Daily Archive : Friday February 1, 2013


    IMSA students Summer Wu of Lake Forest, Zi-Ning Choo of Naperville, Mary Do of Carpentersville and Grace Li of Schaumburg received the highest ranking in the 15th annual international High School Mathematical Contest in Modeling.

    IMSA math team scores highest ranking in contest

    One team from IMSA received the highest ranking possible in the 15th annual international High School Mathematical Contest in Modeling (HiMCM). Their performance placed IMSA among the top eight schools in the world in this year’s competition. The IMSA team of Summer Wu of Lake Forest, Mary Do of Carpentersville, Zi-Ning Choo of Naperville and Grace Li of Schaumburg received the rank of “National...


    U.S. Sen. Rand Paul at Lincoln Day Dinner

    U.S. Sen. Rand Paul will be the keynote speaker at the Sixth Annual Northwest Suburban Republican Lincoln Day Dinner honoring U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk on Monday, March 4 at Cotillion Banquets, 360 Creekside Drive in Palatine. This year’s theme is “Never, Ever Give Up!”


    Bartlett Idol registration now open

    Registration for the Bartlett Park District's 'Bartlett Idol' is now open. The all-ages singing competition will take place on Saturday, March 16. There is a new "group" division this year, along with seven age divisions for solo singers.

    Dennis Rodman signs copies of his children’s book “Dennis The Wild Bull” on Saturday at Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville.

    Rodman, ‘kid at heart,’ signs children’s book in Naperville

    A championship-era Bulls fan’s dream of meeting the charismatic Dennis Rodman played out for more than 250 people Saturday in Naperville as “The Worm” signed copies of his newly released children’s book at Anderson’s Bookshop. Rodman stopped in the suburbs to promote “Dennis The Wild Bull,” a story he said aims to teach children ages 4 to 8 to stay true...

    Brian Hill/bhill@dailyherald.com Sixteen-year-old Ben Haczynski of Crown Point Indiana makes some last minute adjustments to his team’s robot before the competition. More than 400 leading middle schools and high schools participated in the VEX Robotics contest at Rotolo Middle School in Batavia Saturday February.

    Girls add to growth of robotics competition

    Girl power flexed some muscle at the annual Vex robotics competition in Batavia Saturday, with a good number of all-female teams competing this year. “We’re seeing more and more girls realizing they can compete in the man’s world,” said Ron Karabowicz, organizer of the Great Lakes-Midwest-Illinois VEX Robotics Regional Championship at Rotolo Middle School.

    The Geneva History Center will have a program Feb. 12 about the former Coultrap Elementary School in Geneva.

    Geneva History Center to host Coultrap program

    Dave Heun says he won't miss Coultrap Elementary School in Geneva. The shuttered school will face the wrecking ball.


    Elementary students invited to train with Buffalo Grove Orchesis group

    Buffalo Grove High School’s 4th Annual Orchesis Dance Clinic will be held from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, for all interested 4th-8th grade boys and girls in the school’s attendance area.

    A semitrailer truck caught fire on Interstate 94 near Libertyville Friday afternoon.

    Semitrailer truck burns on I-94

    A semitrailer truck that became engulfed in flames Friday afternoon on Interstate 94 in Libertyville caused traffic to slow and sent its driver to the hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation, authorities said.

    Steven L. Robbins

    Mistakenly released killer captured in Kankakee

    A convicted murderer from Indiana who was mistakenly released after a Chicago court appearance is back in custody, the Cook County sheriff’s office said Friday night. Steven L. Robbins Robbins, 44, was taken into custody by Cook County sheriff’s police without incident in Kankakee, Sheriff Thomas J. Dart said.

    Priyang Parikh

    Wedding crasher sentenced to six years for sex crimes

    A 31-year-old Virginia man who was convicted of crashing an Elmhurst wedding reception and trying to sexually assault a 7-year-old girl was sentenced Friday to six years in prison. Priyang Parikh, of Alexandria, Va., was convicted in October of attempted predatory criminal sexual assault of a child.

    Buffalo Grove High School's coed team posted the highest score in Friday's prelims at the state cheerleading competition in Bloomington.

    Suburban cheer teams move on to finals

    The finals are set, and lots of suburban high schools will compete for the IHSA state cheerleading championships on Saturday in Bloomington. Perennial coed powerhouse Buffalo Grove High School led all scorers Friday, finishing with 91.72 points out of a possible 100.

    Michael J. Reyes

    Guilty verdict in 1993 Aurora double murder

    A 40-year-old Aurora man faces mandatory life in prison after a Kane County jury convicted him Friday of the March 1993 shooting deaths of two brothers from Montgomery. Michael J. Reyes gunned down Francisco and Jesus Montoya over a half-pound of cocaine, prosecutors argued. The bodies were discovered in a family van in Aurora.


    Naperville car wash heavily damaged by blaze

    A BP car wash in Naperville sustained about $300,000 worth of damages following a fire there Friday night, authorities said. The fire was reported at 7:30 p.m. in the car wash next to the gas station at 1983 Brookdale Road. The building was “heavily involved in flames” when firefighting units arrived on scene, but it only took 10 minutes to extinguish it, according to the Naperville Fire...


    Small fire hits Itasca warehouse

    Workers moving a pallet at an Itasca warehouse Friday morning hit a gas line that triggered a small fire, authorities said. The fire occurred at about 11:45 a.m. at TransCeramica, a tile company business at 1159 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., according to Deputy Chief John Radzinski of the Itasca Fire Protection District.

    Byron Sullivan

    Round Lake man charged in fatal drug sale

    A Round Lake man has been charged with drug-induced homicide for selling the heroin that killed the 20-year-old victim, authorities said Friday. Byron Sullivan, 22, of the 1100 block of East End Drive, faces up to 30 years in prison if found guilty of the class X felony, Lake County Assistant State’s Attorney Jason Grindel said.


    Funeral services set for shooting victim

    Funeral services for the 15-year-old high school student who was gunned down in a Chicago park are scheduled for a week from Saturday. The family of Hadiya Pendleton announced Friday her funeral will be held Feb. 9 at Greater Harvest Missionary Baptist Church at 11 a.m.

    A large statue of the Virgin Mary holding a baby Jesus stands Friday on Santa Barbara hill overlooking the mining city of Oruro,

    Bolivia town erects huge statue of Virgin Mary

    The Virgin of Socavon is almost 150 feet high — a shade shorter than New York’s Statue of Liberty and 23 feet higher than Rio’s image of Christ. It’s built of cement, iron and fiberglass to withstand the fierce winds of the high plain.

    Downers Grove South High School competes in the in the Competitive Cheerleading prelims on Friday at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington.

    Images: Cheerleading Prelims, DuPage and Fox Valley
    The Competitive Cheerleading prelims in Bloomington. Cary-Grove, Downers Grove North, Downers Grove South, Glenbard West, Hampshire, Huntley, Lake Park, Metea Valley, Montini, Naperville Central, Naperville North, Neuqua Valley, South Elgin, and St. Charles East participated.

    Grayslake North High School competes in the in the Competitive Cheerleading prelims on Friday at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington.

    Images: Cheerleading Prelims, Northwest and North Suburbs
    The Competitive Cheerleading prelims in Bloomington. Antioch, Barrington, Bartlett, Buffalo Grove, Conant, Elk Grove, Grayslake Central, Grayslake North, Hoffman Estates, Lake Zurich, Mundelein, Palatine, Rolling Meadows, Stevenson participated.

    Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius speaks in Bethesda, Md.

    Obama offers faith groups new birth control rule

    The proposal attempts to create a buffer between them and contraception coverage. Female employees would still have free access through insurers or a third party, but the employer would not have to arrange for the coverage or pay for it.

    From left: Matthew Hudak, Terrance O’Brien and John Cichy.

    Grand jury indicts former Schaumburg cops

    Three former Schaumburg police officers accused of shaking down drug dealers and peddling narcotics in DuPage County each will face 17 charges when they are arraigned Monday morning. A DuPage County grand jury Friday handed up a 17-page indictment charging John Cichy, Matthew Hudak and Terrance O’Brien each with two counts of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, three counts of armed...

    The life of John Kmetz, a longtime Hoffman Estates resident, will be celebrated today at VFW Post 5151 in Streamwood.

    Local veterans celebrate life of longtime Hoffman Estates resident

    Longtime Hoffman Estates resident and active community member John Kmetz died Jan. 8. Friend and family will celebrate his life at 3 p.m. Saturday at VFW Post 5151 at 520 S. Bartlett Road in Streamwood. “Dad loved laughter,” his daughter said. “He had a smile for everyone and he never met a stranger.”

    The Hoffman Estates Park District is getting a lot of attention for this sign, which was posted outside its ice rinks to remind parents about good sportsmanship.

    Sportsmanship signs at Hoffman Estates ice rinks go viral

    A sign posted outside each of the ice rinks at the Hoffman Estates Triphahn Center has been getting attention from parents, coaches, media and rink managers around the world. The sign reminds players and fans "You and your child do not play for the Blackhawks" to provide perspective and encourage sportsmanship.

    Associated Press/Dec. 3, 2009 Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington.

    Secret Service chief to step down this month

    Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan announced his retirement Friday, bringing to a close a turbulent period for the law enforcement agency that included a South American prostitution scandal and a pair of White House gate-crashers.

    Former GOP Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts speaks during a media availability, on Capitol Hill in Washington.

    Brown won’t seek Kerry’s seat

    Republican former Sen. Scott Brown says he won’t run in a Massachusetts special election to fill Democrat John Kerry’s seat.


    Four arrested for defying nudity ban

    our protesters were arrested entirely in the buff as they took to the steps of San Francisco City Hall in a brazen challenge of the city’s ban on public nudity on Friday, the first day it went into effect.

    This booking photo released by Vermont State Police shows Ricky Benjamin, 35, of Alburgh, Vt. Authorities said four suspects, including Benjamin, stole items including more than $200,000 in gold coins from a vacant home in Alburgh after its eccentric owner died in a farm accident last year.

    Looters raid house after hoarder’s death

    It took months for anyone to discover that an eccentric man known simply as Radkin had died, crushed under a tractor-pulled horse trailer on his property on the shores of Lake Champlain in northern Vermont. But it didn’t take long for looters to ransack the hoarder’s dilapidated house, police say, hauling off antiques, a vehicle, scrap metal and more than $200,000 in gold coins.

    Crowds gather Friday as Grand Central Terminal kicks off its centennial celebration.

    NYC’s landmark Grand Central Terminal turns 100

    New Yorkers marked the 100th birthday of Grand Central Terminal and ended up celebrating the legacy of another emblem of the city, former Mayor Ed Koch, who died early Friday and who supported efforts to spare Grand Central from demolition.


    Dillard next governor hopeful in Schaumburg series

    Illinois State Sen. Kirk Dillard will be the next speaker at the Schaumburg Township Republican Organization’s “Meet Your Next Governor” series at the group’s monthly breakfast meeting at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23 at Chanlder’s Chophouse, 401 N. Roselle Road in Schaumburg.

    Associated Press/July 29, 2011 Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Amos.

    Marine survey lists concerns on women in combat

    Male Marines listed being falsely accused of sexual harassment or assault as a top concern in a survey about moving women into combat jobs, and thousands indicated the change could prompt them to leave the service altogether.


    Moylan to host town hall in Elk Grove Township

    State Rep. Marty Moylan will conduct a town hall meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, at the Elk Grove Township offices, 2400 S. Arlington Heights Road in Arlington Heights. For more information, call Moylan’s full-time constituent service office at (847) 635-6821 or email staterepmoylan@gmail.com.


    Hanover Twp. OKs electrical aggregation referendum

    This Hanover Township board of trustees recently approved putting an electrical aggregation referendum on the April ballot. It will apply to only the 2,346 township residents in unincorporated Cook County, officials said.

    Alain Robert, known as “Spiderman,” poses for a portrait from the roof Friday of the Habana Libre hotel in Havana, Cuba.

    Daring climber eyes iconic Havana hotel

    The daredevil climber nicknamed “Spider-Man” is tackling the 27-story former Hilton, which was taken over after the 1959 Cuban Revolution and redubbed the “Habana Libre,” or “Free Havana.”

    German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle, right, and Lakhdar Brahimi, Joint Special Representative of the Unietd Nations and the League of Arab States on Syria, shake hands Friday during the Security Conference in Munich.

    Syrian opposition willing to meet with regime

    Syria’s top opposition leader said Friday that he was willing to sit down for talks with President Bashar Assad’s government to “ease the pain of the Syrian people,” but emphasized that his goal is to “overthrow the regime by peaceful means.”


    Elderly man dies after minor crash in Crystal Lake

    A 91-year-old man was found unconscious and unresponsive in his car Friday morning in Crystal Lake as his vehicle came to rest on the side of the road, authorities said. Crystal Lake fire and police departments found the man at 11:12 a.m. inside his 2000 Dodge Grand Caravan along the shoulder of Route 31, just north of Route 14, according to a news release. Despite attempts to revive the man, he...


    $10,000 reward offered in case of mistakenly released inmate

    The FBI and U.S. Marshals Service are offering a $10,000 reward for an Indiana convicted murderer who was mistakenly released in Chicago after court appearance. The FBI announced the reward on Friday for information leading to the apprehension of Steven L. Robbins.


    Harbaughs win at Sports Complex:

    Libertyville Sports Complex will be the venue for a Super Bowl promtion that'll benefit anyone with the last name of Harbaugh.


    Addison police seek cellphone store robbery suspects

    Addison police are still searching for two men suspected of robbing a cellphone retailer at gunpoint.

    Ryan Hukill

    New charges against Elgin man accused of burglarizing cop home

    An Elgin man already facing charges for burglarizing a local police officer’s home has been charged in two earlier burglaries. Ryan Hukill, 21, of the 500 block of Red Tail Ridge, was charged recently with burglaries of two other Elgin homes, including one on his own block.


    Investigation continues into Aurora woman’s death

    The cause of death of a 35-year-old Aurora woman found unresponsive in her boyfriend’s pickup truck remains unknown after an autopsy the Kane County coroner’s office conducted Friday, authorities said.

    Karina Garcia is the new executive director of the Aurora Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Garcia, 31, takes over from Interim Executive Director Jerry Campagna.

    New Aurora Hispanic chamber leader brings ‘energy, stability’

    The Aurora Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is continuing its mission of facilitating business development in the Aurora area — Latino style — under new leadership as longtime chamber member Karina Garcia becomes executive director. “Getting the community more involved is our goal,” Garcia said. “We have a lot of local business owners that are Latinos and we want to get them more involved with the...


    District 33: Preparations in place for strike, settlement

    There should be few surprises come Monday for parents of roughly 4,000 students in West Chicago Elementary District 33, officials say, whether teachers are back in the classroom or walking picket lines. Gina Steinbrecher, the district’s community relations specialist, says officials have been working to keep parents abreast of the developing strike threat through phone calls, emails and the...

    Charles Amrich, left, and Debbie Herrmann are running for mayor in Island Lake.

    Herrmann, Mascillino among potential witnesses in Island Lake election hearings

    Island Lake’s mayor, clerk and several former police employees are among the witnesses who could testify Monday in hearings that will determine the candidates for April’s local election, officials confirmed. The bids of mayoral hopeful Charles Amrich and trustee candidate Tony Sciarrone hang in the balance. Their candidacies have been formally challenged by a pair of political activists with...


    West Chicago teacher contract talks heading for weekend showdown

    Students and parents in West Chicago Elementary District 33 probably will have to wait until late Sunday to learn if their teachers will be in class Monday or walking a picket line. The teachers union and school board exchanged contract proposals Thursday night and Friday afternoon in an effort to avert a strike that threatens to cancel classes for nearly 4,000 students, but it’s unlikely a...


    Mardi gras, casino night in Waukegan:

    Waukegan Main Street’s eighth annual Mardi Gras dinner, silent auction, and casino night will be from 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Waukegan Puerto Rican Society, 150 S. Sheridan Road, Waukegan.

    Add the tenacious wolverine to the list of species the government says is threatened by climate change.

    Feds: Warming imperils wolverines

    The tenacious wolverine, a snow-loving carnivore sometimes called the “mountain devil,” could soon join the list of species threatened by climate change — a dubious distinction putting it in the ranks of the polar bear and several other animals that could see their habitats shrink drastically due to warming temperatures.


    District 50 bilingual meeting:

    Gurnee-based Woodland Elementary District 50 will host its third bilingual parent advisory council meeting of the academic year at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6.


    Free concert at MHS:

    Mundelein High School will host a winter honors concert on Thursday, Feb. 14.


    Online survey to give inside look at schools in Illinois

    As many as one million Illinois students, parents and teachers will be able to give their opinions about what they like and dislike about the state’s public schools in a first-of-its-kind survey. A 2011 state law requires children in grades six through 12 and teachers in all elementary and secondary grades be surveyed at least every two years, if money is available.


    Fox Valley police reports
    Levann D. Akins, 23, of the 100 block of Franklin Street, was arrested at about 7:50 a.m. Thursday and charged with unlawful possession of a weapon/possession of a knife with intent to use it, police reports said.

    Carpentersville Fire Chief John A. Schuldt

    Village manager will only say Schuldt is on paid leave

    Longtime Carpentersville Fire Chief John Schuldt has been placed on administrative leave and nobody is saying why. “It’s a personnel matter and I don’t comment on personnel matters,” Village Manager J. Mark Rooney said Friday. “The public has a right to know things but on personnel matters, you’ve got to respect people’s privacy. There’s a time and place to discuss things and this is not the time...


    Human trafficking charges filed against 3

    Cook County authorities said they have charged three people with human trafficking for operating a suburban prostitution ring. The Cook County state’s attorney’s office announced Friday that 52-year-old Keith Williams, 49-year-old Roman Kurek and 37-year-old Sylvia Topolewski, all of Schiller Park, have been charged with involuntary servitude and trafficking in humans.


    Union endorses Hutchinson for congressional seat

    Former state Rep. Toi Hutchinson has received a labor endorsement in her bid to replace Jesse Jackson Jr. in the U.S. House. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees endorsed Hutchinson on Friday. The special primary election is Feb. 26.

    Hadyia Pendleton was shot to death Tuesday as she talked with friends after school in a park about a mile from Obama’s Chicago home.

    Chicago takes leading role in national gun debate

    After a year in which Chicago’s death toll surpassed 500, the bloodshed has continued in 2013 at a rate of more than one killing a day. It was the city’s deadliest January in more than a decade. Now with this week’s death of a 15-year-old drum majorette who had just returned from performing at President Barack Obama’s inauguration, the mounting losses have put Obama’s hometown at the center of...


    Long-term care now part of state Medicaid program

    State officials say Illinois is moving toward the second phase of a new program for those in the Medicaid system. Starting today, there will be new services for more than 40,000 people in the Integrated Care Program. Those services include nursing home care and home and community-based care.


    Agency wants charges dropped in Indiana deer rescue case

    he Indiana Department of Natural Resources said Friday it is asking a prosecutor to drop charges against a couple who nursed an injured baby deer back to health and kept it in an enclosure on their property for two years.


    Alaska Airlines: Pilot who fainted had stomach bug

    The Alaska Airlines pilot who lost consciousness during a Seattle-bound flight Thursday night, prompting an emergency landing, was suffering from food poisoning or a stomach virus, an airline spokesman said Friday.

    Greg Zanis of Sugar Grove puts up five crosses and leaves flowers at the Lane Bryant store in Tinley Park on Feb. 3, 2008.

    Lane Bryant investigation continues 5 years later

    Saturday marks the fifth anniversary of the shooting deaths of five women at a clothing store in Southwest suburban Tinley Park, and investigators are still looking for the killer. “It’s an empty feeling, a very empty feeling,” said Hilton Hamilton, the father of one of the victims. “I know nothing can bring her back, but someone needs to be brought to justice.”

    State Sen. Bill Brady

    Brady likely to run for governor again

    The Republican lawmaker who came close to unseating Gov. Pat Quinn in 2010 said he’s laying the groundwork for another run for governor. WJBC Radio reported Friday that state Sen. Bill Brady of Bloomington sent an email to supporters asking them to donate to his campaign fund.

    Associated Press/Sept. 12, 2012 Side salads, apple sauce and plums await the students of Eastside Elementary School in Clinton, Miss. The government for the first time is proposing broad new standards to make school snacks healthier, a move that would ban the sale of almost all candy, high-calorie sports drinks and greasy foods on campus.

    Healthy schools: Goodbye candy and greasy snacks

    The new government standards will cover vending machines, the “a la carte” lunch lines, snack bars and any other foods regularly sold around school.

    Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez

    Alvarez: Killer didn’t even need to be brought to court

    The Cook County state’s attorney says a convicted murder released by mistake after a Chicago court appearance did not even need to be brought before the court. Anita Alvarez told reporters Friday that drug and armed violence charges against Steven Robbins in Cook County were dismissed in 2007.


    Parents ask Wisconsin Supreme Court to hear mascot case

    Two parents asked the Wisconsin Supreme Court on Friday to strike down a law that allows the state schools superintendent to order schools to drop American Indian mascots, arguing the statutes are unconstitutional. The dispute centers on the Mukwonago Area School District’s Indians nickname and logo, which features an Indian man in a headdress.

    Wing A of Housing Unit 1 in the 1,600-inmate maximum-security prison in Thomson.

    Durbin says Thomson prison opening moving forward

    U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin says the director of the federal Bureau of Prisons told him the Justice Department is moving forward with plans to open Thomson prison in northwestern Illinois. The federal government bought the prison from the state of Illinois in October. The Bureau of Prisons plans to use the facility as a maximum-security federal prison to alleviate overcrowding. The state built the...


    Lake Shore Drive shooting linked to gangs

    Authorities responding to a report of a crash on Chicago’s Lake Shore Drive found a minivan riddled with bullets and a woman who’d been fatally shot. Illinois State Police officials investigating the shooting say it appears to have been motivated by gang and drug activity.

    Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton gives a farewell speech Friday to State Department employees at the State Department in Washington.

    Clinton formally resigns as secretary of state

    Hillary Rodham Clinton formally resigned Friday as America’s 67th secretary of state, capping a 4-year tenure in the office that saw her shatter previous records for the number of countries visited.

    Is the commute getting to you? Sound off in this week's Poll Vault.

    Poll Vault: How bad is your commute?

    When it snows you might be tempted to take mass transit to work instead of your car. Then again, with the cost of a 10-ride Metra pass going up today, you might be tempted to trade the train for the tollway. How do you get to work, and how long does it take you?

    Scott Vaughn of the Remembrance Rescue Project with his sons, Corey and Brian, in front of the New York Fire Department Rescue 5 engine, which was on display during a 9/11 ceremony at the Lake County High Schools Technology Campus in Grayslake. The fire truck was on the scene in New York on Sept. 11, 2001, when the two World Trade Center towers collapsed.

    Moving Picture: Area firefighters purchase 9/11 trucks

    Scott Vaughn of Vernon Hills is a member of the Remembrance Rescue Project and also a captain with the Fox River and Countryside Fire and Rescue. With the help of other volunteers from fire departments around the country, they honor the firefighters who lost their lives aboard New York Fire Department Engines 4 and 5. The renovated trucks travel around the suburbs and the country as educational...


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    A Bartlett woman received a phone call Jan. 31 from someone pretending to be a “federal agent,” telling her she had made an illegal online purchase and owed a fine of $1,900. She wired the money to an unknown subject in the Dominican Republic. The FDA advised her that the call was a scam.

    Sandra Rogers

    Daughter denies role in sledgehammer attack

    A tearful Robin Rogers recalled how she felt she was in a horror movie the night she frantically dialed 9-1-1 from her father’s blood-covered bedroom, minutes after he had been bludgeoned nearly 10 years ago. However, the now-24-year-old woman also told a Lake County jury Friday that in the weeks before the attack, she had written a poem and a letter stating she hated her father —...

    Gate 2 of the embassy just after a suicide bomber had detonated an explosive device at the entrance of the U.S. Embassy in the Turkish capital, Ankara, Turkey, Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, The bomb appeared to have exploded inside the security checkpoint at the entrance of the visa section of the embassy. A police official said at least two people are dead.

    U.S. calls embassy bombing in Turkey a terror attack

    A suicide bomber detonated an explosive Friday in front of the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, killing himself and a Turkish guard in an attack that Turkish officials blamed on domestic leftists. Turkey and the U.S. immediately condemned the attack. "A suicide bombing on the perimeter of an embassy is by definition an act of terror. It is a terrorist attack," White House spokesman Jay Carney.

    Debra Parenti is associate superintendent for finance and operations for Northwest Suburban High School District 214, which has been honored for its financial reporting. Here, she shows off a sound-insulated ceiling at Elk Grove High School last fall, done with part of a $15.5 million noise reduction grant from the Federal Aviation Administration and O’Hare airport funds.

    District 214 gets financial reporting honor

    Northwest Suburban High School District 214 has received the Association of School Business Officials International's Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting Award. "It demonstrates District 214's transparency and responsible fiscal spending in a volatile economic climate," said Debra Parenti, the district's chief finance person.

    ARTSpeaks aims to highlight how arts programs promote critical thinking, collaboration and creativity that carry over into other areas of education.

    ARTSpeaks gives voice to benefits of arts education

    Charles Staley is leading an effort in Naperville and Aurora that champions arts in education in an era buzzing about 21st century skill-building. His vehicle is ARTSpeaks, a group he founded in 2011 that sponsors speaking events in a kind of TED Talks format. "What we've sort of been lacking in is evidence and compelling stories that give credence to the idea that the arts have utilitarian...


    GOP senators vow to block consumer office nominee

    Renewing a three-year-old fight over bank oversight, Senate Republicans said Friday they will oppose President Barack Obama's nominee to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau unless the office created after the 2008 Wall Street financial meltdown is significantly changed.


    Obama offers faith groups new birth control rule

    The Obama administration on Friday announced a new accommodation for religious nonprofits that object to providing health insurance that covers birth control. The new regulation attempts to create a barrier between religious groups and contraception coverage, through insurers or a third party, that would still give women free access to contraception. Whether religious groups will accept this new...

    The Ken-Loch Golf Links property in an unincorporated area near Lombard is for sale, and a developer looking to buy it wants to build apartments and townhouses.

    Lombard panel OKs some development at Ken-Loch

    Members of the Lombard plan commission have been hearing one message from the public the past five months: Preserve Ken-Loch Golf Links as open space. In a 4-2 vote, the commission suggested the land be designated primarily open space, with a maximum of 25 percent available for development. “All we're saying is to make it a bit more attractive and enticing” to developers, said plan...

    Cardinal Roger Mahony, who retired with a tainted career after dodging criminal charges over how he handled pedophile priests, was stripped of his archdiocese duties in an unprecedented move by his successor, who described the Roman Catholic church’s actions during the growing sex abuse scandal as evil.

    Cardinal who handled church sex scandal stripped of duties

    Cardinal Roger Mahony, who retired with a tainted career after dodging criminal charges over how he handled pedophile priests, was stripped of his archdiocese duties in an unprecedented move by his successor, who described the Roman Catholic church's actions during the growing sex abuse scandal as evil.

    Chuck Hagel, right, President Obama’s nominee to become secretary of defense, shakes hands with Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., far left, and Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin, D-Mich., second from left, at the end of his confirmation hearing, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013.

    Hagel emerges with solid Dem support for Pentagon

    Bruised and battered, Chuck Hagel emerged from his grueling confirmation hearing with solid Democratic support for his nomination to be President Barack Obama's next defense secretary and increasing Republican opposition to a former GOP colleague.

    In this Feb. 1, 2003, photo, debris from the space shuttle Columbia streaks across the sky over Tyler, Texas. The Columbia broke apart in flames upon returning to Earth, killing all seven astronauts just minutes before they were to glide to a landing in Florida.

    If space shuttle is doomed, do you tell the crew?

    A NASA top official wrestled with what he thought was a hypothetical question: What should you tell the astronauts of a doomed space shuttle Columbia? When the NASA official raised the question in 2003 just days before the accident that claimed seven astronauts' lives, managers thought — wrongly — that Columbia's heat shield was fine. It wasn't. Columbia, NASA's oldest shuttle, broke...

    Mohamed Osman Mohamud, a 21-year-old Somali-American, was found guilty on Thursday Jan. 31, 2013, of attempting to bomb a Portland Christmas tree-lighting in November 2010.

    Jury: Oregon car-bomb suspect guilty of terrorism

    Mohamed Mohamud, a 21-year-old Somali-American, was found guilty on Thursday of attempting to bomb a Portland Christmas tree-lighting in November 2010.

    Mark Hummels, who was wounded by a gunman in a Phoenix office shooting this week, has died, the second of three people wounded in the attack.

    Law firm: Phoenix lawyer dies from shooting wounds

    A lawyer wounded by a gunman in a Phoenix office shooting this week has died, the second of three people wounded in the attack, the publicist for his law firm said Friday. Mark Hummels, 43, had been on life support at a Phoenix hospital after Wednesday morning's shooting that killed a Scottsdale-based company's chief executive and left a woman with non-life threatening injuries.

    Law officers at the Dale County hostage scene in Midland City, Ala. on Thursday morning, Jan. 31, 2013. A gunman holed up in a bunker with a 6-year-old hostage has kept law officers at bay since the standoff began when he killed a school bus driver and dragged the boy away, authorities said.

    Negotiators talking to Ala. captor through pipe

    More than three days after he allegedly shot a school bus driver dead, grabbed a kindergartner and slipped into an underground bunker, Jimmy Lee Dykes was showing no signs Friday of turning himself over to police. Speaking into a 4-inch-wide ventilation pipe leading to the bunker, hostage negotiators have tried to talk the 65-year-old retired truck driver into freeing the 5-year-old boy. One...


    Milan court convicts 3 Americans in CIA kidnapping

    A Milan appeals court on Friday vacated acquittals for a former CIA station chief and two other Americans, and instead convicted them in the 2003 abduction of an Egyptian terror suspect from a Milan street as part of the CIA's extraordinary rendition program.

    Award-winning art is displayed at a past reception. This year’s reception and awards ceremony will be held April 10 at the Forest View Educational Center.

    Enter Dist. 214 community writing, art contest

    Entries are open for the 2013 Community Art & Writing Contest, which runs concurrently with the Arts Unlimited celebration of the arts in District 214 schools. The contest seeks artwork, poetry and prose entries from residents living inside the high school district boundaries.

    Adam Newell starts the process of clearing his driveway in the 1500 block of Williams Ave in St. Charles after the blizzard of 2011 hit the Chicago area.

    Images: Flashback to 2011 blizzard
    It's cold outside, but at least we're not buried under piles and piles of snow. Two years ago, we got hit by 20 inches of snow, essentially shutting down the suburbs and turning Lake Shore Drive into a parking lot. Here are photos that you shot, along with our photographers, capturing the historic storm.

    Jim Murphy, of Libertyville, is bundled up as he walks his dog, Edison, in frigid weather at Cook Memorial Park in Libertyville.

    Bitter cold still grips suburbs

    Bitter cold continues to grip the suburbs this morning, just a week after temperatures soared into the 60s. Temperatures started at 0 and have climbed to 2 degrees, but winds are keeping the windchill at -13. The good news is, we're on the tail end of the cold front and temperatures will be climbing today to 12.

    Debra Lerner Schmidt

    CASA announces year-round volunteer training classes

    CASA Lake County, a nonprofit organization that trains volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children in the juvenile court system, has announced a year-round class schedule to meet the county's increased reports of child abuse.

    Australian radio DJs Michael Christian, left, and Mel Greig. British prosecutors said Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, they will not press charges against two Australian DJs over the royal hoax call that preceded a nurse’s suicide.

    UK: No charges for Australian royal hoax DJs

    British prosecutors said Friday they will not press charges against two Australian DJs over the royal hoax call that preceded a nurse's suicide.


    Arabs, Tuaregs in Mali face hostility amid war

    As the French and Malian forces oust al-Qaida-linked militants from the towns of Gao, Timbuktu and Kidal, ethnic tensions exacerbated by months of political upheaval are putting Mali's minorities in danger. Most members of the Islamic groups that took over last year are from Tuareg and Arab ethnic groups. Northerners living in the central and southern parts of Mali say they have faced...


    Mali jihadists in custody say tortured by military

    Three suspected jihadists arrested in the days since the liberation of the town of Timbuktu said Friday that Malian soldiers were torturing them with a method similar to waterboarding.


    Official: Israeli warplanes fly over Lebanon

    Israeli warplanes flew over southern Lebanon Friday, two days after the Jewish state launched an airstrike near Damascus, as Syria's army chief of staff warned against testing his country's capabilities.

    A man and a woman walk together, which would not be allowed under the rule of Islamic militants who ruled the city until French troops took control, in Timbuktu, Mali, Thursday Jan. 31, 2013. Men and women were not allowed to interact in public under the rule of Islamic militants. Many things have changed in Timbuktu since French troops parachuted in several days ago to take control of the area from Islamic militants, and now there is a growing sense of freedom.

    Freedom returns to the storied city of Timbuktu

    On the morning French commandos parachuted onto the sand just north of this storied city and ended 10 months of Islamic rule, Hawi Traore folded up her veil. On the next day, she wore heels. On the day after, she put on her sparkly earrings. Finally on Thursday, the 12-year-old girl dared to dance in the streets, celebrating freedom from the draconian rules that were imposed by the...

    The Grammy Award-winning group Sounds of Blackness will perform at the College of Lake County’s 29th Annual Salute to Gospel Music program at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at the Genesee Theatre.

    College of Lake County to present Salute to Gospel Music

    The College of Lake County's 29th Annual Salute to Gospel Music program Saturday, March 2, will feature the Grammy Award winning groups Sounds of Blackness and Reverend Charles Jenkins & Fellowship Chicago.

    Former New York Mayor Ed Koch, the combative politician who rescued the city from near-financial ruin during three City Hall terms, has died at age 88.

    Ed Koch, mayor who became a symbol of NYC, dies

    Ed Koch, the famously combative, acid-tongued former mator of New York City, died at 2 a.m. Friday from congestive heart failure. Koch rescued the city from near-financial ruin during a three-term City Hall run in which he embodied New York chutzpah for the rest of the world. He was 88.

    Ecologists say they’ve found several dozen shrimp in the Des Plaines River that aren’t commonly found in the area. The Lake County Forest Preserves said Thursday that ecologists spotted the Mississippi grass shrimp last summer. The Forest Preserves didn’t confirm the find until last week.

    Unusual shrimp spotted in Des Plaines River

    Ecologists say they've found several dozen shrimp in the Des Plaines River that aren't commonly found in the area. The Lake County Forest Preserves said Thursday that ecologists spotted the Mississippi grass shrimp last summer. The Forest Preserves didn't confirm the find until last week.

    Cliff Banks, mayor of Spring Valley, holds one of the quail he and Mark Actis have begun breeding in Banksí garage.

    Spring Valley mayor raising quail

    Cliff Banks, Spring Valley's mayor, is known for his public efforts and political campaign plank four years ago to bring an Asian carp processing plant to town.But his efforts in the outdoors didn't stop after that didn't come to fruition. In his private life, Banks is working to establish a population of quail on two pieces of private land in Putnam County, including 304 acres he owns.


    Cullerton wants gay-marriage vote on Feb. 14

    Illinois Senate President John Cullerton says he wants to pass same-sex marriage legislation on Valentine's Day. Cullerton tells the Chicago Sun-Times that he'd like the state Senate to pass the measure out of committee next week and vote to approve it on Feb. 14.


    SD murder suspect allegedly dated Chicago victim

    Authorities say a South Dakota man accused of murdering a woman in Chicago had been dating her and allegedly pushed her out of a third-floor apartment window after an argument. Twenty-nine-year-old Daniel Neasom is fighting extradition to Illinois after his arrest last weekend in Aberdeen. The American News reports that court documents indicate Neasom came to Aberdeen sometime after the July 23,...


    Indiana man to plead guilty to ‘sextortion’

    An Indiana man has agreed to plead guilty to charges alleging that he tricked more than a dozen teenagers into stripping or performing sexual acts for him via webcam and then used recordings of those sessions to coerce them into making even more explicit videos.


    Dawn Patrol: Sledgehammer trial continues; Police hunt murderer

    Testimony continues in sledgehammer attempted murder trial. Police on the hunt for mistakenly released murderer. Autopsy today for Aurora woman found dead in truck. Guilty verdict in 1998 double slaying in Aurora alley. District 220, teachers submit final offers. Schaumburg District 54 sues over pension penalties. Local cheer squads set to compete at state today. Naperville native signs on with...

    Brad Schneider

    Schneider: 10th District poised to be voice in gun control debate

    Tenth District Democratic Rep. Brad Schneider, of Deerfield, told law enforcement officials, mental health workers, gun owners and suburban mayors that the North suburban 10th District has a unique voice in the national debate because of its independent, moderate electorate. “There's a reason (Sen.) Mark Kirk comes from this district and can talk about making gun trafficking illegal,”...



    Meadows prepares for Quincy ND with 24th win

    It was fitting that Angie Kirchoff’s shooting touch gave Barrington the breathing room it needed needed to pick up a victory on Friday night.After all, it was Kirchoff’s sweet shooting in the third quarter that helped the Fillies girls basketball team erase a 6-point deficit. And her most important shots came in a pressure-packed situation at the foul line as her 2 free throws with eight seconds left turned a 1-point lead into a 41-38 victory over Conant in Mid-Suburban West action.


    Kirchoff, Barrington turn back Conant

    It was fitting that Angie Kirchoff’s shooting touch gave Barrington the breathing room it needed to pick up a victory on Friday night.After all, it was Kirchoff’s sweet shooting in the third quarter thathelped the Fillies girls basketball team erase a 6-point deficit. And her most important shots came in a pressure-packed situation at the foul line as her 2 free throws with eight seconds left turned a 1-point lead into a 41-38 victory over Conant in Mid-Suburban West action.


    Prospect nips Wheeling, clinches share of East

    With his team trailing by 2 points and the clock winding down at Wheeling on Friday night, Prospect junior guard Kevin Kapka delivered the knockout punch.Kapka fired home a 3-pointer that beat the buzzer and gave the Knights a come-from-behind 55-54 victory in the Mid-Suburban East.It also gave Prospect at least a share of the East title.Prospect improved to 13-8 and 7-1 in the East and owns a two-game lead with two to play.The Wildcats (5-16, 1-7), who lost at Prospect by 41 points earlier in the season, led by double digits at one point in the third quarter.“We’ve come such a long way,” said Wheeling first-year coach Tony Como. “I could not be prouder of the kids. They executed the game plan so remarkably.“But I’ve got to give John (Camardella, Prospect coach) and his team credit. His team is mentally tough. They are resilient, talented, tough, big and they never give up. That’s how champions are and that’s the road we want to get on.”Senior Devin O’Hara led the Knights with 16 points while Kapka and Bobby Frasco each chipped in 10.Wheeling was led by Jeremy Stephani (19 points), Kameron Hill (11) and Nick Ricciardi (9).“All the credit to Prospect,” Como added. “They fought back. At the same time, I am super proud of my kids. It was a great high school basketball game – the kind all kids want to be in.” Schaumburg 57, Hoffman Estates 35: Jimmy Lundquist (17 points), Kyle Bolger 11) and Cole Reyes (11) led the host Saxons (12-8, 6-2) in the MSL West. Niles North 56, Maine West 54: Malachi Nix (20 points) helped Niles North (20-3, 8-0) clinch the Central Suburban North title.


    Barrington rights the ship, beats Conant

    After three straight losses in the Mid-Suburban West, Barringtonboys basketball coach Bryan Tucker challenged his team to fight through what he called “the dog days of the season.”The Broncos responded to that challenge with one of their most impressive performances to date, leading by as many as 21 points in dismantling Conant 47-32.


    Meadows makes statement against Hersey

    After losing its last three games by a combined seven points, the Rolling Meadows boys basketball team made a statement on Friday night.Led by a core group of seniors, the Mustangs upended the Hersey Huskies 49-35 in Rolling Meadows.

    St. Charles North's Quinten Payne drives to the basket against Batavia during Friday's game in St. Charles.

    St. Charles North tips Batavia in OT

    The fact that both Batavia and St. Charles North have one of the most marquee games on their schedules Saturday night didn't stop the teams from giving their fans an overtime thriller Friday. Kyle Swanson's three-point play with 47 seconds left in the extra session proved to be the game-winner for the North Stars on their Senior Night in a 45-44 win over the Bulldogs.


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


    Kohler’s OT block saves Lakes win

    Some rejections end in tears. Jake Kohler’s certainly did on Friday night. The Lakes senior guard came up with the biggest rejection of his career when he blocked a driving layup attempt by North Chicago in the final seconds of an overtime battle for first place in the North Suburban Conference Prairie Division. The defensive stand sealed the Eagles’ frenetic 67-66 victory over visiting North Chicago in front of a packed gym in Lake Villa.


    IC outlasts Montini

    Montini boys basketball coach Brian Opoka credited IC Catholic Prep’s resiliency. Was he ever right.

    Grant’s Ryan Noda tries to maneuver around Antioch defender A.J. Marsiglio in action Friday night in Fox Lake.

    Grant shares the wealth

    Proving he’s wiser, Grant guard Mike Burns showed no anger following a missed dunk. He displayed only a sheepish smile. After all, the last time the junior let off some frustration, his actions wound up costing him the first month of the basketball season. He punched a locker at school and broke his right (shooting) hand. “I learned my lesson,” Burns said with a grin. Besides, when Burns missed his one-handed dunk try on a breakaway early in the fourth quarter Friday night, Grant was up 21 points en route to a 65-46 win over visiting Antioch in a North Suburban Conference Prairie Division contest.

    Larkin’s Kendale McCullum (10) splits two Elgin players as he goes to the hoop Friday night at Chesbrough Field House.

    McCullum, Larkin steal it from Elgin

    Larkin stole one from rival Elgin Friday night. More specifically, junior guard Kendale McCullum did. After Larkin guard Quentin Ruff failed to extend a 2-point lead by missing both free throws with 11 seconds left, Elgin point guard Arie Williams raced upcourt with no timeouts left, looking to tie the Upstate Eight River game or possibly win it with a 3-pointer. Williams entered with 2 game-winning shots to his credit this season. Elgin’s leading scorer had already drained 8 of his 14 attempts from 3-point range, but Williams was met just inside midcourt by a phalanx of three Larkin defenders, including 6-foot-6 junior Drew Jones. Williams was caught in no man’s land as the Elgin play unraveled due to miscommunication amid the jet engine-level screams from the respective student sections. While Williams dribbled and scanned furiously for an escape route, McCullum came from his left and tipped the ball away with three seconds left. McCullum sprinted ahead and ran out the clock, sealing a heartstopping 68-66 win for the Royals at Chesbrough Field House.


    West Aurora, Kaneland extend streaks

    West Aurora 55, Glenbard North 37: Josh McAuley racked up a game-high 29 points as the Blackhawks pulled away in the second half for the DuPage Valley Conference win in Carol Stream.


    Aurora Christian wins share of SCC Gold

    Aurora Christian earned a share of the Suburban Christian Conference Gold Division title by posting a 48-41 victory over Wheaton Academy on Senior Night in Aurora.


    Girls basketball/Fox Valley roundup

    Westminster Christian 53, Keith 4: Playing their usual reserves the entire game, the Warriors held their second opponent in a week to 4 points and in the process finished off an undefeated Northeastern Athletic Conference season. Emma Kovachevich led Westminster with 16 points, while Savannah Dutcher (14 rebounds, 5 blocks)) and Hannah Rodriguez (12 steals) had 12 each. Christina Cusumano (12 steals) and Jackie Calabrese added 8 rebounds each for the Warriors.Harvest Christian 42, Mooseheart 10: Sarah Kott had a big game with 14 points and 19 rebounds to lead the Lions to their third straight win and fourth in their last five games in this NAC game. Kylee Knox added 10 points, 9 steals and 5 assists for Harvest (6-19, 2-5), which will open the Class 1A postseason at home on Monday night against Cristo Rey St. Martin of Waukegan. Carol Kauffmann added 8 points and Morgan Lockwood had 5 assists. “Sarah Kott really stepped up and had an excellent all around game tonight,” said Harvest coach Kelly Friestad.Burlington Central 46, North Boone 29: The Rockets (22-4, 12-0) wrapped up a perfect Big Northern East season on Senior Night. Burlington Central, which has won 7 straight, can tie the program record for wins in a season, set by the 2006-07 team, on Tuesday when it hosts St. Charles North in a nonconference game.Guerin 39, St. Edward 33: Katie Swanson had 11 points and Rena Ranallo added 8 for St. Edward (2-24, 1-8) in a Suburban Christian Blue loss.


    Dundee-Crown turns the tables on Jacobs

    In what was his last game coaching in the Dundee-Crown gym, the swan song for Jacobs boys basketball coach Jim Hinkle became a bitter pill to swallow. After Nick Ledinsky and Will Schwerdtmann torched the Chargers in a double-overtime win in Algonquin on January 15, the assignment Dylan Kissack and Brandon Rodriguez received from D-C coach Lance Huber in Friday night’s rematch was pretty simple. “Obviously Ledinsky and Schwerdtmann lit us up in the first game, they were fantastic,” Huber said. “When you’re assigned to guard them, you kind of want a shot of proving what you can do and that’s some pretty big motivation.” In front of a raucous crowd of approximately 1,900 that invigorated D-C, Kissack and Rodriguez got their shot and held the Jacobs duo to 11 points combined on 5 of 18 shooting while accounting for half of the Chargers’ points a 60-44 Fox Valley Conference Valley win between the District 300 rivals.


    Cougars welcome fans to “Meet the Cubs”

    It’s never too cold to talk hot stove baseball. Despite some of the year’s lowest temperature readings on the thermometer, minor league baseball fans warmed up and helped themselves prepare for the upcoming season during the Kane County Cougars’ “Meet the Cubs Party” Friday night at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark in Geneva.


    Metea Valley rallies for 20th victory

    Lori Obendorf can’t play with injured Metea Valley teammate Anna Petersen anymore, but Petersen’s embrace was the first place Obendorf went to celebrate a win Friday. “We’re kind of best friends. We hug a lot,” Obendorf said. “I really miss having her on the court.” Obendorf and the Mustangs are down two starters now, but they proved Friday they’re not out. Down 9 midway through the third quarter at Hinsdale Central, No. 9 Metea Valley rallied for a 51-50 win, reaching the 20-win benchmark for the first time in the young program’s history.

    McKenna Merges, pictured last Saturday at the Upstate Eight gymnastics meet at Lake Park, helped Geneva win its regional Friday in dominating fashion.

    Geneva dominates regional field

    Well, if there were any freshman jitters for Geneva’s McKenna Merges she certainly didn’t allow them to show. Competing in her first state series meet during Friday’s Geneva regional, Merges set the tone for the Vikings, leading off the team in strong fashion on bars, beam and floor.


    Boys basketball/Fox Valley roundup

    Westminster Christian 79, Keith 38: Colin Brandon led five Warriors in double figures with 16 points in a Northeastern Athletic Conference win. Robert Kleczynski had 13 points, Brad Barker 12, Sam Carani 11 and Will Woodhouse 10 for Westminster Christian (13-10), which has now won 6 straight.Mooseheart 67, Harvest Christian 36: Noah Fox had 14 points and Kyle Fritz added 9 for Harvest Christian in the Northeast Athletic Conference.Lake Park 56, South Elgin 34: Ryne Lundy had 14 points to lead the Storm (5-17, 0-11) in the Upstate Eight Valley.

    Benet’s Sean O’Mara uses his body against St. Viator during boys basketball action in Lisle.

    St. Viator’s win over Benet proves a point

    St. Viator’s boys basketball team sent a reminder to the rest of the East Suburban Catholic Conference. The Lions are still defending champions. They played like it Friday in Lisle, topping ESCC leader Benet 55-54 to pull within a game in the loss column of the Redwings in the standings.


    Another Austin buzzer-beater lifts Warren

    Trailing 39-29 with 5:24 to play, the odds were stacked against the Warren boys basketball team Friday night at Lake Forest.But the “never-say-die” Blue Devils somehow managed to pull out a miraculous and unlikely 48-46 North Suburban Lake Division victory over the Scouts with a familiar guard playing the role of hero for the second straight game.One of 2 free throw by Lake Forest’s Sam Downey gave the Scouts a 46-42 lead with 9.2 seconds to play. Warren senior Derek Mason hit his second 3-pointer to cut the gap to 46-45 with four seconds remaining.Then came the unthinkable as Warren’s Adrian Deere drew an offensive foul on Carter Bass in the backcourt to give the Blue Devils the ball under their own basket with four seconds still left.With Bass fouled out, Warren had time for a brief huddle to set up what proved to be the winning play, and for the second straight game senior guard Aarias Austin hit a 3-pointer to win the game and set off a wild celebration by the Blue Devils’ squad.

    Brooklyn Nets guard C.J. Watson (1) shoots a three-point basket as Chicago Bulls forward Jimmy Butler (21) defends in the second half of their NBA basketball game at the Barclays Center, Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, in New York. Watson had 13 points as the Nets defeated the Bulls 93-89.

    Short-handed Bulls come up just short
    The Bulls took on the Ironman challenge in Brooklyn on Friday, but expended considerable energy only to finish with a loss. Luol Deng and Taj Gibson played nearly every second and it wasn’t enough as Brooklyn pulled out a 93-89 victory at the Barclays Center.


    Glenbard West can’t catch York

    Glenbard West went toe-to-toe with West Suburban Silver foe York on Friday night in Elmhurst and found out like many basketball teams have that a bad quarter can send a squad’s fortunes southward.


    Glenbard East gives Wheaton North a hard time

    Nothing went right for Wheaton North at home Friday in its second boys basketball encounter with Glenbard East.


    Curry, Vernon Hills rally for sweet win over Wauconda

    The occasions are rare that Vernon Hills coach Matt McCarty has to remind senior Stephen Curry to be more aggressive on the basketball floor.But this unusual scenario occurred Friday night when the Cougars hosted Wauconda in a North Suburban Conference Prairie Division contest,Curry had a very good reason for his slow start to the game.“A couple of our coaches saw him munching on Puppy Chow and cupcakes before the game,” McCarty said. The goodies were a bit too good for birthday boy Curry. But when he finally shook off the effects of the sugar high, everything was sweet for the Cougars.Curry turned the game around with 6 big points to end the first half and finished with a game-high 17 to lead Vernon Hills to a come-from-behind 58-44 win over the Bulldogs.

    Fremd’s Tom Cordell and Palatine’s Mike Williams battle for a rebound on Friday night.

    Palatine plays it Smart to stun Fremd

    Roosevelt Smart and Palatine showed that no lead is safe against the Pirates.Smart led a furious comeback, as the host Pirates erased an early 16-point deficit to stun cross-town rival Fremd 54-49 before a near-capacity crowd Friday night.Smart was outstanding in the fourth quarter, hitting his final 4 shots from the field to notch 13 of his game-high 28 points as the Pirates (13-10 5-3) rallied after trailing 40-30 after three quarters.


    Zion-Benton overwhelms Lake Zurich

    Zion-Benton (17-5, 7-3) opened up a double-digit lead in the second quarter and never looked back in an impressive 68-41 romp over Lake Zurich.


    Rafferty, Hinsdale Central beat Metea Valley in OT

    Metea Valley didn’t have an answer for Hinsdale Central sophomore Matt Rafferty.


    Huntley starts fast then hangs on

    All of the early signs pointed to a nice and relaxing Friday night for Huntley’s boys basketball team before a big home crowd. All five starters contributed to the Fox Valley Conference Valley Division leaders scoring 14 of the first 16 points in the opening 4 ½ minutes. And visiting McHenry didn’t have 16-point averager and top 3-point threat Shane Varvil to help make up the deficit because of an injured right foot. But relaxing made for a nerve-racking finish for the Red Raiders. They scored 9 of the last 11 points for a victorious 42-35 ending that wasn’t as happy as they originally envisioned.


    Sandifer sparks Neuqua Valley past Bartlett

    With combined 31.3 percent shooting from the field and 31 turnovers, the offenses of the Neuqua Valley and Bartlett basketball teams had all the harmony of an out-of-tune orchestra Friday. So it was two instances of sweet string music from Neuqua’s Jabari Sandifer that helped spell the difference as the Wildcats gritted out a crucial 41-30 Upstate Eight Conference Valley Division victory over the visiting Hawks.


    Naughton, Boyd help Elk Grove get the job done

    Elk Grove senior guard Kelly Naughton set the defensive tone in the first quarter Friday night with 4 quick steals.Classmate Diamond Boyd took care business on the offensive end.Throw in some strong work on the glass, and it all added up to a 60-51 Mid-Suburban East victory by the visiting Grenadiers over Buffalo Grove.Boyd scored 31 points to go along with 9 rebounds as Elk Grove shook off the disappointment of Tuesday’s loss at Hersey to score the emphatic win.


    Bulls’ Hinrich misses game for elbow exam

    Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich returned to Chicago to have his right elbow examined. He’ll miss the game in Brooklyn on Friday night and his status will be determined once the exam is complete.

    Benet’s Jack Euritt, center, weaves between St. Viator’s Ore Arogundade, left, and Robert Haemmerle, right,

    Images: Benet Academy vs. St. Viator, boys basketball
    Benet Academy hosted St. Viator High School Friday night for boys basketball.


    Stevenson’s 1-2 punch sparks win over Libertyville

    As the tempo continued to pick up on Friday night, it was hardly a surprise that Connor Cashaw and Jalen Brunson stole a good portion of the spotlight.The Stevenson duo put together a series of highlight-reel plays to spark the host Patriots to a 75-59 victory over Libertyville.Cashaw exited the floor with 15 points, 3 steals, 4 assists and 5 rebounds, while Brunson piled up 17 points and 3 steals.


    Just what the coach ordered for Naperville Central

    After a wild week that featured a huge win followed by a pair of tough losses, Naperville Central wanted a strong game start to finish Friday night.

    Palatine’s Greg Grana shoots over Fremd’s Sean Benka.

    Images: Palatine vs. Fremd, boys basketball
    The Palatine High School boys basketball team hosted the Fremd High School boys on Friday, February 1, in Palatine.


    Cary-Grove starts fast, blows out Prairie Ridge

    Rarely are games won in the first 5 minutes. This one was. Scoring the first 11 points of the game, Cary-Grove’s fast start provided the spark in the Trojans’ 53-32 win over Prairie Ridge in Fox Valley Conference Valley Division boys basketball action in Cary Friday night.


    Buffalo Grove’s Potnick delivers in the clutch

    Buffalo Grove standout guard Luke Potnick admitted that the Bison were having their troubles against visiting Elk Grove in the second half. “We were struggling a little bit,” said the senior, “including me on the offensive end.” But when the game was on the line, Potnick delivered. With the score tied and only seconds remaining, the senior’s drive to the hoop resulted in an Elk Grove foul. Potnick, who had a game-high 21 points, calmly sank 2 free throws to give the Bison a hard-fought 58-56 Mid-Suburban East win Friday night.


    Streamwood surprises Geneva

    Geneva boys basketball coach Phil Ralston couldn’t help but feel his team looked past Streamwood on Friday night. The Sabres were happy to send the Vikings home in a bad mood. Streamwood rallied from a 13-point second-quarter deficit and upset Geneva, 44-43, in overtime in an Upstate Eight River Division matchup.


    Quick start keys Wolves win

    The Chicago Wolves reeled off 4 goals in the opening 15 minutes Friday night and rolled to a 5-2 victory over the Admirals in Milwaukee


    Crystal Lake Central upends Hampshire

    It’s fair to say the Hampshire boys basketball team has seen enough of Brad Knoeppel for awhile. The Crystal Lake Central senior scored 24 points and seemed to hit every critical bucket as the Tigers downed the Whip-Purs, 66-56, in a Fox Valley Conference Fox Division showdown in Hampshire Friday night.

    Batavia’s Zach Strittmatter and St. Charles North’s Ryan Thomas hit the deck for a loose ball.

    Images: Batavia vs. St. Charles North, boys basketball
    Batavia took on St. Charles North in a boys basketball matchup Friday night in St. Charles.


    This Fremd victory about pride

    Fremd may have already clinched its fourth straight Mid-Suburban West girls basketball crown, but that didn’t mean the Vikings weren’t interested in Friday’s game at cross-town Palatine. “These girls from both schools have been playing together for a long time,” said Fremd coach Dave Yates. “What does this game mean? Pride.” And that’s what the MSL West champs showed as they recovered from a 7-1 deficit to post a 46-35 victory over a Pirates team that handed them a 37-27 loss in late November.

    Images from the Larkin vs. Elgin boys basketball game Friday, February 1, 2013.

    Images: Larkin vs. Elgin, boys basketball
    Larkin visited and won 68-66 over Elgin for a big rivalry boys basketball matchup Friday night at Chesbrough Fieldhouse in Elgin.

    Luol Deng scored 18 points and Taj Gibson had 16 points and nine rebounds for the Bulls, who played without starters Joakim Noah, Carlos Boozer and Kirk Hinrich while losing for just the third time in 11 games.

    Wihout Boozer, Noah, Hinrich, Bulls fall to Nets

    Brook Lopez scored 20 points through three quarters, then the Brooklyn Nets turned to their bench to beat the short-handed Bulls 93-89 on Friday night. Andray Blatche scored all of his 11 points in the fourth quarter and MarShon Brooks had nine of his 13 as the reserves scored the Nets' first 20 points. A starter didn't score until Joe Johnson's 3-pointer gave Brooklyn an 86-80 lead with 2 minutes to play.

    Phil Mickelson birdied the ninth hole a day too late and missed a chance to break the PGA Tour’s 36-hole scoring record when he finished with a double bogey after driving into the water.

    Mickelson misses chance for tour 36-hole record

    Phil Mickelson birdied the ninth hole a day too late and missed a chance to break the PGA Tour's 36-hole scoring record when he finished with a double bogey after driving into the water.

    Former Boston Breakers captain and national team veteran Leslie Osborne has signed with the Chicago Red Stars of the new National Women's Soccer League.

    Red Stars add U.S. veteran Osborne to NWSL roster

    The Chicago Red Stars have added former U.S. National Team veteran Leslie Osborne to their roster for the 2013 National Women’s Soccer League season. Osborne, a Brookfield, Wis., native, earned 59 caps with the U.S. Women’s Soccer team and most recently played with the Boston Breakers in the WPS and WPSL-Elite leagues, where she served as team captain.

    San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh, right, and Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh, left, pose with their parents, Jack and Jackie, and grandfather Joe Cipiti during a news conference for the NFL Super Bowl XLVII football game Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, in New Orleans.

    Both Harbaughs say they’d work for each other

    Working separately, John and Jim Harbaugh each guided their team to the Super Bowl. They will be on opposite sidelines Sunday, John as head coach of the Baltimore Ravens and Jim with the San Francisco 49ers. Imagine how effective they could be if working together. At their joint news conference Friday, someone asked the brothers if they would consider teaming up if either should be forced out of his current post.

    The man who says he tricked Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o into falling for a fake woman he created online claims the hoax had “everything to do” with escaping from real life because he had been molested as a child.

    Man at center of Te'o hoax says he was molested

    The man who says he tricked Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o into falling for a fake woman he created online claims the hoax had “everything to do” with escaping from real life because he had been molested as a child.

    NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell answers questions during an NFL Super Bowl XLVII football game news conference at the New Orleans Convention Center, Friday, Feb. 1, 2013. in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

    NFL's Goodell aims to share blame on player safety

    NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says the league needs to make football safer by doing more to eliminate blows to the head and knees and by suspending players for illegal hits.

    Michigan senior Katie Zurales, a Wheaton Warrenville South grad, has soared for the Wolverines this season on the balance beam and unever bars. A pre-med major, she wants to become a doctor when her college career ends.

    For Michigan’s Zurales, hard work the right prescription

    Wheaton Warrenville South graduate Katie Zurales is a three-time all-American gymnast at No. 3 Michigan who also keeps busy outside the gym. She is preparing for medical school and volunteering at a local hospital as she prepares for a career after athletics.

    Mike Donatucci, who assisted at Schaumburg last season following a standout run leading Fremd’s program, has been named Hoffman Estates’ head coach.

    Donatucci will take over at Hoffman Estates

    When former Fremd head coach Mike Donatucci retired as head coach of the Vikings two seasons ago, many observers thought that retirement would be short-lived. And even though Donatucci spent last season as the defensive coordinator at Schaumburg, it was thought it would be just a matter of time before Donatucci took the head coaching reins again. That day came Friday when Donatucci was announced as the new head coach at Hoffman Estates, replacing Eric Ilich, who resigned two weeks ago. Donatucci now becomes the 5th head football coach since the school opened in 1975. He is the winningest head football coach in Mid-Suburban League history.


    Djokovic gives Serbia 2-0 lead over Belgium

    Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic swept past Oliver Rochus 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 Friday to give Serbia a 2-0 lead over Belgium in the first round of Davis Cup.


    Travis Hafner agrees to $2M deal with Yankees

    Travis Hafner and the New York Yankees have agreed to a $2 million, one-year contract that allows him to earn up to $4 million more in bonuses based on plate appearances.

    While Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis says he has never failed a drug test in the NFL, a report by Sports Illustrated connects Lewis to a company that reportedly supplied him with a banned substance during his recovery from an injury.

    Lewis a newsmaker on and off the field

    There has never been any question about Ray Lewis' talent on the the football field, but now there are questions about whether he used an illegal substance during his recovery from an injury this season. Did he use it? Did he know is was illegal? Lewis has dismissed the allegations in a Sports Illustrated story, but new details may emerge that will raise more questions about Lewis and his off-the-field activities. Mike North shares his thoughts on the controversial sports star.


    No slacking off for WW South

    As the No. 4-ranked Wheaton Warrenville South girls basketball players put on their warmups after Thursday night’s 42-19 road win over Glenbard North, the girls knew that treating every game as a big game paid off again.


    Libertyville tops New Trier in OT

    Olivia Mayer scored 18 points, Dana Kym added 13 points and 9 rebounds, and Libertyville’s girls basketball team pulled out a 48-46 win in overtime over host New Trier in a nonconference thriller Thursday night.Libertyville (12-13), which won its third straight, overcome a six-point deficit in the fourth quarter to take the lead, but New Trier sank a 3-pointer to beat the buzzer and force overtime.In the extra session, Haley Hoeksel (10 points) sank a shot and Andi Katz went 2 of 2 from the line, as the Wildcats outscored the Trevians 4-2.Mayer finished 8 of 9 from the stripe.“Liv and Dana were phenomenal,” Libertyville coach Greg Pedersen said of Mayer and Kim. “Liv paced our team and found opportunities, while Dana crashed the boards and fortified the inside.”Grayslake Central 34, Woodstock North 32: The visiting Rams played their typical stingy defense, and this time they scored just enough points to pull out the Fox Valley Fox Division game.Morgan Dahlstrom’s 14 points paced Grayslake Central (17-9, 10-1), which won its fifth in a row. Taylor Peterson added a season-high 11 points for the Rams.Carmel 37, Wauconda 20: The host Corsairs, who saw their six-game winning streak snapped Monday against Joliet Catholic, got back on the winning track, as Claire Ogrinc scored 16 points in the nonconference game.Carmel (18-8) led 7-6 after one quarter and then shutout the Bulldogs 8-0 in the second quarter and outscored them 18-9 in the third.Wauconda received 11 points and 5 rebounds from Lauren Nee.



    Initial public offerings next week

    NEW YORK — The following is a list of initial public offerings planned for the coming week. Sources include Renaissance Capital, Greenwich, CT and SEC filings.Week of February 4AutoGenomics Inc. - Vista, Calif., 6 million shares, priced $9 to $11, managed by Leerink Swann. Proposed Nasdaq symbol AGMX. Business: Provides a molecular diagnostics system for genetic testing in clinical laboratories.Boise Cascade Co. - Boise, Idaho, 11.8 million shares, priced $16 to $18, managed by BofA Merrill Lynch and Goldman Sachs. Proposed NYSE Symbol BCC. Business: North American wood products manufacturer and building materials distributor.ExOne Co. (The) - North Huntingdon, Pa., 5 million shares, priced $14 to $16, managed by FBR Capital Markets. Proposed Nasdaq symbol XONE. Business: Provider of 3D printing machines and printed products to industrial customers.Health Insurance Innovations Inc. - Tampa, Fla., 4.67 million class A shares, priced $14 to $16, managed by Credit Suisse, Citigroup, and BofA Merrill Lynch. Proposed Nasdaq symbol HIIQ. Business: Offers web-based medical insurance plans for the uninsured and underinsured.National Commercial Bank Jamaica Ltd. - Kingston, Jamaica, 16.07 million American depositary shares, each representing 50 ordinary shares, priced $13 to $15, managed by J.P. Morgan and Macquarie Capital. Proposed NYSE symbol NCJ. Business: Jamaica’s largest commercial bank.New Source Energy Partners LP - Oklahoma City, Okla., 4 million common units, priced $19 to $21, managed by Baird, Stifel Nicolaus Weisel, and BMO Capital Markets. Proposed NYSE symbol NSLP. Business: New Source Energy-sponsored LP formed to own OK-based oil and gas assets.QGOG Constellation S.A. - Luxembourg, 27.5 million shares, priced $19 to $21, managed by J.P. Morgan, BofA Merrill Lynch, and Itau BBA. Proposed NYSE symbol QGOG. Business: Brazilian provider of offshore oil and gas drilling.ZAIS Financial Corp. - Red Bank, N.J., 5.65 million shares, priced at $21 each, managed by Deutsche Bank, Citigroup, and Barclays. Proposed NYSE symbol ZFC. Business: Mortgage REIT that invests in agency and non-agency RMBS.


    Middleby cuts Viking workforce weeks after acquisition

    Elgin-based Middleby is cutting 20 percent of the workforce from the recently acquired Vicking Range Corp. based in Greenwood, Miss. None of the cuts affect Middleby's headquarters.

    A screen on the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange shows the Dow Jones industrial average above 14,000 for the first time since October 2007.

    Dow hits 14,000 for first time since 2007

    The Dow stock market index closed above 14,000 for the first time since before the financial crisis rocked the world economy.

    Naperville-based Tellabs Inc. will cut about 300 jobs after it posted a $23 million loss in the fourth quarter.

    Tellabs losses deepen, cutting 300 jobs

    Naperville-based Tellabs Inc. said Friday it will cut about 300 jobs after it posted a $23 million loss in the fourth quarter. “I can tell you that the workforce reduction will affect people in all Tellabs departments and locations, including Naperville,” said Tellabs spokesman George Stenitzer.

    Bob Erday watches as Matt Brunette of DDT Clothing Inc., which is handling the liquidation sale, puts up the first sign advertising the closing sale of Erday’s in downtown Geneva. The men’s clothing store is closing after nearly 88 years in business, due to the economy, competition from big box stores and changes in fashion tastes.

    After nearly 88 years, Erday’s in Geneva to close

    Erday's men's clothing store, which has dressed men in and around Geneva for nearly 88 years, has hired a firm to start a liquidation sale on Thursday. the family said. The economy, big box discounters and changes in fashion taste are among the factors that have hurt sales and forced Geneva's oldest family-run clothing store at 10 N. Third St., to close its doors by late March, President Victor Erday said.

    The world’s largest retailer is limiting U.S. ammunition sales to three boxes of shells per day, per customer.

    Walmart limiting ammo sales due to supply issues

    The world's largest retailer is limiting U.S. ammunition sales to three boxes of shells per day, per customer. Walmart said Thursday the restriction is in place because the supply of ammunition has become tight. Ashley Hardie, a spokeswoman for the Bentonville-based company, says Walmart is monitoring its ability to meet demand and will lift the restrictions when it is able to.

    Chevy trucks line the lot of a dealer in Murrysville, Pa. Ford, Chrysler and General Motors all reported double-digit gains for January as last year’s momentum in U.S. auto sales continued into 2013.

    U.S.-based automakers, Toyota report big sales gains

    American consumers ignored tax increases and tromped through the winter chill to buy new cars and trucks at an unusually strong pace last month. "(January) was like a sprinter out of the starting blocks," said Mike Jackson, CEO of AutoNation Inc., the country's largest auto dealership chain. Analysts said it will likely be the best January in five years once all automakers report. Sales at Toyota rose 27 percent, and they were up 22 percent at Ford. GM and Chrysler each reported 16 percent gains compared with a year earlier.


    Apple is biggest U.S. phone seller for 1st time

    Research firm Strategy Analytics says the launch of the iPhone 5 and the declining popularity of non-smartphones made Apple the biggest seller of phones in the U.S. in last year's holiday season, for the first time. The firm estimates that Apple shipped 17.7 million iPhones of all kinds to U.S. buyers in the October to December period, meaning it accounted for one in three new phones.


    Energy Secretary Chu to step down

    Energy Secretary Steven Chu is stepping down. The Energy Department said Friday Chu has offered his resignation to President Barack Obama. Chu won a Nobel Prize in physics but came under questioning for his handling of a solar energy loan.


    U.S. consumers’ outlook improved in late January

    A survey released Friday shows Americans' outlook for the economy picked up in late January, suggesting an improving job market may offset the impact of higher taxes. The University of Michigan's final January survey of consumer sentiment rose to 73.8. That's up from a preliminary reading of 71.3, released on Jan. 18. And it's slightly better than December's reading of 72.9.

    Northfield-based Kraft Foods is suing Cracker Barrel Old Country Store over the restaurant chain's plans to use the “Cracker Barrel” name on packaged ham and bacon.

    Kraft suing Cracker Barrel restaurants over name

    Northfield-based Kraft Foods is suing Cracker Barrel Old Country Store over the restaurant chain's plans to use the "Cracker Barrel" name on packaged ham, bacon and other foods.Kraft notes that it started using the "Cracker Barrel" name on cheese in 1954. Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Inc., which operates 620 locations around the country, was established in 1969 in Lebanon, Tenn.

    Workers assemble cars along a line at the General Motors Fairfax plant in Kansas City, Kan. U.S. manufacturing activity grew at a faster pace in January, driven by an increase in new orders and more hiring at factories.

    Manufacturing in U.S. expanded more than forecast in January

    Manufacturing in the U.S. expanded more than forecast in January, reaching a nine-month high and showing the industry is starting to improve.The Institute for Supply Management's manufacturing index climbed to 53.1 last month from December's 50.2, the Tempe, Arizona-based group's report showed today. Readings above 50 signal expansion. The figure exceeded the highest estimate in a Bloomberg survey of 86 economists. The median forecast was 50.7.

    This frame grab provided by Coca Cola, shows a moment in the Super Bowl 2013 Coca Cola campaign.

    Ready to rumble: Super Bowl fans get in the game

    You don't have to be a football player to be a part of the action on Super Bowl Sunday. Coca-Cola is asking people to vote for an online match between three groups competing in a desert for a Coke on Game Day. Pepsi and Toyota are using viewers' photos in their ads. Audi let people choose the end of its Super Bowl ad, while Lincoln based its spot on more 6,000 tweets from fans about their road trips.


    Rules would make school snacks healthier

    The government for the first time is proposing broad new standards to make school snacks healthier, a move that would ban the sale of almost all candy, high-calorie sports drinks and greasy foods on campus. Under new rules the Department of Agriculture proposed Friday, school vending machines that once were full of Skittles and Sprite would instead be selling water, lower-calorie sports drinks, diet sodas and baked chips. Lunch rooms that now sell fatty "a la carte" items like mozzarella sticks and nachos would have to transition to healthier pizzas, fruit cups and yogurt.

    Darla, a 7-year-old Clydesdale, top, watches over her young foal at Warm Springs Ranch in Boonville, Mo. The foal, born Jan, 16, 2013 at the ranch, is the star of a Budweiser commercial set to air during Super Bowl XLVII on Sunday.

    Clydesdale star of Super Bowl ad is newborn foal

    For decades, Anheuser-Busch has used its famous Clydesdales in Super Bowl ads for Budweiser. The latest star is barely two weeks old. A foal born Jan. 16 at Anheuser-Busch's Warm Springs Ranch near the mid-Missouri town of Boonville is featured in an ad that will appear in Sunday's game between the NFC champion San Francisco 49ers and AFC champion Baltimore Ravens. The 60-second ad chronicles the bond a Clydesdale foal shares with his trainer. The foal was just a week old when the ad was filmed.


    Ford’s US sales up 22 pct in January

    Ford's U.S. sales rose 22 percent in January on strong sales of pickup trucks and new vehicles. F-Series truck sales jumped 22 percent over last January. Many analysts are predicting stronger truck sales in 2013 as housing construction increases.


    Chevron profit up on asset exchange, refineries

    Chevron Corp. posted a 41 percent gain in net income for the fourth quarter as the company produced more oil and gas, improved the performance of its refinery business and realized a gain from swapping assets in an Australian natural gas field.Chevron Corp. posted net income of $7.2 billion for the quarter on revenue of $60.6 billion. That's up from $5.1 billion on revenue of $60 billion a year ago.


    Construction spending rises more than forecast on U.S. housing

    Spending on U.S. construction projects climbed more than forecast in December, showing the housing industry is sustaining gains that may lift the economy. Outlays rose 0.9 percent to a $885 billion annual rate, the highest level since August 2009, after increasing a revised 0.1 percent in November, the Commerce Department reported today in Washington. The median forecast of 47 economists surveyed by Bloomberg called for a 0.7 percent increase.


    China manufacturing growth in January weak

    China's manufacturing activity expanded in January in a new sign of recovery for the world's second-largest economy but growth was weak, two surveys showed Friday. The government-sanctioned China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing said its purchasing managers' index stood at 50.4 on a 100-point scale on which numbers above 50 indicate an expansion. Separately, HSBC Corp. said its PMI stood at 52.3 on a similar 100-point scale. "We see increasing signals of a sustained growth recovery in the coming months," said HSBC economist Hongbin Qu in a statement.


    GM reports 16 pct January US sales increase

    General Motors' U.S. sales rose 16 percent in January, as auto sales continue to be a bright spot in the U.S. economic recovery. GM says it sold almost 195,000 cars and trucks last month, led by the Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck, with a 32 percent gain. GM sold more than 35,000 Silverados in January, a good sign for the economy as businesses replace aging trucks.

    U.S. employers added 157,000 jobs in January, and hiring was stronger over the past two years than previously thought, providing reassurance that the job market held steady even as economic growth sputtered.The mostly upbeat Labor Department report Friday included one negative sign: The unemployment rate rose to 7.9 percent from 7.8 percent in December.

    U.S. gains 157K jobs; jobless rate rises to 7.9 pct.

    U.S. employers added 157,000 jobs in January, and hiring was stronger over the past two years than previously thought, providing reassurance that the job market held steady even as economic growth sputtered. The mostly upbeat Labor Department report Friday included one negative sign: The unemployment rate rose to 7.9 percent from 7.8 percent in December. The rate is calculated from a survey of households, and more people in that survey said they were unemployed. The job gains are derived from a separate survey of employers.


    Asia stock markets up as Dow logs strong January

    Asian stock markets were mostly higher Friday as a weak jobs report from the U.S. was tempered by Wall Street's overall sterling performance for January. Japan's Nikkei 225, meanwhile, was once again energized by the yen's continued descent against the dollar. The index rose 0.7 percent to 11,219.20.


    U.S. weighs tougher action over China cyberattacks

    High-level talks with the Chinese government to address persistent cyberattacks against U.S. companies and government agencies haven't worked, so officials say the Obama administration is now considering a range of actions. China-based hackers have long been an economic and national security concern, but as cybersecurity experts report an increase in attacks, U.S. leaders are looking at ways to better address the threat and analyze its impact.


    Endowment returns flat for universities
    After two strong years, college and university endowments lost ground slightly during the fiscal year ending last June 30, with their investments declining 0.3 percent on average, according to a new study. U.S. stock markets have risen around 10 percent since then, and many global markets are also higher, so recent performance is likely stronger.


    Eurozone unemployment holds steady at 11.7 percent

    Europe received a welcome dose of good news Friday with the news that both unemployment and inflation across the 17 European Union countries that use the euro are lower than anticipated. Eurostat, the EU's statistics office, said unemployment in the eurozone held steady at 11.7 percent in December. Since November's rate was revised down from 11.8 percent to 11.7 percent, December's equates to a new joint-record.

    Japan’s Civil Aviation Bureau is sending investigators looking into problems with Boeing 787 batteries to Seattle, where the aircraft are assembled.

    Japan to send investigators to US for 787 probe

    Japan's Civil Aviation Bureau is sending investigators looking into problems with Boeing 787 batteries to Seattle, where the aircraft are assembled. The Transport Ministry said members of the team working on the investigation would leave Tokyo on Sunday for Seattle. It provided no further details.


    MetLife to spend $2 billion on pension business

    MetLife Inc. plans to pay about $2 billion to buy the largest private pension fund administrator in Chile, as the insurer and annuity provider seeks to build its presence in emerging markets.The New York company said Friday it will conduct a public cash tender offer for all shares of AFP Provida SA. The bank BBVA has agreed to transfer its stake of more than 64 percent in the company to MetLife as part of the deal, which also includes a small asset management business in Ecuador.


    Suit claiming Hebrew National not kosher dismissed

    A federal judge threw out a lawsuit Thursday that claimed Hebrew National's hot dogs and other meat products weren't entirely kosher, saying such a standard was "intrinsically religious in nature" and outside the court's purview.U.S. District Judge Donovan Frank ruled that the First Amendment's protection of religious freedom bars the court from examining claims about whether the products completely meet Jewish dietary laws.

    Barbie maker Mattel Inc.’s fourth-quarter net income fell 17 percent, weighed down by a litigation charge. Its performance missed Wall Street’s expectations for the critical holiday period.

    Mattel 4Q results miss Wall Street’s expectations

    Barbie maker Mattel Inc.'s fourth-quarter net income fell 17 percent, weighed down by a litigation charge. Its performance missed Wall Street's expectations for the critical holiday period.The world's largest toy maker earned $306.5 million, or 87 cents per share, for the three months ended Dec. 31. That compares with $370.6 million, or $1.07 per share, a year ago.


    Oil prices barely budge ahead of U.S. jobs report

    The price of oil was nearly unchanged Friday as weak growth in China's manufacturing failed to impress and more people filed for unemployment benefits in the U.S. Benchmark oil for March delivery was up 3 cents to $97.52 per barrel at midday Bangkok time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract fell 45 cents to close at $97.49 a barrel on the Nymex on Thursday.

    Pfizer, the maker of Zoloft is being sued in an unusual case alleging the popular antidepressant has no more benefit than a dummy pill and that patients who took it should be reimbursed for their costs.

    Pfizer disputes suit claiming Zoloft doesn’t work

    The maker of Zoloft is being sued in an unusual case alleging the popular antidepressant has no more benefit than a dummy pill and that patients who took it should be reimbursed for their costs. Zoloft's maker, Pfizer Inc., the world's biggest drugmaker by revenue, disputes the claim, telling The Associated Press Thursday that clinical studies and the experience of millions of patients and their doctors over two decades prove Zoloft is effective.

    California wine country

    Analyst says U.S. wine production, consumption up

    U.S. residents now make up the largest wine market in the world, consuming 13 percent of all that's produced globally. That's according to a wine industry analyst who spoke at a major industry gathering in Sacramento, Calif. on Wednesday. Jon Fredrikson told wine industry executives at the Unified Wine & Grape Symposium that U.S. production increased 2 percent last year to help meet demand.

    Freddy Lozoga fills an underground tank at a service station Thursday in Los Angeles.

    Gasoline prices get early start on spring surge

    Gasoline prices are getting an early start on their annual spring march higher. The average U.S. retail price rose 13 cents over the past two weeks to $3.42 per gallon, and within a few days it will likely set a record for this time of year. The culprits: Rising crude oil prices, slowing output at refineries that are undergoing maintenance, and low supplies of gasoline.

Life & Entertainment


    Forsythia branches can be forced to bloom indoors

    Q. I have heard that forsythia branches can bloom indoors. How is it done?

    Peter Pan (Cathy Rigby, right) leads the Darling children John, Michael and Wendy (Lexy Baeza, Hadley Belle Miller and Krista Buccellato) to Neverland in the national tour of “Peter Pan,” now playing the Cadillac Palace Theatre in Chicago through Sunday, Feb. 10.

    Even at age 60, Rigby rises to the occasion as 'Peter Pan'

    Cathy Rigby may be 60, but on stage she's still boyish and extremely limber in the title role of "Peter Pan," which continues at the Cadillac Palace Theatre in Chicago through Sunday, Feb. 10.

    “Casablanca,” starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, is included in a new 20-film DVD set of best picture Oscar winners.

    'Casablanca,' 'Gone With the Wind' among the celebrated films

    Warner Brothers Studios has put together a great collection of 20 films that have all won the Academy Award for best picture. Included are classics like "Casablanca" and "Gone with the Wind," as well modern winners "The Departed" and "Million Dollar Baby."


    R. Kelly, Bjork to headline Pitchfork Festival

    R. Kelly, Björk and Belle and Sebastian are among the musicians headlining this year’s Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago. Festival organizers announced the three headliners on Friday. This year’s festival will be July 19-21.

    Women soldiers are featured in a scene from the video game, “Gears of War: Judgment.”

    Women in combat may lead the charge of new video games

    While video games aren’t totally devoid of strong female protagonists, the interactive medium has typically only cast ladies in support roles when it comes to such popular military shoot-’em-up franchises as “Call of Duty” and “Battlefield.” Yet could the recent announcement that the Pentagon is ending its long-standing ban on women serving in combat roles in real-world battlegrounds extend to virtual ones, too?

    The decorated Cascade model recently opened at Cambridge Lakes in Pingree Grove.

    Cambridge Lakes opens Cascade model home

    DR Horton opens a new model, the Cascade, at Cambridge Lakes in Pingree Grove. The community offers residents a 30,000-square-foot rec center along with 360 acres of open space including wooded park areas and natural conservation areas.

    TV sitcoms like “30 Rock” with Alec Baldwin have an uncertain future.

    A grim outlook for sitcoms post-’30 Rock’

    The void you're looking at on your DVR is the sitcom landscape post-"30 Rock." When Tina Fey's bright, bouncy, irreverent showbiz sendup aired its last episode Thursday night, a light (Kenneth's toothy grin?) went out in broadcast television. With "30 Rock" leaving the air, the sitcom again finds itself at a crossroads.

    Entertainer Randy Travis, center, makes comments after exiting the Grayson County Courthouse Thursday in Sherman, Texas. Travis plead guilty to driving while intoxicated in a plea agreement with the court and will pay a $2,000 fine and serve a two year probation.

    Randy Travis admits driving drunk, gets probation

    Randy Travis pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated Thursday in a case that began last summer when the country music star was found naked after crashing his Pontiac Trans Am. Travis received two years of probation, a $2,000 fine and a 180-day suspended jail sentence. If he doesn't successfully complete the probation, he will face the jail time.

    Members of New Kids on the Block — Joey McIntyre, left, Donnie Wahlberg, Jonathan Knight, Jordan Knight and Danny Wood — are teaming up with 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men for a summer tour.

    Walhberg: Boy band union is strong for summer tour

    For Donnie Wahlberg it's not a matter of "why now?" Rather "why not?" The recording artist-turned-actor was referring to the news of a major tour with his New Kids on the Block, who'll be joined this summer on "The Package Tour" by 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men. "The state of the boy band union is strong," Wahlberg joked Tuesday. "Even though technically we're not really boy bands, but we're OK with that, so we'll accept it."


    Theater events: Jersey Boy joins 'Company'

    Williams Street Repertory revives the musical "Company," director/writer PJ Paparelli revisits his riveting piece of docu-theater "columbinus" and Griffin Theatre's "Frindle" comes to Arlington Heights this week.

    Their shared Jewish faith unites Confederate soldier Caleb (Derek Gaspar, right) and his family’s former slave John (Sean Parris, upstage), but race divides them in Matthew Lopez’s “The Whipping Man” running through Feb. 24 at Northlight Theatre.

    Issues of race, religion resonate in Northlight’s ‘Whipping Man’

    "Are we Jews or are we slaves?"That question, posed by a newly freed slave tutored in the religion of his Jewish masters, resonates throughout "The Whipping Man," Matthew Lopez's examination of faith and race receiving its Chicago area premiere at Northlight Theatre. To some extent, each character in Lopez's earnest, multilayered, if sometimes overwrought play — former slaves Simon and John, and Caleb DeLeon, the son of their former master — grapple with the answer to that question.

    Midcity Cocktails & Supper Club offers big screen TVs for watching the game.

    Food specials, beer list draw fans to Midcity in West Chicago

    Midcity Cocktail & Supper Club's name is misleading as the bar emphasizes beer over mixed drinks and the food menu is small. Name aside, though, Midcity in West Chicago is a laidback spot where you can catch live music or sports while trying a new craft brew.

    Despite having a big year in music, Nicki Minaj didn’t receive any Grammy nominations.

    Nicki Minaj isn’t sweating lack of Grammy nods

    Despite having a big year in music, Nicki Minaj didn't receive any Grammy nominations. Not a problem, she says. "I've gotten tons of awards and I believe when it's my time to get a Grammy, I'll get a Grammy," she said with a laugh. Still, she had one of last year's biggest hits with the multiplatinum dance-pop anthem "Starships," and “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded” has reached gold status.

    Rookies' Super Bowl package includes beer and appetizers.

    Suburban bars and restaurants ready to score with Super Bowl specials

    Don't want to deal with the hassle of shopping for or cleaning up after a Super Bowl party this year? Tired of fighting for wings and a space on the couch at your friends' place? Well, you can watch the big East Coast vs. West Coast showdown from the comfort of a suburban sports bar.

    “Little Elvises” by Timothy Hallinan

    ‘Little Elvises’ compelling, suspenseful

    Every so often a writer comes along with the skill to make the wisecracking private-eye genre feel fresh again. That's what veteran crime novelist Timothy Hallinan has done with his latest series featuring Junior Bender, full-time Los Angeles burglar and part-time private eye-style fixer for the city's criminal element. Hallinan succeeds with "Little Elvises," with its high-stakes plot, a compelling subplot and heart-pounding suspense.


    Suburban dining: Let’s get romantic
    Buca feeds the whole gang; Cafe La Cave's romantic dining; Beau Vigne wine dinner at Carlucci


    The nation’s housing: Caught in a reverse nightmare

    The federal Department of Housing and Urban Development has a birthday gift for 91-year-old widow Jeanette Ogle that should cause any senior to think twice before signing up for a government-insured reverse mortgage.


    Home inspector: Who’s to blame for faulty water heater?

    Q. We bought a home that was just remodeled, including a new water heater. But since we moved in, the pilot light keeps going out. The manufacturer said the vent pipe should be installed straight up and not sideways through the wall. Nothing was said about this by our home inspector. Who is liable for the cost of repairs?


    Super handyman: Go green to save green

    Going green outdoors isn't all about the plants, although plants do play a part in being energy-efficient and environmentally conservative. Here are some great ways to become more "green" and save some green, too.



    Editorial: Give mental illness the attention it needs

    The Sandy Hook school shooting has put mental illness front and center as a way to possibly prevent future violence. A Daily Herald editorial says that conversation must continue.


    Remember also band director’s positive side

    Guest columnists Clayton Kullander and Luke San: Jeff Daeschler has been punished for a grievous error in judgment, but do not let that define his time at Libertyville High School because, to his students, the man's flaws cannot crack who he is at his core. You have not been forgotten, Mr. Daeschler, and you can always know that you did more for the development of your students than you ever could have imagined.


    Not all smiles on immigration reform?

    Columnist Froma Harrop: The time has rarely been riper for comprehensive immigration reform. Obama should back off trying to rush the parade to citizenship. The election is over. In the meantime, let's fill in the blanks on those so-called labor shortages. American workers belong at the table, too.


    Obama’s test on immigration

    Columnist Michael Gerson: If the president actually wants an immigration deal, he would need to do something he finds difficult: recognize that an argument can have another side.


    Debt problems were caused by Bush
    A Kildeer letter to the editor: In response to Mr. Chris Rawlings, I was taught that if you don't have the money to buy something you don't buy it. Same reasoning pertains to when credit cards were introduced. You failed to mention the debt ceiling was being raised to pay only for bills already approved by Congress


    Gun manufacturers run the NRA
    A Libertyville letter to the editor: The NRA has a membership of about 4 million people. The U.S. population is 310 million people. Why does this insignificant (less that 2 percent of the population) number of people hold such sway over our lives?


    Hospital commitment will not waver
    A Waukegan letter to the editor: As the President and Chief Executive Officer of Vista Health System, I would like to respond to recent comments circulated in the local press regarding our commitment to invest in our hospital facilities in Waukegan.


    Stop the hype over gun safety
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: If the right could only curb their unprecedented hatred for this president, maybe we could finally start to do something about the carnage that takes place in this country each day at the end of a gun barrel.


    Our president spends too much
    A Palatine letter to the editor: President Obama's policies are like the parents who have maxed out their credit cards and then apply for credit cards in their children's names.


    There are ways to cut Medicare costs
    A Rolling Meadows letter to the editor: Obamacare makes certain strides toward cutting costs through electronic medical records. Drug costs in Medicare Part D could be cut through negotiation with drug companies.


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