Daily Archive : Saturday September 28, 2013


    Storm clouds hang over Capitol Hill in Washington Friday as the Republican-controlled House and the Democrat-controlled Senate stand at an impasse with Congress continuing to struggle over how to fund the government and prevent a possible shutdown. Congress failed to avert a shutdown Monday.

    Shutdown impact: Tourists, homebuyers hit quickly

    The government shutdown will have far-reaching consequences for some, but minimal impact on others. Here's how services will — or will not — be affected now that Congress has failed to reach an agreement averting a government shutdown .

    Six-year-old Torin Holda of Geneva and his mom Jaimie prepare to plant a tree. Volunteers helped plant 600 oak trees in under three hours as part of National Public Lands Day Saturday at Schweitzer Woods Forest Preserve near West Dundee.

    70 people give back to Mother Nature in Schweitzer Woods

    Nearly 600 trees found a new home Saturday at the Schweitzer Woods Forest Preserve near West Dundee, thanks to a host of volunteers who came out for National Public Lands Day. Seventy people spent the late morning and early afternoon planting seedlings and sappings that will later grow into Burr Oak, red oak and hills oak trees. “We’re out here, we’re having fun and we’re helping the community,”...


    Clashes in eastern Lebanon kill at least 3
    Hezbollah fighters and residents of the eastern Lebanese city of Baalbek exchanged fire Saturday, leaving three dead and six wounded, security officials and the army said. The officials said the shooting occurred around noon at a Hezbollah checkpoint in the city, a stronghold of the militant group.


    Gary airport proposals fall short of city's hopes

    Proposals from two companies that have bid on a request to run operations and development at Gary/Chicago International Airport have fallen short of the city's hopes, but officials say there's still room for negotiation.The city had hoped to see an offer of an upfront payment and asked bidders to show a plan for investing or attracting $100 million in projects over a number of years.


    Woman challenges Indiana on female veteran issues
    A disabled Air Force veteran is questioning Indiana's commitment to help women who've served in the military. Lisa Wilken tells The Journal Gazette that an annual conference for women veterans has been canceled and says the state's efforts to hold events for women at an October health expo are inadequate.

    Hannah Gelinas, 8, of Arlington Heights tours a 74-year-old newly restored caboose as the Itasca Historical Depot Museum hosts its grand reopening event.

    Restored Itasca train museum reopens

    The grand opening of the restored Itasca Historical Depot Museum was a train-themed extravaganza, complete with the sounds of train whistles and horns everywhere. A steady stream of people, mostly families with children, came to see the 140-year-old museum on Saturday afternoon. "I thought they did a beautiful job,” Elizabeth Crandell said. “It’s really something to stop and...

    Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, walks to the chamber as the House of Representatives works into the night to pass a bill to fund the government, at the Capitol in Washington, Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013. Locked in a deepening struggle with President Barack Obama, House Republicans on Saturday demanded a one-year delay in major parts of the nation's new health care law and permanent repeal of a tax on medical devices as the price for preventing a partial government shutdown threatened for early Tuesday.

    Shutdown nearing, GOP seeks health care delay

    Locked in a deepening struggle with President Barack Obama, the Republican-controlled House pushed legislation toward passage Saturday night requiring a one-year delay in parts of the nation's new health care law and repeal of a tax on medical devices as the price for avoiding a partial government shutdown in a few days' time.

    Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem gives an interview Saturday during the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters.

    Syria’s FM: No transition plan without Assad

    Syria’s government will not accept any transition peace plan that excludes President Bashar Assad, Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem told The Associated Press in an interview Saturday. “For the Syrian people, Bashar Assad is the elected president until mid-2014, when presidential elections will be held,” al-Moallem said.

    In this Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013 file photo, former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi addresses supporters during a demonstration in front of his residence in Rome. Government ministers in former Premier Silvio Berlusconi’s political party have announced Saturday their intention to resign their posts, a move that raises tension in the uneasy coalition government and increases the possibility of early elections. Vice Premier Angelino Alfano’s spokeswoman said Saturday the five ministers from Berlusconi’s center-right People of Freedom Party have decided to submit their resignations.

    Berlusconi ministers say they will resign
    Government ministers in former Premier Silvio Berlusconi’s political party have announced their intention to resign their posts, a move that raises tension in the uneasy coalition government and increases the possibility of early elections.

    U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel speaks to the traveling press aboard a U.S. military aircraft plane en route to Seoul, South Korea, for celebrations marking the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice agreement on Saturday. Hagel remarked on the budget battle in Congress saying, “this is an astoundingly irresponsible way to govern.” Hagel will also be traveling to Japan to meet with top defense and diplomatic leaders.

    Hagel calls govt shutdown threat ‘shortsighted’

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is criticizing Congress as “astoundingly irresponsible,” and says that using threats to shut down the government to satisfy a political whim is dangerously shortsighted.

    Tom Palome, a 77-year-old former vice president of marketing for Oral-B, adjusts his Sam’s Club cap during an interview at the AARP office in Tampa, Florida, U.S., on Thursday, Sept. 5. At the height of his corporate career, Palome was pulling in a salary in the low six-figures and flying first class on business trips to Europe. Today, Palome juggles two part-time jobs: one as a $10-an-hour food demonstrator at Samís Club, the other flipping burgers and serving drinks at a golf club grill for slightly more than minimum wage.

    Lack of savings starting to catch up with retirees

    Low-income Americans have long had to scrape by in old age, relying primarily on Social Security. The middle class, with its more educated and resourceful retirees, is supposed to be better prepared, with some even having the luxury to forge fulfilling second acts as they redefine retirement on their own terms. Or so popular culture tells us. The reality is often quite another story.


    Bond set for man charged in U of I student’s death

    A man charged in the stabbing death of a University of Illinois student traveled across the country to confront her because he believed she was cheating on him, prosecutors said Saturday. The (Champaign) News-Gazette reports bond was set at $10 million for Yongfei Ci. The 29-year-old University of Illinois Ph.D. student from China is being held on a preliminary charge of murder for the slaying of...


    SUV plows into 2 men, restaurant in Chicago

    An SUV plowed into two men standing outside a Chicago restaurant and crashed into the building, sending the victims hurtling through the front window. Police spokesman Jose Estrada says the incident happened around 1:30 a.m. Saturday at a restaurant on the South Side. He says the two victims were taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn in serious condition.


    5th man charged in mass shooting at Chicago park

    A fifth man has been arrested and charged in connection with a shooting at a Chicago park last week that wounded 13 people, including a 3-year-old boy, police said Saturday. David Logan, 22, of Chicago’s Bridgeport neighborhood, was arrested Wednesday, according to a written statement released by the Chicago Police Department’s Office of News Affairs.

    Geneva fullback Patrick Schiller runs through a tackle attempt in a 2006 game at Geneva.

    Geneva’s Schiller waiting for call from NFL

    Columnist Dave Heun talks about pro and high school footbal -- from the cutting by the Atlanta Falcons of a hometown hero to those too-late Friday-night games. Plus cheerleaders doing hundreds of push-ups.

    District 15 Superintendent Scott Thompson this week received a 2.25 percent pay increase, bringing his salary to $228,808.

    Dist. 15 board narrowly approves administrator raises

    The Palatine Township Elementary District 15 board narrowly approved raises for administrators this week, but not before a heated discussion underscored the ongoing division among its members. “Financially, we're just getting out of the hole,” Manjula Sriram said. “We can't re-dig that hole. We have to be very careful about how we spend the money.”


    Northwest suburban police blotter

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    Pastor shot, killed during La. church service

    A Louisiana pastor was fatally shot as he preached to a crowd of more than 60 during a revival service Friday night, and a suspect has been arrested, law enforcement officials said. The shooting occurred about 8:20 p.m. Friday at Tabernacle of Praise Worship Center in Lake Charles, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Kim Myers said Saturday.

    This image provided by the U.S. Navy shows Navy Vice Adm. Tim Giardina in a Nov. 11, 2011, photo. The U.S. strategic Command, the military command in charge of all U.S. nuclear warfighting forces says it has suspended its No. 2 commander, Giardina, and he is under investigation by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service.

    No. 2 US nuke commander suspended amid probe

    The No. 2 officer at the military command in charge of all U.S. nuclear war-fighting forces has been suspended and is under investigation by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service on issues related to gambling, officials said Saturday. The highly unusual action against a high-ranking officer at U.S. Strategic Command was made more than three weeks ago but not publicly announced.

    In this Sept. 24 file photo, released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian citizens gather at the scene of a car bomb exploded in the residential al-Tadhamon neighborhood in Damascus, Syria. Syrian officials have said they plan to cooperate with the U.N. resolution to rid the country of its estimated 1,000-ton chemical arsenal by mid-2014.

    Syria vows to abide by UN resolution

    Syria will cooperate fully with U.N. inspectors charged with securing and destroying the country’s chemical weapons stockpile, the nation’s prime minister said Saturday. The comments from Wael al-Halqi came a day after the United Nations Security Council voted unanimously to purge Syria of its chemical weapons program. “This resolution is in line with Syria’s approach toward joining the chemical...


    House OKs bill aimed at improving drug safety

    The House easily approved bipartisan legislation Saturday aimed at improving the safety of drugs produced by compounding pharmacies that mix customized pharmaceuticals. The measure, approved on a voice vote, comes almost a year after a meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people and sickened hundreds more was traced to a compounding company in Framingham, Mass.

    Associated Press file photo In this Jan. 4, 1996, photo the sun gleams down on the still-closed Washington Monument as the federal budget impasse continued in Washington. OK, gridlocked politicians we’re used to. But why padlock the Statue of Liberty? You don’t see other democracies shuttering landmarks and sending civil servants home just because their political parties can’t get along. The potential for a shutdown is a quirk of American history. So if you’re tired of blaming tea party Republicans or President Barack Obama, you can lay some responsibility on the Founding Fathers. Or blame Jimmy Carter. Or Newt Gingrich’s temper tantrum. A quick history of government shutdowns, American-style.

    Closed for business? Government shutdown history

    OK, gridlocked politicians we’re used to. But why padlock the Statue of Liberty? You don’t see other democracies shuttering landmarks and sending civil servants home just because their political parties can’t get along. Belgian civil servants, for example, carried on nicely for a year and a half while their politicians bickered over forming a new government.

    Supporters of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, hold posters with photos of him, upon his arrival from the U.S. near the Mehrabad airport in Tehran, Iran, Saturday, Sept. 28. Iranians from across the political spectrum hailed Saturday the historic phone conversation between President Barack Obama and Rouhani, reflecting wide support for an initiative that has the backing of both reformists and the country’s conservative clerical leadership.

    For U.S.-Iran, breakthrough after decades of silence

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was ending his visit to the United States and inching through New York's notorious traffic when the call came from President Barack Obama in the Oval Office. Fifteen minutes later, the two say goodbye in each other's language, and a generation-long rift between the U.S. and Iran was that much closer to being bridged. Iranians awoke Saturday to learn about the...


    How budget showdowns could squeeze the US economy

    Just as the U.S. economy is struggling to expand at a healthy pace, a pair of political standoffs threatens to slow growth and spook investors. Here are questions and answers about how the two standoffs, now intertwined, could affect the economy and financial markets.

    Brian Shepard

    Indian Trails Library gets second new director in two years

    The Indian Trails Library District board of trustees has hired Brian Shepard as its new director, effective Oct. 28, the district announced in a news release dated for release Sunday. Shepard was most recently serving as the assistant director/director of operations at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library. “The board and staff had the opportunity to interview the four finalists for the job and...

    Joseph Manuel Hunter, left, is led by Thai police commandos to Police Aviation Division after being arrested, in Bangkok, Thailand, Thursday, Sept. 26. Thai police said they arrested the American man wanted by the U.S. for allegedly running a drug trafficking network that spanned Asia and the United States. Hunter was arrested Wednesday on the resort island of Phuket as part of a sting operation launched at the request of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency.

    Ex-soldier pleads not guilty in DEA killing plot

    A former U.S. solder nicknamed Rambo pleaded not guilty Saturday to charges he plotted with phony Colombian drug traffickers to kill a federal agent for $800,000. An indictment unsealed Friday described the 48-year-old Joseph Hunter as a contract killer and leader of a trio of former soldiers who were trained snipers.

    Prescott Wildland Division Chief Darrell Willis touches A Granite Mountain Hot Shots crew shirt draped over a burned cactus, Tuesday, July 23, in Yarnell, Ariz. Investigators released a report Saturday on the deaths of the 19 elite firefighters who became trapped by flames in a brush-choked canyon north of Phoenix.

    Radio problems cited in deaths of 19 firefighters

    A three-month investigation into the June deaths of 19 firefighters killed while battling an Arizona blaze cites poor communication between the men and support staff, and reveals that an airtanker carrying flame retardant was hovering overhead as the firefighters died.

    A man walks through City Creek shopping center in Salt Lake City on Tuesday. Jack Harry Stiles was arrested Monday accused of plotting a deadly attack on the mall in the heart of Salt Lake City, telling investigators he planned to “just randomly shoot and kill people.” It almost feels these days as if there is no safe place — that after global jihad strikes a Nairobi shopping mall or a deranged shooter invades the Washington Navy Yard, the next target could very well be our own store, school, theater or stadium.

    Terror, mass shootings don’t mean more danger

    It almost feels these days as if there is no safe place — that after global jihad strikes a Nairobi shopping mall or a deranged shooter invades the Washington Navy Yard, the next target could very well be our own store, school, theater or stadium. Even though anxiety is a natural response to pervasive and frightening media images of carnage, they say, statistics indicate that most of the world...


    Margaret Thatcher’s ashes buried in London
    Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s ashes have been laid to rest in London at a service attended by her family and closest friends. The Conservative leader’s children, Mark and Carol Thatcher, were among those who gathered for a short service on Saturday, Sept. 28, before an oak casket containing her ashes was buried at the Royal Hospital Chelsea.


    Italian maestro to perform inside lockup
    Italian-born maestro Riccardo Muti is once again taking his act to a captive audience — this time to a lockup for girls and young women outside Chicago. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s music director will accompany world-class opera singers on the piano Sunday at the Illinois Youth Center Warrenville.

    Indian women cry for missing relatives at the site of a building that collapsed, in Mumbai, India, Saturday, Sept. 28. Frantic relatives kept up a vigil at the site of the collapsed apartment building that killed more than 30 people in India’s financial capital of Mumbai as the search for survivors grew bleak on Saturday.

    Search grows bleak in India building collapse
    Frantic relatives kept up a vigil Saturday at the site of a collapsed apartment building that killed at least 42 people in India’s financial capital of Mumbai, as the search for around a dozen people missing in the rubble grew bleak. Rescuers found just one person alive during the day.

    Garlands hang from an ambulance carrying the coffin of Sudharshan B. Nagaraj, who died in an attack on Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, before his body was taken for cremation, in Hejjala, 19 miles from Bangalore, India, Saturday, Sept. 28. Almost a week after 67 people were killed in the attack on the upscale shopping center in Nairobi, there is still no clear word on the fate of dozens who have been reported missing and no details on the terrorists who carried it out. Nagaraj was in Nairobi on a business trip.

    1 week later, a nervous time in Nairobi
    On Saturday afternoon at Nairobi’s Junction shopping center, many people were thinking about what had begun one week earlier at the Westgate Mall a couple miles away, where a team of Islamist gunmen had launched a bloody four-day siege.


    Suicide bombers target northern Mali military camp

    Suicide bombers blew up their vehicle near a military camp in Mali’s northern Mali city of Timbuktu, killing themselves and injuring multiple soldiers, the camp’s commander said Saturday. The attack was the second to target security forces in the north since Thursday’s announcement that separatist Tuareg rebels were suspending participation in a peace accord reached earlier this year with the...

    Newly crowned Miss World, Megan Young of Philippines, center, with second runner-up Miss France Marine Lorpheline, left, and third runner-up Miss Ghana Carranza Naa Okailey Shooter, smile after they winning the Miss World contest in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, Saturday, Sept. 28.

    Miss Philippines wins Miss World in Indonesia
    Miss Philippines, Megan Young, was crowned Miss World on Saturday amid tight security on Indonesia’s resort island of Bali, where the contest’s final round was moved following protests by Muslim hardliner groups. “I promise to be the best Miss World ever,” Young, 23, said after winning the 63rd annual event, as a large number of Filipino fans who traveled with her celebrated by jumping and waving...


    German village evacuated after gas explosion

    An entire village in central Germany had to be evacuated early Saturday after a major gas explosion injured 16 firefighters, shattered windows and caused a blast so forceful it could be heard up to about 20 miles away. The 3,000 residents of Hartenhausen near Ludwigshafen had to leave their homes after a gas tank exploded at the local Gas Trans company, police spokesman Markus Sicius said.


    Norwegian Air Shuttle grounds Dreamliner
    Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA on Saturday became the latest airline to ground a Boeing 787 Dreamliner so that officials from the American company can examine what appears to be a technical problem. Norwegian spokesman Lasse Sandaker-Nielsen said Saturday the plane “has not been reliable enough and passengers have been subjected to too many delays.” He declined to identify the technical glitches...

    Indian women cry for missing relatives at the site of a building that collapsed, in Mumbai, India, Saturday, Sept. 28. Frantic relatives kept up a vigil at the site of the collapsed apartment building that killed more than 30 people in India’s financial capital of Mumbai as the search for survivors grew bleak on Saturday.

    Search grows bleak in India building collapse
    Frantic relatives kept up a vigil Saturday at the site of a collapsed apartment building that killed at least 42 people in India’s financial capital of Mumbai, as the search for around a dozen people missing in the rubble grew bleak. Rescuers found just one person alive during the day.

    Associated Press Survivors from a boat carrying asylum seekers that sank off Java island on Friday receive medical treatments inside an ambulance before being taken to a hospital, in Cianjur, West Java, Indonesia, Saturday, Sept. 28. Rescuers battled strong currents and high waves Saturday while searching for dozens of people missing and feared dead one day after the boat sank en route to Australia.

    Dozens still missing after boat sinks in Indonesia
    Rescuers battled strong currents and high waves Saturday while searching for dozens of people missing and feared dead one day after a boat carrying asylum seekers sank off the coast of Indonesia’s main island of Java, killing at least 21 people. The boat capsized and sank in waters off West Java’s Sukabumi district after being hit by high waves Friday. Survivors said about 100 people were aboard...

    This image taken by Michael Middleton, the Duchess’s father, in early August 2013 and supplied by Kensington Palace, shows the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their son, Prince George, in the garden of the Middleton family home in Bucklebury, England, with Tilly the retriever, seen left, a Middleton family pet, and Lupo, the couple’s cocker spaniel.

    Royal Mint coins to mark Prince George christening

    The christening of Prince William and Kate’s firstborn, Prince George, will be marked with a set of commemorative coins, the Royal Mint said Saturday. The production of the commemorative coins, approved by William, his wife Kate and Queen Elizabeth II, will be the first time that new coins are produced to mark a royal christening in Britain.

    United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, left, listens as Malala Yousafzai, right, addresses the Malala Day Youth Assembly July 12 at United Nations headquarters. Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager shot by the Taliban for promoting education for girls, was at Harvard on Friday, Sept. 27, to accept the 2013 Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award.

    Pakistani girl shot by Taliban honored at Harvard
    A Pakistani girl who survived an assassination attempt by the Taliban has been honored as Harvard University’s humanitarian of the year. Malala Yousafzai, an outspoken proponent for girls’ education, was at Harvard on Friday to accept the 2013 Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award. Malala was shot in the head last October. Militants said she was attacked because she criticized the Taliban, not...


    Tunisia’s ruling Islamists to step down
    Tunisia’s governing Islamist party has agreed to step down following negotiations with opposition parties that begin next week. A spokesman for the main labor union said months of talks with the Islamist-led government had finally reached an agreement Saturday, Sept. 28.


    New major earthquake rocks southwest Pakistan
    A major earthquake rocked Pakistan’s southwest Saturday, sending people running into the street in panic just days after another quake in the same region killed 359 people, officials said. The U.S. Geological Survey said on its website that a 6.8 magnitude quake was felt in Pakistan’s southwestern Baluchistan province.

    Riot police officers watch supporters of the extreme far-right Golden Dawn party during a protest in solidarity of the arrested lawmakers in front of the headquarters of Greek Police, in Athens, Saturday, Sept. 28. Police arrested the leader of Greece’s extreme-right Golden Dawn party and other top members on Saturday, in an escalation of a government crackdown after a fatal stabbing allegedly committed by a supporter. It is the first time since 1974 that sitting members of Parliament have been arrested.

    Greek far-right leader, others arrested
    Police arrested the leader of Greece’s extreme-right Golden Dawn party and other top members on Saturday, in an escalation of a government crackdown after a fatal stabbing allegedly committed by a supporter. It is the first time since 1974 that sitting members of Parliament have been arrested. The arrests underline the Greek government’s efforts to stifle the fiercely anti-immigrant party, which...

    Indian army soldiers take position during a shooting near a military convoy on the outskirts of Srinagar, India, Saturday, Sept. 28. It was not immediately clear if the shots fired Saturday in Srinagar came from two men riding a motorcycle past the convoy, or from patrolling street officers who suspected the men were militants.

    Indian police investigate shooting in Kashmir
    Police were investigating a shooting near a military convoy in the main city of India-held Kashmir on Saturday, two days after twin attacks by suspected militants left 13 people dead and put the region on high alert. No casualties were reported in Saturday’s incident, which came a day before highly anticipated talks between the Indian and Pakistani prime ministers.

    A Sudanese woman mourns during the funeral of Salah Sanhory, 26, who was killed on Friday Sept. 27 by security forces during a demonstration, in Khartoum, Sudan, Saturday, Sept. 28. The regime of President Omar al-Bashir is trying to stop public anger over fuel price hikes from turning into an Arab Spring-style uprising against his 24-year rule. But a crackdown by security forces appears to be fueling the unrest.

    Sudan police fire on funeral march, witnesses say
    Sudanese security forces in pickup trucks cornered hundreds of mourners marching after burying a slain protester and opened fire on them on Saturday, participants said, the latest reported violence in a week of demonstrations calling for the ouster of longtime President Omar al-Bashir.

    Associated Press file photo On June 25, representatives from the NAACP Legal Defense Fund stood outside the Supreme Court in Washington, awaiting a decision in Shelby County vs. Holder, a voting rights case in Alabama. Newly emboldened by a Supreme Court decision that struck down the heart of the Voting Rights Act, a growing number of Republican-led states are moving aggressively to tighten voting rules, prompting lawsuits from the Obama administration and voting rights activists who say the measures disproportionately impact minorities.

    Southern states are moving to tighten voting rules
    Emboldened by the Supreme Court decision that struck down the heart of the Voting Rights Act, a growing number of Republican-led states are moving aggressively to tighten voting rules. Lawsuits by the Obama administration and voting rights activists say those efforts disproportionately affect minorities. At least five Southern states, no longer required to ask Washington’s permission before...


    Key step in Libertyville road project coming

    Concrete trucks will descend en masse next week on the seemingly endless Route 21/137 widening and improvement project that has ensnared motorists near Libertyville for more than a year. "I think it's a huge step, personally," said John Heinz, Libertyville public works director. The $23 million project could be substantially complete by Christmas.


    Chicago Blackhawks goalie Nikolai Khabibulin (39) blocks a shot by Washington Capitals’ Eric Fehr (16) during Saturday’s NHL preseason hockey game in Chicago.

    Hawks play it safe with Crawford

    The Blackhawks took the safe route with Corey Crawford on Saturday after the goalie complained of stiffness in his lower body. Rookie Antti Raanta was recalled from Rockford to back up Nikolai Khabibulin, who started the final preseason game against the Washington Capitals at the United Center. Hawks coach Joel Quenneville expects Crawford to be ready to start Tuesday’s regular-season opener at home against the Capitals.


    Sox escape losing 100 times

    The White Sox needed to win one of their final two games against the Royals to avoid their first 100-loss season since 1970. They did just that Saturday night, edging Kansas City 6-5 at U.S. Cellular Field.


    Hitting coach Manto shown the door

    The White Sox are the lowest-scoring team in the American League, and Jeff Manto paid the price Saturday. Nearing the end of his second season in the Sox' dugout, Manto was fired as hitting coach.

    Derrick Rose said the Bulls’ first training camp practice was hard but nothing he hasn’t gone through before.

    First practice no problem for Rose
    Derrick Rose felt good after completing his first practice of training camp. According to coach Tom Thibodeau, Rose didn't hesitate to his style of attacking the basket,

    Chicago Blackhawks' Andrew Shaw (65) scores as Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby (70), Connor Carrick (58) and John Carlson (74) react during overtime of an NHL preseason hockey game in Chicago Saturday. The Blackhawks won 4-3.

    Shaw brings unique style to the ice

    Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville says Andrew Shaw plays an “interesting” game. By interesting, Quenneville must mean gritty, in your face and fearless, because that's what Shaw brings to the Hawks as their third-line center. After sitting out the first five preseason games because of a lower body injury, Shaw made his debut Saturday in the Hawks' last exhibition game and scored the winning goal in overtime in 4-3 win over Washington at the United Center.


    Will new hire help cut down on injuries?

    One change the Bulls made this season was hiring Jennifer Swanson as the team’s director of sports performance. Whether she can help the Bulls cut down on serious injuries will be one side story.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

    Minnesota quarterback Mitch Leidner (7) carries the ball into the end zone for a touchdown during the first quarter of the game against San Jose State in Minneapolis Saturday.

    Iowa runs over Minnesota 23-7 in Big 10 opener

    After failing to reach a bowl game last season for the first time since 2007, Iowa is determined to re-establish itself as a formidable Big Ten team. This dismantling of rival Minnesota was a solid first step.

    Grant running back Jeremy Bredwood runs into the end zone scoring Grant’s first touchdown against visiting North Chicago on Saturday.

    Grant grabs a ‘W’

    Pretty or not, a win is all Grant wanted on Homecoming and it's exactly what the scrappy Bulldogs got. Jeremy Bredwood led the way with 2 touchdowns.

    Reggie Bush reacts after scoring during the fourth quarter of Detroit’s victory over Minnesota earlier this season.

    Bears must stay in front of explosive Bush

    The Bears are well aware of the dangers that Lions running back Reggie Bush presents, as a runner and a receiver. “Being around Reggie on a day-to-day basis allows you to know his explosion and how, when he hits a hole, he can hit it in a hurry,” Bears offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Aaron Kromer said. “So you need to stay in front of Reggie.”


    Crystal Lake South wins Elk Grove tourney

    The Crystal Lake South girls volleyball team went 5-0 Saturday to win the Elk Grove Invite and run its season record to 21-2.The Gators defeated De La Salle, Elk Grove, Barrington, Willowbrook and Burlington Central.Nicole Slimko (38 kills, 6 blocks, 6 aces), Carly Nolan (42 kills, 4 blocks, 29 digs), Avalon Nero (28 kills, 4 blocks, 32 digs, 4 aces), Tori Falbo (37 digs) and Cassy Sivesind (99 assists, 3 aces) led the Gators to the championship.Burlington Central had a tougher day at the tournament, going 1-4. The Rockets (13-7) defeated Willowbrook but lost to CL South, Barrington, De La Salle and Elk Grove.Makenna Jensen (32 kills, 11 blocks), Allie O’Reilly (63 digs), Ally DeTamble (24 assists, 29 digs), Emily Bozich (15 kills), Jenna Schudel (15 kills), Jenna Runde (35 digs), Maddy Berry (41 assists) and McKenzie Whitmer (30 assists) all contributed for Central.


    Grant’s Schoenberg serves notice in Lakes Invitational

    One powerful serve knocked the racket right out of her opponent’s hand Saturday morning. Another one shot through a standard-sized opening in the chain-link fence surrounding the courts at Grayslake North and led an observer to ask, “How did that happen?” Freshman Gaby Schoenberg has served notice that the girls high school girls tennis community in Illinois will have to pay attention to Grant. Schoenberg kept her perfect record intact as she didn’t lose a game in four matches and beat Carmel junior Christina Rao 6-0, 6-0 to win the No. 1 singles title in the eighth annual Lakes Invitational.

    Saints coach Sean Payton said the toughest thing about being away last season was “the butterflies on Sunday morning” and “the interaction with the people that you are closest to.”

    With Payton in charge, Saints go marching on
    With Naperville native Sean Payton back at the helm, the New Orleans Saints enter their Monday Night matchup without a loss. If they survive that contest, their intriguing matchup with the Bears looms next week. In his NFL tracker column, Mike Wilkening takes a closer look at Payton's return to the sidelines this season.


    Boys soccer/Fox Valley roundup

    Bartlett 4, Downers Grove North 2: AJ Santori scored twice, Andrew Gott had a goal and Bartlett had an own goal in this nonconference win. Andrew Nowak had 5 saves in goal for the Hawks (3-8-1).Westminster Christian 4, Elgin Academy 3: Robert Kleczynski had all 4 goals for the Warriors in this nonconference win. Nick Kleczynski made 4 saves in goal for Westminster (6-5). Alex Garcia, Elliott Whittmeyer and Julian Romano scored for Elgin Academy and Jonathan Shen had 3 saves for the Hilltoppers (2-8).Chicago Christian 7, St. Edward 1: Joe French scored the lone goal for the Green Wave (6-7-2, 2-4) in the Suburban Christian Conference.Evanston 4, Jacobs 0: Eduardo Guimaray had 6 saves in goal for Jacobs (3-10-1).

    Chicago White Sox’s Connor Gillaspie, right, is congratulated by Gordon Beckham after hitting a home run in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals Saturday in Chicago.

    White Sox slip past Royals 6-5

    Adam Dunn and Conor Gillaspie each hit two-run homers and the Chicago White Sox earned a 6-5 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Saturday. After the game, the Chicago White Sox announced they had fired hitting coach Jeff Manto.


    Perkins leads Hersey to invite victory

    Hersey senior Lindsay Perkins shot an 82 to help lead the Huskies (338) to the championship of the Rolling Meadows Invite on Saturday at Arlington Lakes Golf Club in Arlington Heights.


    Decisive victory for Round Lake

    Boys soccerRound Lake 5, Marian Central 1: Freddie Ramirez scored twice and added 2 assists in the nonconference game.Fernando Sotelo, Alejandro Sotelo and Eddie Ramirez also scored for Round Lake, while Eddie Ramirez and Edgar Nieto added assists. Adis Sator and Jose Martinez made 4 and 3 saves, respectively, in goal for the Panthers.Warren 1, Prospect 0: Rafa Macias’ second-half goal was the only one of the match.R.J. Hill made 3 saves in earning the shutout for the Blue Devils.Lake Forest 2, Glenbrook North 1: John Moderwell and John O’Connor scored for Lake Forest (7-5-1).Antioch 8, Richmond-Burton 0: On Friday, the Sequoits won their opening game in the Badger tournament in Wisconsin, as Thomas Furlong scored twice and Danny Brito tallied a goal and 2 assists.Iven Hernandez and JR Lonergan each had a goal and an assist. Eric Pedersen, Brandon Schwarz and Jeremy Pasterz also scored. Tommy Tritschler, Pasterz and Connor Gugel shared the shutout in goal for Antioch (11-4-2).


    Barrington wins Grayslake Invitational

    Freshman Tom Calbi netted medalist honors by shooting even-par 72 at the Grayslake Invitational held at Stonewall Orchard Country Club, helping the Broncos to the team title in the process. Barrington shot 304 to gain a decisive victory over runner-up Wheaton North (320) and the rest of the 12-team field.


    Mihalapoulos on the mark for Huntley

    Niko Mihalapoulos sparkled, and visiting DeKalb ultimately proved no match for their clinical Huntley opponents Saturday in nonconference boys soccer action at Huntley. The Red Raiders stayed near perfect after an impressive 3-1 victory Saturday afternoon on the Red Raiders’ new turf.


    Waubonsie Valley sets tone for season

    The West Chicago Wildcat Championships was formatted along the lines of the state swimming meet, with preliminaries Friday and the contest for the top 12 spots Saturday.

    Rosary’s Georgia Young takes second place in the second heat of the 500 yard freestyle at the Rosary Invitational on Saturday, September 28.

    Time drop surprises even Naperville North’s Jacobs

    At a time of the season when large time drops are rare, especially among elite girls swimmers, the fact that Naperville North’s Devin Jacobs dropped two seconds from her seasonal best in the 100-yard breaststroke at Saturday’s Rosary Invitational was an eye-opener.


    Hampshire, Burlington Central advance to title game

    Jose Hernandez made sure the few scoring chances the Hampshire boys soccer team got Saturday morning were going to count. The junior scored two second-half goals to help the Whip-Purs to a 2-1 victory over South Elgin in the Hampshire tournament.


    With certainty, Stevenson wins Lake County Invite

    A scoring mistake kept the thrill of a Lake County girls swimming meet championship from lasting long for Stevenson last year. But the Patriots made sure the margin for error wasn’t an issue on Saturday afternoon at Lake Forest High School. They won their first Lake County title since 2007 by a 49-point margin over the hosts in the powerful 10-team meet.

    Oklahoma’s Trey Millard (33) celebrates after defeating Notre Dame 35-21 Saturday.

    Putrid start dooms Irish in loss to Oklahoma

    Blake Bell threw a 54-yard touchdown pass to Sterling Shepard in the fourth quarter and No. 14 Oklahoma jumped to a two-touchdown lead in the opening 3 minutes and beat No. 22 Notre Dame 35-21 on Saturday.


    WW South’s Anderson wins in playoff

    Wheaton Warrenville South junior Kelly Anderson defeated Neuqua Valley sophomore Jessica Yuen on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff to win medalist honors of the 16-team Naperville North Rosie Invitational at Naperbrook Golf Course in Plainfield on Saturday. The two fired matching 1-under-par 71s to force extra play.

    Glenbard West’s Hayden Carlson catches a first half touchdown pass against Hinsdale Central.

    Glenbard West victory lessens injuries’ impact

    Two football teams with injury trouble headed in opposite directions Saturday afternoon.Glenbard West overcame its bumps and bruises to dominate Hinsdale Central in a 37-7 West Suburban Silver Conference victory in Glen Ellyn.


    Thome, Crystal Lake South stand out at Cary-Grove

    Domination. That word describes the play of Crystal Lake South’s No. 1 singles girls tennis standout Julia Thome and the effort of the Gators’ team at Saturday’s Cary-Grove Invitational. Thome, who lost only 4 sets, posted a perfect 3-0 record while the Gators outscored Fox Valley Conference and District 155 rival Cary-Grove as well as Marian Central and Hononegah 13-2 in recording a 3-0 dual meet mark.

    Glenbard West’s Hayden Carlson catches a first half touchdown pass against Hinsdale Central.

    Images: Hinsdale Central vs. Glenbard West football
    Glenbard West High Football hosted Hinsdale Central High School for football action on Saturday, September 28.


    Westminster Christian staying positive

    The first victory in Westminster Christian’s inaugural football season remained elusive Saturday, but the Warriors’ resolve to continue working toward it remained steadfast following a 54-27 loss to Alden-Hebron. “We have homecoming next week and we have to play with pride and represent our school well and get that first win,” said Westminster quarterback Max Tucker, who completed 13 of 24 attempts for 220 yards and 3 touchdowns. “Like I’ve said before, we just want to do our school proud. We just have to keep working hard. I think we’re only a couple of plays away each game from blowing the game open.”


    IC Catholic Prep bows to mistakes, Marian Central

    One drive during Saturday afternoon’s 49-17 Marian Central victory over host IC Catholic Prep was a perfect example of what IC coach Bill Krefft spoke about afterward.

    Grant wide receiver Joe Sadausakas runs with the ball against a North Chicago defender at Grant on Saturday.

    Images: Grant vs. North Chicago football
    The Grant Bulldogs hosted the North Chicago Warhawks for football action on Saturday, Sept. 28 in Fox Lake.


    Prospect prevails against Palatine in a Riedy classic

    It’s not every day a high school coach goes up against his daughter on the opposing team. Palatine’s Caitlin Riedy had been waiting for that day a long time. Caitlin grew up watching her share of girls volleyball matches at Prospect, where her father Mike has been the head coach for 20 seasons. In the last match of the 32nd annual Sandy Pifer Invite at the Jean Walker Field House on Saturday, Caitlin got her chance. “It was definitely surreal,” said the Pirates junior setter. “I’ve been talking about this since I was little. I said ‘Dad, I’m going to play you when I’m older.’ So this was awesome to be on the court against him.” Coach Mike Riedy’s Knights walked off the court as winners over Palatine with a hard-fought 25-23, 25-21 victory.

    Rosary’s Georgia Young competes in the 500 yard freestyle.

    Rosary looks ready for ‘go time’

    If October is the month when girls swimmers turn their training level to its highest setting, Rosary’s annual invitational at the end of September has become an annual kick-starter to the high intensity month that follows.


    Wheaton Academy gains confidence from comeback

    Whether it was like getting punched in the face or rope-a-doped, Wheaton Academy took Walther Christian’s best and gave back more.


    Prospect puts its stamp on invitational victory

    Prospect’s girls swimming and diving team added to an impressive start to the season by winning the 12-team Buffalo Grove Stampede held at Wheeling’s pool on Saturday. The Knights used their consistency and depth to amass 390 points — without a winning an event — to edge runner-up Jacobs/Hampshire (378).

    Bulls guard Derrick Rose, left, center/forward Joakim Noah, center, and head coach Tom Thibodeau pose for photos during NBA basketball media day at the Sheri L. Berto Center on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013., in Deerfield, Ill.

    Motivated Rose good for Bulls, bad for NBA

    After taking a beating from the fans, media and even his own organization, Derrick Rose is back with a vengeance and he has something to prove. That could be very good news for the Bulls and very bad news for the rest of the league.

    St. Louis Cardinals’ Matt Adams, left, heads in to score on a two-run double by Yadier Molina as Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Edwin Jackson, right, runs to back up the throw during the third inning of a baseball game Saturday in St. Louis.

    Wainwright wins 19th, Cardinals beat Cubs 6-2

    Adam Wainwright earned his 19th victory in a tuneup for the NL division series opener and the St. Louis Cardinals showed no letup after clinching the NL Central, beating the Chicago Cubs 6-2 Saturday for their fifth straight win.

    Geneva’s offensive line including Ryan Powers (72), Loundon Volbreckt (79), Christopher Goodale (54), Quinn Einck (57) and Joey Wagner (62) gave quarterback Daniel Santacaterina time to throw for four touchdowns and run for another Friday in a 35-28 win over St. Charles North.

    Geneva’s passing attack takes flight

    Another week, another Rob Wicinski gem. “My strengths are the perimeter,” Wicinski said after watching junior quarterback Daniel Santacaterina throw for 245 yards and 4 touchdowns in the first half of a 35-28 win over St. Charles North on Friday. “We want to get the ball out often and that was the game plan. I was hoping it would soften up the run game, but no, not so much. I’ve got to stay true to when I’m a sound, calm mind in June I knew I had to pass the ball so I’ve got to keep passing.”

    Bears offensive guard Kyle Long blocks during their opening day game against the Cincinnati Bengals. Long has proven to be a quick study, but the rookie will have his hands full today against the Lioins’ Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairly.

    Bears rookie proving to be a quick study

    First-round pick Kyle Long struggled in his first game as a Bear, but he's already established himself as one of the league's best run-blockers. Long's improvement continues to be ahead of the curve, according to coach Marc Trestman, but today he'll deal with a formidable foe in the Lions' Ndamukong Suh.

    Mooseheart’s Joe Feemorlu (25) picks up yardage against Christian Liberty Academy on Saturday in Arlington Heights.

    Mooseheart bounces back at Christian Liberty

    From the opening series of plays, it was clear that the Mooseheart team that took the field Saturday against Christian Liberty had a different mindset than the one that faced Luther North one week previously. The Ramblers stopped the host Chargers on a three-and-out and forced a punt. That kick was deflected, came to Eric Vogeler at the Christian Liberty 37, and the Ramblers senior raced untouched the other direction to score the first of seven unanswered touchdowns in a 48-0 Mooseheart victory.

    York’s Alex Bashqawi sprints to the finish, finishing ahead of McHenry’s Jesse Reiser during the Palatine Invitational at Deer Grove East on Saturday.

    Big finish for York at Palatine Invite

    York won its 28th boys cross country state title last year, and the Dukes are right on target to add a 29th this fall. On Saturday in a loaded Palatine Invitational field that included some of the top teams in the Midwest, York once again left its mark. Senior Alex Bashqawi and senior Nathan Mroz finished 1-3 in leading York to a commanding victory with 49 points, easily outdistancing Kentucky’s St. Xavier (107 points) and Hersey (112 points). Bashqawi (14:43) made a move 50 meters from the finish, overtaking McHenry junior Jesse Reiser ( 14:44) to win the individual title, with Mroz (14:45) in hot pursuit.

    Runners descend a hill just after the start of the girls varsity race during the Palatine Invitational at Deer Grove East on Saturday.

    Patiently, Palatine extends good start

    Palatine’s girls cross country team sure has started the season with a bang. The Pirates took first at Hinsdale Central’s Invite and at the Richards Springs Invite in the first three weeks. Despite not having their best performance on Saturday, the Pirates kept rolling. They overcame two false starts at the beginning of the race, placing five runners in the top 27 in claiming the team title of their own Palatine Invitational with 106 points on sunny and warm Saturday at Deer Grove East.


    St. Charles E. takes title after tying Streamwood

    St. Charles East left Norris Stadium on Saturday still undefeated. The Saints also departed as champions of the St. Charles East Invitational for the second straight year. Still, something seemed awry as the Saints only managed a 0-0 tie with Streamwood. The Saints were awarded the tournament title, finishing 3-0-1, while Streamwood was 2-0-2. Points were awarded throughout the tournament for wins, ties, shutouts and goals, with a maximum of three per game, and the Saints outscored the Sabres, 32-25 by those rules.


    Beattie’s big effort leads Woodstock

    With one of the top runners in the state racing, girls cross country teams knew the competition was going to be tough Saturday in the 15th annual James “J.T.” Taylor Invitational. Woodstock senior Maura Beattie, who finished 17th in the Class 2A state meet last year, rolled to first place on the 3-mile Camp Henry Horner course in 18:09.41. She beat her closest competitor by more than 1:13 under warm running conditions.


    Vernon Hills is gaining momentum

    This is the season the Vernon Hills boys cross country team has been building toward for a long time. And Saturday morning in the 15th annual James “J.T.” Taylor Invitational, the Cougars showed why they are the No. 4-ranked team in Class 2A, as they rolled to the championship of the 16-team meet.


    Lakes has the edge in Carmel quad

    Two out of three wasn’t too bad for Lakes boys soccer team, especially since it was good enough for them to claim overall victory in the Carmel quad on Saturday. Lakes suffered a 1-0 defeat to host Lake Forest Academy on Saturday afternoon in Lake Forest. The match was moved to accommodate the Caxys’ homecoming. Meanwhile, Cary-Grove shut out Carmel Catholic 2-0 in Mundelein on Saturday morning. But Lakes had beaten Cary-Grove on the first day of competition on Wednesday and thus had the head-to-head tiebreaker with the Trojans in its favor. Both teams ended with 2-1 records over the three days.


    Persistent Leyden edges St. Charles North

    Leyden belatedly found its scoring touch, coming back twice to shock St. Charles North 4-3 in nonconference boys soccer play Saturday. Back-to-back goals from Kevin Flores drew the Eagles (6-7-1) level in the 70th minute before sophomore Albert Arabik got the game-winner on a left-footed strike from 22 yards.

    Conant’s Zach Dale heads to first place during the Flyin’ Hawk Cross Country meet Saturday at Sunrise Park in Bartlett.

    Conant’s Dale sets Bartlett course record

    Zach Dale knew it was going to be a good day right after the mile mark of Saturday’s 12th annual Bartlett Flyin’ Hawk Invitational. “I just decided to put on a final surge and take off,” said Dale. The Conant junior certainly did just that, as he pulled away from the rest of the pack to capture the boys’ individual title in a Sunrise Park course-record time of 14:42.1, breaking the previous mark that was set by former Jacobs star and current American 3,000-meter steeplechase record holder Evan Jager (during his sophomore season in 2004).

    Northern Illinois wide receiver Tommylee Lewis (10) celebrates with teammates quarterback Jordan Lynch, right, and offensive lineman Andrew Ness, left, after catching a 40-yard touchdown pass during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, in Iowa City, Iowa. Northern Illinois won 30-27. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

    Lynch leads Northern Illinois past Purdue 55-24

    Jordan Lynch threw for 207 yards and three touchdowns, and Northern Illinois scored on a kickoff return and an interception return to rout Purdue 55-24. It's the first time a Mid-American Conference team has beaten two Big Ten foes during the same regular season, and the Huskies (4-0) made it look easy, tying the MAC record for victory margin over a Big Ten school. Toledo beat Minnesota by 31 in 2001.

    Illinois punt returner V'Angelo Bentley (2) is chased down by Miami (Ohio) defensive back Jarrell Jones (27) kicker Zac Murphy (45), running back Grant Niemiec (37) and linebacker Tyler Tucker (38) during the first half of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Ill. (AP Photo/Jeff Haynes)

    Illinois blows by Miami of Ohio, 50-14

    A season ago, Illinois spent nine long weeks looking for its third win. That Illini team never really came close, finishing 2-10. On Saturday, the 2013 edition made win No. 3 look easy. Illinois opened up a 36-0 halftime lead and eventually led 43-0 on the way to a 50-14 win over Miami of Ohio. Quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase led Illinois (3-1) to 29 second-quarter points that broke the game open. He threw for five touchdowns, all by halftime, one short of the all-time Illinois record for scoring passes in a game.

    Jacobs’ Lauren Van Vlierbergen has her eye on first place as she crosses the finish line during the Flyin’ Hawk Cross Country meet Saturday at Sunrise Park in Bartlett.

    Schaumburg, Jacobs’ Van Vlierbergen shine at Bartlett

    Bouncing back after receiving a bit of bad news earlier in the week, Schaumburg’s girls cross country team literally showed its togetherness while capturing the 12th annual Flyin’ Hawk Invitational title Saturday morning in Bartlett. Jacobs' Lauren Van Vlierbergen was the individual winner.

    The Cubs and Starlin Castro came up short all season. Combined with the futility of the White Sox, it gave the baseball fans in Chicago one of the worst seasons in history.

    Putting Chicago’s ugly baseball season to rest

    Matt Spiegel looks back on the horrors of the 2013 baseball season in Chicago, and then tries to put the misery aside for eternity. He's hopeful, of course, that we'll never see a season like this again.


    Game video: Wheaton Academy vs. Walther Christian
    Wheaton Academy faces Walther Christian Saturday in Week 5 action. Follow the game here with video from High School Cube, then come back later for the replay and highlights.

    White Sox third base coach Joe McEwing (47) greets Gordon Beckham at third after Beckham’s home run off Kansas City Royals starting pitcher James Shields during the sixth inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 27, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    Sale’s stellar season comes to an end

    Chris Sale lost his final start of the year Friday night against the Royals, but the White Sox' ace left-hander can be proud of a season that features a 3.07 ERA and 226 strikeouts in 214.1 innings.


    This product image provided by Amazon.com on Tuesday shows the new 8.9-inch Amazon Kindle HDX tablet computer, center, the 7-inch Kindle HDX, left, and the updated Kindle HD. Amazon has refreshed its lineup of tablets with new HDX devices, which are significantly faster and lighter than the previous generation.

    Review: Amazon's Kindle Fire HDX slimmer, sharper

    The new Kindle Fire HDX is lighter by 23 percent for the smaller model and 34 percent for the full-sized one. The slimmer profile is made possible by a new, lighter magnesium alloy body, a touch screen with fewer layers than before and a frame that is about one-quarter narrower all around the edge of the screen. Add to that the company's claim that the processor is three times as fast as last year's Kindle Fire HD, and Amazon.com Inc. seems to have an attractive holiday gift option on its hands.

    Shiny new iPhones always get the most attention. But it's iOS 7, the updated version of Apple's mobile-device operating system, that will have the biggest impact on users.

    Cotton-candy iOS 7 masks potent Apple upgrade

    Shiny new iPhones always get the most attention. But it's iOS 7, the updated version of Apple's mobile-device operating system, that will have the biggest impact on users. The new operating system, now being installed on hundreds of millions of iPhones, iPads and iPods, introduces a host of useful new features and functions. To appreciate it, you'll first have to get used to its revamped look and feel, by far the most significant makeover since the 2007 launch.

    The federal government is BlackBerry’s biggest customer, and even as the rest of the world dumps the firm’s smartphone for Samsung Galaxys and iPhones, the app-deprived BlackBerry remains a Washington stalwart.

    BlackBerry still reigns in Washington

    The snail’s pace of change in Washington has hurt the popularity of political leaders. But for BlackBerry, the federal government’s tendency to move slowly may provide some hope. That’s because the federal government is BlackBerry’s biggest customer, and even as the rest of the world dumps the firm’s smartphone for Samsung Galaxys and iPhones, the app-deprived BlackBerry remains a Washington stalwart.

    The Where's my Water 2 app brings Swampy the alligator back for more water physics fun.

    App reviews: Where's My Water 2, MightyText

    The second version of Where's My Water is similar to the first: Players are tasked with getting clean water from one end of the screen to an expectant reptile at the other. MightyText lets you send and receive text messages on your own phone number from the Web. Similar to the Messages program on iOS devices and Macs, this app syncs texts across devices so that you can keep in touch — and keep away from everything else on your phone.

    The future site for Insurance Auto Auctions at Route 72 and Commonwealth Drive in East Dundee. The village filed a complaint against ComEd for denying access to the property via an easement. The village is seeking $500,000 in penalties from the utility, in addition to other monies. The next court date is Oct. 28.

    E. Dundee seeking $500,000 from ComEd

    East Dundee officials amended a complaint against ComEd this week to secure monetary damages, including $500,000 in penalties for the utility denying an easement to Insurance Auto Auctions, a business that sells wrecked vehicles to the highest bidder. “We've lost revenue and Commonwealth Edison has not done their job, so without any kind of damages, Commonwealth Edison will continue to do things this way,” East Dundee Village President Lael Miller said. “This might get their attention.”


    Sprint joins national rivals with upgrade program

    Sprint is launching a new program that gives customers the chance to upgrade their phones every 12 months, becoming the last of the four national wireless carriers to target customers who want the latest devices.


    Smartphone cameras at 41-Megapixels pressure Canon, Nikon

    The global camera business, centered in Japan, is headed for a shakeout. With industry revenue falling to the lowest level in a decade amid surging smartphone sales, Nikon Corp., the world’s No. 2 camera maker, has cut prices to lure consumers. Market leader Canon Inc. may follow suit to keep pace, according to UBS AG, putting pressure on smaller producers and possibly leading them to retreat from the business.

    Microsoft’s Surface Pro 2 is introduced, Monday in New York. The Surface Pro 2, is targeted at professionals who want the full power of a laptop in a tablet-style device. The kickstand built into the device is redesigned to make it easier to use on laps. In the past, it worked best on a flat surface such as a table.

    Review: New Surface tablets make typing easy

    Is Microsoft’s Surface a tablet or a laptop? I’m not quite sure, but it is a lot easier to type on than an iPad. The software company unveiled updates to its Surface tablet computers Monday at an event in New York, where I had a short amount of time to try them out. It almost seems unfair to categorize the new Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 as tablets.

    New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is trying to dismantle what he calls a system of creating false online reviews for products and services.

    New York seeks to delete phony online reviews

    A perfect hotel? An amazing restaurant? Teeth whitener that leads to romance? Such things may only truly exist in online reviews, and New York’s attorney general says many of them are fakes, just as more consumers searching for guidance are starting to bite.

    This screenshot of an iPhone 5, Friday, Sept. 20 2013, shows the iTunes Radio app. The iTunes Radio app comes with new iPhones and the free iOS 7 update.

    Review: Don’t ditch Pandora yet for iTunes Radio

    Now that iTunes Radio has shipped to millions of iPhone and iPad owners, does that mean you should delete Pandora? Not so fast, I say. Apple’s new music service, which comes with new iPhones and the free iOS 7 update, lacks some of the mojo that has helped Pandora become the leader in Internet radio.


    Facebook gripe-screens show execs where they need to improve

    Facebook Inc. executives are reminded how much work they have left to do in the $16.7 billion mobile-advertising market every time they glance at two large TV screens in plain view at the company’s headquarters. The monitors, erected recently by advertising Vice President Andrew Bosworth, show a steady stream of complaints lodged by marketing customers about ads shown to users of the largest social network.


    FDA lays out rules for some smartphone health apps

    Food and Drug Administration officials say they will begin regulating a new wave of applications and gadgets that work with smartphones to take medical readings and help users monitor their health. With the rise of the iPhone, Android and other mobile devices has come a flood of applications designed to help people stay healthy.

Life & Entertainment

    The invention of cotton clothing has saved lives since cotton is easier to clean than wool and less hospitable to body lice.

    14 oddball reasons you're not dead yet

    Lifespan has doubled in the United States in the past 150 years. This ridiculously wonderful change in the nature of life and death is something we tend to take for granted. When we do think about why we're still alive, some of the big, fairly obvious reasons that come to mind are vaccines, antibiotics, clean water, or drugs for heart disease and cancer. But the world is full of underappreciated people, innovations and ideas that also save lives. A round of applause, please, for some of the oddball reasons, in no particular order, why people are living longer and healthier lives than ever before.

    Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) and Walter White (Bryan Cranston) try their hand at cooking meth in “Breaking Bad.” The series finale airs Sunday.

    Albuquerque set to say goodbye to 'Breaking Bad'

    The southwestern New Mexico city that's played home to “Breaking Bad” is preparing for the end, with the Emmy-award winning series airing its last episode on Sunday. As the AMC finale approaches, Albuquerque is planning on celebrating with watch parties and red carpet casting events in a city still benefiting from a tourism boost.

    Michael J. Fox

    Williams tops Fox in return of sitcom vets

    Robin Williams has early bragging rights over Michael J. Fox in the competition between two sitcom veterans returning to network TV — with an asterisk. The Nielsen company said Friday that Williams’ new CBS comedy, “The Crazy Ones,” debuted before 15.6 million people on Thursday night. It competed directly at 9 p.m. Eastern with “The Michael J. Fox” on NBC, which was seen by 7.2 million people.

    Home improvement expert Lou “Mr. Fix It” Manfredini is one of the celebrities making an appearance at The Old House New House Home Show at the Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles.

    Weekend picks: Learn how to fix it with Lou

    Meet home improvement expert Lou “Mr. Fix It” Manfredini of WGN Radio from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at The Old House New House Home Show at the Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles. Ballet Folklorico Huehuecoyotl explores the music and dances of Mexico in “Arriba el Norte!” Saturday at Elgin Community College's Blizzard Theatre. Comedian Rondell Sheridan performs Saturday at MB Financial Park in Rosemont.

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt attends the “Don Jon” premiere in New York. Gordon-Levitt wrote and directed the film, which opened nationwide Friday.

    Multitalented Gordon-Levitt kicks it up a notch

    Despite his long resume, which includes working with some of Hollywood’s top filmmakers in movies like “Inception” and “The Dark Knight Rises” and “Lincoln," Joseph Gordon-Levitt still looks in many ways like a kid. Which is one reason audiences may be surprised at the choice he made for his directorial debut: a dark, edgy comedy about porn addiction.

    Precision is Michael Kitchen’s hallmark, such as the level gaze or tilt of the head he uses to great effect in “Foyle’s War,” which wraps its latest PBS season at 8 p.m. Sunday.

    Michael Kitchen talks ‘Foyle’s War,’ career moves

    Christopher Foyle, the World War II English police detective turned postwar spy catcher, is a man of few words. Michael Kitchen, the actor who plays him, also tends to limit his public utterances. But Kitchen agreed to share his thoughts on the character and “Foyle’s War,” a staple of PBS’ “Masterpiece Mystery!” that ends its latest season at 8 p.m. Sunday.

    “Jim Henson: The Biography” by Brian Jay Jones

    Muppet magic probed in new biography of Jim Henson

    If ever you had a single question about the felt magic Jim Henson managed to create, chances are Brian Jay Jones’ sweeping new biography of the puppeteer will answer it. Jones offers a meticulously researched tome chock-full of gems about the Muppets and the most thorough portrait of their creator ever crafted. Henson’s story is documented in-depth.

    Guy (voiced by Ryan Reynolds) shows cavegirl Eep, (voiced by Emma Stone) the way to a better life in "The Croods."

    DVD previews: ‘The Croods,’ ‘This Is the End’

    Heading out of the Stone Age and onto DVD, "The Croods" is good, goofy fun for the whole family. DVD-bound "This is the End," on the other hand, is most definitely not for the kids.

    A ghostly apparition awaits riders on Dells Boat Tours’ haunted ride through Witches Gulch in Wisconsin Dells.

    On the road: Haunted boat rides at the Dells

    The Wisconsin Dells gets downright eerie as Dells Boat Tours launches its Ghost Boat excursion. Embarking Friday and Saturday nights through October, the after-dark voyage takes you upriver to Witches Gulch, hailed as one of the most haunted spots in the Dells. October's all about food, and not just the beer and brat variety. Take an ethnic food tour in Chicago, join a moveable feast in River North and try out an Oktoberfest celebration.

    Visitors can head out from Taos, N.M., and take in scenery in the Enchanted Circle, which consists of Kit Carson National Forest, the Sangre de Cristo mountain range and the Moreno Valley.

    New Mexico's Enchanted Circle puts on a color display

    The Northeast is deservedly famous for its autumn palette, but New England doesn't have a lock on fall color. Bright yellow foliage decorates many parts of the Southwest this time of year, and there's no better place to experience those hues than on a drive around the Enchanted Circle, an 85-mile loop in northern New Mexico that begins in Taos.

    This newel post lamp has a great deal of charm in the Art Nouveau style.

    A newel post lamp

    Q. This statue has been watching my kids run up and down stairs for more than 50 years. We would like to know more about it. I have tried the Internet, but without much luck.


    It’s imperative to change furnace filters regularly

    Q. I’m having trouble changing the filters in my air conditioner. Every year I have to call a repairman just to change the filters because I can't reach them. There are two filters on top of the fan, one on either side of the fan.


    How does an association devide deductible costs?

    Q. A unit owner turned the water on in their bathtub and, forgetting they had done so, left the unit for about an hour. The tub overflowed and caused damage to the common elements and to other units that was covered by the association’s property insurance.



    The Soapbox

    Daily Herald editors' short commentaries on news of the week, including Paulie's class act and William Ayers' speech.


    Can courage pull us through a tough time?
    An Inverness letter to the editor: While viewing traumatic events in the news lately, I also have noted great bravery. A balance to give us hope?


    Towns’ water management needs competition
    A letter to the editor: The recent water main break in Aurora (HYPERLINK "http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20130919/news/709199648/"“Lawsuit: Aurora crews caused wheelchair pad to collapse,” Sept. 19, 2013) should serve as a wake-up call. If taxpayers and ratepayers want to avoid unaffordable utility bills and huge liabilities in the future, they must insist now on more competition in the way public officials manage the water systems.


    Only one group to blame for this mess
    A Glen Ellyn letter to the editor: If our country is plagued by chronically high unemployment, soaring gas prices, anemic GDP growth, vicious political infighting, massive government spending and unsustainable debt, a biased big media with no socially redeeming content, major cities going bankrupt with whole states not far behind, big business racking up record profits with no corresponding job growth, fear and confusion over our health care ...


    Hultgren’s views are too radical
    Hultgren’s views are too radicalPlease join me in telling Randy Hultgren his views are too radical for our county. I am outraged that he supports shutting down our government in a crazy attempt to stop the Affordable Care Act from fully implementing. The U.S. House has already taken 41 votes which did nothing. Couldn’t he and others be spending their time more productively working out compromises that would help us?The ACA has already helped many citizens through at slowing the rise of costs. Soon those with pre-existing conditions no longer need to worry about being denied or cut off from help when it is needed most. Even young people need health insurance. A friends’ son was sick and had no insurance at work. Stop the scare tactics, please.Hultgren voted in favor of cutting food stamps, SNAP. Are we so desperate that we must cut the safety net for our most vulnerable? Ask him to live on $5/day for food. I have been a hunger advocate for nearly 30 years. SNAP is a proven program and until recently had bipartisan support for decades.Call his office at (202) 225-2976. Ask him to get accurate information about hunger and health care in our county and country. Tell him we do not want the government shut down or to default on loans that hurts real people.Deb MartinMcHenry


    ‘Fracking’ can harm our water supply
    ‘Fracking’ can harm our water supplyI’m writing in response to Mark Denzler, co-chair, GROW-IL, in his letter to the editor Sept. 16. In his letter he states a good case for the economic prosperity for our state through the practice of hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking. This process involves well rigs drilling deep below the ground into the shale formations to withdraw the trapped gas located there. He cited the upsides of fracking natural gas, but he doesn’t site the dangerous ramifications.This process requires tremendous amounts of water (5-8 million gallons of fresh water), sand, and a “fluid cocktail” which is an industry secret. Some of the chemicals which make up this cocktail include: benzene (a known carcinogen), toluene, ethyl benzene, xylene, along with other toxins (WaterPollutionLawyers.com). A well which consumes 5 million gallons of fresh water in the process would create 11,000 gallons of contaminated water and chemicals (USGS.com). Where is this water going?There have been a number of reports of contaminated water nationwide. The EPA performed a study of the water in Pavilion, Wyoming and reported that the best explanation for the pollution was that fluids used in the hydraulic fracturing process migrated up from the fracking operations and contaminated an aquifer (EPA.Gov/HFStudy). The EPA has yet to conclude their studies of this fracking process and their report is not scheduled to be released until 2014.In the meantime, can we just slow down with this whole concept? After all, our fresh drinking water is at stake.Garrick BalkSouth Elgin


    Thanks for help on WDRSA fundraiser
    Thanks for help on WDRSA fundraiserRecently, more than 100 supporters of the Western DuPage Special Recreation Association gathered at the Outback Steakhouse in Wheaton’s Danada area to raise funds for the WDSRA Foundation. As a trustee, I want to thank the many friends who joined us for a delicious meal and their support. With the generosity of those in attendance, the WDSRA Foundation continues to be able to support the vast array of recreational and social programs WDSRA offers for people of all ages with special needs.We also want to thank Outback proprietor Jay Ruck and his entire team for their generosity in pulling together this fundraiser and the great service they provided for our guests.It was a special day for WDSRA made possible by many friends, both old and new, who support our efforts to serve our entire special needs community. We look forward to the next WDSRA Foundation event and invite everyone in the community to join us.Gregg BettcherWDSRA trusteeWheaton


    GOP spending bill would keep U.S. going
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: President Obama is blatantly lying when he accuses the Republicans of wanting to shut down the government. The spending bill passed by the Republicans in Congress funds all government spending except for Obamacare, so the government has the monetary resources to function as usual.


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