Daily Archive : Thursday March 7, 2013


    The Loyalty Day Parade brings quite a crowd to Batavia.

    River Street remodel just needs warmer weather

    The River Street makeover in downtown Batavia looks good even in snow. Imagine how sweet it will look in warm weather, Dave Heun says.

    Katy Harth, left, is Lucille and David Pfenninger is Leo Frank in the musical “Parade,” which is being put on the next two weekends at Harper College.

    Harper theater director talks about spring play

    Director Kevin Long talks about the Harper College spring musical "Parade." No light musical, it's based on the true story of an innocent man wrongly accused of murder and explores themes of bigotry, violence and anti-Semitism within the framework of American history.

    Vernon Hills Police Officer Sharon Joseph has her head shaved during Saturday’s St. Baldrick’s Foundation fundraiser Westfield Hawthorn Mall in Vernon Hills. Her hair, as well as that of her 9-year old daughter, Kaitlyn, will be donated to Locks of Love.

    Smooth heads raise awareness, money for kids' cancer research

    Sharon Joseph shed her wavy golden locks at Westfield Hawthorn Mall Saturday afternoon. The Vernon Hills police officer, along with her husband, Tony, their 9-year-old daughter, Kaitlyn, and 5-year-old son, Ryan, had their heads shaved before an enthusiastic crowd at the police department's second annual St. Baldrick's Foundation fundraising event. The charity is dedicated to raising money for...

    Daniel White/dwhite@dailyherald.com North Central College’s Josh Winder eyes the bar during the first day of NCAA Division III National Indoor Track and Field Championships at North Central College in Naperville. Winder, a former national champion pole vaulter, finished third.

    North Central hosts Div. III indoor track championships

    Track athletes from Division III schools across the nation were sprinting, throwing and jumping their way around North Central College's Al B. Carius Track on Friday in Naperville during the first day of the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships for men and women. The college aimed to hold the event last year during its 150th anniversary celebrations, but was chosen this year instead to host...

    Charles Amrich and Debbie Herrmann

    Amrich again ruled ineligible to run for mayor in Island Lake

    For the second time in four weeks, an electoral board on Thursday ruled Island Lake resident Charles Amrich can't run for mayor. The 2-1 decision found fault with Amrich's application to be appointed to fill a vacancy on the For the People slate — a vacancy created when Amrich first was ruled ineligible as a candidate on Feb. 4. Amrich's attorney said he will appeal.

    Rented textbooks are part of what’s covered by District 214’s registration fees.

    District 214 discusses fee hikes, vote likely in two weeks

    Student fees may be going up in Northwest Suburban High School District 214. On Thursday, the District 214 school board discussed a plan to raise student fees incrementally through 2016. But based on that discussion, the recommendation board members vote on in two weeks may look somewhat different, district spokeswoman Venetia Miles said Friday.

    Cary Fire Department investigators and a Cary police officers gather in the parking lot of Fox Valley Systems in Cary on Thursday, the day after multiple explosions.

    Environmental crews working on scene of Cary explosion

    Environmental crews worked Thursday at the scene following a series of explosions Wednesday at a factory in Cary that injured three people. Police and fire were called after an initial explosion about 1:10 p.m. Wednesday at Fox Valley Systems Inc. at 640 Industrial Drive.

    Dianna Hanson, a 24-year-old intern at the Cat Haven in Dunlap, Calif., was mauled to death by a 5-year-old male lion, seen at right, at the exotic animal park Wednesday.

    Coroner: Lion killed woman after escaping cage

    he investigation into a lion attack that killed a 24-year-old woman who loved big cats is focusing on a cage door that the 550-pound animal managed to escape through to reach the volunteer intern, officials say. Authorities said Thursday they believe the 5-year-old male lion broke the neck of the woman at a Central California animal park after it got out of its feeding cage and attacked as she...


    Man dies 16 years after beating at Milwaukee Summerfest; ruled homicide

    The Milwaukee County medical examiner's office says a man has died more than 16 years after he was beaten at Summerfest, and ruled his death a homicide.


    Ill. unemployment rose to 9 percent in January

    The state Department of Employment Security says Illinois unemployment rose to 9 percent in January. That was up from 8.7 percent in December and back to almost the 9.1 percent rate of January 2012. Department Director Jay Rowell blamed the uneven recovery the state has experienced since the recession.

    Barbara Wheeler

    House GOP refuses test votes on pension reforms

    House Republicans refused to take part in test votes on pensions for the second time in as many weeks during legislative session Thursday afternoon.


    Fire destroys home of ex-Bear Bortz

    Authorities are trying to determine what sparked a blaze that destroyed the century-old home of a former Bears player who helped the team win the 1986 Super Bowl. No one was injured in the blaze early Wednesday at Mark Bortz's two-story farmhouse near Liberty, a village in western Illinois.

    The Winfield Village Board has approved a plan to rezone the north side of Roosevelt Road west of Winfield Road to encourage commercial redevelopment.

    Winfield votes to rezone portions of Roosevelt Road

    Saying the time has come to create a larger revenue base for Winfield, a majority of village board members Thursday pushed through a controversial proposal to rezone portions of Roosevelt Road. The decision by four of the six trustees to rezone 14 residential parcels along Roosevelt and Garys Mill roads was made despite opposition from residents and the village attorney repeatedly advising the...


    Several Fox Lake candidates struggle with diversity question

    Fox Lake trustee candidates collectively stammered when asked how to better meet the needs of the village's diverse population, answering in ways that are not likely to engender support among segments of the community.


    Buffalo Grove trustees attend candidates forum after all

    Just days after they pulled out of a planned candidates forum citing fears it would violate the state’s Open Meetings Act, three incumbent Buffalo Grove village trustees reversed course and decided to attend Thursday’s event along with the one write-in candidate.


    Man killed by train in Westmont

    A pedestrian was struck and killed by a Metra train Thursday evening in Westmont.According to a news release from the Westmont police, a white man in his 30s was struck by an eastbound train at the Cass Avenue crossing around 5:45 p.m. and was pronounced dead at the scene at 6:03 p.m. Authorities did not release the name of the victim because the next of kin had not been notified.


    U of I starts center to study farmland finance

    University trustees voted Thursday to create the TIAA-CREF Center for Farmland Research. TIAA-CREF is a financial services company and is spending $5 million over three years to pay for the new center, which is expected to sustain itself financially after that.

    Sixth grade students at St. Paul’s Lutheran School in Waverly, Iowa, pose for a photo on Wednesday. The class had their upcoming visit canceled as the White House suspended all tours under across-the-board government spending cuts in a partisan budget battle. The disappointed class put a video on Facebook asking for the tour to be reinstated. “The White House is our house, please let us visit,” the children say in unison.

    White House tours off, Easter egg roll on for now

    The White House says it is going forward with plans for its 135-year tradition of the Easter egg roll, while dashing the hopes of some Iowa children who hoped to visit the president's home. Sixth graders at St. Paul's Lutheran School in Waverly, Iowa, had their upcoming visit canceled as the White House suspended all tours under across-the-board government spending cuts in a partisan budget...


    Dogs die, but 5 people rescued from burning home

    Two dogs were killed but five people were successfully rescued from a second-story deck after fire struck a single-family home near Lincolnshire at just about noon Thursday. One of the people rescued was a wheelchair-bound woman who was transported to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville with non-life-threatening injuries

    Members of the audience listen at the “Muhammad Messenger of Peace” program Thursday at College of Lake County in Grayslake.

    Groups share their views on Muhammad

    Two Muslim groups hosted a presentation Thursday night at College of Lake County in Grayslake to raise awareness about what they say is the true good character of Prophet Muhammad.


    Student accused of putting camera in Crystal Lake locker room

    Crystal Lake police Thursday charged a 17-year-old Crystal Lake Central High School student with unauthorized use of a video recording device in a boys' locker room at the school. Luke Patrick Gildea of Crystal Lake is scheduled to appear for a bond hearing at the McHenry County courthouse in Woodstock at 8 a.m. Friday.

    Gov. Mike Beebe speaks to reporters Monday after vetoing legislation that would have banned abortions 12 weeks into a pregnancy. However, his veto was overridden by state legislators Wednesday.

    Anti-abortion groups divided over legal tactics

    By adopting the nation's toughest abortion law in the face of certain legal challenge, Arkansas legislators have exposed sharp tactical divisions within the national anti-abortion movement.

    Willpower apparently can be bought. People will pass on the doughnuts — if there’s a chance to win some dough for losing weight, a study found.

    Cash can bribe dieters to lose weight

    Willpower apparently can be bought. The chance to win or lose $20 a month enticed dieters in a yearlong study to drop an average of 9 pounds — four times more weight than others who were not offered dough to pass up the doughnuts.


    Wisconsin lawmakers pass sweeping mining bill

    Republicans in the Wisconsin Assembly approved a polarizing mining bill Thursday and sent the measure to Gov. Scott Walker for his signature, completing a long push to help a Florida company open a giant iron mine on the shore of Lake Superior over environmentalists' objections.


    Two found shot multiple times

    Police in Southwest suburban Burbank are investigating the deaths of a man and a woman whose bodies were found inside a home Wednesday. The Cook County medical examiner's Office says 79-year-old Peter Mountain and 80-year-old Sally Lopez both suffered multiple gunshot wounds and cuts.


    Judge clears way for drilling in Shawnee forest

    A federal judge has lifted a 17-year-old order blocking oil and gas drilling and commercial logging in southern Illinois' Shawnee National Forest. Several proposals for oil and gas exploration could move forward now that U.S. District Judge J. Phil Gilbert has lifted the injunction.

    Gary Percy

    U-46 school board candidates bring big ideas to the race

    An independent ombudsman office to resolve complaints in Elgin Area School District U-46; required multicultural training for administrators, teachers and students; more local control in education. Candidates running for the U-46 school board have big ideas for the future of the second largest district in the state. The race brings five challengers and one incumbent to fill three open seats.

    The Helen Plum Memorial Library in Lombard allowed homeless people awaiting shelter at a PADS site to stay at the library from its closing at 1 p.m. Tuesday until the shelter at First Church of Lombard opened early at 5 p.m. The collaboration provided shelter for about a dozen people throughout the snowy afternoon.

    Lombard library shelters homeless during storm

    When Helen Plum Memorial Library Director Bob Harris decided to close the facility early Tuesday afternoon, he didn't want to send a dozen homeless patrons out into the snow. "I didn't want to stay open because of concerns about travel and safety in the storm, but I also didn't want to tell the people waiting for the shelter that we were closed, so I just stayed here," Harris said Thursday. "It...

    Former Naperville Mayor Chester Rybicki, seen here with his late wife Lillian “Mickey” Rybicki, died Wednesday at age 96.

    Naperville mourns former Mayor Chet Rybicki

    Former Naperville mayor Chet Rybicki is being remembered for his role not only in leading the city during a crucial period in its history, but for being a founding father of the Riverwalk. And he was a pretty good singer, too. Rybicki, who died Wednesday at 96, served as mayor from 1975 to 1983 and is credited with pushing the city's commercial development and building the downtown in face of...

    A railroad caboose was placed on a flatbed truck Thursday in Itasca, moving it from a residence along Bloomingdale Road to its new home at the Itasca Historical Depot Museum.

    Milwaukee Road caboose finds new home in Itasca park

    Some homes come with in-ground pools. Others have spacious garages and driveways. When Dean and Sue Ellen Peterson purchased their home in Itasca, theirs came with a 1940s-era railroad caboose. Now the 36-foot, 40,000-pound remnant of the shuttered Milwaukee Road line that once passed through Itasca is becoming part of the permanent public view at a railroad history campus set to open this summer...

    From left, Zachary De Pue, Ranaan Meyer and Nick Kendall entertain at Tefft Middle School in Streamwood on Thursday.

    Time for Three: Classics with a twist

    Time for Three, a trio from the Elgin Symphony Orchestra, toured some elementary schools Thursday and made this stop at Tefft Middle School in Streamwood on Thursday.


    Mt. Prospect school celebrates grand opening

    The Science Academy of Chicago, a private school that moved to Mount Prospect in 2012, will formally celebrate its arrival to the village with a "grand opening" ceremony from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, March 8, at the school, 501 Midway Drive, Mount Prospect. Interested families can tour the school and meet with staff. A ribbon cutting will take place at noon.

    Shannon Smigielski

    Grayslake District 46 board member resigns, colleague wants to fill seat

    Grayslake Elementary District 46 board member Shannon Smigielski's resignation colleague Karen Weinert — who isn't seeking re-election in April — to express interest in filling the now-vacant seat for the next two years. Weinert raised the possibility she would resign her current seat and seek appointment to fill the two years of Smigielski's unexpired term.


    Former Maine West teacher sues District 207 for discrimination

    A former physical education teacher and health instructor at Maine South and Maine West high schools has filed a federal lawsuit against Maine Township High School District 207 and its school board for employment discrimination, age discrimination, retaliation for exercising her First Amendment right to free speech, and for retaliatory discharge under the Illinois Whistleblower's Act. A District...

    South Elgin High School freshmen from left, Lola Ojomo, Bridgette Williams and Rachel Priore tune in the FM radio they built from a kit Thursday during DeVry University’s HerWorld program, educating girls about in-demand STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) careers. The program was at the Stonegate Conference Centre in Hoffman Estates.

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    DeVry University's HerWorld program educates high school girls about in-demand STEM careers and inspires them to achieve their college and career goals. 23 HerWorld events are taking place across the country this month, including one in Hoffman Estates on Thursday, March 7. This year, it is anticipated that more than 7,000 young women from hundreds of high schools nationwide will participate.

    Ken Cooper

    Rolling Meadows HS mourns two staffers

    A popular P.E. teacher and an administrative staff member at Rolling Meadows High School both died Wednesday, leaving the school's staff and students stunned at the losses. Patricia Schreiner and Ken Cooper had both been at Rolling Meadows for several decades. "It was a really difficult day yesterday," said Principal Eileen Hart.

    Students who want to attend the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign soon will be able to apply online.

    U of I adding online application at flagship campus

    Students applying to get into the University of Illinois' Urbana-Champaign campus will be able to apply online next year. But they won't be using an online process that allows students to apply to many colleges with one application.

    Chris Zorich

    Former Bear, sheriff’s deputy charged with tax evasion

    Former Chicago Bear Chris Zorich and a Cook County sheriff's deputy from Elk Grove Village have been charged with failing to file federal income tax returns. The misdemeanor charges carry maximum prison sentences of a year in prison and $100,000 fines. Prosecutors said Zorich's attorney has informed them that Zorich intends to plead guilty.


    Medical society reacts to likely license fee increase

    The Illinois State Medical Society has deemed as "bittersweet" the increase in doctors' license fees that the General Assembly has approved. A three-year license would cost $700 through June 2018 under this planl. The price would then drop to $500.

    Prosecutors want a 30-year prison term for Sami Samir Hassoun

    Prosecutors don’t have to share informant details in bomb plot case

    Prosecutors don't have to disclose details to defense attorneys about an informant in the case of a Chicago man who'll be sentenced next month for putting what he thought was a bomb near Wrigley Field.


    Palatine bans two pit bulls accused of biting dog

    Two pit bulls have been permanently banned from Palatine, according to an agreed order of the village's Animal Safety Commission. Village attorney Patrick Brankin said the two dogs bit another dog Dec. 28 near Palatine High School, necessitating involvement by the village's animal control unit.


    District 214 administrator named one of “20 to watch”

    Northwest Suburban High School District 214's Director of Technology Services Keith Bockwoldt has been selected as one of "20 to Watch" Educators for the 2012-2013 school year by the National School Boards Association.


    Residents taking advantage of Arlington Heights ash tree program

    When word spread that emerald ash borer was infecting trees across the region, many Arlington Heights residents wanted the opportunity to save their trees — and wanted the village to help them pay for it. Now more than six months into the cost-sharing program approved by the village board last year, residents have treated nearly 1,800 parkway trees. As of Jan. 1, Arlington Heights has...


    Fire damages Dino’s Foods in Elgin Wednesday

    Elgin firefighters and police are continuing to investigate a fire that caused an estimated $500,000 in damages to Dino's Foods on Summit Street late Wednesday night. No one was injured, authorities said.


    Program for parents planned:

    The Community Parent Network is sponsoring a program called, "Is There an App for That? Parenting Your Plugged-In Teen." It will begin at 7 p.m. Monday at Twin Groves Middle School, 2600 N. Buffalo Grove Road, Buffalo Grove.

    Steve Vasilion

    Batavia candidate: Year’s too long for Walgreens approval

    Batavia Ward 5 challenger Steve Vasilion has criticized current Alderman Eldon Frydendall over the proposed new Walgreens store in downtown, saying he should have championed the project. But Frydendall said he was reluctant to publicly support the plan, because officially, nothing has been submitted to the city council.


    Fireworks fundraiser set:

    The second annual Island Lake Wine Tasting and Music fundraiser is set for 3 p.m. Sunday at Sideouts, 4018 Roberts Road.


    St. Baldrick’s event at Cubby Bear:

    Cubby Bear North in Lincolnshire will be the site of a St. Baldrick's Foundation fundraiser Saturday, March 16.


    MHS singers win honors:

    Mundelein High School's show choir, Mundelein Sound, was named Grand Champion at the Holmen, Wis., Gathering of the Stars Show Choir Invitational last weekend.

    Daily Herald File Photo It’s going to stay the Arlington Heights Metra station, for now.

    Metra draws line at selling town names on stations

    The Arlington Heights Metra stop will not be renamed the Victoria's Secret Metra station - even though it might drive up ridership. But Metra officials indicated they'd consider allowing retailers or corporations to buy secondary placement on station signs and gave a thumb's up for institutions such as universities.


    Maine West athletic director resigns

    Citing personal reasons, Maine West High School's athletic director, Christopher Addante, has resigned and will step down from the post at the end of the school year. Addante's departure is not connected to the recent hazing scandal at the school that led to the firing of two soccer coaches, Maine Township High School District 207 spokesman Dave Beery said.

    John Brennan won senate approval Thursday to become the next CIA director.

    Senate clears Brennan as CIA chief

    John Brennan won Senate confirmation Thursday to head the CIA after a late struggle that had more to do with presidential power to order drone strikes than with the nominee's credentials to lead the spy agency. The Senate voted 63-34 to give Brennan the top job at the nation's spy agency.

    Greg Gron

    Lombard Dist. 1 candidates compete to represent downtown

    The majority of downtown Lombard is up for grabs in the race for District 1 trustee. The district includes the main downtown intersection of St. Charles Road and Park Avenue. Incumbent Greg Gron and challengers Dan Whittington and Deborah Messineo-Jones offered different perspectives on how downtown should be improved for the future during an endorsement interview with the Daily Herald.

    Zervont S. Thomas

    Gurnee man facing murder charge retains court-appointed attorney again

    A Waukegan man facing 60 years in prison for a Gurnee murder has decided to again be represented by a court-appointed public defender. Attorney John E. Murphy of Waukegan announced in Lake County court Thursday that he is defending Zervont Thomas, now 20, who faces charges in the August 2011 stabbing death of Stefan A. Metel, 33.

    This September 2011 file photo shows a ShadowHawk drone.

    White House discloses limits on drone usage

    The White House says President Barack Obama does not have the authority to use a drone to kill a U.S. citizen on American soil if the citizen is not engaged in combat.

    President Barack Obama on Thursday signed into law a bill extending and expanding domestic violence protections, ushering in a legislative victory for gay rights advocates and Native Americans that eluded him during his re-election campaign.

    Obama signs expanded Violence Against Women Act

    President Barack Obama says an expanded anti-violence bill is a "victory" for advocates and survivors of domestic violence. Obama is speaking at a signing ceremony for the bill, which extends domestic violence protections.

    North Koreans attend a rally in support of a statement given on Tuesday by a spokesman for the Supreme Command of the Korean People’s Army vowing to cancel the 1953 cease-fire that ended the Korean War as well as boasting of the North’s ownership of “lighter and smaller nukes” and its ability to execute “surgical strikes” meant to unify the divided Korean Peninsula. North Korea on Thursday vowed to launch a pre-emptive nuclear strike against the United States, amplifying its threatening rhetoric hours ahead of a vote by U.N. diplomats on whether to level new sanctions against Pyongyang for its recent nuclear test.

    UN approves new sanctions against North Korea

    The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Thursday for tough new sanctions to punish North Korea for its latest nuclear test, and a furious Pyongyang threatened a nuclear strike against the United States. The sanctions was drafted by North Korea's closest ally, China, and the United States.

    The Senate Judiciary Committee, led by chairman Patrick Leahy, right, approved legislation Thursday toughening laws against people who illegally buy guns for others as lawmakers cast their first votes in Congress to curb firearms since December’s horrific shootings at a Connecticut elementary school.

    Senate committee OKs bill curbing gun purchases

    The Senate Judiciary Committee approved legislation Thursday toughening laws against people who illegally buy guns for others as lawmakers cast the first votes in Congress to curb firearms since December's horrific shootings at a Connecticut elementary school.

    Sulaiman Abu Ghaith

    Bin Laden spokesman, son-in-law, caught in Jordan

    A senior congressman says U.S. officials have captured Osama bin Laden's spokesman in Jordan. Republican Peter King of New York is former chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee. King says Sulaiman Abu Ghaith was captured within the last week. He says the capture was confirmed to him by U.S. law enforcement officials. King says Ghaith was bin Laden's son-in-law and was part of the Sept.

    Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200 is seeking permission from voters to borrow $17.6 million to build a new Jefferson Early Childhood Center and demolish the existing structure in Wheaton.

    District 200 hopefuls discuss Jefferson proposal

    Most candidates seeking election to the Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200 school board agree that something must be done with Jefferson Early Childhood Center. But if a $17.6 million proposal to replace the Wheaton facility is rejected by voters April 9, school board hopefuls say the district will need to reassess — and possibly revise — the plan before putting it on another...


    Local officials to trade in suits and ties for firefighting gear

    Some local officials are about to walk in a firefighter's shoes — albeit in a heavily controlled and highly supervised setting. Palatine, Palatine Rural and Rolling Meadows firefighters are teaming up to put on training exercises for the managers, councilmen, aldermen and trustees who ultimately run the departments.


    Bartlett village board meeting rescheduled

    A rescheduled Bartlett village board meeting will take place at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 12, at village hall, 228 S. Main St. The meeting was canceled on Tuesday, March 5, due to a snowstorm.

    Quentin D. Mullen

    Man charged in North Aurora home invasion

    An Aurora man was charged Thursday with a host of felonies in connection with a March 1 home invasion and shooting in North Aurora. Quintin D. Mullen, 22, was arrested Wednesday by Aurora police in the 2300 block of Ogden Avenue, according to North Aurora police. Mullen, of the 1700 block of Felten Road, was charged with home invasion, armed robbery, armed violence and aggravated discharge of a...

    Antonio “Tony” Borcia

    Libertyville school remembers boy in special way

    Antonio "Tony" Borcia, who would have been a fifth grader this year at Butterfield School in Libertyville, was honored Wednesday in a special ceremony retiring his basketball jersey. The 10-year-old died last summer when he was struck by a boat after falling off an inner tube on Petite Lake. “The stories the students shared were ones that portrayed Tony as a leader who really cared about...


    Two-career families work because parents find balance

    Two-career families have an extra layer of complexity to master in their day-to-day lives, but many work just as well as any of the other family models out there, our Ken Potts says, and he cites research that has found 10 common characteristices of healthy families in which both parents work outside the home.


    Longtime Buffalo Grove public works director leaving for new job

    Longtime Buffalo Grove Public Works Director Gregory Boysen will be leaving the position to take the same post with the city of Beloit, Wis. The village will be weighing its options in hiring a replacement for Boysen, who recently marked his 35th anniversary with the village .

    Malcolm Ranjith, who in 2010 was named Sri Lanka’s second cardinal in history, now is being mentioned among the possible successors to Benedict XVI if the conclave looks beyond Europe to acknowledge the shifting “southern’’ demographics of the church.

    Sri Lanka cardinal hews to tradition in papal race

    In one of his first appointments as pope, Benedict XVI picked a Sri Lankan archbishop to return to the Vatican for a top post overseeing the church's liturgy and rites. The choice of Malcolm Ranjith in 2005 rewarded a strong voice of tradition — so rigid that some critics regard it even as backward-looking. Ranjith now is being mentioned among the possible successors to Benedict.

    A nun walks past posters of Pope Benedict XVI reading in Italian, “You will stay always with us. Thank you” along a street in Rome.

    Crazy days in Rome with papal and political void

    These are crazy days in Rome, where limbo reigns in parliament and papacy. Italy is usually a pretty anarchic place, with people bucking rules on everything from crossing the street to paying taxes. But the anarchy's going a bit far: Who's running the country? Who's running the church? For now, at least, nobody really knows.

    German Cardinal Walter Kasper, left, shares a word with Indian Cardinal George Alencherry in St. Peter’s Square following a cardinals’ meeting, at the Vatican, Thursday, March 7, 2013. Cardinals from around the world are gathered inside the Vatican on the fourth day of meetings before the conclave to elect the next pope, amid scandals inside and out of the Vatican and the continued reverberations of Benedict XVI’s decision to retire.

    Cardinals get finance brief but no conclave date

    Cardinals in Rome for the conclave to elect the next pope received a briefing on the Holy See's finances Thursday amid questions about the Vatican bureaucracy and continued suspicions about its bank. The cardinals didn't set a date for the start of the conclave, and the Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, said he didn't expect a decision to be taken in Thursday's afternoon session.

    Philippine Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle’s best response against the tide of secularism, clergy sex abuse scandals and rival-faith competition could be his reputation for humility. His compassion for the poor and unassuming ways have impressed followers in his homeland, Asia’s largest Catholic nation, and church leaders in the Vatican.

    Filipino cardinal stirs papal talk with rapid rise

    Asia's most prominent Roman Catholic leader knows how to reach the masses: He sings on stage, preaches on TV, brings churchgoers to laughter and tears with his homilies. And he's on Facebook. Philippine Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle's rising star has opened a previously unimaginable possibility: An Asian pope.

    Julio Acevedo is escorted to a hearing at the Lehigh County Courthouse Thursday, March 7, 2013, in Allentown, Pa. Acevedo was arrested in Pennsylvania on Wednesday after a friend arranged his surrender and was ordered held without bail. He is a suspect in a hit-and-run crash that killed a pregnant woman and her husband on their way to a hospital in New York. Their premature baby, delivered after the crash, later died.

    NY hit-and-run suspect waives extradition from Pa.

    A man arrested in Pennsylvania in connection with a gruesome car crash that killed a pregnant woman and her husband on their way to a hospital waived extradition Thursday and will be taken back to New York. Julio Acevedo, 44, surrendered to police in the parking lot of a Bethlehem convenience store on Wednesday and was later ordered held without bail overnight in Lehigh County Prison on a charge...

    Jodi Arias answers written questions from the jury during her murder trial, Wednesday, March 6, 2013 in Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix. Arias is on trial for the 2008 murder of Travis Alexander.

    Arias returns to witness stand for juror questions

    The wildly ranging questions came in rapid succession, read aloud by a judge in a calm, monotone voice. Why didn't Jodi Arias ever report accusations of abuse by her lover? Why can she remember so much minutia of her life, yet recall so little from the day she savagely stabbed and shot the victim, then methodically went about covering her tracks? The unusual spectacle played out during Arias'...

    A passage from the federal complaint against Gilberto Valle, a New York City police officer charged with plotting to kidnap, cook and eat women. At Valle’s conspiracy trial, the jury has heard that he was part of an international community of fetishists who got their kicks trading wild fantasies about violent acts against women. His lawyers say it was all harmless fantasy. The case is extreme, but experts say said it touches on a common challenge in law enforcement: deciphering intent without running afoul of the First Amendment.

    Prosecutor: NY cannibal plotter was ready to act

    The FBI had to grab a New York City police officer last year before he could go forward with a macabre scheme to abduct and cannibalize women, a prosecutor said Thursday in closing arguments at the officer's kidnapping conspiracy trial. Officer Gilberto Valle was in the midst of a plot to "kidnap, torture, rape and commit other horrific acts" on at least six women he knew, including his wife,...

    Ocean waves crash over a sea wall and into houses along the coast in Scituate, Mass., Thursday, March 7, 2013. A winter storm brought strong winds to coastal areas in the state.

    Snowstorm spares D.C., heads toward New England

    A late-winter storm inflicted new damage Thursday to parts of the Jersey shore still struggling to recover from Superstorm Sandy, as New Englanders braced for potential evacuations and coastal flooding. The storm buried parts of the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions with snow but barely laid a glove on Washington, D.C. As the storm moved up the coast to New England, strong winds, heavy snow and...


    Rolling Meadows still unhappy about losing post office

    Rolling Meadows Mayor Tom Rooney is pretty excited about progress on the old Dominick's site on Kirchoff Road. But as excited as he and fellow residents are about the projected end of an eyesore they have endured for almost nine years, there's something they are still unhappy about - losing their post office.

    A woman pays her respects as she files past the glass-topped casket containing the remains of Venezuela’s late President Hugo Chavez lying in state at the military academy in Caracas, Thursday, March 7, 2013. Chavez died of a massive heart attack Tuesday after great suffering and inaudibly mouthed his desire to live, the head of Venezuela’s presidential guard said late Wednesday.

    Chavez’s body brought ‘home’ to military academy

    They filed past all night and into the morning, a line of mourners a mile (more than a kilometer) long hoping for one final glimpse of Hugo Chavez. While Venezuela remains deeply divided over the country's future, the multitudes weeping and crossing themselves as they reached the president's coffin early Thursday were united in grief and admiration for a man many considered a father figure.

    Bolshoi soloist Pavel Dmitrichenko listens in a courtroom in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, March 7, 2013. The star dancer accused of masterminding the attack on the Bolshoi ballet chief acknowledged Thursday that he gave the go-ahead for the attack, but said he did not order anyone to throw acid on the artistic director’s face. Dmitrichenko told a Moscow court that he had complained about ballet chief Sergei Filin to an acquaintance, who offered to “beat him up.”

    Dancer accused in Bolshoi attack defends actions

    The star dancer accused of masterminding the attack on the Bolshoi ballet chief acknowledged Thursday that he gave the go-ahead for the attack, but told a Moscow court that he did not order anyone to throw acid on the artistic director's face. The judge, however, refused to release Bolshoi soloist Pavel Dmitrichenko on bail.

    Sen. Jason Rapert, R-Conway, appears for an interview near the senate chamber at the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark., Tuesday, March 5, 2013. The Arkansas Senate voted Tuesday to override Gov. Mike Beebeís veto of Rapert’s legislation that would ban most abortions from the 12th week of pregnancy onward and would give the state the most restrictive abortion laws in the country.

    Arkansas adopts US’s most restrictive abortion law

    Arkansas now has the nation's most restrictive abortion law — a near-ban on the procedure from the 12th week of pregnancy — unless a lawsuit or court action intervenes before it takes effect this summer. Lawmakers in the Republican-dominated Legislature defied Gov. Mike Beebe, overriding the Democrat's veto. "Not the governor, nor anyone else other than the courts, can determine if...

    In this 2006 file photo, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez holds a Spanish-language version of “Hegemony or Survival: America’s Quest for Global Dominance” by Noam Chomsky while addressing the 61st session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters. During his address, Chavez, who often tried to cast himself as a champion of the American poor, called President George W. Bush “the devil.”

    Chavez’s attempts to be savior of poor floundered in U.S.

    In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez offered to send thousands of soldiers, firefighters and volunteers to help with the cleanup. The offer, swiftly rejected, was part of a larger pattern: Chavez's repeated attempts to provide humanitarian relief to low-income and distressed U.S. families. Despite those efforts, he was never able to foster his image as a savior...

    This image provided by Senate Television shows Sen. Rand Paul, a Kentucky Republican, speaking Wednesday on the floor of the Senate in Washington. Senate Democrats had pushed for speedy confirmation of John Brennan’s nomination to be CIA director but ran into a snag after a Paul began a lengthy speech over the legality of potential drone strikes on U.S. soil.

    Rand Paul ends old-style filibuster on CIA nominee

    A Republican senator and tea party favorite from Kentucky used an old-style filibuster lasting nearly 13 hours to take control of the chamber and block Senate confirmation of John Brennan's nomination to be CIA director. Sen. Rand Paul ended his filibuster Thursday shortly after midnight. His performance clearly energized a number of his GOP colleagues, who came to the floor in a show of support...

    The West Suburban Humane Society in Downers Grove has about 350 volunteers like Cathy Butler, walking Jake, a dog up for adoption.

    West Suburban Humane Society plans ‘Paint Your Pet’ fundraiser

    The West Suburban Humane Society's mission was simpler when it began more than 40 years ago as a way to reconnect lost pets and their loving owners. But over the years, it became clear there was more work to do: Stray pets needed homes as well. Volunteers began working with animal control officers to locate the owners of pets that had been picked up, and eventually began sheltering those they...


    West Suburban Humane Society’s vital statistics
    West Suburban Humane Society's vital statistics

    Richard Coers uses a lathe and a chisel to transform a block of wood into a bowl at The Atelier Building in Peoria.

    Peoria man carves niche as woodturner

    You could say there are two sides to Richard Coers. There's the left-brained side that works at Caterpillar, producing models out of wood, steel and foam. Then there's the right-brained side, the artist who uses a lathe and a chisel to transform blocks of wood into elegant pieces of art. Coers works in the Industrial Design Group at Caterpillar Inc. and is one of two employees who create models...


    CTA expanding apprenticeships for ex-offenders

    The Chicago Transit Authority is expanding an apprenticeship program that will give more people who have committed crimes a second chance and give commuters cleaner buses and trains to ride on.


    New information on shooting at Wisc. governor’s mansion

    Newly released records show the Capitol Police officer who was terminated after firing her gun inside the governor's mansion last October told investigators the gunshot came from outside the building. Records released at the request of the Wisconsin State Journal show the officer was in the security office in the lower level of the Maple Bluff mansion when her gun was fired. The bullet shot the...


    2 in Indiana allegedly bought, sold child for porn

    Two northwestern Indiana residents are facing federal charges involving the alleged sale of a young child for use in producing child pornography. Prosecutors say 24-year-old Natisha Hillard sold her 1 1/2-year-old daughter to 39-year-old Christopher M. Bour so he could use the child for porn. The Times of Munster reports (http://bit.ly/12veaNv ) the two Gary residents were indicted Wednesday.


    Unusual $50 million gift for writing at Michigan

    The wife of billionaire real estate mogul Sam Zell is giving $50 million to support the University of Michigan's acclaimed graduate writing program. The donation, to be announced Thursday, is believed to be by far the largest ever gift to such a program, and comes at a time when most major gifts to higher education are supporting science, not the humanities.


    Crime Commission names new executive director

    The Chicago Crime Commission has named a former high-level FBI official as its new executive director. Joseph Ways Sr. served as the assistant special agent in charge of administration for the FBI's Chicago office from 2005 to 2007. Before that, he was an assistant special agent in charge of white collar crime.


    Dawn Patrol: Candidate wants a property tax; Big Ten women’s tourney

    Carol Stream candidate wants to implement property tax. Elgin gives preliminary OK to video gambling. Police officer downplays 'hero' talk. No fee increase in Grayslake school district. Aurora man convicted of sexually assaulting child. Gun supporters lobby lawmakers. Did Grafton Twp. supervisor have authority to void check? Blackhawks win 11th straight, extend points streak. Big Ten women's...

    Kane County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen

    Lauzen blasts Kane County hiring freeze

    Kane County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen spoke out against the county's hiring-freeze policy for the first time Wednesday, calling for its complete overhaul as county board members committed to a thorough review and revision of the ordinance. “This is so full of holes that it is almost comical, and it has quite an effect on the management of 1,250 employees,” Lauzen said.

    A rare stamp might be worth thousands of dollars, but most old stamps sell by the pound in these cartons at Rasdale Stamps in Westmont. Kim Kellermann, grandson of the founder, says Rasdale typically moves between 8 tons and 10 tons of stamps a year at each of their four auctions.

    Lombard convention features love-in for stamp collectors

    Once upon a time, stamp collecting was cool — Beatle John Lennon and President Franklin Delano Roosevelt cool. Now the hobby has gone cold. On the eve of a stamp collectors convention in Lombard, local stamp enthusiasts are out to save a dying hobby. “We lost a generation,” says Kim Kellermann, the 55-year-old grandson and part of the third generation of family members running...


    Blackhawks left wing Daniel Carcillo, left, celebrates his winning goal with Niklas Hjalmarsson and Johnny Oduya on Wednesday against the Colorado Avalanche.

    Hawks not letting streak change their focus

    The Blackhawks have won a franchise record 11 games in a row, own the NHL record for best start at 24 games without a loss in regulation, and are within five games now of Philadelphia's league mark of 35 games with at least a point. What's behind that success? Captain Jonathan Toews has a theory: "We're staying very realistic in this locker room. If we don't keep working and doing the right things, we're not going to have the same success."

    Meri Bennett-Swanson

    Girls basketball: Lake County all-area team

    Introducing the Daily Herald's all-area girls basketball team for Lake County.

    Michigan forward Sam Arnold, right, drives to the basket against Indiana forward Andrea Newbauer during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the Big Ten women’s tournament in Hoffman Estates Thursday.

    Michigan women handle Indiana, 67-40

    Nicole Elmblad scored 14 points and pulled down 10 rebounds, and Michigan steamrolled Indiana 67-40 on Thursday night in the first round of the Big Ten Conference tournament. Rachel Sheffer added 12 points for the fifth-seeded Wolverines (21-9), and Nya Jordan had eight points and 13 rebounds. Michigan outrebounded Indiana 45-30, outscored the Hoosiers 32-10 in the paint and never trailed in the game.

    The Dome at the Ballpark in Rosemont is the latest indoor sports attraction. The Chicago Bandits will also use it as a practice facility when they can’t use the stadium.

    Hockey should thank Hawks for their streak

    What do you think about the Chicago Blackhawks' record-setting streak? Would it be a bigger national story if it belonged to the Cubs, Sox, Bears or Bulls? Mike North, who says the NHL really needed the attention, wants to know what you think.

    Collin Pellettieri of Benet drives down the court against Neuqua Valley during the boys basketball Class 4A Bolingbrook sectional semifinals in Bolingbrook, Thursday. Benet defeated Neuqua Valley 68-62.

    Benet beats Neuqua Valley in 2nd OT

    Those who thought Wednesday's Bolingbrook sectional semifinal game couldn't be topped, they were wrong. On Thursday at Bolingbrook, No. 2 seed Benet beat No. 3 Neuqua Valley 68-62 in double-overtime. The Redwings (27-5) advance to Friday's sectional final against No. 4 seed West Aurora, which on Wednesday beat No. 1 Oswego in the first doozy, 61-60.

    St. Viator's Kevin Hammarlund celebrates the Lions' victory over Zion-Benton in the Class 4A Waukegan sectional semifinals Thursday.

    St. Viator knocks off Zion-Benton in sectionals

    Down the stretch, St. Viator coach Mike Howland understandably had a lot of confidence in his group on the floor. And that's because over the last few years, seniors Kevin Hammarlund, Mayo Arogundade, Patrick Martin, Hugh Masterson and junior Ore Arogundade have developed quite a bit of chemistry with one another. Those five ensured the Lions would go one step further than last season as St. Viator beat Zion Benton 65-62.


    Thursday’s girls water polo scoreboard
    High school results from Thursday's varsity girls water polo matches, as reported to the Daily Herald.


    Thursday’s boys water polo scoreboard
    High school results from Thursday's varsity boys water polo meets, as reported to the Daily Herald.


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


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

    Northwestern assistant coach and former Buffalo Grove standout Allison Guth walks the sideline as the Wildcats face Iowa in the Big Ten tournament Thursday at the Sears Centre.

    Winning key to attracting top women basketball players

    On the front page of the media packet for the Big Ten women’s basketball tournament at the Sears Centre this weekend, there’s a listing of Illinois high school products on Big Ten teams this season. It’s a short list. Of the 157 players rostered on the 12 Big Ten teams, only 17 played their high school basketball in Illinois. Ten of those 17 play at Illinois or Northwestern. Jacki Gulczynski (Bartlett) and Michala Johnson (Montini/redshirt year) are at Wisconsin, Anna Morrissey (Stevenson) plays at Michigan State, Claire Jakubicek (Cary-Grove/redshirt year) is at Indiana, Melissa Dixon (Johnsburg) and Nicole Smith (Hononegah) at Iowa, and Sam Arnold (Lake Park) at Michigan. Buffalo Grove graduate Allison Guth played at Illinois and just completed her first season as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Northwestern, which saw its season end with Thursday’s 60-55 loss to Iowa.

    St. Viator’s Kevin Hammarlund celebrates victory.

    Images: St. Viator vs. Zion-Benton, boys basketball
    St. Viator won 65-62 over Zion-Benton in the Class 4A Waukegan sectional semifinal boys basketball game on Thursday, March 7 at Waukegan High School.

    Paul Michna/pmichna@dailyherald.com Dominick Sansone of Glenbard West on the rings during the District 87 boys gymnastics invitational at Glenbard East Thursday.

    Glenbard meet goes to West

    Perry Zumbrook won a couple of events to lead Glenbard West to victory in Thursday’s District 87 boys gymnastics meet in Lombard.


    Oak Park locks out York

    To win this game, a great defense had to become even greater in the fourth quarter. Oak Park’s boys basketball team somehow kicked it up that extra notch. The Huskies’ late lockdown led them to a 43-39 win over West Suburban Silver Conference rival York in Thursday’s Class 4A Schaumburg sectional semifinals.

    Haley Videckis

    Bartlett grad Videckis leaves Arizona State

    Haley Videckis is home. And she's looking for a new home. Videckis, the Bartlett product who was the honorary co-captain of the 2011-12 Daily Herald Fox Valley all-area girls basketball team, told the Daily Herald Thursday she has left the team at Arizona State University and been granted her release to seek a new school and a new basketball program. "It was my decision," said Videckis while watching the Big Ten women's tournament at the Sears Centre Thursday. "I enjoyed a successful freshman year there but ASU isn't the place I want to continue my college career. I'm thankful for the opportunity but I'm ready to do greater things and I'd like to play in the Big Ten."

    Wisconsin sophomore Jacki Gulczynski (35) of Bartlett keeps an eye on the ball during the Badgers' 58-57 upset of Illinois at the Big Ten women's basketball tournament at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates Thursday. Wisconsin will play Purdue in the quarterfinals at approximately 2 p.m. Friday.

    Bartlett's Gulczynski thriving at Wisconsin

    Jacki Gulczynski has come a long way in one basketball season. Gulczynski, the Bartlett graduate who is now a sophomore at Wisconsin, had a rough start to the season. She struggled to find her shot, and in turn, her confidence. But continued hard work, a trademark of Gulczynski's during her years at Bartlett, and her Wisconsin coaches showing confidence in her, has led to a turnaround and now she's one of the top players for the Badgers and one of the top sophomores in the Big Ten. "At the beginning of the year if someone had told me I'd be where I am now I wouldn't have believed it," said Gulczynski Thursday after leading the 11th-seeded Badgers to a 58-57 upset win over No. 6 Illinois in the opening round of the Big Ten Tournament at the Sears Centre.


    St. Francis digs deep on defense

    The first half went back and forth, but the second half belonged to St. Francis. St. Francis broke the game open with a 16-4 run spanning halftime and went on to defeat Sycamore 48-38 in the Class 3A Freeport sectional semifinals.


    Boylan knocks out Crystal Lake Central

    Last Friday in Crystal Lake Central’s Class 4A regional championship win over Jacobs, Golden Eagles boys basketball coach Jim Hinkle simply did not have a game plan for Central’s Jake VanScoyoc, who just kind of slipped through the cracks as he scored all of his 13 points in the first half during the win. “Who the heck is this Vasquez guy?” Hinkle exclaimed. “We didn’t even talk about him in practice.” During Thursday night’s Class 4A sectional semifinal against Rockford Boylan, anScoyoc was back at it again as the guard hit his first 5 shots and went for 11 points in the first quarter, providing Central quite a spark as the Tigers broke out to a 15-point lead on the Titans in the game’s first 8 minutes. VanScoyoc finished with a game-high 18 points for CL Central, but that 15-point lead didn’t last very long as the Tigers couldn’t finish like they started. Central managed 15 points between the first and fourth quarters thanks to Boylan’s defense, which stepped up immensely after Central shot 8 of 14 from the field in the first quarter and CLC had no answer for guard Demarcus Vines, who sliced his way through the lane over and over again for 15 points in a 60-49 win over the Tigers, to conclude Central’s season at 27-4.

    Lakes’ TJ Edwards (34) pressures Carmel’s Nickai Poyser during Thursday’s Class 3A sectional semifinal game in Antioch.

    Another upset special for Barr, Carmel

    Carmel Catholic’s basketball boys keep raising the bar, and their fans might raise Cullen Barr if he and his teammates can pull off a third straight postseason upset tonight. But as the chaos commenced on Antioch’s court, after the Corsairs stunned second-seeded Lakes 46-42 in the teams’ Class 3A sectional semifinal Thursday night, Barr sought out his old AAU teammate. Eagles senior veteran Jake Kohler sat dejectedly near the foul line, head down, game ball between his legs. Barr walked over to his friend, consoled him and extended a hand. Carmel center Jack George did likewise. Never mind that both Barr and George had already done their share of muscle work by lifting their team to victory. The 6-foot-6 Barr scored a game-high 18 points and grabbed 7 rebounds, while the 6-9 George posted a double-double of 14 points and 13 boards.

    Sean O’Mara of Benet powers his way under the basket against Neuqua Valley during the boys basketball Class 4A Bolingbrook sectional semifinals in Bolingbrook, Thursday. Benet defeated Neuqua Valley 68-62.

    Basketball teams weathering a scheduling problem

    In 20 years of covering high school basketball, I can’t remember another time when snow played such a major factor in the playoffs. For two straight weeks we’ve had snowouts that canceled an entire slate of Tuesday games. That meant regional and sectional semifinal games were bumped a day to Wednesday and Thursday. What that also meant, unfortunately, was Thursday semifinal winners had to turn around and play a title game with less than 24 hours of rest and little prep time. The impact in the regional was glaring. In 14 Class 3A and 4A matchups between Wednesday and Thursday semifinal winners, the more-rested Wednesday team won 11 of 14 games. Keep in mind, though, that the higher seeds played Wednesday.

    Blackhawks center Patrick Sharp, here taking a shot in Wednesday's game, will not be with the team for Friday's game in Colorado. Sharp left Wednesday's contest with an injury.

    Blackhawks’ Sharp to miss three weeks?

    While Patrick Sharp didn’t make the trip to Denver for Friday’s rematch with the Avalanche, Marian Hossa, Andrew Shaw and Steve Montador were on the Blackhawks’ team charter that left on Thursday.Michael Frolik, who has missed the last two games with the flu, wasn’t on the charter but will meet the team in Colorado.

    Ohio State guard Ameryst Alston, left, looks to a pass as Minnesota guard Sari Noga guards during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the Big Ten Conference women’s tournament in Hoffman Estates Thursday.

    Ohio State women eliminate Minnesota, 58-47

    Tayler Hill scored 25 points to help Ohio State beat Minnesota 58-47 on Thursday in the opening round of the Big Ten Conference tournament.


    This weekend’s D-III indoor finals features local flavor

    Just this past Wednesday night at the Bolingbrook sectional semifinal boys basketball game West Aurora won, this writer was saying his best story ideas are often someone else’s. Here’s an example.

    Collin Pellettieri of Benet Academy drives down the court against Neuqua Valley.

    Images: Benet Academy vs. Neuqua Valley, boys basketball
    Benet Academy triumphed 68-62 in 2OT over Neuqua Valley boys basketball in the Class 4A Bolingbrook sectional semifinals in Bolingbrook.

    Marty Dello, shown here giving encouragement while coaching Barrington in 2009,

    For Dello, the hard part was just being able to say ‘yes’

    Marty Dello's return to coaching high school basketball was rewarded with a stellar season at Chicagland Jewish Academy. The former Barrington head coach helped make a bunch of winning memories for a team that finished 21-4.

    The White Sox and starting pitcher Chris Sale have agreed to a new five-year contract worth $32.5 million that includes options for the club in 2018 and 2019. Sale turns 24 later this month.

    Sale, White Sox agree to 5-year deal

    The starting rotation is the White Sox' strength this season, and ace Chris Sale is going to be on the South Side for an extended period. On Thursday, Sale and the Sox agreed to a five-year, $32.5 million contract that also includes club options for 2018 and '19.

    Coach Tom Thibodeau and the Bulls have gone 6-10 since Feb. 1.

    Bulls going through a tough stretch
    Things haven't been going well for the Bulls lately -- from a couple of tough losses to strong opponents, to a rough five weeks in the schedule, to Derrick Rose having a bad day to a plane malfunction that kept everyone on edge. At least they're back home Friday against one of the few Western Conference teams, Utah, they've been able to beat.

    Wisconsin forward Jacki Gulczynski (35) splits Illinois guards Adrienne GodBold (24) and Amber Moore while fighting for a rebound Thursday at the Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates. Wisconsin advanced with a 58-57 win.

    Wisconsin women beat Illinois 58-57

    Morgan Paige scored 18 points, including two free throws with 3 seconds remaining, and 11th-seeded Wisconsin beat Illinois 58-57 in the first round of the Big Ten tournament on Thursday.

    FILE - In this Aug. 3, 2011, file photo, Chicago Cubs pitcher Matt Garza delivers during the second inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh. Jeff Samardzija will be the opening-day starter for the Cubs, who said Garza will start the season on the disabled list because of an injured muscle in his side that is preventing the right-hander from throwing. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

    Cubs stocked up on starting pitching

    The Cubs loaded up on starting pitching this off-season, bringing in four arms who could start. There were a couple of good reasons for this: the scarcity of arms in the organization and the inevitable injuries that seem to hit every team.

    Wisconsin forward Cassie Rochel (43) smiles as she celebrates with guard Tiera Stephen (24) and forward and Bartlett grad Jacki Gulczynski (35) after Illinois guard Adrienne Godbold (24) was called for a foul during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the Big Ten Conference tournament in Hoffman Estates, Ill., Thursday, March 7, 2013. Wisconsin won 58-57.

    Images: Wisconsin vs Illinois, Big Ten Women’s Basketball
    Images from the Wisconsin vs. Illinois Big Ten Conference Tournament women's basketball game at Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates on Thursday. Wisconsin won 58-57.

    Daniel Carcillo, left, shoots and scores the winning goal past Colorado Avalanche defenseman Shane O'Brien and goalie Semyon Varlamov on Wednesday at the United Center.

    Carcillo’s hard work pays off for Hawks

    Daniel Carcillo doesn't want to be known as simply the Blackhawks' enforcer. He believes he has other skills and he wants to show them off to everyone, like he did Wednesday night when he drove to the net and backhanded a Viktor Stalberg rebound past Colorado goalie Semyon Varlamov with 50 seconds left to give the Hawks a 3-2 win.

    The Iowa bench reacts as the clock winds down during Northwestern vs Iowa action Thursday at the Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates. Iowa led the entire game.

    Iowa knocks Northwestern out of Big Ten tourney

    Morgan Johnson and Jamie Printy scored 18 points apiece and Iowa defeated Northwestern 60-55 on Thursday in the first round of the Big Ten women's tournament. Bethany Doolittle added 10 points and Samantha Logic grabbed 11 rebounds for the Hawkeyes (20-11), the seventh seed in the tournament. They advance to meet No. 21 Nebraska, the Big Ten's second seed, in Friday's quarterfinals.

    FILE - In this Sept. 19, 2011 file photo, New York Yankees' Mariano Rivera tips his cap to acknowledge the cheers of the crowd after recording his 602nd save as the Yankees beat the Minnesota Twins 6-4 in a baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York. A person familiar with the decision says that Rivera plans to retire after the 2013 season. The person spoke to The Associated Press on Thursday, March 7, 2013, on condition of anonymity because there had been no official announcement.(AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek, File)

    AP source: Rivera plans to retire after 2013

    The great Mariano Rivera is getting set to close his career.The New York Yankees' reliever plans to announce this weekend that he will retire after the 2013 season, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press on Thursday.

    Chicago White Sox's Dewayne Wise (28) is caught is caught off first base as Chicago Cubs' Darwin Barney closes in during the first inning of a spring training baseball game Thursday, March 7, 2013, in Mesa, Ariz. Wise was out. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

    Konerko hits 2 HRs, Sox beat Cubs

    Paul Konerko hit two home runs and Adam Dunn added a two-run shot as the White Sox beat the Cubs 8-3 Thursday.Dunn and Konerko hit consecutive homers in the sixth inning. They also added singles and Gordon Beckham had a RBI double.


    Lawyer: Jordan is child’s father, not woman’s ex

    A lawyer for a woman who says Michael Jordan fathered her teenage son is attacking the basketball hall of famer's allegation that her ex-husband has been established as boy's dad.


    Hamlin fined $25k by NASCAR for criticizing car

    Denny Hamlin was fined $25,000 by NASCAR on Thursday for criticizing the new Gen-6 race car after last week's race at Phoenix, and the furious driver said he won't pay.

    Schaumburg’s Kyle Bolger protects the basketball from a Conant defender during their January matchup. Bolger has been chosen to captain the Daily Herald’s all-area team.

    Boldly, Bolger leaves his mark at Schaumburg

    If there's one sequence that defines Kyle Bolger, it was in the third quarter of his final high school game, a regional final loss to Oak Park-River Forest. After one of Bolger's patented moves — the one where he drives, gets his body into a defender to create space and pivots before leaning in towards the basket and softly banking the ball home — his mind quickly fast-forwarded to the next play. Just four seconds later, Bolger was jumping over the Huskies bench, attempting to break up a lead pass, an incident that resulted in a badly sprained ankle. Clearly, basketball is about so much more than just scoring to Bolger.

    Chrissy Baird

    Girls basketball: DuPage County all-area team

    Introducing the 2012-13 DuPage County all-area girls basketball team.

    Austin Amann

    Boys basketball: Northwest all-area team

    Introducing the Daily Herald's 2012-13 boys basketball all-area team for the Northwest suburbs.

    Alyssa Andersen, Aurora Christian

    Tri-Cities All-Area girls basketball team
    Introducing the 2012-13 Tri-Cities all-area girls basketball team.

    Batavia’s Liza Fruendt led the area in scoring with drives to the basket like this and also by draining 80 3-point baskets.

    Batavia’s Fruendt takes her game to next level

    With a basketball family like Nick, Sara and Liza Fruendt, it's no surprise the competitive siblings have had their share of arguments through the years. The surprise might come with which sport. "Sometimes we play tennis as a family," said Liza Fruendt, a junior at Batavia and the youngest in a family of exceptional athletes to parents Joel and Suzanne. "It doesn't end well. I don't know why we still do it. We always end up in fights because no one wants to lose." Fruendt might be the youngest but she certainly has learned how to keep up — and has learned to hate to lose. Her older brother Nick, an all-state basketball star at Batavia who just finished at Northwestern, not only plays basketball with his sister but also tennis.

    Dom Adduci, St. Charles East basketball

    Boys basketball: Tri-Cities all-area team

    Introducing the 2012-13 TriCities all-area boys basketball team.

    Last week's regional championship win over Geneva was just part of what has been a memorable senior season for West Aurora's Josh McAuley.

    West Aurora's McAuley makes an impact at both ends

    As a senior Josh McAuley rose to the challenge. Specifically, entering Wednesday's Class 4A Bolingbrook sectional semifinal game, the 6-foot-7 West Aurora center rose to block 94 shots and alter countless others. He answered the task of providing a secondary scorer for the Blackhawks, complementing guard Jontrel Walker with an improved midrange and outside game to go with post play. McAuley proved a worthy high-post distributor to the Blackhawks' twin wide-bodied senior forwards, Chandler and Spencer Thomas, and whomever else cut to the basket. McAuley's achievements on both ends of the floor shined most brightly in a First-Team All-Tournament performance at the renowned Pontiac Holiday Tournament and as recently as last Friday's regional final victory over Geneva.

    Meghan Waldron of Wheaton Warrenville South heads to the basket against Wheaton North, Thursday night in the Class 4A girls basketball sectional final at Bartlett High School.

    WW South's Waldron a quiet competitor

    There Meghan Waldron sat on the Bartlett bleachers, enjoying a laugh with two Wheaton Warrenville South teammates. Watching them, you'd never guess they were minutes removed from the season's biggest win. Waldron looked carefree, in no hurry. She seemed insulated from the emotion and pressures of the past two hours. The three girls could just as easily have been in the school cafeteria giggling over an inside joke. It was, yes, such a Meghan Waldron moment.

    Paul Michna/pmichna@dailyherald.com ¬ David Cohn of York takes a shot during the the York at Glenbard West boys basketball game Friday.

    York's Cohn was 'The superstar without the ego'

    The rail-thin freshman drove into a lane filled with senior giants. Fearless, though many thought foolish, he lofted a shot just over the outstretched arms of a soon-to-be Division I college basketball player. Through the hoop went the first 2 points of David Cohn's time at York. Forgive Cohn if he doesn't remember all of his 1,600 points with the Dukes. The four years have flown by too quickly for the memory to keep up. At times the flight drifted into the unknown, much like that first shot. Through it all Cohn leaned on rare talent and an unwavering drive to be the best at the sport he loves.

    Rolling Meadows junior Jackie Kemph, right, glides to the basket with Evanston's Sierra Clayborn defending in Class 4A Niles West supersectional action. Kemph captains the Daily Herald's girls basketball all-area team for the Northwest suburbs.

    Kemph leads Rolling Meadows' magical season

    It was a magical season for the Rolling Meadows girls basketball team. But that wasn't an illusion fans were seeing when junior Jackie Kemph, like a blur, would sneak past defenders and swish a layup for one of her team-high 642 points this season. "What separates Jackie from any boy or girl I've seen is her body control," said Meadows coach Ryan Kirkorsky. "And her ability to finish." Kemph plays as hard as anyone — and most coaches will tell you, harder. That's one of the many reasons she has been selected honorary captain of the Daily Herald's all-area girls basketball team for the Northwest suburbs.

    After leading Mundelein to a third straight regional title, Sean O'Brien has a bright basketball future awaiting him at Southern Illinois.

    O'Brien's play speaks volumes at Mundelein

    Mundelein star forward Sean O'Brien is the honoary captain of the 2013 Daily Herald Lake County all-area boys basketball team.

    Vernon Hills' Lauren Webb glides to the basket during last year's Class 3A tournament. Webb was key in getting the Cougars back downstate for a second straight time this winter.

    Webb's timing is, once again, perfect for Vernon Hills

    With a state audience watching, Vernon Hills' Lauren Webb showed what hard work and the courage can do for a player. In her first season operating the point, after playing forward each of her first two seasons on varsity, she led the Cougars to a school-record 31 wins, including a history-making one in the North Suburban Conference championship game. Her play downstate clinched her selection as captain of the Daily Herald's Lake County girls basketball all-area team.

    Aarias Austin

    Boys basketball: Lake County all-area team

    Introducing the Daily Herald's all-area boys basketball team for Lake County.

    Jared Brownridge

    Boys basketball: DuPage County all-area team

    Introducing the 2012-13 DuPage County all-area boys basketball team.

    Jada Blackwell

    Girls basketball: Northwest all-area team

    Introducing the Daily Herald's girls basketball all-area team for the Northwest suburbs.

    Elgin senior Arie Williams is the honorary captain of the 2012-13 Daily Herald Fox Valley all-area boys basketball team.

    Williams' talents helped keep Elgin afloat

    It is one thing to shoot over 50 percent from 3-point range for an entire season, a noteworthy accomplishment at any level of organized basketball. It's another thing to shoot with such accuracy when every person in the gym — from the opposing coach to the mom working the concession stand — knows exactly which player is going to shoot. That, in a nutshell, describes the recently completed season of Elgin senior point guard Arie Williams, a 5-foot-8 dynamo named the honorary captain of the 2012-13 Daily Herald Fox Valley boys basketball all-area team. Williams was elevated to the varsity as a 4-foot-11 freshman midway through the 2009-10 season. He became a starter as a sophomore and developed into a key component of Elgin teams that won consecutive conference and regional championships.

    Huntley senior Haley Ream (12) is the honorary co-captain of the 2012-13 Fox Valley all-area girls basketball team.

    Huntley's Ream personified word captain

    Haley Ream wasn't quite sure to think about the 2012-13 girls basketball season when her Huntley team began practice back in November. Boy, did she end up pleasantly surprised. "I walked in thinking it was just another year," Ream says. "Four of my best friends had graduated and I really miss them but even without them this was the best year of basketball ever." Hard to argue with that, from Ream's standpoint or the Red Raiders' The 6-foot senior, Huntley's only senior starter, became the leader her team needed, the guiding force for a team that finished the season on the big stage of Redbird Arena in the IHSA Class 4A state finals.

    Ali Andrews

    Girls basketball/Fox Valley all-area team

    Presenting the 2012-13 Fox Valley all-area girls basketball team.

    Streamwood senior Jessica Cerda is the honorary co-captain of the 2012-13 Daily Herald Fox Valley all-area girls basketball team.

    A little push from sis went a long way for Streamwood's Cerda

    Streamwood girls basketball coach George Rosner might want to think about writing a thank-you letter to Natalie Cerda. When Natalie's younger sister Jessica was a little girl, Jessica loved soccer. Her dad, Jamie, played soccer, so it was only natural that a young Jessica would play soccer. "It was my favorite thing," Jessica says. But Natalie Cerda played basketball. "I'd go to her games and I'd start dribbling the ball around and it was so much fun," Jessica recalled. And the rest, as they say, is history

    Ryan Cork

    Boys basketball/Fox Valley all-area team

    Presenting the 2012-13 Fox Valley all-area boys basketball team.

    All-area Daily Herald basketball players in the Fox Valley are Arie Williams of Elgin, Haley Ream of Huntley, and Jessica Cerda of Streamwood.

    Images: Daily Herald All-Area Basketball Team Captains
    Daily Herald All-area basketball captains -- West Aurora's Josh McAuley, Batavia's Liza Fruendt, Wheaton Warrenville South's Meghan Waldron, York's David Cohn, Rolling Meadows' Jackie Kemph, Schaumburg's Kyle Bolger, Elgin's Arie Williams, Huntley's Haley Ream, Streamwood's Jessica Cerda, Vernon Hill's Lauren Webb, Mundelein's Sean O'Brien.


    Mike North video: Questions Loom Large for Rose

    Derrick Rose didn't sit on the bench for the last game. Is it because it's so uncomfortable? Mike North thinks Derrick's mind and attitude are creating the most problems. The body will heal, but he has to get his head straight to play.

    Proviso East defenders O’Shea Miller, left, and Josh Funderwhite, right, collapse on Glenbard East’s Mike Kjeldsen during the Schaumburg sectional semifinal Wednesday.

    Glenbard East can’t pull off upset

    The margin for error is small against Proviso East's boys basketball team. By the end of the first quarter on Wednesday, Glenbard East's margin became microscopic. Despite the Rams' best efforts to rally, Proviso East controlled virtually the entire way in a 63-50 victory over Glenbard East in the Class 4A Schaumburg sectional semifinals.


    Troy Clarke

    Navistar promotes executive Clarke to CEO

    Lisley-based Navistar, the truck and engine maker in the midst of a turnaround, on Thursday promoted its president and chief operating officer, Troy Clarke, to CEO.The company also on Thursday posted a loss for its November-January quarter as revenue fell 12 percent. Demand fell across the industry and Navistar also lost market share because of its transition to a new kind of emissions technology.

    Joe Brennan

    Kane County entrepreneur helps needy get dental help

    Joe Brennan launched Smiles for the People LLC, an online company that sells biodegradable bamboo toothbrushes to individuals and dentists and then donates to people in need worldwide. Brennan, who lives in unincorporated Dundee Township in Kane County, near Carpentersville, said since the company's launch on Feb. 26, it has donated the equivalent of 350 toothbrushes to a dental charity in Argentina that provides care to children living in poverty around Buenos Aires.


    Ford recalls 230,000 minivans to fix rust problem

    Ford is recalling 230,000 minivans in 20 cold-weather states, including Illinois, and Washington, D.C., to fix rust problems that can cause the third-row seats to come loose. The company says the recall affects Ford Freestar and Mercury Monterey minivans from the 2004 through 2007 model years. They were sold mainly in Canada and U.S. states where salt is used to clear roads in the winter.

    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg unveils a new look for the social network’s News Feed, the place where its 1 billion users congregate to see what’s happening with their friends, family and favorite businesses. He spoke at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., Thursday.

    Facebook revamps site to get more personal

    Facebook is trying to breathe new life into its social network with a redesign of its News Feed. Amid complaints that company's site has become a jumble of monotonous musings and random pictures, the overhaul offers new controls that allow people to create streams of photos and other material in organized sections.

    Sen. John Hoeven, a North Dakota Republican, speaks with reporters as he leaves the Jefferson Hotel after a dinner meeting hosted by President Barack Obama for a few Republican Senators in Washington Wednesday.

    Obama presses on with GOP charm offensive

    Punctuated with the sounds of ringing phones and clinking china, President Barack Obama's new legislative diplomacy has Republicans wondering what took so long. Obama pressed ahead Thursday with his bipartisan political outreach, eliciting a cautious welcome in a capital that has been riven by gridlock and partisanship over how to lower deficits and stabilize the nation's debt.

    The Rosemont Theatre reverted back to its original name after Akoo International Inc. went out of business.

    Akoo Theatre now just plain old Rosemont Theatre again

    After just a year of being called the Akoo Theatre, the Rosemont Theatre has reverted back to its original name. Patrick Nagel, general manager of the theater and the Allstate Arena, said the building's signage was officially changed last week. "The Akoo company went out of business," he said.

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed to another record as the number of Americans who filed for unemployment benefits fell to a six-week low, showing further improvement in the labor market.

    Stocks gain for fifth day on unemployment report

    The Dow pushed further into record territory Thursday, having surpassed its previous all-time high two days ago. The catalyst was the latest evidence that hiring is picking up. Stocks started higher after the Labor Department reported that the number of Americans seeking unemployment aid fell by 7,000 last week, driving the four-week average to its lowest in five years.

    Apple devices in general still reign supreme, with the iPad being the device of choice to connect in air.

    Study: iPad device of choice among air travelers

    When it comes to staying connected at 30,000 feet, tablets and smartphones now make up the majority of the devices being used to connect to the Internet through Gogo's in-air network, according to the Itasca-based provider of commercial airline Wi-Fi technology.


    Horizon Pharma U.K approval to market Duexis

    Deerfield-based Horizon Pharma Inc. has received marketing authorization for the rheumatoid arthritis drug Duexis from the United Kingdom Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency.“We are pleased that the U.K. health authority has granted marketing authorization, which we believe further validates Duexis as an important treatment option for patients with osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis,” said Todd N. Smith, executive vice president, chief commercial officer, Horizon Pharma. “We are seeking a potential commercial partner or partners for Duexis in the UK and the rest of Europe. However, given the current state of the arthritis market in Europe and the revenue being generated there by existing branded NSAIDs, we expect the U.S. market, where Duexis continues to gain traction, to continue to represent the most significant opportunity for Horizon,” he addedDuexis is used for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, and to decrease the risk of developing upper gastrointestinal ulcers in patients who are taking ibuprofen for those indications.

    Afor sale sign hangs outside a home in Glenview. Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages were little changed the first week of March, hovering near historic lows. The lowest mortgage rates in decades have boosted home sales and helped the market rebound.

    U.S. rate on 30-year mortgage ticks up to 3.52 pct.

    Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages were little changed this week, hovering near historic lows. Cheap mortgages have helped spur a recovery in the housing market. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac says the average rate on the 30-year fixed mortgage edged up to 3.52 percent from 3.51 percent last week. That's near the 3.31 percent rate reached in November, the lowest on records dating to 1971. The average rate on the 15-year fixed mortgage held at 2.76 percent. The record low is 2.63 percent.

    This 2011 image provide by CERN, shows a real CMS proton-proton collision in which four high energy electrons (green lines and red towers) are observed in a 2011 event.

    'God particle': Confirmation is 'achingly close'

    Physicists in Italy said Wednesday they are achingly close to concluding that what they found last year was the Higgs boson, the elusive "God particle." They need to eliminate one last remote possibility that it's something else. The long theorized subatomic particle would explain why matter has mass and has been called a missing cornerstone of physics. With new analyses, scientists are closer to being certain they found the crucial Higgs boson.

    Sayed Mouawad, left, of Providence, R.I., shakes hands with Jillian Wallace of Matix, Inc., during a job fair in Boston. The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment aid fell to a seasonally adjusted 340,000 in the week ended March 2, driving down the four-week average to its lowest level in five years.

    Weekly U.S. unemployment claims fall to 340,000

    The number of Americans seeking unemployment aid fell to a seasonally adjusted 340,000 last week, driving down the four-week average to its lowest level in five years. The drop is a positive sign ahead of Friday's report on February job growth. Applications for benefits fell 7,000 in the week ended March 2, the Labor Department said Thursday. That's near five-year lows reached in January. And the four-week average, a less volatile measure, dropped to 348,750. That's the lowest since March 2008, just a few months into the Great Recession.

    From left, Melinda Dutton, partner with the health care division of the law firm Manatt, Phelps, and Philips; and Angela Adams, director of human resources at The Manage Association, took part in the discussion of the Affordable Care Act.

    National, local experts address Affordable Care Act in Schaumburg

    About 200 business owners and leaders from suburban companies attended "Affordable Care Act: The Road to 2014 and Beyond." sponsored by Alexian Brothers Health System and the Daily Herald Media Group Wednesday in Schaumburg.

    Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook's chief operating officer, speaks at a luncheon for the American Society of News Editors in San Diego.

    Facebook exec's new book urges women to 'lean in'

    For a book that has yet to be released, Sheryl Sandberg's "Lean In" — part feminist manifesto, part how-to career guide — has got a lot of people talking. In the weeks leading up to the book's March 11 release, pundits and press hounds have been debating its merits. New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd called Sandberg a "PowerPoint Pied Piper in Prada ankle boots," and countless bloggers have suggested that Facebook's chief operating officer is the wrong person to lead a women's movement.

    This image from video shows an image from a Kindle Paperwhite commercial featuring a young woman on a beach vacation lounging next to a young man, waiting for their husbands, shown in the background at the bar. Welcome to the latest in gay imagery in mainstream advertising, where LGBT people have been waiting for a larger helping of fairness and accuracy, on screen and in print.

    Ads out of closet, into mainstream with gay themes

    A new TV commercial features a good-looking young woman on a beach vacation lounging next to a good-looking young man. He bemoans the glare on his iPad and she fills him in on the Kindle Paperwhite's sun-friendly screen. He clicks to buy one himself and suggests they celebrate with a drink. "My husband's bringing me a drink right now," chirps she. "So is mine," smiles he as they turn and wave at their male loved ones sitting together at a tiki bar. Welcome to the latest in gay imagery in mainstream advertising, where LGBT people have been waiting for a larger helping of fairness.

    Signs promoting the women's Big Ten basketball tournament, which gets under way Thursday, are displayed at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates. Local businesses are expecting to reap economic benefits from the tourney.

    Businesses aim to be winners of Big Ten tourney

    As Big 10 women's basketball teams prepare to vie for the conference championship in Hoffman Estates this week, the village's Sears Centre Arena is gearing up for what many hope is the clearest demonstration yet of what it can do for the area's economy. "I've been in tourism for 35 years," Hoffman Estates Tourism Director Linda Scheck said. "I've seen the impact an arena can have."


    Oil up on growing crude supplies

    Oil prices were slightly higher Thursday as reports of a moderately improving U.S. economy, which suggests increased fuel consumption, were neutralized by growing crude supplies. Benchmark oil for April delivery was up 11 cents to $90.54 a barrel at late afternoon Bangkok time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange.


    Markets remain buoyed by Dow’s new record

    The positive mood in financial markets showed few signs of abating Thursday ahead of policy statements from Europe's top two central banks. Wall Street's eye-popping performance this week, which has seen the Dow Jones industrial average strike all-time closing highs on Tuesday and Wednesday, has encouraged optimism across global markets and sent many stock indexes to multi-year highs, too.

    Toyota Motor Corp. President Akio Toyoda

    Toyota chief stresses safe growth

    After four tumultuous years bookended by an unprecedented recall crisis and a return to the top of the global auto industry, Akio Toyoda is refashioning Toyota Motor Corp. into a leaner company that's more imbued with the venture spirit of founder Kiichiro Toyoda, his grandfather. In an exclusive interview with The Associated Press, Toyota's president said he is putting new auto plants on hold for three years and reshaping the automaker's structure to give more autonomy to regional divisions and foreign executives.


    Indiana company searching for oil pins hopes on Cass Co.

    An Indianapolis company searching for oil across Indiana hopes an oil field that once was the largest in the United States can be lucrative again. The Pharos-Tribune reports CountryMark is taking its search to Cass County in hopes that new technology will be able to find oil in the Trenton Oil Field that once spread beneath Peru, Walton and Delphi.

    The new Adidas shoe “boost’ is presented during the annual balance news conference in Herzogenaurach, southern Germany, Thursday.

    Adidas posts Q4 loss on weaker Reebok prospects

    Sports gear maker Adidas AG says it lost (euro) 273 million ($356 million) as it wrote down the value of its weakening Reebok brand. The company, based in Herzogenaurach, Germany, said it took a goodwill impairment of (euro) 265 million at the end of last year. It said the loss was "mainly caused because of adjusted growth assumptions for the Reebok brand, especially in North America, Latin America and Brazil."

    The vice president of a flight attendants union says a new policy that would allow airline passengers to carry small knives is “outrageous.”

    Flight attendants protest new policy on knives

    The vice president of a flight attendants union says a new policy that would allow airline passengers to carry small knives is "outrageous." Sara Nelson, vice president of the Association of Flight Attendants, says they have to deal with "unruly passengers every day." She says flight attendants are an aircraft's "last line of defense," and says the new rule puts them "in a much more dangerous position."

    Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore

    Gore sued over Current TV sale to Al-Jazeera

    A television consultant claims that former Vice President Al Gore and others at Current TV stole his idea to sell the struggling network to Al-Jazeera.Los Angeles resident John Terenzio is demanding more than $5 million in a lawsuit quietly filed in San Francisco Superior Court Tuesday. Al-Jazerra announced Jan. 3 that it would pay $500 million for San Francisco-based Current TV.

    This combination photo shows an aerial view of Kesennuma, Miyagi prefecture on March 12, 2011, top, and Friday, March 4, 2013.

    Tsunami-hit towns still barren as rebuilding lags

    Like tens of thousands of people who lost everything in the tsunami that pulverized Japan's northeastern coast two years ago, 83-year-old Hide Sato is living in one-room temporary housing, and longing for a home of her own. Chances are she will be waiting at least a few more years. The dozens of temporary housing camps built for tsunami survivors were meant to be used for just two years. Now, officials are saying it could be six to 10 years before all are resettled.

    Time Warner Inc. on Wednesday said that it will spin off the magazine unit behind Time, Sports Illustrated and People into a separate, publicly traded company by the end of the year.

    Time Warner spinning off Time Inc. magazines

    Time Warner Inc. said Wednesday that it will spin off the magazine unit behind Time, Sports Illustrated and People into a separate, publicly traded company by the end of the year, ending a media marriage that has lasted more than two decades.CEO Jeff Bewkes said in a statement Wednesday that the decision to split off the Time Inc. magazine company will give Time Warner "strategic clarity" and enable it to focus on its TV networks including TNT, HBO and CNN, and its Warner Bros. studio, which produces movies and TV shows.

Life & Entertainment

    Blackhawks anthem singer Jim Cornelison.

    Libertyville Sports Complex to host Blackhawks road party

    For a third consecutive year, the Libertyville Sports Complex will be transformed to the United Center North for rabid fans to watch and cheer the hottest team in hockey. On April 9, the Blackhawks again will bring the official "Roadwatch Party" to the complex at Route 45 and Peterson Road for the game against the Minnesota Wild.

    Broadway veteran and Paramount Theatre artistic director Jim Corti is set to stage "Miss Saigon" and "Rent" for the 2013-14 season.

    Paramount announces four new musical productions for 2013-14

    The Paramount Theatre in Aurora has announced its 2013-14 Broadway subscription series of self-produced musicals. The lineup is: "In the Heights," "Miss Saigon," "42nd Street" and "Rent."


    Orchestral, pop lead Ravinia’s 2013 season

    The Ravinia Festival announced its 2013 season Thursday featuring the return of Sting, Sheryl Crow, Tony Bennett, Ramsey Lewis, Willie Nelson and Buddy Guy and the debut of Josh Groban, Journey, The Goo Goo Dolls and Alabama along with perennial favorites, The Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

    James Franco, left, and director Sam Raimi on the set of “Oz the Great and Powerful.” Returning to the mystical land of “The Wizard of Oz” apparently takes more than 70 years and hundreds of millions of dollars.

    Disney, Sam Raimi gamble with return to Oz

    Returning to the mystical land of "The Wizard of Oz" took more than 70 years and several hundred millions dollars. Disney releases its highly anticipated prequel to the 1939 movie classic on Friday. Directed by Sam Raimi, "Oz the Great and Powerful" explores the origins of the wizard (James Franco) and the witches (Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams and Rachel Weisz) in a three-dimensional Oz.

    Madeleine Peyroux, “The Blue Room”

    Madeleine Peyroux tackles Ray Charles

    Madeleine Peyroux, “The Blue Room” (Decca/Universal)After performing mostly original songs on her last two albums, Madeleine Peyroux returns as a masterful interpreter of classic songs. Her long-time producer Larry Klein felt Peyroux, whose music blends jazz, blues, country and pop, would be well suited to reimagine Ray Charles’ landmark “Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music” that broke down musical and racial barriers.Half the 10 tunes — including “Born To Lose,” “You Don’t Know Me” and “I Can’t Stop Loving You” — are from Charles’ two 1962 albums. But Peyroux’s rich tone, emotional depth and expressive story-telling — enhanced by Vince Mendoza’s refined string arrangements and the sensitive accompaniment of keyboardist Larry Goldings and guitarist Dean Parks — seem more evocative of Patsy Cline’s crossover country pop recordings from the same era.Other songs fit the relaxed, introspective mood — particularly her poignant version of Leonard Cohen’s “Bird On the Wire” and her fresh take on “Changing All Those Changes” with its shuffling jazzy beat that reinvents the obscure Buddy Holly tune.

    Midi Matilda, “Red Light District EP”

    Newcomers Midi Matilda show major talent

    San Francisco-based electro pop duo Midi Matilda pulls the rug out from under your feet with their six-track debut EP, “Red Light District.” Having joined forces just a year ago, with names like Logan Grime and Skyler Kilborn, they couldn’t have been anything other than a pair of poets in disguise as musicians. Their peppy sound strides the line between modern pop and homage 1980s with aplomb and manages to capture a certain joie de vivre and a youthful hopefulness without sounding derivative.

    Carrie Fisher says she’s coming back as Princess Leia for the new “Star Wars” films.

    Fisher to reprise Leia for new ‘Star Wars’ films

    Carrie Fisher says she's coming back as Princess Leia for the new "Star Wars" films. The actress confirmed that she'll return as the iconic character in an interview posted Wednesday with Florida's Palm Beach Illustrated. Casting for the films has yet to be announced, but Fisher answered a simple "yes" when asked if she would be reprising Leia.

    Spinach gives a healthy boost to ground beef and Italian sausage meatballs.

    Spinach Meatballs
    Spinach Meatballs


    Serbian Spinach
    Serbian Spinach

    South Korean Hwang Min-woo, the 7-year-old nicknamed “Little PSY,” performs during a concert in Seoul, South Korea in December. Hwang said that he wants to gain global fame like his “big brother,” PSY during a press conference.

    Little PSY goes solo after ‘Gangnam Style’ cameo

    The impish boy who showed off his dance moves alongside PSY in "Gangnam Style" is hoping to go viral, too. The 7-year-old nicknamed "Little PSY" is releasing an electro pop song next week through iTunes.

    Lorrie Morgan sings “Ave Maria” during a memorial service for fellow country singer Mindy McCready on Wednesday in Nashville, Tenn. McCready committed suicide Feb. 17 in Heber Springs, Ark.

    Old friends turn out for Mindy McCready memorial

    Mindy McCready's time in Nashville was filled with music, and her memorial service in Music City reflected that. Old friends Bryan White, Lorrie Morgan and Bekka Bramlett sang for McCready and family members spoke about her difficulties and triumphs during the hour-long remembrance Wednesday. "She achieved many of her dreams with No. 1 records and fame," said singer Lorrie Morgan, a former label mate of McCready's. "But we all know fame and fortune do not ensure happiness."

    “Chelsea Light Moving” by Chelsea Light Moving

    Chelsea Light Moving a Sonic Youth stopgap

    The debut album from Chelsea Light Moving is the third record headlined by Thurston Moore since Sonic Youth started an indefinite hiatus. Depending on how long that drags out, this lively rocker might tide you over.


    Night life events: Get schooled in beer at Emmett’s

    Listen to the man, the myth, the brewer give a history about Emmett’s beers and brewery, as well as the history of beer itself, at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 9, at Emmett’s in Downers Grove. The day includes samples of Emmett’s brews and 10 guest beers.


    Music notes: Queen superfans pay homage at Rosemont, NCC

    Tribute shows to bands old (Queen) and new (Dave Matthews Band) take place in the suburbs this weekend, as does a farewell party for the Chicago-area bands that will head down to the South By Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas, next week.

    Recent Oscar nominee Tommy Lee Jones brings little to the role of the flamboyant General Douglas MacArthur in the not-so-fact-based WW II drama "Emperor."

    Fact-challenged WWII epic drops bomb of its own

    The fabricated romantic subplot in the World War II drama "Emperor" is the least of the problematic movie's shortcomings. Peter Webber, the British filmmaker mostly known for directing "Girl With a Pearl Earring," handles "Emperor" exactly like a dry and airless history lesson. Webber merges the least interesting parts of a documentary with the standard-issue structure of a Hollywood film.

    Oz the magician (James Franco) teams up with a flying monkey named Finley (Zach Braff) in Sam Raimi's lackluster prequel “Oz the Great and Powerful.”

    'Oz' prequel a banal beginning to beloved fantasy

    Sam Raimi's "Oz the Great and Powerful," the highly anticipated Walt Disney prequel to the 1939 classic "Wizard of Oz," lumbers along with a flabby narrative, perfunctory dialogue, stiff direction and affected performances. Then, in the nick of time — the last 20 minutes — filmmakers salvage their tale with a finale that cleverly and neatly stitches this new movie to the original musical

    A Chilean public relations expert (Gael Garcia Bernal) passes by troops supporting military dictator Augusto Pinochet in the political drama

    'No' up to the challenge of Chilean revolution

    Dann reviews Pablo Larrain's Oscar nominated, fact-based political drama "No," detailing Chile's 1988 revolution to topple military dictator Augusto Pinochet, only this revolution didn't use guns, but the media as its primary weapon of choice. Dann also whips up some nifty Northwest suburban film notes, including news about a Mount Prospect filmmaker's movie showing in London this weekend.


    What’s new in theaters
    This week in Chicago area theater: the Q Brothers return to Chicago Shakespeare Theater with a hip-hop version of "Othello;" Robert Falls sets Goodman Theatre's "Measure for Measure" in 1970s New York; Street Tempo Theatre presents three plays inspired by Arthur Schnitzler's 19th century sex farce and newcomer Wayward Productions, with Chicago Fusion Theatre presents a 90-minute "Richard III" set among feuding motorcycle gangs.

    Jessie David Perez portrays a gang member looking to buy a gun in the Steppenwolf for Young Adults production of “How Long Will I Cry?: Voices of Youth Violence.”

    Steppenwolf's 'How Long' a powerful look at youth violence

    Steppenwolf for Young Adults' production of "How Long Will I Cry?: Voices of Youth Violence" is a powerful examination and questioning of gangs and youth violence in Chicago by playwright Miles Harvey and culled from real-life interviews by his creative-writing students at DePaul University.


    Choosing the right pillow for the best sleep

    Pillows are an important part of bedding, and there are a lot of choices available — from fluffy down-filled pillows to memory-foam pillows. They are designed to keep your spine properly aligned while you sleep and they are also designed to support your head and neck. With all the many choices available, which one is best for you? Let's explore.



    Endorsements: Maglio, Wittman, Dahlstrom for Roselle village board
    The Daily Herald endoses Carrie Dahlstrom, Andrew Maglio and Terrence Wittman for Roselle village board.


    Endorsements: Tigges, Levine, Anastasio for Wayne board
    The Daily Herald endorses incumbents Howard Levine, Ann Marie Tigges and Michael Anastasio for Wayne trustee.


    Endorsement: Brummel for Warrenville mayor
    The Daily Herald endorses Dave Brummel for Warrenville mayor.


    Endorsement: Dietz for Round Lake village president
    The Daily Herald endorses James Dietz for village president in Round Lake.


    Endorsement: Lucassen for Round Lake Park village president
    The Daily Herald endorses Linda Lucassen for Round Lake Park village president.


    Endorsement: Branding for Lake Zurich mayor
    The Daily Herald endorses Suzanne Branding for Lake Zurich mayor.


    Endorsements built on sincerity, care for suburbs

    Columnist Jim Slusher: On Sunday, we launched into a three-week period of election endorsements with an explanation of why we do them. Today, I want to give you a little closer look at how they work and, perhaps most important, why they're valid.


    A man who stood for the human race

    Columnist Michael Gerson: In preventing the spread of AIDS, compassion requires both universal sympathy and realism about human conduct. No one deserves his or her disease. This moral affirmation is no longer particularly revolutionary — in part because Koop refused to give up on the human race.


    First lady’s dress sent bad message
    A Wauconda letter to the editor: I wonder how the 12.5 million unemployed Americans feel about Michelle Obama wearing a $90,000 dress for her 30-second appearance Oscar night?


    Many thanks from across the border
    A Wisconsin letter to the editor: The health of our lakes is a serious concern. The recognition of this in your elected officials deserves our attention. Many Thanks to Antioch in their choice of representatives.


    Error on front page a bum rap for teachers
    A Arlington Heights letter to the editor: The annual November conference held in Chicago is a joint one for school boards, administrators and business officials, not teachers. The expenses listed in the article are not from teachers!


    Sequestration masks real problem
    An Elk Grove Village letter to the editor: The 2.3 percent spending cut does not even address the major out-of-control budget items called entitlements.


    GOP out of touch on same sex marriage
    A Bartlett letter to the editor: Our state is bleeding in debt and this is what you spend your time on? Stop interfering with people’s personal lives and do your jobs.


    Tax reform, job growth needed
    A Sleepy Hollow letter to the editor: The recent State of the Union rhetoric missed the hard cold facts about jobs. What the president did propose was a higher minimum wage which will have a negative effect on our youths which is supported by the vast majority of minimum wage studies.


    Not a fan of Herald’s new comics
    A Huntley letter to the editor: It has been several weeks now that readers have had to become used to the two new comics, "Soup to Nutz" and "Thatababy." I remember in one of the Daily Herald articles about the changes proposed that insensitivity was an issue in deciding what goes and what is to be included.


    Why give to those who don’t like us?
    An Elgin letter to the editor: The sequester is going to cost jobs and all kinds of cuts because of a 2 percent reduction in spending. But the U.S. has $250 million to give to Egypt and the Muslim brotherhood.


    $2.50 a month for new Wheaton school
    A Winfield letter to the editor: As a retired speech pathologist at the Jefferson Early Childhood Center in Wheaton, I do understand the need for a new building. As a district taxpayer, I am happy to pay for the small increase needed. Let me give you some first hand reasons why:


    Return marriage to the church
    A Wood Dale letter to the editor: The secular government should not be in the business of marriage. Marriage is a sacrament from God to unite one man and one woman to form a family and have offspring to populate the next generation.


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