Daily Archive : Saturday January 11, 2014



    Kane law library seeks fee increase as use, costs grow

    A Kane County committee Friday approved increasing the fee for filing civil court cases, for the benefit of the Kane County Law Library and Self-Help Legal Center. The law library fee incresae is the first in 10 years, and is needed as costs of materials and use of the library increases, librarian Halle Cox said.

    Stevenson High School communications arts teacher Bill Fritz, who teaches accelerated English, has been selected as a “Top Teacher” by the Daily Herald. A finalist for Illinois Teacher of the Year, Fritz co-sponsors for the school's Gay Straight Alliance club and is an assistant coach for the Congressional debate team.

    Popular Stevenson High School teaches sees beyond academic performance

    Stevenson High School communications arts teacher Bill Fritz, who has built his career on empathy and compassion, has been selected by the Daily Herald as a "Top Teacher" for his passion, dedication and extra effort. The designation honors suburban educators who distinguish themselves in the classroom and beyond.


    BC-US--Rhino Hunt-Auction, 7th Ld,849 Black rhino hunting permit auctioned for $350,000 AP Photo TXTG102, TXTG101, NY115

    Associated PressDALLAS (AP) — A permit to hunt an endangered African black rhino has sold for $350,000 at a closely watched auction that's been criticized by wildlife and animal rights groups.The Dallas Safari Club and the African nation of Namibia auctioned the permit Saturday to raise money for efforts to protect the black rhino.

    Israeli Prime Minster Ariel Sharon

    Notable deaths last week

    Ariel Sharon was a farmer-turned-soldier, a soldier-turned-politician, a politician-turned-statesman — a hard-charging Israeli who built Jewish settlements on war-won land, but didn’t shy away from destroying them when he deemed them no longer useful.Sharon died Saturday, eight years after a debilitating stroke put him into a coma.

    John Sullivan of Streamwood holds up the “Lump of Coal Award” that will be mailed to Warner Bros. by the Santas and Mrs. Santas of Illinois. The group met in Aurora to say goodbye to “Polar Express” events like the one at Blackberry Farm.

    Warner Bros. earns lump of coal from local Santas

    About 30 Santa Clauses and a few Mrs. Clauses sat down at the Orchard Valley Golf Course restaurant in Aurora Saturday morning to give a “Lump of Coal Award” to Warner Bros. studios for demanding that local groups cease holiday “Polar Express” rides unless they pay for licenses to use the name.

    Paul Scaglione of Mount Prospect hits his ball from a puddle of melted snow Saturday during the Chili Open at the Golf Center in Des Plaines.

    Chili Open draws 53 golfers in Des Plaines

    Dozens of golfers braved slushy conditions and temperatures in the mid-30s Saturday during the Chili Open at the Golf Center in Des Plaines. So that they could find their balls, golfers used color golf balls with ribbons attached as they played the snowy course.

    Bob Pieczynski of Bolingbrook was one of more than 100 fisherman to take part in the Hard Water Classic ice-fishing tournament Saturday at Blackwell Forest Preserve.

    Anglers swap fish stories at ‘Hard Water Classic’

    More than 100 hardy folks trudged onto 62-acre Silver Lake Saturday afternoon at Blackwell Forest Preserve near Warrenville to drill a hole in the ice and see what they could catch. Called the “Hard Water Classic,” the ice-fishing tournament was sponsored by the DuPage County Forest Preserve District and was open to anglers of all ages. “There’s a lot of nice prizes here,” said Andrew Green.

    JOE LEWNARD/jlewnard@dailyherald.com Collin Narens, 6, of Wheeling learns about chromatography and capillary action from Jenn Biela during a “Chemistry Fun” program Saturday at the Indian Trails Library District in Wheeling.

    Kids experiment with chemistry at Wheeling library

    Jenn Biela led a group of school-age kids in a series of experiments with chemistry at the Indian Trails Library in Wheeling Saturday. In the program, called “Chemistry Fun,” the children learned about chromatography and capillary action, made silly putty and, of course, mixed vinegar and baking soda with an added twist of soap and food coloring.

    Julie Harding of Libertyville purchases a 1915 weather vane that was used at a Wisconsin farm from Bob Potasnik of Bonduel, Wis., at Zurko Antiques and Flea Market on Saturday at Lake County Fairgrounds in Grayslake.

    Grayslake home to antiques and flea market this weekend

    The Lake County Fairgrounds in Grayslake is a shoppers’ treasure hunt this weekend. The fairgrounds hosts the Zurko Antiques and Flea Market through Sunday.

    Sasha Mix, 8, of Batavia reads to Bozeman, 5, owned by Gail Banning of Aurora at Batavia Public Library’s Paws for Tales reading program on Saturday. This is the fourth time the group has been to the library, but Sasha’s first time reading to a dog.

    Kids read to dogs at Batavia Public Library

    Sasha Mix, 8, of Batavia read aloud to a dog for the first time at the Paws for Tales reading skills program at Batavia Public Library on Saturday. Bozeman the dog, 5, sat patiently by her side as she read “Bad Kitty School Daze” by author Nick Bruel. The goal of the ongoing program presented by the Naperville Area Humane Society is to create a positive, nonthreatening and fun environment in...

    Two people are in critical condition at Loyola Medical Center in Maywood after a fire Friday night in their room at this Aurora motel, fire officials said Saturday.

    Two critical after Aurora motel fire; heater blamed

    Two people are in critical condition at Loyola Medical Center in Maywood after a fire Friday night in their Aurora motel room, fire officials said Saturday. The cause of the fire in the 1000 block of East Benton Street appears to be the wall heater in the room, fire officials said. The smoke detector in the room didn't work.

    The Vertical Drop in downtown St. Charles sits empty after many years in business.

    Several empty storefronts to fill in Tri-Cities

    Dave Heun wonders what will become of all the empty storefronts in the Tri-Cities area.

    New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez's drug suspension has been cut to 162 games from 211 by arbitrator Fredric Horowitz, a decision sidelining the New York Yankees third baseman the entire 2014 season.

    A-Rod banned for 2014 season, arbitrator rules

    Alex Rodriguez was dealt the most severe punishment in the history of baseball's drug agreement when an arbitrator ruled the New York Yankees third baseman is suspended for the entire 2014 season as a result of a drug investigation by Major League Baseball.

    A White tailed deer flicks its tail as it stands alert while grazing in a field in Zelienople, Pa. The sprawling Eastern Band of Cherokee Indian reservation in the western part of North Carolina is trying to bring back the White-tailed deer, a cultural symbol.

    Project aims to revive deer on reservation land

    The Cherokees will place the animals in a special habitat improved for browsing and off-limits to hunting. The program will begin this month, with biologists using darts to tranquilize the animals, collecting data on age and health, and fitting each with a tag and a radio collar.

    President of the Central African Republic Michel Djotodia sits to be photographed Thursday at a summit of the Economic Community of Central African States in N’Djamena, Chad.

    Ex-Central African Republic leader seeks exile in Benin

    An estimated 27,000 migrants from other African countries have fled Bangui in recent weeks with the help of their home governments as attacks on Muslim civilians have escalated. On Saturday, nearly 800 Chadians were being airlifted back home, the International Organization for Migration said.

    An Egyptian traffic policeman stands under a billboard Saturday with Arabic that reads, “yes to the constitution, Egyptians love their country,” in Tahrir Square, Cairo.

    Ultraconservative Salafis gamble on Egypt charter

    Salafis advocate strict segregation of the sexes and an unbendingly literal interpretation of the Quran, saying society should mirror the way the Prophet Muhammad ruled the early Muslims in the 7th century. They say they want to turn Egypt into a pure Islamic society,


    Two critical after Aurora hotel fire

    Two people are in critical condition at Loyola Medical Center in Maywood after a fire Friday night in their Aurora motel room, fire officials said Saturday. The cause of the fire in the 1000 block of East Benton Street appears to be the wall heater in the room, fire officials said. Smoke detectors were present; however, the smoke detector in the room itself was not operating, officials said in a...

    Anka Miscevic

    Lombard woman stabbed sleeping husband, hit him with bat, prosecutors say

    A Lombard woman who reportedly suffered from delusions is being held on $3 million bond in DuPage County jail after being charged with killing her husband early Thursday morning. Anka Miscevic, 48, appeared in DuPage County bond court Saturday morning after she admitted to authorities that she stabbed her husband Zeljko Miscevic, 53, in the chest and hit him in the head with a baseball bat,...


    Four charged in robbery, home invasion in Carol Stream

    Four people were arrested and charged in relation to an aggravated robbery and home invasion that took place Thursday night in Carol Stream, a prosecutor said. A fifth person, who was stabbed by the victim, is in the hospital and hasn’t been charged yet, he said. All four participated in a scheme to rob the victim of cannabis they believed the victim had at his apartment in the 200 block of Klein...

    Marijuana is arranged for a photograph inside the Evergreen Apothecary in Denver.

    N.Y. governor takes careful step on medical marijuana

    Under Cuomo's plan, people with cancer, glaucoma and possibly some other “life-threatening or sense-threatening” conditions could seek to get marijuana through studies based at hospitals yet to be named, with “stringent research protocols and eligibility requirements.” His initiative bypasses a state Legislature that has declined to pass more ambitious medical marijuana laws. He’s relying instead...

    Kenyan army soldiers stand in a dugout position at their base in Tabda, inside Somalia. The Kenyan military said Friday that it has killed at least 30 Islamic militants in an airstrike on a militant camp in Garbarahey in the Gedo region of Somalia on Thursday, where a meeting was being held.

    FBI: Kenya mall attackers believed to be dead

    Kenyan authorities say they have recovered the charred remains of bodies believed to be those of the attackers from the debris in the mall.A New York Police Department report on the attack raised the possibility the gunmen may have escaped. The top State Department official for Africa, Linda Greenfield-Thomas, said in December the NYPD report doesn’t reflect the U.S. government position.


    Cary seeks input on future growth plan

    Cary village leaders are seeking residents' input on future growth. The second of two communitywide workshops is planned for 7 p.m. Feb. 19 at the Cary Park District Community Center, 255 Briargate Road. The current 22-year-old comprehensive plan is outdated and officials are soliciting a new vision from the village's 18,000 residents.

    Brian W. Stroud

    Grayslake man charged with child pornography

    A Grayslake man has been charged with two felony counts of possession of child pornography after a computer was seized with a search warrant, Lake County officials said Saturday. The man charged, Brian W. Stroud, 53, of the 0-100 block of Pine Street, was the target of an investigation by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Cybercrimes Unit with assistance from special investigators of the Lake...

    Displaced people who fled the recent fighting between government and rebel forces in Bor by boat across the White Nile, prepare to sleep in the open at night in the town of Awerial, South Sudan. Sub-Saharan Africa has seen a very violent start to 2014 with raging conflicts in South Sudan and Central African Republic - the death tolls are huge and the individual incidents gruesome, with one estimate saying nearly 10,000 have been killed in South Sudan in a month of warfare.

    Africa sees violent, deadly start to 2014

    The death tolls are huge and the individual incidents gruesome. One estimate says nearly 10,000 people have been killed in South Sudan in a month of warfare, while in neighboring Central African Republic combatants in Muslim-vs.-Christian battles have beheaded children.

    Israeli Prime Minster Ariel Sharon died Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014. He was 85.

    Sharon, Israel's bulldozer in politics, dies at 85

    Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon died Saturday, eight years after a debilitating stroke put him into a coma. He was 85. Sharon was "a brave soldier and a daring leader who loved his nation and his nation loved him," President Shimon Peres, a longtime friend and rival, said in a eulogy. "He was one of Israel's great protectors and most important architects, who knew no fear and certainly never...


    Neiman Marcus is a victim of cyber security attack

    Luxury merchant Neiman Marcus says thieves may have stolen customers' credit card and debit card information and made unauthorized charges over the holiday season.

    This image posted on a militant website on Jan. 7 shows a convoy of vehicles and fighters from the al-Qaida linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) fighters in Iraq’s Anbar Province.

    Nervous calm grips Fallujah

    Iraqi troops have taken up positions in and around two cities but have not launched major urban offensives, fearing that likely civilian casualties could incite Sunni anger and push moderate tribal leaders to side with the extremists.Defense Ministry spokesman Mohammed al-Askari told The Associated Press on Friday that the government’s patience would not last forever.


    Enroll America hires workers in central Illinois

    A nonprofit group that's funding a nationwide campaign to inform the public about President Barack Obama's health law has hired organizers in Springfield and Peoria.


    Senators want to honor crime fighter Eliot Ness

    Illinois' two U.S. senators are part of an effort to honor Eliot Ness, the federal agent whose unit brought down Chicago mobster Al Capone. Democrat Dick Durbin and Republican Mark Kirk joined Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio in introducing a resolution Friday to remember Ness.


    Chicago ramps up winter war with potholes

    The city of Chicago is ramping up its winter war with potholes earlier than usual. That's after the arctic winds that pushed temperatures far below zero this week.

    Three families think they should be in Kildeer-Countryside Elementary District 96 and Stevenson High School District 125 rather than Lake Zurich Unit District 95.

    Three families want to leave Lake Zurich District 95 to join neighboring districts

    Three families are seeking approval from a regional education agency to leave Lake Zurich Unit District 95's boundaries. They want their properties to be within Kildeer-Countryside Elementary District 96 and Stevenson High School District 125. “It really has to do with geographical issues,” one resident said.

    Road crews remove snow from the construction zone along Route 137, west of Route 21, in Libertyville Friday morning.

    Traffic relief at Libertyville intersection depends on weather

    The new medians and pavement at routes 21 and 137 in Libertyville are complete but the widened intersection has not been open to traffic. Crews removed snow from those areas Friday and hope for a break in the weather next week so pavement markings can be replaced and some of the lanes opened. “It’s anybody’s guess when that might happen,” said John Heinz, Libertyville...

    A wheelchair belonging to a woman who was rescued from a house fire Wednesday morning in South Elgin that killed her 72-year-old husband sits outside the fire scene.

    3 fatal suburban fires show precautions the disabled, immobile must take

    It’s a tragic story that has replayed three times -- in Arlington Heights, Naperville and South Elgin -- in recent months. House fire strikes. Firefighters arrive. But low-mobility residents can’t make it out alive. Those with disabilities or decreased mobility can face challenges in trying to escape fire. “First of all, you need to prepare,” said Bill Sohn, assistant fire chief in South Elgin.


    Former Minnesota women’s hockey star Megan Bozek threw out a ceremonial first pitch before a baseball game between the Los Angeles Angels and the Chicago White Sox in Chicago last May. Next month she’ll play for Team USA in Sochi, Russia.

    Buffalo Grove native Bozek smiling all the way to Sochi

    The girl who starred for years in and around Buffalo Grove is now taking her game — hockey — to the highest level. Megan Bozek, the former baby sitter for Newmark and a baseball foe and friend for Sorkin, was named to the U.S. Olympic Women’s Hockey Team on Jan. 1.

    Paul Michna/pmichna@dailyherald.com Lucas Cooperman of Wheaton took part in the diving competition at the Hinsdale South College Events boys swimming meet Saturday.

    Naperville Central races to win at Hinsdale South meet

    As long as the Naperville Central swimming team realizes that its focus on racing is the key to success, things should be fine at the end of the season.

    The Bulls’ Taj Gibson delivers a power slam against the Bobcats’ Bismack Biyombo on Saturday at the United Center.

    Bulls win fifth straight

    D.J. Augustin piled up 20 points and 12 assists against his former team, helping lead the Bulls to a 103-97 victory over Charlotte on Saturday at the United Center. Despite all the missing players, the Bulls have won five in a row and eight of their last 10 games.

    Gracie Gold reacts after skating in the women's free skate at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships Saturday in Boston. Gold, 18, won her first U.S. title, posting 211.69 points to easily win the competition. The U.S. Olympic team will be announced on Sunday.

    Gracie Gold shines bright at U.S. Championships

    Gracie Gold won her first U.S. figure skating title Saturday night and all but guaranteed herself a spot at the Olympics. Still to be decided is who joins the 18-year-old Gold in Sochi after two-time defending champ Ashley Wagner finished a distant fourth after a mistake-marred free skate. U.S. Figure Skating officials will announce Sunday which three women go to the Winter Games, taking into account past performances.


    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 swimming scoreboard
    Here are varsity boys swimming results from Saturday's meets, 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 salutes junior Deanna Kuzmanic after she surpassed 1,000 career points in Mid-Suburban League play Saturday in a victory over Elk Grove.

    Kuzmanic joins Wheeling’s 1,000 club

    Back in 2008 and 2009, Deanna Kuzmanic remembers watching past Wheeling standouts Ashley Wilson, Jannelle Cannon and Bianca Szarfarowicz reach the coveted 1,000-point milestone for their careers.“I would see them play because my sisters (Stephanie and Kellie) were on those teams, too,” said Kuzmanic, an Alabama-Birmingham recruit who at the time was a promising guard in the Wildcats’ feeder program. “I never really thought about scoring 1,000 points but I really thought it was cool seeing them do it and what a great accomplishment it was.”Well, Deanna, put herself in that same company on Saturday night.Her layup in the fourth quarter gave her 1,000 points and led to a game-high 19 as the host Wildcats topped visiting Elk Grove 40-35 in the Mid-Suburban East.


    Road wins for Carmel, LZ

    Jack George scored 14 points, and Carmel Catholic’s boys basketball team outscored visiting Marist 19-8 in the fourth quarter to capture a 48-38 win Saturday night.


    Milestone for Arogundade as Viator wins OT thriller

    On a night when he set the school’s all-time boys basketball scoring record, St. Viator’s Ore Arogundade was only focused on his team’s stunning 82-73 overtime victory against Hinsdale Central on Saturday in Arlington Heights. “We were facing a three-game losing steak,” said Arogundade, who scored 21 points to bring his career total to 1,312. “We didn’t want to do that. We needed to get over the hump. I am happy and excited about the accolade, but the win is more important.”


    Burlington Central routs Kaneland

    Saturday’s nonconference meeting between the boys basketball teams from visiting Kaneland and Burlington Central on Pack the Place Night figured to be a close one.The Knights were coming off a thrilling 1-point victory a day earlier against Morris, a team that defeated Burlington Central by 7 points two weeks ago at the Plano Christmas Tournament. However, the Rockets turned it into a one-sided affair. Central shot 7 of 10 from 3-point range and 25 of 49 overall, won the rebounding battle 27-14, turned the ball over only 9 times and held Kaneland top scorers John Pruett and Tyler Carlson to 19 combined points in a 67-43 win.


    Gallimore passes 1,000 points as Antioch tops Lakes

    It was only a matter of time for Paige Gallimore. Antioch’s high-scoring senior guard hit a milestone Saturday night, scoring the 1,000th point in her varsity basketball career, as she helped the Sequoits defeat host Lakes 66-39 in North Suburban Prairie Division action. Gallimore, who needed 18 points to reach 1,000 in her three-year varsity career, finished with a game-high 26 points, while also adding 7 rebounds and 8 steals. She sank 10 shots from the floor and went 6 of 12 from the foul line.


    New year, new high score for Carmel

    It’s that time of year in girls gymnastics — the point where everybody’s trying to push scores higher. Including Carmel, which got a good start to the new year of competition in the Robin Straus Invitational on Saturday at Lake Forest High School. The Corsairs posted their highest score of the season — 140.675 — which was good for third place and was a half-point improvement over their previous best this season. Lyons took top honors in the team race at 150.45, followed by Prairie Ridge at 146.075.


    St. Charles North completes weekend sweep

    Winning back-to-back basketball games on the road is no small task. About 24 hours after scoring an impressive Upstate Eight Conference River Division victory at Geneva, St. Charles North accomplished the weekend sweep with a hard-fought 75-64 triumph over host East Aurora (5-11) Saturday night in UEC crossover action.

    New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount heads downfield for a touchdown (his fourth in the game) as the Patriots ran past the Indianapolis Colts to advance to the AFC Championship game.

    Blount has 4 TD runs, Pats top Colts 43-22

    LeGarrette Blount ran the Patriots into their third straight AFC championship game.The 250-pound back had four touchdown runs and New England kept Andrew Luck from a second straight comeback win to beat the Indianapolis Colts 43-22 Sunday night.


    Libertyville withstands Parola’s hot hand

    Libertyville senior forward Steven Braun needed all seven inches he’s grown since his freshman year to try to deny Derek Parola the basketball and alter the devilishly hot shot of the Mundelein guard. And even that didn’t always help. At a school that has produced more than its share of great shooters — Kyle Kessel, Doug Rippberger, Eric Levernier, Sean Stackhouse, Ben Brust, Robert Knar — Parola put on undoubtedly one of the best shooting performances in a Mustangs jersey. The 6-foot senior sank a school-record 12 3-pointers, finishing with a career-high 38 points, but his effort wasn’t enough. Jack Lipp put up a career-high 34 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists, and Braun added a career-best 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting and 7 boards, as Libertyville nearly squandered a 24-point lead before holding on for a 93-81 win in an entertaining North Suburban Lake Division battle Saturday night.


    Fremd hands Barrington its first MSL West loss

    With finals week beginning Monday, Fremd girls basketball players will shift a lot of their attention to the books. On Saturday night at Barrington, the Vikings booked their biggest conference win of the season.But Vikes coach Dave Yates wasn’t about to give his team’s performance an ‘A’ after the 60-46 triumph.


    West Aurora pulls away from Wheaton North

    West Aurora had a string of seven consecutive boys basketball championships, beginning with its state-championship team of 2000. But the storied program has not been atop the DuPage Valley Conference standings since 2006. With its sterling second-half against visiting Wheaton North on Saturday night in Aurora, the Blackhawks hit the Falcons with a 16-2 third-quarter run and turned on the afterburners by converting its last 11 field-goal attempts. The Blackhawks’ 67-48 triumph — reversing a 7-point halftime deficit — left them 10-3 overall and 5-0 in league play.


    Naperville North defeats Glenbard East

    The Naperville North boys basketball team was happy with its 53-47 win at Glenbard East on Saturday night like any squad would be getting on the bus with a victory against a conference rival on the road.


    Girls basketball/Fox Valley roundup

    Kennede Miller scored 21 points Saturday to lead South Elgin to a 74-44 Upstate Eight Valley girls basketball win over East Aurora.Miller hit 4 3-pointers as the Storm (11-6, 4-1) stayed in a virtual tie for second place in the division with Bartlett.Nadia Yang added 16 pointers for South Elgin and Mackie Kelleher had 11.Dundee-Crown 41, McHenry 39: The Chargers (6-15, 1-4) picked up their first Valley division win in the Fox Valley Conference, hanging onto victory at home. Even with no girls scoring in double figures, the Chargers used a balance attack from Melissa Barker, who finished with 9 points and Emily Michalski and Kayla Lawrence, each of whom had 8 points. Barker netted 3 3-pointers on her way to lead Dundee-Crown in scoring. Johnsburg 48, Hampshire 47: Despite a 20-point performance from sophomore Emma Benoit, the Whip-Purs (7-9, 2-4) could not overcome a 5-point deficit going into the fourth quarter at home in the Fox Valley Conference Fox Division matchup. Benoit scored 12 points in the fourth alone, but the rest of the offense was unable to produce. Sara Finn added 14 points for the Whip-Purs, with all but one basket coming from beyond the arc.St. Charles East 51, Elgin 37: The Maroons (5-11, 1-4) could not muster up enough offense, falling to St. Charles East on the road in the Upstate Eight River. The offense was led once again by sophomore Alisha Panthier, who finished with a game-high 14 points and 12 rebounds. Elgin coach Dr. Nick Bumbales has been impressed by the play of Panthier since being called up. “She played really well again tonight, she’s playing really well for a sophomore since being called up,” he said. Melanie Berg also chipped in 9 points for the Maroons.Batavia 53, Streamwood 32: With no Sabres scoring in double figures, Streamwood (7-8, 2-3) could not keep its winning streak alive, falling on the road in Upstate Eight River play. Kiana Jeremiah scored 9 points, including a 3-pointer, for Streamwood, which had trouble scoring until the third quarter when it had 14 points in the frame.Huntley 59, Jacobs 42: Sam Andrews and Ali Andrews could have won the game on their point totals alone for the Red Raiders (15-3, 5-0), who continued their great start in the FVC Valley, remaining undefeated at home as well. Ali Andrews finished with 24 points, while sister Sam had 21, including 3 3-pointers. As a team, Huntley finished 12 of 14 from the free throw line, with Sam Andrews going 8-for-9 from the charity stripe. The Golden Eagles (3-15, 1-4), despite being down 14 by halftime, were consistent on offense all night, scoring in double digits in every quarter. Tiffany Frighetto finished with 18 points for Jacobs on 6 3-pointers, while teammate Jennifer Barnec finished the night with 12 points.St. Edward 65, Aurora Christian 22: The Green Wave (11-6) were able to pick up a win in Suburban Christian Crossover play thanks in part to big nights from Madelyn Spagnola, Katie Swanson and a tenacious defense. Holding Aurora Christian to just 10 first-half points, the Green Wave were able to build a 25-point lead before the first half ended. “We used the fast break to our advantage tonight,” St. Edward coach Michelle Dawson said. Spagnola and Swanson both finished with 14 points, while Spagnola hit the only 2 3-pointers in the game.Women’s basketballECC 59, Morton College 41: With three players scoring in double figures, the Spartans eased their way to victory in this ISCC contest on the road. Led by Jordan Bartelt, who finished with 12 points, the Spartans capitalized on an 8-point lead at the half and made 6 of 8 free throws down the stretch to ensure the game never got any closer. Jen Dumoulin and Alexa Diaz both finished with 11 points in the winning effort.


    Allen, Wolves hold off Admirals

    The Chicago Wolves and goaltender Jake Allen withstood a late-game flurry from the Milwaukee Admirals to post a 2-1 win Saturday night at the Bradley Center.


    Confident Marmion sinks St. Edward

    Before tipoff against St. Edward, Marmion boys basketball coach Ryan Paradise stated several things his team had to do to win. Execute against St. Edward’s switching defenses, he said. Contain point guard Davontae Elam. Rebound. Keep tempo in Marmion’s favor. “Well,” St. Edward coach P.J. White said afterward, “I think they did all of that.”

    Prospect’s Catherine Sherwood, left, and Mallory Gonzalez, right, force a possession in their team’s favor by tying up the ball with Rolling Meadows’ Jenny Vliet during Saturday’s game.

    Rolling Meadows is up to the task

    The Saturday afternoon matinee showdown at the Jean Walker Field House started out with history. Prospect junior guard Taylor Will hit a 3-pointer to give the hosts a 6-2 lead over state-ranked Rolling Meadows. It also gave Will 1,002 points for her career, making her just the sixth player in the program’s history to surpass 1,000. Moments later, the home crowd was cheering again as Catherine Sherwood’s layup made it 8-2. But how did the Mustangs get back into the lead (23-19) before quarter’s end? They went to all three of their 1,000-point scorers. Jackie Kemph, Alexis Glasgow and Jenny Vliet combined for all 23 points and the Mustangs used a big second half to top the Knights 69-50 before a big crowd in the Mid-Suburban East showdown.

    Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford stops Montreal Canadiens’ Daniel Briere during the second period Saturday in Montreal.

    Hawks change lines but fall to Canadiens in OT

    Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville is not one to sit still during a losing streak, even if it’s a modest two-game skid. So Quenneville shook things up for Saturday’s game against Montreal at the Bell Centre. The changes drew mixed results as the Hawks lost 2-1 in overtime on Andrei Markov’s second goal of the night at 1:28 of the extra period.


    Harreld drains eight 3-pointers, scores 31 for Aurora Central

    Aurora Central Catholic picked up a 74-52 win over Northtown Academy on Saturday.


    Grant takes second at Sycamore

    Fifth-ranked Hononegah led from start to finish, and lifted its second consecutive team trophy Saturday night at the 39th Sycamore wrestling invitational. The Indians, fresh off an eighth-place finish at the Dvorak, which they followed with an 11th-place finish at the high profile Clash in Rochester (Minn.) last weekend, used four individual titles to amass 634 points in this marathon 24-team event, 50.5 points more than runner-up Grant, whose depth kept it nearly 90 points clear of Bloomington, and its 498.5 total points. Reigning Fox Valley Conference champ McHenry (483.5) and its conference rival Huntley (443) would round out the top five.

    Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah (13) rebounds the ball away from Charlotte Bobcats center Al Jefferson (25) Saturday night at the United Center. The Bulls won 103-97.

    Balanced Bulls beat Bobcats 103-97

    D.J. Augustin had 20 points and 12 assists and Joakim Noah added 19 points and 14 rebounds, helping the streaking Chicago Bulls beat the Charlotte Bobcats 103-97 on Saturday night. Chicago had seven players score in double figures in its fifth consecutive victory. The Bulls (17-18) also improved to 3-0 since they traded All-Star Luol Deng to Cleveland late Monday night.


    Batavia tops Streamwood behind Fruendt’s 31

    Liza Fruendt scored 31 points Saturday in Batavia’s 53-32 win over Streamwood.


    Illinois State beats Loyola of Chicago 59-50

    Reggie Lynch scored 11 points, grabbed five rebounds and sparked the second half breakaway run that gave Illinois State a 59-50 win over Loyola of Chicago on Saturday night. After battling to a 27-27 tie at the break, Illinois State (9-7, 2-2 Missouri Valley Conference) opened the second half with a 15-2 run sparked by a Lynch jumper to take control of the game. The Redbirds protected the advantage, outscoring Loyola 32-23 in the final period.


    Martin jumps right into the fray

    In his second day on the job, Bulls newcomer Cartier Martin ended up playing heaving minutes on Saturday against Charlotte, thanks to another injury to a key player.


    Lyons regroups for victory at Prospect

    Lyons Township is for real — espeically when it remembers to play that way. The Lions did so in a timely manner Saturday night, quickly erasing a 10-point deficit in the second quarter against host Prospect en route to a 62-56 win at the Jean Walker Field House.


    Big early run sends Burlington C. past Kaneland

    Burlington Central left no doubt this time. The Rockets used an 18-2 run spanning the first and second quarters to break the game wide open and defeat Kaneland, 54-33, in nonconference girls basketball action on Pack the Place night in Burlington Saturday.

    Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate celebrates after an NFC divisional playoff NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints Saturday in Seattle. The Seahawks won 23-15.

    Seahawks rumble past Saints, 23-15

    Marshawn Lynch ran for 140 yards and two touchdowns, Steven Hauschka kicked three field goals in blustery conditions and Seattle’s defense flustered Drew Brees and New Orleans in a 23-15 victory Saturday in the NFC divisional playoff game. The top-seeded Seahawks advanced to the NFC championship game for the second time in franchise history and will host San Francisco or Carolina next Sunday.


    Bartlett takes it to Metea Valley

    Saturday started out as one of those nights coaches dread for the Bartlett girls basketball team. But it ended with a convincing and dominating win.Falling behind 8-2 early, the Hawks bounced back and controlled the final three quarters, defeating Metea Valley 59-39 in an Upstate Eight Valley game on Alumni Night at Bartlett.

    Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford stops Montreal Canadiens’ Daniel Briere during the second period Saturday in Montreal. The Blackhawks lost 2-1 in overtime.

    Canadiens edge Blackhawks 2-1 in OT

    Andrei Markov scored two goals, including at 1:28 of overtime, to lead the Montreal Canadiens to a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday night. Markov took a deflected pass from Max Pacioretty and found the roof of the net. Carey Price finished with 19 saves for Montreal. Marian Hossa scored for the Blackhawks. Corey Crawford made 36 saves for Chicago. Chicago has lost three games in a row, including two in overtime, for only the second time this season.


    Pimentel flirts with perfection in Prospect Invitational

    Leyden senior Erika Pimentel suddenly noticed that a lot more people were paying attention. Despite her teammates’ efforts to distract her, it seemed everyone at Brunswick Zone at Mount Prospect realized that that Pimentel had rolled nine strikes in a row and was going into the 10th frame with the possibility of a perfect game at the Prospect Invitational. And when she rolled a strike to begin the 10th, the excitement and pressure became even more pronounced. “I was shaking at that point,” said the senior. “My dad was there watching, and I’m sure even he was nervous. My teammates were trying to calm me down.” Pimentel rolled her next ball and, unfortunately, left the 4 pin standing. She still finished with an examplary 289 game, the best by far as the Prospect invite Saturday.

    Crystal Lake South’s Sara Mickow (34) grabs a rebound before Cary-Grove’s Candace Cunningham can reach the ball in the third quarter on Saturday in Cary.

    Crystal Lake South prevails in OT

    With 20 days off and only a few days of practice, Crystal Lake South girls basketball coach Kyle McCaughn wasn’t sure what to expect from his team during Saturday’s Fox Valley Conference Valley Division matchup with host Cary-Grove. The 13-year veteran didn’t need to worry.Jumping off to an 11-2 start, the Gators held off a valiant Cary-Grove comeback, then outscored the Trojans 11-5 in overtime in posting a 55-49 win.

    St. Charles East’s Blake Fialka wrestles Batavia’s Nick Offutt at 170 pounds during the Batavia wrestling quad meet Saturday at Batavia High School.

    St. Charles East maintains control of UEC River

    It was an ambivalent performance by the St. Charles East wrestling team, according to coach Jason Potter. “We’re not leaving in the best of moods today,” Potter said. On the bright side for the Saints, the team is on the brink of repeating as Upstate Eight Conference River Division champions.


    Dundee-Crown edges Geneva for 2nd at Newbill

    Christian Brunner had a simple task. If the Dundee-Crown sophomore captured the championship match at 182 pounds for the Chargers, the squad would ease past host Geneva for runner-up status at the Vikings’ 16-team wrestling invitational on Saturday afternoon. Brunner more than answered the call, following a pair of technical falls to reach the finals against Geneva junior Mitch Bradberry.


    Blackhawks game day
    Blackhawks game dayBlackhawks vs. Edmonton Oilers at the United Center, 6 p.m.TV: Comcast SportsNetRadio: WGN-AM 720The skinny: The Oilers (15-27-5) were last in the Western Conference heading into the weekend. The Hawks, who have dropped their last two games at the UC, lead the season series 2-0. With this being the second half of a back-to-back set of games, expect Antti Raanta to start in goal. Next: Colorado Avalanche at the United Center, 7 p.m. Tuesday.— Tim Sassone

    Meryl Davis and Charlie White wave as scores are posted after skating in the ice dance free skate at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships Saturday in Boston.

    Davis, White win 6th straight US ice dance title

    A record sixth straight U.S. ice dance title. A personal best at the national championships, with the highest score possible for their free skate routine. And, most importantly, an all-but certain second consecutive trip to the Olympics for Charlie White and Meryl Davis.


    Evansville defeats Southern Illinois 75-69

    D.J. Balentine scored a career-high 33 points, making 6 of 10 3-point attempts, to lead Evansville to a 75-69 win over Southern Illinois Saturday. Evansville (8-9, 1-3 Missouri Valley), which snapped a 12-game losing streak at Carbondale, trailed 33-27 at the half and the lead changed nine times.

    Round Lake’s Nick Moore, right, pins St. Viator’s Jack Debartolo in their 152-pound match at Round Lake on Saturday.

    Mega-successful outing for Round Lake

    After losing to Stevenson on Friday night in a North Suburban Conference dual meet, host Round Lake wanted to bounce back strong Saturday in its own megadual meet. And the Panthers did just that as they opened the day with an impressive 57-19 nonconference victory over St. Viator, before winning twice again for a 3-0 day.


    Wheaton North takes over 2nd place in DVC from West Aurora

    Coming into Saturday’s game at 12-3 and 3-0 in the DuPage Valley Conference, West Aurora isn’t going to sneak up on anybody anymore. Wheaton North certainly was ready. Chrissy Baird opened the scoring with a 3-pointer just nine seconds into the game. By the 6:17 mark West Aurora coach Connie Siljendahl had burned her first timeout, her team down 8-0 and on its way to a 70-46 loss.


    Naperville C. posts season-best score

    Having not competed in 29 days, Naperville Central certainly had a reason to be rusty during Saturday’s Naperville North Invite.

    Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning owns a 9-11 playoff record compared to 167-73 during the regular season. He has won one Super Bowl, against the Bears in 2007.

    Manning’s playoff ride a rollercoaster

    DENVER — No quarterback has been to the playoffs more than Peyton Manning — or experienced more heartache there, either.Only once in his previous dozen trips to the postseason party has Manning put his fingerprints on the Lombardi Trophy. His 9-11 postseason record stands in stark contrast to his 167-73 regular season mark and includes eight first-round exits, none more scarring than last year’s AFC divisional round-home loss to Baltimore as the AFC’s top seed.He also lost his first playoff game in Indianapolis as the No. 1 seed after the 2005 season, then bounced back to win it all the next year against the Bears.Since then, he’s won just two of seven playoff games and lost his last three.The meticulous quarterback renowned for his unrivaled work ethic and painstaking preparation doesn’t believe that’s because he grinds too much in January.“I really don’t believe so,” Manning said as he prepared for today’s showdown between his Denver Broncos (13-3) and the San Diego Chargers (10-7). “I know people — it’s easy to summarize, to take a whole bunch of football seasons and lump them together. I personally don’t believe in that theory.“I think each season takes on its own identity and different things occurred along the way at different points of my career. This is the 2013 season, 2014 postseason, and it’s its own chapter. We’re looking forward to hopefully writing it for a number of more weeks.”Manning set a slew of records this season, including 55 TD passes and 5,447 yards through the air as the Broncos became the highest-scoring team of the Super Bowl era. Five players scored 10 or more touchdowns. No team in history had ever had more than three players accomplish that feat.Yet for all his records and all his greatness, Manning’s fault-finders point to his cold-weather record — it’s 4-7 in sub-freezing temperatures at kickoff — and his playoff pratfalls — his 11 losses are tied with Brett Favre for most in NFL history — to suggest he won’t cap it all off with a championship in the first outdoor Super Bowl in a cold-weather city next month.Here’s the thing about the cold: In many of those games, Manning had the lesser team. That’s why he was on the road. And sometimes, he only played a series or two because his team had already clinched its playoff slot, but the loss nonetheless went next to his name.And in the playoffs, you could point the finger at his supporting cast as much as you could at him, if not more.If Rahim Moore doesn’t make one of the biggest blunders in playoff history last year, Manning would be hailed for his fourth-quarter touchdown toss to beat the Ravens and not lambasted for his interception in overtime. And maybe now Manning would be trying to defend a Super Bowl title instead of seeking atonement.That scarring defeat has driven Manning for 365 days. So doggedly determined to rectify that disappointment, Manning at times this season seemed in a hurry just to get back here. The regular season took on an air of being 20 preseason games with the real opener coming Sunday afternoon.Yet, all week, he was relaxed, embracing the pressure of this time of year.“If it’s just miserable this whole time, then why are you really doing it? I mean, there are other things you can do that might make you feel less miserable than if it’s just an absolute grind,” Manning said. “And maybe, as you get older, you think more in those lines, that, ‘Hey, this is a pretty unique opportunity to be in this position, to be one of just a few teams playing.’”Manning is coming off his best statistical season at age 37, just two years removed from the neck surgeries that weakened his throwing arm but strengthened his resolve. Yet, no matter how many more years he has left, he knows he won’t get many more chances. And so, he’s embracing this latest trip to the playoffs and enjoying the journey, relishing his chance to chase redemption and another ring.


    Moran’s big game carries Naperville Central

    Naperville Central coach Andy Nussbaum thought senior forward Katie Moran might be ready for a big game.

    Photos from the Rolling Meadows vs. Prospect girls basketball game on Saturday, January 11th, in Mount Prospect.

    Images: Rolling Meadows vs. Prospect, girls basketball
    The Prospect High School girls basketball team hosted the Rolling Meadows High School girls Saturday, January 11th, in Mount Prospect.

    Lynn Kriengkrairut and Logan Giulietti-Schmitt skate during the ice dance short program at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships Friday, Jan. 10, 2014 in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    Castelli and Shnapir win figure skating pairs

    Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir have won the pairs title at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships.Among area skaters from the Chicago suburbs, Alexa Scimeca (Addison) and Christopher Knierim finished fourth overall. Daniel O’Shea (Gurnee) and Tarah Kayne were fifth, DeeDee Leng (Naperville) and Timothy LeDuc were seventh, Rockne Brubaker (Algonquin) and Lindsay Davis finished ninth, and Jessica Noelle Calalang (Glenview) finished 11th.

    Images from the Crystal Lake South vs. Cary-Grove girls basketball game Saturday, January 11, 2014.

    Images: St. Charles North vs. Geneva boys basketball
    Cary-Grove hosted Crystal Lake South in a girls basketball matchup Saturday afternoon in Cary.

    Georgia Tech's Trae Golden, left, passes the ball against the defense of Notre Dame's Eric Atkins in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, in Atlanta. Georgia Tech won 74-69. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    Golden, Miller lead Georgia Tech past Irish 74-69

    Trae Golden scored 20 points, Daniel Miller added 10 points and 13 rebounds and Georgia Tech beat Notre Dame 74-69 on Saturday.Despite blowing a 15-point lead they held midway through the second half, the Yellow Jackets (10-6, 1-2 ACC) went ahead for good when Golden’s 3-pointer from the left wing made it 70-68 in the final minute.

    James Franklin waves to reporters and fans gathered Saturday at University Park Airport in State College, Pa.

    Franklin announced as next coach at Penn State

    Coach Franklin won 24 games with the Commodores and is a Pennsylvania native with strong ties in-state. Penn State officials met with him this week in Florida. He will be asked to build off a foundation that Bill O’Brien set amid scandal. Despite a lack of scholarships, a bowl ban and player defections from the late Joe Paterno’s roster, O’Brien led the Nittany Lions to two winning seasons (8-4, 7-5) while restoring some tempered enthusiasm in Happy Valley.


    Associated Press/August, 2013 David Warren works on High Wire Hops farm in Paonia, Colo.

    Hops farming grows slowly despite brewers’ demand

    Craft brewers eager to capitalize on the local food movement have created a strong demand for hops to flavor their all-local beers, but farms in most states have grown slowly because of high investment costs and limited knowledge of the plants.

    Wounded veterans of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan pedal their way Friday across the Seven Mile Bridge in the Florida Keys near Marathon, Fla.

    VA under fire for proposed disability filing rule

    The Department of Veterans Affairs says the many ways that requests for disability compensation arrive actually hamper its ability to administer benefits, and contribute to a claims backlog that has about 400,000 veterans waiting more than 125 days for a decision. At times, workers spend so much time trying to figuring out what’s being claimed and trading letters with applicants that it’s slowing down decisions for everyone.

    A production crew member dusts off Toyota’s FCV hydrogen electric concept car during the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Toyota announced the car would be available to consumers in 2015.

    Sony to sell waterproof phone through T-Mobile

    Sony has unveiled a waterproof smartphone that sports a 21 megapixel camera and expands what users can do with it underwater. Sony Corp. said the new Xperia Z1s can be submerged as much as 4.5 feet deep for up to 30 minutes, compared with just 3 feet for last summer’s Xperia Z. The Z was water resistant rather than waterproof.

    President of Sharp Electronics Marketing Corporation of America John Herrington speaks during a news conference announcing the new lineup of Sharp televisions at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

    Sharp unveils TV positioned between HD and 4K

    Japanese electronics maker Sharp is bridging the gap between expensive 4K TVs and HD versions with an in-between solution that’s also priced in the middle. Its new Quattron+ technology doubles the vertical resolution of a high-definition set by chopping the existing pixels in half.

    This image provided by Roku Inc., shows a screen frame grab of Roku’s service. Internet streaming platform company Roku Inc. is launching a line of TVs that plays back video from services like Netflix without requiring an extra set-top box. While similar to smart TVs on the market already, Rokuís platform with some 1,200 apps is far more comprehensive for those seeking out niche content. Roku plans to showcase them on the sidelines of the annual gadget show in Las Vegas, International CES.

    New software battle coming to smart TVs

    At least three new software systems were announced Monday for Internet-connected television sets, which let viewers watch Internet video and interact with friends online on the big screen. The new smart TV operating systems will compete with software already available from Google and individual TV manufacturers.

    Dish shows off their product line during the Dish news conference at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

    New Dish Hopper setup can record 8 shows at once

    Dish Network Corp. has unveiled a new digital recorder system that can record eight TV shows at once and can be controlled by voice. The eight-show system involves Dish’s Hopper DVR and a new Super Joey add-on box for separate rooms. The catch is that four of those shows have to be from the broadcast networks ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox.


    App Watch: Query your human network with Jelly

    Jelly is an app for when you walk by a tree and want to know what type of tree it is, so you snap a photo of it and ask your Facebook and Twitter friends. Jelly comes from Twitter Inc. co-founder Biz Stone, who unveiled the app this week.

    Sony Corporation president and CEO Kazuo Hirai speaks during a keynote address at the International Consumer Electronics Show, in Las Vegas.

    Sony plans web-based television service in U.S. this year

    Sony Corp. will begin testing an Internet-based pay-television service in the U.S. this year, bringing live and on-demand programming to TVs and its PlayStation game consoles. The product will make it easy for consumers to switch between live and Web-based programs, Andrew House, chief executive officer of Sony Computer Entertainment, said at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

    Induct demonstrates their new Navia driverless shuttle at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

    French company demos driverless shuttle at CES

    French company Induct on Monday showed off the first driverless vehicle to be commercially available in the U.S. The Navia shuttle isn’t ready for U.S. street traffic yet, but this standing-room-only shuttle can transport up to 10 people from point to point on university campuses or in airport parking lots at speeds topping out at 12.5 mph.

    Netflix CEO Reed Hastings talks about his company’s collaboration with LG televisions during the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. LG television owners can access Netflix movies directly through a Netflix app on their screen.

    LG unveils web-connected tv running WebOS acquired from HP

    LG Electronics Inc. unveiled its first Web-connected television that runs on the software platform it acquired from Hewlett-Packard Co. last year. The world’s second-largest maker of TVs, which showcased the new set at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, bought the WebOS operating system for an undisclosed amount.

    A model stands next to a Samsung 105-inch curved UHD TV during a preview event at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Samsung Electronics Co., the world’s largest maker of TVs, said Monday that it is tackling the problem of getting ultra-high-definition content to its new TV sets by teaming up with the Internet streaming services of Comcast, Netflix and Amazon.

    Samsung teams up with Comcast for ultra-HD movies

    Samsung Electronics Co., the world’s largest maker of TVs, said Monday that it is tackling the problem of getting ultra-high-definition content to its new TV sets by teaming up with the Internet streaming services of Comcast, Netflix and Amazon.

    Members of the media photograph a glass speaker called Clio during the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The speaker, produced by ClearView Audio uses a single piece of curved millimeter-thick acrylic glass that sits on a dock which vibrates it in a finely tuned way so that it can play music. It works with Bluetooth streaming and with a 3.5 millimeter jack.

    Gadget Watch: Crystal clear sound in glass speaker

    Ever tried to play a tune by rubbing the rim of a crystal wine glass? One company has polished that idea so much that the phrase “crystal clear sound” will now have a different meaning. ClearView Audio has come up with a speaker made of acrylic glass. It’s called Clio.

    The Flow Free app is a simple twist on connect-the-dots: Players are faced with a grid of different-colored pairs of dots. The goal is to connect the right dots while filling up every square on the grid.

    App reviews: TripCase, Flow Free

    TripCase is a well-designed app that aims to make the logistics of travel easy so you can enjoy your trip. Flow Free is a simple twist on connect-the-dots: Players are faced with a grid of different-colored pairs of dots. The goal is to connect the right dots while filling up every square on the grid.

    This product image provided by MakerBot shows the company’s Z18 3-D printer, its largest model yet. The Z18 can print objects 12 by 12 by 18 inches large. That’s six times larger than MakerBot’s standard Replicator. The machine, which deposits melted plastic dot by tiny dot, will cost about $6,500.

    MakerBot goes bigger, with head-sized 3-D printer

    MakerBot, the New York-based maker of 3-D printers, is releasing its largest model yet: one that can print objects the size of someone’s head. The MakerBot Replicator Z18 can print objects 12 by 12 by 18 inches large. That’s six times larger than MakerBot’s standard Replicator. The machine, which deposits melted plastic dot by tiny dot, will cost about $6,500.

    Amazon.com Inc.’s Kindle FreeTime gives parents an easy way to block grown-up content. With FreeTime, kids get thousands of kid-friendly books, games and videos for a monthly fee.

    Review: Kindle FreeTime gives parents peace

    Amazon.com Inc.’s Kindle FreeTime gives parents an easy way to block grown-up content. Kindles aren’t alone in offering parental controls, but FreeTime goes further with an optional subscription service. With that, you get thousands of kid-friendly books, games and videos for a monthly fee. The quality is mixed, but the service is hassle-free, safe and relatively cheap — starting at $3 a month.


    Vehicles break down in subzero weather

    This week actually felt like winters of old to me. All the repair shops are busy and the reason why is because any deferred maintenance was exposed — or any component on the car that was marginal failed — in these subzero temperatures we experienced.

Life & Entertainment

    This image released by AMC shows Naperville native Bob Odenkirk in a scene from the final season of “Breaking Bad.” AMC has said “Better Call Saul,” the one-hour “Breaking Bad” prequel, will premiere in November 2014.

    AMC announces premiere for ‘Better Call Saul’

    Walter White’s lawyer is returning to Albuquerque. AMC announced this week that the “Breaking Bad” spinoff, “Better Call Saul,” will premiere in November 2014, but no specific date has been released. The series will follow sleazy attorney Saul Goodman, played by Naperville native Bob Odenkirk, as he defends drug lords, criminals and those allegedly injured in minor traffic accidents.

    This July 9, 2011, file photo shows actor David Cassidy after throwing out a ceremonial first pitch before a baseball game between the Florida Marlins and the Houston Astros, in Miami. Cassidy was arrested Friday in Southern California on suspicion of drunken driving.

    David Cassidy arrested on DUI charges

    Seventies heartthrob David Cassidy has been arrested in Southern California after police say they smelled alcohol on his breath during a traffic stop.

    In this April 2010 photo, Edna Foa, from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, speaks to a patient at her office in Philadelphia. Foa developed a two-part treatment in which sexually abused patients tell their traumatic stories over and over again.

    Making raped teens relive trauma works, study says

    It almost sounds sadistic — making rape victims as young as 13 relive their harrowing assault over and over again. But a new study shows it works surprisingly well at eliminating their psychological distress.

    Working crosswords can help ADHD patients.

    ADHD: Adults can have the disorder, too

    Chris Ecarius had so much difficulty filling out his Social Security application online that the 62-year-old went to a doctor to find out why his brain didn’t seem to work properly. Over the years, he’d seen other doctors about similar struggles. He’d been told that he was depressed, but he didn’t feel depressed. This time, Ecarius got a different diagnosis: attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, a conclusion that seemed more appropriate for a child in grade school than an adult in retirement.


    Book notes: Chicago author Katie Fox signs at Book Stall

    Chicago author Katie Fox discusses and signs copies of her debut novel, "Educating Alex," at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, at The Book Stall at Chestnut Court, 811 Elm St., Winnetka.

    Cecil Gaines (Forest Whitaker) serves a succession of presidents in “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” now on DVD.

    DVD previews: ‘Lee Daniels’ The Butler,’ ‘Enough Said’

    Tuesday brings a bounty of popular films to DVD -- from "Lee Daniels' The Butler" to "Enough Said" to "Fruitvale Station" to "Riddick" and more.

    Julia Roberts speaks on stage during the “Normal Heart” panel discussion at the HBO portion of the 2014 Winter Television Critics Association tour at the Langham Hotel Thursday.

    All-star cast takes on Ryan Murphy’s passion play

    Producer Ryan Murphy said it was “sort of thrilling” to feature openly gay leading men Matt Bomer and Jim Parsons in an AIDS TV drama. Murphy said social attitudes toward gays have changed a great deal even in the five years he’s been working on the project, “The Normal Heart.”

    Posters advertising “Run, Boy, Run” are displayed at the Museum of the History of Polish Jews prior to the world premiere of the movie by German Oscar-winning director Pepe Danquart about a Jewish boy struggling to survive the Holocaust, in Warsaw, Poland. The movie is based on a true story of 10-year-old Yoram Friedman who escaped the Warsaw ghetto in 1943 and hid in the woods near the city.

    Movie on boy’s Holocaust fate premieres in Poland

    A stirring movie by German Oscar-winning director Pepe Danquart about a Jewish boy struggling to survive the Holocaust is having its world premiere in Warsaw on Wednesday. A German-French coproduction with mostly Polish actors, “Run, Boy, Run” is the true story of 10-year-old Yoram Friedman who escaped the Warsaw ghetto in 1943 and — hunted by the Nazis — hid in the woods near the city. The child fed on snails and mushrooms, braved winter snowstorms and hid in water to avoid Nazi sniffer dogs.

    Picking the right seat and listening to music can help put you in the right mode for sleep when flying.

    How can you get sleep on an airplane?

    Today, trying to get some zzz's on a plane seems like a losing battle. What with sleeping in an upright position, squeezed between passengers and belly-up to the seat in front. And forget about the cozy blanket. But there are ways to make to flying a little more conducive for sleep.

    A guest bedroom by designer Brian Patrick Flynn uses a muted shade of blush on the walls and ceiling. Flynn suggests blush tones will become popular in 2014, but to add a fresh touch, they’ll be paired with masculine tones such as navy blue.

    Interior designers predict 2014 decor trends

    With a new year come new trends in home design and decorating. Among them: paler walls contrasted with colorful furniture, and plenty of personal expression, design experts say.

    Experience the Grammy nominated Lincoln Trio performing at Merit School of Music in Chicago on Jan. 19.

    On the road: Hear wonders of Grammy-nominated Lincoln Trio

    Chicago's Grammy-nominated Lincoln Trio performs at the Merit School of Music. The 13th annual Sketch Comedy Festival celebrates the best in local, national and international sketch comedy. And Eagle River, Wis., plays host to the Women on Snow weekend, where you get a chance to play outside.

    Kathleen “Kick” Kennedy, the 25-year-old granddaughter of Robert F. Kennedy, is making her professional stage debut off-Broadway in the Storm Theatre’s production of “Antigone.”

    Kick Kennedy calls her stage debut ‘magical’

    The storied Kennedy family has produced a president, ambassadors, an attorney general, senators and plenty of congressmen. But not a professional actor. Kathleen “Kick” Kennedy hopes to change that. The 25-year-old granddaughter of Robert F. Kennedy is making her professional stage debut off-Broadway this month in, of all things, a Greek tragedy.


    Follow the plat of survey when marking parking spaces

    Q. The parking spaces in our condominium association are limited common elements. Each parking space is shown on the plat of survey. Our asphalt parking area was recently replaced and the stripes for the parking spaces were moved about a foot, and my space is now closer to a wall. This makes it difficult to open my car doors.

    Geoff Akins brings his “Bubble Wonders” show to the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights.

    Weekend picks: Geoff Akins explores magic of bubbles

    Geoff Akins sparks imaginations with his bubble wizardry, coming to the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights. Harry Anderson, comedian and star of "Night Court," brings his stand-up and magic to Zanies in Rosemont Saturday. The Travel and Adventure Show highlights trends and hot spots for global travelers.



    The Soapbox

    Daily Herald editors have much to say about the cold weather, the upcoming football weekend and a birthday surprise at one village's meeting, among other topics.


    Was list of new laws politically motivated?
    A Streamwood letter to the editor: A recent poll on your paper’s website listed some of the new laws that take effect in this year, and how they would affect you as an individual.


    Respect religious views on homosexuality
    A Libertyville letter to the editor: In Froma Harrop’s recent defense of A&E’s suspension of Phil Roberson over his remarks about homosexuality, she offers the opinion that A&E “executives have every right to suspend Robertson from its programming for violating its code of conduct.” Wrong. So very wrong.


    Kudos to letter carriers, from one who knows
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: News people warn us not to be out with exposed skin for more than a few minutes, yet letter carriers are out in it for six or seven hours a day.


    Why Kane County tax plan won’t work
    A Carpentersville letter to the editor: I am an adult on the autism spectrum living in Kane County. I am glad Kane County wants to do right by those (develop) mentally disabled, but I think the proposed referendum tax to benefit developmentally disabled persons wouldn’t work.


    Why keep up failure of philosophy?
    A Carol Stream letter to the editor: Anytime you cross the proverbial “line” you fall into the experimenting mode of operation. That is what this administration and the liberals philosophy are doing as we speak, and the citizens are their guinea pigs.


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    Aren’t pols guilty of deceptive practices?It was announced recently in the news that some company selling weight loss products was found to be misleading and deceptive because their weight loss product did not work.Can someone please explain to me the difference between companies and individuals who deliberately use deceptive and misleading statements to sell products and services that don’t work as they said they would and the president and members of the Senate and Congress who deliberately use deceptive and misleading statements to sell laws that do not work as they were said they would.Please tell me. What is the difference?Mike SimonGlen EllynWorkers heroic during cold snapI would like to take this opportunity to thank the men and women who have cleared our streets, delivered our mail, collected our trash, kept our power and water on and served and protected us — police and fire departments — over the past several days. You have gone above and beyond the call of duty and need to be recognized and thanked for your efforts and hard work.These past days of snow, extreme cold temperatures and bone chilling wind chill temperatures have taken a toll on many people. However, you have stepped up to the plate each and every day by going to work and out into the elements to insure your fellow neighbors and community members are safe and sound in their homes.Therefore, I want to say thank you. I do not know many people who would do what you do but am sure proud of the job each of you have done in our communities. Hats off to you, you are professionals and deserve to be recognized. Thank you.David J. ScarpinoPrincipalHampshire Elementary SchoolAfter kids’ deaths, be a brother’s keeperGoing to sleep last night with the image of anguished faces at the house fire that claimed the lives of three children in Hammond, Ind., was unsettling for hours. How many children must die because they have no utilities in this brutal winter? Utility companies can pay for zoos, aquariums, ballparks, museums and public gardens, and yet children die from inadequate heat and light. Agencies have funding to help, but they must connect. Neighbors are concerned, but they must intervene. Our government has proved its inability to handle the needs without corruption creeping into the process. Utilities could give 1 percent of their profits to this specific problem, and not raise our utility bills to do so but rather become their brother’s keeper. If you have a good job and the ability to provide for those you love, give some thought and money to help those who also love their family and need help to provide for them. They are next door, down the street and in the city you love to visit. Go online, find The Salvation Army, Family Services, Catholic Charities, your school, your church — the list is long. Sit down and write a check or online donation designated to providing heat and light to those in need. Take a minute and ask those you meet, “Are things OK for you? Do you need anything?” Ten dollars placed in a hand can make a difference. Don’t be afraid to be your brother’s keeper.Sharon LundstromBarrington Hills


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