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Daily Archive : Sunday December 28, 2014



    Retired US District Judge Paul Gadola dies at 85

    Retired Michigan US Judge Paul Gadola, Reagan appointee who served 2 decades, dead at 86

    Commander of the International Security Assistance Force, Gen. John Campbell, left, and Command Sgt. Maj. Delbert Byers open the “Resolute Support” flag during a ceremony at the ISAF headquarters in Kabul Sunday. The United States and NATO formally ended their war in Afghanistan on Sunday with the ceremony at their military headquarters.

    U.S., NATO mark end of 13-year war in Afghanistan

    The war in Afghanistan, fought for 13 bloody years and still raging, came to a formal end Sunday with a quiet flag-lowering ceremony in Kabul that marked the transition of the fighting from U.S.-led combat troops to the country’s own security forces.

    Judy Novotny of Naperville shoots clay targets Sunday at Sportsman’s Park in Naperville as trapshooting returned after a six-month renovation that included updated facilities and soil cleanup.

    ‘Thrill’ is back at newly renovated Naperville Sportsman’s Park range

    The familiar command of “pull!” and the crackle of shotguns returned Sunday to Sportsman’s Park in Naperville, much to the delight of marksmen who endured a six-month renovation of the park district’s trapshooting range. “It’s fabulous. We couldn’t be more happy,” said Jim Monk, the Naperville Sportsman’s Club president.

    The Rikers Island jail sits by itself in the East River, a 10-jail complex where an average of 11,000 inmates a night are held on charges ranging from trespassing to murder.

    Widespread problems on Rikers Island tough to fix

    This year, startling disclosures of guard misconduct, inmate beatings and the gruesome deaths of mentally ill prisoners, first reported by The Associated Press, have slipped from behind the barbed wire at New York City’s Rikers Island jail, prompting oversight hearings and numerous investigations. Still, an inmate died at the height of all the scrutiny — a tragic sign that the...

    Pallbearers carry the casket of New York City police officer Rafael Ramos following funeral services in Queens Saturday. Ramos and his partner, officer Wenjian Liu, were killed Dec. 20 as they sat in their patrol car on a Brooklyn street. The shooter, Ismaaiyl Brinsley, later killed himself.

    Police boss: Less rhetoric, more dialogue needed

    A day after the funeral of one of two police officers gunned down in their patrol car, the city’s police commissioner called Sunday for a “lot less rhetoric and a lot more dialogue” to defuse the tension between police officers and the population they protect. Speaking on NBC’s “Meet The Press,” Commissioner William Bratton said the “pent-up...


    To ring in New Year, town will drop a giant nail

    To ring in the New Year, Pennsylvania town plans to drop giant nail in honor of ex-local mill

    Alan Schrader, of the Kishwaukee Valley & Eakin Creek Model Railroad Club of Sun City Huntley, watches Sunday as four different scales of trains run in the annual Prairie Lodge holiday display in Sun City Huntley.

    Train fans young and old check out Sun City holiday display

    Crowds filled the Sun City Huntley Prairie Lodge on Sunday for their last chance to view this year’s model train holiday display hosted by Sun City residents and train enthusiasts. The Kishwaukee Valley & Eakin Creek Model Railroad Club finished its 14th year of entertaining holiday crowds with their show at the Prairie Lodge.

    FILE - In this file photo taken Sunday, June 7, 2009, Ben Ammi Ben Israel, the spiritual leader of the African Hebrew Israelites of Jerusalem, is greeted by the crowd during festivities marking the holiday of Shavuot in the southern Israeli town of Dimona. The spiritual leader of the African Hebrew Israelites, a polygamous vegan group that believes some black Americans descended from a Jewish tribe, died Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014, at age 75, the group announced Sunday. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov, File)

    Spiritual leader of African Hebrew Israelites dies

    Spiritual leader of African Hebrew Israelites dies aged 75 in southern Israel


    New year, old jury scam, Kane court officials warn

    Kane County officials warn of a "missed jury duty" money scam; 14 Aurora businesses score perfect on an alcohol compliance check; McHenry authorities seize cactuses that they say were used to make the peyote, a hallucinogenic drug.

    Among perhaps a dozen GOP White House hopefuls, all but a few are in their 40s and 50s. One of the oldest white men, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, seen here, is a fluent Spanish speaker whose wife is a native Mexican.

    GOP puts up a bigger tent for minority challenge

    Long criticized as the party of old white men, the GOP’s next class of presidential contenders may include two Hispanic senators, an Indian-American governor, a female business leader and an African-American neurosurgeon. In a group that could exceed a dozen Republican White House prospects, all but a few are in their 40s or 50s, while one of the oldest white men is a fluent Spanish...

    Shannon Roma, 8, of Gurnee helps balloon artist Ryan Freeman build a ballon octopus Sunday during the Family New Year’s Celebration at Fremont Public Library in Mundelein. The R.C. Juggle & Company entertainer performed an interactive show for children and families using his skills at juggling, yo-yos, magic and balloon art.

    Families get early start on celebrating the New Year in Mundelein

    About 200 children and adults got an early start on celebrating the arrival of 2015 during the Fremont Public Library’s annual Family New Year’s Celebration on Sunday. The event featured a performance from Ryan Freeman of R.C. Juggles & Company. Children laughed and gawked as he performed tricks with yo-yos, juggled, and created balloon sculptures during the 45-minute action-packed,...

    Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler stands on the sidelines during the second half of an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings, Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014, in Minneapolis. The Vikings won 13-9.

    Images: Chicago Bears vs. Minnesota Vikings
    The Chicago Bears played the Minnesota Vikings at the TCF Bank Stadium in Minnesota on Sunday. The Bears lost the game 13-9 ending their season with a miserable 5 wins and 11 losses.


    Schaumburg awarded for saving Pace bus route

    The village of Schaumburg has been given the American City & County Crown Communities Award for its role in preserving Pace Bus Route 554, which it considered a vital transportation link serving a variety of Schaumburg destinations.


    Celebrate New Year early at Lake County Discovery Museum

    Parents looking for things to do with their children during holiday break can attend a special New Year’s celebration event at the Lake County Discovery Museum from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. Children who attend the event, called “Ring in the New Year,” will make a variety of crafts and party favors. At noon, everyone will practice ringing in the New Year with a...


    South Barrington man involved in fatal Wisconsin crash

    A South Barrington man driving in northern Wisconsin with his wife and three children early Saturday morning struck and killed a woman who was in the highway, authorities said Sunday. Alcohol may have been a factor for the victim.


    Cook Memorial libraries host “Frozen” singalong Tuesday

    If the cold weather has got you down, the Cook Memorial Public Library wants you to let it go and warm up your voice by attending a singalong of the Disney movie “Frozen” on Tuesday. The movie, which has made a worldwide gross of more than $1.27 billion, will be screened at 10 a.m. Tuesday, at the Aspen Drive Library, 701 Aspen Drive, Vernon Hills, and at 2 p.m. Tuesday, at Cook...


    Harper’s Child Learning Center gets state desgination

    Harper College’s Child Learning Center has received the Gold Circle of Quality designation from ExceleRate Illinois, the state’s new quality rating and improvement system for early learning providers.

    Storyteller Donna Marie Todd performed her tale “A Baby in the Middle of Nowhere” during service Sunday at Prince of Peace United Methodist Church in Elk Grove Village. The professional storyteller, singer and writer received her training from the Peabody Conservatory of Music at Johns Hopkins University.

    Storyteller entertains Elk Grove congregation with birth tale

    Congregation members laughed and sang as storyteller Donna Marie Todd performed her tale “A Baby in the Middle of Nowhere” during services Sunday at Prince of Peace United Methodist Church in Elk Grove Village. The story wove around the birth of a baby to a woman in the mountains of West Virginia with the help of a midwife and missionaries from the Congo. The tale eventually was...


    Get info in Antioch

    Antioch officials have created a new web page called the Briefing Room to keep people informed about village board issues.


    Wheeling High raises money to fight breast cancer

    Students from Wheeling High School’s medical career club, health career and choir classes and the Parent Spur Club raised $1,320 for breast cancer awareness throughout the fall.

    In this image provided by the Italian Navy, smoke billows from the Italian-flagged Norman Atlantic after it caught fire in the Adriatic Sea Sunday.

    1 dead, hundreds stranded in Greek ferry disaster

    Italian and Greek military and coast guard rescue crews battled gale-force winds and massive waves Sunday as they struggled to rescue hundreds of people trapped on a burning ferry adrift between Italy and Albania. At least one person died and two were injured.

    Relatives of the passengers onboard AirAsia flight QZ8501 check the plane’s manifest Sunday at a crisis center set up by local authority at Juanda International Airport in Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia. The AirAsia plane with over 160 people onboard, lost contact with ground control on Sunday while flying over the Java Sea after taking off from the provincial city in Indonesia for Singapore.

    AirAsia plane carrying 162 lost in stormy weather

    An astonishingly tragic year for air travel in Southeast Asia turned worse Sunday when an AirAsia plane carrying 162 people disappeared over stormy Indonesian waters, with no word on its fate despite several hours of searching by air and sea. AirAsia Flight 8501 vanished in airspace thick with storm clouds on its way from Surabaya, Indonesia, to Singapore. Searchers had to fight against heavy...


    Broadway vet who joined Michigan State dies at 43

    Michigan State University professor Greg Reuter, 20-year veteran of Broadway, dies at age 43

    62nd District state Rep. Sam Yingling of Grayslake discusses the problem of heroin use in Illinois during a visit to Nicasa Behavioral Health Services in Round Lake. Yingling is the chairman of the state legislature's heroin task force.

    How suburban politicians fight heroin with forums, funding

    Politicians say there's plenty to do in the fight against heroin. “These are normal, typical suburban kids from good, typical suburban families and this is happening to them,” 27th District state Sen. Matt Murphy of Palatine said. “It's such a devastating outcome in so many cases. I felt like I had at least a little bit of a megaphone to highlight this and wanted to use...


    Man charged with illegally breeding bulldogs

    A Waukegan man has been charged with illegally breeding and selling bulldogs after an undercover officer bought one of the puppies for $1,500.The (Waukegan) News-Sun reports 28-year-old John Bass was charged with violating a city ordinance that regulates home breeding businesses. It’s intended to prevent puppy mill-like operations.


    New state office to help resolve condo disputes

    A new state law gives Illinois officials a role in resolving disputes between condominium owners and associations.Outgoing Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation Saturday to create a new position within the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. The ombudsperson will help resolve disputes and educate condo owners.


    New app aimed at reducing deaths in grain bins

    BLOOMINGTON — A new app could help reduce the number of fatal grain bin entrapments that occur in Illinois.

    U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk and one of his staff members meet with former heroin users at Serenity House in Addison. Kirk used the meeting to gain insight on steps he can take to address the heroin problem in the suburbs.

    Kirk gains insight in fight against heroin from former users in Addison

    “Tell me what you think I don't know,” U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk says as he sits down with a group of former heroin users at Serenity House recovery center in Addison. Kirk asks questions and listens. His staffers take notes. He's researching a problem he admits he knows little about by talking directly with those it affects, looking for loopholes he can close or laws he can create to be...

    When her husband's hospital room windows looked out on a drab rooftop, Shelly Lawler decided to change his view. Now she transforms windows into art by using photographs of the nature found in her Hoffman Estates backyard.

    Constable: Hoffman Estates photographer beautifies patients' windows

    When her husband's hospital room windows looked out on a drab rooftop, Shelly Lawler decided to create a change of scenery. Now she transforms windows into art for others. “If you are confined in your bed, you want to see something interesting,” says Laurie Miller, director of the Pediatrics and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. “We were looking for something to spice up the...


    Believe Project: $100 to Nana for being a great caregiver
    The Daily winner of $100 through the Believe Project is Haley Pappas of Round Lake, who would like to give it to her Nana for being such a good caregiver to her.


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    If heroin wasn’t illegal, lawmakers would have their work cut out for them. But even with the addictive opiate squarely against the law, politicians say there’s plenty to do to help prevent overdose deaths. “These are normal, typical suburban kids from good, typical suburban families and this is happening to them,” 27th District state Sen. Matt Murphy of Palatine said.


    Burglary case shows need to secure pills during home showings

    A recommendation in a draft action plan developed by 14th District U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren aims to prevent prescription pain pills from being stolen during open houses or from senior living centers and ending up in the wrong hands. The recommendation, on the surface, seems almost overly specific: “Partner with Realtors and senior facilities to ensure readily available prescription...


    Believe Project: $100 to help chem teacher pay medical bills
    The Daily winner of $100 through the Believe Project is Matthew Feinberg of Arlington Heights, who wants to help his chemistry teacher pay for bills associated with her son's accident and her cat's illness - and to buy new chem lab equipment that the students break.

    In this July 23, 2008 file photo, then-Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y. stands in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington with then President George W. Bush. Again? Really? There are more than 300 million people in America, yet the same two families keep popping up when it comes to picking a president. The possibility of a Bush-Clinton matchup in 2016 is increasingly plausible. After months of hints and speculation, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush last week said he’s actively exploring a bid for the Republican nomination. And while Hillary Rodham Clinton hasn’t revealed her intentions, she’s seen as the odds-on favorite for the Democratic nomination.

    Again? What if it’s Bush-Clinton in ’16?

    There are more than 300 million people in America, yet the same two families keep popping up when it comes to picking a president. The possibility of a Bush-Clinton matchup in 2016 is increasingly plausible.

    In this May 8, 2014 file photo, flowers and stuffed animals form a makeshift memorial in a Milwaukee park where a white Milwaukee police officer shot and killed a black man. Prosecutors said Monday, Dec. 22, 2014, that Christopher Manney won’t face criminal charges because he shot Dontre Hamilton in self-defense.

    Police killings of blacks voted top story of 2014

    The police killings of unarmed blacks in Ferguson, Missouri, and elsewhere — and the investigations and tumultuous protests they inspired — was the top news story of 2014, according to The Associated Press’ annual poll of U.S. editors and news directors.

    Surrounded by Secret Service Agents, President Barack Obama playfully passes a golf ball between his hands Wednesday after finishing the 18th hole of a game of golf with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, at Marine Corps Base Hawaii’s Kaneohe Klipper Golf Course. As budget battles began to dominate Washington after the tea-party wave of 2010 and lawmakers and the Obama administration pursued ways to slash the deficit, the Secret Service suffered cuts along with other federal agencies. The service was then forced to deal with s that became public embarrassments. It failed to properly investigate a 2011 shooting targeting the White House, and agents were recalled from a 2012 summit that Obama attended in Colombia after being caught hiring prostitutes.

    After 9/11, a slow, steady decline at Secret Service

    Immediately after the attacks, temporary details were mobilized for Bush’s extended family, including his grown siblings. Later, with the country at war in Afghanistan, the agency provided details for Vice President Dick Cheney’s grandchildren in addition to those for his adult daughters, Liz and Mary.With that, the standard was set. By late 2003, Secret Service details were...

    The Engelhardt family, clockwise from upper left: Alan, Shelly, Amanda, lower right, Jeff and Laura, center.

    Northwest suburban Cook County court cases of 2014

    Shootings, stabbings, nefarious plots, accidents - this is a look back at the many significant court cases in the Northwest suburbs in 2014.


    Famous 'man in the hole' had everything he needed

    Throwback Tulsa: Famous 'man in the hole' had everything he needed, chose to live apart



    Women's Top 25 Capsules

    Women's Top 25 Capsules

    UCLA guard Kari Korver (2) knocks the ball away from Notre Dame guard Michaela Mabrey, left, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

    No. 4 Notre Dame women beat UCLA 82-67

    Lindsay Allen scores career-high 22 points, No. 4 Notre Dame women beat UCLA 82-67


    Arkansas hosts Grambling St. in women's basketball

    Arkansas to host Grambling State in women's college basketball

    Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen (19) celebrates with teammate Greg Jennings, left, after catching a 44-yard touchdown pass during the second half of an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears, Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

    Bridgewater, Vikings get by Bears 13-9

    Bridgewater, Vikings post 13-9 victory, as Bears close year with another ugly game


    No. 25 Arizona State beats Yale 69-51

    Amukamara scores 15, No. 25 Arizona State beats Yale 69-51


    No. 23 Iowa beats Penn St. 77-52 in Big Ten opener

    Bethany Doolittle leads No. 23 Iowa past Penn State 77-52 in Big Ten opener

    Tennessee guard Ariel Massengale (5) drives against Oregon State guard Ali Gibson (14) in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014, in Knoxville, Tenn. Tennessee won 74-63. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

    No. 8 Tennessee women beat No. 10 Oregon St 74-63

    Harrison has 20 points and 12 rebounds, No. 8 Tennessee women beat No. 10 Oregon State 74-63


    Richardson-Smith keys Seton Hall to upset of No. 14 Georgia

    Richardson-Smith keys Seton Hall to 11th-straight win with 70-51 upset of No. 14 Georgia


    No. 20 Michigan State falls 61-57 in Big Ten opener

    Coffey, Inman combine for 28 points as Northwestern upends No. 20 Michigan State 61-57


    No. 12 Kentucky holds off Tennessee State 87-75

    Alexis Jennings leads Kentucky with career-high 27 points in 87-75 win over Tennessee State


    Hoovers' 3 helps Dayton upset No. 24 Green Bay 72-66

    Andrea Hoover's 3 with less than minute left propels Dayton women over No. 24 Green Bay 72-66


    Sports car crash kills nephew of ex-Padres owner

    Sports car crash kills nephew of former owner of San Diego Padres


    Wolves fall to Teravainen, IceHogs

    The Chicago Wolves saw their three-game winning streak come to a jarring halt when the Rockford IceHogs netted 3 second-period goals en route to a 4-2 Illinois Lottery Cup win at the MetroCentre on Sunday. Center Colin Fraser and defenseman Mathieu Brodeur scored as the Wolves (17-12-3-0) rallied with 2 goals in the third period, but could not overtime a 4-goal deficit. The IceHogs' Teuvo Teravainen collected the first goal off a rebound 53 seconds in and then dished out the primary assists on the next 2 for his first 3-point game in the American Hockey League.

    Green Bay Packers’ Aaron Rodgers celebrates a touchdown pass to Randall Cobb during the second half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014, in Green Bay, Wis.

    Packers, limping Rodgers beat Lions to win NFC North

    GREEN BAY, Wis. — Limping Aaron Rodgers threw two touchdown passes to Randall Cobb, Eddie Lacy gashed Detroit’s defense for 100 yards and the Green Bay Packers claimed a fourth straight NFC North title with 30-20 victory Sunday. Maligned by a left calf injury, Rodgers will appreciate a week off after the win, as the Packers (12-4) earned a bye. Detroit (11-5) will start the postseason at Dallas next week. Rodgers was carted to the locker room after tossing his first score to Cobb late in the second quarter.He hobbled back on to the field in the third quarter with the game tied at 14. He led Green Bay on a seven-play, 60-yard drive that ended with a 13-yard score to Cobb with 3:33 left in the quarter. The Packers didn’t look back from there.


    Broncos rout Raiders, clinch first-round bye

    DENVER — C.J. Anderson ran for three touchdowns, and the Denver Broncos earned a first-round bye and the AFC’s No. 2 seed with a 47-14 rout of the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.Peyton Manning guided the Broncos (12-4) to at least a tie for the best record in the NFL for the third consecutive season since his arrival in Denver. That’s something he accomplished just twice in his 13 years in Indianapolis before missing all of 2011 because of spinal fusion surgery.Denver won’t have the top seed this time, however. That went to the New England Patriots, who rested many of their starters in a loss to Buffalo on Sunday.And Manning, who completed 21 of 37 passes for 273 yards, failed to throw a TD pass for the second time in four weeks after throwing one for 51 consecutive games, just three shy of Drew Brees’ NFL record.

    San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh watches from the sideline during the second quarter of an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014.

    49ers win in Jim Harbaugh’s likely last game

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Colin Kaepernick threw a go-ahead 3-yard touchdown pass to Bruce Miller late in the third quarter, and Jim Harbaugh won in his likely last game leading the San Francisco 49ers, who beat the playoff-bound Arizona Cardinals 20-17 on Sunday.Anquan Boldin caught a 76-yard TD pass and went over 1,000 yards receiving. Frank Gore ran for 144 yards on 25 carries to go over 1,000 yards rushing for the eighth time in 10 NFL seasons with San Francisco (8-8). The franchise’s all-time rushing leader hopes to return to the only team he has known and the team has publicly expressed a mutual interest. Not so for Harbaugh, who would depart with one season remaining on the $25 million, five-year contract he signed in January 2011.The Cardinals (11-5) missed the franchise’s first 12-win season.

    Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Jordan Hill, left, celebrates after he intercepted a pass in the second half of an NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams, Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014, in Seattle.

    Seattle clinches No. 1 seed

    SEATTLE — Marshawn Lynch scored on a 9-yard run with 12:07 remaining, Bruce Irvin returned an interception 49 yards for a touchdown and the Seahawks wrapped up home-field advantage through the NFC playoffs with a 20-6 win over the St. Louis Rams on Sunday. The two fourth-quarter touchdowns by Seattle (12-4) capped a six-game win streak to end the regular season. That earned the Seahawks a second straight NFC West title and the ninth division title in franchise history. The NFC playoffs will go through Seattle for the second straight season. St. Louis (6-10) couldn’t take advantage of two first-half turnovers by the Seahawks and its only points came on a pair of field goals from Greg Zuerlein.

    Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, right, is sacked by Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Corey Wootton during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014, in Minneapolis.

    Bears’ uninspiring season ends with loss to Vikings

    If the continued employment of Bears coaches’ or higher-ups was hanging in the balance going into the final game of the season, they didn’t get any help in a 13-9 loss to the Vikings. After struggling to score on its own, the Bears’ offense couldn’t even capitalize when it was given advantageous field position by special teams and the defense.

    Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) throws items into the stands after the second half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014, in Atlanta. The Carolina Panthers won 34-3.

    Panthers crush Falcons, roll into playoffs

    ATLANTA — Roman Harper and Tre Boston returned interceptions for touchdowns as Carolina’s defense led the Panthers to a 34-3 victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday to win the NFC South.Carolina (7-8-1) will host a wild-card playoff game next week. The Panthers have won four straight, but still are the first team to enter the playoffs with a losing record since 2010, when Seattle was 7-9.Harper scored on a 31-yard return in the second quarter and Boston helped clinch the win with his 84-yard interception return late in the third quarter. A 33-yard fumble return by Thomas Davis set up another touchdown.The Falcons (6-10) were booed as they finished their second straight losing season under embattled coach Mike Smith.

    Bears running back Matt Forte (22) sits on the bench during the second half of Sunday’s 13-9 loss to the Vikings in Minnesota.

    Rozner: Perfect ending to miserable Bears season

    The final Bears game of 2014 was a microcosm of everything that’s wrong with the Bears, from the woeful offense to the miscommunication and penalties. All that’s left now is the blood-letting.

    Bears coach Marc Trestman, right, runs off the field after Sunday’s loss at Minnesota finished off the season at 5-11.

    Imrem: A lost Bears season in so many ways

    The Bears accomplished a rare double: Becoming as unlikeable as they were unsuccessful. Not even the 1-13 team in 1969 could do that.


    Music City Bowl Matchup

    LSU (8-4)28 Wisconsin2456Sam Houston St.031Louisiana-Monroe029 Mississippi St.3463New Mexico St.77 at Auburn4130 at Florida2741 Kentucky310 Mississippi713 Alabama, OT200 at Arkansas1723 at Texas A&M17NOTRE DAME (7-5)48 Rice1731 Michigan030 Purdue1431 at Syracuse1517 Stanford1450 North Carolina4327 at Florida St.3149 at Navy3931 at Arizona St.5540Northwestern, OT4328 Louisville3114 at Southern Cal49 ___ Rushing OffenseGCarRuYDTdsYdsPgLSU125832,63423219.5Notre Dame124331,81021150.8 ___ Passing OffenseGAttCpInLYdsTdsYdsPgLSU1226213191,96716163.9Notre Dame12437259143,52529293.8 ___ Total OffenseGPlaysYdsYdsPgLSU128454,601383.4Notre Dame128705,335444.6 ___ Rushing DefenseGCarYdsTDYdsPgLSU124091,72213143.5Notre Dame124871,94019161.7 ___ Passing DefenseGAttCpDIntYdsTdsPtsLSU12359181101,948998.70Notre Dame12399242162,87822131.42 ___ Total DefenseGPlaysYdsYdsPgLSU127683,670305.8Notre Dame128864,818401.5 ___ Net PuntingGYdsPuntsNetLSU121936841.29Notre Dame12394737.83 ___ Punt ReturnsGPRYdYdsAvgLSU122527110.84Notre Dame12211969.33 ___


    Greenway out vs. Bears; Vikings down 2 linebackers

    With Chad Greenway out against Bears, Vikings down pair of starting linebackers


    Rex Ryan and Jets beat Dolphins in finale

    MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — The New York Jets won their season finale Sunday, which might not be enough to save coach Rex Ryan’s job.Embattled Geno Smith had his best game in a rocky season, throwing for a career-high 358 yards and three touchdowns to help Ryan and the Jets beat the Miami Dolphins 37-24.Smith’s performance negated a 97-yard run by Lamar Miller, the longest play from scrimmage in Dolphins history. The Jets rallied from a 10-point third-quarter deficit, and Ryan ordered a fake punt with four minutes left that sealed the victory.With the Jets sitting out the postseason for the fourth consecutive year, owner Woody Johnson is widely expected to fire Ryan, and perhaps general manager John Idzik.


    Watt helps Texans to 23-17 win over Jaguars

    HOUSTON — J.J. Watt had three sacks and a safety and Andre Johnson had 134 yards receiving and a touchdown to lead the Houston Texans to a 23-17 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.The Texans (9-7) had a shot at making the playoffs, but Baltimore beat Cleveland 20-10 to claim the final AFC wild-card spot. Johnson gave Houston a 21-17 lead with an 8-yard reception early in the fourth. Watt made it 23-17 when he sacked Blake Bortles in the end zone for a safety a few minutes later. The sack gave him 20 1/2 this season, making him the first player in NFL history to have two seasons with 20 or more sacks. The Jaguars (3-13) had a chance to take the lead late, but Cecil Shorts III was out of bounds on a catch on fourth down.


    Sanchez, special teams lead Eagles over Giants

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Mark Sanchez threw two touchdowns and the Philadelphia Eagles’ special teams scored their seventh touchdown of this otherwise frustrating season in a 34-26 victory over the Giants on Sunday, in what could have been Tom Coughin’s final game as New York’s coach.Backup tight end Trey Burton returned a blocked punt 27 yards for a score in the third quarter, and Nate Allen iced the game with a late interception. The Eagles (10-6) snapped a three-game losing streak that knocked them out of playoff contention last week. The 10 wins matched their total last season when they won the NFC East.Rookie Odell Beckham Jr. had 12 catches for a career-best 185 yards, including a 63-yard fourth-quarter touchdown that got the Giants within 31-26. The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for the Giants (6-10), who have missed the playoffs for the third straight season.

    San Diego Chargers wide receiver Eddie Royal (11) can’t control a touchdown pass against the defense of Kansas City Chiefs defensive back Kurt Coleman (27) during the second half of an NFL football game in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014.

    Chiefs beat Chargers, both miss playoffs

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Chiefs beat San Diego 19-7 on Sunday to eliminate the Chargers from playoff contention, moments before they were eliminated themselves by games happening elsewhere.The Chiefs needed Cleveland to beat Baltimore and Jacksonville to beat Houston, and neither of those outcomes transpired. The Ravens wound up with the AFC’s final playoff spot.San Diego (9-7) needed merely to beat Kansas City (9-7) to reach the postseason.Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston piled up four sacks to finish with 22 on the season, breaking Derrick Thomas’s franchise record, and Cairo Santos had four field goals.The Chargers’ Philip Rivers threw for 291 yards, but was picked off twice. Branden Oliver ran for 71 yards and a touchdown.

    New Orleans Saints wide receiver Marques Colston (12) celebrates his touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with teammate wide receiver Nick Toon (88) during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014, in Tampa, Fla.

    Brees rallies Saints past Bucs

    TAMPA, Fla. — Drew Brees threw a 36-yard touchdown pass to Marques Colston with 1:57 remaining Sunday, helping New Orleans overcome a 13-point, second-half deficit to beat Tampa Bay 23-20 and keep the Buccaneers on course to land the top pick in the NFL draft.Brees shrugged off three interceptions — two of them stopping promising third-quarter drives — to throw for 281 yards. His only TD pass gave the Saints (7-9) their first lead, and Junior Galette sacked Josh McCown for a safety that provided the final margin of victory.Doug Martin rushed for a season-best 108 yards and rookie Mike Evans set a Tampa Bay record with his 12th touchdown reception as the Bucs (2-14) flirted with damaging their chances of winding up with the No. 1 overall selection in the draft.

    Baltimore Ravens running back Bernard Pierce, right, rushes past Cleveland Browns inside linebacker Craig Robertson in the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014, in Baltimore.

    Ravens beat Browns to earn playoff berth

    BALTIMORE — The Baltimore Ravens earned a wild-card berth in the AFC playoffs Sunday, rallying to defeat the Cleveland Browns 20-10 while getting the help they needed halfway across the country.Down 10-3 in the fourth quarter, the Ravens kicked a field goal and then took the lead on a 16-yard touchdown pass from Joe Flacco to Torrey Smith with 7:33 left. Flacco’s 2-yard TD throw to Kamar Aiken with 3:44 remaining clinched it.To reach the playoffs for the sixth time in seven years, Baltimore (10-6) needed to beat the Browns (7-9) and have San Diego lose in Kansas City.That is precisely what happened.The first part of that equation seemed easy enough, given that the Browns had lost four straight, were starting rookie quarterback Connor Shaw and had dropped 12 of their past 13 against Baltimore.The Ravens prevailed, and the Chiefs completed Baltimore’s dream scenario with a 19-7 win.

    Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray (29) carries the ball during the first half of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins in Landover, Md., Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014. Murray set the franchise single-season rushing record for the Cowboys on the play.

    Murray breaks Smith’s Cowboys season rushing mark

    LANDOVER, Md. — DeMarco Murray broke the franchise single-season rushing record for the Dallas Cowboys, passing Emmitt Smith in the first quarter of Sunday’s victory over Washington. Murray set the mark with a 32-yard run that included a nice cutback, leaving safety Ryan Clark flat-footed at the line of scrimmage. Smith rushed for 1,773 yards in 1995. Murray entered the season finale needing 29 yards to break the record.“I couldn’t be happier for him,” Smith said. “He is very deserving of this recognition. ... I am proud of him because I know how hard it is to do what he did this year. I am also proud because I’ve watched him bounce back from some injury setbacks in his first few years. He’s a worked through all that, and he deserves to have this record.”Smith, the NFL’s all-time leading rusher, ran for 18,355 yards over a 15-year career, including 13 seasons with the Cowboys.Also in the first quarter, Dez Bryant caught scoring passes of 65 and 23 yards to break Terrell Owens’ franchise record of 15 touchdown receptions, set in 2007.

    Indianapolis Colts tight end Coby Fleener (80) is congratulated by wide receiver Donte Moncrief (10) after scoring a touchdown on a 7-yard pass play against the Tennessee Titans in the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn.

    Colts beat Titans 27-10

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Andrew Luck threw for 160 yards and two touchdowns before sitting out the second half, and the Indianapolis Colts tuned up for the postseason by beating the Tennessee Titans 27-10 on Sunday.The Colts (11-5) bounced back from their worst performance this season by nearly matching what they did offensively in the loss at Dallas by halftime. They wound up outgaining the Titans 378-192 as the AFC South champs swept their division a second straight season for the first time in franchise history.Indianapolis will host the loser of Cincinnati-Pittsburgh in a wild-card game barring a tie in that game Sunday night.With their 10th straight loss and Tampa Bay’s loss to New Orleans, the Titans (2-14) finished their worst season since 1994 and likely will pick second overall in the draft. This franchise hasn’t picked No. 1 overall since trading for the right in 1978 to pick Earl Campbell.

    Buffalo Bills strong safety Duke Williams (27) wraps up New England Patriots quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) as he passes in the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014, in Foxborough, Mass.

    Bills beat disinterested Patriots

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Kyle Orton threw for one touchdown, Anthony Dixon ran for another and the Buffalo Bills finished their first winning season in 10 years with a 17-9 win over the going-through-the motions New England Patriots on Sunday.With the top seed in the AFC playoffs already clinched, the Patriots used quarterback Tom Brady for only the first half and held out tight end Rob Gronkowski and five other starters.The victory snapped several streaks: Buffalo’s 0-12 record at Gillette Stadium and New England’s 35 straight home wins against AFC teams.It was a price the Patriots (12-4) were willing to pay to protect key players, although left tackle Nate Solder didn’t return after hurting his knee late in the first half.The Bills (9-7) were eliminated from the playoffs a week earlier.

    In this June 24, 2014, file photo, Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini complains after Uruguay’s Luis Suarez ran into his shoulder with his teeth during a group D World Cup soccer match at the Arena das Dunas in Natal, Brazil.

    Ode to sports in 2014: When mayhem won the gold

    Hold on a moment. Let’s see the year out, But what in the world was that all about? In sports, it seems clear, all mayhem let loose: Racism, head trauma, spousal abuse. And that’s just the start of one sorry list Led by Sterling’s mouth, Putin’s iron fist ... And Roger Goodell’s fast weakening spine, His body of work in sudden decline.

    Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook (7) celebrates his goal against the Colorado Avalanche in the second period of an NHL hockey game in Denver, Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)

    Kane helps Blackhawks to 5-2 win over Avs

    Patrick Kane scores 2 goals as Blackhawks beat Avalanche 5-2


    2014-15 Conference Bowl Records

    Through Dec. 27ConferenceWLPct.Pac-12301.000Southeastern101.000Conference USA41.800Big Ten21.667Independents11.500Sun Belt11.500American Athletic12.333Atlantic Coast24.333Mountain West24.333Mid-American13.250Big 1201.000

    Chicago Bulls guard/forward Jimmy Butler (21) drives against New Orleans Pelicans forward Luke Babbitt (8) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Chicago on Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    Bulls beat Pelicans 107-100 for 6th straight win

    Jimmy Butler scores 33 as Chicago Bulls beat New Orleans Pelicans 107-100 for 6th straight win


    In this Oct. 6 photo, a worker applies caulk to holes in the facade of the former Trump Plaza casino in Atlantic City N.J. after letters spelling out the casino’s name were removed. The casino closed on Sept. 16, 2014, one of four to go out of business in Atlantic City in 2014.

    Atlantic City eager for 2015 after its worst year

    Few people are more eager to see the clock strike midnight on Dec. 31 than Atlantic City casino executives and the thousands of workers who still have jobs there. Four of the resort’s 12 casinos shut down during 2014 (and a fifth narrowly escaped with a last-minute financing deal just before Christmas), 8,000 workers lost their jobs and casino revenue continued its eight-year plunge.

    Jon McBride, who designs and builds drones with Digital Defense Surveillance, flies a training drone for members of the the Box Elder County Sheriff’s Office search and rescue team, during a demonstration, in Brigham City, Utah. The Obama administration is on the verge of proposing long-awaited rules for commercial drone operations in U.S. skies, but key decisions on how much access to grant drones are likely to come from Congress next year.

    Key decisions on drones likely from Congress

    The Obama administration is on the verge of proposing long-awaited rules for commercial drone operations in U.S. skies, but key decisions on how much access to grant drones are likely to come from Congress next year. Federal Aviation Administration officials have said they want to release proposed rules before the end of this month, but other government and industry officials say they are likely to be delayed until January.

    The biggest bill in many households — and one that people are likely to prioritize when money runs low — is often left out of the equation: the monthly rent.

    How rent payments could help build credit

    One of the easiest ways to repair your credit history is to pay your bills on time. Every bill, every time. But the biggest bill in many households -- and one that people are likely to prioritize when money runs low -- is often left out of the equation: the monthly rent.

    A new study finds that just-below pricing on products big and small signals a bargain in our minds, especially if the price ends with the digit 9. It’s as if consumers perceive they’re getting something back from the higher round number, as one study put it. And that can pay off big if you’re selling your home.

    Knocking $1 off the price of a home can earn you a lot

    A new study finds that just-below pricing on products big and small signals a bargain in our minds, especially if the price ends with the digit 9. It’s as if consumers perceive they’re getting something back from the higher round number, as one study put it. And that can pay off big if you’re selling your home.

    Signs advertising currencies light next to the exchange office in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. After a massive overnight rate hike by Russia’s Central Bank, the ruble staged a two-hour rally Tuesday morning before rolling back to new historic lows. The surprise Central Bank decision to raise the rate to 17 percent from 10.5 percent came in the early hours on Tuesday in a desperate attempt to prop up the troubled currency. It’s the biggest interest rate hike since 1998, the year when Russia defaulted on its sovereign bonds.

    A look at 2014 in the business world

    No one said the recovery from the global financial crisis would be easy and 2014 provided that in spades. While the U.S. economy, the world’s largest, is showing clear signs that its recovery is self-sustaining, the picture elsewhere is far less rosy entering 2015.

    Large-cap stock funds jumped as a growing economy helped drive earnings to record highs. The job market appears to have finally caught momentum, and the economy roared ahead last quarter at its fastest pace since 2003.

    Being choosy paid off for mutual-fund investors in 2014

    Go big and stay home. Anyone who followed that strategy with their mutual funds in 2014 is likely sitting on another year of healthy returns.

    In this Dec. 18, 2014 file photo, gas is pumped into a car at the Eastcoast filling station in Pennsauken N.J. In the second half of 2014, the price of oil dropped by half, to depths not seen since May of 2009 when the U.S. was in the Great Recession. By December, some drivers even saw a price at the pump that started with a $1.

    Financial shocker of the year: Oil at $60

    For the first half of 2014 the oil market looked just as it had the year before. Then, despite intense turmoil in the Middle East and an improving economy in the U.S. — things that have historically sent oil prices soaring — the price of oil went into a nosedive. Here's what happened and why.

    Billy Graham, right, 54, and Clint Paul Harris, 35, talk with a reporter with The Associated Press about what they see as the benefits for many homeless people of legalized marijuana in Colorado, inside the Salvation Army shelter in Denver. Some homeless people from out of state have come to Colorado because marijuana is legal, and have opted to self-medicate themselves for ailments where traditional pharmaceuticals have proven ineffective, too expensive, or riddled with side effects.

    Denver shelters cite legal pot in homeless upswing

    A growing number of homeless people have recently come to Colorado seeking its legal marijuana and now remain in the state and occupy beds in shelters, service providers say. While no state agency records how many homeless people were drawn by legal weed, officials at homeless centers say the influx they are seeing is straining their ability to meet the needs of the increasing population.

    Within hours of the new year, the nation saw the first legally sanctioned sales of marijuana for recreational use in modern history. Throughout, states considered and often passed expanding access to the drug and, as recently as last weekend, Congress was interfering in D.C.’s pot policies and promising to stay out of the states.

    Voters, leaders made 2014 a watershed year for marijuana

    Support it or not, there’s no denying that this was a watershed year for marijuana. Within hours of the new year, the nation saw the first legally sanctioned sales of marijuana for recreational use in modern history. Throughout, states considered and often passed expanding access to the drug and, as recently as last weekend, Congress was interfering in D.C.’s pot policies and promising to stay out of the states.

    Ken Romaniszyn, owner of Lady M Cake Boutique, plans to open three or four additional locations next year in New York, Boston and Charlotte, N.C. He’ll hire 60 new employees to staff the stores, adding to Lady M’s current staff of 145.

    More ‘Help Wanted’ signs up at small businesses

    If you’re looking for signs that the U.S. economy is growing and that the job market is improving, just talk to small business owners. After cutting back on spending for years, people are splurging again.


    Work Advice: Making the best of a good first job

    When is the right time to start looking for a new job? This is my first real job, and I am hesitant to stay less than one year, but really can’t see myself staying that long.

    Kim Davis kisses her husband, Mark, on October 20 at a Virginia Beach hospice care facility. Mark, who had an aggressive form of prostate cancer, died October 26.

    Hospice: Are we prolonging life or prolonging death?

    “I think if someone from Mars came and saw some of these people, they would say, what they done to deserve this punishment?” said one doctor of hospice. Critics of U.S. health care have long marshaled evidence against the overuse of aggressive end-of-life care, but the idea that many Americans are dying badly has gained currency of late.

    In this July 22, 2011, photo provided by Joseph Vaglio, right, shows his father Pasquale Vaglio, left, his grandchildren Joey Vaglio, center, Michael Franza, top left and Brandon Vaglio on board the Royal Caribbean’s “Explorer of the Seas”. Pasquale Vaglio, a retired New York City policeman and Korean War veteran, was on the cruise with 18 family members. Vaglio hit his head after disembarking on a sightseeing trip in Bermuda.

    Ruling opens door for cruise malpractice lawsuits

    A federal appeals court recently threw out the rule that cruise ships relied on to avoid medical malpractice suits. The rule had said passengers should not expect the same level of medical care on a ship as on land, and ships’ doctors and nurses were private contractors beyond the cruise lines’ direct control.

    The 2010 Chateau La Fleur-Petrus ($275) is sophisticated, elegant and filled with voluptuous spicy fruit. 

    The top ten wines of the year, as tasted by critic Elin McCoy

    Bloomberg crritic Elin McCoy sampled over 4,000 bottles of wine in 2014. Her top ten most memorable bottles range from a great vintage of a Napa cult classic to a bargain from France’s snowy alps to a new, rare Italian collectible. All say something about what’s hot in the wine world, and what’s in store for 2015.

Life & Entertainment

    Comedian Chris Rock has filed for divorced after nearly 20 years of marriage to Malaak Compton-Rock. The couple have two daughters.

    Chris Rock and wife Malaak Compton-Rock headed for divorce

    Chris Rock filed for divorce from his wife Malaak Compton-Rock, a statement from his representative confirmed Sunday.

    This undated image released by Alicia Keys shows the musician-actress posing with her husband, Swizz Beatz as part of her Keys announcement of her second pregnancy. Keys gave birth to a son Genesis Ali Dean on Saturday morning. The baby is the second for the couple who are also parents to 4-year-old Egypt.

    Alicia Keys welcomes second child

    Alicia Keys gave birth to son Genesis Ali Dean early on Saturday morning. It’s baby No. 2 for the Grammy-winner and her husband, producer-rapper Swizz Beatz, who are also parents to 4-year-old Egypt Daoud.

    “Chandelier” by Sia made The Associated Press’s top 10 songs of 2014 list.

    Year’s top song is Beyonce, Sia’s ‘Pretty Hurts’

    Need a new playlist? Check out the Associated Press’ top songs of 2014 list. Heard them before? Then play them again, starting with “Pretty Hurts” by Beyonce sand “Chandelier” by Sia.

    Sweatpants are going high fashion — and out in public.

    Six ways you can dress up sweatpants for non-casual occasions

    To me, being comfortable in your clothes means having the confidence that comes with wearing a bespoke suit. Yes, wearing sweatpants in public is now a thing. To clarify: when I say sweatpants, I am talking about tailored fleece trousers, not old baggy sweats.

    Medical student Cherie Fathy’s brush with cancer “humbled” her in her interactions with patients.

    A medical student learns an important lesson when she becomes a patient

    We had just finished our endocrine unit when I noticed a lump in my neck. Perhaps school had made me more vigilant, or perhaps I merely fell into the realm of hypochondriac medical student, but I couldn’t ignore this lump.

    Despite declines in smoking rates, about 42 million people in the United States, 18 percent of the population, still smoke.

    At $480 per quitter, government anti-smoking campaign is called a bargain

    At $48 million, the first government mass media campaign to convince cigarette smokers to quit would seem a pricey luxury, especially since that sum purchased just three months of television ads from March through June of 2012. But a new study of its cost effectivenes determined that it cost just $480 for each smoker who quit and $393 per year of life saved.

    One study shows that people who really let loose on the weekends, drinking-wise, may be at more risk for weight gain than people who have a single glass of wine with dinner most nights.

    A little beer or wine may not add weight

    Are beer bellies a real thing? Do social drinkers really carry around an extra five pounds of weight?

    The recipe for Sauteed Turkey with Prosciutto, Sage and Chanterelles comes from chef Eric Skokan’s first cookbook, “Farm, Fork, Food.” The book was inspired by his other job, selling produce and meat at a farmers market.

    Farmer and chef shares insights with home cooks

    Eric Skokan’s intrepid approach to food and ability to turn misfortune into a delicious dish help explain why his integrated farm-and-restaurant operation is one of the nation’s largest. He has gone well beyond the small vanity gardens some restaurateurs grow in order to claim a farm-to-table ethos. He raises thousands of animals — steers, pigs, chickens and geese among them — and grows vegetables by the ton to supply his two acclaimed restaurants, Black Cat Bistro and Bramble & Hare.

    The recipe for Sauteed Turkey with Prosciutto, Sage and Chanterelles comes from chef Eric Skokan’s first cookbook, “Farm, Fork, Food.” The book was inspired by his other job, selling produce and meat at a farmers market.

    Sauteed Turkey with Prosciutto, Sage And Chanterelles
    Sauted turkey with proscuitto, sage and chanterelles takes a cue from the classic Italian dish saltimbocca.

    When you want a diversion from fussy, frilly New Year’s Eve fare, try slow candied bacon and winter orchard Scotch.

    Bacon adds boldness to New Year’s Eve celebrations

    Not everything for New Year’s Eve needs to be fussy, bubbly or frilly. It’s OK to ring in 2015 with something richer, smokier and deliciously darker. Like Bacon.

    Ice wine can be substituted for iced cider in this scotch-based cocktail.

    Winter Orchard Scotch
    Can't find ice cider? Then try ice wine in the Winter Orchard Scotch Cocktail

    Red pepper flakes keep Slow Candied Bacon from becoming too sweet.

    Slow Candied Bacon
    Red pepper flakes keep Slow Candied Bacon from becoming too sweet.

    Sorel liqueur gives bubbly a gently spiced, lightly fruit flavor.

    Dress up bubbles to play nice with food

    Looking for a simple way to dress up your New Year’s Eve bubbles? May we suggest spiking them with a spiced liqueur? It’s fast, simple, delicious and flexible.

    Sorel liqueur gives bubbly a gently spiced, lightly fruit flavor. Serve the cocktail with honey-glazed persimmon tart.

    Spiced Prosecco
    Sorel liqueur gives bubbly a gently spiced, lightly fruit flavor. Serve the cocktail with honey-glazed persimmon tart.

    Sorel liqueur gives bubbly a gently spiced, lightly fruit flavor.

    Honey-Broiled Persimmon Tarts
    Serve honey-broiled persimmon tarts with your bubbly this year.

    Black-eyed peas, kale and diced tomatoes come together in a Southern-style soup that reportedly brings good luck if eaten on New Year’s Day.

    Soupalooza: Black-eyed peas soup boosts heath, good luck in New Year
    M. Eileen Brown stumbled onto a recipe or story about the Southern tradition of eating black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day for good luck and became intrigued. After all, who doesn’t want a little extra good luck — especially when it involves eating something so obviously good for you? Black-eyed peas (which really aren’t peas at all, but rather beans) are low in fat and sodium and contain no cholesterol. They are high in iron and fiber and a ½ cup serving of cooked black-eyed peas counts as one ounce of lean meat.

    Bob Chwedyk/bchwedyk@dailyherald.comBlack eyed pea soup.

    Southern New Year’s Day Soup
    It never hurts to have good luck on your side, so why not start 2015 with a bowl of black-eyed pea soup.

    Italian maraschino liqueur is a little less sweet than other cherry liqueurs and sets off the tartness of the passion fruit juice perfectly in this twist on a Bellini.

    Passion fruit gives a classic Bellini a fresh twist for the New Year

    The Bellini. It’s a simple drink created in Italy using white peaches, prosecco and (sometimes) a little cherry juice. But for New Year's Day, Elizabeth Karmel decided to remake this classic summer cocktail with a winter fruit. These days, most fruits — and fruit juices — are available all year, but I wanted a fruit that was harvested in sunny Florida in December. I settled on passion fruit because similar to white peaches it is both delicate and intensely aromatic.

    Passion fruit brings a fresh twist to a bubbly Bellini.

    Passion Fruit Bellini
    Passion Fruit Bellini starts New Year's, or any day, off right.

    A customer, left, stands at the counter as a group of protesters demonstrate inside the McDonald’s restaurant on Northside Drive at Hanging Moss Road in Jackson, Miss. In 2014, fast-food workers continued their push to get consumers thinking about the other side of the Dollar Menu equation. The “Fight for $15” campaign that seeks higher wages for fast-food industry workers organized protests and job actions around the country, sometimes resulting in arrests.

    2014: A year of battle lines drawn over dinner

    Battle lines are being drawn and they cut right down the dinner table. For if there was any theme to the food world in 2014, it was the prevalence of polarizing issues. Whether we were tussling over genetically modified organisms, or debating how healthy is too healthy for school lunches, or scolding one another for our gluten choices, this year our collective culinary consciousness seemed mired in disputes.

    “The Interview,” the comedy starring Seth Rogen and James Franco, is listed under an American flag on the marquee of the Cinefamily at Silent Movie Theater in Los Angeles, Thursday. The film’s Christmas Day release was canceled by Sony after threats of violence by hackers linked to North Korea, but the release was reinstated in some independent theaters and through a variety of digital platforms.

    Will ‘The Interview’ change how Hollywood does business?

    “The Interview” was never supposed to be a paradigm-shifting film. But unusual doesn’t even begin to describe the series of events that transpired over the past few weeks, culminating in the truly unprecedented move by a major studio to release a film in theaters and on digital platforms simultaneously. Sony is in uncharted waters now with the film, which earned $1.04 million from 331 locations on Thursday, according to studio estimates, in addition to the untold VOD grosses.

    FILE- In this Nov. 10, 2014 file photo, Mark Wahlberg, star and producer of “The Gambler,” poses at the premiere of the film at AFI Fest 2014, in Los Angeles. The film releases in the U.S. on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, 2014. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

    Mark Wahlberg rolls the dice with new type of role

    Mark Wahlberg admits he’s not Hollywood’s go-to guy for teacher roles. In “The Gambler,” released Christmas Day, he plays the brilliant but troubled English professor Jim Bennett. The role gave Wahlberg particular anxiety. The 43-year-old actor-producer dropped out of school after the eighth grade, and he only recently went back to get his diploma.


    What to do about sister’s dueling engagement?

    Her sister is getting married after a brief engagement. In addition to being worried about her sister rushing into a relationship, she is concerned about how it will affect her upcoming wedding. What to do?


    ‘Sacrificial’ wood may be needed to combat woodpecker

    Q. Last week, a beautiful woodpecker had his (or her) fun on the corner boards of my 25-year-old cedar home. One of the two-story boards has 23 holes in it. Two others have deep gouges.


    Attorney’s fees should be factored into neighbor dispute

    Q. I have lived in my home for about 28 years. There is a berm that runs along the side of my property. I have always thought the berm was on my property.

    Scooter Christensen of the Harlem Globetrotters shows a girl how to spin and balance a basketball. The comedy basketball team comes to the Allstate Arena in Rosemont for four games on Sunday and Monday, Dec. 28 and 29.

    Sunday picks: Whet your whistle for Globetrotters

    Bring the kids to be amazed at the comic basketball athleticism of the Harlem Globetrotters. The team plays four games today and Monday at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont. Hundreds of model train dealers will sell their wares at The Great Train Show, a national traveling show that caters to model railroad enthusiasts this weekend at the Lake County Fairgrounds.


    Local elections this spring will give citizens the chance to have a direct effect on the community’s quality of life.

    Editorial: A resolution for the new year’s elections

    A Daily Herald editorial emphasizes the direct role voters play through local elections in shaping their quality of life.


    It’s not as bad as you think, America

    Columnist Lee Hamilton: We are one glum country. Trust in the federal government is at historic lows, according to Gallup. More than half of the respondents to an October Rasmussen poll think our best days are behind us. And just a few weeks ago, an NBC/Wall St. Journal poll found that the one thing Americans agree upon whatever their race or circumstances is that the system is stacked against people like them.


    Next election, Jeb and Hill need each other

    Columnists Stephen and Cokie Roberts: Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton badly need each other. They cancel out each others’ greatest weaknesses and deprive their foes of some of their strongest arguments.


    Don’t link firing of Angelo to Cutler
    A Des Plaines letter to the editor: Bears quarterback Jay Cutler is overpaid, and his bad decisions are maddeningly frequent. But to say acquiring him is the reason former GM Jerry Angelo was fired, as Mike Imrem’s Dec. 12 column does, is just a laughable jump onto the Cutler-bashing bandwagon.


    Don’t penalize those who choose transit
    A letter to the editor: I urge Congress to raise the maximum benefit for mass-transit commuters to at least the same level as those who commute by car in 2015. No one should be penalized for using public transportation.


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