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    The January arrest of three Schaumburg police officers — from left Matthew Hudak, Terrance O’Brien and John Cichy — resulted in prosecutors dismissing charges against 19 defendants and judges vacating the guilty pleas of several others. Additionally, at least five federal lawsuits have been filed against the former Special Investigations Unit officers and the village of Schaumburg.

    Officers’ arrests cause ripple effect in Cook County courts

    For months after authorities arrested three undercover Schaumburg police officers on charges they sold drugs skimmed from seizures, the fallout rippled through the Cook County criminal court system. The January 2013 arrests of former Special Investigations Unit members John Cichy, Matthew Hudak and Terrance O’Brien on charges including criminal drug conspiracy and official misconduct led Cook...

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    To keep up with changing state law, Northwest Suburban High School District 214 officials recently changed their policy to prohibit medical marijuana on school property.

    No medical marijuana for District 214 students, staff, bus drivers

    To keep up with changing state law, Northwest Suburban High School District 214 officials recently changed their policy to prohibit medical marijuana on school property. Students or staff who are legally allowed to have marijuana for health reasons still cannot bring it onto District 214 property or be under the influence while on school grounds.

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    Zion man dies, woman critically injured in Mundelein crash

    A Zion man died Sunday night after a two-car collision in Mundelein, authorities said. Eric Ocampo, 34, was killed in the crash that also left a passenger in critical condition.

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    Firefighter accused of punching woman at party

    A Carpentersville firefighter from St. Charles faces misdemeanor battery charges after punching a woman in the face early Sunday morning, police say.

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    Sheet metal falls on worker in Libertyville

    A large pile of sheet metal fell on a Libertyville worker Monday afternoon, trapping his leg underneath as much as 4,600 pounds, Libertyville firefighters said.

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    Recent DCFS director dies

    Richard Calica, the former director of Illinois’ Department of Children and Family Services has died from cancer — just a month after he had resigned for health reasons. He was 67.

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    The Obama administration on Monday effectively extended Monday’s deadline for signing up for insurance by a day, giving people in 36 states more time to select a plan.

    Last-minute insurance shoppers get 1-day extension
    Anticipating heavy traffic on the government’s health care website, the Obama administration extended Monday’s deadline for signing up for insurance by a day, giving Americans in 36 states more time to select a plan. But federal officials urged buyers not to procrastinate.

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    Yekaterina Samutsevich speaks to the media outside a court in Moscow on Monday.

    2 Pussy Riot members released from prison

    The last two imprisoned members of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot walked free Monday, criticizing the amnesty measure that released them as a publicity stunt, with one calling for a boycott of the Winter Olympics to protest Russia’s human rights record.

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    Plainfield residents carry their possessions after a tornado destroyed their home in 1990.

    Plainfield tornado survivors say ‘it never goes away’

    Plainfield residents know what the town of Washington is going through. Twenty-three years ago, a tornado struck Plainfield without warning. The emotional toll lingers.

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    Dr. Jason Cabler and his wife, Angie, get ready for a holiday party at their home in Hendersonville, Tenn. Dr. Cabler, 46, suffered a heart attack on Christmas Day in 2012 while lifting weights in the exercise room in their home. Studies indicate heart troubles, including fatal heart attacks, spike this time of year, especially on Christmas and New Year’s Day.

    Bah humbug: Heart woes can spike this time of year

    Not to dampen any spirits, but studies show heart troubles spike this time of year. It’s not just a Western phenomenon; recent research in China found the same thing. The increase includes fatal and nonfatal heart attacks and a less serious condition dubbed “holiday heart syndrome” — an irregular heartbeat caused by too much booze.

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    Peanut allergies are on the rise and affect up to 2 percent of the population in the United States and other Western countries. Women were once advised to avoid nuts in pregnancy to avoid triggering allergies in their offspring, but that advice was later rescinded.

    Study: Nuts in pregnancy do not raise allergy risk

    A new study gives reassurance that women who eat nuts or peanut butter during pregnancy are not raising the risk that their children will have nut allergies. Kids whose moms ate nuts most often were actually less likely to have problems consuming them, researchers found.

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    Teen accused of stabbing older brother

    Michael Tigue, 15, has been charged with first-degree murder in Friday’s stabbing death of 25-year-old Steven Tigue.

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    In this photo taken Sunday, displaced people take shelter in the U.N. compound where they get assistance from the World Food Program, in Bentiu, the capital of the oil-producing Unity state, in South Sudan.

    U.S. evacuates Canadians, Brits still in S. Sudan city

    British, Canadian and Kenyan citizens are among 3,000 foreigners trapped in a South Sudan city experiencing bouts of heavy machine gun fire, one of the most violent areas of a weeklong conflict that has likely killed more than 1,000 people, a top U.N. official said Monday.

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    Joseph C. Wozniak

    Error costs DuPage forest candidate a ballot spot

    A DuPage County Forest Preserve Commission candidate won’t have his name appear on the primary election ballot because of a mistake he didn’t commit. Joseph C. Wozniak of Naperville gathered enough signatures to enter the Republican primary against forest preserve Commissioner Linda Painter of Hinsdale. But because Wozniak’s nomination petition was notarized by a notary who didn’t have the proper...

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    Jim Hanson, the 2013 Batavia Citizen of the Year.

    Ex-Batavia alderman Hanson is chamber’s citizen of the year

    Former Batavia Alderman Jim Hanson, who was crucial in the redevelopment of the town's downtown and in getting a fair-housing law passed, is the 2013 Citizen of the Year.

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    Five-year-old Ella Rodriquez, in front, and John Davidson with his 2-year-old daughter, Betty, all of McHenry, ride the Baja Buggy during the Holiday Hoedown Monday at the Lake County Fairgrounds in Grayslake.

    Holidays, hoedown make unique pairing at the fairgrounds

    The holidays and a hoedown may not seem like a natural fit, but each year families from across Lake County and beyond make their way to the county fairgrounds in Grayslake to see that reindeer and ranchers really do go together. The Holiday Hoedown indoor winter festival runs through Dec. 29 at the fairgrounds, 1060 E. Peterson Road.

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    Dundee Township recently received a higher bond rating score from Standard & Poor’s when the township refinanced $18.6 million in open space bonds it used to buy the Jelke Creek Bird Sanctuary, shown here, and other natural properties.

    Higher bond rating in Dundee Twp. will save $70,000

    Dundee Township has earned a AA+ grade from Standard & Poor/s, a move estimated to save thousands of dollars in interest on an outstanding bond for open space, Township Supervisor Sue Harney said. The AA+ rating means the township has a “very strong capacity to meet financial commitments,” according to Standard & Poor’s website. “What this means is that when we’re ready to pay back the bonds...

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    Batavia Teen Center looks to revamp offerings

    The Batavia Teen Center is convening focus groups in January to discuss changing its focus and operation. Officials figure it's time, given what teens want may have changed in the 18 years since the center opened.

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    Michael B. Stefani

    Tip leads to burglary arrest in Antioch

    A 22-year-old Antioch man who police said was caught over the weekend toting a backpack of stolen goods remained jailed Monday. Michael B. Stefani is charged with six counts of burglary to a motor vehicle after being stopped by police early Sunday.

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    A group of 50 Carmel Catholic High School students, along with six teachers and coaches from the Mundelein school, will travel to downstate Washington later this week to help victims of November’s devastating tornado.

    Carmel students heading downstate to help Washington tornado victims

    A team of Carmel Catholic High School students and staffers will travel to downstate Washington this week to help tornado victims by volunteering at a free grocery store. “They want to do work, and they’re going to go down there and do work,” said Michael Fitzgibbons, an assistant coach and one of Carmel’s campus ministers.

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    Sharonda Y. Moore

    Second chance for woman in summer Batavia buglaries

    A 22-year-old woman linked to a series of summer home burglaries in Batavia has applied to the county's Deferred Prosecution Program. Sharonda Y. Moore was initially charged with possession of a stolen laptop.

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    Fox Valley police reports
    A 15-year-old boy from Lake in the Hills was charged Dec. 17 with possession of marijuana while a 16-year-old boy, also from Lake in the Hills, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, police said. Both were arrested at Jacobs High School in the 2600 block of Bunker Hill Drive, referred to the Tri County Area Peer Jury and released to their parents.

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    Tri-Cities police reports
    The case of the stolen University of Michigan jacket has been solved, with a suspect turning himself in to police Monday. Patrick Stewart, 54, of the 400 block of Blackhawk, Aurora, was charged with theft, according to a police report. He is accused of stealing a jacket Wednesday at Full Moon Bar and Grill.

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    Elgin man critically injured in Barlett crash

    A 31-year-old Elgin man was critically injured Friday night in a single-vehicle crash on Route 20 near the Route 59 overpass in Bartlett, police said Monday. According to police, the man was driving a 2000 Toyota Camry west on Route 20 about 10:15 p.m. when the vehicle struck the curb and left the roadway. The car then struck a utility pole and came to rest on the embankment.

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    Palatine man sent to prison for kicking disabled teen

    In March, Javier Rosales was feeding a teenage girl with a disability who refused to eat. In response, Rosales kicked her. A Cook County judge sentenced Rosales to three years in prison.

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    Jacqueline R. Schaefer

    McHenry County woman’s remains identified

    McHenry County officials say they’ve identified a woman whose skeletal remains were found in November in a home in an unincorporated area near McHenry.

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    Patrick W. Greene

    Naperville man arrested on child porn charges

    A Naperville man has been charged with six counts of possession of child pornography. Patrick W. Greene, 66, of the 1600 block of Abbey Drive, was arrested just after 9 p.m. Friday, Naperville police said.

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    Invasive Asian carp, jolted by an electric current from a research boat, jump from the Illinois River near Havana, Ill.

    Army Corps: Fish can breach Chicago barrier

    Schools of small fish are capable of crossing an electrical barrier designed to keep Asian carp from using the Chicago ship canal to enter the Great Lakes, according to a new research report from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

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    Captain James A. Lovell, Jr., left, shares a laugh with Gov. Pat Quinn, center, and David R. Mosena, CEO of Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry,, during the 45th anniversary of Apollo 8 “Christmas Eve Broadcast to Earth” event Monday at the museum.

    Apollo 8 astronaut marks 1968 broadcast to Earth

    Standing by a part of the Apollo 8 spacecraft he once rode, retired astronaut James Lovell on Monday read the 1968 Christmastime broadcast from the day he and two others became the first humans to orbit the moon. Lovell marked the 45th anniversary of the orbit and the famous broadcast a day early with a re-enactment of sorts at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry.

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    Suburban police cracking down on drunken drivers during holidays

    Police in the Northwest suburbs will be cracking down on drunken drivers and people who don't wear their seat belts through early January, according to news releases from multiple law enforcement agencies. Many local police departments have been awarded a traffic safety grant from the Illinois Department of Transportation's Traffic Safety Division that allows them to dedicate additional manpower...

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    House Speaker Michael Madigan did not intervene on behalf of Concept Schools Inc., his spokesman said.

    Agency overrules Chicago district on charter schools

    A relatively unknown state agency has overruled Chicago Public Schools and ordered the district to approve and fund two new charter schools run by a group supported by Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan.

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    2 charged in death of Cook County investigator

    Two men are being held without bond after being charged with murder and robbery for the shooting death of an off-duty Illinois sheriff’s investigator who was trying to break up an armed robbery outside a family Christmas party in the Western suburbs.

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    Chicago man charged with trying to pass fake checks

    Police in Maryland have charged a Chicago man with forgery and theft after they say officers found false checks and counterfeiting equipment in a hotel room.

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    Police search for suspect in fatal carjacking

    Illinois State Police, Chicago investigators and federal officials are searching for a 34-year-old man who they say is suspected in a series of carjackings, including one that killed an 11-year-old boy.

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    South suburban man charged in cleaver attack

    Brian Herman, 31, of Chicago Heights is charged with three counts of attempted murder, disorderly conducted and aggravated battery in a meat cleaver attack.

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    The Des Plaines Oasis, built in 1959, will be demolished next year to make way for widening of the Jane Addams Tollway and an extension of the Elgin-O’Hare Expressway.

    Des Plaines Oasis: End of the road

    Will anyone shed a tear when the Des Plaines Oasis and its assorted pretzel, coffee, burger, pizza and tchotchke shops are bulldozed this spring to make way for new construction? Its removal is necessary for the extension of the Elgin-O’Hare Expressway and a related bypass around the airport plus widening the tollway.

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    Mundelein Fire, Salvation Army team up Jan. 4

    The Mundelein Fire Department and the Salvation Army will collect clothing, shoes, electronics, household goods and other items on Saturday, Jan. 4, at the main fire station, 1000 N. Midlothian Road. The collection will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. All donations will be used to help people in need.

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    What will replace the Elk Grove Dominick’s?

    Elk Grove Village Mayor Craig Johnson said there’s been “lots of rumors” recently, but no word yet on what might replace the soon-to-be closed Dominick’s store at the Elk Grove Town Center. Johnson said following a recent village board meeting that he’s confident a store will eventually locate at 980 Elk Grove Town Center.

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    Leamon Jordan

    Carol Stream man, convicted in 1982 murder, faces felony charges

    A Carol Stream man convicted of murder in 1982 has been charged with two felonies for failing to register with authorities, concluding a four-month investigation by Carol Stream police.

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    Learn about volunteering in Lake Co. forest preserves

    The Lake County Forest Preserve District is holding an open house on Jan. 15 to share information about the many volunteer opportunities in the district. The event will run from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the district office, 1899 W. Winchester Road, Libertyville. The gathering is free and open to anyone 15 or older.

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    Gina Santori, with Aurora Public Library President John Savage, holds a glass replica of the proposed downtown library, given to her Monday after it was announced the Richard and Gina Santori Charitable Foundation donated $3 million to the Aurora Public Library Foundation to establish a technology endowment.

    Aurora library unveils $3 million donation for technology endowment

    Aurora’s new $28 million downtown library, slated to open in May 2015, has received a major financial boost. Library officials announced Monday that the Richard and Gina Santori Charitable Foundation is making a $3 million donation to the Aurora Public Library Foundation to establish a technology endowment.

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    Buffalo Grove holds off on merit pay plan for village workers

    Buffalo Grove trustees are putitng the brakes on a proposal to create a pay-for-performance play to reward employees for excellent service. Trustees say they want to know more about the plan before deciding to move forward with it.

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    Des Plaines Metra ticket office closed until Jan. 2 for upgrades

    Metra riders boarding at the Des Plaines station will have to buy tickets elsewhere until Jan. 2, while the station’s ticket office is closed for upgrades. Riders can buy tickets at the Mount Prospect and Park Ridge stations as well as at Ogilvie Transportation Center in Chicago, all of which are along the same Union Pacific Northwest Line as the Des Plaines stop. The warming area at the Des...

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    Wheaton water rate increase effective Jan. 1

    Water rates in Wheaton will increase beginning Jan. 1, city officials said. Earlier this year, the Wheaton City Council approved the increase to support infrastructure improvements and offset increased rates for water charged by Chicago and the DuPage Water Commission.

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    $750 coin found in Arlington Heights Salvation Army kettle

    A gold coin worth $750 was dropped in a Salvation Army kettle in Arlington Heights over the weekend, officials said. The coin, a $10 piece from 1898 now estimated to be worth $750, was dropped in a red kettle at Mariano's, 802 E. Northwest Highway, on Saturday, according to the Salvation Army.

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    Former basketball star Dennis Rodman speaks to journalists upon arrival at the capital airport in Beijing from Pyongyang, North Korea, Monday. Rodman left North Korea on Monday, but didn’t answer questions from the media on whether he had met with leader Kim Jong Un on his latest visit.

    Rodman leaves NKorea without word if he met leader

    Former Chicago Bulls star Dennis Rodman left North Korea on Monday without answering questions from the media on whether he had met with leader Kim Jong Un.

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    Mikhail Kalashnikov shows a model of his world-famous AK-47 assault rifle at home in the Ural Mountain city of Izhevsk, 625 miles east of Moscow, in this Oct. 29, 1997, file photo.

    Rifle designer Mikhail Kalashnikov dead at 94

    Mikhail Kalashnikov started out wanting to make farm equipment, but the harvest he reaped was one of blood as the designer of the AK-47 assault rifle, the world’s most popular firearm.

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    A Transportation Safety officer, center, checks a passenger’s airline ticket at Terminal 3 in O’Hare International Airport in Chicago on Saturday.

    Rain, ice tapers, cold temps stay for parts of U.S.

    Parts of the country socked by a wild weekend storm will be covered with ice through Christmas and beyond thanks to a steady diet of freezing rain and cold temperatures. The first full day of winter Sunday brought a mix including balmy temperatures along the Mid-Atlantic, snow in the Midwest and ice, snow and flooding in the Great Lakes, and utilities warned that some people who lost electricity...

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    Associated Press A huge line formed in the early morning hours at the Salt Lake County clerk’s office Monday to obtain same sex marriage licenses. A federal judge said he will allow gay marriage in Utah to continue, denying a request from the state to halt same-sex weddings until the appeals process plays out.

    Judge allows gay marriage in Utah to continue

    A federal judge on Monday allowed gay marriage to continue in Utah, rejecting a request to put same-sex weddings on hold as the state appeals a decision that has sent couples flocking to county clerk offices for marriage licenses. Judge Robert J. Shelby overturned Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage Friday, ruling the voter-approved measure is a violation of gay couples’ constitutional rights.

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    Obamacare deadline extended one day as customers rush to website

    Today’s deadline for Americans to sign up for Obamacare health coverage effective Jan. 1 was extended until midnight tomorrow as heavy traffic to the online enrollment system caused a queuing system to be activated.

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    Dillard releases tax return information

    Illinois gubernatorial candidate Kirk Dillard paid $76,000 in state and federal taxes in 2012 on $353,785 in income.The Hinsdale Republican released his family’s income and tax information over the weekend.

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    Military pension cuts now unsure; changes likely

    The Pentagon’s top civilian says it’s time to tame burgeoning military personnel costs, but he’s facing a test of wills with the nation’s powerful veterans groups, which want no cut in their benefits.

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    Mundelein crash sends two to hospital

    A two-car accident sent two people to the hospital and caused traffic congestion Sunday night in Mundelein, according to officials. The accident occurred on Townline Road, just east of Lake Street, according to a Mundelein Fire Department spokesman.

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    Quinn: Donate flyer miles to military families

    Air travelers who have compiled significant frequent-flyer miles are being urged to consider donating those miles to injured soldiers and their families for the holidays. Since 2005, Operation Hero Miles has issued more than 40,000 donated tickets.

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    Dawn Patrol: Wintry mix to start the week; Bears lose

    Dawn Patrol: Wintry mix leaves snow, slick roads across suburbs. Former White Sox player talks hitting with suburban youngsters. Author returning to Naperville with tale of second chance, survival. Dogs rescued from North Chicago apartment up for adoption. Inverness couple want to share Christmas spirit. Eagles annihilate Bears, 54-11. Bears’ Melton arrested in Texas bar dispute.

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    The Robertsons, from left, Phil, Jase, Si and Willie, were seen on the A&E channel’s “Duck Dynasty” until patriarch Phil Robertson’s comments appeared in GQ magazine.

    Lt Gov: Duck Dynasty important to La. tourism

    Louisiana’s lieutenant governor says the “Duck Dynasty” reality TV show is important to state tourism — and he could help connect the Robertson family with new producers if they cannot reach agreement with the A&E network. The network suspended patriarch Phil Robertson last week for telling GQ magazine that gays are sinners akin to adulterers and swindlers.

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    Bears head coach Marc Trestman, left, embraces Jay Cutler on the sidelines during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday in Philadelphia. The Bears lost 54-11 to set up a playoff contest in next week's game against the Packers at Soldier Field.

    Weekend in Review: More diversity in area schools; Bears need a win
    What you may have missed over the weekend: Antioch studies streamlining emergency services; schools see more diversity in student body makeup; man hit by train in Glen Ellyn dies; Batavia restaurant owners sue Target over security breach; Carol Stream man gets 33 years in child sex assault; suburban friends create Cards Against Humanity game;Inverness couple seek Santa stories; Blackhawks'...

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    Ukrainian Scout leader Yuriy Zajac shares a flame Sunday from the birthplace of Jesus in Bethlehem with Simon Mischenko of the Ukrainian Democratic Youth Organization at St. Andrew Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral in Bloomingdale. The Bethlehem Peace Light has been burning at the same spot in Bethlehem for more than 1,000 years and is split and travels around the world, available to anyone who wants to take the flame during the holy time around Christmas.

    Bloomingdale church receives Bethlehem Peace Light

    The Bethlehem Peace Light, a flame retrieved from the Grotto of the Nativity in Bethlehem, was presented to St. Andrew Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Bloomingdale on Sunday. The light, a symbol of hope and peace, is taken from the grotto every year and transported to churches and other institutions in Europe and North America.

Sports

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    Although he didn't make the Pro Bowl this year, Bears cornerback Tim Jennings had 4 interceptions and played solidly down the stretch to earn a new contract.

    Bears GM Emery likes what Jennings, Slauson offer

    The four-year contracts signed by cornerback Tim Jennings and guard Matt Slauson Thursday didn't get the attention of Jay Cutler's new deal, but both players are considered key components in general manager Phil Emery's master plan.

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    Vernon Hills' Sam Rattner moves the ball against Wheeling during Hardwood Classic tournament action Monday at Wheeling.

    Vernon Hills wins one the hard way

    The Vernon Hills and Wheeling boys basketball teams engaged in a hardwood tug of war Monday in the opening round of the Wildcat Hardwood Classic, and the visiting Cougars won the battle, a hard-fought 57-50 decision. They advance to Thursday's quarterfinal against Naperville Central at 8:45 p.m., while the Wildcats will face Streamwood in a 2:00 p.m. consolation round matchup. It was a game where the Cougars (9-2) led throughout but were unable to put away the Wildcats (6-6).

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    Vernon Hills’ Sam Rattner moves the ball against Wheeling during Hardwood Classic tournament action Monday at Wheeling.

    Vernon Hills wins one the hard way

    The Vernon Hills and Wheeling boys basketball teams engaged in a hardwood tug of war Monday in the opening round of the Wildcat Hardwood Classic, and the visiting Cougars won the battle, a hard-fought 57-50 decision. They advance to Thursday’s quarterfinal against Naperville Central at 8:45 p.m., while the Wildcats will face Streamwood in a 2:00 p.m. consolation round matchup. It was a game where the Cougars (9-2) led throughout but were unable to put away the Wildcats (6-6).

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    Green Christmas: Stevenson standout back in action

    Stevenson got its game into shape, rolling past Urban Prep West 78-36 in the prestigious Proviso West Tournament in Hillside on Monday as Cameron Green returned from injury to score his first points of the season.

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    Bulls’ Gibson being watched for flopping

    Bulls forward Taj Gibson got a flop warning for his actions in the Cleveland game on Saturday. Meanwhile, Kirk Hinrich and Jimmy Butler participated in Monday's practice, while a third injured player did not.

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    Kane still can’t catch Penguins’ Crosby

    Heading into Monday's NHL contests, Penguins star Sidney Crosby had a six-point lead over Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane, who had 48. Kane admitted Monday he’s been keeping tabs on the competition. Crosby had 8 points in his last four games, but Kane is the only NHL player to have multiple point streaks of at least 10 games this season

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

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

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    Meadows rolls along at Montini

    In its quest to make the championship game of the Montini tournament for a second straight year, the Rolling Meadows girls basketball team got off to a strong start on Monday. The state-ranked Mustangs topped Proviso West 91-44 in the opening round of the 16-team tournament and will face Neuqua Valley in Thursday’s 4:45 p.m. quarterfinal. Senior guard Jackie Kemph tossed in a game-high 34 points with 5 assists and a 3-pointer to lead the Mustangs, who were second in the tourney last year to the host Broncos.

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    Batavia snaps 6-game losing streak

    After a sluggish first quarter, Batavia was able to wake up and start hitting shots from all over the court to dominate FW Parker Monday night and cruise to a 69-37 win inside Chesbrough Field House at the 39th annual Elgin Holiday Tournament Monday night.

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    Glenbard West on right path

    Glenbard West’s young boys basketball team knows it can’t take anything for granted this season. The Hilltoppers definitely won’t be caught looking past their own holiday tournament. They opened play at the 12th Annual Glenbard West Holiday Classic with an impressive 58-35 Green-Pool victory over Fenton in the last of four games on Monday.

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    Huntley’s defense wins out over Geneva

    Huntley girls basketball coach Steve Raethz was looking for a few defensive stops. He got a lot more than that. The Red Raiders (12-1) went on an 11-0 run over the final 3 minutes and 3 seconds to snap a 36-36 deadlock en route to a 47-36 victory over Geneva (8-3) in Monday night’s opening round of the 5th annual Montini Catholic Christmas Tournament in Lombard.

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    Aurora Christian wins opener at Plano

    Aurora Christian defeated Lisle 57-34 at the Plano Christmas Classic Monday.

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    Naperville Central steamrolls Streamwood

    Naperville Central center Nick Czarnowski has played at the Wheeling Hardwood Classic basketball tournament for three years. He knows what the Redhawks have to do in order to win their fourth title. “It was important that we came out and played strong,” said Czarnowski. “The past few years, even when we won it in 2011, we struggled early in the games. This year we wanted to take the initiative and play strong right from the beginning.” The Redhawks did just that in whipping Streamwood 73-43.

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    Jacobs nails down win over Johnsburg

    The Jacobs boys basketball team did enough in three quarters Monday night to get within one game of heading to the championship bracket of the Hinkle Holiday Classic hosted by Jacobs. The Golden Eagles led by 28 with a minute to go in the third quarter and cruised to a 78-67 victory over Johnsburg.

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    Kaneland finishes 2-2 at Ottawa

    Kaneland split a pair of games Monday at the Ottaway Holiday Tournament, opening with a 45-38 loss to Geneseo and bouncing back with a 59-47 win over Rockford East.

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    Turnovers do in Huntley in Elgin opener

    On a bitter and cold night, Huntley’s boys basketball team had trouble hanging onto the ball and dropped its opener to Wendell Phillips, 47-40, Monday night inside Chesbrough Field House at the 39th annual Elgin Holiday Tournament.

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    Patrick Sharp, left, celebrates his second goal of the game with Brent Seabrook, giving the Blackhawks some breathing room.

    Blackhawks make sure this lead holds up

    After two defensively dominant periods, the Blackhawks had quickly let their 3-1 lead shrink to a 1-goal edge. But any panicking stopped fewer than five minutes later, when a Marian Hossa pass found Patrick Sharp all alone in the Devils’ end. Sharp put a breakaway shot past Devils’ goalie Cory Schneider to regain the 2-goal lead 5:54 into the final period.

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    Smith, Vernon Hills roll at Mundelein

    Vernon Hills senior Sydney Smith outscored Hoffman Estates’ entire girls basketball team Monday. The Vermont-bound forward had 27 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals, as the Cougars defeated the Hawks 54-20 Monday morning in the opening game of the Mundelein Mustang Holiday Classic.

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    Vernon Hills’ Michael Mariella, right, plays defense against Wheeling’s Nate Laude, left.

    Images: Wheeling vs. Vernon Hills boys basketball
    Vernon Hills vs. Wheeling at the Wheeling Hardwood Classic boys basketball tournament Monday.

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    Fremd battles past South Elgin

    Dave Yates chalked it up to some inexperience. After watching his team let a 21-point lead nearly slip away, Fremd’s girls basketball coach was somewhat pleased by the Vikings’ 64-53 victory over South Elgin Monday afternoon in the opening round of the 5th annual Montini Catholic Christmas Tournament. However, Yates admitted there were a few minor glitches along the way — most of which began after the Vikings built a 51-30 lead with 2:35 left in the third quarter.

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    New Trier runs away from Wheaton Academy in fourth quarter

    An indication things got off track on the basketball court is when the postgame talk lasts half as long as the game itself.

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    Uplift lights up St. Charles East

    Just as on Saturday, St. Charles East had four double-figure scorers in its opener at the 53rd annual Proviso West Holiday Tournament. Trouble was they allowed Uplift five, and the Titans from Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood beat the Saints 81-71 on Monday in Hillside.

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    Glenbard South defense stifles Jacobs

    According to Glenbard South forward Tomei Ball, “defense is our No. 1 thing.” The Raiders proved that Monday when they held Jacobs without a field goal in the first quarter and went on to win 57-38 in a first-round game of the Bill Neibch Falcon Classic at Wheaton North.

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    Boys basketball/Fox Valley roundup

    CL South 75, Marian Central 61: Austin Rogers scored 22 points to lead the Gators (9-1) at the Hinkle Holiday Classic. Collin Wagner (14 points), Wes Buckner (11) and Chris Mahoney (10) also contributed for Crystal Lake South.Cary-Grove 59, Rockford Jefferson 50: The Trojans (4-6) were led by Jason Gregoire, who led all scorers in the game with 36 points, including a 14-for-16 performance from the free throw line while competing at the Hinkle Holiday Classic.Westminster Christian 60, Woodstock North 54: Sam Carani led Westminster Christian (6-6) with 27 points, going 11-for-12 from the free-throw line. Dillion Rejman contributed 19 points, including six 3-pointers at the E.C. Nichols Tournament in Marengo. Brad Barker (8 points) and Brian McDonaugh (6) also added to the Warriors’ offense. Moline 60, Hampshire 42: The Whip-Purs (3-8) were led by Matthew Bridges (16 points) and Austin Spaeth (13 points, 9 rebounds). Ajiri Oghale (3 points) brought down 8 rebounds for Hampshire at the Chuck Dayton Tournament in DeKalb.

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    Lyons stymies St. Charles East

    So much for momentum. St. Charles East came into Monday’s matchup against Lyons Township at Wheaton North’s Falcon Classic after playing perhaps its best game of the season in a win over Metea Valley. Lyons entered at the other end of the spectrum, playing one its worst games of the year in an ugly loss to Downers Grove North. You would have never known it Monday. The Saints missed their first 15 shots from the field and shot just 24 percent for the game. The Lions won virtually every statistical category and never trailed in a 54-36 victory.

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    Kloss, Carmel stop Warren in OT

    Shots weren’t falling for either side through the end of regulation. As the battle between Carmel and Warren went to overtime in the final game of Monday’s Blue Devil Classic, one player seemed to benefit. Cassidy Kloss of Carmel had no field goals heading into the overtime session. But then the senior finally cracked the code with a key 3-pointer. She had 7 of her 10 points in overtime as Carmel dodged a late comeback by Warren and took home a 51-47 victory.

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    Southern Illinois drops SIU-Edwardsville 74-57

    Jalen Pendleton scored 20 points to lead Southern Illinois to a 74-57 win over SIU-Edwardsville on Monday. The Salukis (4-8) shot a remarkable 60 percent from the floor.

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    After breaking Tom Brady’s single-season touchdown record of 50 on Sunday, Denver QB Peyton Manning is 266 yards from breaking Drew Brees’ single-season mark for yards passing.

    Manning says his TD record won’t hold up

    Peyton Manning says his 51-TD record will be short-lived, suggesting Tom Brady will take it back soon enough. Or, for that matter, any number of other quarterbacks could break it should NFL owners get their way and expand the season to 18 games.

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    Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz watches during the second half of Sunday’s home loss to the New York Giants. The Lions eliminated themselves from the NFC North title race by losing five of their last six games — blowing fourth-quarter lead in each of those setbacks — after a 6-3 record put them in a favorable position.

    Lions coach regrets shouting at booing fans

    Jim Schwartz’s emotions have gotten the best of him at least a few times publicly as coach of the Detroit Lions. The latest example happened in what might be the last time he leads the Lions at home.

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    Batavia recovers from slow start

    The Batavia girls basketball team is evidently not accustomed to playing a holiday tournament game on a Monday morning. "We had a five-minute run where we weren’t awake,” Batavia coach Kevin Jensen said. “After that, I was pretty pleased (with their play).” The Bulldogs spotted Zion-Benton a 15-8 lead after the opening quarter of the Montini Christmas Tournament but more than recovered behind senior standout Liza Fruendt for a 49-34 victory.

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    Chicago State guard Nate Duhon drives against Cincinnati guard Kevin Johnson during the second half of Monday’s game in Cincinnati.

    Cincinnati crushes Chicago State 102-62

    Jermaine Sanders was one of three Cincinnati players with double-doubles, and the Bearcats turned in the most dominant rebounding performance in their history, beating Chicago State 102-62 on Monday night.

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    Fordham beats Loyola 83-69

    Jon Severe scored 23 points, nine in the final 1:45, as Fordham scored 54 points in the second half to come back and beat Loyola of Chicago 83-69 on Monday.

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    First-round wins for Libertyville, Grayslake N., Mundelein

    Libertyville, Graysake North and Mundelein each picked up first-round wins Monday in the girls basketball tournament hosted by Mundelein.

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    Girls basketball/Fox Valley roundup

    Grayslake North 54, Streamwood 32: Grayslake North coach Nate Flannery had a message for his Knights early in the first quarter of their contest with Streamwood at the Mundelein Mustang Holiday Classic Tournament. “I told them that we can’t keep calling and wasting early timeouts every time we get in trouble,” Flannery said. “We are slowly starting to work our way out of these early problems.”The Knights went to work late in the second quarter then into over drive into the third and fourth quarters to roll by the Sabres 54-32. North (6-5) will face Libertyville at 5 p.m. Thursday while Streamwood will take on Highland Park in the consolation bracket the same day at 10:30 a.m.“We have a real loose group and I am ok with that,” Flannery said. “For whatever reason we come out flat and it has cost us early in the season. Its good they are learning from that now.”Two Knights the Sabres had no answer for were seniors Kendall Detweiler and Brittany Thibeaux. Detweiler scored 12 of her 16 points in the first half while Thibeaux was huge in an 18-3 third quarter with 10 of her game-high 20 in the quarter.Streamwood (3-6) was led by Winona State-bound senior Hannah McGlone. Her 11 first-half points helped the Sabres to an early lead of 11-8 after one quarter.Hinsdale Central 70, Elgin 17: Maggie Powers and Melanie Berg each had 4 points for Elgin (3-5) at the Wheaton North tournament.Niles West 51, Cary-Grove 41: The Trojans (9-5) were led by Katie Barker with 14 points in this loss at the Mundelein tournament. Chrissy Sopchyk contributed 9 points and Sarah Kendeigh added 5 points and 6 rebounds for Cary-Grove.

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    Neuqua Valley makes seamless transition to new tournament

    Neuqua Valley spent last week in the girls basketball frying pan. Monday it jumped into the fire. The Wildcats turned their defensive heat on DeKalb in Monday afternoon’s Montini Christmas Tournament first-round game, defeating the Barbs 58-35 in Lombard.

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    Larkin hangs on to beat Prairie Ridge

    Two different Larkin teams were on display Monday at the Hinkle Holiday Classic tournament at Jacobs. There was the Larkin team that ran off 16 straight points to apparently take control of the game in the second quarter. Then there was the Royals squad that turned it over on 6 straight possessions to open the second half, letting Prairie Ridge back into the game. But Larkin never let the Wolves gain the lead, holding on for a 62-55 win.

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    The addition of guard D.J. Augustin should help reduce the workload on veteran Kirk Hinrich, who expects to return from a sore back Wednesday after missing five games.

    Bulls’ Hinrich more than happy to get some help

    Kirk Hinrich plans on playing Wednesday in Brooklyn after missing five games with a sore back. While he was sidelined, newcomer D.J. Augustin played well at point guard and Hinrich said Monday he's happy to have some help.

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    NoticeTo report scores:Coaches, please report all scores to the Daily Herald Fox Valley office by e-mailing prepsports@dailyherald.com, calling (847) 608-2715, or faxing results to (847) 608-0987.When faxing results, please make sure that results are legible, and include names and statistics for all teams involved.Boys basketball Monday’s results Elgin Holiday TournamentHarlan 58, Buffalo Grove 26Rockford East 88, St. Francis de Sales 47Dundee-Crown 50, TEAM Englewood 48Elgin 66, South Shore 40Walther Christian 56, Rockford Guilford 52Glenbard North 2, Corliss 0Game 7) Huntley vs. Wendell Phillips, 6:45 p.m.Game 8) Batavia vs. FW Parker, 8:15 p.m.Hinkle Holiday Classic at JacobsCrystal Lake South 75, Marian Central 61Zion-Benton 66, Bartlett 34South Elgin 77, Barrington 66Larkin 62, Prairie Ridge 55Cary-Grove 59, Rockford Jefferson 50 Carmel 58, CL Central 28Tilden vs. Lakes, 6 p.m.Jacobs vs. Johnsburg, 7:30 p.m.Wheeling Hardwood ClassicNaperville Central vs. Streamwood, 8:45 p.m.Chuck Dayton Tournament at DeKalbMoline 60, Hampshire 42E.C. Nichols Tournament at MarengoWestminster Christian 60, Woodstock North 54Elgin Holiday TournamentDundee-Crown 50, Englewood 48Dundee-Crown — Pochop 4 0-1 9, Dunner 1 1-2 3, Buckley 1 0-0 2, Seals 2 2-3 6, Munson 4 0-1 10, Stewart 1 1-2 3, Parson 4 2-4 12, Steinmetz 1 3-4 5. Totals: 18 8-17 50.Englewood — Hilliard 2 0-0 5, Carpenter 5 0-0 13, Murphy 3 0-0 6, Moore 5 4-7 17, Walker 1 0-0 2, Harper 1 0-0 3, Carter 1 0-1 2. Totals: 18 4-8 48.Dundee-Crown 7 5 22 16 —50Englewood 10 22 7 9 —483-point baskets: D-C — Parson 2, Munson 2, Pochop; E — Moore 3, Carpenter 3, Hilliard, Harper.Elgin 66, South Shore 40South Shore — Brazier 2 0-0 4, Glasper 0 2-2 6, Johnson 1 2-2 4, Weathers 2 1-2 5, Iverson 3 2-5 8, Slaughter 3 0-0 7, Smith 1 0-0 2, Miller 1 2-2 4. Totals 13 9-13 40.Elgin — Harper 1 4-7 6, Butler 8 9-9 27, Sanders 2 1-2 5, Sitter 2 2-2 6, Mari 0 2-2 2, Douglas 0 2-4 2, Baldwin 2 5-9 9, Miller 0 3-4 3, Edwards 2 0-0 4, Bennett 1 0-0 2. Totals: 18 28-39 66 .South Shore 12 11 5 12 —40Elgin 8 17 22 19 —663-point baskets: SS — Glasper 2, Slaughter; E — Butler 2.Visitor — . Totals .Home — . Totals .Visitor x x x x —xxHome x x x x —xx3-point baskets: .Fouled out: .Hinkle Holiday Classic at JacobsCrystal Lake South 75, Marian Central 61CL South — Wagner 6 0-2 14, Thomas 3 0-0 6, Mahoney 2 5-6 10, Johnson 1 0-0 2, Bright 1 0-0 2, Rogers 6 8-9 22, Bartusch 1 0-0 3, Buckner 4 3-3 11, Friesen 3 1-1 7. Totals 27 17-21 75.Marian C. — Smith 1 1-2 3, Pischke 8 2-4 19, Wagtula 2 0-0 4, Lindell 3 0-0 6, Caldez 2 2-2 7, Schrepf 2 0-0 4, Haley 2 0-0 4, Ricehiuto 3 4-5 10, Lindguist 1 0-0 2. Totals 24 9-13 61.CL South 17 15 21 22 —75Marian C. 16 18 8 19 —613-point baskets: CLS — Wagner 2, Mahoney, Bartusch; MC — Pischke, Caldez.Zion-Benton 66, BArtlett 34Zion — Schofield 5 1-2 12, Young 1 2-2 4, Yarbrough 7 3-3 19, Curry 4 0-0 8, Wilson 1 0-0 2, Bakb 2 2-2 7, Maynard 1 0-0 2, Davis 1 6-7 8, Calvert 1 2-2 4. Totals 23 16-18 66.Bartlett — Wantroba 0 4-4 4. Busch 2 2-2 7, DiCanio 1 0-0 2, Jimenez 1 1-2 4, Pauletti 1 2-2 4, Anderson 4 0-0 8, Hasenberg 0 1-2 1, Kram 1 0-0 2, Curtis 0 2-2 2. Totals 11 12-14 34.Zion 11 12 21 22 —66Bartlett 6 13 4 11 —343-point baskets: Z-B — Schofield, Yarbrough 2, Bakb; B — Busch, Pauletti.South Elgin 77, Barrington 66South Elgin — Howard 2 0-0 6, Smith 2 5-6 10, McClure 5 7-9 18, Wells 8 0-2 20, Lynch 2 0-0 4, Amrhein 2 0-0 5, Winser 1 0-0 2, Hankins 5 2-2 12. Totals 27 14-19 77.Barrington — Johnson 2 0-0 5, Orr 0 2-2 2, Lester 5 1-2 11, BArt 3 3-5 9, McDonald 1 2-2 4, Ivansauskas 6 2-3 16, Necker 1 0-0 3, Madrzyk 1 0-0 2, Bennett 2 0-0 5, Reinhard 0 0-1 0, Goldsmith 3 3-3 9. Totals 24 13-18 66.South Elgin 8 24 17 28 —77Barrington 14 16 18 18 —66

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    The Packers’ Eddie Lacy, if he is able to play Sunday, could pose another big threat to the struggling Bears defense.

    No defense for Bears’ loss to Eagles

    Everyone is in agreement that the Bears' defense took a step backward in the 54-11 loss to the Eagles. Now, it has to find a way to get better before Sunday's NFC North title game against the Packers.

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    Quarterback Jay Cutler greets his counterpart, the Eagles’ Nick Foles, after the Bears dropped a 54-11 decision in Philadelphia on Sunday night.

    Bears should need no extra motivation

    Bears special teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis says any player who needs to be motivated for Sunday's NFC North title game against the Packers needs to find a different line of work.

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    St. Viator, Fremd roll past first-round Wheeling foes

    St. Viator senior Ore Arogundade produced a double-double with a game-high 28 points and 11 rebounds to help the Lions rolls past Hope Academy 79-48 in a Hardwood Classic first-round boys basketball game on Monday at Wheeling, while Fremd got 21 points from Riley Glassmann in a 74-32 triumph over Chicago Alcott.

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    Montini's Kateri Stone drives around Chardonney Harris of Oak Park River Forest in the Montini Catholic High School Girls Basketball Christmas Tournament on Monday in Lombard.

    Montini comes out flying

    No doubt about it, Montini was ready to get its own girls basketball tournament started. The Broncos (12-1) blasted overmatched Oak Park 77-40 on Monday afternoon in the first round of the Montini Christmas Tournament in Lombard, taking the Huskies out of the game right from the start. “Our top nine kids came out and I thought played really hard and well,” Montini coach Jason Nichols said. “They were efficient, they executed.”

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    Northridge defense works vs. St. Francis

    Senior Adam Hart and his St. Francis boys basketball teammates entered the Glenbard West Holiday Classic on Monday afternoon coming off their highest-scoring game of the season.

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    Wheaton North comes at Elk Grove in waves

    Elk Grove coach Kathie Swanson was mighty impressed with how well the Wheaton North starters played as a team Monday afternoon, and she was equally impressed with how the Falcons’ reserves played.

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    Barrington’s Rapolas Ivanauskas and West McDonald and South Elgin’s Matt McClure watch as South Elgin’s Matthew Smith reaches for a loose ball Monday at the Hinkle Holiday Classic at Jacobs High School in Algonquin.

    South Elgin outlasts Barrington

    The South Elgin boys basketball team has been turning heads for the season’s first month with a potent offense averaging 73 points per game, but first-year coach Matt Petersen insists most practice time of late has been devoted to a beleaguered defense surrendering 78 points per outing. Such attention to defense yielded results in the fourth quarter of a 77-66 victory over Barrington at the Hinkle Holiday Classic at Jacobs Monday morning.

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    Butler carries Elgin to win in tourney opener

    Led by Isaiah Butler, Elgin shook off a sloppy first half to cruise past South Shore International College Prep 66-40 in the opening round of its own holiday tournament on Monday at Chesbrough Field House. Elgin advances to Thursday’s quarterfinals where it will meet Dundee-Crown at 5 p.m.

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    Zion-Benton chews up Bartlett

    Deviating from the recipe left a bad taste in the mouths of the Bartlett boys basketball players following a 66-34 loss to Zion-Benton at the Hinkle Holiday Classic at Jacobs Monday morning. Facing a team with Division-I prospects Milik Yarbrough (6-foot-6) and Admiral Schofield (6-5), Bartlett’s goal was to slow cook the Zee-Bees by playing deliberately on offensive, according to coach Jim Wolfsmith’s cookbook. That meant eating clock with 5-8 passes per possession before looking for slips, curls, backdoor layups and wide-open, popout 3-pointers.

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    ECU wears down Ohio in Beef ’O’ Brady’s Bowl

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Vinatavious Cooper rushed for a career-best 198 yards, setting a Beef ’O’ Brady’s Bowl record and leading East Carolina to a 37-20 victory over Ohio on Monday.The Pirates (10-3) grabbed the lead for good on the first of Cooper’s two touchdowns runs in the fourth quarter, a 31-yard burst with just under 10 minutes remaining.East Carolina’s Shane Carden threw for 273 yards and one TD and also scored on a pass reception.Cam Worthy caught an early 5-yard scoring pass from Carden, and then took a lateral from the junior quarterback and threw 14 yards back to Carden for a fourth-quarter TD that made it 31-20. Cooper put it well out of reach, finding an opening off left tackle and racing 22 yards for his second TD.Tyler Tettleton and Derrius Vick threw scoring passes for Ohio (7-6), which overcame an early two-touchdown deficit to lead 20-17 before Cooper put East Carolina back in front before an announced crowd of 20,053 at Tropicana Field.Breon Allen also scored on a 2-yard run for East Carolina, which won six of its final seven games to finish with the second-most victories in school history.Carden set the school record for single-season yards passing with a 13-yard throw to Isaiah Jones on the drive ended with Allen’s TD, making it 14-0. He completed 29 of 45 passes while boosting his season total to 4,139 yards, breaking Dominique Davis’ record total for the Pirates.Cooper ran for 90 yards in the opening quarter alone, becoming the third running back in East Carolina history to rush for 1,000 in consecutive seasons.Justin Hardy, meanwhile, had eight receptions for 59 yards, setting a school record for yards receiving in a season. He finished with nine catches, giving him 114 receptions for 1,284 yards.Ohio battled back after a slow start. Tettleton and Vick each threw a touchdown pass in a five-minute span to make it 14-all early in the second quarter.Tettleton got the Bobcats going with a 26-yard completion to Daz’ Patterson on a flea flicker, and then found Patterson for a 17-yard TD on the following play. Vick and Donte Foster combined for an 80-yard score on Ohio’s next offensive play for the longest scoring pass in Beef ’O’ Brady’s Bowl history.Foster finished with six catches for 160 yards, earning most valuable player honors for Ohio. Tettleton was 21 of 40 for 228 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions.East Carolina rebounded from a triple-overtime loss to Tulane in October to win five of its final six regular-season games. Ohio stumbled in November losses to Buffalo, Bowling Green and Kent State before finishing with a 51-23 rout of Massachusetts that helped the Bobcats secure the trip to St. Petersburg.Ohio accepted the bid to the Beef ’O’ Brady’s bowl after the American Athletic Conference was unable to fulfill its bowl commitments. Ball State lost to Central Florida in last year’s game, making the trip when the Big East was unable to supply a team.In denying Ohio a third straight bowl victory under coach Frank Solich, East Carolina stopped a four-game losing streak in bowl games.

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    Pochop’s game-winner caps Dundee-Crown comeback

    Dundee-Crown’s boys basketball team turned a 20-point halftime deficit into an improbable 50-48 victory over Englewood on Monday in the opening round of the Elgin Holiday Tournament. Tied at 48 with 8 seconds remaining, D-C senior Zach Pochop took the ball at midcourt and drove past defenders for the game-winning layup as time expired.

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    Photos from the Montini vs. Oak Park and River Forest girls basketball game on Monday, Dec. 23.

    Images: Montini vs. Oak Park River Forest girls basketball
    Montini played Oak Park and River Forest in the Montini Catholic High School Girls Basketball Christmas Tournament on Monday in Lombard.

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    South Elgin vs. Barrington boys basketball at Monday’s Jacobs Holiday Classic in Algonquin.

    Images: South Elgin vs. Barrington boys basketball
    South Elgin vs. Barrington at the Jacobs Holiday Classic boys basketball tournament on Monday in Algonquin.

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    Lake Zurich falls short against Drain, Prairie Ridge

    By the time Lake Zurich’s girls basketball team starts putting together consistent hot streaks, Kaylee Grant likely will be basking in consistent heat. In one month, the junior will be moving back to Keller, Texas, outside of Dallas, where she attended high school as a freshman, before transferring to Lake Zurich. “We enjoy the weather and southern hospitality down there,” Grant said. “The things I’m going to miss the most are the Lake Zurich basketball and softball teams. You get attached to your teammates and coaches. That’s going to be hard to leave.” An all-area softball catcher last spring, Grant also played varsity basketball as a sophomore for the Bears. She came off the bench to score 4 points and grab 4 rebounds Monday morning, as Lake Zurich opened the Mundelein Mustang Holiday Classic with a 51-38 loss to Prairie Ridge.

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    Dontel Highsmith of NIU

    NIU’s Highsmith earns MAC West honor

    DEKALB — Freshman guard Dontel Highsmith of Northern Illinois University was named Mid-American Conference West Division Player of the Week on Monday.

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    DePaul’s January earns Big East hoops honor

    DePaul freshman guard Jessica January was named the Big East Conference Freshman of the Week on Monday. The Richfield, Minn. native, averaged 10.0 points per game in DePaul’s four wins last week.January scored 12 points in victories over Pittsburgh and Louisiana-Monroe. The freshman had a career-day against ULM and recorded a team-best and career-high eight rebounds. She also added a season-high four steals and two, 3-pointers. January averaged 23.0 minutes, shot .378 (14-of-37) from the floor and added 4.5 rebounds per game. One of the first options off the bench for the Blue Demons, January helped DePaul to the Duel in the Desert title with wins of Pittsburgh, Washington and ULM. The Blue Demons also defeated Dartmouth last week.St. John’s guard, Aliyyah Handford was named the league’s Player of the Week.

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    Big shots helps Prospect edge Maine West

    Despite showing up nearly two hours before tip off Monday morning in the opening round of the Wheeling Hardwood Classic, Prospect still needed an alarm clock. The buzzer went off three times, and the Knights ultimately answered the bell, knocking off a stout Maine West team 64-62 to advance to Thursday’s 3:45 p.m. quarterfinal game with Glenbrook South.

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    The White Sox have claimed starting pitcher Eric Surkamp off waivers from the San Francisco Giants. The Sox also lost infielder Brent Morel off waivers to Toronto.

    White Sox claim pitcher Surkamp from Giants

    The Chicago White Sox claimed left-handed pitcher Eric Surkamp, a lanky 26-year-old who had surgery on his elbow in 2012, off waivers from the San Francisco Giants on Monday.

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    The Cubs have claimed 23-year-old pitcher Brett Marshall from the New York Yankees.

    Cubs claim pitcher Marshall from Yankees

    The Chicago Cubs claimed right-handed pitcher Brett Marshall off waivers from the New York Yankees on Monday.

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    Game video: Dundee-Crown vs. Englewood
    Dundee-Crown takes on Chicago TEAM Englewood in boys basketball action Monday. Follow the action here with video from High School Cubs, then come back later for the replay and highlights.

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    Game video: Elgin vs. South Shore
    Elgin takes on South Shore in boys basketball action Monday. Follow the action here with video from High School Cubs, then come back later for the replay and highlights.

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    Game video: Wheaton Academy vs. New Trier
    Wheaton Academy takes on New Trier in boys basketball action Monday. Follow the action here with video from High School Cubs, then come back later for the replay and highlights.

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    Game video: Buffalo Grove vs. Harlan
    Buffalo Grove takes on Chicago Harlan in boys basketball action Monday. Follow the action here with video from High School Cubs, then come back later for the replay and highlights.

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    Game video: Stevenson vs. Urban Prep West
    Stevenson takes on Chicago Urban Prep West in boys basketball action Monday. Follow the action here with video from High School Cubs, then come back later for the replay and highlights.

Business

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    U.S. stocks rose Monday, with benchmark indexes extending all-time highs, as Apple Inc. rallied and the International Monetary Fund indicated it would raise its outlook for the economy.

    Apple, other tech stocks lift the broader market

    Stocks rose in quiet trading Monday as investors start to close the books on 2013. Apple helped lift technology stocks after the company reached a deal to sell the iPhone to China’s largest wireless carrier.

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    A man uses his Apple iPhone on a street in Beijing Monday. Apple and China Mobile announced a long-anticipated agreement Monday to bring the iPhone to the world’s biggest phone company. The iPhone, once hugely popular in China, has been eclipsed by the rise of lower-priced rival smartphones from Samsung and Chinese companies.

    Apple strikes deal to bring iPhone to China Mobile

    A long-sought deal to sell the iPhone through China Mobile should enable Apple to boost its profits and build customer loyalty in an important, growing market. China Mobile, the world’s largest wireless carrier, boasts more than 750 million mobile accounts, an audience that had been mostly walled off from the iPhone.

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    Shaw Media buys Joliet newspaper from Sun-Times

    The (Joliet) Herald-News will join Dixon-based Shaw’s portfolio of suburban publications, including The (Crystal Lake) Northwest Herald and The (DeKalb) Daily Chronicle.

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    Batavia-based ALDI has announced plans to increase its rate of U.S. expansion by opening roughly 130 stores a year the next five years, up from the current rate of 80 stores a year. The grocer aims to operate 2,000 stores across the nation by 2018.

    Batavia-based grocer ALDI plans faster expansion

    Batavia-based ALDI plans to expand its presence across the nation by opening 650 new grocery stores in the next five years, the company announced in a statement outlining a new growth strategy. “We’re ramping up our expansion plans to meet growing demand from ALDI customers across the country,” Jason Hart, ALDI president, said in a written statement.

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    The Federal Reserve celebrates its 100th birthday at a time of unprecedented global influence.

    5 ways Fed’s influence has expanded over 100 years

    The press called it an early Christmas present for President Woodrow Wilson: On Dec. 23, 1913, Congress passed legislation creating the Federal Reserve. Hours later, Wilson signed the Federal Reserve Act into law. No one at the White House ceremony that day could foresee what the Fed has become: A titanic institution with power over people and economies worldwide.

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    Beats Pill wireless, portable speaker. Headphones, wireless speakers and sound bars are flying off the shelves this holiday season.

    Headphones, speakers top gift lists

    Listen up, Santa.Headphones, speakers and other audio gear are topping the holiday gift lists of many Americans. Audio equipment is among the top-selling electronics gifts this holiday season, accounting for 13 percent of the $8 billion in consumer electronics sales between Nov. 24 and Dec. 7, according to research firm NPD Group.

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    Starting Jan. 1, motorists can talk and drive only if they use a hands-free device to conduct cellphone conversations.

    Cellphone law new challenge for drivers in 2014

    For incessant multitaskers who can't stop talking while driving, life will include some bitter medicine when the new year rolls in. Starting Jan. 1, motorists can talk and drive only if they use a hands-free device to conduct cellphone conversations. That will dramatically change the day-to-day routine for millions of Illinoisans, or force them to shop around for yet another high-tech device for the car.

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    Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed into a law in August, a bill allowing motorists to drive 70 mph on rural interstates. It's one of the many news law that goes into effect in January 2014.

    New laws going into effect in Illinois on Jan. 1

    More than 200 new laws will go into effect in Illinois come Jan. 1. Among them, the maximum speed limit on tollways and interstate highways in Illinois will increase to 70 mph, up from 65 mph. And tanning facilities may not permit anyone less than 18 years of age to use tanning equipment, regardless of whether the person has permission of a parent or guardian.

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    Price rises for Iowa City-Chicago rail service

    It would cost Iowa more money than initially projected for passenger rail service between Iowa City and Chicago.The Iowa City Press-Citizen says the federal government allocated $210 million in 2010 but required a local match. Illinois is moving forward with its portion of the project, but not Iowa.Iowa would have been obligated to contribute $21.8 million in initial support, but that’s grown to $72 million because of inflation, new infrastructure regulations and more improvements to accommodate freight growth. A memo by assistant to the city manager Geoff Fruin says the project had required just 20 percent state support to advance, but now it would require 58 percent support.Iowa Sen. Matt McCoy says he’s pessimistic about the Iowa City-Chicago line’s funding chances in the Capitol next year.

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    A worker assembles a Boeing Co. 777 airplane at the company's production facility in Everett, Washington.

    Machinists union sets Boeing vote for Jan. 3

    The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers has set a vote on a proposed contract with Chicago-based Boeing Co. National union leadership said Sunday that the vote will be Jan. 3. In a statement, IAM leaders said the latest proposal contains “significant improvements” over an offer rejected by Machinists in November.

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    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is traveling to China to promote trade with Chicago and city tourism.

    Emanuel travels to China to promote Chicago

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is traveling to China to promote trade with Chicago and city tourism. He's set deliver remarks at Tsinghua University in Beijing on Monday morning and later at a Choose Chicago luncheon. He's also scheduled to address the minister of commerce, vice mayors and leaders of several major Chinese cities to sign an agreement related to trade with Chicago.

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    Amtrak trains operating out of Chicago to points across Illinois and the Midwest will soon offer free Internet access.

    Chicago-hub Amtrak trains to get free Internet

    Amtrak trains operating out of Chicago to points across Illinois and the Midwest will soon offer free Internet access. The passenger train company says Wi-Fi will be installed on the Chicago-to-Carbondale and Chicago-to-Quincy lines. It'll also be expanded to all four roundtrips on Chicago-to-St. Louis trains; those trains also stop in Springfield.

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    Jerry Cowley, aquatic safety manager at the Silverton Hotel-Casino interacts with children as an underwater Santa Claus, at the casino's aquarium in Las Vegas.

    Vegas casinos draw tourists with holiday exhibits

    Las Vegas has mostly shelved its attempt to rebrand itself as a family-friendly wonderland. But there's one exception: the dreaded holiday season, when visitor numbers crater and room vacancies soar. In an attempt to lure tourists, Las Vegas casinos are staging increasingly elaborate holiday events.

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    Good Eggs community dispatcher Vanessa Casey hands an order to a Financial District customer in San Francisco.

    Tech startups create virtual farmers markets

    Sara Pasquinelli doesn't shop at the grocery store much anymore. The busy mother of two young boys buys nearly all her food from a new online service that delivers to her front door — but it doesn't bring just any food. The emerging tech startup specializes in dropping off items that Pasquinelli probably would only be able to find at her local farmers market.

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    Jay Brosten, from left, Adam Brosten and Larry Brosten. Jay and Larry Brosten own Auto Parts City, which has operations in Gurnee and Park City.

    Brostens change junk yard image to recycling centers

    Kukec's People features Larry Brosten and his family, owners of Auto Parts City in Gurnee and Park City, who sought to change their image from running junk yards to leading a recycling business. With the fourth generation entering the fold, the Brosten family has used new technology to improve processing such vehicles to recycle parts and fluids, fix some autos for resale, and provide the remaining metal for recycling as well.

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    Steven Peck

    Riverwoods estate planning attorney focusses on various trusts
    An interview with Steven H. Peck, founder of the Law Offices of Steven H. Peck Ltd.

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    Complex HR rules may require outside assistance

    Solopreneurs don’t need a lot of human resources advice. Once that first employee comes aboard, however, the entrepreneur’s responsibilities change, and an awareness of HR rules and requirements becomes important.

Life & Entertainment

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    Movie and TV comedy writer Kevin Jakubowski, of Batavia, just published his first novel, “8-Bit Christmas.”

    Batavia comedy writer captures Christmas in the suburbs, circa 1980s.

    Growing up in Batavia in the 1980s, Kevin Jakubowski remembers getting the gift of his 9-year-old dreams – a Nintendo Entertainment System. The experience was so profound, he wrote a book about it. “8-Bit Christmas” is the first novel by Jakubowski, 34, a comedy writer for shows on Comedy Central and Nickelodeon, who also wrote the movie “Assassination of a High School President” starring Bruce Willis.

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    Actress Jennifer Lawrence edged out Miley Cyrus by one vote in The Associated Press’ annual survey of its newspaper and broadcast members and subscribers for Entertainer of the Year.

    Lawrence beats Cyrus, Netflix for top entertainer

    The battle for AP entertainer of the year came down to the Girl on Fire and the Queen of Twerk. Jennifer Lawrence edged out Miley Cyrus by one vote in The Associated Press’ annual survey of its newspaper and broadcast members and subscribers for Entertainer of the Year. Voters were asked to consider who had the most influence on entertainment and culture in 2013.

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    When do babies need molding helmets?

    Flattened and uneven skull shapes can occur in utero or can develop during the first few months of life. Most cases of benign positional skull asymmetry will not require the use of corrective devices.

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    Amy (Amy Adams) accepts Theodore's (Joaquin Phoenix) growing feelings for a virtual program called Samantha in Spike Jonze's “Her.”

    Bold, well-acted 'Her' poses questions on nature of love

    How essential are physical and emotional connections when falling in love? What would you miss — looking into someone's eyes, caressing them, tasting them? In “Her,” Spike Jonze's futuristic exploration of a man's relationship with his computer, the filmmaker surveys human disjunction.

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    People with Type 2 Diabetes must monitor blood sugar level

    Q: I have Type 2 diabetes, and I check my blood sugar levels every day. Why do I need to have my HbA1c levels tested every few months?

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    If you really don’t want to be the person everyone’s talking about the day after the office holiday party, follow these tips.

    Your Health: Tips for holiday parties
    A survey found that 60 percent of respondents have seen inappropriate behavior by someone at family or workplace parties, and 50 percent have witnessed a co-worker or supervisor share inappropriate details about themselves (or their colleagues). Follow these tips for handling cocktail parties healthily, while still having fun.

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    Chemotherapy is administered to a cancer patient via intravenous drip at Duke Cancer Center in Durham, N.C. New research reported this month at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium may help tens of thousands of women each year avoid being overtreated for breast cancer.

    The latest in breast cancer research: Some treatments can be skipped

    Tens of thousands of women each year might be able to skip at least some of the grueling treatments for breast cancer — which can include surgery, heavy chemo and radiation — without greatly harming their odds of survival, new research suggests.The research is aimed at curbing overtreatment, a big problem in cancer care.

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    The Harlem Globetrotters play two exhibition games Friday, Dec. 27, at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont.

    Best bets: Harlem Globetrotters amuse, amaze at Allstate

    The Harlem Globetrotters, the world-famous comedy and exhibition basketball team, makes a return to the Chicago area for two games at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont. Time is running out to catch the final few performances this year of the Joffrey Ballet’s “The Nutcracker.” Comedian, ventriloquist and Hinsdale native Taylor Mason returns with his puppet entourage for a run of performances this weekend at Zanies in Rosemont.

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    Raspberry and Cream Cheese Stuffed Biscuits make a warm and yummy holiday breakfast.

    Raspberry And Cream Cheese Stuffed Biscuits
    Raspberry and Cream Cheese Stuffed Biscuits

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    William Beckett headlines the 4th annual Holiday Acoustic Show Saturday, Dec. 28, at Reggie’s Rock Club in Chicago.

    Music notes: William Beckett leads Reggie’s Holiday Acoustic Show

    Northwest suburban native and resident William Beckett, former leader of the pop-rock band The Academy Is ..., will headline the 4th annual Holiday Acoustic Show this weekend at Reggie’s Rock Club. Plus, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra will bring its spectacle-laden progressive rock to the Allstate Arena in Rosemont this week, and Los Lobos celebrates its 40th anniversary with two New Year's Eve shows.

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    Oscar Isaac, left, Justin Timberlake and Adam Driver star in “Inside Llewyn Davis.” In the Coen brothers film, Timberlake plays a supporting role as a cheery, sweater-wearing 1960s folk musician. But he also collaborated with producer T Bone Burnett on the movie’s memorable period songs and helped shape the film’s most unforgettable and comic tune, “Please Mr. Kennedy.”

    Justin Timberlake finds harmony in ‘Llewyn Davis’

    ustin Timberlake, so often shuttling between movies and music, for once didn’t have to choose. In the Coen brothers’ “Inside Llewyn Davis” Timberlake plays a supporting role as a cheery, sweater-wearing 1960s folk musician. But he also collaborated with producer T Bone Burnett on the movie’s memorable period songs and helped shape the film’s most unforgettable and comic tune, “Please Mr. Kennedy.” “It’s the first time that I’ve gotten to kind of do a lot of things that I love to do at the same time,” Timberlake said.

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    Joaquin Phoenix stars as a man in love with his operating system in “Her.”

    Joaquin Phoenix continues career reboot with ‘Her’

    Joaquin Phoenix faced a public-relations debacle with his fake documentary “I’m Still Here” and his infamous David Letterman appearance, but rejuvenated him as an actor. “Once you’ve experienced a thrashing and failure — even if it’s self-imposed — you have a choice: You can let it be the end, or you can fight to come back,” says the star of the critically acclaimed new movie "Her."

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    Raspberry and Cream Cheese Stuffed Biscuits bake while you unwrap and celebrate.

    A do-ahead breakfast to bake while you celebrate

    With all those presents to open, nobody wants to spend Christmas morning in the kitchen. So to keep you where you belong on the big morning, we created this easy raspberry and cream cheese stuffed breakfast biscuit that is fast and easy to assemble. It also can be prepped a week or more in advance, then frozen. Just bake it Christmas morning right from the freezer.

Discuss

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    The power of Christmas

    Columnist Michael Gerson: It is unavoidable for citizens to argue over the definition and limits of religious liberty. But Christian influence is not expressed in the grasping struggle for legal rights or political standing. It is found in demonstrating the radical values of the incarnation: Identifying with the vulnerable and dependent. Living for others. Trusting that hope, in the end, is more powerful than cunning or coercion. The author of this creed sought a different victory than politics brings — the kind that ends all selfish victories.

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    Breakthrough in AIDS research

    Columnist Michael Gerson: In 1987, two young medical researchers, Anthony Fauci and Cliff Lane, conducted the first clinical trial of an AIDS vaccine. They took the envelope that surrounds the virus and simply injected it into study participants, hoping to get an immune response — an approach that had worked on hepatitis B. It failed on AIDS.

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    Schneider shows true colors with support of Obamacare
    A Lake Zurich letter to the editor: The Republicans’ attempts to repeal this law have been thwarted by “loyal lemmings” like Brad Schneider. It’s clear that Mr. Schneider’s loyalties are with the power brokers in Washington and not the people who elected him.

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    Students should take lockdown drills seriously
    A Wauconda letter to the editor: I am writing in response to the Dec. 13 editorial, “Vigilance on safety.” As a student, I have had a firsthand experience with lockdowns and security procedures at my school. In my opinion, I think that these procedures should be taken more seriously.

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    Senate’s procedural change is outrageous
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: The president and Sen. Harry Reid have orchestrated a coup d’etat of the United States Senate, only no shots were fired.

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    Food stamps serve a vital need
    A Barrington letter to the editor: Congress is completing its negotiations on the Farm Bill. There has been much talk growing out of these negotiations about the need to cut funding for food stamps. While federal funding for this program needs to be reviewed and scrutinized for opportunities to improve efficiencies and reduce fraud, meat-cleaver cuts, like the kind being proposed in the House, are mean-spirited and misguided.

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    Obamacare explains spending power loss
    A St. Charles letter to the editor: On Dec. 18, the Daily Herald put an article on the front page titled “Income Gap Is Slowing Recovery.” This piece Associated Press was an opinion piece masquerading as a news article. The article promoted wealth redistribution but did not quote any economists as to what the increasing of wealth redistribution would do to the economy.

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    Put more focus on homeless youths
    A letter to the editor: Missing from recent stories and editorials about homelessness is any mention of the 25,000 Illinois youth who are homeless without their families. This number matters because we are not providing the needed resources to reverse the trend of homeless youth, and we are paying the price as a society and as taxpayers.

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    Pension vote only a ‘first step’
    A Park Ridge letter to the editor: I commend the members of the Illinois General Assembly for their recent efforts to begin to fix our state’s pension liability. That said, we still have a long way to go to get our fiscal house in order and restore the confidence manufacturers need to expand and/or locate in the Land of Lincoln.

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    Amend constitution to fix pensions
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: There has never been the slightest hint of amending the pension part of the constitution to solve the pension crisis. Of course not; sock it to the taxpayer. My suggestion is to amend the constitution to resolve the crisis and leave the taxpayers alone for a change.

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    Easy for politicians to cut others’ pay
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: Illinois politicians want it both ways. They cite constitutional protection when their pay and benefits are threatened by Gov. Pat Quinn, but they completely disregard that same legal protection when they want to take away pay and benefits from public employees.

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    Still no answer about Obama Africa trip
    A Naperville letter to the editor: I have heard the word “transparency” used by our administration multiple times but I don’t find it to be true. I have been trying to find out how much the president’s family trip to Africa cost.

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