Daily Archive : Monday October 14, 2013


    Lemont native Diablo Cody already possesses a screenwriting Oscar for her script to "Juno." Now she's a director about to launch her comic drama "Paradise."

    Suburban outsider Diablo Cody sticks to the theme in her new film, 'Paradise'

    Diablo Cody, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of “Juno,” was born at Hinsdale's hospital, grew up in Lemont and graduated from the Roman Catholic Benet Academy in Lisle. All that time, she felt like a weirdo in the suburbs. She's fine being one as a movie director now. “The nice thing about being weird is that you have nothing to lose. You can just do your thing, be...

    This image provided by the Smithsonian Institution shows a fossilized female mosquito in a paper-thin piece of shale. The 46 million year-old insect drew blood in its last meal, was blown into a lake in what is now northwestern Montana and sank, belly still full. It's a first for biology, a blood meal found intact in a fossil.

    Dino DNA? No, but fossilized mosquito has been found

    WASHINGTON — In a steamy tropical forest 46 million years ago, a prehistoric mosquito bit a critter, drew blood and was blown into a lake in what is now northwestern Montana. Belly full, she died and sank.

    A car bombing in a rebel-held northwestern town in Syria killed at least 15 people and wounded dozens on Monday, setting cars on fire and sending people running in panic, two activist groups said.

    Car bomb in northern Syria kills at least 15

    BEIRUT — A car bomb in a rebel-held town in northwestern Syria killed at least 15 people and wounded dozens in a crowded outdoor market Monday, setting cars on fire and sending people running in panic, two activist groups said.


    Boat capsizes near Miami; 30 people rescued

    A 45-foot boat capsized Sunday in waters near Miami, tossing 30 people into the sea during one of the city's busiest boating days, authorities said. All of those on board were rescued and no one was hurt. The catamaran began taking on water near the Miami Seaquarium and Good Samaritans, the Coast Guard, state wildlife officials and commercial boats helped pluck people out of the water within...

    Boonmlee Lee, 21, one of two men facing multiple charges in the shooting of five people at a traditional Hmong New Year's festival in Tulsa, Okla., Saturday.

    2 in custody for shooting of 5 at Tulsa event

    Gunfire that left five people injured at a traditional Hmong New Year's festival rattled a peaceful, tight-knit east Tulsa community, where some feared Sunday the rampage could deter others from attending upcoming cultural celebrations. “It's really sad because a lot of people do not feel safe to go to the other New Year's celebrations.

    Chickens roam the grounds at the Wild Hare Farmers, a small farm cooperative run by Carla Jaquet, and her son, Corey, near Erie, Ill.

    Mother-son team run unique farm co-op

    Carla Jaquet stands in the shade of an apple tree on her 2-acre farm northwest of Erie. A guinea fowl scampers by and squawks. The bird has eggs in a nearby tomato patch. Jaquet, 51, runs Wild Hare Farmers, a small, family farm, with her son, 25-year-old Corey Jaquet, who has taken to watching over the nearly 75 chickens. Last week, Carla and Corey were surprised with a $2,500 check from Royal...


    Illinois man found dead at Missouri dormitory room

    An 18-year-old man from Illinois died after being found unconscious at a residence hall on the University of Missouri campus in Columbia. University police identified the man who died early Sunday as Gregory Holthaus, of Highland, Ill., who was visiting one of the residents at the Pershing group of residence halls.

    Bob Dold

    Dold touts fundraising take in 10th District rematch

    Republican Bob Dold of Kenilworh raised about $318,000 in the third quarter of the year in his rematch bid against Democratic U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider of Deerfield.


    Pretty place to park bikes coming to Geneva

    Next spring, you will be able to secure your bike with artistic flair in downtown Geneva, as the city plans to purchase a bike rack that doubles as a sculpture. "This is pretty cool," Mayor Kevin Burns said Monday.


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    District 214 discusses curriculum, program changes

    Northwest Suburban High School District 214 leaders are discussing possible changes to the district's handbook and curriculum that would give honors credit to students in certain career and technical classes, and alter the district’s program for gifted students.

    The Arlington Heights Park District will hold a public meeting Oct. 23 to discuss trail safety at Lake Arlington and recent changes imposed after a June crash between a walker and bicyclist killed a 74-year-old woman.

    Lake Arlington path safety meeting set for Oct. 23

    Months after an accidental collision between a walker and bicyclist killed a woman at Lake Arlington, the Arlington Heights Park District will hold a public meeting to discuss interim changes to the path and what can be done to increase trail safety. The meeting will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, at the Park District Administration Center, 410 N. Arlington Heights Road.


    Lake Zurich soccer club hopes to build complex

    The Ela Soccer Club has reached an agreement to purchase 10 acres near Hawthorn Woods to develop a field complex, the organization has announced in a letter to its members.


    CLC club screens first season of “The Walking Dead”

    College of Lake County will host a special screening of AMC's "The Walking Dead" on Friday, Oct. 18.


    Light, insulation led to Libertyville-area home fire

    Libertyville Fire Department investigators believe insulation too close to a light in a closet triggered a blaze Saturday night that left one firefighter injured and caused about $300,000 damage to a home in unincorporated Lake County.

    This photo from video shows Maickel Melamed, 38, center, of Venezuela, who has muscular dystrophy, nearing the finish line early Monday as the last runner in the Chicago Marathon.

    Man with muscular dystrophy finishes marathon

    A man with muscular dystrophy was the last runner to cross the finish line of the Chicago Marathon — nearly 17 hours after he started the race.

    One way to cut your energy costs is to lower your thermostat.

    Utility board urges energy conservation this winter

    The Citizens Utility Board is urging consumers to conserve energy and participate in efficiency programs offered by utilities after a recent federal report predicted that natural gas bills could jump by 13 percent this winter.


    Report: NSA collects millions of contact lists from email

    The National Security Agency has been sifting through millions of contact lists from personal email and instant messaging accounts around the world — including those of Americans — in its effort to find possible links to terrorism or other criminal activity, according to a published report. The Washington Post reported late Monday that the spy agency intercepts hundreds of thousands of email...

    Simon Steel, 8, attends Maercker School in Westmont.

    Images: Weather Sketchers for Oct. 6-12
    Here's the artwork from our young Weather Sketchers for the week of Oct. 6-12.


    San Francisco stadium death ruled an accident

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Construction is slated to restart Tuesday at the new $1.2 billion San Francisco 49ers showcase stadium after police and fire investigators determined a truck driver’s death was a workplace accident and not a crime.


    South Elgin man injured in hit-and-run

    An SUV driver struck a South Elgin man Sunday as he crossed the street with his family in Elgin and then drove away, leaving the victim with serious injuries.

    A fundraiser is being held Saturday for Mike Tenny, a Gilberts man who was injured in an August motorcycle accident. The event is from 3 to 9 p.m. at Dutch Inn West in Elgin.

    Fundraiser on tap for Gilberts man injured in bike accident

    A fundraiser is being held Saturday in Elgin for a Gilberts man injured in a motorcycle accident that resulted in a broken pelvis and a long stint in rehabilitation. Friends say Mike Tenny, a husband and father of two young children, needs some help. “He’s a great guy,” said Bill Schuchert, owner of Schuchert Motor Sales in Elgin. “We just wanted to try and help the family. They’re in a tough...


    MainStreet Libertyville receives state recognition

    MainStreet Libertyville recently received the Lt. Governor’s Award for Excellence for its 2012 membership drive to promote local merchants. MainStreet Libertyville is a nonprofit, volunteer-based organization to promote and retain economic development in the downtown through historic preservation. It sponsors more than 50 days of community and retail events.

    Miguel Covarrubias

    Elgin gang member arrested on weapons charge

    An Elgin gang member who was on parole for a 2011 weapons offense was arrested Sunday on domestic violence charges and another weapons offense. Miguel Covarrubias, 22, is being held on $300,000 bail and faces up to seven years in prison if convicted. He's accused of throwing his girlfriend on the ground and possessing a handgun as a felon.

    My Big Fat Greek Restaurant in Rosemont’s entertainment district has closed its doors because of slow business since opening last December, officials said. The village is in talks with several other restaurants about filling the space.

    My Big Fat Greek Restaurant closes in Rosemont

    After less than a year in operation, My Big Fat Greek Restaurant in Rosemont’s entertainment district has closed. Officials say the restaurant opened last December to a slow start, and it wasn’t able to fully recover despite increased business this summer. “The food was quite good, but not accepted quite well by the guests,” said Larry Vanni, general manager of Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and...


    Fox Lake offers tours of wastewater plant

    Fox Lake will host an open house tour of the Northwest Regional Water Reclamation Facility on Saturday, Oct. 19. Visitors can learn how the NWRWRF operates and protects the environment, then meet the staff who process and treat wastewater on a 24-hour basis.


    Rolling Meadows approves police contract, officers to get 2 percent raises

    The Rolling Meadows City Council has approved by a 4-3 vote a new three-year contract for the city’s police officers and sergeants. Mayor Tom Rooney termed the new contract, which was reached after about 18 months of negotiations, "acceptable.”

    Menards wants to build a new facility in Vernon Hills near the northwest corner of Milwaukee Avenue and Gregg’s Parkway. The proposed two-story store would be in near a Lowe’s home improvement store.

    Menards chain to close Mundelein store but looks to Vernon Hills for new spot

    The Menards in Mundelein will close for good at 5 p.m. Friday, but the company plans to retain a presence in the area with a new store in neighboring Vernon Hills. The chain is proposing a two-story store north of Gregg’s Parkway and west of Milwaukee Avenue. “It’s a matter of Menards wanting to stay in the area and looking for a quality location,” said John Kalmar, Vernon Hills’ assistant...

    A laboratory technician prepares samples of urine for doping tests during a media open day at the King’s College London Drug Control Centre in London. The worldís anti-doping authority is launching an “extraordinary” audit of Jamaica’s drug-testing agency following allegations that its policing of the island’s sprinting superstars all but collapsed in the months before they dazzled at the London Games.

    World doping agency probing Jamaica

    A former director of the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission has alleged the island didn’t drug-test its athletes for entire months before they dazzled at the 2012 Summer Olympics.


    District 214 will form committee to discuss surplus funds

    Long criticized for keeping too much of its taxpayer dollars in reserve, Northwest Suburban High School District 214 is now creating a committee to discuss how to spend some of its extra money. School Board President Bill Dussling said it’s too soon to comment on what kind of projects will be discussed or if a rebate to taxpayers is an option.

    Joseph A. Donato

    Probation, GPS for man who stalked Batavia woman

    A 52-year-old Naperville man pleaded guilty to stalking a Batavia woman and was sentenced to 30 months of both probation and GPS monitoring as well a psychological examination. If Joseph A. Donato violates his probation, he could go to prison for five years.

    Three white crosses mark the spot where three people died Sunday in a head-on crash along Route 25 south of Hazel Avenue in Aurora.

    Aurora man, two Montgomery women killed in crash

    Aurora police are asking for help in piecing together the cause of a head-on collision late Sunday that killed an Aurora man and two women from Montgomery. Authorities said five others were seriously injured in the crash about 11:50 p.m. on Route 25 south of Hazel Avenue.

    Lars Peter Hansen, 60, right, and Eugene Fama, 74, left, of the University of Chicago arrive at a news conference Monday in Chicago after being named two of the three winners of the Nobel Prize for Economics.

    University of Chicago adds to its list of Nobel winners

    A note to the students of Chicago economist Eugene Fama: Just because your teacher won the Nobel Prize for economics on Monday, that test he’s scheduled for Tuesday is still on. Fama, fellow University of Chicago professor Lars Peter Hansen and Yale's Robert Shiller won the prize on Monday for developing new methods to study trends in asset markets.

    Heriberto Viramontes

    Trial looms for man charged in baseball bat attack

    Jury selection is set to begin this week in the attempted murder trial of a man accused of using a baseball bat to attack two young women in 2010 as they walked home in Chicago’s popular Bucktown neighborhood after a night of dancing.

    In this undated file image provided by The Act nightclub, patrons enjoy a performance at the club at the Palazzo hotel-casino on the Las Vegas Strip.

    Vegas nightclub closes after battle over sex shows

    LAS VEGAS — A Las Vegas Strip nightclub closed over the weekend, a month after a judge ordered it to clean up its envelope-pushing sex shows.A spokeswoman for The Act club inside The Palazzo resort and casino confirmed the year-old venue was shuttered after a final night of partying Saturday.An official explanation for the closure wasn’t offered.


    Boy, 6, drowns in pool on Carnival cruise

    A 6-year-old boy drowned in one of the pools aboard a Carnival Cruise Lines ship while at sea, the company said in a statement Monday. The Carnival Victory was on the last leg of a four-day Caribbean cruise Sunday when the boy drowned in the midship pool. He was at the pool area with other family members at the time, the statement said.

    Kaneland school officials are considering whether to start a hot lunch program in all of its elementary schools.

    Kaneland elementary students could get hot-lunch program

    The Kaneland school district plans to discuss whether to start a hot lunch program at its elementary schools. The school board will discuss the matter when it meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Kaneland Harter Middle School. Currently, hot lunch is offered only at Kaneland High School and Harter Middle School, 1601 Esker Drive, Sugar Grove.

    In September, students pick tomatoes from their south garden. From left, they are first grader Sophie Fransen, and second graders David Dabrowski and Katie Ruszczak.

    Windsor School's 'farm to table' experience a hit

    For the third year, students at Windsor Elementary School in Arlington Heights tasted a little of the “farm-to-table” experience. Students planted seeds last winter, and last week enjoyed a homemade butternut squash soup. "it's a beautiful way to connect kids to the food they eat,” says Chef Tom Leavitt of White Oak Gourmet in Arlington Heights.

    This file image from the FBI website shows al-Qaida leader Abu Anas al-Libi. Al-Libi, who was captured in an Oct. 5, 2013, raid and held aboard a U.S. warship, is now in the United States. He is expected to stand trial over whether he helped plan and conduct surveillance for the bombings of U.S. embassies in Africa in 1998.

    Libyan al-Qaida suspect arrives in U.S.

    WASHINGTON — A Libyan who has been held and interrogated for a week aboard a U.S. warship is now in New York awaiting trial on terrorism charges, U.S. officials said Monday.

    Aurora firefighters respond Sunday afternoon to a fire sparked by an 11-year-old playing with matches on the second-floor balcony of a condominium building on the 1400 block of McClure Road. The fire caused $500,000 in damage and displaced between 25 and 30 people, but no one was injured.

    Child playing with matches sparks Aurora condo fire

    Between 25 and 30 residents of an Aurora condominium complex were displaced from their homes Sunday afternoon when a fire sparked by an 11-year-old playing with matches damaged their units, authorities said Monday.


    Arlington Heights police warn of scammers posing as officers

    Arlington Heights police are warning of a scam in which someone posing as a Cook County Sheriff’s official has tried to get residents to turn over money to avoid arrest on a nonexistent warrant.

    In this Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013 photo, film director and producer Amardeep Kaleka poses for a photo at Neverending Light, his Emmy Award winning film and television production company in Los Angeles. Kaleka, whose father Satwant Singh Kaleka, the president of the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin, was slain at the Oak Creek temple shooting in Milwaukee suburb in 2012, plans to challenge Rep. Paul Ryan in next year’s congressional election. Kaleka says he’ll file paperwork Wednesday to form an exploratory congressional committee. The 35-year-old Democrat plans to announce his candidacy formally next month.

    Son of slain Sikh to challenge Ryan in Wisconsin

    The son of a slain Sikh temple president plans to challenge U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan in next year’s congressional election, in a Wisconsin district where support for the 2012 Republican vice presidential nominee has been strong but slipping. Amar Kaleka, 35, told The Associated Press he’ll file paperwork Wednesday to form an exploratory congressional committee. He plans to formally announce his...


    VFW Post 5151 hosts Fall Festival in Streamwood

    VFW Post 5151 is hosting its annual fall festival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19, at the VFW Hall, 520 S. Bartlett Road in Streamwood. There will be games, a moonwalk, face painting, a costume contest, pumpkin painting and more.

    Jim Stanislawski is a performer and organizer for the 10th Annual Jackie´s Magic Food Drive.

    Jackie’s Magic benefit show enters 10th year in Gurnee

    The Jackie's Magic benefit show will be presented for the 10th consecutive year Saturday, Oct. 19, at Warren Township High School's O'Plaine Road campus in Gurnee.


    High court weighs Mich. ban on affirmative action

    After the Supreme Court ruled a decade ago that race could be a factor in college admissions in a Michigan case, affirmative action opponents persuaded the state’s voters to outlaw any consideration of race. Now, the high court is weighing whether that change to Michigan’s constitution is itself discriminatory.


    Amtrak carries record number of passengers

    Railroad officials say Amtrak carried a record number of passengers in the year ending Sept. 30 despite Northeast service that was temporarily knocked out by Superstorm Sandy. The nation’s passenger railroad network carried 31.6 million riders during the 2013 federal budget year.

    The residence once occupied by former New England area mob member Enrico Ponzo outside Marsing, Idaho.

    Reputed mob associate who fled Mass. goes on trial

    With his East Coast accent and tales of living in New York, Jay Shaw stood out when he moved to the tiny farm town of Marsing, Idaho. But he was friendly enough, even helpful, to his neighbors, and they never suspected him of having a dark secret.


    North Aurora to discuss tax levy

    The North Aurora village board’s finance and public utilities committees will meet together at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the village hall, 25 E. State St. They will discuss the initial estimate of the 2014 property tax levy, get an update on the village’s program for fixing roads and repairing water mains, and talk about the parkway tree replacement program.

    Pat Quinn

    Illiana Expressway plan looks like it will pass

    It's a tangled political web when it comes to forecasting how a powerful committee will vote on including the Illiana Expressway in a list of significant projects eligible for federal funding. But the odds are in the expressway's favor.

    New uniforms for the Geneva High School marching band will be discussed Tuesday by the school board finance committee.

    New band uniforms to be discussed by Geneva school board

    The Geneva school board’s finance committee will discuss a proposal to buy new uniforms for the Geneva High School marching band. The committee meets at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Williamsburg Elementary School, 1812 Williamsburg Ave.

    Steven Sledzinski, of Geneva, dressed as Chuck the Scarecrow Fest mascot, dances to live music in the square at Lincoln Park in St. Charles on Saturday.

    Images: The Week in Pictures
    This edition of The Week in Pictures features people picking pumpkins, students walking for diabetes research, and scarecrow festival activities.

    Batavia park board members will get a report Tuesday on the Harold Hall Quarry Beach.

    Batavia quarry beach on parks agenda

    The Batavia park board is expected to discuss how the Harold Hall Quarry Beach fared this summer. The park board will receive a report on quarry operations at 7 p.m. Tuesday at district headquarters, 327 W. Wilson St.


    Lack of fire protection closes 2 haunted houses

    Two Halloween haunted houses in west central Illinois won’t be operating this year because organizers aren’t able to meet state fire safety rules. The Register-Mail in Galesburg reports that Gilson Haunted School near Galesburg and Fright High in Abingdon will close. They were once popular attractions, raising money for a Boy Scout troop and a nonprofit organization.


    Chicago man accused of wielding ax during mugging

    A Chicago man is being held on $250,000 bond after authorities say he used an ax during a mugging.The Chicago Sun-Times reports that 30-year-old Jimmie Ortiz is charged with armed robbery and appeared in court Sunday.

    In this Oct. 26, 2010 photo, a worker rides a bicycle in front of the reactor building of the Bushehr nuclear power plant, just outside the southern city of Bushehr, Iran.

    Iran nuclear talks in Geneva spur high hopes

    Don't expect a breakthrough — but the chances for progress have seldom been better. This is the message coming from Iran and six world powers ahead of renewed talks this week meant to end a decade of deadlock on Tehran's nuclear program. The two sides come to the negotiating table in Geneva on Tuesday and Wednesday amid a feel-good atmosphere that began with the June election of centrist...

    The Eurasian tree sparrow is easily distinguished from the abundant and closely related house sparrow by its smaller size, black spot on the cheek and a solid reddish-brown crown.

    Road trip adds nonnative species to life list

    Like many birders, our Jeff Reiter gets rankled by non-native species - especially birds that behave badly. Still, he couldn't resist a trip to see the Eurasian tree sparrow once he learned it could be found quite reliably in a nature preserve just south of Bloomington, Ill.

    VNA Health Care is one of the primary outlets for Fox Valley residents to find assistance in navigating the new health insurance marketplace.

    VNA Health Care helps residents navigate new requirements

    Fox Valley residents appeared to put a timid toe into the new pool of insurance coverage options offered during the first week of the exchanges created by President Barack Obama's new health care laws. VNA Health Care hosts one of the larger contingents of “navigators” in the Fox Valley. “When people come in, most say, 'I heard I can get insurance, and I really, really want...


    Dawn Patrol: Fire investigated; Chicago celebrates marathon

    Libertyville-area fire under investigation; Quinn, Democrats drum up support in suburbs; much rests on Bears’ offense

    Developer David Smith wants to convert an old Bank of America building on Main Street, just west of Old Rand Road in downtown Lake Zurich, into a two-level restaurant with wine caves and other dining options.

    Developer has idea for old bank to revitalize downtown Lake Zurich

    Developer David Smith was supposed to be the guy who would lead downtown Lake Zurich's renaissance when he struck a deal with village government in 2009. However, his relationship with Lake Zurich dissolved in January 2011. Now, Smith is back with a new idea to convert an old Bank of America building, on Main Street just west of Old Rand Road, into a two-level restaurant with wine caves and other...

    Mark Duker, fine arts department chairman at Waubonsie Valley High School, is one of 25 semifinalists for the first Grammy Award for music educators. He conducts the school’s most prestigious band, Wind Ensemble, and helps ensure other music and art teachers have what they need to best instruct their students.

    Grammy semifinalist challenges, inspires through music

    Fueled by the magic of one momentous concert when he was 13, Mark Duker pursued the profession in his bloodline, following his grandfather, uncle and father to a music degree from the University of Illinois and into a job as a band director. His work for nearly 20 years in the field has led him to become a semifinalist for the first Grammy Award for music educators after being nominated by two...

    Runners make their way along the 26.2 mile route in the Chicago Marathon Sunday in Chicago. Organizers say 40,230 athletes took part in the annual marathon.

    Weekend in Review: Marathon record; pension deal close?
    What you may have missed over the weekend: Big Ten moves into new Rosemont digs; Lake County jail offers video visitations; Democrats drum up support in suburbs; more DUI trouble for retired Bears QB; where Illinois pension committee members stand on deal; suburbs planning for Dominick's exit; still no deal on debt limit and partial government shutdown; and Chicago Marathon rolls through the...


    Mark Black/mblack@dailyherald.com Nick Brady of Glenbard North tees off during the Class 3A Naperville Central sectional boys golf tournament, Monday at Springbrook Golf Course in Naperville.

    WW South’s Kelly takes medalist honors at sectional

    Speaking to those golfers who qualified for state out of Monday’s Class 3A Naperville Central sectional at Springbrook Golf Course, there was a sense of happiness at reaching state from them. But one could sense a true feeling of accomplishment having battled against some of the area’s top golfers and been the ones on top when it was all finished. “This is one of the toughest sectionals in the state,” said Naperville Central senior Eddie Lieser, who qualified individually with a 76. Defending 3A champion Hinsdale Central won the sectional plaque with a 300 and four scores between 72 and 77. Wheaton Warrenville South, with a 309, heads to The Den at Fox Creek in Bloomington this weekend having qualified for state as a team for the first time in 16 years. Benet’s 311 was good for third and the last qualifying team spot.


    Burlington Central headed to state
    Deb Twenhafel paced. And paced. And paced. That’s really about all a golf coach can do during a sectional tournament. It wasn’t that Twenhafel was all that concerned about her team taking home the championship plaque, although that would have been icing on the cake. What the longtime Burlington Central coach wanted for her team more than anything was that familiar phrase heard at golf courses around the state Monday —”Just get out.” And get out Twenhafel’s Rockets did. They shot a 317 to finish second in the Class 2A Freeport sectional at Park Hills West, becoming just the second BC golf team to advance to a state final tournament.

    Moises Alou and Steve Bartman became a part of Cubs history on Oct. 14, 2003, in Game 6 of the National League championship series at Wrigley Field.

    Bartman just part of stuff that happens to Cubs

    There must be some response between throwing junk at Steve Bartman and being reluctant to say out loud that he played at least a small part in the Cubs' collapse in the NLCS. Few are willing on this 10th anniversary to acknowledge that it mattered that Bartman blocked Moises Alou's opportunity to catch a fateful pop fly down the left-field line.

    Bears inside linebacker Jon Bostic chases New York Giants wide receiver Jerrel Jernigan Thursday night at Soldier Field in Chicago.

    Bostic next man up for Bears’ depleted defense

    The Bears' defense has shown plenty of room for improvement this season, and it will add rookie Jon Bostic to the mix at middle linebacker in place of veteran D.J. Williams, who is out for the season with a chest injury. Coach Marc Trestman hopes to have injured starters Charles Tillman and Stephen Paea back for the Redskins on Sunday. “I’ve got to step up now,” Bostic said. “I don’t want any drop-off from D.J. to me.”

    Derrick Rose made it clear Monday at the Berto Center that his left knee is feeling just fine.

    Back from Brazil, Bulls’ Rose says knee is fine

    Derrick Rose sat out Saturday's preseason game in Rio de Janeiro with a sore left knee. But everything appeared to be fine Monday with the Bulls back at the Berto Center and Rose taking extended shooting practice. “My knee was good. I never was worried about it,” Rose said. “I could have played, but the front office made the decision to sit me out. So my health is No. 1.”


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


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


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


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


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

    Los Angeles Dodgers’ Adrian Gonzalez (23) reacts as Carl Crawford slides safely past St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina during the eighth inning of Game 3 of the National League baseball championship series Monday in Los Angeles.

    Cardinals can’t hit for Wainwright in Game 3 loss

    Not even Adam Wainwright could keep the Los Angeles Dodgers from getting back into the NL championship series. Wainwright yielded six hits and two runs in seven innings, but the St. Louis Cardinals couldn’t score a run for their ace in their third straight awful offensive game, losing 3-0 to the Dodgers in Game 3 on Monday night.

    San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers was 22 of 33 for 237 yards and no interceptions in Monday’s home win over the Colts.

    Rivers, Novak lead Chargers to 19-9 win

    Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers kept Andrew Luck on the sideline most of the night, giving the Indianapolis Colts quarterback no chance for another comeback. Rivers threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to rookie Keenan Allen and Nick Novak kicked four field goals to give the Chargers a 19-9 victory against the Colts on Monday night.

    The Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig dives for a ball hit by the Cardinals’ David Freese during the fifth inning of Game 3 of the National League Championship Series on Monday in Los Angeles. The ball eluded Puig for a hit.

    Images: Game 3 of the NLCS
    Images from Monday's Game 3 of the National League Championship Series in Los Angeles. The Dodgers beat the Cardinals 3-0 and trail in the series 2-1.


    Bulls’ Rose doesn’t regret TV ad

    About a year ago, a television ad appeared, showing Derrick Rose running out of the tunnel at the United Center, ready for a triumphant return from a knee injury. It's likely no one pictured that scene coming true at an Oct. 16 preseason game against Detroit, but Rose has no regrets.


    State’s a near miss for Barrington

    Barrington’s girls golf team missed a trip to the Hickory Point Golf Course in Decatur by 1 stroke on Monday at the Rockford Guilford sectional. But the Fillies (336), who placed fourth behind Crystal Lake Central (328), Naperville North (332) and St. Charles North (335), will have two individuals playing in the IHSA Class AA state finals.


    Crystal Lake edges Naperville N. for sectional crown

    The flawless season the Crystal Lake Co-op girls golf team has sculpted remained intact.

    Naperville Central’s Tiffany Chen returns a volley during the DuPage Valley girls tennis finals at Naperville Central.

    Naperville Central feeling good heading to sectionals

    Naperville Central finished a really special season last weekend. The Redhawks topped off their 15-1 campaign last weekend by winning the DuPage Valley Conference title, taking five of the seven individual finals matches. In four of the five finals, the Redhawks defeated archrival Naperville North, getting the best of the Huskies for the third time in a week. “It was a great year and now we’re looking forward to sectionals,” said Naperville Central coach Don Bonet. “Our goal is to qualify three positions for state.”


    St. Viator handles Bishop McNamara

    St. Viator’s girls volleyball team improved to 17-13 with a 25-19, 25-21 victory on Monday night over visiting Bishop McNamara.


    Westminster, Elgin Academy each send one to state

    Westminster Christian senior Connor Rejman and Elgin Academy sophomore Frankie Bisconti each qualified for this weekend’s Class 1A state boys golf tournament out of the Byron sectional at Prairie View Monday. Rejman, a regional champion, shot an 80 to move on and Bisconti had an 81.

    Glenbard South’s Russell Matos tees off on the second hole. Class 2A boys golf sectional Monday at Broken Arrow Golf Course in Lockport.

    Glenbard South holds together

    Scott Iliff has been coaching Glenbard South’s boys golf team since 1978, so when he says this is the best Raiders team in a long time, he knows what he’s talking about. The Raiders shot a combined 317 Monday at Broken Arrow Golf Course in Lockport to win the Class 2A Nazareth sectional by 22 strokes over St. Francis.

    Tom Calbi of Barrington tees off during the Huntley boys golf sectional at Blackstone Golf Club in Marengo.

    Huntley’s Craig gets it done in playoff

    Trent Craig knew it was going to be close as the scores started to get posted in Monday’s Huntley Class 3A boys golf sectional tournament at Blackstone Golf Club in Marengo. Close for his Huntley teammates in their quest to make it downstate out of a tough 12-team field. And close for the junior if it came down to trying to qualify individually after shooting a 5-over-par 76 on the 6,541-yard course. “I always find myself right around the number,” Craig said. “It will be close.” Craig wound up shedding tears of joy after snagging one of the final four qualifying spots out of a seven-player playoff. But the Red Raiders were one agonizing shot from making this weekend’s state tourney at The Den at Fox Creek Golf Course in Bloomington as they shot 308 to finish fourth behind Deerfield (302), St. Viator (306) and Prospect (307).

    Prospect golfer Kiley Walsh tees off on the 4th hole during the Buffalo Grove sectional Monday at the Buffalo Grove Golf Course.

    Statement made: Prospect wins BG sectional

    The goal all season for Prospect’s girls golf team has been to play at the Hickory Point Golf Club in Decatur for the IHSA state finals. The Knights made it Monday and were in a state of excitement. Senior Ally Scaccia shot a 2-under-par 73 at the Buffalo Grove Golf Course to lead the Mid-Suburban League champions to their third sectional championship in four years and their fourth straight trip to the state finals.

    Josh Johnson of Prospect hits a fairway shot during the Huntley boys golf sectional at Blackstone Golf Club in Marengo.

    St. Viator, Prospect savor upcoming state trip

    Josh Johnson was shooting for something bigger than personal glory in Monday’s Huntley Class 3A boys golf sectional tournament at Blackstone Golf Club in Marengo. The Prospect senior had already qualified twice for the state tournament as an individual. This time he wanted his teammates to come along for the ride this weekend to The Den at Fox Creek Golf Course in Bloomington. And as the final scores trickled in, a big roar came from the Knights’ contingent in the Blackstone clubhouse. Led by Johnson’s 1-under-par-71 medalist performance, the Knights’ 307 was good for the third and final qualifying spot behind Deerfield (302) and St. Viator (306) and just ahead of Huntley (308).

    Tom Calbi of Barrington tees off during the Huntley boys golf sectional at Blackstone Golf Club in Marengo.

    Carmel’s Moore measures up in Marengo

    Carmel senior Jared Moore was a bit understated with the initial assessment of his performance in Monday’s Class 3A Huntley boys golf sectional tournament at Blackstone Golf Club in Marengo. “It was one of my better rounds,” Moore said after shooting a 1-over-par 73 to finish in third place. Actually, it was the best 18-hole round of Moore’s life by 1 shot. And Moore finished only 2 shots behind medalist Josh Johnson of Prospect and 1 stroke behind Deerfield’s Ian Kelsey on the 6,541-yard course.

    With the birth of his second daughter Sunday, Patrick Sharp, still looking for his first goal, says he has a clear mind and is ready to get back to hockey.

    Sharp’s focus on one goal for Blackhawks

    The weight of the world seemed to be lifted from Patrick Sharp’s shoulders Monday. Sharp’s wife, Abby, gave birth to the couple’s second daughter Sunday afternoon, putting that worry out of the Blackhawks winger’s mind. Now Sharp can turn his attention to scoring his first goal of the season.

    The Blackhawks’ Patrick Kane (88), celebrates his goal with teammates Jonathan Toews (19), Andrew Shaw (65), Patrick Sharp (10), and Duncan Keith (2) during the second period Saturday against the Sabres at the United Center.

    Hossa concerned about timing, not his back

    Marian Hossa got through last weekend’s back-to-back games just fine, but the Blackhawks’ winger still considers his season to be a work in progress.


    Blackhawks game day

    The Blackhawks play the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

    San Diego Padres bench coach Rick Renteria was interviewed Monday by Cubs brass about the managerial opening.

    Renteria interviewed about Cubs’ managerial opening

    The Cubs' brass took their search for a new manager to California, where they interviewed San Diego Padres bench coach Rick Renteria on Monday. Look for them to talk with former Cubs and White Sox player Dave Martinez later this week. Martinez is the bench coach for the Tampa Bay Rays.

    Derrick Rose watches as his Bulls teammates warm up before their preseason game against the Washington Wizards in Brazil on Saturday. Rose missed sat out the game with soreness in his surgically repaired left knee.

    Managing Rose minutes tricky for Bulls

    The Bulls’ front office will have to make game-day decisions on Derrick Rose, should they occur down the road, because Tom Thibodeau simply can’t be trusted to think beyond tonight’s game and toward the future.


    Rosary qualifies for state

    Senior Victoria Phipps fired an 84 Monday at the Class A Freeport Aquin sectional to lead Rosary’s girls golf team to a berth in this weekend’s state tournament.

    Indiana cornerback Tim Bennett hurdles Michigan State receiver Andre Sims Jr. while returning an interception during the fourth quarter of Saturday’s game in East Lansing, Mich. Michigan State won 42-28.

    Up-and-down Hoosiers seeking consistent success

    At the midway point of the season, Indiana is one win away from matching last season’s victory total and three wins away from being bowl eligible for the first time since 2007. But Indiana fans still see some of the same old problems.

    Washington’s Jesse Callier heads upfield and outruns the Illinois defense during the second half of the Sept. 14 game at Chicago’s Soldier Field. The Illini are surrendering almost 200 yards rushing per game and just shy of 450 yards a game in all.

    Illini lining up for big defensive test

    One of the biggest concerns for Illinois on Saturday night against No. 25 Wisconsin is the size of the Badgers’ offensive line. The average size for Wisconsin’s line is 6-foot-6 and 321 pounds. That’s anywhere from 20 to 50 pounds heavier than Illinois’ defensive linemen. Illinois (3-2, 0-1) is clearly better in many areas than last season’s two-win team, but defense remains a considerable problem.

    The Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo hits an RBI single off Atlanta starting pitcher Paul Maholm during a Sept. 20 game at Wrigley Field. The cheapest ticket at Wrigley will remain $8 next season.

    Cubs ticket prices remain flat for 2014

    The price of a ticket to a game at Wrigley Field next season will cost no more than it did this year. The price will range from $8 for upper-deck reserved seats for games with little demand to $112 for marquee-game club box seats. A 12 percent Chicago and Cook County amusement tax will be added to the price of each ticket.


    MAC part of Bahamas Bowl series

    College football is Bahamas bound. A new bowl game will be played in Nassau, starting in 2014. The Bahamas Bowl will be part of a series bowls shared by the Mid-American Conference, American Athletic Conference, Sun Belt, Mountain West and Conference USA.

    Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde tries to get around Wisconsin defenders during the fourth quarter of the Sept. 28 game in Columbus, Ohio. After a long weekend at home over the bye week, Hyde and the Buckeyes are getting serious heading into Saturday’s home game against Iowa.

    Buckeyes take deep breath before final 6 games

    After a six-week blitz, it was time for No. 4 Ohio State to take a much-deserved break. “Six tough games including back-to-back primetime games against ranked opponents,” coach Urban Meyer said Monday. “I told them we would take care of them if they won, and they did a good job.” So the Buckeyes (6-0, 2-0 Big Ten) made the most of a long weekend off.

    Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen directs his team from the sidelines during the first half of Saturday’s home win over Northwestern.

    Learning curve getting easier for No. 25 Wisconsin

    The 25th-ranked Badgers (4-2, 2-1 Big Ten) are hitting their collective stride after dominating Northwestern 35-6 over the weekend. Coach Gary Andersen switched to a 3-4 scheme and installed new packages in his first year in Madison. It’s been a learning process, but Wisconsin is rolling now.


    Hurting Bills sign QB Matt Flynn

    The Buffalo Bills signed free-agent quarterback Matt Flynn on Monday in their latest bid to shore up an injury-depleted position.

    Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner (98) and Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg (14) meet on the field Saturday after Penn State defeated Michigan 43-40 in four overtimes.

    Unranked Michigan can evenly share blame for loss

    Michigan coach Brady Hoke says he doesn’t think the team’s play-calling was too conservative in the Wolverines’ four-overtime loss to Penn State, but he did take the blame for a delay-of-game penalty late in regulation that led to a punt.


    Arkansas AD Long chosen as football playoff selection committee chair

    Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long will be the first chairman of the College Football Playoff selection committee, and the rest of the 13-member panel that will decide which teams play for the 2014 national championship will be officially revealed Wednesday.The announcement of Long to lead the committee and act as a spokesman was made Monday.A news conference will be held Wednesday at the College Football Playoff’s new offices in Irving, Texas, with Long and executive director Bill Hancock unveiling the rest of the members. The names of the other members expected to be on the committee, however, already have been reported by The Associated Press and other media outlets.Long is among five current athletic directors, along with West Virginia’s Oliver Luck, Wisconsin’s Barry Alvarez, Clemson’s Dan Radakovich and Southern California’s Pat Haden.Also expected on the committee are: Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice; retired Lt. Gen Michael Gould; former Big East Commissioner Mike Tranghese; former Nebraska coach Tom Osborne; former Notre Dame, Stanford and Washington coach Tyrone Willingham; former NFL and Mississippi quarterback Archie Manning; former NCAA vice president Tom Jernstedt; and former college sports writer Steve Wieberg.The committee will pick the four teams to play in the national semifinals in the new postseason system that will replace the Bowl Championship Series after this season. The winners will play about a week later for the national championship.Long has led the athletic department at Arkansas since 2008 after holding the same position at Pittsburgh. He played football and baseball at Ohio Wesleyan and worked on the football staffs at Rice, North Carolina State, Duke and Michigan.“I’m very humbled and honored to serve as the first chairman of the College Football Playoff Selection Committee,” Long said in a statement. “There is no doubt our task will be challenging. However, I am confident in the committee members’ ability to determine the four best teams in college football. I look forward to getting to work.”

    University of Illinois freshman and Stevenson graduate Stephanie Miller won the Diane Thomason invite this past weekend in Iowa.

    Milestone victory for Stevenson’s Miller, Illinois

    Led by Stevenson graduate Stephanie Miller, the University of Illinois women’s golf team held off Kansas on Sunday morning to secure victory in the Diane Thomason Invitational at Finkbine Golf Course in Iowa City, Iowa. Illinois shot a plus-35 over the three-round tournament, besting second-place Kansas by 5 strokes. Miller carded the lowest individual score for the tournament, becoming the first Illinois freshman since Becky Biehl in 1992 to win a tournament outright. Miller was playing in just her third tourney as a college golfer.


    Boys soccer/Top 20
    Hinsdale Central, St. Charles East and Lake Park are the top 3 teams in this week's Top 20 rankings of boys soccer teams in the Daily Herald coverage area.


    Girls volleyball / Top 20
    St. Francis,Glenbard West and Benet are the top 3 teams in this week's Daily Herald Top 20 girls volleyball rankings.


    Mike North video: Manziel is the better No. 1 pick
    Would you take University of South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney or Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel in the draft? Mike North thinks Manziel is a better pick.For more, see www.northtonorth.com. Listen to Mike on Foxsportsradio.com, XM channel 169, or your iHeart application Sat 6 p.m.-9 p.m. and Sun 9 p.m. to midnight. Look for Mike on WIND on Tuesday at 7:45 a.m. and on Fridays at 5:50 p.m. Listen to Mike’s podcasts at foxsportsradio.com/podcast/mikenorth.xml


    Trays of printed social security checks wait to be mailed from the U.S. Treasury's Financial Management services facility in Philadelphia.

    Tiny Social Security hike squeezes seniors, vets

    Another year, another small raise for millions of people who rely on Social Security, veterans' benefits and federal pensions. Preliminary figures suggest next year's benefit increase will be roughly 1.5 percent, according to an analysis by The Associated Press. The increase will be small because consumer prices, as measured by the government, haven't gone up much in the past year.

    Senate Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell, a Kansas Republican, is surrounded by reporters Monday as he walks to the Senate floor after meeting with Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid in Washington.

    Senate leaders close to debt-limit deal

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid reported progress Monday toward a deal to avoid a threatened default and end a two-week partial government shutdown as President Barack Obama called congressional leaders to the White House to press for an end to the impasse. “We're getting closer,” Reid told reporters after he met privately with the Republican leader, Sen. Mitch McConnell.

    Graphic designer Tom Sadowski, 65, who delayed his retirement, works from home in Sterling, Va. Older Americans appear to have accepted the reality of a retirement that comes later in life and no longer represents a complete exit from the workforce.

    Poll: Half of older workers delay retirement plans

    Stung by a recession that sapped investments and home values, but expressing widespread job satisfaction, older Americans appear to have accepted the reality of a retirement that comes later in life and no longer represents a complete exit from the workforce.

    Eugene Fama

    3 U.S. economists win Nobel for work on asset prices

    Three Americans won the Nobel prize in economics Monday for their sometimes-contradictory insights into the complexities of investing. Eugene Fama and Lars Peter Hansen of the University of Chicago and Robert Shiller of Yale University were honored for shedding light on the forces that move stock, bond and home prices — findings that have transformed how people invest.

    Marco Ortiz

    Reflejos honored with six national awards

    Reflejos Publications was honored recently with several national awards during the 31st Annual National Association of Hispanic Publications Conference in Anaheim, Calif. “We are very appreciative of this recognition from the NAHP. It shows that the passion for community commitment of Reflejos remains at forefront in all we do,” said Linda Siete, Manager of Sales and Operations for the publication. “Like our name Reflejos/Reflections, we strive to reflect what is relevant as well as the many beautiful facets of influence that the Latino community represents.”


    Debt-talk optimism pushes stocks up

    Stocks rose Monday, helped by signs that Washington was moving closer to a deal that would avert a default by the U.S. government. The stock market started the session broadly lower after negotiations between the White House and House Republicans broke down over the weekend. However, stocks erased those losses in early afternoon trading following news that President Barack Obama would meet with Congressional leaders.


    Residents fear new O’Hare runway to increase noise

    Some residents around Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport who are already concerned about the noise levels are worried about the impact of a new runway expected to open this week. The runway opens Thursday. The Chicago Sun-Times reports arrivals at another nearby terminal will jump by more than 50 percent. That’s according to an analysis of city data predictions.


    Microsoft’s phone update to feature driving mode

    Microsoft is updating its Windows software for cellphones to accommodate larger devices and make it easier for motorists to reduce distractions while driving. It’s the third update to Windows Phone 8 software since the system’s release a year ago. Devices with this update will start appearing in the coming weeks, and older phones will be eligible for a free upgrade, too.


    Entrepreneurs, students mesh in college mentoring program

    Mentoring must be in our entrepreneurial DNA: We give back by sharing insights and advice. We help by offering guidance and staying in touch. Small Business Columnist Jim Kendall looks at a program at Elmhurst College.

    Doug and Janet McAllister, owners of Douglas Automotive, recently expanded their business in Barrington.

    Douglas Automotive expands in Barrington
    Douglas Automotive, an automotive repair and maintenance business, equipped to service most makes and models recently expanded in Barrington.

Life & Entertainment

    Kids who choose school lunches will eat more whole grains and healthier snacks next fall. Under the new standards, released in June to take effect in September 2014, items must have fewer than 200 calories, less than 230 milligrams of sodium, less than 35 percent of their calories from fat and less than 35 percent of their weight from sugar.

    Healthier food coming to schools in 2014

    Any parent who has fixed a nutritious school lunch only to find it untouched in a backpack the next morning will be heartened by new federal rules that will take effect in schools nationwide in the fall of 2014. That’s when laws will require school vending machines, stores and “a la carte” lunch menus to provide only healthful foods.

    This May 8, 2013 file photo released by iHeartRadio shows members of the band Lady Antebellum, from left, Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott, and Dave Haywood during a performance in New York. Lady Antebellum is postponing the start of its 60-date concert tour. The Nashville, Tenn.-based country music trio says it will now begin the 60-plus city tour Jan. 10 in Peoria. Lady A had been scheduled to start the tour Nov. 8 in Omaha, Neb., and 17 shows will be rescheduled.

    Lady Antebellum pushes back concert tour

    Lady Antebellum is postponing the start of its 60-date concert tour. The Nashville, Tenn.-based country music trio says on its website it will now begin the 60-plus city tour Jan. 10 in Peoria.

    This May 15, 2013 file photo shows TV personalities Sean Lowe, left, and Catherine Giudici from “The Bachelor,” at the 2013 Maxim Hot 100 celebration in Los Angeles. Lowe and Giudici will marry live on ABC on Jan. 26. They made the announcement Monday on “Good Morning America.” Lowe was named the franchiseís 17th bachelor. “The Bachelor: Sean and Catherine’s Wedding” will be hosted by Chris Harrison.

    ‘The Bachelor’ couple set televised wedding date

    Sean Lowe and Catherine Giudici of ABC’s “The Bachelor” are getting married. Their wedding ceremony will air live on ABC on Jan. 26. “The Bachelor: Sean and Catherine’s Wedding” will be hosted by Chris Harrison.

    Chef Suzy Singh and her husband, Palatine native Amit Wadehra, met through an online dating service, but returned to their East Asian roots in planning their wedding.

    MasterChef contestant completes wedding challenge

    Chef Suzy Singh, who made it to the top four of FOX's MasterChef, season 2, created the ultimate gastronomical event: her wedding. Known as the “Spicy Chef,” Singh went all out for her August wedding, making it a feast for the senses.

    The 1963 Chevrolet Corvette presented by General Motors to lead designer Harley J. Earl sold for $1.5 million.

    Fast-moving vehicles hit auction block in Schaumburg

    Vehicles were moving fast in Schaumburg last weekend, but the rapid action didn't involve racing or illegal speeding. A high-octane event took place at the Schaumburg Convention Center, where the Mecum Auto Auction had rolled into town.


    Exercise may equal drugs in treating disease

    Physical activity may be as effective as drugs in treating heart disease and should be included as a comparison in the development of new medicines, according to a review published in the British Medical Journal.


    Social media fuels dangerous weight-loss goal

    People are embarking in dangerous eating habits to achieve a "thigh-gap" or space between their thighs where they do no touch.


    Celiac disease can be tough to handle for kids

    Celiac disease affects approximately one in 100 American adults and children, is defined by an immune reaction to gluten, a protein found in bread, pasta, pizza crust, cookies, crackers and many other foods containing wheat, barley or rye. The treatment is lifelong avoidance of all foods that contain gluten, which can be hard enough for adults; for children with birthday celebrations, school functions, sleepovers and play dates, the regimen poses inordinate challenges.


    It’s not just about cough drops with Smith Brothers overhaul

    Smith Brothers Co., known for 1800s-era black-and-white bags featuring its bearded founders, is reinventing the medicated lozenge.

    Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia is illuminated for its Halloween haunted house, Terror Behind the Walls. The penitentiary took in its first inmate in 1829, closed in 1971 and reopened as a museum in 1994. The haunted house is scheduled to run through Nov. 9.

    Abandoned Philly prison adds screams for Halloween

    An abandoned prison would seem creepy enough around Halloween. Now add blood-curdling screams and gruesome characters who can reach out and grab you. That's the formula for Terror Behind the Walls, the signature scarefest at historic Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia.

    The Larsens have collected more antiques than they can count, including this clock with a wooden mechanism.

    Glen Ellyn couple prepares for Fox Valley Antiques Show

    It starts with one. And then you want another. And before you know it the basement and the room above the garage are filled to the brim with antiques. John and Ginny Larsen have spent their lives buying and selling at antique shows across the country, like next weekend’s 39th Fall Fox Valley Antiques Show at the Kane County Fairgrounds in St. Charles.

    Jodie Holmes is the proverbial Girl With Something Extra — namely, a disembodied entity named Aiden whose existence is somehow tethered to Jodie’s — in “Beyond: Two Souls.”

    In ‘Beyond: Two Souls’ the spirit is weak

    David Cage doesn’t care if you have fun. The lead designer of “Heavy Rain” and “Indigo Prophecy” has loftier goals for his video games. He wants them to make you feel something. He wants to make you sad, or nervous, or compassionate, or desperate. It’s all about the emotional response. By that yardstick, Cage’s “Beyond: Two Souls” is a success. Granted, the emotion it evokes is often frustration — with both Cage and his stubborn, self-pitying protagonist.

    “The Double” by George Pelecanos

    Characters are well-drawn in new Pelecanos novel

    Spero Lucas joined the Marines, got shipped off to Iraq, fought house-to-house in Fallujah and came home in one piece to Washington, D.C. Lucas says he’s OK. His needs are simple: a clean bed, a steady supply of beer and weed, a woman now and then. But he craves action. George Pelecanos' “The Double,” the new novel featuring the former Marine, finds Spero especially busy.

    Some workout classes allow moms the ease of keeping their baby with them during exercise routines, such as walking or running with strollers.

    New exercise programs aimed with moms in mind

    The other women in class curled dumbbells as they lunged. But Lindsay Macaleer put down her weights and instead gently rocked her double stroller to soothe her 2-year-old and 10-week-old sons. “I just want them to be quiet, so I’m modifying my workout,” whispered the Arlington, Va., resident, who was grateful to be back into her exercise routine at all. Fit4Mom has made that possible for her. Fit4Mom has gradually expanded to incorporate prenatal fitness, classes for moms without their kids in tow and moms’ social clubs focused on nights out rather than working out.

    Sauteing kale with cranberries and pine nuts is a creative way to eat the super veggie.

    Your Health: Kale is the new superfood
    Spinach should be green with envy, because there’s a new superfood in the produce section, according to The Washington Post. Packed with beta-carotene, vitamins A, C and K and calcium, kale is the latest darling of health-conscious diners.

    Actor Benedict Cumberbatch stars as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in”The Fifth Estate,” in theaters on Oct. 18.

    A season of Cumberbatch starts with ‘Fifth Estate’

    Playing Assange, one of the world’s most debated and recognizable figures, was always going to be a challenge, particularly so with the very subject objecting to the enterprise. But Benedict Cumberbatch hopes his portrait will be balanced, showing Assange as controlling and reckless, but also “fiercely intelligent, principled and rather brilliant.”

    Jessica Lange has been part of all three seasons of "American Horror Story."

    Jessica Lange discusses debut children’s book, ‘Coven’

    Screen legend Jessica Lange says the secret to her longevity in Hollywood is simply trusting her instincts. “It’s what kind of captures my imagination in the moment,” the 64-year-old said. Lange’s gut feeling recently led her to pen a children's picture book, “It’s About a Little Bird.” And, on the other end of the spectrum, she's currently starring in the FX series "American Horror Story: Coven," airing at 9 p.m. Wednesdays.


    Agoraphobia can take many forms

    Q: My daughter’s new roommate is afraid to leave a 10-block area around their apartment in New York City. She has something called “agoraphobia.” What is that?



    Tips for making your voice heard

    Missey Wilhelm of the League of Women Voters in Wheaton offers ideas on how to effectively call or visit your local legislators.


    Things civics class never taught me
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor:As the events in Washington unfold and the federal shutdown continues, I have to wonder why back when I was in school my history and civics teachers never told me how the federal government really functions. I thought that when a law was passed by a majority of both houses, and the president signed it, it was a law. Shame on me for believing what my teachers taught me.


    Preckwinkle committed to working with all
    A letter to the editor: I was disappointed by the way the Daily Herald characterized my position — writing that my “efforts to reduce the county’s jail population and save taxpayers millions of dollars are year are being thwarted by the county’s elected public safety leaders” (“Preckwinkle: Other county leaders resist ideas to reduce jail costs, Oct. 11).


    Proud to be celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month
    An Elgin letter to the editor: As a proud Latino, and a member of the Elgin Community College family, it is an honor for me to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. The history of the United States demonstrates well the contributions of Latinos, as well as all immigrants groups, toward the betterment and advancement of our country in multiple areas such as education, civil and labor rights, culture, science, workforce, military and politics.


    Safety, responsibility key for motorcyclists
    A letter to the editor: As a responsible motorcyclist and a concerned citizen, I am writing about the incident that occurred in New York City on Sunday, Sept. 29, involving an SUV driver and some motorcyclists.


    Get medical records of would-be gun owners
    A Mundelein letter to the editor: Citizens have the right to own a gun, it’s constitutional in the Second Amendment, but the problem here is that it doesn’t hold too many restrictions on it.


    Emergency nurses deserve recognition
    A Libertyville letter to the editor: Today’s culture emulates entertainers and athletes even with the daily reports of their indiscretions. Other heroes are usually overlooked by the media. But they can be found in hospitals across America.


    Citizens must be better informed
    A Hawthorn Woods letter to the editor: I have read a recent article about how people don’t know much about Obamacare or the fact that it is called the Affordable Care Act.


    Perplexed by run for twp. committeeman
    Letter to the editor: George Busse writes to ask why a man who has not been part of the Elk Grove Township Republican Organization would now be campaigning for township committeeman.


    GOP frequently has candidate forums
    Letter to the editor: Connie Carosielli says the Elk Grove Township GOP has traditionally held opportunities for voters to meet statewide GOP candidates


    Thinks Barrington not in good hands
    Letter to the editor: Maureen Yates is dissatisfied with how several recent decisions by the Barrington village board, and is already looking already to the 2015 local elections.


    Time for Obama, Dems to come to table
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: It may be time for members of Congress to attend a workshop on “problem solving.” It seems that the skills needed to solve problems facing our nation have been forgotten or never learned by many of our lawmakers.


    Why call Tea Party members ‘extreme?’
    n Elmhurst letter to the editor: I take offense when liberal politicians call the Tea Party and other conservatives “extremists.” The Tea Party and other conservatives believe in the principles of limited government, fiscal responsibility and free markets.


    ESO opening, Grams simply superb
    A Sugar Grove leter to the editor: The Elgin Symphony Orchestra’s new season began Oct. 5 and 6, with concerts featuring the music of George Gershwin and Gustav Mahler. These concerts marked the debut of Andrew Grams, the new music director of the ESO.


    What does next executive order hold?
    An Elgin letter to the editor: Too bad our lawmakers didn’t think it was important to support the World War II veterans in their quest to see the memorial erected in tribute to their service to this wonderful country.


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