Daily Archive : Wednesday November 21, 2012


    U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, center, poses for photographers during his meeting with Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohammed Kamel Amr, left, and President Mohammed Morsi, right, in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday.

    Cease-fire begins between Israel and Hamas

    A cease-fire agreement between Israel and the Gaza Strip's Hamas rulers took effect Wednesday night, bringing an end to eight days of the fiercest fighting in years and possibly signaling a new era of relations between the bitter enemies.

    A spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner says he has received letter of resignation from Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. Wednesday.

    Jesse Jackson Jr. resigns, citing mental health

    Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr., a once rising political star who has been on a mysterious medical leave for months for treatment of bipolar disorder, has resigned from Congress, a spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner said Wednesday. Jackson's resignation and hushed absence from politics comes amid a continuing House Ethics Committee investigation into his dealings with imprisoned ex-Illinois Gov.


    Abortions fall 5%; biggest drop in decade

    U.S. abortions fell 5 percent during the recession and its aftermath in the biggest one-year decrease in at least a decade, perhaps because women are more careful to use birth control when times are tough, researchers say.


    Victims in Cardamone case tell court their stories
    Six former gymnasts gave victim-impact statements Wednesday as onetime coach Michael Cardamone pleaded guilty to inappropriately touching 14 young students at his family's Aurora gym. Here are the statements in full.


    ‘I never sexually abused anyone,’ Cardamone insists
    Michael Cardamone gave a brief statement in court Wednesday after pleading guilty to inappropriately touching 14 former students at his family's Aurora gym. Here is the statement in full.


    Two injured in Arlington Heights crash

    Two people were injured in a car crash in Arlington Heights Wednesday morning, according to authorities. An Arlington Heights Fire Department spokesman said a car traveling south on Arlington Heights Road near Euclid Avenue was making a left turn when it collided with another vehicle around 11 a.m.


    Des Plaines cop sues city

    According to the Cook County circuit court website, Sgt. Matthew Hicks filed a lawsuit Monday against Des Plaines. It is unclear what exactly the lawsuit is for, although there are reports Hicks is still owed $14,000 by the city as part of a deal for him to drop claims that he was wrongfully discharged.

    Don and Deb Hunt from Batavia with son Nathan, 4, head out of Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport en route to Buffalo, New York.

    O’Hare travelers weather fog delays

    Fog put a damper on travel plans for thousands of passengers at O'Hare International Airport Wednesday, but it wasn't an issue for the Hunt family en route to Buffalo from Batavia. "So far, so good," said Deb Hunt as she waited in line at Terminal One with husband Don, son Nathan, 4, and 7-month-old Marissa. "This is the first time traveling with the four of us," the Batavia resident said."It...


    2 charged in Lake in the Hills pot bust

    The owner of Big Grow Hydroponics in Lake in the Hills and an employee both have been charged with unlawful possession and delivery of cannabis during a drug bust Monday, authorities said.


    Quinn grants clemency to 81

    Gov. Pat Quinn on Wednesday granted 81 clemency petitions and denied 88, according to a news release from his office.This action marks another step in a series of clemency decisions aimed at eliminating a backlog of more than 2,500 cases that built up during the previous administration, the news release said.


    ‘Upscale’ McDonald’s crosses hurdle in Lake Zurich

    Lake Zurich plan commission members Wednesday night gave a thumbs-up to what would be a McDonald's with what's pitched as an upscale appearance for part of a retail project at Quentin Road and Route 22. If constructed, the McDonald's would join anchor Mariano's Fresh Market on the 15-acre site. PNC and Chase banks also are planned for the property.

    Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton meets with Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi in Cairo Wednesday. Morsi’s job brokering an Israeli-Palestinian cease-fire has re-established Egypt’s major role in Mideast affairs.

    Egyptian leader earns respect of U.S., Israel

    The Gaza cease-fire deal reached Thursday marks a startling trajectory for Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi: an Islamist leader who refuses to talk to Israelis or even say the country's name mediated for it and finally turned himself into Israel's de facto protector.


    Two injured in Elgin crash

    Two people were injured in a crash Wednesday afternoon in Elgin, authorities said. The crash occurred about 12:19 p.m. at the intersection of State and Chicago streets when the driver of a sedan went through a red light and hit a pickup truck, Elgin Fire Department Battalion Chief Bryan McMahan said.

    Michael Cardamone

    Cardamone pleads guilty to battery, unlawful restraint, but will be freed

    After a decade of denying accusations, Michael Cardamone pleaded guilty Wednesday to inappropriately touching 14 young students at his family's Aurora gymnastics studio -- but insisted his actions weren't sexually motivated. "I never sexually abused anyone ever," the former coach said.

    Robert Lucht

    Former Lake in the Hills man sentenced to 25 years for child sex assault

    A former Lake in the Hills man who was found guilty of sexual assault and abuse of a child has been sentenced to 25 years in prison.


    Veteran Chicago firefighter laid to rest

    On Wednesday, hundreds of firefighters wearing dress uniforms and other mourners turned out to a church on the city's South Side for the funeral of Walter Patmon Jr. The 61-year-old firefighter suffered a fatal heart attack on Nov. 11, a short time after he returned from a fire.

    Antioch trustees this week approved a 90-day extension of the village’s contract with the embattled Antioch Fire Department and Rescue Squad to give officials more time to weigh whether to stick with the agency long term or seek other options for emergency services.

    Antioch extends contract with embattled rescue squad

    Antioch trustees this week approved a 90-day extension of the village's contract with the embattled Antioch Fire Department and Rescue Squad. The extemsion will give village leaders more time to weigh whether to stick with the agency or seek other options for emergency services.

    A Parkside Pub employee prepares a bowl of freshly fried turkey testicles.

    Huntley Turkey Testicle Festival draws big crowd

    By 2 p.m. Wednesday, 475 people had descended on Huntley to nosh on a turkey part you probably won't see on Thanksgiving Day. The 30th annual Turkey Testicle Festival, held at the Parkside Pub downtown, serves up the namesake turkey organ by following a secret recipe, breading and deep frying it. “It’s not a food I want anything left over with,” Jeff Lovell, one of the pub's...


    Fox Valley police reports
    Edgar Laguna-Reyes, 19, of the 200 block of South Kennedy Drive, Carpentersville, was charged Tuesday with unlawful possession of a controlled substance after police found him with 0.6 grams of cocaine, according to a police report. He also was charged with consumption of alcohol by a minor. Laguna-Reyes' bail was set at $20,000 Wednesday morning and he'll need $2,000 to get out of jail while his...


    Park Ridge woman arrested on charges of animal cruelty

    A Park Ridge woman has been arrested for animal neglect, stemming from the October discovery of 88 live animals in a home she owned in Woodstock, according to authorities. Virginia Dinucci, 54, of the 1700 block of Pavilion Way, was changed with three counts of cruel treatment and 12 counts of neglect of owner's duties.


    Santa Paws coming to town

    Our House of Hope K-9 Rescue hosts a fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Adler Park Lodge (behind the pool), 1500 Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville.


    LZHS hosts wind symphony concert

    sThe University of Illinois Wind Symphony will perform at Lake Zurich High School on Friday, Dec. 7. The Wind Symphony is U of I's top ensemble. Lake Zurich High School alumni Jared Cooney returns to his alma mater as a member of the ensemble on clarinet.


    Stevenson students win awards

    Three Stevenson High School students won awards at the annual University of Wisconsin at Whitewater creative writing festival, officials announced. Danielle Freeman won second place in short fiction, Zoe Tennenbaum finished second in flash fiction and Jesse Hall took honorable mention in short fiction.


    Dial-a-Ride service expanded

    The Lake County Coordinated Transportation Services Committee's Northwest Demonstration Project began in January 2010 to provide curb-to-curb dial-a-ride transportation service in the northwest townships of Lake County has been expanded to the townships of Fremont and Wauconda.

    Libertyville High School freshman Nick Kraus, left, joins other students and teachers to pack up boxes of donated food Wednesday. Students collected more than 10,000 items to donate to the Libertyville Township food pantry.

    Libertyville High collects food, cash for needy families

    Libertyville High School students and staffers collected more than 10,000 items as part of this year's food drive, officials announced Wednesday. More than $700 also was collected as part of the annual event, a longtime tradition that benefits the Libertyville Township food pantry.

    Elzbieta Plackowska, charged with fatally stabbing her 7-year old son and a 5-year-old girl, appears Wednesday before DuPage County Judge Robert Kleeman in the first court case in the metropolitan area to allow cameras.

    As cameras roll, Naperville mom pleads innocent

    A Naperville mother accused of murdering her son and another child pleaded not guilty today to all counts of murder — a hearing in which cameras were allowed for the first time in a Chicago-area courtroom. As one still camera and one video camera recorded the event, Elzbieta Plackowska was arraigned on 10 counts of first-degree murder. "I think it went very smoothly and the media was very...


    Attorneys: Jackson cooperating in investigation

    Attorneys for resigning Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. say he is cooperating in a federal investigation, negotiating a resolution and it could take months. That's according to a statement from partners at law firms in Chicago and Washington on Wednesday, the same day Jackson announced his resignation from Congress.


    Gov. Quinn will call for special election

    Gov. Pat Quinn has five days to determine when he'll set a special election to replace Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. Jackson resigned Wednesday. Quinn was informed in the afternoon.


    Rep. Davis: Jackson resignation ‘huge loss’

    Congressman Danny Davis says the resignation of fellow Illinois Democrat Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. is a huge loss. Davis says Jackson was effective as a congressman and well served to serve constituents as a senior member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee.


    Cook County clerk wants Jackson election earlier

    Election officials in Cook County say they may seek court permission to schedule a special election to fill Jesse Jackson Jr.'s congressional seat sooner rather than later.


    Kane County committee sides with contractor claiming ‘bias’ in bids

    In a rare move, a Kane County committee voted to overturn a contract county staff recently awarded for snowplow services in Mill Creek. The previous contractor appealed the award, calling the process "unfair and biased." He even accused one of the overseers of Mill Creek of hiring a personal friend to do work at an inflated price and submitting payments "for material that was never meant to be...

    Doug Krieger

    Naperville council to city manager: ‘No more surprises’

    It's a safe bet that no matter how trivial the subject matter, Naperville City Manager Doug Krieger won't be surprising council members any time soon. Several council members said Krieger was taken to task during a closed-door meeting Tuesday night for failing to tell them about a consulting contract worth about $50,000 he signed with former police chief David Dial when Dial retired in May.

    Existing signs at the Carol Stream Town Center are expected to be modified to include the name of the park district’s new facility, the Fountain View Recreation Center, which is now under construction.

    Carol Stream looks to update Town Center signs

    Carol Stream village and park district officials say they want to portray a unified image of the community gathering spot known as Town Center, where the district's new $18 million recreation facility is taking shape. And so signs at the site are expected to be modified to reflect that spirit, officials say.

    Donny Schmit

    Schmit to challenge Bender for Fox Lake mayor

    A slate of candidates has emerged to challenge incumbent Fox Lake Mayor Ed Bender and other sitting members of the village board in April's municipal elections. Leading them is Donnie Schmit, a current village trustee who said he is running because "there is a lack of transparency to the constituency and in various departments working for the village."


    State’s attorney to review complaint against teacher

    Police investigating whether an Antioch Elementary School teacher grabbed and bruised a student's arm have referred the case to the Lake County state's attorney's office. A decision on charges is expected next week.


    Excerpts from Jackson resignation letter

    U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. resigned from Congress on Wednesday. Here are excerpts from his letter to House Speaker John Boehner.


    Voters who supported Jackson agree with resignation

    Voters who have supported Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. for 17 years are now saying they agree with his decision to resign. Jackson announced Wednesday that he is leaving office, citing health problems and an ongoing federal investigation.

    Dawn Brown

    Mastiff in fatal Big Rock attack euthanized

    A mastiff that authorities believe attacked and killed a Big Rock woman last week has been euthanized. The husband of Dawn Brown, a firefighter/paramedic for the Bristol Kendall Fire Protection District, requested the dog be put down on Monday, according to the health department.

    This rendering shows the view of the proposed Water Street project looking north on the south bank of the DuPage River in downtown Naperville.

    Naperville council again delays Water Street vote

    Not even a shiny red fire truck could help them make up their minds. Naperville City Council members spent four hours Tuesday debating the proposed Water Street project before again delaying the vote for at least two weeks. The subject can be discussed again on Dec. 4.


    Report: Jesse Jackson Jr. to reisgn
    The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr., will resign within the hour.


    Take some steps to reduce stress this season

    Does preparing for the holidays have you tied up in knots? Columnist Annettee Budzban looks at ways to be blessed rather than stressed this holiday season.

    Crystal Barton, right, who lives at the DuPage Convalescent Center in Wheaton, recently turned 71. Her half-sister, Barbara Doerschuk, center, was on hand to show photos of Crystal to her and friends at the center. Susan Coblentz, a manager of recreation therapy at the center, organized the birthday party.

    Love, caring help Crystal Barton reach 71 despite Down syndrome

    At 71, Crystal Barton is one of the oldest people in the state living with Down syndrome, according to her family. Officials at the DuPage Convalescent Center say they believe the support Barton gets from her family is one reason she continues to enjoy good health.

    Tom Wangler owns a HVAC business in Batavia. Once a year, he donates a new furnace to a family in need. He now has a new showroom location that features many “green” products.

    Keeping families warm, inspiring gratitude

    A Batavia businessman likes to make sure at least one family every year can stay warm with the gift of a new furnace.

    Fog is causing chaos for travelers on what is traditionally one of the busiest travel days of the year.

    Fog causing airport delays, cancellations

    Fog is causing chaos for travelers on what is traditionally one of the busiest travel days of the year. Delays of up to 90 minutes and some cancelations are being reported by the Chicago Department of Transportaton at the two Chicago-area airports Wednesday.

    Travelers walk through New York's Penn Station, Wednesd. Around 43.6 million Americans were expected to journey 50 miles or more between Wednesday and Sunday, just a 0.7 percent increase from last year, according to AAA's yearly Thanksgiving travel analysis.

    Economy means sacrifice for Thanksgiving travelers

    Feeling the pinch of the sluggish economic recovery, many Americans setting out on the nation's annual Thanksgiving migration had to sacrifice summer vacations, rely on relatives for airfare or scour the Web for travel deals to ensure they made it home. It's not just tight family finances making travel tough. Airlines struggling to save on jet fuel and other expenses have cut the number of...

    Arts Commission member Bill Kruser presents local artist Jack Musich with the commission’s 2012 Cultural Arts Award.

    Arlington arts commission names its Cultural Arts Award winner

    The village of Arlington Heights Arts Commission honored local artist Jack Musich with its annual Cultural Arts Award, presented at the commission's Artist Outreach event Friday, Nov. 2, at the village hall.


    Egypt: Gaza cease-fire reached

    Egypt has announced a cease-fire agreement to end a week of fighting between Israel and Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip. Foreign Minister Mohammed Kamel Amr said the truce would take effect at 9 p.m. local time (1p.m. Central Time.) He made the announcement alongside visiting U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.


    U.S. abortions fall 5 pct, biggest drop in a decade

    U.S. abortions fell 5 percent during the Great Recession in the biggest one-year decrease in at least a decade, according to government figures released Wednesday. The reason for the decline wasn't clear, but some experts said it may be due to better use of birth control during tough economic times. Their theory is that some women believe they can't afford to get pregnant.


    Lake County board approves loan for courthouse project

    The Lake County Board on Tuesday approved a proposal to borrow up to $90 million to expand the main courthouse in downtown Waukegan and the juvenile justice center near Vernon Hills.

    Volunteers from a Lake Zurich neighborhood banded together to build a deck for 10-year-old Harrison Brodeur, who’s autistic. The neighbors knew how much Harrison enjoys being outside, but noticed the former deck at his family’s home was crumbling.

    Lake Zurich neighbors lauded for building deck to help special-needs boy

    Lake Zurich's village board gave a public thank-you this week to a neighborhood that pitched in to build a new backyard deck for a local family's autistic child. Mayor Suzanne Branding said she was touched by the outpouring of support for Larry and Kelly Brodeur and their 10-year-old boy, Harrison. Some neighbors noticed deterioration in the deck they knew Harrison enjoyed and took it upon...

    Israeli police officers examine a blown up bus at the site of a bombing in Tel Aviv, Israel, Wednesday.

    Amid Gaza diplomacy, bomb blasts Tel Aviv bus

    A bomb exploded aboard an Israeli bus near the nation's military headquarters in Tel Aviv on Wednesday, wounding 27 people, delivering a major blow to diplomatic efforts to forge a truce to end a week of fighting between Israel and Gaza's militant Hamas rulers. Thousands of Palestinians fled their homes in Gaza fearing Israeli airstrikes.


    WWII ordnance detonated in east-central Illinois

    The owner of an auction house in east central Illinois found a big surprise while unpacking the belongings of a recently deceased Longview man: a box filled with World War II-era explosives


    Chicago man denied bail before NYC hacking trial

    A New York judge has refused to grant bail to a Chicago man charged in a conspiracy to hack into corporations and government agencies worldwide.Federal Judge Loretta Preska says Jeremy Hammond poses "a very substantial danger to the community." She rejected arguments by his lawyers Tuesday that he be freed on bail secured by houses owned by relatives.

    Libraries, parks, fire districts and other specialty taxing agencies increased taxes by more than $365 million in 2010.

    Local property tax levies up $3.5 billion since '05

    Property tax levies in the suburbs and Chicago collectively increased by almost $3.5 billion in 2010 compared to just five years earlier, Suburban Tax Watchdog Jake Griffin writes. Much of that was in school districts in the six suburban counties and Chicago, which levied $2.2 billion more in 2010 than they received in 2005.

    Magician Jim Stanislawski of Gurnee has staged annual magic shows for the last eight years that double as food drives. The events honor his late daughter Jackie, who was killed in a 2003 auto accident.

    Magician honors late daughter with annual charity shows

    For eight years, Gurnee resident Jim Stanislawski has staged annual magic shows that double as food drives. The events honor his late daughter Jackie, who was killed in a 2003 auto accident. The annual Jackie's Magic shows have collected thousands of pounds of canned food for local pantries.

    Dundee Middle School administrators and parent association members, from left, Gary Andersen, president; Ann Girten, treasurer; Joe Schumacher, principal; Carrie Koenig, vice president; Andy Reinke, assistant principal and Chris Testone, assistant principal, show off a check for $13,500 and a mobile netbook cart.

    Dundee Middle Schoolers thankful for new computer lab

    Students and staff at Dundee Middle School have parents and volunteers to thank for a state-of-the-art mobile lab with a dozen netbook computers. The Parent Association has raised $13,500 toward the purchase of netbook computers through various fundraisers like a golf outing.

    Cheryl Talaczynski of Arlington Heights makes greeting cards by hand to send to troops facing challenges after returning from overseas service. “I’m extremely grateful for the freedom I have, every day of my life,” she said.

    Arlington Heights woman thanks troops with homemade greeting cards

    Cheryl Talaczynski stops short of calling herself an artist. Instead, the Arlington Heights woman uses the term hobbyist' to describe her penchant for creating greeting cards. Increasingly, however, her cards have taken on a new mission: to bring cheer and good wishes to members of the military.


    Dawn Patrol: Teacher contracts approved; bank robber sought

    School boards in Huntley and Geneva approved new teacher contracts, while in Carpentersville-based Dist. 300, the union filed an intent to strike notice. Buffalo Grove police circulated a photo from a robbery at PNC Bank. And Dann Gire loved "Life of Pi."

    Genaro Elizalde, warehouse manager of the Northern Illinois Food Bank in St. Charles, preps the donation of a truckload of bleach to Island Harvest Food Bank in New York for delivery.

    Suburbs sending help, hope to Sandy victims

    Even with a still shaky economic recovery, suburban residents and businesses are finding gratitude this Thanksgiving in their ability to help others more in need, like the East Coast victims of Hurricane Sandy. “They get the idea that someone in Chicago, 980 miles away, thought enough of them to go out and buy these things,” project leader Sal Lema said. “I don’t have...



    Wednesday’s wrestling scoreboard
    Here are the varsity boys wrestling results from Wednesday as reported to the Daily Herald.


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


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

    Kings guard Marcus Thornton drives against Los Angeles guard Jodie Meeks during the first quarter Wednesday in Sacramento, Calif.

    Kings upset listless Lakers, 113-97

    Marcus Thornton scored 23 points, Tyreke Evans had 18 and the Sacramento Kings snapped a five-game losing streak by beating the lethargic Los Angeles Lakers 113-97 on Wednesday night.

    The Bulls’ Kirk Hinrich drives around the Rockets’ Omer Asik (3) as Jeremy Lin watches from behind in the first half Wednesday in Houston.

    Harden scores 28 in Rockets’ win over Bulls

    James Harden scored 28 points, Patrick Patterson added 20 and the Houston Rockets snapped a three-game losing streak with a 93-89 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night. Toney Douglas swished a 3-pointer and sank two free throws in the final 1:11 as Houston won for the 33rd consecutive time when holding its opponent below 90 points, the NBA's longest current streak.


    Will, Prospect win at York

    Prospect sophomore Taylor Will scored a career-high 26 points as the Knights recorded a 61-52 victory over St. Charles North in the York tournament. The Knights finished 3-2 in Elmhurst and are 4-2 overall. Senior guard Adriane Falagario chipped in 14 points (8-of-8 free throws) followed by Michele Molini (7), Trisha Benson (6) and Catherine Sherwood (6).

    The Suns’ Jermaine O’Neal (20) goes in for a dunk as Portland’s Joel Freeland watches during the second half Wednesday in Phoenix.

    Suns rout Trail Blazers 114-87

    Marcin Gortat scored a season-high 22 points in only three quarters and the Suns routed the Portland Trail Blazers 114-87 on Wednesday night to snap a three-game losing streak.

    Illinois guard Brandon Paul shoots against Butler in the first half of the title game of the Maui Invitational Wednesday in Lahaina, Hawaii.

    Illini blister Butler, win Maui tourney

    Brandon Paul scored 20 points to lead Illinois to the Maui Invitational title on Wednesday night, beating Butler in a 78-61 blowout that marked its third straight double-digit win. The Illini (6-0) held off several attempts by Butler to string points together in the second half. Paul was one of four players in double figures, along with Tracy Abrams with 17 points and Tyler Griffey and D.J. Richardson with 14 each.


    Wichita State beats Iowa 75-63 to win Cancun title

    Cleanthony Early scored 25 points, pulled nine rebounds and Wichita State claimed the Cancun Challenge tournament title in a 75-63 victory over Iowa on Wednesday night.

    Michigan guard Trey Burke drives around Pittsburgh forward Talib Zanna in the first half Wednesday in the NIT Season Tip-Off at Madison Square Garden in New York.

    No. 4 Michigan advances to NIT Tipoff title game

    Trey Burke scored 17 points, Tim Hardaway Jr. had 16 points and No. 4 Michigan shut down Pittsburgh defensively in the second half to reach the championship of the NIT Season Tipoff with a 67-62 win Wednesday night.

    Purdue’s Terone Johnson shoots while being fouled by North Carolina-Wilmington’s Tanner Milson during the first half of their game Wednesday in West Lafayette, Ind.

    Purdue cruises past UNC Wilmington

    The Boilermakers (2-3) beat UNC Wilmington 66-40 to end a two-game skid. Terone Johnson scored a season-high 19 points, including three 3-pointers, to help Purdue, who outrebounded the Seahawks (1-3) 40-24 and held them to just five offensive boards.


    St. Charles E. overwhelms North Stars

    Both St. Charles high schools have new wrestling coaches this winter.

    Kaneland’s Cole Carlson fires up an outside shot against Batavia during Wednesday’s game at Batavia.

    Batavia tips Kaneland in final minute

    After 724 consecutive games spanning 27 seasons, someone other than Jim Roberts called the shots as Batavia's head basketball coach Wednesday night.


    Geneva loses title game, Loebel

    Geneva forward Kelly Gordon summed up Crete-Monee’s full-court pressure defense best by saying “they seemed to be everywhere.” That was certainly the case in the second half of Wednesday’s title game of the Glenbard East Rachel Bach Tournament, which 5-0 Crete-Monee won 57-52. The Warriors wiped out a 25-21 halftime deficit in large part by pressuring Geneva (3-1) into 16 second-half turnovers.The Vikings had big games from all-tourney selection Morgan Seberger (11 points) and from Gordon, who led the way with 14 points and 13 rebounds. But after guard Michaela Loebel suffered a leg injury in the second quarter and did not return, the Warriors proved to be just too tough to handle on this night. “It was a really physical game with a lot of pushing back and forth. They were very athletic and very quick and they seemed to be everywhere,” said Gordon, a 5-foot-9 forward who more than held her own against a Warrior frontcourt that features a trio of 6-footers. “This was our first true test of the season and without Michaela everyone had to step up tonight.” For much of the night the Vikings seemed to more than hold their own against Crete-Monee, jumping ahead 16-9 after one quarter behind 8 points from Loebel and clinging to leads of 25-21 at the half and 38-35 after three quarters. But the Warriors picked up the pace with their full-court traps midway through the third quarter and the Vikings eventually buckled under the heat.Crete-Monee guard Alexia DeBose scored 18 of her game-high 20 points in the second half on her way to all-tourney honors, while tourney MVP Marsha Howard added 9 points, 4 offensive rebounds and a steal.Then there was 6-foot freshman guard Sarah Humphrey, who after a quiet first half, came away with 4 timely steals down the stretch and added 7 points and 2 blocked shots.“We’ve worked a lot on pressure to this point and we like to use our press to get us some quick baskets,” first-year Crete-Monee coach Christina Cobbins said. “We planned to take away No. 22 (Seberger) because she’s a sharpshooter, and even though it’s early, we’re pleased with what we’ve seen and with the team’s work ethic.”The Warriors closed out the third quarter with baskets from DeBose and Lindzy Cox to close to within 38-35, and then drew even on a 3-pointer from Humphrey to open the fourth quarter. Vikings center Sidney Santos did her best down the stretch, scoring 8 of her 10 points in the fourth quarter before Geneva came up just short. “Their pressure just got to us, and we didn’t perform under the pressure they handed to us,” Geneva coach Sarah Meadows said. “Michaela getting hurt didn’t help us. She’s a huge role on our team and she just keeps us calm.”

    Steve Lundy/slundy@dailyherald.com Rolling Meadows' Jackie Kemph, left, drives on Fremd's Ashley McConnell during their game Wednesday night at Lake Zurich High School.

    It’s Meadows, in a Thriller

    When they last battled 10 months ago, Rolling Meadows and Fremd went to overtime before the Mustangs won the Mid-Suburban League championship by 1 point. The two powerhouse girls basketball teams met for another championship Wednesday night. Playing for title of the Turkey Thriller Tournament hosted by Lake Zurich, the two teams once again thrilled a captive audience, this time for 32 minutes with electrifying up-tempo play. When the final horn sounded, the defending MSL champs held off a valiant late rally by the Vikings for a 69-64 victory.


    Poulin wins 100th at St. Charles N.

    St. Charles North put a twist on the old saying that it's not how you start but how you finish.


    Extra effort helps BG past Grayslake Central

    Imagine the possibilities if Buffalo Grove starts playing really well. The Bison boys varsity basketball team committed 31 fouls Wednesday night. As well as 23 turnovers. They shot just 21-for-47 from the floor, 17-for-25 at the line and 6-for-18 from 3-point range. And won. Tenacious defense when they really needed it, pressure free throws when they had to have them and clutch rebounds when they needed to grab them enabled BG to forge a 65-61 win over Grayslake Central and move to 1-1 on their home court in the annual Bison Classic Boys Varsity Basketball Tournament.


    Adduci’s heroics lift St. Charles E.

    St. Charles East junior guard Dom Adduci picked the perfect time for his only basket of the game Wednesday night at the 54th annual Ron Johnson Thanksgiving Tournament. With the Saints tied at 46-46 with the seconds ticking away against Schaumburg, Adduci nailed a 14-foot floater to give St. Charles East a 48-46 victory.


    Willowbrook sends a message in defeat

    Plainfield East, with precocious sophomore Faith Suggs and Montini transfer Nikia Edom, is a team on everyone’s radar this season.But Willowbrook? Don’t sleep on the Warriors.Wednesday provided further proof, as the Warriors took Plainfield East to the wire before falling 60-55 in the final game of the Willowbrook Thanksgiving Tournament in Villa Park.Willowbrook coach Terry Harrell felt like this one was a game his girls could have had — they led by 5 in the final minute of the third quarter. But he wasn’t feeling any less about them.“Plainfield East is a good team. We’re a pretty good team, too,” Harrell said. “The girls played hard. This has the chance to be a really good team, a team that is good enough to advance in the playoffs. Hopefully pretty deep.”Molly Krawczykowski scored 16 points, her banked 3-pointer with 4:43 left giving Willowbrook (4-2) its last lead at 49-46. Angela Bruno added 14 points and 4 assists, and also guarded Edom into a 9-point, 2-for-9 shooting night.“Bruno played fantastic,” Harrell said. “Whenever we play somebody I put her on the other team’s toughest guard and she shuts them down.”Willowbrook played Plainfield East to a 27-27 halftime tie. With Suggs on the bench with three fouls and Bengals burly post Gabriel Williams out with four fouls, the Warriors surged ahead, taking a 40-35 lead on a Colleen Krawczykowski jumper with 2:19 to play in the third.Plainfield East (5-0) answered with a 9-0 run, going ahead 44-40 on back-to-back steals and scores by Suggs and Edom moments into the fourth.“We weren’t playing with the kind of defensive intensity in the first half that we should have been,” Plainfield East coach Missy Mitidiero said. “They responded well. We were able to get a couple of turnovers, which were game-changing for us. That’s our game, that’s us.”Suggs, a smooth 6-foot forward, scored a game-high 17 points but only managed one free throw over the second and third quarters. She missed 5 free throws at one point but stuck a pair to give her team a 51-49 lead. Bruno tied it 53-53 with two free throws, but at the other end Suggs came off a screen, took a pass from Edom and drilled a top-of-the-key 3 to give her team the lead for good with 2:16 left.“Nikia’s always in the right place at the right time — I just threw it up there hoping it would go in,” Suggs said. “We just needed to focus on winning and hitting our free throws. I struggled with that a little bit.”Williams added 16 points and 13 rebounds for Plainfield East. Anita Sterling scored 9 for Willowbrook.“What they were able to do was they were able to exploit what we don’t have. We don’t have a big post player,” Harrell said. “They had 7 offensive rebounds in the first quarter. When the big girl got back in they went to her four straight times down the stretch.”

    Miami’s Chris Bosh celebrates after scoring a 3-pointer in the second half Wednesday at home against the Milwaukee Bucks. Bosh scored 28 points and had 18 rebounds, his most in a Heat uniform.

    Miami rallies to beat Bucks

    LeBron James had 28 points and 10 rebounds, Dwyane Wade added 28 more points in his return from injury and the Heat scored the first six points of overtime on the way to beating the Milwaukee Bucks 113-106 on Wednesday night.

    New York’s Jason Kidd (5) and J.R. Smith (8) defend as the Mavericks’ Vince Carter (25) attempts a drive to the basket in the second half Wednesday in Dallas. The Mavericks won 114-111.

    Mavericks escape with 114-111 win over Knicks

    Dallas held on for a 114-111 victory Wednesday night after Carmelo Anthony was short on a potential go-ahead jumper with 4 seconds left, then fouled out when going after the rebound.

    Marquette forward Jamil Wilson takes a jump shot in the second half while playing against Southern California Wednesday in the Maui Invitational.

    Marquette tops USC 72-64 in Maui

    Jamil Wilson channeled his inner aloha spirit to lead Marquette to a strong finish Wednesday after a tough start to the Maui Invitational. But the Golden Eagles lost their leading scorer, Vander Blue, when he injured his knee late in the game.


    Kenny, Neuqua Valley hang tough

    Neuqua Valley center Pat Kenny is no slouch standing 6-foot-4, but he still gives up 4 inches to standout Riverside-Brookfield big man Miki Ljuboja. What Kenny lacks in height, he certainly makes up for with hustle around the basket. Kenny's hard-nosed play and the Wildcats' steady game executing the fundamentals led the way to a 72-55 victory over the Bulldogs in the second round of the Bill VandeMerkt Thanksgiving Classic boys basketball tournament on Wednesday in Riverside.


    Streamwood notches first win

    Streamwood 57, Chicago Prep Academy 43: Zack Harris had 16 points and Jacob Siewert added 14 as the Sabres (1-2) won their first game of the season at the Wheaton Academy tournament. Colin Seger added 10 points for Streamwood.St. Edward 68, Faith Lutheran 30: Antonio Domel led St. Edward with 13 points in this win at the Westminster Christian tournament. Michael Butzow had 11 points for the Green Wave (2-0) and Danny Favela added 10.Bartlett 46, Downers North 36: Lance Whitaker had 21 points for the Hawks (2-0) at the Wheaton Academy tournament.


    Stevenson falls short against McAuley

    Mother McAuley 57, Stevenson 44: At Maine West, the Patriots got outscored 20-8 in the third quarter after trailing just 26-21 at halftime.Sophia Way led Stevenson (0-2) with 12 points. Kari Moffat and Alex Elzinga each had 10.

    Hampshire’s Michael Dumoulin grabs a rebound from Burlington Central’s Sean Fitzgerald and Moter Deng in the second quarter of the Sycamore tournament on Wednesday.

    Hampshire wins one for Barnett

    Rivals Hampshire and Burlington Central get fired up when they square off in any sport, but the Whip-Purs entered Wednesday night's matchup at the Sycamore Thanksgiving boys basketball tournament with added emotion coursing through their systems. A day after 11th-year Hampshire coach Bob Barnett was hospitalized due to multiple heart attacks, the Whips played a focused, intense game with their mentor in mind. They bolted to a 9-point lead after one quarter and held off a second-half Burlington Central charge to prevail 59-54 to even their record at 1-1. The loss dropped the Rockets to 0-2.


    Tournament victories for Vernon Hills, Lake Zurich

    Stephen Curry scored a game-high 16 points to go with 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals as Vernon Hills earned a 64-37 victory over Guerin in Battle at the Ridge tournament play Wednesday at Northridge Prep.Nate Rathod had 3 of Vernon Hills’ 11 3-pointers and finished with 11 points.Michael Mariella made a pair of 3s and finished with 9 points for the Cougars (2-0), who made 9 of 11 fouls shots.Lake Zurich 57, Addison Trail 50: John Repplinger provided a big spark to Lake Zurich’s offense in the second half, and his defensive work against Addison Trail junior guard James Pupillo was a constant plus for Lake Zurich in tournament play at West Chicago.The Blazers led 27-21 at the half before Repplinger, Jack O’Neill and Ryan Roach each made 3-pointers to put Lake Zurich back in front. The Bears (2-1) never again trailed and outscored Addison Trail 20-5 in the third quarter.Pupillo finished with a game-high 25 points.“He is just a phenomenal player — you can never relax on him or leave him open,” said Lake Zurich coach Billy Pitcher of Pupillo. “ ‘Rep’ gave us a huge lift, though. I think his aggressiveness on defense transferred into more aggressiveness on offense, and he had his best game in two years.”Repplinger’s 15 points, 5 assists and 5 rebounds were career highs.O’Neill finished with three 3s and made 2 clutch free three throws with 30 seconds.Lakes 70, Uplift 60: At Mundelein, the Eagles got what coach Chris Snyder called a “good bounce-back win” to improve to 2-1 in the tournament.Direll Clark led all scorers with 21 points. Troy Swindle added 19, and Andrew Spencer had 13 in his first game of the season.Grant 64, Freeport 42: At Johnsburg, Tom Blanchette scored a career-high 27 points for the Bulldogs, who improved to 2-0 in the Johnsburg/Richmond-Burton tournament.Steve Dunning added 13 points for Grant.


    Gandolfi keys Mundelein win

    All of 5 feet 6, Thomas Gandolfi plays all-out, all the time, because it's all he knows. Which doesn't mean Mundelein's diminutive defender is all out of energy down the stretch in basketball games. "I joke with my friends that I hide around the first three quarters and then just come out in the fourth," said Gandolfi, who's starting for the depleted Mustangs. "When I get my opportunities, I take them." And so he did Wednesday night. Gandolfi hit his only two 3-point attempts in the fourth quarter, helping Mundelein pull out a 66-54 win over Barrington in third-round action of the Mundelein/Warren Thanksgiving tournament.

    Coach Tom Thibodeau watched the Bulls lose their third straight game Wednesday night, the first time that’s happened during his tenure with the Bulls.

    Bulls come unglued down the stretch
    Nate Robinson's quick 3-pointer with about four minutes left was the first of 11 straight misses for the Bulls and the Rockets roared back for a 93-89 win on Wednesday. The result cemented the first three-game losing streak of the regular season in coach Tom Thibodeau's tenure with the Bulls.


    Belvidere North upends Burlington Central

    Burlington Central's girls basketball team broke the Belvidere North press effectively in the second quarter. But in the third quarter with the Rockets behind by 3 points and a three-peat of the Central Thanksgiving tournament championships in sight for North, it was a different story. The press came back in full force creating chaos for the Rockets, who had not been behind in their three previous games nor had seen pressure as such this early. The result was a 19-11 Belvidere North third quarter, where Burlington only attempted 8 shots, turned the ball over four times and watched the lead balloon to 11 and as many as 15 in the fourth as Belvidere North went a perfect 4-0 in the tourney with convincing 55-44 win on Rocket Hill Wednesday night.


    Smart, Pirates get the jump on Noble Street

    Palatine sophomore guard Roosevelt Smart showed why Palatine fans have a reason to be excited about this year's Palatine boys basketball team. The 6-foot-2 Smart hit for a career-high 25 points on 11-for-15 shooting to give the Pirates a 68-30 win over Noble Street from Chicago at the Ed Molitor Thanksgiving Tournament at Palatine.

    The Hawks’ Josh Smith, third from right, grabs Kyle Korver, second from right, after Korver hit the winning 3-pointer against the Washington Wizards on Wednesday in Atlanta.

    Korver, Hawks keep Wizards winless

    Kyle Korver hit a long 3-pointer with 1.9 seconds remaining in overtime and the Atlanta Hawks beat Washington 101-100 on Wednesday night, extending the Wizards' franchise-worst start to 0-10 when officials ruled their last-second shot came too late.

    The Cavaliers’ Jeremy Pargo shoots against Philadelphia’s Spencer Hawes in the fourth quarter Wednesday in Cleveland.

    Pargo guides Cavaliers to 92-83 win

    At least for one night, the Cleveland Cavaliers managed just fine without Kyrie Irving. Jeremy Pargo, filling in for Cleveland's injured star, scored a career-high 28 points, and the Cavaliers broke a six-game losing streak with a 92-83 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night.


    Wauconda forces OT but falls short

    Wauconda showed it was ready to do whatever was needed when Devon King dived onto the floor for a loose ball off the opening tip and it led to sophomore Ricky Sidlowski's layup. That attitude didn't change for the Bulldogs even when Rockford Jefferson led by 15 points three minutes before halftime and by 9 points with three minutes left in regulation of Wednesday's second-round pool play game in the Richmond-Burton and Johnsburg Thanksgiving Boys Basketball Tournament. Wauconda battled to force overtime but eventually ran out of time to make another comeback and lost 67-62 at Lou Ramirez Gym in Richmond.


    Warren falls short despite Gillespie

    It's still so early in the boys basketball season; sometimes it's hard to figure out who will play the different roles on teams. That's obviously a concern of first-year head coach Ryan Webber and the Warren basketball team. On Wednesday night in the Warren gym, Webber watched his young Blue Devils fall behind visiting North Chicago by as many as 18 points early in the fourth quarter and then one of those mystery juniors started firing up 3-pointers. Was a star born on this night by the name of Eric Gillespie? All 5-foot-7 of him?Gillespie scored a career-high 26 points. North Chicago's lead shrunk to 7 points but the Warhawks held on to post a 69-57 win in the Mundelein/Warren boys varsity Thanksgiving Tournament.

    Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) is fouled by Los Angeles Clippers center Ryan Hollins (15) as he shoots in the third quarter Wednesday at home.

    OKC outlasts Clippers 117-111 in overtime

    Kevin Durant scored 35 points, Russell Westbrook added 23 and Oklahoma City's All-Star tandem scored all of the Thunder's points in overtime in a 117-111 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night.

    The Pacers’ Paul George (24) and Lance Stephenson celebrate after George hit a 3-pointer during the second half Wednesday at home against New Orleans.

    George, Hibbert lead Pacers over Hornets in OT

    Paul George dropped a franchise-record nine 3s — all in the second half and overtime — and scored 33 of his career-high 37 points after halftime to help the Indiana Pacers defeat the New Orleans Hornets 115-107. Roy Hibbert had 10 points, 11 rebounds and a career-best 11 blocks.

    Christian Liberty Academy’s Ben Daniel, left, is closely guarded by Stevenson’s Justin Berkson during Wednesday’s game at Buffalo Grove.

    Cashaw, Stevenson cash in at Buffalo Grove

    Among the many things that Conner Cashaw is thankful for today is the fact that his older brother was there last year to show him the varsity ropes. Cashaw is a 6-foot-3 do-everything utility player for the Stevenson boys basketball team and will likely play every position on the floor this season, from point guard to center. Just a sophomore, he seemed more like a seasoned veteran Wednesday in scoring a team-high 12 points in a breezy 61-24 victory over Christian Liberty in the third round of the Buffalo Grove Thanksgiving tournament. The victory moves Stevenson to 3-0.

    The Magic’s J.J. Redick takes a 3-point shot over the arms of Detroit’s Jonas Jerebko during the second half Wednesday in Orlando.

    Orlando rides 2nd-half run to victory over Detroit

    Andrew Nicholson scored 15 points, Glen Davis had 11 points and 14 rebounds, and Orlando used a 21-0 run to open the third quarter to earn a 90-74 victory over Detroit on Wednesday night.

    The Bobcats’ Brendan Haywood dunks against the Toronto Raptors during the first half Wednesday in Charlotte, N.C.

    Bobcats edge Raptors 98-97

    The Charlotte Bobcats are off to a fast start so far this season. Less than three weeks into the season, the surprising Bobcats are a game away from matching last season's win total following a 98-97 victory Wednesday night over the Toronto Raptors.

    San Antonio Spurs power forward Tim Duncan (21) defends against Boston Celtics forward Jeff Green (8) during the second half Wednesday in Boston.

    Parker, Duncan carry Spurs past Celtics

    In a battle of two of the league's elite point guards, Tony Parker scored a season-high 26 points and chipped in six assists to carry the Spurs to a 112-100 victory over the defensively challenged Celtics on Wednesday night. Tim Duncan had 20 points and 15 rebounds.

    Kentucky’s Alex Poythress (22) pulls down a rebound between Morehead State’s Jason Holmes, Milton Chavis and Drew Kelly, from left, during the second half Wednesday’s game in Lexington, Ky.

    No. 8 Kentucky holds off Morehead State 81-70

    Freshman Archie Goodwin scored a career-high 28 points, and classmate Alex Poythress added 20, helping No. 8 Kentucky rally to beat stubborn Morehead State 81-70.


    Rochester beats Eastern Illinois 59-56

    Stavros Schizas and Dramell Hogan scored 17 points each as Rochester (Mich.) defeated Eastern Illinois 59-56 on Wednesday afternoon.


    Nebraska fights off Tulane in 61-57 win

    Andre Almeida had seven of Nebraska's final 12 points, including a dunk with 1:45 left put Nebraska up for good, and the Cornhuskers turned back Tulane 61-57 Wednesday.


    Stewart, Wheaton North floor it against Conant

    Reilly Stewart is not afraid to drive to the basket. Whether she goes all the way in for a layup and winds up crashing to the floor, or whether she's just kicking the basketball out to the wings for a 3-pointer, it's a win-win to the Wheaton North senior point guard.


    South Elgin downs Dundee-Crown

    South Elgin 54, Dundee-Crown 34: Anna Tracy had 13 points and Kara Rodriguez scored 12 to lead South Elgin (3-2) to a win at the Dundee-Crown tournament. Jordan Bartelt, Emily Michalski and Lauren Lococo each had 6 points for Dundee-Crown (0-5).River Ridge 42, St. Edward 25: Clarissa Ramos had 14 points to lead St. Edward (0-5) in this loss at the Dakota tournament.


    Great start for Libertyville

    It was only their first meet of the season, but Libertyville's junior-dominated wrestling team is already starting to live up to the hype that will probably be surrounding them for most of the upcoming campaign. Beginning the North Suburban Conference crossover meet at 132 pounds, the visiting Wildcats actually fell behind Wauconda 4-0 early and they held a fairly slim 13-7 lead after five matches. But that was as close as the Bulldogs got, as Libertyville rolled to an impressive 53-10 victory to get the season going in a very positive direction.


    Notre Dame downs George Washington 65-48

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Garrick Sherman scored 18 points to lead Notre Dame past George Washington 65-48 on Wednesday.Sherman, a senior who sat out last season after transferring from Michigan State, hit 8 of 10 shots from the field and 2 of 2 from the free-throw line. It was the second time this season he has come off the bench to lead the team in scoring.“In Brooklyn I felt like I forced it a little bit too much and I just wanted to come out and be efficient tonight,” said Sherman, referring to his play in the team’s 79-70 overtime loss to St. Joseph’s Friday in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic. Notre Dame coach Mike Brey said for now, he likes Sherman as a sixth man.“That starting five I think is pretty darn solid, but I don’t think you’re ever etched in stone,” Brey said. “Right now I like him coming in and giving us a little lift and giving Jack (Cooley) that first rest.”George Washington (1-2) struggled with its shooting, hitting 33 percent of its shots.“I thought we did a good job getting the ball inside but we couldn’t score inside,” said George Washington coach Mike Lonergan. “I don’t know if it was nerves at the beginning or one of those things that was just contagious, but we missed so many shots at the beginning that it was just hard to stay in the game.”Brey said his defense deserved some of the credit for that.“They missed some easy ones. Overall though, our body position was very good,” Brey said. “We’re good at staying in front of people. We’re not going to turn you over much, but this is how we play.”Brey said he was particularly impressed with limiting George Washington to 2 of 8 shooting from 3-point range.“That’s how GW beats you; they throw in 11 3’s. We’ve been good on those and that’s what we hang our hats on,” said Brey, a George Washington alum who drew laughs from reporters when he walked into the postgame press conference sporting his actual George Washington game jersey from 1981.Jerian Grant added 13 points for Notre Dame (4-1), which led 32-21 at halftime.Isaiah Armwood led the Colonials with 12 points.Cooley had only two points in the first half, but scored Notre Dame’s first six points after the break. He hit two short jumpers off feeds into the low post, then took an offensive charge, and capped the run with a jumper from just inside the arc.Irish point guard Eric Atkins then hit a jumper, finishing off an 8-2 run and extending the Irish lead to 17.


    Prospect holds off Conant

    As Prospect coach John Camardella pointed out, there are a multitude of ways to lose a game. The inexperienced Knights flirted with several, as Conant scored the first 12 points of the second half to erase a 7-point halftime deficit. But Prospect regained its composure and hit 7 of 8 free throws down the stretch to hold off Conant 43-40 in the Joe Majkowski Varsity Thanksgiving Basketball Tournament at St. Viator.


    Western Kentucky beats DePaul 70-61 in Cancun

    CANCUN, Mexico — Jamal Crook scored 16 points, T.J. Price added 13 points, five rebounds and five assists and Western Kentucky went on to a 70-61 win over DePaul in the consolation game of the Cancun Challenge on Wednesday night.Western Kentucky (3-2) had a comfortable lead for much of the contest before the Blue Demons made things interesting in the second half, completing a 21-8 run when Durrell McDonald scored on a fast-break dunk with 1:17 and cut the lead to seven, 68-61, but the run came too late to overcome the Hilltoppers.DePaul’s Cleveland Melvin scored 14 of his 22 points in the second half and added 13 rebounds but it wasn’t enough. Melvin hit a jumper to give the Blue Demons (2-3) a 10-9 lead before the first media timeout but Western Kentucky closed out the first half on a 32-17 run to lead 41-27 at the break.


    Schaumburg’s new era starts with two wins

    Life after Josh Marchok has begun in earnest Tuesday for Schaumburg's wrestling team. The two-time state champion, now in his new surroundings at Stanford, would be thrilled with the results of his former teammates, who defeated Streamwood and Bartlett at the Elk Grove Quad on Wednesday night in a season opener for all four programs.


    Taskovic’s up to the task for Grayslake North

    Grayslake North junior guard Matt Taskovic earned the nickname "money" because of his free-throw shooting success. Taskovic gave his team a holiday bonus in Wednesday night's second round of pool play in the Richmond-Burton and Johnsburg Thanksgiving Tournament. Taskovic calmly deposited both ends of a 1-and-1 situation in a tie game with 30.5 seconds to help the Knights escape with a 50-48 victory over the host Rockets at Lou Ramirez Gym in Richmond. "Confident, because I do it at my house all the time," Taskovic said of his emotions after R-B tried to ice him with a timeout. "I always practice one to tie and two to win in that situation. But I was still nervous a little bit."


    Streamwood shakes off pesky Hampshire

    The Streamwood girls basketball team let Hampshire stick around Wednesday night. It nearly cost the Sabres. Streamwood led by 15 points with 2½ minutes remaining in the second quarter, but failed to maintain the lead. The Whip-Purs rallied to tie the game before the Sabres ran away in the fourth quarter for a 55-42 victory over host Hampshire in Dundee-Crown Thanksgiving Tournament play.


    Cary-Grove fills it up, tops Lakes

    One night after a tough loss to unbeaten Rolling Meadows, Cary-Grove girls basketball coach Rod Saffert had a simple message for his team. "I told them this can go one of two ways," Saffert said. "We could either go out and have Happy Thanksgiving at 3-2 or go the other way at 2-3." For the Trojans, anyway, it will be a Happy Thanksgiving. Cary-Grove finished off the Lake Zurich Turkey Thriller with a 42-16 trouncing of Lakes to finish third in the tournament. Lakes fell to 2-3 and finished fourth overall.


    Huntley hands Palatine first loss

    It wasn't so much the lid on the basket that frustrated Palatine's girls basketball team Wednesday night as much as it was Huntley's defense. Employing a stifling man-to-man, in-your-face defense, Huntley held Palatine to an 11 of 48 shooting night and caused the Pirates 20 turnovers as the Red Raiders ran away with the final game of the Dundee-Crown Thanksgiving Tournament 46-28.


    Lipp, Varner connect for Libertyville

    Matthew Varner was a big part of an effective one-two punch for Libertyville's bosy basketball team Wednesday night. Varner combined with Jack Lipp for 50 points as the Wildcats shot past North Shore County Day 73-58 at Maine South in Park Ridge as part of the Maine West Thanksgiving Tournament. Lipp had a game-high 26 points and 9 rebounds, while Varner tossed in 24 points with 4 rebounds. Jack Deichl contributed 9 points and 9 boards.

    Brothers Don and David Beebe run Aurora Christian’s offense and defense, respectively. They are pictured here after a win over Winnebago in the quarterfinals: from left, nephew and Eagles quarterback Ryan McQuade, head coach Don Beebe, Don’s son Chad Beebe, defensive coordinator David Beebe and David’s son, Caleb.

    Beebe brothers a winning combination at Aurora Christian

    Sounds like a crazy way to run a football team. "I have no idea what he's doing and he has no idea what I'm doing."

    Nicky Lopez of Naperville Central puts up a shot while Trayvond Taylor of Metea attempts to block it. This took place during the Metea Valley vs. Naperville Central boys basketball game at the Hoops for Healing Tournament at Oswego Wednesday.

    Bench strength helps Naperville Central past Metea Valley

    Wednesday afternoon's boys basketball game between Naperville Central and Metea Valley at the Hoops for Healing Tournament in Oswego was fast-paced and aggressive. Hence, the fouls were plentiful. Games like this call for a strong bench, and the Redhawks showcased theirs in a 71-65 victory that saw Rob Suntken come into the game and score a game-high 15 points.

    Whether its Jay Cutler under center against the Vikings on Sunday or not, the Bears offensive line has to find a way to protect the quarterback.

    Bears’ Tice looking at options with line’s poor play

    Offensive coordinator Mike Tice didn't waste any time getting right to the point in Wednesday's news conference. "There are a couple of things that I know are right," he said. "In a season when you run three-step drops, you should have no sacks at the end of the season. To give up 3 in one game is totally unacceptable. Secondly, it’s hard to chip bull rushes because a guy is down the middle of a guy and, at a certain point, a player needs to grit his teeth, buck up and win a fight.”

    United States World Cup stars such as Alex Morgan, center left, and Abby Wambach and other teammates will have a new option to consider with the third try at a professional league for women's soccer.

    Women’s pro soccer returning to Chicago

    U.S. Soccer announced Wednesday it is forming a new women's professional soccer league that will include a team in Chicago. It was not yet clear whether that team will be the Red Stars, the former Women's Pro Soccer team that has been operating as a semipro team the past two seasons since dropping out of WPS. Nor was it clear if the Chicago team will play at Toyota Park, as the Red Stars did when they played in WPS.

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

    Borsellino era at Montini to close — for now

    What a long, great trip it's been. Win or lose Saturday's Class 5A state football championship in Champaign, hugs and tears are sure to be shared by a Montini father and son — Broncos offensive coordinator Lewis Borsellino and senior all-state receiver Joey Borsellino. Dad enters his final game as Montini's spread offense guru; son is weighing options for his college career.

    Northern Illinois University had a lot to celebrate after last week's win over the Toledo Rockets in DeKalb clinched a berth in the MAC championship game. Now they have to focus on now having a letdown against Eastern Michigan on Friday.

    NIU guarding against letdown vs. Eastern Michigan

    For Northern Illinois, Friday's regular season finale at Eastern Michigan has trap game written all over it.Coming off an emotional win over rival Toledo that earned them a spot in the Mid-American Conference title game against Kent State in Detroit on Nov. 30, the 24th-ranked Huskies must guard against both a letdown and looking ahead."We are not going to do that," NIU coach Dave Doeren said. "Our guys have already addressed it and talked about it."

    NHL Players’ Association executive director Donald Fehr, center, arrives Wednesday for labor talks at NHL headquarters in New York with his brother, NHLPA counsel Steven Fehr.

    NHL’s Beckman says sides are still far apart

    NHL talks quickly broke off again Wednesday after the players made a new proposal they said left sides separated by less than $40 million annually over a five-year contract and Commissioner Gary Bettman immediately rejected the plan, saying "we're still far apart." On the 67th day of a lockout that already has led to the cancellation of more than a quarter of the regular season, the sides didn't set a date to get back together.

    Bears quarterback Josh McCown gets sacked by Minnesota Vikings outside linebacker Erin Henderson (50) and defensive end Jared Allen (69) last season. After tying for the NFL lead with 50 sacks last year, the Vikings have slipped a bit. They’re tied for 11th in the league with 26.

    Vikes need strong pass rush in tough next 2 games

    The Minnesota Vikings must play perhaps their best yet this season to emerge from the last six games with a playoff spot, let alone a winning record. The defensive line will have a big part in this.

    Minnesota head coach Jerry Kill walks off the field Satuday following a 38-14 loss to Nebraska, in Lincoln. The departure of leading receiver A.J. Barker, who angrily quit the team on Sunday by an email to coach Jerry Kill that he took public on his personal blog, was a surprise to the players he left behind.

    With Barker gone, Gophers move on, again

    Minnesota's football program has grown accustomed to setbacks. That also means the Gophers have plenty of experience with learning how to move on. The departure of leading receiver A.J. Barker, who angrily quit the team on Sunday by an email to coach Jerry Kill that he took public on his personal blog, was a surprise to the players he left behind.

    Nebraska’s retiring athletic director and former coach Tom Osborne runs onto the field with players prior to Saturday’s game against Minnesota, in Lincoln, Neb. Osborne was honored for his involvement in 500 Nebraska football games.

    Huskers’ Osborne is happy he didn’t trip running onto field

    LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska athletic director Tom Osborne says he’s glad he made it to the other side of the field when he jogged out of the tunnel into Memorial Stadium before the game against Minnesota last weekend.Coach Bo Pelini asked the Hall of Fame coach to join the team for the Tunnel Walk as part of “Salute to Tom Osborne Day.” Osborne is retiring Jan. 1.The 75-year-old Osborne said Wednesday: “I was just hoping I made it to the other side without getting run over or tripping.”Osborne said he didn’t feel it was his place to run onto the field, but Pelini insisted.Osborne said the day was “overwhelming.” He said a lot of nice things were said about him — “that often happens when you die or you retire.”


    Senior Morris helps keep Penn State intact

    The whispers from some younger Penn State defensive backs about transferring started after the 0-2 start, disappeared after the five-game winning streak and resurfaced after a loss to Big Ten rival Ohio State. Senior cornerback Stephon Morris would have none of it. "I talked to those guys in front of a room, closed the doors and told them it would be stupid for them to leave here," an emotional Morris recounted this week.

    Ohio State fans celebrate Saturday with Carlos Hyde after the Buckeyes beat Wisconsin 21-14 in overtime in Madison, Wis. All that stands between the Buckeyes and a perfect season is archrival Michigan.

    Buckeyes close to perfection; Michigan in way

    All that separates Ohio State from a season for the ages is a contest so big that everyone simply calls it "The Game." Just five teams in the program's 122 previous years have gone through a campaign unbeaten and untied. The Buckeyes (11-0, 7-0 Big Ten) can become the sixth Saturday when they take on archrival Michigan.

    Wide receiver Reggie Gray and his Chicago Rush teammates will be playing for a new ownership group next season.

    New ownership group takes over Chicago Rush

    As expected, the Arena Football League completed the sale of the Chicago Rush franchise to a new ownernship group, officials for the AFL and Rush announced Wednesday. The transaction was completed Monday to a group led by Julee White of Testarossa Entertainment, a public relations and marketing agency based in Chicago.

    Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, right, says he doesn’t know if he’ll be able to play Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings, but he hopes to practice on Thursday with the team.

    Sunday uncertain, but Cutler cleared to practice

    Concussed Bears quarterback Jay Cutler has been cleared to practice on a limited basis, which he is expected to do Thursday. If he is asymptomatic after exerting himself, he can be cleared to play Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings.

    Outfielder Dewayne Wise, who hit .258 for the White Sox in 45 games last season, has agreed to a one-year deal with the club.

    White Sox re-sign Wise to one-year deal

    The White Sox completed their 40-man roster Wednesday by announcing they've agreed to terms on a one-year, $700,000 contract with outfielder Dewayne Wise.


    Solution for expanding your river range is plane to see

    Planer boards have long been used to help maximize the yield for fisherman trolling on lakes. A little experimentation and innovation shows the technique can also be applied to river fishing.


    Mike North video: Top 10 Thanksgiving Day tips

    Mike North reveals his top 10 secrets to a perfect Thanksgiving Day.

    For fantasy football owners, rookie running back Doug Martin of Tampa Bay has been a huge surprise this season.

    Some fantasy football advice on drafting rookies

    It's been a brutal fantasy season for John Dietz's teams, but it might have turned out differently if he had selected a few rookies in later rounds. He takes a closer look at whether that strategy is time-tested to be solid, and he offers up another helping of Good Bets and Bad Bets in this week's fantasy football column.


    Scouting report: Bulls at Rockets

    Bulls vs. Houston Rockets at the Toyota Center, 7 p.m.TV: Comcast SportsNetRadio: ESPN AM-1000Update: Both the Bulls and Rockets made a good call on center Omer Asik. The former Bulls second-round draft pick jumped to Houston (4-7) as a restricted free agent and currently ranks third in the league in rebounds with 12.3. He’s also averaging 10 points and has his free-throw percentage up to .625. Ex-Thunder SG James Harden is fourth in the league in scoring (24.2 ppg), while former Knicks PG Jeremy Lin is averaging 10.5 points and 6.6 assists. Houston’s second-leading scorer is SF Chandler Parsons at 13.9 ppg.Next: Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday at the Bradley Center, 8 p.m.

    Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly doesn’t have to make any apologies for why his team is at the top of college football.

    Notre Dame need not apologize for top spot

    To borrow from beloved poet William B. Munny, "Deserve's got nothin' to do with it." That's all Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly has to say if his team gets harassed for participating in the BCS title game, when many experts will insist that Notre Dame doesn't deserve a shot at the big prize. And make no mistake, the Irish will take some heat for being one of the final two standing.

    Rutgers director of athletics Tim Pernetti, right, and Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany listen to a question during a news conference Tuesday after they announced that Rutgers will join the Big Ten at a date to be determined.

    No such thing as good old days in college sports

    As the Big Ten continues to expand, the sport that's too big gets bigger. You better learn to live with it, and maybe even enjoy it, because as my rhetoric instructor at Illinois might have said, the league ain't going back to your good old days. So the whining about the Big Ten abusing tradition reminds me of what a great grandfather on CBS-TV's "Blue Bloods" said: "Am I nostalgic for a time that never existed?"

    Chaminade forward Tyree Harrison, left, defends Illinois forward Tyler Griffey, right, Tuesday during the second half at the Maui Invitational in Lahaina, Hawaii. Illinois defeated Chaminade 84-61.

    Illinois beats Chaminade 84-61 in Maui

    Illinois got a rocky start on its trip to Hawaii. Now, it has a shot at the Maui Invitational title. "Our guys have earned that right with the way that they played, with their effort," Illinois coach John Groce said. "Our execution, I think, continues to get better to make us a more complete team." Joseph Bertrand had a season-high 14 points as Illinois beat Division II Chaminade 84-61 on Tuesday night to advance to the final of the eight-team tournament.


    WW South blows out Schaumburg

    Sierra Bisso scored 18 points on six 3-pointers, and No. 2 Wheaton Warrenville South bounced back from a loss to Montini Saturday in routing Schaumburg 70-36 on Tuesday at the Schaumburg Tournament.Meghan Waldron added 12 points, 4 asissts and 4 rebounds, Maggie Dansdill 10 points, 6 rebounds and 7 steals and Allie Zappia 11 points for the Tigers (2-2).Montini 51, Rockford Boylan 20:Kelly Karlis had 12 points and 11 rebounds for the No. 1 Broncos (4-0), who rolled at Schaumburg. Kateri Stone chipped in 11 points and Sara Ross 10.Addison Trail 49, Fenton 41:Kelsey Horvath poured in 25 points to pace the Blazers at the Addison Trail/Fenton Thanksgiving Tournament.Glenbard West 47, Glenbard East 38:Abby Keirnan scored 17 points and Caitlin Soane 16 for the Hilltoppers (1-2) at the Rachel Bach Memorial Tournament.


    Glenbard East spreads the wealth in win

    Glenbard East had four players score in double figures en route to a second straight victory at the round-robin District 87 boys basketball tournament Tuesday in Glen Ellyn.


    Schaumburg officials foresee continued improvement in business at the 6-year-old Renaissance Hotel and Schaumburg Convention Center in 2013, so long as the looming “fiscal cliff” is avoided.

    Schaumburg convention center business improving, but concern looms

    Schaumburg officials are predicting a mild improvement in business at the Renaissance Hotel and Schaumburg Convention Center to continue in 2013 ... so long as the dreaded "fiscal cliff" doesn't become reality Jan. 1.

    Bruce Crowther, who earlier this year marked his 20th anniversary as president and CEO of Arlington Heights-based Northwest Community Healthcare, will retire at the end of 2013, he announced this week in a letter to employees.

    Northwest Community Healthcare CEO announces retirement

    Northwest Community Healthcare President and CEO Bruce Crowther announced this week he will retire at the end of 2013, ending more than two decades at the helm of the Arlington Heights-based company. Dave Ungurean, vice president of the Northwest Community Hospital Foundation, called Crowther "the heart of the hospital" and said he has led the institution with compassion over the years.

    Striking workers Nam Phan, left, and Randy Goodwin picket outside a Hostess Brand plant, Friday in Biddeford, Maine.

    Hostess judge approves request to wind down Twinkie maker

    Hostess Brands Inc. won interim approval from a bankruptcy judge to shut down and start selling the Twinkie maker's assets after last-minute mediation with its bakers' union failed to resolve a contract dispute, leaving more than 18,000 jobs at risk.

    A man portraying Santa Claus visits the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange before he participated in opening bell ceremonies featuring the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

    Stocks edge up ahead of Thanksgiving break

    The stock market crept higher Wednesday ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday. Major market indexes got a slight lift after news broke of a cease-fire agreement between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

    This aerial handout photo provided by the Omaha Airport Authority, taken June 15, 2011, shows flooding around the airport in Omaha, Neb. Extreme weather is a growing threat to the nation’s lifelines — its roads, bridges, railways, airports and transit systems —leaving states and cities trying to come to terms with a new normal.

    US roads, airports unready for extreme weather

    The nation's lifelines — its roads, airports, railways and transit systems — are getting hammered by extreme weather beyond what their builders imagined, leaving states and cities searching for ways to brace for more catastrophes like Superstorm Sandy.

    In this Sept. 11, 2001, file photo, the twin towers of the World Trade Center burn after hijacked planes crashed into them in New York.

    United ruled not liable in 9/11 attack suit

    United Air Lines isn't liable for the plane hijacking in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack that destroyed the World Trade Center's Tower 7, a judge ruled.


    European indecision on Greece weighs on markets

    he continued inability of Europe to agree on Greece's next batch of bailout cash weighed on markets Wednesday, a day when much of Wall Street will be packing up early for the Thanksgiving holiday.Greece's partners in the group of 17 European Union countries that use the euro once again failed to agree a strategy that would have allowed them to release more money for the debt-crippled country. Though officials say a deal is close — the finance ministers reconvene on Monday — a few thorny issues still need to be ironed out.


    Oil up to above $87 after Tel Aviv bus explosion

    The price of oil rebounded slightly to above $87 a barrel on Wednesday after an explosion injured 10 people on a bus in Tel Aviv, a development that has the potential to seriously complicate diplomatic efforts to broker a cease-fire between Israel and Islamic militant group Hamas.

    President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso delivers his speech, Wednesday at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France.

    EU’s 2014-2020 budget battle poses ‘major threat,’ Barroso says

    A fight over the future European Union budget risks provoking political rifts across the region, the head of the EU's executive arm warned a day before government leaders try to thrash out a spending agreement.


    UK still borrowing more than planned

    The British government continued to borrow more than planned in October as corporation tax collections fell sharply in the wake of a nine-month recession, official figures showed Wednesday.

    David Copley

    Former publisher of UT San Diego dies in car crash

    David Copley, the last in a line of San Diego Union-Tribune publishers and owners from a family who dominated the city's media for more than eight decades, died after crashing his car Tuesday night near his La Jolla home.

    A John Deere tractor at the Stevens Implement Company, a John Deere dealership, in Petersburg.

    Deere 4Q net income up 2.7 percent

    The farm and construction equipment maker Deere says its fourth-quarter net income rose 2.7 percent as it sold more farm gear at higher prices.Deere & Co. says it earned $687.6 million for the quarter, or $1.75 per share. Revenue rose 14 percent to $9.79 billion.

    Miguel Bustillo stocks the beer cooler at a Wal-Mart store in Alexandria, Virginia, U.S.

    NLRB still investigating Wal-Mart dispute

    Federal labor officials said Tuesday they don't expect to decide before Thursday on whether to seek an injunction on behalf of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. to stop a union-backed group from encouraging worker walk-outs that are expected to culminate Friday. That's the traditional start of the holiday shopping season.

    Rebekah Brooks, the former chief of News Corp.’s British operations.

    2 ex-confidants of British PM face bribery charges

    LONDON — Two former confidants of Britain’s prime minister have been charged with conspiring to pay public officials in exchange for stories and information — the latest development in the country’s establishment-shaking scandal over media malfeasance.Britain’s Crown Prosecution Services said Tuesday that former tabloid editors Andy Coulson and Rebekah Brooks were among five people being charged with conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office. Prosecutors said that Brooks, a neighbor, close friend, and political ally of Prime Minister David Cameron, conspired with journalist John Kay to funnel as much as 100,000 pounds to Ministry of Defense employee Bettina Jordan Barber in return for a stream of stories that were published in Murdoch’s The Sun newspaper.In a statement, the prosecutors alleged that Coulson, who until last year served as Cameron’s top press aide, conspired with journalist Clive Goodman to pay officials for access to a royal phone directory known as the “Green Book.”The charges stem from the phone hacking scandal that erupted last year at Murdoch’s News of the World tabloid, which Brooks and Coulson used to edit before she took a job as chief executive of News International and he went to work for the government.The scandal exploded after it was revealed that News of the World routinely journalists hacked phones and paid bribes to win scoops. The scale of wrongdoing was staggering; ruthless reporters violated the privacy of some 600 victims, from powerful ministers to well-known celebrities and even crime victims.Coulson and Brooks already face charges in relation to phone hacking; in July prosecutors charged the pair with conspiring to intercept the communications of hundreds of people between 2000 and 2006. Brooks faces separate charges of obstruction of justice relating to her alleged attempts to hide evidence from police. Coulson is charged with perjury in relation to evidence he gave at a 2010 trial in Scotland.The pair have in the past repeatedly denied any wrongdoing. Coulson said Tuesday he would fight the charges, while a lawyer for Kay declined comment. A message left with Brooks’ law firm was not immediately returned.The gradual pile-up of charges could further embarrass Cameron, who hired Coulson as his chief communications adviser and once counted Brooks and her horse-trainer husband Charlie in his circle of friends. Cameron ignored persistent warnings about the pair’s ethics and promised to stand by Coulson even as an increasing number of reports implicated him in tabloid wrongdoing.The scandal shows little sign of winding down. London’s police force, chastened by its failure to uncover the scandal earlier, has kept up a steady drumbeat of arrests and American officials are still weighing whether Murdoch’s company violated U.S. anti-corruption laws. In Britain, the legal process is still grinding forward. Mark Lewis, a prominent victims’ lawyer, recently announced lawsuits against the Daily Mirror newspaper over allegations of phone hacking — further expanding the circle of tabloid suspects. The scandal is likely to be a watershed moment for Britain’s rambunctious press. A judge-led inquiry into the ethics and practices of the country’s media set up in the wake of the scandal is due to report shortly, and its recommendations could lead to sweeping changes in the way that the British media operates.

    U. S. Attorney for the Southern district of N.Y. Preet Bharara, left, looks on as Robert Khuzami, director of the SEC division of enforcement speaks at a news conference, Tuesday Mathew Martoma, a former hedge fund portfolio manager was arrested Tuesday on charges that he helped carry out the most lucrative insider trading scheme in U.S. history, nabling investment advisers and their hedge funds to make more than $276 million in illegal profits.

    Expert sees a gathering storm for top fund manager
    The arrest of a former hedge fund portfolio manager in what prosecutors are calling one of the most lucrative insider trading schemes ever indicates that prosecutors may be setting their sights higher — toward a wealthy business leader the suspect's firm was connected to, an expert says.

Life & Entertainment

    Drive through 97 acres of holiday lights and scenery at the annual Winter Wonderland Holiday Light Show at the Cuneo Museum and Gardens in Vernon Hills.

    Weekend picks: Cuneo's light show brightens your night

    After an endless day of shopping, here's a fun family activity: the annual drive-thru Winter Wonderland Holiday Light Show begins tonight at Cuneo Museum and Gardens in Vernon Hills. Or, if you're up for a show, choose from "Sister Act" at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago, "A Christmas Carol" at College of DuPage or "Scrooge the Musical" at Steel Beam in St. Charles. And Leonard Cohen performs at the Akoo at Rosemont Friday, too.

    Los Angeles prosecutors have declined to file a misdemeanor battery charge against Justin Bieber related to a May scuffle with a paparazzo in Calabasas, Calif.

    Justin Bieber won’t face charges for May encounter

    Prosecutors decided not to file any charges against Justin Bieber after investigators found no evidence that the pop star had kicked and punched a photographer after leaving a movie theater last month, a document obtained Wednesday states. Prosecutors had been asked by police to consider filing a misdemeanor battery charge against Bieber, but Los Angeles County sheriff's investigators found no visible injuries, video or photographs to confirm the allegations by the photographer.

    Rihanna, “Unapologetic”

    Rihanna brings the goods on 7th album

    There's something about Rihanna. And her producers. The singer's new album — her seventh in seven years — is like many of her other releases, full of songs that are catchy, fun and addictive. "Unapologetic" is no different. It's full of future hits, and not a single miss.


    He’s attracted to his wife’s friend — What to do?

    This husband would rather be married to his wife's friend. What should he do?

    Kate Earl, “Stronger”

    Kate Earl’s writing is iffy on ‘Stronger’
    Kate Earl admits to feeling a tad lost before completing her third album, "Stronger." Seems she was stuck performing someone else's vision and only now has she begun to realize one of her own.

    Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee reads from and signs copies of his book “Dear Chandler, Dear Scarlett” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, at Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville.

    Book notes: Mike Huckabee stops at Anderson’s in Naperville

    Conservative political commentator, television host and author Mike Huckabee reads from and signs copies of his new book "Dear Chandler, Dear Scarlett" at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, at Anderson's Bookshop in Naperville.

    Art Ginsburg, also known as Mr. Food, died at his home in Weston, Fla., Wednesday.

    TV chef Art Ginsburg — Mr. Food — dies at 81

    Art Ginsburg, the delightfully dorky television chef known as Mr. Food, died at his home in Weston, Fla., Wednesday following a struggle with pancreatic cancer. He was 81. Ginsburg — who enticed viewers for decades with a can-do focus on easy weeknight cooking and the tagline "Ooh! It's so good!" — was diagnosed just over a year ago.

    Pi (Suraj Sharma) makes peace with a Bengal tiger on a life boat in Ang Lee's amazing adventure “Life of Pi.”

    Ang Lee's 'Life of Pi' a rare, wondrous delight

    Ang Lee's "Life of Pi" is a story about a young man named Pi and a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker. From the opening scene to the last, "Life of Pi" spins its narrative magic in glorious 3-D imagery that seamlessly works in the service of its epic tale celebrating the essence of the storytelling experience. This movie embraces metaphor and blends spiritualism with realism effortlessly.

    One Direction, from left, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne and Harry Styles are enjoying a popularity surge with the release of their sophomore album, “Take Me Home,” which sold 540,000 copies in its first week.

    One Direction’s 2nd CD hits No. 1, sells 540,000

    One Direction's "Take Me Home" is the taking the boys to the top of the charts — and to new heights. The group's sophomore album has sold 540,000 in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the year's third-highest debut behind Taylor Swift's "Red," which sold 1.2 million units its first week earlier this month, and Mumford & Sons' "Babel," which sold more than 600,000 albums in September in its debut week.

    The appealing duo Andrew Lupp and Summer Naomi Smart deliver a showstopping performance of “'S Wonderful,” in director/choreographer Tammy Mader's buoyant revival of “My One and Only” for Marriott Theatre.

    Top-tier talent, choreography trump story in 'One and Only'

    You can hardly blame folks for humming a Gershwin tune or breaking into a time step as they leave a performance of “My One and Only.” Marriott Theatre's infectious revival of the 1983 jukebox musical is just that good. A terrific score, ebullient choreography from Tammy Mader and first-class singing and tapping from Andrew Lupp and Summer Naomi Smart compensate for a flimsy story, making Marriott Theatre's "My One and Only" worth seeing.

    Nicki Minaj performs at the 40th Anniversary American Music Awards on Sunday.

    Nicki Minaj talks new music and ‘American Idol’

    Nicki Minaj, the rapper who has had much success on the pop charts with songs like "Starships" and "Super Bass," says the rerelease of her sophomore album will be nostalgic for her early fans. "The feel of the rerelease is kind of like my first sound, like the mixtapes," she said of "Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded — The Re-Up," out Tuesday.

    There's a trio of good tidings waiting at P.F. Changs.

    Night life events: P.F. Chang's brings good tidings

    Get your game on at Mickey Finn's in Libertyville on Sunday afternoons. From 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., enjoy half-priced pitchers of Mickey Finn's brews, $5 Bloody Mickeys and $10 bottomless mimosas. Grab some game day grub, as well, with half-priced wings and pizza, and breakfast specials.

    The TSA says you can’t carry cranberries in the plane — unless they fit the 3-1-1 rule.

    What food TSA says you can — and can’t — carry on

    The TSA puts cranberries and gravy in the same category as toothpaste and shampoo. Neither one is allowed on board, unless you can squeeze the foodstuffs into 3.4-oz. bottles that fit inside a quart-size bag. Care for another squirt of turkey juice?


    Quick Tilapia Fish Tacos
    Quick Tilapia Fish Tacos: Carrie Shawala

    All the broth goes into the pot at once in Carrie Shwala’s shrimp risotto.

    Quick and Easy Shrimp Risotto
    Quick and Easy Shrimp Risotto: Carrie Shawala

    Schoolchildren are given a sneak peek of the new floats for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade during a field trip to the Macy’s Studio.

    Balloon tidbits before Macy’s parade tune-in

    One man's Elf on the Shelf is another's Kermit the Frog, but at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, there is room for both. The parade has to be a multigenerational crowd-pleaser for the more than 3 million people who typically attend the event and the TV audience of 50 million. There are 86 years of history to honor while making a pitch to first-time fans.

    Frozen turkeys should be thawed in the refrigerator, not on the kitchen counter. Allow about 24 hours per five pounds of turkey. A 15-pound turkey could take three full days to thaw in the refrigerator.

    Illinois department of health’s food safety tips

    Thanksgiving is just hours 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.


    Carrie’s Tortilla Roll-ups
    : Carrie Shawala

    Carrie Shawala grew up cooking Italian fare, but has expanded her recipe collection to include Mexican and Asian favorites.

    Roselle woman savors heirloom recipes

    Carrie Shawala still remembers the response when friends would join her family for dinner. "Their mouths would drop literally to the floor and they would ask 'Why do you have so much food?'" she said. The 28-year-old Roselle woman grew up learning to make many of those passed-down dishes by watching her father.



    Editorial: Resourcefulness in season of thanksgiving

    A Daily Herald editorial applauds the resourcefulness that will save a thanksgiving dinner for hundreds in Elgin and acts of generosity that launch the giving season throughout the suburbs.


    Making capitalism work for all

    Columnist Michael Gerson: The traditional, Republican, pro-business agenda is necessary, but it is does not adequately grapple with these human needs — the prerequisites for personal prosperity.


    The callousness of Hamas

    Columnist Richard Cohen: Hamas sent rockets into Israel, not caring if they hit a chicken coop or a group of toddlers jumping in and out of a sprinkler. You want balance? Here's balance. Hamas didn't care if its own people died either.


    Smokers not the only lung cancer victims
    An Island Lake letter to the editor: November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month. It's time to get educated about the No. 1 cancer killer in the United States.


    Ad campaign doesn’t understand issues
    A letter to the editor:


    Congress, just get back to work
    A Des Plaines letter to the editor: Members in both parties have to get together and go back to work. There is too much at stake, and compromise is obviously needed. The public debt, jobs, immigration, the economy and others.


    No sympathy here for money ill spent
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: In regards to the Daily Herald story reporting on how all the superPACs funded by our nations 1 percent got nothing for their money, boo hoo!


    GOP ignorant about Latinos
    A Hoffman Estates letter to the editor: Latinos voted Democratic for the same reasons the majority of other Americans did, because the Democrats represent fairness, freedom and opportunity. If Republicans think Latinos are a single-issue demographic, they will fail again.


    Voters just turned off the light
    A Bartlett letter to the editor: Pearl Harbor, the assassination of JFK, Challenger exploding before our eyes, the twin towers falling into the streets on that awful September day — all of these blows and more could not extinguish the great beacon; it was simply turned off by those inside. It was on Nov. 6 that the music died.


    Tax break for Romney voters?
    A Poplar Grove letter to the editor: I think all those passionate supporters of Mr. Obama should be standing in line with their wallets open, begging him to take more. I also think, maybe there should be a new tax deduction for those of us who saw it coming, and voted both times against him. Right! That is sure to happen.


    Boost deductions to fund pensions
    An Elgin letter to the editor: I have been a state worker for the past 34 years and I have been contributing into my pension for that long. Now when I'm just about ready to retire the Illinois government wants to somehow fix the problem on the backs of the people who have already retired, by cutting their benefits.


    By the numbers fix to fiscal cliff
    A West Dundee letter to the editor: The following compromise on taxes, spending and revenues if agreed to by Republicans and the White House would prevent the country from going over the fiscal cliff' and give both sides a "win."


    Obama will have to blame himself
    A Bloomingdale letter to the editor: President Obama has done what no other president has done to date. He has beaten the odd of being re-elected to a second term in spite of an economy still in shambles given all the nationwide foreclosures, massive unemployment and college graduates glad to be flipping hamburgers for employment.


    Powerless against intellectual puerility
    A West Chicago letter to the editor: As soon as I saw the election results, I thought of Galadriel's words in Tolkien's great novel. "The world is changed." America, I knew, was gone for good. The America of our Founding Fathers: now a vast, emasculated nanny state.


    Little for Obama backers to say
    A Glendale Heights letter to the editor: I read a post here from a reader that found it odd that there were not a lot of comments from all the Obama supporters enjoying their win.' He attributes the lack of comments to the paper suppressing them because they don't like Obama.


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