Daily Archive : Saturday August 30, 2014


    Country music star Garth Brooks performs at Allstate Arena on Thursday in Rosemont.

    Images: Garth Brooks World Tour Opens
    Images of Garth Brooks and the open of the Garth Brooks World Tour with Trisha Yearwood at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont.

    Philippine military chief Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang answers questions from reporters about the situation of Filipino peacekeepers in Golan Heights, during a press conference at Camp Aguinaldo military headquarters in suburban Quezon city, Philippines on Sunday Aug. 31, 2014.Catapang said more than 70 Filipino peacekeepers have escaped from two areas in the Golan Heights that came under attack by Syrian rebels.

    Philippine troops pull ‘greatest escape’ in Golan

    Under cover of darkness, 40 Filipino peacekeepers made a daring escape after being surrounded and under fire for seven hours by Syrian rebels in the Golan Heights, Philippine officials said Sunday, leaving 44 Fijian troops still in the hands of the al-Qaida-linked insurgents. “We may call it the greatest escape,” Philippine military chief Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang said.

    Jennifer Sanson, left, of South Elgin, and Jeremy Wilmot, of Bartlett, compete in a bags tournament Saturday at the 5th annual Bartlett Heritage Fest, which continues through Sunday. Some events Sunday include an antique road show, the teen band “Living Out Loud,” and a classic car show.


    Bartlett Heritage Days will continue Sunday, offering a wide variety of activities. ne of the highlights will be the Battle of the U-46 Marching Bands at 2 p.m. with a 103.9 live radio broadcast in Leiseberg Park. The carnival also will be in the park. And The Antique Road Show with John Hilliard will be offering appraisals for $5 an item in the Log Cabin in Bartlett Park from noon to 4 p.m.

    “The place looks gorgeous,” said Shay Clarke, the general manager of a restaurant across Hotel Baker, which threw a celebrity party for Jenny McCarthy and Donnie Wahlberg during their wedding weekend.

    St. Charles hotel hosts McCarthy, Wahlberg celebration

    The iconic Hotel Baker in St. Charles drew a glitzy party Saturday night celebrating the big day for the former co-host of "The View" Jenny McCarthy and "New Kids on the Block" singer-turned-actor Donnie Wahlberg. "The place looks gorgeous," said Shay Clarke, the general manager of a restaurant across the street.

    A woman supporter of Pakistan’s cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan flashes victory signs Saturday during a protest near the parliament building in Islamabad, Pakistan.

    Hundreds injured in Pakistani protest

    The protest leaders, cricket-legend-turned politician Imran Khan and anti-government cleric Tahirul Qadri, had called on supporters staging a sit-in for days outside the parliament building to march on the prime minister’s residence and the legislative chamber. About 20,000 police in riot gear were deployed to block the procession.


    Naperville police search for daytime armed robbery suspect

    Naperville police are looking for an armed robber who stole a wallet from a person walking in a parking lot on Route 59 Friday afternoon, authorities said. The suspect, described as man in his 20s wearing dark clothing, showed a handgun, demanded the wallet and fled in a waiting car, police said.

    British actor and director Richard Attenborough arrives at the Galaxy British Book Awards in London.

    Notable deaths last week
    This week’s notable deaths include the Oscar-winning British filmmaker who directed “Gandhi” and the billionaire founder of the for-profit University of Phoenix.

    Naperville’s Callie Sterner, center, gets a congratulatory embrace from her dad, Jim Sterner, and mom, Alice Loan, after winning the annual Diaper Dash race at Naperville’s Last Fling Saturday.

    Diaper Dash filled with the unknown at Naperville’s Last Fling

    The annual Diaper Dash race at Naperville's Last Fling festival was filled with the unplanned and unexpected.

    Otto Becker, 67, of Aurora is blind but still wants to experience the rush of indoor sky diving at iFly in Naperville.

    Blind man, 67, completes sky diving adventure in Naperville

    Otto Becker, 67, of Aurora, has been blind his entire life. But ever since he met his friend Dan Coyne two years ago, the pair have become adrenaline junkies. Coyne, who has his vision, acts as Becker’s guide and fellow guinea pig. They’ve conquered paint balling. They’ve gone sailing on Lake Michigan during high winds. And they thought sky diving, at least the indoor version...

    Jorge Reyes of La Unica Cafe stirs up a batch of ropa vieja on the first day of Schaumburg’s 44th annual Septemberfest.

    Septemberfest in Schaumburg continues through Monday

    Septemberfest in Schaumburg, with its blockbuster list of entertainment options and family-friendly atmosphere, opened Saturday and continues through Monday. From the Taste of Schaumburg, packed with 23 local restaurants, to its three stages of live entertainment, a craft fair with 250 vendors, fireworks on Sunday, a Labor Day parade and 18 carnival rides all three days, it all adds up to...

    President Barack Obama greets supporters before speaking on the economy at the Milwaukee Laborfest in Henry Maier Festival Park in Milwaukee. The last time Obama came to Wisconsin to celebrate workers’ rights on Labor Day, there was barely a hint of the turmoil that was to come just months later as public employees fought unsuccessfully to retain their ability to collectively bargain.

    Obama’s Wisconsin visit comes amid tight race

    President Obama’s visit to this year’s “Laborfest” will mark the first time he and governor's candidate Mary Burke have appeared at the same public event, but there are no plans for them to share the stage. Burke will meet privately with Obama, her spokesman Joe Zepecki said, and she will not be speaking at the labor rally because it’s not a campaign event.


    Girl, 9, dies; trapped in sand at Oregon beach

    Witnesses told KATU-TV that the girl helped dig the hole along with her siblings and other friends at the beach located behind the Seagull Beach Front Motel. The sand caved after the girl sat down in the hole to see how deep it was.

    Bishop Bobby Hilton, center left at microphone, and Sharon Sherrod-Brown, aunt of John Crawford III, center right, take questions Saturday after a rally for Crawford in front of a Wal-Mart store in Beavercreek, Ohio.

    People rally at Ohio Wal-Mart where cops shot man

    A special grand jury will meet Sept. 22 to consider charges in the case. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said releasing the surveillance video could raise issues of a tainted jury pool if the case results in a trial.

    Runners take off down the runway for the inaugural Run the Runway 5K Run and 1 Mile Walk Saturday at Chicago Executive Airport in Wheeling.

    Airport in Wheeling hosts inaugural Run the Runway event

    n open house Saturday at Chicago Executive Airport in Wheeling began with the inaugural Run the Runway 5K Run and 1 Mile Walk to raise funds for scholarships awarded through the Chicago Area Business Aviation Association Scholarship Foundation.

    Associated Press Monica Stevens, a transgender woman who runs a support group called Sisters of the T, talks Tuesday with The Associated Press in Baltimore.

    Killings test police outreach in LGBT community

    All four killings took place in different parts of Baltimore, and all remain unsolved.

    Besides trying to win the race, these sailors, clockwise from left, Maia Cordova, 7, of Wauconda, Max Testa, 9, of Cary, Laindy Cordova, 7, of Wauconda, and Austin Miller, 7, of Grayslake, also competed for best dressed at Saturday’s Cardboard Boat Races at Wauconda’s Bangs Lake.

    Cardboard boat races wet fun in Wauconda

    The 13th Annual Labor Day Cardboard Boat Races at Wauconda's Bangs Lake wasn't all about winning. Even those who lost, or even sunk, were eligible for prizes. As long as they looked good doing it.

    Terry Emma is executive director of the Geneva History Museum which has a new permanent exhibit called “Geneva’s Story.”

    Heun: History rules in Tri-Cities

    History never takes a back seat in the Tri-Cities, and the Geneva History Museum celebrated last weekend with a grand reopening, with its new permanent exhibit, “Geneva’s Story.”


    NYC union: Cops not to blame for drugged-out death

    The New York Police Department said Friday it was being investigated by Manhattan prosecutors for the July 13 death of Ronald Singleton. The 45-year-old was high on PCP, a hallucinogenic drug, and had been acting erratic in a taxi when officers responding to a 911 call restrained him, placing him in a protective body wrap, police said.

    Leber Vivas Gonzales, 16, center right, is accompanied by a rescue worker as he walks away from the entrance to the El Comal gold and silver mine in Bonanza, Nicaragua. Vivas was the first of 20 freelance gold miners trapped by a collapse in the mine to be rescued and crews were working early Saturday to free more the rest, officials said.

    Twenty trapped gold miners rescued in Nicaragua

    Rescue workers and trapped miners alike frantically dug away at opposite sides of rock and mud that blocked a Nicaragua gold mine, finally succeeding in freeing at least 20 men even as efforts to reach those still missing continued Saturday.Antonio Diaz said the miners tried to cheer each other up inside the dark, cold shaft, attacking the slide with their picks and shovels by the light of helmet...


    Ferguson rally marks 3 weeks after Brown’s death

    A few hundred people again gathered in Ferguson on Saturday afternoon to remember Michael Brown and draw attention to what they say is just the beginning of a movement.


    12-year-old boy drowns in Milwaukee hotel pool

    A 12-year-old boy is dead after apparently drowning in a Milwaukee hotel pool. Police say the boy drowned about 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29. It happened at the Rodeway Inn & Suites. A message left with the hotel manager was not immediately returned Saturday.

    Tourists visit the Dana-Thomas House, perhaps the best-preserved example of famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s Prairie period dwellings, in Springfield in November, 2008.

    Flooding shelves tours of historic Springfield home

    A thunderstorm left water standing in the basement of the Dana-Thomas House State Historic Site in Springfield, causing the cancellation of tours.

    The long-awaited opening of the Algonquin Bypass is slated for Thursday. The three-year, $88.5 million project will allow motorists to bypass downtown Algonquin and allow that downtown road to become more pedestrian friendly.

    Algonquin Bypass slated to open Thursday

    The long-awaited Algonquin Bypass project that has been in the works for three years now will open Thursday. The $88.5 million project created a new, four-lane, 2.2-mile segment of Route 31 that allows motorists to bypass downtown. “We do have a historic downtown and it’s the heart and soul, just like every community, which is very important. It returns Main Street to a downtown...


    Egyptian court gives 8 Islamists life sentences

    An Egyptian court sentenced Muslim Brotherhood spiritual leader Mohammed Badie and seven others to life in prison Saturday, Aug. 30, on charges of planning riots, murder and sabotage, state news agency MENA reported.


    Yemen clash kills 4 troops, 13 suspected militants

    Clashes in Yemen between the army and al-Qaida’s local branch there killed at least 13 suspected militants and four troops Saturday, Aug. 30, military officials said.


    Lesotho military says it has disarmed police

    Lesotho’s military seized and disarmed two police stations in the mountainous kingdom Saturday, Aug. 30, in an effort to secure the country, the defense force spokesman said. But the country’s Prime Minister said the military actions amounted to a coup.

    Afghan security forces inspect the site of a suicide attack in Jalalabad, east of Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Aug. 30. A suicide bomber in a truck blew himself up at an intelligence headquarters in eastern Afghanistan, setting off an intense firefight with security forces, officials said.

    Taliban attack intel office in eastern Afghanistan

    A suicide bomber in a truck blew himself up at an intelligence headquarters in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday, Aug. 30, killing at least two people and setting off an intense firefight with security forces, officials said. After the bombing outside the headquarters of the National Directorate of Security in Jalalabad, militants battled with security forces for an hour before authorities were...

    People celebrate in a street outside of West Point slum in Monrovia, Liberia, Saturday, Aug. 30. Crowds cheer and celebrate in the streets after Liberian authorities reopened a slum where tens of thousands of people were barricaded amid the country’s Ebola outbreak. The slum of 50,000 people in Liberia’s capital was sealed off more than a week ago, sparking unrest and leaving many without access to food or safe water.

    Liberian Ebola survivor praises experimental drug

    A Liberian health worker who recovered from Ebola after receiving an experimental drug urged the manufacturer to speed up its production and send it to Africa, while crowds celebrated in the streets Saturday, Aug. 30, after authorities reopened a slum that had been barricaded for more than a week to try to contain the disease.

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani gives a news conference in Tehran, Iran, Saturday, Aug. 30. Rouhani called Western sanctions an “invasion” after Washington imposed existing sanctions on more than 25 businesses, banks and individuals suspected of working to expand Iran’s nuclear program, support terrorism and help Iran evade U.S. and international sanctions. Iran’s state TV also said the move violated an interim agreement reached with world powers under which Western nations agreed to ease sanctions in exchange for Iran curbing its nuclear activities.

    Iran president condemns US sanctions ‘invasion’

    Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani called Western sanctions an “invasion” on Saturday, Aug. 30, after Washington imposed penalties on 25 businesses, banks and individuals. “Sanctions are an invasion of the Iranian nation. We should resist the invasion and put the invaders in their place,” Rouhani told officials in remarks broadcast by state TV. “We should...

    A burned trolley bus is seen near Donetsk train station after shelling, Donetsk, Ukraine, Saturday, Aug. 30. Heavy shelling from an unknown source hit a railway station and a nearby market on Friday evening in Donetsk, the largest rebel-held city in eastern Ukraine, an OSCE observer said at the site.

    EU to slap new sanctions on Russia over Ukraine

    European Union leaders on Saturday, Aug. 30, were poised to impose new sanctions against Russia as Ukraine’s president warned the conflict with Moscow threatens peace and stability for Europe as a whole. Ukraine’s Petro Poroshenko said a strong EU response is needed because his country is subject to “military aggression and terror.”


    Ukrainian civilian plane crashes in Algeria

    A Ukrainian civilian cargo plane crashed in the mountains near the far southern desert city of Tamanrasset in the early hours of the morning Saturday, Aug. 30, reported the state news agency.


    Bombings kills 13 in Iraq

    Two bombings targeting the Iraqi military killed 13 people, including six soldiers, south of Baghdad on Saturday, Aug. 30, officials said. Police officials said a suicide bomber drove his explosives-laden car into an army checkpoint in the town of Youssifiyah, killing 11 people, including four soldiers, and wounding at least 24 people.

    Artist Adela Vystejnova works on the image of Judd Kendall VFW Post 3873 as part of the “Naperville Loves a Parade” mural, which will be dedicated at noon Monday in the “Rubin’s Way” alley west of Main Street between Gap and Talbots in downtown Naperville.

    Art group dedicating ‘Naperville Loves a Parade’ mural

    A mural of people enjoying a parade that has been coming together for four years in a downtown Naperville alley is fast approaching its dedication day. Century Walk Corp. will dedicate its 47th piece of public art at noon Monday after the Last Fling Labor Day Parade. “It’s the ‘Naperville Loves a Parade’ mural and the parade has just concluded so why not tie them...

    Cook Memorial Public Library District patrons will be asked to fill out a survey in September about library services and their patronage habits.

    Survey planned for Cook Memorial library patrons

    Cook Memorial Public Library District residents will be surveyed about their library habits and their opinions of the district's facilities in September.

    More than two dozen referendum questions will appear on the November ballot in DuPage County. Many of them deal with the issue of airplane noise from O'Hare International Airport.

    DuPage referendums concern roads, airport noise, facilities

    More than two dozen referendum questions will appear on the November ballot in DuPage County and cover a variety of topics, from deteriorating streets in Villa Park to complaints about airplane noise in towns neighboring O'Hare International Airport. “The residents are really getting clobbered with plane noise,” Itasca Village President Jeff Pruyn said.

    The playground equipment that recently was removed from Glen Ellyn’s Danby Park was more than 20 years old, officials say. A nonprofit group will refurbish it and then give it to a place that otherwise might not have such equipment.

    Glen Ellyn playground project also will help others

    Glen Ellyn Park District is on the verge of giving children a chance to play not only here, but abroad. The district is scheduled to begin work Sept. 8 to install a new playground at its Danby Park. But instead of discarding the old playground equipment, the district already has donated it to an organization called Kids Around the World. The group provides equipment — both new and used...

    Twins Laura Seyfarth of Mill Valley, California, and Karen Butz of Naperville are sewing roughly 60 pillowcases a month for pediatric patients at Edward Hospital in Naperville.

    Naperville woman’s pillowcase project helping young Edward hospital patients

    Pediatric hospital rooms at Edward Hospital in Naperville are becoming brighter one piece of bed linen at a time. A Naperville woman, her twin sister and a friend are sewing roughly 60 pillowcases a month and giving them to the hospital in a project they call KaLaCares. “We both loved the idea of making a difference, even if only for a moment, in a child’s life,” said Karen...

    This will be a secondary entrance for new fields that Lake Zurich-based Ela Soccer Club will develop. The club has struck a 12-year lease for property owned by the village of Long Grove.

    Ela Soccer Club strikes lease for land to build fields in Long Grove

    Ela Soccer Club plans to build new fields on publicly owned property deemed of no use to the village of Long Grove. Long Grove village board members this week voted 6-0 in favor of leasing 11 acres to the youth soccer organization. “We’re really happy to be able to make these fields available to (the club),” Long Grove Village President Angie Underwood said.



    Girls volleyball: Scouting Northwest

    Here's what to expect from girls volleyball teams in the Mid-Suburban League plus St. Viator, Maine West, Leyden and Christian Liberty this fall.


    Huntley turns back Bartlett

    Every time the Bartlett offense knocked on the door the Huntley defense was there to slam it shut. In a game resumed on Saturday evening after a lightning postponement on Friday, the Hawks racked up 404 total yards. However, the Huntley defense was tough when it mattered, particularly in the red zone. The Red Raiders forced the Hawks to turn the ball over on downs four times in Huntley territory, twice inside the 10-yard line, to secure a 17-7 victory at Millennium Field in Streamwood.

    Glenbard West’s Donahvon Vaughn is upended by Wheaton Warrenville South’s Jake Kyllonen at the one foot line during first half action at Duchon Field.

    Glenbard West keeps its distance

    In terms of season-openers, few football games top the annual showdown between Glenbard West and Wheaton Warrenville South. Saturday’s final meeting, though, meant a little extra...especially for the victorious Hilltoppers. Flashing signs of brilliance on both sides of the ball, Glenbard West closed the series in style with a 21-10 win over WW South at Duchon Field in Glen Ellyn.


    Girls tennis: Saturday’s results
    Here are high school girls tennis results from Saturday, August 30.


    Girls volleyball: Saturday’s results
    Here are high school girls volleyball results from Saturday, August 30.


    Boys soccer: Saturday’s results
    Here are high school boys soccer results from Saturday, August 30.


    Girls cross country: Saturday’s results
    Here are high school girls cross country results from Saturday, August 30.


    Boys golf: Saturday’s results
    Results of boys golf meets from Saturday, August 30.


    Boys cross country: Saturday’s results
    Here are high school boys cross country results from Saturday, August 30.

    Chicago White Sox second baseman Carlos Sanchez (77), throws to first base after forcing out Detroit Tigers' Rajai Davis (20), at second base during the second inning of the first baseball game of a doubleheader in Chicago, Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

    White Sox trade De Aza to Orioles

    The White Sox made another waiver trade Saturday night, sending outfielder Alejandro De Aza to the Baltimore Orioles for two minor-league pitchers.

    Northwestern quarterback Trevor Siemian (13) looks to a pass during Saturday’s game against California in Evanston. The Wildcats lost 31-24.

    Northwestern can't complete comeback over Cal

    Traveon Henry looked around the locker room and saw a team that was far from beaten after Northwestern got pounded in the first half. The Wildcats just about pulled off the comeback. Jared Goff threw for 281 yards and three touchdowns, Jalen Jefferson had a key interception, and California hung on to beat Northwestern 31-24 Saturday in the season-opener. "During halftime, we really just looked at each other in the locker room and just looked at the man to our left, looked at the man to our right, and we realized that we have brothers on this team," Henry, a safety, said. "And we said that we were going to fight together and we were going to make this comeback. Unfortunately, we fell short."


    One play turns things Waubonsie Valley’s way

    This was literally the stuff dreams are made of. When the season opener between defending Naperville Central and Waubonsie Valley was suspended by lightning Waubonsie had nearly 24 hours to sleep on the scenario: Naperville Central ball, first and goal at the Waubonsie yard line, 9 minutes, 52 seconds remaining in the first quarter. That postponement was a real momentum-killer for Naperville Central and so was Max Ihry.


    Kaneland overcomes early mistakes

    With a bunch of fresh faces, Kaneland didn’t come out like the well-oiled machine of year’s past, but eventually settled down to achieve the desired result.

    A member of the Jackie Robinson West Little League team high-fives a member of the White Sox as they were honored before the second game of the Sox's doubleheader against the Detroit Tigers Saturday at U.S. Cellular Field.

    White Sox celebrate Jackie Robinson West

    The Jackie Robinson West All-Star Little League team that won the U.S. championship in Williamsport, Pa., last week was honored by the White Sox Saturday at U.S. Cellular Field.


    Cougars fall to Chiefs in 1st home loss this month

    The Kane County Cougars dropped a 4-2 decision to the Peoria Chiefs in Midwest League action before 10,314 at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark in Geneva on Saturday night. The Cougars (45-23, 90-48) suffered their first home loss during August as the pitchers for the Chiefs (34-34, 71-66) struck out 13 batters.


    Boomers blast ThunderBolts 16-1

    The Schaumburg Boomers’ bats were certainly booming Saturday to the tune of a franchise-record 25 hits and a 16-1 pounding of the host Windy City ThunderBolts in Midwest League action at Crestwood. The Boomers (58-34), who have scored 34 runs on 44 hits in the first two games of the series, extended their franchise-record winning streak to 10 games.


    Earnshaw’s goal lifts win-starved Fire

    Robert Earnshaw is listed at 5-foot-8 and admits to being 5-6, but nobody on the Chicago Fire roster has played bigger the past two weeks.


    Oswego stuns Batavia on final play

    The resumption of the football season-opener between Oswego and defending Class 6A state champion Batavia could not have been authored by a Nobel Prize-winner.


    Dundee-Crown beats Elgin in Steinhaus’ debut

    Before Dundee-Crown went out and defeated Elgin 36-22 at Memorial Field Saturday in a rescheduled game from Friday night, Kiwi Seals and Malik Dunner mutually agreed that whoever received the opening kickoff, one of them was going to pull a Devin Hester and run it back to the house.


    Lake Park shuts out Conant

    The first week of the football season is often strange, but rarely does it take two days to finish.

    Chicago Cubs’ Logan Watkins, right, is congratulated by third base coach Gary Jones while rounding the bases after hitting a solo home run during the first game of a doubleheader against the St. Louis Cardinals Saturday in St. Louis. The Cubs and Cards split the doubleheader.

    Cubs, Cardinals split doubleheader in St. Louis

    Matt Holliday homered twice and drove in five as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Chicago Cubs 13-2 Saturday night to earn a split of a doubleheader. The victory snapped a four-game losing streak for St. Louis, which won for just the third time in its past nine games. It’s the most runs this season for the Cardinals and the first time in seven games they scored at least three runs. Their previous high was 10, which they did twice. Chicago is 2-3 in its past five, but has won nine of 14.


    Metea Valley enjoys good start

    Like a coming attraction in a movie theater, the Metea Valley football team gave a preview of what it was capable of Friday night before lightning suspended its season-opening game at home against Plainfield North.


    Antioch serves up a winner at Niles West

    Girls tennisAt Niles West: Antioch edged out the host school by one point to win the championship.Sequoits freshman Kelsey Neville won second place at No. 1 singles. In the championship match, she faced off against Niles West’s Eliza Kirov, a sophomore who qualified for state last season. Neville dropped both sets, but she forced a tiebreaker in the first set and picked up 4 games against Kirov’s 6 in the second set, “proving that she is a force to be reckoned with, despite her youth,” Sequoits coach Jamie D’Andrea said.Antioch senior Maddie Brost won second place at No. 2 singles. She beat out players from Resurrection and Lane Tech before succumbing to Niles West (7-5, 6-4) in the championship game. Antioch juniors Anna Arden and Annie Horner won their first two matches at No. 1 doubles against Plainfield Central and North Shore Country Day to play in the championship match against Timothy Christian. Arden and Horner lost the third-set tiebreaker to take second.Antioch sophomores Emma DeJong and Elizabeth Gardner played at No. 2 doubles, and they beat out teams from North Shore Country Day, Niles West and Timothy Christian to take first place.


    CL Central finishes off Grant

    Crystal Lake Central 42, Grant 6: Down 14-6 with 10:14 left in the second quarter Friday night when their season opener was suspended due to lightning, the visiting Bulldogs had little go their way Saturday.The loss spoiled the Grant coaching debut of Vito Andriola.Ryan Williams scored 3 touchdowns for Crystal Lake Central.


    Antioch drops season opener

    FootballKenosha Tremper 15, Antioch 12: The host Sequoits dropped their season opener, which was suspended due to lightning Friday night.Antioch visits Glenbard South on Friday night.


    Cary-Grove gets its revenge on Wheaton North

    The 42-18 defeat to Wheaton North to open the 2013 season has stuck with senior Matt Sutherland and the Cary-Grove Trojans for the past year. Revenge is sweet. With 298 yards of rushing offense, the Trojans got their atonement against the visiting Falcons with a 38-28 win in nonconference action at Al Bohrer Field Saturday night in a game that started on Friday night, was suspended due to lightning, and then resumed Saturday.

    Stevie Ciolek

    Back in action, Ciolek leads Wauconda

    All that time Stevie Ciolek spent on the sideline last season. Not allowed to strap on a helmet and hit. Not permitted to run drills with his Wauconda football teammates. Then Friday night, when the senior defensive back finally returned to the field for a varsity game, lightning hit Woodstock North. Ciolek — and all of his teammates — would have to exhibit patience again, as the season opener was suspended in the second quarter. On Saturday, the sun shone at Woodstock North and was topped by Ciolek’s even brighter smile. His touchdown return for a touchback provided a much-needed spark for Wauconda, and the Bulldogs took advantage by rallying for a 28-21 win.


    Libertyville rolls to Crosstown acclaim

    Libertyville left no doubt as to which girls volleyball team was tops in the 16-team Crosstown Classic. The Wildcats didn’t lose a set in capturing their second straight championship in the tournament.


    Rolling Meadows regroups, edges St. Viator

    The Rolling Meadows defense saw St. Viator’s offense put up 27 second-quarter points to lead 27-20 at intermission. But then it was Meadows’ defense which stepped up to shut down the host Lions in the second half to eke out a 29-27 win.


    Girls volleyball: Fox Valley roundup Saturday, August 30

    Girls volleyball: Fox Valley roundup Saturday, August 30


    Scouting Fox Valley girls volleyball

    Scouting Fox Valley girls volleyall for 2014.


    Jacobs’ Van Vlierbergen claims county title

    Lauren Van Vlierbergen was tired of a being a runner-up. So the talented Jacobs senior did something about it. After finishing second the last 2 years, Van Vlierbergen easily claimed top honors at Saturday’s McHenry County girls cross country meet held at Crystal Lake’s Lippold Park Saturday.

    Nicki Barnes, left and Rachael Fara, right, of Benet, react to a point won during their 2-0 win over West Aurora in girls volleyball Neuqua Valley sectional semifinals in Naperville on Tuesday.

    Scouting DuPage County girls volleyball

    The inside scoop on DuPage County girls volleyball this season.


    Westminster Christian falls to Luther North

    Head coach John Davis and the rest of the Westminster Christian coaching staff know that their team can put points on the board with the best of them. It’s the defense that will have to tighten up if the Warriors want to reach their goal of making the playoffs in just their second year of varsity football. Unfortunately the defense could not hold an explosive running attack by Luther North, as the Warriors fell to the Wildcats 54-30 Saturday afternoon in a Northeastern Athletic Conference game in Elgin.


    It’s worth the wait for Round Lake

    Nearly 23 hours after Opening Night was kicked off, all four quarters at Round Lake’s football stadium were finally in the books. But the host Panthers and DePaul Prep, back again after lightning forced their game on Friday to be suspended until Saturday afternoon, still needed more time to settle the score. Play resumed with about five minutes left in the third quarter and DePaul Prep tied the game seven plays into the first series. There was no other scoring in regulation. In overtime, Round Lake got the ball first and scored a touchdown on its second play. Then the Panthers came up with a huge tackle-for-loss during DePaul Prep’s possession that helped preserve a 21-14 victory.


    Scouting Tri-Cities area girls volleyball

    A preview of the Tri-Cities girls volleyball season


    Abruzino, Walsh get Glenbard East offense cranked up

    Philip Abruzino and Zach Walsh developed a strong quarterback-receiver connection in the first half of Saturday afternoon’s high school football season opener.


    Girls volleyball: Top 20 rankings
    St. Francis, Benet and Crystal Lake South are the top 3 teams in the first Daily Herald Top 20 rankings of girls volleyball teams for 2014.


    Fever holds off Sky 77-70 in playoff opener

    Briann January scored 19 points and Shavonte Zellous added 18 to help the Indiana Fever beat the Chicago Sky 77-70 on Saturday night in the opener of the Eastern Conference finals.Indiana took a 60-48 lead into the fourth quarter, but the Sky stormed back with a 14-3 run to open the final period and pulled within one. Allie Quigley had five points during the burst, including the lone 3-pointer made by the Sky.

    Larkin’s AJ Hunter grabs McHenry’s Giovanni Purpura as teammate Jared Richardson follows Saturday at Memorial Field in Elgin.

    Images: Larkin vs. McHenry, football
    The Larkin High School football team hosted McHenry Saturday, August 30 in Elgin.


    IC Catholic Prep can’t keep up

    Bishop McNamara junior running back Jonathan Ward put IC Catholic Prep in a big hole. Tough defense made sure the Knights stayed there.

    Larkin’s Deshawn Steward (10) celebrates a touchdown after scooping up a teammate’s fumble against McHenry Saturday at Memorial Field in Elgin.

    Tough opener for Teonic, Larkin

    Dragan Teonic likes to think of himself as a glass half-full type of guy. So even though the scoreboard was weighted heavily against Larkin’s football team Saturday afternoon, the new Royals’ head coach was realistic and positive after his first game at Memorial Field. “We are young and we are inexperienced,” Teonic said. “We played 10-12 sophomores and 11 seniors and that’s it. There’s some growth to be had but we had a lot of growth during the game. We did things better. The scoreboard doesn’t show that but as we figure things out the scoreboard will show that.” What the scoreboard showed Saturday was McHenry 61, Larkin 12.


    Waukegan edges Round Lake for North Shore triumph

    A quick start worked in favor of Round Lake’s boys soccer team in the championship game of the North Shore Tournament on Saturday. The latter part of the game was much less favorable for the Panthers. They lost standout forward Freddie Ramirez to an injury in the second half and were forced to play the last 18 minutes one player short. It was too much to overcome, as Round Lake fell 3-2 to Waukegan after giving up 3 second-half goals at Lake Forest.

    Finland’s Mikko Koivisto, front, controls the ball beside United States’s Derrick Rose of the Bulls, during their match at the Basketball World Cup Saturday in Bilbao, Spain.

    U.S. dominates Finland 114-55 in basketball worlds

    As the U.S. lead got bigger and the crowd quieter, Finland’s players were forced to have a most uncomfortable conversation. “We kind of talked a little on the bench a little bit, ‘Hey, everybody remember when we scored the last time?”’ forward Kimmo Muurinen said. It was a long time. Almost an entire quarter.

    Chicago Cubs’ Logan Watkins, right, is congratulated by third base coach Gary Jones while rounding the bases after hitting a solo home run during the fourth inning in the first baseball game of a doubleheader against the St. Louis Cardinals, Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, in St. Louis.

    Cubs hit 3 more HRs, beat Cards 5-1 in DH opener

    Starlin Castro hit one of the Cubs’ three solo homers and Felix Doubront pitched seven strong innings in his National League debut, sending the Cubs to a 5-1 victory over the slumping St. Louis Cardinals in the opener of a day-night doubleheader Saturday.


    Lees, Libertyville produce at Palatine

    In the midst of all the lightning and thunder, Libertyville and Palatine brought the heat both Friday night and Saturday morning. On offense.Libertyville was able to make a few more big plays in a 41-31 season-opening football win at Palatine.

    Glenbard West’s Donahvon Vaughn is upended by Wheaton Warrenville South’s Jake Kyllonen at the one foot line during first half action at Duchon Field.

    Images: Wheaton Warrenville South at Glenbard West football
    Wheaton Warrenville South played Glenbard West Saturday afternoon at Glenbard West in Glen Ellyn in week one of high school football action.

    Nick Menken of South Elgin stretches for a pass just out of reach while being defended by Tommy Fink of St. Charles, during second quarter action of South Elgin at St. Charles East football.

    South Elgin blows past St. Charles East

    Less than 24 hours after a thunderstorm suspended play early in the first quarter, a storm of another kind hit Norris Stadium Saturday afternoon.Senior quarterback Hayden Nelson completed 21 of 29 passes for 333 yards and 4 touchdowns to lead the South Elgin Storm (1-0) to a 49-14 Upstate Eight Conference crossover victory over St. Charles East (0-1) in St. Charles.


    Geneva overpowers West Aurora

    Rob Wicinski described the relationship between his star quarterback Daniel Santacaterina and star wide receiver Pace Temple as only the glib coach can. “It’s his binky,” Wicinski said of how Santacaterina always can find Temple for a key reception.“They have worked hard all summer. They are best friends. They would just go out and throw constantly. That’s how you get better. It pays off and I’m just trying to stay out of the way.” It took all of one play Saturday in Geneva’s season opener at West Aurora for Santacaterina to connect with Temple, and all of one minute, 59 seconds for the two to find the end zone. Santacaterina’s 18-yard strike to Temple erased an early 3-0 deficit, and that TD served as the start of an unstoppable day for Geneva’s first-team offense in a 41-23 win in Aurora.


    Repeat Titan title for Wheeling

    A state finalist and runner-up last year in Class 3A, Wheeling’s boys soccer team has started the new season with similarly lofty results — including a second straight championship in the 29th annual Titan Invitational at Glenbrook South Glenview on Saturday. Wheeling got second-half goals from Jose Garcia and Nick Janulis to get past Schurz 3-2 on Saturday afternoon.


    Pitch-perfect defense powers St. Charles North past Elk Grove

    Brendan Joyce and Jake Spaniol went long relief while Kyle Novotney came on to help with a save as St. Charles North stopped Elk Grove 13-2 Saturday afternoon — in football, to be clear — in order to complete a game that began Friday night but was halted after the first quarter because of lightning.

    From left, Libertyville’s Lizzie Apgar (6), Alex Basler and Sinead Prentiss celebrate a point during the Wildcats’ victory at Hersey on Monday.

    Girls volleyball: Scouting Lake County

    Here's a team-by-team look at Lake County's girls volleyball for the 2014 season.


    Warren, Stevenson tie for third at Glenbrook South

    Both Stevenson and Warren would’ve liked to play one another for the championship of Glenbrook South’s Titan Invitational on Saturday afternoon. Instead, they ended up battling for third place — it turned out to be quite a match as the Patriots and Blue Devils played to a 2-2 draw.

    Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson (5) heads toward the end zone during Saturday’s game with Rice in South Bend, Ind. Notre Dame won 48-17.

    Golson leads No. 17 Irish to 48-17 win over Rice

    Everett Golson threw touchdown passes of 75 and 53 yards and ran for three more scores in his return after missing the 2013 season for academic impropriety, leading No. 17 Notre Dame to a 48-17 victory over Rice on Saturday.


    Gratz gets Cary-Grove past Barrington

    Senior Josh Gratz broke a 0-0 deadlock inside nine minutes to give visiting Cary-Grove’s boys soccer team a hard fought 1-0 victory over Barrington on Saturday afternoon on the turf at Barrington Community Stadium.


    Hampshire trips up Burlington Central

    Once Hampshire got out of its own way, the Whip-Purs looked pretty good. Nick Mohlman completed 13 straight passes at one point, including a touchdown to Xavier Bennett, and Jake Manning ran for 2 scores as the Whip-Purs downed rival Burlington Central, 28-18, in Hampshire Saturday morning.


    Quick-starting Viator tops short-handed Prospect

    There was an air of inevitability about the outcome from the moment St. Viator’s Aiden Williams made the net billow. His goal was followed by a double from teammate Zach Gyurizca after six minutes, but Lions coach Mike Taylor never felt as if his club was in control until the final whistle blew to signal a 4-2 boys soccer victory over crosstown visitor Prospect on Saturday morning.

    Illinois tight end Jon Davis (3) is congratulated by teammate Matt LaCosse (11) and wide receiver Geronimo Allison (8), top, after scoring a touchdown Saturday during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game against Youngstown State at Memorial Stadium in Champaign.

    Illini, Lunt survive Youngstown scare

    The Illini had seven first downs by halftime and clung to a 7-6 lead.The Penguins took a 17-14 lead with 10:57 left in the game on a 2-yard Brian Ruiz touchdown and a 2-point conversion by quarterback Dante Nania.

    Chicago White Sox starter Chris Sale delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers in Chicago, Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

    Sale settles down as Sox handle Tigers in Game 1

    Chris Sale allowed 3 runs in the first inning, but the White Sox' ace settled down and the bats came alive in a 6-3 win over Max Scherzer and the Tigers in Game 1 of a doubleheader Saturday at U.S. Cellular Field.

    After playing several games for the Bears as a backup lineman last season, Eben Britton failed to make the team’s 53-man roster.

    Latest Bears cuts: OL Britton, WR Williams

    Versatile, veteran offensive lineman Eben Britton, cornerback Kelvin Hayden and speedy wide receiver/returner Chris Williams were the most notable among the Bears' 17 cuts Saturday as the team reduced its roster to the required 53.

    FILE - In this June 6, 2014, file photo, St. Louis Rams defensive end Michael Sam listens to a question while meeting with the media following an organized team activity at the NFL football team's practice facility in St. Louis. The Rams cut Sam, Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, the first openly gay player drafted by an NFL team. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

    Rams cut Sam, 1st openly gay player drafted

    The St. Louis Rams have cut Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted by an NFL team.The 7th-round draft pick has been outspoken and confident as his progress was watched as closely as any rookie in the league. He has been cheered by athletes and celebrities. In the end, the defensive end couldn’t make a team stocked with pass-rushers. The news was first reported by ESPN.

    Iowa wide receiver Matt Vandeberg is upended by Northern Iowa defensive back Tate Omli on a kickoff return Saturday during the first half.

    Iowa holds off Northern Iowa 31-23

    Jake Rudock threw for 250 yards and two touchdowns and Iowa hung to beat Northern Iowa 31-23 on Saturday. Kevonte Martin-Manley added eight catches for the Hawkeyes (1-0), who survived despite allowing 203 yards receiving to Panthers running back David Johnson.

    Penn State NCAA college football place kicker Sam Ficken celebrates with fans after winning the Croke Park Classic against Central Florida in Dublin, Ireland.

    Penn State tops UCF 26-24 with last-second FGAP

    Penn State ended the first half up 10-3, but should have been ahead by more as UCF struggled to move the ball at all. Both teams looked jet-lagged in what was the first overseas game in either school’s history.

    Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett, left, looks for a receiver as center Jacoby Boren blocks Navy guard Bernard Sarra during the first half Saturday in Baltimore.

    Buckeyes pull away to beat Navy 34-17

    After Navy closed to 20-17 with 13:54 remaining, the Buckeyes launched a 10-play drive that featured just one pass. Ezekiel Elliott converted a fourth-and-1 from the Navy 45 and Barrett threw a 19-yard completion before Elliott ran in from the 10.

    Hersey volleyball players Gabrielle Olhava, left, and Courtney Stedman, right, gather for a pregame cheer before Monday’s game against Libertyville in the Ken Carter Gymnasium.

    Impressive journeys for Hersey’s Olhava, Stedman

    Close friends Gabrielle Olhave and Courtney Stedman return for their final season at Hersey, both coming off all-area campaigns in which they helped lead the Huskies to an 11th straight Mid-Suburban League East crown.


    Live game action: Maine West vs. Proviso East
    Live game action: Maine West vs. Proviso East


    Live game action: Glenbard North vs. Centerville (OH)
    Live game action: Glenbard North vs. Centerville (OH)


    Live game action: IC Catholic vs. Bishop McNamara
    Live game action: IC Catholic vs. Bishop McNamara

    There are fewer sure-fire bets in fantasy football than Saints tight end Jimmy Graham (80) producing big numbers by season’s end, according to John Dietz.

    Pair of top receivers would be great catch

    The stud running back theory.Remember that? Eons ago — OK, 12-15 years ago — my advice to newbie fantasy football players was to do anything in your power to acquire two stud running backs in the first two rounds of your draft.No longer.The NFL has become such a pass-heavy league, with a record nine quarterbacks throwing for more than 4,000 yards last season, that it’s imperative to ... draft a stud QB?No! It’s imperative to draft at least one — and possibly two — of the top pass-catchers in the league.The short list in my mind includes: Calvin Johnson, Demaryius Thomas, A.J. Green, Dez Bryant, Brandon Marshall, Julio Jones, Saints TE Jimmy Graham and perhaps Jordy Nelson.Grabbing two of them gives you an amazing anchor to your team. At RB, you can still grab a solid one in Reggie Bush or Frank Gore, and fill in your No. 2-4 RB holes with any combination of guys who have the potential to explode.As for a quarterback, wait until nearly everyone else has one and there will still be a Jay Cutler, Tom Brady, Colin Kaepernick or Russell Wilson on the board.Now, of course, not everybody is going to get two of those WRs — and some of you won’t follow that advice at all — so let’s take a quick look at four receivers I believe will exceed their expectations to produce solid week-to-week numbers.1. Seattle’s Percy Harvin (average draft position: 51). If I had some real guts, I’d rank Harvin as a top-10 receiver. Alas, I wimped out a bit and put him at 12. Harvin has yet to score more than 7 TDs in a season and hasn’t come close to playing a full season since 2011. But he looks awfully good and has the talent to easily score eight times while posting a 1,200-yard season.2. Indy’s T.Y. Hilton (ADP: 69). Yes, Hakeem Nicks is on board and Reggie Wayne returns after suffering a torn ACL last year. Hilton, though, figures to slightly better his numbers from last year (82-1,083-5) thanks to Andrew Luck’s continued development and the fact the Colts are going to be running a no-huddle offense that will keep scoreboard operators awfully busy.3. Jeremy Maclin (ADP: 73). DeSean Jackson’s gone. Nick Foles is one of the hottest young QBs in the game. Eagles coach Chip Kelly wants his team to run as many plays as possible. And in the pre-Kelly offense, Maclin averaged 67 catches, 893 yards and 7.3 TDs. Trust me when I say that he’ll be one of the better WR2s in fantasy.4. Marques Colston (ADP 77). It was definitely a down year for Colston in 2013 and he’s not going to run by any corners this year either. But on a high-octane offense like the Saints, the veteran is a good bet for 6-7 TDs and at least 1,000 yards.Last-minute advice: When you are stuck in the middle rounds debating on two or three different receivers, take the one who is on the higher-scoring team. The second — and sometimes third — receivers on Denver, New England, Philadelphia, Dallas, Cincinnati, Green Bay and New Orleans offer much more upside than anybody on Cleveland, Jacksonville, Buffalo, Carolina, St. Louis or Oakland. Guys like Emmanuel Sanders, Danny Amendola, Riley Cooper, Terrance Williams, Jarrett Boykin and Kenny Stills will have many more opportunities to score than anybody on a team with a wretched quarterback.Tight ends: Death, taxes and Jimmy Graham. There are fewer sure-fire bets in fantasy football than the Saints’ TE producing big numbers by season’s end. I have no problem with owners using a late first- or early second-round pick on him.The next three guys — Vernon Davis, Julius Thomas and Rob Gronkowski — are going to fight it out for second place. Gronk would nearly be a lock to win, but his injury history makes me extremely gun shy.


    Kristufek’s Arlington selections for Aug. 30

    Joe Kristufek's selections for racing at Arlington International.


    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, right, talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel during an European People’s Party summit ahead of the EU summit in Brussels, Saturday.

    EU talks tough, does little on Russia

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the new sanctions would target the same sectors as previous punitive measures, which also included an export ban for some high technology and oil exploration equipment. “If Russia continues to escalate the crisis it will come with a high cost,” said EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso.

    Student Samantha Santana, left, gets instruction last week from Kathleen Klohe during a training session conducted by Nontraditional Employment for Women, to train women for employment in the construction trades, in New York.

    Women struggle to break into construction trades

    Efforts to bring women into the trades are more advanced in New York than in many parts of the country, with pledges by unions, employers and city officials to boost women’s share of construction jobs. One key player is Nontraditional Employment for Women, a nonprofit which for three decades has been offering training programs.

    A sesame plant grows in a field near Lake City, Ark.

    Sesame catching on in southeast

    The crop isn’t likely to supplant cotton or other primary crops in the Southeast — 30,000 to 40,000 acres pales to the millions of acres holding cotton, beans, milo or corn, according to the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service. It could, however, fill out farms that haven’t extended irrigation lines to every field.

    State Sen. Jean Fuller, R-Bakersfield, urged lawmakers to reject legislation Friday that would make California the first state to ban single-use plastic bags.

    California lawmakers pass first plastic bag ban

    Senators who had previously opposed the bill, including incoming Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, a Los Angeles Democrat, this time supported the measure after protections were added for plastic bag manufacturers.

    Associated Press/2013 A dove flies near the logo of Novartis India Limited at their head office in Mumbai, India.

    Study: Novel heart drug a ‘breakthrough’

    During the 27-month study, the Novartis drug cut the chances of dying of heart-related causes by 20 percent and for any reason by 16 percent, compared to the older drug. It also reduced the risk of being hospitalized for heart failure by 21 percent.

    Health care tax forms 1095-A, and 8965, and 8962.

    Tax forms could pose challenge for HealthCare.gov

    The form is called a 1095-A, and it lists who in each household has health coverage and how much the government paid each month to subsidize their premiums. Nearly 5 million people have gotten subsidies through HealthCare.gov.

    A hamburger is ready for serving at El Corral restaurant in Miami.

    South American food chains use Florida as gateway

    In the last five years, cities like Miami, Boston and New York have seen an influx of European and Latin American brands looking to test the U.S. marketplace, according to Darren Tristano, executive vice president of Technomic, a food industry researcher.Given that its population is two-thirds Hispanic, Miami-Dade County is preferred by South American companies because they are familiar to many residents.

    Workers sort Pinot Noir grapes Friday with the earthquake damaged historic winery building dating from 1886 in the background at Trefethen Family Vineyards in Napa, Calif. Harvest resumed at the winery on Friday in addition to the arrival of crews to shore up the leaning historic building.

    In quake, wine barrels became projectiles

    Napa Valley’s roughly 500 wineries still are compiling financial estimates for the quake’s impact, spokeswoman Cate Conniff of the Napa Valley Vintners trade group said. The most commonly reported damage was the fallen stacks of wine barrels.


    App reviews: Foursquare reboot; Fly video editor

    You may know Foursquare as a check-in service — a network where you let friends and the public know your whereabouts. But the company has gone through a reboot, taking its expertise in processing location data and applying it to a new Yelp-like service that relies on “tips” from previous customers to judge local businesses.

    The Twitch Interactive Inc. logo is arranged for a photograph in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014. Amazon.com Inc. is buying video service Twitch Interactive Inc. for more than $1 billion in its biggest acquisition ever, adding an online gathering place for video gamers, people with knowledge of the plans said. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

    Amazon cloud welcomes Twitch gamers

    To a non-millennial, someone who plays video games all day is a couch potato, and someone who watches the players is beyond understanding. Yet Twitch, the game-play video-streaming service, had to find a buyer because it needs more hardware to meet overwhelming demand.

    Models pose with LG Electronics’ 77-inch Ultra organic light-emitting diode (OLED) TV Monday during a press unveiling in Seoul, South Korea. LG Electronics Inc. is sticking with its strategy of using the exceptionally expensive OLED display technology for TVs, announcing two new giant models with ultrahigh definition screens.

    LG bets on pricey OLED technology as future of TVs

    AP Technology Writer SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — LG Electronics Inc. announced two new giant OLED TVs with ultrahigh definition screens Monday, sticking with its strategy of using the exceptionally expensive OLED display technology.The South Korean company said it will ship 65-inch OLED TVs starting September in South Korea, Europe and North America. A 77-inch model will hit shelves later this year. While major TV makers are pushing to make ultra HD TVs mainstream, they use LCD screens. The super-high resolution picture, also known as 4K, packs four times more pixels than regular HD televisions. Making ultra HD quality TVs with OLED screens remain costly. LG’s 65-inch model will cost 12 million won ($11,765). Other types of ultra HD televisions sell for less than $3,000. OLED features deeper color saturation and a sharper image quality than LCD. But for years, its cost and high production error rate prevented the technology from catching on among mainstream consumers. LG said it is committed to OLED because the cost will come down and its advanced screen will eventually replace LCD screens. It forecasts that OLED TV sales will overtake LCD TV sales “within a few years.” “OLED is where we must head next,” said Ha Hyun-hwoi, head of LG’s TV business. “It is a matter of time.”LG’s aggressive bet on OLED TVs is in contrast with its rival Samsung Electronics Co. After rolling out a 55-inch curved TV that uses an OLED display last year, Samsung has not announced an upgrade to its OLED TV for this year. Samsung uses OLED technology mostly for small devices, such as smartphones and tablet computers.

    This combination of file photos shows the 7-inch Amazon Kindle HDX tablet, left, and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook.

    A Closer Look: Reading tablets decent, but needed?

    NEW YORK — E-book readers are great for reading books, but they can’t be used get directions or watch videos of people dumping ice over their heads.Tablets can.In partnership with Samsung, Barnes & Noble released a reading-centric tablet last week, the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook. Amazon, meanwhile, has the Kindle Fire tablets.Of course, you can simply install Nook and Kindle reading apps on an iPad or a non-Nook Galaxy. The iPad even comes with iBooks installed. Are reading-centric tablets really a better way to experience the printed word?Let’s take a closer look. — GALAXY TAB 4 NOOK ($179):Turn it on, and you’re greeted with a banner that takes up roughly the top third of your screen. This is your library, where you’ll find novels, comic books, magazines and newspapers that you’ve recently read or purchased, along with non-reading content that Barnes & Noble sells — namely, movies, TV shows and games. This library banner isn’t available on other devices, though Amazon tablets have a similar feature called Carousel.If there’s a book or newspaper you read regularly, you can pin it to the home screen. Usually, you can do that only with apps.A book icon on the lower left corner of the home screen takes you to where you left off in the Nook reading app. If you stop reading to send an email, you can click the book icon to relaunch the Nook app and resume reading. This feature is also found only on the Nook tablet. Unfortunately, you have to go back to the home page first. It would be better to have that book icon wherever you are, whether that’s email or Tinder’s dating app.The tablet’s reading app works much like the one on other devices. You see what page you’re on and the number of pages left, but not the estimated time left to finish.The app on the Nook tablet and other Android devices also lets you hide the device’s status bar, so you’re not distracted by notifications at the top. That way, you’re not tempted to set aside your book to check Facebook. Unfortunately, the iPhone and iPad version doesn’t offer that option.At roughly the size of a paperback, the Samsung Nook tablet also feels nice in my hands. The Nook GlowLight e-reader, which Barnes & Noble designed on its own, has a larger frame surrounding the display. That makes it bulky, even though its screen is just 6 inches diagonally, compared with 7 inches on the Nook tablet.Beyond that, the new Nook tablet works just like any other Android device. It doesn’t outshine rivals, but it works well at the basics. You can buy e-books, movies and other content through Barnes & Noble. Or you can use Google’s online Play store — though you’ll need Google’s apps to read or watch what you buy there. Pictures taken with the 3 megapixel rear camera aren’t as sharp as what other tablets offer, but at least it has one. Previous Nook tablets didn’t.One disappointment: Although you can create separate profiles for members of the family, including limited-use ones for kids, you need to use the same Barnes & Noble account across the various profiles. — KINDLE FIRE HDX (starts at $229):Although the Kindle Fire uses Android, Amazon has modified it so much that it has little resemblance to other Android tablets. And there’s no Google Play store to be found. Everything gets bought through Amazon. While you can install a Kindle app on the Nook tablet, you can’t get Nook on the Kindle because Amazon’s store doesn’t have it.The Kindle reading app is good and comparable to what’s found on the Kindle Paperwhite e-reader and the Kindle apps for other devices. You get not just the page number, but also the estimated time left based on your reading speed.

    This image released by Netflix shows Taylor Schilling, left, and Uzo Aduba in a scene from “Orange Is the New Black.” Americans are increasingly engaging in a practice known as television binge-watching _ going through several episodes in a single stretch, rather than one a week, as was common before the advent of digital video recorders and Internet streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu.

    Review: The case against binge-watching TV

    It’s no secret technology is changing our television-viewing habits. Americans are increasingly engaging in a practice known as television binge-watching — going through several episodes of a TV show in a single stretch. But there are as many reasons to hate it as there are to love it.

    A beer sits atop a garbage can as Minnesota fans cheer a first quarter play against New Hampshire at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn. A growing number of schools are capitalizing on fans’ taste for the suds by bringing the party inside, opening taps in concourses that traditionally have been alcohol-free zones.

    More schools are mixing beer, football at stadiums

    Walk through the tailgate area at a college football stadium, and beer drinking is as common a sight as fans adorned in jerseys of their favorite players. A growing number of schools are bringing the party inside, opening taps in concourses that traditionally have been alcohol-free zones.

    Secret is just one of the many popular anonymity and privacy apps for mobiles devices that allow people to communicate in a safer, more secure environment. But for many of these companies, the technical controls don’t match the marketing.

    ‘Secret’ loophole debunks anonymity on social media

    Secret is just one of the many popular anonymity and privacy apps for mobiles devices that allow people to communicate in a safer, more secure environment. But for many of these companies, the technical controls don’t match the marketing.

    Online loudmouths may be annoying, but a new survey suggests they are in the minority. In a report released Tuesday, the Pew Research Center found that most people who regularly use social media sites were actually less likely to share their opinions, even offline.

    Study: Social media users shy away from opinions

    People on Facebook and Twitter say they are less likely to share their opinions on hot-button issues, even when they are offline, according to a surprising new survey by the Pew Research Center. The study, done in conjunction with Rutgers University in New Jersey, challenges the view of social media as a vehicle for debate by suggesting that sites like Facebook and Twitter might actually encourage self-censorship.

    Apple’s suppliers are preparing to manufacture the company’s largest iPad, with production scheduled to commence by the first quarter of next year, according to people with knowledge of the matter. The new iPad will have a screen measuring 12.9 inches diagonally, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the details aren’t public.

    Apple said to prepare new 12.9-inch iPad for early 2015 release

    Apple’s suppliers are preparing to manufacture the company’s largest iPad, with production scheduled to commence by the first quarter of next year, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

    This file image released by Netflix shows Taylor Schilling in a scene from “Orange is the New Black.”

    'Orange Is the New Black' is the second-most pirated TV show in the world

    “Orange Is the New Black,” Netflix's hit series about a women's prison, was the second-most-pirated TV show in the world. Online viewers are rampantly sharing files of the stolen videos, bypassing payments to cable firms and broadcast networks that rely on viewers to watch ads.

Life & Entertainment

    Tim Hoffman calls his meal made with ground beef, blue cheese, pears and barley “A Night in Italy.”

    Baked Stuffed Pears
    Crushed amaretti cookies find a home in Tim Hoffmans' Baked Stuffed Pears.

    From left, Zoe Saldana, the character Rocket Racoon, voiced by Bradley Cooper, Chris Pratt, the character Groot, voiced by Vin Diesel and Dave Bautista in a scene from “Guardians Of The Galaxy.” “Guardians of the Galaxy” became the summer’s top-grossing movie at the box office with a $17.6 million weekend that narrowly bested the young adult melodrama “If I Stay.”

    5 takeaways from a lackluster summer box office

    The movie of the summer might have been Marvel’s irreverent hit “Guardians of the Galaxy,” the top domestic film at the box office. Or it could have been Michael Bay’s sequel-reboot hybrid “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” the lone movie to even approach $1 billion globally. When the season sputters to a close on Monday, the summer box office — regardless of whatever is added to the coffers by weekend front-runner “Guardians” — will be about 15 percent down from last year’s summer. Why did this summer fail to ignite at the box office?

    Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch leaps for yardage in “Madden NFL 15.”

    ‘Madden NFL 15’ scores on new consoles

    “Madden NFL 15” is here to remind you why football is still so popular. It tosses you right into a high-stakes playoff showdown, with quarterback Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers fighting for a late score against cornerback Richard Sherman and the vaunted Seattle Seahawks defense. It’s a breathless showcase for “Madden” on the new-generation consoles, and it almost makes you forget about the league’s horrible summer.


    Book notes: Meet ‘Flight 232’ author in Lake Forest
    Author Laurence Gonzales discusses his book "Flight 232: A Story of Disaster and Survival" at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, at the Lake Forest Bookstore, 680 N. Western Ave., Lake Forest. To register, call (847) 234-4420.

    Zinnias, pictured healthy here, are among the plants that can get powdery mildew this time of the year.

    Crabgrass, powdery mildew common ailments

    Powdery mildew, a disease that causes a grayish, powdery film on leaves, can be seen in many plants now. This disease typically occurs in the late summer when the weather is warm and humid.

    Ali (Jennifer Garner) scores with Cleveland Browns general manager Sonny Weaver (Kevin Costner) in the NFL drama “Draft Day.”

    DVD previews: ‘Draft Day,’ ‘They Came Together’

    “Draft Day” isn’t a sports movie so much as a procedural about backroom dealings, double-crosses and high-stakes trades. It’s about the games before the games. See for yourself when it comes out on DVD Tuesday, Sept. 2.

    Traditional decorating ideas are “shaken and stirred” in a cool, calm and totally collected living room.

    Having 'a style' is out of style

    Q. A woman I met at a bridal luncheon asked me in what “style” we are going to decorate our apartment. I only know I don't want my mother's style — strictly traditional (and boring). She's already offering some family antiques. What should I do?

    Round tables create an illusion of space.

    A dining room table that won’t cramp your style

    It’s hard to talk about design trends without mentioning open floor plans, which have officially replaced granite countertops as a national obsession. But what do they mean for renters? These days, many apartment buildings have responded to open-plan demand by slyly combining the kitchen, living room and dining room into one small space.

    Gregg Hurwitz makes thrilling “Don’t Look Back” a terrific reading experience.

    Gregg Hurwitz delivers in ‘Don’t Look Back’

    A single mother takes a vacation that descends into hell in Gregg Hurwitz’s latest thriller, “Don’t Look Back.” Eve Hardaway decides she needs the break and becomes part of a tour group traveling through Mexico. One afternoon while exploring on her own, she discovers an isolated cabin and an intimidating man with machetes.

    This room hits several hot spots: an open floor plan, granite counters and large kitchen are among the most desired home features.

    Top 10 home features buyers want now

    You’ve heard the real estate adage “location, location, location” as the golden rule of a home’s desirability. But today, homebuyers are thinking “features, features, features” — ones that add “convenience, livability and energy efficiency” to a home, according to a recent survey by the National Association of Home Builders.

    The pastry class for aspiring chefs is just one of the inspiring programs available for families staying at the Peninsula Hotel Chicago.

    On the road: Be a pastry chef, princess at the Peninsula

    The Peninsula Chicago offers experiences like Princess for a Day, Chicago Fire House Excursion, children’s baking classes and others for guests of all ages. Venetian Night offers plenty of views from the water or on the shore of Lake Michigan. Or celebrate the beauty of the lighthouses up on the Apostle Islands during a nearly three-week celebration on the shores of Lake Superior.


    ‘For sale’ sign in the yard is not a requirement

    Q. Our daughter is getting married late in September and we’ll be empty nesters. We’d like to sell our big house soon and get into some senior housing before winter. The problem is, we will be having lots of relatives here. It would cause lots of talk and spoil the look of our home to have a Realtor’s sign on the front lawn.


    Emailed notice of meetings allowed by state

    Q. I understand that there is legislation pending in Illinois that would permit condominium associations to issue notice to owners electronically, rather than through the mail. Is that correct?


    Don’t expect much from unregulated regulators

    The seeds of this article were planted in my brain some 30 odd years ago, when I did a consulting project for HUD, for which they contracted to pay me $2,500. Three months after delivery and acceptance of my report by HUD, I realized I had not yet been paid and I contacted the person who had retained me. This elicited what I came to realize was a stock reply of an unregulated regulator: The payment was “in process.”



    Saturday Soapbox: Talking politics, chickens, baseball and more

    This week's topics include the coming elections, chickens in Elgin, a memorial in Lombard, library cuts in Sugar Grove, great baseball in Schaumburg and Kane County and the new movie based on our late columnist Bill Granger's "Novermber Man" spy novel.


    Where’s the peace the White House mentions?
    An Elk Grove Village letter to the editor: I read my paper daily. There must be another edition that I don’t receive. Could you please deliver the edition that includes the articles on “world tranquillity” that I hear about from the White House? My edition is full of world strife.


    Gun proposal wouldn’t quell the shootings
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: In Chicago there are 30, 40, 50 shootings every week. A year ago, Gov. Pat Quinn and members of the Illinois legislature patted themselves on the back for passing the “toughest” (their word), most ineffective gun control law in the U.S. It didn’t quell the violence one bit.


    Use voice of the people, not the lawyers
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: My parents came to America from Ireland in the 1920s. In spite of their meager, third-grade education, they were able to work, save money, buy a home in Chicago with cash, raise three children with a Catholic education, and never take a dollar from the government until they retired and collected Social Security. They lived the American dream. (Two brothers of my father were deported back to Ireland because they had flat feet.)


    Bikes, walkers, cars not a good mix
    A Palatine letter to the editor: The Barrington Hills bikers are interesting, but Boulder, Colo., is even more so. There, pedestrians of any sort have right of way at any location. If you drive in Boulder, prepare to be a Bobblehead. Look thrice at every intersection before advancing through a green light.


    Concealed carry needed to defend ourselves
    An Elk Grove Village letter to the editor: You can bet the news media are waiting to pounce on any mistake made by a person with a concealed-carry license. However, since the law took effect I have not seen an instance in which an innocent person has been hurt.


    Keep America an empire of ideals
    A Hawthorn Woods letter to the editor: In his Aug. 14 letter, Paul Friedman writes that the United States is defined by its borders. I assume that he means America can be summed up by its rivers. One, of course, is the Rio Grande to the south.


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