Daily Archive : Sunday October 6, 2013


    Dr. Sudip Bose reacted when a dancer got a stiletto caught in her cheek on “Untold Stories of the ER” tonight.

    War hero doc from Naperville goes from Iraq to ‘Untold Stories of the ER’

    People who hear Naperville native Dr. Sudip Bose talk about patching up soldiers in Iraq, treating Saddam Hussein or seeing an ER patient with a stiletto heel through her cheek might say, "You should be on a TV show." And now he is.


    Dismembered body found in Chicago backyard

    Chicago police are investigating after a man's dismembered body was found buried in a backyard on the city's southwest side. The man's remains were found Friday afternoon.

    Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, who fought tough battles over fiscal issues with Democrats in the GOP-controlled legislature, made his state's budget negotiating process sound like a high school civics class. His advice to his federal counterparts: “Stop blaming, stop taking credit, get in a room, solve the problem and keep moving forward.”

    Midwest lawmakers: Don't blame me for shutdown

    Republicans in the Midwest would like you to know something about the government shutdown that closed the national parks and put 800,000 workers on the street: They had nothing to do with it. Please don't blame them.

    Sen. John Cornyn, a Texas Republican who appeared on CBS's “Face the Nation” Sunday, said the partial federal government shutdown cannot end without President Barack Obama sitting down with congressional Republicans. ”What he needs to do is to roll up his sleeves,” Cornyn said. “We're not going to resolve this without the president engaging.”

    Boehner to Obama: No debt hike without concessions

    The United States moved closer to the possibility of the first-ever default on the government's debt Sunday as Speaker John Boehner adamantly ruled out a House vote on a straightforward bill to boost the borrowing authority without concessions from President Barack Obama.

    In this Dec. 8, 2008, file photo, armed al-Shabab fighters just outside Mogadishu prepare to travel into the city in pickup trucks after vowing there would be new waves of attacks against Ethiopian troops. International military forces carried out a pre-dawn strike Saturday against foreign fighters in the same Somalia village where U.S. Navy SEALS four years ago killed a most-wanted al-Qaida operative, officials said.

    Libya bristles at U.S. raid that captured militant

    A suspected Libyan al-Qaida figure nabbed by U.S. special forces in a dramatic operation in Tripoli was living freely in his homeland for the past two years, after a trajectory that took him to Sudan, Afghanistan and Iran, where he had been detained for years, his family said Sunday. The Libyan government bristled at the raid, asking Washington to explain the “kidnapping.”

    Chad Hoffman clears snow from the entrance to his apartment building in Rapid City, S.D,, Saturday. A 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 were recorded just a mile southwest of the city.

    Snowmelt turns Black Hills into soggy mess

    Residents in the Black Hills were navigating through a sloppy mess Sunday after warmer temperatures began melting record-setting snowfall, leaving standing water on plowed roads rather than making its way through drainage systems.

    People run as an out of control monster truck plows through a crowd of spectators at a Mexican air show in the city of Chihuahua, Mexico, Saturday. According to authorities, at least 8 people were killed and dozens were injured.

    Mexican monster truck wreck kills 8, hurts dozens

    An out-of-control monster truck shot into a crowd of spectators at a Mexican air show, killing eight people and hurting 79, officials said. The driver was detained Sunday on suspicion of manslaughter and officials said they were investigating possible safety violations in the setup of the show.


    Judges wanted for Schaumburg’s best Halloween houses

    Travel around Schaumburg seeing ghoulishly good homes during the evening of Monday, Oct. 28. The Schaumburg Park District’s annual Halloween House Decorating Tour for all ages will by bus at 6 p.m. that day from the Community Recreation Center at 505 N. Springinsguth Road in Schaumburg.

    Maeve Gilbert, 14 of Chicago, left and Nicole Southerland, 15, of Palatine, run a drill Sunday during the Girls Day of Rugby hosted by the Illinois Youth Rugby Association at Olympic Park in Schaumburg.

    Girls giving rugby a chance, helping sport’s growth in U.S.

    Rugby may not have the massive following in the United States as it does in some parts of the world, but events like Sunday’s Girls Day of Rugby, hosted by the Illinois Youth Rugby Association at Olympic Park in Schaumburg, are spreading the word.


    Fall choir concert

    The Mundelein High School Fall Choir Concert will take place Thursday, Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. in the MHS Auditorium, 1350 W. Hawley St.


    Hawthorn Woods offers flu shots

    The village of Hawthorn Woods will offer a flu shot clinic on Tuesday, Oct. 9 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in conjunction with the senior luncheon at the Village Barn.

    Emily Barenbrugge, who used to babysit for Bryce Laspisa and helped to organize the vigil, holds a glow stick during a vigil for the missing Naperville Central High School graduate at Frontier Park in Naperville on Monday. Participants held glow sticks or cell phone lights and wore white or orange to “light the way home” for Laspisa, a 19-year-old who went missing Aug. 30 in California. This is one of three vigils his parents are organizing to honor the teen who has been missing for a month.

    Images: The Week in Pictures
    This edition of The Week in Pictures features a firefighters memorial ceremony, students learning to raise money for their own schools, and plenty of people enjoying the warm, and sometimes wet, weather.


    Fire leaves Fox River Grove-area home uninhabitable

    An attic fire Sunday morning left a Fox River Grove area home uninhabitable, displacing its two residents, fire officials said. No residents or firefighters were hurt, and the cause of the fire remains under investigation. Damage was estimated at $75,000.

    Wendy Schmitt of Elmhurst enjoys apple slices with caramel Sunday at The Morton Arboretum’s Fall Color Festival. The event kicked off Sunday with a 5K run and walk and included seasonal food, a Scarecrow Trail around Meadow Lake and numerous other activities.

    Morton Arboretum celebrates fall

    The Morton Arboretum on Sunday kicked off its Fall Color Festival, an annual celebration of the fall season. The celebration started with a 5K run and walk. Other highlights included walks on the Scarecrow Trail, children's activities and outdoor food and beverage tents.

    New Elgin Symphony Orchestra Director Maestro Andrew Grams and guest pianist Terence Wilson h get animated at the climax of the opening piece Sunday at the Hemmens Auditorium in Elgin. The pair, former classmates at The Julliard School, brought a youthful energy to the ESO’s opening weekend.

    New conductor, youth bring energy to Elgin Symphony’s opening weekend

    New Elgin Symphony Orchestra Director Maestro Andrew Grams, and his former The Julliard School classmate, pianist Terrence Wilson, brought a youthful energy to the stage for the ESO’s Opening Weekend performances.

    Cardinal Donald Wuerl talks with U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, center right, after the Red Mass at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington Sunday. The Supreme Court’s new term starts Monday.

    Supreme Court term begins with contentious topics

    The Supreme Court is beginning a new term with controversial issues that offer the court’s conservative majority the chance to move aggressively to undo limits on campaign contributions, undermine claims of discrimination in housing and mortgage lending, and allow for more government-sanctioned prayer.

    Leah Stiles, 4, of Grayslake feeds a baby goat Sunday while visiting the Bonner Heritage Farm’s Country Fair in Lindenhurst. The event featured wagon rides, crafts, games and a petting zoo on an 1842 farm.

    Bonner Heritage Farm celebrates old-fashioned country fair

    Bonner Heritage Farm in Lindenhurst was the site Sunday of an old-fashioned country fair. The Bonner Country Fair included wagon rides, crafts, games, a petting zoo and more. Visitors were invited to bring a picnic and enjoy live entertainment.


    Harper to honor its 2013 distinguished alumni

    Seven alumni will be honored as the 2013 class of Distinguished Alumni for Harper College, at a reception from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 30 at the Wojcik Conference Center on the Harper campus, 1200 W. Algonquin Road, Palatine.


    Crash leaves Lake in the Hills man critically injured

    A Lake in the Hills man was in critical condition following a near head-on collision Saturday afternoon in South Barrington, authorities said. Jeff Rubio, 42, was trapped in his car for a half-hour before emergency personnel could extricate him from the vehicle.


    Sugar Grove man who shot signs faces new gun charge

    A Sugar Grove man who got probation in 2011 for shooting rural street signs in Sugar Grove Township is in trouble again on a weapons charge. Gabriel Carpenter, 27, was charged Sept. 24 with felony possession of a firearm. He is accused of pulling a gun, which later went off, after getting into a scuffle in Aurora.

    A stuffed tiger keeps an eye on spectators Sunday at the 20th Annual Fall Classic All Wheel Show sponsored by the Elburn Lions Club in Lions Park in Elburn. The event featured an estimated 400 cars on display.

    Elburn car show attracts enthusiasts, collectors

    Hundreds of cars of different makes and eras were on display Sunday as part of the 20th annual Elburn Fall Classic, a car show organized by the Elburn Lions Club. Spectators were treated to numerous cars that date back to before World War II, along with more recent models, like a 1984 Lincoln Mark VII. The show raises money for the Lions Club's charitable efforts.


    American English to perform in Lake Barrington

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

    Henry Schnabel of Wheaton examines the new mural, “Pearls of the Universe” unveiled in the village Sunday. The 70-foot mural, created by artist R.J. Ogren celebrates diversity in Wheaton. It was inspired by a poem written by Mehret Asgedom, who came to Wheaton as an Ethiopian refugee when she was a child.

    Wheaton unveils “Pearls of the Universe” tribute to city’s diversity

    “Pearls of the Universe,” a 70-foot-wide mural just east of Wheaton’s downtown, was dedicated Sunday as a symbol of the city’s diversity and to celebrate the impact immigrants have had on the community’s growth and success.


    Roycealee Wood to run again

    Lake County Regional Superintendent of Schools Roycealee J. Wood has announced she’ll seek re-election in 2014. Wood, a Lake Bluff Republican, has held the post since 2003.

    U.S. Treasury Jacob Lew, appearing on CBS’s “Face the Nation” Sunday, said Congress needs to quickly pass legislation re-opening the government and also a measure boosting the nation’s $16.7 trillion debt limit. Lew said President Barack Obama has not changed his opposition to tying these measures to Republican demands on health care and spending cuts.

    Lew: U.S. risks default if Congress doesn’t act

    Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew said Congress needs to pass a debt-ceiling increase by Oct. 17 or the U.S. will be “dangerously low” on cash and risk defaulting on its payments.

    A fire burns in the Lake O’Neill vicinity of Camp Pendleton, Calif. This brush fire at Camp Pendleton has burned more than 1,500 acres and forced evacuation of a military housing area and the base hospital.

    Marine base partially evacuates from wildfire

    Evacuation orders remained in place Sunday as crews built containment lines around a wind-driven wildfire that scorched 1,500 acres of dry brush and damaged four buildings at a Southern California military base.

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    More discussion expected on possible shift to lake water in Lake Zurich

    Lake Zurich officials have about two years to show progress in trying to tap into a Lake Michigan water supply allocated to the village or risk losing it. Elected officials gathered Saturday for a presentation regarding lake water.

    Shannon Kolze, left, and Megan Sugrue work with students in Stevenson High School's new life skills lab for students with special needs.

    Stevenson High, 2 feeder districts to withdraw from SEDOL

    Three Lake County school districts are withdrawing from a regional agency that provides special-education services, citing financial concerns and a desire to educate students locally. “We want to provide the best education possible for special-education students in the least-restrictive environment,” Stevenson High School spokesman Jim Conrey said.

    Speaker of the House John Boehner walks to the chamber as lawmakers vote unanimously to pay federal workers who have been furloughed during the government shutdown, at the Capitol in Washington, Saturday. The Republican-controlled House and the Democrat-controlled Senate remain at an impasse, neither side backing down, since House GOP conservatives linked the funding bill to President Obama’s signature health care law. The shutdown has idled 800,000 federal workers and curbed services around the country.

    Boehner says he doesn’t have votes for clean debt limit bill

    :U.S. Speaker John Boehner said the House can’t pass an increase to the U.S. debt ceiling without packaging it with other provisions – a nonstarter for President Barack Obama. “We are not going to pass a clean debt limit,” Boehner said in an interview on ABC’s “This Week” program. “The votes are not in the House to pass a clean debt limit.”


    Iraq: 13 dead as blasts hit school, police post

    Suicide attackers blew up explosives-laden vehicles next to an elementary school and a police station in a small northern Iraqi village on Sunday, killing at least 13 people, many of them children. The attacks are the latest in a relentless wave of killing that has made for Iraq’s deadliest outburst of violence since 2008. The mounting death tolls are raising fears that the country is falling...

    A decision looms in Rutland Township over how to transport senior and disabled residents.

    Decision looms on senior buses in Grafton, Rutland townships

    Rutland Township leaders never had to shuttle their senior and disabled residents around, because Grafton Township always did it for them — for free. But now Grafton officials they can't afford this, leaving Rutland officials to decide whether to pony up or find another program.


    Reflections on National Newspaper Week

    National Newspaper Week, which runs from Oct. 6 to 12, promotes the value of community newspapers. This year's theme: Your Community, Your Newspaper, Your Life.

    Oakland Athletics Stephen Vogt is congratulated by teammate Jed Lowrie after Vogt made the game winning hit in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat the Detroit Tigers 1-0 in Game 2 of an American League baseball Division Series Saturday night in Oakland, Calif.

    Vogt’s single in 9th lifts A’s over Tigers 1-0

    A pair of Oakland rookies, one heralded and the other a relative unknown, provided everything the Athletics needed to tie their AL division series with Detroit at one game apiece. Stephen Vogt hit a bases-loaded single in the ninth inning after rookie Sonny Gray matched zeros with Justin Verlander in a sensational playoff debut, lifting Oakland over the Tigers 1-0 on Saturday night.


    Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, right, and wide receiver Brandon Marshall sit on the sideline during the second half of Sunday’s loss to the New Orleans Saints.

    Considering his emotions, Bears’ Marshall worth watching

    Brandon Marshall appears to be trying to remain calm. Considering his volatile past, however, the Bears wide receiver's emotions are worth monitoring after his meager contributions in their second straight loss. Marshall is accustomed to having the Bears’ offense revolve around him. Remember last year when the problem was that quarterback Jay Cutler was throwing to him too much? Well, now Marshall isn’t being targeted enough, only five times against the Saints.

    San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) and tight end Vernon Davis, right, laugh after winning their game 34-3 against the Houston Texans during an NFL football game in San Francisco, Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013.

    49ers pound Schaub, Texans

    SAN FRANCISCO — The San Francisco 49ers turned a prime-time showdown into an all-out pick party at The Stick.Tramaine Brock perfectly read Matt Schaub’s first pass of the night, jumped in front for an interception and ran 18 yards for a touchdown just 90 seconds into the game, setting the tone for a stellar defensive performance in a 34-3 victory over the Houston Texans on Sunday night. Things only got better for Brock and San Francisco, and worse for Houston’s beleaguered quarterback. Schaub threw three interceptions in all before being replaced in the fourth.Colin Kaepernick tossed a 64-yard touchdown pass to Vernon Davis and Frank Gore ran for 81 yards and a score in his second straight impressive prime-time game. The 49ers (3-2) are right back in the NFC West race with Seattle after the Seahawks (4-1) lost at Indianapolis. Each team has beaten the Texans (2-3) and lost to the Colts, and Seattle still must visit San Francisco on Dec. 8.Anthony Dixon added a 2-yard touchdown run for the NFC champions, while Brock had a second interception and nearly a third.Kaepernick went 6 for 15 with 113 yards as the 49ers won their second straight in emphatic fashion following the first two-game losing streak under third-year coach Jim Harbaugh. Kaepernick completed four of his first six passes, then threw seven straight incompletions before connecting with Bruce Miller early in the fourth quarter and then Davis’ TD.After being outscored 56-10 in the back-to-back losses against Seattle and Indianapolis, the 49ers have overwhelmed their opponents 69-14 over the last two games.Brock’s ball-hawking defense was a big reason in this one.He ran his initial interception back 18 yards for his first career pick six, then gained 13 yards on his second pick midway through the second quarter. That set up Dixon’s second TD of the year.“He made huge plays,” Harbaugh said. “It was great to see Tramaine do that. He was in perfect position, playing coverage perfectly on the first play.”Brock nearly had a third late in the first half but was called for defensive pass interference, and rookie safety Eric Reid dropped a would-be interception right at him late in the third. Even fringe defensive lineman Tony Jerod-Eddie — an injury replacement for Ray McDonald — got in on the interception fun in the third quarter.Schaub’s nightmare, monthlong stretch continued when he threw his first pass of the game for a pick-6, giving the beleaguered Texans quarterback an interception returned for a TD in four straight games.On the next drive, Randy Bullock hooked a 45-yard field goal try wide left — and the 49ers capitalized afterward again with Gore’s touchdown late in the first quarter.Bullock produced the Texans’ lone points with a 41-yard field goal in the third.Missing three key defenders for the second straight game, San Francisco’s opportunistic D didn’t flinch and kept the penalties in check after early season problems with flags.All-Pro linebacker Patrick Willis sat out a second straight game with a groin injury that also kept him out at St. Louis on Sept. 26, and the Niners also missed linebacker Aldon Smith again as he undergoes treatment for substance abuse. Cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha is still nursing a knee injury.Gore followed up his 153-yard performance in a 35-11 road rout of the Rams with another solid night.Schaub wound up 19 of 35 for 173 yards and a sack in the Texans’ third straight loss, which came on the heels of a 23-20 overtime loss at home to San Francisco archrival Seattle last week. Houston has its first three-game skid since the end of 2011.Fans in Texas were already furious and burning his jersey — and there’s a sign over one freeway calling for Schaub’s ouster. This certainly won’t help matters as supporters call for backup T.J. Yates.

    Fans react as Los Angeles Dodgers left fielder Carl Crawford falls upside down over the rail after catching a foul ball hit by Atlanta Braves’ Justin Upton during the seventh inning in Game 3 of the National League division baseball series Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013, in Los Angeles.

    Dodgers rout Braves 13-6

    LOS ANGELES — Carl Crawford hit a three-run homer, Juan Uribe added a two-run shot and the Los Angeles Dodgers routed the Atlanta Braves 13-6 on Sunday night for a 2-1 lead in their best-of-five NL division series.Hanley Ramirez and Yasiel Puig each had three hits and scored three times on a big night at the plate for the Dodgers, who matched a franchise record for runs in a postseason game. Brooklyn beat the New York Yankees 13-8 in Game 2 of the 1956 World Series. Los Angeles can advance to the NL championship series with a victory at home in Game 4 on Monday night. Ricky Nolasco pitches for the Dodgers against veteran Freddy Garcia.

    Michal Handzus celebrates with the Stanley Cup after the Blackhawks won the title in June.

    Handzus is one tough Blackhawk, and it’s appreciated

    All the Blackhawks' Michal Handzus did in the Stanley Cup Final against Boston in June was play with a broken left wrist and torn MCL in his knee. But Handzus wouldn’t have missed it since he had never been that far in his postseason career. “Honestly, I don’t think it was that bad,” he said.

    Bulls guard Derrick Rose uses a softball to loosen up a muscle as he sits in front of the bench in the first half Saturday night.

    Rose applauds Bulls’ new offense

    Derrick Rose reported no soreness the day after playing his first NBA game in nearly 18 months. He also had nice things to say about the Bulls' new offense.


    Collins injury another blow to Bears’ D-line

    A knee injury to Nate Collins Sunday futher depleted a Bears defense that is running out of tackles and could be seriously short-handed Thursday night against the Giants.


    Jeffery, Marshall both frustrated in Bears’ loss

    Both Bears starting wide receivers — Alshon Jeffery, who set a franchise record with 218 receiving yards, and Brandon Marshall, who had just 30 yards — wound up frustrated at the end of a 26-18 loss to the Saints.

    Saints head coach Sean Payton, left, and defensive coordinator Rob Ryan work the sidelines during Sunday’s victory over the Bears at Soldier Field.

    Ryan returns with Saints, conquers Bears

    It was a tummy-warming homecoming Sunday for 50-year-old Rob Ryan, the New Orleans Saints' defensive coordinator. Ryan came home, saw old friends and conquered a high-scoring offense, much like his dad, Buddy, did when he was calling the defensive shots for the Bears back in the day.


    Grading the Bears: Week 5
    Grading the Bears: Week 5

    Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler is sacked by New Orleans Saints free safety Malcolm Jenkins during their game Sunday at Soldier Field in Chicago.

    Bears couldn’t dig out of this hole

    Another slow start was too much for the Bears to overcome Sunday against the Saints at Soldier Field, and it doomed Marc Trestman's team to a second straight defeat, dropping it to 3-2, while the visitors remained unbeaten.

    Another rocky start by quarterback Jay Cutler and the Bears’ offense Sunday created a hole that was too deep to escape against the undefeated Saints.

    Slow start costs confused Bears

    Saints defensive boss Rob Ryan had the Bears off balance from the start, his defense collecting 3 sacks of Jay Cutler in the first four possessions, and that doomed the home team to a 26-18 loss at Soldier Field Sunday.

    After Denver Broncos kicker Matt Prater (5) made the game-winning field goal against the Dallas Cowboys, he is joined in celebration by Britton Colquitt (4) and Steve Vallos (60) as Bruce Carter (54) reacts during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013, in Arlington, Texas. The Broncos won 51-48.

    Broncos triumph in Dallas shootout

    ARLINGTON, Texas — Matt Prater kicked a 28-yard field goal as time expired and Peyton Manning and Denver overcame the first 500-yard passing game in Dallas history to keep the Broncos unbeaten with a 51-48 victory over the Cowboys on Sunday.Manning maintained his record pace of touchdown passes to start the season and finished with 414 yards and four scores for Denver (5-0).Tony Romo threw for 506 yards and five touchdowns for Dallas (2-3), but he was intercepted by Danny Trevanthan inside the Dallas 30 to set up Prater’s winning kick.The teams combined for 1,039 yards of total offense in the second-highest scoring game in regulation since the NFL-AFL merger in 1970, according to STATS. Cincinnati and Cleveland combined for 106 points in the Browns’ 58-48 win in 2004.

    A fan holds a giant poster photo of Pittsburgh Pirates’ Pedro Alvarez, left, as he bats in the fourth inning of Game 3 of a National League division baseball series against the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013 in Pittsburgh.

    Pirates edge Cardinals, take 2-1 lead

    PITTSBURGH — Pedro Alvarez hit a tiebreaking single in the eighth inning and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-3 on Sunday to take a 2-1 lead in best-of-five NL division series.Alvarez pulled a grounder into right field that scored pinch-runner Josh Harrison from second base. Russell Martin followed with a sharp RBI single against reliever Kevin Siegrist, who took over after Carlos Martinez (0-1) faltered.Mark Melancon (1-0) picked up the win despite allowing Carlos Beltran’s tying home run in the top of the eighth.Jason Grilli worked the ninth to move the Pirates within one victory of winning a postseason series for the first time since the 1979 World Series.Charlie Morton is set to start for the Pirates in Game 4 on Monday against rookie Michael Wacha.


    Arizona defense beats Carolina 22-6

    GLENDALE, Ariz. — Arizona sacked Cam Newton seven times, once for a safety, and intercepted him on three occasions to overcome a sluggish offensive performance, and the Cardinals beat the Carolina Panthers 22-6 on Sunday.Daryl Washington, back after serving a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy, had two sacks and an interception for Arizona (3-2).Calais Campbell had two sacks, one for Arizona’s first regular-season safety in nine years, the other forcing a game-clinching fumble. Karlos Dansby also had two sacks and an interception.Carolina (1-3), playing for the first time since a 38-0 victory over the New York Giants two weeks ago, managed only Graham Gano’s field goals of 22 and 51 yards.Arizona’s Carson Palmer threw for a touchdown but was intercepted three times.

    Safety team members work to remove Dario Franchitti, of Scotland, from his car after a crash during the second IndyCar Grand Prix of Houston auto race, Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013, in Houston.

    Franchitti, fans hospitalized after crash

    HOUSTON — Scott Dixon took control of the IndyCar championship race when Helio Castroneves suffered his second mechanical failure in two days at the Grand Prix of Houston, where the race ended when Dario Franchitti’s car went airborne into the fence on the final lap. The accident in Turn 5 happened when the car of four-time IndyCar champion Franchitti launched over Takuma Sato’s and sailed into the fence. Debris was showered into the grandstand from both the cars colliding and the impact with the fence, and Franchitti’s badly damaged car bounced back onto the track. E.J. Viso then hit Sato’s car.IndyCar said one series official was taken to a hospital to be treated for minor injuries, and Houston Fire Department spokesman Ruy Lozano said 13 fans suffered injuries, with two transported to hospitals. Franchitti has two fractured vertebra that will not require surgery, a fractured right ankle, and a concussion. He will be held overnight at the hospital.After the wreck, the caution came out to freeze the field, allowing Penske Racing’s Will Power to win the race while halting Dixon’s final attempt for a sweep of the doubleheader sweep.Dixon settled for second. He entered the Houston doubleheader trailing Castroneves by 49 points, but leaves with a 25-point lead going into Oct. 19 season finale. There was no celebration, though, for Dixon or Power, who raced to his second victory of the season. Both had to drive through the wreckage from the three-car accident and past Franchitti, who sat inside his car waiting for medical attention.Both drivers said the scene reminded them of the 2011 accident at Las Vegas that killed Dan Wheldon. “I just saw Dario’s car and him sitting in it with a lot of damage, and yes, that’s what it reminded me of,” said Power, who broke his back in the Las Vegas accident. “I hate seeing that. We try to keep these cars on the ground.” Dixon waved to his teammate and got only a slight head nod back, and team owner Chip Ganassi rode a scooter out to the scene. Franchitti was placed on a stretcher and taken by ambulance to a hospital.“Dario definitely got into the fence pretty hard,” Dixon said. “All in all I hope that he’s OK and obviously the fans. The fence took a pretty good hit there.” Dixon needs to only finish fifth or better in California to win his third IndyCar title. “It’s still going to come down to the wire,” he said. “It’s still going to be the last lap, last corner kind of situation. At least I hope that it ends that way.” Castroneves, who also had a gearbox problem in Saturday’s race, finished 23rd. He had started on the pole, got a great jump on the standing start to get past Dixon for the lead, but Dixon was screaming on his radio within minutes that Castroneves’ car was leaking oil everywhere and it was splashing onto Dixon’s tires and visor. Castroneves said little to his Penske Racing team, but detected a vibration in his car with every shift of the gears after just a handful of laps. The problem worsened and he came to a complete stop on the course at Reliant Park after just 11 laps. “It’s frustrating and disappointing,” Castroneves said. “It hurts. It really hurts.” His car was towed to the garage with a broken gearbox, Castroneves made the long walk back still wearing his helmet, and team owner Roger Penske retreated without comment into a team transporter. The team eventually replaced the gearbox and Castroneves returned to the track, 36 laps down and needing a miracle in Fontana, where the three-time Indianapolis 500 winner was fastest during an open test last week. “The racing isn’t over, we know that. We’ve seen this thing go up and down,” team owner Penske said. “I think Will’s performance today shows the speed the team has in the cars. We’ve been here before, and we’ll go to a track we like and maybe it will bring us some luck.”

    United States team player Jordan Spieth, right, and teammate Phil Mickelson hold the Presidents Cup after the U.S. won the Presidents Cup golf tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013, in Dublin, Ohio.

    Americans win fifth Presidents Cup in a row

    DUBLIN, Ohio — The Presidents Cup ended Sunday the same way it always goes — an American celebration after Tiger Woods delivered the winning point.Woods’ back flared up on him again in the final hour at Muirfield Village. He still managed to hang on to beat Richard Sterne, 1 up, to give the Americans the 18 points they needed to win the Presidents Cup for the fifth straight time.It was the third straight Presidents Cup that Woods won the cup-clinching match — all three with Fred Couples as the captain.“It was a team effort this whole week,” said Woods, who went 4-1 for the best record of any player. “We really played well to give ourselves a nice lead.”The biggest surprise was not so much the outcome — United States 18½, International 15 ½ — but that the matches ended without going to Monday.Rain interrupted the matches all week and made the course Jack Nicklaus built so soft that it was mere target practice for the best players in the world outside Europe. The fourth session of foursomes had to be completed Sunday morning because of the delays. That might have been the end of International hopes. The Americans were 3 down in two matches and turned them into a win and a halve, giving them a 14-8 lead going into the final round. The Americans needed only to win four of the 12 singles matches to keep the gold trophy. It was a little harder than they imagined, though it was a long shot for the Internationals.“It was a tall order, but they gave it their best shot. These guys played their tails off,” International captain Nick Price said. “We’re a real hodge-podge of a team that came together from four corners of the planet. And they gave the might of America a run for their money.”Even though the Americans clinched a tie with more than an hour left, it took until Woods in the ninth of 12 matches to secure the win.“There was no intensity. We played and enjoyed the day and the people here in Columbus,” Phil Mickelson said after he made four bogeys in the last five holes and lost a match that ultimately didn’t matter to Angel Cabrera. “I thought it was going to be closed out early. On 12 or 13, they said, `Your match is going to count.’ What? We ended up winning. That’s all that matters.”It looked like the rout was on early. Hunter Mahan quickly dispatched of Hideki Matsuyama. Jason Dufner never trailed in beating Brendon de Jonge. Zach Johnson overwhelmed Branden Grace, keeping the South African winless for the week. That gave the Americans 17 points and assured them a tie. But it took more than an hour for them to clinch the cup thanks to a spirited effort by Price’s team.Graham DeLaet, who earlier Sunday chipped in from in front of the 18th green to help earn a half-point, holed out from a bunker on the 18th for birdie to give him a 1-up win over 20-year-old Jordan Spieth. Ernie Els made a 30-foot birdie putt on the 16th hole and won his match when Steve Stricker missed birdie putts on the last two holes.Adam Scott and Jason Day won their matches, and Marc Leishman gave the Internationals yet another point when he made a 15-foot par from the back of the 18th green.It figured to come down to Woods, who won despite not making a single birdie on the back nine.He grabbed his back after trying to hit fairway metal into the par-5 15th green, though Sterne missed an 8-foot birdie putt to halve the hole. The match turned on the par-3 16th, when Sterne’s tee shot cleared the water, the green and nearly the sky boxes. He made bogey as Woods went 1-up.Woods chipped to a foot for par on the 17th. On the final hole, Sterne left himself a 50-foot birdie putt on the 18th that never came close. Woods rolled his 30-foot attempt to tap-in range, and Sterne conceded.

    Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler is sacked by New Orleans Saints strong safety Kenny Vaccaro during the Bears 26-18 loss Sunday at Soldier Field in Chicago.

    Images: Bears vs. Saints, NFL Week 5
    The Chicago Bears welcomed the New Orleans Saints to Soldier Field on Sunday, Oct. 6, losing 26-18.

    Bears quarterback Jay Cutler is sacked in the first half by the Saints' David Hawthorne Sunday at Soldier Field.

    Saints, Brees breeze past Bears

    That Drew Brees-to-Jimmy Graham connection for New Orleans was just too much for the Bears. Brees threw two touchdown passes, Graham tied an NFL record with another 100-yard game and the Saints beat the Bears 26-18 on Sunday at Soldier Field to remain unbeaten. Brees was 29-of-35 passing for 288 yards in his first victory in four career games at Soldier Field. Garrett Hartley matched a career high with four field goals as New Orleans (5-0) picked up its first win in Chicago since a 31-10 victory on Oct. 8, 2000.

    Associated Press Detroit Lions’ Tony Scheffler catches a pass in front of Green Bay Packers’ A.J. Hawk (50) during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis. The Packers won 22-9.

    Jones, defense help Packers beat Lions

    GREEN BAY, Wis. — James Jones caught a long touchdown pass from Aaron Rodgers, and the Packers defense contained the undermanned Detroit Lions for a 22-9 win Sunday.Mason Crosby kicked five field goals. The Packers’ offense struggled to get into the end zone until Rodgers found Jones on an 83-yard completion down the left sideline for a 16-3 lead late in the third quarter.It provided enough of a cushion for a defense that had the luxury of facing the Lions minus star receiver Calvin Johnson, out with a knee injury. Penalties also bogged down Detroit.The Packers extended their winning streak in Wisconsin over the Lions to 23.

    Philadelphia Eagles’ Nick Foles (9) stiff-arms New York Giants’ Mathias Kiwanuka (94) during the second half of an NFL football game on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013, in East Rutherford, N.J.

    Foles, Eagles defense beat winless Giants

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Nick Foles threw for two touchdowns and led four scoring drives after taking over for an injured Michael Vick late in the second quarter, and the Philadelphia Eagles kept the New York Giants winless with a 36-21 victory Sunday.Foles threw fourth-quarter touchdown passes of 25 yards to Brent Celek and 5 yards to DeSean Jackson as the Eagles (2-3) snapped a three-game losing streak by forcing three interceptions by Eli Manning in the fourth quarter.Vick left the game with a hamstring injury late in the second quarter.LeSean McCoy added a 1-yard touchdown run and Alex Henery kicked five field goals for the Eagles, who gained 439 yards in total offense.David Wilson scored on a 5-yard run for the Giants (0-5) and Manning threw two touchdowns to Rueben Randle in the third quarter to give New York a 21-19 lead.

    Kansas City Chiefs kicker Ryan Succop celebrates after making a 33-yard field goal against the Tennessee Titans in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. The Chiefs won 26-17.

    Perfect Chiefs rally for win over Titans

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Jamaal Charles scored a 1-yard touchdown with 6:23 left, and the Kansas City Chiefs kept up their perfect start after rallying to beat the Tennessee Titans 26-17 on Sunday. The Chiefs (5-0) are off to their best start since 2003, when they won their first nine games. This win came despite blowing a 13-0 halftime lead in this early AFC showdown between these surprising teams bouncing back after losing seasons.The Titans (3-2) couldn’t have been more out of synch in the first half with Ryan Fitzpatrick starting for Jake Locker sidelined with his sprained right hip. He missed his first five passes and went three-and-out on his first five series before guiding Tennessee to 17 straight points in the second half.Charles put the Chiefs ahead to stay, and they intercepted Fitzpatrick twice in the final 6:14. Ryan Succop kicked four field goals, including a 48-yarder.

    Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne signals after his successful two-point conversion during the second half of an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks in Indianapolis, Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013.

    Colts rally late to beat Seahawks

    INDIANAPOLIS — Andrew Luck threw two touchdown passes and Donald Brown scored the go-ahead TD with 8:55 to go to lead the Indianapolis Colts past the Seattle Seahawks 34-28 on Sunday.The Seahawks (4-1) lost their first regular-season game since Nov. 25.Delano Howell scored on a 61-yard return of a blocked field goal for Indy (4-1).Luck led his ninth career fourth-quarter comeback by going 16 of 29 for 229 yards, beating Russell Wilson in the first matchup between last season’s NFL rookie of the year runner-ups.Indy trailed 12-0 early, took the lead after Howell’s return, then rallied again to take the lead for good on Brown’s fourth-quarter TD run. The Colts sealed it with a 2-point conversion pass and a late field goal.Wilson finished 15 of 31 for 210 yards with two TDs, one interception and ran 13 times for 102 yards.

    St. Louis Rams wide receiver Austin Pettis, left, catches a 31-yard pass for a touchdown as Jacksonville Jaguars defensive back Will Blackmon defends during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013, in St. Louis.

    Rams end slump, beat winless Jaguars

    ST. LOUIS — Sam Bradford threw three touchdown passes and Matt Giordano’s 82-yard interception return was one of several big plays from the St. Louis Rams’ defense in a 34-20 victory Sunday that kept the Jacksonville Jaguars winless.Austin Pettis’ 31-yard TD catch with 5:45 to go was his second of the day and put the Rams (2-3) up by two scores. St. Louis, which had trailed by double digits in every game, established control with a 17-point second quarter after Jacksonville (0-5) had a pair of early leads.Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert injured his left hamstring in the third quarter.

    Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton runs off the field after the Bengals defeated the New England Patriots 13-6 in an NFL football game on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013, in Cincinnati.

    Bengals end Brady’s streak, beat Patriots

    CINCINNATI — Tom Brady’s streak of touchdown passes ended in a driving rain against a defense that’s gotten good at shutting down some of the league’s best.BenJarvus Green-Ellis ran 1 yard in the fourth quarter for the game’s only touchdown, and the Cincinnati Bengals ended Brady’s long TD streak on Sunday in a 13-6 victory over the previously unbeaten New England Patriots.The Bengals (3-2) sacked Brady four times and kept New England (4-1) out of the end zone on a first-and-goal from the 1-yard line in the fourth quarter.Brady had one final chance when New England got the ball back with 1:48 left in a driving rain. His desperation pass was picked off by Adam “Pacman” Jones inside the 5-yard line with 16 seconds left to clinch it.Brady had thrown a touchdown pass in 52 straight games, second-longest streak in NFL history behind Drew Brees. The Patriots were held out of the end zone for the first time since a 16-9 loss to the Jets on Sept. 20, 2009.The Bengals came into the game looking to establish an identity. They got one: Masters of shutting down the league’s best quarterbacks.Two weeks earlier at Paul Brown Stadium, they stymied Aaron Rodgers in a 34-30 win over Green Bay, overcoming four turnovers by Cincinnati’s offense.Brady never got into a rhythm against Cincinnati’s unrelenting pass rush. He finished 18 of 38 for 197 yards with one interception and a paltry passer rating of 52.2. It didn’t help that a storm moved in just before the start of New England’s final drive.The Patriots also had to settle for a field goal after a first-and-goal from the 1-yard line earlier in the fourth quarter. A run went nowhere, and Brady threw two incompletions.Cincinnati’s defense even had a hand — well, a shoulder — in the winning touchdown.The Bengals had failed to score a touchdown during a 17-6 loss at Cleveland, one that left them looking to establish an identity on offense by running the ball. They did what they wanted in one grinding drive.Cincinnati went 93 yards in 14 plays for its touchdown, holding the ball for 7 minutes, 48 seconds. Green-Ellis, who spent his first four seasons in New England, got into the end zone — appropriately, with a little help from the defense.Defensive tackle Domata Peko came in as a blocking fullback on third-and-goal from inside the 1-yard line but took off too soon, a false start. Dalton scrambled to the 1, and Peko came in and plowed the way for Green-Ellis to score.Dalton was 20 of 27 for 212 yards with four sacks and one costly interception. He scrambled away from pressure and threw back across the field in the first quarter, getting intercepted by Brandon Spikes at the 8-yard line.It was the first time during his three-year career that Dalton threw an interception on a play that started inside the opponent’s 20-yard line.

    Baltimore Ravens tight end Ed Dickson (84) catches a pass over Miami Dolphins free safety Reshad Jones (20) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013, in Miami Gardens, Fla.

    Tucker’s kick lifts Ravens past Dolphins

    MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Justin Tucker kicked a 44-yard field goal to put the Baltimore Ravens ahead with 1:42 left, and they withstood a frantic comeback bid by the Miami Dolphins to win 26-23 Sunday.Ryan Tannehill completed a 46-yard pass to Brandon Gibson on fourth down to keep Miami’s hopes alive, but Caleb Sturgis then missed a 57-yard field goal attempt wide left with 33 seconds to go.The Ravens (3-2) bounced back from a loss last week at Buffalo and won on the road for the first time this season. The Dolphins (3-2) lost their second game in a row.Baltimore moved 34 yards to set up Tucker’s game-winning field goal, his fourth of the day. The Ravens ran for a season-high 133 yards, and Joe Flacco threw for 269 yards.

    Injuries to two tight ends led the Kansas City Chiefs to pick up Sean McGrath of Mundelein. McGrath is quickly becoming a cult icon for his gnarly whiskers, and a hero to Chiefs fans for the way heís filled in for banged-up starters Anthony Fasano and Travis Kelce.

    Carmel’s McGrath earns Chiefs’ attention

    Former Carmel football player Sean McGrath of Mundelein has emerged as a regular at tight end for the unbeaten Kansas City Chiefs. Mike Wilkening profiles McGrath's unique path to the NFL in his NFL tracker column.

    Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde (34) carries the ball and is tackled by Northwestern defensive lineman Dean Lowry (94) and safety Ibraheim Campbell during Saturday’s game in Evanston. Ohio State beat Northwestern 40-30.

    Hyde leads Ohio State past Northwestern, 40-30

    Carlos Hyde ran for a career-high 168 yards and three touchdowns, and No. 4 Ohio State rallied to beat No. 16 Northwestern 40-30 Saturday night and extend the nation’s longest win streak to 18 games. The Buckeyes (6-0, 2-0 Big Ten) remained undefeated since Urban Meyer took over as coach last year.


    Derrick Rose is back

    Highlights and lowlights of Derrick Rose's return in the Bulls' preseason victory over the host Pacers.


    Marcelo del Canto, right, a budget analyst for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, demonstrates during a rally against the government shutdown outside of the U.S. Capitol in Washington.

    U.S. government work is losing cachet for some

    There was a time when being a federal employee meant a steady paycheck, great benefits and pride in serving the country. But these days, many federal workers are frustrated, anxious and growing tired of being pawns in a never-ending political struggle over government funding.

    Bryan Shaw has coverage from his employer 3dcart, a software company in Tamarac, Fla., but plans to shop on an exchange. Shaw says he's excited about the fact that insurance companies large and small will be competing for customers on the exchanges. He expects that competition will lead to a better price for the insurance he needs.

    Health care Q&A for small business employees

    If you're one of the nearly 60 million people in the U.S. who work at small businesses, the nation's new health care law likely will affect you in some way. Starting this week, public exchanges, or marketplaces, are opening up in each state to sell health insurance. Here's a look at what you need to know about the law.

    An Associated Press analysis of households in the 10 biggest economies released on Oct. 6, 2013, shows that families continue to spend cautiously in the five years since the U.S. investment bank Lehman Brothers collapsed, triggering a global financial crisis.

    Families hoard cash 5 yrs after economic collapse

    Five years after U.S. investment bank Lehman Brothers collapsed, triggering a global financial crisis and shattering confidence worldwide, families in major countries around the world are still hunkered down, too spooked and distrustful to take chances with their money. An Associated Press analysis of households shows that families continue to spend cautiously and have pulled hundreds of billions of dollars out of stocks, cut borrowing for the first time in decades and poured money into savings.

    An event staff cleans a Honda Motor Co.'s Micro Commuter prototype electric vehicle during the annual CEATEC advanced technologies exhibition in Chiba near Tokyo. By connecting the driver's smartphone to the dashboard, he or she can control the home electronics as television sets, fans, and electric lights while driving the vehicle.

    Carmakers at center stage at tech trade show in Japan

    CEATEC Japan 2013, a trade show displaying state-of-the-art information technology devices and digital home appliances, began in Chiba, Japan, on Tuesday. Honda Motor Co. and Mazda Motor Corp., participating for the first time this year, were among four major car manufacturers that showcased next-generation cars with cutting-edge information technology.


    One in seven default on student loans

    About one in seven borrowers defaulted on their federal student loans, showing how former students are buckling under higher-education costs in a weak economy. The default rate, for the first three years that students are required to make payments, was 14.7 percent, up from 13.4 percent the year before.


    Japan pushing retirees toward stock market

    Japanese savers are poised to pump $690 billion into stocks to benefit from new tax breaks as the government tries to avert a retirement cash crunch in the nation with the world’s oldest population and lowest interest rates.


    Career Coach: Be careful about dropping names during job interviews

    In job interviews, there is a fine line between self-confidence and arrogance. One behavior that can rub interviewers the wrong way and backfire is name-dropping — the practice of mentioning important people during a conversation as a means of impressing others.

    Hosea C. Paddock at his desk in the 1800s.

    Four generations of Paddock family at the paper

    The Paddock family is into its fourth generation of ownership of Daily Herald Media, dating back to Hosea Paddock who founded the company in the 1800s.

    Hosea C. Paddock, founder of the Daily Herald, bought the Palatine Enterprise in 1889 for $175.

    Daily Herald’s heritage is one of change

    The Daily Herald dates to 1872, emerging to some degree from the embers of the Great Chicago Fire a year earlier. The rebuilding from that calamity sent large numbers of Chicago residents looking for safer locations outside the city limits, and when they arrived here, they needed a source of information about their own communities, their own friends and neighbors.

    Decatur Self Storage’s array of solar cells are installed on the flat roof of the building as they capture solar energy and convert it to electrical energy for the storage facility, in Decatur, Ga. Owner Mike Easterwood also returns excess electricity to the Georgia Power Company electrical grid in exchange for a reduced monthly power rate.

    Utilities, solar companies in fight over rates

    Utilities in many states say solar-friendly rate plans, conceived to promote alternative energy sources, are too generous and allow solar customers to avoid paying for the grid even though they use it. Some power companies are proposing an extra fee for solar customers. Others are trying to roll back or block programs that allow those customers to trade the solar power they generate during sunny days for power they need from the grid during other times.

    Caroline H. Little

    Newspapers are ‘the cornerstone of our society’

    Newspapers have the strongest reputation for accuracy of all media, says Caroline Little, president of the Newspaper Association of America, in her National Newspaper Week message.

    1900: Community news more than a century ago was a little more pedestrian than what you’d expect in a modern paper. Small-town news was really small-town. Mrs. Blum gave Mrs. Scherf a “very pleasant surprise party.” Henry Clausing sold a bull that weighted 2,080 pounds. And $1,200 could buy you a cottage home.

    Images: Historic Daily Herald front pages
    From chicken dinner news ... to your expanding world. Here’s a look at some historic Daily Herald front pages over the years. This article is part of a special series celebrating National Newspaper week Oct. 6-12. The Week was designated in 1940 as a way to recognize the importance of newspapers to their communities.


    Work Advice: How to navigate social situations outside the office

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


    Tips on figuring out student loan forgiveness plans

    Student loan forgiveness programs can make it happen, but there's a problem. The programs are not a quick fix and they are difficult to navigate. Here's a snapshot of several options.


    Mutual fund trends: Index funds win again

    The numbers tell the story. The latest update on mutual fund performance is likely to widen the gap between investors who prefer index funds and those who favor the guidance of a stock picker. That plus some other trends from around the mutual fund industry.

    Jim Bruce and Jacob Kornbluth created two compelling documentaries, “Money for Nothing” and “Inequality for All” that contain subtle, sophisticated and compelling economic arguments that are well grounded in fact and solid analysis.

    Documentaries put faces on cruel reality of markets

    Jim Bruce and Jacob Kornbluth created two compelling documentaries, “Money for Nothing” and “Inequality for All” that contain subtle, sophisticated and compelling economic arguments that are well grounded in fact and solid analysis.

Life & Entertainment

    Stuart Ward plays Guy and Dani de Waal plays the Girl in the national tour of the Broadway musical “Once,” which is based upon the 2006 Academy Award-winning independent Irish film of the same name. The 2012 Tony Award-winning musical adaptation of “Once” makes its Chicago debut at the Oriental Theatre from Wednesday, Oct. 9, through Sunday, Oct. 27.

    Deerfield native masters 10 instruments for 'Once'

    Being an understudy for multiple roles in a touring Broadway musical can be difficult, even under normal circumstances. But for former Deerfield resident Zander Meisner, being cast as an understudy “swing” to four principal characters in the tour of “Once” also means he's required to master 10 different musical instruments. The national tour of the Tony Award-winning musical plays Chicago's Oriental Theatre starting Oct. 9.

    “Batman: Arkham Origins,” releasing worldwide on Oct. 25, is set several years before 2009’s “Arkham Asylum” and its 2011 sequel “Arkham City.”

    Batman set to begin again in ‘Arkham Origins’

    Ben Affleck is poised to portray a new incarnation of the Caped Crusader in a film that also features Superman. However, the developers of the upcoming video game “Batman: Arkham Origins” are taking the character back to basics for the third installment in Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment’s popular “Arkham” series.

    Sandra Bullock plays Dr. Ryan Stone from Lake Zurich in the special-effects stuffed survival thriller “Gravity,” which made $55 million its first weekend of release — making it the No. 1 movie at the box office.

    'Gravity' notches biggest October opening ever with $55 million

    The Sandra Bullock-George Clooney space drama “Gravity” rocketed to the top of the box office and into industry record books during its opening weekend. The Warner Bros. adventure debuted with $55.55 million, according to studio estimates Sunday — the biggest October opening ever and the biggest openings for Bullock and Clooney. The film also dominated the international box office, adding another $27.4 million overseas.

    The archways of an old building in Grantville, Ga., were used to film a scene in for AMC’s “The Walking Dead.” Tourists come to the west Georgia town to see the wall and other nearby buildings where scenes from the show were filmed.

    ’Walking Dead’ brings new life to Georgia town

    When the cotton mill closed, the rural Georgia town of Grantville began a slow transformation into a ghost town. Residents fled. Storefronts faded. Buildings decayed. And then the zombies came.


    Halle Berry, Olivier Martinez welcome baby boy

    It’s a boy for Halle Berry and Olivier Martinez. A representative for the 47-year-old actress confirms that the couple welcomed their son on Saturday.

    The 51st New York Film Festival will feature the world premiere of Ben Stiller’s “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.”

    Stiller premieres ‘Walter Mitty’ at NY Film Fest

    With its playful mingling of fantasy and reality, James Thurber’s beloved short story “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” has seemed the stuff of movies since its initial publication in 1939. But it has proved a tough nut to crack. Whether Ben Stiller has finally succeeded was greeted as a matter of debate.

    A would-be space ranger (Jaden Smith) contemplates how to save himself and his father in M. Night Shyamalan's “After Earth.”

    DVD previews: 'After Earth,' 'Much Ado About Nothing'

    Will and Jaden Smith struggle to survive in the sci-fi thriller "After Earth," while the Wolf Pack encounters a whole new set of troubles in "The Hangover Part III." Both films are among the Oct. 8 DVD releases.


    Too many exes in the pot for this boyfriend to stomach

    Q. I’m a 45-year-old divorced male, and I’ve been dating a divorced woman for three months. Over a year ago she broke up with a guy she dated for two and a half years.

    Learn about the varieties of apples that were available back in the 19th century at the Heirloom Apple Fest at the Durant House Museum in St. Charles.

    Sunday picks: Apple of your eye at Heirloom Apple Fest

    Celebrate all things apple and sample some cider at the Heirloom Apple Fest at the Durant House Museum in St. Charles. Living History actors portray Civil War soldiers and civilians at the Civil War Re-enactment at Cantigny Park in Wheaton. Today is your last chance to see the Chicago run of “The Book of Mormon” at the Bank of America Theatre in Chicago.

    A team’s loss might cause some fans to indulge in foods.

    Does a team’s loss lead to fans’ weight gain?

    Christopher Gates headed straight for the soft drinks when the Minnesota Vikings lost to the Chicago Bears last month with just 10 seconds left in the game. Do you indulge in fatty, unhealthy foods when your favorite team misses a win in the last minutes of the game? Some studies show that a bad team may make some fans fat.

    A small space and a small budget challenge a young couple to refine their vision; a view of the living room in Kiera and Michael Kushlan’s 750-square foot condo in Washington.

    Nailing the art of small space living

    The first thing you notice about Kiera and Michael Kushlan’s one-bedroom Washington co-op is how they’ve pulled it together to be both modern and classic. The second is how spacious it seems. The Kushlans believe that what you leave out of a room is just as important as what you put in.

    Copper brew kettles on the mezzanine level of the Brewhouse Inn & Suites once were used at the nation's largest brewery.

    Take a look at what's new and just a bit quirky in Milwaukee

    For many suburbanites, visiting Milwaukee has a been-there, done-that kind of feeling. But when this travel writer heard that msn.com had called Milwaukee one of the “Ten Coolest Cities in the Midwest” and buzzfeed.com put it at No. 4 on its “Top 10 Incredible and Underrated Cities,” she decided to give it another look.

    At Saint Lucifer’s Haunted Asylum in Flint, Mich., a zombie awaits his fate from paintball-shooting visitors. The shoot-the-zombie game is part of a trend in which Halloween attractions are becoming more interactive.

    Halloween attractions asking guests to take part

    Ghost tours and haunted houses are the norm for Halloween. But this year, some attractions are upping their game with an interactive component. Now, visitors aren’t just shrieking at zombies — they’re shooting them with paintball guns at Saint Lucifer’s Haunted Asylum in Flint, Mich. And they’re learning how to do their own paranormal investigations on ghost-hunting overnight stays in Abilene, Texas. And there's more.

    It really doesn't matter how old you are this Halloween, you can't go wrong with a super hero costume.

    Zombies, super heroes and Disney sure bets this year

    When you're getting ready for this year's Halloween party and taking one last glance in the mirror here's a really crucial tip: If you see a super hero staring back at you, you're good to go. Same thing if your reflection reveals a hideous zombie. Or, if you're a kid, it's great if you look like a Disney character or if you're wearing something mom or dad made for you.

    The book “Iranian Living Room” peers behind the curtains of domestic life. Here, a traditional Iranian family dinner is shown.

    What does an Iranian living room look like?

    Fabrica, Benetton’s Italy-based communication design and research center, asked 15 young Iranian photographers to capture what a typical Iranian household might look like. The resulting book “Iranian Living Room” peers behind the curtains of domestic life.


    ‘Unknown’ occupants also can be evicted from rental

    Q. I own a rental property that I have been leasing to a woman the past couple years. I decided I had to evict her so I went to the apartment to serve a five-day notice and discovered there are at least five people living there.


    Fireplace tips to reduce smoke entering your home

    Q. We had many trees taken down due to ash borers, so I plan to use my fireplace more this fall and winter. I have never had much luck building fires without smoking up the room.

    A pull out kitchen faucet gives you a wide range of motion for easily rinsing, washing and filling containers.

    Couple torn between two kitchen-faucet styles

    Q. We’re installing a new kitchen faucet and narrowed the choices down to a “pull out” or a “pull down” kitchen faucet. Can you please list some benefits of both styles to help us decide?


    Illinois Senate President John Cullerton is supporting a public pension reform proposal that would reduce annual cost-of-living adjustments. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

    Editorial: Is a public pension compromise at hand?

    A Daily Herald editorial expresses hope that a compromise to Illinois' public pension debate could be in the offing -- but warns the measure still falls short and the likely opposition is still formidable.


    No one gets ‘Chopped’ in our cooking contest

    Jim Davis, news director for the DuPage and Valley editions, has a crucial duty for the Daily Herald: Get sardines, chick peas, Twizzlers and almond butter to contestants in our Cook of the Week Challenge so they can make a gourmet meal out of 'em.


    Reforming Obamacare

    Columnist Michael Gerson: After much struggle and internal strife, Republicans seeking to block Obamacare have arrived at this achievement: Much of the government is closed — except for Obamacare. The national parks are deserted but the health exchanges sputter and wheeze to life.


    Shutdown affecting military meals
    A letter to the editor: So the United States government shutdown isn’t affecting the military. Tell that to my grandson.


    Common sense defies climate claims
    A Lake Bluff letter to the editor: The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report is suspect on two fronts


    Put country ahead of party
    An Antioch letter to the editor: The inaction of our congressional elected representatives and senators to achieve a position of compromise is disgusting.


    Tea Party revels in misery of others
    A Hampshire letter to the editor: On the day I should have been celebrating my 40 year federal service anniversary, 75 percent of my co-workers were furloughed. I’m lucky to be working, but who knows when I’ll see my next paycheck.


    Roskam owed thanks, not vilification
    A Naperville letter to the editor: In a Daily Herald letter to the editor published Sept. 18, misleading health care information is an outrage. It was claimed that a Peter Roskam newsletter provided outrageous misinformation regarding the Affordable Care Act.


    Not a single grain of caviar lost
    A Sleep Hollow leter to the editor: Regarding: H. Ty Warner. I can see it now — a little plush piggy in an orange jumpsuit. The heart-shaped tag in his ear reads: “"I’m Greedy, the jailhouse pig. My profits were bigger than big..."


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