Daily Archive : Saturday November 10, 2012



    Geneva teachers file unfair labor practice charge

    The Geneva teachers union Saturday filed an unfair labor practice charge against Geneva Community Unit District 304, two days ahead of its impending strike. According to a statement from the Geneva Education Association, the school board “sent a threat directly to teachers in an illegal attempt to coerce/intimidate them from their plans to engage in a lawful strike.” Both sides are scheduled to...

    NIU Police Chief Donald Grady speaks about the 2008 campus shootings that left five students dead.

    NIU police chief put on leave amid sex assault scandal

    Northern Illinois University Police Chief Donald Grady on Saturday was placed on administrative leave after a court found the department took part in an "egregious" and "purposeful hiding of information" in handling a sexual assault case. Grady will be on leave pending the finalization of charges and disciplinary action.

    Glenbard West’s Nick Garland receives congratulations from fans following Saturday’s 3-0 victory over Wheaton North.

    High school football ‘beautiful’ spectacle at Glenbard West

    A midday thunderstorm gave way to muddy playoff football Saturday in Glen Ellyn as two strong high school teams from nearby suburbs met for a highly anticipated quarterfinal contest. Hype, unity and simplicity set the scene as the teams took to a soggy Duchon Field about 1:30 p.m., half an hour after the game between the Glenbard West Hilltoppers and the Wheaton North Falcons was scheduled to...


    Elgin church closed after vehicle crashes into it

    The New Hope Baptist Church in Elgin won't be holding Sunday school or services after a man crashed his vehicle into the building. The accident occurred at about 2:30 p.m. Saturday when the driver lost control of his vehicle and struck the corner of the church, located at 1405 Wing St.

    The Thunderbirds perform Saturday at the Aviation Nation air show at Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas.

    Veterans get 3-day commemoration this holiday

    Saturday marked the first of what will be three days of Veterans Day commemorations across the United States.The holiday falls on a Sunday, and the federal observance is on Monday.


    Several injured in Gurnee separate car crashes

    Two separate Gurnee car crashes resulted in several people being transported to the hospital with minor injuries.

    Associated Press/Oct. 22, 2012 A tuberculosis patient, wearing a cloth over his mouth, waits in front of boxes of medication at an Operation ASHA program center in New Delhi.

    India wages hi-tech war on ancient TB scourge

    The government is replacing its haphazard paper system of registering TB patients with a Web-based database that theoretically could track every dose of medicine given to patients — and send them text messages when they miss one.


    No one injured in Grayslake house fire

    A single-family home in Grayslake is uninhabitable after a fire Saturday afternoon destroyed much of the interior. Grayslake Fire Protection District Lt. David Torkilsen said nobody was in the house when the fire started at about 3:17 p.m. on the 33000 block of North Lone Rock.


    Argentine crew prevents Ghana from moving ship

    The Argentine crew aboard a tall sailing ship seized in a billion-dollar international debt controversy brandished weapons to block Ghanaian officials from moving the ARA Libertad to a less busy docking, according to an official of the Ghana Ports and Harbors Authority.

    Pope Benedict XVI waves Saturday upon his arrival for a meeting with the “Santa Cecilia” association, at the Vatican

    Pope resurrects Latin, creating academy to boost study

    Pope Benedict XVI issued a decree Saturday creating a new pontifical academy for Latin studies to try to boost interest in the official language of the Roman Catholic Church that is nevertheless out of widespread use elsewhere.

    Pope Benedict XVI arrives in the Paul VI hall at the Vatican Friday for a special audience with participants of the Interpol General Assembly. Police chiefs and senior law enforcement officers from around the world gathered in Rome for the 81st Interpol General Assembly which opened on Nov. 5 and ran until Nov. 8.

    Vatican computer tech convicted in leaks scandal

    A Vatican court on Saturday convicted a Holy See computer technician of helping the former papal butler in the embarrassing leak of confidential papal documents and gave him a two-month suspended sentence.

    Gen. David Petraeus, commander U.S. Central Command, left, stands with his wife Holly before the NFL Super Bowl XLIII football game between the Arizona Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Steelers in Tampa, Fla. Gen. Petraeus, the retired four-star general who led the U.S. military campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan, resigned Friday, Nov. 9, 2012 as director of the CIA after admitting he had an extramarital affair.

    Officials: Threatening e-mails led to Petraeus investigation

    The career of David Petraeus, the CIA director and a renowned military general, was derailed by allegedly vicious emails his paramour sent to another woman. Now the CIA, FBI and White House face questions from Congress about Petraeus' love life and how his emails came under investigation.

    Pope Benedict XVI wipes his eye Wednesday during a weekly general audience he held in St. Peter’s Square, at the Vatican.

    Vatican digs in after gay marriage advances

    In a Vatican Radio editorial, the pope's spokesman asked sarcastically why gay marriage proponents don't now push for legal recognition for polygamous couples as well.

    Associated Press Voters line up in the dark Tuesday to beat the 7 p.m. deadline to cast their ballots at a polling station in Miami.

    Florida win gives Obama 332 to Romney’s 206

    The Florida Secretary of State's Office said that with almost 100 percent of the vote counted, Obama led Republican challenger Mitt Romney 50 percent to 49.1 percent, a difference of about 74,000 votes. That was over the half-percent margin where a computer recount would have been automatically ordered unless Romney had waived it.

    Pfc. Marine Leonard Zaehler, 93, who served in World War II, presents a piece of cake to the youngest Marine, Mike Kubas of Grayslake, who is a 3rd generation Marine at the Veterans Day celebration held Saturday at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Arlington Heights.

    Veterans honored at Arlington Heights breakfast

    World War II veteran Leonard Zaehler of Prospect Heights smiled when he discovered the cake at the Veterans Day breakfast in Arlington Heights was for a birthday celebration much older than his 93 years. His beloved Marine Corps turned 237 on Saturday.

    Syrians who fled from the violence in their village, carry plastic containers Saturday as they line up to fill them with water at a displaced camp, in the Syrian village of Atma, near the Turkish border.

    Syria’s opposition urges West to arm rebels

    Hundreds of thousands of Syrians have fled the violence in their country, inundating neighboring countries. As many as 11,000 crossed the borders on Friday, a surge attributed to fighting at Ras al-Ayn in the predominantly Kurdish oil-producing northeastern province of al-Hasaka.


    Wave of violence sweeps Brazil’s biggest city

    The victims included 90 police officers, most of them gunned down while off duty.A Public Safety Department official said Saturday that the killings of police have been ordered by imprisoned leaders of an organized crime group called the First Capital Command in reprisal for a crackdown on the drug trade.


    Edward Hospital to run walk-in clinics in Naperville

    Edward Hospital is opening two supermarket-based clinics that on seven days a week will see patients without an appointment.


    Chile searches for 3 missing tourists

    The hikers haven't been heard from since around 7 p.m. Wednesday, when one of them called his girlfriend who lives in the nearby community of Pucon, authorities said. He told her it was getting late and dark so the group decided to sleep over at the volcano and descend the next day.

    Nine-year-old Jacob Lang of North Aurora works on a toothbrush project during “ScienceBlast” hosted by Batavia High School Saturday.

    Kids check out robots at Batavia High School

    Did you know that Play-Doh conducts electricity? Neither did 11-year-old Colin Mertes of Batavia, despite being a veteran of the ScienceBlast event held every year by the robotics team at Batavia High School. "I like it here because I like robots a lot," he said of the morning of science fun geared to kids in kindergarten through fifth grade.

    Associated Press/Sept. 8, 2007 Former Texas coach Darrell Royal in Austin, Texas.

    Notable deaths last week
    Obituary capsulations from around the world.

    Vance Nwankwo

    South Barrington man’s autopsy pending toxicology

    The official cause of death of a 25-year-old South Barrington man whose body was found Friday won't be available for several weeks. Results of an autopsy performed Saturday on Vance Nwankwo are pending toxicology reports, a Cook County medical examiner's office spokesman said.


    Arlington Hts. man charged with battery, resisting arrest

    An Arlington Heights man was charged Saturday with battery and resisting arrest after Prospect Heights police said he was combative with officers. Mitchell Wiberg, 23, of the 300 block of South Gibbons Avenue was released from the Prospect Heights police station after posting 10 percent of his $1,500 bail.

    Former Commander of International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces-Afghanistan Gen. Davis Petraeus, standing with his wife Holly, participates in an armed forces farewell tribute and retirement ceremony at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall in Arlington, Va.

    Gen. David Petraeus: soldier, scholar, statesman

    The depth of admiration for General David Petraeus' decades of accomplishment in uniform make it all the more remarkable that barely a year after retiring to head the CIA he resigned in disgrace over an extramarital affair.

    $PHOTOCREDIT_ON$$PHOTOCREDIT_OFF$ Paula Broadwell, author of the David Petraeus biography “All In,” poses for photos in Charlotte, N.C.

    Petraeus became close to military reservist, scholar

    In the Army Reserve, she specialized in military intelligence, spending time at the U.S. Special Operations Command and the FBI Counterterrorism Task Forces before pursuing an academic career, according to her Penguin bio.

    Shelley and Kris Kummer of South Elgin make their way with their daughter Sophia, 4, to watch staff from the St. Charles Public Library bring books, finger plays, songs and more to children during a story time at the Arlene H. Shoemaker Nature Center in Tekakwitha Woods Nature Center in St. Charles. The nature center is moving this month from Tekakwitha Woods to LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve.

    A look at the history of Tekakwitha Woods

    In mid-November the naturalist staff of the Forest Preserve District of Kane County will move from Tekakwitha Woods Nature Center to the District's new Creek Bend Nature Center at LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve in St. Charles. Moving is a reflective, if not hectic, time. As I've been filling and stacking boxes, I have frequently paused and look out into the autumn woods. There's a lot of history...


    Thieves steal more than 50 tires from Arlington Hts. auto dealer

    Thieves have stolen more than 50 spare tires and rims from vehicles at Arlington Nissan, 1100 W. Dundee Road, in recent weeks, police said.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    A 22-year-old Schaumburg man was charged with criminal damage to property in Schaumburg after he reportedly threw a company cellphone on the floor in anger when a fellow employee asked him to take a drug test.


    High court to take new look at voting rights law

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will consider eliminating the government's most potent weapon against racial discrimination at polling places since the 1960s. The court acted three days after a diverse coalition of voters propelled President Barack Obama to a second term in the White House.


    Obama: Some compromise, but limits on tax cuts

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner are signaling they're open to some compromise on a taxes and spending to prevent more financial pain in the new year, but the two sides are digging in on raising taxes for wealthier Americans. Obama said Friday that his re-election gave him a mandate to pursue that position because "the majority of Americans agree with my...

    Nate Silver, the 34-year-old statistician, unabashed numbers geek, author and creator of the much-read FiveThirtyEight blog at The New York Times, correctly predicted the presidential winner in all 50 states, and almost all the Senate races.

    He called election, now statistician's a pop-culture star

    NEW YORK — The other night, Nate Silver got a little taste of what things are going to be like for him, post-Election 2012.

    A motorist pumps gas while people stand in line with containers to purchase gas Nov. 9 in Brooklyn, N.Y. Police were at gas stations to enforce a new gasoline rationing plan that lets motorists fill up every other day that started in New York on Friday morning.

    Drivers grapple with NYC gas rationing after Sandy

    NEW YORK — A return to 1970s-era gas rationing seemed to help with hourslong gas station lines that formed after Superstorm Sandy, but it didn't end a fuel-gauge fixation that suddenly has become a way of life for drivers in the nation's largest city.


    Ball State sees dip in enrollment for 2012

    MUNCIE, Ind. — Ball State University says its enrollment is down this year due largely to more competition for top students and a more selective admissions process.The Star Press reports (http://tspne.ws/RKQBYs ) the number of students enrolled on campus has fallen by about 400 after several years of growth.


    Apollo astronauts to be honored at Adler

    CHICAGO — Three Apollo astronauts will have their footprints set into concrete next week at Chicago's Adler Planetarium in a ceremony to honor veterans of the program's final mission.The event on Tuesday will mark the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 17 mission, the 11th and final manned flight to the Moon for NASA's Apollo program.


    New app helps suburban commuters on the go

    Chicago-area commuters have a new way to check train and bus schedules while on the go. The Regional Transportation Authority announced Friday that its website, www.goroo.com , is now available as a smartphone app.

    Daniel Cortez, a Rosemont Elementary School second-grader, enjoys the show.

    Small audience gets special visit with big circus cats

    Schoolchildren were invited to the Allstate Arena Friday to watch renowned animal trainer Alexander Lacey rehearse his circus act with the lions and tigers. Lacey, whose family has raised more than 11 generations of lions and nine generations of tigers, is one of only a very small handful of top trainers worldwide to work with both lions and tigers in the same act.

    A new runway on the south side of O’Hare International Airport is set for completion next fall.

    New O’Hare runway means more noise in some towns

    Shake, rattle and roll. What will the new runway on the south end of O'Hare International Airport's mean for noise patterns in the suburbs? Some towns to the east and west might get more airplane noise, but others to the northwest could get less. "You'll see more flights coming from the west, going to the west, coming from east, going to the east," FAA spokesman Tony Molinaro said.

    Lake County Board member Brent Paxton

    Lake County considering $90 million loan to expand court facilities

    Lake County officials are considering borrowing up to $90 million to expand the main courthouse in downtown Waukegan and other facilities. A new nine-story tower on the south side of Washington Street near County Street, between the courthouse and the county jail, could be the centerpiece of the project, officials said.


    Veterans Day events in the suburbs
    From Saturday through Tuesday, there are many events for the public to honor suburban U.S. military veterans -- ceremonies, concerts and exhibits.


    Grab for domain names raises concerns of web scams

    s the Internet adds valuable new domain names that are luring the likes of Google and Amazon.com, a little-known company called Donuts Inc. is making a grab that opponents say could fuel cybersquatting, the practice of stealing website identities. Donuts, backed by more than $100 million in venture capital, is spending $56 million to bid for 307 of the 1,400 new so-called generic top-level domain...


    With seconds remaining, and under the hold of Conner Milliren (26), kicker Ryan Mulhern kicks the game winning field goal, for a 23-20 win over Waubonsie Valley.

    Neuqua beats Waubonsie with last-minute fieldgoal

    There were several reasons Ryan Mulhern shouldn't have made the biggest field goal of his life. The Neuqua Valley senior hadn't converted since Sept. 28. He was 2-for-6 on the year. His usual snapper got injured. A previous extra point was botched. And the whopper, a game-time decision cleared him to play Saturday after an enlarged spleen from mononucleosis held him out last week against Bolingbrook. With 11 seconds left in the Class 8A quarterfinal and the ball on the 2-yard line against archrival Waubonsie Valley, Mulhern narrowed his focus and delivered. His 19-yard field goal gave the host Wildcats a 23-20 victory before 7,500 people in Naperville.

    Notre Dame tight end Troy Niklas (85) celebrates with teammates Saturday after catching a touchdown pass against the Boston College during the first half in Boston.

    Golson leads Notre Dame to 21-6 win over BC

    Everett Golson ran for a touchdown and threw for two more on Saturday night to help No. 4 Notre Dame beat Boston College 21-6 and keep its national championship hopes intact. Taking the field one hour after top-ranked Alabama lost to No. 15 Texas A&M, the Fighting Irish (10-0) remained unbeaten and in the hunt for a spot in the BCS title game.

    Benet celebrates their big win during the IHSA Class 4A girls volleyball championship game between Benet Academy and New Trier at Redbird Arena at Illinois State University Saturday November 10, 2012.

    Benet completes championship repeat

    Call it two the hard way. Counted out at the beginning of the year, down a game in both matches this weekend at Redbird Arena, No. 1-ranked Benet stormed back Saturday to beat New Trier 21-25, 25-22, 25-17 to repeat as Class 4A champion.

    Neuqua Valley’s Michael Casas, 55, and John Moore, 8, celebrate Saturday’s win over Waubonsie Valley.

    Images: Waubonsie Valley vs. Neuqua Valley football
    Waubonsie Valley took on Neuqua Valley Saturday night in IHSA quarterfinal football action at Neuqua Valley in Naperville. Neuqua Valley won 23-20.

    Mary Snyder of St. Charles East swims the 200 yard freestyle race during the St. Charles North girls swimming sectional Saturday November 10, 2012.

    St. Charles E. finds right gear

    St. Charles East went 11-for-11 at the St. Charles North girls swimming sectional on Saturday, qualifying athletes in every swimming event for next week's state meet in Evanston.


    Aurora Christian rolls into semifinals

    If there was a recipe for Winnebago upsetting Aurora Christian Saturday night in the Class 3A quarterfinals, it probably included running the ball for over 300 yards and being plus-3 in the turnover battle.

    Paul Michna/pmichna@dailyherald.com Jordan Bauer of Libertyville,left hits the ball while Ryann DeJarld of Mother McAuley attempts to block it. This took place during the Libertyville vs. Mother McAuley Class 4A third-place volleyball game at Redbird Arena, on Illinois State campus Saturday.

    Libertyville proudly returns with fourth-place hardware
    Wide-eyed, big-smiled, Libertyville senior Kristen Webb didn't wear the look of a girl who just lost her last high-school match. She knew her team left it on the line. Going point-for-point with a program steeped in volleyball pedigree, the Wildcats fell to Mother McAuley 25-22, 25-22 in Saturday's Class 4A third-place match at Redbird Arena. "I'm not upset right now. I'm so proud of these girls," Webb said. "We set a goal at the beginning of the year to get here. From Day 1 of practice we said we wanted to go to state. That just seemed so far off, so far away. We took those steps and made it a reality. I'm not sad."

    Lake Zurich’s Sean Lynch leaps into the arms of Jake Stauner after Stauner caught a touchdown pass against Rockford Boylan in Class 7A state quarterfinal play at Lake Zurich on Saturday.

    Lake Zurich has Boylan’s number

    Lake Zurich topped visiting Rockford Boylan 21-6 in the Class 7A quarterfinals on Saturday, snapping the Titans' 39-game winning streak. The Bears' win not only moved the sixth-seeded Bears (10-2) into a semifinal showdown next week with No. 1 Glenbard West, it also gave coach Dave Proffitt his 100th career head-coaching victory.


    Sectional shapes up well for Naperville Central

    Two weeks ago Naperville Central freshman Sydney Weeks was laid up with a case of mononucleosis, but she returned just in time to swim in sectionals, and Saturday she played a major part in helping the Redhawks to the Metea Valley sectional championship. Weeks finished second in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:06.40 and also swam the breaststroke on the Redhawks' 200 medley relay team, which qualified for next week's state meet.


    Girls volleyball/Top 20
    The final girls volleyball Top 20 for the 2012 season.

    Benet’s Sheila Doyle reacts to a point against New Trier during Saturday’s Class 4A championship volleyball game at Redbird Arena at Illinois State University.

    Images: Class 4A state girls volleyball championship
    The Class 4A state volleyball championship was held Saturday, Nov. 10 in Redbird Arena at Illinois State University. Benet Academy defeated New Trier in three games to win the championship.


    Inspired Montini surprises Marian Central

    A much greater loss than one earlier this season gave Montini some extra inspiration for Saturday night's Class 5A football quarterfinal rematch at unbeaten Marian Central. Last Sunday Montini sophomore football player Johnny Weiger lost a battle with leukemia that began a year ago. One of the posters hanging from the front of the visitors' stands at George Harding Field said, "Johnny Always Wins." And for the fourth straight year, Montini didn't lose when it faced Marian in the postseason as the three-time defending 5A champions overcame an early 14-point deficit for a 42-27 victory.

    Bulls forward Luol Deng drives to the basket as Minnesota Timberwolves forward Chase Budinger guards Saturday during the first half at the United Center.

    Robinson sparks Bulls to win over Timberwolves

    Nate Robinson scored 18 points and the Bulls beat Minnesota 87-80 on Saturday night, ending the Timberwolves' three-game winning streak. Robinson played 31 minutes after starting point guard Kirk Hinrich left the game with a right hip strain in the second quarter.


    Harper runs down another NJCAA title

    Make it two straight for Jim Macnider and the Harper men's cross country program. The Hawks, led by an individual championship from Troy Cunningham, repeated as NJCAA champions with a dominant performance Saturday in Delhi, N.Y. Harper finished with 59 points, well ahead of runner-up Gloucester (N.J.) 98 and Delhi (115). "I'm proud of our guys, and happy for them," Macnider said.

    The St. Francis team reacts to their big win during the class 3A girls volleyball championship Saturday at Redbird Arena, on Illinois State campus in Bloomington-Normal.

    Tears of joy, sadness for St. Francis

    A steady stream of tears from Peg Kopec and her St. Francis girls said it all. St. Francis has made little mention this season outside its family of Megan Boken, the ex-Spartan murdered two weeks before its first match. But she was always on the girls' minds and in their hearts. Quietly, her memory is always with them. And on Saturday, wearing the same "lucky state" uniforms that Megan wore when St. Francis last won it all in 2006, sister Mary Boken and the Spartans beat Richmond-Burton 25-21, 25-20 in the Class 3A final at Redbird Arena for their ninth state championship.

    It’s a sad moment for Palatine’s Lucas Rago and his senior teammates as a memorable four years of football comes to an end in the Class 8A quarterfinals at Loyola.

    This group of Pirates was special

    They may have walked off the turf of Hoerster Field at Sachs Stadium on the wrong end of a 19-7 decision against Loyola in the Class 8A quarterfinal, but that's not the way that Palatine's senior class will be remembered.

    Palatine’s Josh Baldus feels the sting of his season coming to an end after the Pirates fell to Loyola in the Class 8A playoff quarterfinals at Loyola on Saturday.

    Sullivan, Loyola defense stop Palatine

    For the first time all season, the Palatine offense was stymied. The Pirates entered Saturday afternoon's contest at Hoerster Field at Sachs Stadium scoring 44 points per game, but a sound Loyola defense forced Palatine into 4 turnovers and held them without an offensive touchdown to earn a 19-7 win in the Class 8A quarterfinals. Palatine (10-2) finished with a season-low 193 yards of offense, more than 100 fewer than its previous low.


    Glenbard North knocks off top-seeded Maine South

    Glenbard North knew all about Maine South's history of football success. It didn't seem to care. Maine South has won five state championships since 1995 and three since 2008, but it won't win one in 2012 after Glenbard North defeated the top-seeded Hawks 29-23 in a Class 8A quarterfinal in Park Ridge.


    Benet stuns Downers North on final play

    With the game and his team's season on the line, Benet quarterback Jack Beneventi worried for a split second that his throw toward the end zone was maybe a tad off target.As it turns out, the throw was perfect, Jack Toner's catch at the back of the end zone was perfect, and the Redwings could not have asked for a more perfect ending to Saturday's wild Class 7A quarterfinal battle at Downers Grove North. When Toner hauled in the Beneventi pass and managed to keep a foot inside the back of the end zone, the Redwings claimed a stunning 26-24 victory to improve to 11-1 on the season and advance to the next weekend's state semifinals.

    Hersey senior Amanda Petro, right, high-fives coach Dick Mortensen following her winning effort in the 200-yard IM at Saturday’s Stevenson sectional meet.

    Stevenson puts on a winning show

    Drying off on the pool deck at Stevenson after a celebratory dunking, Patriots girls swimming coach Karl Milkereit summed up the wild emotional swings of Saturday's sectional meet succinctly: "It's like a TV reality show that lasts 3½ hours," he said. "You get girls crying after one race, then thrilled after another race five minutes later. And it happens over and over." From Stevenson's standpoint, you really couldn't have scripted it any better. With the built-in drama of trying to qualify for the state championship meet, the Patriots finished with 272 points to take top teams honors, edging Fremd (237) and Barrington (236.5).


    A good day for Glenbard North swimmers

    A day that began well with qualification of its 200-yard medley relay only got better for Glenbard North at the St. Charles North girls swimming sectional. Comprising that relay, which finished second, were Mary Savegnago, Mary Floren, Danielle Homere and Heather Rady.

    Glenbard West players congratulate one another following their 3-0 victory over Wheaton North Saturday.

    Wheaton North can’t muddy Glenbard West’s future

    The fine line between Glenbard West and Wheaton North was as indistinguishable as the mud-caked numbers on the uniforms.With neither football team able to do much of anything in the muck of Duchon Field caused by pregame downpours, a lone Hayden Lekacz second-quarter field goal proved to be the difference as Glenbard West advanced to the Class 7A state semifinals for the third time in five years with Saturday's 3-0 victory over Wheaton North. The top-seeded Hilltoppers (12-0) will play at home in the semifinals in a rematch against No. 6 Lake Zurich (10-2). The Bears knocked out Glenbard West 10-3 in the second round last year, handing the Hilltoppers' senior class its only high school loss.

    Cary-Grove defensive coordinator Don Sutherland directs his troops during the Trojans’ 7-0 Class 6A quarterfinal win over Crystal Lake Central Saturday.

    Flexible Cary-Grove defense comes up big

    Cary-Grove's explosive offense has rightfully commanded headlines this season, but the credit for the Trojans' 7-0 victory over Crystal Lake Central in Saturday's Class 6A quarterfinal lies squarely with the defense. A unit that opened the season with a ton of question marks punctuated one of the most important playoff victories in school history by turning the CL Central offense away four times in Cary-Grove territory, including twice in the game's final five minutes.

    Palatine’s Jesse Bobbit and his brother react after losing to Loyola.

    Images: Palatine vs. Loyola, quarterfinal football playoffs
    The Palatine High School football team traveled to Loyola Acadamy and lost 19-7 in a state quarterfinal game on Saturday, November 10, 2012

    Cary-Grove’s Kyle Matthiesen (51) and Trevor Ruhland celebrate the Trojans’ 7-0 win over Crystal Lake Central Saturday in the Class 6A state quarterfinals.

    Cary-Grove turns back Crystal Lake Central

    It was all there for the taking for No. 4 seed Crystal Lake Central. And not just once, or twice for the Tigers. But 3 times in the fourth quarter. With its best opportunity on Cary-Grove's third fumble of the quarter — a failed exchange that CLC recovered on the Trojan 29 with 1:20 remaining down 7-0 — seemingly spelling doom for the top-seeded, undefeated Trojans, whose offense was collectively frustrated. But credit Cary-Grove's defense, which stymied Central's spread attack and double-tight set all afternoon, limiting the Tigers' offense to 182 total yards, for making one more stop, this one with the game on the line. And that final stop came on the Tigers' final pass, when Kyle Lavand lofted a miracle pass toward the end zone on fourth-and-2 with 30 seconds remaining. Defensive back Matt Sutherland batted the pass to the ground, a play indictative of how the Trojans' defense stood to preserve a 7-0 shutout win in a Class 6A quarterfinal game that served all the justice it could at Al Borher Field in Cary Saturday afternoon.


    Skibinski’s right on time for Schaumburg

    Swimmers compete all season with the state-qualifying standard etched in their brains. At the end of her 100-yard breaststroke race at Saturday's St. Charles North Sectional, Schaumburg's Sydney Skibinski's time reminded everyone just what that state cut was. Skibinski, a junior, finished fourth and swam 1:08.22, exactly the time set by the IHSA for qualification for next week's state meet in Evanston.


    A deep talent pool gathers at Lake Forest

    By the time you are a senior in high school, you begin to feel comfortable in your own skin. And maybe that's the reason Grayslake Central 12th-grader Claire Haggerty proudly wore her swimming jacket around the high school this week. "People would ask me if we had a swimming team,'' Haggerty said. "I told them the pool was in the basement." The Lake Forest sectional was kind to the girl with no formal team. Haggerty qualified for the state meet in the 200 IM (2:09.77). The sectional was also kind to that team that has no pool of its own this season. The Mundelein Mustangs won all three relays, and led by sophomore Erin Falconer, finished a strong second. The home-standing Scouts won their own sectional (303), followed by Mundelein (237) and Libertyville (191). Warren was a strong fourth (179) and Vernon Hills was fifth (101).

    Minnesota fullback Mike Henry holds on to the ball near Illinois defensive back Justin Green Saturday during the first half in Champaign.

    Illinois loses seventh straight game

    Two plays, two yards and Illinois might have been able to put a pair of stubborn losing streaks to bed Saturday. But the Illini came up short on both of those third-and-1 plays against Minnesota, losing 17-3 and watching the Gophers secure bowl eligibility and keeping both streaks alive. "We've got to come off the football and bloody some mouths and get us a yard when we need a yard," coach Tim Beckman said.

    Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel reacts after the Aggies scored their third touchdown of the first quarter against Alabama Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

    Manziel, No. 15 Texas A&M stun No. 1 Bama 29-24

    Johnny Football and the SEC newbies from Texas A&M took down the biggest bully in their new neighborhood and left No. 1 Alabama with badly bruised national championship hopes. Johnny Manziel, better known around Texas as Johnny Football, staked the 15th-ranked Aggies to a three-touchdown lead in the first quarter, and Texas A&M held on to beat the Crimson Tide 29-24 on Saturday.

    Lake Zurich players leap into the student fan section after winning over Rockford Boylan in Class 7A state quarterfinal game at Lake Zurich on Saturday.

    Images: Rockford Boylan vs. Lake Zurich football
    Lake Zurich defeated Rockford Boylan in Class 7A state quarterfinal game at Lake Zurich on Saturday.

    Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez throws Saturday during the first half against Penn State in Lincoln.

    No. 18 Nebraska rallies to beat Penn State 32-23

    Nebraska did it again. For the second straight week and fourth time this season, the 18th-ranked Cornhuskers overcame a double-digit, second-half deficit to win a football game. "We've got a lot of heart," quarterback Taylor Martinez said, "and we know we can come back from anything."

    St. Francis celebrates their class 3A girls volleyball championship Saturday at Redbird Arena after defeating Richmond-Burton.

    Images: Class 3A state girls volleyball championship
    The Class 3A state volleyball championship was held Saturday, Nov. 10 in Redbird Arena at Illinois State University. St. Francis defeated Richmond-Burton in two games to win the championship.

    Ali Cazel of Huntley swims the 200 yard freestyle race during the St. Charles North girls swimming sectional Saturday.

    Huntley’s Curits makes school history

    No matter how she performs in Evanston next weekend, Chanel Curtis is already a record-setter as the first Huntley swimmer — boys or girls — to qualify a state swim meet. Curtis booked her place after she finished third in the 50-yard freestyle in Saturday's St. Charles North Sectional. "It's really exciting and I'm really happy," Curtis said.

    Glenbard West’s Nick Garland receives congratulations from fans following Saturday’s 3-0 victory over Wheaton North.

    Images: Wheaton North at Glenbard West IHSA football quarterfinal action.
    Glenbard West celebrated its 3-0 victory over Wheaton North in Saturday afternoon's IHSA state quarterfinal football playoff game.

    Cary-Grove’s Kyle Norberg leaps over a tackle by teammate Gunnar Halverson as he makes a run up the middle of the field in the second quarter on Saturday, November 10.

    Images: Crystal Lake Central vs. Cary-Grove football
    The Trojans of Cary-Grove clashed with the Crystal Lake Central Tigers in playoff football action Saturday in Cary.

    Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter pitches the ball toward a running back Saturday during the first quarter against Michigan in Ann Arbor.

    Michigan beats Northwestern 38-31 in OT

    Northwestern was seconds away from winning consecutive games at Michigan Stadium for the first time since the 1934 and 1936 seasons. The Wildcats failed to take advantage of the historic opportunity. "We can hang our heads, but I think we are a pretty good football team," Wildcats coach Pat Fitzgerald said. "We just needed to make one more play."

    Purdue running back Akeem Shavers (24) jumps over teammate offensive linesman Kevin Pamphile (64) as Iowa cornerback Micah Hyde (18), defensive lineman Steve Bigach (54) and defensive back Collin Sleeper (10) close in Saturday during the second half in Iowa City. Purdue won 27-24.

    Purdue stuns Iowa 27-24 to snap 5-game skid

    Paul Griggs drilled a 46-yard field goal as time expired and Purdue stunned Iowa 27-24 Saturday, snapping a five-game losing streak. Robert Marve threw for 266 yards and two touchdowns for the Boilermakers (4-6, 1-5 Big Ten), who won for the first time in Iowa City in 20 years.

    Wisconsin's Montee Ball (28) and James White celebrates after Ball ran 49-yards for a touchdown Saturday during the second half against Indiana in Bloomington, Ind.

    Ball's big day leads Wisconsin past Indiana 62-14

    Montee Ball and James White put Wisconsin's Big Ten title hopes back on track Saturday. The two running backs ran for 359 yards and five touchdowns and Ball moved into second place on the career touchdown list, leading the Badgers to a 62-14 rout at Indiana and back to the Big Ten title game.


    Cook carries Youngstown St. past W. Illinois 31-7

    MACOMB, Ill. — Jamaine Cook rushed for 113 yards and two touchdowns and Youngstown State held Western Illinois to 157 yards of offense en route to a 31-7 victory Saturday.Cook eclipsed 100 yards for the 19th time in his career, and his two short touchdown runs gave him 38 career rushing TDs.The Penguins (6-4, 3-4 Missouri Valley) also got rushing touchdowns from Kurt Hess and Torrian Pace while piling up 225 yards on the ground.Western Illinois (3-7, 1-6), which lost its fifth straight, got its only points on a 1-yard run by Hayden Northern in the first quarter. That play was set up by a David McDaniel interception that put the ball on the Penguins’ 17-yard-line.The Leathernecks had just 67 yards rushing on 23 carries, and Northern was 10 of 18 passing for 90 yards.Hess completed 14 of 22 passes for 152 yards for Youngstown State.


    Eastern Illinois beats Southeast Missouri 39-20

    CHARLESTON, Ill. — Erik Lora caught 15 passes for 178 yards, including a 43-yard score that gave Eastern Illinois the lead for good, and the Panthers went on to defeat Southeast Missouri 39-20 on Saturday for their fourth consecutive win.The victory assures Eastern Illinois (7-3, 6-1) of at least a share of the Ohio Valley Conference championship. The Panthers finish their regular season next week at Central Arkansas.The touchdown pass from Jimmy Garoppolo to Lora with 40 seconds remaining in the third quarter made it 23-20, and Taylor Duncan and Jake Walker scored on short TD runs in the fourth quarter for Eastern Illinois. Walker finished with 132 yards on 23 carries for Eastern Illinois. Each team ran 75 plays, but the Panthers outgained the Redhawks 441-233.Scott Lathrop ran 27 times for 103 yards, and Levi Terrell had 22 carries for 96 yards for Southeast Missouri (3-7, 2-5).


    Sykes’ 31 lead Green Bay past Chicago State 72-67

    Kiefer Sykes scored 31 points and Green Bay converted 41 of 48 free-throw attempts to beat Chicago State 72-67 Saturday in the season opener for both teams.

    Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, right, and wide receiver Brandon Marshall take a break on the bench after Cutler threw a touchdown pass to Marshall against the Tennessee Titans in the fourth quarter last Sunday in Nashville. The Bears offense has flourished in the fourth, but struggled early in games.

    Time for Bears offense to get started

    The Bears' offensive struggles early in games this season have been masked by exceptional fourth-quarter production and a stout defense. But can they afford sluggish starts against tougher opponents, starting tonight? "I don't care how we start," wide receiver Brandon Marshall said. "It's all about how we finish."

    Notre Dame guard Eric Atkins drives the lane as Notre Dame forward Jack Cooley, left, watches Saturday during the second half in South Bend, Ind. Defending for Evansville are Ned Cox, Lewis Jones and Ryan Sawvell.

    Cooley scores 19 to lead No. 22 ND over Evansville

    Jack Cooley scored the first nine points of the game and finished with 19, Scott Martin pulled down 16 rebounds and No. 22 Notre Dame beat Evansville 58-49 Saturday in the season opener for both teams.

    Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub has thrown only 4 interceptions this season, while the Bears have grabbed 17.

    Can Texans’ Schaub tame interception-minded Bears?

    Houston's Matt Schaub is one of the NFL's best quarterbacks, but Bears cornerback Kelvin Hayden knows he's not unbeatable, as Bob LeGere explains in this Bears notebook. Bears cornerback Kelvin Hayden knows. The last time Schaub threw an interception on the road, which was more than two years ago, it was Hayden who got the pick, as a member of the Colts.


    NHL, union meet for small, informal lunch

    The NHL and the players' association weren't quite ready to return to the bargaining table Saturday. But they put aside their differences long enough to at least have lunch together. After negotiations hit a rough spot Friday on the fourth straight day of talks during the lockout, the sides stayed apart through the early part of Saturday.

    Sheila Doyle of Benet celebrates their win during the class 4A girls volleyball semifinal, Benet vs. Libertyville at Redbird Arena, on Illinois State campus Friday.

    Benet fights back to beat Libertyville

    Knocked down but never out, defending state champion Benet is still standing. Down a game and 15-10 in the second to Libertyville, the Redwings answered the bell to pull out a 20-25, 25-21, 25-13 win in Friday's Class 4A semifinal at Redbird Arena. "Anytime you come down here you gotta expect to go three games, and that's what we want. We want to turn it into a slugfest," Benet coach Brad Baker said. "If we're going to be here for an hour and a half, that's fine with us. They pushed us and we were able to fight back and pull it out."


    The BBC Director General, George Entwistle, announces his resignation Saturday from the BBC outside New Broadcasting House in central London.

    BBC chief quits over TV report

    George Entwistle, the director general of the BBC, resigned on Saturday night over a TV program the network had aired that wrongly implicated a British politician in a child sex-abuse scandal.

    Supporters of Mitt Romney watch election results on a television screen Tuesday during an election rally at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center in Boston. According to Twitter, there were 31 million tweets on Election Day, with the site hitting a peak of 327,452 tweets-per-minute the moment TV networks called the race for President Obama.

    On election night, TV trounced Twitter

    PALO ALTO, Calif. — According to Twitter, there were 31 million tweets on Election Day, with the site hitting a peak of 327,452 tweets-per-minute the moment TV networks called the race for President Obama. That was a record pace for the microblogging network, and the company considers it a point of pride that Twitter never once went down during the surge. As Twitter design chief Doug Bowman noted, “RIP, Fail Whale.”Yet if you wanted to keep close tabs on who was winning Tuesday night, Twitter failed you. The same goes for much of the rest of the Web. The best way to figure out what was going on was to go old-school: Turn on the news, sit back, and relax.TV’s best election geeks — especially CNN’s John King and NBC’s Chuck Todd — were faster, more accurate and more thoughtful than most sources you could find online. Throughout the night, they told you where Obama was doing well, where Mitt Romney was weak, what was going on with congressional races, and why specific returns in specific swing counties across the nation mattered. With King’s “Magic Wall” — the data-spewing touch screen map that he operated with the facility of a tweaked-out gamer — and with its live, exclusive reports on the vote count from important polling places in battleground states, CNN became something like a televised version of polling maestro Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight blog at The New York Times. If you were watching TV without the aid of the Web, you would have known pretty early Tuesday night that Romney was in trouble, and you would have known exactly why.But if TV offered everything I usually go to the Web for — speed, precision and depth — the Web was full of what one usually finds on cable news: pointless bloviating peppered with unsubstantiated rumor. At its best, Twitter was a noisy echo of television — most people (myself included!) were just telling you what they were watching and how they felt about it. It was hard to find solid information elsewhere online, too. Sites offering live election results were slammed with traffic, which made them slow and unreliable. The scrolling tickers on cable networks offered up results faster than you could find them on most states’ official election pages.TV’s triumph over Twitter was surprising. For the rest of the campaign, Twitter was the center of the political universe. Reporters, pundits and activists used the network to monitor and manufacture each day’s spin. For most of the summer and fall, pretty much everything you saw on cable news at night was born on Twitter in the morning. Twitter’s zenith came during the three presidential debates. Even while Obama and Romney were speaking, its clever, politically minded hordes would fact-check and grade their performances in real time. On TV after the debates, you’d mostly hear pundits telling you stuff they’d read on Twitter. This was old media at its worst.Twitter also revealed its strengths during Hurricane Sandy, directing people to information that was targeted to their needs.Unlike the storm or the debates, Election Night — a long-planned-for event that benefits from a lot of expensive resources — played to TV’s strengths. The networks knew where to deploy their people, and they had specific expertise on staff. Any citizen journalist can report from a storm, and anyone who was watching that first debate could have opined on Obama’s terrible performance, but it takes an election expert to tell you why Hillsborough County, Fla., is crucial to the electoral math, and it takes money and access to send a reporter to monitor the vote tally in that county and report what they’re seeing right now.

    A worker measures a tuna at the Maruha Nichiro Holdings, Inc. tuna farm in Kumano, Japan.

    Fisheries nations set to discuss bluefin tuna

    Environmentalists are calling on the 48 nations in ICCAT to endorse scientific recommendations to keep the current quotas of 14,200 tons a year intact for the next three years.

    Different versions of the Microsoft Windows 8 operating system displayed during a media availability at Best Buy in Springfield.

    Thinking of Upgrading to Windows 8? Don’t

    I've made a lot of computer blunders over the years. So please believe me when I offer this word of advice on installing Microsoft's shiny new Windows 8 operating system: Don't. Unless you have a very recent personal computer with a touch screen, there are few benefits — and some significant drawbacks in terms of learning curve and usability — to upgrading from Windows 7.

    Employees hold a new full size Apple iPad 4th generation, left, next to new Apple iPad mini at the Apple store on Michigan Avenue in Chicago. The new iPad Mini is sure to please millions this holiday season. But fans of the latest full-size iPad have reason to look down on this newcomer: compared to other Apple products, the screen just isn’t that good.

    Review: iPad Mini charms, but screen is a letdown

    I bet the iPad Mini is going to be on a lot of wish lists this holiday season. I also bet that for a lot of people, it's not going to be the best choice. It's beautiful and light, but Apple made a big compromise in the design, one that means that buyers should look closely at the competition before deciding.

    Some worry about the direction of Apple after the firing of Scott Forstall, the senior vice president in charge of iOS.

    Plenty of reasons to worry about Apple

    WASHINGTON — Many people have made themselves look foolish by taking a skeptical line on Apple over the past five years, but the time has come for me to make that call. The problem isn’t the products — which still look great to me — but the people. I’m bearish on Apple because of the firing of Scott Forstall, the senior vice president in charge of iOS. It’s not that I hold any particular affection for Forstall personally or even take his side in the great skeuomorphism controversy that’s been roiling Apple circles for a while now. But a company doesn’t normally lose a key player for no reason, and Forstall’s baby — the operating system that runs iPhones and iPads — is what made the company what it is today.Before iOS, Steve Jobs had already returned and “saved” the company from oblivion. But that simply meant restoring it to what it had been before the disaster: a medium-sized, profitable, niche consumer electronics company known for its elegant industrial design and hampered by a paucity of available software. It was iOS that turned Apple into a juggernaut. For the person who shepherded the company’s biggest success to get sacked is a big deal. And the reasoning behind it — persistent personality clashes with other key executives — is a troubling sign that with Jobs gone, the company may not be able to hold together the kind of all-star team it needs to keep innovating and succeeding.It’s true, of course, that Forstall has also been associated with some problems recently, most notably the release of Apple’s Maps app with weak underlying data. But the Apple/Google Maps relationship was untenable in the long term, and it was severed at the right time. Switching to a new platform necessarily set Apple back in terms of data quality, simply because there’s no way to gather the user data you need to improve the system without releasing the product into the world. Moving forward on its own was a calculated risk that offered the company its only hope of ever developing a map app superior to the one that ships with Android.Still, it’s clear that the real story behind Forstall’s firing has relatively little to do with Maps per se.Instead, as Reuters has written, the tensions have been “years in the making” and are driven by personality issues. Forstall allegedly refused to sign a Maps apology letter and Bob Mansfield, another key executive who abruptly retired and unretired from the company in recent months, didn’t want to work with him. As John Gruber, dean of the Apple bloggers, put it, “this is about Forstall’s relationship with the other senior executives at the company. Personalities and politics, not rich Corinthian leather.”That’s a dead-on analysis, but consumers shouldn’t be so sanguine about it.One of the greatest challenges facing a company like Apple is how to retain the best people. Its senior executives are all rich and successful and could retire in comfort or easily obtain funding to start their own companies. Under those circumstances, how do you keep people like that working for the man? Well, one way is to not subject them to other people they dislike. So if you want to keep Mansfield, you ditch Forstall. But it looks in retrospect as if one of Jobs’ main assets was that he had the prestige and the charismatic leadership necessary to keep the team together. As Apple’s founder and savior, he was the undisputed leader. If Forstall was the best person to lead iOS, then he was going to lead iOS, and everyone else would learn to deal with it.Executives at a company as profitable and cash-rich as Apple can afford to run things however they please. A forceful personality like Jobs could steer the ship, but — adept though he may be — new CEO Tim Cook is no Steve Jobs.That hardly means collapse is around the corner, but it’s a big step in the direction of complacency and away from excellence. Fans of Apple’s products should be worried.

    This video game image released by Activision shows a scene from “Call of Duty: Black Ops II.” The latest installment in the wildly popular “Call of Duty” video game franchise transports fans to a completely new place: the future. Setting half of “Call of Duty: Black Ops II” in the year 2025 could be the riskiest gambit yet for the successful shoot-’em-up series known for its relentless past-and-present realism.

    ‘Call of Duty: Black Ops II’ aims toward future

    When the latest installment in the wildly popular "Call of Duty" video game franchise is released Tuesday, it will transport fans to a completely new place: the future. But setting half of "Call of Duty: Black Ops II" in the year 2025 could be the riskiest gambit yet for the successful shoot-'em-up series known for its relentless past-and-present realism.

    Microsoft store product adviser Stuart Pitts displays the new Surface tablet computer.

    Why is the Surface so bad?

    There's only one question anyone should ask about Microsoft's Surface tablet: Is it better than the iPad? It didn't take me a week and a half to decide whether the Surface is better than the iPad. At most it took a couple days, and that's being generous. You'd likely arrive at the same conclusion after playing with the Surface for just a few minutes in a Microsoft Store.


    Application reviews: FEMA, Weave

    The destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy served as a reminder to be prepared for the next one. So take a look at this mobile devices application from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA); it's done a lot better than most government agencies, whose apps tend to be buggy, difficult to navigate and just generally difficult to use.

    This combo made from product images provided by DC Entertainment shows a digital issue of “Batman Beyond” as seen on an iPad, and a digital issue of “Arrow” as seen on a Kindle Fire HD. In a nod to the expanding reach of tablets like iPads, Kindles and Nooks, DC Entertainment says it has begun selling all of its monthly comic book titles through e-stores operated by Apple, Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    DC offering monthly titles via Apple, Amazon, B&N

    DC Comics is expanding its digital storefront, putting all its monthly titles — from Batman to Superman — on sale at iTunes, Amazon's Kindle store and Barnes & Noble's Nook shop. The move announced Wednesday appears to make DC Entertainment the first major comics publisher to make its titles available through online stores the same day they're on sale in comic shops.


    Obama finding what’s good for GM not so good for taxpayers

    The bailout of General Motors played an important role in the re-election of President Obama, who stumped on the issue in Midwestern swing states. Now comes the hard part: unloading the government's stake, probably at a big loss. GM shares are trading at less than half the price the government said it needs to break even. Now that the election is over, cutting the stake could be good for GM's image and its stock.

Life & Entertainment

    Former Bear player Anthony Adams, 95, with the Lake Villa Timberwolves Youth Football team.

    Lake Villa Timberwolves youth football team, former Bear Adams make spoof video

    Anthony Adams, a former Chicago Bears defensive lineman, has gained some YouTube fame for making goofy videos about what he is doing now that he isn't playing football. Adams' most recent effort is a short video in which he "signs" with the Lake Villa Timberwolves youth football team and leads them to the Super Bowl, only to be cut after the big game.

    A sign at Arlington National Cemetery advertises the ANC Explorer application at the cemetery in Arlington, Va. Arlington National Cemetery plans to make available to the public the detailed geospatial database it has developed over several years while overhauling its records and responding to reports of misidentified remains.

    Arlington Cemetery debuts new interactive map

    Arlington National Cemetery has made available to the public a massive electronic database detailing the gravesites of the roughly 400,000 people buried there. Cemetery officials built the database over the last two years to verify the accuracy of their records brought into question by reports of misidentified graves.

    Paddlers take stop on a sandbar along the Kansas River near DeSoto, Kan.

    Canoes, kayaks lured to Kansas' prairie river

    A bald eagle swoops over the Kansas River. Its fledglings have already hatched, but its large nest is hard to miss, nestled in a tree along the water. Until recently, few visitors were able to paddle the river — also known as the Kaw — to see the eagles and herons that fish here and perch in the cottonwoods, sycamores and willows along its banks.

    The USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor is actually a grave, a resting place for crew members who died in the Pearl Harbor attack of Dec. 7, 1941.

    Honolulu bargains beyond the beaches

    Airfare, hotels, guided tours and pricey luaus — a Hawaii vacation can add up, especially now that hotel room prices are back on the rise. But walk past the expensive hotels in Waikiki, the tourist epicenter of Honolulu, and the greatest attraction of all awaits, for free: the beach. With miles of coastline in Oahu, there's certain to be a sand, sea and surf spot to your liking. But if that's not enough, there are plenty of other great things to see and do without spending a dime.

    Mariah Carey was so excited about President Barack Obama’s re-election that she released a new song in his honor.

    Celebrities air post-election feelings online

    Mariah Carey was so excited about President Barack Obama's re-election that she released a new song in his honor. Beyoncé popped up on Instagram with a rebuke for Mitt Romney, while Romney supporter Elisabeth Hasselbeck sent out a disappointed but conciliatory tweet urging a divided United States to become one. Celebrities, who voiced their opinions loudly during the election, continued to speak their minds after the ballots were counted.

    Members of the band Lady Antebellum, from left, Dave Haywood, Hillary Scott and Charles Kelley at the 46th Annual Country Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. The trio won the breakthrough award at the 2012 Billboard Touring Awards on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012, in New York, for the success it had on its million-selling Own the Night world tour.

    Billboard honors Lady Antebellum for 1st tour

    When they first hit the road as an opening act the members of Lady Antebellum rarely wasted their downtime, quizzing stars like Kenny Chesney and Keith Urban and their crews on the intricacies of a successful arena tour. They employed everything they learned on their first headlining tour this year, selling more than a million tickets and visiting 11 countries. That success on the Own The Night tour earned them the breakthrough award at the 2012 Billboard Touring Awards on Thursday night in New York City.

    Photo gallery curator Anna Wolska presents a photo of Marylin Monroe by the late celebrity photographer Milton H. Greene, in Warsaw, Poland. Some 238 pictures by the late photographer Milton H. Greene including portraits of Monroe, along with Cary Grant, Frank Sinatra, Audrey Hepburn, Liza Minnelli, Marlene Dietrich, Paul Newman, Alfred Hitchcock and Marlon Brando, which are to be auctioned off in Warsaw on Thursday Nov. 8, 2012. Proceeds from the auction will go to the Polish state which owns a collection of around 4,000 pictures by Greene.

    Marilyn Monroe photos on auction in Poland

    ho doesn't want a picture of Marilyn Monroe? Hundreds of photographs of the blonde bombshell and other celebrities, including famous ones of Monroe in bed and as a ballerina, were sold for some $750,000 Thursday evening at an auction house in Poland.

    This image provided by Christie’s Images, Ltd, in New York, Friday Nov. 9, 2012, shows a work from Claude Monet’s “Water Lilies” series. The painting is from the estate of Ethel Strong Allen, widow of Wall Street executive Herbert Allen Sr., that she bequeathed to a suburban boarding school, was sold Wednesday for more than $43-million at Christie’s Evening Sale of Impressionist & Modern Art.

    Work from Monet’s ‘Water Lilies’ fetches over $43M

    A work from Claude Monet's "Water Lilies" series has been sold for more than $43 million at a New York City auction.The money will benefit the Hackley School in suburban Tarrytown, N.Y.


    Election officials defend special voting for Usher

    Election officials in the Atlanta area are defending their decision to allow singer Usher to bypass long lines and cast his ballot on Election Day, infuriating voters who had to wait.

    This film image released by Sony Pictures shows Berenice Marlohe in a scene from the film “Skyfall.” Costume designer Jany Temime says her mantra for the entire wardrobe of ìSkyfall,î which opens Friday, was ìiconic for 2012.î For Marlohe, Temime envisioned an Ava Gardner type. She required two knockout gowns, one a second-skin L’Wren Scott number that Marlohe had to be sewn into each morning, and a red, slinky Donna Karan.

    James Bond’s closet hits a lot of timeless looks

    If he's particular enough to like his martini shaken not stirred, James Bond probably likes his trousers trim not tight. Same goes for the tuxedo that's formal and not fussy, and any sweater in his closet surely is cashmere and perfectly casual and cool. Although the superspy first appeared on-screen 50 years ago, he never wants to look out-of-date.

    Lily Aldridge wearing a patriotic creation during a rehearsal for the 2012 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in New York.

    Victoria’s Secret fashion show rocks the catwalk

    Rihanna rocked lingerie at this week's Victoria's Secret fashion show in New York, providing the highlight of the live-music soundtrack and holding her own on the catwalk with some of the world's top models. And those models even had props, including Adriana Lima's ringmaster wand, Doutzen Kroes' body cage and several pairs of the oversized wings that the retailer has made its signature. It would be a close contest who got the biggest wings: Toni Garrn's giant poppy pair or Miranda Kerr's swan-style feathered pouf. Only Lily Aldridge could boast star-spangled wings that shot out silver sparkles.

    Singer Rihanna performs during the 2012 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show on Wednesday Nov. 7, 2012 in New York.

    Images: Victoria’s Secret fashion show

    Models and rock stars filled the catwalk at the Victoria's Secret Fashion show in New York.

    Jamie Hyneman, left, and Adam Savage, stars of the Discovery Channel television show “MythBusters,” bring their live arena show “MythBusters: Behind the Myths” to the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates.

    Weekend picks: Who ya gonna call? Mythbusters!

    Fans of those hands-on experimenters Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage of TV's “MythBusters” won't want to miss their arena show, “MythBusters: Behind the Myths,” today at Sears Centre. Celebrate the 75th birthday of J.R.R. Tolkien's book “The Hobbit” at the Hobbit Anniversary Party today at Anderson's Bookshop in Naperville. Be a part of the audience for a live broadcast of Garrison Keillor's “A Prairie Home Companion” today at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago.

    Artists use a variety of techniques at Creative Mirror and Shower’s artistic design center in Addison.

    Glass and mirrored surfaces personalize a home

    No one wants a cookie-cutter house. They want to inject their own personality into the place they call "home." No matter what a homeowner chooses to do to personalize their home, Creative Mirror and Shower in Addison is able to accommodate them.

    This new master bedroom is stunning and it passes the practicality test.

    Function and style meet in attic bedroom

    Colleen and Jamie live in a gorgeous old home with loads of charm and character. But old homes being what they are, there wasn't a lot of storage space in the couple's second-floor bedroom. The couple decided the simplest solution was to move up in the world, by swapping spaces with Jamie's attic office.

    The unique, contemporary home is located in the Mallard Lake Estates, Bloomingdale.

    Contemporary home is one-of-a-kind

    This large contemporary-style brick and cedar Bloomingdale home is truly one-of-a-kind. Located on one-acre in Mallard Lake Estates, it is undoubtedly the fantasy of every car lover and cross-country traveler with a recreational vehicle, and still has plenty of space for family living.



    The Soapbox

    Daily Herald editors speak out on video gambling, government layers, safe driving and other pressing topics.


    The ironies of election, government
    A Lake Zurich letter to the editor: So another election in the books. One of the worst states in the union gave more power to the group that continues to deliver nothing but economic disaster.


    Pension reform must happen soon
    A Northbrook letter to the editor: When we return to work in Springfield later this month, the pressure will be intense to again push serious reform down the road. We must not let that happen. After a divisive campaign season, Republicans and Democrats need to come together


    Prepare for even bigger expenses
    A Palatine letter to the editor: You didn't believe it when some where saying Obamacare was designed to eventually put everyone under the government plan. Well, now you'll get to experience it. There are big changes coming, folks.


    Dems divide country to win election
    A Huntley letter to the editor: It comes as a shock that Romney won in every poll showing that he beat Obama on who could better handle the economy, unemployment, foreign policy, the national debt, the deficit and more, but Obama won re-election.


    In the end, nothing has changed
    Well, we might ask, “What happened for the country Tuesday night?”In my opinion, not a thing. I was expecting better.We begin the next four years with basically the same House, the same Senate, the same president and no changes to the gang of czars or the Cabinet.We can now expect the full effect of: 1) The Affordable Care Act that nobody fully understands; 2) a big tax increase through cancellation of the Bush tax cuts; 3) a continued war on coal and traditional energy sources while promoting windmills; 4) a continuation of slow job growth and unemployment; 5) continued loss of prosperity for the middle class from inflation, expected tax increases and lost or reduced income for so many; 6) increased numbers of people falling below the poverty level; 7) a possible second recession if the feds do not address the tax changes and “sequestration” nonsense now scheduled to take effect Jan. 1; 8) continued federal deficits running at a trillion a year.With apologies for a little sarcasm, I want to thank my grandchildren for assuming responsibility of our continually increasing national debt, heading toward $20 trillion in four years. Democrats understand that people love government handouts — and that gets a lot of votes. Is that how we want to advance democracy? Sadly, I believe a very decent, hardworking, competent person and a more promising candidate for president lost Tuesday night.Peter WohldGlen Ellyn


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