Daily Archive : Saturday October 5, 2013



    Northwest suburban police blotter

    An elderly Des Plaines woman nearly lost $4,900 to a scammer when she received a call around 11:45 a.m. Sept. 30. The male caller told her he was associated with a bank and was investigating a bank employee. The scammer told the woman he needed her to withdraw the money and take it to the Des Plaines Library where a “Mr. Murray” would meet her. A bank teller observed the large withdrawal and...

    Water from Saturday's rain came up to the bottom of some of the cars in the parking lot at Yorktown Center in Lombard.

    Heavy rain, hail hits suburbs

    National Weather Service officials have issued a flood advisory for eastern Lake County until 11 p.m. today. Officials said radar indicated thunderstorms rolled through the area about 5 p.m., dropping 1 to 1½ inches of rain in a half-hour. Torrential rain is expected to spread north across portions of Lake County tonight.


    Government shutdown closes Illinois wildlife areas

    The partial shutdown of the federal government has made more than 128,000 acres of wildlife refuges and other lands off limits in Illinois.The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Saturday that it has closed lands and facilities nationwide.

    Douglas K. Ray, CEO and publisher of the Daily Herald Media Group, accepts the Brian H. Burke Business of the Year Award during the Schaumburg Business Association Toast of Schaumburg event Saturday at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center.

    Daily Herald Media Group earns top business honor

    The Daily Herald Media Group won the Brian H. Burke Business of the Year designation Saturday night and was among several other businesses honored at the Schaumburg Business Association annual dinner.


    Syria shows signs of preparing to surrender chemical weapons

    Syria appears to be moving its chemical weapons to a small number of central locations, U.S. officials say, in a sign that the regime is preparing to cooperate with an international effort to rapidly destroy its entire arsenal of deadly toxins.

    Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, arrives at the Capitol in Washington, Saturday. The Republican-controlled House and the Democrat-controlled Senate are at an impasse, neither side backing down, after House GOP conservatives linked the funding bill to President Obama’s existent health care law.

    How the impasses in Washington might play out

    WASHINGTON — Key lawmakers and aides on Capitol Hill say they don’t know how the battles over funding the government and increasing the nation’s debt limit might be resolved. In interviews, they lay out several possibilities, all of which face huge political impediments:BOEHNER YIELDS


    Man in critical condition after South Barrington crash

    One man was injured in a vehicle crash Saturday afternoon in South Barrington, officials said.

    In this Feb. 13, 2012, file photo, an armed member of the militant group al-Shabab attends a rally on the outskirts of Mogadishu, Somalia. International military forces carried out a pre-dawn strike Saturday against foreign fighters in the same southern Somalia village where U.S. Navy SEALS four years ago killed a most-wanted al-Qaida operative, officials said.

    Elite U.S. forces nab 1998 terror suspect, don’t get Kenya mall suspect

    MOGADISHU, Somalia — In a stealthy seaside assault in Somalia and in a raid in Libya’s capital, U.S. special forces on Saturday struck out against Islamic extremists who have carried out terrorist attacks in East Africa, snatching a Libyan al-Qaida leader allegedly involved in the bombings of U.S. embassies 15 years ago but aborting a mission to capture a terrorist suspect linked to last month’s...

    A stiff breeze blows palm trees along the coast in Gulf Shores, Ala., Saturday. Forecasters lifted tropical storm watches along the Alabama coast but surf conditions are still dangerous.

    Karen falls to a tropical depression off Louisiana
    Tropical Storm Karen stalled Saturday afternoon in its move toward the Gulf Coast but still threatened to bring heavy winds and high rains. Officials from Louisiana to northwest Florida acknowledged that the storm was weakening and sent some emergency workers home, but urged residents to be cautious.


    GOP strategy leaves longtime donors ‘totally annoyed’

    WASHINGTON — Veteran Republican fundraisers are increasingly alarmed by the defiant stance of hard-line conservatives amid the federal government shutdown, raising fears that many key donors may be restrained in their giving going into the 2014 midterms.

    This is an exterior view of the north bedroom and studio of the Schweikher House, which was built in 1938 by famed architect Paul Schweikher.

    Schweikher House in Schaumburg opened for rare tour

    History and architecture buffs came together in Schaumburg on Saturday for a rare opportunity to tour the Schweikher House, the suburban home that’s served as a residence to a noted architect, an atomic bomb physicist and the creator of an iconic piece of modern art. “We’ve had a strong response, stronger than even last year,” said Todd Wenger, executive director of the Schweiker House...

    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz speaks at the Family Foundation of Virginia Annual Gala, Greater Richmond Convention Center, Saturday in Richmond, Va. Quoting from the Bible, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz told a socially conservative advocacy group that President Barack Obama’s Democratic administration is “the most hostile to religious liberty” in American history and the health reform law is its most formidable weapon against them.

    Even amid furloughs, some Texans cheer Ted Cruz

    HOUSTON — Thanks to Texas’ new senator, Dale Huls is out of a job—at least for now. Yet Huls has never been prouder that he voted for him. “Without Ted Cruz this doesn’t happen,” said Huls, a NASA systems engineer who was among roughly 3,000 federal employees furloughed from Houston’s Johnson Space Center after tea party Republicans triggered the partial government shutdown.

    Betsy Zinser of Batavia collects tall coreopsis seed pods at Fermilab’s annual prairie seed harvest of the Robert F. Betz Prairie Saturday. This is Zinser’s first time helping at the event. She is also on the board of Fermilab Natural Areas, a not-for-profit group dedicated to taking care of the natural areas at Fermilab. Typically, about 200 people show up to volunteer.

    Volunteers harvest seeds at Fermilab prairie

    Crickets, grasshoppers and bees had to open their grassy home to some well-meaning guests Saturday morning. More than 100 volunteers plodded through fields of tall plants and grasses at Fermilab’s Batavia campus, disrupting the insect and bird population while harvesting seeds from more than a dozen varieties of prairie plants.

    Lilly Tapper and her dog Bob, an English bulldog, wait for customers at the Doggie Styles Pet Grooming stand on Saturday during the annual Dog-tober Fest in Huntley.

    Huntley’s Dog-tober fun for pooches, their people

    The annual Dog-tober Fest in Huntley attracted all manner of happy pooches and their smiling owners on Saturday, along with the occasional bark and hard tug of the leash. The event featured about 50 vendors including dog rescue organizations, pet schools, animal hospitals and dog treat makers.

    Jennifer McCray of Hanover Park makes a doll from corn husks during the Kline Creek Farm annual Corn Fest celebration Saturday.

    Volunteers help with Kline Creek Farm corn harvest

    Kline Creek Farm in West Chicago will play host to its annual Corn Fest celebration from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the 1890s-style farm. Visitors can help pick, shuck and store corn to feed the cows and sheep over the winter.

    House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Va., third from left, meets with House Republican conferees Tuesday on Capitol Hill in Washington. Cantor said the chairs opposite them were intended for Democrats to join in the discussions, but he said they declined. From left are House Appropriations Chairman Rep. Hal Rogers, R-Ky.; House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis.; Cantor; House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich.; Rep. Tom Graves, R-Ga., and other House members.

    One view: Shutdown stems from GOP’s civil war

    We’re used to brinkmanship in Washington resulting from conflict between Democrats and Republicans. But this shutdown is different. It’s a fight between Republicans and Republicans — or, more specifically, Republicans and the Tea Party.

    Demonstrators hold signs while protesting outside the Lafayatte, Ind., office of U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita, Thursday.

    One view: Shutdown’s roots lie in deeply divided American politics

    The government shutdown did not happen by accident. It is the latest manifestation — an extreme one by any measure — of divisions long in the making and now deeply embedded in the country’s politics. It could be a new normal, as confrontation remains commonplace and true compromise rare.

    Marisa Gonzalez, left, and Leonor Ramus, right, join others as they hold a rally in support of federal workers who were idled by the government shutdown outside the office of U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, in San Antonio on Thursday.

    Shutdown: Who’s back to work, or will get paid not to

    The Pentagon announced Saturday that it would order almost all of its 350,000 civilian employees furloughed by the government shutdown back to work this week. Earlier the Republican-led House unanimously passed a bill that would offer them full pay for the time they are not at their jobs during the shutdown. While belittling the vote as a distraction that would offer employees “paid vacation,”...

    Associated Press Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., left, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., right, speak to members of the media after meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 2. Obama had summoned congressional leaders to the White House as a partial government shutdown entered a second day with little sign of a breakthrough to get hundreds of thousands of people back to work.

    House OKs retroactive pay; shutdown in first weekend

    The fifth day of the partial shutdown of the U.S. government brought no signs of a breakthrough as House lawmakers passed a bill that would eventually reimburse furloughed federal workers for lost pay. The measure, which passed 407-0 today, was part of an effort to “ease the pain” of the first shutdown since 1996, said House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia.


    Libyan militant in 1998 U.S. embassy bombing nabbed

    TRIPOLI, Libya — Gunmen in a three-car convoy seized an al-Qaida leader connected to the 1998 embassy bombings in eastern Africa and wanted by the U.S. for more than a decade outside his house Saturday in the Libyan capital, his relatives said.

    Armantina Pelaez, a former crisis counselor at St. Mary’s Hospital, in Paterson, N.J., sits in Paterson’s Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church. The latest terms of the sale of the hospital appear to show that little more than half the pension obligation shortfall would be covered.

    Religious institutions’ pensions prove not guaranteed

    “Presently, the retirement plan’s trust is severely underfunded,” the CEO of St. Mary's Hospital in New Jersey wrote to employees in early 2011, blaming investment losses and the hospital’s decision not to put any money into one of its pension plans for more than a decade. The news angered many St. Mary's employees.

    Amy Wilk, left, of Elk Grove Village helps bathe her daughter, Olivia, born two months early, with St. Alexius Medical Center neonatal intensive care unit nurse Theresa Brown.

    Preemies' parents to host dinner to thank St. Alexius doctors, nurses

    Three grateful sets of parents of preemies are hosting an appreciation dinner on Sunday for the doctors and nurses who work in the neonatal intensive care unit at St. Alexius Medical Center in Hoffman Estates. “I felt that after we were released (from the hospital) I never had the full amount of time to say goodbye and offer our appreciation,” said Linda Prestia.

    Kevin Michaels of Naperville holds his daughter Lucy, 7, while watching the Civil War re-enactment at Cantigny Park in Wheaton Saturday. This event runs through Sunday.

    Civil War comes alive at Cantigny

    Dozens of history enthusiasts dressed as Union and Confederate soldiers "fired" muskets at each other as they advanced across the lawn. Demonstrating drills soldiers of the period would have practiced to prepare for battle, the wool-suited men stood in firing formations as a hundred or so people rimmed the “battlefield” in this live action history lesson at Cantigny Park in Wheaton.

    Emir Abinion, who owns a car dealership in St. Charles, celebrated his 25th wedding anniversary with his wife, Pat, with a nice dinner and ... a two-sided traveling billboard.

    Acosta’s to open second location

    Acosta's Consignment shop on West Main Street in St. Charles will expand to a second location on East Main Street this week, columnist Dave Heun says.

    In this Sept. 28 file photo U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel boards his plane at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., en route to South Korea. The Pentagon ordered most of its approximately 400,000 furloughed civilian employees back to work. The decision by Hagel is based on a Pentagon legal interpretation of a law called the Pay Our Military Act.

    Pentagon: 90% of furloughed civilians ordered back

    The Pentagon is ordering most of its approximately 400,000 furloughed civilian employees back to work. The decision announced Saturday by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is based on a Pentagon legal interpretation of a law called the Pay Our Military Act. That measure was passed by Congress and signed by President Barack Obama shortly before the partial government shutdown began Tuesday.

    In this photo taken from footage from Citizen TV, via the Kenya Defence Forces and made available Friday, Oct. 4, a man reported to be Umayr, one of the four armed militants walking in a store at the Westgate Mall, during the four-day-long siege at the mall in Nairobi, Kenya that killed more than 60 people last month. A Kenyan military spokesman has confirmed the names of four attackers as Abu Baara al-Sudani, Omar Nabhan, Khattab al-Kene and Umayr.

    Kenya’s military spokesman names 4 mall attackers
    A military spokesman on Saturday confirmed the names of the four fighters implicated in the attack on the upscale Westgate Mall in Kenya’s capital last month, an assault that turned into a four-day-long siege, killing at least 67 people.


    Boy born with heart outside chest dies at 13

    HOBART, Ind. — A former Indiana boy who overcame the odds to survive a rare congenital defect in which he was born with his heart outside his chest has died at age 13.When Tyler Jacob Todd was born in August 2000, doctors gave him less than a 1 percent chance of survival. But he survived a four-hour procedure in which surgeons placed his heart back inside his chest.

    Juan Felix cleans up while workers from Chico's Treeland Inc. cut down the tree-lined entrance at Vernon Hills High School as a result of a deadly emerald ash borer infestation.

    Ash trees removed at Vernon Hills High

    One by one, the ash trees that flanked the parking lot by the main entrance of Vernon Hills High School fell in a heap of green and red leaves, cut down and swiftly removed by workers. All but two of the 45 trees were infested with the emerald ash borer, school officials said. New trees, including maple and elm, will be planted beginning Columbus Day, Oct. 14.

    Joel Espitia covers drywall joints Friday as construction continues at the new GiGi's Playhouse National Achievement Center.

    New GiGi's Playhouse underway; donations still needed

    With the generosity of donors and the frantic work of more than a dozen construction workers, the new GiGi's Playhouse is starting to show signs of life. Scheduled to open Oct. 27 in Hoffman Estates, the center will house programs for adults and children with Down syndrome. “We call this project 'Building a Dream,'” Development Director Marc Portugal said.

    Runners take off in South Elgin Parks & Recreation FUNdation’s ninth annual Harvest Hustle 7K Run and 2-Mile Walk on Saturday.

    Fun and fitness highlight South Elgin fall festival

    As runner Toni Suarez of Elgin neared the finish line, “The Hustle” disco song by Van McCoy and the Soul City Symphony blared over the speakers at the ninth annual Harvest Hustle 7K Run and 2-Mile Walk in South Elgin on Saturday. The event had 174 runners and 120 walkers participate. Suarez took first place with a time of 27:00.7. The first female runner, Julie Lee of South Elgin, crossed the...


    Agreement ends shelling of Syrian village

    BEIRUT — Syrian government forces reached an agreement Saturday with local officials of a vulnerable Sunni village in a region dominated by President Bashar Assad’s Alawite sect to end hours of deadly shelling in exchange for the surrender of dozens of opposition fighters, an activist group said.

    Roosevelt High School students Carlos Espinoza and Maria Aguilera were among two of the Los Angeles Unified School District’s 650,000 students to receive iPads under a district plan to supply every student and teacher with one of the tablets by next year. Espinoza says he quickly cracked the iPad’s security settings and used it to go on Facebook. Aguilera says district officials shouldn’t have been surprised that hundreds of high school students would do that.

    LA students get iPads, crack firewall, play games

    Education officials in the nation’s second-largest school district are working to reboot a $1 billion plan to put an iPad in the hands of each of their 650,000 students. Instead of solving math problems or doing English homework, more than 300 Los Angeles Unified School District students promptly cracked the security settings and started tweeting, posting to Facebook and playing video games.


    String of attacks in Iraq kill at least 66
    A suicide bomber blew himself up among a crowd of Shiite pilgrims in Baghdad and another detonated his explosives inside a cafe north of the capital, the deadliest of several attacks across Iraq on Saturday that killed at least 66 people. The killings, which also included attacks on journalists and anti-extremist Sunni fighters, are part of the deadliest surge in violence to hit Iraq in five...


    Second Tea Party-backed lawmaker backs off health care fight

    WASHINGTON — A second House Republican with ties to the limited-government tea party movement said he’s willing to support a spending deal that doesn’t include dismantling the nation’s health care law.

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a news conference at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Bali, Indonesia, Saturday. Kerry on Saturday urged Congress to end the partial government shutdown and think “long and hard” about the message U.S. sends the world when “we can’t get our own act together.”

    Kerry to Congress: Think ‘long and hard’ about shutdown

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry warned Congress on Saturday to think “long and hard” about the negative message that the partial government shutdown is sending around the world, even as he disputed the perception that the deadlock in Washington is a sign of weakness.

    A pedestrian walks by West Boulevard in Rapid City, S.D,, Saturday, Oct. 5. South Dakota emergency agencies are asking snowmobile operators in the Rapid City area to help find motorists stranded by an autumn storm. The National Weather Service says the storm dumped at least three and a half feet of wet, heavy snow in the Black Hills. Rapid City had 21 inches, but 31 inches was recorded just a mile southwest of the city.

    Great Plains storm brings both snow, tornadoes

    The storm system that covered parts of Wyoming and South Dakota in heavy, wet snow also brought powerful thunderstorms and tornadoes to the Great Plains, causing millions of dollars in damage. The storm dumped at least 33 inches of snow in a part of South Dakota’s scenic Black Hills, National Weather Service meteorologist Eric Helgeson said Friday afternoon.

    President Barack Obama speaks during an exclusive interview with The Associated Press in the White House library in Washington. Defending the shaky rollout of his health care law, Obama said frustrated Americans ‘definitely shouldn’t give up’ on the problem-plagued program now at the heart of his dispute with Republicans over reopening the federal government. Obama said he would be willing to negotiate with Republicans on health care, deficit reduction and spending, only if Republican House Speaker John Boehner holds votes to reopen the government and increase the nation’s borrowing limit.

    Obama to public: Don’t give up on health sign-ups
    Defending the shaky rollout of his health care law, President Barack Obama said frustrated Americans “definitely shouldn’t give up” on the problem-plagued program now at the heart of his dispute with Republicans over reopening the federal government. “Folks are working around the clock and have been systematically reducing the wait times,” he said.


    Aurora woman charged with murder held on $2 million bail

    An Aurora woman was being held on $2 million bail in the Kane County Adult Justice Center on Saturday, after being charged in connection with the stabbing death of her cousin. Amy L. Zuniga, 44, of the 800 block of Front Street, was charged Friday with two counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder.


    Aurora boy, 14, charged in shooting of a boy, 14

    A 14-year-old Aurora boy suffered a serious gunshot wound to his leg when another 14-year-old Aurora boy apparently was showing off a gun he had found, police said. The injury is not believed to be life-threatening, police said. The suspect was charged with reckless discharge of a firearm, police said.

    Speaker of the House Republican John Boehner of Ohio, arrives at the Capitol in Washington, Saturday, Oct. 5. The Republican-controlled House and the Democrat-controlled Senate are at an impasse, neither side backing down after House GOP conservatives linked the funding bill to obstructing President Obama’s signature health care law. There has been no sign of progress toward ending the government shutdown that has idled 800,000 federal workers and curbed services around the country.

    Government doors closed, but workers may get paid
    Their government has failed to keep the doors open and has told federal workers to stay off the job as the political parties fight over spending and health care in austere times. Now Congress and President Barack Obama are poised to send this message to the 800,000 sidelined government employees: We don’t know when the impasses will end but you will get reimbursed for lost pay once the government...


    Ireland voters reject plan to abolish Senate
    Irish voters have rejected a government plan to abolish the country’s Senate, a surprise result that deals a blow to Prime Minister Enda Kenny. Saturday’s official results show that the proposed constitutional amendment to eliminate Ireland’s upper house of parliament was defeated with a 51.7 percent “no” vote.


    Myanmar says suspects arrested after Thandwe riots
    State-run media say 44 suspects have been arrested for their alleged role in sectarian violence that wracked a town in western Myanmar this past week. Five Muslims were killed and more than 100 homes set on fire when Buddhist mobs went on a rampage in Thandwe, a coastal town in Rakhine state, hours before a visit by the country’s president.


    Mormon church membership hits 15 million
    The president of the Mormon church says worldwide membership has hit 15 million, representing a three-fold increase over the three decades. President Thomas S. Monson announced the milestone during the opening session of the two-day Mormon church conference Saturday morning.

    In this picture released by an official website of the office of the Iranian supreme leader, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, center, attends a graduation ceremony of army cadets, while Chief of the General Staff of Iran's Armed Forces, Gen. Hasan Firouzabadi, left, and army commander Ataollah Salehi, right, accompany him in Tehran, Iran, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013. Iran's top leader said some aspects of Hassan Rouhani's trip to New York last month were "not appropriate," but has reiterated his crucial support for the president's policy of outreach to the West. A portrait of the late revolutionary founder Ayatollah Khomeini hangs in the background. (AP Photo/Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader)

    Iran leader hints at disapproval over Obama call

    Iran's top leader said Saturday that some aspects of Hassan Rouhani's trip to New York last month were "not appropriate," but reiterated his crucial support for the president's policy of outreach to the West.


    Pedestrian hit by car near Marengo hospitalized

    A 17-year-old man was hospitalized after being struck by a car about 3:45 p.m. Friday in the 19300 block of Route 20 near Marengo, McHenry County sheriff’s police said Saturday. The man entered the roadway from the south for unknown reasons and was struck by a 2003 Cadillac North Star DHS was traveling westbound, police said in a news release. The man ws thrown into a yard on the north side of...

    Bloomberg San Antonio’s River Walk Mission Reach opens Saturday, Oct. 5.

    San Antonio’s River Walk expansion leads nation in urban ecosystem restoration
    Famed for iconic history and a bold and beautiful culture, San Antonio is gaining recognition as home of the nation’s largest urban ecosystem restoration project with the expansion of the River Walk. With its grand opening set for Saturday, Oct. 5, the completed Mission Reach brings to life a revived, eight-mile stretch of the San Antonio River.

    Associated Press Indian paramilitary soldiers stand guard in Srinagar, India, Saturday, Oct. 5. The Indian army said Saturday that it killed seven suspected rebels in two separate gunbattles near the heavily militarized line dividing the disputed Kashmir region between India and Pakistan.

    Indian army says 7 rebels killed in Kashmir
    The Indian army said Saturday that it killed seven suspected rebels in two separate gunbattles near the heavily militarized line dividing the disputed Kashmir region between India and Pakistan. Four militants were killed Saturday after they crossed over from Pakistani-held territory into the Indian portion of Kashmir in Kupwara region, an army officer said.

    Associated Press Britain’s Prince Harry, left, greets well-wishers at the gates to Kirribilli House, the prime minister’s residence in Sydney, Saturday, Oct. 5. Harry, fourth in line to the British throne, is in Australia’s largest city for just one day as part of a quick trip Down Under.

    Prince Harry chats, shakes hands with Sydney fans
    Britain’s Prince Harry chatted and shook hands with a throng of excited fans on the Sydney waterfront Saturday as thousands of people celebrated the centenary of the fledgling Australian navy fleet’s first visit to the city’s famed harbor. Harry moved frenetically across the surging crowd in The Rocks region of downtown Sydney, conversing with the public, taking outstretched hands and waving to...

    In this Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011 photo, al-Shabab fighters march with their weapons during military exercises on the outskirts of Mogadishu, Somalia. Foreign military forces carried out a pre-dawn strike Saturday, Oct. 5, against foreign fighters in the same southern Somalia village where U.S. Navy SEALS four years ago killed a most-wanted al-Qaida operative, officials said.

    Military strike reported in southern Somali town
    Associated PressMOGADISHU, Somalia — International military forces carried out a pre-dawn strike Saturday against foreign fighters in the same southern Somalia village where U.S. Navy SEALS four years ago killed a most-wanted al-Qaida operative, officials said.

    Associated Press A migrant eats food inside temporary camp for migrants, in Lampedusa, Italy, Saturday, Oct. 5. A ship carrying African migrants towards Italy capsized Thursday off the Sicilian island of Lampedusa after the migrants on board started a fire to attract attention. Just 155 people survived, 111 bodies have been recovered and more than 200 are still missing. The tragedy has prompted outpourings of grief and calls for a comprehensive EU immigration policy to deal with the tens of thousands fleeing poverty and strife in Africa and the Middle East.

    Italian fishermen honor dead migrants at sea
    A flotilla of Italian fishermen motored into rough seas off Lampedusa on Saturday to drop a bouquet of yellow flowers near the spot of a shipwreck where more than 100 African migrants drowned. Some of them bristled at reports that a boat may have violated the “law of the sea” and ignored migrants fighting for their lives. The search to recover more bodies, meanwhile, was called off for a second...

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a press conference at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation ministerial meeting in Bali, Indonesia, Saturday, Oct. 5. Kerry said talks on a trans-Pacific trade pact are forging ahead despite U.S. President Barack Obama’s absence due to the government shutdown.

    Analysis: US reliability questioned overseas
    An unmistakable sense of unease is growing in global capitals as the U.S. government from afar looks increasingly befuddled. America is shirking from a military confrontation in Syria, stymied at home by a gridlocked Congress and in danger of defaulting on sovereign debt, which could plunge the world’s financial system into chaos.


    Gunmen kill 15 Libyan soldiers
    Gunmen attacked a Libyan military post southeast of the capital Tripoli early Saturday, killing 15 soldiers, an official and Libya’s state news agency said. The attackers rode vehicles topped with machineguns, the military official said. The highway between the towns of Tarhuna and Bani Walid, on which the post was located, was closed immediately after the attack in an attempt to track down the...

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., left, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., right, speak to members of the media after meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 2. Obama summoned congressional leaders to the White House as a partial government shutdown entered a second day with little sign of a breakthrough to get hundreds of thousands of people back to work.

    Parties race to use shutdown for 2014 leverage
    Republicans and Democrats have wasted little time trying to use the first federal government shutdown in a generation for political advantage ahead of next year’s midterm elections, seizing on the plight of furloughed workers and shuttered government services to cast blame on each other.

    Sundance, the golden retriever known for eating five $100 bills, rejects the taste of the check his owner Wayne Klinkel received after painstakingly reassembling parts of five $100 bills eaten by his golden retriever.

    Odd news: Dog eats $500, skeleton in drive-thru

    This week’s odd news column features a naked haunted house, legalized duck races and a man who got reimbursed after his dog chewed up five $100 bills. The video of the week is of a skeleton scaring drive-thru workers.

    Shawn Cork, 19, left, and his dad Scott, of Burlington, both have dyslexia. Getting private, specialized tutoring has transformed their lives, they said.

    Burlington father, son end years of hiding their dyslexia

    Scott Cork and his son Shawn know what it’s like to constantly hide feelings of shame and inadequacy. The Corks, who live in Burlington, have dyslexia, and getting private, specialized tutoring has transformed their lives. “Now that my GPA is looking better, I am more happy now with what I am doing,” Shawn said. Added Dad, “When I go recruiting now I don’t feel as scared to talk."

    This is a rendering of the waste transfer station being proposed in Round Lake Park by Groot Industries.

    Round Lake Park transfer station hearing ends after 40 hours

    After about 40 hours of testimony, the public hearing regarding a proposed garbage waste transfer station in Round Lake Park ended earlier this week. Public comment is being accepted through Nov. 1. “The village’s official position is still that we object to the transfer station,” said Round Lake Mayor Dan MacGillis.


    Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde stretches the ball over the goal line for a touchdown, as determined by video review, in the fourth quarter Saturday night against Northwestern.

    Moral victory vs. OSU leaves Wildcats wanting

    Once again, Northwestern settled for the unpalatable and eminently forgettable moral victory in Evanston, where Ohio State (6-0) had to come from behind in the final 6 minutes to defeat the 16th-ranked Wildcats, 40-30.

    Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller (5) runs past the outstretched hand of Northwestern linebacker Collin Ellis (45) during Saturday’s game in Evanston. Ohio State won 40-30.

    Northwestern hangs tough, but comes up just short

    The sentiment this week among many Northwestern backers wasn’t so much confidence as it was hope as the No. 16 Wildcats prepared to host No. 4 Ohio State.It was more of a ‘Do you think we have a chance?’ sentiment.Well, until the final minutes of Saturday night’s thriller in Evanston the answer was two simple words:Heck yeah.


    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.


    Wheaton Academy lets its guard down during rout

    There is no surer sign of a high-school football team winning big and having fun than when an offensive guard or two line up at tailback and run the ball.

    Lightning goalie Ben Bishop blocks a shot by the Blackhawks’ Jonathan Toews during the second period Saturday night at the United Center.

    Blackhawks run into hot goalie in loss

    Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville called it a goalie win, and from watching Tampa Bay’s Ben Bishop turn away chance after chance, it was tough to disagree. Bishop made 37 saves through overtime and stopped all 3 shootout attempts as the Lightning rallied from a 2-0 deficit in the third period to defeat the Hawks 3-2 Saturday night at the United Center. “I didn’t mind the way we played,” Quenneville said. “They got a goalie win out of the game. If we play like that we’ll find a way to get 2 points. Sometimes you get a goalie win on the other side and you don’t get a point, so I guess that was a positive. Certainly we did what we wanted to do tonight.”

    Bulls guard Derrick Rose, playing in his first game since April 28, 2013, cuts between Pacers guard George Hill, right, and power forward David West during Saturday night’s preseason action.

    Rose looks strong in return to Bulls

    Derrick Rose’s return to NBA basketball Saturday night was a success. He made some mistakes and missed all his jump shots, but the motor was back.

    Notre Dame quarterback Tommy Rees (11) hands off to running back George Atkinson III during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Arizona State on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

    Rees leads Irish to 30-27 Shamrock win over ASU

    Tommy Rees threw for 279 yards and three touchdowns, and Notre Dame made it 5 for 5 in the traveling Shamrock Series with a 37-34 victory against No. 22 Arizona State on Saturday night.Kyle Brindza kicked three second-half field goals, the go-ahead kick from 25 yards with 3:03 remaining. He tied a Notre Dame record with a 53-yarder that matched the longest in a college game at the $1.2 billion home of the Dallas Cowboys.


    Blackhawks’ Sharp knows all about fitness

    Patrick Sharp won the annual fitness award at Blackhawks training camp and has been one of the best players on the ice through the preseason and opener against Washington. He credits strength and conditioning coach Paul Goodman with getting him started.

    Chicago Blackhawks' Patrick Kane skates to bench after missing a shot against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the shootout of an NHL hockey game in Chicago, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013. The Lightning won 3-2. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    Hawks fall to Lightning in shootout 3-2

    Valtteri Filppula scored in the shootout and the Tampa Bay Lightning rallied for a 3-2 victory over the Blackhawks on Saturday night.


    Wolves fall 4-1 to Texas Stars

    The Chicago Wolves were unable to complete the opening-weekend sweep as they fell to the host Texas Stars 4-1 on Saturday night.


    Glenbard South rises to occasion

    A few minutes before the first weather delay at Saturday’s Wheaton Warrenville South Tigers Doubles Tennis Tournament, Glenbard South first-doubles Jenna Brambora and Rachel Rettger had to face a storm of a different kind.

    Barrington receiver Matt Moran celebrates a touchdown as he returns to the sideline against Fremd at Barrington on Saturday.

    Abel, Barrington march past Fremd

    Barrington's Dylan Abel was just that Saturday in Barrington. The junior running back began the season as the starter, but he'd been relegated to a back-up role the past couple of weeks. Abel exploded Saturday for 128 yards and 2 touchdowns as Barrington rallied to top Fremd 35-21 in a game delayed two hours by lightning.

    Wauconda's Ross Theel, left, and Michael Prate, celebrate Prate's first touchdown against visiting Round Lake on Saturday.

    Winning wears well on Prate, Wauconda

    Contrary to popular belief, all Ws are not pretty. So Michael Prate planned to swap his purple-and-gold Wauconda football helmet for a new one. On the second of his 2 momentum-changing touchdowns during the Bulldogs' 34-14 win over Round Lake on an overcast homecoming Saturday, Prate ran hard into a Panther. Helmets collided, gashing a large W next to an earhole on Prate's helmet. “I'm going to get a fresh one in a few minutes,” Prate said after the game among smiling Bulldogs. His helmet died a hero.


    Stevenson rolls to own tourney title

    VolleyballStevenson wins invite: Stevenson was at home, sweet home in winning its own six-team invitational, which also involved Vernon Hills.The Patriots won every match in a two-game sweep. They defeated Highland Park (25-21, 25-11), Loyola (25-18, 27-26), Wheeling (25-12, 25-22), McHenry (25-11, 25-10) and Vernon Hills (25-8, 25-19). Khaila Donaldson led the way with 38 kills on the day. Peyton Bykowski added 56 digs.For Vernon Hills, which went 0-5 on the day, Katie Brettman rolled up 29 kills and Val Barybina added 24 kills.Warren d. Wauwatosha: Lindsey Biedron had 7 kills and 4 aces to lead Warren to a 25-17, 17-25, 25-18 win over Wauwatosha. Allyson Mitchell had 5 kills while setter Lauren Frericks had 4 kills to go along with 16 assists.Boys soccerRound Lake 4, Libertyville 1: Four players scored for the Panthers in the North Suburban crossover win. Round Lake got goals from Raul Albor, Alejandro Sotelo, Freddie Ramirez and Marcos Avelar.Grayslake North 1, Lakes 1: Nick Rice scored off a Gavin Amburn assist for Grayslake North, which got 5 saves from Dean Jones.Boys golfTrevian Invite: At the 16-team Bruce Slovitt Trevian Invite at Winnetka Golf Club, Bret Cigelnik of Mundelein finished in 6th place with a 73.Cougar Classic: At the 8-team Cougar Classic at White Deer Run, Libertyville placed third with a 198. Billy Knutson led the Wildcats with a 48.TJ Collins finished with a 48 for Warren while Teddy Noll led Lake Zurich with a 49 and Ricky Schmidt had a team-best 50 for Vernon Hills.Girls tennisCarmel wins quad: Carmel took first place in its own quad, which involved Loyola, Lake Forest Academy and Prospect, which finished in second place.Wheeling Quad: Mundelein lost to Wheeling 3-2 despite a straight set sweep by Kalli Majewski in the No. 1 singles match.

    Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose, right, goes up for a shot over Indiana Pacers forward David West, left, in the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game Saturday in Indianapolis.

    Derrick Rose returns with win in exhibition opener

    Derrick Rose made a successful return to the Bulls, scoring 13 points in 20 minutes in an 82-76 exhibition victory over the Indiana Pacers on Saturday night Rose led the Bulls to the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference two seasons ago before he tore his left ACL during the playoffs, then missed all of last season while recovering.


    Prospect takes its winning show downstate

    Suffice it to say, Prospect is heading into the IHSA state tournament with momentum. The Knights, who won the Class AA crown in 2011 and were second in 2012, tuned up in fine fashion on Saturday for their own regional, which will be Wednesday at the Mt. Prospect Golf Course. Led by junior Kacie O’Donnell’s career-best round, a 1-under-par 71, Prospect scored a 293 at the John Macek Memorial Girls Golf tournament hosted by Champaign Centennial High School. The Knights, who were 2 strokes shy of their school record, finished ahead of Springfield Sacred Heart Griffin (301) and New Trier (305) on the University of Illinois Blue Golf Course.

    Boston Red Sox's David Ortiz hits a solo home run off Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher David Price in front of Rays catcher Jose Molina during the first inning in Game 2 of baseball's American League division series, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

    Ortiz hits 2 HRs, Red Sox lead Rays 2-0 in ALDS

    David Ortiz homered twice, the second shot chasing David Price in the eighth inning on Saturday night, and the Boston Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 7-4 to take a 2-0 lead in the AL division series. It was the first two-homer postseason game for the Red Sox designated hitter, who was a star for the 2004 Boston team that won the franchise's first World Series title in 86 years and is the only player remaining from that club.

    New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton watches introductions from the sideline before an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons in New Orleans, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013. The Saints won 23-17.

    Bears’ Trestman, Payton formed bond six years ago

    Marc Trestman's last job in the NFL before he left to coach the Montreal Alouettes for five years, was as an offensive consultant on Sean Payton's staff with the New Orlenas Saints, today's opponent at Soldier Field.


    Boys soccer/Fox Valley roundup

    The Huntley boys soccer team tuned up for its big Fox Valley Conference Valley Division matchup against unbeaten Dundee-Crown on Tuesday with a 5-1 nonconference win over Elgin Saturday.The Red Raiders (16-1-1) got 2 goals from Niko Mihalopoulos and one each from Jason Zobott and Jaime Quintana in the win. They also had an own goal. \Jakub Rys, Scott Dorvillier and Amir Dajani had assists and Tommy Helm made 6 saves in goal.Luis Maldonado scored for Elgin (6-9-2) and Eleno Montes had 3 saves in goal for the Maroons.Elgin Academy 3, Harvest Christian 1: Senior Jumel Julien scored twice and Julian Romano had a goal and 2 assists to lead the Hilltoppers (3-8-1) to a nonconference homecoming win. Karl Rauschenberger had an assist and Jonathan Shen made 1 save in goal for EA. Raphael De Souza scored off an assist from Adam Salowitz and Noah Fox had 15 saves in goal for the Lions.South Elgin 8, Rockford Auburn 0: Isaac Perez and Nathan Fisher each had hat tricks and Adam Smith scored twice for the Storm at the Hampshire tournament. Jose Gomez had 4 saves in goal.Prospect 2, CL South 0: Gus Alvarez made 3 saves in goal for the Gators (7-9-3) in this nonconference loss.Burlington Central 5, Genoa-Kingston 0: Prior to winning the Hampshire tournament championship, the Rockets got 2 goals from Sean Fitzgerald and single knocks from Matt O’Connor, Paolo Sespene and Alan Camarena to win in the Big Northern East. Fitzgerald added 2 assists and O’Connor had 1, while Brett Rau made 1 save in goal for BC, which ran its BN-East mark to 10-0.Larkin 2, Hoffman Estates 0: Javier Hernandez and Hector Mendoza scored goals and Aldair Dominguez had 3 saves for the shutout as Larkin won in nonconference action. Alex Cruz and Moises Raya had assists for the Royals (8-4-4).


    St. Francis, Marmion share SCC title

    There was a decidedly unexpected conclusion to the 36-hole Suburban Christian Conference boys golf tournament Saturday afternoon in Bensenville. St. Francis enjoyed a 4-shot lead on Marmion entering second-round action at White Pines Golf Club, only to have the cushion shrink as play progressed. The two teams ultimately finished in a dead heat when the top-four scorers for each team was posted. Marmion apparently had the tiebreaker, but Marmion coach Doug Roberts refused to accept the verdict due to a contentious 2-stroke penalty assessed a St. Francis player during the course of play.

    Mariah Brown of Bartlett took part in the Wheaton North girls cross country invitational Saturday in Wheaton.

    Top-notch score not enough for Naperville North

    A team score of sub-20 in a seven-flight cross country meet is mighty impressive, and the Naperville North girls squad tallied an 18 at the 30th annual Wheaton North Invitational Saturday at St. James Farm in Warrenville.

    Waubonsie Valley’s Brock Westwood intercepts a pass in the end zone intended for South Elgin’s Tyler Christensen Saturday in South Elgin.

    Waubonsie Valley shows its ready for Neuqua

    The Waubonsie Valley football team’s 63-29 romp at South Elgin Saturday afternoon was largely a matter of keeping up with next week’s competition. “A few of us went to see how Neuqua played against Metea,” senior running back Jon Fizer said of rival Neuqua Valley’s 65-28 win on Friday. “They came out on fire. That burned a fire within us. We knew we had to come out and do the same thing because if we didn’t perform, next week wasn’t going to mean anything.”The win by Waubonsie Valley sets the stage for a showdown next Friday against Neuqua Valley at North Central College in Naperville. Both teams own 5-1 overall records, 3-0 within the Upstate Eight Conference’s Valley Division.

    Week 6: Photos from the Round Lake at Wauconda football game on Saturday, Oct. 5.

    Images: Wauconda vs. Round Lake football
    The Wauconda Bulldogs hosted the Round Lake Panthers for football action on Saturday, Oct. 5.


    Burlington Central snares Hampshire crown

    Perhaps it was inevitable that the 2 Rockets would meet in the finals of the Hampshire Volleyball Tournament. Burlington Central and Richmond-Burton both went undefeated in pool play and won their semifinal matches in 2 straight games. And it was no surprise that the final match was tight all the way. But in the end, the Central Rockets prevailed, 25-22, 25-23 Saturday. Central overcame a 19-15 deficit in Game 2 to clinch the match.

    Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman yells instructions to his team during the second half of an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Jim Prisching)

    No distractions allowed for Bears’ offense

    Coach Marc Trestman knows it's inevitable that players like wide receiver Brandon Marshall will want the ball as much as possible, sometimes more, but he says it won't be a problem for the Bears.

    Fremd wide-receiver Anthony Halvorsen is pulled down by Barrington defender Colin Castagna at Barrington on Saturday,October 5.

    Images: Barrington vs. Fremd, football
    The Barrington High School football team hosted Fremd High School on Saturday, October 5th in Barrington.


    NIU still undefeated after 38-24 win over Kent State

    Cameron Stingily ran for a career-high 266 yards and two scores as Northern Illinois remained undefeated with a 38-24 win over Kent State on Saturday. Northern Illinois (5-0, 1-0 Mid-American) trailed 24-21 in the third quarter but proceeded to score 17 unanswered points, beginning with a 22-yard touchdown run by James Spencer midway through the quarter. Spencer then scored on an 11-yard touchdown pass from Jordan Lynch on the Huskies’ following possession. Northern Illinois finished with 698 yards of total offense, 454 yards rushing.


    St. Charles East perfect at Geneva invite

    St. Charles East girls tennis coach Sena Drawer spent her Friday night at the movie theater watching the suspenseful space drama film, Gravity. On Saturday, she spent part of the day biting her nails while watching the Saints post a 3-0 record at the Geneva Invitational. The Saints defeated Kaneland (6-2) and Bartlett (7-1) after rallying for a 5-3 decision over Wheaton Academy in the day’s opening match, thanks to a marathon 4-6, 7-5, 10-8 victory by seniors Haydyn Jones and Kelsie Roberton over the Warriors’ Kylie Holtgren and Maisie Howland at second doubles.


    Heady effort powers Hersey

    Is Hersey a team of destiny this fall? Too early to tell, perhaps, but fate certainly has been a friend so far. In their last six matches, the Huskies (11-3-2, 7-2-0-21 points) have won five times by 1 goal, including Saturday against Conant as Hersey won in the closing moments of regulation on a most fortunate redirected shot. Alex Mueller had no intention of heading the game-winner when he was knocked down inside the 6-yard box for a hard-fought 2-1 victory. Coach Darren Llewellyn’s club remains 2 points clear of Mid-Suburban East rivals Elk Grove and Wheeling heading into the final week of the regular season.


    Glenbard West stellar in postseason prep at Meadows

    For a 30th consecutive year, Rolling Meadows’ girls tennis program hosted the Mustang Invite on Saturday afternoon. The tournament is a test to all teams participating due to its template, which mirrors the sectional format. Flights for the long-running invitational were at Rolling Meadows and Fremd. From all indications, the postseason figures to be a long one for Glenbard West. The Hilltoppers took top honors, finishing with an astonishing 60 points on the day; a perfect score. Last year Glenbard West shared the title with Benet Academy.


    Reiser rises to Peoria Invite title

    McHenry junior Jesse Reiser took first place at the Peoria Invitational at Detweiller Park in 14:34. The McHenry junior finished second at the Palatine Invitational last week, but this week he was able to answer the challenge by Alleman senior Zach Hird (14:35), who took second place. Vernon Hills took the team title with 136 points, followed by Sandburg (142 points) and York (169 points). Senior Blake Hallman (15:10) and junior Mike Anderson (15:12) went 9-10 in pacing Prospect to a fourth-place finish. Hoffman Estates senior Billy Thomas (15:21), who was coming back from a short layoff, finished in 20th place to help the Hawks take eighth place.


    Downers South, Hoffman Estates go 1-2 at Detweiller

    Hoffman Estates placed three girls cross country runners in the top 25 in securing second place with 120 points at the Peoria Invitational at Detweiller Park on Saturday.Senior Solome Haile continued her strong showing for the Hawks by taking sixth place in 17:52, followed by junior Alondra Aguirre (18:17) and sophomore Meaghan Biddle (18:31) in 17th and 25th.Downers Grove South placed three girls in the top nine in taking the title with 70 points. Haley Albers paced Downers Grove South by taking second in 17:18, followed by teammates Abby Kargol (17:48) and Amanda Thate (17:54) in fifth and ninth.Fenwick junir Olivia Ryan won the individual title with a time of 17:16. Freshman Brooke Wilson (18:06) secured 14th place in leading Prospect (245 points) to a sixth-place finish. Junior Hannah Getschman added a 32nd-place finish for the Knights. Senior Vanessa Sanchez (18:13) took 16th place to pace Rolling Meadows, with sophomore Gabby Sanchez (18:52) adding a 33rd-place finish for the Mustangs. St. Ignatius (181 points), Cary-Grove (201 points), and Edwardsville (234 points) rounded out the top five. Wheaton North Flight Invitational: New Trier edged Naperville North 15-18 for the Wheaton North Flight Invitational title at St. James Farm Forest Preserve in Wheaton. Junior Mimi Smith captured the individual title in the top flight in 17:18 leading the Trevians. Yorkville sophomore Skylar Bollinger (17:25), Jacob junior Lauren VanVlierbergen (17:29) and Glenbard West sophomore Lindsay Graham (17:41) went 2-3-4.


    Cary-Grove turns up the offense in 4th straight win

    After a less-than-stellar offensive effort in which Cary-Grove didn’t score a touchdown in a 6-0 win over Prairie Ridge last week, Trojans’ coach Brad Seaburg realized much better production was needed this week. Done. Scoring on its first 6 possessions of the game and compiling 478 yards of total offense with 27 first downs, the Trojans celebrated homecoming by steamrolling McHenry 48-14 in Fox Valley Conference Valley Division play at Cary-Grove’s Al Bohrer Field Saturday afternoon.


    Beard honored before Round Lake tops Libertyville

    For his many years of service and time spent on the sidelines coaching — 40 of them, all told — Al Beard was recognized for his efforts by Libertyville High School on Saturday afternoon with a plaque. The presentation took place right before a North Suburban Conference boys soccer crossover match, in which Round Lake topped Libertyville 4-1.


    Batavia rallies past Larkin

    The Batavia football team could have gone into halftime Saturday after tied 14-14 against Larkin. That scenario wasn’t good enough for the Bulldogs. Michael Moffatt got behind the Royals’ defense and caught a 45-yard touchdown pass from Micah Coffey with no time left in the half. The point after was missed, but Batavia took a 20-14 lead and went on for a 46-14 Upstate Eight River victory at Memorial Field in Elgin.


    Burlington Central wins title at Hampshire

    Rumbles of thunder forced the championship match of Hampshire’s boys soccer tournament to be called with three minutes and 16 seconds to play Saturday afternoon. Burlington Central made sure it was well on its way to a repeat title by that time thanks to some quick strikes much earlier in its match against the host Whip-Purs. Senior midfielder Matthew O’Connor scored the first of his 2 goals less than two minutes in and the Rockets connected three times in the first 20 minutes as they extended their winning streak to 14 with a 4-1 victory.


    Stevenson steps it up at Conant

    Stevenson proved to be the class of the girls swimming and diving field Saturday at Conant, winning each of three levels in a unique test of overall varsity depth. The meet format allows for one entrant from each team in three heats of each event. At the A level, featuring the top competitors, Stevenson finished with 97 points and the host Cougars were runner-up with 69, ahead of Hersey (58), Schaumburg (47), Crystal Lake co-op and South Elgin.

    Wheaton Warrenville South's Nolan McKenna makes his way to first place during boys cross country at LeRoy Oakes in St. Charles Saturday.

    WW South, McKenna take titles at St. Charles North

    Wheaton Warrenville South delivered quite a 1-2 punch Saturday at the St. Charles North Invitational. Nolan McKenna covered the Leroy Oakes course in 15:01 for his first individual title of the year. Fellow senior Luke Schroer was right behind in second place in 15:13 leading the Tigers to a 56-60 victory over New Trier to best the 23-team field.

    Kathryn Adelman led Geneva in seventh Saturday at the St. Charles North Invitational at LeRoy Oakes in St. Charles.

    Geneva finishes strong, takes 2nd at SCN invite

    By the time runners get to the old school house on the Leroy Oakes cross country course in St. Charles, there’s not much time left to make a move.Geneva, however, did plenty of damage in that final stretch Saturday morning at the St. Charles North Invitational.The Vikings’ No. 4 and 5 runners, freshmen Gabby Thomson and Emma Ehrhardt, along with junior Brooke Nusser in the No. 3 spot, pushed hard at the end to help key the latest strong Geneva performance.Geneva’s 87 points trailed only Hinsdale Central’s 71 to take second place, not far ahead of Minooka (92) and St. Charles North (96).Kathryn Adelman (7th, 18:28), Emma McSpadden (13th, 18:47), Nusser (21st), Thomson (22nd) and Ehrhardt (24th) ran hard over that final stretch and in the process passed up runners from both St. Charles North and Minooka which ended up playing a big difference in the second through fourth spots in the team standings.“The St. Charles North coach (Shari Hayes) said, ‘Your kids really had a great finish and beat us up at the finish,’” Geneva coach Bob Thomson said. “We preach that. We don’t want them saving it throughout the race to look good at the finish line, but those are points. You lose by 1 and let someone go by you, that’s not a good thing. Basically just don’t leave anything out there. It can make a difference.”Saturday’s runner-up finish follows Geneva team titles the previous two weeks at Kaneland and Sterling. The Vikings did it without McKenzie Altmeyer, who has been the team’s second or third runner.“I was very encouraged by the fact we could do as well as we did missing one of our runners,” Thomson said. “I think it’s great today. Hinsdale Central is a great team and ranked ahead of us and we don’t have to worry about them in conference, regional and sectional. To run against them in a meet like this and know the only way we’ll face them again is at state, it was nice from the standpoint today to beat the competition that matters most to us.”That would be St. Charles North who defeated Geneva to start the season on the same course at the Leavey Invitational.As happy as Thomson was with the Vikings’ finish, Hayes didn’t like to see the final few hundred yards by her runners.“We have to be stronger at the finish but overall I’m OK with the way we ran,” Hayes said. “I think they are still tired. They have been working really hard the last two weeks and they didn’t have anything left.”Ashley England finished third in the race in 17:55. That was 30 seconds behind the winner, Hinsdale Central freshman Alexa Haff, despite running at less than 100 percent.“Her hip is bothering her I think from the increase of training we’ve done the last few weeks, and it was bothering her when she was running,” Hayes said. “She was disappointed with how she ran. I think she ran well.”Others in St. Charles North’s top five were: Kaylee Wessel (14th, 18:54), Audrey Blankenship (20th, 19:05), Nina Olshever (29th, 19:22) and Allie Chen (31st, 19:35).Metea Valley finished fifth in the 15-team field with 121 points, Batavia was seventh with 156, Streamwood eighth at 181, Cary-Grove ninth with 267 and Burlington Central 10th at 283.Sophomore Dakota Roman finished in the top 10 for Batavia with her time of 18:36 for ninth.Like all the runners in the field, Neuqua Valley senior Kendall Cast and Streamwood junior Gabby Juarez battled wet conditions. Each of them seemed to handle it fine, Cast taking second in 17:52 and Juarez fifth in 18:25.“It was slippery in a few places,” Cast said. “It didn’t affect me too much.”“Most parts were damp and slippery but it was still manageable especially going up the hills,” Jaurez said.Cast ran with Haff as front-runners through the first mile and three-quarters before the Red Devil freshman pulled ahead.“We raced at Hinsdale Central and the same thing happened,” Cast said.


    Glenbard North, Glenbard West come up even

    Glenbard North traveled to Glenbard West on Saturday afternoon for a nonconference match, but neither team was able to string together enough passes to score a goal and pull out the victory, finishing with a 0-0 tie.

    Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner (98) looks for an open receiver to throw a pass to during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game against Minnesota, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, in Ann Arbor, Mich. (AP Photo/Tony Ding)

    No. 19 Michigan pulls away to rout Minnesota 42-13

    Devin Gardner threw a 24-yard, go-ahead touchdown pass to Devin Funchess late in the first half and No. 19 Michigan pulled away to rout Minnesota 42-13 on Saturday.


    Herrera keys another Maine West victory

    Nelson Herrera more than made up for a dormant first half, striking for 3 goals in 13 minutes in the second half to help host Maine West (12-4-2) overpower visiting Hinsdale South 7-1 in nonconference play Saturday.

    Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard, left, runs past Iowa wide receiver Damond Powell (22) after intercepting a pass during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, in Iowa City, Iowa. Michigan State won 26-14. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

    Michigan State beats Iowa 26-14

    Connor Cook threw for a career-high 277 yards and two touchdowns and Michigan State opened Big Ten play with a 26-14 win over Iowa on Saturday. Darqueze Dennard had a pair of interceptions for the Spartans (4-1, 1-0 Big Ten), who held the Hawkeyes (4-2, 1-1) scoreless in the second half.


    Crystal Lake South glides to invite title

    With Wilmot Mountain not far away, the hilly 3-mile Fox River State Park course is probably more suited for skiing than distance running. But area girls cross country teams took the challenge Saturday morning at the Pat Harland Invitational hosted by Antioch just over the state line in Silver Lake, Wis. Crystal Lake South’s young squad was very impressive as the Gators rolled to the championship of the 15-team meet by a comfortable 46-104 score over runner-up Grayslake Central.


    CL Central, Warren set Harland pace

    Handling some pretty tough hills was the name of the game for boys cross country runners Saturday morning at the Pat Harland Invitational hosted by Antioch. Some warm and humid weather conditions made the grueling 3-mile course at Fox River State Park in Silver Lake, Wis., even more of a challenge for area runners although everyone was pretty happy that the rains held off in time for both varsity races to be completed. Crystal Lake Central showed why it is one of the elite teams in the state in Class 2A by capturing the championship of the 14-team meet by a final score of 30-69 over runner-up Warren.

    Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase (2) is pursued by Nebraska defensive end Avery Moss (94) in the first half in Lincoln, Neb., Saturday.

    Abdullah runs for 225, Huskers beat Illini 39-19

    Ameer Abdullah ran for a career-high 225 yards and two touchdowns and Nebraska’s maligned defense was much improved in a 39-19 victory over Illinois on Saturday. Tommy Armstrong, starting his second straight game in place of injured quarterback Taylor Martinez, led the Cornhuskers (4-1, 1-0 Big Ten) to touchdowns on his first three series.

    Waubonsie Valley’s Devin Strickland makes his way to the end zone to score a touchdown in the first quarter on Saturday, October 5.

    Images: Waubonsie Valley vs. South Elgin football
    South Elgin hosted Waubonsie Valley in football action Satuday in South Elgin.

    Penn State's Allen Robinson (8) is knocked out-of-bounds by Indiana's Tim Bennett (24) after making a catch in the end zone during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, in Bloomington, Ind. The pass was ruled incomplete on the play, in which Robinson was injured. Indiana defeated Penn State 44-24. (AP Photo/Doug McSchooler)

    Indiana finds way to finally beat Penn St. 44-24

    Nate Sudfeld threw two touchdown passes and Tre Roberson ran for two more scores Saturday, leading Indiana to its first win ever against Penn State 44-24.The Hoosiers (3-2, 1-0 Big Ten) capped their five-game home stand by ending a 16-game losing streak to the Nittany Lions (3-2, 0-1).

    Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron (10) throws a pass while under pressure from Georgia State linebacker Jarrell Robinson (46) during the first half of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

    No. 1 Alabama rolls past Georgia State, 45-3

    AJ McCarron completed 15 of 16 passes for 166 yards and four touchdowns in the first half and No. 1 Alabama rolled to a 45-3 victory over Georgia State on Saturday.The Crimson Tide (5-0) jumped ahead 38-0 by halftime in what might have turned into a name-your-score game against the Panthers (0-5), a first-year Football Bowl Subdivision team.


    Minnesota coach to miss Michigan game after seizure

    Minnesota coach Jerry Kill has suffered another seizure and will miss an entire game for the first time because of his epilepsy.Kill didn’t make the trip with the Golden Gophers to play No. 19 Michigan


    If Paea can’t go, Bears could be in big trouble

    If injured Stephen Paea cannot play Sunday with a toe injury that has kept him out of practice all week, it will leave the Bears dangerously thin along the defensive line against the Saints' No. 4 offense.


    Marist tops Carmel

    Marist 35, Carmel 23: The host Redawks bolted to a 28-3 halftime lead, as quarterback Jack Donegan threw 4 touchdown passes, 3 to Flynn Nagel, in the East Suburban Catholic Conference game.Marist improved to 4-2 and 3-1, while Carmel fell to 1-5 and 1-3. The loss eliminated the Corsairs from playoff contention for the second straight year.Carmel’s Christian Heinz scored from 5 yards out and caught TD passes of 16 and 17 yards from Michael Huiras. Huiras also rushed for a score, as the Corsairs made things interesting by scoring 22 points in the fourth quarter.Nagel had 9 receptions. He scored on passes covering 68, 35 and 8 yards. Donegan finished 21 of 26 for 305 yards.


    Vernon Hills perseveres, emerges with victory

    Friday night’s game between host North Chicago and Vernon Hills was a classic defensive struggle. The majority of this North Suburban Prairie contest was played between the 20-yard lines, with neither team really being able to gain the upper hand offensively. But when the chips were down and time was starting to run out in a scoreless deadlock, the visiting Cougars managed to put together a late scoring drive and hold off a late North Chicago surge to capture a hard-fought 6-0 victory.


    Johnson steps up as Lakes shuts down Grant

    Thick-thighed like Lakes’ previous star running back, Cameron Johnson might find himself in the thick of a quarterback controversy. Well, not really. TJ Edwards, even after jamming a finger in the Eagles’ 41-0 win over North Suburban Prairie visitor Grant on a homecoming Friday night, doesn’t have to worry about losing his starting job. “Yeah,” Johnson said, laughing, after making his requested QB debut, which lasted one play. “He brings us all together. He’s safe.”


    Bartlett knocks off West Chicago

    Entering Friday night’s game at West Chicago with a 1-4 record, Bartlett’s football team knew it had no margin for error if the Hawks are to reach the magical 5-win mark and qualify for the state football playoffs for the 13th time in 14 years. So, in desperate need of a lift heading into a critical four-game stretch, Bartlett turned to its primary strength: running the ball behind a large and physical offensive line. The plan worked to near perfection. The Hawks amassed 318 yards on the ground against the smaller Wildcats, building a 20-point first-half lead before holding on for a 48-35 victory. Bartlett is now 2-4 overall and 2-2 in the Upstate Eight Conference’s Valley Division.


    Lake Zurich lives up to its billing against Antioch

    Truth in advertising is a refreshing change. For Lake Zurich’s homecoming, many businesses in town were painted in blue and white with the slogan, “The Bears are relentless.” Those Bears stayed true to their word as they displayed both relentlessness and efficiency at Mel Eide Field on Friday night in front of fans and alumni by rolling past visiting Antioch 49-7 in a North Suburban Conference crossover matchup.


    CL Central makes it tough on Grayslake N.

    Crystal Lake Central's Kyle Lavand threw for two scores in the second half, but his 59-yard breakaway scoring run with 1:46 left in the third quarter was the key play in a 35-6 win over Grayslake North that gave the Tigers a spot all alone in first place in the FVC Fox Division.


    Stephanie Anderson, right

    Daily Herald editors: Our life's work
    As part of National Newspaper Week, we asked Daily Herald employees to share with you why they believe newspapers are important. Here are their thoughts:

    George LeClaire/gleclaire@dailyherald.com John Lampinen

    Like the star, we try to light a lamp

    All of us, Daily Herald Editor John Lampinen says, have a gift and a responsibility -- the power to affect people in good and bad ways. A good newspaper understands that same power and responsibility.


    City seizes underwater mortgages to help struggling borrowers

    Very early on a Wednesday morning in September, the city council of Richmond, Calif., did something that no American city had yet managed: It voted for a plan to wrest underwater mortgages from the hands of Wall Street, depriving investors of tens of millions of dollars in order to save borrowers from foreclosure.For communities across the land — North Las Vegas, San Bernardino County, Calif., Chicago — where too many are stuck with house payments beyond what they can afford, this was the nuclear option. While those cities backed away, Richmond hit the button.The mechanism? Eminent domain, the power of the government to seize private property for public use, which has not typically been used to help poor neighborhoods. After five years of the federal government gently nudging banks to forgive homeowners debt they took on in better days, cities have found a legal weapon the financial industry truly fears.The stability of those housing markets, and the banks that profit from it, could depend on the fallout.The strategy’s complexity has left stakeholders to lean on dogfight rhetoric: From the community activists, “Save homes, stop foreclosures.” And the Realtors, “Stop investor greed.” And the lawyers for the investors, “Prevent this unconstitutional investment scheme.”In short, here’s how it would work: Richmond condemns mortgages on homes that are now worth far less than what the borrower owes. The note holders — investors such as pension funds and mutual funds — are forced to settle for the current fair market value. The city pays for this with cash from a new set of investors, who now own the mortgage. The new price is set by the current market, and the borrower settles into a more manageable loan.It’s that smashing of the bond between lender and debtor that animates investors. They’ve acted aggressively to stop it, lobbying the mayor and council members directly. Wells Fargo and Deutsche Bank, on behalf of scores of investment funds, sued to stop the plan. The securities industry points out that the plan would also hurt pensioners who own pieces of Richmond’s mortgages. Indeed, last week, California Public Employees’ Retirement System — the safety net for some Richmond workers — joined the suit.Richmond couldn’t get insurance to shield it from a crushing judgment — if it lost its bid to spare struggling homeowners, the city could find itself underwater.In the backlash to the plan, the market boycotted the city’s most recent bond issuance, forcing it to withdraw the $34 million offer, which was supposed to refinance earlier debt.Richmond’s leaders stared hard at the threats. In the end, it seemed to only harden their resolve.“They sold everybody a dream, and said ‘you have to own a home, or you’re not American,’ “ said Council member Joel Myrick, explaining to an auditorium packed with yellow T-shirts (those for seizing the mortgages) and red (those against it) why he voted in favor of using eminent domain. “I am not willing to allow people to be dependent on the generosity of these same banks that are suing us in order to be able to pay off their loan before they die.”After the council vote, a district court judge threw out the investors’ complaint as premature — not on its merits, but because the city hadn’t actually seized any mortgages yet.“This is not a victory for the program and only postpones the day that Richmond and Mortgage Resolution Partners will have to defend this program in court,” the banks’ lawyers said in a statement.A courtroom victory for Richmond, a town of about 100,000, could give cities around the country the courage to act — and potentially help keep millions of people in their homes. But even a win could spell defeat for Richmond if the financial industry cuts off lending to make an example of the city.So why hit that button? And what would it mean if other cities did the same?


    Apple overtakes Coca-Cola as world’s most valuable brand

    Apple has unseated Coca-Cola as the world’s No. 1 brand, as the company founded by Steve Jobs is a leader in design and performance, according to a study of the Top 100 brands by Interbrand Corp. Apple Inc.’s brand value jumped 28 percent to $98.3 billion and Google Inc.’s rose in second place at $93.3 billion. The Coca-Cola Co. name slipped from the top spot after 13 years to third place at $79.2 billion.

    Stress Free Now is a six-week e-course on mindfulness offered by the Cleveland Clinic. For $40, students receive daily e-mails and weekly hour-long instructional sessions through the program’s Web site.

    Apps, tech try to ease stress

    Smartphones and tablets that enable us to stay constantly connected aren’t exactly synonymous with rest and relaxation. But a slew of new apps and online programs are trying to turn tech devices into tools for taking it easy. The September issue of Shape magazine looks at options suitable for different budgets.

    Cerner chief executive Neal Patterson and Children’s Hospital chief executive Kurt Newman are working together on launching a pediatric IT center, which is expected to open in January.

    Hospital launches pediatric tech center

    Children’s National Medical Center in Washington and Cerner, a health-care technology provider based in Kansas City, Mo., are each investing several million dollars to build what they say is the nation’s first health information technology center focused solely on pediatric care. Called the Bear Institute, the center will bring together physicians and medical experts from Children’s Hospital and computer engineers from Cerner.

    Google has quietly retooled the closely guarded formula running its Internet search engine to give better answers to the increasingly complex questions posed by Web surfers. Hummingbird represents the most dramatic alteration to its search engine since it revised the way it indexes websites three years ago as part of a redesign called “Caffeine.”

    Google retools search engine

    Google has quietly retooled the closely guarded formula running its Internet search engine to give better answers to the increasingly complex questions posed by Web surfers. The overhaul came as part of an update called “Hummingbird” that Google Inc. has gradually rolled out in the past month without disclosing the modifications.

    Prius and other hybrids are now staples in the Toyota line, and they could account for more than half of the company’s U.S. sales in the next five years.

    Father of Prius sees long road to ditching gas

    Toyota Chairman Takeshi Uchiyamada rode his pioneering work on the Prius hybrid to the top of the world’s biggest car company. But that doesn’t mean he is a zealot when it comes to the growing expectations for electric vehicle technology. The technical barriers to better battery life and performance are real, he said.

    The Japanese and U.S. governments will incorporate a policy on how to respond to cyberattacks in the Japan-U.S. defense cooperation guidelines, a move aimed at countering a possible attack by China, according to Japanese government sources. Under the new policy, the Self-Defense Forces and the U.S. military would jointly respond if Japan’s defense computer system came under a cyberattack.

    Japan, U.S. to adopt cyber-defense guidelines

    The Japanese and U.S. governments will incorporate a policy on how to respond to cyber-attacks in the Japan-U.S. defense cooperation guidelines, a move aimed at countering a possible attack by China, according to Japanese government sources. Under the new policy, the Self-Defense Forces and the U.S. military would jointly respond if Japan’s defense computer system came under a cyber-attack.

    Amazon is the latest company to unveil new tablets, including a new 7 inch Kindle Fire HDX.

    Review: New Amazon Kindles add help with a human face

    Tech snobs may sneer that Amazon has created the ultimate walled garden, its Kindle Fires less full-featured multi-purpose tablets than dumbed-down dispensing machines for the company’s e-books, videos and music. But Amazon understands its customers. The Kindle Fire HDX is unapologetically aimed at a mainstream audience of users for whom the content is far more important than the gadget it’s being consumed on.

    Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive officer and founder of Facebook Inc., introduces Graph Search at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. This week, Facebook announced that it’s starting to roll out an update to Graph Search that allows people to run searches like, “Posts about the government shutdown by my friends,” or “Posts about the government shutdown by my friends who are Republicans,” or maybe, “Status updates about drinking by my friends from 2006.”

    Facebook beefing up Graph Search feature

    When Facebook announced in January that it was coming out with a search function, people flipped out about the privacy implications. As it turned out, though, Facebook’s “Graph Search” wasn’t actually that powerful, and it’s hard to say how many people really used it. It could answer queries about people’s likes and basic profile information, but not about their actual posts or status updates.That’s about to change. This week, Facebook announced that it’s starting to roll out an update to Graph Search that allows people to run searches like, “Posts about the government shutdown by my friends,” or “Posts about the government shutdown by my friends who are Republicans,” or maybe, “Status updates about drinking by my friends from 2006.” It actually sounds kind of fun, if you’re the one doing the searching. Less so if you’re the one who forgot to set those embarrassing old posts to “private.” (In which case, here’s how to change that before it’s too late)As with just about everything Facebook does these days, the feature is careful to observe the specific privacy settings of everyone’s posts, so if you set yours to “friends only,” then they’ll only turn up in your friends’ search results. But as TechCrunch’s Josh Constine points out, the expanded Graph Search may amount to the end of “privacy by obscurity” on the site:Before Timeline, your old posts were essentially locked away behind hundreds of clicks of the “more posts” button at the bottom of your profile. This is known as “privacy by obscurity.” Technically your old content was still accessible, but it was really tough to find, essentially making the past a secret.Now those old posts can be dredged up with the right search terms.Even so, Graph Search seems unlikely to suddenly become popular with the average user. The wonky syntax required to return the proper results may deter people who are accustomed to being able to phrase their queries however they like on Google.Instead, for the time being, it may appeal more to people like journalists, who’ll be able to search things like, “Posts about flooding written by people in Colorado,” and police, who in theory could run a search for “Status updates about drinking from people who live in Springfield and are under 21.” Oh, and don’t forget BuzzFeed listicle-makers, who will no longer be forced to rely exclusively on Twitter to find people saying racist things about whomever is in the news at the moment. If you thought there were a lot of bigoted morons on Twitter, just wait ‘til you see how many there are on Facebook.How’s that for making the world more open and connected? — Will Oremus is the lead blogger for Future Tense, reporting on emerging technologies, tech policy and digital culture.

    The Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch is what some technology analysts believe could become this year’s must-have holiday gift.

    Review: Gear watch has potential, but falls short

    It didn’t take long to see how a computerized wristwatch might help manage my digital life — or to see how Samsung’s new Galaxy Gear smartwatch falls short. First, the potential: Smartwatches are supposed to offer quick access to many of the things you normally do on your phone, such as checking messages, taking photos, checking the weather and answering calls. You can install apps for additional functionality that lets you track fitness activities and play games. It’s like having the power of your smartphone on your wrist.

    The Federal Trade Commission has said it will study the growth of Internet-connected sensors, which can appear in products as varied as watches, headsets, refrigerators and medicine bottle caps, and it has set a meeting for next month. But privacy advocates are concerned the wearable-tech industry is exploding while regulators take a back seat.

    Wearable technology raise alarms for privacy advocates

    The massive amount of data these new wearable devices stand to collect, the sensitive nature of the content and the uncertainty about how the information can be used have all raised concerns that consumers are being lured into uncharted territory that will compromise their privacy. Exacerbating the problem, some privacy advocates say, are recent Food and Drug Administration guidelines on medical apps that make no mention of privacy — making it unclear who should regulate health data pulled from wearable devices.


    Trade-in options abound for smartphones

    NEW YORK — Feeling stuck with your old smartphone? Do you covet new releases like the iPhone 5S that boast niftier features like fingerprint sensors?There’s good news. A growing number of options allow you to trade in your old phone for cash or credit so you can buy a new one.— MORE CHOICES: Online site Gazelle.com helped pioneer the trend toward recouping cash on your old smart phone or other gadget. But a number of merchants have followed suit, including newcomer Wal-Mart Stores Inc., which announced a trade-in program in recent weeks. Apple Inc., which had offered a trade-in program online, launched one at its stores in August. But if you’re looking to upgrade your smartphone, act quickly, because resale values are dropping now that Apple’s new iPhones — 5C and 5S — have been on sale for several weeks.“Shoppers have a lot more options than ever before. But you have to be savvy,” said Jeannette Pavini, consumer savings expert at Coupons.com. “It’s worth it to take the time to do your due diligence.” — ONLINE VERSUS IN STORES: Doing trade-ins online may be more convenient than walking into a store. But remember you won’t know for sure how much you’ll get for your phone until the company checks it out and makes sure your assessment meets theirs. For example, Amazon will deposit a gift card into your account assuming it agrees with your assessment of “like new,” “good” or “acceptable.” If it doesn’t, then you can receive a gift card for a lower amount or have the gadget returned. One perk: Amazon just extended its lock-in program for trade-in values. That means you can create trade-in orders online but don’t have to send in the phone until you receive a new one, as long as you ship it by Oct. 31. At Gamestop, you can trade more than 600 devices at any of the GameStop’s 4,400 U.S. store locations. You can also get estimated values at http://gamestop.com/DeviceTrader.— ALL THINGS IPHONE: Apple has perhaps one of the most stringent trade-in programs among retailers. Apple’s U.S. stores will now take working iPhone as old as 3G. But you will only be able to receive a gift card that must go toward the purchase of an iPhone on contract with a carrier. And you can’t trade in several phones at a time. Company officials declined to give price estimates, only saying that the prices depend on condition.— HOW MUCH YOU’LL GET: Pavini and others say that you should evaluate how stringent the program is and determine whether you want store credit or cash. If you’re focusing on just getting the best price, The Associated Press found that redemption values varied, based on a spot check of trade-in programs for Apple iPhone 4S 32GB with AT&T service.During a check this week, Gazelle was offering $205 in cash for a flawless version, and $195 for one in good condition. At Amazon, com, the gadget commanded $205 in “like new” condition and $187.75 in “good” condition.“Good” condition generally means the gadget works but may have limited signs of wear, like a small scratch.Sometimes companies will offer other perks. Best Buy, for example, was giving out $50 gift cards with a trade-in and upgrade.— CASH OR CREDIT? Pavini says it’s often better to take store credit than cash because you will probably get more. In general, iPhones hold their value more than Android phones.Wal-Mart launched a smartphone trade program where you will receive a credit from $50 to $300 when you trade in your working, undamaged phone. That’s considered a good offer. But the credit must be used toward the purchase of a new phone, with a selection of more than 100 devices to choose from. And the trade-in has to be done at the same time you buy the new phone.—PAYING FOR EASE: Convenience also may trump deals.Cullen McClure, global information services manager at Kurt Salmon, says that when convenience is high, you may not get the best price.

Life & Entertainment

    Frank Langella, left, and Christopher Plummer star in HBO's “Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight.”

    HBO Film puts Muhammad Ali, U.S. high court in the ring

    Christopher Plummer may be frozen in some filmgoers' memories as the noble-browed patriarch who made stern parenting and anti-Nazism sexy in “The Sound of Music." But Plummer and his career aren't mired in the past. He plays a U.S. Supreme Court justice in HBO's “Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight,” debuting Saturday, a history-textured film that puts the boxer's quest to be recognized as a conscientious objector against Vietnam War service and the high court in the ring.

    Actress-singer Molly Ringwald performs cabaret standards at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles on Saturday, Oct. 5.

    Weekend picks: Molly Ringwald goes cabaret at Arcada

    Cabaret lovers won't want to miss seeing 1980s film superstar Molly Ringwald perform Saturday at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles. R&B music stars Robin Thicke, Charlie Wilson, Chaka Khan and Bell Biv Devoe will be on hand for theV103 25th Anniversary celebration concert Saturday at the Allstate Arena. See the Official Blues Brothers Revue Saturday at North Central College's Pfeiffer Hall in Naperville.

    Rapper Ja Rule, who recently spent nearly two years behind bars for illegal gun possession, landed a role in a new movie because screenwriter Galley Molina empathized with the rapper. He stars as a high-level drug dealer who struggles to leave his illegal lifestyle behind after getting into a serious relationship with a church-going woman.

    With new film, Ja Rule looks ahead after prison

    Ja Rule, who recently spent nearly two years behind bars for illegal gun possession, landed a role in a new movie because screenwriter Galley Molina empathized with the rapper’s missteps. “People used to ask, ‘Well, you know he’s a felon?’ And I would say, ‘Well, so am I,’” recalled Molina, a 44-year-old pastor who was locked up for five years for drug trafficking.

    Animal expert Brandon McMillan, animal trainer and host of the show “Lucky Dog,” picks up a dog at an animal shelter. McMillan swoops into animal shelters across the U.S., rescuing untrained and unadoptable dogs. Then, back at his training facility the Lucky Dog Ranch, he trains them for a lucky family to adopt them. McMillan will rescue, train and place 22 dogs in 22 weeks for CBS’s ‘Lucky Dog,” which airs Saturday at 8:30 a.m.

    22 dogs will get lucky on new CBS television show

    Brandon McMillan has trained as many as 10,000 dogs for television, movies, commercials, videos and people. Then he started saving dogs from animal shelters, training them and finding homes for them. When Litton Entertainment needed a dog trainer who would rescue, train and place 22 dogs in 22 weeks for a show called “Lucky Dog” for CBS, they didn’t have to look far.


    Book notes: Buffalo Grove’s Elkeles hosts reading
    Best-selling young adult author and Buffalo Grove resident Simone Elkeles reads from and signs copies of her latest title, "Wild Cards," at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, at Anderson's Bookshop, 123 W. Jefferson Ave., Naperville.

    The front of your house is the first thing people see when they visit, so make it welcoming with a few personal touches.

    Get personal with fall decor

    Want to know the secret to creating a home that wraps you in a warm embrace? Make it personal. That’s exactly what I did when I decorated my home for a fall open house. I wove in playful and welcoming touches of “me” throughout the seasonal decor.

    “The October List” by Jeffery Deaver

    ‘The October List’ is a small but powerful book

    A story told backward has been done before, but Jeffery Deaver gives it his own unique spin in “The October List.” A 6-year-old girl named Sarah has been kidnapped and her mother, Gabriela, has been given a deadline. Not only must she pay a huge ransom, but she must also deliver a mysterious document called the October List. Gabriela has no idea what she’s been asked to find, which makes it that much harder.

    Geezer Butler, left, and Ozzy Osbourne pose with props at the “Black Sabbath: 13 3D” maze at Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights in Universal City, Calif. Besides “13” from Sabbath, there’s a “scare zone” populated by actors dressed as the nasty Chucky doll from the direct-to-DVD sequel “Curse of Chucky” and a new maze incorporating supernatural elements from the “Insidious” films.

    From 3D Sabbath to real ‘Purge,’ new ways to scare

    Ozzy Osbourne can’t help himself. While on a behind-the-scenes trek through a Universal Studios Hollywood attraction for Halloween Horror Nights based on the recently released Black Sabbath album “13,” Osbourne spots a bloody mannequin corpse reclining on a phony altar. Without hesitating, he leans down and pretends like he’s devouring the blood. Faced with increasingly hardcore rivals and savvy visitors, organizers of big-time Halloween attractions like this have conjured up several new theatrical and technological innovations in hopes of licking the competition this year.

    Take a decidedly spooky tour of Chicago's Graceland Cemetery this October.

    On the road: Goin' to Graceland, cemetery that is

    It's the most wonderful time of the year — to scour a cemetery. Undertake a fascinating tour through the graves at Chicago's Graceland Cemetery with an expert guide, courtesy of the Chicago History Museum. Browse shops, see dance and improv performances, peruse arts demonstrations and more at Art in Andersonville. Plus, don't miss a Day of the Dead exhibition at Chicago's National Museum of Mexican Art.

    Pretty red roses and a crackle celadon-green glaze make this Royal Winton teapot a charmer.

    Poring over the details of a lovely English teapot

    Q. I have this teapot and am curious to know if it has any monetary value. It is marked “Royal Winton, Grimwades, Made in England 5489.” What can you tell me?

    A glass-walled bathroom acts as a room divider between sleeping and lounging spaces at the Hotel Particulier Montmarte in Paris.

    The fall of the bathroom wall

    The joys of washing up in the same room where one sleeps used to be found only in urban garrets and budget hotel rooms, a solution born of limited real estate or means. But in the last decade the open-plan bedroom/bathroom suite has become a signature feature in luxury hotels around the world.


    On homes and real estate: Full-price offer accepted, then voided

    Q. Recently we put a purchase offer in on a house that was listed for $289,000. We offered the full price. The seller signed the purchase offer the same day. Three days later the seller’s lawyer voided our purchase offer. How often does this happen and is this sort of dealing legal?


    Boards must release common condo expense reports

    Q. The board of our condominium association does not produce a year-to-date report showing the expenses for the current year when they present the proposed budget for the following year. Please let me know if this is legal.

    When planning your outdoor event, you can approach your table two different ways: Dress it with style for a sit-down dinner or set it up for a buffet.

    A fabulous outdoor fall fete

    One of my favorite ways to spend a bright, clear fall evening is under my courtyard canopy of amber, red and orange leaves, enjoying a lovely meal with friends. How about you? Here are some tips for creating an inviting al-fresco dining room for a fall dinner party.

    PestNow technician Shane Flanagan sets mouse traps and bait stations on the deck of a home in Rockville, Md.

    Eek! What to do when there’s a mouse in the house

    As the weather turns colder, mice are “looking for a little bit of warmth” and a way to get inside, said Missy Henriksen, spokeswoman for the National Pest Management Association.



    The Soapbox

    What do shrimp, school supplies and symphony music have in common? They're all part of what Daily Herald editors have to say about the week's news.


    Global warming will harm Midwest, too
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: I’ve enjoyed joining my three Arlington Heights grandchildren outdoors on the perfect days we’ve had lately. But I wonder if, in a future heat wave like the one that killed 465 Chicagoans in 1995, they’ll ask: “What were they thinking?” — ”they” being my generation if we do nothing about climate change.


    It’s president’s duty to negotiate
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: Two sides, President Obama and the House, are at an impasse. Are both responsible for the shutdown? Yes. But Obama is the one with the greater responsibility.


    Tea Party gang is trampling democracy
    A Prospect Heights letter to the editor: Well, the radical wing of the GOP got their wish, the federal government has shut down. House Speaker John Boehner, appearing as feckless as ever, allowed a small pack of Tea Party extremists to hijack the entire party. They truly believe that the majority of Americans support their bizarre vision quest, the goal of which is tear down the government and crush President Obama. It’s as simple as that.


    Senate thinks it deserves better
    A Des Plaines letter to the editor: The government pays roughly three-fourths of federal workers’ health insurance premiums. House Republicans would end that contribution by amending the Senate’s temporary spending bill. For many federal employees, that would mean a pay cut of up to $11,000.


    No question as to who will fund Obamacare
    A Des Plaines letter to the editor: Guess I am part of the extreme, radical part of the other party since I believe in a small fiscally sound and accountable government. Do not people understand that Obamacare will dilute overall medical care in order to add millions of people to the land of Oz. While a noble goal, this will not be free.


    Abortion becoming the great divider
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: All the unborn whether slave or free were created equal and have unalienable rights to life. No law can deny this right and no judicial body can infringe on it and remain true to the words in the Declaration.


    Fire risk heavy in the kitchen
    A Grayslake letter to the editor: Lake County fire departments are joining forces with the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association to reinforce concepts on how to prevent kitchen fires.


    A new hope in the Middle East
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: Three events make peace possible. The first is the passage of the House to fund the government for a short time and to defund the affordable health bill. This distortion will not succeed. The voters will blame the rigid extremist right wing of the Republican Party in the House for closing down the government.


    Obamacare the root of all these problems
    We all have to ask this politically naive question — Why can’t the Congress pull in the same direction and why is there is now a shutdown of non-essential services? The reason is only one. Obamacare.


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