Daily Archive : Sunday September 22, 2013


    Kiernan Shipka and Robert Morse of "Mad Men" arrive at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013, in Los Angeles.

    Images: Red-carpet arrivals at the 2013 Emmy Awards
    Images from the red-carpet arrivals at the 2013 Emmy Awards

    Soldiers from the Kenya Defense Forces walk out Sunday, following the sound of explosions and gunfire, from the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya. Kenyan military forces engaged in sporadic gun battles Sunday with the Islamic extremists holding an unknown number of hostages inside an upscale Nairobi mall, as officials said the death toll from a grenade-and-gunfire siege a day earlier rose to 59, with at least 175 wounded.

    4 blasts at Kenya mall as 2 terrorists killed

    Four thunderous explosions rattled Nairobi's upscale mall Monday, part of a battle between Kenyan troops and al-Qaida-linked terrorists. Top Kenyan officials said two hostage takers, part of "a multinational collection from all over the world," had been killed.


    Dem leader urges Illinois House to OK gay marriage

    The second-ranking Democrat in the Illinois House says the debate over same-sex marriage “now has an economic component that we cannot ignore.”


    13 Illinois communities to share $5M in 'green' grants

    Thirteen Illinois communities will split more than $5 million in state grants to help reduce the risk of flooding and pollution caused by storms.


    Sunday’s Emmy winners
    List of winners at the 2013 Emmy Awards.

    President Barack Obama speaks at a memorial service Sunday for the victims of the Washington Navy Yard shooting at Marine Barracks Washington. A gunman killed 12 people in the Navy Yard on Sept. 16, before being fatally shot in a gun battle with law enforcement. The president and first lady Michelle Obama also visited with the victims' families.

    Obama at Navy Yard memorial: 'Nothing inevitable' about gun violence

    President Barack Obama on Sunday memorialized the victims of the Washington Navy Yard shooting by calling for a transformation in the nation's gun laws to address an epidemic of gun violence, saying, “There's nothing inevitable about it.”

    Pawel Gogola, of Algonquin, holds his daughter Natalie while watching his wife Wioletta, of Poland, receive her citizenship during a special naturalization ceremony at the Schaumburg Township District Library, when over 70 individuals received their citizenship.

    Images: The Week in Pictures
    This edition of The Week in Pictures features a citizenship ceremony, a 75th anniversary celebration of The Wizard of Oz, and photos of the Wall That Heals traveling Vietnam Memorial exhibit.

    A pilot from Lombard escaped injury early Sunday when mechanical problems with his small airplane forced him to make an emergency landing on Lake Shore Drive near Buckingham Fountain. Pilot John Pedersen, 51, said later he was “just happy to be on the ground.”

    Lombard pilot recounts Lake Shore Drive landing

    A pilot from Lombard escaped serious injury Sunday morning after he was forced to make an emergency landing on Lake Shore Drive in Chicago. John Pedersen landed the single-engine RANS S6 plane near Buckingham Fountain shortly after 6 a.m., about 20 minutes after he had taken off from Schaumburg Regional Airport.

    Senior Pastor Randal Ross welcomes the congregation Sunday as Calvary Church in Naperville opened its newly renovated auditorium after more than five months of construction. The choir and orchestra lead the congregation through a history of worship.

    Naperville’s Calvary Church debuts new sanctuary

    Calvary Church in Naperville opens its newly renovated auditorum after more than five months of constructions. Improvements include updated sound, lighting and video systems; about 300 additional seats; and complete remodeling. The remodeled auditorum features a "hearing loop," that allows those with newer hearing aids (with a telecoil) to pick up sound directly from sound systems for a much...


    Lake Villa man reported missing

    Lake Villa police are looking for information about a missing 33-year-old man who has not been seen since Friday. Nicholas Steward was last seen driving a white 2008 Saturn, police said in a news release. He did not return home from work Friday, and a missing-person report was filed Saturday, according to police.

    Nathan “Sonny” Weston, a former Negro League baseball player, was one of several players who appeared at Wolff’s Flea Market in Rosemont Sunday.

    Baseball legends meet fans at Rosemont flea market

    Several former players from baseball's Negro League appeared at Wolff's Flea Market in Rosemont Sunday to talk about their experiences, pose for pictures with fans and display and sell memorabilia.


    Wauconda water plan on agenda

    The Central Lake County Joint Action Water Agency board will hold a special meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday to determine whether Wauconda will be allowed to join the system for Lake Michigan drinking water.

    Miguel A. Martinez

    Round Lake Beach man faces drug felonies after raid

    A 22-year-old Round Lake Beach man faces multiple drug-related felony charges after authorities say they discovered cocaine, marijuana and other drugs in his possession during a raid Friday night.


    10 things to know about Somali militants al-Shabab

    Here are 10 things to know about al-Shabab, the Somali Islamic extremist group that has claimed responsibility for the attack on Kenya’s premier shopping mall that killed dozens of civilians.


    Elgin rooftop burglar gets probation, restitution

    An Elgin teen accused of entering through a roof vent to steal $1,200 and steaks from an Elgin grocery store, as well as burglarizing the city’s American Legion Post, has avoided prison under a plea deal. But Isaac Aguirre, 18, must pay $2,985 restitution to Armando’s Supermarket and the Elgin American Legion Post 57, and is banned from both locations.

    William Ayers invitation to speak this week as part of Elgin Community College’s Humanities Center Speakers Series has led to criticism of the school.

    ECC president defends choice of Ayers for speaker series

    Elgin Community College President David Sam is defending the school’s choice of controversial figure William Ayers to speak Thursday as part of its annual Humanities Center Speaker Series as criticism of the selection mounts. “We feel it’s important to allow these discussions on college campuses, where issues and topics can be discussed and analyzed in an educational setting,” Sam states."This...


    CLC hosts college expo

    College of Lake County hosts the Illinois College Exposition from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17, where high school juniors and seniors and their parents can learn about 175 colleges and universities.


    Circus in Round Lake Beach

    The Kelly Miller Circus will have shows at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26 on the festival grounds of the Cultural & Civic Center of Round Lake Beach, off Hook Drive west of Route 83.


    Barrington Scarecrow Festival returns Oct. 12

    Barrington’s 13th annual Scarecrow Festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12 in Memorial Park on South Cook Street downtown. Free activities for children include scarecrow building, pumpkin painting, pony rides, arts and crafts, balloon animals, face painting, cookie decorating, inflatable games, children’s games and more.


    Close ties between White House, NSA spying review

    Stung by public unease about new details of spying by the National Security Agency, President Barack Obama selected a panel of advisers he described as independent experts to scrutinize the NSA’s surveillance programs. But with just weeks remaining before its first deadline to report back, the review panel has effectively been operating as an arm of the Office of the Director of National...

    Sen. Ted Cruz, a Texas Republican, left, and Sen. Mike Lee, a Utah Republican, during a news conference with conservative Congressional Republicans at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 19. Cruz and Lee are fighting against President Barack Obama’s health care law while infuriating many congressional Republicans with a tactic they consider futile, self-serving and detrimental to the party’s political hopes in 2014.

    Blame already being cast over budget fight

    Even before a budget deadline arrives, leaders from both parties are blaming each other — and some Republicans are criticizing their own — for a government shutdown many are treating as inevitable. The unyielding political posturing on Sunday comes one week before Congress reaches an Oct. 1 deadline to dodge any interruptions in government services.

    Mourners carry the coffin of a car bomb victim during his funeral in the Shiite holy city of Najaf, 100 miles south of Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday. Two suicide bombers, one in an explosives-laden car and the other on foot, hit a cluster of funeral tents packed with mourning families in a Shiite neighborhood in Baghdad, the deadliest in a string of attacks around Iraq that killed scores on Saturday.

    Suicide bomber hits Iraq Sunni funeral, killing 16

    A suicide bomber detonated his explosive belt among Sunni mourners attending a funeral in Baghdad on Sunday, killing 16 people and wounding 35 others, officials said, in the latest episode of the country’s near-daily violence. Police officials said the evening attack took place when a suicide bomber detonated his explosive belt inside a tent where the funeral was being held in Baghdad’s southern...

    Pope Francis poses for a photo after a meeting with youths in downtown Cagliari, Italy, Sunday. Francis denounced what he called big business’s idolatry of money over man as he traveled Sunday to one of Italy’s poorest regions to offer hope to the unemployed and entrepreneurs struggling to hang on.

    Catholics cheer pope’s remarks on gays, abortion

    Catholics attending Sunday services around the globe said they were heartened by Pope Francis’ recent remarks that the church has become too focused on “small-minded rules” on hot-button issues like homosexuality, abortion and contraceptives. Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the head of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said the pope’s words were welcome. “He’s captured the world’s imagination,”...

    Greta Ramirez, 12, right, and her sister Karen, 22, who live near Des Plaines, were always close. They’re more so in the two years since the death of their mother, Alicia Ramirez, at the hands of their father, Heriberto Ramirez, who was convicted of her murder last year.

    Family tragedy leaves young sisters on their own in Des Plaines area home

    Karen and Greta Ramirez lost their mother, Alicia, when she was stabbed by their father, Heriberto, on Valentine's Day 2011 in their Des Plaines area home. Suddenly deprived of parental guidance and financial support, Karen, then 19, was left to raise her sister, Greta, who was then just 9. “We were going to stick together, no matter what,” Karen says.

    Melrose Park native Gail Mancuso is an Emmy nominee for her directing work on ABC’s “Modern Family.”

    ‘Modern Family’ director among suburban natives up for Emmys

    As a kid, Gail Mancuso and her family would eat pizza together in their Melrose Park living room and watch shows like “Creature Features” or “Alfred Hitchcock Presents.” Flash forward to Sunday, when Mancuso is the one families will watch on TV. Mancuso is an Emmy Award nominee for Outstanding Directing of a Comedy Series for ABC’s hit show, “Modern Family.”

    In this undated family photo provided by Kevin Smith is a wedding picture of Pfc. John Farrell Eddington and his wife, Helen. Seven decades after the Missouri soldier died in World War II, Peggy Smith, the daughter he never met is about to get his Purple Heart medal, along with the emotional letter her father wrote just weeks after her birth, at a ceremony Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, in Dayton, Nev.

    WWII soldier’s letter finally reaches daughter

    A World War II soldier’s heartfelt letter to his daughter has finally reached her, seven decades after it was written. Peggy Eddington-Smith received the letter penned by her father, Pfc. John Eddington, as well as his Bronze Star and Purple Heart medals, during an emotional ceremony Saturday. The father she never met wrote the three-page letter shortly after she was born and shortly before he...


    Obama to lead mourning for Navy Yard victims

    President Barack Obama is set to mourn the men and women killed in the Washington Navy Yard shooting at a memorial service in their honor. Sunday’s late-afternoon service is being held at the Marine Barracks Washington in southeast Washington, not far from the Navy facility where authorities say 34-year-old Aaron Alexis fatally shot a dozen people.

    Trucks of soldiers from the Kenya Defense Forces arrive after dawn outside the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013. Islamic extremist gunmen lobbed grenades and fired assault rifles inside Nairobi’s top mall Saturday, killing dozens and wounding over a hundred in the attack. Early Sunday morning, 12 hours after the attack began, gunmen remained holed up inside the mall with an unknown number of hostages.

    Kenya minister says 59 killed in mall attack

    The attack by al-Qaida-linked militants at an upscale mall in Nairobi killed at least 59 people and wounded 175, Kenya’s interior Cabinet secretary said Sunday. Multiple barrages of gunfire erupted Sunday morning from inside the building where there is a hostage standoff with Islamic extremists nearly 24 hours after they attacked using grenades and assault rifles.

    In this photo provided by NASA, the Orbital Sciences Corp. Antares rocket lifts off the launchpad at the NASA Wallops Island test flight facility in Wallops Island, Va., Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. The unmanned Antares rocket is carrying 1,300 pounds of food, clothes and other items as part of this test flight to the International Space Station.

    Computer mishap delays space station supply ship

    A brand new commercial cargo ship making its orbital debut experienced trouble with a computer data link Sunday, and its arrival at the International Space Station was delayed at least two days.

    People gather at the site of suicide attack on a church in Peshawar, Pakistan, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013. A suicide bomb attack on a historic church in northwestern Pakistan killed scores of people Sunday, officials said, in one of the worst assaults on the countryís Christian minority in years.

    Attack on Pakistani church kills over 60 people

    pair of suicide bombers detonated their explosives outside a historic church in northwestern Pakistan on Sunday, killing over 60 people in the deadliest-ever attack on the country’s Christian minority, officials said.


    Swiss voters cast ballots on fate of Swiss army

    BERN, Switzerland — For the third time in almost a quarter-century, neutral Switzerland is voting on a proposal to abolish mandatory service in its army.Voters were heading to the polls Sunday on a referendum by pacifists and left-wing parties that would do away with military conscription.

    Sarah Adams Elementary School in Lake Zurich is among the five without central air conditioning in Lake Zurich Unit District 95.

    District 95: AC would cost more than $20 million

    It could cost more than $20 million to air-condition five schools at Lake Zurich Unit District 95, according to an estimate provided by the superintendent. “I am not opposed to air conditioning our remaining five buildings,” he recently wrote in a monthly report, “but I do want people to understand the full cost of such an endeavor compared to the potential benefits.”...

    Students at Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville are among those participating in the second year of a program to combat heroin abuse.

    Naperville taking comprehensive approach against heroin

    Two years after heroin killed seven young people in Naperville, the community has decided a far-reaching problem needs an equally comprehensive solution. Attacking heroin from a unified front is the idea behind the city's revamped social services grant, which is funding three efforts to reach all segments of the community with heroin-prevention messages.

    Regional Superintendent Pat Dal Santo says truancy rates in Kane County have reached a new high.

    Kane County truancy at 'all-time high'

    Kane County schools set a dubious record in the 2012-13 school year as a new report shows the number of truant students reaching a new high. “Truancy now is different than it was 10 years ago,” said Regional Superintendent Pat Dal Santo. “The majority of our families are involved with mental health issues."

    Having recovered from successful surgeries to remove life-threatening melanoma, Eric Djordjevic says he and his wife, Jennifer, now are ready to become parents.

    Naperville golf tourney helps infertile Des Plaines couple

    A Des Plaines couple battling infertility hopes the Birdies for Babies golf tournament in Naperville gives them another chance to have kids by funding expensive treatments they can't afford. “Thank goodness there are places like this,” Eric Djordjevic says of Birdies for Babies. “They are giving us this opportunity, and we're really thankful for that.”

    Beat writer Neal Cassady’s daughter, Jami Cassady, left, his wife, Carolyn Cassady, center, and daughter, Cathy Cassady, smile while visiting “The Beat Museum,” in the North Beach district of San Francisco.

    Writer Carolyn Cassady of Beat generation dies

    Carolyn Cassady, a writer who was married to Jack Kerouac’s travel companion and a lover of the famous Beat author, has died. She was 90 years old.

    Egypt’s Defense Minister Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi attends the funeral of Giza Police Gen. Nabil Farrag in Cairo, Egypt, Friday.

    Egyptian arrested for naming donkey after general

    The arrests point to a long-standing taboo in Egypt against criticizing the country’s powerful military, an offense magnified amid the ongoing crackdown on supporters of the country’s ousted President Mohammed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood.The farmer, Omar Abul-Magd, was arrested late Friday in Qena province for allegedly insulting Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi when he rode the donkey through...


    Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin talks with cornerback Ike Taylor (24) in the second half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Monday, Sept. 16, 2013, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Tom Uhlman)

    Marshall-Taylor matchup a good one

    One of the marquee matchups in tonight's Bears-Steelers game pits Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall against Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor. Three years ago Marshall said he underestimated Taylor but promises it won't happen again.


    Hawks win preseason tilt in Detroit

    Byron Froese scored his second goal 3:25 into the third period and the Blackhawks held on for a 4-3 victory over the Detroit Red Wings in a preseason game Sunday. Joakim Nordstrom and Garret Ross also scored for the Hawks, and Corey Crawford made 30 saves. Tomas Tatar scored twice for Red Wings, Jonathan Ericsson added a goal, and Gustav Nyquist had 3 assists. Jimmy Howard stopped 16 of 20 shots before being replaced by Jared Coreau early in the third period. Coreau made 4 saves.

    Bears wide receiver Earl Bennett scores a touchdown in Sunday’s fourth quarter.

    Bears’ defense comes through in the clutch

    Sunday night’s game looked like a blowout win for the Bears over the Steelers. Then, all of a sudden, it didn’t. The 40-23 victory for the 3-0 Bears may look easy on paper, but it wasn’t.

    Bears defensive end Shea McClellin puts the pressure on Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

    Bears’ Trestman can learn a lot by beating team like Steelers

    The Steelers aren't the Steelers anymore, but Bears head coach Marc Trestman could learn a lot about his team while beating them Sunday night in Pittsurgh.

    Chicago Bears running back Michael Bush celebrates scoring a touchdown with teammates in the first quarter of an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013.

    Images: Bears vs. Steelers
    The Chicago Bears faced the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday night as they played their first road game of the season.The Bears won the game 40-23 over the Steelers.


    Bears’ Cutler more than happy with O-line

    Bears quarterback Jay Cutler was sacked just once in the first two games, and his protection was solid for most of Sunday night's game in Pittsburgh.

    Bears running back Matt Forte soars up and over to score a touchdown in the first quarter Sunday night at Pittsburgh.

    Bears’ Forte thriving on heavy workload

    Matt Forte had 53 touches in the first two games, rushing 38 times and catching 15 passes. And he was a workhorse again Sunday night against the Steelers, scoring on a 5-yard TD run and adding a 55-yard run to set up another TD, just in the first half. Over the course of 16 games, Forte’s two-game total works out to 424 touches for the season, more than he’s ever had in the NFL. He had 379 touches in his rookie season of 2008, but Forte says he’s ready for a heavy workload.

    Bears running back Michael Bush (29) celebrates scoring a touchdown with teammates in the first quarter of an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013.

    Bears topple Steelers, stay unbeaten

    The Bears’ defense forced five turnovers and scored twice, and the Monsters of the Midway beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 40-23 on Sunday night to remain unbeaten. Major Wright returned an interception 38 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter, and Julius Peppers picked up Ben Roethlisberger’s fumble and raced 42 yards for a score in the fourth quarter as the Bears (3-0) held off a late rally.


    Grading the Bears: Week 3
    Grading the Bears: Week 3


    Sound of cheers encourages Bulls’ Rose

    Less than a week before the opening of Bulls’ training camp, Derrick Rose got a chance to hear some cheers at the United Center. An ethusiastic crowd showed up Sunday for the launch of his new Adidas D-Rose 4 basketball shoe.

    New York Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes (10) celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013, in East Rutherford, N.J.

    Jets overcome 20 penalties, beat Bills 27-20

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Boy, that was ugly. And still, somehow, a win for the New York Jets.Geno Smith threw two touchdown passes, including a go-ahead 69-yarder to Santonio Holmes in the fourth quarter, and the Jets overcame a team-record 20 penalties to hang on and beat the Buffalo Bills 27-20 Sunday.Smith, who also ran for a score, slightly outplayed EJ Manuel in a matchup of the first two quarterbacks selected in the NFL draft. But this one was tough to watch with the barrage of penalties. The Jets (2-1) rolled up 158 yards in penalty yardage, and nearly gave it away against the Bills (1-2).Capping a drive kept alive by four straight penalties on the Jets, Manuel connected with Scott Chandler for a 33-yard touchdown, then hit Stevie Johnson with a pass for 2-point conversion that tied it at 20 with 10:39 left in the game.But Smith got the Jets right back onto the scoreboard with his big heave to Holmes, who broke away from Justin Rogers as he caught the ball and zipped into the end zone. Holmes had a career-high 154 yards receiving.Rex Ryan lost two challenges in a span of three plays in the third quarter and it ended up hurting the Jets. Manuel scrambled for 21 yards but lost the ball when he was hit by Dawan Landry and Jaiquawn Jarrett recovered. But officials ruled Manuel was down — and Ryan had no more challenges, with replays showing Manuel appeared to fumble.New York then had a horrendous sequence of four straight penalties, three on Kyle Wilson, who was benched briefly after the last of the calls. That kept Buffalo’s offense on the field. It appeared Fred Jackson also had a fumble during the drive that the Jets recovered, but penalties also negated that and put the Bills in position to tie.Smith, the second quarterback drafted at No. 39, finished 16 of 29 for 331 yards and also had two interceptions. Bilal Powell ran for a career-high 149 yards on 27 carries. Stephen Hill also caught a touchdown pass from Smith.Manuel, who went No. 16 overall as the first quarterback drafted, was 19 of 42 for 243 yards and the score. It was a costly defeat for Buffalo, which lost cornerback Leodis McKelvin to a hamstring injury, defensive tackle Marcell Dareus to an ankle injury and defensive end Alex Carrington was carted off late in the game with an apparent left knee injury.Running back C.J. Spiller also left with a knee injury and finished with just 9 yards rushing.Smith was sharp on the Jets’ first possession, marching New York 80 yards and converting three third downs before punching it in himself from 8 yards on a quarterback draw to make it 7-0. Dan Carpenter’s 37-yard field goal made it 7-3 in the second quarter.Buffalo got the ball right back when Smith lofted a pass for Holmes into double coverage and was picked off by former Jets safety Jim Leonhard. A facemask penalty on Jets guard Vladimir Ducasse put Buffalo at New York’s 21. Carpenter made a 23-yarder to cut it to 7-6.The Jets took a 14-6 lead on a pretty pass from Smith, who hit Hill in stride for a 51-yard touchdown. Nick Folk kicked a 47-yard field goal into the wind to make it 17-6 as time expired in the opening half.Folk’s 34-yarder gave the Jets a two-touchdown lead. Carpenter kicked a 43-yarder and added a 26-yarder a few plays after Kiko Alonso intercepted Smith on a poorly thrown ball.

    Cubs starter Edwin Jackson reacts to catcher Dioner Navarro after the Braves’ Andrelton Simmons hit a solo home in the fourth inning Sunday at Wrigley Field.

    Jackson’s record for Cubs speaks for itself

    Sometimes you can throw a pitcher's win-loss record out the window because it can be misleading. But the Cubs' Edwin Jackson has pretty much pitched to his 8-17 mark. Jackson had a decent outing Sunday, but he still fell 5-2 to the Atlanta Braves at Wrigley Field.


    Rizzo’s Cubs season not as bad as some say

    It's been an up-and-down year for Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo. He had a double and 2 strikeouts in Sunday's 5-2 loss to the Braves. The term "regression" has been tossed about a lot, but Cubs manager Dale Sveum was taking the big-picture view.

    Seattle Seahawks backup quarterback Tarvaris Jackson (7) scores on a keeper as Jacksonville Jaguars’ Josh Evans brings him down in the second half of an NFL football game on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013, in Seattle.

    Wilson leads Seattle’s 45-17 rout of Jaguars

    SEATTLE (AP) — Russell Wilson matched his career high with four touchdown passes — two each to Sidney Rice and Zach Miller — and the Seattle Seahawks dominated as expected in a 45-17 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday. Seattle improved to 3-0 for the first time since 2006, beginning a stretch of four straight games against the AFC South. And none will likely be easier than overwhelming the Jaguars. Wilson connected with Miller twice in the first 16 minutes on TDs of 1 and 4 yards. He hit Rice for an 11-yard TD late in the first half and found him again on a 23-yard touchdown early in the third quarter. Wilson checked out with 3:54 left in the third quarter and finished 14 of 21 for 202 yards. The four TD passes matched his performance last December against San Francisco.

    Indianapolis Colts running back Trent Richardson (34) runs against San Francisco 49ers cornerback Tarell Brown (25) during the third quarter of an NFL football game in San Francisco, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013.

    Luck outshines Kaepernick in Colts’ upset of 49ers

    SAN FRANCISCO — Andrew Luck threw for 164 yards and ran for a 6-yard touchdown while facing college coach Jim Harbaugh for the first time, and the Indianapolis Colts defeated the San Francisco 49ers 27-7 win Sunday. Trent Richardson scored a 1-yard touchdown on his first carry in his Colts debut after being acquired on Wednesday from the Browns. He was drafted two spots behind top pick Luck at No. 3 last year.Ahmad Bradshaw added a 1-yard TD run in the final minutes, and Adam Vinatieri kicked a pair of field goals before missing a 51-yarder early in the fourth.It was Colin Kaepernick’s first home loss at Candlestick Park as a starter. There were few bright spots for Kaepernick as San Francisco struggled to establish a passing game with tight end Vernon Davis sidelined by a hamstring injury.

    Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) looks to pass during the second half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013, in Miami Gardens, Fla. The Dolphins defeated the Falcons 27-13.

    Tannehill leads Dolphins past Falcons

    MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Ryan Tannehill lobbed a 1-yard touchdown pass to rookie tight end Dion Sims with 38 seconds left Sunday, and the unbeaten Miami Dolphins rallied past the Atlanta Falcons 27-23.The score capped a 13-play, 75-yard drive after Atlanta’s Matt Bryant missed a 35-yard field goal attempt with 4:46 left. Jimmy Wilson intercepted Matt Ryan to seal the victory.Miami quickly fell behind 10-0 and trailed much of the game, but improved to 3-0 for the first time since 2002. The Falcons fell to 1-2.Tannehill led the comeback and finished 24 for 35 for 236 yards and two scores. He overcame five sacks and two turnovers.

    Chicago Cubs hitter Darwin Barney reacts after striking out during the second inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013, in Chicago.

    Cubs lose to division-clinching Braves

    The Atlanta Braves clinched the NL East title on Sunday, and then rode two homers by Andrelton Simmons to a 5-2 victory over the Cubs at Wrigley Field.The game was in the sixth inning when Washington lost 4-2 to Miami, giving the Braves their first division crown in eight years. There were a few high-fives in Atlanta’s dugout when the Marlins won, and a couple of Braves fans did the tomahawk chop in the stands.Manager Fredi Gonzalez high-fived a fan as he made his way to the dugout after a lineup change, and the celebration really picked up when Craig Kimbrel finished for his major league-best 49th save. The Braves poured out of the dugout and bullpen and jumped in a circle near the mound before retreating to the cramped visitors’ clubhouse at Wrigley Field to continue the party.Simmons hit a solo drive in the fourth and a two-run shot in the eighth, giving him 17 homers on the year.Simmons’ second career multihomer game was more than enough run support for Julio Teheran (13-8), who struck out seven over six innings of one-run ball.The Cubs had a chance to tie it when they put runners on second and third with two outs in the fifth, but Teheran managed to escape the jam despite a solid at-bat by Starlin Castro. Teheran needed 11 pitches to get Castro for a swinging strikeout, preserving Atlanta’s 3-1 lead.Freddie Freeman also hit a two-run homer for the Braves, who have won three of four. Freeman went got three hits and is batting .356 (26 for 73) with six homers and 17 RBIs in his last 20 games.Freeman went deep in the first against Edwin Jackson (8-17), who allowed three runs and eight hits in six-plus innings. The right-hander leads the majors with 17 losses in his first season with the Cubs.Atlanta is headed to the playoffs for the second straight year and third time in four seasons. But it’s the first division title for the Braves since 2005, when they won 90 games and then lost to Houston in the division series.The Braves were the NL’s top wild card a year ago, trying to make one more playoff run for Chipper Jones in the third baseman’s final season. Those hopes were quickly dashed when they committed three errors in a 6-3 home loss to St. Louis in their only game of the 2012 postseason.They won’t have to worry about the wild-card game this year. The only question now is home-field advantage throughout the NL playoffs, with Atlanta, Los Angeles and St. Louis in the mix for the league’s best record.It’s quite the accomplishment for Gonzalez and the Braves, who were beset by injuries for much of the year. Veteran catcher Brian McCann missed the first month following offseason shoulder surgery. The outfield of Jason Heyward and brothers Justin and B.J. Upton all missed time. Second baseman Dan Uggla had eye surgery and pitcher Tim Hudson broke his right ankle in July, shelving the right-hander for the rest of the season.Atlanta kept going the way it often does with outstanding pitching. Teheran, Mike Minor and Kris Medlen helped anchor the rotation, while Kimbrel led the Braves’ shutdown bullpen, which overcame injuries to left-handers Jonny Venters and Eric O’Flaherty to once again be among the majors’ best relief corps.Of course, the lineup had its share of key performances. Freeman blossomed into one of the majors’ best first basemen, unheralded rookie Evan Gattis stepped up and Chris Johnson proved to be a more than adequate replacement for Jones at third. The free-swinging Braves lead the NL with 176 homers and are among the league leaders in strikeouts as well.

    Henrik Stenson, of Sweden, watches his shot off the fifth fairway during the final round of play in the Tour Championship golf tournament at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013.

    Stenson wins Tour Championship and FedEx Cup

    ATLANTA — Henrik Stenson capped off the best stretch of his career with the biggest payoff in golf.Stenson held off a brief challenge by 20-year-old Jordan Spieth and closed with a 2-under 68 to win the Tour Championship by three shots over Spieth and Steve Stricker. With the win, the 37-year-old Swede clinched the FedEx Cup and its $10 million bonus. Stenson also earned $1.44 million for winning the tournament.He became the first European to win the Tour Championship since it began in 1987.Spieth ran off four straight birdies on the back nine and briefly pulled to within one shot. But he caught a plugged lie in the bunker on the 17th to make bogey, and Stenson birdied the 15th to restore his margin.

    Tiger Woods hits out of the bunker on the third hole during the final round of play in the Tour Championship golf tournament at East Lake Golf Club, in Atlanta, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013.

    Woods wins PGA player of the year

    ATLANTA — Tiger Woods wrapped up at least one award as player of the year.Woods has won the PGA of America’s points-based award for player of the year on the strength of his five PGA Tour victories, the money title and the Vardon Trophy. Adam Scott would have had to win the Tour Championship and the Vardon Trophy for the race to end in a tie.Woods had 90 points — 10 points for each of his five wins, 20 points each for the money title and Vardon Trophy for lowest adjusted scoring average.It was the 11th time that Woods won PGA player of the year, and ninth time he won the Vardon. He had not won either award since 2009, the year that ended with his personal life unraveling.Woods earlier this month wrapped up the Arnold Palmer Award on the PGA Tour for winning his 10th money title with just over $8.5 million. He also won the Byron Nelson Award for scoring average — similar to the Vardon Trophy with less stringent requirements — for the 10th time.Still to be determined are PGA Tour awards for player of the year and rookie of the year. Both are a vote of the players, and the electronic ballots were to be returned quickly for a Friday announcement.Woods would appear to be a heavy favorite to win the Jack Nicklaus Award as player of the year for the 11th time. While he did not win a major, his five wins were three more than anyone else on tour, and he won the money title. Woods has two World Golf Championships and The Players Championship among his five wins. “Well, look at the fact that I had five wins this year,” Woods said after closing with a 67 at East Lake. “So I think that’s a pretty good year.”The challenge comes from British Open champion Phil Mickelson and Masters champion Adam Scott. Both won majors with historical significance. Mickelson’s closing 66 at Muirfield is regarded as one of the best final rounds in a major, and it happened at the major not many thought he could ever win. Scott ended a half-century of Australian heartache at Augusta National as the first Aussie in a green jacket. Mickelson also won the Phoenix Open, while Scott won The Barclays against one of the toughest field in golf.Woods said he was “very satisfied” with his season, even though it was his fifth straight year without a major. “I had a number of chances to win some tournaments,” Woods said. “I won five, which I think is a pretty good year. I’ve done that a few times over the course of my career. I wish I would have been a little more consistent in some of the events. But overall, at the end of the day, to add to the win total for the year, it’s always a good thing.”The PGA Tour rookie of the year should be an easy vote. On the ballot of 20-year-old Jordan Spieth, who started the year with no status on any tour. He not only won the John Deere Classic, he reached the Tour Championship and was selected for the Presidents Cup team.Russell Henley (Sony Open), Derek Ernst (Wells Fargo Championship) and Patrick Reed (Wyndham Championship) were the only other rookies to win this year. None made it to the Tour Championship.

    Chicago Sky forward Swin Cash (8) is fouled by Indiana Fever guard Shavonte Zellous (1) on her way to the basket during the first half of Game 2 of the WNBA basketball Eastern Conference semifinal series, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013, in Indianapolis.

    Sky eliminated from playoffs

    INDIANAPOLIS — Tamika Catchings had 18 points and 12 rebounds and the Indiana Fever advanced to the WNBA’s Eastern Conference finals by completing a best-of-three series sweep of the Sky with a 79-57 victory Sunday.Erlana Larkins added 14 points and Shavonte Zellous scored 10. The Fever (18-18) will play at either Atlanta or Washington in Game 1 of the conference finals on Thursday.The Fever were the only WNBA team to reach the playoffs with a losing record. But Indiana took advantage of Chicago’s poor shooting to defeat the Sky for the fifth straight time.The Sky (24-12) missed their first six shots from the field, but took an early 6-3 lead by hitting 6-of-6 free throws. But Catchings scored six straight points for the Fever to give Indiana a lead it would never relinquish.Sylvia Fowles led the Sky with 14 points. Epiphanny Prince scored 10 points, and WNBA Rookie of the Year Elena Delle Donne added 10 points, but was scoreless in the second half.

    Cleveland Browns tight end Jordan Cameron, top, catches a 7-yard touchdown pass over Minnesota Vikings free safety Harrison Smith (22) during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013, in Minneapolis. The Browns won 31-27.

    Browns stun winless Vikings

    MINNEAPOLIS — Cleveland hasn’t given up on the season. Minnesota’s is already slipping away.Jordan Cameron caught three touchdown passes, including the go-ahead grab in the back of the end zone with 51 seconds left, and the Browns kept the Vikings winless with a 31-27 victory Sunday.Third-stringer Brian Hoyer threw for three scores for the Browns (1-2), the latest team to torch Minnesota’s depleted secondary. He overcame three interceptions to throw for 321 yards, going 30 for 54. Josh Gordon had 10 catches for 146 yards and a touchdown in his season debut, and Cameron had six receptions for 66 yards.Christian Ponder ran for two touchdowns for the Vikings (0-3), but he threw an interception, lost a fumble and took his sixth sack on the final play of the game.After trading young star running back Trent Richardson and elevating Hoyer for his second career start, the Browns looked finished. But they held Adrian Peterson to 88 yards and one score on 25 rushes, used a fake punt and a fake field goal in the first half to build their lead and stun a Vikings club coming off a 10-6 season.The Vikings got Blair Walsh’s second field goal of the game with 10:47 remaining, but they punted twice after that and missed all kinds of chances to put the game away.The Browns started at their 45 with 3:21 left and finished the commanding march with a 7-yard pass in the corner to tight end Cameron. Ponder almost hit Jerome Simpson in a crowd at the goal line on the penultimate play.The bigger problem for Minnesota was the defense against a Browns team that totaled 16 points and one touchdown over the first two games. Top cornerback Chris Cook injured a groin muscle in the first quarter and didn’t return.Peterson powered in for a 2-yard score and the Vikings were quickly in front. The Browns punted after 45 seconds on their opening possession.But a funny thing happened to the Vikings on their way to the blowout this was set up to be. Hoyer found Gordon uncovered along the sideline after he faked out A.J. Jefferson for a 47-yard touchdown. After an ugly three-and-out by the Vikings, the fans were already booing, and they grew even more disgruntled when Gordon gained 30 yards on Cleveland’s next play.Cameron made a tough catch at the edge of the end zone to put the Browns up 14-7.Ponder scored on a draw play to tie the game, but the Browns used a fake punt safety Josh Aubrey ran with the snap for 34 yards, and set up a field goal by Billy Cundiff. Ponder’s next pass was tipped and picked off by T.J. Ward. The Vikings thought they forced another kick, but holder Spencer Lanning spun around and found Cameron open along the sideline for an 11-yard touchdown in a bizarre second quarter.Travis Benjamin dropped a punt the Vikings recovered at the 26, but coach Leslie Frazier was flagged 15 yards for challenging a play only reviewable by booth officials. Walsh’s field goal sliced the lead to seven. Hoyer’s first interception led to Ponder’s fumble at the Cleveland 10 as he was sacked on the final play of the half. The second pick by the Vikings came in the third quarter, but Peterson fumbled the ball back two plays later. Finally, after Sharrif Floyd tipped Hoyer’s pass from the end zone and Erin Henderson grabbed the pop-up, the Vikings converted a turnover into a TD. Ponder scrambled for 8 yards and crossed the goal line in a jarring collision.

    Detroit Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew can’t quite reach a Matthew Stafford pass in the end zone as Washington Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall watches in the background during the first half of a NFL football game in Landover, Md., Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013.

    Lions rally to top Redskins 27-20

    LANDOVER, Md. — Robert Griffin III went head-first instead of sliding, so when the ball popped out it was a fumble.Aldrick Robinson had a touchdown catch in his hands, but he couldn’t quite maintain possession as he hit the ground in the end zone.Thanks to the turf, the Detroit Lions ended 74 years of failure in the nation’s capital.The pair of fourth-quarter bobbles sent the Lions on their way to a 27-20 win over the Washington Redskins on Sunday, dropping Griffin and the defending NFC East champs to 0-3.Matthew Stafford completed 25 of 42 passes for 385 yards with two touchdowns and one interception, and Calvin Johnson and Nate Burleson both had 100 yards receiving for the Lions (2-1).They beat the Redskins on the road for the first time since 1939, a 21-game streak that comes to a halt as the second-longest in NFL history. Detroit’s last win away from home in the series came in 1935 against the Boston Redskins, two years before the move to Washington.The score was tied at 17 when Griffin finally looked something like the RG3 of last year, scrambling to make something out of nothing with a 21-yard run deep into the opponent’s territory. But the ball jarred loose as he stumbled forward to give himself up at the 30-yard line. No big deal if he had slid, a fumble recovered by the Lions because he didn’t.On the next play, Johnson started a drive with a tiptoe catch along the sideline, and David Akers ended it with a 28-yard field goal with 11:08 to play to give the Lions the lead.The Redskins thought they had gone back in front when Griffin hit Robinson on a post pattern for an apparent 57-yard touchdown with 9:05 to play, but replays showed the ball coming loose as the receiver went to the ground. Incomplete pass. Those celebrations were for nothing.The Lions got their insurance touchdown with 3:56 remaining on Stafford’s 11-yard pass to Johnson, who had four Redskins around him as he fought his way across the goal line. Washington pulled within seven with a field goal with 1:40 to play, but a desperation pass on the game’s final play fell incomplete.Griffin completed 32 of 50 passes for 326 yards and had his fourth interception of the season, one shy of his total from all of 2012. He said leading up to the game that he would run the ball more to give his team a spark. He rushed only six times for 37 yards, including his first carry out of the zone read this season. The Redskins also scored an offensive touchdown for the first time this season.The Redskins’ defense, which allowed 1,023 yards in the first two games, continues to struggle. DeAngelo Hall gave Washington the early lead with a 17-yard interception return, but the status quo was restored when the Lions went 85 yards, with Joique Bell breaking three tackles on a 37-yard reception and four more on a 12-yard up-the-middle touchdown run. Then came a 92-yard drive with completions of 18, 20, 17 and 15 yards, capped when a backpedalling Stafford hit towering tight end Joseph Fauria over the middle for a 5-yard score to give the Lions the lead.Alfred Morris’ 30-yard run in the second quarter tied the score at 14, and Stafford’s 41-yard pass to Burleson set up a field goal to put the Lions up 17-14 at the half. The Redskins tied it in the third quarter on the first NFL field goal by John Potter, subbing for Kai Forbath (groin).A moment of silence was held before the game for the victims of last week’s Navy Yard shooting. The Navy Yard Ceremonial Honor Guard presented the colors for the national anthem.

    Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Marvin Jones catches an 11-yard touchdown pass against the Green Bay Packers in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013, in Cincinnati.

    Bengals hand Packers a 1-2 start

    CINCINNATI — Terence Newman’s fumble return finished off a wild game that came down to who made the final flub.And that would be the Packers.Newman returned a fumble 58 yards for a touchdown with 3:47 left on Sunday, rallying the Cincinnati Bengals to a 34-30 victory over Green Bay in a game of wild momentum swings set up by nonstop turnovers.Each team gave it away four times. Each team returned a fumble for a touchdown M.D. Jennings ran one back for Green Bay (1-2). The Bengals blew a 14-point lead, and the Packers let a 16-point lead get away in the second half.And no, the weather wasn’t a factor. Nobody could blame the cool, sunny afternoon for all the weirdness.The Bengals (2-1) finished it off when Michael Johnson batted down Aaron Rodgers’ fourth-down pass at the Cincinnati 20-yard line with 1:21 left, ending a subpar showing for the quarterback.The second-half comeback completed an exhilarating week at Paul Brown Stadium for the Bengals, who beat AFC North rival Pittsburgh 20-10 on Monday night with an impressive defensive game. The defense made the difference again against Rodgers and Green Bay’s high-powered but injury-depleted offense. Rodgers was 26 of 43 for 244 yards with a touchdown, but was sacked four times and threw two interceptions.Green Bay lost tight end Jermichael Finley to a concussion and ran out of running backs. Eddie Lacy was inactive with a concussion, James Starks hurt a knee in the first half, and rookie Johnathan Franklin ran for 103 yards and a touchdown before limping off at the start of the final series.The Bengals were missing cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick, sidelined with a hamstring injury, but got plenty of pressure on Rodgers and made the deciding turnover.Trying to put the game away, Green Bay went for it on fourth-and-1 at the Cincinnati 30-yard line. Franklin was stripped of the ball at the line, safety Reggie Nelson picked it up but fumbled, and Newman scooped it up and went the rest of the way.Cincinnati scored two touchdowns within a 12-second span in the first quarter, aided by a fumble on a kickoff, but wound up having to play catch-up as its offense bogged down. Andy Dalton was 20 of 28 for 235 yards with two touchdowns, an interception and a fumble that Jennings returned 24 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter, sparking Green Bay’s comeback.With Green Bay missing linebacker Clay Matthews to a hamstring injury, Dalton threw touchdown passes of 20 yards to A.J. Green and 11 yards to Marvin Jones, cutting the deficit to 30-28.

    White Sox right fielder Avisail Garcia (26) is congratulated in the dugout after scoring on a two-run double hit by teammate Jeff Keppinger during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers in Detroit, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013.

    White Sox delay Tigers’ celebration

    DETROIT — Erik Johnson pitched into the seventh inning in his fourth career start, and the White Sox beat Detroit 6-3 to end any chance of the Tigers clinching the AL Central title in their home finale Sunday.Detroit needed a win and a Cleveland loss to wrap up the division in the Tigers’ final scheduled home game.Johnson (2-2) allowed two runs and nine hits in 6 2-3 innings, and Chicago held on a day after blowing a six-run lead in the ninth inning against the Tigers.Anibal Sanchez (14-8) yielded four runs and eight hits in five innings, taking his first loss since July 19.Prince Fielder homered for the Tigers. Detroit was without slugger Miguel Cabrera, who has been bothered by groin soreness.The Tigers gave themselves a chance to clinch at Comerica Park with a stirring comeback the previous night, when they scored six runs in the ninth inning to tie the game before winning 7-6 in 12.Detroit never led Sunday, and by the middle innings the chances of a postgame celebration were looking increasingly remote.Fielder tied it at 1 in the fourth with his 25th homer of the year, but Chicago answered with three runs in the fifth. Center fielder Austin Jackson got a bit of a late jump on Conor Gillaspie’s line drive, which sailed over his head for a two-run triple. Avisail Garcia’s RBI single made it 4-1.Jeff Keppinger added a two-run double in the seventh.There would be no dramatic rally by the Tigers on this day. Detroit did load the bases in the seventh, and Jackson hit a sacrifice fly. Donnie Veal relieved Johnson and got pinch-hitter Torii Hunter to line out to end the inning.On Saturday, the Tigers scored five runs in the ninth before a single out or pitching change. This time, pinch-hitter Brayan Pena led off with a double, and White Sox manager Robin Ventura immediately pulled reliever Donnie Veal. Matt Lindstrom got the final three outs, although Detroit did manage another run.Johnson pitched six scoreless innings against Minnesota in his previous start, and although he only struck out one batter against the Tigers, he was able to avoid the big inning.Sanchez had won seven straight decisions and entered with an American League-leading ERA of 2.51, but he didn’t look sharp. Chicago took the lead right away when Sanchez allowed a one-out single to Alexei Ramirez, threw a wild pitch and gave up an RBI single to Garcia.

    Houston Texans cornerback Kareem Jackson, bottom, breaks up a pass attempt to Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Tandon Doss in the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013, in Baltimore. Houston received a defensive pass interference call on the play.

    Ravens get defensive in 30-9 win over Texans

    BALTIMORE — On a day when the Baltimore Ravens played without Ray Rice and scored only one touchdown on offense, the defending Super Bowl champions were rescued by defense and special teams.Daryl Smith had a 37-yard interception return for a TD, Tandon Doss took a punt 82 yards for another score, and the Ravens smothered the Houston Texans’ high-powered offense in a 30-9 victory Sunday.The Ravens (2-1) won despite playing without Rice for the first time since 2008. On the inactive list with a strained left hip flexor, the three-time Pro Bowl running back was replaced by Bernard Pierce, who ran for 65 yards and a touchdown.Houston (2-1) led 6-3 before Smith picked off Matt Schaub’s pass and took it into the end zone with 2:39 left in the first half. Less than two minutes later, Doss eluded several tacklers during his first career punt return for a touchdown.The defense made the lead stand up. The Ravens have not allowed a touchdown in eight quarters since their season-opening 49-27 defeat in Denver.Schaub went 25 for 35 for 194 yards and an interception. He played much of the second half without wide receiver Andre Johnson, who appeared to have an ankle or foot injury.After scoring seven offensive touchdowns in their first two games, the Texans were limited to three field goals by Randy Bullock.Joe Flacco completed 16 of 24 passes for 171 yards to help the Ravens avenge last year’s 43-13 blowout loss in Houston.The Texans fell to 0-4 in Baltimore, including a loss in the 2011 postseason. Houston came in as a slight favorite, but the Ravens again proved formidable at home, where they’re 35-7 since the start of the 2008 season.The game featured the return of Ed Reed and Ray Lewis, both of whom starred for years with Baltimore. Lewis was inducted into the Ravens Ring of Honor at halftime, and Reed made his debut with Houston at free safety after signing with the Texans as a free agent in March.Baltimore got only four first downs and 65 yards in offense in the first half, yet went to the locker room with a 17-9 lead.Smith’s first career interception return for a touchdown turned the momentum. The linebacker stepped in front of tight end Owen Daniels and sprinted down the right side to make it 10-6.The Ravens then forced a punt, and Doss — subbing for the injured Jacoby Jones — scored with 45 seconds remaining. That left enough time for Schaub to position Randy Bullock for his third field goal.But Houston was blanked over the final 30 minutes.Baltimore’s first possession of the third quarter resulted in a 1-yard touchdown run by Pierce for a 24-9 lead. Torrey Smith had two catches for 73 yards during the drive.

    New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham (80) slam dunks over the goalpost after scoring on a touchdown reception in the second half of an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals in New Orleans, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013.

    Brees leads Saints past Cardinals

    NEW ORLEANS — Drew Brees passed for three scores and scrambled for New Orleans’ first touchdown rushing of the season, leading the Saints to a 31-7 victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.Brees was 29 of 46 for 342 yards, with two TD strikes to tight end Jimmy Graham and the other to Robert Meachem. Brees was intercepted once by none other than New Orleans native and former LSU star Tyrann Mathieu. That play ended a scoring threat, but only delayed the inevitable on a day when Arizona’s short-handed defense was little match for the prolific passing attack of the Saints (3-0).Arizona (1-2) had no answer for Graham, who caught nine passes for 134 yards.Meanwhile, the Saints’ rejuvenated defense under new coordinator Rob Ryan produced four sacks and two interceptions of Carson Palmer.

    Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker (10) celebrates as he scores a touchdown on a 7-yard run against the San Diego Chargers in the second quarter of an NFL football game on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn.

    Locker rallies Titans to 20-17 win over Chargers

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Jake Locker threw a 34-yard touchdown pass to rookie Justin Hunter with 15 seconds left and the Tennessee Titans rallied to beat San Diego 20-17 Sunday.It was the first win over the Chargers for the franchise since 1992 when the team was in Houston. The Titans (2-1) had lost nine straight to San Diego in a skid that spanned two states and two decades. Locker ended the slide by completing seven passes to six different receivers for 94 yards on the game-winning drive. He finished with 299 yards passing and also ran for 68 yards.The Chargers’ final play featured a handful of laterals and even a kick of the ball trying to keep it alive before the game ended. San Diego (1-2) led most of the game despite having three starters out because of injuries and lost a fourth to an injured foot in the first half.

    Carolina Panthers’ Cam Newton (1) celebrates his touchdown run against the New York Giants during the second half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013.

    Newton, defense lead Panthers past Giants 38-0

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Cam Newton threw three touchdown passes and ran for another, and Carolina’s defense sacked Eli Manning seven times as the Panthers handed Tom Coughlin his worst defeat as coach of the New York Giants, 38-0 Sunday.It was the largest margin of victory in Panthers history, and might help save coach Ron Rivera’s job following a 0-2 start.The Panthers allowed Newton to run out of the read option, which helped open up an offense that had been mostly stagnant in losses to Seattle and Buffalo.Newton had 223 yards passing and threw two touchdowns passes to Brandon LaFell and one to Ted Ginn Jr. He ran for 45 yards and his first TD of the season.The Giants are in trouble: Of the 161 teams that have started the season 0-3 since 1978, only five made the NFL playoffs.

    Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) talks with teammates on the sideline during the fourth quarter of a NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013, in Arlington, Texas. The Cowboys won 31-7.

    Murray, Romo lead Cowboys to 31-7 rout of Rams

    ARLINGTON, Texas — DeMarco Murray found the perfect antidote for his recent malaise: the St. Louis Rams.Murray rushed for 175 yards and a touchdown two years after torching St. Louis with a franchise record as a rookie, and Tony Romo threw for three scores in a 31-7 victory Sunday.Murray’s first 100-yard game in more than a year started with a 14-yard run on Dallas’ first offensive play, and he had plenty of open space on a 36-yarder to start Dallas’ second drive to a 10-lead late in the first quarter.Sam Bradford, Murray’s old college teammate at Oklahoma, didn’t have nearly as much room to operate. The Cowboys (2-1) sacked him four times in the first half and had six in total after St. Louis (1-2) hadn’t allowed a sack in four games dating to last season. It was the longest streak for the Rams since John Hadl was under center for a division champion in 1973.Bradford still went 29 for 48 and was not intercepted.DeMarcus Ware had two sacks and broke Harvey Martin’s 30-year-old franchise record of 114.The Rams, trying for their first 2-1 start since 2006, had just 18 yards total offense in the first half compared to 96 for Murray alone. The Cowboys had 202 yards before halftime.Romo, who had 217 yards passing, went 2 yards to Dez Bryant for the first Dallas score. He had a pair of 24-yarders in the second half to rookie tight end Gavin Escobar and Dwayne Harris, who bounced back from a muff on the game’s first punt.When the Rams finally started getting defenders around Murray at the line of scrimmage, Romo found him on the outside for a pair of catches on a drive that ended with a 2-yard run by Murray for a 17-0 lead. Murray, who had 253 yards against the Rams in 2011, went around left end before extending the ball over the goal line right on the pylon, and there was no review. His last 100-yard game was the 2012 opener, and he was coming off a 25-yard performance in a loss at Kansas City.St. Louis avoided the shutout on Bradford’s 4-yard pass to Austin Pettis on fourth down late in third quarter after an interception by rookie safety J.J. Wilcox was wiped out by a roughing-the-passer penalty against Jason Hatcher.The Rams had a chance to stay in the game on their next drive, but Bradford threw behind Chris Givens while Givens on fourth down. Dallas scored three plays later for a 31-7 lead when Romo hit Harris in stride in the back of the end zone.Tavon Austin had an 84-yard punt return for a touchdown called back by a holding penalty. The Rams also were penalized for a blind-side block that laid out Dallas’ Kyle Wilber, who stayed down for a few minutes before leaving the field on his own.

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Johnthan Banks (27) breaks up a pass intended for New England Patriots wide receiver Aaron Dobson (17) in the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass.

    Patriots beat Bucs 23-3

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Tom Brady threw two touchdown passes to Kenbrell Thompkins, finally getting in sync with his rookie receivers and leading the New England Patriots to a 23-3 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.Thompkins, an undrafted free agent, scored on plays of 16 and 5 yards, while Aaron Dobson, a second-round draft pick, finished with seven catches for 52 yards for the Patriots (3-0).The Patriots led 17-3 at halftime as the Buccaneers (0-3) wasted several opportunities. They turned the ball over twice on downs, Rian Lindell missed a 38-yard field goal attempt before making a 30-yarder and Josh Freeman threw an interception to former Bucs cornerback Aqib Talib with 11 seconds left in the first half. Three plays later, Stephen Gostkowski kicked a 53-yard field goal on the final play of the half.

    New York Yankees relief pitcher Mariano Rivera (42) addresses the crowd as he is honored in a pregame ceremony at Yankees Stadium before a Yankees baseball game against the San Francisco Giants, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013, in New York. The 13-time All-Star closer is retiring at the end of this season.

    Yankees honor Rivera in pregame ceremony

    NEW YORK — Humble as ever, Mariano Rivera began his special day by paying tribute to a Hall of Famer. The New York Yankees retired Rivera’s No. 42 Sunday, and the great reliever honored Jackie Robinson during a ceremony in Yankee Stadium’s Monument Park.Robinson’s No. 42 was retired throughout the major leagues in 1997 on the 50th anniversary of the day the Brooklyn Dodgers second baseman broke baseball’s color barrier. Players wearing 42 at the time were grandfathered.“It is a great pleasure and honor for me to be the last player to ever wear number 42,” Rivera said during the 50-minute ceremonies before the last regular-season day home game of his 19-season career.As Rivera stood nearby, Robinson’s wife Rachel unveiled a plaque dedicated to Jackie. Then with his wife and three sons, Rivera uncovered his number — changed from Robinson’s Dodger Blue to Yankees navy — that will be on display in Monument Park alongside the 15 other retired Yankees numbers, honoring 16 players and managers.Before a sellout crowd, the Yankees staged a sort of this is your baseball life pageant for Rivera. Several of Rivera’s former teammates were on hand, including Core Four member Jorge Posada, who in a role reversal threw a ceremonial first pitch that Rivera caught. Former manager Joe Torre also was on hand along with Gene Michael, the general manager at the time Rivera signed with the organization in 1990.After video highlights of a 19-year big league career that includes a record 652 saves, a recording of Yankees longtime public address announcer Bob Sheppard introduced Rivera.Then the bullpen door swung open and the first chords of “Enter Sandman,” rang out. Only this time the song that for more than a decade almost always indicated the end of the game for New York’s opponent was being played live.Iconic metal band Metallica performed their hit from a stage in center field, lead singer James Hetfield crying out, “For you Mariano!” Instead of jogging in from the bullpen, Rivera slowly walked to the infield.Standing in front of the mound, many of Rivera’s friends and family took photos and videos as the 13-time All-Star was given several long ovations and serenaded with chants of “Mar-i-ano!”While Metallica played, Andy Pettitte, Rivera’s teammate on five World Series championships, began his warmups in right field. Pettitte announced Friday — with Rivera’s encouragement — that he was also retiring at the end of the season and, in a neat coincidence, his final regular-season start was to come on Rivera’s day. Rivera has saved 72 of Pettitte’s 255 regular-season wins, the most for any tandem in major league history.At every stadium the Yankees visited this season, Rivera was presented gifts of appreciation. He was given checks to his foundation and everything from a surfboard from the Oakland Athletics to a rocking chair made of broken bats — some caused by Rivera’s signature cutter — from the Minnesota Twins.The San Franicsco Giants, led by pitching coach Dave Righetti — the former Yankee that Rivera supplanted as the team’s career saves leader — gave Rivera an ink print of his appearance at their ballpark in 2007 and a guitar from Metallica member Kirk Hammett signed by Giants Hall of Famer Willie Mays. “It’s a credit to not just his talent but who he is,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said of the adulation Rivera received from opponents. “He’s one of the greatest people in the game as far as how he handles himself, how humble he is, how well respected and revered he is by all the other clubs.” Finally, it was the Yankees’ turn.Jennifer Swindal, a daughter of late Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, was accompanied by team president Randy Levine and chief operating officer Lonn Trost as she presented a $100,000 donation from the organization to the Mariano Rivera Foundation.

    Adrian Gonzalez has been a solid addition to the Los Angeles Dodgers’ lineup.

    A blockbuster trade to learn from

    Matt Spiegel revisits that blockbuster Red Sox-Dodgers trade from last season that helped build two winners, and what the local teams can learn from it. Matt co-hosts "The McNeil & Spiegel Show" 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday-Friday on WSCR 670-AM, The Score.


    Dealers for Deere & Co., the biggest farm-machinery maker, are opening new African sites to sell equipment such as the 5503 tractor, its most popular in the region. The $24,000 price is less than a 10th of some of its machines selling in the U.S.

    Deere courts new market in Africa with cheap tractors

    Dealers for Deere & Co., the biggest farm-machinery maker, are opening new African sites to sell equipment such as the 5503 tractor, its most popular in the region. The $24,000 price is less than a 10th of some of its machines selling in the U.S.

    Apple Inc. iPhone 5c devices are displayed during the launch at the company’s new Stanford Shopping Center store in Palo Alto, Calif., on Sept. 20. SquareTrade, a provider of protection plans for gadgets, tested five smartphones, including Apple’s new iPhones, to see if they could withstand drops, dunks and other common hazards. And the results were a little worse than last year.

    Tests: New iPhones less durable than iPhone 5

    SquareTrade, a provider of protection plans for gadgets, tested five smartphones, including Apple’s new iPhones, to see if they could withstand drops, dunks and other common hazards. Its finding: The latest models aren’t as durable as last year’s iPhone 5. The biggest loser, however, was Samsung’s Galaxy S4, which failed to work after being submerged in water and being dropped 5 feet off the ground, according to San Francisco-based SquareTrade.

    Alexa Ray Joel, sings Billy Joel's “Just The Way You Are” accompanying herself on the piano in a new Gap ad.

    Gap ads return to TV after four years to promote fall denim

    Gap Inc., the biggest U.S. specialty-apparel retailer, is running television ads for its namesake brand for the first time in four years as it seeks to build on the chain's recent turnaround. The two videos feature musicians performing modern renditions of songs their fathers made famous.

    Craft beer shares are up tenfold since mid-2009, propelling C. James “Jim” Koch’snet worth above $1 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. He has never appeared on an international wealth ranking.

    Sam Adams creator Koch becomes billionaire amid craft beer surge

    Armed with a family recipe and a flair for marketing, C. James “Jim” Koch popularized craft beer in the United States and turned Boston Beer Co. into the second- largest American-owned brewery. It also made him a billionaire. Craft beer such as Sam Adams has been a bright spot in an otherwise stale U.S. beer market.

    In an effort to attract millennials and boost flagging sales, Darden Restaurants Inc.’s Olive Garden is introducing small plates, including Parmesan asparagus and grilled-chicken tapas. This amounts to a 180 degree turn for a chain that has long sold big portions to eaters who like a deal.

    Olive Garden woos millennials with smaller portions

    In an effort to attract millennials and boost flagging sales, Olive Garden is introducing small plates, including Parmesan asparagus and grilled-chicken tapas. This amounts to a 180 degree turn for a chain that has long sold big portions to eaters who like a deal.


    Work advice: Exempt employees stuck with long hours

    Q: I am a midlevel manager at a distribution center. My seven fellow managers and I are all salaried, while the 100 or so workers we manage get an hourly wage. We make most of our money in the fourth quarter of the year during the holidays. For years, it was understood that during the busy months we would work long days, sometimes up to seven days a week, 10 hours a day. The saving grace was that for the remainder of the year we would work four 10-hour days and have a three-day weekend.Several months ago, we managers were told we now have to work five days a week, presumably at least eight hours, year-round. However, many of our hourly staff still work four 10-hour days, requiring management presence for at least 10 hours on those days. Now, all the managers are working 50 to 60 hours a week with no change in pay or benefits. We feel taken advantage of. Is there anything we can do to alleviate this situation?Karla: A quick legal primer on workweeks and overtime: Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, workers must be paid the national minimum wage and overtime for any hours over 40 a week, unless their job is classified as “exempt.” Just being paid a salary doesn’t mean you’re exempt; to find out if your job may qualify for overtime pay, fill out the questionnaire at the Labor Department’s online “Fair Labor Standards Act Advisor.”But let’s assume you’re correctly classified as an exempt employee. In that case, you’re pretty much stuck working however long it takes to get the job done. Your best hope is to convince your bosses that burning through managers is a poor use of resources, and a policy change is due. They might decide to spread the misery around by ending flex time for your hourly workers, too; a better solution would be to reduce the worker-to-manager ratio by hiring or promoting new managers, or by training and authorizing high-performing hourly workers to take on some management duties in exchange for overtime pay.If those efforts fail, see whether you can organize your shifts so every manager gets a periodic “easy” week. It’s not ideal, but it beats running on all bald tires.Your bosses may just exhort you to do more with less, as too many employers are doing now. If so, they also may find out come busy season that workers running on fumes tend to break down just when they’re expected to pick up speed.Ÿ Miller has written for and edited tax publications for 16 years, most recently for the accounting firm KPMG’s Washington National Tax office. You can find her on Twitter, @KarlaAtWork.


    Rock-bottom mortgage rates evaporating on recovery in U.K.

    Rock-bottom mortgage rates may be a thing of the past in the U.K. as banks’ borrowing costs surge amid growing evidence that an economic recovery is taking hold.


    Computer code is not full diagnosis

    Q. When the “check engine” light went on in my car, I took it to the parts store and they gave me the fail code for the evaporative system. When I took the car to the repair shop to get it fixed, they said they would need to charge for diagnostics to find out what needed repair.

Life & Entertainment

    Anna Gunn accepts the award for outstanding supporting actress in a drama series for her role on “Breaking Bad” at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre on Sunday in Los Angeles.

    'Breaking Bad,' 'Modern Family' crowned at Emmys

    “Breaking Bad,” the brutal saga of an everyman's ambition turned evil, captured its first best drama Emmy Award on Sunday, while “Modern Family” won its fourth consecutive trophy for top comedy series. “Well, this may be the saddest Emmys of all time, but we could not be happier,” said “Modern Family” executive producer Steve Levitan.

    Kerry Washington, wearing Marchesa, arrives at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre on Sunday in Los Angeles.

    Runway trends arrive on Emmys red carpet

    The Emmys red carpet saw some steppedup fashion with modern catwalk trends, interesting colors and some risks. There were romantic lace overlays, graphic black-and-white combinations, strategic skin-baring slashes and tough-girl harnesses.

    This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Hugh Jackman, left, and Paul Dano in a scene from “Prisoners.” The thriller brought in $21.4 million at the box office this weekend.

    ’Prisoners’ tops box office with $21.4 million

    The more adult-oriented fall moviegoing season got off to a strong start over the weekend, as the Hugh Jackman kidnapping drama “Prisoners” opened with a box office-leading $21.4 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. The Warner Bros. thriller, which also stars Jake Gyllenhaal, is among the first fall films with Oscar aspirations to open in theaters. It was a strong debut for a serious, R-rated drama that cost about $46 million to make.

    This photo released by shows director Richard Sarafian. Sarafian, an influential film director whose 1971 countercultural car-chase thriller “Vanishing Pointî\” brought him a decades-long cult following, has died in California, his son said Saturday Sept. 21, 2013.

    Influential director Richard Sarafian dies at 83

    Richard Sarafian, an influential film director whose 1971 countercultural car-chase thriller “Vanishing Point” brought him a decades-long cult following, has died in Southern California, his son said. Sarafian worked primarily in television in his early career, directing episodes of 60s shows like “Gunsmoke,” “I Spy,” and “77 Sunset Strip.”

    The American Academy of Private Physicians estimates as many as 5,000 doctors nationwide have direct primary care practices, charging fees of $600 to several thousand dollars.

    ‘Concierge medicine’ quick but not cheap

    Thousands of doctors across the U.S. are switching to a "concierge," of direct primary care, practice, charging fees of $600 to several thousand dollars. The annual fee guarantees an extensive physical, including tests on lung function, vision, heart, anxiety, diet and other aspects of wellness. And, perhaps most importantly, more time with the doctor.

    Butterball’s Turkey Talk Line, which has grown from six operators to about 60 since it launched in 1981, has never hired men. Butterball recently began begin offering an online application for men age 25 and up to apply to be the spokesman for the line or one of the operators.

    Butterball Turkey Talk Line to have 1st male spokesman

    This year if you call Butterball’s Turkey Talk Line for some cooking advice, you might get a male voice on the line. For the first time, Butterball is enlisting the help of men as well as women for its Turkey Talk Line during the holidays.


    Boundaries, who needs them? This family does

    Q. I think I overstepped the in-law boundary. My loving wife has a younger brother who lives near us. Brother is in his mid-30s, but still lives at home with (off) their mom. I tried to encourage him to move on and out of mother-in-law’s house, to no avail.

    Motoring at the Museum car show and Plein Air Art gathering takes place Sunday at the Arlington Heights Historical Museum.

    Sunday picks: Roll into Motoring at the Museum car show

    Feast your eyes on classic cars in the Motoring at the Museum car show, while painters take part in the Plein Air Art gathering on Sunday at the Arlington Heights Historical Museum. Stroll the riverwalk on Houston Street in downtown Batavia and view a variety of artwork from 70 artists at the Art In Your Eye fine arts show. Celebrate Native American culture at the Midwest SOARRING Foundation's Native American Pow Wow at Naper Settlement in Naperville.

    James Spader plays “Red” Raymond Reddington in “The Blacklist,” premiering Monday, Sept. 23.

    James Spader as a turncoat criminal mastermind

    At first glance, “The Blacklist” bears an obvious resemblance to “The Silence of the Lambs.” Here’s a brilliant, twisted captive playing cat-and-mouse with a young female cop. Each wants something from the other in this dicey partnership. But “The Blacklist” (which premieres at 9 p.m. Monday on NBC) is an action-intrigue drama with even more tricks up its sleeve than wily Hannibal Lecter. For one thing, its criminal mastermind (James Spader) isn’t an irredeemable monster.

    Want to hear the sound of pure contentment? Pop on the new Jack Johnson record, “From Here to Now to You,” which was released Tuesday.

    Jack Johnson is back, more mellow than ever

    Want to hear the sound of pure contentment? Pop on the new Jack Johnson record. If you thought the Hawaiian folk-rock singer was ultramellow before, wait until you hear “From Here to Now to You.” “I just write about whatever it is that’s on my mind,” Johnson said.

    Alecia Moore aka Pink makes her acting debut in “Thanks for Sharing” opposite Tim Robbins, Mark Ruffalo and Josh Gad.

    Does her acting debut mark new chapter for Pink?

    Alecia Moore, better known as Grammy-winning singer Pink, makes her acting debut in “Thanks for Sharing.” But the 34-year-old isn’t pursuing other roles. She isn’t even in a rush to make more music. “I don’t know what I’m going to do from here,” she said during a break from her “Truth About Love” tour to promote her first film. “I don’t know if I’ll do anything right away or maybe I’ll just make another baby."

    A kayaker with boats on the shore of the Colorado River in Nevada. Outfitters can pick you up at a hotel in Las Vegas first thing in the morning and have you paddling the river through the Black Canyon some 30 miles from Las Vegas before lunch.

    Overnight float trips outside Las Vegas worth the gamble

    Our adventure started early. We were picked up at our hotel on the Las Vegas strip at 6 a.m., but with driving time, a stop to pick up the boat trailer, and the security check in a Boulder City parking lot, it took about two hours before we were in our kayaks, gazing up at the 700-foot-high Hoover Dam.

    Phyllis Logan plays Mrs. Hughes on “Downton Abbey,” which is nominated for outstanding drama series at Sunday’s 65th Primetime Emmy Awards.

    Emmy-nominated ‘Downton’ gives Logan career role

    On the brink of the fourth-series premiere of “Downton Abbey,” Phyllis Logan is still laughing about the French windows. The Scottish actress portrays warmhearted housekeeper Mrs. Hughes on “Downton,” an underdog for top drama series at Sunday’s Primetime Emmy Awards. Then again, “Downton” was widely considered the underdog when its cast was named outstanding drama-series ensemble at this year’s Screen Actors Guild Awards. “We are so not expecting this,” Logan said, as she accepted the SAG honor. “Shut the French windows!”

    Hospitals are setting up phone hot lines and planning visits to churches, child-care centers and soup kitchens to sign people up for coverage. Like Genesis, some hospital systems received federal grants to train enrollment “navigators.”

    Hospitals emerge as powerful sellers of health care

    As community groups, brokers and insurers prepare to recruit people for enrollment in medical plans that go on sale in October under the health law, nobody has a bigger financial stake in their success than hospitals. And few may work harder to sign up consumers for the health-insurance marketplaces than hospitals themselves.

    Models wear designs by Stella McCartney at her show during London Fashion Week.

    Stella McCartney swaps catwalk for the treadmill

    British designer Stella McCartney unveiled her latest women’s sportswear collection for Adidas in a gym setting. Her models didn’t pose or strut down a catwalk — instead, they were busy sweating away on the treadmill or on cycling machines.

    A smaller Turkish Ushak carpet, circa 1920s, is layered on top of a larger sisal carpet, in a room designed by Lillian August. Doris Athineos, the arts and antiques editor for Traditional Home magazine, said whether antiques or reproductions, the carpets work well in any kind of house or with any kind of decor.

    Trust your gut when choosing an Oriental rug

    The stunned crowd at Sotheby’s burst into a rare round of applause when a museum-quality Persian carpet sold for a record-setting $33.76 million. While few of us can fathom spending so much money on a showpiece, Oriental carpets have long been a popular part of home decor.

    Describe your family room challenge in 300 words or less and enter for a chance to win a room makeover.

    Does your family room need an update?
    For most of us, the family room is probably the room we spend the most time in … and the least time on. We want to help you change that. We want to help you create the family room your family deserves.



    Editorial: Time to end party control of map process

    In a strongly worded editorial, the Daily Herald calls on the public to get involved in a citizens initiative to take the process of creating legislative maps away from the political parties.


    Editorial: Time to end party control of map process

    In a strongly worded editorial, the Daily Herald calls on the public to get involved in a citizens initiative to take the process of creating legislative maps away from the political parties.


    Our casino/government complex

    Columnist Michael Gerson: A number of states — 23 at last count — have turned to gambling as a source of revenue, essentially forming joint ventures with gaming companies to squeeze some public benefit out of a common vice. This source of government funding has the added benefit of being voluntary. No one is forced to go to a riverboat casino or to play the racetrack slots.


    Are there candidates who don’t merely flatter?
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: As we again search for political candidates, we wonder where suitable people may be hiding. Are there any about? Maybe, but attaining office is never as simple as either voting in the best candidate or the least undesirable one. We see the usual political panoply before us once more.


    Why should military bases be gun free?
    A Wilmette letter to the editor: Mass shootings always spark a push for more restrictive gun laws. What we need to pay attention to is where these mass shootings take place.


    Think of taxpayers, raze Brainerd
    A Libertyville letter to the editor: We already have one “white elephant” — The Libertyville Sports Complex — costing taxpayers thousands of dollars for several years and no relief in sight. We don’t need another one.


    Beware of the political bullies, ‘untruthers’
    A Palatine letter to the editor: The tea-bullies are at it again. Just because they can’t get their way they are threatening to take our government and go home. If they are so concerned about our debt, maybe they should consider raising more revenue. Oh, of course not. They wave flags and pledge allegiance, but when the government requests a bit larger share of their money suddenly they are not so patriotic.


    They’re not ‘boots,’ they’re people
    A Lombard letter to the editor: Over the last couple weeks, numerous politicians, pundits, journalists and so called experts — even President Obama — have referred to the men and women of our military as “boots,” as in “boots on the ground.”


    Give diplomacy a shot in Syria
    Give diplomacy a shot in SyriaSyria’s Assad and Russia have offered a possible way to avoid escalating the Syrian conflict by securing the weaponized chemicals and placing them under international inspection/control.With Russia part of this diplomatic path, the U.N. Security Council can participate productively. Let’s give this a shot.Mary F. WarrenWheaton


    Let Syria civil war take its course
    A Wayne letter to the editor: Those who served in the military know that once given a mission, response and action should be immediate in order to take advantage of the element of surprise. To do otherwise allows the enemy to prepare, defend or aggress usually ending in a failed mission — with unnecessary casualties.


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