Daily Archive : Sunday September 15, 2013


    Daniela Contreras, 8, of Addison, dances in the streets of Hanover Park in the second annual Mexican Independence parade on Saturday.

    Images: The Week in Pictures
    This edition of The Week in Pictures features kids using a fitness trail, a kite flying contest, and Mexican Independence celebrations.


    Bartlett hosting World Peace Day celebration

    Bartlett will play host this month to one of the biggest celebrations of World Peace Day in the suburbs. Families are invited to attend “Eat, Play, Love and Walk for Peace” from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Bartlett Nature Center, 2054 W. Stearns Road.


    Excavation work begins in Herrin Cemetery

    Researchers have begun their excavation of a southern Illinois cemetery in hopes of finding the remains of people killed during a violent 1922 labor strike at a nearby coal mine.


    Deal set for soldier in Wis. corpse case

    A solider accused of helping her husband hide his half-brother's corpse has apparently reached a plea deal with prosecutors.

    Dan Feldheim, left, Scott Hoffenberg, center, and John Smart, pass sandbags as residents reinforce the dam on University Hill in Boulder, Colo., Sunday.

    Floods transform Colorado’s ‘Gore-Tex Vortex’

    Days of rain and floods have transformed the outdoorsy mountain communities in Colorado’s Rocky Mountain foothills affectionately known “The Gore-Tex Vortex” from a paradise into a disaster area with little in the way of supplies or services — and more rain falling Sunday.

    Miss New York Nina Davuluri is crowned Miss America on Sunday night in Atlantic City, N.J. Davuluri, who succeeds last year's Miss New York Mallory Hagan as Miss America, is the first contestant of Indian heritage to win.

    Miss New York crowned 2014 Miss America

    Nina Davuluri became the second consecutive contestant from New York to win the Miss America pageant. Davuluri won the title as the nationally televised pageant returned home to Atlantic City.

    Priests and bishops, including Bishop George Rassas, center, gather in one of the new multipurpose rooms before the dedication ceremony Sunday at Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Lake Villa. The church built a new, $5.3 million, 42,00-square-foot Parish Life Center, that includes a new gym, classrooms, a library, fine arts room, computer classrooms and meeting rooms.

    Lake Villa church debuts 42,000 square foot addition

    Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Lake Villa unveiled its new, 42,000-square-foot Parish Life Center, an addition which doubled the size of its facility and adjoining school.Lake County Board member Tom Weber admired the expansion Sunday, saying it’s “kind of like the gateway into Lake Villa.”

    Vice President Joe Biden poses with a 5-month-old boy after speaking at Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin’s annual fundraising steak fry dinner Sunday in Indianola, Iowa.

    In Iowa, Biden touts diplomatic progress in Syria

    Vice President Joe Biden, speaking to a decidedly anti-war audience in Iowa on Sunday, played down the Obama administration’s pledge to use military force to rid Syria of chemical weapons.

    University students try to access YouTube in Karachi, Pakistan. For almost a year, Pakistan’s wanting to watch the video-sharing website YouTube have had to find other alternatives. The site has been banned after Pakistani officials acting in response outrage across the country over the airing of an anti-Islamic film blocked access to YouTube.

    Free YouTube! Pakistan ban faces court action

    ToffeeTV has hit an unexpected snag. The Internet startup depended on YouTube to promote “Hokey-Pokey,” “The Umm Nyum Nyum Song” and other language-teaching clips it produces for children, but the video-sharing website has been banned in Pakistan for nearly a year.

    The Costa Concordia ship lies on its side on the Tuscan Island of Giglio, Italy, Sunday. Authorities have given the final go-ahead for a daring attempt today to pull upright the crippled cruise liner from its side, a make-or-break engineering feat that has never before been tried in such conditions.

    Italy: OK to right shipwrecked Costa Concordia

    Authorities have given the final go-ahead for a daring attempt Monday to pull upright the crippled Costa Concordia cruise liner from its side in the waters off Tuscany, a make-or-break engineering feat that has never before been tried in such conditions.


    Public input sought

    The Illinois Department of Transportation will seek early input into the development of its upcoming Multi-Modal Transportation Improvement Program for fiscal years 2015-2020. Informational and feedback sessions will be held in communities throughout the state, including Oct. 2 in Grayslake.


    Des Plaines police use pepper spray after threat

    Des Plaines police used pepper spray Sunday morning to subdue a resident who threatened to shoot officers after he called the police department saying he was suicidal.

    Rev. Julius Scruggs addresses the congregation at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., Sunday. The church held a ceremony honoring the memory of the four young girls who were killed by a bomb placed outside the church 50 years ago by members of the Ku Klux Klan. At left rear is Sharon Malone, wife of U.S. Attorney Eric Holder, fifth from left. The Rev. Jesse Jackson is third from left.

    Alabama church marks 50th anniversary of bombing

    Hundreds of people black and white, many holding hands, filled an Alabama church that was bombed by the Ku Klux Klan 50 years ago Sunday to mark the anniversary of the blast that killed four little girls and became a landmark moment in the civil rights struggle.

    Mary Beth Tinker, 61, was just 13 when she spoke out against the Vietnam War by wearing a black armband to her Iowa school in 1965. When the school suspended her, she took her free speech case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court and won.

    Plaintiff in iconic school speech case starts tour

    Mary Beth Tinker was just 13 when she spoke out against the Vietnam War by wearing a black armband to her Iowa school in 1965. When the school suspended her, she took her free speech case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court and won. Now 61, she’s quit her part-time job as a nurse and will travel the country telling her story.


    McHenry County ushers in electronic court filing, Kane to follow suit

    The 22nd Judicial Circuit in McHenry County recently became the seventh circuit in Illinois to allow electronic filing of lawsuits. Kane County officials overseeing the 16th Judicial Circuit hope to have e-filing in place some time in 2014.


    Coffee with Yingling

    House District 62 residents will have a chance to talk to State Rep. Sam Yingling about issues on Monday, Sept. 23, from 8 to 9 a.m. in Grayslake.

    Appearing on ABC’s “This Week” Sunday, President Barack Obama said his administration’s approach to Syria’s chemical weapons should show Iran that there’s the potential for diplomatic solutions to arms standoffs.

    Lawmakers debate whether U.S. was outfoxed on Syria

    Lawmakers assessing the agreement on Syria’s chemical weapons argued Sunday about whether President Barack Obama was outfoxed by the Russians and had lost leverage in trying to end the civil war, or whether his threat of military action propelled the breakthrough.


    Go to market in Mundelein

    Mundelein’s weekly farmers markets will continue on Fridays through Oct. 11.


    District 120 board meeting

    The Mundelein High School board will hold a special meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday to discuss the search for the district’s next superintendent.

    Secretary of State John Kerry, left, shakes hands with Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the prime minister’s office in Jerusalem Sunday. Kerry on Sunday sent a strong warning to Syria, saying “the threat of force is real” if it does not carry out an internationally brokered agreement to hand over its chemical weapons.

    Syrian official: Chemical weapons deal a ‘victory’

    A high-ranking Syrian official called the U.S.-Russian agreement on securing Syria’s chemical weapons a “victory” for President Bashar Assad’s regime, but the U.S. warned Sunday “the threat of force is real” if Damascus fails to carry out the plan.

    In this image provided by NOAA taken Sunday shows hurricane Ingrid in the Gulf of Mexico approaching the coast of Mexico and tropical storm Manuel just off the western coast of Mexico.

    Hurricane Ingrid, TS Manuel near Mexico, kill 12

    Flooding and landslides unleashed by Hurricane Ingrid and Tropical Storm Manuel have claimed at least a dozen lives in Mexico and sparked the evacuations of thousands of people even before the weather systems had made landfall on the country’s east and west coasts.


    Coroner: McHenry County man died of multiple stab wounds

    A 34-year-old man found dead in a Woodstock home Saturday died as a result of multiple stab wounds, the McHenry County Coroner’s office said Sunday. The man, identified as Mark A. Medina, was found by Woodstock police dispatched to a report of an unresponsive subject at the residence in the 1900 block of Sheila Street about 4:37 p.m. Saturday.

    Trainer Abby Yukich works with Zane Kinne, 9, of Naperville, at the LearningRx Chicago-Naperville brain training center. The center offers personalized instruction that can help people of all ages sharpen their mental skills.

    State’s first brain training center making a mark in Naperville

    Nine-year-old Zane Kinne of Naperville always liked school but seemed pained when he tried to read, write or do math. He is one of about 75 people to get help with learning struggles at LearningRx Chicago-Naperville, the first one-on-one brain training center in the state. “Zane can be successful with the right help. We know that,” his mother, Stacey Kinne, said.


    Man shot outside Elgin hotel, police suspect gang ties

    Police are investigating the suspected gang-related shooting of a man outside an Elgin hotel early Sunday morning. Officers located the victim at the hotel in the 500 block of Airport Road with what appeared to be nonlife threatening gunshot wounds, police said.

    Pin oak leaves are highlighted by the sun at Dick Young Forest Preserve in Batavia.

    Red oaks: Where and how they grow

    Did you know that black oaks are part of the red oak group? In this column we’ll take a look at the red oak group — who they are, where they grow, and what the future holds for islands of oak groves in a sea of suburbia.

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hangs a wreath on a pole during the state memorial ceremony for soldiers, fallen during the 1973 Arab-Israel War, which Israelis call the Yom Kippur War, in Jerusalem, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013. Israeli leaders expressed cautious hope Sunday about a U.S.-Russia agreement that would require Syria to identify and eliminate its chemical weapons by mid-2014, as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in the region to discuss the deal.

    Israelis cautiously hopeful on Syria weapons deal

    sraeli leaders expressed cautious hope Sunday about a U.S.-Russia agreement that would require Syria to identify and eliminate its chemical weapons by mid-2014, as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in the region to discuss the deal.


    Milwaukee brewery hosts mac and cheese contest

    Lakefront Brewery in Milwaukee is looking for home cooks to participate in the Mac and Cheese Takedown on Sept. 29.

    Two children were killed at the Hampton Inn Suites on Grand and Dyer in Santa Ana said Anthony Bertagn, with the Santa Ana Police Department. The mother of the children allegedly tried to commit suicide by ramming her car into a utility box behind a shopping center in Costa Mesa, Calif., Saturday Sept. 14, 2013.

    Ariz. mom suspected of killing 2 kids in Calif.

    An apparently suicidal Arizona mother was arrested on suspicion of killing her two children after crashing her car in a Southern California supermarket then directing police to a nearby hotel room where the kids lay dead, authorities said. The 42-year-old woman from Scottsdale, was released from a hospital into police custody on Saturday night, Santa Ana police spokesman Cpl. Anthony Bertagna...


    2 bystanders wounded in Midtown Manhattan shooting

    NYPD officers fired three shots on a crowded Manhattan street near Times Square on Saturday night, missing the man they believed had a weapon but striking two bystanders, police said.


    24 Afghans die as tunnel collapses in coal mine

    A tunnel collapsed in a coal mine in Afghanistan’s north, killing at least 24 workers and leaving three others missing, officials said Sunday. Some 14 area residents trying to aid in the rescue were overcome by fumes and had to get treatment.


    Pakistani Taliban make demands before peace talks

    The Pakistani Taliban demanded Sunday that the government release militant prisoners and begin withdrawing troops from the group’s tribal sanctuary before they will participate in peace talks, raising doubts about prospects for negotiations.

    A Government trooper stands next to a huge hole which was damaged during their offensive against Muslim rebels, Sunday Sept. 15, 2013 in Zamboanga city, southern Philippines. The standoff, which began Monday when about 200 Moro National Liberation Front guerrillas stormed several coastal communities in Zamboanga city and seized several residents, has displaced more than 60,000, forced the closure of businesses and resulted in more than 50 deaths so far.

    Nearly 100 Philippine rebels killed or captured

    Philippine forces have killed or captured nearly 100 of the Muslim guerrillas who have held scores of hostages for a week in a southern city, as the government pushes ahead with an offensive to retake rebel-held coastal communities, officials said Sunday. Several hostages have escaped or were freed, but it was unclear how many were still in rebel custody.

    Miss Florida Myrrhanda Jones shows her shoe Saturday during the Miss America Shoe Parade at the Atlantic City boardwalk.

    Miss America contestants show off their shoes

    With the pageant making its return to New Jersey this year, the 53 competitors paraded down the Atlantic City boardwalk Saturday evening to the refrain of “show us your shoes!”

    Following in his dad's academic footsteps, Tregg Duerson celebrates his graduation from the University of Notre Dame with his proud father, Dave Duerson.

    Chicago Bear Duerson's son shines a light on mental health

    A young businessman, Tregg Duerson works long hours, shares an apartment with friends and cheers for players on his fantasy football team. He also advocates for suicide prevention by delivering powerful speeches about the death of his father, Dave Duerson, a star on the Super Bowl champion Chicago Bears.

    Regional Transportation Authority Board Chairman John S. Gates Jr. is seeking reforms to Metra, Pace and the CTA, but his ideas have come under fire.

    Metra, Pace and the CTA waste money, RTA chief says

    RTA Chairman John S. Gates hopes a state panel will hear his calls for more oversight of Metra, Pace and the CTA. His latest plan calls for consolidating purchasing, arguing it will save money. But Pace officials say Gates is wrong. “We're disappointed and frustrated that once again, Chairman Gates has issued a memo that mischaracterizes events,” Pace spokesman Patrick Wilmot said.


    Unarmed man shot by N.C. police after apparent wreck

    Investigators said they think a wrecked car discovered down an embankment in nearby woods may have been driven by Jonathon Ferrell, and investigators say he may have been trying to get help from the resident who called 911.



    Vondrak boots Libertyville to victory

    The fifth-ranked Libertyville boys soccer team barely escaped with a victory its opening game of the 10th annual Pepsi Showdown tournament. Thomas Vondrak converted a game-winning penalty kick in the final 77 seconds, lifting the host Wildcats to a 2-1 triumph over stingy Glenbrook North on a rainy Sunday afternoon. The game had been rescheduled from Saturday because of the observance of Yom Kippur.

    Cubs starter Travis Wood, and catcher Welington Castillo have shown enough positives to be considered part of the core in the team's rebuilding effort.

    Castillo, Wood give Cubs some positive vibe

    While Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro continue to garner a lot of attention during the Cubs' rebuilding efforts, Len Kasper says the biggest positive developments of 2013 on the current roster are the seasons Travis Wood and Welington Castillo have put together.

    Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) and wide receiver Alshon Jeffery (17) celebrate after the extra point puts the Bears ahead with 10 seconds left during Sunday's game at Soldier Field in Chicago.

    'Mr. Fourth Quarter' delivers again for Bears

    The Bears beat the Vikings and the odds Sunday, winning 31-30 despite turning the ball over four times and allowing touchdowns on a 105-yard kickoff return and a 61-yard fumble return.“It's hard to be minus-2 in turnovers and get a kickoff returned for a touchdown against you and still win,” coach Marc Trestman said after the Bears improved to 2-0 and dropped Minnesota to 0-2.

    Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) celebrates the game-winning touchdown with center Roberto Garza (63) on Sunday at Soldier Field in Chicago.

    Cutler, Trestman cool when it counts

    NFL quarterbacks and play callers earn their salaries during the final two or three minutes of close games. Jay Cutler and Marc Trestman earned theirs in the Bears' victory over the Vikings.

    Despite Sunday's rain-delayed loss to the Indians, White Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale is finished much stronger this September than he did last season.

    White Sox rotation: More questions than answers

    Chris Sale is an ideal block for the White Sox to build around, and the hard-luck Jose Quintana has quietly developed into a solid No. 2 starter. But after that, there are questions in the rotation as the Sox look ahead to 2014.


    Seahawks ride Lynch to 29-3 blowout of 49ers

    Marshawn Lynch scored on touchdown runs of 14 and two yards and added a seven-yard TD reception in the second half, Seattle flustered Colin Kaepernick into his worst passing game as a starter and the Seahawks dominated the San Francisco 49ers in a 29-3 win Sunday night.

    Matt Kenseth greets fans during driver introductions before the NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill., Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013.

    Kenseth wins opening Chase race in Joliet

    Matt Kenseth restored order to a chaotic week for NASCAR with a steely victory over teammate Kyle Busch in the opening race for the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.The top seed at the start of the Chase, Kenseth slid into Chicagoland Speedway under the radar as all the attention centered squarely on NASCAR’s investigation into the manipulation attempts of at least three teams to alter the outcome at Richmond the previous week.It led to severe sanctions against Michael Waltrip Racing, Martin Truex Jr. was replaced by Ryan Newman in the Chase field, and after NASCAR continued to review incidents long after cars began to practice for Sunday’s race, NASCAR chairman Brian France took the unprecedented step of expanding the field to 13 drivers to add Jeff Gordon.Then he held an ethics meeting for teams on the eve of the opening race to outline new “rules of the road,” demanding drivers give 100 percent going forward and banning any attempts to artificially affect the outcome of races as France sought to restore the integrity of NASCAR.A strong opener to the 10-race Chase would go a long way, but rain made for another bad day for NASCAR.The start was delayed by mist for almost 90 minutes. Once the race began, it made it almost to the halfway point before the sky opened up again. In all, there were two stoppages totaling six hours, 30 minutes and Kenseth didn’t cross the finish line until early Monday morning.It was worth the wait, though.He passed Busch on a restart with 27 laps remaining — in part because of a push from Kevin Harvick — then led Busch across the finish line for a 1-2 finish for Joe Gibbs Racing and Toyota.It’s bad news for the rest of the Chase field: JGR drivers have won six of the seven races so far this season on 1.5-mile tracks, and four of the nine remaining races in the Chase are tracks covering the same distance.Kenseth, a six-time winner this season, has four wins on 1.5-mile tracks.This latest victory denied Busch a weekend sweep yet again. He’d won the Truck race and Nationwide Series race this weekend, only to come up short in the main event. The same thing happened last month at Bristol, where Busch won the first two legs of the trifecta only to be denied the sweep by Kenseth.Harvick finished third, Kurt Busch was fourth and teammates Jimmie Johnson and Gordon were fourth and fifth as Chevrolet took spots three through six and Chase drivers swept the top six spots.Gordon, who only learned he made the Chase 48 hours before the race, was in great shape until he got a flat tire that forced him to pit and claw his way back for his finish.“That was an incredible accomplishment. It just shows how much fight this team has in them. They just never gave up,” he said. “To think how far down we were with 40 laps to go — I know we were 18th on one of those last restarts — to be able to come up through there and get sixth, and have a shot at top-five, was a lot of fun. That’s what we needed to get this thing started off right.”Defending series champion Brad Keselowski, who failed to qualify for the Chase this year, was seventh. Keselowski was the defending race winner.Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was eighth. Clint Bowyer, the driver who first triggered all the trouble last week at Richmond when he spun with seven laps to go in an effort to help teammate Truex make the Chase, finished ninth. Newman was 10th, Carl Edwards 11th and Kasey Kahne 12th. Chase driver Greg Biffle was 16th. Dale Earnhardt Jr. (35th) and Joey Logano (37th) had the worst nights of the Chase drivers as both failed to finish because of engine issues.“I am pretty angry. That was such as fast race car we had,” said Logano, the pole-sitter. “Unfortunately the motor blew up. You have these every once in a while. It is a bummer to have it in the Chase when you are running for a championship.”Joe Gibbs Racing has won six of the seven 1.5-mile races this season.

    Devin Hester leaves Minnesota’s Josh Robinson behind during one of his kick returns during Sunday’s victory over the Vikings.

    Many happy returns again for Bears’ Hester

    Never mind the burnt orange-on-navy throwback jerseys. Devin Hester went back in time Sunday. He didn’t require a vintage-looking uniform, DeLorean, nor Dave Toub scheme. The 30-year-old needed only fresh legs, apparently, and maybe a heavy football.


    New dynamic this time for Blackhawks

    A lot has changed in the Blackhawks' dressing room since they won in 2010. Once filled with lots of bachelors, now there are babies and marriages everywhere you turn. Coach Joel Quenneville and players explain the new dynamics in this training camp report by Tim Sassone.

    Starting pitcher James Shields’ value to the Kansas City Royals has been evident all season.

    Royals still team worth rooting for

    I usually can be counted on to help lead a charge every September. It is the baseball devotee’s job to rage against the dying of the light that is the dwindling sports fan attention span. We resent that football, with violent nonchalance, pushes baseball to go gently into that good night. With all due respect to Dylan Thomas, this year has been harder than ever to burn and rave.


    Indians have White Sox’ number

    The White Sox took their time losing yet another game to the Indians. After both teams waited out a 4 hour, 23 minutes rain delay at U.S. Cellular Field Sunday, Cleveland ran its winning streak over the Sox to 12 games.


    Bears’ big tight end comes up big at end

    When the Bears desperately needed a late touchdown, quarterback Jay Cutler went to tight end Martellus Bennett, who responded with his second touchdown of the day in a 31-30 come-from-bheind victory over the Vikings.


    Vikings’ Ponder has a fan in Bears’ Tillman

    All things considered the Bears did a good job against the NFL’s reigning rushing leader, limiting Adrian Peterson to 100 yards on 26 carries (3.8-yard average) and keeping him out of the end zone.


    Hartley’s late FG gives Saints win over Bucs

    TAMPA, Fla. — Winning in dramatic fashion never gets old for Drew Brees.The New Orleans star was sacked four times, knocked around a bunch more and threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown Sunday.Still, he and the Saints found a way to beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers again.“That’s football. That’s why we love it, and that’s why we never give up, because we always feel like we have a chance,” Brees said Sunday after leading a last-minute drive to set up Garrett Hartley’s 27-yard as time expired to give New Orleans a weather-delayed 16-14 victory.Brees shrugged off the mistake that gave Tampa Bay the lead early in the fourth quarter to complete three straight passes for 54 yards to lead the Saints (2-0) into position to beat their NFC South rivals for the fourth straight time.He finished 26 of 46 for 322 yards, although interceptions by linebackers Dekoda Watson and Mason Foster led to all of Tampa Bay’s points.“I think wins like this are vital because no matter what you’ve done in the past, you’ve got to kind of prove it to yourself that this team can do that and overcome those types of odds and circumstances and get a win — on the road, in the division,” Brees said. “These just become so meaningful, and our team got better today.”The game was interrupted by a 69-minute suspension of play because of lightning that sent fans at Raymond James Stadium scurrying for cover in the first quarter.The Bucs (0-2) lost on a field goal in the closing seconds for the second straight week. Foster scored on an 85-yard interception return for a 14-13 lead. However, Rian Lindell missed a 46-yard field-goal attempt just over a minute left, giving Brees one more chance to bring the Saints back.“It’s tough to lose no matter (how),” Foster said. “You’ve got to tip your hat to Drew Brees and his receivers making great plays. He’s a great quarterback. He’s proven that over the years.”Brees led his team into scoring position with completions of 15 yards to Jimmy Graham, 8 yards to Darren Sproles and 31 yards to Marques Colston.It was the 22nd time during the regular season Brees has led a winning drive in the fourth quarter or overtime since joining the Saints in 2006.“The fact of the matter is we’ve worked so hard. We’ve conditioned ourselves to be prepared for these opportunities, and you just visualize success,” said Brees, who threw a first-quarter TD pass to Graham, who had 10 catches for 179 yards. “You visualize yourself making plays, so really I can say there was no doubt among our team.”The Bucs played resilient defense to stay in the game, but in the end weren’t able to generate enough offense.Tampa Bay was penalized 13 times for 102 yards during a season-opening 18-17 loss to the New York Jets, including three costly personal fouls — the last of which set up the Jets’ game-winning field goal in the closing seconds. They had three more penalties for hard hits in the second quarter Sunday.Defensive end Adrian Clayborn was assessed an unnecessary roughness penalty for a hard hit on Brees, safety Dashon Goldson was flagged for a blow to the head on Sproles two plays later, and safety Ahmad Black later was called for what appeared to be a helmet-to-helmet hit on Graham on an incompletion down the middle off the field.The game was stopped with 10:30 remaining in the first quarter. When play resumed, Brees’ first pass was intercepted by Watson at the Saints 35 to set up Josh Freeman’s 5-yard TD pass to Kevin Ogletree to put the Bucs up 7-3.Freeman completed nine of 22 passes for 125 yards. Doug Martin rushed for 144 yards on 29 carries for Tampa Bay.The Bucs say they are disappointed, though far from discouraged, to be 0-2.“This team is a resilient team,” coach Greg Schiano said. “The head coach is a resilient guy.”

    The White Sox’s Alexei Ramirez removes his helmet after striking out swinging during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, in Chicago.

    Long-delayed game ends with another Sox loss
    Nick Swisher homered from both sides of the plate for the 13th time, Asdrubal Cabrera hit a three-run homer and the Cleveland Indians beat the White Sox 7-1 Sunday at U.S. Cellular Field to pull within a half-game of Tampa Bay and Texas in the AL wild-card race. In a game that started after a rain delay of 4 hours, 28 minutes, the Indians achieved a franchise first by sweeping a four-game series from the White Sox for the third time in a season.

    Tight end Martellus Bennett smiles after Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery introduced him during a news conference at the Bears’ practice facility on Wednesday, March 13, 2013, in Lake Forest, Ill. The Bears signed Bennett away from the New York Giants on Tuesday.

    Grading the Bears: Week 2

    Grading the Bears: Week 2


    Indiana awaits Sky in first playoff test

    The WNBA announced the first-round playoff schedule, and the Chicago Sky will be going against their nemesis, the Indiana Fever, starting Friday at Allstate Arena in Rosemont.

    Phil Mickelson tees off on the second hole during the final round of the BMW Championship at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest on Sunday. Play was suspended until 8 a.m. Monday.

    With play suspended, Furyk turns to football

    For Jim Furyk, leader of the BMW Championship through 54 holes, the heavy rain at Conway Farms Golf Club on Sunday turned into a day to watch football on television. For Steve Stricker, his closest pursuer, it was a day for family time. Now 64 players left in the third event of the four-tournament FedEx Cup Playoff series will have to wait another day to see who advances to the final FedEx Cup event in Atlanta.

    Chicago Sky forward Elena Delle Donne, center, credits forward Swin Cash, right, with helping her adjust to the WNBA. Delle Donne and Sylvia Fowles, left, have led the Sky to first place in the Eastern Conference.

    Cash’s leadership role paying off for Sky

    With her leadership and her support with rookie Elena Delle Donne, WNBA veteran forward Swin Cash has paid big dividends this season for the Sky. In an interview with Patricia Babcock McGraw, Cash and Delle Donne explain how the focus has helped to transform the team.

    Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) shakes hands with his brother New York Giants’ quarterback Eli Manning (10) after an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, in East Rutherford, N.J. The Broncos won the game 41-23.

    Peyton beats Eli in ‘Manning Bowl’ — again

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Peyton Manning again beat younger brother Eli, throwing two touchdown passes in leading the Denver Broncos past the New York Giants 41-23 on Sunday.The older Manning is 3-0 in the NFL against his sibling, with the other two victories coming when Peyton was with the Colts. He got this win with a huge boost from Knowshon Moreno, who rushed for two touchdowns and 93 yards. Denver (2-0), which has won 13 straight regular-season games, rushed for 109 yards altogether.Peyton Manning didn’t need to match his record-tying seven touchdown passes from the Broncos’ season-opening victory. Not with the Giants (0-2) being charitable again with three more turnovers after they had six in last’s week loss. They also allowed Trindon Holliday’s spectacular 81-yard punt return for a touchdown, the first such score in the league this season.


    McFadden, Raiders run past Jaguars

    OAKLAND, Calif. — Darren McFadden, Terrelle Pryor and the Oakland Raiders looked like a high-powered offense compared to Jacksonville.McFadden ran for 129 yards and Oakland’s defense held the Jaguars out of the end zone until the closing minutes, as the Raiders won their home opener 19-9 on Sunday.Pryor ran for 50 yards and threw for 126 in his first home start for the Raiders (1-1), and Marcel Reece scored on an 11-yard run to help Oakland bounce back from last week’s late loss in Indianapolis. Sebastian Janikowski added four field goals.Playing the depleted Jaguars offense sure helped the cause. Jacksonville (0-2) came within 2:53 of becoming the first team since the 2006 Raiders and Buccaneers to fail to score a touchdown in the first two games. The Jaguars entered the game without quarterback Blaine Gabbert (right hand), receiver Justin Blackmon (suspension) and tight end Marcedes Lewis (calf), and then lost star running back Maurice Jones-Drew in the first half to an ankle injury.A week after allowing six sacks, dropping five passes and punting a franchise-record 11 times in a 28-2 loss to Kansas City, the Jaguars offense was nearly as bad under Chad Henne.Jacksonville crossed midfield for the first time in the opening quarter in this game, as opposed to the fourth last week. And the Jaguars got their first touchdown of the season on Henne’s 13-yard pass to Clay Harbor after a fumble by McFadden late in the fourth quarter.But there were many more blunders than highlights, as the Jaguars went over 36 minutes without a first down and didn’t generate any offense until the game was out of hand.One of the most egregious mistakes came when D.J. Williams lined up in the neutral zone on a punt, prolonging a third-quarter drive that ended in a field goal by Janikowski that made it 13-3. Jason Babin also prolonged two scoring drives with penalties to help Pryor get his first win as an NFL starter in his third start.Pryor, who beat out Matt Flynn for the starting job in training camp, was much less spectacular than he was a week ago in Indianapolis, when he recorded the eighth 200-yard passing, 100-yard rushing game since the 1970 merger.But he also avoided many of the mistakes that plagued him a week ago, when his two interceptions contributed to a 21-17 loss. Pryor was often content to check down to shorter options and leave the game in his defense’s hands.The Raiders started fast, forcing a three-and-out on Jacksonville’s first possession and converting a short field after Phillip Adams’ 30-yard punt return. They scored their first opening-drive touchdown since the final game of the 2011 season. Aided by a personal foul on Babin, Oakland took a 7-0 lead on Reece’s 11-yard run.There wasn’t much offense the rest of the game. Pryor did not complete a pass past the line of scrimmage in the first 27 minutes, and Henne struggled to move the Jaguars down the field.Jacksonville had its first scoring drive of the year on a 27-yard field goal by Josh Scobee when the offense couldn’t punch it in after first-and-goal from the 3.Janikowski missed a 35-yard field goal attempt, ending a streak of 50 straight makes under 40 yards, but was successful on a 46-yarder from the infield dirt in the final seconds of the half to put Oakland up 10-3. He added two more field goals in the second half for the final margin.

    Bubba Watson and his caddie head down the third hole as they attempt to play after the first rain delay during the final round of the BMW Championship at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest Sunday.

    Water hazard: BMW to resume Monday

    Slugger White, the PGA Tour’s vice president for rules and operations, knew rain was going to fall at the BMW Championship on Sunday. He just didn’t know how much. White expects better weather on Monday when 64 of Sunday’s 70 starters will take to the course. Only six finished their final rounds before play was suspended for the day and 22 hadn’t even teed off. That group included leader Jim Furyk, who is scheduled to tee off in the last twosome at 9:40 a.m. Monday.

    Bears tight end Martellus Bennett celebrates his touchdown catch in front of Minnesota Vikings cornerback Chris Cook with 10 seconds left Sunday at Soldier Field.

    Confident Bears getting it done

    The Bears have played two games they’re not particularly proud of, and that’s good, but winning two games they had every right to lose is a good sign that they can fight through the growing pains and survive a long season.


    Teravainen to play in first two exhibitions

    As well as rookie Teuvo Teravainen has played in the first scrimmages of training camp, the decision has already been made by the Blackhawks to send their 2012 first-round draft pick back to Finland to play for Jokerit. And Teravainen's OK with the decision.

    JOE LEWNARD/jlewnard@dailyherald.com Bears tight end Martellus Bennett celebrates his first-quarter touchdown against the Minnesota Vikings during Sunday's game at Soldier Field.

    Bears top Vikings in another comeback win

    Jay Cutler threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to Martellus Bennett with 10 seconds left to lead the Bears to a 31-30 victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday at Soldier Field. Minnesota's Blair Walsh had just kicked a 22-yard field goal with 3:15 remaining when Chicago took over at its 34. Cutler, who led the Bears back from an 11-point deficit in a season-opening win over Cincinnati, struck again.

    People head back to the busses as rain suspended play during the final-round of the BMW Championship at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest Sunday.

    Images: Sunday at the BMW Championship
    Images from the final day of the BMW Championship at Conway Farms in Lake Forest. The tournament was suspended for the day due to a steady rain that made the course unplayable.

    Chicago Bears tight end Martellus Bennett is mobbed by teammates after making a touchdown catch with 10 seconds left during Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings at Soldier Field.

    Images: Bears vs. Vikings, football
    The 1-0 Chicago Bears hosted the 0-1 Minnesota Vikings Sunday at Soldier Field.The Bears defeated the Vikings 31-30 after scoring a touchdown in the last few seconds.

    Pittsburgh Pirates’ Andrew McCutchen (22) scores the go-ahead run as Chicago Cubs catcher Welington Castillo looks for the throw in the eighth inning of the baseball game on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, in Pittsburgh. The Pirates won 3-2.

    Morneau’s single leads Pittsburgh over Cubs 3-2

    Francisco Liriano took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning before faltering in his first no-decision this season, and pinch-hitter Justin Morneau singled in the go-ahead run in the eighth Sunday to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates over the Cubs 3-2. Pittsburgh, which began the day tied with St. Louis for the NL Central lead, took three of four from the last-place Cubs and won for the sixth time in seven games.


    Hopkins gives Texans win over Titans in OT

    HOUSTON — Rookie DeAndre Hopkins grabbed a 3-yard touchdown pass in overtime and the Houston Texans rallied for a 30-24 win over the Tennessee Titans on Sunday.With Andre Johnson out after being shaken up in the fourth quarter, Hopkins reached above Jason McCourty and pulled in the pass from Matt Schaub to give Houston the victory.The Texans (2-0) needed a franchise-record 21-point comeback to win their opener at San Diego 31-28. On Sunday, they charged back from an eight-point, fourth-quarter deficit against the Titans (1-1). Arian Foster’s 1-yard touchdown and 2-point conversion tied it at 24-24 with less than two minutes left.Houston forced a punt and got within field goal range after that. But Randy Bullock’s 46-yard field goal attempt bounced off the left upright to force overtime. It was his third miss of the day.


    Rookie Manuel caps Bills' 24-23 win over Panthers

    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Rookie EJ Manuel hit Stevie Johnson for a 2-yard touchdown pass with 2 seconds left to lead the Buffalo Bills to a 24-23 win over the Carolina Panthers.The touchdown capped a nine-play, 80-yard drive in which the first-round draft pick completed 6 of 8 attempts for 51 yards. Manuel also got help on third-and-6 from Carolina's 29, when Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly was penalized for pass interference with 14 seconds left.Two plays later, Manuel found Johnson alone in the left corner as Buffalo (1-1) bounced back from a 23-21 season-opening loss to New England.The Panthers (0-2) lost yet another close game. They were coming off a 12-7 loss to Seattle last week and have now dropped to 2-14 in games decided by 7 points or less in two-plus seasons under coach Ron Rivera.


    Dolphins stop Indy comeback

    INDIANAPOLIS — Ryan Tannehill threw for 319 yards and one touchdown Sunday, and the Dolphins defense held off yet another Colts' comeback bid for a 24-20 victory.Charles Clay gave Miami the lead for good with a 1-yard TD run late in the third quarter. The Dolphins are 2-0 for only the second time since 2004.Indianapolis (1-1) lost at home for the first time in 12 months and only the second time in Andrew Luck's brief NFL career.Luck had the Colts positioned to rally yet again after reaching the Miami 23-yard line with 1:45 left in the game. But this time, Luck threw three straight incompletions and then could not evade the Dolphins pass rush on fourth down, allowing Miami to run out the clock.Tannehill finished 23 of 34.Luck was 25 of 43 for 321 yards with one TD and one interception.


    Chiefs start 2-0 after beating Cowboys

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Alex Smith threw for 223 yards and two touchdowns, and the Kansas City Chiefs defense held when it needed to in the fourth quarter for a 17-16 victory over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.Jamaal Charles ran for 55 yards and caught a touchdown pass for the Chiefs, who made new coach Andy Reid a winner in his home debut. The Chiefs also matched their victory total from all of last season by starting 2-0 for just the second time since 2005.Dwayne Bowe’s touchdown catch in the third quarter and Ryan Succop’s 40-yard field goal early in the fourth gave the Chiefs a 17-13 lead. The Cowboys (1-1) answered with a deep march into Kansas City territory but had to settle for Dan Bailey’s 53-yard field goal with 3:55 left.The Chiefs offense never gave the Cowboys a chance to mount a winning drive.


    Rivers throws 3 TDs, Chargers beat Eagles 33-30

    PHILADELPHIA — Philip Rivers threw three touchdown passes to Eddie Royal, and Nick Novak kicked a 46-yard field goal with 7 seconds left to lead the San Diego Chargers past the Philadelphia Eagles 33-30 on Sunday, spoiling Chip Kelly’s home debut.Michael Vick threw for a career-best 428 yards and two touchdowns and ran for a score. But a porous Eagles defense couldn’t stop Rivers all day.He finished 36 of 47 for 419 yards, and the Chargers punted only once. They fumbled twice inside Philadelphia’s 10 in the first half.The teams combined for 1,150 total yards, including 539 for San Diego.


    Falcons hold off Rams 31-24

    ATLANTA — Julio Jones hauled in 11 passes for 182 yards, including an 81-yard touchdown, and the Atlanta Falcons held on for their first win of the season, 31-24 over the St. Louis Rams on Sunday. Matt Ryan threw for 374 yards and two scores despite taking quite a beating behind the Falcons’ shaky offense line. Jason Snelling clinched it for the Falcons (1-1) with an 11-yard touchdown run with 6:18 remaining — Atlanta’s longest play of the day on the ground.The Rams (1-1) fell behind 21-0 when Osi Umenyiora returned an interception 68 yards for a touchdown early in the second quarter. Atlanta led 24-3 at halftime before St Louis fought back on a pair of short touchdown passes by Sam Bradford. Bradford finished with 352 yards and three TDs.


    Packers beat Redskins 38-20

    GREEN BAY, Wis. — Aaron Rodgers threw for a career-high 480 yards and four touchdowns and the Green Bay Packers used a big first half against the Washington Redskins to win their home opener 38-20 on Sunday.Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III threw for 320 yards and three second-half touchdowns. Pierre Garcon had 143 yards receiving and a touchdown.But it was too little, too late after Washington (0-2) fell short again after being outplayed early for a second straight week.James Jones had a career-high 11 catches for 178 yards. James Starks ran for 132 yards and a touchdown. Green Bay (1-1) built a 24-0 lead by halftime and never looked back.


    Ravens rely on defense in 14-6 win over Browns

    BALTIMORE — The Baltimore Ravens sacked Brandon Weeden five times before finally knocking him out of the game in the fourth quarter of a 14-6 victory on Sunday.After yielding 49 points in a season-opening loss at Denver, Baltimore’s defense came up with a redemptive performance against the Browns (0-2). Cleveland failed to score in the second half and managed only 85 yards over the final 30 minutes.Weeden left with a thumb injury with just over three minutes left and was replaced by Jason Campbell, who could not move the team.Down 6-0 at halftime, the Ravens (1-1) took the lead on a 5-yard run by Bernard Pierce with 5:13 left in the third quarter. Baltimore added a touchdown with 8:77 remaining on a 5-yard pass from Flacco to rookie Marlon Brown. Ravens running back Ray Rice left early in the fourth quarter with an apparent hip injury.

    In this undated file photo, Chicago Bears fullback Rick Casares poses in uniform. Casares, a star running back for the Chicago Bears who was once their all-time leading rusher, died at his home in Tampa, Fla., on Friday, Sept. 13, the Bears announced Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013. He was 82.

    Former Bears RB Rick Casares dies

    Rick Casares, a star running back for the Bears who was once their all-time leading rusher, has died. He was 82.The Bears reported on their website that he died at his home in Tampa, Fla., on Friday.A five-time Pro Bowl pick and a member of the 1963 championship team, Casares played 10 seasons in Chicago and ran for 5,675 yards. He was the Bears’ all-time leading rusher until Walter Payton surpassed him and currently ranks third.Casares also played for Washington in 1965 and Miami in 1966 and starred at the University of Florida.

    Floyd Mayweather Jr. celebrates after defeating Canelo Alvarez in a 152-pound title fight, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Eric Jamison)

    Mayweather dominates for easy decision

    Canelo Alvarez proved nothing more than easy money for Floyd Mayweather Jr.Mayweather turned one of the richest fights ever into just another $41.5 million payday Saturday night, dominating Alvarez from the opening bell and winning a majority decision in a masterful performance that left no doubt who the best fighter of his era is.

    Northwestern's Treyvon Green (22) celebrates his touchdown against Western Michigan with teammates Ian Park (63) Dan Vitale (40) and Geoff Mogus (53)during the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game in Evanston, Ill., Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)

    Green rushes for 158 as Wildcats top W. Michigan

    Treyvon Green rushed for 158 yards and two touchdowns, quarterback Kain Colter ran for 106 yards and a score and passed for another, and No. 17 Northwestern beat Western Michigan 38-17 on Saturday night.


    It was announced on Sunday that Lawrence Summers has withdrawn his name from consideration to succeed Ben Bernanke as chairman of the Federal Reserve.

    Summers withdraws name from Fed consideration

    President Barack Obama says he has accepted Lawrence Summers’ decision to withdraw from consideration for the role of chairman of the Federal Reserve.

    President Barack Obama answers questions about Syria and other national and international issues during an interview with George Stephanopoulos for ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday.

    Obama: Budget tightening could widen income gap

    On the fifth anniversary of the Lehman Brothers collapse, President Barack Obama says the Republican focus on budget tightening could widen income disparities in the nation even as the economy climbs out of a debilitating recession.

    This combination of photos shows six prominent figures on Twitter. From top left, Oprah Winfrey, the Dalai Lama, the Bronx Zoo’s once missing Egyptian Cobra, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, President Barack Obama and Pope Benedict XVI.

    Twitter flies from obscurity to the height of fame

    Twitter is taking the next critical step in its evolution — selling stock to the public. It promises to be the most hyped and scrutinized initial public offerings since Facebook’s Wall Street debut in May 2012. To be successful, the company will need to become an advertising behemoth and prove that the same service that has already helped change the course of history can also make money.


    Career Coach: Making truly important tasks a top priority

    Are you feeling overwhelmed yet? I imagine so. Whether you have children who just went back to school or you find the demands from colleagues, clients, family members, friends and others suddenly increasing, the feeling of being besieged with lots of things to do seems to have hit many people. It is easy to wonder if we have the balance right between doing what’s really important for us versus what others want us to do.


    Big companies ending retiree health plans adds to taxpayer burden

    America’s biggest employers, from GE to IBM, are increasingly moving retirees to insurance exchanges where they select their own health plans, a historic shift that could push more costs onto U.S. taxpayers. Time Warner Cable Inc. Sunday said it would steer retired workers toward a privately run exchange, days after a similar announcement by IBM Corp. General Electric Co. last year said it, too, would curb benefits in a move that may send some former employees to the public insurance exchanges created under the 2010 Affordable Care Act.

    The Dow Jones industrial average announced Tuesday it will drop Bank of America, Hewlett-Packard and Alcoa, its three lowest-priced stocks, and replace them with Goldman Sachs, Nike, and Visa.

    Why the Dow is getting a makeover

    The barometer of America’s stock market — the Dow Jones industrial average — is getting a makeover. Alcoa, Bank of America, and Hewlett-Packard are being dropped from the index of America’s 30 top companies and replaced by Goldman Sachs, Nike, and Visa. The switch up, which will take effect Sept. 23, is due to the falling stock prices of the removed companies and a need to more accurately represent the U.S. economy. Here is how the Dow works and what the changes mean.

    Jacqueline Saulsberry, a service coordinator at the Illinois Eye Institute, gathers information from patient Shameka Lewis-Coolidge during an appointment in Chicago. With the program known as “Obamacare” only weeks away from its key launch date, hectic preparations are now in motion in communities across the country to deal with one of its major practical challenges: hiring and training a small army of instant experts who can explain the intricacies of health insurance to people who’ve never had it. More than 100 nonprofits and related organizations have been recruited by the federal government to sign up ìnavigatorsî who can help the 30 million uninsured people who can now gain coverage.

    Groups race to hire, train ‘Obamacare’ guides

    With the program known as “Obamacare” only weeks away from its key launch date, hectic preparations are in motion in communities across the country to deal with one of its major practical challenges: hiring and training a small army of instant experts who can explain the intricacies of health insurance to people who’ve never had it.

    Coping with advanced cancer, Bev Veals was in the hospital for chemo this summer when she got a call that her health plan was shutting down. Then, the substitute coverage she was offered wanted $3,125, on top of premiums. It sounds like one of the insurance horror stories President Barack Obama used to sell his health overhaul to Congress, but Veals wasn’t in the clutches of a profit-driven company. Instead, she’s covered by Obama’s law, one of about 100,000 people with serious medical issues in a financially troubled government program.

    Patient’s bill soars as health law program falters

    Coping with advanced cancer, Bev Veals was in the hospital for chemo this summer when she got a call that her health plan was shutting down. Then, the substitute insurance she was offered wanted her to pay up to $3,125, on top of premiums. It sounds like one of those insurance horror stories President Barack Obama told to sell his health overhaul to Congress, but Veals wasn’t in the clutches of a profit-driven company. Instead, she’s covered by Obama’s law — one of about 100,000 people with serious medical issues in a financially troubled government program.

    The Richmond City Council voted 4-3 early Wednesday to set up a Joint Powers Authority to bring more cities into the plan. Mayor Gayle McLaughlin says the city of El Monte in Southern California has expressed interest, and she believes other cities will follow.

    California city moves ahead with eminent domain plan

    A San Francisco Bay Area city voted Wednesday to try to expand a first-in-the-nation plan to use its power of eminent domain to seize hundreds of mortgages that exceed the value of homes. The Richmond City Council voted 4-3 to set up a joint powers authority to bring more cities into the plan, according to reports in local media.


    Work Advice: Assessing the move to a lower-paying job

    Karla L. Miller writes an advice column on navigating the modern workplace. Each week she will answer one or two questions from readers.

    Some employers are considering adding a surcharge to cover the health care expenses of their workers’ spouses. Others, like package deliverer United Parcel Service Inc., are excluding spouses from coverage if they are able to get insurance through another employer.

    Employers look to cut back on spousal coverage

    Your company may be having second thoughts about the health insurance it offers to your spouse. That means you might wind up paying more for that coverage or have to switch your spouse to another plan as early as next year. Some employers are considering adding a surcharge to cover the health care expenses of their workers’ spouses. Others, like package deliverer United Parcel Service Inc., are excluding spouses from coverage if they are able to get insurance through another employer.

    Jerome Byers, the head of small business banking at Citigroup poses in front of a downtown Chicago Citibank branch. Byers, a former small business owner himself, is working to change the impression that Citigroup caters to just big corporate and international clients.

    Citi exec works to improve small business status

    When small business owners hear the name Citigroup, they’re more likely to think of a bank that caters to big corporate and international clients, not one that will serve their needs. Jerome Byers, head of Citi’s small business banking operations — and a former small business owner himself — is trying to change that impression. “We have to tell our story better,” he said in a recent interview with The Associated Press.

    A Lyft car on the road with a signature pink mustache. Lyft is a San Francisco-based mobile app that lets users request rides from drivers willing to chauffeur them for a fee.

    Data specialists help rental start-ups spot demand

    Young companies such as RelayRides, which lets owners rent out their vehicles for hours at a time, and Airbnb, an online rental-lodging service, rely on a delicate balance of supply and demand to be successful — not an easy challenge for firms with far-flung national aspirations.

Life & Entertainment

    Miss California Crystal Lee performs during the Miss America 2014 pageant, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, in Atlantic City, N.J.

    Images: Miss America
    Images from the Miss America pageant in Atlantic City, N.J.

    In a March 2, 2011, file photo, Miami Heat basketball player LeBron James, center, sits with his girlfriend Savannah Brinson, right, at a new computer during a charity event at the Northwest Boys & Girls Club in Miami. James married Savannah Brinson at the posh Grand Del Mar Hotel in San Diego on Saturday, according to two people familiar with the details of the ceremony. About 200 guests were present for the ceremony, said one of the people, both of whom spoke on condition of anonymity because the wedding was private and the couple had yet to release any details. James and Brinson, 27, have been together since high school and have two sons.

    LeBron weds girlfriend in San Diego

    Miami Heat star LeBron James married Savannah Brinson at the posh Grand Del Mar Hotel in San Diego on Saturday, according to two people familiar with the details of the ceremony. James and Brinson, 27, have been together since high school and have two sons. James, 28, proposed just after midnight on Jan. 1, 2012, in Miami Beach, flanked then by many of his teammates — just as he was again Saturday night for his wedding.

    This Feb. 26, 2010 file photo shows John Legend, right, and Christine Teigen at the 41st NAACP Image Awards in Los Angeles. Legend is officially off the market. The R&B crooner’s representative said Legend married Teigen on Saturday at the Villa Pizzo in Lake Como, Italy. Legend, 34, and Teigen, 27, got engaged in 2011.

    John Legend weds model Chrissy Teigen in Italy

    The R&B crooner John Legend married model Chrissy Teigen on Saturday at the Villa Pizzo in Lake Como, Italy, Legend's rep says.

    The haunted-house horror sequel “Insidious Chapter 2.” debuted in first place with $41 million, more than tripling the opening take of the 2010 original.

    ‘Insidious’ sequel scares up big box-office dollars

    The haunted-house horror sequel "Insidious: Chapter 2" debuted in first place at the box office with $41 million, more than tripling the opening take of the 2010 original. Debuting on Friday the 13th, FilmDistrict’s “Insidious: Chapter 2” scored the highest September opening day ever, said box-office analyst Paul Dergarabedian of Hollywood.com.

    Writer Tracy Letts, right, and actor Ewan McGregor attend the news conference for “August: Osage County” at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.

    Tracy Letts on the pains of adapting ‘Osage County’

    The buildup to the world premiere of “August: Osage County” was familiar to Tracy Letts, the playwright who penned the Pulitzer Prize-winning play and wrote the screenplay for its big-screen adaptation. Formal wear, a limo, a ride to the theater. But such a night would usually culminate for him in the debut of a play and, he says, “the thrum of live performance.” “Some part of me — because I’m a theater animal — I go into that cinema last night and I get into my seat and I go, ‘Oh, it’s a movie. It’s already done,”’ Letts said in an interview the day after “August: Osage County” premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.

    Che (Josh Young) confronts Eva Peron (Caroline Bowman) in the new national tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber's and Tim Rice's musical “Evita,” which plays the Oriental Theatre in Chicago from Wednesday, Sept. 18, through Sunday, Oct. 6.

    Actress leaves Broadway hit to star in 'Evita'

    It takes guts for an actor to leave a new hit Broadway show, especially one that just won six Tony Awards including one for Best Musical. But that's what Caroline Bowman did, leaving her ensemble role in the 2013 Cyndi Lauper musical “Kinky Boots” to take on the leading lady role of Eva Peron in “Evita,” which comes to Chicago this week.

    A newly hatched butterfly that Sharon Metcalf raised in early summer. The monarchs distinctive green chrysalis can be seen in the background.

    Creating a haven for butterflies and bees

    If you plan to renovate or rework parts of your yard this fall, your plan should include your hardest-working partners in the garden, the insect pollinators. They are not only industrious, fascinating and beautiful, they are up against it. Bees and butterflies are imperiled by habitat loss and pesticide use. Gardeners, collectively, can throw them a lifeline.

    Michael Kitchen, left, and Honeysuckle Weeks in “Foyle’s War,” premiering its new season on “Masterpiece Mystery!” on PBS.

    ‘Foyle’s War’ returns with crimes of espionage

    The premise: A small-town policeman goes big time with cloak-and-dagger intrigue, showing the spymasters how it should be done. The change of pace for retired Detective Chief Superintendent Christopher Foyle of Hastings, England, comes in Sunday’s return of “Foyle’s War,” which moves the PBS “Masterpiece Mystery!” series from the stark horrors of World War II into the shadows of the Cold War.

    Keith Urban’s latest album is “Fuse.”

    Keith Urban pulls in team of 8 producers on ‘Fuse’

    Keith Urban didn’t need to change a thing. With an enviable consistency, the “American Idol” judge remains a platinum-selling, arena-filling guitar slinger after spinning hits for 15 years — not to mention the movie-star wife and the Dorian Gray good looks. Yet when it came time to record his latest album, Urban decided to alter the formula even as he reached new peaks in popularity.

    Comedian Harland Williams headlines The Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg through Sunday, Sept. 15.

    Sunday picks: Har har with Harland Williams

    If you've loved seeing comedian Harland Williams in films like “Dumb and Dumber” and “Half Baked,” then don't miss him Sunday at Schaumburg's Improv Comedy Showcase. Vote on which automobile you think should come out on top at the 8th Annual Cantigny Car Show Sunday. Today's the last day for Riot Fest, a celebration of punk rock featuring bands with suburban roots, along with national acts, at Chicago's Humboldt Park.

    The drug Axiron is an underarm gel used for boosting levels of testosterone. Men’s bodies convert some of the male sex hormone into estrogen, and levels of both decline with age.

    Low estrogen may play role in ‘male menopause’

    TV ads tout testosterone treatments for “low T,” but surprising new research shows a different hormone may play a role in less sex drive and more fat as men age. Estrogen — the female hormone — is needed by men, too, and the study gives the first clear evidence that too little of it can cause certain “male menopause” symptoms. “A lot of things we think are due to testosterone deficiency are actually related to the estrogen deficiency that accompanies it,” said Dr. Joel Finkelstein of Massachusetts General Hospital. He led the U.S.-government funded study, which appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine.

    1964 Chevrolet C30 tow truck

    Boyhood love of trucks remains

    Wally Becker has amassed a collection of six Chevy trucks, all dating from 1963-66. He most recent addition is this 1964 Chevrolet C30 tow truck which served duty for 45 years at Blackhawk Farms Raceway near Beloit.

    The Midway Village Museum in Rockford will host the largest World War II re-enactment in the nation.

    On the road: Battle lines drawn for WWII re-enactment

    The Midway Village Museum in Rockford becomes a battlefront as it hosts the largest World War II re-enactment in the nation with more than 1,000 uniformed re-enactors from 40 states. Also, it will be all about apples at the 21st annual Long Grove Apple Fest.

    A cyclist rides along the St. Lawrence River across from Quebec City on an off-road trail in Levis.

    Finding autumn gems in Quebec's world-famous cycling network

    Cyclists who want to experience Quebec's vibrant autumn have a wealth of choices, maybe too many. Deciding where to go is like standing at the counter at Les Chocolats Favoris in the town of Levis, where you have to pick from a dozen pots of fine melted chocolate for your ice-cream dip. All the offerings look sweet. But you can't have them all.

    Carson Daly will be joining NBC News’ “Today” show in New York.

    ‘Today’ show rebooting with Daly, studio revamp

    NBC is seeking to reboot the “Today” show by adding Carson Daly, unveiling a new studio set that resembles a “hipster New York City apartment” and a sharper focus gleaned from studies of what viewers and lapsed viewers say they want. The new look will debut next Monday. But the real work is in the content, and new NBC News President Deborah Turness — just five weeks into her job — has made a “Today” reboot a top priority.

    The Reed Krakoff Spring 2014 collection is modeled during Fashion Week in New York.

    After hundreds of shows, what styles will work in stores?

    Now that we’ve seen hundreds, maybe thousands, of outfits on the New York Fashion Week runways, what’s going to stay in our collective memory? And we speak of the big, giant WE. Fashion editors, stylists and retailers fill the seats at shows but the looks are beamed everywhere — and pretty much instantly. You’ll start seeing consumers copying them sooner — and maybe more inclined to shop, said Sally Singer, creative digital director at Vogue. But she still thinks spenders like direction from insiders.

    Free-standing baths are self-supporting bath tubs that are finished on all sides with no need to add wood framing.

    Is a free-standing tub a good idea?

    Q. After years of saving our money and waiting for our children to move out, my wife and I plan to turn one of our extra bedrooms into a large bathroom. We’re going high-end and want to install a big free-standing bathtub right in the middle of the bathroom.

    One of the easiest — and most powerful — places you can trick up for autumn is your fireplace mantel.

    How to make a fabulous fall mantel

    Fall is here and it’s time to celebrate this glorious season in your decor. One of the easiest — and most powerful — places you can trick up for autumn is the fireplace mantel. Depending upon how much time or creative energy you want to invest, you can use it to make a big fall statement or just a whispered tribute to this beautiful season.

    Lanterns will brighten up any yard all year round.

    Lanterns light up your house in myriad ways

    I use lanterns in year-round decorating. But in the fall, working lanterns into my seasonal displays is an absolute must. Use faux fall greens for a dramatic yet simple arrangement.

    People often choose artificial plants that aren’t native to their region, so don’t feel limited to a variety of flower found in your locale, says Jo Pearson, a creative expert with Michaels Stores.

    Faux flowers and plants can liven up home

    If there’s somewhere in your home that needs livening up but it’s not practical to use real plants, consider using faux flowers and greenery. And don’t worry about it.


    Hell and back is route to success for automakers

    HELL, Mich. — The road to Hell, it turns out, is a great place to test drive cars.An unincorporated Michigan community about 60 miles west of Detroit, Hell boasts winding roads and a diner called Screams Ice Cream. It has also become one of the top places for automakers and journalists to test the day’s newest cars.


    Painted concrete patio can be salvaged

    Q. The contractor who laid my concrete patio left the job with a deep texture of brush marks. I understand that he may have wanted to produce a texture that would make it skidproof. However, they are very deep and dirt gathers in the bottom of each line.


    The proposed law protects reporters from being required to reveal the identities of confidential sources and in the process protects whisleblowers, but it does not grant an absolute privilege.

    Editorial: Some hope to protect our right to know

    The Daily Herald lauds a compromise that paves the way toward passage of a federal law to protect reporters from revealing the sources of information government would prefer to keep secret.


    Naperville case raises question: How far to go to protect your child?

    The case of a dad who tried to take the rap for his son accused of drunkenly driving 124 mph sparks the question: How far should a parent go to protect a child? Jim Davis, DuPage and Fox Valley news director weighs in.


    Shocker: KGB colonel outmaneuvers community organizer

    Columnist Kathleen Parker: Putin hasn’t had this much fun since he rode shotgun in George W. Bush’s truck. Thanks to President Obama, the good times keep on rolling.


    Drop in incomes signals call for change
    A Barrington letter to the editor: Did you know that the economy is getting better for retirees? You bet, those of us between 65 and 74 have seen median income climb 5.1 percent between June 2009 and June 2013. Creating an economy in which only retirees collecting government checks are getting ahead is the new formula for growing prosperity. My advice: Retire now!


    Jacksons shouldn’t hold law licenses
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: The Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission and the Illinois Supreme Court have taken no action against these two criminals. Why? This is Chicago, and in Chicago everything is fixed.


    Strengthen sanctions before striking
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: What is needed is, or rather was two years ago in the case of Syria, a gradual escalation of serious sanctions before resorting to military force, again in gradual escalation. This is what is needed with Iran.


    New county service standards are a model
    A Wauconda letter to the editor: The Lake County Board has announced a new plan establishing standards of conduct for commission and board appointees.


    There are solutions to DuPage poverty
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: More than 70 percent of the individuals served by People’s Resource Center last year have been coming to PRC for more than a year, compared to five years ago when most of our clients were newcomers. These struggling families face significant challenges each day and are working hard to overcome the many barriers they encounter as they work toward self-sufficiency.


    We’ve forgotten customer is king
    A Wheaton letter ot the editor: I read with interest the Elgin letter that found a lack of “thank yous” at the cash registers. This reminded of my first business professor at NIU, Dr. Novik, who drilled into his students that the “Consumer is the King of the marketplace,” not the seller, and certainly not the employee.


    At least Obama not using Bush tactics
    An Elgin letter to the editor: Let’s see if I have this correct: the interventionists represented by John McCain, Lindsey Graham, John Bolton, Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney are critical of President Obama for urging a limited airstrike again Syria because they want “boots on the ground” to degrade the Assad’s capabilities and tilt the civil war toward the insurgents;


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