Daily Archive : Saturday November 9, 2013


    Aloune Khotisene, Southeast Asian youth program director for the Elgin YWCA, has been working on a Lao Oral History Project in which he interviews Laotian refugees about their stories. The project will be screened Sunday at Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin.

    Lao refugee stories to be featured in Elgin

    Aloune Khotisene has one huge regret — never asking his father about what exactly led to the family's fleeing Laos in the middle of the night in 1979. “I wasn't really focused on why was I here. I was just happy that I was here," said Khotisene, 40, of Pingree Grove. Khotisene, who works as Southeast Asian youth program director for the Elgin YWCA, has been working on a Lao Oral...

    A resident walks by remains of houses Saturday after powerful Typhoon Haiyan slammed into Tacloban city, Leyte province central Philippines.

    Philippines' official: Typhoon's toll could reach 10,000

    The death toll from one of the strongest storms on record that ravaged the central Philippine city of Tacloban could reach 10,000 people, officials said Sunday after the extent of massive devastation became apparent and horrified survivors spoke of storm surges as high as trees and winds sounding like the roar of a jumbo jet. Regional police chief Elmer Soria said he was briefed by Leyte...

    Seven-year-old Lola Bella Cassidy was injured in a hit-and-run Saturday afternoon in McHenry. Police are searching for the driver in the case.

    Girl injured in hit-and-run; driver still missing

    A 7-year-old girl was injured and police were left searching for suspects after hit-and-run incident Saturday afternoon in McHenry. Lola Bella Cassidy was crossing the road on the 4100 block of West Veterans Parkway at about 12:30 p.m. when a dark-colored sedan, possibly green, rammed into her, police said.

    Dave and Carrie Jodelka, with their kids Penny, 4, and Jimmy, 18 months, watched a performance by the cast of the Chicago musical Million Dollar Quartet on Saturday at Yorktown Center in Lombard.

    Million Dollar Quartet plays in Lombard

    Elaine Berquist of Lombard saw Elvis Presley in concert in Maryland sometime in the 1960s. The Elvis she saw on Saturday at Yorktown Center in Lombard wasn’t the same, of course, but he came very close, the 83-year-old Lombard resident said. Cast members from the Chicago musical Million Dollar Quartet entertained the crowd just before Santa’s yearly arrival at the mall.

    President Barack Obama, left, shrugs his shoulders Saturday as he talks with former NBA basketball player Alonzo Mourning, right, and Cyrus Walker, the cousin of senior presidential adviser Valerie Jarrett, at Grande Oaks golf club.

    Obama, former NBA star golf at ‘Caddyshack’ course

    Despite sporadic fall showers and the muggy Florida sun, President Barack Obama hit the greens Saturday with a former NBA star at the ritzy golf club where “Caddyshack” was filmed.

    Samir Kassab, a Lebanese citizen, poses at an unknown place. Sky News website reports Kassab has been missing since October.

    Journalists in Syria face growing risk of kidnap

    Behind a veil of secrecy, at least 30 journalists have been kidnapped or have disappeared in Syria — held and threatened with death by extremists or taken captive by gangs seeking ransom. The widespread seizure of journalists is unprecedented, and has been largely unreported by news organizations in the hope that keeping the kidnappings out of public view may help to negotiate the captives’...

    Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Li Baodong, front left, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Catherine Ashton, third from left, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, fifth from left, Germany’s Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle, front right, French foreign minister Laurent Fabius, second from right, British Foreign Secretary William Hague, fourth from right, and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, back right, sit Saturday at a meeting table during the third day of closed-door nuclear talks at a hotel in Geneva, Switzerland.

    Iran nuclear talks end at impasse

    “There are still some questions to be addressed,” French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said as he left the final meeting.


    Man, ex-girlfriend in court over Powerball win

    Pedro Quezada of Passaic was the sole winner of the Powerball drawing last spring, worth about $152 million after taxes.His lawyer argues that Inez Sanchez has no claim to the money because the couple were never married.

    Three of the four surviving members of the 1942 Tokyo raid led by Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle, left to right, David Thatcher, Edward Saylor, and Richard Cole, pose Saturday next to a monument marking the raid.

    Doolittle Raiders make final toast

    Raising specially engraved silver goblets with a bottle of 1896 cognac saved for the occasion, three of four surviving Raiders paid their tribute in a Saturday evening ceremony at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force near Dayton, Ohio. The fourth was unable to attend for health reasons.

    Members of the public watch House lawmakers debate gay marriage during a floor session Friday at the Hawaii Capitol in Honolulu.

    Hawaii senator: Gay marriage will easily pass

    The head of Hawaii’s Senate judiciary committee said Saturday he expects an amended bill legalizing gay marriage to pass easily in the Senate next week, with no changes to the measure passed by the House Friday night after two grueling floor sessions and a lengthy public hearing.


    Singapore bans adultery website

    AshleyMadison.com started in Canada in 2001. With the slogan “Life is short. Have an affair,” it has attracted more than 20 million users. It recently expanded to Japan, India and Hong Kong.

    Charlie Trotter

    Notable deaths last week

    A Chicago culinary legend, NBA hall-of-famer and Warhol muse are among the deaths of note this past week.

    This screen image taken from NASA shows the Sochi Olympic torch being held during a spacewalk on Saturday

    Olympic torch taken on first spacewalk

    The Olympic torch was taken aboard the U.S. space shuttle Atlantis in 1996 for the Atlanta Summer Olympics, but this is the first it time it has been taken outside a spacecraft.

    Guests and residents of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity gather on the lawn prior to an NCAA college football game in Tuscaloosa, Ala. New fraternity and sorority houses with white columns, wide balconies and grand foyers line streets around the University of Alabama, and still more of the multimillion-dollar mansions are under construction.

    ’Bama Greeks in $202 million building boom

    New multimillion-dollar mansions with white columns, wide balconies and grand foyers line the streets at the University of Alabama, and more are under construction to accommodate the school’s booming enrollment and record membership in Greek-letter groups.

    Cyclist Carlos Gutierrez, a double amputee, stands Thursday with his bike in San Antonio. Gutierrez is riding his bike from El Paso, Texas to Austin, Texas, to raise awareness on the situation of political asylum seekers.

    Legless cyclist can’t escape from Mexico, cartel

    Carlos Gutierrez passed out as the large blade cut through his legs — punishment for his refusal to pay a Mexican gang extortion fees from his successful catering business in northern Mexico. Four men had forced him into the back of his vehicle at a local park before slicing just under his knees. He spent two weeks in critical condition and sought asylum in Texas as soon as he was able.

    U.S. Navy Bosons mate, Ben Hansen and his wife Jessica, of Edmore, Mich., are photographed in front of the Navy’s newest nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford for the christening Saturday of the ship at the Newport News Shipbuilding in Newport News, Va.

    Navy christens next generation aircraft carrier

    President Ford’s daughter, Susan Bales Ford, is the ship’s sponsor and had the duty of smashing the wine bottle into the ship. In her speech to shipyard workers, Navy personnel and other dignitaries, Bales Ford said she hopes future generations of sailors will understand the integrity her father showed during his years of public service — much as the current crew has honored him. The ship’s motto...

    Bill Bass, 63, transfers the corn he has harvested on acreage near the southern Illinois town of Cobden. Bass is among scores of farmers throughout the region and the rest of the nation’s Corn Belt who in recent years have benefited from pulling millions of acres of farmland out of a federal conservation program and putting it back into corn production, partly to profit from grain prices sent higher by America’s demand for ethanol.

    Producers struggle to make ethanol without corn

    William R. Klesse, chief executive of Valero, which is also the nation’s third-largest corn ethanol producer, wrote to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy in September, saying that cellulosic ethanol production “is still basically nonexistent with only small volumes expected.”

    Martin MacNeill arrives for closing arguments Friday in Provo, Utah.

    Jury finds Utah doctor guilty in wife’s death

    The chief prosecutor, Chad Grunander, said the largely circumstantial case was the most difficult he ever brought to trial and that many prosecutors wouldn’t bother trying, especially with medical examiners unable to produce a finding of homicide.


    Buffalo Grove raises Metra lot parking cost

    The Buffalo Grove village board last week approved an increase in the cost of a bimonthly commuter parking pass for the Metra parking lot at the station on the North Central line. The increase of $10, a 20 percent increase, will bring the fee to $60. It goes into effect in January.

    Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart

    Suburban man charged with threatening Cook County sheriff

    A Franklin Park man has been charged with threatening a public official and cyber stalking following six months of threatening emails to Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart, his office said in a statement released Saturday morning. Steven Cleary, 49, was arrested Friday afternoon. The statement says Dart began receiving emailed death threats in early May.

    George LeClaire/gleclaire@dailyherald.com Ania Sharma, 6, of Lake Barrington, has her photograph taken with Santa Claus as she ask him what she wants for Christmas after Santa arrived by firetruck at Deer Park Town Center Deer Park on Friday, November 8, 2013.

    Santa comes to Deer Park Town Center

    The Stevenson High School Marching Band and a fireworks extravaganza accompanied Santa Claus’ arrival at Deer Park Town Center for the start of the holiday shopping season Friday evening.


    Mundelein home home has $150,000 in damages from fire

    A Mundelein man suffered a minor injury early Saturday morning in a fire caused by fireplace ashes that had been placed in an outside plastic garbage can, officials said. The home suffered $150,000 in damages.


    The shutdown's surprise effect on jobs numbers

    The government shutdown may have affected October's jobs numbers. But not how you think. For weeks, the White House had been bracing for a bad report on hiring. Like pregame analysts ahead of a lopsided sports match, White House economists and aides lowered expectations and blamed October's partial government shutdown for the inevitable bad news to come.

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry walks with European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton before their meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Geneva, Friday Nov. 8, 2013.

    Talks over Iran's disputed nuke program hit a snag

    Iran's refusal to suspend work on a plutonium-producing reactor and downgrade its stockpile of higher-enriched uranium was standing in the way of an interim agreement to curb Tehran's nuclear program in return for easing of sanctions, France's foreign minister said Saturday.

    he beacon and spire of One World Trade Center are lit up, as seen from The Heights neighborhood of Jersey City, N.J., Friday, Nov. 8, 2013. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, who tested the lights on Friday, said the beacon is packed with nearly 300 modules and their glow can be seen for up to 50 miles. The beacon and spire together stand 408 feet tall and bring the building, formerly called the Freedom Tower, to its symbolic height of 1,776 feet. The Durst Organization operates the spire, which will serve broadcasters.

    Spire, beacon of 1 World Trade light up NYC

    Hundreds of red, white and blue LED modules are illuminating lower Manhattan as officials test the lights atop 1 World Trade Center. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said Friday the beacon is packed with nearly 300 modules and their glow can be seen for up to 50 miles.


    Drug dealer gets 9 years in man's heroin death

    The Will County state's attorney says a drug dealer has been sentenced to nine years in prison for providing heroin to a man who later died of an overdose. Authorities say 25-year-old Emerson D. Harris of Bolingbrook pleaded guilty Friday to one count of drug-induced homicide. They say Harris sold heroin to Chad Conley last year.


    Chicago man charged in shooting of 6-year-old boy

    A Chicago man accused of firing gunshots at a car that injured a 6-year-old boy has been charged with attempted murder.


    Illinois doctor's drug case moved to federal court

    A doctor from north-central Illinois is in federal custody on charges of illegally providing patients with prescription painkillers and anti-anxiety drugs.

    Cindy Meger of Geneva shows Dave Younce, coordinator of the Naperville Marathon race expo, her ID Friday during packet pickup for the 26.2- and 13.1-mile races to be held Sunday. Requiring photo identification to pick up packets is one security measure race organizers put in place to keep participants and spectators safe.

    Plan, people in place to protect Naperville marathoners

    The bombings at this April’s Boston Marathon have forever changed security protocols for such events, say those in charge of safety and policing for the marathon taking place this Sunday in Naperville. “Three things have become universal in the wake of Boston,” Naperville police Sgt. Steve Schindlbeck said. “Increased video surveillance; increased use of plainclothes...

    Edward Dolik of Arlington Heights accepts his check for $2,000 after his St. Paddy’s Patty won the Elgin Community College’s fifth annual ECC-Prime BurgerHouse Burger Competition Friday at the Spartan Terrace Restaurant in Elgin.

    Irish-themed burger lucky for ECC culinary student

    In retirement, Ed Dolik has dedicated himself to helping others: Volunteering at the Lutheran Home, a nursing home in his hometown of Arlington Heights, as well as feeding the poor at St. James Cathedral in Chicago. He retired last year at 60 after a long career as a stagehand in Chicago theaters and decided to enter culinary school at Elgin Community College. And on Friday, he entered the final...

    Terry Stroh, head of the science department at Jacobs High School, works with students in the newly renovated greenhouse on the high school’s roof. Stroh and the club cleaned the old greenhouse that the school used for storage.

    Green club at Jacobs H.S. reaping what it sows

    For decades, a greenhouse atop Jacobs High School was a dumping ground for embalmed cats, old television sets and broken equipment. But thanks to a school club, it’s meeting its intended uses of growing plants and enhancing the school’s curriculum. What’s more, the Green Eagles environmental club that renovated the greenhouse pays it forward by growing fruit and vegetable seedlings for the...

    Des Plaines city officials say they hope to persuade McDonald’s officials to keep the museum in town, despite rumors that portions of it could be moved, or the entire site shut down.

    Is the original McDonald’s leaving Des Plaines?

    Des Plaines officials say they’re not only hopeful the iconic McDonald’s Museum remains in town, but that they can persuade the McDonald’s corporation to expand the museum and make it open year-round. The museum, at 400 Lee St., is on the site of Ray Kroc’s first McDonald’s walk-up restaurant, which he opened on April 15, 1955.

    U.S. Navy Master-at-Arms Third Class Danielle Hinchliff and Master-at-Arms Third Class Anna Schnatzmeyer, both of Coastal Riverine Squadron 2, train under the watchful eye of instructor Boatswain’s Mate Second Class Christopher Johnson on a Riverine Assault Boat as they participate in a U.S. Navy Riverine Crewman Course at the Center for Security Forces Learning Site at Camp Lejeune, N.C.

    Women train for Navy Riverine combat jobs

    The military services are struggling to figure out how to move women into battlefront jobs, including infantry, armor and elite commando positions. They are devising updated physical and mental standards — equal for men and women — for thousands of combat jobs and they have until Jan. 1, 2016, to open as many jobs as possible to women, and to explain why if they decide to keep some closed.


    Wheeling's Aldredo Rocha covers his eyes after shaking hands with Edwardsville following the Wildcats' 2-1 loss in the Class 3A boys soccer state championship game Saturday night in Hoffman Estates.

    Edwardsville denies Wheeling in state final

    Edwardsville's high-scoring start broke the hearts of Wheeling's boys soccer team late Saturday night at Hoffman Estates High School. In the last game of the high school season, the Tigers struck for two first-period goals, then fought and defended magnificently the entire second half to defeat the Wildcats 2-1 and capture the Class 3A boys soccer state championship for the second time in program history. Wheeling was making its first appearance in the title game. “It wasn't our night tonight,” said Wheeling coach Ed Uhrik.


    Montini bounces Marian again

    Montini wide receiver Leon Thornton III knew his defensive teammates were ready to atone for their toughest outing of the season. Just one month ago, the Broncos gave up a season-high 35 points but held on to be beat Suburban Christian Blue rival Marian Central by five. Now they were meeting again Saturday night in a Class 5A second-round playoff football game at George Harding Field in Woodstock. This time the Broncos’ starting defense gave up nothing. And in what they hope continues to be an annual rite of passage toward a state title, the four-time defending 5A champions won 40-7 to bounce Marian out of the postseason for the fifth straight season.

    John Starks/jstarks@dailyherald.com Wheeling’s Michael hernandez, foreground, and Alfredo Rocha, fall to the turf as Edwardsville’s Hayden Hessler and Justin Lowry celebrate their 2-1 victory in the Class 3A soccer state championship game Saturday night in Hoffman Estates.

    Images: Wheeling vs. Edwardsville 3A boys soccer championship
    Wheeling matched up against Edwardsville in the 3A boys soccer championship game Saturday in Hoffman Estates.


    Wheaton North completes ‘unbelievable’ comeback

    Wheaton North staged a spectacular second-half come-from-behind effort to defeat Fenwick 32-31 in a Class 7A second-round playoff game on Saturday night in Elmhurst.


    Joliet Catholic steamrolls Kaneland

    It was too much of Joliet Catholic’s Michael Ivlow and not enough of an injured Drew David for Kaneland to advance in the Class 5A quarterfinals.

    Barrington receiver Matt Moran celebrates a touchdown on a pass from quarterback Daniel Kubiuk with less than three minutes left against Warren during the Broncos’ Class 8A playoff victory Saturday in Gurnee.

    Barrington takes advantage at Warren

    Opportunity was knocking in Gurnee on Saturday night. Nate King and his Barrington teammates answered the door more often than Warren did in their 21-13 Class 8A second round playoff win. King, a sophomore running back for the Broncos, might not have even seen the field much had starter Dylan Abel not been out with an injury. But he subbed right in and looked as if he belonged there all along, rolling up 132 yards on 28 carries. King also scored Barrington’s first touchdown.

    Batavia coach Mike DiDomenico is retiring after 34 years of coaching. He brought the Bulldogs to the state meet for the first time in the school’s history on Saturday.

    ‘Sweet’ finish for DiDomenico, Batavia

    PEORIA — The irony was not lost on Mike DiDomenico. There he was, proud coach of Batavia’s boys cross country team, a first-time state team qualifier in his 34th and final year as coach of the Bulldogs, and he had a protective boot on his right foot. The cause: The runner’s woe, a blown Achilles in July. But his team didn’t disappoint him, even after finishing 23rd in the 26-team Class 3A field.


    Stevenson repeats as NSC champs

    For the second straight year, Stevenson showed it does not mind bringing some drama into the North Suburban Conference girls swimming meet. Once again the Patriots trailed Lake Forest by 5 points going into the final event, the 400-yard freestyle relay. And once again, Stevenson ended up with the NSC championship trophy as it won the last race and the meet by a deceptive 338-311 final score when Lake Forest’s 400 relay was disqualified Saturday afternoon at the Patriot Aquatic Center in Lincolnshire. Libertyville took third with 213 and Erin Falconer won the 100 and 200 frees for fourth-place Mundelein.

    Vernon Hills claims their third place Class 2A IHSA cross country state trophy at Detweiller Park in Peoria on Saturday, November 9.

    Images: IHSA boys state cross country finals
    Boys from several suburban schools competed in the IHSA state cross country finals Saturday in Peoria.

    Rolling Meadows player Eddie Cardenas wipes away tears after the loss to Batavia at Rolling Meadows High School on Saturday.

    Images: Batavia vs. Rolling Meadows, Round Two Playoff Football
    The Rollling Meadows High School football team hosted Batavia High School in the second round of the state football playoffs on Saturday, November 9th, in Rolling Meadows.

    Conant's Zach Dale takes fourth place in the Class 3A cross country state final at Detweiller Park in Peoria.

    Junior achievers Dale, Brown sparkle downstate

    Conant junior Zach Dale and Palatine junior Graham Brown came into the season with high expectations. The two didn't disappoint on a picture perfect fall afternoon on Saturday in the Class 3A boys cross country state meet at Detweiller Park.

    Huntley's Keagan Smith takes 16th place in the Class 3A IHSA cross country state finals at Detweiller Park in Peoria on Saturday.

    Huntley's Smith runs to all-state medal

    Huntley junior Keagan Smith came into the cross country season with high expectations, and the Red Raider junior met them on Saturday in the Class 3A boys state race at Detweiller Park. Smith attacked the second mile then held on in the final mile to secure Huntley's first boys cross country state medal with a 16th place finish, crossing the finish line in 14:55. “I felt a state medal was definitely in reach at the start of the season,” said Smith, who was making his second state appearance. “But a 16th place finish is little higher than I thought. It's a great feeling.”

    Vernon Hills claims its third-place Class 2A state trophy at Detweiller Park in Peoria on Saturday.

    Whitney, Williamson lead Vernon Hills' trophy effort

    It went down to the wire for the team trophies trophies Saturday afternoon in the Class 2A boys cross country state meet. And in the case of No. 3-ranked Vernon Hills, the seeds held up exactly as planned as the Cougars brought home the third-place hardware at historic Detweiller Park in Peoria. Unheralded Yorkville had just enough speed and depth on the 3-mile course to capture the championship of the super-close 27-team meet with 119 points while second-ranked Illiana Christian barely nipped the Cougars 134-136 for runner-up honors. Vernon Hills' push for a trophy was led by senior standout Kyle Whitney with a season-best, eighth-place time of 15:05. Freshman teammate Shane Williamson made the most of his first appearance downstate with a 27th-place finish, just missing the all-state (top 25) team.

    Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford watches as defenseman Brent Seabrook gets tangled up with Shawn Horcoff of the Stars during the second period Saturday in Dallas, Texas.

    Hawks torrid top line thumps Stars

    It was another huge night for the Blackhawks’ top line of Jonathan Toews, Marian Hossa and Patrick Sharp.With Hossa scoring twice, Toews once and Sharp dishing out 4 assists, the Hawks rolled over Dallas 5-2 at American Airlines Center on Saturday. Corey Crawford was big again with 31 saves as the Hawks improved to 11-2-4 with the win.

    Glenbard South's John Wold accepts his medal for taking first place in the Class 2A IHSA cross country state final at Detweiller Park in Peoria on Saturday, November 9.

    Glenbard South's Wold repeats his state feat

    John Wold was running against the field on Saturday in the Class 2A cross country championship, but he also had another foe. Expectations. The Glenbard South senior's expectations for a better time than last year's Class 2A record of 14:16 at Detweiller Park and another dominating performance.


    Lincoln-Way West ends Glenbard South’s season

    When Glenbard South’s defense held a driving Lincoln-Way West to a field goal just 73 seconds before halftime Saturday afternoon in Glen Ellyn, it seemed the Raiders would be in fair shape heading into halftime, trailing by two touchdowns.

    Buffalo Grove's Kaitlyn Ko (1798) and Glenbard West's Lisa Luczak battle to the finish line in the Class 3A state finals at Detweiller Park in Peoria on Saturday.

    Palatine's O'Brien 6th as Pirates take 4th at Detweiller

    Palatine came into the Class 3A girls cross country state meet with dreams of securing a state trophy, but the pursuit turned out be elusive for the Pirates. Barely. Despite the efforts of sophomore Kelly O'Brien, who finished sixth, Palatine came up one place short of its goal. The Pirates placed with 214 points on an ideal Saturday afternoon at Detweiller Park in Peoria.

    St. Charles North's Ashley England finished 11th place in the Class 3A cross country state finals at Detweiller Park in Peoria on Saturday.

    Kaneland takes 5th in Class 2A

    PEORIA – It was the worst time to have a bad fall in a race, and it happened to Kaneland's Victoria Clinton earlier this year. The defending Class 2A champion was able to get back on the course following her hip injury, but she couldn't do for Kaneland this season, and especially Saturday in the state 2A championship race, what she had hoped to do.

    Lake Zurich's Kristie Houghton (1580) and Wheaton Warrenville South's Natalia Boettcher (7134) compete in the Class 3A cross country state finals at Detweiller Park in Peoria on Saturday.

    Vernon Hills savors first trophy finish

    The Vernon Hills girls cross country team was ranked fifth heading into the Class 2A state meet Saturday morning, but many figured the Cougars' squad was capable of bringing home one of the top three trophies. And Vernon Hills' outstanding pack and depth was not to be denied on this early November day on the historic 3-mile Detweiller Park course. The Cougars ended up locking up the third place trophy rather comfortably, finishing at 181 to top fourth-place Marengo at 231. Yorkville pulled off a team championship three-peat with a winning score of 104 points to outdistance runner-up Glenbard South with 130 points.

    Jacobs' Lauren Van Vlierbergen takes fourth place in the Class 3A IHSA cross country state finals at Detweiller Park in Peoria on Saturday.

    Another step forward for Jacobs' Van Vlierbergen

    Jacobs junior Lauren Van Vlierbergen has shown she is talented and tough. On Saturday at the Class 3A girls state cross country meet she put both together. Van Vlierbergen got off to a great start, hung tight in top four in the second mile, then held off a strong challenge from Oak Park-River Forest freshman Mary Blankemeier at the finish to take fourth place in a time of 17:07 at Detweiller Park in Peoria.

    Glenbard West's Madeline Perez carries the team's Class 3A first place trophy at the IHSA cross country state finals at Detweiller Park in Peoria on Saturday, November 9.

    Perez leads Glenbard West 'wolfpack' to state title

    It was easy to feel great on Saturday after finishing third if you were Madeline Perez. There was this little thing called the Class 3A championship that you, a senior, led your Glenbard West Hilltoppers to at the same time.

    Batavia's Anthony Scaccia eludes Rolling Meadows' Peyton Dezonna for a third-quarter touchdown in Class 6A playoff action at Rolling Meadows on Saturday.

    Confident Batavia ousts Rolling Meadows

    Batavia loves fourth down. The Bulldogs converted 3 of them Saturday night in Rolling Meadows, two of which led to touchdowns as the Bulldogs bounced the Mustangs 48-13 in the Class 6A playoffs on Saturday night. Batavia will host Lake Forest in a state quarterfinal matchup next weekend; the date and time will be announced Monday. “We are aggressive,” Batavia coach Dennis Piron said. “We will go for it. Our kids are smart. They listen and are coachable, and they are playmakers.”


    Oswego pulls reverse on Waubonsie Valley

    The way Waubonsie Valley football coach Paul Murphy put it, his team’s last game against Oswego nine weeks ago was a “season ago.”

    Neuqua Valley’s TJ Scruggs picks up yardage against Simeon Saturday night during the Wildcats’ Class 8A playoff win.

    Maclin comes through for Neuqua Valley

    Until very late in Saturday night’s 27-20 Neuqua Valley win over visiting Simeon in the second round of the Class 8A playoffs, most of the Wildcats’ points came from special-teams play. But when Neuqua got the ball back with 2:40 to play on its own 37, it needed a dose of offense and it needed it bad. Enter senior wide receiver Jordan Maclin. On the second play of the drive, quarterback Broc Rutter found Maclin open and tossed the football to him. Maclin grabbed the ball and tried to drag a Simeon defender hanging on to him farther downfield, but he was brought down at the Wolverines’ 12, a gain of 51 yards.Running back T.J. Scruggs, who led the Wildcats’ offense with 123 yards on 22 carries, then ran the ball three straight times before taking it in from the 2 with 32.7 seconds left in the game. Ryan Kuhl’s extra point made it 27-20. Simeon fumbled on the ensuing kickoff and Neuqua ate the rest of the clock to improve to 10-1 and face Naperville Central in the quarterfinals.

    Aurora Central Catholic’s Karina Liz nears the finish line to take 59th place in the Class 1A IHSA cross country state final at Detweiller Park in Peoria on Saturday, November 9.

    Images: IHSA girls state cross country finals
    Girls from several suburban schools competed in the IHSA state cross country finals Saturday in Peoria.

    Northwestern head coach Chris Collins consistently barked out instructions to his team during the game against Eastern Illinois University Saturday in Evanston. Northwestern won 72-55.

    Collins coaches Northwestern to win in debut

    Chris Collins won his coaching debut for Northwestern as Drew Crawford scored 25 points to help the Wildcats beat Eastern Illinois 72-55 in their season opener on Saturday. Clapping his hands at times and consistently barking out instructions, Collins was a ball of energy while standing in front of the Northwestern bench for most of the night.


    Aurora Christian crushes Oregon

    Oregon’s offense opened Saturday night’s Class 3A quarterfinal at Aurora Christian with an 18-play, 73-yard touchdown drive, converting a pair of fourth downs and taking nine minutes and 22 seconds off the clock. Too bad the Hawks couldn’t have figured out a way to take 24 minutes off the clock. Because once Aurora Christian’s offense got its hands on the ball, all the Eagles did was put it in the end zone. Quickly. Eagles quarterback Austin Bray matched the Hawks’ opening drive with a 3-yard touchdown run just two minutes later. Aurora Christian’s first team offense scored touchdowns on all seven of its possessions, opening a 49-7 lead early in the third quarter on their way to a 49-20 victory.


    Wolves rally to sweep Checkers

    The Chicago Wolves completed a two-game sweep of the Charlotte Checkers with a 2-1 victory Saturday night at the Time Warner Cable Arena.Defenseman Evan Oberg and right wing Mike Davies score for the Wolves, who netted a pair of unanswered goals in the second period to overcome an early deficit. Goaltender Jake Allen (6-3-1) saved 27 shots to record the win.


    Experienced New Trier denies Geneva

    During the postseason, Geneva’s volleyball team turned away strong competition from the likes of Batavia, Glenbard West and St. Charles North on the way to its first-ever sectional championship. On Saturday, the Vikings (29-10) ran into an immovable object in the form of New Trier (31-2). The defending state runner-up Trevians punched their second straight ticket downstate with a 25-19, 25-21 Class 4A supersectional victory at St. Charles East.


    Blackhawks game day


    The Bulls’ Derrick Rose leads the NBA with 5 turnovers per game.

    Bulls too generous with turnovers

    Even after rolling past Utah on Friday, one glaring problem remains for the Bulls. They're committing too many turnovers, including 21 against the Jazz. Derrick Rose leads the league in giveaways.

    Cary-Grove’s Jason Gregoire (12) consoles teammate Emerson Kersten (50) after their loss to Rockford Boylan Saturday in Cary.

    Mistakes cost Cary-Grove chance at upset

    Undefeated Rockford Boylan was ripe to be upset in Saturday’s Class 6A second-round matchup, but No. 9 Cary-Grove didn’t play the perfect game it needed to play in order to knock off the talented No. 1 seed. Two Cary-Grove passes were tipped by Boylan defenders at the line of scrimmage and intercepted, and the Trojans fumbled away another possession in the second half. They missed connecting on 6 pass attempts of 20 or more yards and they committed 7 penalties for 50 yards, including a pair of costly, second-half encroachment flags that resulted in first downs. In fact, Boylan (11-0) sealed its 17-10 victory when Cary-Grove’s defensive linemen jumped the count on fourth-and-1 at their own 23-yard line with 1:28 to play. The Titans subsequently ran out the clock to advance to the quarterfinals against Prairie Ridge (7-4), which defeated Marmion 21-20. The loss denied Cary-Grove (7-4) a quarterfinal berth for only the third time in 10 seasons.

    Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane, left, celebrates his goal with defenseman Duncan Keith (2) during Saturday’s game against the Dallas Stars. The Hawks won 5-2.

    Hawks defeat Dallas 5-2

    Marian Hossa scored two goals and the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Dallas Stars 5-2 Saturday night. Patrick Sharp assisted on the first four goals for Chicago. Patrick Kane added a power-play goal and Niklas Hjalmarsson had a short-handed empty-net goal and Jonathan Toews also scored for Chicago.

    Neuqua Valley’s Mikey Dudek gets past Simeon’s Karlin Entoe Saturday’s football playoff game.

    Images: Simeon vs. Neuqua Valley IHSA round two football playoffs.
    Neuqua Valley hosted Simeon Saturday night for IHSA second round playoff football.

    Stevenson’s Cameron Green celebrates the Patriots’ 20-16 win over Glenbard North in the Class 8A playoffs Saturday.

    Resilient Stevenson stuns Glenbard North

    It’s difficult to remember a time this season when Stevenson’s football team didn’t have to deal with some type of adversity. It’s even tougher to imagine any of it slowing down the Patriots at this point. Playing without two-way Michigan State-bound standout Matt Morrissey, who pulled a hamstring in practice early in the week, Stevenson still managed to hold on for a 20-16 victory over Glenbard North in Saturday’s second-round Class 8A playoff game in Carol Stream.


    Crystal Lake South dominates Lake Zurich

    When the Crystal Lake South girls volleyball team met for the first time in August, the Gators set lofty goals for the 2013 season. The main goal was to advance to the state finals for the first time in 17 years. Three months later that dream is reality. In convincing fashion, the Gators claimed the Class 4A Huntley supersectional, defeating Lake Zurich 25-18, 25-18 Saturday night to move to the state finals for the first time since 1996.


    Lake Zurich returns to quarterfinals

    Months before Colton Wagner provided a pair of highlights Saturday — 2 touchdown catches covering 12 yards each — in Saturday’s Class 7A second-round state playoff game against Rockton Hononegah, the Lake Zurich linebacker watched highlights of LZ Bears football. That was this summer when, uncertain whether to play football his senior year after blowing out his knee his junior year, he was handed a highlight video made by a couple of assistant coaches. The package included Wagner sacking a quarterback last season. “That brought back some good memories,” Wagner said. “That threw me over the top right there. It’s just hard to say no after watching that.” Yes, Lake Zurich is glad Wagner said yes. The part-time tight end was one of the heroes in top-seeded Lake Zurich’s 20-0 win over No. 8 Hononegah.

    Cary-Grove's Matt Sutherland (20) breaks a run to the outside getting around Boylan Catholic's Steven Hewett (31) during Saturday's game in Cary.

    Images: Cary-Grove vs. Rockford Boylan playoff football
    Cary-Grove hosted Rockford Boylan in second-round football playoff action Saturday in Cary.

    Barrington’s Matt Moran celebrates a game-winning touchdown against Warren Saturday in Gurnee.

    Images: Warren vs. Barrington football
    The Warren Blue Devils hosted the Barrington Broncos for Class 8A football playoff action on Saturday, Nov. 9 in Gurnee.


    Wheaton Academy takes fourth

    Wheaton Academy did not want to play for third place Saturday morning. Rather, the Warriors expected to being taking the field with a Class 2A title on the line.


    Naperville Central edges Lake Park for third place

    Third-place games can sometimes be dull, anti-climactic affairs, two teams just going through the motions, disappointed not to be playing two hours later. Lake Park and Naperville Central turned that notion on its head Saturday night at Hoffman Estates.

    Stevenson’s Cameron Green celebrates a 20-16 win.

    Images: Stevenson vs Glenbard North, Round Two Football Playoffs
    Glenbard North hosted Stevenson Saturday, Nov. 9 for second round IHSA football playoff action in Carol Stream.


    Keith Country Day ends it for Harvest Christian again

    Harvest Christian senior star Sydney Doby saw her brilliant high-school volleyball career end Saturday night. She was disappointed, but was even “more mad.” The Lions lost in the supersectional for the third consecutive season and for the second straight year lost to Keith Country Day. This time it was a 25-13, 25-18 victory for the defending state champion Cougars in the Class 1A Westminster Christian supersectional.

    Bears center Roberto Garza (63) is the only remaining starter from last year's offensive line. Rookie guard Kyle Long (75), rookie tackle Jordan Mills and free agents Jermon Bushrod and Matt Slausen have teamed with Garza to turn around a unit that struggled to keep pass rushers away from Jay Cutler in past years.

    Bears' O-line comes of age in a hurry
    The rapid improvement of the Bears' rebuilt offensive line has been stunning, especially when it comes to protecting the quarterback and playing with discipline, two qualities that have been absent in recent years.“I think it just shows how locked in we are every week,” left guard Matt Slauson of Mills, rookie right guard Kyle Long, LT Jermon Bushrod and center Roberto Garza.

    Indiana’s D’Angelo Roberts (20) fumbles the ball as he is hit by Illinois’ Earnest Thomas III (9) during Saturday’s game in Bloomington. The Hoosiers beat the Illini 52-35.

    Illinois loses to Indy 52-35

    Cody Latimer set career highs with 11 catches and 189 yards receiving and hauled in three touchdowns as Indiana defeated Illinois 52-35 on Saturday. The Hoosiers (4-5, 2-3 Big Ten) snapped a three-game skid, while Illinois (3-6, 0-5) extended its school-record conference losing streak to 19 games.


    Smith, Schaumburg steadily pull away

    When you have a quarterback like Stacey Smith, there is never a need to panic. Steady was the course for Schaumburg as it faced St. Patrick at Chicago’s Hanson Stadium in the second round of the Class 7A football playoffs on Saturday afternooon. The second-seeded Saxons found themselves trailing the host Shamrocks 10-0 in the second quarter when things began to change. St. Patrick had been consuming much of the clock for the first quarter and a half. But when the Shamrocks were forced to punt from the 50 and Schaumburg took over at its own 13, Smith and company calmly went to work. The Saxons drove 87 yards in 10 plays and scored on the first of 5 touchdowns by Smith in a 42-24 victory over St. Patrick.

    David Bass and Landon Cohen bring down Saints quarterback Drew Brees in the third quarter of New Orleans’ 26-18 victory at Soldier Field earlier this season. Bass will likely start today for the injured Shea McClellin.

    Bears’ Bass hoping to reel in first sack vs. Lions

    David Bass has taken a huge step from Division-II Missouri Western State to the NFL, and he could be in the starting lineup today against the Lions. “Oh, it’s a very big step,” the 6-foot-4, 256-pound Bass said. “But I’ve heard guys that came from bigger schools say it’s still a huge step up, the intensity and the speed of the game. Everybody here is physically strong and fast.

    Wisconsin fans celebrate with Wisconsin wide receiver Isaac Anderson (6) and quarterback Scott Tolzien (16) after Wisconsin upset No. 1 Ohio State 31-18 in an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 16, 2010, in Madison, Wis.

    If Wallace goes down, Tolzien’s ready
    With Aaron Rodgers out with a broken collarbone, the Green Bay Packers stayed in-house to bolster their QB depth chart, promoting Fremd’s Scott Tolzien from the practice squad to back up Seneca Wallace on Sunday against Philadelphia. Mike Wilkening has more on Tolzien in his NFL tracker report.


    Prairie Ridge has Marmion’s number again

    Failing to produce a first down while falling behind 14-0 at halftime, Marmion’s football team regrouped in a big way in the second half. Senior quarterback Brock Krueger’s 4-yard touchdown run with 1:57 remaining capped a 5-play, 64-yard drive that gave the Cadets (8-3) a 20-14 lead over Prairie Ridge in Saturday’s Class 6A second-round playoff clash. The Cadets’ first lead of the game was short-lived, however, as the Wolves (7-4) marched 60 yards in 4 plays to tie the game on quarterback Brett Covalt’s 28-yard TD pass to Danny Meikel with 59.2 seconds left. Junior Chris Eschweiler delivered the all-important PAT kick and the Wolves escaped with a 21-20 triumph in Crystal Lake.

    Wisconsin’s James White, center, celebrates a touchdown run with teammates Rob Havenstein (78) and Jacob Pedersen (48) during Saturday’s game against Brigham Young in Madison.

    White has 3 TDs, No. 21 Badgers ground BYU 27-17

    James White ran for two touchdowns and caught a pass for another score, and No. 21 Wisconsin stalled BYU’s fast-paced offense in a 27-17 victory Saturday. White finished with 147 yards rushing, while Chris Borland looked just fine coming back from a hamstring injury in flying around the field for 13 tackles and two sacks for the Badgers (7-2).


    Glenbard West outruns Conant

    Glenbard West football coach Chad Hetlet has a standard figure in mind for every running play his team runs. “Coach says ‘5 yards a pop,’ ” senior running back Scott Andrews said. “And with the way our O-line blocked for all of us backs, we were able to do that.” Actually, the Hilltoppers ended up exceeding Hetlet’s yards-per-rush goal. Glenbard West averaged just over 8 yards on its 53 rushing plays Saturday in rolling past Conant 34-7 in the second round of the Class 7A playoffs. Glenbard West (10-1) will play another Mid-Suburban West foe next Saturday as Schaumburg will host their quarterfinal matchup.

    Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah (8) rushes into coverage by Michigan safety Josh Furman (14) during Saturday’s game in Ann Arbor, Mich. The Huskers beat the Wolverines 17-13.

    Nebraska beats Michigan 17-13 on another late TD

    Tommy Armstrong Jr. threw a left-handed, 5-yard shovel pass to Ameer Abdullah for a go-ahead touchdown with 2:03 left and Nebraska’s defense made enough stops to seal a 17-13 win over Michigan on Saturday. The Cornhuskers (7-2, 4-1 Big Ten) kept their chances alive of returning to the conference championship game. Nebraska can move a big step closer to its goal by beating Legends Division-leading Michigan State next Saturday at home.


    DePaul rolls to 96-58 win over Grambling State

    Freshman Tommy Hamilton IV scored 16 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in his college debut to help the DePaul Blue Demons to a 96-58 victory over Grambling State in their season-opener at McGrath-Phillips Arena on Saturday. Senior Cleveland Melvin poured in a team-high 17 points, knocking down all five of his 3-point attempts.


    Cary-Grove snares FVC title

    Cary-Grove’s Becca Elrod won two events and the Trojans took home seven medals Saturday to win the Fox Valley Conference girls swimming meet at Woodstock North.Elrod won the 200-yard individual medley in a time of 2:14.05 and the 500 freestyle in 5:20.92 as Cary-Grove scored 247 points. The Jacobs/Hampshire co-op was second with 218 points and Huntley third with 191.Other winners for Cary-Grove included Ashlyn Baker in the 200 free (2:00.91), Hannah Weber in the 50 free (25.29) and Melissa Rose in the breaststroke (1:05.91). The Trojans also won the 200 free relay in 1:44.26 and the 400 free relay in 3:45.05.The Jacobs/Hampshire co-op set a conference record in the 200 medley relay, recording a time of 1:53.48. Team members were Jacqueline O’Connor, Erin Jameson, Sydney Erickson and Nicole Sanchez, who also won the 100 free in a time of 55.23.One other conference record was set, that by McHenry’s Michaela Matthys, who swam the 100 butterfly in 58.76.IHSA sectional meets are next Saturday.

    Miami Dolphins coach Joe Philbin talks to the media during a news conference after practice at the Dolphins training center in Davie, Fla., Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013. NFL officials launched an investigation to try and determine who knew what and when about the troubled relationship between offensive lineman Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

    Dolphins mum on harrassment case

    The latest allegations from tackle Jonathan Martin went mostly unanswered Saturday by the Miami Dolphins, weary of fending off questions about the harassment case that has rocked the franchise.“I’m not going to give you nothing,” offensive lineman Nate Garner told a throng of reporters in a genial tone.

    Iowa wide receiver Kevonte Martin-Manley (11) celebrates with tight end Ray Hamilton, right, and offensive linesman Brandon Scherff after scoring a touchdown against Purdue during the first half of an NCAA college football game in West Lafayette, Ind., Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

    Canzeri leads Iowa to 38-14 win over Purdue

    Iowa’s players and coaches vividly recalled the empty feeling of being home for the holidays a year ago.With an opportunity to avoid repeating that scenario, the Hawkeyes seized the moment. Jordan Canzeri ran for a career-high 165 yards on 20 carries to help Iowa defeat the Purdue Boilermakers 38-14 and become bowl eligible on Saturday afternoon.

    Minnesota tight end Maxx Williams (88) and Donovahn Jones (4) celebrate Williams' touchdown during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game against Penn State in Minneapolis, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

    Minnesota beats PSU 24-10 for 4th straight win

    David Cobb carried 27 times for 139 yards and a touchdown, and Minnesota held Penn State scoreless over the final 33-plus minutes to grind out a 24-10 victory on Saturday, the fourth in a row for the Golden Gophers.

    Minnesota Vikings' Jerome Simpson, left, John Sullivan (65) and Matt Kalil (75) celebrate the touchdown run by Christian Ponder, second from left, in the first half of an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys, Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    Vikings WR Simpson arrested on suspicion of DWI

    Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Jerome Simpson was released from jail Saturday on $12,000 bond, about seven hours after he was arrested overnight on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.

    Former major league baseball All-Star Jose Offerman leaves court in Bridgeport, Conn., where he pleaded not guilty to charges that he attacked a pitcher and catcher with his bat during a minor league game.

    Ex-major leaguer Offerman missing amid attack suit

    As a federal lawsuit over the attack heads to trial, the attorney for the journeyman catcher whose career was ended with a swing of Jose Offerman’s bat doesn’t know where the two-time All-Star is — and doesn’t expect him to show up for court.



    Stroh seeks pension aid for 3,000 brewery retirees

    The plan has $140 million in assets but $180 million in liabilities. Stroh believes pensions won’t be cut if assumed by the government because they are less than the annual cap now set by the agency.

    Environmentalist Craig Cox looks at a corn field near Ames, Iowa. The government’s predictions of ethanol’s benefits have proven so inaccurate that independent scientists question whether it will ever achieve its sole environmental goal: reducing greenhouse gases.

    Cellulosic was the biofuel of the future. What happened?

    Five years ago, about a dozen companies were racing to start up distilleries that would produce enough cellulosic ethanol to meet the congressionally mandated target of 16 billion gallons a year by 2022. Today, most of the dozen contenders have gone out of business or shelved their plans.

    Seven years after co-founder Jack Dorsey sent the first tweet through the online messaging service, more than 500 million posts are shared each day by everyone from the Dalai Lama to Justin Bieber.

    Reading between the tweets, with psychology

    An emerging industry of companies are helping businesses churn through thousands of Facebook and Twitter posts to better understand what customers really think. Some rely on linguistic algorithms, while others try to blend in a bit of psychology and more.

    The G2 and the G Pad 8.3, the flagship smartphone and tablet from LG Electronics Inc., are great mobile devices that have fantastic screens, top-end cameras and ample processing power. But making solid devices is not enough to stand apart from the crowd in the ultracompetitive mobile phone market, which probably pushed LG to make some bold design decisions in a bid to differentiate its G series from Samsungís Galaxy line and Appleís iPad mini.

    Review: LG tablet has phone alerts, multitasking

    The new LG G Pad 8.3 has a screen that measures — surprise — 8.3 inches diagonally. With a screen resolution of 1,920 pixels by 1,200 pixels, it’s enough for high-definition video. It goes on sale in the U.S. starting Sunday for $350 — cheaper than the new iPad Mini, which will start at $399 when it comes out later in November.


    Google surge to $1,000 a share spurs biggest U.S. office leases

    Google, owner of the world’s most popular search engine, is also a dominant real estate deal maker that’s expanding its office space while nationwide demand from more traditional tenants wanes. The company signed the year’s biggest leases in California’s Silicon Valley and San Francisco and agreed to a fourfold jump of its space in Chicago, according to brokerage Cushman & Wakefield Inc.

    Ted Sarandos, chief content officer of Netflix Inc., speaks with attendees Monday during The Business of Entertainment event in West Hollywood, California. Netflix Inc., the world’s largest streaming subscription service, is evaluating potential film projects and suggested its programming budget would increase if the company expands into original movies.

    Netflix’s Sarandos says company is eyeing film projects

    Netflix Inc., the world’s largest streaming subscription service, is evaluating potential film projects and suggested its programming budget would increase if the company expands into original movies. “We’re keeping our minds wide open in terms of what these projects will look like,” Ted Sarandos, chief content officer, said today at “The Business of Entertainment” event in Los Angeles, sponsored by Bloomberg and the Tribeca Film Festival.

    Waning appeal in parts of Asia, once the fastest growing market for Twitter shows the challenge the social network, which revolves around users posting 140-character messages online, faces in keeping overseas users engaged. And in generating enough advertising to be profitable. “In South Korea and Japan, open type social networking services like Twitter and Facebook are losing steam,” said Justin Lee, an analyst of mobile messengers and games at BNP Paribas.

    Twitter appeal wanes in parts of Asia

    Waning appeal in parts of Asia, once the fastest growing market for Twitter shows the challenge the social network, which revolves around users posting 140-character messages online, faces in keeping overseas users engaged. And in generating enough advertising to be profitable. “In South Korea and Japan, open type social networking services like Twitter and Facebook are losing steam,” said Justin Lee, an analyst of mobile messengers and games at BNP Paribas.

    Google has learned a lesson that Microsoft Corp. absorbed the hard way, when neglect of Washington in the 1990s preceded an antitrust lawsuit. The company is moving its Washington office closer to Capitol Hill after spending $18.2 million on lobbying.

    Google’s increased lobbying efforts enters spy debate

    Google Inc. is moving its Washington office closer to Capitol Hill after spending $18.2 million on lobbying, more than Northrop Grumman Corp. and enough to rank the technology company as the eighth-biggest advocacy spender. “Google has put itself in the position of being heard when they need to be heard,” Jeffrey Birnbaum, president of BGR Public Relations, a Washington-based media strategy firm, said in an interview.

    Facebook said it will beef up efforts to curb bullying on its site as police, parents and educators sound greater alarm over the unmonitored and sometimes dangerous interactions among teens on social media networks.

    Facebook steps up efforts to curb bullying on its site

    Facebook said it will beef up efforts to curb bullying on its site starting Wednesday as police, parents and educators sound greater alarm over the unmonitored and sometimes dangerous interactions among teens on social media networks.The company will make it easier for teens to contact an adult on the site when they feel bullied, and it will release talking points and guides for teens, parents and educators to deal with harassment.But the anti-bullying effort does not apply to Instagram, Facebook’s popular photo-sharing mobile devices application that has been embraced by many youth, even some under the minimum entry age of 13.Privacy and child advocates have called for greater attention to safety on Instagram and have criticized Facebook for having separate guidelines for the two sites. Harsh comments, threats and embarrassing photos shared on Instagram have spurred a greater number of bullying incidents across the country, according to law enforcement officials and educators.The company said the two businesses function differently. The new Bullying Prevention Hub has been developed specifically for Facebook, and Instagram has its own policies for youth privacy and safety, the Silicon Valley firm said.“Rather than simply focus on awareness of this information, we’re putting it at people’s fingertips at the moment they need it most,” Facebook wrote in a blog announcing the effort.A teen distressed by a comment, photo or video on Facebook can press a button to anonymously report the content as abusive. Facebook also will make it easy for the teen to connect to an adult within the youth’s network of friends when he or she is being bullied.For teens, the company recommends: “It’s best to not approach the person who bullied you when you are upset. If you feel it is safe to talk to the person who bullied you, you might want to do so with a trusted friend or adult. Remember, bullying behavior is unacceptable and you have the right to stand up for yourself.”Parents are given talking points such as: “I’m so sorry this happened to you, and I’m glad you told me. Can you tell me more about what happened and how you are feeling?”The guides may seem basic, but can help foster trust between adults and youth, experts say. Teens often don’t report bullying to a parent because they are afraid the adult will overreact and exacerbate the problem, experts say.

    To begin your presence on Twitter, you first need an account, which is free. Go to Twitter.com or its mobile app to create one. Pick a username, or handle, which is how people will refer to you.

    Tech Tips: Getting started with Twitter

    With Twitter in the news because of a public stock offering, you might be deciding it’s finally time to start tweeting. But what exactly is Twitter, a tweet and the etiquette for using the popular communication tool? Here are the basics.

    Bloomberg The Nexus phones are flagship devices made to Google’s specifications and designed to introduce new versions of the company’s Android operating system.

    Review: Google takes small steps with Nexus 5, KitKat

    The Nexus 5 is the first device to run Android 4.4, dubbed “KitKat” in the company’s sweet-treat naming system, and the two make for a pleasant if not dazzling combination. As with last year’s Nexus 4, Google has turned to LG Electronics to manufacture the phone, which is handsome in a generic sort of way.

    The ‘’Angry Birds’’ mobile-phone game, designed by Rovio Mobile, on an Apple iPhone 4. A tablet computer developed by North Korea features the popular game, but the developers of the internationally popular app say they have nothing to do with it.

    North Korea may have pirated Angry Birds

    You can play Angry Birds on North Korea’s Samjiyon tablet — but the developers of the internationally popular app say they have nothing to do with it. A spokesman for the developer said via email: “Angry Birds Rio has not been localized into Korean, and Rovio Entertainment has no affiliation with the version of the game being shown on the Samjiyon tablet.”

    The My Fitness Pal app helps you manage holiday calorie intake and keeps tabs on exercise.

    App reviews: My Fitness Pal, BuyVia

    Whether you’re trying to get ahead of a little holiday weight gain or just interested in keeping better track of what you’re eating, My Fitness Pal is an easy, yet robust app that should help you with your goals. BuyVia, a shopping and deal-tracking app, has recently expanded out of its core focus of finding the best tech deals to a range of different products including fashion and household goods.

    Jeff Bezos, CEO and founder of Amazon, at the introduction of the new Amazon Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Paperwhite personal devices, in Santa Monica, Calif. On the heels of Apple’s new, lighter iPad, Amazon has come out with a full-size tablet that weighs even less yet sports a sharper display and a lower price tag.

    Review: New Kindle is strong challenge to iPad Air

    On the heels of Apple’s new, lighter iPad, Amazon has come out with a full-size tablet that weighs even less yet sports a sharper display and a lower price tag. Although Amazon’s Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 hasn’t received as much attention as the iPad Air, it is emerging as the strongest challenger yet to Apple’s device.


    Help pinpoint a heater problem by understanding the symptoms

    Most of us have probably turned the heater in our cars on at some point over the last couple of weeks. It’s very possible that heater did not work the way it should. Here are some of the various problems we have seen with heater systems on some of the cars brought in to see us.

Life & Entertainment

    Miss Universe 2013 Gabriela Isler from Venezuela smiles during the media conference Sunday after winning the 2013 Miss Universe pageant in Moscow, Russia.

    Venezuela churning out beauty queens amid crisis

    For most Venezuelans, these are trying times. Inflation is running at a two-decade high, salaries are being corroded by a plunging currency and basic goods like milk and toilet paper are in short supply. But even as the economy shows signs of imploding, the country still churns out beauty, as evidenced by Maria Gabriela Isler’s pocketing Saturday of the country’s third Miss Universe title in six years.

    Learn about poet Carl Sandburg at the Elmhurst Historical Museum exhibit, opening this weekend.

    Weekend picks: Carl Sandburg, 'Nutcracker'

    Where did Chicago get the nickname "The City of Big Shoulders"? Find out about poet Carl Sandburg at the Elmhurst Historical Museum Saturday. Marriott Theatre gets a jump on the holiday season with its production of "The Nutcracker" for young audiences. Carlos Mencia brings his standup routine to the Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg. And the Wheels Rallye Team hosts the Great Turkey Hunt road rallye Saturday night.

    Heat lamps keep the outdoor patio at Libertyville's Casa Bonita Mexican Restaurant and Tequila Bar busy all year.

    Outdoor dining in this weather? Heated bar and restaurant patios make it possible

    If you didn't get your fill of outdoor dining and drinking during summer, you don't need to wait for the weather to warm up. Some local spots have gotten creative using fireplaces, heaters and glass enclosures to extend their patio season into winter. “We wanted to carry on a little bit longer, so we tried the hanging heaters,” said co-owner Pat Patterson of Casa Bonita Mexican Restaurant and Tequila Bar in Libertyville. “It's just nice to still get the outdoor feeling during the winter rather than being closed in.”

    “Kyleigh, Boulder, Colorado”

    Dark and moody collodion photos make a comeback

    Frustrated by the ease at which digital photos can be taken and doctored, some artists are kicking it old school: They’ve revived wet plate collodion photography, a medium invented and popular during the mid-1800s. Complicated, cumbersome and potentially hazardous, the collodion process uses raw chemicals in a race against the clock. And that’s why collodion photographers love it so.

    Angelo Lutz at his newly expanded restaurant, The Kitchen Consigliere, in Collingswood, N.J. Former Philly mob associate Lutz, who served several years in prison for racketeering and extortion, has turned to crowdfunding to raise money to expand his restaurant after he said he was unable to obtain a loan from a bank as a convicted felon.

    Convicted mobster hoping for a hit with NJ eatery

    When he was on trial for racketeering, Angelo Lutz denied the mob’s existence, but now he’s using his past in organized crime to promote his new restaurant, the Kitchen Consigliere. The sign out front echoes the logo for “The Godfather” but with a chef’s hat. A mural on one wall puts Lutz, also known as Fat Ange, at a table with famous gangsters, both real (John Gotti) and fictional (Tony Soprano). Sconces to hold lights look like 9 mm handguns.

    Baby bottle starter kits, ranging in price from $2.87 to $15.69, from left to right: Parentís Choice Slow Flow; NUK Orthodontic Bottles and Avent Natural.

    Making the right baby bottle choice

    With so many choices in baby bottles, it can be hard for new parents to know whether a basic model will suffice or if they need all the bells and whistles of a higher-end bottle. Experts on baby products tell parents what they should look for when choosing a bottle for their child, and how to keep the bottles and nipples clean.

    Newt Gingrich and his wife, Callista, will be signing copies of their books at Anderson’s Bookshop in Downers Grove.

    Book notes: Anderson’s hosts Newt and Callista Gingrich
    Meet former speaker of the House Newt Gingrich as he signs copies of his new book "Breakout," and his wife Callista Gingrich, as she signs copies of her children's book "Yankee Doodle Dandy" at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11, at Anderson's Bookshop in Downers Grove.

    Adler Planetarium’s Season of Wonder features a sky show, special holiday events for families and a chance to get inside The World’s Largest Snow Globe from Nov. 15-Jan. 5.

    On the road: Adler ready to open Winter Sky Live

    The Season of Wonder is under way at the Adler Planetarium. The museum celebrates winter with a special sky show that explores the spectacular sights of the winter night sky, along with special winter programming and holiday events, like The World’s Largest Snow Globe. The sister neighborhoods of Wicker Park and Bucktown will welcome more than 100 local musicians to play live acoustic sets in the intimacy of local stores as part of ChillFest on Saturday, Nov. 16.

    Henry Cavill takes on role of Superman in “Man of Steel,” a reboot filmed in part in the suburbs.

    DVD previews: ‘Man of Steel,’ ‘Turbo’

    Superman reboot "Man of Steel" -- filmed in part in the suburbs -- lands on DVD Tuesday, as does the animated tale "Turbo."

    The arts-oriented channel Ovation is boosting its schedule with new programs including “James Franco Presents,” debuting in early 2014.

    Ovation puts a new spin on TV arts programming

    James Franco has discovered Ovation. So have Jon Hamm and Vogue’s Anna Wintour. Now the cable channel is counting on a program lineup including those glittery names, along with unexpected artists, to convince viewers that arts programming can be expansive and engaging. Or, as executive Robert Weiss puts it, Ovation isn’t “my parents’ arts network.” The aim is to broaden the definition of art beyond the traditional areas, said Weiss, to contemporary arts like graffiti and hip-hop. Those are among the subjects covered in Ovation’s “The Art Of” series, which has also explored artistry in sneakers, mixology, fashion and even sushi.

    “Mud Season: How One Woman's Dream of Moving to Vermont, Raising Children, Chickens and Sheep, & Running the Old Country Store Pretty Much Led to One Calamity after Another” by Ellen Stimson

    'Mud Season' is lighthearted, but flawed, memoir

    First, the good: Ellen Stimson is funny. Darned funny. And she knows how to spin a good, old-fashioned yarn. In "Mud Season," she's telling her story of moving from the urban Midwest to rural Vermont to live out her dream of buying an old house and running the quintessential country store — and it's amusing. Despite the amusing anecdotes, Stimson's first foray into writing books — in a previous life, she sold books — is more than a bit flawed.

    John Paynter’s vacation home in Long Beach Island, N.J., was raised after tropical storm Sandy and now stands 13 feet higher than it did before.

    Raise the house, lower the flood risk

    Many homeowners in flood-prone areas are finding it necessary to elevate their houses. Flood elevation maps determine whether a property needs to be raised and by how much. Homeowners in high risk zones who choose not to raise their homes could see their flood insurance premiums skyrocket.

    The showroom at Maison de Deyrolle in Paris showcases some of their many taxidermy masterpieces. Even if you’re not a fan of this variety of stuffed animals, it’s worth a visit to take in the incredible 18th-century architecture and impeccably handcrafted wood display cases.

    For your home decor, a chic call of the wild

    If you poke your head into a home decor store these days, you’ll probably notice that it’s a jungle out there — in more ways than one. Among popular design trends, one of the most widespread revolves around all things animal — and all indications are that it is only growing.


    Some boards overreach in handling late fees

    Q. Our condominium association imposes a $25 late charge every month that an owner’s account has an open balance. Is this permitted?


    Costs of refinancing help determine if it is a wise move

    Q. I agree that it is a good idea to refinance. But I think you left out a couple of things in your response. The costs of refinancing, in a recent letter I got, were over $4,000. Besides, at the beginning of a new loan payments are almost all interest and very little comes off the principal.


    Replace a deck with pressure-treated lumber

    Q. Am trying to decide whether to use pressure-treated decking or composite as a replacement for my deck, which is 11 years old. Being in the “Elderly Class,” we do not use the deck with any great frequency.



    Packers headline in poor taste
    A Grayslake letter to the editor: Really? Your picture, covering half the sports page on Monday, shows two Bear players on top of Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers resulting in a fractured collarbone. And your headline is “Take that Pack”?


    Give vets a real break on Veterans Day
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: In my opinion, every veteran should be off this day and the taxing bodies should allow the employers to take a dollar-for-dollar tax deduction for each veteran’s salary for the day.


    Treat others with respect, Tea Party
    A Palatine letter to the editor: I read Sara Schmidt’s Oct. 28 letter with interest. Having negative thoughts myself regarding the Tea Party, her advice about getting to know a Tea Partyer is a good one. Perhaps we could have a “Take a Tea Partyer to Lunch” day. If that could be arranged, I’m in.


    A proposal for sleep lovers everywhere
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: I thoroughly enjoyed the extra hour of sleep last Sunday. I propose we move our clocks back an hour every week.


    Quest for pruners revealed sad reality
    A Hoffman Estates letter to the editor: After many years of service my pruning shears wore out. The tool was heavy, comfortable to use, made of metal and made in the United States.


    ALS a long road for caregivers, too
    A Batavia letter to the editor: When my husband, Steve, was diagnosed with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) eight years ago, all we knew for sure was that it would slowly rob him of his ability to function, and then it would kill him. We had no idea how tough our journey would be. I knew that because I loved Steve, I would give him the best I had, but I wasn’t sure my best would be enough.


    Liberals no doubt told what to write
    A Geneva letter to the editor: I read with interest the comments by Victor Darst of West Dundee in the Nov. 4 edition of the paper. Darst purports that conservative talk radio and Fox are “ecstatic” over the problems with the Affordable Care Act. In fact he says Fox spends half of its news and opinion shows “gleefully” talking about the problems.


    Who cares when Jesse Jr.’s released?
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: The media reports the projected release date for felon and former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. is Dec. 31, 2015. What difference does it make?


    Don’t forget good in health care law
    A Lombard letter to the editor: Amid all the government shutdown drama and problems with the health care enrollment website, one thing that hasn’t gotten a lot of attention is the fact that millions of Americans will soon have access to preventive health services without cost-sharing or co-pay.


    Satan happy over same-sex marriage
    Satan happy over same-sex marriageSome years ago I wrote to the Fence Post and expressed my views — marriage is for a man and a woman — I still firmly believe this and I know that my Lord created man and woman to be together to procreate and establish this earth. Yet there are those in our government who presume to think they are better creators than God.When these people stand before the throne of the Lord one day, and we all will, they will find out what judgment the Lord will mete out. Remember Sodom and Gomorrah. God did not wait till the end of world to mete out his wrath.My first thought when reading the headline about Illinois approving same-sex marriage was that Satan must be very happy. Beware when Satan is happy, my friends.Just look around at the USA, what do you see, nothing but distrust, greed, chaos and hatred for our fellow man, by evidence of the daily shootings and killings that happen, especially in our Chicago area.All this has happened with each stroke of the pen to bring another of our values to an end. May God forgive and spare us.Georgene BeazleyRoselle


    The Soapbox

    Daily Herald editors write their opinions about a super sweet collection drive, Jay's impending comeback and creepy crawlers at a school, among other topics.


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