Daily Archive : Monday October 28, 2013


    Westgate third-graders learned the art of Chinese jump rope from P.E. teacher Eric Kirschner during the Westgate World’s Fair Oct. 23.

    Westgate’s World’s Fair crowds discover ethnic food, culture

    More than 340 Arlington Heights students and their families recently celebrated the culture and cuisine of Chicago’s ethnic neighborhoods in Westgate’s World’s Fair 2013. “We were thrilled with the more than 340 people who attended our open house to learn about cultures from around the world that have settled in Chicago,” said Kelly Darby, a native of Frankfurt, Germany, and one of seven...

    Gilbert R. Boucher II/gboucher@dailyherald.com Traffic along Hawley Street west of Lake Street that is being considered for a future road project.

    Mundelein wants land for Hawley Street project

    Mundelein trustees are considering using the board's power of eminent domain to forcibly purchase land along Hawley Street so a long-awaited road project can move forward.

    Felicia Johnson lives in the apartment complex where Antioch police are conducting a death investigation Tuesday morning.

    Antioch police search for man in suspicious death case

    Antioch police say they want to talk to a man who they believe may be involved in a suspicious death investigation.Police say Billy Varner, 54, who is described as a white male, was last seen driving a 2002 tan Chevy extended conversion van. The van has damage to the rear passenger-side taillight area, officials said in a release.


    Anonymous donor pays charity's gas bill

    An anonymous donor has stepped forward with more than $30,000 to pay overdue bills of two cash-strapped women's shelters in Chicago. The owner of the charities, Clara Kirk, said she was struggling to pay around $21,000 in utility bills for one South Side shelter and around $11,000 in bills for another nearby facility.

    A visitor to the newly re-opened Ellis Island stops to take a picture of the registry room in New York on Monday. The island that ushered millions of immigrants into the United States received visitors Monday for the first time since Superstorm Sandy. Sandy swamped boilers and electrical systems and left the 27.5-acre island without power for months.

    Ellis Island museum reopens after Sandy's floods

    The island that ushered millions of immigrants into the United States and became a monument to its mosaic of ancestries reopened to visitors Monday for the first time since Superstorm Sandy, adding a chapter to the narrative of hard-won recovery on the eve of the storm's anniversary.


    Dist. 41 talks cost, long term of facilities plan

    As a more concrete cost was presented for proposed new classrooms in Glen Ellyn Elementary District 41, conversation at Monday’s board meeting steered to the more ambitious second phase of the facilities project.


    Barrington to retain video gambling ban

    Concerned by how video gambling is regulated by state law, Barrington village board members Monday said they’d be most comfortable standing by their current ban of it for the time being. Most trustees said they’d be willing to revisit the issue, at the request of several village businesses, if state officials looked into and closed perceived loopholes in the existing law.


    Wheeling OKs firefighter-paramedics union contract

    The Wheeling Village Board approved a new three-year contract with Firefighters Monday. The 43 firefighter-paramedics will receive raises of 2.5 percent this year retrocative to May 1, the same amount next year, and 2.75 percent effective May 1, 2015.


    Wredling teacher faces child porn charges

    A St. Charles middle school teacher was charged with possession and distribution of child pornography Monday, said St. Charles District 303 Superintendent Donald Schlomann.

    A man speaks on his phone at the Mobile World Congress, the world’s largest mobile phone trade show, in Barcelona, Spain, last Feb. 26. A Spanish newspaper said Monday the U.S. National Security Agency spied on more than 60 million phone calls in Spain in one month alone.

    Europe mulls sanctions against US over spying

    The United States could lose access to an important law enforcement tool used to track terrorist money flows, German officials said Monday, as Europe weighed a response to allegations the Americans spied on their closest European allies.Meanwhile, Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein called for a “total review” of all U.S. intelligence programs in response to the allegations.

    Associated Press Mark Risinger, 16, checks his Facebook page on his computer as his mother, Amy Risinger, looks on at their home in Glenview.

    Docs to parents: Limit kids’ texts, tweets, online

    Doctors 2 parents: Limit kids’ tweeting, texting & keep smartphones, laptops out of bedrooms. (hash)goodluckwiththat. The recommendations are bound to prompt eye-rolling and LOLs from many teens but an influential pediatricians group says parents need to know that unrestricted media use can have serious consequences.

    A lady with a child in a pram turns from the oncoming deluge from a passing car in Liverpool, England, after heavy rain fell over the country Monday.

    Hurricane-force gusts batter UK, Europe; 13 dead

    A savage coastal storm powered by hurricane-force gusts slashed its way through Britain and western Europe on Monday, felling trees, flooding lowlands and snarling traffic in the air, at sea and on land. At least 13 people were reported killed.

    This Sept. 4, 2013, file photo shows Illinois Democrat Sen. Dick Durbin, the Senate assistant majority leader, arriving for a top-secret briefing for senators with Secretary of State John Kerry at the Capitol in Washington. On Mondayin Chicago, Durbin says he had no problem taking down a Facebook post disputed by the Obama administration once White House officials acknowledged giving him wrong information.

    Durbin removes post after White House miscue

    U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin says he had no problem taking down a Facebook post disputed by the Obama administration once White House officials acknowledged giving him wrong information. The Illinois Democrat spoke to reporters in Chicago after an appearance with U.S. Sen. John McCain of Arizona to talk about immigration reform.

    In this Oct. 24file photo, Gov. Pat Quinn responds to a question about the ongoing legislative issues in Springfield, after a visit to a Wheeling high school. The Quinn administration wants lawmakers to approve $221 million in extra funds to spend this fiscal year, a request that follows the $35 billion budget approved by the legislature in May.

    Quinn asks lawmakers for an extra $221 million

    Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration wants lawmakers to approve $221 million in extra funds to spend this fiscal year, a request that follows the $35 billion budget approved by the Legislature in May. A draft of the request includes $112 million to pay back wages owed to 25,000 state workers.


    Asian carp reproduce in Great Lakes watershed

    Scientists said Monday they have for the first time documented that an Asian carp species has successfully reproduced within the Great Lakes watershed, an ominous development in the struggle to slam the door on the hungry invaders that could threaten native fish.


    Judge frees TV pitchman Kevin Trudeau from jail

    A federal judge has ordered the release from jail of Kevin Trudeau after the TV pitchman spent nearly a week behind bars for failing to pay a $37 million civil judgment. Judge Robert Gettleman ordered the 50-year-old’s release at a hearing Monday in Chicago.

    There are tens of millions of cat videos on YouTube on any given day.

    Whiskers, cat ears oh my: Cat video festival

    Game over. Cats have won the Internet.At least that was the conclusion among the many attendees of the Internet Cat Video Festival on Friday. Decked out with cat ears and painted-on whiskers, they lined up around the block to do in a group what they already do in front of their computers: Watch amusing cat flicks.

    Photos of Manny the Frenchie, who prefers to sleep in the sink, became so popular on social media sites that the dog has launched his own business with T-shirts, greeting cards and public appearances.

    Social media gives dog his day … and booming business

    Not only does Manny the Frenchie have more Facebook friends than you and more followers on Instagram than you, the dog also probably looks cuter in his Halloween costume than you.

    Opponents and supporters of an abortion bill demonstrate outside the Texas Capitol, in Austin, July 9. New abortion restrictions passed by the Texas Legislature are unconstitutional and will not take effect as scheduled Tuesday, a federal judge has ruled.

    Fed judge: Texas abortion limits unconstitutional

    A federal judge determined Monday that new Texas abortion restrictions place an unconstitutional burden on women seeking to end a pregnancy, a ruling that keeps open dozens of abortion clinics across the state while officials appeal.

    Former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, center, is taken from court after being sentenced in Bellefonte, Pa., Oct. 9, 2012. Penn State on Monday said it is paying $59.7 million to 26 young men over claims of child sexual abuse at the hands of Sandusky.

    Penn State: 26 people get $60 million over Sandusky

    Penn State said Monday it is paying $59.7 million to 26 young men over claims of child sexual abuse at the hands of former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, a man once revered as a university icon who is now serving what is effectively a life prison sentence.

    Aurelio Montano

    Trial starts for Aurora man accused of killing wife in 1990

    The murder trial begins for Aurelio Montano, an Aurora man accused of strangling his wife with a rope in July 1990, burying her body at a horse farm in DuPage County and then later moving it. Montano was indicted in June 2008, even though Guadalupe Maria Montano's body has not been found. Even if acquitted, he will not go free; he currently is serving a life sentence for ordering the murders of...


    Buffalo Grove man accused of sexual assault

    A Buffalo Grove man is facing allegations he sexually assaulted a 12-year-old girl he met online earlier this year, authorities said. Tal Vardy, 19, was arrested this weekend by Midlothian police and charged with predatory criminal sexual assault.


    15-year-old boy killed, 26-year-old woman wounded in Sunday morning shooting in Zion

    Zion police have identified the fatal shooting victim at a party early Sunday morning as a 15-year-old boy, authorities said Monday. Adarius Green, of the 3000 block of Gilead Avenue in Zion, was taken to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Zion Police Chief Wayne Brooks said in a news release.


    Des Plaines Dist. 62 approves teacher assistant contract

    Des Plaines School District 62 officials have inked a new four-year contract with the district’s 96 teacher assistants that calls for salary increases averaging about 3 percent over the course of the agreement. The contract, which is retroactive to Aug. 1, covers employees at the district’s 12 schools who assist teachers in special needs classrooms and act as tutors for students in which English...

    Emerick “Rick” Lenar

    2 Prospect Hts. officers, man injured in fracas outside home

    Two Prospect Heights police officers and a man suspected of being a peeping Tom were all injured Sunday night as officers approached the man outside a home, officials said.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    A man and woman stole two vacuum cleaners valued at $1,442 from Kohl’s, 800 W. Dundee Road, Arlington Heights. The woman asked an employee to show her the vacuums. The employee got them from the stockroom and left them for the woman to inspect. A security agent looking at a video screen saw the man carry the two vacuums out the south side door, setting off a security alarm. The two fled with the...


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Two men were robbed around 10:45 p.m. Oct. 19 while they walked in an apartment lot on the 600 block of Bode Circle in Hoffman Estates. Two men in a black Mercedes SUV pulled up next to them. The driver pointed a small black automatic handgun at them; the passenger got out of the SUV and took a purple backpack, wallet, credit cards, and two cellphones from them. Both robbers appeared to be in...


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    A Palatine resident was scammed out of $300 around Oct. 16 after the victim received a phone call and email from someone claiming to work for a satellite TV service. The caller offered two years of service with no monthly fee for a $300 upgrade fee. The resident sent a cash deposit into the offender’s bank account. The victim later contacted the service provider directly and was informed there...

    DuPage Forest Preserve District staff members are stepping in to fill the void left by Friday’s resignation of former site manager Patricia “Trish” Spiroff.

    Danada Equestrian Center soon to be under new management

    The DuPage County Forest Preserve District soon will begin its search for only the third site manager in the Danada Equestrian Center’s history. The need for a new manager arose when the most recent leader, Patricia “Trish” Spiroff, resigned Friday afternoon. Spiroff worked as site manager for the past four years and eight months.

    Jason Stavropoulos, with AbbVie, hammers in a post to support an oak tree he planted. Staff from Conserve Lake County and the Jewish Council for Youth Services planted 66 native trees, primarily four species of oaks at the JCYS’S Camp Henry Horner in Ingleside on Tuesda

    Images: The Week in Pictures
    This edition of The Week in Pictures features the first snow flakes of the season, trick or treaters and pumpkin rollers, and volunteers on Make a Difference Day.

    Ron Sandack

    Sandack will run again for Illinois House; primary still possible

    State Rep. Ron Sandack, a Downers Grove Republican, will announce Tuesday his plans to run for re-election to the Illinois House. The former Downers Grove mayor is one of two House Republicans who have backed same-sex marriage, and a primary challenger to the freshman member could be looming. The other, state Rep. Ed Sullivan, a Mundelein Republican, similarly faces a likely primary opponent.


    Buffalo Grove residents thwart scam attempts

    Four Buffalo Grove residents recently filed police reports detailing unsuccessful efforts to scam them. They all hung up on the telephone solicitations.


    Des Plaines receives block grant funds

    Des Plaines is the recipient of $278,375 in federal Community Development Block Grant funds, officials announced. The funds will be used for implementation of a neighborhood plan for the Apache Park area, a facilities/property improvement program, and for a number of nonprofit public service projects, such as child care assistance and homeless prevention programs.


    Cook County analysts guilty of taking bribes to lower assessments

    A pair of former Cook County Board of Review analysts were convicted Monday of accepting a $1,500 bribe to lower assessments on several properties. Thomas Hawkins, 49, and John Racasi, 52, of Chicago now face up to 20 years in prison when sentenced early nxt year.


    Grand opening of former YMCA

    The Vernon Hills Park District hosts a grand opening of the Lakeview Fitness Center from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9. The event will be at the facility, which is the former YMCA, 700 Lakeview Parkway, Vernon Hills.


    Lakemoor hosts first fishing derby

    Lakemoor hosts its first Fall Fishing Derby from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 10, at Morrison Park on Lily Lake adjoining Route 120.


    MHS concerts, desserts

    The Mundelein High School show choirs host their annual Spotlight Concert and Dessert Extravaganza on Saturday, Nov. 2, at 7 p.m. in the MHS Auditorium, 1350 W. Hawley St.


    Clerk candidate surfaces

    A Lake Forest attorney has announced her candidacy for Lake County clerk. Carla N. Wyckoff, an assistant state’s attorney in Lake County, is running for the Republican Party nomination in 2014, state campaign records showed.

    Karen Schock of the Elgin Charter School Initiative talks to members of the Elgin Noon Rotary Club in April about the group’s vision for a charter school serving the Elgin area. Also pictured are Kari White, center, and Krissy Palermo, right.

    Elgin charter school could open in fall 2015

    The Elgin Math and Science Charter School Initiative, which was expected to submit an application for a kindergarten through eighth-grade charter school to the Elgin Area School District U-46 school board this fall, likely won’t have a proposal ready until the early part of next year, a spokeswoman said this week. The targeted opening is fall 2015.


    Naperville company launches race for men’s health

    As breast cancer awareness month wraps up, pink sashes will give way to hairy mustaches among runners in a new race series launched by Rich Janor and his Naperville-based sports event management firm Game Day USA. THE MO RUN begins Saturday in Columbus, Ohio, and comes to Chicago on Saturday, Nov. 9. "It's just a quirky, fun way of getting involved in the month of November," Janor said.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    A Suzuki motorcycle and a toolbox — worth a combined $10,500 — were stolen between 8 a.m. Oct. 22 and 1 p.m. Wednesday from a cargo trailer parked at the Woodland Landfill, 7N500 Route 25, near South Elgin, according to a sheriff’s report.


    Fox Valley police reports
    A Suzuki motorcycle and a toolbox — worth a combined $10,500 — were stolen between 8 a.m. Oct. 22 and 1 p.m. Wednesday from a cargo trailer parked at the Woodland Landfill, 7N500 Route 25, near South Elgin, according to a sheriff’s report.

    Investigators work the scene of Sunday’s fatal crash on Route 38 between Elburn and Maple Park.

    2 people from Schaumburg injured in crash near Elburn

    A woman from Hinckley was killed and two people from Schaumburg were injured Sunday following a crash on Route 38 near Elburn.

    “Virginia” by Jodi Younglove

    Teaching, sculpting and creating with clay

    Years of holding, kneading, centering and guiding clay into desired shapes have molded Jodi Younglove into more than a talented artist; she is also a phenomenal teacher. Already in demand, with waiting lists for her classes, Younglove began teaching ceramics classes at Fine Line Creative Arts Center in St. Charles in June.

    This undated image made available by Audi shows the 2014 Audi Q5 TDI. On Monday, Japanese brands took top spots in a Consumer Reports reliability survey.

    Lexus, Toyota top auto reliability survey

    Japan’s lock on Consumer Reports’ vehicle reliability rankings is starting to ease. Three Japanese brands — Lexus, Toyota and Acura — took the top spots in this year’s survey, and seven of the top 10 brands are Japanese. But three non-Japanese brands — Audi, Volvo and GMC — cracked the top 10

    Justice Rita Garman

    New Illinois Supreme Court chief justice sworn in

    A new chief justice of the Illinois Supreme Court who was sworn in Monday in a courthouse where she began her judicial career 40 years ago says making the criminal justice system more efficient and transparent would be among her top priorities.

    Madhu Krishnamurthy

    Nominations sought for History Teacher of the Year

    Who’s the best American history teacher in the United States? Find out by nominating candidates for the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History’s annual National History Teacher of the Year Award. The nomination deadline is Feb. 1.


    Legislators plan heroin forum in Downers Grove

    In response to increasing heroin use among teens and young adults in DuPage County, two area legislators say they will team with Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital to bring community service providers and policymakers together to educate parents and families about how to prevent and respond to the public health threat.

    In this photo released by Universal Studios Home Entertainment, actor Boris Karloff appears as Frankenstein’s Monster in a scene from the 1931 classic film “Frankenstein.” Like all monsters, this one’s only real in your imagination; it took a lot of makeup to make Karloff look like that.

    Monster characters are real — in your imagination

    “Are monsters real?” asked a young patron who attended a showing of the movie “Hotel Transylvania” at Libertyville’s Cook Memorial Library.

    JOE LEWNARD/jlewnard@dailyherald.com Orchard Evangelical Free Church is dropping its controversial plan to tear down eight homes in its Arlington Heights neighborhood to make room for additional parking. Church leaders made the decision after a meeting Sunday night.

    Arlington Heights church abandons unpopular parking plan

    Leaders from Orchard Evangelical Free Church are abandoning their controversial plan to tear down eight homes in its Arlington Heights neighborhood to build a larger parking lot. In a news release sent out after a church meeting Sunday, Chairman John Clarkson said officials heard the dissent from neighbors and have changed their plans accordingly.

    Aidan Manning was just 3 when he died of a brain tumor. In his memory, his family began Aidan’s Army, a foundation that raises money for research childhood brain tumors.

    Aidan’s Army fights childhood brain tumors

    Aidan Manning lived to be only three years old and during those three short years, he unknowingly amassed an army to fight the cancer that he ultimately could not. Aidan’s “cruelly abbreviated life” came to an end on July 30, 2010. Aidan’s Army — The Aidan Manning Memorial Foundation was created two months later by his parents, Ron Manning and Kathleen McMahon-Manning, and is dedicated to...


    Syrian troops retake Christian town from jihadis

    Syrian government forces retook a Christian town north of Damascus on Monday after a week of fierce clashes with al-Qaida-linked fighters who had recently captured key parts of it, state media said. The fighting came as the U.N.-Arab League envoy arrived in Syria on his first trip to the country in almost a year.

    Conrad Murray

    Jackson’s doctor released from jail after 2 years

    The doctor convicted of killing Michael Jackson was released from jail Monday after serving nearly two years of a four-year sentence. Conrad Murray was released from a downtown Los Angeles jail at 12:01 a.m., according to the sheriff’s office. A change in California law allowed his incarceration time to be significantly cut down.

    Kevin Trudeau

    Jailed TV pitchman gets another shot at freedom

    TV pitchman Kevin Trudeau will have another chance to argue for his freedom after spending nearly a week in jail for failing to pay a $37 million civil judgment. The 50-year-old has a status hearing in federal court in Chicago on Monday, when his judge will decide if he’s been more forthcoming about his assets while behind bars.


    19 train cars carrying coal derail in S. Illinois

    Emergency officials in southern Illinois say there is no public safety threat after a train hauling coal derailed in Franklin County. Franklin County Emergency Management director Ryan M. Buckingham says 19 cars of a Burlington-Northern train derailed Sunday afternoon.


    More than 3,000 marionettes found in vacant Chicago home

    Some of the abandoned string-operated puppets discovered in an otherwise empty Chicago home could end up in a theater near you. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that a goal of a new fundraising campaign to preserve the collection is to first get the marionettes into temporary storage. The hope is that they could later find permanent homes in different theaters.

    RTA Board Chairman John Gates answers a question from panel moderator Ellee Pai Hong Friday during the John Noel Public Transit Conference, held at the Mayslake Peabody Estate in Oak Brook. Listening are DuPage Chairman Dan Cronin, center, and Sean O'Shea, deputy chief of staff to Gov. Pat Quinn.

    Are suburbs getting short end of transit stick?

    If you pay $4.50 in tax for a sweater at Oakbrook Center, should some of that money go toward a midmorning Metra train on the BNSF? Or should a portion pay for a faster ride on the Blue Line? That's the essence of an age-old suburban-city turf war over transit funding that recently reignited.“Transit needs are significant here,” DuPage County Chairman Dan Cronin said Friday at the...

    Television pitchman Kevin Trudeau, who is accused of misleading viewers about his weight-loss books during late-night infomercials, will have another chance to argue for his freedom in federal court in Chicago on Monday.

    Jailed TV pitchman gets another shot at freedom

    TV pitchman Kevin Trudeau will have another chance to argue for his freedom after spending nearly a week in jail for failing to pay a $37 million civil judgment. The 50-year-old has a status hearing in federal court in Chicago on Monday, when his judge will decide if he’s been more forthcoming about his assets while behind bars. Trudeau’s been in jail for contempt since Tuesday.


    Dawn Patrol: Fatal Kane County crash; Gurnee fire hurts 3

    Three firefighters hurt by Gurnee condo fire. One person dead, two hurt in rural Kane County crash. One dead, one hurt in Zion shooting. Casting call for 'Chicago PD' was in St. Charles, but it's not too late. Mike Imrem's being true ... not to Schaumburg.


    Students to take on issue facing Buffalo Grove

    Buffalo Grove and Stevenson high school students will see if they can teach Buffalo Grove village board members a thing or two about government Monday night. For 16 years, the Civics Forum has provided students a chance to learn about village government by attending village board meetings then splitting into teams to tackle a pressing issue.

    Bartlett Police Chief Kent Williams will be among the key speakers at “It Couldn’t Happen Here — The Realities of Heroin Addiction in Our Community” at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Bartlett High School’s auditorium. Williams says children in middle schools are experimenting with alcholo and drugs that “(heroin) is here, and more and more children are going to be exposed to it.”

    Bartlett leaders hope to raise awareness of heroin plague

    Bartlett Police Chief Kent Williams has heard too many times from young, recovering heroin addicts that they wished they knew how dangerous the drug really was before trying it. He's among the leaders behind a heroin awareness event Wednesday at Bartlett High School. “What we’re seeing is it’s really a literacy issue,” Williams said. “Don’t fall into the blissful state that it could never happen...

    Vernon Hills public works employees set up a light display at Cuneo Mansion and Gardens in Vernon Hills.

    This season’s holiday light show in Vernon Hills could be the last

    Since it began in 1994, Vernon Hills’ Winter Wonderland holiday light show on the grounds of the former Cuneo estate has grown to one of the largest displays around. Will this year's version be the last? Potential development of the property could bring an end to the tradition. “If it is the last year, we hope to make it one to remember,” said John Kalmar, assistant village manager.

    Elgin Police Chief Jeff Swoboda knocks down Aurora Police Chief Greg Thomas Sunday night at the 2nd Annual Tuition Knockout police boxing event in Aurora. The main event featured the two chiefs while earlier events featured other officers and investigators and officials.

    Weekend in Review: Cops duke it out for charity; 3 firefighters hurt in condo fire
    What you may have missed over the weekend: Police chiefs, officers, civil leaders box for charity; three firefighters injured in fire near Gurnee; man charged with DUI in fiery SUV crash; one person dead, one inujred in Kane County crash; Lou Reed has died; Bulls could be at full strength against Heat; Blackhawks special teams not looking so special; and Boston Red Sox win Game 4 and tie World...



    Prospect outlasts Highland Park

    Enjoying one of the finest matches of her career, Prospect 6-foot-2 senior middle hitter Carly Thompson put down 14 kills to help lead Prospect to a 25-22, 18-25, 25-11 victory over Highland Park in the Giants own Class AA regional play-in match on Monday night. The Knights (13-22) will meet No. 1 seed Lake Zurich today at 6 p.m. in the semifinals.

    Batavia’s Anthony Scaccia makes his way down to scoring a touchdown in the first quarter vs. Elgin on Friday, October 25.

    Playoff primer: Memorable month awaits

    The Illinois High School Association state football playoffs are all about Saturday night pizza parties as teams gather to watch the pairings show live on television. They’re about coaches exchanging game films, players studying opponents’ tendencies, schools holding pregame pep rallies, and families searching throughout their homes for winter apparel as fall temperatures begin to plummet. Welcome to the postseason where memories have already been made — and many more yet to be made.


    St. Charles East’s Barry picks Illinois State

    Brannon Barry first saw the Illinois State campus in 2007 when his sister, Alicia, was in Bloomington-Normal as a St. Charles East outside hitter with the girls volleyball team competing in the Class 4A semifinals. Next year he’ll be able to host her. The Saints senior wide receiver on Monday pledged his verbal commitment to the Redbirds. Brannon follows older siblings Bryce, a starting linebacker at Butler; and Erienne, a freshman volleyball player at Western Michigan, as the latest college athlete of parents Blake and Donna Barry.

    Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Nick Leddy, right, and Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook, left, celebrate after Leddy’s goal on Minnesota Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom during the second period of an NHL hockey game in St. Paul , Minn., Monday, Oct. 28, 2013. The Blackhawks beat the Wild 5-1.

    Hawks do it all in win over Wild

    Two days after being drubbed on home ice by the Minnesota Wild in their worst loss of the season, the Blackhawks quickly gained revenge Monday night at the Excel Energy Center. Getting goals from Patrick Sharp, Sheldon Brookbank, Nick Leddy, Patrick Kane and Brandon Saad, goalie Corey Crawford took it from there in what turned into an easy 5-1 victory.

    Buffalo Grove’s Alaina Murphy celebrates a point during a varsity volleyball game against Deerfield at Buffalo Grove on Monday night.

    Sommers’ hot streak serves Buffalo Grove well

    Buffalo Grove junior Katelyn Sommers loves serving. She sure aced that role in Monday night’s play-in test of the Class AA Buffalo Grove regional. Sommers enjoyed the longest serving streak of her varsity career, registering 13 straight points to close out Game 1 of the No. 11-seeded Bison’s 25-4, 25-7 victory over No. 21 Deerfield (4-26). BG (17-18) will face No. 6 Hersey (22-13) in Tuesday's 7 p.m. semifinal.


    Mundelein advances to regional semis

    VolleyballMundelein d. Wheeling: In the Class 4A regional at Waukegan, Mundelein swept Wheeling, 25-15, 25-21. Sarah Bregenzer led the Mustangs with 7 kills while Yasmeen Johnson and Emily Dunkin added 4 and 3 kills respectively. Setter Madi Wilcox rolled up 15 assists and had 4 aces. Mundelein is now 18-18 on the season.Round Lake d. Grayslake North: In the Class 4A regional at McHenry, Round Lake swept Grayslake North, 25-18, 25-22.Zion-Benton d. Grant: In the Class 4A regional at McHenry, Zion-Benton outlasted Grant, 25-14, 21-25, 27-25.Wauconda d. North Chicago: In the Class 3A regional at Lakes, Wauconda swept North Chicago, 25-10, 25-6. Susan Karhoff had 5 kills, 4 digs and 4 assists for the Bulldogs while Ashley Anderson added 14 service aces and 5 digs. Wauconda is now 20-15 on the season.

    Bradon Prate

    Prate’s big effort powers ISU victory

    After helping Illinois State University’s football team to a 28-14 victory over South Dakota on Saturday, junior defensive tackle Bradon Prate (Wauconda) was named the Missouri Valley Conference defensive player of the week.


    Ambrose, Conant zero in on regional win

    A tense third game of Monday’s Class AA Buffalo Grove regional play-in was tied at 18-18 when Elisa Ambrose stepped to the service line. The Conant junior was not thrilled about missing two serves earlier in the match against No. 19-seeded Palatine. But Ambrose didn’t miss when it counted. Ambrose went 7-for-7 and provided the quick set for Jenn Donnell’s match-winning and match-high 13th kill in a 17-25, 25-16, 25-18 triumph for the Cougars.

    Dundee-Crown’s Emily Michalski hits to the defense of Prairie Ridge’s Charli Beam and Ali Witt, right, Monday in Carpentersville.

    Dundee-Crown’s upset bid falls short

    Monday night’s girls volleyball regional matchup couldn’t have started much better than it did for host Dundee-Crown. The sixth-seeded Chargers won the opening game and led 16-15 in the second game.But Prairie Ridge rallied and ended D-C’s season with a 19-25, 25-19, 25-18 victory to advance to the Class 4A Dundee-Crown regional semifinals.

    Cuban first baseman Jose Abreu, here celebrating after hitting a grand slam during the World Baseball Classic in March, officially will join the White Sox on Tuesday.

    White Sox ready to introduce Abreu

    The White Sox have scheduled a press conference at U.S. Cellular Field Tuesday morning to announce they have officially signed first baseman Jose Abreu to a reported six-year, $68 million contract.

    Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester reacts after St. Louis Cardinals’ David Freese hit a double Monday night during the eigth inning of Game 5 of baseball’s World Series in St. Louis.

    Lester, Ross lead Red Sox to 3-1 Game 5 series win

    Jon Lester smothered St. Louis on four hits into the eighth, David Ross hit a tiebreaking RBI double in a two-run seventh inning off Adam Wainwright and the Boston Red Sox beat the Cardinals 3-1 Monday night to take a 3-2 World Series lead.

    Michigan State running back Jeremy Langford (33) makes his way into the end zone for a touchdown during the third quarter of an NCAA college football game Saturday at Memorial Stadium in Champaign. The Illini are trying to regroup after the 42-3 loss to the Spartans.

    Illinois tries to erase worst of MSU loss

    The 42-3 loss to Michigan State — Illini offensive coordinator Bill Cubit called it a disaster — was in many ways worse than anything Illinois (3-4, 0-3 Big Ten) experienced last season, even during the nine-game losing streak that closed the season.

    Olympic figure skating champion Evan Lysacek says he's doing double and triple jumps in practice as he tries to come back from injury in time to defend his title in Sochi, Russia.

    Lysacek doing double, triple jumps again

    Olympic figure skating champion Evan Lysacek says he’s doing double and triple jumps in practice as he tries to come back from injury in time to defend his title in Sochi. The Naperville native tore the labrum in his left hip in a fall on a quad in training Aug. 21. He hasn’t competed since winning gold in Vancouver in 2010, sidelined last year by a torn abdominal muscle.


    Crisp serving keys Lisle’s regional win

    Lisle used a strong serving game to get past Luther North and earn a victory in the opening round of the Class 2A Aurora Christian regional.

    Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Nick Leddy, right, and Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook, left, celebrate after Leddy’s goal on Minnesota Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom during the second period of an NHL hockey game Monday night in St. Paul , Minn. The Blackhawks beat the Wild 5-1.

    Special teams jumpstart Blackhawks to 5-1 win over Wild

    Patrick Sharp finally scored, Nick Leddy jump-started Chicago’s stagnant special teams with a power-play goal and the Blackhawks beat the Minnesota Wild 5-1 on Monday night. Corey Crawford made 29 saves, and Sheldon Brookbank, Patrick Kane and Brandon Saad all scored to give the Blackhawks just their third game of more than three goals in 12 contests this season.

    Bears rookie linebacker Jon Bostic says practicing against the team’s offense is good preparation for facing opponents.

    Tough task ahead for Bears’ rookie linebackers

    Starting two rookie linebackers isn't ideal for a defense facing quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the Packers' offense, but that's the situation the Bears could be in next Monday night at Lambeau Field.

    Cary-Grove’s Sarah Graham and Kayli Trausch, right, exhale in the winning point as Jacobs’ Katie Mahoney and Allie Campbell react on the other side of the net Monday in Carpentersville.

    Cary-Grove holds off Jacobs

    Both games Monday night were very similar for the Cary-Grove girls volleyball team. The Trojans fell behind early in both games against Jacobs, rallied to tie midway through the game and then had enough to hold off the Golden Eagles. Cary-Grove advanced to the Class 4A Dundee-Crown regional semifinals with a 25-22, 25-20 victory over Jacobs in Carpentersville.


    WW South takes care of business

    This is not the time of year to take any opponent for granted. If you do, you might just see your season come to abrupt end.


    Girls volleyball/Fox Valley roundup

    Hampshire d. Marengo: A balanced attack led the Whip-Purs to a 25-15, 25-10 win at the Class 3A Genoa-Kingston regional. Erin Foss had 5 kills and 6 digs for the Whips, while Kaila Kienzler, Kyla Conway and Julianna Gass (12 digs) also contributed. Brittany Laffin had 14 assists for Hampshire, which plays top-seeded Burlington Central tonight.Addison Trail d. Bartlett: Elizabeth Arco had 5 kills and Rachel Hartford added 4 kills and 6 digs for Bartlett in a 25-21, 25-17 loss at the Class 4A Addison Trail regional. Danielle Santucci had 8 assists and Lexi Cazzato added 7 for the Hawks, who finished the season 6-22-1.Elk Grove d. Elgin: The Maroons’ season came to an end with a 25-17, 25-9 loss at the Class 4A Addison Trail regional. Tonya Welch had 5 assists, Melanie Berg 2 kills and Emma Sirridge 3 blocks for Elgin (8-27).


    Glenbard North defeats Streamwood

    [No Paragraph Style]NewsAfter Glenbard North dispatched Streamwood 25-12, 25-23 on Monday in a Class 4A West Chicago regional quarterfinal, coach Jennifer Farinella stressed one thing to her team.Look Glenbard West straight in the eye on Tuesday night. “I told them to go into it believing in themselves. If they play their game, it will be great competition,” she said. By prevailing over the Sabres, seeded 17th in the Geneva sectional, the 15th-seeded Panthers earned the right to face the top-seeded Hilltoppers in the 6 p.m. semifinal Tuesday. Glenbard North and Glenbard West did not face each other during the regular season.

    Derrick Rose and the Bulls open their season Tuesday night at Miami against LeBron James and the Heat.

    Bulls’ defense designed to cool down Heat

    There will be plenty of hype about Derrick Rose’s return and getting to test his surgically repaired knee against Miami's LeBron James. But there's another reason the Bulls should feel optimistic against the Heat this year.

    Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau knows only one way to do ... his ... job, and he’s not about to change anytime soon.

    Let’s just hope Thibodeau’s style is a healthy one for Bulls

    Even if the outside perception is that Tom Thibodeau plays too many of his key players too many minutes, don't expect him to change. The Bulls' head coach is as self-assured about his methods as anyone in sports.

    Perry Wilhelm

    Mundelein AD Wilhelm nets Division 2 honor

    Mundelein High School athletic director Perry Wilhelm has been named the Division 2 athletic director of the year. Division 2 includes 118 high schools from Lake, McHenry, Kane, Boone and northern Cook counties. Wilhelm is a graduate of Mundelein High School and has spent his career at Mundelein except for a two-year stint as athletic director at Grant High School in Fox Lake. At MHS, he has worked as a teacher, dean of students and is now in his eighth year as athletic director. All four of his children are MHS graduates and are all teachers and coaches. “This is a great honor since it acknowledges Perry’s dedication to MHS students on and off the playing field,” said Mundelein principal Anthony Kroll. “Perry has not only fostered a strong athletic program for the high school, but also a tradition of student leadership.”


    Girls volleyball / Top 20
    St. Francis,Glenbard West and Crystal Lake South -- all 32-3 -- are the top 3 teams in the final Daily Herald Top 20 girls volleyball rankings of the regular season.


    Mike North video: Overlooked quarterback
    There is plenty of discussion about quarterbacks, good and bad in the league, but Andy Dalton, QB of the Cincinnati Bengals is always over looked.  Even after a 5 touchdown day, no one is talking about this quiet and efficient player.   If it was in any other big market city, he would be  getting plenty of attention.

    Alex Washington, shown here in his days as a standout at Wheeling, has joined the Augustana men’s basketball coaching staff.

    Wheeling’s Washington returns to Augustana

    It all added up for former Wheeling boys basketball coach Lou Wool when he heard Alex Washington had been hired by Augustana College as an assistant men’s basketball team coach. Washington was a two-time all-conference player for Wool and the Mid-Suburban East Player of the Year in 2004. “I am not surprised at Alex being named as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Augustana,” Wool said. “He has worked very hard since he graduated to be a college basketball coach.”

    Washington strong safety Brandon Meriweather, who had his two-game suspension by the NFL for repeated violations of player safety rules reduced to one game, took some verbal shots at Brandon Marshall of the Bears on Monday.

    Washington’s Meriweather responds to Marshall

    After saying he’s going to “take peoples’ knees out” to avoid another suspension for hits to the head, Washington safety Brandon Meriweather has struck another blow — saying that “people who beat their girlfriends should be kicked out of the league.” Meriweather’s comments were a direct retort at the checkered domestic violence past of Chicago Bears receiver Brandon Marshall, who last week suggested that players such as Meriweather should perhaps be “taken out of the game completely” to make the game safer.


    Uyenishi goes on the offensive at Colorado College

    After being honored a week earlier by Conference USA for her stellar defense, Colorado College senior defender Katie Uyenishi showed some nifty offensive skills in the Tigers’ 4-3 overtime victory against Rice. The native of Hawthorn Woods and Lake Zurich High School product scored on a header in the 72nd minute to tie the score at 3-3 in regulation to force the extra session. It was her second goal of the season and helped the Tigers remain undefeated (6-0-1) in C-USA play and 11-3-1 overall.


    Mina and Ali Setork

    Naperville building managers live American dream

    Mina and Ali Setork married in 1976 in their native Tehran, Iran. As young newlyweds they planned to gain American educations and return home. Ali was on a scholarship at Brown University and Mina majored in computer sciences at Southern Illinois University. But the revolution in Iran changed all that.

    Downtown Naperville Alliance will sell its first cookbook beginning Friday featuring recipes from downtown merchants and notable residents like Mayor George Pradel.

    First downtown Naperville cookbook sale starts Friday

    Want to know how Naperville Mayor George Pradel cooks his chicken? How Catch 35 makes its shrimp cocktail with Asian cocktail sauce? Or what the staff at Roseland Draperies & Interiors eats for breakfast? There’s an app, er, a cookbook, for that. Downtown Naperville Alliance is selling a cookbook for the first time this holiday season featuring favorite recipes from the likes of Pradel as well as downtown merchants, restaurateurs and city council members.

    A new 2-mile stretch of Chicago's iconic Lake Shore Drive opened to car traffic Sunday after completion of the $64 million project, which officials touted as a stimulus for economic development.

    $64 million Lake Shore Drive extension opens

    A new 2-mile stretch of Chicago's iconic Lake Shore Drive opened to car traffic Sunday after completion of the $64 million project, which officials touted as a stimulus for economic development. The extension cuts through undeveloped property on the city's South Side where a U.S. Steel works once stood, opening up hundreds of acres land for new businesses to potentially set up, longtime advocates argued.

    A Tesla Motors Inc. vehicle is displayed during the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Jan. 15, 2013. Tesla, the top-selling maker of premium electric cars, said a customer was unhurt in a crash and fire this month in Mexico in which a Model S struck a concrete barrier.

    Tesla shares fall on reports of second fiery crash

    Tesla Motors shares dropped Monday after reports of a second fiery crash involving the company’s Model S electric car. On Oct. 17 in Merida, Mexico, a Model S sped into a roundabout, crashed through a concrete wall and hit a tree.

    Bob Chwedyk/bchwedyk@dailyherald.com Ken Hoffman, behind the counter, is co-owner of Morning Blend in the Mount Prospect train station. Morning Blend, which also has locations at the Metra stations in Villa Park, Highland Park and Northbrook, will soon open at the Arlington Park station.

    New coffee shop coming to Arlington Park Metra station

    A new coffee shop will be coming to the Arlington Park Metra station, but it will be familiar to frequent commuters around the suburbs. Morning Blend, which has locations at the Metra stations in Mount Prospect, Villa Park, Highland Park and Northbrook, will soon open at the Arlington Park station, according to Arlington Heights village documents.

    Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks on stage before a new product introduction Oct. 22 in San Francisco. Apple on Monday forecast gross margins that missed analysts’ projections.

    Apple’s iPhone sales rise, but 4Q earnings fall

    Apple’s latest quarterly earnings fell 9 percent as more people bought the company’s lower-priced iPhones and iPads. The company’s fourth-quarter results announced Monday included early sales of the latest iPhones released late last month.

    U.S. stocks rose, leaving the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index poised for the best annual gain since 2003, as weaker-than-forecast economic data fueled bets the Federal Reserve will maintain stimulus at its meeting.

    S&P 500 notches small gain to log another record

    It was another record day for stocks, but barely. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index closed at an all-time high Monday, but by a small margin. The S&P 500 edged up 2.34 points, or 0.1 percent, to a record 1,762.11 after good news from J.C. Penney offset disappointing earnings from a few U.S. companies.

    Andy Coulson is watched by police officers as he arrives at The Old Bailey law court in London, Monday. Former News of the World editors Rebekah Brooks and Coulson are due to go on trial Monday, along with several others, on charges of hacking phones and bribing officials while at the now-shuttered Murdoch tabloid.

    Phone-hacking trial of Murdoch aides opens

    They were once two of the most powerful people in the British media, senior executives for media mogul Rupert Murdoch and associates of Prime Minister David Cameron. Former News of the World editors Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson were going on trial Monday, along with several others, on charges of hacking phones and bribing officials while at the now-shuttered Murdoch tabloid.

    Republicans plan to seek answers from Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on the Obama administration's troubled start for its health care website to buy insurance, and are raising concerns about the privacy of information that applicants submit under the new system.

    GOP set to question Sebelius on health law

    Republicans plan to seek answers from Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on the Obama administration's troubled start for its health care website to buy insurance, and are raising concerns about the privacy of information that applicants submit under the new system.

    Starting next fall, Nielsen will begin counting television programs watched on mobile phones and tablets within its traditional TV ratings.

    Nielsen to begin measuring mobile viewing

    Starting next fall, Nielsen will begin counting television programs watched on mobile phones and tablets within its traditional TV ratings. The company responsible for measuring TV viewership said Monday it will use codes embedded by networks within the programs to collect this information.

    Kathleen Sarrett, president of Staging Homes by Design Inc.

    Staging Homes by Design helps sellers move properties

    Kathleen Sarrett, owner of a home staging and styling business, loved rearranging her mother’s furniture in her home when she was little. The first time she saw a box of 64 Colors in a box when she was 5, she said she "almost fell over." She thought "how could there be so many beautiful colors in the world?"


    Co-working may change how small businesses operate

    No more rolling out of bed and walking across the hall to your office, jammies and all. Coworking is not a home office. Small business incubators tend to focus on tech startups looking for funds.

Life & Entertainment

    South African tenor Johan Botha will not finish the run of Lyric Opera of Chicago's revival of Verdi's “Otello.”

    Injured tenor bows out of Lyric's 'Otello'

    A previous back injury has prompted South African tenor to pull out of the remaining two performances of the Lyric Opera of Chicago's production of Verdi's "Otello." American tenor Clifton Forbis will replace him for the performances set for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, and Saturday, Nov. 2.

    Chef Susie Wolak infuses cream with cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger before stirring it into puréed pumpkin for her fall crème brûlées.

    Chef du jour: Pastry chef mentors online students

    After attending culinary school at the College of Dupage, pastry chef Susie Wolak worked as executive pastry chef for the Metropolitan Club in Chicago and at the Hilton in Northbrook. Now she shares her knowledge with students around the world at chef-mentor for the Hoffman Estates-based Escoffier Online Culinary Academy.

    Elmo and Abby Cadabby, pictured here in the “Sesame Street” show “1-2-3 Imagine! with Elmo & Friends,” will perform at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates in April 2014 in the show “Can’t Stop Singing.”

    “Sesame Street” show coming to Sears Centre

    Tickets go on sale Wednesday, Oct. 30, for the Sesame Street Live show "Can't Stop Singing" at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates from April 4-6.

    Lou Reed, shown during a concert in 1974 in Milwaukee, died Sunday at the age of 71.

    Patti Smith reflects on her late friend Lou Reed

    Patti Smith remembers the first time she saw Lou Reed in person. It was 1970 and Reed and the Velvet Underground were performing at the Manhattan club Max's Kansas City. “I was so taken with their music,” she said Monday as she spoke of her friend, inspiration and fellow poet-musician, who died Sunday at age 71. “I made it my business to study him. His process completely spoke to me, the process of merging poetry with these surf rhythms, this pulsing loop.”

    “Drinks After Work,” the latest release by Toby Keith, shows he’s still at the top of his game.

    Toby Keith nails it again on new album

    Toby Keith opens his new album, “Drinks After Work,” with a song that utilizes the hip-hop rhythms dominating contemporary country music these days. At age 52, and in his 20th year as a country star, Keith makes it work for him. He simply applies the updated rhythms to his typical macho style.

    1986 Pontiac Trans Am

    A busy month for ol’ ‘Spooky’

    Whenever the Halloween season rolls around, things can tend to get a bit ethereal. Case in point; Ken Fritz’s 1986 Pontiac Trans Am. The Gurnee resident calls his black Firebird "Spooky."

    CBS will air a rare live broadcast concert special by Garth Brooks from the Encore Theater at the Wynn Las Vegas on Friday, Nov. 29.

    Garth Brooks plans live broadcast of one-man show

    Garth Brooks is taking his intimate one-man Las Vegas show to live television. A news release issued Monday says CBS will broadcast Brooks’ performance at the Wynn Las Vegas live on Nov. 29.

    Michael Jackson’s former doctor Conrad Murray, who was convicted of killing Jackson, was released from jail Monday after serving nearly two years of a four-year sentence. A change in California law allowed his incarceration time to be significantly cut down.

    Jackson’s doctor released from jail after 2 years

    The doctor convicted of killing Michael Jackson was released from jail Monday after serving nearly two years of a four-year sentence. Conrad Murray was released from a downtown Los Angeles jail at 12:01 a.m., according to the sheriff’s office. A change in California law allowed his incarceration time to be significantly cut down.

    Ciara’s future is Future: The R&B singer and the rapper-producer are engaged.

    Ciara, Future announce engagement

    Ciara’s future is Future: The R&B singer and the rapper-producer are engaged. Future surprised the Grammy-winner with a 15-carat diamond ring over the weekend, their publicist, Chris Chambers, told The Associated Press on Sunday night.

    Country music star Kenny Rogers gives his acceptance speech at the ceremony for the 2013 inductions into the Country Music Hall of Fame on Sunday in Nashville, Tenn.

    Rogers, Bare inducted into Country Hall of Fame

    Kenny Rogers, Bobby Bare and the late “Cowboy” Jack Clement — three men whose influence still ripples across the surface of modern music — are now members of the Country Music Hall of Fame. The three were saluted by stars during a ceremony Sunday at the newly expanded Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Each of the three inductees had a profound effect on music in his own way, and one could argue each deserved a place among the genre’s greatest names long ago. “I’m flattered, I’m honored and I’m nervous,” Rogers said before the ceremony. "What I’ve realized is that success is not a happening, it’s a journey."

    Fleetwood Mac announced Sunday that the group is canceling planned performances in Australia and New Zealand as bassist John McVie is treated for cancer.

    Fleetwood Mac cancels shows for McVie’s health

    Fleetwood Mac is canceling planned performances in Australia and New Zealand as bassist John McVie is treated for cancer.

    James Toback, left, and Alec Baldwin star in the HBO documentary, “Seduced and Abandoned,” which airs Monday, Oct. 28, on HBO.

    Alec Baldwin on ‘fetid septic tank’ movie biz

    In “Seduced and Abandoned,” Alec Baldwin and James Toback present a portrait of today’s movie business and an elegy to what it once was. In person, Baldwin’s even more candid, venting on tasteless studio executives, the pay for actors and the “fetid septic tank” of the movie business. Currently playing in select theaters before airing Monday, Oct. 28, on HBO, the film is timely, coming amid a year of much debate about the state of moviemaking.

    Some men who have started doing yoga say they eventually get hooked on it after realizing how good they feel.

    If yoga is so good for you, why don’t more men practice it?

    At a yoga studio in Washington recently, practitioners breathed, bent, twisted and stretched their way to a happier state. They left more relaxed, more energized, with better posture and a renewed outlook. But there was one curious thing: Of the 24 people in the room, only four were men.

    Germs from your cellphone and your hands can lead to unsightly breakouts on your face.

    Your health: Cellphones may leave germs on your face
    Sometimes it may seem like cellphones are more like an extension of our hands going every where and anywhere and that means some nasty little organisms may be hitch hiking from your cellphone directly to your face, says ABC News.

    In Donna Tartt’s third novel, “The Goldfinch,” follows the life of a boy whose world is turned upside down when an ordinary excursion to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City erupts in a sudden, senseless act of violence.

    ‘The Goldfinch’ is a tale of art and loss

    "The Goldfinch" begins when an ordinary excursion to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City by 13-year-old Theo Decker and his mother erupts in a sudden, senseless act of violence. In the mayhem that follows, Decker’s mother is killed and he somehow picks up and walks away with a priceless piece of artwork from the 1600s, “The Goldfinch” by Carel Fabritius. The scene unfolds slowly in detail and sets in motion nearly every subsequent event in the novel.

    Robert Irwin, 9, the son of the late Stephen Irwin, Australia’s “Crocodile Hunter,” is following his father’s footsteps by making his debut as a television host. He co-hosts “Wild But True,” a show on Discovery Kids that explores parallels between nature and science. He’s sitting in between mom Terri and sister Bindi Irwin.

    Son to follow in TV steps of ‘Crocodile Hunter’

    The youngest Irwin is following in the TV hosting footsteps of late “Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin and big sister, Bindi. Nine-year-old Robert Irwin will co-host “Wild But True” on Discovery Kids Asia, exploring parallels between nature and science. He calls it a “really, really cool concept” for a television show. “... it’s about how science has gotten ideas and built from inventions from the natural world,” he said.

    Most yogurts are good sources of probiotics.

    Probiotics are all the rage, and experts say there are results behind the hype

    We hear about them everywhere — how they clear up everything from a bloated gut to a depressed mind. How they boost the immune system and improve skin health. How they delay allergies in children and prevent urinary tract infections in women. The list is truly impressive. But what are probiotics? And do they deserve all the attention and accolades?

    Walking overhead lunge

    Strengthening your core means doing more than sit-ups

    The term “core” is often used in the fitness industry, and much attention seems to go toward strengthening it. Many people think of the core as their abs, but the core is actually comprised of several muscles throughout the midsection of the body.

    “American Experience” marks the 75th anniversary of the CBS radio broadcast of “The War of the Worlds” by Orson Welles. The “Mercury Theatre on the Air” adaptation of the H.G. Wells science-fiction novel had many listeners in a panic thinking they were listening to a real news broadcast.

    PBS revisits Orson Welles’ ‘War of the Worlds’ broadcast

    Oct. 30, 1938, started as a fairly typical Halloween Eve ... but it ended with many people convinced Martians were attacking. The reason was one of the most famous hours in the history of broadcasting: “The War of the Worlds,” Orson Welles’ “Mercury Theatre on the Air” CBS radio adaptation of the H.G. Wells science-fiction novel. The 75th anniversary of the program is marked by a new episode of PBS’ “American Experience” Tuesday, Oct. 29.


    Strength-training exercise can help slow bone loss

    Q: I’ve heard that weight-bearing exercises are a good way to prevent osteoporosis. Can you describe a few?



    With president’s name on it, it has to be good
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: I had a dream that I was the president of the United States and that I invented a government health care plan for the nation that was so terrific that I named it after myself — “Wanaskicare.” It was so good that I was the first to enroll along with my wife and family.


    We can’t take out ‘payday loans’ forever
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: A paraphrase from one of our president’s many, many, speeches in effect is saying: “Increasing the national debt does not increase the debt because that money has already been spent to pay for our armed forces, old people, salaries of Washington staffers, place fences around memorials, etc.”


    Our country needs fresh leadership
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: Why don’t we just quit trying to blame Democrats or Republicans for our current economic crisis in America and put the blame where it belongs — on both parties. While the Republicans appear to play Russian roulette by not caving to the Democrats, the Democrats in return seem to think it’s OK to keep building our debt to the point we will never be able to pay our bills without borrowing from countries such as China. Is this how we really want to live? I know I don’t.


    Promises on health care not being realized
    A Des Plaines letter to the editor: Mr. Obama’s promises that we can keep our insurance if we have it and we can keep our doctors if we like them are proving to be anything but true. It’s a real catastrophe that is not receiving a lot of coverage in our media.


    Cuts in federal court funding hurt all
    A letter to the editor: Our federal courts are quickly finding it difficult to carry out their duties and responsibilities as set forth in the Constitution and acts of Congress because of funding shortfalls. I am joining the presidents of the state bar associations in Ohio, New Jersey, New York, Wisconsin, Nevada and Florida to urge members of Congress to end the devastating cuts to federal court funding.


    Disney offers model to reshape our cities
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: We Americans are very creative people. An animated mouse, a hamburger stand, a dime store, and a duck call inspired dreams that built empires. We are dreamers; we are planners; we are doers. Unemployment, a sluggish economy, a city on the brink of bankruptcy — we can fix them all.


    The squeaky wheels get less jet noise
    An Elk Grove Village letter to the editor: Poor Park Ridge, where was your mayor when Elk Grove Village led the fight against O’Hare expansion? Oh well, enjoy the sights and sounds of progress!


    Foundation grateful for Stevenson support
    A Buffalo Grove letter to the editor: The Christopher Steele Foundation thanks the Adlai E. Stevenson High School National Honor Society for selecting us to be the charity supported by this year’s Spirit Fest.


    Coal plant annoying allergy sufferers
    A Lake Forest letter to the editor: I don’t like cold weather, but it brings good news — a freeze will rid allergy sufferers and asthmatics of all that misery-causing pollen.


    Get to know a Tea Party member
    A Des Plaines letter to the editor: Tea Party members are not radical, extremist or a ridiculous clan of bomb throwers as you so kindly referred to them. How did you come up with that “bomb thrower” bit? You should get to know some of these good people.


    How 40 people can hold up our lives
    An Elgin letter to the editor: Our democracy is in really big trouble when 40 members of the Tea Party can halt the businesses and lives of 350 million people. The main characteristic of the Tea Party is that they know nothing about how things work or how each segment affects another — good or bad.


    D15 arbitrator right to rule for early release
    Letter to the editor: Lisa Szczupaj says it is gratifying that the arbitrator for the late start/early release grievance in District 15 sided with parents. "It is now up to Superintendent Thompson and the district to make and execute a plan," she writes.


    Grateful that people stopped to help her
    Letter to the editor: Mary Olhava is grateful to the young man who stopped to help her with a flat tire, and the police officer who also stopped. "In the midst of what was happening I failed to get their names," she writes. "However, I didn’t want these good deeds to go unmentioned."


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