Daily Archive : Sunday November 3, 2013


    Rolls of blank social security checks run through printers and are processed at the U.S. Treasury’s Financial Management services facility in Philadelphia.

    Poll: Older Americans nix Social Security changes

    Raise the age at which you can begin collecting full Social Security benefits? Older Americans say no. They also veto reductions in the cost-of-living increase. But a poll finds support among those 50 and older for raising the cap on earnings that are taxed to fund the Social Security program so higher-income workers pay more.

    Antioch Police Chief Craig Somerville describes the capture of Billy E. Varner in Williston, N.D., on Sunday after North Dakota law enforcement officials say he committed a robbery at a Catholic Church. Varner is wanted in Antioch for questioning in the deaths of Peggy Henderson and Dorothy Varner on Oct. 28.

    Wanted Antioch man captured in North Dakota

    The hunt is over for an Antioch man wanted for questioning in connection with the suspicious deaths of his wife and mother nearly one week ago. Antioch Police Chief Craig Somerville said Billy Varner, 54, was arrested by the Williams County (N.D.) Sheriff's Office Saturday after authorities say he used a shotgun to rob a church. “It's obvious he didn't want to be here,” Somerville...

    More than 300,000 visitors are expected to visit The Moving Wall during its four-day stay in Aurora that begins Thursday morning. The memorial will remain in Aurora through Veterans Day.

    Suburban vets full of emotion as Moving Wall nears

    “Brushed aside,” no more, Aurora veterans say this week's arrival of The Moving Wall will be a happy day of remembrance throughout the city.The wall, a three-fifths-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., will rise Thursday morning in the practice soccer fields at West Aurora High School and remain in place through Veterans Day. Also on display will be the...

    Brigadier General Gracus K. Dunn awards Frank Andrews of Des Plaines the six medals he earned during his service with the U.S. Army in World War II. The medals included a Purple Heart. Andrews was injured on D-Day and in the Battle of the Bulge.

    Medals a long time coming for Des Plaines World War II vet

    Des Plaines resident and World War II veteran Frank Andrews, 94, received six medals, including the Purple Heart, during a special ceremony Sunday at Cantigny Park in Wheaton. Andrews, with Mary, his wife of 72 years, by his side, said he views the medals as an honor not just for him, but for all U.S. veterans. Andrews fought in the D-Day invasion at Omaha Beach and also during the Battle of the...

    Vince Webber, a 1998 Larkin High School graduate, hands his plaque to his family Sunday during the 34th Induction Ceremony of the Elgin Sport Hall of Fame at The Centre of Elgin. He set several school records for football statistics.

    Elgin Hall of Fame welcomes new class

    The Elgin Sports Hall of Fame held its 34th annual induction ceremony and banquet Sunday night at The Centre of Elgin, inducting five new members into the Hall of Fame, awarding $25,000 in scholarships to local student-athletes, and recognizing more than 50 Outstanding Achievement Award winners.

    From left to right, FBI Special Agent in Charge David L. Bowdich, U.S. Attorney Andre Birotte Jr. and Los Angeles Police Department Commander Andrew Smith provide an update Saturday on the investigation into the shooting Los Angeles International Airport.

    Gunman told police he acted alone in LAX shooting

    The gunman charged in the deadly shooting at Los Angeles International Airport lay bloodied and handcuffed on the floor of Terminal 3 after being gunned down by police, but he replied to critical questions that helped authorities lock down the scene.

    Intelligence officials said Friday that Hakimullah Mehsud, leader of the Pakistani Taliban, was killed in a U.S. drone strike.

    Militant’s death brings little joy in Pakistan

    The Pakistani Taliban leader killed in a recent U.S. drone strike was behind hotel bombings, assaults on political rallies, beheadings of policemen and suicide attacks on soldiers. But his death elicited little joy in the country where he wreaked most of his havoc and instead stirred widespread anger and suspicion.

    U.S. Maj. Gen. James C. McConville, who commands coalition forces in eastern Afghanistan, holds a chart of fighting seasons at the ISAF base in Bagram, Afghanistan, last month.

    Fighting alone, Afghans said to hold Taliban back

    The Taliban failed to capture any ground from Afghan security forces fighting for the first time without foreign firepower this fighting season, U.S. officials say, but the insurgents killed scores of soldiers, police and civilians in their campaign to weaken the government. American and NATO officials say the fledgling army and police aren’t ready to wage a sustained war against a determined...

    Secretary of State John Kerry, right, is greeted by Egypt’s Ambassador Farid Munib, chief of protocol, in Cairo Sunday. Kerry is in Cairo pressing for reforms during the highest-level American visit to Egypt since the ouster of the country’s first democratically elected president.

    U.S., Egypt try to put brave face on strained ties

    The United States and Egypt tried Sunday to put a brave face on their badly frayed ties and committed to restoring a partnership undermined by the military ouster of Egypt’s first democratically elected president.

    In this file photo from Dec. 8, 2012, an Egyptian protester poses next to a mural painted overnight on the exterior wall of the presidential palace depicting president Mohammed Morsi, left, former military council ruler Hussein Tantawi, center and ousted President Mubarak with Arabic that reads “No, the brotherhood’s constitution is not valid,” in Cairo. Morsi goes on trial Monday.

    Egypt changes venue for trial of ousted president

    Egyptian authorities on Sunday moved the trial of the ousted Islamist president to a new location at another end of the capital, a move apparently aimed at thwarting mass rallies planned by the Muslim Brotherhood in his support when it opens on Monday.

    Mundelein High School physics teacher Mike Hickey marks the landing of the first pumpkin a couple of feet from the catapult after it went straight up after launch Sunday during Mundelein’s 6th annual Pumpkin Drop Sunday at Keith Mione Community Park. Families brought their Halloween pumpkins to the event where they were bashed, rolled and flung with a catapult.

    Hundreds turn out for Mundelein’s Pumpkin Drop

    Hundreds of spectators turned out Sunday for Mundelein's unique take on pumpkin disposal, the 6th annual Pumpkin Drop. Halloween pumpkins were launched into a field by a 600-pound catapault known as "Big Red."


    Suburban native may need 2nd operation after LAX shooting

    A Lake Forest native injured during Friday’s shooting at Los Angeles International Airport is in fair condition and likely will need an additional surgery, officials at the hospital where he’s being treated said Sunday. Brian Ludmer, 29 and 2002 graduate of Lake Forest High School, was waiting for a flight to Boston for a family wedding Friday when he was shot twice in a leg by a man who opened...

    FILE - In this Oct. 28, 2013, file screenshot, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' main landing web page for HealthCare.gov. Members of Congress are governing themselves under President Barack Obamaís signature law, which means they have great leeway in how to apply it to their own staffs. For lawmakers, it is about a section of the law that may _ or may not _ require them to toss some staffers off of their federal health insurance and into the Affordable Care Actís exchanges. (AP Photo/U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, File)

    HealthCare.gov: How a start-up failed to launch
    The Obama administration's insularity has emerged as a central factor in the disastrous rollout of the new federal health insurance marketplace, casting doubt on the White House's capacity to carry out such a complex undertaking.

    Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, little seen since his failed White House bid a year ago, on Sunday accused President Barack Obama of “fundamental dishonesty” regarding the Affordable Care Act.

    Romney accuses Obama of ‘fundamental dishonesty’ on health law
    Mitt Romney stepped up his attack on President Barack Obama’s health reform program on Sunday, accusing the president of “fundamental dishonesty” that has “undermined the foundation of his second term.”


    Local veterans named on the Moving Wall
    The Moving Wall, a three-fifths-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., will go on display Thursday morning at West Aurora High School and remain in place through Veterans Day. These suburban names appear on it:


    District 128 panel meets

    The Libertyville-Vernon Hills Area High School District 128 board’s program and personnel committee will meet Monday to discuss student report card data, the school calendar and other issues.


    Wheeling wine, spirits and beer fest Nov. 6

    The Liquor Barn in Wheeling is hosting the “Wheeling Wine, Spirits, and Beer Holiday Fest” on Wednesday, Nov. 6 to benefit Sunshine Kids, an organization dedicated to providing positive group activities and emotional support for young cancer patients.


    Health care topic of Wheeling seminar

    The Wheeling/Prospect Heights Chamber of Commerce and Industry is sponsoring a seminar on the Affordable Care Act from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, at the Indian Trails Public Library, 355Schoenbeck Road, Wheeling.


    St. Patrick School auction

    St. Patrick School, 15000 Wadsworth Road in Wadsworth, hosts its 20th annual auction on Saturday, Nov. 9.


    Libertyville fall park cleanup

    The Keep Libertyville Beautiful Commission has scheduled the 21st annual Fall Park Cleanup Day for Saturday, Nov. 9.


    Hanover Township, DeVry hosting job boot camp webinar

    Hanover Township’s Employment Services is partnering with DeVry University to offer a job boot camp webinar at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7. Residents can log on and participate in an online workshop to help sharpen job hunting skills and prepare individuals to compete in the current employment market.


    Suspended attorney causes stir at Kane County jail

    A Chicago attorney suspended from practicing law caused a little ruckus last week at the Kane County jail, where he was arrested two days in a row on misdemeanor trespassing charges.


    Hall of Heroes at Woodland

    Woodland Elementary District 50 is creating a Hall of Military Heroes in all schools and the administrative office.

    President Barack Obama speaks at Boston’s historic Faneuil Hall about the federal health care law last week. Now is when Americans start figuring out that President Barack Obama’s health care law goes beyond political talk, and really does affect them and people they know.

    Obama’s health law finally gets real for America

    Now is when Americans start figuring out that President Barack Obama’s health care law goes beyond political talk, and really does affect them and people they know. With a cranky federal website complicating access to new coverage and some consumers being notified their existing plans are going away, the potential for winners and losers is creating anxiety and confusion.

    In this file photo from Dec. 11, 2012, part of the containment vessel for a new nuclear reactor at the Plant Vogtle nuclear power plant is seen under construction in Augusta, Ga. Some of the world’s top climate scientists say wind and solar energy will not be enough to head off extreme global warming, and they are asking environmentalists to support the development of safer nuclear power as one way to cut fossil fuel pollution.

    Experts say nuclear power needed to slow warming

    Some of the world’s top climate scientists say wind and solar energy won’t be enough to head off extreme global warming, and they’re asking environmentalists to support the development of safer nuclear power as one way to cut fossil fuel pollution.

    Maura Mazzocca attends a job fair for the visually impaired with the aid of volunteer guide Kate Loosian, left, at Radcliffe Yard in Cambridge, Mass., Oct. 24. In the late 1980s, when Mazzocca was a human resources administrator with a Boston-area firm, a blind man showed up to apply for a job. Today, she remembers the encounter ruefully. “What I kept thinking about was, ‘How can this man work in a manufacturing company?’” Mazzocca recalled, saying she looked past his abilities and saw only his disability. “I wish now I’d given him a chance,” she said.

    Employers’ wariness thwarts many blind jobseekers

    Some accompanied by guide dogs, scores of jobseekers went table to table at a recent jobs fair for blind and visually impaired people. The applicants received firm handshakes and encouraging words - but in general their expectations were modest. Despite technological advances that dramatically boost their capabilities, blind people remain largely unwanted in U.S. workplaces. By one authoritative...

    Caroline Provost, left, chats away the lunch hour with friend Cece Gray at Kimball Hill School in Rolling Meadows. Provost has epidermolysis bullosa; she is called a butterfly child because the top layer of her skin is as fragile as a butterfly's wing.

    'Butterfly child' finds strength to live with skin disorder

    Known as one of the "butterfly children" because her skin is as delicate as a butterfly's wing, Caroline Provost of Palatine spends two hours being wrapped in bandages so she can attend school each day. Her disorder, known as epidermolysis bullosa, is so rare, most people have never heard of it. “She brings a smile on her face when she walks in the door every day,” says teacher...

    Surveillance cameras are visible near the U.S.Capitol in Washington Saturday, during a rally to protest against the National Security Agency’s spying on Americans, and to demand action from Congress on the NSA’s mass surveillance programs.

    White House, lawmakers: no clemency for Snowden

    The White House and the leaders of the intelligence committee in Congress are rejecting National Security Agency-contractor Edward Snowden’s plea for clemency. “Mr. Snowden violated U.S. law,” White House adviser Dan Pfeiffer said Sunday about the former systems-analyst-turned-fugitive who has temporary asylum in Russia.

    This is the Great Barrier Reef off Australia’s Queensland state. Australia and New Zealand get the unique risk of losing their coral reef ecosystems if global warming continues.

    Report: Warming likely to make bad things worse

    The Nobel Peace Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change will issue a report next March on how global warming is already affecting the way people live and what will happen in the future, including a worldwide drop in income. A leaked copy of a draft of the summary of the report appeared online Friday on a climate skeptic’s website. Governments will spend the next few months making...


    Alligator found under escalator at O’Hare

    A small alligator found under an escalator at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport has left authorities puzzled. A maintenance worker found the alligator, which is about a foot long, Friday in Terminal 3.


    McHenry man accused of sexually abusing two minors

    A 55-year-old McHenry man faces charges of sexually abusing two minors on numerous occasions, according to a news release from the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office.

    Aurora marathon runner Brett Ward

    Ward: ‘I have found my love for running again’

    Brett Ward of Aurora started walking on a treadmill 22 months ago to lose weight. One workout led to the next, one goal to another, and now he's competing Sunday in his first marathon knowing he's inspiring his daughter to share his love of running.

    Carolyn Pelkowski

    Pelkowski: ‘I tell my children regularly that you can do anything if you try’

    Carolyn Pelkowski of Aurora has had her eye on the finish line of Sunday's race for quite a while. An avid runner, she's finished 5Ks, 7Ks, triathlons, half marathons and even a 20-mile race. But Pelkowski has long wanted to complete a marathon. The finish line in Sunday's Naperville Marathon will mean she's met her latest goal.


    Lang: ‘Running a marathon was always on my mind’

    Kirsten Lang has been a runner since seventh grade. The sport has brought her success, given her joy and taught her about herself - body and mind. She's known for a while she wanted to take on the challenge of a marathon and she believes the Naperville Marathon is the perfect setting for her first 26.2-mile race.

    Debbie Johnson

    Johnson: ‘I just signed up for a marathon. Am I crazy?!’

    Debbie Johnson of Naperville started losing weight and getting fit in 2007 but hesitated - resisted - running her first 5K in 2011. Then registration opened for the first Naperville Marathon and she could see the race was filling up fast. Still unsure, she signed up. And she hasn't looked back since.

    Jennifer Dodson

    Dodson: ‘After saying it out loud, I thought, why not?’

    Jennifer Dodson of Naperville set out to honor her mother by taking part in a three-day, 60-mile fundraising walk. But signing up for the event led to joining a friend in a triathlon and running a few 5Ks and a half marathon. Then came the question: Would you ever run a full marathon? Again, Dodson answered, "Why not?"

    Stephanie Anderson

    Anderson: ‘It has always been a goal of mine to complete a marathon’

    Stephanie Anderson of Naperville was a competitive runner in high school and college and kept returning to running for fitness. When she learned her town would host its first marathon, she knew it was the motivation she needed to get moving.

    U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk is pressing his agenda of improving care for stroke patients. The Republican from Highland Park suffered a stroke in 2012. He’s holding a press conference in Chicago on Sunday to discuss what he calls his “stroke agenda.”

    Kirk working to improve care for stroke patients

    U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk is pressing his agenda of improving care for stroke patients. The Republican from Highland Park, who suffered a stroke in 2012, is holding a press conference Sunday to discuss what he calls his “stroke agenda.”

    Patty Carpenter, left, receives the flag that was draped over her husband, astronaut Scott Carpenter’s casket from U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Thomas Bond on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, in Boulder, Colo. Carpenter was the second American to orbit the Earth, following John Glenn.

    Space pioneer recalled as curious, adventuresome

    Astronaut Scott Carpenter had an adventuresome spirit and was driven to know everything he could about the universe, fellow space pioneer John Glenn said Saturday at Carpenter’s funeral. “Scott’s curiosity knew no bounds,” said Glenn, who preceded Carpenter into space 51 years ago. Carpenter, who lived in Vail, Colo., died Oct. 10 of complications from a stroke he suffered in September. He was 88.

    Some of the world’s top climate scientists say wind and solar energy will not be enough to head off extreme global warming, and they are asking environmentalists to support the development of safer nuclear power as one way to cut fossil fuel pollution.

    Experts say nuclear power needed to slow warming

    Some of the world’s top climate scientists say wind and solar energy won’t be enough to head off extreme global warming, and they’re asking environmentalists to support the development of safer nuclear power as one way to cut fossil fuel pollution. Four scientists who have played a key role in alerting the public to the dangers of climate change sent letters Sunday to leading environmental groups...


    Tropical Storm Sonia moving toward Mexican coast

    U.S. forecasters say Tropical Storm Sonia is rumbling across the Pacific below the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula on a projected track toward the mainland.


    1 shot at North Carolina A&T State University

    Shots fired on homecoming weekend at North Carolina A&T State University prompted a brief campus lockdown after a 21-year-old man was wounded by a bullet fired from a “considerable distance,” authorities said.

    Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe campaigns.

    Obama heads to Virginia to campaign for McAuliffe

    President Barack Obama is lending his political heft to Terry McAuliffe’s campaign for Virginia governor while Republican Ken Cuccinelli is flying from airport to airport in search of votes.


    Boat carrying 70 Muslim Rohingya sinks off Myanmar

    A boat carrying 70 ethnic minority Muslim Rohingya capsized Sunday off the western coast of Myanmar, an aid worker said. Only eight survivors have been found. The boat was in the Bay of Bengal and headed for Bangladesh when it went down early Sunday.

    Ana Hernandez, wife of Gerardo, victim at LAX shooting during a press conference in Porter Ranch, Calif. on Saturday Nov. 2, 2013. “He was always excited to go to work and enjoyed the interactions with the passengers at LAX,” she said. “He was a joyful person, always smiling. He took pride in his duty for the American public and for the TSA mission.”

    Slain LAX TSA officer remembered as a family man

    Friends and family remembered slain Transportation Security Administration officer Gerardo I. Hernandez as a family man who constantly smiled at travelers passing through the Los Angeles airport. “He was always excited to go to work and enjoyed the interactions with the passengers at LAX,” said his wife, Ana. “He was a joyful person, always smiling. He took pride in his duty for the American...

    A conservationist shows a live oyster plucked from an existing reef in the Gulf of Mexico, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013. Huge limestone boulders are being dropped into the water off the Texas coast in one of the largest oyster reef restoration projects in the United States.

    Major oyster reef rebuilding begins on Texas coast

    A deep sea oyster reef restoration being touted as the largest ever in the Gulf of Mexico began in an unlikely place: a quarry in landlocked Missouri. That is where years of research, planning and precise engineering led Mark Dumesnil as he sought to restore what was once a nearly 500-acre oyster reef and is now no more than hard sand and shell remains, with not one oyster in sight.

    Nearly a year after Colorado legalized recreational weed, the state’s voters are deciding how to tax the drug.

    Colorado voters deciding how to tax pot

    A pro-pot jingle in Colorado last year went like this: “Jobs for our people/Money for schools/Who could ask for more?” Nearly a year after Colorado legalized recreational weed, voters get the chance to decide exactly how much more — in taxes.

    Syrian refugees build a makeshift house at the Zaatari refugee camp near the Syrian border in Jordan. With Syria’s civil war in its third year, more than 2 million Syrians have fled their country. About 100,000 live in this camp.

    Largest camp for Syrian refugees becoming a city

    Life is tough in Zaatari, a Syrian refugee camp near Jordan’s border. The strong often take from the weak, women fear going to communal bathrooms after dark, sewage runs between pre-fab trailers and boys hustle for pennies carting goods in wheelbarrows instead of going to school. But with Syria’s civil war in its third year, the more than 2 million Syrians who fled their country need long-term...

    Stepping off the bus after a day of school, Caroline Provost, 8, is greeted by her dad, Pete Provost, outside their Palatine home.

    Images: Girl Endures Extremely Rare Skin Disorder
    Known as one of the "butterfly children" because her skin is as delicate as a butterfly's wing, Caroline Provost of Palatine spends two hours being wrapped in bandages so she can attend school each day. Her disorder, known as epidermolysis bullosa, is so rare, most people have never heard of it.

    Kim Castner of Naperville nears the end of a Saturday morning training run with Naperville Running Company as she prepares for the inaugural Naperville Marathon.

    Naperville runners hungry for city’s first marathon

    In 10 days, Naperville’s running community will let loose its pent-up demand for a 26.2-mile race as roughly 3,500 people run in the Inaugural Edward Hospital Naperville Marathon and Half Marathon. “The running community here is so excited. They’re really pumped,” race director Bob Hackett said. “Being the first-time event for the city, we’re seeing just so...

    Neville Rustomji, 7, attends Frank C. Whiteley School in Hoffman Estates. “My favorite thing to do in the fall is to go trick-or-treating because I can scare people.”

    Images: Weather Sketchers, Oct. 27-Nov. 2
    Here's the artwork from our young Weather Sketchers for Oct. 27-Nov.2


    Deciding how much we really need can be tricky

    Our Ken Potts continues his exploration of what — and how much — we really need, this time from the perspective of American psychologist Abraham Maslow.

    Jim Hansen, longtime village president of South Elgin.

    South Elgin's Hansen loses cancer battle

    Longtime South Elgin Village President Jim Hansen has died at age 53 after a nearly five-month battle with lung cancer, South Elgin officials said Saturday. “We all considered him a friend,” said Police Chief Christopher Merritt. “He's a pretty important guy for all our lives. He's going to be missed. We're all devastated by the loss.”


    Washington's Roy Helu, right, is dragged to the turf by the Bears' Craig Steltz earlier this season. The Bears defense will have its hands full with the Packers Monday night.

    Numbers game not a pretty one to play for Bears

    The numbers don't favor the Bears against an explosive Packers offense that can move the ball through the air or on the ground, but coordinator Mel Tucker's defense can regain some respect if it can shot down quarterback Aaron Rodgers. “Coaches can only take so much blame,” said Charles Tillman, who is tied for the team lead with 3 interceptions and 2 forced fumbles. “At some point in time, some of that blame has to go on the players, and I take full responsibility for my group not playing well."

    Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews battles Calgary Flames skater T.J. Galiardi for the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Chicago, Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013. Calgary won 3-2 in overtime.

    New goalie too hot for Blackhawks

    There was little energy in the United Center on Sunday night, but don’t blame the fans. They take their cue from the Blackhawks, and the Hawks were a step behind the Calgary Flames all game.

    Calgary Flames goalie Reto Berra of Switzerland, makes a save during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Chicago Blackhawks in Chicago, Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013.

    Blackhawks flame out in overtime

    Kris Russell scored at 1:32 of overtime, Reto Berra made 42 saves in his first NHL game and the Calgary Flames defeated the Blackhawks 3-2 on Sunday night at United Center.Russell’s shot from the blue line clanked off the crossbar and past Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford, ending Calgary’s 10-game losing streak in Chicago. The Flames won at the United Center for the first time since March 2008.Mike Cammalleri and Curtis Glencross scored in regulation for the Flames. Calgary’s T.J. Galiardi missed on a second-period penalty shot.Chicago’s Marian Hossa scored a power-play goal with 4:19 left in the third period to tie it at 2. Patrick Kane also scored for Chicago, which had won three in a row.Crawford made 27 saves.The 26-year-old Berra was recalled from Abbotsford of the AHL on Saturday after the Flames waived Joey MacDonald. The 6-foot-4 Swiss goaltender was acquired in the trade that sent defenseman Jay Bouwmeester to St. Louis last April. Berra was sharp against the Blackhawks, making a handful of point-blank and flashy stops.After a slow start this season offensively, Chicago had scored 24 times in its previous five games. But the Stanley Cup champions showed little of that explosive skill and tempo against Calgary.The Blackhawks outshot the Flames 18-11 in the scoreless first. Berra coolly swept away Chicago’s routine chances and turned in a couple of tough stops, including a quick glove save on Andrew Shaw with 5:00 left in the period.Calgary’s best chance came with 1:28 left, but Dennis Wideman’s shot capping a 3-on-2 break was smothered by Crawford.Galiardi was awarded his penalty shot — the first for Calgary and first against Chicago this season at 4:06 of the second after he was hooked from behind on a breakaway by Hossa. He fired wide on the attempt.Kane opened the scoring, beating Berra on Chicago’s 23rd shot at 6:25 of the second.After cutting across the top of the Calgary zone, Kane moved to the left faceoff circle and wristed a shot through a screen that fooled Berra on the short side.Cammalleri tied it at 1 just 50 seconds later. Left open at the edge of the crease, Cammelleri was able to deflect Wideman’s shot from the right point in midair and past Crawford.Cammalleri has seven points in seven games since returning from an upper-body injury that sidelined him for the start of the season.Glencross gave Calgary a 2-1 lead at 2:16 of the third on a shot that sailed past Crawford’s glove, clanked off the right post and landed in the net.Glencross cut in from left wing and gained a step on Chicago defenseman Sheldon Brookbank. He fired from the circle and Crawford fanned on a glove save attempt.


    Hawks’ Crawford gets back-to-back starts

    Nikolai Khabibulin’s struggles likely cost him a start Sunday as Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville came back with Corey Crawford against Calgary in the second half of back-to-back games. Crawford stopped 26 shots Saturday in a 5-1 win at Winnipeg.

    Bears offensive tackle Jordan Mills Thursday night at Soldier Field in Chicago.

    Bears’ Mills gets plenty of encouragement from his cousin

    Tonight's game isn't just the first one for Bears rookie right tackle Jordan Mills in the long-time rivalry with the Packers, it's an opportunity to go against his cousin, Green Bay cornerback Tramon Williams.


    Rosary floats to fourth in tough conference meet

    Rosary swam to a fourth-place finish in Sunday's Metro Catholic Athletic Conference girls swimming meet, which was won by Fenwick.

    New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, top, can’t catch a pass as Pittsburgh Steelers strong safety Shamarko Thomas (29) defends in the second quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass.

    Brady throws for 4 TDs; Pats top Steelers

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Tom Brady threw for season highs of 432 yards and four touchdowns, Rob Gronkowski had a career-high nine receptions and the New England Patriots beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 55-31 on Sunday.The 55 points were the most scored in an NFL game this season and the most ever scored against the Steelers (2-6).Brady had 252 yards passing in the first half, more than he had in five of his other eight games for New England (7-2). And 119 of those came on seven catches by Gronkowski in his third game since missing the first six recovering from surgeries on his left forearm and back.The two-time Pro Bowl tight end caught his first touchdown of the season, a 19-yarder, as the Patriots took a 14-0 lead with 4:30 gone in the second quarter.

    Cleveland Browns defensive end Armonty Bryant celebrates after a 24-18 win over the Baltimore Ravens in an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013, in Cleveland.

    Browns beat Ravens 24-18

    CLEVELAND — Jason Campbell threw three touchdown passes — two to Davone Bess — and the Cleveland Browns ended an 11-game losing streak against Baltimore, beating the wobbling defending Super Bowl champions 24-18 on Sunday.Campbell’s 3-yard pass to Bess on fourth down with three minutes left helped the Browns (4-5) seal their first win over Baltimore since 2007. A week ago, Bess dropped a pass in a similar situation in the closing minutes of a loss at Kansas City.The Ravens (3-5) lost their third straight and didn’t win in the week following a bye for the first time in six tries under coach John Harbaugh.Baltimore’s Joe Flacco had a pair of TD passes to rookie Marlon Brown, but the Super Bowl MVP couldn’t rally the Ravens, who made too many mistakes and are in danger of missing the playoffs.

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Mike Glennon walks off the field after the Buccaneers lost 27-24 to the Seattle Seahawks in overtime of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013, in Seattle.

    Seattle overcomes 21-point deficit to beat Bucs

    SEATTLE — Steven Hauschka kicked a 27-yard field goal with 8:11 left in overtime, and the Seattle Seahawks staged the biggest rally in franchise history, overcoming a 21-point deficit to beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27-24 in overtime on Sunday. Trailing 21-0, Seattle improved to 8-1 and continued the best start in franchise history, but it was far from easy against the winless Buccaneers. Russell Wilson threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Doug Baldwin with 1:51 left in regulation to pull the Seahawks even. Wilson then led Seattle on a nine-play, 51-yard drive in overtime capped by Hauschka’s game-winner. It was Seattle’s second overtime win this season after pulling out a 23-20 victory at Houston. Mike James ran for a career-best 158 yards for Tampa Bay and Mike Glennon hit 10 of his first 11 passes, but the Bucs (0-8) failed to score after the opening drive of the second half.

    Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles, left, smiles as he celebrates with center Jason Kelce during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013. The Eagles won 49-20.

    Foles throws 7 TDs in Eagles’ win over Oakland

    OAKLAND, Calif. — Nick Foles tied an NFL record with seven touchdown passes and threw for 406 yards to revitalize a struggling offense for the Philadelphia Eagles in a 49-20 victory over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.Foles connected three times with Riley Cooper to become the seventh quarterback in NFL history with seven TD tosses in a game. Peyton Manning did it for Denver on opening night this season against Baltimore. Foles also threw scoring passes to Brent Celek, Zach Ertz, LeSean McCoy and DeSean Jackson as the Eagles (4-5) looked nothing like the offense that failed to score a touchdown in each of the past two weeks.The Raiders (3-5) had looked much improved on defense in recent weeks but were completely flummoxed by coach Chip Kelly’s spread offense that stalled in recent weeks after a fast debut in the NFL.

    The Bears could have had Aaron Rodgers by selecting him with the fourth overall pick in the 2005 draft. Instead, they took Cedric Benson.

    Life sure is good ... if you’re a Packers fan

    The Packers will have an edge at quarterback with Aaron Rodgers going against the Bears' Josh McCown. This is nothing new, of course.

    Tennessee Titans defensive end Kamerion Wimbley and teammate Alterraun Verner celebrate after a fumble by St. Louis Rams quarterback Kellen Clemens during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013, in St. Louis.

    Titans beat Fisher, Rams

    ST. LOUIS — Jeff Fisher has seen plenty of excellent games from running back Chris Johnson.The view from the opposite sideline was less enjoyable.Johnson ran for 150 yards and two touchdowns and the Tennessee Titans got the best of Fisher, who coached them for 16 seasons, and the St. Louis Rams 28-21 on Sunday.Johnson’s 19-yard scoring run snapped a tie with 2:54 to go and came the snap after Jurrell Casey sacked and stripped quarterback Kellen Clemens, and Derrick Morgan recovered. The Rams (3-6) got a second straight 100-yard game from rookie Zac Stacy, who had 127 yards on 27 carries and two touchdowns.St. Louis drove to the Titans 26 in the final minute, but Austin Pettis got only a hand on Clemens’ high throw to the end zone on fourth down.The Titans (4-4) snapped a three-game losing streak and won after their bye against a team on short rest. The Rams lost 14-9 on Monday night to Seattle.The 100-yard game was Johnson’s first since Week 7 last season against Buffalo. In the previous four games, he’d totaled 110 yards with a 2.4-yard average per carry.Rookie Tavon Austin’s 24-yard punt return gave the Rams a final chance at their 39 with 50 seconds to go and no timeouts. Chris Givens had a 25-yard catch to put them in position.Rodney McLeod intercepted an overthrown pass by Locker with 4:44 left, less than two minutes after former Titan Jared Cook tied it with a 10-yard catch from Clemens to tie the game at 21-21. Locker put the Titans up 21-14 with 9:42 to go on a 4-yard run, breaking a tackle by linebacker Alec Ogletree about 2 yards from the end zone.Stacy gained more than 100 yards for the second straight week on the next drive with a 32-yard carry topped off by a horse collar penalty on Casey after he’d stepped out of bounds.The Rams had a sloppy start with three straight penalties helping the Titans score on their opening possession capped by Shonn Greene’s 5-yard run. Cortland Finnegan, Darian Stewart and Jermelle Cudjo were whistled for horse collar, holding and illegal use of hands.Stacy’s 3-yard run in the second quarter was St. Louis’ first rushing touchdown of the season. It also was their first TD in two games overall, to snap a 1-for-8 slump inside the 20.Clemens was 7 for 7 for 75 yards to open the game, and 0 for 6 to finish the half — with two dropped passes. The Rams failed to capitalize on Cortland Finnegan’s interception in the final minute when Greg Zuerlein pushed a 44-yard field goal attempt just wide to the right — his first miss inside 50 of the season in 15 attempts.

    Washington fullback Darrel Young is congratulated by his teammates after scoring the winning touchdown in overtime against the San Diego Chargers in Landover, Md., Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013. Washington defeated San Diego 30-24.

    Young has 3 TDs as Washington tops Chargers

    LANDOVER, Md. — Darrel Young had carried the ball only twice all season. He had scored only three touchdowns in his three-plus years in the NFL.Now he’s in the spotlight. Young scored three times Sunday, including a 4-yard run in overtime that gave Washington a 30-24 win over the San Diego Chargers.Young stormed his way into the end zone 6:01 into the extra period, with Washington scoring on its first drive after winning the coin toss at the end of regulation. Washington blew a 10-point lead in the final minutes of the fourth quarter, but a goal-line stand at the 1-yard line helped send the game to overtime.Robert Griffin III completed 23 of 32 passes for 291 yards with one interception and ran six times for 17 yards, including a 10-yard ramble that ended when he was flung to the turf by Thomas Keiser near the sideline. Griffin has been far from consistent in his second NFL season, but he was an RG3-style showcase player Sunday.Griffin overcame an early interception in his own end zone and lived dangerously throughout the game, pitching the ball at the last minute and scrambling for open space. He also found receivers when they were open — something else that’s been missing this season — and kept raising his hands in celebration as Young kept crossing the goal line.Alfred Morris rushed 25 times for 121 yards and a score, Pierre Garcon had seven receptions for 172 yards, and the defense intercepted Philip Rivers twice as the Redskins (3-5), despite their record, remained competitive in the weak NFC East. The Chargers (4-4) had a chance to win in the final seconds of regulation, but they couldn’t get 1 final yard. Rivers’ completion to Danny Woodhead with 21 seconds remaining was initially ruled a go-ahead touchdown, but replay review showed that the running back didn’t touch the pylon with the ball.Then, with the ball placed at the 6-inch line, the Chargers failed to score with one run and two pass plays. They settled for a 19-yard field goal by Nick Novak with three seconds to play.Washington drove 78 yards on the game-winning drive in overtime, with rookie tight end Jordan Reed keeping the drive alive by muscling his way for a first down on a third-and-8 catch. A marginal personal foul call on linebacker Andrew Gachkar for a hit on Garcon moved the ball to the 13, eventually setting up Young’s TD.Washington took a 24-14 lead on a field goal with 6:59 remaining in regulation, but the Chargers pulled within three on rookie Keenan Allen’s 16-yard touchdown catch with 4:10 to play.Rivers was 29 for 46 for 341 yards with two touchdowns. His 15-yard screen pass to Eddie Royal gave the Chargers a 14-7 lead in the final minute of the first half, but the Chargers went punt-punt-interception to start the second half. The Chargers (4-4) built their first-half advantage on special teams. They blocked two field goals — and put two punts down at the 1-yard line.

    Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Dunta Robinson (21) stands on the sideline during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills in Orchard Park, N.Y., Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013.

    Chiefs stay perfect with win over Bills

    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Linebacker Tamba Hali and cornerback Sean Smith returned turnovers for touchdowns in extending the Kansas City Chiefs’ perfect start to nine straight games with a 23-13 win over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.Hali put the Chiefs ahead for good by scoring on an 11-yard fumble return with 12:47 remaining. Smith changed the momentum of the game by intercepting Jeff Tuel’s pass at the goal line and returning it 100 yards to tie it at 10 in the opening minutes of the second half.Kansas City’s opportunistic defense made up for its own deficiencies as well as an Alex Smith-led offense that managed just 210 yards. Buffalo (3-6) had a season-best 470 yards of offense.Tuel, an undrafted rookie, struggled in his first NFL start. He went 18 of 39 for 229 yards passing with a touchdown and two interceptions while filling in for interim starter Thad Lewis, sidelined by bruised ribs.

    Carolina Panthers’ Cam Newton (1) celebrates with fans after an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013. The Panthers won 34-10.

    Panthers top Falcons for fourth straight win

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers are on a roll.Newton threw for one touchdown and ran for another to overcome a shaky start, the defense intercepted Matt Ryan three times and Carolina beat the Atlanta Falcons 34-10 for its fourth straight victory.Newton entered on quite a streak, completing 77 percent of his passes with eight touchdowns — six passing and two rushing — and no turnovers in his previous three games.He had two first half interceptions and wasn’t sharp on his deep balls, regularly overthrowing his receivers. Yet he bounced back to throw for 249 yards, including a 14-yard touchdown pass to tight end Greg Olsen. He also ran for an 8-yard touchdown.“He got a little carried away early on and tried to make things happen,” Panthers coach Ron Rivera said. “He sailed the ball a little bit because he was a little anxious.”Fullback Mike Tolbert scored his fifth touchdown in the last four games on a 4-yard burst and cornerback Drayton Florence intercepted Ryan and returned it 38 yards for a score to seal the win.Ryan was 20 of 27 for 219 yards.The Falcons continued to struggle without Julio Jones and Roddy White. Tony Gonzalez had six catches for 81 yards and a touchdown but the Falcons were held to 78 yards rushing.The Panthers got a huge break early in the fourth quarter.Leading 17-10, Panthers wide receiver Brandon LaFell broke free in Atlanta territory for a big gain but had the ball punched out from behind by Asante Samuel. The Falcons had a chance to recover, but the ball bounced right back into LaFell’s arms while he was on the ground.Newton scored on an 8-yard run on the next play to give Carolina a 24-10 with nine minutes remaining.The Panthers put the game away on the next possession when Florence stepped in front of a pass in the flat and returned it for the score — the first “pick 6” allowed by the Falcons since 2010, a span of 47 games.Carolina led 14-10 at halftime despite the two interceptions by Newton.Newton struggled with downfield passes and his 13-quarter streak of turnover-free football ended when he was picked off by Desmond Trufant on a long pass to Ted Ginn Jr. in the second quarter. Newton turned it over again in the final seconds of the first half on an interception by rookie Robert Alford in the back of the end zone, ending a golden scoring opportunity.Atlanta’s only touchdown of the game came when Ryan hooked up on a 17-yard strike with Gonzalez in the back of the end zone.The Falcons might have had more, but Steven Jackson’s 2-yard touchdown run was nullified on a holding penalty on lineman Garrett Reynolds forcing the Falcons to settle for a Matt Bryant field goal.

    Minnesota Vikings’ Christian Ponder (7) and Dallas Cowboys’ Tony Romo (9) greet each other after their NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013, in Arlington, Texas. The Cowboys won 27-23.

    Romo, Cowboys avoid upset against Vikings

    ARLINGTON, Texas — Tony Romo turned Adrian Peterson’s homecoming from sweet to sour in the final minute.Romo threw for 337 yards and two touchdowns, including the go-ahead score to Dwayne Harris with 35 seconds left, and the Dallas Cowboys beat the Minnesota Vikings 27-23 Sunday.Romo’s 7-yard pass to Harris answered an 11-yard touchdown by Peterson that had given Minnesota a 23-20 lead. The East Texas kid raised on the Cowboys had 140 yards rushing in his first game at their $1.2 billion stadium.The Cowboys (5-4) bounced back from a devastating loss at Detroit by avoiding what probably would have been a more damaging defeat.Christian Ponder threw for a touchdown and ran for another score against his hometown team, but it wasn’t enough to avoid a fourth straight loss for the Vikings (1-7).Jason Witten had eight catches for 102 yards and a TD for Dallas.Romo’s first attempt to answer Peterson’s go-ahead score was an interception on a great play along the sideline by A.J. Jefferson. But the Vikings couldn’t convert that into points and gave Romo the ball back at the Dallas 10.Dez Bryant had a 34-yard catch that put Dallas in position for at least a tying field goal, but Romo, who was 34 of 51, kept pushing. Romo threw 9 yards to Cole Beasley and 5 to Witten before an incompletion. On the next play, he found Harris cutting between defenders in the middle of the field, and Harris dived over the goal line.Peterson got Minnesota’s go-ahead drive earlier in the quarter going with a 52-yard run, then went the final 11 on fourth-and-1. He easily got the first down and carried safety Jeff Heath the last few yards, with Heath trying to strip the ball as Peterson crossed the goal line.After one touchdown between the teams in the first half, there were three in the first 7 minutes of the third quarter.Romo had consecutive 26-yard completions to Witten, the second for a touchdown and a 13-10 lead.After Cordarrelle Patterson fumbled a short kickoff out of bounds at the Minnesota 5, George Selvie knocked the ball out of Ponder’s hand in the end zone. Nick Hayden recovered to give the Cowboys touchdowns just 10 seconds apart.Ponder, who was 25 of 37 for 236 yards with a touchdown and interception, found Jennings for 27 yards on third-and-4, allowing Minnesota to answer quickly when Kyle Rudolph bounced off Cowboys safety Barry Church on the Dallas 6 and finished off a 31-yard scoring catch to get the Vikings to 20-17.The Cowboys were in position to extend that lead when Bryant took his team out of field goal range with unsportsmanlike conduct for taking off his helmet and arguing with officials as a pass interference penalty against him was about to be announced.Bryant, who made headlines last week with a pair of sideline outbursts in a loss at Detroit, later dropped an easy first-down catch on second-and-18 on a drive that ended with a punt.Ponder led a pair of 11-play scoring drives in the first half, the second one ending on his 6-yard scramble for a 10-6 lead late in the second quarter.

    New York Jets kicker Nick Folk (2) kicks a field goal during the second half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013, in East Rutherford, N.J.

    Folk, defense lead Jets past Saints

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Rex Ryan got the better of his twin again, thanks to big plays by his pride and joy, the New York Jets’ defense.The offense and special teams came up with some huge plays, too.Nick Folk remained perfect this season by kicking four field goals, Ryan’s defense held Drew Brees and the high-scoring Saints to six points in the second half, and New York had seven plays of at least 19 yards in a 26-20 upset of New Orleans on Sunday.Ryan is now 7-3 against his brother, Rob, and the Jets (5-4) maintained their string of winning in odd-numbered games. Folk is 23 for 23 on field goals and 14 of 14 on extra points.Interceptions by Demario Davis and Antonio Cromartie highlighted New York’s solid defensive performance, and former Saints running back Chris Ivory rushed for 139 yards and a touchdown.New Orleans (6-2) got two touchdown catches from Jimmy Graham, giving him 10 this season, but did little in the second half while the Jets maintained their lead.The brothers hugged at midfield after the game.The Jets’ offense was opportunistic after getting two takeaways by the D. The second was not Brees’ fault: Nick Toon, son of former Jets star receiver Al Toon, had the ball pop off his hands late in the first half and high in the air, where Cromartie snagged it. That pick soothed the crowd that was getting on Cromartie for two major gaffes earlier in the second period.Cromartie fell down on Robert Meachem’s 60-yard catch and run. Graham capped that 80-yard drive with his 10th touchdown this season when he outmuscled Cromartie in the end zone for a 10-yard score.Brees, who lost one of his favorite targets when Darren Sproles left early with a concussion, shook off a first-quarter interception by Davis with a 51-yard throw to Graham. The powerful tight end beat Jaiquawn Jarrett down the right sideline and dragged the safety the final 5 yards to the goal line.Often, though, the Saints were out of sync, including using all three first-half timeouts on offense in the opening quarter. That cost them when they couldn’t challenge Cromartie’s interception, which led to Geno Smith’s 3-yard touchdown run.Davis’ interception came on a ball tipped by teammate Dawan Landry, and led to Folk’s 39-yard field goal. Ivory gave New York’s offense its biggest boost with first-half runs of 27 and 52 yards. The second burst came from the Jets 2 and sparked a 93-yard drive to Folk’s second field goal, from 21 yards to make it 7-6.Ivory added a 3-yard TD run in the second quarter, and Folk hit his 22nd straight field goal without a miss, a 47-yarder that barely sneaked over the crossbar, to start the second half.Garrett Hartley, who missed earlier from 43, made a career-long 55-yarder, drawing the Saints within 23-17. Folk nailed another one, from 45 yards, in the fourth period, and Hartley countered with a 43-yarder.Brees was 30 of 51 for 382 yards with two TDs and two picks. Graham finished with 116 yards on nine receptions.

    Denver Broncos coach John Fox needs heart surgery and will miss several weeks, team spokesman Patrick Smyth confirmed Saturday night.

    Broncos coach John Fox needs heart operation

    Denver Broncos coach John Fox needs heart surgery and will miss several weeks, team spokesman Patrick Smyth confirmed Saturday night. The 58-year-old Fox will undergo aortic valve replacement surgery early next week at a hospital in Charlotte, N.C. The Broncos did not immediately name an interim head coach.



    Macy’s gets in holiday spirit with tree lighting

    Macy’s department store has lit the Christmas tree and opened its animated holiday windows at its downtown Chicago location. It’s the 106th lighting of the Great Tree in the store’s historic Walnut Room.


    Wal-Mart’s Simon says tax reform would help U.S.

    Wal-Mart Stores Inc. U.S. Chief Executive Officer Bill Simon said that the U.S. should reform the corporate tax system to encourage companies to invest in the nation.

    “Some people are shocked we do tortillas,” said Eric Le Blanc, vice president of marketing for deli and convenience-store foods at Tyson. Tyson is building up its line of prepared foods to dominate the convenience-store market.

    Tyson chases Hormel with burritos aimed at moms

    “Some people are shocked we do tortillas,” said Eric Le Blanc, vice president of marketing for deli and convenience-store foods at Springdale, Ark.-based Tyson, which had $33.3 billion in sales in its last financial year. Tyson is building up its line of prepared foods to dominate the convenience-store market. Tyson’s prime target right now is the American mother, rushing to pay for a tank of gasoline or a quick cup of coffee.

    The Next Generation Air Transportation System, or NextGen, was sold to Congress and the public by the Federal Aviation Administration a decade ago as a way to accommodate an anticipated surge in air travel, reduce fuel consumption and improve safety and efficiency, but it’s off to a rough start.

    Air traffic control modernization hits turbulence

    Ten years after Congress gave the go-ahead to modernize the nation’s air traffic control system, one of the government’s most ambitious and complex technology programs -- the Next Generation Air Transportation System, or NextGen -- is in trouble. “It’s hard not to be worried about NextGen funding ... because it’s a future system,” said Marion Blakey, who was the head of the FAA when the program was authorized by Congress in 2003.

    Fred Barkman Jr., owner of Spectra Laboratories, poses for a photo at his business in Tacoma, Wash. Barkman, who last year bought Spectra Laboratories, a company that tests land and water for toxins, is in the process of purchasing a second environmental lab. Both companies were owned by retirees who wanted to sell but had to wait for the economy to improve after the recession devastated the small business market.

    Sales of small businesses finally make big gains

    Sales of small businesses are finally making big gains. The number of deals tracked by online marketplace BizBuySell.com rose more than 40 percent in the third quarter. Behind the trend: baby boomers want to retire, businesses are healthier following the recession and buyers are finding it’s easier to finance deals.

    Amazon has launched a new website for its online store that will donate a fraction of shoppers’ purchase amounts to charity.

    New Amazon shopping site supports charity

    Amazon has launched a new website for its online store that will donate a fraction of shoppers’ purchase amounts to charity.


    Retirees replaced by lower paid to weigh on U.S. growth

    As millions of baby boomers retire, income growth will slow in the next 20 years. The remaining labor force will include more workers with less earning power. Together, the trends will act as a brake on consumer spending, limiting the economy’s long-term growth potential.

    FedEx said it expects Cyber Monday — the Monday after Thanksgiving — to be its busiest day of the year, a first for the delivery giant.

    FedEx: Cyber Monday will be busiest day for shipping

    FedEx said it expects Cyber Monday — the Monday after Thanksgiving — to be its busiest day of the year, a first for the delivery giant. Falling this year on Dec. 2, Cyber Monday is when retailers typically break out online deals, slash prices and offer quick delivery for holiday shopping. FedEx will ship more than 22 million packages that day, an increase of 11 percent from last year, the company said.

    The White House Office of Management and Budget said during the Clinton administration that the shutdowns of fiscal 1996 cost the government $1.4 billion, or about $2.1 billion in today’s money.

    Democratic senator seeks tally of shutdown cost

    A Democratic senator from one of the states hit hardest by the recent government shutdown has called on Congress’ investigative arm to calculate the economic and fiscal effects of the 16-day interruption of federal operations.

    In this April 7, 2009 file photo, Brazilian billionaire Eike Batista attends a ceremony in which Batista donated about $4.5 U.S. million dollars for the the Rio 2016 Olympic games bid, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The oil company of Brazil’s one-time richest man Eike Batista has filed for bankruptcy protection on Oct. 30, 2013.

    Brazil’s flamboyant playboy tycoon takes big fall

    Just a few years ago, flamboyant billionaire Eike Batista was boasting that he’d soon be the world’s richest man. He loved to show visitors his Mercedes-Benz McLaren — parked right in the living room of his mansion. The fall has been deep and fast. Batista’s OGX oil company filed for bankruptcy protection.

    The Food and Drug Administration announced a new proposal to try and head off more shortages of crucial medications that have disrupted care at hospitals and clinics nationwide.

    FDA enlists companies to head off drug shortages

    The Food and Drug Administration announced a new proposal to try and head off more shortages of crucial medications that have disrupted care at hospitals and clinics nationwide. Under the proposed rule, companies that make medically important prescription medicines would have to notify the FDA six months ahead of any changes that could disrupt the U.S. supply.


    Career Coach: Breaking into cybersecurity

    The demand for cyber know-how is only likely to grow. So what would it take to meet that demand?The Maryland Cyber Jobs Report listed qualifications for these positions, which spanned educational levels and experience. Of the open job requisitions that specified a level of education, the majority (76 percent) required a bachelor's degree, 17 percent required only a high school diploma, and just 4 percent required a master's degree or doctorate.

    Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is pulling forward by nearly a month seven big deals on items like TVs and tablets that were originally reserved for the day after Thanksgiving and so-called Cyber Monday.

    Wal-Mart kicks off holiday shopping season online

    Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is upping the ante on holiday shopping. The world’s largest retailer is pulling forward by nearly a month seven big deals on items like TVs and tablets that were originally reserved for the day after Thanksgiving and so-called Cyber Monday.

    William Shimer, part-time lecturer in management and organizational development at Northeastern University, standing for a portrait on the school’s campus, in Boston. Thousands of part-time college professors are joining labor unions, a growing trend in higher education that’s boosting the ranks of organized labor and giving a voice to teachers who complain about low pay and a lack of job security at some of the nation’s top universities.

    Growing number of part-time professors joining unions

    Kip Lornell, an adjunct music professor at George Washington University in the District of Columbia, has been teaching students for 25 years and is the author of 13 books on American music. He earns less than $23,000 a year teaching three classes at GWU. By contrast, a full professor at the university earns an average salary of $156,000 a year.

Life & Entertainment

    Area rugs can warm up a dining room with hardwood flooring.

    Clean, classy furniture for the formal areas

    “Simplistic elegance with personality thrown in” seems to be the preference of today’s homeowners when they are shopping for the more formal areas of their home, as well as for their bedrooms, according to Anne Hildreth, a designer in the Vernon Hills Steinhafels furniture store.

    This publicity photo released by Summit Entertainment shows Asa Butterfield in a scene from the film, “Ender’s Game,” which debuted at No. 1 in its first weekend of release.

    ‘Ender’s Game’ beats out ‘Grandpa’ at box office

    “Ender’s Game” scored the No. 1 slot at the weekend box office, earning $28 million in its opening weekend and sending “Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa” into second place, according to studio estimates Sunday. Lionsgate’s “Ender’s Game,” based on the novel by Orson Scott Card, stars Asa Butterfield and Harrison Ford as intergalactic soldiers.


    Once, twice, how many times until cheating husband is out?

    Q. A year ago (and a year after my wedding) I found out that during the wedding planning, my spouse had an affair. Since we had been married a year and I loved him, I wanted to stay and work on the relationship.

    Alyce Gilbert, production wardrobe supervisor at Broadway’s “Wicked,” shows one of the costumes in the show at the Gershwin Theatre in New York. Gilbert has been working backstage at the musical since its out-of-town tryouts in San Francisco in 2003.

    The wardrobe wizard of ‘Wicked’ is revealed

    If you’re overwhelmed by the laundry piling up and the sheer amount of stuff that needs sewing, consider what faces Alyce Gilbert every week. Dozens of her dresses need checking or mending. Endless seams and zippers must be restitched. Her ballgowns have tears and hundreds of her shoes are scuffed. And laundry? She’s overseen almost 25,000 loads in the past 10 years. She’s the production wardrobe supervisor of the hit Broadway show “Wicked” and one of the reasons the show celebrated its 10th anniversary last week.

    Gugar Soda’s Oaxaca factory produces several types of drinks, including these pineapple sodas. Mexico is the world’s top consumer of soft drinks at 163 liters per capita a year, 40 percent more than the U.S.

    Mexico tackles obesity epidemic with junk food levy

    Mexico is turning to its tax system to tackle the highest obesity levels in North America or Europe, with plans to raise levies on the fatty foods and sugary sodas that contribute to more deaths than drug violence.

    Naomi Watts says she tried to stay in character even in between takes while filming “Diana.”

    Naomi Watts on becoming Diana

    When Naomi Watts was a struggling actress, she never would have imagined that one day she would play Princess Diana, one of the most famous women in the world, even after her death. In fact, the thought makes her laugh. “Yeah, that would sound a bit silly wouldn’t it,” said the actress at the New York premiere of the biopic “Diana” on Wednesday night. Watts plays the Princess of Wales during roughly the last two years of her life.

    The 1893 World’s Fair covered 630 acres in Chicago’s Jackson Park and the Midway Plaisance — a narrow strip of land designated as an amusement area.

    Field exhibit takes visitors back to 1893 World’s Fair

    The Columbian Exposition, 1893 World's Fair, The White City. Regardless of what you call it, Chicago's first world's fair affects us like few things that happened 120 years ago. The Field Museum was founded to house 50,000 artifacts after the fair closed. The Field displays a fraction of those artifacts in its new exhibit, “Opening the Vault: Wonders of the 1893 World’s Fair,” which will be open through Sept. 7, 2014.

    Andrea Podraza of Wheaton is hoping to update the family room in her home.

    Make me over ... please!

    HELP! My two young girls and I moved into our house one year ago, ready to start a new chapter in our lives. The house is perfect for us, but it hadn’t been updated in at least 30 years.

    Yai Banvelous of Carpentersville is looking for a place her busy family can finally gather together.

    We finally meet

    At my house the family room is of great importance. Our family room is the place where my family gathers to meet, because we all have very busy schedules when we finally have the ability to come together it happens at our family room.

    Sharon Brown of Palatine dreams of getting updated furniture for her living room.

    Help needed

    The house is more than 100 years old and has an unusual set up. The set up of the family room makes arranging furniture a challenge. It’s a room everyone sees when they visit our home because it’s in the middle of the house.

    The motion sofa offers several ways to relax — as a big, comfy sofa, and as a recliner.

    Sink into furniture that’s big on comfort

    Comfort is the watchword when it comes to family room and finished basement furniture, according to Gary O’Reilly, owner of O’Reilly’s Furniture in Libertyville.

    Certified financial planner Peter Gennuso, left, at Peter’s home in Schaumburg with his son Matthew Gennuso and Peter’s three grandchildren, left to right, Ryan, 18-months, Gianna, two-months and Allison, 7.

    Three steps you should take to ensure your family’s future

    Many parents of young children are so fixated on coming up with a plan to provide for their children’s college educations that they are ignoring the more immediate concern of making provisions for their offspring if some calamity would befall the parents before the children even get to college age.

    Emmy and Tony Award-winner John Lithgow (“Dexter,” “Sweet Smell of Success”) bring his one-man show “Stories By Heart” to Elgin Community College's Arts Center and to Skokie's North Shore Center for the Performing Arts.

    Sunday picks: John Lithgow tells 'Stories' in Skokie

    Star of stage and screen John Lithgow shares some of his favorite stories by P. G. Wodehouse and Ring Lardner at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts Sunday afternoon. Cantigny hosts a toy soldier show for vendors and collectors at the park in Wheaton. And Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus brings the fun to the Allstate Arena.

    Beer drinkers sample the suds during Traverse City Beer Week, which will be held Nov. 9-15 this year in Traverse City, Mich.

    On the road: Suds on at Traverse City Beer Week

    Combine the serene beauty of northern Michigan with brewskis and what do you have? Traverse City Beer Week from Nov. 9-15. There will be some needling going on during the Galena Jo Daviess Quilt and Fiber Arts Show. Trainfest features four football fields full of model trains Nov. 9-10 at the Wisconsin Expo Center in West Allis, Wis.

    Patrick Jane (Simon Baker) may be closing in on the identity of the man who killed his family on CBS’ “The Mentalist.”

    ‘Mentalist’ star Baker ponders life after Red John

    Since the beginning of CBS’ crime drama “The Mentalist” — currently airing its sixth season on Sundays — faux psychic-turned-criminal investigator Patrick Jane (Simon Baker) has pursued Red John, the serial killer who murdered his wife and child before the story began. But what if this season brings the end of his quest? What then for Patrick Jane?

    The route for the Grand Prix race in Monaco is about 2 miles long, with maps available at the Monaco tourism center. Feel free to walk the course, which takes you past the Monte Carlo Casino, along the coast and around the famous hairpin turn in front of the Fairmont hotel.

    5 free things to do in Monaco

    Just before noon on a brilliant Riviera day, two columns of guards line up smartly in front of the Prince's Palace in Monaco-ville, gold braid glinting on their full dress uniforms, vivid blue helmets rivaling the azure sky. A bell tolls as the guards put on what may be the world's most glamorous shift change. The best part? Watching this piece of royal pageantry won't cost you a sou. Here are four more free ways to spend your time in Monaco.

    A vessel sink sits on top of the counter rather than being mounted in or below the countertop.

    Advice on vessel-type bathroom sinks

    Q. My wife and I are installing a new bathroom sink. We agreed on a “vessel” style, but had no idea that we had so many material choices. We’re leaning toward a “natural stone” vessel sink.


    Siblings worry dad’s “friend” is now legal tenant

    Q. My mom passed away eight years ago. After her death, a woman “befriended” my dad (who is now 81). For the last four years, she and her daughter have been living in my dad’s home.


    Tips to keep your plants healthy for next season

    Q. Should I shear creeping phlox, and if so, when should I do it?


    Daniel White/dwhite@dailyherald.com Teacher Elizabeth Sompolski works with students at Brook Forest Elementary School in Oak Brook. State Report Cards assessing progress in our schools was released Thursday.

    Editorial: Where is report card data on school pay?
    A Daily Herald editorial questions why, in the midst of the public pension debate in Illinois, the state School Report Cards released Thursday failed to include information on teacher and administrative salaries.


    GOP: Stop being so negative

    Columnist Michael Gerson: Congressional Republicans have proved themselves divided and incapable of adopting a coherent strategy, with a significant minority determined to light the way with an auto-da-fe. Meanwhile, an administration that seeks to transform American health care cannot run a website — a breathtaking gap between ambition and competence. At the same time Republicans seem uninterested in governing,


    Obama’s lie to American people
    A Carol Stream letter to the editor: The American people were lied to, period. It is unbelievable to watch, read, and listen to the pathetic display of defending Obama when he has purposely lied to the American people.


    Interest on checking hardly worth paying
    A Hoffman Estates letter to the editor: Hooray and glory be! My bank of so very many years and untold numerous name changes, BMO Harris, just paid me 29 cents interest on a several thousand dollar checking account. I guess it is for only one month too.


    Waukegan’s future best without coal plant
    A Waukegan letter to the editor: The bankrupt parent of Midwest Generation recently announced that it expects to close a deal with New Jersey-based NRG Energy Inc. by the first quarter of 2014.


    Let’s be fair with health coverage
    A Hoffman Estates letter to the editor: I agree with the Republican goal to defund the Affordable Care Act — but only if legislation is submitted and passed into law that will grant all United States citizens the identical health care coverage enjoyed by the members of Congress.


    Facts on funding for border fence wrong
    An Elk Grove Village letter to the editor: I am writing to respond to the letter from Barbara Vidock printed Oct. 29. She indicates that there is no consistency in defunding of laws in Congress and compares the defunding effort of the ACA or Obamacare to the supposed defunding of the bill to build a 700-mile border fence between the U.S. and Mexico. As seems to be the case in many letters from what I consider the far right, the facts show Ms. Vidock’s message is at best a vast distortion of the truth.


    Vital to fund programs for seniors
    A St. Charles letter o the editor: This is in response to the Oct. 4 Daily Herald opinion, plan for “aging in place.” As the Area Agency on Aging for Northeastern Illinois, we are committed to not only educating our communities on ways to keep seniors and persons with disabilities independent but we also play a strong advocate role to ensure that services continue, allowing these residents to remain in their homes.


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