Daily Archive : Saturday March 2, 2013


    Legacy of Batavia High School perform at the 20th annual Chicagoland Showcase hosted by Hersey High School in Arlington Heights on Saturday.

    Suburban show choirs compete for trophy
    Show choirs from schools across the Midwest competed this weekend at the 20th annual Chicagoland Showcase, hosted by Hersey High School in Arlington Heights. Starting Friday night and concluding Saturday, the event was expected to feature more than 1,000 high school singers and dancers.

    The ceremonial start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race was Saturday in Anchorage, Alaska. The 1,000-mile race begins Sunday in Willow, Alaska. Among this year’s mushers is Charley Bejna of Addison.

    Addison man starts Alaska’s Iditarod

    Among the 66 mushers taking part in the ceremonial start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race Saturday in Anchorage, Alaska, was Charley Bejna, a 39-year-old landscaper from Addison.

    Walnut consumption also has been linked to lower risk of type 2 diabetes.

    Verdict’s out, but testosterone may help fight diabetes

    The steroid, which cyclist Lance Armstrong admitted to using in winning seven Tour de France titles, could go from being popular among men “looking to spice up their sex lives” to becoming a mainstream therapy if the trial, the largest test of testosterone’s potential to fight diabetes, shows positive results, said Stuart Roberts, a health-care analyst with Bell Potter Securities in Sydney.

    Workers assemble 30-round capacity ammunition magazines Friday for high-velocity rifles, inside the Magpul Industries plant in Erie, Colo.

    Gun company will move if Colorado approves gun control

    The company, started in an ex-Marine’s basement in 1999, is in a standoff with Colorado Democrats who want to restrict the size of ammunition magazines after mass shootings in a suburban Denver movie theater and a Connecticut elementary school. Magpul has issued lawmakers an ultimatum potentially worth millions: Pass the bill, and the business will move.

    Veterinary technician Alice Rohauer holds a three-month-old polar bear as she is introduced Friday to the public during an event to launch the “Our Bears Belong in Buffalo” fundraising campaign at the Buffalo Zoo in Buffalo, N.Y.

    Smiling polar bear cub debuts at N.Y. zoo
    $PHOTOCREDIT_ON$Associated Press$PHOTOCREDIT_OFF$BUFFALO, N.Y. — A smiling, playful 3-month-old polar bear cub has made its public debut at the Buffalo Zoo in western New York.The fluffy white cub was introduced Friday as the zoo announced the next phase of fundraising for a new $18 million polar bear exhibit. About $4 million is still needed.

    Dr. Paul Melchert, left, gets interrupted Wednesday by his son, Emmett, as he attempts to address the media while his partner James Zimerman, right, holds Emmett’s twin brother, Gabriel, during a news conference in St. Paul, Minn. Lawmakers introduced a bill Wednesday to legalize gay marriage in Minnesota.

    Researchers finding more data on gays, lesbians

    A Gallup poll last month found that 3.5 percent of American adults identify themselves as LGBT.

    The unmanned Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket lifts off Friday from launch complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Fla.

    SpaceX mission ‘back on track’

    Space Exploration Technologies Corp.’s unmanned spacecraft is “back on track” to deliver cargo to the International Space Station after an engine malfunction, the company’s chief executive officer said.

    Dan Kotowski

    Kotowski: Courts need to do more to keep mentally ill from getting guns

    A suburban state senator and leading gun control advocate is calling on county courts to do more to report mental illness, disqualifying potentially dangerous Illinoisans from obtaining a firearm. State Sen. Dan Kotowski, citing evidence only a quarter of Illinois counties are following through on a new reporting law, described the scenario as a “ticking time bomb.”

    This is a photo of the man who police say robbed an Elgin bank on Saturday.

    Bank robbery in Elgin Saturday

    Elgin Police are reporting a bank robbery at Elgin's Fifth Third Bank Saturday morning.

    Bonnie Franklin

    Notable deaths last week

    Bonnie Franklin, the pert, redheaded actress whom millions came to identify with for her role as divorced mom Ann Romano on the long-running sitcom “One Day at a Time,” has died at 69.Developed by Norman Lear and co-created by Whitney Blake the series was groundbreaking for its focus on a young divorced mother seeking independence from a suffocating marriage.


    Naperville restaurant reopens after Friday night fire

    The Naperville restaurant shut down Friday evening because of a kitchen fire will open for normal hours Saturday, employees said. Traverso’s, an Italian restaurant, lounge and pizzeria in south Naperville at 2523 Plainfield Naperville Road, was cleared by city building inspectors and the Will County Health Department to open at 4 p.m., manager Jason Trakan said.

    Legacy of Batavia High School perform at the 20th annual Chicagoland Showcase hosted by Hersey High School in Arlington Heights on Saturday.

    Images from the 20th annual Chicagoland Showcase

    High School show choirs from across the suburbs will be competing this weekend at the 20th annual Chicagoland Showcase, hosted by Hersey High School in Arlington Heights.

    Associated Press/May 24, 2010 Future graduates wait for the procession to begin for commencement at Yale University in New Haven, Conn.

    Mystery of the Chinese zombie Yalies

    Consider the mystery of the Chinese Yale zombies. That’s “zombies” as in “zombie followers” on Sina Weibo — the hugely popular “weibo,” or microblogging, site that’s roughly akin to Twitter and has attracted more than 500 million followers since debuting in 2009.

    Associated Press/March 16, 2011 A barbed wire fence outside inmate housing on New York’s Rikers Island correctional facility in New York.

    Most people want out; he wants in

    Yonkers resident Matthew Matagrano is charged with impersonating a Department of Correction investigator.Officials say that for at least a week, Matagrano used phony credentials to get into multiple city lockups, including Rikers Island and the Manhattan Detention Center, where he mingled with inmates for hours.

    A motorist refuels Thursday at a BP gas station, operated by BP Plc, in Upminster, U.K. BP Plc’s push to maximize profits and cut costs at the Macondo well was a “root cause” of the explosion that led to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, a safety expert who studied the disaster said.

    Rig owner cites BP’s low flow estimates

    Transocean’s filing says federal officials attempted a method of stopping the flow that was destined to fail because oil was spewing at a greater rate than BP was publicly acknowledging.

    The Lamar Canyon wolf pack moves on a hillside in Yellowstone National Park, Wyo.

    Ban on killing wolves spurs nonlethal options

    At the end of 2012, wolf numbers in Oregon had risen to 46 from 29 in 2011, according to state fish and wildlife officials. Meantime, four cows and eight sheep were killed last year by two separate packs, while 13 cows were killed by one pack in 2011.

    Little Rock Police Officer Grant Humphries looks at a computer monitor connected to a camera mounted near the rear window of his patrol car in Little Rock, Ark. The device is part of a system that scans traffic on the streets, relaying the data it collects to the computer for sifting.

    Arkansas police photograph license plates, store data

    Many Little Rock residents apparently still haven’t heard about the surveillance. Angel Weston, 45, said she’s glad to hear that police are looking for stolen cars and people with warrants but wondered about keeping logs of citizens’ movements.

    Juan B. Lopez-Jasso

    Round Lake Park man arrested after drugs found

    A Round Lake Park man is facing multiple drug charges following an arrest Friday night. Juan B. Lopez-Jasso, 26, of the 300 block of Forest Glen Drive, was charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, unlawful possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of cannabis with intent to deliver, unlawful possession of cannabis, two counts of unlawful...

    The turret of the Civil War ironclad USS Monitor is lifted out of the ocean off the coast of Hatteras N.C.

    Ceremony for Monitor sailors stirs familial ties

    The ceremony is scheduled on the 151st anniversary of the Battle of Hampton Roads. On March 8, 1862, the Brooklyn-made Monitor fought the CSS Virginia in the first battle between two ironclads. The two-day battle ended in a draw.

    Aliy Zirkle feeds her dog team in Unalakleet, Alaska, last year.

    Iditarod kicks off with ceremonial start

    The 1,000-mile race kicked off Saturday in a festive mood as 66 teams posed with fans and sailed their sleds 11 miles on streets covered with trucked-in snow.


    Kerry: Egyptians need to find political consensus

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says bickering Egyptian government and opposition leaders need to reach a political consensus to help their country emerge from an economic crisis.


    Cuts in place, Obama and GOP brace for next fight

    Severe spending cuts now the law of the land, President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans refused Saturday to concede any culpability for failing to stave off what both parties acknowledged was a foolhardy way to slash $85 billion in federal spending.


    IU journalism school fights for independence

    A plan to create a new school of communication at Indiana University is drawing fire from many tied to IU's century-old journalism school who object to losing the school's independence.


    Chicago man headed to dialysis treatment shot dead

    A 72-year-old man waiting for a ride to his dialysis treatment has been shot and killed outside his home on Chicago's South Side.


    Suit alleges Illinois teacher duct taped student

    A suburban Chicago woman has filed a lawsuit accusing a teacher of duct taping her 11-year-old son's face after telling him to stop talking in class.

    Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, who heads the Vatican’s culture office.

    Cardinal Ravasi: Intellectual who quotes Winehouse

    He quotes Amy Winehouse and, unlike Benedict XVI, actually taps out his tweets himself. Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi is an erudite scholar with a modern touch — and that is seen by some as just the combination the Catholic Church needs to revive a church beset by scandal and a shrinking flock.

    Columbia College television instructor Matt Till directs Morgan Niesen, left, and Riley Doyle, both seventh-graders at Woodland Middle School in Gurnee, while they acted in a video produced there Feb. 15. Gurnee police will use the video to help school employees who were hired in the middle of an academic year and didn’t receive lockdown training.

    Gurnee police offer peek at school safety video

    Gurnee police are offering a glimpse of a safety training video featuring local officers, students and teachers reacting to a lockdown at the village’s Woodland Middle School. Police and Woodland Elementary District 50 collaborated in the production at the school two weeks ago. It’s geared for school employees who didn’t receive formal training about lockdown procedures because they were hired in...


    Palatine Twp. residents propose abolishing road district

    A group of Palatine Township residents have filed a petition that will force the board to discuss abolishing the road district during its annual meeting on April 16. They say the cost of maintaining roads is more expensive than if municipalities were to take them over. “Piece by piece, the unincorporated areas are dwindling as annexations to the municipalities continue to take place, so it’s...

    This is one of two fields at the Dome at the Ballpark in Rosemont.

    Rosemont’s new athletic training facility drawing crowds

    The final piece of Rosemont’s athletic complex, the Dome at the Ballpark, is open and abuzz with activity, officials said Friday. The seven-story dome, located just north of the intersection of Balmoral Avenue and Pearl, encloses a 140,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art indoor baseball and softball arena that officials boast is the largest in North America.


    Joakim Noah, right, celebrates with forward Carlos Boozer after Brooklyn Nets forward Kris Humphries fouled during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Chicago on Saturday, March 2, 2013.

    Noah leading by example for Bulls

    By beating Brooklyn 96-85 at the United Center on Saturday, they moved past the Nets into a tie for fourth place in the Eastern Conference standings. Another challenge looms on Sunday against Central Division-leading Indiana, but the Bulls (34-25) seem to have weathered the season-long storm reasonably well.


    The NCAA Tournament returns, and North Central is ready

    If Centre College’s coaches yelled it once, they yelled it 10 times to their players during North Central’s possessions on Saturday night. “Where’s Raridon? Where’s Raridon?” Centre knew the answer often enough to limit senior swingman Derek Raridon, the CCIW Player of the Year, to 8 shots during first-round Division III NCAA Tournament action at Gregory Arena in Naperville. But Raridon’s teammates — particularly post players Landon Gamble and Charlie Rosenberg — took advantage of the extra operating room to lead the Cardinals to a 66-50 triumph in their first NCAA Tournament home game since 1990. Gamble delivered a game-high 17 points and Rosenberg, a Fremd product, contributed a season-high-tying 11 points off the bench as No. 3 North Central (25-3) advanced to second-round play against No. 5 Wisconsin-Whitewater (24-4) on Saturday. The site will be determined today. “We got the ball inside to Landon and Charlie and they were dominating inside,” said Raridon, who finished with 10 points in 37 minutes. “It’s why they’re so good: It’s called balance,” said Centre coach Greg Mason. “You look at a Kansas or someone like that. Kansas is so good because you have to guard the perimeter and you have to guard the post. That’s North Central.” The Cardinals, who reached the Sweet Sixteen in last year’s NCAA tournament, looked jittery early and committed three unforced turnovers in their first four possessions. Then the 6-foot-5, 230-pound Rosenberg entered the game and shook things up with six points in a row. He scored on a post move, stole the ball for a two-handed dunk and then scored on a powerful post move to put North Central ahead to stay. Nonetheless, North Central’s halftime lead was just 28-21 as the host missed all 7 of its 3-point attempts. But in the second half the Cardinals didn’t bother disguising their intentions. The 6-6, 240-pound Gamble, a three-time all-CCIW selection, got the ball in the post on the first three possessions and powered his way for four layup attempts. On North Central’s fourth possession Gamble saw the defense converging and zipped a perfect backdoor pass to Aaron Tiknis for a layup that pushed the lead to double figures. The Cardinals shot 68 percent from the field in the second half as they tried just one 3-pointer (a Raridon swish with 4:33 to play). “That’s the sign of a smart basketball team when that happens,” said North Central coach Todd Raridon. The Cardinals didn’t save all of their brilliance for the offensive end. Centre (21-6) entered the game hitting 38 percent from 3-point range and averaging almost eight 3s per game. North Central didn’t allow Centre’s guards to catch and shoot as the Colonels finished 2 of 16 from the arc. Now it’s on to an absurdly tough Round of 32 game in this 62-team tournament. The Warhawks have won three Division III titles, including last year’s.“We’ve got to beat good teams to get to the national championship, anyway,” Rosenberg said. “If anything, it’s probably better to play better teams so we’re ready for that national championship game.”

    Huntley hoists its fourth-place trophy following Saturday's game against Whitney Young in Normal on Saturday.

    Huntley girls leave with high hopes for the future

    Don't think for one minute that the Huntley girls basketball team left Redbird Arena here Saturday night hanging their collective heads. Not a chance. OK, so the Red Raiders lost both their games in the Class 4A state tournament, falling in Saturday's third-place game to Whitney Young 60-27. But Red Raiders' coach Steve Raethz, one of the classiest guys to ever roam the sidelines of any state tournament, was quick to not only credit Corry Irvin's Dolphins for the team they are, but to also put into perspective what this first trip to state meant to his team, the girls basketball program as a whole at Huntley, Huntley High School and the Huntley community in general.

    Rolling Meadows' Jackie Kemph leaves the court after Marian Catholic's last-second victory in the Class 4A girls basketball state championship game Saturday in Normal.

    Destiny spites Rolling Meadows girls team

    NORMAL — Marian Catholic, team of destiny?“I don't think it was destiny,” said Marian's Kauai Bradley. “I just look at it as opportunity.” Opportunity sure knocked for Bradley Saturday, and she answered. The lanky, long-armed sophomore's stickback basket with 0.7 seconds left gave Marian a 48-47 win over Rolling Meadows in a riveting Class 4A final at Redbird Arena on the campus of Illinois State University.

    Marian Hossa will play in his 1,000th career game today when the Blackhawks play at Detroit. “It’s an honor to reach that milestone in the best league in the world,” Hossa said.

    Hawks’ Hossa proud to join 1,000-game club

    There’s only one Marian Hossa.The man with the long stride, long reach, long stick and commanding dressing room presence will play his 1,000th career game Sunday, fittingly in Detroit against the Red Wings.Detroit’s loss was the Blackhawks’ gain in the summer of 2009 when they signed Hossa to a 12-year, $63.3 million contract as a free agent. So far Hossa has been everything the Hawks hoped he would be and then some. He has already helped them win one Stanley Cup and they are the early favorite again this season thanks to a 21-game point streak to start the year that has yet to see the team lose in regulation.“He’s a tremendous player,” Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said. “Overall, offensive, defensively, positionally, he’s exactly how you want our team to play because he does it and plays it to a T. “He reinforces that team aspect game in and game out and he plays it at a high pace. He has the puck a lot too. He sees plays, makes plays and plays in all situations. He’s exactly what you would want in a top player.”Hossa spent just one season with the Red Wings in 2008-09, scoring 40 goals. But the Wings had to make a financial decision between Hossa and Johan Franzen and opted to re-sign Franzen.The Hawks quickly signed Hossa on July 1, 2009, the first day he was on the market.“First of all, it’s an honor to reach that milestone in the best league in the world,” Hossa said of playing in 1,000 games. “And playing with so many different great players definitely means something to me.”Winning the Stanley Cup in 2010 is at the top of Hossa’s list of accomplishments.“The Cup is No. 1 thing,” he said. “That’s why you play this game, to win the trophy one day. Definitely that’s the number one thing in my mind. I’d like to do it again here.“Those 1,000 games I accomplished, just playing on lots of great teams with lots of great players and lots of good memories. When I started as an 18-year-old in Ottawa, basically I never thought about maybe one day I could reach 1,000 games. I just try to go season by season and be a better and better player.”Hossa scored one of the biggest goals in the Hawks’ Stanley Cup run on April 24, 2010 in overtime in Game 5 of the opening round series with Nashville. Hossa was serving a five-minute major for boarding Dan Hamhuis when Patrick Kane scored short-handed in the waning seconds of regulation. Then after the Hawks killed the major penalty, Hossa came out of the penalty box to get the game-winner at 4:07 of OT.The 34-year-old Hossa will become the 13th player to reach 1,000 games in a Hawks uniform joining Chris Chelios, Eric Nesterenko, Stan Mikita, Bobby Hull, Doug Mohns, Sylvain Cote, Brent Sutter, Michel Goulet, Eddie Olczyk, Bob Murray, Dave Christian and John Tonelli.“It’s a huge milestone,” Hossa said. “I’m just glad to be one of those players who’ve reached it.”Ÿ Follow Tim’s hockey reports on Twitter @TimSassone and check out his Between the Circles blog at dailyherald.com.

    Carmel’s Kayla Quinn, left, drives on fellow All-Tall selection Brittney Thibeaux of Grayslake North during the Mundelein Turkey Tournament.

    There’s no debate: These Lake County teams have it all

    In advance of next week's all-area boys and girls basketball teams, here's a warm-up list of players who truly have it 'all.'

    Montini’s Kateri Stone (24) was limited this weekend by a high ankle sprain.

    With an injured Stone, Montini just wasn’t the same

    Kateri Stone could only sit there and watch. Watch with the pride and butterflies of an older teammate, an older sister in maroon, if you will. Watch with the wistfulness that it should be her out there. Any other game, any other weekend, there is no girl Montini would rather have at the free-throw line, game on the line, two shots for the win, than Stone. Only this time it was freshman Lea Kerstein, a future go-to Bronco in training, entrusted with the job.


    Wheaton rallies for tourney victory

    The St. Norbert players could recite the season 3-point shooting statistics of Wheaton College guard Michael Kvam, they just couldn’t stop him in Saturday night’s Division III NCAA Tournament first-round basketball game. The outside-in combination of Kvam and forward Nathan Haynes led a stirring second-half comeback as the Thunder defeated St. Norbert 59-58 in Wheaton


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


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


    Third-period flurry can’t save Wolves

    A third-period flurry wasn’t enough, as the Chicago Wolves fell 4-2 to the San Antonio Rampage on Saturday night at AT&T Center.

    Montini carries off the third place trophy in the Class 3A girls state basketball third place game in Normal on Saturday.

    Montini grabs 3rd place in Class 3A

    The Montini girls basketball team bounced back from its semifinal loss to Vernon Hills on Friday to beat downstate Morton 42-38 Saturday afternoon and claim third place in the IHSA Class 3A state girls basketball tournament at Redbird Arena. The Broncos, who had won the last three state championships, finish the season with a 35-2 record. They bring home their fifth state trophy in the last six years.

    Rolling Meadows Jackie Kemph walks off the court stunned after a buzzer beater shot by Marian in the final second in the Class 4A 2013 girls basketball championship game in Normal on Saturday.

    Images: Girls Class 4A basketball championship game
    The IHSA Class 4A state girls basketball championship game was held on Saturday, March 2 at the Redbird Arena in Normal.

    Whitney Young coach Corry Irvin directs her players to a Class 4A third-place finish against Huntley on Saturday at Redbird Arena.

    Not a bad weekend for the Carter/Irvin family

    Despite Whitney Young’s girls basketball team not winning its second straight Class 4A state championship here this weekend, it hasn’t been the worst couple of days for Corry (Carter) Irvin and her family, which is about to have a new addition. Not only did Irvin’s Dolphins take home third place, the program’s eighth state trophy since the 1992 Larkin graduate took over the program in 2001, but Irvin’s brother Deryn won a regional title as Larkin’s boys coach on Friday night and her brother-in-law, Nick Irvin, coached Morgan Park’s boys to a Class 3A regional championship.


    Sox GM Hahn quietly filling some roster spots

    As the April 1 season opener approaches, new White Sox general manager Rick Hahn is still in patient mode. But Hahn said he won't hesitate to approach Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf if he needs to fill a need and add payroll later in the season.


    No longer wonky, Baseball Prospectus way cool these days

    One annual rite of spring is waiting for the new Baseball Prospectus book to come out. Daily Herald Cubs writer Bruce Miles has his, and he talks numbers and good writing with one of the authors.

    Chicago Bulls forward Luol Deng, left, of South Sudan, looks to a pass against Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Chicago on Saturday, March 2, 2013. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    Noah, Boozer lead Bulls past Nets 96-85

    Joakim Noah had 21 points and 10 rebounds, Carlos Boozer scored 20 points and the Bulls beat the Brooklyn Nets 96-85 on Saturday. The Bulls went on a 19-0 run that started in the second quarter and stretched into third, giving them an 18-point lead.

    Daily Herald Sportswriter Tim Sassone receives his Northern Star Hall of Fame plaque Saturday from former NIU sports information director Michael Korcek.

    Sassone joins Northern Star's Hall of Fame

    Veteran hockey writer Tim Sassone, who has covered the Blackhawks for the Daily Herald since 1988, was inducted Saturday into the Northern Star Hall of Fame.

    Calvin Johnson pulls down a touchdown while being defended by Zack Bowman on Jan. 3, 2010. Bowman is one of 18 unrestricted free agents the Bears must make a decision on in the coming days.

    A look at the future of Bears' unrestricted free agents

    The Bears have 18 players scheduled to become unrestricted free agents on March 12, including big names like Henry Melton and Brian Urlacher. Some of the UFAs will be back, but most probably won't, and we look at some of the reasons why.


    Scheidt is ‘money’ at state

    Brittany Scheidt went out shooting. Timothy Christian’s senior hit three of her last five 3-point attempts, but that wasn’t enough to beat Cumberland freshman Katie Poe in the Queen of the Hill 3-point showdown on Saturday afternoon at Redbird Arena

    Illinois' Joseph Bertrand (2) tries to go up for a basket against Nebraska's Benny Parker (3) and Dylan Talley (24) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Champaign, Ill., on Saturday, March 2, 2013. (AP Photo/Heather Coit)

    Illinois survives stubborn Nebraska, 72-65

    Illinois used double-figure scoring from five players to hold off stubborn Nebraska Saturday, 72-65. The Huskers led 57-55 with just over 6 minutes to play. But the Illini (21-9, 8-8 Big Ten) went on a 7-0 run started by a 3-pointer from D.J. Richardson to go up 62-57. They never trailed again.


    Hawks’ Bickell making his points

    Blackhawks left winger Bryan Bickell will try to stay hot Sunday against Detroit at Joe Louis Arena.Bickell has points in three of the last four games, including his third goal in Friday’s 4-3 overtime win over Columbus.

    Vernon Hills’ Brie Bahlmann kisses the second place trophy as teammate Sydney Smith holds it after they lost to Quincy Notre Dame Notre Dame in the Class 3A state girls basketball in Normal on Saturday.

    Images: Vernon Hills vs. Quincy Notre Dame girls basketball
    Vernon Hills played Notre Dame in the Class 3A girls state basketball championship on Saturday, Mar. 2 at the Redbird Arena in Normal.

    Vernon Hills’ Brie Bahlmann kisses the second place trophy as teammate Sydney Smith holds it after they lost to Quincy Notre Dame in the Class 3A state girls basketball championship game in Normal on Saturday.

    Quincy Notre Dame denies Vernon Hills state title

    It wasn’t as if the Vernon Hills girls basketball team didn’t come ready to play Saturday. The Cougars did. But there aren’t many teams in the state — in fact this season there were none — that could deal with what Quincy Notre Dame threw at the Cougars on this day. QND jumped out to leads of 9-0 and 15-2 and by the time Vernon Hills recovered it was too late. The Raiders used that start to fuel an eventual 62-45 win over Vernon Hills in the Class 3A girls basketball state championship game at Redbird Arena.

    Chicago White Sox's Ramon Troncoso pitches against the Cincinnati Reds in the ninth inning of a spring training baseball game Saturday, March 2, 2013, in Glendale, Ariz. The White Sox defeated the Reds 4-0. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

    Quintana solid again in 4-0 win over Reds
    Jose Quintana got off to a great start again. He knows from experience there’s a long way to go.Quintana, who started strong and faded late as a rookie last season, pitched three perfect innings for the White Sox in their 4-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday.


    Loyola routs Cleveland State 87-60

    Jordan Hicks scored 26 points and Loyola defeated Cleveland State 87-60 on Saturday in the Horizon League regular-season finale for both teams.


    Detroit defeats UIC 79-67

    Doug Anderson had 22 points and nine rebounds Saturday and Detroit finished its Horizon League regular season with a 79-67 victory over Illinois-Chicago.

    Notre Dame's Cameron Biedscheid fouls Marquette's Junior Cadougan during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, March 2, 2013, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Tom Lynn)

    Notre Dame falls to Marquette
    Jamil Wilson tied his career-high with 19 points and Chris Otule added a season-high 16 to help No. 22 Marquette beat No. 21 Notre Dame 72-64 on Saturday, the Golden Eagles’ 25th consecutive home win.


    Soul clinches playoff berth

    With a 17-6 victory over the Syracuse Silver Knights on Friday night at the Sears Centre Arena, the Chicago Soul clinched an MISL playoff berth in their inaugural season.

    Chicago Blackhawks’ Brent Seabrook celebrates his game-winning goal scored on Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Steve Mason during overtime.

    Images: Blackhawks vs. Blue Jackets
    Images of the Blackhawks vs. The Columbus Blue Jackets at the United Center in Chicago. With the 4-3 win in OT, the Blackhawks added to their record of the best start to a season in the history of the NHL -twenty-one games with a point, and yet to suffer a loss in regulation.


    Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, ICANN, President and Chief Executive Rod Beckstrom, speaks on expanding the number of domain name suffixes during a news conference in London. Hundreds of Internet address suffixes to rival “.com” should be available for people and businesses to use by the end of the year, the head of an Internet oversight agency said Monday. The initial ones, expected in mid-2013, will likely be in Chinese and other languages besides English, said Fadi Chehade, CEO of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers.

    Mid-2013 expansion for Internet names targeted

    Hundreds of Internet address suffixes to rival “.com” should be available for people and businesses to use by the end of the year, the head of an Internet oversight agency said Monday. The initial ones, expected in mid-2013, will likely be in Chinese and other languages besides English, said Fadi Chehade, CEO of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers.

    Tuesday’s release of Internet Explorer 10 is aimed at PCs running on Windows 7, the most used version of Microsoft Corp.’s flagship operating system for PCs. A preview version of Internet Explorer 10 has been available for Windows 7 machines since mid-November. The final version of Internet Explorer 10 will be automatically sent to all Windows 7 computers set up to get updates.

    Microsoft’s IE 10 browser coming to Windows 7 PCs

    Microsoft is escalating its efforts to bring the latest version of Internet Explorer to more than 700 million personal computers in an attempt to re-establish the software maker’s browser as the best way to surf the Web. Tuesday’s release of Internet Explorer 10 is aimed at PCs running on Windows 7, the most used version of Microsoft Corp.’s flagship operating system for PCs.


    Momentum grows for alternative phone system Tizen

    The junior league of smartphone operating systems is getting more competitive. Phones from yet another contender — Tizen — will go on sale this year with a view to eventually competing with the industry leaders, Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android. For now, Tizen will compete with another newcomer, Firefox OS, as well as Microsoft’s Windows Phone and a revamped BlackBerry operating system.

    Billionaire Bill Gates appears in a new video promoting the teaching of computer coding in schools.

    Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg urge kids to code

    Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter creator Jack Dorsey are among the tech luminaries appearing in a new video promoting the teaching and learning of computer coding in schools. Titled “What most schools don’t teach,” the video released online Tuesday begins with Zuckerberg, Gates and other tech icons recalling the time they got their start in coding.

    Google is adding a new touch to its line of Chrome laptops in an attempt to outshine personal computers running on software made by rivals Microsoft and Apple.

    Review: Google’s Chromebook Pixel is upscale overkill

    Google’s spent the last few years trying to establish its Chrome Operating System as a viable competitor to Windows and Apple’s OS X by partnering with manufacturers like Samsung, Acer and Hewlett-Packard to produce inexpensive laptops. But with the Pixel, it’s taken on the hardware responsibility itself and gone decidedly upscale in the process.

    Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer announced plans to force Yahoo’s few hundred remote workers to relocate to its offices.

    Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer’s misstep

    Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is going to regret this decision to ban working from home. It’s myopic, unfriendly and so boneheaded that I worry it’s the product of spending too much time at the office. (She did, after all, build a nursery next to her office to house her new baby). Numerous studies have found that people can be more productive when they’re allowed to work away from the office.

    Eric Migicovsky, CEO of Pebble, displays his company’s smart watch in Palo Alto, Calif. This new watch not only tells time, but also connect to smart phones within 10 meters.

    Smart watches gain interest and popularity

    On a sunny day at a picnic table in Silicon Valley, Eric Migicovsky glanced down at his wristwatch. He wasn’t checking the time, he was checking his email. Glancing up, he grinned. The message was from yet another journalist. In this corner of a world obsessed with the latest tech gadget, Migicovsky is this week’s hotshot as his start-up company rolls out its new, high-tech Pebble smart watches.

    Security threats aren’t new and have long been part of online life. But the increased attention on them offers a good time to review ways you can protect yourself.

    Review: Strong passwords and other security tips

    Security threats aren’t new and have long been part of online life. But the increased attention on them makes now a good time to review ways you can protect yourself. If nothing here feels new, that’s good, as it means you’ve been doing the things you need to do to keep your accounts safe from hackers. Although there’s no way to completely eliminate threats, minimizing them will go a long way.

    Mahrinah von Schlegel, managing director of Cibola, an incubator for tech entrepreneurs that will open this spring, sits at her computer at her office in Chicago. Technology is supposed to make us easier to reach, and often does. But the same modes of communication that have hooked us on the instant reply also can leave us feeling forgotten. These days, no response can mean a lot of things. Maybe some people don’t see messages because they prefer email and you like Twitter. Maybe we’re just plain overwhelmed, and can’t keep up with the constant barrage of communication.

    Email, voicemail, text — no response. What gives?

    Technology is supposed to make us easier to reach, and often does. But the same modes of communication that have hooked us on the instant reply also can leave us feeling forgotten. We send an email, a text or an instant chat message. We wait — and nothing happens. Or we make a phone call. Leave a voicemail message. Wait. Again, nothing.

    Stick-N-Find Technologies, wants to give people a way to find things, by using a new radio technology known as Bluetooth Low Energy, which drastically reduces the power consumption of a transmitting device.

    Smart ‘stickers’ let you find things by phone

    On the floor of the world’s largest cellphone trade show in Barcelona, Spain, Jimmy Buchheim is looking at the screen of his iPod Touch, taking a few steps, and then looking again. Now and then he backtracks or turns, and looks again. Slowly, he confines his movements to a smaller and smaller area. Then he drops to his knees, and checks the screen again. He scrabbles forward. “There we are!” he says.

    A man is pictured Wednesday inside of a Car Volvo V60 P-IH at the Mobile World Congress, the world’s largest mobile phone trade show, in Barcelona, Spain. The first wave of the wireless revolution was getting people to talk to each other through cellphones. The second, it seems, will be getting things to talk to each other, with no human intervention: cars that talk to your insurance company’s computers, bathroom scales that talk to your phone, and electric meters that talk to your air conditioners. So-called machine-to-machine technology all the buzz at this year’s largest wireless trade show, and some analysts believe these types of connection will outgrow the traditional phone business in less than a decade.

    Wireless connections creep into everyday things

    The first wave of wireless was all about getting people to talk to each other on cellphones. The second will be getting things to talk to each other, with no humans in between. So-called machine-to-machine communication is getting a lot of buzz at this year’s wireless trade show. Some experts believe these connections will outgrow the traditional phone business in less than a decade.

Life & Entertainment

    States hit hard by Superstorm Sandy are gearing up to remove tons of debris from waterways, including houses, vehicles, sunken boats, furniture, pieces of piers, decks and bulkheads.

    Submerged superstorm debris threatens tourism

    On the surface, things look calm and placid. Just beneath the waterline, however, it’s a different story. Cars and sunken boats. Patio furniture. Pieces of docks. Entire houses. A grandfather clock, deposited in a marsh a mile from solid land. Hot tubs. Tons of sand. All displaced by Superstorm Sandy. “We did a cleanup three weeks ago. Then when we went back the other day, you could still see junk coming up in the wash,” said Paul Harris, president of the New Jersey Beach Buggy Association.

    Spider Saloff, left, Dee Alexander and Frieda Lee pay tribute to the late Ella Fitzgerald in the jazz concert "Three Ellas" Saturday at Schaumburg's Prairie Center for the Arts.

    Weekend picks: 'Three Ellas' sing Fitzgerald's hits

    Jazz and cabaret singers Spider Saloff, Dee Alexander and Frieda Lee pay homage to Ella Fitzgerald in their show “Three Ellas” Saturday at Schaumburg's Prairie Center for the Arts. Is Brian Imbus a “mentalist” or a “hypnotist?” Find out at his show, “Miracles of the Minds,” at Waubonsee Community College in Sugar Grove. “American Idol” finalist Crystal Bowersox headlines a Saturday concert gig at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles.

    “Better Tomorrow” by Etana

    Etana packs a punch on 'Better Tomorrow'

    Etana delivers a mature and confident sound with top-notch lyrical content and unique vocals on her third studio album, “Better Tomorrow.” The Jamaican singer's soulful roots are strong as she pays homage to earlier eras of reggae on tracks such as the empowering “Queen” and the infectious “Reggae.”

    The Salt Lake City Library is more than a place to read. Architect Moshe Safdie designed a six-story crescent of concrete and glass with vaulted ceilings. It has a cafe, shops, high-speed Internet connections, art exhibits that turn over every six weeks, film lectures and occasional live music.

    5 free things to do in the Salt Lake City

    Utah’s internationally acclaimed ski resorts are the main reason people visit Salt Lake City in the winter, but there are plenty of fun, free and interesting things to do in Salt Lake City while in the area and other times of year from visiting Temple Square to touring the unique-looking Salt Lake City Library.

    Blooming cherry blossoms frame the Jefferson Memorial on the Tidal Basin in Washington. The bloom season is one of a number around the country this spring celebrating flowers in season.

    Flower shows, festivals showcase spring blooms

    Snow is still in the forecast for some locales, but other places are getting ready for spring. And the season’s beauty will be on display with festivals and flower shows around the country, from events showcasing cherry blossoms in Washington D.C. and Brooklyn, N.Y., to celebrations of dogwoods, camellias and azaleas in the South, to apple blossom and tulip festivals in the Northwest.

    This hand-carved wooden piece is perhaps about 50 years old.

    Wood plate features famous German church

    Q. I enjoy reading your column in the Times Herald-Record here in the Hudson Valley and this has pushed me to photograph the front and back of a wooden plate that I believe I purchased in a box lot at a farm auction.

    Harrison Ford, as Han Solo, Carrie Fisher, as Princess Leia Organa and Mark Hamill, as Luke Skywalker in a scene from the 1977 “Star Wars” movie.

    5 movie princesses who show a feisty side

    This week’s “Jack the Giant Slayer,” a 3-D retelling of the Jack and the Beanstalk legend, contains all the elements of the classic tale: farm boy, beans, giants, etc. But along for the ride is a new character, Princess Isabelle, played by Eleanor Tomlinson. Eventually she ends up finding more of an adventure than she’d bargained for. Still, she rolls with whatever comes her way. Here’s a look at five other movies featuring strong princesses:

    A dachshund named Maggie awaits treatment in the hyperbaric chamber at the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine, in Gainesville, Fla.

    Ailing pets getting hyperbaric chamber treatment

    Hyperbaric chambers have been used for decades to treat divers with the bends, burn victims and people with traumatic injuries, but in Florida and a handful of other states they’re increasingly being used on ailing pets. Doctors at the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine have recently used an oxygen chamber on dogs, cats, ferrets, rabbits and one monkey.


    How to find a good real estate agent

    Q. How does one go about finding a good real estate agent to sell a home and find a new one? There are so many firms with so many agents, how do you find one that would be just right for your needs?

    An employee of Aeroseal Solutions covers a return air vent in preparation for the sealing process.

    Duct-sealing system earns top endorsements

    It seems like every house has one — a room that is barely used because it doesn’t warm up in the winter or it doesn’t cool down in the summer. However, chances are this forgotten room can be reclaimed, thanks to a process that seals gaps in a home’s ductwork, said Joseph St. Pierre, sales director of Aeroseal Solutions in Crystal Lake.

    Japanese tourist Natsue Matsumoto, 38, warms up for a round of shooting at the Western Frontier Village range in Tamuning, Guam. Gun tourism is a big attraction on the tiny U.S. territory, drawing thousands of visitors who can’t own guns in their own countries.

    No guns at home, so Japanese shoot ’em up in Guam

    Their well-equipped arsenals offer everything from tiny revolvers (for ladies) to Berettas, Glocks, semiautomatic pistols and M16 military assault rifles. Forget the white sandy beaches, coral reefs and laid-back island culture. For many tourists from Japan, the biggest thrill is the chance to shoot a gun at one of Guam’s ubiquitous ranges, dozens of which are tucked between upscale shopping centers.

    Bella (Kristen Stewart) and Edward (Robert Pattinson) realize they're in big trouble with the Volturi in "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2."

    DVD previews: ‘Twilight Saga,’ ‘Red Dawn’

    New DVDS coming out this week include "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 2" and "Red Dawn."

    Bring zest to your foyer. Jill Sorensen of Marmalade Interiors suggests a sunny yellow, like Yellow Finch or Sun Porch.

    Paint and the pursuit of happiness

    During this lackluster time of year, you might find some joy in a can of paint. For 2013, paint companies such as Valspar are offering a mood-enhancing palette.

    Michael Thiele of the Hardwood Music company plays this acoustic coffee table constructed of Guatemalan rose wood.

    Sure bets at the Las Vegas furniture market

    From the curious to the classical, the Winter Las Vegas Market 2013 offered a look at new furnishings that are convenient, comfortable, contemporary and even quirky.


    New mortgage affordability rules offer hope

    My quick reaction to the hundreds of new mortgage rules recently issued by CFPB, contained in 804 densely packed pages, is that the agency has done a creditable job in an incredibly difficult situation. The rules cover a lot of territory, but those pertaining to borrower affordability probably have attracted the most attention.


    Attorney represents association board, not the homeowners

    Q. I am a unit owner in a homeowner’s association. During a homeowner’s forum, I asked theassociation's attorney a question, but he stated he could not answer it because it would violate the attorney/client privilege.


    Lint-filled clothes dryer is a fire hazards

    The newspaper headlines read, “An early Friday morning house fire killed a mother, her daughter and another family member.” The fire probably started “in or near a clothes dryer inside the home.”

    Winter aconite is among the small early bulbs that can tolerate a bit of frost even after they flower.

    Some flowers may be tricked into blooming early

    In late winter, short-term thaws followed by freezes can stir up the garden. During unseasonably warm periods, early bulbs may sprout prematurely, especially those planted with a southern exposure, close to a house or garage. The Chicago Botanic Garden, has on occasion, had snowdrops in flower in late February in similar locations.



    The Soapbox

    The Soapbox celebrates suburban achievements in girls basketball and charity fund-raising but laments a poor voter turnout and some ugly contract negotiations.


    Medical cannabis helps quality of life
    A Somonuak letter to the editor: At one time, Jim was known to take 59 pills a day to try to control his disease; many of which didn’t help him. In fact, they only made him worse and his quality of life suffered. Cannabis has enabled him to reduce his pill intake to 25 a day with no side effects except an increase in his appetite and activity level. He’s able to get up out of bed


    Even Jefferson saw need to adapt
    A Round Lake letter to the editor: I want to urge the Illinois House of Representatives to consider voting in support of gay marriage.


    Change the laws but not marriage
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: Why would the state want to authorize by law a family situation depriving a child of the presence of a mother or father? Each fulfills a naturally unique role in the development of a child which cannot be duplicated by the opposite sex.


    Learn from drunken driving epidemic
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: Numbers have been driven down to a level at which the epidemic is largely over. Are there lessons applicable to an ideologically driven, intractable problem pertaining to firearm slaughters? There are.


    More gun laws won’t help our situation
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: Stop demonizing the NRA — they are a legitimate lobbying group working in the interest of their members. The fact that they have a lot of power shows how many Americans agree with them.


    Women need voice in choosing next pope
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: At least two of the U.S. cardinals who are going to Rome to contribute to this very important decision have been publicly called out for their questionable decisions (and actions) regarding priest sexual abuse. These men are key decision makers in the selection of our future pope, but not a single woman on our planet is deemed qualified to participate in this selection?


    Schools, parents brainwashing kids
    The last two generations of Americans have been coddled by their parents and the schools have been brainwashing most of the children to think that the government will coddle them for the rest of their life. That is wrong.Our country was founded on the basis of freedom and liberty. People from all over the world fled the stifling governments and limitations of their past countries to be free to improve their lives in the new United States of America. This was the country were one could be free and responsible for their own actions. Through the freedoms of our country these people could pursue their life’s goals and ambitions for success and a better life.The government is not a protector of your every wish without responsibility. That only happens from birth to puberty by loving parents. After that, one must make decisions and take on responsibilities for one’s own actions. Thinking otherwise will only eventually lead to the road to serfdom and slavery.The government cannot give away anything that it must first take from someone else. Eventually there will be no more someone else’s. So everything in life is supposed to be self supporting from your education to your insurance to your life’s goals and wants. You decide how best to run your life, for the government will only ruin your life when it tries to please everybody in false rhetoric.When today’s government says it is going to give you something that is supposedly free, that is a lie to you but beneficial to those in government that will pick your pocket to poverty. Wake up, people. There are too many people believing what the government tells them and the government spends billions to brainwash you into believing their lies.Arne JorgensenLombard


    Is this type of leadership we need?
    Is this type of leadership we need?Does anyone else find it strange that President Obama is singing doom and gloom about $85 billion dollars in budget cuts but he seems to have little angst over the total annual deficit of over a trillion dollars and even less concern of the total debt of over $16 trillion? You see it is those bad Republicans who are going to starve you, make you now wait in airports for hours and not inspect your food — so he says.Is this really the kind of leadership we need? The sky is falling and it is always the other guy who is the problem. Why is the media not asking him where his compromise is on the budget after the Republicans agreed to higher taxes for wealthier Americans? Where are his ideas on entitlement reform that he promises but never brings forth? Why has his Democratically controlled Senate not brought to a vote one budget reform bill that the Republican U.S. House of Representatives has passed?The answer is because he believes you are not paying attention to the details of what is actually going on like “sequestration” ($85 billion in mandatory cuts) was his idea in 2011 and now he blames the Republicans for having to do it.We have the same problem in Illinois that we have in Washington, D.C. — Democrats running the government with huge budget deficits, no plan to solve it, no initiative to take it on and a populace who keeps voting them in to do worse. Congratulations, good job.Don EliasekHuntley


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