Daily Archive : Saturday April 6, 2013



    Brady to speak to Elk Grove Twp. Republicans

    The Republican Organization of Elk Grove Township will feature state senator and gubernatorial candidate Bill Brady at its monthly meeting 9 a.m. Saturday, April 20, at Rose Garden Café, 111 Higgins Road, Elk Grove Village.


    Local districts voting next week on online charter schools

    The organizers behind a proposed online charter school Friday released a 1,018-page answer to the questions posed by members of the 18 school districts that have to vote on the request. Several of the boards, including Geneva and Kaneland, are due to vote on the proposal as soon as Monday.

    Richard Kenyon of Round Lake Park won $3 million in second-chance lottery game. He originally bought a $20 scratch-off ticket in hopes of winning a $1 million lottery around Christmas, but he lost. However, he was allowed to enter the losing ticket into a second-chance drawing. After taxes, he scored $1.8 million.

    Round Lake Park man wins $3 million in second-chance lottery

    A Round Lake Park man may have missed out on winning $1 million dollars around the Christmas holiday, but he won three times that amount this week through a related lottery promotion.

    Lebanese Prime Minister designate Tammam Salam gestures upon his arrival to the presidential palace in Baabda, east of Beirut Saturday, April 6. Following two days of consultations, President Michel Suleiman asked legislator and former Minister of Culture Salam to form the new cabinet after 124 of the 128-member parliament chose him for the job.

    Lebanon names UK-educated lawmaker prime minister
    A British-educated lawmaker from a prominent political family was named Lebanon's new prime minister Saturday, and vowed to work toward ending divisions in the nation and preventing the civil war in neighboring Syria from spilling over into the country. Tammam Salam, a 68-year-old lawmaker and a former culture minister, was asked by President Michel Suleiman to head a new government.


    Union ratifies agreement with University of Illinois

    Members of the Service Employees International Union have overwhelmingly voted to ratify a contract with the University of Illinois that ended a strike by building and food service workers. The four-year contract is now in place retroactively from July 2012 through July 2016. It includes guaranteed wage increases in each year of the contract as well as a signing bonus.


    Museum of Wisconsin Art reopens in West Bend
    The Museum of Wisconsin Art is reopening in a new 31,000-square-foot, triangular building along the Milwaukee River in West Bend. The museum focuses on contemporary and historic art produced by artists living in Wisconsin.


    Lincoln College dean makes request: Be nice, please
    Tina Nutt has a request for the students at Lincoln College: Be nice. Please. Nutt is the dean of academic affairs at the central Illinois school. She tells WJBC radio in Bloomington that the college has started a civility initiative aimed at cutting down on bad manners. Lincoln College is located in Lincoln, about 35 miles southwest of Bloomington.

    An infant is moved to the new $126 million Alexian Brothers Women and Children's Hospital in Hoffman Estates Saturday.

    Infants move to new children's hospital in Hoffman Estates

    They began arriving around 6:30 a.m. Saturday. First one, then two. Then: baby invasion! Fifty-five patients, including 18 premature and dangerously underweight babies, entered their newly constructed $125 million home, the Alexian Brothers Women & Children's Hospital.


    Grayslake man found guilty for his part in minority business scheme

    Two white men — one from Grayslake and the other from Kentucky — were found guilty in federal court last week of passing their Chicago cable installation company off as black-owned, a front that allowed them to win $8.3 million in contracts, prosecutors said. Mathew Giovenco of Grayslake and Guy Potter of Kentucky were convicted on Thursday of six counts of mail fraud and could spend...

    FILE - This July 18, 2005 file photo shows film critic Roger Ebert next to a sidewalk medallion bearing his name that was unveiled under the marquee of the historic Chicago Theatre. The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that its film critic Roger Ebert died on Thursday, April 4, 2013. He was 70. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, file)

    Ebert's services set for Monday

    The funeral service for film critic Roger Ebert will be held Monday at Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago. The 10 a.m. service will be open to friends and fans of the beloved film critic, though seating will be limited. Open seats are first come, first served.

    Karl Michalec of Elk Grove gets showered in yellow flour by his son, Ian, and wife, Jeanie, on Saturday in Naperville during the Simply Vedic Cultural Society’s Festival of Colors, a celebration of the Hindu festival that marks the passing of winter and arrival of spring.

    Hindu festival brings ‘cloud of color’ to Naperville

    A "cloud of color" descended Saturday on downtown Naperville, bringing bright hues to the suburban landscape as the Simply Vedic Cultural Society hosted its annual celebration of the Hindu festival Holi. Participants smiled and shrieked as they tossed brightly dyed flour, symbolizing a fresh start and relief from former stresses. "The theme is throw your worries to the wind and just enjoy," said...

    Authors Tim Catalano and Adam Goucher speak to English classes Friday at Metea Valley High School in Aurora as the school begins a reading and running program featuring their motivational book, “Running the Edge.”

    Reading, running combine in Metea program

    Running and reading are coming together for students at Metea Valley as the Aurora high school embarks on a schoolwide reading program featuring the book "Running the Edge." While most reading programs end with a group discussion of the book, this one will culminate June 1 with 5K race open to students, staff and the community. The program got its start as authors Tim Catalano and Olympian Adam...


    ’At fertilization’ declaration gives some pause

    TOPEKA, Kan. — A phrase declaring that life begins “at fertilization” tucked into new abortion legislation in Kansas is creating concern among abortion rights advocates that the wording will inspire new attempts to prevent the procedure.


    Risk for Obama in pursuing morning-after pill case

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama supports requiring girls younger than 17 to see a doctor before buying the morning-after pill. But fighting that battle in court comes with its own set of risks.

    In this undated photo provided by the Catholic Diocese of Wichita, Father Emil Kapaun holds out a broken pipe. The plain-spoken, pipe-smoking chaplain is receiving the Medal of Honor posthumously for his ìextraordinary heroismî while serving as an Army chaplain during the Korean War. He died in captivity in 1951 _ about six months after being taken prisoner. His fellow POWs lobbied for decades to have him receive the prestigious military honor and some of them will be at the White House to see his relatives accept the medal on his behalf on April 11, 2013.

    Chaplain gets Medal of Honor 62 years after death

    In the cold, barren hills of Korea more than 60 years ago, two teary-eyed soldiers stood in a prisoner of war camp where their chaplain lay dying.

    In this June 17, 2010, file photo, former South African President Nelson Mandela leaves the chapel after attending the funeral of his great-granddaughter Zenani Mandela in Johannesburg, South Africa. The South African presidency says Mandela has been discharged, Saturday, April 6, 2013, from a hospital after an improvement in his condition. Officials say he was treated for pneumonia.

    Mandela discharged from the hospital

    JOHANNESBURG — Former President Nelson Mandela was discharged from a hospital on Saturday following treatment for pneumonia, the presidency said in news that cheered South Africans who had waited tensely for health updates on a beloved national figure.


    Obama: Budget not ‘ideal’ but has ‘tough reforms’

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama says his soon-to-be released budget, already criticized by friends and foes, is not his “ideal plan” but offers “tough reforms” for benefit programs and scuttles some tax breaks for the wealthy.That’s a mix, he contends, that will provide long-term deficit reduction without harming the economy.

    This image made from AP video shows Afghan National Army soldiers rushing to the scene moments after a car bomb exploded in front the PRT, Provincial Reconstruction Team, in Qalat, Zabul province, southern Afghanistan, Saturday, April 6, 2013. Three U.S. soldiers, two U.S. civilians and a doctor were killed when a suicide bomber detonated a car full of explosives just as a convoy with the international military coalition drove past another convoy of vehicles carrying the governor of Zabul province.

    6 Americans, doctor killed in Afghanistan

    KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — Militants killed six Americans, including a young female diplomat, and an Afghan doctor Saturday in a pair of attacks in Afghanistan on Saturday. It was the deadliest day for the United States in the war in eight months.

    This image from AP video shows the aftermath of a suicide attack in Baqouba, some 35 miles northeast of Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, April 6, 2013. A suicide bomber blew himself up Saturday at a lunch hosted by a Sunni candidate in Iraq’s upcoming regional elections, killing scores of people, officials said. The blast ripped through a hospitality tent pitched next to the house of Muthana al-Jourani, who is running for the provincial council and held the lunch rally for supporters, councilman Sadiq al-Huseini said.

    Suicide bomber kills 20 at political rally in Iraq

    BAGHDAD — A suicide bomber blew himself up Saturday at a lunch hosted by a Sunni candidate in Iraq’s upcoming regional elections, killing 20 people, officials said.The blast ripped through a hospitality tent pitched next to the house of Muthana al-Jourani, who is running for the provincial council and held the lunch rally for supporters, councilman Sadiq al-Huseini said.

    In this June 25, 1990, file photo of an artist’s rendering of the opening statements in the Central Park rape trial made in the State Supreme Court in New York, from left, defendants Yusef Salaam, Antron McCray and Raymond Santana sit in court while Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth Lederer speaks and Judge Thomas B. Galligan listens from the bench, upper left. Five teenage boys maintained their innocence as they grew up behind bars after being convicted of the rape and beating of the woman who came to be known as the Central Park jogger. Their convictions were eventually tossed out by a judge when new evidence surfaced linking someone else to the crime. But their legal battle goes on: A $250 million federal lawsuit against police and prosecutors has been pending nearly a decade, with no resolution in sight.

    NYC is pressed to settle Central Park jogger case

    NEW YORK — New York is a safer, less fearful place than it was in 1990, when murders hit an all-time high, race relations were raw and the city felt under siege from drug dealers and gangs on “wilding” sprees. But one major piece of unfinished business from back then still hangs over the city and its legal system: the Central Park jogger case.


    Children's Advocacy Center in Hoffman Ests. gets makeover

    The interior of the Children's Advocacy Center in Hoffman Estates will have a new look by the end of this month. Work began Friday on $20,000 of interior renovations, which include new paint, carpeting, furniture, toys and decor in the center's waiting room, reception areas and forensic interview rooms.

    Batavia resident Carl Dinwiddie, right, was among about 15 people who protested on Saturday the April 1 decision by the Batavia City Council to spend as much as $117,000 on an entry arch for North River Street at the intersection with Wilson Street in downtown Batavia.

    Batavia residents protest downtown entry arch

    Batavia Alderman Dan Chanzit said he plans to ask the city council to reconsider a recent decision to build an entry arch downtown after an outpour of criticism from residents. About 15-20 people gathered Saturday in downtown Batavia to protest the April 1 decision by the Batavia City Council to spend as much as $117,000 on an entry arch for North River Street at the intersection with Wilson...

    Lazarus House in St. Charles is seeking help from service clubs and organizations to collect items for families that are moving out of the shelter into their own homes. They are asking for “gently used” items such as furniture and appliances, and also various supplies and food.

    Lazarus asks for help to assist families

    It's a great day when an individual or family moves out of Lazarus House in St. Charles. The folks who operate Lazarus are looking for help from local service organizations and others to "adopt" a family that is looking to set up their own household.


    Cops: Woman joined grandson in husband’s killing

    A 64-year-old Chicago woman has been charged with murder in the slaying of her husband, who was gunned down last month as he waited for a ride to his dialysis treatment. The victim's 19-year-old grandson is also charged with murder in the case.

    Nurses reconnect equipment after moving a critically-premature infant to the new $126 million Alexian Brothers Women and Children’s Hospital in Hoffman Estates Saturday.

    Images of the new Alexian Brothers Women & Children’s Hospital.

    Images from the grand opening Saturday for the new $125 million Alexian Brothers Women & Children's Hospital in Hoffman Estates. The 126-bed, six-level hospital is located on the campus of St. Alexius Medical Center.

    Onlookers gather at the house of Egyptian Christian, Samir Iskandar which was burned during clashes between Muslims and Christians in Qalubiya, just outside Cairo Saturday, April 6. Several Egyptians including 4 Christians and a Muslim were killed in sectarian clashes before dawn on Saturday, security officials said.

    5 killed in Muslim-Christian clashes in Egypt
    Clashes between Egyptian Muslims and Christians erupted early Saturday in a town near Cairo, leaving at least five people dead, security officials said. Investigators said they are waiting for autopsy reports to confirm how the men — four Christians and a Muslim — were killed in the small town of Khosoos, some 12 miles north of the capital.

    Associated Press A member of Egypt’s April 6 Youth Movement distributes nooses in front of the presidential palace in Cairo Saturday, April 6. The group is rallying to mark its fifth anniversary and to protest against President Mohammed Morsi.

    Thousands rally to push goals of Egypt’s uprising
    Thousands of Egyptians demonstrated across the country to denounce the president and purse the goals of the 2011 popular uprising. Saturday's protests marked the fifth anniversary of the formation of the April 6th Youth Movement started in 2008 under former President Hosni Mubarak. Workers in Mahalla tore down a poster of Mubarak in what was a daring move at the time.

    Rutgers President Robert Barchi announces Friday, April 5, in New Brunswick, N.J., that he had accepted the resignation of athletic director Tim Pernetti, who had decided to “rehabilitate” rather than fire men’s head basketball coach Mike Rice. The coach’s abusive behavior was captured on a video given to Pernetti in late November by former employee Eric Murdock. Pernetti dismissed Rice on Wednesday.

    Rutgers’s Barchi vows to keep president’s job amid uproar

    Rutgers University President Robert Barchi accepted his athletic director's resignation and vowed to keep his own job amid growing uproar by faculty and politicians over the handling of a basketball coach's abuse of players. Barchi, 66, apologized to students, players and faculty at a news conference yesterday and said he regrets not seeing video of the abuse sooner. Ralph Izzo, chairman of the...

    This March 29 photo shows a help wanted sign at a barber shop in Richmond, Va. U.S. employers added just 88,000 jobs in March, the fewest in nine months and a sharp retreat after a period of strong hiring. Many discouraged Americans are giving up the job hunt for school, retirement and disability.

    Dropouts: Discouraged Americans leave labor force

    After a full year of fruitless job hunting, Natasha Baebler just gave up. She'd already abandoned hope of getting work in her field, counseling the disabled. But she couldn't land anything else, either — not even a job interview at a telephone call center. Baebler's frustrating experience has become all too common nearly four years after the Great Recession ended: Many Americans are still...


    Mormon church build new temples in Utah, Brazil
    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is planning to build two new temples in Rio de Janeiro and Cedar City, Utah, the president of the Mormon church announced Saturday. Thomas S. Monson made the announcement in his opening address to more than 100,000 members of the church who've gathered in Salt Lake City for the church's 183rd semi-annual general conference.

    Associated Press In this photo from March 26, Carol Tanzola, president of Friends of Camp Security, points out the property on a 47-acre parcel, located about four miles east of York, Pa. It includes the spot where a 1979 archaeological study found numerous artifacts that confirmed local lore that the area had once served as Camp Security, a prison for the English, Scottish and Canadian soldiers who were captured after defeats in the battles of Saratoga and Yorktown.

    Pa. field holds secrets of 1780s British POW camp
    The mud of a south-central Pennsylvania cornfield may soon produce answers about the fate of British prisoners of war — and the newly independent Americans who guarded them — during the waning years of the American Revolution. A few miles east of York, the city that briefly served as the fledgling nation's capital after the Continental Congress fled Philadelphia, more than a thousand...


    Three Democrats provide gay marriage majority support in Senate

    Marriage rights for same-sex couples are now supported by a majority of the U.S. Senate, as three more Democrats added their endorsement. The most recent backing came from senators Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Bill Nelson of Florida, who all reversed their earlier opposition and endorsed the practice.

    Chelsea Clinton speaks during a Clinton Global Initiative plenary session on empowering women at Washington University Saturday, April 6, in St. Louis. More than 1,000 university students from 75 countries and all 50 states are gathered for a weekend of sessions seeking practical and innovative solutions to the world’s problems.

    Bill Clinton leads Global Initiative conference in St. Louis

    Former President Bill Clinton and a panel of successful entrepreneurs are telling college students gathered in St. Louis to dream big, have a social conscience and commit to their goals. The former president brought his Clinton Global Initiative to Washington University on Friday. More than 1,000 university students from 75 countries and all 50 states are gathered for a weekend of sessions...

    Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Loheide re-enlists in the Army on Friday, April 5, at Fort Campbell, Ky., while his daughter, Annabella, held by Marianne Loheide, points to his Silver Star. Loheide received the Silver Star for his actions to evacuate wounded soldiers while in Afghanistan in 2010.

    Army soldier recovering from TBI gets Silver Star
    Associated PressFORT CAMPBELL, Ky. — A Fort Campbell soldier who suffered a traumatic brain injury has received the Silver Star for his actions to help evacuate wounded troops during a mission in Afghanistan in 2010.


    Kansas House passes sweeping anti-abortion bill
    A sweeping anti-abortion bill is headed to Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback. The House gave final approval Friday to the measure, which blocks tax breaks for abortion providers and outlaws abortions performed solely because of the baby's sex. The measure also declares that life begins "at fertilization," language that abortion opponents call a statement of principle and not an outright ban on abortion,...


    Two more China cities halt live poultry trade in h7n9 scare

    Two more Chinese cities halted live poultry sales today after residents became infected with the deadly H7N9 strain of avian influenza as Shanghai confirmed two new cases of a virus that's already killed six people. In Hangzhou, where two out of three people diagnosed with the disease have died, trade at a farm-produce market was suspended after the virus was found in quail on sale yesterday and...


    Honus Wagner Card Goes for $2.1 Million at auction

    A Honus Wagner trading card that the National Baseball Hall of Fame calls the sport's "most famous collectible" sold today for $2.1 million, a record for the item at public auction. Bidding on the 1909 T206 card of the shortstop closed today at the price that includes a buyer's premium, Goldin Auctions said in an e-mailed statement without identifying the purchaser. The price eclipses the $1.62...

    This image released by Women in the World shows former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaking at the Women in the World Conference on Friday, April 5, in New York. Clinton is getting plenty of encouragement to run for president in 2016. Her re-emergence this past week after a two-month break brought out cheering supporters when she gave speeches focused on the issues of women and girls around the world.

    Hillary Clinton’s every public move generates buzz
    Young supporters hold signs outside Hillary Rodham Clinton's speeches urging her to run for president. Audiences listen with rapt attention as she discusses the plight of women and girls in developing countries. Even a long-expected book deal announcement generates lots of chatter. Not long after Clinton stepped down as President Barack Obama's secretary of state, the "will she or won't she"...


    Overnight crash downs power pole in Arlington Heights

    Arlington Heights police are investigating a one-car crash early Saturday morning that knocked down an electric pole, authorities said. The crash took place about 4 a.m. on Rand Road near Wilke Road.

    An unidentified man walks through what is left of a warehouse of Trinity Landscape of Northern Illinois, where its owner, Kurt Cina, died in a fire Friday evening.

    Sleepy Hollow man dies in Carpentersville fire

    A Sleepy Hollow man died in a fire Friday night in the warehouse of a landscaping company he owned in Carpentersville, a relative said. Kurta Cina was a father of six, and a great person, said his brother-in-law, Joe Curran.


    6 dogs, 4 people safe after Long Grove farmhouse fire

    Six dogs were saved from the basement of a burning farmhouse in Long Grove after four residents also escaped unharmed, authorities said Saturday. A fire at an older, two-story farmhouse began about 9:15 p.m. Friday in the 4200 block of Route 83. It drew crews from multiple departments to extinguish flames that engulfed the front porch and spread through many of the walls, according to a news...


    Pope Francis makes first Curia appointment
    Pope Francis on Saturday named a Spanish Franciscan to be the No. 2 at the Vatican's office for religious orders, his first appointment to the Vatican bureaucracy badly in need of a shake-up. Jose Rodriguez, who also was elevated to archbishop, replaces U.S. Archbishop Joseph Tobin, who was transferred from the high-ranking Vatican post to a Midwestern U.S. archdiocese following his efforts to...

    EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton listens to a question during her news conference after the high-level talks between world powers and Iranian officials in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Saturday, April 6. Iran and six world powers failed to reach agreement Saturday on a common approach to reducing fears that Tehran might misuse its nuclear technology to make weapons, with the EU’s foreign policy chief declaring that the to sides remain far apart on substance.

    EU: Nuclear talks with Iran have failed

    The EU's foreign policy chief says that nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers have failed to reach an agreement. Catherine Ashton said Saturday that the talks revealed that "the two sides remain far apart on substance."

    In this Nov. 8, 2012, photo, members of immigration rights organizations, including Casa in Action and Maryland DREAM Act, demonstrate in front of the White House in Washington, calling on President Barack Obama to fulfill his promise of passing comprehensive immigration reform. Obama promised to overhaul immigration in his first term but never did. In his second term, he’s making immigration a priority, and Republicans also appear ready to deal.

    All about immigration: Green cards? Citizenship?
    This may be the year Congress decides what to do about the millions of immigrants living illegally in the U.S. And this may be the week when a bipartisan group of senators makes public details of the overhaul plan it has been negotiating for months. But what will that be? Why now? And who are all these immigrants, once you get past the big round numbers? A big dose of facts, figures and other...

    A senior administration official said Friday, April 5, that Obama’s proposed budget will call for reductions in the growth of federal Social Security pensions and other benefit programs in an attempt to strike a compromise with congressional Republicans.

    Obama: Proposed budget not his ‘ideal plan’
    Confronting bipartisan criticism, President Barack Obama is conceding that his proposed budget is not his "ideal plan." But he says it offers "tough reforms" to the nation's benefit programs while closing loopholes for the wealthy. Obama argues his approach will provide long-term deficit reduction without harming the economy.

    Ikea says it has withdrawn 17,000 portions of moose lasagna from its home furnishings stores in Europe after traces of pork were found in a batch tested in Belgium.

    Pork found in Ikea’s moose lasagna

    They can't seem to win. Ikea says it has withdrawn 17,000 portions of moose lasagna from its home furnishings stores in Europe after traces of pork were found in a batch tested in Belgium. Ikea spokeswoman Tina Kardum said the product had only been on sale for a month when it was pulled off the shelves on March 22.


    Districts involved
    The list of districts that could be included in a new online charter school.


    Holocaust survivor to speak in Elgin

    The stories told by Holocaust survivors are apt to stick with you for a long, long time.But Renee Haberer-Krauss' story is one of a kind, according to those who've heard it before. Haberer-Krauss will speak at 4 p.m. Sunday, which is Holocaust Remembrance Day, at Congregation Kneseth Israel in Elgin.



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


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


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


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

    Chicago Cubs short stop Starlin Castro, left, tags Atlanta Braves’ B.J. Upton out as he slides into second during Saturday night in Atlanta. The Braves beat the cubs 6-5.

    Is Marmol's time coming to a close?

    Carlos Marmol failed to convert a save for the second time in three chances this week — this time giving up solo homers in the ninth inning to brothers B.J. and Justin Upton as the Cubs blew a four-run lead and lost 6-5 to the Atlanta Braves. "I'm trying, I'm trying," Marmol said. "I don't lack confidence. They're hitting my pitches, though."

    St. Charles East’s Darcy Cunningham and Geneva’s Annie Waldoch race to the ball Tuesday in the first of two games between the teams this week. St. Charles East won a second straight over the Vikings 3-0 Saturday night.

    St. Charles East wins own invite

    It's been awhile since St. Charles East's girls soccer players have won a tournament — in-season or postseason. So it took the Saints a bit to get set up for photographs following Saturday's 3-0 victory over Geneva, a win which earned the hosts the title in the Rose Augsburg-Drach Invitational. The Saints collected the tournament plaque, individually accepted medallions then had to head toward the Norris Stadium grandstand, to the people with cameras. All this was done with huge smiles on their faces — and beyond snapping a lengthy drought in their own tournament, the Saints also continued their strong start to the 2013 season. The Saints finished 2-0-1 in the invitational and finished ahead of second-placed Naperville Central, which defeated Schaumburg 1-0 in the evening's other match.


    Kaneland claims title at East Moline

    Showing strength over all three levels, Kaneland won East Moline's United Township Kiwanis Invitational for the first time in its seven trips there. "It was one of those where we hit on almost every cylinder," said Knights coach Eric Baron. "We scored in every event." Getting what Baron called "a pleasant surprise" out of pole vaulter Dylan Kuiper and a personal-best shot put mark of 52 feet, 4 inches from Nate Dyer among many highlights, Kaneland's 260 points topped United's 220.50, Geneseo's 204 and Rock Island's 184.

    Zach Gordon of Wheaton Noth takes partin the long jump during the Wheaton North Best 4 boys track invitational Saturday.

    Wheaton North best of a strong field

    Wheaton North's 28th annual Best Four boys track and field meet Saturday was a showcase for state-caliber athletes as well as team depth.


    Lake Park bats have a busy day

    Kelly O’Neill hit a two-run homer in the first game and three-run shot in the second, Danielle Jecmen went deep with her fourth homer, a two-run shot, and Lake Park pounded out a combined 37 hits in sweeping host Conant 15-5 and 11-3 on Saturday.Shannon Fritsche and Stephanie Starr each had 2 doubles in Game 1 for Lake Park (9-1), which put up 9 runs in the fifth inning. Stephanie Sturino also homered in Game 2.Naperville Central 6, Plainfield North 2:Keegan Hayes (4-0) struck out 11 in a two-hitter for the visiting Redhawks (6-0). Megan Nerger was 2-for-3 with a two-run single and 2 runs scored, Maddi Doane was 2-for-4 and Laura Dierking 2-for-3.Willowbrook 8-6, Elmwood Park 4-8:Sam Schmidt homered twice in Game 1 for Willowbrook (5-1), and also went deep and drove in 6 runs in the second game. Darian Pelsor and Schmidt hit back-to-back homers in the first inning of the first game.Naperville North 5-3, South Elgin 3-2:Kailee Budicin and Rachel Aiardo both homered in the first game, and Paige Allen, Kelsey Warren and Rachel Martin all went 2-for-3 in Game 2 for the Huskies (3-1). Alexis Solak also went 2-for-3 with an RBI in Game 1.Regina Dominican 14, Wheaton Academy 4:Marissa Gagliano tallied her 100th varsity hit for the Wildcats (1-2), but Regina hit 5 home runs, 3 of them in a big 9-run sixth inning.Hinsdale Central 14-4, Glenbard East 4-1:Emma Day homered twice for the Red Devils.

    Michigan’s Caris LeVert (23) celebrates with team mates as Syracuse’s Jerami Grant (3) walks off the court after the Wolverines defeated the Orangemen Saturday to earn a trip to Monday’s NCAA title game.

    Michigan downs 'Cuse 61-56, heads to title game

    Attacking Syracuse’s suffocating zone defense in the first half with 3-pointers, crisp passing and a fearless attitude, the Michigan Wolverines advanced to the national championship game with a 61-56 victory over the Orange in the Final Four on Saturday night.

    Cubs manager Dale Sveum prefers the advantages of the National League game over following the American League’s DH rule.

    No need for DH in the National League

    Talk surfaced last week about the designated hitter possibly being adopted by the National League one day. Strategy questions aside, Daily Herald sports writer Bruce Miles laments the homogenization of MLB to the point where the leagues are losing their identities.


    Lakes wins Grant Invitational
    Girls trackLakes wins Grant Invite: Lakes topped host Grant 151-122 in the Lady Bulldog Invitational that involved 11 teams. Brittani Griesbaum won 3 individual events to lead Lakes. She took first in the 100 meter dash (12.6), the 400 meter dash (1:00.50) and the long jump (15-05.25). Twin sister Danielle Griesbaum won two individual events for Lakes, the 800 meter run (2:25.40) and the high jump (5-2).For Grant, Melissa Dunham won both the shot put (38-04) and the discus (128-04) while Emily Troemel won both the 100 meter hurdles (16.5) and the 300 meter hurdles (50.00).


    Stevenson quickly turns it around

    Stevenson's softball team started its season with three straight losses. The Patriots ended the week .500 thanks to a nonconference doubleheader sweep of visiting Hersey on Saturday. It was their third win in two days.


    Bulls Sunday tipoff
    Detroit Pistons at the Palace of Auburn Hills, 6:30 p.m.TV: Comcast SportsNet-plusRadio: ESPN 1000-AMUpdate: The Pistons have lost 18 in a row to the Bulls and have gone 2-14 overall since March 1, pending the result of Saturday’s game at Minnesota. But Detroit hasn’t been an easy matchup. In all three games this season, the Bulls had to rally from double-digit deficits — coming back from 17 points twice, then needing a 13-point rally in the 95-94 win March 31 at the UC. PF Greg Monroe leads the Pistons with 16 points and 9.6 rebounds, followed by PG Brandon Knight at 13.2 points.Next: Toronto Raptors at the United Center, 7 p.m. Tuesday — Mike McGraw


    Grant wins twice at Wilmot

    BaseballGrant sweeps: Grant got a pair of wins over Wilmot Saturday, 4-3 and 15-5. In the first game, winning pitcher Jeremy Cokefair improved to 2-0 on the mound be rolling up 7 strikeouts over 5 innings pitched. Tyler Gorski added 2 hits for the Bulldogs (6-2). In the second game, Ryan Noda went 3-for-3 with a triple while Jake Ring and Brent Spohr added 2 hits apiece. Ring had a double, drove in 4 runs and also stole 3 bases.Libertyville 11, Hoffman Estates 1: Evan Skoug belted a home run and a triple to lead the Wildcats, who also got doubles out of Kevin Calamari and P.J. Neumann. Pitcher Jason Buss got the win. Vernon Hills 8, Fenton 2: Pat Crowley earned his second win of the season by striking out 9 Fenton batters and allowing just 1 walk over six innings. Tyler Feece closed the game with a scoreless seventh inning. Dylan McNamara and Jake Boyer each had 2 hits for the Cougars while Jake Campbell added a double.Wauconda 4, Wheeling 0: Brandon Gibis was tough on the mound for the Bulldogs. He struck out 10 Wheeling batters and allowed just 1 hit and 2 walks in six innings. Wauconda improves to 3-2 on the season.Grayslake North 5, McHenry 1: Grayslake North was errorless and pitcher Adam Gomski got the win.Lakes splits: After dropping an 8-5 decision to Waukegan in Game 1, Lakes rebounded for a 12-5 victory in the second game. The Eagles got a strong performance out of winning pitcher Kyle Vanderwall, who earned his first victory of the season. The Eagles also rolled up 9 hits. Palatine 3, Antioch 2: Despite out-hitting Palatine 7-5, Antioch was dealt the loss. The Sequoits got 2 hits apiece out of Joshua Saldivar and Sam Smithson. Matt DeJong added a double.Lake Zurich drops two: In a three-team triangular, Lake Zurich lost to Hampshire (8-2) and Notre Dame (3-2). Hampshire rolled up 10 hits to just 4 for Lake Zurich. In the Notre Dame game, Nick Jones put Lake Zurich on top early with a 2-run homer in the first inning. But that was all the offense the Bears (1-9 on the season) could muster.Mundelein 1, Rockton Hononegah 0: Will Farmer hit a single to right field that brought in Logan Reckert for the only run of the game. Farmer went 3-for-3 on the day and Ryan Dolan added a double for the Mustangs, who improve to 11-0. Adam Turner got the win on the mound. He pitched 4 2/3 innings.


    Logan giving Palatine a leadoff lift

    Last season, Lauren Logan was an all-area catcher who batted No. 3 in the Palatine batting order. But Palatine veteran softball coach Jeff Manz had an eye on Logan's eye. "The reason we moved her to our leadoff hitter was because she has such a good eye," Manz said. "And she is the best contact hitter we have. When she gets on base, good things happen." Logan, who has committed to Missouri-St. Louis, played her leadoff role to perfection on Saturday at The Ballpark at Rosemont. The left-handed hitting senior went 4-for-4 with 2 runs and an RBI as the Pirates topped Leyden 9-7.


    New looks suits Warren

    It doesn't make a lot of sense, but hey, if the players believe it, maybe there really is some meaning behind it. Warren's boys volleyball team headed to its own Blue Devil Invite in sort of a funk. They limped in with back-to-back losses to Vernon Hills and Deerfield. Then the new jerseys arrived on campus. And down went Mt. Carmel, Niles North and Whitney Young in pool play. The fourth straight victory came over a good Maine South squad. The fifth match of the day for Warren pitted the Blue Devils against once-beaten Niles West. At stake was the championship on Saturday.

    Warren catcher Sam Belletini tags Carmel’s Amanda Elert out at home plate at Warren on Saturday.

    Warren’s got it covered in sweep of Carmel

    A sweep complete, Warren's softball team watched its tarp get swept up by a mighty gust of cold wind. "Noooooo!" a Blue devil screamed, as the giant infield cover nearly went airborne, a la a magic carpet. No worries. The hosts had their teamwork thing down pat Saturday. With a little aid from the opponent, Carmel Catholic, as well as several big tires, Warren secured the tarp. And all was good for the Blue Devils, who followed up their 12-1 win over Glenbrook South in the morning with a 6-4 victory over Carmel in the afternoon.


    Climie, Wolves blank Barons

    Chicago Wolves game report: Matt Climie served up a 25-save shutout to lift the Chicago Wolves to a 3-0 victory over the Oklahoma City Barons on Saturday night at Cox Convention Center.Defensemen Danny Groulx and Jim Vandermeer and forward Guillaume Desbiens scored the goals for the Wolves, (34-25-5-4), who remained tied for eighth and final Western Conference playoff berth with Milwaukee and Rockford.


    Carmel tops Benet

    Girls soccerCarmel 3, Benet 1: Carmel got off to a fast start and was up 3-0 at halftime. Meegan Johnston had both a goal and an assist for the Corsairs while Leah Lach and Clair Ogrinc each had goals. Goalkeeper Jenna Bauer had 7 saves for Carmel.Grayslake North 0, Highland Park 0: Freshman goalie Abby Rice had 2 saves for the Knights, who move to 1-2-1 on the season.


    Huntley second at Kearns Invite

    Huntley 2nd at Kearns Invite: Huntley scored 195 points to finish second at the Jennifer Kearnes Invitational at Huntley. Harlem won the meet with 229 points, Hampshire was fourth with 165.5 and Crystal Lake South seventh with 98. In the meet, scored by heat finishes, Huntley got firsts from Macy Tramblay (triple jump, 300 hurdles), Alex Shafer (triple jump), Omo Tseumah (high jump), Katelyn Luebke (100 hurdles), Emily Schmidt (100 hurdles, 300 hurdles), Taylor Schau (400) and in the 1,600 relay. Hampshire got firsts from Jenny Dumoulin (shot put, discus), Ashley Fouch (400, 200) and Elizabeth Pagan (200). Crystal Lake South took first in the 3,200 relay.At Kaneland: Dundee-Crown got fifth-place finishes from Kayla Lawrence in the 200 and Natalie Himmel in the 800 at the Holmes Invite at Kaneland. Emily Michalski was sixth in the high jump for the Chargers, who took seventh in the 1,600 and 3,200 relays.


    Elk Grove, St. Viator finish 1-2 at Meadows

    Elk Grove delivered a 29-27, 25-11 victory over St. Viator to complete a perfect 5-0 run through its opponents in Saturday's boys volleyball tournament hosted by Rolling Meadows.


    Jacobs ties for title at Riverside-Brookfield

    Jacobs ties for 1st at R-B: Jacobs scored 86 points to tie host Riverside-Brookfield for first place at the 46th annual Gary Johnson Bulldog Relays. The Golden Eagles were most successful in the relay events, winning the 3,200-meter relay as well as the 1,600 relay. Sophomore Josh Walker took first in 10.8 seconds in the 100-meter dash for Jacobs.Les Hodge Meet: Burlington Central had several top finishes at the Les Hodge Meet in Batavia. Lucas Ege won both hurdles events for the Rockets, while Ryan Olsen was second in the 400 and third in the 200. Jason Berango took third in the 100 and Josh Swarting was third in the 1,600. Nolan St. John took third in the pole vault. The Rockets were also second in the 400 relay.


    Softball/Fox Valley roundup

    Cary-Grove 1, Grant 0: Sarah Leudo (2-for-4) drove in Amy Clemment, who had reached on an error, with the game-winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning for the Trojans in this nonconference win. Lindsay Efflandt struck out 14, walked one and allowed just 2 hits in picking up the win for Cary-Grove (4-0).Burlington Central sweeps: The Rockets pounded out a 15-10 win over Libertyville in Game 1 then took a 5-3 decision in Game 2 to sweep the nonconference doubleheader. In Game 1, Brooke Gaylord was 3-for-5 with 2 doubles and 3 RBI for the Rockets, and Bekah Harnish was 2-for-3 with 3 RBI. In Game 2, Gaylord (3-for-4, 3B, HR), Harnish (2-for-4, 2B, RBI) and Tori Harvey (3-for-4, 2 RBI) led the BC offense. Gaylord picked up the win in both games, pitching 13 innings on the day for the Rockets (8-1) after freshman Emily Kisch came up with a sore back after the first inning of Game 1.Jacobs splits: Jacobs rolled over Leyden 15-3 when lost to Glenbrook North 7-6 in the Leyden Invite at The Dome at The Ballpark in Rosemont. Alyssa Lach (3-for-4, 2B, HR, 2 RBI), Taylor Rello (2-for-3, HR, 3 RBI) and Courtney Cotugno (2-for-2, 3B) led the Golden Eagles in Game 1 and Kesley Peters allowed 6 hits in earning the win. In the loss to Glenbrook North, the Eagles were ahead 5-1 going into the bottom of the sixth inning. Glenbrook scored 5 runs to take a 6-5 lead and the game was called due to a time limit. Sarah Murray had a double and 2 RBI for Jacobs (3-3) and Peters took the loss in relief of Lach.Larkin falls twice: Jaclyn Saurbaugh had a home run in Game 1 for Larkin and Lexi Price went 2-for-3 with a home run and 2 RBI in the second game but the Royals lost to Lakes 14-1 and 13-3 in nonconference play. Saurbaugh took the loss in Game as the Royals committed 5 errors. In Game 2, Sam Wahl was 2-for-3 for Larkin and Sarah Hansen took the loss.South Elgin falls twice: A day after beating St. Charles North, the Storm ran into a tough Naperville North squad and lost a nonconference doubleheader 5-3 and 3-2. Alyssa Buddle was 2-for-4 with 3 RBI for South Elgin in Game 1, while Mallory Mecklenburg and Victoria Watt each had 2 hits. Paige Allen took the loss. In Game 2, Buddle had 2 RBI, Sam Helton was 2-for-3 and Allen went 2-for-3 with a double. Katie Koss took the loss for the Storm (7-4).Westminster sweeps: Westminster Christian won its first two games of the season, sweeping Lake Forest Academy 13-12 and 9-5. In Game 1, Becca Fugiel hit a home run in the bottom of the fifth inning to win the game for the Warriors. She was 2-for-3 with 4 RBI while Rachel Fugiel was 2-for-2 with a double and 3 RBI. Ally Heischler had a double and 2 RBI and Rachel Rich was the winning pitcher. In the second game, the Fugiels each hit home runs and Becca Fugiel added a double. Jackie Calabrese also had a grand slam homer for the Warriors (2-2). Rachel Fugiel was the winning pitcher with 6 strikeouts.Boylan 8, Hampshire 7: Alyssa Snider had a double for the Whip-Purs in this loss at the Rockford East tournament. Haley Widmayer was the losing pitcher.Hampshire 17, Durand 1: Rebecca Hurst hit a home run and threw a 3-inning no-hitter to lead the Whip-Purs in this win at Rockford East. Ellie Lapi was 2-for-3 with a double and 5 RBI for the Whips, while Calli Bicknese went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI. Hurst struck out four and walked four.Hampshire 24, IMSA 5: The Whip-Purs finished 2-1 at Rockford East with this lopsided win. Rebecca Hurst (HR), Alyssa Snider (2B), Calli Bicknese (2B), winning pitcher Haley Widmayer (2B), Ashley Van Acker (2B), Sara Finn (2-for-2) and Brittany Sujet (2-for-2, 2 RBI) led the Hampshire offense. Widmayer allowed 2 hits and struck out seven in the 3-inning win.


    Grayslake North toughs one out against McHenry

    Adam Gomski had to battle through some early difficulties on the mound. Catcher Kyle McBrien had to battle through some tough at-bats. And their Grayslake North teammates followed right along as they battled back on the road Saturday morning for a 5-1 Fox Valley Conference crossover baseball victory over McHenry at Petersen Park.


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


    BG wins Showdown against Oswego

    Kelli Zickert scored 2 goals, one on an assist from Allie Ingham, as the Bison topped Oswego 3-1 at Saturday's Pepsi Showdown.


    Whitney Young outslugs Barrington

    In a game featuring wild scoring sequences in the final innings, Whitney Young managed to hang for a 13-12 nonconference road win in 8 innings Saturday at Barrington.


    Conant goes 2-1 at Glenbrook South

    Conant notched one-sided wins over Glenbrook South and Lincoln-Way West but dropped a 1-goal outcome to Hindsdale Central in boys water polo tournament play hosted by Glenbrook South on Saturday.Jon Burke had 4 goals and Kyle Bradberry had 3 while goalie Aly Ahmed stopped 5 shots, including a penalty shot, in a 12-4 victory over the host Titans.Conant’s Devin Schmitz and Brennan Nagorzanski had 2 goals apiece to lead the way in a 9-5 victory over Lincoln-Way West.Against Hinsdale Central, Burke scored twice and Ahmed made 5 saves, but the Cougars were on the short end of a 5-4 score.


    First-round Showdown winner for Lake Zurich

    Lake Zurich's girls soccer team netted a first-round victory in 10th anniversary of the 32-team Pepsi Showdown, but Stevenson and Warren each lost their opening-round games at Olympic Park in Schaumburg on Saturday. Vanesa Abad scored a goal and assisted on the other two and led No. 15 seed Lake Zurich past No. 18 Lane Tech 3-2 on Saturday morning.


    Palatine, Barrington tops in tournaments

    Palatine's girls water polo team stretched its winning streak to eight and claimed the Maine East tournament title, and Barrington won the tournament it hosted on Saturday.


    White Sox’ Keppinger can’t shake slump

    Mired in an 0-for-19 slump, Jeff Keppinger is expected to be out of the lineup on Sunday. White Sox manager Robin Ventura says it's way too early to worry about Keppinger, who is 1-for-21 on the season.

    White Sox starter Dylan Axelrod got the win Saturday, pitching 5 and allowing only 1 unearned run on 3 hits.

    Axelrod outduels Mariners’ ace in White Sox win

    With ace Felix Hernandez starting for the Mariners Saturday, the outlook wasn't good for the White Sox. But mound opponent Dylan Axelrod matched King Felix, and Alex Rios and Conor Gillaspie had big hits in the Sox' 4-3 win vs. Seattle.

    Blackhawks left wing Bryan Bickell is congratulated by Michal Handzus after Bickell scored on a Handzus assist for the only goal in Saturday’s victory against the Predators at Nashville.

    Blackhawks have put themselves in prime spot

    With three weeks left to play, the Blackhawks have put themselves in a great spot to make a long playoff run this season.

    Patrick Kane congratulates goalie Ray Emery after the Blackhawks shut out the Nashville Predators on Saturday.

    Emery makes early goal stand up for Blackhawks

    The Blackhawks beat the Nashville Predators at their own game Saturday, making a first-period goal by Bryan Bickell hold up in a 1-0 victory at Bridgestone Arena. Ray Emery made 20 saves for his second shutout of the season and 13th of his career.


    Trio of all-staters lead St. Charles East

    St. Charles East coach Tim Wolf rearranged his girls track and field lineup in an unusual fashion on Saturday. But the Saints' three returning all-staters — Britney Williams, Jordan Shead and Torree Scull — all showcased versatility in abundance to lead St. Charles East past Glenbard South for supremacy of the eight-team St. Charles North Invitational.


    Girls soccer/Fox Valley roundup

    Huntley 1, Maine South 0: Alyssa Kaufman scored a goal off an assist from Abby Noreen as Huntley won its opening round game in the Pepsi Showdown Saturday. Jessica Galason made 3 saves in goal for the Red Raiders (6-1-1), who will play Lyons in the second round on Tuesday.Lyons 2, Jacobs 0: Elle Samin had 4 saves in goal for the Golden Eagles (2-4) in this Pepsi Showdown loss.Bartlett 2, Hoffman Estates 0: Mariela Alba and Jenna Noesen had goals and Josie Dombrowski and Shannon Brohan assists to lead the Hawks (7-4) to a nonconference win. Amanda Lozada made 4 saves in goal for Bartlett.Rolling Meadows 4, Dundee-Crown 3: Ashley Raby, Alexis Lewis and Jennifer Letheby had goals while Franki Scarpelli had 2 assists and Brittney Gantz one for the Chargers (1-7) in this loss at the Lake Park/Rolling Meadows tournament. Isabel Miranda made 6 saves in goal for D-C.

    Louisville's Luke Hancock (11) and Louisville's Tim Henderson reacts to play against Wichita State during the second half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball semifinal game Saturday, April 6, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    Louisville beats Wichita State 72-68 in Final Four

    Luke Hancock came off the bench to score 20 points, walk-on Tim Henderson sparked a second-half rally with a pair of monster 3s and Louisville advanced to the NCAA title game Saturday night, escaping with a 72-68 victory over Wichita State.

    Nate Robinson has hit some big shots lately for the Bulls. “I’m not afraid to fail,” Robinson said. “You’re going to have to fail a lot to succeed in this game. For me, you can’t be afraid to take that shot. You can’t be afraid to miss it or make it.”

    Bulls’ playoff scenario taking shape
    With the Bulls down to seven games left in the regular season, it's becoming more likely they'll become the first visiting team to experience playoff basketball in Brooklyn. But would they be better off finishing No. 6 or lower?


    Moraine Valley sweeps Elgin CC

    The Elgin Community College baseball team lost both ends of an Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference doubleheader Saturday, falling 15-14 and 8-7.

    Arie Williams

    Elgin’s Williams chooses Tampa

    Elgin point guard Arie Williams found his perfect college fit. The honorary captain of the Daily Herald Fox Valley all-area boys basketball team committed this week to the University of Tampa, an NCAA Division II school named one of the best institutions for undergraduate education in 2012 by the Princeton Review.


    Judson softball splits

    Shannon Nevins had a triple and an RBI while Bri Tennyson (2-for-3) and Maddie Smith (2-for-4) also drove in runs to lead the Judson University softball team to a 6-5 win over St. Ambrose at the St. Francis tournament Saturday.

    Jake Schroeder of Prospect competes in the triple jump at the Prospect Relays on Saturday.

    Prospect delivers winning relay performance

    Prospect's boys track and field team proved to be the best of the bunch on its home turf in the 13th Annual Prospect Relays on Saturday.


    Baseball/Fox Valley roundup

    Huntley 12, Grayslake Central 0: Junior Eric Luecht limited the Rams to 3 hits and struck out 6 in 5 innings, and senior Bryce Only tripled three times in 4 at-bats and drove in 4 runs to lead a 10-hit attack for the Red Raiders. Jake Wagner tripled and scored twice, Troy Cantu doubled and drove in 3 runs and Tyler Mindak and Colin Green each doubled and scored for Huntley (8-0, 2-0).Jacobs 7, Johnsburg 3: Danny Vandewalker went 2-for-3 and drove in a run and Jon Berndt doubled and drove in a pair for Jacobs (7-1, 1-0) in a Fox Valley Conference crossover. Reilly Peltier earned the victory by limiting the Skyhawks to 2 runs (1 earned) on 4 hits. He struck out 7 and walked 4 in 5 innings.Crystal Lake South 13, Woodstock 0: The Gators outhit the Blue Streaks 18-1 in this Fox Valley Conference crossover. Jake Bigos went 4-for-4 with a triple and 2 RBI, Garrett Bright was 2-for-3 with a double and 3 RBI and Max Meitzler doubled and drove in 3 for CL South (5-0, 2-0). Eric Schiller (1-0) tossed a 1-hit shutout, striking out 8 and walking 3.St. Edward 11, Indian Creek 3: Jack Tierney drove in 3 runs and Ryan Nudd drove in a pair to lead St. Edward (5-0) to a nonconference win at Wing Park in Elgin. Jake LaFrenz went 2-for-3 and scored 3 runs and Jacob Koehring doubled and scored twice. Scott Palmer notched the win by tossing 6 innings of 3-hit ball with 6 strikeouts and 6 walks. Hampshire 8, Lake Zurich 2: Dillon Kuhn held the hosts to 2 earned runs on 3 hits and 4 walks in 5 innings and the Whip-Purs outhit Lake Zurich 10-4 in a nonconference victory. Brandon Wescher had 3 hits and 3 RBI and Kuhn was 2-for-3 with 2 RBI for Hampshire. Notre Dame 7, Hampshire 3: Hampshire was outhit 12-7 and committed 3 errors in a nonconference loss in its second game of the day at Lake Zurich. Piotr Barnas walked and singled twice and Dillon Kuhn was 2-for-3 with an RBI for the Whip-Purs (3-2). Andrew Brown took the loss after allowing 5 runs (3 earned) on 9 hits in 6 innings. He walked 3 and struck out 2.Westminster swept: The Warriors dropped both ends of a split doubleheader in Elgin, losing to Aurora Christian 7-5 in the morning and 10-4 to Ottawa Marquette in the afternoon game. Luke Weston went the distance and absorbed the loss against Aurora Christian. He was touched for 7 runs (5 earned) on 10 hits, walked 2 and struck out 2. Frank Anguilo took the loss against Marquette, allowing 7 earned runs in 5 innings. Will Woodhouse, Chase Woods and Adam Greene each supplied 3 hits in the nightcap.


    Burlington Central remains undefeated

    Once the Burlington Central girls soccer team found the back of the net Saturday afternoon, it couldn't be stopped. The Rockets had 17 shots, but only 4 on goal, in the first 17 minutes of the match against Harvard. But none those went in the goal. Camille Dela Cruz finally found the net with 22:59 remaining in the first half and the Rockets scored three times in the next minute and a half to start a 10-0 rout of the Hornets in Big Northern East play.


    Glenbard East wins on tiebreaker

    After about four hours of tennis on seven courts at Addison Trail High School on Saturday, it came down to the final match as to who would win the Trail Blazers' quadrangular.


    Glenbard South's Trzaska showing she can do it all

    Julie Fonda tells a funny story about Jane Trzaska's college recruitment.


    Fremd asserts itself, wins Hersey Invite

    Reigning Mid-Suburban League boys tennis champion Fremd overwhelmed the competition and managed the playing conditions Saturday at Hersey with a solid performance from start to finish. Coach Matt Duncan's team proved it is still the favorite in the MSL after its clean sweep of three opponents, including York in the final, to capture the team title at the Hersey Tennis Invite.

    Blackhawks left wing Bryan Bickell (29) is congratulated by Michal Handzus (26) after scoring against the Nashville Predators in Saturday’s first period.

    Blackhawks, Emery blank Predators

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Chicago Blackhawks have plenty of offense.With the regular season starting to wind down, they’re providing a strong reminder that they can play pretty stingy defense, too.Bryan Bickell scored in the first period, and Ray Emery made 20 saves and the Blackhawks beat the Nashville Predators 1-0 Saturday for their third win in four games. “That’s a team that you’ve really got to play some boring hockey against,” Emery said of Nashville. “You just try to be in good defensive position and take advantage when you get the opportunity. And I thought we played that strategy to a T tonight.”Chicago improved to 12-0-1 against the Central Division this season and moved closer to clinching the playoff berth. The Blackhawks won their third against Nashville this season and second in six days. They’ll have a chance at their third in a week Sunday night in Chicago as these teams wrap up a back-to-back.Emery posted his second shutout and the 13th of his career, and Chicago improved to 16-3-4 in one-goal games this season. Chicago coach Joel Quenneville called Emery rock solid in doing what he had to do for the shutout.“I thought he was in control around the net against that team,” Quenneville said. “There are a lot of scrambles, a lot of loose stuff. They create traffic, and I thought he found pucks and froze them and looked very big.”Chicago came in needing just four points to clinch that playoff berth. Now Blackhawks could clinch before taking the ice Sunday with losses by a couple other teams. With the afternoon faceoff, enough of the Blackhawks’ faithful got a flight to Nashville to make it feel like the United Center chanting, “Let’s go Hawks” even before the puck dropped. The arena was packed with 17,256 fans in attendance in a building whose capacity is listed at 17,113. The Predators are the Western Conference’s only team to reach the semifinals each of the past two seasons but desperately needed a win with only nine games left. Instead, Nashville lost its second straight and fourth in five games playing Saturday without center Paul Gaustad, whose upper body injury will keep him out at least a couple more games along with left wing Gabriel Bourque and forward Colin Wilson, who’s been out since March 9. “A few deletions obviously at the trade deadline so we’re a little thin,” Nashville coach Barry Trotz said. “But guys gave it everything they had, and we almost got that thing tied up.”They had their chances in the third with a double minor when Daniel Carcillo high-sticked Nashville captain Shea Weber, nicking the defenseman’s nose and drawing blood at 7:58 of the third. But the Blackhawks improved to 16 of their past 16 penalty kills. Patric Hornqvist poked away a would-be empty netter by Chicago right wing Michael Frolik with 1:30 left as he slid into the goal post knocking it off its moorings. Nashville took its timeout only to see Emery stop several chances including a wraparound pass from Taylor Beck to Hornqvist. Brandon Yip was just wide of the net before the final horn.Predators goalie Pekka Rinne called it a tough loss.“Obviously you know the standings and everything, but you try not to look at it right now,” Rinne said. “You try to focus on one game at a time. Now it’s tomorrow night, and it is not going to get any easier. We have a pretty big task on our hands if we want to make it and we have to start winning some games.”The Blackhawks jumped out to a 1-0 lead when Michal Handzus found Bickell on a cross-ice pass that Bickell one-timed past Rinne catching the Nashville goalie out of position at 5:31 of the first period. Trotz wasn’t happy with defenseman Jonathan Blum’s play on the 2-on-1.“Give our goalie a chance to make a save,” Trotz said. “The way he played that he just left Peks out to dry.”Bickell credited Marcus Kruger with starting the play for Chicago, and the result gave him plenty of space to shoot.

    Cary-Gove’s Andrew Splitt delivers to the plate at Burlington Central baseball Saturday.

    Splitt, Cary-Grove handle Burlington Central

    With the home run ball taken out of the equation by fierce winds gusting straight in from center field, the Cary-Grove baseball team relied on small ball, error-free defense and outstanding pitching from Andrew Splitt to prevail 3-1 in nonconference action at Burlington Central Saturday morning. Splitt (1-0), a 6-foot-3 junior, was locked in a scoreless duel between right handers with Central senior Alex Bell (0-1) until the fifth inning, when the Rockets broke through for the game's first run. Josh Lung doubled to right center with two outs and scored on Cody Schuver's line-drive single up the middle, staking the 2012 Class 3A sectional champions to a short-lived 1-0 lead.


    Moberg homers in WW South victory

    DuPage baseball


    St. Francis hands West Aurora first defeat

    There were some strange plays and far too many double plays, but in the end, Saturday's game was quite memorable for senior Tim Zettinger and his St. Francis teammates.

    A swinging bunt by Daniel Rustemeyer in the bottom of the seventh is all that is needed for a Glenbard West 6-5 win over Hinsdale Central.

    Glenbard West, Hinsdale Central split DH

    Perseverance is an admirable trait in baseball players. It's a must in the brutally competitive West Suburban Silver Conference. Glenbard West and Hinsdale Central both showed it in Saturday's doubleheader in Glen Ellyn, earning a split when the Hilltoppers claimed the opener 6-5 and fell 10-0 in five innings in the second game.


    Dundee-Crown pulls out win over Crystal Lake C.

    When the time came to make clutch plays, whether down or trying to preserve the lead, Dundee-Crown's baseball team never squandered an opportunity. And it wasn't just in situations at the plate, the Chargers did so with defensive muster and heads-up base running as well. The latter accounted for the winning run as Ryan Suwanski, who led off the bottom of the seventh in a tied ballgame with a single, advanced on 2 wild pitches by Crystal Lake Central's Jacob Roley, the last skipping past Central's catcher as Suwanski advanced from third for an 11-10 victory over the Tigers in Fox Valley Conference action during a wind-tunneled Saturday morning in Carpentersville.


    Cougars rally twice but fall in 11 innings

    The Kane County Cougars battled back from a pair of 7-run deficits Saturday against the Quad Cities River Bandits, but fell 13-10 in 11 innings at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark in Geneva. With the Cougars trailing 10-7 in the bottom of the ninth, Jeimer Candelario and Rock Shoulders began a game-tying, 3-run rally with a pair of one-out singles. After a Marco Hernandez groundout, Willson Contreras drove home Candelario with an infield single. Then Oliver Zapata tied the game with a 2-RBI triple — part of his 3-for-5, 5-RBI afternoon.

    Kali Kossakowski

    Kroll, Kossakowski HRs lift St. Edward

    St. Edward senior Kali Kossakowski has never needed a GPS to find her way around the bases after hitting a home run. Her Green Wave classmate Kristi Kroll, on the other hand, had never seen a softball leave her bat and end up on the other side of an outfield fence. Until Saturday that is. Kossakowski's solo shot over the center field fence proved to be the game-winning run as St. Edward came from behind to beat Rosary 4-3 in Suburban Christian Conference action at the Elgin Sports Complex. It came in the fifth inning, after Kroll had given the Green Wave a 3-2 lead with a 3-run shot over the right field fence in the bottom of the fourth. It was the first high school home run for Kroll, a three-year varsity player.


    Cary-Grove reloads, wins again at BG

    Cary-Grove's girls track team took a major took a major hit from graduation last season, but the Trojans came back swinging at the Buffalo Grove Invite on Saturday. On a mild but blustery day, the Trojans showed the cupboard isn't bare by rolling to their second consecutive BG title with 168 points. Neuqua Valley took second with 112 points, followed by Lake Park (97 points), Fremd (90 points), Lake Zurich (70.5 points), host Buffalo Grove (50 points), Stevenson (42.5 points), and Carmel (13 points).

    Serena Williams reacts after hitting a shot wide during a semifinal match against her sister Venus Williams at the Family Circle Cup tennis tournament in Charleston, S.C., Saturday, April 6, 2013. Serena won 6-1, 6-2. (AP Photo/Stephen Morton)

    Serena Williams routs Venus at Family Circle

    Serena Williams routed Venus Williams 6-1, 6-2 at the Family Circle Cup on Saturday, the most one-sided match in the sisters' long rivalry.


    2060McGraw, Auriemma have crossed paths for years AP Photo CTCK111, CTCK121, VASH106, VASH116 (Eds: Updates. With AP Photos.)

    Associated PressSOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Muffet McGraw and Geno Auriemma have been crossing paths for a long, long time.The stakes seem to keep rising, too.Auriemma arrived at Saint Joseph's as an assistant coach to Jim Foster in 1978, two seasons after McGraw graduated from the school that bills itself as the "Cradle of Coaches." A year after Auriemma left Saint Joseph's to coach at his alma mater, Bishop Kenrick High School, Foster hired McGraw as his assistant."They were both easy hires," said Foster, the coach at Ohio State the past 11 seasons until he was fired last month.McGraw and Auriemma will see each other again Sunday in the NCAA semifinals. McGraw is trying to lead Notre Dame (35-1) to its second national title and Auriemma is trying to help the Huskies (33-4) win their eighth in a rematch of what has become the biggest rivalry in the game."I think it is the most heated rivalry in women's basketball and it's a game that everybody enjoys watching, and we enjoy playing," McGraw said. McGraw and Auriemma have coached in all 40 games the two schools have played. Auriemma, the coach at Connecticut since 1985, has a 29-11 advantage in wins, including a 10-1 lead in Big East tournament games. But McGraw, the Notre Dame coach since 1987, holds a 3-0 advantage in NCAA tournament games — all in the national semifinals. The Irish have also beaten the Huskies four straight and in seven of the past eight games.Foster is good friends with both McGraw and Auriemma. He met Auriemma playing intramural basketball at Montgomery Community College outside Philadelphia in the 1970s. Foster was hired as the girls coach at Bishop McDevitt High School, and in his second season hired Auriemma as his assistant. When he got the job at Saint Joseph's two years later, he brought Auriemma with him. He met McGraw after becoming the coach at Saint Joseph's and interviewed her when he had an opening."I liked the energy she had and the passion she had for Saint Joe's," he said.A photo from the mid-1980s hung in Foster's office, showing him and some former assistants, including McGraw and Auriemma, at a beach on a cold summer day. They spent two days together talking basketball. In the photo, by the way, Auriemma is wearing a Notre Dame sweatshirt."He wasn't a Notre Dame fan, it was a chilly day and he had nothing else to wear," Foster said. "Irony of ironies, X number of years later they're at this stage." Anyone who knows McGraw knows how competitive she is. Auriemma noted it as he talked about golfing with McGraw."She gets all fired up about driving the ball further than me — which is a big deal when you're teeing off 50 yards in front of me," he said. "That goes to show you how competitive Muffet is. She's incredibly competitive."They haven't golfed together in years, however, and while the relationship between them is cordial, they are not good friends. Both say the game Sunday is much more about the teams than the coaches."She doesn't have to prove anything to me and I don't have to prove anything to her," Auriemma said.McGraw said she never looks at it as a one-on-one battle with another coach, but concedes some victories are more satisfying than others. She pointed to finally beating Tennessee and Pat Summitt in an NCAA regional championship game two years ago, when the Irish were 0-20 all-time against the Volunteers and McGraw was 0-16. "It feels great to beat a program of that stature. When we beat UConn, I feel the same way. I don't feel like I beat Geno. I feel like my team beat his team," McGraw said.Foster, though, believes it is a bit of a factor for any coach."I think some of that is always in the back of your head, but it's the smallest percentage. It's about this game and your team," he said.

    FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2013, file photo, Notre Dame head coach Muffet McGraw reacts to the crowd holding up signs with 700 on them in honor of her 700th career coaching before an NCAA college basketball game against Louisville in South Bend, Ind. McGraw was selected as The Associated Press' women's basketball coach of the year on Saturday, April 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Joe Raymond, File)

    Notre Dame’s Muffet McGraw is AP Coach of the Year

    Notre Dame's Muffet McGraw is The Associated Press' women's college basketball Coach of the Year.McGraw has guided her team to 30 straight victories and has the Fighting Irish back in the Final Four for a third straight season.

    Kaneland’s Lexi Roach is tagged out at second base by Batavia’s Alex Scaccia in the first inning on Saturday, April 6.

    Eckert, Kaneland continue fast start

    Ellissa Eckert is making life easier for the Kaneland softball team, and her teammates sure made her job easier Saturday at Batavia. Coming into the season with a number of experienced and talented hitters, one of the few question marks for the 2013 Knights would who would replace 20-game winner Delani Vest in the circle. With a 4-0 record through Kaneland's first seven games, Eckert certainly has given the Knights just the pitcher they needed. And with 11 runs in the first inning Saturday, those Knights gave Eckert what every pitcher would want — a double-digit lead before she even tossed a pitch. Kaneland coasted from there to a 17-1 victory, improving its record to 6-1 as it gets ready to start playing more Northern Illinois Big XII games in defense of its conference championship.


    Huntley takes 2 from Hononegah

    Overcoming cold conditions on Friday, Huntley was able to crush Crystal Lake Central 16-0. Saturday, windy conditions which produced 40 mile per hour gusts were no problem for the Red Raiders' hitters. Scoring 23 runs on 20 hits, Huntley improved to 6-0 with a sweep of Hononegah, 11-7 and 12-2, in a nonconference doubleheader played at Huntley. Game 2 ended in the sixth inning after a 3-run double Katelyn Behrens.

    Chicago White Sox's Alex Rios, right, is greeted by Adam Dunn after hitting a two-run home run in the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners, Saturday, April 6, 2013 in Chicago. (AP Photo/David Banks)

    Alex Rios powers White Sox past Mariners 4-3

    Alex Rios hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer off Felix Hernandez in the sixth inning and the White Sox beat the Seattle Mariners 4-3 on Saturday.


    Rush earns first AFL win at San Antonio

    The Chicago Rush escaped from Texas with their first Arena Football League win of the season, defeating the San Antonio Talons 4841.

    Nazr Mohammed, front, and Jimmy Butler defend Orlando Magic’s Maurice Harkless during the first half of the Bulls’ victory Friday at the United Center.

    Butler deflects praise to teammates

    Orlando's Beno Udrih poured in 18 points during the third quarter on Friday and had a season-high 27 points before the fourth quarter even started. Coach Tom Thibodeau's adjustment was to give the defensive assignment to the 6-foot-7 Jimmy Butler, and Udrih went scoreless in the fourth quarter as the Bulls rallied to win.


    Prospect vaults to relay victory

    Prospect and Wheaton Warrenville South were neck and neck the entire night at the ninth annual Prospect Relays. But the Knights were able to edge the Tigers at the finish for title in the seven-team field, finishing with 140 points.


    This screen shot, made available on the blog for Rdio, the music streaming service started by a co-founder of Skype, shows the company's new digital store for video, called Vdio. The content will work on personal computers and Apple's iPad for now. It's opening at first to users in the U.S. and Britain. The latest TV episodes from shows such as “The Walking Dead” will sell for about $3 each and will be in high definition, while movies such as “Zero Dark Thirty” will cost from $3 to rent to $20 to buy.

    Music service Rdio launches Vdio for TV, movies

    Rdio, the music streaming service started by a co-founder of Skype, is getting into video. New and current subscribers of a $10-a-month unlimited music plan from Rdio (AR-dee-oh) will get $25 to spend in the new digital store for video, called Vdio (VEE-dee-oh).

    In this Friday, March 29, 2013 photo the "Meet me in the Menagerie" card part of the Crane for Paperless collection is on display in New York. Paperless Post has defied its original digital business model successfully once. Now the online invitation and greeting card startup is taking that defiance a step further. The New York company launched PAPER by Paperless Post in October after customers requested a way to get its electronic greeting cards and invitations in a more old-fashioned way: On actual paper. Now Paperless Post is teaming up with stationery (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

    Paperless Post defies digital strategy with Crane

    The New York company launched Paper by Paperless Post in October after customers requested a way to get its electronic greeting cards and invitations in a more old-fashioned way: On actual paper. Starting Wednesday, Paperless Post is teaming up with stationery and card maker Crane & Co. to print wedding invitations. Users will be able to choose from 35 wedding invitation designs that they can customize and then print on Crane paper.

    This screenshot provided by the University of Houston shows a new app available for iPhones and Android smartphones. The Houston Ozone Map app collects data from 74 air and wind monitors throughout the Houston area, giving residents nearly real-time data on smog.

    Houston gets iPhone app with up-to-date smog data

    A new app available for iPhones and Android smartphones collects data from 74 air and wind monitors throughout the Houston area, giving residents nearly real-time data on smog. The app was developed by the Houston Air Alliance, the University of Houston and the American Lung Association.


    How long should you keep your civil rights profile?

    On March 26, an estimated 2.7 million people changed their Facebook profile to the Human Rights Campaign's red equal sign in support of gay marriage (or some variation thereof). Now that some time has passed, murmurs of a new conversation are emerging. Like, uh, how long do we have to keep these equal signs up?

    Michael Goodwin, Senior Partner for HTC, displays an HTC First cellphone with the new Facebook interface Thursday at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. The company says it is not building a phone or an operating system. Rather, Facebook is introducing a new experience for Android phones. The idea behind the new Home service is to bring content right to you, rather than require people to check apps on the device.

    Facebook barges into Google turf with Home

    Facebook Home, the new software that takes over the front screen of a smartphone, is a bit of a corporate home invasion. Facebook is essentially moving into Google's turf, taking advantage of software the search giant and competitor created. Home will operate on phones running Google Inc.'s Android software and present Facebook status updates, messages and other content on the home screen, rather than making the user fire up Facebook's app.


    BlackBerry-maker RIM stops BBM music service

    BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion says it is silencing its streaming music service barely two years after it launched. The Canadian company emailed BlackBerry Messenger Music subscribers this week to notify them that the cloud-based service will stop working on June 2.


    Little-know surveillance tool raises privacy questions

    Federal investigators in Northern California routinely used a sophisticated surveillance system to scoop up data from cellphones and other wireless devices in an effort to track criminal suspects — but failed to detail the practice to judges authorizing the probes.

    Yahoo! bought the Summly app from 17-year-old Nick D’Aloisio for $30 million.

    Summly deal highlights smartphones’ growing impact

    Many celebrated the latest tech wunderkind, a British teenager who made a fortune selling an app that boils down news reports, no matter how important or complex, into a pithy 400 characters. But for some of those who prefer heartier servings of news, the development carried at least a whiff of the apocalypse.For perspective: On Summly, the app that Yahoo! bought from 17-year-old Nick D'Aloisio for $30 million, this article would already be done, having ended midway through the word "D'Aloisio."

    Cellphones with the a new Facebook interface are displayed Thursday at the company’s headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif.

    Review: Facebook Phone Isn’t as Bad as You Think

    Facebook Home isn't a phone, it isn't an operating system, and it isn't an app. Instead, it's a free-to-download lock- and home-screen replacement for Android phones. If most people's phones are already Facebook phones, Facebook Home makes them Facebookier, bringing the social-network's content (including, at some point, ads), to your phone's foremost screen.

    This image provided by Google shows the company’s first high-end chromebook Pixel. According to a review by the Associated Press, the machine feels light and comfortable in my hands and its high-resolution display makes photos appear sharp.

    Review: Google laptop impressive, but not for all

    Google's first high-end laptop, the Chromebook Pixel, is an impressive machine. It feels light and comfortable in my hands and on my lap. Its high-resolution display makes photos look sharp and video come to life. From a hardware standpoint, it's everything I'd want a laptop to be. But the Pixel isn't very practical — at least not yet — for most people.

Life & Entertainment

    In addition to organizational systems, the Garage Store in East Dundee can install slip-resistant polymer floors.

    Garages overflow from lack of organization

    In many homes, the garage has become a dumping ground for seasonal items, sports equipment, gardening supplies and much more, to the point where many families cannot even park a car in their garage anymore, said Jim Melchert, owner of Garage Store, based in East Dundee.

    Psychological well-being practitioner Nabila El-Zanaty talks to a self-help psychological course class run by Britainís publicly funded health system, during a session in east London. With a long wait to see a psychologist, the British government is turning to the classroom to treat people with mild to moderate mental health problems with a mix of PowerPoint presentations and group exercises.

    UK takes a DIY approach to mental health help

    With a long wait to see a psychologist, the British government is turning to the classroom to treat people with mild-to-moderate mental health problems with a mix of PowerPoint presentations and group exercises. A class of about 10 people, which meets once a week in east London, is led by two "psychological wellbeing practitioners." The instructors are trained for a year on how to help people change their behavior or thinking but they aren't fully fledged psychologists.

    On Saturday, April 6, Brookfield Zoo welcomes back 24 animatronic dinosaurs, such as this Triceratops, in the return visit of its Dinosaurs Alive! exhibit.

    Weekend picks: 'Dinosaurs Alive' roars into Brookfield Zoo

    “Dinosaurs Alive!” returns to Brookfield Zoo Saturday featuring 24 life-size, animatronic prehistoric creatures along a winding trail making a variety of sounds and movements. Want to see a concert Saturday? Maroon 5 plays the Allstate Arena, Tim Piper portrays John Lennon in the concert “Just Imagine” at the Elgin Community College Arts Center, and Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band headlines the United Center.

    Tourists sit on the beach at Pensacola Beach, Fla. The white sand beaches and turquoise waters of Florida’s Panhandle draw millions of visitors each year.

    Florida Panhandle offers fun for budget travelers

    The gleaming white sand beaches and turquoise waters of Florida's Panhandle draw millions of visitors each year, but this area isn't known for glitz, glamour and high-end hotspots like some of Florida's other beaches. Instead, the Panhandle offers a laid-back vibe, Southern hospitality and family atmosphere. The region caters to budget-conscious travelers who often drive from nearby Southern cities like Atlanta, Birmingham or New Orleans.

    Machinery damaged by Superstorm Sandy is laid out in a parking lot near the Wildlife Conservation Society’s New York Aquarium in Coney Island, New York.

    NYC aquarium looks forward to reopening

    The New York Aquarium has cherished its big-city setting by the sea for half a century. But the ocean that is the aquarium's lifeblood dealt it a shattering blow last fall. Superstorm Sandy's surge overran carefully calibrated tanks with oily, debris-filled water, knocked out even backup power to all the exhibits and made it impossible to check on some of them for days. Managers contemplated shipping animals away and wondered whether the institution itself could survive in its spot on Coney Island.

    Daisy (Laura Linney) accompanies her cousin President Franklin D. Roosevelt (Bill Murray) on a drive in the historical drama “Hyde Park on the Hudson.”

    DVD previews: ‘Hyde Park on the Hudson’

    New on DVD this coming week is the drama "Hyde Park on the Hudson" starring Bill Murray.

    SH13C134TREASURES March 18, 2013 -- This Regina music box has a "Veris Martin" finish in need of professional attention. (SHNS photo courtesy Joe Rosson and Helaine Fendelman / Treasures In Your Attic)

    Is Regina music box noted for its high value?

    Q. I was wondering if you had any info on this Regina music box. I inherited it when my grandmother passed away, but supposedly it was purchased for my great-grandmother, who was bedridden. I think the music box dates to the late 1800s. In the 1950s I used to play the discs and dance to the music. The cabinet is in really rough condition, but the mechanism still works. Any history or value would be wonderful.

    Actress Eva Mendes is working on her own clothing line for New York & Company and is hoping to have it in stores for the fall.

    Actress Eva Mendes eyes fashion opportunities

    Eva Mendes will be doing the red-carpet circuit again with her new film, "The Place Beyond the Pines," co-starring Ryan Gosling. But while she lands more often than not in the fashion "do" column, Mendes says she knows she's made a few mistakes along the way, including one look she calls "Princess Jasmine gone wrong." Still, she has style credibility — and is making the most of it.

    Kim Kardashian, who is expecting her first child with Kanye West in July, has taken heat from the tabloids and armchair fashion critics for her maternity look, which seems a continuation of her usual parade of body-hugging dresses.

    Pregnant celebrities still try to look stylish

    Kim Kardashian: Take note. To be stylish and pregnant, you need to embrace your new shape. You have to celebrate it. But you also need to be aware of it, and not keep wearing your regular wardrobe — even if it's a size up. Kardashian, who is expecting her first child with Kanye West in July, has taken heat from the tabloids and armchair fashion critics for her maternity look, which seems a continuation of her usual parade of body-hugging dresses.

    Cate and Paul Plekon and their dog Sampson stand on a bridge in front of their home, which borders a concrete drainage ditch that carries Cypress Creek through the Memphis neighborhood.

    Homeowners embrace their ‘moat’

    As first-time homebuyers shopping in 2009, Cate and Paul Plekon's thoughts kept returning to a certain two-bedroom house. "We kept comparing everything we saw to (it)," said Cate, 28.


    Old turntables, consoles making their way back into homes

    Vintage vunyl is hot, and so is the repair of old turntables to play those albums. Another unexpected trend is a growing interest in the big console record players that were popular in the '60s and '70s. Those players usually combined a turntable, receiver and speakers into once piece of furniture. Until recently it was almost impossible to get rid of one.


    Build walls properly when finishing a basement

    Q. You've written about putting up a foam vapor barrier on the basement wall when remodeling. You suggested building a frame wall a certain amount of distance from the basement wall itself and then insulate and finish the framed wall.

    Julie Hanan, holding her dogs Murphy and MacKenzie, listens to Sen. Dave Balmer during a rally in support a bill to train officials on how to handle canine encounters.

    Dog owners argue police need training to avoid shootings

    Scar was an 8-year-old bulldog mix who was fatally shot by a police officer pursuing a suspect, even though witnesses said he never left his yard and was not barking or growling. Kupa was a service dog who was shot and killed while a sheriff's deputy was responding to a welfare check on her owner. Dog lovers concerned about recent cases where law enforcement fatally shot people's pets lobbied Colorado lawmakers on a bill that would require new training for law enforcement on how to handle canine encounters in the line of duty.


    Fix up mom’s old house or just sell it as is?

    Q. I am hoping for some good advice regarding the sale of my mother's home after her recent passing. My sister and I are now in the process of cleaning out 60 years of family occupancy via trashing and a household sale, etc.


    Reverse mortgages struggle to shake stigma

    Q. It seems to me that you are writing a lot about reverse mortgages recently. Is the subject really worth the time you are spending on it?


    Long-term contracts made by developer may be cancelled

    Q. The developer of our condominium recently turned control of the association over to the owners. The board has been reviewing contracts entered into by the developer-controlled board. Some of these contracts are for a term of five years or more.

    Begin uncovering hybrid roses in early April by carefully removing mulch from around the base. A bamboo stake works well as a tool for this task. Leave a small amount of mulch for protection in case of a late hard freeze. Prune these roses back to live growth. In some years that may mean leaving only 1 to 2 inches of stem.

    Time to banish garden debris and uncover roses

    Cold and snowy weather delayed work in the garden this year, but it is time to finish cutting back perennials and cleaning up garden debris. It is best to cut back perennials before they start growing to avoid damaging the new growth. It is especially important to cut back ornamental grasses early, because it can be hard to see their new growth in the dense clump of last year's stalks. If the weather warms up and the grasses are growing, cut the old stalks off at a few inches above the ground to avoid the new shoots.



    The Soapbox

    Student drug testing, idling cars and an anti-pothole app are among the topics Daily Herald editors discuss this week.


    Titles, checks a place to start
    A Lindenhurst letter to the editor: In this 2013 spring of renewal, rebirth and hope, I am very concerned about gun violence protection in the wake of the senseless killings that have recently occurred in Aurora, Oak Creek and Sandy Hook.


    Gays miss out on full potential of life
    A Volo letter to the editor: I extend my condolences to the gay community. They have willingly distanced themselves from the genuine feelings of mercy and compassion that are generated through a union between a man and a woman.


    Use extra money for disease awareness
    A Round Lake letter to the editor: As a Lake County resident I read with interest the Tuesday headline article about the unique decision that the Forest Preserve District faces: extra money and what to do with it.


    COLA cuts punish the wrong people
    A letter to the editor: A headline in the Daily Herald announced that our state legislature was "moving toward reform" by voting for HB 1165. This legislation temporarily freezes the cost-of-living increases currently included in state pensions. I do not understand how you see this as movement or as reform.


    Unite to change church stance on women
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: There are about 1 billion Catholics worldwide and approximately half of them are women, and our voices are completely ignored and shut out of decision making processes.


    Why trust in a 2,000-year-old book?
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: This is serious! Please ignore your logic, intelligence, and/or intuition. Please, just trust my book, and discriminate as the book says to do.


    Soviets played key role in Allied victory
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: A recent reader letter took exception to columnist Richard Cohen's contention that the Soviet Union, and not the United States, won World War II. Cohen's remark is tricky, so this letter may help clarify.


    Why trustees walked out of meeting
    A Lombard letter to the editor: I would like to help set the record straight as to why three elected officials walked out of a Lombard village board meeting a few months ago.


    Nice to see eyesore torn down
    An East Dunee letter to the editor: East Dundee residents have seen the long vacant old Ford dealership finally torn down. For over a decade the abandoned building sat along Route 72 as an eyesore.


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