Daily Archive : Friday December 7, 2012


    Chef Alain Roby breaks the record for the world’s longest candy cane — measured at 51 feet — Saturday night in Geneva.

    Geneva chef makes world’s largest candy cane

    Geneva pastry chef Alain Roby broke his third Guinness World Record Saturday night by creating the world’s longest candy cane, measuring at 51 feet long. Roby, who already holds world records for the tallest cooked sugar building and tallest chocolate sculpture, pulled sugar starting at the Geneva Courthouse and stretched it to the intersection in front of his All Chocolate Kitchen, at 33 S.

    West Virginia University Mountaineer mascot Jonathan Kimble is seen during the NCAA college football game between West Virginia University and University of Maryland in Morgantown, W.Va. A video showing Kimble using his mascot rifle to hunt bear has gone viral.

    BC-US-ODD--Mascot Goes Hunting, 1st Ld-Writethru,424 WVU mascot told to stop firing musket at wildlife AP Photo RIC101

    Associated PressCHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The musket toted by West Virginia University's Mountaineer isn't just a prop — it's a bona fide weapon, and mascot Jonathan Kimble demonstrated that when he brought down a black bear with it in the woods.

    Ryan Nelson, 31, an American tourist from Tampa, Florida, sips the $500 per poun Black Ivory coffee at a hotel restaurant in Chiang Rai province, northern Thailand.

    Coffee from an elephant’s gut fills a $50 cup

    Trumpeted as earthy in flavor and smooth on the palate, this exotic new coffee brew is made from beans eaten by Thai elephants and plucked a day later from their dung.


    No one hurt in Fox Lake fire

    No injuries were reported following a fire at a two-story single family home in Fox Lake Friday morning, authorities said. Emergency crews responded to the report of a fire at 11 a.m. on the 0-100 block of South Maple Avenue, according to the Fox Lake Fire Protection District.

    Mark Fields, incoming chief operating officer of Ford Motor Co., stands for a photograph with the Fiesta ST hatchback vehicle during the LA Auto Show in Los Angeles last Wednesday, Nov. 28.

    Ford hybrids don’t meet mileage claim, Consumer Reports says

    "This is the largest discrepancy that we've seen," Jake Fisher, Consumer Reports auto test chief, said in an interview. "Hopefully the EPA and Ford can look into this. It's important to get to the bottom of this and make sure that the claimed fuel economy is going to be what consumers find in the real world."

    Stuart Gaffney, left, and John Lewis, same-sex partners for 22 years, huddle outside of the federal courthouse in San Francisco. The U.S. Supreme Court decided Friday to hear the appeal of a ruling that struck down Proposition 8, the state’s measure that banned same sex marriages. The highly anticipated decision by the court means same-sex marriages will not resume in California any time soon. The justices likely will not issue a ruling until spring of next year. A federal appeals court ruled in February that Proposition 8’s ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional. But the court delayed implementing the order until same-sex marriage opponents proponents could ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review the ruling.

    U.S. Supreme Court to review same-sex marriage

    The Supreme Court plunged into the contentious issue of gay marriage Friday when it agreed to take up California's ban on same-sex unions and a separate dispute about federal benefits for legally married gay couples. The court's action gives the justices the chance to say by late June whether gay Americans have the same constitutional right to marry as heterosexuals.

    Antioch Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram donated this vehicle to Round Lake Park police for use on patrols and for crime-prevention duties. Police said the Jeep is worth $48,000 and will be returned to the dealership after about 5,000 miles.

    Round Lake Park cops receive free Jeep

    Round Lake Park police have a new $48,000 Jeep to use for a few months through a corporate sponsorship of sorts. Antioch Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram donated the vehicle to Round Lake Park authorities. Deputy Police Chief Dan Burch said the village will use the new, top-of-the-line Jeep for about 5,000 miles, then return it to the dealership and receive another vehicle.

    Paul DesCoteaux

    Geneva loses its ‘MVP’ and beautification advocate

    Paul DesCoteaux, a longtime Geneva alderman who valued education and community service, died this week from a stroke-related illness. Descoteaux, 83, spent 21 years on the city council until his retirement in 2009 and started a volunteer group that plants and maintains flower beds in the downtown area, and was remembered as an honest, self-made man who hated government waste, believed in service...

    Mary Jane Klinger

    Longtime nurse remembered as advocate for healthy lifestyles

    In a nearly 30-year nursing career with the DuPage County Health Department, Mary Jane Klinger was an energetic advocate for healthy lifestyles who also served on state and regional nursing organizations. The longtime Wheaton resident led the department's nursing division at a time when the agency was expanding public health services to accommodate rapid growth in the area, including a prenatal...

    Frank and Kim Alonso’s pet cockatiel Tango skateboards around their Lombard home Friday. Tango is back at home after a three-day adventure that involved being chased by a hawk and cared for by a guest at Lombard’s Westin hotel.

    Lombard cockatiel survives 3-day MIA adventure

    Frank and Kim Alonso's pet bird, a cockatiel named Tango, went missing Thanksgiving Day and ended up back in their Lombard home a few days later after being chased by a hawk and eventually rescued and cared for by a guest in the Westin Hotel. "It was a lot of one-in-a-million shots bundled into one," Frank Alonso said.

    Kristina Kovarik

    Gurnee receives upbeat 6-month financial news

    While sales taxes in the first six months of Gurnee's budget year have produced revenue as expected, holiday shoppers will determine if the momentum continues, village officials said this week.


    Johnsburg man dies day after Route 72 crash

    The Kane County Sheriff's office said a Johnsburg man died Friday from injuries sustained in a Thursday morning crash on Route 72 in unincorporated Rutland Township.

    Federal authorities say Kenneth White, 34, of Hoffman Estates robbed a bank in Park Ridge Nov. 9, and is suspected of five other bank robberies in the area.

    FBI says Hoffman Estates man robbed several area banks

    A Hoffman Estates man was charged Friday with robbing a Park Ridge bank and is suspected in the robberies of five other banks in Chicago and the northwest suburbs. Kenneth White, 34, of the 700 block of West Bode Circle, was arrested Thursday in Schaumburg without incident and appeared in court Friday on a felony bank robbery charge for the Nov. 9 robbery of a Harris Bank branch in Park Ridge,...

    A clerk prepares to display a poster Friday of an Apple’s iPhone 5 at a mobile phone shop in Seoul, South Korea.

    Apple holds back S&P, Nasdaq; Dow ends higher

    At the end of the day, the Dow was up 81.09 points to 13,155.13. The S&P 500, where Apple's weight is 4 percent, was up but by a smaller proportion, rising 4.13 to 1,418.07. The Nasdaq composite index, where Apple accounts for a hefty 12 percent, fell 11.23 to 2,978.04.


    Wauconda village board meets Tuesday

    The Wauconda village board will meet Tuesday night as a committee of the whole to discuss engineering services for a planned system that will connect the town to Lake Michigan's water supply, among other issues.


    Operation Street Sweep

    Round Lake Park police say they executed search warants in a neighboring village Friday and arrested two men as part of the continuing Operation Street Sweep.


    Drop off old holiday lights

    Mundelein is partnering with Elgin Recycling, Inc., for a free holiday light recycling program from which runs through Jan. 31.


    Lakemoor hosts holiday party

    Lakemoor will host a holiday party and food drive from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 at the old village hall, 234 West Rand Road, across Route 120 from Morrison Park.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Burglars stole an iPad, smart thermostat, car charger and small laptop computer out of an unlocked 2011 Hyundai Santa Fe in a driveway on the 3800 block of Moulin Lane in Hoffman Estates between 8 p.m. Dec. 5 and 3:45 a.m. Dec. 6. Value was estimated at $1,485.


    Gilberts looking at fiber optic connection for all by end of 2013

    The village of Gilberts struck a deal this week with i3, a company based in England, to provide the option of a fiber optic connection for all residents and businesses by the end of 2013, officials said.

    Bbarges pass in tight quarters due to low water levels as they navigate the Mississippi River Wednesday near St. Louis.

    Army Corps not budging on Mississippi

    The Army Corps of Engineers has turned back requests by federal lawmakers and the barge operators to release more water from the Missouri River, believing the drought-starved Mississippi River it feeds still will remain open to shipping. The industry, however, warns that the situation is growing increasingly dire.


    FDA panel opposes pure hydrocodone painkiller

    Government health experts overwhelmingly voted against a stronger version of hydrocodone, the powerful painkiller that is among the most widely abused medications in the U.S.

    As many as 7,500 runners participated in last year’s Fox Valley Marathon. Organizer Bob Hackett said Naperville’s first marathon, to be held next November, will be capped at 4,000 runners.

    Naperville playing host to inaugural marathon

    Naperville runners, after years of traveling to Chicago or neighboring communities to get their marathon fix, can stay home next year with the 2013 Inaugural Naperville Marathon and Half Marathon.

    A World War II era FM-2 Wildcat is pulled out of the water at Larsen Marine in Waukegan during a salvage mission Friday.

    WWII-era plane pulled from Lake Michigan

    On the day Americans marked the 71st anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and our nation's entry into World War II, spectators gathered at Waukegan Harbor to see a long-forgotten relic from the war lifted from Lake Michigan: an FM-2 Wildcat fighter. "I think it's fantastic," said 71-year-old Wadsworth resident Al Seyler, a Marine veteran who watched the recovery. "It's fascinating...

    This still image from video released by the Business Roundtable, shows its online video on the “fiscal cliff.”

    Fiscal cliff ads pick up where campaign stopped

    In general, the ads are less sharp-edged than the most caustic 2012 election spots. In many cases, the intent is to bring pressure to bear on the whole of Congress, not just a particular member or group of members. But combined, the ads reflect the high stakes involved and intense competition to shape the outcome.

    A police vehicle is parked near the entrance of North Shore High School after a shooting occurred Wednesday in Houston. Police say a high school student taken into custody after he sent a text message to a friend saying he wanted to hurt himself shot himself with a hidden gun while handcuffed inside a patrol car.

    Phone companies to relay 911 texts by May 2014

    The FCC said texting to 911 could be useful when a phone call could put the caller in danger. Texting could also aid a person with disabilities who is unable to call.

    Syrian President Bashar Assad in Damascus, Syria.

    Syrians believed to have sarin, VX and mustard gas

    Syria has never confirmed that it even has chemical weapons. But it is believed to possess substantial stockpiles of mustard gas and a range of nerve agents, including sarin, a highly toxic substance that can suffocate its victims by paralyzing muscles around their lungs.

    McKenna Pope, 13, left, plays with her brother Gavyn Boscio, 4, in their home Thursday in Garfield, N.J.

    Teen wants an Easy-Bake Oven for boys

    Thirteen-year-old McKenna Pope has gotten more than 30,000 signatures so far. She says she wants her little brother to know it's OK for boys to cook.


    Fox Valley police reports
    Cathy Nguyen, 27, of Glendale Heights, was cited for her role in a two-vehicle accident Friday morning that clogged up traffic for 40 minutes on Route 20 between Elgin and Bartlett, according to police.

    Associated Press/Nov. 1, 2012 A shopper checks winter jackets in a Nordstrom rack in Chicago.

    Consumer borrowing rises to record $2.75 trillion

    The Federal Reserve says consumers increased their borrowing by $14.2 billion in October from September. Total borrowing rose to a record $2.75 trillion.


    West Dundee prepared to raise levy by 10 percent

    Citing a need to replace aging equipment and vehicles, West Dundee authorities are prepared to raise the upcoming property tax levy for the first time since 2009.


    Carpentersville hammer attack suspect wants police statements barred

    A Carpentersville man accused of beating a woman with a hammer, raping her 8-year-old daughter and stabbing their dog wants a judge to ban his statements to police from being used in court. The defense attoreny for Daniel Happ, 28, argues he is bipolar, was drinking the day of the attack and hadn't taken his psychotropic medicine in two days when questioned by police in March.


    Home invasion charges against Mundelein man dropped

    Charges filed in October against a Mundelein man in a Grayslake home invasion case have been dropped, Lake County authorities said Friday. John Baruffi, 25, of the 0 to 100 block of Washington Street, was released from Lake County jail Tuesday. He had been held on a $250,000 bond. Lake County Assistant State's Attorney Scott Hoffert would not say why the charges were dropped, adding the case...

    Pearl Harbor attack survivors Ed Block, of the USS Medussa, of LaGrange; James Lyle Hancock, of the Navy Yard Dispensary, of Skokie; Joe Triolo, of the USS Tangier, Waukegan listen to speakers at a remembrance ceremony at Oakton Place retirement home in Des Plaines.

    Images: Pearl Harbor Remembered
    Images from around the suburbs of Chicago and the Nation on the 71st anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. On Dec. 7, 1941 the Imperial Japanese Navy launched a surprise air and sea assault on the United States' Pacific fleet.

    Pearl Harbor attack survivors Ed Block of LaGrange, who was on the USS Medusa; James Lyle Hancock of Skokie, who worked in the Navy Yard Dispensary; and Joe Triolo of Waukegan, who was on the USS Tangier, listen to speakers at a remembrance ceremony Friday, Dec. 7, at Oakton Place retirement home in Des Plaines.

    Pearl Harbor survivors join Des Plaines remembrance

    On the 71st anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Capt. Randy Lynch, Naval Station Great Lakes commanding officer, spoke before a crowd of Pearl Harbor survivors, World War II veterans, their descendants, and officials Friday, Dec. 7, at Oakton Place in Des Plaines.

    Bill and Jennifer Kyprianidis, of Elk Grove Village, were the winners of the 2010 Daily Herald holiday lights contest.

    Holiday lights flashback: 2010 winner

    The Kyprianidis family is no stranger to winning holiday lights contests. In 2010, the family won the Daily Herald holiday lights contest. In previous years, their display has been features on ABC 7, Fox News and a trolley tour in Elk Grove Village.


    Bensenville might build TV station in village hall

    Bensenville officials are poised to approve a measure on Tuesday to spend nearly $45,000 to construct a TV studio within village hall. The village currently has a franchise agreement to record its public education and government access programs at Comcast's Addison studio. But Comcast is closing the Addison site. "We thought maybe we could be better able to communicate with our customers," said...

    Erick Garcia

    Teens charged in connection with 4 Ingelside home burglaries

    A 19-year-old man and a juvenile were charged this week iin connection with several burglaries to homes in Ingleside. Jewelry, electronics, shoes and cash were taken, according to the Lake County Sheriff's Office.


    Lincolnshire police investigate home invasion report

    Lincolnshire police say they are investigating a home invasion on the village's west side reported late Thursday. Police Detective John-Erik Anderson said Friday no injuries resulted from the invasion at a tri-level home in the Beaconsfield subdivision off Route 22. He said all police have to work with so far is that the reputed invaders had male voices and were covered in dark clothing and ski...

    Friends and family are hosting a fundraiser in Addison Wednesday for Donna Rozycki and her teenage daughter, Katlyn Hanson, after their belongings and rental home on the 200 block of Royce Lane were destroyed in a fire.

    Fundraiser set for Roselle fire victims

    A fundraiser is scheduled Wednesday, Dec. 12, for a single mother whose Roselle rental home was destroyed by fire just days after she moved in. "I have never been more devastated in 56 years of life," fire victim Donna Rozycki said.

    Nope, this isn’t a picture of Santa Claus. It’s actually a resident of Zadar, Croatia, whom Roger Sudnick of West Chicago happened upon while on a recent vacation with his wife and friends.

    Contest entries celebrate faraway places
    Each week's DuPage County Neighbor section includes at least one entry in our Photo Finish contest. Our photo staffers pick some of their favorite submissions to run each week and then one overall monthly winner.

    The Quasquicentennial committee is honored at Monday’s board meeting by Mayor Arlene Mulder (with mic). From left: Lauree Harp; Mayor Arlene J. Mulder; Jim Glueckert; Robert Paddock Jr.; Deb Whisler; Cathy Sauer McQuillan; Tom O’Rourke; Haven McClung; Gary McClung; Krystle Seifert; Jim Platt; Mike Driskell and Gerry Souter. Members missing are Kristine Stabler and Michael O’Connell.

    How Quasquicentennial Committee planned year of celebration for Arlington Hts.

    As the 125th celebration in Arlington Heights draws to a close, Gerry Souter takes a look back at how the quaquicentennial committee pulled together with the community to make a celebration both meaningful and fun.


    Give hockey a go at Crystal Lake clinic

    Page 2The Fire Wagon Hockey Yellowjackets invite boys and girls, age 4 to 10, to the Crystal Ice House, 320 E. Prairie St., Crystal Lake, for a "Try Hockey for Free" clinic to experience ice hockey for the first time and learn the basics of the sport in a fun, safe environment.


    Itasca launching program for visually impaired readers

    The Itasca Community Library is launching a new program that will reach out to residents with impaired vision. "There's More Than One Way to Read a Book" is an initiative that will include purchasing news materials to help vision-impaired residents to read." said Itasca Lions President Tom Kryger.

    Nick Myers

    New associate, asst. superintendents in Dist. 54

    Schaumburg Township Elementary District 54 board members Thursday approved three recommendations from their future superintendent Andy DuRoss for his new cabinet of assistants next school year. Nick Myers, Beth Erbach and Pete Hannigan are already administrators in the district.

    Bennie Starks, 52, of Chicago talks to the media about the delay in the attempt to drop aggravated battery charges against him.

    Paperwork snafu forces Starks case to continue

    An attempt by Lake County prosecutors to officially drop aggravated battery charges against a man who spent 20 years in prison after being wrongfully convicted of sexually attacking a woman was held up in court Friday.


    Buffalo Grove woman loses $1,300 in scam

    A Buffalo Grove woman last $1,300 when she fell victim a scam while trying to help out her daughter, Buffalo Grove police said.

    Coach Jim Hinkle will retire at the end of the boys basketball season at the age of 70.

    Moving Picture: Coach looking forward to retirement

    Hall of Fame basketball coach Jim Hinkle is hanging up his whistle after this season with the Jacobs Golden Eagles. "My whole life has been dedicated to other people," head coach Jim Hinkle says. "Whatever years I have left are gonna be for me.

    The former Boston Blackie’s restaurant on Algonquin Road in Arlington Heights is slated to become a sports bar and barbecue restaurant called Rackhouse Tavern in 2013, according to village officials.

    New restaurants opening around Arlington Heights in 2013

    New restaurants will be filling several vacant locations across Arlington Heights in 2013, according to village officials. While the village struggles to find takers for more high-profile vacancies such as the former Wellington, Yanni's and the Arlington Theater, Business and Development Coordinator John Melaniphy said there's a bright spot in the new eateries elsewhere around town during the...

    See colorful scenes, created with thousands of Lego bricks, at the annual Lego Holiday Train Show at Cantigny Park in Wheaton.

    At play: 5 things to do this weekend
    Rev up your weekend with Johnny Mathis performing in Rosemont, an Indian cuisine and wine buffet in Long Grove, a giant Lego display in Wheaton, and more.


    Speakers mark 90 years of Indiana Theater

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — During its 90 years, the Indiana Theater has filled the various roles of a showplace. It has been, as Indiana historian James Madison put it, the “anchor” of Bloomington’s downtown.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    A Glendale Heights man was arrested around 5:40 p.m. Dec. 2 at Dominick's, 770 S. Buffalo Grove Road, in Buffalo Grove and charge with retail theft, possession of marijuana and possession with intent to deliver after a security agent reportedly saw him take merchandise, chased him and caught him in the parking lot.


    Former Walker appointee to be sentenced for theft

    MILWAUKEE — A former appointee of Gov. Scott Walker is set to be sentenced after he was convicted of stealing more than $51,000 intended to assist veterans and their families. A jury convicted Kevin D. Kavanaugh in October of stealing at least $10,000 in a business setting. He faces a maximum penalty of 5 years in prison and a $25,000 fine when he’s sentenced Friday morning.


    Milwaukee parishes excluded from archdiocese bankruptcy

    MILWAUKEE — A federal judge has ruled the parishes of the Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee will not be included in its bankruptcy proceedings.Attorneys for creditors argue more than 200 parishes should be included in the archdiocese bankruptcy. They allege the archdiocese fraudulently transferred assets to protect it from sex abuse claims.


    Retirement could change for some IU officials

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Indiana University would allow many high-ranking administrators to work past the current retirement age of 65 under a proposal being considered by the school’s trustees.


    Trial to begin in death of woman found at Des Plaines forest preserve
    Associated PressThe trial of a Bloomington woman accused of choking her mother-in-law to death is scheduled to start next week.WJBC Radio reports jury selection in Misook Wang’s trial begins Monday.Defense attorney Brian McEldowney expects the trial to last about a week.

    With a driver and his bulldozer missing in a thick, dark lake of coal slurry, a mine safety expert and critic of the coal industry says regulators are ignoring stricter construction standards that could prevent more failures at hundreds of similar dam-like structures around the country.

    Critic questions way coal firms build slurry ponds

    With a driver and his bulldozer missing in a thick, dark lake of coal slurry, a mine safety expert and critic of the coal industry says regulators are ignoring stricter construction standards that could prevent more failures at hundreds of similar dam-like structures around the country. In all, there are 596 coal slurry impoundments in 21 states. West Virginia has 114. Kentucky has 104, while...


    Packer fans audition for reality pilot

    GREEN BAY, Wis. — They showed up in their best, and sometimes bizarre, green and gold to show their allegiance to the Green Bay Packers and to audition for a reality show about cheesehead fans. Producers from Style Network plan to shoot a pilot about the Packers faithful and met with about 80 fans Thursday night at the Stadium View bar near the team’s headquarters at Lambeau Field.

    An Illinois state senator accused of trying to board a flight with a gun and ammunition in his bag says he plans to continue his campaign for the congressional seat once held by Jesse Jackson Jr.

    Arrested state senator continues bid for Congress

    An Illinois state senator accused of trying to board a flight with a gun and ammunition in his bag says he plans to continue his campaign for the congressional seat once held by Jesse Jackson Jr.Donne Trotter is facing a felony gun charge after being stopped by security at O’Hare International Airport.


    State climatologist expects U.S. drought through 2013

    Illinois’ state climatologist says he believes the worst U.S. drought in decades likely will continue through next year.


    FBI agents raid sites belonging to ex-Jet, brother

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. — FBI agents have raided properties in northeast Indiana belonging to a former NFL lineman and his brother as part of an ongoing investigation by a task force that focuses on combating illegal drugs and violent crime.


    Ind. agency not called months before abuse found

    TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — The Terre Haute police chief says he’s reviewing how officers handled a domestic battery case involving parents who’ve since been charged with restraining children to beds with duct tape and depriving them of food and water.


    Property taxes, water rates rising in Lombard

    The village of Lombard's 2013 budget approved Thursday will save residents money by eliminating the vehicle sticker fee, but resident costs in two other areas are increasing. The village's share of the property tax bill will rise, as will water and sewer rates beginning with bills issued after Jan. 1.

    Campaign finance filings with the government now show that the cost of the 2012 U.S. presidential race has surpassed $2 billion, a new record. The new tallies released Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, which include nearly $86 million in fundraising by Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney in the election’s final weeks, boosted the total campaign haul over the $2 billion mark.

    Election hits $2B mark amid last-minute donations

    WASHINGTON — The presidential election witnessed unprecedented sums of cash boosting two men in their quest for the White House. It cost more than $2 billion and sometimes provided a cloak of anonymity for billionaire donors.

    In this U.S. Navy file photo, a small boat rescues a USS West Virginia crew member from the water after the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on Dec. 7, 1941 during World War II. Two men can be seen on the superstructure, upper center. The mast of the USS Tennessee is beyond the burning West Virginia.

    Pearl Harbor dead remembered on 71st anniversary

    More than 2,000 people are gathering at Pearl Harbor to mark the 71st anniversary of the Japanese attack that killed thousands of people and launched the United States into World War II. Ceremonies get under way with a moment of silence at 7:55 a.m., the exact time the bombing began in 1941.

    Supporters of Muslim Brotherhood and Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, pictured at right, chant slogans during the funeral of three victims who were killed during Wednesday’s clashes outside Al-Azhar mosque, the highest Islamic Sunni institution, Friday, Dec. 7, 2012. During the funeral, thousands Islamist mourners chanted, “with blood and soul, we redeem Islam,” pumping their fists in the air. “Egypt is Islamic, it will not be secular, it will not be liberal,” they chanted as they walked in a funeral procession that filled streets around Al-Azhar mosque.

    Egypt protesters march toward president’s palace

    CAIRO — Thousands of Egyptians marched toward the president’s palace early Friday afternoon for another day of demonstrations against the president while thousands of his Islamist backers gathered outside the country’s most respected Islamic institution for a funeral for two men killed in Wednesday’s bloody clashes.

    The exiled Hamas chief Khaled Mashaal shakes hands with supporters upon his arrival at Rafah crossing in the southern Gaza Strip, Friday, Dec. 7, 2012. Mashaal broke into tears Friday as he arrived in the Gaza Strip for his first-ever visit, a landmark trip reflecting his militant group’s growing international acceptance and its defiance of Israel.

    Hamas chief arrives in Gaza for 1st-ever visit

    RAFAH, Gaza Strip — The exiled Hamas chief broke into tears Friday as he arrived in the Gaza Strip for his first-ever visit, a landmark trip reflecting his militant group’s growing international acceptance and its defiance of Israel.


    Clinton: U.S., Russia back mediation on Syria

    BELFAST, Northern Ireland — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says the United States and Russia have agreed to support mediation efforts with all parties in Syria to bring about a political transition.


    Syrian rebels say airport legitimate target

    BEIRUT — Syrian rebels fighting to topple President Bashar Assad declared Damascus International Airport a “legitimate target” Friday in a bid to cut off regime supplies, as clashes between government troops and rebels forced the closure of the airport road for the second time this week.


    Rumble in Rosemont tournament dates announced

    The Chicago Bandits and the Illinois Baseball Academy have announced the dates for the 2012-13 Rumble in Rosemont tournaments.


    Harper employees organize pet food, children’s book drives

    Instead of echoing the widespread call for canned goods, some Harper College employees have organized two holiday fundraising drives benefiting furry four-legged residents and young students.


    Rohrman Auto Group donates $100,000 to Sandy relief

    In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, people across the suburbs have donated time and money to help the storm's victims, including the Chicago area car dealerships of the Bob Rohrman Auto Group.

    Firefighters in a fire fighting vehicle call for residents to evacuate from coastal areas in Rikuzentakata in Iwate Prefecture, Friday, Dec. 7, 2012 after a tsunami warning has been issued following a strong earthquake struck off the coast of northeastern Japan. It is the same region that was hit by a massive earthquake and tsunami last year.

    Tsunami warning lifted afer strong Japan quake

    A strong earthquake Friday struck the same Japanese coast devastated by last year's massive quake and tsunami, generating small waves but no immediate reports of heavy damage. Several people along the northeastern coast were reportedly injured and buildings in Tokyo and elsewhere swayed for several minutes.

    92-year-old Joe Triolo of Waukegan is one of the few remaining survivors of the Pearl Harbor attack. Triolo will be on hand today at a Des Plaines event commemorating the 71st anniversary of the attack.

    Pearl Harbor survivor worries kids aren’t taught about infamous day

    Pearl Harbor survivor Joe Triolo, 92, regrets that many people today, particularly schoolchildren, know little about the horrible event that launched the U.S. into World War II. Triolo says Pearl Harbor survivors are no longer asked to visit classrooms to talk about the the day that will live in infamy. "I'm not sure it's being taught in school," Triolo said. "If the kids come through school and...

    Douglas Whitley, president and CEO of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, speaking at the Newsmakers Forum Business Outlook 2013 in Rolling Meadows, was one of the more optimistic experts about economic growth in 2013, although not necessarily speedy growth.

    Dawn Patrol: DuPage hate crime conviction; flat Dist. 158 levy

    DuPage man guilty of hate crime; driver in Libertyville crash identified; District 158 keeps levy flat; Lombard passes budget, but denies firefighter hiring; 4 hurt in Route 53 crash; state's attorney investigating West Aurora Dist. 129 in abuse reporting case; Batavia man charged with beating woman, 80, at knife point; Don't expect much more in 2013, business experts say; Cubs bring back...

    Richard Dent, about to sack New England Patriots quarterback Steve Grogan during Super Bowl XX, earned the nickname “Sackman” during his NFL career. His book talks about earning respect after coming into the league as an unheralded college player.

    Bears’ hall of famer Richard Dent visits Naperville to discuss memoir

    Richard Dent, a star of the 1985 Super Bowl-winning champion Chicago Bears, will visit Naperville this week to present his new book "Blood, Sweat and Bears." Fans can meet Dent at a booksigning beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at Anderson's Bookshop, 123 W. Jefferson Ave.


    Arlington Park District cancels poll of ‘no’ voters

    The Arlington Heights Park District has canceled plans to poll voters about why they voted against the tax increase in November, after an ethics inquiry into the use of public money for such a purpose. "You can't have the government spending tax dollars to ask you how you voted and how they can change your vote in the future," said Rob Sherman, a Buffalo Grove activist who went to the park...


    St. Charles wants crime tips via Internet

    St. Charles residents now have the option of not only reporting a crime anonymously through the internet, but also submitting evidence of that crime. The city just launched a web page that allows residents to send crime tips to police and upload any photos they may have taken of the crime in progress. Several other local departments allow anonymous tips via texting.

    Pedestrians walk past a sign congratulating the football team for qualifying for the Orange Bowl. The sign is on Lucinda Avenue in DeKalb.

    Images: Fanfare for NIU and the Orange Bowl
    Images of hoopla and fanfare as the Huskies of Northern Illinois University prepare for their football team's appearance in the Orange Bowl.

    For many suburban families, the holiday season just wouldn’t be complete without attending a performance of “The Nutcracker.” The Schaumburg Dance Ensemble is presenting Tchaikovsky’s ballet tonight, Saturday and Sunday at the Prairie Center for the Arts in Schaumburg.

    Poll Vault: What’s a beloved holiday tradition in your family?

    Make Christmas cookies, go to Marshall Field's, sing in the "Messiah" chorus, bring out the family's antique menorah -- what's your beloved holiday tradition?

    Two boys play lacrosse on a beach in Seaside, Florida during summer break. It was one of the many great sunsets after Tropical Storm Debby had passed.

    Images: Photo Contest Finalists
    Each week you submit your favorite photo. We pick the best of the bunch and select 12 finlaists. Here are the finalists for the week of December 3rd.



    Wolves rebound for 2-1 win

    After being shut out at home Friday night, the Chicago Wolves proved one day can make all the difference when they edged the Rockford IceHogs 2-1 on Saturday night at the MetroCentre.


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


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


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


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


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


    Silva, Colbert lead Christian Liberty to win

    Host Christian Liberty got 16 points apiece from Marcus Silva and David Colbert to earn a 53-31 nonconference victory against Keith School.


    McConnell paces Fremd win

    Defending Mid-Suburban West champ Fremd got its first league win on Friday night as Vikings senior guard Ashley McConnell scored 20 points with 5 3-pointers in a 58-36 victory over visiting Hoffman Estates. Senior Bernie Williams added 14 points for the Vikings (6-2, 1-1) while junior Erica Simios also reached double figures with 10 points.

    Bartlett guard Marcus Aluquin (10) looks to pass around South Elgin’s Matt McClure Friday in South Elgin.

    Opportunistic Bartlett beats South Elgin

    The Bartlett boys basketball team made the most of its limited opportunities against patient South Elgin Friday night, particularly in the second quarter of a 43-25 Upstate Eight Valley road win.


    Marmion rallies from 12 down to beat Buffalo Grove

    Marmion rallied from a 12-point halftime deficit to secure a 70-68 non-conference victory Friday night over Buffalo Grove.


    Grayslake Central tips Hampshire

    For the second Friday night in a row, Grayslake Central's girls basketball team pulled out a close one at home. Maddy Miller scored 12 points, and Lauren Spalding netted all 11 of her points, including three 3-pointers, in the opening quarter, as the Rams edged visiting Hampshire 40-39 in a Fox Valley Fox Division game.

    Prospect’s Catherine Sherwood fights for the control of the ball while feeling pressure from Hersey’s Ashley Raulli and Sara Bayerle on Friday at Prospect.

    Hersey hits its stride at Prospect

    Hersey's girls basketball team could do very little wrong in the first half Friday night at the Jean Walker Field House in Mt. Prospect. Calling it her team's best half of the season, Huskies coach Mary Fendley said "oh my gosh, everything just clicked." When the first 16 minutes ticked away, Hersey owned a 27-5 lead it never relinquished en route to a 45-34 victory over Prospect.


    Waubonsie Valley wins the Brownridge way

    The score was tied at 41 midway through the fourth quarter. The game could have went either way, as Waubonsie Valley boys basketball coach Steve Weemer said. As often happens it went Jared Brownridge's way.


    Harvest Christian falls to Luther North

    Luther North 54, Harvest Christian 52: Matt Norst and John Vislisel had 15 points each to lead the Lions in a Northeastern Athletic Conference loss. Stuart Wolff added 13 points for Harvest Christian (2-5, 1-2), which was outscored 24-12 in the fourth quarter.


    Girls basketball/Fox Valley roundup

    Burlington Central 35, Rock Falls 26: Shelby Holt had 11 points to lead Burlington Central (6-1) to a Big Northern crossover win.Grayslake Central 40, Hampshire 39: The Whip-Purs lost their eight game without a win, but fell for the fifth time by fewer than 10 points. Jenny Dumoulin led Hampshire with 23 points in the Fox Valley Conference Fox Division loss.McHenry 38, Dundee-Crown 33: Jillian Weichmann had 11 points to lead Dundee-Crown (0-8, 0-1) in a Fox Valley Conference Valley Division loss.Harvest Christian 42, Luther North 34: Kylee Knox scored 20 points to lead the Lions to their first win of the season in Northeastern Athletic Conference action. Knox made 8 of 11 from the free-throw line. “Kylee had a great game,” said Harvest coach Kelly Friestad. “She went hard to the basket and then made her free throws down the stretch. It was a great team win.” Anneliese Herman, Rachel Oostdyk and Morgan Lockwood added 6 points each for the Lions (1-3, 1-0).U-High 52, Elgin Academy 26: Rachel Cain scored 10 points for the Hilltoppers (5-4, 1-1) in an Independent School League loss.Geneva 55, Elgin 7: Kristin Tayag had 5 points for the Maroons (3-7, 0-3) in the Upstate Eight River.


    Geneva’s defense gets back on track

    Geneva 55, Elgin 7: One night after allowing 81 points in an overtime loss to St. Charles East, Geneva completely throttled the Maroons in Upstate Eight River Division play by holding them scoreless in three of the four quarters.Sami Pawlak spearheaded the offense attack for the Vikings (7-3, 4-1) with 14 points. Eleven different players scored for Geneva, which led 19-0 after one quarter and 29-7 at halftime.St. Francis 40, Aurora Christian 31: St. Francis outscored the Eagles 25-16 in the second half to earn the Suburban Catholic Conference Gold Division victory.Hannah Dean tallied 9 points to lead Aurora Christian (5-4, 1-2) while Alyssa Anderson netted 7. Natasha Brown contributed 5 points and grabbed 18 rebounds.Kate Slattery led the way for St. Francis (3-6, 2-1) with 12 points while Aly Germanos added 9.St. Charles North 62, Larkin 26: Alex Silverman nailed four 3-pointers and St. Charles North (2-8, 2-2) won its second straight. Silverman finished with 14 points and Natalie Winkates scored 13 (with three 3-pointers) as the North Stars took a 19-5 lead after the first quarter and never looked back.


    Neuqua Valley thwarts East Aurora’s plan

    The plan was to hang tough with the heavy favorites and then just take your chances later in the game.For East Aurora — searching for its first win of the year — the plan only worked briefly as the Tomcats hit a few 3-pointers in the first quarter and let unbeaten Neuqua Valley (7-0, 3-0) know it might be in for a ballgame.


    Another close call, and another Wauconda win

    It's probably a good thing the Wauconda boys basketball team has tonight off. It's debatable whether or not the Bulldogs, their fans and their coaches could make it through another game right now, given the way the rest of the week has gone. Wauconda went 2-0 this week, but by the very slimmest of margins. The Bulldogs got a pair of nerve-wracking 1-point victories, with the latest coming on Friday night in the form of a 45-44 North Suburban Conference Prairie Division win at Round Lake.


    Win against Libertyville relieves Dineen, Stevenson

    Finally, Tom Dineen let out a deep sigh. And grinned. It was difficult to tell whether Stevenson's girls basketball coach was more relieved that his team had survived a scare against host Libertyville, winning the North Suburban Lake Division thriller 31-27 Friday night after nearly squandering a 12-point cushion, or that the Patriots, at last, had gotten the best of their nemesis. It was Dineen's first win over Libertyville in his four seasons at Stevenson. Likewise, four-year varsity players Kari Moffat and Alex Elzinga had never been on the winning side in a game against the Wildcats.


    Larkin continues to feel at home in St. Charles

    There's something about St. Charles that apparently appeals to Larkin's basketball team. Eight days after their 61-55 victory over host St. Charles East, the Royals (6-2, 2-1) returned to St. Charles Friday night and handed St. Charles North (4-2, 1-2) a 61-48 Upstate Eight Conference River Division setback.


    Glenbard East rolls to victory

    Two games into the DuPage Valley Conference season and no one's found an answer for Glenbard East's boys basketball team.Sure, it's early. But the way the Rams looked in Friday's 72-47 win over Glenbard North in Carol Stream, it makes you wonder if anyone will find an answer.


    Immaculate Conception defense keeps up the pressure

    Good defense can mean walking the fine line between aggressiveness and gambling too much.Aubree Lawrence walks that line with her Immaculate Conception team."Sometimes we get a little anxious to make that play, to get that steal," Lawrence said. "We've really worked with them on maintaining their patience defensively, and applying pressure. It's tough, because they see it and want to get it."Whatever's being preached is sticking.Immaculate Conception's sticky defense kept Wheaton Academy at bay in a 35-24 win on Friday in Elmhurst.


    Wheaton North holds on against West Chicago

    Senior Matt Biegalski and his Wheaton North boys basketball teammates played their best first quarter this season Friday against West Chicago.The Falcons needed it.

    St. Charles East’s Dom Adduci drives to the lane and scores despite a Geneva double-team during Friday’s game in St. Charles.

    St. Charles East hands Geneva 1st loss

    Two Saints made their first varsity starts Friday night, and both responded with several key plays during St. Charles East's second-half surge to hand Geneva its first loss of the season in convincing fashion, 55-39.


    Crystal Lake South nips Cary-Grove

    Crystal Lake South's defensive game plan on Cary-Grove senior standout Olivia Jakubicek was to deny her the ball and stop her from scoring at will. The Gators got more than they bargained for. Switching up defenses effectively, the Gators held Jakubicek to 1 field goal and 5 points before she fouled out with 58 seconds left. South's swarming and stifling defense keyed a 45-43 Fox Valley Conference Valley Division win over the Trojans Friday night at Gator Alley. It's South's first win over the three-time defending Valley champs since Feb. 7, 2009.

    Wheaton Warrenville South’s Michael Kramer, left, lowers his head against a Naperville North defender during boys basketball action in Wheaton.

    Naperville North uses defense to beat WW South

    To Naperville North, its comeback victory was just a matter of attitude readjustment. The Huskies changed their attitude toward defense in the second half and left Wheaton Warrenville South with a 53-41 DuPage Valley Conference boys basketball victory Friday night.

    Bulls center Joakim Noah goes to the basket against Detroit Pistons forward Andre Drummond Friday during the first half of an in Auburn Hills, Mich.

    Noah’s big night leads Bulls over Pistons 108-104

    Joakim Noah had 30 points and 23 rebounds, setting career highs in both categories and helping the Chicago Bulls beat the Detroit Pistons for the 16th straight time, 108-104 on Friday night. Chicago trailed by as many as 17 points in the second quarter, but the Bulls rallied toward the end of the half and took control in the fourth quarter.


    St. Charles East handles Geneva with ease

    It was not a good omen for Geneva when its wrestling team had no one available at 132 pounds against St. Charles East. The host Vikings would have to wait six more matches before winning another again against St. Charles East in schools' Upstate Eight Conference River Division dual match in Geneva. The Saints, clinging to a 10-9 lead after the first four matches, dominated the middle of the order in cruising to a 46-15 victory.


    Williams on fire, Elgin drops Streamwood

    A team effort helped the Elgin boys basketball team to a double-digit lead in the first quarter Friday night. Arie Williams took care of the second quarter himself. The Elgin senior scored 20 points in the second quarter, hitting 6 3-pointers in the quarter, as the Maroons built a 28-point lead. The Maroons cruised from there to earn a 55-44 Upstate Eight Conference River Division victory over Streamwood at Chesbourgh Field House.

    Prospect’s Catherine Sherwood battles for the ball with Hersey’s Ashley Raulli and Sara Bayerle.

    Images: Prospect vs. Hersey, girls basketball
    The Prospect High School girls basketball team hosted the Hersey High School girls Friday, December 7th, in Mount Prospect.

    The Pistons’ Greg Monroe runs into defensive pressure from the Bulls’ Joakim Noah on Friday.

    No stopping Bulls’ Noah against Pistons
    Marcus Fizer had a disappointing NBA career overall, but he erupted for 30 points and 20 rebounds in a loss to Orlando on April 12, 2004. That was the most recent 30-20 game by a Bulls player, until now. Joakim Noah delivered 30 points, 23 rebounds and tacked on 6 assists Friday during a 108-104 victory over Detroit

    Naperville North’s Derek Westman fires a pass upcourt against Wheaton Warrenville South.

    Images: Wheaton Warrenville South vs. Naperville North, boys basketball
    Wheaton Warrenville South hosted Naperville North Friday night for boys basketball.


    Rolling Meadows really puts on a show vs. Elk Grove

    There sure was a lot going on, in addition to basketball, Friday night at the Rolling Meadows gym. First, Rolling Meadows science teacher Tim Patterson was spot-on in an impressive rendition of the national anthem, then at halftime phys ed teacher Jim Voyles kissed a pig — brought in from a farm in DeKalb — to the delight of the fans as part of a school fundraiser that raised over $10,000 for an orphanage in Ghana. And though the Mustangs team was in the locker room and missed the big halftime smooch, they assuredly didn't mind — not with the performance they put on in the first half against visiting Elk Grove. Led by junior Lexi Glasgow's 19 points, Rolling Meadows used a 26-2 run during the first and second quarters en route to a 30-9 halftime lead over the Grenadiers in the Mid-Suburban East. The Mustangs won 59-42 as Jackie Kemph pitched in with 13 points for first-year coach Ryan Kirkorsky, who was able to score a win over the team that he'd coached for the previous four seasons before the move to Meadows.


    Antioch’s carom club runs off with decisive victory

    If at first you don't succeed, well, then grab the offensive rebound and toss it back up there. That was the strategy host Antioch employed to perfection Friday night during a 60-31 triumph over Grant in a North Suburban Prairie Division contest. The Sequoits (6-3, 2-0) outrebounded the visitors from Fox Lake 53-24, with 33 of those boards coming on the offensive end. "We had an incentive to rebound well tonight," said senior guard Megan Borries, who tallied a game-high 12 points. "Coach told us we'd be doing a lot of running in our next practice if we didn't rebound well. I guess we won't be running much on Monday."


    West Aurora pulls away from Naperville Central

    A big crowd, a loud gym and a fast-paced game don't make one think of the word patience. But West Aurora focused on being patient on offense in the second half and a 40-point outburst made them 63-53 winners over host Naperville Central on Friday night.


    Free throw prowess leads Huntley

    Venturing to the free-throw line was rarely a foul trip for Huntley on Friday night. The Red Raiders displayed how their emphasis on uncontested 15-footers in practice led to near-perfect results in their Fox Valley Conference Valley Division girls basketball showdown at Prairie Ridge. They connected on 21 of 23 attempts as they pulled away to a 44-28 victory in Crystal Lake.

    Bryson Oliver,left, of Metea trys to take a shot as Sean Moore of Lake Park blocks. This took place during the Lake Park at Metea Valley boys basketball game Friday.

    Metea Valley presses crowd into action

    The Metea Valley boys basketball team learned Friday night that not only can pressure turn a lump of coal into a diamond, it can wake up a drowsy crowd. The Mustangs used a suffocating fullcourt press to get the home fans whooping and hollering — including a student section decked out in ugly Christmas sweaters — and knock visiting Lake Park back on its heels on the way to a 64-39 Upstate Eight Conference Valley Division victory.


    Milwaukee beats Northern Illinois 80-73 in OT

    Paris Gulley scored 21 points to lead Milwaukee over Northern Illinois in an 80-73 overtime win Friday night, snapping a five-game losing streak. Jordan Aaron had a double-double with 14 points and 11 assists. Kyle Kelm scored 15 points, and James Haarsma had 14 points. Haarsma and Thierno Niang each had a team-high seven rebounds.

    Kentucky’s Samarie Walker, right, is pressured by DePaul’s Katherine Harry, left, Friday during the second half at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky. Kentucky won 96-64.

    DePaul's Martin scores 14 in loss to Kentucky

    Anna Martin's homecoming got off to a rough start, and DePaul never recovered. Martin had 14 points, but the Blue Demons fell behind by double digits early in the game and went on to a 96-64 loss at No. 7 Kentucky on Friday night. The Wildcats jumped all over DePaul, scoring 23 straight points for a 25-2 lead in their lone home game this season at Rupp Arena. "I was really proud of my basketball team after we got shell-shocked in the first half," coach Doug Bruno said.


    Bartlett takes down South Elgin

    Bartlett seniors Kenny Malekian and defending state champion Sal Annoreno square off in practice all the time. For Malekian though, it comes at a premium. "Wrestling with Annoreno, that's what gets me better, " Malekian says. "He kicks my butt every day." But as the Hawk teammates came together and slapped hands after their victories, you could tell that was the type of intensity and leadership the Hawks see everyday and they used that to garner a 49-30 win over Upstate Eight Valley rival South Elgin Friday night.


    St. Patrick’s fine finish leads to St. Viator’s first loss

    The St. Viator boys basketball team fought to the end but ended up losing to St. Patrick 58-55 at Cahill Gymnasium on Friday. It was both teams' opener in what will be a rugged East Suburban Catholic Conference this season. "Nobody, I think, can go 8-0 in the conference," said St. Viator coach Mike Howland. "At the end of the game we didn't get the stops we needed. We just didn't execute down the stretch."


    Wolves blanked by Grand Rapids 3-0

    The Chicago Wolves were unable to produce any offense Friday night as the Grand Rapids Griffins and goaltender Tom McCollum captured a 3-0 decision at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont.Wolves goaltender Matt Climie (2-7-0) stopped 34 shots, while McCollum (5-3-1) kicked out all 20 he faced.The slumping Wolves (9-9-2-1), who have dropped eight of their last 10 contests, have provided Climie just 15 goals in his nine appearances this season.“They were the better team than we were tonight,” said Wolves coach Scott Arniel. “We were chasing all night long and you aren’t going to win many hockey games when you have 9 shots after two periods.”The Griffins (12-7-1-1) opened scoring one minute into the second period with a power-play goal by Adam Almquist. His shot from the far circle was stopped by Climie, but the rebound bounced toward the slot where it hit off the skate of a Wolves defender and trickled over the goal line.The Griffins doubled their lead when center Joakim Andersson sent a pass from the side of the net to the slot. Landon Ferraro’s shot was stopped by Climie, but Andersson jumped on the rebound and fired the puck over Climie’s glove at 4:20 of the third period.Tomas Tatar closed out scoring for Grand Rapids 1:50 later. The Griffins entered the Wolves’ zone on a 3-on-1 rush. Gustav Nyquist found the streaking Tatar alone at the top of the crease and he tapped home an empty netter.The Wolves travel to Rockford today for an Illinois Lottery Cup contest against the IceHogs at 7 p.m. They return home at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, against Hamilton. For tickets, call 1-800-THE-WOLVES or visit ChicagoWolves.com.


    Better 2nd half propels Huntley past Jacobs

    Marty Manning's halftime message to his Huntley boys basketball team was pretty simple: Make more shots. The Red Raiders took their coach's words to heart and the result was a 46-39 win at Jacobs in the Fox Valley Conference Valley Division opener for both teams Friday night. Jake Wagner scored 13 points and Zach Gorney added 10 as the Raiders bounced back after their first loss of the season.

    Lakes’ Jake Kohler blocks the shot of Grayslake North’s Ben Smith during Friday’s game in Grayslake.

    Lakes likes new look

    Lakes boys basketball coach Chris Snyder surprised his team with brand new black, red and blue road uniforms before the start of the Eagles road contest at Grayslake North on Friday. It didn't even take a full quarter before he was ready to take them away, and it got worse before it got better. "With the way we started, I was ready to make them take the uniforms off at halftime," Snyder said. Fortunately for Eagles, they got to keep the new threads. And with the way they closed their contest with the Knights, they may never take them off. Senior Direll Clark drained a pair of free throws with 10.3 seconds left in regulation and the Eagles survived two final 3-point attempts by the Knights to squeeze out a 57-54 win Friday night.


    St. Edward’s Madden wins DeKalb Invite

    Competing against some of the best gymnasts in Northern Illinois Friday night, St. Edward senior Abby Madden came out on top. Madden, who finished 18th in the all-around at state last year, won the all-around competition Friday at the DeKalb Invitational, scoring 36.75.


    Boys swimming: Scouting Lake County

    Here's a look at the boys swimming programs in Lake County this winter.


    Grant meets Antioch’s midpoint challenge in dual victory

    Only trailing 18-15 after seven matches, visiting Antioch was poised to pull off an upset Friday night at Grant in North Suburban Conference wrestling action. But the Bulldogs didn't back down during crunch time as they dominated the second half of the dual meet to capture a 53-15 NSC Prairie Division victory in Fox Lake.

    Geneva’s Connor Chapman goes in for a layup against St. Charles East.

    Images: Geneva vs. St. Charles East, boys basketball
    The Geneva Vikings took on the Fighting Saints of St. Charles East during a Friday-night boys basketball matchup in St. Charles.


    Conant’s well enough — barely — to turn back Palatine

    It probably wasn't the meet either team was expecting, yet on balance, both seemed pretty pleased with the outcome. Defending Mid-Suburban League boys swimming champion Conant was without a total of seven competitors for Friday's dual meet against visiting Palatine. It turned out the Cougars needed contributions from everybody not suffering from the effects of the flu to pull out a 97-89 victory over the Pirates.

    Metea Valley High School hosted Lake Park High School Friday night for boys basketball.

    Images: Metea Valley vs. Lake Park, boys basketball
    Metea Valley hosted Lake Park Friday night for boys basketball.

    Images from the Bartlett vs. South Elgin boys basketball game Friday, December 7, 2012.

    Images: Bartlett vs. South Elgin, boys basketball
    The Bartlett Hawks took on the Storm of South Elgin during a Friday-night boys basketball matchup in South Elgin.


    2 local golfers take different pro tour paths

    Rarely does a Chicago golfer get through a qualifying school for any of the professional tours. This year, though, two did — and their roads to success couldn't be much more different. Len Ziehm shares the success stories of Wilmette's Eric Meierdierks, a 27-year-old with only one PGA start to his credit, and Berwyn's Nicole Jeray, 42, who has made it back to the LPGA Tour for the 19th time.

    The Bears’ Devin Hester is expected to return to action Sunday after being sidelined with a concussion.

    Hester shoots for strong finishing kick

    Bears wide receiver and return specialist Devin Hester has been medically cleared following a concussion is expected back on the field against the Vikings on Sunday, when he hopes to finish strong after struggling to put up impressive numbers for much of the season.


    Scouting reports: Illini, NU, Loyola, UIC
    College scouting reports for Illinois, Northwestern, Loyola and UIC.


    Bartlett’s Roberson commits to Ball State

    It's the little things Bartlett senior catcher Mike Roberson does behind the plate that caught the eye of Ball State baseball recruiting coordinator Scott French. Roberson was playing with his summer-league team in a tournament at Butler University in Indianapolis when French spotted him. French phoned Roberson later that day to invite him to Ball State's summer camp, where he continued to impress the Cardinals' staff. Ball State made Roberson an offer two weeks later and he verbally committed during a late-October visit to the Muncie, Ind. campus., He chose Ball State over offers to play Division-I junior college baseball in Texas and California

    Manny Pacquiao, left, and Juan Manuel Marquez face for the fourth time on Saturday.

    Pacquiao and Marquez both desperate for win

    The fact they're much bigger than when they first met eight years ago is undeniable. Both Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez have added bulk along with the pounds, and both have had to deal with those who suspect they didn't do it naturally. So have the purses and the attention as they meet Saturday night for the fourth — and presumably last — time in the rivalry that has served both fighters so well.

    Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o and Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, two of the three Heisman Trophy finalists, pose with the Heisman Trophy Friday during a media availability in New York City.

    Te’o and Manziel hit Manhattan with Heisman hopes

    Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o was looking forward to a break after a five-city-in-five-days tour, during which he has become the most decorated player in college football. "I'm just trying to get a workout in and get some sleep," he said Friday about his plans for the night. Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel seemed to have more energy when he arrived at a midtown Manhattan hotel with his fellow Heisman Trophy finalist.

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    Burlington Central’s Harnish chooses NIU

    New Northern Illinois University softball coach Christina Sutcliffe has made it clear she intends to recruit locally. Add another yes to her list. Burlington Central junior catcher/infielder Bekah Harnish, one of the top hitters in the area last season, has verbally committed to play for the Huskies when she graduates high school. "I love what coach Sutcliffe is doing there," said Harnish of the new NIU coach, an assistant at Miami of Ohio the past seven years.

    Schaumburg girls basketball coach Ashley Berggren will be inducted into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame later this season. celebrates with her team after defeating St. Charles East during Tuesday’s regional semifinal at Bartlett High School.

    Berggren’s role in turnaround proved to be ‘priceless’

    Ashley Berggren, now a 36-year-old teacher and coach at Schaumburg High School, found out recently that she will be inducted into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame later this season. Berggren was the face of one of the greatest turnarounds in women's college basketball. But neither her rise from a passed-over recruit to a college all-American, nor the transformation of the University of Illinois from Big Ten doormat to national powerhouse could have been predicted.


    No contact between sides in NHL lockout

    NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said Friday that he is out of ideas how to get negotiations back on track to save the hockey season. Talks fell apart on Thursday night amid back-and-forth accusations, and the fallout was still being felt Friday. The two sides had no contact with each other on the 83rd day of the owners' lockout of players.

    New Cubs pitcher Kyuji Fujikawa pitched the last 12 seasons with the Hanshin Tigers of Japan’s Central League. He signed a two-year contract for $9.5 million to join the Cubs.

    Cubs and Fujikawa see a perfect fit in Chicago

    There was a little bit of everything Friday as the Cubs introduced newly signed relief pitcher Kyuji Fujikawa: sentimentality, cold business and the makings of a media-created closer controversy. Fujikawa and the Cubs tried to focus on the positive.


    Amann, Elk Grove shoot past Rolling Meadows

    In a game of spurts, Elk Grove made its advantage in the second half hold up. After jumping out to 8-0 and 12-2 leads, the host Grenadiers found themselves trailing against Rolling Meadows 19-17. But terrific shooting from Austin Amann and a solid all-around floor game led by Kishan Patel and Bryan Alcazar made the difference in the second half as Elk Grove grabbed a share of the Mid-Suburban East lead with a 52-46 victory.

    Butch Jones, Tennessee’s new head football coach, speaks Friday during a news conference in Knoxville, Tenn. The Vols’ introduced Jones on Friday as its successor to Derek Dooley, who was fired Nov. 18 after going 15-21 in three seasons.

    Volunteers hire Cincinnati’s Jones as new football coach

    Butch Jones wasn't Tennessee's first choice as its next football coach. The Volunteers believe the former Cincinnati coach will prove he's the right choice. Tennessee introduced Jones on Friday as its successor to Derek Dooley, who was fired Nov. 18 after going 15-21 in three seasons.

    Minnesota Vikings safety Harrison Smith intercepts a pass intended for Green Bay Packers receiver Greg Jennings Sunday during the third quarter. Smith is one of five former Notre Dame players on the roster.

    Vikings lead NFL with 5 players from Notre Dame

    Notre Dame is one of the few college football teams that truly can boast a national following. Why, there's even an alumni chapter in the Minnesota Vikings locker room. "It's really fun to be able to talk trash to everybody," said center John Sullivan, who has a leprechaun tattoo on his left shoulder.

    Christian Meza of Carpentersville works out with the Chicago Soul indoor soccer team at the Sears Centre.

    New soccer team takes another shot at Sears Centre

    This Friday, for the second time in half a decade, an indoor soccer team is coming to the Sears Centre Arena with hopes of sparking interest among suburban enthusiasts of the sport. Owner Dave Mokry admits starting up a new team and gaining a fan base is a work in progress. "Nothing's easy right now in the economy that we're in, but I know the way we're setting things up, we're setting ourselves up to be here for a long time," he said. "I think the Chicagoland area is ready to embrace an indoor soccer team. We just need to give them the right reasons to come."

    Northern Illinois University “Superfan” Dave LaCerra of Mount Prospect, a player on the NIU team during the 1980s, wouldn’t miss the Huskies’ appearance in the Orange Bowl for the world.

    NIU fans hustling to see Huskies at the Orange Bowl

    Can Northern Illinois University fill its 17,500-seat fan section at the Orange Bowl? NIU students and alumni say they will find a way with the help of free tickets and a $150 travel package for students, as well as several trips aimed at alumni. "If the Huskies are going to the Orange Bowl, then so am I," said NIU alumnus Howard Blietz of Des Plaines.


    Dennis Rodman must pay $500K in child support

    Former NBA star Dennis Rodman has been found in contempt of court and ordered to pay $500,000 in back child support to his ex-wife, her attorney said Thursday.

    NIU coach Dave Doeren displays the Mid-American Conference championship trophy after his the Huskies beat Kent State 44-37 in double overtime Friday in Detroit. Less than 24 hours later, Doeren departed NIU to coach North Carolina State, a scenario Mike Spellman is having a hard time digesting.

    Doeren’s departure from NIU pungently understandable

    Mike Spellman understands the timing of college coaches leaving before bowls games are played, but he doesn't like it. There's no solution in sight either. "I'm not sure that there's a way to legislate or mandate that," NIU athletic director Jeff Compher told me. "I think there are a lot of fans and alumni out there who would like to see something like that put into place. But I haven't heard any schools or conferences or folks from the NCAA bring it up as anything that's a potential for the future."

    Submitted photo Former boxing champ Mike Tyson talks with Mike North at the grand opening of the Score Interactive Sports Exhibit and broadcasting studio inside the Luxor hotel in Las Vegas.

    Could the Kansas City tragedy have been prevented?

    Kansas City police apparently found Jovan Belcher asleep in his car at 3:50 a.m. the same day he lated committed the murder/suicide. Mike North wonders if the whole thing could have been prevented if the police had acted differently. Mike also has some strong comments for Bob Costas..


    Without Melo, Knicks top Heat 112-92

    Raymond Felton scored a season-high 27 points, and the New York Knicks connected on 18 3-pointers to more than offset the absence of Carmelo Anthony while topping Miami for the second time this season, beating the Heat 112-92 on Thursday night.


    Manning leads Broncos past Raiders 26-13<

    Peyton Manning threw his 30th touchdown pass of the season on the game's opening drive and the Denver Broncos rolled to their eighth straight victory, beating the Oakland Raiders 26-13 on Thursday night.



    Should Illinois companies reveal their tax payments?

    As state lawmakers continue to want to lure jobs into Illinois, reform group Reboot Illinois is trying to highlight that the state has one of the highest corporate income tax rates in the Midwest.

    bloomberg news A natural gas conditioning station stands in a field west of Rifle, Colo. Natural gas futures declined in New York before a weekly government report that may show a seasonal stockpile decline.

    Investors take 11th-hour revenue before tax changes

    If decade-old tax cuts are allowed to expire at the end of this year, dividends will be taxed like ordinary income, and the top rate for ordinnary income will rise to 39.6 percent from 35 percent.


    AIG expects $1.3B in losses related to hurricane

    AIG estimates it will take $1.3 billion in losses related to Superstorm Sandy, more than other major insurance companies have reported so far.

    Allister Adams smokes marijuana Thursday, just after midnight, at the Space Needle in Seattle.

    Legal pot complicates drug-free work policies

    One group of Colorado businesses has pleaded for clarity in a letter to the White House, which hasn't said if it would sue to block the law.

    President Barack Obama and first Lady Michelle Obama look to the stage Thursday during the National Christmas Tree Lighting on the Ellipse, in Washington D.C.

    Inaugural committee to accept unlimited corporate cash

    Democrats restricted corporate contributions for their September national convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, and the host committee fell about $12.5 million short of its fundraising target.

    Associated Press/Oct. 9, 2012 Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chairman Jon Leibowitz speaking at the Justice Department in Washington.

    Drug makers’ interference with generics gets high court review

    The Supreme Court will take a close look at payments from brand-name drug makers to manufacturers of generic equivalents to keep the no-name products off the market at an estimated cost of $3.5 billion a year to consumers.

    Northern Illinois head coach Rod Carey, left, and Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher pose for photos Wednesday after a news conference promoting the Orange Bowl in Hollywood, Fla. Carey, who served as offensive coordinator the past 12 games and has been the line coach for two years, will make his head coaching debut. He replaces Dave Doeren, who took the North Carolina State job.

    NIU ready for a big — and costly — Miami Beach trip

    Upon their arrival in Miami earlier this week, it didn't take long for Northern Illinois University athletic director Jeff Compher and Co. to have their "We're not in DeKalb anymore" moment. "We sure did," Compher said with a laugh. Playing in a big-time BCS game such as the Orange Bowl, however, comes with some big costs.

    Associated Press Apple is emerging as a gentler, cuddlier corporate citizen in the year after the death of CEO and co-founder Steve Jobs. CEO Tim Cook’s announcement that the company is moving a Mac production line to the U.S. is just the latest step in a charm offensive designed to soften Apple’s image.

    Apple’s softer side emerges under CEO Cook

    "Those jobs aren't coming back." That's what Steve Jobs reportedly told President Obama when asked at a dinner in early 2011 whether Apple would consider moving some of its manufacturing from China to the United States. Jobs' successor, CEO Tim Cook, might have another response for Obama: Yes, we can. Apple is emerging under Cook's leadership as a kinder corporate citizen.

    House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio pauses during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Dec. 7, 2012, to discuss the pending fiscal cliff. Boehner said there’s been no progress in negotiations on how to avoid the fiscal cliff of tax hikes and spending cuts and called on President Barack Obama to come up with a new offer.

    Boehner: No progress in fiscal cliff talks

    House Speaker John Boehner said Friday there has been no progress in negotiations to avert a "fiscal cliff" combination of automatic tax increases and spending cuts in January and called on President Barack Obama to produce a new offer.

    Local and international activists march inside a conferences center to demand urgent action to address climate change at the U.N. climate talks in Doha, Qatar, Friday, Dec. 7, 2012. A dispute over money clouded U.N. climate talks Friday, as rich and poor countries sparred over funds meant to help the developing world cover the rising costs of mitigating global warming and adapting to it.

    UN climate talks go into overtime in Qatar

    Nearly 200 countries haggling over how to stop climate change — and how to pay for it — failed to reach a deal on schedule Friday, setting the stage for the wrangling to continue late into the night. The two-week U.N. conference in Doha was never meant to yield a global climate pact to curb emissions of greenhouse gases, but negotiators struggled to agree even on more modest issues.

    Associated Press A Bangladeshi man stands inside the damaged Tazreen garment factory on the outskirts of Dhaha, Bangladesh, Friday, Dec. 7, 2012. The Bangladeshi garment factory that was producing clothes for Wal-Mart, Disney and other major Western companies had lost its fire safety certification in June, five months before a blaze in the facility killed 112 workers, a fire official told The Associated Press.

    Bangladesh factory lost fire certification

    The factory where 112 garment workers died in a fire should have been shut down months ago. The fire department refused to renew the certification it needed to operate, a top fire official told The Associated Press. And its owner told AP that just three of the factory's eight floors were legal. He was building a ninth. Government officials knew of the problems, but the factory just kept running.


    Stocks mixed as investors work through jobs report

    The stock market was mixed Friday after the government released its latest jobs report. The U.S. added more jobs in November, sending stock index futures up in pre-market trading immediately after the report was released. But underneath the headline numbers, the monthly report gave a mixed read on the economy.

    An unidentified jobseeker uses his iPad to help fill out job applications in Florida earlier this year.

    Economy adds 146K jobs, rate at 7.7%

    The U.S. economy added 146,000 jobs in November and the unemployment rate fell to 7.7 percent, the lowest since December 2008. The report "is something of a mixed bag but, on balance, it's a positive," said Paul Ashworth, an economist at Capital Economics.

    Associated Press Americans are living longer, and Republicans are proposing to raise the Medicare eligibility age as part of a deal to reduce the government’s huge deficits. But what sounds like a common-sense sacrifice for an aging society that’s facing tight budgets could have some surprising consequences, including higher premiums for people on Medicare.

    Trade-offs in raising Medicare eligibility age

    Americans are living longer, and Republicans want to raise the Medicare eligibility age as part of any deal to reduce the government's huge deficits. But what sounds like a prudent sacrifice for an aging society that must watch its budget could have some surprising consequences, including higher premiums for people on Medicare.

    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi questioned why the body had adjourned for six days in the midst of the fiscal cliff negotiations. In the fiscal cliff wars, a pivotal battle is raging between Democrats demanding to raise revenue by boosting tax rates on the nation’s highest earners and Republicans insisting on eliminating deductions and other tax breaks instead. Which is better for the economy? Analysts say it depends.

    Higher rates or fewer tax breaks — what’s worse?

    In the fiscal cliff wars, a pivotal battle is raging between Democrats demanding to raise revenue by boosting tax rates on the nation's highest earners and Republicans insisting on eliminating deductions and other tax breaks instead. Which is better for the economy? Analysts say it depends.

    Union workers hold up a signs during a rally outside the Capitol in Lansing, Mich., Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012 as Senate Republicans introduced right-to-work legislation in the waning days of the legislative session.

    Mich. legislators defy unions, OK right-to-work

    The GOP majority used its superior numbers and backing from Gov. Rick Snyder to ramrod legislation through the House and Senate on Thursday, brushing aside denunciations and walkouts by helpless Democrats and cries of outrage from union activists who swarmed the state Capitol hallways and grounds.

    Associated Press The 1965 Aston Martin DB5 used in “James Bond” movies.

    Aston Martin sells stake to investment fund

    Aston Martin, the British maker of sports cars featured in James Bond movies, will sell a 37.5 percent stake to Investindustrial to shore up its finances.

    Spanish Economy Minister Luis de Guindos Jurado, left, talks with German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble, during the Eurogroup meeting, at the European Council building in Brussels, Monday.

    Euro drops due to Germany forecast

    The euro declined against most of its 16 major peers after the Bundesbank lowered its 2013 forecast for economic expansion in Germany, following the European Central Bank's euro-area downgrade.

    Oil rigs belonging to PetroChina are seen near the banks of a snow covered lake in Daqing in northeastern China’s Heilongjiang province earlier this year.

    Oil rises ahead of China economic data

    :Oil prices rose moderately Friday, clawing back some of the ground lost during a sharp sell-off the day before, as traders awaited a slew of economic data from China.

    A trader talks on the phone while another views a monitor on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange this week.

    U.S. stock futures drop before jobs report

    U.S. stock-index futures declined before reports that may show November jobs growth slowed and the unemployment rate remained unchanged at 7.9 percent in the world’s largest economy.Amarin Corp. plunged 17 percent in early New York trading after the maker of the cholesterol-lowering drug Vascepa said it raised financing and started hiring a sales team for the medicine. Netflix Inc. fell 1.5 percent in Germany after saying it may face a Securities and Exchange Commission civil claim.Standard & Poor’s 500 Index futures expiring this month slipped 0.3 percent to 1,409 at 7:43 a.m. in New York. The equity benchmark is heading for a 0.2 percent loss this week as lawmakers debate ways to avoid $607 billion of spending cuts and tax increases next year. Dow Jones Industrial Average futures dropped 18 points, or 0.1 percent, to 13,045 today.“The market is taking a breather while waiting for the jobs data,” said Bruno Ducros, who helps oversee about $3.9 billion in equities at CamGestion in Paris. “The jobs numbers are important, but we shouldn’t worry too much because they are marked by the hurricane,” he said, referring to superstorm Sandy that swept over North America in October.Non-farm payrolls rose by 85,000 workers, the fewest since June, following a 171,000 increase in October, according to the median forecast of 91 economists surveyed by Bloomberg. The jobless rate may have held at 7.9 percent. The Labor Department will release the figures at 8:30 a.m. in Washington.A report yesterday showed first-time claims for jobless benefits declined by 25,000 to 370,000 in the week ended Dec. 1.Japanese TremorA 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck off northeastern Japan, the most powerful since last year’s record tremor, causing buildings in Tokyo to sway and disrupting rail and airline traffic. December Futures on the Nikkei 225 Stock Average dropped 0.6 percent to 9,500.In the euro area, Greece is offering to purchase about 29 billion euros ($37.6 billion) of bonds maturing from 2023 to 2042 at an average of about 33.1 percent of face value, using a 10 billion-euro loan from the region’s bailout fund.If it fails to reach the target when the tender closes at 5 p.m. London time today, the country would have to consider a writedown of the loans it has received from other euro-area member states and the International Monetary Fund. Germany has already rejected writing down this debt.Amarin tumbled 17 percent to $9.86 in early New York trading. The company said it raised $100 million and started hiring a sales force, leading investors to believe that a strategic deal for Vascepa is not imminent. They had expected Amarin to find a partner to market Vascepa, said Akiva Felt, an analyst for Wedbush Securities in San Francisco.Netflix lost 1.5 percent to $84.84 in Germany. Netflix and Chief Executive Officer Reed Hastings said they may face an SEC civil claim over a July Facebook post that coincided with the stock’s biggest gain in almost six weeks.Research in Motion Ltd. dropped 2 percent to $11.65 in premarket trading.Cooper Cos. fell 2.7 percent to $91.34. The maker of health-care products reported fourth-quarter adjusted earnings per share that missed analyst estimates.

Life & Entertainment

    Jessica Alba arrives Friday at Spike’s 10th Annual Video Game Awards at Sony Studios.

    Images: Spikes 10th Annual Video Game Awards
    Spike's 10th Annual Video Game Awards were held on Friday at Sony Studis in Culver City, Calif.

    Host Samuel L. Jackson speaks Friday at Spike’s 10th Annual Video Game Awards at Sony Studios in Culver City, Calif.

    'Borderlands 2,’ ‘Dishonored’ win at Spike VGAs

    The cartoony post-apocalyptic shoot-'em-up sequel "Borderlands 2" and the stealthy first-person game "Dishonored" were among the early winners at the Spike Video Game Awards on Friday. "Borderlands 2" was picked as best shooter and multiplayer game, while "Dishonored" was awarded with the best action-adventure game trophy at the gaming extravaganza.

    Seth MacFarlane plays piana for Barbara Walters during ABC's “Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2012.” MacFarlane made the list along with filmmaker Ben Affleck, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and others.

    Barbara Walters taps top 10 for 2012

    Each year has its fascinations, which is fortunate for Barbara Walters. The television journalism icon has been naming 10 notables to an annual list since 1993, and the time has come to continue that tradition. A 90-minute special for ABC this time, "Barbara Walters Presents the 10 Most Fascinating People of 2012" airs Wednesday, Dec. 12. Making the list this year: Seth MacFarlane, Ben Affleck, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and others.

    Stefan Karl, left, delivers a tour-de-force performance as the Grinch, while Seth Bazacas is spunky as his loyal dog, Max, in Broadway in Chicago's "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical."

    Bright, buoyant 'Grinch' a treat for audiences

    Broadway in Chicago's "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical" has everything a child could want. Inspired by the 1957 book by Theodor Seuss Geisel — and faithful to his distinctive illustrations — the show is bright, boisterous and ebullient. And with a running time of 90 minutes, it concludes just about the time pint-size audience members start to get restless.

    Andrew Rannells played Elder Price, center, with the original 2011 Broadway company of “The Book of Mormon.” The smash-hit Broadway musical by the creators of “South Park” and a composer of “Avenue Q” is set to play a six-month engagement at Chicago's Bank of America Theatre.

    'Book of Mormon' aims for long Chicago run

    Two stars from the Chicago tour of "The Book of Mormon," Broadway veteran Nic Rouleau and Steppenwolf Theatre Ensemble Member James Vincent Meredith, talk about their involvement with the hit show by the creators of "South Park" and a composer of "Avenue Q."

    Britain’s Prince William stand next to his wife Kate, Duchess of Cambridge as she leaves the King Edward VII hospital in central London, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012. A nurse involved in a prank telephone call seeking information about the Duchess of Cambridge has died, King Edward VII hospital said Friday.

    CNN: Nurse called in Kate hoax commits suicide

    A nurse who fell victim to a prank telephone call seeking information about the Duchess of Cambridge has died, King Edward VII hospital said Friday. The hospital said Jacintha Saldanha took the hoax call by two Australian radio disc jockeys who impersonated Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles to elicit information on the duchess. Saldanha later transferred the call to the nurse caring for the Duchess. CNN is reporting the death is an apparent suicide.

    Glenn Close already has a Tony Award, Emmy Award, Golden Globe and six Oscar nominations, but her latest honor is among the most meaningful. The 65-year-old actress will accept a special recognition at the second annual American Giving Awards, set to air Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012, on NBC, for her work with Bring Change 2 Mind, a nonprofit organization that aims to end the stigma around mental illness.

    Glenn Close adds nonacting award to collection

    Glenn Close has a Tony Award, Emmy Award, Golden Globe and six Oscar nominations, but her latest honor is among the most meaningful. The 65-year-old actress will accept a special recognition at the second annual American Giving Awards, to air Saturday, for her work with Bring Change 2 Mind, a nonprofit organization that aims to end the stigma of mental illness.

    These homes along Lusted Lane in Tanglewood Hills in Batavia are typical of the estate homes featured in the area.

    Tanglewood Hills in Batavia offers estate homes

    Set in the rolling hills of Batavia, Tanglewood Hills offers stunning estate homes surrounded by natural beauty — 100-year-old oak trees, a wildflower meadow and a beautiful stream that meanders through the property.

    Lee Industries' stainless-steel and leather chaise.

    Brighten your interior with any of these new offerings

    The time has come to turn on the furnace, light the fire and settle in for a long winter. Making the transition from outside to in taps into a primal desire to prepare your living space for the months ahead. Sometimes just adding one accessory or piece of furniture is enough to brighten up your interiors during the shortened days.

    Visitors enjoy the Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid attraction following the grand opening of the New Fantasyland at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. It’s the largest expansion project in the park’s 41-year history.

    Disney’s New Fantasyland opens

    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Derrick Weitlich and his friend Leslie Martinez arrived at the Magic Kingdom at 5:40 a.m. Thursday, wanting to be among the first to visit the park’s New Fantasyland.Getting up early was worth it, said these Melbourne, Fla., Disney fans, who estimated that they have visited the park some 180 times.“I love Beauty and the Beast,” said Martinez, while standing in front of the new Gaston’s Tavern restaurant. “And I’m very picky when it comes to details about Beauty and the Beast.”Martinez and Weitlich weren’t disappointed. From the antlers lining the walls in the tavern to the animatronic Ariel in the Under the Sea-Journey of the Little Mermaid ride, they were impressed with the New Fantasyland.It’s the largest expansion project in the park’s 41-year history. The new spaces are built on what was once the site of the 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea experience, and the expansion doubles the size of the original Fantasyland. The central Florida theme park near Orlando is blending classic Disney characters (like Dumbo, the flying elephant) and newer, popular hits (like “The Little Mermaid”) with the multimillion dollar expansion.“It’s really about immersing people in a number of stories, characters and music that they love,” said Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Tom Staggs.New Fantasyland sits just past Cinderella Castle, with two sections: Enchanted Forest, where visitors will find Belle from “Beauty and the Beast” and Ariel from “The Little Mermaid,” and Storybook Circus, which is inspired by the Disney film “Dumbo.”Among the highlights: a ride called Under the Sea-Journey of the Little Mermaid, which tells Ariel’s story, and Enchanted Tales With Belle, a walk-through experience that features a magical mirror and costumed characters.Staggs said that the expansion allows families to “be a little more relaxed” while in the park, calling the spaces “more enjoyable.”Thursday’s grand opening happened twice: once for media and bloggers in front of Gaston’s Tavern and then again on the steps of Cinderella Castle, with cheering park visitors. Staggs was joined by actress Ginnifer Goodwin, singer Jordin Sparks and, of course, Mickey Mouse. Sparks sang a medley of songs from Disney movies.Two of New Fantasyland’s highlights have yet to open. A ride called Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is still under construction, as is Princess Fairytale Hall — where guests can go to meet all of their favorite Disney princesses at once. Disney officials said the princess experience will open next year and the ride is expected to open in 2014.For Disney traditionalists, never fear: Many of the park’s long-standing beloved attractions like Cinderella Castle, and rides based on “It’s a Small World” and “The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh” remain open.Be Our Guest Restaurant is new, and offers a different Disney concept. Folks who eat lunch will be served at the counter, while dinner guests will be served tableside. It will also serve wine and beer with dinner, which is the first time alcohol is being sold at the Magic Kingdom. The meals at Be Our Guest are French-themed.Some old favorites have been improved. An additional Dumbo ride was added — one Dumbo carousel goes clockwise, the other counterclockwise — two castles were built and the Barnstormer roller coaster was remodeled. Other areas were spruced up and redecorated.“I think they did the themes so well, the transitions from one area to another,” said Weitlich, who is 31. He and Martinez, who is 29, come to the park at least twice a month.On Thursday, they bought T-shirts that said “A Brand New Happily Ever After,” posed for photos and drank LeFou’s Brew, a sweet drink based on apple juice and toasted marshmallows. The pair said they were going to get to know New Fantasyland just like the rest of the park.“For not being cast members, we’re pretty good,” said Martinez.

    Mount Prospect native Jory Vinikour has been nominated for a Grammy award for his recording, “The Complete Harpsichord Works of Rameau (Sono Luminas).” Vinikour, who's on tour in Switzerland, called the nomination “a total surprise.”

    Mount Prospect native nominated for Grammy

    Mount Prospect native Jory Vinikour's passion for classical music has taken him all around the world, but he never harbored any expectations that his mastery of the harpsichord would land him at the Grammy Awards. But that day arrived Wednesday.


    Roger Ebert hospitalized with fractured hip

    Chicago movie critic Roger Ebert has been hospitalized with a hip fracture. His wife, Chaz Ebert, told The Associated Press on Thursday that her husband was doing much better and "doctors are making assessments" about when he could leave the hospital.

    There’s never a dull moment in the excellent open-world first-person shooter “Far Cry 3.”

    Sand, surf, blood in thrilling 'Far Cry 3'

    The picturesque setting of "Far Cry 3" turns out to be far from hospitable to tourist Jason Brody, who can barely stand the sight of blood when he finds himself caged up in a village ruled by a drug lord. Jason's transition into a seasoned survivor anchors "Far Cry 3," an outstanding open-world first-person shooter that intersperses character arc, plot and suspense throughout a variety of action-packed firefights, stealth sequences and side missions.

    Albert (Andrew Veenstra) spends time training his family's horse, Joey (manipulated by Christopher Mai, Derek Stratton and Rob Laqui), in the North American tour of “War Horse,” playing Chicago's Cadillac Palace Theatre from Tuesday, Dec. 18, through Saturday, Jan. 5.

    'War Horse' author marvels that 'modest' book became international stage play

    "War Horse" children's book author Michael Murpurgo talks about the unexpected success of the stage and screen versions of his 1982 novel. “I never ceased to be surprised,” said Murpurgo about the delayed fame of his 1982 children's novel.

    In the North American tour of “War Horse,” Christopher Mai, Derek Stratton and Rob Laqui rotate in the role of the horse Joey. “War Horse” plays Chicago’s Cadillac Palace Theatre from Tuesday, Dec. 18, through Saturday, Jan. 5.

    Playing Joey more than just horseplay for three-man team

    Let's get the basics out of the way first: No, it's not hot in there. Yes, they can see most of what is going on. And that joke you're dying to make about the back end? He has already heard it. Life as the title character in the play "War Horse" can be exhausting and unpredictable, but Joey's Head, Hind and Heart have become downright comfortable in his translucent skin.


    Super handyman: It’s time for a Christmas tree again!

    Now that we're stuffed with stuffing, it's time to talk about the holidays. Christmas is less than a month away, so you need to start thinking about picking up a fresh-cut tree soon. Here are some of our favorite tips for picking out the best tree and for keeping it safe until after the festivities.


    About real estate: U.S. Job corps offers free training to millions

    Nearly 3 million Americans have learned construction-related skills or studied other professions in the Job Corps, a free program available to low-income youths between the ages of 16 and 24.


    The nation’s housing: An underwater owner’s nightmare

    Patrick Boris is inching closer to his own "fiscal cliff," 2,100 miles away from the political brinkmanship under way on Capitol Hill. If Congress and the White House allow the country to go over the cliff later this month, Boris figures he could owe federal income taxes on more than $100,000 in forgiven mortgage debt following the short sale of his two-bedroom townhouse next year — a personal financial "disaster," in his words.


    Home inspector: Additions to home were never finalized

    Q. We are purchasing a home and have agreed to buy as is. We searched the public records and found that a bedroom addition was permitted in 1962, but the permit was never signed off. The county inspector said that a new permit would have to be issued, and the construction would have to comply with current building codes, rather than 1962 codes. Shouldn't a 1962 addition be subject to codes in effect when the construction occurred?

    Jon Bon Jovi was in a jovial mood when he sat down to discuss his group's upcoming projects, but turned somber when he discussed the some of the more painful events to hit him in 2012.

    Bon Jovi talks charity, tour, daughter's struggle

    Jon Bon Jovi has been with his band for more than 30 years, so he could be considered something of an expert when it comes to the durability of rock stars. Still, even Bon Jovi is mystified at how the senior set is dominating on the stage. "I can't get over it," said Bon Jovi, who will perform next week with Paul McCartney, The Who, Bruce Springsteen and a host of other superstars at the 12-12-12 concert to benefit victims of Superstorm Sandy. "How do they do it?" But at 50, he's not ready for early retirement either.

    Bartender Mike Morrison pours drinks at the Chubby Bullfrog in West Dundee.

    Chubby Bullfrog combines sports bar, family-friendly grill

    The Chubby Bullfrog Bar & Grill, a new sports bar and cafe set in a corner of a small strip mall a short distance west of Springhill Mall in West Dundee, is developing a neighborhood crowd of sports fans of all ages. Watching professional and college sports on the five flat-screen TVs is the main draw. But a comfort food menu and plenty of beverages from the bar are other attractions that entice customers to stay awhile.


    Simple ways to jazz up your holiday decorating

    'Tis the season, already! It is time to decorate for Christmas, so let's explore a bit and see if there are any new ideas out there. The memories of years gone by are precious, but how about adding some fresh ideas to the tried and true?

    Screenshot of a MagicPlan tutorial demonstrating how the app gets room measurements by using a smartphone’s camera function.

    Apps that make home-design projects easier

    Mobile technology has broadened our horizons in so many ways. Applications on smartphones and tablets even have become useful to homeowners who are remodeling or redecorating their homes. These handy apps, available through Apple's iTunes Store or the Android's Google Play, can help the design process, keep your project organized and do a lot of your work on the go.



    Editorial: Inspiring anonymity and year-round need
    While people are in the most giving mood during the winter holidays, need exists all year round, a Daily Herald editorial says.


    The initiation of Susan Rice

    Columnist Kathleen Parker: The investigation into what transpired in Benghazi is certainly appropriate. The administration's incoherent handling of information deserves scrutiny. But Rice, barring something we don't know, clearly has the qualifications for secretary of state.


    Meet the undressed: Newswomen on TV

    Columnist Froma Harrop: I'm not the first woman to be astounded by the dolls on daytime cable news, their overall impression being arms, legs and lip gloss. Why anyone would think "sex sells" on information-oriented news shows is beyond me.


    Reduce class size; improve education
    A Carpentersville letter to the editor: The overwhelming number of students in high school classrooms needs to be reduced to 20 or fewer to improve public education.


    Benghazi questions deserve comment
    A Vernon Hills letter to the editor: In response to the letter on Nov. 17, in which the writer criticizes the Daily Herald for printing another Fence Post letter that was, as he states " ... another letter that was devoid of truth about the situation" regarding the attack on Benghazi, let's set the record straight.


    Lawmakers don’t understand ‘illegal’
    A Fox Lake letter to the editor: Body: I can't believe what I have just read (Daily Herald, Nov. 29.) Two Arlington Heights Catholic leaders were at the Illinois Capitol urging state lawmakers to allow illegal immigrants to receive driver's licenses. Are you kidding me? What part of "Illegal" don't you understand?


    Salute, Inc. offers salute of its own
    Letter to the editor: Beth and Will Beiersdorf, founders of Salute Inc., offer their heartfelt thanks to the Knights of Columbuis for that organization's support for military personnel and their families. "These men and their families are truly making a difference in a significant way," they write.


    Gratitude for a small gesture of kindness
    Letter to the editor: Laurel Anderson of Wheeling remarks on the simple kindness of strangers she met at a store. "There definitely are good Samaritans among us," she writes.


    Dist. 211 taxpayers already hit their max
    Letter to the editor: John Parker of Schaumburg takes issue with District 211 planning to increase the tax levy by 3.5 percent, which is the maximum allowed. "A high school education in District 211 costs taxpayers more than $88,000 per student. Isn't this enough?" he writes.


    Autism society grants are available
    Letter to the editor: Mike Baker of the Schaumburg Autism Society reminds parents of special needs students that scholarships are available for classes in Harper College's Continuing Education Department.


    Under Helmer, city is working again
    Letter to the editor: Marty Robinson of Prospect Hts. says Nick Helmer deserves credit for turning things around. "What a blessing it is to have a mayor who knows how to get things done," he writes.


    Mayor misses the point behind display
    Letter to the editor: Judy Resele takes issue with the decision to exclude a nativity scene in the North School Park display, and reminds us what Peanuts' resident philosopher, Linus, has to say in "A Charlie Brown Christmas."


    Couple grateful to Rupley School
    Letter to the editor: Ann Bahnsen of Des Plaines tells a nice story of how she and her husband had a flat tire, and the many people at Rupley School in Elk Grove Village who came to help. "I just wanted to express our deep appreciation for all the care and assistance we received from the teachers and principal at Rupley, and want everyone to know what a caring group they are," she writes.


    Architect says TIF project totally wrong
    Letter to the editor: Barrington area architect Ronald Flubacker is encouraging residents and business owners to come to the Dec. 4 plan commission meeting, for a discussion of the downtown Barrington TIF project. "What is proposed ... has simply overwhelming mass and bulk, is jammed too close to the streets, and is completely out of scale for the location," he declares.


    Village to blame for failure of parks ref
    Letter to the editor: Margaret Kaden says she wanted to vote for the Arlington Hts. Park District referendum, and believes the repairs are warranted. But she blames the village of Arlington Hts. for lavish spending on the village hall and police station. "If the village would ask us for money for these extravagances we would say no, but they don't ask us. So we say no where we can, and the parks, tragically, suffer," she writes.


    Driving a privilege, not a right to all
    A letter to the editor: Please don't hand out driver's licenses like free gift cards to Starbucks just because illegal immigrants are already driving. State representatives are supposed to uphold the laws, not sidestep them for votes or because law enforcement is too expensive.


    Middle class is loser in ‘cliff’ drama
    A Rolling Meadows letter to the editor: We will all pay thousands more in taxes, without fundamental problems ever being addressed.


    Who to blame at bottom of cliff?
    An Elgin letter to the editor: The Republicans refuse to lay out their solution to the "spending problem" and, in fact, plan to say nothing at all on the subject. If we "go over the cliff" whose fault will it be?


    County board has held line on taxes
    An Elmhurst letter to the editor: As chairman of the DuPage County Finance Committee, it is important for me to point out that your DuPage County government has not been a part of any recent property tax increases. For the past five years, the county board has not increased the property tax levy to meet our financial obligations and in fact has cut the budget by more than $48.5 million and reduced headcount by 97 (most through attrition) since 2009.


    Representing Grover Norquist or me?
    A Naperville letter to the editor: I am a resident of the 6th congressional district. My taxes are going up because Peter Roskam has said he won't vote for higher taxes which means he would rather protect the Koch Brothers, Trump, Limbaugh, Buffet, Gates, etc. from contributing more revenue even if it means the other 98 percent of us suffer through increased taxes.


    Self-centered taxing bodies will ruin us
    Letter to the editor: Jack Halpin of Arlington Hts. has issues with the village, the park board and District 214, saying none of them are realistic when it comes to expenses. "We need to speak up to these self-centered taxing bodies or we will be forced to move due to the tax burden that they seem to feel they have the right to increase year after year," he writes.


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