Daily Archive : Saturday January 25, 2014


    Cary Grove's Megan Emma, 15, facing, hugs teammate Anna Baran, 17, after their performance at the IHSA 2A competitive dance sectionals at Huntley High School on Saturday, January 25. The team took third place and is heading to the state competition.

    Images: IHSA competitive dance sectionals
    IHSA competitive dance sectionals took place at Glenbrook South High School and Huntley High School Saturday.

    Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford, a Republican candidate for governor in the March 18 primary, meets Friday with the Daily Herald Editorial Board.

    Rutherford backs giving workers choice in pension cuts

    Illlinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford of Chenoa said he’d be inclined to support a plan that would offer teachers and state workers an incentive in exchange for their taking cuts to their pension benefits.The Republican candidate for governor, though, said he isn’t necessarily backing a proposal championed by Illinois Senate Democrats last year.

    Woody Waugh, 12, of Cloquet, Minn., launches himself from the 40-meter ramp during warm-ups at the 109th Norge Ski Jump Tournament Saturday in Fox River Grove. Typically, 50 to 60 competitors register for the event. However, this year saw a surge in registrations, likely due to people excited about the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

    Ski jump competitors, fans flock to Fox River Grove

    Norge Ski Club’s international ski jumping tournament kicked off at noon Saturday with junior jumpers on the smaller hills. Others from around the globe will also compete through Sunday for a chance to represent their respective divisions in Alaska. “Kids competing today also could be on the next official Olympic team,” said Norge spokesman Charlie Sedivec.


    Illinois pot stores might have to deal in cash-only

    People who buy medical marijuana in Illinois might find out it’s cash-only. Even though lawmakers and Gov. Pat Quinn approved last summer the use of cannabis for certain medical conditions, selling and buying it remains a federal offense.

    Cary Grove’s Megan Emma, 15, facing, hugs teammate Anna Baran, 17, after their performance at the IHSA 2A competitive dance sectionals Saturday at Huntley High School. The team took third place and is heading to the state competition.

    Teams show off varied routines in dance sectionals

    Variety was the name of the game at the lHSA dance sectionals Saturday, as routines varied as much as costumes and music selections, but this much the teams knew: dancers needed to sell their routine to judges with energy, emotion and precision. From zombies in the Fenton High School routine, to Barbie dolls portrayed by West Chicago dancers, and James Bond agents played by the Corsairs from...

    Someone armed with a gun opened fire at a busy shopping mall in suburban Baltimore on Saturday, sending store employees and customers scrambling for cover. Police said three people died, including the person believed to be the shooter, in an apparent murder-suicide.

    Police disable devices found in Md. gunman's bag

    A man carrying a shotgun opened fire at a busy shopping mall in suburban Baltimore on Saturday, killing two employees of a skate shop and then himself as panicked shoppers ran for cover, police said. Five others were injured. Police were still trying to determine the motive of the gunman who killed a man and a woman, both in their 20s, at a skate shop called Zumiez on the upper level of the Mall...

    Kelly McGarry of Buffalo Grove tests out a dog sled Saturday. Visitors to the Morton Arboretum’s Husky Heroes, continuing Sunday, can learn more about the proper care of the high-energy breed.

    Huskies show off speed, smarts at Morton Arboretum

    Husky fans got a front-row look at the breed's speed and intelligence during the Morton Aboretum's tribute to all things husky Saturday. Jen McCarthy led talks on what the four-legged companions are "born to do." "If they don't have a job, they will find one," the Woodridge woman said. The annual event continues Sunday with demonstrations of sled pulling and skijoring.

    Protesters throw Molotov cocktails at riot police Saturday during a clash in central Kiev, Ukraine.

    Ukraine protesters attack buildng with police inside

    New violence erupted in Ukraine’s capital during the night as a large crowd attacked a government exposition and conference hall where police were stationed inside.Early Sunday, demonstrators were throwing firebombs into the Ukrainian House building and setting off fireworks, and police responded with tear gas. Although the crowd created a corridor at the building’s entrance apparently for police...

    More than 1,000 people attended all three shows of American Grands XIX, a concert featuring 462 pianists performing on 12 grand pianos, on Saturday at Elgin Community College.

    Diverse music highlights Elgin piano concert

    With piano players of all age and skill levels performing a diverse catalog of songs that included Lady Gaga, Beethoven, Woody Guthrie there was something for everyone at the American Grands XIX concerts Saturday in Elgin. Organizers arranged the program by ability, which meant there were some interesting combinations onstage. “You literally might have a 6-year-old sitting next to somebody who’s...


    Police seek witnesses in fatal Aurora crash

    Aurora Police are seeking witnesses to a three-vehicle crash that claimed the life of an 81-year-old Aurora woman at about12:30 p.m. Saturday on the city’s far east side.

    Grant Muren

    Naperville man killed by roommate after sex, prosecutor says

    Within eight hours of moving into Charles Clark’s Naperville townhouse, Grant Muren had “intimate relations” with his new roommate, then a fight that led to Clark’s murder, authorities said Saturday. A DuPage County judge set bond at $2 million Saturday for Muren, 21, who is facing charges of first-degree murder and concealment of a homicide. Muren found Clark, 55, through...

    Louay Safi, spokesperson for the Syrian National Coalition, Syria’s main political opposition group, gestures Saturday as he speaks to journalists at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

    Syria antagonists in ‘half-steps’ of peace talks

    Sitting face to face at a U-shaped table and separated by Brahimi, Assad’s delegation and the Syrian National Coalition avoided directly touching on the war dividing them — or discussing Assad himself. They spoke only to Brahimi, and not to each other.

    President Barack Obama gives his State of the Union address during a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington.

    Questions and answers about the State of the Union

    Q: Has the speech ever been postponed?A: Yes. Ronald Reagan’s speech in 1986 was postponed after the explosion of the Challenger space shuttle on Jan. 28 of that year.

    Tim Damato of Lake Villa samples one of the many barbecue items available Saturday during the Lake Villa Township Winter Ribfest at Caboose Park near Lake Villa.

    Lake Villa Township holds Winter Ribfest

    Lake Villa Township held its annual Winter Ribfest on Saturday at Caboose Park. The annual event saw area chefs competing in a contest vying for awards in the best sauce and dry ribs, people’s choice and best booth theme categories.

    Stevenson High School junior Sailee Karmarkar gets an autograph from Nina Davuluri, Miss America 2014, during her visit Saturday to the Stevenson High School World’s Fair event in Lincolnshire.

    Miss America at Stevenson’s World’s Fair

    Miss America 2014, Nina Davuluri, participated in Saturday’s World’s Fair at Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire. Davuluri is the first Indian-American woman to win the title.The World’s Fair continues Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and features art, artifacts, clothes and cuisines from around the world at student-led booths. It is followed by a cultural performance in the Performing Arts...

    DAILY HERALD PHOTO Paul Ruby, center, visits with guests at the 2008 fundraiser to benefit Parkinson’s disease research.

    Founder: Final Ruby Foundation splash will be April dinner

    The Paul Ruby Foundation for Parkinson's Research will be phased out in April, columnist Dave Heun says. It will merge into a larger group that can operate on a bigger scale.

    An Egyptian raises a placard Saturday supporting Egypt’s Defense Minister, Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi in Tahrir Square, the epicenter of the 2011 uprising, in Cairo, Egypt.

    Violence mars third anniversary of Egypt uprising

    Morsi’s supporters used Saturday’s anniversary to build new momentum in their defiance of the military and its political transition plan, despite being hit by a crippling police crackdown and rising public resentment against his Muslim Brotherhood group. “Anger is bigger than all. Repression sparks revolutions. The burning of Egypt won’t last,” a statement issued by a Brotherhood-led coalition...

    Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Getaway during its debut.

    281 passengers ill aboard Royal Caribbean ship

    The CDC said health officials will board the ship on Sunday while it’s docked in St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

    French president-elect Francois Hollande and his companion Valerie Trierweiler celebrating his election victory in Bastille Square in Paris, France.

    Official: French president splits with first lady

    Closer magazine reported that 59-year-old Hollande was having an affair with Julie Gayet, a 41-year-old actress. The magazine published photos showing a man it said was the president, wearing a helmet and seated on the back of a scooter, allegedly being taken to a rendezvous with Gayet.

    An Inia araguaiaensis dolphin in the Araguaia River in Amazonas state, Brazil. Scientists say it is the first new river dolphin species discovered in nearly 100 years.

    New river dolphin species found in Brazil

    “The Araguaia dolphin is very similar to its Amazon river cousin although somewhat smaller and with fewer teeth,” bilogist Tom Hrbek said. He added that there were about 1,000 “Inia araguaiaensis” dolphins living in the 1,630-mile river.

    Pope Francis presides over a Vespers ceremony Saturday at Rome’s St. Paul Basilica, at the Vatican.

    Pope: Women should play expanded role in Church

    Keeping with the Vatican’s stress on so-called traditional families, Francis said families benefit from women’s “gifts of delicateness, special sensitivity and tenderness.”As the Vatican toils to shore up sometimes flagging faith among Catholics, Francis laid out how the church sees women as crucial for that.

    Miriam Coronel-Ferrer, front left, chairperson of Philippine Government Peace Panel, and Mohagher Iqbal, front right, chief negotiator for the Moro National Liberation Front, exchange signed documents Saturday as Malaysian facilitator Abdul Ghafar Tengku Mohamed, front center, witnesses after the 43rd GPH-MILF Exploratory Talks in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

    Philippines, Muslim rebels clinch peace deal

    Despite the milestone, both the government and the rebels acknowledged that violence would not end overnight in a region that has long grappled with a volatile mix of crushing poverty, huge numbers of illegal firearms, clan wars and weak law enforcement. One rebel group vowed to keep fighting.

    Barbara Schmidt, co-founder of The Northern Illinois Raptor Center, speaks to visitors about the barred owl she is holding during the Chicagoland Fishing Travel & Outdoor Expo at Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center. Behind her is a peregrine falcon.

    Fishing and outdoor show runs through Sunday in Schaumburg

    The Chicagoland Fishing Travel & Outdoor Expo, in its second year at the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center, continues through Sunday, Jan. 26, at 1551 N. Thoreau Drive. Hours are until 7 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $12 for adults, $3 for ages 5-11, free for kids younger than 5.


    Moving Jeep explodes in Washington city

    An explosion from a firecracker inside a moving Jeep blew off the driver’s hand early Saturday and scattered debris over half a block, prompting initial fears over the man’s intent, police and neighbors said.Witnesses saw a flash of light from inside the vehicle, a red Jeep with a gray top, as it drove down a residential street in north Spokane, police said.

    Louise Brealey, left, as Molly Hooper and Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes, in a scene from Season 3, “The Empty Hearse” episode of Masterpiece’s “Sherlock,” which aired on Jan. 19, 2014, on PBS.

    History may tie N.Y. official to Cumberbatch

    Stacey Cumberbatch say her ancestors were slaves in Barbados, and probably took their distinctive last name from their white owner.


    Lakemoor police officer, second driver injured in Saturday crash

    A Lakemoor Police patrol officer and another driver were injured in a two-vehicle crash Saturday morning while traveling on Route 120 in Lake County.


    Crystal Lake rollover sends 7 to hospital

    A rollover accident in Crystal Lake Friday evening sent seven people to the hospital, Crystal Lake police said in a news release. At 7:04 p.m., emergency crews from the Crystal Lake Fire Rescue and police departments responded to a report of a crash involving a 1995 Toyota 4Runner SUV and a 2007 Honda Odyssey van on Route 31 south of James R. Rakow Road.

    A police investigator signals to colleagues as they search through icy rubble to trying to locate more victims of a fire that destroyed a seniors' residence Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, in L'Isle-Verte, Quebec. Five people are confirmed dead and 30 people are still missing, while with cause of Thursday morning's blaze is unclear police said. Authorities are using steam to melt the ice and to preserve any bodies that are buried.

    8 confirmed dead in Quebec fire, about 30 missing

    The painstaking search through the iced-over remains of a burned-out Quebec retirement home resumed Saturday morning, with friends and relatives of some 30 missing people awaiting news. Eight people had been confirmed dead.

    The Geneva Public Library in downtown Geneva. Library officials are again talking about building a new, larger library at the site of the former Sixth Street School, also in downtown.

    Geneva library to appraise Sixth St. site for new building

    The Geneva Library board is turning its attention again to the old Sixth Street School site as it considers whether, when and where to build a new library. The board ordered a new appraisal of the site Thursday.

    The entire rear lot of Batavia High School is under construction here in 2008. Impact fees for new businesses are used for road construction to help local infrastructure cope with increased usage. School districts generally welcome impact fees to help with structural costs.

    W. Dundee Target closure renews impact fee debate

    The looming departure West Dundee's Target may spur a revisiting of Kane County's impact fees. At least one board member says the fees send businees who would locate on the east side of the county to neighbors without such fees. "Just living in the community, this is devastating. This is a psychological blow to the entire area,” said board member Becky Gillam.

    Struggling to generate second-term momentum, President Barack Obama will confront a politically divided Congress with a demand to expand economic opportunity in America, asserting in his State of the Union address Tuesday that he will take action on his own if lawmakers fail to help shrink the income gap between the rich and the poor.

    In address, Obama to focus on economic opportunity

    Struggling to generate second-term momentum, President Barack Obama will confront a politically divided Congress with a demand to expand economic opportunity in America, asserting in his State of the Union address Tuesday that he will take action on his own if lawmakers fail to help shrink the income gap between the rich and the poor.

    Afton Brown, right, of Fort Worth shows her support for the Munoz family outside the Tim Curry Criminal Justice Center, Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, in Fort Worth, Texas after a judge ruled in Marlise Munoz life or death case. Erick Munoz's wife Marlise is brain dead and on life support with his unborn child at John Peter Smith Hospital. The judge has sided with the family of Marlise Munoz and ordered John Peter Smith Hospital to declare the pregnant woman dead and withdraw life support by 5 p.m. Monday.

    Hospital told to take pregnant woman off support

    For two months, Erick Munoz has sat inside a North Texas hospital room next to his pregnant, brain-dead wife, with what would be their second child together growing inside her. Now a judge has ruled that the hospital must follow Munoz's wishes and disconnect Marlise Munoz from life support that it's refused to remove in hopes of saving the fetus inside her.


    EIU aims to cut spending by 6.7 percent

    Eastern Illinois University President William Perry says the school needs to cut about $7 million from its spending over the next two years.


    Retrials from Lincoln era raise conservation funds

    Retrials of cases from the era of Abraham Lincoln have helped raise money to conserve rare maps and photographs, including of early Illinois Supreme Court justices.


    1 dies, 4 wounded after shooting at Chicago lounge

    Authorities say one person was killed and four others were wounded during a shooting at a club on Chicago's South Side.


    Village recruiting for three new positions, no administrator

    Bucking the trend for growing small communities, Pingree Grove is going to implement a new organizational structure that doesn’t include a village administrator. Under the new model, the village board will make policy decisions and oversee the police chief and three new positions — a finance director, a public works director and an office and communications specialist.


    New electric charging station will replace one at The Centre of Elgin

    The city of Elgin will get a new electric vehicle charging station that will remain free for now, but might charge a fee in a couple of years. The new dual-charging station, able to charge two vehicles at once, will replace the current single-charge station at The Centre of Elgin.

    Coaches and family friends are remembering Dora Betancourt as a kind, bubbly girl who loved cheerleading and sports.

    Big difference between juvenile, adult courts

    If the Mundelein teenager accused of stabbing to death her 11-year-old half sister is charged as a juvenile and eventually found guilty, she could serve as little as seven years in detention. If she’s charged with murder as an adult and convicted, she could serve as many as 60. That’s just one of the differences in how the rules can differ for young people accused of serious...

    Bad tap water accounts in part for Mexico being the highest consumer of bottled water and sweetened drinks. A law recently approved by Mexico City’s legislators will require all restaurants to install filters, offering patrons free, apparently drinkable potable water that won’t lead to stomach problems and other ailments.

    Mexico City bets on tap water law to change habit

    “Drink the water.” It’s a suggestion alien to Mexico City residents who have long shunned tap water in favor of the bottled kind and to the throngs of tourists who visit the city each year, bringing with them fears of “Montezuma’s Revenge.” But a law recently approved by Mexico City’s legislators will require all restaurants to install filters so they can offer patrons free, drinkable water that...

    Ice, a black lab, goes airborne as part of an exhibition Friday by Ultimate Air Dogs at the 28th Annual Chicago Outdoor Sports Show at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont. Ice’s owner, Brian Butler, is on the right.

    Outdoor show continues through Sunday in Rosemont

    The Chicago Outdoor Sports Show in Rosemont continues 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26, at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 9291 Bryn Mawr Ave. Tickets are $10 online, $12 at the door, free for kids 11 and younger.



    Streamwood treats alumni to convincing win

    It was Alumni Day at Streamwood Saturday afternoon, and the current Sabres treated the graduated Sabres to a convincing win. Senior Hannah McGlone had 19 points, 16 rebounds and 6 blocks as Streamwood rolled to a 55-35 Upstate Eight River girls basketball win over Elgin.


    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.


    Smith gets Wheaton College going

    The best thing Wheaton College coach Mike Schauer did Saturday night was put Peter Smith in a position where the junior forward absolutely had to shoot the basketball.


    Weyhrich, Hersey come up big vs. C-G

    At 5-foot-2, Kelly Weyhrich is often the smallest player on the floor. But Hersey’s freshman guard who wears No. 20 played a big role in win No. 20 for Hersey’s girls basketball team on Saturday afternoon at the Ken Carter gymnasium. Weyhrich shared team rebounding honors with 6 while also handing out 5 assists and hitting a 3-pointer as the Huskies (20-2) pulled away in the second half for a 55-29 victory over Cary-Grove in Arlington Heights.


    Hudson helps Lakes motor past Vernon Hills

    Tramone Hudson poured in a career-high 27 points, and Lakes’ boys basketball team earned a 73-60 win over visiting Vernon Hills on Saturday night.Lakes improved to 9-11 and 5-2 in the North Suburban Prairie Division. The Eagles received 11 points apiece from Ethan Sage, Jake Balliu and Michal Tomasiewicz.Robby Nardini led Vernon Hills (10-8, 3-4) with 18 points. Sam Rattner and Bo Manso added 13 and 12 points, respectively, for the Cougars, who lost their fifth in a row.


    Carmel savors senior success

    Senior night is a time to reflect and celebrate accomplishments. Carmel Catholic’s girls basketball team celebrated its seniors in fine fashion by blasting Libertyville 41-28 in a nonconference game Saturday night. Kathleen Felicelli, who was one of six seniors honored, led all scorers with 16 points.


    Vernon Hills extends quality run

    Vernon Hills’ girls basketball team continued its stretch of quality wins Saturday night. With a 59-49 victory over visiting Barrington, led by 16 points apiece from Sydney Smith and Lauren Webb, the Cougars improved to 18-5.

    Bulls guard D.J. Augustin drives past the Bobcats’ Al Jefferson during the second half Saturday night. Augustin finished with 28 points.

    Augustin ‘keeps fighting’ for Bulls

    Point guard D.J. Augustin scored 28 points against the team that drafted him, leading the Bulls to an 89-87 victory at Charlotte on Saturday. It was Augustin's third game of at least 27 points in his last four.


    Win over Willowbrook just what Addison Trail ordered

    From all angles and at all times, Addison Trail’s boys basketball team just kept coming at Willowbrook on Saturday. After leading by as many as 34 points, the host Blazers cruised to a 77-57 West Suburban Gold victory to claim midseason bragging rights in the District 88 rivalry.


    West Aurora routs rival by record margin

    It was only fitting West Aurora honored Neal Ormond Saturday night. The iconic local play-by-play broadcaster, who has spent the last 50 years calling West Aurora boys basketball games, described an all-time first. Jontrell Walker scored 28 points to lead three West Aurora players in double figures as the Blackhawks continued their torrid shooting against archrival East Aurora.


    Palatine on winning side at Glenbard East

    No one from the Palatine boys basketball team had what could be called a big night during Saturday’s 55-46 win at Glenbard East in the host’s When Sides Collide shootout.


    Naperville North knocks Wheaton North out of first place

    Naperville North coach Jason Dycus can add another signature win to his first year leading the girls basketball program. After wins against Benet, West Aurora and Metea Valley earlier this year, the Huskies came through on the road during a 71-62 victory at Wheaton North on Saturday, knocking the Falcons out of first place in the DuPage Valley Conference just two days after taking the top spot. Naperville North came out ready from the opening tip, jumping out to a 22-7 lead to start the game.


    Westminster Christian falls

    IMSA 51, Westminster Christian 43: The Warriors (9-10, 4-3) took their first loss to IMSA since the 2004-2005 season. Sam Carani finished with 17 points and Robert Kleczynski had 13 points. “Give IMSA credit. They had a game plan and played well. We didn’t come out ready to play,” said Westminster Christian coach Bruce Firchau.

    Ben Ault has resigned after two seasons as Grayslake Central’s head football coach.

    Ault steps down at Graylake Central

    Another Lake County high school is seeking a head football coach. Grayslake Central athletic director Steve Gertz has confirmed that Ben Ault has stepped down after just two seasons. Ault’s wife recently gave birth to the couple’s first child.


    Girls basketball/Fox Valley roundup

    Harvest Christian 42, Christian Liberty 22: Kylee Knox led Harvest Christian (11-8) to a victory against Christian Liberty Saturday in a nonconference game that was scheduled after the Northeastern Athletic Conference tournament was canceled due to the weather. Knox had 25 points, including a 6-for-6 free throw performance. Harvest Christian 52, Luther North 49: The Lions (11-8) also defeated Luther North. Kylee Knox led Harvest Christian with 24 points. Rachel Oostdyk finished with 12 points and Morgan Lockwood added 11 points.Grayslake Central 39, Hampshire 33: The Whip-Purs (7-13, 2-7) suffered a loss to Fox Valley Conference Fox Division opponent Grayslake Central Saturday. Sara Finn led Hampshire with 9 points, while Tricia Dumoulin contributed 8 points.Hersey 55, Cary-Grove 29: Katie Barker led the Trojans (13-9) with 12 points during nonconference competition against Hersey. St. Edward 35, Rosary 34: Katie Swanson helped lead the Green Wave (13-7, 5-2) to victory in Suburban Christian Conference Blue Division play Saturday. Swanson (12 points) made a free throw with 6.6 seconds left in the game to put St. Edward up by one. Casey Gredzieleski finished with 8 points for St. Edward.St. Charles North 67, Larkin 47: The Royals (7-14, 2-7) suffered an Upstate Eight Conference River Division loss Saturday. Marlee Kyles led Larkin with 19 points, while Quixmia Washington (14 points) and Victoria Patterson (10) also contributed.Postponements: Dundee-Crown’s scheduled FVC Valley game at McHenry was postponed due to a contract mix-up, and Burlington Central’s Big Northern East game at Genoa-Kingston was postponed due to the weather.


    Blackhawks game day
    Winnipeg Jets at Blackhawks scouting report


    Sox’s Ventura says criticism ‘part of the job’

    Robin Ventura realizes criticism is part of major-league baseball, so he shrugged off a SoxFest fan's suggestion he was lacking a "pulse" last season. General manager Rick Hahn had thoughts of his own.

    Tyler Flowers, celebrating a 3-run homer with Dayan Viciedo last season, remains one of the White Sox’ top two catchers along with Josh Phegley.

    White Sox give Flowers, Phegley a second look

    While some White Sox fans still think A.J. Pierzynski should be in uniform, general manager Rick Hahn is building a younger core of players. Hahn is also giving Josh Phegely and Tyler Flowers another chance after both catchers struggled last season.


    Wheaton Academy withstands Marmion’s best shot

    Wheaton Academy had it happen earlier — getting punched in the mouth and not responding, to quote boys basketball coach Pete Froedden. Saturday the Warriors took the jab and countered.

    LIbertyville’s Pat King swims in the 200 yard freestyle during St. Charles North 12th Annual Varsity swimming invite Saturday in St. Charles.

    St. Charles North tunes up for postseason

    For years, St. Charles North’s final boys swimming regular season meet has been its own invitational — a meet that brings an eclectic mix of teams to the North Stars pool. Saturday, the North Stars got a chance to test themselves against state powers such as Normal U-High, Libertyville and strong area teams including Barrington and Peoria Notre Dame. St. Charles North finished fifth in its eight-team invitational and now heads into a competitive break that ends Feb. 7-8 with the Upstate Eight Conference meets.


    Winning wears well on Mundelein

    Practice won’t stink for Mundelein’s girls basketball team Monday. Not only should the Mustangs have a bounce in their step after their 10th win in 11 games — the latest being Saturday night’s 46-44 victory over Zion-Benton that knocked the Zee-Bees from the unbeaten ranks in the North Suburban Lake Division — but they won’t have to wear those ugly, smelly, reversible, PE-class tops.


    Elgin blasts Batavia by 30 over middle 2 quarters

    Falling behind Batavia by as many as 10 points midway through the second quarter, Elgin basketball coach Mike Sitter continued to instill faith in his team from the bench Saturday night.


    Robert, Kawaoka go 1-2 again for Naperville North

    The 1-2 punch of Michaela Robert and Anneli Kawaoka can be devastating when the two gymnasts are at their best.

    The Bulls’ D.J. Augustin, right, looks to pass around Charlotte Bobcats’ Bismack Biyombo, left, during Saturday night’s game in Charlotte, N.C. The Bulls beat the Bobcats 89-87.

    Augustin’s 28 points lift Bulls over Bobcats 89-87

    D.J. Augustin scored 15 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter and the Chicago Bulls held off the Charlotte Bobcats 89-87 Saturday night to get back above .500.The former Bobcats point guard hit 4 of 5 shots from the field in the fourth quarter, including three 3-pointers, to help break open a tight game. The Bulls (22-21) have won 10 of their last 13 games.


    Brunson, Stevenson win this collision decision

    As Stevenson and Marian Catholic squared off in the “When Sides Collide” Shootout at Glenbard East, it was a showcase for two of the best guards in the state. And the Patriots’ Jalen Brunson and the Spartans’ Tyler Ulis certainly lived up to their billing. In the end, it was Brunson having the greater impact with 32 points in Stevenson’s 76-66 win on Saturday in Lombard.

    Waubonsie Valley’s Mitch Kroening takes the 182-pound match final vs. Neuqua Valley’s Connor Swier at the Upstate Eight Conference wrestling championship at Elgin High School on Saturday.

    St. Charles East repeats Upstate Eight feat

    A perfect final round led to a perfect ending for St. Charles East on Saturday afternoon. Ryan Valesh and Isaiah Vela inspired five consecutive championships beginning at 132 pounds, and along with Anthony Rubino’s crown at 113 to start things off, the Saints won all six of their finals to lift the Upstate Eight Conference trophy for a second straight year.

    Michael Hsu of Glenbard West took part in the 200 IM during the Hinsdale Central boys swimming invitational Saturday.

    Shaver, Hsu show Glenbard co-op’s progress

    Even though it finished way back in the pack in the team standings at Saturday’s Red Devil Invitational at Hinsdale Central, the Glenbard West/South co-op swimmers produced several highlights that demonstrate that the future looks bright for a team in only its second year of existence. Leading the way for Glenbard was a pair of swimmers who are both candidates to qualify for the state meet and who form the nucleus of some pretty promising freestyle relay teams.

    Austin Salisbury of Warren takes a leg of the 200-yard free relay on Saturday at Hinsdale Central.

    Libertyville, U-High test the waters at St. Charles N.

    It’s hard to call anything in the boys swim season prior to the state meet a “preview,” because athletes are in various states of training exhaustion prior to that final weekend. But two of the teams expected to battle for a state trophy in Evanston Feb. 28-March 1 got a look at each other at the St. Charles North Invitational, and put together some very high-quality competition. Libertyville, which finished fourth in the state a year ago, placed second at the St. Charles North Invitational. The meet’s winner was Normal U-High, which was fifth in the state last year.


    Maine West wins as Bongiorno collects win No. 200

    It was an evening of nice, round numbers for the Maine West boys basketball program. The Warriors squared their season record at 8-8 with a 77-63 victory over Chicago Collins as Maine West coach John Bongiorno earned career victory No. 200.


    Seberger, Geneva shoot by St. Charles East

    Geneva senior sharpshooter Morgan Seberger shook hands after the Vikings’ 63-56 win at St. Charles East with a rather heavily wrapped right hand. Luckily for the Vikings that right hand — Seberger’s shooting hand — felt fine during the game despite a cut she suffered in the first half.


    Strong finish powers Prospect at Elk Grove

    Ultimately, it came down to free throws and defense for Prospect in the Knights’ 52-48 road victory over Elk Grove in Mid-Suburban League East play on Saturday night.

    Savanah Uveges

    Uveges, South Elgin knock off Bartlett for 7th straight win

    When it comes to crunchtime in big games, Division I athletes have a tendency to shine — even if the game is in a sport different from the one said athlete will be playing in college. South Elgin senior standout Savanah Uveges, who will play soccer on scholarship at Nebraska, proved again she’s a pretty good basketball player, too, on Saturday as she led her team to a thrilling 47-43 come-from-behind win over U-46 rival Bartlett in a key Upstate Eight Conference Valley Division girls basketball game at South Elgin.


    Lothery gives Meadows a big lift

    On a night when both teams found their offense deserting them, Rolling Meadows’ John Lothery was like an oasis. Lothery was instant offense for the Mustangs. The sophomore scored all of his 11 points in just over two minutes of the third quarter to help host Rolling Meadows pull away from Buffalo Grove 41-33 on Saturday in Mid-Suburban East play.

    Marcus Carter-Buckman of Palatine competes in the 200-yard freestyle during the Hinsdale Central invitational on Saturday.

    Miseyka, Barrington staying focused

    By itself, Sam Miseyka’s 100-yard breaststroke time on Saturday wasn’t so spectacular. But dig into the 1:02.98 time a bit, and it looks more than just decent. It was the senior’s best time of the year. It was 1 second faster than he was at this point a year ago, when he qualified for the state meet in the event. Oh yes, and that time was good enough to win the 100 breaststroke title in a very competitive St. Charles North Invitational field.


    Haas’ hot start helps Hersey hang loss on Wheeling

    Hersey needed to get a fast start against Wheeling in Arlington Heights Saturday night. They received just that from junior guard Payton Haas. Haas scored 14 of his team-high 17 points in the first half in leading the Huskies to a 63-55 win over the Wildcats in Mid-Suburban East play. The win avenges a loss at Wheeling in December.


    Lake Zurich reverts to form, stops Wauconda

    A pair of bruising losses didn’t have Lake Zurich cruising into Saturday night’s North Suburban Conference boys basketball crossover game at Wauconda. But the Bears got into Kruse control early. And Lake Zurich (13-9) raced away in the final 11 minutes to a 66-48 victory behind 20 points and 10 rebounds from senior Brad Kruse and 23 points from junior Mike Travlos.

    Conant girls basketball coach Dan Travers receives a standing ovation from his players and fans after receiving a plaque from athletic director John Kane on Saturday before a game with Crystal Lake South at Conant. Travers has coached high school basketball for 38 years.

    Conant honors Travers — with comeback win

    In the spring of 1989, the chairman of the social studies department at Conant High School was looking to hire a teacher. “He asked me what I knew about Dan Travers,” said Bruce Hildabrand, then in his fourth year in the department. “I said ‘I can guarantee you he will work hard.’ About three of four weeks later after he was hired, he (the chairman) told me you were right. He’s a terrific worker and a terrific guy.” That ‘terrific guy’ got a terrific retirement send-off on Saturday afternoon at Conant High School, where he has coached and taught for 25 years.

    Warren’s Emery Parker, top, wrestles Marian Central’s Thomas Welch in a 160-pound match at Warren on Saturday.

    Warren impresses with winning responses

    Warren wrestling coach Jim Ouimette was concerned about how his team was going to respond after suffering a tough 31-28 North Suburban Conference loss to Mundelein on Friday night. But the host Blue Devils did not let their coach down as they rolled to a 49-18 nonconference victory over Marian Central in the first round Saturday. They ended up going 3-0 in a triple dual that also included Grayslake Central, McHenry and Marian Central.


    VH, Lake Park and Jacobs’ Biondo headed for state

    The IHSA changed its format in boys bowling this year for teams trying to reach the state tournament at St. Clair Bowl in O’Fallon next weekend. They’ve added a regional round, which was held last weekend, and combined the sectionals into a total of four for the entire state. This much hasn’t changed: Lake Park and Vernon Hills are once again in the thick of the postseason picture. The Lancers and Cougars are two of the six teams that qualified from Saturday’s Rockford Boylan sectional. Brandon Biondo of Jacobs was the top individual bowler and Jason Soto of Geneva also advanced.

    Blackhawks center Andrew Shaw celebrates his goal against the Red Wings goalie last week.

    Shaw eager to remain Kane’s center for Blackhawks

    Finding a center to play with Patrick Kane has been an ongoing problem for the Blackhawks and coach Joel Quenneville. For now the job belongs to Andrew Shaw after stints in the middle of the second line by Michal Handzus, Marcus Kruger and even Kris Versteeg. So far Quenneville has liked what he has seen from Shaw, Kane and Brandon Saad.

    White Sox general manager Rick Hahn speaks during this weekend’s SoxFest.

    Hahn, Sox make big progress in little time

    White Sox GM Rick Hahn continues the very difficult process of rebuilding the club on the fly at the major league level, while also attempting to put a team on the field that fans will pay to watch. It is tricky, but Hahn doesn’t have the luxury of blowing it up and starting over.

    Parker DeLoye runs the last leg as Barrington wins the 4 x 100-meter relay in last spring’s Lake County meet at Lake Zurich. DeLoye has committed to a track and field future at Kentucky.

    Barrington’s Deloye commits to Kentucky

    When Barrington senior Parker Deloye was in eighth grade, he recalled watching some of the best track and field athletes of the Southeastern Conference run and compete for national titles. Now he has a chance to be one of them. Shortly after making an official visit, Deloye gave his formal commitment to the University of Kentucky in Lexington, where he will compete as a decathlete the next four years.


    Loyola of Chicago beats Northern Iowa 93-87 in OT

    Milton Doyle scored eight of his 28 points in overtime to lift Loyola of Chicago to a 93-87 overtime victory over Northern Iowa on Saturday. Doyle hit a 3-pointer and was 5 of 6 from the line as Loyola outscored Northern Iowa 17-11 in overtime. Doyle finished 8 of 11 from the field and made 10 of his 11 free throws attempts.


    Edwin scores 30, Seton Hall tops DePaul 86-69

    Fuquan Edwin scored 22 of his game-high 30 points in the first half to power Seton Hall to its first Big East home victory of the season, 86-69, over DePaul Saturday at the Prudential Center. Edwin’s performance didn’t come as a surprise to DePaul (10-11, 2-6 Big East) because he’s done this before against the Blue Demons.


    Wolves rebound with 2-1 win over Toronto

    The Chicago Wolves earned a hard-fought 2-1 victory over the Toronto Marlies on Saturday afternoon at Ricoh Coliseum. Left wings Dmitrij Jaskin and Chris Porter got on the board for Chicago, and defenseman Brent Regner dished out 2 assists. Goaltender Jake Allen backstopped the victory, with the only blemish coming on one of Toronto’s seven power plays.

    Tiger Woods watches his approach shot on the second hole of the South Course at Torrey Pines during the third round of the Farmers Insurance Open golf tournament Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, in San Diego. Woods bogeyed the hole. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

    Woodland takes 1-shot lead; Tiger headed home

    Gary Woodland didn't have to overpower the par 5s to take the lead at Torrey Pines. Woodland made five birdies on another tough day of scoring on the South Course for a 2-under 70. That gave him a one-shot lead over 20-year-old Jordan Spieth (75) and Marc Leishman of Australia (72) going into the final round of the Farmers Insurance Open. The final round won't include Tiger Woods. In a shocking performance at course where he has won eight times, Woods went seven straight holes with a bogey or worse and matched his worst score on American soil with a 79. Woods missed the 54-hole cut

    Wake Forest forward Arnaud William Adala Moto (45) gets by the Notre Dame forwards Tom Knight (25) and Zach Auguste (30) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game at the Joel Coliseum in Winston-Salem, N.C., Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/The Winston-Salem Journal, Bruce Chapman)

    Wake beats Irish 65-58 to remain perfect at home

    Devin Thomas couldn't miss for Wake Forest. With the game on the line, neither could Codi Miller-McIntyre. Thomas scored 21 points on near-perfect shooting and Miller-McIntyre had six of his eight points in the final 2 minutes of the Demon Deacons' 65-58 victory over Notre Dame on Saturday.

    South wide receiver Kevin Norwood (83), of Alabama, celebrates with tight end Crockett Gilmore (86), of Colorado State, following Gilmore’s touchdown catch during the first quarter of the Senior Bowl NCAA college football game on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, in Mobile, Ala. At right is North safety Jimmie Ward (15), of Northern Illinois.

    Carr, Fales help South to 20-10 Senior Bowl win

    Derek Carr and David Fales both threw touchdown passes and Auburn’s Dee Ford racked up two sacks in the South’s 20-10 victory over the North in the Senior Bowl on Saturday. The showcase game for top senior NFL prospects was mostly dominated by the defenses, including big plays from two defenders from national runner-up Auburn. Ford polished off his week by twice sacking Virginia Tech’s Logan Thomas in the first half and Chris Davis had an interception.


    Glenbard South continues to pile up the points

    The way Glenbard South is playing, the girls basketball playoffs can’t come soon enough.


    Oakland scores at buzzer to beat Ill-Chicago 76-75

    Duke Mondy hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer and Oakland secured a 76-75 comeback over Illinois-Chicago on Saturday. Oakland led 2-0 to start but trailed the rest of the way until Travis Bader made a 3-pointer with 4:20 to play. In the remaining minutes there were five lead changes and two ties. Illinois-Chicago was ahead by two with 4.4 seconds to go but Mondy responded with his 3 to end the game.


    Buffalo tops NIU 75-67

    Javon McCrea’s 20 points and big second half Saturday helped Buffalo hold off a surging Northern Illinois for a 75-67 win. McCrea scored 13 points in the second half, including a dunk that broke a 48-48 tie to give Buffalo (10-6, 4-2 Mid-American) a lead they never relinquished. Joshua Freelove scored 13 points and Will Regan added 12 for Buffalo.

    Iowa center Gabriel Olaseni, right, pressures Northwestern center Alex Olah under the basket during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, in Evanston, Ill. Iowa won 76-50. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    Northwestern can't keep up with Iowa, falls 76-50

    Northwestern isn’t on the level of No. 10 Iowa. That was apparent Saturday.Drew Crawford had 20 points for the Wildcats in a 76-50 loss to the Hawkeyes. Northwestern (10-11, 3-5 Big Ten) had won three of four but never led and couldn’t keep up with Iowa, which outscored them 46-26 in the second half. The Wildcats only shot 36.4 percent from the field (20 of 55).


    Fire has more competitions for ironman Berry

    Austin Berry was an ironman for the Chicago Fire last season, playing every minute of every game. The additions of Jhon Kennedy Hurtado and Patrick Ianni make that less likely.

    Former Louisville defensive line coach Clint Hurtt, left, helped put together the No. 1 college defense with head coach Charlie Strong last season. Hurtt has joined the Bears as a defensive line assistant.

    Bears hire defensive assistant from Louisville

    Assistant defensive line coach Michael Sinclair became the third Bears defensive assistant to lose his job Saturday in the wake of an historically bad 2013 season. Sinclair will be replaced by Clint Hurtt, a former defensive assistant at Louisville, which had the nation's top-ranked defense in 2013.



    Michaels Stores investigating possible data breach

    CEO Chuck Rubin suggests Michaels customers take steps to protect themselves, such as reviewing their account statements for unauthorized charges.

    Dormant canola plants in a field near El Reno, Okla. U.S. farmers say the federal governmentís recent announcement that it wants to ban unhealthy trans fats could mean big things for the nation’s canola industry.

    Ban on trans fats would be boon for canola growers

    Canola seeds produce oil with less saturated fat than many cooking oils and got a boost last fall when the Food and Drug Administration announced it was changing its view on trans fats. The FDA issued a preliminary decision that trans fat, also called partially hydrogenated oils, would no longer be listed as “generally recognized as safe” and began taking comment from the food industry on a timeline for eliminating their use.

    Head of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde, smiles Saturday during a session at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

    Lagarde warns of risks to global recovery

    Despite growing evidence the global economy is faring better than it has for years, Christine Lagarde said policymakers around the world have to be alert to the potential repercussions from the Fed’s “tapering,” a policy change it decided to embark upon in December.

    Scarlett Johansson arrives for the screening of the film ‘Her’ at the 8th edition of the Rome International Film Festival in Rome.

    Johansson addresses criticism over SodaStream deal

    Scarlett Johansson is responding to criticism over her new ad campaign for an Israeli company that operates in the West Bank.

    123456 and 12345678 are two of the most common — and worst — passwords people use.

    The Internet’s 25 worst passwords, and what they say about you

    In the spirit of educational password-shaming, here’s SplashData’s list of this year’s 25 worst passwords, along with our own expert analysis of what each one says about the sort of person who uses it.

    Members of the Housing Rights Committee of San Francisco and other activists protest outside City Hall in San Francisco on Tuesday. San Francisco officials approved plan to start regulating employee shuttles for companies like Google, Facebook and Apple, charging a fee for those that use public bus stops and controlling where they load and unload. Private shuttle buses have created traffic problems, blocking public bus stops during peak commute hours.

    San Francisco charges tech giants for employee shuttles

    San Francisco approved a new pilot plan to regulate private employee shuttles operated by tech giants such as Facebook and Google and charge a fee for the vehicles to use public bus stops. The shuttles, which transport thousands of workers each day around the city and to Silicon Valley, have for some become a symbol of economic inequality and rising housing costs and evictions in San Francisco.

    Duolingo, a smartphone app, lets you take basic lessons in Spanish, German, French, Italian and Portuguese.

    App reviews: Sunrise, Duolingo

    A clean but full-featured calendar program, Sunrise aims to make sure that you’re on top of your schedule to sunset and beyond. A smartphone app from Duolingo that lets you take basic lessons in Spanish, German, French, Italian and Portuguese.

    Trove, a new social reader, tries to tailor curated content.

    Can a social reader app move from useful to fun?

    The death of Google Reader, may it rest in peace, was difficult for everyone. For those obsessed with Google’s RSS offering, the alternatives seemed annoying. Curating a solid RSS feed with a good balance of news takes time. Trove, a new iOS social reader is an attempt to take social news curation in a more productive and tailored direction.

    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife are donating $5 million to help expand a community health center in Silicon Valley.

    Zuckerberg gives $5 million for health center

    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife are donating $5 million to help expand a community health center in Silicon Valley.

    This undated screenshot shows Candy Crush Saga, the maddeningly addictive mobile game that involves matching bright-hued virtual candies in a row to have them disappear, only to be replaced by more.

    Review: Crushed by ‘Candy Crush Saga’

    Many people remember where they were when man first walked on the moon. I remember where I was when I passed Level 86 of “Candy Crush Saga,” the maddeningly addictive game that involves matching bright-hued virtual candies to have them disappear, only to be replaced by more. I'm not alone. There are hoardes of Candy Crush addicts out there.

    President Barack Obama speaks about NSA surveillance in the South Court Auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, in Washington.

    Verizon reports 1,000-1,999 security data orders

    Verizon Communications Inc. says it received between 1,000 and 1,999 government requests for customer information related to national security last year.


    Ohio man questioned over Google Glass in theater

    Federal authorities say they questioned an Ohio man they suspected of recording a movie in a theater with his Google Glass computer-in-eyeglass device.

    A robotic arm, left, puts a package of Pringles on the serving tray of another robot to deliver it to an imaginary patient in a mock hospital room at the Technical University of Eindhoven, Netherlands. People may fear that robots will take jobs in the future, but they should worry more about the U.S. government not supporting measures to improve innovation.

    View: worry less about robots, more about Washington

    It’s hard to know sometimes which is the greater threat to prosperity -- headlong technological progress that’s destroying decent jobs and hollowing out the middle class, or fading technological progress that’s causing persistently slow growth. With a little ingenuity, you could no doubt combine these ideas and worry that technological progress is both too fast and too slow.

    Value Creators & Company CEO Park Jaeuk shows his company’s app Between on a screen at his office in Seoul, South Korea. Created by the Seoul-based startup, Between hit 5 million downloads in two years. About two-thirds of the users are in South Korea with their average age in the mid-20s. Between has attracted more than half a million users in Japan and is expanding in Thailand and Singapore. Hundreds of thousands of Chinese and American couples have also joined.

    Will you be my Between? An app for lovers

    A growing number of young couples in Asia are sharing special moments in the privacy of Between, a tight networking app that links only two people. In an age of social media overload where tweets, Instagram and Facebook postings can invite unwanted attention from parents and employers, Between feels like a digital safe haven that blocks outside noise and keeps memories just for two.

Life & Entertainment

    Realtors Bob and Lisa Wisdom say a low inventory of homes for sale, coupled with some harsh winter weather, has given the real estate market a slow start in 2014.

    Winter sales are slow, but provide opportunity

    Good things are happening in the local real estate market, but it is also experiencing some growing pains, said Bob Wisdom of RE/MAX Horizon in Elgin, who sells as a team with his wife, Lisa. Finding the perfect home right now might be difficult because of a shortage of available homes.

    William H. Macy, writer/director/cast member of “Rudderless,” says making the film was the most intense and invigorating work he’s ever done.

    William H. Macy makes directing debut at Sundance

    The aftermath of an American school shooting relates to William H. Macy’s directorial debut. The award-winning actor premiered his first feature-directing effort at the Sundance Film Festival Friday, where he received a standing ovation from the capacity crowd.

    In this July 27, 2013 file photo, Chicago White Sox’s Adam Dunn reacts after striking out during the first inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals in Chicago. Dunn has a small role as a bartender in the film “Dallas Buyers Club”. White Sox manager Robin Ventura said on Saturday that it was surprising to see Dunn on the screen.

    Slugger Dunn plays role in ‘Dallas Buyers Club’

    Baseball fans who go see the movie “Dallas Buyers Club” might recognize a familiar face behind the bar. Chicago White Sox slugger Adam Dunn has a small role as a bartender in the film starring Matthew McConaughey that earned six Academy Award nominations.

    This Nov. 20, 2011 file photo shows Selena Gomez during arrivals to the 2011 American Music Awards in Los Angeles. Los Angeles police have arrested a 19-year-old man on suspicion of trespassing at the home of singer-actress Selena Gomez. Officials said a family member called 911 Saturday after seeing an intruder on the property in the Tarzana area.

    Intruder arrested at Selena Gomez’s home

    Los Angeles police have arrested a 19-year-old man on suspicion of trespassing at the home of singer-actress Selena Gomez. Officer Rosario Herrera says a family member called 911 Saturday morning after seeing an intruder on the property in the San Fernando Valley’s Tarzana area.

    Comedian Erik Griffin is set to perform at Zanies in Rosemont.

    Weekend picks: Comedian Erik Griffin takes stage at Zanies

    Erik Griffin (Comedy Central's "Workaholics") brings his stand-up to Zanies in Rosemont for two shows Saturday. John Heffron plays Schaumburg's Improv Comedy Showcase for a weekend of gigs. And Lake Villa's Ribfest will be serving up grilled deliciousness Saturday afternoon.

    Mary Anne Saunders, left, adopts Josie, a terrier/poodle mix, from Melissa Morgan, a kennel attendant and adoption counselor at St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center in Madison, N.J. Josie was one of the last of 45 Tennessee dogs adopted when Mary Anne Saunders took her home to live with three cats. The dogs were rounded up at overcrowded shelters in Tennessee and brought to St. Hubertís in Madison, N.J., which had enough open kennels for all the dogs.

    Map pinpoints shelters with too many, too few dogs

    The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals recently launched a program that maps out animal shelters with a dearth of dogs and shelters that have too many. The first national program of its kind, MAP, which stands for Moving Animals Places, allows shelters to contact one another and work out moves that will put pets in places where they are more likely to be adopted. Since the free online database started in July, 347 shelters in 47 states and Puerto Rico have signed on.

    Actor Toby Stephens stars in “Black Sails,” premiering Saturday on Starz.

    ‘Black Sails’ star not worried about mom’s review

    Toby Stephens may be concerned about reviews of his portrayal of Captain Flint in the Starz’s series “Black Sails.” There is, however, one viewer he’s not worried about — his mother, actress Maggie Smith.

    Kevin Kline, left, Morgan Freeman, Robert De Niro and Michael Douglas star as old friends partying in Sin City in “Last Vegas.”

    DVD previews: ‘Last Vegas,’ ‘Rush’

    Coming out on DVD are an eclectic mix of films, including the al-star "Last Vegas," the family-friendly "Cloudy with a Chance for Meatballs 2" and the adrenaline-fueled "Rush."

    A pencil cactus, the common name for Euphorbia tirucalli, is an easy-to-care-for houseplant. A single plant looks like many slender, green pencils, each one or more stuck on the end, or growing off the side, of the one before it. A couple of small, elongated leaves perch inconspicuously and briefly at the end of the “pencils,” relegating photosynthesis to the succulent, green stems.

    Sap aside, pencil cactus is nice indoors and out

    Pencil cactus is a fitting common name for Euphorbia tirucalli, even though the plant would be useless for writing and is not really a cactus. A single plant looks like many slender, green pencils, each stuck on the end or growing off the side of the one before it. A couple of small, elongated leaves perch inconspicuously and briefly at the end of the “pencils,” relegating photosynthesis to the succulent, green stems.

    Guy Clark, the West Texas songwriter who penned such country hits as “L.A. Freeway” and “Desperados Waiting for a Train,” is nominated for a Grammy for his album “My Favorite Picture of You.”

    50-year age difference for Grammy folk nominees

    Folk music has always been hard to nail down to a certain style or sound. This year’s nominees for best folk album at the Grammy Awards prove there’s also no age limit for musicians in this category, either. At just 22, singer and mandolin player Sarah Jarosz represents the genre’s steady growth in popularity among younger fans. She counts fellow nominee, 72-year-old singer-songwriter Guy Clark, among her influences growing up in Texas. “I think the coolest part this year has been actually being in these categories with some people that I really love, some musicians that are really good friends and heroes of mine,” Jarosz said.

    Take a Stroller Tour at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago to get out of the house and into some art on Wednesday, Feb. 5.

    On the road: Bring the kids along to MCA

    The Museum of Contemporary Art offers stroller-friendly tours so you can expose the kiddies to art. And the Museum of Science and Industry brings out 80 new artifacts for its 80-year anniversary. This February, Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago offers romantic overnight packages and side-by-side spa treatments.


    Book notes: Naperville native signs debut novel at NCC
    Author Rachel Louise Snyder, a former Naperville North High School student and a graduate of North Central College in Naperville, presents her debut novel, “What We’ve Lost is Nothing,” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, at Madden Theater, in the lower level of Wentz Hall on the campus of North Central College in Naperville.

    At Sunday’s Grammy Awards, Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney will perform together for the first time since 2010.

    So many Grammy moments to keep you glued to tube

    Predicting who will come up with the next morning’s water-cooler moment at Sunday’s Grammy Awards is just as difficult as guessing who will win album of the year. Grammy producers seem to have found the magic formula lately, pairing artists in ways that may not make sense when we first hear about them, but have made for compelling television nonetheless. In 2014 we have the head-scratchers Metallica with classical pianist Lang Lang, Kendrick Lamar with Imagine Dragons, and Robin Thicke with Chicago, and we can’t wait to see how they turn out.


    Breaking the logjam on HECM reverse mortgages

    People reaching retirement age are living longer than ever, and retiring with less capacity to maintain their living standards. Yet most retiring seniors own homes in which they have significant equity, which could be unlocked by taking a HECM reverse mortgage.


    How long to wait when switching agents

    Q. We are trying to sell my deceased mother’s house. The listing contract expires this month. We are unhappy with the Realtor and will likely list with someone else. My sister-in-law thinks there is a period of time that must pass before the home appears as a new listing again.


    Tips for tackling home organization in 2014

    Nicole Anzia, owner of the professional organizing business Neatnik and a monthly organizing columnist for The Washington Post, was the guest recently on The Post’s Home Front online chat. Here is an edited excerpt:

    Places to store papers in your home office: left, Russell + Hazel’s acrylic collator, available at See Jane Work; right, the Pilsen Salt Filing Cabinet from Crate &Barrel.

    In the home office, organization is Job 1

    As technology has evolved so rapidly in the past 10 years, so has the notion of a home office. We increasingly carry around work and personal files on a handheld device or laptop. But despite this convenience, it still helps to have a designated spot in your home to work.



    The Soapbox

    Daily Herald editors write about effective and ineffective programs and an exciting prep sports event in the suburbs, as well as other topics.


    Comments ignore true responsibility
    An Island Lake letter to the editor: Re: Island Lake police pension underfunding reports alarm former VOIL officials. The DH blog comments attempt shifting responsibility to everyone but the commenters


    Keep horse racing healthy in Illinois
    A letter to the editor: Illinois legislators will reconvene in Springfield on Wednesday to hear Gov. Pat Quinn’s State of the State address. It is also imperative that they take the time to pass legislation allowing Advance Deposit Wagering.


    Chicago’s bizarre crackdown on e-cigs
    The city of Chicago, in its infinite wisdom, has severely restricted use of e-cigarettes. Why? Because they can’t figure out if they are dangerous.According to an article on the FDA website, electronic cigarettes have not been fully studied so they don’t know of any potential dangers. It states, “Only e-cigarettes that are marketed for therapeutic purposes are currently regulated by the FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.” Huh? Does that mean that “marketed for therapeutic purposes” indicates that they have been fully studied? E-Cigarettes have been available for many years, why haven’t they been fully studied?Another concern is “secondhand vapor.” If you’ve ever been to the theater where a mist/fog machine was used, you have been exposed to “secondhand vapor.” Yep, it’s the same chemical. I don’t see anyone rushing to ban those machines.I use an e-cigarette. It helped me quit smoking. I have worked my way down from 16mg of nicotine to 6mg in less than four months. I told my doctor about it, and he is happy I quit tobacco. I have had no adverse effects. On the contrary, I’ve stopped coughing and can take nice deep breaths while still enjoying the sensation of smoking.There is no doubt that e-cigarettes and e-liquid should not be marketed or sold to those under 18 years of age. However, the other restrictions are just a mean-spirited effort by power happy politicians to make people conform to their view of the universe. They also haven’t found a way to tax them yet and that’s probably the real reason they are being restricted. If Chicago politicians were really concerned about public health, they would quit adding runways to O’Hare. Studies have shown that people who live under flight paths have higher instances of cancer. Talk about hypocrites.Terry TallianWood Dale


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