Daily Archive : Saturday November 16, 2013


    This Nov. 14, 2013 photo shows Illinois Republican Party Chairman Jack Dorgan, center, chatting with attendees before addressing the City Club of Chicago about the state of the state GOP, in Chicago.

    Q&A: Illinoi GOP leader wants end to ‘name calling’

    Despite dismal showings at the polls in recent elections and a highly publicized change in party leadership, the chairman of the Illinois Republican Party says the state GOP is “alive, well and being very, very active.” But Jack Dorgan says change is needed if Republicans are going to make gains in a state government dominated by Democrats.


    Man killed, dog injured in Gurnee hit-and-run

    A Gurnee man is dead and his dog injured after what police are calling a likely hit-and-run accident. Gurnee Police Sgt. Brian Smith said Timothy Fleming, 31, of the 100 block of Waveland Avenue, was found about 3:45 a.m. near the southbound entrance ramp to Skokie Highway/U.S. Route 41 from Washington Street in Gurnee.

    Brian Wroblewski of Aurora works on one of the six bikes in his garage Saturday afternoon. He was going to go for a ride, but it was raining. So that prompted him to do some maintenance.

    Bike maintenance part of the ride for Aurora man

    The dearth of sunshine and dry pavement can’t keep Aurora resident Brian Wroblewski from his passion Saturday. Wroblewski has been riding a bike for as long as he can remember. When asked what kind of cyclist he considers himself, he responded jokingly, “Not a very good one.”

    Associated Press President Barack Obama pauses while speaking Thursday about his signature health care law, in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington.

    Can Obama's health care law be saved?

    Obama maneuvered this past week to extricate Democrats from the cancellations fallout.The president offered a one-year extension to more than 4.2 million people whose current individual policies are being canceled by insurers to make way for more comprehensive coverage under the law. This move by the White House was intended to smooth a disruption for which his administration completely failed to...

    An Afghan policeman secures the scene Saturday of a powerful suicide vehicle bomb that tore through the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan.

    U.S., Afghanistan agree on long-term security plan

    WASHINGTON — The United States and Afghanistan have circulated a completed draft of a bilateral security agreement that will indefinitely extend the U.S. military presence in Afghanistan beyond next year’s combat troop withdrawal, and they expect to sign the document by the end of the year, according to congressional and Obama administration officials.

    Al Ruscio has died at 89.

    Veteran film, TV, stage actor Al Ruscio dies

    Veteran character actor Al Ruscio, who appeared in countless film, television and stage productions across half a century, has died at age 89, said his longtime manager, Judy Fox.

    Riley Penar, 4, of Elgin smiles while watching a cake-decorating demonstration by the Wilton School of cake decorating and confectionery art Saturday during the America's Baking and Sweets Show at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center.

    Schaumburg sweets show draws hungry crowd

    The final day of America's Baking and Sweets Show at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center is Sunday. Event organizers say the show offers more than just a paradise for those with a sweet tooth. Appearances by celebrity bakers, demonstrations of new utensils and a variety of classes are also offered.


    Judge: Sex assault suspect can blame twin

    The Fort Carson, Colo., officer has denied luring or trying to lure 11 girls into his vehicle in Colorado between 2009 and 2012. His attorneys have said the Alabama and Texas cases involve his twin brother, who the defense says has lived in both states.

    Authorities say they believe this man is responsible for two Wood Dale bank robberies and one Rolling Meadows robbery within the last year. The most recent heist took place Friday in Wood Dale.

    Authorities: Wood Dale bank robber strikes again

    Officials believe a man suspected of robbing banks in Rolling Meadows and Wood Dale earlier this year has struck again in Wood Dale. According to the FBI’s BanditTrackerChicago.com website, the man, who is believed to be between 50 and 60 years old, robbed the Charter One Bank, 333 E. Irving Park Road, in Wood Dale on Friday.


    Pedestrian struck by train near Palatine still unidentified

    The Cook County medical examiner's office is listing the death of an unidentfied man who was struck by a Metra train in Palatine Friday evening as accidental. Police have not released any details of the man's death. The medical examiner's office lists him as a white male in his 50s.

    Donna Mebane of Geneva wrote about book in order stay connected with her daughter, Emma, who died in July 2011.

    Geneva mom remembers, honors daughter with book

    Donna Mebane of Geneva wrote a book about her daughter, Emma, who died at 19 in July 2011. It is Mebane's way of helping to stay connected with her daughter, she tells columnist Dave Heun.

    The Dutch version of Santa Claus, Sinterklaas, or Saint Nicholas, and his blackface sidekicks “Zwarte Piet” or “Black Pete” arrive by steamboat Saturday in Hoorn, north-western Netherlands.

    It’s fun, it’s festive and...it’s racist?

    Judith Kallenberg, a white woman who thinks Pete’s appearance should be changed, said she was disappointed that few of her friends have supported her. She said she had never thought of Pete fans as racist and still doesn’t. But after the public discussion this year, she said, it was impossible not to detect a racist element that surfaces at times.She said she was demonstrating in Amsterdam “to...


    Northbrook Court evacuated for gas leak

    Northbrook Court was evacuated for about an hour Saturday after a gas leak at the mall. Employees there said it was an orderly evacuation and the mall reopened around 3:30 p.m.

    Seattle Seahawks head coach Mike McCormack claps his hands while shouting encouragement to his players during an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears in the Kingdome in Seattle.

    Notable deaths last week

    A hall-of-fame player and longtime NFL coach and manager, a Mexican labor leader, and a British composer are among the deaths of note this past week.

    Rev. Richard Maginot

    Prospect Hts. pastor’s legacy was welcoming PADS

    The former pastor of St. Alphonsus Liguori Catholic Church in Prospect Heights, who led the parish during its biggest growth years and its outreach into social justice, has died. The Rev. Richard Maginot passed away on Friday. He was 89. It was his fateful decision to open St. Alphonsus as an emergency shelter — as part of the Northwest suburban PADS program — in 1991, that will be his legacy,...

    Jaymes Parker of St. Charles and his daughter, Lucinda, 3½, view the shark tank during the Chicago Aquatic Experience Show, held at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Saturday.

    Sharks impress at Schaumburg aquatic show

    They came for the koi and were captivated by the nurse sharks. Jaymes Parker and his daughter, Lucinda, 3½, who have a koi pond at their St. Charles home, were among hundreds of enthusiasts attending the Aquatic Experience Chicago event in Schaumburg Saturday. The highlight for the pair was clearly the “Live Shark Encounter” tank. “I’ve always been a big shark lover, and my daughter has followed...

    People visit the eternal flame at the gravesite of former President John F. Kennedy as it burns at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va.

    Obamas, Clintons to visit JFK gravesite Wednesday

    On Wednesday evening, President Obama plans a speech on Kennedy’s legacy of service with a dinner at the Smithsonian American History Museum attended by current and past recipients of the medal, including baseball’s Hank Aaron, astronaut Buzz Aldrin, singer Aretha Franklin, economist Alan Greenspan, activist Jesse Jackson and former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.


    Colliding fronts creating Chicago area weather havoc

    Hazardous weather warnings for the Chicago area have been issued by the National Weather Service. A warm front Saturday brought high winds and rain that are expected to escalate when a cold front from the north collides late Saturday or early Sunday morning. “They do not play well together,” Charles Mott, an weather service meteorologist said.


    Penn State student killed in fall from ninth floor

    A Penn State University student is dead after he fell from the ninth floor balcony of an off-campus apartment building.

    Revolutionary War re-enactors dressed as Royal regimental artillery soldiers stand behind a cannon after unveiling it Friday during a ceremony at Saratoga National Historical Park, in Stillwater, N.Y.

    Cannon from 1777 battle back ‘home’ in upstate N.Y.

    Known in Department of the Army records as “Saratoga Trophy Cannon, Six-Pounder No. 102,” the wayward relic from the Revolutionary War’s Battles of Saratoga was tracked down to the Tuscaloosa Museum of Art. Acquired in the early 1970s by museum founder Jack Warner, a paper company owner and major art collector, the cannon had been on display for years.

    School groups and visitors tour the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum and Library Friday.

    How Illinois kids helped buy a copy of the Gettysburg Address

    Gene Rubley gave his prized allowance up for a time as part of an effort by some of the youngest residents of Abraham Lincoln’s home state to obtain a copy of the president’s Gettysburg Address.


    Body of Florida man who fell from plane likely found

    “Even though we presume that the body found is that of Gerardo Nales, investigators are pending `official identification’ from the Medical Examiner’s Office,” Detective Alvaro Zabaleta said in a statement.

    Rev. Al Sharpton, right, president of National Action Network, talks with New York City Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio, during a visit Saturday to NAN headquarters in New York. De Blasio thanked voters and outlined his vision for New York as mayor during a live radio broadcast.

    N.Y. mayor-elect says he’s ‘cleared the air’ with police chief

    New York City Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio (dih BLAH’-zee-oh) says he’s “cleared the air” with NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly after the city’s top cop told Playboy magazine Democratic candidates were “pandering” when they criticized stop-and-frisk policies.

    Beth Raseman, volunteer coordinator for the Barrington White House renovation committee, said $5 million in donations is necessary to restore the mansion and create a self-sustaining cultural and community center.

    Barrington launches White House renovation plan

    At 115 years old, Barrington's “White House” now stands more like an elderly widow greeting visitors who pass through her neighborhood than the architectural grand dame of Main Street she once was. But a campaign to raise $5 million to turn the three-story Victorian-style mansion into a cultural and community center is underway. “If there's a definition of an icon or a picture...

    Jen Katsenios and her 3-year-old son, TJ, of Elgin, left, and Kelsie Hoffmann, 9, of Batavia fill shoe boxes full of goodies at the Operation Christmas Child packing party at St. Mark’s Preschool in St. Charles on Saturday. TJ attends the preschool. It was his first time at the event.

    Operation Christmas Child packing party in St. Charles aims for 150 filled shoe boxes

    Dozens of families filled Fellowship Hall at St. Mark’s Preschool in St. Charles on Saturday morning to pack shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child. Kelsie Hoffmann, 9, of Batavia and her parents, Leslie and Patrick, have been a part of the annual service project for the past six years. “I like knowing that they’re going to go across the world,” Kelsie said of packing the boxes. “It’s a cool...

    Afghan policemen arrive to an area after a suicide vehicle bomb tore through the area on the outskirts of Kabul, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013. The explosion came just hours after President Hamid Karzai announced that U.S. and Afghan negotiators had finished a draft to be presented to the Loya Jirga, whom Kabul says must approve the document before Afghanistan signs it.

    Bomb kills 6 in Afghan capital before elders meet

    A suicide bomber tore through the Afghan capital Saturday, killing at least six people near the site where thousands of elders are to gather next week to discuss a controversial security agreement with the United States, officials said. Authorities said 22 people were wounded in the powerful blast, which mangled a dozen cars and destroyed shops nearby. Ambulances raced away with the wounded.

    A devastated landscape caused by Typhoon Haiyan is seen from a U.S. Osprey plane delivering aid to isolated areas while passing over Guiuan, central Philippines, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013. Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful storms on record, hit the country's eastern seaboard Nov. 8, leaving a wide swath of destruction.

    Search for missing a hellish routine after typhoon

    John Lajara peers under a slab of crumbled concrete, lifts a sodden white teddy bear then drops it back into the filth. He reaches again into the rubble and pulls out a boot, a treasured find in this typhoon-flattened village. But he's searching for something far more precious — the body of his brother, Winston.

    he 19-term veteran, a perennial target in a GOP-shifting state, is among many in the president's party who have recited to constituents Obama's assurance that they could keep insurance coverage they liked under the 2010 overhaul.

    GOP sees health care law as big 2014 opportunity

    In his West Virginia district, the TV ads attacking Democratic Rep. Nick Rahall over the calamitous startup of President Barack Obama's health care law have already begun. The 19-term veteran, a perennial target in a GOP-shifting state, is among many in the president's party who have recited to constituents Obama's assurance that they could keep insurance coverage they liked under the 2010...

    The crowds cheer for Batkid, Miles Scott, 5, as he arrives at City Hall in San Francisco on Friday, Nov. 15, 2013. Miles is a leukemia survivor from Tulelake in Siskiyou County. After battling leukemia since he was a year old, Miles is now in remission. One of his heroes is Batman. To celebrate the end of this treatment, the Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area granted his wish to become Batkid for a day.

    Calif. boy with leukemia wows crowds as 'Batkid'

    A 5-year-old Northern California boy who has battled leukemia for years became a darling of social media and attracted thousands of fans at home and around the country — including the president — as he took on the persona of his favorite superhero.


    Day cares could face fines if pest forms not filed

    Illinois health officials say more than 200 day care centers and schools could face fines for failing to comply with pest management regulations.


    Kiddieland's antique carousel up for auction

    An antique carousel from a now-shuttered Chicago-area amusement park is going up for auction. Kiddieland Amusement Park operated in the Chicago suburb of Melrose Park for more than eight decades before it closed in 2009.


    9 people stuck in Chicago elevator for 90 minutes

    For nine people trying to leave the Cook County Administration Building in downtown Chicago on Friday, it wasn't exactly the start to the weekend they had hoped for.

    West Dundee, in conjunction with the Boys and Girls Club of Dundee Township, is holding a community food drive inside Public Safety Center 2 Sunday while the Food Network’s “Food Court Wars” shoots an episode of its popular show on site.

    W. Dundee tapping into TV exposure to feed the hungry

    What better way to feed the hungry than by using the allure of television to draw a big crowd? That’s exactly what West Dundee leaders are doing, as the Food Network's "Food Court Wars" will shoot a segment at the village's fire station on Carrington Drive and invites the public to be part of the filming and to bring food.

    Robert O’Meara, president of Shelter, Inc. board of directors, of Barrington, right, speaks with Richard Sykes of Inverness before O’Meara presented Sykes with the Paul Buckholz award at the Shelter Ball at the Hyatt Recency on Friday in Schaumburg.

    Arlington Heights rocks out at Shelter fundraiser

    A playful rock ’n’ roll theme played out Friday night at the annual charity ball hosted by officials with Shelter, Inc. But there was nothing playful about the gala’s mission, of raising money for emergency and long-term care for abused and neglected children in the Northwest suburbs. The 26th annual ball drew nearly 300 people and took place at the Hyatt Regency Schaumburg.

    Lake Zurich Police Chief Patrick Finlon says he’ll retire later this month. He’s been chief since 2008 and with the village’s police department for 29 years.

    Lake Zurich’s top cop retiring this month

    Lake Zurich Police Chief Patrick Finlon says he’ll retire later this month. Finlon, 53, has been top cop since 2008. “I have some significant concerns about any changes in pension legislation, so what I’d like to do is make sure that I guarantee a pension before they change the laws,” he told the Daily Herald.

    Instructor Dan Fleming talks with officials Friday touring the new Universal Technical Institute campus in Lisle. The 187,000-square-foot building opened this week at 2611 Corporate West Drive.

    New technical school opens in Lisle

    Universal Technical Institute has opened its new 187,000-square-foot campus in Lisle. "It’s an asset to the village of Lisle,” Mayor Joe Broda said.

    This bike trail underpass at Milwaukee Avenue near Casey Road will connect with the Des Plaines River Trail as an expansion of the regional trail system.

    Trail connection would improve regional access for northwest Libertyville area

    Libertyville Township is considering a link to improve access to a regional bike trail system and the Independence Grove Forest Preserve. The township has hired a firm to produce exhibits in advance of a public open house. "We're just starting a conversation," said Kathleen O’Connor, township supervisor. "We kind of want to get the public’s input from the beginning."

    Dante Parado, left, with the help of friends Jorel Santos, middle, and Justin Fernandez, has organized a fundraising walk/run that will benefit the relief efforts going on in the Philippines in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan.

    Suburbs organizing relief for Philippines typhoon victims

    Suburbanites have wasted no time in offering aid to the ongoing relief efforts for the Philippines in the wake of the devastating Typhoon Haiyan. Fundraisers have been organized all over the area in towns like Elk Grove Village, Schaumburg and Glendale Heights. “The response has been amazing,” said Michelle Lura White of Rolling Meadows. “So many are getting involved, and...

    George LeClaire/gleclaire@dailyherald.com Tom Thomas of Sleepy Hollow dances with friend Mary Roback of Park Ridge at the Arlington Heights Historical Society´s Speakeasy FUNdraiser “A Celebration of the Decades: the Roaring 1920sÓ event at the Metropolis Ballroom on Friday in Arlington Heights.

    Arlington Heights Historical Society fundraiser a swinging success

    People dressed in 1920s outfits from flappers to gangsters helped the Arlington Heights Historical Society celebrate its Speakeasy FUNdraiser at the Metropolis Ballroom on Friday night. The event, “A Celebration of the Decades: The Roaring 1920s,” featured music from The Flat Cats, a swing, jazz and blues band from Chicago.


    Left to right, Kimmy Martino, Delaney D’Amore and Rory Manion of IC Catholic hold up the trophy after beating Edwards County for the Class 2A championship in girls state volleyball on Saturday in Normal.

    IC Catholic claims Class 2A volleyball crown

    The old saying goes if you wait long enough, good things will eventually happen. And 29 years since it happened last, IC Catholic is once again a state girls volleyball champion. Not waiting as long as they did in Friday’s semifinals to get their game rolling, the Knights dominated from start to finish Saturday afternoon, beating previously undefeated Albion Edwards County 25-15, 25-19 in the Class 2A state title game at Redbird Arena.

    Benet players console each other after their loss to Mother McAuley in the Class 4A championship girls volleyball match on Saturday in Normal.

    Mother McAuley denies Benet the three-peat

    Pretty much everyone around Illinois girls volleyball knew it would take a strong team to keep Benet from winning its third straight Class 4A state championship. Mother McAuley was that team. The Mighty Macs, the No. 8 in the latest PrepVolleyball.com national rankings, denied the Redwings the three-peat, winning 25-22, 25-19 Saturday night in the state title match at Redbird Arena.

    St. Francis holds up its trophy after beating LaSalle-Peru in the Class 3A championship girls volleyball match on Saturday in Normal.

    St. Francis, Kopec win 10th state title

    Just how dominant was St. Francis' girls volleyball team in winning its second straight Class 3A state championship Saturday? The match was over before it was scheduled to begin. Literally. With no network TV restrictions dictating start times, the IHSA started Saturday's title match between the Spartans and LaSalle-Peru at 5:30 p.m., a full 30 minutes ahead of the 6 p.m. scheduled start time. And it was over at 5:58. St. Francis rolled over L-P 25-19, 25-7 to win its 10th state title under 38th year coach Peg Kopec, the second championship of the day for the Suburban Christian Conference, following IC Catholic Prep's Class 2A title earlier in the afternoon.


    Stevenson somehow managing to put the hurt on opponents

    More than its fair share of injuries hasn't kept Stevenson from delivering impressive playoff results, including Saturday night's 14-0 victory at Barrington.

    Barrington's Scotty Miller, right, congratulates Stevenson's Raymond Sullivan following the Patriots' 14-0 win during Saturday's Class 8A playoff game.

    Stevenson gets it done at Barrington

    Stevenson made a pair of early touchdowns hold up against Barrington, and about an hour and a half of lightning delays, in a 14-0 Class 8A quarterfinal victory Saturday night in Barrington. But the Patriots certainly were resting easier. By the time Mother Nature unleashed her rainy, volatile wrath over Saturday night's Class 8A football quarterfinal, the sixth-seeded Patriots were buoyed by a couple of first-quarter touchdowns.

    Batavia's Anthony Scaccia sprints from Lake Forest's John Cirame as teammate Max Heidgen takes him down in the first quarter of the Class 6A quarterfinal on Saturday, November 16.

    Batavia's defense stymies Lake Forest

    Throughout the season, Batavia's high-scoring offense has earned its share of deserving accolades. The defense is not too bad, either. On a wind-swept, rain-soaked day when their offense was limited to a season-low scoring output, the Bulldogs (11-1) stepped up on the defensive side of the ball during Saturday's Class 6A football state quarterfinal clash against Lake Forest (9-3) at Bulldog Stadium.

    Glenbard West Grant Greeno, left, and Jordon Andrews celebrate as the clock expires as Glenbard West wins 42-21 over Schaumburg in a quarterfinal playoff game on Saturday in Schaumburg.

    Glenbard W. gets going quickly, finishes off Schaumburg

    Glenbard West used a fast start to put a quick end to Schaumburg’s fine season on Saturday afternoon. The Hilltoppers scored on the first play from scrimmage and the first three times they had the ball as Glenbard West rolled past the Saxons 42-21 in the quarterfinals of the Class 7A playoffs in Schaumburg.

    Kevin Clifford of Naperville Central picks up yardage against Neuqua Valley in Class 8A quarterfinal action Saturday.

    Naperville Central rolls into 8A semis

    Conventional wisdom held that Naperville Central's football team wouldn't be able to put up another 58 points on Neuqua Valley.The Redhawks settled for 47 on Saturday night. And earned their second trip to the Class 8A semifinals in three years.Despite miserable amounts of wind and rain, Naperville Central put in a blistering performance in all three phases while rolling to a 47-18 victory over the visiting Wildcats in a rematch of their Week 2 meeting, also won by the Redhawks.

    Montini Catholic's Niles Sykes (9) is mobbed by teammates after his 2-point conversion gave the Broncos a 22-21 victory over Joliet Catholic on Saturday.

    Montini's 'Bazooka' pops JCA's bubble

    This is Montini's best defensive football team. Even on offense. The Broncos unloaded the “Bazooka Package” against Joliet Catholic on Saturday, linebacker Nile Sykes taking quarterback Alex Wills' handoff and blasting off-tackle with the game-winning 2-point conversion that earned Montini a 22-21 Class 5A quarterfinal win at Duffy Memorial Field in Lombard.


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


    Rose starts and finishes for Bulls

    Derrick Rose was back on the floor Saturday after missing the previous game against Toronto because of a sore right hamstring. He played the final eight minutes even though the Bulls held a 20-point lead, but came away unscathed.


    Naperville Central wins very close sectional

    Naperville Central won the championship of the Neuqua Valley sectional in a meet that was the closest that anyone could remember with the four top teams finishing within nine points of each other.


    Plenty of happy faces at Downers North sectional

    Early on in Saturday’s Downers Grove North girls swimming sectional, it was evident that the host would dominate.The Trojans won every event and took the meet by 97 points. But several toher area teams went home happy to extend their seasons to next weekend’s state meet at New Trier High School.

    Montini Catholic's Niles Sykes (9) is mobbed by teammates after his 2-point conversion gave the Broncos a 22-21 win over Joliet Catholic.

    Images: Montini vs. Joliet Catholic football
    Montini hosted Joliet Catholic in football quarterfinal playoff action on Saturday, Nov. 16.

    The Bulls’ Derrick Rose went 6-for-11 on 3-pointers in Saturday night’s rout of the previously unbeaten Pacers.

    Bulls have no problem solving Pacers’ defense

    Offense hasn't been the Bulls' strong suit this season. But they dominated the NBA's best defense on Saturday, rolling past Indiana 110-94 and ending the Pacers' perfect 9-0 start.

    Crystal Lake South shows off its fourth place trophy in Class 4A state girls volleyball on Saturday in Normal.

    Crystal Lake S. battles, but falls to New Trier

    It wasn’t the way Crystal Lake South’s girls volleyball team wanted the season to end, but the Gators are hoping their trip to the Class 4A state tournament is the start of something that becomes as frequent as it did for the program back in the mid 1990s. After battling to a win in the first set, CL South fell victim to a taller and more aggressive New Trier team in the second and third sets and fell to the Trevians 22-25, 25-17, 25-23 Saturday night in the third-place match at Redbird Arena. The fourth-place trophy is CL South’s fifth in girls volleyball and first since Pete Kottra’s 1995 team lost to Mother McAuley in the state title match.


    Lake Zurich stops Wheaton North

    It was a good night to be a running team. It was a bad night to play Lake Zurich’s defense. Both ideas worked against Wheaton North on Saturday night in Wheaton.

    Blackhawks goalie Nikolai Khabibulin is attended to after injuring his left leg in the first period Saturday night.

    Tough night all around for Blackhawks

    Maybe it wasn’t the biggest game of Nikolai Khabibulin’s career. This is a guy, after all, who has won Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final over Calgary when he was with Tampa Bay. But it was still a big game for Khabibulin on Saturday night against Nashville as far as his career with the Hawks is concerned.

    Stevenson quarterback Willie Bourbon celebrates as the clock winds down in the closing seconds of Saturday’s 14-0 victory over Barrington.

    Images: Barrington vs. Stevenson football
    The Barrington Broncos hosted the Stevenson Patriots for Class 8A football quarterfinal playoff action on Saturday, Nov. 16.

    Predators defenseman Kevin Klein (8) stops Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) from shooting the puck in front of the net during Saturday’s game in Nashville.

    Predators surge past Blackhawks 7-2

    Rookie Marek Mazanec made 39 saves for his first NHL victory and the Nashville Predators beat the Chicago Blackhawks 7-2 Saturday night. Craig Smith scored a goal and added two assists for the Predators. The three-point game equaled the Madison, Wis. native’s career high.


    Versteeg big fan of Blackhawks coach

    Kris Versteeg made his Blackhawks re-debut Saturday with the team that was at the top of his wish list.Versteeg had a no-trade clause with Florida, but the Hawks were the one team about which he didn’t have to be asked. One of the key reasons for wanting to play for the Hawks was getting reunited with coach Joel Quenneville. “I do have a no-trade, and you get to choose teams and obviously Chicago was at the top of the list,” Versteeg said. “Joel is a winning coach, and he’s proven that ever since he’s been with the Avalanche and the Blues and obviously coming here now and winning two Stanley Cups in five years."

    Katy Balk of South Elgin competes during the sectional meet at St. Charles East on Saturday.

    Bartlett-Streamwood relay really does the job

    An exciting day for the Bartlett-Streamwood co-op ended with a moment to remember when the team’s 400-yard relay quartet produced a race to remember in the concluding event of the St. Charles East girls swimming sectional.

    Batavia’s Rourke Mullins skips over the goal line after shaking off Lake Forest’s Andrew Nelson (6) and Jake Yale in the third quarter of the Class 6A quarterfinal on Saturday, November 16.

    Images: Lake Forest vs. Batavia playoff football

    Neuqua Valley’s Mikey Dudek and Naperville Central’s Michael Kolzoe go up for a pass during Saturday’s quarterfinal football playoff game.

    Images: Neuqua Valley at Naperville Central football playoffs
    Naperville Central hosted Neuqua Valley Saturday, Nov. 16 for IHSA Class 8A football quarterfinal action.

    Abby Ponte of St. Charles North, during the IHSA Sectional girls swimming meet at St. Charles East Saturday.

    Sectional champ St. Charles East nearly perfect

    There was no getting away from the group enthusiasm St. Charles East brought to its girls swimming sectional on Saturday.


    Slezak, North Central score big victory

    North Central College middle linebacker Nick Slezak has had quite a journey around the football field the past three seasons.

    Indiana Pacers forward Luis Scola (4) shoots against Bulls forward Taj Gibson (22) during Saturday night’s game at the United Center. The Bulls ended the Pacers perfect season with a 110 to 94 win.

    Bulls hand Pacers first loss, 110-94

    Luol Deng scored 23 points, Derrick Rose added 20 points and the Chicago Bulls knocked off the NBA’s last unbeaten team with a 110-94 win over the Indiana Pacers on Saturday night. Taj Gibson had 15 points and eight rebounds for Chicago (5-3), which won its fourth straight game behind 11-of-19 shooting from 3-point range.

    Rookie guard Kyle Long and the rest of the offensive line will have their hands full Sunday against the Ravens, who have arguably the best defense the Bears will face this season.

    Bears brace for one of NFL’s most ferocious defenses

    A week after contending with the Lions' dangerous defensive line, the Bears' O-line will be tested again by a Ravens front seven that includes a stout front wall and two of the game's premier pass rushers on the outside.

    Sophia Lex of Libertyville celebrates her team’s victory in the girls 200-yard medley relay in sectional swimming at Vernon Hills High School on Saturday. Her teammates were Macey Neubauer, Staci Herchenbach and Meredith Robbins.

    Warren wows ’em with runner-up finish at Vernon Hills

    Warren’s girls swimming program would have been listed as doubtful after last weekend. The Blue Devils didn’t get the performances they were looking for in what turned out to be a disappointing North Suburban Conference meet. And that led to questions of whether they could restore their somewhat battered confidence for Saturday afternoon’s sectional meet at Vernon Hills. It took just a fraction less than one minute and 47 seconds for Warren to get the answer when its 200-yard medley relay team finished more than three seconds under the state qualifying time. That kicked off a meet which was without a doubt among the best in program history as it scored 225 points to finish second to perennial power Lake Forest (299).


    Aurora Christian overcomes mistakes, Seneca

    If there’s one thing Aurora Christian hasn’t done much of during its back-to-back Class 3A state championship runs, it’s win ugly. It’s been pretty smooth sailing for the Eagles against the best of the rest in 3A, winning 11 of their last 12 playoff games by 13 or more points. Aurora Christian’s 13th straight playoff win, however, was anything but easy. The Eagles had to overcome 2 fumbles, an interception, 10 penalties and a 15-7 deficit after the first quarter Saturday in the Class 3A quarterfinals at Seneca. But Aurora Christian did just that. Quarterback Austin Bray threw three touchdowns, Legend Smith ran for two scores and Seneca made several critical errors of its own as the Eagles left town with a 36-27 win and a spot in next week’s state semifinals.

    Stevenson enjoys a post-meet dunking after taking top team honors in Saturday’s Barrington sectional.

    Making state’s extremely gratifying at Barrington

    The dividing line between sheer joy and utter despair was in plain view Saturday afternoon on the pool deck at Barrington, where girls swimmers and divers were trying to punch their tickets to next weekend’s state championships. Some, such as Buffalo Grove junior Sarah Morosan, got a strong dose of both emotional extremes.

    Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner looks to a pass during Saturday’s game against Northwestern in Evanston. Michigan won 27-19 in three overtimes.

    Gardner lifts Michigan over Northwestern in 3OT

    Devin Gardner scored on a 5-yard run to lift Michigan to a 27-19 triple-overtime victory over Northwestern on Saturday after the Wolverines’ Brendan Gibbons tied it with a 44-yard field goal at the end of regulation. Gardner scored on an option and ran it in on the two-point conversion to make it an eight-point game.

    Michigan State wide receiver Macgarrett Kings (3) is upended by Nebraska cornerback Ciante Evans (17) during Saturday’s game in Lincoln, Neb. Michigan State won 41-28.

    No. 14 Michigan St. bests turnover-prone Nebraska 41-28

    No. 14 Michigan State converted five Nebraska turnovers into 24 points and took a big step toward winning the Big Ten Legends Division with a 41-28 victory on Saturday. Jeremy Langford ran 32 times for 151 yards and scored two touchdowns, and Keith Mumphrey caught a 27-yard touchdown from Connor Cook in the fourth quarter after the Cornhuskers pulled within six points.


    Bears miss Lovie? A painful notion

    If Lovie Smith had still been coach of the Bears this season, the defense would have been just as bad as it is now and the offense would have been as bad as it always was under Smith.

    Josh McCown’s career passer rating was 71.2 coming into this season, but he’s compiled a 103.2 rating thus far in 2013.

    McCown’s numbers off the charts so far

    At 34, is backup quarterback Josh McCown enjoying the best season of his 11-year career? He's not ready to say just yet.

    St. Francis fans tell the team they are number one after they beat LaSalle-Peru in the Class 3A championship girls volleyball match on Saturday in Normal.

    Images: Wheaton St. Francis vs. LaSalle Peru volleyball
    Wheaton St. Francis defeated LaSalle Peru to claim the Class 3A state volleyball title Saturday in Normal.

    Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston on the sidelines during the game against Syracuse Saturday in Tallahassee.

    Prosecutors to interview Florida State quarterback’s accuser

    Prosecutors are setting up an interview with the victim in the investigation of an alleged sexual assault tied to Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston that was reported nearly a year ago. They expect to close the investigation in a few weeks.

    Shani Davis of Chicago won the men’s 1,000 Saturday after taking the 1,500 Friday at a World Cup speedskating meet in Utah.

    Shani Davis wins 1,000 at World Cup speedskating meet

    South Korea’s Lee Sang-Hwa broke the world record in the women’s 500 meters for the second straight day and third time in eight days, finishing in 36.36 seconds Saturday in a World Cup speedskating meet at the Utah Olympic Oval. Chicago native Shani Davis took the men's 1,000 on Saturday after winning the 1,500 on Friday.

    Rutgers defensive coordinator Dave Cohen watches his players warm-up before against Cincinnati in Piscataway, N.J., Saturday. Jevon Tyree, a freshman, quit the team after accusing Cohen of verbally abusing him and threatening to head-butt him during a spring study hall session. Tyree also says Cohen treated him unfairly once the season started.

    Rutgers player quits, says coach verbally abused him

    A Rutgers football player has left the team after accusing defensive coordinator Dave Cohen of verbally abusing him and threatening to head-butt him in the spring, then treating him unfairly after the season started, according to the website NJ.com.


    Rose will start tonight against Pacers

    Bulls guard Derrick Rose will start tonight against the undefeated Indiana Pacers.Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau wouldn’t commit to any minutes restrictions for Rose, but said that he passed all the tests in order to be cleared to play.

    Claudia Koch of IC Catholic, right, in action against Edwards County in the Class 2A championship girls volleyball match on Saturday in Normal.

    Images: IC Catholic vs. Edwards County volleyball
    IC Catholic defeated Edwards County High School to win the Class 2A state volleyball title game Saturday in Normal.

    Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde (34) runs for a 51-yard touchdown during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Illinois on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, in Champaign, Ill. Ohio State won the game 60-35. (AP Photo/Jeff Haynes)

    Illini clobbered by Ohio State 60-35

    Illinois fell behind fast and by a bunch to No. 3 Ohio State on Saturday, the kind of hole a team riding a long conference losing streak finds it almost impossible to dig itself out of. The Illini fought back, closing the gap to two touchdowns before seeing the bigger and faster Buckeyes shut them down on a momentum-shifting safety and then pull away to a 60-35 win on two long late Carlos Hyde touchdowns.

    Glenbard West quarterback Kevin Dawrant celebrates with fans as Glenbard West wins 42-21 over Schaumburg in a quarterfinal playoff game on Saturday, November 16th, in Schaumburg.

    Images: Schaumburg vs. Glenbard West, playoff football quarterfinals
    The Schaumburg High School football team hosted Glenbard West in their 7A IHSA quarterfinal football game on Saturday, November 16th. Glenbard West won 42-21 over Schaumburg to advance.


    Bears add Ozougwu to active roster, waive Grant

    The Bears have elevated defensive end Cheta Ozougwu to the active roster from the practice squad and waived linebacker Larry Grant.The moves were announced on Saturday.Ozougwu had been on Chicago’s practice squad since Sept. 24. He appeared in two games for the Bears last season. Grant appeared in two games this season.The Bears host the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.


    DePaul downs Wright State 81-72

    Cleveland Melvin scored 23 points to lead DePaul to an 81-72 victory over Wright State on Saturday in the CBE Hall of Fame Classic.Brandon Young added 14 points, Tommy Hamilton had 13 and Billy Garrett had 12 for the Blue Demons (2-1).J.T. Yoho led Wright State with 13 points. Matt Vest and A.J. Pacher each had 11 points. The Raiders (1-2) shot 50 percent to DePaul’s 55 percent.


    Black, Finke commit to Illini basketball

    CHAMPAIGN — The two biggest names the Illini had hoped to add got away, but Illinois on Saturday announced the signings of two recruits for next season.Illini coach John Groce said forwards Michael Finke from Champaign, and Leron Black from Memphis, Tenn., committed to Illinois.On Friday top recruit Cliff Alexander of Chicago chose Kansas over Illinois and others. Earlier in the day point guard Quentin Snider chose Louisville after earlier indicating he would head to Illinois. In a news release Groce called the 6-7 Black and 6-9 Finke talented players who fit the Illinois system and have “the highest character.”Black is considered a consensus top-50 recruit from Memphis White Station, while Finke is an all-state player at Champaign Central.

    Ally Giampapa

    Bartlett’s Giampapa headed to Olivet

    Bartlett senior point guard Ally Giampapa was lookig for three things in a college. She wanted a Christian college, one with a strong health sciences department, and one with an upbeat basketball program.She found all three at Olivet Nazarene.


    Associated Press/Feb. 2, 2012 Then-Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner during a news conference at the Treasury Department in Washington.

    Geithner to join private equity firm

    Timothy Geithner, 52, stepped down from Treasury in late January, days after President Barack Obama was sworn in for a second term. He was the last of Obama’s original economic advisers to leave the administration, and was succeeded as Treasury secretary by Jack Lew.

    Bloomberg Katy Perry, Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga are Twitter’s most followed celebrities and have even more Facebook “likes.” Amping up the rivalry between the two web upstarts, Facebook is preparing a tool that makes it easier for celebs to chat with fans, a source says. Shown, Perry takes a photo before April’s White House Correspondents' Association dinner in Washington.

    Twitter in celebrity spat with Facebook as rivalry deepens

    As Twitter revels in its successful initial public offering, Facebook is pushing onto the microblog’s turf, preparing to roll out a tool that makes it easier for the rich and famous to chat with their followers, according to a person with knowledge of the matter, who asked not to be identified because the feature hasn’t been released.

    Elon Musk, co-founder and chief executive officer of Tesla Motors Inc., speaks during an interview at the company’s assembly plant in Fremont, California, U.S. Musk’s cousin, Lyndon Rive, has built a company, SolarCity, that threatens to upset the country’s fossil-fuel-based electric-utility industry. By offering solar panels to homeowners for less than the price they’re paying for electricity,

    Can Musk’s cousin do for solar power what Tesla did for electric cars?
    In 2004, Lyndon Rive was in a recreational vehicle on his way to the Burning Man festival when his cousin gave him five words of advice: “You should look into solar.” The way Rive tells it, it sounds a little like Mr. McGuire in “The Graduate” telling Dustin Hoffman to think about plastics. Except that Rive’s cousin is Elon Musk. And Musk’s runic advice has led to a $5 billion business that is reshaping how Americans get their electricity.

    Robotic surgeries are on the rise, fueled by aggressive marketing that has hyped the procedure, often claimed fewer complications without proof, and sometimes ignored contradictory studies finding no advantage. Surgeons practice using a robotic surgical system in this handout photo from its maker, Intuitive Surgical, Inc.

    Intuitive Surgery incidents add to call for more training

    A rising number of reports about deaths, injuries and malfunctions linked to the robotic surgery system made by Intuitive Surgical may pressure hospitals to bolster training for doctors using the $1.5 million device. “Training for robotics has been the wild, wild west for a long, long time,” Jeff Berkley, chief executive of Mimic Technologies, which makes simulators used for robotic training, said by phone yesterday.

    Itasca-based Gogo, a Wi-Fi provider for the airline industry, has been told by a number of airlines to block phone calls on planes.

    Airlines run from in-flight calls as gadget use embraced

    As U.S. airlines navigate the new era of passengers allowed to stay connected through flights, technology may prove less powerful than American standards of etiquette. Gogo’s airline customers have told the company to block phone calls when the feature is added next year.

    Kaylie Zaal, 5, left, and her little sister, Reagan, 2, play on an iPad at their home in Middletown, Md. Manufacturers are racing to tap into the market for kid-friendly tablets.

    Retailers see kid-friendly tablets as possible bright spot in a tough holiday season

    For companies such as Toys R Us, which has weathered nearly two years of dwindling profits, children’s tablets — some of which cost more than $200 — might hold the key to a profitable holiday season. To lure young shoppers, the chain has created tablet-testing areas in each of its stores, allowing kids to try out nearly 30 devices, including the company’s Tabeo e2.

    Sony’s SmartWatch 2 comes in a variety of colors. Sony says its new computerized wristwatch will sell for $200 in the U.S. and will work with a variety of Android phones.

    Review: Sony’s smartwatch good, but not essential

    NEW YORK — Sony’s new SmartWatch 2 doesn’t get as much attention — and doesn’t do as much — as Samsung’s Galaxy Gear computerized wristwatch. But for the things it does, Sony’s version performs better.The SmartWatch 2 is also 33 percent cheaper, at about $200, and works with a variety of Android phones, not just Sony’s. Samsung’s Galaxy Gear sells for $300 and is compatible only with a handful of high-end Samsung phones.That said, neither company has made a compelling case of why people need a smartwatch this holiday season.These wrist-bound gadgets are supposed to free you from constantly pulling out your phone to check for messages. But I found myself checking the watch more often than I would pull out a phone. That proved more distracting — and less private — over dinner, for instance.The SmartWatch 2 is worth considering primarily if you want to be among the first with the latest technology.What Sony’s watch doesThink of the watch as a companion to your phone. The phone needs to be within Bluetooth wireless range, or about 30 feet.You install a free Smart Connect app on the phone to manage what gets sent to the watch, be it messages or call notifications. You give the watch functionality by adding watch apps to Smart Connect one by one. Smart Connect fetches the watch apps from Google’s online Play store.For example, I installed Sony’s Messaging app to get texts on the watch. I get full texts and can reply with emoticons or pre-written responses such as “I’ll get back to you.” There’s no keyboard on the watch to type individual replies, given that its screen measures just 1.6 inches diagonally.The Facebook watch app lets me check the latest posts and endorse some with “likes” right from the watch. With Twitter, I can read the latest updates, retweet them or mark some as favorites. But I’m limited to text on the watch. I can’t access photos and other links that are often embedded into tweets.Getting too much? Through the phone, I can choose specific friends and accounts to get notifications for, though I can’t simply add “family” and other groups I had already created on Facebook.The watch can act as a remote control for your phone, but calls themselves are made through the phone. For the watch to be useful, you need a Bluetooth wireless headset linked to the phone.When calls come in, you can reject the call, with or without a canned text reply. If you have a Sony phone, you can answer calls from the watch as well. With any phone running at least Android 4.0, you can initiate calls from the watch using its dialpad or your Android contacts list. But again, the calls go through your phone. You can control volume, but it took me a while to figure out how.There are nearly 250 other apps you can add, many coming from outside app developers.I particularly like a 99-cent app called Fake Call. Tap on the watch to make your phone ring with a phantom call. Use that to get you out of whatever sketchy situation you might find yourself in.A free app called GPS Maps sends a map to your watch with surrounding blocks. The map moves as you move, though I don’t get directions.How it compares with Samsung’s deviceSamsung’s Galaxy Gear wins on style: The watch has a metal frame and straps in six colors. It can work as a fashion accessory, at least for men. It’s on the larger side, with a 1.6-inch screen matching Sony’s. The SmartWatch 2 from Sony feels cheap, by comparison, though the straps are replaceable with other 24-millimeter watch straps if you’re really buying this for fashion.The Gear also wins on features: Sony’s watch doesn’t have a speaker or a microphone. It doesn’t have a camera. The Gear has all that, which means you can make phone calls through the watch itself, without a Bluetooth headset. The camera produces low-resolution images, but it beats missing the shot because your phone is in the pocket.

    Stack Rabbitt is a puzzle app that puts players on the side of Ben, a bunny with a mandate, to collect enough vegetables to feed his hungry nieces and nephews.

    App reviews: Stack Rabbit, ShopSavvy

    Disney’s burning up the App Store again with Stack Rabbit, a puzzle game that puts players on the side of Ben, a bunny with a mandate to collect enough vegetables to feed his hungry nephews and nieces.

    The new iPad Mini starts at $399, or $70 more than last year’s model. For that price, you get a leap forward in power, speed and display.

    Review: Pricey iPad Mini keeps Apple premier brand

    The new iPad Mini starts at $399, or $70 more than last year’s model. For that price, you get a leap forward in power, speed and display. There are plenty of cheaper choices out there, including tablets for just $229 from Google and Amazon. None of them match Apple’s iPads in app selection, design and cachet.

    A profile view of the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display, in New York.

    Review: MacBooks, Mavericks extend Apple’s universe

    When the same company controls the hardware, software and services, it’s called “owning the stack.” And no one does it like Apple. Take the new version of OS X, the Mac’s operating system, called Mavericks after a fabled California surfing spot. Coupled with a new generation of the flagship MacBook Pro laptop, it provides the most powerful and polished experience in computing these days.

    Participants are seen near the logo of Tizen Monday during the Tizen Developer Summit 2013 in Seoul, South Korea. Samsung is in a quiet push to make its Tizen operating system a part of the technology lexicon as familiar as Google’s Android or Apple’s iOS. Its ambition doesn’t stop there. Samsung sees the software in your car, fridge and television too. The first developer conference in Asia for Tizen wrapped up Tuesday after a two-day run, bringing together app developers and Tizen backers from Samsung, Intel and mobile operators.

    Samsung makes quiet push for new mobile OS

    Samsung is in a quiet push to make its Tizen operating system a part of the technology lexicon as familiar as Google’s Android or Apple’s iOS. Its ambition doesn’t stop there. Samsung sees the software in your car, fridge and television too. Samsung supplied about one third of the smartphones sold worldwide in the third quarter, nearly all of them running on Google’s Android.


    Need a break from the Internet? There’s an app for that

    Freedom, blocks access to Internet on your computer for up to eight hours at a stretch. Another, called SelfControl, lets you block out specific websites for 24 hours at a time. Steve Lambert, founder of SelfControl, says the real value of his app is that it makes users aware of their behavior — getting blocked every time they try to go to Facebook, for example, shows them how often they do it.


    Don’t let winter weather leave you stranded

    Q. What do I need to consider when getting my car ready for winter? Back in the day I would just bring it in and say please winterize my car. I sense things have changed a little.

Life & Entertainment

    In this Oct. 24, 2013 file photo, producer and actor Alec Baldwin attends the HBO premiere of “Seduced and Abandoned” at The Time Warner Center in New York. On Friday, MSNBC suspended Baldwin for two weeks for inflammatory remarks he made to a reporter earlier in the week.

    MSNBC suspends Baldwin’s show for 2 episodes

    Alec Baldwin’s new weekly MSNBC talk show was suspended for two episodes after the actor was videotaped using an anti-gay epithet against a photographer during a New York street encounter. In a statement on MSNBC website, Baldwin wrote that he “did not intend to hurt or offend anyone with my choice of words, but clearly I have — and for that I am deeply sorry.”

    This Nov. 9, 2011 file photo shows country singers Tim McGraw, left, and his wife Faith Hill at the 45th Annual CMA Awards in Nashville, Tenn. McGraw and Hill are brushing off divorce rumors as they power into a new round of Soul2Soul duet performances in Las Vegas. The country music royals sat close and joked with each other about tabloid headlines during a round table interview with reporters before their Friday show at the Venetian casino.

    Faith Hill: Why can’t happy be a story?

    Tim McGraw and Faith Hill brushed off tabloid divorce rumors as they powered into an encore run of “Soul2Soul,” a Las Vegas Strip residency that drew sellout crowds in its first season and is scheduled for 10 select weekends through April. “I wish people would stop buying that stuff, and I wish they’d just stop printing that stuff,” Hill said of the tabloids. “Happy is good. I don’t know why happy can’t be a story.”

    Multiple studies have shown that health professionals are overly pessimistic about the outcomes of “gray-zone” premature infants, overestimating their mortality while underestimating the rates of survival without handicaps.

    A doctor’s dilemma: Saving a preemie

    Thirty or 40 years ago, it was common to not resuscitate babies born at 28 or even 30 weeks. Over time, neonatal intensive care technology and knowledge improved, and intensive care is offered at increasingly lower gestational ages.But with improved ability to save babies, the cutoff point became blurred. Today, premature babies around 25 weeks are routinely provided intensive care, but those at 22 or fewer weeks usually are not. Between those two are babies in the “gray zone.”

    Historic Cedar Creek Settlement in Cedarburg, Wisconsin beckons with Festive Friday Eves, a series of five, free, family-oriented evening events, Nov. 22-Dec. 20.

    On the road: Warm up your dice for toy, game fair

    Build cities, play in tournaments, meet characters from Star Wars to Moshi Monsters and so much more at the 11th Annual Chicago Toy & Game Fair (ChiTAG), the only U.S. fair of its kind open to the public. There will be interactive exhibits, contests (the official Illinois state yo-yo contest, for example), live entertainment and opportunities to preview, play and purchase the hottest toys and games, relive classics and meet the inventors.

    The residents of the fictional Republican senators’ “Alpha House” are, from left, Mark Consuelos, John Goodman, Matt Malloy and Clark Johnson. The video series, which makd its debut Friday, is Amazon Studios’ first original program.

    With ‘Alpha House’ Garry Trudeau again has his sights on Washington

    Miles from his art board, Garry Trudeau is channeling his inner Robert Altman. The late filmmaker was his partner on HBO’s “Tanner ‘88” and the Sundance Channel’s “Tanner on Tanner” (2004), a pair of comedy series that served as Trudeau’s early forays into live-action televised political sendups. With the new “Alpha House,” which is wrapping shooting on this day, there is one major difference. “For the first time, I’m the boss,” he says.

    Actor Will Ferrell wore this burgundy polyester suit to portray a 1970s local TV news anchor in the comedy classic “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy.” The suit will be on display as part of the Newseum’s highly anticipated new exhibit, “Anchorman: The Exhibit,” which opened Thursday.

    ’Anchorman’ parody of TV news lands at Newseum

    While Dorothy’s ruby slippers from “The Wizard of Oz” are prize artifacts at the Smithsonian, Ron Burgundy’s burgundy “Anchorman” suit might turn out to be the most popular item at the Newseum. The museum has opened “Anchorman: The Exhibit,” featuring costumes and props from Will Ferrell’s 2004 movie “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy.” The story of a fictional news team’s sexist reaction to the arrival of an ambitious female reporter was a parody of real tumult in the 1970s TV business.

    Nursing homes and other long-term care facilities are widely unprepared to deal with sex among expanding populations of residents with dementia, partly because administrators, staff and families are reluctant to discuss or even acknowledge elderly sexuality, the AMDA has concluded.

    Sex among demented spurs elderly care group to call for policies

    An association of professionals who work at hundreds of elderly-care facilities in the United States is calling on the homes to reconsider their policies — or, in most cases, lack of policies — on geriatric sex.

    Morris Chestnut reprises his role as Lance in “The Best Man Holiday,” in theaters this weekend.

    ’Best Man Holiday’ revives Chestnut’s lure

    Back in 2012, while filming “The Best Man Holiday,” Morris Chestnut and Nia Long became increasingly nostalgic. It had been 14 years since the release of Malcolm D. Lee’s 1999 hit, “The Best Man,” and 21 years since the actors were first-time co-stars in John Singleton’s street-life classic “Boyz n the Hood.” “We are in such different places in our lives and careers now. We’re fortunate to still be here.”

    William Hurt plays Dr. Richard Feynman, the world-renowned physicist and Nobel laureate whose sharp mind and dogged spirit led him to the design flaw that caused the space shuttle Challenger to explode in 1986. The film “The Challenger Disaster” airs at 8 p.m. Saturday.

    'Challenger Disaster' TV film stars William Hurt

    The watching world was horrified when, on Jan. 28, 1986, the space shuttle Challenger exploded over Cape Canaveral, Fla., just seconds after liftoff. “The Challenger Disaster” stars William Hurt as Richard Feynman (with co-stars including Brian Dennehy and Bruce Greenwood) and airs at 8 p.m. Saturday on Science Channel. It depicts Feynman's unswervable search for the truth, even in the face of resistance.

    Author Doris Kearns Goodwin speaks about her new book, “The Bully Pulpit,” at the Harold Washington Library Center Winter Garden in Chicago.

    Book notes: Goodwin speaks about ‘Bully Pullpit’

    Pulitzer Prize-winning author, historian and political commentator Doris Kearns Goodwin discusses and signs copies of her newest book, "The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft and the Golden Age of Journalism," at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, at the Harold Washington Library Center Winter Garden in Chicago.

    The master bedroom has an open design with plenty of windows.

    New-home buyers seek great rooms, spas, connectivity

    New-home buyers are coming back, but they don’t want the same old McMansion. They want a house they can use. That means a “great room” where everyone can gather — and a spalike bathroom to escape from the crowd.

    Ben Tedder stars in "Rob Becker's Defending the Caveman" at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights.

    Weekend picks: Metropolis presents the 'Caveman'

    "Defending the Caveman" comically spells out differences between men and women going all the way back to prehistoric times at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights. The Chicagoland Antique Advertising, Slot-Machine and Jukebox Show in St. Charles presents antiques and collectibles to peruse Saturday and Sunday. And Larry Yando reprises his role as Ebenezer Scrooge in the Goodman production of "A Christmas Carol," in previews this weekend.


    Board can challenge assessed valuations

    Q. I live in a condominium association and the county assessor’s assessed valuation of my unit seems very high compared to the sales prices of comparable units. Fellow owners agree. Is there something the association, as an entity, can do to challenge these high assessed valuations?


    Mortgage deal between siblings is part of an estate

    Q. I lent my sister the money for her house. I had the mortgage recorded. My question is: In the event of my death, how can I make sure she keeps up the payments of her agreement?


    What to look for in a mortgage loan officer

    My new program to certify mortgage loan officers (LOs), which will become operational early next year, will focus on two features that are critically important to borrowers: price integrity and decision support. LOs offering price integrity do not understate the prices they quote to mortgage shoppers in order to corral them as clients, and do not overstate the price when they lock it for an already committed client.



    The Soapbox
    From earthquakes to sports fashion, Daily Herald editors express have something witty to say about many topics of interest to the suburbs.


    Quinn’s got it wrong on ‘progressive’ tax
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: Quinn says Illinois should have progressive income taxes like Wisconsin, Iowa and Indiana. I didn’t know that something was automatically better because someone else does it. That kind of reasoning sounds childish.


    GMO food labeling needed for our health
    A Darian letter to the editor: Just as food manufacturers opposed laws to print nutrition facts on the food we buy at supermarkets, now they are spending millions of dollars to kill ballot measures that would mandate the labeling of foods with genetically modified organisms (GMOs).


    What next after same-sex marriage?
    A Palatine letter to the editor: Now that our brilliant, hardworking state legislators have decided that the only criterion for legalizing same-sex marriages is that two people love each other, I can’t wait to see what the next step in this progression will be.


    Does president really “know nothing”?
    A Palatine letter to the editor: We heard it over and over again during the presidential campaign. It was Mr. Obama’s mantra, “If you like your health insurance plan, you can keep it. Period.” “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. Period.” And of course we all know what’s happening


    Let all couples enjoy bliss of marriage
    A letter to the editor:


    Obamacare signup a complete disater
    A Lombard letter to the editor: Absent from the Nov. 1 edition of the Daily Herald was the results of the number of people signing up for Obamacare that was reported on Fox News. After three years, $634 million and selecting a Canadian IT company with friends in the U.S. government it is a complete disaster.


    Why do GOP, fat cats get to hoard?
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: Why do Tea Party people and some Republicans give the military a free pass when they talk of budget cuts and budgeting? They attack Social Security, education, entitlement programs for the poor, minimum wages, public works, and health care.


    An ego that comes along once a century
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: Our fairly recent improvement in intrapersonal communication, has been a blessing and a curse. The bull can be distributed with the speed of light, the corrections by snail mail. There is a penalty to pay when one gets too cute.


    Pols did right thing on marriage vote
    An Elgin letter to the editor: For decades Illinois was, and is, the land corrupt, gutless, scheming, “what’s in it for me,” and criminal politicians. Never doing the “right thing,” But what a shocker they did. For once they did the “right thing” and gave all people the right to marry. For this one brief moment all the “yes voters” can stand proud.


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