Daily Archive : Saturday February 9, 2013



    Reduced water test rates offered:

    The Lake County Health Department will offer reduced well water testing rates in observance of National Ground Water Awareness Week.

    A woman shovels snow to clear out a car on Third Street in the South Boston neighborhood of Boston on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013. A behemoth storm packing hurricane-force wind gusts and blizzard conditions swept through the Northeast overnight.

    Images: “Nemo” Blizzard hammers East Coast
    The 2013 "Nemo" blizzard hammers the East Coast, dumping inches of snow in the double digits, causing power outages and grounding thousands of flights across Northeast. 38 inches of snow has been reported in Milford, Connecticut with 2 feet measured in other states.

    JOE LEWNARD/jlewnard@dailyherald.com Awards are lined up on the front table Saturday before the 2013 Hearts of Gold Awards Dinner.

    Arlington Heights honors Hearts of Gold winners

    Hundreds of community leaders and residents gathered on Saturday to honor the best of Arlington Heights during the annual Hearts of Gold awards dinner.“This is the night that defines Arlington Heights, the village that truly is a family” said Village President Arlene Mulder, who also called the event “the Academy Awards of Arlington Heights.”


    Curiosity rover the first to drill into Martian rock

    The Curiosity rover became the first robot probe to drill into Martian rock as it collected a sample that may reveal further clues about a wet environment in the planet’s past.

    Free Syrian Army fighters sit behind their antiaircraft machine gun in Aleppo, Syria, on Friday. Syrian rebels brought their fight within a mile of the heart of Damascus on Friday, seizing army checkpoints and cutting a key highway with a row of burning tires as they pressed their campaign for the heavily guarded capital, considered the likely endgame in the nearly 2-year-old civil war.

    Israeli strike in Syria might be first in series

    JERUSALEM — Israel’s recent airstrike in Syria, which according to Western officials targeted weapons destined for the militant Lebanese group Hezbollah, could mark the start of a more aggressive campaign by Israel to prevent arms transfers as conditions in Syria deteriorate, according to analysts in Israel and Lebanon.

    Law enforcement officials gather to discuss plans to resume the search for fugitive Christopher Dorner, Saturday near Big Bear, Calif. More than 100 law enforcement officers, some in armored personnel carriers, hunted Saturday for the former Los Angeles police officer suspected of going on a deadly rampage this week to get back at those he blamed for ending his police career.

    LAPD to reopen probe into fugitive ex-cop’s firing

    BIG BEAR LAKE, Calif. — The hunt for a former Los Angeles police officer suspected in three killings continued in snow-covered mountains Saturday as the LAPD’s chief said he would reopen the disciplinary case that led to the fugitive’s firing and new details emerged of the evidence he left behind.

    Juan Tavares carries his bike rather than risk riding on a snow-covered street during a blizzard, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, in Portland, Maine. The storm dumped more than 30 inches of snow as of Saturday afternoon, breaking the record for the biggest storm on record.

    East Coast digs out; 475,000 still without power

    New Englanders began the back-breaking job of digging out from as much as 3 feet of snow Saturday and emergency crews used snowmobiles to reach shivering motorists stranded overnight on New York’s Long Island after the howling storm that swept through the Northeast. About 475,000 homes and businesses remained without power late Saturday night.


    Women shot in Calif. manhunt will to get new truck

    A mother and daughter newspaper delivery team who were mistakenly shot by Los Angeles police hunting for a fugitive former cop will get a new pickup truck courtesy of the department.LAPD Cmdr. Andrew Smith says the department’s Chief Charlie Beck met with the women in their Torrance home Saturday to apologize and tell them he had arranged for someone to donate a new pickup truck.


    Mass. boy dies of carbon monoxide in running car

    BOSTON — An 11-year-old Massachusetts boy died of carbon monoxide poisoning Saturday after being overcome as he sat in a running car to keep warm, while his father was shoveling snow to get the car out of a snow bank.

    Six couples competed in Saturday’s “Dancing With The Geneva Stars” event at Eagle Brook Country Club.

    ‘Dancing With The Geneva Stars’ raises $12,710

    "Dancing With The Geneva Stars" featured six couples Saturday at Eagle Brook Country Club in Geneva, raising money for the Cultural Arts Commission and the Geneva Academic Foundation.

    In this Jan. 30 file photo National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington about gun violence. For decades, LaPierre, 63, has been serving up heated us-vs.-them rhetoric to rally the NRA faithful. Usually it works; sometimes it backfires. He has had a surprisingly long run as the NRA’s executive vice president, surviving insider plots along the way, LaPierre remains the hero to many a gun lover, and villain to the opposing forces.

    NRA’s LaPierre: wonk with million-dollar megaphone

    WASHINGTON — Wayne LaPierre would just as soon read a book as fire a gun.That’s right, the National Rifle Association’s fire-breathing defender of gun rights is more academic than marksman.“A policy wonk,” says Joseph Tartaro, president of the pro-gun Second Amendment Foundation. “He is more professorial than you would think.”

    In this Feb. 7 file photo, President Barack Obama speaks at the House Democratic Issues Conference in Lansdowne, Va. For all of his liberal positions on the environment, taxes and health care, Obama is a hawk when it comes to the war on terror.

    Liberal in domestic issues, Obama a hawk on war

    WASHINGTON — For all of his liberal positions on the environment, taxes and health care, President Barack Obama has proved to be a hawk when it comes to fighting terrorism.

    In this Jan. 24, 2012, file photo President Barack Obama reaches out to shake hands after giving his State of the Union address on Capitol Hill in Washington. Obama will center his upcoming State of the Union address on boosting job creation and economic growth, underscoring the degree to which the shaky economy threatens his ability to pursue other second-term priorities, including immigration reform and climate change.

    Obama to shift to economy in Tuesday’s State of the Union address

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will concentrate his State of the Union speech Tuesday on the economy, shifting the emphasis away from the broad social agenda of his second inaugural address to refocus attention on a set of problems that vexed his first term.

    Egyptians log on to the Internet at a community center in front of a mosque in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday. A Cairo court on Saturday ordered the government to block access to the video-sharing website YouTube for 30 days for carrying an anti-Islam film that caused deadly riots across the world.

    Egypt court orders YouTube blocked for a month

    CAIRO — A Cairo court on Saturday ordered the government to block access to the video-sharing website YouTube for 30 days for carrying an anti-Islam film that caused deadly riots across the world.


    Report: High-speed rail would help 460 Midwest businesses

    Hundreds of Midwest manufacturers stand to benefit from a web of high-speed passenger rail routes emerging from Chicago’s rail hub, according to a report released by an environmental policy group that has fought to defend the use of billions in taxpayer money on such projects.

    In this Nov. 12, 1980, file photo former Congresswoman Cardiss Collins, right, appears at a news conference with the Rev. Jesse Jackson in Washington. Collins, the first African-American woman to represent Illinois in Congress, died Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013 of complications from pneumonia at a Virginia hospital, a family friend announced on Tuesday, Feb. 5.

    Notable deaths of the week: Historic women
    Ex-Illinois Congresswoman Cardiss Collins:Cardiss Collins, the first African-American woman to represent Illinois in Congress, died of complications from pneumonia at a Virginia hospital, according to a family friend.

    Danyia Bell, left 16, and Artureana Terrell , 16, react as they read a program for the funeral of Hadiya Pendleton outside the Greater Harvest Missionary Baptist Church after the funeral service of Hadiya Pendleton Saturday in Chicago. Hundreds of mourners and dignitaries including first lady Michelle Obama packed the funeral service Saturday.

    Chicago remembers teen victim of city gun violence

    Hundreds of mourners and dignitaries including first lady Michelle Obama packed the funeral Saturday for a Chicago honor student whose killing catapulted her into the nation's debate over gun violence. Yet one speaker after another remembered 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton not so much as a symbol but as a best friend, an excellent student with dreams of going to college and a sometimes goofy girl...

    Wayne Gingo, of Medford, N.Y., gets back into his car that got stuck in the snow on the Long Island Expressway eastbound near Exit 60, Saturday, in Ronkonkoma, N.Y. Gingo was driving home from his job as a postal worker at JFK Airport and got stuck in the snow at 1:45 a.m. He spent the night in the car waiting for a tow truck.

    New Yorkers tell of hours stranded on snowy roads

    Stranded for hours on a snow-covered road, Priscilla Arena prayed, took out a sheet of loose-leaf paper and wrote what she thought might be her last words to her husband and children. She told her 9½-year-old daughter, Sophia, she was “picture-perfect beautiful.” And she advised her 5½-year-old son, John: “Remember all the things that mommy taught you."


    First U.S. war casualty of 2013 is buried

    WASHINGTON — A crowd of more than 100 family members, friends and uniformed service members marched slowly and quietly Friday down a hill at Arlington National Cemetery following Army Sgt. Aaron X. Wittman’s coffin, draped with an American flag and carried on a horse-drawn caisson.


    DCFS places Maine West educators on child abuse, neglect registry

    The Department of Children and Family Services has validated several claims of abuse and neglect filed against two Maine West educators following allegations of hazing in the school’s sports program and put their names on a state list of child abusers which is accessible to employers. The department’s investigation concluded Jan. 30.

    Brian Thurman

    Melrose Park man charged in murder for hire plot

    A 28-year-old Melrose Park man already in jail on a sex charge that involves an 11-year-old girl is now accused of plotting to murder the girl and her family, the Cook County Sheriff’s Office announced Saturday. Brian Thurman was charged with three counts of murder for hire and three counts of solicitation of murder for hire, felonies that land him in prison for up to 30 years if he is found...


    Boeing sends 787 on test flight from Seattle

    SEATTLE — Boeing sent a 787 up on a test flight Saturday, the first since the new airliner was grounded three weeks ago because of a battery fire.


    19-year-old charged with Hoffman Estates home invasion

    A 19-year-old man was arrested Friday for invading a Hoffman Estates home on the block where he lived, police said. Stephen Delgado was charged with home invasion and criminal sexual assault.

    Law enforcement officials gather to discuss plans to resume the search for fugitive Christopher Dorner, Saturday near Big Bear, Calif. More than 100 law enforcement officers, some in armored personnel carriers, hunted Saturday for the former Los Angeles police officer suspected of going on a deadly rampage this week to get back at those he blamed for ending his police career.

    Clear sky aids mountain hunt for fugitive ex-cop

    BIG BEAR LAKE, Calif. — Searchers took advantage Saturday of a break from recent stormy weather in their hunt for a former Los Angeles police officer suspected in three killings, patrolling a mountain resort town in heat-sensing copters and fanning out on foot in fresh snow even as vacationing families and weekend skiers frolicked nearby.

    Erica Devita of Villa Park feeds a s’more to her daughter, 2-year-old Cassie, on Saturday outside Sunset Knoll Recreation Center during the Lombard Park District’s annual Winter Carnival.

    Kids have snowy fun at Lombard Winter Carnival

    The Lombard Park District’s annual Winter Carnival gave families plenty of ways to celebrate the snowy season Saturday afternoon with a sled hill, s’mores and games at Sunset Knoll recreation center.

    Juan Tavares carries his bike rather than risk riding on a snow-covered street during a blizzard, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, in Portland, Maine. The storm dumped more than 30 inches of snow as of Saturday afternoon, breaking the record for the biggest storm on record.

    A state-by-state look at the Northeast blizzard

    A look at effects in states and provinces in the path of the massive storm that swept across the Northeast U.S. and southern Canada:CONNECTICUT

    A worker carries a mannequin outside Lincoln Center, home of New York’s Fashion Week shows, Saturday. In New York City, the snow total in Central Park was 8.1 inches by 3 a.m.

    Shovels, skis or a wedding: tales from a snowstorm

    While many on the East Coast had cleaning up to do after the storm, mostly, people soldiered on, planning cocktail hours after clearing waist-high snow, cross-country skiing down narrow streets and even braving 4-inch stiletto heels to stay chic during New York Fashion Week.

    A woman walks past windows covered with snow at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston early Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

    How airlines prepare for big storms: Cancel early

    Even before the snowstorm hit the Northeast, airlines were already canceling flights. It’s a strategy that has served airlines well in recent years: Cancel flights early and keep planes and crews — and passengers — away from snowed-in airports. The idea is to avoid having crews and planes stuck in one area of the country. Airlines also face fines for leaving passengers stuck on a plane for more...

    A snowboarder catches some air while taking advantage of a makeshift terrain park on Boston Common in Boston, Saturday. The Boston area received about two feet of snow from a winter storm.

    Northeast storm disrupts schedule for sports teams

    BOSTON — The Tampa Bay Lightning were already in Boston when the blizzard shut down the roads, trains and airports. The Bruins and all of the game officials were standing by, too.

    Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority trains sit idle early Saturday in Boston due to high winds and the nearly two feet of snow that fell in the area overnight.

    Flights resume at NYC airports after snowstorm

    NEW YORK — New York’s airports dug out from under nearly a foot of snow and allowed some flights to land Saturday morning, while Boston’s Logan Airport remained closed.The first inbound passenger flight at John F. Kennedy International Airport landed at 9:30 a.m., according to the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, which operates the region’s three major airports.

    A snow plow clears Harvard Avenue in Brookline, Mass., on Friday. More than two feet of snow fell on parts of the U.S. Northeast as high winds left hundreds of thousands of people in the region without power, closed highways and forced the cancellation of 4,700 flights.

    Blizzard’s power outage peak: 640,000 out

    BOSTON — The massive snowstorm that swept across the Northeast has knocked out power to almost 640,000 homes and businesses.Officials say wet, heavy snow and high winds snapped power lines. More than 650,000 were without power at the storm’s peak.

    Pete Lettecci (aka “Pete the Pro”) gives a demonstration on how to grout tile in the Century Tile & Carpet booth at the Old House New House Home Show Saturday. Lettecci, who lives in Lake Zurich, teaches about 200 ceramic tile installation classes a year for Century Tile & Flooring. The show continues at the Mega Expo Center and Ballroom at Pheasant Run Resort Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Everything for the home
    The Old House New House Home Show at the Mega Expo Center and Ballroom at Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. 10a-6p Saturday, 10a-5p Sunday. kennedyproductions.com. (630) 515-1160.

    Naperville Park board President Kirsten Young delivers the third annual state of the park district address Saturday at the Alfred Rubin Riverwalk Community Center.

    Naperville parks striving to stay relevant among ‘more competition’

    Among video games, traveling soccer leagues, cultural clubs, TV shows and anything else suburban residents enjoy in their ever-dwindling leisure time, the Naperville Park District is striving to stand out, leaders said Saturday during the third annual state of the park district address.

    Chinese actors dressed as Qing Dynasty servants take part in a rehearsal of ancient Qing Dynasty ceremony for the upcoming Chinese New Year at Ditan Park in Beijing, Friday, Feb. 8, 2013. Chinese will celebrate the Lunar New Year on Feb. 10 this year which marks the Year of Snake.

    Leaner New Year: China tones down the celebrations

    Chinese New Year is traditionally a time for colorful and noisy displays of fireworks and generous-portioned banquets. This year, the festivities are likely to be a little more austere. Authorities have asked the public to set off fewer fireworks in Beijing to reduce pollution, a new anti-extravagance drive has prompted government officials and state-owned companies to cancel their banquets at...


    Northeast storm disrupts travel for sports teams

    Several professional and college sports teams were forced to rearrange their travel plans as a massive storm swept through the Northeast, dumping a few feet of snow in some areas.

    Freddie Chafin

    Schaumburg man with Alzheimer’s is found

    The Schaumburg Police Department reported Saturday morning that a missing Alzheimer’s patient has been found. Freddie Chafin, a 72-year old resident of Schaumburg, returned to his home after receiving assistance from an unknown subject. He was unharmed and appeared to be in good health, police said.


    Ground conditions prime for winter activities

    MADISON, Wis. — As the East Coast deals with a massive snowstorm, Wisconsinites who embrace winter sports are grateful for just enough snow to enjoy the outdoors.State tourism officials say many areas of the state have good or excellent conditions for skiing, sledding, snowboarding and snowmobiling. The recent snowfall this week added inches to trails and sledding hills.


    Artwork sought to dissuade drinking by minors

    CHICAGO — Teenagers are being asked to come up with artwork and slogans encouraging adults in Illinois not to provide alcohol to minors.The Illinois Liquor Control Commission says the deadline for entries is Feb. 15. The winning submissions will go on display across the state later this year.


    Distillery proposal suits the taste of Lake Zurich officials

    Lake Zurich officials are amenable to a proposed craft distillery on Main Street. Copper Fiddle Distillery, proposed by two partners from Hawthorn Woods, would sell crafted whiskeys, gins and other speciality liquors. “These are the kind of unique things that would help separate us from some other communities that don’t have these things and are looking for them,” Trustee Tom Poynton said. “I’m...

    A volunteer prepares to move a horse to another pasture at the Danada Forest Preserve in Wheaton. DuPage Forest Preserve Commissioners are conducting their own investigation into claims that horses are poorly treated at Danada Equestrian Center in Wheaton.

    Second probe into horse neglect claims at Danada

    DuPage Forest Preserve Commissioners quietly have launched their own investigation into claims of mistreatment of horses at Danada Equestrian Center in Wheaton. The new probe comes 10 months after the issue apparently was settled when a veterinarian told forest officials that his assessment of the 25-horse herd found no signs of abuse.

    Constance Collins

    Round Lake Area Unit District 116 boss upbeat about restructuring plan

    Round Lake Area Unit District 116 Superintendent Constance Collins says she expects to see academic improvement as soon as next school year once a tentative restructuring plan is in place to change how education is delivered to students. District 116 will host a community forum Monday to gather input from parents and others on the proposal.

    Sam Scharnowski, foreground, and Max Wiskirchen, sitting, plan to enroll in Epic Youth, a new Christian-based program in Elgin that focuses on using basketball to develop leadership skills and encourage kids to attend college.

    New Christian-based basketball program in Elgin

    Childhood friends Justin Anthony and Josie Wallace, of Elgin, are the co-founders of Epic Youth, a new Christian-based program in Elgin that combines basketball with leadership development and college preparation. “We’re doing this so these kids can start to think bigger and understand there’s more to life than what they see in their daily life in Elgin,” Anthony said.



    Saturday’s wrestling scoreboard
    Here are the varsity boys wrestling results from Saturday 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.


    Neuqua clinches UEC Valley Division title

    Neuqua Valley’s three-year wait for a seventh conference title ended on Saturday.


    Aurora Christian, Marmion notch wins

    Aurora Christian 83, St. Edward 44: Jake Gehman collected 14 points and Johnathan Harrell followed with 13 as Aurora Christian avenged an earlier 59-54 loss to the Green Wave in a big way.


    Productive day for Glenbard N. at Maine East

    Heading to Champaign next weekend? Your probabilities of running into a few young men with bleached blonde hair are looking strong. And when you do, you will have found Glenbard North's 7 state-qualified wrestlers, all hoping for individual state titles and traditionally wearing the hairdos. Success for the Panthers came easy at the Class 3A Maine East sectional Saturday afternoon as Jon Marmolego (120 pounds), Jered Cortez (126) and Brian Murphy (152) all grabbed first-place wins in their respective weight classes, while Jimique Davis at 160 took second place, Patrick Augstyn (106) and Johnny Gosinski (132) placed third and Colton Wegner (170) sneaked into Champaign in fourth place. “We brought 10 guys here, seven got out and I can remember when we'd be happy if we got one guy out,” said Panthers' coach Mark Hahn. “To get seven guys out that's pretty good. We had five in the finals, pretty good tournament, all the way around.”


    Dundee-Crown snaps Huntley’s Valley streak at 29

    Huntley’s 29-game winning streak against division opponents was gone in 29 seconds. Consecutive Dundee-Crown 3-pointers by seniors Dylan Kissack and Brandon Rodriguez 29 seconds apart turned a tenuous 2-point lead into an 8-point cushion with 1:49 to play and propelled the Chargers to a 47-38 victory in Carpentersville Saturday night.


    Lisle sends four to state

    A returning state medalist, a senior who also gets a return trip and two wrestlers experiencing state for the first time make up the Lisle contingent that survived Saturday’s Class 1A Plano sectional finals and heads to the individual state meet that starts Thursday in Champaign.


    Clark, Lakes size up Grant

    With a full week off between games, the Lakes boys basketball team tried a few new things at practice. One of them worked quite nicely Saturday night against visiting Grant. Direll Clark, a 5-foot-11 guard who is usually seen hitting 3-pointers and jumpers, could have been mistaken for an old-school, back-to-the-basket center with the way he was moving in the paint. He worked out with the other big men in practice this week to see if he could use his football player strength to his advantage as a post player. He was a load in leading Lakes to a 63-54 victory over the Bulldogs, scoring most of his 14 points on strong moves in the paint, complete with plenty of pump fakes and spin moves for good measure.

    Naperville Central’s Luke Roth, left, defeats Hinsdale Central’s Matt Allen, right, in the 220 pound class of the Shepard Class 3A Wrestling Sectional.

    Marmion sends 7 to state

    Metea Valley wrestling coach Claudio Torres spoke for many of his brethren when sizing up the field of the Class 3A Shepard sectional Saturday evening in Palos Heights. "It’s like a mini-state tournament,” Torres said. “I have seen so many state qualifiers (from past years) get eliminated already. There are ranked wrestlers not getting out (to the individual state tournament this week in Champaign).” Defending team state champion Sandburg was the true measuring stick with 10 qualifiers, and the field included some of the top Catholic schools in the state. Marmion went toe-to-toe with the likes of Marist, St. Rita — its team-sectional dual-meet foe a week from Tuesday at Hinsdale South — and Mt. Carmel to lead the area programs with seven state qualifiers.


    Ruggles, Wheaton Academy stop Kaneland

    Just ask Wheaton Academy senior Cole Fritz why classmate Brandon Ruggles leads DuPage County in rebounding. “He’s just a horse,” Fritz said of Ruggles. He outworks everyone in there. Playing against him in practice, I hate rebounding against him because I know he’s going to work as hard as he can to get that board. And he takes a ton of charges. I think he has over 30 charges.”


    Addison Trail doesn’t pass on victory

    Everyone in the gym knew James Pupillo would take the last-second shot. Until he passed it. Pupillo’s pinpoint feed to Simon Jakubczak led to a buzzer-beating layup and Saturday’s 44-42 West Suburban Gold Conference victory for Addison Trail’s boys basketball team over Hinsdale South in Darien.


    It all adds up in another Stevenson win

    Stevenson is one of those “pick your poison” basketball teams. If somehow you figure out a way to stop super sophomore Jalen Brunson, then fellow fine sophomore Colby Cashaw will burn you inside and outside. Add the outside shooting of Andy Stempel and Matt Morrissey, and there is no wonder why the Patriots are the top seed in the Waukegan sectional. “They have four really good players,” Lake Zurich coach Billy Pitcher said. “And with Cashaw hitting 3s, they are hard to defend.” On its march to a North Suburban Conference Lake Division title, the visiting Patriots hit their first three baskets from three-point range and never looked back in beating Lake Zurich 62-49 Saturday night.


    Z-B tops undermanned Mundelein

    Quinn Pokora wanted to give Mundelein an energy boost as he came off the bench for the first time all season a couple of minutes into Saturday’s North Suburban Lake boys basketball game with visiting Zion-Benton. The senior guard’s four 3-pointers and 14 first-quarter points were exactly the jolt the Mustangs needed a night after a disappointing loss at Libertyville. What the Mustangs didn’t need was Pokora taking his game-high 23 points and five 3s to the bench to stay with 2:18 to play when he fouled out. Especially with leads of 17 points in the second quarter and 15 with 1:08 left in the third were about to be sliced to one.And Pokora was powerless to do anything as Zion completed its second big comeback of the weekend with a 78-73 victory.


    St. Charles East blows out Batavia

    St. Charles East junior guard Dom Adduci started Saturday’s game against Batavia swishing long 3-pointers, making off-balance leaners and causing trouble for the Bulldogs’ ballhandlers. In other words, like most any Dom Adduci game. Except this night was a little extra special at St. Charles East, not just for Adduci but players on both sides of the Tri-Cities rivalry. St. Charles East hosted its first Hoops for Hope, an event to raise money for the Jimmy V Foundation for Cancer Research. Every player on both teams was introduced before the game with the player listing who he would be playing the game in memory and in honor of. Adduci named his mother Jill, diagnosed with breast cancer four years ago. Jill Adduci was the chairwoman for the night which included numerous raffle items, a Jimmy V video presentation, the coaching staffs wearing sneakers, and at the end of the game players, cheerleaders and fans holding up a shoe in honor of cancer survivors. Dom Adduci got the Saints going early with 10 points in the first quarter. St. Charles East led 16-7 after the quarter and used a 14-0 run in the third quarter to turn the game into a blowout, winning 57-28 at a nearly packed St. Charles East gym.


    Bartlett wins big; St. Edward falls

    Bartlett 68, East Aurora 36: Lance Whitaker had 16 points and Ryan Dicanio added 13 and Bartlett outscored East Aurora 40-19 in the second half to win this Upstate Eight Valley game. Jon Moss added 11 points for the Hawks (19-7, 8-3).Aurora Christian 83, St. Edward 44: Nick Duffy scored 17 points and Davontae Elam added 10 for the Green Wave (19-6) in this Suburban Christian crossover loss.


    Montini leads the way at Antioch

    With the top-ranked Class 2A wrestling team in the state in the field, getting out of the Antioch individual sectional was going to be a difficult task Saturday. Ten-time state champion Montini headlined the powerful meet with eight champions going to Champaign next weekend for the state meet. The top four finishers in each of the 14 weight classes earned a berth to the Assembly Hall, and the Broncos had qualifiers in every division except for 285 pounds. Carmel Catholic proved to be the big winners out of Lake County, as the Corsairs will send four individuals downstate, including No. 1-ranked senior Jake Cochrane (40-1).


    Geneva bounces back, surprises St. Viator

    Less than 24 hours after suffering one of its worst losses of the season, Geneva’s boys basketball team earned one of its best victories Saturday night. Chris Parrilli and Nate Navigato scored 18 points apiece to lead 4 players in double figures, as the Vikings (17-7) recorded a 69-62 nonconference triumph over St. Viator (16-7) in Geneva.


    Zak attack leads to 11th-place medal

    Grant senior Sami Jo Zak practiced day after day over the last few years, harboring a dream of making it to state one day. She ended up carrying the dream farther than she ever imagined possible on Saturday afternoon in the girls bowling state tournament at Cherry Bowl Lanes. Zak wasn’t sure if she was in line to receive one of the top 12 medals, even after throwing a final game of 257. The final announcement that Zak finished 11th place with a 12-game total of 2,554 pins caught her by a total surprise.


    Orange, Jacobs take care of Cary-Grove

    It’s scary how good Jacobs sophomore guard Chrishawn Orange could become by the time he’s a senior. Connecting on 11-of-13 shots from the field, Orange poured in a career high 25 points to lead Jacobs to a 77-63 win over Cary-Grove in Fox Valley Conference Valley Division boys basketball action in Algonquin Saturday night.


    Wolves fall victim to Marlies

    One day after shutting out the Hamilton Bulldogs, the Chicago Wolves were tripped up by the Toronto Marlies 4-2 on Saturday afternoon at Ricoh Coliseum. Left wing Bill Sweatt and forward Andrew Gordon scored the goals for the Wolves, and captain Darren Haydar recorded a pair of assists.

    Sophomore Katie Claussner has given St. Charles East a big spark lately as the Saints get ready for regional play Monday.

    St. Charles East regional could be a classic

    This week’s St. Charles East Class 4A girls basketball regional tournament has a definitive Upstate Eight Conference River Division feel to it.


    Niles North steps it up at Hersey

    For just over two quarters, Hersey kept pace with a lightning-quick Niles North squad. Then Malachi Nix and the Vikings put on a third quarter performance that few high school teams in the Chicago area could duplicate. Niles North scored 33 third quarter points, turning a 2-point lead into a 29-point advantage by midway through the fourth quarter in claiming an 84-58 nonconference victory over Hersey on Saturday in Arlington Heights.

    Ben Calamari of Barrington is victorious over Lawrence Phillips of Rockford Auburn at 285 pounds during sectional action at Barrington.

    Make it 3 for Hersey’s Rollins, after 3 OTs

    Hunter Rollins put the finishing touches on a brilliant regular season before a packed house. With a brave effort during a gripping contest, Rollins struck late to seal his passage into next weekend’s Class 3A wrestling state tournament. In doing so, Rollins won his third straight sectional crown. He’s the first to do so since Barrington began hosting in 2009. The No. 3-rated Hersey senior outlasted No. 4 Kayne MacCallum (40-3) of Libertyville in the third OT period of the 160-pound final Saturday. Rollins, along with seven others from the Mid-Suburban League, earned their trips to the Assembly Hall in Champaign, where preliminary matches start Thursday.


    St. Edward rolls over Chicago Christian

    St. Edward 55, Chicago Christian 28: In its regular-season finale, St. Edward scored its biggest win of the season Saturday in this Suburban Christian crossover. Rena Ranallo led the Green Wave (3-24) with 19 points, while Cece Rapp added 10 and Chelsea Gnan 8.

    The White Sox signed Jeff Keppinger to a three-year, $12 million contract in the off-season. The former Devil Ray hit .325 last season and is penciled in as the starting third baseman for the White Sox.

    Sox’ starting rotation key to potential playoff run

    White Sox pitchers and catchers report to spring training Tuesday, a sure sign the 2013 season is coming into view. Scot Gregor looks at five keys for the Sox this season, headed by the starting rotation.


    St. Charles North controls Williams, Elgin

    When St. Charles North arrived at Elgin for an Upstate Eight Conference River Division matchup , North Stars’ boys basketball coach Tom Poulin wanted his team to do one thing: stop Maroons’ senior Arie Williams. Williams helped fuel a brief third quarter rally for Elgin, but St. Charles North kept him silent most of the night as a balanced North Stars offense, led by Quinten Payne’s 14 points and 11 rebounds, helped earn a 64-53 win on Elgin’s senior night Saturday.

    Bob Chwedyk/bchwedyk@dailyherald.com Brandon Mabry of Huntley, right, wrestles Kevin Barbian of Libertyville at 195 lbs. during Sectional wrestling at Barrington.

    It all clicks for Warren’s Hicks

    Flying under the radar last season as teammate Shakhiem Chapman enjoyed most of the spoils on his way to a third-place state finish, Warren’s Danny Hicks had a wonderful year himself in 2012. It’s looking like 2013 might be even better for Hicks after Saturday’s result at the Class 3A Barrington sectional. The senior won his second consecutive sectional title, this one coming at the expense of Libertyville junior Austin Koziol (28-11) in a 5-0 decision to send the star 170-pounder into the state tournament next weekend with a full head of steam.


    Westminster 2nd, Harvest 5th at NAC tourney

    Westminster Christian boys basketball coach Bruce Firchau couldn’t fault his team’s effort, but his Warriors simply had no answer for Makur Puou. Mooseheart’s 6-foot-10 junior was a beast, scoring 32 points and grabbing 9 rebounds to lead the Ramblers past Westminster 55-31 Saturday to win the Northeastern Athletic Conference tournament hosted by Rockford Christian Life. Colin Brandon scored 14 points for Westminster (16-11), which saw its 9-game winning streak snapped.

    Brandon Mabry of Huntley, right, wrestles Kevin Barbian of Libertyville at 195 pounds Saturday at the Class 3A Barrington sectional.

    Cary-Grove’s Cullen the man at Barrington

    How do you improve on perfection? Don’t ask Michael Cullen, because the Cary-Grove sophomore still feels he’s a long way from being there. Of course his opponents might feel a little differently if they were asked. Another simply smashing performance from Cullen was put in the books following a dominating 11-1 major decision in his 113-pound final against Colin Kenyon (New Trier, 33-8) at the Class 3A Barrington sectional Saturday. The win sends the Trojans’ star into the 3A state tournament on the front foot, and a well-deserved top 4 seed when things begin Thursday on the big floor of Assembly Hall in Champaign. Cullen (42-0) will be joined by teammate Michael Underwood (138) and Logan Hanselmann (120) both for the first time, after each won in dramatic style in their afternoon state qualifying bouts.

    Joakim Noah (13) and Carlos Boozer celebrate in the fourth quarter of the Bulls’ victory Friday night in Utah. Boozer scored 11 of his 19 points in the last five minutes.

    Boozer uses foul trouble to his advantage

    If the Bulls ever had a valid excuse to feel exhausted, this was it. But trailing by 4 points late in the fourth quarter on the last stop of a six-game road trip, Carlos Boozer came through with 11 points in the final five minutes. The Bulls beat Utah 93-89 late Friday to salvage a 3-3 record on the trip.

    Connor Black of Mundelein checks his time after the 50-yard freestyle during the North Suburban Conference boys swim meet at Lake Forest High School on Saturday.

    Black sets the pace as Stevenson, LF share NSC crown

    In Saturday's North Suburban Conference boys swimming meet, Mundelein's Connor Black broke the 100 butterfly pool record set in 1994 by Tucker Shade of Decatur MacArthur in a quick 48.76. Host Lake Forest (286) edged Stevenson (283) in the team standings, meaning those teams share the overall conference championship.


    Hampshire sends 2 downstate

    Hampshire senior Travis Keeling (38-7) advanced to the state tournament by finishing third at 170 pounds at the Antioch sectional Saturday. Keeling beat Fenwick’s Dubem Ikedionwu 5-4 in the third-place match. Keeling will be joined in Champaign by his sophomore teammate Anton Krocko, who finished fourth at 182. Krocko (30-9) lost to Terryon Bradley of Chicago Uplift 15-7 in the third-place match.


    Big finishes for Hoffman’s Wille, Palatine’s Conrad

    Sarah Wille of Hoffman Estates and Katie Conrad of Palatine didn’t let the frenetic atmosphere of Cherry Bowl Lanes bother them in the least. As a matter of fact, the junior bowlers thrived in it. In the jam-packed setting of the Rockford alley — one that a fan rightly called “organized chaos” — Conrad and Wille showed their mettle by placing in the top 20 at Saturday’s state tournament.

    Barrington’s senior Kyle Ujiiye holds the 200-yard medley real metal is his mouth as he stands with his teammates after they won the event at the Mid-Suburban League meet Saturday.

    Barrington brings out the best

    Welcome to Barrington, Mid-Suburban League competitors. You were guests one of the finest boys swimming teams in the history of the conference, and more supporting evidence came forth Saturday. The host Broncos finished with 273 points to win the MSL championships in workmanlike fashion. Barrington answered challenges to win all three relays, but beyond that their only victory came from Kyle Ujiye in the 100-yard butterfly (50.46). That oddity is simply due to the overall balance of top-level swimmers in the conference, though. And no one else could come close to matching the completeness of Barrington’s lineup. “With the team we have, our focus this year really has to be on swimming our best at state,” said Barrington senior Jack Strauss, who was second in the 200 free and 100 free and anchored the Broncos’ freestyle relays. “Our goal for this meet was mainly to be consisent with our times across the board, and I think we pretty much did that.”

    Burlington Central’s Camille Delacruz and Alison Colby swarm Crystal Lake South’s Carina Madoni during a Christmas tournament game.

    Girls basketball/Scouting the Fox Valley postseason

    Taking a look at the girls basketball postseason around the Fox Valley.


    Marist provides playoff prep for St. Viator

    St. Viator girls basketball coach Christina Jost and her players knew they were going up against a quality team in Marist on Saturday afternoon at the Cahill Gymnasium. So what better way to tune up for a Class 3A regional next Tuesday? “We kind of took that mindset,” Jost said after the talented Redhawks came away with a 76-39 victory in the East Suburban Catholic Conference finale. “We knew Marist (21-9, 7-3) was a very good team and obviously well-coached. “So we were using it as a good way to prepare for the state tournament. I don’t see us playing teams as tough as them early on, so hopefully this will help us.”

    The Cubs’ signing of Edwin Jackson to a four-year, $52-million deal shows the team wants to be competitive this year, according to beat writer Bruce Miles.

    Mix-and-match and Cubs still hoping to compete

    Year 2 of the Theo Epstein/Jed Hoyer era begins this week as the Cubs open spring training in Mesa, Ariz. Epstein and Hoyer are sticking with their plan of saying they want to win now while building for the future. We look at spring-training keys.

    Mundelein native and Wisconsin player Ben Brust, top, celebrates after hitting a 3-point shot in the final second of regulation against Michigan in an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, in Madison, Wis. Wisconsin defeated Michigan 65-62 in overtime. (AP Photo/Andy Manis)

    Mundelein native helps Wisconsin upset Michigan

    Mundelein native Ben Brust Brust hit a tie-breaking 3-pointer with less than 40 seconds left in overtime as Wisconsin beat No. 3 Michigan 65-62 on Saturday. "It was awesome, something I'll remember forever, and I'm sure a lot of people will," Brust said of the game, which ended with students storming the court and fellow player Mike Bruesewitz taking the public address announcer's microphone to thank the crowd as students celebrated around him.

    Devyn Marble broke a lengthy slump with 21 points and Iowa beat Northwestern 71-57 on Saturday to snap a two-game losing streak.Josh Oglesby added 10 for the Hawkeyes (15-9, 4-7 Big Ten), who won for just the second time in six games.

    Northwestern felled by Iowa

    Devyn Marble broke a lengthy slump with 21 points and Iowa beat Northwestern 71-57 on Saturday to snap a two-game losing streak.Josh Oglesby added 10 for the Hawkeyes (15-9, 4-7 Big Ten), who won for just the second time in six games.


    Crater, Hampshire tame Grayslake North

    At some point, when you’re having some heck of a week, something has to give. So Tyler Crater gave in. He cracked a smile. Shrugged a tad, too. All the Hampshire senior could do was flash a Jordanesque grin as he hustled back on defense. As the final seconds wound down in the third quarter at Grayslake North, Crater canned a long, backpedaling 3-pointer with a defender’s hand in his face. “We were on a run,” Crater said. “I was running down the court and Brendan (Waterworth) saw me. I was like, ‘I’m going to put it up.’ I knew if I made it, Coach wouldn’t be mad. But I knew if I missed it, he’d be like, ‘You got to run some clock.’ But it went in, so he was happy.” Hampshire coach Bob Barnett and the Whip-Purs were one smiling bunch after pulling away for a 76-57 win in a Fox Valley Conference Fox Division matinee Saturday. Crater’s game-high 27 points matched the same number of points he dropped on South Elgin in an overtime win Wednesday night. He shot 8 of 14 from the floor and 8 of 8 from the foul line, as Hampshire (19-4, 7-2) defeated Grayslake North (13-10, 3-6) for the second time in three weeks.

    Oklahoma forward Romero Osby (24) jumps into the arms of teammate Andrew Fitzgerald, rear, at the end of the game as Oklahoma defeated Kansas 72-66 in an NCAA college basketball game in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

    Sooners hand No. 5 Kansas 3rd straight loss, 72-66

    Romero Osby scored 17 points, Steven Pledger added 15 and Oklahoma held off No. 5 Kansas 72-66 on Saturday to give the Jayhawks their first three-game losing streak in eight years.


    Buffalo beats Northern Illinois 59-54

    BUFFALO, N.Y. — Javon McCrea scored 16 points and Tony Watson had 14 points to help Buffalo beat Northern Illinois 59-54 on Saturday.Auraum Nuiriankh recorded a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds — four offensive — for the Bulls (9-15, 4-6 Mid-American Conference), who snapped a two-game losing streak.Buffalo never trailed in the second half, but had a tough time holding off the Huskies. The Bulls had a 52-41 lead with 4:27 left in the game when Nuiriankh made two free throws. Northern Illinois cut the deficit to three points, 57-54, with 22 seconds left on Aksel Bolin’s layup. But the Huskies (5-17, 3-7) were held scoreless the rest of the way, as Nuiriankh made two more free throws to give Buffalo enough cushion for the victory.Abdel Nader was the only Northern Illinois player to score in double figures with 13 points. The Huskies have lost two straight.

    DePaul's Edwind McGhee, left, walks toward the bench as Marquette's Vander Blue celebrates a basket during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jim Prisching)

    Marquette deals DePaul 8th straight loss

    Vander Blue scored 18 points and Junior Cadougan added 17 as No. 24 Marquette held off DePaul 89-78 on Saturday, the Blue Demons’ eighth straight loss. With the win, Marquette (17-5, 8-2 Big East) moved one-half game ahead of No. 9 Syracuse for first place in the Big East. Syracuse plays at home Sunday against St. Johns.


    Things are looking up for Rolling Meadows

    Rolling Meadows has seen as many ups and downs this season as the stock market has in recent months. Friday at Buffalo Grove, the Mustangs experienced one of those ups that might just give them a boost for the approaching postseason. Meadows, held to just 16 first-half points, came from behind with a 41-point second half to defeat the host Bison 57-52 in a Mid-Suburban East boys basketball game, snapping the Bison's 6-game winning streak.

    Taj Gibson (22) dunks as Utah's Randy Foye (8) and Enes Kanter (0) watch during the second quarter Friday in Salt Lake City.

    Boozer helps Bulls get past Jazz

    Coming off the worst loss and worst defense of Tom Thibodeau's coaching area in Denver on Thursday, the Bulls tried to finish their six-game road trip on a better note against the Jazz in Utah. Carlos Boozer scored 11 points in the final five minutes to lift the Bulls to a much-needed 93-89 victory.


    Barr brothers carry Carmel

    Call that raising the Barr.Junior Michael Barr scored 23 points and senior Cullen Barr added 20, as Carmel Catholic’s boys basketball team knocked off host Nazareth 79-75 in East Suburban Catholic Conference play Friday night.It was the second straight win for Carmel (10-12, 3-4), which led 19-12 after one quarter, 41-25 at halftime and 62-43 after three.Nickai Poyser chipped in 19 points for the Corsairs, and Jack George had 10.North Chicago 73, Wauconda 66: The host Bulldogs had upset on their minds in the North Suburban Prairie Division game.Wauconda (12-12, 5-6) was within a point with a minute to go.Kodey Thomas scored a career-high 30 points, sinking six 3-pointers, for Wauconda. Austin Swenson added 21 points and 5 rebounds for the Bulldogs, and Devon King grabbed 8 rebounds.North Chicago’s Kurt Hall led all scorers with 32 points.Zion-Benton 56, Warren 55: Milik Yarbrough’s free throw rallied the host Zee-Bees to the North Suburban Lake Division win.Warren (13-10, 5-6) led by 12 at halftime.


    Collinis, Maine West carve out a victory

    Nearly 1,500 spectators were applauding singers and dancers in the Sheely Center for Performing Arts at Glenbrook North on Friday night for the school’s 2013 Variety Show. Not too far down the hall, fans of the Maine West girls basketball team were doing some cheering of their own in the school’s gymnasium. They watched a fine show from the Warriors, who closed out the regular season with a 44-26 victory over the Spartans in the Central Suburban North.


    Peter Cahill of Arlington Heights has developed a personal security smartphone app, and he’s hoping to donate a year’s worth of service to families in Barrington Unit District 220, where his own niece was threatened by “stranger danger” less than a year ago.

    Arlington Hts. man has app for fighting off attacker

    Peter Cahill of Arlington Heights is marketing a smartphone application that is designed to summon help immediately if someone is being attacked or robbed, and he wants to offer it free for a year to Barrington Unit District 220.

    Microsoft Corp. is releasing its latest addition to the Surface line, Surface Pro, today.

    Review: Microsoft makes a real PC, and it’s no iPad

    Someday, the Surface Pro will deserve a spot in a technology museum. Nearly four decades after Microsoft was founded, it has finally delivered its first full-fledged, honest-to-God personal computer. It’s just that the Surface Pro, which goes on sale Feb. 9, wants to be more. With its tablet form factor, detachable keyboard and touch screen, it wants to be an iPad too. And it just isn’t.


    Opinion: Democracies need technocrats as well as politicians

    The London School of Economics Growth Commission, a panel of academics, former government officials and business leaders, has just published a report on how to improve Britain’s economic performance. “Investing for Prosperity” is a notable piece of work that deserves to be widely read, and not just in Britain. I was especially struck, though, by the panel’s recommendations on infrastructure, because these draw attention to a broad and difficult issue that dwells just beneath the surface of many policy debates: What is the proper balance between democracy and technocracy?

    The Google Maps application is demonstrated on an Android. An Associated Press review shows that Google Maps for iPhone is strong on directions, but lacks features of the Android version.

    Review: iPhone Google Maps lags Android version

    Every time my husband and I drive the 677 miles from New York to my parents’ house in Michigan, we dread the long stretch of Interstate 80 through the hills of rural Pennsylvania. It’s beautiful, but lonely, without a lot of places to stop. On this trip, with a little help from Google and Apple, I was determined to stay caffeinated and maybe find somewhere else to eat besides McDonald’s and truck stops.

    T-Mobile is aiming to be the first American carrier to role out the new BlackBerry Z10.

    T-Mobile says BlackBerry 10 testing well for mid-march debut

    T-Mobile USA, the fourth-largest U.S. mobile-service provider, says its tests of the new BlackBerry Z10 are going well, and it’s aiming to be the first American carrier “out of the gate” with the phone next month. “The device is more stable than we anticipated,” said Frank Sickinger, head of business sales at T-Mobile USA, a unit of Deutsche Telekom.

    Michael Dell, Chairman and CEO of Dell, speaks during his keynote address at Comdex, in Las Vegas. It’s easy to forget now, but Michael Dell was the Mark Zuckerberg of his time. Hailed as a young genius, he created the inexpensive, made-to-order personal computer in his dorm room and peddled it to the masses, but now the PC is being eclipsed by smartphones and tablet computers, and Dell is trying to save his company.

    Dell’s founder strikes deal to turn it around

    It’s easy to forget now, but Michael Dell was the Mark Zuckerberg of his day. Hailed as a young genius, he created the inexpensive, made-to-order personal computer in his University of Texas dorm room and sold it straight to the public. But that was a long time ago in the fast-moving world of high technology. Now the PC is getting eclipsed by smartphones and tablet computers, and Dell is struggling to save his company — and his legacy.


    9 things Apple could do with $137 billion

    Apple Inc. has recently come under attack for its practice of stockpiling cash. At the end of last year, the company was sitting on $137 billion —and the heap keeps growing. Apple has never explained why it is salting away so much money — other than to say the company is preserving its options.


    U.S. government looking to hire 5,000 cyberwarriors

    The reported call last week to quintuple the size of the U.S. Cyber Command — to about 5,000 hackers and other alpha-geek types — poses a daunting challenge if the ranks are to be filled. The services do not have anywhere near these numbers of IT experts with the requisite skills on active duty. Redeploying those they do have to Cybercom would still leave enormous shortfalls, and gaps in the units whence they came.

Life & Entertainment

    Rolling Meadows High School Show Choir members Amanda Torres and Korinne Yonan greet actress Jane Lynch and her Aunt Marge Lynch at the Chicago Film Critics Association 24th Annual Awards Show on Saturday at Muvico Theaters in Rosemont.

    Chicago Film Critics honor ‘Glee’ star Jane Lynch

    There’s no way a movie award night can go wrong if you throw in some Hollywood glitz, an entertaining emcee, and “Glee” star Jane Lynch. The Chicago actress was honored with the “Comedia Extraordinaire” award on Saturday night at the 24th Chicago Film Critics Association awards, held at Muvico Theater in Rosemont.

    Festival attendee, Mike Bridavsky and his cat, Lil Bub, pose with Golden Kitty Award-winner William Braden at the Walker Art Center Internet Cat Video Festival in Minneapolis.

    Internet cat stars scratch the surface for fame<

    The first Internet Cat Video Film Festival drew a Woodstock-esque crowd of more than 10,000 — people, that is — to a Minneapolis art museum in August. “People were spilling out into the streets. It kind of took our breath away. You hit the people that are the cat lovers but you also get people who just like sharing something on the Internet, and it kind of reaches across age groups,” said the museum’s Scott Stulen, who worked on the festival and helped curate entries.

    Michael Kors, from left, Heidi Klum and Zac Posen pose Friday before the Fall 2013 Project Runway fashion show in New York.

    Posen, Kors share the ‘Runway’ at NY Fashion Week

    The rivalry stayed on the catwalk when new “Project Runway” judge Zac Posen met previous “Project Runway” judge Michael Kors at New York Fashion Week on Friday. Kors, acting as a guest panelist, Posen, Heidi Klum and Nina Garcia were one big happy family when they took their seats at Lincoln Center to watch the collections of this season’s contestants.

    A Lexus hybrid concept car was featured at last year's Chicago Auto Show, which returns to McCormick Place in Chicago for its 105th edition.

    Weekend picks: Chicago Auto Show starts its engines today

    The Chicago Auto Show revs things up starting Saturday at McCormick Place. See the latest models, concept cars and much more. Search for finches and other winter birds at the Bird Walk at Cantigny Park in Wheaton. The Elgin Choral Union and Heartland Voices join with the Elgin Symphony Orchestra for the concert “Choral Fantasy” Saturday. Plus, Ring in the Chinese New Year at the Garfield Park Conservatory.

    Michaels craft store offers The Love Paper Maché Box. Popular homemade gifts include candles and bath salts, personalized photo frames, artsy fashion scarves, and candy containers that say you’re extra sweet.

    Not too late to make heartfelt Valentine’s gifts

    Don't worry if you've yet to find something special for loved ones this Valentine's Day. You can easily and inexpensively add extra heart to gifts by making them at home.

    A golden retriever puppy named Gibbs attends a news conference at the American Kennel Club in New York. The club announced their list of the most popular dog breeds in 2012, where the golden retriever remains one of the top five most popular dogs.

    Lifestyle, pop culture drive dog breed popularity

    The American Kennel Club has found that lifestyle changes and popular culture are the biggest forces controlling dog popularity in the U.S. "The No. 1 thing that drives changes in dog popularity is people's lifestyles," said Lisa Peterson, the club's spokesperson. In New York City last year, larger breeds such as the Labrador retriever and German shepherd jumped over the smaller Yorkshire terrier. Peterson attributed to the economic recovery, saying "people are going back to larger dogs."


    A list of America’s most popular dog breeds
    The American Kennel Club has been tracking the popularity of purebred dogs for 128 years as the number of recognized breeds grew from nine to 177. A list of the country’s most popular dog breeds by the decade, according to data released by the AKC:— 1880s: Top five breeds (English setters, Irish setters, pointers, Irish water spaniels and Gordon setters) were all working gun dogs, which helped hunters retrieve game.— 1890s: The Saint Bernard takes the No. 1. spot, becoming the only giant breed to reach the top but never return. — 1900s: The collie debuts at No. 1. The Boston terrier becomes the first small companion dog to reach No. 2.— 1910s: The Boston terrier becomes the top dog and remains the only American breed to reach that spot. — 1920s: The German shepherd takes over at No. 1 in 1925. — 1930s: Boston terriers reclaim the top spot, and cocker spaniels begin their impressive climb. In the 1930s, the decade of the Great Depression, all top 10 breeds are small or medium-sized companion dogs.— 1940s: Cocker spaniels (American and English, all colors) begin their reign. Influences included My Own Brucie, who won dozens of best-of-show titles and a likeness on the cover of Life Magazine.— 1950s: The beagle becomes the nation’s top breed for most of the decade. Charles Schultz’s Snoopy makes his first appearance in national newspapers on Oct. 4, 1950. — 1960s: Poodles take over as No. 1 in 1960 and stay there until 1982. — 1970s: Poodles have the top spot locked up but in a harbinger of things to come, the Labrador retriever makes the top 10 for the first time.— 1980s: Cocker spaniels return to the top. — 1990s: Labrador retrievers take over and hold tight through at least 2012. Hollywood’s fascination with pocket pups is having an effect, as the decade marks the first appearance of the Yorkshire terrier, and the Pomeranian returns to the top 10 for the first time since the 1930s. — 2000s: The Labrador retriever is overwhelmingly No. 1.

    “The Last Runaway” by Tracy Chevalier

    Chevalier’s latest novel disappoints

    Tracy Chevalier's "Girl With a Pearl Earring," which brought Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer to life, has become a near-classic in contemporary historical fiction. And her latest novel, "The Last Runaway," takes on similarly fascinating and little-known subject matter — the Quakers' role in the Underground Railroad during the mid-1800s. Heroine Honor Bright leaves England for America, settles in Ohio and becomes intimately involved in the movement — helping runaway slaves reach freedom. Sounds great, right? But despite this compelling fictional backdrop, Chevalier's storytelling just doesn't do it justice.


    Overcoming culture clash among diverse residents

    Recent immigrants frequently settle in areas with persons of like background, and are often drawn to the benefits of community association living. However, the task of building new lives, working and raising families often leave them little time to learn a language and culture that bear little resemblance to their own.

    Spoon-collecting was once a common hobby, and the examples in today’s question are interesting.

    Silver demitasse spoons stir up different valuations

    Q. These pictures are of demitasse spoons that have been passed down in my family. A set of five spoons is heavily engraved with a floral pattern and belonged to my great-grandmother, who was married in 1867.

    Houses are now on the market fewer days and sellers are getting better prices, said Jeff Matheson of Century 21 Kreuser and Seiler.

    Fewer homes available in quality locations

    While not yet as healthy as in other states, the real estate market in the Chicago area "definitely shows signs of having bottomed out and early signals of an upturn," said Jeff Matheson of Century 21 Kreuser and Seiler in Libertyville.


    HECM reverse mortgages are attracting the wrong crowd

    The recent actuarial review of the financial status of FHA’s home equity conversion mortgage (HECM) insurance fund revealing a deficit of $2.8 billion has generated considerable attention in Congress and elsewhere. Some commentators have suggested that the deficit was a reason for curtailing the program.

    Daniel Craig returns as James Bond in the action adventure film, “Skyfall.”

    DVD previews: ‘Skyfall,’ ‘Robot & Frank’

    New movies on DVD this week include Daniel Craig as James Bond in "Skyfall" and Frank Langella in the touching dramedy "Robot & Frank."

    Construction of new homes picked up steam last year throughout the Chicago region. A recent study says housing starts were up nearly 32 percent.

    New housing starts expected to rise

    Residential construction in the Chicago area is seeing "fairly healthy growth, especially when you consider that housing starts in 2012 were up 31.9 percent over 2011," said Chris Huecksteadt of Metrostudy, a leading provider of market information to the housing, retail and related industries. "This was the first year-over-year increase (in housing starts) we have seen here in five or six years," he said.


    No sibling competition, but still a complex issue

    Q. Is it beneficial for a widow to “sell” her house to a child for $1.00? What might be conflicts to either side? Sibling competition is not an issue.

    Soccer star David Beckham on the set of his newest ad campaign for his bodywear collection in Los Angeles. The ad is more like a film short, directed by Guy Ritchie.

    David Beckham back in skimpy bodywear ads

    David Beckham has a knack for keeping his name in the news, and his face — and well-sculpted body — in front of the cameras. The newest ad campaign for his bodywear collection for global retailer H&M is being released on the heels of the announcement that he’s joining the French Paris-Saint Germain soccer club. The ad campaign, directed by Guy Ritchie, is more like a film short. Beckham stars as an action hero, saving the day in Los Angeles in his boxer briefs and bedroom slippers.



    The Soapbox

    Read editors' comments about a tiny new river resident, pocked roads and other winter hazards, and an amazing acronym.


    Such a wasteful president
    An Elgin letter to the editor: I am disappointed in our president to ask us citizens to cut back on spending and he took two flights to Hawaii for Christmas and had all the inaugural balls.


    Do we need new school in Wheaton?
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: On Jan. 11, the Daily Herald stated, "Dist. 200 will ask you for millions." Why? People are hurting economically and yet they are requesting funds for a new school (Jefferson). In asking for those funds, they must be oblivious of what has happened to our economy, and the ensuing joblessness.


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