Daily Archive : Saturday February 2, 2013


    Carolyn Fujara, 18, left, of Mount Prospect was awarded the Rising Star Award by Mayor Irvana Wilks at the village’s 20th annual Celestial Celebration on Friday.

    Mt. Prospect Celestial Celebration changes draw crowd

    Mount Prospect added new twists to an old favorite and has a hit on its hands once again. The Mount Prospect Special Events Commission’s Celestial Celebration attracted 100 more people with a new night, new venue and other changes to the 20-year-old event.

    Gary Kluber

    Sex offender pleads guilty to rape in St. Charles

    A 67-year-old sex offender pleaded guilty Friday to sexually assaulting a developentally disabled woman in St. Charles in June 2012. Gary Kluber, also of St. Charles, faces up to 15 years in prison when sentenced in April. Kluber was staying with a relative when he attacked his relative's girlfriend. Kluber was sentenced to periodic imprisonment and probation after sexually abusing a young girl...

    Buffalo Grove High School's large coed team celebrate after winning first place in the IHSA Competitive Cheerleading finals on Saturday at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington.

    Buffalo Grove takes state cheer title

    Buffalo Grove, Barrington, and Grant High School in Fox Lake, were the big winners at the Competitive Cheerleading finals on Saturday in Bloomington. “They just won the Super Bowl,” Buffalo Grove head coach Jeff Siegel said. “We're that excited."

    Bulriders meet before the Professional Championship Bullrider’s World Tour Finale V at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates on Saturday, February 2, 2013.

    Images: Professional Championship Bull Riders
    The Professional Championship Bullriders tour stopped at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates for it's World Tour Finale VII Saturday, February 2, 2013.


    Doctor links to medical industry to be disclosed

    The rules for the program have been delayed more than a year, drawing criticism from congressional proponents of disclosure. Once the government begins reporting the payments, patients will for the first time be able to view doctors’ financial links to drugmakers.


    Promises of change on heels of mistaken release of inmate

    Two days after a stunning series of errors allowed a convicted murderer to walk out of a Chicago jail where he did not need to be in the first place, police recaptured the man at a northern Illinois home where he was found watching TV. The prisoner’s mistaken release focused attention on an antiquated corner of the criminal justice system that still relies extensively on paper documents instead...

    A three-dimensional image of a CT scan from a 4,000-year-old Egyptian mummy called Tjeby, from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, is shown Friday at the HCA Virginia Imaging center in Richmond, Va.

    Museum unwrapping mummy’s story with CT scan

    The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond partnered this week with a medical imaging center to complete a CT scan on Tjeby, its 4,000-year-old mummy, in hopes of piecing together more information about the mummy itself and better understanding the early history of the mummification process.

    President Barack Obama shoots clay targets on the range at Camp David, Md.

    White House photo shows Obama skeet shooting

    The National Rifle Association, which has rejected Obama’s gun proposals, scoffed at the photo. “One picture does not erase a lifetime of supporting every gun ban and every gun-control scheme imaginable,” said Andrew Arulanandam, the organization’s spokesman.

    French President Francois Hollande visits Timbuktu, Mali, on Saturday.

    French president visits Mali to cheers of support

    “Alongside the Malians and the Africans, we have liberated this town. Today Timbuktu. Tomorrow Kidal. And others are still to come,” French President Francois Hollande told the French troops who stood at attention on the tarmac of the city’s airport. They secured the airfield on Monday, after special forces parachuted onto the dunes just north of the city. They were joined by 600 infantrymen, who...

    A police forensics team searches for missing New York City woman Sarai Sierra near the remnants of some ancient city walls in low-income district of Sarayburnu in Istanbul, Turkey, late Saturday. Turkey’s state-run news agency said that she has been found dead in Istanbul.

    Report: Missing NY woman found dead in Turkey

    Sarai Sierra, a 33-year-old mother of two, was last heard from on Jan. 21, the day she was to fly home. Her disappearance attracted a lot of interest in Turkey, where the disappearance of tourists is rare, and Istanbul police had set up a special unit to find her.

    Pakistan’s army troops gather at the site Saturday following a militant attack on an army post in Serai Naurang town, near Lakki Marwat, Pakistan.

    23 killed in Taliban attack on Pakistan army post

    Taliban militants wearing suicide vests fired automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenades at an army post in northwestern Pakistan in a pre-dawn raid Saturday, killing 23 people, including 10 civilians, officials said. Twelve attackers also were killed in the assault.

    People shelter from the rain under umbrellas Saturday as they march against corruption of Spanish politicians, in Pamplona northern Spain.

    Clashes erupt in Spain over corruption probes

    Riot police clashed with protesters in Madrid late Saturday and impromptu demonstrations broke out in several other Spanish cities following the prime minister’s televised denial that he had accepted under-the-table payments.

    Congressman Mark Kirk addresses a Veterans Day gathering in Arlington Heights during healthier times back in 2004.

    Kirk: My long walk back to the Senate

    I’m different from what I was. My left leg and left arm might never work like they once did, but my mind is sharp. I’m capable of doing the work entrusted to me by the people of Illinois, but I am forever changed.

    Associated Press/Dec. 11, 2012 Jack Riley, head of the Drug Enforcement Administration in Chicago, shows off a first-of-its-kind drug enforcement headquarters that has opened in Chicago where 70 federal agents, local police and prosecutors work side-by-side, all year round to fight drug trafficking.

    New drug task force bids to end agency rivalry

    The recent, fanfare-free opening of the Chicago Strike Force building comes as Mexican cartels now supply over 90 percent of the narcotics in Chicago, and as street gangs vying for turf to sell those drugs kill each other and bystanders caught in the crossfire.

    South Elgin High School participates in the IHSA Competitive Cheerleading finals on Saturday, Feb. 2 at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington.

    Images: Competitive Cheerleading finals
    Teams participated in the Competitive Cheerleading finals on Saturday, Feb. 2 at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington.


    Schaumburg woman killed, husband hospitalized in car accident

    A Schaumburg woman is dead and her husband hospitalized following a series of accidents on an Indiana highway.


    Mayor chooses candidate to fill Rolling Meadows council slot

    Real estate agent Laura Majikes is set to become the new Third Ward alderman in Rolling Meadows if the city council concurs with the mayor's pick. “We need somebody who can get up to speed as quickly as possible,” Rooney said Saturday.

    Alabama state trooper Kevin Cook, center, speaks to media Saturday, in Midland City, Ala.

    As Alabama standoff drags on, town grieves bus driver

    Authorities said Jim Lee Dykes boarded a stopped school bus filled with 21 children Tuesday afternoon and demanded two boys between 6 and 8 years old. When Charles Poland tried to block his way, the gunman shot him several times and took one 5-year-old boy — who police say remains in an underground bunker with Dykes.

    U.S. Ambassador to Turkey, Francis J. Ricciardone, third left, and his wife Marie arrive Saturday to attend the funeral ceremony for Mustafa Akarsu, an embassy security guard killed when a suicide bomber struck the American Embassy in Turkish capital on Friday.

    Turkey: Embassy bomber had terror conviction

    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday that police believe the bomber was connected his nation’s outlawed leftist militant group Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party-Front, or DHKP-C. And on Saturday DHKP-C claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement posted on a website linked to the group. It said Sanli carried out the act of “self-sacrifice” on behalf of the group.

    Volunteer Alexis Romero, 16, of Lake in the Hills, helps Durryiah McFadden, 4, of Elgin, make a bead bracelet on Saturday at the eighth annual Black History Family Festival at Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin Saturday.

    Elgin library celebrates African-American history

    Five students from Elgin Area School District U-46 were honored Saturday for their academic achievement and community involvement at the eighth annual Black History Family Festival held at Gail Borden Public Library. “It’s wonderful to put into the spotlight the positives of the school district and the African-American students, because they rarely are highlighted in a positive light,” said...

    Democratic Mayoral runoff candidates Mario Cuomo, left, and Edward Koch talk to reporters in New York during the taping of their debate for NBC-TV’s “Positively Black” show.

    Notable deaths last week

    A roundup and capulization of obituaries of note appearing on the news wires over the past week.


    No progress in Barrington Unit District 220 contract talks

    A negotiation meeting Friday resulted in no progress on a new contract between Barrington Unit District 220 and its teachers. Teachers could strike Feb. 21 if no deal is reached before then.

    Woodstock Mayor Brian Sager listens to what Woodstock Willie has to say as his handler Mark Szaran of Chicago holds him to the microphone on Groundhog Day in Woodstock Square Saturday. Willie did not see his shadow, meaning we’re in for an early spring.

    Woodstock, Punxsutawney groundhogs agree on an early spring for us

    Punxsutawney Phil and Woodstock Willie, the two national prognosticators of what lies ahead for us, were in complete agreement Saturday ... we’re in for an early spring this year. Woodstock also is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the movie "Groundhog Day" starring Bill Murray, which was filmed there.

    People walk past the monument to Motherland Saturday during ceremonies marking the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Stalingrad in the southern Russian city of Volgograd, once known as Stalingrad.

    Russia marks 70th anniversary of the Battle of Stalingrad

    At least 1.2 million people are estimated to have died before the fighting ended on Feb. 2, 1943. The Red Army’s defeat of the Nazis after house-to-house battling was a decisive turn in World War II.

    Groundhog Club co-handler Ron Ploucha holds the weather predicting groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, after the club said Phil did not see his shadow and there will be an early spring, on Groundhog Day, today, Feb. 2, 2013, in Punxsutawney, Pa.

    Pa.'s Punxsutawney Phil predicts early spring

    An end to winter's bitter cold will come soon, according to Pennsylvania's famous groundhog. Following a recent stretch of weather that's included temperatures well below freezing as well as record warmth, tornadoes in the South and Midwest and torrential rains in the mid-Atlantic, Punxsutawney Phil emerged from his lair Saturday in front of thousands but didn't see his shadow.

    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.

    New rules aim to get rid of junk foods in schools

    Most candy, high-calorie drinks and greasy meals could soon be on a food blacklist in the nation's schools. For the first time, the government is proposing broad new standards to make sure all foods sold in schools are more healthful.

    In the latest online attack, Twitter says hackers may have gained access to information on 250,000 of its more than 200 million active users on Feb. 1.

    Twitter says hackers compromise 250K accounts

    The social media giant Twitter acknowledged that it has become the latest victim in a number of cyber-attacks against media companies, saying hackers may have gained access to information on 250,000 of its more than 200 million active users.


    Ill. State Police tough on traffic for Super Bowl

    Illinois State Police say they will emphasize the "Fatal 4" traffic violations during the Super Bowl weekend.


    Rev. Jackson to lead march remembering gun victims

    The Rev. Jesse Jackson is leading a march to remember victims of gun violence, including a 15-year-old whose death has become another rallying cry for tougher gun control.


    Illinoisans asked to take part in earthquake drill

    Authorities in Illinois and eight other states are trying to make this year's Great Central U.S. ShakeOut the largest earthquake drill ever held in the Midwest.


    Illinois judge suspended for viewing porn sites

    CHICAGO — A northern Illinois judge who regularly viewed pornographic websites on his courthouse computer has been suspended for 60 days without pay.The Illinois Courts Commission ruled Friday that Will County Judge Joseph Polito must serve the suspension for what it called "highly inappropriate behavior."

    Groundhog Day, which falls every year on Feb. 2, will be celebrated this weekend in a few locations in the Chicago area, with the biggest event taking place in Woodstock. Here are the highlights

    Get up early to see the groundhog

    Groundhog Day, which falls every year on Feb. 2, will be celebrated this weekend in a few locations in the Chicago area, with the biggest event taking place in Woodstock. Woodstock kicked off its celebration with the traditional Groundhog Prognostication at 7 a.m. in the historic Woodstock Square.

    Lisa Siefert's 2-year-old son, Shane, died in 2011 when he attempted to climb a dresser in his bedroom and it fell on him. Since then, Siefert, of Barrington Hills, has been trying to inform parents about how to prevent similar accidents.

    Barrington Hills mom's mission receives a boost

    Lisa Siefert of Barrington Hills has been trying to inform parents about how to prevent furniture tip-over accidents from happening since March 2011, when her son died after a dresser fell on him. And though her cause got two major assists this week from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Illinois Attorney General, she says the effort is just a start.

    Marce Van Glabek

    Realtor Van Glabek wins St. Charles’ highest honor

    When the bulk of the homepage on your website is a chronological listing of activities and local involvement that goes back 50 years, you can lay claim to being a truly active member of your community. Marce Van Glabek’s website has that quality — and Friday night, she added the achievement of being the 2012 Charlemagne Award winner in St. Charles.

    What appear to be Mississippi grass shrimp were collected in the Des Plaines River in 2008 but not officially documented.

    Tiny shrimp a big find in Lake County

    Ecologists this past summer found a species of shrimp in the Des Plaines River in southern Lake County that is rare in the area. The inch-long Mississippi grass shrimp had only been documented in two other Illinois locations: Otter Creek and the Kankakee River.The presence of the crustacean is indicative of an improving water system, officials said.

    Arlington Heights Public Works Crew Chief Chuck Benson prepares to load salt into a salt truck at the Ridge Avenue facility.

    No snow is big savings for suburbs

    Say what you want about the winter of 2012-13, but your town is saving a pile of money. With no major snowstorms, overtime for public works personnel has been nearly nonexistent and salt usage is way down. Naperville, Arlington Heights, Palatine, Vernon Hills -- all are saving. “They prepare for the worst and hope for the best,” Mark Fowler said about suburbs.

    Jason Lind

    Millburn seeks 1-year tax help, other measures on Lake County ballots

    Millburn Elementary District 24 voters will decide a referendum question asking for permission to allow a larger-than-usual property tax increase just for next year. District 24's measure is one of 13 referendum questions that'll be on Lake County ballots April 9. A majority of the questions pertain to whether local governments should be allowed to seek cheaper electricity for residents and small...


    Trooper sued over fatal I-88 crash near Naperville

    The wife of an Aurora man killed in a motorcycle accident involving a state trooper has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit blaming the officer. The suit accuses Illinois State Police Master Sgt. David Schneider of causing the Aug. 26, 2011, crash on I-88 that killed 29-year-old Nicholas Linton, who died when he was “clipped from behind” by Schneider’s unmarked cruiser, the lawsuit...


    Kane forest preserve might seek more cash, in 2016

    The Kane County Forest Preserve District hasn't quite spent all the money from its last successful property acquisition referendum, but officials said they are eyeing 2016 or 2017 for another ballot question. By then the $30 million from the last referendum will be gone and the tax levy would drop unless voters approve more taxes for additional open space purchases.


    Taj Gibson goes up for a shot as Atlanta power forward Ivan Johnson defends on Saturday. Gibson scored 19 points and pulled down 19 rebounds in the Bulls’ victory.

    Deng, Gibson, Butler get heavy minutes in win

    The Bulls made a mockery of Tom Thibodeau's "more than enough to win with" mantra"on Saturday. Once again playing without Joakim Noah, Carlos Boozer and Kirk Hinrich – and this time on the second leg of back-to-back games — the Bulls not only had enough to win, they dominated the Hawks 93-76 at Philips Arena.

    The San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens will kick off Super Bowl XLVII at 5:30 p.m. Sunday in New Orleans. Bob LeGere offers five keys to the game.

    Five keys to who wins Super Bowl XLVII

    Point spreads and divine intervention won't affect the outcome of Super Bowl XLVII, but there are several other factors that could play an important role when the Ravens and 49ers meet at the Louisiana Superdome. Niners quarterback Colin Kaepernick has a major-league fastball and shocking accuracy. Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco throws arguably the best deep ball in the NFL. But neither team will win without getting it done on the ground.San Francisco's offensive line is widely considered the top run-blocking unit in the NFL, and the 49ers averaged 37 more rushing yards (155.7) per game in the regular season than the Ravens. In the postseason, the Niners have been even better, rushing for 472 yards in two games. Kaepernick ran for a record-setting 181 vs. the Green Bay Packers, and the late-season emergence of rookie LaMichael James gives San Francisco two dangerous options behind bell cow Frank Gore.


    Rolling Meadows suffers tough OT loss at Quincy ND

    With nearly 2,000 spectators in the stands and going up against one of the state girls basketball powerhouses, Rolling Meadows coach Ryan Kirkosky said his Mustangs got everything they could have asked for on Saturday night. “Except a win,” he added.But it took the undefeated Raiders (22-0), ranked No. 3 in Class 3A, overtime before posting an 87-82 victory the Mustangs, ranked No. 3 in Class 4A.


    Buffalo Grove downs Niles West

    Buffalo Grove’s Luke Potnick made 7-of-8 free throws in overtime to lift the Bison boys basketball team to an 81-77 victory over visiting Niles West on Saturday.That was only a portion of the work done by Potnick.The senior scored 36 points (15-of-17 free throws) in the game, including his 1,000th career point which came in the second quarter.


    Geneva wins UEC River title

    Despite being outsized, St. Charles North came into Geneva aiming to play big against the Vikings, who were looking to clinch the Upstate Eight Conference River Division title. And for 24 of 32 minutes, they hung with the Vikings in a very physical game. But in the third quarter, Geneva outscored the North Stars 19-9 and that proved to be the difference in Geneva’s 62-55 win. With the victory, combined with Batavia’s 65-40 win over Streamwood, the Vikings (16-10, 10-2) clinched the UEC title outright.


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


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


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


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


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


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


    Antioch powers to Class 2A title at Lakes

    Kenneth Strohman and Julio Ramirez captured individual championships at 152 and 195 pounds, respectively, as Antioch won the Class 2A Lakes regional Saturday.The Sequoits’ 163 points were comfortably ahead of runner-up Vernon Hills (149.5) and third-place Carmel Catholic (145.5).Antioch’s other sectional qualifiers were Briley Schultz (second, 106 pounds), Nathan Dlugopolski (third, 113), Grant Smith (third, 120), Chris Ruth (second, 126), Mike Gussarson (second, 132), Johnny Denikas (second, 138), Tyler Stephens (fourth, 145) and Kyle Nichols (second, 285).Runner-up Vernon Hills got through first-place finishers Jordan Reich (106), Brae Cruz (126) and David Pierce (145), and Peter Vanderbloomer (second, 113), Filipe Vazquez (fourth 132), Ben Turley (fourth, 152), Jacob Hallendorff (fourth, 170), Zach Eckstrom (second, 182), Roger Ramirez (second, 195) and Joe Blitstein (third, 285). Third-place Carmel boasted champions Kenny Barber (113), Jake Morgan (120) and Jake Cochrane (285), who improved to 37-1. Other Corsairs who advanced were Brodie Palm (third, 106), Jake Drennan (fourth, 126), Nathaniel Morris (third, 138), Jimmy Dandino (third, 160) and Mike Falger (third, 170).Lakes (fourth, 131) was led by runners-up Kavan Mulloy (145), David Gregory (160) and Jared Smith (170). Other Eagles extending their seasons were Dakota Larson (third, 152), Sam Callahan (third, 126), Levi Smith (third, 132), Cody Stanley (fourth, 113), Tyler Fuller (fourth, 182) and Austin Summers (third, 195).Wauconda (fifth, 119) had four champs in Devin Tortorice (132), Alex Schwickrath (170), Josh Conour (182) and Nate Magiera (220), whose pin in 50 seconds in the finals hiked his record to 31-0.Other wrestlers who won championships included Grayslake Central’s Jonathan Makey (138) and North Chicago’s Gerard Wade (160).


    Sophomore leads the Way in Stevenson win

    Sophomore Sophia Way scored a career-high 23 points, going 10 of 11 from the foul line, and Stevenson’s girls basketball team pulled away from host Mundelein in the fourth quarter to capture a 64-49 win in the teams’ North Suburban Conference Lake Division finale Saturday night.Stevenson (17-8, 10-2) also received 15 points from Alex Elzinga, 12 from Taylor Buford and 10 from Kari Moffat. Freshman guard Jessica Burke received her first varsity start in place of Paige Freudenberg (illness), scored 2 points and played all 32 minutes.“She did a lot of good things for us,” said coach Tom Dineen, whose Patriots won for the eighth time in their last nine games.Maggie Mahar scored 20 of her team-high 22 points in the first half for Mundelein (8-17, 4-8). The sophomore sank four 3-pointers.“We presented a challenge to our kids at halftime,” said Dineen, whose squad led only 31-27 at the break and 44-39 after three quarters.Natalie Busscher added 10 points for the Mustangs.Grayslake North 66, Crystal Lake Central 40: On Senior Day,Emily Dugan continued her hot shooting, as the host Knights won again in Fox Valley Conference Fox play to clinch a share of the division championship.Dugan scored a game-high 16 points, sinking four 3-pointers. The sophomore guard has made 11 3s in her last two games.Grayslake North (24-2, 11-0) also received 14 points from Brittney Thibeaux, 13 from Joanna Guhl and 9 from Kendall Detweiler (three 3-pointers).Before the game, the Knights honored seniors Guhl, Jordyn Bowen, Shyanne Ludwick and Emily Stinner, who hit a pair of 3-pointers.Grayslake North visits Grayslake Central on Tuesday night. A win will give the Knights the outright FVC Fox title.Carmel 57, Nazareth 55: Kathleen Felicelli led three players in double figures with 16 points, as the visiting Corsairs won the East Suburban Catholic Conference game.Carmel (19-8, 4-3) won for the eighth time in nine games. Kayla Quinn and Claire Ogrinc added 13 and 12 points, respectively, for the Corsairs. Cassidy Kloss chipped in 8 points.Libertyville 40, Warren 26: Olivia Mayer scored 16 points and dished out 4 assists, as the visiting Wildcats captured the North Suburban Lake Division finale.Dana Kym added 10 points and 7 rebounds for Libertyville (13-13, 7-5), which won its fourth in a row to reach the .500 mark for the first time this season. Haley Hoeksel added 8 points.Warren (14-12, 7-5) received 7 points and 6 rebounds from Alyssa Phillips and 7 points and 5 rebounds from Cassie Christie.

    Retired Batavia boys basketball coach Jim Roberts and his wife Sylvia are honored during the 20th anniversary Night of Hoops at the school Saturday night.

    DeLaSalle prevails on special night for Batavia, Roberts

    Night of Hoops has a new name — an incredibly fitting, appropriate and well-deserved one at that — but the same daunting assignment that the home team has faced for the past 20 years. From Simeon to King to Proviso East to any of the state’s premier programs you can name, Batavia is going to take its shot at the best. DeLaSalle presented the matchup problem in the 2013 version, the Islanders’ tremendous mix of quickness, height and shooting proving too much for Batavia in their 59-47 loss at the 20th annual Jim and Sylvia Roberts Night of Hoops.


    King’s versatility helps Wauconda net victory

    Devon King doesn’t bring a high-and-mighty attitude to the Wauconda boys basketball team. “I’ll play anything they need me to play,” the 6-foot-2 senior said after Saturday’s nonconference game at McHenry. Wauconda coach Scott Luetschwager knows how much he needs to have King playing. It showed in a 57-47 victory as King scored 13 points on 5-for-6 shooting from the field and had 9 rebounds and 3 assists to help his team improve to 12-11 with just its second win in six games.


    Vernon Hills’ Tran takes next step

    Alli Tran had unfinished business to care of at Lake Forest on Saturday . Vernon Hills’ star gymnast had never won a regional championship. She changed that by posting a winning 37.15 in the all-around.


    Maine West nips Elk Grove

    Maine West knew the game was not over.The Warriors believed they could will their way back from a slow start.But thinking those thoughts, and performing them are often two different challenges.In Maine West’s home boys basketball contest with Elk Grove on Saturday night, what the Warriors believed wound up coming true.The final score read 47-46 in favor of Maine West, but the story of the game goes well beyond that.At one point in the first quarter, Elk Grove led 22-5.


    Payne, St. Charles North get their revenge

    Quinten Payne saw the broom held high amid the St. Charles East student section. He was not amused.

    Meghan Waldron

    WW South’s Waldron picks DePaul

    When DePaul called, Meghan Waldron just couldn’t say no.


    Geneva handles Quincy

    Maybe it was inspiration from honoring the 1963 Geneva High School basketball team that reached the state quarterfinals. Maybe it was inspiration from knowing they had to recover quickly from laying an egg the night before in losing to lowly Streamwood in an Upstate Eight River clash. Maybe it was inspiration in knowing it would be a nice badge of honor to say you beat one of the state’s most storied basketball programs. Whatever the reason, Geneva (16-6) locked down visiting Quincy defensively and made nearly every shot it took from the field and a boatload of free throws Saturday night to notch a 69-55 non-conference victory.


    Montini at its best against Fenwick

    It is becoming apparent that Montini brings its best against the best. Poor Fenwick.


    Girls basketball/Fox Valley roundup

    CL South 51, Dundee-Crown 38: Kianna Clark had 15 points and 11 rebounds and Rachel Rasmussen had 14 points to lead the Gators (20-6, 8-3) to a Fox Valley Conference Valley Division win. Jess Laboy led D-C (2-22, 0-11) with 11 points and Emily Michalski added 8.Prairie Ridge 45, Jacobs 32: Lauren Van Vlierbergen and Victoria Tamburrino each had 8 points for Jacobs (2-20, 2-9) in the FVC Valley.St. Charles East 53, Elgin 32: Kristin Tayag had 11 points for Elgin (8-18, 1-11) in the Upstate Eight River. The Maroons will play at Waubonsie Valley Thursday in a UEC crossover game.


    Boys basketball/Fox Valley roundup

    St. Edward 70, Chicago Christian 62: Adrian Ponce scored 22 points and Antonio Domel added 15 as the Green Wave (18-5, 7-2) won on the road in the Suburban Christian Gold. Devontae Elam added 12 points and John Butzow 10 for St. Edward.Burlington Central 66, Genoa-Kingston 63: Brett Rau had 15 points and Bryce Warner added 14 to lead the Rockets (8-13, 6-1) to an overtime win in the Big Northern East. BC outscored G-K 14-8 in the fourth quarter. Moter Deng added 11 points for BC and Duncan Ozburn had 9.Westminster Christian 69, St. Francis deSales 56: Will Woodhouse’s 20 points led Westminster (14-10) to its seventh straight win in this nonconference game. Sam Carani, Robert Kleczynski and Colin Brandon had 11 points each for the Warriors.


    Rivermen continue to have Wolves’ number

    The Chicago Wolves rallied from a 3-0 deficit, but surrendered a power-play goal with 60 seconds left and an empty-net tally as they dropped a 5-3 Illinois Lottery Cup decision to the Peoria Rivermen on Saturday night at the Allstate Arena.

    Indiana’s Christian Watford (2) drives the ball up court against Michigan’s Glenn Robinson III (1) Saturday in Bloomington, Ind. Indiana defeated Michigan 81-73.

    No. 3 Indiana beats No. 1 Michigan 81-73

    Indiana beat the nation’s No. 1 team Saturday night and is now in position to reclaim the top spot. Cody Zeller scored 19 points and Victor Oladipo had 15, leading the No. 3 Hoosiers to an 81-73 victory over top-ranked Michigan. It’s the third time in school history that the Hoosiers (19-2, 8-1 Big Ten) have beaten the No. 1 team at home, and the first time they’ve done it in back-to-back seasons.

    Benet Academy’s Pat McInerney drives to the basket against West Aurora during the 20th anniversary Night of Hoops at Batavia High School Saturday night.

    No. 1 Benet blows by No. 2 West Aurora

    Pitting the area’s No. 1 and No. 2 ranked teams, the second game Saturday at Batavia’s 20th annual Jim and Sylvia Roberts Night of Hoops looked like a can’t-miss pick for one of the games of the year. Turns out it was just Benet who couldn’t miss. The Redwings blistered the nets in the first half, hitting 68 percent of their shots from the field including 4 of 5 from beyond the arc. That sizzling start enabled No. 1 Benet to build a 19-point halftime lead over No. 2 West Aurora. The Redwings cooled a bit in the second half, though never enough to allow the Blackhawks to get within single digits on their way to an impressive 62-50 victory.


    Barrington edges Willowbrook

    Less than 24 hours after notching a Mid Suburban League win, Barrington’s boys basketball team hit the road for a nonconference game against an unfamiliar opponent in Willowbrook. Every foot of Saturday’s 30-mile trip to Villa Park hinted of a letdown for the Broncos, but they weren’t about to let the chance of a weekend sweep slip away. Barrington held off a fierce effort from Willowbrook, creating a pleasant bus ride home with a 61-59 victory over the Warriors.


    Waubonsie’s strong showing can’t thwart St. Charles North

    Even if Waubonsie Valley’s thrilling win in the 400-yard freestyle relay wasn’t enough to overtake St. Charles North for the Upstate Eight team title, the Warriors did manage to cap off the conference meet in style and send themselves off to sectionals with a big boost of confidence.


    Naperville Central rallies to beat Naperville North

    Nothing seems to come easy these days for Naperville Central.

    Metea Valley’s Kenan Carter hangs on for a 6-3 win over Naperville North’s Joe Knurek in the 126-pound class of the Class 3A Naperville Central Wrestling Regional.

    Marmion enjoys the step up in class

    Few wrestling programs in the state can match the Marmion achievement of nine state champions in a three-year period.

    Kevin Kielma of Naperville North High School, swims the 200 yard IM, during the DVC Swimming Conference Championship held at Naperville North High School.

    Wheaton co-op assist helps Naperville North win DVC

    Sam Hiller of Naperville North just had to stop by the Wheaton co-op 400 freestyle relay team members and thank them for the assist they gave the Huskies in winning Saturday’s DuPage Valley Conference boys swimming and diving title.

    George LeClaire/gleclaire@dailyherald.com Cary-Grove's Michael Cullen, right, wins his 113-pound championship match against Highland Park's Nate Kessler at the Class 3A individual wrestling regional at Lake Zurich on Saturday, February 2, 2013.

    Barrington saves best — Calamari — for last

    For the second consecutive weekend, Barrington found a novel way to win. The latest came Saturday, when the Broncos saved their best performance for last — in the person of Ben Calamari. After their sensational final round at last Saturday’s Mid-Suburban League tournament that broke open a tight race en route to a third straight title, the Broncos rode a dramatic victory from Calamari in the final bout of a marathan Class 3A Lake Zurich regional to edge Deerfield by 1.5 points and capture a spot in the dual-team sectional later this month against Grant.


    Confident Conant in just the right ‘state’ of mind

    Conant coach Jennifer Mikrut knew it was going to be a good day for the Cougars after only two games were in the books at Saturday’s Fremd girls bowling sectional.“We were in first place at that time,” said Mikrut, “and it really gave the girls a lot of confidence. It was an outstanding kickoff to the day and they were excited. At that point, I think they knew what they could do.”What the Cougars did was erase the memory of last year’s sectional tournament – when Conant missed out on a state berth by just eight pins – to win Saturday at Arlington Lanes and move on to next weekend’s state tourney at Cherry Bowl Lanes in Rockford.Conant’s total six-game score of 5838 bested second-place Prospect by just 73 pins, but the Knights weren’t disappointed as they also qualified for a trip to Cherry Bowl with their runner-up placement.


    Piko propels Hoffman Estates past Maine East

    Joe Piko and Hoffman Estates played near-perfect basketball for the final 5:50 of the third quarter allowing the Hawks to cruise past Maine East 58-43 in a nonconference boys basketball game Saturday in Hoffman Estates.The Hawks led 19-18 at the half. Maine East opened the third quarter with a 7-2 run to lead 25-21.


    Jacobs’ Ryan claims 106 title at Huntley

    At roughly the same time last year, Jacobs wrestler Austin Ryan was told by the IHSA he could no longer wrestle in the sectional semifinals after suffering a concussion, which prevented the then-sophomore a run to state. With his health no longer an issue, the IHSA can’t stop Ryan this time. The Golden Eagles’ junior walked away with the 106-pound regional title over Harlem’s Adam Zacharuk 5-1 in the Class 3A Huntley regional Saturday afternoon.


    Cleveland State defeats Illinois-Chicago 77-66

    Marlin Mason scored a career-high 22 points and Junior Lomomba added 13 to lead Cleveland State to a 77-66 win against Illinois-Chicago on Saturday night.


    Hawks GM Bowman says Saad will stick all season

    Even before Brandon Saad played what has to be considered his best game with the Blackhawks on Friday at Vancouver, general manager Stan Bowman delivered the rookie left winger some good news.Bowman said as far as he was concerned, Saad deserved the chance to stick around all season.“At this point, I certainly do,” Bowman said. “We can’t measure Brandon on his points because he has played really well this year. He just thinks the game right with (Marian) Hossa and (Jonathan) Toews. A lot of guys go on that line and they just can’t seem to get in the right spots.”Hossa thinks Saad is the real deal.“I was talking to Hossa the other day and he said, ‘He’s always there. He’s always where I think he’s going to be,’” Bowman said. “He’s a great guy to play with because he does all the hard work. People underestimate him. He’s like 210 pounds and a strong guy on his skates.“I just think the way he has put up points in the past, he’s going to score. He can do a lot of other things too. We haven’t even used him on the penalty killing, but he was one of the better penalty killers at Rockford. At this point he has played so well, I think he’s showing he’s an NHL player.”Saad played 14:55 at Vancouver and had 4 shots on goal. He was all over the ice and drew a tripping penalty early in the third period.“I thought he had a special game,” coach Joel Quenneville said. “He was a monster around the puck. He hounded it back and down and protected it extremely well. He was a threat off the rush. I really enjoyed his game and watching it.”Shootout problem:Joel Quenneville’s choice of defenseman Nick Leddy to go fourth in Friday’s shootout loss at Vancouver raised a lot of eyebrows, especially with Marian Hossa available.Leddy, needing to score to extend the game, missed the net on his first-ever try and the Hawks lost 2-1. Quenneville kept his first three choices the same as in Minnesota, but Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Patrick Sharp all failed to score.Quenneville admitted the search for the third shooter to go after Toews and Kane has been a two-year problem.“I think we’ve been looking for some guys to break through in that area,” Quenneville said. “I think over the last couple of years it has been kind of a sore spot. I think (Leddy) deserved a chance and had a chance.”Hossa was 51st among active players with 14-for-44 success rate in shootouts (31.8 percent). Sharp was 91st with an 8-for-41 success rate (19.5 percent).Oh, brother:How is this for crazy?Henrik Sedin, one of the greatest offensive players of his era, has taken only three shots in shootouts for his career, missing all three.Daniel Sedin has only tried it 23 times, scoring 4 goals for a 17.4 percent success rate.Needless to say, neither Sedin was used by coach Alain Vigneault is Friday’s shootout.

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    Cary-Grove tops Huntley for 4th straight FVC Valley title

    Cary-Grove needed a quick pick-me-up since it was down 9 points to visiting Huntley and only 5:36 remained in regulation of Saturday afternoon’s Fox Valley Conference Valley Division girls basketball title showdown at Elroy Fitzgerald Gymnasium. Cary-Grove coach Rod Saffert used a timeout to get his players, who were trying to claim a fourth straight conference championship, to visualize the positive potential of a situation which could have easily fostered overwhelming negativity. “The most important thing was staying positive and not getting down about them scoring and being down nine,” said Trojans’ senior Joslyn Nicholson. “Coach told us to imagine how cool it was going to be after we pull this one out in five minutes.” OK, so Saffert was quite on the mark in terms of time. But the Trojans (19-6, 10-1) managed to force overtime and went on to clinch at least a share of their 12th conference crown with a 50-44 victory over the Red Raiders (21-5, 10-2).

    The short-handed Bulls used their stifling defense to shut down the Atlanta Hawks in a 93-76 victory on Saturday night. Jimmy Butler added another double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds.

    Shorthanded Bulls roll over Hawks

    Luol Deng had 25 points and 14 rebounds, and the short-handed Bulls used their stifling defense to shut down the Atlanta Hawks in a 93-76 victory on Saturday night. The Bulls dominated near the basket. Taj Gibson had 19 points and matched his career high with 18 rebounds. Jimmy Butler added another double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds.


    Grant flexes muscles, topples archrival Libertyville

    What a difference a week made for the Grant wrestling team. The host Bulldogs came through big-time Saturday in their own Class 3A regional, as they overcame a 23-point deficit against archrival Libertyville to take a 168-162 lead over the Wildcats heading into the final round of the nine-team meet. And while Grant had only six wrestlers battling for first-place medals to nine for Libertyville, the Bulldogs still managed to win the regional championship going away by a 197-176 margin.

    At left: Prospect sophomore Adrian Wroblewski, top, defeats Glenbrook South’s Sanja Erdenebaater in the Class 3A 152-pound regional final at Fremd on Saturday. Above: Wheeling freshman Munkhtulga Zuunbayan, right, controls New Trier’s Luke Lida en route to an 8-3 regional title at 138 pounds. regional final at Fremd Saturday.

    Area standouts punch tickets to sectional meets

    New Trier captured the Fremd Class 3A regional championship on Saturday with 202 points five of the next six spots were held by Mid-Suburban League teams.Prospect (183) took second place followed by Hersey (120.5), Wheeling (114), Glenbrook South (97.50) and Fremd (70) and Rolling Meadows (68).


    Metea Valley pulls away from Bartlett

    Fresh off a 51-50 win at Hinsdale Central on Friday night, the Metea Valley girls basketball team followed up by defeating host Bartlett 51-43 on Saturday to finish both team’s Upstate Eight Conference Valley Division schedules. Heading into the fourth quarter trailing 31-30, the Mustangs (21-5, 10-2) came through down the stretch outscoring the Hawks (14-12, 7-5) 21-12 in the final period.

    Bartlett’s Sal Annoreno wrestles Wheaton North’s Sean Murray during the 138-pound IHSA regional wrestling match for first place at Glenbard North Saturday. Annoreno, a defending state champion, won the match.

    Glenbard North snares 13th straight regional title

    Toughness matters in wrestling, which partly explains why host Glenbard North secured its 13th straight regional title Saturday and advanced 10 individuals to next week’s Class 3A sectional. Seven Panthers competed in championship matches Saturday afternoon. Six wrestled their way to individual titles, thereby lifting Glenbard North (222 points) to the team title ahead of Wheaton North (183.5) and St. Charles East (174.5). “I thought we wrestled pretty tough,” Glenbard North coach Mark Hahn said. “We wanted the whole team to contribute points and we needed everybody — even if they weren’t seeded as well — to score points and everybody did. We knew it would be really close with St. Charles (East) and Wheaton North. We knew it would be a battle and I thought we stepped up.”

    Junior McKaila Hays is one of the top players this season for Westminster Christian. The Warriors, who reached a sectional final last year, are the No. 1 seed in next week’s Class 1A Harvest Christian regional.

    Westminster Christian motivated for postseason

    Talk about being motivated. If you don’t think the Westminster Christian girls basketball team isn’t geared up for the upcoming postseason, then you probably don’t think a Harbaugh is going to win the Super Bowl today. When Seton Academy’s Brittany Mitchell buried a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give her team a 45-42 win over Westminster in the 2012 sectional final at Willows Academy, the Warriors immediately started thinking about this season. And now all the pieces would appear to be in place for Westminster to make another deep run into the postseason, and the Warriors don’t mince their words — they want to play at Redbird Arena in the Class 1A Final Four on Feb. 22.


    Perfection the norm for NSC Prairie champion Vernon Hills

    Alina Lehocky, “Go Go Gadget Arms” to her Vernon Hills basketball team, might have needed her exceptional hands and arms to pen that long note on the basketball she gave to her parents. On Senior Day, Lehocky and fellow seniors Brie Bahlmann and Meri Bennett-Swanson penned essay-like thank-you notes to their moms and dads. Each girl’s canvas was a brown-and-white basketball. If the ball slipped while writing, starting over would have been time-consuming and potentially expensive, too. “We were all really careful,” Lehocky said. The Cougars expect perfection — on the basketball court, too. Vernon Hills completed a perfect run in the North Suburban Conference Prairie Division for the second year in a row Saturday. Junior forward Lauren Webb scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, and Lehocky added a season-high 13 points, 8 rebounds and 3 blocked shots, as the Cougars defeated visiting Lakes 64-39.


    Lake Zurich, Grayslake North rolling to state

    If you expected the unexpected Saturday, your expectations were certainly realized. Both the Lake Zurich and Grayslake North girls bowling teams earned spots for the first time in school history in the IHSA state tournament to be held Friday and Saturday at Cherry Bowl in Rockford. Lake Zurich rolled to its first-ever sectional title by posting 5,244 pins, and Grayslake North finished runner-up with 5,206 just ahead of Marengo (5,198) and host Warren (5,159) at the IHSA Warren sectional at Bertrand Lanes in Waukegan.


    Batavia denies Streamwood piece of title

    For all the good things his team did on offense Saturday afternoon, Batavia girls basketball coach Kevin Jensen was most pleased with the Bulldogs’ defense. As he should have been. Batavia held Streamwood to its third lowest scoring game of the season and junior Liza Fruendt sparked the separation needed in the third quarter as the Bulldogs blew Streamwood out if its own gym, 65-40, in Upstate Eight Conference River Division action.


    South Elgin’s seniors have some fun

    Senior nights are supposed to be fun. The South Elgin girls basketball team certainly enjoyed Saturday afternoon. The Storm held East Aurora to 7 first-half points, including scoreless in the second quarter, led by 30 at halftime and cruised to a 55-34 Upstate Eight Valley Division victory in South Elgin. “That was a fun game to play. We were all kind of excited,” said South Elgin senior Nell Wentling, who led the Storm with 13 points. “Getting to celebrate each other is cool and I think it brought a lot of energy and a lot of motivation.”

    Because 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick offers so many options and creates so much worry for a defense because of it, Bears Hall of Famer Dan Hampton is going with San Francisco to win the Super Bowl over the Baltimore Ravens.

    Hampton sticking by ex-Bears teammate Harbaugh

    Hall of Famer Dan Hampton has a knack for making the right call on Super Bowl Sunday, and the former Bears defensive lineman believes he’s got the winner again this year.

    San Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver will begin sensitivity training and education immediately after the Super Bowl following his anti-gay remarks this week, then likely start volunteer work with at-risk homosexual youth nationwide.

    Culliver to have sensitivity training, help youth

    San Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver will begin sensitivity training and education immediately after the Super Bowl following his anti-gay remarks this week, then likely start volunteer work with at-risk homosexual youth nationwide.


    Green Bay downs Loyola

    Alec Brown scored 25 points on 10-of-14 shooting, and Green Bay rode a late 10-0 run to 73-65 victory over Loyola on Saturday afternoon. Sultan Muhammad added 14 points for the Phoenix (12-11, 6-4 Horizon League), and Jordan Fouse had eight points and 13 rebounds. Green Bay shot 58 percent from the field, including 6 of 13 from 3-point range.

    In this Nov. 8, 1999 file photo, Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Cris Carter celebrates his 6-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Jeff George during the third quarter against the Dallas Cowboys, in Minneapolis. Carter was selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday.

    Parcells, Sapp, Carter lead Hall of Fame inductees

    Coach Bill Parcells, Warren Sapp, Cris Carter, Jonathan Ogden and Larry Allen have been elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The class of 2013 also includes a pair of senior selections, Curley Culp and Dave Robinson. The announcement was made Saturday in New Orleans, a day before the Super Bowl.


    Northern Illinois falls to Toledeo 69-64

    Julius Brown scored 20 points and Toledo used a late rally to pull ahead and hold off Northern Illinois for a 69-64 victory Saturday afternoon.

    Chicago Fire forward Dominic Oduro, right, celebrates with forward Sherjill McDonald (7) after scoring a goal during the second half of an MLS soccer game against the Chicago Fire, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, in Bridgeview, Ill. The Union won 3-1. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    Fire to trade Oduro for Duka, rights to Rogers

    Like the best trades, the deal the Chicago Fire and Columbus Crew will announce Monday works for both teams. The Fire will ship speedy forward Dominic Oduro to Ohio in exchange for 23-year-old Dilly Duka, a promising midfielder without much of a pro resume yet. But one of the hidden features of the deal, sources said, is that the Fire also acquires the MLS rights to midfielder Robbie Rogers, 25, should he decide to return from Europe.

    Notre Dame forward Jack Cooley, top, and DePaul forward Cleveland Melvin battle for a rebound during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Rosemont, Ill., on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    Notre Dame bests DePaul 79-71 in OT

    Jack Cooley scored 26 points and grabbed 16 rebounds as Notre Dame beat DePaul 79-71 in overtime on Saturday. The senior posted his 14th double-double of the season and his fifth straight game with 10 or more boards as the Fighting Irish (18-4, 6-4 Big East) won for the fourth time in five games.

    Vancouver Canucks' goalie Roberto Luongo, left, stops Chicago Blackhawks' Brandon Saad during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013.

    Keith really hears it from fans during shootout loss

    Jordan Schroeder scored in a shootout to give the Vancouver Canucks a 2-1 victory over the Blackhawks on Friday night. Schroeder, who hasn't scored a traditional goal in the regular season, fired a low, hard shot that squeaked through the pads of goalie Corey Crawford.

    Northwestern's Reggie Hearn celebrates a basket against Purdue Saturday during the second half.

    Northwestern tops Purdue in strong performance

    Reggie Hearn scored a career-high 26 points to lead Northwestern to a 75-60 victory over Purdue on Saturday. Jared Swopshire and Dave Sobolewski each added 13 points for the Wildcats (13-10, 4-6 Big Ten), who scored the game's first 12 points and snapped a four-game losing streak to the Boilermakers.

    Like always, our NFL experts agree to disagree on which team will come away with a victory in Super Bowl XLVII. Just as it must be hard to go against your brother in this epic clash, it's also difficult to go against your brethren with three colleagues favoring San Francisco, and three others picking Baltimore. We'll let you cast the tie-breaking vote for Sunday's game in New Orleans.

    Expert picks: Who wins Super Bowl XLVII

    Like always, our NFL experts agree to disagree on which team will come away with a victory in Super Bowl XLVII. Just as it must be hard to go against your brother in this epic clash, it's also difficult to go against your brethren with three colleagues favoring San Francisco, and three others picking Baltimore. We'll let you cast the tie-breaking vote for Sunday's game in New Orleans.

    San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh and Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh participate Friday in a news conference before Super Bowl XLVII.

    Almost everybody is rooting for the 49ers, Facebook data shows

    Facebook's data science team dived into the social network's data on NFL fandom and came back with some revealing findings. For one thing, pro football fans are shameless bandwagon-hoppers, especially during the playoffs. And it seems the bandwagon everyone's hopping on right now is the one that belongs to the San Francisco 49ers.


    Big time Big Ten showdown

    Students lining up in chilly temperatures long before tip-off so they can see America’s No. 1 team play at Assembly Hall. A nationally televised game that will become the focal point of the college basketball universe for one day. And the Hoosiers vying again for the Big Ten lead.On Saturday, it’s all about facing Michigan.

    Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford stops a shot against Columbus Blue Jackets' Ryan Johansen in the third period of an NHL hockey game in Columbus, Ohio, Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013. Chicago won 3-2. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)

    Schroeder’s SO goal lifts Canucks over Blackhawks

    Jordan Schroeder scored in a shootout to give the Vancouver Canucks a 2-1 victory over the Blackhawks on Friday night. Schroeder, who hasn’t scored a traditional goal in the regular season, fired a low, hard shot that squeaked through the pads of goalie Corey Crawford.


    The South Bay Power Plant collapses Saturday after imploding.

    Hundreds watch as San Diego power plant implodes

    The implosion — which had been months in the planning — turned the mighty structure into a heap of concrete and twisted steel. Kayakers and other onlookers positioned themselves as early as 4 a.m. to watch the implosion of the 165-foot South Bay Power Plant and say goodbye to a bit of local history

    A 100 megawatt solar facility to be built in Chile by SunEdison for CAP Mining.

    Solar development absorbing California farmland

    Planning department records in four of the valley’s biggest farming counties show about 100 solar generation plants already proposed on roughly 40,000 acres, or about the equivalent of 470 Disneyland theme parks. Planners in Fresno County say their applications for solar outnumber the ones they received for housing developments during the boom days.

    Internet activist Aaron Swartz was found dead Jan. 11, 2013, in his Brooklyn, N.Y., apartment, according to Ellen Borakove, spokeswoman for New York’s medical examiner. Swartz, 26, was scheduled to face trial on hacking charges in a few weeks.

    How MIT can honor Aaron Swartz

    If MIT truly wants to atone for joining the federal case against Aaron Swartz who downloaded nearly 5 million articles from one of the largest digital archives of scholarly journals in the world, it should do something much grander: It should pledge to spend its money, prestige and moral authority to launch a multi-university campaign to free every scholarly article from behind pay-wall archives like JSTOR. In other words, MIT should pledge to finish the project Swartz started.

    Jim Hendler, who heads the computer science department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, poses next to the supercomputer Watson at the Computational Center for Nanotechnology Innovations in Troy, N.Y. Watson, the question-answering supercomputer best known for beating human champions on “Jeopardy!,” is going to college. IBM is announcing Wednesday that it will provide a Watson system to RPI, the first time a version of the computer is being sent to a university. The avatar on the computer screen represented Watson on “Jeopardy!.”

    IBM sends Watson to NY college to boost its skills

    Watson, the supercomputer famous for beating the world's best human "Jeopardy!" champions, is going to college. IBM announced that it will provide a Watson system to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the first time the computer is being sent to a university. Just like the flesh-and-blood students who will work on it, Watson is leaving home to sharpen its skills. Course work will include English and math.

    This image provided bu Microsoft shows the company’s new version of its Office software. The software became available Tuesday to consumers as an online subscription service for the first time in an attempt to extend one of the companyís key franchises beyond personal computers.

    Review: Microsoft Office pricey, but good value<

    As much as I like Google Docs for word processing and spreadsheets, I find the online software clunky at times. So I was skeptical when I heard Microsoft is trying to sell its new version of Office as an online subscription. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that the subscription gets you the same software you'd get buying it at a retail store.


    Applications Reviews: Temple Run, Toshl

    Fans of the first version of Temple Run will probably be cheered to hear that Imangi Studios hasn’t messed with a winning formula. In fact, the new version of the popular mobile action game is nearly indistinguishable from its predecessor.

    Facebook Inc. has unveiled a service that lets users give gift cards to other members for purchases at retailers and restaurants.

    Facebook unveils gift card users can send to other members

    Facebook Inc. has unveiled a service that lets users give gift cards to other members for purchases at retailers and restaurants. The card can be used at four businesses, including Target Corp. and Jamba Juice Co., Facebook said on its website.

    Thousands of retailers in 40 states now have the right to charge customers the fees that come along with using credit cards. They won that right as part of a settlement of a class-action lawsuit brought by merchants against the credit card companies Visa and MasterCard and major banks that issue credit cards.

    Small retailers say ‘No thank you’ on credit card fees

    Gretel-Ann Fischer already told customers that she won't accept credit cards for purchases under $5 at her Vermont bakery. The last thing she wants to do is anger them by passing along the transaction fee she has to pay each time they use plastic. "It's just not going to happen. It's hard enough to get them to accept the $5 minimum," says Fischer, who owns Cupps Cafe and Bakery in Winooski, Vt.

    Arun Kumar, a senior product manager for BlackBerry, shows off the new BlackBerry Z10 Wednesday during the global launch of the new Blackberry smartphones in Toronto. BlackBerry is promising a speedy browser, a superb typing experience and the ability to keep work and personal identities separate on the same phone, the fruit of a crucial, long-overdue makeover for the company.

    Review: BlackBerry Z10 is good stab at rebirth

    Are you ashamed to have a BlackBerry? It's not exactly a status symbol any more, at least not in the U.S., after it got left in the dust by the iPhone. Now, there's a new BlackBerry that wants to get back into the cool club: the Z10. It's the first phone to run the new BlackBerry 10 operating system, and it is, at first blush, a very good stab at regaining at least some of the cachet of the BlackBerry.


    Netflix’s Hastings says viewer data underpins spending on shows

    Netflix Inc. will test whether Machiavelli and math are a winning formula as the world’s largest subscription-video service debuts “House of Cards,” its most ambitious step yet into original online-TV programs.Netflix will make the political thriller, starring Kevin Spacey, available today to its 33 million streaming subscribers worldwide. Chief Executive Officer Reed Hastings, looking to extend the company’s lead in online TV, likens the show to “West Wing,” the NBC series that ended in 2006, if it were done by Machiavelli.“We’re on the cusp of something that will change television forever,” Hastings said in an interview at Bloomberg’s New York headquarters. “Our view is that over the next couple of years as Internet TV really grows, people will look back and say that this was the turning point.”Hastings, 52, is placing big financial bets to secure Netflix’s future as the dominant player as more viewers move online. He says efforts like “House of Cards” and the revived “Arrested Development” cement relationships in Hollywood and help fend off competitors like Amazon.com Inc. Netflix’s Silicon Valley roots analyzing viewer habits also give it an edge as cable channels like HBO move online, he said.“Relative to HBO, we’re much deeper on the tech side, and relative to Amazon, we’re much deeper on the creative side,” Hastings said. “We’re able to do more and more calculations and big-data statistics so that what we do is represent Netflix more and more as a place where you come for relaxation, escape.”90 MillionHastings, whose company has 27.2 million U.S. subscribers, says Netflix can grow to as many as 90 million over the next two decades — a challenge made harder as online competitors like Amazon, Hulu LLC and Redbox Instant by Verizon pile in, and traditional channels expand with digital offerings like HBO Go from the Time Warner Inc.-owned channel.“If you look at the content gap over the last two years, it has closed to some degree,” said Michael Olson, an analyst with Piper Jaffray Cos. in Minneapolis, pointing out that movies from the Epix channel, which Los Gatos, California-based Netflix had exclusively online, are now with Seattle-based Amazon as well. “The game over the next couple of years is going to be about Amazon and maintaining a content gap.”To stay ahead, Hastings is sacrificing short-term profit to spend more on original content. The company said this week it would borrow $500 million to refinance about $225 million in debt and spend more on original programming. The company has committed more than $5 billion to streaming content, including movies from DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc., Epix and Walt Disney Co.Debt HazardThere are risks. Standard & Poor’s changed its outlook on Netflix’s speculative BB-minus level debt to negative, citing cash flow levels this year and next, increasing debt leverage and “risks associated with original programming.”The company’s content costs are rising faster than profit, said Michael Pachter, an analyst at Wedbush Securities in Los Angeles who has an underperform rating on the shares.“Netflix will continue to generate negative cash flow going forward, driven by the company’s ever-increasing streaming commitments,” said Pachter.This year, Netflix also will offer a new series by “Weeds” creator Jenji Kohan called “Orange Is the New Black,” the thriller “Hemlock Grove” and comedic actor Ricky Gervais’s “Derek,” slated for summer. “Arrested Development” brings back the canceled Fox show.Subscriber Retention“Lilyhammer,” about a gangster who goes into hiding in Norway, will return for a second season in the fall after a “warm-up run” last year that Netflix used to learn about financing and marketing original content, Hastings said.The shows may help Netflix keep subscribers, Olson said.

    Robin Morris, center, watches Frank Pace, left, and Florin Ungureanu, butcher a pig Tuesday in Waitsfield, Vt. Vermont officials are exploring a new round of value added agriculture, hoping their livestock industry might take advantage of the burgeoning world of charcuterie. “You can buy a pig for $3 a pound. You turn it into cuts and you'll get $4, $5, $6 a pound. Turn it into bacon and you're getting $8 maybe $9 a pound. Turn it into cured products, the world's your oyster,” said Morris, founder of the Mad River Food Hub, an incubator for new food businesses that is adding rooms for producers to dry cure meats such as salamis, prosciuttos and sopressatas.

    After artisanal cheese, Vermont explores charcuterie

    Nearly 30 years ago, a handful of enterprising Vermonters realized they could do more with milk than just sell it. And with a little help from the state, they became pioneers in what quickly blossomed into the now behemoth artisanal cheese movement. Now Vermont officials are exploring a new round of value added agriculture. Because why just raise livestock when instead you could be tapping into the burgeoning world of charcuterie?

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    Kerry Washington arrives at the 44th Annual NAACP Image Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013.

    'Scandal' star Washington wins 3 trophies at NAACP Image Awards

    Kerry Washington was a triple threat at the NAACP Image Awards. The star of ABC's “Scandal” picked up a trio of trophies at the 44th annual ceremony: outstanding actress in a drama series for “Scandal,” supporting actress in a motion picture for “Django Unchained” and the President's Award, which is given in recognition of special achievement and exceptional public service.

    “Coach” neutered male long hair, about 4 years old. Looks pretty cute, unless you’re a mouse or a bird.

    Study: Cats kill billions of birds, mammals in U.S.
    Researchers estimate the United States is home to between 15 billion and 20 billion adult land birds. Cats kill about 10 percent of them each year, according to the analysis.

    People ride the ferryboat across the Mississippi from downtown New Orleans.

    5 free things to do in New Orleans

    It's expensive to be a tourist in a town that's hosting two of the biggest events of the new year — Mardi Gras and the NFL Super Bowl — but New Orleans has plenty of free things to do. The nearly 300-year-old French city has walkable neighborhoods and scenic public parks dotted with centuries-old oak trees draped in Spanish moss, along with a free ferry and historic market.

    Experience the ?Wonders of Winter at Mayslake Forest Preserve in Oak Brook Saturday.

    Weekend picks: Celebrate Wonders of Winter at Mayslake

    Wonders of Winter event invites familes to take part in horse-drawn hayrides, a high-tech treasure hunt and more at Mayslake Forest Preserve in Oak Brook. Former Chicago Bulls star Dennis Rodman signs copies of his new children's book, “Dennis the Wild Bull,” at Anderson's Bookshop in Naperville Saturday. Will winter stick around? Head to Woodstock to find out at the Awakening of the Groundhog ceremony this morning.

    “Me Before You” by Jojo Moyes

    'Me Before You' will move reader to tears

    There are books where you become so invested in the characters, you force yourself to stop reading to prolong the experience, and that's what can happen when you read Jojo Moyes' latest book, "Me Before You." The novel follows Louisa Clark, a young woman living an ordinary life in a small English town. Things begin to change when she takes a job as an aide for a quadriplegic named William Traynor.

    Robin Riebman

    Prospect Heights woman tries her hand at 'sit-down' comedy

    Growing up in a house occupied by punsters, it's not surprising Robin Riebman chose to pursue a career as a comedian. What's surprising is how long it took her to do it. After turning 60 last year, the Prospect Heights resident decided to do what she always dreamed: make people laugh. And she's doing it on stage in a nightclub where people actually pay to see her perform.

    Jimmy Stewart, left, and Kim Novak, from Alfred Hitchcock's 1958 film, “Vertigo.”

    5 great movies about deception

    When scandalous tales of fraud involving superstar athletes Lance Armstrong and Manti Te'o were recently exposed, connections to films were immediate and obvious. It's a huge topic that's been explored in myriad ways on screen, and you'd probably come up with five entirely different choices, but here are my picks for five great movies about deception:

    The White Plains, N.Y., Ann Taylor store is set up like a closet, without a specific “suits section” or all the denim tucked in the back corner. Displays are more likely to be built around a color theme, or a versatile item.

    Ann Taylor designer is a fan of all-day dressing

    Day-to-night dressing doesn't quite cover it for most people. It's more like sunrise to bedtime, and the clothes need to be appropriate and comfortable for the long haul. That means finding a look that blends in enough at business meetings, the bus stop and the coffee shop so the wearer doesn't draw too much attention — without giving up personal style. "Forget day-to-night.' You don't even have weekday versus weekend," says Lisa Axelson, creative director of Ann Taylor.


    Using a HECM reverse mortgage as an insurance policy

    Can seniors insure themselves against running out of money? A standard remedy for anxiety associated with hazards to life, limb or pocketbook is insurance. In the case of homeowners with equity, the insurance is provided by the federal government with the HECM reverse mortgage program. But the senior must use the program properly.

    New thermostats can be programmed remotely using mobile phones or tablets.

    Fiscal cliff deal benefits furnace buyers

    As a result of therecent "fiscal cliff" budget deal, Congress brought back a tax credit for upgrading to a high-efficiency furnace, which had expired at the end of 2011, retroactive to the beginning of 2012, said Rich Edwards, sales manager and partner in All-Temp HVAC in Wauconda.


    Readers help solve other writers’ problems

    Q. In today's column there was an inquiry regarding a widow's joint mortgage with a deceased husband. You told her to just keep on paying it, the bank wouldn't call it in. But there is another factor she may want to consider.


    Sufi Trail explores Islamic mysticism landmarks

    For most tourists, iconic religious landmarks like the Dome of the Rock, the Western Wall and the Church of the Nativity are an important part of any visit to the Holy Land. Now a new trail offers visitors a look at little-known spiritual sites associated with Sufism, or Islamic mysticism. The Sufi Trail is less than an hour from Jerusalem, in the central West Bank, amid vast expanses of olive tree terraces, forests and rocky hills.

    Dogs play on the field during “Puppy Bowl IX.” The annual two-hour TV special mimics a football game with canine players, made its debut eight years ago on The Animal Planet.

    Animal shelters the real winners of ‘Puppy Bowl’

    There will be a winner and a loser every Super Bowl Sunday. But at the "Puppy Bowl," it's always a win for animal shelters. The show provides national exposure to the shelters across the country that provide the puppy athletes and the kittens that star in the halftime show, and introduces viewers to the different breeds and animals that need homes, animal workers say. Many shelters see bumps in visits from viewers who are inspired to adopt a pet.

    Elk, once a rare sight at the Grand Canyon, now regularly jam up the park’s roads, graze on hotel lawns and aren’t too shy about displaying their power, provoked or not.

    At Grand Canyon, elk go from attraction to problem

    The Grand Canyon is an international destination where spectacular views are not the only thing that grab tourists' attention. Elk, once a rare sight at the national park, now regularly jam up the park's roads, graze on hotel lawns and aren't too shy about displaying their power, provoked or not. They've broken bones and caused eye injuries in the most serious circumstances, and give chase to the unsuspecting. Park officials want to reduce those interactions with humans by depriving the elk of the food and water sources that lured them to the area: grass along the South Rim and the runoff from a water treatment facility.

    Made with just two ingredients, Metamucil and water, this homemade “slime” valentine is a fun, nontoxic alternative to candy.

    For the kid who thinks valentines are gross: slime

    My son is 8, so I knew hearts and flowers weren't going to cut it for Valentine's Day this year. Sure, he likes collecting candy from his classmates, but the rest of it? Ick. So I decided to take that reaction and run with it, designing a decidedly gross Valentine that would be fun for his friends without relying on more sugary treats. I stuck with a simple concoction that consists of water and fiber supplement powder (Metamucil). It's easy to make, not too sticky and, if you use the "berry" variety, ends up a vibrant red color perfect for Valentine's Day.

    Vet School Prof. Dan Fletcher shows off a “robo dog” in the Simulation Center at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine in New York. Using the robo dog eliminates Fletcher’s need to use live dogs for teaching students how to treat animals in emergency or critical care situations.

    Robotic dog ‘a better way to teach students’

    The dog doesn't bark, and it doesn't chase Robo-Fluffy. Robo-Jerry II, a four-legged robotic dog mannequin, has a mechanical heart and pulse and cost about $35,000 to develop. The robo dog lets students hone their diagnostic skills at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine's new $150,000 emergency and critical-care training facility. "The goal is to give students a way to practice these emergency situations without hurting the animal," said Daniel Fletcher, the robots' developer.

    The door and trim in this room is painted with Valspar Signature’s Celestial Blue to create contrast while adding drama and architectural detail to further personalize the space.

    Painting interior doors adds ‘wow’ to rooms

    If you've got your decor looking just about right but want that extra "wow" factor, consider painting interior doors. It's a low-commitment project, since you can simply repaint if you don't like the outcome. And you can customize the color and design to any decor.


    Two judgments available in an eviction lawsuit

    Q. Unpaid unit owner assessments have become an issue for our association. We have instituted an aggressive collection policy. Our attorney uses terms like "personal judgment" and "in rem" judgment. What is the difference?

    Denzel Washington portrays airline pilot Whip Whitaker in the drama “Flight.”

    DVD previews: ‘Flight,’ ‘Alex Cross’

    Movies coming out this week on DVD include the drama "Flight" with Denzel Washington and "Alex Cross" with Tyler Perry.


    Home fix: Open crawlspace vents keep winter homes healthier

    Q. You have often said that crawlspace vents need to be opened in the winter. Why is that? I always thought they should be closed to keep my water pipes from freezing.

    This space seems twice as big as it did before the renovation, and there is a purpose to every single corner.

    New life for a century-old living room

    Marianne and Mike live in a gorgeous century home with all the advantages that come with an older house -- high ceilings, character and charm aplenty. But there are drawbacks to older homes, too, and their living room had most of them -- poor lighting, uneven walls and intrusive radiators, to name just a few.



    The Soapbox

    Daily Herald editors reflect on school safety in Glen Ellyn, the proposed pension summit and successful suburbanites in football, skating and police work.


    Banning guns won’t make country safer
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: To those who would willingly give up their rights with the expectation that government will protect them, well, they could be in for a rude surprise.


    Metra raises are unjustifiable
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: If you question these people, they’ll immediately respond with the same old saw about “comparable” salaries elsewhere. Where are these “comparable” salaries being received? How prevalent are they?


    Pay for pensions, then for roads
    A Bartlett letter to the editor: Years of diverting pension payments to pay for road projects is what got us into this mess. We need meet our current obligations before we fund any new projects.

    David E. Palmer

    Before expanding, hospital should improve
    A Waukegan letter to the editor:


    Three myths about the debt ceiling
    A Woodstock letter to the editor: Three Myths. First, Congress's failure to raise the debt ceiling will cause a default on national debt.


    Key word in gun debate is ‘Arms’
    An Aurora letter to the editor: The Second amendment does not indicate if the Arms kept by people should be three-bullet shotguns, six- shot pistols, or AK47s. Just what kinds of weaponry does the NRA wish for the American people to possess at a time when we have well regulated militias offering us security? Should our streets be flooded with AK47s so as to offer us security? Such a thought borders on anarchy.


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