Daily Archive : Monday March 18, 2013


    Rob Komosa, who was critically injured during a high-school football practice more than 13 years ago, has died, sources close to his family said Sunday night.

    Weekend in Review: Paralyzed athlete, activist Komosa dies
    What you may have missed this weekend: Paralyzed athlete and activist Rob Komosa dies; you may have to pay to get your mug shot off this website; slain Streamwood man came to U.S. for better life; Kirk adjusting to post-stroke life; suspect in custody in Elgin woman's murder; Barrington boy struck by train loses foot; and NCAA March Madness brackets set.

    Schaumburg Police Chief Brian Howerton announced Tuesday he plans to retire April 5. The announcement comes exactly a month after the village hired a law enforcement consulting firm to review its department.

    Embattled Schaumburg police chief says it's “right time” to retire

    Schaumburg Police Chief Brian Howerton announced his retirement Tuesday, exactly one month after the village hired a consulting firm to review his department in the wake of three undercover officers' arrests on drug conspiracy charges. The announcement also comes as the village wraps up an internal investigation of Howerton.

    John Cichy

    4th lawsuit filed against former Schaumburg cops

    A Schaumburg family has filed a lawsuit against former Schaumburg undercover officers and Hanover Park officers charging false arrest, unreasonable search and denial of medical attention among other charges. Named in the lawsuit are former officers John Cichy, Matthew Hudak and Terrance O'Brien, who were charged earlier this year in DuPage County with criminal drug conspiracy after authorities...


    Rosemont Cubs? Village offers ball team a new home

    Rosemont Mayor Bradley Stephens Monday offered the Chicago Cubs a new home in the tiny suburb of roughly 4,000 residents, if the team's negotiations with Chicago fall through. Stephens is offering up roughly 25 acres of village-owned property off the Tri-State Tollway and Balmoral Avenue where the Cubs could build a new ballpark to mirror the 99-year-old Wrigley Field, as well as parking and...

    Jason Lind

    Millburn District 24 seeks taxpayers' help in April election

    Millburn Elementary District 24 officials say they've done everything possible to shore up finances and now hope to gain support from taxpayers for a measure on the April 9 ballot. District 24 is seeking voter permission to go beyond a state-imposed cap on annual property tax levy increases only on bills issued in 2014. School officials say they need the ability to make up for recent reductions...

    New legislation would allow Illinoisans to gamble on the Internet through games like blackjack.

    Online play a wild card in Illinois gambling debate

    The debate over gambling in Illinois is expanding, from the well-worn arguments over new casinos and slots at Arlington Park to now whether every of-age Illinoisan should be allowed to gamble over the Internet. “This is already going on,” said Illinois Lottery Superintendent Michael Jones, who isn't taking a position on the issue. “It's not like we're inventing anything.”

    Former Chicago Bear Hunter Hillenmeyer has backed a plan to limit tackling at youth football practices.

    Former Bear Hillenmeyer supports limiting kids' tackling in practice

    Former Chicago Bear linebacker Hunter Hillenmeyer is backing a plan to limit tackling in practice for high school and youth football players. The legislation from state Rep. Carol Sente, a Vernon Hills Democrat, could come before state lawmakers this week. "Without it, a rogue, wannabe-Mike Ditka youth coach will continue to have unchecked ability to overexpose our next generation to harm,"...

    The front end of a Hawker Beachcraft Premier jet sits in a room of a home on Iowa Street in South Bend, Ind., Sunday. Authorities say a private jet apparently experiencing mechanical trouble crashed resulting in injuries. Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Roland Herwig says the Beechcraft Premier I twin-jet had left Tulsa, Okla.'s Riverside Airport and crashed near the South Bend Regional Airport on Sunday afternoon.

    Ex-Oklahoma QB killed in plane crash in Indiana

    Steve Davis, Oklahoma's starting quarterback when it won back-to-back national championships in the 1970s, was one of two people killed when a small aircraft smashed into three homes in northern Indiana, officials said Monday. St. Joseph County Coroner Randy Magdalinski identified the victims of Sunday's crash in South Bend as 60-year-old Steven Davis and 58-year-old Wesley Caves, both of Tulsa,...


    Sanitary district finally disbanded in DuPage

    The protracted legal effort needed to disband a sanitary district that hadn't served a useful purpose for years is being cited by DuPage County officials as another reason why they want state lawmakers to give them the authority to consolidate some taxing bodies. A DuPage judge last week agreed to dissolve the Timberlake Estates Sanitary District in the southeastern part of the county.

    Danni Allen of Wheeling greets the audience during the live finale of “The Biggest Loser” Monday night on NBC.

    Suburbanite takes 'Biggest Loser' prize

    Danni Allen of Wheeling was named the winner of "The Biggest Loser" during the live finale Monday night. "I didn't know if I could get past the first work out. I didn't know if my dreams were possible. I finally feel like my dreams came true," Allen said of her journey on the show.


    Dist. 303 hears online charter school plan

    A virtual charter school proposal already vilified by a pro-union group met with a thorough cross examination from St. Charles School District 303 officials Monday night. The district could lose $600,000 of state funds if the charter is approved.ss


    Naperville District 203 community wary of online charter school

    Naperville Unit District 203 officials are about a month away from deciding the fate of a proposed online virtual charter school. But the community is already speaking out against the plan.


    Online charter school no-go in u-46?

    Representatives of the Elgin Teachers Association, Northern Illinois Jobs with Justice, and League of Women Voters of Illinois all urged Elgin Area School District U-46 board members to reject a proposal for a virtual charter school in the Fox Valley during a public hearing Monday.


    Elburn Station annexation deal approved

    Elburn Station, a development that could at least double Elburn's population, got the village board's approval Monday night, as they agreed to an annexation plan. The controversial plan, tabled last fall, has been tweaked to include fewer apartments, and restricts what kind of housing can be built first.


    Elgin apartment building’s roof burns

    A roof of an Elgin apartment building started on fire Monday, but ultimately none of the tenants was displaced. Elgin firefighters responded to the blaze at 7:47 p.m. at the nine-unit building on the 400 block of Division Street.

    Upper row from left, Philip Crusius, Denise Glasgow, and Richard Olejniczak and, bottom row from left, David Page and Herb Ruterschmidt are candidates for Arlington Heights Elementary School District 25 board in the 2013 election.

    School board candidates discuss Dist. 25's needs, future

    The five candidates for Arlington Heights Elementary District 25 school board will participate in an open forum Tuesday night to answer voters' questions, discuss why they are running and outline what they hope to accomplish if elected. Three incumbents and two newcomers are running for four board seats in the April 9 consolidated municipal election.

    Jonathan Fogelman

    Plainfield man charged in Naperville sex abuse case

    A 19-year-old Plainfield man has been arrested on charges of sexually abusing a 13-year-old female family friend in Naperville, authorities said Monday. Jonathan Fogelman, 19, of the 13100 block of Merganser Cove, turned himself into Naperville police on Saturday. He was formally charged with two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse and one count of possession of child pornography.

    Darin Evans

    Elmhurst former associate pastor charged with sex crime

    A former associate pastor at an Elmhurst church has been arrested and charged with sexual assault and abuse. Darin L. Evans, 41, of the 2400 block of Short Street in Dover, Ohio, turned himself in to Elmhurst police Monday.


    Dog dies in Mount Prospect fire

    A family's dog died in a blaze at a Mount Prospect home Monday morning. Mount Prospect firefighters were dispatched to the home on Hi Lusi Avenue at 10:11 a.m. Smoke and flames could be seen coming from a second-story window of the single family residence when firefighters arrived, said Mount Prospect Battalion Chief Randy Uidl.

    Cook County Commissioner William Beavers

    Beavers gambled at frantic pace, IRS agent testifies

    A Chicago Democrat cashed multiple four-figure checks from his campaign to himself and then gambled the money away on slot machines at a feverish pace — sometimes within hours on a single day — an Internal Revenue Service agent testified on Monday at the Cook County commissioner's tax-evasion trial.

    The Illinois Lottery says it is entitled to $20 million from Northstar Lottery Group after the private manager fell $95 million short of promised profits.

    Lottery operator faces $20 million penalty

    The private operator of the Illinois Lottery faces a $20 million penalty because it fell nearly $66 million short of the profits it promised the state in its inaugural year, state officials said Monday. Northstar Lottery Group will have to pay the penalty even though its sales were nearly $400 million higher in fiscal year 2012 than in the last year the state administered the lottery, state...

    This photo from a video, provided by the Human Rights Campaign, shows former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announcing her support for gay marriage, putting her in line with other potential Democratic presidential candidates on a social issue that is rapidly gaining public approval.

    Clinton joins other Dems in backing gay marriage

    Hillary Rodham Clinton's embrace of gay marriage Monday signals she may be seriously weighing a 2016 presidential run and trying to avoid the type of late-to-the-party caution that hurt her first bid. Her chief Democratic rivals endorsed same-sex marriage as much as seven years ago, and it's widely popular with Democratic and independent voters.

    Paul Johnson

    Neighbor charged in Elgin murder has long rap sheet

    The man accused of stabbing to death an Elgin neighbor with the screwdriver he used to break into her home has an extensive criminal background, police said. Paul A. Johnson, 34, a lifelong Elgin resident, was charged with the March 2 murder of Lisa Koziol-Ellis, who lived three doors down from him. Johnson was on parole since January 2012 for residential burglary.

    The ‘smash and grab’ burglar hit four more Aurora businesses recently, police believe.

    Aurora ‘smash and grab’ burglar strikes 4 more times

    A burglar known for smashing glass doors to enter businesses in Aurora has struck again in recent days, police say. The "smash and grab" burglar has been linked four additional burglaries, in addition to eight previous burglaries this month.

    The Supreme Court debated Monday over whether states fighting voter fraud and illegal immigration can make people document their U.S. citizenship before allowing them to use a federal voter registration system that was designed to make it easier to vote.

    High court divided over Ariz. voter requirement

    Supreme Court justices disagreed Monday over whether states can require would-be voters to prove they are U.S. citizens before using a federal registration system designed to make signing up easier.

    Jonylah Watkins

    Chicago police expect arrests in baby’s killing

    Chicago Police Superintendent Gary McCarthy says investigators believe they know what happened the night a 6-month-old baby was shot to death and her father seriously wounded. "We are going to close this case, there's no doubt in my mind," McCarthy said.

    University of Central Florida police block off a street near the Tower 1 dorm, tall building center, after explosive devices were found by authorities investigating the apparent suicide of a college student in the dorm Monday in Orlando, Fla. Hundreds of students were evacuated, though the school said there was no immediate threat.

    Police say Fla. college student plotted attack

    A college student with two guns, hundreds of rounds of ammunition and a backpack filled with explosives pulled a dorm fire alarm Monday in an apparent attempt to force other students out into the open so that he could slaughter them, authorities said. But he instead put a bullet in his head as police closed in.


    Elgin neighborhood was on edge after woman’s murder

    Pam Lawson says her Elgin neighborhood was wary of Paul Johnson, the parolee accused of breaking into the home of Lisa Koziol-Ellis and stabbing her to death. But after the murder, Lawson took extra precautions, such as not letting her children out of the house to play with friends. For the 17 days a killer was at large, the townhouse complex was on pins and needles.

    FBI agent Richard DesLauriers, standing next to a poster that shows a Rembrandt painting and offers a reward, on Monday discusses the famed $500 million art theft that occurred in Boston in 1990.

    FBI focusing on recovery in ‘90 art heist

    The FBI says it has solved the decades-old mystery of who stole $500 million in artwork from Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, but it is withholding the identities of the thieves, adding another twist to the largest property heist in U.S. history. On Monday, the 23rd anniversary of the theft, authorities announced a new publicity campaign aimed at generating tips.


    Delays persist on Metra after accident

    Metra trains on the BNSF are running again but with delays of up to an hour and a half after a pedestrian was struck and killed this afternoon by an inbound train in Hinsdale.

    Construction is scheduled to begin this summer to lower the intersection of Route 83 and Rollins Road in Round Lake Beach. The complicated project will be built in five stages during 18 months.

    $126 million roadwork plan biggest ever for Lake County

    Every spring can be maddening for drivers, but this year the Lake County Division of Transporation is mounting by far its biggest construction season ever. An estimated $126 milion will be spent on 32 projects to include improvements at Rollins Road and Route 83 and Fairfield Road and Route 176.

    Hoffman Estates Mayor William McLeod gave an optimistic view of the local economy Monday during his annual State of the Village address.

    Mayor: Hoffman Estates ‘growing to greatness’ with businesses, partnerships

    In the last year, Hoffman Estates kept "growing to greatness" through economic development, the use of grants, sustainability awareness and infrastructure improvements, Mayor William McLeod said Monday during his annual state of the village address. "The economy has, at least in Hoffman Estates, gotten better," McLeod said.

    Dominic Szymanski

    Boy hit by train in Barrington improving

    The 11-year-old boy injured when struck by a train in Barrington Friday was doing much better Monday, Barrington Unit District 220 officials said. Dominic Szymanski, a fifth-grader at Hough Street Elementary School in Barrington, remains in stable condition while awaiting additional surgeries and medical procedures scheduled for later in the week, district spokesman Jeff Arnett said.


    Ex-police chief charged with witness tampering

    A former South suburban police chief has been arrested on charges of witness tampering and obstruction of justice in a case involving the alleged misuse of a job-training grant.


    Carpentersville gang member faces prison over gun

    A 25-year-old gang member faces prison time after being caught by Carpentersville police Saturday. David C. Bridges is charged with possession of a firearm by a gang member and with being an armed habitual criminal, which carries a penalty of six to 30 years in prison with no possiblity of probation if convicted.


    Three impaired driving arrests in Wheeling over St. Patrick’s Day

    The Wheeling Police Department made three impaired-driving arrests and three other significant arrests during the recent St. Patrick's Day holiday enforcement campaign. In addition, 46 safety belt citations and 32 other citations were written.


    Arlington Heights collecting prescription drugs

    The Drug Enforcement Administration and the Arlington Heights Police Department will coordinate efforts to remove potentially dangerous drugs from homes as part of the sixth National Prescription Take-Back Initiative on Saturday, April 27.


    CLC open house:

    The College of Lake County will host an open house from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 4 at the Grayslake campus, 19351 W. Washington St.


    Two-night candidate event:

    The League of Women Voters of Lake County and the Round Lake Area Public Library are hosting a two-night candidate event at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19 and Wednesday, March 20 at the Round Lake Beach Cultural and Civic Center, off Hook Drive west of Route 83.


    Wauconda board meets Tuesday:

    The Wauconda village board will meet tonight to recognize the police department's officer of the year and its civilian employee of the year, and to discuss other issues.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    A woman interrupted a man trying to steal a snowblower out of her garage at 3:52 p.m. Saturday in the 2500 block of Kane Lane, police said.

    Officials from Edward Hospital in Naperville were joined by Mayor George Pradel, third from left, as he fired up the crowd Monday to unveil the starting banner for Naperville’s inaugural marathon this fall. The event was held on the running track at the Edward Health & Fitness Center, next to the hospital.

    Edward Hospital to sponsor first three Naperville marathons

    Once a marathon without a name, the inaugural Edward Hospital Naperville Marathon and Half Marathon now has an official moniker. Edward officials announced Monday that the hospital will be the title sponsor of the event through 2015. The inaugural races will be on Sunday, Nov. 10, starting and finishing at North Central College near downtown Naperville.


    Wheeling Township candidate event Thursday

    League of Women Voters will host a meet and greet for the Republican and Democratic candidates running for Wheeling Township positions at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 21, at the Arlington Heights Historical Society, 110 West Fremont, in Arlington Heights.

    Illinois Department of Public Health Director LaMar Hasbrouck, left, accompanied by Gov. Pat Quinn, speaks at a news conference on youth violence Monday in Chicago.

    State officials kick off anti-violence week

    Illinois officials on Monday kicked off the start of a youth violence prevention week by calling attention to the shooting death of a 6-month-old Chicago baby, but they did not offer new strategies or funding to address the problem.

    Michael Jordan has denied that he’s the father of Pamela Smith’s 16-year-old son.

    Paternity suit against Jordan withdrawn

    A lawyer for a woman who says Michael Jordan fathered her teenage son has withdrawn her paternity suit but left open the possibility that it could be refiled. Pamela Smith "stands by the facts alleged in her original filing," Atlanta attorney Randall Kessler said.

    Surveillance cameras are mounted outside of the Illini Union Bookstore in Champaign. The campus had 13 surveillance cameras in 2008. Now the number is at 900.

    More security cameras in place at U of I

    The University of Illinois had 13 surveillance cameras on its Urbana-Champaign campus in 2008. Five years later that number is at 900 with police saying they hope to increase it to 1,100 by the end of the year. "It has always been our intention to try to cover as much of the campus as we can," campus police Detective Tim Hetrick said.


    Fox Valley police reports
    Nicholas D. Breh, 20, of the 500 block of Redtail Ridge in Elgin, was charged Monday with possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, driving on a suspended license and with a defective muffler, according to a police report. He was arrested at Randall Road and Broadsmore Drive and later released on his signature, police said.

    Better wipe off those boots before you get on a Metra train. The agency plans a scrub-down by hiring new cleaners.

    Metra hiring 31 new coach cleaners

    Tired of grungy trains? Metra's got the answer! The commuter rail agency is deploying an army of extra cleaners to exterminate germ and grime on rail cars. It may not stop delays, but at least you'll be fuming in sanitized, squeaky-clean surroundings.

    The crowd listens to a critic of changes to the assessment-review process at Monday’s Lake County board of review meeting. The changes were approved.

    Lake County panel limits property assessment appeal assistance

    Landowners no longer can hire real estate agents or specialty firms to appeal their property assessments, the Lake County board of review decided Monday. The unanimous vote follwed about two hours of public comment, mostly from opponents of the plan.


    NC woman IDs donor in rabies case; one organ came to Illinois

    A North Carolina woman says her child's father is the Air Force mechanic whose rabies-infected organs were transplanted into multiple recipients, including a Maryland man who died. Alecia Mercer of Trenton, N.C., said Monday that military and state health officials told her last week that William Edward Small had died of rabies in September 2011.


    Kids home on break puts greater demand on food pantry

    With spring break in District 300 falling the week before Easter, which puts a greater strain on the FISH Food pantry's resources due to students eating all their meals at home, the pantry's holiday dinners may be leaner than usual. "Unless we receive some thorough donations, we will not be giving out hams or potatoes this year," president Mary Graziano said. "We will be giving out the normal...

    Sean Lennon and actress Susan Sarandon visit to a fracking site in New Milford, Pa., in January 2013.

    NY celebrity anti-frackers not registered as lobby

    A good-government advocate and two experts in lobbying law are calling on New York to examine whether celebrities opposing gas drilling should reveal their finances. Barbara Bartoletti, of the League of Women Voters, says the state lobbing board should look into whether Artists Against Fracking and its celebrity members should register as lobbyists.

    Argentina’s President Cristina Fernandez, left, shakes hands with Buenos Aires’ then-archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio in 2008 in Lujan, Argentina. Pope Francis’ diplomatic skills were put to the test Monday as he lunched with Fernandez, with whom he has had a contentious relationship.

    Delicate diplomacy: Pope meets Argentine presiden

    Pope Francis' diplomatic skills were put to the test Monday as his political nemesis, Argentine President Cristina Fernandez, asked him to intervene in the dispute with Britain over the Falkland Islands. There was no immediate comment from the Vatican as to whether the Argentine-born Francis would accept her request, which was made during his inaugural audience with a visiting head of state on...

    Kathleen Beck

    River Trails District 26 candidates talk school finances

    The River Trails School District 26 school board will see major turonover this year, as no incumbents are seeking re-election April 9. Instead, five newcomers are seeking four seats.

    Shoe Carnival has opened a new location on Randall Road in South Elgin near Kohl’s and TJ Maxx.

    Shoe Carnival comes to South Elgin

    A new shoe store has joined the Randall Road corridor. Shoe Carnival now is open in South Elgin at 354 Randall Road in South Elgin. The store opened earlier this month in the Shops at South Elgin, next to TJ Maxx.

    Mark Beeson

    Island Lake candidates split on transparency at village hall

    Some of the candidates for seats on Island Lake's village board feel town leaders need to be more open with the public. Others are comfortable with the level of government transparency. Six candidates are running for three seats on the board. None are incumbents.

    Johnny Borizov

    Cameras to document Darien murder trial

    A television camera will be rolling next month during the trial of a man charged with being the mastermind behind the March 2010 slayings of three members of a Darien family. DuPage County Judge Daniel Guerin on Monday agreed to allow extended media coverage of the trial for Johnny Borizov, who is accused in the killings of Jeffrey and Lori Kramer and their 20-year-old son Mike. The trial is...

    Stevenson High School boys basketball captains Andy Stempel, left, Matt Morrissey and Jalen Brunson speak to the fans at the school Monday as they celebrate the team’s second-place finish in the state Class 4A tournament at Carver Arena in Peoria.

    Stevenson celebrates basketball, debate success

    Several hundred Stevenson High School students turned out Monday morning to celebrate a pair of big weekend accomplishments. Fans cheered the boy's basketball team, which wrapped up its season with a second-place finish in the state IHSA Class 4A tournament in Peoria. They also cheered debate team member Eric Ramoutar's second-place finish at the state IHSA debate tournament.

    Reid Foltyniewicz

    Private paramedics idea divides Lombard candidates

    An idea for Lombard to utilize a private company to handle some of its ambulance calls is one of the topics dividing District 3 trustee candidates. "Privatization in every area where that would be an advantage, financially especially, is the way to go," said Trustee Zachary Wilson, who is running for re-election in District 3. Wilson's challengers, Reid Foltyniewicz and Muzzamil Saeed, have...

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says his new government is extending its hand in peace to the Palestinians.

    Israel’s Netanyahu says new government wants peace

    Israel's prime minister said Monday that his new government was extending its hand in peace to the Palestinians, declaring that he is ready to make a "historic compromise" if they return to the negotiating table with good will.

    Samuel Sanchez, of Elgin, left, gets a sparring workout with his brother Miguel at Lords Park Tuesday in Elgin. The 25-year-old is an accomplished boxer, having won several titles in the featherweight class. Miguel says his brother has been boxing since he was 15.

    Images: The Week in Pictures
    This edition of The Week in Pictures features Pi Day events, Irish dancers, and a few bald heads for charity.


    Pakistani Taliban withdraw peace talk offer

    The Pakistani Taliban have withdrawn their offer of holding peace talks with the government. Spokesman Ahsanullah Ahsan says in a video sent to reporters on Monday that the group "temporarily postponed" its offer because the government had not shown a serious effort to follow through with negotiations.

    Police vehicles block a road just outside the town of Chertsey, Quebec, Sunday, during a search for escaped prisoners. A dramatic daylight jailbreak involving two Quebec inmates climbing a rope into a hovering helicopter swiftly escalated into a large police operation Sunday night in which at least one escapee was tracked down hours after he fled.

    2 inmates escape from Quebec prison in helicopter

    Two Quebec inmates climbed into a hijacked helicopter to make a daring daylight escape from a prison outside Montreal, authorities said Monday. Both were later recaptured. Police said they believe the pilot was held hostage in the Sunday jailbreak and consider him a victim. He was treated for shock in hospital. Quebec provincial police said early Monday that they had arrested four people about 30...

    Martina Rutherford receives dialysis treatment at Fresenius Medical Care in Peoria a four-hour process that she must endure three times a week.

    2 kidneys, 2 sisters

    Two kidneys and two sisters. One donated a kidney to the other in 1985, which made medical history in Peoria." Of course you remember the first one better than you remember the next 999," says Dr. Beverly Ketel, the transplant surgeon who performed the area's first kidney transplant. "It's amazing how many people are still around who remember the first one."


    Ind. man struggling with deaths of wife, 2 kids

    The husband of a woman found dead last week along with the couple's two children in a southern Indiana creek says he'd give anything to have them back. Michael Clutter also tells WHAS-TV that he doesn't "have a clue as to what happened" to his wife and two children.


    Illinois AG warns of tax-refund fees and loans

    The Illinois attorney general's office is warning the public to be on the lookout for the high cost of tax-refund anticipation products. Attorney General Lisa Madigan says her office is watching closely after a recently-enacted state law prohibiting so-called "junk fees" for refund products.

    Seven women and five men were selected to as the jury to begin hearing the case Monday of Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter. He was known for 20 years as Clark Rockefeller. He says he is not guilty of the cold case killing of John Sohus.

    Rockefeller impostor on trial for murder

    After 27 years, the murder trial of a man who posed as a member of the fabled Rockefeller family is getting under way with opening statements to the jury. Seven women and five men were selected to as the jury to begin hearing the case Monday of Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter. He was known for 20 years as Clark Rockefeller. He says he is not guilty of the cold case killing of John Sohus.

    This aerial photo taken April 28, 2011, shows tornado damage in Pleasant Grove, Ala. The photos and mementoes that were blown for hundreds of miles during the tornado outbreak two years ago are giving researchers new insight on how debris is carried. University of Georgia associate professor John Knox says a new study has documented how one photo traveled nearly 220 miles through the atmosphere over Alabama and Tennessee.

    Tornado debris study could lead to better warnings

    Photos and mementoes that were snatched up and blown hundreds of miles during a Southern tornado outbreak two years ago are giving researchers new insight on how debris is carried by the storms and how it could threaten the public. A new study has documented how one photo traveled nearly 220 miles over Alabama and Tennessee, said John Knox, an associate professor of geography at the University of...


    Dawn Patrol: Winter weather advisory; family mourns slain clerk

    Injured football player Rob Komosa dies; Streamwood family mourns slain gas station clerk; suspect in custody in Elgin woman's murder; group rallies against Fox Valley charter school.

    Law enforcement officials say they continue to find evidence of a strong presence of heroin in the suburbs through drug seizures and overdoses. These packages of heroin were seized by the DuPage County Sheriff's Drug Unit.

    As suburban heroin crisis rages, education efforts ramp up

    The suburban heroin epidemic is showing no signs of a slowdown. Already this year, there have been at least 12 heroin-related deaths in the suburbs. Meanwhile, groups continue to emphasize education and awareness. The latest forum, "Heroin in our Community," is planned for March 20 at Lake Park High School's West Campus in Roselle.


    Are knives on planes safe? Move stirs 9/11 memories

    Who'd have thought 2.36 inches could stir up so much pain, anger and action? That's the size of the knives that will be allowed on plans as a result of the U.S. Transportation Security Administration's recent decision to allow pocket knives smaller than 2.36 inches in carry-on bags.The move announced March 5 in a TSA blog post blindsided the aviation community and caused memories of 9/11 to...



    Cubs affiliation excites Cougars

    So much for Spring fever. It certainly hasn't felt like baseball weather these days. Bone-chilling temperatures have been the norm instead of the exception this month while shoveling snow has been much more commonplace than seeing local baseball or softball players swinging bats outdoors. At this point, I'd actually settle for a few 45-degree afternoons rather than the 30-degree temperatures that we've been experiencing lately across Chicagoland. But believe it or not, baseball season is just around the corner — I think. Weather permitting, of course. Nobody is looking forward to the first pitch of the 2013 season more than Kane County Cougars general manager Curtis Haug.

    Bulls guard Marco Belinelli shoots over the Nuggets’ Corey Brewer during overtime Monday night. Joakim Noah tipped it in but was called for offensive goaltending on the shot.

    Bulls not at all happy with ruling in loss to Denver

    Denver extended its winning streak to 12 games with an action-packed 119-118 overtime victory over the Bulls on Monday that was ultimately settled on a video screen. A Joakim Noah tip-in with 1.7 seconds on the clock was reviewed and ruled goaltending, wiping out the winning basket and leaving the Bulls steamed.

    Blackhawks goalie Ray Emery celebrates with Brandon Saad during Monday night’s victory.

    Blackhawks avenge loss to Avalanche

    The Blackhawks were back at the Pepsi Center on Monday night looking to avenge their first regulation loss of the season, and they did, winning 5-2 behind goals from Jimmy Hayes, Andrew Shaw, Patrick Kane, Brent Seabrook and Jonathan Toews. Duncan Keith admitted the Hawks were ready for the Avs this time. “They came out pretty hard against us last time we were here," Keith said.


    Smith lifts short-handed Knicks past Jazz, 90-83

    J.R. Smith scored 20 points, Raymond Felton had 19 and the short-handed New York Knicks defeated the Utah Jazz 90-83 Monday night, snapping a four-game losing streak.


    Scola’s big 4th helps Suns rout Kobe-less Lakers

    Luis Scola scored all 14 of his points, including his second 3-pointer of the season, and grabbed eight of his nine rebounds in the fourth quarter Monday night and the Phoenix Suns pulled away for a 99-76 rout of the Lakers, without Bryant for the second night in a row.

    Chicago Bulls guard Nate Robinson, right, fouls Denver Nuggets guard Andre Iguodala during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 18, 2013, in Chicago.

    Karl says his team just fine as is

    The Nuggets didn't have an all-star this season and before playing at the United Center on Monday, coach George Karl was asked if Denver can get to the Finals without a traditional go-to superstar. "Definitively, yes," Karl answered. "I'm tired of the dang question."


    Monday’s girls soccer scoreboard
    High school results from Monday's varsity girls soccer games, as reported to the Daily Herald.


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


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


    Monday’s boys volleyball scoreboard
    High school results from xxxday's varsity boys volleyball games, as reported to the Daily Herald.


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


    Eriksson scores twice as Stars beat Flames 4-3
    Loui Eriksson scored twice and the Dallas Stars held on for a 4-3 victory over the Calgary Flames on Monday night. Eric Nystrom and Erik Cole also scored and Ray Whitney added two assists for Dallas, which snapped a four-game losing streak (0-3-1).

    Colorado Avalanche right wing Chuck Kobasew (12) and Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Nick Leddy (8) chase a puck into the corner during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Monday, March 18, 2013, in Denver. Chicago won 5-2.

    Emery, Kane lead Blackhawks to 5-2 win over Avs

    Ray Emery stopped 17 shots to remain unbeaten this season, Patrick Kane had a goal and two assists, and Chicago held off Colorado 5-2 on Monday night in the first meeting since the Avalanche halted the Blackhawks' record points streak.

    Alex Dickmann of Addison Trail spikes the ball in action against Oak Park River Forest during boys volleyball on Monday in Addison.

    Young Blazers falter against Oak Park

    A young Addison Trail team with only four seniors on its roster ran into a veteran-laden Oak Park-River Forest squad in Monday's season opener for both teams


    Big first period lifts Naperville North

    Naperville North's 10-3 win over visiting Fremd on Monday in boys water polo showed how two state quarterfinalists from 2012 are taking different paths toward accomplishing their goals this season.


    Prospect remains unbeaten

    Prospect's girls soccer team stayed unbeaten in the early going as it cruised past visiting Plainfield Central with a comprehensive 3-0 victory on some frozen turf in Mt. Prospect on Monday. Jenna Grivas, Kim Welk and Emily Novak were the scorers for the Knights (2-0-1), who produced a fine display of attacking soccer after the intermission to break open a tightly contested tussle with their guests.


    Good start for St. Francis

    It may take a little more time before St. Francis setters totally click with the team's balanced attack of hitters, but even so the Spartans had more than their share of impressive kills in Monday night's season opener.


    Volleyball wins for Carmel, Mundelein, Lakes

    Carmel d. Lakes: Carmel opened the season with a 25-21, 22-25, 25-18 victory over Lakes, thanks to 8 kills, 15 assists and 2 aces from Matt Campbell. Mason Solbrig led Lakes (0-1) with 8 kills and 5 aces. He also had 3 blocks.Mundelein d. Waukegan: John Lentz rolled up 11 kills and Blake Burton added 9 as Mundelein won its first match of the season, defeating Waukegan 25-19, 25-18. Victor Magana finished with 20 assists for the Mustangs.Warren d. Antioch: Warren opened its season with a 25-15, 25-11 sweep of Antioch. Brian Erickson had 9 kills for the Blue Devils while Mitch Maan de Kok and Matt Massong each added 5 kills. Arvind Kouta finished with 21 assists for Warren.


    Boys basketball: Top 20 rankings
    Stevenson, West Aurora and Benet hold down the top three spots in the final rankings of area boys basketball teams.

    Denver Nuggets guard Wilson Chandler, left, battles Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah for a rebound during overtime of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 18, 2013, in Chicago. The Nuggets won 119-118.

    Iguodala’s 3 lifts Nuggets over Bulls, 119-118

    Andre Iguodala's 3-pointer with 7.1 seconds left in overtime sent the Denver Nuggets to their 12th consecutive win, a 119-118 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Monday night.

    Miami Heat’s LeBron James (6) celebrates with fans as he walks off the court after their NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston, Monday, March 18, 2013. James made the go-ahead jumper with 10.5 seconds left to lead Miami to its 23rd consecutive victory, 105-103 over the Celtics.

    Heat beat Boston 105-103 for 23rd win in a row

    LeBron James made the go-ahead jumper with 10.5 seconds left to lead Miami to its 23rd consecutive victory, 105-103 over the Boston Celtics on Monday night. It's the second-longest winning streak in NBA history, trailing only the 33 in a row won by the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers.


    Conley leads Grizzlies past Timberwolves, 92-77

    Mike Conley had 20 points and six assists and the Memphis Grizzlies snapped a two-game losing streak with a 92-77 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday night.

    Mundelein’s Dick Knar, here celebrating after a sectional semifinal victory, is backing away from coaching at Mundelein.

    Knar retires from coaching at Mundelein

    The Knar basketball era is officially over at Mundelein. Mundelein boys basketball coach Dick Knar informed athletic director Perry Wilhem on Monday morning that he was "retiring from coaching." Knar, whose three children had successful basketball careers for the Mustangs, will remain a dean of students at Mundelein. In 26 years, including 16 as a head coach, he compiled 266 wins, 6 regional championships, 1 sectional championship and 2 conference championships.

    JOE LEWNARD/jlewnard@dailyherald.com ¬ Warren's Darius Paul shoots against Rockford Auburn during Tuesday's class 4A Supersectional at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb.

    Darius Paul nets MAC frosh award at Western Michigan

    Former Warren standout Darius Paul didn't wait long to make his impact in the Mid-American Conference. The Western Michigan 6-foot-8 forward was named the "Freshman of the Year" by the MAC. The Gurnee native leads all MAC freshmen in scoring (10.6 points per game) and rebounding (5.8). He is the fourth player in WMU history to win Freshman of the Year' honors, joining Booker James (1984), Ben Reed (2002) and David Kool (2007).

    Joseph Machalek of Wheaton Warrenville South lines up Clayton Thorson of Wheaton north during the Wheaton Warrenville South at Wheaton North game Friday.

    For Thorson, NU is the right pick

    Already growing accustomed to the role of student-athlete, Clayton Thorson did plenty of homework before choosing Northwestern University to continue his football career.


    Hot-shooting Mavs roll past Hawks, 127-113

    Darren Collison scored 24 points and the hot-shooting Dallas Mavericks set season highs for points in a half and a game while beating the Atlanta Hawks 127-113 on Monday night.


    Curry leads Warriors past Hornets, 93-72

    Stephen Curry scored 30 points and the Golden State Warriors won easily for the second straight night, 93-72 over the struggling New Orleans Hornets on Monday.


    Odds are, Rosemont not a bad option for Cubs

    Rosemont is reaching out to the Cubs and the Ricketts family should at least consider the proposal. The odds are against the club moving out of Wrigleyville, but never underestimate this particular suburb when it comes to making bold moves.


    Final 2 weeks critical for some Sox players

    As the April 1 season opener against the Royals comes into view, the White Sox are looking for key players like Jeff Keppinger, John Danks, Jesse Crain, Tyler Flowers and Matt Thornton to get healthy enough to be ready to play for real.


    Purcell’s goal in 3rd lifts Lightning over Flyers

    Teddy Purcell scored the tiebreaking goal midway through the third period and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-2 on Monday night.

    New York Rangers' Brian Boyle (22) and J.T. Miller (47) celebrate after the shootout of an NHL hockey game against the Carolina Hurricanes, Monday, March 18, 2013, in New York. The Rangers won 2-1. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

    Miller’s SO goal lifts Rangers over Hurricanes

    Rangers rookie J.T. Miller fumbled his way to a goal in the third round of a shootout and New York snapped a three-game losing streak with a 2-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday night.

    Washington Wizards’ John Wall (2) knocks down Charlotte Bobcats’ Kemba Walker (15) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Monday, March 18, 2013. Wall was called for a charging foul on the play. The Bobcats won 119-114.

    Bobcats snap Wizards’ 3-game win streak 119-114

    Gerald Henderson had 27 points, Kemba Walker came up big late and the Charlotte Bobcats defeated Washington 119-114 Monday night to snap the Wizards' three-game win streak.


    Nets crush Pistons to open 8-game road trip

    Deron Williams scored 31 points in 28 minutes, and the Brooklyn Nets routed the hapless Detroit Pistons 119-82 Monday night in the opener of their eight-game road trip.

    Cleveland Cavalier’s Marreese Speights, left, fouls Indiana Pacers’ Paul George during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game Monday in Cleveland. Speights was ejected for a flagrant foul. The Pacers won 111-90.

    Green, Hansbrough lead Pacers past Cavs, 111-90

    Gerald Green scored 20 points and Tyler Hansbrough, starting in place of the injured David West, had 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 111-90 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday night.

    Portland Trail Blazers’ LaMarcus Aldridge shoots during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday in Philadelphia.

    76ers rally late to top Portland 101-100

    Spencer Hawes had 18 points and 13 rebounds, and Jrue Holiday scored 27 points to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 101-100 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday night.

    Cubs shortstop Javier Baez can’t get a glove on a hit by Colorado’s Eric Young Jr. last Wednesday. Baez, who was sent to the minors Monday, is very appreciative of the advice given by Alfonso Soriano.

    Young Cubs get sage advice from Soriano

    The future of the Cubs franchise is looking brighter with young players Javier Baez and Jorge Soler in the system. Among those giving them valuable advice about life in professional baseball is Cubs left fielder Alfonso Soriano.


    Cubs get good news on Garza

    On a more positive note for the Cubs, ace Matt Garza reported good results after throwing from 75 feet Sunday. Garza, whose 2012 season ended in July with a "stress reaction" in his right elbow, was on the mend from a left-lat-muscle injury he suffered early in spring training.

    The Blackhawks need to get a new deal done with young defenseman Nick Leddy before the end of the season.

    Blackhawks also have eye on Leddy, future

    The Blackhawks will be shopping at the trade deadline, but not at the expense of their future, which includes managing the salary cap. They still have to get Nick Leddy signed, and he's an RFA after the season.

    In this Jan. 26, 2013, file photo, Baylor’s Brittney Griner (42) celebrates after breaking the NCAA women’s career record for blocks as Odyssey Sims (0) and Oklahoma’s Aaryn Ellenberg (3) stand by during the second half of a college basketball game in Waco Texas. Baylor was announced Monday, March 18, to join Connecticut, Stanford and Notre Dame as a No. 1 seed in the women’s tournament, marking the second straight season those four schools were the top seeds.

    Baylor, Notre Dame, UConn, Stanford repeat as top seeds

    For the first time ever, the top four seeds are the same for consecutive seasons. Baylor, Connecticut, Notre Dame and Stanford all earned No. 1 spots when the field was announced Monday night.


    Edwin Jackson leads Cubs over Padres 5-2

    Edwin Jackson allowed one run and three hits in six innings, and the Chicago Cubs rested most of their regulars on Monday in a 5-2 win over the San Diego Padres.

    Sky forward Tamera Young, front, has agreed to a multiyear deal to stay in Chicago with the WNBA club.

    Sky agrees to multiyear deal with Young

    The Chicago Sky re-signed forward Tamera Young to a multi-year deal, head coach and general manager Pokey Chatman announced Monday.

    In this Nov. 23, 2012, file photo, Louisville's Kevin Ware (5), Montrezl Harrell (24), Peyton Siva, Zach Price (25) and Gorgui Dieng (10) react after a basket in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Paradise Island, Bahamas. The Cardinals have shown that they are comfortable being front-runners in their season-long quest to go farther than last year's Final Four appearance. Now, they enter the NCAA tournament as the overall No 1 seed.

    Some NCAA tournament nuggets to digest

    Here's a look at the NCAA men's basketball tournament, and some nuggets of information to share about the 68-team free-for-all that begins Tuesday and ends three weeks from now at the Final Four in Atlanta:

    Rafael Nadal, of Spain, poses with the trophy after defeating Juan Martin del Potro, of Argentina, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, in their match at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament Sunday in Indian Wells, Calif.

    Nadal buoyed by comeback

    Rafael Nadal arrived at Indian Wells not believing he could win the tournament. A week later, the crystal trophy awarded to the champion was on the table next to him. "I did much more than what I dreamed," he said after rallying to beat Juan Martin del Potro in three sets at the BNP Paribas Open on Sunday, his first hard-court tournament title since October 2010.

    Sporting KC forward C.J. Sapong leaps over Chicago Fire goalkeeper Sean Johnson during Saturday's match in Kansas City, Kan. Johnson, who has been called to join the U.S. National Team, earned his 16th MLS shutout in the match.

    U.S. Team calls up Fire goalie Johnson

    Chicago Fire goalkeeper Sean Johnson has been selected by U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann for the upcoming FIFA World Cup Qualifiers against Costa Rica at in Commerce City, Colo., on Friday, and against Mexico in Mexico City, Mexico on March 26, team officials announced.


    Mike North video: NCAA tournament pick

    Mike North thinks  Ohio State is flying under the radar and just mighty be the team to beat.    Aaron Kraft is looking good for this team and they will represent the Big 10 well.


    Bulls tipoff
    Denver Nuggets at the United Center, 7 p.m.TV: Comcast SportsNetRadio: ESPN 1000-AMUpdate: The Bulls would have remembered the 128-96 loss at Denver on Feb. 7 as their worst of the season, but then that Sacramento game blew it out of the water. The Nuggets (45-22) have won 11 straight, including four in a row at normal altitude on the road. PG Ty Lawson is the top scorer at 16.8 ppg., followed closely by SF Danilo Gallinari at 16.4, with Andre Iguodala, Kenneth Faried, Corey Brewer and Wilson Chandler all in double figures. The Bulls have dropped three straight in the series.Next: Portland Trail Blazers at the United Center, 7 p.m. Thursday— Mike McGraw


    House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan appears before the House Rules Committee to testify on his party’s budget proposal at the Capitol Monday.

    Catchall spending bill advances in Senate

    A bipartisan full-year funding bill took a big step forward in the Senate on Monday, despite opposition from Republicans who were denied chances to offer money aimed at addressing home state problems like looming closures of air traffic control towers. The legislation advanced on a 63-35 procedural vote that sets up a vote on Tuesday to pass the measure and send it back to the House, which is likely to clear it later this week for President Barack Obama's signature.

    Children by a protest banner held by protestors outside of the parliament during a crucial meeting in capital Nicosia, Cyprus, Monday. Cyprus’ president is briefing lawmakers ahead of a crucial parliamentary vote.

    Cypriot deposits grab shocks savers across Europe

    A plan to seize up to 10 percent of people's savings in the small Mediterranean island nation of Cyprus sent shockwaves across Europe on Monday as households realized the money they have in the bank may not be safe.

    President Barack Obama announces Thomas E. Perez, right, as his nominee for Labor Secretary, Monday at the White House.

    Obama nominates Justice official to top Labor slot

    President Barack Obama gave a glowing rollout Monday to Thomas Perez, his choice to lead the Labor Department after an aggressive stint as the nation's chief civil rights enforcer. But the nomination quickly ran into trouble as a Republican senator declared he would block the nomination until GOP concerns about Perez's Justice Department tenure are addressed.

    This image released by the online Machinima network shows a scene from the Premium episodic series “Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn.” Machinima has grown into one of the most successful networks on YouTube, a gamer hub composed of a little expensively-produced original programming, and a whole lot of user-generated videos.

    ‘Premium’ is subjective for YouTube’s big networks

    While the land rush to stream "premium" original content is drawing an increasing number of video professionals to the Web, YouTube's swelling multi-channel networks are finding success — and enormous scale — with a more organic, bottom-up approach.

    Rebecca Levey, mother of 10-year old twin daughters, is seen in her girls’ bedroom in New York.

    Monitoring your kids on Facebook? That’s so 2009

    Relieved your kids aren't posting embarrassing messages and goofy self-portraits on Facebook? They're probably doing it on Instagram and Snapchat instead. The number of popular social media sites available on kids' mobile devices has exploded in recent years. The smartest apps now enable kids to chat informally with select groups of friends without bumping up against texting limits and without being monitored by parents, coaches and college admissions officers, who are frequent Facebook posters themselves.

    U.S. stocks fell, after the Dow Jones Industrial Average reached record highs last week, as a levy imposed by euro-area leaders on Cypriot bank deposits sparked concern the region’s debt crisis is intensifying.

    Stocks falter following Cyprus’s bailout plan

    Stocks are closed lower on Wall Street as investors worried that a controversial proposal to seize money from depositors in Cyprus could set off another bout of anxiety over Europe's shared currency. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 62.05 points, or 0.4 percent, to 14,452.06 Monday.


    Sears earns Energy Star partner of year award

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recognized Sears Holdings with a 2013 Energy Star Partner of the Year — Sustained Excellence Award for its continued leadership in protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency.


    BMO Harris Bank hire expands SBA loan efforts

    BMO Harris Bank said it has hired Ejaz Syed to lead the bank's SBA loan program efforts in the Greater Chicago area.


    Dex One, Supermedia file for bankruptcy to complete merger

    Dex One Corp. and SuperMedia Inc., two money-losing phone book publishers, plan to merge by returning to bankruptcy, about three years after each exited court protection. The merger will save Dex One, formerly known as R.H. Donnelley Corp., and SuperMedia, formerly Idearc Inc., to save as much as $175 million annually, Dex One General Counsel Mark W. Hianik said in an affidavit filed today in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, Delaware.


    United Technologies sells Goodrich pump business

    United Technologies Corp. says it has completed the sale of a pump and engine control systems business owned previously by airline parts maker Goodrich Corp.The Hartford, Conn., aerospace conglomerate said Monday it sold the business to Triumph Group Inc. of Berwyn, Pa., for an undisclosed sum.


    Geico expands in Ind., plans 1,200 jobs in Carmel

    Geico is announcing plans to bring 1,200 jobs to Indiana and pump millions of dollars into developing a campus just north of Indianapolis.

    Jack Dorsey

    Twitter co-founder eyes NYC mayor’s job

    There may be another billionaire interested in New York City's top job. Jack Dorsey, co-founder of the popular social media service Twitter and the mobile payments startup Square, reportedly says he wants to be mayor of New York one day. In an interview aired Sunday on "60 Minutes," CBS' Lara Logan said Dorsey is serious about moving to the Big Apple someday and running for mayor.


    Office Depot’s biggest holder nominates 6 to board

    Office Depot's biggest shareholder is nominating six people for the office products company's board. Shares of Office Depot rose 4 percent in premarket trading on Monday. Investment firm Starboard Value LP said that it sent a letter to Office Depot's board. In the letter, Starboard said that it believes and "new and improved" board is needed at the chain to help improve its operating performance; select a CEO when Office Depot combines with OfficeMax Inc. and contribute the most highly-qualified board members possible to the combined company.

    Jhy Neal shows a baby alligator at Savoie’s Alligator Farm in Cut Off, La.

    Alligator demand and prices heading up

    The local alligator farming industry continues its comeback as demand and prices rise. "In 2009, the market was slow because of the recession, and it was pretty rough. You know you never want to see that happen, but we planned for those types of things and we managed well. Since then, demand is back up, and prices look good. Everything is moving along like it has for the past 25 years," said Gerald Savoie Jr., owner of Savoie's Alligator Farm in Cut Off.

    Workers begin to validate returned ballots at the headquarters of the union for Boeing Co.'s engineers and technical workersFeb. 19 in Tukwila, Wash. The technical unit split with engineers represented by the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace in the Feb. 19 vote.

    Boeing tech workers taking re-vote on contract

    The union for 7,400 Boeing technical workers counts ballots Monday night in the re-vote on a contract that would replace pensions with a 401(k) retirement plan.The technical unit split with engineers represented by the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace in the Feb. 19 vote. The 15,500 engineers approved a new four-year contract, even though the union had recommended rejection over the pension issue.

    If you think a Whopper’s too indulgent but are sick of chicken sandwiches, Burger King is offering a turkey burger for the first time.

    Burger King to offer a turkey burger

    If you think a Whopper's too indulgent but are sick of chicken sandwiches, Burger King is offering a turkey burger for the first time. The Miami-based company is rolling out the new sandwich this week as part of its limited-time offers for spring, marking the latest fast-food effort to cater to health-conscious diners. Last week, McDonald's said it plans to offer a lower-calorie version of its Egg McMuffin made with egg whites.


    U.S. builder confidence falls on weak supply, labor

    Confidence among U.S. homebuilders fell this month because of concerns that limited land, building materials and labor will slow sales in the short term. But builders' outlook for sales over the next six months reached its strongest point in more than six years, suggesting the decline is temporary.


    Jobless rates rise in January in half of U.S. states

    Unemployment rates increased in half of U.S. states in January from December, as employers nationwide added the fewest jobs in seven months. The Labor Department says unemployment rates increased in 25 states. They fell in only 8 states and were unchanged in 17.

    Afamily of pigs invading the Palmetto State Park’s camp grounds in Abbeyville, La. T

    $1million pilot project aims to take out feral pigs

    Using the cover of darkness, feral pigs have learned to outsmart even the most seasoned hunters as they set about on their nightly terrors, rooting up crops and suburban gardens, harassing native wildlife and turning watering holes into pigsties. The invasive porkers have made themselves at home across more than three quarters of the U.S. and are responsible for an estimated $1.5 billion in damages each year. Most worrisome is their ability to learn from each encounter with a frustrated human.

    A man eats a rice ball while walking past an electronic stock board of a securities firm in Tokyo, Monday.

    Cyprus deposit tax rattles markets

    Stocks around the world fell sharply Monday as investors fretted over a weekend plan to tax depositors in Cypriot banks as part of a bailout of the Mediterranean island nation.Though Cyprus accounts for only around 0.2 percent of the combined output of the 17 European Union countries that use the euro, the tax on depositors has stoked fears of bank runs in other troubled European economies.

    Author J.K. Rowling during a photo call to unveil her new book, entitled: ‘The Casual Vacancy’, at the Southbank Centre in London. Celebrities including author J.K. Rowling and actor Hugh Grant are accusing the government of letting down victims of media intrusion. They are urging lawmakers to back new measures to rein in Britainís unruly press.

    Phone hacking lawyer: 100s of new cases
    A lawyer for victims of phone hacking by the News of the World says a new conspiracy uncovered by British investigators has hundreds of potential victims. Hugh Tomlinson made the announcement Monday at Britain's High Court during legal arguments related to the lawsuits against News of the World publisher News International.


    Man faces sentencing in iPad data breach case
    A man convicted of illegally gaining access to AT&T's servers and stealing more than 100,000 email addresses of iPad users is facing sentencing. Andrew Auernheimer is scheduled to appear in federal court in Newark on Monday.


    WTI drops from three-week high on Cyprus; Libyan pipeline shuts
    West Texas Intermediate crude fell from the highest price in three weeks as an unprecedented levy on bank savings in Cyprus threatened to worsen Europe's debt crisis. Libya shut an oil pipeline after protests. Futures slipped as much as 1.4 percent in New York, dropping for the first time in three days.

    A new study is detailing how years of cutbacks have affected the quality of television and newspaper news and how consumers view the work.

    Journalism study shows impact of cutbacks in news

    A new study is detailing how years of cutbacks have affected the quality of television and newspaper news and how consumers view the work.The Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism on Monday found that nearly one-third of consumers said they have abandoned a news outlet because it no longer gave them what they want. Many of them say there are fewer or less complete stories.

    A Hallmark Meat Packing slaughter plant worker is shown attempting to force a “downed” cow onto its feet by ramming it with the blades of a forklift in Chino, Calif. State legislators across the country are introducing laws making it harder for animal welfare advocates to investigate cruelty and food safety cases.

    Bills seek end to farm animal abuse videos

    An undercover video that showed California cows struggling to stand as they were prodded to slaughter by forklifts led to the largest meat recall in U.S. history. In Vermont, a video of veal calves skinned alive and tossed like sacks of potatoes ended with the plant's closure and criminal convictions.

    Indonesian airline Lion Air is to buy 234 short to medium range aircraft from Airbus for $24 billion, in what is being billed as the biggest civilian deal in the history of the aircraft manufacturer.

    Boeing rival Airbus, Indonesia airline in $24 billion accord

    Indonesian airline Lion Air is to buy 234 short to medium range aircraft from Airbus for $24 billion, in what is being billed as the biggest civilian deal in the history of the aircraft manufacturer. The contract was announced Monday at the French presidential palace, a sign of the deal's importance to the government. Airbus said it would secure 5,000 jobs at a time when French unemployment hovers around the 10 percent mark.

    Laura Kuehn

    Bartlett business owner assists in resume writing, interview skills
    We talk to a Bartlett business owner who helps with resume writing, interview coaching and at times job placement.She addresses what employers are looking for.


    Trade show success requires a plan

    The preshow mailing, sent by email or Uncle Sam, may be the most important piece of the trade show pie, an expert tells Small Business Columnist Jim Kendall who explores the issue in his weekly column.

    Shalom Klein

    Entrepreneurial spirit drives business networking guru

    Kukec's People features Shalom Klein, who was born and raised in Vernon Hills and is now founder and chairman of Skokie-based Jewish B2B Networking. It's an open group of business people aiming to network and advocate for business-related issues. He talks about his journey from the dot-com world to working for his father's accounting firm and then as founder of the association.

Life & Entertainment

    Eating green smoothies can be a good way to get in lots of daily fruit and veggie servings.

    Green smoothies provide health benefits, energy boost

    Green smoothie ... I know what you're thinking — that sounds disgusting. What's in a green smoothie anyway? A green smoothie is a shake made in your blender that has numerous health benefits and is quite simple and inexpensive to make. Ingredients might include a few green leafy vegetables paired up with one or two fruits. Plus, these smoothies are loaded with vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients.

    Actress Lindsay Lohan and attorney Mark Heller appear at a hearing in Los Angeles Superior Court Monday. Lohan accepted a plea deal on Monday in a misdemeanor car crash case that includes 90 days in a rehabilitation facility.

    Lohan accepts plea deal with 90 days in rehab

    Lindsay Lohan accepted a plea deal on Monday in a misdemeanor car crash case that includes 90 days in a locked-down rehabilitation facility that she won't be able to leave. The 26-year-old actress, who has struggled for years with legal problems, pleaded no contest to reckless driving, lying to police and obstructing officers who were investigating the accident involving the actress in June.

    “The 20/20 Experience” by Justin Timberlake

    Timberlake’s ‘20/20’ is near perfect

    Boy did he test our patience. But boy, is he rewarding us for the wait. After seven years, Justin Timberlake has finally released his third album, "The 20/20 Experience," and it's a brilliant piece of work that plays like a musical movement. The 10 tracks (which average seven minutes) weave into one another beautifully as his falsetto glides over each beat. It's an unconventional adventure that makes your bones groove. Seriously.

    Orange-infused blueberry sauce and home-baked granola make this parfait a delicious and healthy dessert option.

    Homemade granola, Greek yogurt build a grand parfait

    Annie Overboe is a big fan of Greek-style yogurt. This plain Jane of the dairy case contains zero added sugars and packs a protein punch. Most days she blends low-fat Greek yogurt into a breakfast shake, but reading about the Daily Herald's Fittest Loser contest inspired her to create a low-sugar dessert with Greek-style yogurt as the base.

    Orange-infused blueberry sauce and home-baked granola make this parfait a delicious and healthy dessert option.

    Greek Yogurt Parfait with Blueberries and Granola
    :Annie Overboe

    The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing, joint producers of the Tony Awards show, said that the glittery event will be broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall this year.

    Tony Awards heading back to Radio City Music Hall

    The Tony Awards are going back to the place where the Rockettes high-kick it. The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing, joint producers of the show that honors the best of Broadway, said Monday that the glittery event will be broadcast live by CBS from Radio City Music Hall on June 9.


    Mediterranean diet takes healthier approach to eating

    For more than 30 years Dr. Andrew Weil has been the leading proponent of the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet. During this time, there have been many studies demonstrating that a diet composed of vegetables, fruits, olive oil, nuts and seeds, small amounts of red meat and increased amounts of fish reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, stroke and even premature death. In the New England Journal of Medicine, a large study confirmed that the Mediterranean diet significantly reduces the risk of heart attack and stroke in people who are at an increased risk of having a heart attack or stroke.


    Painful urination can have multiple causes

    I'm a 45-year-old woman. Now and then, I suddenly feel pain every time I urinate. It lasts for a week or so and then goes away. My doctor said I don't have a urinary infection and didn't prescribe any treatment. What else might be causing my symptoms?

    Thirty Seconds to Mars frontman Jared Leto announced Monday that the band’s first single — “Up in the Air” — from their new album was sent to the International Space Station for an exclusive listen Monday. It will be released Tuesday on Earth.

    Thirty Seconds to Mars debuts single in space

    Rock band Thirty Seconds to Mars wanted the announcement for their latest studio album to be out of this world. And that's where the album's first single debuted. "Up in the Air" was sent to the International Space Station for an exclusive listen Monday. It will be released Tuesday on Earth. A compact disc containing the song was launched on a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Fla., on March 1. The band got to watch the rocket blast into space.

    Glen Hane, Des Plaines, 1971 Dodge Challenger

    Vintage Dodge Challenger owner likes its unruly nature

    Piloting muscle cars isn't for the faint of heart. In the 1960s and early '70s, many new owners quickly realized after leaving the dealership that their new V-8 bruiser was a bit too much for them to handle. That's how Glen Hane was able to scoop up his 1971 Dodge Challenger just two years after it was initially sold.

    Britain’s Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, who is five months pregant with her first child, told a guardsman she’s hoping for a boy and her husband, Prince William, is hoping for a girl.

    Duchess: Hoping for baby boy, William wants girl

    The Duchess of Cambridge said Sunday that she doesn't know the sex of her first child — but she hopes it's a boy. The former Kate Middleton, who is five months pregnant, made the revelation to a soldier at a St. Patrick's Day ceremony honoring the Irish Guards.

    Freddie Highmore as Norman Bates in A&E’s “Bates Motel.”

    In ‘Bates Motel,’ teen meets more than one psycho

    Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho" has stuck with us for five decades for many reasons, not all of them having to do with a shower curtain. Yet the real art of "Psycho" was in its restraint rather than its gore; what Hitchcock did not show us was just as important as what he did show. And it's on this very issue — when is violence too much? — that A&E's "Bates Motel," an inventive return to "Psycho's" realm, very nearly had me rushing to check out and leave.


    Costlier robotic surgery soars for hysterectomies

    Robotic surgery is increasingly being used for women's hysterectomies, adding at least $2,000 to the cost without offering much benefit over less high-tech methods, a study found. The technique was used in just 0.5 percent of operations studied in 2007, but that soared to almost 10 percent by early 2010.

    Technician Antonina Mykhailenko applies a glaze to a pediatric dental crown. Although natural-looking crowns for adults have been made for decades, stainless-steel crowns were more common for children.

    A crowning achievement for kids’ dental care

    Two California dentists claim they have the most revolutionary development in children's dental care "since fluoride." Jeffrey Fisher and John Hansen started EZ-Pedo Inc. in 2010, and today produce thousands of ceramic dental crowns for children. The crowns are made of zirconia, colored and polished to resemble healthy teeth.


    Status report for the Fittest Loser contestants
    Fittest Loser vital statistics - Week 6

    Team Moehrlin works out in the living room with 8-year-old Emily and 5-year-old Maddie in charge of training and motivating their dad, Fittest Loser contestant Greg Moehrlin.

    Changing attitudes toward food, exercise motivate Fittest Loser competitors

    Six weeks ago, six Daily Herald readers began the Fittest Loser Challenge eager to make changes ... changes in their attitude toward diet and exercise, changes that could have a significant impact on their health. Changes that have the potential to affect the quality of their life. The competition is at the halfway mark. How are they doing?


    Some acne bacteria may be helpful

    If you were plagued by pimples in your teen years, you may have had bacteria to blame — but not all of them. Researchers have found that not all strains of the bacteria commonly associated with acne are created equal: Some may cause problem skin, but one appears to protect the skin and keep it healthy. The discovery may help dermatologists develop new, strain-specific treatments for acne.

    For years, conventional wisdom and some research held that the pear was better than the apple, at least for body shape and health.

    In obesity war, the pear shape loses ground

    For years, conventional wisdom and some research held that the pear was better than the apple, as least for body shape and health. "We never believed that," said Dr. Soma Sen. "Having too much weight on any part of your body is certainly not good." But a recent study confirmed what Sen and many other experts had surmised: Far from being benign or even offering some protection against diabetes, heart disease and strokes, the gluteal fat of a pear-shaped body generates the same damaging proteins produced by belly fat.

    Here I am going through New Leaf testing six weeks ago at the Academy of Athletic Advancement in Schaumburg. Facility director Jason Domnanovich, center, and my trainer, Joshua Steckler, watch the results.

    Progress has her making new plans for the future

    Six weeks ago, I was asking one of my bosses for time off at the beginning of May so I could attend the Fittest Loser finale celebration. He asked me if I had any other plans for that time, and I told him I was going to sleep late and eat pizza and Cheetos every day. We laughed about it, but I wasn't kidding. That actually was my plan six weeks ago. I can proudly say that's no longer the plan.

    Not getting enough sleep at night can lead to a host of health problems.

    Your health: Don’t skimp on sleep
    It's no secret that chronic sleep deprivation can play a huge role in declining health. But insomniacs are not the only victims of the consequences of skimping on sleep. Even a small deficit — as little as an hour a night — may impact your health.


    Obese moms raise heart risks for babies, study shows

    Moms who are overweight or obese in early pregnancy may increase the risk of heart attack in their children later in life, a study in Australia found. Researchers at the Royal Women's Hospital in Melbourne and the University of Sydney compared the thickness of the wall of the aorta, the largest artery in the body, in newborns with the body mass index of their mothers at 16 weeks' gestation.

    Gloria Ludwig of Des Plaines team Losing It got in the spirit of the day in her festive costume for the St. Paddy’s 5K race held recently at Deer Park Town Center.

    Community teams sharing victories on and off the scale

    While some teams are struggling to overcome the weight-loss plateau that seemed to hit just about everyone in week three, other teams have kicked their weight-loss effort into high gear. This past week, the Community Challenge teams achieved victories both on and off the scale.



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