Daily Archive : Saturday December 1, 2012


    The 14 players on the Hoffman Estates High School basketball team were investigated, and the players and parents met with the District 211 superintendent and Hoffman High principal over hazing allegations that the district learned about Friday, the district says.

    Hazing results in 3-game forfeit for Hoffman Estates

    The Hoffman Estates High School boys varsity basketball team is forfeiting three games as a result of an internal investigation by school district officials into hazing allegations. "As part of the disciplinary action, the team also will receive further training in hazing awareness and prevention and its impact on others," District 211 spokesman Tom Petersen said.

    Hannah Williams holds Sugar, a 13-year-old miniature pinscher that was killed by a coyote in Warrenville.

    Small dog killed in Warrenville coyote attack

    Usually Amy Kukec's 13-year-old miniature pinscher, Sugar, took just a few seconds to take care of business during her final trip outside before bedtime each night. However, when Kukec let Sugar out Thursday night just after 11 p.m., the small dog never came back to her Warrenville home.

    Village president candidate Alex Demos talks to residents at the Glen Ellyn Civic Betterment Party's annual town meeting on Saturday.

    Party nominates Glen Ellyn business owner for mayor

    Glen Ellyn's 82-year-old nonpartisan nominating party will support a local business owner for village president in the upcoming spring municipal elections. Alex Demos defeated Mary Loch 699-629 in voting at the Civic Betterment Party elections held Saturday at the village Civic Center, as well as early voting held earlier in the week.

    A Navy officer salutes Saturday during the inactivation ceremony for the first nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Enterprise at Naval Station Norfolk in Norfolk, Va. The ship served in the fleet for 51 years.

    USS Enterprise carrier taken out of active service

    The USS Enterprise ended its notable 51-year career during a ceremony at its home port at Naval Station Norfolk, where thousands of former crew members, ship builders and their families lined a pier to bid farewell to one of the most decorated ships in the Navy.

    Runners leave the starting line during Saturday’s 5k Santa Run in Arlington Heights.

    Arlington Hts. Santa Run draws more than 2,000

    More than 2,000 Santas gave a festive feel to downtown Arlington Heights Saturday morning as the town's Rotary chapter held its annual Santa Run.

    Sadie Bramlett, of the School of the Performing Arts Dance Ensemble, dances during Naperville’s Hometown Holiday Celebration on Saturday.

    Parade of Lights winds through Naperville

    Naperville officially ushered in the holiday Saturday with the Little Friends Parade of Lights, which for the first time wound through the heart of the city's downtown. "Right up Main Street," said Katie Wood, executive director of the Downtown Naperville Alliance, which co-sponsors the annual Hometown Holidays celebration. "Each year we try to add a new twist to make it bigger and better.

    Bernadine Dart of Luxemburg, Wis., feeds one of her family’s reindeer in downtown Elgin. The Darts brought two of the 300-pound animals to Elgin for a daylong winter celebration.

    Reindeer visit Elgin ahead of Christmas deliveries

    A meet-the-reindeer display was just one of the winter-themed attractions in Elgin on Saturday. People could go ice skating for free at the Elgin Civic Plaza, try roasted chestnuts at the Elgin Tower Building, purchases wreaths and snacks from Boy Scouts and enjoy other Christmas-themed activities.

    Brenda Sue Fulton, left, and Penelope Gnesin, hold hands Saturday while exchanging wedding vows at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.

    West Point chapel hosts its first same-sex wedding

    Cadet Chapel, the landmark Gothic church that is a center for spiritual life at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, hosted its first same-sex wedding Saturday.

    Associated Press Marijuana is displayed for sale for those who posses a medical marijuana card, inside a dispensary in the small Rocky Mountain town of Nederland, Colo.

    Despite federal laws, two states about to legalize pot

    State officials say the Justice Department is creating confusion by remaining silent about what steps it may take in Washington and Colorado, which passed initiatives in November legalizing the manufacturing, distribution and possession of up to an ounce of marijuana.

    Milton Lopez of Windsor, Calif., attempted to drive through flood waters on Mark West Station Road Friday at Starr Road in Windsor, Calif.

    Third major storm moving into Northern California

    The Napa River is expected to flood near St. Helena and Napa around noon on Sunday, while the Russian River is expected to flood near Guerneville early Monday morning.

    Tyrese K. Watson

    Man charged in burglary at Naperville hospital

    Naperville police arrested a Chicago man on burglary charges after Edward Hospital security personnel spotted 27-year-old Tyrese K. Watson stealing personal items from employees and patients Thursday, authorities said. Watson is awaiting a bond hearing and is being held at the DuPage County jail in Wheaton.

    A Syrian girl chants slogans Friday during a demonstration in the Bustan Al-Qasr district of Aleppo, Syria. After months of fighting, thousands of residents have returned to the city as they attempt to return to their daily lives.

    Syrian Internet largely restored after blackout

    On Saturday, Syrian troops backed by helicopter gunships clashed with rebels as government forces pushed a major offensive on villages and towns near the capital's international airport, activists said.

    People wave Egyptian flags and hold a large poster Saturday with the portrait of President Mohammed Morsi, center, during a rally near Cairo University.

    Egypt’s president sets date for constitution vote

    More than 100,000 Morsi supporters organized by the Muslim Brotherhood and ultraconservative Salafi groups took to the streets of Cairo and other cities a day after a massive opposition demonstration against his recent decrees giving him immunity from judicial oversight and the charter that was rushed through an assembly packed with allies.

    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal.

    Romney’s loss creates GOP leadership vacuum

    The GOP was in disarray following its 2006 showing, searching for a new path and leader at a time when President George W. Bush was deeply unpopular.Arizona Sen. John McCain, the 2008 presidential nominee, briefly assumed control of a party that he long had criticized, but it never really warmed to him.

    Eric Hartsburg, 30, poses for a photo Friday showing his Romney-Ryan election logo tattoo.

    Saving face: Indiana man removing Romney-Ryan tattoo

    A northern Indiana man who had the Mitt Romney-Paul Ryan campaign logo tattooed onto his face "to make politics fun" says it's time for it to come off.

    Under the Affordable care Act, a family of four earning $75,000 will pay $7,125 in annual premiums and as much as $8,333 in co-pays and deductibles, according to a preliminary estimate by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

    Many will be surprised at high cost of ‘Affordable Care’ insurance

    The law, enacted in March 2010, requires virtually all Americans to have insurance by 2014. It will expand coverage to the uninsured by offering them subsidies to buy policies on newly established health-insurance exchanges and making it easier for lower-income people to qualify for Medicaid.

    The Kansas City Chiefs' Jovan Belcher stands on the sidelines during a game against the Buffalo Bills in Orchard Park, N.Y. Police say Belcher fatally shot his girlfriend early Saturday Kansas City, Mo., then drove to Arrowhead Stadium and committed suicide in front of his coach and general manager.

    Police: Chiefs' Belcher kills girlfriend, self

    Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher fatally shot his girlfriend Saturday, then drove to Arrowhead Stadium and committed suicide in front of his coach and general manager, thanking them for all they'd done before turning the gun on himself.

    Rich Placko brewed strawberry beer in his home in Elgin. He wanted to serve it at a Elgin fundraiser but discovered it might be illegal.

    Should home-brewed beer be allowed at festivals?

    Last year, Rich Placko and the St. Charles Silverado Homebrew Club took some of its homemade beer to a local Elgin bar for a fundraiser, serving tastes for a flat fee to raise money for a children's charity. But when they tried again earlier this year, they were told doing so was likely illegal. State alcohol laws generally don't allow home brewers to distribute their beer except for "use of the...

    Kathy Baldyga plays a Spanish Dancer, as she, along with other dancers perform scenes in storefront windows from “The Nutcracker” during the Jinglebell Jubilee in Lombard. Julia Walli, 11, center, and Lauren Wilinski, 7, both of Lombard, watch from the sidewalk.

    Ballet dancers a delight for Lombard shoppers

    While shoppers expect to see animatronic holiday displays in storefront windows this time of year, they probably don't expect to see flesh and blood ballerinas performing pirouettes and plies. But that is exactly what folks strolling along in downtown Lombard experienced Saturday courtesy of dance students who performed snippets of Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker" at six downtown businesses as part...

    John Frawley sits on the porch of his house, which was damaged during Superstorm Sandy.

    Many flood victims refuse to leave cold, moldy homes

    New York City's health department said the number of people visiting hospital emergency rooms for cold-related problems has already doubled this November, compared with previous years. Those statistics are likely only the proverbial tip of the iceberg.

    Marvin Miller, executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association, talks to reporters in New York.

    Notable deaths last week

    Marvin Miller was a labor economist who never played a day of organized baseball. He preferred tennis. Yet he transformed the national pastime as surely as Babe Ruth, Jackie Robinson, television and night games.

    The Kiva Recovery Center, a 96-bed inpatient substance abuse treatment facility, is planned for the former Glenwood School for Boys off Silver Glen Road near Campton Hills.

    Campton Hills plans survey for drug recovery center

    Campton Hills leaders plan to conduct a postcard survery through its December newsletter to get opinions on the controversial Kiva Recovery Center proposed for a former boys school. The village wants postcards returned by Dec. 15 in preparation for a possible vote on Dec. 17. Opponents still want a referendum on the April ballot, though.

    Bob Getz

    Man who lost Kane County election by 13 votes wants recount

    Bob Getz, who barely lost a Kane County Board race earlier this month, filed paperwork seeking a discovery recount Friday, but it won't stop Douglas Scheflow from being sworn into office on Monday. "The election results are official and certified, so the recount will have no impact on the swearing in, or election of Mr. Scheflow," said Stan Bond, Kane County's chief deputy clerk.

    Gregory Thomas of Wilmette grabs a bag of potatoes as he volunteers Saturday in Elk Grove Village packing Christmas food boxes at the Salvation Army Metropolitan Division’s Disaster Services Center. Volunteers Friday and Saturday packed 10,000 meal boxes to be distributed to families in need.

    Concert ticket giveaway fuels Christmas food box-packing

    Volunteers from a youth group and a men's Bible study on Saturday finished a job started a day earlier by 100 alternative music fans working for concert tickets. The various groups of volunteers packed a total of 10,000 Christmas food boxes to be distributed to 17 Chicago area sites by the Salvation Army's Metropolitan Division.

    A sweater with a Disney tag found among the equipment in a burned-out garment factory on the outskirts of Dhaha, Bangladesh.

    The factory fire: Global commerce, local tragedy

    "A lot of people go into the store and see `Made in China' or Bangladesh or India or whatever and it's almost like this magical thing, that somebody said I want to make some shirts and it shows up the next day," says Vinod Rangarajan, who advises apparel companies on product development and sourcing for consultant Kurt Salmon. "But it is a lot more involved than people would imagine."


    Report: Bank of America delays fees
    ank of America is postponing an increase in monthly fees for checking accounts, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal.

    Lt. Brandy Soublet on the Marine base 29 Palms, in Southern California.

    Marine pioneering effort to move women into combat

    The Defense Department in the past year has opened thousands of combat positions to women to slowly integrate them and gauge the impact such a social change would have on the military's ability to fight wars.

    A gallery keeper pours tea on the floor Saturday to clean paint stains after a ceremony to open an art exhibition for children who suffer from mental illnesses, at 798 Art District in Beijing.

    Psychiatrists OK vast changes to diagnosis manual

    The board of trustees for the American Psychiatric Association voted Saturday in suburban Washington, D.C., on scores of revisions that have been in the works for several years. Details will come next May when the group's fifth diagnostic manual is published.

    Mike and Ginny Buhrmann came dressed in period costumes for the annual Dickens in Dundee parade Saturday in West and East Dundee.

    Dickens in Dundee does it right

    East Dundee resident Megan Helin has been to all 25 of the annual Dickens in Dundee festivals, but Saturday's was her favorite since she was accompanied by sons Austin, 8, and Elliot, 4. Helin and her boys were among the hundreds of people who lined a stretch of Main Street in West Dundee and East Dundee for the festival's parade Saturday morning.

    Blake Lamb Funeral Home and Director Chuck Goff will receive a Pillar Award for going to great lengths to help a Lisle resident attend his wife’s funeral.

    Lisle’s Pillar Awards honor residents who display good character

    They didn't do their good deeds in the hopes of receiving accolades, but five Lisle residents and one business will be honored with Pillar Awards Monday by the village for acts of good character. Our Joan Broz introduces us to the recipients.


    Palatine mom writes children’s book about pet’s escapades

    When Kristie the hamster accidentally went through a laundry cycle and somehow lived, Geri McNeely Schultz figured she might as well turn to fiction to tell the family pet's real-life tale. The first-time author from Palatine wrote "Laundry Day," the first book in her new children's series Kristie's Excellent Adventures. It chronicles the curious hamster using colorful illustrations and rhyming...


    Mundelein man arrested on McHenry County drug warrants

    A Mundelein man was arrested Friday on drug charges by members of the U.S. Marshal's Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force, the McHenry County Sheriff's Office announced.


    Digital magazines a hit at Lincolnshire’s Vernon Area Public Library

    More than 100 patrons have signed up for the Vernon Area Public Library's digital magazine service since it launched about two weeks ago. It's so popular, the Lincolnshire facility already has expanded its offerings to 95 titles.

    Charles Bennett, who served on the Arlington Heights Elementary District 25 during the 1960s and one term as a village trustee, died Nov. 21.

    Ex-District 25 board member Charles Bennett dead at 89

    A former school board member with Arlington Heights Elementary District 25, who served during its biggest growth years during the 1960s, has passed away. Charles Bennett served two terms on District 25's school board, during years when six new schools opened, before serving a term on the Arlington Heights board of village trustees.He passed away on Nov. 21.


    Vampire on the loose in Serbia?

    ZAROZJE, Serbia — Get your garlic, crosses and stakes ready: a bloodsucking vampire is on the loose.


    N. Korea says it will launch long-range rocket soon

    SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea announced Saturday that it would attempt to launch a long-range rocket in mid-December, a defiant move just eight months after a failed April bid was widely condemned as a violation of a U.N. ban against developing its nuclear and missile programs.


    Police: 2nd person dead after bus crash at airport

    MIAMI — Authorities say a second person has died after a bus crashed into an overpass at Miami International Airport.Miami-Dade police Lt. Rosanna Cordero-Stutz says the second person died at a hospital on Saturday morning. Three others were taken to a hospital in critical condition.


    California braces for more stormy weather

    SAN FRANCISCO — Northern California is bracing for more stormy weather this weekend after heavy rain and strong winds knocked out power to thousands, delayed flights, tied up traffic and flooded some roadways.


    100 still out of homes over NJ train derailment

    PAULSBORO, N.J. — More than 100 people in southern New Jersey remain out of their homes as officials continue efforts to clear a hazardous gas that spewed from a ruptured freight train car.The precautionary evacuations in Paulsboro were ordered late Friday, hours after the train derailment. They will likely remain in effect throughout the weekend and possibly longer.


    Missouri lottery winners want to live normally

    DEARBORN, Mo. — To announce one of the biggest events of their lives together, Cindy and Mark Hill returned to the place where it all began — the high school where they became sweethearts in the 1970s.


    Wyo. police: 2 slain before killer takes own life

    CASPER, Wyo. — The first victim was found in the gutter of a quiet residential street, just as the killer was shedding blood again on the campus of a nearby community college.Wielding some kind of sharp-edged weapon, he killed a community college instructor before taking his own life in front of a classroom of students.


    Campaign to send cards to Illinois service members

    CHICAGO — The director of the Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs is encouraging people to send holiday cards expressing their support to U.S. service members.Director Erica Borggren, herself an Iraq war veteran, says it means a lot to a service member to receive a holiday card.


    Portions of Oak Forest preserve now open to public

    OAK FOREST — Portions of the new Oak Forest Heritage Preserve are now open to the public.The Forest Preserve District of Cook County says it acquired the 176-acre site in suburban Chicago from the county two years ago because of its ecological, cultural and historical value.


    Illinois lottery adds Powerball to online sales

    Illinois residents dreaming of being the next big Powerball winner have a new way to buy their lottery tickets — without leaving home. The Illinois Lottery announced Friday it has re-launched its Internet sales and added Powerball to its website.


    Eric Weems returns a kickoff against the Vikings last week at Soldier Field. With Devin Hester out due to a concussion, Weems will assume the punt- and kickoff-return duties Sunday against the Seahawks.

    Bears' Weems in the spotlight today against Seahawks

    Eric Weems has made his mark as one of the Bears' top tacklers on special teams. But today,with Devin Hester out with a concussion, Weems will be the team's No. 1 kick-return man and will also play some wide receiver. As usual, he's just happy to have any opportunity to contribute. "He kind of ticks some people off sometimes, and sometimes they push him back and they can't believe this guy is beating them," special teams coordinator Dave Toub said.


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


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


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


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


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


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

    Joakim Noah dunks against the Philadelphia 76ers during the second half of the Bulls’ win on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012. The Bulls won 93-88.

    Bulls win, but did they lose Hamilton?

    Though it hardly matters in the long run, the Bulls did achieve some pay back on Saturday night. They knocked off Philadelphia 93-88 in the type of defensive slugfest coach Tom Thibodeau enjoys. This was the first time the Bulls have seen the 76ers since they were dancing on the scorer's table after knocking off the Derrick Rose-less Bulls in the first round of last year's playoffs.

    Philadelphia 76ers forward Evan Turner, center, shoots against Bulls center Joakim Noah (13) and forward Luol Deng during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Chicago on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012.

    Sixers’ Turner still loves his hometown

    Playing at the United Center in the playoffs last spring was a dream come true for Chicago native Evan Turner. So he wasn't about to let a few boos ruin the experience. Turner had a bout of unpopularity after saying late in the season the Sixers would be better off finishing No. 8 in the East and playing the Bulls instead of matching up against Miami.


    Barrington lines up a victory
    Barrington's girls basketball team spent a lot of time at the free throw line on Saturday night. In fact, the majority of the Fillies' points came at that stripe in a 39-33 triumph over visiting Huntley. The Fillies converted 7 field goals but made 25-of-36 free throws as they improved to 7-2.


    Bayram leads Batavia to win

    Despite getting off to a sluggish start, Batavia rebounded from Friday night's loss to Geneva by collecting a 73-36 Upstate Eight River Division victory over Elgin.Trailing Elgin 10-9 after one quarter of play, the Bulldogs (5-3, 2-1) exploded for 64 points in the remaining three quarters.


    It adds up to a Grayslake Central loss to Glenbrook South

    Grayslake Central's 43-19 rebounding deficit in Saturday's nonconference game against visiting Glenbrook South looked bad on paper. But it seemed to feel even worse in person. "I'm surprised it was that close," Rams head coach Brian Moe said of the unflattering numbers on the boards. "They really beat us up on rebounds."

    Bulls forward Carlos Boozer, top, shoots as Philadelphia 76ers forward Thaddeus Young (21) and center Lavoy Allen (50) look on Saturday during the first half.

    Bulls get the best of 76ers 93-88

    Richard Hamilton wasn't sure he was healthy enough to return to the game. It didn't matter, he was going back on the floor for the Chicago Bulls. Hamilton left the game in the third quarter with a left ankle injury, then returned to hit three of four free throws in the final 20 seconds to clinch a 93-88 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night.


    Stevenson surges past Maine W.

    Kari Moffat scored 11 points, and Stevenson's girls basketball team survived a couple of quality looks at the basket in the final seconds to win its second game in as many days, 38-37 over host Maine West in final-round action of the Tip-Off Classic on Saturday.


    Willowbrook blows out Proviso East

    With Proviso East shot blockers lurking around the basket, Willowbrook coach Terry Harrell looked to players like guard Molly Krawczykowski to attack in Saturday's home girls basketball game against the Pirates.


    Aurora Central rallies by Walther

    Trailing 29-9 after one quarter, Aurora Central Catholic came storming back to secure a 76-68 Suburban Christian Gold Conference victory over Walther Lutheran Saturday in Melrose Park.


    St. Charles E. rebounds

    St. Charles East wrestling coach Jason Potter expected his squad, one week after a major tournament championship, to give state-ranked Rockton Hononegah a better showing in its opening match of the West Aurora Mega Duals Saturday morning.


    Boys basketball/Fox Valley roundup

    Bartlett 53, Lake Park 37: Lance Whitaker scored 22 points to lead Bartlett (4-2, 1-0) in the Upstate Eight Valley. Marcus Aluquin added 13 points for the Hawks.Dundee-Crown 49, St. Patrick 40: Trailing 33-32 after three quarters, Dundee-Crown charged back to outscore St. Pat’s 17-7 in the fourth quarter and come away with a nonconference win in Chicago. JT Beasley and Brandon Rodriguez each had 16 points for the Chargers (5-0).Rockford Christian Life 62, Westminster Christian 59: Will Woodhouse scored 21 points and Colin Brandon added 18 but the Warriors (3-3, 0-1) fell short in the Northeastern Athletic Conference.


    Crystal Lake South tops Libertyville

    Nick Geske has suffered through a bothersome ankle injury during the early portion of the 2012-2013 boys basketball season. The Crystal Lake South senior guard certainly didn't have any lingering affects of the injury Saturday night. Scoring 22 points, which included 2 3-pointers, Geske's effort propelled the Gators to a 65-57 nonconference win over Libertyville at South's Gator Alley.


    Prospect thinks quick in OT, edges Barrington

    Scoring first in overtime in high school basketball is extremely important, because with no shot clock, it puts the other team into scramble mode almost immediately. On Saturday night at Prospect, the Knights scored two quick baskets to open the extra session, and that was enough for them to defeat Barrington 57-54 in a Mid-Suburban crossover. Mike Houghton scored just 20 seconds into the OT and Bobby Frasco followed with a layup 36 seconds later to give Prospect (4-2) a 56-52 lead and all the offense it would need to complete a 2-0 weekend.


    Bartlett defeats Lake Park

    Bartlett's 45-38 girls basketball win over Lake Park Saturday night in Roselle was important to the Hawks on two fronts.First and most importantly, it was the team's fourth win in five games and secondly, Bartlett's efforts in putting together a complete game made progress.


    St. Charles East heats up in 2nd half

    It was the type of half that could raise the blood pressure of any coach, getting them to rant and rave, maybe break a clipboard or two — yet Saints coach Lori Drumtra was quite calm after watching her Saints score 16 points in the first half at home Saturday night against St. Charles North. "We weren't that concerned because we felt we were getting good looks at the basket," Drumtra said. "It was just a horrendous shooting half. I was more concerned about our fouls and our defensive pressure. We talked about increasing the pressure on them on our 1-3-1, trying to trap, trying to make them throw the ball away. I think that was the turnaround. We shot a little better because we got some defensive turnovers we were able to convert."


    Geneva shoots past S. Elgin

    The first half featured a 10-minute delay when the lights went out in Mack Olson Gym. Late in the third quarter, Geneva's boys basketball team shot the lights out during a 14-2 run that snapped a 30-30 deadlock and enabled the Vikings to earn a 58-51 win over visiting South Elgin (2-4) in Upstate Eight Conference crossover action Saturday.


    Experience serves efficient Schaumburg

    If experience is the remedy for closing out games on the road, Schaumburg has it in a heavy dose. Schaumburg seniors Kyle Bolger (19 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists) and Jimmy Lundquist (12 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists) helped the Saxons (4-2) close the door on a pesky Elk Grove (2-3) squad to get a 41-36 victory on the road. "Kyle (Bolger) and Jimmy (Lundquist) have a ton of experience," said Schaumburg coach Matt Walsh. "They're both great players. They're both tough, smart kids who are great leaders and they did a great job tonight. Experience is the best teacher."


    Morton nips Larkin

    In anticipation of Larkin's strongest boys basketball team in several years, coach Deryn Carter added some challenging nonconference games to the 2012-13 schedule, Saturday's tilt against talented, athletic Morton being one example. Intent on proving they can play with heralded teams like the rising Royals, the Mustangs not only challenged Larkin, they used a 6-1 run in the game's final 3:01 and survived Larkin's last-second shot attempt to pull out a 63-62 victory in Elgin.


    Wolves roar back to sink Rivermen

    Chicago Wolves game report:The Chicago Wolves erased an early 1-0 deficit with 3 unanswered goals to defeat Illinois Lottery Cup rival Peoria 3-1 Saturday night at the Allstate Arena.Tim Miller, Michael Davies, and Darren Archibald netted the goals for the Wolves (9-8-2-1), who snapped a four-game losing streak and earned a victory for just the second time in their last nine games.


    Girls basketball/Fox Valley roundup

    Barrington 39, Huntley 33: Sam Andrews had 12 points and Ali Andrews added 9 but Barrington shut down Huntley (6-2) in this nonconference game at Barrington.CL South 55, Johnsburg 37: Sara Mickow registered another double-double with 22 points and 10 rebounds as the Gators rolled to a Fox Valley Conference crossover win. Rachel Rasmussen had 13 points for Crystal Lake South (5-3) and Chanel Fanter added 12.Streamwood 64, Larkin 24: Deja Moore scored 17 points and Jessica Cerda added 14 as Streamwood (6-1, 2-0) won easily in the Upstate Eight River. Quixmia Washington and Rachel Martinez had 7 points each for Larkin (0-7, 0-3).Batavia 74, Elgin 36: Maggie Powers led Elgin (3-4, 0-1) with 10 points and Abby Pierre-Louis added 8 in the Upstate Eight River.


    Neuqua Valley overcomes Brownridge, Waubonsie Valley

    There were flashes of greatness on each side during Saturday's key Upstate Eight Conference Valley Division boys basketball game between Waubonsie Valley and Neuqua Valley. For the host Warriors, star Jared Brownridge gave the fans in attendance a glimpse of just how good a basketball player he can be. But for the visiting Wildcats, great effort, great team play and some pretty impressive depth paved the way to a 59-46 win that keeps Neuqua Valley unbeaten on the year at 6-0 and more importantly 2-0 in league action with a win now over the preseason favored Warriors.


    Fremd streak ends at 19

    Fremd was looking to win its 20th consecutive Mike Williams Big Purple Invitational championship on Saturday at Downers Grove North. Lyons Twp. got in the way.


    Conant gets defensive in victory at Wheeling

    Conant's constant defensive pressure is designed to wear its opponent down over the course of a game. On Saturday night against Wheeling, the strategy proved most effective. The visiting Cougars forced the Wildcats into several turnovers and countless contested shots in a 73-39 Mid-Suburban League divisional crossover victory.

    Wauconda’s Jessie Wood fights for an offensive rebound against Grant defender Kaylie Kanzler at Wauconda on Saturday.

    Grant’s victory is quite a production

    Female athletes invaded Wauconda High School on Saturday. People flocked to watch. And have a cup of cheer. "I saw that and I was like, What's going on?' " Grant senior Taylor Rossi said of the festive crowd. "I was so confused." While a local dance company put on a presentation of "The Nutcracker," down the hallway, other fans took in a girls basketball game. Grant's fans had more reasons to cheer, as their athletes dominated host Wauconda, winning 58-34 in North Suburban Prairie Division action.


    Clark’s 27 lead Western Illinois past UMKC 68-63

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Ceola Clark tied a career high with 27 points, including five 3-pointers, to help Western Illinois hold off UMKC for a 68-63 victory Saturday.Clark, a sixth-year senior granted an extra year of eligibility because of injuries, was 8 of 13 from the field, including 5 of 8 from behind the arc. Terell Parks added 15 points, including a game-sealing layup with 4 seconds left, and 14 rebounds. Jack Houpt scored 11 points.The Leathernecks (5-3, 2-0 Summit League) never trailed but saw UMKC pull within 58-57 on Alton Tanner’s jumper with 3:06 to play. But Adam Link and Parks hit jumpers of their own, and Clark and Parks each made two free throws in the final minute.Thomas Staton led the Kangaroos (3-4, 1-1) with 15 points. Nelson Kirksey added 11 and Tanner had 10.The victory was just WIU’s fourth all-time in 21 games at UMKC.


    Girls bowling: Scouting Lake County

    Here's a look at the girls bowling team of Lake County for the 2012-13 season.


    Geneva rattles South Elgin

    Most experts in the health care industry suggest applying pressure to an open wound in the attempt to minimize blood loss.


    Quality Warren team, right on schedule

    Warren's girls bowling progarm has been successful on the lanes and in the classroom in recent years. The Blue Devils have shown consistency since the program began more than 30 years ago


    Jacobs wins Richmond tournament

    Austin Ryan was named the Mostr Valuable Wrestler and Jacobs scored 197 points to win the Tom DuBois Wrestling Classic at Richmond-Burton Saturday. Ross won the 106-pound championship, while Chris Dranka (113) and Mark Mamola (220) also won titles for the Golden Eagles.

    Utah head coach Rick Majerus instructs center Cameron Koford before sending him into the game against Kentucky in the first half at the NCAA Midwest Regional basketball tournament in Nashville, Tenn. Majerus, the jovial college basketball coach who led Utah to the 1998 NCAA final and had only one losing season in 25 years with four schools, died Saturday.

    College basketball coach Rick Majerus dies

    LOS ANGELES — Rick Majerus, the jovial college basketball coach who led Utah to the 1998 NCAA final and had only one losing season in 25 years with four schools, died Saturday. He was 64.Utah industrialist Jon Huntsman, the coach’s longtime friend, confirmed in a statement released through The Salt Lake Tribune that Majerus died of heart failure in a Los Angeles hospital. Majerus said Nov. 19 that he wouldn’t return to Saint Louis because of the heart condition. He ended the school’s 12-year NCAA tournament drought last season with a 26-win team that won its opening game and took top regional seed Michigan State to the wire. The Billikens were ranked for the first time since 1994-95.Majerus was undergoing evaluation and treatment in California for the ongoing heart trouble and the school announced he was on leave in late August.Majerus had a history of heart problems dating to 1989. He had a stent inserted in August 2011 in Salt Lake City and missed some games in the 2011-12 season after gashing his leg in a collision with players.Majerus was 95-69 in five seasons at Saint Louis and had a 25-year record of 517-216. He had his most success at Utah, going 323-95 from 1989-2004. He was at Marquette from 1983-86, and Ball State from 1987-89.He took 12 teams to the NCAA tournament and four to the NIT, with the 1998 Utah team losing to Kentucky in the NCAA championship game.

    Maggie Dansdill blocks a pass from Mae Elizabeth Gimre of West Chicago during the Wheaton Warrenville South at West Chicago girls basketball game Saturday.

    Waldron leads WW South past West Chicago

    Wheaton Warrenville South point guard Meghan Waldron has eased her way into playing the part of the veteran. She led the Tigers with 17 points and helped control the offensive tempo during a 64-32 DuPage Valley Conference girls basketball victory at West Chicago on Saturday afternoon.


    Burlington Central routs Genoa-Kingston

    It took nearly a quarter and a half for the Genoa-Kingston girls basketball team to score its first points, and Burlington Central took full advantage by outscoring the Cogs 67-9 for a Big Northern East victory in Genoa Saturday afternoon. Freshman Samantha Pryor finished with 18 points and 7 rebounds for the Rockets, but indicated that it was a team effort and she was just another member of the team.

    South Elgin’s Cody Pych and Geneva’s Keneen Freeman face off during the 126-pound match at South Elgin on Saturday. Pych took the match.

    Downers Grove N. enjoys 3-0 day at South Elgin

    Downers Grove North wrestling coach Chris McGrath doesn't believe his squad is supremely talented. But the Trojans are headed in the right direction with toughness. A 3-0 day at the South Elgin quad Saturday morning will help guide that toughness even more after they defeated Round Lake, Geneva and the host Storm to improve to 4-2 overall. "We have to work really, really hard to be good," McGrath said. "We have a very tough schedule so we can learn how to be tough. We're in the process of learning how to be tough. "I'd give us a B- today but we were a C- yesterday."

    Under coach Doug Bruno, above, DePaul has won 13 of the past 14 games since 1999 over Northwestern. But coach Joe McKeown’s Wildcats have recently narrowed that gap.

    NU-DePaul battle features plenty of area stars

    The top two women's college basketball teams in Illinois will be facing off on Sunday in Lincoln Park. And both Northwestern and DePaul feature plenty of local talent.

    Alabama defensive lineman Quinton Dial runs on the field with a Alabama flag Saturday after their 32-28 win in the Southeastern Conference championship against Georgia in Atlanta.

    Alabama holds off Georgia 32-28, advances to Miami

    Alabama is heading back to the national championship game — by a mere 4 yards. AJ McCarron threw a 45-yard touchdown pass to Amari Cooper with 3:15 remaining, and the No. 2 Crimson Tide barely held off No. 3 Georgia 32-28 in a Southeastern Conference title game for the ages Saturday.

    Cubs starting pitcher Matt Garza is the ace of the staff, but several pitchers are coming off injuries and the Cubs make try to find more depth at the winter meetings.

    If Cubs do sign Fujikawa, it’s an interesting move

    The Cubs head into this week's winter meetings with needs to fill on the pitcher's mound, in the outfield and at third base. Will they make a deal or two in Nashville? We break down the areas of concern.

    Cal Cummins

    Cummins steps down at Streamwood

    Streamwood football coach Cal Cummins stepped down recently, citing family obligations. The sixth coach since the program began in 1979, Cummins led the Sabres for seven seasons, highlighted by a playoff appearance in 2011, Streamwood's first since 2002. He called a meeting with his players to break the news two days after the team awards banquet.


    Benet spreads the wealth in win

    Senior Allison Hlavin has a theory about the Benet girls basketball team's balanced scoring. "We're never selfish," the Redwings co-captain said. "We all trust each other with the ball, we know what each other can do, so we love to just help others and help ourselves too."


    A flurry of excellence from Leyden at Valhalla

    Fremd girls bowling coach Deb Pietrucha said this was the first year where snow hadn't caused at least one team to arrive late to her annual tourney. Not this season, though — there were warm temps and sunshine outside, while inside Arlington Lanes the spotlight was shining directly on the Leyden Eagles. Leyden, led by individual champion Reba Hall with an outstanding 231.00 average, won Saturday's Vikings Valhalla Invite with a pinfall of 4,747.


    Winning leads to Leyden’s grinning

    That big smile worn by Mike Fumagalli said it all. Leyden saved its best for last Saturday afternoon at its annual quad inside the famed Farina Fieldhouse in Franklin Park with an exciting come-from-behind victory over Fox Valley Conference power Crystal Lake South to give a young Eagles club a 2-1 record for the day. State-ranked New Trier and CL South also went 2-1, while Buffalo Grove finished 0-3.


    Barrington impresses in quad victory

    In a quadrangular meet hosted by Barrington on Saturday, the Broncos proved to be the class of the field. Barrington senior Jack Strauss won the 200-yard freestyle and 50 free and had legs on the winning 200 and 400 free relays as the Broncos won with 438.5 points.

    After a two-year run in which he went 23-4 as NIU’s head coach, Dave Doeren decided to accept a job offer at North Carolina State.

    Northern Illinois’ Doeren going to NC State

    Dave Doeren is leaving Northern Illinois after two straight championship seasons to take over at North Carolina State. N.C. State announced Doeren's hiring Saturday — less than 24 hours after he guided the 19th-ranked Huskies to their second consecutive Mid-American Conference championship, and just six days after firing Tom O'Brien.

    Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner celebrates his interception return for a touchdown against the Bears with teammates Richard Sherman (25) and Doug Baldwin (15) last season at Soldier Field. The 6-foot-3 Browner will try to contain Bears WR Brandon Marshall when the teams meet again Sunday.

    Seahawks CBs present big challenge for Marshall

    Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall has dominated most opponents this season, but today he faces the NFL's biggest and one of the best cornerback tandems in the Seahawks' Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman.


    Conant quickly gets back on track

    After losing a tough 35-31 decision to Barrington on Friday night, it was a quick turn-around for Conant on Saturday afternoon. But it didn't prevent the Cougars from getting off to a quick start against St. Viator in the nonconference girls basketball game. Conant raced out to a 19-5 lead and never looked back in a 46-28 victory at the Cahill Gymnasium in Arlington Heights.

    JOE LEWNARD/jlewnard@dailyherald.com Barrington's Jessica Lee competes on the balance beam during the Al Galatte girls gymnastics invitational Rolling Meadows Saturday.

    Promising start as Prospect ices Galatte title

    Prospect girls gymnastics season came to sudden halt last season, but the Knights are off to a most encouraging beginning to this season. It was rough way to finish last year as Prospect hit a school-record 145.02 at the Lake Park sectional but missed qualifying for the state meet by a heartbreaking .225 points. The Knights have hit the ground running this season, taking first with 68.8 points at Saturday's 32nd annual Al Galatte Invite hosted by Rolling Meadows. Lake Park took second with 68.5 points, followed by Barrington (68.0), Lake Forest (67.35), and Conant (67.05).

    Louisville’s Peyton Siva, left, attempts to steal the ball away from Illinois State’s Johnny Hill Saturday during second half in Louisville, Ky. Louisville defeated Illinois St. 69-66.

    Illinois State falls short in upset of Louisville

    Illinois State coach Dan Muller nearly had a signature win in just his seventh game. Coming close doesn't interest him. The first-year coach and his Redbirds came into No. 5 Louisville and narrowly fell 69-66 after leading all but the first 39 seconds of the first half and most of the second. "We don't come for moral victories," said Muller, who led Illinois State to its last NCAA tournament appearance as a player in 1998.


    Stony Brook defeats Eastern Illinois 66-52

    Marcus Rouse came off the bench to score 16 points and propel Stony Brook to a 66-52 win over Eastern Illinois Saturday. The Seawolves (6-2) got good 3-point shooting from Rouse and Anthony Jackson. Twelve of Rouse's 16 points came on four treys in six attempts. Jackson, who scored 13 points, contributed three 3-pointers.

    Michigan guard Spike Albrecht goes against Bradley center Jordan Prosser Saturday during the first half in Peoria.

    No. 3 Michigan holds survives Bradley, 74-66

    Freshman Nick Stauskas scored 22 points in his first start and No. 3 Michigan survived a late run to beat Bradley 74-66 on Saturday.


    Turk scores 19 as Loyola tops Furman 77-50

    Devon Turk came off the bench to score 19 points, including five 3-pointers, as Loyola defeated Furman 77-50 Saturday.


    Barrington knocks Grant from unbeaten ranks

    As the old saying goes, all good things must come to an end. And after starting off the wrestling season with a perfect 5-0 record, host Grant finally met its match Saturday afternoon against state-ranked Barrington. The Bulldogs (5-1) started off their own triple-dual meet by posting a lopsided 54-9 nonconference victory over Waukegan before adding an impressive 46-11 win over fellow North Suburban Conference foe Stevenson in the second round. Then came the main event as Grant met Barrington (8-1) in the final round. Starting at 120 pounds, the Broncos built a comforable 23-3 advantage after eight bouts before easily holding off a late Bulldogs' rally to capture a 32-15 victory and post a 3-0 record on the day.

    Northwestern’s Drew Crawford goes up for a shot against Illinois-Chicago’s Josh Crittle Satudray during the first half in Evanston.

    Illinois-Chicago rallies past Northwestern 50-44

    Josh Crittle's go-ahead basket with 53 seconds remaining helped UIC to a 50-44 upset of Northwestern on Saturday. Crittle finished with a team-high 13 points, and Gary Talton's two free throws with 29 seconds left sealed the win for the Flames (6-1).


    Girls basketball/DuPage County roundup

    Anna Tracy sank a go-ahead jumper with 26 seconds left, and South Elgin held on to beat winless Waubonsie Valley 43-40 on Friday in Aurora.Emma Rigby scored 11 points for Waubonsie (0-6, 0-1 Upstate Eight Valley), her driving layup with 1:05 to play giving the Warriors their last lead. Andrea Colin, Morgan Grastorf and Kendall O’Sullivan all added 6 for Waubonsie, which led by as many as 7 in the first half. Colin’s 3-point attempt for the tie hit off the front rim as time expired.Kennede Miller had 11 points and 11 rebounds and Tracy 10 points for South Elgin (5-2, 1-0).Fenton 39, Elmwood Park 28:Balanced scoring helped Fenton (4-2, 1-1) win the Metro Suburban contest. Sidney Montano and Tina Guarino each scored 9 points, Kayla McPherson scored 8 and Dana Fritz added 7 points.East Aurora 50, Lake Park 44:Emily Duckhorn scored 19 points for the Lancers (0-7, 0-2 Upstate Eight Valley), but it wasn’t enough to overcome Tyshee Towner’s 23 for East Aurora.Oak Park 54, York 47:AnnaBell Lansdowne poured in 17 points with 5 rebounds and Sarah Milkowski added 10 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists for the Dukes (3-4, 0-2 West Suburban Silver).

    DePaul’s Charles McKinney shoots over Auburn’s Rob Chubb Friday during the first half in Auburn, Ala.

    Melvin leads DePaul past Auburn, 80-76

    Cleveland Melvin scored 21 points and made a steal and two free throws late to lift DePaul to an 80-76 victory over Auburn Friday night in the SEC/Big East Challenge. Melvin swiped a pass from Rob Chubb as the Tigers tried to set up for at least a tying basket. He drove for a layup with 13 seconds left but was fouled by Noel Johnson and put the game away for the Blue Demons (4-3).


    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi,a California Democrat, speaks to reporters Thursday just after meeting with Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner on the fiscal cliff negotiations, at the Capitol in Washington.

    House and Senate sit on tax bills

    Leaders from each party said their bill should be the starting point for finding a solution in the next few weeks. Both bills would extend tax cuts through next year. The Senate bill would save taxpayers about $250 billion, according to congressional estimates. The House bill would save taxpayers about $400 billion.

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel casts her vote Friday at the German federal parliament, Bundestag, in Berlin, Germany. The German Parliament has given its overwhelming backing to a deal aimed at trimming Greece’s debt load and keeping the country financially afloat.

    Merkel acknowledges Germans’ frustration on Greece

    Overly indebted Greece, which is about to enter its sixth consecutive year of a deep recession that has pushed unemployment up to 25 percent, is being kept afloat with rescue loans from its European partners and the International Monetary Fund in return for implementing harsh budget cuts and structural reforms.


    Tech workers sense opportunity as health care law kicks in: Jobs

    John Tricas said he heard opportunity knocking and learned networking software two decades ago, when it was the "next big thing." Now he senses a similar opening as the health-care overhaul law takes effect. In September, the 56-year-old information-technology worker took a job troubleshooting issues doctors, nurses and other users are having with a new government-funded electronic-records system at a Raleigh, North Carolina, health-care company.

    A passenger plays a game with a smartphone on a subway in Seoul, South Korea. Across the entire population, South Korea’s government estimated 2.55 million people are addicted to smartphones, using the devices for 8 hours a day or more, in its first survey of smartphone addiction released earlier this year.

    Wired South Korea to stem digital addiction from age 3

    Park Jung-in, an 11-year-old South Korean, sleeps with her Android smartphone instead of a teddy bear. When the screen beams with a morning alarm, she wakes up, picks up her glasses and scrolls through tens of unread messages from friends, shaking off drowsiness. In South Korea, where the government provides counseling programs and psychological treatment for an estimated 2 million people who cannot wean themselves from playing online computer games, youngsters such as Park have previously not been considered as potential addicts.

    Google has saved huge amounts of energy by allowing its data center workers to wear shorts and T-shirts.

    How Google saves money by wearing shorts

    Instead of keeping its data centers at the traditional 60 to 65 degrees Fahrenheit, Google's often run at a balmy 80 degrees. That's why its technicians now work in shorts and T-shirts. Keeping the temperature a little higher has also allowed the company to switch from using giant, power-hungry chillers to an evaporative "free cooling" system that relies on outside air.


    App reviews: Xbox Smart Glass, Angry Birds Star Wars

    Microsoft recently updated its Xbox Live app with a host of new features — and a new name: Xbox Smart Glass. This app lets users control limited parts of the Xbox console through their smartphone or tablet. The app, announced over the summer, essentially lets you turn your smartphone or tablet into an Xbox remote control.

    Don Killian sits on the bed he offers up to strangers at no cost in Bozeman, Mont. Killian is one of the 150 Bozeman, Mont., members of CouchSurfing.org, a website for travelers looking for a free place to stay.

    Review: Rooming with strangers — a game of trust

    "Do we still have a TV?" That's the text message I got from my husband as I walked up the steps to our Brooklyn apartment on a Friday afternoon this fall. I was fairly sure that we did. I opened the door. Cats, check. TV, check. He needed to know because we'd just entrusted a stranger, by most senses of the word, with keys to our home and with it. It was with the same implicit trust she'd placed in us when she asked to spend a couple of nights on our futon, sight unseen.


    How chains are fill shopping gap between Black Friday and Christmas

    Banana Republic is giving away Ghirardelli chocolates and six Fiat 500s in the first 12 days of December as U.S. retailers fight the holiday shopping lull that typically follows the Black Friday weekend. "You just can't all keep competing on price all the time," Barbara Kahn, a marketing professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, said in a telephone interview.


    Tech gifts you can buy for under $100

    Struggling to find gifts for the techie in your life? Here's a guide to items you can purchase for under $100 that will be a hit this holiday season.

    To someone used to the relentless pace of change in modern gadgetry, the difference between the earliest butter churns and the latest churns — by which Farhad Manjoo means, the difference between how people made butter in the 1700s and how they made butter in the 1940s — seems hopelessly small.

    Churning butter, revisiting an olde technology

    A few years ago, on a lark, I decided to make butter. This sounds like it might be some kind of arduous, gourmand pursuit, but it was quite simple. I got to thinking about my butter-making adventure when, as part of Slate's Reader Takeover project, readers asked me to "review the most nontech gadgets you can think of, like butter churns. I didn't actually get hold of a butter churn, but I did, however, spend a lot of time researching and thinking about all of the energy and ingenuity humans have applied to the problem of making butter.

    There’s no single reason why hotel rooms cost far more on a per night basis than ordinary housing. One of the biggest reason is taxes, though.

    Why are hotel rooms so expensive?

    Hotel rooms can cost five, 10, 50 times as much as an apartment in the same city. How come? There's not a single reason why hotel rooms are so much more expensive on a per night basis than ordinary housing. But one place to start is taxes. Local tax codes tend to treat homeowners relatively favorably. There are some ideological and substantive reasons for this, and also crass politics.

    Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing, talks about the panoramic features of the new camera and iSight during an introduction of the new iPhone 5 in San Francisco. Every new technology job in a city creates five additional local jobs outside the sector over time, according to an analysis by Enrico Moretti, an economics professor at the University of California, Berkeley.

    Rising tech job boom eventually lifts boats elsewhere in San Francisco

    Nerds are no longer the only ones benefiting from the innovation boom. Having left the heavy lifting to technology companies until early this year, San Francisco's non-tech employers are playing a growing role in the city's labor recovery. Positions in everything from retail to construction to hospitality now comprise about 75 percent of the city's job growth, helping it add jobs at among the fastest rates in the nation and reduce its unemployment rate to 6.5 percent.


    China mafia-style hack attack drives California firm to brink

    WASHINGTON — During his civil lawsuit against the People’s Republic of China, Brian Milburn says he never once saw one of the country’s lawyers. He read no court documents from China’s attorneys because they filed none. The voluminous case record at the U.S. District courthouse in Santa Ana, Calif., contains a single communication from China: a curt letter to the U.S. State Department, urging that the suit be dismissed.This doesn’t mean that Milburn’s adversary had no contact with him.For three years, a group of hackers from China waged a relentless campaign of cyber harassment against Solid Oak Software Inc., Milburn’s family-owned, eight-person firm in Santa Barbara, Calif. The attack began less than two weeks after Milburn publicly accused China of appropriating his company’s parental filtering software, CYBERsitter, for a national Internet censoring project. And it ended shortly after he settled a $2.2 billion lawsuit against the Chinese government and a string of computer companies last April.In between, the hackers assailed Solid Oak’s computer systems, shutting down web and email servers, spying on an employee with her webcam, and gaining access to sensitive files in a battle that caused company revenues to tumble and brought it within a hair’s breadth of collapse.As the public dispute unfolded in decorous courtrooms, Milburn’s computer prowess was tested to its limits in what amounted to a digital home invasion by what he later learned was one of the most prolific hacking teams in China. He waged his own desperate one-man fight without weapons or help from authorities, swapping out servers, puzzling over middle-of-the- night malfunctions, and watching his sales all but evaporate -- his every keystroke monitored by spies who had turned his technology against him.Milburn, 61, rarely took a day off during that time as he struggled around the clock to keep his computer network running and his firm afloat. He doubts he’ll ever know exactly what was going on, but he has theories.“It felt like they had a plan,” says Milburn, sitting in his office two blocks from Santa Barbara’s main drag, where he’s now focused on rebuilding his business. “If they could just put the company out of business, the lawsuit goes away. They didn’t need guys with guns or someone to break my kneecaps.”The cyber attack against Solid Oak provides a rare look at the clandestine methods in play as high-tech spies and digital combatants seek to gain a brass-knuckle advantage in the global economy, from trade disputes to big-dollar deals to lawsuits. U.S. officials say that China in particular uses its national security apparatus for such intrusions, targeting thousands of U.S. and European corporations and blurring the traditional lines of espionage.While his civil case was pending, Milburn didn’t discuss the cyber intrusion publicly, saying only that the company and its Los Angeles-based law firm had received emails containing spyware. He had no idea who was behind it until last August, when he provided malware samples to a security firm at the request of a Bloomberg reporter.A forensic analysis of the malware by Joe Stewart, a threat expert at Atlanta-based Dell SecureWorks, identified the intruders who rifled Solid Oak’s networks as a team of Shanghai- based hackers involved in a string of sensitive national security-related breaches going back years.Commercial hacker hunters — who refer to the team as the Comment group, for the hidden program code they use known as “comments” — tie it to a multitude of victims that include the the president of the European Union Council, major defense contractors and even Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign. The group has been linked to the People’s Liberation Army, China’s military, according to leaked classified cables.

Life & Entertainment


    There are several options when fixing a squeaky floor

    Q. How do you repair squeaking floors? The house is 47 years old and just walking across the floors creates a squeak. But it's only in certain areas, not the whole floor or room.

    Kim Kardashian loved Bahrain, but the feeling wasn’t mutual

    Protests flare in Bahrain for Kim Kardashian visit

    Just hours after reality TV star Kim Kardashian gushed about her impressions of Bahrain, riot police fired tear gas to disperse more than 50 hard-line Islamic protesters denouncing her presence in the Gulf kingdom.

    Ricky Martin

    Ricky Martin finds new home on small screen

    Ricky Martin is saying goodbye to Broadway's "Evita." But don't cry for him. The Latin superstar has a slew of new projects in the works, including two television series and a children's book.

    Designer Jason Wu and model Karlie Kloss attend the Target and Neiman Marcus holiday collection launch in New York.

    Images: Target and Neiman Marcus holiday launch
    Target and Neiman Marcus launched holiday collections Wednesday night in New York.

    Photographer Steve McCurry poses Tuesday with models, from left, Summer Rayne Oakes, Petra Nemcova, Kyleigh Kuhn and Hanaa Ben Abdesslem at the 2013 Pirelli Calendar red carpet event in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The calendar debuted in 1964 as a racy way of promoting Italian tire maker Pirelli and has since grown into a fashion institution. The 2013 calendar was shot entirely in Rio by celebrated American photojournalist Steve McCurry.

    Images: 2013 Pirelli calendar red carpet event
    The Pirelli calendar debuted in 1964 as a racy way of promoting Italian tire maker Pirelli and has since grown into a fashion institution. The 2013 calendar was shot entirely in Rio by celebrated American photojournalist Steve McCurry.

    Comedian Bill Cosby is set to return to the Genesee Theatre on Saturday, Dec. 1.

    Weekend picks: It's a Cosby show at the Genesee

    Groundbreaking comedy legend Bill Cosby returns to perform Saturday at the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan. Visit with Santa and get up-close views of some of Willowbrook Wildlife Center's raptor residents at the Talons and Claus Open House at the center in Glen Ellyn. Step into a world resembling an old-fashioned vignette with horse-drawn wagons, live reindeer, a grand tree lighting and Victorian carolers at the Frosty Fest celebration in downtown West Chicago Saturday.

    Quilts are displayed as part of the “Favorite Reproduction Quilts by Jo Morton” at the Quilt Museum at the Old Country Store in Intercourse, Pa.

    Free things to see and do in Amish country

    The harvest season is nearing its glorious end, and the culture, architecture and history of Pennsylvania's Amish country can be seen for free in Lancaster County, where many Amish settled starting in the early 1700s. The region is well aware of its draw, having established large, modern outlet malls as well as shops selling Amish goods, not to mention an amusement park — Dutch Wonderland — that draws children and their parents from all around.

    “The Big Screen: The Story of the Movies” by David Thomson

    Stories about films light up ‘Big Screen’

    A treat for the film fan who already knows his Murnau from his Eisenstein, David Thomson's reflections on movies and their impact is a tart challenge to people who think the cinema began with their first box of popcorn. As Thomson notes, his look back at more than a century of movies is personal and reflective. It is full of opinions, but none that demand agreement to the point of being a turnoff. "They are there," he writes, "to urge you into your own."

    A snowboarder goes down a slope at the Brighton Ski Resort along the Wasatch Range in Utah.

    Utah looking to link Wasatch ski resorts

    This could be the next great leap forward for Utah skiing: Hopping from one resort in the Wasatch Range to another, with seven resorts already clustered so closely together some neighbors are separated by only a rope line. It would make for a Euro-style experience in the mountains that loom over Salt Lake City. By combining 25 square miles of terrain, the Utah resorts could offer North America's largest skiing complex.

    Christian Bale portrays Batman in “The Dark Knight Rises,” which will be released on DVD Dec. 4.

    DVD previews

    Upcoming DVD releases this week include "The Dark Knight Rises," "Hope Springs" and "The Odd Life of Timothy Green."

    Creekside at Inverness Ridge is being built by Meritus Homes and its president, Brian Brunhofer.

    Homebuilder, buyers benefit from lower land prices

    Brian and Karen Brunhofer and their Deerfield-based Meritus Homes, founded in mid-2010, offers prospective buyers the benefits of experience and timing. Both spent 12 years working for Pulte-Del Webb, learning how to build homes the right way while also acquiring knowledge on how to sustain a business, even in difficult times.


    Not all reverse mortgage calculators are created equal

    One of the great features of the home equity conversion mortgage (HECM) program is that eligible seniors have multiple options designed to meet a variety of different needs. They can a) draw cash upfront; b) select a credit line on which to draw in the future at their own initiative; c) receive a tenure annuity for as long as they remain in their home; and d) receive a term annuity for a period the senior selects.

    Models Karlie Kloss and Joan Smalls host mini-episodes of “House of Style” online. The show’s past and present come together in a documentary called “House of Style: Music, Models, and MTV” that makes its televised premiere on Saturday.

    ‘House of Style’ brings together past, present in documentary

    The "House of Style" that MTV built back in 1989 has undergone some serious renovation, but it always had good bones.The show's past and present come together in a documentary, "House of Style: Music, Models, and MTV," that premieres Saturday night.

    Carly Serepetti, checks out the decorated Christmas trees on display in Dearborn, Mich. With a little planning, a little help and a lot of resolve, holiday entertaining doesn’t have to mean you’re too stressed out to enjoy your own party.

    Tips for de-stressing holiday entertaining

    With a little planning, a little help and a lot of resolve, holiday entertaining doesn't have to mean you're too stressed out to enjoy your own party. Sometimes, said Michelle Morton, a professional organizer and busy mom of three in Raleigh, N.C., it's all about attitude. "This is not the time to perfect being perfect,"' she said.

    Tactile Discs by AblePlay are toys that stimulate the tactile sensations of kids with autism. Set of 5 is $85 at ableplay.org.

    Toys to engage kids on autism spectrum

    From little fidget toys to indoor "pools," there are lots of options for toys of all kinds that are appropriate for kids on the autism spectrum. Many children with autism like sensory toys that have different textures and parts that can be moved around.


    Sellers obligated to leave home in ‘broom-clean’ condition

    Q. I have sold my house and we are currently in the process of moving out. Are there any rules or regulations about what can be left behind that you just can't get rid of, i.e. old rusted paint cans?


    Heed the Condominium Property Act

    Q. What takes priority in the event of a conflict, the provisions of a declaration or the provisions of the Illinois Condominium Property Act/Common Interest Community Act?



    The Soapbox

    School partnerships, service awards, a coat collection -- good. Gambling expansion, strike threats -- not so good. See what Daily Herald editors have to say.


    Congress, reconsider your entitlements
    A Rolling Meadows letter to the editor: They should be put on Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. This way they can see firsthand what needs reform. I wonder how much it costs the taxpayers for all their entitlements.


    Don’t take lightly snuffing out life
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: Mr. Peterson's letter of Nov. 24 is very short sighted. I have many friends that have many different ideas on abortion. It is not just no to abortions period. There are many shades of gray. Some do say never no abortion under any circumstance including incest and rape, which is really the same.


    Planned Parenthood support about money
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: I might add that Cecile Richards, head of Planned Parenthood, campaigned hard for President Obama. Success for the organization is also personal for Cecile Richards in that she receives $400,000 a year.


    Respond peacefully to anti-Islam ads
    A Des Plaines letter to the editor: No hate speech should be promoted toward any religious groups, whether you are a Muslim, Christian, Jew, Sikh or of any other faith. It is our duty and right as Americans to denounce such despicable acts of hateful speech and instead promote a peaceful society.


    ‘Who’ matters more than ‘where’ for meal
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: We felt it would be better to eat where family members are working so we could at least be together. Family is family no matter where you are able to have your Thanksgiving celebration.


    Blame greed for Hostess demise
    A Bartlett letter to the editor: They hoped the company would right itself eventually, and they all would survive. But the management continued its poor practices, and today the company finds itself on the verge of extinction — but not before it pays those failed executives millions of dollars in bonuses.


    What we have is a spending problem
    A St. Charles letter to the editor: The truth is that Washington and Illinois doesn't have simply a taxing problem. Washington and Illinois has a spending problem.


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