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Corey Crawford Expected To Return To Net For Blackhawks On Thursday

Posted: 17 Oct 2018 12:30 PM PDT

CHICAGO (CBS) — It’s been nearly 10 months since Corey Crawford has faced shots in a real hockey game, and while the Blackhawks will wait one more day before making his return official, the team expects he’ll be on the ice against the Coyotes on Thursday.

Crawford hasn’t played since last December, after suffering a concussion, and only began practicing in full last month, so it shouldn’t be much of a surprise that the Blackhawks are waiting to see how he feels Thursday morning before officially deciding if he’ll start.

"We'll see how is in the morning, but I expect him to play tomorrow,” coach Joel Quenneville said after practice Wednesday at MB Ice Arena.

Crawford said he’s feeling like himself again after an arduous recovery from a concussion, if a bit nervous about his return to game action.

"Practices have been great. Been getting timing a little bit more, and getting up to speed, and reading shots and all that stuff. So it'll be nice to finally get in one,” he said. "I'm sure it will be a little anxious getting into it, some nerves, but we'll see. We'll wait until the morning, but I'm definitely excited, I'll tell you that.”

The final decision about whether to return to the net at the United Center will be Crawford’s.

"Overall, it's my decision. At the end of the day, I'm the only one that really knows how I'm feeling, and I have to tell our guys what's been going on,” he said.

Crawford’s injury doomed the Blackhawks last season. The team started 17-13-5 with him as their starting goalie, but went 16-26-5 after his last game, missing the playoffs for the first time in a decade.

While the Blackhawks are off to a good start, going 3-0-2 in their first five games this season, his teammates know how big of a difference he can make on the ice when he’s healthy and playing at his best.

"We felt last year was a good example of how important he was, and how well he was playing for us as well," Quenneville said. "We've been spoiled here for sure."

While game action will be a bigger challenge for Crawford than facing shots in practice, his teammates sounded confident Crawford will be a difference-maker again.

"He's still pretty hard to score on. So, yeah, he looks good. He's been tracking pucks well. I think he looks pretty good,” right winger Alex DeBrincat said.

Blackhawks star Patrick Kane said the team is excited to have Crawford back, and he said it’s good Crawford won’t be expected to be a team savior, given the team is in second place in their division with Cam Ward in goal over the first five games.

"I think it's probably a good situation all around. I think Cam's done a great job of playing in the net so far, and obviously I think Crow looks really good in practice right now. So I'm sure he's itching to get back, too," Kane said. "You know, we've had a good start here. It's something we want to keep going, and I'm sure him coming back on home ice in front of our crowd will be a fun moment for him and for our team as well."

Meantime, left winger Brandon Saad could be a healthy scratch on Thursday. Saad has been a major disappointment since his return to Chicago last season, when he was acquired in a trade for Artemi Panarin. He had only 18 goals and 17 assists in 82 games last season, his lowest totals since his first full season with the Blackhawks in 2013-14.

So far this year, Saad has only two assists in five games, and was dropped from the second line to the fourth line after four games this season. For the past two practices, Saad has been skating in a white sweater normally worn by injured players and healthy scratches.

Quenneville said he hasn’t decided yet if Saad will play on Thursday.

‘Vampire Burial’ Site Discovered In Italy

Posted: 17 Oct 2018 11:46 AM PDT

LUGNANO, Italy (CBS Local) — They’re calling it the “Vampire of Lugnano.”

Archaeologists have unearthed the remains of a 10-year-old child in a northern Italian cemetery, whom they believe was given a "vampire burial" to prevent the deceased from rising from the dead.

“I’ve never seen anything like it. It’s extremely eerie and weird,” said University of Arizona archaeologist David Soren, who has overseen archaeological excavations at the site since 1987.

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Archaeologists have unearthed the remains of a 10-year-old child in a northern Italian cemetery, whom they believe was given a "vampire burial" to prevent the deceased from rising from the dead. (Credit: David Pickel/Stanford University)

Although the 10-year-old's remains have not yet undergone DNA testing, evidence collected from the bones — including an abscessed tooth — suggest the child was infected with malaria at the time of death.

Also, the remains were found at La Necropoli dei Bambini, or the Cemetery of the Babies, which dates back to the mid-fifth century when a deadly malaria outbreak swept the area.

Among the remains was a skull with a rock intentionally inserted into its mouth. Researchers believe that was the result of a funeral ritual designed to prevent the child from rising from the dead and infecting the living.

“Given the age of this child and its unique deposition, with the stone placed within his or her mouth, it represents, at the moment, an anomaly within an already abnormal cemetery,” said David Pickel, a doctoral student at Stanford who is the excavation director.

The remains, uncovered by archaeologists from two U.S. universities — the University of Arizona and Stanford University — in cooperation with local experts, were discovered over the summer in the commune of Lugnano in Teverina.

The child’s gender is not known. Age was determined from the child’s teeth.

Nora Krug Confronts Her German Roots In ‘Belonging’

Posted: 17 Oct 2018 11:39 AM PDT

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Nora Krug's drawings and visual narratives have appeared in publications such as The New York Times, The Guardian, and Le Monde diplomatique. Her short-form graphic biography, Kamikaze, about a surviving Japanese WWII pilot, was included in the 2012 editions of Best American Comics and Best American Nonrequired Reading.

Her animations were shown at Sundance, and she is the recipient of fellowships from the Maurice Sendak Foundation, Fulbright, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, and of medals from the Society of Illustrators and the New York Art Directors Club. She is an associate professor in the Illustration Program at Parsons School of Design in New York and lives in Brooklyn with her family. Krug is the author of the graphic memoir, Belonging, from CBS sister company Simon & Schuster.

The following is excerpted from Belonging.

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Twitter Airs Election Meddling Data

Posted: 17 Oct 2018 11:39 AM PDT

(AP) — Twitter is releasing all known accounts and posts related to “information operations” dating back to 2016, when it was first learned that foreign operators were using social media to meddle in U.S. elections.

Twitter has already disclosed the account numbers, but is now releasing the actual tweets, images, video and other information so that outside researchers can study them.

The company said Wednesday that the data comprises more than 4,600 accounts and over 10 million tweets, most affiliated with the Russia-linked Internet Research Agency and potentially linked to Iran. Twitter says the earliest activity it found on its service from these accounts dates back to 2009.

The Internet Research Agency, essentially a Russian troll farm, has been indicted by U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller for its actions during the U.S. presidential election.

Facebook and other social media companies are attempting to halt election meddling and misinformation campaigns on their platforms.

But the organized campaigns continue to evolve. They are no longer focused solely on elections.

Operators linked to Russia, Iran and likely other nations have posted images, videos and other content that is intended to intensify political discord by promoting extreme views from multiple political angles.

“It is clear that information operations and coordinated inauthentic behavior will not cease,” Twitter said in a blog post Wednesday. “These types of tactics have been around for far longer than Twitter has existed — they will adapt and change as the geopolitical terrain evolves worldwide and as new technologies emerge.”

The datasets are available for download on Twitter’s “elections integrity” page . Twitter said it is releasing the data in the hopes that independent researchers will help dissect such information operations campaigns. The tweets and other content are no longer available on Twitter itself since Twitter has deleted the fake and malicious accounts it had found.

Examples of tweets include those from the account @TEN_GOP, which parroted pretended Tennessee’s Republican party, and posted a photo of FBI Director James Comey with the words “resign now.”

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Cook County Officials: Get A Flu Shot

Posted: 17 Oct 2018 11:19 AM PDT

CHICAGO (CBS) — With flu season underway, Cook County health officials want people to get their vaccines now.

"The single best way to protect yourself against the flu is to get vaccinated," said Dr. David Schwartz, chair of infectious disease. "If you don't do it for yourself, consider those children and elderly individuals in your life who are more at-risk for becoming critically ill if you pass the virus on to them. The flu shot is important for their health."

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that more than 80,000 people died during last year’s flu season. While every flu season is different, infection can affect people differently and even a healthy person can get sick from the flu and spread it to others.

The CDC recommends that everyone over the age of six months get a flu shot. The nasal flu vaccine (LAIV) is also an option.

The Illinois Department of Central Management Services website has a list of locations offering free flu vaccines including locations throughout Chicago and Cook County.

A Florida child died due to flu-related illness during the week ending October 6, according to the state’s Department of Health. The child, the first to die in the state, had not received a flu vaccination.

Health officials in Florida identified the lethal strain as influenza B, which is less common and generally less severe than Influenza A, though both strains infect humans.

The child, who was healthy before getting sick with the flu, had no known health conditions, according to the department of health. Additional information, including the child’s age, was withheld to protect the family’s privacy.

Florida was not alone in reporting a flu death so early in the season. A middle-aged woman living in central Kentucky also died of flu-related illness during the second week of October, according to Beth Fisher, a spokeswoman for the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services.

CNN contributed to this story.

Drug-Resistant Salmonella From Raw Chicken Sickens Nearly 100

Posted: 17 Oct 2018 11:12 AM PDT

(CNN) — At least 92 people in 29 states have been infected with a strain of multidrug-resistant salmonella after coming into contact with a variety of raw chicken products, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday. Twenty-one of the sick patients have been hospitalized, though no deaths have been reported.

The source of the raw chicken is unclear from lab tests, and no single common supplier has been identified. The strain has shown up in samples from a variety of raw chicken products including pet food, chicken pieces, ground pieces and whole chickens. The bacteria have also been found in live chickens. The US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service is monitoring the outbreak, and the CDC’s investigation is ongoing.

This particular salmonella strain is resistant to multiple antibiotics, the most common form of treatment.

People sick with this strain have experienced stomach pain, cramps, diarrhea and fever 12 to 72 hours after exposure to the bacteria.

Most people infected with salmonella, the most frequent cause of foodborne illness, get better in four to seven days without treatment. Symptoms can be worse for people with underlying medical conditions, children under 5 and people older than 65, as they typically have weaker immune systems.

The CDC says the outbreak started in January, and more people have tested positive for this strain through September.

The patients live in California, Washington, Texas, Nebraska, Missouri, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Louisiana, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Hawaii, Massachusetts and Maine.

Keep in mind that poultry can spread germs any time you handle it, the CDC notes, so always wash your hands when handling raw meat or poultry. Don’t wash chicken before you cook it, as doing so can spread germs to other surfaces. Wipe down surfaces that have come into contact with raw meat, and use a separate cutting board. Cook chicken to a temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit to kill harmful bacteria.

Some people may like to feed their cats and dogs raw chicken, but the CDC recommends against it. Germs in the food can make your pets sick, and you can get sick handling it.

If you keep chickens as pets, getting too friendly with your fowl is also not recommended. Costumes may look cute on cats and dogs, but the CDC suggests that you avoid dressing your chickens up or cuddling with them to keep from being exposed to these bacteria.

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Illinois AG Candidate Erika Harold: Harassment Leads Many To Promiscuity

Posted: 17 Oct 2018 11:03 AM PDT

CHICAGO (AP) —A former Miss America who is running for Illinois attorney general once said that many victims of sexual harassment “become very promiscuous” and that young people who are called names such as “whore” or “slut” think: “That’s what I want to be.”


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Erika Harold (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for Fortune)

Republican Erika Harold is stressing her experience as an anti-bullying advocate as she seeks the job of Illinois’ top legal officer, running campaign ads and giving speeches to students about her own painful experiences. The topic also was her platform as the 2003 Miss America, a title that she says helped pay her way through Harvard Law School.

Shortly after winning the crown in September 2002, Harold spoke at a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington, where she said she wanted her platform to be sexual abstinence — the platform she used to become Miss Illinois — but that pageant officials rejected it and asked her to speak about youth violence and bullying instead. She told reporters she saw a connection between the two.

“I think that if a young person is engaged in a promiscuous lifestyle, it makes them vulnerable to other risk factors, so I definitely see a tie-in there,” she said, according to an article in The Washington Times .

“Many victims of sexual harassment believe what is said about them, and they become very promiscuous. When they’re called a whore, when they’re called a slut, they think, ‘That’s what I want to be,’ and so they engage in a pattern of self-destruction that can be very detrimental to their lives.”

Harold, then 22, also said she was harassed, bullied and called names as a high school student but that she “took the opposite approach” rather than “the route of being promiscuous” and was fortunate to have parents and a religious community that supported her.

Harold, now 38, faces Democratic state Sen. Kwame Raoul for the seat vacated by Democratic Attorney General Lisa Madigan, who is stepping down after four terms.

Neena Chaudhry, general counsel at the National Women’s Law Center, said there is no evidence that harassment causes “many” victims to become “promiscuous.” She called Harold’s statement “egregious” — in 2002 or today — and said it “feeds into damaging stereotypes.”

“My deep concern is this is the kind of blaming and shaming that keeps young people from coming forward and reporting sexual harassment and sexual violence,” she said. “I think (the comment) is egregious whenever it’s uttered, and by whomever they’re uttered.”

Harold’s campaign stood by the remarks in a statement Wednesday and said she didn’t intend to blame victims.

“Erika was clearly referring to the labels bullies and harassers use on their victims and how it may negatively impact victims’ lives. She understands firsthand what victims of sexual harassment are going through because she’s lived it herself,” spokesman Aaron DeGroot said. “The fact is studies show that sexual harassment can cause anxiety, depression, negative body image and low self-esteem in some victims. That’s why Erika has made it her life’s mission to empower young people, combat bullying and prevent sexual harassment.”

A 2013 study from researchers at the Boston University School of Education found that adolescent bullies and their victims reported engaging in more casual sex and sex under the influence with other people than did students who were not involved in bullying. The authors noted that the study could not conclude that bullying was the direct cause of that behavior.

Couple Plans To Visit 6 Disney Parks On 2 Coasts In 1 Day

Posted: 17 Oct 2018 10:57 AM PDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A Tennessee couple plans to visit six Disney parks on two U.S. coasts in one day.

Heather and Clark Ensminger on Wednesday plan to visit Disney World’s four theme parks in Florida, hop a cross-country plane and end the night at Disney’s two California parks.

The couple from Kingsport, Tennessee, will be armed with a spreadsheet showing what time they need to be at each park.

In Florida, they plan to have breakfast at Disney’s Hollywood Studios before walking over to Epcot. From there, they will go to the Magic Kingdom and have lunch at Animal Kingdom.

They have a direct flight from Orlando to Los Angeles at 4:30 p.m.

They plan to be at California Adventure by 8 p.m. local time and Disneyland before it closes at midnight.

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Good Dog! Study Reveals Canines Can Understand Some Words

Posted: 17 Oct 2018 10:54 AM PDT

(CBS Local) — Researchers at Emory University say they’ve confirmed what dog people have suspected for quite some time — that canines may know exactly what we mean when we use certain words or phrases.

“Many dog owners think that their dogs know what some words mean, but there really isn’t much scientific evidence to support that,” said Ashley Prichard, first author of a new study on how dogs process language. “We wanted to get data from the dogs themselves — not just owner reports.”

The study, published in Frontiers in Neuroscience, used brain imaging to probe how dogs process words they have been taught to associate with objects.

Researchers trained 12 dogs of different breeds to retrieve two two different objects: toys that had different textures such as a stuffed animal or a rubber ball, after calling the object by name.

The results suggest that dogs have at least a rudimentary neural representation of meaning for words that they have been taught, differentiating words they have heard before from those they have not.

“When people want to teach their dog a trick, they often use a verbal command because that's what we humans prefer,” said Prichard . “From the dog's perspective, however, a visual command might be more effective, helping the dog learn the trick faster.”

More ‘Help Wanted’ Signs Out For The Holiday Hiring Season

Posted: 17 Oct 2018 10:25 AM PDT

CHICAGO (CBS) — With the outlook for people to spend more this holiday season, companies are looking for lots of employees to help out.

According to Challenger, Gray and Christmas, companies hiring workers for the holidays have announced 704,000 jobs this season. That’s up from the 696,000 seasonal jobs record set from 2014.

“The competition for seasonal workers is intense, especially as companies expand their compensation and benefits offerings,” said Andrew Challenger, Vice President of Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.

Recently Amazon said it would hire 100,000 seasonal workers, including 6,000 in Chicago. The company also announced it would boost its hourly wage to $15.00. Brick-and-mortar retailers like Target and JC Penney said they were giving out perks not available in previous years.

Target, while looking to hire 120,000 seasonal employees, plans to give out gift cards. JC Penney said it would have prize packages and vacations for its employees. Workers at Kohls can participate in a special shopping day complete with discounts.

The hiring surge comes during a period of the highest consumer confidence in almost 20 years.

“Clearly, retailers are expecting consumers to spend more on their family and friends this year. In order to meet this demand, especially in a period of near full employment, retailers, logistics firms, transport, and warehousing are competing for talent and upping their employee offerings this holiday season to attract potential workers,” said Challenger.

Search For Jayme Closs Enters Day 3; Miami Tip On Missing Wisconsin Teen Deemed Not Credible

Posted: 17 Oct 2018 10:13 AM PDT

(CBS) — Investigators ramped up the search for 13-year-old Jayme Closs Tuesday, deploying canines and releasing new photos of the teen, whose parents were found dead in the family’s Wisconsin home. Relatives of Jayme told CBS News the front door to the house was shot in. Jayme has been missing since sheriff’s deputies discovered her parents’ bodies Monday morning.

Investigators pleaded with the public to come forward with tips.

“We’re over 200 tips, which is a great source, but we need those tips to come in,” Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said.

Police received a mostly inaudible 911 call from the Closs family home around 1 a.m. Monday. When they arrived, they found parents James and Denise Closs dead inside and Jayme gone. The sheriff told CBS News correspondent Adriana Diaz that they’ve identified whose cell phone the 911 call came from.

“I’m not able to comment on whose phone that is as part of the investigation,” Fitzgerald said.

Family members said Jayme was last seen Sunday afternoon at a birthday party, and nothing seemed wrong.

Miami police said Monday they received a tip Jayme may have been spotted at a gas station riding in a black SUV, seen in a surveillance video. But Wisconsin investigators quickly dismissed that lead.

“We have no credible information that that was a credible tip,” Fitzgerald said.

Diane Tremblay is the superintendent of Jayme’s school district.

“She is a runner on our cross country team and a wonderful addition to our Barron area school district family,” Tremblay said. She described Jayme as a sweet, quiet girl who is a loyal friend.

“A teacher just recently shared this with me about Jayme. Jayme wrote down on one of her assignments in response to the question, ‘What would you do if you were given a million dollars?’ She said, ‘Feed the hungry and give the rest to the poor,'” Tremblay said.

“Everyone is feeling very helpless right now,” family friend Melissa Salmonson said. People in the small, tight-knit community are rattled. They gathered Tuesday night at a vigil to pray for Jayme’s safe return.

“It makes you hug your kids. It makes you nervous,” community member Bethany Stevens said. “It’s just unsettling.”

Investigators said they do not believe Jayme is a suspect in her parents’ deaths. A gun was involved in the killings, but the sheriff will not say how Jayme’s parents died or if a gun has been found. Autopsies are expected to be conducted Wednesday.

‘The World’s Best’ To Premiere Immediately After Super Bowl LIII On CBS

Posted: 17 Oct 2018 09:57 AM PDT

CBS has announced The World’s Best, a new global talent competition, will premiere immediately following Super Bowl LIII on Sunday, February 3, 2019 from 10:00-11:00 PM, ET/7:00-8:00 PM, PT (time is approximate after post-game coverage).

James Corden, Emmy Award-winning host of The Late Late Show with James Corden, will pull double duty as host and executive producer for this one-of-a-kind talent competition series featuring elite acts from around the world. Golden Globe Award winner Drew Barrymore, Emmy Award winner RuPaul Charles and Grammy Award winner Faith Hill serve as the three American judges.

"What a super combination – the world's biggest sporting event paired with the world's biggest talent competition," said Kelly Kahl, President, CBS Entertainment. "The World’s Best is perfect post-Super Bowl programming for viewers of all ages. It features elite acts from around the world delivering jaw-dropping performances, a talented mix of fan-favorite judges and is produced by the most innovative minds in television, Mike Darnell, Mark Burnett, Ben Winston and James Corden, who also serves as our brilliant host."

This season of The World’s Best will feature 10 episodes showcasing 50 experts from around the world delivering heart-thumping entertainment from around the world, but only one will earn the title of “The World’s Best.”

Don’t miss episode one of The World’s Best on Sunday February 3 from 10:00-11:00 PM, ET/7:00-8:00 PM, PT, only on CBS. Check your local listings for more information.

Garth Brooks To Perform The First Ever Live Concert At Notre Dame Stadium

Posted: 17 Oct 2018 09:55 AM PDT

Garth Brooks will premiere his new primetime television special, Garth: Live At Notre Dame!, on Sunday, December 2 at 8:00PM on CBS. This special television event will show Brooks as he performs the first live concert ever held at the legendary Notre Dame Stadium, at the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Indiana, on Saturday, Oct. 20.

"After the sellout, I thought it could not get any more exciting than this," said Garth Brooks. "Then, CBS calls and, in an instant, the show becomes bigger. This changes everything."

"We have an amazing history with Garth…we've partnered with him at some extraordinary venues: from the enormity of an aircraft carrier, to the intimacy of his one-man show in Las Vegas," said Jack Sussman, Executive Vice President, Music, Specials & Live Events. "Now, we are joining forces to bring viewers Garth at his best – a full blown stadium-sized event for television from renowned Notre Dame Stadium. Garth Brooks. Notre Dame. Two icons. One night. It will be a television event to remember."

Be sure to tune in on Sunday, December 2 at 8:00PM, only on CBS. Check your local listings for more information.

Singles To Take A ‘Spin’ At Navy Pier Ahead Of Sweetest Day

Posted: 17 Oct 2018 09:45 AM PDT

CHICAGO (CBS) — If you’re single and looking to mingle, head to Navy Pier for a party on the Centennial Wheel.

The Spinning With Singles event is billed as a mixer on the Ferris wheel and aboard the private yacht Chicago Elite. Singles will get a chance to meet with others on the attraction and then board the yacht for a special reception.

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Registration starts at 6:30 p.m. and group speed dating starts at 7:00 on the Centennial Wheel. Each gondola will hold three to four couples and they’ll go on a full ride before getting on another gondola.

Afterwards around 8:00, there will be hors d’ oeuvres and an open bar on the yacht with music provided by DJ Lovebug. After the event, participants will get a package of exclusive offers to Navy Pier restaurants including Riva Crabhouse, IDOF and other eateries.


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According to event organizers, attendees must register online. Space is limited.

Prepare To Care

Posted: 17 Oct 2018 09:44 AM PDT

A Resource Guide for Families to help make the job of family caregiving more manageable.

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Citak: Championship Series Have Been Fun To Watch

Posted: 17 Oct 2018 09:42 AM PDT

By Matt Citak

We’re halfway through the NL and AL Championship Series, and boy do we have some excitement on our hands!

After Cody Bellinger’s heroics late Tuesday night, the Los Angeles Dodgers and Milwaukee Brewers find themselves tied at two games apiece in what has been an exciting, back-and-forth affair between the two remaining National League teams.

Over in the American League, the Boston Red Sox have continued to play like MLB’s best team, jumping out to an early 2-1 lead over the Houston Astros.

All four teams will be back on the field Wednesday as we inch closer towards knowing which two teams will be competing for the 2018 World Series Championship.

NLCS: Los Angeles Dodgers 2 – Milwaukee Brewers 2

We are four games into the NLCS, and at this point, neither team has been able to win consecutive games.

The Brewers took care of business at home in Game 1, led by a surprise hero. Relief pitcher Brandon Woodruff pitched two no-hit innings to earn the win, striking out four batters along the way, but it was his performance at the plate that stole all of the headlines.

Woodruff smashed a 407-foot home run to center off Clayton Kershaw to tie the game at one in the third inning. That was enough to swing the momentum towards the Brewers, as they collected four more runs off Kershaw, chasing the ace out of the game after only three-plus innings.

Josh Hader would go on to toss three shutout innings, helping Milwaukee take Game 1.

It appeared as if Game 2 was heading towards the same outcome as the series opener when the Brewers went up 3-0 heading into the 7th inning.

However the Dodgers were able to get two runs back in the 7th, thanks to a Bellinger single and an Austin Barnes walk, to make it a one-run game heading into the 8th.

With their backs against the wall, Los Angeles received some help from a likely source. After a Chris Taylor infield single, Justin Turner belted a 2-0 splitter from Milwaukee’s stud reliever Jeremy Jeffress over the left field wall to give the Dodgers the lead, which Kenley Jansen was able to hold down to tie the series as the two teams headed to Los Angeles.

Unlike the first two matchups of the NLCS, Game 3 was quite one-sided. Milwaukee took an early lead when Ryan Braun doubled in Christian Yelich in the top of the 1st, and the Brewers never looked back.

Jhoulys Chacin threw 5.1 shutout innings and the bullpen combined to throw another 3.2 innings of no-run baseball, holding the Dodgers to only five hits on the night.

A late Orlando Arcia home run gave them some breathing room as the Brewers went on to take Game 3 by a score of 4-0.

As if the first three games of the series didn’t bring enough excitement, Game 4 turned out to be a classic NLCS thriller.

After an outstanding performance by both clubs’ pitching staffs, the game entered extra innings tied at one.

The game did not come without controversy though. In the bottom of the 10th inning, Dodgers shortstop Manny Machado clipped the back leg of Brewers first baseman Jesus Aguilar while running out a routine ground ball. Aguilar’s foot was on first base, and it appeared as if the superstar infielder intentionally kicked it with his left foot. The incident led to both benches being cleared, and Milwaukee calling Machado a “dirty player” after the game.

Los Angeles would have the final laugh though, as Bellinger singled in Machado in the bottom of the 13th to tie the series at two.

Game 5 is Wednesday night in Los Angeles, with Kershaw taking the mound against Wade Miley.

ALCS: Houston Astros 1 – Boston Red Sox 2

In the matchup of MLB’s top two teams from the regular season, Boston has been able to gain an early advantage, jumping out to a 2-1 lead over Houston.

Game 1 was a battle of the aces, as Justin Verlander faced off against Chris Sale at Fenway Park.

Houston’s 35-year-old former Cy Young winner surrendered two runs on two hits in six innings on his way to earning his first win of the postseason. Verlander outdueled Sale, who gave up two runs in just four innings, and the Astros’ bullpen combined to toss three innings of one-hit baseball.

Houston’s bats came alive late, adding four insurance runs in the top of the 9th to help secure the victory.

The subpar pitching continued in Game 2 as Gerrit Cole took the mound against David Price.

Cole allowed five runs (four earned) on six hits in six innings, while Price gave up four runs on five hits in 4.2 innings, but it was the latter that did just enough to help his team get the win.

Aided by a three-run double from Jackie Bradley Jr., Boston’s bullpen was able to hold down the lead and help the Red Sox even the series.

Nathan Eovaldi started Game 3 for the Red Sox, and the veteran looked just as sharp as he did against the Yankees in the ALDS. Eovaldi tossed six innings Tuesday and gave up just two runs on six hits.

The game was tied at two in the top of the 6th when Steve Pearce belted a home run to left field, giving Boston a one-run lead. After Mitch Moreland was hit by a pitch to force in Boston’s fourth run of the game, Bradley Jr. came through with yet another big hit for the Red Sox. The team’s number nine hitter connected on a 94 mph fastball from Roberto Osuna, sending the ball over the fence in right field for a grand slam.

Boston’s bullpen threw three innings of one-hit, shutout baseball to lock down the W.

With the Astros attempting to even the series at home in Game 4, the defending World Series Champions will send Charlie Morton to the mound for his first start of the postseason. Opposing him will be Rick Porcello, who has made two relief appearances this postseason in addition to one start against New York.

Matt Citak is a contributor for CBS Local Sports and a proud Vanderbilt alum. Follow him on Twitter.

PAWS Chicago Rescues 35 Homeless Animals After Hurricane Michael In Florida

Posted: 17 Oct 2018 09:40 AM PDT

CHICAGO (CBS) — A group of PAWS Chicago volunteers returned from Florida on Wednesday, after rescuing 11 dogs and 24 cats, to help shelters in Florida's panhandle save animals left homeless by Hurricane Michael.

Four volunteers left PAWS Chicago for Florida on Sunday, driving to Alachua County Humane Society in Gainesville.

After spending a day helping out at the shelter, the volunteers brought 24 cats and 11 dogs back to Chicago. Some came from shelters damaged by the hurricane, while others were already at the shelter, but were taken in by PAWS to make room for other homeless animals in the wake of the historic storm.

The Alachua County Humane Society will now be making additional trips to parts of Florida hit by the storm to take in more homeless animals.

The four PAWS volunteers started driving back to Chicago on Tuesday afternoon, and arrived at the PAWS medical center in Little Village around 8 a.m. Wednesday.

Some of those animals soon will be up for adoption. Others will need temporary foster homes.

"We have two vans full of dogs and cats," PAWS Chicago founder Paula Fasseas said. "They are getting fed their first meal here in Chicago, and they're going to be getting vet checked, and some of them will go on to medical and be treated, and others will be available for adoption as soon as tomorrow."

Safety First When Dealing With Dementia

Posted: 17 Oct 2018 09:40 AM PDT

Print these tips for home safety when living with someone with dementia.


Resources Every Caregiver Should Know About

Posted: 17 Oct 2018 09:34 AM PDT

Pritzker Campaign Workers File Lawsuit, Claiming ‘Cesspool Of Racial Discrimination’

Posted: 17 Oct 2018 09:33 AM PDT

CHICAGO (CBS) — Less than three weeks before the November election, several current and former campaign workers have filed a federal lawsuit against Democratic candidate J.B. Pritzker, calling his campaign a "cesspool of racial discrimination and harassment."

The Pritzker campaign denied the allegations, claiming the workers who filed the lawsuit demanded $7.5 million, threatening to sue and go to the press.

The lawsuit filed in federal court on Tuesday claims the campaign "herded" African-American and Latino campaign workers into minority neighborhoods on the South Side and West Side, and often forced them to work in unsafe locations.

A group of ten campaign workers who filed the suit also claim they were not offered meaningful opportunities for advancement given to white campaign workers.

"JB Pritzker for Governor has a serious race problem. Contrary to the candidate's many public avowals, rather than working to meaningfully address discrimination, racism is perpetuated, condoned, and ratified by the Campaign," the lawsuit alleges. "The JB Prtizker for Governor campaign has been cesspool of racial discrimination and harassment."

According to the lawsuit, one of Pritzker's campaign offices was located next door to a store that was robbed twice in a week, and where "a young woman was raped outside their back door; and a gunfight took place right outside their office," all in broad daylight.

One campaign staffer, identified in the lawsuit as Kasmine Calhoun, claims she was hired as the only black organizer in Peoria, in order to meet a "Black Female organizer quota." She also claims she was told she would stay with a family who was friendly to the campaign, but they wouldn't let her in when they found out she was black.

Calhoun claimed the campaign later put her up in a hotel "in an unsafe part of town," and staffers refused to move her to a safer location.

The Pritzker campaign called the allegations in the lawsuit "baseless" and "offensive," and claimed the staffers who filed the lawsuit had delivered a letter "asking for $7.5 million dollars in 24 hours or they threatened legal action and to go to press."

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A copy of a letter sent to the J.B. Pritzker campaign by 10 staffers who have sued the Democratic candidate for governor, alleging racial discrimination. (Credit: Pritzker Campaign)

"We stand by our staff and that's why we are not afraid to litigate this to the fullest extent of the law. I couldn't be prouder to be on the ticket with JB and of the statewide, grassroots campaign we've built," Pritzker's running mate, Julianna Stratton, said in a statement.

Family Caregiver Resources

Posted: 17 Oct 2018 09:00 AM PDT

Doctor Who Dispensed Drugs For Sex Sentenced To Prison

Posted: 17 Oct 2018 08:56 AM PDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A central Illinois physician who pleaded guilty last year to charges of illegally dispensing opioids and other prescription medications in exchange for money or sex has been sentenced to 12 years in federal prison.

The U.S. Attorney’s office in Chicago says that Dr. Constantino Perales of the LaSalle County community of Peru was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Amy St. Eve.

The 67-year-old Perales admitted he had illegally prescribed oxycodone and Xanax to a patient whom he knew would sell the pills on the black market and then shared the profits with him.

Parales also admitted he illegally dispensed opioids and other controlled substances to three patients he knew were addicted to the drugs in exchange for sex.

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Illinois Community Care Program

Posted: 17 Oct 2018 08:48 AM PDT

The state's Community Care Program is available to help your loved one age with dignity and independence in their home and community through in-home care, adult day services, emergency home response services, and more.

Trial In Post Office Pipe Bomb Explosion Reset For June

Posted: 17 Oct 2018 08:48 AM PDT

HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — A trial for a man charged in a pipe bomb explosion at a post office in northwestern Indiana has been pushed back until June.

A final pretrial hearing for 46-year-old Eric Krieg is set for May 17, followed by a June 3 jury trial. The delay from a previously scheduled November trial was sought to give his lawyer more time to prepare.

The Munster man has pleaded not guilty to federal charges of knowing possession of a destructive device and transporting explosive materials.

RELATED: Suspect Charged In Pipe Bomb Explosion

Federal prosecutors allege that Krieg mailed a package at the East Chicago post office that exploded September 6, injuring a postal worker, and also mailed a threatening letter to another individual on Sept. 29, 2017.

Krieg has been in federal custody since his arrest in October 2017.

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Find Your Local Area Agency On Aging

Posted: 17 Oct 2018 08:46 AM PDT

Learn more about Illinois’ resources for family caregivers and loved ones including information on Illinois' Community Care Program and other senior care resources.

Locate you area agency on aging by county. 

Man Charged With Murder After Accomplice Shot And Killed In Robbery Attempt

Posted: 17 Oct 2018 08:43 AM PDT

CHICAGO (CBS) — An Evanston man has been charged with murder, after an alleged accomplice was shot and killed Tuesday during a home invasion and robbery attempt in far north suburban Lindenhurst.

Police said, around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, 23-year-old Michael Zachery and a 34-year-old man drove to a home on the 300 block of Teal Road in Lindenhurst to buy a gun. Once inside the home, Zachery and the other man allegedly tried to rob the man who was selling the gun, and hit him several times with a hammer.

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Michael Zachery is charged with murder and armed robbery. (Credit: Lake County Major Crimes Task Force)

The victim then shot Zachery's accomplice in self defense, police said. That man was pronounced dead at the scene. The Lake County Coroner’s office said he has been identified as Joseph McHaney, of Chicago.

Someone inside the home held Zachery there until police arrived. He was arrested and charged with first-degree murder and armed robbery.

Zachery was due to appear for a bond hearing Wednesday morning in Lake County Court.

Puppeteer Who Played Big Bird On ‘Sesame Street’ Retiring After Nearly 50 Years

Posted: 17 Oct 2018 08:43 AM PDT

WOODSTOCK, Conn. (AP/CBS Local) – The puppeteer who has played Big Bird on “Sesame Street” is retiring after nearly 50 years on the show.

Caroll Spinney tells the New York Times that Thursday will be his last day on the program, which he joined from the start in 1969. In addition to Big Bird, the 84-year-old was also Oscar the Grouch.

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(Photo by Matthew Peyton/Getty Images)

Spinney says “I always thought, how fortunate for me that I got to play the two best Muppets?”

Spinney says the physical requirements of performing the characters had become difficult and he developed problems with his balance. He stopped doing the puppeteering for Big Bird in 2015 and now only provides the voices for him and Oscar.

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Caroll Spinney (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images for SiriusXM)

His apprentice, Matt Vogel, will succeed him in the Big Bird role. He also plays Kermit the Frog.

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Geoffrey Shares His Story

Posted: 17 Oct 2018 08:29 AM PDT

"The toughest part was leaving the house in the morning, and not knowing whether or not I find her on the ground when I got back home at 6:30 at night because I was working an 11-hour day."


Blind Boy’s Vision Improving After New Gene Therapy Treatment

Posted: 17 Oct 2018 07:59 AM PDT

PORTLAND, OR (CBS Local) — An Oregon boy is seeing for the first time thanks to a new gene therapy treatment.

Caspian Soto was just like any other four-year-old, except that he had been born with a rare genetic mutation that causes Leber's congenital amaurosis.

The mutation affected the gene that produces the proteins needed for a fully functioning retina and left his vision dark and blurry.

"He was just staring at overhead lights all of the time," said Krista Soto, Caspian's mother, told KPTV. "He wasn’t making eye contact, he wasn’t tracking toys that we put in front of his face and waved to play with him."

All that changed when his parents heard about a new gene therapy treatment called Luxturna.

Dr. Andreas Lauer performed the treatment on Soto's right eye at the OHSU Casey Eye Institute on September 17, injecting a modified virus  underneath the retina to correct the mutation. She did the same on his left eye a week later.

“After a lot of jumping through hoops,” Krista Soto said her and her husband Zack Soto's insurance covered the $850,000 treatment.

Soto came out of surgery in a whole new world. His parents say it only took two weeks for him to start seeing spaces in a new way.

"I keep having to pinch myself and be like, is this real … do I not have to worry about this anymore?" said Krista Soto.

Doctors say they expect Soto’s vision to continue to improve.

Soto is the second patient, and the youngest, to receive the treatment in Oregon.

Currently, just nine U.S. institutions offer Luxturna, according to the Portland Business Journal.

What Does $2,300 Rent Get You In Chicago, Today?

Posted: 17 Oct 2018 07:41 AM PDT

Curious just how far your dollar goes in Chicago?

We’ve rounded up the latest rental listings via rental site Zumper to get a sense of what to expect when it comes to scoring housing in Chicago if you’ve got a budget of $2,300/month.

Take a look at the listings, below. (Note: prices and availability are subject to change.)

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801 S. Financial Place (Loop)

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To start things off, check out this studio apartment that’s located at 801 S. Financial Place. It’s listed for $2,300/month.

In the unit, you’ll get both air conditioning and central heating, hardwood flooring, a balcony, a dishwasher, high ceilings, in-unit laundry and a walk-in closet. The building boasts a business center, a door person, an elevator, a fitness center, garage parking, on-site management, outdoor space, a residents lounge, a roof deck, secured entry, additional storage space and a swimming pool. Good news for animal lovers: both dogs and cats are welcome here.

Walk Score indicates that the surrounding area is extremely walkable, is very bikeable and is a haven for transit riders.

(Take a look at the complete listing here.)

155 N. Harbor Drive, #707 (New Eastside)

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Located at 155 N. Harbor Drive, #707, here’s a one-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bathroom apartment that’s also listed for $2,300/month.

Apartment amenities include in-unit laundry, a dishwasher, air conditioning, tile flooring, stainless steel appliances and wooden cabinetry. Amenities offered in the building include garage parking, outdoor space, a swimming pool, an elevator and extra storage space. Pet owners, inquire elsewhere: this spot doesn’t allow cats or dogs.

According to Walk Score’s assessment, this location is friendly for those on foot, is very bikeable and is a haven for transit riders.

(Check out the complete listing here.)

400 S. Green St., #312 (University Village – Little Italy)

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Listed at $2,300/month, this one-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment is located at 400 S. Green St., #312.

The apartment features both air conditioning and central heating, hardwood flooring, high ceilings, a dishwasher, in-unit laundry, exposed brick and a ceiling fan. Pets are not welcome.

Walk Score indicates that the surrounding area is a “walker’s paradise,” is very bikeable and is a haven for transit riders.

(Check out the complete listing here.)

560 W. Brompton Ave., #45511 (Lake View East)

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Next, there’s this studio apartment over at 560 W. Brompton Ave., #45511. It’s listed for $2,300/month.

The building boasts on-site laundry and storage space. In the unit, there are hardwood floors, high ceilings, a dishwasher, a walk-in closet, a fireplace, granite countertops and wooden cabinetry. Pet owners, inquire elsewhere: this spot doesn’t allow cats or dogs.

According to Walk Score’s assessment, the surrounding area has excellent walkability, is convenient for biking and is a haven for transit riders.

(See the complete listing here.)

2150 N. Lincoln Park West, #1212 (Lincoln Park)

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Finally, here’s an 800-square-foot one-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment at 2150 N. Lincoln Park West, #1212, that’s going for $2,300/month.

Building amenities include on-site laundry and a door person. The apartment comes with high ceilings, a dishwasher, air conditioning, carpeted flooring, a breakfast bar, wooden cabinetry and stainless steel appliances. Cats are welcome.

Per Walk Score ratings, this location is extremely walkable, is easy to get around on a bicycle and boasts excellent transit options.

(Check out the complete listing here.)

Roasted Pig Head Sniffed Out By Customs Beagle At Airport

Posted: 17 Oct 2018 07:02 AM PDT

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ATLANTA (CBSMiami/AP) — Hardy the beagle’s nose is making news for detecting quite a unique item in a piece of luggage. It was a roasted pig’s head discovered in a piece of luggage at the world’s busiest airport.

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In this Oct. 11, 2018 photo provided by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, CBP Agriculture Detector K-9 named Hardy looks at a roasted pig's head at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

Hardy is a highly-trained U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agriculture Detector dog and he sniffed out the roasted pig’s head in the luggage of a passenger traveling from Ecuador at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport on Oct. 11.

The 2-pound cooked pig’s head was seized and destroyed by CBP agriculture specialists.

The agency says pork and pork products from other continents are not allowed into the United States in an effort to avoid introducing foot and mouth disease, classical swine fever and other animal diseases.

CBP Area Port Director Carey Davis hailed Hardy’s work as illustrating “the tremendous expertise of our four-legged K-9 partners in protecting the United States.”

Hardy has worked at Atlanta's airport since 2015, when he finished up U.S. Department of Agriculture training. He's a rescued beagle and is 6 years old.

(© Copyright 2018 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

Man To Face Mental Fitness Trial For Locking Daughter In Basement

Posted: 17 Oct 2018 06:58 AM PDT

WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) — A suburban Chicago man who, with his wife, confined their daughter to their basement faces a jury trial to determine whether he is mentally fit for further legal proceedings.

Randy Swopes of Waukegan is charged with child endangerment and unlawful restraint for keeping his 10-year-old daughter in a basement room for months because he and his wife believed she was possessed by a demon.

Lake County Circuit Judge Christopher Stride on Tuesday granted the 48-year-old Swopes’ request for a fitness trial. The action came after a doctor determined Swopes was not mentally fit after a jailhouse examination. He is being held in lieu of $750,000 bond.

Assistant State’s Attorney George Pappas said he expected to call two or three witnesses at the trial, set for Oct. 29.

Swopes’ wife, Katherine, faces the same charges as her husband. The 49-year-old is free on a recognizance bond.

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More Than 20 Injured When CTA Bus Hits Pole In Greater Grand Crossing

Posted: 17 Oct 2018 06:16 AM PDT

CHICAGO (CBS) — More than 20 people were injured when a CTA bus hit a traffic light pole Wednesday morning in the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood.

Police said the bus hit a pole at the intersection of 71st and Cottage Grove around 6:20 a.m.

Fire Department officials said 21 people were taken to hospitals in good condition. Five other people on the bus declined medical treatment.

The cause of the crash was under investigation.

Two CTA bus routes — #4-Cottage Grove and #71-71st/South Shore — were temporarily detoured after the crash, but resumed normal service by about 7:45 a.m.

Top DFS Picks Week 7: With Ridley, Sanu Hobbled, Start Jones Against Giants

Posted: 17 Oct 2018 05:41 AM PDT

By Steve Silverman

Here’s our look at the top Daily Fantasy Football players for Week 7, and as we look at the top five players at the quarterback, running back, wide receiver and tight end positions, notice that the Kansas City Chiefs are represented at each of them.

The Chiefs are the most dangerous offensive team in football, and even though they dropped a 43-40 decision to the Patriots in Week 6, it was one of their best games of the season.

In addition to Patrick Mahomes, look for Kareem Hunt, Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce to have big games against the Cincinnati Bengals this week.


1.Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs vs. Cincinnati Bengals, FD Proj. – 26.8 points

There is no stopping the Chiefs' young and super talented quarterback. He was able to engage Tom Brady and the Patriots Sunday night and he didn't back down for a second. It was a case of the last team to have the ball wins, and that happened to be the Patriots. Look for another explosive game at home against a Cincinnati defense that is hurting following their last-second loss to the Steelers.

2. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons vs. N.Y. Giants – 26.0 points

The Falcons have been largely awful this season – at least in terms of their record and defensive play – but that has nothing to do with Ryan. He has been on point and delivering TD passes with regularity. Ryan has thrown for 307.8 yards per game along with a 14-2 TD-interception ratio. He should have an excellent opportunity to build on those numbers against the Giants.

3. Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams at San Francisco 49ers – 24.3 points.

The efficiency and consistency of the Los Angeles offense largely rest on Goff's ability to see the field clearly and make the right decision with the ball. Goff should have no trouble reading the San Francisco defense and making more big plays to the Rams outstanding crew of receivers.

4. Philip Rivers, Los Angeles Chargers vs. Tennessee Titans (London) – 24.0 points

The Chargers found their in Week Six against the Cleveland Browns, and there's no reason they should slow down at this point in the season. The quarterback has a 15-3 TD-interception ratio, and as long as he is getting support from the running game, he should avoid costly mistakes

5. Tom Brady, New England Patriots – 22.8 points

The Patriots have hit their stride offensively, coming off a 43-point effort in their memorable Week 6 win over the Chiefs. After starting the season without many viable weapons, Brady has a couple of big-play makers in Julian Edelman and Josh Gordon. The Bears have a nasty defense, but if they can't get to Brady with their pressure, the secondary could be vulnerable.

Running backs

1.Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams at San Francisco 49ers – 19.9 points

Gurley is the best running back in the game and he is productive every week. He has rushed for 623 yards and nine touchdowns, and he has caught 21 passes for 247 yards and two more touchdowns. Gurley takes quite a bit of enjoyment when it comes to adding to his fantasy figures, so look for a big game against the Niners.

2. Saquon Barkley, N.Y. Giants at Atlanta Falcons – 19.5 points

Barkley is well on his way to becoming one of the elite players in the NFC, and he combines speed, power, quickness and excellent hands. Barkley should have a huge chance to put great numbers on the board against the Falcons' weak defense

3. Melvin Gordon, Los Angeles Chargers vs. Tennessee Titans (London) – 19.0 points

Gordon had a game to remember against the Browns as he ran for 132 yards and three touchdowns. He is a dangerous back who has rushed for 466 yards, six rushing touchdowns and has added three more as a receiver.

4. Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys at Washington Redskins – 18.0 points

The Cowboys appear to be changing their offensive personality as they put 40 points on the board against a tough Jacksonville defense and Elliott remains the Cowboys' best offensive weapon. Elliott has rushed for 586 yards and has a 5.0 yards per carry average heading into Week 7

5. Kareem Hunt, Kansas City Chiefs vs. Cincinnati Bengals – 17.0 points

Hunt is a huge part of the Kansas City offense, and he has rushed for 456 yards and four touchdowns, and he has four runs of 20 yards or more. The Bengals could have a difficult time containing him for 60 minutes.

Wide receivers

1.Tyreek Hill, Kansas City Chiefs vs. Cincinnati Bengals – 14.8 points

The explosive speed of Hill is one of the biggest offensive factors in the league through the first six weeks of the season. That speed allowed him to score the game-tying touchdown late in the fourth quarter at New England last Sunday night, and he has 34 receptions for 567 yards and six touchdowns along with 11 receptions of 20 yards or more.

2. Adam Thielen, Minnesota Vikings vs. N.Y. Jets – 14.0 points

Thielen is skilled at getting off the line of scrimmage and getting open, and when he gets his hands on the ball he is not going to drop it. Quarterback Kirk Cousins has already targeted Thielen 81 times this season, and he has caught 58-712-4. He may be too skilled for the Jets secondary to stop.

3. A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals at Kansas City Chiefs – 13.2 points

Green's greatest asset is his ability to get free in the secondary and run away from tacklers. He is often at his best when he senses a weakness in the opponent's defense, and the Chiefs rank 32nd in yards allowed (31st against the pass). Green has caught 33 passes for 494 yards and five TDs, and he should burn the Chiefs.

4. Odell Beckham Jr., N.Y. Giants at Atlanta Falcons – 13.0 points

It has been a frustrating season for Beckham and the Giants, as quarterback Eli Manning is too slow at this point in his career to get away from the pass rush. However, the Giants should have a chance to dominate against Atlanta's dormant defense, and Beckham will have a huge game.

5. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons vs. N.Y. Giants – 12.4 points

Jones has been catching a lot of passes from Ryan, but he has not gotten into the end zone this season. He has caught 44 passes for 707 yards, and he should be a key factor against the Giants. However, don't expect him to get into the end zone.

Tight ends

1.Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots at Chicago Bears – 10.8 points

The good news for Gronkowski is the return of Edelman to the lineup and along with the addition of the uber-talented Gordon. That makes life much easier for Gronkowski. He should be able to go up the seams against the Bears defense.

2. Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles vs. Carolina Panthers – 10.4 points

Ertz is one of the most talented tight ends in the league, as he excels at getting off the line of scrimmage, runs excellent pass patterns and will not drop the ball.  Ertz has caught 48-480-2, and his numbers should only get better from here.

3. Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs vs. Cincinnati Bengals – 9.8 points

The Chiefs have the most explosive offense in football, and it's no surprise if you look at this feature and see all four positions represented. Kelce is one of the most athletic tight ends in the game and his ability to hurdle tacklers and also outleap defenders for the ball make him very dangerous.

4. Austin Hooper, Atlanta Falcons vs. N.Y. Giants – 9.4 points

Hooper is not a big-name player, but he knows how to get open and he will not drop the ball.  He has caught 37 passes for 273 yards and two scores, and Ryan should be able to find him against the Giants defense.

5. Jordan Reed, Washington Redskins vs. Dallas Cowboys – 8.8 points

Reed leads the Reskins with 225 receiving yards, but he has just one TD to this point. As he becomes more familiar with Alex Smith, all of his receiving figures should increase. He has the ability to hurt the Dallas defense in this game.

2 Will County Sheriff’s Deputies Shot In Joliet

Posted: 17 Oct 2018 05:31 AM PDT

CHICAGO (CBS) — Two Will County Sheriff's deputies were shot Tuesday night, while attempting to serve a search warrant at a house in Joliet. The deputies were not seriously injured, and two suspects were arrested.

The deputies were executing a search warrant at a house near 2nd and Richards around 8:30 p.m., according to the sheriff's office.

When the deputies knocked on the door and announced who they were, someone inside fired several shots through the door.

One of the deputies was shot in his bulletproof vest, and another suffered a graze wound to his forearm.

Two suspects inside the home tried to flee the scene, but were arrested after running out of the home.

The deputies were treated and released at Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox.

Charges were pending against the two suspects.

Hungry And In A Hurry? These Are The Fastest Drive-Thrus In America

Posted: 17 Oct 2018 05:17 AM PDT

(CBS Local) — You’re in a big hurry and you’ve got a “whopper” of an appetite.

Where do you go to “have it your way” in America?

You may want to consider Burger King. The restaurant was just named the fastest drive-thru in America for 2018.

Burger King can fulfill the average order in just 193.31 seconds (three minutes and 13.31 seconds), according to results of a new study in Quick Service Restaurant magazine.

Coming in second was was Dunkin' Donuts, followed by KFC, Wendy's and Taco Bell.

While Burger King finished on top in 2018, its first place average was actually four seconds slower than its 2017 average of 189.48 seconds. Last year, that speed was only good enough for a fourth place finish for BK.

And it was nowhere near the all-time best of 116 seconds, measured by Wendy’s in 2003 when the national average was about 190 seconds.

The experts behind QSR’s study acknowledge that fast food is not as fast as it used to be.

“Burger King’s spot atop the list reflects an overall trend for the industry,” QSR said in a statement. “This drop is being countered by other improvements. Order accuracy has improved over time … technology is helping restaurants improve customer experience and evolve the conversation.”

Is your favorite on this year’s top ten list?

1. Burger King – 193.31 seconds

2. Dunkin’ Donuts – 200.74 seconds

3. KFC – 218.95 seconds

4. Wendy’s – 226.07 seconds

5. Taco Bell – 236.50 seconds

6. Arby’s – 237.93 seconds

7. Carl’s Jr. – 252.91 seconds

8. Hardee’s – 255.83 seconds

9. Chick-fil-A – 260.85 seconds

10. McDonald’s – 273.29 seconds

Mayor Rahm Emanuel To Present ‘Feel Good’ Final Budget Plan

Posted: 17 Oct 2018 04:55 AM PDT

CHICAGO (CBS) — Mayor Rahm Emanuel will present his final budget address on Wednesday. Experts call the mayor's budget plan a “feel good” proposal, and say it might come back to bite taxpayers after Emanuel is out of office.

Budget analysts are concerned about what will happen with the city's $28 billion deficit in years to come. Tax increases could help pay those bills, but the mayor's proposed spending plan does not include any.

That's welcome relief to Chicago taxpayers who already have endured property tax hikes to fund police, fire, and teacher pensions.

The mayor has said his spending plan includes $42 million for violence prevention programs; a nearly $8 million increase from 2018 for youth mentoring, ex-offender employment, street outreach, and more.

Another $25 million is allocated for various police training programs related to the proposed consent decree negotiated with Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan.

Emanuel's final budget also sets aside millions to address regular city life complaints. For example, $1.3 million is carved out to curb criticism about garage and recycling bin delays.

Tree trimming gets an additional $308,000.

The city also would spend an extra $500,000 on rodent control. The Chicago Tribune reports that boost would allow Department of Streets and Sanitation workers to blitz heavily rat-infested areas.

This is the mayor's eighth budget, and pushback from aldermen is expected to be light, if any. Without any tax increases, the spending plan isn't very controversial.

Bruce Arians: Gus Bradley Has Chargers Defense Rolling

Posted: 17 Oct 2018 04:40 AM PDT

Ryan Mayer

The Los Angeles Chargers crushed the Cleveland Browns, 38-14, on Sunday to win their third straight game since beginning the season 1-2. Now, after the Chiefs loss to the Patriots on Sunday night, the Chargers sit just one game back in the AFC West and look primed to make a playoff run. Their two losses have come against the Chiefs and the crosstown-rival Rams, two of the league’s best teams.

This week, the Chargers head to London for a matchup with a team on an opposite trajectory. The Tennessee Titans have lost two straight games since getting off to a 3-1 start and they gave up 11 sacks on Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens. To get some insight into the matchup and what it’s like to prepare for a game in London, we caught up with NFL on CBS analyst Bruce Arians who will be on the call for the game alongside Greg Gumbel, Trent Green and sideline reporter Melanie Collins. (Editor’s note: This conversation has been lightly edited for clarity and brevity.)

CBS Local Sports: The Chargers have ripped off three straight wins, including a rout of the Browns last weekend, what do you see from them that is working so well on both sides of the ball right now?

Bruce Arians: Philip Rivers is playing at a very high level which is big. But, their defense, even without Joey Bosa, has been playing really well. Gus Bradley has done a great job of getting their defense rolling.

CBS Local Sports: The Titans have been headed in the opposite direction however with losses in their last two games. Marcus Mariota in particular seems to be struggling, when you look at what he's done this year compared to previous years, what's the biggest difference you're seeing?

Bruce Arians: Well, it’s another new offensive system. For young quarterbacks, when you start changing systems for the second or third time, it’s really hard. The other problem is, they don’t throw the ball a lot so it’s hard for him to get into a rhythm in the offense.

CBS Local Sports: With Mariota against this tough Chargers defense, how do you think they’ll look to get him on track?

Bruce Arians: Their thought is to run the football and then use play action off of it to open up some things. But, I would like to see them spread it out a little bit more just to let him get the ball out of his hand quickly. Then he can hit some guys in stride, running through a zone or beating man-to-man and give him a little more confidence. I would like to see them do that early in the downs so that he can play quarterback before third down. It’s difficult to play quarterback if you’re only playing on third down.

CBS Local Sports: This game is in London, and we've seen some lopsided scores in these games in the last year. You made the trip with the Cardinals last year, what's the most difficult part of the week leading up to the game?

Bruce Arians: The travel and amount of time that you’re in the plane is the most difficult part. It’s not a distraction but it can be when you’re out of your routine. We flew out on Monday, got there Tuesday which allowed us to practice and get on their time zone. We had a good week of preparation too. I don’t think preparation was the reason that we played so poorly.

CBS Local Sports: Elsewhere on CBS, the Cowboys and Redskins meet for the first time this season in D.C. What's the biggest matchup to watch in that game?  

Bruce Arians: Right now they’re both coming off big wins this past week. The biggest thing for both teams is which defense can create more turnovers? The reason is, both of these offenses need short fields.

CBS Local Sports: The Cowboys offense seemed to figure some things out against the Jaguars this weekend, what did you see that’s allowed them to get Ezekiel and Dak going?

Bruce Arians: They don’t need much to get Ezekiel going but Dak has started taking more chances. He’s running and freelancing a little bit more which I think is more his style. That’s how he gets into the rhythm of a game. On top of that, Cole Beasley had a big ball game against Jacksonville. If you’re going to play soft, zone coverage against the Cowboys, they can light you up.

CBS Local Sports: Finally, the Patriots coming off that thrilling win over the Chiefs on Sunday night head out to Soldier Field for a battle against the Bears. The Bears struggled to stop Brock Osweiler last week, giving up 380 passing yards, what's the biggest adjustment they need to make as they get ready to face Brady and Belichick?

Bruce Arians: A lot of it is going to depend on Khalil Mack’s health. If he’s healthy and ready to go, they (the Patriots) have always struggled with a four-man rush. I think Vic Fangio will do a heck of a job game planning for the Patriots. The big thing for this game is not allowing the Patriots to get yards after the catch. New England does such a good job of gaining yards after the catch that you have to tackle immediately after the catch to slow them down.

Thrift Store Opens In Memory Of Twins Killed In Crash

Posted: 16 Oct 2018 08:17 PM PDT

CHICAGO (CBS)–At just 26-years-old, the lives of twin sisters Abril and Brisa Delapaz were cut short on an Illinois road when the car they were in slammed into the back of a semi-truck flatbed trailer.

The young women–described by loved ones as inseparable–hadn’t been drinking before the crash that claimed their young lives late at night in May 2017 at 103rd Street and Commercial Avenue, and friends and family have come up short for answers.

Their mother, Lucy Delapaz is finding her own way to heal, however, by opening a thrift shop in the memory of her daughters, who she said always dreamed of opening a business to help others.

“For me–part of me was gone,” Delapaz said.

twins killed Thrift Store Opens In Memory Of Twins Killed In Crash

The thought of opening the shop was too painful for the year following their deaths, but the grieving mother finally found the space in her heart and the courage to honor her daughters the way she wanted to.

At first glance, the thrift store in Chicago’s Hegewisch Neighborhood seems like a typical storefront, but the shop is much more because it embodies the memories of the young women, who their family says always put others ahead of themselves.

The store at 13256 S. Brandon Ave. is lovingly named “Brisa De Abril.” The twins’ brother, Pablo Delapaz, delivers donated items collected by the shop to local homeless shelters.

The family either gives everything else away or sells it for a low price.

“I feel like–their spirits are here,” she said.