Daily Archive : Friday October 11, 2013


    Indians hold umbrellas as they head to a cyclone shelter in Chatrapur in Ganjam district, about 200 kilometers (125 miles) from the eastern Indian city Bhubaneswar, India, Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013. Strong winds and heavy rains pounded India's eastern coastline Saturday, as hundreds of thousands of people took shelter from a massive, powerful Cyclone Phailin expected to reach land in a few hours.

    Wind, rain pound India as massive cyclone hits

    A massive, powerful cyclone was hammering India's eastern coastline with heavy rains and destructive winds Saturday, as hundreds of thousands of people living in the region moved inland and took shelter, hoping to ride out the dangerous storm.


    Chicago transit rider sues over new fare card

    A Chicago Transit Authority rider is suing the agency and the company hired to roll out a new fare card, claiming riders are being overcharged. James D. Kenger is seeking class-action status.


    Man charged with shooting near Elgin school

    A man faces charges he shot at someone in a parked car near an Elgin school on Thursday night, authorities said. Police say just after 9 p.m. Thursday, 33-year-old IV Oneal Preston II fired three shots at a person seated in his vehicle near the 1400 block of Todd Farm Drive.

    Rod Drobinski

    Lake County prosecutor seeking District 62 state representative seat in GOP primary

    A Lake County prosecutor has become the second Republican to announce he's running in next spring's primary for the state reprsentative seat held by Democrat Sam Yingling. Rod Drobinski of Wauconda has jumped in, following Round Lake lawyer Gerald Dietz.


    Crystal Lake South student hurt in homecoming parade

    A Crystal Lake South High School student was injured Friday after trying to board a moving homecoming parade float. About 4 p.m., the student tried to jump upon the float — a small utility trailer being pulled by an SUV — but the student’s foot “became entangled with a moving wheel and the ground, and subsequently the wheel rolled over the student’s foot and lower leg,” according to a police news...


    Roberta Randall to portray Eleanor Roosevelt at Palatine Historical Society meeting

    The Palatine Historical Society presents monthly meetings throughout the fall and winter months. The next meeting, scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 16, will feature historical dramatist Roberta Randall as Eleanor Roosevelt.


    See games live now at Football Focus

    Suburban high school football games are going on live on our Football Focus website. That’s where you can go to see live scores as well as streaming video of selected games.


    Arlington Hts. police suspect jogger attacks connected

    Arlington Heights police think an early Friday morning attack of a female jogger may be connected to a similar incident that took place two weeks ago and just a mile and a half away. The latest incident occurred around 5:30 a.m. Friday in the area of Hintz Road and Haddow Avenue. “I can’t definitely say it’s the same person, but they are very, very similar," Cmdr. Mike Hernandez said.


    Cops think driver was under influence when he crashed

    A Gurnee-area man was believed to be drunk and driving with marijuana in his system when he died in a crash on Route 41 in Lake Forest, authorities said Friday. Lance Nazario, 20, of West Nemesis Avenue in unincorporated Lake County near Gurnee, was killed and two other men injured in an crash about 2:35 a.m. Thursday, authorities said.

    Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso, right, rubs the cheeks of Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew before they gathered Friday for a photo with the Group of 20 at the International Monetary Fund headquarters in Washington.

    G-20 finance officials focus on U.S. budget crisis

    In remarks to the finance officials, Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said the United States understood the role it plays as “the anchor of the international financial system.” He said the administration is continuing to push Congress to reopen the government and increase the borrowing limit.

    John D. Monteleone

    More charges against man accused of selling synthetic pot

    More charges have been filed against an Elgin man who was arrested in September and charged with selling synthetic cannabis from an Algonquin tobacco shop. John Monteleone faces six to 30 years in prison on the most serious charge; his defense attorney said Monteleone received assurances and has documentation that the potpourri was legal.

    After Ross MacNeill of Wheaton passed away in May from pediatric brain cancer, his family started the Ross MacNeill Foundation to fight pediatric brain cancer and homelessness. On Saturday, Center Ice of DuPage is hosting an event with some proceeds going toward the foundation.

    Fundraiser helps Wheaton family combat cancer

    Ross MacNeill asked his family to grant him two last wishes before he passed away. He made them promise they would never let another child endure what he did. And he made them promise they would care for the homeless. “It was simple to us,” said his mom, Kim MacNeill. “We made the promise to him and we keep our promises.”

    Store owner Lester Starr, of Lester Starr Jewelers, which lies across from the Dominick’s in Schaumburg’s Town Square.

    With Dominick’s departing, what happens now?

    Municipal officials and neighboring businesses from Mundelein to Naperville Friday were still reacting to the news of Dominick’s food stores potentially closing as parent company Safeway Inc. plans to leave the region. While concerned, most were cautiously optimistic that a grocery store industry already in transition would find a way to fill the void.

    Hundreds of suburban residents are still dealing with the aftermath of April floods. At that time, canoes were the mode of transportation in some neighborhoods, such as this one in Des Plaines.

    Groups helping residents still reeling from April floods

    Area churches, faith-based organizations and others are banding together to try to help families still suffering from the lingering affects of the April floods. “We’re calling on community leaders to raise the visibility of the needs of those families and work with us to get those needs met," said David Roth with Lutheran Child and Family Services of Illinois.


    Cabdriver gets probation for molesting female passenger

    Palatine cabdriver Mohammed N. Choudry pleaded guilty Thursday to molesting a woman who had passed out in his cab after he picked her up from a Palatine nightspot last year. In exchange for his guilty plea, Choudry was sentenced to 30 months probation and 15 days in the Sheriff's Work Alternative Program.


    Wheeling mobile home community drops injunction request

    A federal judge agreed Friday to let residents of a Wheeling mobile home community withdraw their motion for a preliminary injunction in its legal battle with the village. About 50 residents of the Fox Point mobile home community along Milwaukee Avenue filed a complaint in court last month accusing village officials of trying to force them from their homes because of racial discrimination.


    NIU president shakes up administrative structure

    Northern Illinois University’s president says he’s making broad administrative changes, including splitting the beleaguered Division of Finance and Facilities.


    Quinn appoints new director to $121,000 post

    The former director of the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget has been named to a new position with a $30,000 salary bump.

    Casey Urlacher

    Quinn picks linebacker’s brother for panel

    Gov. Pat Quinn has named the brother of one of Chicago’s more celebrated athletes to a $25,000 post on the Illinois Civil Service Commission. Casey Urlacher is also the mayor of Mettawa.

    Chicago’s new speed cameras have clocked almost 205,000 violations in just over a month.

    Chicago’s new speed cameras record 205,000 violations

    Chicago’s new speed cameras have clocked almost 205,000 violations in just over a month. The cameras in nine safety zones logged the speeding violations between Aug. 26 and Oct. 3, issuing 204,743 warnings to lead-footed drivers, according to figures obtained by WBEZ radio through a Freedom of Information Act request.

    Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich speaks to reporters after he was sentenced to 14 years on 18 corruption counts.

    Prosecutors get more time in Blagojevich appeal

    A federal appellate court has given prosecutors more time to prepare their brief in former Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s appeal of his corruption convictions. Federal prosecutors made the request on Friday.


    Quinn acts on clemency requests

    Gov. Pat Quinn is granting 65 clemency petitions and denying 124 while working through a backlog of pardon requests.

    Gov. Pat Quinn holds up a Super 8 motel V. I. P card after being asked a question about his reputation for being notoriously frugal. The governor has vowed to work without pay until the state’s pension problem is fixed. He now has missed three paychecks.

    Quinn vows to manage without pay

    When Gov. Pat Quinn grew angry that lawmakers hadn’t found a way to fix Illinois’ pension crisis, he eliminated their salaries. But these days the only elected official going without pay is the governor himself.


    Chicago couple give $15M to DePauw music school

    A Chicago couple are giving $15 million to DePauw University toward a plan for better preparing musicians to market themselves and reach broader audiences. Judson and Joyce Green are both graduates of the private university in the central Indiana city of Greencastle.

    The state is picking up the tab for one additional daily Amtrak roundtrip on the Chicago-to-St. Louis corridor, where the state is investing heavily to speed up trains to 110 mph.

    Illinois agrees to spend additional $9M on Amtrak

    Illinois has agreed to spend an additional $9 million to support Amtrak service in the state, joining other state governments in bringing a measure of stability to the passenger rail service’s most heavily traveled routes. The deal was required by a 2008 law passed by Congress.

    Steven Friesen

    Two charged with child porn after DuPage County raids

    Two men were charged with child pornography offenses this week after separate raids in DuPage County, prosecutors said Friday. The arrests bring to 50 the number of suspects nabbed in Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s Operation Glass House initiative.


    Lombard suspect in police-involved shooting released without charges

    A Lombard man who was shot at by police after he answered his door with a handgun has been released from custody without charges, prosecutors said Friday. DuPage County state's attorney spokesman Paul Darrah said authorities continue to probe the events that led to the shooting on the 400 block of West Harrison Road.


    Glasswork sculpture considered for new Geneva bike rack

    When is a bicycle rack a piece of art? When it is in Geneva, and the city wants to meet the need for bike parking and a desire to have more sculpture in the downtown. The city council Monday will discuss spending up to $6,000 on a steel-and-glass rack. An orthopedic practice has donated $3,000 to the effort.


    Judson University offers two new graduate programs

    Judson University will offer two new graduate-level programs, a master of leadership in ministry and a master of business administration, starting in the spring of 2014. Both programs were approved by the Higher Learning Commission on Sept. 24. Students interested in either program can attend an open house from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Nov. 12 in the Lindner Tower Eagle Lounge on Judson’s Elgin campus,...


    Geneva to flush hydrants starting Monday

    Geneva will begin flushing fire hydrants next week, to rid the lines of sediment. The project is expected to take four weeks.

    Drew Frasz

    Kane Co. forest district hires company dumped by county

    Kane County Forest Preserve District officials have hired a company once shunned by the county for its political connections to former House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert. Forest preserve commissioners unanimously agreed this week to contract with Progressive Energy Group for one year. The company’s job is to package the various electricity and gas accounts among the district various suppliers and...


    Fishing regulations rejected for Island Lake

    After hearing from passionate anglers, Island Lake officials have rejected a plan to limit fishing on the town’s namesake lake.

    Marathon runners Danielle Steimel, left and Carrie Gasik, both of Aurora, take a short run as they train for the Chicago Marathon on Sunday.

    Suburban runners: Boston not deterring us from Chicago Marathon

    Runners vow not to let the Boston Marathon bombings scare them away from the Chicago Marathon on Sunday. Likewise, Chicago Marathon organizers vow to make the large, world-renowned marathon as safe as possible. “I haven’t met a soul yet that says, ‘I’m not doing it (because of Boston),’” said Christine Kickels, a reference librarian at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn. “If anything, it’s...


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    Blood drive in Mundelein

    The Mundelein Fire Department hosts its fall blood drive on Saturday, Oct. 19. It will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the main fire station, 1000 N. Midlothian Road


    Historical society collectors show

    The Lakes Region Historical Society will host a collectors show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20, at the Meeting House, 977 Main St., Antioch.


    Lincolnshire leaf collection

    Lincolnshire’s annual leaf collection program begins Monday, Oct. 14.


    District 103 preschool screening

    Lincolnshire-Prairieview Elementary District 103 offers a fall preschool screening for district residents on Wednesday, Nov. 6, for 3- and 4-year-old children for whom there may be concerns in the areas of gross or fine motor skills, speech/language, or conceptual development.

    Laura B. Sprague School will be rededicated Tuesday, following a $5.5 million renovation.

    Lincolnshire's Sprague School to be rededicated after $5.5 million improvement project

    Now that a $5.5 million renovation has wrapped up, Lincolnshire's Sprague School will be rededicated in a public ceremony Tuesday.


    Schaumburg man pleads guilty to Olympic Park burglary

    A Schaumburg man pleaded guilty Thursday to burglary. In exchange for his guilty plea to the class 2 felony, Daniel Anthony O'Shea, who authorities say broke into a car in the Olympic Park area last April, was sentenced to 6 years in prison

    Montia Marie Parker, 18, a former suburban Minneapolis high school cheerleading captain.

    Minnesota teen gets 3 years for prostituting minor

    “Tragically — for many — her high school years ended in criminal activity. She was the leader of an attempted high school prostitution ring,” Hennepin County District Court Judge William Koch said when issuing the sentence. “It is, in many ways, inexplicable.”

    Evan A. Nelsen

    Probation again for man who burglarized Wayne homes

    A 22-year-old heroin addict who received probation for a string of burglaries in December in Wayne got one more chance to avoid prison. Evan A. Nelsen, of West Chicago, pleaded guilty this week to attempting to foil/defeat a drug test, which was part of his initial probation. He was sentenced to 30 more months probation and 180 days in jail.

    The Rev. Bernard White

    Former Elk Grove priest dies

    The Rev. Bernard C. White, 87, the associate pastor at Queen of the Rosary Catholic Church in Elk Grove Village for three years in the 1980s, has died, the Archdiocese of Chicago reported Friday.

    Patty Konietzky and her husband Henry “Butch” Konietsky after a tubing trip in Helen, Ga. Butch died 60 hours after contracting the bacteria vibrio vulnificus. The couple went crabbing in the Halifax River near Ormond Beach in September 2013. Butch developed a sore which was later confirmed to be vibrio vulnificus.

    Seawater bacteria, often fatal, finding victims in the South

    Dr. James Oliver, a professor of biology at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte, has studied vibrio vulnificus for decades. He said that while Florida has the most cases of vibrio infection due to the warm ocean water that surrounds the state, the bacteria is found worldwide, generally in estuaries and near the coast.


    Truck, train collide; 1 dead, 60 injured

    An emergency official says one person was killed and more than 60 others were injured in a collision between a logging truck and a train taking passengers on a scenic tour of fall foliage in West Virginia.

    Three Asian elephants, Chandra, left, Malee, center, and Asha, right, walk through their enclosure Tuesday in the Oklahoma City Zoo in Oklahoma City. An aggressive elephant at the Springfield Zoo killed a caretaker on Friday.

    Missouri zookeeper killed by elephant

    SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — A longtime zookeeper in southwest Missouri was killed Friday when he was charged by an elephant, a spokeswoman for the city of Springfield said. John Bradford, 62, died when he was attacked by an elephant inside the area at the Dickinson Park Zoo where the elephants are housed, city spokeswoman Cora Scott said.


    Nicor Gas safety program in local towns

    On Saturday, Oct. 12, and Sunday, Oct. 13, Nicor Gas will present its new children’s video game during natural gas safety events in Arlington Heights, Elgin and Elk Grove Village, which are expected to draw more than 2,000 people.


    Schaumburg HS football hosting fundraiser to support former student with ALS

    Schaumburg Saxon Football is hosting “Fight Like a Champion Night” in support of alumnus Eric Von Schaumburg on Friday, Oct. 25, during the football game at Schaumburg High School at 1100 W. Schaumburg Road. Schaumburg was diagnosed with ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, in June. Students and community members can purchase T-shirts and raffle tickets online to help support Eric.

    Pakistani Taliban commander Latif Mehsud sits with fellows in Sararogha in south Waziristan in Pakistan.

    Taliban leader’s capture strains relations with Karzai

    The Pakistani intelligence officials said American forces seized Latif Mehsud while he was with the Afghan army, and that they no longer know where he is. Mehsud, believed to be around 30 years old, once served as Hakimullah Mehsud’s driver but eventually became a trusted deputy. The two are not related. Mehsud is a common name in the region.

    Jeff Smith of West Chicago drills a hole for a water bottle mount on his next steel bike creation. Smith loves to build with steel due to its resiliency, ease of repair, custom geometry and tube selection that allow him to build a custom bike that will fit like a glove and last for years to come. Smith is very fond of mid to late 20th century steel bicycle frames and attempts to build their beauty into his bicycles.

    Moving Picture: W. Chicago man builds bikes of steel

    Jeff Smith of West Chicago loves to build bicycles, but nothing like you'll find in a modern bike store. Using steel to create bikes that take the rider back to the mid to late 20th century, he crafts each bike with the patience of an artist. Only building a handful of bikes each year, he refers to each one as a "rolling work of art."

    Crews pave a section of Milwaukee Avenue in Libertyville just south of Peterson Road (Route 137).

    Consensus has led to road work progress, Lake County officials say

    Seven years ago, local Lake County leaders reached consensus on a batch of road widening projects to help ease traffic congestion. So what's happened since? “There’s been a significant amount of progress with the plan but there’s a lot more to go,” said Lake County Board Chairman Aaron Lawlor.

    Protesters, held back by Italian riot policemen, show placards Wednesday reading:”Lampedusa’s rights adrift” as a motorcade escorting EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and Italian Premier Enrico Letta leaves Lampedusa’s airport, Italy. Barroso visited Lampedusa with Premier Enrico Letta, who announced that the victims of the disaster would receive a state funeral.

    Another migrant boat capsizes off Malta

    A boat carrying an estimated 200 migrants capsized Friday off the Sicilian island of Lampedusa where a shipwreck last week left more than 300 dead. Rescue crews reported seeing bodies in the water.

    Sarah Jerome

    Lots of interest in Arlington Hts. superintendent post

    After getting feedback from nearly 800 people, Arlington Heights Elementary District 25 is getting ready to select a new superintendent. More than 40 people have applied so far to replace Superintendent Sarah Jerome after she retires in June.

    Island Lake Trustee Shannon Fox responds to comments by Trustee Mark Beeson at Thursday's village board meeting.

    Island Lake mayor breaks tie to censure Trustee Shannon Fox

    Island Lake Trustee Shannon Fox was censured by her peers on the village board -- after a 4-3 vote in which the mayor broke the tie -- for sending an email that criticized a local business owner. “I stand by everything I said in that email,” Fox said before the vote.


    Police say man tried to snatch woman’s purse in downtown Libertyville

    Libertyville police are looking for a man who tried to steal a purse from a woman Thursday evening in the downtown area. The man was described as 30 to 40 years old with a buzzed hair cut and he wearing a light purple button down dress shirt.


    Barking dog alerts homeowner to Woodridge fire

    A family dog is being credited for alerting a Woodridge homeowner to a house fire early Friday. The fire on the 1200 block of Richfield Court broke out shortly after 4 a.m. Firefighters said the home had working smoke detectors but they didn’t activate because the fire was on the exterior of the house.


    Dist. 57 budget reflects ‘stable’ financial picture

    Mount Prospect Elementary District 57 has approved a budget that reflects a more stable financial picture for the district, which had to resort to layoffs and salary freezes a couple of years ago. “Stable is a good word for where we are,” said Dale Falk, assistant superintendent for finance and operations. “But that doesn’t mean we don’t have concerns going forward.”


    AP: General in charge of nuclear missiles to be fired

    Officials tell The Associated Press that the Air Force is firing the two-star general in charge of all of its nuclear missiles. Maj. Gen. Michael Carey is being removed from command of the 20th Air Force, which is responsible for three wings of intercontinental ballistic missiles — a total of 450 missiles at three bases across the country.

    Evelyn Pacino Sanguinetti

    Wheaton peers: Tough for Sanguinetti to also run for lt. governor

    Running a statewide campaign for lieutenant governor while continuing to serve on the Wheaton City Council, Evelyn Pacino Sanguinetti certainly has her hands full these days. But her city council peers think she's up to the task. “Evelyn has the energy of three people and she's as smart as they come, but I've got to believe she's wondering if she can handle both (city council and the...

    Myunghee Bae, who has been allowed into North Korea to see her son, Kenneth, a Korean-American Christian missionary, told Japan’s Kyodo News agency that his health has been improving since he was transferred to a hospital from a prison where he was serving out a sentence of 15 years hard labor.

    Reports: Mom visits American detained in N. Korea

    An ailing American who has been detained in North Korea for 11 months met with his mother Friday for the first time since he was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor, hugging her as she wept and reportedly saying that although his health has improved his condition is still not good. Myunghee Bae has been allowed into North Korea to see her son, Kenneth Bae, a Korean-American Christian missionary.


    ND farmer finds oil spill while harvesting wheat

    A North Dakota farmer who discovered an oil spill the size of seven football fields while out harvesting wheat says that when he found it, crude was bubbling up out of the ground. Farmer Steve Jensen says he smelled the crude for days before the tires on his combines were coated in it. At the apparent break in the Tesoro Corp.’s underground pipeline, the oil was “spewing and bubbling 6 inches...

    A victim is wheeled to an ambulance after a bus overturned after colliding with a carcarrier truck. Several sorority sisters from the University of Delaware were injured when a bus taking about 40 people to a party during homecoming week overturned in a crash with a tractor trailer, authorities said.

    Sorority members injured in Delaware bus crash

    Several sorority sisters from the University of Delaware were injured when a bus taking about 40 people to a party during homecoming week overturned in a crash with a tractor trailer, authorities said.

    Judge Mary Jacobson on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013 refused to delay the start of same-sex marriage in New Jersey until a legal appeal can be settled. But the administration of Republican Gov. Chris Christie immediately sought and was granted a request to file an emergency challenge to the decision.

    Judge refuses to delay start of gay marriage in NJ

    A New Jersey judge has reaffirmed her call for the state to start issuing same-sex marriage licenses on Oct. 21, but the administration of Gov. Chris Christie is taking another crack at putting the mandate on hold. Both developments came Thursday and are the latest in a flurry of legal activity over whether the state should allow gay couples to marry.


    German groom forgets bride at gas station

    A German couple’s marriage got off to a rocky start when the groom forgot his bride at a highway gas station on the way home from their honeymoon, only noticing she was missing after hours had passed.


    Story-character fair in Aurora to support charity dental care for kids

    Rosary High School is hosting a story-character fair Saturday, to raise money for charitable dental work done by Aurora-area dentists.

    Fences are going up, streets are closing down and trim athletes are flying in from around the world ahead of Sunday’s Chicago Marathon.

    Tight security promised at Sunday's Chicago Marathon

    Fences are going up, streets are closing down and trim athletes are flying in from around the world ahead of Sunday’s Chicago Marathon. But behind the scenes, police are preparing for what will be the most closely monitored race — the largest marathon in the U.S. since the Boston bombings — in the city’s history.

    In this Dec. 10, 2012 photo, Richard Vanecko, nephew of former Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, arrives at the Leighton Criminal Courts Building in Chicago for his arraignment on involuntary manslaughter charges.

    News organizations ask for Daley nephew report

    Lawyers for two news organizations are asking a judge to unseal a special prosecutor's report examining the 2004 death of a man who was killed in a fight with the nephew of Chicago's former mayor. The Chicago Sun-Times and WMAQ-TV want a judge to release the 162-page document reviewing the investigation into the death of David Koschman.

    A chemical weapons investigation team takes samples from the ground in the Damascus countryside of Zamalka, Syria. The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, for working to eliminate the scourge that has haunted generations from World War I to the battlefields of Syria.

    Global chemical watchdog wins Nobel Peace Prize

    The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for working to eliminate the scourge that has haunted generations from World War I to the battlefields of Syria. Based in The Hague, Netherlands, the OPCW has largely worked out of the limelight until this year, when the United Nations called on its expertise to help investigate alleged chemical weapons...

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry looks out the window en route to the ISAF headquarters after arriving on an unannounced visit in Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. Kerry flew to Afghanistan Friday for urgent talks with Afghan President Hamid Karzai as an end of October deadline looms for completing a security deal that would allow American troops to remain in Afghanistan after the end of the NATO-led military mission next year.

    Kerry in Afghanistan for urgent security talks

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry flew to Afghanistan Friday for urgent talks with Afghan President Hamid Karzai as an end of October deadline looms for completing a security deal that would allow American troops to remain in Afghanistan after the end of the NATO-led military mission next year.


    New report says Syrian rebels committed war crimes

    Jihadi-led rebel fighters in Syria killed at least 190 civilians and abducted more than 200 during an offensive against pro-regime villages, committing a war crime, an international human rights group said Friday. The Aug. 4 attacks on unarmed civilians in more than a dozen villages in the coastal province of Latakia were systematic and could even amount to a crime against humanity, Human Rights...

    Associated Press Civilians gather at the site where a car bomb went off outside the building housing Swedish and Finnish consulates on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013 in Libya’s eastern city of Benghazi, badly damaging the building, but leaving no casualties. Benghazi has been hit by a wave of attacks against government offices and targeted killings in recent months as security agencies struggle to secure Libya since the 2011 civil war. Weapons have proliferated and a number of militias have vied for authority, operating with impunity.

    Car bomb hits Swedish, Finnish consulates in Benghazi

    A car bomb exploded outside a building housing the Swedish and Finnish consulates in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi on Friday, badly damaging it but causing no casualties, Libyan and Swedish officials said. The blast reflected the deep insecurity in the North African nation, where multiple armed militias run rampant — many of them dominated by Islamic militants — and the central government...

    Americans are finding little they like about President Barack Obama or either political party, according to a new poll that suggests the possibility of a “throw the bums out” mentality in next year’s midterm elections.

    Poll: Americans find little to like in Washington

    Americans are finding little they like about President Barack Obama or either political party, according to a new poll that suggests the possibility of a “throw the bums out” mentality in next year’s midterm elections. In the midst of the government shutdown and Washington gridlock, the president is faring much better than his party. And the negatives are even higher for the Republicans across...


    Prosecutor: Chicagoan stabs best friend over drugs

    Cook County prosecutors say a 25-year-old Chicago man fatally stabbed his best friend when the two began fighting about a marijuana plant. The Chicago Sun-Times reports Christopher Shoji is charged with murder and a drug charge for Tuesday’s death of 24-year-old Solomon Morales.


    Shutdown impacts some Illinois hospital inspections

    Illinois officials are scaling back on certain hospital and nursing home inspections because of the partial federal government shutdown. The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises newspapers reports a state agency gets about $1.3 million a month to pay for inspections of medical facilities.


    Dawn Patrol: Dominick’s stores in jeopardy; Trestman offense wins

    Dominick's stores will be sold or closed, Safeway says; Trestman offense plan lifts Bears; split verdict in Hoffman Estates street racing; Mount Prospect store nearly stabilized; potential victims sought in Facebook predator case; Antioch Township man pleads guilty in street-racing death; garages catch fire in Wheaton.

    DuPage County officials are trying to decide whether a golf course near Lombard should be rezoned to allow multifamily housing on the site. Opponents, including the village of Lombard, have asked the county to leave the current zoning in place.

    Lombard asks DuPage County to not rezone golf course

    A developer seeking to build a multifamily residential development on what's now a golf course near Lombard insists the project wouldn't cause traffic or flooding problems in the area. But opponents, including the village of Lombard, are questioning the findings of the developer's traffic and stormwater consultants.

    In the most recent installment of Weekend Update on “Saturday Night Live,” one of the jokes about the federal government shutdown was illustrated with a photo of a rally outside the Capitol — but the building in the photo was the Illinois Capitol.

    Why was Illinois Capitol on 'SNL'? And more politics

    The new Illinois House Republican leadership team brings a few new suburban lawmakers onto the squad and leaves another out, Political Editor Mike Riopell notes in his Suburban Political Recount column. And was that the Illinois Capitol doing a cameo on "Saturday Night Live"?

    A rack of military helmets awaits final preparation at the Revision Military plant in Newport, Vt. The Vermont plant that makes helmets for the U.S. military has laid off half its workforce because of uncertainty created by the federal budget impasse. Revision Military cut the number of workers at its Newport plant at the beginning of the federal government shutdown last week.

    Obama signs bill to pay military death benefits

    The Pentagon typically pays out $100,000 within three days of a service member’s death. It said 29 active-duty service members have died since Oct. 1, when parts of the government shut down in a dispute between the White House and Congress over the president’s health care law.The Pentagon had said the lapse in funding meant it had no authority to continue the payments.

    Runners leave the starting line during the 2012 Chicago Marathon. About 45,000 athletes will participate in this year’s race, which will begin at Grant Park on Sunday morning.

    Poll Vault: What’s your biggest athletic accomplishment?

    45,000 runners will run the Chicago Marathon Sunday. Can you brag about accomplishments like finishing a marathon or climbing a mountain? Do you want to?

    Theo and Hoagi enjoy the cool water of Lake Michigan on a hot day last summer.

    Images: Photo Contest Finalists
    Each week you submit your favorite photo. We pick the best of the bunch and select 12 finlaists. Here are the finalists for the week of October 7th.



    Jackson’s record night lifts Glenbard North

    On a night when Glenbard North running back Justin Jackson broke his personal DuPage Valley Conference record for rushing yards in a game, the senior saved his biggest play for catching the ball.Nursing a drive to run out the clock, Jackson’s 12-yard reception off a tipped pass converted a crucial third-and-11 and helped the visiting Panthers preserve Friday’s 40-34 victory over Naperville Central.Oh, and about that record. The Northwestern-bound back carried the ball 42 times for 405 yards, shattering his own DVC mark by 50 yards.


    Lisle shuts out Westmont

    It wasn’t pretty, but in the standings it’s a win for Lisle as they defeated Westmont 28-0 in an Interstate Eight Conference Small Division game on Friday in Lisle. Cliff Krause paced the Lions scoring three touchdowns and rushing for 131 yards.


    Metea Valley overcomes East Aurora

    A week after snapping a 44-game losing streak that stretched back to the seventh week of the 2008 season, East Aurora was dead set on proving to Metea Valley that these really weren’t the same old Tomcats. They made that abundantly clear in sprinting to a 21-14 lead after one quarter, but the Mustangs eventually wore their hosts down on the way to a 52-28 Upstate Eight Conference Valley Division victory.


    Warren gets win No. 5 against N. Chicago

    Three hours and 99 points after the opening kickoff Friday night, Warren emerged with its fifth victory of the season and a probable playoff berth. The host Blue Devils (5-2) ran past North Chicago (3-4) by a 61-38 score in a North Suburban Conference crossover game.

    Northwestern defensive lineman Tyler Scott celebrates after causing a fumble by Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller during last week's game in Evanston.

    Turnovers could be difference for Northwestern vs. Wisconsin

    No. 19 Northwestern leads the Big Ten in creating mistakes. Wisconsin wants more of `em. Forcing flubs is always important, but it may hold even more weight in the game Saturday between two teams that can get up and down the field. The Badgers are hoping to celebrate homecoming weekend by tripping up the Wildcats and their high-scoring offense at Camp Randall Stadium.

    John Tavares of the Islanders draws a crowd near the Hawks net late in the third period, including goalie Nikolai Khabibulin and defensemen Johnny Oduya and Niklas Hjalmarsson at the United Center on Friday night.

    With win, Hawks make their points

    After giving away what they felt were 3 points in the last two games, the Blackhawks came away with what they wanted Friday night against the Islanders. The Hawks made an early second-period goal by Michal Handzus hold up in a 3-2 win at the United Center. “I thought we played well the last two games but didn't get the points, and it's all about results in this league,” Handzus said.


    Wheaton North cruises at West Aurora

    For the second consecutive week in DuPage Valley Conference football action, no Wheaton North starter played a down in the second half. The Falcons erupted for 34 points in the second quarter, capped by Northwestern-bound quarterback Clayton Thorson scampering for 53 yards in the waning seconds before halftime, as Wheaton North defeated West Aurora 48-7.


    St. Charles East overcomes feisty Streamwood

    The St. Charles East Saints racked up 35 unanswered points in the third quarter to defeat the winless, yet hungry, Streamwood Sabres for a 42-27 Upstate Eight River victory Friday night. On a night celebrating the Saints seniors, it was a junior who might have made the biggest difference offensively, defensively, and on special teams for St. Charles East. Ramon Lopez caught a touchdown pass and ran for another modest 62 yards. He also caught and returned a blocked punt for 23 yards to set up another Saints touchdown, and made an acrobatic interception in the fourth quarter to thwart the Sabres comeback attempt.

    Mikey Dudek of Neuqua Valley runs the ball during the Wildcats’ win over Waubonsie Valley at North Central College Friday.

    Dudek, Neuqua rise up vs. Waubonsie

    No matter how hard a team avoids kicking to Neuqua Valley’s Mikey Dudek it seems inevitably he’ll hurt you.

    The Cardinals mob Carlos Beltran after his game-winning hit during the 13th inning of Game 1 against the Los Angeles Dodgers early Saturday morning in the National League Championship Series.

    Cardinals saved by Beltran in Game 1

    Carlos Beltran capped his latest scintillating postseason performance with an RBI single in the 13th inning early Saturday that lifted the St. Louis Cardinals over the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 in the NL championship series opener. Beltran hit a tying, two-run double in the third inning, then threw out a runner at the plate from right field in the 10th to keep it even.


    Kaneland's win sets up NI Big XII showdown

    If there's one thing you can count on Kaneland coach Tom Fedderly to say, it's that the Knights take things one game at a time. If ever there was a chance to test that, it was Friday.

    The Cardinals swarm Carlos Beltran after his game-winning hit during the 13th inning of Game 1 of the National League Championship Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers in St. Louis.

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    Game 1 of the NLCS. The Cardinals beat the Dodgers 3-2 in extra innings


    Smith, Schaumburg rush past Hoffman Estates

    If there was a comparable trophy in high school football to the highly-touted Heisman Trophy that so many dream of hoisting, Stacey Smith would be among the front runners. Once again, Smith was the big man on campus Friday night, rushing for 158 yards and 3 touchdowns.He also adding a 21-yard passing touchdown to Bryce Carlson en route to a 35-7 victory over visiting Hoffman Estates (2-5, 0-3).


    Marmion rallies from 14 down, beats St. Francis

    Marmion’s Tyler Eberth said his team had one word in mind going into Friday night’s Suburban Christian Blue showdown with St. Francis. “Relentless.” You could add “resilient” to that mix, as the Cadets had plenty of both traits in holding on for a crucial 26-20 victory that wasn’t decided until the final play of the game — the Marmion defensive line knocking down a Zach Prociuk pass on a desperation fourth-and-21 play at the Marmion 49-yard line.

    Batavia’s Kevin Green (42) dives across the goalline under pressure from St Charles North’s Tyler Bell for a touchdown to put the Bulldogs up 19-0 against St. Charles North Friday’s game in St. Charles.

    Batavia blows out St. Charles North

    Things seemed to happen in pairs for Batavia’s football team Friday night. Senior tailback Anthony Scaccia rushed for 2 first-quarter touchdowns, senior quarterback Micah Coffey passed for 2 touchdowns, and an opportunistic defense returned a pair of interceptions back for TDs during the Bulldogs’ 44-7 Upstate Eight Conference triumph over St. Charles North (3-4, 2-3) in St. Charles.


    Barrington brings it, corrals Conant

    Is there any stopping the Broncos? Aside from a blip against state-powerhouse Schaumburg, the Barrington football team has been rolling this season. They kept it up Friday night in a home-field 32-20 win over a stubborn Conant team in a Mid-Suburban West battle that tested Barrington’s mettle. The Broncos needed every one of their 394 yards of total offense and had to dig deep on defense several times to keep Conant out of the end zone to preserve the win.


    Plenty for South Elgin to smile about

    It’s hard for first-year coach Pat Pistorio not to smile when looking ahead to the next couple of football seasons for South Elgin.


    Glenbard South rolls to 7-0

    Zach Smith ran for touchdowns of 4 and 1 yards and caught a 92-yard touchdown pass from Alex Jeske as Glenbard South ran its record to 7-0 with a 42-14 home victory against Fenton. Alex Cowan returned a kickoff 95 yards for a Fenton touchdown and caught a 15-yard pass for the Bison’s other TD.


    WW South turns Lake Park away in second half

    Wheaton Warrenville South was stuck in a scoreless battle at halftime against Lake Park Friday night.


    Meadows puts away Prospect early

    One week after suffering a heartbreaking loss on a Hail Mary pass on the final play of the game, the Rolling Meadows’ football team made sure Friday’s outcome was never in doubt against Prospect. The Mustangs cruised to a 30-0 lead at halftime and then put away a 37-6 triumph in the Mid-Suburban East game in Mt. Prospect.


    Downers Grove South thwarts Willowbrook

    All season long Downers Grove South has been striving for consistency. It found it at the opportune time — its biggest game of the season to date.Unfortunately for Willowbrook, the Warriors took the brunt of the Mustangs’ good fortune.


    St. Viator takes care of business

    After a pair of disappointing East Suburban Catholic Conference losses, St. Viator knew exactly what it needed to do in Friday’s non-conference football game against South Bend Washington at Forest View. The Lions put in a good week of practice and got back on track with a dominant 45-6 victory over the winless Panthers, sending the enthusiastic homecoming crowd home smiling.


    Big start helps Lake Forest past Libertyville

    Lake Forest’s Hub Cirame returned the opening kickoff 77 yards for a touchdown, and it was just the start for the Scouts. Lake Forest went on to beat host Libertyville 38-7 in a North Suburban Conference Lake Division football game Friday night.


    Mooney does it again for Jacobs

    Jacobs quarterback Bret Mooney and the Golden Eagles are becoming accustomed to fantastic finishes. Trailing by 7 points, Mooney was able to avoid a sack and throw a 15-yard touchdown pass to junior receiver Nick Gierlak in traffic with 2.2 seconds left. Mooney then rolled to his left and connected with Gierlak again for the ensuing 2-point conversion pass to lift Jacobs to a thrilling 36-35 victory over Cary-Grove, which had taken a 35-28 lead on Zach McQuade’s 55-yard scoring run with 1:08 to play.


    Burlington Central’s postseason chances end

    There are numerous ways for a high-school football team’s playoff aspirations to evaporate. And then there was the way it dissipated for Burlington Central Friday night in Richmond. The visiting Rockets were left to a stunned-silience when Richmond-Burton scored the game-tying touchdown and game-winning extra point in a 14-13 Big Northern East overtime victory, which made R-B (5-2, 3-2) eligible for the playoffs and erased the postseason hopes and a major comeback for the Rockets, whose backs were against the wall with 4 losses.


    Tumpane, Montini defeat Marian Central

    Montini got the fast start it wanted Friday night, but that’s not to say rival Marian Central went down without a fight.


    Geneva puts away Elgin

    The Geneva Vikings’ offense was firing on all cylinders during Friday night’s Upstate Eight River bout at Memorial Field against the Elgin Maroons. After the opening kickoff, Geneva (5-2, 4-1) only needed 3 minutes to take the lead and never let it go, rolling to a 42-20 win and becoming playoff eligible in the process. After a pair of 22-yard passes from junior quarterback Daniel Santacaterina to wideout Pace Temple, Santacaterina took it in himself from 21 yards out. Santacaterina finished the night 5-for-9 passing for 147 yards and 3 TDs and added 71 yards rushing on 4 carries with 2 scores.


    Full speed ahead for Stevenson

    The breakaway speed of Mundelein running back Emanuel Jones provided a wake-up call for Stevenson’s football team Friday night. The Patriots figure to have no problem getting up for any more games the rest of the season. After capturing a 35-14 win over host Mundelein, which had some potential early momentum wiped out when Jones’ 85-yard touchdown run was negated due to a penalty, Stevenson turns its focus to a pair of North Suburban Lake Division showdowns. The Patriots (5-2, 4-0), who all but officially clinched their 25th straight playoff berth with their win over Mundelein (1-6, 0-5), visit 6-1 Lake Forest next Friday before hosting undefeated Lake Zurich in Week 9.


    Joliet Catholic too much for Carmel

    Carmel Catholic couldn’t keep pace with visiting Joliet Catholic in a 37-14 loss in an East Suburban Catholic Conference game in Mundelein on Friday night.

    Grayslake North running back Brad Baker is pulled down by Grayslake Central linebacker Jaron Armiger at Grayslake North on Friday.

    Defense does it for Grayslake North

    Much has been made about the Grayslake North offense over the last few years. The high-powered, high-scoring Knights led the Fox Valley Fox Division with 41.2 points per game last year and are the highest scorers in the league again this year at 35.3 points per game. But on Friday night in a crosstown rivalry game against sister school Grayslake Central, it was the Grayslake North defense that scored major points with the fans. The Knights came up with some big turnovers, including 2 fumble recoveries late in the second half. One helped Grayslake North regain the lead, the other helped seal a 24-21 victory over Grayslake Central, which had jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter.

    Indiana’s Tevin Coleman rushes the ball out of the backfield during last Saturday’s win over Penn State in Bloomington, Ind.

    Indiana’s offense to test Spartans’ stout defense

    This might be the best test yet for Michigan State’s stellar defense. The Spartans have been shutting down opponents all season, but Saturday they’ll host an Indiana team that just put up 44 points in its Big Ten opener and looks like one of the Big Ten’s up-and-coming offenses.

    Penn State’s Geno Lewis is hit by Indiana’s Rashard Fant (16) and Tim Bennett (24) after catching a pass during the first half of last week’s game in Bloomington, Ind.

    Penn State recharged, refocused as Michigan awaits

    With a perfect season on the line, Michigan has every reason to get pumped entering Happy Valley. Turns out, so does Penn State. While the Nittany Lions (3-2, 0-1 Big Ten) are struggling with two losses in their last three games, second-year coach Bill O’Brien wants his team to embrace what’s ahead on Saturday.

    Purdue’s Akeem Hunt stretches the ball out as he crosses into the end zone for a touchdown against Northern Illinois during a Sept. 28 game in West Lafayette, Ind. Purdue has the league’s third-worst rushing defense at 183.2 yards per game.

    Nebraska trying to figure out Purdue’s new look

    Darrell Hazell is shaking things up. Purdue’s new coach made a quarterback change, switched right guards and tinkered with his defensive lineup during the bye week. He’s hoping it makes a difference Saturday against Nebraska.


    Lake Zurich brings down the house

    Whether you are an actor in the bright lights of Broadway or under the bright lights of a football field, the performance of your entire cast and crew is very important. The stage was Mel Eide Field in Lake Zurich Friday night, and the curtain pulled back after senior night festivities finished. Just like in New York, the Lake Zurich Bears put on a show that gained thunderous applause from their fans in a 48-14 North Suburban Conference Lake Division victory over Zion-Benton.


    Lakes adjusts, then turns it up at Vernon Hills

    With a variety of injuries seeming to mount around them, visiting Lakes had to go to Plan B on Friday night at Vernon Hills. Some of the familiar faces on the Eagles offense were on the bench, but many newcomers stepped into much bigger roles as Lakes built a 21-0 lead over the Cougars at halftime of this North Suburban Conference contest. From there, Lakes (6-1, 5-0) poured it on in the second half as the Eagles built a 42-0 lead early in the fourth quarter before rolling to a convincing 42-7 NSC Prairie Division victory.


    Bartlett tops Larkin to stay alive

    Playing to keep its playoff hopes alive, the Bartlett football team’s defense came up big against visiting Larkin in an Upstate Eight Conference crossover matchup. The Hawks took the lead for good at the end of the third quarter then forced 4 of the Royals’ 5 turnovers in the fourth in a 20-7 victory on Friday night at Millennium Field.

    Jack Albrecht and his Fremd teammates start to celebrate against visiting Palatine in the fourth quarter Friday night at Fremd.

    Fremd outruns Palatine

    Fremd came up with its own version of Mr. Inside and Mr. Outside in the backyard brawl with Palatine on Friday. With Jeff McGlade pounding the ball between the tackles for Fremd, Garrett Groot was able to find room on the outside, scoring 4 touchdowns and a conversion as Fremd won its hometown battle 28-26 before an overflow crowd of 5,000.

    Fremd’s Jack Albrecht and his teammates celebrate their victory over Palatine.

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    The Fremd High School football team hosted the Palatine High School football team on Friday, October 11.


    Huntley stays in the hunt

    A lot of negatives was a positive sign for the Huntley defense on Friday night. McHenry had 13 plays stopped behind the line of scrimmage and the visiting Red Raiders’ first-team defense recovered 2 fumbles and allowed only 99 yards through nearly three quarters in a 42-14 Fox Valley Conference Valley Division victory at McCracken Field.


    Boeh’s big pick sparks Antioch

    Technically, Antioch senior linebacker Jackson Boeh didn’t score a touchdown during the Sequoits’ North Suburban Prairie showdown with visiting Wauconda, but his interception might as well have counted for 6 points. Antioch had just taken a 13-3 lead late in third quarter when the Sequoits defense came up with the biggest play of the night. A throw by Bulldogs quarterback Kevin Malisheski was picked by Boeh when he leaped into the air and secured the ball just as he fell to the ground. The best part came just a play later, when on a hunch from Antioch quarterback Zach Andre, the Sequoits ran a reverse with Jacob Lanahan taking it all the way for a 43-yard scoring play. His 6, with the assist from Boeh, were enough to help Antioch edge Wauconda 27-17 Friday night.


    Hampshire on track for playoff berth

    Woodstock came prepared to stop Hampshire’s primary weapon, but it had no answer for Hampshire’s other weapons. Hampshire’s first play from scrimmage was a 62-yard touchdown pass from Nick Mohlmann to Tim Jansen. That opening play was the springboard for a 48-7 Fox Valley Conference Fox Division victory Friday night that left Hampshire playoff-eligible at 5-2.


    Quarterback depth helps Grant beat Round Lake

    Junior quarterback Spencer Lhotka threw for 112 yards and ran for 54, while Grant scored a couple of defensive touchdowns to beat visiting Round Lake 54-21 on Friday in the North Suburban Prairie. Panthers QB John Ridley threw for 270 yards and 3 touchdowns.


    Hersey meets challenge at Elk Grove

    The Illinois High School Association football playoffs are still another three weeks away, but someone forgot to tell that to Hersey and Elk Grove on Friday night. The Huskies and Grenadiers entered with identical 4-2 overall records and 2-0 marks in the East Division of the Mid-Suburban League standings. For all intents and purposes, this game was for the conference championship, and both teams played like their season was hanging in the balance. Jack Warner found Eddie Miklasz for a 3-yard touchdown with 30.1 seconds remaining to give the visiting Huskies (5-2, 3-0) a 43-42 lead. Elk Grove’s attempt at a second straight miracle finish came to an end when Adam O’Malley’s pass for Mike Bishoff was ruled incomplete as the final horn sounded.


    Naperville North rolls past Glenbard East

    Naperville North’s ground game and defense propelled the Huskies back into the playoff hunt. DeSean Brown had 2 touchdowns, and senior Sharad Crosby added two more as the Huskies rolled Glenbard East 40-14 in DuPage Valley Conference action Friday night.

    St. Edward’s Michael Castoro rumbles in for a touchdown during the Green Wave’s victory over Wheaton Academy on Friday at Greg True Field in Elgin.

    St. Edward rout leaves little doubt

    St. Edward helped its playoff chances and dealt Wheaton Academy a serious blow to its hopes Friday night. The Green Wave became playoff eligible by beating the Warriors, 60-21, in Suburban Christian crossover action at Greg True Field for their fifth victory. “If we don’t make it with 42 or 43 (playoff points), that would be pretty freakish,” Green Wave coach Mike Rolando said. “I think we’re sitting pretty with five (wins) with the competition we play.” St. Edward (5-2) likely will have enough playoff points to make its first trip to the postseason since 2010. The Green Wave play at Marian Central and at St. Francis to finish the regular season in hopes of getting a sixth victory, which would guarantee a playoff spot.


    Wheeling gladly takes a victory at Buffalo Grove

    An opportunistic Wheeling defense took a page out of the Bears playbook Friday night at Buffalo Grove. The Wildcats had 3 takeaways, turning 2 of the turnovers into scores in a 30-6 Mid-Suburban East win over the Bison at Grant Blaney Field.


    Prairie Ridge puts Dundee-Crown playoff plans on hold

    The celebration in Carpentersville will have to wait at least a week. Gunning for its first playoff berth since 1994, Dundee-Crown’s hopes were put on hold by Prairie Ridge Friday night when the Wolves steamrollered the Chargers 42-0 in Fox Valley Conference Valley Division action in Crystal Lake.

    Batavia’s Kevin Green dives across the goalline under pressure from St Charles North’s Tyler Bell for a touchdown to put the Bulldogs up 19-0 .

    Images: Batavia vs. St. Charles North football
    St. Charles North hosted Batavia in football action Friday, October 11, 2013.

    Grayslake North won 24-21 against Grayslake Central retaining the Grayslake Community High School District 127 “Crosstown Classic” trophy .

    Images: Grayslake North vs. Grayslake Central football
    The Grayslake North Knights hosted and won 24-21 over the Grayslake Central Rams for crosstown football action on Friday, Oct. 11.

    New York Islanders' Casey Cizikas tries to poke the puck away from Chicago Blackhawks' Michal Rosival during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Chicago on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Cherney)

    Handzus lifts Blackhawks to 3-2 win over Islanders

    Michal Handzus scored the go-ahead goal 6:45 into the second period and the Blackhawks held on for a 3-2 win over the New York Islanders on Friday night. Chicago's Jonathan Toews and rookie Joakim Nordstrom connected in the first period, while Duncan Keith had two assists. Nordstrom's goal was his first in the NHL.

    Tony Durns of Waubonsie Valley is hit by Eli Tappin of Neuqua Valley.

    Images: Neuqua Valley vs. Waubonsie Valley football
    Neuqua Valley played Waubonsie Valley in Friday night football action at North Central College in Naperville on Oct. 11.


    Khabibulin happy to face fewer shots

    After four years of playing behind a defense in Edmonton that ranked 19th in the NHL last season, goalie Nikolai Khabibulin made his debut Friday behind a Blackhawks defense that was first in the league, allowing barely 2 goals per game.

    St. Edward’s Michael Castoro celebrates after his second touchdown of the night.

    Images: Wheaton Academy vs. St. Edward football
    St. Edward hosted Wheaton Academy in football action Friday, October 11, 2013.


    Breaking down the ALCS
    White Sox beat writer Scot Gregor takes a closer look at the ALCS, which pits Boston vs. Detroit for the first time ever in the postseason. Gregor likes the Red Sox edging the Tigers in seven games.

    U.S. defender Brad Evans, left, midfielder Graham Zusi, center, facing camera, and midfielder Alejandro Bedoya celebrate Zusi’s goal in the second half of a World Cup qualifier against Jamaica on Friday at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan.

    Zusi, Altidore lift U.S. to 2-0 victory over Jamaica

    Graham Zusi entered the game to a roar from the sellout crowd at Sporting Park and quickly scored the first goal in what would be a 2-0 victory that clinched first place for the Americans in their World Cup qualifying group for the third straight cycle.

    Tigers pitcher Max Scherzer follows through during the seventh inning of Game 4 of the division series against the Oakland Athletics. Scherzer will start in Game 2 of the ALCS against Boston.

    No relief for Red Sox in facing Detroit rotation

    The Boston Red Sox were able to relax as they watched Justin Verlander finish Oakland off in the playoffs, secure in the knowledge that they wouldn’t have to face him in Game 1 of the AL championship series. Instead, they get the league’s ERA champion, Anibal Sanchez. Followed by Max Scherzer, the major league leader in wins.


    Wheeling edges BG as Bison salute ’88 champs

    On an emotional night, host Buffalo Grove pushed its rival from Wheeling to the brink. But in the end, the Wildcats still put the finishing touches on their first Mid-Suburban East boys soccer title since 1995 with a 2-1 victory Friday afternoon at Grant Blaney Stadium. The Bison, meanwhile, were happy to recognize the 25th anniversary of the 1988 state championship team.

    Minnesota Vikings' Adrian Peterson, right, receives a hug from an unidentified person during an NFL football practice field at Winter Park in Eden Prairie, Minn., Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. Peterson said he is certain he will play Sunday despite a serious personal matter that caused him to miss practice earlier this week. (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, Elizabeth Flores) ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS OUT; SOFT OUT MINNEAPOLIS-AREA TV NOT TV OUT; MAGAZINES OUT

    Adrian Peterson's 2-year-old son dies from injuries

    Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson mourned the death of his young son Friday, while words of support poured in from all corners of the sports world. Authorities said a 2-year-old boy died Friday of injuries suffered in an alleged child abuse case in South Dakota, and a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press the boy was Peterson's son.

    Minnesota Lynx forward Maya Moore (23) has the intensity and skills to will her team to victory in the WNBA playoffs. Moore was named the WNBA Finals MVP after leading her team to its second title in three years.

    To get to finals, Sky roster needs help

    It would be great if the Chicago Sky could add forward Maya Moore, the MVP of the WNBA Finals, for 2014. But since that probably won't happen, the Sky must be smart with free agency in the off-season. Because some tweaks are needed if the Sky expects to advance past the first round of the playoffs next year.

    New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning eludes Chicago Bears defensive ends Corey Wootton, left, and Julius Peppers in Thursday's game. The Bears defense recorded only 1 sack.

    Peppers, Bears hardly sack-happy this season

    Defensive end Julius Peppers has not been putting up the kind of numbers expected of an eight-time Pro Bowl player, but Bears coach Marc Trestman said the team's problems on defense can't be place on any one person.

    Center Dexter Pittman, left, who spent nearly three seasons with the Heat, is vying for a Bulls roster spot

    Pittman feels Bulls the right fit

    Yes, center Dexter Pittman joined the Bulls for training camp after nearly three full seasons with the Miami Heat, but he’s not here to share inside info on the NBA champs. Pittman is one of three players left in Bulls camp competing for the final roster spot or two.


    Williams working to remake Marquette backcourt

    Buzz Williams’ voice sounded a little hoarse. Just about 10 minutes into his first news conference of the season, and Marquette’s chatty, intense basketball coach needed a bottle of water. And it’s still a month to go until the ball tips off on the new season.

    Bears middle linebacker D.J. Williams, here closing in on New York Giants running back Brandon Jacobs, was injured in during Thursday's game at Soldier Field and will be out for the season.

    Bears lose linebacker Williams for season

    Bears coach Marc Trestman’s worst fears were confirmed Friday afternoon when the team announced that the pectoral injury suffered by starting middle linebacker D.J. Williams in Thursday night’s 27-21 victory over the New York Giants would end his season.


    Ryan isn’t sure what to expect from young Badgers

    Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan isn’t sure what to expect with a roster that includes six freshmen and the return of a key player who missed all of last season with an injury. “Will youth be served or will the youth get served? I don’t know. We’ll have to wait and see,” Ryan said Friday.

    Tight end Kellen Winslow will be eligible to return to the Jets’ active roster on Nov. 4.

    Jets’ Winslow suspended 4 games for PEDs

    New York Jets tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. was suspended without pay for four games by the NFL on Friday for violating the league’s policy on performance enhancing substances. Winslow is immediately beginning his suspension, meaning he will sit out against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.

    Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh

    Suh’s $100,000 fine upheld

    Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh has lost an appeal of the $100,000 fine against him for his hit on a Minnesota Vikings player. Suh has been fined six times and suspended for two games for a total of $342,794.


    Chicago Fire scouting report vs. FC Dallas

    Chicago Fire at FC DallasWhen: 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Toyota Stadium in Fisco, TexasTV: Channel 50Scouting the Fire: Time is running out on the Fire’s chances to earn a playoff berth, with just two matches left after this one. The Fire (12-12-7, 43 points) will be without midfielders Arevalo Rios and Joel Lindpere due to international duty. Alex looks likely to start in Rios’ place. The Fire is 3-8-4 in road games this year.Scouting FC Dallas: FC Dallas (10-10-11, 41 points) is all but eliminated from the postseason. The Hoops will be without leading scorer Blas Perez (international duty) but are 8-2-5 at home this season.Next: Toronto FC, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 19 at Toyota Park— Orrin Schwarz

    Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch ranks 13th in the nation in total offense, averaging 329.2 yards per game.

    No. 23 NIU eager to go 6-0

    After playing four its first five games on the road, the comforts of home may take some getting used to for No. 23 Northern Illinois. The Huskies (5-0, 1-0 Mid-American West) hope to extend a 22-game home winning streak -- the nation’s longest -- when they host Akron (1-5, 0-2 MAC East) on Saturday in DeKalb.The Zips, meanwhile, have not won an away game in nearly five years, an 0-29 stretch.

    Chicago Bears tight end Martellus Bennett (83) leaps over New York Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara (20) in the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    Ugly win by Bears, but that's OK

    The Bears did just enough to beat the woeful Giants. Now, with one game during the next 24 days, they'll have time to work on improving toward making a playoff run.

    New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman was able to convince Joe Girardi, left, to stay in New York and manage his baseball team. Girardi agreed to a four-year deal.

    Girardi’s decision was an easy one

    Joe Girardi’s decision to stay with the New York Yankees couldn’t have been too difficult. When faced with a chance to manage the New York Yankees or the Chicago Cubs, how hard could it be: tradition and championships or a history of losing? Mike North contends it was one of the shortest debates in history.


    Conant comes through again

    Peggy Scholten’s girls did it again. Two days after a dramatic win over Schaumburg for their coach on a night she was honored for 37 years of directing the Conant girls volleyball program, the Cougars stepped up again and defeated Fremd 25-18, 25-17 on Thursday night in Hoffman Estates.


    An ATM at a Wells Fargo bank, in Atlanta. Third-quarter profit for Wells Fargo & Co., the biggest U.S. mortgage lender, jumped 13 percent.

    Wells Fargo’s profit up 13 percent

    Net income increased to $5.6 billion in the July-September period from $4.9 billion a year earlier. On a per-share basis, earnings were 99 cents, beating the 97 cents forecast by Wall Street.Third-quarter revenue dipped to $20.5 billion from $21.2 billion, coming in below the analysts’ forecast of $21.1 billion. The bank’s stock fell 20 cents, or 0.5 percent, to $41.23 in late trading.

    A Google sign at the company’s headquarters in Mountain View, Calif.

    Google changing terms to use your identity in ads

    Google said Friday that the name and photo you use in its social network, Google Plus, is the one that would appear in the ad. Google has said the social network has 390 million active users per month.

    Jeffrey Uno, right, and his father, Peter Uno, the son and husband of Noriko Uno, in framed photo, who died in an alleged “sudden unintended acceleration” crash in a Toyota Camry in August 2009, in Los Angeles.

    Wild acceleration cases appear winnable for Toyota

    Toyota’s lawyers said that the sedan’s design was not to blame and Uno likely mistook the gas pedal for the brake. Jurors cleared the Japanese automaker but decided that the other driver, who ran a stop sign, should pay Uno’s family $10 million.The verdict added to Toyota’s legal victories: In 2011, a federal jury in New York found that the company wasn’t responsible for a 2005 crash.

    Circa 57, a 1950s-themed restaurant in downtown Arlington Heights, will open Oct. 17.

    Circa 57 set to open Oct. 17 in downtown Arlington Heights
    Final preparations are under way for Circa 57’s highly anticipated opening. Owners Anthony and Kimberly Priola said the downtown Arlington Heights diner’s time warp to an era “when life was good and the cars had fins” officially begins Thursday, Oct. 17. “We’ve had folks in here for previews to get their response and see what the restaurant has turned into and so far, people are absolutely blown away by the transition of the space,” Anthony Priola said.

    Trader Jonathan Corpina works Friday on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Stocks rise as debt talks continue

    Stock prices rose for a second day in a row on Friday as investors bet against a U.S. debt default. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 111 points Friday, bringing its two-day gain to 434. Its jump on Thursday was the biggest this year.

    The Streamwood village board approved a proposal for Dotty's, a new restaurant with video gambling, to move into a space vacated by Bo Mei Chinese Restaurant at 229 E. Irving Park Road.

    Video gambling restaurant approved in Streamwood

    The Streamwood village board has unanimously approved a proposal for a new restaurant with video gambling. The eatery, named Dotty's, will be at 229 E. Irving Park Road that was recently vacated by Bo Mei Chinese Restaurant, a long-standing, family-run business. Dotty's chief executive officer Dan Fischer said described the restaurant as a “50's-style country kitchen” that serves a full breakfast, lunch and dinner with a self-imposed four-drink maximum.

    JPMorgan Chase Chairman and CEO Jamie Dimon.

    Rising legal costs push JPMorgan to rare loss

    The largest U.S. bank by assets set aside $9.2 billion in the quarter to cover a string of litigation stemming from the housing crisis and the bank’s “London Whale” trading debacle. JPMorgan said it has placed a total of $23 billion in reserve to cover potential legal costs, including the $9.2 billion.


    Amarin fish oil pill gets mixed FDA assessment

    A panel of FDA advisers is scheduled to meet Oct. 16 to discuss expanded approval for the drug to people with only “high” triglycerides, a fat in the blood, who also are using a cholesterol-lowering statin.

    House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio departs the Capitol in Washington, Thursday en route to the White House to meet with President Barack Obama about a solution to ending the government shutdown.

    House GOP offers debt limit hike, end to shutdown

    Officials say House Republicans are offering to pass legislation to avert a default and end the partial government shutdown as part of a package that includes cuts in benefit programs. Senior aides to Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor outlined the proposal at a late-night White House meeting Thursday with senior administration officials.

    JPMorgan Chase, the biggest U.S. bank by assets, is reporting a surprise third-quarter loss after a big charge for legal expenses.

    Rising legal costs push JPMorgan to rare loss

    JPMorgan Chase, the biggest U.S. bank by assets, reported a rare quarterly loss after setting up a big reserve for legal expenses. The bank had to absorb a reserve for litigation expenses of $9.2 billion in the July-to-September period, pushing the lender to a loss of $380 million compared with a profit of $5.7 billion a year earlier.


    Rail-trail planners buy up eastern Illinois land

    It's taken about 20 years, but planners now have a major piece of land they want to include in a nearly 25-mile recreational trail in eastern Illinois.

    Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced the settlement Thursday with Connecticut-based marketing firm Affinion Group.

    Settlement: Free 'trials' led to unwanted charges

    A Connecticut company will pay $30 million to settle claims that it deceived consumers into signing up for clubs and memberships that they didn't want. Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced the settlement Thursday with Connecticut-based marketing firm Affinion Group.


    Dixon residents discuss how to use $40M settlement

    Residents of a northern Illinois town whose former bookkeeper stole tens of millions of dollars offered plenty of ideas Thursday for how the city should spend a $40 million legal settlement, including lowering taxes, cutting sewer rates and fixing the city swimming pool.

    Several retailers reported modest sales gains for September as shoppers worried about a partial government shutdown and the overall economy pulled back their spending.

    Retailers report modest Sept. sales gains

    Several retailers reported modest sales gains for September as shoppers worried about a partial government shutdown and the overall economy pulled back their spending. The results increase concerns about how shoppers will spend for the crucial holiday season, the year’s most important period for retailers.

    Michigan State University and Chicago-based Boeing Co. have been awarded a $4 million contract to develop new designs of sensors to detect cracks in airframe structures.

    Boeing, Michigan State get contract to develop sensors

    Michigan State University and Chicago-based Boeing Co. have been awarded a $4 million contract to develop new designs of sensors to detect cracks in airframe structures. The funding announced Thursday for the East Lansing school and the Chicago-based aircraft manufacturer is from the U.S. Air Force.

    A sign solicits workers in Berlin, Vt. The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits jumped by 66,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 374,000.

    U.S. jobless claims jump to 374,000 due to backlog

    The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits jumped by 66,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 374,000. But the spike was largely because California processed a huge backlog of claims and the partial government shutdown prompted some companies to cut jobs.

    Dominick’s parent company Safeway said Thursday its third-quarter net income fell 58 percent, hurt by a software impairment charge, higher theft and lower property gains.

    Safeway 3Q net income drops but beats Street

    Dominick’s parent company Safeway said Thursday its third-quarter net income fell 58 percent, hurt by a software impairment charge, higher theft and lower property gains. Results beat expectations however and shares rose 6 percent in aftermarket trading.

    The office of county board President Toni Preckwinkle says that her proposed budget also would channel investment to the health system and public safety.

    Cook County budget proposal includes no new taxes

    Cook County’s top official has introduced a $3.2 billion budget for the next fiscal year that she says includes no new taxes, fines or fees. The office of county board President Toni Preckwinkle says that her proposed budget also would channel investment to the health system and public safety.

    Demonstrators display placards and chant during a rally to end the government shutdown, Thursday on Capitol Hill in Washington.

    Timeline: Congress’ path to federal shutdown

    A timeline of Congress’ battle over the partial government shutdown and expiring federal borrowing authority: Sept. 20: With a potential government shutdown 11 days off, the Republican-run House ignores a White House veto threat and approves legislation denying money for much of President Barack Obama’s health care law while keeping the government open through Dec. 15.Sept. 24-25: Tea party Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and other conservatives speak on the Senate floor for more than 21 consecutive hours against the health care law. They do not delay or prevent votes, but they help intensify conservative fervor for using the shutdown bill to try forcing Democrats to limit or block the health care law.Sept. 27: Democratic-led Senate votes to end conservative efforts to derail the bill preventing a shutdown, with even most Republicans opposing the conservatives. The Senate sends a bill keeping agencies open through Nov. 15 back to the House, after removing House-approved provision defunding the health care law.Sept. 29: House shifts its demands for restricting the health care law. It votes to delay implementation of the health care overhaul by a year and to repeal a tax on many medical devices that helps pay for the law. Separately, the House votes to pay active duty troops, and some Defense Department civilian workers and defense contractors, in case of a shutdown. The next day, the Senate approves the bill and Obama signs it into law.Sept. 30: Senate removes House provisions postponing the health care law and erasing the medical device tax. The House reworks its shutdown bill, delaying for a year the health care law’s requirement that individuals buy health insurance and requiring members of Congress and their staff to pay the full expense of health insurance, without the government paying part of the costs. The Senate quickly kills the House health care provisions.Oct. 1: The government’s new fiscal year begins and the partial federal shutdown starts. The House stands by its language delaying required individual health coverage and blocking federal health insurance subsidies for Congress, and requests formal negotiations with the Senate. The Senate rejects the House effort for formal bargaining.Oct. 2: Embarking on a strategy of voting to restart popular programs, Republicans push bills through the House reopening national parks and the National Institutes of Health and letting the District of Columbia municipal government spend money. House Democrats mostly vote “no” and Senate leaders ignore the measures, saying the entire government must reopen. Obama discusses the impasse with congressional leaders at the White House, participants report no progress.Oct. 3: House votes to pay members of the National Guard and Reserves and finance veterans’ programs.Oct. 4: House votes to finance federal disaster aid programs and feeding programs for infants and pregnant women. The shutdown fight is increasingly tied to the need for Congress to renew federal borrowing authority by Oct. 17 or risk an economy-rattling government default. GOP leaders increasingly shift their conditions for passage of the shutdown and debt limit bills to deficit reduction.Oct. 5: House votes to pay furloughed federal workers when the shutdown ends. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says he is bringing most of his department’s 350,000 furloughed workers back to work immediately.Oct. 6: House Speaker John Boehner says House won’t pass bills ending shutdown or raising debt limit without negotiations on GOP demands. Oct. 7: House votes to fund Food and Drug Administration programs.Oct. 8: House votes to finance Head Start, pay civil servants working during the shutdown and create a panel of lawmakers to negotiate on deficit reduction. Obama and Boehner suggest they might consider short-term bills ending the shutdown and extending the debt limit to give them time to negotiate.


    Hard Rock to develop, run proposed Kenosha casino

    The Menominee Nation and Hard Rock International announced a deal Thursday for the gambling and entertainment company to manage a casino in Kenosha if the tribe gets approval for the project. The U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs approved the project earlier this year, but the tribe still needs Republican Gov. Scott Walker to sign off.

    M. Eileen Brown, assistant vice president for strategic marketing and innovation, introduces speakers at an Affordable Care Act discussion in Schaumburg.

    Engagement journalism: Interacting in new ways

    The Daily Herald has pioneered a new kind of coverage, what the editors call "engagement journalism," and it's bringing the paper together with the community in unprecedented ways

    Warren Buffett, CEO, Berkshire Hathaway, parent of BH Media Group

    News experts: Why printed newspapers matter
    Media executives from around the nation reflect on the value of newspapers.

    Jerry Meyer of West Chicago says he’s a big fan of daily newspapers.“I like to know what’s going on in the world and around town,” he says.

    The allure Daily Herald subscribers find in print
    Longtime newspaper readers from the suburbs talk about what a newspaper means to them and why, in particular, they value print.

Life & Entertainment

    Sting and actor Jimmy Nail performed songs from “The Last Ship” at the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place in Chicago Friday. The two were promoting Sting’s album of the same name and the fact that Chicago will host the pre-Broadway world premiere of “The Last Ship” at the Bank of America Theatre from June 10 to July 13, 2014.

    Sting sails into Chicago to promote ‘Last Ship’

    Whenever pop superstar Sting plays the Chicago area, it’s typically in huge venues. But on Friday, Sting played the comparatively tiny Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place for an exclusive hourlong concert and chat session to promote his forthcoming Broadway musical “The Last Ship,” which will make its pre-Broadway world premiere run in Chicago starting June 10 at the Bank of America Theatre.

    Ginnifer Goodwin and Josh Dallas, who play Snow White and Prince Charming on ABC’s “Once Upon a Time,” have announced their engagement.

    Once Upon a Time’s Goodwin and Dallas to marry

    Ginnifer Goodwin and Josh Dallas’ fairy tale extends beyond their day jobs. The actors, both 35, play Snow White and Prince Charming on ABC’s “Once Upon a Time” and have announced their engagement.


    Art in the garden: Garden chores prepare garden for spring

    As the gardening season winds down, so does the amount of time we spend in our gardens. There are, however, some tasks to do now that will result in a healthy and beautiful garden next spring.

    Cedar Ridge Estates subdivision in Lake Villa is about half way between Chicago and Milwaukee.

    Cedar Ridge Estates in Lake Villa in neighborhood focus

    Once a posh resort town for the affluent, Lake Villa today offers a thriving residential and business community that attracts more and more homebuyers each year. Jill and Ralph Tosi are among those homebuyers, having moved to the Cedar Ridge Estates subdivision from Peoria 18 months ago.

    Jim (Roy Abramsohn) freaks out during a ride on the last day of his family vacation in “Escape from Tomorrow.”

    Director secretly shoots feature at Disney parks

    As a kid, Randy Moore was haunted by Disney World, where he made an annual trip during summers with his dad. So as an adult, and a filmmaker, Moore wanted to capture and question the allure of such manufactured-fantasy. The result is “Escape From Tomorrow,” which was shot guerrilla-style at Disneyland and Disney World without permission from Walt Disney Co. “I was pretty confident that Disney wasn’t about to go out of their way and give me permission,” Moore said, “so I didn’t ask them for it.”

    Anna Faris arrives at the People’s Ones To Watch event in Los Angeles. Faris plays a mom on her new CBS series “Mom” alongside Allison Janney. Though it’s a comedy, Faris says it tackles more serious issues than she’d anticipated.

    Faris feels ‘guilty’ balancing family with ‘Mom’

    Anna Faris can’t shake that guilty feeling. Even as the 36-year-old actress got out of the house for a party for the first time in months, she couldn’t stop thinking about her son, Jack, who is just over a year old.

    The McKinley family of the past and present joined together to remember and celebrate the life of Finn Hudson in “The Quarterback” episode of “Glee.” The high school musical drama said goodbye to Finn, its beloved singer-quarterback, while paying tribute to Cory Monteith, the late actor who had portrayed him, in a much-anticipated episode that aired Thursday.

    A fallen actor mourned in a ‘Glee’ tribute

    “Glee” said goodbye to Finn, its beloved singer-quarterback, while paying tribute to Cory Monteith, the late actor who had portrayed him, in a highly anticipated episode of the Fox high school musical drama that aired Thursday.

    CarnEvil the clown (played by James Caraway of Rockford) scares visitors to the new haunted attraction that shares his name. It's at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates.

    Thrill-seekers in for new scares at suburban haunted houses

    CarnEvil in Hoffman Estates is the latest in a spooky series of haunted attractions doting the suburbs. Creators try to scare up fresh surprises each year, and anyone who loves a good fright will find plenty of places to go leading up to Halloween.

    This American Gothic Thanksgivukkah Poster celebrates Thanksgiving and Hanukkah.

    Gobble tov! American Jews ready for Thanksgivukkah

    It’s a turkey. It’s a menorah. It’s Thanksgivukkah! An extremely rare convergence this year of Thanksgiving and the start of Hanukkah has created a frenzy of Talmudic proportions. The last time it happened was 1888, or at least the last time since Thanksgiving was declared a federal holiday by President Lincoln, and the next time may have Jews lighting their candles from spaceships 79,043 years from now, by one calculation.

    New character Combat Carl (Carl Weathers) joins Buzz, Woody and the gang in “Toy Story OF TERROR!” The new half-hour special airs at 7 p.m. Wednesday on ABC.

    ABC's not-so-scary 'Toy Story' treat

    Buzz and Woody are back, but you don't have to go to the movie theater to see their new adventure. Pixar's first TV special, “Toy Story OF TERROR!” airs at 7 p.m. Wednesday on ABC and features the lovable cast of characters (and their famous acting counterparts) of the “Toy Story” theatrical trilogy.

    “My Name Is My Name” by Pusha T

    Pusha T’s raps superb. Album? Not so much

    Pusha T proves he is one of hip-hop’s most skillful lyricists on his debut album, “My Name is My Name.” The rapper is hardly new. He rose to prominence as half of the grimy rap sibling duo the Clipse, whose music played out like the soundtrack to “The Wire.” On “My Name is My Name,” Pusha T once again mines his past in the dope trade for material.

    Beautiful and sturdy with a flair for the dramatic, alliums are a graceful way to add color and architectural dimension to your garden.

    For a different bulb, try planting alliums

    Beautiful and sturdy with a flair for the dramatic, alliums are a graceful way to add color and architectural dimension to your garden. With large globes of tiny white, purple, yellow or blue flowers that rise from bulbs on slender green stems as high as 4 feet tall, they look like giant, fluffy lollipops — something Willy Wonka would have planted in the Chocolate Factory garden. Most bloom in late spring or early summer, so they fill the gap between spring bulbs and summer perennials.

    Tom Hanks — who has made a career out of playing ordinary guys — plays the most regular Joe of them all: a working-class, cargo ship captain from Vermont in “Captain Phillips.”

    'Phillips' is a new chapter in history for Hanks

    Some will always wonder what might have happened had Tom Hanks, with a rare gift for comic timing, had gone into comedy rather than drama. But three decades after a course correction from Ron Howard, Hanks, 57, may well have given the finest dramatic performance of his career. In the new docudrama “Captain Phillips,” Hanks bears the skill of a grizzled veteran as Captain Richard Phillips, a working-class, cargo ship captain from Vermont.

    How long will Glenn (Steven Yeun) survive in season four of AMC's “The Walking Dead,” which premieres at 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13.

    Kirkman offers no road map for 'Walking Dead'

    Nothing's been as hard for Robert Kirkman as killing off Glenn. Not only did he do away with a beloved character in the comic book version of “The Walking Dead,” he knew he'd eventually have to face actor Steven Yeun, who plays Glenn on the hit AMC zombie apocalypse television series. Although the series departs from its source material, he knew Yeun would wonder about his fate on Season 4, which begins at 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13.


    Theater events: Steel Beam scares up 3-D haunted house

    Steel Beam Theatre scares up some Halloween thrills in St. Charles, First Folio searches for F.S. Peabody in Oak Brook, and newcomer Colorbox Theatre celebrates Edgar Allan Poe in Naperville this week in suburban theater.


    Night life events: Free beer samples at Naperville’s WOB Friday

    Welcome Upland Brewing Co. to the Chicago area at a launch party at World of Beer Naperville starting at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11. Upland Brewing Co., of Bloomington, Ind., introduces two of its most popular beers: Upland Wheat and Dragonfly IPA, as well as some reserve stock. Try three free 1-ounce samples.

    Patrons hit the dance floor at midnight at All Stars On Board in Vernon Hills.

    Nautical-themed sports bar docks at Hawthorn Mall

    All Stars On Board took over McCarthy’s Restaurant & Irish Pub’s space at Westfield Hawthorn Mall in June, but they renovated the interior to be reminiscent of an even earlier tenant, John’s Garage. The Vernon Hills spot’s long history as a drinking establishment has led to crowds quickly picking up even if it’s changed from Irish bar to sports bar.

    A visitor looks over “Brainwaves” by Katie Grinnan at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, Va. The museum houses more than 33,000 works of art spanning 5,000 years of world history.

    5 free things to do in Richmond, Va.

    With terrain varying from the mountains to the coast, Virginia offers an array of fall colors for leaf-peepers. But before or after your drive along one of the state's many scenic byways, consider a fix of Southern city living with a visit to the state capital, Richmond. Located along Interstate 95, it's an easy stopping-off point. And whether you like the outdoors, art or history, there's plenty to do here — and you don't have to spend a dime.

    Girls and women are more likely to suffer concussions than boys and men in comparable sports such as soccer, baseball and basketball, say researchers.

    Growing awareness of concussions among women

    Football head injuries get attention as retired professional players suffer long-term effects. But girls and women are more likely to suffer concussions than boys and men in comparable sports such as soccer, basketball, and baseball or softball. Females also take longer to heal and have more symptoms after being injured, according to doctors and medical researchers.


    Despite good intentions, never put minor child’s name on title to a home

    Many parents believe that adding underage offspring to the title of their house will make it easier to settle their estate after they die. Nice thought; lousy idea.


    Why some brokers offer money toward closing costs

    The government shutdown and the debt limit have dominated the headlines, but a behind-the-scenes fight over federal mortgage policy has been brewing and it could affect your choices the next time you apply for a home loan.


    Plastic dryer vents pose several potential problems

    Q. My handyman did some repair work under the house, and he said that I have the wrong kind of exhaust duct for my clothes dryer. It’s made of white plastic and looks like a long accordion. The dryer has been venting perfectly for ten years, so I can’t see any reason to spend money replacing it.


    Make your windows more efficient without breaking the bank

    Windows let light into our homes, but most let a lot more in than that. The fact is that a standard window just doesn’t insulate against heat and cold air. But you can upgrade to a more energy-efficient model or try one or more of these ideas.


    Brian Hill/bhill@dailyherald.com Grafton Township's senior bus service is in peril due to lack of funds.

    Editorial: Continue senior, disabled bus service

    Rutland Township should continue bus service for its residents in Sun City by paying its fair share, a Daily Herald editorial says.


    It’s time for an intervention

    Columnist Lee Hamilton: The American public has lost patience with Washington. The question is, now what? Congress is unable to do its job.


    Thank you to donors in fight against ALS
    A Skokie letter to the editor: ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, can trap a person inside a body that no longer works. Daily activities can be challenging and even impossible. Socializing becomes harder and people often feel isolated. But at the 12th Annual Les Turner ALS Walk For Life on Sept. 22, the ALS community joined together in support of one another.


    Meatless diets would slow global warming
    A letter to the editor: If humans want to finally save the planet that allows us to live, it’s high time for us to stop consuming flesh-foods and thereby allow billions of our fellow creatures to live too.


    Shutdown shows mixed-up priorities
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: How is it in a trillion-dollar budget the Obama administration cannot find sufficient funds to keep open the World War II memorial in Washington, D.C., and the American Cemetery in Normandy, France?


    U.S. should lead the way to peace
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: There are approximately 140 countries on Earth. In 100 years, only one has been in every war, the U.S., with either military troops or aid of some sort. We built a U.N. building preaching peace to all nations.


    Unions have ensured fairness to workers
    A Streamwood letter to the editor: I have been proud to be a member of Pipefitters Local 597 for 40 years.Over the years I have worked in some awful places.I was always fairly compensated for it.


    Feds right to shut down Silk Road
    A Mundelein letter to the editor: A lot of hullabaloo's been made over the Silk Road's recent shutdown, and I can’t believe how many people support the site.


    Freedom of speech, action are different things
    A Waukegan letter to the editor: British Prime Minister David Cameron is presently taking actions designed to shut down the freedom of those committing horrifically unacceptable atrocities dealing with child pornography and sexual violence against women.


    Unconscionable and un-American
    A Huntley letter to the editor: The United States is the only industrialized nation in the world that does not provide health care for its citizens. We have enough money for guns and weaponry to blow up the entire planet, but nothing for so many dying because they can’t afford health care. The richest country in the world.


    Educating public on Anvil Club plan
    A Wonder Lake letter to the editor: For 57 years the Anvil Club of East Dundee has been a private club allowing only members to access amenities. Dwindling membership and unpredictable food quality and staff have made the once thriving supper club obsolete.


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