Daily Archive : Saturday December 28, 2013


    Stephanie Siers

    Teen who died in Oak Brook accident remembered as ‘giving’

    Funeral services will take place Sunday and Monday for a 19-year-old Carpentersville woman who died last week after falling from a snow and ice removal truck in Oak Brook. According to news release issued by the Oak Brook Police Department, the accident occurred around 1 p.m. on Dec. 22, near 22nd Street and Clearwater Drive in Oak Brook.

    A sign put on display by the Freedom From Religion Foundation in an Arlington Heights park was recently vandalized, police said. This is the second year the group has placed the banner next to a Nativity scene in the public park.

    Anti-religion sign vandalized in Arlington Heights park

    An anti-religion sign on display in an Arlington Heights park was recently vandalized, according to police. This is the second year the Freedom From Religion Foundation has installed the sign in response to a Nativity scene on display in the same public park. It reads, in part, that "religion is but a myth."

    Jacob Shurba talks about peregrine falcons Saturday during a program at the Willowbrook Wildlife Center commemorating the 40th anniversary of the signing of the Endangered Species Act.

    Willowbrook Wildlife Center celebrates endangered species success

    Visitors to Willowbrook Wildlife Center on Saturday learned about the history and intent of the law that has helped animals such as the bald eagle go from rare to relatively common — the federal Endangered Species Act. The wildlife center, an animal rehabilitation and public education facility run by the DuPage County Forest Preserve District, celebrated the act’s 40th anniversary Saturday with a...

    This March 29, 2008, file photo shows former Congressman Andy Jacobs Jr. during the Peace Rally on Monument Circle in Indianapolis, Ind. Jacobs Jr., a former longtime Indiana congressman, has died at age 81, according to a family spokesman. Gary Taylor, a family friend and former campaign manager for Jacobs, said Saturday the former Democratic lawmaker had died earlier in the day peacefully at his Indianapolis home.

    Former longtime Ind. Congressman Jacobs dies at 81

    INDIANAPOLIS — Andrew Jacobs Jr., a former longtime Indiana congressman, died Saturday afternoon at age 81, according to a family spokesman.


    China’s president makes surprising diner stop
    Associated PressBEIJING — Chinese President Xi Jinping dropped in unexpectedly Saturday at a traditional Beijing bun shop, where he queued up, ordered and paid for a simple lunch of buns stuffed with pork and onions, green vegetables, and stewed pig livers and intestines.

    Makhai McMath, 8, blows a bubble with her gum as she marches in support of her 13-year-old sister Jahi McMath in Oakland, Calif., on Monday. With a family fighting a hospital to keep their brain-dead daughter on life support just days before Christmas, a California judge on Monday ordered a second medical evaluation for 13-year-old Jahi McMath.

    Facility found for Calif. teen family wants to keep alive on ventilator

    OAKLAND, Calif. — An attorney says a nursing home has agreed to provide long-term care for a 13-year-old girl, who has been declared brain dead but whose family maintains is still alive.A southern California facility agreed after another nursing home backed out, the family’s lawyer, Christopher Dolan, said Friday.

    A Thai anti-government protester cries and takes picture during a condolence ceremony for Yuthana Ong-art, who was shot and killed on Friday night, in Bangkok, Thailand. Gunmen killed the anti-government activist and wounded two others in Thailand’s capital on Saturday, while protesters elsewhere blocked candidates from registering for upcoming elections, deepening a political crisis that threatens to derail democracy in the Southeast Asian nation.

    1 protester killed in new Thai political violence

    BANGKOK — Gunmen killed an anti-government activist and wounded two others in Thailand’s capital on Saturday, while protesters elsewhere blocked candidates from registering for upcoming elections, deepening a political crisis that threatens to derail democracy in the Southeast Asian nation.


    South Sudan: ‘White Army’ militia marches to fight

    JUBA, South Sudan — Twenty-five thousand young men who make up a tribal militia known as the “White Army” are marching toward a contested state capital in South Sudan, an official said Saturday, dimming hopes for a cease-fire.

    Millions of Americans finally able to get health insurance through the Affordable Care Act may have struggled with the health care exchange website, but they persisted and are happy not to have to worry about health insurance anymore.

    Health law’s millions of beneficiaries see relief from worry

    Adam Peterson’s life is about to change. For the first time in years, he is planning to do things he could not have imagined. He intends to have surgery to remove his gallbladder, an operation he needs to avoid another trip to the emergency room. And he’s looking forward to running a marathon in mid-January along the California coast.


    Libya fighters, not al-Qaida, behind Benghazi attack, NYT says

    The deadly 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, was led by fighters who benefited from NATO’s support in the uprising against Moammar Gadhafi, and not al-Qaida, The New York Times reported today.

    Avri Beck, age 10 months, of Round Lake Beach, rides the barrel train with her mom Rebekah during the Holiday Hoedown at the Lake County Fairgrounds Saturday. The event continues today.

    Holiday Hoedown wraps up Sunday in Grayslake

    The Holiday Hoedown blending seasonal festivities with old-fashioned festivity will end its weeklong run from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. today. The indoor winter festival at the Lake County Fairgrounds features a Magical Midway of rides for every age, carnival-style games, decorated trees by community organizations and families, and seasonal food and drink. Santa strolls daily.


    Syrian airstrike kills 21 in rebel-held neighborhood, activists say
    A Syrian government airstrike hit a crowded vegetable market in a rebel-held neighborhood of the northern city of Aleppo on Saturday, killing at least 21 people, activists said. For nearly two weeks, President Bashar Assad’s warplanes and helicopters have pounded opposition-controlled areas of the divided city. Activists say the aerial assault has killed more than 400 people since it began Dec.


    Aurora man killed, woman critical after two-vehicle crash Friday

    An Aurora man was killed and a woman was in critical condition following a head-on crash Friday night on Route 30 east of 5th Street in Oswego. Police determined from their preliminary investigation that a vehicle traveling eastbound on Route 30 crossed the centerline and was struck by a westbound vehicle at about 6:37 p.m. Jarred X. Harrell, 21, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to...

    A U.S. military wrecker carries away a vehicle that was destroyed in a suicide car bomb attack on the Jalalabad-Kabul road in Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday. The U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan says several service members were killed Friday when a suicide car bomber attacked their convoy in an eastern district of the capital, Kabul.

    U.S. intelligence predicts gains in Afghanistan will be lost

    WASHINGTON — A new American intelligence assessment on the Afghan war predicts that the gains the United States and its allies have made during the past three years are likely to have been significantly eroded by 2017, even if Washington leaves behind a few thousand troops and continues bankrolling the impoverished nation, according to officials familiar with the report.

    Sean Fox, a Civil Air Patrol Fox Valley Composite Squadron cadet, monitors the path of the group’s paper airplane attached to a high-altitude balloon. The group came close to setting a Guinness World Record on Saturday.

    Fox Valley group almost breaks paper plane record

    This time, it was so close. But the paper airplane flying above Earth attached to a high-altitude balloon didn’t seem to make it past about 85,000 feet on Saturday, 4,000 feet short of the current Guinness World Record. This was the second attempt by members of the Civil Air Patrol Fox Valley Composite Squadron, to break the record, after a first paper airplane reached about 51,000 feet on Dec. 1.

    Pumpkin spice, infant formula and flea and tick remedies were among the last items remaining on the shelves at the Dominick's store at Roselle and Schaumburg roads in Schaumburg on Saturday.

    As Dominick's closes, employees, customers reminisce

    The shelves were bare and the stores mostly empty - save for employees performing the final cleanup Saturday as suburban Dominick's stores closed for good. Employees lamented the loss of relationships with fellow workers and customers. “This is my life,” said Dori Havel of Hanover Park, an employee at a Schaumburg Dominick's.

    In this Dec. 23, 2013 photo, a vending machine advertises snacks on a small screen on the machine in Seattle. Office workers in search of snacks will be counting calories along with their change under new labeling regulations for vending machines included in President Barack Obama's health care overhaul law. The Food and Drug Administration, which is expected to release final rules early next year, says requiring calorie information to be displayed on roughly 5 million vending machines nationwide will help consumers make healthier choices. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

    Under health law, vending machines to start showing calories in 2014

    CONCORD, N.H. — Office workers in search of snacks will be counting calories along with their change under new labeling regulations for vending machines included in President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul law.

    Kamini Mac of Aurora uses binoculars to spot birds near Creek Bend Nature Center during a Winter Birds program on Saturday in St. Charles.

    Bird watchers learn which ones stay through winter at St. Charles program

    While most birds head south over winter, about 12 bird watchers and a novelist learned which hearty birds stay and brave northern Illinois winters, including northern cardinals, hawks, owls and other birds during a nature program Saturday in St. Charles. Kane County Forest Preserve District naturalist Ben Katzen led about 12 visitors on a hike in LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve near Creek Bend Nature...

    A view of Jerusalem’s Old City with the gilded Dome of the Rock Mosque in the Al Aqsa Mosque compound, from the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has appealed to the U.S. to block a new Israeli plan to build hundreds of additional homes in Jewish settlements, a top negotiator said Friday, warning the move could put U.S.-led peace efforts in peril.

    Kerry to resume Israeli-Palestinian peace talks next week

    WASHINGTON — Secretary of State John Kerry will head to the Middle East next week to continue talks on an elusive Mideast peace deal just as Israel is poised to announce plans to build more Jewish settlements — a move expected to anger the Palestinians.


    Libya detains, then releases 4 U.S. military personnel

    WASHINGTON — Four U.S. military personnel investigating potential evacuation routes in Libya were taken into custody at a checkpoint and then detained briefly by the Libyan government before being released, U.S. officials said Friday night.

    Pokémon City Championships organizer Jimmy Ballard of Plainfield, right, said the competition is like playing chess with cards as 60 competed at the Huntley Park District on Saturday.

    Pokemon contest in Huntley draws crowd

    About 60 Pokémon Trading Card Game players from Huntley and surrounding areas competed in an all day Pokémon City Championship Saturday at the Huntley Park District in Huntley. “The event gets the kids out to meet other competitors and out from playing electronic games in their basements,” said Huntley organizer Jimmy Ballard of Plainfield.

    Richard Mattos, 59, looks for jobs at a state-run employment center in Salem, Ore., on Thursday. Mattos is one of more than 1 million Americans who are losing federal unemployment benefits at year’s end.

    What losing jobless benefits means to U.S. families

    WESTMINSTER, Calif. — The end of unemployment checks for more than a million people on Saturday is driving out-of-work Americans to consider selling cars, moving and taking minimum wage work after already slashing household budgets and pawning personal possessions to make ends meet.


    Judge ends Katrina flooding lawsuits against feds

    NEW ORLEANS — Dozens of lawsuits seeking damages from the federal government for Hurricane Katrina-related levee failures and flooding in the New Orleans area are over.

    In this Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013 photo, Robert Perkinson, an associate professor at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, talks about the possible location in the Kakaako district of Honolulu to be considered for the Barack Obama Presidential Library. The plot of land can be seen to the far right. (AP Photo/Eugene Tanner)

    Hawaii overshadowed by Chicago for Obama library

    Not far from these wind-swept shores, Barack Obama was born and raised, soaking in an island sensibility that his family says he’s carried with him throughout his journey as president. Yet in the search for a home for his future presidential library, Hawaii is playing the underdog, overshadowed by Chicago and the commanding role it plays in Obama’s story.


    2 injured in helicopter crash at airport near New York City
    A helicopter has crashed at an airport outside New York City, injuring two people. Officials at the Federal Aviation Administration say the Hughes 269 helicopter was trying to land at Westchester County Airport when it crashed alongside a runway at 8:40 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 28.

    Associated Press A man tries to extinguish a fire, that started after a student was killed under disputed circumstances during clashes, at al-Azhar University, in the Nasr City suburb of Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Dec. 28. Al-Azhar students have been protesting for weeks against the ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi who hails from the Muslim Brotherhood — a group that Egyptian authorities designated a terrorist organization.

    Egyptian student dies during protests at campus
    Riot police moved into Egypt’s main Islamic university on Saturday, Dec. 28, firing tear gas and breaking up a strike by students that threatened to disrupt midterms. One student was killed in the melee, an administration building was torched and students fled from exam rooms.


    Indiana panel recommends removal of embattled judge
    A state judicial commission is recommending the Indiana Supreme Court remove from the bench an embattled judge who faces misconduct charges. Newspaper reports say the state’s Commission on Judicial Qualifications said in recent court filings that it’s concluded Marion Superior Judge Kimberly Brown violated rules in the Code of Judicial Conduct.

    Associated Press Caesars Entertainment released this photo of Britney Spears rehearsing “Britney: Piece of Me” at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on Thursday, Dec. 26, in Las Vegas. Officials say Spears sings her entire set, singing sings against a recorded track of her vocals to help her through the more physically grueling parts of the set. Some audience members said they thought they detected lip syncing.

    Britney Spears’ Las Vegas residency a departure
    Britney Spears has begun her early retirement in Las Vegas with a show that looks strikingly like the eye-popping Cirque du Soleil productions found elsewhere on the Strip. Spears, 32, has signed on to perform shows at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino. Officials say Spears sings her entire set, singing against a recorded track of her vocals to help her through the more physically grueling...


    Uruguay’s marijuana growers come out into open
    The symbols of marijuana are in full bloom in Uruguay: T-shirts featuring designs of pot leaves are sold on the streets, the radio carries the music of Jamaican singer Bob Marley. But the people who are so enthusiastically buying potting soil, lights and irrigation equipment to start their own marijuana gardens also could be buying trouble from police if they don’t wait to start cultivating the...


    Death toll rises to 19 in Yemen shelling
    Yemeni health officials say the death toll from artillery shells that landed near a funeral tent in the south has risen to 19, including six children. Security officials said armed residents of Dali, angered over the killing, clashed with army forces Saturday in the southern city of Dali, killing two. The protesters also stormed government buildings.


    Pro-gas interests decry NY inaction on fracking
    As another year closes with a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in New York and no timetable for Gov. Andrew Cuomo to decide whether to lift it, drilling interests have all but given up on the state for the near future. Cuomo has said he wants his health and environmental commissioners to take all the time they need to decide whether fracking can be done safely.

    Associated Press This photo taken Oct. 16, shows dairy cows on Larry Hasheider’s farm in Okawville, Ill. Hasheider grows soybeans, wheat and alfalfa on the farm, nestled in the heart of Illinois corn country where he also has 130 dairy cows, 500 beef cattle and 30,000 hogs and even gives tours, something he says he never would have done 20 years ago.

    Defined by critics, big ag restarts conversation
    Add one more item to the list of chores that Larry Hasheider has to do on his 1,700-acre farm: defending his business to the American public. There’s a lot of conversation about traditional agriculture recently, and much of it is critical. This explosion of talk about food — some based on fact, some based on fiction — has already transformed the marketplace.


    Earthquake shakes Mediterranean coast of Turkey
    Associated PressANKARA, Turkey — A magnitude-6 earthquake has struck in the Mediterranean Sea, south of the Turkish province of Antalya. No damage or casualties were reported.

    Associated Press Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States celebrates her third place in an alpine ski, women’s World Cup giant slalom, in Lienz, Austria, Saturday, Dec. 28.

    US teen Shiffrin eyes yet another slalom record
    Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States celebrates her third place in an alpine ski, women’s World Cup giant slalom, in Lienz, Austria, Saturday, Dec. 28. Next up, she has a chance to end her magnificent year by setting yet another record in Sunday’s final race of 2013.

    Associated Press A policeman inspects the damage inside a train after an accident at Kothacheruvu, about 96 miles north of Bangalore, India, Saturday, Dec. 28. A fire engulfed two coaches of an express train in southern India early Saturday, killing at least two dozens, many of whom became trapped and suffocated after the doors failed to open, officials said.

    Fire on express train in India kills at least 26
    A fire engulfed a coach of an express train in southern India on Saturday, killing at least 26 passengers, many of whom became trapped and suffocated after the doors failed to open, officials said. As the inferno and thick black smoke raced through the car at about 3:45 a.m., panicked passengers broke the windows and many saved themselves by jumping from the train.


    Naperville man dies after vehicle goes in Wisconsin lake

    A Naperville man is believed to have died of exposure after crawling out of a truck that broke through an icy lake in northwestern Wisconsin. The Washburn County Sheriff’s Office identifies the man as 30-year-old Edward Steinhardt.


    Milder flu season in Kane County — so far

    A much milder flu season is taking place in Kane County this year, but the number of cases is starting to trend upward. “The flu usually peaks in January and February, which is why it’s not too late to get vaccinated,” a county health department spokesman said.

    Pregnant female elk roam Lords Park Zoo in Elgin, which hopes to bring back farm animals this summer.

    Farm animals likely to return to Elgin zoo this summer

    After an absence of several years, farm animals may return this summer at Lords Park Zoo in Elgin. The Friends of Lords Park Zoo wants to launch the pilot program starting with sheep, goats and pigs, and possibly calves. "“It’s going to be a shot in the arm for the Elgin Public Museum," said organization spokesman Terry Gabel.

    Pat Schaefer of Elburn and her granddaughter Shannon Dame, 9, visiting from Michigan, enjoy a nature scavenger hunt Friday at Bliss Woods Forest Preserve near Sugar Grove.

    Families hunt for signs of nature’s creatures at Sugar Grove forest preserve

    Thirteen explorers discovered ample evidence of raccoon, mice, mole, coyote, squirrel and rabbit. But only by the tracks they left in the snow. The occasion was a Friday-morning winter scavenger hunt at Bliss Woods Forest Preserve in Sugar Grove. “I think the programs are a wonderful way to discover new forest preserves,” said participant Pat Shaefer.

    Arlene Mulder’s husband, Al, decorated their home office to look like a mayor’s office, so she would feel at home in retirement.

    Weren’t you the mayor? Former leaders talk about time since leaving office

    The Daily Herald caught up with five ex-mayors to find out what they’ve been doing since leaving office. Several are still in government service, serving on local committees or with transit-related agencies. A few have launched new — and very different — careers. “I tell people I finally get to see the kickoffs on ‘Monday Night Football,’” ex-St. Charles Mayor Don DeWitte said.

    This combination of November 2013 photos in Washington state shows, top row from left, pastry chef Marla Molly Poiset, security guard Steve Smith and businesswoman Angel Swanson. In the middle row from left are, businessman Daniel Curylo, couple Bilye Miller and her partner Todd Spaits, and farmer Bruce King. In the bottom row from left are, store manager Yevgeniy “Eugene” Frid, businesswoman Cecilia Sivertson and marijuana grower Paul Schrag.

    Prospectors seek fortune in legal pot

    The burgeoning legal marijuana industry in Washington state is drawing pot prospectors of all stripes. Microsoft veterans and farmers, real estate agents and pastry chefs, former journalists and longtime pot growers alike are seeking new challenges — and fortunes — in the production, processing and sale of a drug that’s been illegal for generations.

    Real estate broker, Nancy Itteilag, a realtor with Long & Foster who has been listed among the top 10 agents in the country for sales volume by the Wall Street Journal/REAL Trends, tells her clients to write a check for at least 10 percent for an escrow deposit. “It the seller has a nice deposit in escrow, they know the buyer is not going to wake up and change their mind,” she says.

    Beyond money: How to make your home bid stand out

    More than 4 million Americans buy a home each year, but there’s no telling how many offers are discarded along the way. And no one wants to get edged out in the bid for a dream home. Real estate is rebounding in many regions of the country, and buyers can face formidable competition. Of course, the best way to snag the home you want is to promise the most money. But there’s more to making an...

    Homeowner Barbara vanEsselt looks over architects drawings to repair her home destroyed during Superstorm Sandy. The retired teacher and her husband say they have yet to receive funding to allow them to complete repairs on the home damaged in the Oct. 29, 2012, storm.

    Long waits for aid for Superstorm Sandy victims

    As a second New Year since Superstorm Sandy approaches, many coastal residents are still waiting for New York, New Jersey and New York City to distribute billions of federal dollars that were intended to go directly to people struggling to rebuild their homes. “It’s enough to drive you crazy,” said Katie Fazekas, a teacher’s aide who has become so distraught over still being out of her damaged...

    Sherry Scott moves a cooler holding her Meals on Wheels as her 10-year-old golden retriever Tootie looks on at her home in San Diego. Scott, who receives dog food for Tootie through the Animeals program, said she would give her lasagna and pork riblets from Meals on Wheels to Tootie if MOW didn’t bring dog food for the dog. The pet food program is sponsored by the Helen Woodward Animal Center.

    Seniors, disabled get help feeding furry friends

    If Meals on Wheels didn’t deliver donated dog food, Sherry Scott of San Diego says her golden retriever Tootie would be eating the pasta, riblets and veggie wraps meant for her. But thanks to partnerships between the program for low-income seniors and pet groups across the country, fewer people and pets are going hungry.


    Brian Hill/bhill@dailyherald.com Batavia's Chasen Peez goes strong to the hoop past Rockford East's Bryant Nolan at the 39th Annual Elgin Boys Holiday Basketball Tournament at Elgin High School Saturday December 28, 2013.

    Batavia takes 5th at Elgin

    Batavia finished play at the Elgin Holiday Tournament on Saturday with a 69-51 come from behind victory over Rockford East in the fifth-place game.

    Jontrel Walker scored a career-high 34 points against Curie on Saturday but it wasn’t quite enough in West Aurora’s 74-73 overtime loss in the semifinals of the Pontiac Holiday Tournament.

    Curie tips West Aurora in OT

    The West Aurora boys basketball team had the privilege to face one of the top seniors in the country in Cliff Alexander. But after the conclusion of the second semifinal of the Pontiac Holiday Tournament, the Blackhawks can hope only the next time they see the Curie center is at the state tournament in Peoria. Alexander, committed to Kansas, completed his monster afternoon of 37 points, 26 rebounds and 5 blocked shots with a tip dunk at the buzzer as the Condors denied West Aurora a return trip to the championship game with a 74-73 victory in overtime.


    Tragedy strikes Aurora Christian family

    Aurora Christian’s semifinal Saturday night at the Plano Christmas Classic began with the public address announcer asking the crowd for a moment of silence and a prayer for the family of Jonathan Harrell.


    Big bounce-back for Buford, Stevenson

    Taylor Buford scored 17 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, and Stevenson’s girls basketball team picked up its second victory in the Dundee-Crown Charger Classic, 42-24 over Rockton Hononegah on Saturday.Jessica Burke added 9 points for Stevenson (9-5, 2-1 tourney).“It was a big bounceback win after a tough loss (Friday, 69-41 to Prospect),” Patriots coach Tom Dineen said. “The girls played very well, especially defensively.”Stevenson will play Barrington at 5 p.m. Monday in its tourney finale.St. Edward 51, Antioch 50: At Lisle, the Sequoits suffered their first tournament loss after two wins, despite 31 points from Paige Gallimore.The senior guard also had 9 rebounds, 4 steals and 3 assists. Gallimore’s play sparked Antioch (12-4, 2-1) in the second half, allowing the Sequoits to overcome a 15-point halftime deficit and take the lead in the final minutes of the fourth quarter. Several turnovers and missed layups down the stretch resulted in the loss for Antioch.Sequoits coach Tim Borries said sophomore Kelly Johnson played “excellent defense” in the second half.Grant 62, Highland Park 53: At Mundelein, Kaylie Kanzler’s 23 points led the Bulldogs in their tournament finale.Jasmine Sangster added 17 points and Taylor Drake had 10 for Grant (5-9, 1-3).Lake Zurich 51, Lake Forest 42: At Mundelein, the Bears were led by Elly Daleske’s 14 points and Kaylee Grant’s 13.Lake Zurich (5-9) finished 2-2 in the tournament.Niles West 42, Libertyville 41: At Mundelein, the Wildcats dropped their third game in a row.Mary Wilterdink scored 12 points for Libertyville (6-9, 1-3).Conant 43, Vernon Hills 35: At Mundelein, in the battle of the Cougars, Vernon Hills lost its second game in a row.Sydney Smith (10 points) was the only player in double figures for Vernon Hills (11-5, 2-2), which settled for fourth place. Monica Bahlmann had 5 points and 8 rebounds.


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


    Saturday’s girls gymnastics scoreboard
    Here are the varsity girls gymnastics results from Saturday's events, 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.


    Wheeling wins Warren tourney; Fremd 5th at Montini

    With junior guard Hailey Dammeier scoring a career-high 20 points in a 56-46 win over Deerfield on Saturday, Wheeling’s girls basketball team won the Warren tournament with a 4-1 record. Carmel also went 4-1 but the Wildcats defeated the Corsairs 45-42 in head-to-head competition of the six-team round robin event in Gurnee.


    South Elgin wins wild one over Cary-Grove

    Two rapidly improving boys basketball teams put on a wild show in the Consolation A championship game of the Hinkle Holiday Classic at Jacobs Saturday. South Elgin overcame a 16-point fourth-quarter deficit and a 36-point performance by Cary-Grove junior guard Jason Gregorie to win 83-80 in overtime, thereby claiming fifth place in the tournament with its fourth straight victory.


    Willowbrook tops St. Charles East for consolation title

    Willowbrook defeated St. Charles East 67-54 on Saturday to win the consolation championship at the Wheaton North Falcon Classic.


    Coal City shuts down Wheaton Academy

    Wheaton Academy saw first hand just how tough unbeaten Coal City can be on defense.


    Hersey rides fast start at Wheaton N.

    No gigantic rallies were required this night.Just a huge start was all Hersey’s girls basketball team needed en route to a 57-40 victory over Hinsdale Central in the championship game of the 30th annual Wheaton North Bill Neibch Falcon Classic on Saturday night. The Huskies (14-1) broke out to an 8-0 advantage midway through the first quarter, extended the lead to 18-7 in the second quarter and never looked back while winning the 16-team tourney for the fifth time under coach Mary Fendley since 2002.


    Stevenson rolls into Proviso West semis

    Stevenson’s boys basketball team is headed back to the semifinals of the Proviso West Holiday Tournament for the second year in a row after defeating Morton 75-62 Saturday. Patriots point guard Jalen Brunson pumped in a game-high 23 points, shooting 7 of 14 from the floor and 7 of 10 from the foul line. Stevenson (11-0, 3-0 tourney) jumped out to a 13-6 lead and led by five after the first quarter. The Patriots extended their advantage to 36-21 by halftime.


    Zion-Benton stops Carmel in Hinkle finale

    They started it and ended it. And while Carmel Catholic’s Corsairs didn’t finish the way they wanted in the championship game of the Hinkle Holiday Classic, losing to Zion-Benton 61-49 Saturday night, they’ll start the new year still a confident basketball team. Carmel played the first of 40 games in the Jacobs tournament and earned a berth in the finale exactly one week later. The Corsairs (10-3) went 4-1 from Saturday to Saturday.

    Fremd’s Riley Glassmann celebrates after his team topped St. Viator 77-67 to win the Wheeling Hardwood Classic on Saturday night.

    Fremd forces the issue

    Riley Glassmann and Fremd proved they’re are a force to be reckoned with in the finals of the 36th annual Wheeling Hardwood Classic. Glassmann led a Fremd team that outran St. Viator 77-67 in the championship game Saturday night. It was the first Hardwood Classic tournament title for the unbeaten Vikings (13-0), who joined the field at Wheeling three years ago.


    Geneva defeats Neuqua Valley

    Geneva coach Phil Ralston and Saturday’s top scorer Chris Parrilli both spoke of seeking legitimacy in their game against Neuqua Valley. The Vikings found it.


    Morris rallies from 18 down, stuns Burlington Central

    Burlington Central played a first half to remember Saturday night in the second semifinal of the Plano Christmas Classic, taking an 18-point lead over Morris. Unfortunately for the Rockets, they came back with a second half they would love to forget, squadering the lead and a chance to play for the tournament championship with a 52-45 loss.

    The Bulls’ Taj Gibson, from left, Joakim Noah, D.J. Augustin and Tony Snell react to just how bad things were going in Saturday night’s loss to the Dallas Mavericks.

    West is best: Mavericks bring Bulls down

    The Bulls had won two in a row but weren't ready to step out of the Eastern Conference comfort zone and take a step up in competition agianst a team from the West. The Bulls fell behind Dallas by 32 points and a fourth quarter surge proved futile in a 105-83 loss at the United Center.


    Montini defeats Rolling Meadows

    A big win in a packed gym, yeah, Kateri Stone had a lot of fun. “Oh my gosh,” Stone exclaimed after the Broncos came from behind to beat Rolling Meadows 66-63 in the Montini Christmas Tournament championship game Saturday night. “Did you see how many people were out here? I live for this. This is awesome. This was great.”


    Mundelein completes perfect tourney run

    A total team effort, along with collective composure down the stretch, made all the difference for Mundelein’s girls basketball team in their own Holiday Classic title game. The Mustangs won the tournament for the second time in its nine-year existence on Saturday night, as Mundelein outlasted Grayslake North 62-57. Maggie Mahar led the Mustangs in scoring with 20 points and dropped in 4 three-pointers, while Natalie Busscher added 18 and Jamie Hemmer chipped in 12.


    Larkin beats Jacobs to claim third place

    The Larkin boys basketball team had scuttled the boat by the time Jacobs found its sea legs. Larkin torpedoed the hosts 22-5 in the first quarter and stretched its lead to 25 points in the second quarter of an eventual 56-47 victory in the third-place game of the Hinkle Holiday Classic at Jacobs on Saturday.


    Streamwood knocks off Cary-Grove

    Streamwood ‘s Sukurat Giwa did the little things like diving for loose balls, boxing out on jump shots that don’t show up in the box score Saturday during the Sabres’ 42-37 win over Cary-Grove for the consolation championship of the Mundelein girls basketball Christmas tournament.

    Carmel’s Leah Lach, right, tries control a loose ball as Graylake Central’s Maddy Miller deflects the pass Saturday at Warren.

    Carmel tips Grayslake C. as Dahlstrom surpasses 1,000 points

    An individual scoring milestone was the headline grabber. But it was some tough team defense that really told the story of Saturday’s girls basketball game between Carmel and Grayslake Central. In the final game of the five-day Warren Blue Devil Classic, Grayslake Central senior forward Morgan Dahlstrom went off for 23 points and 13 rebounds. Her point total sent her over the 1,000-point mark for her career, a feat that was announced to the crowd after the game. But while Dahlstrom, who now has 1,016 points for her career, was rolling up the points, Carmel was busy shutting down pretty much everyone else in a 51-41 victory. Wheeling was crowned tournament champion due to a head-to-head win over Carmel; both finished 4-1.

    The Chicago Blackhawks’ Jonathan Toews, right, looks to pass around the St. Louis Blues’ Jay Bouwmeester during the first period Saturday in St. Louis.

    Hawks blow 5-3 lead, fall to Blues 6-5 in shootout

    Vladimir Tarasenko and Patrik Berglund scored 1:17 apart late in regulation to tie it and Kevin Shattenkirk netted the deciding goal in the fifth round of a shootout to give the St. Louis Blues a 6-5 victory over the Blackhawks on Saturday night.


    Bulls’ Rose ‘doing fine’ but not joining team soon

    Coach Tom Thibodeau thinks it will be at least a few weeks before Derrick Rose is ready to join his teammates on the bench during games. Also, Marquis Teague sees mixed results in the first two games of a D-League assignment.

    Bears coach Marc Trestman, talking with quarterback Jay Cutler during last Sunday’s loss to the Eagles, has shown a knack for calling the right play at the right time.

    Bears’ Trestman has ability to make the right call

    Numerous factors have contributed to a Bears offense that is one of the most productive in franchise history, including coach Marc Trestman's knack for calling the right play at the right time.


    Fast finish favors Sachs, Highland Park vs. Palatine

    Palatine was denied a chance to make the final four of the Jack Tosh boys basketball tournament in Elmhurst Saturday night. Highland Park’s David Sachs took an end-line pass from Tommy Sutker with 4.7 left in regulation. He raced down the court, hesitated just left of the lane and then drove it, scoring a layup as time expired to beat the Pirates 44-42.


    Naperville Central bests Prospect

    Naperville Central’s boys basketball team shook off the disappointment of Friday’s semifinal loss in the Wildcat Hardwood Classic at Wheeling, rolling past Prospect 68-48 Saturday to claim the tournament’s third-place trophy. The Redhawks (8-4) started with a bang and rarely let up. Taylor Zelinski hit three 3-point baskets in the first quarter to spark his team to a 23-9 lead over the short-handed Knights (8-6). Zelinski scored 11 of his 15 points in the first quarter. Prospect leading scorer Bobby Frasco was best man at a wedding and was not in uniform for Prospect. This is the third Hardwood Classic in a row in which the Redhawks finished with a victory to bring home a trophy. They won the tournament in 2011 and finished third last year.


    St. Edward will play for Lisle title

    St. Edward 51, Antioch 50: Freshman Madelyn Spagnola, who has played sick all week, made 2 free throws with 12 seconds left in the game to lift the Green Wave into the championship game of the Lisle Holiday Cage Classic. St. Edward (10-4) will play Coal City at 8 p.m. Monday. Spagnola and Katie Swanson each had 16 points to lead St. Edward, and freshman Katelyn Castoro added 11.“We dominated the whole first half and then we were able to withstand their fourth-quarter run,” said St. Edward coach Michelle Dawson, whose team led 31-16 at halftime.South Elgin 56, Proviso West 32: Kennede Miller had 13 points to lead the Storm (9-6) at the Montini tournament. Mackie Kelleher added 9 points for South Elgin, which finished the tournament 2-2.Latin 40, Hampshire 39: Emma Benoit had 20 points to lead Hampshire (6-6) at the Lisle tournament.Glenbard North 54, Jacobs 38: Taila Surges had 9 points and Jenn Barnec added 8 for Jacobs (3-13) at the Wheaton North tournament.Durand 58, Harvest Christian 41: Kylee Knox had 19 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for the Lions (6-3) at the Alden-Hebron tournament. Morgan Lockwood added 11 points.


    Heady effort powers Prospect

    Ashley Graham could finally breathe a little easier. The Prospect coach watched with great trepidation as the Knights’ 17-point lead after three quarters dwindled to 2 late in the game. But Prospect (10-3) withstood Evanston’s valiant late rally and produced enough down the stretch to post a 56-51 semifinal win Saturday night to advance to the championship game of the 31st Annual Charger Classic hosted by Dundee-Crown. The Knights will face New Trier, which defeated Mother McAuley 47-42 in the other semifinal, for the title at 8 p.m. Monday.

    Dallas Mavericks guard Monta Ellis (11) drives to the basket against Chicago Bulls forward Taj Gibson during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Chicago on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    Without Deng, Bulls mauled by Mavs

    Monta Ellis had 22 points and the Dallas Mavericks took control early in coasting to a 105-83 victory over the Bulls on Saturday night.Dirk Nowitzki and Vince Carter added 18 points apiece for the Mavericks, who led by as many as 32 while bouncing back from a home loss to San Antonio on Thursday.

    Miami quarterback Stephen Morris, lower left, fumbles the ball as he is hit by Louisville defensive end Marcus Smith (91) during the first half of the Russell Athletic Bowl NCAA college football game in Orlando, Fla., Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. Louisville recovered the ball. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

    Bridgewater, No. 18 Louisville rout Miami 36-9

    Teddy Bridgewater threw three touchdown passes and ran for another score in No. 18 Louisville’s 36-9 victory over Miami on Saturday night in the Russell Athletic Bowl. The Cardinals (12-1) spotted Miami (9-4) an early 2-0 lead, then dominated the rest of the way, racking up 554 total yards to the Hurricanes’ 174.


    Geneva’s troopers stick with it at Oswego

    The flu bug has hit some of the Geneva girls gymnastics team, but that didn’t stop the Vikings from hitting on most of their events during Saturday’s Tumble for the Troops Invitational at Oswego. Geneva sisters Grace Ginsberg and Claire Rose Ginsberg were still able to compete despite the illness and helped the Vikings to an easy, yet impressive, victory with 144.4 points. They finished comfortably ahead of runner-up DeKalb/Sycamore co-op’s 135.875.

    Elgin’s Isaiah Butler goes strong to the hoop against Glenbard North’s Kendall Holbert, left, and Justin Jackson at the 39th Annual Elgin Boys Holiday Basketball Tournament at Elgin High School Saturday.

    Fleming, Glenbard North blow past Elgin

    Elgin didn’t have an answer for Glenbard North and its senior guard Jeremiah Fleming on Saturday night during a 98-76 loss in the third-place game at the Elgin Holiday Tournament. Fleming racked up 8 3-pointers and finished with a game-high 34 points to lead North in a high-scoring affair.


    Alcott tops Maine West at Wheeling

    Maine West wrapped up a 1-3 performance at Wheeling’s Hardwood Classic with a 58-56 loss to Alcott on Saturday. Matt Acevedo 8-for-14 from the floor (with three 3’s) and 3-for-3 at the foul line to finish with a team-best 22 points along with 9 rebounds for Maine West. Joel Ferraren had 13 points for the Warriors.


    Notre Dame sizes up Wheeling

    A Wheeling varsity basketball program heading in the right direction hit a speed bump Saturday night. A big speed bump. The Wildcats ran into the defensive machine known at Notre Dame in the consolation finals of their Wildcat Hardwood Classic and, trailing throughout, dropped a 57-44 decision on the last night of the tournament.


    Big finish for Apel, BG; Hersey drops a close one

    Andrew Apel scored 28 points, most of it through the first three quarters, to help Buffalo Grove ease past Corliss 69-53 in the consolation third-place game of Elgin’s boys basketball tournament Saturday.


    Huntley takes Elgin consolation title

    It wasn’t the trophy Huntley had in mind when it began play at the Elgin Holiday Tournament, but nevertheless the Red Raiders won the consolation championship on Saturday after downing Team Englewood 67-41.


    Geneva wins out at Montini

    After losing its opening-round game of the Montini Catholic Christmas Tournament, Geneva’s girls basketball team made a goal for the remaining three contests. “We decided right after that first game we lost that we were going to win the consolation bracket,” said Geneva junior Janie McCloughan. The Vikings (11-3) accomplished their goal with Saturday’s convincing 64-37 victory over Zion-Benton in the consolation championship of the prestigious 4-day tournament in Lombard.

    Glenbard North’s Jeremiah Fleming, center, and Chip Flanigan, right, leave the court at the end of the third quarter against Elgin at the 39th Annual Elgin Boys Holiday Basketball Tournament at Elgin High School Saturday December 28, 2013.

    Images: Elgin vs Glenbard North boys basketball

    Elgin played Glenbard North boys for third place at the 39th Annual Elgin Boys Holiday Basketball tournament Saturday.


    Barrington gathers up a victory over Maine West

    Barrington’s girls basketball team was able to hang on and make enough free throws down the stretch to secure a 53-50 victory over Maine West on Saturday night in the 31st annual Charger Classic at Dundee-Crown.


    Glenbard East finishes the job at Berman Classic

    A semifinal swoon from last season was clearly on the mind of Glenbard East coach Kevin Carlson minutes before the semifinal round of the 59th Berman Holiday Wrestling Classic officially opened. Last December, Carlson’s club managed to go 1-for-7 as the Rams dropped out of contention and Hinsdale Central earned the team title by 20 points. The story had a different ending this time, one the Rams could enjoy Saturday at Palatine High School. Carlson’s wrestlers went 3-for-4 to neutralize hard-charging Oak Forest to take the championship with 177 points, 12.5 more than Oak Forest and 15.5 ahead of third-place Lyons Township.


    Huntley lines up a win against Batavia

    Forced into survival mode after squandering a 17-point second-half lead, Huntley’s girls basketball team found its comfort zone at the free-throw line Saturday afternoon in Lombard. Knocking down 23 of their 25 free throws — including 15 of 16 in the fourth quarter — the Red Raiders (13-3) held off a resilient Batavia (11-5) team to pull out a 63-55 victory in the seventh-place game of the Montini Catholic Christmas Tournament.

    Images from Batavia vs Rockford East at the 39th Annual Elgin Boys Holiday Basketball Tournament at Elgin High School Saturday December 28, 2013.

    Images: Batavia vs Rockford East boys basketball

    Batavia played Rockford East boys for fifth place at the 39th Annual Elgin Boys Holiday Basketball tournament Saturday.


    Parker leads Warren at Berman

    It was a real step up in class for the Lake County teams competing Saturday in the 59th Annual Berman Holiday Wrestling Classic in Palatine. Glenbard East out-battled Oak Forest 177 to 165.5 for the championship of the 32-team tournament while Lyons Township was a close third with 162.5 points. Warren’s young squad wound up in a three-way tie for 15th place with Hinsdale South and Richmond-Burton at 80 points to barely edge 18th-place squad Mundelein with 79 points. Lakes placed 22nd overall with 58 points. The Blue Devils’ effort was led by 160-pound senior Emery Parker (15-2), who placed second to Richmond-Burton’s Garrett Sutton (22-0). Sutton was named outstanding wrestler of the tournament; he went undefeated (38-0) in winning the 152-pound state title last year in Class 2A.

    The quarterback who plays the best — the Packers’ Aaron Rodgers or the Bears’ Jay Cutler — will go a long way to determining the outcome of today’s showdown at Soldier Field.

    Bottom line: it’s all about the QBs

    Bears quarterback Jay Cutler and his Packers counterpart Aaron Rodgers will be center stage this afternoon when the two NFC North teams meet to decide the division title and a playoff berth.

    North Carolina's Ryan Switzer (3) returns a punt for a touchdown past Cincinnati's John Lloyd (24) and Corey Mason (44) during the second half of the Belk Bowl NCAA college football game, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

    N. Carolina beats Cincinnati 39-17 in Belk Bowl

    T.J. Logan returned a kickoff 78 yards for a touchdown, and Ryan Switzer scored on an 86-yard punt return to help North Carolina beat Cincinnati 39-17 on Saturday for its first Belk Bowl victory in four attempts.


    W. Dundee’s Hartman scores as US beats Slovakia 6-3

    Matt Grzelyck, Jack Eichel and West Dundee’s and Blackhawks prospect Ryan Hartman each had a goal and an assist, leading the defending champion United States to a 6-3 victory over Slovakia on Saturday at the world junior hockey tournament.


    Dekker helps No. 4 Wisconsin rout Prairie View A&M

    Sam Dekker had 16 points and 11 rebounds for his third career double-double as No. 4 Wisconsin cruised past Prairie View A&M, 80-43, on Saturday.


    Bartlett holds off Buffalo Grove

    Bartlett girls basketball coach Denise Sarna would have preferred a different shot late in the game with the score tied Saturday. Ashley Johnson got the shot she wanted though and hit a 3-pointer with 28 seconds remaining to break a 49-49 tie as the Hawks beat Buffalo Grove, 52-50, at the 31st annual Charger Classic at Dundee-Crown.


    Disappointing loss for Dundee-Crown

    About the only thing that went right Saturday morning for the Dundee-Crown girls basketball team is it led twice early in the first quarter. The Chargers were outrebounded, out-hustled and shot only 27 percent as Resurrection handed D-C a 59-26 loss at the 31st annual Charger Classic at Dundee-Crown.


    Bears sign FB Fiammetta to 2-year extension

    The Bears signed fullback Tony Fiammetta to a two-year extension that will keep him with the team through the 2015 season.


    Wolves fall short in overtime

    The Chicago Wolves overcame a pair of 2-goal deficits and led most of the third period, but the Lake Erie Monsters tied the game with 1:45 left in regulation and went on to capture a 5-4 overtime victory at Quicken Loans Arena.The Wolves, who saw their four-game winning streak snapped, received a pair of goals from Keith Aucoin and goals by Sebastian Wannstrom and Evan Oberg. Mike Davies and Christian Hanson each picked up 2 assists.

    Shani Davis looks up after his fourth-place finish in the men's 500 meters during the U.S. Olympic speedskating trials Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, in Kearns, Utah. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

    Chicagoan Davis claims 500 spot when skater DQed

    Mitchell Whitmore won the men’s 500 meters at the U.S. Olympic speedskating trials. The real drama came for the fourth spot on the team. Two-time Olympic gold medalist and Chicago native Shani Davis claimed the last berth, but only after Jonathan Garcia was disqualified for failing to wear a timing transponder on his ankles while skating a personal-best time that would’ve earned him a trip to Sochi.

    Illinois' Ravonte Rice (24) goes up for a shot against Illinois-Chicago's Jake Wiegeand (40) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Chicago, Saturday, Dec., 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

    Rice scores 28 and Illinois gets past UIC 74-60

    Rayvonte Rice put on quite the show in his final tune-up before Big Ten play begins.Rice led a furious second-half comeback on Saturday, scoring 28 points while playing suffocating defense as the University of Illinois beat the University of Illinois-Chicago 74-60.


    Burlington Central gets shot at Dundee-Crown hardware

    Every basketball game has a winner and a loser on the scoreboard when it’s over, and while Burlington Central’s girls team came out on the winning side, St. Charles North coach Sean Masoncup wasn’t lamenting the loss. In fact, both Masoncup and BC coach Mark Smith — friends for many years who both teach in the St. Charles school district — sounded like clear winners after the Rockets held off the North Stars 53-47 in a consolation bracket game of the 31st annual Charger Classic at Dundee-Crown Saturday afternoon.

    Notre Dame wide receiver C.J. Prosise (20) is tackled by Rutgers' Steve Longa (3) during the first half of the Pinstripe Bowl NCAA college football game Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, at Yankee Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

    Notre Dame survives Rutgers 29-16 in Pinstripe

    This nicely sums up Tommy Rees' Notre Dame career. The senior threw for 319 yards and no interceptions in his final college game, leading No. 25 Notre Dame to a 29-16 victory against Rutgers that was far from pretty but ultimately successful — and an offensive lineman won the MVP award. "I was giving Tommy a hard time," said senior tackle Zack Martin, who took home the award. "I think he got snubbed a little bit."

    Associated Press In this Nov. 20 photo, Cleveland Cavaliers’ Andrew Bynum watches form the bench during an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards in Cleveland. Bynum has been suspended indefinitely from the team for detrimental conduct and banned from all team activities. Bynum, who signed a two-year, $12 million contract with the Cavs this summer, did not travel with the team to Boston for Saturday’s game.

    Cavaliers suspend center Andrew Bynum

    The Andrew Bynum experiment appears over for the Cavaliers. The team suspended the enigmatic center indefinitely on Saturday for "conduct detrimental to the team" and banned him from all team-related activities. Bynum, who signed a two-year, $24 million contract with the Cavs in July, did not travel with the team to Boston for Saturday's game and it's likely that he has played his final game for Cleveland.

    Marmion’s Jake Esp, 22, knocks a shot away from West Chicago’s John Konchar, 5, during the third place game at the 86th Annual Chuck Dayton Holiday Basketball Tournament at Dekalb High School Friday December 27, 2013.

    Konchar scores 30 as West Chicago takes third place

    A roundup of DuPage boys and girls basketball games.



    Google, Facebook collecting some of same information NSA gathers

    Whether it’s Google’s Android smartphone, Apple Inc.’s iPhone, Yahoo! Inc.’s Internet search engine or Facebook’s social-media website, Silicon Valley now relies on capturing and analyzing information about users’ Internet habits, locations and social media postings, some of the very information the NSA gathers. The companies profit by sending people information about products they’re most likely to buy.


    App reviews: Batman, Devil’s Attorney

    Fans of “The Dark Knight” might relish the chance to fight off the baddies of Arkham in their free moments, but this game doesn’t provide much stimulation for mobile gamers. At first glance, a strategy game based on courtroom drama might not seem like a game worth paying for. But “Devil’s Attorney,” which puts players in the shoes of an ‘80s-era lawyer with more charm than scruples is exactly the kind of mobile game that those with hope for the platform’s future should support.

    Trader John Liotti, left, and specialist Donald Civitanova work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Predictions from market experts for 2014

    It is an understatement to say stock market investors had a good year in 2013. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index soared 29 percent, its best year since 1997. Including dividends, it gained 32 percent. What lies ahead after this historic year? The AP asked leading market analysts and investment managers where they see the Standard & Poor’s 500 index winding up by the end of 2014 and why. The index closed at 1,842 Thursday, with three trading days left in the year.


    Experts discourage letting smartphones babysit infants

    Using a smartphone as a “baby sitter” may adversely affect the development of minds and bodies of babies, the Japan Pediatric Association has warned. The association, which is worried about the negative impact of smartphones on infants, will begin educational activities next month to encourage parents to refrain from using a smartphone as a tool to take care of their children.

    Wild Me is designed to build closer ties between people and animals — initially whale sharks, polar bears and manta rays but eventually many species, often vulnerable or endangered ones.

    Wild animals win friends on Facebook

    Wild Me is designed to build closer ties between people and animals — initially whale sharks, polar bears and manta rays but eventually many species, often vulnerable or endangered ones. “We want people to see these animals as individuals worth conserving,” says Wild Me app developer Jason Holmberg, who lives in Portland, Ore.

    Chet Kanojia, founder and CEO of Aereo, Inc., shows a tablet displaying his company’s technology, in New York. Aereo is one of several startups created to deliver traditional media over the Internet without licensing agreements.

    Review: Options for watching TV on the road

    Although services such as Hulu let you watch television shows over the Internet, new episodes aren’t typically available until the day after they air. Your cable or satellite TV provider may offer apps for watching, but the channels offered vary from provider to provider, and trying to figure out what’s available when or where can be frustrating. Instead, you can buy a gadget that gives you more flexibility and certainty. You can also subscribe to an online service called Aereo if you mostly watch over-the-air television and live in one of the markets it serves.

Life & Entertainment

    This Jan. 21, 2013 file photo shows President Barack Obama kissing first lady Michelle Obama during their dance at the Commander-in-Chief Inaugural Ball at the Washington Convention Center in Washington. Nobody would call bangs a new trend, but when the first lady's involved, things take on more significance. In fact, President Barack Obama did call his wife Michelle's new hairdo the most significant event of his second inauguration.

    The pretty to the ugly: 2013's key fashion moments

    It was a year for pixie haircuts, chunky flat shoes, bangs on our first lady and bare skin ... lots of it, on movie actresses and pop stars. Fashion always has its royalty, and this year, Kerry Washington was a queen. For real royalty, we had Kate Middleton, making the rest of us mortals feel a little better by flashing her mommy tummy. A look back at these and other key fashion moments of 2013.


    Condo talk: Association meeting minutes not public records

    Q. I cannot locate copies of the minutes of meetings of the board or owners of my community association. Are minutes supposed to be filed somewhere in the public record, like with the county or state, just like the declaration?

    This Dec. 6, 2013 file photo shows Miley Cyrus performing during the KIIS-FM Jingle Ball concert at Staples Center in Los Angeles. It must be mentioned that Miley Cyrus embodied more than one fashion trend this year. Is Cyrus becoming a fashion icon? Not by the standard definition. But heading into 2014 she was one of the most-watched people on the planet.

    Images: Moments in fashion in 2013

    Miley Cyrus embodied more than one fashion trend this year. Is Cyrus becoming a fashion icon? Not by the standard definition. But heading into 2014 she was one of the most-watched people on the planet. Also topping fashion moments this year were Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, Kerry Washington and the Obamas.

    Michael Thomasson is featured in the just-released “Guinness World Records 2014 Gamer’s Edition,” for having the largest collection of video games, 10,607. The number bests the previous record holder, Richard Lecce of Florida, who had 8,616 games in 2010.

    NY man’s 10,607 video games secure Guinness title

    Maybe it was getting his first video game, Cosmic Avenger, for Christmas at age 12, and then having to wait an entire year for the hard-to-land Colecovision console to play it on that made Michael Thomasson so determined to get his hands on every video game and system he could find. Now, 31 years and roughly 11,000 games later, Thomasson is the newly crowned world record holder for having the largest collection of video games. He is featured in a two-page spread in the just-released “Guinness World Records 2014 Gamer’s Edition.”

    AJ Schnack, left, and David Wilson, co-directors of the documentary film “We Always Lie to Strangers,” pose for a photo following the March premiere of the film at the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas. Wilson and Schnack attended along with fellow collaborator Nathan Truesdell, all three wearing rhinestone-studded jackets similar to those worn by performers in one of the Branson, Mo., stage shows featured in the film.

    Documentary goes behind the music in Branson

    Documentary filmmakers A.J. Schnack and David Wilson knew it would be easy to make fun of Branson, middle America’s flag-waving, family-friendly celebration of musical variety shows and early-bird dinner specials. But the Midwest natives felt a stronger obligation to dig beneath the surface and portray local performers and town leaders as more than aw-shucks Ozark folk. “We wanted to present stories that go beyond the facade,” said Wilson, who grew up in and still lives in the college town of Columbia. “We knew there was something there beyond the stereotype.”

    Ben Stiller stars in “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” Stiller’s fifth time directing, but his boldest move toward establishing his career behind the camera.

    Ben Stiller dreams of a shift with ‘Mitty’

    Ben Stiller’s commonality with the hero of his new film hasn’t gone unnoticed. “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” starring and directed by Stiller, is adapted from James Thurber’s classic short story. Stiller, too, hopes for something a little different for his life: He wants to direct more movies and make films outside of the comedies he’s best known for.

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt wrote, directed and starred in “Don Jon.”

    DVD previews: ‘Don Jon,’ ‘Last Love’

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a triple threat -- writer, director, star -- in "Don Jon," a comical yet affecting look at a young bartender's issues with intimacy. It comes to DVD Dec. 31.

    Have very British Downton Abbey-like getaway in Chicago with the “What is a Weekend” package at The Langham hotel in Chicago, through February.

    On the road: Langham hotel offers a British weekend

    Get in your "Downton Abbey" groove with The Langham's "What is a Weekend" package, featuring butler service, tea, scones and other British-reflecting amenities. The Fillet of Solo Festival, a three-week celebration of storytelling and live literature, kicks off this weekend. Milwaukee plays home to the Cool Fool Kite Festival on New Year's Day.

    The Beatles tribute band Beatolution, pictured, headlines at the Cubby Bear North in Lincolnshire on Saturday, Dec. 28.

    Weekend picks: Feel the beat with Beatolution

    Spend an evening with the Beatles tribute band Beatolution at Cubby Bear North in Lincolnshire. The Cosley Zoo hosts its annual Festival of Lights where patrons can see the animals and enjoy hot chocolate, amid 20,000 twinkling lights. "Old Jews Telling Jokes" is still cracking up audience at the Royal George Theatre. And there's one last chance to catch "The Nutcracker" at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago.

    Executive chef Chad Johnson cooks a steak during a tour of the new Epicurean Hotel in Tampa, Fla. Tampa’s newest hotel is focused on food, with a restaurant, bakery, culinary theater, wine store and cooking classes on-site.

    New, culinary-themed hotel opens in Tampa

    While a vacation centered around food is nothing new, it’s a fresh idea in Florida. In the past, the Tampa Bay region hasn’t been high on a foodie’s travel bucket list — until now. The entire concept of the recently opened Epicurean Hotel revolves around food: There’s an 80-seat restaurant, patisserie, culinary theater, wine store, rooftop bar and cooking classes in a theater that looks like it’s a Food Network set.

    A quixotic plum front door with homeward glass. Color expert Kate Smith predicts we’ll see more homes with doors painted in tropical blues, energetic oranges and deep purples in 2014.

    Doors that go pop: Rethinking entranceway color

    Painting the front door a color that packs a punch is one of the quickest and easiest ways to change a house’s look and help it stand out from the rest. "It’s the difference between choosing classic red or something that has a little bit of fuchsia in it — something more like the color you love,” says Kate Smith, a Newport, R.I., color consultant.



    Time for a fact check on Obamacare letter
    A Gurnee letter to the editor: You don’t need to be a partisan to point out the immense factual errors in Larry Hoehne’s Dec. 22 letter titled, “Schneider shows true colors over Obamacare.” So readers are not misinformed, I am going to point them out.


    Enough waste to make everyone mad
    A Campton Hills letter to the editor: Senator Tom Coburn, MD (R-NE) has just released his 2013 Wastebook outlining the top 100 examples of wasteful spending by our federal government. If you scan through the document you will find more than enough outrageous expenditures to infuriate liberals and conservatives alike.


    Dart was right about concealed carry law
    A Glen Ellyn letter to the editor: The prize for worst legislation ever goes to this year’s concealed carry bill. To placate a few hundred thousand gun obsessed Illinoisans whose manhood suffers when they’re not packing an extra rod, Illinois has put the 12 million plus other Illinoisans at risk for even more gun carnage in the most violent so called civilized country in the world.


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