Daily Archive : Saturday February 16, 2013


    Pakistani security forces take positions in a street leading to the site of a bomb blast, top left, in Quetta, Pakistan, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013. A bomb ripped through a crowded vegetable market in a mostly Shiite neighborhood in a southern Pakistani city Saturday, killing scores of people in a horrific attack on the country's minority Muslim sect.

    Death toll in Pakistani bombing climbs to 81

    The death toll from a horrific bombing that tore through a crowded vegetable market in a mostly Shiite Muslim neighborhood of southwestern Pakistan climbed to 81 with many of the severely wounded dying overnight, a Pakistani police official said Sunday.

    Morgan Niesen, left, and Riley Doyle, both seventh-graders at Woodland Middle School, play their roles of rushing to a hard-lockdown area in a safety video shot Friday at the school in Gurnee.

    Gurnee school serves as the set for safety video

    Cameras and boom microphones took over a second-floor area of Woodland Middle School in Gurnee for a safety video production that featured students, teachers and local police. It'll be geared for school employees who didn't receive formal training about lockdown procedures. “I think we're going to find that there's many, many school districts that have a need for this,” crime...

    Retired FBI agent Edmund Mireles shows the Ruger Mini-14 used by one of the shooters in the deadly April 11, 1986 bank robbery shootout in Miami that left two FBI agents dead and five others injured.

    Gun ban would protect more than 2,200 firearms

    Congress’ latest crack at a new assault weapons ban would protect more than 2,200 specific firearms, including a semi-automatic rifle that is nearly identical to one of the guns used in the bloodiest shootout in FBI history.

    U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy III, a Massachusetts Democrat, speaks Monday during an interview in Milford, Mass.

    Congressman edges Kennedy name back into politics

    The boy-faced Joe Kennedy III, a redhead with little political experience, is quietly bringing the name back. He has no entourage. He shies away from national media interviews. He introduces himself simply as “Joe.” And there is little sign of entitlement when he talks about a new career in public service.

    Streamwood firefighters and tow truck operators had to be careful not to further damage the structural integrity of the home in the 900 block of Meadow Lane as they removed the car from the basement.

    Car crashes into Streamwood home’s basement

    Geraldine Gibb had just come upstairs from the basement of her raised ranch home in Streamwood’s 900 block of Meadow Lane when she heard an incredible noise. A Chevy Monte Carlo had crashed through the cinder block wall of her single-family home and landed in her basement at around 2 p.m. Saturday. "My mom is really shaken up by it,” Gibb's son said.

    John Maniatis, registrar of the First Division Museum at Cantigny Park in Wheaton, shows Don and Martha Kretzschmar of Wheaton a Vietnam-era chaplain kit.

    Visitors get rare glimpse into Wheaton’s First Division Museum

    At any given time, only about 5 percent of the First Division Museum’s 15,000-plus items are on exhibit. So hundreds of patrons jumped at the chance to get a rare glimpse into the Cantigny Park facility’s inner-workings during an open house Saturday, which also featured hundreds more artifacts related to the revered U.S. Army infantry division known as the “Big Red One.

    President Barack Obama reacts as he draws a card Thursday during a learning game during a visit to a pre-kindergarten classroom at College Heights Early Childhood Learning Center in Decatur, Ga.

    Obama bypasses Congress with economic pitch

    Weeks before President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address, White House aides were locking down a plan for the sales pitch that would follow during three days of travel focused on his main themes.

    Reeva Steenkamp poses on set during the shooting of the reality show Tropika Island of Treasure which premiered on state television Saturday.

    TV show with Pistorius’ late girlfriend airs

    Reeva Steenkamp’s last wish for her family before she was shot dead at boyfriend Oscar Pistorius’ home was for them to watch her in a reality TV show that went on air in South Africa on Saturday night, two days after her killing.

    Dave Kublank explains the ins and outs of Scandinavian flat plain carving during a demonstration at the Winter Wood Wonders art show Saturday at the Kane County Fairgrounds in St. Charles.

    Large crowd for wood show’s first day in St. Charles

    Lori Pelenis has never carved wood before, but on Saturday she decided to take the plunge and get equipped for what might soon become her new hobby. Pelenis, of Wheaton, was among more than 300 people who attended the Winter Wood Wonders art show at the Kane County Fairgrounds in St. Charles. The show featured about 30 exhibitors and all forms of wood art, from carving to turning, intarsia,...

    Pope Benedict XVI shakes hands Saturday with Italian Premier Mario Monti during a private audience at the Vatican.

    Vatican raises possibility of early conclave

    The 15 to 20 day waiting period is in place to allow time for all cardinals who don’t live in Rome to arrive, under the usual circumstance of a pope dying. But in this case the cardinals already know that this pontificate will end Feb. 28, with the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI.

    Figure skater Derek Wagner of Geneva finished ninth in the juvenile boys competition at last year’s U.S. Junior Figure Skating Championships in December.

    Geneva boy places 6th at U.S. skating championship

    Dave Heun catches up with Derek Wagner, 13, of Geneva, who finished sixth in the recent U.S. National Figure Skaing Championships. Derek attends Geneva Middle School North.

    Arnold Pistorius, right, uncle of Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius, comforts his niece after making a statement to selected press in Pretoria, South Africa, Feb. 16, 2013. Pistorius said that Oscar is “numb with shock, as well as grief” after the shooting death of his model girlfriend at his home in South Africa, Thursday, and his family strongly refuted prosecutors' claims that he murdered her. At left is Aimee Pistorius, sister of Oscar Pistorius.

    Pistorius' family strongly refutes murder charge

    Oscar Pistorius is "numb with shock as well as grief" after the shooting death of his model girlfriend at his home in South Africa, the runner's uncle said Saturday, as his family strongly refuted prosecutors' claims that he murdered her.

    Associated Press/BMW AG The 2009 BMW 3-Series sedan.

    BMW recalls nearly 570,000 cars to fix cables

    BMW is recalling almost 570,000 cars in the U.S. and Canada because a battery cable connector can fail and cause the engines to stall.

    Police say this man brandished a silver handgun during a Friday afternoon robbery at the BMO Harris Bank, 130 W. Devon Ave., in Wood Dale.

    Wood Dale, Naperville police work with FBI to catch bank robbers

    Two DuPage County police departments, and the FBI are investigating two separate Friday bank robberies.The first robbery occurred at 3:25 p.m. at the BMO Harris Bank, 130 W. Devon Ave., in Wood Dale. Roughly three hours later, in an unrelated robbery, the Oxford Bank at 2920 83rd St. in Naperville was robbed by an undescried man brandising a handgun.

    Parents and kids alike enjoyed the Northern Illinois Lego Train Club’s show Saturday at the DuPage County Historical Museum in Wheaton. The event continues Sunday.

    Exhibit impresses Lego show visitors in Wheaton

    Walk into the DuPage County Historical Museum this weekend, and you’re bound to see one wide-eyed spectator after the next, arms stretched out to point at one of countless elements that make up the Northern Illinois Lego Train Club’s show. "The more you look, the more you see,” club President Jamie LeBlanc said. “The fun is in the details.”

    William Watts Biggers

    Notable deaths last week
    William Watts Biggers, the co-creator of the cartoon “Underdog,” the mild-mannered canine shoeshine boy who turned into a caped superhero to rescue his girlfriend, Sweet Polly Purebred, has died. He was 85.

    $PHOTOCREDIT_ON$$PHOTOCREDIT_OFF$ Smoke rises from a burning Continental Express commuter plane after it crashed into a home in suburban Buffalo, killing 50 people.

    Report questions FAA’s airline safety promise

    The FAA dropped its plans to review code-sharing agreements because agency officials felt the largest airlines had taken steps to increase their safety sharing with their regional partners, the report said.But the inspector general found that while that was true of one large airline, it wasn’t the case for others.

    The 2014 Chevrolet SS performance sedan.

    After 17 years, GM unveils new muscle car

    All the SS models come loaded and seat five. Leather seats with added side bolstering for spirited cornering. Nine-speaker sound system. Push-button start. Touch screen. Automatic parallel parking-assist sensors. Lane departure warning, blind-spot detector and backup camera, plus front collision alert.


    Prospect of prison looms for ex-congressman, wife

    The prospect of prison looms over former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife after they agreed to plead guilty to charges in an alleged scheme to spend $750,000 in campaign funds on personal items — including furs, a gold watch, a football signed by U.S. presidents and even a hat once owned by Michael Jackson.


    Palatine woman’s death ruled accident

    The Cook County medical examiner’s office ruled the death of a 77-year-old Palatine woman struck by an automobile earlier in the week was accidental, according to a report released Saturday. Jieru Chen, of the 400 block of East Baldwin in Palatine, died Thursday, a day after being sent to Northwest Community Hospital and later airlifted to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital with multiple injuries.

    Anti-war protesters from the Stop the War Coalition hold placards Friday night during a rally against western intervention in Syria and calling for western troops to leave Mali, on the 10th anniversary of the march to stop the war in Iraq, opposite the official residence of the British prime minister, in central London.

    Power outage hits Syrian capital, south

    A power outage plunged Damascus and southern Syria into darkness late Saturday, Syria’s state news agency said, while anti-regime activists reported a string of tit-for-tat, sectarian kidnappings in the country’s north.

    Investigators work Saturday at a hole in the ice of Chebarkul Lake where a meteorite reportedly struck the lake near the town of Chebarkul, Russia. With a blinding flash and a booming shock wave, a meteor blazed across the western Siberian sky Friday and exploded with the force of 20 atomic bombs.

    Cuba, California report possible meteor explosions

    Cuba apparently experienced a phenomenon similar to but smaller than the meteorite that detonated over Russia this week, island media reported, with startled residents describing a bright light in the sky and a loud explosion that shook windows and walls. Also Friday, residents of the San Francisco Bay Area reported seeing a fireball in the sky that scientists said was likely a piece of space...


    Tickets are $100 for “Wishes & Dreams” dinner and auction

    Today is the last day to RSVP for next weekend’s “Wishes & Dreams,” the 7th annual dinner and auction organized by the South Elgin pediatric cancer foundation Cal’s Angels. The event takes place Saturday, Feb. 23, at Stonegate Banquet Center, 2401 W. Higgins Road in Hoffman Estates.

    Julien Moore, 22, of Elgin portrays Olaudah Equiano in Elgin Community College’s production of “Voices of the Middle Passage.” The one-act play about the slave trade affected Moore emotionally. He already knew a lot about the history but was struck by details of the life of Equiano, who ultimately bought his freedom.

    ECC student actor reflects on role as former slave

    Julien Moore, an Elgin Community College student, played Olaudah Equiano in ECC’s staged reading of "Voices of the Middle Passage," a one-act play based on firsthand accounts of the slave trade. The role brought him face-to-face with many grisly details of slavery and forced him to reflect on his own modern-day privilege. Moore plans to transfer to a four-year university for a bachelor's degree...


    Des Plaines gas station robbed

    A Shell gas station on River Road in Des Plaines was robbed on Thursday and remains under investigation. Des Plaines police could not provide details on how much money was taken or whether anyone was hurt.

    Carnival Triumph passengers Brooke Carico, left, and her daughter, Ravyn, head to their car after arriving by bus at the Port of Galveston, Texas parking lot Friday Feb. 15, 2013. They were among the first passengers to arrive after an overnight trip from Mobile, Ala., where the disabled Carnival ship Triumph docked. Hundreds of passengers opted to take an eight-hour bus ride to Galveston from Mobile. Galveston is the home port of the ill-fated ship, which lost power in an engine-room fire Sunday some 150 miles off Mexico's Yucatan peninsula.

    Cruise passengers return home, feds probe fire

    Passengers of the Carnival Triumph tried to put the memories of their nightmarish cruise behind them Friday, boarding buses and planes for home after five harrowing days aboard a vessel adrift at sea without power or working toilets.


    Milwaukee County Zoo displays new jaguar cubs

    The Milwaukee County Zoo is displaying jaguar cubs for the first time since 1975.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    A 22-year-old baby sitter was charged with three counts of child endangerment in Hoffman Estates after leaving three young children home alone while she picked up three other children from school, reports said. Officers were responding to a residential alarm activated at the front door when they found the children alone.


    Last of Kane County’s red-light cameras to go dark, for now

    The only two remaining red-light cameras on Kane County roads will go off the grid in a few weeks. But county rules still leave the door open for new cameras in the future. “Nothing precludes somebody from applying for a red-light camera under our revised rules,” said Kane County Transportation Director Carl Schoedel. “But there’s been a lot less interest in the...

    Sarai Hoffman, left, of the YMCA of Metro Chicago, and Peter Fissinger of Chicago look at the new dressing room at the Fry Family YMCA Friday as the Y unveiled its new 5,300-square-foot addition.

    Fry Family YMCA opens doors to new addition

    Renovations are nothing new to Naperville’s Fry Family YMCA, but the latest round is expected to extend the facilitiy’s life by several years. YMCA officials and community leaders cut the ribbon to officially open a 5,300-square-foot addition. “We like to think we’ve added 5,300 square feet of community and family fun that will be utilized for years to come,” said Richard Malone, president and...


    Gas station plan concerns Aurora neighbors

    Aurora residents of Oakhurst North and nearby subdivisions are raising a variety of concerns about a business that hopes to be their new neighbor: Speedway. The company wants to build a gas station and a 4,600-square-foot convenience store at the southwest corner of Eola Road and Liberty Street. "I really don't think it is needed when we have several other gas stations already on Eola," resident...

    U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley, a Carol Stream native, poses with the Stanley Cup outside of the U.S. Capitol. He wears number five in honor of his district, which stretches from Chicago west to DuPage County.

    Quigley: Five surgeries, hundreds of stitches, and still on the ice

    "Did I grow up dreaming to be a congressman? No way. I wanted to be the next Stan Mikita or Bobby Hull." Carol Stream native and 5th District Congressman Mike Quigley talks about the stitches, surgeries and hat tricks in his four-plus decades playing hockey, days before he plays in a Wounded Warrior charity match at Soldier Field.

    The horrific crash between a commuter train and a freight train in Los Angeles in 2008 caused lawmakers to require Positive Train Control systems nationwide.

    Funding gap big obstacle in train crash prevention

    They can't afford it but they have to do it. Metra officials hope to get some financial and deadline relief from the federal government from a mandate to install a system that automatically stops collision-bound trains.

    “It’s cool to ride Metra,” is not a slogan the agency intends to use in its advertising campaign but perhaps it should.

    Marketing pitch urges commuters to ‘Choose Metra’

    You want to ride Metra, you just don't know it. The commuter rail agency will spend nearly $400,000 on a marketing campaign aimed at attracting new riders. “Couldn’t you use more time for yourself to recharge, relax and reconnect and leave the gridlock behind you?” a sample advertising script reads.


    Armageddon not in the stars as UN takes aim at asteroids

    For an anxious world suddenly attuned to the risks from asteroids, a reassuring message is coming from Vienna: Don’t worry, earthlings, the United Nations is on the job. On the same day an asteroid half the size of a U.S. football field passed within an astronomical hair’s breadth of Earth, a working group at the UN is wrapping up its 12-year effort on an emergency plan against such threats from...



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


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


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


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


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

    Andrew Geers of Neuqua Valley struggles against Brian Allen one Hinsdale in the Class 3A 285-pound IHSA championship final wrestling match at Assembly Hall in Champaign. Geers lost the match 4-2.

    Geers’ first defeat comes in state final

    The two heavyweights virtually dwarfed their fellow competitors and state finalists Saturday night at the University of Illinois’ Assembly Hall.

    Hersey’s Hunter Rollins is beaten by C. J. Brucki of Sandburg in the Class 3A 160-pound championship final Saturday night at Assembly Hall.

    Hersey’s Rollins finishes with second-place medal

    Nearly every time Hersey senior Hunter Rollins has stepped onto the mats this season, everything has gone right. Not Saturday night. After battling over two-plus days to impose himself as a serious contender for a state championship, so too had C.J. Brucki of Sandburg. When the two 160-pound stars finished well into the evening, it was Brucki claiming the top prize.


    West Aurora, Kaneland both bounce back

    West Aurora 80, West Chicago 35: The Blackhawks kept their hopes for a share of the DuPage Valley Conference title alive with a convincing road victory. Jontrel Walker netted a game-high 20 points for West Aurora (20-5, 11-2) while Josh McAuley added 16.


    Meadows work OT for victory

    Make that a 2-for-2 winning weekend for Rolling Meadows.Following up a Friday win at Wheeling, the Mustangs went to overtime to procure a 52-43 victory over visiting Leyden on Saturday in nonconference play.It’s the fourth straight win for Rolling Meadows (8-16).Matt Dolan scored a team-high 15 points, and Jack Milas had 11 — including 8 of them, and two 3s, in overtime.Ÿ Hersey (11-14) suffered a 67-50 loss to host St. Patrick (17-7) in nonconference play.

    Marmion Academy’s George Fisher turns to his coaches after pinning Larry Early of Oak Park River Forest in the Class 3A 132-pound IHSA championship final wrestling match at Assembly Hall in Champaign Saturday.

    Images: IHSA state wrestling championships in Champaign
    A gallery of images from the IHSA state championship and third-place wrestling matches Friday in Champaign.


    Color Kohler, Lakes a winner

    Orange isn’t one of the school colors at Lakes. But the boys basketball team added some orange socks to its uniform on Saturday night for its game against visiting Deerfield. Just for the seniors, though. “All the seniors went out to the mall to get some socks for Senior Night,” Lakes senior guard Jake Kohler said. “We wanted something different, something to help the seniors stand out.” Kohler stood out anyway. With 10 seconds remaining in a tie game, he got his number called for his team’s last shot at the basket. Kohler posted up on the block, hauled in a pass from his teammate and made a strong move to the basket. His bucket with 3.6 seconds remaining, followed by a defensive stand by Kohler and his teammates in the final moments, sealed a 58-56 victory for Lakes, which improves to 21-6 on the season.

    Above: Marmion’s George Fisher turns to his coaches after pinning Larry Early in the Class 3A 132-pound championship match at Assembly Hall in Champaign Saturday. Below left: Johnny Jimenez is flanked by his Marmion coaches after winning the Class 3A 120-pound title. Below right: Kaneland’s Dan Goress runs into the crowd after winning the Class 2A 145-pound championship.

    Marmion, Kaneland wrestlers state titles

    Johnny Jimenez placed himself in rarified air, and George Fisher had perhaps the most stunning verdict on the championship night of the Class 3A individual wrestling state tournament Saturday night at the University of Illinois’ Assembly Hall.


    Naperville North completes a weekend sweep

    There’s only one thing better than beating West Aurora on a Friday night. That’s beating Naperville Central on a Saturday. Naperville North wrapped up an epic DuPage Valley Conference weekend by topping their visiting cross-town rivals 52-48. Less than 24 hours after upsetting West Aurora on the road, the Huskies (19-7, 9-4) still had plenty of energy to pull off the weekend sweep.


    Evanston trips up Dundee-Crown

    Dundee-Crown was poised to reward its small but loyal and vocal contingent of superfans who made the long trek Saturday night to Evanston’s venerable Beardsley Gym. The decibel level from the visitors was rising as the Chargers’ double-digit deficit was falling to 2 points midway through the fourth quarter of the nonconference boys basketball game. But the Wildkits had the ultimate silencer by scoring the final 11 points of a 56-43 victory.


    Glenbard West’s O’Keefe fourth on parallel bars

    Glenbard West sophomore Mackenzie O’Keefe took a big step this gymnastics season by setting the school all-around record — twice.

    Elk Grove’s Amelia Rafferty competes on vault during the girls gymnastics state finals at Palatine High School on Saturday.

    LT edges PR; Fremd takes third

    Lyons Township ended Friday’s preliminaries at the girls gymnastics state meet trailing Prairie Ridge Co-op by .25 points for first place. But the Lions came roaring back at Saturday’s finals, passing up Prairie Ridge to secure its first state title with 149.625 points at Palatine High School. Prairie Ridge earned its second consecutive state trophy, taking second with 149.30 points, followed by Fremd (146.05). The Vikings earned their 21st state trophy with a third-place finish.


    Glenbard East clinches share of DVC title

    Yes, the big game is Wednesday at West Aurora to decide if Glenbard East gets the whole DuPage Valley Conference title or if the Blackhawks get a share of the league championship pie. But the Rams found themselves in a big game Saturday night in Lombard when they fought off an aggressive Wheaton Warrenville South squad 48-40 on Senior Night to clinch at least a share of the DVC crown.

    Lauren Feely is congratulated for her medal for the all-around competition during the girls state gymnastics finals at Palatine High School Saturday.

    Images: IHSA state gymnastics competition
    A gallery of images from the IHSA state gymnastics competition Saturday in Palatine.


    Wheaton makes sure there’s no repeat

    Not again this year. That was what the members of the Wheaton co-op 400-yard freestyle relay team thought entering Saturday’s swimming sectional at Lyons Township. After just missing the state cut at last year’s meet, the swimmers were determined to qualify this time around and qualify in style. The Wheaton quartet of J.T. Simoneau, Max St. George, Matt Rogers and James Hasbrouck did just that, blazing to a first-place time of 3:11.28 that is more than 3.5 seconds under the qualifying standard.


    Wolves honor former GM Cheveldayoff

    The Chicago Wolves honored their former general manager, Kevin Cheveldayoff, with a banner ceremony before Saturday night's game against Lake Erie at Allstate Arena.

    Connor Lamb of Naperville Central takes part in the 200 IM during the Neuqua Valley boys swimming sectional in Naperville Saturday.

    Freshman sets pace for Naperville Central

    Naperville Central won Saturday’s Neuqua Valley sectional on Saturday and in the process the Redhawks might have found a budding superstar.


    West Chicago’s Eichenberger has one goal left on list

    West Chicago has a nice history in boys swimming — but the Wildcats haven’t a state medalist since Jeff Lesniak finished 10th in the 100-yard breaststroke in 2004.

    JOE LEWNARD/jlewnard@dailyherald.com Carmel’s Lauren Feely competes on floor exercise at the girls gymnastics state finals at Palatine High School on Saturday.

    Fond farewell to fans from Carmel’s Feely

    When Carmel Catholic senior Lauren Feely finished her nearly flawless floor routine in Saturday night’s finals, she got up and waved to the crowd, knowing it was her last time performing in the girls gymnastics state meet. Feely flipped and danced her way to a second-place score of 9.675 at Palatine High School. “I was waving at my fans and everyone that came out to support us,” Feely said. “I wanted to wave to all the parents that came to every meet, and all the kids from school that made it here for me. It meant so much for me. “I’m so glad that this was my senior year and that’s the way I’d like to have it remembered.” Feely sure helped make it a finals night to remember. She was a champion on the vault (9.825) and uneven parallel bars (9.375) along with runner-up on balance beam (9.375).

    Jake Cochrane of Carmel faces Lovontay Cobb of Chicago King in the Class 2A 285-pound IHSA third-place match at Assembly Hall in Champaign.

    Third will have to do for Cochrane, Weber, Tortorice

    Jake Cochrane, the most celebrated heavyweight in Carmel Catholic history, saw his dreams go up in smoke late Friday night. Instead of a headline that celebrated the No.-1 rated Corsairs senior winning a state title, the final story of the wrestling season for Lake County says Cochrane, Justin Weber of Stevenson and Devin Tortorice of Wauconda all bring home a third-place trophy from the 76th state tournament.


    Groovy: Winning rhythms at Vernon Hills

    The Black Eyed Peas’ still-cool, blood-pumping “I Gotta Feeling” blared during a break in the Vernon Hills boys swimming and diving sectional. The tune, however, seemed superfluous. Super swimming sufficed. “We don’t need no music for this,” said a smiling Libertyville junior Bobby Snader, standing poolside after he and teammates Justin Fu, Atticus Rush and Eric Boynton ripped off a 1:26.94 to win the 200 free relay.


    Conant performs at Glenbrook North

    Conant excelled in Saturday’s boys swimming sectional meet hosted by Glenbrook North, finishing second in the team standings with 177 points, close behind the Spartans (185) and just ahead of Maine South (167). The Cougars qualified both freestyle relays to the state meet and can look forward to two individuals swims each for senior Jonathan Burke and juniors Martin Pozniak and Alex Shozda.

    Jacobs junior Alex Reinbrecht churns to victory in the 500 free Saturday at Barrington.

    It’s in the air: Fast swims at Barrington

    The rubdown tables were out and the faint scent of wintergreen permeated the air inside Barrington’s natatorium on Saturday, as sure a sign as any that it is time to swim fast. And the swimmers sure took the hint at the Barrington sectional. The host Broncos led the way, qualifying winning all three relays in times well below the standard required to race in Friday’s state preliminaries at New Trier. They were the class of the field in the team standings with 272 points, ahead of Stevenson (212), Fremd (172), Cary-Grove (158), Hoffman Estates (111) and Jacobs (98).

    St. Charles North’s Josh Clay swims the 200-yard individual melody at the sectional swim meet at St. Charles East on Saturday.

    St. Charles North notches another sectional title

    It was very hard to find frowns among St. Charles’ star swimmers following Saturday’s sectional meet at St Charles East. Sure there were some who wished they had qualified — but whether from the host Saints to meet winning St. Charles North, there was a lot of happiness and excitement over the cast of athletes who booked their trips to next week’s IHSA state meet at New Trier. St. Charles North, which defeated its crosstown rival 385-364 for the team title, qualified all three relays and an additional seven individual entries. The Saints send two relays and seven individual entries to New Trier.

    South Elgin’s Alex Duffy placed second in the 200-yard individual melody at the sectional swim meet at St. Charles East on Saturday.

    Hasemann leads 3 South Elgin swimmers to state

    South Elgin’s had boys swimmers qualify for the state meet before, but for the first time, the Storm will be sending three swimmers to the final meet of the season. South Elgin qualified Nick Hasemann, who won the 200-yard freestyle and the 100 backstroke at Saturday’s St. Charles East sectional. Also making the trip is Alex Duffy, who qualified in the 200 IM and the 100 butterfly and Taylor Headley, making his first trip to the state meet after qualifying in the 100 butterfly.

    San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton, left, and Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews fight during the first period of Friday night’s 4-1 Hawks victory.

    Toews’ fight with Thornton just ‘part of the game’

    The day after fighting San Jose’s Joe Thornton, Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews said Saturday he would do it all over again.“There are times where you have to assert yourself and stand up for yourself,” Toews said. “That’s all it was. You’re not going to see me do that very often and I haven’t in my career. It is part of the game, maybe for that reason that you want to buy your time and space and your respect out on the ice. That’s something you have to do to kind of prove that you deserve it.”The Hawks are 11-0-3 and can move a step close to Anaheim’s NHL record of 16 games to start a season without a loss today against the Kings at the United Center (2 p.m., NBC).


    Boys basketball/Scouting Fox Valley Class 1-2A postseason

    Scouting the boys basketball Class 1-2A postseason in the Fox Valley.

    Seth Allen broke a tie by making two free throws with 2.8 seconds left, and Maryland stunned No. 2 Duke 83-81 Saturday night to end a six-game skid against its bitter rival.

    Maryland shocks Duke 83-81

    Seth Allen broke a tie by making two free throws with 2.8 seconds left, and Maryland stunned No. 2 Duke 83-81 Saturday night to end a six-game skid against its bitter rival. As the final horn sounded, thousands of fans from the sellout crowd charged onto the court to celebrate the Terrapins' most significant victory of the season. Maryland had lost 12 of 13 against Duke, including a 20-point embarrassment last month.

    Approaching his 37th birthday, White Sox stalwart Paul Konerko also could be approaching his final season on the South Side.

    Is this Konerko’s final lap with White Sox?

    Paul Konerko turns 37 on March 5, and the White Sox' longtime captain knows he's not going to play forever. Konerko also knows this could be his 14th and final season with the Sox, but he's keeping his focus on baseball.

    Burlington Central girls basketball coach Mark Smith celebrates the Rockets’ Class 3A regional championship win over Plano Friday night.

    Girls basketball/Scouting Fox Valley sectionals

    Scouting Fox Valley area girls basketball sectionals and the Class 1A DeKalb supersectional.


    Loyola takes down UIC 69-60

    Christian Thomas had 23 points and 11 rebounds on Saturday and Loyola ended a four-game losing streak by beating Illinois-Chicago 69-60.

    Dundee-Crown’s Ray Griggel controls his position as Jacob Suter of Glenbrook South tries to take control in the Class 3A 220-pound IHSA third place wrestling match at Assembly Hall in Champaign. Suter won and Griggel took fourth place.

    Dundee-Crown’s Griggel takes 4th at state

    Ask Ray Griggel if it it wasn’t for bad luck then you wouldn’t have any at all applies to him and the Dundee-Crown senior might just have to agree. After all, a torn ligament in his left arm during his freshmen year, followed by a skin infection just before the postseason wiped out his season for good last year then this fall, an attempt to block a kick resulted in a freak shoulder injury threatened to end his year for good. However, there are ways to erase bad luck without some crazy old world method or magic potions, and for Griggel it was good old fashioned hard work and persistence, both of which he has plenty of. Saturday afternoon, he was rewarded for it all when he captured a fourth-place finish at the Class 3A state wrestling tournament at Assembly Hall.

    FILE - In this June 30, 2011, file photo,†NBA Players Union chief Billy Hunter speaks to reporters after a meeting with the NBA in New York. Hunter has been unanimously voted out as executive director of the NBA players' association, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

    Hunter voted out as head of NBA players’ union

    Billy Hunter was ousted unanimously as executive director of the union by NBA players who said Saturday they will “no longer be divided, misled, misinformed.”“This is our union and we have taken it back,” players’ association president Derek Fisher said.

    If two practices are any indication, Danica Patrick is a solid candidate to win the pole for the Daytona 500. Patrick turned the fastest lap Saturday in a pair of practice sessions focused solely on qualifying for the Daytona 500. She went 196.220 mph around Daytona International Speedway in the second practice session and said she's eyeing the top starting spot in "The Great American Race."

    Danica Patrick fastest in Daytona 500 practice

    If two practices are any indication, Danica Patrick is a solid candidate to win the pole for the Daytona 500. Patrick turned the fastest lap Saturday in a pair of practice sessions focused solely on qualifying for the Daytona 500. She went 196.220 mph around Daytona International Speedway in the second practice session and said she's eyeing the top starting spot in "The Great American Race."

    Marquette head coach Buzz Williams reacts Saturday against Pittsburgh during the first half.

    Blue leads No. 18 Marquette past No. 16 Pitt

    ander Blue scored 19 points to lead No. 18 Marquette to a 79-69 victory over No. 16 Pittsburgh on Saturday.Blue was 7 of 8 from the field and 3 for 4 on free throws to go with six rebounds for the Golden Eagles (18-6, 9-3), who moved into a first-place tie with Georgetown in the Big East.

    DePaul guard Brandon Young, center, splits the Rutgers defense of Jerome Seagears (1) and Vincent Garrett (24) during the second half Saturday.

    DePaul defeats Rutgers 75-69

    The Blue Demons’ last win was at Providence on Jan. 5. They’re 1-5 at home in the Big East.

    Notre Dame head coach Mike Brey signals his team in the second half.

    Batts leads Providence over Notre Dame 71-54

    Kadeem Batts scored 20 points and Vincent Council had 11 assists to become Providence’s career leader, carrying resurgent Friars over No. 21 Notre Dame 71-54 Saturday.

    Stevenson’s Alex Elzinga pulls down a rebound against Vernon Hills.

    Stevenson’s Elzinga, Moffat make college decisions

    Stevenson seniors Alex Elzinga and Kari Moffat have played varsity basketball together for four years. They figure to see a lot more of each other on the court in the future, too.Elzinga has accepted an appointment from West Point in New York and will play basketball for Army, while Moffat has verbally committed to Lehigh University in Pennsylvania.


    The cruise ship Carnival Triumph is towed Thursday into Mobile Bay near Dauphin Island, Ala.

    No central agency oversees, inspects cruise ships

    Want to know about a ship’s track record for being clean? Want to assess how sanitary the food is? It’s not that easy to find, in part because there’s no one entity or country that oversees or regulates the industry with its fleet of ships that are like mini cities floating at sea.

    Bee inspector Neil Trent of Scientific Ag Co., inspects a frame of bees Tuesday to assess the colony strength, near Turlock, Calif.

    Fewer bees a threat to world’s almond supply

    Bee brokers, beekeepers and almond growers around California say there’s a shortage of healthy honeybees for this year’s pollination, especially after colony collapse disorder took a higher toll this winter. The disorder, in which honey bees suddenly disappear or die, wipes out thousands of colonies each year.

    Comcast said Tuesday that it’s buying General Electric’s 49 percent stake in the NBCUniversal joint venture for $16.7 billion several years early, as the company takes advantage of low borrowing costs and what CEO Brian Roberts called a “very attractive price.”

    Why General Electric is getting out of the TV business

    General Electric is saying goodbye to 30 Rock — the building and the TV business born there. It’s another step in GE’s efforts to focus on less glamorous — but theoretically more profitable — ventures such as manufacturing medical imaging equipment, airplane engines and electrical generators.

    A pair of headphones from SOUL by Ludacris. The Usain Bolt signature model headphones feature noise-canceling technology, 40 mm drivers and collapsible construction.(AP Photo/Ron Harris)

    Review: Stylish, quality headphones get popular

    Most people consume their music while on the go these days — in cars, while jogging, in between smartphone calls or while working at a desk. Thousands of our favorite songs are just a playlist away. But pumping your favorite tunes through common earbuds may not deliver quite the high fidelity you deserve. I took a look at a fleet of modern headphones, both on-ear and over-ear models.

    The shift in advertising to Twitter illustrates the company’s evolution from disorganized online soap box for global dissidents and celebrities into a media powerhouse that is elbowing its way onto Madison Avenue and influencing top thought leaders in the nation’s capital.

    Twitter becomes instant megaphone for lobbyists, big companies

    On television, President Barack Obama spent a commercial-free hour delivering his State of the Union speech. But on Twitter, the nation’s biggest lobbying groups and corporations found a megaphone to place ad money and promote their views. The National Rifle Association, AARP, Chevron and Microsoft bid for top placement of 140-character tweets aimed at spreading their policy and political positions and marketing their products.

    Traders work under a screen indicating the U.S. dollar is trading at 93.530 yen on the foreign exchange market in Tokyo. Against the dollar, the yen is near a three-year low and looks set to weaken further as the Bank of Japan falls into line with the new Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s push to break Japan’s domestic economy out of its deflationary slump with very loose monetary policy — creating more money. One U.S. dollar is now buying more than 94 yen compared with 77-80 yen for much of 2012.

    Q&A: Currency the latest threat to global economy

    The world economy faces a new threat. Instead of a banking collapse or too much debt, fears are growing that countries are using their currencies as an economic weapon. History suggests that’s never a good thing. If too many countries try to weaken their currencies for economic gain — sparking a “currency war” — that could stifle business confidence and investment, sow turmoil in financial markets and derail a fragile global economy.

Life & Entertainment

    FILE - In this undated theater file image released by Sam Rudy Media Relations, from left, Hunter Bell, Jeff Bowen, Susan Blackwell and Heidi Blickenstaff in a scene from "Noe.Here.This" at the Vineyard Theatre in New York. Bowen, who starred in the show as well as wrote the songs and lyrics, turned to the show's fans via crowdfunding to get a cast album produced, an idea that more in the theater community are embracing. (AP Photo/Sam Rudy Media Relations, Carol Rosegg)

    ’A great adventure’ — how to crowdfund a musical

    When Jeff Bowen's off-Broadway musical "Now. Here. This." closed last year, he and his collaborators were left with some great things — plenty of good reviews, some new fans and memories. That was great, but what they really wanted was a cast album. So Bowen, who starred in the show as well as wrote the songs and lyrics, turned to the show's fans via crowdfunding, an idea that more people in the theater community are embracing.

    Newly appointed U.S. Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke walks past Pope Benedict XVI after receiving Cardinal’s ring during a mass in St. Peter’s Basilica, at the Vatican. Burke, the former St. Louis archbishop, is the first American to lead the Vatican supreme court.

    Could the next pope come from the United States?

    The conclaves that created the last two pontificates had already upended one tradition: Polish-born Pope John Paul II ended 455 years of Italian papacies with his surprise selection in 1978. Benedict, born in Bavaria, was the first German pope since the 11th century.


    Unusual rent delivery method causes rift between landlord, tenant

    Q. I own a house that I am currently renting to a tenant on a one-year lease. But over the months things have been getting very uncomfortable for me, and I would appreciate your advice.

    Kevin Spacey in a scene from the Netflix original series, “House of Cards,” an adaptation of a British classic.

    Netflix:‘House of Cards’ is most watched streaming program

    “House of Cards,” the Netflix Inc. online television program that made its debut this month, is the streaming service’s most-watched series, executive Ted Sarandos said.Sarandos, the Los Gatos, California-based company’s chief content officer, declined to provide specifics viewer numbers speaking today at the All Things D Dive Into Media conference in Dana Point, California.“We’re thrilled” with subscriber response, Sarandos said.The company made all 13 episodes available to subscribers on Feb. 1. Writers are working on season two of the series, Sarandos said in an interview. Netflix is adding exclusive content to keep subscribers loyal and extend its lead in online television, as Amazon.com Inc. and others try to catch up. Today the company said it will air a children’s series, “Turbo: F.A.S.T,” from DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc.Netflix, which charges $7.99 a month for unlimited streaming, was little changed today at $177.95 in New York trading. The shares have almost doubled this year as the company has rolled out new programming and signed Walt Disney Co. as a partner in movies.--With assistance from Cliff Edwards in San Francisco. Editor: PalazzoTo contact the reporter on this story: Andy Fixmer in Los Angeles at afixmerbloomberg.netTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Anthony Palazzo at apalazzobloomberg.net

    Alexander Graham Bell’s Graphaphone 1881 is displayed during a news conference at Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington. The Library of Congress is announcing a plan for saving the nation’s history in recorded sound under a mandate from Congress. The library already saves key audio selections each year, but many other recordings are being lost due to a lack of storage capacity, changing technology and disparate copyright laws. Researchers say more than half of the oldest recordings, including audio from George Gershwin, Frank Sinatra and Judy Garland have already been lost.

    Library of Congress has plan for saving recordings

    The Library of Congress unveiled an extensive plan Wednesday to help libraries and archives nationwide preserve recorded sound to guard against losing historic recordings as has happened with those by George Gershwin, Frank Sinatra and Judy Garland. About 14,000 public and private institutions hold sound recordings, according to one survey.

    The Chicago Park District's 8th annual Polar Adventure Days winds down at Northerly Island near the Museum Campus in Chicago.

    Weekend picks: Embrace the winter chill

    The Chicago Park District's Polar Adventure Day is today. Head to Northerly Island for sled dog racing, hot chocolate and more. Visit the Lincoln State Cat Club All Breed Cat Show at Harper College Saturday and Sunday. Take the kids to the Lego Train Show at the DuPage County Historical Museum this weekend. Or catch some comedy as Heather McDonald lights up two Zanies locations Friday and Saturday nights.


    There’s much help available when buying a first home

    Q. I am 22, got my dream job and am now relocating. My parents think, since rent may be high, I should try to buy and have something to show. How do I go about getting prequalified, should I use a local bank or larger national bank or my own bank?


    Eliminating fixed-rate HECM loan makes no sense

    The first article in this series indicated that major changes were needed in the HECM program. The one concrete proposal directed to this objectiv is to eliminate the fixed-rate standard HECM. Viewed strictly as a way to reduce FHA deficits, elimination of the fixed-rate standard while leaving the fixed-rate Saver HECM makes no sense.


    Condo boards can regulate tobacco smoke in common areas

    Q. I live in a 76-unit condominium and a person who smokes recently moved into a unit on my floor. The smell of the smoke in the hall is very strong and I am concerned about the effects of secondhand smoke as I am a cancer patient.

    “Extinction,” by Mark Alpert

    ‘Extinction’ a chilling thriller

    A Chinese experiment involving the use of political prisoners and a supercomputer goes horribly wrong in Mark Alpert’s chilling thriller, “Extinction.” Alpert spins a variant of the Frankenstein monster mythos with the terrifying capabilities of current technology.

    Jake Burton, the creator of Burton Snowboards, center, speaks during a bill signing with Gov. Peter Shumlin, right, in Stowe, Vt. Recent studies by industry groups show snowboarding is no longer growing the way it was for its first 30 years.

    Despite numbers, Burton still bullish on boarding

    Three decades after snowboarders barged their way onto the mountain, Shaun White is a household name and the sight of an iPod-wearing teenager carving turns down the hills of a family resort doesn't even raise an eyebrow. But snowboarding is susceptible to the same ups-and-downs other snow sports face — especially since the Great Recession hit in late 2007.

    Fashion designer Donna Karan New York appears on the runway after showing her Fall 2013 collection on Monday in New York.

    Donna Karan seems her own muse — and customer

    Donna Karan test drove pieces of her fall collection before she sent them down the catwalk at New York Fashion Week on Monday. “I took it last night. I couldn't wait to wear it,” Karan said. The goal, she explained, was clothes that work for the woman always on the go, with many interests, demands and pleasures. That sure sounds like Karan.

    Ben Affleck stars in and directed the political thriller “Argo.”

    DVD previews: ‘Argo,’ ‘Anna Karenina’

    New on DVD this week are the political thriller "Argo" and the historicail drama "Anna Karenina."

    Nairobi, a 9-year-old female cheetah, keeps an eye on activity in an adjacent enclosure at the cheetah breeding facility at Safari Park in Escondido, Calif. Cheetahs might be the fastest mammals in the world, but they are also the world's biggest scaredy-cats.

    Dogs used to calm skittish cheetahs

    It may sound like a West Side Story-style love story, but some dogs love big cats. Cheetahs are the fastest mammals in the world, but they also are the world's biggest scaredy-cats — so much so that they don't breed easily and are in danger of going extinct. Some zoos are introducing dogs to calm the skittish cats and bring attention to their plight. They're pairing “companion dogs” with some cheetahs to serve as playmates and to provide the cats with guidance.

    This four-bedroom home in Hawthorn Woods sits on more than an acre.

    Hawthorn Woods home

    Retreat to the woods and live among the flora and fauna in this lovely cedar home on more than an acre in Hawthorn Woods. Privacy abounds here with both neighbors and traffic seemingly far away.

    Jim and Kathleen Secora of Hoffman Estates are seasoned Road Scholar travelers. They have taken two of the company’s bike-trip educational adventures in Europe.

    Your older years should be the fun ones

    Your days of helping with homework are over. You are retired — or at least winding down at work — and find yourself with more time than you’ve had in years. So it finally time to do some of the things you always wanted to do. Explore the world. Change your perspective. See the world a little differently.

    Japanese performers from the Mangueira samba school parade during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday. While non-Brazilians have long shelled out hundreds of dollars for the right to dress up in over-the-top costumes and boogie in Rio’s samba school parades, few in the so-called “alas dos gringos,” or “foreigners’ wings,” know how to dance the samba well, bopping along goofily in the parades and waving at the crowds of spectators.

    Rio teacher out to prove ‘gringos’ can samba, too

    While non-Brazilians have long shelled out hundreds of dollars for the right to dress up in over-the-top costumes and boogie in Rio’s samba school parades, few in the so-called “foreigners’ wings” know how to dance the samba well. They tend to bop along goofily in the parades while waving at the crowds of spectators.

    Craig Goldstein started his reupholstery business about 25 years ago.

    Reupholstery extends the life of quality furniture

    Craig Goldstein has a passion for using his artistic talents to take something old and make it beautiful again. Goldstein, the owner of Ultimate Reupholstery in Long Grove, learned the upholstery trade from his father who once had a reupholstery and retail furniture shop in Chicago.


    Repairing a leaning toilet can be a simple process

    Q. I live in an older home, 1970s, and I have noticed that the toilet in the master bath is leaning off-center. Is this serious, and, if so, can I fix it myself?



    The Soapbox

    Daily Herald editors have much to say about service, tributes and one suburban sheriff's silence.


    Open-market system best for trash picku
    A letter to the editor: Too often, government is getting involved in operational decisions private business should be making for itself. Affording local business a choice to work with the hauler that can provide the best service and program to meet recycling and disposal needs encourages open-market competition and allows for competitive pricing and is best approach for businesses in the community.


    Guns needed because we can’t trust government
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: The Second Amendment was not meant for sportsmen as Sen. Dianne Feinstein would have you believe. It’s meant for the people to have the ability to repel an enemy from without or within. It was meant for us, the people, to repel an oppressive government.


    Contraceptive rights are a woman’s only
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: Withholding access to preventive reproductive health care is immoral as well as unintelligent. There is no theological or moral ground for forbidding contraceptives.


    News media focusing on wrong things
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: For the past month the media has inundated the American people with stories about Manti Te’o and his fabricated girlfriend. Meanwhile, our vigilant press hardly acknowledges that the Benghazi tragedy ever happened.


    Health care law infringing on rights
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: I am not a smoker, but I was alarmed to read in the newspaper how the Affordable Care Act can wind up costing older smokers between $4,000 and $5,000 a year for insurance. If you think that’s OK then you better reconsider your thoughts.


    Accepting Grandma’s car can be costly
    A Rolling Meadows letter to the editor: The letter by Mr. Falk about a $50 county tax was interesting to me because my grandson was just charged $200 for a county tax on a 10-year-old car gift from me. The claim is that a grandchild is not a direct relative.


    Whom are our elected leaders serving?
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: I am sickened over the talk about gun control. Eliminating assault weapons has been argued extensively to the satisfaction of close to 90 percent of the people. Congress thinks otherwise.


    A natural choice in Grafton Township
    A Lake in the Hills letter to the editor: Pam Fender is the natural choice for Grafton Township Supervisor. She served two terms as a Huntley trustee, voted against tax increases, fought ComEd, saw to the completion of municipal programs including Algonquin Road and Route 47 widening, I-90 full exchange, and the leaf burning ban.


    Good to see action taken on S&P
    A Glen Ellyn letter to the editor: After four years, the Justice Department has taken long awaited action against Standard & Poor’s, alleging fraud. Few thought such action would come at this late date but better late than never.


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