Daily Archive : Saturday November 23, 2013


    Husband and wife Suze Sarrazin and Franklin Alrich, owners of Ram Food at 725 W. Chicago St. in Elgin, were turned down by the Elgin City Council for a permit to sell beer and wine.

    Elgin turns down liquor sales at convenience store

    You can buy pretty much anything at Ram Food, from canned peas to diapers, T-shirts, snow boots, makeup, cat litter and cellphone chargers, but you won’t find beer and wine at the Elgin store. The city council turned down in a 4-4 vote the owners’ request for a liquor sales permit at the store at 725 W. Chicago St. after city staff said it would be deleterious to the neighborhood.

    Sam Buckman, 10, of Elgin, went with his family to Washington, Ill. this week to drop off supplies and $25,000 in gift cards to tornado survivors. Here, he stands in front of the devastation and holds up a DVD he found in the wreckage.

    Elgin family used Facebook to help tornado survivors

    An Elgin family raised $25,000, which they used to buy gift cards from Walmart. They also collected more than two tons of supplies for the tornado survivors in downstate Washington. “It was a real testament to what social media is capable of,” Ken Buckman said.

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is backing an ordinance that would expand the city’s smoking ban to include electronic cigarettes. If approved, smoking e-cigarettes would not be allowed in offices, indoor public areas and within 10 feet of building entrances. The measure will be introducd at Tuesday’s City Council meeting.

    Chicago could add e-cigarettes to city smoking ban

    Users of electronic cigarettes could soon find themselves subject to Chicago’s smoking ban as the city tries to limit the use of the battery-powered nicotine vapor inhalers, which have become popular among minors and young adults. Mayor Rahm Emanuel is backing an ordinance that would expand the city’s regulation of tobacco products to include e-cigarettes, barring their use in offices, indoor...

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left and Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov shake hands, during a photo opportunity, prior to their meeting Saturday in Geneva, Switzerland.

    Obama calls Iran deal 'important first step'

    President Barack Obama declared an interim nuclear deal with Iran an “important first step” that cuts off the Islamic republic’s most likely path toward a bomb. “These are substantial limitations which will help prevent Iran from building a nuclear weapon,” Obama said at the White House late Saturday.

    A Shiite fighter clashes Friday with members of the Sunni-dominated Free Syrian Army rebel group in the town of Hatita, in the countryside of Damascus, Syria.

    Government airstrikes kill 44 in Syria

    BEIRUT — A string of government airstrikes on rebel-held areas in northern Syria killed at least 44 people Saturday, activists said, as al-Qaida-linked rebels captured one of the country’s major oil fields in the east.

    Associated Press/2012 photo The tiny islands in the East China Sea, called Senkaku in Japanese and Diaoyu in Chinese, are center stage in a dispute betweem China and Japan.

    China includes disputed islands in new air defense zone

    China’s move makes “the already dangerous area surrounding the [disputed] islands even more ripe for an inadvertent collision,” said Paul Haenle, director of the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy at Tsinghua University in Beijing.

    Even though Charlestowne Mall has changed its name and owners, visitors can count on Von Maur to entertain people during the holidays.

    Count on Von Maur for holiday cheerfulness

    Dave Heun says Charlestowne Mall might've changed its name, but visitors to the mall in St. Charles can still count on Von Maur department store to provide holiday cheer.


    Naperville man charged in Chicago murder, reports say

    A Naperville man has been charged with murder in the death of a Chicago man Monday in the parking lot of a Lincoln Square McDonald’s, according to a published report. Cordero H. Sims, 26, of the 1300 block of Normantown Road in Naperville, is being held without bail in the death of Irbinzon Gonzalez.

    Henry Parks, 3, and his little sister Hailey, 1½, of Cary, met Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Hoffman Estates village hall on Saturday.

    Hoffman Estates tree lighting ceremony a hit

    Santa, fireworks and holiday cookies ensured everyone — young and old — who attended Hoffman Estates’ annual tree lighting ceremony left with a smile.


    Lake Zurich kitchen fire under investigation

    A Lake Zurich kitchen fire was under investigation Saturday. No one was injured, but the home is uninhabitable, officials said in a news release.

    Elena Mandarino, 13, of the Walter R. Sundling Junior High School chorus belts out the songs, “The First Noel,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and “Here Comes Santa Claus” with the rest of her singing mates Saturday at the Palatine train station as part of Palatine’s Family Fun Day.

    Palatine celebrates arrival of holiday season

    Palatine residents welcomed the holiday season with a two-day downtown festival capped by the village tree lighting ceremony Saturday evening in Towne Square. The ceremony was to be led by Mayor Jim Schwantz and Santa, with the Palatine Children’s Chorus performing.

    Congressman Trey Radel takes a moment to himself Wednesday as he addresses the media at his office in Cape Coral.

    Cocaine bust derails fledgling GOP congressman

    On Thursday in downtown Fort Myers, his name elicited rolling eyes and hearty chuckles. Asked about Trey Radel, several voters responded with one word: “Cocaine.” “If he were a coke-head kid working at McDonald’s, he’d be out of a job,” said Richard Bruehl, a retired general contractor.

    Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., and Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin of Illinois, speak Thursday after a vote to weaken filibusters and make it harder for Republicans to block confirmation of the president’s nominees for judges and other top posts.

    Analysis: Dems reach breaking point on filibusters

    The Senate vote Thursday to curb some filibuster powers, after years of hesitation, will go down as a singular moment. Historians may view it as an inevitable step in the relentless march of partisanship, which severely has damaged the ability of Congress to conduct even routine business.

    Associated Press/June 7 Shannon Richardson is placed into a Titus County Sheriff’s car after an initial appearance at the federal building Texarkana, Texas.

    Texas ricin suspect cuts deal

    TEXARKANA, Texas — A Texas woman accused of sending ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has reached a plea deal with federal prosecutors, a newspaper reported Saturday.

    Alexis Wright, the fitness instructor who ran a prostitution ring out of her dance studio, is sworn in during a hearing at York County Superior Court in Alfred, Maine.

    Zumba instructor in prostitution bust leaves jail

    ALFRED, Maine — The Zumba instructor who ran a prostitution business in which she videotaped unsuspecting clients so her business partner could watch from his office 100 miles away has been released from jail, bringing to a close a scandal featuring sex videos, adultery and a client list with more than 100 names.

    Lyndon B. Johnson is sworn in as president as Jacqueline Kennedy stands at his side in the cabin of the presidential plane on the ground at Love Field in Dallas.

    When presidents die, power transfer can be tense

    Lyndon Johnson was the last of eight vice presidents to succeed a president who died in office. Some became major presidents in their own right, others were soon forgotten, and at least one was lucky to remain in office.

    Richard A. Roto in 1992

    Arlington Hts. man ‘loved the automobile business’

    Richard A. Roto of Kildeer, 84, former owner of Roto Mercury Sales in Arlington Heights and a past director of the Chicago Automobile Trade Association, will be remembered by family and friends Monday.

    Derek Weber of Joliet lies on the ground as the human tee during the Naperville Park District’s Turkey Shoot golf tournament Saturday at Springbrook Golf Course in Naperville. Zach Pedersen of Joliet practices his backswing while Dan Hamburger of Naperville watches.

    Naperville golf event cold but successful

    Participants in the Naperville Park District’s annual Turkey Shoot golf tournament on Saturday morning had to contend with the event’s coldest weather in more than a decade. But the event was pretty much at full capacity, said Ed Provow, the park district’s director of golf services. Each participant received a turkey, which he or she could choose to keep or donate to Loaves and Fishes Community...


    Woman hit by car, 'critically injured' in Lombard

    Lombard police said a woman, believed to be in her 60s, was critically injured after being hit by a vehicle Friday night near the intersection of Roosevelt Road and School Street in Lombard.

    Olivia Barnes, 6, of Elburn gets a candy cane painted on her face during the Kiwanis of Campton Hills holiday kickoff party Saturday.

    Kiwanis Club party starts holidays in Campton Hills

    The weather outside the Congregational United Church of Christ in Campton Hills was frightful Saturday, but the mood inside was quite delightful, as the Kiwanis of Campton Hills hosted its holiday kickoff party. Christmas songs played softly in the background as 9-year-old Laura Berberi of St. Charles talked to the jolly man in the red suit.

    Director Georges Lautner as he arrives for the screening of The Paperboy at the 65th international film festival.

    Beloved French director; Junie B. Jones author

    Director Georges Lautner, whose films from the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s are part of the French canon and still adored, has died at 87. Of the dozens of films he made, “Les Tontons Flingeurs,” which appeared as “Monsieur Gangster” for Anglophone audiences, was perhaps the most beloved.


    Lakemoor duplex fire still under investigation

    Two families were displaced and no injuries reported following a fire on the second floor of a Lakemoor duplex Thursday night, the McHenry Township Fire Protection District said. Firefighters were called to a home in the 300 block of North Maplewood Drive around 7:20 p.m. Thursday for a report of a structure fire. Both living units were uninhabitable due to fire, smoke and water damage.


    Surfer killed by shark in Australia

    PERTH, Australia — A 35-year-old surfer was fatally mauled by a shark Saturday off a notorious stretch of Australia’s west coast, police said. The shark “bounced off the board” of one surfer “before attacking the other male” off a beach near Gracetown, said Western Australia state police Sgt. Norm Giocas.


    Carpentersville man convicted of molesting child

    A 38-year-old Carpentersville man was convicted of aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a 4-year-old child, officials said. Francisco Nava, of the 0-100 block of Meadowlark Lane, was convicted Friday of the class 2 felony by Kane County Circuit Court Judge John A. Barsanti.

    Rabbi Abraham Skorka — rector of the Seminario Rabinico Latinoamericano in Buenos Aires, which has ties to the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York — finds himself in the unlikely position of being close friends with a pope. When Francis was Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, archbishop of Buenos Aires, he and Skorka co-wrote a book of dialogues on Judaism and Roman Catholicism.

    A rabbi whose good friend became the pope

    Rabbi Abraham Skorka — rector of the Seminario Rabinico Latinoamericano in Buenos Aires, which has ties to the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York — finds himself in the unlikely position of being close friends with a pope. When Francis was Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, archbishop of Buenos Aires, he and Skorka co-wrote a book of dialogues on Judaism and Roman Catholicism.

    Passersby react Saturday outside the collapsed Maxima supermarket in Riga, Latvia. Scores of people have died, including three firefighters, after an enormous section of roof collapsed at the supermarket.

    Third section of Latvian supermarket roof collapses

    The dramatic cave-in came as rescue workers were attempting to complete an operation in a particularly dangerous part of the building. The rescue service said it wants to consult with engineers before renewing the operation and that all search efforts will be put on hold until Sunday morning.

    Climate activists protest Friday, acting in the role world leaders, in front of the U.N. climate change conference at the National Stadium in Warsaw, Poland. They are dressed as: French President Francois Hollande, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, U.S. President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

    Modest deal breaks deadlock at U.N. climate talks

    More than 190 countries agreed in Warsaw to start preparing “contributions” for the new deal, which is supposed to be adopted in 2015. That term was adopted after China and India objected to the word “commitments” in a standoff with the U.S. and other developed countries.

    Karim Jaghab, left, and his father, Nabil Jaghab.

    Police: N.Y. deli owners stole $1 million lottery ticket

    Police say the ticket was worth $1 million, but the deli owner gave the man $1,000 in cash and kept the ticket.

    British Foreign Secretary William Hague speaks to journalists as he arrives at the Intercontinental Hotel prior to talks on Iran's nuclear program in Geneva, Switzerland, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and foreign ministers of other major powers joined Iran nuclear talks on Saturday, throwing their weight behind a diplomatic push to complete a deal after envoys reported progress on key issues blocking an interim agreement to curb the Iranian program in return for limited sanctions relief.

    Hard bargaining in Geneva on Iran nuclear deal

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and five foreign ministers joined Iran nuclear talks Saturday, cautioning there were no guarantees their participation would be enough to seal a deal to curb Tehran's atomic program.

    In this Nov. 1, 2013 file photo provided to the AP, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, police officers stand near a weapon at the Los Angeles International Airport after a gunman opened fire in the terminal, killing one person and wounding several others. During the incident, Los Angeles International Airport screener Gerardo Hernandez lay bleeding from his chest as paramedics waited nearby, ready to help but unable to because police said it was too dangerous to enter the terminal where a gunman had shot four people. It would be 33 minutes before the Transportation Security Administration officer received first aid, and by then, it was too late.

    Auto crash, gun fears bring chaotic night to LAX

    Fears of gunfire, false alarms and a real auto accident brought minutes of chaos and hours of delays to Los Angeles International Airport, where frayed nerves remained three weeks after a gunman killed one person and injured three others.


    Coast Guard delivering Christmas trees to Chicago

    The U.S. Coast Guard is preparing to set sail on a special holiday mission with historical roots. A crew is scheduled on Monday to load 1,220 Christmas trees aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw. The ice cutter will then travel from its homeport of Cheboygan down Lake Michigan to Chicago.


    Chicago nonprofit gets funds to train farmers

    A Chicago nonprofit group is getting a $300,000 grant to equip and train up to 50 local urban farmers.


    Illinoisans urged to think fire safety on holiday

    Thanksgiving is the day of the year when the most home cooking fires occur, and the Illinois state fire marshal is urging people to be safe in the kitchen next week.


    Cook County reaches milestone in Medicaid sign-ups

    The head of Cook County's health care system says the effort to provide insurance coverage to low-income adults in the county's early expansion of Medicaid has reached a milestone.

    Garza told students that hard work led him to college and then to a career in the NFL.

    Bears center delivers education message in Waukegan

    Bears center Roberto Garza lent his celebrity to a pizza party Friday night at Waukegan High School that served as a fundraiser for an organization helping at-risk children and families.

    A man draws on a Blu brand electronic cigarette at an outdoor music event near the Bartlett Nature Center in September, where smoking of tobacco products is allowed. In the last two months, I have witnessed people using electronic cigarettes in department stores, eating establishmens, Metra train stations, Sears Centre and public locations outside where smoking is not allowed. You cannot smell e-cigarette vapor even if it is blown in your face. Electronic cigarettes are battery-powered devices which mimic cigarettes by vaporizing a nicotine-laced liquid which is inhaled by the user. There is a push for laws on usage and advertisement of electronic cigarettes that would match the laws on tobacco usage.

    Perspective photo



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


    Saturday’s girls basketball scoreboard
    Here are the results from Saturday's varsity girls basketball results as reported to the Daily Herald.

    Batavia’s Michael Moffatt (23) and Noah Frazier celebrate a Rockford Boylan fumble recovered by the Bulldogs in the first quarter of the Class 6A semifinal game on Saturday.

    Batavia blows out Boylan to advance to 6A title game

    In the Madden video game, players simply hit the “fatigue off” button and the next thing you know Adrian Peterson is breaking off 60-yard runs in the fourth quarter on his 35th carry of the game. Who knew Batavia’s Anthony Scaccia comes with his own “fatigue off” button? The Bulldogs turned to their 150-pound senior running back early and often on a frigid Saturday in Rockford in their Class 6A semifinal clash with Boylan. On a frozen field that made any cutback an adventure, Scaccia didn’t rely on his normal shifty moves. Instead he showed his toughness, plowing forward time and time again, finishing with 184 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns on a whopping 41 carries in Batavia’s 38-6 win over the previously unbeaten and top-seeded Titans.

    Manny Pacquiao wears the champion’s belt after defeating Brandon Rios in their WBO international welterweight title fight on Sunday in Macau.

    Pacquiao beats Rios in unanimous decision

    Manny Pacquiao defeated Brandon Rios by unanimous decision on Sunday to take the WBO international welterweight title. It was an emotional victory for Pacquiao after the devastating typhoon in his home nation of the Philippines.


    Kuzmanic powers Wheeling’s win

    Wheeling junior Deanna Kuzmanic, who received all-state recognition following her sophomore season, scored a career-high 38 points as the Wildcats posted a 63-53 victory over the host team of the Niles North Thanksgiving tournament on Saturday night.

    Jon Lubanza of Naperville Central celebrates an interception during the Marist at Naperville Central Class 8A semifinal Saturday.

    Naperville Central stuns Marist, will play for 8A title

    Is there such a thing as stunned expectation? If so, Naperville Central's football team displayed it with authority Saturday night. Rallying from a 2-touchdown second-half deficit, the Redhawks pulled out a thrilling 27-21 victory over visiting Marist in the Class 8A semifinals to advance to the championship game for the first time since 2001.


    Gallimore (38 points) goes off in Antioch victory

    Antioch’s hot start to the girls basketball season continued Saturday. And so did Paige Gallimore’s. The senior guard poured in a career-high 38 points, as the Sequoits defeated Taft 75-56 in the Niles North tournament.

    Michigan State’s Branden Dawson, right, and Oklahoma’s Jordan Woodard fight for control of the ball during the second half of the championship game in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic on Saturday in New York. Michigan State won 87-76.

    No. 1 Michigan St. struggles to beat Oklahoma

    No. 1 Michigan State had all it could handle from Oklahoma before pulling away in the final minutes for an 87-76 victory Saturday night in the championship game of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic.

    The Blackhawks’ Niklas Hjalmarsson gets a face full of glass after being checked by the Canucks’ Henrik Sedin on Saturday.

    Hawks rally in Hossa’s absence

    Two days after getting Marian Hossa back from a lower-body injury, the Blackhawks had to play without their veteran star again on Saturday against Vancouver. Without Hossa, the Hawks looked lethargic for much of the game before getting goals nine seconds apart in the third period from Andrew Shaw and Marcus Kruger en route to a 2-1 win. Hossa returned to Chicago to attend to what Hawks coach Joel Quenneville called a family matter.


    Dusel flips for diving title

    The pain from a serious back injury that forced Naperville Central sophomore diver Sydney Dusel to give up gymnastics is starting to subside.

    Prospect junior diver Dana Liva produced her best state-meet finish yet, taking fourth in Saturday's finals at New Trier.

    Liva's ascent continues with fourth-place finish

    Prospect junior Dana Liva produced her best finish yet, taking fourth in diving in the girls state meet on Saturday at New Trier.

    Barrington's Kristen Jacobsen heads for a repeat victory in the 500-yard freestyle in girls swimming state finals on Saturday at New Trier.

    Barrington's Jacobsen breaks state record in 200 free

    Barrington sophomore Kirsten Jacobsen set a state record in the 200-yard freestyle in Saturday's girls swimming state meet finals, winning the event in 1:46.98. She also repeated as the state champ in the 500 free, winning in 4:46.93.

    Bulls point guard Derrick Rose leaves the Moda Center on crutches after he was injured against the Portland Trail Blazers in Portland, Ore. Rose tore meniscus in his right knee and is out indefinitely.

    Rose needs surgery for cartilage tear

    An MRI exam revealed a medial meniscus tear in Derrick Rose's right knee. Surgery is required and Rose is out indefinitely. The cartilage injury occurred in the third quarter of Friday's loss to Portland. How bad is it? Well, it's definitely better than the torn ACL in his left knee that kept Rose out of action all of last season. Mike McGraw looks at the range of possibilities.


    Late Griffins goal sinks Wolves

    Grand Rapids netted a power-play goal with 48.7 seconds left to capture a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Wolves on Saturday night at Allstate Arena. Shane Harper scored for the Wolves (9-7-0-2), and Matt Climie stopped 22 shots in the hard-fought loss to the Midwest Division-leading Griffins.

    Kevin Clifford, left, and Ryan Minick of Naperville Central celebrate the winnind TD during the Marist at Naperville Central football Class 8A semifinal Saturday.

    Images: Marist at Naperville Central Class 8A semifinal football playoffs
    Naperville Central hosted Marist Saturday for IHSA Class 8A football semifinal football action at Naperville Central.

    Aurora Christian tailback Legend Smith (44) getting mobbed by jubilant teammates after his 10-yard TD reception that gave the Eagles a 26-21 lead over Stillman Valley with 2:27 remaining during Saturday’s 3A state semifinals in Aurora. Stillman Valley rallied for a 28-26 win.

    Stillman Valley denies Aurora Christian’s 3-peat bid

    For the first time in 3 football seasons, there will be a Class 3A state champion other than Aurora Christian. Senior fullback Zac Hare’s 3-yard touchdown run with 12.9 seconds remaining capped an 11-play, 59-yard drive and propelled Stillman Valley (11-2) to a come-from-behind, 28-26 state semifinal victory over Aurora Christian (9-4) Saturday night in frigid Aurora.

    St. Charles East Shea Hoyt placed third in the 100-yard breaststroke at the girls state swimming finals on Saturday at New Trier.

    St. Charles East, Rosary finish top 10

    In the middle of one of the tightest team finishes ever, area girls swimmers put on quite a show themselves. Neither St. Charles East, Rosary nor St. Charles North were in trophy contention during Saturday’s IHSA finals at New Trier — but each had swimmers who earned accolades — and for St. Charles East and Rosary, the team finishes were strong as well.


    SIU-E comes up short against Portland St.

    DaShaun Wiggins scored a season-high 17 points — including five in the final minutes — as Portland State rallied to beat Southern Illinois University Edwardsville 77-74 on Saturday night.


    EIU dispatches Roosevelt 89-67

    Alex Austin scored 16 points, Keenan Anderson had 13 and Eastern Illinois rolled to an 89-67 victory Saturday night over Roosevelt.


    Dahlstrom leads another Grayslake Central win

    Grayslake Central’s Morgan Dalhstrom has started the holiday season the right way. The 6-foot-1 senior center scored a career-high 29 points and grabbed 17 rebounds Saturday to lead the Rams to a 58-39 win over Libertyville in the Buffalo Grove tournament. In helping the Grayslake Central start the season with three straight wins, Dahlstrom has averaged 25.7 points.

    Barrington's Kristen Jacobsen finished 1st in the 500 yard freestyle at the girls state swimming finals on Saturday in Winnetka.

    Images: State Girls Swimming Finals
    Images of finals Saturday at the state girls swim meet at New Trier High School in Winnetka.

    Mundelein's Erin Falconer placed second in the 200-yard freestyle at the girls state swimming finals on Saturday at New Trier.

    Relay strikes gold for Mundelein

    As Mundelein senior Karrie Kozokar stood on the starting blocks, she knew she would be 50 yards from making history Saturday afternoon. Kozokar also knew she wasn't going to have to do anything out of the ordinary.Junior teammates Erin Falconer, Jenn Kordik and Rachel Robb were doing what they usually do by leading the way in the 200-yard freestyle relay in the 39th annual girls state swimming and diving meet. And shortly after Kozokar touched first, she was celebrating with Falconer, Kordik and Robb as they brought the Mustangs the first swimming event title in girls history with a 1:34.58 at New Trier in Winnetka.


    Carmel storms past Mundelein

    That was a statement by Carmel Catholic’s girls basketball team. An extremely loud, cover-your-ears one. After a convincing, 70-47 win over the host team in what amounted to the championship game of Mundelein’s Lady Mustangs Turkey Shootout on Saturday night, Carmel headed into the locker room and celebrated by banging away at the lockers.


    Montini thinking four titles just not enough

    The Drive for Five is alive. Four-time defending Class 5A champion Montini earned a shot at a fifth straight title with a 42-20 victory over previously unbeaten Sycamore on Saturday at Duffy Memorial Field in Lombard.


    Rosary tops Aurora Christian for 3rd place

    In the third-place game of the IMSA/Aurora Christian Hoops Happening Tournament on Saturday, Rosary got 16 points from Rachel Choice in a 71-46 win over Aurora Christian.

    Sarah Miller

    Dundee-Crown gets first win for Miller

    Sarah Miller has her first career win under her belt and Dundee-Crown’s girls basketball team has its first win of the season after beating Streamwood 49-41 at the Chargers’ Thanksgiving Tournament Saturday. The Chargers (1-3) never trailed as they scored in double figures in each quarter while holding the Sabers to just 13 first-half points. D-C led by 11 at halftime.“It feels good (to get the win) because the girls deserve it,” said Miller, the former Mundelein assistant who took over the D-C program this season.


    Loyola falls to UC Davis in OT

    Ryan Sypkens scored 15 points on five 3-pointers as UC Davis beat Loyola Chicago in overtime on Saturday night.

    Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky shoots past Oral Roberts’ Dennell Henderson (34) and Jorden Kaufman during the second half of Saturday’s game in Madison.

    Badgers top Oral Roberts 76-67

    Benet grad Frank Kaminsky scored 21 points to lead five Wisconsin players in double figures, helping the 12th-ranked Badgers hold off Oral Roberts 76-67 on Saturday night.


    Huntley tops Palatine to make it 4-0

    Huntley’s girls basketball team remains unbeaten and its dominance in close games continues as the Red Raiders beat Palatine 56-48 Saturday at the Dundee-Crown Thanksgiving Tournament. Up by just a point at halftime, the Red Raiders (4-0) trailed by as much as 4 in the third quarter before sisters Ali and Sam Andrews took the game over, scoring 31 of the team’s final 37 points.


    Santos stars in Geneva’s opener

    After never playing a minute her first two years at Geneva, Sydney Santos’ season debut for the Vikings’ girls basketball team could not have been much better. The senior forward pumped in six of the Vikings’ nine 3-pointers in scoring a game-high 26 points to lead Geneva to a 61-40 victory over Andrew on Saturday afternoon at the Rachel Bach Tournament, hosted by Glenbard East.

    Lake Zurich defensive end Chris Lehtinen makes a tackle during Saturday's Class 7A state semifinal at Glenbard West.

    Lake Zurich's lucky to have No. 13

    Jersey No. 13 continued to be nothing but good luck for Chris Lehtinen and Lake Zurich as the Bears earned a 16-7 victory at Glenbard West in the Class 7A semifinals.

    Lake Zurich's Sam Walstrum high fives fans following th Bears' 16-7 Class 7A semifinal playoff win in Glen Ellyn Saturday.

    Lake Zurich rallies past Glenbard W. to 7A title game

    It was the exact game everyone expected between Lake Zurich and Glenbard West in Saturday's Class 7A semifinal football game in Glen Ellyn. The only question was who'd be headed to DeKalb next weekend. The Bears answered loud and proud, riding their brilliant defense and timely offense to a 16-7 victory over Glenbard West. In four playoff meetings the last five years, the rivals are now even at two wins apiece. Lake Zurich (12-1) advances to play Mt. Carmel (12-1), a winner over Edwardsville, in the 7A title game at 4 p.m. next Saturday at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. The Bears will make their fourth appearance in the final in search of their second state title.


    Will’s 30 leads Prospect past St. Charles North

    St. Charles North had a very singular defensive focus for Saturday’s matchup with Prospect in the second round of the York Thanksgiving Tournament: Contain all-area standout Taylor Will. “We told the girls if we let Will dominate the game, they would beat us,” North Stars coach Sean Masoncup said. Masoncup proved prophetic. St. Charles North tried to slow down the versatile junior guard, but Will scored early and often en route to a game-high 30 points, leading Prospect past North 61-44 in Elmhurst.

    Stevenson’s Willie Bourbon, left, hugs teammate Nick Dillon following the Patriots’ 15-14 loss to Loyola during Saturday’s Class 8A semifinal in Lincolnshire.

    Loyola gambles, beats Stevenson in 8A semifinal

    No one can accuse the Loyola football team of playing it safe. The gutsy Ramblers showed the kind of chutzpah that a state championship team needs Saturday afternoon in coming from behind to edge host Stevenson 15-14 in a Class 8A state semifinal that featured temperatures in the low-20s. Not only did the Ramblers try a fake punt deep in their own territory in the second half (it wound up yielding a first down), they also threw out conventional wisdom with under a minute to play and took on a huge risk. Loyola, which improves to 12-1 and will take on Naperville Central in the 7 p.m. Class 8A state championship next weekend in DeKalb


    North Central makes playoffs look easy

    Following the greatest postseason in North Central College football history, starting senior left tackle Jace Werkheiser changed his fortunes when he transferred after attending Northern Illinois University as a freshman.


    Bartlett gets No. 299 for Sarna

    Ally Giampapa scored 23 points and Lauren Janczak had 12 points and 6 rebounds Saturday as the Bartlett girls basketball team downed Rockford Auburn 67-52 in the Naperville Central/Benet Tip-Off Tournament. The win was the 299th career victory for 16th-year Bartlett coach Denise Sarna.

    Baltimore running back Ray Rice rushes against Bears safety Major Wright (21), linebacker Jon Bostic (57) and linebacker Khaseem Greene (59) during the second half of last Sunday’s game in Chicago. Rice amassed a season-best 131 yards on 25 carries for a 5.2-yard average.

    Time to bear down and stop run

    The Bears' defense has struggled to stop the run in recent weeks as injuries have piled up, but there have been occasional signs of improvement, which will be tested Sunday by Rams rookie Zac Stacy. “He bounces off tackles,” Bears coach Marc Trestman said. “We’ve got to wrap him up."

    In this photo taken on Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, Bulls point guard Derrick Rose (1) leaves the Moda Center on crutches after he was injured against the Portland Trail Blazers in Portland, Ore. Rose tore meniscus in his right knee and is out indefinitely.

    Easy to wonder now if Rose, Bulls will ever be same

    During the 16 hours it took to get the news on Derrick Rose, many Bulls fans had come to the conclusion that the window for this group had slammed shut, and it was time to think about what was next. The first thing I thought of was how rough this must be for Rose, and of his unfulfilled promise.


    Neuqua Valley defeats Wheaton North

    The Neuqua Valley girls basketball team opened the third quarter of Saturday’s afternoon’s 73-49 victory over Wheaton North at the York Thanksgiving Tournament with two consecutive 3-point baskets followed by two straight baskets off steals.


    South Elgin clamps down on McHenry

    After giving up 78 points in a loss to Crystal Lake South Friday night, South Elgin girls basketball coach Tim Prendergast was looking for a much better defensive effort against McHenry on Saturday. The Storm coach’s wishes were granted. Limiting McHenry to 10 field goals and 25 percent shooting, the South Elgin defense was key in a 61-39 win in third round action of the Dundee-Crown Thanksgiving Tournament.


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    saturday, november 23Girls basketball (JLE ROUNDUP)Addison Trail/Fenton tournament Leyden vs. Northridge Prep, 4:30 p.m.Buffalo Grove tournament, 11 a.m./12:30/2 p.m. Barrington vs. Maine South, 11 a.m.Dundee-Crown tournament St. Viator vs. Jacobs, 11:30 a.m. Palatine vs. Huntley, 4 p.m.Grayslake tournament (Christian Liberty Acad.), TBAHoffman Estates tournament Mother McAuley vs. Hoffman Estates, 6 p.m. Maine West vs. Harlan, 7:30 p.m. Hersey vs. Lake Park, 7:30 p.m.Lake Zurich tournament at Lakes Fremd vs Cary-Grove, 1 p.m. Rolling Meadows vs. Johnsburg, 2:30 p.m. Elk Grove vs. Lakes, 4 p.m.Niles North tournament Wheeling at Niles North, 7 p.m.Schaumburg tournament Stevenson vs. WW South, 9 a.m. Montini vs. St .Charles East, 10:30 a.m. Rockford Boylan vs. Schaumburg, noon Trinity vs. Glenbrook South, 1:30 p.m.York tournament Prospect vs. St. Charles North, 11 a.m. SMITH Neuqua Valley vs. Wheaton North, 12:30 p.m. York vs. Conant, 2 p.m.Girls swimmingPHOTO State meet finals at New Trier GABRIELFootballPicking up stories from zones who are good at football


    Larkin falls to Sycamore

    With only seven players in uniform, Larkin’s girls basketball team was a bit undermanned to begin with Saturday. The Royals then dug themselves a big first-half hole. They tried to dig their way out of it in the second half but came up short, falling 45-37 to Sycamore at the Central Thanksgiving Tournament in Burlington.


    Hampshire claims tournament crown

    The Hampshire girls basketball team started slowly and didn’t shoot well throughout the game Saturday afternoon. But the Whip-Purs stepped up their defense and dominated the boards to beat Willows Academy, 52-37, in the championship game of the Elgin Academy Thanksgiving Tournament.

    Josh McCown, here throwing a pass to TE Martellus Bennett last week, said the Bears must do a better job with their Friday-through-Sunday preparation.

    McCown disappointed by team’s preparation last week

    Quarterback Josh McCown says the Bears' slow start last week might have been caused by a lack of mental preparation.

    Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah is tripped up by Penn State safety Ryan Keiser during the second quarter of Saturday’s game in State College, Pa.

    Nebraska defeats Penn State in OT

    Pat Smith kicked a 42-yard field goal on Nebraska’s first possession in overtime to lift the Cornhuskers to a 23-20 win over Penn State on Saturday night. Smith’s 37-yarder was called back on a false start. Smith had no trouble with 5 extra yards, giving the Huskers (8-3, 5-2 Big Ten) their third win in four games.

    Lake Zurich quarterback Noah Allgood ices the game late in the fourth quarter as he dives over the goal line for a touchdown against Glenbard West.

    Images: Lake Zurich at Glenbard West Class 7A semifinal football playoffs
    Glenbard West hosted Lake Zurich Saturday for IHSA Class 7A football semifinal football action at Glenbard West in Glen Ellyn.

    Stevenson’s Cameron Green makes a touchdown catch in front of Loyola’s Jack Gleason during Saturday’s class 8A semifinal in Lincolnshire.

    Images: Stevenson vs. Loyola Academy football
    The Stevenson Patriots hosted the Loyola Academy Ramblers for Class 8A football playoff semifinal action on Saturday, Nov. 23 in Lincolnshire.

    Catcher Brian McCann hit .256 with 57 RBIs in 356 at-bats for Atlanta this season.

    McCann, Yankees near 5-year, $85 million deal

    Free-agent catcher Brian McCann and the New York Yankees are about to complete a five-year deal worth around $85 million, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.

    Burlington Central’s Kayla Ross (4) pressures Sycamore’s Bailey Gilbert during girls basketball Saturday in the Central High School Thanksgiving Tournament.

    Ross’ defensive effort lifts Burlington Central

    Kayla Ross knew what she had to do Saturday, and the Burlington Central sophomore was up to the challenge. Ross was assigned to shut down Sycamore sharpshooter Bailey Gilbert in Saturday’s final pool play game of the Central Thanksgiving Tournament. Shut Gilbert down she did, holding the Spartan junior to just 7 points on 2 of 8 shooting as the Rockets (3-0) earned a hard-fought 41-37 win, putting them in Tuesday’s 7:30 p.m. championship game against Machesney Park Harlem. BC lost the title game to Belvidere North last year.

    Notre Dame running back Tarean Folston heads to the end zone in the first half of Saturday’s game against BYU in South Bend, Ind.

    Irish post 23-13 win over BYU

    Tommy Rees threw for 235 yards and a touchdown, Cam McDaniel rushed for a career-high 117 yards and Notre Dame bounced back from a disappointing loss to beat BYU 23-13 on Saturday. Coach Brian Kelly became the first Notre Dame coach to win at least eight games in his first four seasons since Dan Devine (1975-78).

    Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase, left, throws a pass as offensive lineman Corey Lewis (70) blocks Purdue defensive end Evan Panfil (95) in the first half Saturday in West Lafayette, Ind..

    Illinois gets a Big Ten victory

    Nathan Scheelhaase completed 24 of 30 passes for 257 yards and two touchdowns and Josh Ferguson ran for a career-high 115 yards for the Fighting Illini (4-7, 1-6 Big Ten), who snapped a six-game losing streak this season and a 20-game skid in conference play.

    Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller, top, scores a touchdown against Indiana’s Tim Bennett, left, and Forisse Hardin during the second quarter of Saturday’s game in Columbus, Ohio.

    Miller leads No. 4 Buckeyes over Hoosiers, 42-14

    Braxton Miller ran for 144 yards and two touchdowns and passed for two more Saturday to lead No. 4 Ohio State to a 42-14 victory over Indiana, extending the Buckeyes’ school-record win streak to 23 in a row.

    Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon holds off Minnesota defensive lineman Roland Johnson, center, and defensive back Cedric Thompson, left, on a short gain during the first quarter of Saturday’s game in Minneapolis.

    Wisconsin beats Minnesota for 10th straight time

    James White rushed for 125 yards and a touchdown and No. 16 Wisconsin beat Minnesota for the 10th straight time in a 20-7 victory on Saturday. After the game, the Badgers (9-2, 6-1 Big Ten) hoisted Paul Bunyan’s Axe and used it to chop the Gophers' goal post when the time ran out.


    EIU overwhelms UT Martin, 70-22

    Jimmy Garoppolo threw for 477 yards and six touchdowns as Eastern Illinois dominated University of Tennessee at Martin 70-22 Saturday.


    SIU downs Indiana State 31-9

    Malcolm Agnew rushed for 97 yards and two touchdowns to lead Southern Illinois to a 31-9 road victory over Indiana State on Saturday.

    Hamilton Tiger-Cats Dan LeFevour, a former star at Benet Academy, is tackeld by two Montreal Alouettes players. LeFevour is a backup QB with Hamilton and may play in Sunday's CFL Grey Cup game.

    2 ex-Bears QBs lead Hamilton to Grey Cup game

    A pair of former Bears quarterbacks, including Benet Academy product Dan LeFevour, have found success with the Canadian Football League’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

    Batavia’s Anthony Scaccia is congratulated by teammates Jack Breshears (77) and Jordan Zwart after scoring a touchdown in the second quarter of the Class 6A semifinal game on Saturday, November 23.

    Images: Batavia vs. Rockford Boylan football
    The Batavia Bulldogs battled the Titans from Rockford Boylan for a trip to the IHSA class 6A state finals as the two football teams played Saturday in Rockford.

    Bulls guard Mike Dunleavy, right, looks to shoot a reverse layup against Trail Blazers guard Wesley Matthews on Friday.

    Rose has torn right meniscus, will need surgery

    The Bulls announced today that Derrick Rose has a torn right meniscus and will need surgery. He's expected to be out indefinitely. Rose left Friday's Portland loss with a right knee injury with 3:30 left in the third quarter and limped to the locker room with assistance


    Montini gets offense going against St. Charles East

    It’s not easy for the Montini girls basketball players to impress coach Jason Nichols, but they did it Saturday morning. The Broncos took an 82-43 victory from St. Charles East at the Schaumburg Thanksgiving Tournament, their third straight victory there.

    Michigan State running back Jeremy Langford (33) shakes off Northwestern safety Ibraheim Campbell (24) on a touchdown scoring run during the second half of an NCAA football game on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, in Evanston, Ill. (AP Photo/Andrew A. Nelles)

    Northwestern drops 7th straight, falls to Spartans
    Connor Cook threw for a career-high 293 yards, Jeremy Langford ran for 150, and No. 13 Michigan State clinched a spot in the Big Ten title game with a 30-6 victory over Northwestern on Saturday afternoon.

    Iowa's Kevonte Martin-Manley runs from Michigan's Jehu Chesson (86) during a punt return in the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, in Iowa City, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

    Iowa rallies past Michigan 24-21

    The numbers suggested that Iowa should have long buried Michigan. Yet the Hawkeyes found themselves in big trouble with just over two minutes left and the Wolverines on the move.Iowa finally got a turnover — after committing four of its own — to clinch one of the bigger wins in coach Kirk Ferentz’s 15 seasons with the Hawkeyes.

    Downers Grove North’s Maddy Sims, left and teammate Daria Wick come together after their victory in a heat of the 200-yd. freestyle relay race in the girls state finals prelims at New Trier High School on Friday.

    Images: State Girls Swimming Prelims
    Images of Prelims Friday at the state girls swim meet at New Trier High School in Winnetka.


    A Boeing 747 “Dreamlifter” takes off Thursday, the day after it mistakenly landed at Col. James Jabara Airport in Wichita, Kan.

    Boeing solicits bids for site of 777X production

    Spokesman Doug Alder said requests for proposals began going out Friday. Boeing wants the proposals returned in a few weeks, and the company hopes to make a final decision early next year.

    A passenger checks his cell phone while boarding a flight, in Boston.

    Will airlines allow inflight calls?

    Delta Air Lines is the only major airline to explicitly state that voice calls won’t be allowed on its flights, even if the FCC allows it. Delta says years of feedback from customers show “the overwhelming sentiment” is to continue prohibiting calls.Other airlines aren’t as firm.

    Cars pass over Caltrans traffic sensors on the State Route 134 Freeway in Los Angeles but the control box is damaged. About one-third of traffic sensors that Caltrans operates on highways statewide do not work.

    Dim traffic sensors dull how ‘smart’ freeways are

    The outages are significant enough that the sensors alone cannot produce real-time traffic maps that are useful to the public. Especially when compared to the many private traffic mapping services that drivers rely on to get around.

    Google is opening showrooms in six U.S. cities, promoting its latest products, like the Chromebook, and stepping up retail efforts against Apple and Microsoft as the year-end holiday shopping season gets under way.

    Google opening showrooms in six US cities to show off gadgets

    SAN FRANCISCO — Google is opening showrooms in six U.S. cities, promoting its latest products and stepping up retail efforts against Apple and Microsoft as the year-end holiday shopping season gets under way.Called Winter Wonderlabs, the outlets feature products such as Nexus 7 tablets, Chromebook computers and Chromecast video- streaming devices, the company said on a new website. Consumers can order the gadgets online after looking at the wares. The stores also feature a large snow globe that lets customers take videos of themselves, complete with fake snow.The operator of the world’s most-popular search engine is investing more resources to bolster its position in hardware and joins Intel this year in rolling out showrooms to promote products. Microsoft has opened almost 50 stores after Apple found success with its retail outlets, where customers can purchase iPhones, iPads and Macs and also learn more about using the devices.“The Winter Wonderlab is a fun and interactive way to experience all of Google’s new gadgets in one place,” the company said on the website.Google is putting the showrooms at or near New York, Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles, Sacramento, Calif., and Paramus, N.J. The company is also building a barge in San Francisco Bay aimed at showing off new technologies.

    Yahoo has pledged to encrypt all of its internal network communications by the end of the first quarter of 2014. It’s a timely step for Yahoo, which has mostly lagged behind other tech companies when it comes to user privacy.

    Yahoo plans to encrypt, but you must opt in

    Yahoo has pledged to encrypt all of its internal network communications by the end of the first quarter of 2014. It’s a timely step for Yahoo, which has mostly lagged behind other tech companies when it comes to user privacy.

    With the cooperation of foreign allies, the NSA is potentially gaining access to every email sent or received abroad, or between people abroad, from Google and Yahoo’s email services, as well as anything in Google Docs, Maps or Voice, according to a series of articles in The Washington Post.

    Reagan’s role in NSA’s hack of Google and Yahoo

    Back when Yahoo was something hollered at a rodeo and no one could conceive of Googling anything, President Ronald Reagan signed an executive order that extended the power of U.S. intelligence agencies overseas, allowing broader surveillance of non-U.S. suspects. At the time, no one imagined he was granting authority to spy on what became known as Silicon Valley.

    Sony Corp. sold more than 1 million PlayStation 4 consoles in North America during the first 24 hours of sales, though the company said some buyers reported glitches including the device suddenly turning itself off.

    Sony monitors PlayStation ‘issues’ as sales top 1 million

    Sony Corp. sold more than 1 million PlayStation 4 consoles in North America during the first 24 hours of sales, though the company said some buyers reported glitches including the device suddenly turning itself off. Sony is getting a head start on competing for the attention of game players with Microsoft Corp., which released the Xbox One Friday.

    Dr. Alan Shatzel, medical director of the Mercy Telehealth Network, is displayed on the monitor RP-VITA robot at Mercy San Juan Hospital in Carmichael, Calif. The robots enable physicians to have a different bedside presence as they “beam” themselves into hospitals to diagnose patients and offer medical advice during emergencies.

    Robots let doctors ‘beam’ into remote hospitals

    Remote presence robots are allowing physicians to “beam” themselves into hospitals to diagnose patients and offer medical advice during emergencies. A growing number of hospitals are using telemedicine robots to expand access to medical specialists, especially in rural areas where there’s a shortage of doctors.

    This image provided by Google shows its new Nexus 5 phone, which was unveiled Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013. The Nexus 5 phone is the first device to run on the latest version of Google's Android operating system, nicknamed after the Kit Kat candy bar. The phone and software are designed to learn and anticipate a personís interest and needs. (AP Photo/Google)

    Review: Nexus 5 delivers basics at great price

    You don’t get a lot of frills with Google’s new Nexus 5 phone. What you get is an Android phone that’s very good at the basics — for an excellent price. The phone costs $349 and is sold unlocked, without any contract requirements.

    LG Electronics Inc. said it is investigating a claim that some of its smart TVs send information on home viewing habits back to the company without consent. The investigation comes after Jason Huntley, a 45-year-old IT consultant in Britain, detailed in his blog how his LG smart TV logged the channels he was watching and sent the data to LG.

    LG looking into claim smart TVs grab user data

    LG Electronics Inc. said it is investigating a claim that some of its smart TVs send information on home viewing habits back to the company without consent. The investigation comes after Jason Huntley, a 45-year-old IT consultant in Britain, detailed in his blog how his LG smart TV logged the channels he was watching and sent the data to LG.

    Sonos Black Play 1 speakers run over Wi-Fi and need to be plugged into a power outlet. The speakers are designed to disperse sound in a wide radius and fill a room with sound.

    Gift Guide: Wireless audio gizmos under $500

    If “unplugged” acoustic music was a hallmark of the 1990s, surely “wireless” listening is the big trend of the 2010s. Sure, we’ve been essentially wireless since the radio came out a century ago. But today’s Internet-connected mobile devices often require cords to hook up to a myriad of accessories like speakers and headphones. And these cords can result in a knotty nightmare in your bag.

    San Francisco’s top prosecutor said Monday that Samsung Electronics, the world’s largest mobile phone manufacturer, has proposed making a “kill switch” that would render stolen or lost phones inoperable a standard feature, but the nation’s biggest carriers have rejected the idea. District Attorney George Gascon says AT&T, Verizon Wireless, US Cellular, Sprint and T-Mobile rebuffed Samsung’s proposal to preload its phones with Absolute LoJack anti-theft software.

    Smartphone “kill switch” rejected by biggest carriers

    Samsung Electronics, the world’s largest mobile phone manufacturer, has proposed installing a built-in anti-theft measure known as a “kill switch” that would render stolen or lost phones inoperable, but San Francisco’s top prosecutor says the nation’s biggest carriers have rejected the idea. The wireless industry says a kill switch isn’t the answer because it could allow a hacker to disable someone’s phone.


    Google, Microsoft modify search in Britain to exclude child porn results

    According to a column from Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt in the British Daily Mail newspaper, Google and Microsoft have worked together to keep searchers from getting results when using 100,000 queries that may be “related to the sexual abuse of kids.”

    Roccat Isku FX keyboard has adjustable backlighting for the keys and programmable marcos to augment the PC gaming experience.

    Review: Gaming-grade headphones and keyboards stand out

    Gaming on a PC is an endeavor that can be tinkered with forever. You can add memory, faster hard drives, liquid-cooling plumbing, chassis fans and much more. At the end of the day, though, the gaming experience comes down to sight, sound and control.

    The Digital Storm “Virtue” desktop gaming computer boasts an advanced liquid cooling system and the latest Haswell microprocessor from Intel, Corp.

    Review: Intel’s Haswell chip strong on PC gaming

    Despite the dwindling number of quality PC game titles, the machines themselves are getting stronger. Intel’s latest processing chips, known as Haswell, easily handle the rigors of the most demanding PC games. These may be the waning days of PC gaming, but as far as technical heft, they could very well be the best.

    In addition to the proliferation of smartphones with built-in high-resolution cameras, the economies of China and other emerging countries are slowing down, shrinking the global market for cameras. Manufacturers are trying to recover through such steps as releasing high-function models of mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras during the year-end shopping season. The market for these products is expected to grow.

    Sales of digital cameras increasingly sluggish

    TOKYO — Sales of digital cameras have been extremely sluggish, causing many major manufacturers to revise their sales goals for this fiscal year.In addition to the proliferation of smartphones with built-in high-resolution cameras, the economies of China and other emerging countries are slowing down, shrinking the global market for cameras. Manufacturers are trying to recover through such steps as releasing high-function models of mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras during the year-end shopping season. The market for these products is expected to grow.Unlike single-lens reflex cameras, mirrorless cameras do not have reflectors that show users what they are photographing through a finder. Mirrorless cameras instead digitally process the subject of a photo through sensors or other devices and then show it on a liquid-crystal display panel.The lack of reflectors means mirrorless cameras can be lighter and smaller than older models.Panasonic Corp. developed the first commercial model of a mirrorless digital camera in October 2008.At a news conference to announce its business results, Toshizo Tanaka, executive vice president of Canon Inc., described the severe environment for digital cameras. “Economic downturns in emerging countries have become more serious then we predicted, and spending for luxury items has been put off,” Tanaka said.Economic downturns have become clear in not only the United States and Europe, but also China and other economies that were expected to grow. As a result, Canon lowered its sales goal for this fiscal year for interchangeable-lens cameras, including mainstream digital single-lens reflex cameras, to 8 million units. This represents a drop of 1.2 million from the company’s initial goal.Nikon Corp. also lowered its sales goal for interchangeable lens cameras by 900,000 units from the initial figure to 6.2 million.As the Nos. 1 and 2 manufacturers of digital single-lens reflex cameras, Canon and Nikon hold a joint share of more than 90 percent of the global market.Manufacturers of compact digital cameras have also been forced to lower their sales goals due to poor sales. Competition with smartphones has accelerated price cuts.According to the Camera & Imaging Products Association, shipments in 2013 of all kinds of digital cameras were predicted to fall 11.3 percent from the previous year to 87 million units.While the market for digital cameras is increasingly poor, the companies have high hopes for mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras. As commercial use of the products began in 2008, the products are relatively new and international competition has not been so fierce. As a result, manufacturers expect high profit margins.Unlike compact digital cameras, the companies can profit from the sale of peripheral devices, such as lenses and strobe lights.Manufacturers of high-function mirrorless models will release many new models in the year-end shopping season. Sony Corp. surprised the industry when it announced a mirrorless camera equipped with a large image sensor used in high-end single-lens reflex models.Panasonic presented the world’s smallest mirrorless camera, and Olympus Corp. stopped development of single-lens reflex cameras and instead released mirrorless models with high resolution.Nikon will release a new model that resembles the single-lens reflex cameras that used film in the past. By demonstrating the fun of using single-lens reflex cameras, Nikon aims to stimulate demand among amateur photographers.“The key to the future will likely be how manufacturers can develop products that are clearly differentiated from their rivals’ products,” said Ichiro Michikoshi, an executive analyst of market research firm BCN Inc.


    Intermittent overheating of engine is tough to diagnose

    Q. My engine keeps running in the hot part of my temperature gauge. I throw on the heater full blast, and pray. This happens within 10 minutes of my driving. The problem is this issue is intermittent.

Life & Entertainment

    Willie Nelson postponed his four remaining November tour dates after members of his band were involved in bus crash early Saturday morning.

    3 on Willie Nelson’s band bus hurt in Texas wreck

    Singer Willie Nelson has suspended performances until December after three of his band members were hurt when their bus plowed into a bridge pillar in East Texas during rainy conditions.


    DeGeneres has global ‘goal’ for Oscar broadcast

    Ellen DeGeneres has high aspirations for her second time around hosting the Oscars. “It reached the world,” the talk show host said of her well-received 2007 Oscar broadcast. “And I’m trying to get world peace. So, that’s my goal. My hope is by hosting the Academy Awards, right afterward, we have world peace.”

    Comic Gilbert Gottfried is one of the headliners taking part in the monthlong 35th anniversary celebration for Zanies comedy club.

    Weekend picks: Gilbert Gottfried plays Rosemont Zanies

    Gilbert Gottfried pulls out his edgier comedy for a weekend run at Zanies Comedy Club. Christmas on the Fox Arts & Crafts Show will feature all kinds of holiday items -- from gifts to goodies. And holiday theater heats up with Theater Wit's production of "The Santaland Diaries."

    Klaus Obermeyer, 93, on his way up a mountain in Aspen, Colo., that he later skied down last November.

    More senior skiers are hitting the slopes

    If you’ve walked into a ski lodge the past few years, likely as not you’ve seen tables filled with gray-haired skiers wearing sweaters so old they’re back in style.That’s because the number of skiers on the far side of 50 — some on the very far side — has been creeping up each year, according to the National Ski Areas Association.

    Marian Goldberg works with student Lisa Branic at the Alexander Technique Center of Washington in McLean, Va. “This isn’t treatment in any conventional sense of the word,” Goldberg says. “We are re-educating.”

    Unlearning bad habits with the Alexander Technique

    It’s impossible to reduce the Alexander Technique, a philosophy of movement more than a century old, to one simple exercise, but at its core is a strikingly simple, easily understood concept: What ails us is the result of bad habits we’ve learned, from early in childhood, about how we use our bodies. And the best way to rid ourselves of pains in our back, neck and elsewhere is to consciously unlearn those habits.

    Sony is confident the Playstation 4 console can meet analysts’ sales estimates of 3 million units by year-end, exploiting an early advantage over Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox One.

    Top games for Sony’s new PlayStation 4

    Sony’s PlayStation 4 is now in stores, ushering in a new era of high-definition video games. Perhaps you’ve already read the largely enthusiastic reviews, pored over the tech specs and watched the eye-catching online videos. And you’ve decided to fork over $400 and invite the new machine into your home. Of course, you have to buy some games too.

    Actor-comedian Bill Cosby will star in a new comedy special “Bill Cosby: Far from Finished,” premiering Nov. 23, at 8 p.m. EST on Comedy Central.

    Cosby: Stories let you bring the audience along

    It was 30 years ago when he last filmed a concert special. Now he’s gone and done it again. “Bill Cosby: Far From Finished” finds this king of comedy onstage in Cerritos, Calif., where he rules for the 90-minute special airing Saturday on Comedy Central (8 p.m. EST). Still, it’s fair to ask: Why so long a break, and why now for his return?

    “This is the Story of a Happy Marriage” is a new collection of essays by Ann Patchett.

    Patchett’s essay collection falls short

    In the introduction of her new collection of essays, “This is the Story of a Happy Marriage,” Ann Patchett declares herself a writer of fiction novels. She explains that writing nonfiction essays for magazines served as a necessary evil intended to pay her bills. So why, then, did Patchett pick 22 of her magazine pieces and put them in a book? A writer may be a writer, but when one is an award-winning, best-selling author, the choice is more than a bit bewildering.

    Ashton Kutcher plays Apple Computer founder Steve Jobs in the fact-based drama "Jobs."

    DVD previews: ‘Jobs,’ ‘Red 2’
    Ashton Kutcher takes on "Jobs," the spies come out of retirement in "Red 2" and Ethan Hawke hits the road with Selena Gomez in "Getaway." All three films come out on DVD Nov. 26.

    Holly Days offers another reason to visit Door County. The Egg Harbor event includes lots of kids' activities, shopping opportunities, theater performances, caroling and horse-drawn wagon rides. Nov. 29-30.

    On the road: Christkindlmarket ramps up the German

    Call it Glockenspiel's R Us: Christkindlmarket Chicago celebrates 18 years of bringing the best of German holiday traditions to the Midwest with one-of-a-kind handblown and painted ornaments, German nutcrackers, cuckoo clocks, and beer steins, toys, jewelry, clothes, home décor and more.


    How much mold is too much?

    Q. My house sold recently, but an inspection turned up mold in the foundation. The inspector did not do any testing, but said he was sure that what he found was mold on the floors and that it should be treated. I have never had any trouble with mold in the 30 years I have lived here. Do you have any suggestions?

    Designer Timothy Whealon used a Moroccan rug in the Kips Bay Show House. “I don’t see them as trendy,” he says. “I see them as timeless.”

    The Moroccan rug goes mainstream

    There is a craze underfoot. Crack open any decor magazine or visit nearly any decorating blog and you will be overwhelmed with images of stylish rooms that are anchored by a singular shared object: the Moroccan rug.


    More concerns over reverse mortgages

    Q. My dad has a reverse mortgage. It had a cap of $150,000. The tax-assessed value on his house is $224,140 but I know it wouldn’t sell for that, since it needs major updating. I’ve read several Internet articles that state that heirs of reverse mortgage owners cannot be liable for any amount not covered in the sale of the house. But is that in fact true?


    Illinois State Police website provides template for firearms sign

    Q. Our association is in the process of developing rules prohibiting the carrying of concealed firearms. What is the requirement for the sign that we will be required to display?


    When mortgage borrowers need an ombudsman

    The ombudsman concept developed as a protection, or a source of redress, for individuals treated unjustly by governments, corporations, universities and other entities whose powers vastly exceeded theirs. Their role is to examine complaints made about the entity involved, and to find a way to resolve them.


    Physical limitations can lead to dangerous driving
    If you have started to notice an aging loved one is exhibiting some of the following warning signs, it may be time to initiate a conversation with them about the need to give up the keys. Julie Lee, vice president of the AARP’s Driver Safety Program, wrote about these warning signs in a 2011 AARP article:



    The Soapbox

    Daily Herald editors offer their observations on children's health, pro and prep football, and one way to avoid a future tragedy, among other topics.


    Put school costs on those who use them
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: Put the cost of school tax on those who use them, charge tuition to cover most of the cost, and let’s stop covering the children of foreign nationals who do not pay any property taxes. They can pay 100 percent tuition.


    Article downplayed benefits of ethanol
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: Your Nov. 12 Associated Press story on “The secret cost of U.S. ethanol policy” is fast and loose with its accusations, yet quite void of facts and distorting.


    Enjoy Thanksgiving at home, not the mall
    A Des Plaines letter to the editor: What happened to the once-valued traditions of having dinner with family and friends, enjoying a lively conversation, sharing a few laughs or just sitting back and relaxing.


    Why not focus on the ones in charge?
    An Elmhurst leter to the editor: This is in reply to David Mitchell of Carpentersville. He made remarks about Allen Skillcorn in his condescending letter about the Tea Party. I do not fully endorse the Tea Party, but then it is the Republicans answer to the Democratic llberals.


    Seniors need help on property taxes
    An Elgin letter to the editor: Please see if we can stop the increase yearly in real estate tax bills as your Opinion of Nov. 14 said: “We are taxing seniors out of the home they have owned for years with real estate tax increases.” Do you think rebates may be available for last two years...


    Redo the math on gripe on Obamacare
    An Algonquin letter to the editor: Nick Edwards from Lombard, you need to go back and retake some grammar school math courses.


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