Daily Archive : Saturday January 4, 2014



    Atkinson Road near North Chicago shut down due to road conditions

    Lake County Sheriff reports that Atkinson Road between St. Mary's Road and Route 43 has been shut down because of impassible road conditions.

    Store manager Paul Casey checks the antifreeze in a car at Casey Automotive in Arlington Heights.

    The cold is coming; near records expected Monday

    It can attack your fingers and toes, render your car useless and cause costly damage to your home. After yet another bout of snow, bitter cold is expected to settle over the suburbs in the coming days, and it's not only unpleasant — it can be dangerous. National Weather Service forecasters expect cold air moving in from the north, creating a near record-breaking freeze on Monday with wind...

    “Duck Dynasty” star Alan Robertson speaks to a packed house Saturday night at Compass Church in Naperville.

    ‘Duck Dynasty’ star gets standing ovation at Naperville church

    Alan Robertson, star of the popular A&E reality television series “Duck Dynasty,” received a standing ovation Saturday after giving a sermon to a packed crowd at The Compass Church’s Hobson Campus in Naperville.

    Nick warms himself Saturday on a steam grate with three other homeless men by the Federal Trade Commission, just blocks from the Capitol, during frigid temperatures in Washington4. A winter storm that swept across the Midwest this week blew through the Northeast on Friday, leaving bone-chilling cold in its wake.

    Records may fall as historic freeze takes hold

    The predictions are startling: 25 below zero in Fargo, N.D., minus 31 in International Falls, Minn., and 15 below in Indianapolis and Chicago. At those temperatures, exposed skin can get frostbitten in minutes and hypothermia can quickly set in as wind chills may reach 50, 60 or even 70 below zero.

    Basketball fans cross to the United Center Saturday in Chicago.

    State-by-state winter blast roundup

    A winter storm dumped snow from the Midwest to New England and brought along teeth-chattering temperatures was blamed for at least 16 deaths. Freezing temperatures with below-zero wind chills in some places complicated life for residents from Minnesota to Maine and more cold blasts were in the forecast for the weekend and Monday.

    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaking about his Women’s Equality Act during a news conference in the Red Room at the Capitol in Albany, N.Y. New York would become the 21st state to allow medical use of marijuana under a proposal Gov. Cuomo will unveil this week.

    New York set to allow limited use of medical marijuana

    Administration officials said the medical marijuana policy will be more restrictive than in states like Colorado and California and subject to New York Health Department standards.

    Civilians inspect the aftermath of a massive bomb attack Friday in Balad Ruz, 45 miles northeast of Baghdad. Officials say scores were killed when a pickup truck laden with explosives blew up on a busy commercial street Thursday evening.

    Al-Qaeda forces take Fallujah

    Al-Qaeda-linked militants held control of much of the Iraqi city of Fallujah and other nearby towns, fighting off efforts by troops with air support to dislodge them, according to a witness.

    The first group of passengers aboard the trapped Russian ship MV Akademik Shokalski arrive at a safe surface Thursday off the Antarctic.

    Rescued Antarctic passengers resume journey home

    The Aurora Australis will continue its interrupted resupply mission to Australia’s Antarctic base Casey Station before returning to the Australian island state of Tasmania in mid-January with the rescued scientists, journalists and tourists.

    Dave Savini, a WBBM-Channel 2 investigative reporter, has been charged with driving under the influence, endangering the life of a child and battery after an early morning accident Saturday in Naperville.

    CBS 2 Chicago reporter charged with DUI, battery

    CBS 2 Chicago investigative reporter Dave Savini was arrested in Naperville and charged with battery, driving under the influence of alcohol, and endangering the life of a child after he left the scene of an accident, officials said. Savini, who lives in Naperville, was arrested at about 12:20 a.m. Saturday after a minor accident that took place in the parking lot of Taco Bell at 75th Street and...

    Olympic torch bearer Viktor Basargin holds the Olympic torch Saturday as he lights a symbolic Olympic flame during the torch relay in Perm, Russia.

    ’Putin’s Games’ could be compliment or curse

    One suicide bomber blew herself up at Volgograd’s main railway station last Sunday, and another on a bus during Monday’s rush hour. After visiting the scene on Wednesday and receiving assurances that security was being strengthened, Putin returned to Sochi on Friday to show it was business as usual, even taking to the slopes with his skis.

    Pam Hirsch of Algonquin, front, and Ann Sutherland of Winfield learn how to weave on looms with the help of Fine Line Creative Arts Center volunteer Louise Ioder of Elburn Saturday. Ioder has been a volunteer at the St. Charles center for close to 15 years.

    Fine Line offers artists a chance to experiment

    Multiple rooms were buzzing with artistic activities at the Fine Line Creative Arts Center in St. Charles Saturday as dozens of people explored new art forms and techniques during the center’s exploration day.

    The Wheaton North High School cheer team competes in the IHSA Winter Meltdown Cheerleading and Dance Competition at Sears Centre Arena on Saturday in Hoffman Estates.

    Suburban cheer and dance teams compete at Sears Centre event

    Teams from around the suburbs competed Saturday during the largest event for the 2013/2014 cheer and dance season at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates. IHSA Winter Meltdown Cheerleading and Dance Competition started at 7 a.m., with dance and cheer teams competing side by side in an alternating format in front of IHSA officials in a large scale venue.

    Total Fitness instructor Alice Lively attempts to get the crowd moving during the health and resource fair at the Wood Dale Park District building Saturday.

    Wood Dale residents check out health fair

    Active Wood Dale residents should find it easier to keep their fitness-related New Year’s resolutions following Saturday’s annual health fair at the Wood Dale Recreation Complex. “A big part of our core mission is to help our residents lead healthy and active lifestyles through our events,” said Recreation Supervisor Adam Vasquez. “The gym is not for everyone so we use this opportunity to tell...

    Omar Rasidagic of Grayslake sets a train in the rails while displaying his multiple-scale train layout during the Winter Wishes on the Railway event at Cook Park Library in Libertyville Saturday. Nonperishable food items were collected as admission, and will be donated to the Lake County Food Pantry.

    Model railroad exhibit at Cook Park Library

    The Cook Park Library in Libertyville showcased the Winter Wishes on the Railway model train exhibit Saturday, as patrons experienced the sights and sounds of the Green Bay Milwaukee and Chicago Model Railroad Show.


    Severe weather ravages Kane, Lake county roads

    Sheriff officials in Lake and Kane counties are warning drivers about hazardous driving conditions Saturday night. “The National Weather Service is calling for considerable snow and blowing, and we anticipate roadways again becoming drifted over and impassable,” Kane County Sheriff Lt. Pat Gengler said in a new release. Lake County Sheriff Sgt. Scot Kurek had the same warning. “If at all...

    Seen through a host of angel figurines is Michael Kulpin, the operator of Angel Kisses in St. Charles.

    St. Charles religious store owner contemplates future

    Dave Heun gets the latest on Angel Kisses in St. Charles. The religious store on Routes 64 and 25 has withstood some difficult times.

    Katherine Schlebecker of Mundelein and her dad, Al, have their blood drawn by Malgorzata Koston of Lifesource during the Everyday Heroes winter blood drive Saturday at Mundelein Fire Station No. 1.

    Mundelein Fire Department hosts blood drive

    College student Katherine Schlebecker of Mundelein, home for winter break, was spending time with her dad, Al, by donating blood Saturday at Mundelein Fire Department Station No. 1. “I love to donate blood,” Schlebecker said, speaking of how blood donations save lives.

    Kat Takeda of Elk Grove Village and Jason Rejoano of Wheeling on Team Chakes dodge two balls before Takeda throws the ball during adult dodgeball championships in the National Amateur Dodgeball Association Winter Nationals at the Sport Center on Saturday in Schaumburg.

    Dodgeball fans cheer sport at Schaumburg tourney

    One of the lessons of dodgeball is that even a team down to its last man can stage a victorious comeback. That gives hope to a sport whose popularity has dwindled in the last few years. In its prime, the National Amateur Dodgeball Association’s Winter Adult Dodgeball Championships would draw nearly 100 teams to the Schaumburg Park District’s Sport Center. Saturday’s tournament drew just a dozen.

    Wheaton North High School cheer team competes in the IHSA Winter Meltdown Cheerleading and Dance Competition at Sears Centre Arena on Saturday in Hoffman Estates.

    Images: IHSA Winter Meltdown Cheerleading and Dance

    Images from the IHSA Winter Meltdown Cheerleading and Dance Competition, Saturday Jan 4, 2014, at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates.


    Ex-Chicago school employee accused of embezzlement
    A watchdog is accusing a former Chicago public high school employee of embezzling nearly $420,000 in a fraudulent billing scheme involving fictitious vendors. The allegation is part of an annual report by the school district’s inspector general, James Sullivan.


    Chicago’s Roosevelt University opens dance studio

    Roosevelt University is opening a new dance studio for its theater students. The Chicago school will open the facility Tuesday. The new 13,000-square-foot studio is equipped to train students in ballet, jazz, modern dance, circus skills and other dance movements.


    Chicago park welcomes skiers, snowshoeing
    The heavy snow that fell in northern Illinois this week has created ideal conditions for snowshoeing and cross country skiing at one of Chicago’s unique parks. The Chicago Park District says it’s opening Northerly Island to skiing and snowshoeing on Saturday and Sunday. Equipment is available to rent for $5 for up to two hours on a first-come, first-served basis.


    New Illinois law will help rural ambulance crews

    Emergency medical technicians in Illinois can now provide advanced life support even if they’re assigned to ambulance services designated for basic levels of care. The change is part of a new law meant to improve medical care in rural areas. It took effect Dec. 27.

    Phil, left, and Don Everly, of the Everly Brothers, joke around for photographers in New York City.

    Notable deaths last week

    Rock music pioneer Phil Everly, George Goodman, a journalist, business author and award-winning television host, and World War II fighter pilot William Overstreet Jr., who gained fame for flying beneath the Eiffel Tower’s arches in pursuit of a German aircraft, are among the personalities who passed away in the last week.

    In this July 10, 2013 file photo, semiautomatic handguns are seen display for purchase at Capitol City Arms Supply in Springfield. On Sunday, Illinois residents for the first time can apply for permits to carry concealed weapons. For now, they can apply only online through the Illinois State Police website. Six months ago Illinois became the last state in the nation to approve a law allowing the public possession of a concealed firearm.

    Concealed carry applications to open Sunday

    Illinois officials will begin accepting applications Sunday from people who want to carry concealed weapons, but it could be months before anyone will actually be allowed to possess the firearms. Illinois State Police have up to 90 days to approve or deny applicants, provided applications are complete and fingerprints are submitted in an electronic format. If an applicant’s fingerprints aren’t...


    Boy hurt in sledding accident in Cary

    A boy hurt in a sledding accident in Cary was airlifted to a hospital on Friday afternoon, officials said. Cary Fire Protection District Lt. Andy Veath said the accident happened at about 3:15 p.m. at Lions Park, 1200 Silver Lake Road in Cary.

    A sign in the window of PK Bennett Jewelry on Tuesday in Mundelein advertises the store’s snow promotion.

    Mundelein jewelry store likely not refunding customers

    Chances are customers of a Mundelein jewelry store will not be getting refunds for about $151,000 worth of purchases, although not all is lost yet. Rich Bennett, owner of P.K. Bennett Jewelers, ran an “If It Snows, It’s Free” promotion offering refunds for purchases made between Nov. 29 and Dec. 24 if it snowed more than 3 inches from midnight to noon on New Year’s Day at O’Hare International...


    Small plane makes emergency landing on NYC highway

    A small plane has made an emergency landing on an interstate highway in New York City. Fire Department officials say the plane touched down at 3:20 p.m. Saturday on the Major Deegan Expressway in the Bronx, in an area where the highway passes through Van Cortlandt Park.

    Boeing machinist Eddie Bjorgo greets fellow workers heading to a union hall Friday to cast ballots with signs urging a “no” vote, in Everett, Wash.

    Boeing machinists OK contract tied to 777X

    The announcement that the contract had passed with 51 percent of the vote was somber.“Our members have spoken and having said that, this is the course we'll take,” Jim Bearden, administrative assistant for Machinists District 751, said in announcing the results. “No member liked this vote or the position we were put in by the company, nor was it any easy vote for anyone to...

    Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin, the Senate assistant Democratic majority leader, walks at the Capitol in Washington. An unusual alliance of tea party enthusiasts and liberal leaders in Congress is pursuing major changes in mandatory sentencing laws.

    Congress to overhaul mandatory sentencing laws

    Prison costs have soared in the past 30 years, when laws requiring mandatory prison time for many drug offenses were put in place. The yearly cost for one federal inmate ranges from $21,000 to $33,000 depending on the prison’s level of security. About half of the nation’s more than 218,000 federal inmates are serving time for drug crimes — and virtually all of them faced some form of mandatory...

    Associated Press U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair leaves a Fort Bragg, N.C., courthouse Jan. 22, 2013, after he deferred entering a plea at his arraignment on charges of fraud, forcible sodomy, coercion and inappropriate relationships. Sinclair, 51, faces a maximum sentence of life in prison at a court-martial scheduled to begin March 3.

    Rapid fall for US Army general accused of sex crimes
    Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair is believed to be the highest-ranking U.S. Army officer ever charged with sexual assault. Sinclair, 51, has pleaded not guilty to eight criminal charges including forcible sodomy, indecent acts, violating orders and conduct unbecoming an officer. He faces a maximum sentence of life in prison at a court-martial scheduled to begin March 3.


    Warming shelters open across suburbs

    With temperatures dropping far below zero, officials said having a place to stay can be the difference between life and death. That’s why municipalities, libraries, businesses and other organizations are opening their doors to people in need during the freezing winter days.

    Activists of Indian National Congress with black bands around their mouth block traffic during a protest against a gang-rape and murder of a 16-year-old girl at Madhyamgram, about 16 miles north of Kolkata, India, Friday, Jan. 3. On Dec. 31 the girl was set on fire and died due to burn injuries after being raped twice in October. The death of the girl has sparked outrage in the metropolis.

    Gang rape, killing of teen in India sparks outrage
    The father of a teenage girl who was allegedly gang raped and later died after being set on fire in eastern India is demanding a federal inquiry into the case, which has renewed public outrage over sexual violence in the country. Hundreds of people protested Friday in the West Bengal city of Kolkata, accusing state authorities of failing to protect the family after the 16-year-old girl went to...

    Associated Press U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas talk before a meeting at the presidential compound in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Friday, Jan. 3. Kerry took the tenth trip to the region to negotiate a peace deal he claims is “not mission impossible.”

    Kerry cites some progress in Mideast diplomacy
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is citing some progress as a result of his Mideast shuttle diplomacy. He says “we are not there yet, but we are making progress” toward a framework for a peace deal.


    Southern Indiana house fire kills 3 children
    Southern Indiana authorities say three children have died in an early morning house fire in the Ohio River city of New Albany. Floyd County fire marshal Chris Koehler tells The Courier-Journal of Louisville, Ky., the three juveniles’ bodies were found in one bedroom where Saturday’s fire was contained. He says the rest of the three-bedroom house in the city just north of Louisville received minor...


    Four taken to hospitals after Rolling Meadows CO leak

    Four people were taken to local hospitals early Saturday, Jan. 4, after a carbon monoxide leak in Rolling Meadows. The Rolling Meadows Fire Department responded to a call at 7:09 a.m. from a fourth-floor condo unit at Saratoga Apartments in the 5400 block of Astor Lane, Battalion Chief Mike Ahlman said. The leak came from a wall-mounted gas heater, sickening five people in one family, he said.


    State’s concealed carry applications to begin Sunday
    Illinois residents may begin applying to carry concealed weapons beginning Sunday, but it could be months before they’ll actually be allowed to carry the firearms. Illinois State Police say they’ll be ready to accept the applications. But authorities have up to 90 days to approve or deny applicants, provided fingerprints are submitted in the required format. If fingerprints aren’t submitted,...

    Associated Press The dark stone urn with the ashes of Poland’s pianist and composer Wojciech Kilar placed in front of the altar during the composer’s state funeral at the Cathedral of Christ the King in Katowice, Poland, on Saturday, Jan. 4. Mourners, including Culture Minister Bogdan Zdrojewski, hailed Kilar, a symphonic composer, as a glorious figure in Polish and European music. He gained fame writing film scores for the Oscar-winning “The Pianist” and “Bram Stoker’s Dracula.” Kilar, 81, died of cancer on Sunday Dec. 29, in his hometown of Katowice.

    Polish composer of movie music laid to rest
    Wojciech Kilar, a symphonic composer who gained fame writing film scores for “The Pianist” and “Bram Stoker’s Dracula,” was hailed as a glorious figure in Polish and European music at his funeral on Saturday. Poland’s First Lady Anna Komorowska and Culture Minister Bogdan Zdrojewski joined musicians and hundreds of Kilar’s fans during the ceremonies at the Cathedral of Christ the King in...

    Associated Press Rescue workers stand amid the debris of a building that collapsed in Canacona, a city about 44 miles from the state capital of Panaji, India, Saturday, Jan. 4. A five-story building under construction in the southern Indian state of Goa collapsed on Saturday, killing at least seven workers and leaving dozens more feared trapped under the rubble, police said.

    India building collapse kills 7
    A five-story building under construction in the southern Indian state of Goa collapsed on Saturday, Jan. 4, killing at least seven workers and leaving dozens more feared trapped under the rubble, police said. Authorities were trying to determine how many people were at the construction site when the structure crumpled in Canacona, a city about 44 miles from the state capital of Panaji, Police...


    Woman drowns after fall through La Crosse ice
    A Minnesota woman found dead in a car that plunged down an embankment and broke through the ice on a La Crosse creek accidentally drowned. The La Crosse Tribune reports 21-year-old Ellen Ahmann, a Winona State University senior studying finance, was driving sometime after 10 p.m. on New Year’s Eve when her car failed to make a curve and plunged down a 40-foot embankment onto Isle La Plume Slough.

    Associated Press Cambodian National Rescue Party supporters offer morning prayers before the altar was removed later by security personnel at Democracy Square in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Saturday, Jan. 4. Cambodian police have pushed out about 1,000 anti-government demonstrators from the park in the capital Phnom Penh, a day after four people were killed in a crackdown on a labor protest.

    Cambodia launches broad crackdown on opposition
    Cambodia’s government launched a broad crackdown on the political opposition on Saturday, Jan. 4, clearing its main protest site, banning its street demonstrations for the immediate future and having a court call in opposition party leaders for questioning on charges of inciting social unrest. Police dispersed about 1,000 anti-government demonstrators from a park in the capita a day after four...

    Russian President Vladimir Putin signs his name during a visit to the training center for volunteers for the Winter Olympics at the Black Sea resort of Sochi, southern Russia, Saturday, Jan. 4. Putin has rescinded a blanket ban on demonstrations in Sochi in and around the Winter Olympics and Paralympics.

    Putin abandons complete ban on protests at Sochi Winter Olympics

    Russian President Vladimir Putin scrapped a total ban on protests during the Winter Olympics in Sochi, which are a focus for gay rights activists. Putin amended a decree from last August to allow demonstrations with police permission, the Kremlin said on its website today.

    Associated Press/Houston Chronicle, James Nielsen Former first Lady Barbara Bush looks on during a ceremony on Dec. 23 at President Bush’s office in Houston. She has been hospitalized in Houston with a respiratory-related issue. A statement Tuesday night from the office of her husband, former President George H.W. Bush, said she was admitted to Houston Methodist Hospital on Monday.

    Former first lady Barbara Bush to leave Texas hospital
    Former first lady Barbara Bush has been cleared to be discharged from a Houston hospital where she’s spent nearly a week for a respiratory-related issue. Bush spokesman Jim McGrath says the wife of former President George H.W. Bush would go home by Saturday afternoon.

    Jillie Johnston, 25, of Naperville, has started a project called Love Letters to Yourself, in which she is compiling letters women and men have written to themselves into a book. She wants to use proceeds from the book to support women’s empowerment and eventually open a women’s center.

    Naperville woman’s project: Love Letters to Yourself

    If Jillie Johnston could ask all the women of the world to do one thing, it would be this: Write yourself a love letter. Identify what you love about yourself and get it down in words, images, song — any way that suits you, any way you can. Johnston, 25, of Naperville, wrote her own self-love letter a year and a half ago. It sparked a project she’s calling Love Letters to Yourself, a journey that...

    A New Year’s Eve fire in Carpentersville left a family of five homeless. While the cause remains under investigation, the Carpentersville Fire Department, a local church and charity are working to get the family back on their feet by holding a donation drive.

    Family left homeless by fire gets helping hand

    The Carpentersville Fire Department, a local church and charity have united to support a family of five who lost everything they own in a house fire that began New Year’s Eve and burned three hours into the new year. The Herrera family had been vacationing in Mexico at the time and returned home Thursday to find their house destroyed. “They basically come home with nothing,” said Bill Wenzloff,...

    A snowplow makes its way down Garfield Avenue in Libertyville Thursday morning after a winter storm dumped over a foot of snow in the area. Several towns are feeling a budget squeeze after so much snow so early.

    Big snow, means bigger costs for suburbs

    The suburbs are taking a big financial bite from the recent snowfalls, not only from the total amounts but because so much of it has come during holidays and weekends. Those are typically off-shift days for most municipal public works employees, who receive overtime pay for snow removal done then.

    Thomas Poynton

    Lake Zurich achieves highest credit rating

    Lake Zurich government has been deemed more credit worthy by a major rating house, which officials say may result in less cost to taxpayers if the village needs to borrow money. Standard & Poor’s has elevated Lake Zurich from AA to its highest AAA long-term credit rating.


    Sewer lining to clean up system in Naperville’s Cress Creek

    Several low-lying Naperville subdivisions that experienced flooding and sewer backups last April are in store for a sewer lining project beginning next week to prevent groundwater from entering pipes and contributing to overflows, city officials said. About 57,000 feet of sanitary sewer mains in the Cress Creek area near Ogden Avenue and Mill Street will be lined as part of the $1.8 million...


    Indianapolis Colts’ Anthony Castonzo (74) runs a drill against Emmett Cleary during NFL football practice at the Colts’ complex Wednesday, May 22, 2013, in Indianapolis.

    Local products make their mark around NFL

    Several former suburban football stars, including former Conant wide receiver Andre Holmes, were key contributors for NFL teams this season. Mike Wilkening has more in his NFL tracker column.


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


    Willowbrook gets its way at Hinsdale South

    It’s one thing to know what your opponent wants to do, but it’s another thing to be able to prevent them from doing it. In Saturday night’s key West Suburban Conference Gold battle, host Hinsdale South was well aware of Willowbrook’s game plan to run the floor with an up-tempo attack. But after a solid first quarter, the Hornets found themselves in a bit of foul trouble, and before they knew it the Warriors had run off a 23-2 blitz in the second quarter on their way to a 58-38 victory that keeps Willowbrook (14-2) atop the league standings at 5-0.


    Saturday’s wrestling scoreboard
    Here are the varsity boys wrestling results from Saturday 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.


    Barr, Carmel roll past Niles North

    Michael Barr scored a season-high 20 points, and Carmel Catholic’s boys basketball team started 2014 with a 62-45 nonconference win over Niles North on Saturday night.

    Bulls guard Jimmy Butler sticks close to Hawks forward Paul Millsap as Millsap looks to pass during the Bulls’ victory Saturday night.

    Bulls winning with tighter 3-point defense

    The Bulls have tightened up their 3-point defense in the past week. They weren't good enoough to end Kyle Korver's record streak of consecutive games with a made 3-pointer, but they did produce a 91-84 victory over Atlanta on Saturday at the United Center.


    Sore knee sidelines Bulls’ Boozer

    The Bulls dealt with another injury Saturday, with Carlos Boozer sitting out with a sore right knee. Coach Tom Thiboeau said an MRI exam was negative, so the team is hoping the issue won't last long.


    Wolves rally for 4-3 shootout win over Iowa Wild

    The Chicago Wolves had a big night on the ice and in the record books during a 4-3 shootout victory over the Iowa Wild on Saturday at the Allstate Arena. Center Keith Aucoin and right wing Mark Mancari each dished out 2 assists. Aucoin’s second point gave him sole possession of seventh in American Hockey League all-time scoring, while Mancari’s first helper made him the 87th player in AHL history to record 500 points.


    Painful win for Prairie Ridge against Grant

    Prairie Ridge’s boys basketball team kept hitting shots, and then a Wolves player hit the court. Hard. Starting guard Matt Perhats rolled his right ankle during the second quarter of Prairie Ridge’s 64-42 nonconference win over visiting Grant in Crystal Lake on Saturday night. It’s been a tough run for Grant lately. The Bulldogs (7-6) lost to Richmond-Burton in the championship game of Marengo’s E.C. Nichols Tournament three days after Christmas and have started off the New Year with back-to-back losses on the road, giving them their first three-game losing streak of the season.

    New Orleans Saints’ Luke McCown (7) celebrates with Shayne Graham (3) after Graham’s field goal during the NFL wild-card playoff football game against Philadelphia Eagles Saturday in Philadelphia.

    Saints edge Eagles 26-24 in NFC wild-card game

    Shayne Graham, signed by the Saints just over two weeks ago, kicked a 32-yard field goal on the final play Saturday night to give New Orleans its first road playoff victory, 26-24 over the Philadelphia Eagles. Graham’s third field goal sent the Saints (12-5) to Seattle for next Saturday’s divisional playoff game against the NFC’s top seed. The Seahawks routed the Saints 34-7 during the season.


    Maryanski, Marmion slam Buffalo Grove

    Heading a 1-2-2 zone defense, Tyler Maryanski anticipated the Buffalo Grove pass, intercepted it and dribbled downcourt for the tomahawk slam. “I think the team really uses that as a boost every game, so hopefully I can get some more for us,” said the 6-foot-4 senior forward from Marmion.

    Bulls forward Luol Deng, left, shoots over Atlanta Hawks forward DeMarre Carroll during Saturday night’s game at the United Center. Deng scored 17 points in the Bulls’ 91-84 win over the Atlanta Hawks.

    Dunleavy leads Bulls past Hawks 91-84

    Mike Dunleavy scored 11 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter to help the Chicago Bulls beat the Atlanta Hawks 91-84 Saturday night. Luol Deng added 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Bulls, hitting two free throws with 8.8 seconds left to seal the win. Chicago led most of the way in winning for the fifth time in seven games. Paul Millsap and Jeff Teague scored 16 points apiece for the Hawks.


    Barrington turns back Jacobs

    In the end, time finally ran out on Jacobs’ furious comeback effort. Trailing by 19 in the second quarter, the Golden Eagles climbed to within a point with 3:55 remaining but couldn’t close the deal as Barrington escaped with a 55-52 nonconference boys basketball win over Jacobs in Barrington on Saturday night.


    St. Charles E. tops Evanston

    St. Charles East opened its new year with a 49-44 victory at home Saturday night over Evanston.


    South Elgin stays hot, beats Batavia

    Fresh from winning its last 4 games in the Hinkle Holiday Classic at Jacobs, South Elgin headed into the 2014 portion of its basketball schedule looking to keep that momentum going.


    Navigato sinks Kaneland at United Center

    It was as if Nate Navigato and Tyler Carlson were playing a game of H-O-R-S-E Saturday afternoon at the United Center.


    Conant pulls away from Lake Park

    D'Angelo McBride scored 17 points to lead the way for Conant in a 55-41 victory over Lake Park in nonconference boys basketball on Saturday.

    Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, at right with center Roberto Garza, did as more off the field than on to show that he was worth the big investment.

    Cutler showed Bears early that he was their man

    Quarterback Jay Cutler showed coach Marc Trestman and general manager Phil Emery during an up-and-down, 8-8 season, that he possessed the qualities that both men believe can make the Bears a perennial title contender. The organization backed that belief by committing what could be as much as $126 million over seven years to Cutler.

    Former Bears coach Lovie Smith, right, is the new coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and former Vikings coach Leslie Frazier, left, reportedly will be his defensive coordinator.

    Will Lovie coach just as he did with Bears?

    Former Bears coach Lovie Smith is the new boss in Tampa, given five years to do what he could not in Chicago, and he won’t lack inspiration in wanting to prove to all who doubt him -- and those who fired him -- that he can win a Super Bowl.

    Patrick Sharp, celebrating Friday with Duncan Keith after his second hat trick in five games, says the defense has been the key to the Blackhawks’ potent offense.

    Blackhawks’ defense key to potent offense

    The Blackhawks lead the NHL with 165 goals thanks to a defense that knows how to get the puck to its fleet of high-scoring forwards. Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Johnny Oduya and Nick Leddy all are in the midst of big seasons.

    Vanderbilt quarterback Patton Robinette (4) throws a pass down field against Houston during the Compass Bowl Saturday in Alabama.

    Vandy regroups, tops Houston 41-24 in Compass Bowl

    Patton Robinette threw two 50-yard touchdown passes to Jordan Matthews, and Vanderbilt recovered after blowing a 24-point lead to beat Houston 41-24 on Saturday in the BBVA Compass Bowl. Robinette, starting after senior Austyn Carta-Samuels had season-ending surgery to repair a torn ACL in his left knee, also had an 8-yard scoring run as Vanderbilt built a 24-0 lead in the first half.

    Laura Stoecker/lstoecker@dailyherald.com ¬ Aurora Christian's Johnathan Harrell goes up for the hoop with Joliet Catholic's Jalen Jackson Jimmy Elias attempting a block in the third quarter on Wednesday, December 4.

    Faith, basketball, help Harrell through tragedy

    Anyone who spent time with former Batavia boys basketball coach Jim Roberts knew exactly how the Hall of Famer would end a conversation after one of the Bulldogs’ games. “Drive safe.” Those words came to mind last week following the tragic car accident that took the life of Jarred Harrell, the 21-year-old brother of Aurora Christian senior Jonathan Harrell.

    Grayslake Central’s Malcolm Reed has the ball knocked from his hands by Hampshire’s Nico Bennett in the third quarter on Saturday.

    Grayslake C. makes winning adjustment at Hampshire

    The Grayslake Central boys basketball team pulled out a 49-47 win at Hampshire because the Rams adjusted when the initial plan didn’t work with the game on the line as junior Michael Benko scored the deciding basket with 8.8 seconds left.

    South Elgin’s Jordan Hoke-Ruiz and Geneva’s Nick Anderson battle at the 120 weight class during wrestling at South Elgin Saturday.

    Marmion tested entering new year

    There is little doubt as to which local wrestling program has the most murderous of schedules. Marmion, the reigning Class 3A state runner-up, is in Wisconsin this weekend for another national tournament, the Cheesehead.


    Foul line improvement serves Addison Trail

    One day after making only 2 of 11 free throws in a loss to Lake Park, it was accuracy at the charity stripe that helped Addison Trail’s girls basketball team earn its first win in the West Suburban Gold. The Blazers’ game-ending 11-0 run in the final 5:48 consisted of 11 of 14 free throws which secured a 51-39 victory over visiting Leyden on Saturday afternoon.

    Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12) celebrates after beating the Kansas City Chiefs 45-44, at an NFL wild-card playoff football game Saturday in Indianapolis.

    Luck rallies Indy to 45-44 playoff win over Chiefs

    Andrew Luck threw four second-half touchdown passes and scored on a fumble recovery, leading the Indianapolis Colts from a four-TD deficit to a historic 45-44 comeback victory over the Kansas City Chiefs in a wild-card game Saturday. It’s only the second time in playoff history a team rallied from a deficit of 28 or more points to win, according to STATS.


    Grunloh, Grayslake North truly enjoyed this Christmas

    The Grayslake North boys basketball team went "tournament-less" over the holidays. And for the Knights, it indeed was the "most wonderful time of the year."

    Libertyville wrestling coach Dale Eggert is congratulated by the coaching staff of Crystal Lake South after the Wildcats defeated the Gators in Saturday’s quad at Schaumburg. Eggert’s team later topped Naperville Central and Schaumburg, giving him 500 career coaching triumphs.

    Libertyville’s Eggert gets career win No. 500

    They say records in sports can be deceiving. But in the case of Libertyville wrestling coach Dale Eggert, reaching the 500-win milestone Saturday at Schaumburg was done the old-fashioned way. He and his Wildcats earned their trio of victories. Eggert’s historic day started off with an impressive 55-16 nonconference victory over Crystal Lake South (8-7) in the first round for win No. 498, before Libertyville overcame a slow start to roll past Naperville Central 59-18 in the second round for win No. 499. Then came the moment of truth for the Wildcats and Eggert, as they built a commanding 40-8 lead over the host Saxons after 10 matches before rolling to a 49-17 victory. The sweep gave Libertyville a 10-2 record for the season, Eggert’s 27th as head coach of his alma mater.


    Lakes takes winning show on the road

    Playing on the road has almost become the norm for the Lakes boys basketball team, which has had only one home game so far. This young Eagles team is getting more and more comfortable with their wandering ways, though. Lakes got its first win in the North Suburban Conference’s Prairie Division on Saturday afternoon with a road victory over Round Lake 64-38.

    Benet’s Emily Eshoo passes around the Lockport defense during girls basketball action.

    Board work pays dividends for Benet

    The last few seconds of the third quarter were a perfect example of why the Benet girls basketball team beat host Lockport 59-45 Saturday to open 2014.

    Duke guard Rodney Hood, right, drives the lane as Notre Dame guard Pat Connaughton defends the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, in South Bend, Ind. (AP Photo/Joe Raymond)

    Upset city! Irish knock off No. 7 Duke 79-77

    Eric Atkins scored seven of his 19 points during a decisive 20-4 run to lead Notre Dame to a 79-77 upset of No. 7 Duke on Saturday in the Atlantic Coast Conference debut for the Fighting Irish.

    Marquette's Davante Gardner, right, fouls DePaul's Cleveland Melvin as he shoots during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Tom Lynn)

    Gardner scores 28, Marquette beats DePaul 66-56

    It took Davante Gardner almost two years to get back into the starting lineup and the bulky Marquette forward certainly made the most of the opportunity.Gardner scored 21 of his career-high 28 points in the second half, leading Marquette to a 66-56 victory over DePaul on Saturday.

    Images from the Grayslake Central vs. Hampshire boys basketball game Saturday, January 4, 2014.

    Images: Grayslake Central vs. Hampshire boys basketball
    Hampshire hosted Grayslake Central in a boys basketball matchup Saturday in Hampshire.

    Purdue's Bryson Scott (12) works to maintain control of the ball as Ohio State's Aaron Craft (4) pressures him at mid-court in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013, in West Lafayette, Ind. (AP Photo/Doug McSchooler)

    No. 5 Michigan State beats Indiana 73-56

    Gary Harris scored 26 points and No. 5 Michigan State beat Indiana 73-56 on Saturday.Harris had 17 points in the first half for the Spartans (13-1, 2-0 Big Ten) and he had a 5-point play midway through the second half.

    Former Bulls player Dennis Rodman has named a team of former NBA players to participate in an exhibition basketball game in Pyongyang, North Korea.Rodman leads a team that includes former NBA All-Stars Kenny Anderson, Cliff Robinson, and Vin Baker. Craig Hodges, Doug Christie and Charles D. Smith are on the team, as well. They will play against a top North Korean Senior National team on Jan. 8, marking Kim Jong Un’s birthday.

    Rodman names team for exhibition

    Former Bulls player Dennis Rodman has named a team of former NBA players to participate in an exhibition basketball game in Pyongyang, North Korea.Rodman leads a team that includes former NBA All-Stars Kenny Anderson, Cliff Robinson, and Vin Baker. Craig Hodges, Doug Christie and Charles D. Smith are on the team, as well. They will play against a top North Korean Senior National team on Jan. 8, marking Kim Jong Un's birthday.

    Illinois' Rayvonte Rice (24) drives past Penn State's Tim Frazier during an NCAA college basketball game at the State Farm Center in Champaign, Ill., on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Robin Scholz)

    Illinois pounds Penn State 75-55

    Rayvonte Rice scored 15 points to lead four Illinois players in double figures as the Illini defeated Penn State 75-55 on Saturday. Illinois (13-2, 2-0) remained in a first-place tie in the Big Ten following a pair of home wins. Penn State (9-6, 0-2) has dropped five of eight after a 6-1 start.

    Benet’s Emma Hlavin, right, eyes the ball against Lockport during girls basketball action.

    Images: Benet vs. Lockport girls basketball
    The Benet Academy Redwings played the Lockport Porters in girls basketball action at Lockport High School on Saturday.

    Ohio State's Aaron Craft, left, is fouled by Nebraska's Leslee Smith (21) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, in Columbus, Ohio. Nebraska's Shavon Shields (31) defends on the play. (AP Photo/Mike Munden)

    After good start Nebraska wilts at No. 3 OSU 84-53

    After Nebraska’s third straight loss, coach Tim Miles was asked what his team needed to do to turn things around. “I’m not sure I can say that out loud without getting in trouble,” he said, a smile creasing his lips.The maturation of the young Cornhuskers (8-6, 0-2 Big Ten) continued on Saturday with a lopsided 84-53 defeat at No. 3 Ohio State.

    Missouri running back Henry Josey (20) goes in for a touchdown against Oklahoma State during the Cotton Bowl Friday in Arlington, Texas. Mizzou beat Oklahoma 41-31.

    No. 9 Mizzou beats No. 13 OSU 41-31 in Cotton Bowl

    Henry Josey ran for 92 yards and three touchdowns, the last a 16-yarder with 3:08 left, and No. 9 Missouri beat No. 13 Oklahoma State 41-31 in the Cotton Bowl on Friday night. The former Big 12 and Big Eight rivals traded points on six consecutive possessions in the fourth quarter, until Oklahoma State quarterback Clint Chelf was sacked and fumbled with a minute left.

    Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins, right, is congratulated by running back Roderick McDowell after scoring a touchdown during the Orange Bowl against Ohio State in Miami Gardens, Fla.

    No. 12 Clemson tops No. 7 Ohio State, 40-35

    Tajh Boyd threw for 378 yards and five touchdowns, Sammy Watkins had a record-setting night with 16 catches for 227 yards, and No. 12 Clemson rallied to beat No. 7 Ohio State 40-35 in the Orange Bowl on Friday night. Boyd’s 5-yard pass to Stanton Seckinger with 6:16 remaining put the Tigers (11-2) ahead to stay. Watkins caught two touchdown passes, plus became Clemson’s career receptions leader and set an Orange Bowl record for yardage.


    Visitors gather around Honda NSX Concept I on display during the Taipei International Auto Show Sunday at the Taipei World Trade Center in Taipei, Taiwan.

    Sources: Honda, GM to develop eco-car batteries

    Honda and GM plan to jointly produce a core part of a fuel-cell system that can create electricity through a chemical reaction between hydrogen in the fuel cell and oxygen in the air.

    A 1949 Chesterfield cigarette advertisement featuring future President Ronald Reagan.

    U.S. war on smoking started 50 years ago

    The turning point came on Jan. 11, 1964. It was on that Saturday morning that U.S. Surgeon General Luther Terry released an emphatic and authoritative report that said smoking causes illness and death — and the government should do something about it.In the decades that followed, warning labels were put on cigarette packs, cigarette commercials were banned, taxes were raised and new restrictions were placed on where people could light up.

    Joe Manning sits in his office in De Funiak Springs, Fla. Manning is an outreach worker trained to sign people in rural Florida to participate in the Affordable Care Act.

    Providing health care complicated in rural areas

    In a sparsely populated area of Michigan, retired nurse Sue Cook crisscrosses the 960-square mile Sanilac County to help people sign up for insurance through the online exchange. The spread-out county has only 42,000 residents, many with no Wi-Fi connection.

    The National Security Agency is researching quantum computers because in theory, their unique capabilities easily can crack cryptographic codes that can’t be deciphered quickly by even the most powerful conventional computers.

    Q&A: How quantum computers work
    The National Security Agency is researching quantum computers because in theory, their unique capabilities easily can crack cryptographic codes that can’t be deciphered quickly by even the most powerful conventional computers. Scott Aaronson, a computer scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who has written extensively about quantum computation and its implications, explained the difficulties and possible applications in a phone interview with The Washington Post. The transcript has been edited for length and clarity.

    Serkan Ozsarac uses his cellphone camera with girlfriend Beyza Buyuker in Chicago. Competition is more intense than ever in the camera phone market, which means consumers have more choices than ever.

    Review: New camera phones notable in 2013

    NEW YORK — As I look back at the more than 100 tech products we reviewed in 2013, a handful of gadgets and services deserve a second look.It’s become clear that one brand rarely stands out any more in whatever product category you look at. Competition is more intense than ever, which means consumers have more choices than ever. That’s why coming up with a “best of” list for 2013 proved difficult.So instead of a comprehensive list, I’m highlighting five big trends. These are also areas where further innovations are likely in 2014, so stay tuned. — Better camera phonesThis was the first year I didn’t mind leaving my point-and-shoot and full-bodied, SLR cameras at home. Camera phones have gotten good enough to stand in for those stand-alone cameras in many situations.Of the ones I tried, Apple’s iPhone 5S proved to be the best as an all-around camera. It’s good at getting the autofocus right, even for moving objects. A larger sensor and an improved flash compared with previous models mean better shots in low light.An honorable mention goes to Nokia’s Lumia 1020. It’s consistently good at night and indoor shots. It combines the small amount of light from multiple pixels into one, resulting in better lighting. It also has manual controls typically absent from camera phones.Given how frequently people use their phones to take photos, expect even more improvements in the coming year. — Personalized technical supportIt used to be when you couldn’t figure out how a product worked, you called your tech-savvy children. With Mayday on Amazon’s new Kindle Fire HDX tablets, you no longer need to do that. Instead, just tap the Mayday button, and you’ll be connected to a live customer service representative within seconds, even at 4 a.m. on a weekend.Amazon’s representatives can help you install apps, connect to Facebook or tackle anything else confounding you. You see them on the screen, but they can only hear you. They have a virtual orange marker to point you to buttons and menus on the screen. They also can take over your machine remotely and do it for you.As gadgets do more, they also get more complicated to use. As someone who’s constantly asked by friends and family for tech assistance, the Mayday feature is something I would welcome in other products. — Shackle-free phone plansThe traditional way of buying phones: Pay $100 or $200 for a phone, and stay locked to your wireless carrier for two more years.The new way: Buy or bring your own phone. Leave any time.T-Mobile introduced that concept in March when it split the monthly phone bill into two parts — one for the device, and the other for the voice, text and data services. If you already have a device or have finished paying for it, your overall bill goes down. If you need a phone, you pay its full retail price, spread out into monthly installments. You’re no longer getting a subsidy for signing a contract, but you’re also not paying for it through a higher phone bill.A few months later, T-Mobile introduced a program that lets you upgrade your phone up to twice a year, rather than every other year. The other national carriers followed with their own contract-free, frequent-upgrade plans. AT&T also lowered its service fees for voice, text and data for those who pay for phones separately. Sprint reduced those fees as well, but only temporarily.Some people will still find it more cost-effective to buy phones the traditional way, but these contract-free options give consumers more freedom to leave their carrier or change phones frequently.


    Facebook sued over private user messages

    Facebook Inc. was sued over allegations it systematically intercepts its users private messages on the social network and profits by sharing the data with advertisers and marketers.

    A key House Republican plans a renewed effort to bar multiple taxes on digital goods and services, offering a revised bill that seeks to overcome objections that stalled a past legislative effort.

    House bill targets multiple levies on digital goods

    A key House Republican plans a renewed effort to bar multiple taxes on digital goods and services, offering a revised bill that seeks to overcome objections that stalled a past legislative effort. Rep. Lamar Smith, a Texas Republican, a former chairman of the House Judiciary Committee who remains a panel member, earlier this month introduced the measure to prohibit what the effort’s supporters say are discriminatory taxes on music, pictures and other digital goods and services sold over the Internet, Bloomberg BNA reported.

    A model touches the screen of a Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch in Berlin, Germany. The so-called smartwatch is what some technology analysts believe could become this year’s must-have holiday gift.

    After a blah 2013, new year brings clearer images on future of technology

    2013 was a year that raised a lot of questions but provided few answers. Analysts say 2014 could be when the rough sketches about the future of technology, and how it affects our lives, get fleshed out. Here are the areas of tech to watch in 2014.

    The developers behind the Republique app aim to bring console-quality gaming to the small screen.

    App reviews: Republique, Circa News

    The developers behind Republique aim to bring console-quality gaming to the small screen. And they’ve largely succeeded, with this jailbreak story that asks players to help free a young girl from the stronghold of a dystopian surveillance state. People looking for bite-size takes on the news should consider Circa. The app’s team pulls the most basic info from news stories and puts them in easy-to-read cards.

Life & Entertainment


    Ke$ha checks into rehab for eating disorder

    Singer Ke$ha has checked into a suburban rehabilitation center for help treating an eating disorder. The “Tik Tok” singer said in a statement provided by her spokesman Friday that she’ll be unavailable for the next 30 days while she seeks treatment for an undisclosed eating disorder. “I’m a crusader for being yourself and loving yourself, but I’ve found it hard to practice,” she said.

    In this 1975 file photo originally released by United Artists, shows a scene from the movie “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” which was produced by Saul Zaentz. Zaentz, 92, died Friday in San Francisco.

    Oscar-winning producer Saul Zaentz dead at 92

    Saul Zaentz, a music producer whose second career as a filmmaker brought him best-picture Academy Awards for “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” “Amadeus” and “The English Patient,” has died. He was 92. Zaentz died Friday at his San Francisco apartment after suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, Paul Zaentz, the producer’s nephew and longtime business partner told The Associated Press.

    The Fortunate Sons performs a Creedence Clearwater Revival tribute at the Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles.

    Weekend picks: Fortunate Sons channel CCR

    Tribute artists Fortunate Sons brings its Credence Clearwater Revival-inspired act to the Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles. Comedian April Macie, finalist on "Last Comic Standing," performs shows this weekend at the Rosemont and Chicago Zanies locations. WGN radio personality Steve Cochran headlines at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights. Or catch the Enchanted Railroad display as it chugs through a winter scene for its final weekend at Lisle's Morton Arboretum.

    A project administered by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Ill., shows a letter fragment that was found in a mouse’s nest inside a wall at Abraham Lincoln’s Springfield home more than 25 years ago when workers were renovating the home. Researchers with The Papers of Abraham Lincoln think they’ve finally identified the author of the mystery letter as newspaper editor Andrew Johnston. The March 10, 1846, letter sent from Quincy, Ill., was Johnston’s reply to a poem the future president had shared with him.

    Author of Lincoln mystery letter identified

    It’s been more than 25 years since workers renovating Abraham Lincoln’s home in Springfield found a letter fragment in a mouse’s nest inside a wall, but researchers think they’ve finally identified the mystery letter’s author. The clue was a mention of poetry.

    Christopher Tierney plays Spider-Man in the musical “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark,” in New York. Before Spider-Man takes his final bow on Broadway this weekend, the show is swinging into history in another way. Producers of “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” said Thursday that the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C., is inducting one of the hero’s first costumes into the permanent collection at the National Museum of American History.

    Though ‘Spider-Man’ leaving Broadway, a part stays

    Before Spider-Man takes his final bow on Broadway this weekend, the show is swinging into history in another way. Producers of “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” said Thursday that the Smithsonian Institution is inducting one of the hero’s first costumes into the permanent collection at the National Museum of American History in Washington.

    The Wisconsin State Snow Sculpting Competition starts Friday, Jan. 10, at Monument Square in downtown Racine, Wis. It's part of The Big Chill Ice and Snow Festival, which offers a menu of family activities.

    On the road: Free dance, theater series in Chicago

    Dance into 2014 with a free performance series in Chicago. OnEdge brings dance, theater and experimental performances and workshops to the Chicago Cultural Center and the Storefront Theater through Feb. 2.


    Silver berry spoon value depends on size

    I have many pieces of silver from my mother and grandmother. They are mostly from Kirk, but some are from Steiff. I have attached a picture of a Steiff fruit serving spoon. Some of my pieces are just marked “Sterling” and a number. What do the numbers mean?

    Actress Cameron Diaz signs her new book on Thursday, Jan. 9, in Naperville.

    Book notes: Cameron Diaz signs new book in Naperville
    Actress Cameron Diaz discusses and signs copies of her new book, "The Body Book: The Law of Hunger, the Science of Strength, and Other Ways to Love Your Amazing Body," at an author event on Thursday, Jan. 9, at Wentz Hall at North Central College, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. Tickets for the event are available with the purchase of Diaz's book from Anderson's Bookshop in Naperville.

    Josh Saitelbach plays pinball on an 1998 Godzilla machine as he visits the Seattle Pinball Museum in Seattle. The museum allows visitors who pay the admission fee to play unlimited rounds on the machines, which range from the 1960s to modern-day games.

    Seattle Pinball Museum part of silver ball revival

    For $13, you can play pinball until your arms fall off at Seattle’s working pinball museum. The two-story storefront in Seattle’s International District is filled with games from every era from the 1960s to today. The museum, which houses about 50 or so machines, started in 2010 as one couple’s obsession and grew to be something they wanted to share with others, or as Cindy Martin puts it: a good solution when they ran out of space in their garage.

    Adam (Mark Ruffalo) falls for a fitness nut (Gwyneth Paltrow) in the sex addict drama "Thanks for Sharing."

    DVD previews: ‘Thanks for Sharing,’ ‘Closed Circuit’

    "Thanks for Sharing," a dramedy about sex addicts, and "Closed Circuit," a contemporary thriller set in London after a Sept. 11-type attack, are just a few of the DVDs set for release on Tuesday, Jan. 7.

    Seeds are weighed and packaged in various sizes at Lockhart Seeds. It’s important for gardeners to invest time in getting to know seed companies through their catalogs and online.

    Despite the cold, there’s much gardening work to be done

    With temperatures now consistently dipping into the teens, my time spent outdoors tending to my winter garden is becoming less frequent. That leaves more time than ever to turn my attention to indoor garden-related activities.

    New storage and seating areas highlight the bright, remodeled family room.

    Family room provides new space for making memories

    Given the reasons behind this family room renovation, the project was extra special to interior decorator Candice Olson. She set about creating a healing space where this family could make some treasured new memories, with something for everyone.


    Will borrowers now be protected from unjustified price increases?

    I have received letters for many years, with the volume increasing noticeably following the financial crisis, about government-mandated disclosures people receive after they have applied for a mortgage. These disclosures are followed by a second, usually a third, and often by a fourth set of disclosures.


    Seller can change her mind if no sales contract signed

    Q: I have put my home up for sale, and my agent's contract goes for two more months. I have now changed my mind and do not want to sell. What are my options; what is my liability to the Realtor?


    Duties of officers are clearly defined

    Q. What are the roles of the various officers of an Illinois condominium association or common interest community association? Attorney David Bendoff helps condo owners understand their rights and responsibilities.



    The Soapbox

    Seems everyone's talking about the weather, including Daily Herald editors, who have much to say on that and other suburban topics.


    TV police drama misses the point
    An Antioch letter to the editor: I can’t believe what I am seeing on the commercials for NBC’s latest police drama, Chicago PD. In the words of John McEnroe, “You can’t be serious!”


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