyer got what she wanted with her approach shots on the final three holes, closing out with a par, par and birdie on the front nine at the Buffalo Grove Golf Course. Meyer’s strong finish allowed her to earn medalist honors and tie her season-low score of 40 as the Bison won on their Senior Night 171-258 over visiting Schaumburg.


    Pedestrians walk past Twitter Inc. headquarters Friday in San Francisco.

    Goldman Sachs scores coup with lead position on Twitter IPO

    San Francisco-based Twitter may have opted for Goldman Sachs after the other offerings drew criticism and complaints from shareholders, according to Michael Holland of Holland & Co.

    Chicago-based United Airlines said it’s reviewing whether to honor an unknown number of tickets accidentally offered online for free after faulty data was put into its reservations system.

    United sells free tickets for hours before website shut down

    United Airlines said on Friday that it will honor the tickets it accidentally gave away for free.The decision is good news for people who snapped up the tickets on Thursday after United listed airfares at $0. Many customers got tickets for $5 or $10, paying only the cost of the Sept. 11 security fee.The mistake was an especially good deal for any passengers who bought tickets for travel within the next week. For instance, a Houston-to-Washington Dulles flight for next weekend would have cost $877, according to United’s website on Friday.Airlines have posted so-called mistake fares before. They generally decide on a case-by-case basis whether they’ll honor the ticket. On Friday, United Continental Holdings Inc. said it was honoring the tickets “based on these specific circumstances.” On Thursday, United said there was an error in filing the fares to its computer system. United would not say how many tickets it accidentally gave away, or how much the mistake cost. The wrong fares were available on its website for a few hours on Thursday. It eventually shut down bookings on the website until it could fix the problem.Some passengers bought their tickets for flights on Friday, and then immediately checked in online and printed their boarding passes, figuring that would give them their best chance of being able to use their ticket.Mike Nehmer bought a ticket for him and his wife to fly from Houston to San Francisco on Friday. But he chickened out after a United agent told him that his ticket would be rejected at the gate. He ended up changing his ticket to December.“I decided it wasn’t in my best interest to show up and be denied at the gate,” he said. “I have a pretty unhappy wife, too.”Automated check-in access was lost at airport kiosks and on United’s website in August 2012, and a software breakdown in the carrier’s flight dispatching system delayed hundreds of flights in November.

    A container ship moves into the harbor in Charleston, S.C. The government reported Friday that wholesale prices rose 0.3 percent last month.

    Dow Jones average has its best week since January

    The government also reported that wholesale prices rose 0.3 percent last month. Over the past year, prices have only gained 1.4 percent, a sign that inflation has remains modest. One thing driving wholesale prices higher was energy, which spiked as tensions with Syria and the U.S. escalated.

    Pik-Kwik Foods in Roselle is closing later this month because the building where the store is located is being sold.

    Roselle grocery store closing after 56 years

    After 56 years in business, the Pik Kwik Foods in Roselle is set to close by the end of the month. The owners says they must move the grocery store out of its location at 525 E. Irving Park Road because the building is in the process of being sold.

    A husband and wife team recently opened Bisi African Restaurant in Schaumburg.

    Husband-wife team serve Nigerian cuisine at Schaumburg restaurant

    A new Schaumburg restaurant specializes in homemade Nigerian cuisine. Dining, carry out and catering are available at the eatery operated by a husband, wife team.

    The Menards home-improvement store at Oak Creek Plaza in Mundelein will close next month.

    Plans for a new Menards store in Mundelein have fallen through, officials say

    As a Menards home-improvement store heads into its final weeks on Mundelein’s south side, village officials on Friday confirmed plans to open a new one elsewhere in town have fallen through. “It’s very unfortunate,” Trustee Ray Semple said.

    Wood Dale resident Fran Feyereisen, left, and her daughter, Leeann Feyereisen, try samples of cereal and apple juice from brand ambassador Madeline Chambers during Friday’s grand opening of an Aldi store in Addison.

    Aldi opens Addison store

    Aldi celebrated the opening of its new Addison store on Friday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, product sampling and barbecue. The debut of the store at 1038 N. Rohlwing Road means that the discount grocer now has more than 1,200 locations in 32 states. “We are pleased to bring this new store to Addison to help customers get high-quality products at everyday low prices,” said Scott Patton, Batavia division vice president for Aldi.


    United Airlines to start Chicago to Edinburgh route

    United Airlines will start a non- stop, seasonal service between Chicago O'Hare International Airport and Edinburgh on May 22, the airline said today. The route will coincide with the Commonwealth Games, to be held in Glasgow next year, as well as the Ryder Cup at the Gleaneagles resort in Scotland.

    David Mintz inside his business, Tofutti, in Cranford, N.J. Mintz, the Tofutti CEO, maker of dairy-free products, says he wants his employees at Tofutti to have the trademarks of youth: energetic and enthusiastic, fresh thinking and quick to catch on, able to work at a frenzied pace, starting the day early and working late. He ís finding them in older workers.

    Some employers see perks of hiring older workers

    Older people searching for jobs have long fought back stereotypes that they lack the speed, technology skills and dynamism of younger applicants. But as a wave of baby boomers seeks to stay on the job later in life, some employers are finding older workers are precisely what they need. “There’s no experience like experience,” said David Mintz, CEO of dairy-free products maker Tofutti, where about one-third of the workers are over 50.

    JetBlue Airways Corp., the carrier with the most domestic flights from New York’s John F. Kennedy airport, said delays caused by a computer system outage will affect service throughout the day.

    JetBlue computer system outage to delay flights throughout day

    JetBlue Airways Corp., the carrier with the most domestic flights from New York’s John F. Kennedy airport, said delays caused by a computer system outage will affect service throughout the day. The airline couldn’t immediately say how many flights were disrupted or how long the delays will be, Anders Lindstrom, a spokesman for the New York-based carrier, said in an e-mail.

    The European Union’s antitrust chief said probes are close to completion into whether Samsung Electronics Co. and Google Inc.’s Motorola Mobility, now based in Libertyville, abused key mobile-phone patents in their struggle for supremacy with Apple Inc.

    Samsung, Motorola Mobility antitrust rulings close, EU says

    The European Union’s antitrust chief said probes are close to completion into whether Samsung Electronics Co. and Google Inc.’s Motorola Mobility abused key mobile-phone patents in their struggle for supremacy with Apple Inc. The European Commission’s approach on standard-essential patents will be “clarified” in two separate cases, one concerning Samsung, the other Motorola Mobility.

    Raegan Jackson, 10, picks out a backpack shopping at Target in Lynchburg, Va. Americans boosted their spending at retail businesses only modestly in August, indicating that economic growth remains sluggish. Consumers bought more cars, furniture and electronics last month but held back on most other purchases.

    U.S. retail sales rise slight 0.2 percent in August

    Americans boosted their spending at retail businesses only modestly in August, indicating that economic growth remains sluggish. Consumers bought more cars, furniture and electronics last month but held back on most other purchases. Spending at retail businesses rose just 0.2 percent last month, the Commerce Department said Friday. It was the smallest gain in four months.

    Workers load large containers of nectarines for sorting at Eastern ProPak Farmers Cooperative in Glassboro, N.J. Higher energy costs pushed U.S. wholesale prices up 0.3 percent last month. Prices rose a modest 1.4 percent over the past year, the lowest one-year gain since April.

    Energy costs push U.S. wholesale prices up 0.3 pct.

    Higher energy costs pushed U.S. wholesale prices up 0.3 percent last month. Prices rose a modest 1.4 percent over the past year, the lowest one-year gain since April. Excluding volatile food and energy costs wholesale prices were unchanged in August, the Labor Department said Friday.

    School uniforms by Arizona at JC Penney in New York. U.S. businesses restocked their shelves and warehouses in July at the fastest pace since January as their sales rose, a hopeful sign for economic growth.

    U.S. businesses boost stockpiles as sales grow

    U.S. businesses restocked their shelves and warehouses in July at the fastest pace since January as their sales rose, a hopeful sign for economic growth. The Commerce Department says business stockpiles increased 0.4 percent in July from June, after ticking up just 0.1 percent the previous month.

    Steve Cahillane, president of Coca-Cola Americas is scheduled to be at at the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie in Wilmington, Ill., on Friday to sign a five-year partnership with U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to restore watersheds that have been damaged or altered by development, wildfires and agriculture.

    Watershed protection goal of USDA, Coca-Cola pact

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture and Coca-Cola on Friday will sign a five-year agreement to restore watersheds, including one in the Chicago area, that have been damaged or altered by development, wildfires and agriculture as part of an initiative to slow runoff and replenish groundwater on federal lands.

    An ear of corn is blackened in the sun and heat in Farmingdale, Ill. Drought worsened in portions of Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, and Wisconsin.

    Drought worsens in Midwest, South; affects crops

    The combination of heat and scarce amounts of rain intensified the drought in several agriculturally significant states, contributing to declining crop conditions in parts of the Midwest and South. However, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said in a separate report Thursday the expected record corn harvest and third-largest soybean crop are on track, since areas that aren't seeing as severe a drought will produce enough to make up for the driest regions.

    House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., walks to a Republican strategy session at the Capitol, in Washington. A revolt by tea party conservatives forced House GOP leaders to delay a vote on a temporary spending bill required to prevent a government shutdown next month.

    GOP leaders confounded on stopgap spending bill

    GOP leaders eager to avoid blame for a possible government shutdown next month appear confounded by conservatives’ passion for using fast-approaching deadlines to derail the implementation of President Barack Obama’s health care law. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, conceded Thursday his plan was all but dead for quickly passing a temporary spending bill that also defunds Obamacare.

    A U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III cargo jet flies over Boeing Co. aerospace company’s plant in Long Beach, Calif.

    Boeing delivers last C-17 to US Air Force

    Chicago-based Boeing has delivered the final C-17 produced for the U.S. Air Force, more than two decades after the mammoth and versatile transport plane was rolled out as the Cold War wound down. Military officials took delivery of the C-17 Globemaster III — the 223rd sold to the Air Force — during a ceremony Thursday attended by hundreds of workers at Boeing’s Long Beach, Calif., assembly plant.

    Jerri Nolan, owner of Raymes Steak and Fish House in Lisle, looks around the old building that was so severely flooded in April it can't be repaired. A new restaurant will be built on an adjacent lot.

    Lisle steakhouse damaged in flood to get new building

    A Lisle restaurant hit hard by flooding April 18 may have the longest road to recovery of any business in the village, but staff and supporters of Raymes Steak and Fish House celebrated a major step forward Thursday with the groundbreaking of a new building to house the supper club-themed restaurant. “We're ready for the new building,” owner Jerri Nolan said. “We're ready for progress.”

Life & Entertainment


    Night life events: Champps celebrates football season
    Bear down at Champps with new celebratory football specials. On Sundays, enjoy $2.50 drafts, as well as a Bloody Mary bar.

    Nicole Kidman says she was shaken up after being knocked down by a bicyclist Thursday in New York.

    Kidman says she’s OK but shaken after collision

    Nicole Kidman says she was shaken up after being knocked down by a bicyclist on a New York sidewalk. Kidman appeared on the red carpet Thursday night celebrating Francisco Costa’s 10th anniversary as the women’s creative director of the Calvin Klein Collection.

    The new Jean Bugatti is on display during the second press day of the 65th Frankfurt Auto Show in Frankfurt, Germany. More than 1,000 exhibitors will show their products to the public through Sept. 22.

    The most stunning cars at Frankfurt Auto Show

    FRANKFURT, Germany — Maybe we can’t buy — but we can look. The best thing about an auto show is the chance to gawk at and sit in cars most people can’t afford. So here’s a look at eight of the most striking and expensive new vehicles on display at the Frankfurt Auto Show.

    The picture above this fireplace slides open to reveal a flat-screen TV.

    Contemporary fireplaces are popular choice for buyers

    From ancient fire pits to today's linear styles, a fireplace has always held a bit of magic. Today that magic might take a very contemporary look, as a young couple cuddles up on their modern sofa in front of the fireplace in their new home.


    Who can you trust for a mortgage referral?

    Q. I don’t want to price shop for a mortgage, because I don’t feel competent enough and don’t want to take the time to educate myself on how to do it. I want to go to a lender who I have been told, by someone I trust, is competent and will treat me fairly. So who can I trust for such a referral? Are friends who have recently gone through the process my best bet?

    A model walks past a window with a view of St Paul’s Cathedral in the background during the presentation of the Matthew Williamson Spring/Summer 2013 during London Fashion Week.

    London Fashion Week kicks off with digital drive

    The fashion universe has always seemed a bit of a self-contained bubble to outsiders. Those too-tall models in acres of silk? Those outlandish shoes you can’t walk in? The dresses that cost as much as a small car? Nice to look at, but hardly a part of most people’s lives. The organizers of London Fashion Week are hoping to change that perception. The twice-a-year extravaganza — a trade event aimed at a few thousand buyers, editors, celebrities and fashion elite — needs to reach out and stoke more general public interest, they say.

    Maggie (Michelle Pfeiffer) and Fred Blake (Robert DeNiro), aka mob boss turned snitch Giovanni Manzoni, share a touching moment in “The Family.”

    De Niro, Pfeiffer shine in flawed 'Family'

    Talk about a promising duo for a dark mob comedy: Robert De Niro, whose mob-film pedigree needs no explanation, and Michelle Pfeiffer, who was, after all, “Married to the Mob.” Happily, these two more than carry their weight as husband and wife in director/co-writer Luc Besson's new film “The Family.” Less happily, it's not enough to save this oddly paced, overly violent, sometimes amusing but sometimes jarringly unfunny movie.


    Theater events: 'Six Dance Lessons' takes the floor

    Steel Beam stages a romantic comedy and Northlight Theatre opens its season with a Pulitzer Prize finalist, this week in suburban theater.

    Megan Blake, Air Hollywood K9 Flight School program director, sitting left, front row, with dog Super Smiley, far right, and other puppies from the Canine Companions for Independence during a K9 flight simulation at the America’s Family Pet Expo, at the Orange County Fair Grounds in Costa Mesa, Calif.

    A Hollywood studio where dogs learn to fly

    For $349, your dog can learn to fly. Security checks and bumpy air are all in a day’s training at a Hollywood film studio to prepare your dog for a safe and calm flight. The Air Hollywood class is billed as the first in a real fuselage on a sound stage with a simulator that mimics takeoff, turbulence and landing. Hollywood extras create crowds and chaos that come with terminals, luggage carts and the blare announcing arrivals, delays and departures.

    The Rachel Zoe Spring 2014 collection debuts during Fashion Week in New York.

    Rachel Zoe goes on safari with spring collection

    It wasn’t a coincidence that so many fashion watchers at Rachel Zoe’s Spring-Summer 2014 show were snapping photos of the models’ feet each time a particularly comfortable-looking shoe — a glittery metallic Birkenstock-style sandal — came by. With New York Fashion Week soon coming to a close, anyone who’s been wearing stilettos between runway shows is now blistered and bandaged. The shoe epitomized what Zoe seemed to be going for in her clothes, too: Outfits that you can travel far and wide in. Either on safari, or just out on the streets.

    Hillary Scott, left, of Lady Antebellum performs with Stevie Nicks at the taping of “CMT Crossroads” back in January. The episode with Scott and Nicks airs on Friday.

    Stevie Nicks, Lady A team on ‘Crossroads’

    Lady Antebellum may be on hiatus, but fans are still getting a chance to see something new from the Nashville trio. Lady A will join Stevie Nicks on Friday night’s episode of “CMT Crossroads,” the show that matches country stars with partners from different musical genres. “Performing with Stevie Nicks is by far the coolest thing we have ever done in our career,” Lady A’s Charles Kelley said.

    Out-of-work actors Jack (Robert Jordan Bailey, left) and Leo (Bryan Burke) dress up as women in an attempt to obtain a million dollar inheritance in Buffalo Theatre Ensemble's revival of the Ken Ludwig comedy, “Leading Ladies.”

    Timing, hard work elevate Buffalo Theatre's 'Leading Ladies'

    One thing about the enthusiastic cast members of Buffalo Theatre Ensemble's “Leading Ladies,” they work hard. Especially leading men Robert Jordan Bailey and Bryan Burke, whose performances demonstrate not only great comic timing but boundless energy.

    Michael J. Fox returns to television in NBC's “The Michael J. Fox Show,” also starring Mike Henry.

    New TV shows dabble in fantasy and the all-too-familiar

    There's something antiquated about the custom long known as the Fall TV Season. It was born of a bygone era when fall signaled a return to school and the resumption of football. Yet, the Fall Season persists — a festival of premieres by the five self-designated broadcast “majors” with, some years, no discernible dividing line between the fall crop and the winter harvest.

    Blair Underwood stars in NBC's remake of "Ironside."

    New show premiere dates
    Story, nielsens etc

    Server Jackie Majesty delivers liters of lager at the Hofbräuhaus Chicago restaurant in Rosemont.

    Tap into fun and food with Oktoberbest celebrations

    If you're mourning the end of summer, it's time to embrace fall and put a little oomph and oompah in your life. Celebrate the change of seasons the German way at one of the area's Oktoberfest bashes, which offer strong brews, hearty food, live music and activities to entertain your kids.

    “Still Within the Sound of My Voice” by Jimmy Webb

    Jimmy Webb spins another unique album

    Jimmy Webb continues to recast his grand songwriting catalog on “Still Within the Sound of My Voice” through carefully produced duets with special guests, from veterans Kris Kristofferson and the Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson to younger singers like Rumer, the Pakistani-born Brit who contributes a lovely turn with Webb on the album’s title song.

    Blondie’s fall tour brings them to Chicago Saturday for Riot Fest.

    Blondie rides the tide into Riot Fest

    Formed in 1974, Blondie was one of the most well-loved groups to come out of the New York City new-wave scene. Blondie split up in 1982 but reunited in 1997. Since then, the band has performed sporadically and local fans can see them at 6:45 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at Riot Fest in Chicago.

    A Napa Valley wine box re-purposed into a sedum container. Common household items can become easy, eco-friendly ways to give your garden a boost without breaking the bank.

    Don’t throw it out; use it in the garden

    Looking for a cheaper way to fertilize flowers or keep pests at bay? A better tool for planting tiny seeds? The answers may lie in your home, where common household items like coffee grounds or old pie tins can become easy, eco-friendly tools to give your garden a boost without breaking the bank.


    Reverse mortgage requirements will tighten up

    For homeowners who were looking to the federal government’s reverse mortgage program to supply lots of cash for their retirement years, here’s a heads-up: The pipeline just got narrower.


    Give your home a makeover with an easy upholstery job

    When you need a new chair, couch or bench, you do have choices. You can go big and buy something custom-made and very expensive, or you can go cheap and recover something that you already have or something that nobody else wants.


    Furnishings can hide defects from home inspector

    Q. I’m in escrow to buy a home, and the sellers still live there. With all of the furnishings and personal effects covering walls and floors and filling the closets and garage, how can my home inspector possibly do a thorough job? Isn’t he likely to miss some defects?



    Editorial: Glimmers of light for Metra

    There might be some hope for restoring stability and credibility to the Metra board, a Daily Herald editorial says, including a commissioner's refreshing openness in choosing a board member.


    Talking ourselves out of war

    Columnist Kathleen Parker: Rarely, if ever, has so much talk preceded a proposed military strike. Most administrations contemplating military action worry about an exit strategy. The Obama administration seems to be in search of an entrance strategy.


    Muslim community too silent on 9/11
    An Elk Grove Village letter to the editor: On the 9/11 anniversary, I looked forward to statements of support from the moderate Muslim community in America and condemnation of their radical brothers who committed the evil acts on Sept. 11, 2001. But I heard none.


    Lawmakers are enabling gambling addictions
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: In a society that would hopefully seek more personal responsibility, video gambling preys on the people who are most susceptible. We don’t need more regulation on video gambling, we need legislative bodies that do not enable addictions to cover their own ills.


    We’re forgetting lessons from Vietnam War
    A Streamwood letter to the editor: When is our government going to learn the lessons of the past, start relying on international efforts to handle problems overseas, and start doing something for the people it is supposed to represent? Do we need riots in the streets again?


    Concealed guns legal only when hidden
    A letter to the editor: To all of the law-abiding citizens, especially those who cite the Second Amendment to the Constitution as justification for having concealed carry, remember that by definition concealed means hidden.


    Concealed carry law is too limiting
    An Ivanhoe letter to the editor: "Our View" editorialized on Aug. 14, "New Concealed Carry Law Needs refining." I agree with that headline although not in the way you intend.


    Elgin should drop lawsuit against TLC
    An Elgin letter to the editor: I have lived in Elgin for about 18 years. All of that time I have been proud to live here. But recent events have given me second thoughts about our city. I am referring to the city’s efforts to curtail the activities of the TLC.


    Miley display shows need for modesty
    An Aurora letter to the editor: I am shocked and saddened by the vulgar and lewd actions recently displayed by Miley Cyrus. What is further depressing is that many people, including her manager and her own mother, have defended her actions as being reasonable and proper. The reality is that she and her supporters have openly dishonored women around the world.


    Roskam has right plan on immigration
    A Lombard letter to the editor: I think the process that Congressman Peter Roskam is proposing to deal with our immigration problem has hit the nail on the head for all parties if they’d just take the time to think clearly about it.


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