Daily Archive : Sunday November 24, 2013


    Scrooge and the Ghost of Christmas Past become SQuja’ (played by Kevin Alves) and the Ghost of Kahless Past (played by Zach Livingston) in this scene from a previous production of “A Klingon Christmas Carol.”

    Suburban Vulcan prospers in ‘A Klingon Christmas Carol’

    Nothing says Christmas like a warrior race of fictional space aliens performing Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" in Klingon. As the only "Vulcan" in the show, Oak Brook native Beth Richards helps bring the holiday classic to the audience. “I am a geek,” Richards says. “I’m very much into ‘Star Trek.’”

    St. Louis Rams defensive end Robert Quinn, left, gets his hand on the ball as Chicago Bears quarterback Josh McCown throws during the first quarter.

    Images: Bears vs. Rams

    The Chicago Bears faced the St. Louis Rams Sunday at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis. The Bears were overwhelmed in the game by the Rams and lost 42-21.

    Congregation Beth Judea Cantor Roger Weisberg, left, talks with Paulette Kallow before the Interfaith Thanksgiving Celebration on Sunday night at Temple Chai in Buffalo Grove. Eight congregations of the Northwest Suburban Interfaith Council held a united service for a congregation of more than 800. In the background is Rev. Dan Whiteside of Saint Mary Catholic Church.

    Nearly 1,000 pack Buffalo Grove interfaith event

    Eight congregations from buffalo grove, wheeling and prospect heights join together in an interfaith service. as many s 800 to 1,000 people expected.


    Palatine home remains tenable after garage fire

    A Palatine home remains tenable after firefighters were able to get an attached garage fire under control Sunday afternoon, according to a news release. Firefighters responded to a report of a fire in the 800 block of South Benton Street around 1:20 p.m., officials said.

    Climate activists protest acting in the role of world leaders who search for a way, in front of the U.N. climate change conference in Warsaw, Poland, Friday. They act, from left to right, as French President Francois Hollande, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, U.S. President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

    EU climate chief says UN talks hinge on 2015 deal

    After another U.N. climate conference gave only modest results, European Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard says the process needs to provide a “substantial answer” to global warming in two years to remain relevant.

    A Kansas City Chiefs fan watches during the final minutes of an NFL football game against the San Diego Chargers on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City. A cold wave, in many areas accompanied by snow or ice, stretches over the eastern two-thirds of the country and threatens holiday travel.

    Wintry storm threatens Thanksgiving travels

    A large storm already blamed for at least eight deaths in the West slogged through Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and other parts of the Southwest on Sunday, leading to hundreds of flight cancellations as it slowly churned east ahead of Thanksgiving.

    President Barack Obama, whose administration engineered the breakthrough nuclear deal with Iran announced this weekend, on Sunday heard members of Congress express deep doubts over the reliability of Iran to keep its end of the bargain.

    After Iran nuclear deal, tough challenges ahead

    Lawmakers from both parties said Sunday they are skeptical that Iran will stick to a new nuclear deal and want Congress to prepare beefed-up economic penalties to hit Tehran if the accord falls apart.

    A police officer leads two women and a child from Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., where a gunman opened fire, killing 26 people, Dec. 14, 2012.

    Secrecy shrouds Sandy Hook shooting investigation

    A prosecutor is planning to release a report Monday on the investigation into the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, but the public will have to wait longer for the state police’s full accounting of the crime. The decision to continue withholding the bulk of the evidence is stirring new criticism of the secrecy that has surrounded the probe.

    Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Sunday said he won’t immediately sign a security deal with the United States, ignoring a recommendation by an assembly of Afghan elders and leaders he do so by the end of the year. He argued Afghanistan needed more time to ensure the U.S. was committed to peace.

    Afghan president delays signing U.S. deal

    President Hamid Karzai cast fresh doubt on the future presence of thousands of American and allied forces on Sunday by rejecting a recommendation by an Afghan assembly of dignitaries to quickly sign a long-delayed security pact with the United States.

    Aurora University Chaplain Jonathan Dean speaks Sunday during the Interfaith Thanksgiving service at Temple B’nai. The offering collected during the service will be donated to the Interfaith Food Pantry in Aurora.

    Different faith groups gather in Aurora to say thanks

    Aurora faith communities gathered Sunday at Temple B'nai Israel to give thanks and call for peace and harmony. The sixth annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service also was tinged with sadness over the recent passing of one of its driving forces.


    Festive spirit shines through cold weather in Wheeling

    The northeast corner of Dundee Road and Milwaukee Avenue was alive with light Sunday night as the village of Wheeling celebrated its annual holiday tree-lighting ceremony, “Lights Around Wheeling,” in Friendship Park.

    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, joined by Sen. Lamar Alexander, left, are among Republicans facing off with Democrats over a bill that once was relatively easy to pass: a bill to pay the troops, buy ships and aircraft and set the nation’s military policy.

    Defense bill caught in Congress’ political divide

    For 51 years of war and peace, Republicans and Democrats rallied around a bill to pay the troops, buy ships and aircraft and set military policy. Last week, the Senate couldn’t even agree on votes.

    This is the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ main landing web page for HealthCare.gov. Illinois is relying on the federal system for its citizens to sign up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act’s exchanges.

    Political pressures impacted state health exchange

    Most states led by Democratic governors have opted to run their own online health insurance marketplaces as part of the Affordable Care Act. But in President Barack Obama’s home state, Gov. Pat Quinn pushed unsuccessfully for three years for a state-run marketplace, so Illinois residents now must rely on a crippled federal website.

    Enrique Ruiz

    Police seek help locating 85-year-old Aurora-area man

    Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing 85-year-old man from Aurora Township. According to police, Enrique Ruiz has been missing since Friday afternoon, when he didn’t return home from a walk in the Oakhurst Forest Preserve.

    Vinay Nayak

    Oak Brook resident named a Rhodes Scholar

    Oak Brook resident Vinay Nayak has been named one of 32 Americans chosen as a Rhodes Scholar, the Rhodes Trust announced Saturday. Nayak, a senior at Yale University, is the only Illinois resident selected this year for the prestigious scholarship, which includes all expenses for two or three years of study at the University of Oxford in England. He will begin study there next October.

    The Navy’s stealthy Zumwalt destroyer is moored at Bath Iron Works, in Bath, Maine. The skipper of the technology-laden Zumwalt is Capt. James Kirk, and his futuristic-looking vessel sports cutting-edge technology, new propulsion and powerful armaments, but this ship isn’t the Starship Enterprise.

    New ship’s Capt. Kirk is used to ‘Star Trek’ jokes

    Captain Kirk’s futuristic-looking vessel sports cutting-edge technology, new propulsion and powerful armaments, but this ship isn’t the Starship Enterprise. The skipper of the stealthy Zumwalt is Navy Capt. James Kirk, and yes, he’s used to the jokes about the name he shares with the TV starship commander played by actor William Shatner.

    The Bears game against the Lions was held the day before Veterans Day and I had seen the huge American flag they were bringing out in the tunnel earlier. Fortunately the sun was coming in at a severe angle that put much of the stands in shadow, partly silhouetted the servicemen and women in front of me and highlighted a flag being held by the color guard. This photo was published in the weekly Perspective column in the print edition.

    Images: The Week in Pictures
    This edition of The Week in Pictures features the beginning of the winter holiday season with people decorating windows, hanging lights, and visiting with Santa Claus.


    Autopsy Monday for body found in vacant Schaumburg lot

    An autopsy of a man found dead Saturday morning in a vacant lot in Schaumburg is scheduled for Monday, according to authorities who say they are continuing a death investigation in the case. Cook County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Benjamin Breit said the person was identified as a man in his 50s, but authorities were not yet releasing his name Sunday.

    Nathan Sonehocker, 9, of Aurora, watches model trains run on 400 feet of track Sunday at the Valley Model Railroad Club’s open house in South Elgin.

    Enthusiasts all aboard for railroad club’s annual open house

    Model train enthusiasts, along with the hobby’s next generation, gathered Sunday at the Clintonville Station on Kenyon Road in South Elgin for the Valley Model Railroad Club’s annual open house. The sound of small trains was constant all afternoon, as were the voices of various dispatchers over the public address system in the 100-year-old building.


    Authorities: Hampshire man caught with pipes, pot at courthouse, blames ex

    A 50-year-old Hampshire man said he wanted to stop his estranged wife from using drugs, but he’s now accused of bringing what he claimed was her pot and paraphernalia to court. Dan D. Travis was charged with two misdemeanors Nov. 8 after he tried to enter the Kane County Judicial Center in St. Charles with two marijuana pipes and marijuana in his jacket, authorities say.

    Browsers and buyers wandered through two rooms of booths Sunday at the Christmas on the Fox Arts and Crafts Show at the Kane County Fairgrounds in St. Charles.

    Crafters, collectors gather at Fox Art and Craft Show

    Crafter Kathie Roller was having a good day sitting in a beam of sunlight that landed on her booth Sunday at the Christmas on the Fox Art and Craft Show when one of her favorite customers found her way to the tables of soft, whimsical snowmen and gentle angels displayed in and around rich wooden boxes. “This lady is good,” said customer Elaine Hicks. “These are real crafts.”


    Nativity scene display in Lake Zurich

    The Ela Historical Society and Museum is sponsoring a Nativity scene from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 at its office, 95 E. Main St., Lake Zurich.


    Glacier hosts youth hockey tournament

    Glacier Ice Arena, 670 Lakeview Parkway, Vernon Hills, hosts its seventh annual Thanksgiving Shoot-Out Tournament youth hockey tournament, Nov. 26 through Dec. 1.


    Mt. Propsect OKs spending more on litigation, roads

    Mount Prospect village board members last week amended the 2013 budget for the third time this year to reflect extraordinary or unanticipated changes that amounted to $57,500 in revenues and $437,928 in expenditures. Prior amendments took place in March and in June.


    Toys for Tots drop-off site

    State Rep. Ed Sullivan has teamed up with Century 21 to volunteer their offices as a Toys for Tots drop-off site for this holiday season, Sullivan said in a news release.


    Santa at Good Shepherd Hospital Dec. 9

    Celebrate the holiday season and bring your children to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital near Lake Barrington from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9. The festive evening will include the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus on a Barrington fire truck, photos with them and a reading of “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” by a local firefighter.


    Filing period begins for March primary election

    Candidates will line up Monday outside election commission offices in DuPage and Will counties to file nominating petitions for a variety of offices in the March 18 primary. While state and federal candidates submit their paperwork elsewhere, the local election offices will play host to those seeking posts ranging from county board chairman and forest preserve district president to sheriff and...


    Taste of the Town coming to Wheeling Dec. 12

    The Wheeling/Prospect Heights Area Chamber of Commerce & Industry is presenting the Taste of the Town, an evening of delectable food, select wines, craft beer, and other goodies presented by the renowned dining establishments on Restaurant Row and in the surrounding area.

    Libertyville resident Sylvia LeJeune looks at ornaments made by North Suburban Carvers during Island Lake’s 27th annual Holiday Craft Fair Sunday at the Island Lake Village Hall. The fair featured almost 45 vendors offering crafts, jewelry, gifts, clothing and more. On Sunday, Santa Claus met with children and adults alike to spread holiday cheer.

    Island Lake gets crafty with 27th annual holiday fair

    Island Lake’s 27th annual Holiday Craft Fair, a two-day event featuring vendors selling jewelry, ceramics, wood items, tote bags, soaps and other goods, wrapped up Sunday. Proceeds from the event, held at Island Lake village hall, will benefit the village’s parks and recreation department, which provides adult and children’s classes for the community throughout the year.


    Warren High’s Breakfast with Santa

    Warren Township High School is hosting a Breakfast with Santa event.

    Iranians hold posters of President Hassan Rouhani as they welcome Iranian nuclear negotiators upon their arrival from Geneva at the Mehrabad airport in Tehran, Iran, Sunday.

    Iranians cheer nuclear negotiators at airport

    Hundreds of cheering supporters greeted Iran’s nuclear negotiators as they arrived back to Tehran Sunday. The crowd, mostly young students, called both Iran’s foreign minister and its top nuclear negotiator “the Ambassador of Peace.”

    This contrast-enhanced image produced from the Hubble images of comet ISON taken April 23, reveals the subtle structure in the inner coma of the comet.

    Will icy comet survive close encounter with sun?

    For months, all eyes in the sky have pointed at the comet that’s zooming toward a blisteringly close encounter with the sun. The moment of truth comes Thursday — Thanksgiving Day.

    Members of the Great Lakes Exploration Group carry a nearly 400-pound wooden slab into the radiology section of Otsego Memorial Hospital in Gaylord, Mich., for a CT scan to create images of tree rings from its interior, in this photo from Aug. 24.

    Studies provide no certainty in shipwreck search

    Five months after divers searched a remote section of Lake Michigan for a mysterious 17th century ship and retrieved a wooden slab the group leader believes is part of the vessel, it’s still uncertain whether they are on the right track.

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, right, and EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, left, visit the media seating area of Kerry’s aircraft as it sits on the tarmac at Geneva International airport before leaving for London, Sunday, in Geneva, Switzerland. A deal has been reached between six world powers and Iran that calls on Tehran to limit its nuclear activities in return for sanctions relief, the French and Iranian foreign ministers said early Sunday.

    Secret U.S.-Iran talks set stage for nuke deal

    The AP has learned that at least five secret meetings have occurred between top Obama administration and Iranian officials since March, which paved the way to the nuclear deal reached this weekend.

    Cordero Sims

    Naperville man charged in Chicago murder

    A Naperville man faces a charge of first-degree murder in a shooting death Nov. 18 on Chicago’s Northwest Side on Nov. 18. Cordero Sims, 26, is accused of fatally shooting Irbinzon Gonzalez, 25, outside a McDonald’s restaurant in the Lincoln Square neighborhood, police said. Authorities said the shooting resulted from a drug deal gone bad.

    The Anvil Club in East Dundee officially belongs to Tom Roeser, president and CEO of Otto Engineering in Carpentersville. Roeser closed on the sale of the club this week, and an extensive renovation is already underway. The club is open during the renovation.

    Roeser closes on Anvil Club deal

    The historic Anvil Club in East Dundee officially belongs to Tom Roeser, president and chief executive officer of Otto Engineering in Carpentersville. Roeser, who is partnering with East Dundee to breathe new life into its downtown, officially completed the transaction Thursday, acquiring the 57-year-old supper club and buying out its 20 shareholders. “This is an important investment, and...

    Ronald McDonald House near Cadence Health — CDH Campus is expected to open in early 2015 in Winfield. It will be the fifth Ronald McDonald House in the Chicago area.

    Ronald McDonald House on track for 2015 opening in Winfield

    Cadence Health's push to bring a Ronald McDonald House to the Western suburbs by early 2015 is moving along as planned. The health system last week got approval from Winfield to construct the house across the street from Central DuPage Hospital. A groundbreaking is scheduled for March 18 at the site along Winfield Road. “Having the project approved by the village makes it as real as it...


    Giving to others improves your own outlook on life
    Our Ken Potts has a friend who was lucky enough to win a 25-pound turkey in a raffle. The friend realized she knew someone in who could use a head start on Thanksgiving dinner and presented him with the turkey. "It is one of those truths that we so often forget, or even ignore," Potts said. "The gift giver almost always receives as much, perhaps even more, than the gift receiver."


    Body found in Schaumburg vacant lot

    Cook County sheriff’s police is trying to locate the family of a person whose body was found on a vacant property south of Schaumburg’s Olympic Park soccer fields, authorities confirmed Saturday. Schaumburg police and firefighter paramedics responded at about 10 a.m. Saturday to a report of a body found near Martingale and Old Schaumburg roads, between two ponds east of the Metropolitan Water...


    Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, left, walks away from New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady after an NFL football game early Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. The Patriots won 34-31 in overtime.

    Gostkowski FG gives Pats 34-31 OT win over Broncos

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Stephen Gostkowski kicked a 31-yard field goal for New England after a misplayed punt return by Denver, lifting the Patriots to a 34-31 overtime victory over the Broncos on Sunday night.Denver’s Tony Carter ran into Ryan Allen’s punt after it landed and Nate Ebner recovered for New England at the Broncos 13-yard line. After Tom Brady ran twice to line up the kick, Gostkowski connected for his 21st successful field goal attempt.Brady threw for three touchdowns to lead the Patriots (8-3) back from a 24-0 halftime deficit to a 31-24 lead as New England scored on its first five possessions of the second half. Then Peyton Manning threw an 11-yard scoring pass to Demaryius Thomas for the Broncos (9-2), tying it at 31.

    St. Louis Rams defensive end Robert Quinn beats Chicago Bears Jermon Bushrod for a sack on Bears quarterback Josh McCown and Quinn forces a fumble during the second half of an NFL football game on Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in St. Louis.

    Bears offer no defense of loss to Rams

    It would be much easier to list the things that went well for the Bears Sunday, than all that went wrong, but nothing was worse than their NFL-worst run defense.

    Rams cornerback Trumaine Johnson (22) forces a fumble by Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte (22) during the first half of an NFL football game on Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in St. Louis.

    The glow comes off Bears’ McCown

    In Sunday's loss at St. Louis, Josh McCown indicated why Bears' coach Marc Trestman is partial to Jay Cutler as his quarterback. But if this team doesn't play better defense or commit fewer penalties, it won't matter who plays the position.

    The Bears' Devin Hester reacts after a punt he returned for an apparent touchdown was called back because of an offensive holding penalty during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams on Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in St. Louis.

    Bears drop sloppy game in St. Louis

    The Bears' loss to St. Louis on Sunday came thanks to meltdowns in nearly every area. The worst culprit was the run defense as the Rams piled up 258 yards on the ground.

    Los Angeles Clippers guard Reggie Bullock, right, scores over Chicago Bulls forward Mike Dunleavy during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013. The Clippers won 121-82.

    Bulls wilt without Rose

    While Derrick Rose prepared to have surgery Monday to repair torn cartilage in his right knee, the Bulls were blown out by the Clippers 121-82 on Sunday afternoon. Coach Tom Thibodeau still believes, but this game might be a preview of what's in store for the short-handed Bulls.

    Josh McCown sits on the bench during the last minute of the Bears’ loss to St. Louis on Sunday.

    Painful day but McCown still having fun

    Despite taking a beating Sunday, Bears QB Josh McCown's still having a lot of fun.

    Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) gestures while leaving the field after an NFL football game against the New York Giants, Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in East Rutherford, N.J. The Cowboys won 24-21.

    Romo has 2 TDs, Cowboys beat Giants

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Even though they got help from the Giants , Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys took this pivotal game and all but buried New York’s slim hopes of making the playoffs.Romo threw two touchdowns and led a drive that set up Dan Bailey’ 35-yard field goal on the final play as the Cowboys won 24-21 Sunday, ending the Giants’ four-game winning streak and denying them a place in NFL history.The victory moved the Cowboys (6-5) into a first-place tie with idle Philadelphia in the NFC East with five games left. It left the Giants (4-7) wondering about what they gave away in two losses to Dallas.Romo hit two third-down passes on the 14-play drive that covered the final 4:45 after New York tied the game on a 4-yard touchdown pass from Eli Manning to Louis Murphy Jr., and a 2-point conversion run by Andre Brown.Romo hit Jason Witten on TDs of 20 and 2 yards, and Dallas got a defensive touchdown on a 50-yard fumble return by Jeff Heath.The Giants, seeking to become the second NFL team to win five straight after losing the first six, rallied over the past month to get into position to challenge for a playoff spot. They knew this was a must-win game because they had lost to Dallas in the season opener after turning over the ball six times.They also knew the Cowboys were facing questions after a blowout loss to New Orleans before a bye week.Romo and his team answered them at the end of a week in which owner Jerry Jones said coach Jason Garrett would return next season.True to form, New York tried another comeback after falling behind 21-6 in the third quarter.But Romo took it from the Giants on the final drive that started at the Dallas 20 on a cold and blustery day. He hit Dez Bryant on a 19-yard pass on third-and-8 and added throws of 17 yards to Miles Austin and 13 to Cole Beasley, the latter on third-and-10 from the New York 28.With the wind howling, a long field goal would have been tough. Instead, that play gave Dallas a first down at the 15 and Bailey converted after Romo took a couple of kneel-downs.

    Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kendall Wright (13) celebrates with tackle Michael Roos after scoring on a 10-yard touchdown pass against the Oakland Raiders during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013. The Titans won 23-19.

    Fitzpatrick leads Titans past Raiders

    OAKLAND, Calif. — With one drive to determine whether Tennessee or Oakland would move right into the thick of the AFC playoff race, Ryan Fitzpatrick stepped up for the Titans.Fitzpatrick threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Kendall Wright with 10 seconds remaining to cap a mistake-free performance that led Tennessee to a 23-19 victory over the Raiders on Sunday.“That would have been a big, big loss for us in terms of what the rest of the season was going to look like,” Fitzpatrick said. “We knew this was a `gotta-have-it’ drive at the end of the game and the guys really stepped up.”Fitzpatrick also threw a 54-yard TD pass to Justin Hunter and Rob Bironas added three field goals to give Tennessee (5-6) its second win in seven games. But despite the recent slump, the Titans find themselves in a six-way tie for the final playoff spot in the AFC.“We knew going into this one, in our world it was a playoff game,” coach Mike Munchak said. “We couldn’t fall to 4-7, we knew that. I’m sure they felt the same way, so that was a huge drive.”The Raiders (4-7) missed a chance to get into that group as the defense failed to hold onto a late lead and Sebastian Janikowski missed two field goals. After Bironas put Tennessee up 16-12 with his third field goal, Matt McGloin led the Raiders on a 75-yard scoring drive. He completed all four attempts and accounted for all but 1 yard on the drive, capping it with a 27-yard pass to Marcel Reece with 6:10 to play. Fitzpatrick calmly moved Tennessee downfield, completing eight of 10 passes. Then facing third-and-goal from the 10, Fitzpatrick found Wright, who beat Tracy Porter on an out pattern from the slot and fell into the end zone for the winning score.“Ryan made a great throw,” Wright said. “All I had to do was look it in and get in the end zone. Before the start of that drive we said we weren’t going to let Rob Bironas come out here and kick a field goal to tie it up. We wanted to go down there and score seven. We’d been in this predicament a lot this season where we had the ball and we couldn’t finish. We finally put it together and finished today.” The play flittingly came on third down, when Fitzpatrick was at his best on his 31st birthday. He converted 10 of 18 third downs in the game, often in long-yardage situations in his best game yet in place of the injured Jake Locker. He completed 30 of 42 passes for 320 yards —none bigger than the throw to Wright.Hunter and Wright were his favorite targets, gaining 109 and 103 yards, respectively.“They just out-executed us, plain and simple,” Porter said. “Whether it was game plan, guys out of position on certain things, coverages, landmarks, we’re supposed to get on the quarterback. We were just out-executed.”Fitzpatrick and the Titans capitalized on a blown assignment for the first touchdown of the game on the opening drive of the third quarter. Hunter was left wide open and caught a pass 17 yards downfield before juking Phillip Adams and Brandian Ross and racing to the end zone for the score that put Tennessee up 13-9.The Raiders answered with a good drive before stalling at the 30. Janikowski missed his second field goal as his season-long struggles continue as he adjusts to new holder Marquette King after the departure of longtime mate Shane Lechler in the offseason.McGloin, an undrafted rookie out of Penn State, put the Raiders in position for a second straight win after his three-touchdown, no-interception performance last week in Houston. He completed 19 of 32 passes for 260 yards to earn a third start Thursday in Dallas, but also threw an interception that set up Tennessee’s second field goal.“Up and down day,” McGloin said. “You’re going to have days like that. I thought we missed on a couple of opportunities offensively, but we’ll go back to the drawing board.”

    Arizona Cardinals defensive end Darnell Dockett (90) celebrates during the second half of an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts, Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Glendale, Ariz. The Cardinals won 40-11.

    Arians beats old team as Cards rout Colts

    GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Indianapolis Colts propelled Bruce Arians into coaching prominence.On Sunday, as head coach in Arizona, his Cardinals embarrassed his former team.Carson Palmer threw two touchdown passes to Larry Fitzgerald, Karlos Dansby returned an interception 22 yards for a score and the Cardinals won their fourth in a row with a 40-11 rout of the Colts.“We expect to dominate like this all the time,” Dansby said. “We just finally put it together as a unit. We’re starting to believe in each other and trust one another and we’re making plays all around.”Arians became interim head coach of the Colts last season when Chuck Pagano was stricken with leukemia. Indianapolis went 9-3 under Arians, earning him coach of the year honors and a head coaching job in the desert. Now the 61-year-old coach is doing the same kind of job with the Cardinals (7-4). “The emotions of this game were gone way before kickoff,” Arians said. “I saw a lot of friends, a lot of dear guys on that team. But once the whistle blows, it’s just you and your brother in the backyard.”And Arizona was the big brother in this one.“I think this was a respect game,” Palmer said. “I don’t think we’re well-respected throughout the league and that’s not anybody’s fault but our own. “But I think we’re better than people think and when you beat a good team, and a team that’s beat good teams, it ups your respect among your peers and throughout the league.”Fitzgerald caught five passes for 52 yards, becoming the youngest player in NFL history to reach 11,000 yards receiving. Arizona’s Michael Floyd had his second straight 100-yard receiving day with seven catches for 104 yards for the Cardinals (7-4).Andrew Luck threw for 163 yards, but had only 84 through three quarters as the Colts (7-4) fell behind 34-3. It’s a familiar pattern.In their past four games, the Colts have been outscored in the first half 93-12.“There is blood in the water right now,” Pagano said. “Until you get it fixed they are going to keep coming at us. It is the same thing week in and week out on both sides of the ball and on special teams. ... They are going to keep coming at you until we put out the fire. `’The Colts still have a solid lead in the AFC South.“I don’t know if I can big picture it right now coming off the field after we getting our butts beat like that. It is hard to,” Luck said. “I guess we are sitting at 7-4, but I don’t know what that means either.”Jay Feely kicked four field goals in Arizona’s highest-scoring game in three years, including a 21-yarder in the final minutes with the outcome long decided. Palmer, coming off a 419-yard passing performance against Jacksonville, completed 26 of 37 for 314 yards and, for the second week in a row, threw no interceptions.The Colts’ touchdown came on Luck’s 17-yard pass to Coby Fleener with 10:26 to play.Palmer threw touchdown passes to Fitzgerald of 4 and 26 yards, then Dansby — who had been kidded by his teammates for dropping a few potential interceptions this season — picked off Luck’s pass and returned it for a touchdown as the Cardinals blew open a 27-3 halftime lead.Arizona took the opening kickoff and went 80 yards in 10 plays, Palmer hitting Fitzgerald with a 4-yard fade pass for the touchdown. The Cardinals had no third downs on the drive.Arizona had a chance to lengthen the lead but the drive stalled at the Colts 10, then Sergio Brown blocked Feely’s 28-yard field goal attempt. It ended a string of 17 consecutive field goals for the Arizona kicker.Adam Vinatieri kicked a 27-yard field goal to cut it to 7-3 with 1:15 left in the first quarter. But Arizona’s offense got it rolling again. Palmer connected with Floyd for 29 yards to the Indianapolis 26.On the next play, Palmer, hit as he threw, lofted a pass to the end zone, where Fitzgerald beat two defenders to make the catch for the score to make it 14-3 with 13:29 left in the half.

    Tavon Austin gallops for a 65-yard touchdown run on the Rams’ first possession Sunday.

    Bears getting a real run-around

    The really scary thing about how the Bears played run defense in Sunday’s 42-21 loss to the St. Lous Rams had less to do with the 258 rushing yards they allowed than with what it means about next week.

    Northern Illinois running back James Spencer (34) receives congratulations from quarterback Jordan Lynch (6) and fullback Rob Sterling (47) after scoring a touchdown against Toledo in the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game in Toledo, Ohio, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013.

    NIU reaches 14th in BCS standings

    Northern Illinois moved ahead of Fresno State in the BCS standings and up to No. 14 as the Huskies and Bulldogs jockey to be the last BCS buster.NIU jumped two spots Sunday and Fresno State slipped one to 16th.The top three teams in the BCS standings were unchanged: Alabama, Florida State and Ohio State — the remaining undefeated teams in BCS automatic qualifying conferences.The other major college unbeatens, Northern Illinois and Fresno State, are fighting for one automatic bid. They have to finish in the top 12 of the last BCS standings, which comes out Dec. 8, or finish in the top 16 while ranking ahead of an AQ-conference champion.Central Florida is in position to win the American Athletic Conference auto-bid, but is 19th in the latest standings.BCS standings:1. Alabama 2. Florida St. 3. Ohio St. 4. Auburn 5. Missouri 6. Clemson 7. Oklahoma St.8. Stanford 9. Baylor 10. South Carolina 11. Michigan St. 12. Arizona St. 13. Oregon 14. N. Illinois 15. Wisconsin 16. Fresno St. 17. LSU 18. Oklahoma 19. UCF 20. Louisville 21. Texas A&M 22. UCLA 23. Southern Cal 24. Duke 25. Notre Dame


    Grading the Bears: Game 11

    Grading the Bears: Game 11


    Blackhawks game day
    Blackhawks game dayBlackhawks vs. Edmonton Oilers at Rexall Place, 8:30 p.m.TV: Comcast SportsNetRadio: WGN-AM 720The skinny: The Oilers have won three games in a row, outscoring their opposition 15-3 in the process. Expect Devan Dubnyk to start in goal against Corey Crawford. The Hawks had no word on the playing status of Marian Hossa on Sunday, a day off for the team. Hossa missed Saturday’s 2-1 win at Vancouver attending to a personal matter in Chicago. However, Michal Handzus might return after missing the last 13 games with an upper body injury.Next: Calgary Flames at the Saddledome, 9 p.m. Wednesday.— Tim Sassone

    Los Angeles Clippers guard J.J. Redick (4) shoots over Chicago Bulls forward Tony Snell during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013.

    Bulls lose by 39 in L.A.

    LOS ANGELES — Jared Dudley scored a season-high 21 points, Chris Paul added 16 points and 17 assists, and the Los Angeles Clippers jumped all over the Chicago Bulls in Derrick Rose’s absence for a 121-82 victory Sunday.J.J. Redick scored 19 points and Blake Griffin had 15 points and 12 rebounds in the Pacific Division-leading Clippers’ seventh win in nine games.Los Angeles finished strong in a stretch of four games in five days, posting the biggest margin of victory over Chicago in franchise history.Luol Deng scored 22 points as the Bulls got off to a rough start to their latest stretch without Rose, who tore cartilage in his right knee Friday night in Portland.The 2011 NBA MVP headed home to Chicago to prepare for surgery on Monday, when Chicago should find out how long he’ll be sidelined.Kirk Hinrich had nine points and seven assists while starting in place of Rose, who missed last season while recovering from surgery on his left knee. Rose played in just 10 games before getting hurt again, but the Bulls are hoping he won’t be out as long this time.Carlos Boozer and Mike Dunleavy scored 14 points apiece for Chicago.The Clippers surpassed their 33-point victory over the Bulls on Feb. 17, 1981, back when the club played in San Diego.Los Angeles led for all but the first two minutes, fluidly breaking down the Bulls with outstanding work by the starting five. The starters all sat down for good late in the third quarter, but the Clippers’ reserves steadily stretched the advantage to a historic size in the final minutes.The Clippers got remarkable performances from the two new additions to their starting lineup, with Dudley and Redick combining to make 16 of their 21 shots.Dudley had the most impressive game of his first season with the Clippers, hitting four 3-pointers while passing his previous season high for points shortly after halftime. Redick was nearly as sharp, providing the consistent perimeter scoring Los Angeles sought in his acquisition.The Clippers played back-to-back afternoon home games this weekend — an occasional hazard of sharing a building with the Lakers and the NHL’s Kings. But the Clippers showed little fatigue from their packed schedule, jumping to an early double-digit lead with sharp perimeter shooting from Redick and Dudley, who combined for 29 points in the first half.Deng played his usual aggressive game, scoring 14 points in the first half, but the Bulls struggled defensively while the Clippers made nearly 63 percent of their first-half shots on the way to a 65-52 lead.Antawn Jamison finally made his Clippers debut in their 15th game, hitting a 3-pointer in the third quarter for his first basket of his 16th NBA season. Jamison, who moved down the hallway from the Lakers in the offseason, finished with 11 points in 17 minutes.

    Chicago Bears’ Devin Hester reacts after a punt he returned for an apparent touchdown was called back because of an offensive holding penalty during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams on Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in St. Louis.

    Bears can’t overcome Rams’ fast start

    ST. LOUIS — The Long brothers were part of a first-half tussle, and the St. Louis Rams pushed the Bears around most of the day. Tavon Austin’s 65-yard touchdown run — his fourth straight this season from beyond midfield — jump-started a 21-point first quarter and the defense made some big plays, too, in a 42-21 victory over the Bears on Sunday.The Rams (5-6) followed up a 30-point rout at Indianapolis after their bye in front of their largest crowd of the season, about half of them clad Bears orange. Late scores by rookie backup running back Benny Cunningham and defensive end Robert Quinn helped finish off the Bears (6-5), who remained tied for the NFC North lead.Josh McCown passed for 352 yards and two touchdowns with an interception for Chicago, which had won four straight in the series. The Bears had a 62-yard punt return for touchdown by Devin Hester nullified by a holding penalty in the fourth quarter. The Longs — Chicago guard Kyle and St. Louis defensive end Chris — lined up close to each other all day and were the focal point of one skirmish in the first half. After McCown threw an incomplete pass to fullback Tony Fiammetta in the second half, Fiammetta and Rams cornerback Trumaine Johnson squared off, causing players from both teams to rumble. Kyle Long raced down the field get to Rams end William Hayes, and had him down before his big brother intervened. Chris Long, who had taken the play off, raced off the sideline to corral Kyle Long and drag him from the fight to the sideline.Cunningham’s 9-yard run with 3:05 to play plus a 2-point conversion pass from Kellen Clemens to Isaiah Pead put the Rams up 35-21. Quinn stripped McCown on a sack and then scooped up the ball on a 31-yard return just before the 2-minute warning.The Bears had first-and-goal at the 4 on their opening drive of the second half trailing 24-14 and got nothing when coach Marc Trestman decided against a field goal and Michael Bush was thrown for a 4-yard loss by Jo-Lonn Dunbar.All of the Rams’ home games have been televised locally. But Sunday’s attendance of 66,024 was nearly 10,000 more than the previous best.Cunningham rushed for 109 yards on 13 carries, most of it in the second half after Stacy was sidelined with concussion-like symptoms. Johnson and guard Chris Williams also left following blows to the head.McCown’s passing yardage total was the third-best of his career and most since 2005.The Rams stunned the Bears with two big plays and two touchdowns before the first capacity crowd of the year, with about a 50-50 home-road mix and orange jerseys everywhere, could settle in.Austin’s 65-yard run gave them points on their opening possession the first time all year and Stacy’s 1-yard run capitalized on a lost fumble by Matt Forte at the 7 for a 14-0 cushion with 12:36 to go in the first quarter.Jared Cook added a 6-yard catch from Clemens late in the first for a 21-7 cushion, offsetting Martellus Bennett’s 7-yard reception from McCown.The Rams totaled 29 points in the first quarter during the first 10 games before surging against a defense that been on the upswing, allowing an average of 20 points the last three games.Brandon Marshall got free with a little push off Janoris Jenkins on a 3-yard catch that cut the gap to 21-14 with 5:19 to go in the half.

    Green Bay Packers’ Clay Matthews is introduced before the first half of an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis.

    Vikings and Packers play to a 26-26 tie

    GREEN BAY, Wis. — Backup quarterback Matt Flynn threw for 218 yards to help the Packers storm back from a 16-point deficit for a 26-26 tie as the Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay could only muster field goals in overtime Sunday. Mason Crosby hit from 20 yards at 10:28 of the extra period and Blair Walsh connected from 35 with 3:54 left.Greg Jennings, playing his first game at Lambeau Field as a member of the Vikings (3-8-1), dropped a third-down pass with 2:11 left. The Packers (5-5-1) also stumbled on their next possession.One last chance for the Vikings went nowhere with 1 second left, and the teams walked off with the first tie in the NFL since the Rams and 49ers ended 24-24 on Nov. 11, 2012.

    San Diego Chargers strong safety Marcus Gilchrist (38) jumps over cornerback Johnny Patrick (26) after making an interception during the second half of an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013.

    Rivers leads Chargers to 41-38 win over Chiefs

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Philip Rivers threw for 392 yards and three touchdowns, the final one a 26-yarder to Seyi Ajirotutu with 24 seconds remaining, to give San Diego a 41-38 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday and end the Chargers’ three-game losing streak.The Chiefs had taken the lead when Alex Smith hit Dwayne Bowe in tight coverage for a go-ahead score with 1:22 left. But the Chargers (5-6) still had two timeouts, and they used both of them to quickly move downfield. Ajirotutu’s TD was just his third catch of the season.It also represented the eighth and final lead change in the game.Smith threw for 292 yards and three touchdowns for the Chiefs, who dropped their second straight after a 9-0 start. They also lost top pass rusher Tamba Hali and Justin Houston to injuries and now have to turn their attention to the Denver Broncos next week.

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Leonard Johnson (29) celebrates his 48-yard interception for a touchdown with teammate Darrelle Revis during the first half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field in Detroit, Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013.

    Bucs beat Lions 24-21 for 3rd straight victory

    DETROIT — Matthew Stafford’s fourth interception went in and out of Calvin Johnson’s hands inside the Tampa Bay 5 in the final minute, allowing the Buccaneers to hold on for a 24-21 win over the Detroit Lions on Sunday.Tampa Bay (3-8) has won three straight after losing its first eight, joining the 1978 St. Louis Cardinals as the only team to do that.Tampa Bay rookie Mike Glennon, meanwhile, avoided mistakes. Glennon was 14 of 21 for 247 yards and threw two touchdowns to Tiquan Underwood, whose second score was an 85-yard reception early in the fourth quarter.The Lions (6-5) have lost two straight for the first time this season. They can blame five turnovers for throwing away a chance to improve their playoff positioning. Rookie Johnthan Banks made the critical pick at the end of the game.

    Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones, left, out runs New York Jets punter Ryan Quigley on a punt return during the second half of an NFL football game in Baltimore, Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013.

    Ravens get defensive in 19-3 win over Jets

    BALTIMORE — Joe Flacco threw a 66-yard touchdown pass to Jacoby Jones, Justin Tucker kicked four field goals and the Baltimore Ravens shut down the sputtering offense of the New York Jets in a 19-3 victory Sunday.The defending Super Bowl champion Ravens (5-6) had lost four of five before bouncing back to beat New York (5-6) and keep their playoff hopes alive. Jones had four catches for 103 yards.Baltimore won on the strength of its defense, however, as the Jets went 1 for 12 on third-down conversions. Rookie Geno Smith completed nine of 22 passes for 127 yards and two interceptions, both by Corey Graham. New York had alternated wins and losses in its first 10 games, but the pattern ended here with its second straight defeat. Jets coach Rex Ryan, who helped run Baltimore’s defense from 1999-2008, fell to 0-3 against his former team.

    Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) avoids a tackle by Miami Dolphins defensive end Dion Jordan (95) to score a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game on Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Miami Gardens, Fla.

    Panthers win 7th straight by beating Miami

    MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Cam Newton converted a fourth-and-10 situation at his own 20 with a completion to keep alive the Carolina Panthers’ final possession, and they went on to score a touchdown with 43 seconds left and beat the Miami Dolphins 20-16 Sunday.Newton hit Greg Olsen with a 1-yard pass for the winning score to cap a 12-play drive. It was the second comeback win in a week for the Panthers, who rallied past the New England Patriots with a late drive last Monday.The Panthers (8-3) extended their winning streak to seven games, their longest since 2003. Miami (5-6) fell to 2-2 since tackle Jonathan Martin left the team and the Dolphins’ bullying scandal began to mushroom.Miami’s Ryan Tannehill nearly connected with Mike Wallace for a 60-yard score in the final seconds.

    The Jacksonville Jaguars, including Winston Guy (22) Johnathan Cyprien (37) and Roy Miller (97) celebrate after stopping the Houston Texans on fourth down. during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Houston.

    Jaguars send Texans to 9th straight loss

    HOUSTON — Maurice Jones-Drew ran for a season-high 84 yards and a touchdown and the Jacksonville Jaguars extended the Houston Texans’ losing streak to a franchise-record nine games with a 13-6 victory.The two-time AFC South champions haven’t won since Sept. 15. Jones-Drew’s touchdown on Jacksonville’s first drive put the Jaguars (2-9) on top, and they never trailed against an inept and ineffective Texans offense. Josh Scobee added two field goals. Case Keenum had the worst performance in his five starts, throwing for just 169 yards with an interception. Houston (2-9) was driving late when rookie Ryan Davis grabbed a one-handed interception off a deflection by Keshawn Martin to seal the win.

    Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback William Gay (22) is congratulated by head coach Mike Tomlin after Gay returned an interception 21 yards for a touchdown against the Cleveland Browns in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013.

    Roethlisberger leads Steelers past Browns

    CLEVELAND — Ben Roethlisberger threw two touchdown passes and beat Cleveland again as the Pittsburgh Steelers moved back into the playoff picture with a 27-11 win over the Browns on Sunday.Roethlisberger connected on a 41-yard TD pass to Antonio Brown in the first half, and hit Emmanuel Sanders on a 4-yarder in the third quarter for the Steelers (5-6), who have turned their season around following a 0-4 start.Roethlisberger finished 22 of 34 for 217 yards and improved to 16-1 against the Browns (4-7), who have lost five of six and seen a promising year turn into yet another miserable one.Browns quarterback Jason Campbell sustained a head injury in the third quarter when he was sacked by cornerback William Gay. Campbell was struck in the helmet by Gay and his head snapped back and banged the turf.


    Republican presidential candidate and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum looks at corn plants during a tour of Pioneer Hi-Bred Carver Center in Johnston, Iowa, in this Dec. 14, 2011, file photo. Santorum called for ending federal support for the ethanol industry before he won the Iowa caucuses the following month.

    Iowans worry about ethanol’s lost political clout

    For decades, presidential candidates’ chances in Iowa were wounded if not doomed unless they backed federal support for ethanol, a boon to the state’s corn-growing economy. That rule of politics collapsed resoundingly in the 2012 campaign when five of the six top Republican candidates said it was time for such intervention in the private market to end.

    The U.S. government “really blew it” on conducting surveillance programs that riled foreign leaders and domestic skeptics, Facebook Inc. Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg said in a television interview.

    Zuckerberg: U.S. ‘really blew It’ on surveillance

    The U.S. government “really blew it” on conducting surveillance programs that riled foreign leaders and domestic skeptics, Facebook Inc. Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg said in a television interview.

    Despite signs the economy is improving, big store chains like Wal-Mart and Kohlís donít expect Americans to have much holiday shopping cheer unless they see bold, red signs that offer huge discounts.

    Americans not willing to spend without deals

    This holiday season, Americans may not spend their green unless they see more red. Despite signs that the economy is improving, big store chains like Wal-Mart and Kohl’s don’t expect Americans to have much holiday shopping cheer unless they see bold, red signs that offer huge discounts. As a result, shoppers are seeing big sales events earlier and more often than in previous holiday seasons.


    Career Coach Q&A: Dealing with a shared office, other workplace questions

    Career Coach Joyce E.A. Russell answers questions from readers.


    Work Advice: It’s not easy, not being mean

    Karla L. Miller writes an advice column on navigating the modern workplace. Each week she will answer one or two questions from readers.

    Rebecca Wierda, co-owner and president of Leigh’s, an upscale independent clothing retail in Grand Rapids, Mich., poses for a photo. Leigh’s plans five parties including one Black Friday and another aimed at men shopping for wives and girlfriends.

    Small retailers plan to party till they profit

    The parades and carnivals that draw people to downtown areas across the country this holiday season will be more than big celebrations. They’re part of a strategy to get shoppers into small stores. LaGrange’s decades-old holiday festival has evolved into more of a sales promotion event in recent years, says Nancy Cummings, executive director of the LaGrange Business Association.

    An Emirati visitor watches the Al Fursan, the aerobatics demonstration team of the UAE Air Force, Monday during the Dubai Airshow in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

    Florida businesses eye Mideast aviation bonanza

    Facing stagnation and even economic downturn back home, 11 Florida companies are hawking aviation equipment and training services at the Dubai Airshow, located in a sprawling Arabian desert site that will soon be home to the region’s newest mega-airport.

    #lephant tusks are displayed after being confiscated by Customs in Hong Kong. The latest shipment, 189 tusks worth $1.5 million hidden in soybean sacks in a shipping container, was one of four major busts this year. Ivory is known as “white gold” because of the rich prices it commands on the black market. Hong Kong has put values of between $1,000 and $2,000 a kilogram on ivory it seized this year.

    Ivory seizures swell hidden Hong Kong cache

    Government warehouses in the former British colony are holding more than 30 metric tons of ivory seized since 2008, as customs agents intercept a surging amount of endangered animal products being smuggled to mainland China to meet demand from the country’s newly wealthy. Ivory is known as “white gold” because of the rich prices it commands on the black market. Hong Kong has put values of between $1,000 and $2,000 a kilogram on ivory it seized this year.


    Propane boom pits U.S. exports against home heat

    Midwest propane prices are higher than those on the Gulf Coast for the first time in three years as domestic demand competes with exports for supply. The country is shipping record levels of propane and propylene abroad, helping improve margins for producers while raising costs for farmers to dry their crops in an area that produces 32 percent of the world’s corn.

    Specialist Anthony Rinaldi is reflected in one of his screens at his post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The Dow Jones industrial average has surged 900 points since early October and crossed the 16,000-point threshold Monday.

    Some see bubble ahead in some stocks as result of low interest rate

    While in the minority, some investors say prices have climbed so high it’s possible to look ahead and see an ugly end. Laurence Fink, chief executive officer of BlackRock Inc., the biggest U.S. money manager, said in an interview with Bloomberg Television on Nov. 12 that he feared a bubble and the Fed ought to quit buying so many securities. “At some point we’ll have to pay the price of this,” said Michael Shaoul, chief executive officer of Marketfield Asset Management LLC in New York.

    More than a dozen retailers are opening earlier, or for the first time, on Thanksgiving Day. Among the attention- grabbing stunts: a $1 million jackpot for one of the first shoppers to visit Gap Inc.’s Old Navy chain on Black Friday.

    Walmart touts $98 TV as holiday seen weakest since 2009
    Bloomberg NewsU.S. retailers are discounting earlier than ever as they brace for the weakest holiday shopping season since 2009.Wal-Mart Stores is dangling a 32-inch flat-screen TV for $98, down from $148 last year. Sears has waived layaway fees and its Kmart chain is introducing a rent- to-own program. More than a dozen retailers are opening earlier, or for the first time, on Thanksgiving Day. Among the attention- grabbing stunts: a $1 million jackpot for one of the first shoppers to visit Gap Inc.’s Old Navy chain on Black Friday.Faced with wary shoppers and a shorter holiday season, retailers are piling on deals as they jockey for market share during the most important sales period of the year. For the fourth year in a row, disposable incomes in 2013 have only inched up. As result, low-income Americans will again have a less-merry season than affluent consumers, who are more flush thanks in part to a 26 percent rise in the Standard & Poor’s 500 index this year.“We will be seeing promotions significantly above the current 30 percent off, which are the opening table stakes,” said Craig Johnson, president of Customer Growth Partners, a New Canaan, Conn.-based consulting firm. Stores have too much inventory, which “doesn’t bode well for 2014.”The disparity between wealthy and lower-income shoppers is already showing up in chains’ fourth-quarter profit estimates, with Tiffany & Co. projected to fare better than Wal-Mart and Kohl’s Corp.U.S. retail sales excluding autos and gasoline grew 0.2 percent in October, half the month-earlier gain, according to the median forecast of economists surveyed by Bloomberg. The Commerce Department will release those figures Wednesday.With shoppers expected to visit fewer stores this holiday, sales are projected to advance 2.4 percent, the smallest increase since the year the recession ended, according to ShopperTrak, a Chicago-based researcher. Sales from Black Friday through Cyber Monday are projected to rise 2.2 percent year- over-year, researcher IBISWorld said Tuesday.The deep discounts will crimp retailers’ bottom line. Macy’s Inc., which has added doorbusters and deals of the day, warned that profitability will come under pressure in the fourth quarter. Analysts on average estimate that Macy’s gross margin, or earnings left after subtracting the cost of goods, will shrink to 40.3 percent this holiday quarter, having eroded each year since 2010, the last year it widened.This year will be the worst and most promotional shopping season for specialty apparel and department-store chains since 2008, Morgan Stanley retail analysts predicted in an Oct. 31 report, blaming low consumer confidence.Last month, consumer sentiment slipped to a nine-month low, colored in part by the U.S. government shutdown and debt-ceiling debate. Higher payroll taxes and uneven job growth also have undermined confidence. Shoppers have been spending less on such discretionary purchases as clothes this year as they switched to autos and home-related merchandise instead.“The consumer is more deal-driven than ever,” Ken Perkins, president of researcher Retail Metrics LLC, wrote in a Nov. 14 note. “Discretionary dollars for holiday spending are limited for the large pool of lower- and moderate-income consumers due to lack of wage gains this year coupled with the increased payroll tax.”J.C. Penney Co., struggling to turn itself around after a failed attempt to move upmarket, will offer extremely deep discounts early in the season, which will put pressure on other retailers to do the same, the Morgan Stanley analysts said. The six-fewer shopping days this year also could make the chains “push the promotional ‘panic button’ earlier than needed, putting their margins at risk,” they said.Wal-Mart, which has projected stagnant U.S. comparable sales for the rest of the year and vowed to be aggressive with its promotions, fired its first salvo Nov. 1 with its earliest- ever holiday deals.

    For young investors, the easiest approach is to invest through an employer-sponsored retirement plan like a 401(k).

    Six tips for millennials on saving for retirement

    When it comes to saving for retirement, time can be our biggest ally, or worst enemy. For workers in their 20s, it’s often both. @orkers who begin building a nest egg in their 20s can ultimately end up saving more with less financial pain than those who get started later. “What young people and many people don’t realize is the power of compound growth means if you begin saving sooner, the easier it is,” said Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, senior vice president at Charles Schwab & Co.

    Ryan Loflin (center, in suit), the first major American hemp farmer in 60 years, walks with other activists through Hart Senate Office Building in Washington on a lobbying visit.

    Hemp farmer tackles Capitol Hill
    America, your unsung folk hero of this cannabis-related cultural moment — your Johnny Hempseed — is Ryan Loflin, 41, a chapped-lipped, golden-haired, ruddy-skinned father of two who lives in Crested Butte and went to school for welding. In June, he planted 60 acres of his family’s alfalfa farm with a crop that is classified alongside heroin as a “Schedule I” controlled substance. Last month, on those raw plains of southeastern Colorado, he and several dozen volunteers hand-harvested the country’s first large-scale hemp crop since the 1950s.

    H.J. Heinz Co. CEO William Johnson, left, and 3G Capital Managing Partner, Alex Behring, speak at a news conference at the world headquarters of the H.J. Heinz Co. in Pittsburgh. A sluggish economic recovery, pricey stock evaluations and fears of more gridlock in Washington have stalled deal activity in 2013. Berkshire Hathaway and 3G Capital acquiring Heinz is one of the few big deals this year.

    Corporations still deal-shy even as stocks surge

    Deal levels are sluggish for a number of reasons. The U.S. economic recovery has been slow and unsteady. Investors are concerned that growth could falter if the Federal Reserve withdraws its huge stimulus program too quickly. Stock valuations are getting pricier. There are also fears of more budget fights in Washington and a possible default by the U.S. government.

    Activists rally in the center of Kiev, Ukraine, in support of Ukraine’s integration with the European Union. More than 20 years after gaining independence from the Soviet Union and painfully searching for its place on the geopolitical map, Ukraine finally has a real chance to firmly align itself with the EU, with its democratic standards and free-market zone. The alternative is to slide back into Russia’s shadow, both politically and economically. The slogan reads: “For the European future.”

    East or West? Ukraine now has to choose its path

    More than 20 years after gaining independence from the Soviet Union and painfully searching for its place on the geopolitical map, Ukraine has a critical chance to firmly align itself this month with the EU’s democratic standards and free-market zone. The alternative is to slide back into Russia’s shadow, both politically and economically, a result that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s government is pushing hard to achieve.

    Certified financial planners can help seniors see how their financial goals and their reality line up and monitor their progress.

    Tiered system of finances keep you on track

    When looking at your finances, it is important to consult a Certified Financial Planner professional who can help you strip out the emotions and make good decisions about your future, says Thomas Manzardo, a CFP at Manzardo & Associates in Schaumburg.

Life & Entertainment

    Taylor Swift poses backstage with her many awards from Sunday's American Music Awards.

    AMAs are good to Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake

    Taylor Swift's fans have done it again, voting her the American Music Awards artist of the year for a third time. Swift won Sunday night's top honor, giving her a leading four trophies as fans celebrated the women of pop music. Justin Timberlake was next with three wins. One Direction and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis won two awards and Rihanna was given the AMA's first Icon Award to go with her win as favorite soul/R&B female artist.

    Katy Perry arrives at the American Music Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Sunday in Los Angeles.

    Images: American Music Awards
    Most of the year's top performers are scheduled to take the American Music Awards stage, including Justin Timberlake, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. Pitbull hosts and will perform with Ke$ha, and Jennifer Lopez will offer a tribute to Celia Cruz.

    This publicity photo released by Lionsgate shows Jennifer Lawrence, left, as Katniss Everdeen and Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark in a scene from the film, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.” The movie opened with $161.1 million at the box office.

    ‘Catching Fire’ sets November box office record

    “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” opened with $161.1 million at the domestic weekend box office, according to studio estimates Sunday. It became the biggest November debut ever, as well as Lionsgate’s most lucrative opening. The box-office performance for “Catching Fire” establishes “Hunger Games,” starring Jennifer Lawrence as the archer heroine of Suzanne Collins’ young adult series, as among the elite franchises in movies.

    In this Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013 photo, Dennis Rodman gestues during an interview after a promotional event to pitch a vodka brand in Chicago. Rodman has been named GQ’s least influential celebrity of 2013.

    Rodman, Cyrus among GQ’s least influential list

    Dennis Rodman is at the top of a list no one wants to be on. He’s been named GQ’s No. 1 least influential celebrity of 2013. The 52-year-old former basketball player who has visited Kim Jong Un in North Korea was selected as the top pick in the magazine’s third annual list of the least influential celebrities, which also includes twerking pop star Miley Cyrus, President Barack Obama, and celebrity chef Paula Deen. GQ called Rodman a “Q-list celebrity willing to commit borderline treason just to hang out with a dictator who himself aspires to be a Q-list celebrity.”

    A painting of the Chicago River by Joy Bauer is set to be displayed as part of the Inside Art & Wine Show in Highland Park.

    Sunday picks: What's better than art and wine?

    The Inside Art & Wine Show has a summer art show mentality ... except out of the cold. Christmas on the Fox Arts & Crafts Show will feature all kinds of holiday items -- from gifts to goodies. And holiday theater heats up with Theater Wit's production of "The Santaland Diaries."

    The AlterG treadmill allows athletes to get back to running while preventing gravity from doing further damage to injured limbs. An air bag is strapped around a patient’s waist. When inflated, the bag allows the patient to run without putting weight on the legs.

    Why pros recover before you do

    It’s a mystery: When we twist our ankle playing tennis, it can take weeks to heal, but when a pro athlete does it, he often misses barely a beat. While professional athletes are in terrific shape, which helps when they get injured, they also have advantages rarely available to the weekend warrior: an instant medical response and a physical therapy regimen that kicks in quickly.

    Jocelynn Banda, 6, eats chicken and mashed potatoes made by her mother for dinner.

    Too much of too little: Eating with food stamps

    The country’s hungriest region is also its most overweight, with 38.5 percent of the people obese. It is a crisis at the heart of the Washington debate over food stamps, which now help support nearly 1 in 7 Americans. Has the massive growth of a government feeding program solved a problem, or created one? Is it enough for the government to help people buy food, or should it go further by also telling them what to eat?

    Laurie Metcalf, from left, Alex Borstein and Niecy Nash in a scene from the HBO series “Getting On.”

    Alex Borstein ‘Getting On’ with on-screen dream

    She’s appeared in numerous film and TV productions since the 1990s, but folks are most likely to recognize Alex Borstein only after she opens her mouth. The 40-year-old actress is the nasally voice of long-suffering Lois Griffin, wife of hapless hubby Peter Griffin on the Fox animated series “Family Guy.” But soon, Borstein’s face could become familiar, too.

    Young visitors to the “Monumental” exhibit at the DuPage Children’s Museum can build mini-monuments. They do so in a spot where the light keeps changing, teaching that monuments were often built to take advantage of shadows.

    DuPage Children’s Museum first traveling exhibit explores ancient architecture

    Exhibits at the DuPage Children’s Museum typically focus on basic concepts such as math, science, engineering and art, but “Monumental,” which opened Nov. 16, is bringing all those ideas together by exploring ancient architecture. “We’d never done anything that incorporated culture,” said marketing manager Bri Bromberek. “This was an opportunity for us.”

    The new digital Polaroid camera Z2300 can print photos instantly, plus it offers a choice of borders, you can preview photos before printing and save images to upload.

    Travel gifts: Keep comfy, organized and connected

    Today’s travelers want to be comfortable, organized and connected. With those themes in mind, here are some gift ideas, from noise-cancelling headphones for air travel to lavender to the latest digital cameras that can print photos on the spot, starting with suggestions from three folks who travel for a living.

    TV variety veteran Carol Burnett received the Kennedy Center’s Mark Twain Prize for American Humor last month. The event will air Sunday, Nov. 24, on PBS.

    Humor honoree Carol Burnett still paying it forward

    One of comedy’s top honors is now among Carol Burnett’s rewards for making countless fans glad they’ve had such time together with her. The iconic TV variety veteran became the 16th talent to receive the Kennedy Center’s Mark Twain Prize for American Humor last month. PBS televises the event Sunday, Nov. 24.

    Ah, remember those happier days when Walter White was a chemistry teacher who merely dabbled in meth production? You can relive all of “Breaking Bad” this holiday season with a barrel-shaped collection of Blu-rays.

    A barrel full o’ ‘Breaking Bad’

    The binge-watching phenomenon known as “Breaking Bad” ended its six-year run on AMC in September, but Heisenberg comes roaring back next Tuesday, Nov. 26, when “Breaking Bad: The Complete Series” hits Blu-ray and DVD.

    Brushed metals, such as Restoration Hardware’s Zinc 5-Drawer Dresser, can add an industrial feel to a room.

    The versatility of gray

    Gray is the new beige. Though don’t call it “greige,” like it’s some cutesy neutral du jour. As color expert Kate Smith explains, over the past decade or so, the design industry and the public have grown to love complex colors, colors that are hard to describe — such as the manifold shades of gray.

    Adelore “Slim” Petrie leads an AARP Driver Safety Program which is offered periodically at the Arlington Heights Senior Center. The eight-hour course also is offered at other locations around the suburbs.

    Be aware of changes that affect your driving

    No senior citizen wants to relinquish the keys to his or her car. But driving in Chicago’s crowded environment can pose a real challenge to those faced with eyesight problems and other physical issues.

    Today, a living trust is a vital tool to ensure your wishes are crystal clear and cannot be altered after your death.

    Estate planning need not be overwhelming

    Seniors can enjoy their elder years with few cares if they simply use common sense, think ahead and clearly communicate their wishes to their family members and advocates, like their attorney and accountant, Oakbrook Terrace attorney Bill Dennis said.

    Dr. Ralph Wang, left, helps provide rehabilitation services to patients like Dennis Johnson, right, at Wynscape Health and Rehabilitation Center in Wheaton. At center is physical therapist assistant Ivana Dvorakova.

    Teamwork is a big part of senior transitions

    Making sure your house or apartment is a “home,” not an obstacle course, is a mission that rehabilitation therapists take very seriously when dealing with seniors. When you go home after spending time in a rehabilitation facility following an injury or illness, health care providers work to make that transfer as seamless and safe as possible, said Dr. Ralph Wang of Wynscape Health and Rehabilitation Center in Wheaton.

    Dr. John Wilkerson, a family practice physician with Alexian Brothers Medical Group, talks with one of his patients. Doctors around the suburbs are adopting a medical “home” model to better coordinate care seniors receive from multiple physicians.

    Doctors look to better coordinate care

    Depending upon a senior citizen's personal circumstances, he or she may need to see a variety of specialists and take a few different medications. That is why an increasing number of medical practices in the Chicago area and around the country, including the Alexian Brothers Medical Group, are adopting a new model of health care called the Patient-Centered Medical Home approach.


    Multiple ridge vents could lead to problems, not solutions

    Q. I read with great interest your article in which you recommended continuous baffled ridge vents. In my research, I came across an article stating that if there are other parallel or perpendicular ridges more than 3 feet in distance from the main ridge, they should be separated by plywood or plastic sheeting in the attic or should not have a vent.

    Your existing toilet can act as a template to help narrow down your choices when purchasing a new one.

    Choose a toilet style without getting bowled over

    Q. I recently went to purchase a new toilet to replace my old one. But I found so many toilet bowl styles that I was not sure what I needed. Can you please help me with basic toilet bowl choices?


    Bev Horne/bhorne@dailyherald.com Jennifer Guevara loads up a U-Haul on Thursday in Wheaton of donated items to take to the victims of the tornado in Coal City. She gathered donations after she posted on Wheaton, Illinois Parents Facebook page.

    Editorial: The abundant love after the storm

    A Daily Herald editorial says last Sunday's tornadoes in downstate Illinois illustrated the power of nature, but also the love of humanity.


    Our political editor’s firsthand brush with Washington (Ill.) disaster

    Jim Davis' Sunday Soapbox: Washington tornado hits close to home; did we save lives of two sick dogs in Wood Dale?; Carpentersville texting tiff.


    One of a kind-ness

    Columnist Kathleen Parker: I personally love a good simile, which is often a way to inject levity into a column. But lately we’ve seen instances of simile-itis that might have saved readers and viewers some angst, even if writers and pundits were left with less to say.


    We’re hopping right over Thanksgiving
    We made the trip each year, the Saturday after Thanksgiving, to see the unveiling of Field’s magical windows and the glorious tree in the Walnut Room. But not this year.


    Durbin on wrong side of health care solution
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: Our illustrious Sen. Dick Durbin looks like an idiot in the midst of the health care rollout fiasco. Mr. Durbin said, “There is no reason for a legislative fix” (Daily Herald, Nov. 15). He supports the premise that Congress and the administration should continue improving the implementation of the ACA while millions continue to lose their coverage.


    Drivers, bikers must learn to coexist
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: People need to accept that bikers are simply not going anywhere and the number of them will only grow every year. Yes, we know that it’s dangerous, but the benefits far outweigh the risks. Like you, we are also commuters.


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