Daily Archive : Saturday November 24, 2012


    Sheila Schultz

    Attorney: Palatine flight attendant didn’t know she had gun

    The longtime American Airlines flight attendant stopped Friday at an O’Hare International Airport security checkpoint didn’t know she had a loaded gun in her carry-on bag, her attorney said Saturday. The attorney said Sheila Schultz's husband accidentally left the gun in the travel bag without her knowledge.

    Aurora Christian football teammates Eddie Velarde, left, of Aurora and Cory Windle of Yorkville pose for a photograph by a fan Saturday.

    Victorious Aurora Christian Eagles focus on faith before football

    A "welcome home, champions" rally for the Aurora Christian School football team reminded everybody in the gymnasium what the Eagles think life is all about. The cheerleaders roused the crowd with a cheer: "Humble in victory, our only boast is this. ... At ACS, we always play for Him!" The team returned Saturday afternoon from Champaign, where it won its second consecutive Class 3A state title.


    Rowling’s home sold to Scottish businessman

    The former Edinburgh home of Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling was sold to a Scottish-based businessman for an undisclosed sum.

    From left, Kane County Corrections Lt. Lynne Woodruff, Sheriff Pat Perez, Eagle Scout candidate Ted Spiro and Undersheriff David Wagner thanked Spiro for his successful “Second Chance Coat Drive,” which resulted in 300 winter coats for inmates at the Kane County jail. Spiro, of Geneva, went to more than 1,500 homes throughout the Tri-Cities to solicit the coats.

    Geneva teen collects coats for sheriff’s office

    As part of his Eagle Scout project, a Geneva teen goes door-to-door and collects 300 coats to be distributed to inmates being released by the Kane County jail.

    Associated Press/Oct. 19, 2012 A mostly women audience listens behind President Barack Obama as he speaks about the choices facing them in the election, during a campaign event at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. More women voted for Obama, more men for Romney.

    Women overrule moody male voters

    For the first time in research dating to 1952, a presidential candidate whom men chose decisively — Republican Mitt Romney — lost. More women voted for the other guy.

    Baldwin County Sheriff’s Deputy Scott Ward.

    Sheriff: Man opens fire on 2 Alabama deputies

    FAIRHOPE, Ala. — Authorities say the shootout that left one Alabama deputy sheriff dead and another in critical condition on Saturday began when a man opened fire on them outside his mobile home.

    Leading democracy advocate Mohammed ElBaradei speaks Saturday to a handful of journalists, saying dialogue with Egypt’s Islamist president is not possible until he rescinds his decrees giving himself near absolute powers, at his home on the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt.

    Egyptians clash with police over Mursi’s power grab

    President Mohamed Mursi's issued a decree on Nov. 22 that prevents his decisions from being challenged by the judiciary. He also fired the country's top prosecutor and ordered a retrial for Mubarak- era officials accused of causing the deaths of protesters last year.

    Solidarity sing along participants Jim Murray and Joanne Swartzberg, both of Madison, attend the 455th consecutive gathering of the protest singers inside the rotunda of the Wisconsin State Capitol building in Madison, Wis.

    Singers continue Wisconsin protest

    Most of the protesters who hounded Gov. Scott Walker for his collective-bargaining law got on with their lives long ago. But one group still gathers every day to needle the state's leading Republican.


    Christmas tree shipment dumped in home’s garden

    VIENNA — An early seasonal delivery went badly wrong in Austria when a truck was involved in a crash and dumped 14 tons of Christmas trees in a resident’s garden.Police in Vorarlberg state, at Austria’s western tip, say the accident happened Friday night as a truck with a trailer loaded with trees drove through the town of Hohenems.

    In this undated family photo provided by the New York Post, Robert Blasetti is seated at a table with his wife, Irene.

    Clown at Thanksgiving parade collapses, dies

    A clown suffered a fatal collapse in front of spectators at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.

    Pedestrians walk their dogs Tuesday along the Atlanta BeltLine in Atlanta.

    Ex-Atlanta rail corridor drawing crowds

    The path, known as the Eastside Trail, is part of a $2.8 billion plan to transform a 22-mile railroad corridor that encircles Atlanta into a network of trails, parks, affordable homes and ultimately streetcar lines. The Atlanta BeltLine is an example of rails-to-trails projects going on around the country, including in New York and Chicago, that aim to make better use of old rail corridors by...

    Chris Napier, 16, and Lisa Mancuso, 17, both of Schaumburg, work on a SMART Board screen Saturday in Schaumburg Township District Library’s Teen Place in Schaumburg.

    Teen Place at Schaumburg library features hi-tech attractions for youth

    The Schaumburg Township District Library held a grand opening Saturday for its 6,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art Teen Place on the second floor of the Central Library, 130 S. Roselle Road, Schaumburg. Prior to the grand opening, the library held its final 50th anniversary celebration in the lobby..


    Fire breaks out at State Department; 3 hurt

    D.C. Fire and EMS spokesman Lon Walls said the fire broke out at around 11 a.m. Saturday in the ductwork on the 7th floor. Workers were able to put out the fire before firefighters arrived, but three people suffered burns.

    Surveillance footage captured a man robbing Glenview State Bank in Arlington Heights on Friday morning. The same man is suspected of robbing a Rolling Meadows bank in October.

    FBI: Serial robber hits Arlington Heights bank

    A man suspected of robbing a Rolling Meadows bank in October has struck again, this time in Arlington Heights, authorities said Saturday. Police responded Friday morning to Glenview State Bank, 1801 South Arlington Heights Road, after the suspect passed a note to a teller and fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.

    Associated Press/Oct. 14, 2010 Art Ginsburg, known as Mr. Food, is shown during TV rehearsal in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

    Notable deaths last week

    Hector “Macho” Camacho was a brash fighter with a mean jab and an aggressive style, launching himself furiously against some of the biggest names in boxing. And his bad-boy persona was not entirely an act, with a history of legal scrapes that began in his teens and continued throughout his life.

    A revised comprehensive plan in Lakemoor suggests a walkable Town Center be developed along Route 120 near the old village hall and Lily Lake.

    Long-range plan envisions Town Center for Lakemoor

    A revised comprehensive plan for Lakemoor calls for a town center along Route 120 near the former village hall and Lily Lake. About half the village population lives within walking distance of what has been the historical center of the community. "They'd like to have it be a real destination," said planner Nora Beck of the people who have been involved in the process.

    Laura Cipkute of Streamwood dances with her 2-year-old daughter, Kotryna, on Saturday during the Celebrate the Season holiday festivities at the Roselle Public Library.

    Concert sets scene for tree-lighting in Roselle

    An acoustic guitar-accompanied Christmas concert set the scene for the tree-lighting ceremony Saturday afternoon at the Roselle Public Library. The library's Celebrate the Season event drew about 100 people, including many kids excited to share their gift lists with Santa, dance to seasonal songs and watch the decorative lights of a 25-foot tree be illuminated for the first time this year.

    Members of the Pedalheads cycling club ride Saturday morning on Main Street in downtown Downers Grove toward Good Samaritan Hospital, wearing Santa suits to deliver gifts to hospitalized children. Vicky Tate, right, leads the group.

    Cycling Santas bring presents for Downers Grove patients

    Premature infant Logan Vazquez got his first Christmas gift and his first photo with Santa on Saturday when members of the Pedalheads cycling club rode to Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove bringing presents for pediatric patients. Logan's gift — a small light-up snowman — was among piles of coloring books, craft kits, toy trucks and games that traveled about 2 miles...

    President Barack Obama shakes hands Saturday outside a small bookstore in Arlington, Va.

    Obama buys books to promote independent shops

    ARLINGTON, Va. — President Barack Obama made a quick trip to a Virginia bookstore for some Christmas shopping.The president took his daughters, Sasha and Malia, to One More Page Books in Arlington, Va., on Saturday afternoon.The White House says Obama was promoting an effort called “small business Saturday” to encourage shoppers to patronize mom-and-pop businesses after Thanksgiving.

    Anthony, 11, the intellectually-disabled son of Carrie Ann Lucas, gets a pinch on the cheek from his mother during a party held for newly-adopted children and their families on National Adoption Day at the Arapahoe County Justice Center in Centennial, Colo., on the day Anthony officially became her son. Carrie Ann Lucas, herself disabled, is the mother of four disabled adopted children.

    Disabled parents face bias, loss of kids

    A Kansas City, Mo., couple had their daughter taken into custody by the state two days after her birth because both parents were blind. A Chicago mother, because she is quadriplegic, endured an 18-month legal battle to keep custody of her young son. A California woman paid an advance fee to an adoption agency, then was told she might be unfit to adopt because she has cerebral palsy.

    Dana Rzeznik

    Dog park, skate park among things considered for Lake Zurich 5-year plan

    Lake Zurich village board members next month are expected to consider a five-year capital improvement plan tentatively pegged at $26 million. Ideas for the long-term capital spending plan range from a dog park to traffic signals. "I have to say that I am very impressed with this document," Lake Zurich Trustee Dana Rzeznik said.

    Emiliano Estrada

    Lombard man faces child sex assault charges

    A Lombard man accused of molesting the 5-year-old daughter of a family friend remained jailed Saturday on $500,000 bail. Emiliano Estrada, 43, faces a charge of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child.

    Inspectors stand in debris, Saturday, at the site of a gas explosion that leveled a strip club in Springfield, Mass.

    Inspectors look for cause of gas blast

    Dozens of building inspectors began assessing homes and businesses in one of New England's biggest cities on Saturday, a day after a natural gas explosion leveled a strip club located next to a day care and heavily damaged a dozen other structures. The blast injured 18 people, many of them first responders.

    Alexia Herrera practices writing in cursive Thursday at St. Markís Lutheran School in Hacienda Heights, Calif.

    Some states preserve penmanship despite tech gains

    Several states, including California, Georgia and Massachusetts, have added a cursive requirement to the national standards, while most others, such as Indiana, Illinois and Hawaii have left it as optional for school districts.

    The cover of “Reporting The Revolutionary War.”

    Book tells how 18th-century newspapers covered war

    Getting news into print was a hands-on, time-consuming task in the late 18th century. It could also be life-threatening, especially if a newspaper printer was on the wrong side of the rebellion.

    This undated handout image provided by the Library of Congress shows John F. Chase. who lost his right arm and left eye at Gettysburg, which is part of an exhibit at the Library of Congress of letters and diaries saved for 150 years from those who lived through the Civil War.

    Library of Congress pulls diaries, letters from Civil War

    A personal letter from Mary Todd Lincoln in 1862 was recently acquired by the library and is being publicly displayed for the first time. In the handwritten note on stationery with a black border, Mary Lincoln reveals her deep grief over the death of her son Willie months earlier. Mary Lincoln's grief is also evident in the new movie, "Lincoln."

    Associated Press/Nov. 14, 2012 Mexican immigrant Maria Lucero stands in front of the home she rented which was damaged by Superstorm Sandy in the Midland Beach section of Staten Island, New York.

    Immigrants struggle to cope in Sandy’s aftermath

    Superstorm Sandy plunged some immigrants living illegally in the U.S. into darkness and even deeper into the shadows.Some of those who need help to get temporary housing and food are afraid to come forward because they risk deportation. And many have returned to damaged, powerless, moldy homes because they have no other place to stay.

    A Hamas militant of the Izzedine al-Qassam Brigades cover his boot Saturday with a plastic bag before entering inside a mosque during the funeral of Hamas member Joudeh Shamallah in Gaza City.

    Hamas leader rejects Gaza arms halt

    The comments by Moussa Abu Marzouk, just three days after the worst bout of Israel-Hamas fighting in four years, signaled trouble ahead for Egyptian-brokered talks between the hostile neighbors on a new border deal.

    Newly-elected Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, right, Archbishop of Manila, Philippines, is greeted by Pope Benedict XVI after he received the red three-cornered biretta hat Saturday during a consistory inside the St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican.

    Pope elevates six cardinals to choose successor

    The ceremony was both joyful and emotional: Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle, seen by many to be a rising star in the church, visibly choked up as he knelt before Benedict to receive his three-pointed red hat, or biretta, and gold ring. He wiped tears from his eyes as he returned to his place.

    Black Friday shoppers pour into the Valley River Center mall for the Midnight Madness sale Friday in Eugene, Ore.

    Retailers’ Thanksgiving sales cut Black Friday crowds

    The National Retail Federation says holiday sales, including online, will rise 4.1 percent to about $586.1 billion this year, compared with a 5.6 percent gain in 2011. Online sales expected to gain 12 percent to $96 billion this year, three times as fast as total sales.

    President Barack Obama, accompanied by House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, speaks to reporters in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, as he hosted a meeting of the bipartisan, bicameral leadership of Congress to discuss the deficit and economy in Washington.

    Fiscal cliff: How to judge if debt cuts are real

    The House and Senate have four weeks until Christmas. Their leaders and the president want a deal before then. Bargainers are shooting for a framework setting future debt-reduction targets, with detailed tax and spending changes to be approved next year but possibly some initial savings enacted immediately.

    Boxing champ Hector “Macho” Camacho acknowledges fans at KeySpan Park in New York's Coney Island. Camacho, a boxer known for skill and flamboyance in the ring, as well as for a messy personal life and run-ins with the police, has died, Saturday, Nov. 24, after being taken off life support. He was 50.

    Brash boxer 'Macho' Camacho dies in Puerto Rico

    Hector "Macho" Camacho was a brash fighter with a mean jab and an aggressive style, launching himself furiously against some of the biggest names in boxing. And his bad-boy persona was not entirely an act, with a history of legal scrapes that began in his teens and continued throughout his life. The man who once starred at the pinnacle of boxing, winning several world titles, died Saturday back...


    NYC storm victims’ homes looted over Thanksgiving
    Some residents of a New York City neighborhood that suffered fire and flooding during Superstorm Sandy say thieves looted their damaged houses over Thanksgiving. The New York Post reports thieves struck at least three homes in the Breezy Point section of Queens.

    On Friday, Nov. 23, Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi speaks to supporters outside the Presidential palace in Cairo. Egypt’s official news agency says that the country’s highest body of judges has called the president’s recent decrees an “unprecedented assault on the independence of the judiciary and its rulings.”

    Egypt’s top judges slam president’s new powers

    Egypt's highest body of judges slammed on Saturday a recent decision by the president to grant himself near-absolute power, calling the move an "unprecedented assault" on the judiciary. The statement from the Supreme Judicial Council came as hundreds protested outside a downtown courthouse against Thursday's declaration by President Mohammed Morsi.

    Trent Thiem of Batavia examines a wooden Santa during the 2011 Celebration of Lights Festival Sunday in Batavia. This year’s festival on Sunday will feature a community singalong, tree lighting ceremony, story hour, visit with Santa and more.

    Batavia’s Celebration of Lights Festival opens the season Sunday

    The holiday lights will be shining brightly in downtown Batavia Sunday, Nov. 25, as the Batavia Park District kicks off the season with Celebration of Lights Festival from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Batavia Riverwalk. Admission is free. This popular event has become a tradition for many families and includes a community sing-along, tree lighting ceremony, story hour, visit with Santa and more.


    Streamwood man severely injured in Schaumburg crash

    A 29-year-old Streamwood man was severely injured Saturday morning when his vehicle hit a tree in Schaumburg. The man, whose identity isn't being released, was driving west on Weathersfield Way near Whittier Lane at when the single-vehicle crash occurred at about 3:30 a.m., Schaumburg Fire Capt. John Steele said.

    Rep.-elect Tammy Duckworth, who lost both legs in combat before turning to politics, arrives for a group photo on the East steps of the Capitol in Washington. Veterans groups say the influx of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans in Congress is welcome because it comes at a time when the overall number of veterans in Congress is on a steep and steady decline. In the mid-1970s, the vast majority of lawmakers tended to be veterans.

    9 more Iraq, Afghan war veterans joining Congress

    As the highest-ranking double amputee in the ward, Maj. Tammy Duckworth became the go-to person for soldiers complaining of substandard care and bureaucratic ambivalence. Soon, she was pleading their cases to federal lawmakers, including her state's two U.S. senators at the time — Democrats Dick Durbin and Barack Obama of Illinois. Obama arranged for her to testify at congressional...


    Images from the 6A state title game between Cary-Grove and Crete-Monee Saturday in Champaign.

    Images: Cary-Grove vs. Crete-Monee, 6A football championship
    The Cary-Grove High School football team faced the Crete-Monee High School football team Saturday in Champaign for the 6A state football title. The Trojans lost 26-33.

    Montini players salute their fans after their win over Morris during Saturday’s Class 5A state title game at Memorial Stadium in Champaign.

    Images: Montini vs. Morris, 5A football championship
    The Montini High School Broncos faced the Morris High School football team Saturday in Champaign for the 5A state football title. Montini brought home the hardware with a 19-6 win.


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


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


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


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

    Glenbard North’s Bran Murphy bows his head following the Panthers’ loss to Mt. Carmel during Saturday’s Class 8A state title game at Memorial Stadium in Champaign.

    Mt. Carmel denies Glenbard North 8A championship

    Any football game in which Glenbard North tailback Justin Jackson plays is guaranteed to include big plays. Mt. Carmel had more of them Saturday. The Caravan beat Glenbard North 28-14 to win the Class 8A championship at Memorial Stadium. Glenbard North fell to 0-4 in title games, while Mt. Carmel won its 11th state title and coach Frank Lenti won his 10th, his first since 2002.


    Boys basketball/Fox Valley roundup

    Luther North 53, Harvest Christian 37: John Vislisel had 13 points and Stuart Wolff added 11 for Harvest in this loss at the Westminster Christian tournament.Quincy 51, Jacobs 25: All-tournament selection Nick Ledinsky led Jacobs (0-3) with 8 points at the Quincy tournament.Wheaton Academy 75, Bartlett 68 (OT): Lance Whitaker scored 21 points to lead Bartlett (2-2) in this overtime loss at the Wheaton Academy tournament. Marcuz Aluquin had 12 points and Jon Moss added 10 for the Hawks.Hampshire 58, Newark 54: Tyler Crater scored 23 points and Shane Hernandez added 15 as Hampshire (1-2) won at the Sycamore tournament. Brandon Cork added 10 points for the Whip-Purs.Chicago Powerhouse 63, Burlington Central 61: Bryce Warner scored 11 points to lead the Rockets (0-3) at Sycamore.

    Cary-Grove’s Kasey Fields (22) celebrates an interception during Saturday’s Class 6A state title game at Memorial Stadium in Champaign.

    Cary-Grove showed its heart right to the very end

    Cary-Grove did not win the Class 6A state title Saturday, but the Trojans fell while demonstrating the same brand of never-quit, tenacious football that landed them in the championship game in the first place, pushing until the very end of a 33-26 loss to Crete-Monee. Admittedly, a bit of wind went out of Cary-Grove's sails once the Warriors recovered an errant pitch at the Trojans' 5-yard line and scored to take a commanding 33-16 lead with 2:51 left in the third quarter. Each Trojan had a choice to make at that point: succumb or resist. Anyone who pays attention to the manner in which this football program has operated for the last decade knows there was really no choice at all.

    Cary-Grove’s Kyle Matthiesen (51) and his teammates react to their 33-26 loss to Crete-Monee in Saturday’s Class 6A state title game at Memorial Stadium in Champaign.

    Cary-Grove falls to Crete-Monee in 6A title game

    Cary-Grove's discipline was trumped by Crete-Monee's athleticism, particularly that of senior LaQuon Treadwell. The highly coveted, 6-foot-4, 200-pound wide receiver/linebacker broke loose for two long scoring plays, and he intercepted a Cary-Grove pass deep in his own territory to spark the Warriors to a 33-26 victory over the comeback-minded Trojans in the Class 6A state title game at Memorial Field Saturday.

    The Glenbard West captains hoist the championship trophy following their win over Lincoln-Way East during Saturday’s Class 7A state title game at Memorial Stadium in Champaign.

    Glenbard West nails down 7A championship

    Glenbard West’s football team needed something special to become a state champion on Saturday. The Hilltoppers needed to be Hitters. Living up to Glenbard West’s decades-old alternative nickname, the Hitters claimed their second state championship in program history with a physically grueling 10-8 victory over fellow unbeaten Lincoln-Way East in the Class 7A final at Memorial Stadium in Champaign.

    Glenbard West offensive linesman Max Bruere (66) salutes the crowd as he and the Hilltoppers celebrate their win over Lincoln-Way East during Saturday’s Class 7A state title game at Memorial Stadium in Champaign.

    Consider Glenbard District 87 well-represented

    You win some, you lose some. Regardless, Glenbard High School District 87 couldn’t have been prouder on Saturday. Regardless, Glenbard High School District 87 couldn’t have been prouder on Saturday. Glenbard West and Glenbard North represented the district well in the Class 7A and Class 8A championship football games at Memorial Stadium. The support from North, South, East and West shined bright as Glenbard West claimed the 7A title and the Panthers settled for a runner-up finish with a loss in the 8A final.


    St. Charles East wins own tourney

    St. Charles East’s Kendall Stephens has accomplished a number of things during the course of his 4-year high school varsity basketball career.


    Libertyville picks up first win

    Libertyville’s girls basketball team netted its first win of the season and first for first-year coach Greg Pedersen on Saturday. Dana Kym scored 12 points and Haley Hoesksel added 10, as the Wildcats defeated Westinghouse 46-34 in the final-day action of the Buffalo Grove tournament.


    Warren edges Barrington

    One tournament, one trophy for new Warren boys basketball coach Ryan Webber. The Blue Devils left Mundelein on Saturday night with the consolation-championship trophy of the tourney that they co-hosted. Warren held off Barrington 52-50, receiving 13 points from all-tournament pick Adrian Deere and 9 apiece from Aarius Austin and Dre Von Hill, while improving to 3-2.


    Batavia bounces Crystal Lake S.

    Twenty-four hours made all the difference for Batavia on the last night of its Thanksgiving boys basketball tournament.

    The Bulls’ Joakim Noah, right, battles the Bucks’ Ersan Ilyasova battle for the loose ball Saturday night at Milwaukee.

    Carlos Boozer’s late spark lifts Bulls past Bucks

    Carlos Boozer absolutely refuses to criticize anything to do with the team or coaching decisions, no matter how many nights he spends on the fourth quarter glued to the bench. He showed what's possible on Saturday with a strong showing down the stretch as the Bulls beat Milwaukee 93-86 at the Bradley Center.


    Flexibly, Grayslake North tops Grant for 3rd

    Through four games of Thanksgiving tournament play, Grayslake North coach Todd Grunloh used four different starting lineups. “It was just about trying to figure out what works,” Grunloh said. “You’re just trying to get your best lineup.” Grunloh might not need to try a fifth different lineup. The Knights had a pretty good chemistry going Saturday night against Grant in the third-place game of the Richmond-Burton/Johnsburg Thanksgiving tournament. Grayslake North took a 17-point lead into halftime, thanks to a big second quarter. Midway through the third quarter, the advantage ballooned to as many as 21 points. Despite a furious Grant rally in the fourth quarter, Grayslake North stayed in control en route to a 68-57 victory.


    Dundee-Crown wins Sycamore tourney in 2 OTs

    The game ended for Dundee-Crown’s boys basketball team just like coach Lance Huber drew it up. Hit a last-second 3-pointer at the end of regulation to tie the game. Fight back from 8 points down in the first overtime and hit a game-tying shot at the buzzer to force a second overtime. Sink a last-second shot at the buzzer to win the game in the second overtime. Finish with a 70-68 victory over Rockford Lutheran and become champions of the 50th Annual Leland G. Strombom Holiday Basketball Tournament. Yep, just like coach drew it up.

    Notre Dame wide receiver Robby Toma, top, jumps onto running back Theo Riddick, bottom, to celebrate after Riddick dove into the end zone for a touchdown, as Southern California linebacker Dion Bailey, runs past Saturday during the first half in Los Angeles.

    No. 1 Notre Dame beats USC 22-13, earns title shot

    The Fighting Irish punched their ticket to Miami. Theo Riddick rushed for 146 yards and a touchdown, Kyle Brindza kicked five field goals, and No. 1 Notre Dame secured a spot in the BCS championship game with a 22-13 victory over Southern California on Saturday night.


    Naperville Central beats Metea Valley

    Cierra Stanciel brings no shortage of emotion to the basketball court, from a wide smile one moment to a scowl the next. And she knows it. “It’s like a rollercoaster,” said the Naperville Central sophomore. “Sometimes I’m up, sometimes I’m down.” She sent the Redhawks on quite a thrill ride Saturday. Sparked by Stanciel’s 11-point third quarter, No. 13 Naperville Central rallied to beat No. 10 Metea Valley 61-54 to win the championship of the 36th Naperville Central/Benet Tip-Off Tournament.


    Wheeling tops Maine East at Ridgewood

    Jeremy Stephani had 17 points, Chris Pierro 16 and Nate Majowski 11 as Wheeling earned a 58-50 victory over Maine East in the final round of Ridgewood Invitational tournament play Saturday.


    Waubonsie Valley falls to York

    Lessons come in many forms. And York’s David Cohn showed that he learned his quite well. Benched in the second half of the Dukes’ game last Wednesday, the Colorado State recruit scored 25 points Saturday to lead the York past Waubonsie Valley 67-49 in the finals of the Ed Molitor Thanksgiving Classic in Palatine.


    Bradshaw, hot-shooting Prairie Ridge cool off Carmel

    Carmel’s hopes of starting the boys basketball season 3-0 looked fairly good when it opened up a 16-point lead in the second quarter on Prairie Ridge in Crystal Lake Central’s Coaches vs. Cancer Thanksgiving Tourney. But those plans of a perfect start took a foul turn in the second half Saturday night. Michael Bradshaw hit six 3-pointers and scored 26 of his career-high 38 points in the final 10:23 and Prairie Ridge went 24-for-31 at the free-throw line in the last 10:53 to pull off a 76-71 comeback victory.


    Even-keeled Hersey stops Maine West

    After watching her team get its first win in the Maine West Tip-Off Classic on Saturday afternoon, veteran Hersey girls basketball coach Mary Fendley knew exactly what she appreciated the most in the 45-35 decision over the host Warriors. “I really like how we kept our composure when they made their run in the fourth quarter,” she said. “We don’t have a lot of players with game experience, but I don’t think that showed.” Maine West showed it wasn’t through even though a layup by Huskies senior Meg Cerniglia made it 39-30 with 4:37 left.


    North Chicago rises to the task vs. Mundelein

    Led by tourney MVP JaVairius Amos-Mays and fellow all-tournament pick Kurt Hall, North Chicago limited Mundelein to 18 second-half points Saturday and rallied for a 75-58 win. The Warhawks’ victory capped a 5-0 showing in the tournament, which was co-hosted by Mundelein and Warren.

    Images from the 8A state title game between Glenbard North and Mt. Carmel Saturday in Champaign, November 24, 2012.

    Images: Glenbard North vs. Mt. Carmel, 8A football championship
    Glenbard North High School faced Mt. Carmel High School Saturday in Champaign for the Class 8A state football title. Mt. Carmel won the game 28-14.


    Stevenson cleans up in finale at Buffalo Grove

    Stevenson’s boys basketball team found out a lot about itself while successfully completing a four-game championship sweep in the Bison Classic Saturday at Buffalo Grove. The Patriots defeated the host Bison 75-67 in the rivalry contest that traditionally brings the 5-team tournament to a close, and sophomores Connor Cashaw and Jalen Brunson were voted to the All-Tournament team along with BG standout Luke Potnick. “It shows we can win, but we haven’t played our best game yet,” said point guard Justin Berkson, starting for the second game in a row while the injured Brunson watched from the bench in street clothes. “We got on our heels in the second half,” Stevenson coach Pat Ambrose said. “I’m very happy with the win, but we’re looking for improvement in several areas. We’re right on target.” Cashaw, the tournament’s Most Valuable Player, scored 17 of his game-high 27 points in the first half, when the Patriots raced out to a 44-29 lead, and finished strong with 7 points in the fourth quarter.


    Westminster falls to Indian Creek

    After trailing by as many as 12 points to Indian Creek in the third quarter, Westminster Christian tried desperately to cut into the lead via the outside shot to get at least a third-place trophy in its own Thanksgiving boys basketball tournament Saturday. Will Woodhouse connected on 2 3-pointers in the third to help cut the lead to 5 but that’s as close as the Warriors (2-2) would get as many of their attempts from the outside failed to fall. Indian Creek outscored the Warriors 14-9 in the final quarter and took home the third-place trophy with a 51-41 win. Woodhouse finished with 16 points while Aaron Wiewel chipped in 10 points for the Warriors. “I think it was 18-15 and they went up about 9 or 10 and we missed 6 layups in the first half,” said Westminster coach Bruce Firchau, whose team was outscored 14-8 in the second quarter. “Four power layups, driving layups, we missed 2 free throws. And it really hurt us. That game should have been tied at halftime so we were our own worst enemy.” Firchau hopes his guards tighten up their decision making and finding their forwards down low for a nice inside outside game, which suffered in the second half. Westminster only converted 8 shots in the second half and managed 6 points in the final 4 minutes. “There’s too much coming down and firing up,” Firchau said. “We took some shots; we had some players take shots that’s not in their shooting range and that really hurt us. We gave up the baseline a couple times defensively and I’m disappointed with that.”


    Elgin runs past Christian Liberty

    Elgin’s boys basketball team wrapped up second place in the Bison Classic boys basketball tournament at Buffalo Grove with a convincing 77-44 win over 0-4 Christian Liberty Academy Saturday night.All-tournament selection Isaiah Butler led the Maroons with 21 points in the first three quarters. Arie Williams scored 12 points and Eric Sedlack 10 for Elgin. Ten of Elgin’s 11 players who saw action scored.Elgin led 22-13 after the first quarter and 40-21 at halftime. The Maroons stretched the lead to 58-32 after three quarters. Wesley Swiderek led the Chargers with 16 points, including 9 in the fourth quarter, and David Colbert added 12. Elgin’s Ryan Sitter added 9 and Donte Harper 8, all of his points coming in the fourth quarter.


    St. Edward nabs crown at Westminster

    It was only fitting after St. Edward’s 51-39 win over Immaculate Conception in the championship game of Westminster Christian’s Thanksgiving boys basketball tournament that forward Adrian Ponce and guard DaVontae Elam were named to the all-tournament team. Because the Knights never had answers to stop them Saturday night.


    Another winning experience for Maine West

    Coming into this season, Maine West coach Erik McNeill was concerned about the lack of experience on his boys basketball team. McNeill should not be concerned any longer. The Warriors dispatched Libertyville 62-51 to take home second place honors in their own Thanksgiving Tournament. Maine West improved to 3-1 and did so with inspired play. Tom Kukec (20 points, six 3s), junior Allante Bates (16 points, 4 rebounds, 4 steals, 5 assists) and Matt Finander (14 points, 11 rebounds) paved the way for Maine West.

    Bulls forward Carlos Boozer is fouled by the Milwaukee Bucks’ Beno Udrih as he goes up for a shot Satudray during the first half in Milwaukee.

    Bulls beat Bucks, snap 4-game losing streak

    Carlos Boozer and Richard Hamilton scored 22 points apiece to lead the Chicago Bulls to a 93-86 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night, breaking a four-game losing streak. The win by the Bulls was the ninth straight over the Bucks and the fifth straight at the Bradley Center. The last time Milwaukee beat Chicago was on April 10, 2010, in Chicago.


    Girls basketball/Fox Valley roundup

    Oswego East 49, Bartlett 41: Alyssa Hernandez had 18 points and 10 rebounds for Bartlett (2-3) in this loss at the final day of the Naperville Central/Benet Tip-Off Tournament. Freshman Kelly Harris contributed 5 points and 7 rebounds off the bench and Chantel Zasada added 6 points for the Hawks.Dakota 28, St. Edward 26: Kathleen Duffy had 5 points and Cece Rapp had 5 points and 17 rebounds for St. Edward in this loss at the Dakota tournament.Byron 59, St. Edward 27: The Green Wave (0-7) remained winless on the season in dropping the final game of the Dakota Tournament. Clarissa Ramos and Cece Rapp each had 7 points for St. Edward.Metro 28, Jacobs 23: Kelly Grady scored 8 points to lead Jacobs (0-5) at the Quincy tournament.


    Improved Palatine falls short in OT

    Palatine showed that this certainly is a different boys basketball team from a year ago, when the Pirates won just three games. The Pirates dug thumselves out of numerous holes Saturday only to lose in overtime 71-63 to Niles North in the third-place game of the Ed Molitor Thanksgiving Classic at Palatine. “We have a lot of resolve,” Palatine coach Eric Millstone said. “We are not going to quit. When you have that, you have the makings of something good.”


    Wolves fall 4-3 in shootout

    The Chicago Wolves held a lead late in the third period but gave up the equalizer and then the extra point in the shootout as the Milwaukee Admirals skated away with a 4-3 Amtrak Rivalry victory Saturday night at the Allstate Arena.


    Huntley topples Hoffman to go to 3-0

    Huntley wasn’t getting a well-deserved breather when boys basketball coach Marty Manning called timeout with 2:10 left in the third quarter of Saturday afternoon’s Crystal Lake Central Coaches vs. Cancer Thanksgiving Tournament game with Hoffman Estates. The Red Raiders had been taking one on defense as they were getting sliced up by Manning’s alma mater for 46 points on 57 percent shooting from the field. Three consecutive layups made Manning decide it was time to stop and talk about what needed to happen the rest of the way.What happened was Huntley gave up only 2 more points and became the only team in the eight-team tournament to finish 3-0 with a 60-48 victory.


    Bears’ lineup changes ‘based on production’

    Coach Lovie Smith hasn’t been hesitant to make changes to the starting lineup as the Bears have slumped in recent weeks.


    Northwestern beats Illinois State in OT 72-69

    Drew Crawford had 20 points and nine rebounds for Northwestern, leading the Wildcats to a thrilling 72-69 overtime victory Saturday night over Illinois State at the South Padre Island Invitational Tournament.

    Glenbard West Devante Toney, 22, and his teammates erupt in excitement as the defense stops Lincoln-Way East as the clock expires during Saturday’s Class 7A state title game at Memorial Stadium in Champaign.

    Images: Glenbard West vs. Lincoln-Way East, 7A football championship
    The Glenbard West High School football team faced the Lincoln-Way East High School football team Saturday in Champaign for the 7A state football title. Glenbard West won 10-8.

    Steve Polakowski of Libertyville handles Kegan Calkins of Wheaton North at 120 pounds during the 22nd Annual Moore/Prettyman Wrestling Invitational at Barrington High School on Saturday.

    Marmion sets winning example at Barrington

    Marmion Academy unleashed a fierce attack on Saturday to overwhelm the competition and emerge with the team championship at the 22nd annual Moore-Prettyman Wrestling Invitational at Barrington High School. The Cadets broke bravely out of the blocks to begin the final session of the prestigious tournament with two titles in the early going, one of them from defending state champ Johnny Jimenez. Marmion steadily racked up points and finished with an 85-point advantage over runner-up Libertyville. Plainfield Central surged past the host Broncos to nab third-place honors with 164.50 points, 11 more than Barrington. Crystal Lake South rounded out the top five with 131 points.


    St. Viator adjusts, wins own tourney

    For St. Viator to be an elite team, the players realize they won't always be able to play their preferred style of getting up and down the court quickly. They're going to have to win slow, grind-it-out type games, and that's exactly what the Lions did on Saturday night at the Joe Majkowski Varsity Thanksgiving Basketball Tournament. St. Viator used an 8-0 run at the beginning of the fourth quarter to finally shake off a pesky Conant squad and win their own tournament with a 45-36 victory

    Geneva’s Connor Chapman and Addison Trail’s Jason Kirschbaum fight for a rebound in the second quarter on Saturday, November 24.

    Navigato, Geneva continue fast start

    OK Nate Navigato, what is in store for your second week of high school basketball? Navigato put quite the exclamation point on his first week on Saturday, scoring a career-high 25 points and grabbing 9 rebounds to lead Geneva to a 55-44 victory over Addison Trail and complete a 5-0 record at the first Wildcat Turkey Classic at West Chicago.

    Rick West/rwest@dailyherald.com Aurora Christian's Cory Windle can't quite come up with a catch on a tipped pass against Tolono Unity during Friday's Class 3A state championship game at Memorial Stadium in Champaign.

    Aurora Christian’s title has special meaning to Wells

    Perhaps no one felt more special after Friday's Class 3A state championship than Bryan Wells. Aurora Christian's special teams coach — and the school principal — had been let go by Neuqua Valley in March, the only head coach the program had known until this season. Friday, he was a state champion."I don't know that I can really put it in words, to be honest with you," he said.

    Less than a year after major knee surgery, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is on pace to finish with the best season of his career.

    Peterson, Vikings running to glory

    Adrian Peterson is the horse that pulls the Vikings' wagon and, after suffering torn knee ligaments 11 months ago, he's having the best season of a Hall of Fame career. If the Bears can get their Pro Bowl running back Matt Forte back on track, it will help them regain the offensive momentum they've lost in back-to-back defeats.


    Batavia splits 4 games at Morton

    Batavia's girls basketball team bounced back with two wins Saturday to finish the Morton tournament with a .500 record.

    Montini’s Ryan Starbeck (22) and his teammates celebrate after their win over Morris during Saturday’s Class 5A state title game at Memorial Stadium in Champaign.

    Four straight state titles for Montini

    If they weren't already, the Montini Broncos can be counted among the state's football immortals. Bringing its pounding 4-3 defense to Memorial Stadium, Montini beat Morris 19-6 Saturday to win a fourth straight Class 5A state championship. The Broncos join Joliet Catholic, Mt. Carmel, Providence and former archrival Driscoll with at least four straight titles.


    Larkin wins Hoops for Healing Tournament

    Kendale McCullum's only field goal of the game was a pretty big one. The junior, not necessarily considered one of Larkin's top scoring options, made a 3-pointer with 44 seconds left in overtime to put the Royals ahead to stay. They held on to defeat Rockton Hononegah, 74-71, to win the Hoops for Healing tournament for the second straight year.

    Michigan State running back Le’Veon Bell is tackled by Minnesota defensive back Derrick Wells and defensive end Ben Perry after a 40-yard run Saturday during the first half in Minneapolis.

    Michigan State beats Minnesota 26-10 for bowl bid

    Le'Veon Bell rumbled for a career-high 266 yards and a fourth-quarter touchdown to put the game away, leading Michigan State to a 26-10 victory over Minnesota on Saturday to secure a spot in a bowl game. Bell carried 35 times on a cold afternoon and Dan Conroy made four of his five field-goal attempts, three of them from 43 yards or longer, to help the Spartans (6-6, 3-5 Big Ten) wear down the Gophers (6-6, 2-6).

    Penn State offensive tackle Donovan Smith (76) blocks Wisconsin linebacker Mike Taylor (53) for Penn State running back Zach Zwinak (28) Saturday during the first quarter in State College, Pa.

    Penn State beats Wisconsin 24-21 in OT

    Sam Ficken hit a 37-yard field goal in overtime, and Wisconsin's Kyle French attempt from 45 yards went wide left to seal Penn State's 24-21 win Saturday in an emotional season finale in Happy Valley.

    Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer, center, gets doused by senior wide receiver Jake Stoneburner (11) Saturday after a 26-21 win over Michigan in Columbus, Ohio.

    Ohio State completes undefeated season, beats Michigan

    The only thing Urban Meyer lost during his first season at Ohio State was his cool — at the end of the last game. Carlos Hyde ran for 146 yards and the fourth-ranked Buckeyes' defense shut out No. 20 Michigan in the second half to grab a bruising 26-21 win on Saturday. Meyer got emotional as the final seconds ticked off, embracing his players on the sideline at a raucous Ohio Stadium. Too emotional, he said later.


    Stoczynski shoulders the load as Hoffman tops Elk Grove

    Bodies were colliding at a rather brisk pace in Saturday's championship game of the Elk Grove-Hoffman Estates Thanksgiving tournament, but that didn't bother Hoffman senior Becca Stoczynski. Despite injuring her shoulder, she scored a game-high 15 points as the Hawks remained unbeaten and handed Elk Grove its first defeat of the season 35-28.


    Nebraska-Omaha defeats Chicago State 68-66

    Justin Simmons' 3-pointer with 1:15 to play Saturday capped a 17-point effort and gave Nebraska-Omaha the lead for good in a 68-66 win over Chicago State in the Joe Cipriano Nebraska Classic.


    Illinois-Chicago downs SE Missouri State 56-45

    Josh Crittle scored 17 points and had 12 rebounds for Illinois-Chicago which survived a horrid shooting performance to get by Southeast Missouri State 56-45 on Saturday afternoon. The Flames (4-1) shot 28.8 percent from the field, or 19 of 66, but hit six 3-pointers and were 12 of 18 from the free-throw line while turning the ball over only five times.


    Loyola beats Northern Illinois 53-46

    Ben Averkamp scored 15 points, including three 3-pointers, and Loyola of Chicago pulled away in the second half for a 53-46 victory over Northern Illinois on Saturday. Averkamp added 10 rebounds, as did Joe Crisman, for the Ramblers (4-2), and Cully Payne scored 10 points.

    Purdue wide receiver Gary Bush is tackled by Indiana cornerback Antonio Marshall after a catch Saturday during the first half in West Lafayette.

    Purdue beats Indiana 56-35 with late flurry

    Akeem Shavers scored three times during a 4½-minute span in the fourth quarter, breaking open a tie game to send the Boilermakers past archrival Indiana 56-35 on Saturday and likely back into a bowl game. "We felt this team was good enough to advance to the postseason and we weren't going to let nobody stop us," defensive tackle Kawann Short said.

    Illinois head coach Tim Beckman, right, reacts as he watches his team Saturday during the second half against Northwestern in Evanston. Northwestern won 50-14.

    Illinois ends a forgettable season with bad loss

    The Illini dropped their ninth straight in a 50-14 loss to Northwestern. During that streak, opponents outscored Illinois 333-118. "We have to move forward," Beckman said. "There's only one way you can go and that's forward. "The losing really hurts."

    Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter holds up the "Land of Lincoln" trophy Saturday as he celebrates with teammates after Northwestern defeated Illinois 50-14 in Evanston.

    Northwestern routs Illinois 50-14

    Northwestern wanted to bolster its chances for a big-time bowl game. The Wildcats did that and more. Venric Mark rushed for 127 yards and a touchdown as Northwestern beat Illinois 50-14 on Saturday. Kain Colter threw for a career-high three touchdowns and the Wildcats (9-3, 5-3 Big Ten) reached nine victories for the first time since 2008. "Nine wins is a great year. Ten is special," Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald said.

    Aly Germanos of St. Francis and Molly Krawczykowski of Willowbrook fight for the ball. This took place during the St. Francis at Willowbrook 19th Annual Willowbrook Lady Warriors Thanksgiving Invite Thursday.

    Willowbrook has something to talk about

    When the words Willowbrook and girls basketball are mentioned in the same sentence, what first comes to mind? Alas, usually not the Warriors. For 20-plus years Willowbrook High School has been an Illinois girls basketball mecca for one weekend in January as host of the McDonald's Shootout. Other than that it's hardly a hoops hotbed. That might change this season.

    Bears quarterback Jay Cutler has completed the concussion protocol tests and is cleared to play, according to a report at nfl.com.

    Report: Cutler cleared to start against Vikings

    Bears quarterback Jay Cutler was been evaluated and cleared by an independent neurologist, according to an NFL.com report, and is eligible to return to action Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings.


    Notre Dame beats St. Francis (Pa.) 69-52

    Jack Cooley had 13 points and 13 rebounds Saturday to lead Notre Dame to a 69-52 win over St. Francis of Pennsylvania. Eric Atkins and Cameron Biedscheid each scored 13 points as well for the Irish, and Garrick Sherman had 11 points in his first start of the season.

    Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin has been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Bears.

    Vikings’ Harvin won’t play against Bears

    The Minnesota Vikings have declared wide receiver Percy Harvin out of Sunday's game at Chicago because of his sprained left ankle. Harvin was listed doubtful on Friday after missing another week of practice, and the team downgraded him to out on the injury report Saturday while deciding not to take him on the trip so he can continue to rest.


    NHL lockout threatens entire hockey season

    The National Hockey League season was supposed to be in full swing by now. Instead, like the NFL in 2011 and the NBA last season, the NHL is mired in a labor dispute, with the owners locking out the players and — so far — wiping out more than two months of the season. In question-and-answer form, here's a look at where things stand:

    Washington State head coach Mike Leach, left, and Washington State President Elson Floyd, right, lift the Apple Cup trophy Friday after defeating Washington 31-28 in overtime in Pullman, Wash.

    Cougars hope Apple Cup is step forward into 2013

    In the midst of his biggest win since returning to coaching, Mike Leach was matter of fact about moving ahead. "The offseason starts on Monday," Leach said minutes after getting swarmed, pushed, grabbed and revered by crimson-and-gray-clad fans storming the field.

    Arkansas coach John L. Smith leaves the field Friday after Arkansas’ 20-13 loss to LSU in Fayetteville, Ark.

    Arkansas AD: John L. Smith won’t return as coach

    Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long wasted little time in bringing the John L. Smith era to a close. Long said in a statement released by the university Saturday that Smith will not return next season as the Razorbacks' coach. Long met with the interim coach a day after the Razorbacks' season-ending 20-13 loss to LSU and told him the school "would be making a change in leadership within our program."


    Bulls tipoff
    Milwaukee Bucks at the Bradley Center, 8 p.m.TV: WGNRadio: ESPN AM-1000Update: The Bucks (6-4) got off to a surprisingly good start but just lost two close ones in a row at Charlotte and Miami. Guard Monta Ellis leads Milwaukee with 20.2 points, followed by PG Brandon Jennings at 16.9 points and 7.5 assists. Rookie forward John Henson had 17 points and 18 rebounds against the Heat on Wednesday. The Bulls have won eight straight against the Bucks.Next: Milwaukee Bucks at the United Center, 7 p.m. Monday — Mike McGraw


    Shoppers pick through stacks of discounted jeans beside a giant aquarium inside Bass Pro Shops after the doors opened at 5 a.m., kicking off “Black Friday” and the holiday shopping season in Memphis, Tenn.

    More shoppers, but fewer dollars spent on Black Friday

    This year's Friday results appear to have been tempered by hundreds of thousands of shoppers hitting sales Thursday evening while still full of Thanksgiving dinner. Retailers including Sears, Target and Wal-Mart got their deals rolling as early as 8 p.m. on Turkey Day.Online shopping also may have cut into the take at brick-and-mortar stores: IBM said online sales rose 17.4 percent on Thanksgiving and 20.7 percent on Black Friday, compared with 2011.

    Black Friday shoppers Victoria McDaniel, 16, left, and Ronnie McDaniel, right, sleep as Connor Church, 12, center, gets a laugh at the University Mall in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

    Explaining Black Friday’s powerful pull

    Why must we buy? To demonstrate our love for others? To add a few more inches to our televisions? To help America recover from a vicious recession that itself was born of the desire for more?


    ABC TV seeks to block Dish’s AutoHop

    Walt Disney Co.'s ABC television network is trying to shut down Dish Network Corp.'s ad-skipping TV recording feature two weeks after a federal judge denied a similar bid by a different broadcaster.


    Israel wages cyberwar with Hamas as civilians take up computers

    Knowledge of computer code is proving to be as important to Israel’s conflict with Hamas as the Iron Dome system intercepting rockets from the Gaza Strip. In a government building in Jerusalem, technicians in civilian clothes sit in front of a bank of screens, trying to deflect millions of attempted attacks on Israel’s government websites. A map on the wall shows sites where virtual attacks are being carried out around the world, updating every few seconds. Israel and the Palestinian territories stand out with a big red flame. Extra workers are drafted in.“From the very beginning, we called on Palestinian software technicians in Gaza and all over the world to use technology to undermine Israeli websites and pages,” Islam Shahwan, the spokesman for the Hamas Ministry of Interior in Gaza, said in an interview from the enclave.The clicking of keyboards and mice has already become a hallmark of the conflict’s latest flare up that started on Nov. 14 as much as the sound of rocket fire. Aided by supporters abroad and speedy Internet access, the virtual battle is intensifying in tandem with the air attacks as Israelis and Palestinians try to disrupt the flow of information and hack each other’s propaganda machines.More than 44 million attempts were made to bring down state websites, Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz said on Nov. 18, standing in the government’s cyber war-room.“Beyond the main military battlefield, there is a secondary arena,” Steinitz said. “Israel has been under unprecedented cyber attack.”Connection CutAn Israeli airstrike on Nov. 19 hit a 15-floor office building in downtown Gaza City used by the television stations of Hamas, considered a terrorist organization by Israel, the U.S. and European Union, and Islamic Jihad. The second floor of the complex that houses an Internet and computer services company was also damaged, cutting connection to subscribers.The building was targeted because of the presence of senior terrorist members there, Israeli army spokeswoman Avital Leibovich said. One of the militants killed in the assault was Ramez Harb, head of Islamic Jihad’s media operations, who Israel said was responsible for propaganda for the group.Its armed wing, called Saraya Al-Quds Brigades, said on its website on Nov. 17 that its intelligence department “managed to penetrate data for 5,000 cellular phones belonging to senior Israeli army officers and got their personal data.”The group used the mined information to send warnings via text message, saying “we will make Gaza a graveyard for you and your soldiers and we will turn Tel Aviv in to a massive flame,” according to the website.Gaza DefenseCyber-war is one way Gazans can defend themselves, according to Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum.Hamas seized control of the Gaza Strip in 2007, ending a partnership government with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas a year after winning parliamentary elections. Hamas doesn’t recognize Israel or any prior peace agreements.“We are seeing a concentrated effort to attack Israeli sites,” said Gabi Siboni, head of the cyber warfare program at the Institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv. “When they succeed with the denial-of-service attacks of government websites, they might put substantial effort into trying to penetrate operational systems and critical infrastructure.”Such denial-of-service attacks overwhelm websites with requests until they shut down.Tit-for-TatMany of the barrages on Israeli sites originated from abroad, including the U.S. and Europe, as pro-Palestinian activists joined in, said Finance Minister Steinitz. Others come from the West Bank, Gaza, or Israeli computers on which stealth programs have been installed so they can be controlled remotely, said Ofir Ben-Avi, director of Israel’s e-government.


    Cyberwar poses dilemma for defense exporters
    In the spring of 2010, a sheik in the government of Qatar began talks with the U.S. consulting company Booz Allen Hamilton about developing a plan to build a cyber-operations center. He feared Iran's growing ability to attack its regional foes in cyberspace and wanted Qatar to have the means to respond.

    Amazon.com, Inc.’s Kindle Paperwhite tablet sits on display after a news conference in Santa Monica. If you’re going to buy an e-reader, Farhad Manjoo recommends you buy an illuminated one.

    What you should not have bought on Black Friday

    Black Friday is for suckers, I've always said. This quasi-religious American holiday is, at bottom, a terrible trick-retailers lure you in for super-cheap stuff that you want in the hopes that you'll also be sucked into buying a lot of things you'd never otherwise buy. (Hey, is that a $700 meat grinder?)

    Song Tae-min reacts after buying a new iPad Mini in Seoul, South Korea. The tablet computer is without a doubt the gift of the year, just like it was last year. But if you resisted the urge in 2011, now is the time to give in. This season’s tablets are better all around. Intense competition has kept prices very low, making tablets incredible values compared to smartphones and PCs.

    Review: Gift guide to smaller tablets

    The tablet computer is without a doubt the gift of the season — just like it was last year. But if you resisted the urge in 2011, now is the time to give in. This season's tablets are better all around. Intense competition has kept prices very low, making tablets incredible values compared to smartphones and PCs.


    The neglected economics of trying to find a job you enjoy

    WASHINGTON — Everyone knows that money aside, it’s better to have a job you love than a job you hate. Some of that is the nature of the task. I think the issues I cover are really interesting, but lots of people aren’t interested in them and would find it extremely tedious to write about them all day. And some of it is c-oworkers. Most people spend a lot of time at their place of work and a lot of time interacting with your co-workers. Working alongside people whose company you enjoy is much better than working alongside people you hate.And yet even though everyone knows these things, the nonmonetary aspects of job quality are an incredibly neglected topic in economics.I was reminded of this the other day when I caught up with an old friend who’s a recently minted economics Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and whose job-market paper “Match Quality with Unpriced Amenities” is precisely on this subject. “Typically, monetary productivity is assumed to be the sole determinant of the worker-firm match,” even though that clearly isn’t the case, he writes. The work of the paper is to try to build a tractable structural search model that “allows job match quality to depend additionally on unpriced job amenities” (i.e., people try to find jobs they like) and “permitting match quality estimation that is robust to both unobserved amenities and selection.” One takeaway from the paper is that traditional estimates of deadweight loss from wage taxation are producing overestimates, and that’s increasingly the case as unpriced amenities become more important.This subject also strikes me as relevant to the conversation around productivity growth. We have a stylized fact whereby as a society gets richer, its citizens should be expected to consume more leisure at the margin. And indeed we see that over time hours worked has tended to fall in rich countries.In that case what you see is that wages (how much do you earn per hour) rise faster than incomes (how much do you earn per year) because higher wages in part induce less work. But that’s driven by a very simplistic picture of the economy, where you’re either working on the assembly line (earning wages) or at home watching TV (enjoying leisure). Another thing people can do is deliberately earn lower wages in order to obtain better job amenities. I was reading the other day about Pecan Lodge in Dallas: Newcomer of the Year at the 2012 Texas Monthly BBQ Festival. Its founders used to be consultants with Accenture, but they decided they’d rather quit and smoke meat.That’s really the same kind of leisure/income tradeoff as you see if workers cut back their hours, but it’ll show up differently in national statistics. Instead of wages and productivity rising while income stays flat and hours fall, you’ll see hours stay flat while wages and productivity fall. Phlogiston economics will say that Pecan Lodge is an example of technological innovation slowing down since it reduces total factor productivity, when it’s really just an example of people taking advantage of the fact that America is a wealthy society to try to improve their unpriced job amenities.Ÿ Matthew Yglesias (mattyglesias) is Slate’s business and economics correspondent. Before joining the magazine he worked for ThinkProgress, the Atlantic, TPM Media and the American Prospect. His most recent book is “The Rent Is Too Damn High.”

    HP said Autonomy Corporation PLC, a British company it bought for $10 billion last year, lied about its finances, resulting in a massive write-down of the value of the business. HP’s net loss for the fiscal fourth quarter, which ended Oct. 31, amounted to $6.85 billion, or $3.49 per share.

    HP’s Autonomy deal highlights pattern of bad ideas

    Hewlett-Packard's $9.7 billion acquisition of Autonomy seemed like a bad idea long before Tuesday's allegations of an accounting scandal made clear it was a deal that should never have happened. It's the latest in a cavalcade of costly blunders at HP. The Silicon Valley pioneer has squandered billions of dollars on ill-advised acquisitions, compounding the challenges it already faces as it scrambles to adjust to a world that is shifting away from PCs to smartphones and tablets.


    Copyright memo vanished, but is worth exploring

    WASHINGTON — A Friday afternoon policy memo is not normally the sort of thing that gets one’s heart racing, but “Three Myths About Copyright Law and Where To Start To Fix It” was an exception. It offered a bracing attack on the conventional wisdom about intellectual property that’s dominated Congress for decades, mounted a vibrant defense of competition and advocated regulation aimed at consumers rather than incumbent copyright owners. Even more amazing was the source. The memo went out on the letterhead of the Republican Study Committee — an organization of House Republicans who think the House Republican caucus isn’t insanely conservative enough — under the names of Rep. Jim Jordan and executive director Paul Teller.It was an exciting moment for copyright reformers, who were surprised and delighted to find these new conservative allies. But a moment was all it was. By Saturday, Teller had already retracted the memo, claiming it “was published without adequate review” and needed to be “approached with all facts and viewpoints in hand.”Common sense suggests there were other reasons for the retraction. Derek Khanna, a tech-savvy young Republican staffer who came to Washington with Sen. Scott Brown before shifting to the RSC to work primarily on cybersecurity and government oversight issues, is clearly well-versed on the subject. He simply lacked the authority to enact a change in position on a topic dominated by powerful interest groups with a ton of money. Khanna’s supervisors seem to have paid too much attention to the merits of the memo and not enough to the larger politics when vetting it. According to Mike Masnick at TechDirt, when news of the memo filtered out to the Motion Picture Association of America and Recording Industry Association of America, those organizations “went ballistic and hit the phones hard, demanding that the RSC take down the report.” They won.And of course they did. Big shifts in policy simply don’t happen by trying to sneak memos past lobbyists. But Khanna’s gambit did succeed in making news on a subject where the gap between Capitol Hill and knowledgeable people in the tech and economics worlds is enormous.Khanna’s three myths are, in order, that “the purpose of copyright is to compensate the creator of content,” that “copyright is free market capitalism at work,” and that “the current copyright legal regime leads to the greatest innovation and productivity.”The first myth is the most easily devastated. Congress’ power to enact intellectual property laws is spelled out in the U.S. Constitution, which empowers it “to promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries.” As Khanna writes, this constitutional rationale has practically nothing to do with the actual modern congressional discussion of the purpose of copyright. Today’s debate tends to focus not on promoting the progress of science and art but rather on “what the content creators ‘deserve’ or are ‘entitled to’ by virtue of their creation.”Khanna’s third myth — that our copyright system promotes the most innovation and productivity — is the most important one. I’ve made the case previously that fully preventing online intellectual property piracy would be a social and economic disaster. A certain amount of unauthorized copying is actually a good way to minimize dead weight loss and increase welfare.

Life & Entertainment

    Larry Hagman responds to a question regarding his experience on the television show, “Dallas”, at the Southfork Ranch in Parker, Texas.

    Larry Hagman, J.R. Ewing on ‘Dallas,’ dies at 81

    Larry Hagman, whose portrayal of a rapacious, roguishly charming Texas oilman on the nighttime soap opera "Dallas" left a worldwide television audience wondering, "Who shot J.R.?", has died, the New York Times said. He was 81.

    Chris Isaak headlines The Chicago Theatre on Saturday, Nov. 24.

    Weekend picks: Chicago Theatre hosts rocker Chris Isaak

    Fans of rocker Chris Isaak won't want to miss his show at the Chicago Theatre Saturday. Williams Street Repertory presents the classic holiday film “It's a Wonderful Life” as a 1940s live radio broadcast at the Raue Center in Crystal Lake. Tired of the holidays already? Take a break from it all and go see comedian Mitch Fatel do his stand-up routine at the Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg.

    You can learn how to make a traditional tree theme advent calendar at Creativebug that is useful for both children and adults is shown.

    Make an advent calendar and a Christmas tradition

    The advent calendar, which eases anxiety by counting down those pesky 24 days until Christmas Eve, is as much a holiday tradition for my family as the tree. Sure, you can buy one and save the crafting time, but making an advent calendar adds to its allure.

    Vogue stylist and former model Grace Coddington at the 2012 CFDA Fashion Awards at Alice Tully Hall in New York. Coddington is the author of a book titled, “Grace: A Memoir.”

    Vogue’s creative director Coddington pens memoir

    Tears or even sympathy seems unlikely from Coddington. While in the eyes of industry observers she might be the good cop trying to defend fashion's integrity and creative license, she also comes across — especially in her new autobiography, "Grace: A Memoir" (Random House) — as very matter of fact: the no-use-crying-over-spilled-milk type. "I've had a really fun life, and I hope it's interesting and amusing to read the story," she says. "You can't really pick and choose what happens."

    A a holiday sweater decorated in a dradle print.

    Take a hip approach to Hanukkah holiday

    These are a few of Chicky Winkleman's favorite Hanukkah things: ironic, ugly sweaters adorned with Stars of David, his roommate's Christmas tree and making latkes, alone in the afternoon. The vegetarian living in Burlington, Vt., knows of what he speaks when it comes to marking the eight-day holiday, hipster style. He's co-founder with older brother Duckie of hipsterjew.com, which ran a make-your-own menorah contest last year and enjoys about 50,000 page views a month, presumably among like-minded young Jews.


    Inferior property appraisals have become more common

    Q. I am trying to refinance the loan on my four-family rental property. The rate was locked and the appraisal came back with a satisfactory value. However, the lender rejected the appraisal and mortgage.

    Attachable glamour: Magnetic crystals and attached shades can dress up a chandelier.

    Lighting can set the mood for your holiday home

    The walls are decked, the tree is trimmed, the stockings are hung. Yet it's likely no one has thought much about seasonal indoor lighting, save for the usual string of lights on the tree. Lighting is now considered an integral part of interior design as opposed to an afterthought.


    Board’s decision to charge equally for cable TV is legal

    Q. The board of our condominium association entered into a bulk cable television service for all of the units. Unlike other expenses that are charged to owners based on the unit's percentage of ownership in the common elements, the board charges the same amount per unit for cable television service. Is this proper?


    Safety precautions for wood-burning fireplaces

    Q. I just purchased a home that has a wood-burning fireplace. I was told to have the chimney inspected before building a fire. Are there any other precautions I should take so I can safely use the fireplace?

    Store all terra-cotta containers away from the elements over the winter.

    Time to prepare for the big chill

    A Chicago Botanic Garden horticulturist tells you what to do in the garden this month. If you haven't already done so, remove dead plants and debris from the vegetable garden and annual flower beds. Always get rid of any stalks and foliage where you have had disease problems. Do not add affected materials to your compost pile, as most home compost piles do not get hot enough to kill disease organisms.

    A dugong named Serena is a popular attraction at the Toba Aquarium in Toba, Japan.

    All things animals popular with Japanese

    Americans may seem obsessed with animals, with daycare for dogs and TV therapists for cats, not to mention the hours we spend looking at photos of cute critters on the Internet. But it's generally the conventionally adorable ones that get our attention. On a recent trip to Japan I found ample evidence of our two countries' mutual adoration of pets and pandas. But it was a pleasure to immerse myself in a culture that shares my appreciation for more unusual creatures as well.

    Ian King, senior vintage systems engineer at the Living Computer Museum in Seattle, loads a large disk drive into a working DEC 11/70 minicomputer from 1975. The machine is part of the collection of running computers at Paul Allen’s newly opened Living Computer Museum.

    Seattle’s Living Computer Museum not just for geeks

    For tourists with an interest in Seattle's role as a high-tech hub, there hasn't been much here to see, other than driving over to Microsoft headquarters in suburban Redmond to take pictures of a bunch of boring buildings. But Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has just opened the Living Computer Museum, with displays of old machines — all in working order — along with a geeky wish list of items he'd like to add, just in case anybody out there has an old tape drive or supercomputer sitting around.

    Ribbonwick candles, made by the Virginia Candle Company, are proving to be a popular gift item this season.

    Parmida Home to open in Mount Prospect

    Parmida Home, an up-and-coming retailer of affordable home luxuries, furniture, rugs, gifts and more, will open its second Northwest suburban store in early December at Randhurst Village in Mount Prospect. The Dallas-based home furnishings chain has already gained an enthusiastic local following at its South Barrington store in the Arboretum.

    These spoons are marked “Alpaca”; does that mean they are sterling?

    Will value of ‘silver spoon’ set cause a stir?

    Some spoons were found in a mother-in-law's home after she passed away. The family has no idea how she acquired them since they appear to be from Germany and as far as they no there is no German lineage in the family. How can they determine the value of the spoons?



    The Soapbox

    Kind neighbors who rebuilt a deck in Lake Zurich and developer who wants to build a hotel in Naperville. Those are among the topics editors are talking about in The Soapbox.


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    A Naperville letter to the editor: Regarding your editorial, "It's a good goal, but bad legislation," I appreciate your point of view, but have you ever had cancer that required chemotherapy? I am now a patient with MDS leukemia which requires regular chemo treatments at a local clinic.


    Nekritz letter doesn’t help anything
    A Mettawa letter to the editor: I'm pretty certain that Rep. Nekritz was elected by those looking for hope and change. What I can't understand is how they hope to accomplish this by re-electing her.


    This is a job for Jimmy Carter
    A Des Plaines letter to the editor: In light of the ramifications of the pending "fiscal cliff" facing our country, I think it's time for Jimmy Carter to step forward and broker peace between Republicans and Democrats.


    How many ‘Pauls’ in next election?
    A Prospect Heights letter to the editor: A system of government that robs Peter to pay Paul always gets overwhelming support from Paul. This strategy has worked well in the city of Chicago, Cook County, the state of Illinois and once again in our national election.


    Clinging to hope for state’s recovery
    A letter to the editor: Now that the Madigan redistricting has paid off handsomely, U.S. congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. was re-elected, state Rep. Derrick Smith (charged with bribery) was elected, the six Cook County judges deemed useless and/or corrupt were safely approved, and the state of Illinois is back in business as usual.


    Tax cuts are now Obama’s, not Bush’s
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: Mr. Obama signed into law a two-year extension of the so called "Bush tax cuts." At that point, Mr. Obama took ownership of the tax rates we now live under. Knowing those to be the facts, why do we still refer to the rates as "Bush tax cuts"?


    Pro-life forces add to women’s problems
    A Hoffman Estates letter to the editor: Pro-life folks with their illogical, failed, sex education ideas and fierce aversion to many contraception policies only add to the number of unplanned pregnancies and abortions.


    We’re on a course to ruination
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: Thankfully, insiders, pundits, pollsters and celebrities have explained the election results as: (1) a repudiation by the majority of the conservative agenda; and (2) a belief that our nation's economy, security and position in the world will be enhanced if our leaders will focus all of their attention on the following:


    Will Vatican ever OK gay marriage?
    An Elgin letter to the editor: Gays and lesbians have had unions long before there was a Vatican and it flies in the face of reality to deny the obvious. Isn't it more important to have a loving, supportive home than not?


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