Daily Archive : Sunday March 24, 2013


    Barbara Walters

    Many MCC hopefuls oppose $42 million expansion

    When Chris Jenner was faced with a decision between running for re-election to the Cary District 26 school board and continuing a bid for the McHenry County College board of trustees, he chose to leave the school board behind. Jenner originally filed for both races but after scrutiny over whether he'd be able to serve in both positions, decided to stop his re-election campaign and focus entirely...


    Elgin candidates talk money, business licenses

    Most candidates running for seats on the Elgin City Council support video gambling in Elgin, but they are about split on whether they approve of the city's business license. About 150 people attended a forum Sunday afternoon organized by the League of Women Voters of the Elgin Area at the Gail Borden Public Library.

    Jessica Skrebes of Washington reads Saturday while waiting in line with others outside of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington in anticipation of Tuesday’s Supreme Court hearing on California’s Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage, and Wednesday’s Supreme Court hearing on the federal Defense of Marriage Act.

    In gay marriage cases, Supreme Court may exercise caution

    With an overwhelming majority of state laws pointing one way and public opinion trending rapidly in the other, the Supreme Court may enter this week’s historic arguments over same-sex marriage with a preference for caution over boldness. Two cases — Tuesday’s involves California’s ban on such unions, Wednesday’s concerns Congress’s decision to withhold federal...

    Sandra Rogers

    Sandra Rogers denies sledgehammer attack in jailhouse interview

    Facing spending the rest of her life behind bars, Sandra Rogers says she's made mistakes in the past 20 years. However, she denies a May 19, 2003, sledgehammer attack on her ex-husband and his new wife in their Lincolnshire home. “I absolutely did not do it,” Rogers said from behind thick glass in the Lake County jail during an interview with the Daily Herald this week. “I will...

    Sister Johanna Murphy chats with students from her chair of honor at her 100th birthday celebration at St. Peter’s Catholic Church Wednesday. Murphy has been a nun for 78 years, and was the principal of the school from 1967-75.

    Images: The Week in Pictures
    This edition of The Week in Pictures features appearances of the Easter Bunny at several different egg hunts, and a 100-year-old nun's birthday party.

    President Barack Obama thinks the cuts dictated by the sequestration are, in his words, “dumb,” and says they will slow the economy.

    Sequestration cuts put Obama’s economic goals at risk

    With his signature this week, President Barack Obama will lock into place deep spending cuts that threaten to undermine his second-term economic vision just four months after he won reelection. But he will sign the cuts into law anyway.

    A pedestrian walks along a snow-covered road Sunday in Kansas City, Mo. A storm that dumped up to 15 inches of snow on parts of Colorado and Kansas is making its way east, with winter storm warnings and advisories issued for today as far east as Pennsylvania.

    Midwest sees spring transform into winter weather

    Few signs of spring are being found in parts of the Midwest as a snowstorm tracks eastward mostly along Interstate 70, bringing heavy snow and high winds. Two people killed in weather-related crashes were identified, dozens of Palm Sunday services were cancelled throughout Missouri, and about 100 flights were scrapped at Lambert Field in St. Louis.

    Quick thinking on the basketball court saved Matt Krueger’s life when he went into cardiac arrest March 2 in St. Charles. Krueger, 36, of Genoa, is pictured with his wife, Marina, and their children Sydney, 9, John, 7, Cole, 4, and Caleb, 2.

    Basketball players use defibrillator to save Genoa man’s life

    Matt Krueger looks forward to hugging his basketball buddies who helped save his life earlier this month.“I physically died on March 2,” said Krueger, a Genoa resident. “I am happy to be here.”On March 2, Krueger was sitting out a game during a morning of pickup basketball in the gym of Christ Community Church in St. Charles, when he suddenly felt faint and collapsed in cardiac arrest.

    Pope Francis celebrates Palm Sunday Mass in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican Sunday.

    New pope revives question: What is a ‘Latino?’

    He is being hailed with pride and wonder as the “first Latino pope,” a native Spanish speaker born and raised in the South American nation of Argentina. But for some Latinos in the United States, there’s a catch: Pope Francis’ parents were born in Italy. Such recent European heritage is reviving debate in the United States about what makes someone a Latino.

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, arrives to meet with Iraq’s Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, not pictured, in Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, March 24, 2013. Kerry made an unannounced visit to Iraq on Sunday and will urge al-Maliki to make sure Iranian flights over Iraq do not carry arms and fighters to Syria, a U.S. official said.

    Kerry warns Iraq on Iran flights to Syria

    Just days after the 10th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry confronted Baghdad for continuing to grant Iran access to its airspace and said Iraq’s behavior was raising questions about its reliability as a partner.

    Colorado Department of Corrections director Tom Clements was shot to death Tuesday night when he answered his front door in Monument, north of Colorado Springs.

    Prison chief’s death highlights safety concerns

    The shooting death last week of Colorado’s prison chief has focused attention on the danger faced by those who oversee the prisons housing the nation’s convicts. Prison guards, wardens and correctional system administrators have been targeted in the past, often by convicts who had been freed after serving their sentence.

    Brian Davis, of Naperville, has a New Orleans Saints helmet signed by quarterback Drew Brees at the 46th annual Sun-Times Sports Collectibles Show at Donald E. Stevens Convention Center in Rosemont Sunday.

    Brees, Te’o among stars at Rosemont sports show

    New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees and Notre Dame star Manti Te'o were among the stars signing autographs in Rosemont Sunday during the 46th annual Sun-Times Sports Collectibles Show. Thousands of fans attended the three-day show, which also featured sports memorabilia from all over the country.

    A single ticket sold in New Jersey matched all six numbers in the Saturday night drawing for the $338.3 million Powerball jackpot, lottery officials said.

    Winning $338 million Powerball ticket sold in N.J.

    When Teddy Jackson heard Sunday morning that the lone winning ticket for a $338.3 million Powerball drawing was sold in New Jersey, the Toms River resident combed through his 40 tickets and hoped for the best. About 20 minutes later, after checking each ticket at least a couple times, Jackson realized he would have to go work on Monday.

    Sandy Stier, left, and Kris Perry, the couple at the center of the Supreme Court’s consideration of gay marriage, are seen at their home in Berkeley, Calif.

    Lesbian couple at center of gay marriage case

    Big change is coming to the lives of the lesbian couple at the center of the fight for same-sex marriage in California no matter how the Supreme Court decides their case. After 13 years of raising four boys together, Kris Perry and Sandy Stier are about to be empty nesters. Their youngest two children, 18-year-old twins, will graduate from high school in June and head off to college a couple of...

    Evelyn Craig, left, executive director of reStart Inc., and LaTonya Jenkins, a reStart client who lives at the facility, pose at the homeless shelter in Kansas City, Mo. The women are concerned that Missouri’s refusal to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act will harm residents of the shelter like Jenkins.

    GOP’s ‘no’ on Medicaid becomes ‘Let’s make a deal’

    Given the choice of whether to expand Medicaid under President Barack Obama’s health care law, many Republican governors and lawmakers initially responded with an emphatic “no.” Now they are increasingly hedging their objections.


    Road work info available

    Road construction season is upon us and the TMA of Lake Cook has information from the Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways, Lake County Division of Transportation, Illinois Department of Transportation, and Illinois State Toll Highway Authority.

    Wayne LaPierre, left, CEO of the National Rifle Association, and, at right, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg are two of the loudest voices in the gun debate.

    Both sides of gun debate make public appeals

    Two of the loudest voices in the gun debate say it’s up to voters now to make their position known to Congress. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and National Rifle Associate Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre claim their opposing views on guns have the support of the overwhelming number of Americans.


    Litigation over Mooseheart basketball players winds down

    Mooseheart High School’s run in the state high school basketball tournament may be over, but litigation involving the eligibility of three Sudanese basketball players is continuing. Officials are due in court in June and should know by then whether the Illinois High School Association has granfathered them in as eligible to compete in coming years.


    Gurnee parks employee promoted

    Scott Crowe has been hired as the Gurnee Park District's new superintendent of recreation.


    Trout fishing begins April 6

    The rainbow trout fishing season opens Saturday, April 6, at Banana Lake in the Lakewood Forest Preserve near Wauconda.


    Early voting begins

    Early voting for the April 9 Consolidated Election begins Monday, March 25 and ends Saturday, April 6. Early voting is available from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.


    Des Plaines police collecting prom dresses

    The Des Plaines Police Department is accepting gently-used gowns, dresses and accessories throughout March for young women who may need help purchasing formal/prom wear. Des Plaines is partnering with Niles and Park Ridge police departments on the “Fashion Police: Prom Possible” campaign.


    Horse slaughterer fired over taunting YouTube video

    A New Mexico company seeking to open a slaughterhouse for horses fired an employee after a video he made showing him killing one of the animals then taunting animal welfare advocates triggered an outcry.

    In this 1974 photo a Turkish army tank passes the Saray Hotel in the Turkish section of Nicosia, Cyprus, On the roof of a nearby building is a picture of Kemal Ataturk, founder of the modern Turkish republic.

    Cyprus: Small island, big role in history

    The EU and Russia are having one of their biggest spats in recent times over the future of the Cypriot economy. It's not the first time that the Mediterranean island nation of barely a million people has been home to the intrigues of much bigger powers. Here's a look at how small Cyprus has played an outsized role in history.


    Skydive instructor, student killed in Fla. jumps

    An investigation has opened into the weekend deaths of a skydiving instructor and a student, both from Iceland, who died during jumps with a group in Florida, a law enforcement official said.

    In this March 22, 2013 file photo, Chinese President Xi Jinping’s wife Peng Liyuan smiles after arriving at the government airport Vnukovo II, outside Moscow, Russia. New Chinese first lady Peng is emerging as Chinese diplomacy’s latest star. A well-known performer on state television, the glamorous Peng was featured prominently on Sunday’s state media coverage of President Xi Jinping’s activities in Russia. The visit is Xi’s first since assuming the presidency earlier this month.

    A diplomatic star is born in Chinese first lady

    Glamorous new first lady Peng Liyuan has emerged as Chinese diplomacy’s latest star, charming audiences and cutting a very different profile from her all-but invisible predecessors on her debut official visit abroad to Russia.


    Head of Western-backed Syria rebel coalition quits

    The leader of the Western-based Syrian opposition coalition has resigned, citing frustrations with the body’s ability to advance the fight against President Bashar Assad.

    President Barack Obama returns to the White House after his trip to the Middle East on Saturday March 23, 2013, in Washington.

    Obama ends Mideast trip with tour of ancient Petra

    President Barack Obama set aside the Middle East’s tricky politics Saturday to marvel at the beauty of one of the region’s most stunning sites, the fabled ancient city of Petra.


    Lebanese president accepts premier’s resignation

    Lebanese President Michel Suleiman formally accepted on Saturday the resignation of the prime minister, who stepped down blaming government infighting during a time of rising sectarian tensions.


    District 95 statement on lawsuit settlement
    Following is a statement attorney William Gleason issued on behalf of the Lake Zurich Unit District 95 school board, Superintendent Michael Egan and Lake Zurich High School Principal Kim Kolze regarding the settlement of one of two lawsuits involving the sexual molestation of two students by former teacher Ronald D. Culver.


    Former GOP chair among Univ. of Chicago fellows

    One-time Republican party Chairman Haley Barbour and President Barack Obama’s former speech writer will be among the fellows at the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics this spring.


    Man accused of killing pigs now faces porn charges

    A central Illinois man charged earlier this month with torturing and killing pigs has been accused of child pornography and sexual abuse.


    More plans for Chicago’s Pullman retail project

    A business development aimed at revitalizing Chicago’s historic Pullman community is entering its next phase.


    Dist. 303 starts community conversation about mental health

    Mental health of students as it relates to school safety is the focus of the new St. Charles Unit District 303 Summit series. During the next couple months, the district will explore ways to better recognize the behaviors typically found in students who become school shooters and what to do about it.


    Dist. 203 to let students bring in own tech

    The days of students being told to keep their smartphones in their lockers and to break out cool new tech toys like iPads only during show-and-tell appear to be over in Naperville Unit District 203. Following a successful four-month test program, in which third- through 12th-grade students were encouraged to bring their own tech devices to school, officials say they intend to continue expanding...

    Dewey Pierotti

    DuPage forest board: Mind your own business state

    Depending on which DuPage County politician you ask, the county's forest preserve commissioners should be appointed, work for free or not have a job at all. But forest preserve commissioners say they would like a fourth option to be considered: Leaving them alone.

    Ronald D. Culver

    Dist. 95 settles teacher molestation suit

    Lake Zurich Unit District 95 has settled one of two lawsuits claiming officials ignored complaints regarding inappropriate sexual conduct by a high school teacher toward a student about eight months before criminal charges were filed against him in 2010. Without comment and without admitting liability, elected officials last month agreed to pay $192,000 to settle the suit.

    A yard sign for St. Charles mayoral candidate Jake Wyatt.

    The art of an effective political yard sign

    Clean lines. Primary colors. A bold design. While these characteristics might suggest spring fashion trends, they are also major components of a successful political yard sign. Three weeks before the April 9 local election — just as signs are popping up on lawns from Antioch to Addison — Harper College's marketing director, Mike Barzacchini, took the Daily Herald through some key...

    A copy of the Tallinn Manual, a rulebook on cyberwarfare.

    Cyberwar manual lays down rules for online attacks

    Even cyberwar has rules, and one group of experts is putting out a manual to prove it. Their handbook, due to be published later this week, applies the venerable practice of international law to the world of electronic warfare in an effort to show how hospitals, civilians and neutral nations can be protected in an information age fight. "Everyone was seeing the Internet as the `Wild, Wild,...

    This image shows a bridge of hot gas that connects galaxy clusters about a billion light-years from Earth.

    Big Bang gets clearer as universe ages 80M years

    New results from looking at the split-second after the Big Bang indicate the universe is 80 million years older than previously thought and provide ancient evidence supporting core concepts about the cosmos — how it began, what it's made of and where it's going. The findings released bolster a key theory called inflation, which says the universe burst from subatomic size to its...

    People protest at the State House rotunda, Thursday, March 21, 2013 in Providence, R.I. Hundreds of people wearing red in support for gay marriage filled Rhode Island’s Capitol building with song and cheers Thursday, as lawmakers reviewed legislation that would end the state’s distinction as the only New England state that doesn’t allow same-sex couples to wed.

    Wide range of potential outcomes on gay marriage

    The Supreme Court can choose from an wide array of outcomes in ruling on California's Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage and the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as the union of a man and a woman and therefore keeps legally married gay Americans from collecting a range of federal benefits that generally are available to married people. The cases will be argued Tuesday...


    A dad’s thoughts on his daughter’s 21st birthday

    Ken Potts' daughter is about to turn 21 and it's got him thinking about just what that milestone really means.

    Despite his pleas of innocence, Ed Graf was given life in prison 25 years ago for killing his two stepsons by locking them in a backyard shed and setting it on fire, based on expert testimony and conclusions that have largely been disavowed by the state fire marshal. A state district judge has recommended a new trial and the state Court of Criminal Appeals is considering whether to grant the request for Graf.

    Arson convictions challenged over fire science

    Ed Graf was given life in prison 25 years ago for killing his two stepsons by locking them in a backyard shed and setting it on fire. Two investigators used photos of the shed's remains to persuade jurors that Graf had started the fire intentionally. By today's standards of fire analysis, though, the investigators may have been mistaken. Authorities are beginning to re-examine cases in which...


    NJ Lottery: 1 winner in NJ drawn for $338M jackpot

    One winning ticket for Saturday night’s drawing of the $338.3 million Powerball jackpot was sold in New Jersey, Powerball and the New Jersey Lottery said.


    Creighton's Doug McDermott, bottom, shoots against Duke's Ryan Kelly during the second half of a third-round game of the NCAA college basketball tournament, Sunday, March 24, 2013, in Philadelphia.

    Duke tops Creighton 66-50

    Just like old times for Duke. Rasheed Sulaimon scored 21 points, Seth Curry had 17 and the No. 2 seed Blue Devils beat seventh-seeded Creighton 66-50 on Sunday night to advance to the NCAA round of 16 for the fourth time in five years. A year after they lost their NCAA tournament opener, the Blue Devils (29-5) return to the regional semifinals for the 27th time. They'll play No. 3 seed Michigan State (27-8) on Friday in Indianapolis.

    BG/H/W goalie Andrew Cole lies motionless after Rockford’s deciding goal in overtime Sunday at the United Center.

    Stampede fall 2-1 in OT

    Andrew Cole got a hand on the puck, just not enough. The puck slipped past Cole, crossed the goal line, thus ending the storybook season for the BG/H/W Stampede, a mix of players from Buffalo Grove, Hersey and Wheeling. Rockford defeated the Stampede 2-1 on Sunday afternoon in the Combined Division championship game at the United Center.

    Illinois' Brandon Paul and Miami's Durand Scott battle for a loose ball during the first half of a third-round game of the NCAA college basketball tournament Sunday, March 24, 2013, in Austin, Texas.

    Illini lose thriller to Miami in third round

    There was no question about Shane Larkin's go-ahead 3-pointer for Miami. The ball that appeared to ricochet off the hands of Miami's Kenny Kadji seconds later but went to the Hurricanes — well, look at the replay. The Hurricanes got Larkin's big shot and the close call, holding on for a 63-59 victory over Illinois on Sunday night in the East Regional. "You saw the same video I did," first-year Illinois coach John Groce said.

    Florida Gulf Coast’s Chase Fieler, left, and Sherwood Brown celebrate after winning a third-round game against San Diego State, 81-71, in the NCAA college basketball tournament, Sunday, March 24, 2013, in Philadelphia.

    No. 15 seed Florida Gulf Coast advances to Sweet 16

    Florida Gulf Coast became the first 15 to reach the Sweet 16, and the Eagles not only made it look easy, they made it look fun. Little-known FGCU beat San Diego State 81-71 on Sunday night, its second NCAA tournament upset of the weekend. Just like in their opening win over second-seeded Georgetown — the Eagles' calling card to the nation — there were plenty of laughs, dunks and dances.

    Illinois head coach John Groce reacts during the first half of a third-round game of the NCAA college basketball tournament against the Miami Sunday, March 24, 2013, in Austin, Texas.

    Now the real work begins for Groce, Illini

    During my first year studying at the University of Illinois in Champaign — or at least being enrolled in classes — the Fighting Illini football team won the Rose Bowl. Then the Illini succumbed to scandal, and the football program hasn’t ever been the same except for an occasional spasm of success. Over time the realization became that Illinois is a basketball school rather than a football school and a basketball state rather than a football state.

    Chicago Bulls’ Nate Robinson, right, drives to the basket as Minnesota Timberwolves’ Dante Cunningham pursues in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 24, 2013, in Minneapolis. The Bulls won 104-97.

    Injuries can’t stop Bulls in win over Minnesota
    The Bulls lost another starter (Marco Belinelli) to injury, but controlled the offensive boards and cruised past Minnesota 104-97 on Sunday, winning their second game in as many nights. Nate Robinson led the Bulls with 22 points, while Jimmy Butler scored 20.

    La Salle forward Jerrell Wright (25) is covered by Mississippi forward Reginald Buckner (23) during the first half of a third-round game in the NCAA college basketball tournament at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, March 24, 2013.

    Garland’s late shot leads La Salle to round of 16

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Tyrone Garland banked home a scooping layup with 2 seconds left and 13th-seeded La Salle beat Mississippi 76-74 on Sunday, vaulting the Explorers to their deepest run in the NCAA tournament since they played for the championship in 1955.Ramon Galloway had 24 points for La Salle (24-9), which was playing its third game in five days. No. 12 Ole Miss (27-9) led 74-72 with 1:58 left but failed to reach the regional semifinals for the first time since 2001.After Tyreek Duren’s two foul shots tied it 74-all at the 1:07 mark, Marshall Henderson failed to hit an off-balance bank shot that would have given Mississippi the lead.Henderson had 21 points in game with 11 lead changes.Duren had 19 points for La Salle and Garland had 17. Murphy Holloway had 14 points for Mississippi, which fell one win shy of breaking the school record. Jarvis Summers had 12 and Nick Williams had 10 for the Rebels, who were a miserable 10 for 21 from the foul line.

    The Bulls’ Nate Robinson looks for an opening as he drives by Minnesota Timberwolves’ Derrick Williams in the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, March 24, 2013, in Minneapolis. Robinson led the Bulls with 22 points and had 10 assists in their 104-97 win. Williams led the Timberwolves with 28 points.

    Robinson sparks Bulls to win over Minnesota

    MINNEAPOLIS — Nate Robinson had 22 points and 10 assists and Carlos Boozer added 19 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Chicago Bulls to a 104-97 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday night. Luol Deng scored 17 points and Taj Gibson had 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Bulls, who were missing Joakim Noah for the second straight game because of plantar fasciitis. They still dominated the boards, 52-32, including 20 offensive rebounds. Derrick Williams scored 28 points and Ricky Rubio had 15 points and eight assists for the Timberwolves. Minnesota got as close as five points in the fourth quarter, but the Bulls overpowered the Wolves down the stretch to win back-to-back road games for the first time since Jan. 16-18. Jimmy Butler added 20 points and nine rebounds for the Bulls, who remained a half-game back of Atlanta for fifth in the East.Dante Cunningham’s jumper with five minutes to play trimmed a 16-point deficit to 90-85, but Deng grabbed another offensive rebound on the next trip down the floor, then hit Robinson for an open 3-pointer at the top of the arc. The ball swished through, and Robinson pumped his fist as thousands of Bulls fans roared. Chicago also played without Richard Hamilton (lower back), Marco Belinelli (abdominal strain) and, of course, Derrick Rose, who has not played yet this season while recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. Even without Noah prowling the paint, the Bulls were still the aggressors. Veteran Nazr Mohammed made his second straight start and helped neutralize Nikola Pekovic on the block. Gibson pounded the Wolves on the glass and Robinson, Chicago’s 5-foot-9 pit bull, was his typical tenacious self at the point of attack. On a night when the Bulls needed a little extra energy early while playing short-handed on a back-to-back, Robinson came off the bench to jumpstart the sluggish offense. He hit a jumper and then fed Gibson for a soaring alley-oop for a 16-point lead just before the half. Rubio tried to rally the Wolves in the third quarter, throwing bounce passes between Bulls legs for open layups and barreling to the basket with little regard for the left ACL that he tore last March. He returned in December and, even though there’s an occasional limp in his gait when he peels himself up from the court after crashing into a defender, his game has been back to where it was before the injury for about the last month.The Bulls can find some solace in that while their own star point guard works his way back. Rose has been out longer than Rubio was, but he relies so much more on athleticism and explosion than does Rubio.There is still no target date for Rose’s return, leading to some speculation that he may not return this season at all.

    Chicago White Sox starting pitcher John Danks delivers against the Cincinnati Reds in the first inning of a spring training baseball game Tuesday, March 19, 2013, in Goodyear, Ariz.

    Road back for Danks just got bumpier

    John Danks started in a minor-league game Sunday and gave up 4 home runs. The White Sox' left-hander is still coming back from shoulder surgery and he'll stay back in Arizona when the Sox break camp on Wednesday.

    Florida’s Mike Rosario reacts after scoring against Minnesota during the first half of a third-round game of the NCAA college basketball tournament, Sunday, March 24, 2013, in Austin, Texas.

    Florida’s big first half sinks Minnesota

    AUSTIN, Texas — Mike Rosario scored 25 points and Florida used an overpowering first half to roll past Minnesota and into the NCAA tournament round of 16 for third consecutive year with a 78-64 win Sunday in the South Regional. The No. 3 seed Gators (28-7) shot a blistering 65 percent in the first half and led by 21 by halftime. The win earns Florida a return trip to the Lone Star State to play their next game at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington.Andre Hollins scored 25 points to lead the No. 11-seed Gophers (21-13). Hollins’ 3-point shooting sparked a second-half rally that pulled Minnesota within seven points, but Rosario’s sixth 3-pointer with 3 minutes left pushed the Gators’ lead back to 16 and effectively locked up the win.

    Alexei Ramirez makes a sliding stop on a ground ball by Cincinnati’s Devin Mesoraco on March 19 in a spring-training game. With defenders like Ramirez, Jeff Keppinger and Gordon Beckham, the White Sox figure to have another strong team defensively in 2013.

    White Sox want to continue strong play in field

    Under manager Robin Ventura, the White Sox stress defense and take pride in catching the baseball. The Sox were the best fielding team in the major leagues in 2012 and they have a chance to be even better this season.

    Kansas guard Travis Releford listens to the crowd during the final moments of the second half of a third-round game against North Carolina in the NCAA college basketball tournament at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, March 24, 2013. Kansas defeated North Carolina 70-58.

    Second-half run sends Kansas past North Carolina

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas got the best of ol’ Roy and his Tar Heels once again.Behind the impassioned play of Travis Releford and Jeff Withey, the top-seeded Jayhawks shook themselves out of a first-half slumber and blitzed No. 8 seed North Carolina down the stretch for a 70-58 victory Sunday in the third round of the NCAA tournament.Withey had 16 points and 16 rebounds, and Releford finished with 22 points for the Jayhawks (31-5), who also knocked former coach Roy Williams’ team out of the NCAA tournament during their 2008 title run and again last season, when Kansas marched all the way to the Final Four.It’ll keep marching this year — at least to the Sweet 16 — thanks to a superb second half.P.J. Hairston scored 15 points and James Michael McAdoo finished with 11 for the Tar Heels (25-11).

    Michael Frolik will be on the top line Monday night, subbing for the injured Marian Hossa, when the Blackhawks host the Kings.

    Hard work paying off for Blackhawks’ Frolik

    Michael Frolik will have a golden opportunity to find the score sheet Monday night when he starts the game against the Los Angeles Kings at the United Center, temporarily in Marian Hossa’s spot at right wing on the Hawks’ top line with Jonathan Toews and Brandon Saad.

    Minnesota defender and Buffalo Grove native Megan Bozek looks to pass against Boston University in the women's Frozen Four NCAA Championship college hockey game Sunday in Minneapolis.

    Buffalo Grove native wins 2nd title with Minnesota

    Buffalo Grove native and 2009 Stevenson High School graduate Megan Bozek celebrated her second-straight NCAA women's hockey title Sunday as the Minnesota Golden Gophers breezed by Boston University 6-3. Bozek is the only Illinois native ever to play for the team, which gets the vast majority of its talent either from Minnesota itself or Canada.

    Indiana guard Victor Oladipo (4) and forward Cody Zeller celebrate after they defeated Temple 58-52 in a third-round game of the NCAA college basketball tournament Sunday March 24, 2013, in Dayton, Ohio.

    Indiana holds off Temple to reach Sweet 16

    DAYTON, Ohio — Victor Oladipo hit a key 3-pointer with 13 seconds remaining and Indiana, minutes away from being the second No. 1 seed to be swept from the NCAA tournament, held off Temple 58-52 on Sunday in the East Regional.The Hoosiers (29-6) trailed by four with 2:56 left, but closed with a big run to advance to the round of 16 for the second straight year.Indiana will play No. 4 seed Syracuse in the regional semifinals on Thursday in Washington.Temple’s Khalif Wyatt scored 31 points to lead the Owls (24-10), who gave one of the Big Ten’s big boys all they could handle before collapsing when it mattered most.Oladipo, who spent the afternoon trying to slow down Wyatt, scored 16 and Cody Zeller added 15 for the Hoosiers.


    Bears sign linebacker James Anderson

    It didn’t take long for general manager Phil Emery to replenish a Bears linebacking corps that had become dangerously depleted after parting ways with Brian Urlacher and losing Nick Roach and Geno Hayes in free agency. Sunday, just two days after signing former Broncos standout linebacker D.J. Williams, the Bears agreed to terms with former Panthers linebacker James Anderson on a one-year contract.

    Iowa State forward Georges Niang squats on the floor as Ohio State forward Deshaun Thomas (1) and Lenzelle Smith, Jr. (32) celebrate Sunday in the final moments of Ohio State’s 78-75 win in a third-round game of the NCAA tournament in Dayton, Ohio.

    Ohio State hits late 3-pointer to beat Iowa State

    Aaron Craft hit a 3-pointer with a half-second left, and Ohio State escaped Dayton — a place of heartaches — as the lone high seed left in the NCAA tournament’s wild West Regional, beating Iowa State 78-75 on Sunday. No. 2 Ohio State (28-7) needed Craft’s only 3-pointer of the game — an arching shot over 6-foot-7 defender Georges Niang from the top of the key — to avoid yet another upset in the West.

    Illinois' Brandon Paul (3) goes up for a shot as Colorado's Andre Roberson (21) defends during the second half of a second-round game of the NCAA college basketball tournament Friday, March 22, 2013, in Austin, Texas. Illinois beat Colorado 57-49. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

    Illinois looking to spoil Miami's fun

    The Illini certainly won't be intimidated by Miami when they meet No. 2 Miami tonight. They won games this season against two of the teams that are No. 1 NCAA seeds, at Gonzaga and home against Indiana. They also beat Butler in the Maui Invitational in November. “We're not intimidated by anyone,” Brandon Paul said.


    Bulls tipoff
    Minnesota Timberwolves at the Target Center, 6 p.m.TV: WGNRadio: ESPN 1000-AMUpdate: Minnesota had a 15-14 record and was in playoff contention in early January when PF Kevin Love was sidelined by a broken hand. Since then, the Timberwolves have gone 9-29 but did deliver a 31-point win at Phoenix on Friday. Without Love, C Nikola Pekovic is the team’s top scorer at 15.6 points. PG Ricky Rubio has played in 42 games since recovering from a torn ACL, averaging 9.7 points and 7.2 assists. The Bulls have won six straight against Minnesota, including four in a row on the road.Next: Miami Heat at the United Center, 7 p.m. Wednesday— Mike McGraw


    White Sox’ Crain encouraged after throwing

    Bothered by a right adductor strain for nearly a month, White Sox reliever Jesse Crain said his leg is feeling much better after a 2-inning appearance Saturday in a minor-league game.


    Then-Attorney Donald Verrilli talks to media outside the Supreme Court in 2008. Now President Barack Obama's top Supreme Court lawyer, Solicitor General Verilli, will argue before the Supreme Court this week whether it is legal for patent-holding pharmaceutical companies to pay rivals, who make generic drugs, to temporarily keep those cheaper versions of their brand-name drugs off the market.

    Court: Can drug companies pay to delay generics?

    Federal regulators are pressing the Supreme Court to stop big pharmaceutical corporations from paying generic drug competitors to delay releasing their cheaper versions of brand-name drugs. The Obama administration, backed by consumer groups and the American Medical Association, says these so-called “pay for delay” deals profit the drug companies but harm consumers by adding 3.5 billion annually to their drug bills.

    Protesters take part in an anti-bailout rally outside the Cyprus Presidential palace in Nicosia Sunday. Cyprus secured a package of rescue loans in tense, last-ditch negotiations early Monday, two EU diplomats said, saving the country from a banking system collapse and bankruptcy.

    Cyprus secures bailout, avoids bankruptcy

    Cyprus secured a package of rescue loans in tense, last-ditch negotiations early Monday, two EU diplomats said, saving the country from a banking system collapse and bankruptcy. The cash-strapped island nation needs a 10 billion euro ($13 billion) bailout to recapitalize its ailing lenders and keep the government afloat. The European Central Bank had threatened to cut crucial emergency assistance to the country’s banks by Tuesday without an agreement.

    Stock mutual funds had net deposits of $76 billion through February. While that is up sharply from $14 billion a year earlier, the cash for stocks is not coming at the expense of bonds, according to more recent snapshots of investment flows.

    Exodus from bonds? Not yet

    Market pros call it the Great Rotation. That’s the long-awaited scenario when investors take their money out of bonds and sink it into stocks. It was the buzzword this month when the Dow Jones industrial average reached a record high. The idea was that investors were confident enough in the economy to shed their financial crisis fears and leave the safety of bonds. But it’s not happening.

    Several different versions of the NJOY electronic cigarettes are seen. Former U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona, who highlighted the dangers of secondhand smoke and supported a ban on all tobacco products, is joining the board of directors for NJOY Inc., the nation’s leading electronic cigarette company — a move that could bring increased legitimacy to e-cigarettes as a viable alternative to traditional cigarettes.

    Ex-surgeon general joins e-cig board

    Former U.S. surgeon general Dr. Richard Carmona, who highlighted the dangers of secondhand smoke and supported a ban on all tobacco products, is joining the board of directors for NJOY Inc., the nation’s leading electronic cigarette company — a move that could bring increased legitimacy to e-cigarettes as a viable alternative to traditional cigarettes.

    Hitachi’s high-end consumer electronic products are displayed at Appliance World Expo in Shanghai.

    Appliance makers target China

    Japanese home appliance manufacturers came out to promote their refrigerators, air-cleaning devices and other wares at Appliance World Expo in Shanghai. Hitachi and Panasonic were among those displaying their appliances at China's largest exhibition of home electronic products.

    Derrick Irwin, co-manager of the Wells Fargo Advantage Emerging Markets Equity, sees plenty of potential for stocks from Africa, despite well-known risks such as political instability. Investment prospects are strong because of the continent’s fast-growing middle class and its abundant natural resources, Irwin says.

    African stocks offer untapped opportunities

    If there's a last frontier for U.S. investors, it's Africa. The world's second-most populous continent is an afterthought for anyone looking to construct a diversified portfolio of foreign stocks. Consider that there are just two mutual funds specializing in African stocks, compared more than 100 focusing on Europe. About three-dozen focus on a single country, China. So much for the vast African continent and its underground wealth from oil, minerals and metals.


    6 tips on handling taxes for household employees

    Taxes. They're just about the last thing parents might think about when they hire someone to watch over their child. Yet a hefty tax bill is a possibility for anyone who pays a nanny, housekeeper, gardener or other household employee enough in annual wages to trigger a bevy of requirements under tax laws.

    A “Pension Promise” sign is seen as Illinois state union members and supporters rally in support for fair pension reform in the rotunda at the Illinois State Capitol Thursday in Springfield.

    Tough laws, reduced ranks — what next for unions?

    On Thursday, Michigan's right-to-work law takes effect, a stunning shift in this symbolic capital of organized labor. The historic change is just the latest sign of turmoil in the union movement that has seen its nationwide membership shrink to its lowest levels since at least the 1930s — a paltry 6.6 percent in the private sector.


    Work advice: In office-space disputes, resistance is feudal

    Karla L. Miller writes an advice column on navigating the modern workplace. Each week she will answer one or two questions from readers.

    House Ways and Means Committees Chairman Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., in Washington. Camp announced a proposal in March 2013 that a popular tax deduction for equipment purchases would become permanent and be set at $250,000, aside from annual adjustments for inflation. Known as the Section 179 deduction, it’s scheduled to drop to $25,000 next year after having been at $500,000 from 2010 through 2013.

    Tax proposal could help small business, economy

    A notable piece of small business news on Capitol Hill this year isn't about a bill — it's about a tax proposal that could lift some of the uncertainty owners have been complaining about. Under a proposal announced last week by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp, R-Mich., a popular tax deduction for equipment purchases would become permanent and be set at $250,000, aside from annual adjustments for inflation.

    Verizon and Cablevision are publicly pressing media companies that own the programming to stop pushing them to distribute unwanted channels and instead offer cable bundles based on what viewers actually watch.

    Cable companies push to break up forced bundles

    Cable viewers have long complained about paying ever-higher bills for hundreds of channels they don't want to watch. Now, in a twist, some cable companies are beginning to agree. Verizon and Cablevision are publicly pressing media companies that own the programming to stop pushing them to distribute unwanted channels and instead offer cable bundles based on what viewers actually watch.

    Nearly half of Americans have little or no confidence that they are financially prepared for retirement, a problem many of them intend to solve by working longer, according to a new survey.

    Workers plan to put off retirement

    Nearly half of Americans have little or no confidence that they are financially prepared for retirement, a problem many of them intend to solve by working longer.

    Getting to the top can be a struggle for working mothers.

    Dealing with the demands of home, work

    Joyce E.A. Russell, an industrial and organizational psychologist, discussed workplace issues in a recent online forum. Excerpts:Q: What is your take on Marissa Mayer and Sheryl Sandberg? I must be the village idiot because I really don’t know what their messages are to women who are not in positions of authority (secretaries, admin. assistants, etc.). Women like that, of which I am one, will not be climbing the corporate ladder any time soon.A: You raise a really good point and certainly one that has been in the press a lot lately, with Marissa’s statement about banning telecommuting at Yahoo. Those with greater pay and status can more easily pay for help at home (nannies, maids, drivers, etc.) than others. Thus it is easier for them to build nurseries next to their office (as in Mayer’s case) or get help with all the “home” aspects of their lives. Other people at lower levels in organizations may need to work multiple jobs in order to make ends meet. They may need telecommuting options and other flexible work arrangements. It would help if those at the top periodically took the pulse of those at the other levels to see what are their real concerns and issues.Q: How do you think Ms. Sandberg or Ms. Mayer got where they are? They just magically got a position of authority? That’s a little disingenuous ... (And well, when you’re CEO, you get the perks that come with it. You also work about 24 hours a day. It’s not a piece of cake).A: You are absolutely right — getting to the top of an organization takes an enormous amount of work, and they certainly deserve any perks that come with that. They do have to be “on” 24/7, so they are putting in lots of hours with lots of stress. The other point is that we need to make sure that once you get to the top, you still remember all those people in the trenches who might have different issues and struggles.Q: One of my co-workers is that person who doesn’t finish anything until one minute before it is due (or even after, if she can get away with that). Meanwhile, I’m a planner and work ahead of time in a regimented way to avoid the last-minute push. Needless to say, working on projects with her is super stressful and frustrating, although she always produces good results in the end. Would it be appropriate for me to discuss this with our boss? Or how should I discuss with her in a productive way?A: This is actually a fairly common problem. In fact, if you were to both complete the [Myers-Briggs Type Indicator] personality type tool, you may find out you have opposite styles on your preferred orientation to the world. Sounds like you are a “J,” which is a person who likes a structured, planned approach to your day, and she may be a “P” -- someone who likes a flexible, spontaneous approach to her days. While both styles are highly valuable in the workplace, sometimes working together on projects can be very frustrating for both.So, what can you do? Before you go to the boss, I would talk with [your co-worker] to learn what you both do and how she feels about the time line issue. She might not know this is stressful for you, and you can also listen to her perspective on this. Usually, this issue only gets resolved when the two of you talk and come up with realistic goals that work for both of you.Q: Over the past year my work in the office has been given much praise. At annual performance reviews, I was once again told how great I had done and what an asset I was to the company. However, I was then told the raises this year were really bad. How do I find motivation to work hard when the company clearly doesn’t value those that are bringing added value to the company?

    Psychiatrist-marketer Clotaire Rapaille believes women don’t really grasp these complicated contraptions known as cars. This simplistic diagnosis of the female brain turns out to be a theme in the auto industry’s historical view of women. Rapaille, who did a lot of work with Chrysler in the ‘90s, and has also worked with Ford and GM, says women care about car interiors because they’re “programmed to create life” inside their wombs.

    Auto industry’s dumbed-down philosophy for women

    Psychiatrist-marketer Clotaire Rapaille believes women don't really grasp these complicated contraptions known as cars. This simplistic diagnosis of the female brain turns out to be a theme in the auto industry's historical view of women. Rapaille, who did a lot of work with Chrysler in the 90s, and has also worked with Ford and GM, says women care about car interiors because they're "programmed to create life" inside their wombs

    Front row, from left, Adm. James G. Stavridis, U.S. Navy Commander, U.S. European Command and Supreme Allied Commander, Europe; Gen. Charles H. Jacoby, Jr., Commander, U.S. Northern Command and Commander, North American Aerospace Defense Command; and Gen. John F. Kelly, USMC, Commander, U.S. Southern Command on Capitol Hill in Washington.

    Defense companies turn to women in trying times

    At a time of national debate about women's struggle to land top corporate jobs, an unlikely industry is leading the change in the executive suite: defense contractors, where three of the biggest firms are now led by women. General Dynamics, BAE Systems and Lockheed Martin have defied a long history of male-dominated culture and appointed female chief executives. But that new crop of leaders arrives as the industry faces destabilizing change involving the federal budget.

    Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin is pushing a Senate immigration plan that would dramatically increase the number of high-skilled foreign workers allowed into the country and give permanent legal status to an unlimited number of students who earn graduate degrees from U.S. universities in science, technology, engineering or math, according to people familiar with the negotiations.

    Durbin, Senate plan could double visas for high-skilled workers

    A Senate immigration plan being pushed by Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin would dramatically increase the number of high-skilled foreign workers allowed into the country and give permanent legal status to an unlimited number of students who earn graduate degrees from U.S. universities in science, technology, engineering or math, according to people familiar with the negotiations.

Life & Entertainment

    Retired Illinois State Police captain Tami Haukedahl cheers on her Train Like a Trooper Boot Camp as she whips suburban moms and dad into shape at the West Meadows Ice Arena in Rolling Meadows.

    Trooper’s boot camp helps parents get their mojo back

    During her first workout with the Train Like a Trooper Boot Camp, Chris Bower cried. The Island Lake mom knew she'd "let herself go," and she struggled to climb the stairs. Bower didn't want to come back. But boot camp creator/trainer Tami Haukedahl encouraged her to show up for just one more week. Today, a boot camp regular and 102 pounds lighter, Bower gets teary-eyed talking about that pivotal time in her life.

    This Feb. 21, 2013 photo released by NBC shows Jimmy Fallon, host of “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” on the set in New York. Speculation is swirling the network is taking steps to replace the host with Jimmy Fallon next year and move the show from Burbank, Calif., to New York. NBC confirmed Wednesday, March 20, it’s creating a new studio for Fallon in New York, where he hosts “Late Night.” But the network did not comment on a report that the digs at its Rockefeller Plaza headquarters may become home to a transplanted, Fallon-hosted “Tonight Show.”

    A whole new late night war over ‘Tonight’?

    Word leaked last week that “Late Night” host Jimmy Fallon will unseat Jay Leno as the new host of the “Tonight” show. But what does that mean? These days NBC’s prime time is in shambles. Bungling at “Today” ended NBC’s morning dominance. Can NBC go three-for-three by screwing with its late-night lineup?

    This film publicity image released by DreamWorks Animation shows, from left, Belt the sloth, voiced by Chris Sanders, Guy, voiced by Ryan Reynolds, Eep, voiced by Emma Stone, Ugga, voiced by Catherine Keener, holding Sandy, voiced by Randy Thom, Thunk, voiced by Clark Duke, Gran, voiced by Cloris Leachman, in a scene from “The Croods.” The 3-D film opened at No. 1 with $44.7 million.

    ‘The Croods’ catches fire with $44.7M opening

    The caveman comedy “The Croods” left an indelible mark on the wall, opening at No. 1 with $44.7 million. Opening strongly in second place with $30.5 million was “Olympus Has Fallen,” an action thriller from “Training Day” director Antoine Fuqua.

    The ensemble Five By Design joins with the Elgin Symphony Orchestra for the special 1940s-themed show “Club Swing” at the Hemmens Cultural Center in Elgin.

    Sunday picks: It's swing time at the Hemmens

    Vocal and performing ensemble Five By Design joins again with the Elgin Symphony Orchestra for a nostalgic look at the 1940s with the show “Club Swing” Sunday at the Hemmens Cultural Center in Elgin. Renowned jazz vocalist Spider Saloff performs “Cole Porter, Swell Party!” at North Central College's Madden Theatre in Naperville. Take a dip with the Easter Bunny and collect Easter eggs Sunday during Swim with the Bunny at the Pavilion Aquatic Center in Elk Grove Village.

    The Dinosaurs Alive! exhibit returns to Brookfield Zoo featuring 24 life-size, animatronic prehistoric creatures including the popular Triceratops.

    On the road: ‘Dinosaurs Alive!’ returns to Brookfield Zoo

    The "Dinosaurs Alive!" exhibit returns to Brookfield Zoo featuring 24 life-size, animatronic prehistoric creatures. Also, the Children's Museum of Indianapolis offers the ultimate superpower showdown this spring with "Super Heroes — A Super POWered Spring Break."

    Castaway Cay is Disney Cruise Line’s private island in the Bahamas. Passengers choose from the family beach areas or Serenity Bay restricted to ages 18 and older.

    Plenty for kids, adults on highly rated Disney cruise

    Grandpa wears a pirate hat and the little princess in his arms wields a light saber in time to the music. A dude in full Jack Sparrow attire sings along. Perched on dad's shoulder's, a boy's eyes open wide as Mickey Mouse swoops down from the ship's funnel to do battle with Captain Hook on stage. When the mouse emerges victorious, fireworks explode overhead, sending jagged fingers of light over the inky ocean. Disney sure knows how to put on a show on the Seven Seas.

    Helen Mirren plays hotshot lawyer Linda Kenney Baden and Al Pacino portrays Phil Spector in HBO’s “Phil Spector,” which premieres at 8 p.m. Sunday, March 24.

    Pacino as a faded music whiz charged with murder

    Much to his surprise, Al Pacino learned that he once met legendary music producer Phil Spector, whom he now plays in a new HBO film. He had no memory of it, "but somebody showed me a picture of me and him on the Internet," Pacino laughs. This forgotten encounter serves Pacino as a fitting first step into the character he captures for "Phil Spector," premiering at 8 p.m. Sunday, March 24. Written and directed by David Mamet, this film explores the preparation for Spector's murder defense.

    Home decor lines this spring are being influenced by the Roaring Twenties and art deco; here the Arhaus Paloma parlor sofa in “Cannes silver sage” velvet frames the Amelia mirrored top coffee table.

    Seven signs of spring for your home

    As the harsh winter sunlight shines on cluttered coffee tables, chipped woodwork and deflated pillows, it's obvious that our homes take a hit in the long hard slog from Thanksgiving through the end of winter.

    The 1902 Kelch Rocaille Egg sits on display at the Houston Museum of Natural Science as part of the largest private collection of items in the United States from the Russian artisan Peter Carl Faberge.

    Houston couple puts Faberge collection on display

    It began 10 years ago while on a quest for French chandeliers. Instead, Dorothy McFerrin bought what she believed to be an Easter egg created by the famed Russian artisan Peter Carl Faberge. "I thought, Oh my God, I have no light fixtures, but I have this Easter egg,"' Dorothy McFerrin said, laughing when she recalled purchasing that first egg.

    A group of abandoned ducks named Kindergarten Brigade are seen walking two months after their arrival at The Lucky Duck Rescue & Sanctuary in Sun Valley, Calif.

    Ducklings make foul Easter gifts

    A fluffy duckling might seem appealing next to a basket of Easter eggs, but shelter officials and animal welfare experts want gift-happy parents to picture something else: poop. The average domestic duck relieves itself once every 15 minutes, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. That's why very few people have ducks for pets — except at Easter.


    Cedar or a suitable substitute sought for soffit

    Q. We are from western Pennsylvania, where the winters can be very cold and snowy. We have a house built in 1976. The house is a split-entry and is all brick except for the overhang, which basically is the entire back of the house.


    Driver looks for more support from auto seats

    Q. We have a 1994 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham in pristine condition with less than 70,000 miles. We've been in other cars (Lincoln van, Chrysler sedan) that fail to match the comfort of the Fleetwood's seating. Can you tell us which cars have super comfortable plush seating?


    Foreclosure complicates unpaid work on house

    Q. I was hired to remodel a friend of a friend's basement about a year ago. He got into some financial trouble and couldn't pay the last $10,000 or so of the work. I recorded a mechanics lien on the property and my attorney told me to wait and see what happens.

    Feather your nest: Furnish your front porch for spring with a distinctive birdhouse chair.

    An enclosed porch comes out of hibernation

    Everyone looks forward to some special aspect of spring's arrival, whether it's seeing colorful bulbs burst into bloom, packing away the snow shovel or dusting off boxes of Easter decorations. For Sycamore homeowner Mary Waight, exchanging winter's deep freeze for warmer temperatures means a return to her enclosed porch, a frequent relaxing spot for her, her husband, Gary, and their petite terrier mix, Rudy.

    One of the most recognizable images from Lascaux, the Hall of Bulls contains six images of bulls, horses and stag. One bull measures 17 feet long — the largest animal depicted in cave art.

    Cave paintings of Lascaux come to life at Field Museum

    Visitors to the Field Museum in Chicago can experience the thrill of cave exploration for themselves with the new exhibit: "Scenes from the Stone Age: The Cave Paintings of Lascaux," open through Sept. 8. The highly anticipated exhibition features full-size replicas of the paintings, including some shown for the first time. They are the most technically accurate reproductions of the cave drawings ever done.

    “Touchless” kitchen faucets can allow you to clean up after handling raw food products without touching faucet handles.

    Keep food safety in mind in selecting faucets, sinks

    Q. I recently read your column about a homeowner asking about a small faucet for a prep sink that would use cold water only. As a food professional, I'd advise that food-prep sinks should always include hot water as well, for general cleanup and for washing hands. I believe hands and the sink need to be washed every time you handle raw food products.

    Commuters walk into a tunnel at Los Angeles's Amtrack-Metrolink Union Station under the mural “City of Dreams/River of History” by artist Richard Wyatt, showing the diversity of California's population.

    5 free things to see and do in L.A.

    It's been called, sometimes derisively, a collection of 72 suburbs in search of a city. Still, there's a lot of stuff to see and do inside those 72 suburbs that are said to comprise Los Angeles, a place that at 469 square miles is big enough to hold all of New York's five boroughs with enough room left over for San Francisco.



    Endorsement: Yes on electrical aggregation
    The Daily Herald recommends a yes vote for voters in communities asking for the authority to cooperate with other towns to reduce electricity rates.


    Endorsements: DiOrio, Dresser, Grosso, Wilson for Geneva Unit Dist. 304 board
    The Daily Herald endorses Jeffrey DiOrio, Fred Dresser, Mark Grosso and Bill Wilson for four seats on the Geneva Unit District 304 school board.


    Endorsement: Yes on tax for Round Lake Park police pensions
    The Daily Herald recommends a yes vote for police pensions in Round Lake Park.


    Endorsement: Yes on revamped Millburn Dist. 24 tax proposal
    The Daily Herald recommends a yes vote for a revamped, one-yeartax proposal to help Millburn Elementary School Dist. 24 cope with declining state aid.


    Endorsements: Lyman, Marshall, Yaeger for Long Grove board
    The Daily Herald endorses John Marshall, Lori Lyman and George Yaegerr for Long Grove village board.


    Endorsement: Yes to appointing, not electing, Mundelein village clerk
    The Daily Herald recommends a yes vote to change Mundelein's clerk position to appointed rather than elected.


    Endorsement: Yes to replace center for special needs students
    The Daily Herald recommends voting yes to support construction of a new early childhood center in Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200.


    Endorsement: Yes for increase in Itasca Dist. 10
    The Daily Herald recommends voters approve a request for a property tax increase to fun Itasca Elementary District 10.


    Endorsement: Yes to Lake Park pool questions
    The Daily Herald recommends voting yes on Lake Park High School District 108's requests to build and operate a swimming pool.


    The GOP’s strategic failure

    Columnist Michael Gerson: Recent brutal attacks on the GOP have claimed that minorities often think that "Republicans do not like them or want them in the country." That younger voters are "rolling their eyes at what the party represents." That former Republicans view the party as "scary," "narrow-minded," "out of touch" and populated by "stuffy old men." But these were not Democratic attacks. Losing parties generally look in the mirror and see the need for cosmetics. A new report calls for reconstructive surgery.


    Congress falls short on national security

    Columnist Lee Hamilton: Our Constitution gives Congress strong levers for dealing with foreign policy. It has oversight of the executive branch, and can hold hearings and demand information. It has the power of the purse, and with it the ability to explore key issues of behavior and policy before approving the budget. It has the power to declare war, and to raise and maintain an army and navy. Yet for the most part, Congress prefers deference to executive power.


    We can and should cut spending
    An Elk Grove Village letter to the editor: We are now expected to believe that if we attempt to cut even a small amount of spending, a percentage lower then the 2 percent all working people had to absorb in their personal lives starting this year, it will cause painful results as some of the functions of government we actually depend on will be the first cut.


    Love is the key to happy children
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: Mr. Finnegan is wrong on many levels in his bigoted opposition to same-sex marriage. First, he refers to being gay as a "choice." Being gay is something you are born to be, not something you decide to be. Did Mr. Finnegan decide to be heterosexual?


    Why have perks for lawbreakers?
    An Elgin letter to the editor: What do they guard the borders for? The illegal immigrants are lured across by politicians: If you make it over we have perks for you.


    Rebuttal to Daily Herald endorsement
    Rebuttal to Daily Herald endorsementIn this public forum of the Herald, I wish to offer rebuttal to explanation of the Herald’s lack of endorsement for James Gaffney for board member of School District 303. The fact that he is running for District 303 school board while maintaining his seat on the Fox River and Countryside Fire District is the editorial reasoning. This evaluation shows the Herald without vision or research. Mr. Gaffney has been active and integral on all aspects of his duties on both of these boards, fully utilizing his business experiences. He no longer is spending his energies running his own business which he sold anticipating his community work.Mr. Gaffney’s professional and personal success have well established his value to any agenda to which he chooses to contribute. Also known to be outspoken and forthright, he currently brings a great value to the management of both the boards. His forward minded, out of the box attitudes have propelled the projects he helps direct. We are so fortunate that he personally has chosen to contribute to our welfare without any compensation, sharing with us his skills and experience. Other communities and boards are stymied by the lack of creative and realistic measures necessary in this economic time. Our boards have realized success with him on “board.”That Mr. Gaffney is willing to continue with these arduous labors, I feel appreciation and hope others also recognize this as volunteerism among the highest level and worthy of our “vote” of appreciation and gratitude.Linda StuartSt. Charles


    Armed society not a Christian society
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: The Founding Fathers of our country designed the U.S. Constitution to form a strong central government and to keep its citizens from fear. The Articles of Confederation, the Constitution's predecessor caused chaos and fear.


    More interested in helping foreigners
    A Naperville letter to the editor: John Kerry and the Obama administration recently announced the release of $1 billion in U.S. dollars to aid Egypt. It is interesting that this administration can find billions of dollars to give away in foreign aid while our federal government goes deeper in debt.


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