Daily Archive : Friday January 24, 2014


    Arlington Heights police and the FBI are investigating an armed robbery that occurred Friday afternoon at the TCF bank branch inside the Jewel-Osco grocery store at the Northpoint Shopping Center at 440 E. Rand Road. This is a surveillance video shot of the robber.

    Arlington Heights police investigating bank robbery at Jewel

    Arlington Heights police are investigating an armed robbery that occurred Friday afternoon at a grocery store on the village's north side. Employees at other stores in the area said they were alerted by an automated call from police at around 3 p.m. to be on the lookout for a black male standing six-foot- five, wearing dark clothes and a dark hat and to call 911 if the suspect was spotted.

    Egyptian workers peer Friday from the window of the damaged Museum of Islamic Art after an explosion at the Egyptian police headquarters in downtown Cairo.

    Divided Egypt marks 3rd anniversary of uprising

    In large, state-backed rallies complete with dancing horses and traditional music, military supporters celebrated the anniversary of Egypt's 2011 uprising Saturday, calling for the army chief to run for president. At the same time, security forces cracked down on rival demonstrations by Islamist supporters of the ousted president — and by secular activists critical of both camps.

    Dean C. Fuerstenberg

    Ex-karate instructor gets 15 years for sex with students

    A former karate instructor accused of having sex with two of students in Kane and DuPage counties pleaded guilty Friday and was sentenced to 15 years in prison. Dean Fuerstenberg, 45, was arrested in August 2011 after he moved to Eden Prairie, Minn. A court hearing was held at Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield, where he has been treated since breaking his back, paralyzing him from the chest...

    This image provided by the Orangeburg-Calhoun Regional Detention Center shows Justin Bernard Singleton, 19, of Charleston, was charged with murder in the death of 20-year-old Brandon Robinson, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division said in a news release Saturday Jan. 25, 2014.

    Suspect charged with murder in SC campus shooting

    A suspect was arrested early Saturday and charged with murder in the fatal shooting of a student outside a dormitory at South Carolina State University, law enforcement officials said. Justin Bernard Singleton, 19, of Charleston, was arrested just after midnight at the parking lot of an apartment complex in Orangeburg, where the campus is located, said Thom Berry, a public information officer...


    Ill. governor candidates lukewarm on new gambling

    As another push gets underway to add five new casinos in Illinois and slot machines at Chicago’s two international airports, most of the candidates for governor in 2014 are lukewarm about the plan, despite supporters’ claims that it could bring in up to $1 billion per year for the financially struggling state. All four Republicans responding to a questionnaire from The Associated Press said they...

    Former Republican state lawmaker Eugene Schlickman was known to reach across the aisle during more than two decades in the Illinois House. Friends and family are remembering the history buff, shown here with Gerald Ford before he became president.

    Former state lawmaker Eugene Schlickman dies

    Mourners are remember former state lawmaker Eugence Schlickman, who died Thursday at the age of 84. “He was always a big advocate for the underdog," his daughter said.

    Marisa Marquez deglazes her fry pan while making potatoes and chicken in the Harper College kitchen.

    Harper culinary student aspires to cook up magic in Disney kitchen

    Harper College student Marisa Marquez's dream job is to work in the kitchen of Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa in Orlando. She's getting her start by studying at Harper College in Palatine.“I've heard it's very nice in there, but also it's very crazy, too,” Marquez said, “Disney is my passion.”


    Downtown Algonquin fire sends one to hospital

    A fire at a downtown building Friday night in Algonquin sends one man to the hospital and causes $40,000 in damage. The cause of the blaze is still under investigation.

    A Naperville police car idles in front of a townhouse on Vail Court in Naperville, where a man was found dead Wednesday morning.

    21-year-old charged in Naperville townhouse murder

    A 21-year-old man has been charged with the murder of a Naperville man found dead in his townhouse Wednesday.Authorities said Grant Muren will be in bond court Saturday morning in DuPage County.Muren is charged with first-degree murder in Charles Clark’s death.


    One injured in Buffalo Grove crash

    One woman was injured when the car she was driving crashed into the back of a semi-truck Friday afternoon in Buffalo Grove. Buffalo Grove firefighters said the woman had to be freed from the car but called the extrication simply “a door pop.”

    Elizabeth Bako

    Grayslake woman will repay $17,000 she stole from Frederick School PTO

    The former treasurer of a Grayslake school parent teacher organization who has pleaded guilty to stealing money from the group will pay $17,000 in restitution, an amount victims say is far less than what was taken.

    Johneen Davis, director of Young Hearts For Life, rings a bell and throws confetti as Anthony Essary, a senior at Montini Catholic High School in Lombard, becomes the 100,000th student to get an EKG as part of the program designed to prevent sudden cardiac deaths among young people.

    Youth heart screening program gives 100,000th EKG

    A senior at Montini Catholic High School in Lombard, Anthony Essary,on Friday became the 100,000 teen to receive a free Electrocardiogram (EKG) as part of the Young Hearts for Life program.

    Jeri Atleson

    Stolman, Atleson vying for GOP treasurer nomination in Lake County

    Jeri Atelson and David Stolman, the Republican candidates for Lake County treasurer, both have a history of public service, but they bring very different professional backgrounds to their campaigns.

    JOE LEWNARD/jlewnard@dailyherald.com Mount Prospect will repair one of its deep wells, kept as a backup in case the flow of Lake Michigan water was ever interrupted.

    Mt. Prospect approves well repairs

    The Mount Prospect village board has approved repairs to the lining of one of the deep wells that provides a backup for the village’s Lake Michigan water system. At a cost of $276,000, not including a $25,000 contingency, a narrow liner will be installed. At one time, Public Works Director Sean Dorsey told the board Tuesday, the village once had as many as 15 deep wells, which were the sole...

    Michelle Mathieu

    Huntley man sentenced to 40 years for killing girlfriend

    Calling it the worst case of domestic battery she’s ever seen, a McHenry County judge sentenced a Huntley man Friday to 40 years for beating his girlfriend to death inside the Sun City home they shared. “There is no excuse for the acts and the behavior that you engaged in,” Judge Sharon Prather told Robert Signorile, 45.

    Peter Hommerson

    Court: Man convicted of Barrington Hills murder can get new trial

    A man who was convicted of killing a Barrington Hills couple and setting their house on fire in 1996 took a small step in his effort to get a new trial with an Illinois Supreme Court ruling Friday. Peter Hommerson was sentenced to life in prison in 2008 after being charged with the killings of millionaires Marvin and Kay Lichtman. Hommerson wants a new trial, claiming that his lawyer had not been...


    Arlington Hts. house vs. car crash under investigation
    Arlington Heights police are continuing to investigate why a car hit a house’s front porch Thursday night on the 300 block of North Douglas Street. The crash seriously injured the 24-year-old driver from Arlington Heights, who remains at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, police said.

    Kayak rentals are set to be available this summer at the Paddleboat Quarry along the Riverwalk in Naperville. Park district officials are working on a contract with Naperville Kayak, which would offer the rentals.

    Kayaking coming to Naperville’s Paddleboat Quarry

    Naperville Park District is thinking about summer in at least one way as staff members make plans to offer kayaking at Paddleboat Quarry. Brad Wilson, director of recreation, said he is working with Naperville Kayak to offer rentals this summer. “It would be another amenity available to residents through the course of the summer,” Wilson said.

    Travis A. Smith

    Employee charged in suspected Gurnee car theft

    A Wisconsin man is facing car theft charges after authorities said he gave away keys to two vehicles at the Gurnee car dealership he worked at in exchange for $10,000. Authorities said one car was driven off the lot, while the second car remained.


    River Trails schools among first to take new state assessment test

    River Trails School District 26 is one of the Illinois school districts that will field-test the state’s new assessment test this year. The new assessment, known as the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC, is scheduled to be implemented statewide next school year.


    Gurnee police vehicle struck from behind:

    A Waukegan man was ticketed for driving under the influence and other offenses Thursday after rear-ending a Gurnee police community service vehicle.


    Gurnee-based library trustee wanted:

    Warren-Newport Public Library District in Gurnee continues to seek a replacement for a trustee who resigned last year.


    Schools want to leave SEDOL:

    The Lake County regional school board will hold a special meeting Tuesday to discuss whether three local school districts should be allowed to leave the Special Education District of Lake County.

    Traffic heads south on Randall Road Friday in Carpentersville as wind-blown snow creates only narrow strips of exposed pavement on which to drive. High winds kept many rural or exposed roads in this condition Friday. The stretch of Randall between Algonquin and Carpentersville was particularly bad, with few buildings on the west side of the road to block the wind and snow.

    More cold, snow, expected through today and the weekend

    A wind chill advisory remains in effect until 10 a.m. this moring, when a winter weather advisory moves in at 8 a.m. The wind chills are expected to continue to remain between 15 and 30 degrees below zero. The winter weather is expected to bring up to 3-inches of additional snow.

    Diana Martinez

    COD names permanent MAC director

    Diana Martinez, once the director of Aurora’s Paramount Theatre and since September the interim director of College of DuPage’s McAninch Arts Center, has been named the MAC’s permanent director. The announcement concludes a national search conducted over the past five months led by Daniel E. Lloyd, COD’s dean of liberal arts.

    Christopher Gatti

    Carol Stream man charged with child porn

    A Carol Stream man has been charged with three counts of child pornography, Carol Stream police said in a statement Friday. Christopher C. Gatti, 21, of the 500 block of Chippewa Trail, was arrested Friday after a month-long investigation.

    Retiring Lake County Chief Judge Fred Foreman, right, and his family, Chris Foreman, left, 8-month-old Elliot Heydon, Melissa Heydon, 2-year-old Emily Heydon, and his wife, Stephanie Foreman, applaud speeches in his honor Friday during a ceremony at the Lake County Courthouse in Waukegan.

    Former Lake County judge Fred Foreman retires

    With tears in his eyes, Fred Foreman said goodbye to his “home away from home” for the past 40 years and retired as a Lake County judge. During a 55-minute ceremony in Waukegan, Foreman thanked his family, colleagues and friends for supporting him during his legal career.


    Catholic Schools Week starts Sunday

    Most Catholic elementary schools in Cook and Lake counties will host open houses on Sunday, Jan. 26, for prospective families exploring admissions for next fall as part of Catholic Schools Week.


    Lombard firefighter hurt battling Glen Ellyn blaze

    A Lombard firefighter was injured Friday battling a blaze that caused more than $100,000 damage to a duplex on the 1100 block of Brighton Place in Glen Ellyn, authorities said.


    Singles club Valentine’s Dance Feb. 15

    A New Start Singles Club will hold a Valentine’s Dance from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, in the Hughes Center of St. Matthew Church at 1001 E. Schaumburg Road in Schaumburg. Come and enjoy dinner, dancing and socializing.

    President Barack Obama speaks Thursday during a reception for the U.S. Conference of Mayors in the East Room of the White House.

    Obama changing economic tune, but central theme to remain

    WASHINGTON — Income inequality is out, “ladders of opportunity” is in.Eager to dispel claims that President Barack Obama is engaging in “class warfare” as he heads into his State of the Union address next week, the White House is de-emphasizing phrases focusing on economic disparity and turning instead to messages about creating paths of opportunity for the poor and middle class.

    The NFL logo at midfield of MetLife Stadium is illuminated by lights on television reporters’ videocameras as members of the media are given a tour under a tarp used by crews to keep the turf dry ahead of Super Bowl XLVIII in East Rutherford, N.J.

    Super Bowl turf installer wants paid

    Taylor Turf crews expedited the MetLife work, completing the $417,000 job last July in 11 days — roughly half the typical time requirement, Kelly Taylor said. But Taylor claims payments were slow in coming, saying his company was given $125,000 early in the project “to appease us” and that he was repeatedly assured more compensation was on the way.


    Second City to perform at diabetes fundraiser in Barrington

    The Second City Touring Company will be performing at 8 p.m. Friday at Barrington High School to benefit the Barrington-based charity Dash to Cure Diabetes. Proceeds raised from the event will go toward the scholarship program for The American Diabetes Association’s Triangle D Summer Camp at Camp Duncan in Volo.

    Andrew J. Williams

    Arrest made in Elgin post-party shooting

    A Carpentersville man faces felony charges of aggravated battery, in connection with a Jan. 12 shooting of five people in Elgin following a large party. “We recognized immediately how important it was to make an arrest given the boldness of an individual to fire into a crowd on a public street” Police Chief Jeffrey Swoboda said. Police interviewed more than 50 people, they said.

    A ComEd crew works to secure an overhead streetlight along Huntley Road in Carpentersville that was likely blown over in Friday’s high winds, landing on power lines below. More than 1,000 residents in Carpentersville, Algonquin and West Dundee were out of power for nearly 90 minutes.

    Pole falls onto power lines, causes power outage in three towns

    More than 1,000 residents in Carpentersville, Algonquin and West Dundee were without power briefly Friday afternoon after an overhead street light was blown over and into power lines along Huntley Road.

    Julie Gorvett

    Dist. 54 names Gorvett director of literacy

    District 54 has appointed current instructional mentor Julie Gorvett to be the district's new director of literacy. Gorvett has been with the district for 28 years. “I feel very lucky for the opportunities I’ve been offered,” Gorvett said.


    Rolling Meadows Panera opening Jan. 31

    A new Panera Bread with a drive-through lane is scheduled to open Jan. 31 on Golf Road in Rolling Meadows, according to a sign at the business.

    The Elgin Community College Arts Center presents American Grands XIX Saturday. Performers of all talent levels and age groups from throughout the area will play.

    Elgin’s American Grands gives cousins a chance to shine

    These days, there aren’t many quiet moments in the Del Rosario households. Both Baltazar Del Rosario and his brother, Louie, have three children, who all love playing the piano. And this year, the six kids — who range in age from 10 to 15 years old — will perform for the first time together onstage in the American Grands performance at Elgin Community College. “Once you hear them playing...


    Metra warns commuters of expected delays next week

    Metra officials are already warning commuters that expected subzero temperatures Monday could slow traffic on the rail lines. The transit agency said travel times could be delayed because trains will be operating at reduced speeds to reduce stress on rails and ensure equipment is operating correctly.

    The site of a controversial outdoor banquet tent is now empty after the tent was taken down this week outside the Fountain Blue Banquets and Conference Center in Des Plaines.

    Controversial tent comes down in Des Plaines

    A controversial banquet tent long opposed by neighbors in Des Plaines has come down. The 6,000-square-foot Lions Gate Pavilion tent, which has sat on the grounds of the Fountain Blue Banquets and Conference Center at 2300 Mannheim Road for three years, was taken down this week, city officials said.


    Preckwinkle accepts new forest preserves plan

    Forest Preserves of Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle Friday formally accepted the “Next Century Conservation Plan” for the preserves. The plan was created by a blue-ribbon commission of local leaders appointed by Preckwinkle in 2013 as part of the forest preserves’ centennial anniversary celebration.


    Catholic schools holding open houses Sunday

    Most Catholic elementary schools in Cook and Lake counties will host open houses on Sunday, Jan. 26, for prospective families exploring admissions for next fall as part of Catholic Schools Week. The Archdiocese of Chicago is the largest diocesan school system in the nation, with more than 84,000 students attending 244 schools and more than 6,000 educators.

    John Aiello

    St. Viator names two Distinguished Alumni

    St. Viator High School will introduce two graduates as its latest Distinguished Alumni at a Mass 5 p.m. Sunday to mark the start of Catholic Schools Week in the Chicago Archdiocese. Maureen O’Hara, a 1971 graduate of Sacred Heart of Mary High School, which later merged with Viator, is a finance professor at Cornell University and has served as a consultant to major companies.

    Irving Finkel, curator in charge of cuneiform clay tablets at the British Museum, poses Friday with the 4,000 year old clay tablet containing the story of the Ark and the flood during the launch of his book ‘The Ark Before Noah’ at the British Museum in London.

    British Museum: Prototype for Noah’s Ark was round

    The tablet records a Mesopotamian god’s instructions for building a giant vessel — two-thirds the size of a soccer field in area — made of rope, reinforced with wooden ribs and coated in bitumen.

    A rendering of what downtown Wheaton's Liberty Street will look like once revitalization plans are complete.

    Wheaton residents get another chance to comment on downtown plans

    Residents will have one more chance to comment on Wheaton's Downtown Strategic and Streetscape Plan before it is submitted to the city council for final approval. The plan — which includes $64 million worth of projects that could take up to 20 years to complete — will be the subject of a public hearing scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27, at city hall.

    This is an artist’s rendering of what the proposed National Veterans Museum in Hoffman Estates would look like.

    Veterans Museum sued for failing to pay workers

    Two directors of the proposed National Veterans Museum in Hoffman Estates have been sued by four of their former employees, who say they weren’t paid. The not-for-profit museum was incorporated in 2011 with officials aiming to buy a 448-acre site at the northwest corner of Beverly Road and the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway and construct a 325,000-square-foot building without the use of any...

    William McGurn, chief speechwriter for President George W. Bush, stands in his office in Washington.

    State of Union: A speech its writers love to hate

    One of George W. Bush’s speechwriters once called this final stretch the “seven-day death march.”“It’s not a nice, neat process, I can tell you that,” said Jon Favreau, who led Obama’s speechwriting team for more than four years before leaving government a year ago.

    Homeowner Thomas Sarikas looks over the damage to his Arlington Heights house Thursday night after an SUV crashed into it.

    Car strikes house in Arlington Heights

    The driver of an SUV was injured after her vehicle smashed into a house Thursday night in Arlington Heights, authorities said. The crash occurred about 8 p.m. on the 300 block of North Douglas Street Thursday night, according to the Arlington Heights Police Department. "All of a sudden we felt this huge shake to the house and I saw things falling down. I thought it was an earthquake at...

    Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus speaks at the Republican National Committee winter meeting in Washington, Friday.

    GOP leaders shorten presidential nominating season

    Republican leaders overwhelmingly voted Friday to shorten their presidential selection process in an attempt to minimize damage from GOP candidates attacking each other. “This is a historic day for our party,” RNC chairman Reince Preibus declared. He said the changes would not allow Republicans to “slice and dice” each other for six months or participate in “a circus of debates.”

    Former Va. Governor Bob McDonnell, right, surrounded by news cameras, enters U.S. District Court in Richmond, Va. for his and his wife Maureen’s bond hearing and arraignment on Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 on federal corruption charges. The McDonnells, flanked by their children, did not comment as they entered the courthouse.

    Former Va. Gov. McDonnell, wife plead not guilty

    Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, were released on their own recognizance Friday to await trial on federal corruption charges. U.S. Magistrate Judge David Novak also ordered the McDonnells not to leave the country. The former governor’s lawyer told Novak the defendants already have surrendered their passports.

    Erick Munoz stands with a photograph of himself, left, with wife Marlise and their son Mateo.

    Texas woman’s family asks to end life support

    Attorneys for a Fort Worth-area family will ask a judge Friday to allow a pregnant, brain-dead Texas woman to be removed from life support, despite hospital opposition. The case has raised questions about end-of-life care and whether a pregnant woman who is considered legally and medically dead should be kept on life support for the sake of a fetus. It also has gripped the attention of groups on...

    Protesters clad in improvised protective gear prepare for a clash with police in central Kiev, Ukraine.

    In Ukraine, protests resemble Medieval battle

    The towering fleece hats and elaborate beards of Ukraine’s 16th-century Cossacks are favored by many of the demonstrators on Kiev’s main square, who have camped out in anti-government protests for nearly two months. When events turned violent this week, demonstrators’ weapons also had an antique aura and clashes resembled a Medieval assault.

    Protesters take control of government office in Cherkasy, 90 miles southeast of Kiev, Ukraine. Police barricaded the governor’s building from the inside and prevented them from taking control Friday, Jan. 24, 2014. Police reinforcements arrived later, dispersing the protesters and arresting several dozen.

    Ukrainian protesters occupy gov’t buildings in Kiev

    Ukrainian protesters seized a government ministry in the capital and besieged several governors’ offices in western regions Friday, raising the pressure on the country’s Russia-leaning government. But President Viktor Yanukovych showed little willingness to negotiate, promoting his hawkish top aide to his chief-of-staff.

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s re-election campaign and the state Republican party have less than two weeks to comply with subpoenas from federal prosecutors investigating allegations of political payback.

    Christie’s campaign, NJ GOP face federal subpoenas

    Gov. Chris Christie’s re-election campaign and the New Jersey Republican Party have less than two weeks to comply with subpoenas from federal prosecutors investigating allegations of political payback. Subpoenas to the Christie for Governor organization and the Republican State Committee were disclosed Thursday, the same day the Republican governor’s campaign announced it had hired a Washington,...

    FBI agents flank Vincent Asaro as they escort the reputed mobster from FBI offices in lower Manhattan, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014, in New York. More than 30 years after the crime, Asaro and four others were indicted in the $6 million Lufthansa heist at Kennedy Airport that was dramatized in the Martin Scorsese movie “Goodfellas.”

    Feds in NYC charge 5 in ‘Goodfellas’ sequel

    More than 30 years after Vincent Asaro is believed to have gotten away with helping hatch a $6 million airport heist dramatized in the hit Martin Scorsese movie “Goodfellas,” prosecutors say the reputed mobster slipped up and complained to the wrong person that he’d been cheated by another gangster named James “Jimmy the Gent” Burke. “We never got our right money, what we were supposed to get,”...

    Michael Bregy

    District 300 leaders knew Bregy could be recruited away

    When Michael Bregy, outgoing superintendent of Carpentersville-based Community Unit District 300, led the high-profile charge three years ago to get Sears to cough up more tax money to the district, a school board member figured his tenure might not last much longer. “That told our board that we were going to have a hard time holding onto him,” Joe Stevens said.

    A pocket watch that was given to Babe Ruth in 1923 at Heritage Auctions office in Dallas.

    Babe Ruth’s 1923 Series watch coming to N.Y. auction

    Babe Ruth’s 1923 World Series championship pocket watch, for decades thought to be lost to history, is coming to a New York City auction, where it’s expected to fetch at least $750,000. Ruth batted .368 and hit three homers in the 1923 World Series as the Yankees won the championship by beating the New York Giants in six games. It was a pivotal year for the franchise, as it moved into Yankee...

    Firefighters continue to douse the rubble where fire destroyed a senior residence leaving at least five people dead and 30 unaccounted for in L’Isle-Verte, Que., Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014 The fire trapped terrified residents, most of them dependent on wheelchairs and walkers.

    Death toll expected to climb in Quebec senior home fire

    Investigators were trying to pick through the icy rubble of a charred seniors’ facility in Quebec Friday to try to identify more victims of a fire that killed at least five and left about 30 missing. The home for the elderly now resembles a macabre frozen palace, with sheets of ice and thick icicles covering the destroyed structure. Canada’s prime minister said there was little doubt the death...

    Work is expected to begin in May on reconstruction of the Barrington Road bridge over the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway in Hoffman Estates. The work, expected to cost between $65 million and $70 million, includes the construction of new interchange ramps for traffic to and from the west.

    Work on I-90, Barrington Road interchange to start

    Bid openings are expected next month for the reconstruction of the Barrington Road bridge over the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway and construction of a full interchange there. A three-party agreement between Hoffman Estates, IDOT and the Illinois Tollway Authority is anticipated to cover funding.

    Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Mouallem, center, arrives for the start of negotiations at the European headquarters of the United Nations, in Geneva, Switzerland, Friday, January 24, 2014. Al-Mouallem will meet UN-Arab League envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi.

    Syrian gov’t threatens to walk out of peace talks

    Syria’s government handed an ultimatum to a U.N. mediator hoping to broker peace in the country’s civil war, vowing to leave if “serious talks” do not begin by Saturday. The Western-backed opposition, which agreed to the talks only under intense diplomatic pressure, said it was willing to be patient — but not yet willing to sit face-to-face with the government it wants to overthrow. Both sides...

    An Egyptian firefighter checks a crater made by a blast at the Egyptian police headquarters in downtown Cairo, Egypt, Friday, Jan. 24, 2014. Three bombings hit high-profile areas around Cairo on Friday, including a suicide car bomber who struck the city’s police headquarters.

    Bombings rock Egyptian capital, killing 5 people

    A string of bombings hit police around Cairo on Friday, including a car blast that ripped through the city’s main police headquarters and wrecked a nearby museum of Islamic artifacts. Five people were killed in the most significant attack yet in the Egyptian capital at a time of mounting confrontation between Islamists and the military-backed government.

    A tranquilized elephant is loaded on a truck near the town of Daloa in western Ivory Coast. Conservationists are capturing and relocating elephants in Ivory Coast forced out of their traditional habitat by encroaching humans, in the first such operation attempted in Africa’s forests.

    Ivory Coast pilots novel elephant rescue

    After being tranquilized and loaded onto trucks with cranes, elephants that have been squeezed out of their traditional habitat in Ivory Coast are being relocated by conservationists in what is reportedly the first such operation attempted in Africa’s forests.

    Lawmakers face a stark deadline for the horse racing industry next week.

    Arlington season's fate rests with lawmakers

    If you're watching Gov. Pat Quinn's State of the State speech Wednesday and see some lawmakers in the crowd nervously checking their watches, it might not be just because he's been talking too long. Lawmakers have a very tight deadline to extend a law that would let the Illinois Racing Board recoup the money it needs to regulate a full horse racing season.

    Mark Pos

    Warren Township High School to offer soccer for disabled students

    Warren Township High School in Gurnee plans to launch a coed soccer team for disabled students in less than two months. Warren District 121 will join other suburban schools in trying to boost the athletic options for students with physical and intellectual disabilities. Students without disabilities will be part of the soccer squad, Athletic Director Mark Pos said.


    Harsh winter means more tasks for public works

    You know all those other public services that need fixing or updating in Dundee Township: the broken streetlights in West Dundee or the dead ash trees that need to be cut down? Don’t worry; public works employees haven’t forgotten them. They will get to them ... when the snow stops falling.


    Dawn Patrol: Slain girl recalled; car hits Arlington Hts. home

    Mundelein girl remembered. Car strikes Arlington Heights home. West Dundee firefighter fired. Death investigation continues in Naperville. Buffalo Grove man charged with soliciting sex from minor. Republican candidate asked to step down. Blackhawks lose. Illini lose late.

    Jim Bertucci, who is the new president of the Arlington Heights Chamber of Commerce, chats with guests prior to the Arlington Heights Chamber of Commerce Installation Dinner/Awards at European Crystal Banquets in Arlington Heights Thursday.

    Arlington Hts. Chamber celebrates annual awards

    Hundreds of Arlington Heights Chamber of Commerce members celebrated a new year, a new president and several award winners at the annual Installation Celebration at European Crystal Banquets in Arlington Heights on Thursday night.

    The Special Spaces Chicagoland team and volunteers pull together the new bedroom for Catharine Steiner of St. Charles before her arrival Thursday. From left to right, Lori McSpadden, seated, Andrea Schwemin, standing, Genevieve Cipriano and her mother Beth, center, Ken Markiewicz and Kelly Knox. Genevieve, 18, is a cancer survivor and was the recipient of a room makeover in November; she wanted to pay it forward in helping another child.

    Volunteers create dream bedroom for St. Charles teen

    Special Spaces Chicagoland, a nonprofit organization that creates dream bedrooms for children with life-threatening medical conditions, transformed the bedroom of Catharine Steiner, 16, of St. Charles, into a relaxing garden retreat within 10 hours on Thursday.


    Future of art at College of DuPage still in limbo

    A 40-by-12 foot ceramic mural that once adorned the wall of College of DuPage's Physical Education Building continues to come up in discussion there — even when it's not scheduled for debate.At Thursday's board meeting Trustee Nancy Svoboda questioned why discussion of the mural's future was not on the agenda.

    A view of the Chicago “Bean” or Cloudgate located in Millennium Park in downtown Chicago.

    Images: Photo Contest Finalists
    Each week you submit your favorite photo. We pick the best of the bunch and select 12 finalists. Here are the finalists for the week of January, 20th.



    Prospect in great spot after edging Wheeling

    Prospect’s prospects for winning the Mid-Suburban East boys swimming and diving took a turn for the better on Friday. The Knights, considered the visitor as Wheeling hosted the meet in the pool both squads share at Wheeling High School, pulled out a 95-91 verdict against last year’s fourth-place finisher at the Mid-Suburban League meet. Prospect needs a victory against Hersey on Thursday at Olympic Pool in Arlington Heights to complete an unbeaten run through the MSL East. Hersey, too, is unbeaten against its East foes.

    Paul Michna/pmichna@dailyherald.com Nick Czarnowski of Naperville Central goes up for the dunk during the Naperville Central at Naperville North boys basketball game Friday.

    Maloney, Czarnowski double-team Naperville North

    For three years the DuPage Valley Conference has dreaded facing Naperville Central post player Nick Czarnowski. This year they also get to dread Patrick Maloney. The combo again pounded away inside while leading the Redhawks to a 51-34 cross-town victory at Naperville North, their four straight win and sixth in seven games.


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


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


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


    Friday’s boys swimming scoreboard
    Here are varsity boys swimming results from Friday's meets, as reported to the Daily Herald.


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


    Korff dazzles as Hersey pulls away from Wheeling

    Hersey controlled the tempo through most of the first two quarters at Wheeling on Friday night yet couldn’t quite shake the stubborn, short-handed Wildcats. Then came the final 60 seconds of the half — and the Annie Korff show. First the Huskies junior went coast-to-coast after a steal to knock down a layup. Then she stole the ball at the other end and led a break, finishing it with a dish to Renee Poulos for an easy basket. Korff closed out the dynamic sequence with a 3-pointer at the buzzer, and just like that Hersey led by 16 points at halftime en route to a 46-27 Mid-Suburban East win. Korff led the Huskies with a game-high 12 points while junior guard Hailey Dammeier scored 11 for Wheeling. The Wildcats were without Division I recruit Deanna Kuzmanic, who was out due to illness.


    Fremd cruises past Schaumburg

    Led by Riley Glassman (10 points), Ben Carlson (9) and Tom Cordell (9), Fremd’s boys basketball improved to 16-0 and 6-0 in the Mid-Suburban West with a 37-23 victory over visiting Schaumburg.


    Rolling Meadows keeps on rolling

    Defending Mid-Suburban East girls basketball champ Rolling Meadows improved to 6-0 on Friday night as its four collegiate recruits all reached double figures in a 91-55 triumph at Buffalo Grove.

    FILE - In this Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014 file photo, Seattle Seahawks' Richard Sherman reacts after tipping a pass intended for San Francisco 49ers' Michael Crabtree (15) in the final seconds of the second half of the NFL football NFC Championship game Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, in Seattle. Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman was fined $7,875 for unsportsmanlike conduct/taunting in the final minute of the NFC championship game against San Francisco, Friday, Jan. 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

    Seattle’s Sherman fined $7,875 for taunting

    Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman was fined $7,875 for unsportsmanlike conduct/taunting in the final minute of the NFC championship game against San Francisco.

    FILE - In this Aug. 16, 2012, file photo, Washington Redskins quarterback coach Matt LaFleur, left, works with quarterback Robert Griffin III during NFL football training camp in Ashburn, Va. Notre Dame head football coach Brian Kelly announced Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, that they hired LaFleur as the team's new quarterbacks coach. (AP Photo/Richard Lipski, File)

    Notre Dame hires LaFleur as QB coach

    Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly has hired former Washington Redskins quarterbacks coach Matt LaFleur to hold the same position for the Fighting Irish.

    Jordan Spieth watches his drive on the 11th hole of the North Course at Torrey Pines during the second round of the Farmers Insurance Open golf tournament Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

    Jordan Spieth takes the lead at Torrey Pines

    Jordan Spieth turned out to be the star attraction Friday playing with Tiger Woods at Torrey Pines.Spieth again showed game well beyond his 20 years with a 9-under 63 on the North Course, giving him a one-shot lead over Stewart Cink going into the weekend at the Farmers Insurance Open. Cink drilled a 3-wood from 280 yards onto the green at the par-5 ninth on the tougher South Course for a two-putt birdie and a 71.


    Neuqua Valley takes away West Chicago’s momentum

    It is an exciting time for West Chicago boys athletics. The school just hired a football coach, Ted Monken, steeped in tradition and playoff appearances. The basketball team has double-figure wins for the first time since 2004-05 led by a player, John Konchar, seeking the program points record held by his coach, Bill Recchia.


    Arogundade does it again for St. Viator

    With the game on the line in Arlington Heights it became Ore time — again. For the second time in less than two weeks, St. Viator’s Ore Arogundade dropped in a crucial floater to help decide an outcome, this time propelling the Lions past Benet 71-68 Friday in East Suburban Catholic Conference play.


    WW South defeats Glenbard East

    Wheaton Warrenville South overcame a sluggish first half in picking up its first DuPage Valley Conference boys basketball win of the season Friday.


    Notre Dame snaps Carmel’s streak with OT decision

    The comeback wasn’t enough for Carmel Catholic’s boys basketball team Friday night. The Corsairs fell to Notre Dame 51-50 in overtime, despite erasing a 41-31 deficit midway through the fourth quarter. The loss snapped Carmel’s seven-game winning streak, as the Corsairs fell to 17-4 overall and 2-2 in the East Suburban Catholic Conference. They had not lost in January.


    Sheehan’s shooting sparks Marmion

    Michael Sheehan has the blessing of his head coach to shoot the basketball. After the Marmion senior guard hit just 1 of his 6 first-half field goal attempts, he kept his head up and followed his coach’s advice. Sheehan scored 21 of his career-high 24 points in the second half, as the Cadets (9-10, 3-1) rallied from a 7-point halftime deficit to defeat St. Francis 59-53 in Suburban Christian Conference Blue Division basketball action Friday night in Aurora.


    Noda dishes up a Grant victory

    Next year, Ryan Noda next year will be playing baseball, likely as a pitcher and outfielder at the University of Cincinnati. But for now, in his senior season playing basketball on Grant’s boys basketball team, he seems to have his heart set on handing out assists. Noda was throwing to and finding his teammates left, right, under the basket in leading the Bulldogs to another North Suburban Prairie Division victory. He finished with 11 assists while scoring 11 points to go with 7 rebounds as Grant handed Round Lake a 78-64 loss on Friday night in Fox Lake.


    Starring role for Z-B’s Admiral

    Credit this Zion-Benton win to the Admiral. No, not the former Navy star David Robinson, but a real Admiral. In the first half of the Warren vs. Zion-Benton matchup, Zee-Bees oversized guard Admiral Schofield (6-foot-5) had one dunk shot and 6 missed free throws. Zion-Benton (18-1) opened a double-digit lead in the first quarter over Warren in this NSC Lake Division battle on Friday night. The upstart Blue Devils went on a 15-0 run, taking a 50-46 lead with three minutes to play. And then Schofield took over the game, scoring 12 of his game-high 21 points in the final quarter. Warren (12-9) went home empty-handed after a painful 61-57 loss.


    Batavia survives scare from St. Charles North

    St. Charles North coach Sean Masconcup came into Friday night’s game at Upstate Eight River leader Batavia with a game plan he came up with watching Kevin Durant play — which is all you need to know about the senior season Liza Fruendt is having. Masoncup’s plan, “Special, special!” as he repeatedly hollered at his players, had Ashling Davern guarding Fruendt everywhere she went in a diamond-and-1. And if Fruendt ever shook free from Davern, another defender or two would pick up Fruendt and either force the ball out of her hands or make her take a contested shot. The strategy couldn’t have worked much better. A week after scoring 51 points in a win at Geneva, the North Stars “held” Fruendt to 20 points — 6 below her season average — and nearly pulled off a shocker. The North Stars built a 49-44 lead with six minutes left. Batavia, though, had the answer, a quick 8-0 burst to regain the lead for good on its way to a 63-57 win in as intense and at times chippy of a girls basketball game as you will see.


    Can-do Kanzler gets 22 as Grant prevails

    Kaylie Kanzler scored 22 points, as Grant’s girls basketball team defeated host Wauconda 56-51 in North Suburban Prairie Division action Friday night. Jasmine Sangster added 16 points for Grant (8-12, 4-4), which won for the third time in its last four games.


    West Aurora comes from behind to defeat Lake Park

    Friday night’s 60-53 win by West Aurora over host Lake Park was the tale of two teams. It was about the Blackhawks, who were experienced enough to know how to dig their way out of a 10-point deficit in the third quarter.


    Lake Forest’s Boudreaux makes big trouble for Lake Zurich

    A well-executed play by Lake Zurich’s big boys couldn’t upstage Lake Forest’s big-time player, who’s not so small himself. Evan Boudreaux piled up game highs of 25 points and 13 rebounds, Cal Miller added 13 points while helping hold Bears leading scorer Mike Travlos to single digits, and host Lake Forest pulled away in the second half to post a 61-46 win in North Suburban Lake Division action Friday night. The 6-foot-8, 220-pound Boudreaux hit a pair of 3-pointers, and his 2 free throws, after his own steal under the Scouts basket, with 1.3 seconds left in the opening half had his team up 26-20. Lake Forest improved to 14-4 and 4-3 in the NSC Lake, while Lake Zurich fell to 12-9 and 2-4.


    Flanigan, Glenbard North defeat Wheaton North

    Senior Chip Flanigan completed an impressive second quarter by the Glenbard North boys basketball team Friday at Wheaton North with a one-minute defensive highlight reel.


    Hersey’s seniors savor big night

    Hersey completed its Mid-Suburban League duel slate by dispatching visiting Wheeling 41-26 Friday night in Arlington Heights to celebrate senior night with a bang. Seniors Tom Somenek and Dean Simmons opened with back-to-back pins to begin the evening. By the time teammates Anthony O’Brien (106) and Mitch MacTavish (113, 20-6) tacked on another 10 points for the Huskies (15-7-0, 3-2-0) with a major and pin, the Wildcats (18-11-0, 3-2-0) had little left in reserve as missed a chance at earning outright second-place honors in the MSL East.


    Crystal Lake South falls to Mundelein

    Mundelein 58, Crystal Lake South 46: The Gators (12-9) received 21 points and 16 rebounds from Sara Mickow but couldn’t stop the Mustangs’ hot hand and dropped their second-straight in nonconference action on the road. Sophomore Chanel Fanter also scored in double figures for the Gators with 14 but Mundelein shot a 56 percent clip from the field and outscored CLS by 16 in the first half. Three Mustangs scored at least 13 points each.


    McHenry handles Dundee-Crown

    Two stretches of solid basketball by Dundee-Crown were too few and far between in Friday night’s Fox Valley Conference Valley Division game with visiting McHenry.The Chargers scored the game’s first 4 points and 10 of the last 16. But McHenry took the lead for good midway through the first quarter and took control in the third quarter for a 51-37 victory.

    Carlos Boozer (5), left, and D.J. Augustin (14) react after the Clippers’ Darren Collison was fouled in the second half of the Bulls’ loss on Friday at the United Center.

    Bulls get a reality check from Clippers

    The Los Angeles Clippers scorched the nets from 3-point range and Blake Griffin scored 26 points in a 112-95 victory over the Bulls on Friday at the United Center. The Bulls trailed 41-26 after one quarter and never recovered.


    Huntley squeaks past Jacobs

    Trailing on its home floor late in the fourth quarter with Division-I recruit Amanze Egekeze on the bench with 4 fouls, the Huntley boys basketball team nevertheless prevailed 48-45 against Jacobs Friday, thanks to some clutch shots from its senior guards.


    Point taken as Prospect handles Elk Grove

    There were two girls who have scored more than 1,000 points for Prospect girls basketball in the Jean Walker Field House on Friday night. One was on the floor and one in the stands. Junior Taylor Will scored a game-high 19 points as former Prospect star Gabrielle Cottrell (second all-time leading scorer with 1,304 points) visited her old field house where the Knights posted a 55-27 victory over Elk Grove. Will had one of the Knights’ five 3-pointers in the second half which helped the hosts pull away to their 18th victory in 22 games.

    South Elgin’s Matthew Smith goes up and over Metea Valley’s Ron Edwards Jr. at South Elgin Friday.

    Metea Valley gets by South Elgin in OT

    Trailing by 5 points in overtime, the Metea Valley boys basketball team got a huge boost from Marquell Oliver in the Mustangs’ rematch against South Elgin. The Mustangs, who won the first game between the Upstate Eight Conference Valley Division teams, got 12 points from Oliver in the extra period to earn a 68-64 win on Friday night in South Elgin. Metea Valley (12-8, 4-4) has now won 4 of its last 5 games, and Oliver finished with a game-high 24 points.


    Barrington’s seniors step up

    Austin Madrzyk and Zach Bart combined for all 21 of Barrington’s fourth-quarter points in holding off host Palatine 62-55 in Mid-Suburban West play Friday night. The win gives the Broncos a 9-11 overall record and evened them up in the conference at 3-3. Barrington paid back the Pirates, who’d beaten the Broncos in December 46-41.


    Hinsdale Central holds off Glenbard West

    Despite jumping out to a 24-7 lead after only 10 minutes of action, it actually wasn’t how Hinsdale Central started on Friday at Glenbard West, but rather how the Red Devils finished. Showing the ability to withstand a challenge — and hit clutch free throws — Hinsdale Central held off a furious Corey Davis-led rally by the Hilltoppers to post a 57-53 West Suburban Silver victory.


    Geneva handles Elgin’s pressure

    The Geneva boys basketball game against Upstate Eight River foe Elgin really came down to one thing; could the Vikings handle the pressure of the Maroons’ trapping defense. When it did, Geneva used it’ overwhelming size advantage to get easy baskets. When the Vikings turned it over, Elgin converted some easy transition baskets.’ Two buckets from the post by 6-foot-7 center Loudon Love Vollbrecht ignited a 9-0 run by Geneva to start the fourth quarter that was capped by a 3-pointer from 6-7 Nate Navigato and pushed the lead to 15 points. That proved to be too much for the Maroons to overcome as Geneva (16-4, 5-3) came away with a 69-61 victory Friday night in Geneva.


    North Chicago perfect in Prairie

    JaVairius Amos-Mays scored 19 points, Kurt Hall added 16, and North Chicago’s boys basketball team stayed perfect in the North Suburban Prairie Division with an 82-51 win over host Antioch on Friday night.

    Stevenson’s Jalen Brunson gets free for a drive to basket against Libertyville at Stevenson on Friday.

    Cashaw makes amends as Stevenson tops Libertyville

    Stevenson junior Connor Cashaw is going to owe teammate and fellow junior Matt Johnson big-time. “I’m going to take him to dinner,” Cashaw said about paying his debt to his teammate. “He gave me a bad look so I promised him I would take care of him.” Midway through the third quarter, Johnson had split the defense of visiting Libertyville on his way to a 3-point play the old-fashioned way when, out of nowhere, came Cashaw. As the ball hung on the rim, the high-flying Cashaw tip-dunked it in. Johnson could only shake his head and smile. His 2 points didn’t count after all, and Cashaw owed his teammate. But all of it was easily forgiven and forgotten thanks in large part to the performance Cashaw and the Patriots put together in downing the visiting Wildcats 65-43 in a North Suburban Lake division contest Friday night in Lincolnshire.


    Glenbard South romps past Fenton

    From the look of the final score, you might not think there were many key stretches of the boys basketball game between Glenbard South and visiting Fenton.


    Big third quarter powers Cary-Grove to win

    It was a third quarter to remember for Cary-Grove, and one to forget for Crystal Lake South. Making 9 of its first 10 shots, the Trojans ripped off a 22-4 run to start the third quarter and broke open a close game in cruising to a 61-43 win over the short-handed Gators in Fox Valley Conference Valley Division boys basketball action in Cary Friday night.


    It all adds up to another Lake title for Libertyville

    The battle for the Lake Division championship started out on a positive note for visiting Stevenson Friday night in this North Suburban Conference dual meet in Libertyville. Starting at 106 pounds, the Patriots took a 4-0 lead over the Wildcats on freshman Eric Carter’s 12-3 major decision to get things going. But it was very much an uphill struggle for Stevenson (13-6, 5-1) the rest of the way as No. 13-ranked Libertyville (18-2, 6-0) rolled to a 53-8 victory to win its 12th Lake Division title in the 14 years since the NSC went to a two-division format.

    The Chicago White Sox’s Jose Abreu, front, leaves the stage after the opening ceremony of the baseball team’s SoxFest annual fan convention Friday in Chicago.

    White Sox give manager Ventura extension

    The Chicago White Sox agreed to a multi-year contract extension with manager Robin Ventura on Friday, hours before their annual fan convention. The terms were not disclosed. Ventura turned down an extension before the 2013 season, leading to speculation that he might not stick around much longer.


    Waubonsie Valley downs Bartlett

    On a cold and blustery night, the only thing warming the gym at Bartlett was the heat of the fans in attendance. Both teams shot under 40 percent and combined to hit just 2 of the 26 3-pointers they took. With the Upstate Eight Valley Division up in the air, a win for either team would help them gain footing for a shot at the title. Unfortunately for the host Hawks, the ball did not bounce in their favor, falling to Waubonsie Valley 39-29 Friday night.

    Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, left, controls the ball against Chicago Bulls forward Carlos Boozer during Friday night’s game at the United Center.

    Griffin leads Clippers past Bulls, 112-95

    Blake Griffin had 26 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Los Angeles Clippers to a 112-95 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Friday night. Jamal Crawford added 19 points for the Clippers, who had six players score in double figures and shot 54 percent from the field — including 13 for 21 on 3-pointers. DeAndre Jordan added 10 points and 12 rebounds. Carlos Boozer scored 22 points for the Bulls, who snapped a three-game winning streak.


    Another starter down, Larkin still rolls over Batavia

    Larkin lost another starter Thursday, but didn’t miss a beat Friday night. Without starting guard Derrick Streety, Kendale McCullum scored 21 points in the first three quarters and paced the Royals to a 64-40 Upstate Eight River boys basketball victory over Batavia in Elgin.


    Thibs supports Rose playing for Team USA

    Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau thinks Derrick Rose playing for Team USA could be a great idea. Meanwhile, Doc Rivers says the Bulls would be nuts to let Thibodeau leave and the Bulls' coach starts a rumor about his love life.


    Boys basketball/Fox Valley roundup

    St. Charles East 84, Streamwood 54: The Sabres (2-21, 0-8) were equals with East in the first quarter of the Upstate Eight River matchup but the Saints outscored Streamwood by 30 in the final 3 quarters to notch the road win. Cole Seger was the high man with 19 points for the Sabres. Antonio Harris added 11.North Shore 70, Elgin Academy 47: Dietrich Robinson scored 32 points on 13 shots and secured 10 rebounds for a double-double, but it was not enough to garner the Hilltoppers a nonconference win.

    Images from the Metea Valley vs. South Elgin boys basketball game Friday, January 24, 2014.

    Images: Metea Valley vs. South Elgin boys basketball
    South Elgin hosted Metea Valley in a boys basketball matchup Friday night in South Elgin.

    Photos from the Naperville Central at Naperville North boys basketball game Friday, Jan. 24 in Naperville.

    Images: Naperville Central at Naperville North boys basketball
    Naperville North hosted Naperville Central Friday, Jan 24 for boys basketball.

    Images from the Libertyville at Stevenson boys basketball game on Friday, January 24 in Lincolnshire.

    Images: Stevenson vs. Libertyville boys basketball
    The Stevenson Patriots hosted the Libertyville Wildcats for boys basketball action on Friday, January 24 in Lincolnshire.


    Bulls game day
    Bulls vs. Charlotte Bobcats at Time Warner Cable Arena, 6 p.m. SaturdayTV: Comcast SportsNetRadio: ESPN 1000-AMUpdate: After hitting a brief slump, Charlotte had won four of six games heading into Friday’s date at New York. Top scorer Kemba Walker is out with a sprained ankle, but former Jazz PF Al Jefferson is averaging 18.4 ppg, followed by SG Gerald Henderson at 15.4 and PG Ramon Sessions at 10.7. The Bulls are 2-0 against the Bobcats this season, wining twice at the United Center.Next: Minnesota Timberwolves at the United Center, 7 p.m. Monday — Mike McGraw

    New York Giants guard David Diehl (66), an Illinois native and a fifth-round draft pick out of University of Illinois, has announced he’s retiring after an 11-year career in the NFL that included two Superbowl championships.

    Giants’ O-lineman Diehl retires

    After getting permission from his 7-year-old daughter, New York Giants offensive lineman David Diehl has retired after an 11-year career that included two Super Bowl championships. Diehl, who was born in Chicago and played high school football at Brother Rice, was a fifth-round draft pick out of the University of Illinois.

    Olympic gold medalist Evan Lysacek of Naperville will be in Sochi after all, although he won’t be defending his gold medal from 2010 after injuries curtailed his comeback last year. He’ll be “wearing many hats” in Russia, he says.

    Lysacek is Sochi-bound, only not on the ice

    Evan Lysacek will be in Sochi after all. No, the Naperville native won’t be defending his gold medal after injuries curtailed his comeback last year. Instead, the Vancouver Olympic champion will be “wearing many hats” in Russia, and he might be more exhausted after these games than he was after competing four years ago.

    Frank Yallop, head coach and director of soccer of the Chicago Fire, will open training camp with his MLS club on Sunday in Florida.

    Fire’s new coach eager for training camp to begin

    Frank Yallop can’t wait to get to Florida on Sunday, and it has nothing to do with the weather. Well, maybe just a little.

    The Cubs and starter Travis Wood have agreed to a one-year contract worth $3.9 million for next season.

    Cubs, Wood agree to $3.9 million contract

    The Cubs and left-handed pitcher Travis Wood agreed Friday on a one-year contract worth $3.9 million to avoid salary arbitration. The organization also announced that it has invited 24 players to big-league spring training as nonroster players. The list includes top prospects Albert Almora, Javier Baez and Kris Bryant.

    Josh Brent, left, former Dallas Cowboys NFL football player, listens with one of his lawyers Kevin Brooks while the punishment for his intoxication manslaughter conviction is read in court Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, in Dallas. Brent was sentenced to 180 days in jail and 10 years of probation for a drunken car crash that killed his friend and teammate, Jerry Brown. (AP Photo/Pool/LM Otero, Pool)

    Ex-Cowboy Brent gets 180 days in jail, probation

    Former Dallas Cowboys player Josh Brent avoided prison Friday and instead was sentenced to 180 days in jail and 10 years of probation for a drunken car crash that killed his friend and teammate, Jerry Brown.Brent was convicted Wednesday of intoxication manslaughter for the December 2012 crash on a suburban Dallas highway that killed Brown, who was a passenger in Brent’s car. Brent could have been sentenced to up to 20 years in prison.

    Bulls center Joakim Noah, right, dunks on Cleveland Cavaliers forward Anderson Varejao in their game Wednesday in Cleveland. The Bulls won 98-87, and Noah collected 18 rebounds.

    Noah clearly the face of the Bulls right now

    As the Chicago Bulls' season hits the halfway point, Mike North is impressed with Joakim Noah and his play as he helps propel the team to success. And he's not at all concerned about losing Luol Deng.

    Greg Maddux, right, has decided to go into the Hall of Fame without a Cubs or Braves logo on his plaque. Frank Thomas, center, will go in with a White Sox logo.

    Smooth move by Maddux

    Love, love, love that Greg Maddux is going into the Hall of Fame with no logo on his plaque — saying it’s impossible for him to choose between the Braves and the Cubs.Classy.


    The home page for the MyQ Garage opener that works with your smartphone.

    MyQ Garage offers universal appeal for smartphone users
    Kukec's eBuzz column features Elmhurst-based Chamberlain, which has launched MyQ Garage, its first product that works with other brands of garage door openers remotely through your smartphone. It also has a sensor to ensure no one is caught when the door is closing.

    Traders work Friday on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Global markets hit by fears of growth slowdown

    Investors are worried about slower economic growth in China, a gloomier outlook for U.S. corporate profits and an end to easy-money policies in the United States and Europe. They're also fretting over country-specific troubles around the world — from economic mismanagement in Argentina to political instability in Turkey.

    Nutrition labels on the back of food packages may soon become easier to read. The Food and Drug Administration says knowledge about nutrition has evolved over the last 20 years, and the labels need to reflect that.

    FDA says nutrition facts label will get a makeover

    After 20 years, the nutrition facts label on the back of food packages is getting a makeover. Knowledge about nutrition has evolved since the early 1990s, and the Food and Drug Administration says the labels need to reflect that.

    Island Lake Trustee Mark Beeson, right, explains his opposition to video gambling at Thursday’s board meeting.

    Business owners angry after Island Lake board punts on gambling issue

    Despite repeated pleas from local business owners to allow video gambling in town, Island Lake officials punted and said they’ll let voters decide the issue through a referendum.

    Croissants await sale Friday in a Starbucks in New York.

    Starbucks: Croissant sales doubled after makeover

    It’s not just the new croissants that are doing well. The company says it’s also selling twice as many of its new “morning buns” and cheese Danishes, although it didn’t provide details on the performance of other new items, such as its loaves or savory croissants.


    Illinois unemployment drops, but state sheds jobs

    The Illinois Department of Employment Security says the state’s unemployment rate dropped in December for a fourth straight month. But the 8.6 percent rate is still one of the highest in the country.The department said Friday that the state lost a net 3,200 jobs in December. Officials blamed brutal cold for decreases in, among other areas, construction jobs.

    The home page for the MyQ Garage opener that works with your smartphone.

    MyQ Garage offers universal appeal for smartphone users

    Kukec's eBuzz column features Elmhurst-based Chamberlain, which has launched MyQ Garage, its first product that works with other brands of garage door openers remotely through your smartphone. It also has a sensor to ensure no one is caught when the door is closing.

    Flushmate, the maker of a high-pressure flushing system sold at Home Depot and Lowe’s, is expanding its recall of the parts, because they can burst near a seam with force enough to shatter the toilet tank.

    Parts that can cause toilets to burst are recalled

    Watch out for exploding toilets. Flushmate, the maker of a high-pressure flushing system sold at Home Depot and Lowe’s, is expanding its recall of the parts, because they can burst near a seam with force enough to shatter the toilet tank.

    Attorney General Eric Holder says the Obama administration is planning to roll out regulations soon that would allow banks to do business with legal marijuana sellers.

    Marijuana banking regulations on the way

    Attorney General Eric Holder says the Obama administration is planning to roll out regulations soon that would allow banks to do business with legal marijuana sellers. During an appearance Thursday at the University of Virginia, Holder said it is important from a law enforcement perspective to enable places that sell marijuana to have access to the banking system so they don’t have large amounts of cash lying around.


    State Board of Ed. wants $1 billion more in 2015

    The Illinois State Board of Education wants lawmakers to approve an extra $1 billion for schools next year. The state board on Thursday approved a budget request it will send to lawmakers and the governor that asks for education to represent one third of the total state budget.


    Sprint gearing up to lay off workers

    Wireless carrier Sprint will lay off an undetermined number of its workers as part of a cost-cutting program announced Thursday. A regulatory filing says the Overland Park, Kan.-based company began drawing up layoff plans last week.

    Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. has reached a settlement with Fannie Mae that would allow the mortgage finance giant to recover about $537 million for its claim against the estate of the failed Wall Street bank over soured mortgage securities.

    Fannie would get about $537M in deal with Lehman

    Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. has reached a settlement with Fannie Mae that would allow the mortgage finance giant to recover about $537 million for its claim against the estate of the failed Wall Street bank over soured mortgage securities.

    Dawn, a Procter & Gamble product, at a Target in Durham, N.C. The company says its second-quarter net income fell 16 percent as the world’s largest consumer products maker faced tough comparisons from a year ago, the stronger dollar and flat sales globally.

    Procter & Gamble 2Q profit falls, tops estimates
    Procter & Gamble says its second-quarter net income fell 16 percent as the world’s largest consumer products maker faced tough comparisons from a year ago, the stronger dollar and flat sales globally. But its adjusted earnings still beat expectations.

    Starbucks says its quarterly profit rose by 25 percent as it benefited from lower coffee costs and stronger sales around the world.

    Starbucks’ profit jumps but sales growth slows

    Starbucks says its quarterly profit rose by 25 percent as it benefited from lower coffee costs and stronger sales around the world. The Seattle-based coffee company says global sales rose 5 percent at established locations. That was slower than the increase in the previous quarter, however, and total sales were shy of Wall Street expectations.

Life & Entertainment

    Oscar nominee Barkhad Abdi stars in “Captain Phillips,” now available on Blu-ray, DVD and video on-demand services.

    Watch the nominees at home

    In five weeks and two days, one of this year's nine best picture nominees will win the Academy Award — and most of the millions of people watching the telecast around the world will have seen none of the contenders.

    Aaron Eckhart prepares for battle in “I, Frankenstein.”

    Don’t be frightened by magic of ‘Frankenstein’

    There’s an off-putting air of pomposity about “I, Frankenstein.” (Just listen to how self-important that title sounds when you say it out loud.) In fact, the aura of goofy grandeur is enough to scare some viewers off of the movie, an adaptation of Kevin Grevioux’s graphic novel about Mary Shelley’s monster, set in a modern-day dystopia being fought over by demons and angel-like gargoyles.

    Recently Justin Bieber has had more tabloid hits than Billboard hits. And a new arrest for a DUI charge marks a new low for the Grammy-nominated pop star.

    Singing or sinking? Justin Bieber hits new low

    For more than a year, Justin Bieber has had more tabloid hits than Billboard hits: The singer’s music career has taken a backseat to his wild boy antics, and a new arrest for a DUI charge marks a new low for the Grammy-nominated pop star. Bieber’s arrest Thursday is another sign of the crazy lifestyle that has taken over the 19-year-old’s image — but a more serious one given the gravity of his alleged offenses.


    Theater events
    A pair of academics spar over evolution and feminism in TimeLine Theatre's "The How and the Why;" Polarity Ensemble stages a percussive "Macbeth" and Red Tape Theatre presents the U.S. premiere of the Austrian play "hamlet is dead. no gravity" this week in Chicago theater.


    Theater events: Clockwise stages ‘Doubting Thomas’
    First Folio Theatre heats up winter with a comedy, Signal Ensemble premieres a drama about the western plains folk and Clockwise Theatre examines faith and religion in "Doubting Thomas," this week in Chicago-area theater.

    Justin Bieber appears in court via video feed Thursday in Miami. Bieber was released from jail Thursday following his arrest on charges of driving under the influence, driving with an expired license and resisting arrest. Police say they stopped the 19-year-old pop star while he was drag-racing down a Miami Beach street before dawn.

    Bieber’s image: From boy-next-door to bad boy

    Justin Bieber’s mug shot hints at the boy-next-door image he’s carefully crafted over the past several years, with a glistening smile and professionally upswept hair. But the red jail jumpsuit also visible in the photo tells a different story, one about the singer’s recent troubles and emergence as a bad boy. The 19-year-old pop star is facing possible jail time after his arrest in Florida on charges of driving under the influence, resisting arrest and driving with an expired license.

    Nonna Fusco's homemade meatballs, like on this meatball sandwich, are served at MetLife Stadium among an array of food options that will be available to Super Bowl fans when the big game is played there Feb. 2. The meatballs were inspired by stadium chef Eric Borgia's grandmother.

    Go for the food: N.J. options for Super Bowl foodies

    Buffalo wings and chicken fingers, take a breather. For Super Bowl foodies, New Jersey offers a mash-up of delicacies representing just about every culture on the planet. Those fortunate enough to have tickets to the game at MetLife Stadium will be able to gorge on American, Mexican, Asian and Italian specialties, done with a local flair, in the “Home Food Advantage” food court. Club seat ticketholders will get an even more varied menu including sushi, sliced beef tenderloin and garlic shrimp with peppercorn demi-glace, blue crabcake with pickled baby bok choy and lemon aioli, to name a few of a host of offerings.

    A lobster roll is one of the selections on the two-course Chicago Restaurant Week lunch menu for Shaw's Crab House in Schaumburg and Chicago.

    Restaurant week offers fine dining, and deals to boot

    Tired of takeout? Want to treat yourself to crab legs or roast lamb shank? Restaurants in Chicago and the suburbs will offer discounted, prix fixe menus for the annual Chicago Restaurant Week, running Friday, Jan. 24, through Thursday, Feb. 6.

    Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Band are up for a Grammy.

    Local children’s musician Justin Roberts up for Grammy Award

    Children's musician Justin Roberts is among a handful of Chicago-area musicians nominated for Grammy Awards Jan. 26. Others include dance/electronica artist Kaskade (a Northbrook native whose real name is Ryan Raddon), Oak Park-born comedian Kathy Griffin, and South Side rapper Kanye West. This is the second Grammy nod for Roberts and his band, The Not Ready for Naptime Players. “I was really thrilled," said Roberts. "My tuxedo that’s been sitting in the closet for two years is going to get resurrected.”

    Dr. Valentin Fuster, a cardiologist at New York’s Mount Sinai Hospital whom Dr. Ruster is based on, teamed up with Sesame Street on a project to improve kids’ health, and it has shown progress in a study in Colombia. In 2014, the project is planned to launch in New York in what sponsors hope will be a first step to fight childhood obesity nationwide.

    Muppets mini-makeover aims to boost kids’ health

    Bert and Ernie jump rope and munch apples and carrots, and Cookie Monster has his namesake treat once a week, not every day. Can a Muppets mini-makeover improve kids’ health, too? A three-year experiment in South America suggests it can. Now, the Sesame Street project is coming to the United States.

    Green olives accent the signature salad at Enzo & Lucia Ristorante and Cafe in Long Grove.

    Enzo & Lucia's Northern Italian menu, caring staff make you feel right at home

    Enzo & Lucia Ristorante and Cafe, lLocated in a Victorian-style home in downtown Long Grove, suffered a kitchen fire last summer and was shuttered for several months. After spending some $75,000 to redo the kitchen and renovate the dining rooms, the Italian eatery reopened late in 2013 and is as solid as ever.

    “Crochet at Home,” edited by Brett Bara (Interweave, 2013).

    The best of recent crafting books

    Hunkered down in the middle of winter has parents and non-parents turning to crafts to keep everyone busy. Here’s a look at some of the best crafting books of 2013.

    “Raising My Rainbow” by Lori Duron (Broadway Books 2013), $15, 278 pages.

    ‘Raising My Rainbow’ a journey of discovery

    Author Lori Duron’s son is absolutely, wonderfully fabulous, and in her new memoir “Raising My Rainbow,” she’ll tell you about C.J. For the past four years, life in Lori Duron’s household has been separated into two eras: Before Barbie (BB), and After Barbie (AB).

    The Ernest Tubb Record Shop, which contains hard-to-find recordings and also features live shows, is located on lower Broadway, the home of honky tonks and street musicians, in Nashville, Tenn.

    Music lovers flock to Nashville for free things

    Nashville’s history is so intertwined with music and creative expression that tunes seem to pour from every door and window. From Music Row to the Honky Tonk Highway, the city recognizes its past, while also celebrating emerging artists who are drawn to the city just like music lovers. Learn a little about the great artists that defined the Nashville scene for decades, hear new music that may soon be hitting radio waves, and take a sniff of Tennessee sipping whiskey, all for free.

    Capt. Flint (Toby Stephens) seeks treasure in Starz’s new pirate drama “Black Sails,” debuting Saturday, Jan. 25.

    ‘Black Sails’ sets sail with a new view of piracy

    To appreciate “Black Sails,” it’s best to start by tossing overboard certain preconceptions. This rollicking pirate thriller, which premieres at 8 p.m. Saturday on Starz, heeds three strict rules: “No parrots, no eye patches, no peg legs,” says Jon Steinberg, its creator and executive producer, with a laugh.

    Mattias Lind designed this little shack in Gothenburg, Sweden, whose facade is covered in glossy black-and-white marbled corrugated paper not even an inch thick.

    A faux marble house built from corrugated paper

    Mattias Lind has designed a little shack in Gothenburg, Sweden, whose facade is covered in glossy black-and-white corrugated paper not even an inch thick. The marble pattern on the paper pays homage to this age-old stone, used in building though the centuries.

    While landscape fabric isn’t pretty, it beats having weeds; Johnny’s Selected Seeds’ Pro9 5 Weed Barrier landscape fabric is stronger than the lighter fabric you find in box stores.

    Landscape fabric isn’t pretty, but it beats weeds

    We usually avoid landscape fabric, which, unlike an organic mulch such as seaweed or straw, contributes nothing to the life of the soil. But as a weed barrier it is more effective than these.


    Rebounding market is no guarantee of riches for potential agent

    Home sales in most neighborhoods continue to rise, but it’s not an automatic ticket to millions for folks who want to get a real estate license. The National Association of Realtors says its 1.05 million full-time and part-time members earned a median income of $43,500 in 2012 (the latest results available).


    Some options for mortgage shoppers as standards tighten

    The verdict was nearly unanimous at a recent hearing on Capitol Hill: The new federal “ability to repay” and “qualified mortgage” regulations that took effect Jan. 10 will make obtaining credit tougher, not easier, this year, and potentially force large numbers of credit-worthy homebuyers to defer or cancel their plans.

    Olde Schaumburg, near the intersection of Schaumburg and Roselle roads, features a variety of townhouses, manor and row houses.

    Neighborhood profile features Olde Schaumburg

    Olde Schaumburg looks like a scene from an old Victorian photograph with its gabled roofs, rich red brick, and wrought iron fences — elements reminiscent of 1890s architecture.


    Gas service is vital during home inspection

    Q. We are buying a foreclosed home from a bank, and the home inspection is scheduled for next week. Our Realtor says the bank is not willing to turn on the gas for the inspection, and she seems to think we should accept this refusal. Is it really OK to do a home inspection without gas service?


    Finding the perfect hanger for your drywall

    Whether you are hanging pictures on your walls or a wall sconce, you are going to need to use a hanger or two, especially on drywall. Drywall is a good surface for a lightweight frame and for paint or wallpaper, but it’s just not sturdy enough for hanging heavier stuff.


    How to limit number of people in a unit

    Q. Many of the units in our association are occupied by well over what the board considers an appropriate number of people. For example, six or more adults live in many of our two-bedroom units.


    Attorney Jeff Anderson speaks at a news conference Tuesday in Chicago, where the Archdiocese of Chicago released thousands of documents about 30 of its priests accused of sexually abusing children.

    Editorial: Archdiocese needs to continue transparency

    A Daily Herald editorial says the release of documents detailing the handling of sexual abuse cases by the Archdiocese of Chicago was a good first step but even more transparency is needed.


    In new budgeting, the demise of policy, rise of power

    Columnist Lee Hamilton: The budget bill that congressional leaders produced is hardly a triumph. Instead, it’s another example of Congress’s stubborn determination to deal itself out of the budgeting process.


    Obama changed nation way too much
    A Des Plaines letter to the editor: Yes, Obama did follow through on his promise to “change” America. I only “hope” and pray we can return our country to the way it was before he became president.


    Graduated tax is discriminatory
    A South Elgin letter to the editor: There is nothing honorable or fair about the graduated tax. It’s just another way for the government to redistribute wealth from those with ambition to those without.


    School costs are taxing seniors out of homes
    A Palatine letter to the editor: I’ve lived in my home since 1971 and paid taxes to the school districts all those years and never complained. But it’s getting to the point that it’s impossible for me to continue paying for all the artificial turf and swimming pools any longer.


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