Daily Archive : Saturday November 30, 2013



    Heroin overdose antidote training at addiction treatment center in Vernon Hills

    An addiction treatment center in Vernon Hills is scheduled to host the latest suburban training session on administering an antidote for heroin and other drug overdoses. Training on how to use naloxone on someone experiencing an opioid overdose will be offered for free from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Kiva Recovery, 935 Lakeview Parkway.

    The Mabry children of Prospect Heights — Matthew, 4, Graceleen, 3, Mikayla, 8 months, and Nathan, 7 — visit with Santa at the Prospect Heights tree-lighting held at city hall on Saturday.

    Prospect Heights welcomes Santa, holiday season

    Santa traded in his big red sleigh for a Prospect Heights Fire Department engine when he arrived to help light the city's holiday tree Saturday night. The weather outside was not frightful — it was actually quite delightful — at the holiday event, which Prospect Heights Mayor Nick Helmer called a “family affair.”

    Fans cheet during the Montini playoff game against Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin Saturday in Huskie Stadium at NIU in DeKalb. Montini would ultimately lose the game.

    Suburban high school football fans flock to DeKalb

    If there's someone who knows how to tailgate a high-school football game in style, that's Dan Hilliard and his father in law, Dale Berman. The pair fed a crowd of about 100 on Saturday outside Huskie Stadium in DeKalb before watching Batavia High School defeat Richards High School for the 6A state title. Their set up included three, heater-warmed tents featuring a variety of drinks and food.

    Members of the Batavia High School football team brought the state championship trophy to a street party in downtown Batavia Saturday night. The title, the first for the football program, is the second in school history.

    Dancing in Batavia streets after state footbal title

    Students and supporters gathered in downtown Batavia Saturday to celebrate the Batavia High School football team's state championship. Players sang "We Are the Champions" and posed with the trophy while students danced on River Street in the school's first state title since 1912.

    The village of Fox Lake and Korpan’s Landing 57th annual Holiday Parade had plenty of excitement like Santa waving to Joey Glauser, 6, of Fox Lake on Saturday.

    Superheroes swoop in for Fox Lake holiday parade

    People in capes, cowls and brightly colored costumes brought their favorite crime fighters to life Saturday for Fox Lake’s 57th annual Holiday Parade. “I kind of have an obsession with superheroes,” said Julia Warden, 13, dressed as Supergirl.

    Paul Crouch Sr., at a family event in California.

    Notable deaths last week

    Christian broadcasting magnate; last of the Kennedy rescuers; actress from 'The Honeymooners' among the deaths of note this past week.

    Batavia quarterback Micah Coffey has been a strong leader throughout the season for the Bulldogs.

    Coffey has led the way for Batavia all season

    Dave Heun says Batavia quarterback Micah Coffey has been a stalwart in the leadership department all season.

    Maggy Kostiwa, 4, of Milwaukee asks Santa for a Batman cape for her moose (to match her shirt) while visiting him Saturday in the First Street Plaza during the St. Charles Holiday Homecoming festivities. Maggy’s father, Wade, grew up in St. Charles and was visiting relatives and friends over Thanksgiving. Santa was portrayed by Bill Watson of Lisle. His wife, Shannon, the executive director of the Tri City Health Partnership, was Mrs. Claus.

    Santa Claus comes to town during St. Charles’ Holiday Homecoming

    Santa had it easy on Saturday in St. Charles. The weather was nowhere near frightful and kids were oh so delightful and easy going in their requests for Christmas presents during Holiday Homecoming, held in the First Street Plaza. Requests ranged from Easy Bake Ovens, to video games to a pony. “Surprise me,” one young boy said.


    A look at Illinois’ pension crisis, proposed fix

    For years, Illinois’ multibillion-dollar pension crisis has dragged down the state’s finances and jeopardized the retirement funds of hundreds of thousands of public employees. Yet lawmakers remained sharply divided on how to fix the problem. They will take another shot at it Tuesday, when legislators are scheduled to return to the Capitol to consider a compromise that emerged last week. While...


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Thieves stole copper wire valued at $5,000 between Nov. 15 and 22 from a building under construction on the 2300 block of North Rand Road in Palatine.

    Basit Javed Sheikh, 29, of Cary, N.C., a Pakistani native living in the U.S., is facing federal charges that he sought to join an al-Qaida-linked militant group fighting the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

    American fighters in Syria deemed a security risk

    In August, outgoing FBI Director Robert Mueller told ABC News that he was concerned about Americans fighting in Syria, specifically “the associations they will make and, secondly, the expertise they will develop, and whether or not they will utilize those associations, utilize that expertise, to undertake an attack on the homeland.”Current FBI Director James Comey said this month that he worried...

    The Chinese Crested and Chihuahua mix dog “Elwood” won the title of World’s ugliest dog of 2007 at the 2007 World’s Ugliest Dog Contest, in Petaluma, Calif.

    2007 world’s ugliest dog dies

    A New Jersey canine that was crowned the world’s ugliest dog in 2007 and later became the topic of a children’s book preaching acceptance has died. Elwood was 8.

    U.S. citizen Merrill Newman, 85, reads a document, which North Korean authorities say was an apology that Newman wrote and read in North Korea.

    North Korea says American apologizes for ‘hostile acts’

    North Korea is extremely sensitive about any criticism and regularly accuses Washington and Seoul of seeking to overthrow its authoritarian system through various means — claims the U.S. and South Korea dismiss. The State Department has repeatedly warned Americans about traveling to the country, citing the risk of arbitrary detention.

    A bicyclist commutes during rush hour past a logo designating a bike route in Seattle. Americans are a mistrustful bunch. Nearly two-thirds say you can’t be too careful in dealing with people, according to the General Social Survey. The poll found that 75 percent mistrust people driving cars while theyíre driving, biking or walking.

    In God we trust, maybe, but not each other

    Does it matter that Americans are suspicious of one another? Yes, say worried political and social scientists.What’s known as “social trust” brings good things.A society where it’s easier to compromise or make a deal. Where people are willing to work with those who are different from them for the common good. Where trust appears to promote economic growth.


    Cuba says two dead as heavy rains collapse buildings

    Communist Party newspaper Granma said Saturday the deluge caused the collapse of two buildings in central Havana, killing a man and a woman.The rain arrived early Friday and fell almost constantly throughout the day.


    33 dead in Mozambican plane crash in Namibia

    A Namibian police helicopter joined officers on the ground in the search, the Namibia Press Agency reported. The area is vast and there are no roads, making it difficult to locate the plane, said police official Willy Bampton, according to the agency.

    Shelly Lamb of Roselle and Tania Sorrentino of Wheeling try to say warm before the start of the Schaumburg Half Marathon and 5K Turkey Trot on Saturday which runs through Busse Woods Forest Preserve near Schaumburg.

    Schaumburg Half Marathon uses new bridge over Higgins Road

    The Schaumburg Half Marathon and 5K Turkey Trot was held early Saturday morning in Busse Woods, a 3,558-acre area operated by the Forest Preserve District of Cook County. The run took advantage of the new bridge that opened Nov. 22 on the Busse Woods Trail across Higgins Road near Ill. 53.


    Troopers: 4 dead in W. Alaska plane crash

    A plane crash near the remote western Alaska village of Saint Marys killed four of the 10 people aboard, including an infant boy, an Alaska State Troopers spokeswoman said Saturday.

    Ahmet Uzumcu, director-general of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, gives an update on the the chemical watchdog's verification and destruction mission in Syria, during a news conference in The Hague. Uzumcu says the United States has offered to help destroy some of the most lethal parts of Syria's chemical weapons stockpile, Uzumcu said in a statement Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013, the U.S. government has offered to contribute "a destruction technology, full operational support and financing to neutralize" the weapons offshore, most likely on a ship in the Mediterranean Sea. The operation is to be completed with Syrian assistance by Dec. 31.

    US offers to destroy Syrian chemical weapons

    The U.S. has offered to help destroy some of the most lethal parts of Syria's chemical weapons stockpile at an offshore facility, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical weapons said Saturday. The international organization's director-general, Ahmet Uzumcu, said in The Hague, Netherlands that the U.S. government will contribute "a destruction technology, full operational support and...


    Ill. Medicare 'doughnut hole' savings average $801

    Thousands of Illinois residents with high medication costs are seeing some gains from a provision of the Affordable Care Act.


    Lt. Gov. urges residents to shop local businesses

    Illinois Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon is encouraging residents to shop at local businesses for holiday gifts this year.


    Mom, son found shot to death in Bolingbrook home

    A woman and her adult son were found shot to death in an apparent murder-suicide at a home in the southwest Chicago suburb of Bolingbrook.

    Eddie Guevara takes a box from John Castiglione, both crew leaders at North Village Group, as the companies CEO Sean Sandona bring up a another box as workers from the Des Plaines-based construction supply firm load boxes filled with winter clothing, construction safety equipment, and general items into a truck on Friday in Des Plaines which are destined for tornado-ravaged Washington on Saturday.

    Des Plaines business taking aid to Washington

    Sean Sandona, whose company will deliver hundreds of boxes of supplies to Washington, Ill., this weekend, can empathize with the tornado-ravaged community. Five and a half years ago, he stood outside the ruins of his Lake Zurich home, realizing he had nothing other than what family members could give him in the short term.

    Rob Russell

    Freezer failure may jeopardize Kane coroner budget deal

    The Kane County coroner's morgue freezer failed this week, forcing nearly $4,000 in repairs. The added cost will once again take Coroner Rob Russell beyond his 2013 budget limit. Russell just received a supplemental cash infusion of $88,000 while working on a three-year budget compromise with the county board. This unforeseen cost throws a new monkey wrench in the already fragile negotiations.

    Itasca native Greg Niecestro traveled the world for the show, “Killer Contact,” which debuts Wednesday, Dec. 4, on Syfy.

    Itasca native to hunt killers’ ghosts on Syfy Network

    Two years after he spent the night in a haunted California mission, Itasca native and Driscoll Catholic High School alum Greg Niecestro will be back on cable TV Wednesday looking for ghosts all around the world. “It’s a lot like your typical ghost show, but we take on unsolved mysteries like, ‘Who was Jack the Ripper?’” Niecestro said.

    Developers of the Water Street District in downtown Naperville announced Bien Trucha of Geneva and Blue Sushi Sake Grill of Omaha, Neb., will open new locations as two of the four or five restaurants being built with the mixed-use development. The Marquette Companies plans to break ground early next year on the development, which also will include a Hotel Indigo, shops, offices, Riverwalk enhancements and a parking garage.

    Mexican, sushi to feed Water Street guests in Naperville

    Shoppers and Riverwalk visitors hungry for Mexican food or sushi will have new options in the Water Street District when it opens by fall 2015 in downtown Naperville. Bien Trucha, a small-plate Mexican restaurant in Geneva, and Blue Sushi Sake Grill, based in Omaha, Neb., are two of the four or five restaurants to be built as part of the mixed-use district coming to Water Street south of the...

    Residents and businesses show support for Lake Zurich High School’s football team, which plays for the Class 7A state championship today in DeKalb.

    All of Lake Zurich behind football team before title game

    From homes to businesses clustered in downtown Lake Zurich, it’s not difficult to find windows with paw prints, “Go Bears!” and a “Breach the Wall” slogan. Lake Zurich High School’s football team has plenty of visible support in town as it heads to DeKalb to play for a state title. “Many of the youth football coaches and players follow the high school like it’s a religion," Quarterback Club...

    This screenshot made Tuesday, shows the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Web page for the Spanish language version HealthCare.gov. The Spanish version of HealthCare.gov now provides basic information, but still doesn’t allow users to apply for insurance coverage online.

    White House: HealthCare.gov will meet deadline for fix

    Administration officials are preparing to announce Sunday that they have met their Saturday deadline for improving HealthCare.gov, according to government officials, in part by expanding the site’s ability to handle 50,000 users at once. But they have yet to meet all their internal goals for repairing the federal health care site, and it will not become clear how many consumers it can accommodate...


    The Cavaliers’ Kyrie Irving drives past Bulls rookie Tony Snell, who scored 13 of his 18 points in the second half to help the Bulls stage a comeback.

    Bulls’ comeback vs. Cavs falls short

    Luol Deng had an impressive game and the Bulls erased a 14-point deficit in the fourth quarter. But they couldn't execute well enough down the stretch and lost 97-93 at Cleveland on Saturday, completing the circus road trip with a 1-5 record.


    Saturday’s wrestling scoreboard
    Here are the varsity boys wrestling results from Saturday as reported to the Daily Herald.


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


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


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

    Naperville Central’s Dan Dolehide, left, makes an interception in front of Loyola’s Joe Joyce during the Class 8A football final in DeKalb Saturday.

    Naperville Central Class 8A football champion

    DeKALB — Since August, Naperville Central football coach Mike Stine consistently turned to a one-word description of his team. Special. Epitomized Saturday night, truer words never have been spoken. Spurred by pivotal special teams plays, the Redhawks claimed the Class 8A state championship with a 13-10 victory over Loyola at Northern Illinois University.


    Hersey steps up, wins at Hoffman Estates

    Hersey’s final game of the inaugural Hoffman Estates Thanksgiving tournament came in the school’s ‘back’ gym When it was over, Hersey was well in front of its opponent, securing the title of the six-team round-robin.The Huskies rolled to a 74-50 victory over Harlan (2-3) and a 5-0 record, giving coach Mary Fendley and her assistant Julia Barthel their best winning start in 16 years on the job.


    Batavia wins in 2 OTs; Kaneland takes tourney title

    Canaan Coffey capped a memorable day for his family Saturday night. The Batavia sophomore guard had not scored a point after hitting his opening shot of the Bulldogs’ game against Englewood — until it truly mattered.


    Burlington Central knocks off Sycamore

    Burlington Central demonstrated a March-like attitude on the final day of November. The Rockets closed the season’s first month on a competitive note by holding off host Sycamore’s comeback for a 54-51 victory in the third-place game of the Leland G. Strombom Boys Basketball Thanksgiving Tournament Saturday.


    St. Joseph denies St. Charles N. in title game

    When you play a basketball team as talented as St. Joseph, you had better be on your game to come out with a victory. Despite a valiant effort, St. Charles North (3-1) came out on the losing end of a 58-49 decision at the hands of state-ranked St. Joseph (4-0) during Saturday’s championship game of the 55th annual Ron Johnson Thanksgiving Tournament at St. Charles East.


    Ralston wins 200th, Geneva takes title

    It was fitting that on a night when Geneva basketball coach Phil Ralston won his 200th career game, his team defended its West Chicago Wildcat Turkey Classic title in textbook fashion — just the way Ralston would write it up. It was a workmanlike effort for the Vikings who topped host West Chicago 55-43 in what turned out to be the championship contest, as both clubs came into the final contest with 3-1 marks in the Thanksgiving tournament.


    Nardini leads VH at Ridgewood

    Robby Nardini scored a game-high 26 points, and Vernon Hills’ boys basketball team held off Leyden 71-60 to win Northridge Prep’s The Battle at the Ridge tournament in Niles on Saturday night. Matt Weaver and Sam Rattner (three 3-pointers) added 16 and 14 points, respectively, for the Cougars, who went 4-0 in the tourney.

    The Blackhawks’ Jonathan Toews battles the Coyotes’ Kyle Chipchura for the puck in the second period Saturday night.

    Blackhawks’ sixth straigh win wraps up trip

    Finally coming to the end of their seven-game, 14-day circus road trip, the Blackhawks looked like the fresher team in a 5-2 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Saturday night. The Hawks (20-4-4) finished their grueling 6-1 trip with a six-game winning streak.


    Antioch loses — but still wins

    After Paige Gallimore scored 45 points for Antioch in its win over Fenwick on Friday at Niles North, coach Tim Borries had a sinking feeling. “After we beat Fenwick, in the back in my mind, I was afraid that we would come out flat,” he said. Alas for the Sequoits, they did just that. But despite Niles North knocking off Antioch 58-53 Saturday, the Sequoits won the championship with a 4-1 record. Gallimore led all scorers with 16 points. She was named MVP of the tourney after averaging 31 points per game.

    Left to right, Lake Zurich’s Sean Lynch, Colton Moskal and Sam Walstrum walk off the field together after their loss to Mt. Carmel during the class 7A football final in DeKalb Saturday.

    Images: Lake Zurich vs. Mt. Carmel football
    Lake Zurich played Mt. Carmel in the Class 7A state football championship game at Northern Illinois University's Huskie Stadium in DeKalb on Saturday, Nov. 30. Mr. Carmel took home the trophy, winning 30-0.


    Brunson, Cashaw set winning tempo for Stevenson

    Stevenson’s top two scorers combined give the Patriots exactly what they needed in the final game of the Bison Classic boys basketball tournament at Buffalo Grove on Saturday. Tournament Most Valuable Player Jalen Brunson scored 26 points, and all-tournament selection Connor Cashaw added 19 as the Patriots repeated as tournament champion, finishing with a 4-0 record after beating Buffalo Grove 67-44. Brunson (17) and Cashaw (14) combined for 31 of the team’s 38 first-half points, and the Patriots led by 21 at halftime.

    Naperville Central’s Chris Wenkel holds the team’s championship trophy after their victory over Loyola during the class 8A football final in DeKalb Saturday.

    Images: Naperville Central vs. Loyola football
    Naperville Central played Loyola in the Class 8A state football championship game at Northern Illinois University's Huskie Stadium in DeKalb on Saturday, Nov. 30. Naperville Central won the game 13-10.

    Lake Zurich coach Dave Proffitt follows the action in Saturday’s Class 7A state championship game against Mt. Carmel.

    Lenti, Proffitt have much in common

    Mt. Carmel dominated Lake Zurich 30-0 in Saturday's Class 7A state football championship. But in some respects, Mt. Carmel owes its success this year and over its storied history to Lake Zurich head coach Dave Proffitt.


    St. Edward makes White a double winner

    There wasn’t much time for P.J. White to celebrate Batavia’s first state football championship. The longtime assistant and offensive line coach had to go from DeKalb to Elgin to lead his St. Edward boys basketball team in Saturday night’s championship game of Westminster Christian’s 7th Annual Warrior Thanksgiving Basketball Classic against Suburban Christian rival IC Catholic Prep.White got to the game just before tipoff and then saw St. Edward allow just 2 points in the final 3:44 to defend its title with a 60-57 comeback victory.

    Batavia's head coach Dennis Piron is in the middle of the celebratory scrum after Saturday's 6A championship game in DeKalb.

    Batavia crowned Class 6A football champion

    B-Town turned into T-Town Saturday in DeKalb. As much pride as Batavians have hailing from B-Town, the long-time-in-coming T-Town — Title-Town — has a pretty sweet ring to it.Anthony Scaccia ran for 3 touchdowns, Micah Coffey threw for 2 more and the Bulldogs dominated from start to finish in a 34-14 victory over Richards to win the Class 6A state championship in DeKalb.


    Voytell, Metea Valley win Tip-Off championship

    Metea Valley senior Jenny Voytell had yet to step to the free-throw line Saturday night, but was thrilled to get the chance with the game on the line. With Voytell and the Mustangs tied with Benet at 37 in the final game of the Naperville Central Tip-Off Tournament, Redwings guard Kathleen Doyle nearly came away with a steal, and Metea Valley then called a timeout with 11.9 seconds left on the clock.The Mustangs (5-1) got the ball inside to Voytell, who was fouled by Emily Schramek with 9.5 seconds left. Voytell made one of two foul shots, and after Benet turned the ball over in the final seconds, the Mustangs had a 38-37 victory and the championship plaque in hand.


    West Aurora tops Waubonsie

    West Aurora finished the WarHawk tournament Saturday with a 55-51 win over Waubonsie Valley.


    Girls basketball/Fox Valley roundup

    Bartlett 67, Naperville Central 64: Kaitlin Brohan had 18 points, 5 rebounds and 3 steals for the Hawks (3-2) at the Naperville Central/Benet Tip-Off Tournament played at Benet. Liz Arco added 17 points and 8 rebounds will Lauren Janczak had 10 points, 4 assists and 3 steals.St. Edward wins twice: The Green Wave (3-2) played two and won both, beating Freeport Aquin 50-39 and River Ridge 51-45 to finish third at the Dakota Tournament. Leading the way for St. Edward were Cece Rapp, who had 18 points against Aquin and 19 while facing River Ridge, and Katie Swanson, who had 14 points and 11 respectively.


    Gillespie, Warren gladly take winning finale

    After a night of superb passing, which included a behind-the-back dish that resulted in a layup, Eric Gillespie received. Warren’s senior point guard was handed the MVP trophy of the Mundelein Thanksgiving tournament. His 11 points and season-high 9 assists helped the Blue Devils beat the host Mustangs 85-61 in the tourney finale Saturday night.


    Cork, Hampshire upend Dundee-Crown

    Hampshire’s Cork popped in the third quarter of a 65-56 win over Dundee-Crown in the fifth-place game of the Sycamore Thanksgiving Tournament Saturday. Though Ryan Cork had 6 points, 4 rebounds and an assist by halftime and his team held an 8-point lead, Hampshire’s senior captain felt he had played a substandard two quarters and needed to contribute more in the second half. What happened next was impressive.


    Elgin notches first win of season

    Desmond Sanders and Lavion Baldwin scored 14 points each Saturday night to lead Elgin to a 72-36 win over Christian Liberty on the final day of the Bison Invite boys basketball tournament at Buffalo Grove.

    Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson (4) celebrates after scoring a first period during an NHL hockey game against the Phoenix Coyotes on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

    Kane leads Blackhawks past Coyotes 5-2

    Patrick Kane had a goal and an assist in a dominant first period, Antti Raanta made 31 saves for his second NHL win, and the Blackhawks beat the Phoenix Coyotes 5-2 on Saturday night to complete an impressive road trip.


    Batavia takes pride in making history

    When a football program wins its first state championship in a pigskin history dating to 1909, there are a lot of angles to look at. Batavia's 34-14 win over Richards to capture the Class 6A title Saturday at Northern Illinois University encompasses the things that make the town special — community, hard work and history itself.

    Lake Zurich’s Ben Klett carries the ball against Mt. Carmel during the Class 7A football final in DeKalb Saturday.

    Mt. Carmel wins Class 7A football title over Lake Zurich

    Mt. Carmel’s vaunted defense proved to be better than Lake Zurich’s vaunted defense here Saturday. So did the Caravan’s offense. Mt. Carmel won its 12th IHSA football championship, dominating Lake Zurich, 30-0, in the Class 7A title game at NIU’s Huskie Stadium.

    Batavia's head coach Dennis Piron is in the middle of the celebratory scrum after Saturday's 6A championship game in DeKalb.

    Batavia completes climb to state's best

    Batavia didn't win its first football playoff game until 1998. The Bulldogs didn't even play a playoff game until 1991. As recently as 2003, Batavia's all-time playoff record was 1-7. Sunday morning Batavia wakes up as Class 6A state champions.

    Marmion’s Michael Callahan battles Barrington’s Matt Conrad, left, at 132 pounds in semifinal action at the 23rd annual Moore/Prettyman wrestling tournament on Saturday at Barrington.

    Bosco, Jaffe fuel Marmion victory at Barrington

    With a flair for the dramatic, Marmion Academy emerged champions of the 23rd Moore-Prettyman Invite with a dazzling final round of wrestling to edge Libertyville. Anthony Bosco and AJ Jaffe fueled a perfect 8-0 afternoon performance with their individual titles, two of five for the Cadets. Marmion finished with 241.50 points, 8.5 more than the Wildcats. “We had to go 8-0 in order to get past a tremendous team in Libertyville,” said Marmion coach Ryan Cumbee, who along with a big crowd watched the two state-ranked teams take turns as tournament leader.

    Chicago Bulls' Joakim Noah puts his hands on his head after a turnover against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the forth quarter of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013, in Cleveland. The Cavaliers won 97-93. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

    Bulls fall to Cavs 97-93
    Andrew Bynum and Dion Waiters each scored 20 points, and the Cleveland Cavaliers held off a late rally by the Bulls for a 97-93 victory Saturday night.


    Schaumburg falls to Plainfield East

    Six-foor-6 senior center Johnnie Flynn got Schaumburg off to a quick start Saturday against Plainfield East by muscling in a couple of layups in the paint. Unfortunately for the Saxons, they couldn’t sustain the effort in the third-place game of the 55th annual Ron Johnson tournament at St. Charles East. Not even an 11-0 run in the third quarter could save Schaumburg as they fell to the Bengals 55-37.

    What happened to Bears coach Marc Trestman after last week’s loss at St. Louis? Up until then, the first-year coach was doing well at tempering expectations.

    Bears are who we thought they were

    Hysterics aside in the wake of the Rams defeat, there’s not a lot shocking about the Bears, who are actually fortunate to be 6-5. Marc Trestman would be well served to remember that and give voice to it, as he did early in the season.


    Kent, North Central offense put up big numbers

    North Central College junior running back Ryan Kent has opted for the bearded look since the start of football training camp.


    St. Viator takes a stand, gets past Conant

    St. Viator bounced back from its tough loss to Prospect on Friday to upend Conant 59-54 at the Joe Majkowski Varsity Thanksgiving Tournament Saturday in Arlington Heights. “We made some progress,” St. Viator coach Mike Howland said. “But we have a long way to go.”

    George LeClaire/gleclaire@dailyherald.com Grant's Troy Parent, left, against Johns' Brandon Peshek at 132-pounds in semifinals at the 23rd annual Moore/Prettyman wrestling tournament on Saturday at Barrington.

    Libertyville repeats as runner-up at Barrington

    Little by little, defending tournament champion Marmion Academy chipped away at Libertyville’s lead Saturday at the 23rd Annual Moore/Prettyman Wrestling Invitational in Barrington. And when all was said and done, the Cadets were able to pull away from the Wildcats in the final round 241.5 to 233 to claim the championship of this powerful 23-team meet to mark the opening of the season. It was the second straight year Marmion Academy won the tourney in only its second appearance in the meet. The Cadets also edged runner-up Libertyville for the 2012 crown.

    Kevin Wantroba of Bartlett takes a shot as Christian Smith of Wheaton Academy attempts to block during action at Wheaton Academy Saturday.

    Bartlett earns tournament championship

    Members of the Bartlett boys basketball team held the championship trophy high after beating Wheaton Academy 63-52 on Saturday afternoon to clinch the title of the Warriors’ Thanksgiving Tournament. But Thanksgiving holiday tournaments are more than just team trophies and all-tournament plaques, they are about learning the good and the bad of your team as you venture out and face the majority of your schedule.

    Auburn cornerback Chris Davis (11) returns a missed field goal attempt 100-plus yards to score the game-winning touchdown as time expired in the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game against No. 1 Alabama in Auburn, Ala., Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013. Auburn won 34-28. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

    Unreal finish lifts Auburn over No. 1 Bama

    Chris Davis raced 100-plus yards with a missed field-goal attempt for a touchdown on the final play to lift No. 4 Auburn to a 34-28 victory over No. 1 Alabama on Saturday.Davis caught the ball about 9 yards deep in the end zone after freshman Adam Griffith’s 57-yard attempt fell short.


    Bears not concerned about Long’s temperament

    Bears coaches aren't worried about rookie right guard Kyle Long's brief snap session last week against the Rams that resulted in a 15-yard penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct. They're convinced his outburst was an aberration that will not become a problem.

    Bears running back Matt Forte, celebrating his game-deciding touchdown reception with guard Matt Slauson two weeks ago, needs to come up with some more big plays Sunday against the Vikings.

    Bears need Forte-fied front vs. Vikings

    Running back Matt Forte's multiple talents are ideally suited to Marc Trestman's offense, and a big dose of Forte might be essential in Sunday's game vs. the Vikings in which the Bears need a victory to keep pace in the playoff chase.

    Northwestern running back Mike Trumpy (32) stiff arms Illinois linebacker Jonathan Brown (45) during the second half of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013, in Champaign, Ill. Northwestern won the game 37-34. (AP Photo/Jeff Haynes)

    Northwestern closes with 37-34 win over Illinois

    Northwestern quarterback Trevor Siemian threw for 414 yards and four touchdowns and Christian Jones caught 13 balls for 182 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Wildcats past Illinois 37-34 Saturday in the finale for both teams.


    Deerfield tops Palatine in third-place game

    Palatine was hoping to walk away with the third-place prize at its own Ed Molitor Tournament on Saturday afternoon. The Pirates were coming off a tough loss to Niles North 60-59 on Friday night that cost them a berth in the championship game. But Central Suburban foe Deerfield had fast starts in the first and third quarters to fend off Palatine 57-48 to take home the third-place trophy.

    Montini coach Chris Andriano comforts quarterback Alex Willis (6) after Saturday’s 5A championship loss to Sacred Heart-Griffin in DeKalb.

    Images: Montini vs. Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin Class 5A football championship
    Montini played Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin in the Class 5A state football championship game at Northern Illinois University's Huskie Stadium in DeKalb on Saturday, Nov. 30.

    Batavia’s Micah Coffey (15) and the offense celebrate as the final second ticks off the clock and they win the 6A championship game Saturday in DeKalb.

    Images: Batavia vs. Richards Class 6A state football championship
    Batavia played Richards in the IHSA Class 6A State Championship game Saturday in Dekalb.

    Huntley’s Jack Bessey drives to the hoop around Belvidere North’s Hunter Blake during the Crystal Lake Central High School Coaches vs, Cancer Thanksgiving Tourney Saturday in Crystal Lake.

    Huntley shoots past Belvidere North

    Under normal circumstances, committing 25 turnovers and giving up 12 3-pointers and 65 points wouldn’t be a formula for success. But Huntley’s final game in Crystal Lake Central’s seventh annual Coaches vs. Cancer Thanksgiving Tournament was hardly ordinary Saturday afternoon. Not against Belvidere North’s frenetic style of looking to parlay gambling full-court pressure into as many shots as possible inside and outside the 3-point line. And the Red Raiders survived the inevitable runs they were hit with as they pulled away to an 84-65 victory. All-tournament picks Amanze Egekeze and Zach Gorney each scored 19 points to lead five players in double figures.

    Montini coach Chris Andriano comforts quarterback Alex Willis (6) after Saturday’s Class 5A championship loss to Sacred Heart-Griffin in DeKalb.

    Sacred Heart-Griffin denies Montini 5A football title

    Montini’s Drive for Five hit a brick wall Saturday. Sacred Heart-Griffin of Springfield denied the Broncos their fifth straight state championship, 38-28, in the Class 5A title game at NIU’s Huskie Stadium.


    Larkin runs away with Hononegah

    Kendale McCullum knew the Larkin boys basketball team needed a good start Saturday afternoon. McCullum certainly did his part. The senior scored 8 points and had 4 steals in the first quarter as the Royals ran away from Hononegah for a 63-37 victory and claimed the Hoops for Healing Tournament title for the second consecutive season.

    Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde (34) reacts after a run during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game against Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich., Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Tony Ding)

    No. 3 Ohio State holds on to beat Michigan 42-41

    Michigan went for the victory — and Ohio State stayed undefeated.Tyvis Powell intercepted Devin Gardner’s pass as the Wolverines went for a go-ahead 2-point conversion with 32 seconds left and No. 3 Ohio State held on for a 42-41 victory Saturday in one the most thrilling games in the history of the storied Big Ten rivalry.

    Michigan State players, including Jermaine Edmondson (39), Kurtis Drummond, Trae Waynes (15), R.J. Williamson (26) and Max Bullough (40), celebrate Waynes' interception against Minnesota during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013, in East Lansing, Mich. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)

    No. 11 Michigan State shuts down Minnesota 14-3

    Jeremy Langford ran for 134 yards and a touchdown, and No. 11 Michigan State wrapped up an unbeaten regular season in Big Ten play with a 14-3 victory over Minnesota on Saturday.


    Nebraska edges Northern Illinois 63-58

    Deverell Biggs had 18 points and hit four free throws in the final 7 seconds as Nebraska held on to defeat Northern Illinois 63-58 Saturday.


    Score one for Gallimore (45 points), Antioch

    It was game for Antioch’s girls basketball team to remember. And one Paige Gallimore will surely never forget. The senior guard scored a career-high 45 points, as the Sequoits knocked off perennial state power Fenwick 86-78 in the Niles North tournament Saturday.


    Scouting the Class 6A football championship game

    Previewing the Class 6A championship game between Batavia and Richards.


    Bulger’s hat, at James “Whitey” Bulger and Catherine Greig’s apartment at the Princess Eugenia complex, in Santa Monica, Calif.

    Bulger belongings land on auction block

    Authorities said they’re trying to be sensitive to the victims in the case and have yet to decide whether it is appropriate to cash in on Bulger’s notoriety by selling some of the other items, ranging from his blue and white dinnerware to his size 9.5 sneakers.Two relatives of Bulger victims backed the effort to get as much money as possible.

    Ukrainian riot police officers detain an activist Saturday during a rally demanding the resignation of President Viktor Yanukovych, at the Independence Square in downtown Kiev, Ukraine.

    Ukrainian demonstrators converge outside monastery

    Moscow regards Ukraine as historically part of its orbit and has tried to block the deal with the EU by banning some of Ukraine’s imports and threatening more trade sanctions. A 2009 dispute between Kiev and Moscow on gas prices resulted in a three-week cutoff of gas to Ukraine. The association agreement would have established free trade and deepened political cooperation between Ukraine and the EU, but stopped short of membership in the regional bloc.

    Earl Hafner talks last week about growing vegetables in his aquaponics greenhouse on his farm, near Panora, Iowa.

    Economist challenges idea of aging farmer crisis

    Agricultural economist Carl Zulauf contends that just like in the 1970s, farm prosperity will draw more young workers into farming. And prosperous the business is: This year, net income from U.S. farms is expected to reach a record $131 billion. Farm wealth has also reached record levels, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, with farm asset values rising 7 percent this year to a record $3 trillion.

    During this decade, location will cease to be a barrier; many types of work will done as microtasks; and we will be collaborating in new ways. What will be most problematic is that our employers will make even greater demands on us and further intrude into our lives.

    Tech tethers employees to work 24/7

    We check email as soon as we reach home, and sneak a peek at our inboxes along the way. We respond to calls, texts and messages even while on vacation. Being always on, always connected, with work following us wherever we go is the new norm. This is just the beginning. The nature of work itself is changing for knowledge workers.

    Tashalee Rodriguez of Boston uses a smartphone app while shopping at Macy’s in downtown Boston. Big retailers are offering apps that feature a hefty selection of deals.

    Review: 5 shopping apps to get you the best prices

    Looking to save a few bucks while you shop for holiday gifts? Don’t hit the mall without these shopping apps. Many retailers, for instance, will match deals you find elsewhere, so these apps can help you find better prices to show the cashier.

    The Nokia Lumia 1520 is a Windows 8 phone and among the first of its size, made possible by a mid-October software update from Microsoft.

    Review: HTC, Nokia offer good, giant choices

    I find giant phones hard to carry and use, but I’m well aware that many people like the bigger images and text they offer. Two new ones are worth considering. Neither comes with a stylus, a signature feature of Samsung’s 5.7-inch Galaxy Note 3, which is one of the most popular phones of its size. But the 5.9-inch HTC One Max and the 6-inch Nokia Lumia 1520 both have larger screens than the Note.


    Sony seeks ‘SmartWig’ patent for hairpieces with sensors

    Sony Corp., which popularized portable music players with the Walkman, is seeking a U.S. patent for “SmartWig” hairpieces that could help navigate roads, check blood pressure or flip through slides in a presentation.


    As mobile gadgets become bigger, some companies abandon websites

    An increasing number of companies are developing mobile-first or mobile-only strategies that prioritize customers’ experience on smartphones and tablets over desktop computers, which have long been the way most people access the Internet.

    A recent Slate magazine survey found parental concerns about tech safety with children vary significantly by background — notably race and ethnicity, income, metropolitan status and political ideology.

    Parents tech fears vary by race, political ideology

    To get a sense for parental concerns and experiences, Slate magazine conducted a nationally representative survey of U.S. parents and guardians with children 10-14 in their household. Analyzing responses from just over 1,000 parents, we found significant variation among them. Results showed that parental concerns vary significantly by background -- notably race and ethnicity, income, metropolitan status and political ideology.


    Certified mega solar plants producing 12% of output

    Solar power facility operators that acquired government approval under a feed-in tariff system are producing 12 percent of their total authorized output capacity, a survey by the Economy, Trade and Industry Ministry has found.

Life & Entertainment


    Can you use the good-faith estimate to shop mortgage prices?

    Under Federal law, every home mortgage borrower must be provided with a Good Faith Estimate of Settlement Costs (GFE) within three days of receipt of the borrower’s application. People often ask if the GFE can be used to shop mortgages and rates.

    ASSOCIATED PRESS This March 21, 2013, file photo shows actor Paul Walker wearing a creation from the Colcci summer collection at Sao Paulo Fashion Week in Sao Paulo, Brazil. A publicist for actor Walker says the star of the “Fast & Furious” movie series has died in a car crash north of Los Angeles. He was 40. Ame Van Iden says Walker died Saturday. No further details were released.

    Actor Paul Walker, 40, dead in car crash

    Paul Walker, best known for his role in the “Fast and the Furious” movie franchise, died Saturday following a single-car accident in California, according to TMZ. He was 40. A source close to the actor confirmed the report of his death, according to Variety.

    Elton John is set to perform at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont on Saturday, Nov. 30.

    Weekend picks: Elton John jams at Allstate Arena

    Legendary singer and piano man Elton John hits the Allstate Arena Saturday night. Take the kids to a screening of "The Polar Express" at the Arcada Theatre Saturday morning. Or tickle your funny bone as comedian Taylor Williamson brings his stand-up to the Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg this weekend.

    Actor Idris Elba knew his latest movie wouldn't be believable unless his fellow actors could deliver a performance as raw as his own. When portraying South African revolutionary Nelson Mandela in the biopic “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” the British actor embraced the harsh realities of Mandela's life, detailing his time in prison and the racist treatment he braved, with brutal honesty.

    'Mandela' marks Elba's cinematic maturity

    When portraying South African revolutionary Nelson Mandela in the biopic, “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” Idris Elba embraced the harsh realities of Mandela's life and was determined to stay in character even when the cameras stopped rolling. But the British actor knew his latest movie wouldn't be believable unless his fellow actors could deliver a performance as raw as his own — so he pushed them to embrace uncomfortable realities, too.

    The Apollo Chorus performs Handel's “Messiah” in two of Chicago's most elegant spaces, Dec. 7 at Orchestra Hall and Dec. 21 at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance.

    On the road: Get a dose of 'Messiah'

    You'll be an eating machine all through the holidays so you may as well make art a part of your consumption. “Art and Appetite: American Painting, Culture and Cuisine” at the Art Institute consists of more than 100 paintings, sculptures and artifacts depicting food in celebration and as commentary on politics and society. See works by Norman Rockwell, Edward Hopper, Wayne Thiebaud, Andy Warhol and other noted artists.

    Hugh Jackman returns as “The Wolverine.”

    DVD previews: ‘Wolverine,’ ‘Smurfs 2’
    Hugh Jackman returns as "The Wolverine," and the Smurfs are back in a sequel better than the original. Both films come out on DVD Tuesday.

    Celebrity chef Anne Burrell signs copies of her latest book, “Own Your Kitchen,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, at Anderson’s Bookshop in Downers Grove.

    Book notes: Meet celebrity chef Anne Burrell

    Celebrity chef, TV host and New York Times best-selling author Anne Burrell signs copies of her latest book, “Own Your Kitchen,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, at Anderson’s Bookshop in Downers Grove. Priority numbers for the book-signing line are available with the purchase of Burrell’s book from Anderson’s.

    “The Creature Department” is the latest release for children from Robert Paul Weston.

    ‘The Creature Department’ invokes imagination, fun

    In Robert Paul Weston’s “The Creature Department,” written for children ages 8 to 12, two young friends named Elliot and Leslie find there’s little that’s exciting about their small town, except for DENKi-3000, the world’s eighth largest electronics factory. While on a tour of the factory, they discover a secret underground research and development department that’s run by a motley crew of inventive creatures. The creatures are a giggle-inducing example of an imagination run wild.

    Errol Belda, 26, of Bend, Ore., uses a metal detector to survey artifact-rich land in the shadow of James Madison’s Montpelier in Orange, Va. Archaeologists and metal-detecting hobbyists are teaming up to unearth the history that lies beneath the 2,650-acre Virginia estate dating back to the 18th century.

    Help unearth history at James Madison’s Va. estate

    In the shadow of James Madison’s Montpelier, archaeologists and metal-detecting hobbyists are teaming up to unearth the history that lies beneath the 2,650-acre Virginia estate. Armed with high-tech equipment and age-old tools, these oft-rivals are rediscovering land belonging to the nation’s fourth president. “There’s always been kind of a disparity. .. to find a common ground where we can work to try and retrieve the artifacts from the ground and put them where they belong, that’s the big thing,” said Ron Guinazzo, of Chicago, who has been metal-detecting for 30 years.

    This beautiful vase is hand-painted, but does it have great value?

    How old is this Wardle vase?

    Q. This vase was given to my wife by her aunt over 50 years ago. Her aunt said she got it from her mother and father in the late 1880s as a wedding gift. We have never been able to get an honest value of it. Can you help?

    “The Snatchabook” by Helen Docherty and Thomas Docherty (Sourcebooks 2013), $16.99, 32 pages.

    Stolen books mystery a bedtime story the whole family will enjoy

    You went to grab your favorite storybook and … it was gone! You looked under the bed. You searched in your toy box. Where could it be? If you read “The Snatchabook” by Helen Docherty & Thomas Docherty, I think you’ll know.

    A buffalo chicken sandwich tempts diners at the Welcome Diner in Phoenix. Chef Michael Babcock put down roots in this small diner after operating a food truck last year in Phoenix.

    Go for the food: Foodies 'welcome' Phoenix diner

    When Twitter and Facebook first began to catch fire, so did food trucks. But the gourmet meals-on-wheels trend was slow to hit Phoenix streets. Fast forward to 2013 and nearly 60 food trucks belong to the Phoenix Street Food Coalition. Now, some of the city's food truck operators are trading car keys for tables and chairs. And leading the culinary charge is the Welcome Diner.


    Damaged flooring around toilet may mean a leak

    Q. I recently noticed a stain on the vinyl flooring next to the toilet. I’ve tried to clean the stain, but it appears to be under the vinyl flooring. What causes this and how can it be treated?

    Hivehaus is a modular housing unit based on the structure of honeycomb by British designer Barry Jackson.

    Would you live in a hexagonal house?

    Britain-based designer Barry Jackson has come up with an innovative new concept in housing inspired by the elegant structure of honeycomb. Hivehaus is a modular living space composed of six-sided, self-contained, 100-square-foot modules.

    Charley Bejna of Addison competed in three races this year to qualify for the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

    Addison adventurer trains for next Iditarod

    Charley Bejna describes himself as an adventurer. Born and raised in Addison, the landscape company owner spends winters in Alaska training to compete in the Iditarod and other dog sled races.


    How to make real estate contract binding

    Q. This is written in response to the letter .asking how to make a purchase contract “more binding.” One simple method is to require more deposit money at the time of acceptance. This money would be tied up and not so easy to walk away from if the buyer does not close.


    Installment buyers usually have voting rights

    Q. Several owners in our condominium association are selling their units through the use of an installment contract. What is this?

    The University of Trento in Italy measured the heart rates of 43 dogs as they watched videos of silhouettes.

    Fido’s tail wags may reveal more than you think

    The way Fido wags his tail might reveal more about him than you know. Just ask another dog. A few years ago, researchers discovered a subtle difference in how dogs wag their tails.



    The Soapbox

    Daily Herald editors have things to say about Bruce Rauner's wealth, upcoming elections and the organized people who prepare early for Christmas, among other topics.


    Ease tax burden with a new sports venue
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: A recent Saturday edition of the Herald was like a breath of fresh air. Shifting the tax burden away from homeowners, what a great idea. Building a domed stadium would help.


    Schools should curb spending to reduce taxes
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: When will they finally be fiscally responsible to the taxpayers? It’s just like everything else; politicians don’t care about the taxpayers, they just keep spending and we keep getting forced to foot the bill.


    Unanswered questions on health care
    A Vernon Hills letter to the editor: Wrote to Congressman Brad Schneider regarding the Democrats’ Affordable Healthcare Act promises that individuals could keep their plans and doctors. Period. Received an immediate email response indicating Congressman Schneider would respond within several days.


    Affordable Care Act an oxymoron
    A Naperville letter to the editor: Another classic oxymoron for the ages, right up there with jumbo shrimp and temporary tax increase (a liberal favorite), Affordable Health Care? Just received notification that our family health care premium will increase 85 percent starting in 2014. Didn’t Obama promise health care plans would decrease by an average of about $2,500, and you can keep your current plan?


    Don’t confuse pols with public servants
    An Algonquin letter to the editor: In your Nov. 17 editorial, you provided some confusing terms which can cause concern among readers. You seemed to equate “so called public servants” to those who usually are staff members in professional, administrative, and clerical positions working in governmental agencies.


    Pass on Obamacare no brainer for young
    Pass on Obamacare no brainer for youngFor healthy young singles and marrieds without children, taking a pass on Obamacare in 2014 is a no-brainer. By simply paying a $95 fine, they’ll save $500 to $1,000 on a health policy packed with things they don’t need and, due to a very high deductible, probably won’t be able to use.By opting out, young adults can also help put the brakes on the Affordable Care Act so it can be revised to include common sense reforms that will truly lower health insurance costs.Dick StackHuntley


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