Daily Archive : Saturday March 30, 2013


    Trooper James Sauter

    Post-crash fire killed state trooper; trucker ticketed

    An Illinois State Trooper from Vernon Hills who was killed in the line of duty early Friday morning died in the post-crash fire and the trucker who struck his vehicle has been ticketed for improper lane usage, authorities said Saturday. Meanwhile, funeral arrangements have been finalized for James Sauter, 28.


    Rollover crash closes Arlington Heights roadway

    An accident involving a rollover closed the roadway near Central and New Wilke Roads in Arlington Heights for about 30 minutes Saturday.

    Pope Francis leads the Easter vigil service Saturday in St. Peter’s Basilica, at the Vatican.

    Pope presides over trimmed Easter Vigil service

    A trimmed-back vigil — and one that started earlier than usual — was just one of the novelties of this Holy Week under an Argentine Jesuit pope who just two weeks ago stunned the world by emerging from the loggia of St. Peter's Basilica after his election with a simple "Brothers and sisters, good evening."

    This item appeared on the front page of the Mount Prospect Herald on May 26, 1944, announcing John E. Terpning was missing in action.

    Mount Prospect pilot killed in WWII identified

    A U.S. Army pilot from Mount Prospect who died in a crash in Papua, New Guinea, during World War II has been positively identified and will be buried with full military honors in Arlington National Cemetery on Wednesday, April 3. Army 1st Lt. John E. Terpning's now properly identified remains have been returned to his family, nearly 69 years after he died and almost 40 after a Royal Australian...

    A nun pours oil in front of the Shroud of Turin Saturday that went on display for a special TV appearance, at the Turin cathedral, Italy. The Shroud went on display amid new research disputing claims it’s a medieval fake and purporting to date the linen some say was Jesus’ burial cloth to around the time of his death.

    Shroud of Turin goes on display amid new research

    Pope Francis sent a special video message to the event in Turin's cathedral, but made no claim that the image on the shroud of a man with wounds similar to those suffered by Christ was really that of Jesus. He called the cloth an "icon," not a relic — an important distinction.

    Egyptians eat foul, or fava beans, at an open-air cart restaurant Saturday in Cairo. Egypt has faced near-constant turmoil in the more than two years since longtime, authoritarian leader Hosni Mubarak was overthrown in a revolt.

    Egypt issues arrest warrant for TV satirist

    Egypt's state prosecutors ordered the arrest Saturday of a popular television satirist for allegedly insulting Islam and the country's leader, in a move that government opponents say is aimed at silencing critics of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.

    Associated Press/March 5, 2012 A mural imitating the religious painting The Last Supper covers a wall of a popular housing complex, showing from left to right, Fidel Castro, Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara, Mao Tse-tung, Vladimir Lenin, Karl Marx, Jesus Christ, Simon Bolivar, Venezuelan rebel fighters Alexis Gonzalez and Fabricio Ojeda and Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez in Caracas, Venezuela.

    Chavez’s legacy gains religious glow in Venezuela

    Hugo Chavez's die-hard followers considered him a living legend on a par with independence-era hero Simon Bolivar well before his March 5 death from cancer. In the mere three weeks since, however, Chavez has ascended to divine status in this deeply Catholic country as the government and Chavistas build a religious mythology around him ahead of April 14 elections to pick a new leader.

    Tom Boerwinkle

    Notable deaths last week

    Richard Griffiths was one of the great British stage actors of his generation, a heavy man with a light touch, whether in Shakespeare or Neil Simon. But for millions of movie fans, he will always be grumpy Uncle Vernon, the least magical of characters in the fantastical “Harry Potter” movies.

    In this Oct. 6, 2008 photo, Arts Advocacy Award honoree Phil Ramone attends the 2008 National Arts Awards presented by Americans For The Arts at Cipriani’s 42nd St. in New York. Ramone, the Grammy Award-winning engineer and producer whose platinum touch included recordings with Ray Charles, Billy Joel and Paul Simon, has died. He was 72. His son, Matt Ramone, confirmed the death. Phil Ramone was among the most honored and successful music producers in history, winning 14 Grammys and working with many of the top artists of his era.

    Pioneering pop producer Phil Ramone dead at 79

    Phil Ramone, the masterful Grammy Award-winning engineer, arranger and producer whose platinum touch included recordings with Ray Charles, Billy Joel and Paul Simon, died Saturday of complications stemming from heart surgery, his family said. He was 79.


    Awards and honors given to producer Phil Ramone

    Some of the awards and honors given to music producer, arranger and engineer Phil Ramone, who died Saturday of complications stemming from heart surgery:Grammy Awards:Ÿ 2011 Producer, Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for Tony Bennett’s “Duets II”Ÿ 2006 Producer, Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for Tony Bennett’s “Duets: An American Classic”

    Overpass work is ongoing at the Geneva/West Chicago border at the railroad tracks on Route 38 and Kautz Road, which always seems to be a bad spot for traffic backups when trains are passing. For the most part, the road will be down to one lane in each direction while work continues.

    Get ready to sit in traffic during overpass work

    You might be sitting in traffic at Kautz Road and Route 38 for extended periods for the immediate future during construction of a railroad overpass, but the payoff should be worth it, columnist Dave Heun says.


    Lake Zurich fire leaves family homeless

    A Lake Zurich woman may have saved her family from a fire that began while they were sleeping Saturday morning. The woman, whom fire officials are not naming, arrived home from work shortly before 8:16 a.m. and noticed smoke filling the residence on the 100 block of Parkway Avenue. She quickly woke her sleeping family members and evacuated them, fire officials said.

    In a mass of humanity that was uncontrolled chaos Freddy Eichorn,4, of Arlington Heights manages to find an Easter egg in the big hunt held at the Gary Morava Recreation Center in Prospect Heights on Saturday.

    Images from Easter egg hunts throughout the suburbs

    A collection of images from Easter Egg hunts throughout the suburbs Saturday.

    Lead engineer Don Grice of IBM inspects what was, at the time, the world’s fastest computer, nicknamed “Roadrunner”, in the company’s Poughkeepsie, N.Y. plant.

    End of the line for renowned supercomputer

    The $121 million supercomputer, housed at one of the nation's premier nuclear weapons research laboratories in northern New Mexico, will be decommissioned Sunday. The reason? The world of supercomputing is evolving and Roadrunner has been replaced with something smaller,

    West Chicago firefighters battle a house fire Thursday on Alamance Drive in West Chicago.

    Neighbors help family whose home was gutted by fire

    Neighbors in a West Chicago neighborhood rallied to help one of their own after a fire gutted ahome in the Cornerstone Lakes subdivision donating gift cards and everyday items.


    Classmates rally behind ECC nursing student, fire victim

    Classmates of a student in Elgin Community College's nursing program are rallying to help the colleague stay in school following the loss of all her belongings in a West Chicago house fire Thursday. "That family was there for me when I needed it," fellow student Brittany Von Eyser said. "Now I have an opportunity to pay it back."

    Colorado Democratic Sen. Michael Bennett, second right, speaks, as, from left, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., listen during a news conference after their tour of the Mexico border with the United States on Wednesday.

    Bipartisan immigration bill crosses a hurdle

    Under the emerging agreement between business and labor, a new "W" visa program would bring tens of thousands of lower-skilled workers a year to the country. The program would be capped at 200,000 a year, but the number of visas would fluctuate, depending on unemployment rates, job openings, employer demand and data collected by a new federal bureau pushed by the labor movement as an objective...

    Dentist Alice G. Boghosian removes packages of properly sterilized dental instruments from an autoclave Friday that uses heat and steam to sterilize the tools, in Chicago. Health officials in Oklahoma are calling an oral surgeon there who used dirty equipment and risked cross-contamination a ìmenace to public healthî and are urging thousands of his patients to seek medical screenings for hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV.

    Patients of Tulsa doctor line up to get tested

    Testing for hepatitis B, hepatitis C and the virus that causes AIDS began at 10 a.m. Saturday, but many arrived early and stood through torrential downpours.


    Judge gives green light to Islamic center in DuPage Co.

    A federal judge reversed a DuPage County Board's decision to deny an Islamic group's request to build an educational center near Naperville. U.S. District Court Judge Rebecca R. Pallmeyer found in her Friday ruling no evidence that the county board denied the permit on the basis of discrimination, but found its decision to be "arbitrary and capricious."

    Canadian singer Justin Bieber performs on stage during the “I Believe Tour “ in Munich. A German official says Bieber had to leave a monkey in quarantine after arriving in the country last week without the necessary papers for the animal.

    Justin Bieber’s monkey quarantined in Germany
    Justin Bieber had to leave a monkey in quarantine after landing in Germany last week without the necessary papers for the animal, an official said Saturday.

    This undated photo provided by New Hampshire Fish and Game Department shows a New England cottontail rabbit. Wildlife officials say the New England cottontail could soon face extinction, due to diminishing shrub lands across the Northeast. The only rabbit species indigenous to the region lost more than 80 percent of its habitat over the last 50 years.

    Seeking to save Peter Cottontail from extinction

    Conservationists are hoping a new program to restore shrub lands across the Northeast and captive breeding efforts will help ensure the New England cottontail sticks around for many Easters to come. The New England cottontail was once so common that Massachusetts author Thornton Burgess adapted one named Peter for the children's stories he penned a century ago. But the critter that inspired "The...

    Red Paw founder Jen Leary poses March 28 at their adoption facility in Philadelphia, with kittens displaced due to fires. The emergency relief service Red Paw has paired with the local Red Cross to care for animals displaced by flames, floods or other residential disasters, with the goal of eventually reuniting them with their owners.

    Displaced pets get helping ‘paw’ from Philadelphia group
    When a house fire breaks out in the Philadelphia area, the Red Cross springs into action to offer the family a helping hand and a place to stay. But what about the victims' pets? That's where Red Paw comes in. The emergency relief service has paired with the local Red Cross to care for animals displaced by flames, flood or other residential disaster.

    In this file photo, former South African President Nelson Mandela celebrated his 94th birthday in July in Qunu, South Africa. A South African official says Mandela is breathing “without difficulty” after having a procedure to clear fluid in his lung area that was caused by pneumonia.

    Mandela breathing better in bout with pneumonia
    Nelson Mandela is breathing "without difficulty" after having a procedure to clear fluid in his lung area that was caused by pneumonia, the spokesman for South Africa's president said Saturday. Mandela, the 94-year-old former president and anti-apartheid leader, had a recurrence of pneumonia, said presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj. South African officials had previously not specified that...


    Veterans fight changes to disability payments
    Veterans groups are rallying to fight any proposal to change disability payments as the federal government attempts to address its long-term debt problem. They say they've sacrificed already. Government benefits would still grow but at a slower rate. That applies to veterans, too.

    Russell Cerqua

    Dist. 95 candidates talk technology, vocational training

    Advancing technology and expanding opportunities for students is a common goal among the six candidates running for four seats on the Lake Zurich Unit District 95 school board.


    Philadelphia’s Ilya Bryzgalov, left, of Russia, blocks a shot by New York Islanders’ Frans Nielsen, of Denmark, during the shootout in an NHL hockey game, Thursday, March 28, 2013, in Philadelphia. According to a team source, the Blackhawks are trying to deal for Nielsen.

    Source: Blackhawks trying to acquire Islanders' Nielsen

    A source confirmed to the Daily Herald on Saturday that the Blackhawks and Islanders have been talking multiplayer trade with the centerpiece of the deal being New York center Frans Nielsen. Lubomir Visnovsky was part of the discussion before the 36-year-old defenseman agreed to a two-year contract extension on Friday worth $9.5 million.


    Saturday’s softball scoreboard
    High school results from Saturday's varsity girls softballl games, as reported to the Daily Herald.


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


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


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


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


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


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


    Perfect opener for Kraimer, Barrington

    Considering the weather for the past three weeks, Saturday's mid 50-degree temperatures were perfect for area teams to start their softball seasons. And it was a perfect start for Barrington senior Cassidy Kraimer. The right-hander threw the first perfect game for the Fillies since sophomore Kiley Dolezal on April 25, 2009. Kraimer's gem on Saturday was a 16-0 five-inning victory over Lane Tech and completed the Fillies sweep in their own quad.

    Third baseman Jeff Keppinger, left, signed a three-year deal with the White Sox during the off-season.

    Batting second, Keppinger a key addition

    When Opening Day lineups are announced Monday afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field, White Sox fans are not going to notice many differences from 2012. There's only one brand-new face, and on the surface, Jeff Keppinger is easy to overlook.


    Landers, Grayslake C. win in 9

    Freddie Landers drove home Ryan Fontana with a bases-loaded 1-out single to break up a 3-3 tie and give Grayslake Central a 4-3, 9-inning victory over Burlington Central in nonconference baseball on Saturday.


    It’s a win-win scenario for Antioch

    Antioch's softball team won its season opener for the first time in four years and added another victory Saturday. Returning all-area senior Katie Phillips picked up the win in both games against Class 4A opponents, as Antioch defeated Lincoln-Way Central 4-3 and then host Jacobs 6-4 in the District 300 invitational in Algonquin.


    Neuqua Valley pours it on in second half

    Neuqua Valley scored five times in the second half to defeat the host school at the Downers Grove South tournament on Saturday.


    A big day for Minahan, Waubonsie Valley

    Amanda Minahan hit three home runs over five games, one a grand slam, and had a game-winning double in the finale as No. 8 Waubonsie Valley went 5-0 to win the Macon County Softball Tournament in Cookeville, Tenn., on Saturday.The Warriors (5-0) beat Macon County 12-0 behind Minahan’s two homers and a Shannon Hohman homer, defeated Kenwood 4-1, Happy Valley 8-0, Warren County 3-2 and Friendship 5-4.Minahan’s double in the bottom of the sixth against Friendship capped Waubonsie’s perfect day. The tournament was pushed back a day and the championship game canceled due to inclement weather.Hohman was the winning pitcher three games in the tournament for Waubonsie.Montini 5-11, Hinsdale South 2-3:Freshman Alyssa Sclafani hit a 3-run homer in Game 1 and went deep with a solo shot in the second game as the Broncos (3-2) swept in Lombard. Sclafani and fellow freshman Emily Lezcano went deep three pitches apart in the second inning of Game 2. A third freshman, Isabell Alexander went 3-for-4 with 3 steals, 4 runs scored and walked twice over the two games. Lauren Cairo homered in the first game and Sabrina Kuchta in Game 2 for Hinsdale South.West Chicago 3-1, St. Charles East 2-11:Morgan Dastych went 2-for-3 in Game 1 for West Chicago (2-2), delivering the eventual game-winning hit in the bottom of the sixth.Downers Grove North 3-8, Glenbard East 2-11:Elaine Heflin (2-0) struck out 17 in two-hitting Glenbard East in Game 1 for No. 7 Downers Grove North (2-1).Downers Grove South 17, Mahomet-Seymour 4:Caroline Hedgcock and Caitlin Daly homered, Daly driving in 4 runs, and Hedgcock threw a three-hitter with 7 strikeouts for the Mustangs, who erupted for 12 runs in the third inning. Jessica Andree was 4-for-4 with 2 doubles and 2 runs scored.Downers Grove South 22, Champaign Central 0:Kelly Schmitt twirled a no-hitter, striking out eight, and Andree went 2-for-3 with a homer, double and 6 RBI for the Mustangs (2-0). Kaley Smith went 3-for-4 and drove in 4 runs.


    Hard-hitting Prospect picks up victory against Lake Zurich

    Prospect scored 3 runs in the first inning of its nonconference contest at Lake Zurich on Saturday, and that turned out to be more than enough offense for starter Welby Malczewski and reliever Zach Smith, who combined on a 2-hit shutout in an 11-0 victory over the Bears.After a 2-run third and a 2-run fourth, Prospect scored 4 more in the sixth inning to end the game in that frame.Patrick Donohue, Jackson Wrede, A.J. Compton and Grant Gerdes each drove in 2 runs for Prospect. Donohue doubled, and Patrick Hipple had a solo homer.Bartlett 12, Palatine 9: The host Pirates grabbed an 8-6 lead after delivering a 6-run third inning, but the Hawks scored in every inning but the sixth to get back in front and claim a nonconference win.Zach Serna doubled twice, Jarrod Juskiewicz homered and drove in 3 runs and Greg Grana doubled and had 2 RBI for Palatine.Alex Piszczek started for the Pirates, but Jason Lemonidis suffered the loss in relief.D-C 10, Elk Grove 9: Dundee-Crown scored 5 runs over the final three innings, including the winning run in the bottom of the seventh, to earn a 10-9 victory over Elk Grove in nonconference play.Luc Dimaso homered and doubled for the Grens, and Mikey Maize doubled twice.Elk Grove out-hit the Chargers 12-10 but committed 7 errors.Buffalo Grove 6, Niles West 5: Matt Blankshain doubled and drove in 2 runs to help the host Bison past Niles West in nonconference play.Nick Carpinelli and Sean Edgar also had 2 hits for the Bison.Brian Kleczynski started for the Bison and pitched three innings, allowing 1 earned run. Luke Potnick pitched two innings and allowed 3 unearned runs, and Adam Kowalski and Justin Hasek both pitched 1 scoreless inning.

    Robin Ventura, left, and the White Sox have a chance to compete this year in the AL Central if Alex Rios, Adam Dunn and Paul Konerko can put together big seasons. As for Dale Sveum’s Cubs? If all goes right, the North Siders should have a shot at the postseason by 2015.

    Cubs, Sox on opposite ends again in 2013

    The Cubs continue to build toward a better day, while suffering in the moment, and the White Sox again try to compete with a Detroit team that appears unbeatable. Yes, 2013 sounds very much like 2012.


    No Hossa or Sharp Sunday in Detroit

    The Blackhawks won't have Marian Hossa and Patrick Sharp again on Sunday when they play the Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena. Both players are recovering from shoulder injuries and stayed back in Chicago. Hossa was placed on injured reserve, retroactive to the time of his injury. He could play Monday against Nashville at the United Center since all that is required of being on injured reserve is a seven-day stay.

    Dirk Nowitzki was virtually unstoppable Saturday, finishing with 35 points on 14-of-17-shooting. His 3-pointer with 2.9 seconds left lifted the host Mavericks to a 100-98 win over the Bulls.

    Bulls fritter one away to Nowitzki, Mavs
    The Bulls had one of those 48-minute issues on Saturday afternoon in Dallas. Thanks to the sharpshooting of Nate Robinson and others, the Bulls seemed to have a quality road win locked up against a team fighting for its playoff life. But then Dick Nowitzki led the Mavericks on a game-closing 15-1 run to hand the Bulls a stunning 100-98 loss at the American Airlines Center.

    Wichita State players celebrate their 70-66 win over Ohio State in the West Regional final in the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament, Saturday, March 30, 2013, in Los Angeles.

    Wichita State shocks Buckeyes, advances to Final Four

    LOS ANGELES — Wichita State is headed to the Final Four, and these Shockers should be no surprise to anybody.Not after the way they held off mighty Ohio State in the West Regional final.Malcolm Armstead scored 14 points, Fred Van Vleet bounced in a big basket with 1 minute left, and ninth-seeded Wichita State earned its first trip to the Final Four since 1965 with a 70-66 victory over Ohio State on Saturday.Van Vleet scored 12 points as the Shockers (30-8) followed up last week’s win over top-ranked Gonzaga with a nail-biting victory over the second-seeded Buckeyes (29-8), whose 11-game winning streak ended one game short of their second straight Final Four.Wichita State roared to a 20-point lead with 11 minutes to play after Ohio State played an awful first half, but LaQuinton Ross scored 15 of his 19 points after halftime, leading a ferocious rally to within three points in the final minutes.But after Tekele Cotton hit a 3-pointer with 2:20 left, VanVleet scored on a shot that bounced all over the rim before dropping. Ron Baker and Cotton hit last-minute free throws to secure the second Final Four trip in Wichita State’s history.Wichita State is just the fifth team seeded ninth or higher to reach the Final Four since seeding began in 1979, but the second in three years following 11th-seeded VCU’s improbable run in 2011.The Shockers are also the kings of Kansas, reaching the national semifinals after the powerful Jayhawks and Kansas State both went down.Deshaun Thomas scored 21 points after missing nine of his first 12 shots for the Buckeyes, who made just 24 percent of their first-half shots. Aaron Craft scored nine points on 2-for-12 shooting for the Buckeyes, who dug a hole too deep to escape with their second-half rally.But after two weeks of upsets in the wild West bracket, underdog Wichita State was an appropriate choice to cut down Staples Center’s nets. The Shockers’ well-balanced roster managed built that enormous lead with the same consummate team play that they’ve shown throughout the tournament.Two sections packed with cheering Shockers fans provided all the encouragement necessary for a team that didn’t win the Missouri Valley Conference tournament and was thought to be a bubble team for an NCAA berth. Now, Wichita State is the MVC’s first Final Four team since Larry Bird led Indiana State to the title game in 1979.Another giant awaits the Shockers in Atlanta next weekend: They’ll face the winner of Sunday’s Midwest Regional final between Duke and Louisville.Seven seasons after underdog George Mason crashed the Final Four and underlined college basketball’s growing parity, the Shockers are the latest smallish school to get on a big roll in the tournament. Butler made the national championship game in 2010 and 2011, and the Bulldogs were joined by that VCU team in the Final Four two years ago.This year’s tournament included stunning wins by Florida Gulf Coast, La Salle and Harvard, but nobody kept it going longer than Wichita State.Although the Shockers have a beautiful home arena and robust support from fans and donors in Kansas’ largest city, coach Gregg Marshall acknowledged that Wichita State’s athletic budget is a fraction of what a BCS school can spend. He hasn’t let it slow down the Shockers.The 50-year-old Marshall is in his sixth season at Wichita State, but he fits in well with the up-and-coming coaches who made their reputations through unlikely tournament success such as Butler’s Brad Stevens or VCU’s Shaka Smart.Marshall, who says he’s “not a jumper” when it comes to job opportunities, spent nine seasons at Winthrop, making seven NCAA tournaments before moving to Wichita in 2007, where he rebuilt the Shockers into a Top 25 team last year — only to lose to 12th-seeded VCU in the first round of the 2012 tournament.

    St. Charles East’s Carly Pottle, left, tries to control the ball in front of Batavia defender Brittny Wahlen during Saturday’s game.

    Three quick goals lift St. Charles East

    So often, soccer teams take the field looking to get an early goal. St. Charles East took that state of mind to a nearly ridiculous extreme on Saturday, scoring not just an early goal but three goals in the opening 3:23 to set the Saints on their way to a 4-2 victory over Batavia. "That was awesome," St. Charles East junior Shannon Rasmussen said. "We knew we had to come out strong and play with the wind, because we had the wind in the first half. Everyone said this was a big game because it's our first conference game so getting the three early goals really helped set us up."


    St. Charles N. wins West Aurora tourney

    St. Charles North dropped the first game of their boys volleyball championship match against Schaumburg with back-to-back hitting errors. But the North Stars more than atoned for their consecutive miscues against the Saxons Saturday afternoon at the 12-team West Aurora tournament. St. Charles North forged the equalizer in the second game and hit the Saxons with a resounding 19-3 run in the rubber game to win their first significant tournament title in program history with the 25-27, 25-18, 25-11 victory in Aurora.


    Tough day caps tough week for WW South

    A tough week endedfor the Wheaton Warrenville South boys volleyball team with a tough three-game loss in the seventh-place match of the Tiger Classic Invitational on Saturday night.


    Elgin CC splits with Prairie State

    Bobby Thorson, Sam Komel and Kyle Leone drove in runs and Jake Perkins struck out eight in six innings to lift the Elgin Community College baseball team to a 3-2 win in Game 2 and a split with Prairie State on Saturday. Prairie State won the first game 5-4.


    South Elgin 6th at Argo

    South Elgin 6th at Argo: The Storm went 2-2 on the day to finish sixth overall at the Argo tournament. South Elgin defeated the Argo JV and Plainfield North and lost to Hinsdale South and Plainfield Central. Nate Marotta had 33 kills, 13 aces and 12 digs for the Storm (3-3) and was named to the all-tournament team. Dan Gibadlo had 14 kills and 6 aces, Ian Saxton 10 aces, Jake Dinneen 58 assists, 11 digs and 5 aces and Joe Lullo 5 aces.


    Girls soccer/Fox Valley roundup

    The Huntley girls soccer team defeated Hononegah 1-0 in the semifinals but then fell to state power Rockford Boylan 3-2 in the championship game of the Huntley Invitational Saturday.Freshman Taryn Jakubowski scored the Red Raiders’ only goal of the game against Hononegah in the 20th minute off an assist from Deanna Hecht. Jessica Galason had 6 saves in goal for Huntley.Abigail Nordeen and Hecht scored Huntley’s goals against Boylan. Galason had 4 saves in goal for the Red Raiders (3-1-1), who outshot Boylan 17-8.Glenbard North 6, Larkin 1: Liza Moreno’s goal off an assist from Jaci Bridgers was all the Royals could muster in this loss at the Huntley Invite. Alejandra Villagomez had 12 saves for Larkin, which won its second game of the day by forfeit over Montini.Elk Grove 1, Cary-Grove 0: Krystal Felderman had 5 saves in goal for the Trojans (2-1) in a nonconference loss at Elk Grove.


    Larkin’s first outing a sweeping success

    Tyler Kalusa and Brayden Royce each had 2 hits in the opener and then Kalusa hit an inside-the-park grand slam home run in the second game as the Larkin baseball team opened the season Saturday with a sweep of Woodstock North, winning 4-3 and 15-5.


    St. Edward opens with split

    St. Edward opened its softball season at the Elgin Sports Complex Saturday, and Green Wave coach Jaci Corn came away more than happy with a nonconference split with Sycamore. Freshman Lindsey Zdroik fired a 1-hitter in a 2-1 Game 1 win, striking out nine and walking none. Sycamore came back to win the second game 7-5 by scoring 5 runs in the sixth inning. Zdroik pitched all 14 innings in her Green Wave debut.


    Time to catch up with these college achievers

    Spring took a long time getting here. So did this column highlighting area collegiates' winter athletic achievements. So here it is.

    Alfonso Soriano, right, is 28 homers shy of 400 in his career. He also needs 11 homers to reach 175 with the Cubs and pass Andre Dawson for 12th all time on the team’s list.

    Several Cubs could soon eclipse milestones

    Several veteran Cubs players are within reach of significant statistical milestones this season. How many of these players still will be Cubs when and if they hit those milestones?


    White Sox’ Crain breathes sigh of relief

    MILWAUKEE — Friday night might have been just another meaningless exhibition game for most White Sox players, but it meant a lot to Jesse Crain.Slowed by a strained right adductor throughout much of spring training, Crain desperately needed to show the Sox he was healthy enough to be on the 25-man roster.The veteran relief pitcher did just that by working with 1 scoreless inning against the Brewers at Miller Park.On Saturday, Crain was still feeling good, prompting Sox manager Robin Ventura to proclaim the right-hander good to go for Monday's season opener against the Royals.

    South Elgin’s Andre Norasith, reacts after a missed shot during the Cary-Grove boys tennis invite Saturday in Cary.

    South Elgin, Norasith tops at Cary-Grove

    It seemed like Andre Norasith hardly broke a sweat. The South Elgin junior made it look easy Saturday afternoon in Cary. Winning 4 straight matches without losing a set, Norasith's dominance paved the way for the Storm to go a perfect 4-0 to win the Cary-Grove boys tennis invitational. Norasith, a two-time state qualifier, claimed his second straight invitational singles championship and improved to 8-0 on the season.


    Streaking Batavia rallies by Marmion for 4-0 start

    How long has it been since the Batavia baseball team started 4-0? So long that Matt Holm, who has been coaching the Bulldogs the past 21 seasons, couldn't remember ever doing it. Batavia capped a perfect first week of the season with a 2-run rally in the sixth inning Saturday, beating a Marmion roster filled with several kids who grew up in Batavia playing with many of these Bulldogs. That 5-3 victory — and the 4-0 record with wins over Wheaton Warrenville South, Willowbrook and Naperville North — was music to Batavia catcher Dino Simoncelli's ears.

    Glenbard North’s Lindsey Cherry delivers a pitch against York during girls softball action.

    For Glenbard North, a Cherry on top of her game

    It is Lindsey Cherry's time now, and she looks ready to shine. Glenbard North's senior pitcher took a perfect game into the fourth inning and struck out 11, the No. 5 Panthers beating York 7-1 in their season opener and first game of a doubleheader Saturday in Carol Stream. "What can you say?" Glenbard North coach Josh Sanew said with a smile. "It's a good thing to have a senior in Lindsey Cherry back. She threw great. First time out, on a cold day with some wind, she did a good job." Glenbard North (2-0) swept, taking the second game 6-1.

    John Starks/jstarks@dailyherald.com ¬ Wheaton Warrenville South's McKenna Kiple lays on the ground as teammates Amy Yong, top, Hope Schmelzle, bottom, and Erin Hermann laugh with her after they set a meet record in the 3,200 meter relay Saturday at the Illinois High School Association girls state track and field finals at O'Brien Stadium at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston.

    Just the right distance for DuPage runners

    The 800-meter run has simply become the chief domain of the 28 local girls track and field teams over the last dozen years.


    Ryan finds the range, helps Carmel past Stevenson

    Carmel Catholic's "Matty Ice," Matt Ryan, showed off arm strength that another "Matty Ice," Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, would appreciate. Carmel's starting pitcher tested Stevenson's new concrete backstop on the first pitch he threw in the bottom of the first. He later winged another extremely high fastball, but "Matty Ice" found his control and displayed his ice-water-in-the-veins composure, settling down to toss 4 quality innings as the Corsairs defeated the host Patriots 7-1 in a nonconference game between perennial Lake County baseball powers Saturday.

    Syracuse forward C.J. Fair (5) cuts down the net following their 55-39 win over Marquette in the East Regional final in the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament, Saturday, March 30, 2013, in Washington.

    Syracuse ends Marquette’s season

    WASHINGTON — Jim Boeheim calls this year’s Syracuse team his best defensive group ever. Hard to argue, based on the suffocating performances that put the Orange in the Final Four.Using its trapping, shot-challenging 2-3 zone to perfect effect for 40 minutes, No. 4-seeded Syracuse shut down No. 3 Marquette 55-39 in the East Regional final Saturday to earn Boeheim his first trip to the national semis since a freshman named Carmelo Anthony helped win the 2003 NCAA title.“It’s a great thing,” Boeheim joked afterward. “We go once every 10 years.”Fittingly, a matchup between schools from the soon-to-break-apart, rough-and-tumble Big East became quite a struggle on the offensive end. Syracuse (30-9) was led by senior forward James Southerland’s 16 points. Michael Carter-Williams, a 6-foot-6 guard who is out front in the zone, was named the regional’s top player after having 12 points, eight rebounds and six assists Saturday.Marquette (26-9) hadn’t scored fewer than 47 points all season — and, indeed, put up 74 in a victory over Syracuse on Feb. 25. But this time, Marquette kept turning the ball over, seeing its shots blocked or just plain missing.It was much like what happened Thursday in the regional semifinals, when Syracuse knocked off top-seeded Indiana by limiting it to a season-low output, too.“I don’t think we’ve played as good defensively as these last two games,” senior guard Brandon Triche said. “We held some good teams down.” All told, Marquette made only 12 of 53 shots — 23 percent — and was 3 for 24 on 3-pointers. Vander Blue, who carried Marquette to the round of eight, was held to 14 points on 3-for-15 shooting. Its 39 points were a record low for a team in a regional final since the shot clock was introduced in 1986.In the national semifinals at Atlanta next week, Syracuse will face the winner of Sunday’s South Regional final between Florida and Michigan.Last season, Syracuse fell a victory short of the Final Four, losing to Ohio State in the round of eight.“We wanted to get over the hump,” Southerland said. “That’s what I told the guys: We’ve still got two more to go.”The Big East is transforming radically before next season. Syracuse is heading to the Atlantic Coast Conference, while Marquette is one of seven basketball-centric schools departing the conference to form a new league that is taking the Big East name with it.But talk about a last hurrah.Not only is Syracuse on its way to the Final Four, but the league also could have a second representative because Louisville is in the Midwest Regional final Sunday against Duke.In this very same building, exactly three weeks ago, Syracuse wrapped up its final Big East regular-season schedule with a bad-as-can-be performance in a lopsided loss to Georgetown, scoring 39 points — the Orange’s tiniest total in a half-century.Thanking fans after Saturday’s victory, Boeheim said: “I’m sure some of you were here, three weeks ago today, when it didn’t turn out so good.”That was Syracuse’s fourth loss in a span of five games, a stumbling way to head into tournament play. Since then, though, Boeheim’s team has won seven of eight games.“When you bounce back like that, that says a lot about your kids, your team and your character,” Boeheim said. “This is a heck of a bounceback.”And the secret to success? Defense, naturally.“We got the right personnel for each key position,” C.J. Fair said. “We got big long guards, we got big long forwards that can cover ground and our centers do a good job holding down the inside.” Syracuse really needed only one run on offense in the second half, making five shots in a row during a spurt that gave it a 41-28 lead with 9½ minutes left.


    Skonieczny’s blast lifts Huntley by South Elgin

    It was hard enough for South Elgin to keep Huntley right fielder Mark Skonieczny off base Saturday morning. But when the Storm turned to Mother Nature in the fourth inning to help knock down a flyball Skonieczny hit to right field, Mother Nature rudely stepped in again. Skonieczny helped ignite a 2-run inning after reaching on an error to lead off the third, but his 2-run homer to right that fought through a 20 mph wind blowing from left field in helped Huntley stay hot in a 6-4 nonconference win over the Storm in Huntley.


    Wauconda sweeps Larkin

    Outside — at last — and the Wauconda softball team took full advantage of the opportunity Saturday in Elgin. The Bulldogs pounded out 32 hits and got solid pitching and defense all day as they swept a nonconference doubleheader from Larkin, 13-4 and 17-2.

    Led by coach Mo Tharp in 1993, Fremd broke through to earn a spot in the Elite Eight in Champaign’s Assembly Hall. The Vikings won their quarterfinal game against Bradley-Bourbonnais before bringing home with a fourth-place finish.

    Two decades later, Fremd’s memorable run still resonates

    There were Fremd boys basketball teams that compiled gaudier records. There were Vikings teams with players who received more acclaim. But no team in Fremd history can match what this one accomplished 20 years ago. And no one in the Mid-Suburban League had played such an integral part in March Madness before 1993.

    Chicago Bulls forward Carlos Boozer, center, is fouled by Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41), of Germany, under the net during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, March 30, 2013, in Dallas. Mavericks’ Shawn Marion (0) is at left.

    Late 3-pointer bests Bulls

    DALLAS — Dirk Nowitzki hit a 3-pointer with 2.9 seconds left and the Dallas Mavericks rallied to beat the Chicago Bulls 100-98 on Saturday.The Mavericks trailed by 12 in the fourth quarter, but Nowitzki scored Dallas’ last eight points in a closing 15-1 run over the final 3½ minutes of the game. He finished with a season-high 35 points.After Jimmy Butler missed two free throws with 15.9 seconds remaining, Nowitzki connected on the winning 3 with Luol Deng running at him. Chicago’s Nate Robinson then missed a jumper at the buzzer that would have tied it.Robinson scored 14 of his 25 points in the fourth in Chicago’s first game since ending the Miami Heat’s 27-game winning streak. Carlos Boozer and Deng also had 25 points for the Bulls, who had won three in a row.Dallas (36-37) crept within a game of the Los Angeles Lakers and Utah Jazz for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. The Jazz hosted Brooklyn on Saturday night and the Lakers were at Sacramento.The Mavericks trailed 97-85 after Deng hit the Bulls’ sixth 3-pointer of the final period. Nowitzki made a 3 to cut Dallas’ deficit to 97-95 with 53.9 seconds left. The Bulls, who missed three of four foul shots in the final minute, got a free throw from Boozer with 41.2 seconds remaining. Nowitzki then hit a step-back jumper to get Dallas within one and Vince Carter fouled Butler, who was open on a cut near the basket. Butler missed two free throws, and the Mavericks grabbed the rebound and headed up the court. After Nowitzki’s winning shot, the big German raised both hands toward the air as he walked back down the court. Nowitzki hit his first eight shots and finished 14 of 17 from the floor.Robinson’s jumper was well off and the Bulls were denied their season-high fourth straight victory.Carter and Brandan Wright each scored 17 for the Mavericks, who finished 4-2 on a six-game homestand.

    Florida's Will Yeguete dunks against Florida Gulf Coast during the second half of a regional semifinal game in the NCAA college basketball tournament, Saturday, March 30, 2013, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

    Florida wins 62-50 to end FGCU’s NCAA run

    SEC champion Florida is going to its third straight NCAA regional final, while the improbable tournament journey for Florida Gulf Coast is over.

    Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Hector Santiago delivers to the Chicago White Sox during the first inning of an exhibition baseball game Friday, March 29, 2013, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

    White Sox beat Brewers 7-2

    The White Sox are planning to use Hector Santiago in long relief at the beginning of the season, and the left-hander sure looks ready to go.


    Jackson strikes out 9 as Cubs and Astros tie 6-6

    Edwin Jackson got off to a slow start on Friday night against the Houston Astros. When he settled down, he was almost unhittable. Jackson struck out nine as the Cubs and Astros played to a 6-6 tie in 10 innings in an exhibition game.

    Duke guard Tyler Thornton (3) reacts after a regional semifinal against Michigan State in the NCAA college basketball tournament, Saturday, March 30, 2013, in Indianapolis. Duke won 71-61. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

    Curry sends Duke past Michigan St. 71-61

    Seth Curry shot Duke right into the regional finals — and put Mike Krzyzewski on the verge of another major milestone.Curry scored 29 points to lead the second-seeded Blue Devils past third-seeded Michigan State 71-61 on Friday night and into the Midwest Regional final.


    This undated photo provided by Forrest Fenn shows a chest purported to contain gold dust, hundreds of rare gold coins, gold nuggets and other artifacts.

    Mystery treasure chest still hidden three years later

    Three years ago, Forrest Fenn lay two of his most beloved pieces of jewelry in the chest: a turquoise bracelet and a Tairona and Sinu Indian necklace adorned with exotic jewels. At the bottom of the chest, in an olive jar, he placed a detailed autobiography, printed so small a reader will need a magnifying glass. After that, he says, he carted the chest of loot, now weighing more than 40 pounds, into the mountains somewhere north of Santa Fe and left it there.

    This photo taken Tuesday March 26, 2013 shows three hybrid computers running on Windows 8, from left to right, the Iconia W510 by Acer, the Yoga 13 by Lenovo and the Surface Pro by Microsoft, in Los Angeles. Since Windows 8ís debut in October, there have been a range of hot-looking devices that try to combine elements of tablets and traditional PCs.

    Review: Tablet-PC hybrids a study in trade-offs

    ince Windows 8's debut in October, there have been a range of hot-looking devices that try to combine elements of tablets and traditional PCs. These hybrids seem as if they would be great both for relaxing with an e-book and for writing stories when I occasionally need to snap back into work mode. But trying out three tablet-PC hybrids running Windows 8 has convinced me that the good old laptop still reigns for creating documents quickly and accurately.

    Apple has bought WiFiSLAM, a startup that has been developing a way to use WiFi hotspots to help smartphones navigate large indoor spaces, like stores, airports and conference centers.

    Apple buys WiFi-location startup

    Apple has bought WiFiSLAM, a startup that has been developing a way to use WiFi hotspots to help smartphones navigate large indoor spaces, like stores, airports and conference centers.

    Thorsten Heins, chief executive officer of BlackBerry, attends the launch of the BlackBerry Z10 smartphone in Sydney, Australia, on Monday, March 18, 2013.

    BlackBerry reports surprise profit after cutting expenses

    BlackBerry, the Canadian smartphone maker that's attempting a turnaround, reported a surprise profit in the fourth quarter, helped by a cost-cutting program even as its sales missed analyst projections.

    Panasonic’s president said this week the company will persist with trying to fix its money-losing TV business, characterizing an exit from the fiercely competitive industry as a “final resort.”

    Panasonic stays in TV business, chairman resigning

    Panasonic's president said this week the company will persist with trying to fix its money-losing TV business, characterizing an exit from the fiercely competitive industry as a "final resort." Panasonic also said Fumio Ohtsubo will step down as chairman in June ahead of schedule to take responsibility for the company's string of dismal financial results.

    In this March 25, 2009 file photo, Video game enthusiasts attend the Game Developers Conference, in San Francisco. Dramatic changes that have reshaped the gaming industry in recent years, an evolution that’s as much about business models as it is about pixels. GDC organizers have added a summit on free-to-play games, planned talks on topics like crowd funding and micro-transactions and coordinated panels with such titles as “Making Money with Mobile Gaming” and “Why Won’t FarmVille Go Away?”

    Indie sensibilities embraced at gaming conference

    It's a time of transition for the video game industry. When it comes to the next generation of consoles, the question on their minds doesn't seem to be "What's next?" but rather "Who cares?"


    IT positions not always secure

    And although the sector has been more resilient than many others during the economic downturn, not all IT jobs enjoy the same degree of stability. Web development, cybersecurity and cloud computing, for example, tend to see greater demand for workers.


    The smartphone dilemma: Faster but bigger

    Smartphones keep getting faster. If you scrutinize this quickening pace, though, you're bound to get disillusioned. One of the reasons phones have been getting faster is that they're also getting bigger.

    Facebook Inc., which has more than 1 billion members, said the number of people paying to play games on its service rose 24 percent from a year ago, according to an emailed statement. Desktop-game users on the site jumped to more than 250 million from 235 million in October. The company paid a total of $2 billion to developers in 2012.

    Facebook users who pay to play games rises 24%

    Facebook Inc.'s social-gaming empire is growing. The social-networking website, which has more than 1 billion members, said the number of people paying to play games on its service rose 24 percent from a year ago, according to an e-mailed statement. Desktop-game users on the site jumped to more than 250 million from 235 million in October. The company paid a total of $2 billion to developers in 2012.


    Tesla CEO’s Twitter post adds to social media comment fray

    Tesla Motors Inc. Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk stoked the controversy over giving out corporate information on social media with a Twitter post that the electric-car company will make a "really exciting" announcement next week.

Life & Entertainment

    The new Angry Birds attraction at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., is a sliding puzzle with three levels of difficulty.

    Heads up, space fans! Angry Birds roosting at NASA

    Angry Birds have a new space coop. At NASA's invitation, the online game birds are roosting at Kennedy Space Center for the next 1½ years in an effort to lure youngsters to the cosmic wonders of math and science. The huge interactive exhibit recently opened and immediately packed in the kids who couldn't get enough of the mirrored maze and the design-your-own Angry Bird and play-the-game stations.

    In this photo taken Wednesday, Mar. 20, 2013, Nolan Bushnell, the founder of Atari poses for a photo at “Two-Bits-Circus,” a Los Angeles idea factory focused on software, hardware and machines. Bushnell was the first guy to give Steve Jobs his first full-time job in Silicon Valley at Atari.

    New book shares insights from Steve Jobs’ 1st boss

    When Steve Jobs adopted "think different" as Apple's mantra in the late 1990s, the company's ads featured Albert Einstein, Bob Dylan, Amelia Earhart and a constellation of other starry-eyed oddballs who reshaped society. Nolan Bushnell never appeared in those tributes, even though Apple was riffing on an iconoclastic philosophy he embraced while running video game pioneer Atari in the early 1970s. Bushnell was the first guy to give Steve Jobs his first full-time job in Silicon Valley at Atari.

    A ruby-throated hummingbird is the smallest bird in the world weighing a tenth of an ounce, has a brain the size of a BB, wobbly legs and enemies like the praying mantis and bull frog.

    Spring means yard work for hummingbird watchers

    The world's smallest bird can take up a big chunk of a person's spring to-do list: trim the trees, weed the garden, make the nectar and hang the feeders. With the beginning of spring, hummingbirds are making their way north after migrations that took many of them more than 500 miles across the Gulf of Mexico. They will return to the same yards where they have stayed in the past.

    The Easter Bunny waves during a previous edition of Antioch's Easter Parade.

    Weekend picks: A day full of bunnies, egg hunts and more

    Get in the mood for spring at the Eggcellent Easter Adventure and Parade in Antioch Saturday. Kids: Get ready to collect lots of eggs scattered on the field of the Schaumburg Boomers Stadium Saturday during the Easter Egg Hunt and Open House. Adults: Local H, the powerful rock duo from Lake County, will play a “hometown” show Saturday at the Montrose Room in Rosemont. Big Head Todd joins Ronnie Baker Brooks on the bill Saturday at FitzGerald's in Berwyn.

    Betsy Kosowski, who along with husband Marvin owns Kosowski Roofing, brings the couple’s dogs, Phoebe and Okii, when she estimates jobs.

    Roofing practices evolve for better protection

    The importance of keeping a roof over one's head has been well documented in literature for centuries. Everyone needs a place to take shelter during adverse weather conditions, so it makes sense. But those benefits are much decreased if the roof in question is leaky or lets the cold winds blow in.


    Satsuma pottery fell in quality over the years

    Q. These two vases are each 18½ inches tall. I inherited them from my mother, who got them from a sale in 1946. I understand that they were quite old then. As you can see, the bottoms have different markings, and although the vases look alike, there are slight differences in the patterns. They are in good condition with no chips or cracks. Anything you can tell me about them would be most helpful — especially the age and valuation.

    Florida Keys residents and visitors enjoy Sombrero Beach Park in Marathon, Fla. The free-admission park includes volleyball courts, picnic pavilions, playground equipment, restrooms and showers.

    5 free things in Florida Keys focus on nature

    The Florida Keys offers every water activity imaginable from sailing to sport fishing. But a fishing charter or snorkeling excursion will cost you. Fortunately, the Keys, a series of islands spanning more than 100 miles connected by bridges and causeways, offer plenty to do at no cost, from sunset views to nature spots.

    El Santuario de Chimayo in Chimayo, N.M. is shown as volunteers prepare for Easter weekend. Around 50,000 pilgrims are expected to visit the shrine known as the “Lourdes of America.”

    Holy Week pilgrims head to N.M. shrine

    Tens of thousands of pilgrims are expected during Easter Weekend to visit El Santuario de Chimayo, one of the most popular Catholic shrines in the Americas. And this year, pilgrims are coming to this adobe chapel in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains under historic circumstances — the "Lourdes of America" is now under the first pope from the Western Hemisphere.

    Lauren Zvernia, ASPCA animal behavior enrichment coordinator, works with Musketeer, a 5-year-old Shepard-pit bull mix, in one of the real life rooms at the ASPCA Behavioral Rehabilitation Center in Madison, N.J.

    New center helps dogs consumed by fear

    People want their dog to be a friend, not afraid. But sometimes, fear grips dogs so tightly they shake, cower, bite, growl or pee. It can be constant, painful and hard to overcome. Such dread can consume a dog when it's freed from a cage at a puppy mill or hoarder's home because that's the only life the dog has ever known. Until now, it was up to animal shelters to ease the fears, knowing if they didn't, euthanasia was the likely alternative.

    Designer Kelly Wearstler says the closet is the foundation regarding color, style and textures.

    Sometimes fashion fades into the woodwork

    Does your outfit blend into the woodwork? We're not talking in a boring, bland way, but in a complementary one. Perhaps your wardrobe is a reflection of your broader taste, and there's no place better to see that than in the way you decorate your home. If you're true to your style from your clothing closet to the linen closet — and then the kitchen cabinets — you're probably not the type to bounce from trend to trend, style experts say. Instead, you probably have a strong point of view that evolves and is enhanced over time.

    Mary Fortney, learning resource development manager at the Indianapolis Children’s Museum, looks over chestnut saplings from the tree outside Anne Frank’s hiding spot in Amsterdam being cared for in the museum’s greenhouse in Indianapolis. Eleven saplings grown from seeds taken from the massive chestnut tree that stood outside the home in which Frank and her family hid are being distributed to museums, schools, parks and Holocaust remembrance centers through a project led by The Anne Frank Center USA.

    Saplings from Anne Frank’s tree take root in U.S.
    Saplings from the chestnut tree that stood as a symbol of hope for Anne Frank as she hid from the Nazis for two years in Amsterdam are being distributed to 11 locations in the United States as part of a project that aims to preserve her legacy and promote tolerance. The tree, one of the Jewish teenager's only connections to nature while she hid with her family in a Secret Annex in her father's company building, was diseased and rotted through the trunk when wind and heavy rain toppled it in August 2010. But saplings grown from its seeds will be planted starting in April, when the Children's Museum of Indianapolis will put the first one in the ground.


    DVD preview: ‘John Dies at the End’

    Coming out DVD this week are "John Dies at the End" and "Hemingway & Gellhorn."

    WallPops Paisley Please Red Dry-Erase Message Board can help keep a student’s desk area organized.

    Tricks to helping kids keep an organized bedroom

    The conversation often starts with, "Where are your shoes?" For many parents trying to get out the door on time in the morning, a child with a disorganized bedroom can be a huge roadblock. The clock is ticking. The bus is coming. And your offspring is searching for his favorite hoodie.

    Bryan Cranston as Walter White in a scene from the popular AMC series “Breaking Bad.” A Twisters burrito restaurant in Albuquerque that serves as the location for the restaurant in the show has become an international tourist attraction as people come from all over the world to see the spot where a fictional drug trafficker runs his organization.

    ‘Breaking Bad’ brings tourists, money to Albuquerque

    A fast-food burrito chain in Albuquerque has become an international tourist attraction as people come from all over the world to see the spot where a fictional drug trafficker runs his organization. A pastry shop sells doughnuts topped with blue candy designed to resemble crystal meth. A beauty store has a similar product — crystal blue bathing salts. As "Breaking Bad" finishes filming its fifth and final season in Albuquerque, the popularity of the show is providing a boost to the economy and creating a dilemma for local tourism officials

    Blue-and-white transferware china looks fabulous with a bohemian yellow salad plate sliced in.

    Spring tablescapes celebrate new beginnings

    In this day of hustle and bustle, where we often grab dinner from a drive-through window, it fills our hearts to pause for a moment and enjoy a home-cooked meal in someone's home. This spring, connect with people you love over a meal in your home. And, of course, you'll want a tablescape beautifully dressed for the occasion.



    The Soapbox

    Daily Herald editors' thoughts on campaign signs, the cost of primaries and a tribute to a mayor are just part of what you'll find in The Soapbox, local elections edition.


    Salary bump-ups are front-page news
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: I agree with the March 4 letter by Larry and Edna Mishler. We need information as to who is bumping up the salaries of government workers so we can hold them accountable.


    Change needed in village leadership
    A Mundelein letter to the editor: Fellow citizens of Mundelein, I believe it is time for a change in the leadership of our village.


    Use correct name for illegal racing
    A Grayslake letter to the editor: As a retired drag racer, I felt compelled to write about an article written by Bob Susnjara this week: "Waukegan drag racer charged in pedestrian death."


    Frasier is honest, dedicated to Mundelein
    A Mundelein letter to the editor: I have known Wally Frasier for 40 years. For 11 years, we were police officers together. For three of those years we were partners in the Investigations unit


    Candidate’s math doesn’t add up
    A Gurnee letter to the editor: My vote is going to Mayor Kovarik because she works carefully with the staff to present a responsible budget, one that is sufficiently funded to ensure the public services the residents expect while dealing with the reality of current business conditions.


    Odd names, spellings do kids no favors
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: One of the first things for parents to do obviously is give the child a name. I am troubled by some of the choices people have made. We have all heard of the Hollywood celebrity kid's names such as "Apple," but nontraditional names have made their way into the general public.


    Spending, deficits do indeed matter
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: President Obama made an incredible, unbelievable, almost unconscionable statement during a debt ceiling meeting with Speaker John Boehner, that we don't have a spending problem. We are borrowing one out of three dollars we spend. We have promised future retirees around $100 trillion in benefits, money that we don't have. He and the Democratic Party claim we don't have a spending problem?


    Politics cause pain, not sequestration
    A Palatine letter to the editor: The only thing sequestration is doing is limiting growth. The way the federal budget works is there are automatic increases every year. What sequestration does is lower those increases. No cuts, just limiting growth.


    Set up smoke signals from Congress
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: As we can see, electing a pope was swift and relatively easy. I think we should lock the Congress in a room with no cellphones and mount a smoke stack. If the smoke comes out blue, the Republicans did not agree. If the smoke comes out red, the Democrats did not agree.


    Governor’s brother not only one to lose job
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: I wonder if the governor is aware that hundreds if not thousands of people lose their job every day in the state that he leads. If the governor took the same view and with the same passion when other people lost their jobs, Illinois would not be at the top of the unemployment list.


    Banning drivers from phones makes sense
    An Elmhurst letter to the editor: Kudos to state Rep. Deborah Conroy of Elmhurst for her tenacity of voting against using a cellphone and/or texting while driving. Unfortunately some of her constituents favor such habits and voted differently.


    3 candidates who will serve ECC well
    A Hampshire letter to the editor: In the upcoming election voters need to consider what makes an effective trustee for Elgin Community College and which candidates will best serve in that capacity. After careful consideration of all candidates there are three that clearly stand out from the rest.


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