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Daily Archive : Friday February 15, 2013

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    Winkelmann has a ball acting as Marilyn Monroe and flirting with the older gentlemen in her audience, like Douglas Dean of Prospect Heights. Sheri performed at the Claremont Rehabilitation and Living Center in Buffalo Grove during their Happy Hours Friday party.

    Moving Picture: Palatine woman impersonates Marilyn

    Sheri Winkelmann of Palatine routinely performs as Marilyn Monroe and other famonus female celebrities at birthday parties and other events. Her love of performing was shaped in her theater days in New York City, and she perfects the craft as she stays in character all night as Marilyn, Madonna, or Connie Francis. “People love Marilyn, It brings back such good memories, a good time, a more...

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    Students were able to walk around inside a partially inflated hot-air balloon Friday as a crew from RE/MAX visited Welch Elementary School in Naperville.

    Welch students get hot-air balloon lesson

    Students at Naperville's Welch Elementary School got some hands-on lessons Friday in the history of hot-air balloons and the scientific principles that allow them to fly. Bill Baker, a pilot with RE/MAX visited the school to talk to youngsters about what it's like to fly. He gave them a chance to walk around inside a partially inflated 75-foot-tall balloon and then took them outside to see a...

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    Robert Shilling

    Elgin residents may lose 9 dogs found in filthy home

    Kane County prosecutors want two people to forfeit nine dogs and a cat that were seized from an Elgin home on Jan. 31. A court hearing is slated for Tueday. Four people were arrested after police searched a home in the 600 block of Lavioe Avenue after the landlord complained an unauthorized tenant was allowing his dogs to urinate and defecate inside the home.

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    Sugar Grove man killed in Batavia crash

    A 61-year-old Sugar Grove man was killed in a two-car crash that shut down Randall Road in Batavia Friday night.Crews were dispatched at 6:22 p.m. to the intersection of Randall Road and McKee Street, according to Lt. Scott Hogan of the Batavia Fire Department.

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    Truck rolls over mechanic’s leg

    A mechanic was injured Friday afternoon when a truck he was fixing on the side of the road in Elk Grove Village rolled over his leg, authorities said. A truck driver had called a 24-hour truck repair service to fix a brake problem near the intersection of Touhy Avenue and Higgins Road.

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    4 charged in Crystal Lake home invasion

    Police said Friday they have now arrested and charged all four suspects in a Feb. 6 home invasion in Crystal Lake. Authorities said the four suspects forced their way into a home on the 0-100 block of East Terra Cotta Avenue, battered the resident, removed items, and fled on foot.

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    Carl Arriaza

    Mt. Prospect candidates debate property taxes

    The six candidates running for three seats on the Mount Prospect village board are divided on how well they think the village government has held the line on property tax increases.

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    Three injured in Lombard crash

    Three people were injured in a high-speed car crash Friday afternoon on a residential block in Lombard that resulted in the vehicle landing on its roof, authorities said. The crash occurred about 3:45 p.m. on the 500 block of South Elizabeth Street when the vehicle left the roadway and struck a fire hydrant and parkway tree, according to the Lombard Fire Department.

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    Woman falls into sewer vault in Gurnee

    A woman had to be rescued from an underground sanitary sewer vault that she fell into Friday morning as she was walking down the street in Gurnee, authorities said. But, officials said, she came out without as much as a scratch on her body — or any sewage.

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    Officials at the Ackerman Sports and Fitness Center in Glen Ellyn put up a system of buckets, tarps and flexible piping to control roof leaks discovered shortly after the facility opened in January 2010. Recent repairs seem to have brought the leaks to an end.

    Tab so far for fixed roof at Glen Ellyn rec center: $950,000

    Glen Ellyn Park District has spent roughly $950,000 to investigate and fix a leaking roof at its recreation center and to pursue litigation to recoup those costs from firms involved in the original installation. The park board approved its fourth and final payment last week to Solaris Roofing Solutions, hired in April 2012 to attach a single-layer insulated membrane to the original roof at the...

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    Kent Nightlinger

    Former District 95 administrator chosen as new Lake Zurich High School principal

    Kent Nightlinger was chosen Thursday from among about 40 candidates as the new principal at Lake Zurich High School. He currently is an associate principal at Rolling Meadows High School and a former administrator in Lake Zurich Unit Ditrict 95. He will succeed Kim Kolze, who is retiring at the end of the school year.

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    Victim calls off search for carjacker in Schaumburg

    A woman who said she was carjacked and kidnapped early Friday from downtown Chicago to Schaumburg later told police to call off their search for her attacker. The 26-year-old woman left the Schaumburg Police Department and requested no further police involvement after a three-hour search for a man suspected of abducting her near LaSalle Drive and Oak Street in Chicago.

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    Debbie Herrmann

    Island Lake changes public comment rules

    Island Lake trustees have approved new rules on how the public may comment at village board meeting. Proponents say the move will lead to more producive commentary, but some opponents contended it was an effort to censor the public.

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    Jereme Richmond

    Judge clears former Waukegan High star Richmond to play semipro basketball

    Former Waukegan High basketball star Jereme Richmond, 20, of Waukegan, has been cleared to play with a semipro team in Sterling, but only if he stays out of trouble while on probation and checks into the Lake County jail for up to four consecutive weekends.

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    Richard Kirstein

    Colleagues remember trailblazer for special education

    One of the first special education teachers at Hersey High School in Arlington Heights, who helped pioneer individualized education plans in the school, has died. Richard “Dick” Kirstein died on Jan. 29 from injuries sustained in an auto accident in Galena.

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    Hanover Park sees 3rd consecutive drop in violent crime

    The Hanover Park Police Department reports that “Part 1” crime — violent crime and certain property crimes — fell to an all-time low last year, marking the third consecutive decrease.

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    Schaumburg Y to manage Elgin-area YMCAs

    The Alfred Campanelli YMCA in Schaumburg on Saturday, Feb. 16, will assume the management of the Prairie Valley Family YMCA — formerly the Elgin YMCA — along with its four branches: Camp Edwards, Taylor, Gilberts and St. Charles.

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    Palatine death investigation continues

    Palatine police on Friday continued their investigation into the death of Jieru Chen. The 77-year-old Palatine woman died Thursday, possibly after a slow-moving vehicle hit her as it backed out of a private drive on the 400 block of North Hicks Road.

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    Then-Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife, then-Chicago Alderman Sandi Jackson, applaud as President Barack Obama is introduced at Ford Motor Co. plant in Chicago in 2010.

    Jackson Jr. and wife will plead guilty

    In a spectacular fall from political prominence, former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife agreed Friday to plead guilty to federal charges growing out of what prosecutors said was a scheme to use $750,000 in campaign funds for lavish personal expenses, including a $43,000 gold watch and furs.

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    President Barack Obama speaks at Hyde Park Academy on Friday in Chicago. Obama is traveling to promote the economic and educational plan he laid out in his State of the Union address.

    Obama’s support for gun control has roots in Chicago

    President Barack Obama’s support for gun control has its roots in a hometown plagued by deadly shootings — a city, he said Friday, where as many children die from guns every four months as were slaughtered at Sandy Hook school in Connecticut. Obama told a Chicago audience that high-profile mass shootings are one part of a national tragedy created not just by guns but by communities where there is...

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    Some police contracts allow drinking before work

    Police officers in various Chicago-area communities have contracts that allow them to have a few drinks before they hop into their squad cars and patrol the streets, according to a new report.

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    S. Elgin police warn of ‘suspicious circumstances’

    South Elgin police issued a community alert Friday for two “suspicious circumstances” that occurred this week. On Thursday, a resident reported that a male and female couple came to his house and said they were FBI agents investigating child pornography. They flashed “some type of identification” and said the resident’s IP address indicated he had viewed pornography, according to a news release.

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    Barrington Hills Village President Robert Abboud took this photo at Insurance Auto Auctions’ site in Wheeling and filed a formal complaint with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency over what he called an “appalling lack of care for the environment.” The agency didn’t agree with Abboud, ruling this week there were no significant problems at the site.

    IEPA finds no issues at Wheeling auto auction facility

    Barrington Hills Village President Robert Abboud was so disgusted with the conditions he said he found at Insurance Auto Auctions’ Wheeling site that he filed a 14-page complaint with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, alleging an “appalling lack of care for the environment.” The IEPA launched an investigation and this week determined there were no significant issues at the Wheeling...

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    A meteor struck the suburbs millions of years ago near Big Bend Lake in Des Plaines. Time has erased signs of the huge crater from the earth’s surface, but the event remains recorded in the rocks below.

    Russian meteor nothing like prehistoric Des Plaines meteor

    As Russians try to learn more about the meteor that showered a border region with fiery rock on Friday, local residents may be surprised to know that the suburbs have experienced their share of astronomical trauma — in the form of a meteor that left a 5-mile-wide crater and likely wiped out all life for miles around.

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    Armed robber strikes in North Aurora

    North Aurora police said Friday they are looking for a man who robbed a 7-Eleven at gunpoint Thursday and left with cash, lottery tickets and cigarettes. The armed robbery occurred at 5:35 a.m. at the convenience store at 718 Butterfield Road.

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    A squirrel in Salina, Kansas nibbles on a kernal of corn Wednesday afternoon. Squirrels in Holley, N.Y. might not be so relaxed this weekend.

    Charity squirrel kill drawing complaints

    State Sen. Tony Avella, of Queens, and animal-rights activists are among those urging the Holley Fire Department to call off its annual “squirrel slam” fundraiser, scheduled for Saturday.

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    U.S. President Barack Obama greets House Speaker John Boehner, a Republican from Ohio, right, and Joseph “Joe” Biden, U.S. vice president, before delivering the State of the Union address Tuesday.

    Rep. Cohen: Twitter exchange was with daughter

    U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen has revealed he’s the father of the 24-year-old Texas woman he was communicating with on Twitter during the State of the Union in an exchange that led some people to jump to a different conclusion.

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    Bail denied for hotel shooting suspect

    A judge has denied bail for an Evanston man accused of shooting and injuring a fellow guest at a birthday party in Chicago’s historic Palmer House Hilton Hotel.

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    Hanford nuclear tank is leaking

    The tanks hold millions of gallons of a highly radioactive stew left from decades of plutonium production for nuclear weapons.

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    Johny Perez-Torres

    Elgin man faces child porn charges after business searched

    A 39-year-old Elgin man faces five counts of child pornography possession after authorities arrested him this week at his auto shop in South Elgin. Johny Perez-Torres faces up to seven years in prison if convicted. McHenry County officials investigating a peer-to-peer file sharing network traced an IP address to South Elgin and police searched Torres' auto repair shop on Tuesday. Torres posted...

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    County hosts strategic plan forum

    The first of five community forums regarding Lake County’s strategic plan will be held Wednesday, Feb. 27 at the Central Permit Facility, 500 W. Winchester Road, Libertyville.

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    SHS to buy iPads for students

    The Stevenson High School board on Monday agreed to purchase 2,000 iPads that will be used by the entire freshman and sophomore classes during the 2013-14 school year.

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    County unveils improved mapping app

    Lake County has upgraded its online mapping application to provide users with easy access to maps, tax and property information, and other interactive features.

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    Award winning movie at Aspen Library

    Parents, teachers, caregivers and children ages 10 and up accompanied by an adult, are invited to a screening of photojournalist Dan Habib’s award-winning documentary film Including Samuel at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24 at the Aspen Library, 701 Aspen Drive, Vernon Hills.

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    State employees will have the task of opening James “Pate” Philip State Park in Bartlett on Monday because an operating agreement for the park is expiring.

    Expiring pact won't close DuPage-area state park

    James “Pate” Philip State Park will remain open next week as the agencies that run and fund the Bartlett facility scramble to extend their operating agreement. But DuPage County Forest Preserve District staff members won't be the ones opening the parking lot gate a half-hour before sunrise Monday or closing it a half-hour after sunset.

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    Lt. Governor Sheila Simon, right, chats with Lake Zurich High School students Kati Stavropoulos, left, Amanda Buckstaff, Kasia Konsor and Ian Hesch after they were honored Friday for winning the No More Dating Abuse Video Contest.

    Video warning against teen dating abuse wins honor for Lake Zurich High students

    Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon and executives from Verizon Wireless and the Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence honored four Lake Zurich High School students on Friday for their winning entry to the statewide "No More Teen Dating Abuse" video contest. The students each won and iPad and the school received $1,000.

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    Fox Valley police reports
    The Huntley Public Library District filed a criminal damage to property report on Feb. 5, after two mailes set off fireworks inside the library near its movie section, police said.

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    Pope John Paul II gives his blessing to father Marcial Maciel, founder of the Legion of Christ, during a special audience at the Vatican.

    Records show inner workings of Legion of Christ

    Pope Benedict XVI took over the Legion in 2010 after a Vatican investigation determined that its founder, the late Rev. Marcial Maciel, had lived a double life.

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    A bag of foam cups are for sale Thursday in New York .

    New Yorkers react to mayor’s push to ban plastic foam

    New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, speaking Friday morning on WOR radio, touted both the environmental and economic benefits of banning polystyrene foam.

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    Marine Maj. Guillermo Rosales has served two tours of duty in Iraq and was awarded the Bronze Star for bravery. He’s stationed in Chicago now and lives in Wheeling.

    Marine stresses positive choices for students

    With all the talk of school violence, lockdown drills and other topics that scare kids, Kennedy Junior High language arts teacher Charlotte Bunce says she thought her students needed to meet a real hero. Enter Maj. Guillermo Rosales, who just happens to be an associate of Bunce’s brother. Bunce said the Marine’s story, along with multiple deployments to Iraq’s “Triangle of Death” and Niger,...

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    Donald Mischke

    Lisle man’s sentencing delayed in the murder of Grayslake woman

    The sentencing hearing for Donald Mischke of Lisle man, who was convicted in the 2010 murder of a Grayslake woman, was delayed after he tried to declare his defense attorney was ineffective during the trial. Mischke filed the surprise motion and requested a new trial minutes before his sentencing hearing was scheduled to begin Friday in front of Lake County Circuit Judge Mark Levitt and the...

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    President Barack Obama is greeted Friday by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel after arriving at O'Hare International Airport. The president Obama went to Chicago to pitch his “Ladders of opportunity” economic plan that he laid out in his State of the Union address.

    Obama in Chicago exhorts 'ladders of opportunity'

    President Barack Obama is portraying his State of the Union proposals as elements of a concerted effort to build "ladders of opportunity" into the middle class. In remarks Friday at Hyde Park Academy in his hometown of Chicago, Obama says by reducing gun violence, expanding preschool access, raising the minimum wage and improving job training, the U.S. can ensure every child has a chance to...

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    Foreign holdings of U.S. debt up .3%

    Foreign demand for U.S. Treasury securities rose to a record level in December, evidence that overseas investors remained confident in U.S. debt despite on-going budget battles in Washington.

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    Sen. Dan Coats, an Indiana Repblican, left, and GOP Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming confer as they leave a GOP caucus Thursday at the Capitol in Washington.

    Hagel delay gives opposition time to hone attack

    In choosing Hagel, a former GOP senator and twice-wounded Vietnam combat veteran, the White House expected him to be an asset, not a liability, among Republicans who are often critical of Obama’s national security policies.

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    After Pat Brady of St. Charles urged his fellow Republicans to support gay marriage, only one GOP senator voted for it Thursday.

    Brady: GOP “on the wrong side of history” on same-sex marriage

    Illinois Republican Chairman Pat Brady of St. Charles, who personally lobbied for legalized same-sex marriage but saw it pass the state Senate Thursday with only one GOP vote, says his party is “on the wrong side of history.” “I think there was a lot more support than could actually vote for it,” said Brady, of St. Charles..

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    House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia walks Friday through the Capitol in Washington.

    House votes to extend pay freeze for government workers

    Rep. Frank Wolf, a Republican whose northern Virginia district includes the headquarters of the Central Intelligence Agency, yelled on the House floor that the bill would target CIA officers who tracked Osama bin Laden, astronauts, Border Patrol agents, cancer researchers and nurses in Veterans Affairs hospitals who are treating wounded soldiers returning from Afghanistan.

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    New virus cases at 12

    British health authorities identified an additional case of a new respiratory virus in a relative of a person diagnosed this week, bringing the global tally of cases to 12.

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    U.S. Gen. John Allen, left, the outgoing U.S. and NATO- led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) commander in Afghanistan salutes with upcoming U.S. and NATO-led International Security Assistance Force commander in Afghanistan U.S. Gen. Joseph Dunford last Sunday during a changing of command ceremony in Kabul, Afghanistan.

    Army may have to extend deployments in Afghanistan

    WASHINGTON — Soldiers deployed to Afghanistan next year may see their war tours extended because budget cuts will drastically limit training for brigades to replace them, the top Army general said Friday.

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    This image provided by NASA/JPL-Caltech shows a simulation of asteroid 2012 DA14 approaching from the south as it passes through the Earth-moon system on Friday, Feb. 15, 2013. The 150-foot object will pass within 17,000 miles of the Earth. NASA scientists insist there is absolutely no chance of a collision as it passes.

    Asteroid buzzes, misses Earth — unlike meteor

    A 150-foot asteroid hurtled through Earth's backyard Friday, coming within an incredible 17,150 miles and making the closest known flyby for a rock of its size. In a chilling coincidence, a meteor exploded above Russia's Ural Mountains just hours before the asteroid zoomed past the planet. Scientists, along with NASA, insisted the meteor had nothing to do with the asteroid since they appeared to...

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    Jared Marchiando, the first president of the Boys II Men brotherhood in Aurora, is honored as one of the fraternity’s 2013 Phenomenal Men of the Year. The brotherhood has included more than 200 members since Marchiando was among its 12 founding members in 2002.

    Boys II Men helps Aurora teens change minds, lives

    Boys II Men, a fraternal organization for school-aged boys in Aurora, is celebrating 10 years of helping boys shatter stereotypes, break barriers and learn to value education, culture, service, discipline and brotherhood. At the sixth annual Phoenmenal Man Awards, five leaders were recognized, including the group's first president, an Army veteran and a local school board member.

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    Gina Epps

    Police: Arrested Round Lake High teacher claims to be marijuana activist

    A veteran Round Lake High School physical education teacher who claims to be a marijuana activist is due in court next month on drug-related and other charges, authorities said. Round Lake Police Chief Michael Gillette said the instructor, Gina Epps, was on her lunch break Jan. 29 when she was pulled over on a traffic stop. “She's a marijuana activist,” Gillette said. “That's...

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    Death in Aurora Township investigated as a suicide

    The Kane County Sheriff's Office announced Friday afternoon that the discovery of dead body along the side on Farnsworth Avenue near Waubonsee Creek in Aurora Township is being classified as a suicide.

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    Shaun Wild, a North Central College graduate and Spring Brook Elementary School teacher, was fatally stabbed last year at Frankies Blue Room on Chicago Avenue in downtown Naperville. Two other men also were stabbed but survived.

    Survivor alleges Naperville club overserved murder suspect

    A Lemont man says a downtown Naperville nightspot overserved murder suspect Daniel Olaska the night police say he stabbed to death a grade-school teacher. William Hayes III, one of two men who survived the bar fight with knife wounds, made his allegations in a recent lawsuit against Frankies Blue Room and owner Riff Menza.

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    A meteor contrail is seen Friday over Chelyabinsk, Russia. A meteor streaked across the sky of Russia’s Ural Mountains on Friday morning, causing sharp explosions and reportedly injuring nearly 1,000 people, including many hurt by broken glass.

    Meteor explodes over Russia, nearly 1,000 injured

    A meteor streaked across the sky and exploded over Russia’s Ural Mountains with the power of an atomic bomb Friday, its sonic blasts shattering countless windows and injuring nearly 1,000 people. Many of the injured were cut by flying glass as they flocked to windows to see what the source was for such an intense flash of light. The meteor — estimated to be about 10 tons — entered the Earth’s...

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    Your meteor questions answered

    A meteor exploded in the sky above Russia’s Ural Mountains on Friday, causing a shock wave that blew out countless windows and injured hundreds of people with flying glass. Here’s a look at those objects in the sky.

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    The Academic Fair at St. Patrick Catholic School in Wadsworth. Eighth-grade students present projects on topics ranging from robotics, to Walt Disney World, to the Salem witch hunts.

    St. Patrick students explore interests at academic fair

    Everyone has a special interest, whether it is YouTube, Walt Disney World, movie special effects or dog sledding. Eighth-grade students at St. Patrick Catholic School in Wadsworth had the opportunity to explore their interest and show it off in the annual Academic Fair.

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    Activists: 150 killed in clashes for Syria airport

    Heavy fighting for control of the international airport in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo and a major military air base nearby has killed some 150 rebels and government soldiers over the past two days, activists said Friday.

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    President Barack Obama is trying to change the face of the federal judiciary that has been dominated by white men, if he can get his nominees past the Senate.

    Obama attempting to change face of the judiciary

    President Barack Obama is trying to change the face of a federal judiciary that has a long tradition of white men passing judgment on parties from all walks of life — if he can get his nominees past the Senate. Republicans have used the powers accorded the Senate minority party to slow Obama’s influence on the federal bench. But recent changes to Senate rules suggest the process may begin to move...

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    Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, makes remarks during a town-hall meeting in Heber City, Utah. Chaffetz flew home from Washington last week to attend the town hall meeting. Many voters here and in similar communities elsewhere still want to do whatever it takes to stop President Obama, and the politicians they elect are listening.

    Unyielding GOP politicians doing what voters ask

    To understand why the nation may remain politically gridlocked for the next two years, talk to people in a place like Heber City, Utah, a conservative farming and ranching hub nestled beneath the imposing peaks of the Wasatch mountains. Many voters here, and in conservative communities across the country, still want to do whatever it takes to stop Obama, despite his solid re-election in November,...

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    Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., right, and Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, left, arrive for the vote to end debate on the nomination of former GOP senator Chuck Hagel as the nation’s next secretary of defense, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013.

    Filibuster or not? GOP slow-walks Hagel nomination

    Immediately after blocking Chuck Hagel’s nomination to be secretary of defense, top Republicans took to the Senate floor to claim that, no, they were not filibustering. They just needed more time. A filibuster occurs when a minority of senators declines to vote to invoke what’s called “cloture,” which sets a deadline to complete debate on a nomination or bill and forces an up or down vote. It...

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    House moves to extend pay freeze for fed workers

    House conservatives want to extend to a full three years the current freeze on cost-of-living pay increases for the nation’s 2 million civilian federal workers. They say that blocking a modest raise proposed by President Barack Obama for the last nine months of this year will save $11 billion over the long run and that well-compensated federal employees can afford it.

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    Officials say the burned remains found in a California mountain cabin have been positively identified as former Los Angeles police officer Christopher Dorner’s. San Bernardino County Sheriffís spokeswoman Jodi Miller said Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013 that the identification was made through Dornerís dental records.

    Dorner’s remains ID’d, cause of death unclear

    Investigators determined fairly quickly that the burned human remains found after a shootout in Southern California mountains are those of Christopher Dorner, the ex-police officer suspected in a rampage that left four people dead. But the answer to a second question will likely prove more elusive — how did he die?

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    Athlete Oscar Pistorius weeps in court in Pretoria, South Africa, Friday, Feb 15, 2013, at his bail hearing in the murder case of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Oscar Pistorius arrived at a courthouse Friday, for his bail hearing in the murder case of his girlfriend as South Africans braced themselves for the latest development in a story that has stunned the country.

    Pistorius prosecutors pursue premeditated murder

    Oscar Pistorius held his head in his hands and wept openly in court Friday as prosecutors said they would pursue a charge of premeditated murder against the Paralympic superstar. Pistorius was formally charged at Pretoria Magistrates Court with one count of murder for the slaying of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, a model and budding reality TV show contestant. The 30-year-old was shot multiple...

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    A short-eared owl perches on a branch during an afternoon hunt at Pyramid State Park outside Pinckneyville,

    Short-eared owls thriving at Pyramid

    Pyramid State Park, south and west of Pinckneyville, is home to a flock of about 40 short-eared owls. Although an Illinois Endangered Species, the short-eared owl is thriving in the grasslands of the reclaimed strip mines at Pyramid. The owls nest in Canada and Alaska, but call Pyramid home from November to about mid-February. The birds are most visible when they are feeding in the early mornings...

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    Status hearing for Chicago car-bomb plot suspect

    There’s a status hearing scheduled for a Hillside man accused of trying to set off what he thought was a car bomb outside a Chicago bar. Adel Daoud was arrested last year following a sting operation and recently pleaded not guilty to terrorism-related charges.

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    Charges filed after Chicago woman’s highway death

    Illinois State Police say a southern Illinois man has been charged in connection with the death of woman who was killed after falling from a vehicle on a Chicago freeway.

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    Charlie Sheen pays for injured teen’s therapy dog

    A Florida teenager who plummeted 100 feet from a Wisconsin amusement park ride in 2010 is getting some help from actor Charlie Sheen. Teagan Marti suffered brain, spine, pelvis and internal injuries when nets and air bags that were supposed to catch riders on the free-fall ride were not raised. She was paralyzed initially but through physical therapy is now able to walk with a walker.

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    Regulators reject wind farm proposal

    State regulators have rejected a wind farm proposal in St. Croix (kroy) County, citing concerns about the impact of turbine noise on nearby homes. Hubertus-based Emerging Energies wants to build 41 turbines that would generate about 100 megawatts of power in the Town of Forest. The state Public Service Commission has jurisdiction over wind farm proposals with at least 100 megawatts of power.

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    Elgin tentatively picks agencies for CDBG funds

    The city of Elgin has tentatively selected 11 agencies that would get this year's community development block grant funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The city received applications from 19 eligible agencies totaling about $1.3 million for the program. The city expects to receive about $695,000 in CDBG funds, the same amount received last year.

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    Dawn Patrol: State Senate OKs gay marriage; Wheeling worker injured

    State senate approves gay marriage; soldier surprises daughter at school; Wheeling man's hand caught in machine; Library taking steps to curb DVD thefts; Marmol happy to be with Cubs; Danks, White Sox taking things slow.

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    Two female nilgais stand under a group of trees at Manvar Resort in Thar Desert near Jodhpur, India last month.

    Images: Photo Contest Finalists
    Each week you submit your favorite photo. We pick the best of the bunch and select 12 finlaists. Here are the finalists for the week of February 11th.

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    Police investigating death of Palatine woman

    A 77-year-old Palatine woman has died after she may have been struck by a vehicle that was slowly backing up in a private driveway.

Sports

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    With Alfonso Soriano checking in at 40th on fangraphs.com wins above replacement rankings, you can see why Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer don’t just want to give him away.

    Offering a new perspective on baseball

    The statistical revolution in baseball has brought with it a dizzying array of acronyms, abbreviations and new ways of looking at numbers. The Daily Herald will take Cubs and White Sox fans "around the horn" in the coming days. We take a look at some of the new stats.

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    Girls basketball / Scouting Class 3A-4A sectionals

    Here's a look at girls basketball sectionals for the upcoming week from the perspective of Rolling Meadows, Fremd and Schaumburg.

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

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

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

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    Friday’s boys track scoreboard
    High school results from Friday's varsity boys track meets, as reported to the Daily Herald.

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

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    Hersey's Hunter Rollins is declared an 8-4 winner over Peter Andreotti of Marist in a 160-pound Class 3A semifinal Friday at Assembly Hall.

    Hersey's Rollins rolls into finals

    Magically emerging from a star-filled 160-pound bracket, Hunter Rollins finds himself one victory away from lifting the coveted championship trophy.The Hersey senior hounded and hammered No. 2 Peter Andreotti (Marist, 36-4) from all quarters to deliver an impressive 8-4 victory Friday night, and in doing so, advanced into tonight's 160-pound final against giant-killer C.J. Brucki (40-6) of Sandburg.Brucki upset No. 1 Davonte Mahomes (OPRF, 42-1) earlier in the day with a superb six-minute performance in the quarterfinals.

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    Alex Fritz of Marmion Academy springs above the mat as Andrew Geers shoots at this ankles in the 285 pound Class 2A match Friday in the IHSA semifinal wrestling match at Assembly Hall in Champaign.

    Kaneland's Goress reaches final

    With its rich tradition in the sport of wrestling, Marmion Academy, and several of its wrestlers, have cornered the lion's share of publicity during the past few seasons. But Kaneland senior Dan Goress (145, 40-3) found a way to make a dent in the Cadets' overall press coverage Friday night with his latest work, a remarkable 6-minute performance during the semfinals of the state tournament to advance into tonight's final against Michael Sepke (36-9) after a hard-fought, and well deserved 5-3 triumph over Chase Vosburgh (40-2) of Mt. Vernon.

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    Vernon Hills' Sydney Smith (1) steals the ball from Lakes' Nicole Mogged during Thursday's regional final in Lake Villa. Smith has committed to a future at Vermont.

    Vernon Hills' Smith sinks her teeth into a future at Vermont

    Vernon Hills' Sydney Smith deliberated over the dinner table, where she finalized an early commitment to continue her basketball career at Vermont.

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    Images from the Palatine vs. Schaumburg boys MSL West championship basketball game on Friday, February 15th, in Schaumburg.

    Images: Schaumburg vs. Palatine, boys MSL West championship basketball
    The Schaumburg High School boys basketball team hosted the Palatine High School boys in the MSL West championship game on Friday, February 15th.

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    Geneva’s Chris Parrilli scores and is fouled against St. Charles North during Friday’s game in Geneva.

    St. Charles North trips Geneva

    St. Charles North delivered a haymaker in the form of a 12-0 run to open its Upstate Eight River contest Friday night at Geneva — and held on to post a 53-50 victory despite not scoring a field goal in the fourth quarter.

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    Jack Cordes of Waubonsie,left, attempts to block a shot by Sean Moore of Lake Park during the Lake Park at Waubonsie Valley boys basketball game Friday.

    Waubonsie Valley runs winning streak to 6 games

    Waubonsie Valley didn’t take the Upstate Eight Valley this year, but it couldn’t be in much better position to capture bigger targets.

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    John Starks/jstarks@dailyherald.com Wauconda's Nate Magiera takes a loss to East Peoria's Luca Joseph in the 220 pound Class 2A match Friday in the IHSA semifinal wrestling match at Assembly Hall in Champaign.

    Dreams denied on Day 2 downstate

    It became a worst-case scenario for Lake County on the second day of the wrestling state tournament on Friday. Jordan Reich, Devin Tortorice, Justin Weber, Nate Magiera and Jake Cochrane looked on course to achieve their dreams as the day started, but their collective hopes suffered a major setback as each was dealt a disappointing loss.

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    Schaumburg’s Cole Reyes looks for an open teammate while being closely guarded by Palatine’s Roosevelt Smart.

    MSL West 3-peat for Schaumburg

    Around midseason, Schaumburg coach Matt Walsh had a talk with Kyle Bolger, Jimmy Lundquist and Cole Reyes. After the Saxons had picked up two early conference losses, Walsh’s message to his senior trio was simple, yet impactful: it was their team and they needed to step up and take ownership of it. The three left their mark on Friday night’s 48-36 win over visiting Palatine, combining for 37 points in leading their team to its sixth consecutive division victory and clinching a third straight Mid-Suburban West crown.

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    The Burlington Central girls basketball team celebrates its 38-34 win over Plano Friday in the Class 3A regional final at BC, the Rockets’ first regional title since 1990.

    First regional crown for Burlington C. since 1990

    The Kiddie Corps grew up a whole lot Friday night. Burlington Central’s girls basketball team bolted out to a 12-point halftime lead and then held on for dear life, finally outlasting Plano 38-34 to win the Class 3A Burlington Central regional championship. The regional title is the first for the Rockets since 1990 and fourth in program history. Central (25-4) will play Marian Central, a 64-56 overtime winner against Woodstock North at Woodstock Friday, in the 7:30 p.m. sectional semifinal Tuesday at Genoa-Kingston. Rockford Lutheran will meet Sterling and former Burlington Central coach Julie Schroeder in Monday’s semifinal.

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    Neuqua Valley are regional champs in their win over Metea Valley in girls basketball Class 4A regional final on Friday in Aurora.

    Neuqua claims regional title

    Neuqua Valley's kids collected their regional plaque, briefly posed for pictures and coolly returned to their bench. That's how a team celebrates when it expects to win. And expects more. The No. 2 seed Wildcats overcame a yeoman effort from Metea Valley's Lori Obendorf to beat the No. 7 Mustangs for the third time this season, this time 62-44 in Friday's final of the Class 4A Metea Valley regional. “We'd beat them twice, we thought why we can't we do it a third time,” Neuqua junior Najee Smith said. “We're just hoping to use this game to catapult us to the next round. We know we have a tough road ahead of us.”

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    Geneva shines at state

    Prairie Ridge Co-op won its first state trophy in girls gymnastics last season finishing in third place. This season, the Wolves are looking to add a state title.Cary-Grove sophomore duo Rachael Underwood and Riley Mahoney powered Prairie Ridge to the top score with 149.30 in Friday preliminaries at Palatine. Lyons Township is in second with 149.05, followed by Fremd (146.0). New Trier (145.35) and Genevea (145.225) round out the top five.

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    Naperville North socks it to West Aurora

    Naperville North’s boys basketball team socked West Aurora right on the Chin.

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    Neuqua’s late run does in Larkin

    Neuqua Valley and Larkin are the Upstate Eight Conference’s boys basketball odd couple. UEC Valley champion Neuqua Valley prefers a tidy, organized, half-court game reliant on proper execution. UEC River champion Larkin feels right at home when games get messy, feeding off havoc and thriving in the open court. Though the teams took turns imposing their respective wills upon each other in Elgin Friday, Neuqua Valley eventually cleaned up by dictating its pace during a 15-0 fourth-quarter run that ultimately led to a 63-53 crossover victory.

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    Marmion smokes Aurora Central

    They were complete and utter daggers. Any chance the Aurora Central Catholic boys basketball team had of coming back against Marmion were completely evaporated when Alex Theisen hit back-to-back 3-pointers to start the fourth quarter Friday night at Marmion in Aurora. The 12-point lead Marmion enjoyed to start the quarter soon swelled to 18 points after the twin Theisen connections, and the Cadets never looked back in their 60-36 Suburban Christian Conference victory.

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    Lake County roundup

    Tom Blanchette scored 17 points, and Grant’s boys basketball team reached the .500 mark with a 79-51 win over host Round Lake on Friday night.Ryan Noda and Steve Dunning added 11 points apiece, as the Bulldogs won the North Suburban Prairie finale to even their record at 13-13 overall. They finished 6-6 in the division.Round Lake (4-21, 2-10) got 20 points from Karnell Wright and 14 from James Mobley.Woodstock North 67, Grayslake Central 53: Danny Reed’s 17 points led the visiting Rams, who fell to 4-20 and 2-9 in the Fox Valley Fox.Grayslake Central received 9 points apiece from Malcolm Reed and Alex Lennartz.Crystal Lake Central 55, Grayslake North 54: Brad Knoeppel’s 15-footer with 25 seconds left lifted the visiting Tigers in the Fox Valley Fox game.Grayslake North (14-11, 4-7) missed a couple of free throws down the stretch.Wauconda 63, Antioch 33: The host Bulldogs won the North Suburban Prairie finale, as Austin Swenson had 17 points, 4 rebounds, 4 steals and 3 assists.Wauconda (13-13, 6-6) also received 16 points from Kodey Thomas.Antioch (2-22, 0-12) was led by Tyler Innis with 13 points.Lake Forest 54, Lake Zurich 36: The host Scouts captured the North Suburban Lake finale.Lake Zurich (14-14) finished 4-8 in the NSC Lake.

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    Big DuPage presence in championship matches

    Jered Cortez and Brian Murphy may be on top this season, but being there will mean overcoming the usual dangers associated with excellence.

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    Glenbard West can’t stop Hinsdale Central

    Just a few days ago Hinsdale Central’s boys basketball team clinched the outright West Suburban Silver Conference title.Friday in Glen Ellyn, the Red Devils played like they had to clinch it all over again.Showing the same focus and energy as in every game during a 12-game winning streak, Hinsdale Central capped its championship Silver run with a 56-44 victory over Glenbard West.

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    Grayslake Central nets regional title

    Grayslake Central’s girls basketball team won its third Class 3A regional championship in as many years under coach Steve Ikenn on Friday night, as the fourth-seeded Rams pulled out a 41-38 win over No. 5 Antioch at Chicago Northside.

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    Three straight icing on the cake for Huntley

    The road to celebratory cupcakes was no cakewalk for Huntley.That helped make them taste even better Friday night after the Red Raiders clinched their third consecutive outright Fox Valley Conference Valley Division boys basketball title with a stifling 42-27 victory over visiting Cary-Grove.

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    Coleman, North Chicago clip Carmel

    The last name is synonymous with North Chicago basketball. Coleman. And the North Chicago girls basketball team’s unleashing of 6-foot freshman Tineesha Coleman in the Class 3A Johnsburg regional this week was, well, cold, man. Carmel Catholic will attest after its 64-60 loss to the upset-minded Warhawks in Friday night’s regional final.

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    Williams pours in 35 as Elgin tops St. Charles E.

    Elgin senior guard Arie Williams has turned a lot of opposing basketball coaches into believers during the course of his high school career. Not that St. Charles East head coach Patrick Woods didn’t believe in Williams’ skills beforehand, but he came away from Friday night’s Upstate Eight Conference River Division contest even more impressed with the Maroons’ 5-foot-9 dynamo. Williams poured in a game-high 35 points on 12 of 14 shooting from the field — including 6 of 7 from beyond the 3-point arc — to lift the Maroons (12-13, 3-9) to a 70-67 victory over the Saints (15-9, 8-4) on Senior Night in St. Charles.

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    Carmel’s Jack George shoots against St. Patrick defender Elijah Watson at Carmel on Friday.

    St. Patrick shoots past Corsairs

    Few fourth-quarter deficits worry the St. Patrick boys basketball team. Particularly not one as manageable as 7 points. It takes just a few 3-pointers to erase that. And the Shamrocks can hit 3-pointers faster than you can say “new ballgame.” On Friday night at Carmel, it took St. Patrick less than three minutes at the beginning of the fourth quarter to turn its 7-point deficit into a 4-point advantage. The visiting Shamrocks hit three 3-pointers in successive possessions and then hit another after that to set the table for a 61-56 East Suburban Catholic Conference victory over Carmel.

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    Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews mixes it up with Sharks captain Joe Thornton in the first period Friday night at the United Center.

    Toews sparks Blackhawks to another victory

    The Blackhawks are inching closer to an NHL record. They find themselves 11-0-3 after beating San Jose 4-1 on Friday night at the United Center, pulling within two games of Anaheim’s record of 16 to start the season without a loss in regulation (12-0-4 in 2006-07). A rare flash of temper by Jonathan Toews got the Hawks rolling in the first period.

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    Abby Madden of St. Edward competes on the floor exercise during the girls state gymnastics preliminaries at Palatine High School on Friday.

    Prairie Ridge takes state meet lead after Day 1

    Prairie Ridge co-op won its first state trophy in girls gymnastics last season, finishing in third place. This season the Wolves are hungry for more. Cary-Grove sophomore duo Rachael Underwood and Riley Mahoney powered Prairie Ridge to the top score with 149.30 in Friday’s state meet preliminaries at Palatine High School. Lyons Township is in second with 149.05, followed by Fremd (146.0). New Trier (145.35) and Geneva (145.225) round out the top five.

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    Carmel’s Lauren Feely celebrates her performance on balance beam during the girls gymnastics state meet prelims at Palatine on Friday. The Corsairs senior won the all-around and had the top efforts on floor exercise, vault and beam.

    All-around excellence from Carmel’s Feely

    In the previous couple of years, Lauren Feely was a big part of team state championships for Carmel Catholic’s girls gymnastics team. This year, the spotlight was focused on Feely. And she certainly made the most of it on Friday in the state meet preliminaries at Palatine. With several teammates in the stands, along with the support of Carmel competitors Sarah Cohen-Smith and Kari Osowski, Feely dazzled. She became the first gymnast from Carmel to win the all-around in the state finals, winning with 38.7.

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    Kaneland clinches title despite loss

    For a team that clinched its second Northern Illinois Big XII title in three years, Kaneland walked out of the Morris gym Friday night with one glum face after another. While the Knights watched an 11-point third quarter lead disappear as Morris got hot from 3-point range to win 50-46, it was Kaneland who earned at least a share of the conference championship when second-place Sycamore lost to Rochelle.

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    Hampshire keeps pace in FVC Fox

    Hampshire came on strong after a slow start and won its fourth straight game and ninth in 10 outingsm beating Woodstock 62-45 to remain tied in the loss column atop the Fox Valley Conference’s Fox Division Friday. Hampshire (21-4, 9-2) trailed by 2 points after a quarter but led by 8 at halftime and 16 after three quarters. Guard Tyler Crater led the Whip-Purs with 27 points, supported by center Shane Hernandez (13 points, 10 rebounds), forward Michael Dumoulin (12 points, 6 rebounds) and point guard Ryan Cork (7 assists). The victory improved the Whip-Purs to 21-4, setting a new high-water mark for wins under 11th-year coach Bob Barnett, who last won 20 games in his first season at the school. “We started out slow but got in rhythm and cruised,” Barnett said. “We didn’t shoot real well in the first half, but they didn’t either. But in the second, third and fourth quarters, I thought we played real well.”

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    Senior night, senior might at Buffalo Grove

    While Buffalo Grove won’t be playing in the Mid-Suburban League title game next week, the Bison made a statement Friday night that they can play championship-caliber basketball. They dug in on defense and lit it up on offense en route to a home-court 83-51 blasting of Prospect, which had clinched the MSL East coming in. But it was BG (14-11, 6-4) that played like it was in command of the division.

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    IC Catholic Prep clinches back-to-back league titles

    Immaculate Conception senior Demetrius Carr said after Friday night’s 62-54 victory over St. Edward in Elmhurst that the Knights had to be at their best against the Green Wave to prevail.

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    Jakubicek, Cary-Grove claim 4th straight regional

    Olivia Jakubicek probably slept very well Friday night. Not only did the Cary-Grove senior enjoy a monster night offensively with 20 points, 12 rebounds and 8 assists, she was the key component defensively in holding Crystal Lake South standout junior center Sara Mickow scoreless. Jakubicek’s excellence at both ends of the court keyed the top-seeded Trojans to a 54-40 win over second-seeded Crystal Lake South to win the championship of the Class 4A Crystal Lake South girls basketball regional Friday night in Crystal Lake.

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    Vernon Hills’ Jordan Reich covers his head on the mat in defeat to Danny Swan of Oak Forest in the 106-pound Class 2A IHSA semifinal wrestling match at Assembly Hall in Champaign Friday.

    Images: IHSA state wrestling semifinals in Champaign
    A gallery of images from the IHSA state semifinal wrestling matches Friday at Assembly Hall in Champaign.

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    St. Charles North’s Tony Neari drives past Geneva’s Connor Chapman during Friday’s game in Geneva.

    Images: St. Charles North vs. Geneva boys basketball
    St. Charles North visited Geneva for a boys basketball matchup Friday night in Geneva.

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    Benet defense downright stingy against Marist

    Benet seems to be going out of its way to prove the old adage that defense wins championships.

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    Lakes clinches Prairie share

    It looked like visiting Lakes was ready to run away and hide from Vernon Hills in the third quarter of their North Suburban Prairie game Friday night. But the host Cougars wouldn’t allow that to happen on their senior night. They fell behind the Eagles by 15 points only to put together a 13-1 run to cut the lead to 45-42 midway through the fourth quarter. It wasn’t easy, but Lakes (20-6, 11-1) managed to regroup and hold on down the stretch to capture a 54-50 victory and clinch a share of the NSC Prairie Division title with North Chicago.

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    Deere, Warren plow under Libertyville

    With all due respect to the John Deere Company, they may want to think about changing their slogan, “Nothing runs like a Deere,” to “Nothing shoots like a Deere.” Warren junior forward Adrian Deere pulled more weight than a tractor Friday night in Gurnee, plowing his way through the Libertyville defense and planting everything from 3-pointers to fastbreak layups while leading the Blue Devils to a 68-44 victory in the North Suburban Lake Division finale for both teams.

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    Rolling Meadows maintains momentum

    Rolling Meadows ran its Mid-Suburban East winning streak to three games on Friday. The Mustangs finished division play with a 5-5 record after defeating Wheeling 48-42 and spoiling senior night for the host Wildcats. With consecutive wins over Hersey, Buffalo Grove and Wheeling, the Mustangs (7-15) head into next week’s MSL boys basketball crossover and the regional tournament with some momentum.

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    Neuqua Valley celebrates their win over Metea Valley in girls basketball Class 4A regional final on Friday in Aurora.

    Images: Neuqua Valley vs. Metea Valley, girls basketball
    Metea Valley High School hosted Neuqua Valley High School Friday night for girls Class 4A regional final basketball action.

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    Elk Grove shows finishing flair

    Elk Grove’s offense erupted in the fourth quarter as the Grens cruised past Hersey 73-54 Friday in Elk Grove. Leading 49-41 after three quarters, the Grenadiers’ Anthony Bianchini nailed his second trey of the game to open the quarter. With that energy, Elk Grove (12-14, 6-4) scored 9 unanswered points on its way to a 17-2 run to blow open a tight game in the Mid-Suburban East.

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

    Images: Lake Park vs. Waubonsie Valley, boys basketball
    Waubonsie Valley High School hosted Lake Park High School Friday night for boys basketball.

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    Crystal Lake S. surprises Dundee-Crown

    Crystal Lake South didn’t steal a game at Dundee-Crown Friday night. The Gators worked for everything they got. And the hardest worker was Austin Rogers. The junior guard scored 23 points, including the game-winning 3-point play and grabbed a crucial rebound as the Gators upset the Chargers, 53-50, in Fox Valley Conference Valley Division boys basketball action in Carpentersville.

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    Metea Valley nips Bartlett

    Both teams knew it was going to be a battle, and it was. The Bartlett and Metea Valley boys basketball teams came in with matching Upstate Eight Conference Valley Division records, and the Hawks won a slim 40-37 victory in their first meeting. The tables turned this time as the Mustangs (17-9, 9-3) earned a 41-38 victory over the Hawks (19-8, 8-4) on Bartlett’s senior night on Friday.

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    Hahn, Thigpen big on White Sox’ bullpen

    With a mix of veteran and young arms, new coach Bobby Thigpen said the White Sox' bullpen can be the best in baseball this season.

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    Hinkle, Jacobs enjoy one last win in old gym

    Jim Hinkle wanted one more special night in the cozy confines of the old main gym at Jacobs. He got it Friday night, and he’ll certainly remember it for a long time. The Golden Eagles used the energy of the near-full gym to start the game on a 22-6 run and went on to defeat Prairie Ridge, 70-48, in Fox Valley Conference Valley Division boys basketball action. “This was awesome,” said Hinkle, who is retiring at the end of his 17th season on the Jacobs bench. “The new gym is kind of like a trophy wife. It looks pretty, everyone likes it, says it’s beautiful. It’s got no substance. It’s got no heart. It’s got nothing this gym had. This is the good wife.”

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    Fremd passes last MSL West test

    Fremd’s 49-34 win over host Conant on Friday was a passing fancy. The Vikings, who finished in third place in the Mid-Suburban West, played one of their better games passing the ball to the open man. Fremd came up with 16 assists on its 19 baskets, which did not surprise but did encourage coach Bob Widlowski.

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    Classy effort lifts Stevenson past Mundelein

    While senior night at Stevenson recognized the outstanding commitments from Andy Stempel, Justin Berkson, John Duffy and Riley House, a trio of sophomores nearly stole the show in the final regular-season home contest for the Patriots as they hosted Mundelein. One in particular, Cameron Green — in just his second appearance of the season on the varsity roster — looked every bit the part of a senior. Green came off the bench midway through first quarter and gave the Patriots an immediate spark. His 11 first-half points, combined with 37 more from fellow sophs Jalen Brunson (17 points) and Connor Cashaw, helped to keep the Patriots perfect at home with a 77-67 win over the Mustangs. It was the 12th win in a row for Stevenson (22-4, 10-2).

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    San Jose Sharks defenseman Jason Demers (5) take a jab at Chicago Blackhawks center Patrick Sharp (10) as Douglas Murray (3) watches during the second period Friday.

    Blackhawks beat sliding Sharks 4-1

    Marcus Kruger and Andrew Shaw scored during Chicago’s strong second period, and the NHL-leading Blackhawks beat the sliding San Jose Sharks 4-1 on Friday night for their fifth win in six games. Dave Bolland and Niklas Hjalmarsson also scored for the Blackhawks, who remain the league’s only team without a regulation loss.

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    Burlington Central’s Camille Delacruz (23) and Samantha Pryor (34) Celebrate after Burlington Central beat Plano 38-34 for the IHSA Class 3A regional girls basketball championship Friday February 15, 2013 at Burlington.

    Images: Burlington Central vs. Plano girls basketball
    Burlington Central hosted Plano for the girls basketball regional title Friday night in Burlington.

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    Annoreno out, Cullen still alive at state

    There won’t be another state wrestling championship banner hanging in honor of Sal Annoreno this year. The superb Bartlett 138-pounder was dealt a harsh blow for another state title Friday morning when Belleville West senior Mech Spraggins outlasted the Hawks senior 5-3 in a thrilling quarterfinal match inside Assembly Hall. Later, the NIU-bound Annoreno would fall in his wrestle-back opener to Matt Sears of Marist to officially put an end to a brilliant three-year career at the school. “What can you say?” began Bartlett head coach John O’Brien. “That was a match between two guys with the same type of talent and strength’s, but unfortunately for Sal (Mech) got the last takedown and that was pretty much it.”

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    Matt Cavanaugh was quarterbacks coach with the New York Jets from 2009-12.

    Bears’ Cavanaugh eager to work with Cutler

    Quarterbacks coach Matt Cavanaugh, who was the Bears' offensive coordinator 15 years ago, is excited to be reunited with head coach Marc Trestman after 17 years, and he's eager to start working with Jay Cutler.

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    Two-time all-star Luol Deng’s future with the Bulls is tenuous because he’s more expendable than other key players.

    How current Bulls fit into plans for future

    Maybe Derrick Rose will come back and help lead the Bulls past the first round of the playoffs. But the task of building another championship contender around Rose will probably continue into 2014, so here’s a look at how the current players fit in long term.

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    American soccer player Robbie Rogers, right, whose MLS rights are held by the Chicago Fire, announced Friday that he is gay and is stepping away from the sport.

    How does Rogers’ news affect Fire’s plans?

    It’s hard to figure which part of Robbie Rogers’ announcement on his blog Friday was more newsworthy.

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    Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford blocks a shot by Predators center David Legwand in the second period on Sunday at Nashville.

    Blackhawks’ Crawford out with suspected concussion

    Corey Crawford is day to day with an upper-body injury, coach Joel Quenneville said after the Blackhawks’ No. 1 goalie missed Friday’s morning skate.

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    Now that she has a multiyear contract extension, Pokey Chatman can get to work on the Sky roster.

    Women’s Watch: It’s time to get Sky roster settled

    Pokey Chatman signed a contract extension this week with the Chicago Sky. Chatman, also the Sky’s general manager, knows it’s crucial for her to re-sign key players and add new ones that finally will put the Sky in the playoffs and in championship contention.

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    Boys swimming / Sectional scouting, Northwest

    Here's a look at Saturday's boys swimming sectionals, from the perspective of teams in northwest suburban Cook County.

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    Ed Haugens

    Haugens steps down at Hampshire

    Hampshire girls basketball coach Ed Haugens is stepping down after three years at the helm of the Whip-Purs’ program. “Working at Hampshire has been a pleasure as has working for (principal) Chuck Bumbales and (athletic director) Dave Hicks,” said Haugens, who will continue to teach at Hampshire. I have no desire to go anywhere else. Hampshire is a great place to work. Unfortunately, right now, I cannont dedicate myself to all the duties and responsibilities I feel are required with running a program in a manner I feel it needs to be run. Because of this I feel it’s in the best interests of the program to step down.”

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    Rose, Bulls doing this right

    Derrick Rose can't dunk yet, but that's OK. Mike North doesn't think he should come back this season anyway. Also, the White Sox want to add a year to Robin Ventura's deal, but he isn't interested. Smart move.

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    The saga of Oscar Pistorius took a sad and very bad turn for the worst Thursday with news that he has been charged with murdering his girlfriend.

    Spellman’s Scorecard: News on Pistorius tough to take

    Getting burned by the Blade Runner, loving the controversy-free Hawks and wondering what kind of player will be available when the Bears pick at No. 20. That and much more in this week's Spellman's Scorecard.

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    Fremd takes control

    Fremd’s girls basketball team won its second championship in just over a week on Thursday night. Eight days after an overtime nail-biter with Rolling Meadows to win the Mid-Suburban League title, the Vikings made things a little less stressful on their faithful while claiming their second regional championship in three years. The No. 2-seeded Viking blasted out to a 6-0 lead in less than two minutes and never looked back in recording a 71-56 victory over No. 10 Prospect in the Class 4A Fremd regional championship game. Next up for Fremd (25-7) is a date against Zion-Benton (19-9) in Monday’s 7:30 p.m. sectional semifinal game at Libertyville.

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    Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau is not one to focus on anything but the present, but circumstances don’t give him much option.

    Bulls’ future looms larger than present

    Summarizing the first half of the Bulls’ season is pretty easy. It’s been a pleasant surprise, no doubt, to be threatening for a top-four seed in the East before Derrick Rose even gets on the floor. Then again, whatever triumph has been achieved so far is tempered by the overwhelming questions affecting the future.

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    Round Lake tops Antioch

    Karnell Wright scored 14 points, freshman James Mobley added 13, and Round Lake’s boys basketball team edged host Antioch 40-36 Thursday night.Round Lake (4-20, 2-9) snapped a nine-game losing streak.Antioch (2-21, 0-11) received 10 points from Tyler Innis and 9 from A.J. Marsiglio.

Business

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    Passengers from the Carnival ship Triumph, all wearing their Carnival bathrobes, head to their cars Friday after arriving in Galveston, Texas from Mobile, Ala.

    Cruise passengers became closer during crisis

    As ship conditions deteriorated after an engine fire, travelers formed Bible study groups, shared or traded precious supplies and even welcomed strangers into their private cabins. Long after they’ve returned to the everyday luxuries of hot showers and cold drinks, passengers said, they will remember the crew and the personal bonds formed during a cruel week at sea.

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    Chicago bank shuttered; 3rd failure of 2013

    Liberty Bank and Trust Co., based in New Orleans, agreed to assume all of Covenant Bank’s deposits and buy essentially all of the failed lender’s assets.

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    A meteorite contrail is seen Friday over Chelyabinsk. Real life is unlike movies such as “Armageddon” and “Deep Impact.” Scientists will need to know 15, 20 or 30 years in advance of a killer rock’s approach to undertake an effective asteroid-deflection campaign, scientists say, because it would take a long time for the spacecraft to reach the asteroid.

    WARNING SHOTS: Two space rocks hours apart

    Scientists believe there are anywhere from 500,000 to 1 million “near-Earth” asteroids comparable in size to DA14 or bigger out there. But less than 1 percent have actually been spotted. Astronomers have catalogued only 9,600 of them, of which nearly 1,300 are bigger than 0.6 miles.

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    American Airlines and US Airways jets prepare for flight Thursday at a gate at the Philadelphia International Airport.

    US Airways will join list of extinct airlines

    The U.S. airline industry was once filled with dozens of carriers whose planes crisscrossed the nation and flew over oceans, but consolidation has culled the flock to just a handful of companies.

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    Associated Press/Dec. 12, 2012 NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell smiles during a news conference after the NFL owners meeting in Irving, Texas. Goodell was paid $29.49 million by NFL owners in 2011, nearly triple his compensation from the previous year. Goodell earned $11.6 million in 2010.

    Goodell paid more than $29 million by NFL in 2011

    Commissioner Roger Goodell was paid $29.49 million by NFL owners in 2011, nearly triple his compensation from the previous year.

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    Jessica DiNella of Elgin, president of the Rescue Warriors Corp, gets some love from a little Jack Russell terrier named Lover Boy.

    Rescued puppies groomed for new suburban homes

    A little Jack Russell terrier named Lover Boy was one of 34 dogs slated to be euthanized this week in Kentucky, but he is now safe in a suburban home, thanks to the Rescue Warriors Corp, which brought the dogs to an Elk Grove Village groomer Thursday night. The dogs were bathed and groomed and sent to foster homes, from which they will be available for adoption.

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    Specialist Joe Parisi works Thursday at his post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, in New York. Disappointing news about Germany’s economy sent Asian stock markets down on Friday.

    S&P 500 ends higher, extending streak

    The Standard & Poor’s 500 ended the week nearly two points higher, enough to give it a seventh straight week of gains. That’s the longest stretch of advances in more than two years.

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    Protesters chant Wednesday outside the home of Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive officer and founder of Facebook Inc., seen in background, in Palo Alto, California. Facebook says it was the target of hackers but no user information was compromised during the attack.

    Facebook says it was hacked

    Facebook Inc. says it was the target of hackers but no user information was compromised during the attack.

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    Local, national experts to address Affordable Care Act

    What does the Affordable Care Act mean to small- and medium-sized businesses? Alexian Brothers Health System and the Daily Herald Media Group are holding an informational program to explain the key issues involved with the legislation.

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    ANissan employee reaches for a seat module to insert into a Titan truck at its Canton, Miss., manufacturing plant.

    U.S. factory output falls on weak auto production

    U.S. factory production declined in January after two solid months of gains. The weakness reflected a big drop in output at auto factories. The Federal Reserve says factory production fell 0.4 percent in January from December. That followed increases of 1.1 percent in December and 1.7 percent in November. Production of autos and auto parts plunged 3.2 percent to drag the January figures lower. The drop is likely temporary, given that auto sales have been rising.

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    BMW recalls more than 30,000 SUVs to fix brakes

    BMW is recalling more than 30,000 SUVs to fix an oil leak that can knock out the power-assisted braking. The German automaker says the recall covers X5 SUVs in the U.S. from the 2007 through 2010 model years. The vehicles were made between Sept. 12, 2006, and March 18, 2010. They have eight-cylinder engines.

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    Nikkei falters as yen rises ahead of G-20 meeting

    Japanese stocks underperformed Friday as the yen strengthened ahead of a Group of 20 meeting of finance ministers and central bankers in Moscow, where the currency’s recent depreciation is set to be the focus of attention.

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    Oil falls as Europe economy slumps

    Oil prices fell below $97 Friday, a day after data from Europe showed both big and small economies in the region mired in an economic slowdown.Benchmark oil for March delivery was down 36 cents to $96.95 per barrel at late afternoon Bangkok time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract rose 30 cents to finish at $97.31 per barrel on the Nymex on Thursday.

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    Facebook has won a court battle against a German privacy watchdog that challenged the social networking site’s policy requiring users to register with their real names.

    Facebook wins German court fight on fake names ban

    Facebook has won a court battle against a German privacy watchdog that challenged the social networking site’s policy requiring users to register with their real names.Schleswig-Holstein state’s data protection body said Friday it will appeal the court decision. It argues the ban on fake names breaches German privacy laws and European rules designed to protect free speech online.

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    Burger King 4Q results top analysts’ estimates
    Burger King’s fourth-quarter net income nearly doubled thanks in part to lower expenses and strengthening results in the U.S. and Canada. Its adjusted earnings and revenue topped Wall Street’s expectations. For the three months ended Dec. 31, the hamburger chain earned $48.6 million, or 14 cents per share. That compares with $25 million, or 7 cents per share, a year earlier.

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    Boston has fined five Walgreens pharmacies a total of $2,000 for failing to clear their sidewalks after last weekend’s snow storm.

    Boston fines Walgreens for poor snow removal

    Boston has fined five Walgreens pharmacies a total of $2,000 for failing to clear their sidewalks after last weekend’s snow storm.Sgt. Chris Stockbridge of the city’s code enforcement police tells The Boston Globe that two stores in Roxbury, two in Dorchester, and one in Mattapan were each cited twice. Under city ordinances, snow must be removed from sidewalks and curb ramps abutting businesses and residences no more than three hours after snowfall has ended.

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    Ernst von Freyberg

    Pope approves German lawyer to head embattled bank

    Pope Benedict XVI signed off on one of the last major appointments of his papacy Friday, approving a German lawyer and financier to head the Vatican’s embattled bank. Ernst von Freyberg has solid financial and Catholic credentials as a former investment banker and member of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, an ancient chivalrous order drawn from European nobility.

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    New York City livery cab owners are fighting new rules that would let riders use their smartphones to “e-hail” yellow cabs.

    NYC livery cab owners sue over ‘e-hail’ apps

    New York City livery cab owners are fighting new rules that would let riders use their smartphones to “e-hail” yellow cabs. he Wall Street Journal says livery cab groups filed a lawsuit Thursday. It argues that the regulations would violate a law that bans yellow-cab drivers from prearranging rides with passengers.

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    Northfield-based Kraft Foods expects fourth-quarter adjusted earnings above analysts’ current estimates, but foresees lower revenue than a year ago.

    Kraft Foods expects 4Q adj. profit to top Street
    Northfield-based Kraft Foods expects fourth-quarter adjusted earnings above analysts’ current estimates, but foresees lower revenue than a year ago. The company, whose brands include Oscar Mayer and Miracle Whip, also raised its 2013 earnings forecast Friday and announced that it will look to level out annual pension contributions after this year.

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    Airbus abandoned its plans to use lithium-ion batteries for its new A350 airplanes due to the uncertainty surrounding the technology following the grounding of Boeing’s 787, the company said.

    Airbus to drop lithium-ion batteries in A350

    Airbus abandoned its plans to use lithium-ion batteries for its new A350 airplanes due to the uncertainty surrounding the technology following the grounding of Boeing’s 787, the company said.The European aerospace group said Thursday it would revert to conventional nickel-cadmium batteries for the A350. The plane is a wide-body long-range jet rival to the 787 and is expected to make its first flight around the middle of the year.

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    Devon Carrow attends school from home while operating a robot in the classroom, in Orchard Park N.Y.

    My classmate, the robot: NY pupil attends remotely

    In an elementary school hallway, a teacher takes her second-graders to the library, leading a single-file line of giggling boys and girls that’s perfectly ordinary until you get to a sleek white robot with a video screen showing the face of a smiling, chubby-cheeked boy. Devon Carrow’s life-threatening allergies don’t allow him to go to school. But the 4-foot-tall robot with a wireless video hookup gives him the school experience remotely, allowing him to participate in class,

Life & Entertainment

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    Local theater: Take a whiff of ‘Stinky Cheese’
    Griffin Theatre brings "Stinky Cheese" to Metropolis; Actors Gymnasium debuts "Skooled;" and First Folio adds performances of its latest Wooster and Jeeves production this week in suburban theater.

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    Taylor Matos, 14, makes a triumphant return to Elk Grove High School cafeteria Friday after she was named a finalist at the ABC 7 studios.

    Elk Grove teen is finalist in 'Windy City Live' competition

    Taylor Matos says the wait was beyond excruciating, but well worth it. At the very end of Friday morning’s “Windy City Live” broadcast, the Elk Grove High School freshman learned she had won her semifinal battle, propelling her to the final three in the ABC 7 show’s vocal competition. “I’m in total shock right now,” Taylor, 14, said.

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    Associated Press File Photo, 2011 First lady Michelle Obama speaks at the National League of Cities Conference about the Let's Move! initiative in Washington. C-SPAN has teamed up with The White House Historical Association to produce a series on first ladies.

    C-SPAN begins historical series on first ladies

    Mark Farkas is used to his teenage daughters showing little interest in his work. After all, he is a producer at terminally unhip C-SPAN. This time is different. The girls are intrigued by some of the stories Farkas is finding for the public service network's series on first ladies. The 35-episode series begins with an overview Monday, on President's Day, and ends with an hour on Michelle Obama next Feb. 10.

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    Aretha Franklin

    Aretha Franklin to perform with Chicago Symphony

    Aretha Franklin will perform with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra on May 20. The charitable event will benefit the symphony and its community and education programs.

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    Peter Staley in a scene from director, David France’s documentary film, “How to Survive a Plague,” a Sundance Selects release.

    Oscar-nominated documentaries capture history

    The Oscar-nominated features “5 Broken Cameras” and “How to Survive a Plague” represent documentaries in the truest, purest form of the word: They capture a spark, a moment in history, and they make us feel as if we were there, too. Both films were shot by regular people who happened to be witnessing an uprising. They’re by amateur photographers who had the foresight to record everything — long before such a practice became the norm with the advent of the iPhone and YouTube.

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    Taylor Matos, 14, sings on Windy City Live as part of the TV show's Search For A Star Competition. The Elk Grove High School student will learn Friday morning whether she's one of three finalists in the competition.

    Elk Grove teen finalist is 'Windy City Live' contest

    An Elk Grove High School singer has made the finals of the Windy City Live Search for a Star competition. Taylor Matos, 14, who auditioned with more than 300 others last month, was named Friday morning as the third finalist in the competition sponsored by the ABC 7 morning show.

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    Stevie Wonder has criticized singer Lil Wayne for his vulgar lyrics that reference Emmett Till, a black teen who was killed in 1955.

    Stevie Wonder critical of Lil Wayne’s lyrics

    Stevie Wonder is not happy with Lil Wayne’s vulgar lyrics that reference Emmett Till, a black teen who was killed in 1955 for allegedly whistling at a white woman. The R&B legend says the rapper’s disturbing verse should not have made it beyond the recording studio for the world to hear.

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    Pablo Picasso's “Man with a Pipe” is part of a special Art Institute of Chicago exhibit.

    Art Institute celebrates relationship between Picasso, Chicago

    Though he never visited the city, Pablo Picasso left an indelible mark on Chicago. For the past century, the modern spirit of his work has resonated with Chicago art fans, culminating with the unveiling of the iconic Picasso sculpture in the Daley Plaza in 1967. Now his lasting influence — and his 100-year connection to the city — is being celebrated in the exhibit “Picasso and Chicago,” opening at the Art Institute of Chicago.

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    Taylor Matos, 14, sings on Windy City Live as part of the TV show’s Search For A Star Competition. The Elk Grove High School student will learn Friday morning whether she’s one of three finalists in the competition.

    Elk Grove teen may be finalist on ‘Windy City Live’ contest

    An Elk Grove High School student will find out Friday morning if she is a finalist in the Windy City Live Search for a Star competition. Taylor Matos, who auditioned with more than 300 others last month, was selected as one of the top 12 to sing in several rounds of the ABC7 morning show’s competition. At 14, Matos is the youngest singer in the contest by far.

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    Teagan Marti, of Parkland, Fla., left, and her mother, Julie, walk to the entrance of American Family Childrens’ Hospital in Madison, Wis. Actor Charlie Sheen has donated $10,000 to pay for a therapy dog to help Teagan who almost died after plummeting 100 feet from a Wisconsin amusement park ride in 2010.

    Charlie Sheen pays for injured teen’s therapy dog

    There’s a 15-year-old Florida girl who didn’t really know much about Charlie Sheen before this week — but does now. The actor wired $10,000 to Teagan Marti and her family on Thursday for a therapy dog to help in her rehabilitation from injuries sustained when she plummeted 100 feet from a Wisconsin amusement park ride in 2010.

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    The divorce case of Kris Humphries and Kim Kardashian returns to court on Friday.

    Kim Kardashian makes another bid to end marriage

    Kim Kardashian’s divorce case is returning to court Friday with her attorney urging a speedy end to her marriage to NBA player Kris Humphries. Lawyers for the pregnant reality star and the Brooklyn Nets power forward disagree over a timetable for a trial to end the marriage, which Humphries wants annulled.

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    Comedian Heather McDonald performs at Zanies in St. Charles and Rosemont.

    Weekend picks: Get some laughs in

    Catch some comedy this weekend as Heather McDonald lights up two Zanies locations Friday and Saturday nights. Have an itch to scratch a kitty? Visit the Lincoln State Cat Club All Breed Cat Show at Harper College Saturday and Sunday. Or take the kids to the Lego Train Show at the DuPage County Historical Museum this weekend.

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    Super handyman: Home office out of control? Here’s how to get organized

    If you have a home office, then you know how quickly it can get out of control. Incoming papers, books, projects and other things start piling up and, before you know it, it’s become a dumping ground. Let us give you some of our favorite tips for getting and keeping your office clean and organized.

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    Disturbed teens turned killers (Matthew Bausone, left, and Eric Folks) capture on tape their preparations in American Theater Company’s riveting production of the newly revised “columbinus” by PJ Paparelli and Stephen Karam.

    ATC’s revised ‘columbinus’ as powerful, unsettling as ever

    New material proveds a third act as American Theater Company presents a revised version of "columbinus," the unflinching, unforgettable examination of the events at Colorado’s Columbine High School in April 1999.

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    Journalist Jeff Sefton (Matt Davis) teams up with researcher Skye Yarrow (Jessica Lucas) to look into the disappearance of Jeff’s brother and how it relates to a hit TV show with obsessive fans in The CW’s “Cult.”

    Fiction, reality blur in CW’s new drama ‘Cult’

    The idea of a story within a story is not new, but in The CW's "Cult," there's the "fictional" world, the "real" world and a world that lies somewhere between the two. "Cult" stars Matt Davis as Jeff Sefton, a journalist trying to find out what has happened to his missing brother, who appears to have gone over the top in his attachment to a hit TV show called "Cult." So Jeff joins forces with researcher Skye Yarrow (Jessica Lucas) to find out whether the show's rabid fans have taken their fixation to the extent of murder.

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    The pros, cons of renting home instead of selling

    There are advantages and disadvantages for owners who consider renting their home to tenants instead of choosing to sell it.

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    Newt and Callista Gingrich

    Book notes
    Former speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and his wife Callists Gingrich will sign copies of their respective books at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, at Anderson's Bookshop in Naperville. Newt will sign copies of his new historical novel, "Victory at Yorktown," while Callista signs her book,"Land of the Pilgrims Pride."

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    Washington sizes up the home interest tax deduction

    In the contentious debate over whether to reduce or eliminate the home-mortgage interest tax deduction — or leave it alone — one fact has been virtually unchallenged: The popular write-off used by millions of American owners costs the government massive amounts of revenue, somewhere in the range of $100 billion a year.

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    What’s new in theater
    Lifeline Theatre's world premiere adaptation of the weird fiction novel "The City & The City;" Black Ensemble Theater's latest original musical "From Doo Wop to Hip Hop;" actor-director Charles Dutton's autobiographical, one-man show "From Jail to Yale: Serving Time on Stage" and Walkabout Theater's latest site-specific show, "All Rise - a theatrical event on sacred ground" are among the Chicago area shows opening this week.

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    Willow Park provides open space and a place for kids to play in the Winston Knolls neighborhood.

    Winston Knolls a quintessential suburban neighborhood

    Winston Knolls in Hoffman Estates reminds Terri Hunt of the kind of neighborhood you see in the movies — the picture perfect family neighborhood. “Residents have a lamp post on all night at the end of their driveways, so when you drive through the neighborhood, it’s a warm and cozy feeling,” said Hunt, a real estate broker with RE/MAX Suburban.

Discuss

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    Editorial: Collaboration that adds up to student success

    A program that helps potential Harper College students avoid the setback of remedial classes comes through a collaborative effort that is worth emulating, a Daily Herald editorial says.

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    Jerry Karnas

    Human fertility crowds out Earth’s other inhabitants

    Guest columnist Jerry Karnas: It’s not rocket science: The more people we crowd onto the planet, the less room there is for animals and the wild places we love. And the less room there is for human quality of life.

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    Obama’s ideological fatigue

    Columnist Michael Gerson: It is difficult to imagine two more different speeches in intention or ambition. The inaugural presented President Obama’s unvarnished progressivism as the culmination of the American founding. The State of the Union presented a grab bag of proposals,

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    The brevity of Silent Cal

    Columnist George Will: Before Ronald Reagan traveled the 16 blocks to the White House after his first inaugural address, the White House curator had, at the new president’s instruction, hung in the Cabinet room a portrait of Calvin Coolidge. The Great Communicator knew that “Silent Cal” could use words powerfully — 15 of them made him a national figure — because he was economical in their use, as in all things.

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    Pension reform a moral issue
    A letter to the editor: We trust that lawmakers will be guided by a strong sense of public morality as they now address this issue that has been so long in the making.

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    ‘Gifts’ to tollway need to stop
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: The bureaucrats have decided to give the Elgin/O’Hare Expressway to the toll authority. By what right do they do this? The road was built with federal and state gasoline tax funds; our — the taxpayers’ -- money.

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    Malpractice law harms patients
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: In the waning days of the lame-duck session of the General Assembly, Gov. Pat Quinn signed a law allowing attorneys to collect higher fees from clients in medical malpractice cases. Doctors criticized the law, arguing patients could use these additional funds for their care or therapy. Lawyers argued the law would standardize fees and protect clients from being overcharged. Both sides have added insult to the patients/clients they claim to be concerned about.

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    Illinois finding the wrong solutions
    A Barrington letter to the editor: I just read in the Daily Herald that Illinois’ credit rating dropped again. We are now ranked 50th out of, according to our president, 57 states. Way to go.

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    Congress, the Postal Service’s savior?
    A West Chicago letter to the editor: The Postmaster General, in recently announcing the end, by August, of Saturday delivery, is getting ahead of himself. Only Congress can decide that issue. What the Postmaster is attempting to do is plant the impression in the public mind that the end of Saturday delivery is inevitable — indeed, that it is a done deal. This is not so.

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    1 thing in common with ‘Stan the Man’
    An Aurora letter to the editor: Walt Zlotow's note on the late Stan Musial brings back memories. Musial was one of my idols. I always dreamed of making the majors and like "The Man." I was left handed all the way. Unfortunately, the similarity ends except for one thing.

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    Homophobic letter should not have run
    An Elgin letter to the editor: I am writing in response to Feb. 3 letter from Karen Witt of Elgin, headlined "Effort to stamp out Christian influence." I must question the integrity of The Daily Herald Editorial Board in allowing such vitriolic, homophobic and totally unsubstantiated information to appear in print.

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    Amazed at those who judge others’ values
    An Elgin letter to the editor: I'm in awe of the ability of Christians to know the mind of God and judge the morality and value of everyone around them. Labels of perverse, twisted and abominable applied to homosexuals must include my most loving and caring cousin, and these labels hurt my soul.

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    No death penalty costs in other ways
    An Elburn letter to the editor: Once again the lack of capital punishment has cost the state of Illinois and local taxpayers millions of dollars in trial expenses and fees. Recently two Aurora men were found guilty of murder in two separate cold cases, with overwhelming evidence against them.

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