Daily Archive : Saturday January 19, 2013


    Dancing in the (2A) division are members of Schaumburg High School dance squad with Lauren Birkholz (center) leading the way in the 1st annual Sectional Competition at Palatine High School on Saturday.

    Poms teams compete for sectional title in Palatine

    Poms teams across the state took their activity to a new level on Saturday, when they participated in the first round of the state series in competitive dance, sanctioned by the Illinois High School Association. "We had our fingers crossed, since we didn't know what the judges would be looking for," said Sue Kawecki, coach of the Maine East Demon Squad, that also advanced at the Palatine...


    Fair offers VIP passes for Toby Keith concert

    Tickets for the Illinois State Fair concert appearance of country music star Toby Keith go on sale Feb. 9.


    Jury awards $12M to prisoner who suffered seizure

    A federal jury has awarded $12 million in damages to an inmate at a northern Illinois prison who was left severely disabled by an epileptic seizure he suffered while behind bars.

    Members of VFW Post 2377, from left, Jimmy Keys, Tim Loome, Maury Deering, Greg Van Meter, Herbert Kalischefski and John Kowalczyk say they will fight orders from the leaseholder to remove the American flag from their Glendale Heights headquarters.

    Glendale Hts. VFW insists on flags despite lease threat

    Members of Glendale Heights VFW Post 2377 say they're not removing Old Glory or the POW/MIA flag without a fight. But their landlord says flying the flags violates provisions of their lease. Too bad, Post Cmdr. Terrence House said. "We're not backing down." And the village has their back.

    Shiite Muslims hold a protest rally Saturday in New Delhi, India, against the killings in deadly bombings in Quetta, Pakistan.

    Local Shia mourn victims of bombings in Pakistan

    Suburban Shia Muslims are mourning the killing of more than 100 people from their community by militant groups in recent bombings in Pakistan. Relatives and friends of victims will attend a memorial service tonight at the only Chicago area Shia mosque, located in Streamwood.

    President Bill Clinton plays the saxophone at the Arkansas ball on Inauguration Day.

    Unexpected inaugural moments make history

    WASHINGTON — The inauguration of a U.S. president is traditionally a highly scripted celebration, with seating charts, schedules, dress rehearsals and planning committees that map each moment of the history-making day from start to finish. But sometimes the unexpected happens.

    Katy Perry performs Saturday during the Kids’ Inaugural: “Our Children. Our Future.” event in Washington.

    D.C. filling up for inauguration

    Officials estimated that as many as 800,000 people will attend Monday’s public ceremonies. That’s more than live in the city, if far fewer than the 1.8 million who were at Obama’s first inauguration in 2009.

    Naperville and North Central College began work Saturday morning to tear down a building that long has been considered an eyesore along Washington Street at the DuPage River. Once demolished, the college plans to convert the site to a parklike setting.

    Naperville razes ‘eyesore’ for future park

    A Naperville “eyesore” is no more. The building at 420-440 S. Washington St., long dormant and deemed an eyesore, was demolished beginning at 7 a.m. Saturday. On land now owned by North Central College, the building was razed to make way for open space on the east side of Washington Street between the DuPage River and a Burger King. “We’re anticipating it will eventually become a park,” said Paul...

    The traveling staff on board the E-4B surprise U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta with a cake that says “arrivederci,” in a celebration in honor of the last leg of his final overseas trip as secretary, en route to Washington on Saturday.

    Fiscal crisis, budget battle mark Panetta’s tenure

    Defense Secretary Leon Panetta brought his affable personality and infectious, shoulder-shaking laugh to the diplomatic front. Meetings with Middle East leaders sometimes started with a bear hug, or ended in an invitation to go for drinks.

    Malians who fled Islamist rule or fighting in northern Mali take shelter Saturday at a camp for the displaced in Sevare, Mali.

    Residents say Islamists fled Mali town

    Speaking Saturday on French 3 television, French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Drian said France now has 2,000 troops in Mali.

    Egyptian police and protesters clash outside a courtroom Saturday in Alexandria, Egypt.

    Confrontation at trial of Egyptian security officers

    Riot police fired tear gas Saturday to disperse dozens of demonstrators throwing rocks outside an Alexandria courthouse where the city’s ex-security director and other officers are on trial for the killing of protesters during Egypt’s 2011 uprising.

    Twin sisters Shelby and Jordan Stolz, 13, of Elgin work on their team’s lunch dish in the final round of the Junior Chopped competition Saturday. The girls, along with teammate Allison Densmore, 13, of Hoffman Estates, were on the Cupcakes team from Larsen Middle School.

    Cooks, students stir up U-46 competition

    Lorna Allen has spent a lot of time around kids as a cook in Elgin Area School District U-46, but Saturday was the first time she actually worked with them closely. A team from Kimball Middle School won the first Junior Chopped culinary competition at the district.

    Lakes High School dance team competes at the IHSA competitive dance sectional in Grayslake on Saturday.

    Images: High School Competitive Dance, Sectional Finals
    IHSA Competitive Dance sectionals were held in Grayslake and Palatine on Saturday, January 19th. Winning schools will perform at the state competition next weekend in Bloomington. Schools featured in this gallery are St. Viator, St. Charles North, St. Charles East, South Elgin, Schaumburg, Hoffman Estates, Downers Grove North, Conant, Wheaton North, Streamwood, Lake Park, Elgin, Grayslake North,...

    St. Loius Cardinal Stan Musial poses with his bats on his shoulder as he put on his uniform for the first time at spring training baseball in St. Petersburg, Fla.

    Cardinals Hall of Famer Stan Musial dies

    Stan "the Man" Musial won seven National League batting titles, was a three-time MVP and helped the Cardinals capture three World Series championships in the 1940s.

    Snow slides down a mountain near a ski area at Snoqualmie Pass in Washington state. Snow training courses now incorporate a focus on human factors such as how to make better decisions, manage group dynamics and speak up should danger arise.

    Four climbers die in Scottish avalanche

    The victims were in a group of six climbers — three men and three women — who were at Glencoe, one of Scotland's best-known glens, when a snow slope broke away.

    Marine Lance Corporal Carlos Lazano talks about a special training he underwent in which Marines were taught methods to “quiet the mind” and to reach an inner calm as a means to battle stress.

    Marines study Buddhist-based mind training

    "Some people might say these are Eastern-based religious practices but this goes way beyond that," said Jeffery Bearor, the executive deputy of the Marine Corps training and education command at its headquarters in Quantico, Va.. "This is not tied to any religious practice. This is about mental preparation to better handle stress."

    Rafael Cafagna, right, becomes emotional while standing with his wife, Shannon Cafagna, left, during the singing of the national anthem at the Guns Across America rally at the state Capitol in Austin, Texas.

    Thousands rally against stricter gun control

    Thousands of gun advocates gathered peacefully Saturday at state capitals around the U.S. to rally against stricter limits on firearms, with demonstrators carrying rifles and pistols in some places while those elsewhere settled for waving hand-scrawled signs or screaming themselves hoarse.

    Schaumburg police say they are investigating why a 24-year-old man jumped from the second level to the first at Woodfield Mall late Saturday afternoon. Police said the man suffered serious but not life-threatening injuries and was taken to Alexian Brothers Medical Center in Elk Grove Village.

    Schaumburg police investigate man’s leap at Woodfield Mall

    Schaumburg police say a man suffered serious injuries after jumping over a second-level railing inside Woodfield Mall late Saturday afternoon. Police said they are investigating what prompted the 24-year-old Evanston man's leap in the busy mall. No one else was was injured.


    Man accidently shoots self leaving gun show

    INDIANAPOLIS — Police say a 54-year-old Indianapolis man was injured when he accidentally shot himself while leaving a gun show.Indiana State Police say Emory L. Cozee was loading his .45 caliber semi-automatic when he shot himself in the hand Saturday afternoon as he was leaving the Indy 1500 Gun and Knife show at the state fairgrounds.


    Three hurt in accidental shooting at N.C. gun show

    Officials say three people were wounded when gunfire erupted at a gun show at the North Carolina state fairgrounds.


    Two Ferraris sell for more than $8 million each

    A metallic-blue 1958 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider led Gooding & Company's Jan. 18-19 event with a price of $8.25 million, just beating the $8.1 million paid for a dark-red 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta "Competizione" at RM Auctions.


    FTC says seller of 9/11 coins to pay $750,000

    NEW YORK — A company that sold Sept. 11 commemorative coins supposedly containing silver from ground zero has agreed to pay $750,000 to settle charges that it deceived consumers.The Federal Trade Commission says Port Chester, N.Y.-based National Collector’s Mint charged customers for items they never ordered and failed to identify its wares as imitations.

    The electric chair at the Greensville Correctional Center in Jarratt, Va.

    Killer shows bits of humanity before execution

    Robert Gleason Jr. was playful and vicious, a protector and a predator. He was likeable and reprehensible. He sent Christmas cards and made me laugh on a bad day.He was also a killer. And on Wednesday night I watched him die.


    Man drives through gate at Alaska military base

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Authorities in Alaska are looking for the driver of a pickup truck who drove through a gate at a military base and led security forces on a high-speed chase.Officials at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson say the 1994 GMC Sierra went through the Boniface Gate around midnight Friday.


    Reporters get look inside southern Illinois prison

    A southern Illinois prison has opened its doors to journalists in the wake of a watchdog group's 2011 report of overcrowding, flooding and crumbling and unsanitary basement dormitories. The minimum-security Vandalia Correctional Center allowed journalists in Friday for a close look at the facility's expanding vocational programs for inmates, something that even watchdog group The John Howard...


    Gun show offers weapons that Quinn wants to ban

    As Gov. Pat Quinn and other Illinois Democrats vow to pursue a statewide ban on assault weapons, some of those same guns were on sale Saturday at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield. According to ads for the weekend event, some of the brands that could be affected by a state or federal ban could be purchased at the state-owned facility, including weapons made by Ruger, Glock and...

    “Dear Abby” advice columnist Pauline Friedman Phillips, 82, known to millions of readers as Abigail van Buren, signs autographs for some of dozens of fans after the dedication of a “Dear Abby” star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles.

    Notable deaths last week

    Pauline Friedman Phillips, who as Dear Abby dispensed snappy, sometimes saucy advice on love, marriage and meddling mothers-in-law to millions of newspaper readers around the world and opened the way for the likes of Dr. Ruth, Dr. Phil and Oprah, has died.

    Rudimiro Huerta

    Round Lake Park cops arrest man on molestation charges

    Round Lake Park police say they have arrested a man on charges that he molested a girl in the village in 2006. Rudimiro Huerta, 45, who most recently lived in the 4500 block of South Avers Avenue in Chicago, has been charged with two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

    Participants in Northwest Families for Life’s “March for Life” on Saturday in Palatine walk along Northwest Highway from St. Theresa Parish to the plaza at Northwest Highway and Hicks Road. The march drew about 400 anti-abortion activists.

    Anti-abortion march in Palatine attracts 400

    A Northwest suburban group opposed to abortion held its first "March for Life" on Saturday in Palatine — three days before the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision that recognized abortion rights.

    In this April 3, 2011 file photo, country singer Toby Keith performs at the 46th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas. Tickets for Keith’s performance at the state fair go on sale on Feb. 9.

    Fair offers VIP passes for Toby Keith concert

    Tickets for the Illinois State Fair concert appearance of country music star Toby Keith go on sale Feb. 9.

    Free Wi-Fi on Metra trains may not be possible, officials said.

    Wi-Fi train hasn’t left the Metra station

    Free Wi-Fi on Metra trains is still down the line and it may not be free either. Metra officials decided to hire consultants to move the stagnating project forward. The outside help could cost up to $250,000.

    Alex Novak, 15, of West Chicago, receives a visit from St. Francis High School varsity football coach Greg Purnell. An August accident left Alex with severe brain injuries.

    West Chicago teen beginning long road back from brain injuries

    Step inside the Novak family home in West Chicago: First, there's the Christmas tree. Then there's the hospital bed and the maze of buzzing electrical equipment. Alex Novak, 15, is sitting in his wheelchair, wearing his St. Francis High School football jersey and taking his nutrition through a tube. Five months ago, he was riding his bike when he was struck by a van. He would spend the next six...


    WWII vet getting Purple Heart back, 70 years later

    "I'm just flabbergasted," said George Hemphill, 90, of Union Mills, N.C. "I don't know what to think. They're just going out of their way to give it back to me. I'm just grateful to them for all the work they're doing. And the expense, it's just something. I don't know how to describe it."

    Above is the USS Hatteras as it fought and sank in 1863, depicted in a drawing by Civil War artist Francis H. Schell. Below it, a 2012 high-resolution 3-D sonar image of the wreckage.

    3-D sonar provides new view of Civil War shipwreck

    The remains of the only U.S. Navy ship sunk in the Gulf of Mexico during Civil War combat now can be seen in 3-D sonar images from the Gulf's murky depths, revealing details such as a shell hole that may have been among the ship's fatal wounds.


    Indiana jailer accused of bribing female inmates to strip

    MARTINSVILLE, Ind. — A central Indiana jail officer has been charged with coaxing female inmates into stripping for him in return for favors.Morgan County jail officer Nicholas Tankersley, 21, of Martinsville, was formally charged Thursday with sexual battery, official misconduct, theft and battery. The Reporter-Times reported Tankersley has been fired.

    Baltimore Orioles manager Earl Weaver, left, is soaked with champagne after the Orioles defeated the California Angels 8-0 to win the American League championship, in Anaheim, Calif.

    Earl Weaver dead at 82, Orioles say

    Loved in Baltimore long after he ended his Hall of Fame career, Earl Weaver remained an Oriole to the end.The notoriously peppery Hall of Fame manager died at age 82 on a Caribbean cruise associated with the Orioles, his marketing agent said Saturday.

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    Bartlett woman charged after 2-week-old injured

    A disturbance one night at a group home for youths in which a 2-week-old baby was injured led to a felony charge against a 19-year-old resident, Bartlett police said in a news release Saturday.

    Chicago Cubs second baseman and 2012 Gold Glove winner Darwin Barney, followed by outfielder Tony Campana, meet staff members of the Kane County Cougars during a quick visit at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark in Geneva Jan. 17. Players, coaches and staff of the Cubs On the Move 2013 Caravan Tour came by for about 30 minutes after meeting with children at an Oswego school.

    Welcome to the family

    The Cubs on the Move 2013 Caravan visited baseball fans around the suburbs Thursday, with stops at Advocate Children's Hospital in Park Ridge, Fifth Third Bank Ballpark in Geneva and Fox Chase School in Oswego.


    Watch your tone if you want to be heard

    In any conversation, there are the words we use and then there's the meaning we put behind the words. Our Ken Potts suggests that if we want to communicate effectively, we need to watch our tone.


    Inauguration weekend kicks off with day of service

    President Barack Obama on Saturday was heading up a National Day of Service, kicking off a whirlwind weekend of inauguration events that mark the end of his historic first term and the start of his second.


    Algeria launches 'final assault'; 7 hostages dead

    AIN AMENAS, Algeria — Algeria's special forces stormed a natural gas complex in the middle of the Sahara desert on Saturday in a "final assault" aimed at ending a four-day-old hostage crisis, the state news agency reported. It said 11 militants and seven hostages were killed.


    Chicago Bar musicians to present Lincoln concert

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Chicago judges and lawyers will serenade Abraham Lincoln on his birthday Feb. 16 in Springfield.The Chicago Bar Association Chorus and Symphony will perform folk songs and spirituals, along with musical works and narrative readings about the 16th president and the Civil War era.


    Unknown Sandburg poem found in university archive

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — A poem by the late writer Carl Sandburg that appears to have been previously unknown has turned up in the archives of the University of Illinois.The university says the poem, entitled "A Revolver," was found last week by retired professor Ernie Gullerud as he helped index in Sandburg's archives in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library.


    Man gets 12 years in prison in investment scheme
    CHICAGO — A former Chicago man who pleaded guilty to swindling nearly $8 million from more than 50 victims who thought they were buying specially discounted stocks in Google, Facebook and other companies has been sentenced to 12 years in prison.


    Chicago schools could start before Labor Day

    CHICAGO — All Chicago Public Schools would start classes before Labor Day and end in mid-June under a newly proposed academic calendar.Currently, the district's 618 schools start after Labor Day and have different days off during the academic year. A new calendar proposed Friday would put all 403,000 students on the same schedule. They would start classes on Aug. 26 this year.


    State invests $1 million in NU Internet service

    EVANSTON, Ill. — The state of Illinois is investing $1 million to bring ultra-high speed Internet service to the Chicago suburb of Evanston, which is home to about 160 technology startup businesses. Northwestern University will also benefit from the new service.

    Kim Duerkop of Grayslake picks up her kids Caden, 7, and Kara, 5, from “Strike Camp” at the Grayslake Park District Recreation Center Friday afternoon.

    Third day of strike fun for some, but parents look for end to strike in Grayslake District 46

    Students spent a third day out of class Friday as a strike in Grayslake Elementary District 46 continues. Kids had fun at a "strike camp" set up by the Grayslake Park District, but their parents are hoping for a setttlement soon. "I think they both have an argument. There should be a middle of the road they can come to," one parents said.

    Three women were honored at the 12th annual Martin Luther King Jr. remembrance dinner in Hoffman Estates. Pictured with the Rev. Clyde Brooks, president of the Illinois Commission on Diversity and Human Relations, are, from left, keynote speaker Toni Carter of Motorola Solutions, Sherry Noland-Schultz of Sears Holdings Co. and attorney Kay Hoogland.

    Leaders, community honor King in Hoffman Estates

    Political, religious, business and education leaders gathered to honor the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. at Stone Gate in Hoffman Estates. "We're here to celebrate the 84th birthday of Dr. King and also to salute giants — companies and individuals that we believe are making a difference, breaking down barriers of gender and race and cultural barriers that exist," said the Rev. Clyde Brooks.


    Bartlett's Sal Annoreno takes Lake Park's Albert Hogan in the 138-pound match in the semifinals round of the Upstate Eight mega conference on Saturday, January 19.

    St. Charles East takes UEC title

    Anthony Touchstone will be the answer to a trivia question one day. When the Waubonsie Valley senior outlasted St. Charles North senior Wes Pasholk in the finals of the Upstate Eight Conference tournament on Saturday afternoon in Batavia, the 220-pounder became the only non-top seed to win an individual championship.

    Streamwood guard Trevious Norman and Lake Zurich center Will McClaughry battle for a rebound at Lake Zurich on Saturday.

    Boys basketball/Fox Valley roundup

    The Streamwood boys basketball team split its games at the MLK Classic at Lake Zurich Saturday, losing to the host Bears, 54-41, before coming back to beat Marian Central 55-35.Lake Zurich 54, Streamwood 41: The host Bears won their opening game of the inaugural Martin Luther King Classic, sinking 7 of 10 shots from 3-point range in the opening half.John Repplinger banked in a 3-pointer to beat the halftime buzzer, putting Lake Zurich up 35-19.Sophomore Jack O’Neill hit three 3s in the first half for the Bears, who finished with eight 3-pointers. A basket by forward Joel Lightbourne (4 points, 9 rebounds) got Streamwood within 39-32 with 2:45 left in the third, but Lake Zurich (10-11) closed the quarter with a 7-2 run, getting a 3-pointer from Ryan Roach.Lake Zurich’s Mike Travlos came off the bench to score a game-high 12 points, including a pair of 3s. Roach, O’Neill and Brad Kruse each scored 9 points in the win, while 6-foot-6 sophomore Will McClaughry had 8 points and 6 rebounds for the Bears, who led 15-6 after one quarter.Streamwood received 11 points, including three 3-pointers, and 6 rebounds from guard Trevious Norman. Center Zack Harris scored 9 points and grabbed 6 boards.Streamwood 55, Marian Central 35: Zack Harris scored 18 points, Trevious Norman had 11 and Kyle Strong added 10 for the Sabres (7-13) in their win at Lake Zurich.Bartlett 46, Lincoln Park 35: Lance Whitaker had 19 points and Jon Moss added 15 as the Hawks (16-4) won at the Wheaton Warrenville South MLK Tournament. Bartlett will take on Oswego Monday at 1:15 p.m. in a semifinal. The Hawks have now won 7 straight and 10 of 11.Hononegah 58, Jacobs 37: Ryan Billings had 9 points and Chris Orange added 7 but Jacobs fell to the host school in its first game of the day at Hononegah’s MLK Shootout.Jacobs 80, DeKalb 67: Chris Orange scored 23 points and Jon Benoit added 18 to lead the Golden Eagles (9-8) to a win in their second game of the day at Hononegah’s MLK Shootout. Nick Ledinsky added 14 points for Jacobs and Lake Ojo had 11.“We came in more aggressive,” Jacobs coach Jim Hinkle said of the victory. “We shot only 4 free throws in the early game and 31 in the evening game. We started taking it to the basket against a bigger team and it really paid off.”Westminster Christian 70, Longwood 58: Will Woodhouse scored 24 points and Robert Kleczynski added 16 to lead the Warriors (9-10) to a nonconference win. Aaron Wiewel added 12 points for Westminster.John Radtke and Joe Aguilar contributed to this report

    Lake Zurich guard Brad Kruse shoots under the basket past Streamwood defenders Zack Harris, center, and Jacob Siewert at Lake Zurich on Saturday.

    Milestone for Mundelein’s O’Brien

    Mundelein had a split decision in tournament play at Rockton Hononegah on Saturday, but it's unanimous that senior Sean O'Brien is leaving his mark on the Mustangs' program. In a 72-61 victory over Rockford Auburn, O'Brien produced 24 points, 15 rebounds and 8 assists and eclipsed the 1,000-point career scoring mark in the process. He now has 1,004 points at Mundelein.


    Finish suits Wheaton North at Lake Zurich

    Expect the big basketball kids to be in an especially good mood when they assist the little ones at Wheaton North today. After playing three games in 24 hours, Wheaton North’s varsity boys get no break from ball, as they’ll help at a feeder tournament. “It’s worth it,” Falcons junior guard Matt Biegalski said. “We all like it.” Wheaton North fans had to love this: Their Falcons capped a busy day in Lake Zurich’s inaugural Martin Luther King Classic on Saturday night by edging the host Bears 52-51 on Biegalski’s late basket.

    Lance Armstrong, the biggest sports liar of them all, showed himself on Oprah’s show to be the same narcissistic, cold guy he always was.

    Armstrong and Te’o, and lies and liars

    The verdict is finally in on Lance Armstrong, and it's worse than anyone thought. His appearance with Oprah was a disaster in so many ways that you wonder how he ever thought she would be the first step on his path to salvation. Armstrong went before her to save his skin and keep a few of his millions, only to be further exposed as a narcissistic, calculating, bike riding sorry excuse for a human being.

    This is what the outside concourse could look like under the Cubs' five-year renovation plan being proposed for Wrigley Field.

    Cubs offer $300 million Wrigley rehab plan

    Renovating Wrigley Field has been a hot topic for several years. On Saturday, the Cubs unveiled an ambitious and expensive plan to renovate the almost 100-year-old landmark. The plan would require five off-seasons to complete at a cost of $300 million, but Cubs officials want the city to lift some landmark restrictions.


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


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


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


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


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


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


    Gregor, Lake Park tops at BG’s invite

    Sean Gregor won the 100- and 200-yard freestyles, helping Lake Park to the team championship in Buffalo Grove’s Fred Palffy Invitational on Saturday.The Lancers finished with 247 points to better Cary-Grove (223), the host Bison (150) and fourth-place Hoffman Estates (136) in the 13-team field.Gregor had narrow wins over Hoffman Estates’ Nick Jesse to win the 100 (48.99) and 200 (1:47.19).Cary-Grove senior Michael Hamann produced winning efforst in the 100 back (53.76) and 100 fly (52.60).Hoffman Estates senior Sang Han won the 50 free (22.15) and 100 breast (1:01.29), and Buffalo Grove senior Matt Schulstad won the 200 IM (2:03.08) and placed second in the 100 fly (54.31).At Hinsdale Central: Mundelein senior Connor Black set pool records while winning the 200-yard freestyle (1:41.38) and 100 fly (48.86) in Hinsdale Central’s invitational Saturday, and his leadoff leg on the 400 free relay — 46.49 — also broke the meet record for the 100 free.State meet favorite New Trier put on a command performance, getting meet records from Jack Mangan in the 100 back (51.33) and Jeff Park in the 500 free (4:35.69). The Trevians’ 400 free relay of Mangan, Park, Brian Walsh and Reed Malone also broke the meet record, finishing in 3:09.02, as New Trier amassed 440 points to top runner-up Hinsdale Central (343.5).Addison Trail/Willowbrook’s Nick Zito produced a meet record in winning the 100 breaststroke (58.88).Warren, which finished third, got its top efforts from Matt Conway, third in the 200 IM (1:58.53) and second in the 100 fly (51.90).Mundelein placed fourth and got a second-place finish from Art Kasemets in the 100 breaststroke (1:01.22).Palatine, which finished seventh, got its top finish from Robert Hank in the 100 backstroke (58.98, seventh).Hersey Invite: Conant proved to be the class of the field at Olympic Pool in Arlington Heights.The Cougars won both freestyle relays and had individual winners in Alex Shozda (50 free, 100 free), Jonathon Burke (500 free) and Martin Pozniak (100 back, 100 fly).


    Watson, Palatine handle Plainfield Central

    Dondre Watson had six 3-pointers and finished with a career-best 20 points to help Palatine past Plainfield Central in tournament action hosted by Marshall on Saturday.Roosevelt Smart also had 20 for the Pirates (12-8), who will face Metea Valley in the first of two games on Monday as the tournament continues.Point guard Chris Macahon finished with 13 points and Josh Baldus had 10 for Palatine. Coach Eric Millstone said many of Watson’s 3s were the result of crisp passes from Macahon.


    Bisso finds her spot in WW South win

    In a span of 48 hours, Sierra Bisso experienced the highs and lows of a shooter. She’ll take it. Saturday was as good as it gets.


    Potnick produces, and BG wins at Hersey

    To say that Buffalo Grove senior guard Luke Potnick had his way at Hersey on Saturday night might be putting it mildly. Potnick, harassed most of the night by the Huskies’ defense, still managed 25 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals in the Bison’s 63-52 Mid-Suburban East victory. “Anything can happen conference-wise down the stretch,” Potnick said. “Our goal is to play the best basketball in the next few months.” Right now, Buffalo Grove pulled to 3-3 in conference play and 8-10 overall by taking the season series over the Huskies (5-10, 2-4).


    St. Charles North’s offense breaks out

    St. Charles North 77, Larkin 38: The North Stars blitzed Larkin with a dominant 31-7 first quarter en route to the comfortable Upstate Eight River Division win. Senior Alex Silverman led the way for St. Charles North (6-15, 3-6) with 16 points while freshman Morgan Rosencrants contributed 14. Sophomore Sam Novak connected on three 3-pointers in a 14-point performance and freshman Kayla Helsel added 9. Quixmia Washington paced Larkin (3-19, 1-8) with 22 points.


    Kaneland wins defensive struggle

    Kaneland 34, LaSalle-Peru 32: Despite being shut out in the second quarter, Kaneland responded with 19 points in the third to notch a hard-fought Northern Illinois Big XII crossover road victory.


    West Aurora blows out rival East in 216th meeting

    The iconic gym at East Aurora, with its trademark dangling scoreboard at half-court and seats on all four sides, was packed to the rafters Saturday when West Aurora came for its biennial visit. But it was all West Aurora as the Blackhawks built an early lead and extended over the last three-plus quarters to win the 216th edition of the classic boys basketball rivalry.


    Wheaton Academy’s Behr turns Aurora Christian inside-out

    This is getting unBehrable for Aurora Christian. That’s right, unBehrable.


    Wiedemann, Palatine finding the range

    For the third straight game, Palatine’s McKenzie Wiedemann scored at least 20 points. This time, the senior guard fired home 21 points on Saturday night as the Pirates topped host Mundelein 51-42 in the nonconference girls basketball game. Sophomore forward Monica Masini added 10 points, followed by senior guard Nia Pappas (9) and junior forward Erin Mayer (8) as Palatine improved to 19-5 heading into Friday’s game at Conant. Wiedemann was coming off a 25-point game against Barrington and 21 against Hoffman.


    Gallimore, Antioch rally past Grant

    Paige Gallimore and recent call-up Alexis Duehr sparked a comeback win for Antioch’s girls basketball team Saturday. Gallimore scored 10 of her game-high 18 points in the fourth quarter, hitting 4 of 5 free throws, and the freshman Duehr tallied 7 of her 9 points and added a steal in the fourth, allowing the Sequoits to pull out a 46-45 win over host Grant in North Suburban Conference Prairie Division action.


    Glenbard East defends its Sides

    After going scoreless in Friday’s huge victory over West Aurora, Glenbard East senior Marvin Grant-Clark collected the Rams’ first basket Saturday against Plainfield East.


    Bears’ coaching staff takes shape

    Jon Hoke, the Bears' defensive backs coach for the past five seasons under Lovie Smith, was retained in that role under new head coach Marc Trestman,who still has several spots to fill on his staff.

    Bulls forward Carlos Boozer reacts after missing a basket during Saturday night’s loss to Memphis at the United Center.

    Another overtime game too much for Bulls
    With Luol Deng sidelined by a right hamstring strain, the Bulls fell behind by 17 points in the third quarter. Deng’s replacement, Jimmy Butler, powered a fourth-quarter comeback and they had chances to win. Playing a third straight overtime game during the regular season for the first time in franchise history, the Bulls ultimately lost 85-82.


    Sweatt, Wolves treat big crowd to win

    Bill Sweatt rang up a pair of second-period goals to help carry the Chicago Wolves to a 3-1 victory over the Houston Aeros on Saturday night before 15,021 at the Allstate Arena.


    Blackhawks vs. Coyotes scouting report
    Blackhawks scout vs. Phoenix Coyotes


    Neuqua Valley gangs up on Fremd

    Fremd, it has the stars in Ashley McConnell and Haley Gorecki. Neuqua Valley is more of an ensemble cast, and that’s just fine with Wildcats coach and apparent Broadway show fan Mike Williams.


    York runs past Elgin

    The Elgin boys basketball team came out quickly against York Saturday. They turned the Dukes’ opening possession into a turnover. Arie Williams picked up the steal, and Malik Parham-Dunner found Ryan Sitter for a fast-break layup. The Maroons wouldn’t get their next field goal until the first minute of the second quarter.After Elgin held tough for a quarter and a half, the eventual result was York rolling to a 68-31 victory at Glenbard East’s When Sides Collide Shootout.


    Geneva snaps Larkin’s win streak at 11

    Geneva boys basketball coach coach Phil Ralston considers January the “dog days” of the boys basketball season, when some teams take strides forward while others regress. Ralston was concerned his team was on the verge of regression after last week’s 59-37 loss at Batavia, but Saturday’s hard-earned 61-56 victory at Upstate Eight River-leading Larkin proved the Vikings aren’t about to be leashed. “I told (the players) they’ve had too good of a season so far to be one of those teams that takes steps backward,” Ralston said. “We knew we had a chance to get back and be tied for first in conference. The kids knew the importance of this game.”


    Johnsburg shoots down Grayslake C.

    Five seniors started for Grayslake Central on Saturday night against visiting Johnsburg on Senior Night, including guard Danny Reed, who poured in a game-high 20 points. “It was heartwarming to see all the seniors and their parents on the gym floor before the game tonight,” said Reed, who knocked down 2 of his team’s trio of 3-pointers and connected on all 6 of his free throws. “It was a nice experience.” What wasn’t so nice for the Rams was the ability of Johnsburg to nullify the home team’s zone defense with 8 3-pointers in a 67-56 Fox Valley Fox Division game.


    Carlson’s putback helps Fremd to double-OT win

    Fremd’s basketball players are taught to assume that every shot a teammate takes is going to be a miss. And it’s not due to a lack of faith in their teammates, but rather to keep them ready to pounce on offensive rebounding opportunities. That philosophy helped the Vikings in a big way when Fremd sophomore Xavier Williams got a steal in a tie game in double overtime with 19 seconds left. His contested layup attempt rolled off the rim, but Ben Carlson was there to put in the rebound with 14 seconds left, and that was ultimately the difference in Fremd’s 49-48 Mid-Suburban West victory over visiting Barrington.

    Naperville North High School’s Kaitlyn Daly celebrates her balance beam routine, during the York Girls’ Gymnastics Invite.

    Glenbard West shows it’s back

    The balance beam can throw a gymnastics team into disarray, but a strong team can also dominate it and use a big score to its advantage. Glenbard West took its latest step toward a potential state berth by posting an 37.025 on beam during Saturday’s York Invite and cruising past runner-up Lake Park, 144.075-137.775.


    Free-throw woes cost Kaneland

    There’s been better weekends for the Kaneland girls basketball team. If the Knights thought a 1-point overtime loss to Sycamore was tough to take Friday when their opponent got to the free-throw line 37 times to their 12, Saturday proved to be even more painful.

    Marco Belinelli of the of the Bulls drives hard to the basket against Marc Gasol of the Grizzlies during Saturday’s game.

    Grizzlies beat weary Bulls in OT, 85-82

    Marc Gasol scored 19 points, Zach Randolph had 13 points and 19 rebounds, and the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Chicago Bulls 85-82 in overtime. Memphis scored the first 6 points of the OT, Gasol’s putback making it 82-76. The Bulls cut it to 83-80 on Jimmy Butler’s layup and had a chance to tie, but Nate Robinson missed a 3-pointer with 25 seconds left.


    St. Charles North 2nd against variety of Illinois’ finest

    When St. Charles North coach Rob Rooney organized his school’s boys swimming invitational, there were a few things he wanted to have as a part of the meet.


    Geneva struggles with consistency

    Searching for consistency from her team, Geneva girls basketball coach Sarah Meadows didn’t find it Saturday afternoon. The Vikings (12-9) shot out to an 8-point lead midway through the first quarter against Romeoville (19-3) but were unable to maintain control of the basketball nor the game during an eventual 68-58 loss in the 23rd annual McDonald’s Shootout held at Willowbrook High School in Villa Park.


    Carmel steps forward in back gym

    The venue switch to the old back gym at Carmel Catholic seemed like a fitting backdrop for the Carmel-Libertyville rivalry, and in the eyes of Carmel senior Greg Edkins, it felt just like home. “We practice in that gym every day so we feel like it’s our home court,” Edkins said. “We are real comfortable in there, so when we heard we were playing in there I think we were fine with it.” Carmel is hosting a fundraiser Sunday for the athletics programs at the school, which forced the switch out of the main gym. With the way the Corsairs played Saturday night against the visiting Wildcats, they may never want to switch back. Carmel broke open the game in the second quarter and used the same stifling defense that limited Joliet Catholic to only 20 points the night before to hold Libertyville to just 9 field goals in a 55-30 triumph.

    Conant’s D’Angelo McBride drives around Schaumburg defenders for a bucket in the first half at Conant on Saturday.

    Schaumburg stubbornly clips Conant

    [No Paragraph Style]NewsSometimes a basketball game isn’t decided by fluid offense and beautiful execution. Sometimes it’s about grit and determination.When Conant and Schaumburg took the floor on Saturday night, it was clear from the outset that the game would not be decided on smoothly executed offense. It would be decided by perseverance — both mental and physical. Schaumburg was just a little better at playing the requisite style of game in a 40-37 road victory which left them in a first-place tie for the Mid-Suburban West lead with Fremd and Palatine.


    Willowbrook switches gears, catches Addison Trail

    This game had doom written all over it for Willowbrook’s boys basketball team.Faced with a potential loss to District 88 rival Addison Trail, however, the Warriors overcame everything.Rallying from a double-digit deficit, Willowbrook pulled out a 45-43 West Suburban Gold Conference win over host Addison Trail on Saturday.


    Huntley fights past Dundee-Crown

    Getting good looks at the basket Saturday night was tough for both Dundee-Crown and Huntley. The Red Raiders found just enough offense in the fourth quarter to beat the visiting Chargers, 45-38, in Fox Valley Conference Valley Division boys basketball play.


    Balanced scoring powers Wheeling win

    It was a night of firsts for Wheeling’s boys basketball team at Elk Grove on Saturday. For the first time this season, four Wildcats reached double figures. The result was the Wildcats’ first win in the Mid-Suburban East. Avenging a 34-point homecourt loss earlier in the season, the Wildcats scooted home a 62-54 winner as senior Nick Ricciardi (16 points), junior Jeremy Stephani (14), senior Kameron Hill (13) and junior Chris Pierro (11) did the majority of the offensive damage.


    Prospect turns up the ‘D’

    Prospect boys basketball coach John Camardella was so displeased with his team’s defensive performances in the Knights’ previous two games that he decided make defense a priority in his practice Friday. “We went harder in practice (Friday) than we ever have the day before a game,” said Camardella, whose team gave up a combined 140 points in those two contests. “I reminded our guys that when we have ‘off’ offensive nights, we need something to trust and rely on. So we spent an hour and a half on defense. And it paid off well tonight.” It wasn’t an ‘off’ offensive night for Prospect on Saturday in Rolling Meadows. But that didn’t stop the Knights from also producing a superb defensive effort in a 41-17 victory.


    Girls basketball/Fox Valley roundup

    Streamwood 67, Elgin 27: Deja Moore had 17 points and Jessica Cerda added 12 as the Sabres (16-4, 7-1) rolled in the Upstate Eight River. Holly Foret added 9 points and Hannah McGlone had 8 for Streamwood, which leads the UEC River race by 1 game in the loss column. Abby Pierre-Louis led Elgin (7-15, 0-8) with 9 points.St. Charles North 77, Larkin 38: Quixmia Washington had 20 points to lead Larkin (3-19, 1-7).Huntley 54, Hoffman Estates 43: Sam Andrews had 21 points and Ali Andrews added 18 as the Red Raiders (17-4) won this nonconference game against Huntley coach Steve Raethz’ alma mater.Cary-Grove 47, Hersey 40: Olivia Jakubicek had 22 points and 12 rebounds as the Trojans (15-6) won this nonconference game, their sixth straight win. Joslyn Nicholson added 12 points and 5 rebounds for Cary-Grove.


    South Elgin boys bowlers make state

    The South Elgin boys bowling team extended its season one more week Saturday when the Storm qualified for next weekend’s IHSA state finals by finishing second at the DeKalb sectional. South Elgin rolled a 6-game team series of 5,898 to outdistance the host Barbs by 18 pins for the state qualifying spot. Dixon won the sectional championship with a 5,935.


    Warren’s rolling right along

    With the conference wrestling meets less than a week away, host Warren and Grayslake Central got in one final tune-up Saturday at the Blue Devils’ Almond Road campus. It turned out to be the end of a great weekend for Warren as the Blue Devils put the finishing touches on a perfect 4-0 weekend by going 3-0 Saturday starting with a 55-17 nonconference victory over Marian Central in the first round.

    Tom Brady’s greatness goes so much deeper than his talent as Hall of Fame quarterback for the New England Patriots, and the Bears’ Jay Cutler would learn much from looking at all that Brady does to help his team.

    Bears’ Cutler could learn from Pats’ Brady

    Not that Jay Cutler’s ever going to be Tom Brady, but when you listen to the New England Patriots talk about their Hall of Fame quarterback, you realize just how far Marc Trestman has to take Cutler.

    The Blackhawks’ Marian Hossa (81), Patrick Kane, Duncan Keith, second from right, and Jonathan Toews celebrate a goal by Kane to open the scoring in the first period Saturday.

    Hossa, Blackhawks off to a fast start

    Marian Hossa scored 2 goals and added an assist as the Blackhawks crashed the Los Angeles Kings’ Stanley Cup banner-raising party with a 5-2 victory Saturday at Staples Center. “It’s huge for him to start with 2 goals,” said Hawks captain Jonathan Toews, who had a strong game himself with a goal and an assist despite playing with the flu.


    Ricketts: Cubs may reach out to Sosa

    Former Cubs slugger Sammy Sosa has not been invited back to team activities since his messy departure from the team over the 2004-05 off-season. That may be changing, as team chairman Tom Ricketts indicated Saturday the Cubs convention.

    Bartlett's Chantel Zasada (21) battles with South Elgin's Anna Tracy Saturday at Bartlett.

    Uveges, Yang power South Elgin past Bartlett

    When South Elgin and Bartlett met on Dec. 6 in South Elgin, the Storm was without injured junior Savanah Uveges and freshman Nadia Yang was playing on the sophomore team. Bartlett won, 53-50. Six weeks later, South Elgin is quite the different team and Bartlett learned Saturday afternoon just how different. Uveges and Yang scored 16 points each and South Elgin got quality contributions from all 11 players who saw court time in beating the Hawks 64-51 in Upstate Eight Conference Valley Division girls basketball action at Bartlett. South Elgin (13-10, 4-5) snapped a 7-game losing streak against the Hawks (12-10, 6-3), beating Bartlett for the first time since a 60-55 victory at South Elgin on Feb. 5, 2008.

    Ashley Collins of Maine West,left, and Brooke Schanowski of Wheaton north go for a rebound. this took place during the Wheaton North vs. Maine West girls basketball game at McDonald’s Shootout at Willowbrook Saturday.

    Wheaton North turns up the defense

    Whatever went down in Wheaton North's practice Monday, it's working. Playing some of their best, most physical defense of the year, the No. 11 Falcons manhandled Maine West 53-29 on Saturday at the 23rd McDonald's Shootout at Willowbrook High School.


    Favorable finish for Libertyville at St. Charles North

    With six individual entries per event and three relay entries as well, Libertyville boys swimming coach Bob Groseth was able to give plenty of opportunities for his team to swim both its normal events as well as some alternatives in Saturday's St. Charles North Invitational. The Wildcates fared well in that format, finishing third in a competitive meet won by Barrington, which defeated St. Charles North 252-206 for the title. Libertyville battled the host North Stars throughout the meet but finished 9 points back in third place.


    Crater, Hampshire stop Grayslake North

    After a 32-day journey in which Hampshire's boys basketball team went 6-2 during an 8-game stretch on the road, the Whip-Purs finally came home Saturday afternoon. And Hampshire senior Tyler Crater used the welcome home mat more like a springboard. The 6-foot-3 Crater grabbed a layup missed by Ryan Cork 2 minutes into the game and slammed it home with both hands, which invigorated the crowd into a frenzy. The dunk, Crater's first in a game, served as a linchpin for an incredible shooting exhibition. Crater drained 8 of his first 9 shots, including 7 straight, scoring 20 points in the first half en route to a game-high 26 in Hampshire's 64-53 Fox Valley Conference Fox Division matinee win over Grayslake North.


    Barrington musters up victory at St. Charles North

    In its final invitational of the season, Barrington's boys swim team visited the entry-rich meet organized by St. Charles North. Six individual entries were allowed per event and three relay entries were allowed per team, meaning each team had a chance to arrange or rearrange its lineup as it saw fit. The Broncos thrived in the format, claiming a 252-206 victory in the eight-team meet over the second-placed hosts.


    49ers’ Crabtree questioned in sexual assault case

    SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree has voluntarily met with police in their investigation into an alleged sexual assault in a hotel after the team’s playoff victory over the Green Bay Packers last weekend, his attorney said Saturday.“Michael fully cooperated with the inspectors and will continue to do so throughout this investigation,” the attorney, Joshua Bentley, said in a brief statement emailed to The Associated Press. Bentley provided no additional details and had no further comment.The statement comes after police said they were investigating a sexual assault allegation involving Crabtree in a San Francisco hotel early Sunday. Crabtree hasn’t been detained or arrested, and has agreed to be available for more questions in the future, police said.The probe is being handled by the department’s special victims unit. When the investigation is done, the findings will be forwarded to the district attorney’s office, which decides if charges should be filed, police said.Authorities didn’t release any further details.49ers General Manager Trent Baalke said the team is aware of the allegations.“The 49ers take such matters very seriously,” he said in a statement. “We will have no further comment at this time as the legal process is ongoing.”San Francisco is preparing to play the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC championship game on Sunday. The winner goes to the Super Bowl.The 49ers said Crabtree made the trip to Atlanta. The team referred all other questions about the matter to Crabtree’s attorney.This season, Crabtree became the first San Francisco wide receiver to log more than 1,000 yards in a season since Terrell Owens in 2003. He had a career-best 1,105 yards receiving, including a single-game high 172 yards on eight receptions in a win over Arizona.

    Los Angeles Kings’ Drew Doughty is pinned by Chicago Blackhawks’ Jonathan Toews (19) during the first period in Los Angeles. The Blackhawks’ Daniel Carcillo is at rear.

    Blackhawks crash LA Kings’ party with 5-2 rout

    LOS ANGELES — Marian Hossa had two goals and an assist, Corey Crawford made 19 saves, and the Chicago Blackhawks crashed the Kings’ Stanley Cup championship celebration with a 5-2 victory over Los Angeles on Saturday.Captain Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane each had a goal and an assist for the Blackhawks, who jumped to a 3-0 lead on Michael Frolik’s goal less than 15 minutes in. With superior speed and skill, Chicago ruined the party shortly after the Kings raised their first championship banner to the Staples Center rafters.Rob Scuderi and Jordan Nolan scored and Jonathan Quick stopped 17 shots for the Kings, who returned every player from the first eighth-seeded playoff team to win the Stanley Cup.

    In this Nov. 10, 2012, file photo, Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o waits for the snap during the second half of their NCAA college football game against Boston College in Boston.

    Te’o provides answers, but more may be asked

    Manti Te'o tried to put one of the strangest sports stories in memory behind him, insisting he was the target of an elaborate online hoax in which he fell for a fake woman created by pranksters, then admitting his own lies made the bizarre ordeal worse.


    Harlem hands out hard lessons at Antioch

    NIC-10 wrestling power Machesney Park Harlem (16-2) toyed with the competition on Saturday, demonstrating to three area teams and the rest of those on hand that it will be a force in the postseason after defeating Dundee-Crown, Huntley and host Antioch by a combined 158-39 score at the Antioch super-duals to finish up the regular season.


    DePaul loss another example of game lapses

    A 10-minutes stretch of poor play in the second half proved costly for DePaul Saturday at Allstate Arena. The Blue Demons dropped to 1-4 in the Big East after falling to St. John's, 71-62.


    Swanson’s winning effort leads Vernon Hills downstate again

    Eric Swanson has been a big part of the Vernon Hills boys bowling team for four years. Each year, his leadership has helped carry the Cougars downstate. Never before had he earned an individual sectional victory — but that wait is over. Swanson rolled 1,370 pins over six games Saturday for the winning effort at Brunswick Zone Hawthorn in Vernon Hills as the Cougars against advanced to the state tournament as a team.

    Bartlett’s Chantel Zasada, 21 goes head to head with South Elgin’s Anna Tracy, 5, as they fight for a loose ball during girls basketball at Bartlett Saturday January 19, 2013.

    Images: South Elgin vs. Bartlett, girls basketball
    South Elgin girls played Bartlett Saturday at Bartlett High School.

    Ashley Collins of Main West,left, and Brooke Schanowski of Wheaton north go for a rebound during the Wheaton North vs. Maine West girls basketball game at McDonald’s Shootout in Willowbrook Saturday.

    Images: Wheaton North vs. Maine West, girls basketball
    Wheaton North takes on Maine West Saturday at Willowbrook High School for girls basketball.


    Bogan bounces back, bests Prospect

    It took Prospect's girls basketball team less than six minutes to gain an 18-3 lead against Bogan at Saturday's 23rd annual McDonald's Shootout at Willowbrook High School. But the Bengals, coached by Gary Bell, answered the bell the rest of the way and left with a 61-44 victory over the Knights in Villa Park.


    More bad luck for Metea Valley

    Metea Valley coach Kris Kalivas has a plea for the basketball gods. "I'm just hoping we catch a break here," Kalivas said.

    This is a view of the proposed Marquee.

    Images of the proposed renovation of Wrigley Field
    Renovating Wrigley Field has been a hot topic for several years. On Saturday, the Cubs unveiled an ambitious and expensive plan to renovate the almost 100-year-old landmark. The plan would require five off-seasons to complete at a cost of $300 million, but Cubs officials want the city to lift some landmark restrictions.

    Coach Darryl Sutter hoists the Stanley Cup after the Los Angeles Kings beat the New Jersey Devils 6-1 in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals last season. Sutter, who coached the Hawks for three seasons from 1992-95, and the Kings host the Hawks today.

    Hawks would love to be spoilers at Kings’ celebration

    Memories from 2010 are certain to flood the minds of the Blackhawks when they watch the Kings raise their Stanley Cup banner from last season to the Staples Center rafters prior to today's opener (2 p.m., NBC).


    Hinsdale Central overcomes Glenbard West

    Hinsdale Central guard Brian Owens made the most of his opportunities in the third quarter of Friday's West Suburban Silver boys basketball showdown against Glenbard West.


    Westman, Naperville North block Glenbard North

    Naperville North's Derek Westman might not be known for his ability to block shots, but the senior forward made an exception against Glenbard North.


    Kjeldsen, Glenbard East knock off West Aurora

    Senior guard Mike Kjeldsen just recently worked his way into the starting lineup for the Glenbard East boys basketball team.


    Cary-Grove produces win over Crystal Lake S.

    Cary-Grove got the Gators this time. The Trojans snapped Crystal Lake South's 10-game winning streak Friday night, downing the Gators 48-36 in Fox Valley Conference Valley Division girls basketball action at Cary-Grove. The win avenged an earlier 45-43 loss to the Gators. It certainly was a productive night for the Trojans, who have their sights on their fourth straight Valley Division title They are now tied atop the league with Huntley.


    A man helps put on a mask for an elderly passer-by while several foreigners hand out free masks to pedestrians without masks in an effort to promote public awareness to use masks for protection from polluted air in downtown Shanghai. Air pollution is a major problem in China.

    More than 140 nations adopt treaty to cut mercury

    A new and legally binding international treaty to reduce harmful emissions of mercury was adopted Saturday by more than 140 nations, capping four years of difficult negotiations but stopping short of some of the tougher measures that proponents had envisioned.

    Associated Press Workers pour a new sidewalk Tuesday on Royal Street in the French Quarter section of in New Orleans. With the Super Bowl in New Orleans Feb. 3 and Mardi Gras falling just nine days later, the city is gearing up for a massive celebration.

    Streetcar line ready in time for Superbowl

    After months of construction, road closures and flying dust, New Orleans is about ready to open its new streetcar line near the Superdome — just in time for the Super Bowl.

    Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive officer and founder of Facebook Inc., introduces Graph Search at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, California, U.S., on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013. Facebook Inc. introduced a search tool for its social network of more than 1 billion users, seeking to improve features to attract more users and advertisers.

    What Facebook’s new ‘graph search’ lets you find

    Rather than using keywords or various filters, Facebook's new search tool aims to replicate the way people talk. Graph search doesn't dig through people's status updates, only the likes and interests that they have listed on Facebook. Searching for photos is one of the most personal and interesting features of the new tool.

    Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc., whose shares have jumped this year amid speculation it’s an acquisition target, adopted measures to discourage investors from buying 5 percent or more of the company’s stock.

    Krispy Kreme adopts poison pill to ward off potential buyers

    Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc., whose shares have jumped this year amid speculation it's an acquisition target, adopted measures to discourage investors from buying 5 percent or more of the company's stock. The plan is meant to protect against an inadvertent change of ownership, which would limit the way the company's previous operating losses and other credits could be applied to future taxes, Krispy Kreme said


    BlackBerry 10 training program draws 1,600 businesses

    Research In Motion Ltd., which is preparing to unveil its BlackBerry 10 phones later this month, said more than 1,600 North American businesses have registered for a training program for the new handsets and software.

    Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback answers questions about tax issues during an interview with The Associated Press in his office at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Emboldened by big majorities and eager to lure businesses, Republican legislators and governors across the Midwest and South are planning to pursue hundreds of millions of dollars of tax cuts in the new year.

    GOP states plan push for millions in tax cuts

    Emboldened by big majorities and eager to lure businesses, Republican legislators and governors across the Midwest and South are planning to pursue hundreds of millions of dollars of tax cuts in the new year. Oh yeah, they might raise some taxes, too.

    A headlight with a Ford logo is shown on the Ford Transit van at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013.

    Bling is the thing at Detroit auto show

    Headlights, grilles and other doodads are stepping up and popping out on cars. Car bling is proliferating, from daytime running lights that go up the hood of the new Cadillac ATS, to a wide, bold grille on the Ford Fusion, to engraving within the lamps of the new Corvette and Ford Transit.


    Hybrid computers may replace old PCs

    PC makers are showing off a variety of laptops and desktops that look completely different from your father's PCs. Call these machines "hybrids," "convertibles," or maybe just call them very weird. Several companies showed off laptops whose screens detach to become tablets. Stranger still were the desktops that double as tablets.


    The genius of Samsung and the phablet

    When Samsung first unveiled the Galaxy Note — a 5.3-inch smartphone that was big enough to be a minitablet the world's tech pundits couldn't stifle their giggles. Confounding our predictions, Samsung sold 10 million Notes in 2012, making it one of the most successful smartphone launches in history. Then, in the fall, Samsung launched the Galaxy Note II, an upgraded version with an even larger screen — and it promptly sold 5 million of them, and is on track to sell 20 million over the course of the year.


    Donors get $1.1 billion by skirting tax laws

    U.S. taxpayers routinely violate rules requiring them to prove the value of noncash contributions to charities, costing the government $1.1 billion in 2010, according to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.

    The iPotty for iPad potty training device is see on display at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

    Ultra TVs, digital fork make for techapalooza

    "Never mistake a clear view for a short distance" is my favorite line about technology. It's especially true at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the annual techapalooza where the world's manufacturers gathered to pitch their newest wares. With that large qualification in mind, here are a few trends that may eventually find their way into your home and life.


    50-year blueprint for remaking Detroit revealed

    A 50-year blueprint for revitalizing Detroit, from leveling parts of nearly vacant neighborhoods for parks to relaxing rules for startup companies, was released after two years of research and community input. The project was launched by Mayor Dave Bing, who joined dozens of community, business and philanthropic leaders in unveiling the plan for the shrinking and financially troubled city.

Life & Entertainment


    A mother’s racism is affecting her daughter’s wedding hopes

    This woman loves her boyfriend and is discussing getting married. However, her mother has been extremely negative because her daughter is white and the boyfriend is black. Her mother has encouraged her to keep the relationship secret from extended family. How can she plan a wedding when her mother is openly racist?

    This retired couple's kitchen is now a reality, thanks to a facelift that breathed new life into the room's dated finishes.

    Chef's kitchen serves up fine design

    As the owner of the best roti shop in town, Miranda knows her way around a kitchen. Her restaurant work zone is functional and equipped; but now that she's retiring, she wants to update the 20-year-old kitchen in the home she shares with her husband, Herman.

    A small shed holds luggage left for pickup by guests at the Appalachian Mountain Club's Gorman Chairback Lodge, a backcountry wilderness lodge near Greenville, Maine.

    A winter trek in Maine's backcountry

    If you love the idea of cross-country skiing or snowshoeing through a snowy forest, stoking a wood stove at midnight, and eating great meals in good company around long wooden tables, then consider a winter adventure in northern Maine. The Appalachian Mountain Club operates backcountry lodges in the Moosehead Lake region of Maine near Greenville. In winter, visitors reach the lodges by skiing in, and snowshoeing is also popular on nearby trails.

    Matthew Nelson, left, and his twin brother, Gunnar, sons of the late 1950s teen idol Ricky Nelson, present “Ricky Nelson Remembered” at the Raue Center for the Arts in Crystal Lake.

    Weekend picks: Nelson twins remember Ricky at Raue Center

    Singers Matthew and Gunnar Nelson perform a tribute to their late father with “Ricky Nelson Remembered” at the Raue Center for the Arts in Crystal Lake. “Too Hot to Handel: The Jazz-Gospel Messiah” features soloist Alfreda Burke at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago. Rocker Jim Peterick's World Stage event features Jeff Adams (Starship), The Ides of March and more Saturday at the Arcada in St. Charles.

    “Pound Foolish: Exposing the Dark Side of the Personal Finance Industry” by Helaine Olen

    Personal finance industry gets drubbing in new book

    After the financial crisis began in 2008, it suddenly became OK to talk about the illogic of ballooning borrowing and runaway stocks — and the inevitability that bubbles pop. Author Helaine Olen discusses this in "Pound Foolish: Exposing the Dark Side of the Personal Finance Industry." In it, she takes on the sellers of an insidious form of snake oil, the idea that if you try hard, you, too, can achieve financial success.

    Despite her success, singer-actress Michelle Williams admits she has struggled with depression in the past.

    Singer Michelle Williams shares her struggle with depression

    With a new single about to drop, a solo album in the works and a starring role in a national tour of a Broadway musical, you'd be hard-pressed to tell that Michelle Williams once had difficulty just getting out of bed. The singer-actress — one third of Destiny's Child alongside Beyonce and Kelly Rowland — said that in the past few months she has emerged from years of suffering from moderate depression. Her dark cloud lifted thanks to exercise, therapy and positive thinking.

    The capsule concept has been around for at least 30 years, starting out as lodging for businessmen working or partying late who missed the last train home and needed a cheap place to crash.

    Tokyo’s capsule rooms make for cozy quarters

    Tokyo is known for being densely populated and crowded. Living space is at a premium; hotel rooms are small or expensive or both. Enter the capsule hotel, where a tubelike pod barely bigger than a coffin offers a bed for the night at low cost. The capsule concept has been around for at least 30 years, starting out as lodging for businessmen working or partying late who missed the last train home and needed a cheap place to crash.

    Dow Furniture’s roots in the Aurora area date back to the 1920s.

    American-made draws customers to Dow Furniture

    Three little words — Made in America — are all the rage today. But at Dow Furniture in North Aurora, those have been the watchwords, literally, since the store was founded by Bert Dow in 1959.

    This cute smoker’s stand is known as a Black Forest model.

    ‘Black Forest’ designation covers many carved items

    Q. Sometime in the early 1940s, my father returned home after completing a painting job with a carved wooden bear in his arms. It was a gift from a customer. It is slightly worn, and parts of the tray the bear supports are missing, so it was relegated to the basement for storage.


    Real estate and rentals can complicate family matters

    Q. Mom left her house to my brother and me, a modest three-bedroom with no mortgage. My brother's son has been living there since before mom died, rent-free. He promised once his business was established he would buy my half.

    1958 Chevy Apache pickup truck

    Truck’s time-honored patina can’t be duplicated with paint

    Jim "Wrench" Guthrie of medinah has grown well accustomed to the same old question asked by the spectators who see his 1958 Chevrolet Apache pickup. Most wonder incredulously, "Is the truck completed?"

    President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama wave as they walk down Pennsylvania Avenue en route to the White House from the Capitol in Washington on Jan. 20, 2009.

    Presidential strut now iconic inaugural moment

    President Jimmy Carter wasn't thinking about starting a tradition in 1977 when he walked the inauguration parade route from the Capitol to the White House. But when the president's limousine stops and the newly sworn-in commander in chief emerges from his car for a several-minute stroll, Pennsylvania Avenue becomes America's red carpet.

    President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama at the North Portico of the White House in Washington during a State Dinner for China’s President Hu Jintao. Michelle Obama is wearing a fiery red gown designed by Alexander McQueen.

    Michelle Obama lets wardrobe take back seat

    Michelle Obama has proved her fashion savvy time and again since she was introduced as first lady in a yellow sheath and coat by Isabel Toledo on Inauguration Day 2009 — so much so that we don't discuss it nearly as much as we used to. Four years ago, there was a daily barrage in the media: Jason Wu gown! J. Crew gloves! Jimmy Choo shoes! It remained that way for months and even years. But she's figured out a way to largely move the focus from her style to her substance.

    People gathered around workbenches at the Mill, an industrial-arts facility in Minneapolis, repairing items at a Fix-It Clinic.

    Fix-It Clinic defies the throwaway economy

    The table lamp, with its fizzling light bulbs, was built like a tank and about as attractive. So Molly Ross of Edina, Minn., set it before a group of people who know how to fix fizzling lamps and recalcitrant toasters and unpredictable boom boxes.

    Michael Pena, left, and Jake Gyllenhaal star in “End of Watch” coming out on DVD.

    DVD previews: ‘End of Watch’

    Coming out on DVD this week are the police drama "End of Watch" and the mystery "Searching for Sugar Man."


    Homemade bait will banish crickets

    Q. Can you please print the information on how to get rid of crickets?

    Kaye McWhorter applied animal print accents to this chair she found on the side of the road.

    Tennessee woman turns trash into treasures with crafty skills

    Kaye McWhorter is not afraid to look like a crazy woman -- when it comes to a good bargain, that is. The retired schoolteacher has filled her five-bedroom, 3.5-bath house in Memphis with found treasures -- sometimes repainted, sometimes reupholstered, sometimes repurposed, and all indistinguishable from her more legitimate purchases.

    A cat named Pepper gets her teeth brushed at her home by her owner, in Phoenix.

    Pets get their dander up when having teeth brushed

    Dogs and cats can't brush, spit, gargle or floss on their own. So owners who want to avoid bad pet breath will need to lend a hand. "Brushing is the gold standard for good oral hygiene at home. It is very effective, but some dogs and more cats don't appreciate having something in their mouth," said Dr. Colin Harvey, a professor of surgery and dentistry.

    A set of storage boxes in a deep blue print would add blue accents to a room in a practical way.

    Blue may be just what’s needed for a refreshing spring

    As the new year begins, bringing new colors into our homes can help refresh and recalibrate our spirits. This spring, blues may be just the tonic we need. Many color marketing and manufacturing groups have named some version of blue among their 2013 colors of the year.



    The Soapbox

    Daily Herald editors praise a gun proposal, call for compromise on a couple of fronts, and cheer on local singers and skaters.


    Our troops are in too many countries
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: During one of the NFL playoff football games recently I saw a nice tribute to our men and women in the armed forces stationed in 175 countries around the world. Which ones are we not in?


    Song’s words should inspire our leaders
    A Rolling Meadows letter to the editor: New members of Congress have been sworn in, and Barack Obama has been inaugurated. Now is the perfect time for all of them to read, really read, the words of "American the Beautiful,"


    High fences would keep schoolchildren safer
    A Streamwood letter to the editor: So maybe we should surround schools with chain-link fences, barbed wire and locked gates like in Dominica. It does create a prison look, but we are talking about protecting lives instead of just property. It would make it tougher for someone to break into a school as just recently happened.


    Writers too tough on Bears coach
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: Cheers to Don Werneske (Jan. 9 Fence Post) for his thoughts about Mr. Rozner and Mr. Imrem trashing Bears coach Lovie Smith.


    Defend the right to live, not kill
    A Hoffman Estates letter to the editor: Certainly even a liberal can see the hypocrisy of killing millions to protect the fate of 1 in 10,000.


    Thank you, teachers in District 46
    A Grayslake letter to the editor: My wonderful teachers are a huge reason I am at the University of Illinois pursuing a major in elementary education. They had such a positive impact on my life, and I want to do the same for my students.


    ‘Hottest year’ not necessarily so
    The article, Hottest Year in History, Jan. 9, was misleading, and probably wrong.The UK Met Office, official UK organization for world temperature records, agrees that temperatures worldwide have not risen for 15 years, and it projects that they won’t rise for the next 5 years.If temperatures have remained unchanged for 15 years, and possibly 20 years, while atmospheric CO2 has been steadily rising, it indicates there is little if any linkage between atmospheric CO2 and temperature. The trend lines are diverging.It’s important to note that the monthly temperatures reported by NOAA lack input from the stations that are recorded manually, and sent to NOAA by mail. When these are entered, the actual temperature for the month is nearly always lower. For example, the originally reported temperature for July, 2012, supposedly the hottest on record, was 77.6 degrees; but, with all the stations reported it was 0.7 degrees lower, at 76.9 degrees.Contrary to news headlines, the hottest July on record therefore, was July, 1936 at 77.4 degrees.It’s correct that world temperatures have risen about 1.3 degrees over the past century, so any reading today would probably be higher than in prior years. Using the phraseology “the highest on record”, is intended to sensationalize the report, since the temperature will almost assuredly be higher than in prior years over the past century.It’s also important to note that temperatures in 1100 AD were as high, or higher than today, and there were no coal-fired power plants emitting CO2.The issue isn’t whether temperatures have risen, but rather what’s causing the increase. It’s fairly clear that CO2 is not the primary reason for temperature rise, scare articles to the contrary.Donn DearsGeneva


    Accuracy needed when reporting about guns
    A Bartlett letter to the editor: The Jan. 10 article on Bartlett resident Tony Johnson, who was convicted of gun violations, was misleading. Legal gun owners condemn Mr. Johnson's actions, but he did not have any machine guns.


    Democrats taking blacks for granted
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: African-American Republicans catch a lot of flak for saying that liberals are not as progressive as they pretend to be, and many African-American activists aren’t completely sincere about wanting the community to achieve political power and break barriers. The only people they want to see arrive at positions of influence are those beholden to the Democratic Party.


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