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Daily Archive : Saturday November 17, 2012

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    Police blotter

    Burglars hurled a patio paver brick through a family room window at a home on the 2000 block of Spring Ridge Drive in Arlington Heights around 12:25 a.m. Nov. 13 but did not get inside because the female resident heard glass breaking and entered the family room. There was a laptop computer in plain view, a "For Sale" sign in the front yard, and no lights on inside.

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    Lt. gov. outlines steps to keep college affordable

    Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon is urging lawmakers and education officials to help keep college affordable. Simon spoke during a tour of Northern Illinois University and called a college degree a prerequisite for students to get jobs that pay well.

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    Health department has food safety tips for turkey

    Thanksgiving is less than a week away, so it's a good time to remember food safety. That's the message from the Illinois Department of Public Health, which has some tips for people planning to roast a turkey.

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    Anyone who may recognize this man or remember anything familiar about the face is asked to call General Investigations at (708) 865-6244.

    Authorities hope to ID remains based on new sketch

    Cook County authorities are releasing a sketch made using new 3-D scan technology on a human skull found in woods near Chicago, hoping that someone will recognize the man.

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    Members of the 2012 Women’s Olympic Gymnastics team, Gabby Douglas, left, McKayla Maroney, center, and, Jordyn Wieber, right, react Thursday to the wind gust caused by the Marine One helicopter, with President Barack Obama aboard, as they watch the departure from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington.

    Obama does ‘not impressed’ photo with Maroney

    A photo of the Olympic gold medalist gymnast and President Barack Obama doing her now-famous "McKayla Maroney is not impressed" face went viral Saturday after the White House posted it on Twitter.

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    A Patas monkey looks out of his cage at Zoo Boise Saturday after his cage mate was severely injured and died in Boise, Idaho. The injured monkey was found shortly after suspects were spotted and ran off.

    Monkey dies from blow to head after zoo break-in

    A break-in at Zoo Boise early Saturday left a Patas monkey dead from blunt force trauma to the head and neck and police were analyzing blood found at the scene to determine if it came from the monkey or one of two human intruders.

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    ‘Devil wives’ eschew Japanese tradition

    In a survey conducted in 2010 of more than 6,000 couples in Japan, 70 percent of respondents said mothers should stop working to focus on raising their children, according to the National Institute of Population and Social Security Research.

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    Per Ohrstrom

    Former Norwegian consul, an Arlington Hts. resident, lived history

    Per Ohrstrom's diverse life as a proud Norwegian American, businessman, music lover and rower is being celebrated by his family. “He was always a man of his word — his handshake was better than a contract,” son Lars Ohrstrom said of the Arlington Heights resident.

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    People gather Saturday in Centennial Plaza in Midland, Texas for a candlelight vigil held in honor of four veterans who were killed when a freight train hit a parade float Thursday.

    Officials: Vets’ float crossed onto track after signals

    A parade float filled with wounded veterans that collided with a freight train had crossed onto the railroad tracks after warning signals were going off, investigators said Saturday.

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    This aerial photograph shows an oil rig damaged from an explosion and fire in the Gulf of Mexico.

    Coast Guard ends search for two after oil rig fire

    The Coast Guard on Saturday evening called off its search for two workers missing after an explosion and fire on an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico a day earlier. Four others workers were badly burned in the blaze, which evoked memories of the deadly 2010 Gulf oil spill.

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    Senate Intelligence Committee Chair, California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein, speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington.

    Lawmakers keep pressing on Petraeus timeline

    WASHINGTON — More than a week after the resignation of CIA Director David H. Petraeus, the Justice Department remains under intense congressional pressure to explain its handling of the case — and why lawmakers were not informed sooner.

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    A Syrian fighter shoots during clashes with Syrian army forces in the town of Harem on the outskirts of Idlib, Syria.

    Syrian civil war spillover draws Israeli fire

    Israel's military says soldiers shot at Syrian fighters after gunfire from the Syrian civil war spilled over to the Israel-controlled Golan Heights.

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    An explosion Saturday of an Iron Dome missile sent skyward to intercept a rocket fired from Gaza Strip toward Israel, as seen from the Israel Gaza Border.

    Israel’s U.S.-financed ‘Iron Dome’ effective against rockets

    Israeli officials including Ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren said the system has been about 90 percent effective this week against the Hamas rockets fired from Gaza against Israel. That figure is seen as credible by analysts such as Steve Zaloga, who's with the Fairfax, Virginia-based Teal Group.

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    Alderman Matt Bogusz serves coffee to Kristin Meinzer, Patrick McGeean and Matthew Merkle Saturday at the Choo Choo Restaurant in Des Plaines, where he announced his plans to run for mayor.

    Alderman Bogusz announces mayoral candidacy at Des Plaines restaurant

    You can count Des Plaines Alderman Matt Bogusz among the city's growing number of mayoral hopefuls.Bogusz, who represents the 3rd Ward, announced his candidacy Saturday at the Choo Choo Restaurant. "We have made significant progress over the past four years and we will not go back," said the 26-year-old Bogusz.

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    Three hurt in crash on I-90

    Traffic on I-90 was backed up for about 45 minutes Saturday after a three-car crash near Arlington Heights.

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    A man looks at a wall painting Saturday created by Myanmar graffiti artists to welcome U.S. President Barack Obama on a street in Yangon, Myanmar.

    You say Myanmar; we say Burma

    President Barack Obama's landmark visit to Myanmar, known by the U.S. as Burma, brings up an unusual problem of protocol: What does he call it?

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    President Barack Obama leaves the White House Saturdy in Washington for a trip to Southeast Asia.

    Personal, strategic motivations for Obama in Asia

    President Obama, who was born in Hawaii and lived in Indonesia as a child, has called himself America's first "Pacific president." The region gives him an opportunity to open up new markets for U.S. companies, promote democracy and ease fears of China's rise by boosting U.S. military presence in area.

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    Israel destroyed the headquarters of Hamas' prime minister and blasted a sprawling network of smuggling tunnels in the southern Gaza Strip on Saturday, broadening a blistering four-day-old offensive against the Islamic militant group even as diplomatic efforts to broker a cease-fire appeared to be gaining steam.

    Israel bombards Gaza Strip, shoots down rocket

    Israel destroyed the headquarters of Hamas' prime minister and blasted a sprawling network of smuggling tunnels in the southern Gaza Strip on Saturday, broadening a blistering four-day-old offensive against the Islamic militant group even as diplomatic efforts to broker a cease-fire appeared to be gaining steam.

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    Abortion rights protesters bearing pictures of Savita Halappanavar march Saturday through central Dublin.

    Thousands march for abortion rights in Ireland

    About 10,000 people marched through Dublin and observed a minute's silence Saturday in memory of the Indian dentist who died of blood poisoning in an Irish hospital after being denied an abortion.

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    Eleven-year-old triplets Jennifer, Julia and Faith McMahon of Lake Villa dressed up Saturday for a ride on the “Polar Express” as part of the annual Operation North Pole event for families of children with prior or current health issues.

    Operation North Pole brings ‘magic’ to kids battling health problems

    Triplets like Jennifer, Julia and Faith McMahon have spent their fair share of time in hospitals as tiny newborns, but on Saturday, their families and others spent time somewhere more magical — the "North Pole." Operation North Pole brought more than 200 families of children with previous health issues or terminal illnesses on the "Polar Express," a Metra train that featured cookies,...

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    An Egyptian looks through books and school bags that were strewn along the tracks at the scene where a speeding train crashed into a bus carrying children to their kindergarten, killing at least 47, officials said, near Assiut in southern Egypt, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012. The bus was carrying more than 50 children between 4 and 6 years old when it was hit by a train near al-Mandara village in Manfaloot district in the province of Assiut, a security official said, adding that it appears that the railroad crossing was not closed as the train sped toward it.

    Egyptian train hits school bus, 51 killed

    A speeding train crashed into a bus carrying children to their kindergarten in southern Egypt on Saturday, killing at least 49, officials said. Distraught families searched for signs of their loved ones along the tracks and angry villagers berated officials in the aftermath of the latest disaster to hit the country's railway system.

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    Dolphins found shot, slashed, and mutilated

    Moby Solangi, IMMS executive directo, said recovering the dolphins and performing a necropsy to determine the cause of death is heartbreaking for his staff.

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    Hindu nationalist party chief Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray.

    Notable deaths last week
    Bal Thackeray, a Hindu extremist leader linked to waves of mob violence against Muslims and migrant workers in India, has died at 86.

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    Customers shop at the Sweetheart Outlet store in Casper, Wyo. on Friday afternoon. The store, which will close on Monday, is a casualty of the Hostess liquidation.

    Crave a Twinkie? The price is going up fast

    Not all online sellers are demanding top dollar. Some boxes are being listed at $5 to $20. Others are willing to barter. "I am willing to trade a box for some good microbrew. A real quality six pack," offered a thirsty New York seller on Craigslist.

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    Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter, right, scrambles against Michigan State's William Gholston during the first quarter.

    Northwestern holds on to edge Michigan State 23-20

    Jeff Budzien kicked a 27-yard field goal with 7:30 remaining, and Northwestern was able to hold on to this fourth-quarter lead, beating Michigan State 23-20 on Saturday.0 Trevor Siemian threw for 165 yards, including a 41-yard pass to Dan Vitale that helped set up the winning kick. The Wildcats (8-3, 4-3 Big Ten) then forced a punt near midfield, and by the time Michigan State (5-6, 2-5) got the...

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    Curtis Smout stands in line with a stack of Twinkies at the Hostess Thrift Shop in Ogden, Utah on Friday.

    Who will buy Hostess brands?

    "Hopefully, someone will buy the brands, and some of the brands can live on, but that's a pretty small consolation for people who are out of work," Chief Executive Officer Gregory F. Rayburn said.

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    A worker from the San Diego River Conservancy sprays previously mowed, re-sprouting Arundo donax in Santee, Calif.

    Is giant reed a ‘miracle plant’ or the next kudzu?

    To many scientists and environmentalists, Arundo looks less like a miracle than a nightmare waiting to happen. Officials in at least three states have banned the bamboo-like grass as a "noxious weed"; California has spent more than $70 million trying to eradicate it.

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    Munzer Makhous, newly named ambassador in France of Syrian opposition.

    Syrian ambassador to France from opposition

    France has swiftly stepped out ahead of Western allies nearly since the start of the Syrian uprising 20 months ago.

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    Plane hits truck, goes airborne, crashes

    The Cessna 172 was heading north on the runway early Friday evening the Knox County Regional Airport when it struck a pickup truck that was crossing the runway, authorities said. The plane continued to climb and as it turned to the east, it spiraled downward about 200 to 300 yards into the woods and immediately burst into flames.

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    Asia trip gives Obama opportunity to build legacy

    YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — For President Barack Obama, expanding U.S. influence in Asia is more than just countering China or opening up new markets to American businesses. It's also about building his legacy.

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    Coast Guard searches for 2 after oil platform fire

    The eruption of a fire on an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico — which left two workers missing and four others badly burned — is a vivid reminder of the dangers involved in offshore drilling and the risk it poses to the Gulf's ecosystem and shoreline. The Coast Guard was searching Saturday for two workers missing after the fire broke out Friday, sending an ominous black plume of...

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    Wisconsin man missing in northwest Alaska

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Open rivers, thin ice and a lack of snow are holding up a ground search for a 31-year-old Wisconsin man overdue from a trip to northwest Alaska.Thomas Seibold of Three Lakes was reported overdue Sunday.

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    2 dead after Indianapolis workplace shooting

    INDIANAPOLIS — Police say a worker at a Con-Agra Foods plant in Indianapolis has died after he fatally shot a co-worker and then turned the gun on himself.Police spokesman Michael Hewitt said Friday night's shooting "appears to be a murder-suicide."Hewitt says the shooting in the break room was reported about 6:30 p.m. Friday.

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    Reports of child abuse rise in downstate Illinois

    SPRINGFIELD — The Department of Children and Family Services says reports of child abuse and neglect are increasing across downstate Illinois.From July through October, there were more than 25,000 calls to the state's child abuse hotline, representing a nearly 5 1/2 percent increase from the same period last year.

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    Pat Beck, center, executive director of Shelter Inc., presents the Paul Buckholz Award to Michael and Margaret Tower of Glenview on Friday at the 25th anniversary Charity Ball at the Hyatt in Schaumburg.

    Shelter Inc. throws milestone ball

    Silver was the color of the evening Friday at Shelter Inc's 25th anniversary Charity Ball. Officials with the Arlington Heights social service agency gathered with business leaders and community supporters for their anniversary gala, which took place at the Hyatt Regency Schaumburg. "This is the culmination of the year, the biggest event for Shelter," said board President Robert O'Meara of...

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    Foam items collected through Highland Park’s recycling program.

    Curbside foam recycling could become byproduct of Highland Park effort

    While foam recycling at a drop-off site in Highland Park has been deemed a success, the ultimate goal is for such a program to be accomplished with curbside collection, says the head of the Solid Waste Agency of Lake County. Highland Park officials announced Friday that 4,417 pounds of foam was collected for recycling in one year at the city's firearms training center on Half Day Road.

Sports

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    St. Viator handles Dundee-Crown

    An early roadblock did not detour St. Viator from its path to success Saturday night in the Dundee-Crown Girls Basketball Thanksgiving Tournament in Carpentersville.The Lions turned extra opportunities off rebounds and turnovers into 75 percent of their points to give first-year coach Christina Jost her first victory at the school 48-28 over the host Chargers.“It feels really good because we’ve improved after every game so far,” said Viator senior Michelle Presslak after she had 12 points and 8 rebounds.“I thought we played well as a team,” Jost said after her team scored 26 points off 27 D-C turnovers. “It’s finally starting to come together a little bit for us after two tough losses.”Viator (1-2) had a tough start as 3 of its shots were blocked by 5-foot-11 junior Emily Michalski and D-C (0-3) led 6-4 after a quarter on Lauren Lococo’s baseline drive.But 10 second-quarter turnovers by D-C sparked the Lions to a 20-12 lead at the break as Presslak scored 9 points. Michalski had only one more blocked shot in the final three quarters.“The girls on this year’s squad have a lot of fight in them,” Jost said. “Nothing seems to deter them.”Viator also outrebounded D-C 17-4 in the second half to finish with a 35-25 advantage. Justice Johnson scored off 1 of her team-high 10 rebounds for a 26-14 lead with 3:45 left in the third.“We brought what we worked on in practice here tonight and it showed,” Presslak said after the Lions had a 16-7 offensive rebound edge.“We struggled on the boards a little bit in the first two games,” Jost said. “We’re slowly getting to where we want to be with everybody boxing out and going to the ball.”D-C got within 26-18 when Michalski (6 points) found Stephanie Magsamen for a layup and Magsamen’s steal led to Michalski’s layup. But Erin Fabbri, who had 7 points along with Jennie Horstmann and Maddie McAteer, had a drive and a 3-pointer in an 11-point run which put Viator in command.“We didn’t come to play tonight,” said D-C coach Michelle Russell. “(The turnovers) just kind of snowballed. We came out flat and this was just a learning-experience game.”

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    D.J. Richardson drained a 3-pointer at the overtime buzzer, capping a comeback from a 16-point second-half deficit and giving Illinois a wild 78-77 victory over Hawaii on Friday night.

    Richardson gives Illinois 78-77 OT win over Hawaii

    D.J. Richardson drained a 3-pointer at the overtime buzzer, capping a comeback from a 16-point second-half deficit and giving Illinois a wild 78-77 victory over Hawaii on Friday night.

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    Purdue's Nnamdi Ezenwa (18) tackles Illinois' Terry Hawthorne (1) during the first half of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, in Champaign, Ill. (AP Photo/Stephen Haas)

    Illinois can’t complete comeback against Purude

    Akeem Hunt turned a short pass into a 63-yard touchdown, and Purdue took another step toward a second consecutive bowl berth with a 20-17 victory at Illinois on Saturday.

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    Notre Dame is No. 1 and Alabama is No. 2 in The Associated Press college football poll, moving to the top of the rankings after Oregon and Kansas State were upset Saturday night.The Fighting Irish are No. 1 for the first time since Nov. 14, 1993. The Fighting Irish were a unanimous No. 1, getting all 60 first-place votes. They are a victory against rival Southern California away from completing a perfect regular season and playing in the BCS championship game Jan. 7 in Miami.

    Notre Dame now No. 1 in polls

    Notre Dame is No. 1 and Alabama is No. 2 in The Associated Press college football poll, moving to the top of the rankings after Oregon and Kansas State were upset Saturday night.The Fighting Irish are No. 1 for the first time since Nov. 14, 1993. The Fighting Irish were a unanimous No. 1, getting all 60 first-place votes. They are a victory against rival Southern California away from completing a perfect regular season and playing in the BCS championship game Jan. 7 in Miami.

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    Barrington freshman Kirsten Jacobsen captured the state crown in the grueling 500-yard freestyle and placed third in the 200 freestyle at the IHSA state championships in Evanston on Saturday.

    Barrington frosh Jacobsen captures state title in 500 free

    There was just no way to stop Kirsten Jacobsen from smiling in the final third of Saturday’s IHSA girls swim finals — and really, no one wanted to try. Jacobsen, a Barrington freshman, produced one of the performances of the meet when she improved from a fourth seeding and claimed the state title in the 500-yard freestyle. The happiness started early, when Jacobsen looked at the scoreboard, saw that she had won, accepted congratulations from second-place finisher Morgan Dickson from Libertyville and waved at her friends and family in the stands. “It’s been exciting,” Jacobsen said. “I did not expect to win that.”

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    From ’09 to ’12 — it’s been a long wait for Cary-Grove

    Cary-Grove seniors Kyle Norberg, Ryan Mahoney, Zach Marszal, Patrick O’Malley and Quinn Baker vividly remember what it was like when the Trojans won the Class 6A state title in Champaign three years ago because they were on the sidelines. Wide-eyed freshmen then, those five joined the varsity for the 2009 playoffs, practicing daily alongside their idols like quarterback Tyler Krebs, fullback Eric Chandler, running back Alex Hembrey, safety/receiver Chad McCarron and linebacker Nick Underwood, among others. Norberg actually played a bit on defense in every ‘09 playoff contest except one: the state championship game. That blank in his ever-expanding resume will soon be filled, thanks to Cary-Grove’s 42-21 semifinal victory over host Lake Forest on Saturday.

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    Cary-Grove running back Ryan Mahoney, left, and quarterback Quinn Baker celebrate the Trojans’ 42-14 victory over Lake Forest during Saturday’s Class 6A football semifinal in Lake Forest.

    Next stop for Cary-Grove: Champaign

    The game plan for Champaign was simple for top-seed Cary-Grove: be balanced, run what the defense allows and pound the ball with fullback Kyle Norberg. Lake Forest’s defense was prepared for all of that but there was one problem — the heavily-armed Trojan weaponry had other ammo. And in Saturday’s Class 6A semifinal in Lake Forest, it was halfback Ryan Mahoney. And boy did he shoot down some dreams for No.10 seed Lake Forest on the perimeter. After Cary-Grove allowed a touchdown on Lake Forest’s first drive resulting in the Trojans’ first deficit all season, Mahoney took the Trojans’ second offensive play 63-yards down the right sideline to even things up with 9:06 left in the first quarter. And it wasn’t the last time he’d burn the Scouts’ defensive backs. Mahoney emerged with 195 yards on 11 carries as he hit the perimeter often, including another touchdown on the next Trojan drive, while Norberg eventually punched in 3 touchdowns and rushed for 174 yards as Cary-Grove, with its 500 yards of total offense all coming on the ground, rushed to the 6A state championship game with a 42-21 win over Lake Forest Saturday afternoon

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    Cary-Grove’s Marcus Thimios celebrates with fans after Saturday’s victory over Lake Forest in the class 6A football semifinal.

    Images: Cary-Grove vs. Lake Forest
    Images from the Cary-Grove at Lake Forest Class 6A football playoff semifinal Saturday.

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    Christian Searles,left, of Mount Carmel and Mikey Dudek of Neuqua go up for a ball. this took place during the Mt. Carmel at Neuqua Valley Class 8A football semifinal game Friday in Naperville.

    Neuqua Valley can’t keep up with Mt. Carmel

    Two teams known for their power running games turned to their quarterbacks more than usual Saturday.Don Butkus and Mt. Carmel just did Dylan Andrew one better.Andrew threw a pair of touchdown passes for Neuqua Valley, but Butkus tossed three — including the go-ahead score in the fourth quarter — and Mt. Carmel beat the Wildcats 26-21 in Saturday’s Class 8A semifinal playoff game in front of a standing room only crowd in Naperville.

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    Saturday’s girls swimming results
    High school varsity results from Saturday's girls state swimming meet.

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    Saturday’s girls basketball scoreboard
    Here are the results from Saturday's varsity girls basketball results as reported to the Daily Herald.

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    Palatine stays unbeaten; Fremd, Meadows net wins

    After a 51-29 victory over Hononegah on Saturday afternoon, Palatine’s girls basketball team is one of only two teams still undefeated at the Dundee-Crown Thanksgiving tourney.Sophomore Monica Masini scored 16 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to lead the Pirates (4-0), who are 3-0 in the tourney. Junior Erin Mayer added 12 points and senior Jamie Lloyd hit three 3 pointers in the first half for all 9 of her points.

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    Los Angeles Clippers' Matt Barnes, right, is defended by Chicago Bulls' Joakim Noah in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    Griffin, Clippers thrash Bulls, 101-80

    Blake Griffin scored 12 of his 26 points in the final six minutes and grabbed 10 rebounds, helping the Los Angeles Clippers rout the Bulls 101-80 on Saturday night for their fifth straight victory.

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    Benet’s Jack Euritt (3), hauls down a fourth down, fourth quarter touchdown pass against Lincoln-Way East.

    Benet’s Cinderella season ends in semifinals

    It was only fitting that Benet hosted Saturday’s Class 7A semifinal football game against Lincoln-Way East on the campus of Lisle neighbor Benedictine University. As they have done all season long, the Redwings certainly gave it the old college try. The Redwings fell short to the Griffins, who feature a quarterback who will play Division I football next year, by a score of 37-13.

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    Girls basketball/Fox Valley roundup

    Burlington Central 53, CICS Ellison 31: Shelby Holt scored 21 points and Kayla Ross added 10 to lead the Rockets to a win in their first game of the day at their own Thanksgiving tournament. Alison Colby added 8 points for BC.Burlington Central 42, Sycamore 40 (OT): Camille Dela Cruz had 9 points, including 4 in overtime as the Rockets (3-0) remained undefeated on the season and in their own tournament. Alison Colby led the Rockets with 13 points and Shelby Holt had 11. Saturday’s two wins guaranteed the Rockets a spot in Wednesday night’s tournament championship game.Sycamore 59, Larkin 16: The Royals were outscored 26-0 in the first quarter of this loss at the Burlington Central tournament. Amber McGhee and Sky Evans each had 6 points for Larkin.CICS Ellison 49, Larkin 37: Amber McGhee had 12 points and Quixmia Washington added 10 for Larkin (0-3) in the Royals’ second loss of the day at the BC tournament.Elgin Academy 37, Mooseheart 17: Rachel Cain had 12 points and Kaitlyn Pearson added 11 to lead the Hilltoppers (1-2) to a win at their own Thanksgiving tournament.McHenry 55, Hampshire 52 (OT): Emma Benoit scored 20 points and Jen Dumoulin added 15 but the Whip-Purs (0-3) couldn’t take advantage of a 30-18 halftime lead and lost this Dundee-Crown tournament game.Aurora Central 45, St. Edward 27: Clarissa Ramos had 11 points to lead St. Edward (0-2, 0-1) in a Suburban Christian loss.Naperville Central 49, Bartlett 35: Elizabeth Arco scored 18 points for Bartlett (0-3) in this loss at the Naperville Central/Benet Tip-Off Tournament. Alyssa Hernandez had 9 rebounds for the Hawks.

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    Joey Rhattigan of Neuqua moves the ball during the Mt. Carmel at Neuqua Valley Class 8A football semifinal game Friday in Naperville.

    Images: Mt. Carmel at Neuqua Valley Class 8A IHSA football semifinal
    Neuqua Valley hosted Mt. Carmel Saturday night for IHSA Class 8A football semifinal action.

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    Benet’s Porter Ontko (25), looks for first half yardage against Lincoln-Way East during Class 7A football semifinals.

    Images: Benet vs. Lincoln-Way East football
    Benet Academy hosted Lincoln-Way East Saturday night for IHSA Class 7A football semifinal action at Benedictine University in Lisle.

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    Wolves fall 3-2 to Peoria

    The Chicago Wolves and the Peoria Rivermen exchanged goals through 40 minutes of play, but the Rivermen grabbed the only goal in the third period as the Wolves suffered a 3-2 loss Saturday night at the Allstate Arena.

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    Mundelein’s Erin Falconer placed fourth in the 200-yard freestyle at the IHSA state finals in Evanston on Saturday.

    Stevenson showcases solid present, promising future

    There’s no better way to finish the season than with your 400-yard freestyle relay competing for the state championship — and Stevenson had its meet-ending relay in the water in the championship heat of Saturday’s IHSA state meet in Evanston. The Patriots finished sixth in the event, the final act of an 11th-place finish and the cap to a weekend in which Stevenson showed both its present talent and a glimpse into what could be a very successful future. “I thought it was a good way to end the season,” Stevenson coach Karl Milkereit said. “We had a great season — conference champs, sectional champs and a point short of the top 10 here.”

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    St. Charles East’s Mary Snyder placed 11th in the 200-yard freestyle at the state championships in Evanston on Saturday.

    St. Charles East looking good — present and future

    It’s sometimes easy to look at the future of a program, especially when the future looks especially bright — which is the glow that currently comes from St. Charles East girls swim team.

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    Neuqua Valley celebrates placing third, with their fans in the background, at the IHSA state championships in Evanston on Saturday.

    Dalesandro leads Neuqua Valley to third

    Gia Dalesandro thought she’d give the 200-yard individual medley a try this year.After scoring in the top six at the 2011 girls state swimming meet in the 100 backstroke and 100 butterfly, the Neuqua Valley senior was up for the challenge in her senior year in 2012. It looks as though the experiment worked out.

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    Barrington’s Emma Barnett, Mekenna Scheitlin, Kristen Jacobsen, and Kayla Widdowson placed eleventh in the 400-yard freestyle relay at the IHSA state championships in Evanston on Saturday.

    Images: Girls State Swimming Finals
    Images from the finals of the state girls swim meet at Evanston High School on Saturday Nov. 17, 2012.

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    Geneva handles Rosary in sesaon opener

    Michaela Loebel needed all of three seconds to record the opening field goal of the season for the Geneva girls basketball team. Three ultimately was a defining number for the Vikings in first-round action of the Glenbard East Rachel Bach Thanksgiving tournament against once-tested Rosary. Geneva dominated both ends of the court in the first half, limiting the Royals to 3 field goals in the opening 16 minutes en route to a 52-34 victory Saturday afternoon in Lombard.

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    Montini comes back to beat Wheaton Warrenville South

    Memories of last March were indeed on Malayna Johnson's mind. Just like Hillcrest, Wheaton Warrenville South found out Saturday you can never quite count out Montini. Shades of last year's stunning state semifinal comeback, No. 1 Montini stormed back from 12 down in the fourth quarter to beat No. 2 WW South 40-35 at the Schaumburg Tournament.

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    Dimitri Taylor of Montini celebrates a TD during the Montini at Joliet Catholic Class 5A football semifinal game Saturday.

    ‘War’ wins for Montini

    Down 3 to Joliet Catholic. Thirty-five seconds left. Montini ball on the Hilltoppers' 1-yard line. This meant War. Joey Borsellino, who 20 seconds earlier saved Montini's season on a fourth-down conversion, got the play call from his father, Lewis, the Broncos' offensive coordinator. "War," it was — quarterback tucked tight under center. Get low. Everybody push. "He said, Go under center. All you need is 1 yard and we'll go to state,'" Joey Borsellino said. "I was like, All right, I'll get 1 yard, Dad.' We did. It was great." The all-state senior handled Pat Strzempek's quick snap and, flanked by guards Tate Briggs and Anthony Ferraro, they burrowed in to give Montini a 40-37 Class 5A semifinal win Saturday at Joliet Memorial Stadium and a shot at a fourth straight state title.

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    Glenbard West’s Deon Dumas is stopped by Lake Zurich’s Grant Soucy and Matt Moon in the third quarter on Saturday.

    Bauer, Lake Zurich suffer frustrating finish

    His Lake Zurich football team trailed by 6 points late, and a tie wasn't sitting well with senior Jerry Bauer. Specifically, a darn knot was not making a comeback easy. As the big Bear tried hustling to his defensive position following a Lake Zurich timeout with 1:39 left in Saturday's Class 7A state semifinal between Lake Zurich and host Glenbard West at Glenbard South, he was stymied by his left football shoe that had come off.

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    Aurora Christian’s Joel Bouagnon picks up yards against the Newman defense.

    Aurora Christian headed back to state

    Was there ever a doubt? Aurora Christian continued to make the defense of its Class 3A state championship look easy Saturday, scoring a pair of touchdowns before its semifinal clash with Sterling Newman Catholic was five minutes old on the Eagles' way to a 41-7 victory.

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    Lake Zurich's Matt Moon and Glenbard West's Scott Andrews yank on each other's face masks as Andrews speeds down the boundary line towards the end zone in the third quarter on Saturday, Nov. 17.

    Glenbard West marches past Lake Zurich

    As Glenbard West's football team hurried off the field at Glenbard South High School, the mission of the day was not yet accomplished. The Hilltoppers secured their 19-13 victory over Lake Zurich, but they still needed to rush back home to ring that victory bell. Saturday's Class 7A semifinal game was technically a home game for Glenbard West, but poor field conditions at Duchon Field forced the game to be moved elsewhere in Glen Ellyn to Glenbard South. Traditions aside, the top-seeded Hilltoppers (13-0) made themselves right at home while avenging last year's second-round loss to No. 6 Lake Zurich (10-3).

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    Glenbard North’s Kendall Holbert carries the ball for a big gain during the second quarter Saturday’s class 8A football playoff semifinal against Loyola Academy.

    Images: Glenbard North vs. Loyola football
    Glenbard North travelled to Loyola Academy in Wilmette Saturday afternoon for IHSA Class 8A semifinal football action.

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    Crystal Lake S. nips South Elgin

    Sara Mickow missed the front end of a one-and-one with 10 seconds remaining, but it didn't matter at all. The clock expired as players scrambled for the rebound, finalizing Crystal Lake South's 43-41 win against South Elgin in the Dundee-Crown girls basketball Thanksgiving tournament Saturday.

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    Glenbard North’s Brian Murphy, right, tries to strip the ball from Loyola Academy’s Kristopher Coker during Saturday’s class 8A football playoff semifinal.

    Jackson, Glenbard North finish the job

    When Glenbard North's 2011 football campaign closed with a Class 8A semifinal loss to Loyola Academy, running back Justin Jackson felt like he had not contributed enough to his team. After this year's semifinal — again against Loyola on Saturday afternoon in Wilmette — you'd be hard-pressed to find anyone who felt Jackson could have done anymore than he did this time around. After all, the Panthers junior scored 4 touchdowns, played stellar on defense and helped Glenbard North hold off a late Ramblers rally for a 27-24 win and a spot in next weekend's Class 8A championship game against either Neuqua Valley or Mt. Carmel.

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    Glenbard West’s Patrick Wilder gets a hug from teammate Hayden Lekacz as the final seconds tick down to their 7A semi-finals victory over Lake Zurich on Saturday, Nov. 17.

    Images: Lake Zurich vs. Glenbard West football
    Lake Zurich and Glenbard West in the Class 7A state football semifinals Saturday, Nov. 17 at Glenbard South High School in Glen Ellyn.

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    Trainers look at Bears quarterback Jay Cutler after Cutler took a late hit by Texans linebacker Tim Dobbins in the first half last Sunday. Dobbins was called for an unnecessary roughness penalty, and Cutler did not return in the second half after suffering a concussion.

    Bears, Cutler suffer while NFL fiddles

    The focus last week was on Lovie Smith and how he handled Jay Cutler, when the focus should have been on how the NFL handled Tim Dobbins.

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    Elgin falls to Nazareth in tourney title game

    The Elgin girls basketball team had a chance Saturday to do something the Maroons haven't done in several years — win a championship. But poor shooting and a couple of defensive breakdowns in the second half did in the Maroons in a 44-35 loss to Nazareth Academy in the championship game of the Elgin Academy Thanksgiving Tournament.

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    Montini’s Joseph Borsellino moves the ball during the Montini at Joliet Catholic Class 5A football semifinal action Saturday.

    Images: Montini at Joliet Catholic in Class 5A football semifinal football action.
    Montini took on Joliet Catholic Saturday afternoon in Joliet for IHSA Class 5A football semifinal playoff action.

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    Glenbard West’s Patrick Wilder gets a hug from teammate Hayden Lekacz as the final seconds tick down to their 7A semi-finals victory over Lake Zurich on Saturday, Nov. 17.

    Images: Lake Zurich vs. Glenbard West football
    Lake Zurich and Glenbard West in the Class 7A state football semifinals Saturday, Nov. 17 at Glenbard South High School in Glen Ellyn.

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    Wisconsin's Jared Abbrederis walks off the field after losing 21-14 in overtime to Ohio State in an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, in Madison, Wis. (AP Photo/Andy Manis)

    No. 6 Buckeyes beat Wisconsin in OT, 21-14

    Carlos Hyde scored on a 2-yard run in overtime Saturday, giving No. 6 Ohio State a 21-14 victory over Wisconsin and keeping the Buckeyes' hopes of a perfect season alive.

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    Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez throws in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Minnesota in Lincoln, Neb., Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

    Martinez leads No. 16 Nebraska past Gophers 38-14
    Taylor Martinez threw for 308 yards and two touchdowns to Kenny Bell while becoming No. 16 Nebraska's all-time passing leader in a 38-14 victory over Minnesota on Saturday.

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    Fremd runs past Cary-Grove

    Rarely are games decided in the first quarter. This one was. Outscoring Cary-Grove 20-10 in the first quarter, Fremd was able to use that quick start to cruise past the Trojans 56-33 in action at the Turkey Thriller girls basketball tournament in Cary Saturday morning. Utilizing a stifling defense to create offense, Fremd (3-0) made 8-of-15 from the field during the first 8 minutes for 53 percent. Six of those baskets came on layups off turnovers. Haley Gorecki scored 11 points and Ashley McConnell tallied 4 as the visiting Vikings seized control of the game early.

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    Austin Peay center Matt Hasse, left, blocks a shot by DePaul guard Jodan Price during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Rosemont, Ill., on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012. DePaul won 98-67. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    DePaul tops Austin Peay 98-67

    Cleveland Melvin scored 26 points and Brandon Young added 17 as DePaul routed Austin Peay 98-67 on Saturday. The Blue Demons' press forced 27 turnovers in their second game in the Cancun Challenge.

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    Michigan co-captains quarterback Denard Robinson (16) and safety Jordan Kovacs (11) walk off the field after playing their final home game in an NCAA college football game against Iowa, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, in Ann Arbor, Mich. Michigan won 42-17. (AP Photo/Tony Ding)

    No. 23 Michigan tops Iowa 42-17 with Gardner’s TD
    Devin Gardner accounted for six touchdowns to help No. 23 Michigan rout Iowa 42-17 Saturday. The Wolverines (8-3, 6-1 Big Ten) weren't stopped on offense by the hapless Hawkeyes (4-7, 2-5) until Gardner threw an interception early in the fourth quarter.

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    St. Charles North grad’s long road to playing at DePaul
    DePaul forward and former St. Charles North standout Kelsey Smith will have plenty to be thankful for on Thanksgiving Day when she finally gets to start playing basketball again.

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    Huntley overcomes slow start to beat Streamwood

    A slow start could be expected playing back-to-back games less than 16 hours apart. The Huntley girls basketball team scored only 6 points, shot 17 percent and turned the ball over 8 times in the first quarter Saturday against Streamwood in Dundee-Crown Thanksgiving Tournament play. The Red Raiders overcame the poor start and ran away from the Sabres for a 52-42 victory.

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    Former Bear Danieal Manning forces Chicago Bears tight end Kellen Davis (87) to fumble after a catch during Sunday’s game at Soldier Field in Chicago.

    Davis looking for redemption

    Tight end Kellen Davis can't wait to get back on the field to redeem himself after a disappointing game against the Texans.

Business

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    President Barack Obama has signed a secret directive that effectively enables the military to act more aggressively to thwart cyberattacks on the nation's web of government and private computer networks.

    Obama signs secret directive to fight cyberattacks

    President Barack Obama has signed a secret directive that effectively enables the military to act more aggressively to thwart cyberattacks on the nation's web of government and private computer networks. Presidential Policy Directive 20 establishes a broad and strict set of standards to guide the operations of federal agencies in confronting threats in cyberspace, according to several U.S. officials who have seen the classified document and are not authorized to speak on the record.

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    Trojan Horses, Malware and other cyber attack tools are just a click away

    Metasploit and a host of similar tools are becoming as commonplace for many hackers as Firefox and Microsoft Office are for regular computer users. They are part of an escalating arms race in cyberspace, where millions of attacks and intrusions occur every day. By prepackaging the myriad computer commands that penetrate and exploit target networks, hackers have dramatically eased the process.

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    Microsoft releases Internet Explorer 10 browser for Windows 7

    The latest version of Microsoft's Web browser is now available to the vast audience connecting to the Internet on personal computers running on the Windows 7 operating system. The redesigned browser, Internet Explorer 10, made its debut last month when Microsoft released Windows 8, which makes dramatic changes to an operating system that has been powering PCs for decades.

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    FILE - In this June 19, 2009 file photo, a shop worker holds the new Apple iPhone 3GS in Barcelona, Spain. As smart phones increasingly appear alike, with high-end models mostly taking their cues from Apple Inc.'s iPhone, more and more it's the software they run that makes a difference. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez, file)

    Holiday shopping essential: Black Friday apps

    Retailers expecting a tepid holiday shopping season are pulling out all the stops to attract customers to their stores this year — including embracing the enemy. Big-box stores have come to terms with "showrooming" — when shoppers come into stores armed with smartphone apps designed to identify cheaper deals online — and devised new plans to offset its impact.

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    RIM offers free voice calls over Wi-Fi with BBM

    BlackBerry users will be able to make free voice calls over a Wi-Fi network using the popular BBM messaging service. Research In Motion Ltd. announced Wednesday that it's adding the feature to BBM. Users will be able to switch back and forth from a text chat to a voice call. A split-screen option will let them talk and text at the same time.

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    Government, businesses compete for expert cyber workers

    In the Washington area, the concentration of government agencies and contractors brimming with computer geeks rivals any cyber defense area on the planet. And in this age of growing cyber threats, those firms are engaged in a cyber-hiring competition so fierce that one expert called it "fratricide on the parkway."

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    The Nexus, which started shipping Tuesday, appears on its face to be a good alternative to Apple’s general-purpose tablet, and with a price tag that’s $100 less.

    Review: Nexus tablet showcases Google media play

    When I first turned on Google's new tablet computer, I immediately thought of it as a mere conduit to Google services. Because of that, I wasn't thinking of the Nexus 10 as an alternative to Apple's general-purpose iPad — even with a price tag that's $100 cheaper, starting at $399. It took more thought and time with the Nexus to change that perception.

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    This undated image shows a screenshot of Anick Jesdanun’s Crowdrise page for Sandy relief. Crowdrise isn’t just a fundraising site, but a social network for raising money.

    Review: Online tools make Sandy fundraising easier

    Superstorm Sandy convinced me that I should do something new: raise money toward hurricane relief. If it weren't for the ease of nudging my friends and family to contribute by way of social media and online fundraising tools, I'm not sure I would have done it. I do know that I wouldn't have been as successful.

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    A Chinese man uses a computer Tuesday at the press center of the 18th Communist Party Congress in Beijing. During China’s last party congress, the cadres in charge of the world’s most populous nation didn’t know a hashtag from a hyperlink. But five years later, there’s a new message from Beijing: The political transition will be microblogged.

    China embraces Twitter age at Mao-style conclave

    During China's last party congress, the cadres in charge of the world's most populous nation didn't know a hashtag from a hyperlink. But five years on, there's a new message from Beijing: The political transition will be microblogged. Party officials have this fall embraced social media with unprecedented enthusiasm, hoping it can help guide public opinion and stir up excitement about the staid and scripted party meeting taking place this week in Beijing that kicks off a transition to a new, younger set of top leaders.

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    Steven Sinofsky’s departure from Microsoft comes just weeks after the company launched Windows 8, a major overhaul of the operating system that’s used on most of the world’s computers.

    Microsoft just lost its Steve Jobs
    In a move nobody predicted, Microsoft announced that Steven Sinofsky, the executive who'd led the development of Windows 8 and the Surface tablet, was leaving the company. Sinofsky deserves all the credit (or blame) for Microsoft's new path. He led the development of Windows 8 single-mindedly and almost single-handedly, cutting out input from other divisions as well as from his underlings.

Life & Entertainment

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    This theater image released by Sam Rudy Media Relations shows Ari Graynor, left, and Alicia Silverstone during a performance of “The Performers,” in New York.

    Review: ‘The Performers’ is sweet despite the porn

    Most of the jokes from the new Broadway comedy "The Performers" cannot appear in a family newspaper. The world of adult films doesn't lend itself to cleanliness. The funny thing is that the show has a pure heart and a traditional feel-good message despite the waving of adult toys, simulated sex acts and language that would trigger a seizure in a network censor.

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    Cavemen started hunting earlier than thought

    Scientists found evidence that human ancestors used stone-tipped weapons 200,000 years earlier than once thought, findings that may change notions about the smarts and capabilities of prehistoric people.

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    Henry Wiencek’s new book “Master of the Mountain: Thomas Jefferson and His Slaves.”

    Two views of Thomas Jefferson

    The title of Jon Meacham's new book may be "Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power," but make no mistake: This is a full biographical treatment of perhaps the most charming and unknowable of the founders. But the darker side of life at Monticello is the subject of Henry Wiencek's new "Master of the Mountain: Thomas Jefferson and His Slaves."

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    Rolling Stones band members, from left, Charlie Watts, Ronnie Wood, Keith Richards and Mick Jagger attend “The Rolling Stones Crossfire Hurricane” premiere in New York.

    50 and counting for Rolling Stones

    The official line is "we'll see." But the Rolling Stones seem in such fighting trim, clear-eyed and focused, that it's hard to believe there's not more cooking beyond the current flurry of activity surrounding the band's 50th anniversary. The archetypal rock `n' roll band released yet another hits compilation with two new songs and released a documentary on their formative years, "Crossfire Hurricane."

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    INXS drummer Tim Farriss announced the end of the band’s remarkable run of performances during a concert in the West Australia city of Perth.

    INXS gives up touring after 35 years on the road

    Australian rockers INXS are giving up touring after 35 years. Drummer Jon Farriss announced the end of the band's remarkable run of performances during a concert in the West Australia city of Perth earlier this week. The band later confirmed the news in a statement.

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    This Oct. 11, 2012 file photo shows chef Guy Fieri at the “On The Chopping Block: A Roast of Anthony Bourdain” in New York.

    Guy Fieri takes his lashings, but was it fair?

    Guy Fieri may not realize it, but being ravaged by a New York Times restaurant reviewer might have been the best thing that could have happened to him. Sure, the Food Network celebrity probably laments the lashings Pete Wells doled out. Honestly, you don't build a three-story monstrosity of a restaurant smack in the tourism heart of New York with the goal of attracting people looking for great dining.

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    Grammy Award-winning singer Mavis Staples will perform at Elgin Community College on Saturday, Nov. 17.

    Weekend picks: ECC hosts R&B legend Mavis Staples

    From her gospel roots to her long-lasting R&B musical career, Grammy Award winner Mavis Staples shows she's still got it. See her in concert Saturday at Elgin Community College's Visual and Performing Arts Center. Enthusiasts of customized cars converge this weekend for the Muscle Car & Corvette Nationals at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont. Or take the family to Marriott Theatre's morning performances of “Cinderella.”

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    The large inventory of unsold homes in the Chicago region is shrinking, said Tom Hall, owner of Huntley Realty.

    Buyers are working through inventory of homes

    The real estate market over the past year has changed, and it is changing dramatically for the better in many suburbs. In the Fox Valley, and more specifically the Huntley area, buyers are working through the once large surplus of houses for sale, said Tom Hall, managing broker and owner of Huntley Realty.

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    Most of the time, profits on a home sale are not taxed

    Q. How old do you have to be to qualify for that homesellers tax break? Also, what is the legal age to become a senior citizen? 55, 62, 65? This is always confusing.

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    Radon is in all homes, but not at elevated levels

    A friend recently asked that I write about radon gas in the home and how it can affect the sale of real estate. Here is my experience with radon and radon testing:

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    Workers work on streetcar track construction on Loyola Avenue in New Orleans. Developers view the new streetcar as crucial in plans to spark a downtown renaissance.

    New Orleans streetcar line to get Super Bowl debut

    With the Super Bowl less than three months away, New Orleans is rushing to lay streetcar tracks through one of its busiest corridors to connect by trolley the Louisiana Superdome and the French Quarter. The Big Easy — which will be the site of the big game Feb. 3 — is no stranger to Super Bowls. In the 47 years of game's history, this will be the 10th time for New Orleans to play host.

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    John Yust stands behind a ginkgo door he designed in collaboration with Chris Rand.

    Metalsmiths combine art and invention

    Architectural metalsmith Chris Rand fired up a blowtorch at the Ivy Arts Studio in Minneapolis and transformed cold, hard metal into intricate ginkgo leaves. The leaves — delicately curved and fluted, in copper, bronze and steel — are embellishments for a pair of steel vestibule doors that Rand recently forged for a St. Paul couple. And Rand was having fun.

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    The Inverness ranch has been expanded to include a second master suite.

    Spacious Inverness ranch leaves a lasting impression

    This beautiful brick ranch home on more than 2 acres in Inverness' premium McIntosh subdivision is ideal with its miles of hardwood floors and spacious rooms. The home features a wonderful addition including a great room with vaulted ceiling, as well as a luxurious master retreat.

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    Keep association matters off your employer’s email

    Q. Is it a good idea for a board member of an association to communicate about association matters using their employer's email?

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    In many cases, homeowners are the ones abusing reverse mortgages

    The home equity conversion mortgage (HECM) is one of the best-engineered financial tools of our generation. Yet the program elicits negative reactions from large segments of the media, whose distorted descriptions of the HECM program are scaring off millions of seniors whose lives could be enriched by it.

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    Dishes are everyday earthenware, not fine china

    My daughter inherited some dishes from her grandmother. The pattern is "May Flower" by Vernon Kilns and she has a service for eight ... I have tried unsuccessfully to find out the value and hope you can help.

Discuss

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    The Soapbox

    A baseball ticket price war, hunting in Lake County and the consequences of a bomb threat are among the issues editors are talking about.

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    Government is not a panacea
    A Carol Stream letter to the editor: I read with disbelief Tom Teune's Nov. 11 letter. He gleefully wrote, "The election has been won for responsible government. President Obama will administer a central government for the general welfare of all the people."

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    Remember the definition of public service
    A Lake Zurich letter to the editor: I am not for the government having a bigger pool of funds from which to misappropriate.

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    Election cleanup is not over
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: The election is over. Please pick up your signs by the side of the road. How many more days do we have to look at them?

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    Obama divides rather than unites
    A Des Plaines letter to the editor: It's a pipe dream to expect with Obama at the helm that partisanship will be put aside.

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    Obama wants revenge on the wealthy
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: President Obama, in his quest for revenge, wants to clobber the rich with taxes instead of curbing mindless spending. It has already been tried in socialist France.

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    Your beliefs may echo Tea Party’s
    A Palatine letter to the editor: The Tea Party is not an actual party; it is a group people with similar beliefs and similar goals. The Tea Party, therefore, is for Democrats and Republicans. So if you believe in the Constitution, equal opportunity for all and limited government, you are a Tea Party member.

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    Tax cuts for wealthy will do little good
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: Renewing the tax cuts for the lower-income levels will result in continued spending with all of the benefits that it will entail. But the 2 percent will offer the same ineffective activity that they have so vividly displayed in the past.

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    U.S. did not ignore Benghazi attack
    A West Dundee letter to the editor: The CIA, NSA, and the DOD have all issued preliminary reports on the attack on the embassy in Benghazi. The CIA report stated that within 25 minutes they had responded to the attacks — 25 minutes! A letter writer questions why the President and Secretary of State would ignore these cries for help. The answer is simple; they didn't ignore the cries for help.

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