Daily Archive : Tuesday September 24, 2013


    Sam Marmon, left, an engineer at the Northrop Grumman Rolling Meadows campus, attempts to fly a balloon carrying weights up an incline using wind power. Teachers watching are, from left, Cheryl Knight of Orland Park; Irene Rooney of Bolingbrook; Amy Swartz of Edison Middle School in Wheaton and Holly Coon of Sam Rotolo Middle School, Batavia.

    Local teachers go to school at Northrop Grumman
    Northrop Grumman in Rolling Meadows recently hosted 23 middle school teachers with hands-on science projects designed to help them increase young people's enthusiasm for STEM topics -- Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.


    Focus on fit feet at BACOA luncheon

    Dr. James Baird, DPM, is the featured guest speaker at the Barrington Area Council on Aging’s sixth annual awareness luncheon, “Celebrating the F Words: Fabulously Fit Feet.” Dr. Baird is the director of Family Foot and Ankle Specialists in Barrington.


    Quinn releases some insurance rates for Illinois

    Gov. Pat Quinn's administration is trickling out information about what Illinois health insurance prices will be on the new marketplace that's a backbone of President Barack Obama's health care law. Quinn's office announced Tuesday the monthly rates for the lowest-cost plan for a 25-year-old nonsmoker will be $120 in Chicago or $128 in Peoria. For a 40-year-old nonsmoker, the monthly cost of the...


    Wheeling agrees to halt hearings over mobile home community

    The village of Wheeling agreed Tuesday to temporarily halt proceedings against residents of the Fox Point mobile home community who are accusing officials of trying to force them from their homes because of racial discrimination. Under a court order agreed to by representatives for the village and Fox Point residents, the administrative hearings are postponed until U.S. District Court Judge Amy...

    One member of a 45-goat herd from The Green Goats of Browntown Wis. begins grazing Tuesday at Knoch Knolls park in Naperville. The park district is renting the goats for about a month to prepare the area to become home to an expanded disc golf course as part of a $5.5 million improvement effort at the park.

    Goats clear way for disc golf expansion at Naperville's Knoch Knolls

    A nightly “ballet,” hours of chewing cud and a whole lot of eating will be going on in an overgrown area of a Naperville park over the next month as a herd of 45 goats clears the way for an expanded disc golf course. “They're rebalancing the ecosystem," said Kim Hunter, owner of The Green Goats of Browntown, Wis., who is renting the goats to the park district for roughly $5,000.

    Richard Jorgensen

    Coroner: DuPage County on track for record number of heroin deaths

    With DuPage County poised for a record number of heroin-related deaths, Coroner Richard Jorgensen is urging elected officials to help raise awareness of the drug’s dangers. There have been 38 confirmed heroin-related deaths in DuPage so far this year, Jorgensen told the county board Tuesday. That’s equal to the number of heroin deaths in the county for all of 2012.

    The Apartments at Woodfield Crossing in Rolling Meadows has a new owner, it was announced Tuesday. Mayor Tom Rooney said he hopes the new owner continue the work done in recent years to turn around the once troubled development.

    Once-troubled Rolling Meadows apartment complex gets new owners

    The Apartments at Woodfield Crossing, for many years a source of crime and controversy in Rolling Meadows, has been sold to an unnamed institutional buyer, its current owners announced Tuesday. However, one of the current owners credited for helping to turn around the complex is staying on as its manager. Marquette Companies, will stay on to manage the 662-unit property, according to Alexander...


    Woman charged with homicide after friend's heroin death in Wheaton

    A South suburban woman has been charged with drug induced homicide for supplying the heroin that killed a friend in Wheaton, prosecutors said Tuesday. DuPage County Judge Elizabeth Sexton set bail at $300,000 for Jennifer Nere, 33, of Summit, who also faces charges of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance.


    Benedictine sex assault investigation closed without charges

    No charges will be filed after an investigation into a report that two women were sexually assaulted last week at Benedictine University in Lisle, authorities said Tuesday. “After a thorough investigation and a review of the evidence, including interviews with the parties involved, we have decided there is insufficient evidence to move forward with charges in this case,” said DuPage...

    Richard Vanecko

    Daley nephew trial in death of Mount Prospect man set for February

    A nephew of former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley will face trial Feb. 18 on a charge he caused the death of a suburban man during a 2004 altercation outside a Rush Street bar. McHenry County Judge Maureen McIntyre set the trial date Tuesday for Richard Vanecko, 39, who is charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of Mount Prospect resident David Koschman.

    Donald E. Stellato, Jr.

    Arlington Heights man charged with attempted murder

    A Cook County judge set bail at $750,000 Tuesday for a 39-year-old Arlington Heights man who authorities say beat, choked and attempted to smother a woman following an argument at his home early Sunday. Donald E. Stellato, Jr., 39, of the 1700 block of Northwest Highway, faces charges of attempted first-degree murder, aggravated domestic battery and unlawful restraint.

    Montago Suggs of Kenosha, Wis., sits at his table during his murder trial Tuesday at the Lake County courthouse in Waukegan. Suggs is accused of killing Melinda Morrell of Round Lake Park during a robbery at a store in Waukegan in 2007.

    Confession or forced confession in Round Lake Park woman's slaying?

    A Wisconsin man was broke and so desperate to get his car out of storage that he robbed a Check N' Go in Waukegan and shot the Round Lake Park store clerk to avoid getting caught, prosecutors said in court Tuesday. The defense attorney for Montago Suggs said there is no evidence linking him to the 2007 murder, and that Suggs only confessed to the crime to end an interrogation that lasted four...


    Mother of wounded 3-year-old says he is recovering

    The mother of the 3-year-old who was among 13 shot in a Chicago park says her son is recovering, making her “the luckiest mother in the world.

    This image from Senate video show Sen. Ted Cruz, a Texas Republican, speaking on the Senate floor Tuesday at the U.S. Capitol in Washington.

    Cruz vows anti-Obamacare filibuster until he can’t speak

    Tea party conservative Sen. Ted Cruz on Tuesday vowed to speak in opposition to President Barack Obama’s health care law until he’s “no longer able to stand,” even though fellow Republicans urged him to back down from his filibuster for fear of a possible government shutdown in a week.“This grand experiment is simply not working,” the Texas freshman told a largely empty chamber of the president’s...

    A copy of Iranian President Hasan Rouhani’s speech is placed Tuesday on the empty Israeli delegation’s table as he addresses the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly.

    Netanyahu: West ‘should not be fooled’ by Iran

    Israeli officials believe Iran is trying to develop a nuclear bomb and fear that Rouhani’s gestures to the West will lead to an easing of international pressure. Netanyahu’s statements, issued both before and after Rouhani’s speech, were meant as a counterweight to the growing enthusiasm in the West over a series of moderate overtures by Rouhani.

    Arlington Heights resident Arthur Lovi filed a second federal lawsuit against Arlington Heights police officers Tuesday in connection with his claims that police illegally searched his home and seized three antique guns.

    Second suit filed over Arlington Heights gun seizure

    An Arlington Heights man sued three village police officers in federal court Tuesday over his 2012 dispute with the police department over the search of his home and seizure of his guns. It is the second suit resident Arthur Lovi has filed as a result of the dispute, which started in August 2012 after he made what were interpreted as threatening comments during a session with a therapist.

    Portia Simpson Miller, Prime Minister of Jamaica, arrives Tuesday for the opening session of the General Debate during the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly at United Nations headquarters.

    Jamaica lawmakers debate pot decriminalization

    Jamaican lawmakers are debating a proposal to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use.The debate comes amid renewed calls by some influential politicians and businessmen in Jamaica to loosen laws prohibiting pot, one of the island’s most famous exports.

    Hasan Rouhani, President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, addresses the 68th United Nations General Assembly Tuesday at UN headquarters.

    Obama, Rouhani back resumption of nuclear talks

    Iranian President Hasan Rouhani, making his international debut, said Iran was ready to enter talks “without delay” and insisted his country was not interested in escalating tensions with the U.S. He said Iran must retain the right to enrich uranium, but he vigorously denied that his country was seeking to build a nuclear weapon.

    Robert Rumbelow

    Former U of I band director pleads not guilty

    The former University of Illinois director of bands has pleaded not guilty to charges he stole and sold the school’s instruments, then pocketed the money. Robert Rumbelow, 48, was arraigned Tuesday in Champaign County circuit court.

    Tom Handyside

    Zion resident to seek Republican nomination in 61st House District

    Tom Handyside, 24, has announced his intent to run in the Republican primary for the House Distrtict 61 seat being left open by Rep. JoAnn Osmond, who is not seeking reelection. Handyside said jobs, property taxes and pension reform were among his concerns.

    Kim Kearby

    Long time educator, union president Kim Kirby was well known in Round Lake

    Longtime Round Lake educator and teacher union president Kim Kearby is remembered as a polarizing figure whose rumpled appearance belied an intensity and dedication to a cause. “He’s a hard-core agitator. When you saw Kim, he was an old hippie who never gave it up,” said W. Guy Finley, former school board president. Kearby, a Round Lake resident, died Sept. 19 at Advocate Condell Medical Center.


    Indiana begins passenger rail talks with Amtrak

    The Indiana Department of Transportation has begun negotiations with Amtrak over continuing passenger rail service four days per week between Indianapolis and Chicago after the loss of about $3 million in federal funding, the agency said Tuesday.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Thieves removed a metal 7-foot-high, 4-foot-wide donation collection box from the parking lot of a business in the 2300 block of East Rand Road in Arlington Heights between 10 a.m. and noon Sept. 12. The box is red with a blue decal and is valued at $1,100.


    Retired teachers meet

    The Lake County Retired Teachers Association will meet at noon Tuesday, Oct. 8, at the Dover Straits restaurant, which is south of Mundelein on Route 45, just east of Route 83. The cost is $23 and reservations must be made in advance and be received by Tuesday, Oct. 1.

    JOE LEWNARD/jlewnard@dailyherald.com Chicago Bears safety Craig Steltz signs a football for Connor Nichols, 9, of Palatine during a fitness event Tuesday for children at the Midtown Athletic Club in Palatine Tuesday. The event served as a kickoff to Saturday’s Midtown 5K Run & Walk to benefit Bears Care.

    Bears safety Steltz helps kids bear down on fitness, nutrition

    Chicago Bears safety Craig Steltz joined team mascot Staley ‘Da Bear’ at the Midtown Athletic Club in Palatine on Tuesday to lead children through a series of exercises and emphasize the benefits of leading an active, healthy lifestyle.


    North Aurora approves quarry expansion

    North Aurora has agreed to let the Lafarge Conco mining operation extend into a ComEd right of way along the property's eastern edge, but is requiring it to stay 1,000 feet away from the Chesterfield residential subdivision.


    Fox Valley police reports
    Myron L. Cole Jr., 23, and Aaron Washington, 19, both of Elgin, were charged Monday with mob action, according to a police report. They participated in a large fight Aug. 16 in the parking lot of a liquor store in the 600 block of Villa Street, and police identified them after a witness posted a video of the fight on YouTube.

    Metea Valley High School students packed 1,350 pounds of food during their Sept. 14 visit to the Northern Illinois Food Bank. Their work helped provide 1,180 meals for people in need.

    Bears’ Gould, Dist. 204 team up to ‘Kick Hunger’

    When a group of Indian Prairie Unit District 204 students set out to “Kick Hunger,” they knew just who to turn to: the fourth most accurate kicker in NFL history Robbie Gould of the Bears.


    Maine Township woman gets supervision for battery, trespass

    A 21-year-old Maine Township woman who fought police after they tried to escort her from a stranger’s house pleaded guilty to battery and criminal trespass Monday in a Skokie courtroom, court records show. Jenelle Barton, of the 8900 block of Robin Drive, near Des Plaines, was sentenced to two years supervision, 40 hours of community service and ordered to submit to drug and alcohol evaluation...

    Kewane Gatewood

    Police say wounded gang member behind mass shooting

    A Chicago man who was clipped in the leg by gunfire went looking for revenge, leading fellow gang members to a crowded park, where one of them unleashed more than a dozen bullets from an assault rifle in a shooting that wounded 13 people, including a 3-year-old boy, authorities say. Authorities announced Tuesday that four men have been charged.

    William Decero

    Driver charged with DUI in Oak Brook crash that killed passenger

    A Downers Grove man was drunk when his vehicle crashed in Oak Brook over the weekend, killing his passenger, prosecutors said Tuesday. William Decero, 49, of the 5000 block of Washington Street, was charged with aggravated drunken driving and held on $750,000 bail.

    Hoffman Estates is planning to rehire Front Row Marketing to solicit sponsorships for the 2014 Northwest Fourth Fest. The company brought in $35,000 in sponsorships at this year’s fest.

    Village will likely rehire firm to obtain Northwest Fourth Fest sponsorships

    Hoffman Estates’ decision last year to hire a marketing firm to recruit sponsors for the Northwest Fourth Fest led to a $28,000 net gain for the village, officials said this week. Now they’re planning to rehire the firm for 2014, with high hopes the company will bring in even more money.

    Graue Mill in Oak Brook will need several thousands of dollars in structural repairs before the grist mill will resume grinding corn. DuPage County Forest Preserve commissioners are expected to review repair proposals by year’s end.

    More long-term repairs needed for historic Graue Mill

    A new report on conditions at Oak Brook’s Graue Mill confirms what engineers initially thought when they examined the 161-year-old structure back in June. According to the 114-page report shared with DuPage County Forest Preserve commissioners Tuesday, the mill along York Road is in good condition for a building its age but will need many repairs to preserve its safety and integrity for the long...


    Hawthorn Woods seeks input

    The village of Hawthorn Woods is seeking resident input on its new comprehensive plan at an Oct. 9 business workshop from 8 to 9:30 a.m. and at an Oct. 16 community workshop, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Both are at village hall, 2 Lagoon Drive.


    House District 62 environmental update

    Residents in House District 62 will receive an update on conservation and ecological issues at an environmental forum on Wednesday, Sept. 25, at 7 p.m. in the Byron Colby Barn, 1561 Jones Point Road in Grayslake.


    Hanover Township Food Pantry hosts Oktoberfest fundraiser

    The Hanover Township Food Pantry is hosting an Oktoberfest fundraiser from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 4, at the Bartlett Fire Barn, 218 S. Main St. in Bartlett. There will be raffles and German food throughout the event and live German music from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.


    Grant Township Republican Club

    The Grant Township Republican Club will host a meeting on Thursday, Sept. 26, at 6:30 p.m. at the Grant Township Museum, 411 Washington St., in Ingleside. State Sen. Pam Althoff of McHenry will be the guest speaker for the event.

    Former Chicago alderman Ambrosio Medrano faces up to 20 years in prison for taking bribes and kickbacks.

    Ex-Chicago alderman pleads guilty to taking bribes

    A former Chicago alderman pleaded guilty Tuesday to taking bribes and kickbacks to sell bandages to public hospitals. Prosecutors say Ambrosio Medrano and a Cook County commissioner agreed to accept kickbacks for influencing hospitals to buy bandages from two businessmen, who were co-defendants.


    Indiana, Illinois move forward on expressway

    The Indiana and Illinois departments of transportation say they’ll ask potential private developers of the Illiana Expressway to submit their qualifications this fall.

    Bob Adams, right, shows actors Michael Shannon, center, and Guy Van Swearingen around the Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans in Wheaton.

    For Wheaton veterans advocate, art inspired life

    Art may imitate life, but for Bob Adams it worked the other way around. Adams, co-founder of the Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans in Wheaton, credits the Chicago theater community and actors such as Michael Shannon and Guy Van Swearingen for providing the inspiration to make veterans affairs his life's work. They "moved me in the direction of what I knew I wanted to do," he said.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    A security video shows a 10-year-old girl taking a computer tablet from a display around 3:15 p.m. Aug. 31 at the Verizon store, 214 Randhurst Village Drive, Mount Prospect and hiding it in a bag carried by a woman around 30-35 years of age. The woman, the girl and another juvenile left the store. Value was estimated at $799.

    Heather Schroeder and son, Matthew, 2, of Huntley have a straw fight while their scarecrow’s finishing touches are put on by Matthew’s dad, Brad, at a previous Huntley Fall Fest. The family assembled their own scarecrow at the festival. This year’s festival begins Friday and runs through Sunday.

    Pumpkins, music and carnival highlight Huntley Fall Fest

    Huntley’s Fall Fest began in 2006 as a one-day event, but it has grown into a three-day festival big enough to rival many other Fox Valley fests. Festival hours are 4 to 11 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27-29, at 12015 Mill St., Huntley.

    The Batavia High School varsity football team wraps up the school’s homecoming parade last year on Wilson Street. This year’s parade steps off at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday from the school.

    Batavia homecoming parade route changed

    Due to construction on West Wilson Street, Wednesday's Batavia High School homecoming parade will be re-routed. Parade units will begin staging at 5 p.m. Wednesday in the student lot at the high school off West Wilson Street. The parade will start at 5:30 p.m. and proceed east on West Wilson to Lincoln Street, turn right onto southbound Lincoln to Main Street, and turn right onto westbound Main,...

    Trapper John Dynek of JD's Wildlife Services sets out traps for skunks in Deerpath Park in Vernon Hills on Monday. The village and the Vernon Hills Park District have joined forces to hire the trapper to thin the skunk population in town. His wife Ellie is assisting in the background.

    Trapper hired to thin the skunk population in Vernon Hills

    Vernon Hills and the Vernon Hills Park District have joined to hire a trapper to thin the skunk population. Officials say there have been enough calls of issues with skunks that they felt the need to thin the population. "People have called and said, 'I can't even walk my dog,' " said Jeff Fougerousse, executive director of the park district.

    The Geneva Public Library has dropped plans to build a new library on the site of a former factory.

    Geneva Library drops purchase of former Cetron factory

    Geneva won't buy the Cetron factory site for a new library after all. The library board Saturday decided to drop the purchase, citing necessary environmental remediation as one factor. “It was hard,” library board President Esther Steel said of the decision. She said the library's attorneys advised her not to discuss the specifics of the information the board received while performing...

    Hoffman Estates’ Public Works Department is asking village officials for an additional $1.5 million this year to accelerate its efforts to remove and replace trees infested with the emerald ash borer.

    Hoffman Estates may accelerate fight against emerald ash borer

    Citing an acceleration in the infestations and degradation of village ash trees by the emerald ash borer, the Hoffman Estates public works department asked the village board Monday for an additional $1.5 million this year to pay for more ash tree removals and replacements as soon as possible.


    Kane County residents to vote on tax to help disabled residents

    Kane County voters will decide in March if they support a tax increase to fund services for local residents with developmental disabilities. The plan would generate about $12 million to improve services for residents with Down syndrome, autism or other intellectual disabilities.

    Healthy Woman Advisory Council, from left, back: Patricia Jones, Jeanne Merlo, Myra Gaytan-Morales, Deborah Goldberg, Beth Ragsdale, Connie Meadie, Sandy Marquardt, Dr. Geetha Reddy, Mary Ross-Cunningham, Dr. Christina Conolly-Wilson and Beverly Harvey. Front: Dr. Deborah Smart, Brenda Montes, Barbara Martin, Colleen Zawaski and Dr. Camela Harris.

    Vista’s annual Healthy Woman event set for Oct. 3

    Healthy Woman, a Vista Health System resource, is celebrating its sixth anniversary on Thursday, Oct. 3, at the Marriott Lincolnshire Resort.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Burglarscut a lock to a storage locker at an apartment complex in the 200 block of North Arlington Heights Road, Arlington Heights, removing $500 to $1,000 worth of professional cake decorating supplies and a 6-foot wooden ladder between Aug. 17 and Sept. 16.

    Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI has emerged from his self-imposed silence inside the Vatican to publish a lengthy letter to one of Italy’s most well-known atheists. In it, he defends his record on handling sexually abusive priests and discusses everything from evolution to theology to the figure of Jesus Christ.

    Benedict emerges and defends his abuse record

    Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI has emerged from his self-imposed silence inside the Vatican walls to publish a lengthy letter to one of Italy’s most well-known atheists. In it, he denies having covered up for sexually abusive priests and discusses everything from evolution to the figure of Jesus Christ.


    Barrington event marks Alpaca Farm Days

    A free event marking National Alpaca Farm Days will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28 and Sunday, Sept. 29 at Safehouse Farm, 25550 Cuba Road in Barrington. Meet the alpacas, domesticated animals native to Peru. There will be crafts, tours, food, fun and photo opportunities.

    Vice President Joseph Biden visits a FEMA Disaster Recovery Center, joined by Colo. Gov. John Hickenlooper, second from left, and Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colo., left, following a day in which Biden and others surveyed area flood damage by helicopter, in Greeley, Colo., Monday Sept. 23, 2013. More than 15,600 people having applied for FEMA aid so far in response to the flooding, with FEMA aid at $19.6 million and rising.

    4 more found alive and well after Colorado floods

    Four people who were listed as unaccounted for in the Colorado floods have contacted authorities to say they are alive and well, leaving two people who haven’t been heard from and a third who is missing and presumed dead, officials said Tuesday. The number of confirmed dead remained at eight.


    Major quake in southwestern Pakistan kills 39

    A major earthquake struck a remote area in southwestern Pakistan on Tuesday, killing at least 39 people and wounding dozens as houses collapsed on top of people inside while others fled into the streets and prayed for their lives. The Pakistani military said it was rushing troops and helicopters to Baluchistan province’s Awaran district, where the quake was centered, as well as the nearby area of...

    U.S. President Barack Obama addresses the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013.

    At UN, Obama welcomes signs of Iranian moderation

    President Barack Obama on Tuesday welcomed the new Iranian government’s pursuit of a “more moderate course,” saying it should offer the basis for a breakthrough on Iran’s nuclear impasse with the United Nations and the U.S. “The roadblocks may prove to be too great, but I firmly believe the diplomatic path must be tested,” Obama said during an address to the U.N. General Assembly.


    Two Chicago men charged in slaying of mom, daughter

    Cook County officials say two men have been charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of a mother and daughter whose bodies were found in the trunk of a burning vehicle. The Sheriff’s Department says 50-year-old Robert Danno and 24-year-old Jose Fernardo Martinez-Hernandez are set to appear in bond court Tuesday morning.


    School board approves $91.6 million budget

    The Geneva school board adopted its 2013-14 budget Monday.

    A Kenyan soldier runs through a corridor on an upper floor, shortly before an explosion was heard, at the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013. Kenyan officials say three soldiers have died and eight others have been injured in a fight with militants who attacked an upscale mall in Nairobi.

    Kenyans say they control mall, attackers say no

    Islamic militants who staged a deadly attack on a Kenya mall said Tuesday hostages are alive and their fighters are “still holding their ground,” calling into question Kenyan officials’ claims that they were in a final push. Explosions rang from the upscale Westgate Mall in Nairobi throughout the day, and the chatter of gunfire from inside the building could also be heard, despite the Kenyan...


    Woman attempting solo row reaches Alaska

    A 28-year-old British adventurer became the first woman to row solo across the North Pacific Ocean Monday, arriving in Adak in Alaska’s Aleutians after 150 days and 3,750 miles at sea. Sarah Outen celebrated with a bottle of champagne and greeted community members and supporters, her first human contact in nearly five months.

    Veronica, 4, with Melanie Capobianco during a recent visitation. The Oklahoma Supreme Court on Monday, Sept. 23, 2013 said it won’t intervene in an adoption dispute involving Veronica, a Cherokee girl, and dissolved a court order that was keeping her with Dusten Brown, her biological father. Cherokee Nation spokeswoman Amanda Clinton later confirmed that Veronica was handed over to her adoptive parents, Matt and Melanie Capobianco of South Carolina, on Monday night.

    Cherokee girl transferred to adoptive parents

    The South Carolina couple who adopted a Cherokee girl at the center of a yearslong custody dispute came to Oklahoma last month vowing not to leave without the child. On Monday night, Matt and Melanie Capobianco took custody of 4-year-old Veronica. Hours earlier, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled that it didn’t have jurisdiction in the case that had already been considered in the U.S. Supreme Court...


    Police: Gunman killed near NC campus after pursuit

    An armed man pursued onto the campus of North Carolina Central University was shot and killed in nearby woods after challenging campus officers, police said Tuesday. Durham police tracked the suspect to the campus late Monday, prompting university officials to lock down the school for several hours. It was not immediately clear why Durham police had pursued the man.

    Greenpeace ship ‘Arctic Sunrise’ is escorted by a Russian coast guard boat, in Kola Bay at the military base Severomorsk on the Kola Peninsula in Russia, at dawn Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013. Russia has filed piracy charges against Greenpeace activists who tried to board an offshore drilling platform in the Arctic owned by state-controlled natural gas company Gazprom.

    Russia to file piracy charges against Greenpeace

    Russian investigators say they will file piracy charges against Greenpeace activists who tried to climb onto an offshore drilling platform in the Arctic owned by the state-controlled gas company Gazprom. The activists are on a Greenpeace ship, the Arctic Sunrise, which was seized last week by the Russian Coast Guard and towed Tuesday into a port near Murmansk.

    An Iranian street money changer holds Iranian bank notes with a portrait of late revolutionary founder Ayatollah Khomeini, in the main old Bazaar of Tehran, Iran. Merchants must rely on shadowy money transfer networks to make purchases abroad because Iran is blocked from global banking systems. Inflation is so high that prices can jump between breakfast and dinner.

    Easing sanctions no easy goal for Iran’s president

    The broad challenges posed by sanctions shape President Hasan Rouhani’s agenda this week at the U.N. General Assembly. He hopes to win promises to restart talks over Iran’s nuclear program and to make the case to the U.S. and its allies that easing sanctions could bring rewards in the form of concessions and greater cooperation from Tehran. But Washington faces a policymaking quandary since many...

    Holly Robb, left, and her neighbor Pam Bowers salvage belongings after storms that raged through the Rocky Mountain foothills in Lyons, Colo. Two low-lying trailer parks in the small town, 20 minutes to the north of Boulder, bore the brunt of the recent flooding. “I don’t think we’ll ever be able to go back,” said Robb.

    Colorado flood towns may come back less diverse

    The storms that raged through the Rocky Mountain foothills instantly remade the landscape and disrupted thousands of lives. They may have also changed the character of the funky mountain hamlets that dot the Front Range. The disaster hit rich and poor alike, but some residents will be able to afford to wait and rebuild, while others will not.

    Former Mount Prospect resident Sam Logan Khaleghi plays Staff Sgt. Wesley Kent in the war-themed “Approaching Midnight,” premiering at the Wilmette Theatre Friday night.

    Former suburbanite returns home for film premiere

    Former Mount Prospect resident Sam Logan Khaleghi comes from a family of high achievers, namely doctors and engineers. “I could be a doctor,” he said, “but only for a day. It would be acting.” Khaleghi broke from family tradition to become a filmmaker whose new movie “Approaching Darkness” will premiere Friday at the Wilmette Theatre. He wrote it, directed it,...


    Insurer: 12 farm fatalities in Illinois last year

    Officials say Illinois farmers had the safest season in decades last year, with a dozen farm-related fatalities.The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports the deaths occurred between July 2012 and June 2013. The 12 deaths were the lowest number since the insurance company Country Financial began tracking the figures in 1978.


    Dillinger death mask on display in Springfield

    A plaster mask cast from the face of gangster John Dillinger after his death is going on display in Springfield. The Illinois State Police Heritage Foundation museum in Springfield will display the mask from Thursday to Saturday, and has extended its visitor hours this weekend.


    Dawn Patrol: Bus with 5 day care kids in collision near Ingleside

    Women report sex assaults in Benedictine dorm. Body confirmed as Arlington Heights man. COD hires familiar face as art center’s interim director. No major injuries in day care bus crash near Ingleside. Trestman learns about team in Steelers victory. Pirates clinch playoff berth.


    Prospect Hts. lists FOIA requests online

    Prospect Heights Mayor Nick Helmer announced Monday that Freedom of Information requests are costing the city so much that he has ordered the names of all requesters and what they asked for posted on the city’s website.


    U-46 OKs budget balanced by dipping into reserves

    The Elgin Area Unit District 46 school board voted 4-2 Monday night to spend roughly $527 million for the 2013-2014 academic year, dipping into reserves to balance the budget. The district will be hiring 48 additional teachers in fiscal year 2014.

    Alex Sheen, founder of Because I Said I Would, speaks with Sycamore Trails students about the importance of making and keeping a promise. In his hands is a box of blank, white cards that read “Because I Said I Would” on the bottom. He encourages people to write their promises on the cards.

    Philanthropist urges Bartlett students to make, keep promises

    Alex Sheen says his father had a superhero power: He always kept his promises. That quality is something the Ohio native wishes more people had. Sheen created a nonprofit called Because I Said I Would that focuses on the importance of making a keeping promises, and told Bartlett students about it. “There’s something about a promise we can all understand,” he said.

    The losing Cubs team on the field can be an eyesore, but I still love the view from our seats at Wrigley Field. I never hear myself saying, “What this place needs is a giant, loud video screen to dwarf the old scoreboard.”

    99th annual goodbye to magical Wrigley and lousy Cubs

    Saying goodbye to Wrigley Field for the year, we fans know that the iconic ballpark hasn't been home to a Jumbotron or a World Series championship team in its first 99 years. One of those things is going to change for year 100. “We're here for Wrigley Field,” Burt Constable tells his son. “This probably is the last time we'll get to enjoy a Wrigley Field without some giant video...

    Will the Geneva Library or Batavia Library get potential more space with a land annexation. A judge has said no, but the fight might not be over.

    Geneva-Batavia library lawsuit at an end? Maybe

    Neither of you get it: In a nutshell, that's what a judge told the Geneva and Batavia public libraries last week in an order that ruled both their attempts to annex about 1,500 acres were invalid. The libraries have been fighting each other in courtrooms for six years. But, “I do not believe this is over. It is an extremely complicated ruling,” Geneva Library Board President Esther...

    What if Barrington allowed a one-year tryout of video gambling in local establishments? Mayor Karen Darch wants to hear more about the idea.

    Barrington hears idea of trying video gambling out for a year

    Village President Karen Darch said letters and emails she’s received on video gambling have been balanced, and she is hoping to receive more in the weeks ahead. She is uncertain the village will get all the feedback it needs for a Oct. 14, in part because she wants to investigate further an idea to try out video gambling for a year.

    Up to $450 million in projects along the Des Plaines River from Riverside to southern Wisconsin has been suggested by the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers. The work would take two decades to complete.

    27 Des Plaines River projects suggested to curb floods

    A federal study recommends $400 million to $450 million worth of projects aimed at limiting flood damage and restoring ecosystems along the Des Plaines River in Cook and Lake counties and southeastern Wisconsin. The recommendations heard at a Mount Prospect open house by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers encompass 27 projects. "They have to do something. The levee in Des Plaines is like a...


    Jordi Heeneman of Naperville Central, left, and Jose Perez, right, of Wheaton Warrenville South, go up for the header during boys soccer action on Tuesday in Wheaton.

    Tegge plays like a captain for Naperville Central

    Naperville Central expects big contributions from its captains. Jay Tegge is one of them this fall, and the senior midfielder scored twice to lead the Redhawks to a 3-0 victory over Wheaton Warrenville South in Tuesday’s DuPage Valley Conference match in Wheaton.


    Girls golf/Lake County roundup

    Girls golfMundelein d. Carmel: At Brae Lach, Cristina Loverde’s 39 led the Mustangs (166) past the Corsairs (190).Mundelein also counted Lorrielle Martin’s 40, Courteney Fabbri’s 41 and Shannon Streeter’s 46.Alexa Amato’s 41 led Carmel.

    Antioch football players Robert Ritacca, left, Christian Norris, Wesley Zegan and Malik Jackson hold versions of jersey No. 30 in honor of former teammate Joel Wittkamp, who died in a car accident in February. Every week this season, a different Antioch senior wears No. 30 in memory of Wittkamp.

    Antioch’s football family won’t forget No. 30

    Antioch's football team is honoring Joel Wittkamp, who died in auto crash in February, by sharing the No. 30 jersey he would have been wearing this fall as a senior. “Whoever wears the No. 30 jersey (on game day) also gets to lead us out on the field when we all run out there together,” senior defensive lineman Malik Jackson said. “We wanted it that way because we want Joel to know that everyone’s thinking of him and that he’s leading us onto the field.”


    Tuesday’s girls volleyball scoreboard
    High school varsity results from Tuesday's girls volleyball matches, as reported to the Daily Herald.


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


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


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


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


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


    Tuesday’s boys golf scoreboard
    High school varsity results from Tuesday's boys golf meets, as reported to the Daily Herald.


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


    Elk Grove snaps Hersey’s MSL streak

    Elk Grove girls volleyball coach Stephanie Kezios had never been more proud of her players than Tuesday night. The Grenadiers ended one of the longest winning streaks in Mid-Suburban League girls volleyball history on Tuesday when they defeated defending Mid-Suburban League champion Hersey 25-23, 22-25, 25-21 in Elk Grove. Junior Amber Lindfors put down 9 kills and senior McKenzie Jordan added 7 as the Grens ended a 53-game winning streak by Hersey in the MSL East that dated back to the fall of 2007.

    Ryan Sweeney, right, is safe at first as Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Gaby Sanchez is unable to catch a wide throw from third baseman Pedro Alvarez during the seventh inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, in Chicago.

    Cubs lose 50th game at Wrigley

    Cubs futility plumbed new depths Tuesday night with an 8-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates at Wrigley Field. The loss was the 50th home loss of the season for the Cubs, and that is a franchise record. The Cubs also clinched sole possession of last place in the National League Central.


    Wheaton College back at No. 1

    Expectations are high for the Wheaton College women’s soccer team.

    White Sox starting pitcher Erik Johnson throws during the first inning of a game against the Detroit Tigers in Detroit on Sunday.

    Maybe Johnson, Semien can save White Sox, too

    Erik Johnson and Marcus Semien helped save the Cal-Berkeley baseball program when they were collegiate teammates. Back together again in the major leagues, can the duo help the White Sox get back to a competitive level in 2014?

    Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Josh Harrison (5) turns the double play forcing the Cubs’ Donnie Murphy at second and getting Brian Bogusevic at first during the second inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, at Wrigley Field.

    Cubs help Pirates take wild-card lead

    Gerrit Cole threw six strong innings and the Pittsburgh Pirates took over the NL wild-card lead, beating the Cubs 8-2 Tuesday night at Wrigley Field. The Pirates moved one game ahead of Cincinnati, which lost to the Mets 4-2. Pittsburgh remained two games behind NL Central-leading St. Louis.


    Geneva withstands Saints’ surge

    In the last home match of his 30-year career at Geneva, Bill Koehn was staring at an unblemished run in the Upstate Eight Conference River Division. The Vikings have finished runner-up to St. Charles East for divisional supremacy all three times since joining the league. The Saints were the last barrier to Geneva entering the conference boys golf tournament next week at St. Andrews with a perfect record.


    Crystal Lake South brushes off Huntley

    The Crystal Lake South girls volleyball team sought to capitalize on the momentum of last weekend’s second-place finish at the Asics Preview when it invaded Huntley Tuesday night. Huntley’s goal was to shake off last Thursday’s upset loss at Dundee-Crown and rebound with a win to tie the Gators atop the Valley Division of the Fox Valley Conference. Strong defensive play from senior libero Hannah Wilson (7 digs) and junior defensive specialist Tori Falbo (5 digs) put the multifaceted offense of No. 6 CL South on the attack. And attack the dangerous Gators did throughout an efficient 25-17, 25-15 sweep of No. 19 Huntley.


    Wheeling rolling right along

    Wheeling held a 1-0 lead at the half against visiting Conant, but there was no slowing the Wildcats in the second half in Mid-Suburban League boys soccer on Tuesday.Jose Garcia and Ivan Mancilla both scored twice in the second period as Wheeling powered to a 6-1 victory.Marino Lopez also scored and had an assist in the second half, and Garcia and Mancilla provided 1 assist each.Elias Cisneros had Wheeling’s first-half goal with an assist from Garcia.Elk Grove 5, Schaumburg 3: The visiting Grenadiers got 2 goals apiece from Jonathon Arzeta and David Bahena, and Alberto Centeno made 5 saves to help keep Elk Grove out in front.Alan Santana, Phil Minneci and Zijo Zulic had the goals for Schaumburg.Fremd 2, Prospect 1: The Vikings got a first-period goal from Nathan Dolan and another in the second from Zach Schoffstall to earn an MSL win on the road. Will Lefevre (3 saves) and Dylan Fisher (2) shared in the shutout for the Vikings.Maine West 4, Glenbrook North 2: The Warriors kept their Central Suburban North record clean at 2-0-1 and improved to 9-3-2 overall as Miguel Lopez scored twice and Nelson and Herrera and Fernando Becerra once each.

    With just a .283 on-base percentage, Jeff Keppinger ranked 102nd out of 105 AL hitters with 400 or more at-bats.

    Rough season comes to end for Sox’ Keppinger

    White Sox infielder Jeff Keppinger's season is going to end early. Keppinger, a big disappointment in his first year with the Sox, is scheduled to have shoulder surgery on Thursday.


    Three-set win for Harper at Rock Valley

    A team in need of finding some consistency sure got some of the right kind on Tuesday in Rockford. The Harper College women’ volleyball team, ranked No. 6 in the nation, came away with a 25-13, 28-26, 27-25 win over No. 5 Rock Valley College in North Central Community College Conference play.


    Kepski, Carmel handle Fenwick

    Sierra Kepski came up big for Carmel Catholic’s girls volleyball team Tuesday night. Kepski registered 10 digs and 3 aces, as the Corsairs defeated Fenwick 25-18, 25-15 to improve to 15-2 overall and 2-0 in the East Suburban Catholic Conference.

    Geneva’s Hannah Lanasa tips the ball over the net towards St. Charles North’s Sydney Wohlert in the third match on Tuesday, September 24.

    Geneva surprises St. Charles North

    Whatever butterflies Geneva freshmen Grace Loberg and Ally Barrett have, they evidently get rid of them by hitting a volleyball ridiculously hard. A week after putting down 21 kills in a loss to Batavia, Loberg notched a match-high 19 more in a 3-set thriller Tuesday against St. Charles North. Barrett delivered the final blow, smashing a North Stars overpass down on the Vikings’ third match point to end their 25-22, 17-25, 26-24 victory.


    Macias, McKearnan pace Warren victory

    Rafa Macias scored twice, Jack McKearnan had a goal and 3 assists, and Warren’s boys soccer team blanked visiting Oswego East 5-0 in a nonconference match Tuesday night.


    Fifth score lifts Grayslake North

    Every shot counted in Tuesday’s crosstown rivalry match between the Grayslake North and Grayslake Central boys golf teams. Christian DiBerardino fired a 41 at Renwood to earn medalist honors and lead Grayslake North to victory on its home course. Both teams carded a 179, but the Knights won on a fifth-score tiebreaker. Grayslake North also counted Kyle Baker’s 44, Kyle Sagendorph’s 46, Scott Wonsil’s 48 and Kevin Chatten’s 49, which was the deciding score.

    Larkin’s Olivia Kofie watches her spike go past Elgin’s Emma Sirridge and Nikki Zimmer Tuesday in Elgin.

    Larkin gets it going, cruises past Elgin

    After a slow start, Larkin finally got going. Trailing early in the first game, the Royals found their rhythm and rolled on to defeat Elgin, 25-19, 25-15, in Upstate Eight Conference River Division volleyball action at Chesbrough Field House Tuesday. The secret to Larkin’s turnaround was pretty simple. “We just had more fun,” said Brianna Stewart, who had 10 kills for the Royals. “When we have fun, we’re looser and do a lot better.”


    Girls volleyball/Fox Valley roundup

    Bartlett d. East Aurora: The Hawks (4-11-1, 1-2) defeated East Aurora 25-17, 25-17 during Upstate Eight Valley Division action. Sjalynn Kennedy and Elizabeth Arco had 5 kills apiece. Rachel Hartford had 2 kills and 4 aces, while Lexi Cazzato had 9 assists for the Hawks. Danielle Santucci (3 aces), Jenna Kummerer (2 aces) and Hunter McCord (3 aces) also contributed for Bartlett.Metea Valley d. South Elgin: Metea Valley beat South Elgin (9-8, 1-1) in three games, 25-18, 19-25, 25-14, while competing in Upstate Eight Valley Division play Tuesday. Ashely Oandasan led the Storm with 12 digs, 8 kills, 1 ace and 1 block. Katie Innis had 9 digs, 4 kills and an ace, while Adriana Loiacono had 4 digs, 4 kills and 2 aces. Renee Rush (9 digs, 4 kills) also contributed for South Elgin. Jacobs d. McHenry: Jacobs defeated McHenry 26-24, 25-23 in a very close matchup during Valley Division action of the Fox Valley Conference. Bridget Wallenburg had 8 kills, 3 digs and 3 blocks for the Golden Eagles. Allie Campbell (6 kills, 3 digs, 1 block) and Kyla Fitzsimmons (6 kills, 2 aces, 1 dig, 1 block) also contributed for Jacobs. Alden-Hebron d. Harvest: Harvest Christian Academy (7-6, 3-1) lost to Alden-Hebron 25-13, 25-9 while competing in Northeastern Athletic Conference competition. Sydney Doby finished with 15 kills, 5 aces and 6 digs for the Lions. Other contributors for the Lions were Chloe Corbett (9 digs, 5 kills, 2 aces) and Jade Martinez (26 assists, 6 digs, 2 kills).Grayslake Central d. Hampshire: The Whip-Purs were defeated by Grayslake Central 27-25, 25-15 during Fox Valley Conference Fox Division action. Erin Foss had 12 digs, 5 kills and 2 aces for Hampshire, while Julianna Gass finished with 17 digs and 1 ace, and Caitlin Conlon had 7 kills. Wheaton Academy d. St. Edward: The Green Wave (10-5, 2-1) had trouble stopping Wheaton Academy in a 25-15, 25-12 loss during Suburban Christian crossover play. Katie Swanson led the Green Wave with 4 kills and 3 digs. Shannon Igiesiski (3 kills, 2 digs) and Cecile Rapp (2 kills, 1 dig) contributed as well.

    Cardinals starting pitcher Michael Wacha cannot reach an infield single by Washington’s Ryan Zimmerman with two outs during the ninth inning Thursday in St. Louis.

    Cardinals pitcher loses no-hit bid with 2 down in 9th

    Cardinals rookie Michael Wacha lost his no-hit bid on Ryan Zimmerman’s infield single with two outs in the ninth inning, but St. Louis beat the Washington Nationals 2-0 Tuesday night to close in on the NL Central title.


    Boys soccer/Fox Valley roundup

    Batavia 1, Larkin 0: The Royals (5-3-3, 1-1-1) were defeated by the Bulldogs during River Division action of the Upstate Eight Conference. Leo Perez had 4 saves in goal for Larkin.McHenry 1, Cary-Grove 0: The Trojans (7-3, 0-1) took their first loss in the Valley Division of the Fox Valley Conference Tuesday. Ethan Csoka had 2 saves for Cary-Grove.Francis Parker 7, Elgin Academy 0: The Hilltoppers (2-7) lost during Independent School League action. Jonathan Shen was in goal for Elgin Academy, finishing with 3 saves.Woodstock North 2, Hampshire 1: In their first Fox Division matchup of the Fox Valley Conference season, Woodstock North defeated Hampshire (3-8-1, 0-1). Jose Hernandez scored the Whip-Purs’ lone goal on an assist by Michael Boutin. Andy Pederson was in goal for Hampshire, collecting 19 saves.Crystal Lake South 6, Jacobs 0: The Gators (6-6-3, 1-0) defeated the Golden Eagles (4-9-1, 0-1) in their first Valley Division matchup of the Fox Valley Conference season. Stefan Harris and Matt Tobolt each scored 2 goals for Crystal Lake South, while Orlando Tapia had a goal and an assist and Austin Lamping added a goal. Andrew Perrine and Charlie Ruff each had an assist. Gus Alvarez recorded his sixth shutout with 1 save in goal for the Gators.St. Edward 4, Guerin 0: The Green Wave (6-5-2, 2-2) defeated Suburban Christian Conference opponent Guerin. Joe French recorded his second hat trick of the season, Austin Pfeiffer had a goal and an assist, Matt Hesch had 2 assists, and Eduardo Carachure had an assist. John Gotheridge was credited with the shutout despite not having to make a save.Huntley 5, Prairie Ridge 0: The Red Raiders (11-1-1. 1-0) were victorious in their first Valley Division game of the Fox Valley Conference. Jack Bessey led the offense with a hat trick, while Niko Mihalopolous scored 2 goals. Jason Zobott had 2 assists and Eduardo Gonzalez also had an assist. Austen Emery finished with 5 saves.Burlington Central 3, Genoa-Kingston 0: The Rockets (9-1-0, 6-0) remain undefeated in Big Northern East action. Alan Camarena, AJ Gouriotis and Paolo Sespene each scored a goal for the Rockets. Matt O’Connor and Stefan Jochum had an assist apiece. Brett Rau had 3 saves in goal for Burlington Central.


    Decisive duos get it done for Wauconda

    Doubles decided it for Wauconda’s girls tennis team. Wauconda edged Grant 4-3 in North Suburban Prairie Division action Tuesday, receiving doubles wins from Alex O’Day/Danielle Sturm (No. 2), Megan Mraz/Morgan Stancy (No. 3) and Hanna Gomoll/Hailee Gomoll (No. 4).


    Clutch win at third doubles pushes St. Charles E. past Batavia

    Leave it to a veteran head coach for knowing when to provide helpful advice and when to withhold information. With Tuesday’s Upstate Eight Conference River Division girls tennis dual match between Batavia and St. Charles East all knotted up at 3-3, Saints coach Sena Drawer looked on as her third doubles team of Emmy Russell and Jamie Youngberg rallied to force a third set against the Bulldogs’ Caroline Lantz and Julianne Robinson.


    Lake Park overcomes Naperville North in OT

    There was a little confusion about the overtime process Tuesday night, but there was no doubt at all that newcomer Lake Park is ready to fit in quite well in the DuPage Valley Conference.

    Barrington’s Claire Waliczek, right, tips the ball over the net in front of Schaumburg’s Kiana Lewis.

    Barrington pulls away late at Schaumburg

    Game 3 on Tuesday night between Mid-Suburban League West powers Barrington and Schaumburg was resembling the first two games. It was close. The host Saxons and Fillies were tied at 11-11. But that’s when Barrington seemed to shift into a new gear. A kill by senior Emily Watkins and block by classmate Maggie Daleen gave the visitors a 14-11 advantage as they scored 14 of the final 18 points to drive away to a 23-25, 25-21, 25-15 victory and remain undefeated in the conference at 3-0 (4-8 overall).

    Cleveland Indians fans cheer as starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez walks to the dugout in the seventh inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, in Cleveland. Jimenez pitched 6 1/3 innings and gave up five hits and two runs.

    Sox come up short in wild 9th inning

    CLEVELAND — Pinch-hitter Jason Giambi belted a two-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning to give Cleveland a stunning 5-4 win over the White Sox on Tuesday night, keeping the Indians up with the lead pack in the AL wild-card race.Giambi drove a 1-1 pitch from Addison Reed (5-4) deep into the lower deck in right field to prevent a potentially devastating loss for the Indians, who haven’t been to the postseason since 2007. Giambi’s heart-pounding shot bailed out controversial closer Chris Perez, who gave up two homers in the top of the ninth and nearly blew a game Cleveland had to have.As he rounded third base, the 42-year-old Giambi slowed down before being engulfed at the plate by his teammates as the Indians celebrated their 13th straight win over te Sox.Bryan Shaw (6-3) came in after Perez had nearly given away a game the Indians couldn’t afford to lose.Giambi has been a steadying force all season for the Indians in the clubhouse, and the unquestioned Drama King on it. This was his 10th career walk-off homer, and his second pinch-hit, walk-off this season. On July 29, he became the oldest player to hit a walk-off homer, breaking a mark previously held by Hall of Famer Hank Aaron. Now, Giambi has become the Indians’ elder statesman of swat.Perez owes him big time.In the top of the ninth, Perez, who has walked a tightrope on and off the field all season, had to be pulled by Indians manager Terry Francona after failing to close out a 3-2 lead.Cleveland came in holding the second AL wild-card spot, one game ahead of Texas and one behind Tampa Bay. And with five games left, any loss can be devastating.On this night, Giambi saved Perez, the Indians and maybe their season.With the Indians leading 3-2, Perez gave up a homer to Dayan Viciedo, a shot into the right-field seats that drew a groan from Cleveland fans the moment it left his bat. Perez struck out the next two hitters, but Alejandro De Aza connected on his next pitch, driving it over the wall in right-center. Perez stalked around the mound with his head down before giving up a single to Alexei Ramirez.That brought out Francona to a loud ovation and Perez, who has been a lightning rod of debate over the past two seasons, was booed loudly as he left the field.The Indians had taken a 3-2 lead in the seventh on All-Star Jason Kipnis’ two-out RBI single and Michael Brantley’s leadoff homer.With the Indians trailing by a run, and a scoreboard-watching crowd of 21,083 inside chilly Progressive Field getting nervous, Brantley tied it 2-2 with his 10th homer.Brantley pulled the first pitch from Santiago into the right-field seats, making him 13 of 29 (.448) with two homers and seven RBIs during an eight-game hitting streak.Mike Aviles followed with a single and Michael Bourn sacrificed before White Sox manager Robin Ventura pulled starter Hector Santiago. Nick Swisher’s fly ball to deep center sent Aviles to third and Kipnis, named to his first All-Star squad earlier this season, delivered his clutch hit, punctuating the single by flipping his bat in the direction of Chicago’s dugout.Chicago had taken a 2-1 lead in the seventh on De Aza’s RBI single off Cody Allen, who inherited a two-on, one-out jam from starter Ubaldo Jimenez.Cleveland’s starter, who came in with a 1.77 ERA in the second half, gave up a one-out single to Gordon Beckham before walking No. 9 hitter Josh Phegley. Francona came out and took the ball from Jimenez, who received a standing ovation as he left the field. He allowed two runs and five hits in 6 1/3 innings.Jimenez was in significant trouble in the fourth, when the White Sox tied it 1-1 on Avisail Garcia’s sacrifice fly. Chicago threatened to score more when Viciedo doubled with two outs, sending Paul Konerko to third. But with two runners in scoring position, Jimenez retired Beckham on an easy grounder.


    Naperville Central defeats Glenbard North

    With just one returning player from last season’s squad, this fall’s version of the Naperville Central girls volleyball squad is learning things as it goes along.


    Palermo a good fit atop Glenbard East lineup

    Priscilla Palermo is a talent that comes to the Glenbard East girls tennis program only about once in a decade — a freshman player who can be slotted into the first-singles position to lead the team for four years.


    Trausch powers Cary-Grove by Dundee-Crown

    A lot of seniors enter their final year in high school with aspirations of competing in athletics at the collegiate level or leading their teams to a long run in postseason play. Cary-Grove senior middle blocker Kayli Trausch just wanted to play volleyball. Hobbled by a herniated disk over the last two years, Trausch is finally 100 percent and her performance is showing it. With 8 blocks and 6 kills, the healthy Trausch was a key component in Cary-Grove’s 25-16, 25-16 Fox Valley Conference Valley Division win over Dundee-Crown in Cary Tuesday night.


    Glaser, D’Acquisto come up big for Rolling Meadows

    Rolling Meadows visited more woes upon Hoffman Estates in cruising to a 6-0 victory Tuesday night on the strength of a 3-goal match from junior Kou Glaser, who combined with Mustangs captain Mike D’Acquisto to have a hand in 4 of the season-high total goals for the hosts.

    Bears defensive tackle Henry Melton s carted off after being injured in the third quarter of Sunday's game in Pittsburgh.

    For Bears, injuries provide first bit of adversity

    Pro Bowl defensive tackle Henry Melton's season-ending knee injury has given the Bears their first taste of adversity this year, and the health issues of two-time Pro Bowl cornerback Charles Tillman are also a concern. But they won't get any sympathy from this week's opponent, their NFC North rival Lions, who host the Bears Sunday and trail them by one game in the standings.

    Skylar Diggins, right, and Notre Dame beat UConn for the Big East women’s tournament title last March in Hartford, Conn.

    Big East women’s tournament moves to Chicago, Rosemont

    The Big East has moved its postseason women’s basketball tournament to Chicago, the conference announced Tuesday. The first-round games will be at DePaul’s campus in the city on March 8 with the quarterfinals, semifinals and finals at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont over the next three days.

    Connecticut running back Lyle McCombs, right, hauls in a touchdown pass against Michigan defensive lineman Chris Wormley during the second quarter of last Saturday’s game in East Hartford, Conn. The Wolverines came back from a 14-point, second-half deficit to win 24-21.

    No. 18 Michigan has work to do during bye week

    Michigan has slipped in The Associated Press college football poll the past two week despite staying undefeated. Clearly, a lot of people think the 18th-ranked Wolverines (4-0) have work to do.


    Cordes, Waubonsie block Neuqua’s path to victory

    Waubonsie Valley blocked its way to a third victory this season over cross-town rival Neuqua Valley.


    Neuqua Valley comes back to beat South Elgin

    The Neuqua Valley boys soccer team had plenty of scoring chances but found itself trailing 1-0 early in the second half against host South Elgin. However, the Wildcats wouldn’t be denied their fourth straight win by scoring 3 unanswered goals to defeat the Storm 3-1 in Upstate Eight Conference Valley Division play on Tuesday.


    Burlington Central knocks off Frantti, Richmond

    Richmond-Burton has one of the best volleyball players in the country. Burlington Central can spread the ball around and has a balanced attacked. The balance won Tuesday night. Central overcame 22 kills from R-B star Ali Frantti to win the Big Northern East contest, 26-24, 16-25, 25-15.

    Jeff Larentowicz could start at center back for the Chicago Fire in Saturday’s home match against the Montreal Impact.

    Fire's Larentowicz ready to play, no matter where

    Jeff Larentowicz is a team player. If Chicago Fire coach Frank Klopas wants him to play up front, that’s what he’ll do. That’s not likely to happen, of course, considering he’s spent most of this season playing defensive midfielder and it’s been about 20 years since the 30-year-old played forward. If anything, Larentowicz might move back. With center back Bakary Soumare suspended for Saturday’s home match against Montreal (7:30 p.m., Channel 50), Klopas has a choice to make.

    San Diego Padres starting pitcher Andrew Cashner walks off the mound yelling at himself after he allowed a run to score by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the seventh inning of a previously scoreless baseball game Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013, in San Diego. The run was unearned.

    Rizzo-Cashner contest one worth watching

    Reading a couple recent quotes about Padres pitcher Andrew Cashner makes Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo's season seem even worse.

    Bears coach Marc Trestman and quarterback Jay Cutler are off to a much faster start than most expected.

    Undefeated Bears don’t feign perfection

    As confident as the Bears look on the field, they are speaking in appropriately measured tones off it. There’s a genuine sense of humility, happy to be 3-0, but aware their record could be flipped and understanding there’s a long way to go before the Bears are considered great.

    Derek Parola of Mundelein blasts out of the sand on the par-5 second hole in action against Stevenson at the Arboretum Club.

    Parola connects as Mundelein tops Stevenson

    Derek Parola had an eagle and fired a 37, Bret Cigelnik and Ryan Magee added 38s and Mundelein topped Stevenson 155-168 on Tuesday at Stevenson’s home course in boys golf.


    Eight more cut from Blackhawks roster

    The Blackhawks’ roster picture for opening night became a bit clearer Tuesday when eight more cuts were made.

    Northwestern’s Ibraheim Campbell runs with an interception against Syracuse at Ryan Field. Northwestern announced Tuesday it will play host to Northern Illinois next season.

    Northwestern adds NIU to 2014 football dates

    After not facing each other in football since 2005, Northwestern will host Northern Illinois next season on Sept. 6 at Ryan Field, officials for both universities announced Tuesday.

    Wisconsin’s Warren Herring sacks Purdue quarterback Rob Henry during the first half of Saturday’s game in Madison, Wis. This week against Ohio State, the Badgers would like nothing better than for their big guys up front to decide the game.

    Badgers, Buckeyes each want to overpower the other

    When No. 23 Wisconsin comes to Ohio Stadium on Saturday night to face the fourth-ranked Buckeyes, both sides want to throw the ball, but their first priority is jamming it down the opposing defense’s throat.

    Minnesota quarterback Mitch Leidner celebrates his touchdown with wide receiver Isaac Fruechte (14) last Saturday at home against San Jose State. Minnesota won 43-24.

    Gophers give no guarantees to injured players

    When Philip Nelson’s right hamstring strain forced him out of the game, Minnesota turned to redshirt freshman Mitch Leidner at quarterback. Leidner started for the Gophers last week, too, rushed for 151 yards and four touchdowns and tops the depth chart going into the Big Ten opener Saturday against Iowa. Nelson, the sophomore who took over at midseason last year, has no guarantees of getting the job back.

    Notre Dame running back Cam McDaniel scores a touchdown against Michigan State during the second half of last Saturday’s game in South Bend, Ind. The Irish face No. 14 Oklahoma this weekend.

    No. 22 Notre Dame has knack for winning close ones

    Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly attributes the ability of the 22nd-ranked Fighting Irish (3-1) to finish games to tough-minded players. “I just think it happens over a period of time. When we first got here, I don’t believe that we were able to win some of those games. I think it’s just a matter of time,” Kelly said.

    Purdue head coach Darrell Hazell and the Boilermakers will play Mid-American Conference favorite Northern Illinois on Saturday.

    Purdue looking to move past latest loss

    Anxious Purdue fans are worried the season is heading south, and some are calling for a quarterback change. Coach Darrell Hazell’s critiques are getting increasingly sharper, and the frustration is showing.

    Iowa wide receiver Kevonte Martin-Manley, top left, celebrates with teammates after scoring a touchdown against Western Michigan on Saturday in Iowa City.

    Iowa starters should be rested for Minnesota

    All those hoping for a glimpse of Iowa backup quarterback C.J. Beathard got their wish in the second half of last week’s 59-3 blowout over Western Michigan. Beathard wasn’t the only reserve to get extended snaps against the winless Broncos. For the first time in years, Iowa (3-1) was able to put an opponent away early enough for its backups to see significant playing time.

    With the Illinois Racing Board unsettled over its funding, the start of the 2014 thoroughbred racing season remains uncertain. The IRB has laid out for possibilities as it awaits funding from the state legislature to be renewed.

    Racing Board lays out best-to-worse options

    Talk about hedging one's bets. That’s exactly what the Illinois Racing Board did Tuesday when it issued four alternate schedules for the upcoming 2014 thoroughbred racing season, a season that could see the live racing schedule dramatically reduced.Dramatically as in just 15 live racing dates for Hawthorne Racecourse and only 49 for Arlington International Racecourse in 2014 as part of a worst-case scenario laid out by the board, one of four proposals it presented Tuesday.

    Stephanie Holthus

    Burlington Central alum Holthus named national player of week

    Following her tremendous performance in the 32nd Wildcat Classic, the accolades have continued to pour in for Northwestern senior and Burlington Central product Stephanie Holthus. The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced that the 2012 AVCA All-America selection was named the Sports Imports/AVCA Division I National Player of the Week Tuesday.

    Members of the Baltimore Orioles mob teammate Nolan Reimold (14) after he scored the winning run against the Red Sox on Sept. 28, 2011, at home. Baltimore won 4-3, and Boston was eliminated from the playoffs after Tampa Bay beat the Yankees in extra innings minutes after Boston’s loss.

    A look back at some of baseball’s spoilers

    The concept of the late-season spoiler exists in many sports, but it’s perhaps most celebrated in baseball. After all, even the worst teams win about 40 percent of their games, so there are no gimmes for teams chasing postseason spots.And there may be nothing more exasperating for a team than falling short in a key game against an opponent that is well out of contention. Here are a few of the most memorable spoilers in baseball history.

    Lance Armstrong, left, and Floyd Landis, then both members of the U.S. Postal Service cycling team, ride side by side during a 2004 race in Portugal. Attorneys for the federal government and Landis urged a judge not to dismiss the whistle-blower lawsuit against Armstrong, arguing the Texan and former team officials should have to pay back at least $40 million they were paid in a sponsorship deal with the U.S. Postal Service.

    Feds urge judge to allow Armstrong case to proceed

    Justice Department lawyers urged a federal judge not to dismiss the government’s fraud lawsuit against Lance Armstrong, arguing the U.S. Postal Service was forever tainted by its sponsorship of his team while he used performance-enhancing drugs to win the Tour de France.

    Penn State head coach Bill O’ Brien, left, thanks fans in the student section of Beaver Stadium after defeating Kent State 34-0 on Saturday in State College, Pa.

    Penn State’s O’Brien pleased scholarships restored

    Bill O’Brien will soon have a few more scholarships to offer when he hits the recruiting trail. He also has more reasons to stick around State College and finish his contract at Penn State.

    Northwestern freshman Matt Fitzpatrick (left), the 2013 U.S. Amateur champion, and senior Jack Perry (right), a 2012-13 All-American, led Northwestern at the Windon Memorial Classic with a third-place and second-place finish, respectively, at Knollwood Golf Club in Lake Forest.

    Malm, Slowinski ready to settle Player of the Year honors

    The fourth and final major tournament of the Illinois PGA season begins a two-day run on Monday at a new site, Metamora Fields near Peoria. The IPGA Players Championship will decide two Player of the Year races. Curtis Malm, assistant professional at St. Charles Country Club, and Matt Slowinski, assistant at Glen Oak in Glen Ellyn, will duel for both honors.


    Illini, DePaul in running for No. 2 hoops star

    The Fighting Illini and the DePaul Blue Demons basketball programs received some good news Tuesday. Cliff Alexander, a 6-foot-8, 240-pound power forward from Chicago’s Curie High School, has narrowed his college choices to six schools, and both Illinois and DePaul made the cut announced by Alexander, who is rated the No. 2 high school senior in the country behind 6-10, 265-pound center Jahlil Okafor of Whitney Young (Chicago).

    A year from now, Tom Watson and the U.S. Ryder Cup team will be competing in the 2014 tournament in Scotland, trying to win the coveted trophy they lost at Medinah.

    Watson: No need for Ryder Cup wild-card picks

    GLENEAGLES, Scotland — Tom Watson’s first move as U.S. captain for the 2014 Ryder Cup was reducing the number of wild-card picks from four to three.If he had his own way, he’d have none.“If you really look at it, the purist form of Ryder Cup would be no picks, no captain’s picks, 12 players who qualify,” Watson said. “That’s the way I qualified ... you had 12 players and no picks. Maybe that’s the way it should go back to.”If that had been the case at Medinah last year, Europe probably wouldn’t have returned home with the trophy. Ian Poulter — one of two wild-card selections — helped Europe rally from 10-5 down.No wonder Paul McGinley reaffirmed Europe’s commitment to two wild cards as the rival captains chatted at an often-jovial news conference at Gleneagles on Tuesday. They were celebrating the “Year To Go” mark for the 2014 tournament at the Scottish course.Europe is looking to win the biennial competition for the eighth time in the last 10 meetings. McGinley thinks the difference between the teams will be “so slight and so small,” just like in Medinah when Jose Maria Olazabal’s visiting team prevailed 14½-13½.“At the risk of repeating myself, I really see this as, again, boxing parlance, two heavyweights going toe-to-toe, 15 rounds,” McGinley said. “I know we are on home soil, but I know it’s going to be a very formidable package that Tom is going to pose to us, and I know ... that’s what makes it so enthralling.”For the United States to break Europe’s recent stranglehold, Watson needs 14-time major winner Tiger Woods to transfer his winning form on the PGA Tour to the Ryder Cup.The top-ranked player has struggled to produce his best golf in the team competition, winning the Ryder Cup just once — in 1999 — since his debut in 1997. He only won half a point at Medinah and tied Raymond Floyd for most losses in foursomes (8).However, Watson considers Woods pivotal for the team next year. “Tiger has a sense about him and in talking to Davis (Love III), he was very much a leader at Medinah,” Watson said. “We need him to be a leader. There’s not a question about that.“I don’t care who you are, if you don’t look up to Tiger Woods, what he’s accomplished in his career and say, ‘I want to play like Tiger Woods,’ you don’t know what you’re talking about.”Qualifying for the Ryder Cup began a month ago in Europe. American qualifying will start Oct. 10 with the Frys.com Open in San Martin, Calif.Watson will return to the United States where he will look at samples of the team uniform for the Ryder Cup before monitoring player performance at the Presidents Cup in Ohio next month.McGinley will compete in the Dunhill Links Championship at nearby St. Andrews.


    Game video: Benet vs. Nazareth girls volleyball
    Benet Academy takes on Nazareth Tuesday in girls volleyball action. Follow the game here with video from High School Cube, then come back later for the replay and highlights.

    NCAA officials, satisfied that Penn State has made significant changes to its athletics program, is planning to restore five football scholarship next season. By 2016-17, head coach Bill O'Brien's program should have all of its scholarships restored.

    NCAA to restore Penn State scholarships

    HARRISBURG, Pa. — Penn State officials say they are gratified by the NCAA’s decision to gradually restore football scholarships taken from the school following the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal.President Rodney Erickson called the news particularly welcome to student athletes who want to attend Penn State “and will now have the means to do so.”College sports’ governing body said Tuesday that the school has made significant changes to its athletics programs and cited the recommendation of former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell, who’s been serving as the programs’ integrity monitor.The NCAA said five scholarships will be restored next year and more will be phased in until the school reaches normal totals in 2016-17.Penn State is also paying a $60 million fine and serving a five-year ban on postseason play.


    Girls volleyball / Top 20
    St. Francis, Benet and Glenbard West are the top 3 teams in this week's Daily Herald Top 20 girls volleyball rankings.

    Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman on the sideline during the first quarter of an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013, in Pittsburgh. The Bears won 40-23. (AP Photo/Don Wright)

    Trestman concern for Cutler, Bears stunning

    It has been apparent since Marc Trestman got here that he will not sacrifice Jay Cutler just to keep a drive alive, score a touchdown or even win a game. Not that the Bears were in danger of losing at any point in the second half Sunday night, but Trestman puts the QB's health above all else. It's why he went long stretches with conservative play calling after the Steelers began to hit Cutler hard.

    Ashton Kutcher, left, and Mila Kunis were on the Chicago Bears sideline Sunday night to watch the Bears go to 3-0 on the season. Will they be back if the Bears make the NFL playoffs?

    Trestman’s offense boosts Bears’ playoff chances

    Even though Lovie Smith and the Bears won 10 games last season, they didn’t make the NFL playoffs. With the head coach Marc Trestman’s offensive style, the Bears’ chances to go deep in the playoffs this season are much stronger.

    Barrington’s Jonathan Wilson, right, battles Palatine’s Evan Braun during a varsity soccer game at Barrington on Monday night.

    Images: Daily Herald prep photos of the week
    The Daily Herald Prep Photos of the Week gallery includes the best high school sports images by our photographers featuring football, soccer, tennis, golf, swimming, cross country and volleyball.


    Self checkout lanes, like these at a Connecticut supermarket, are losing favor at some grocery chains, including Jewel-Osco, which intends to emphasize personal service instead.

    Jewel-Osco getting rid of self-checkout lanes

    Itasca-based Jewel-Osco, which was recently acquired by an investment group led by Cerberus Capital Management, has decided to pull the plug on self-checkout. Stores are in the midst of removing self-checkout lanes and will instead add more cashiers to serve customers more one-on-one. “We are creating an environment to better connect with our customers and give them more personalized service, one on one,” Jewel spokeswoman Allison Sperling said.

    Rick Schmidt drives a combine Tuesday through an 80-acre corn field two miles west of Thomasboro, Ill. Farmers planted the most corn in 80 years this year, and favorable weather, compared to last year’s drought, has boosted the chances of a good harvest.

    Corn prices fall on outlook for bumper crop

    Farmers planted the most corn in 80 years this year, and favorable weather, compared to last year’s drought, has boosted the chances of a good harvest.

    Specialist Michel Pistillo works Monday at his post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. U.S. stock futures are mixed with a confrontation over the budget looming.

    Stocks fall for a fourth day

    The Dow Jones industrial average also dropped for a fourth straight day.Investors struggled with conflicting news about the economy on Tuesday. One report showed that home prices in July rose the most in more than seven years. Another showed that Americans’ confidence in the economy slipped in September.

    A tanker truck at the ADM plant in Decatur sports a company logo. The agribusiness giant said that after 44 years in Decatur, it is looking for a new location for its headquarters.

    Archer Daniels move worries Decatur residents

    To some degree, ADM and all those soybeans that brought it here — the source of the pungent, sour smell familiar to anyone who’s driven through the east end of town when soybeans are being processed — are Decatur.“That smells of money, and that’s what I tell people around here,” said 65-year-old Pat McDaniel, a City Council member and executive director of the Macon County History Museum.


    Smithfield shareholders vote in favor of Chinese company takeover

    Smithfield Foods Inc. shareholders voted to approve Shuanghui International Holdings Ltd.’s $4.7 billion deal, the largest Chinese acquisition of a U.S. company.The $34-a-share offer for the world’s biggest producer of hogs and pork was approved by 96 percent of voting shareholders, Chief Executive Officer C. Larry Pope said.


    McDonald’s U.S. marketing chief to retire

    Oak Brook-based McDonald’s says its chief marketing officer for the U.S. will leave the company early next year. The fast-food chain says Neil Golden, 52, will retire in early 2014. A McDonald’s representative said in an email it was too soon to speculate on a replacement. Golden’s departure was first reported by the trade publication Advertising Age.

    Pedestrians with shopping bags cross a street in Philadelphia. Americans’ confidence in the economy fell slightly in September from August, as many became less optimistic about hiring and pay increases over the next six months.

    U.S. consumer confidence dips as jobs outlook dims

    Americans’ confidence in the economy fell slightly in September from August, as many became less optimistic about hiring and pay increases over the next six months. The Conference Board, a New York-based private research group, said Tuesday that its consumer confidence index dropped to 79.7 in September. That’s down from August’s reading of 81.8, which was slightly higher than previously estimated.


    North Chicago’s AbbVie to study cystic fibrosis drugs

    North Chicago-based AbbVie said Tuesday that it will study treatments for cystic fibrosis with Dutch drug developer Galapagos NV. The deal could be worth more than $405 million to Galapagos.The companies will study oral drugs designed to target and correct the main genetic mutations seen in cystic fibrosis patients, and they want to begin early-stage clinical testing by the end of 2014.

    A United Auto Workers retiree health-care trust, which owns the 41.5 percent of Chrysler not held by Fiat, is seeking to sell shares on the market after failing to reach agreement with the Italian automaker on the stake’s price.

    Marchionne files for Chrysler IPO to restart stalled merger

    Fiat SpA Chief Executive Officer Sergio Marchionne filed for an initial public offering of Chrysler Group LLC, a move meant to push forward a merger of the two stalled by a dispute over the U.S. carmaker’s value by letting investors determine the American company’s worth.

    U.S. home prices rose 12.4 percent in July compared with a year ago, the most since February 2006. An increase in sales on a limited supply of available homes drove the gains.

    U.S. home prices rise 12.4 pct., most in 7½ years

    U.S. home prices rose 12.4 percent in July compared with a year ago, the most since February 2006. An increase in sales on a limited supply of available homes drove the gains. The Standard &Poor’s/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index reported Tuesday improved from June, when it rose 12.1 percent from a year ago. And all 20 cities posted gains in July from the previous month and compared with a year ago.


    South Korea rejects Boeing, says F-15 not good enough

    South Korea on Tuesday rejected Chicago-based Boeing Co.’s bid to supply 60 fighter jets in the country’s largest-ever weapons purchase even though it was the sole remaining bidder. Boeing had offered its F-15 Silent Eagle, but South Korean critics have said the warplane lacks state-of-the-art stealth capabilities and cannot effectively cope with North Korea’s increasing nuclear threats.


    Illinois to discuss improving contracting program

    Illinois officials are scheduling a series of public hearings to discuss making it easier for all private businesses to bid on state contracts. The meetings will focus on the Business Enterprise Program.

    An administrative law judge with the U.S. Department of Labor has ordered Bank of America to pay black job applicants more than $2 million in back wages and interest to settle a discrimination case.

    Bank of America told to pay in discrimination case

    An administrative law judge with the U.S. Department of Labor has ordered Bank of America to pay black job applicants more than $2 million in back wages and interest to settle a discrimination case.

    Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas leaves the floor of the Senate on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday after a testy exchange with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., at the start of legislative business.

    GOP offers smaller budget cuts on debt measure

    House Republicans are far less ambitious this week in their demands for spending cuts to erase new debt issued to pay the government’s bills than they were during a budget battle two years ago. The list of cuts under consideration now tallies up to a fraction of the almost $1 trillion in additional borrowing that would be permitted under a GOP proposal for enabling the government to pay its bills through December of next year.

    Holiday hiring by U.S. retailers may fall about 6.9 percent this year as shaky consumer confidence and more efficient store practices reduce demand for seasonal workers, according to Chicago-based Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc.

    Forecast: U.S. Retailers’ holiday hiring to dip 6.9%

    Holiday hiring by U.S. retailers may fall about 6.9 percent this year as shaky consumer confidence and more efficient store practices reduce demand for seasonal workers, according to Chicago-based Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc. Retailers will hire about 700,000 temporary staff this year, down from 751,800 last year.

    Burger King wants people to feel less guilty about gobbling up its french fries. The world’s No. 2 hamburger chain is launching a new crinkle-cut french fry on Tuesday that it says has about 20 percent fewer calories than its regular french fries.

    Burger King launching lower-calorie french fry

    Burger King wants people to feel less guilty about gobbling up its french fries. The world’s No. 2 hamburger chain is launching a new crinkle-cut french fry on Tuesday that it says has about 20 percent fewer calories than its regular french fries. The chain says a small order of the new “Satisfries” clocks in at 270 calories because of a new batter that doesn’t absorb as much oil.

    The new Surface 2 tablet computer and docking station. The optional docking station allows the Pro 2 to be used like a laptop.

    Microsoft unveils new Surface, fixes shortcomings

    Microsoft refreshed its Surface tablet computers Monday, giving them longer battery life and better comfort on laps as the software giant continues its transformation into a devices and services company. The company said it tried to address many shortcomings of the first-generation Surface models, sales of which have been slow. Microsoft needs to boost its tablet business to make up for sales declines in traditional desktop and laptop computers.

    Jeff Markley, Vice President of Online Operations, Bluff Media, peruses Full Tilt, Bodog and Poker Stars online on three screens in his office at Bluff in Atlanta. Compliance officer Cathy Scharf told an auditorium full of aghast colleagues at an anti-money-laundering conference in Las Vegas about her experiences at a Utah bank that illegally processed a quarter billion dollars for the offshore gambling sites PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker.

    Whistleblower: Banks may be laundering poker money

    A banker who stood up against an online gambling operation was the star of an anti-money-laundering conference in Las Vegas on Monday. Compliance officer Cathy Scharf told an auditorium full of aghast colleagues about her experiences at a Utah bank that illegally processed at least $200 million for the offshore gambling sites PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker.

    Health care is reuniting President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton.

    Health care law reuniting Obama, Bill Clinton

    Health care is reuniting President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton. The two are set to appear together Tuesday to discuss Obama’s health care law at a session sponsored by the Clinton Global Initiative, the former president’s foundation. The joint appearance comes exactly one week before people who don’t have health insurance can start signing up on Oct. 1 for coverage plans through new insurance marketplaces.


    New York seeks to delete phony online reviews

    A perfect hotel? An amazing restaurant? Teeth whitener that leads to romance?Such things may only truly exist in online reviews, and New York’s attorney general says many of them are fakes, just as more consumers searching for guidance are starting to bite. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is trying to dismantle what he calls a system of creating false online reviews for products and services.

Life & Entertainment


    Should she exit a possibly complicated relationship or stick around?

    This woman is in a new relationship (two months) and the guy she's seeing told her that his ex is four months’ pregnant and there’s a good chance he is the father. She is torn about whether she should stick around since she does see a possible future with him, or should she get out now to escape what’s to come once the baby arrives.


    If you want to know details about past relationships, just ask

    She wants to know if either partner needs to disclose who they were with during a year-long breakup. Carolyn Hax says it depends on what you really want to know.

    First-time Pullman Porter Cephas Sykes (Tosin Morohunfola, center) is watched over by his grandfather, Monroe Sykes (Larry Marshall, left), and his father Sylvester (Cleavant Derricks), in Cheryl L. West’s 2012 drama “Pullman Porter Blues” at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago.

    ‘Pullman Porter Blues’ takes worthy, well-done journey into the past

    The Chicago premiere of Cheryl L. West's 2012 drama "Pullman Porter Blues" about African-American railcar attendants in 1937 at the Goodman Theatre sometimes feels disjointed as a whole, but its spectacular parts (both dramatic and musical) more than make up for this potential drawback.

    Morton Grove native Jeff Garlin, left, Wendi McLendon-Covey, George Segal, Troy Gentile, Sean Giambrone and Hayley Orrantia star in ABC’s “The Goldbergs,” premiering at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24.

    Adam Goldberg plays back his youth on ‘Goldbergs’

    From “I Love Lucy” through “Roseanne” and “Seinfeld” and scores of long-forgotten shows, situation comedy has found inspiration in the lives of its creators. But few sitcoms have been more autobiographical than ABC's “The Goldbergs,” which premieres at 8 p.m. Tuesday. It draws on the childhood and high-decibel domestic life of Adam Goldberg, who grew up to be an actor, director and producer but before that, as this show reveals amusingly, was a pint-size videographer, capturing the high jinks of his home life as a preteen with his family’s shoebox-sized VHS camcorder.

    Dorothy (Danielle Wade) encounters the Scarecrow (Jamie McKnight) in the new national tour of “The Wizard of Oz,” coming to Chicago’s Cadillac Palace Theatre from Wednesday, April 30, through Sunday, May 11.

    Broadway in Chicago announces spring 2014 season

    Broadway in Chicago has officially announced its Spring 2014 subscriber season, plus off-season special and return engagements.


    Cook of the Week Challenge Fan Favorites
    Mike Baron and Carrie Shawala emerge as the Fan Favorites in Round 1, Week 3 online voting.

    Bad Apples

    Imperfect fruit: Do we forgo nutrition when we ‘eat with our eyes'?

    We want our produce to look like supermodels: sleek, unblemished and perfectly proportioned. But as writer Daphne Miller discovered, our preference for these idealized fruits and vegetables might have negative consequences for our taste buds and our health.

    “Atmosphere” by Kaskade

    How four new EDM releases fare

    In electronic dance music, popularly abbreviated as EDM, what can make you can also break you. Artists like Swedish House Mafia and David Guetta have stamped their meal tickets with floor-filling tracks and collaborations with top-flight singers and hip-hop stars. But sometimes the creative cacophony falls short. Here's a look at four new EDM releases by Kaskade, Avicii, Icona Pop and CHVRCHES.

    “Mechanical Bull,” the latest release by Kings of Leon

    Kings of Leon get back in the saddle

    Three years after the Kings of Leon’s last record, the edgy, gravely rock foursome return in top shape with “Mechanical Bull.” The album takes the band’s unique sound — the recognizable longing guitars and Caleb Followill’s growl — and adds a hint of melancholy and a stillness that gives the songs an aura of contentment. Nervy desire and wildness is still present in their music, most prominently in “Tonight,” with its sexy vibes of earlier hits that hinted at mad tumbling into lust, and in the obsessive strummings of “Wait for Me.”

    As part of a care package service designed for college students, CoedSupply.com will ship health-food snacks, personal care supplies, entertainment items and more across the country.

    Online orders replace mom's college care packages

    In the decade Sarah Tetley has worked with college students, she's seen a change in care packages sent from home. The box of homemade goodies “is something of a lost art,” says Tetley, director of the First Year Experience program at Webster University in St. Louis. “And it's sad, because there's nothing like seeing a student get excited about a package from home.” The change is partly because parents are more in touch with kids thanks to cellphones and it's also due to a rise in commercially prepared options.

    “Doctor Sleep” by Stephen King

    Stephen King shines on in ‘Doctor Sleep’

    Consider this the sequel you never knew you were waiting for but will be very glad it arrived. Thirty-six years after introducing readers to Danny Torrance and a precognitive ability he came to call “the shine,” Stephen King is back with another creepy tale called "Doctor Sleep" featuring the now adult Dan, a young girl named Abra and a mysterious group of soul-sucking creeps known as the True Knot.

    Bryan Cranston is among the big-name celebrities offering custom-recorded outgoing phone message recordings for the advocacy group Autism Speaks.

    Bryan Cranston, Cher offer custom phone recordings for charity

    The advocacy group Autism Speaks is offering custom-recorded outgoing phone messages from celebrities like “Breaking Bad” star Bryan Cranston and singer Cher in exchange for a $299 donation. Other big names lending their voices to the cause include actors Adam West, Jack Black, Peter Dinklage, Jim Parsons, Mark Hamill, and Zachary Quinto, and broadcaster Vin Scully.

    Dina Lohan, mother of Lindsay Lohan, after she was arrested late Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013 on aggravated drunken driving charges. Lohan pleaded not guilty on Tuesday, and a judge suspended her driver’s license before releasing her without bail.

    Lohan’s mom pleads not guilty to DWI charge in NY

    Lindsay Lohan’s mother has pleaded not guilty to drunken driving charges in New York. A judge in Hempstead suspended Dina Lohan’s driver’s license on Tuesday before releasing her without bail. State police say the 50-year-old was stopped earlier this month while allegedly speeding on a Long Island parkway.

    Dule Hill

    Dule Hill gets a ‘West Wing’ moment with Obama

    Few people get to meet a U.S. president. Dule Hill has met three — one fake and now his second real one. The actor and dancer, who played a personal presidential aide on “The West Wing,” got a chance to perform a song for hundreds of world leaders, including President Barack Obama, on Monday night during a reception for U.N. leaders.

    Marie (Jeannie Affelder), right, instructs Julia (Karen Janes Woditsch) in the delicate art of choosing the perfect vegetable in “To Master the Art,” William Brown and Doug Frew's bio-drama running through Oct. 20 at the Broadway Playhouse in Chicago.

    'To Master the Art' worth savoring

    Chicago Commercial Collective's remount of TimeLine Theatre's 2010 hit "To Master the Art," a bio-drama about how Julia Child became a master chef, has a not-so-secret ingredient and her name is Karen Hanes Woditsch. She reprises the role she created three years ago, playing to perfection the celebrated chef, author and TV personality.

    Fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff says co-writing with Taylor Swift helped him become a better musician.

    Antonoff of fun. talks Swift, Bareilles collabs

    Fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff says co-writing with Taylor Swift helped him become a better musician. Antonoff co-wrote Swift’s song, “Sweeter Than Fiction,” which will appear or the upcoming “One Chance” soundtrack; the film is about “Britain’s Got Talent” winner Paul Potts. “She feels completely unaffected by all the stuff happening around her, so working with her was like the most amazing experience. ... It made me better at what I do just watching her process,” Antonoff said.

    This image provided by Keene State College shows frames of a 1911 movie with actress Mary Pickford. The film was discovered in a New Hampshire barn and is undergoing restoration.

    Mary Pickford film found in NH barn is restored

    Carpenter Peter Massie has come across some interesting finds over the years — antique bottles, old newspapers stuffed in walls. But his biggest discovery of all is the only known copy of a 1911 Mary Pickford movie that marked a turning point in the silent film star’s career.

    Sarah Brightman will perform at the Rosemont Theatre Saturday.

    Best bets: Sarah Brightman shoots for stars at Rosemont Theatre

    Sarah Brightman, the original star of “The Phantom of the Opera,” brings her ethereal soprano voice to town via her “Dreamchaser” world tour Saturday at the Rosemont Theatre. It's the season to feast on all kinds of apple delights this weekend at the Long Grove Apple Fest. Ballet Folklorico Huehuecoyotl continues its mission to explore the music and dances of Mexico in their latest show, “Arriba el Norte!,” presented Saturday at Elgin Community College's Blizzard Theatre.

    “The Bluegrass Album” by Alan Jackson

    Alan Jackson adds new facet to sound

    Veteran country star Alan Jackson ranks among the most tradition-based singers of his generation. Most of his influences are on the surface: honky-tonk, swing, blues and songs both romantic and social that draw on details from his personal life. Jackson’s new “The Bluegrass Album” brings out another form of American roots music that he loves: bluegrass.

    Roasted Delicata Squash and Tuscan Kale is sweetened with honey.

    Roasted Delicata Squash with Tuscan Kale
    Roasted Delicata Squash with Tuscan Kale

    Roasted Delicata Squash and Tuscan Kale is sweetened with honey.

    From the Food Editor: Sweet on honey and new honey cookbook

    Honey is one of Deborah Pankey's guilty pleasures. As a kid she loved squeezing amber syrup from the belly of the bear all over my toast while today she appreciates honey for more than just its sweetness. She's excited that this week’s Cook of the Week Challenge recipes feature honey from Bron’s Bee Co. their bees that live out at Heritage Prairie Farm near Elburn and about a new book “The Fresh Honey Cookbook” written by beekeeper Laurey Masterton.

    Brett Dalton plays Grant Ward, a combat and espionage expert serving with the Strategic Homeland Intervention Enforcement and Logistics Division on ABC’s new “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” which premieres Tuesday, Sept. 24.

    Dalton compares ‘Marvel’s Agents’ role to lottery

    A movie-size blockbuster is a rarity on the small screen, the Super Bowl aside, but “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D” boasts the pedigree to make a run at it. The ABC drama series, which debuts at 7 p.m. Tuesday, has the nearly prerequisite comic-book heritage and the added benefit of hitmaker Joss Whedon as co-creator and executive producer. Which is why Brett Dalton considers himself a very fortunate actor to be playing Grant Ward, a combat and espionage expert serving with — take a deep breath — the Strategic Homeland Intervention Enforcement and Logistics Division.

    Kathleen Boyle sits in a tent on the patio of her room at the Affina Hotel in New York. A couple of New York City locales are offering an unusual option — the chance to sleep outdoors, incredibly comfortably.

    Camping goes upscale in NYC

    Ahh, the joys of roughing it in the great outdoors — champagne, high thread-count sheets, flat-screen television. Camping, New York City-style. At least a couple of city locales are offering this unusual option — the chance to sleep outdoors, incredibly comfortably. It’s an urban take on “glamping,” where hotel comforts are taken outside. “It’s basically being able to sleep under the stars in a luxury setting,” said Jeffrey Poirot, general manager at AKA Central Park, which offers an outdoor bedroom on its 1,000-square-foot terrace outside its 17th-floor penthouse.

    A gray cashmere sweater with blue hearts is just one option from J. Crew’s new baby collection.

    J. Crew adds Baby to its family

    J. Crew is courting customers for life, launching its new baby collection recently to go with its existing kids, womenswear and menswear. There will be a common thread in the look of the 71 debut baby items with the other things in select stores and online, including Liberty prints and a color-rich palette. Some adjustments were made to accommodate clothes specifically for babies, including an effort to make things simpler.

    Mark Harmon returns for the 11th season of CBS’ “NCIS,” one of TV’s highest-rated shows.

    ‘NCIS,’ Harmon still going strong in 11th season

    Life comes with few chances to witness a fundamental law being turned on its head. But last season 18.5 million viewers did just that every week, tuning to “NCIS” to certify it as one of TV’s highest-rated shows and, even more impressively, make it a series whose audience after 10 seasons has expanded, not shriveled, with age. “We’ve been successful so far,” says series star Mark Harmon with some understatement, “and we keep finding ways to grow it.”

    The ruby red foliage of bergenia shines in the shade garden.

    Art in the garden: Dependable perennials extend the color in fall landscapes

    If you want to add more autumnal colors to your landscape but don’t have enough space for an Autumn Blaze maple, plant perennials that boast showy fall foliage color as temperatures cool.



    Editorial: Lake County’s model idea for leadership standards

    Lake County's recent decision to require government appointees to sign a “standard of conduct” pact leads to two questions, a Daily Herald editorial editorial says: What took so long and shouldn't other government bodies do the same?


    Waiting for Obamacare

    Columnist Kathleen Parker: News consumers by now have absorbed the message that Republicans are going to defund Obamacare, shut down the government, ruin the economy and starve the poor. This is what Democrats would have you believe and, given the GOP’s recent obstructionist history, it would not be a stretch. However, there is an alternative scenario that bears fair consideration. Not defund, as the House voted to do Friday, but delay.


    States should decide on modified food labeling
    A South Barrington letter to the editor: If we hope to improve our health statistics, we need to start with improving the quality of our food. Which is why, I am shocked and appalled by Sen. Dick Durbin’s vote against states’ rights to label genetically modified organism foods (GMOs).


    How could Syria defend itself now?
    An Itasca letter to the editor: Syria lost Golan Heights as a result of what is called “war” of 1967. With the ability to make nuclear arms killed and stores of mustard gas destroyed, with what other type of weapons can they confront an enemy possessing nuclear, chemical, etc., weapons?


    President turns his back on home state
    A St. Charles letter to the editor: Hey, President Obama! I note you don’t mention crime among your list-o-things to comment on in your White House email submission. Have you watched the news in your home city of Chicago lately?


    Question Cohen’s facts on Syria toll
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: Mr. Cohen, as much as I appreciate the content and thoughts of your column on Sept. 11, I question your facts on the number of people, (1,429) including children (400), that were killed by poison gas on Aug. 21 in Syria.


    Rebutting arguments against Obama
    A Roselle letter to the editor: In response to John Craychee’s letter of Sept. 17: President Obama vilifies the rich. What about the numbers? During our current economic recovery, 95 percent of the wealth has gone to 1 percent of the population. Vilifying? How’d that happen? Big money controls the government. Should we just ignore that because we have a Democratic president?


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