Daily Archive : Thursday September 26, 2013


    This undated photo released by the Henderson, Nev., Police Department shows Adrian Navarro-Canales, now 16, a southern Nevada teenager who has been missing since his mother and younger brother were found dead in their apartment last week. Henderson police spokesman Keith Paul says police obtained a warrant Monday, Sept. 23, 2013, accusing Adrian Navarro-Canales as an adult with the slayings of Elvira Canales-Gomez and Cesar Navarro.(AP Photo/Henderson Police Department)

    Teen accused of killing 2 found on Vegas Strip

    A Las Vegas-area teenager who had been sought in the U.S. and along the Mexican border following the butcher knife slayings of his mother and younger brother was arrested as he sat alone in a food court on the Las Vegas Strip.

    Naperville Park District officials continue to develop plans for a 5,000-square-foot nature center to be built at Knoch Knolls park.

    Naperville park district hiring soon for first staffed nature center

    As goats chomp away at invasive plants on the future site of the expanded disc golf course at Knoch Knolls, the Naperville park district is continuing to work toward the completion of a staffed nature center at the park. Powering and staffing the 5,000-square-foot nature center were among topics discussed as the park board met Thursday night.

    Dr. Narayan Venguswamy

    Bolingbrook plane crash victims identified as Kentucky surgeon, wife

    The pilot of a small plane headed for Bolingbrook apparently tried to abort his landing at the last instance Wednesday, triggering a series of events leading to the fiery crash that killed both the pilot and his wife, authorities said Thursday. Dr. Narayan Venguswamy, a longtime surgeon at the 75-bed Georgetown Community Hospital in Georgetown, Ky., and his wife, Jay, both died as a result of the...


    Illinois AG's office to review theft of chief's gun

    A special prosecutor will examine the theft of a southern Illinois police chief's gun that that was used in a 2009 shooting death. The (Carbondale) Southern Illinois reports a Jackson County judge has signed off on having a prosecutor with the Illinois attorney general's office review the case.

    Abdella Tounisi

    Terror suspect's lawyer pushes for documents

    A lawyer for an Aurora teenager accused of terrorism says the government's bid to restrict access to some potential evidence on security grounds hinders her legal defense.

    In July, Gov. Pat Quinn used his line-item veto to cut money for legislators’ salaries from the state budget because they hadn’t fixed Illinois’ nearly $100 billion pension crisis.

    Quinn plans to appeal salary ruling

    Gov. Pat Quinn’s decision to halt legislators’ pay over the state’s unprecedented pension crisis is unconstitutional and the Chicago Democrat must move to reinstate salaries immediately, a judge ruled. But Quinn said he planned to appeal to a higher court and would seek a stay of Thursday's ruling.


    Dist. 211 approves budget for 2013-14

    Only one resident expressed concerns about Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211’s 2013-14 budget before the board of education approved it Thursday night. Total direct expenditures amount to $249.1 million, with salaries and benefits accounting for more than 75 percent of that amount. Property taxes provide 86 percent of the budgeted $239.8 million in direct revenues.

    Employee Jack Stanley makes a pizza Thursday as Village Pizza & Pub reopens for carryout, after a fire last week.

    Carpentersville pizzeria reopens for carryout

    A popular Carpentersville pizzeria served up its first order of Hawaiian and Margherita pizza Thursday, a week after a lightning strike set the business on fire and forced its temporary closure.Village Pizza & Pub quietly reopened the carry out portion of the eatery at 4 p.m. The dining room remains closed while the owners begin making interior repairs.

    William Ayers, controversial former professor and one-time leader in the ’60s and ’70s protest movement, appeared at Elgin Community College Thursday.

    Ayers talk at ECC draws applause, some protest

    Controversial speaker William Ayers addressed a packed crowd Thursday at Elgin Community College.Ayers, a Glen Ellyn native and retired professor of education at the University of Illinois at Chicago, drew much applause for his comments on problems with the American education system, and a few jabs for his past record as a former leader of the Weather Underground. “Like librarians, I’m pretty...

    A partial government shutdown next week would leave the major parts of President Barack Obama’s health care law in place and humming right along, according to former Democratic and Republican budget officials. “Many of the core parts of the health care law are funded through mandatory appropriations and wouldn’t be affected,” said Gary Cohen, the HHS official overseeing the health care rollout.

    Government shutdown wouldn’t stop Obamacare

    Republicans pulling on the budget thread can’t neatly unravel President Barack Obama’s health care law. A partial government shutdown next week would leave the major parts of the law in place and rolling along, according to former Democratic and Republican budget officials.


    Lake County Health Department offers flu shots

    The Lake County Health Department/Community Health Center will begin offering flu and pneumonia vaccinations to the general public on Oct. 1.

    Ray Rose

    Ex-Mundelein police chief now Lake undersheriff

    Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran has named former Mundelein Police Chief Raymond J. Rose as undersheriff. Rose, who had considered a run for sheriff, will fill a spot that has been open for nearly two years. Curran said he had been considering filling the post because of his heavy workload but said the choice of Rose was "was not something that was leveraged."

    Betsy Brandt

    Brandt ‘felt sick’ shooting last of ‘Breaking Bad’

    The actress says the weightiness of “Breaking Bad” had a lot to do with her decision to take on the comedy “The Michael J. Fox” show as her next role.

    Lawmakers who oversee U.S. intelligence agencies are working to expand the government’s spying powers to allow it to continue electronically monitoring terror suspects who travel to the U.S. if they are already under surveillance overseas by the National Security Agency.

    Official sidesteps queries on cellphone locations

    The nation’s top intelligence official on Thursday sidestepped questions from a senator about whether the National Security Agency has ever used Americans cellphone signals to collect information on their whereabouts that would allow tracking of the movements of individual callers.

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani meets with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Thursday at United Nations headquarters.

    Diplomats hail new Iranian attitude in nuke talks

    The U.S. and its European allies said Thursday they were pleased by a new tone and a significant shift in attitude from Iran in talks aimed at resolving the impasse over the country’s disputed nuclear activities. Iran said it was eager to dispel suspicions that it is trying to develop a nuclear weapon and to get punishing international sanctions lifted as fast as possible.


    Carol Stream cop's disability hearing delayed

    A hearing by the Carol Stream Police Pension Fund Board into Sgt. Bryan Pece's disability application has been pushed back to at least November. Pece applied for non-duty related disability leave in May — the day after authorities said he was drunk when his vehicle rear-ended a SUV at the intersection of Army Trail and County Farm roads in Hanover Park. Pece and both people in the SUV were...

    James Wagner

    Tollway employees fired for bullying, growing pot and more

    Abusive bosses, fake resumes, AWOL mechanics and a guy growing pot at this home. Illinois tollway Inspector General gives an update in his semi-annual report on ex-employees behaving badly.

    Fire officials respond to a fire on the second floor of a multifamily structure on Commonwealth Court in Vernon Hills Thursday afternoon. Officials report a police officer was injured but the extent of his injuries are not available.

    Officials: Police officer hurt in Vernon Hills fire

    A police officer was injured Thursday afternoon while responding to a fire at a Vernon Hills apartment building, authorities said.

    Cindy and Kent Weik of Elk Grove Village own 12 dogs, including eight female and two male Shih Tzus they have been breeding since 2009. An updated village ordinance permits two animal litters per year per household — regulations the Weiks say they are prepared to fight.

    Elk Grove Village tightens animal breeding rules

    Elk Grove Village has tightened rules in an existing animal breeding ordinance in an attempt to crack down on a local couple who village attorneys have taken to court for running an in-home dog breeding business. Rules already restricted anyone breeding animals within village limits — whether as a hobbyist or professional — to not allow “any one animal to produce more than two litters in any one...

    Heather and Scott Thornton of Palatine have won a new roof through a contest that sought a deserving family or suburban resident who have contributed in some way to their community.

    Community helps Palatine family earn free roof

    Heather and Scott Thornton of Palatine were always the leaders in a free-roof contest held by Peterson Roofing Inc. of Mount Prospect. "They led all the way," company Vice President Jim Peterson Jr. said. The Thorntons were declared the winners this week, and they will get their free roof next month.

    Kenyan girls in a school bus look across at the scene as they drive past a road leading to the Westgate Mall in Nairobi on Thursday.

    Kenya attack victims’ relatives voice frustration

    After almost a week, there is no precise death toll, no word on the fate of dozens still missing and no details on the al-Qaida-linked terrorists who attacked Nairobi’s most upscale mall.

    Interpol has issued an arrest notice for Samantha Lewthwaite, the fugitive Briton whom news media have dubbed the “white widow.” The international police agency says the notice was issued at the request of Kenya, where she is wanted on charges of possessing explosives and conspiracy to commit a felony in December 2011. (AP Photo/Interpol, File)

    Interpol issues alert for British terror widow

    The tabloids call her “the white widow,” a British-born Muslim convert who was married to one of the suicide bombers in the 2005 attack on London’s transit system. And for days now, the British media have been rife with speculation she took part in the terrorist takeover at a Nairobi shopping mall.

    U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, right, with Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, discusses the implementation of the federal health care overhaul in Dallas on Thursday. Sebelius and Rawlings discussed the impending overhaul’s importance to North Texas.

    Health law online sign-up delayed for small firms

    Days before the debut of new online insurance markets, a couple of last-minute technical glitches with President Barack Obama’s health care law are making supporters anxious and giving opponents a new line of attack.

    Benedictine University President William Carroll

    Benedictine University enacts alcohol ban

    The roughly 700 Benedictine University students living on the school’s Lisle campus have until 10 p.m. Friday to rid their rooms of all alcohol. The mandate comes as part of a new university policy announced Thursday that bans alcohol possession and consumption in all campus housing areas.


    Make a cycling “pit stop” in Busse Woods Saturday

    The Friends of Cycling in Elk Grove will host a Bike Pit Stop from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday at Busse Woods. Representatives from the group will have a table along the bike trail where they will be passing out lemonade, fitting helmets, filling tires, lubing chains and discussing bike and trail safety with trail users.


    Elk Grove, DuPage County team for flood control study

    Elk Grove Village and DuPage County plan to share the cost of an engineering study that examines flood control storage along Salt Creek. It’s one of the steps officials plan to take before modifications are made to the Busse Woods Dam, located near Cosman Road in Elk Grove Village, in an effort to alleviate flooding.


    Vernon Hills hosts Oktoberfest:

    Vernon Hills hosts the 9th annual Oktoberfest festival from 3 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28 at the Metra commuter station, 75 Route 45.


    Rooney says there’s time to oppose Route 53 toll

    Rolling Meadows Mayor Tom Rooney thinks the city has ample time to launch a campaign against a proposal to institute tolls on Route 53 in Cook County to help fund the expansion of the highway into Lake County.


    Elk Grove to recognize citizens of character

    Some of Elk Grove Village’s finest citizens will be recognized Friday night for their “exceptional character” displayed in a variety of service and charitable efforts. The fifth annual Celebration of Character, sponsored by the Community Character Coalition of Elk Grove, is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Elk Grove Pavilion, 1000 Wellington Avenue. The event is free and open to the public.


    Fox Valley police reports
    Kennith Logwood, 53, of the 100 block of South State St. in Elgin, was arrested Wednesday and charged with two counts of criminal sexual assault that occurred in April, court records show. Logwood’s bail was set at $100,000 on Thursday in Kane County bond cour


    American English to perform at Halloween Bash

    Beatles tribute band American English will perform Friday, Oct. 25, at the Lake Zurich Rotary 1960s Halloween Bash at the Lake Barrington Field House, 28156 W. NorthPointe Parkway.


    Health department offers flu vaccine:

    The Lake County Health Department will begin offering flu and pneumonia vaccinations to the general public on Oct. 1. The vaccine is available by appointment only at the Immunizations Annex, 2303 Dodge Ave., Waukegan. Call (847) 377-8470 to make an appointment or for more information.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    A female resident in an apartment on the 600 block of Piper Lane in Prospect Heights heard a noise at one of her bedroom windows around 12:20 a.m. Aug. 28 and saw a man’s hand attempting to pull out the in-window air conditioning unit. He fled when she entered the room.

    A regional water agency denied Wauconda membership in their group on Tuesday.

    Water plans aren’t dead, Wauconda officials say

    A day after they were denied membership in a regional water agency, Wauconda officials on Thursday insisted they still intend to bring Lake Michigan drinking water to town. “Lake Michigan water is not dead,” Trustee Chuck Black said in a telephone interview. “We will pursue another option.”


    Subaru ready to begin construction in Elgin

    The Elgin City Council approved by a 7-1 vote Wednesday a petition for annexation, zoning and development for Brilliance Subaru on five acres at 1500 Randall Road, across from Advocate Sherman Hospital. Construction plans include preserving a 200-year-old white oak on the property.

    Proposed improvements to the entrance of Cantigny Park in Wheaton are designed to make getting into and out of the park easier, especially during major events.

    Cantigny Park improvements to ease congestion

    Getting into and out of Wheaton’s Cantigny Park could be a whole lot easier in the coming year. Park officials on Thursday announced plans to eliminate the bottleneck often caused by guests entering the grounds during events by upgrading the entrance for the first time since 1958.


    Feds indict 9 purported gang members

    Purported leaders of a deadly Chicago street gang have been indicted on federal racketeering charges that include the murder of a law enforcement informant, authorities announced Thursday

    Roberta “Bobbie” Mangini

    Golf club catering director pleads guilty to theft

    The former director of catering at the Makray Memorial Golf Club in Barrington has pleaded guilty to felony theft stemming from allegations she stole more than $173,000 from the golf course over a three-year period. Roberta “Bobbie” L. Mangini of Barrington Hills was sentenced to four years of probation and ordered to pay $173,998 in restitution.

    Carolyn Stedronsky

    Ingleside woman gets 4 years for supplying fatal drugs

    Calling her actions “reprehensible,” Lake County Judge Mark Levitt sentenced an Ingleside mother to four years in prison for selling a fatal dose of prescription pain reliever to her son, who provided it to his friend.


    Probation for Elgin teen made false rape report

    An Elgin teen, who originally told police she was raped in March in the Garden Quarter Townhome complex to cover up her losing a dog she was watching, pleaded guilty to reduced charges of filing a false police report. Katrina Sedlock, 18, who was a Larkin High School senior at the time, received 18 months probation, 100 hours of community service and a fine. Police said her claims hindered their...

    The Des Plaines Oasis will soon be history.

    Des Plaines tollway oasis closing next year

    Goodbye Des Plaines oasis. The glass-enclosed pavillion spanning I-90 is set for demolition next spring to make way for tollway widening and the extension of the Elgin O'Hare Expressway. So enjoy the fast food while it lasts.

    More children than ever got vaccinated against the flu last year, and health officials are urging families to do even better this time around.

    More kids protected from flu; CDC says keep it up

    More children than ever got vaccinated against the flu last year, and health officials urged families Thursday to do even better this time around. Far too many young and middle-aged adults still forego the yearly protection, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned.


    Batavia expands in-school laptops to all sixth-graders

    The Batavia school district is expanding its testing of using Google Chromebooks to include all sixth-graders. Preliminary results of a pilot done last spring with one section of sixth grade show promising results, according to the district's information technologies officer.


    Probation for Arlington Hts. man who killed 3 cats

    John Talmo, 22, of Arlington Heights, pleaded guilty Wednesday to animal cruelty in the death of three cats in exchange for 30 months probation. A Cook County judge also ordered him to undergo a mental health evaluation and participate in anger management classes.


    Naperville woman biking to work struck, killed by car

    A 56-year-old Naperville bicyclist apparently on her way to work died after being struck by a car Wednesday morning near the intersection of Diehl Road and Freedom Drive on the city’s north side. Police said Shwuwei Yeh apparently was attempting to cross Diehl Road on the east side of the intersection with Freedom Drive about 7:25 a.m. when she was struck by a 2006 gray Nissan Titan driven by a...

    Four people were killed and four other were injured early Thursday in a rollover crash on the Eisenhower Expressway near Addison. Illinois State Police said failure to use seat belts contributed to the death toll.

    Four die on I-290 near Addison; police say failure to use seat belts contributed to fatalities

    Four of seven passengers were killed Thursday morning when the Ford Explorer they were riding in veered off the Eisenhower Expressway in Addison and rolled over several times before landing in a ditch, authorities said.

    Michael R. Dawson

    Teen pleads not guilty in fatal street racing crash

    An Antioch Township teen pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges that he was involved in an illegal street race that killed an Antioch girl. However, a defense attorney for Michael Dawson, 19, held a closed-door meeting with prosecutors and Lake County Judge Victoria Rossetti to review a possible plea agreement that would, most likely, put Dawson behind bars.

    Akiel W. Davis

    Carpentersville man charged with Kane County courthouse bomb threats

    A 21-year-old Carpentersville man faces several felony charges in connection to a Sept. 4 bomb threat against four Kane County courthouses. Akiel W. Davis is being held on $175,000 bail, faces up to five years in prison and is due in court on Oct. 3. He was on probation and due in court that day in St. Charles.

    Former U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald speaks to leaders of the Chicago Transit Authority, Regional Transportation Authority, Metra, and Pace during a public hearing Wednesday in Chicago.

    Fitzgerald criticizes Metra hiring policies

    Chicago-area transit agencies don’t appear to adequately train staff on how to prevent political hiring, according to former U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, a member of a task force looking into reforms after Metra’s former CEO claimed he was forced out for refusing to hire people as favors to politicians.

    Metallica's Kirk Hammett will appear at the AMC Streets of Woodfield 20 movie theater early Friday morning to introduce the screening of “Metallica Through the Never.”

    Metallica's Hammett hosting film screening in Schaumburg

    Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett will be at the AMC Streets of Woodfield 20 movie theater in Schaumburg early Friday morning to introduce a screening of “Metallica Through the Never,” a part thriller, part concert film featuring the heavy metal legends.


    Quinn: Resignation right move for head of torture panel

    Gov. Pat Quinn says the head of a commission investigating torture allegations made the right move in stepping down. The Illinois Torture Inquiry and Relief Commission’s executive directo,r David Thomas, quit Wednesday.

    Victoria Pena of Glendale Heights is one of the stars of a new Roosevelt University ad campaign aimed at prospective students.

    Glenbard East grad star of Roosevelt University ad campaign

    Roosevelt University has launched a new ad campaign encouraging prospective students to follow their dreams, and Glendale Heights finance major Victoria Pena is one of its stars. Pena's ad in the “This Way Up” campaign portrays her in cap and gown at a graduation ceremony, under the tag line “Give the Status Quo a Status Update.”

    Michael Axtell

    Trial delayed for Antioch-area man charged in girlfriend’s death

    The trial for an Antioch Township man accused of killing his longtime girlfriend nearly one year ago has been postponed for a third time. Michael Axtell, 42, remains held in Lake County jail in lieu of $3 million bail on three counts of first-degree murder for the slaying of his 40-year-old ex-girlfriend, Tammy Stone. The new trial date is Jan. 6.

    The post office in Rolling Meadows closed its doors for good in May 2012, prompting objections from a handful of city residents. Next week they'll get a chance to address their concerns to postal service representatives.

    Postal officials to meet with Rolling Meadows residents

    Rolling Meadows residents feeling insulted or just inconvenienced by the closing of the city's post office in May 2012 can do something about it, Mayor Tom Rooney said Tuesday. Rooney said U.S. Postal Service representatives will host a meeting to address the closing and other issues from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, at Park Central Banquet Hall.

    Kane County Board members weighing a plan to defer payments designed to catch up with about $45 million in unfunded pension liabilities. Kane County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen says no one should worry about pension problems in the county. “We're not going to be doing any shortchanging of that obligation,” Lauzen says.

    Proposed Kane County budget defers pension problem

    The near-final version of Kane County's 2014 budget will see expenses increase by about $6.6 million. That new spending will be covered by increased revenue from sales and income taxes, but also a decision to not pay down future employee pension liabilities. County board Chairman Chris Lauzen said county employees, retirees and local taxpayers should not worry about a pension funding problem in...


    Tips for avoiding wedding warfare

    Our Ken Potts offers some tips for avoiding the stress and problems that sometime come with planning weddings.

    Associated Press/ The Zoological Society of London Remote cameras set up to track Siberian tigers in Russia have caught a golden eagle attack on a sika deer, snapping three photos as the massive bird digs its talons into the distressed animal’s back. Golden eagles typically eat small birds or mammals, but they’ve also been known to target deer.

    Cameras capture eagle killing deer in Russia

    The eagle, red-handed. Remote cameras intended to monitor Siberian tigers in Russia instead caught a golden eagle’s fatal attack on a deer, snapping three photos as the massive bird dug its talons into the distressed animal’s back. London’s Zoological Society said the sequence showed a rare but not unheard of attack by a golden eagle.


    Holocaust Museum barracks to be returned to Poland

    The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington is returning one of its most powerful artifacts to Poland: a wooden barracks that once housed prisoners at the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp.


    Ex-NFL player: Charge teens who trashed my NY home

    Former NFL offensive lineman Brian Holloway, whose second home in upstate New York was trashed by partying teens earlier this month, said Thursday he is now pursuing charges. Holloway said that after waiting more than three weeks for trespassing teens to take responsibility, he signed papers authorizing the sheriff to bring charges in the Labor Day weekend party that drew up to 400 youths.

    Auliea Hanlon, speaks of her daughter, Cherice Moralez, a rape victim by a former teacher, Stacey Rambold, Wednesday Sept. 25, 2013 in Billings, Mont. Hanlon said Rambold, who raped her 14-year-old daughter is still eluding justice after being freed from prison after serving just 30 days. Rambold’s sentence is being challenged by state Attorney General Tim Fox as illegal.

    Victim’s mother says Mont. rapist eluding justice

    A former Montana high school teacher due to be released Thursday after serving a 30-day prison sentence for raping a 14-year-old student is “still skating” justice six years after the assault, the victim’s mother said.


    Elgin starts budget talks by looking at expenses

    Elgin City Council members discussed possible expenses as diverse as Riverside Drive and communications and marketing during a special meeting on Wednesday that kicked off discussions about the city's 2014 budget. Elgin's 2012-16 plan called for possible revenue diversification in 2014, but the city will not need to impose new taxes or fees to fund operations in 2014, Chief Financial Officer...

    Two Dublin pubs display ads for home-brewed Guinness stout on Arthur’s Day in Dublin, Ireland, on Thursday. Ireland’s love affair with pub and pint is sparking national soul-searching as never before because of an unofficial holiday dreamed up by Guinness.

    Guinness-fueled ‘holiday’ troubles many in Ireland

    Ireland’s love affair with pub and pint is sparking national soul-searching as never before because of an unofficial holiday dreamed up by Guinness that honors the 18th-century founder of Ireland’s quintessential drink. But this year, Guinness has been put on the defensive amid surging protests that Arthur’s Day is compounding an alcoholic culture that costs Ireland $5 billion...

    Bloomingdale Mayor Franco Coladipietro, left, got help from county board member Sam Tornatore during last year's 50 Men Who Cook event in Bloomingdale. Coladipietro is back this year with his pork, steak and chicken tacos.

    Bloomingdale's 50 Men Who Cook event benefits schools

    Forget the image of dad making hot dogs and burgers on the grill. The participates in Bloomingdale's 50 Men Who Cook know their way around a kitchen. They will be serving up dishes such as stuffed shells, barbecue pork sliders and corned beef when the annual cook-off returns 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, to the Hilton Chicago/Indian Lakes Resort, 250 W. Schick Road.

    Syrian President Bashar Assad speaks during an interview with Venezuela’s state-run Telesur network, in Damascus, Syria.

    Russia to guard destruction of Syria chemical arms

    Russia offered on Thursday to provide troops to guard facilities where Syria’s chemical weapons would be destroyed, as U.N. inspectors prepared to continue their probe on the use of such agents in the country’s civil war. Also Thursday, a mortar shell slammed into the Iraqi consulate building in central Damascus, killing one person and wounding three, Syrian state media reported.

    Pakistan army troops load relief goods for earthquake-affected areas, in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013. Rescuers struggled Wednesday to help thousands of people injured and left homeless after their houses collapsed in a massive earthquake in southwestern Pakistan Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, as the death toll rose to hundreds.

    Pakistan aid chopper targeted; 355 dead in quake

    Two rockets fired by militants in Pakistan’s quake-struck region narrowly missed a government helicopter on Thursday as survivors complained that aid was not reaching far-flung areas and the harrowing death toll climbed to 355. The attack underscored the dangers authorities and aid workers face in helping victims in southwestern Baluchistan province where a massive, magnitude 7.7 earthquake hit...

    An international war crimes court upheld the conviction and 50-year sentence of former Liberian President Charles Taylor for aiding rebels in Sierra Leone, ruling Thursday that his financial, material and tactical support fueled horrendous crimes against civilians.

    Court upholds 50 years for Liberia’s Taylor

    An international war crimes court upheld the conviction and 50-year sentence of former Liberian President Charles Taylor for aiding rebels in Sierra Leone, ruling Thursday that his financial, material and tactical support fueled horrendous crimes against civilians.

    Iranian President Hasan Rouhani shakes hands with French President Francois Hollande during the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly at United Nations headquarters Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013.

    World powers set to test Iran on nuclear dispute

    Foreign ministers from the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council and Germany will meet with Iran’s top diplomat on Thursday to test the Islamic Republic’s apparent willingness to reach a deal to resolve international concerns about its nuclear program after years of defiance.


    Reports: Bad conditions linger at youth homes

    A year after Illinois was sued and reached a settlement over inadequate conditions in its juvenile detention centers, two separate reports are detailing a number of conditions that the authors say must change.


    Italian American Sports Hall of Fame honors 6

    Former National Hockey League great Eddie Olczyk is among six men being inducted into the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in Chicago. The Chicago native who’s part Italian and part Polish will be honored in a Nov. 2 ceremony with inductees from Major League Baseball, college football and boxing.

    Telescope collector John Allseits inspects part of the wheel of his 1950 German equatorial refractor telescope housed in a building at his farm.

    Pearl City man collects telescopes

    John Allseits of Pearl City said his passion to collect telescopes began when he was a teenager growing up in Chicago. The soft-spoken man said he used to build telescopes back then, long before he became an antique collector and founding member of the Antique Telescope Society.


    3 charged with stealing from Chicago area ATMs

    Three Chicago men who worked to repair ATMs are facing charges after federal investigators say they looted about $1.3 million from the cash-dispensing machines. The Chicago Sun-Times reports the trio ran ATS Uptime Inc., which worked to maintain and stock about 800 ATMs in the city and suburbs.


    Newest American on space station is Illinois alum

    An American who’s now aboard the International Space Station is a University of Illinois alum who once played football for the school. Mike Hopkins and two Russians traveled in a Soyuz capsule Wednesday after blasting off from a launch pad in Kazakhstan to dock with the space station. They’ll spend six months at the orbiting outpost.


    Dawn Patrol: Bolingbrook plane crash; Oberweis mulls U.S. Senate run

    1 dead, 1 hurt after plane crashes in Bolingbrook. Oberweis considering another U.S. Senate run. Water agency tells Wauconda to go elsewhere. Naperville drafting ban on MMA events. Local experts eye effects of looming health care law. Suburban centenarians look back on a lifetime of friendship.

    They’ll be activities for folks of all ages from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Sunday during the Glen Ellyn Historical Society’s annual Tavern Day celebration.

    Tavern Day storyteller to offer up Glen Ellyn’s secrets

    Driving along its leafy, tree-lined streets, Glen Ellyn is the portrait of a charming suburban community. Who would believe that buried in its nearly 180-year history are moments both strange and sinister? Just ask Uncle Jake. Uncle Jake, or as he is otherwise known, Dan Anderson, a resident since 1969, is the “bawdy storyteller” of Glen Ellyn’s secrets. He will be one of the...

    Ravi Ramrattan

    Bartlett native's Kenya roommate killed in mall attack

    The mall tragedy in Nairobi hits very close to home for Bartlett native Toni Maraviglia, who started an education enterprise in rural Kenya. Her former roommate was shot to death in the attack. “Today, we got news of a great friend, Ravindra Ramrattan, shot to death in the horrible terrorist attack at Westgate Mall. He was my roommate, a great friend, and someone who always had your...


    Fox River Grove schools budget for 2014 shows slight deficit

    Fox River Grove School District 3 school board this week approved an $8.6 million budget for expenditures for the 2013-2014 school year, which includes a slight deficit. The district's operating budget is about $7.5 million, with an additional $1.1 million set aside for contributions to the Teachers' Retirement System. The $433,504 estimated deficit is largely due to a planned roof project. "If...


    Police seize synthetic cannabis from Algonquin tobacco store

    Police seized more than $65,000 worth of synthetic cannabis Wednesday at an Algonquin tobacco store after a three-month investigation, according to a news release. Agents from the North Central Narcotics Task Force and members of the Algonquin Police Department executed a search warrant around noon on Wednesday at King Puff-N-Stuff in the 1400 block of Commerce Drive. They seized 168 packages of...


    The Cubs' manager Dale Sveum greets shortstop Starlin Castro after the Cubs' 4-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates Wednesday in their last home baseball game of the season.

    Some alarming perspective on the Cubs

    They make some tasty toasted ravioli in St. Louis, where the Cubs finish their season this weekend. But foget that. Daily Herald Cubs writer Bruce Miles dishes out some of team president Theo Epstein's five-alarm-bell chili as he rates the level of concern for several areas of the team, including manager Dale Sveum.


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


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


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


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


    Thursday’s girls cross country scoreboard
    High school varsity results from Thursday's girls cross country meets, as reported to the Daily Herald.


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


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


    Thursday’s boys cross country scoreboard
    High school varsity results from Thursday's boys cross country meets, as reported to the Daily Herald.

    San Francisco 49ers running back Frank Gore eludes a tackle Rams safety Rodney McLeod en route to a 34-yard touchdown Thursday in St. Louis.

    49ers regain footing, rout Rams 35-11

    Colin Kaepernick threw two touchdown passes, Frank Gore had his first 100-yard game of the season and the San Francisco 49ers’ defense stepped up without some of their stars in a 35-11 rout over the St. Louis Rams on Thursday night.

    The White Sox’ Avisail Garcia (26) greets Paul Konerko outside the dugout after Konerko’s home run off Royals starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie in the second inning Thursday night at U.S. Cellular Field.

    White Sox’ Konerko puts HR on right path

    Paul Konerko is nearing the end of his contract with the White Sox and retirement is a possibility for the longtime captain. Konerko gave Sox fans something to cheer about in Thursday night's 3-2 loss to the Royals with a 415-foot solo home run.


    Prospect completes sixth straight perfect MSL run

    For the sixth straight season, Prospect’s girls golf team completed Mid-Suburban League dual meet play with an 11-0 record. The Knights posted a 149-172 win on Thursday over host Barrington, which was the last team to defeat Prospect in 2007.


    Barrington measures up, tops Palatine

    Girls swimmingBarrington met the challenge in Mid-Suburban League girls swimming on Thursday, earning a 118-67 victory over Palatine.The Fillies, who compete on Saturday in the Lake County Invitational, won the 200-yard medley and 200 free relays had a double individual winner in Mekenna Scheitlin (50 free, 100 back). Other winners for Barrington included Emma Barnett (200 IM), Tiffany Soto (diving), Kael Ragnini (500 free), Kirsten Jacobsen (100 fly) and Olivia Hoffman (100 breast).For Palatine, Laura Mayer won the 200 IM, Kristin Anderson won the 100 free and Amy Zahn, Lily Zahn, Mayer and Anderson won the 400 free relay.Rolling Meadows d. Wheeling: Bailey Rowley supplied victories for the host Mustangs in both the 200 IM and 100 fly as Rolling Meadows’ depth provided an edge in a 110-71 outcome.Wheeling won the medley and 200 free relays and had individual winners in Theresa Godlewski (50 free, 100 free) along with Adrienne Rozmus (500 free) and Shannon Richards (100 back).Meadows’ winners included Grace Nykol (200 free) and Anna Frantom (100 breast) and the 400 free relay.Prospect d. Elk Grove: The host Knights maintained momentum with a strong performance against visiting Elk Grove in a 124-53 decision.The Knights got a 1-2-3 finish in the 500-yard freestyle from Ellie McGough, Rachel Rozow and Natalia Dmitruk, had the top placement in all three relays and got an amazing 289.10 from junior Dana Liva in winning diving.Elk Grove had a double winner in Simona Kurta (50 free, 100 fly) and Erin Falejzcyk won the 100 free.Prospect got a 1-2 finish from Michelle Vuong and Abby Younger in the 100 back and a 1-2 finish from Betsy Rozow and Macey Berkley in the 100 breaststroke.Schaumburg d. Hoffman Estates: Abigail Langlotz won the 200- and 400-meter freestyles and also had the anchor leg on the winning 200 freestyle to help visiting Schaumburg past Hoffman Estates 118-62.Sydney Skibinski and Danielle E. Grubb gave the Saxons a boost with 1-2 finishes in both the 200 IM and 100 breaststroke.Winners for Hoffman Estates included Jessica Sullivan in the 50 free, Sarah Miles in the 100 back and the medley relay of Miles, Casey Rawlings, Megan Bonney and Sullivan. Nicole Kasman joined Sullivan, Miles and Bonney in a winning 400 free relay for the Hawks.Hersey d. Buffalo Grove: The host Huskies swept the relays and produced a big all-around effort to top Buffalo Grove 133-53.Lena Fotos and Sarah Petro each won two individual races and Hannah Bovino, Anne Johnson and Megan Nocita went 1-2-3 in diving for the Huskies.Buffalo Grove had an individual double winner in Sarah Morosan (100 fly, 100 back).


    Prospect produces against Barrington

    In a matchup of two Mid-Suburban League boys golf heavyweights, score a big victory for Prospect.The Knights had the medalist in junior Grant Gavin (34) and also got stellar scores from Ralph Tenuta (35), Josh Johnson (37) and Reid Dahlstrom (38) to shoot 144 and earned a victory over Barrington (155).The Broncos were led by a 36 from Tim Lim and a 37 from Tom Calbi.Ÿ Brandon Tudor shot 40 and Miguel Go and Jeff Barrash had 41s to help Schaumburg edge Elk Grove 168-172. Scott Furlong and Matt Smalley had the top efforts for Elk Grove at 42.Ÿ Buffalo Grove edged Conant by a single stroke, 163-164, on the front nine at Bridges of Poplar Creek.Matt Froemming shot 37 and Brandon Matchen 38 to lead the bison. Christian Dorman had Conant’s low score, 39.Ÿ Rolling Meadows’ Jimmy Ingolia and Hersey’s Kenny Mleko both shot 42, but the Mustangs’ Sean Behrens and Gino Tunzi had 43s to help Meadows edge Hersey 175-178 at Old Orchard.Ÿ Burke Barsamian (36) and Tom Calbi (37) had the low scores to lead Barrington past Elk Grove 151-177 at par-35 Fox Run on Wednesday. Scott Furlong (42) was low man for the Grens.

    Ben Stone sits out Dundee-Crown boys soccer practice Tuesday after getting cleated earlier in the week in Carpentersville.

    Work ethic, defense at core of Dundee-Crown’s success

    To Dundee-Crown boys soccer coach Rey Vargas, this really is no different from any other season. Forget for a moment Vargas’ Chargers have yet to face defeat through their first 16 games. Forget it because it’s what Vargas and assistant coach Sebastian Falinski expect from their team every year. “Quite honestly, I think we have this kind of potential every year,” Vargas said before a practice earlier this week. “It just depends on the group and how hard they’re willing to work.” So far, the 2013 Chargers have proved to have quite the impeccable work ethic. After beating Crystal Lake South Thursday night, D-C is 15-0-1 for the season, the only blemish to a spotless record being a 0-0 tie with Hononegah in the Indian Cup Tournament.


    Rolling Meadows outruns Hersey

    Girls cross countryRolling Meadows d. Hersey: Gabby and Vanessa Sanchez went 1-2 and Meadows also had the fifth- and seventh-place finishers to edge Hersey 27-30 at Melas Park. Gabby Sanchez won in 19:00, while Hersey’s top finisher was Hailey Bowes in third (19:28).Prospect d. Elk Grove: Brooke Wilson, Rachel Henk and Katrina Leeney led a 1-2-3 Knights finish in an 18-44 decision at Elk Grove. Hoffman d. Conant: Solome Haile, Meagan Biddle and Alondra Aguirre had the top three efforts to help the Hawks past the Cougars 20-35 at Busse Woods. Zoe Shoro had the fourth-place finish for Conant.Barrington d. Schaumburg: The Fillies showed slightly better depth in earning a 24-31 decision. Caroline Reynolds, Lauren Conroy and Lauren Cropsey finished 2-3-5 for Barrington; Schaumburg had the top finisher in Ali Gutt (18:41) and Caroline Kurdej was fourth.


    Palatine pulls out win against Fremd

    Boys cross countryPalatine d. Fremd: It was a close call, but Palatine’s Mid-Suburban League winning streak is still alive.The Pirates turned back a strong challenge from Fremd to win 26-31 at Harper College.Graham Brown, Argeni Bailon and Emil Kozakiewicz provided a 1-3-5 finish for Palatine, while Nick Winter, Nick Vucovich and Nick Macius went 2-4-6 for the Vikings.Prospect d. Elk Grove: Blake Hallman, Mike Anderson and Ben Peterson finished 1-2-3 to top the host Grenadiers. Elk Grove’s top finish came from Sean Frintner in third.Hersey d. Rolling Meadows: The Huskies, led by junior David Rodriguez, packed in the top four finishers in a 16-46 victory at Melas Park.Conant d. Hoffman Estates: Zach Dale was out in front, finish in 15:40 over a 3-mile course against visiting Hoffman Estates as the Cougars won 20-37. Shiv Patel had a fourth-place finish for Hoffman Estates.


    Rolling Meadows marches past Buffalo Grove

    Boys soccerRolling Meadows 5, Buffalo Grove 0: Kou Glaser, Michael D’Acquisto and David Zarate each finished with 1 goal and 1 assist as the visting Mustangs took command at Buffalo Grove. Conant 1, Barrington 0: The host Cougars earned an MSL victory as Dino Kandalepas scored with an assist from Brandon Dos Santos and Patryk Openchowski earned a shutout in goal for Conant.Fremd 1, Schaumburg 0: Nathan Dolan’s second-half goal was the difference as the Vikings edged the visiting Saxons in MSL West play. Dylan Fisher (2 saves) and Will Lefevre (1) shared in the shutout for Fremd.


    Scouting Week 5 in the Fox Valley

    Scouting Week 5 football in the Fox Valley.


    Galat, Lakes on the mend

    Richard Galat's 2 goals — his third and fourth of the season — helped Lakes upend host Carmel 3-1 as part of the Carmel quad. Joey Savino scored the Eagles’ other goal.


    Fremd forces 3-way MSL West tie

    Fremd’s girls volleyball team handed Barrington its first conference loss and created a three-way tie for first place in the Mid-Suburban West. The visiting Vikings defeated the Fillies 18-25, 25-23, 25-22, leaving both teams and Schaumburg at 3-1. Fremd used a balanced attack of Amy Andersen (6 kills), Maise Koo (6), Lane Hindenburg (5) and Hope Schroeder (5) to improve to 10-7.


    Girls volleyball/Fox Valley roundup

    CL South d. Prairie Ridge: Carly Nolan had 12 kills and Cassy Sivesind dished out 19 assists to lead the Gators to a 25-14, 26-24 Fox Valley Conference Valley Division win. Nicole Slimko (4 kills, 2 blocks), Hannah Wilson (8 digs) and Tori Falbo (6 digs) also contributed for CL South (16-2, 6-0).Burlington Central d. Marengo: Allie O’Reilly had 23 digs, Jenna Schudel 8 kills and Makenna Jensen 7 kills to lead the Rockets to a 25-14, 25-17 Big Northern East win. Mackenzie Whitmer added 10 assists, Maddy Berry had 11 assists and Caitlin Seibert served 3 aces for Central (10-3, 5-0).Huntley d. McHenry: Erin Lyman (5 kills, 2 blocks, 2 digs), Rachael Kisten (5 kills), Rachel Shores (5 digs, 2 kills), Kelsey DeWulf (20 assists, 3 digs) and Emily Westermeyer (6 kills, 6 digs) led the Red Raiders to a 25-15, 25-14 FVC Valley win.Addison Trail d. Bartlett: Katie Hrbacek had 5 kills and 5 digs for Bartlett (4-12-1) in a 25-22, 25-15 nonconference loss.


    Boys soccer/Fox Valley roundup

    Streamwood 1, Glenbard North 0: Christian Verlos scored off an assist from Nestor Ascencio to lead the Sabres to a win at the St. Charles East tournament. Sergio Blanco made 4 saves in goal for Streamwood (10-2-1), which will play the host Saints Saturday for the tournament championship.Larkin 2, Metea Valley 0: Hector Mendoza and Freddy Jungo scored the goals, both off assists from Pancho Garcia, and Leo Perez made 4 saves in goal for the shutout as the Royals (6-3-3) won the Upstate Eight crossover.Cary-Grove 3, Lake Forest Academy 0: Joey Klawitter scored twice and Dale Opasser added a goal to lead the Trojans to a win at the Carmel quad. Kevin Wilde had 2 assists for Cary-Grove (8-4) and Kevin Locke added one. Ethan Csoka registered the shutout in goal with 5 saves.Dundee-Crown 3, CL South 1: The Chargers stayed hot, and unbeaten, behind 2 goals from Gerardo Escorza and one from Carlos Ramos to win this Fox Valley Conference Valley Division game. Francisco Nava, Juan Ramos and Alex Ramirez had assists for D-C (13-0-1, 1-0). Jose Gonzalez made 3 saves in goal. Ryan Russmann scored off an assist from Gary Sexton for Crystal Lake South (6-7-3, 1-1). Gus Alvarez had 6 saves for the Gators.Huntley 7, Jacobs 0: Niko Mihalopolous had a hat trick and an assist to lead the Red Raiders to an easy FVC Valley win. Eduardo Gonzalez, Jack Bessey, Reyman Solis and Travis Walsh also scored for Huntley (13-1-1, 2-0-0) and Gonzalez had 3 assists. Austin Emery had 2 saves in goal for the Raiders and Spencer Dixon made 5 stops for Jacobs.Elgin 5, Plainfield Central 2: Joey Chavez and Zach Erickson each scored twice and Edgar Zavala had a goal as Elgin (5-6-2) won in the St. Charles East tournament. Flavio Jaimes had 7 saves in goal for the Maroons.South Elgin 1, Oswego East 1: Kristoph Mikhail scored off an assist from J.C. Lujan as South Elgin (3-4-2) tied this nonconference game. Richard Groenewegen had 6 saves for the Storm.Grayslake North 1, Hampshire 0: Andy Pederson made 11 saves in goal for the Whip-Purs (3-8-1, 0-2-0) in the FVC Fox.Bartlett 2, Waubonsie Valley 1: Andrew Gott and AJ Santori scored first-half goals to lead the Hawks in the UEC Valley. Andrew Nowak had 9 saves in goal for Bartlett.


    Hersey hurries back to its winning ways

    After suffering a loss in a Mid-Suburban East match for the first time since 2007, Hersey’s girls volleyball team was anxious to get back on the floor Thursday night. “Coach (Nancy Lill) told us we controlled our own destiny,” said Huskies sophomore junior Liz Fuerst. “We thought that was important because we wanted to come out and show that we are still the team we’ve always been.” The Huskies (9-9, 3-1) showed that and more in a 25-21, 25-15 victory at Buffalo Grove.

    Don’t look for any highlights like Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews hoisting the Stanley Cup on any DVD at a store near you.

    Spellman’s Scorecard: Another genius move by NHL

    The Hawks' run to the Stanley Cup was amazing, but just as amazing is the fact the NHL has stopped producing championship DVD's, opting for an all-digital format instead. That just seems wrong.

    Coming off a season-long injury, Bulls point guard Derrick Rose is expected to be in the starting lineup when the 2013-2014 season begins Oct. 29 against the Miami Heat.

    What to expect as Bulls begin training camp
    Derrick Rose's return from CL surgery is the big news as the Bulls prepare to open training camp on Friday. But there is one lingering question that is tough to answer right now.

    New York Yankees relief pitcher Mariano Rivera cries as he leaves Thursday’s game with two outs in the ninth inning of his final appearance at Yankee Stadium.

    Exit Sandman: Rivera bids goodbye to Bronx

    Mariano Rivera said goodbye to Yankee Stadium with hugs, tears and cheers. Baseball’s most acclaimed relief pitcher made an emotional exit in his final appearance in the Yankees’ home pinstripes, when captain Derek Jeter and Andy Pettitte came to the mound to remove him with two outs in the ninth inning of a 4-0 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday night. “It’s time to go,” Jeter appeared to tell Rivera.

    White Sox manager Robin Ventura says all the losing this season has motivated him to get back to winning in 2014.

    White Sox’s Ventura eager to get back at it

    In an interview with the Daily Herald Thursday, White Sox manager Robin Ventura said all of the losing this season has not been fun, but it's motivated him to come back and win in 2014. Ventura has one more year on his contract and wants to manage the Sox even longer.


    Longenecker paces Grayslake Central triumph

    Boys soccerGrayslake Central 4, Johnsburg 0: Isaac Longenecker scored twice, and Ben Sizelove and Jonny Madrid also had goals for the Rams in the Fox Valley Fox match.Joey Mudd assisted on a pair of goals, while Anthony Betancourth and Jackson Frey also had assists. Connor Gosell earned the shutout in goal.Vernon Hills 4, Wauconda 0: Matt Hong, Jeremy Cohen, Tony Orozco and Sam Vereen scored for the Cougars, who scored three times after halftime in the North Suburban Prairie contest. Chris White and Hong had assists.Lake Zurich 0, Warren 0: Keeper R.J. Hill made 4 saves for Warren (6-2-5) in the NSC Lake match

    The White Sox’s Adam Dunn watches his home run with Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie during Thursday night’s game at U.S. Cellular Field. The Sox lost 3-2.

    Guthrie, Laugh lead Royals over White Sox 3-2

    Jeremy Guthrie pitched seven strong innings, and David Lough hit a two-run homer to lead the Kansas City Royals to a 3-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Thursday night. One day after being eliminated from the postseason, the Royals earned their 84th win, their most since 1993.


    Game video: Naperville Central vs. West Aurora
    Naperville Central faces West Aurora Friday in Week 5 action. Follow the game here with video from High School Cube, then come back later for the replay and highlights.


    Central tops North in Grayslake battle

    Grayslake Central’s girls tennis team celebrated homecoming Thursday by blanking crosstown-rival Grayslake North 7-0 in Fox Valley Conference Fox Division action.The Rams’ Nikki Tatsuguchi (No. 1), Raquel Ruiz (No. 2) and Brenda Zador (No. 3) all won their singles matches in straight sets. Grayslake Central’s doubles winners were Carly Sullivan/Alexa Schneider (No. 1), Sarah Adornetto/Yuliya Mykhaylovska (No. 2), Olivia Love/Pranalee Patel (No. 3) and Ally Gately/Michelle May (No. 4).Libertyville 6, Mundelein 1: Halle Roach (No. 1), Aleksandra Grabowski (No. 2) and Arthi Sekharan (No. 3) lost a combined 3 games in their singles matches. Grabowski won her match, 6-0, 6-0.Mundelein’s lone win came from its No. 1 doubles team of Sara Jump/Kelly McCauley.Carmel 4, Providence 2: The Corsairs captured the East Suburban Catholic match thanks to straight-set wins from Maddy O’Donnell (No. 2 singles), Barb Ramont (No. 3 singles), Michelle Kannenberg/Kathleen Felicelli (No. 1 doubles) and Megan Sullivan/Sarah Bowles (No. 3 doubles).Stevenson 7, Zion-Benton 0: The Patriots dominated, winning six matches by 6-0, 6-0 finals to improve to 9-0.Warren 5, Lake Zurich 2: Karyna Bihel (No. 1 singles) and Max Mella/Courtney Sunday (No. 1 doubles) won 6-0, 6-0 decisions for the Blue Devils in the North Suburban Lake match.Lake Zurich’s No. 4 doubles team of seniors Sarah Ditton/Rachael Repplinger prevailed in three sets.


    Jung leads Vernon Hills

    Girls golfLake Forest d. Vernon Hills: At Vernon Hills Golf Course, Cougars freshman Faith Jung earned medalist honors with a 44.Lake Forest scored a 185-190 victory, receiving five scores in the 40s, including 45s from Emily Young and Geniveno Foster.Kari Lee added a 46 for Vernon Hills.Grant d. Lakes: At Antioch Golf Course, Kaylie Kanzler was the medalist with a 46, leading the Bulldogs (204) to victory over the Eagles (215).Lauren Clark shot a 50 for Lakes.Carmel d. Johnsburg: At Heather Ridge, sophomore Kayla Ryan’s match-best 40 paced the Corsairs (186) to 23-stroke victory.Carmel (14-3) also counted Alexa Amato’s 46, Sophie Butz’s 49 and Eva Savovich’s 51.On Wednesday, the Corsairs wrapped up a 9-0 campaign in East Suburban Catholic Conference play. Playing at Oak Springs in St. Anne, Carmel shot a season-low 176 to earn wins over Nazareth Academy (190), Fenwick (195) and Bishop McNamara (no score, 3 players). It marked the first time since 2002 that the Corsairs won the ESCC regular-season championship. Ryan earned medalist honors with a 40.


    Carmel adds to big season by topping JCA

    Carmel Catholic’s 25-11, 25-23 win over visiting Joliet Catholic on Thursday night gave Corsairs coach David Pazely an assignment. “I’ll have to check the record books, but this might be the first time CCHS girls volleyball has ever beaten JCA,” Pazely said. “This is a signature win for Carmel and I am so proud of these girls. We have been tested by good teams this year and came up short twice. It felt great to come out on the winning side tonight.”


    Football: Scouting Week 5, Lake County

    Here's a look at the Week 5 football matchups for schools in the North Suburban Conference plus Grayslake North, Grayslake Central and Carmel.

    Elk Grove’s Arnold Aguilar and Wheeling’s Elias Cisneros battle for the ball in the first period at Elk Grove on Thursday.

    Wheeling steps up at Elk Grove

    It’s been awhile since Wheeling and Elk Grove played a soccer match between one another with a Mid-Suburban League divisional title hanging in the balance, but that was certainly the case Thursday. Ivan Mancilla’s early second-half strike held up as the winning goal for the visiting Wildcats, who came away with a hard-fought 2-1 victory to move within 2 points of the Grens in the MSL standings and remain unbeaten this fall.

    Quarterback Merrick Gentile of Grayslake has the Knights off to a 4-0 start this season while following in the footsteps of standout QB A.J. Fish.

    Gentile’s another one-of-a-kind QB for Grayslake North

    Grayslake North sophomore quarterback Merrick Gentile is picking up right where another former sophomore starter at GN, AJ Fish, left off.


    Lake Zurich holds off Cary-Grove in 3

    After Cary-Grove scored 5 straight points to tie Game 3 at 10-10, Lake Zurich girls volleyball coach Matt Aiello realized a timeout was warranted. “I saw us not believing in each other,” said Aiello. “We weren’t trusting each other and we weren’t playing disciplined Lake Zurich volleyball. My timeout speech had nothing to do with volleyball.” The Bears responded positively to Aiello’s fiery and passionate words of wisdom and ended the game and match on a 15-8 run and defeated the host Trojans 25-19, 13-25, 25-18 in nonconference action in Cary Thursday night.


    Stevenson vs. Vernon Hills becomes a family affair

    In a unique father-son football twist on Friday night, Connor McNamara, the starting quarterback at Vernon Hills, will lead his team into a North Suburban Conference crossover game against host Stevenson, where his dad Bill is the head coach.


    Giammarino, Willowbrook serve up triumph over Elgin

    Willowbrook junior Micala Giammarino said she never served that many consecutive points before Thursday night.

    Jacobs’ Bridgett Wallenberger hits the net and gets the shot past Dundee-Crown’s Kailey Moll Thursday in Carpentersville.

    Jacobs regains its focus, tops Dundee-Crown

    The Dundee-Crown girls volleyball team grabbed the momentum Thursday night by forcing a third game against rival Jacobs. Golden Eagles coach Lisa Dwyer had to get her team focused after it failed to hold a 6-point lead in the second game. The talk worked as Jacobs won the decisive game to beat the Chargers, 25-14, 23-25, 25-15, in Fox Valley Conference Valley Division play in Carpentersville.

    Quarterback Jay Cutler is having his best stretch of success as a Bear, mostly because of the protection he’s getting from his offensive line.

    Bears on a roll with cooler, calmer Cutler

    Bears quarterback Jay Cutler has put together his best three-game, same-season stretch in four years, thanks in part to better mechanics and a more even demeanor, both of which are a result of the improved protection he's received from the offensive line.


    Larkin handles St. Edward

    If there were an Elgin city volleyball championship, Larkin would be well on its way to claiming the title. The Royals knocked off their second crosstown opponent in a week, downing St. Edward Thursday night in 2 games by identical 25-18 scores.

    St. Charles East’s Evan DiLeonardi wins a header on a corner kick against Marmion during Thursday’s game in St. Charles.

    St. Charles East starts fast, tops Marmion

    It’s tough enough to play against St. Charles East, so having to fight back from an early deficit only makes it more difficult. Marmion surrendered a goal in the first two minutes of Thursday’s St. Charles East Tournament contest in St. Charles and never recovered as the hosts prevailed, 4-1.


    Kostka appears to be in a good place

    Mike Kostka could have gone anywhere during the summer as a free agent but decided to come to Chicago and try to win a job on the loaded Blackhawks defense. Now it appears that it’s down to Kostka and Ryan Stanton for the eighth and last spot on the blue line with the odds in Kostka’s favor.


    Eyes on Five has eyes on Fitz

    Football teams spend an entire week preparing for anything and everything from an opponent. Then, sure enough, the unpreparable comes along.This week’s “Eyes on Five” scatters its thoughts again, including thoughts on something for which no team could have prepared.


    Hawks look for fresh start on power play

    While the power play was dreadful for most of last regular season and even worse in the playoffs, the Blackhawks managed to win their second Stanley Cup in four years. The players vow to be better this year, but a 1-for-23 preseason has raised concerns, which defenseman Duncan Keith says could be erased as soon as Tuesday’s season opener against Washington. “I think we’re going into this year with a whole fresh mindset,” Keith said.

    Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe had just 1 catch for 4 yards in Week 3, leaving his fantasy owners with the dreaded goose egg.

    Whack the slackers? Well, not all of them ...

    One catch for 4 yards.That was the combinedoutput for a fantasy owner who lamented: “What to do with my awful WRs” in the subject line of his email.So who were these two slackers? None other than Hakeem Nicks and Dwayne Bowe, both of whom were ranked in my preseason top 30 among wideouts.This dilemma isn’t unique as I’m sure as many of you are wondering what to do with fellow slackers such as Andre Johnson, Roddy White, Vincent Jackson, Arian Foster, Trent Richardson, Ray Rice and Maurice Jones-Drew, among others.Most leagues’ waiver wires are pretty picked over, so your best bet is to send out a mass email looking to deal from strength while shoring up the leaks in your team’s bursting dam.In our example above with Nicks and Bowe, our reader has Peyton Manning and Philip Rivers as his QBs and Foster as a RB. The only movable piece here is Manning (since you’re never going to get market value for Foster at this point), but moving forward with Rivers is a dicey situation now that the Chargers’ O-line is in complete shambles. (I might be regretting that column from last week!) The only way you even think about trading Manning is if you have another top-end QB on the roster, which isn’t very likely, or if you have faith in a waiver-wire QB.In this case, my advice to the reader is just to stay patient. Nicks had 16 catches for 197 yards in the Giants’ first two games, and while Bowe is off to a slow start, things should pick up for him eventually.As for the rest of you, a well-time, fair trade three weeks into the season is a great way to give your team a boost. If you are 1-2 or 0-3, it’s time to start getting serious about revamping your roster. The season can get away from you in a hurry.As for the other mopes, let’s take a look at them on a case-by-case basis.ŸTexans WR Johnson: Short term, I’d exercise caution as Johnson is banged up and a game-time decision this week against an almost-impossible-to-score-on Seahawks secondary. Long term, I still like him as a solid WR1.ŸFalcons WR White: Bench him until Week 7 when Atlanta comes off the bye. An ankle injury is clearly limiting a player who has produced six straight 1,100-yard seasons.ŸBucs WR Jackson: Stay patient, but monitor how Tampa Bay looks with rookie Mike Glennon running the show.ŸTexans RB Foster: This week against the Seahawks, I’d consider other options if you have any. Truth be told, Houston’s schedule doesn’t get a whole lot easier moving forward. Trading for an upgrade over Foster seems insane, but if you can pull it off, I’d give it a shot.ŸColts RB Richardson: Eventually, Richardson is going to be the main man in Indy, but watch for another 12-16 touch day this week. Against the Jaguars, that’s enough to be an RB2. I still think he’ll end up in the top 8 among RBs by season’s end.ŸRavens RB Rice: Stay patient. Big games are coming.ŸJaguars RB Jones-Drew: Run away. Do whatever is humanly possible to find a replacement.Random thoughts:I’m excited to see what Le’Veon Bell can do to jump-start a putrid Steelers running game. I took the rookie out of Michigan State in the seventh round in one league, knowing he’s easily the best option Pittsburgh has in the backfield. If you are hurting, feel free to put him in your lineup, but I’d wait a week if possible. ... Throwing for 321 yards and 3 TD passes, Browns QB Brian Hoyer looked solid last week in a 31-27 victory over the Vikings. With Brandon Weeden nursing a thumb injury, Hoyer gets the call again, but it will be tougher sledding for the rookie against a solid Bengals squad. ... Need WR help? Get Detroit’s Ryan Broyles if he’s available. The second-year player out of Oklahoma is going to see a lot more action with Nate Burleson (broken arm) out. ... Another player to consider is Dallas’ Terrence Williams. Miles Austin is likely out, and Williams will see plenty of action against a terrible Chargers pass defense.

    Montini’s Derrick Curry picks off a St. Francis pass for a 92-yard touchdown run.

    Scouting this weekend’s DuPage County football games
    The top Week 5 high school football games for the DuPage County coverage area


    Game video: Barrington vs. Schaumburg
    Barrington takes on Schaumburg Friday in Week 5 action. Follow the game here with video from High School Cube, then come back later for the replay and highlights.


    Game video: Stevenson vs. Vernon Hills
    Stevenson faces Vernon Hills Friday in Week 5 action. Follow the game here with video from High School Cube, then come back later for the replay and highlights.


    Game video: Wheaton North vs. Lake Park
    Wheaton North faces Lake Park Friday in Week 5 action. Follow the game here with video from High School Cube, then come back later for the replay and highlights.


    Game video: Montini vs. Marmion
    Montini faces Marmion Friday in Week 5 action. Follow the game here with video from High School Cube, then come back later for the replay and highlights.


    Game video: Bartlett vs. Waubonsie Valley
    Bartlett faces Waubonsie Valley Friday in Week 5 action. Follow the game here with video from High School Cube, then come back later for the replay and highlights.


    Game video: Larkin vs. Streamwood
    Larkin faces Streamwood Friday in Week 5 action. Follow the game here with video from High School Cube, then come back later for the replay and highlights.


    Game video: St. Viator vs. Notre Dame
    St. Viator faces Niles Notre Dame Friday in Week 5 action. Follow the game here with video from High School Cube, then come back later for the replay and highlights.


    Game video: Libertyville vs. Warren
    Libertyville faces Warren Friday in Week 5 action. Follow the game here with video from High School Cube, then come back later for the replay and highlights.


    Game video: St. Edward vs. Aurora Central Catholic
    St. Edward faces Aurora Central Catholic Friday in Week 5 action. Follow the game here with video from High School Cube, then come back later for the replay and highlights.


    Game video: Elgin vs. St. Charles East
    Elgin faces St. Charles East Friday in Week 5 action. Follow the game here with video from High School Cube, then come back later for the replay and highlights.


    Game video: Conant vs. Palatine
    Conant faces Palatine Friday in Week 5 action. Follow the game here with video from High School Cube, then come back later for the replay and highlights.


    Game video: Benet vs. Marian Catholic
    Benet Academy faces Marian Catholic Friday in Week 5 action. Follow the game here with video from High School Cube, then come back later for the replay and highlights.


    Alabama-Michigan State games canceled

    Michigan State has granted Alabama’s request to drop two future meetings from the schedule. The Crimson Tide asked to cancel the football games scheduled for 2016 and 2017.


    Game video: Downers Grove North vs. Lyons Township
    Downers Grove North faces Lyons Township Friday in Week 5 action. Follow the game here with video from High School Cube, then come back later for the replay and highlights.

    Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig speaks during a news conference in 2007.

    Selig says he will retire in January 2015

    Bud Selig said Thursday he plans to retire as baseball commissioner in January 2015 after a term of more than 22 years marked by robust growth in attendance and revenue along with a canceled World Series and a drug scandal. The 79-year-old Selig said in 2003 that he would retire in 2006 but has repeatedly accepted new contracts.


    Scouting this weekend’s Tri-Cities football games
    Previews of the Week 5 high school football games for the Kane County coverage area


    Wisconsin bill would guard race-based school nicknames

    Republican legislators in Wisconsin introduced a bill Thursday that would make it harder to strip public schools of race-based nicknames and allow schools already ordered to drop such monikers to keep them.

    Illinois’ Nathan Scheelhaase tries to break free from Washington’s Scott Lawyer during the first half of the Sept. 14 game at Soldier Field in Chicago.

    Illinois, N. Carolina schedule games for 2015, ’16

    Illinois and North Carolina have some basketball history but the schools will face each other in a home-and-home football series in 2015 and 2016. The teams will play in North Carolina on Sept. 19, 2015, and in Champaign on Sept. 10, 2016.

    Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde gains yardage against Florida A&M during the Sept. 21 game in Columbus, Ohio. While rolling over four hapless nonconference opponents, No. 4 Ohio State has hardly been challenged.

    After routing 4 foes, Buckeyes face 1st close game

    No. 4 Ohio State hasn’t picked on anyone its size yet this season. In its four nonconference games, Ohio State never trailed, led 102-14 through the first quarter and was ahead by at least eight points for 92 percent of the time. On Saturday night, that all changes when the Buckeyes host No. 23 Wisconsin.

    Notre Dame linebacker Jaylon Smith tackles Temple wide receiver Nate Hairston during the second half of the Aug. 31 game in South Bend, Ind.

    Notre Dame linebackers face Te’o comparisons

    At first glance, Notre Dame linebackers Jaylon Smith and Jarrett Grace don’t appear to have a lot in common other than being starters the 22nd-ranked Fighting Irish are counting on to help slow No. 14 Oklahoma’s offense. They have a common thread that binds them, though: inevitable comparisons to Manti Te’o.


    Scouting Week 5, Northwest

    Here's a look at the Week 5 football matchups featuring teams from the Mid-Suburban League plus St. Viator, Maine West, Leyden and Christian Liberty.


    SCE tennis, ACC football making impact off the field

    For years, decades, the St. Charles East girls tennis program has held a charity car wash. This year coach Sena Drawer and her team widened the scope.

    Hard work and perseverance served Conant’s Robert Hudson well in his drive to play basketball collegiately.

    Long, successful basketball road for Conant’s Hudson

    Mapquest’s directions put the trip from Conant High School to Ferris State University at 4 1-2 hours and nearly 270 miles. That would be a quick cruise to Big Rapids, Mich., for Robert Hudson considering all the time and effort that went into his obstacle-filled route of playing basketball in college.

    Dodgers fan Jonathan Denver was fatally stabbed Wednesday night near San Francisco’s AT&T Park.

    Dodgers-Giants rivalry leads to fatal stabbing

    The rivalry between the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers turned violent when a Dodgers fan was fatally stabbed near San Francisco’s AT&T Park after the two teams played, police said on Thursday.

    American cyclist Tejay van Garderen, second from right, trains with his teammates during a no-race day at the road cycling world championships Thursday in near Florence, Italy.

    Americans aim for road race medal

    Americans Christopher Horner and Tejay van Garderen believe that have a shot at winning the road race Sunday at the cycling world championships. And with a team strong from top to bottom supporting them, it’s slightly surprising that the U.S. riders are still not considered a major threat.


    Game video: Neuqua Valley vs. East Aurora
    Neuqua Valley faces East Aurora Friday in Week 5 action. Follow the game here with video from High School Cube, then come back later for the replay and highlights.


    Game video: South Elgin vs. Metea Valley
    South Elgin faces Metea Valley Friday in Week 5 action. Follow the game here with video from High School Cube, then come back later for the replay and highlights.


    Event video: Hinsdale Central vs. Lyons Twp. girls swimming
    Hinsdale Central takes on Lyons Township Thursday in girls swimming action. Follow the meet here with video from High School Cube, then come back later for the replay and highlights.


    Game video: Crystal Lake South vs. Prairie Ridge volleyball
    Crystal Lake South faces Prairie Ridge in girls volleyball action Thursday. Follow the game here with video from High School Cube, then come back later for the replay and highlights.


    Event video: Barrington vs. Palatine girls swimming
    Barrington takes on Palatine Thursday in girls swimming action. Follow the meet here with video from High School Cube, then come back later for the replay and highlights.


    Game video: Cary-Grove vs. Lake Forest Academy soccer
    Cary-Grove takes on Lake Forest Academy in boys soccer action Thursday. Follow the game here with video from High School Cube then come back later for the replay and highlights.


    Mike North video: North tweets the NFC divisions leaders
    As Mike North tweets his ratings of the New Orleans Saints, the Chicago Bears and the Seattle Seahawks, he gets an earful from Seahawk fans about his ratings.


    Mikaelian eagles; Carmel wins ESCC regular season

    Libertyville’s Simone Mikaelian added another highlight to her freshman golf season Wednesday. Mikaelian eagled the eighth hole at Willow Glen, finishing with a 40 to earn medalist honors and lead Libertyville (172) to wins over Deerfield (180) and Lake Zurich (195).


    Cigelnik sets tone for Mundelein victory

    Boys golfMundelein d. Lake Zurich: At Hawthorn Woods Country Club, Bret Cigelnik fired a 36 to lead the Mustangs (154) past the Bears (190).Derek Parola and Jon Lentz carded a 38 and 39, respectively, for Mundelein. Ryan Magee and Tyler White each had a 41.Lake Zurich’s Teddy Noll shot a 46.Libertyville d. Zion-Benton: At Pine Meadow Golf Club, Billy Knutson’s 36 and Jack Lipp’s 37 helped the Wildcats (157) get past the Zee-Bees (163).Grayslake Central d. Wauconda: At Countryside, Kyle Reynolds earned medalist honors with a 40 to help the Rams (169) edge the Bulldogs (171).Carmel d. Vernon Hills: At White Deer Run, Jackson Wietecha fired an even-par 36 and the Corsairs (157) earned the win over the host Cougars (172).Nick Tasch added a 39 for Carmel.Ricky Schmidt’s 40 paced Vernon Hills.


    Round Lake rolls to victory

    Boys soccerRound Lake 8, North Chicago 0: Freddie Ramirez had a goal and 3 assists, and Fermin Martinez scored twice for the Panthers in the North Suburban Prairie Division game.Alejandro Sotelo, Christian Navarro, Javier Coronado, Fernando Sotelo and Oscar Rodriguez also scored for Round Lake. Panthers keeper Adis Sator made 4 saves in recording the shutout.Lakes 2, Cary-Grove 0: At Carmel Catholic, Rich Galat scored a pair of second-half goals for the Eagles (6-5).Lakes goalies Kevin Ray and Jack Monson each had 4 saves in sharing the shutout.


    Chicago Wolves winger Darren Haydar battles to maintain control of the puck against Cody Almond of the Houston Aeros at Allstate Arena.

    Wolves to get new wireless system for better connectivity

    Kukec's eBuzz column features Lisle-based ExteNet Systems Inc., which is going to provide more connectivity for fans who attend the Chicago Wolves games at the Allstate Arena. They can also download a free app to order tickets, food and other merchandise from the businesses inside the stadium.

    Award-winning chef Gordon Ramsay is executive producer of “Food Court Wars,” which will be making an episode at Spring Hill Mall in West Dundee, according to officials.

    Food Court Wars to battle at Spring Hill Mall

    The second season of Food Court Wars will include an episode shot at Spring Hill Mall in West Dundee. The show is produced by chef Gordon Ramsay, and pits two teams of food entrepreneur hopefuls against each other as they battle to win their own restaurant inside the host mall.

    Illinois will receive nearly $540,000 in federal funds to expand the availability of fresh, locally grown produce.

    Illinois gets $500,000 federal grant for local crops

    Illinois will receive nearly $540,000 in federal funds to expand the availability of fresh, locally grown produce. Agriculture Director Bob Flider said Wednesday the money will come from the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. It will be split among 12 projects focused on local produce.

    U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin and other Democrats are asking energy drink companies not to market to children and to stop making products available in schools.

    Durbin: Energy drinks shouldn't market to kids

    U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin and other Democrats are asking energy drink companies not to market to children and to stop making products available in schools. The Illinois Democrat and three of his colleagues sent letters Wednesday to 17 energy drink companies.

    The heads of mass transit agencies around Chicago are getting a chance to give public testimony in front of a panel charged with reforming transportation in the region.

    Metra reform task force holds second meeting

    The heads of mass transit agencies around Chicago are getting a chance to give public testimony in front of a panel charged with reforming transportation in the region. Regional Transportation Authority officials were among those who presented Wednesday before the Northeastern Illinois Public Transit Task Force.

    Ten Chicago-area suspects have been indicted in an alleged scheme to fraudulently secure around 50 residential mortgage loans worth more than $14 million.

    Feds: Illinois mortgage fraud led to $8 million in losses

    Ten Chicago-area suspects have been indicted in an alleged scheme to fraudulently secure around 50 residential mortgage loans worth more than $14 million.The U.S. Attorney's Office said Wednesday the mortgages were used to buy properties — mainly on the south and west sides of Chicago.


    EBay to buy Chicago-based payments company Braintree for $800M

    PayPal parent eBay says it is buying online and mobile payments technology provider Braintree, based in Chicago, for $800 million in cash.Braintree's payments technology is used by popular startups such as vacation rentals site Airbnb, cab-hailing app Uber and restaurant reservations site OpenTable.The move comes as eBay's PayPal unit works to evolve from its roots as an online payments provider, expanding its offline, mobile and online offerings to stores, restaurants and other business.San Jose, Calif.-based eBay Inc. says that it will operate Braintree as a separate business. Bill Ready, the CEO of the Chicago-based company, will report to PayPal President David Marcus. Braintree's roughly 200 employees are staying with company. EBay says it expects to close the deal before the end of the year.

    The city of Chicago's push to bring in more tourists and business travelers helped boost local hotel occupancy rates to a record level in August.

    Chicago tourism push boosts hotel occupancy

    The city of Chicago's push to bring in more tourists and business travelers helped boost local hotel occupancy rates to a record level in August. The mayor's office says 86.4 percent of hotel rooms were filled. That's a 1.6 percent increase over August of last year.

    House Speaker John Boehner speaks to reporters Thursday after a closed-door strategy session. Pressure is building on fractious Republicans to prevent a partial government shutdown.

    No compromise: Government on brink of a shutdown?

    Moving closer to the brink of a government shutdown, House Republicans vowed Thursday they won’t simply accept the stopgap legislation that is likely to remain after Senate Democrats strip away a plan to dismantle President Barack Obama’s health care law.

    McDonald’s will soon begin offering a side fruit or vegetable salad instead of fries in a bid to improve the nutritional benefit of its meals.

    McDonald’s to offer salad, fruit as side

    Oak Brook-based McDonald’s says it will start giving customers the choice of a salad, fruit or vegetable as a substitute for french fries in its value meals. McDonald’s Corp. will roll out the change early next year in the U.S.

    Farmworkers pick paper trays of dried raisins off the ground and heap them onto a trailer in the final step of raisin harvest near Fresno, Calif. This year, due to a labor shortage in California and other western states, many growers increased farmworker wages by up to 20 percent pay and gave other incentives, making this one of the best harvests for the workers.

    Farmers face labor shortages in the fields

    With the harvest in full swing on the West Coast, farmers in California and other states say they can’t find enough people to pick high value crops such as grapes, peppers, apples and pears. In some cases, workers have walked off fields in the middle of harvest, lured by offers of better pay or easier work elsewhere.

    U.S. stocks rose, halting the longest slump this year for the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index, as an unexpected drop in jobless claims overshadowed concern that a budget impasse could hurt economic growth.

    Encouraging news on jobs, retailers lifts stocks

    Upbeat news about jobs and retailers helped the Standard & Poor’s 500 index snap its longest losing streak of the year on Thursday. U.S. unemployment claims fell close to their lowest level in six years, the government reported, and J.C. Penney and Bed Bath & Beyond delivered encouraging news.

    Wheaton Mayor Michael Gresk said the city is eagerly awaiting the spring opening of the new DuPage Medical Group facility at the downtown site of the former Jewel-Osco on Main and Willow.

    DuPage Medical Group facility taking shape in Wheaton

    The DuPage Medical Group facility being built in downtown Wheaton is expected to be a one-stop shop for patients when it opens next spring. The three-story, 40,000-square-foot structure at the site of the former Jewel-Osco at Main Street and Willow Avenue will house family and internal medical practices currently based at the group's 1800 N. Main St. location.

    Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery (17) is hit by Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor (24) after making a catch in the third quarter of an NFL football game Sunday in Pittsburgh. The National Football League is teaming up with Twitter Inc. to post video highlights of games on the microblogging site and share the advertising revenue.

    Twitter, NFL reach deal to show videos

    The National Football league struck a deal to show game highlights and other video content on Twitter ahead of the short messaging service’s initial public offering of stock.

    Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe testifies on Capitol Hill Thursday during at hearing on reforming and renewing the US Postal Service.

    Postmaster: Money woes behind rate hike request

    Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe said Thursday the Postal Service had no choice but to ask for an emergency rate hike given the agency’s dire finances.

    This man dressed as a hot dog is considered a violation of Algonquin’s sign ordinance. So Richie Vaia, owner of Day Go Dogs, had to do his promotion across the street in Lake in the Hills.

    Dancing hot dog doesn’t pass muster in Algonquin

    The owner of an Algonquin hot dog joint learned the hard way that he can’t promote his business by hiring someone to wear a hot dog suit and dance on the sidewalk near would-be customers.Richie Vaia received a warning letter from the village that threatened to fine him last month if he continued to put a dancing man dressed in a hot dog suit in front of his business, Day Go Dogs.

    Jeff Caldwell, 29, right, a chassis assembly line supervisor, checks a vehicle on the assembly line at the Chrysler Jefferson North Assembly plant in Detroit. The U.S. economy grew at a 2.5 percent annual rate from April through June, an improvement from the first three months of the year.

    U.S. economy grew at 2.5 percent rate in spring

    The U.S. economy grew at a 2.5 percent annual rate from April through June, an improvement from the first three months of the year. But economists are worried that growth may now be slowing. The Commerce Department says its final look at economic growth in the spring was unchanged from a prior estimate made last month. However, the components of growth were altered slightly.

Life & Entertainment

    Flint (Bill Hader) and the gang reunite for “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2.”

    ‘Cloudy’ sequel lacks intelligence of original

    Experienced chefs will tell you that changing one or two crucial ingredients in a prize-winning recipe can turn a delectable meal into a flavorless dish you'd hesitate to feed to your pet. A similar switch deflates the Sony Pictures Animation sequel "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2."

    CBS took a risk with “Elementary” last year — and it paid off. Sherlock Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller), right, and Watson (Lucy Liu) are returning for a second season.

    ‘Elementary’ premiere takes Holmes, Watson to London

    Perhaps it was elementary, after all. The detective drama “Elementary” is back for a second season after silencing skeptics by garnering critical praise and strong ratings. The show, which stars Jonny Lee Miller as a modern-day Sherlock Holmes in New York, returns to CBS in the United States on Thursday — further evidence of the Holmes’ inexhaustible appeal.


    Try these tips to get a cabinet upgrade within a budget

    You can give your kitchen cabinets an upgrade without throwing your budget out the window. Just try some of our super ideas, and you’ll be amazed! Clean all of the cabinets with mineral-spirits paint thinner to remove all grease and oils. You can do a lot of different things to a cabinet door or drawer front:

    Jon (writer/director Joseph Gordon-Levitt) schmoozes with Barbara (Scarlett Johansson) in the strange and timely romantic comedy "Don Jon."

    Porn-addict comedy opposes objectification of women

    The computer porn subject matter in “Don Jon” could have turned off audiences, but first-time director/actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt pushes the cinematic envelope with charm and near-perfect aplomb. His cautionary tale warms about objectifying women to the point that real relationships can't compete with the instant, constant, consequence-free, all-consuming charge that computer porn offers.

    Willie Nelson has been forced to pull out of the Southern Ground Music & Food Festival and three other shows, including one in Springfield, due to a shoulder injury. Nelson's publicist says Wednesday the 80-year-old country music star is under a doctor's orders to rest his shoulder for a week, meaning he'll miss shows in Carmel, Ind., Charlotte, Mich., Springfield, and Saturday's appearance at the festival hosted by Zac Brown in Nashville, Tenn.

    Nelson pulls out of festival, Springfield show with shoulder injury

    Willie Nelson has been forced to pull out of the Southern Ground Music & Food Festival and three other shows, including one in Sprinfield, due to a shoulder injury.

    CBS says “Breaking Bad” star Bryan Cranston is coming back to “How I Met Your Mother.” Cranston will reprise his role as Hammond Druthers, who was Ted’s old boss until he had a meltdown.

    Bryan Cranston to guest on ‘How I Met Your Mother’

    CBS says “Breaking Bad” star Bryan Cranston is coming back to “How I Met Your Mother” to reprise his role as Hammond Druthers, who was Ted’s old boss until he had a meltdown, the network said Wednesday.

    A New York lawyer for troubled star Amanda Bynes says he thinks her bong-throwing case will be resolved soon. The actress did not appear in court Thursday, Sept. 26. She remains in a psychiatric hospital in California. She was charged earlier this year with reckless endangerment and marijuana possession. Police said they saw her heave a bong from her 36th floor Manhattan apartment.

    Amanda Bynes’ lawyer hopes for resolution to NY bong case

    A lawyer for troubled star Amanda Bynes says he thinks her New York bong-throwing case will be resolved soon. The actress didn’t appear in court Thursday. She remains in a psychiatric hospital in California.


    Prison for man in attempted burglary at Kid Rock home

    PONTIAC, Mich. — A man accused of trying to break into musician Kid Rock’s suburban Detroit home has been sentenced to at least 46 months in prison.Brian Keith’s sentence Wednesday was enhanced because of his previous criminal record. He recently pleaded no contest to attempted home invasion, malicious destruction of a building and malicious destruction of personal property at Kid Rock’s home. Security cameras show a man ramming the gate at the Clarkston home on July 31. Kid Rock was away at the time.The 43-year-old Keith apologized in court and blamed his behavior on bad choices and substance abuse. Defense attorney Douglas Oliver said Keith believed it was the home of someone who owed him money.Kid Rock — born Robert Ritchie — didn’t appear in Oakland County court.


    Marvin Gaye III pleads for kidney donation

    Marvin Gaye III is suffering from kidney failure and is seeking a donated organ for transplant.


    Humperdinck cancels again at Minnesota casino

    Health issues have forced British crooner Engelbert Humperdinck to cancel two shows, including an already rescheduled appearance at a Minnesota casino.

    Drake performing at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas, Nev.

    Drake is comfortable in his own skin

    As Drake walks into the room, his body language projects an air of confidence. On any other day, it may go unnoticed, but on the eve of releasing his third album, “Nothing Was the Same,” there's a look of satisfaction in his eyes. The mere mention of the record brings a smile to his face.

    “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D” — starring Chloe Bennet, left, Elizabeth Henstridge, Iain De Caestecker, Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen and Brett Dalton — had the best ratings of any new broadcast drama in four years on all of broadcast television among the 18-to-49-year-old demographic.

    ABC’s ‘Marvel’s Agents’ bows to strong ratings

    The action franchise “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” is off to a fast start for ABC. “Lucky 7” is not so lucky. ABC quickly announced it would rerun the series debut at 7 p.m. Thursday, bumping a rerun of “Shark Tank.”

    Robert De Niro will replace the late James Gandolfini in the miniseries “Criminal Justice.”

    De Niro takes over Gandolfini miniseries role

    HBO says Robert De Niro will step into a project that was thrown into question by the death of James Gandolfini. HBO said Wednesday that De Niro is taking on the role of a New York City attorney handling a murder case in the miniseries “Criminal Justice.”

    Vera Joseph (Mary Ann Thebus) struggles with growing old while her grandson Leo (Josh Salt) struggles to grow up in Amy Herzog's “4000 Miles,” in its Chicago-area premiere at Northlight Theatre.

    Great cast helps Northlight's '4000 Miles' go the distance

    “4000 Miles” at Northlight Theatre sneaks up on you and doesn't let you go. A quiet, intergenerational drama about growing up, growing old and finding oneself, Amy Herzog's 2013 Pulitzer Prize finalist doesn't leave a big impression. Not at first, despite the presence of a skilled director whose cast includes a doyenne of Chicago theater and several impressive young actors.

    Writer, speaker, professor and former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich holds court in a university class in the documentary

    Reel Life: 'Inequality' doc tries to save the middle class

    Dann provides mini-reviews of the new movies “Inequality For All” (that turns Harvard and Berkeley professor Robert Reich into a modern-day academic Robin Hood extolling the virtues of taking from the rich and giving back to the poor middle class, which he asserts has been teetering on the edge of the financial cliff for the past few years) and the mishmash Chinese action comedy “The Spy.”

    Jim Hetfield performs with Metallica in the fantasy-meets-concert film "Metallica Through the Never."

    Metallica movie takes viewers on a journey

    Movies based on plays are usually “opened up” when they’re filmed, with locations and characters added to render them more naturalistic. “Metallica Through the Never” does much the same to the rock-concert flick, attaching a story that takes place outside the arena where the venerable metal band is playing. The result, however, is still pretty much a rock-concert flick.

    Albert (the late James Gandolfini) shares a gentle moment with Eva (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) in Nicole Holofcener's superb romantic comedy "Enough Said."

    ‘Enough Said’ a witty, wise romantic comedy

    After a long career playing gangsters, thugs and heavies, the late James Gandolfini finally gets to play his most endearing character in Nicole Holofcener’s “Enough Said.” He’s a regular guy named Albert, a slightly overweight, self-admitted slob. He might even sound boring, but Gandolfini, who died in June, imbues Albert with so much humanity and charisma it’s impossible not to love him.

    A wealthy globe-trotter (Djimon Hounsou) tries to persuade a flight attendant (Paula Patton) to fly away with him in “Baggage Claim.”

    Nobody should claim this banged-up ‘Baggage’

    “Baggage Claim” is buried so deep under an avalanche of rom-com clichés that it doesn’t even know what it’s saying about its characters, among them Paul Patton’s annoying flight attendant who acts like a 15-year-old overdosing on cuteness. She knits her brows, flirtatiously smiles (even to Mom) and does everything but whip her hair around to attract attention to her affected adorableness.

    James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth), left, shares a fierce rivalry with Niki Lauda (Daniel Bruhl) in Ron Howard's formula Formula One race drama “Rush.”

    Hemsworth, Bruhl standouts in Ron Howard's racy chrome-ance 'Rush'

    Ron Howard's Formula One race drama “Rush” is just that, one formula race drama with the prerequisite squealing tires, roaring engines, squealing and roaring fans, and two tough rivals who drive Peter Morgan's serviceable screenplay into high gear. Chris “Thor” Hemsworth and Daniel Bruhl elevate this film with clearly drawn characterizations acting as dramatic additive fueling this story.

    Swirling a glass of wine helps you determine its body.

    To make sense of a wine, use all your senses

    So how do we “taste” wine? How do you recognize those flavors in your glass? There are no rules, only guidelines. Follow these and you should gain some insight into why you like certain wines more than others. Follow them too closely, and you might offend some people.

    Sweet white miso adds unexpected oomph to quick, weeknight turkey and corn chili.

    Hispanic and Asian flavors combine for quick chili

    Average turkey chili — some onions, jalapenos, garlic, ground turkey and white beans - gets a serious flavor boost from an unexpected ingredient — sweet white miso. It’s the same stuff used in the soup you slurp at the sushi bar.

    Guatemalan Eduardo Figueroa, a high-couture designer, said modernizing Mayan designs helps non-indigenous people appreciate this “ethnic” fashion.

    Guatemalan indigenous designs win new respect

    With their brightly colored fabrics filled with animals and landscapes, Guatemala’s indigenous had long used textiles to tell stories and share their visions of the universe. In modern times, however, those same fabrics made their wearers targets for discrimination, marking them as part of the country’s poor and indigenous. Now, embroidered Mayan textiles known as huipiles are undergoing a revival in some of the country’s finest boutiques as they become a haute couture fixture.


    Night life events: Two Brothers opens cafe, beer bar
    A new addition to the Two Brothers family opened in Aurora earlier this month: the Two Brothers Cafe and Beer Bar. Stop by in the morning for freshly brewed coffee or tea, in the afternoon for tapas and a specialty espresso drink or after work for a rare beer.

    Singer Brisila Barros, 15, of Round Lake Beach finished fourth on “El Factor X,” a Spanish-language version of the television singing competition “X Factor.” Brisila finished fourth on the show and has high hopes for a singing career.

    Round Lake Beach teen enjoys brush with stardom on 'El Factor X'

    Once so shy she couldn't even sing in front of her family, Brisila Barros is still reeling from her brush with stardom over the summer as a finalist on "El Factor X," a Spanish-language version of Simon Cowell's TV franchise. The Round Lake High School sophomore spent five weeks in Mexico City filming. "I felt so special, like I wasn't even from this world," she said. "The whole thing is so humbling.”

    A few tricks of the trade will keep your mums blooming longer, including buying plants when the buds are just beginning to open. If they are being planted in the shade, wait until they open to put them in the ground.

    Choose right plants to extend show of blooms

    When you buy mums and asters for fall display, choose plants whose flower buds are just beginning to open so the color will last longer in your garden.


    Love, determination, a commitment to family and selfless efforts of many people throughout the suburbs helped keep Greta Ramirez, left, and her older sister Karen together after a family tragedy.

    Editorial: Out of murder, a story of human values

    A Daily Herald editorial says the story of Karen and Greta Ramirez is a moving example of values suburban residents hold dear.


    Numbers don’t tell whole story in news decisions

    Columnist Jim Slusher: In the complex practice of employing news judgment, the role of numbers is not always as obvious as you might expect.


    Francis the troublemaker

    Columnist Michael Gerson: Francis observed: “Tell me, when God looks at a gay person, does he endorse the existence of this person with love, or reject and condemn this person? We must always consider the person.” This teaching — to always consider the person — was disorienting from the beginning. The outsiders get invited to the party.


    Leashes vital to safety of dogs, humans
    I heard about a dog getting hit by a car the other day. The dog was not on a leash when it decided to take off into the street. This past week, while walking my dog (on a leash), a neighbor’s dog saw us and dashed across the street, racing toward my dog and me. I also drove by a man a couple days ago who was holding onto a leash while walking his dog, but the leash was not in any way connected to the dog.I know a lot of dog owners love their dogs, but allowing them to roam or walk free off a leash is not only stupid, it’s also dangerous for dogs and humans, no matter how gentle or obedient you think your dog may be (dogs like to chase things and don’t look left or right before crossing streets). What’s most unbelievable are dog owners who allow their dogs to ride in their cars unrestrained and have their windows all the way down. Who am I to say such terrible things to these dog loving people? I’ve read a number of articles on dog statistics and accidents. Did you know there are more than 4.5 million people bitten by dogs each year? Did you know that tens of thousands of dogs are lost each year? Did you know that over a million dogs are hit by cars each year? Did you know that unrestrained pets cause more than 30,000 accidents a year and that an unrestrained 60-pound dog is transformed into a 2,700-pound rocket during a 35 mph collision?I will stop my barking as soon as dog owners start using more restraint and act like leaders when it comes to dog safety. Bruce Handler Hawthorn Woods


    Lawmakers need a wake-up call on pensions
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: The pension plan for the state of Illinois without a solution to date cause me to wonder if anyone realizes the cost of interest to the state. Perhaps a solution may be for citizens to delay payment of their next tax bill as a wake-up call to our legislators


    Punishment doesn’t fit the crime
    A letter to the editor: Seeing how President Obama has handled the Syrian chemical weapons crisis makes me wish he was my father when I was growing up


    ECC has plenty for adults to learn
    A St. Chalres letter to the editor: There is a course “home repair” offered at Elgin Community College. It is seven classes on a Saturday morning. If enough people do not sign up, it is canceled.


    Duckworth walkout was shameful
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: I see where at the recent Benghazi hearings a group of congressman walked out of the hearings just before the testimony of the families whose sons were slaughtered began. While I am appalled, I am not shocked, as this seems to be the standard operating procedures of the clowns in Congress.


    GOP ready to shut down government
    An Elgin letter to the editor: The right-wingers in the U.S. House just voted to cut $40 billion from SNAP that helps feed people making less than $14,500 annually. In other words, the Republicans voted to reduce aid to 47 million Americans in poverty who need help.


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