Daily Archive : Saturday March 9, 2013


    Kelly Beerheide

    Wheeling Dist. 21 candidates say budget, technology among top priorities

    The five candidates running for the Wheeling District 21 school board agree that fiscal responsiblity and technology are among their top priorities. Some candidates stressed the importance of good communication with parents while others said it is necessary to work hard to maintain good relationships with teachers.

    Illinois Republican Party Chairman Pat Brady at the Illinois State Fair during a Republican Day rally Aug. 20, 2009.

    Calls from Kirk, Cross eroded GOP votes to oust Brady

    Illinois Republican Committeemen pulled the plug on a special meeting to oust the party chairman over statements supporting gay marriage less than 13 hours before it was set to start. While organizers say they wanted to give Brady an opportunity to defend himself, efforts from top ranking Republican officials including U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk and House Leader Tom Cross eroded the votes they needed...

    Sue Burdett of Glen Ellyn expresses her opinion Saturday during the Glen Ellyn District 41 community forum concerning the controversial Think Tank proposal.

    Glen Ellyn parents hesitant about change in school structure

    Two days before the Glen Ellyn District 41 school board is scheduled to vote on a new structure for elementary education that includes multi-age classes, board members met with almost 100 parents Saturday morning, many of them concerned implementation of the new structure is moving too fast. The proposal for a new elementary teaching structure, called the Think Tank, has become controversial as...

    Kane County Coroner Rob Russell last week pointed out 47 packages and containers of cremated human remains stored in the same place as office supplies and holiday decorations. Russell is calling on county officials to find a proper final resting place for the ashes.

    Kane coroner disturbed by method of storing cremated remains

    Kane County Coroner Rob Russell is calling on county board members to help him provide a proper final resting place to 47 cremated people whose ashes were never claimed by their families. Some of the cremains are more than 50 years old and currently sit on a shelf at his office.


    Identities of the 47 cremains in Kane County
    Kane County Coroner Rob Russell is calling on county board members to help him provide a proper final resting place to 47 cremated people who were never claimed by their family. Some of the cremains are more than 50 years old and currently sit on a shelf at his office.

    Four-time Iditarod Trail sled dog race champion Jeff King arrives Friday in Anvik, Alaska.

    Iditarod front-runner going for fifth win

    Four-time champion Martin Buser held on to the lead Saturday in Alaska's Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, but his closest chasers were gaining on him, their dogs averaging faster speeds.Buser is hoping to be only the second musher to ever claim a fifth title in the race's 40-year-history.

    A dump truck is lodged underneath a pedestrian bridge Saturday over I-90 near E. 179 Street after its raised trailer struck the bridge, dumping its load and severely damaging the bridge.

    Dump truck crash closes I-90 in Ohio

    A heavily trafficked Ohio interstate is shut down until further notice after a dump truck traveling with its bed raised slammed into a pedestrian bridge.


    Former Huntley police chief Richard Rossi dies

    Former Huntley police chief Richard Rossi was remembered as an upbeat man who was passionate about his current job as a school district transportation director. Rossi, 58, died Thursday while surrounded by his family at St. Joseph's Hospital in Elgin. Rossi served as Huntley's top cop from 1983 to 1995.

    David Ayers , right , leaves the Cuyahoga County Jail in Cleveland. Ayers, who was exonerated after spending 13 years in prison for murder cried as a federal jury found that two Cleveland police detectives violated his civil rights by coercing and falsifying testimony and withholding evidence that pointed to his innocence.

    Exonerated Ohio man wins lawsuit, $13.2 million

    An Ohio man who was exonerated after spending 13 years in prison for murder cried as a federal jury found that two Cleveland police detectives violated his civil rights by coercing and falsifying testimony and withholding evidence that pointed to his innocence.The jury's verdict on Friday, which included awarding $13.2 million to David Ayers of Cleveland for his pain and suffering, brings an end...


    One dies, 5 rescued in sailboat race accident

    A sailor died and five others had to be rescued after sending a mayday call during a race but then declining help from the Coast Guard and other boaters as their boat drifted in rough seas toward a rocky island shore, authorities said Saturday.


    Rice may become national security adviser

    UNITED NATIONS — Susan E. Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations who lost out in a bruising bid for the job of secretary of state, may have the last laugh.

    Kenyatta D. Triplet

    Round Lake Park cops: Mom, son caught in drug probe

    Drug charges have been leveled against a mother and her son from Round Lake Park as part of a continuing investigation targeting local narcotics sales, authorities said. And separately a 19-year-old Round Lake Park woman remains in the Lake County jail on drug charges stemming from an apparent overdose where authorities feared she was dead. Paramedics used an opiate antidote to revive her, police...

    People line up Saturday to see the body of Venezuela’s late President Hugo Chavez outside the military academy where he is lying in state in Caracas, Venezuela.

    Preservation of Chavez’s body a difficult task

    Only the Venezuelan officials who have promised to preserve Hugo Chavez and display his body "for eternity" inside a glass tomb know exactly how they're going to do it.

    Looking for just the right dress, 15-year-old Karina Robledo of Elgin searches through some of the 4,000 options during the annual Cinderella’s Closet event Saturday at the YWCA in Elgin.

    Elgin event makes prom possible for local girls

    Thousands of dresses arranged by size and color, a wall of jewelry, shoe racks, makeshift dressing rooms and a seamstress station for alterations filled the YWCA Elgin gym saturday for the ninth annual Cinderella's Closet event. The massive volunteer effort pulled together donations from the community and local vendors, ensuring about 400 girls will get to go to prom with free or low-cost dresses...

    Lauren Strohmaier of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater takes a leap in the high jump during Saturday’s NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships at North Central College. About 470 athletes competed in 15 events during the two-day championship meet.

    Intense atmosphere at NCAA indoor track finals in Naperville

    The second and final day of the NCAA Division III Track and Field Championships brought about 470 runners to the Al B. Carius Track at North Central College for a day of competition that was both intimate and intense. "There's nothing like a nationals atmosphere," said Jenna Loynachan, an Illinois Wesleyan senior of St. Charles whose big event Saturday was the opening leg of the 4X400-meter...

    British rock guitarist Alvin Lee

    Notable deaths last week

    Dawn Clark Netsch, a pioneer of Illinois politics who helped rewrite the state’s constitution and broke ground as the first woman to run for governor on a major ticket, died Tuesday, just weeks after revealing publicly that she had Lou Gehrig’s disease. She was 86.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    A 44-year-old Hanover Park man was arrested around 10:45 p.m. March 3 at his home and charged with possession of a controlled substance, DUI, aggravated driving with license suspended, resisting arrest and child endangerment, Hanover Park police said in a report.

    TV personality Gregory Rodriguez

    Outpouring follows death of Sportsman Channel host

    The Sportsman Channel says it's deeply saddened by the shooting death in northwestern Montana of one of its TV hosts who traveled the world in search of big game and shared his adventures on his program "A Rifleman's Journal."The company in a statement early Saturday said it will miss Gregory G. Rodriguez's "thoughtfulness, candor and dedication to encourage a safe and enjoyable outdoor...

    President Richard Nixon speaks at a White House news conference in Washington during which he said he’d sign legislation banning Saturday night specials.

    Nixon wished for total handgun ban

    "I don't know why any individual should have a right to have a revolver in his house," Nixon said in a taped conversation with aides. "The kids usually kill themselves with it and so forth." He asked why "can't we go after handguns, period?"

    Ken Peters repairs a cuckoo clock Friday in Hands of Time, a clock store and repair shop in Savage, Md.

    Set clocks ahead for daylight saving time
    At 2 a.m. local time Sunday, daylight saving time arrives with the promise of many months ahead with an extra hour of evening light.

    Pakistani men, part of an angry mob, run Saturday after burning belongings of Christian families, in Lahore, Pakistan.

    Mob torches dozens of Pakistani Christian homes

    Hundreds of people in eastern Pakistan rampaged through a Christian neighborhood Saturday, torching dozens of homes after hearing reports that a Christian man had committed blasphemy against Islam's prophet.

    Former South African President Nelson Mandela

    Mandela admitted to hospital ‘for tests’

    Presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj said Mandela went on Saturday afternoon for tests "to manage existing conditions in line with his age" at a hospital in Pretoria, the capital.

    An Egyptian man reacts Saturday as he watches a televised court verdict confirming death sentences against 21 people for their role in a deadly 2012 soccer riot, in a coffee shop in Port Said, Egypt.

    Egyptian court’s soccer riot ruling sparks riots

    Al-Ahly's fans accuse the police of collusion in the killing of their fellow supporters, arguing that they had advance knowledge of plans by supporters of Port Said's Al-Masry to attack them. They also accuse them of standing by as the Al-Masry fans set upon the visiting Al-Ahly supporters.

    Overseas Filipino Workers, mostly domestic helps, arrive Saturday, March 9, in Manila, Philippines, after being repatriated from civil war-torn Syria. On Wednesday, a convoy of 21 peacekeepers were seized near the Syrian village of Jamlah, just a mile from the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights in an area where the U.N. force had patrolled a cease-fire line between Israel and Syria without incident for nearly four decades, with U.N. and Philippine Foreign Affairs officials negotiating for their safe release. The Syrian rebels want the Red Cross to escort them out of the area because of fighting with Syrian government forces, the Philippine military said.

    Syria rebels free 21 UN peacekeepers
    Syrian rebels on Saturday freed 21 U.N. peacekeepers after holding them hostage for four days, ending a sudden entanglement with the world body that earned those trying to oust President Bashar Assad a flood of negative publicity.


    Civil War soldier’s letter could fetch thousands
    A Civil War soldier's rare letter describing a bloody battle and his vision of free blacks could fetch thousands of dollars when it goes up for auction later this month. The letter by the son of John Carter, an African-American grocery store owner in Madison who helped move slaves to freedom along the Underground Railroad, has long been in the hands of private collectors. It will be included in...


    Indiana unlikely to make cold meds prescription-only
    Troubles caused by methamphetamine makers around Indiana have spurred local officials to argue for a state law requiring prescriptions to buy cold medicines containing the key meth ingredient of pseudoephedrine.

    Susan Moylan

    Gail Borden library board candidates talk issues

    The four candidates -- incumbents Randy Hopp and Susan Moylan, and challengers Elizabeth Kruger and Patricia Harkin -- running in April for three seats on the Gail Borden Public Library board shared their views on technology, financial planning and more in a recent endorsement interview with the Daily Herald.

    This is the north side of Bartlett Fire Protection District Station 2.

    Bartlett Fire District planning $2.4 million station renovation

    Work could begin as early as May on an estimated $2.4 million renovation to Bartlett's Fire Station 2. When the station opened in 1985 it was used by two or three first responders who were coming from home and not sleeping at the station. Now, it houses five to six full-time firefighters, along with a fire engine and an ambulance. "It was built for a different use," said Chief Michael Falese.

    Buffalo Creek in Arlington Heights.

    Buffalo Creek needs more cleanup, agency says

    The waters of Buffalo Creek are not very healthy, a representative of the Buffalo Creek Clean Water Partnership said this week. Jeff Weiss, the partnership's founder, said their study has shown the lake water contains phosphorous, suspended solids and dissolved oxygen; and in the creeks, fecal coliform chloride and dissolved oxygen levels that exceed EPA allowances.


    St. Charles candidates discuss First Street changes

    Non-incumbent candidates for St. Charles aldermen opined about the stagnant First Street development a couple weeks ago at a public forum. Their incumbent rivals joined them at recent endorsement interviews with the Daily Herald to reveal that the current developers — of what was supposed to be the crown jewel of the downtown — may soon get the boot.

    Vernon Area Public Library Director Cynthia Fuerst puts finishing touches on the annex building, which will be the library’s home for a few months while the main building is under construction. The annex will open Saturday.

    Vernon Area library services relocating

    A $1.3 million renovation project has shut down the 20-year-old Vernon Area Public Library in Lincolnshire. Instead of eliminating services until the work wraps up in May, staffers will man the former library, known as the annex for many years, and offer materials to patrons there. It will open to the public at 9 a.m. Saturday.

    Sigi Psimenos, a board member for the Elgin Community Network, talks about the upcoming What the Croc public outdoor art exhibit and competition in Elgin.

    ‘What the Croc’ outdoor arts ties into Elgin exhibit

    If you see 10-foot crocodiles hanging out this summer along the Fox River banks in Elgin, don't be alarmed — they won't be real crocs, but public benches for people to sit on. This year's public outdoor art exhibit and competition in Elgin will be called "What the Croc," tying in to the so-called "SuperCroc" exhibit that will be on display from May through August at the Gail Borden Public...


    Remember to set clocks for daylight saving time

    It's the weekend to spring ahead for daylight saving time. Most Americans will get an hour less sleep but will gain an hour more of evening sunlight in the coming months. Officially, the change starts Sunday at 2 a.m., though most people are likely to reset their clocks before going to bed Saturday night.


    OSHA investigating accident in Elk Grove

    The Occupational Health & Safety Administration has opened an investigation of a workplace accident at Material Sciences Corp., 2200 Pratt Blvd. in Elk Grove Village, in which a worker became entrapped in a machine at about 5 p.m. Thursday. Elk Grove Village firefighters reported that the man was extricated from the machine and transported to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge.


    Penn State guard Dara Taylor, left, shoots as Michigan State center Jasmine Hines guards during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the Big Ten Conference tournament in Hoffman Estates, Ill., Saturday, March 9, 2013. Michigan State won 54-46. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    Spartans knock off top-seeded Penn State

    No one could have predicted Penn State would shoot just 22.4 percent Saturday. But then no one could have predicted Michigan State would play defense like it did either. The fourth-seeded Spartans put the clamps on Penn State upsetting the top-seeded Nittany Lions 54-46 in the semifinals of the Big Ten women's basketball tournament at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates. Michigan State (24-7) will take on third-seeded Purdue (23-8) at 3 p.m. Sunday.


    Lakers will face Bulls with their act together

    The complete and utter failure known as the 2012-13 Los Angeles Lakers has taken a twist in recent weeks. With their players getting healthier, the Lakers have gone 15-6 since Jan. 25, with the Bulls set to arrive on Sunday afternoon.


    Two losses and zero goals so far for Fire

    Two games into the season and the Chicago Fire resembles its shirt sponsor's signature product.


    Norville wins 3 more national titles

    Batavia graduate Melissa Norville was mildly disappointed in the 60-meter hurdles finals of the NCAA Division III Women's Track & Field Championships on Saturday at North Central College in Naperville. If she didn't clip that hurdle, she figured she would have lopped a second off her time. As it was, Norville's time of 8.52 seconds set a national meet record.

    Illini Central players rush the court after topping Madison 55-44 for the Class 1A high school state championship Saturday at Carver Arena in the Peoria Civic Center.

    Harrisburg tops Seton Academy; Illini Central claims 1A title

    Randy Smithpeters' wait is over. Harrisburg's successful coach of 20 years has earned the state's highest honor as the Bulldogs won the Class 2A state championship by edging Seton Academy of South Holland 50-44 on Saturday night at Carver Arena. In four previous state appearances under Smithpeters, Harrisburg had gone 1-4. But with this year's 33-1 record, Smithpeters' overall record at Harrisburg improves to 389-208.


    North Central keeps winning

    Players have to make plays for teams to advance in March. For North Central's Brandon Williams, Saturday was his night to shine.


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


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


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


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


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


    Wolves fall 3-2 in shootout

    For the second straight night, the Milwaukee Admirals skated away with the Amtrak Rivalry victory, this time a 3-2 shootout decision over the Chicago Wolves on Saturday night before 13,510 at the Allstate Arena.


    Wheaton loses in second round

    The Wheaton College men's basketball team had its season ended on Saturday in a 68-58 loss at University of St. Thomas. Wheaton ends the year 21-7, while St. Thomas (27-1) advances to play Calvin in the tournament's third round next Saturday.

    Naperville Central’s Keenan Oshiro competes on the pommel horse during Saturday’s boys gymnastics meet at Libertyville High School.

    Naperville Central tops at Libertyville

    Even though it was the first meet of the boys gymnastics season for two of the three teams, there were some solid routines turned in Saturday morning at the Libertyville triple-dual meet. Naperville Central (2-1) made a small improvement from its season-opening meet to hold off Hersey (1-1) 125.3 to 123.7, despite not having its top all-arounder in the lineup.


    Palatine wins Foerch Invitational

    Palatine took top honors on varsity and had enough strength at the sophomore and freshman levels to take combined top honors in the Foerch Invitational it hosted Saturday.


    Conant perfect in own tournament

    Conant earned three victories on Saturday to take first place in the girls water polo tournament it hosted with a 4-0 record.


    New Trier takes Pirate Invite; Palatine finishes second

    Palatine earned a third-place finish in the boys water polo tournament it hosted, and New Trier finished first.

    The Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks won't play as often under the NHL's realignment plan, but the Hawks will get to host every team in the league, which hasn't been the case since the 2004 lockout.

    There’s a significant upside to hockey’s realignment

    Last Sunday's exhilarating match between the Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings served as a reminder that the TWO adversaries will be meeting infrequently come next October. But while many fans in Chicago are sorry about such revisions to the rivalry, Bob Verdi suggests there is an upside to the overhau: all 16 members of the Eastern Conference will play a home-and-home with the 14 franchises in the Western Conference.


    Fire lose opener, 1-0 to Revolution

    Forward Jerry Bengtson scored in the 62nd minute, goalkeeper Matt Reis made four saves and the New England Revolution opened their season with a 1-0 victory over the Fire on Saturday night.


    The Ice Kings: NHL’s legendary teams
    While the record-setting Blackhawks are enjoying a special season, the NHL history books are loaded with the exploits of some amazing teams. Scot Gregor offers this list of the NHL’s best teams of all-time:1. Montreal Canadiens, 1976-77Season record: 60-8-12. Coach: Scotty Bowman. Key players: Bowman, still working as a Blackhawks special advisor, marvels about the 11 players on this powerhouse club who are in the NHL Hall of Fame. Guy Lafleur, Larry Robinson, Ken Dryden and Steve Shutt get special nods. Notable nugget: Finishing with most regular-season points (132) in history, Habs were an astounding 33-1-6 in home games. End game: Montreal swept Philadelphia in the Stanley Cup Finals.2. 1983-84 Edmonton OilersRecord: 57-18-5. Coach: Glen Sather. Key players: Wayne Gretzky led star-studded team with an astounding 87 goals and 205 points. Jari Kurri, Paul Coffey and Mark Messier weren’t too shabby, either. Notable nugget: Headed by Gretzky, the Oilers had five players with 99 or more total points and eight players scored 20 or more goals. End game: Edmonton beat the New York Islanders 4-1 in the Finals.3. 1988-89 Calgary FlamesRecord: 54-17-9. Coach: Terry Crisp. Key players: Joey Mullen, Joe Nieuwendyk, Doug Gilmour, Mike Vernon. Notable nugget: The Flames beat the Blackhawks 4-1 in Conference Finals. End game: Calgary beat the Canadiens 4-2 to win the Cup.4. 1977-78 Montreal CanadiensRecord: 59-10-11. Coach: Scotty Bowman. Key players: Guy Lafleur, Ken Dryden, Bob Gainey, Steve Shutt, Jacques Lemaire. Notable nugget: From mid-December to late February, the Canadiens put together a 28-game unbeaten streak (23-0-5). End game: Montreal beat the Boston Bruins 4-2 in the Stanley Cup Finals.5. 1981-82 New York IslandersRecord: 48-18-14. Coach: Al Arbour. Key players: Mike Bossy, Denis Potvin, Bryan Trottier, Billy Smith. Notable nugget: From Jan. 21-Feb. 20, the Isles went 15-0. End game: The Islanders swept Vancouver for a third straight Stanley Cup.6. 1970-71 Boston BruinsRecord: 54-13-11. Coach: Tom Johnson. Key players: Phil Esposito, Bobby Orr, Johnny Bucyk, Gerry Chevers. Notable nugget: After starting season 8-5-1, Bruins went on a 40-3-8 roll. End game: Boston beat N.Y. Rangers 4-2 to win the Cup.7. 2001-02 Detroit Red Wings Record: 51-17-10. Coach: Scotty Bowman. Key players: Steve Yzerman, Nicklas Lindstrom, Sergei Federov, Dominik Hasek, Brendan Shanahan. Notable nugget: The Red Wings opened the season with a 22-3-1 record. End game: Detroit beat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-1 to win the Cup.8. 2000-01 Colorado AvalancheRecord: 52-16-10. Coach: Bob Hartley. Key players: Joe Sakic, Patrick Roy, Peter Forsberg, Raymond Bourque. Notable nugget: Roy was brilliant with 4 playoff shutouts, including 2 in the Finals. End game: Avs beat Devils in 7 to win the Cup.9. 1986-87 Edmonton OilersRecord: 50-24-6. Coach: Glen Sather. Key players: Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier, Glenn Anderson, Grant Fuhr, Paul Coffey. Notable nugget: In the opening round of the playoffs, Gretzky had 1 goal and 6 assists to lead a 13-3 win over the Kings. End game: Beat Philadelphia 4-3 in the Stanley Cup Finals.10. 1974-75 Philadelphia FlyersRecord: 51-18-11. Coach: Fred Shero. Key players: Bobby Clarke, Bernie Parent, Rick MacLeish, Reggie Leach, Bill Barber. Notable nugget: There’s a reason the Flyers were known as the “Broad Street Bullies.” Forward Dave Schultz set an NHL record with 472 minutes in penalties. End game: Beat Buffalo in 6 to win the Cup.

    Blackhawks senior adviser Scotty Bowman says depth and team play in all phases is why this year’s team has a shot at all-time greatness.

    Scotty Bowman knows just how good Blackhawks can be

    Scotty Bowman is the greatest coach in NHL history, and is 1976-77 Montreal Canadiens team is widely regarded the best of all-time. With nine Stanley Cup championships as a coach, Bowman's opinion means a lot, and he weighed in on the Blackhawks' record-setting run to open the season.


    Bulls tipoff
    Bulls vs. Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center, 2:30 p.m.TV: ABCRadio: ESPN 1000-AMUpdate: The Lakers (32-31) finally are starting to make a playoff push, going 15-6 since Jan. 25. Kobe Bryant has been on quite a roll. Not only did he score at least 40 points in the last two games, over his last eight contests Bryant has averaged 35.9 points while shooting 55.6 percent from the field. C Dwight Howard is at 16.2 points and 12.1 rebounds on the season. PG Steve Nash is averaging 12.3 points and 6.8 rebounds. Pau Gasol is out with a torn plantar fascia. The Bulls beat the Lakers 95-83 on Jan. 21 at the United Center behind 22 points from Kirk Hinrich.Next: Sacramento Kings at Sleep Train Arena, 9 p.m. Wednesday— Mike McGraw

    Bulls center Nazr Mohammed blocks out Utah’s Enes Kanter as Carlos Boozer scores during the second half of Friday’s victory over the Jazz.

    Bulls’ Mohammed making most of his opportunity
    Veteran center Nazr Mohammed didn't expect playing time to be such a struggle with the Bulls. He finally had a breakthrough this week and turned in his best game of the season on Friday against Utah.

    Purdue forward Sam Ostarello reacts after scoring a basket during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Nebraska in the Big Ten Conference tournament in Hoffman Estates, Ill., Saturday, March 9, 2013. Purdue won 77-64. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    Purdue’s tough D helps take down Nebraska

    Senior forward Sam Ostarello scored 18 points and had 9 rebounds, while junior guard Courtney Moses scored 16 points and junior guard KK Houser added 13 as the defending conference tournament champion Boilermakers downed No. 2 seed Nebraska 77-64 in Saturday's first semifinal at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates.

    Neuqua Valley’s Ann Kathrin Becker, center, breaks away from Naperville Central’s Jenny Doyle, (13), during the Naperville Quint girls varsity water polo tournament.

    Scouting DuPage County girls water polo

    Here's a look at the girls water polo season, from the perspective of teams in DuPage County.


    Scouting DuPage County boys water polo

    Here's a look at the boys water polo season from the perspective of teams in DuPage County.

    Carly Saraceno

    Elgin CC women headed to JUCO nationals

    Elgin Community College sophomore Carly Saraceno and her teammates weren't sure how to react Saturday. They had, after all, just made school history with a 50-47 victory over Kishwaukee in the Region IV Division II District L championship game at Illinois Valley Community College to send the Spartans to the NJCAA National Tournament for the first time.

    Chicago White Sox's Paul Konerko watches his three-run home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the fifth inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game on Saturday, March 9, 2013 in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    Konkero’s bat heats up, Sox lose 11-9

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Adam Eaton had four hits and Aaron Hill had three, helping the Arizona Diamondbacks defeat the White Sox 11-9 Saturday.Eric Chavez had three RBIs for the Diamondbacks, who piled up six runs and seven hits in the fourth inning. A.J Pollack had a home run and two RBIs. Chicago’s Paul Konerko went 2 for 3. He singled leading off the second against Brandon McCarthy, giving Konerko hits in seven consecutive at-bats, then lined out to center in the third. He hit a three-run homer against Matt Reynolds in the fifth.Chicago’s Matt Thornton was hit hard, giving up six runs and five hits in two-thirds of an inning. Tony Sipp pitched a scoreless inning for the victory. Josh Bell hit a two-run homer in the second off McCarthy, who allowed four runs and seven hits in three innings. Danks gave up seven runs — four earned — seven hits and two walks in 2 1-3 innings.

    Lake Zurich junior center Niko Kakos never lost his passion for hockey this winter, despite the team’s lack of success on the ice.

    Despite the losses, Kakos is a winner with LZ

    Wins were sparse, but memories were plentiful. And, yes, Niko Kakos had fun playing this season for the co-op Lake Zurich hockey team, despite its struggles on the ice. There was laughter on the bench during games, jokes during practices. There was the traditional late-night stop at McDonald's in Rolling Meadows for Kakos and teammates after practice. There was the one game against a JV squad that Lake Zurich dominated and, thus, teammates were able to score their first high school goals. "In the beginning (of the season), it was a little hard to handle because every team I've been on in the past has been a winning team," Kakos said. "I've never been on a team that lost so much, so it was kind of hard to grasp. Still, hockey is hockey, and it always will be fun."


    Northern Illinois falls to Ball State 53-51

    Jauwan Scaife scored 17 points, and Ball State held off Northern Illinois 53-51 on Saturday in the regular-season finale for both teams.


    Rusin sharp, but Indians thump Cubs 9-2
    Jason Kipnis hit his first home run of the spring and Cedric Hunter also connected, leading the Cleveland Indians over the Cubs 9-2 Saturday

    Pittsburgh forward Dante Taylor (11) blocks the shot of DePaul guard Worrel Clahar (0) as Derrell Robertson Jr. (10) is blocked out during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, March 9, 2013, in Rosemont, Ill. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    No. 20 Pitt shoots 72 percent in win over DePaul

    J.J. Moore scored 21 points off the bench and No. 20 Pittsburgh shot a school-record 72 percent to beat DePaul 81-66 on Saturday in the Panthers' last Big East regular-season game.

    New York Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera, who holds baseball’s all-time saves record, smiles Saturday as he announces his plans to retire at the end of the 2013 season.

    Yankees closer Rivera says this is final season

    Mariano Rivera announced Saturday that he will retire at the end of the season. Rivera missed most of last year after tearing his right knee while shagging flyballs during batting practice in early May. Rivera said he would have retired at the end of last season if he had not gotten hurt.


    Egypt court upholds death sentences for Port Said soccer riot

    An Egyptian court affirmed its sentence to death by hanging for 21 Port Said soccer fans involved in rioting last year that killed dozens who supported a visiting team. The Port Said criminal court, sitting in Cairo for security reasons, also ruled today in the cases of another 52 defendants in the case, among them nine police officers. Two of the policemen were sentenced to 15 years in prison, the state-run Middle East News Agency said.


    Michigan State women oust rival Michigan 62-46

    Klarissa Bell scored 20 points as Michigan State defeated rival Michigan 62-46 in the second round of the Big Ten tournament Friday night.


    Associated Press/July 7, 2006 The Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter

    F-35 flies above defense budget radar

    Although it is the costliest weapons system in U.S. history and the single most expensive item in the 2013 Pentagon budget, it will face only a glancing blow from the sequester this year. And as the White House and Congress contemplate future budgets, those pushing for additional cuts may find it difficult to trim more than a fraction of the Pentagon's proposed fleet.

    Customers at Brother Jimmy’s BBQ in New York call cheers Friday with 24-ounce and 16-ounce beverages. The nation’s first limit on the size of sugar-laden beverages is set to take effect Tuesday.

    New York braces for sugary drink rules

    Some restaurants are ordering smaller glasses. Dunkin' Donuts shops are telling customers they'll have to sweeten and flavor their own coffee. Coca-Cola has printed posters explaining the new rules, and a bowling lounge is squeezing carrot and beet juice as a potential substitute for pitchers of soda at family parties — all in preparation for the nation's first limit on the size of sugar-laden beverages, set to take effect Tuesday.

    Tom Raper, owner of Bragg Pawn Shop, talks about small business near Fort Bragg military base.

    Businesses in military towns brace for budget hit

    While it remains too soon to measure the exact impact for small businesses that thrive on the civilians employed at the nation's largest military posts, owners already are bracing for the damage. Pentagon officials say the automatic budget cuts that took effect March 1 will result in one-day-a-week furloughs for 800,000 civilian employees across the U.S. starting next month, resulting in a 20 percent cut to their paychecks. Soldiers' salaries are exempt from the cuts.

    Jessica Hirsh, 16, and her friend Lauren Becherer, 16, both of Prospect High School talk with Cari Henderson of Mariano’s grocery in Arlington Heights about summer job prospects at a teen job fair Saturday at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library.

    Teens, businesses connect at Arlington Hts. job fair

    T-ball instructor. Receptionist. Landscaper. Cashier. Bagger. Dishwasher.Arlington Heights businesses are looking to fill these jobs — and then some — and they got the word out to their target employment pool Saturday morning at the first Teen Job Fair. "The goal is to get it out there that we have jobs for them," said Matt Healy, athletic supervisor with the Arlington Heights Park District.

    Twitter Inc. is shuttering some versions of its TweetDeck software, which helps users keep track of postings on the microblogging service, as it focuses on other services, including its own mobile application.

    Twitter ends some Tweetdeck apps to focus on own mobile software

    Twitter Inc. is shuttering some versions of its TweetDeck software, which helps users keep track of postings on the microblogging service, as it focuses on other services, including its own mobile application. TweetDeck apps for Apple Inc. iPhones, Google Inc. Android devices, Mac computers and machines that run Microsoft Corp.'s Windows will be removed from app stores in May,

    Employees hold a new full size Apple iPad 4th generation, left, next to new Apple iPad mini at the Apple store on Michigan Ave. in Chicago. Farhad Manjoo wants to know why Apple hasn’t designed MacBooks to respond to touch like iPads.

    Why don’t Apple laptops have touch screens?

    Like many kids, my 2-year-old son can run circles around you on an iPad. Computers, though, flummox him. o when I plop him down in front of YouTube on my MacBook he always gets confused when a video ends. He reaches for the screen and repeatedly taps to get a new clip to play. It's pretty funny, actually. But of course, my kid is totally right. Why doesn't the MacBook screen respond to his touch?


    Summer concert sold out? How to save a few bucks

    It's not even spring yet, but tickets for big summer concerts are going fast. Pop stars Beyoncé and Taylor Swift have already sold out most of their summer tour dates. That means that fans who haven't snapped up tickets will have to pay higher prices.

    This publicity photo provided by Digital Life Organizing shows Allison Carter, of Atlanta, who helps clients get a handle on their digital clutter. Her company is called Digital Life Organizing. Find her online at The Professional Organizer.

    Tips to help with digital declutter

    Ask friends how many emails they have sitting in their inbox or how many photos are saved to their laptop, and don't be surprised if the numbers tally in the thousands. All of this digital detritus is not a problem unless it interferes with your life, work or happiness, according to Tim Kasser, a psychology professor at Knox College, in Galesburg, Ill.

    Siri excels with restaurants, in part because of Apple’s partnerships with the reviews site Yelp and restaurant-reservation service OpenTable. Ask for Italian restaurants, and Siri offers you several — with information on price range, average user ratings on Yelp and distance from your current location. Ask for GOOD Italian restaurants, and Siri sorts those restaurants by rating.

    Review: Despite flaws, voice search has potential

    I never thought I'd be telling my phone what to do. But I often find myself talking to various digital assistants — Siri on the iPhone and Google Now on Android devices — to request driving directions, restaurant recommendations and answers to all sorts of nagging questions. Of course, neither Siri nor Google Now is flawless. During the course of my trip, Siri responded to a request for directions to Marygate Drive with a list of movie theaters named Mary. Google Now tried to look up "Fort museum" rather than the Ford museum.

    Tingo is one of a growing number of services that aim to save travelers money on their hotel stays. The site, which is owned by TripAdvisor, says that travelers have a 20-percent chance of getting at least some money back. The typical rebate is $50, according to the company, but occasionally travelers like Eisen get much more back.

    New technologies help travelers lower hotel prices

    When Amy Eisen originally booked a weeklong vacation to celebrate her 30th anniversary, she was looking at a $3,749 hotel bill. But Eisen reserved her room at the all-inclusive Sanctuary Cap Cana in the Dominican Republic through a new travel site, Tingo.com. Each day, the booking site automatically checked to see if the hotel lowered its price for the nights Eisen was staying there. Eventually, the price fell. Tingo canceled Eisen's original reservation and rebooked her at the new, lower rate. Her savings: $1,874.

    Chris Cox, vice president of product for Facebook Inc., speaks during an event at the company's headquarters in Menlo Park, California, U.S., on Thursday, March 7, 2013. Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive officer and founder of Facebook Inc., discussed the social-network site's upgraded News Feed which includes bigger photos, information sorted into topics and a more consistent design across devices. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg *** Local Caption *** Chris Cox

    Facebook tries to stay hip with jazzier News Feed

    MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) — Facebook doesn't want to be dismissed as an Internet has-been before its social network even enters its adolescence.In an effort to remain hip, it is infusing the focal point of its website with a more dynamic look and additional controls designed to empower its 1 billion users to sort streams of photos and other material into more organized sections that appeal to their personal interests.The changes unveiled Thursday are an attempt to address complaints that Facebook's hub — the News Feed — is degenerating into a jumble of monotonous musings and disjointed pictures. This has come as users' social circles have widened from a few dozen people to an unwieldy assortment of friends, family, businesses, celebrities, co-workers and fleeting acquaintances.That evolution requires a more nuanced approach than the computer-generated algorithms that Facebook has been relying on to pick out the most relevant content to display in each user's News Feed. The growing popularity of smartphones and tablet computers equipped with high-quality cameras also is turning the News Feed into a more visual gallery, another shift that Facebook is tackling by carving out more space to display photos and video.Facebook Inc. CEO Mark Zuckerberg hopes the makeover turns the News Feed into something like a newspaper tailored to fit the particular interests of each user on every visit to the website."This gives people more power to dig deeper into the topics they care about," Zuckerberg said while discussing the makeover at Facebook's Menlo Park, Calif., headquarters.By keeping Facebook relevant, Zuckerberg hopes to avoid the fate of his company's social networking forerunners, Friendster and MySpace. Those once-trendy sites quickly flamed out, largely because they didn't say attuned to the changing interest of fickle audience. Making that mistake is even more costly in an age of increasingly short attention spans and technological tools that make it easy to find some other diversion with a quick click of the computer mouse or the swipe of a finger on a smartphone."They needed to freshen things up," said Brian Blau, research director of consumer technologies for Gartner Inc. "This should bring a lot of cooler things" into the News Feed.Although Zuckerberg didn't say it, the overhaul also appears to be aimed at carving out more space to show larger and more compelling ads within the News Feed as Facebook seeks to boost its revenue and stock price.Previous tweaks to the News Feed have triggered howls of protest among Facebook's users. Hoping to minimize the grousing this time around, Facebook intends to roll out the changes in phases. It will probably be at least six months before everyone who accesses Facebook on a personal computer sees the revamped News Feed, the company said. New mobile applications featuring the changes should be released within that time frame too.The transition is likely to be completed before Facebook celebrates its 10th birthday next February.The facelift is likely to be more jarring for those who only visit Facebook on a PC because it incorporates some features already deployed in the social network's mobile applications for smartphones and tablet computers.The new features will enable users to choose to see streams of content that may feature nothing but photos or posts from their closest friends, family members or favorite businesses. Or they can just peruse content about music, or sports, as if they were grabbing a section of a newspaper. Other newspaper-like changes will include lists of events that users' social circles have flagged for the upcoming weekend and other summaries meant to resemble a table of contents.Facebook still intends to rely on algorithms to select some material to feature on the main part of the News Feed, much like newspaper editors determine what goes on the front page.

Life & Entertainment

    Professional tennis player and fashion designer Venus Williams shows off a Blue Slice Tank from the EleVen By Venus Williams Summer 2013 collection.

    Venus Williams has her sport wardrobe all lined up

    You know the whole thing about a woman's prerogative to change her mind? Venus Williams can't do it — at least not when it comes to her tennis wardrobe. Williams wears almost exclusively her own line called EleVen, which she has helmed since 2007. Her looks are part of the fall collection, which Williams offered a preview of on Monday at a Manhattan photo studio. The spring collection that goes into stores later this month has some tie-dye prints, nautical stripes and a more painterly watercolor floral.


    Weekend picks: Scooby-Doo comes to life in song at the Genesee

    See Shaggy, Daphne, Velma and that always-hungry dog Scooby-Doo come to life in song when “Scooby-Doo Live Musical Mysteries” plays Saturday at the Genesee Theatre. Train enthusiasts can view 19 model railroads with trains of various sizes this weekend at the High Wheeler Model Train Show at Harper College in Palatine. P!nk brings her “P!NK — The Truth About Love Tour” to Chicago's United Center Saturday.

    Gondolas bunch up in a traffic jam on the narrow canals of Venice. Some travelers head to Italy inspired by Mark Twain’s “The Innocents Abroad,” his classic “record of a pleasure trip.”

    Mark Twain still inspires travels to Italy

    I came to Italy to test a French adage by way of an American writer, Mark Twain. The more things change, the more they remain the same. The saying had been on my mind while traveling before, usually with a book from the past clutched in my hands. Now came another test: travel through northern Italy with a copy of Twain's 1869 "The Innocents Abroad," his irreverent "record of a pleasure trip" to Paris, the Mediterranean and Jerusalem.

    RE/MAX Realtor Mary Beth Lynch will hold an open house at this home, 920 Ellynwood Drive in Glen Ellyn, from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 10.

    Suburban real estate market still struggling

    Chicago area buyers are searching the market for homes, hoping to cash in on low interest rates and prices, but they aren't finding much inventory from which to choose, said Mary Beth Lynch, a Realtor with RE/MAX Suburban in Glen Ellyn. She said this is why more and more appropriately priced homes are getting multiple offers right now.


    Can brother recover $400,000 investment in mother’s home?

    Q. My elderly mother owns her home and my brother wants to buy it and move in to take care of her. If he buys the home for $400,000, that money goes into my mother's estate. When my mother passes away, would my brother then get back half of the $400,000?


    Why haven’t any of the subprime ‘criminals’ been jailed?

    Q. According to a recent "Nightline" program, none of the Wall Street executives who engineered the subprime debacle have been convicted on criminal charges. Why do you think that is?

    Spring break revelers enjoy a foam party at a nightclub in the resort city of Cancun, Mexico. Cancun is the No. 1 foreign destination for U.S. college students.

    Youths flood Cancun under watch of soldiers, police

    Tens of thousands of U.S. college students are flooding into the Mexican city of Cancun, where officials have stepped up patrols of marines, soldiers and special tourist police in zones packed with hotels and bars. City officials say they expect thousands more spring breakers this year than the 25,000 who came to the Caribbean coast resort last year.

    If you’re new to woodworking, start on smaller projects, like a set of shelves or picture frames.

    Woodworking no longer a hobby just for middle-aged men

    In a world where technology means you rarely have to lift a finger, more people are looking for things to do with their hands. Increasingly, they are turning to traditional skills and hobbies like woodworking, which is not only popular, it's become downright cool.

    A yoga session in Rincon, Puerto Rico, at a retreat created by Jessica Bellofatto of KamaDeva Yoga and Gina Bradley of Paddle Diva. The program is an example of active vacations tailored to travelers who value healthy lifestyles and new experiences.

    Specialized trips blend fitness and fun

    Several years ago, I found myself needing a certain type of vacation — one that would help me reset life and that combined my passions: fitness and sports, the outdoors and travel, healthy food and new people. I wanted much of the planning done for me. I also wanted the ability to break from any itinerary. And I wanted to go alone without feeling lonely. A reasonable cost, a variety of activities and a warm location also were important.

    Nutritionist and healthy lifestyle Nancy Guberti has gone green with her entire family, including her 6-year-old Shih Tzu Flower.

    Green cleaning for humans can still sicken pets

    As the time nears for spring cleaning and companies offer more environmentally friendly alternatives to toxic cleaners, veterinarians say pet owners should keep in mind that what's green to a human can be dangerous — even deadly — to animals.

    Anthony Hopkins plays Alfred Hitchcock in “Hitchcock” set during the making of the film “Psycho.”

    DVD previews: ‘Hitchcock,’ ‘Life of Pi’

    New DVDs coming out this week include "Hitchcock" and the Academy Award winning "Life of Pi."


    Ask for assessment status when purchasing a condominium

    Q. I am in the process of buying a unit in a homeowners association. What should I do to make sure that the assessments owed by the current owner are paid in full by the closing?

    Elizabeth Mayhew’s bookshelves are a travelogue showing where her mind has wandered.

    Adding warmth to a room with books

    I have noticed over the years that every so often magazines feature beautiful spreads of book-filled rooms, with headlines like "Living With Books" or "The Pages of Our Lives." As a book lover, I find these rooms transporting and inspirational but totally out of touch. A growing number of people, I think, don't have books.


    Drains, catch pans needed for attic for appliances

    Q. I recently converted the attic space in my home to a bedroom, bathroom and laundry. I hired a contractor with years of experience to design and complete the work, and I am well-pleased with his work.

    OTTO Engineering facilities manager Jerry Skowronski, left, and Tom Roeser, owner of Homes by OTTO, in one of the homes that the companies are working to rehab for resale in the Carpentersville area.

    Businessman gives Carpentersville a needed lift

    Tom Roeser has been gradually buying up much of Carpentersville's aging commercial and industrial real estate along the Fox River since 1968 when the company he now runs first came to town. Roeser is president of OTTO Engineering, a developer and manufacturer of two-way radio accessories and industrial controls.


    Synthetic oil needs less frequent changes

    Q. I have a follow-up question to your response about rarely driven cars still requiring regular oil changes. I only drive 2,000 to 4,000 miles a year.

    The vintage-plate-decorating project upcycled with modern letter print described on the lifestyle blog “angel in the north” is shown in its completed form. The blog is run by Anna Nicholson of West Yorkshire, England.

    Do-it-yourselfers give new life to old dinnerware

    Outdated table settings, such as a stack of your grandmother's old plates or a bundle of used mugs you scooped up at Salvation Army, can find fresh life with a little TLC. All it takes is a marker or a drill and a basic plan.

    A dry creek bed is one of the ways the Missouri Botanical Gardens manages water-runoff.

    What smart gardeners know

    It happens all the time. I'll get a call or an email from a group wanting me to give a presentation at an event. I'll often create a new presentation around what the group would like to hear. Such presentations are also the bases for many of the articles I write for this column. Such is the case today. The theme of this particular conference was "Smart Gardening." Here are a few key aspects that I came up with.



    The Soapbox

    In their mini opinions, Daily Herald editors laud people who have done good and hope for better from people who haven't.


    Millburn ‘yes’ vote crucial to future
    A Lindenhurst letter to the editor: Please support the referendum, the district, and the community. Excellent schools make attractive neighborhoods. This referendum is an investment in our community, and Millburn matters to all of us.


    Officials continually disobey our laws
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: In a recent Fence Post letter, a writer questions why Americans say the right to bear arms is all about protecting ourselves from the tyranny of a government gone bad. Unfortunately, much of what our government does validates the belief our government can and in many cases already has gone bad.


    New York gun law a model for Chicago
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: Under stop and frisk, a law enforcement officer with reason to suspect an individual is armed has the legal right to detain that person, perform a search for a firearm, and confiscate it if found. Yes, there are civil liberty issues involved, and the law saw temporary suspension while those issues were dealt with by the courts, but the law is back in force.


    Hazing legislation would do harm
    A Des Plaines letter to the editor: A law making the supervisors of those individuals liable as well is unfair. It’ll create a culture of fear, which in turn will lead to more rules, more restrictions.


    Marriage not only about biological children
    A Prospect Heights letter to the editor: There are many children in loving, supportive, nurturing homes who have been adopted. Adoptive parents are usually people who cannot wait to love and nurture a child.


    Get state out of marriage business
    A Palatine letter to the editor: If marriage were relegated to religious institutions only, the controversy caused by state enforcement would disappear.


    College of DuPage bucking the trend
    A DuPage letter to the editor: During their 2012-2013 planning process, College of DuPage administrators set a goal to grow the college's 2012-2013 full-time equivalent enrollment by 1 percent. Despite an economy still struggling to recover and an uncertain job market, COD met that benchmark, exceeding our initial goal by nearly 500 FTEs, or a 3.8 percent growth in FTEs over last spring.


    Founding Fathers want country back
    A McHenry letter to the editor: Visitors to Johnsburg catch glimpses of a well-crafted welcome sign depicting that village's most treasured historic icon, Saint John the Baptist Catholic church. Sadly, those unfamiliar with the community depart completely unaware of the significance of this pillar of Americana since all the crosses atop the steeples have been removed, thereby creating a quaint caricature reminiscent of your Dickens village hook and ladder firehouse. Shameful.


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