Daily Archive : Saturday November 2, 2013


    Carol Cooling-Kopp accepting one of her many Emmy Awards.

    Carol Cooling-Kopp was ‘heart and soul’ of NBC5

    As director of special events and programming for NBC Channel 5, Carol Cooling-Kopp worked behind the scenes and earned multiple Emmy awards, even though few viewers knew her name. She died this week at her Arlington Heights home. “Carol was the heart and soul of NBC5,” said Allison Rosati.

    A Mundelein police car soon will be equipped with an automated license plate recognition system from 3M, like this one.

    Mundelein police cameras to automatically scan license plates

    Mundelein police are buying a new piece of sophisticated but controversial equipment. The automated license plate recognition system scans auto tags and runs the images through local, state and federal databases. “It really does improve our efficiency,” Mundelein Police Chief Eric Guenther said. But, “we find the existence of (these databases) to be very ominous,” an ACLU rep says.


    Did you change your clocks? Now replace smoke detector batteries

    The Illinois State Fire Marshal's office is reminding residents to change their smoke detector batteries as they set their clocks back this weekend.


    Route 47 reopens after diesel spill

    Route 47 near Huntley reopened this morning, more than 12 hours after a three-vehicle crash spilled approximately 100 gallons of diesel fuel onto the roadway. The road was closed overnight while crews cleaned up the spill.

    United States Attorney Andre Birotte Jr. speaks in press conference to provide an update on the investigation of the shooting incident at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), on Saturday.

    Suspect in LAX shooting spree targeted TSA

    Seeking to stir fear in "traitorous minds," a man suspected of a shooting spree at Los Angeles airport allegedly set out to kill employees of the Transportation Security Administration in the attack that left one person dead and others wounded, authorities said.

    Americans for Prosperity Illinois state director David From speaks Saturday at the Restore Illinois Summit at the Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont.

    Speaker calls Illinois ‘most crooked, most broke’ at political summit

    The first Restore Illinois Summit convention brought in a veritable who's who of political heavyweights Saturday in Rosemont. U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam, former congressman Joe Walsh, U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren, all four Illinois GOP gubernatorial candidates (Bill Brady, Kirk Dillard, Bruce Rauner and Dan Rutherford), as well as media figures such as Dan Proft, Michelle Malkin and Dana Loesch took part...

    Lake Forest native Brian Ludmer is one of the people injured at LAX on Friday, Nov. 1 during a shooting at terminal 3. Brian, in the foreground, is participating in auditions for a play.

    Local LAX shooting victim doing well, may need another surgery

    Brian Ludmer — the Lake Forest native who was injured during a shooting at the Los Angeles International Airport on Friday — remains hospitalized, but is doing well, according to the superintendent of the school district where Ludmer teaches. The 29-year-old was waiting for a flight to Boston Friday morning when he suffered a gunshot wound in one of his legs from a man who opened fire inside a...

    Pakistan’s Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali gestures Saturday during a press conference regarding the killing of Pakistani Taliban chief, in Islamabad, Pakistan. The Pakistani Taliban confirmed the death of their leader, Hakimullah Mehsud, in a U.S. drone strike.

    Pakistani officials rebuke U.S. for drone strike

    Several analysts said those killings represent a major setback for the militant group, which comprises dozens of factions and is loosely affiliated with al-Qaida as well as with the Afghan Taliban.But Pakistani Taliban leaders met Saturday to try to select a new leader and shake off suggestions that Mehsud’s death will have a lasting impact on the group.

    This combination of undated photos provided by Radio France International shows journalists Ghislaine Dupont, left, and Claude Verlon.

    Officials: Two French journalists killed in Mali

    Claude Verlon and Ghislaine Dupont were grabbed by several armed men in a 4x4 after they finished an interview, officials said. Their bodies were later dumped a dozen miles outside the town.

    President Barack Obama speaks Wednesday at Boston’s historic Faneuil Hall about the federal health care law.

    HealthCare.gov: How a start-up failed to launch

    “They were running the biggest start-up in the world, and they didn’t have anyone who had run a start-up, or even run a business,” said David Cutler, a Harvard University professor and health adviser to Obama’s 2008 campaign, who was not the individual who provided the memo to The Washington Post but confirmed he was the author. “It’s very hard to think of a situation where the people best at...

    Janis and Bill Page say not enough local businesses let the public know about all the good deeds the business do.

    Fox Valley businesses charitable but don’t brag about it

    Dave Heun talks to Janis and Bill Page about their research findings that not enough local businesses blow their own horns about all the good deeds they do.

    Courtney Windisch, who works at The Bank Restaurant in Wheaton, navigates obstacles in the Waiter Race, part of this year’s Chili Cook Off in downtown Wheaton.

    Waiters Race part of annual Chili Cook Off in Wheaton

    14 wait staff members from downtown Wheaton establishments raced along the obstacle course set up on Front Street in the first Waiters Race on Saturday afternoon, part of the fifth Chili Cook Off sponsored by the Downtown Wheaton Association.

    Shrey Dshpande, 7, Anagha Chandrashek, 6, and Lynn Handler, all of Elburn, point and gasp at a red-tailed hawk named Zihna at the second annual “Wild About Wildlife” fundraiser on Saturday for the Fox Valley Wildlife Center at Hickory Knolls Discovery Center in St. Charles.

    Zihna the hawk, Bubba the crocodile raise money for wildlife center

    A fundraiser for the Fox Valley Wildlife Center featured lots of animals — and plenty of reptiles — on Saturday in St. Charles. Snakes, hawks, owls, a tortoise, a bearded dragon and much more delighted children and adults alike at “Wild About Wildlife,” held at Hickory Knolls Discovery Center. “The program shows another side of animals that we never get to see,” said Jim Nesci, who ran the Cold...

    Lou Reed performs at the Lollapalooza music festival, in Chicago.

    Notable deaths last week

    Rock and roll trailblazer Lou Reed and NBA hall-of-famer Walt Bellamy among the deaths of note last week.

    Bernard Goetz is arraigned Saturday in Manhattan criminal court, in New York. Subway vigilante Goetz, who ignited a national furor over racism and gun control after he shot four youths on a train in the 1980s, was arrested on drug charges.

    Subway vigilante Goetz charged in drug case

    In 1996, a Bronx jury awarded one of the teens, Darrell Cabey, $43 million in his lawsuit against Bernie Goetz. Cabey’s attorney, Ron Kuby, said Saturday his client remains paralyzed in a wheelchair and has never received a penny from Goetz, who had declared bankruptcy.

    A bicyclist rides Tuesday down 101st St. in the Niagara Falls, N.Y. neighborhood once known as Love Canal. Beginning in 1990, about 260 homes were given new vinyl siding, roofs and windows and resold at prices 20 percent below market value.

    Suits claim Love Canal still oozing sickness 35 years later

    Thirty-five years after Love Canal’s oozing toxic waste scared away a neighborhood and became a symbol of environmental catastrophe, history could be repeating itself.

    Different strains of marijuana displayed during the grand opening of the Seattle location of the Northwest Cannabis Market, for sales of medical marijuana products.

    D.C. on fast track to decriminalize pot

    The D.C. Council is poised to approve a bill that would decriminalize possession of small amounts of pot, and Democratic Mayor Vincent Gray announced last month that he supports it. He could sign the bill into law as early as January.

    Workers prepare to install a statue of Jesus on Mount Sednaya, Syria.

    In midst of Syrian war, giant Jesus statue arises

    Christians and other minorities are all targets in the conflict, and the statue’s safety is by no means guaranteed. It stands among villages where some fighters, linked to al-Qaida, have little sympathy for Christians.

    A part of a terminal remains closed as departing passengers walk by on Saturday, at Los Angeles International Airport. Terminal 3 was later opened so people could retrieve belongings lefy behind when they fled a gunman Friday.

    L.A. airport lets some back in terminal

    “The TSA doesn’t anticipate a change in our security at this time,” said a TSA official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations. “However, passengers may see an increased presence of local law enforcement officers throughout the country.”

    Holocaust survivors, Joe Chaba, 85, and his wife, Helen, 89, sit together on the rooftop at the retirement community called Selfhelp Home, on the North Side of Chicago.

    Last generation finds refuge at Home for Holocaust survivors

    The past never totally disappears. One night at dinner someone asked if everyone had received plum cake. Oppenheimer pointed to two tablemates. Suddenly she was reminded of a Nazi commander dubbed “the death finger” because he’d point, then declare with a “you, you, you,” those to be exterminated. She trembles just thinking about it.

    Space helmets worn by the grounds crew in the early years of the Houston Astrodome are lined up Saturday in front of drawings of former Houston Astros players at the Reliant Center in Houston. A sale and auction of Houston Astrodome furniture, appliances, Astroturf and staff uniforms was held Saturday. The Astrodome was the world’s first multipurpose domed stadium and was once home to the Astros and the Oilers.

    Astrodome sale features turf, lockers, space helmets

    Opened in 1965, the Astrodome was the world’s first multipurpose domed stadium. It was home to the Astros and the Oilers. But no professional sports team has played there since 1999 and has been closed to all events since 2009.

    This Secretary of State driver services facility is expected to open Nov. 5 at 1468 Lee St. in Des Plaines.

    Secretary of state office to open Nov. 5 in Des Plaines

    A new secretary of state driver services facility is expected to open Tuesday, Nov. 5, in Des Plaines. The facility is moving less than five miles away from its now-shuttered Niles location to the Oak Leaf Commons strip mall at 1468 Lee St. “The owner of the (Niles) property on Golf Road had someone else he wanted to bring in there,” spokesman Dave Druker said. “We like Niles...

    State Rep. David McSweeney

    Graduated tax would be 'disaster,' McSweeney tells Summit

    Opponents of a graduated state income tax spoke out against it during a session of the conservative Restore Illinois Summit that took place Saturday at the Donald Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont.

    Alex Frerichs, 24, of Elgin gets some help from mom Annette as she does physical therapy in the family's dining room.

    Fundraiser to help Elgin woman sickened by West Nile virus

    Annette Frerichs always worried that her daughter would be exposed to mosquito-borne West Nile virus, and that's what happened in 2012. Alex already had a heart transplant in infancy, and a kidney transplant in middle school. Friends and neighbors have organized “Angels for Alex,” a fundraiser Nov. 10 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Elgin.

    In this 2009 photo, new Pakistani Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud, left, is seen with his comrade Waliur Rehman, front center, during his meeting with media in Sararogha of Pakistani tribal area of South Waziristan along the Afghanistan border. Intelligence officials said Friday, Nov. 1, 2013 that the leader of the Pakistani Taliban Hakimullah Mehsud was one of three people killed in a U.S. drone strike.

    Pakistani Taliban confirm leader killed by drone

    The Pakistani Taliban confirmed the death of their leader in a U.S. drone strike Saturday, a day after he was killed, as the group's leadership council met to begin the process of choosing a successor. The death of Hakimullah Mehsud, a ruthless leader known for attacking a CIA base in Afghanistan and a bloody campaign that killed thousands of Pakistani civilians and members of the security...

    Dean and Mary Lou Griffin sit their home in Chadds Ford, Pa. on Friday, Nov. 1, 2013. The Griffins are among millions of people nationwide who buy individual insurance policies and are receiving notices that those policies are being discontinued because they don't meet the higher benefit requirements of the new law.

    Sticker shock often follows insurance cancellation

    Dean Griffin liked the health insurance he purchased for himself and his wife three years ago and thought he'd be able to keep the plan even after the federal Affordable Care Act took effect. But the 64-year-old recently received a letter notifying him the plan was being canceled because it didn't cover certain benefits required under the law.

    Gas prices dropped to $3.17 at a Speedway station in Kokomo, Ind., Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013. Local gasoline prices are swinging up and down ever more drastically, a result of a national fuel system that is operating with a shrinking margin for error.

    Volatile prices at gas pumps give drivers whiplash

    Local gasoline prices are swinging up and down ever more drastically, a result of a national fuel system that is operating with a shrinking margin for error. Jumps of 20 cents per gallon or more in a single day are becoming more common, for example, according to an AP analysis of daily and weekly price changes at 120,000 U.S. gasoline stations tracked by GasBuddy.com.


    CTA suspends workers for train crash

    The Chicago Transit Authority has fired two workers and suspended two others for actions leading to a train crash that injured 33.

    Steve Hindi

    Puppies sold out of pickup in Elburn draws activist’s fire

    An animall-welfare activist has criticized Elburn police's handling of the sale of puppies from the backof a pickup truck this summer. But Elburn Police Chief Steve Smith says it's not clear if the village's peddler law was broken, because the sales happened on private property, with the landowner's permission. “That is a gray area for us,” he said.


    Long list of animal-welfare skirmishes for Elburn man

    Protesting the sale of puppies in from a pickup in Elburn is the latest in a long line of animal-welfare protests for Steve Hindi, founder of Showing Animals Respect and Kindness.

    Jenny Russo, widow of Frank Russo, left, and Teresa Russo, his daughter, hold the honorary street sign presented to the Russo family during a special ceremony outside the Schaumburg police station on Friday night.

    Street renamed for fallen Schaumburg police officer

    Schaumburg honored the memory of its only police officer to die in the line of duty by dedicating a street on his old patrol beat Friday as Honorary Officer Frank Russo Way, exactly five years after his passing. The candlelight vigil at the Public Safety Memorial in front of the police station was held in conjunction with roll call for the midnight shift, on which Russo spent 13 of his 19 years...

    Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist delivers a statement before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington.

    Ex-GOP Florida Gov. Crist to run for job as Democrat

    Former Republican governor-turned Democrat Charlie Crist took the first step Friday toward attempting to reclaim his old job with a new party, paving the way for a bitter contest that will be one of the most watched in the nation.

    Former Indiana Rep. Chris Chocola, who leads the Club for Growth, speaking in South Bend, Ind.

    Conservative groups seek control of GOP agenda

    Mainstream GOP groups — such as Karl Rove’s American Crossroads or the party’s formal campaign committees — question their more conservative counterparts’ role, fed up by their outsized influence in shaping the party’s current agenda.



    Swope keeps Naperville Central on right path

    Most of the Naperville Central boys soccer players probably have never seen “Top Gun.”

    Bryan Bickell (29) celebrates Nick Leddy’s (8) goal against the Winnipeg Jets during the second period of the Blackhawks’ victory in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013.

    Toews’ mates make all the noise in Hawks’ win

    It was a quiet return to Winnipeg for Jonathan Toews on Saturday, but his Blackhawks teammates let their play do all the talking for him in a dominating performance against the Jets. Niklas Hjalmarsson, Brandon Bollig, Patrick Sharp, Nick Leddy and Ben Smith scored goals, and Corey Crawford made 26 saves in a 5-1 dismantling of the Jets at MTS Centre.

    Glenbard South’s Gary Clark steps out of bounds before hitting the goal line against St. Francis during the first round of football playoffs in Glen Ellyn.

    Images: Glenbard South v. St. Francis
    Glenbard South High School hosted St. Francis High School in the first round of the IHSA football playoffs on Saturday in Glen Ellyn.


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


    Saturday’s girls cross country scoreboard
    High school varsity results from Saturday's girls cross country meets, as reported to the Daily Herald.


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


    Saturday’s boys cross country scoreboard
    High school varsity results from Saturday's boys cross country meets, as reported to the Daily Herald.

    Derrick Rose, right, defends as Philadelphia 76ers’ Michael Carter-Williams (1) moves the ball up the court in the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday Nov. 2, 2013, in Philadelphia. The 76ers won 107-104.

    Rose puts error-prone Bulls’ loss to Sixers on his shoulders

    The Bulls coasted to a 20-point lead in the second quarter, then faltered late and lost 107-104 at Philadelphia on Saturday. While Derrick Rose piled up 8 turnovers, the surprising 76ers improved to 3-0. “I would blame tonight on me,” Rose said. “Turnovers, missed shots, miscommunication — I just couldn’t get in my groove.”


    Stevenson D gets an A against St. Charles East

    With two Division I receivers, a spunky quarterback named Bourbon and a scoring average of nearly 32 points per game, Stevenson’s high-powered offense brings a lot of glitz and glam to Lincolnshire. On Saturday, the defense figured it was about time to roll out its version of some bling and star power. The sixth-seeded Patriots kept visiting St. Charles East completely under wraps from start to nearly finish in a 35-7 victory in the first round of the Class 8A playoffs. The only touchdown for the No. 11 Saints (6-4) came in the fourth quarter, when they were down 35-0 and the Patriots (8-2) had already begun subbing out starters.


    Kubiuk, Miller help Barrington pass first playoff test

    Barrington wide receiver Scott Miller loves when opponents line up right across from him. “They were using press coverage against me,” Miller said. “And I can exploit my speed better against that. I can use my speed to get the guy.” Miller, who was sixth in the state last spring in the 200-meter dash, broke away from coverage three times, and Broncos quarterback Daniel Kubiuk was right on target on each occasion as host Barrington flew past Evanston 23-8 Saturday in the opening round of the Class 8A playoffs. Barrington (9-1), which had not won a playoff game since 2008, will play next weekend at Warren, a 33-17 winner over Glenbrook South.


    Nickell leads another late Warren rally

    Warren has been in situations just liked this before. Down 17-7, start of the fourth quarter, and on the road? Yep, got ’em right where we want ’em. The tenth-seeded Blue Devils were in deep against the seventh seed, host Glenbrook South, in a Class 8A playoff opener in Glenview. But that all changed in just over 60 seconds. A 3-play, 84-yard drive got Warren within 17-14 — and the Blue Devils were just getting started, as 23 unanswered fourth quarter points and a school record-setting effort by senior quarterback Andrew Nickell lifted Warren to its first road playoff win since 2001 in a 33-17 decision Saturday night.


    Vernon Hills nets spot in state meet field

    Girls cross countryBelvidere sectional: Vernon Hills earned a state berth in the Class 2A meet, as the Cougars (126) placed third behind champ Crystal Lake Central (103) and Marengo (121). Lake Forest (141) and Kaneland (176) also made it out.Vernon Hills was paced by sophomore Vivian Overbeck (fourth, 18:08) and senior Cassie Lira (sixth, 18:19). Junior Samantha Hershman was 29th (19:14), sophomore Lexi Reich took 39th (19:28) and junior Melanie Rogers came in 48th (19:41).Woodstock senior Maura Beattie (17:44) was a three-second winner over DeKalb senior Kelsey Schrader.

    Nebraska wide receiver Jordan Westerkamp (1) catches the game-winning touchdown over Northwestern center back Dwight White (2) , safety Jimmy Hall (9) and linebacker Chi Chi Ariguzo (44) with seconds to go in the game Saturday. Nebraska won 27-24.

    Northwestern blows it again as Montini grad snags Hail Mary for Nebraska

    Jordan Westerkamp caught Ron Kellogg III’s tipped desperation heave to the end zone with no time left Saturday, giving Nebraska a 27-24 victory over Northwestern on Saturday. The Cornhuskers looked like they were finished after Northwestern took a three-point lead with 1:20 left. They started their final drive at their 17 with no timeouts.


    Wolves bow to Barons

    The Chicago Wolves were not able to sustain the momentum from their 6-0 victory 24 hours earlier, falling 4-2 to the Oklahoma City Barons on Saturday night at the Cox Convention Center.The Wolves (4-6-0-1) received goals from Ty Rattie and Pat Cannone. But they allowed 3 goals in the third period and never held the lead. Goaltender Jake Allen (4-3-1), who blanked the Barons on Friday, recorded 29 saves.


    Naperville Central prepped for postseason

    The Naperville Central girls swimming team proved Saturday that it’s peaking at the right time.

    Larkin goalie Aldair Dominguez (right, in red) reaches up to touch the Royals’ Class 3A sectional championship plaque after defeating McHenry 1-0 at Huntley High School on Saturday.

    Historic sectional championship for Larkin

    Larkin finally got its sectional championship. Appearing in a boys soccer sectional for the eighth time in school history, the Royals broke through Saturday with a 1-0 victory against McHenry. Alex Cruz scored in the 46th minute as Larkin won the Class 3A Huntley sectional. The Royals will play Lake Park in the Bartlett supersectional at Streamwood’s Millennium Field at 6 p.m. on Tuesday. Lake Park upset St. Charles East 1-0 Saturday to win the Schaumburg sectional.


    St. Viator’s Carroll advances to 2A state meet

    St. Viator senior Meghan Carroll had the third-best performance in Saturday’s Class 2A girls cross country sectional meet hosted by Wheaton Academy, meaning she’ll have spot in next weekend’s state championship race at Detweiller Park in Peoria.Carroll finished in 18:06, making her the top individual qualifier from the meet.Riverside-Brookfield’s Mailin Struck won in 17:27, and Yorkville earned the top team advancement berth with 50 points.


    Viator’s Brey earns downstate berth in 2A

    St. Viator’s Nick Brey had the fourth-fastest finish in Saturday’s Class 2A boys cross country sectional hosted by Wheaton Academy.That made him the top individual qualifier at the site, so he’ll run in the Class 2A state championship race in Detweiller Park next Saturday.Brey finished in 15:33; the top finisher was defending 2A state champ John Wold of Glenbard South.


    Neuqua Valley in a good place

    It’s not quite time to put together the best performances of the girls swimming season, but that time is fast approaching. So the overall high level of Neuqua Valley’s swims at Saturday’s Upstate Eight Conference meet was something pleasing for Wildcats coach Jason Niforatos.


    Vernon Hills win Belvidere sectional

    Boys cross countryBelvidere sectional: Led by senior Kyle Whitney, who finished third in 15 minutes, 26 seconds, Vernon Hills won the Class 2A sectional.Freshman Shane Williamson (15:36) and junior Tyler Smith (15:39) placed sixth and ninth, respectively, for the Cougars, whose 45 points were easily better than runner-up Dixon (99). Junior Rob Williams (15:41) was 10th, while senior Ben Mohrdieck (15:56) came in 17th for Vernon Hills.Grayslake Central also advanced to next Saturday’s state meet, as the Rams tied Prairie Ridge for fifth (181 each). Grayslake Central’s top five consisted of junior Max Brunk (18th, 15:56), sophomore Jack Battaglia (20th, 15:56), senior Kevin Orozco (26th, 16:06), sophomore Danny Vincent (55th, 16:38) and junior Suneed Ahmed (62nd, 16:48).Crystal Lake Central’s Ryan Pitner won the race in 15:09.


    Sycamore sends Antioch home with 1st-round loss

    The gold-and-black sign that hangs from the scoreboard in the south end zone at Sycamore’s Engh Community Field screams appreciation for this farm town. It reads, “SYCAMORE HAS BEEN GOOD TO ME!” Funny, opponents of Sycamore’s football team keep having bad experiences at the Spartans’ stadium. Antioch became undefeated Sycamore’s latest victim Saturday, as the Sequoits committed a bevy of first-half mistakes in falling behind by four touchdowns, before the losing the Class 5A state playoff opener 48-24. The opening half alone saw the visitors miss a 22-yard field goal attempt, fumble at their own 33-yard line, surrender a punt-return touchdown and drop a pass in the end zone.

    The Chicago Bulls’ Kirk Hinrich, right, drives against Philadelphia 76ers’ Lavoy Allen (50) in the first half Saturday in Philadelphia.

    Bulls blow 18-point lead, lose to 3-0 ... Sixers?!?

    Rookie Michael Carter-Williams had 26 points and 10 assists as the Philadelphia 76ers continued their stunning start to the season, beating the Bulls 107-104 on Saturday night. After trailing by as many as 18 points in the second half, the Sixers took a 100-99 lead with 3:29 left when Carter-Williams picked up a loose ball and calmly laid it in. It was the Sixers’ first lead since 11-10.


    Lake Park surprises St. Charles East

    Twenty was the lucky number for Lake Park’s soccer team Saturday afternoon. Junior forward Oliver Horgan’s second-half goal off a corner kick from teammate Joe Keane enabled the Lancers to knock off top-seeded St. Charles East 1-0 in the Class 4A sectional finals held at Gary Scholz Stadium in Schaumburg.


    Aurora Christian knocks out IC Catholic Prep

    Aurora Christian coach Don Beebe called it one of the greatest performances of any football player in program history — Brandon Walgren’s game Saturday against IC Catholic in the first round of the Class 3A playoffs.

    Jason Gregoire

    Cary-Grove wins playoff opener again

    The Cary-Grove football team will play an 11th game for the 10th straight season. The ninth-seeded Trojans used their trademark blend of swarming defense and clock-chewing, triple-option offense to defeat No. 8 Guilford Saturday, 28-17. It marks the 10th straight season Cary-Grove (7-3) has won a first-round playoff game. It was only the second time during the streak the Trojans have won a first-round game on the road.


    Wheeling storms into supersectional

    As tops seeds dropped in many Class 3A boys soccer sectionals, the top two survived in the Evanston complex. And their sectional championship matchup turned out to be a classic on Saturday afternoon. When it was over before a packed house at Lazier Field, it was Wheeling advancing in dramatic fashion by defeating host Evanston 2-1. The Wildcats earn a spot in Tuesday’s 6 p.m. supersectional at Hersey and are 1 win from making a first-ever state final appearance.


    St. Charles East claims UEC crown

    Talk about starting a conference meet with a bang. At a time of the year when teams typically do not swim their fastest — St. Charles East opened the Upstate Conference meet by setting not just a conference record but the pool record at St. Charles North when the 200-yard medley relay blazed to a 1:47.93 time.


    Montini rout sets up Marian rematch

    After host Montini dispatched Chicago’s Morgan Park 43-6 on Saturday afternoon in Class 5A first-round playoff play, Broncos coach Chris Andriano knew exactly what to say about his team’s second-round opponent. That’s because both teams know each other really, really well. Saturday’s victory sets up a battle of Suburban Christian Blue rivals as 10-0 Montini will travel to 8-2 Marian Central. The Broncos beat the Hurricanes 40-35 in Week 7.

    Josh McCown throws during the Bears’ loss at Green Bay on Dec. 25, 2011. McCown returns to Lambeau Field on Monday to see if he can even his record against the 5-2 Packers.

    McCown, Palmer put time in to prepare for Packers

    Former backup QB Josh McCown will try to duplicate his brilliant relief effort of two weeks ago against the Packers on Monday night, and Jordan Palmer is the only healthy option behind McCown. “The mindset for the quarterback coming off the bench is that he’s got to be ready without (practice) reps,” Marc Trestman said. “The preparation side of it is completely different. Now Josh has (had) five practices to prepare for this.”

    Lake Zurich’s Sam Walstrum, right, celebrates his third-quarter touchdown with teammate Dylan Schassler during Saturday’s Class 7A playoff game against Elk Grove.

    Allgood, Lake Zurich outrun Elk Grove

    The big white No. 4 on the back of Lake Zurich quarterback Noah Allgood has been prominent in the Bears’ offensive attack throughout the football season. On Saturday, as the top-seeded Bears hosted No. 16 seed Elk Grove in a Class 7A first-round playoff game, that number was called again and again. Allgood did the majority of his work on the ground — more so, in fact, than he had all season, rushing 11 times for a season-best 117 yards. That total included a highlight reel 72-yard run to lead the Bears into the second round with a resounding 35-6 win over the Grenadiers. Lake Zurich (9-1) will host No. 8 seed Rockton Hononegah, a 35-14 winner over Highland Park, in a rematch of a second-round game from last season the Bears won 17-6.


    Antioch takes another step forward

    Antioch moved one step closer to its biggest trip ever with the most important victory in program history Saturday afternoon. The Sequoits (18-4-3) held off a furious fight from North Suburban Prairie rival Vernon Hills to earn a 2-1 sectional final victory at Grayslake North, putting them just one win away from advancing to the Class 2A state finals.


    Aurora Central can’t overcome turnovers

    Julian Rios stood at the head of the receiving line of Aurora Central Catholic seniors on Gately Stadium’s north goal line, hugging first his coaches, then his teammates, then the trainers and equipment managers. When they were done, Rios reflected on the end — not of his high school football career, which came in a 36-6 loss to King in a Class 4A first-round playoff game — but of the beginning of Central’s turnaround as a football program.

    Jack Eddy of Waubonsie Valley throws a pass against Naperville North Saturday.

    Waubonsie Valley calmly downs Naperville N.

    When Naperville North scored late in the first half to tie its Class 8A first-round playoff game at Waubonsie Valley, there had to be a little doubt in the minds of the favored Warriors. But coach Paul Murphy reminded his fifth-seeded Warriors (8-2) to stay focused and to play the way he knew they could, and they responded with a strong second half that led to a 31-20 victory and a berth in the second round of the playoffs.“He just reminded us that we're a good team and when we execute and we play the way that we've played most of the season that we're a real hard team to beat,” said running back Jon Fizer, whose 6-yard touchdown in the third quarter broke a 7-7 tie and put the hosts on top for good.

    Boston Red Sox players, from left, Daniel Nava, Clay Buccholz, Matt Thornton and John Lackey float along the Charles River in an amphibious duck boat during a victory parade celebrating the team's World Series title Saturday.

    Red Sox celebrate World Series title on duck boats

    From the Green Monster to the Charles River, the bearded champions celebrated their improbable journey with another familiar sight in Boston: The World Series trophy. For the third time in 10 years, the Red Sox carried the prize through their city in a “rolling rally” of amphibious “duck boats” as thousands of fans lined the streets and the waterway, with the team stopping at the Boston Marathon finish line.


    Bartlett-Streamwood has good day at UEC meet

    They’re still incredibly tired, but the girls from the Bartlett-Streamwood girls swimming co-op had a very good day on Saturday at the Upstate Eight Conference meet hosted by St. Charles North. The team finished fifth in the nine-team meet and the team had a string of solid performances. Leading the way was Kayla Filipek, who was second in the 100-yard freestyle and third in the 50 freestyle. “I think I swam well, but I think there’s things I could have done better on,” Filipek said. Like all the top swimmers in the conference, Filipek has yet to rest from heavy training, a tapering process that will hopefully bring large time drops when she and her teammates compete in the St. Charles East sectional on Nov. 16.

    Glenbard South’s Zach Smith is all smiles after scoring a touchdown against St. Francis during the first round of the Class 5A football playoffs in Glen Ellyn Saturday.

    Glenbard South handles St. Francis

    Glenbard South’s football team insists on taking the season one week — one win — at a time.Ten weeks later the Raiders find themselves with the most wins in program history.Glenbard South stayed unbeaten with a 47-28 victory over St. Francis in the opening round of the Class 5A playoffs Saturday in Glen Ellyn.


    Bears bolster D-line by signing Ratliff

    The Bears came to terns with former Cowboys DE Jay Ratliff on Saturday, hoping he can provide a boost to the D-line when he gets healthy.

    Desean Brown of Naperville North breaks a tackle during the Naperville North at Waubonsie Valley football playoff opener Saturday.

    Images: Naperville North at Waubonsie Valley IHSA playoff football
    Waubonsie Valley hosted Naperville North in the first round of the IHSA football playoffs on Saturday in Aurora.

    Claire Hamilton of Naperville North on the way to eighth during the Waubonsie Valley girls cross country Sectional in Aurora.

    Naperville North dominates Waubonsie Valley sectional

    Geneva coach Bob Thomson had a good idea of just what teams were up against with No. 1 Naperville North part of the field Saturday at the Class 3A Waubonsie Valley girls cross country sectional.

    Wheaton Warrenville South's Luke Schroer heads to second during the Waubonsie Valley boys cross country Sectional in Aurora.

    WW South wins Waubonsie Valley sectional

    Batavia gave its coach Mike DiDomenico quite the retirement gift Saturday at the Class 3A Waubonsie Valley sectional. The Bulldogs' top five runners turned in a 16-second split. That teamwork was just what Batavia needed to score 174 points and snare the fifth and final spot and qualify for state for the first time in school history.


    Harvest Christian boys advance downstate

    The Harvest Christian boys cross country team ran just well enough Saturday to extend its season one more week. And now the Lions get to run in the state finals next Saturday at Detweiler Park in Peoria.


    Andrews, Glenbard West make quick work of Harlem

    Glenbard West football coach Chad Hetlet would rent out a billboard if he could, just to tell everyone how good running back Scott Andrews is.

    Notre Dame wide receiver TJ Jones crosses the goal line as Navy cornerback Lonnie Richardson closes in the first half in South Bend, Ind.

    Notre Dame hangs on for 38-34 win over Navy

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Tarean Folston scored on a 1-yard plunge with 3:47 left and Notre Dame survived a back-and-forth game with Navy, holding on to beat the Midshipmen 38-34 Saturday.Navy had a chance to score late in the fourth quarter, but a bad pitch by Keenan Reynolds led to a 10-yard loss. Then on fourth-and-4 from the Notre Dame 31, Notre Dame linebacker Jaylon Smith stopped an end-around by Shawn Lynch for no gain as the Irish avoided losing to Navy for the third time in the past five seasons.Tommy Rees threw touchdown passes to TJ Jones and Ben Koyack, George Atkinson III scored on a 41-yard run and Cam McDaniel added a TD. Reynolds rushed for three touchdowns for Navy (4-4) and passed for another.Notre Dame (7-2) improved to 11-1 in November in four seasons under Brian Kelly and clinched its fourth consecutive winning season, the first time that’s happened since 1995-98. The Irish also keep alive their hopes for a BCS bowl berth. Navy lost for the third time in the past four games.The final stop was one of the few times the Irish were able to do much to even slow Navy, which punted only twice and played a near flawless game as they had no turnovers and no penalties.Folston rushed for 144 yards on 18 carries, with 116 yards in the second half. He had rushed for only 116 yards before Saturday. Rees was 12-of-20 passing for 242 yards with two interceptions. It was the third time this season Rees has thrown at least two interceptions. The Irish lost the other two against Michigan and against Oklahoma, when Rees threw three.Reynolds completed six of nine passes for 88 yards, including two key passes that gave Navy its final lead. First he threw an 18-yard pass to Marcus Thomas to the Notre Dame 49. After three running plays, Reynolds then found a wide open Matt Aiken for a 34-yard score.Folston came up big for the Irish on the final drive, rushing for 51 yards on 10 carries before plunging in for the go-ahead score.Chris Swain led Navy with 85 yards Quinton Singleton had 77 yards. Navy gashed Notre Dame for 207 yards in the first half, which was more than it had in full games against the Irish the previous two seasons. In fact the Middies were on pace to top their best rushing game ever against the Irish, but couldn’t keep it up in the second half.Mistakes and penalties against Notre Dame allowed Navy to not only stay in the game, but lead 20-17 at halftime. A personal foul against defensive linemen Stephon Tuitt helped set up Navy’s first score to tie the game at 7-7 on a 2-yard run up the middle by Reynolds.Notre Dame appeared to take a 17-7 lead on a 16-yard TD run by Cam McDaniel, but the Irish were called for two holding penalties. Two plays later, receiver Jones fell and the pass by Rees was intercepted by safety Parrish Gaines at the 11. Reynolds had a 15-yard run on a third-and-3 play to keep the drive alive as Navy drove 77 yards on 10 plays to go ahead 14-10. The Irish responded quickly with a four-play scoring drive, with Rees throwing a 36-yard TD pass to Jones, who caught the ball at the 6 and ran in for the touchdown.Notre Dame appeared to stop Navy a yard shy of a first down when safety Matthias Farley knocked Reynolds out of bounds at the Navy 34-yard line. But defensive lineman Justin Utupo was called for unnecessary roughness to keep the drive alive.Before the game, the Blue Angles flew over Notre Dame Stadium twice. The Navy’s daredevil fighter jet pilots are scheduled to return to performing at air shows in 2014 after this year’s performances were canceled this spring because of budget cuts.

    Michigan State’s Jeremy Langford (33) is stopped by Michigan’s Desmond Morgan, rear, and Joe Bolden (35) during the second quarter in East Lansing, Mich.

    No. 24 Michigan St. batters No. 23 Michigan 29-6

    EAST LANSING, Mich. — Shilique Calhoun, Ed Davis and the rest of Michigan State’s defense battered rival Michigan on Saturday, and the No. 24 Spartans remained unbeaten in the Big Ten with a 29-6 victory over the 23rd-ranked Wolverines.Michigan State (8-1, 5-0 Big Ten) has won five of the last six meetings with the Wolverines, and this was the Spartans’ most lopsided win in the series since 1967. They held Michigan (6-2, 2-2) to minus-48 yards rushing, the worst output in the Ann Arbor program’s history.Connor Cook threw for a touchdown and ran for one, but this game belonged to Michigan State’s defense, which solidified its spot among the nation’s best with an overwhelming performance on a rainy afternoon at Spartan Stadium.Calhoun and Davis each had 2 ½ sacks.Michigan State is ranked No. 1 in the nation in total defense, and the Spartans looked positively dominating for most of the game. Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner was sacked four times in the first quarter, and things only got worse for the Wolverines on one drive in the second.On first down from the Michigan State 49, a shotgun snap sailed over Gardner’s head for a loss of 20. After a sack on third down and a Michigan penalty, the Wolverines finally punted on fourth-and-48.Thanks to the sacks and that bad snap, Michigan finished the first half with minus-41 yards rushing. The Wolverines’ best hope was for Gardner to look for big chunks of yardage on deep passes. He completed a few, including a 58-yarder to Jehu Chesson that set up a field goal in the second quarter.With the score tied at 6, Michigan State’s slumbering offense finally broke through, driving 75 yards on 10 plays for the game’s first touchdown. It came on a 14-yard pass from Cook to Bennie Fowler with 23 seconds left in the half.Fowler’s sliding catch came in the same back corner of the end zone where he was unable to hold onto a potential touchdown pass earlier in the quarter.The second half was more of the same. Michael Geiger’s third field goal of the day made it 16-6, and the Wolverines were stuck deep in their own territory for much of the third quarter.Michigan finally caught a break when Cook’s pass was intercepted by Raymon Taylor, giving the Wolverines the ball at the Michigan State 41. But that only gave the Spartans another chance to shine on defense.Gardner lost 5 yards on what looked like a designed run, then Denicos Allen sacked him for a loss of 9. Michigan called a timeout, and several Spartans danced to the sideline, motioning for the crowd to make more noise.Gardner was sacked again on the next play for a loss of 7, leaving the Wolverines punting on fourth-and-31 to start the fourth quarter.Michigan’s previous low point for rushing was in 1962, when the Wolverines were held to minus-46 yards by Minnesota. The Wolverines have now lost 10 straight road games against ranked opponents — the last victory was in 2006 at Notre Dame.It was Michigan State’s most lopsided win over Michigan since a 34-0 victory in 1967, right before the Wolverines gained the upper hand in this rivalry and held onto it for about four decades.Cook’s 1-yard run in the fourth made it 22-6, and Jeremy Langford added a 40-yarder in the final minutes.Gardner was 14 of 27 for 210 yards with an interception. Cook was 18 of 33 for 252 yards.Michigan State finished with seven sacks.


    Blackhawks score 3 straight to down Jets 5-1

    WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Brandon Bollig, Patrick Sharp and Nick Leddy scored within a 4:55 span in the second period to lead Chicago to a 5-1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday that extended the Blackhawks’ winning streak to three games.Goalie Corey Crawford stopped 26 shots to pick up his eighth win of the season and Chicago also got goals from Niklas Hjalmarsson and Ben Smith.Marcus Kruger had a pair of assists, and Leddy and Bollig also picked up an assist each for the Blackhawks, who are 4-1-1 on the road.Defenseman Tobias Enstrom scored for the Jets, losers of three straight.It was the Jets’ biggest margin of defeat this season. They had lost 4-1 to Dallas Oct. 11.Ondrej Pavelec started in net for Winnipeg, but was replaced by Al Montoya after Leddy’s goal at 5:49 of the second made it three in a row. Pavelec had stopped 10 of 14 shots at that point.Montoya faced 11 shots in his stint.Winnipeg started off on a high note when Enstrom blasted a shot from between the blue line and top of the circle that went through some traffic and past Crawford at 5:08 of the first period.Earlier in the week, Enstrom revealed that he had told Team Sweden he wouldn’t suit up for the squad if asked to play in next year’s Olympic Games because he wanted to focus on playing well for the Jets.Hjalmarsson spoiled what looked like a successful penalty kill for Winnipeg. Fans had just given the Jets a standing ovation for killing off a 21-second two-man advantage, but just 1 second after the final penalty expired, Hjalmarrson fired a high shot from just inside the blue line that went by players and into the net at 9:58.Chicago had a bit of a scare with 65 seconds left in the first when Crawford moved out of his net and was knocked down by Blake Wheeler, who was coming in fast with the puck.Crawford was slow to get up, but remained in the game. While he was getting looked at, the Jumbotron zoomed in on Blackhawks backup goalie Nikolai Khabibulin on the bench and a message flashed welcoming him back to Winnipeg.Chanting “Habby, Habby,” fans stood to give Khabibulin a standing ovation, which he recognized with a wave of his glove from the bench. The netminder played for the Jets in their last 1996 game.Chicago stretched its lead to 4-1 with a trio of goals in the first six minutes of the second period.Bollig scored 54 seconds into the period on a shot from the top of the face-off circle. Sharp deked in front of Pavelec on a breakaway and fired a low shot on the glove side at 2:41 and Leddy’s point shot went past a screened Pavelec at 5:49.Patrick Kane almost added to Chicago’s lead early in the third period when he was given a penalty shot after being hooked by Jets defenseman Grant Clitsome during a breakaway.Kane’s backhand shot went high past Montoya, but it hit the crossbar and bounced out.Smith made it 5-1 when he redirected a shot from the boards by Bollig at 9:13 of the third.The game marked Chicago’s first return to Winnipeg since 1996, when the original Jets moved to Phoenix and became the Coyotes.There were a number of fans wearing Blackhawks jerseys, including some bearing the name of Jonathan Toews. The captain was born in Winnipeg, along with Sharp and Duncan Keith.Toews, who had a natural hat trick in his team’s 6-5 win Tuesday over Ottawa, didn’t pick up any points in the victory.Winnipeg hosts Detroit on Monday and travels to Chicago for a Wednesday game.NOTES: The Jets claimed Los Angeles Kings defenseman Keaton Ellerby off waivers earlier in the day. Winnipeg has three injured blue-liners; Mark Stuart, Jacob Trouba and Paul Postma. ... The Blackhawks visit the White House on Monday to be recognized by President Barack Obama for their Cup title. ... Jets forward Michael Frolik won the Cup with Chicago last year, while Winnipeg captain Andrew Ladd and defenseman Dustin Byfuglien have championship rings from Chicago’s 2010 title.

    Lake Zurich’s Dylan Schassler gets tackled by Elk Grove’s Brandon Post during Saturday’s class 7A playoff game.

    Images: Lake Zurich vs. Elk Grove football
    The Lake Zurich Bears hosted the Elk Grove Grenadiers for Class 7A football playoff action on Saturday, Nov. 2.

    Barrington’s Kirsten Jacobsen gets a victory hug from teammate Emma Barnett after winning the 200-yard freestyle in meet record time at the Mid-Suburban League championships in Barrington on Saturday.

    Wheeling’s Godlewski steps up; Fremd repeats

    Wheeling's Theresa Godlewski took a big step forward by winning the 50 free and 100 backstroke in the Mid-Suburban League meet at Barrington, where Fremd successfully defended its conference championship.


    Hersey breaks new ground with sectional triumph

    Hersey is showing no signs of slowing down. Having won the Mid-Suburban League title and the Hoffman Estates regional title the past two weekends, the Huskies kept rolling right along at the Class 3A Schaumburg sectional on Saturday. On a cool and overcast morning, Hersey placed five runners in the top 29 in winning the sectional title with 93 points at Busse Woods. “I feel really good,” said Hersey coach Jay Renaud, whose team won its first sectional title. “We want to keep the momentum going, keep that winning attitude and it should serve us well at the state meet.”


    Lake Zurich finds its way downstate

    The Lake Zurich girls cross country team knew it was going to be in the mix to earn one of the five berths downstate out of the powerful IHSA Class 3A Schaumburg sectional Saturday morning. And when all was said and done the Bears did just that as they captured the fifth and final trip to Peoria’s Detweiller Park next weekend with 145 points. The 3-mile race at Busse Woods was dominated by Mid-Suburban League teams with Palatine easily rolling to the championship of the 18-team meet by a comfortable 57-100 margin over runner-up Hoffman Estates.


    Lake Zurich earns a spot downstate

    There wasn’t much wiggle room for area boys cross country teams and individuals hoping to earn a berth to the state meet Saturday morning at the Class 3A Schaumburg sectional. Mid-Suburban League teams dominated the 19-team meet on the 3-mile Busse Woods course, with Hersey holding off rival squad Buffalo Grove 93-112 for the championship under the roughly 45-degree running conditions. Palatine took third place by a narrow 154-157 margin over perennial power Lake Zurich as the Bears will be making their sixth straight trip to Detweiller Park next Saturday under coach J.B. Hanson. Lake Zurich’s push for fourth place was led by elite freshman Matt Pereira, who placed sixth in 15:30. The Bears’ top-five pack also featured Will Llanos (24th), Dave Brown (26th), Austin Kuehr (40th), and Matt Reninger (64th).

    Penn State's Allen Robinson (6) tries to elude Illinois defenders Zane Petty (21) and Darius Mosely (24) in the first quarter of an NCAA college football game against Illinois in State College, Pa., Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013. (AP Photo/John Beale)

    Penn State tops Illinois 24-17 in OT

    Christian Hackenberg hit Kyle Carter with a 15-yard touchdown pass in overtime and Ryan Keiser sealed the win with an end zone interception, lifting Penn State over Illinois 24-17 on Saturday.Bill Belton rushed for 202 yards, the first Nittany Lion (5-3, 2-2 Big Ten) to hit the 200-yard mark since Larry Johnson in 2002.


    Palatine puts it all together at sectional

    Palatine’s girls cross country team made quite a statement at the Schaumburg Class 3A sectional on Saturday at Busse Woods. On a crisp and overcast morning, the Pirates placed five runners in the top 22 in storming to the sectional title with 57 points. “We started off well and put ourselves in good position,” said Palatine coach Joe Parks, whose team had won Mid-Suburban League and Palatine regional titles the past two weekends. “We can still run better, but we have some good momentum going into the state meet next weekend.”

    Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch (6) runs for a touchdown against Massachusetts during the first half of an NCAA football game in Foxborough, Mass., Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)

    Lynch leads NIU in UMass rout, 63-19

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Jordan Lynch ran for 119 yards and four touchdowns and threw for another in just over a half to lead No. 21 Northern Illinois to a 63-19 victory over Massachusetts on Saturday. The Huskies (9-0, 5-0 Mid-American Conference) scored touchdowns on their first five possessions and six of their seven drives in the first half. Cameron Stingily rushed for 58 yards and a touchdown, and Tommylee Lewis also ran one in for Northern Illinois.Lynch, who leads all active FBS players in rushing yards, also completed 10 of 14 passes for 160 yards and threw for at least one touchdown for the 22nd consecutive game. He played one series in the third quarter before giving way to backup Drew Hare, who connected with Chad Beebe on an 81-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter and followed it with a 47-yard TD run to make it 63-19.Playing without injured No. 1 quarterback A.J. Doyle, UMass (1-8, 1-4) lost its third consecutive game. Backup Mike Wegzyn, who lost the starting job earlier in the season, completed 10 of 25 passes for 169 yards and Lorenzo Woodley ran 38 times for 163 yards and a touchdown. Wegzyn also threw two interceptions, the first at the minuteman 20 on the second play of the second quarter that Huskies defensive lineman Ken Bishop ran to the UMass 6-yard line. Two plays later, Stingily ran it in to make it 28-6. UMass drove 83 yards to score its only touchdown on a 1-yard run by Woodley, cutting the deficit to 15 points. But on the Huskies’ next play, Lynch hit Juwa Brescacin for a 66-yard touchdown. Minutemen kicker Brendon Levengood made a school record-tying four field goals — all more than 40 yards; his career high coming into the game was a 38-yarder. UMass stopped Lynch for just the second time on the Huskies’ first possession of the second half. The minutemen blocked a 44-yard field-goal attempt, but after defensive end Brandon Potvin picked up the loose ball he fumbled and the Huskies’ Jared Volk recovered for a fresh set of owns.Lynch accounted for six touchdowns in last week’s win over Eastern Michigan — four passing, one rushing and another receiving. Northern Illinois left tackle Tyler Loos was injured in the third quarter and taken off on a stretcher.

    Iowa linebacker Anthony Hitchens (31) tackles Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon during the first half.

    No. 22 Wisconsin beats Iowa 28-9

    Joel Stave threw two touchdown passes for the Badgers (6-2, 4-1 Big Ten), who are bowl eligible for the 12th year in a row.

    Purdue quarterback Danny Etling is sacked by Ohio State defensive lineman Steve Miller (88) as Ohio State cornerback Armani Reeves flips over Purdue running back Brandon Cottom during the second half Saturday in West Lafayette, Ind.

    No. 4 Ohio State strolls past Boilermakers

    Coach Urban Meyer, who hasn’t lost in 34½ months, tied his personal best by winning a 22nd straight game, a streak that includes his final victory at Florida. Meyer also won 22 in a row with the Gators in 2008-09.


    Associated Press/Sept. 2001 An aerial view shows the Great Barrier Reef off Australia’s Queensland state. Starvation, poverty, flooding, heat waves, droughts, war and disease already lead to human tragedies. They’re likely to worsen as the world warms from climate change, a leaked draft of an international scientific report forecasts.

    Climate report sees violent, sicker, poorer future

    Cities, where most of the world now lives, have the highest vulnerability, as do the globe’s poorest people.“Throughout the 21st century, climate change impacts will slow down economic growth and poverty reduction, further erode food security and trigger new poverty traps, the latter particularly in urban areas and emerging hotspots of hunger,” the report says.

    Transportation Security Administration employees wear black ribbons over their badges on Saturday at Los Angeles International Airport. A gunman armed with a semi-automatic rifle opened fire at the airport on Friday, killing a Transportation Security Administration employee and wounding two other people.

    Travelers will see more police at airports

    “The first thing we have to look at is, did we do everything that could have been done?,” said Jeff Price, an aviation consultant with Leading Edge Strategies in Denver, Colorado. “There’s a certain level of this you can’t prevent.”

    Dean and Mary Lou Griffin sit their home Friday in Chadds Ford, Pa.. The Griffins are among millions of people nationwide who buy individual insurance policies and are receiving notices that those policies are being discontinued.

    First insurance cancellation, then sticker shock

    Because of the higher cost, the Griffins are considering paying the federal penalty — about $100 or 1 percent of income next year — rather than buying health insurance. They say they are healthy and don’t typically run up large health care costs. Dean Griffin said that will be cheaper because it’s unlikely they will get past the nearly $13,000 deductible for the coverage to kick in.

    Commercial drones will soon populate U.S. airspace, and venture capitalists like Tim Draper are placing their bets. Draper, an early investor in Hotmail, Skype and Baidu, is now backing DroneDeploy, a startup that’s building software to direct unmanned aircraft on land mapping and the surveillance of agricultural fields. Draper even expects drones to one day bring him dinner.

    Pizza via drone? Venture capital funding doubles

    Commercial drones will soon populate U.S. airspace, and venture capitalists like Tim Draper are placing their bets. Draper, an early investor in Hotmail, Skype and Baidu, is now backing DroneDeploy, a startup that’s building software to direct unmanned aircraft on land mapping and the surveillance of agricultural fields. Draper even expects drones to one day bring him dinner.

    Research group IDC says worldwide shipments of smartphones grew 39 percent in the most recent quarter to 258 million as Samsung and Apple maintained their dominance.

    Smartphone shipments up 39 percent

    Research group IDC says worldwide shipments of smartphones grew 39 percent in the most recent quarter to 258 million as Samsung and Apple maintained their dominance.

    Samsung has released the curved-screened smartphone called the Galaxy Round. It has created some excitement in tech circles but for consumers it does not look much different from the flat screened Galaxy Note 3 phone.

    Review: Curved phone falls flat, literally

    The Galaxy Round created some buzz in tech circles when Samsung announced it earlier this month, but no one in the downtown Seoul cafe where I played with the curved screen smartphone asked me about it or even gave a curious glance. That is likely because the curve is so subtle it is not apparent without a close look.

    At just 1 pound, the Air is 28 percent lighter than last fall’s full-size model and just a quarter pound heavier than the new Mini coming out in a few weeks.

    Review: Lighter iPad Air narrows gap with Mini

    When Apple came out with a smaller iPad last year, the original version suddenly seemed heavy and bulky. The iPad Mini fit more easily in pockets and bags, and it felt more comfortable in my hands. It was also cheaper than the full-size version. The release of the new iPad Air, along with a price increase for a new Mini model, narrows those distinctions.

    Real estate and other firms are releasing letters from “patent trolls” claiming they’re violating patents even though they may be using common technologies, like QR codes.

    QR code violates patent? Industries pushing to curb ‘patent trolls’

    In the past few years, patent litigation has become such a widespread problem that industries traditionally outside the patent system are demanding that Congress take action. “It’s important to recognize that the problem of patent trolls is no longer limited to technology companies,” says Whit Askew of the American Gaming Association, which represents casinos and the manufacturers of gambling devices.

    Unlike Facebook, Google and Apple before it, Twitter faces a trickier conundrum in its relationship with developers. All profess to be platforms. The word shows up 260 times in Twitter’s IPO prospectus. Even so, the other companies have success stories, be it Facebook spawning Zynga or the thousands of games and apps on Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android, from “Angry Birds” and “Candy Crush Saga” to Flipboard.

    Twitter’s go-it-alone app strategy boosts costs before IPO

    Twitter’s operating costs are growing faster than its revenue. More than four years after Twitter touted the importance of opening its doors for programmers to build businesses to complement its short-messaging site, startups are finding themselves shut out.

    The Washington Post is reporting Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, that the National Security Agency has secretly broken into the main communications links that connect Yahoo and Google data centers around the world. The Post cites documents obtained from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden and interviews with officials.

    Report: NSA broke into Yahoo, Google data centers

    The National Security Agency has secretly broken into the main communications links that connect Yahoo and Google data centers around the world, the Washington Post reported, citing documents obtained from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

    Google Inc. is making it easier to edit and enhance photos and videos on its Google+ social service, stepping up efforts against rival Facebook Inc.

    Google updates photo and video features to rival FB

    Google Inc. is making it easier to edit and enhance photos and videos on its Google+ social service, stepping up efforts against rival Facebook Inc. The 18 new features, unveiled at a press event in San Francisco this week, include a new tool that automatically makes a movie from a collection of clips.

    This undated photo released courtesy Cecilia Abadie shows Cecilia Abadie a software developer from Temecula, Calif., during a presentation. Abadie was pulled over for speeding on Tuesday Oct. 29, 2013, in San Diego, when a California Highway Patrol officer noticed she was wearing Google Glass and tacked on a citation usually given to drivers who may be distracted by a video or TV screen.

    Driver expects to fight Google Glass ticket

    A Southern California woman cited for wearing Internet-connected eyeglasses while driving plans to contest the citation. Cecilia Abadie was pulled over for speeding Tuesday evening in San Diego, when a California Highway Patrol officer noticed she was wearing Google Glass and tacked on a citation usually given to drivers who may be distracted by a video or TV screen.

    People who own Dell Latitude 6430u laptops are complaining that their pricey new computers are emitting a smell similar to cat urine. Some of them said on the company’s online customer forums that the odor seems to be coming from the keyboard or palm rest.

    Dell laptop buyers make a stink over cat smell

    A noxious feline odor has some Dell customers caterwauling. People who own Dell Latitude 6430u laptops are complaining that their pricey new computers are emitting a smell similar to cat urine. Some of them said on the company’s online customer forums that the odor seems to be coming from the keyboard or palm rest.

Life & Entertainment

    Ed McHugh is the winner of a garden contest sponsored by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Pittsburgh Botanical Garden.

    Tiny Asian-inspired garden space turns magical at night

    Ed McHugh’s lovely garden in suburban Pittsburgh is an exquisite Asian-themed spot, constructed on an extremely sloped lot in heavy shade and an extraordinary use of space and a great example of human ingenuity.


    In design, stick with what you love, not what’s trending

    Thomas Pheasant, a Washington-based interior designer and author of “Thomas Pheasant: Simply Serene,” was the guest recently on The Post’s Home Front online chat. Here is an edited excerpt:

    Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns walks through the entrance of the Georgia home used by former President Franklin D. Roosevelt during a tour by site manager Robin Glass, right, Saturday, in Warm Springs, Ga. Burns along with several members of the Roosevelt family toured the home known as the Little White House Saturday used by Roosevelt as Burns previewed parts of his 14-hour film on the Roosevelt’s.

    Ken Burns explores Roosevelt legacy in new documentary

    WARM SPRINGS, Ga. — Filmmaker Ken Burns said Saturday he wants to tell the story of three of the most famous Roosevelts, their strengths and weaknesses, in an upcoming documentary on one of America’s most famous political families.He previewed part of the 14-hour series that will air next year during a reunion of the extended Roosevelt family at the former polio clinic in rural Georgia that President Franklin Roosevelt purchased after coming to seek a cure for his crippled legs. Roosevelt built a home here known as the Little White House, where he died in 1945.Burns’ film explores the political and family ties between President Theodore Roosevelt and Franklin Roosevelt and his wife, Eleanor. The filmmaker acclaimed for documentaries on the Civil War, baseball and World War II said he aimed for an honest portrayal of political figures who were sometimes reduced to caricatures. Contrasting American ideals of heroism with those of the heroes of ancient Greece, Burns remarked that the Greeks “saw heroes as having very obvious strength but also very obvious and sometimes equal weaknesses.”“Achilles had his heel,” Burns said. “And so I think for us, it’s always been what kind of American history do you show? One that’s sort of treacly and superficial or one that gets deeper?”Defining a common legacy between the three figures is tricky since their lives span from 1858 to 1962. The political populism of Theodore Roosevelt — for example, his anti-monopoly stances and efforts to improve food safety and regulation — arguably found a new expression in the New Deal politics championed by Franklin Roosevelt to alleviate the suffering inflicted by the Great Depression.The film follows Eleanor Roosevelt as she emerged from her role as first lady after Roosevelt’s death and successfully worked to adopt a United Nations declaration of human rights. She was the niece of Theodore Roosevelt and a distant relation to Franklin Roosevelt.All three Roosevelts backed an expanded role for the central government, an unresolved issue in American politics. Congressional Republicans recently shut down much of the U.S. government in a failed attempt to derail big changes to the health insurance market made by a Democratic president.“We have a federal government that is big because of Franklin Roosevelt,” Burns said in an interview. “And lots of people think that’s a good thing. And a lot of people think that’s a bad thing. And a lot of people, most people, don’t understand it.”The film shows flaws. Theodore Roosevelt encouraged a rebellion in Panama so the United States could secure the land needed for the Panama Canal. It discusses Franklin Roosevelt’s infidelity and the emotional abuse inflicted by Eleanor Roosevelt’s mother and an absent, alcoholic father.Evidence of the history depicted in the film can be found on the surrounding campus. Roosevelt’s residence still has the bed where he died and a door has scratch marks believed to be from his dog. Burns saw the fast-driving 1938 Ford that allowed Roosevelt to escape his watchful bodyguards.“He would ride along the countryside, toot his horn, say, `I want to talk to you,”’ said Marion Dunn, 90, who met Roosevelt while working at the rehabilitation center. “He was a real people person - he didn’t talk up or down to anyone.”Tweed Roosevelt, the great-grandson of Theodore Roosevelt, said he was supportive of Burns’ work but could not judge the documentary since he had not seen all of it. While the Roosevelts have been extensively chronicled, it’s uncommon to consider the joint legacy of all three in a single work.

    Michelle Knight sits in the courtroom Aug. 1 during the sentencing phase for Ariel Castro in Cleveland. Knight, one of three women who escaped from a ramshackle Cleveland home after more than a decade in captivity, is scheduled to appear on the “Dr. Phil” TV talk show Tuesday.

    Cleveland kidnap survivor sits down with Dr. Phil

    CLEVELAND — One of three women who escaped from a ramshackle Cleveland home after more than a decade in captivity is about to share her story.Michelle Knight will appear on the “Dr. Phil” show Tuesday and Wednesday in a taped interview. The show says Knight “describes the horrible conditions in the house” and discusses her physical, mental and sexual abuse. That includes “being tied up like a fish” and spending weeks chained and tortured in the basement, according to the show.Knight, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus escaped May 6 when Berry pushed out a door and yelled for help.Their kidnapper, Ariel Castro, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life in prison. He hanged himself Sept. 3, just weeks into his sentence.On “Dr. Phil,” Knight will also discuss how she was able to survive her ordeal. She was 20 years old when she was kidnapped in August 2002.“Three women were taken, three women were rescued, but only two went home,” said Phil McGraw, referring to Knight’s decision not to reunite with her family.The Knight interview was announced earlier as three segments but was trimmed.“Out of respect for Ms. Berry and Ms. DeJesus, she chose to speak about their shared experiences only from her own point of view,” McGraw told The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer (bit.ly/1aR5f9c) in comments published Saturday.“When you listen to her describe the horrible living conditions and how she was treated, you wonder how anyone lasted a day let alone more than a decade. In the 12 years of doing the `Dr. Phil’ show, no one has changed me like Michelle Knight and her story of survival.”Knight, the only victim to appear at Castro’s sentencing, told him, “You took 11 years of my life away, but I’ve got my life back! I spent 11 years in hell. Now your hell is just beginning.”McGraw said he found Knight “very bright, well-spoken and eager” to have her own voice after suffering years of abuse.“People have perceived her, probably based on the information in the original missing person report, as being intellectually disabled. I found her to be anything but that.”

    Actress Kerry Washington, right, with cast member Taran Killam, will host “Saturday Night Live” on Nov. 2.

    Lack of black women becomes ‘SNL’ issue

    Kerry Washington’s turn as host of “Saturday Night Live” this week gives that television institution something it hasn’t seen much lately: a black woman onstage trying to make people laugh. The show’s diversity has become an issue, pushed to the forefront by comments from the two black male cast members. No black women are among the 16 repertory or featured players currently on the show. Since 1975, only four black women have been cast members.

    Scott Krafft, left, curator of the Charles Deering McCormick Library of Special Collections, and manuscript librarian Benn Joseph display a painting of a dead Spanish boy from the 1600s. The portrait is one of the artifacts from the “Death Collection” — an archive of death-related oddities once owned by horror novelist and screenwriter Michael McDowell that have been purchased by Northwestern University.

    Northwestern to unveil writer’s ‘Death Collection’

    Acclaimed horror writer Michael McDowell couldn’t get enough of death. He collected photographs of people after their demise, whether from natural causes or after crossing paths with someone with a noose, knife or a gun. He gathered ads for burial gowns and pins containing locks of dead people’s hair. He even used a coffin housing a skeleton as his coffee table. Now Northwestern University, which months ago purchased the “Death Collection” McDowell amassed in three decades before his own death in 1999, is preparing to open the vault.

    Comedian George Lopez performs live at the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan on Saturday, Nov. 2.

    Weekend picks: George Lopez brings his stand-up to Waukegan

    Comedian George Lopez heads from the screen to the stage as he brings his stand-up comedy to the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan. The Elgin Cultural Arts Commission hosts the FallBack Arts Festival, celebrating Elgin's fine arts community with workshops and a town hall meeting. Shemekia Copeland sings the blues at the Prairie Center for the Arts in Schaumburg.

    Scientist Mary-Claire King is portrayed by Helen Hunt in the new film “Decoding Annie Parker.”

    Meet the real scientist behind a new film on the discovery of the breast cancer gene

    “Decoding Annie Parker,” a film starring Helen Hunt, weaves the emotional story of a family stalked by breast cancer with the riveting scientific investigation to find a genetic link to the disease. The film combines a fictionalized account of Annie Parker’s obsession with her family’s breast cancer history with the true tale of Mary-Claire King, then a young scientist at the University of California at Berkeley. The geneticist and the Canadian cancer survivor were thousands of miles away, but were both on personal missions to discover the genetic roots of breast and ovarian cancer at a time when the idea that the disease might be inherited was dismissed.

    Tia Maria Torres, who runs the nation’s largest pit bull rescue center and has long paired abused and abandoned dogs with the parolees who care for them, has moved her long-running reality TV series, “Pit Bulls and Parolees,” from Southern California to New Orleans.

    Challenges abound on new season of ‘Pit Bulls and Parolees’

    A pit bull is trapped at the bottom of a pumping station near a New Orleans levee. Rescuers joined by a Louisiana prison inmate out on work release are frantically seeking to pull the dog to safety. This is real-life drama and the television cameras are rolling. Tia Maria Torres, star of Animal Planet’s “Pit Bulls and Parolees,” has moved her long-running reality TV series from southern California to New Orleans. The show’s fifth season premieres at 9 p.m. Saturday.

    Bryan Cranston narrates H2’s new docuseries, “Big History,” which pledges to reveal “one grand unified theory” for how every event in history (13.7 billion years of it) is intertwined by science.

    Bryan Cranston narrates ‘Big History’ exploration

    Bryan Cranston has an authoritative voice, which all by itself would qualify him to narrate H2's “Big History.” But there’s another reason Cranston is a fine choice for this new docuseries, airing at 9 p.m. Saturday, which pledges to reveal “one grand unified theory” for how every event in history is intertwined by science. Cranston, after all, starred in “Breaking Bad” as Walter White, the nation’s favorite psychotic former high-school chemistry teacher.


    Book notes: Penn Jillette stops at Anderson’s
    Meet Penn Jillette, part of the Emmy Award-winning magic duo Penn & Teller and author of the book “Every Day is an Atheist Holiday,” as he reads from and signs copies of his book at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4, at Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville.


    Thanksgiving holiday the perfect time to travel overseas

    Who needs turkey for Thanksgiving? Travel columnist Gail Todd always makes the same thing for the American holiday: overseas travel reservations. She says it's a good and less expensive time to travel abroad.

    Thomas Rhett opens for Jason Aldean at Madison Square Garden in New York. Growing up watching his father, Rhett Akins, on tour gave the 23-year-old Thomas Rhett some insight at a young age about how to deal with nerves and crowds.

    Father and son Akins, Rhett rule country charts

    Rhett Akins has helped pen numerous country music hits over the last two decades, but he’s jealous of his 23-year-old son Thomas Rhett’s natural ease at singing and songwriting. “I feel like I’ve really had to practice hard to play guitar and to write good songs,” Akins said.

    Imogene (Kristen Wiig), left, returns to live with her mother Zelda (Annette Bening) in “Girl Most Likely.”

    DVD previews: ‘Girl Most Likely,’ ‘White House Down’
    Kristen Wiig delivers another spaced-out star turn in “Girl Most Likely,” a picaresque romance of self-discovery that delivers a near-constant flow of small delights until veering too far into screwball preposterousness. It comes out Tuesday on DVD.

    In some markets this Wedgewood stove from the 1920s is still hot.

    Wedgewood stove may cook up higher price in California

    Q. Attached is a photo of my Wedgewood stove. It was used by my mother until the 1970s and is in working order. For the past 15 years, it has been a decoration in our kitchen — until we remodeled. With the exception of a porcelain flaw (front right corner), and a nick on the oven door, it is in great shape.

    If you have planted tulips in your container, as shown above, you should cover it with netting when you move it outside.

    Year-round care needed to ensure unique bulb display in spring

    For a unique bulb display in spring, plant bulbs in containers. It is possible to layer bulbs of different types in a single container for extra drama.

    We checked in with some money experts to learn what they were taught about money as a kid and what their advice today is.

    Teaching kids about money

    Learning how to save money is not a trait that just comes naturally. It’s something that is taught. we asked a variety of experts for tips on how to teach children the importance of money, budgeting and how to save.


    To plow or not to plow, that is the question

    Q. Our homeowners association does nothing with our asphalt bike and walking path in the winter, and most times it is covered with snow or ice, making the path virtually impossible to use. The board of our association takes the position that because it doesn’t shovel the path at all, it cannot be successfully sued for negligence if someone slips and falls.

    Victorian owner Dr. Louise Mehler stands in the front of her 1893 vintage era home.

    Couple loving brings Queen Anne back from the brink

    Roger Lathe and Dr. Louise Mehler wouldn’t let this old house die. Ravaged by several fires, the Queen Anne cottage looked liked a charred skeleton when the couple first found it.


    Worried about reverse mortgage

    Q. My husband and I needed medical help years ago and applied for a reverse mortgage. I did not want it, but there was no place to turn. Now I am a widow 70-plus years of age and worry about leaving my family members with complications from the financial charges listed on the mortgage report I am enclosing. You can see that the debt is mounting up and soon the bank will own my home.


    The HECM reverse mortgage program gets a makeover

    Last month, FHA announced a series of sweeping changes in the HECM reverse mortgage program, most of which have already taken effect. The changes are a response to increasing losses suffered by FHA in connection with the extensive misuse of the program. As a result, the program is more complicated than ever.



    The Soapbox

    Daily Herald editors comment on good things happening in schools, from TV cameras rolling to true teamwork on the field, among other topics.


    Papers do fine job reporting the facts
    A Prospect Heights letter to the editor: I have seen news items that are totally fair and at times run counter to editorial opinion. I have seen editorials that I disagree with. I have seen those I do agree with. I have read opinions by contributing writers, and whether or not I agree with them I know they are opinions.


    Washington needs true negotiations
    A Northbrook letter to the editor: There’s an old saying that reminds us that “how” you do something often speaks louder than “what” you do.


    Reasons Hillary Clinton shouldn’t be president
    A Palatine letter to the editor: We need a president who strongly believes in capitalism as the road to more jobs and a president who firmly wants to return respect to America and our beloved Constitution.


    Restore funding for cancer screenings
    A Rolling Meadows letter to the editor: As we take some time this season to raise awareness about treating and preventing breast cancer, it’s important to remember that many women do not have access to mammography. In fact, only 26 percent of uninsured women over 40 have had a screening in the past year.


    Standing by Rutland in Sun City bus flap
    A Rutland Township letter to the editor: Recently there has been considerable press coverage of Grafton and Rutland townships’ dissension over the funding of the Sun City bus service. For those who don’t know, part of Sun City is located in Rutland Township and part in Grafton Township.


    More animosity than simple unbelief
    A Carol Stream letter to the editor: Mr. Utchen, in his Oct. 24 letter — Athletes, keep God out of the game — wishes to discourage athletes from throwing up their arms in celebration, praising God, he argues, at achieving a touchdown, home run or other game appropriate success.


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