Daily Archive : Tuesday November 27, 2012



    Bartlett Police Department earns national reaccreditation

    The Bartlett Police Department recently received national reaccreditation for the fifth time since 1997 from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, or CALEA. Agencies must reapply for accreditation every three years, but the department has to regularly work to maintain compliance with the high standards set by CALEA.

    Nancy Mwendwa, a Re:new employee from Kenya who now lives in Wheaton, looks over items in the store.

    Re:new offers refugee women fellowship, sewing skills and employment

    As a wife of a relief worker in Nairobi, Kenya, in 2001, Rebecca Sandburg wondered what skills she had to help. She found a niche in a program that taught refugee women to sew to support their families. Transported to Wheaton six years later, Sandberg again felt displaced until she realized that there were refugee women here who needed similar help. So, three years ago, she started Re:new.

    Brian York of Park Ridge places new gloves from the Dollar Store on his hands as he prepares for an overnight stay in the Oakton Community College courtyard Tuesday evening as part of an event to raise awareness for the plight of the homeless. York, an Oakton student, was homeless two years ago after he suffered an on-the-job injury and his disability insurance ran out.

    Oakton students brave cold to experience homelessness

    With the sun rising behind them, a handful of Oakton Community College students huddled around a fire Wednesday morning to keep warm after spending a night out in the cold to experience firsthand what it would be like to be homeless. "The biggest problem for me was the ground was so hard. I had a rough night of sleep last night," said Ryan Alm, 20, of Des Plaines, a junior majoring in sports...


    Man pleads guilty in attack outside Schaumburg nightclub

    A 30-year-old Schaumburg man pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges of attempted first-degree murder stemming from a 2011 altercation outside a Schaumburg nightclub. A Cook County judge sentenced Altin Bajrami to 12 years in prison in exchange for his guilty plea to the class X felony.

    Students form a sign saying “Kildeer Celebrates Blue Ribbon.”

    Kildeer School collects its Blue Ribbon

    Students and staff at Kildeer Countryside Elementary School in Long Grove took a bow Tuesday, as one of 269 public and private schools in the U.S. honored this year with a Blue Ribbon for overall academic excellence. “Schools honored with the National Blue Ribbon Schools Award are committed to accelerating student achievement and preparing students for success in college and careers,”...

    Mekhi Carter is held by his grandmother, Katie Hoftender, as he high-fives members of the Round Lake Beach village board. The 3½-year-old Antioch Township boy was recognized by village officials as a Junior Round Lake Beach Police Officer as a wish enhancement in conjunction with the Make-A-Wish foundation.

    Antioch Township boy’s love of police leads to special recognition

    Little Mekhi Carter of Antioch Township was recognized as a junior police officer by officials in Round Lake Beach. The village made the wish enhancement in conjuction with the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The toddler was born with a heart condition and has had three open-heart surgeries. The Round Lake Beach department gave him a specially-made police uniform for Halloween and followed up with the...

    Hanover Park Mayor Rod Craig, left, gets a congratulatory handshake from Carol Stream Village President Frank Saverino after the two weighed in Tuesday morning at the Hanover Park police station community room.

    Hanover Park, Carol Stream mayors duel in weight-loss challenge

    Prompted by the loss of two close colleagues, Carol Stream Village President Frank Saverino and Hanover Park Mayor Rodney Craig embarked on an eight-week weight loss challenge. Both are thrilled with the results, but Craig emerged the winner after dropping 20 pounds.

    Carol Schultz of South Elgin has been rescuing abandoned cats for 30 years in South Elgin and keeping them in her converted garage. Last year the village’s code enforcement officers told her she had to comply with the ordinance banning animal shelters from residential areas. She is due in South Elgin court next month.

    Longtime cat rescuer facing fines for South Elgin activity

    A South Elgin woman who fell into running a feline rescue by accident 30 years ago is facing fines and a December court date if she doesn’t stop what she is doing. Based on South Elgin zoning law, animal shelters are not allowed in residential areas and Carol Schultz's volunteer work qualifies as a shelter. She has 10 more cats to find homes for and is looking for people willing to adopt.

    Robert Marshall

    Naperville chief: no interest in boosting police pension

    The only new year’s resolution Naperville Police Chief Bob Marshall has his eye on is the resolution of his pension status. Marshall testified before the five-member Naperville Police Pension Board that he never even considered re-entering the Illinois Downstate Police Pension program when he was appointed the city’s new police chief in May.

    Here's how the Powerball jackpot grew over the past few weeks.

    Millions chase record $500M Powerball jackpot

    Eight months after a trio of ticket buyers split a $656 million Mega Millions jackpot to set a world lottery record, Powerball is offering up a prize that would be the second-highest. The $500 million jackpot, the largest in Powerball’s history, represents a potential life-changing fortune. But before shelling out $2 for a ticket, here are some things to consider.


    Unwanted merchandise signals ID theft in St. Charles

    A package containing a new Apple electronic device arriving on the doorstep is typically grounds for celebration.But in St. Charles, two recent unexpected packages signaled identity theft.In the last week, two separate homeowners reported receiving packages — one a MacBook laptop and another an iPhone — that they never ordered.

    Julia Blahnik, 11, of Batavia, rehearses her role of “Clara” for State Street Dance Studio's upcoming production of “The Nutcracker” at the at the Batavia Fine Arts Centre.

    State Street Dance's “Nutcracker” comes to Batavia stage

    It takes a lot of dancers and a lot of rehearsals to put together "The Nutcracker," according to Linda Cunningham of State Street Dance Studio in Geneva. This is the studio's ninth annual Nutcracker production, and will be held for the first time at the Batavia Fine Arts Centre, 1201 Main St., Batavia, which offers a variety of special staging tricks for this production.

    Christopher Vaughn

    Vaughn gets life sentence for killing wife, kids

    Christopher Vaughn, 37, of Oswego was sentenced to life in prison on Tuesday for killing his wife and three school-age children in the family’s SUV as they drove to an Illinois waterpark in 2007. The judge sentenced to Vaughn to four consecutive life sentences with no possibility of parole. Vaughn did not make a statement in court.

    Dayle and Deeya Roberts of Lake Zurich were married in Attleboro, Mass., in 2009. They say Illinois’ civil union law is a step in the right direction but insufficient.

    Lawmakers might take their time with gay marriage

    Just two years after civil unions were approved in Illinois, lawmakers could in the coming weeks consider whether to take the next step and allow gay marriage. Supporters say it probably won't come up this week, and opponents are saying "I told you so" that civil unions were just a steppingstone to marriage.

    Tyler Bates, who grew up in Hinsdale, now composes music for Hollywood movies, TV shows and video games.

    Hinsdale native composes music for movies, TV, video games

    While other kids his age watched “Sesame Street,” Tyler Bates jammed in his Hinsdale living room to Sly and the Family Stone. The cool suburban preschooler with a knack for music grew up to be one of Hollywood’s most sought-after music composers. Bates, 47, composes original songs for movies, television shows and videos games. Some of his highest profile work includes the movies...

    Agustin Velasquez

    Elgin man gets 15 years for planning to sell 30,000 Ecstasy pills

    A 27-year-old Elgin man is sentenced to 15 years in prison after his conviction of possession of thousands of ecstacy pills with intent to deliver. Agustin Velasquez Jr. faced up to 60 years in prison after police found the pills in his trash in January 2010.


    Fundraiser coming for Roselle fire victims

    Friends are organizing a fundraiser for a single mother whose Roselle rental home was destroyed in a fire Sunday morning, just days after she moved in."She was moving on shoestring budget and had only moved in a week ago, so had no renters insurance," said family friend Ellen Rapacz said. "Insurance on both the cars had lapsed and now she'll be out of a job. I just can't imagine much worse."


    Man out on parole for murder faces attempted murder charge

    LaShone B. White was arrested and charged with attempted murder after Auorora police say he used his vehicle to attempt to run down an acquaintance on Nov. 20. White was paroled last year after serving 15 years in prison for murder.


    Dogs back in Big Rock home after fatal mauling

    The two remaining dogs associated with a fatal mauling Nov. 12 in Big Rock are back home. Kane County Health Department officials said Tuesday the dogs were returned to their owner Monday after officials determined they had no legal reason to keep the dogs any longer. The dogs were not deemed to be dangerous.


    Committee targets Itasca’s long-term goals

    Itasca leaders, staff and residents met Tuesday to revamp the village’s comprehensive plan for the first time since 1994, and explore what Itasca should become in the next 20 years. “Development opportunities that exist are really redevelopment opportunities that would have to be sensitive to surrounding areas,” said a consultant.

    Algonquin trustees are considering a special service area tax for those who eventually move to Riverside Plaza at Route 31 and Route 62. The money would cover the building’s upkeep in the event the homeowner’s association fails to maintain it.

    Backup tax pitched for Riverside Plaza

    The Algonquin village board has taken the first step toward setting up a special tax area for those who eventually move into and do business at Riverside Plaza. But the tax would only kick in if the owners association failed to maintain the building’s common areas, roof and courtyard, according to Russ Farnam, the village’s community development director.


    Arlington Heights bank robbery linked to other robberies

    A recent Arlington Heights bank robbery has been linked to four other recent bank robberies.

    Elgin police officers process the scene of a drowning Tuesday along the Fox River near Festival Park. The victim was James Trausch, police said.

    Elgin man, 51, found dead in Fox River Tuesday

    Elgin police were called Tuesday to retrieve a dead body from the Fox River between Festival Park and the Grand Victoria Casino for the second time in less than two months. A passer-by noticed 51-year-old James Trausch's bag on the sidewalk near the riverbank at about 11 a.m. Tuesday and when he looked into the water, he saw Trausch's red jacket and the Elgin man already dead.


    Could Wauconda’s roads soon be coated in molasses?

    With the popularity of brine and beet juice as ice-control ingredients growing across the suburbs, Wauconda officials on Tuesday discussed what could be the next big thing in winter road safety: molasses.


    Aurora fire management raises mirror union contract

    Management employees in the Aurora Fire Department will receive the same rate of pay increases as the firefighters they oversee under a three-year contract approved Tuesday night. The contract gives a 1.25 percent raise retroactive to 2011 and 2.5 percent raises in 2012 and 2013 to the 27 captains, battalion chiefs, assistant chiefs and the fire marshal represented by a non-union organization...

    The White House said Tuesday that President Barack Obama plans to make a public case this week for his strategy for dealing with the looming fiscal cliff.

    A big disconnect as ‘fiscal cliff’ clock ticks

    Republicans’ newfound willingness to consider tax increases to avert the “fiscal cliff” comes with a significant caveat: larger cuts than Democrats seem willing to consider to benefit programs like Medicare, Medicaid and the president’s health care overhaul.

    Sen. John McCain, ranking Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, center, flanked by fellow committee members, Republican Sens. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, left, and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, speak to the press following a meeting with U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice.

    Rice concession on Libya fails to satisfy everyone

    U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice told lawmakers Tuesday that her initial explanation of the deadly Sept. 11 raid in Libya was wrong, but her concession failed to mollify three Republican senators who signaled they would try to block her possible nomination to be secretary of state.

    Egyptian security forces arrest a protester during clashes near Tahrir Square, where an opposition rally has been called for to voice rejection of President Morsi’s seizure of near absolute powers, in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012. Egyptian protesters and police clashed in Cairo on Tuesday just hours ahead of a planned massive rally by opponents of the country’s Islamist president demanding he rescinds decrees that granted him near-absolute powers.

    Egypt mass protests challenge Islamist president

    The same chants used against Hosni Mubarak were turned against his successor Tuesday as more than 200,000 people packed Egypt’s Tahrir Square in the biggest challenge yet to Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.

    Mark Oelerich

    Mundelein man charged in fatal Round Lake crash

    A Mundelein man faces alcohol-related charges in a crash that killed a 24-year-old Round Lake Beach woman last week, authorities said Tuesday. Mark Oelerich, 22, of the 100 block of Sylvan Road, has been charged with aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol that resulted in death. He remains in Lake County jail on $1 million bond following his arrest Saturday, authorities said.

    Don Schlomann

    D303 superintendent gets contract extension, sets retirement

    St. Charles Unit District 303 Superintendent Don Schlomann has announced he will retire at the end of his new contract extension. That means he'll step down in June 2017. The school board approved a contract extension with him this week, which includes some "retirement incentives" for Schlomann.

    Zoe Bedell, a captain in the U.S. Marine Corps reserves, is among several active women military personnel who have filed a federal lawsuit to demand combat action, requesting all branches of the military to remove the so-called combat exclusionary rule that bars women from fighting on the front lines.

    Female military members sue to serve in combat

    Four female service members filed a lawsuit Tuesday challenging the Pentagon’s ban on women serving in combat, hoping the move will add pressure to drop the policy just as officials are gauging the effect that lifting the prohibition will have on morale.

    Tira Starr, an 8th grader at Anson Jones Middle School, shows her ID badge as students change classes in San Antonio, Texas. All students at the school are required to carry identification cards embedded with a microchip. They are tracked by the dozens of electronic readers installed in the schools’ ceiling panels.

    Suit targets ‘locator’ chips in Texas student IDs

    To 15-year-old Andrea Hernandez, the tracking microchip embedded in her student ID card is a “mark of the beast,” sacrilege to her Christian faith — not to mention how it pinpoints her location, even in the school bathroom. But to her budget-reeling San Antonio school district, those chips carry a potential $1.7 million in classroom funds.

    The white streaks on a steel breakwall show the normal water level on Portage Lake at Onekama, Mich., which is connected by a channel to Lake Michigan. Levels across much of the Great Lakes are abnormally low, causing problems for small harbor towns that rely on boating and water tourism.

    As Great Lakes plummet, towns try to save harbors

    The Great Lakes, the world’s biggest freshwater system, are shrinking because of drought and rising temperatures, a trend that accelerated with this year’s almost snowless winter and scorching summer. Water levels have fallen to near-record lows on Lakes Michigan and Huron, while Erie, Ontario and Superior are below their historical averages.


    Man robs Arlington Heights tanning spa

    A man with a knife robbed the Ultimate Exposure Tanning Spa Tuesday morning.


    DuPage board says goodbye to 8 members

    The DuPage County Board bid farewell to eight its members on Tuesday, including three who lost their seats in this month's election.


    DuPage County cuts spending, holds line on property taxes

    When DuPage County residents see their property tax bills increase next year, they won’t have the county government to blame. The DuPage County Board on Tuesday adopted a $432.6 million spending plan for the upcoming fiscal year that reduces the county’s overall spending by roughly $7.3 million compared to this year. As a result, the county’s property tax levy will remain flat for the fifth...

    Bill Johnston

    District 116 has official procedures for facility use

    Round Lake Area Unit District 116 now has a detailed of procedures and guidelines regarding facility rental that includes specifics on charges, supervision and damage responsibility. The assistant superintendent of business and operations, Bill Johnston, said while the district has had a building use process in place “for a long time,” it never was documented or followed consistently because of...

    Mary Loch

    Two seek party’s nod for Glen Ellyn president

    A little more than three weeks ago, voters across the country cast ballots for president, and this Saturday, voters in Glen Ellyn are going back to the polls to do the same — albeit on a smaller scale. Two candidates for village president — Alex Demos and Mary Loch — are seeking the endorsement of the Civic Betterment Party, an 82-year-old nonpartisan nominating organization whose aim is to...


    Tri-Cities police reports
    Karla A. Lauer, 45, of Chicago was charged with driving under the influence, leaving the scene of an accident and illegal transportation of alcohol after she struck a telephone pole at about 7:40 p.m. Saturday in the 100 block of Plank Road near Burlington, according to a sheriff’s report.


    Fox Valley police reports
    Ramon R. Pickens, 41, of Elgin appeared in bond court Tuesday on charges of committing a felony with a weapon, possession of a firearm by a felon and four counts of delivery of cocaine, all felonies, according to court documents.


    Buffalo Grove budget focuses on capital improvements

    Buffalo Grove’s spending philosophy next year will place a heavy emphasis on capital projects, while keeping a close watch on personnel costs and relying more heavily on online services to residents. On Monday, village staff gave trustees a preview of the $61.4 million 2013 budget that is expected to pass next week.


    Lindenhurst assistant administrator

    Emily Palm has been selected from more than 50 applicants as assistant village administrator in Lindenhurst.


    Three comedians to perform at CLC

    A comedy show called “Get Ya’ Laugh On” will be presented at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 in the C Wing Auditorium at the College of Lake County in Grayslake.


    Route 21/137 work to cause delays

    Motorists can expect lengthy delays as work continues on the widening of Route 21 (Milwaukee Avenue) in Libertyville.


    Wauconda library book drop boxes

    The Wauconda Area Public Library has installed a drive-up book drop in front of Island Lake village hall, and it will be ready for use starting Monday, Dec. 10. A new drop box has been installed at Volo’s village hall, too.

    Debate continues over plans to redevelop the corner of Hough and Main Streets in downtown Barrington. Opponents of the current plan, which calls for a mix of retail and office space, say it lacks the residential component needed to help the downtown flourish.

    Debate over downtown Barrington plan continues

    A public hearing on Barrington’s proposed 2013 budget Monday inspired input on only one specific aspect of it — the pending redevelopment of the southwest corner of Hough and Main streets in the village’s downtown. Opponents say the plan lacks the residential component needed to help the downtown flourish.

    Federal investigators have cleared a North Barrington company of any workplace violations in connection with the death of a Villa Park man who authorities believe drowned in April while checking on swans a the Bay Colony Condominiums near Des Plaines. Anthony Hensley worked for a company that suppled swans to the condominium complex.

    OSHA: No violations in man’s swan-related drowning

    OSHA has determined that North Barrington-based Knox Swan and Dog LLC committed no violations leading to the April drowning of an employee who authorities believe was attacked by an aggressive swan on a Maine Township pond.


    Man seeking new murder trial years after guilty plea

    A Waukegan man who plead guilty to murder in 2002 wants a new trial after he claims his defense attorney gave him inaccurate information. Freddie Ramirez is serving 34 years for killing Victor Chavez.

    The online version of China’s Communist Party newspaper has hailed a report by The Onion naming Kim as the “Sexiest Man Alive” — not realizing it is satire.

    China’s party paper falls for Onion joke about Kim

    The online version of China’s Communist Party newspaper has hailed a report by The Onion naming North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un as the “Sexiest Man Alive” — not realizing it is satire.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    In one of a large number of vandalism reports in the Arlington Heights blotter, an inflatable Snoopy lawn decoration at a home on the 0-100 block of South Derbyshire was snapped off around 1 a.m. Nov. 25. A resident heard the popping sound and looked outside to see a male offender running north. Damage was estimated at $200. This is the third time in the last five years someone had destroyed...


    Prospect Heights debates lake water to 385 homes

    Prospect Heights opened debate Monday on a proposal to bring Lake Michigan water to 385 homes, and aldermen eventually agreed to have the city engineer analyhze a recent study before the city goes ahead.

    Roselle residents will be able to skate in Turner Park this winter even when it’s not cold enough to use Turner Pond.

    Roselle’s artificial ice rink coming to Turner Park

    Even when days aren’t cold enough this winter to ice skate on Turner Pond in Roselle, residents still can bring their blades. The village board on Monday unanimously approved an intergovernmental agreement with Roselle Park District to allow park district patrons to use Roselle’s artificial ice rink in the park at 81 E. Devon. The park board is slated to approve its end of the agreement Tuesday...


    The story of those who tell tales of Arlington Hts.

    Over the years that Margery Frisbie based her column on taped oral history interviews. "I’ve observed that there are two kinds of interviewees. Some people ... were natural born story-tellers. Then there were those others who had one story to tell — and wouldn’t tell it."


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    A Chicago man was arrested at Rivers Casino and charged with battery, criminal trespass to property, disorderly conduct, resisting a peace officer and two counts of felony aggravated battery to a police offiicer. According to reports, the man was verbally abusive and threatened security agents when asked to leave, then struggled extensively during the arrest.

    The Glen Ellyn village board approved zoning variations and a sales tax sharing agreement for a 34,200-square-foot shopping center on the former Packey Webb Dodge property at 285 Roosevelt Road.

    Fresh Market headed to Glen Ellyn retail center

    A new high-end grocery store is coming to Glen Ellyn next year, thanks in part to a sales tax sharing agreement formally approved by the village board Monday. Come next fall, The Fresh Market grocer will anchor a $12 million, 34,200-square-foot retail center at 285 Roosevelt Road, in a space formerly occupied by Packey Webb Dodge, which closed a showroom there in 2008.

    Dan Schweers

    District 59 superintendent retiring earlier than planned

    Elk Grove Township Elementary District 59 Superintendent Dan Schweers said Tuesday he will retire effective Dec. 31 citing ongoing health issues and the stress of the job. “I have served as a superintendent of schools for 19 years, and it appears to have caught up with me, health-wise,” Schweers said in a news release.


    Delinquent fees in District 214 grow tenfold in two years

    The deliquent fees and fines owed by parents in Northwest Suburban High School District 214 has increased tenfold over the past two years, which is why officials have opened the door to using a state collections program to recoup the money. "Part of it is the economy in general, finances are an issue everywhere," said Deb Parenti, associate superintendent for finance and operations.

    French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius says France plans to vote in favor of recognition of a Palestinian state at the U.N. General Assembly this week, the first major European country to come out in favor.

    France to recognize Palestinian state at UN

    France announced Tuesday that it plans to vote in favor of recognizing a Palestinian state at the U.N. General Assembly this week. With the announcement, France becomes the first major European country to come out in favor, dealing a setback to Israel. The timing of the announcement appears aimed at swaying other European nations.

    Two Russian Cossacks watch pedestrians passing by as they patrol Belorussky railway station in downtown Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012. Renowned for their sword-fighting prowess and anti-Semitism in czarist Russia, the Cossacks are taking on new foes: beggars, drunks, unlicensed traders and improperly parked cars.

    Russia’s Cossacks start patrolling Moscow streets

    Renowned for their sword-fighting prowess and notorious for their anti-Semitism in czarist Russia, the Cossacks are taking on new foes: beggars, drunks and improperly parked cars.

    Police officers detain Dmitry Demushkin, the leader of the banned ultranationalist group Slavic Union, outside a court where Russian martial arts champion Rasul Mirzaev was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter, Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012. Mirzayev was sentenced to two years of house arrest over the death of a man he had punched outside a club.

    Murder trial in Russia inflames ethnic tensions

    MOSCOW — A world martial arts champion from Russia’s southern Caucasus region was convicted Tuesday of involuntary manslaughter but set free after a trial that inflamed the country’s ethnic tensions.

    The Barbed Wire Betties are a group of about 15 everyday DeKalb County residents who just happen to enjoy lacing up their skates and knocking down opponents as they skate around a rink at high speeds.

    DeKalb women’s team on roll

    On most days, Kimberly Pincombe takes care of her child, goes to work and comes across as the average citizen. But for a few hours each week, she transforms into Ol’ Skool ChopHer, the fearless leader of a tough group of women known as the Barbed Wire Betties. The Barbed Wire Betties are a group of about 15 everyday DeKalb County residents who just happen to enjoy lacing up their skates and...


    Ill. legislative leaders back tax `transparency’
    Democratic leaders in the Illinois General Assembly are backing legislation that would require some corporations to reveal their income-tax bills.


    Woman arrested for DUI after drive-through stop

    The late-night wait at a drive-through window apparently proved too much for a southwestern Illinois woman now accused of drunkenly passing out while waiting for her order.


    Walker confident he’s clear in probe

    Gov. Scott Walker said Monday in an interview with The Associated Press that he remains “absolutely” confident that he is not a subject of a criminal investigation involving former aides in his Milwaukee County office.


    Syrian planes bomb olive press, many killed

    BEIRUT — Syrian warplanes bombed an olive press factory in the country’s north on Tuesday, killing and wounding dozens of people, including farmers who were waiting to convert their olives to oil, activists said.

    Yasser Arafat’s political heirs on Tuesday opened his grave and foreign experts took samples of the iconic Palestinian leader’s remains as part of a long-shot attempt — eight years after his mysterious death — to determine whether he was poisoned.

    Experts exhume remains of Palestinian leader

    Yasser Arafat’s political heirs on Tuesday opened his grave and foreign experts took samples of the iconic Palestinian leader’s remains as part of a long-shot attempt — eight years after his mysterious death — to determine whether he was poisoned.

    Congo’s M23 rebels defied a deadline imposed by neighboring nations, saying Tuesday the insurgents will stay in the crucial, eastern city of Goma and will fight the Congolese army if it tries to retake it.

    M23 rebels say they won’t leave Congo city of Goma

    Congo’s M23 rebels defied a deadline imposed by neighboring nations, saying Tuesday the insurgents will stay in the crucial, eastern city of Goma and will fight the Congolese army if it tries to retake it.

    Daily Herald photographer George LeClaire entices a red-breasted nuthatch to land on his hand using peanuts, the 4-inch bird's favorite food on Nov. 15 in Glenview. Postings on the Illinois Audubon Society Facebook page show the bird is in the area in large numbers for the first time since 2007 and 1989 migrations.

    Suburban backyards see invasion of rarely seen migratory birds

    Suburban bird enthusiasts are in for a treat this winter. Plenty of migratory birds, including some rarely seen in the area, are flocking to backyard bird feeders due to a food shortage in the north. Don't be surprised if pine siskins, red-breasted nuthatches, red crossbills, white wing crossbills and evening grosbeaks stop by for a snack, says Tim Joyce, of Wildbirds Unlimited in Glenview and...

    A horse-drawn carriage/trolley will take shoppers from store to store on Sunday afternoons at Geneva Commons this holiday season.

    Carriage rides available for weary shoppers at Geneva Commons

    To help you get into the holiday spirit, and rest your weary feet as you’re shopping for the holidays, Geneva Commons is offering free horse-drawn carriage rides this month. The carriages will be available from 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays, Dec. 2, 9 and 16.

    Long before the idea of #GivingTuesday encouraged charity work, employees at Convergint Technologies in Schaumburg made it a point to do good deeds. Last April and again this month, Convergint employees went to Haiti as part of a mission with an agency called Poured Out to install filters and bring clean water to homes and orphanages.

    Black Friday, Cyber Monday give way to #Giving Tuesday

    After feeding our economic gluttony with heaping helpings of commercialism on Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, stuffed Americans could gain a little sustenance for the soul during today's #Giving Tuesday.

    Antonio Romanucci, the lawyer of the mother of a 14-year-old boy, says he will soon offer proof that Maine Township High School District 207 was aware of a 2008 hazing incident the district says was handled by Maine West High School itself.

    Dawn Patrol: Nativity scene controversy; sex trafficker gets life

    District 207 under fire for hazing response; Arlington Heights may face lawsuit over nativity sceen situation; massage parlor owner gets life for sex trafficking; a former solid waste exec pleads guilty to theft; house catches fire in Huntley; five families are displaced by a Bensenville fire; a former Lake County sheriff dies; waste transfer station opposed; Bulls blow 27-point lead.


    Wisconsin’s Derek Watt (34) blocks Penn State safety Jacob Fagnano as Badgers running back Montee Ball runs for a touchdown Saturday during the first quarter in State College, Pa.

    Montee Ball, Burkhead should be at best in B10 title game

    Two of the Big Ten’s best running backs will be on the field when Wisconsin and No. 14 Nebraska meet in Saturday night’s conference championship game. Wisconsin’s Montee Ball has been at his best lately after a slow start. Nebraska’s Rex Burkhead is running strong after missing a month with an aggravated knee sprain. The two have long admired and learned from each other.

    Illinois head coach Tim Beckman reacts to a call Saturday during the first half against Northwestern in Evanston.

    Tim Beckman to return as Illinois’ football coach

    University of Illinois Athletic Director Mike Thomas says Tim Beckman will return as head football coach next season. Thomas told WDWS radio in Champaign on Tuesday that Beckman will be back. Beckman is in his first year at Illinois but some fans have complained that he should be fired after a 2-10 season that finished with nine straight losses.


    Illinois-Chicago beats Northern Illinois 58-46

    Hayden Humes scored 18 points and Daniel Barnes added 11 points and eight rebounds to lead Illinois-Chicago to a 58-46 victory against Northern Illinois 58-46 on Tuesday night. Gary Talton and Josh Crittle had 10 points each for the Flames (5-1), who have won five of the last six games between the teams.

    The Bears rushed the ball 39 times against the Minnesota Vikings, but they averaged less than 3 yards per carry and running back Matt Forte could be questionable for Sunday’s game against Seattle.

    Bears must get more from their run game

    The Bears proved Sunday they can run the ball a lot, pounding it on the ground a season-high 39 times in their win over the Minnesota Vikings. Now they need to prove they can run it a lot better if they hope to have any postseason success. Yeah, I’m assuming they make the playoffs because, at 8-3, it would take a cataclysmic collapse not to make it. The situation on the offensive line doesn’t yet fall into that category, but it’s getting close.


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


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


    Tuesday’s boys swimming scoreboard
    Here are varsity boys swimming results from Tuesday's meets, as reported to the Daily Herald.


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

    Indiana's Cody Zeller is fouled by North Carolina's Reggie Bullock as he goes up for a shot Tuesday during the first half in Bloomington, Ind.

    No. 1 Indiana rolls past No. 14 N. Carolina 83-59

    Cody Zeller and his teammates sent a message to the rest of college basketball Tuesday night. America's No. 1 team really is America's best team. Zeller finished with 20 points and eight rebounds, and Victor Oladipo and Will Sheehey both added 19 points, leading the top-ranked Hoosiers to a stunning 83-59 rout of No. 14 North Carolina in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge. "I know people criticize us for our defense, and they say 'If they can't play defense, how good can they really be?'" Oladipo said.


    Bauman, Glenbard South stop Timothy Christian

    Sydney Bauman saw an opportunity, and she took it. The 6-foot-2 Glenbard South sophomore played her best varsity game to date, scoring 14 points, grabbing 7 rebounds and blocking 3 Timothy Christian shots in Tuesday night’s 43-33 girls basketball victory in Glen Ellyn.


    DeKalb edges Benet

    Two free throws in the closing seconds gave host DeKalb a 42-41 win over No. 9 Benet on Tuesday. Christen Prasse scored 14 points and Jenna Martin 10 for the Redwings (5-2).Neuqua Valley 60, Lake Park 29:Allison Hedrick scored 12 points and Myia Starks 10 for the No. 3 Wildcats (7-0, 1-0 Upstate Eight Valley), who rolled out to a 39-8 halftime lead in Naperville.Montini 71, St. Edward 9:Kateri Stone poured in 14 points and Paulina Castro 11 for the No. 1 Broncos (6-0, 1-0 Suburban Christian Conference Blue) in Elgin. Claire Jakaitis and Sara Ross each added 10 points.Glenbard North 46, Aurora Central 36:Amy Falson tallied 10 points and Katie Wisniewski 9 for the Panthers (2-4).Hinsdale Central 52, York 33:Gabrielle Rush scored 17 points, and the host Red Devils outscored the Dukes 16-2 in the third quarter to open what was a 1-point halftime lead. Lilly Sarros and Jenna Broz each added 12 points for No. 15 Hinsdale Central (4-1, 1-0 West Suburban Silver). AnnaBell Lansdowne scored 9 points for York (3-3, 0-1).Downers Grove South 60, Proviso East 45:Kirsten Zemke powered in 25 points, and the Mustangs outscored the visiting Pirates 20-10 in the third quarter to rally from a 25-19 halftime deficit. Megan Brashaw chipped in 10 points for Downers Grove South (3-2, 1-0 West Suburban Gold).Lisle 42, Wheaton Academy 17:Kristina Fernette’s 18 points paced the host Lions (5-2).Hinsdale South 64, Morton 50:Toni Romiti poured in 28 points and Mackenzie Kern had 16 for the Hornets (2-3, 1-0 West Suburban Gold).


    Fremd’s McConnell, Hoffman Estates’ Young surpass 1,000 points

    The Mid-Suburban League saw two of its girls basketball players reach a prestigious milestone on Tuesday night. Fremd senior Ashley McConnell and Hoffman Estates senior Destinee Young joined the 1,000-point scoring club in MSL crossover games. McConnell did it with 7 points as the Vikings posted a 52-44 victory at Elk Grove.


    Gaedele, Harper stop College of Lake County

    After facing a daunting schedule through its first six games, the Harper College men’s basketball team came out flying in Tuesday’s night’s 73-56 nonconference home win against College of Lake County at the Sports and Wellness Center in Palatine.

    Keegan Bradley said Tuesday he would not fight a change in the rules if golf's governing bodies decide to outlaw putters anchored to the body. "I'm obviously not happy with the ruling, but I respect the USGA, and especially Mike Davis," Bradley said.

    USGA, R&A expected to ban long, belly putters

    Webb Simpson and Keegan Bradley, two of the major faces in the debate over belly putters, said Tuesday they would not fight a change in the rules if golf's governing bodies decide to outlaw putters anchored to the body. That doesn't mean they're in favor of a ban. "I'm obviously not happy with the ruling, but I respect the USGA, and especially Mike Davis," Bradley said.


    Christian Liberty nets first win

    Christian Liberty 51, Schaumburg Christian 38: The Chargers picked up their first win of the season as Wesley Swiderek had 18 points, David Colbert 12 and Marcus Silva 9. Swiderek made three 3-pointers for Christian Liberty (1-4).


    Cleveland Melvin scores 30 as DePaul beats Fairfield 85-78

    Cleveland Melvin got DePaul off to a rousing start. Brandon Young helped the Blue Demons finish. Melvin matched a career high with 30 points, and Young's free throws helped the Blue Demons held off a late Fairfield rally to secure an 85-78 victory Tuesday night. "Cleve had a great game," Young said. "That's how we need Cleve to play every game — running the floor well, scoring, rebounding, good defender."

    Jaylen Howze of Wheaton North fights off two Hinsdale South defenders for a rebound during the Hinsdale South at Wheaton North game Tuesday.

    Zelis, Wheaton North get over case of jitters

    Senior Andrew Zelis and his Wheaton North boys basketball teammates were anxious to finally start their season Tuesday in Wheaton, but the first half didn’t go so well offensively. The Falcons trailed Hinsdale South by as many as 11 points. The 6-foot-11, Stetson University-bound Zelis, the Falcons’ top returning scorer, had 2 points on just two shot attempts.

    Northwestern guard Dave Sobolewski (3) knocks the ball out of the hands of Maryland forward Charles Mitchell (0) as Northwestern forward Drew Crawford defends Tuesday during the first half in Evanston.

    Maryland runs away from Northwestern 77-57

    Northwestern welcomed its future conference rival to the Big Ten with open arms and porous defense. Dez Wells set a career high with 23 points as Maryland blew out Northwestern in the second half en route to a 77-57 win on Tuesday night. "We have to be able to play with these guys, especially at home," Northwestern coach Bill Carmody said. "So we're disappointed."

    Nebraska’s Andre Almeida blocks a shot by Wake Forest’s Codi Miller-McIntyre Tuesday during the first half in Winston-Salem, N.C.

    Nebraska beats Wake Forest 79-63

    Ray Gallegos didn't dwell on his frustrating performance in Nebraska's first loss of the season or on his slow start against Wake Forest on Tuesday night. The result was a big second-half performance and a lopsided road win for the Cornhuskers. Gallegos scored 17 of his career-high 20 points after halftime to help Nebraska beat Wake Forest 79-63 on Tuesday night in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.


    Willowbrook runs past Addison Trail

    Willowbrook point guard Angela Bruno always looks to rev up her team’s offense by running the fastbreak. With the Warriors controlling the defensive glass in Tuesday’s girls basketball game against Addison Trail, Bruno was at her best pushing the ball up the court to open teammates for easy buckets.


    Immaculate Conception squeaks by St. Francis

    Aubree Lawrence continues to be amazed by the perseverance of her Immaculate Conception girls. The Knights sure showed that quality Tuesday. After losing a lead they held on St. Francis most of the night in Elmhurst, Rory Manion hit a last-second jumper to force overtime, where the Knights prevailed 46-43.

    Vernon Hills’ Brie Bahlmann, right, looks to pass as Grayslake Central’s Taylor Peterson defends Tuesday night at Vernon Hills High School.

    Bahlmann leads Vernon Hills past Grayslake Central

    Brie Bahlmann, “Breezy” to her family and high school basketball coach, knew this would not be a breeze. Never mind that in Tuesday night’s rematch of last season’s Class 3A St. Viator sectional final thriller, Vernon Hills took the court with three returning starters compared to Grayslake Central’s one. When these teams last met, Vernon Hills delivered the Rams a crushing loss on Julie Pecht’s buzzer-beating putback. “I think that was part of the reason why they wanted to get the win,” Bahlmann said. Truthfully, Grayslake Central just wanted to compete hard and send a message. The Rams did, despite Vernon Hills pulling out a 44-37 win in a nonconference game that was close throughout.

    Schaumburg’s Jada Blackwell, left, and Buffalo Grove’s Amanda Salzman fall to the floor as they try to gain control of a loose ball during Tuesday’s game.

    Blackwell, Schaumburg turn it up

    The pressure was on Schaumburg’s girls basketball team when it started the season in its very competitive Thanksgiving tournament. The Saxons turned on the pressure at Buffalo Grove on Tuesday night. Led by sophomore Jada Blackwell’s 22 points and 13 rebounds, Schaumburg built a 21-13 lead after one quarter and never looked back in a 62-48 triumph in the Mid-Suburban League crossover.


    Benet holds off Cohn, York

    You couldn’t blame Benet coach Gene Heidkamp for feeling a bit concerned down the stretch of Tuesday’s nonconference game against visiting York. After all, his Redwings had just let a late lead slip away in an overtime loss to Naperville Central and now the Dukes and star guard David Cohn were making a late charge. But on this night the Redwings (4-1) had just enough to pull out a thrilling 49-44 victory over previously unbeaten York (4-1).


    Late free throw pushes W. Aurora past Rosary

    Liz Skaggs made the one free throw that truly mattered, and the Jacobsen twins ensured West Aurora escaped the Rosary gym with a victory.Skaggs’ free throw with 7.6 seconds remaining broke the last of seven ties, and the Blackhawks’ 51-50 victory in the schools’ annual neighborhood girls basketball game was sealed when Taylor Jacobsen tipped the Royals’ last-ditch pass to her sister Erin.“I just saw how the score was very close, and the team needed for me,” said Skaggs, who scored 8 of her team-high 12 points in the fourth quarter. “I have been working on free throws forever.”Rosary (3-4) had its last possession unravel by the twins’ coordinated hand work.“I saw Abriya (Zeitz) and (my sister) trapping,” said Erin Jacobsen, whose 3-pointer at the third-quarter buzzer gave the Blackhawks a 48-41 lead. “We knew they were going to hustle and we had to play hard the whole time.”The final 10 seconds capped a frenetic and taut fourth quarter as West Aurora (4-2) held off the furious Rosary rally.Despite playing only six players to the Blackhawks’ 11, Rosary stormed back with a stunning perimeter shooting performance.Rosary connected on 7-for-10 shot attempts from beyond the arc to neutralize the Blackhawks’ considerable advantage in the paint.In addition, the Royals’ collective team speed wrought equal doses of havoc for West Aurora.“They were so quick,” West Aurora coach Connie Sijendahl said of Rosary.“We were trying to really push the tempo,” said Rosary guard Rachel Choice, a junior from Batavia who scored 4 critical fourth-quarter field goals as part of the Royals’ 19-point closing burst in the frame. “It was a hard loss.”Choice had back-to-back field goals to close out a 7-0 Rosary run that forged the first of four fourth-quarter ties.But the Blackhawks would never trail in the final eight minutes.With Rosary unable to check Skaggs or Zeitz on the low block, the duo combined to score 4 field goals from point-blank range to keep Rosary at bay.But that is not to say Rosary went down without all guns blazing. Quincy Kellett (9 points) and Mary Wentworth tied the game on three combined occasions over the last four minutes.After Kellett negated Skaggs’ inside score with a driving runner of her own to tie the game at 50-50, West Aurora held the ball for over 30 seconds.Skaggs was fouled off a set play out of a timeout.“I’m happy that our team competed,” said Rosary coach Jessie Wilcox, who bemoaned 9 missed free throws and several missed layups. “Our outside shooting was a lot better than our inside shooting.”Zeitz (10 points) and Erin Jacobsen combined for 19 points for West Aurora; Madison Richmond matched the Choice output with12 points for Rosary, and Karly Tate added 11 more.

    Batavia’s Hannah Frazier deflects a shot by St. Charles North’s Morgan Rosencrants Tuesday in Batavia.

    Batavia duo shoots by St. Charles N.

    Batavia opponents, pick your poison. Whether inside or out, the Bulldogs have quite a tandem.

    Jacobs’ Payton Berg, left, and Lauren Van Vlierbergen try to stop the progress of South Elgin’s Kara Rodriguez during nonconference girls basketball action in Algonquin on Tuesday night.

    Balanced South Elgin thwarts Jacobs

    With Becca Smith taking her talents to Loyola University of Chicago, South Elgin girls basketball coach Tim Prendergast is looking for his team this season to boast a balanced attack. The Storm certainly adhered to that philosophy with Anna Tracy, Nell Wentling and Kara Rodriguez each netting 10 points each in a 57-36 nonconference win over Jacobs in Algonquin Tuesday night. “With Becca gone we all have to step up and contribute,” said Rodriguez, a senior who missed last season with an ACL injury.


    Elgin notches 3rd win of season

    Melanie Berg led a balanced scoring attack with 9 points Tuesday night as the Elgin girls basketball team beat Cornerstone Christian 35-23 in nonconference action at Chesbrough Field House. The win put the Maroons’ record at 3-2 for the season. Elgin had won just 3 games total in the past 3 years.

    Bulls center Joakim Noah walks off the court after a 93-92 loss to Milwaukee on Monday.

    Bulls’ ugly loss to Bucks still stings

    The hangover was expected. A team doesn’t blow a 27-point lead one night and not feel some pain the next day. “It was one of those days. No one was going to come in smiling,” Luol Deng said Tuesday at the Berto Center. “We lost a big lead."

    Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch runs through the defense of Eastern Michigan linebacker Sean Kurtz (40) and defensive lineman Andy Mulumba (56) Friday during the fourth quarter in Ypsilanti, Mich.

    NIU coach launches Heisman push for Lynch

    Northern Illinois has been promoting junior quarterback Jordan Lynch for the Heisman Trophy for weeks. NIU head coach Dave Doeren, who has touted Lynch all season, has joined the campaign process. On Tuesday, Doeren sent an email to voters promoting the merits Lynch, pointing out his statistics and qualities.


    Wiedemann gets tough as Palatine guts out win at Wheeling

    McKenzie Wiedemann was playing with pain Tuesday night at Wheeling. The Palatine senior guard had to wear a brace on her right knee due to a recent MCL sprain, while a bandage covered a bone bruise on her left knee suffered when, of all things, the brace banged against it during practice. But despite not being 100 percent, Wiedemann was able to provide a spark. The senior scored a team high 12 points, including three consecutive drving layups in the second quarter and a clutch 3-pointer in third as the visiting Pirates defeated the Wildcats 52-49 in a Mid-Suburban League crossover.


    Streamwood surprises Larkin

    There is a long way to go in the Upstate Eight Conference River Division race. Streamwood boys basketball coach Tim Jones was quick to point that out Tuesday night. But the Sabres showed they are going to play a part in deciding which team claims the title. The host Sabres defeated Larkin, one of the preseason favorites, 56-53, in the conference opener.

    Images from the Buffalo Grove vs. Schaumburg girls basketball game Tuesday, November 27th, in Buffalo Grove.

    Images: Buffalo Grove vs. Schaumburg, girls basketball
    The Buffalo Grove High School girls basketall team hosted the Schaumburg High School girls Tuesday, November 27th.

    Penn State head coach Bill O’Brien on Tuesday was named the Big Ten’s coach of the year, earning allocates from fellow coaches and the sportswriters reporting on the conference.

    Penn State’s Bill O’Brien named Big Ten coach of year

    Penn State head coach Bill O’Brien on Tuesday was named the Big Ten’s coach of the year, earning allocates from fellow coaches and the sportswriters reporting on the conference. O’Brien led the Nittany Lions to an 8-4 record, going 6-2 in conference play.


    St. Edward makes it 5-0

    Fresh from a title-winning performance at the Westminster Christian Thanksgiving Tournament, St. Edward’s boys basketball team appeared to be in danger of suffering its first loss during the second half against Joliet Catholic Tuesday night. Trailing 27-22 late in the third quarter, junior guard John Butzow drained a 3-pointer to ignite an 11-0 run that left the Green Wave (5-0) ahead 33-27 with 4:35 remaining. St. Edward later capitalized with a 4-point possession after a technical foul was called on Joliet Catholic guard Ryan Peter (14 points) in the final 2 minutes and held on for a 43-37 victory over the Hilltoppers (0-5) in the opening round of the second annual Burney Wilkie Classic at Aurora Christian.


    New faces propel Wheaton College

    For the Wheaton College women’s soccer program, success has been almost a constant throughout the last decade. However, with 13 new players this year’s trip to the NCAA Division III semifinals was anything but guaranteed.


    Encouraging results for St. Viator

    Senior Will Beiersdorf continued his strong early start to the wrestling season with a pair of impressive victories Tuesday night to help St. Viator go 1-1 on the evening in duals with Gordon Tech and Guerin Prep on its home mats in Arlington Heights.

    Images from the Hinsdale South vs. Wheaton North basketball game on Tuesday, November 27, 2012.

    Images: Wheaton North vs. Hinsdale South boys basketball
    Wheaton North hosted Hinsdale South for boys basketball action on Tuesday, Nov. 27.

    Minnesota forward Rodney Williams Jr., (33) fouls Florida State guard Michael Snaer (21) on a layup as Minnesota guard Julian Welch (00) tries to block the shot Tuesday during the first half in Tallahassee, Fla.

    Joe Coleman leads No. 21 Minnesota over FSU 77-68

    After a week on the road, Minnesota coach Tubby Smith is happy to be finally headed home — especially with another win. The 21st-ranked Gophers were playing their fourth game in six days, but showed no signs of being the least bit weary. They bolted to an early double-digit lead that they held for most of the game on the way to a 77-68 win over defending Atlantic Coast Conference champion Florida State in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge.

    Michigan guard Nik Stauskas grabs a defensive rebound Tuesday during the first half against North Carolina State, Tuesday in Ann Arbor, Mich.

    No. 3 Michigan holds off No. 18 NC State 79-72

    Trey Burke went the entire first half without scoring — and may have still been the best player on the court. The Michigan guard was setting up his teammates, and by the time Burke made a few shots of his own, the Wolverines were well on their way to another impressive victory. Burke finished with 18 points and a career-high 11 assists without a turnover, and No. 3 Michigan held off a late rally by No. 18 North Carolina State in a 79-72 win Tuesday night.

    St. Charles North’s Ashling Davern and Batavia’s Bethany Orman, left, battle for a loose ball .

    Images: St. Charles North vs. Batavia girls basketball
    The St. Charles North Stars girls basketball team took on the Lady Bulldogs of Batavia Tuesday night in Batavia.

    Houston Rockets’ James Harden displays a green ribbon on his uniform as the team pays tribute Sasha McHale, the daughter of Houston Rockets head coach Kevin McHale who passed away on Saturday from complication from Lupus. The Houston Rockets also took a moment of silence Tuesday during the first half.

    Harden, Patterson help Rockets top Raptors 117-101

    James Harden scored 24 points and matched a career high with 12 assists, Patrick Patterson added 22 points and the Houston Rockets beat the Toronto Raptors 117-101 on Tuesday night. Omer Asik had 13 points and 18 rebounds for the Rockets, who have won four in a row.

    Vernon Hills’ Alina Lehocky , left, and Grayslake Central’s Maddy Miller battle for a loose ball .

    Images: Grayslake Central vs. Vernon Hills girls basketball
    The Vernon Hills Cougars hosted the Grayslake Central Rams for girls basketball action on Tuesday, Nov. 27 in Vernon Hills.

    Virginia Tech’s Erick Green goes around Iowa’s Mike Gesell into the lane Tuesday in Blackburg, Va.

    Erick Green’s 24 lead Virginia Tech past Iowa, 95-79

    Erick Green, Jarell Eddie and Robert Brown have already developed a reputation as the guys that make Virginia Tech's running style under first-year head coach James Johnson work, in large part because of their ability to score. But even knowing that didn't allow Iowa to slow Green or Brown on Tuesday night. Green scored 16 of his 24 points in the second half, and Brown finished with 18 as the Hokies improved to 6-0 with a 95-79 victory against Iowa in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge.

    San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds is set to show up on the Hall of Fame ballot for the first time, and fans will soon find out whether drug allegations block the former stars from reaching baseball’s shrine.

    Bonds, Clemens, Sosa set to appear on Hall ballot

    Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Sammy Sosa are set to show up on the Hall of Fame ballot for the first time, and fans will soon find out whether drug allegations block the former stars from reaching baseball’s shrine. The ballot will be announced Wednesday. Craig Biggio, Mike Piazza and Curt Schilling are certain to be among the other first-time eligibles. Jack Morris, Jeff Bagwell and Tim Raines are the top holdover candidates.

    The Phoenix Suns’ Shannon Brown dunks in front of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Anderson Varejao Tuesday during the first quarter in Cleveland.

    Dragic, Beasley leads Suns past Cavaliers 91-78

    Goran Dragic scored 19 points, Michael Beasley added 15 and the Phoenix Suns took control late in the third quarter to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 91-78 Tuesday night. The Suns scored the final 14 points of the third to take a 71-59 lead they would not relinquish, sending Cleveland to its 10th loss in 11 games.

    Philadelphia 76ers’ Evan Turner, center, loses the ball against Dallas Mavericks’ Vince Carter (25) and Shawn Marion Tuesday during the second half in Philadelphia. Philadelphia won 100-98.

    Turner, Young lead 76ers past Mavericks 100-98

    Evan Turner scored 22 points and Thaddeus Young had 20 to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 100-98 win over the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday night. Jrue Holiday had 18 points and seven assists for the Sixers, who snapped a six-game losing streak to Dallas. Philadelphia shot 6 of 14 on 3-pointers and won its second straight game.

    Jacobs’ Payton Berg, left, and Lauren Van Vlierbergen, right try to stop the progress of South Elgin’s Kara Rodriguez, center, during a varsity basketball game at Algonquin on Tuesday night.

    Images: South Elgin vs. Jacobs girls basketball
    The South Elgin Storm girls basketball team took on the Golden Eagles of Jacobs Tuesday night in Algonquin.


    Sox add Thigpen, Boston to Ventura’s staff

    The White Sox announced some coaching changes on Tuesday. Bobby Thigpen takes over as bullpen coach, Daryl Boston replaces Harold Baines as first-base coach and Baines moves over to assistant hitting coach.

    Shannon Miller

    Libertyville’s Miller extends family hockey lineage

    Yet another “Miller” appears on the back of a local hockey jersey. This one, though, also has a blonde ponytail extending from the blue helmet. Shannon Miller, 15, a sophomore at Libertyville is in her second season skating for the co-op Lake Forest Scouts, comprised of players who attend Libertyville, Stevenson, Deerfield, Woodlands Academy and Lake Forest. Miller and senior forward Bridget Roche are the lone Libertyville representatives. “Many of us have been playing together for a long time, so we work really well together. We know each other’s strengths and weaknesses,” said Miller, a left-handed shooting forward. “I have played with many of the girls since first-grade, so it’s almost like we don’t go to different schools.”

    Connor Chapman helped Geneva get off to a 5-0 start last week.

    Undefeated Geneva, St. Charles E. headline fast starters

    It’s true that one week does not make a season but what an opening week it was for the four Tri-Cities basketball teams.

    This July 31, 1981 file photo shows Marvin Miller talking to reporters at the Doral Inn in New York. Miller, the union leader who created free agency for baseball players and revolutionized professional sports with multimillion dollar contracts, died Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012 in New York. He was 95.

    Marvin Miller changed sports forever

    The most important man in sports in the past 40 years died at age 95 on Tuesday. Marvin Miller, whose union won free agency for baseball players in 1975 and thus eventually gained the same fundamental bargaining rights for all pro athletes, lived to see his vilified ideas utterly vindicated. What started as a cause became commonplace. What was once controversial became incontrovertible.

    The Bulls didn't go after shooting guard O.J. Mayo (32) last summer, and now he carries a 21.5 points per game average when Dallas visits Chicago on Wednesday night.

    Bulls will get a taste of Mayo’s scoring

    One potential regret for the Bulls this past summer was not acquiring shooting guard O.J. Mayo, who visits the United Center with the Mavericks on Wednesday. Mayo is off to a great start with the Mavericks, averaging 21.5 points and shooting 49 percent from the field.


    ACC to Maryland: Pay us $50 million to leave

    The Atlantic Coast Conference has filed a lawsuit against Maryland seeking full payment of the $50 million exit fee for announcing a move to the Big Ten. The Guilford County Superior Court clerk’s office said the lawsuit was filed there Monday.

    Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles is tackled by Denver Broncos strong safety Mike Adams, right, and defensive back Tony Carter (32) Sunday during the first half at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. harles has caused a stir after asking for Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning’s autograph following the game.

    Chiefs’ Charles causes stir seeking Manning’s signature

    Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles has caused a stir after asking for Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning’s autograph following Sunday’s game in Kansas City. Local television station KCTV aired footage of Charles waiting for Manning’s signature after the Chiefs’ 17-9 loss. Charles told the TV station he was getting the autograph for his mom.

    Right-handed pitcher Scott Feldman, who went 17-9 in 2009 with the Texas Rangers, has agreed to a one-year deal with the Cubs that is worth $6 million plus incentives, team officials announced Tuesday.

    Feldman signing helps Cubs settle rotation

    Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer added a fifth piece to the starting rotation Tuesday by signing former Texas Rangers right-hander Scott Feldman, 29, to a one-year deal worth $6 million. Feldman’s addition gives the Cubs a starting rotation of Matt Garza, Jeff Samardzija and Travis Wood to go along with new additions Feldman and Scott Baker. “We really felt like we had to add at least two starting pitchers going into the winter, and we’ve done that already,” Hoyer said.


    Kalamazoo goaltender rejoins Chicago Wolves

    The Vancouver Canucks have reassigned goaltender Joe Cannata from the ECHL’s Kalamazoo Wings to their AHL affiliate, the Chicago Wolves. Cannata has posted a 2-3-0 record with a 3.62 goals-against average and .892 save percentage in five games with Kalamazoo this season.

    This July 16, 1981 file photo shows baseball union leader Marvin Miller speaking to reporters after rejecting a proposal to end a baseball strike, in New York. Miller died Tuesday in New York. He was 95.

    Former baseball union head Miller dead at 95

    Marvin Miller, the soft-spoken union head who led baseball players in a series of strikes and legal battles that won free agency, revolutionized sports and made athletes multimillionaires, died Tuesday. He was 95.“I think he’s the most important baseball figure of the last 50 years,” former commissioner Fay Vincent said. “He changed not just the sport but the business of the sport permanently, and he truly emancipated the baseball player — and in the process all professional athletes. Prior to his time, they had few rights; at the moment, they control the games.”

    Northwestern outside hitter Stephanie Holtus of Burlington Central earned All-Big Ten First Team honors for the second straight season, and was her team's MVP in four tournaments.

    2 area players earn Big Ten volleyball honors

    Two former suburban volleyball stars made the All-Big Ten First Team for women’s volleyball this season, conference officials announced Tuesday. Michigan State junior Lauren Wicinski (Geneva High School) was a unanimous selection, and former Burlington Central star Stephanie Holtus of Northwestern also made the All-Big Ten First Team. Penn State’s Ariel Scott was named the Big Ten Player of the Year by a vote of the conference’s coaches, while teammates Micha Hancock and Megan Courtney were named Big Ten Setter of the Year and Freshman of the Year, respectively. Michigan’s State’s Kori Moster earned Defensive Player of the Year honors, and Penn State’s Russ Rose was tabbed Coach of the Year by Big Ten coaches and media.

    Notre Dame was unranked at the start of the college football season in The AP Top 25 poll, but the Fighting Irish, as running back Theo Riddick, right, and wide receiver Luke Massa point out, finished the regular season ranked No. 1.

    Notre Dame will beat any BCS challenger

    Mike North continues to pick Notre Dame as the champion, and insists they can't lose the national title game regardless of their opponent. He can't figure out, however, why Alabama is ranked second after a Texas A&M loss at home. Meanwhile, the races in the NFL divisions seem to be over early and the parity the league likes to tout doesn't exist.



    Rolling Meadows icon faces demolition

    Gino's East, which has been in Rolling Meadows for at least a quarter century, will be moving. Valerie Dehner, Community Development director, said the restaurant will be downsizing, and she hopes will find a new spot in the city. A Panera with a drive-through and outdoor seating will replace the Gino's building, according to a representative of the owner of the Meadows Crossing center.

    Cashier Farah Husain hands a customer a Powerball ticket at a convenience store Tuesday in Richmond, Va. The powerball jackpot is up over $500 million for Wednesday’s drawing.

    Record Powerball result of changes to boost sales

    The historic Powerball jackpot boosted to $500 million on Tuesday was all part of a plan lottery officials put in place early this year to build jackpots faster, drive sales and generate more money for states that run the game. Their plan appears to be working.

    James Hughes of Elburn, former leader of Wiseman-Hughes Enterprises.

    Wiseman-Hughes suburban home builder James Hughes dies at 91

    A man who spent a lifetime building thousands of homes throughout the West and South suburbs is being remembered for his devotion to providing quality products. James P. Hughes Sr., 91, is also remembered for his devotion to supporting Marmion Academy. The former president of Wiseman-Hughes Enterprises died Nov. 21.

    Marc Strich

    Schaumburg mayor praises departing Woodfield manager

    Schaumburg’s economic well-being has been tied to Woodfield Mall for more than 40 years. Mayor Al Larson said he wouldn’t have wanted anyone else in charge of such an important position during the challenging first decade of the 21st century than now departing General Manager Marc Strich. "They’ve maintained something like 97 percent occupancy — that’s a phenomenal job in this kind of economic climate and he’s got to take a lot of credit for that,” Larson said.

    Stocks fell for a second day as concern about progress in Washington budget negotiations overshadowed a European agreement on Greece aid and a better- than-forecast report on durable goods.

    Stocks slide on ‘fiscal cliff’ warning

    Stocks slumped on Wall Street Tuesday after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he was frustrated by the lack of progress in talks over the U.S. budget impasse in Washington.

    The new Apple Inc. Maps app icon is seen on an Apple Inc. iPhone 5.

    Apple fires maps manager as flaws hurt iPhone debut

    Apple Inc. has fired the manager responsible for its troubled mapping software, seeking to win back the trust of users disappointed after the program debuted in September, according to people familiar with the move.

    Hewlett-Packard, which acquired the Autonomy Corp. software company last year, says former Autonomy managers misreported finances to make the company appear more successful than it was.

    Hewlett-Packard: Evidence of accounting improprieties

    Mike Lynch, the former chief executive officer of Autonomy Corp., called on Hewlett-Packard Co.’s board to explain its allegations that Autonomy falsified financial statements that led to an $8.8 billion writedown.

    A collapsed house is seen along the central Jersey Shore coast on Oct. 31. Though it’s tricky to link a single weather event to climate change, Hurricane Sandy was “probably not a coincidence” but an example of extreme weather events likely to strike the US more often as the world gets warmer, the U.N. climate panel’s No. 2 scientist said Tuesday.

    UN climate scientist: Sandy no coincidence

    Though it’s tricky to link a single weather event to climate change, Hurricane Sandy was “probably not a coincidence” but an example of the extreme weather events that are likely to strike the U.S. more often as the world gets warmer, the U.N. climate panel’s No. 2 scientist said Tuesday.

    FILTonya Thomas, of Russellville, Ky., makes her way through the aisles at Best Buy in Bowling Green, Ky.

    U.S. consumer confidence at highest in 4½ years

    U.S. consumer confidence rose this month to its highest level in almost five years, helped by a better outlook for hiring over the next six months.The Conference Board said Tuesday that its consumer confidence index rose to 73.7 in November from 73.1 in October. Both are the best readings since February 2008.

    Associated Press Home prices increased in September in most major U.S. cities, more evidence of a housing recovery that is providing a lift to the fragile economy.

    Home prices increase in most major U.S. cities

    WASHINGTON — Home prices increased in September in most major U.S. cities, more evidence of a housing recovery that is providing a lift to the fragile economy. Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller reported Tuesday that its 20-city index of home prices rose 3 percent in September compared with the same month last year. Prices also gained 3.6 percent in the July-September quarter compared with the same quarter in 2011. Across the nation, prices increased in 18 of 20 cities over the 12-month period. In Phoenix, prices jumped 20.4 percent over that stretch to lead all cities. Prices in Atlanta showed a modest 0.1 percent increase, ending 26 straight consecutive year-over-year declines.Prices also rose in September from August in 13 cities. Five metro regions posted declines, while two were unchanged. In Las Vegas, one of the hardest hit during the housing crisis, prices increased 1.4 percent — the biggest month-over-month gain. Prices rose 1.1 percent in Phoenix and Minneapolis. The largest decline was in Cleveland, where prices fell 0.9 percent.Monthly prices are not seasonally adjusted, so some of the declines may signal the end of the summer buying period. David M. Blitzer, chairman of the Case-Shiller index, said that when adjusting for seasonal factors, only one city showed a decline in September versus two in August. “Despite the seasons, housing continues to improve,” Blitzer said.The S&P/Case-Shiller index covers roughly half of U.S. homes. It measures prices compared with those in January 2000 and creates a three-month moving average. The September figures are the latest available. Steady increases in home prices have helped drive a modest recovery in the housing market. Rising prices encourage more potential buyers to come off the sidelines and purchase homes. And more people may put their homes on the market as they gain confidence that they can sell at a good price. Higher home prices can also make homeowners feel wealthier and more likely to spend more. Consumer spending accounts for about 70 percent of the U.S. economy. A big reason for the rebound is that the excess supply of homes that built up before the housing crisis has finally thinned out. The number of previously occupied homes available for sale has fallen to a 10-year low. The inventory of new homes is also near the lowest level since 1963. At the same time, more people are looking to buy or rent a home after living with relatives or friends during and immediately after the Great Recession. Those trends are also pushing up home sales and construction. Sales of previously occupied homes are near five-year highs, excluding temporary spikes in 2009 and 2010 when a homebuyer tax credit boosted purchases. Builders, meanwhile, are more optimistic that the recovery will endure. A measure of their confidence rose to the highest level in six and a half years this month. And builders broke ground on new homes and apartments at the fastest pace in more than four years last month.

    Mary Ann Rotolo shops for a microwave oven at Orville’s Home Appliances store in Amherst, N.Y. U.S. companies in October increased their orders of machinery and equipment that signal investment plans by the largest amount in five months, a hopeful sign for future economic growth.

    U.S. orders for core capital goods up 1.7 percent

    U.S. companies in October increased their orders of machinery and equipment that signal investment plans by the largest amount in five months, a hopeful sign for future economic growth.Orders for core capital goods, considered a proxy for business investment, rose 1.7 percent in October, the best showing since a 2.3 percent rise in May, the Commerce Department said Tuesday. Orders in this category had slowed beginning in the spring, acting as a drag on overall economic growth.


    OECD: Europe weighing on global economy

    The global economy could easily slide back into recession if its major problems — like U.S. budget standoffs and Europe’s lack of jobs — are left to fester, a leading international economic body said Tuesday.In its half-yearly update, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development warned that the recovery will be “hesitant and uneven” over the coming two years and that a new major contraction cannot be ruled out.

    President Barack Obama

    Obama to appeal to public on fiscal cliff

    President Barack Obama plans to make a public case this week for his strategy for dealing with the looming fiscal cliff, traveling to the Philadelphia suburbs Friday as he pressures Republicans to allow tax increases on the wealthy while extending tax cuts for families earning $250,000 or less.

    Qatar’s Deputy Prime Minister Abdullah bin Hamad al-Attiyah speaks at the opening session of the United Nations Climate Change conference in Doha, Qatar, Monday, Nov. 26, 2012. U.N. talks on a new climate pact resumed Monday in oil and gas-rich Qatar, where negotiators from nearly 200 countries will discuss fighting global warming and helping poor nations adapt to it.

    UN says thawing permafrost to boost global warming

    Thawing permafrost covering almost a quarter of the northern hemisphere could “significantly amplify global warming” at a time when the world is already struggling to rein in rising greenhouse gases, a U.N. report said on Tuesday. The warning comes as United Nations climate negotiations enter a second day.

    Bangladeshi garment workers protest through the streets to mourn the death of the victims of Saturday’s fire in a garment factory on the outskirts of Dhaka, Bangladesh, Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012. Bangladesh held a day of mourning Tuesday for the 112 people killed in a weekend fire at a garment factory, and labor groups planned more protests to demand better worker safety in an industry notorious for operating in firetraps.

    Fire highlights harsh lives of Bangladesh workers

    Clothing is king in Bangladesh, a country that exports more garments than any other in the world except China. It is responsible for four out of every five export dollars and has turned factory owners into members of parliament. That strength has often been turned against the workers in those factories, especially those who complain about poor working conditions and pay that can be less than $40 a month.

    People stand in the rain in front of the electronic stock board of a securities firm in Tokyo, Monday.

    Markets greet Greek deal with measure of relief

    A deal to give Greece more cash was greeted by a measure of relief in markets Tuesday, though concerns remained over the country’s ability to implement its required reforms as the economy shrinks.


    Google launches campaign against possible fees

    Google is launching a new campaign in Germany to protest against possible copyright restrictions being discussed in the country’s Parliament.The “Defend Your Web” campaign started Tuesday seeks to mobilize Google users against plans to introduce a so-called “Google Tax”. The levy, being pushed by publishers, would require search engines to pay each time they link to media content like newspaper articles or photographs.

    Luxembourg’s Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker, right, speaks with French Finance Minister Pierre Moscovici during a meeting of eurogroup finance ministers in Brussels.

    Greek bankruptcy averted — for now

    Greece has avoided imminent bankruptcy after its international creditors finally agreed to give it the money it urgently needs but the cash-strapped country’s economic distress is likely to drag on for years to come.


    TransUnion: Late auto-loan payments rose in 3Q

    New consumer credit data show that more Americans fell behind on their auto-loan payments in the third quarter, when back-to-school shopping and other needs traditionally put a strain on consumers’ wallets.Credit reporting company TransUnion said Tuesday that the rate of U.S. auto-loan payments at least 60 days overdue rose to 0.38 percent from 0.33 percent in the second quarter.

    Associated Press Ericsson AB, the world’s largest maker of wireless networking equipment, sued Samsung Electronics Co. for patent infringement, saying the South Korean phone maker failed to extend a licensing deal after years of negotiations.

    Ericsson sues Samsung as patent licensing negotiations fail

    Ericsson AB, the world’s largest maker of wireless networking equipment, sued Samsung Electronics Co. for patent infringement, saying the South Korean phone maker failed to extend a licensing deal after years of negotiations.Ericsson said in the lawsuit filed in U.S. federal court in Texas that Samsung is improperly using its technology for mobile phones after a previous agreement expired. The Stockholm-based company said it offered to extend the deal on fair and reasonable terms, known as FRAND.

    Attorney Dean Boland in front of a projector at his office in Cleveland. A hearing is set Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, for Boland’s motion to withdraw as attorney to Paul Ceglia, a New York man in a multibillion lawsuit against Facebook.

    Hearing on lawyer’s motion in NY Facebook case

    The latest in a string of lawyers who’ve represented a New York man in a multibillion lawsuit against Facebook wants off the case.A hearing is set Tuesday on Ohio attorney Dean Boland’s motion to withdraw as Paul Ceglia’s attorney.

    ConAgra Foods is buying private-label food producer Ralcorp for about $4.95 billion, which will make it the biggest private-label packaged food business in North America.

    ConAgra buying Ralcorp for about $4.95 billion

    ConAgra Foods, with local operations in Naperville and Glen Ellyn, is buying private-label food producer Ralcorp for about $4.95 billion, which will make it the biggest private-label packaged food business in North America.ConAgra says the acquisition will strengthen its overall position in the North American packaged food business. ConAgra brands include Chef Boyardee, Egg Beaters, Peter Pan and Reddi-wip.

    Oil workers stand at a facility site in the desert oil fields of Sakhir, Bahrain.

    Oil prices up on brisk U.S. retail sales, Greek deal

    The price of oil inched up closer to $88 a barrel Tuesday as investors were encouraged by robust retail sales in the U.S. ahead of the Christmas holiday and a deal in Europe to give Greece a new batch of bailout funds.By early afternoon in Europe, benchmark oil for January delivery was up 18 cents to $87.92 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract fell 54 cents to close at $87.74 a barrel on the Nymex on Monday.

    More than 100 domain names were seized in an international crackdown on websites that sell counterfeit merchandise, federal authorities said Monday, just in time for the biggest online shopping day of the year.

    Feds seize 132 domain names to stop knockoff sales

    More than 100 domain names were seized in an international crackdown on websites that sell counterfeit merchandise, federal authorities said Monday, just in time for the biggest online shopping day of the year.It was the third consecutive Cyber Monday that websites selling knockoff sports jerseys, DVDs, cologne and other goods were blocked from doing business.

    Elisse Walter

    Schapiro’s SEC successor likely to follow her lead

    The leadership of the Securities and Exchange Commission will change next month. Its approach to regulation probably won’t.Mary Schapiro will step down as chairwoman after a tumultuous tenure in which she helped lead the government’s regulatory response to the 2008 financial crisis.Replacing her will be Elisse Walter, one of five SEC commissioners, whose career path has tracked Schapiro’s for nearly three decades.

    Anti-tax activist Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform

    Some GOP lawmakers now flout anti-tax man Norquist

    For decades, conservative lobbyist Grover Norquist vowed to drive Republicans out of office if they didn’t pledge to oppose tax increases. Many lawmakers signed on.But now, several senior Republicans are breaking ranks, willing to consider raising more money through taxes as part of a deal with Democrats to avoid a catastrophic budget meltdown.

Life & Entertainment

    Angus T. Jones

    'Two and a Half Men' actor apologizes

    Teenage actor Angus T. Jones of the comedy "Two and a Half Men" apologized Tuesday for a series of interviews denouncing his own show, an episode that has rivaled former colleague Charlie Sheen's meltdown. "I apologize if my remarks reflect me showing indifference to and disrespect of my colleagues and a lack of appreciation of the extraordinary opportunity of which I have been blessed," said Jones, who reportedly makes $350,000 an episode. "I never intended that."

    Annie (Caroline Heffernan) sings of a better “Tomorrow” with the stray dog Sandy (Mikey) in a holiday production of the 1977 Broadway musical “Annie” at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora.

    Paramount’s altered ‘Annie’ a great holiday treat

    The Paramount Theatre in Aurora presents a strong holiday production of "Annie," though die-hard fans might question some of director Rachel Rockwell's choices that go against standard traditions of the beloved 1977 Broadway musical.

    Lenny Kravitz, right, has signed on for his first leading film role, playing singer Marvin Gaye in a biopic that will be shot in 2013.

    Lenny Kravitz to play Marvin Gaye in biopic

    Lenny Kravitz has signed on for his first leading film role, playing singer Marvin Gaye in a biopic that will be shot next year. The rocker’s publicist Carleen Donovan confirmed the news Tuesday. Kravitz has played supporting roles in the past, including a small part in “The Hunger Games.”


    ‘Moonrise,’ ‘Silver Linings’ lead Spirit Awards

    The oddball romances “Moonrise Kingdom” and “Silver Linings Playbook” picked up five nominations each Tuesday to lead the Spirit Awards honoring independent film. Both films are competing for the best-picture prize at the Spirit Awards, one of Hollywood’s first big announcements on the long road to the Oscars.

    A bit of cocoa powder adds mole-like depth to shrimp-studded tortilla soup.

    Chocolate adds depth to tortilla soup

    Chocolate in soup? Don't write off the idea before you hear what M. Eileen Brown has to say about one of Paula Deen's recipes that evokes shrimp enchiladas in rich mole sauce.

    A bit of cocoa powder adds mole-like depth to shrimp-studded tortilla soup.

    Shrimp and Chocolate Tortilla Soup
    Shrimp and Chocolate Tortilla Soup: Soupalooza

    The piano used in the movie “Casablanca” is going up for sale at Sotheby’s in New York on Dec. 14, 2012. The auction house estimates it could fetch up to $1.2 million.

    ‘Casablanca’ piano coming to NYC auction

    NEW YORK — The piano used for the song “As Times Goes By” in the classic 1942 film “Casablanca” is getting another turn at fame.The instrument is going up for sale at Sotheby’s in New York on Dec. 14, and the auction house estimates it’ll fetch up to $1.2 million. It’s being offered by a Japanese collector on the film’s 70th anniversary.The collector purchased the movie prop at a Sotheby’s auction in 1988 for $154,000.Humphrey Bogart played Rick Blaine in the Oscar-winning World War II love story, opposite Ingrid Bergman’s character, Ilsa Lund.In a famous flashback scene, Rick and Ilsa lean on the piano at a Paris bistro. Sam, played by Dooley Wilson, plays and sings.They toast as Rick says: “Here’s looking at you, kid.”

    Catch the Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis on Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Akoo Theatre at Rosemont.

    Best bets: It's season for Mannheim Steamroller at the Akoo

    Get into the spirit of the season when the Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis performs contemporary arrangements of holiday classics with multimedia sound and lighting effects at the Akoo Theatre at Rosemont. Five actors from the local improv troupe K.C. Redheart will perform improvised comedy for 30 hours nonstop during The Playground Improv Marathon. Comedy legend Bill Cosby performs Saturday at the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan.

    “House: The Complete Series” features 41 discs with all 176 episodes of the Fox drama.

    Television DVD sets make great holiday gifts

    A TV show DVD set represents more than a holiday gift that's easy to wrap. It also demonstrates respect: You know the recipient is mentally fit and couch-ready for a viewing marathon of "Dr. Who" or "House." Those are among the new releases worth considering for the TV lover in your life.


    Music notes: Relive the ’90s at Durty Nellie’s

    Feeling nostalgic for the music of the 1990s? Then go to Durty Nellie's in Palatine Friday for '90s Night, which will include tributes to such Clinton-era heroes as Sublime, the Beastie Boys, Weezer and 311.

    The stealth gameplay in “Hitman: Absolution” is on par with the “Assassin's Creed” series.

    New 'Hitman' game a well-executed thriller

    We always knew Agent 47 had ice in his veins. Apparently, the guy's got a heart, too. In "Hitman: Absolution," 47 is entrusted with the safety of a young girl named Victoria, and the cloned assassin's icy exterior melts a bit when he realizes she may have been subjected to genetic experimentation in the same way he was. This leads 47 to do what he does best: eliminate targets. Only this time it's not about money. Agent 47 wants answers.

    Chef John Reed of Customized Culinary Solutions in Skokie says crispy scallops with herb grits and Greek salad with toasted pumpkin seeds is quick and family-friendly dinner.

    Chef du Jour: Culinary olympian helps others grow food ventures

    Chef John Reed has built a successful culinary career spanning three decades and multiple contintents. But Reed decided to take his career in a new direction and started by starting Customized Culinary Solutions, a group that helps businesses ranging from caterers to food equipment managers improve their business operations.

    Have a foodie on your Christmas list? Here are some ideas of what to buy.

    Cookbooks for all the foodies on your gift-giving list

    The dawn of the holiday season also marks an onslaught from the publishing world a rush of food books that begins in August and refuses to slow down until every family in America has gifted (and perhaps regifted) at least a dozen. Or maybe it just feels that way. The upshot of all this is that there truly is a food book for everyone on your shopping list. Should you care to go that route, we've sussed out some of the best to help streamline at least that leg of your shopping trip.


    Fennel and Orange Salad
    Fennel and Orange Salad

    “Concussions and Our Kids” author Robert Cantu

    What parents should know if their kids are playing sports

    Dr. Robert Cantu and Mark Hyman outline for parents what they should know about head trauma and youth sports in their new book, "Concussions and Our Kids."



    Editorial: Hazing culture needs to be excised

    Two reported hazing incidents at Maine West High School should be enough to convince school leaders that a culture exists that allows or encourages the behavior. That needs to change, a Daily Herald editorial says.


    Cracks in the anti-tax wall

    Columnist Eugene Robinson: This is a big, complicated country that faces big, complicated challenges. There are no simple, one-sentence solutions. It is ridiculous to think we could ever tame the national debt through budget cuts alone, without a penny of new revenue.


    Digesting the Twinkies’ lessons

    Columnist George Will: The market said that Hostess as configured made no sense. If, however, Twinkies and perhaps other Hostess brands retain value, the market will say so, and someone will produce them. Probably in a right-to-work state, which is how "entrepreneurial federalism" (another Boorstin phrase) should wor


    Keep focus on jobs, fiscal crisis
    A Des Plaines letter to the editor: Where has Ms. Estrich been that she hasn't noticed Obama has convinced people that raising taxes on "rich" folks like her is the solution to the deficit, though it will produce enough cash to pay the deficit for only a week or two. And only if it doesn't further depress the economy, producing less revenue.


    Eating out just isn’t the same
    A Palatine letter to the editor: A recent article with the headline "More folks dining out on Thanksgiving" said 30 million Americans will either eat out or buy takeout from restaurants.This article saddened me


    With better FDA funding, no meningitis outbreak?
    An Elgin letter to the editor: Since Reagan, the GOP conservatives and, now, the Tea Party radicals, have bitterly complained that government was too big and regulations stifled business. After more than 460 cases of fungal meningitis, it should be noted that had the FDA been properly funded and given the necessary authority, inspectors could have shut down the New England Compounding Center in Framingham, Mass, back in 2005.


    Disgusted with lack of storm aid
    A Huntley letter to the editor: I don't understand in this day and age why the U.S. is so extremely generous in aiding other countries when we ourselves are desperate for help. Does charity not begin at home? We are truly our own worst enemy. I am thoroughly disgusted in regard to the lack of support from the foreign countries.


    Limit PAC influence with Constitutional amendment
    A Sleepy Hollow letter to the editor: Thank you to all in Kane County who voted for the advisory question on Nov. 6 that called to amend the Constitution to limit the use of corporate, special interest and private money in any political activity, including influencing the election of any candidate for public office. The majority of voters in Kane County voted "yes" for the advisory question: 74.3 percent.


    Here’s why we weren’t offered help
    A Roselle letter to the editor: I was reading with interest the columns written by readers about how we send in help to countries who have disasters, but when we have a disaster, no one sends us any help.


    Didn’t think women would fight back?
    A Lombard letter to the editor: Apparently it never occurred to the Republican Party that if they waged a war on women, women would fight back.


    Petraeus deserves place in history
    A Wheaton leter to the editor: When the annals of military heroes of this decade is written, it will be the great four-star general, David Petraeus, who was the son of a Dutch immigrant sea captain. He showed brilliance and promise all his days in high school and later in at West Point.


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