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Daily Archive : Saturday February 8, 2014

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    Out & About Worth checking out in Lake County
    Lake Out & About for June 18, 2014

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    Conant High School's cheer team performs in the coed team category at the IHSA state finals on Saturday in Bloomington.

    Suburban cheer teams take home top prizes

    Suburban cheerleading squads dominated the state championship finals in Bloomington Saturday. Conant High School clinched the coed title, while Neuqua Valley and Buffalo Grove came out as top finishers.

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    Barrington High School's cheer team celebrates taking third place in the coed team category at the IHSA state finals on Saturday in Bloomington.

    Images: Competitive Cheerleading finals
    The IHSA Competitive Cheerleading finals were held Saturday, February 8 at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington.

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    The FBI is looking for Sandra Gonzalez, a 16-year-old missing from Houston who was recently seen in Des Plaines.

    Missing Houston girl, 16, last seen in Des Plaines

    The FBI is seeking the public's help in the search for a 16-year-old girl from Houston who was last seen in Des Plaines. Sandra Gonzalez, described as 5 feet 1 inch, 120 pounds, was seen with a 35-year-old man in the suburb, authorities said.

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    A fresh blanket of snow falls on a field in Naperville Saturday afternoon.

    Snow's over, but subzero chill returns Sunday

    The latest snow should begin to taper off for much of the suburbs by Saturday night, according to the National Weather Service. Overnight, an inch or two should blanket an area south of Interstate 80. “It’s kind of two different little systems,” meteorologist Gino Izzi said. Then another round of bitter cold will move in late Sunday and into Monday morning, when wind chills are...

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    Salsa the petit basset griffon vendeen takes a jump during the Masters Agility Championship at Westminster.

    Border collie wins Westminster agility trial

    The agility trial added a dynamic, fast-growing sport to the nation’s best-known dog show and marked the first time mixed-breed dogs have appeared there in 130 or more years. Dogs are judged on accuracy and speed as they navigate jumps, tunnels, ramps and other objects off-leash, with handlers guiding them via calls and signals.

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    Frozen hydrants a challenge for crews battling Elburn fire

    A fire broke out in a detached garage on the 3900 block of Fabyan Parkway in Elburn Friday night, authorities said. Frozen hydrants posed a challenge for crews battling the blaze.

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    Two jump into Arkansas river to avoid semi; 1 missing

    Three people were outside their vehicles after an earlier accident on the icy Interstate 30 bridge near Fulton, Ark., when a commercial truck jackknifed and slid toward them. Two people leapt over the guardrail and into the water during 29-degree weather. One person was recovered almost immediately, according to Arkansas State Police spokesman Bill Sadler.

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    Kendra Moldenhauer of West Dundee points out dogs on the Free Spirit Siberian Rescue sled demo team to her 1-year-old daughter, Trente, at Hickory Knolls Discovery Center Saturday. Trente, who loves dogs, said, “More, more, more!” every time they mushed by.

    Sled dogs visit Hickory Knolls Discovery Center in St. Charles

    Free Spirit Siberian Rescue out of Harvard brought their sled demo team to Discovery Days Saturday at Hickory Knolls Discovery Center St. Charles. Visitors were able to see Jason Hussong of Machesny Park and Larry Brodersen of Hampshire mush two, five-dog sled teams displaying the sport as well as getting the chance to meet the dogs up close and personal.

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    Attorney General Eric Holder testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington.

    Justice Department grants same-sex rights to all employees

    On Monday, the Justice Department will issue a policy memo to its employees instructing them to give lawful same-sex marriages full and equal recognition, to the greatest extent possible under the law.

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    Candy Ridlbauer of Northern Illinois Raptor Rehab and Education offered Birds of Prey, a program on rescue, rehabilitation and release of these birds Saturday at Roselle Public Library. She is holding a red-tailed hawk.

    Group helps people get to know “tough” raptors

    When most of us think about birds of prey, we probably think of them as the tough guys of the avian world. You know, the fierce hawk that swoops out of the tall tree, snares a fleeing mouse and then flaps away with its prize. Or maybe an owl, flying silently in the dark and zeroing in on its target like a stealth fighter. And then you meet a peregrine falcon like Stella and you hear her quack...

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    Nick Sandt, 4, of Villa Park, and Olivia Brach, 9, of Lombard, play snowman ball toss at the Lombard Park District’s annual Winter Carnival at Sunset Knoll Recreation Center Saturday.

    Lombard Winter Carnival full of snowy family fun

    The key to a great s'more? "You have to put it (the marshmallow) by the fire and make it almost golden-brown" said Monica Salonga, 10, of Villa Park. She was enjoying the activities at the Lombard Park District's Winter Carnival Saturday afternoon.

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    Sen. Mary Landrieu, a Louisiana Democrat, speaks during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington.

    Vulnerable Democrats try to work around health law

    Hit with a multimillion-dollar barrage of televised attacks, Democrats in tough re-election races want credit for trying to fix the problematic parts of the health care law at the same time they claim bragging rights for its popular provisions and allege Republicans will reverse the crackdown on insurance company abuses.

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    Cleve Carney Art Gallery curator Barb Wiesen examines a painting prior to hanging it Wednesday at the newly-renovated McAninch Arts Center at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn.

    Images: The Week in Pictures
    This edition of The Week in Pictures features more snow, sleddog demonstrations, ice skating, and a frozen fish.

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    A chair sits exposed Friday on the cracked-dry bed of the Almaden Reservoir in San Jose, Calif.

    Drought-rattled California welcomes weekend storm

    The storm deposited a foot of snow of on the top of Lake Tahoe ski resorts that have relied on man-made snow for much of the season, and elevations above 7,500 feet were expected to get another foot or two by Sunday, said Holly Osborne, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Sacramento.

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    In conjunction with the release of “The Monuments Men,” the WWII Historical Reenactment Society of Illinois/Indiana performed in the lobby of the Charlestowne 18 theaters in St. Charles Saturday. Mike Rickert of Romeoville marches across the lobby dressed as his grandfather, who was in the 9th Infantry and was one of the first soldiers to arrive in North Africa at the beginning of the war.

    Reenactors bring twist to movie playing in St. Charles

    The Classic Cinemas Charlestowne 18 theater complex brought a different twist Saturday to its showing of the new movie, “The Monuments Men,” about the people who were responsible after World War II for saving art that had been plundered by the Nazis. The WWII Historical Reenactment Society of Illinois/Indiana performed in the lobby of the St. Charles theater, adding atmosphere to the movie...

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    Phillip Seymour Hoffman posing for a portrait at The Collective and Gibson Lounge Powered by CEG, during the Sundance Film Festival, in Park City, Utah, last Jan. 19.

    Notable deaths last week

    Ecclectic, versatile actor Philip Seymour Hoffman and ex-Vice President Walter Mondale's wife are among the deaths of note this past week.

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    Joseph Blasi of Des Plaines puts a little English on his shot Saturday at the International Flipper Pinball Association tournament in Lincolnshire.

    Pinball wizards begin quest for championship at Lincolnshire event

    Jeff Hooper’s man cave buzzes with a cacophony of twerps, beeps, bells and whistles Saturday afternoon. His Lincolnshire basement is wall-to-wall pinball machines from the vintage Moulin Rouge model to the state-of-the art AC/DC game. Sixteen players matched up Saturday in one of a series of state championships, with winners moving on to a national tournament in Denver this May.

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    Privacy expert Christopher Parsons outside his Toronto office on Wednesday. The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s nightly news program, ‘The National,’ revealed the names of three NSA employees when its cameras panned across NSA documents during voice-overs.

    Media try, sometimes fail, to keep NSA’s secrets

    The accidental disclosures — the AP counted at least eight of them — involve carelessness by some television broadcasters, sloppy digital redactions applied to copies of documents and, in the Guardian’s case, an incomplete understanding of what information might be revealing.The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s nightly news program, “The National,” revealed the names of three NSA employees...

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    Arcada Theatre owner Ron Onesti has been able to consistently bring top acts to the venue.

    Memories are made at St. Charles’ Arcada

    Ron Onesti knows how to keep memories alive at his Arcada Theatre in downtown St. Charles, columnist Dave Heun says.

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    Bill would add funeral home rules on preservation

    It can take days or even weeks after someone dies before the family gives instructions on what kind of service they want, funeral directors say. Now an Illinois lawmaker with personal experience with the issue is proposing an unusual piece of legislation to address it.

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    At PK12, the last checkpoint at the exit of the town, armed men drive Friday with thousands of Muslim residents from Bangui and Mbaiki fleeing the Central African Republic capital Bangui in a mass exodus.

    Muslims targeted in Central African Republic carnage

    “We are in a moment where immediate action is needed to stop the killings,” Peter Bouckaert of Human Rights Watch told The Associated Press, calling for a full-fledged U.N. peacekeeping mission. “Otherwise the future of the Muslim community of this country will be gone.”Muslims make up about 15 percent of Central African Republic’s 4.6 million people. More than 800,000 people have fled their...

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    Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley smiles as he speaks with reporters after Chicago’s presentation to the U.S. Olympic Committee, in Washington.

    Former Chicago Mayor Daley leaves hospital

    Former Mayor Richard M. Daley left a Chicago hospital Saturday after more than a week of tests to determine why he was feeling ill and disoriented during a business trip. The 71-year-old Daley smiled and waved but did not stop to speak to the large crowd of reporters and videographers waiting outside Northwestern Memorial Hospital in downtown Chicago.

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    A man sitting on a bus helps evacuate the battleground city of Homs, Syria. Children, elderly women on wheelchairs and other civilians were evacuated Friday.

    Syrian cease-fire falters, aid halted

    Two trucks carrying food and medical supplies into rebel-held neighborhoods in the central Syrian city of Homs turned back under heavy fire Saturday, leaving four paramedics wounded as a cease-fire faltered, Syrian officials said.

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    Spain’s Princess Cristina, center, leaves the courthouse Saturday in Palma Mallorca, Spain. Cristina testified in court during a historic judicial hearing to help determine whether she and her husband illegally used funds from a company to pay for expenses, including expensive parties at their modernist Barcelona mansion.

    Spain princess testifies in historic fraud probe

    Hundreds of protesters blew whistles, revved motorcycle engines, honked car horns and chanted “Out with the Spanish crown!” near the back entrance of the island courthouse where Cristina was dropped off in a modest hatchback.She briefly smiled and said “good morning” to a mob of journalists. Castro summoned her after naming her as a fraud and money laundering suspect.

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    Ayatollah Ali Khamenei makes a speech to a group of air force members Saturday in Tehran, Iran.

    Iran says warships headed close to U.S. borders

    The voyage comes amid an ongoing push by Iran to demonstrate its ability to project power across the Middle East and beyond.

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    Julie Kane

    Mount Prospect names human services department head

    Julie Kane has bee named Mount Prospect's new human services director. She will replace longtime director Nancy Morgan, who is retiring on Feb. 20. “I’m thrilled for this opportunity,” Kane said. “I really believe in the work that human services does and I think this will be a wonderful step for me.”

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    Savannah firefighters use a ladder truck Saturday to battle a blaze in a warehouse at the Georgia Ports Authority Ocean Terminal in Savannah, Ga.

    Fire burning 5,600 tons of rubber at Savannah port

    A firewall so far had contained the fire to just half of the vast warehouse and the burning area contained about 5,600 tons of imported raw rubber used in manufacturing, said Robert Morris, spokesman for the Georgia Ports Authority,said Robert Morris, spokesman for the Georgia Ports Authority.

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    Brian Williams, not shown, program manager for the Dan River Basin Association, scoops up coal ash on his canoe paddle Wednesday from the bank of the Dan River as state and federal environmental officials continued their investigations of a spill of coal ash in Eden, N.C.

    Duke Energy apologizes for N.C. coal ash spill

    Paul Newton, president for the company’s North Carolina operations, made the apology Friday as he visited with residents in the affected towns of Eden, N.C., and Danville, Va. The company says it is developing a long-term clean-up plan for the river in consultation with state and federal environmental regulators.“We apologize and will use all available resources to take care of the river,” Newton...

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    Gloria Klimek

    Ex-parks leader wins St. Charles Charlemagne award

    Gloria Klimek, a longtime St. Charles Park District commissioner, received the 2014 Charlemagne community service award Friday night from the St. Charles Chamber of Commerce. The former park board president was a St. Charles Park District commissioner for 24 years, stepping down at the end of her term in April 2013.

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    The Girls Night Out event raises money for an endowment fund that provides scholarships to underprivileged children for Summer Camp, swimming lessons, youth sports and more. The event takes place at 7 p.m. Thursday Feb. 20, at First Place Sports Bar on Algonquin Road, in Hoffman Estates.

    Want a Girls Night Out?

    The Friends of Hoffman Estates Parks Foundation announces its second annual Girls Night Out event to raise money for its Endowment Fund. The endowment provides scholarships to low income families in Hoffman Estates who would otherwise be unable to afford, for instance, swimming lessons, youth sports, summer camp or preschool. In its first year in 2013, the event raised $2,500 for the fund.

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    Crawl-space fire damages Batavia house

    A firefighter fell on ice, straining his lower back, fighting a fire Friday night at 332 Evergreen Drive in Batavia. The firefighter was treated and released at a hospital. The fire was reported at 5:35 p.m.

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    Basement fire damages Algonquin house

    An Algonquin resident returned home Friday night to find the house on fire. Firefighters were called at 9:12 p.m. to 2141 Cumberland Parkway, according to a news release from the Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District. Fire was found in the basement and extinguished by 9:22 p.m.

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    Demonstrators from a coalition of gay rights organizations, religious and political groups protest the treatment of gays in Russia, whose coastal city of Sochi hosts the 22nd Olympic Winter Games, outside the final stop of the "Road to Sochi," a traveling exhibit hosted by the U.S. Olympic Committee, at LALive in downtown Los Angeles Friday, Feb. 7, 2014.

    No talk of gay rights, please, we're Olympians

    Olympic competition first, gay rights maybe later. Plenty of athletes made clear before traveling to Sochi how unhappy they were about gay rights being curtailed in Russia, particularly with its law banning gay "propaganda." But now in Sochi, there has not been a squeak of public protest from the 2,870 Olympians — either at venues or at Friday's opening ceremony.

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    Meryl Davis and Charlie White of the United States compete in the team ice dance short dance figure skating competition at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the 2014 Winter Olympics, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, in Sochi, Russia.

    American world champs win team short dance

    The United States got a huge lift, along with some dazzling footwork and spins, from its world champion ice dancers Saturday night. Needing a big performance from Meryl Davis and Charlie White to get back into medals contention in the new team event at the Sochi Olympics, the Americans can breathe easier. Marlie, as the 2010 silver medalists are affectionately dubbed, quickstepped to the rescue.

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    United States' Sage Kotsenburg, center, celebrates with Norway's Staale Sandbech, left, and Canada's Mark McMorris after Kotsenburg won the men's snowboard slopestyle final at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. Sandbech took the silver medal and McMorris took bronze.

    Sage Kotsenburg wins first gold in Sochi

    The first gold medal awarded at the 2014 Sochi Games ended up with three snowboarders on the top podium, hugging it out after grinding and spinning their way down the slopestyle course. Sage Kotsenburg's win showcased a different competitive vibe brought by one of the newest Olympic events, with the American celebrating his win with Norwegian and Canadian opponents as if they were teammates.

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    Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, talks with International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach, left, and Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak, right, in the presidential lounge following the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, in Sochi, Russia.

    SOCHI SCENE: Bach jabs at Bush

    IOC President Thomas Bach took a shot at former President George Bush for breaking the traditional protocol at the opening ceremony of the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City. Bach was asked at a news conference whether Russian President Vladimir Putin might use Friday night's opening ceremony in Sochi as political propaganda.

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    Kristen Rose Smith of Denver. Federal prosecutors charged Smith, a Denver woman on Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 with kidnapping her half-sister's newborn boy from a Wisconsin home hours after police discovered the infant in a storage crate outside an Iowa gas station, alive and well in single-digit weather.

    Court papers: Woman faked pregnancy, stole baby

    An hour after a woman reported her newborn son missing from a Wisconsin home, police were questioning her step-sister — found with a prosthetic pregnancy belly, baby clothes and a stroller, but no baby, according to court documents.

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    This combo made of undated file photos provided by the Chicago Police Department shows from left, Brent Vincent Betterly, of Oakland Park, Fla., Jared Chase, of Keene, N.H., and Brian Church, of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. On Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, a jury in Chicago acquitted the three NATO summit protesters of breaking Illinois' rarely tested state terrorism law, but did convict them on lesser arson counts.

    NATO trial prosecutor stands behind terror charges

    A prosecutor is standing by her decision to invoke a rarely used Illinois law to charge three protesters with terrorism in 2012 — days before NATO's Chicago summit.

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    Nightclub ceiling collapse injures 4 in Chicago

    Part of a ceiling has collapsed onto a crowd of concertgoers at a Chicago nightclub, injuring four people.

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    Northwest suburban police blotter

    A man tried to scam a woman at her Buffalo Grove home on the 100 block of Crestview around 11 a.m. Jan. 26. He came to her house and told her he was with her snow removal company and she needed to pay him $100 for the next month of snow removal.

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    Carol Stream family suing village, paramedic over 2012 death

    A Carol Stream family on Friday filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the village and a former paramedic, claiming negligence in the choking death of the two sons’ 81-year-old mother. The suit claims that on Aug. 25, 2012, the village through its employee Carey Zabran, the paramedic, “willfully and wantonly breached its duty” to “provide services that were safe for individuals lawfully in its...

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    Backpacks of school supplies, food, new dishes and clothing are among the items collected by CHIP IN Batavia. $PHOTOCREDIT_ON$courtesy of Joanne Spitz $PHOTOCREDIT_OFF$

    New Batavia charity helping homeless kids go to school

    A new charity has formed in Batavia, after a mom learned of a homeless family riding bicycles every day from a shelter in St. Charles to attend school in Batavia. CHIP IN helps homeless and impoverished students with what they need to do well in school, be it a pair of gym shoes, a snack or transportation. “I did not know there were homeless people in Batavia,” organizer Joanne Spitz said.

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    The Parkside Apartments in Glen Ellyn are up for sale and some residents say they’re worried about whether they’ll still be able to live there.

    Glen Ellyn apartment residents wary of potential sale

    Six months ago, residents in Glen Ellyn's Parkside Apartments feared they might lose their homes if the complex was placed inside a special taxing district. That threat was averted, but now the apartments are up for sale and the same residents are worried. “What’s concerning to us is who buys it and what they want to do with the property,” one resident said.

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    The former Lake County fairgrounds at routes 120 and 45 in Grayslake has remained undeveloped since the last county fair was held there in 2008.

    Grayslake hopes fee revision will make old fairgrounds site appealing

    Grayslake officials hope a lower road impact fee will make the former Lake County fairgrounds at routes 120 and 45 more marketable. The village in 2007 approved an 807,000-square-foot retail center for the prime site that hasn't materialized. “This is the first step in making it more marketable,” Mayor Rhett Taylor said of the pending change in the pact with Lake County.

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    Amateur long track speedskater Bruce Conner of Kildeer was a member of the U.S. national team in the 1970s and returned to the sport in 2005.

    Kildeer speedskater talks of his ‘personal Olympics,’ predicts American success

    The long track speedskating events are scheduled to begin today at the Sochi Olympics, and a Kildeer man predicts at least a few medals will be coming home. Kildeer resident Bruce Conner, a 57-year-old skating veteran, was on the U.S. national team as a teen, and then 29 years later. The 2013 Olympic time trials were his "personal Olympics," he said.

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    Jim Conrey

    Stevenson High School officials planning for $25 million loan

    Stevenson High School officials on Monday will approve a $25 million loan for building improvements over the next three years.

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    District 25 will teach geometry in middle schools

    Due to new Common Core standards and changing district goals, Arlington Heights Elementary District 25 is beginning a process to ramp up the difficulty of its math classes for middle schools with an eventual goal of having eighth-grade students take a high-school level geometry class.

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    Kindergarten students Reese Dobson, left, and Ruby Nissen participate as bridesmaids during Friday’s wedding ceremony for the letters Q and U.

    The wedding of Q and U

    Fifteen kindergarten students at Messiah Lutheran Preschool & Kindergarten in Wauconda held a wedding ceremony for the letters Q and U Friday morning before parents, siblings and schoolmates. The students have been learning how to blend the two letters to make words.

Sports

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    Charles Norgle III of Montini fires one down the line during Saturday’s game in Lombard. They were playing East St. Louis.

    Scouting this weekend’s DuPage County football games
    Scouting this weekend's DuPage County football games.

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    Geneva’s Jack Wassel embraces teammate Justin Taormina (5) after Taormina’s touchdown in the second quarter vs. Richards on Friday.

    Geneva takes down Richards

    Until about five Geneva defenders dragged down Richards’ tailback Romeo Johnson near midfield after a wild 30-yard scamper as time expired, Vikings’ fans were on the edge of their seats. The wild finishing play, with Johnson taking a pitch from a scrambling Hassan Muhammad-Rogers with 1.5 seconds remaining put the finishing touches on a defensive effort that helped host Geneva (2-0) claim a 22-19 non-conference win Friday night over the 6A powerhouse.

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    Geneva’s Nicole Hassels hits from the fairway on #7 Monday at the Upstate Eight Conference girls golf tournament at St. Andrews Country Club in West Chicago.

    Waubonsie Valley, St. Charles North win UEC crowns

    By Kevin McGavin


    Bing Singhsumalee capped her extraordinary four-year regular season at Waubonsie Valley with yet another superlative round of golf Monday afternoon in West Chicago. The Warriors’ defending Upstate Eight Conference champion hit all 18 greens in regulation, touring St. Andrews Golf & Country Club in 1-under par on each nine. The resulting 69 by the reigning Class AA state runner-up powered Waubonsie Valley to a 321 total as Kayla McHale and Arushi Singh complemented the championship performance with fifth- and sixth-place scores of 79 and 81.

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

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

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

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

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

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    Jackie Kemph

    Kemph surpasses 2,000 as Meadows gets big win in Quincy

    Rolling Meadows senior guard Jackie Kemph reached quite a milestone many miles away from home on Saturday night. Becoming one of the few girls basketball players in the Mid-Suburban League to reach 2,000 points, Kemph led the Mustangs’ big second-half rally in Quincy where the Mustangs topped Quincy Notre Dame 63-56 at the KHQA/Subway Superfan Shootout.

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    Aurora Central Catholic rallies past Aurora Christian

    On Aurora Central Catholic’s learning curve, this one gets pegged up high. The host Chargers countered a late deficit Saturday by outscoring Aurora Christian 6-0 over the last 4:06 to earn their first win in the Suburban Christian Conference Blue Division, 50-47.

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    Naperville North slows down Plainfield East

    Naperville North applied its Princeton-style offense in a win over Glenbard North last week, and the Huskies used that same strategy Saturday night against Plainfield East.

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    Batavia gives St. Joseph a scare

    Batavia’s basketball team finished 0-2 for the weekend following Saturday night’s 58-51 loss to perennial powerhouse St. Joseph at the 21st annual Jim and Sylvia Roberts Night of Hoops.

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    Conant win streak hits 12

    Conant’s Joe Ranallo hit a season-high in scoring with 28 points as the Cougars rolled past host Deerfield 66-46 on Saturday in nonconference play. The victory was the 12th straight for Conant (19-4), whose last loss came in holiday tournament play at York on Dec. 27.

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    West Aurora bounces back

    West Aurora basketball coach Gordie Kerkman likes that his team has often participated in the Night of Hoops at Batavia High School. Kerkman admits he hasn’t always been happy with the end results though.

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    Emotional outcome as Zion-Benton clinches Lake

    Zion-Benton’s girls basketball players had an important game to play Saturday. Which meant they couldn’t attend a benefit in Winthrop Harbor for a teammate’s ill stepdad. But, oh, did the Zee-Bees ever show up against host Stevenson in a winner-take-all North Suburban Lake Division finale. Zion-Benton played with poise down the stretch and pulled out a 61-54 win that earned the Zee-Bees a berth in Wednesday’s 7 p.m. NSC championship game at Vernon Hills.

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    Daniel White/dwhite@dailyherald.com Lake Park's Sean Gregor looks to the board after winning the 100 yard freestyle during the Boys DVC swim meet at Naperville North.

    Lake Park takes second in first DVC meet

    Newcomer Lake Park made a big splash in its first DuPage Valley Conference boys swimming meet Saturday, but it wasn't quite enough to top Naperville Central.

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    Dahlstrom, Grayslake C. win at Woodstock North

    Morgan Dahlstrom produced another big game, and Grayslake Central’s girls basketball team picked up a 54-46 win at Woodstock North in Fox Valley Fox Division action Saturday. Dahlstrom finished 28 points — one off her season and career high — and 15 rebounds.

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    Lake Zurich throws Warren for a loss

    Lake Zurich, on Throw Back Night in its old gym, pulled out a North Suburban Conference Lake Division squeaker in jaw-dropping fashion, 46-45. With 17 seconds left and Lake Zurich down by a point, guard Mike Travlos brought the ball up the length of the floor. To his surprise, as weaved around in the frontcourt, the entire right side of the lane suddenly parted like the Red Sea and Travlos drove to the basket unobstructed and unguarded.

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    West Aurora’s Sam Deisher grabs a hold of Marmion’s Oscar Garza in the 285 pound class during regional wrestling at Waubonsie Valley High School.

    Marmion dominates regional

    Moving up a class for the state wrestling tournaments has been a godsend for Marmion. The defending Class 3A team runners-up, the Cadets were in a league of their own at the Waubonsie Valley individual regional Saturday afternoon in Aurora. Crowning all but one of their 11 championship finalists, the Cadets dominated the largely Aurora and Naperville field by almost 140 points. Waubonsie Valley and Wheaton Warrenville South combined for 13 qualifiers to the Hinsdale Central sectional next week in placing a distant second and third, respectively.

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    Grayslake Central closing in on FVC Fox title

    Grayslake Central was in danger of seeing Hampshire appear even closer in the Fox Valley Conference Fox Division boys basketball race. But the Rams turned to defense and driving to put themselves in position to pull away to their third FVC Fox title in four years. They overcame a 5-point deficit in the final 1:39 of regulation and then scored 9 of the last 11 overtime points in a 66-57 victory Saturday night in Grayslake.

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    Lakes makes it happen against Grant

    Lakes’ boys basketball team earned a hard-fought 61-60 win over visiting Grant in North Suburban Prairie Division play Saturday night. Despite playing short-handed, the Eagles improved to 11-12 and year and 7-3 in the NSC Prairie Division. David Milostan led the way a season-high 18 points for Lakes, and Michal Tomasiewicz contributed 16.

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    Foley, O’Brien lead the way in Warren victory

    On Saturday night in the first game of a girls-boys doubleheader, the Blue Devils never trailed from the opening bell. Leading scorer Kristen O’Brien had 18 points, and the ninth-grader Rebekah Foley added 13 points in the 56-29 romp over Lake Zurich.

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    Huntley clinches FVC Valley title outright

    The Huntley girls basketball team clinched the outright championship of the Fox Valley Conference Valley Division Saturday with a 69-34 win over Jacobs in Algonquin. The title is Huntley’s first in girls basketball in the FVC. The Red Raiders last won a conference crown in 2002-03, their last year of competition in the Big Northern Conference.

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    Metea Valley wins 1st UEC swimming crown

    While Metea Valley might not be a brand new high school anymore, there are plenty of firsts still for it to achieve especially athletically. One came Saturday as the boys swimming team won the school’s first-ever Upstate Eight Conference championship at the league meet held at St. Charles North.

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    A win to remember for West Chicago

    West Chicago wasn’t going to let this girls basketball victory pass without enjoying it.

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    St. Edward holds off Chicago Christian

    With the snow falling and the temperature falling even more outside the gym at St. Edward, it felt like the middle of the boys basketball season rather than nearing the end. But with five games left in the regular season, the Green Wave are trying to turn around a recent trend of losing, starting with a win at home on Saturday night against Suburban Catholic Conference foe Chicago Christian, beating the Knights 58-49 in a game that was much closer at the end than the Green Wave would have liked.

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    Fremd (20-0) wins an OT thriller at Evanston

    Fremd’s 54-51 nonconference overtime win at Evanston on Saturday night had more thrills and chills than a carnival horror house. “This game shows that we can hang with good teams,” said Fremd senior Riley Glassmann. “We’re no fake 20-0 team. “Everyone stepped up tonight. We really have grown as a team and a family this year. On the court we did what we had to do to win it.”

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    Batavia hangs on to claim share of UEC River

    Batavia girls basketball coach Kevin Jensen sent his team a very loud and clear message at halftime Saturday. Play. Better. Defense. “That was the discussion at halftime,” Jensen said. “It was one-sided and the volume was up a little.” Jensen’s players listened and, more importantly, went out and executed what their coach told them to. The Bulldogs turned things around in the second half with their defense — and with the usual game-changing scoring of senior standout Liza Fruendt — and then held on at the end to beat Streamwood 46-45 and claim a share of the Upstate Eight Conference River Division championship.

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    Carlos Boozer probably won’t play today against the Lakers.

    Avoiding luxury tax key for Bulls
    Carlos Boozer missed practice and appears doubtful to play Sunday against the Los Angeles Lakers, but the Bulls appear to be in no hurry to add any extra players. There's a reason for that, which involves the luxury tax, future payrolls and Taj Gibson's strong defense.

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    Geneva earns share of UEC River title

    Geneva claimed its sixth consecutive conference championship Saturday night with a convincing 58-35 victory at St. Charles North, earning a title the Vikings didn’t see coming just a couple weeks ago.

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    Wrestling/Fox Valley roundup

    Class 2A Hampshire regional: The host Whip-Purs finished fifth as a team with 81 points, but advanced numerous individuals to next weekend’s Class 2A Lakes sectional in Lake Villa.Sophomore Kyle Szlenk took second at 106 pounds. Sophomore Wylie Allen also was second at 120. Junior Anton Krocko was second at 182. Freshman Jake Szlenk was third at 113, while senior Omar Perez was third at 126. Sophomore Jonathon Jimenez was third at 285. Class 2A Belvidere regional: Burlington Central had two sectional qualifiers out of Saturday’s Class 2A Belvidere regional.Sophomore Nicholas Maldonado placed third at 106, while junior Chrstian Quiles was fourth at 152. Maldonado as Quiles will compete next Saturday at the Pontiac sectional.Class 1A Alden-Hebron regional: Harvest Christian Academy freshman Rickey Lattanzio placed fourth at 113 pounds at the Class 1A Alden-Hebron regional. Lattanzio will compete in the Class 1A Byron sectional next Saturday.

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    Dundee-Crown a regional champ

    It was a record-breaking day for the Dundee-Crown girls bowling team Saturday.The Chargers not only won their first postseason title in program history, but also set a new program record for highest 6-game series after placing first at the Buffalo Grove regional at Arlington Lanes in Arlington Heights.

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    Highland Park edges Libertyville at Bradley Center

    For Matt Reed and the rest of Libertyville’s boys basketball team, the chance to play on an NBA basketball court was not to be taken lightly. So the Wildcats were savoring their chance to play in the Bradley Center on Saturday afternoon, home to the Milwaukee Bucks. Reed in particular had his sights set on attempting an NBA-range 3-pointer. He managed to hit a couple of them and finished with a game-high 12 points. The dream ended there, however, as Highland Park got past Libertyville 41-40 in nonconference play.

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    Marian Catholic knocks off Benet

    Benet stood toe-to-toe with visiting Marian Catholic for three quarters Saturday afternoon, but in the end the defending Class 4A champions’ pedigree prevailed during a 58-47 loss in Lisle.

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    Westminster Christian wins NAC Tournament

    The Westminster Christian boys basketball team claimed the Northeastern Athletic Conference tournament championship Saturday, defeating Mooseheart 68-26 in the semifinals and then Luther North 46-33 in the title game of the tournament, which was played at Westminster

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    Nifty finish lifts Grayslake North to regional win

    Grayslake North’s girls bowling team had been in pursuit of a nice, round number all season long — reaching 1,000 in a game as a team. The Knights picked a nice time to attain that goal, bettering the mark by 29 pins in posting 1,029 in their final game on Saturday. It was more than enough for Grayslake North to take home the Round Lake regional championship with a 6-game total of 5,620 at Lakes Bowl in Round Lake. Warren earned the runner-up spot (5,556) as Antioch (5,338) and Zion-Benton (5,008) and Grayslake North all advanced to the Zion-Benton sectional, to be held next Saturday at Sunset Bowl in Waukegan. Sarah Littleton of Grayslake North finished as the top Individual with a 1,266.

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    Stevenson controls Benet

    Dictate the pace, dictate the game. And Jalen Brunson was the great dictator at Saturday’s Night of Hoops.Stevenson’s electric junior guard dominated with a career-high 39 point while leading the Patriots to a 77-64 victory over Benet in the 21st annual event at Batavia.

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    Prairie Ridge storms back to beat Jacobs

    The Jacobs boys basketball team fell victim to the Prairie Ridge snowball effect on a snowy Saturday night in Algonquin. The Golden Eagles used defensive pressure and turnovers to build an 18-point first-half lead only to see the Wolves steal momentum and come all the way back for a 52-47 victory in a Fox Valley Conference Valley Division game.

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    SIU clobbers Missouri State 72-54

    Anthony Beane scored 26 points as Southern Illinois University picked up its fourth-straight conference win by clobbering Missouri State 72-54 Saturday night. Desmar Jackson had 11 points for the Salukis (10-15, 6-6 Missouri Valley Conference). Jalen Pendleton came off the bench to score eight points and Tyler Smithpeters added seven.

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    Karlis, Montini well-armed for win

    Kelly Karlis loves to play defense. At 6-foot-2 and with long arms, the Montini senior got the kind of length to cause opposing girls basketball offenses lots of trouble. “I usually try to do my best on defense because I’ve always been passionate about it my whole life,” Karlis said. “Length definitely does help, especially against smaller teams like this, especially having two of their taller, better players out.” With 9 blocked shots and several deflected passes, Karlis was a force defensively for the Broncos in their 75-48 nonconference victory against visiting Hinsdale Central on Saturday night.

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    Westminster Christian senior McKaila Hays works against Harvest Christian earlier this season.

    Westminster, Harvest seeking postseason success

    The three smallest schools in Elgin will embark on the girls basketball postseason when Class 1A and Class 2A regionals open on Monday night. Westminster Christian, which advanced to a Class 1A supersectional last year before losing to eventual state champion Freeport Aquin, will play in Class 2A this season,, while Harvest Christian and Elgin Academy remain in Class 1A.

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    Lake Forest outlasts St. Viator in OT

    It was Ore time, part three, in Lake Forest on Saturday. But the ending wasn’t quite as satisfying. For the third time in the last four weeks, St. Viator’s Ore Arogundade either won the game or sent it into overtime with a last-second shot. Saturday it was 3-pointer at the buzzer to tie the game at 74. But unlike in the other two games, the Lions did not come out on top as Lake Forest outscored St. Viator 13-4 in the extra session to post an 87-78 victory.

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    Barrington wins, with help, at McHenry

    For a while, it looked as if the expected race for the big trophy would not materialize between favored Deerfield and challengers Barrington, Cary-Grove, Crystal Lake South and host McHenry. As it turned out, Lake Zurich which was just a click behind Deerfield nearly two hours into the Class 3A regional. But a funny thing happened on the way to the round of wrestleback semifinals — so funny that Barrington coach Ken Hoving finally managed a small grin when he saw his club pull within reach of Deerfield, trailing just 119-113 in advance of the medal round. Later, after celebrating individual titles from Matt Stathakis (103, 29-3) and Matt Conrad (132, 29-10) and saying thank you to his FVC coaching counterparts for their help along the way, Hoving broke into a broad smile midway through the finals when the scoreboard flashed his Broncos were now atop the leaderboard at 146.0-136.5. Five weights later, and after a trio of second-place finishes, the Broncos got one last bit of help at 195 as Ryan Grannemann of McHenry defeated Christo Moran of Deerfield 4-1, helping get the Broncos a fourth straight regional championship.

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    Huntley’s Ricky Vigil takes the 126-pound match over DeKalb’s Parker Stratton in the regional at DeKalb High School on Saturday.

    Huntley, Dundee-Crown have 2 champs each

    Huntley was strong at the lower weights, while Dundee-Crown did most of its damage in the middle and upper weights, but both will be well-represented in sectionals. The Red Raiders advanced 6 wrestlers and the Chargers 5 at the Class 3A DeKalb individual sectional Saturday. Jacobs was right behind with 4 individual qualifiers. As expected Hononegah ran away with the team title, racking up 234 ½ points to 158 ½ for the host Barbs. D-C was third with 152 and Huntley fourth with 146.

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    Steve Polakowski of Libertyville, left, defeats Gage Datlovsky of Grant in the 120-pound match Saturday at the Class 3A tyville wrestling regional.

    Libertyville edges Grant for regional victory

    After losing to Grant by 19.5 points last weekend at the North Suburban Conference meet, the Libertyville wrestling team was ready to get some revenge Saturday at their own Class 3A regional. The visiting Bulldogs only trailed the Wildcats by 7.5 points heading into the final round, but playing “catch up” the rest of the way was not a winning formula as Libertyville put away its constant nemesis by a final score of 214.5 to 192. In the process, the Wildcats won their 27th regional championship in school history and they advanced to the team sectional Feb. 25 against McHenry regional champion Barrington at a site to be determined.

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    Glenbard North's Colton Wagner has Geneva's Austin Chaon wrapped up in the 170-pound weight class Saturday at the South Elgin regional wrestling tournament. Wagner won the title bout by fall.

    Another regional crown for Glenbard North

    Glenbard North's Jon Marmolejo and Larkin's Duke Bogicevic entered the 126-pound championship match of the Class 3A South Elgin wrestling regional Saturday with a combined 81-2 record. The match wasn't much of a contest. Marmolejo dominated Bogicevic and won by fall 43 seconds into the third period. Marmolejo was leading 14-1 at the time. “My goal was to pin him, obviously,” said Marmolejo, a senior. “I knew he was going to come out strong. I just had to wear him out eventually. The pin came along.” Marmolejo's title was one of eight individual championships for the Panthers, who had wrestlers in 12 of the 14 title matches. Glenbard North won the team title with 263.5 points, easily distancing itself from St. Charles East (182). Geneva (117) was third followed by South Elgin (103.5) and Bartlett (79.50). The regional title is the 24th in program history for the Panthers.

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    Conant’s Anzalone excels as Elk Grove wins regional

    Angela Anzalone wasn’t just bowling for herself and her teammates at Saturday’s regional tournament. She was also dedicating her performance to her late grandfather. Eugene Anzalone passed way last week, and Angela said that he was a “great supporter” of her athletic efforts at Conant. Somewhere up there, grandpa had to have a big smile on his face Saturday as his granddaughter excelled at Hoffman Bowl. Anzalone had the top score by a wide margin with a 6-game total of 1,303 in leading her team to a berth at next week’s Zion-Benton sectional. Conant, Elk Grove (winners of the regional with a score of 5695), Schaumburg and Mid-Suburban League champion Hoffman Estates all advanced to next weeks’s sectional tournament.

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    United States’ Hannah Kearney competes in the women’s moguls final 1 at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.

    Images: Winter Olympics, Saturday, February 8th

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    Ben Smith (28), left, and defenseman Michael Kostka (6) celebrate a goal by Marcus Kruger, not shown, against Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick (32) and defenseman Matt Greene (2) look on in the second period of their game in Los Angeles, Monday, Feb. 3, 2014.

    Hawks happy after 3-1-2 road trip

    Despite losing 2-0 to the Phoenix Coyotes on Friday, the Blackhawks finished their road trip with a 3-1-2 record, capturing 8 of a possible 12 points.They went 6-1 on their seven-game circus trip in November. “A very positive road trip,” Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said after the loss to the Coyotes.

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    Gorecki ties career high (31) as Fremd tops Hinsdale S.

    Hinsdale South’s girls basketball team knew all about Haley Gorecki. And Gorecki knows all about box-and-ones. The Hornets threw that defense at the Fremd standout junior on Saturday afternoon in Palatine. Gorecki was once again up to the challenge, tying her career-high of 31 points as the Vikings tuned up for Wednesday’s Mid-Suburban League championship game against Rolling Meadows with a 62-37 victory over Hinsdale South.

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    Chicago Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija and the team agreed Saturday to a one-year deal worth $5.345 million.

    Cubs, Samardzia agree to 1-year deal

    The Cubs have gone through another off-season without having to go to an arbitration hearing with one of their players. On Saturday, they agreed to a one-year deal worth $5.345 million with No. 1 starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija.

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    Conant’s Tyler LaBarbera, right, wrestles toward a win against Schaumburg’s Matt Zolper in the 285-pound championship match during the Schaumburg regional Saturday.

    Conant, Prospect claim regional titles

    Mid-Suburban West wrestling champ Conant and MSL East champ Prospect will represent the league in the dual-team sectional after winning regional titles Saturday afternoon.

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    Chicago Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija and the team agreed Saturday to a one-year deal worth $5.345 million.

    Samardzija, Cubs agree to 1-year deal worth $5.345M

    Chicago Cubs’ right-hander Jeff Samardzija and team agreed Saturday to a one-year deal worth $5.345 million, avoiding arbitration. He had asked for $6.2 million and had been offered $4.4 million by the Cubs after going 8-13 with a 4.34 ERA last year, when he made $2.765 million.

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    The White Sox need John Danks to bounce back from his nightmare of a 2013 campaign in which he went 4-14 with a 4.75 ERA.

    White Sox are a tough bunch to predict

    Coming off a 99-loss season, their worst since 1970, the White Sox are going to have a new look this year with players like Jose Abreu, Adam Eaton and Matt Davidson. Beat writer Scot Gregor says getting back to .500 should be the Sox' goal.

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    Starlin Castro reacts after striking out during a game last year against the Cardinals. The Cubs are hoping Castro can improve upon his .245 batting average and .284 on-base percentage from 2013.

    Cubs fans figure to suffer through another rough year

    The Cubs open spring training this week at their sparkling new facility in Mesa, Ariz. But staff writer Bruce Miles says it will be more of the same old, same old on the field for the Cubs this year.

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    Sven Kramer of the Netherlands acknowledges the crowd after setting a new Olympic record in the men’s 5,000-meter speedskating race at the Adler Arena Skating Center during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014.

    Netherlands’ Kramer defends gold in the men’s 5000m

    Sven Kramer of the Netherlands set an Olympic record and defended his title in the men’s 5,000 meters Saturday, winning gold with a time of 6 minutes, 10.76 seconds. With the king, queen and prime minister of his country cheering him on, the 27-year-old Dutchman flew around the big oval with amazingly consistent laps, all falling within a range of eight-tenths of a second. He easily beat the Olympic mark of 6:14.60 he set while winning gold at Vancouver four years ago.

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    Tea Villila of Finland and Lyndsey Fry of the United States battle for control of the puck behind the net during the third period of the women’s ice hockey game at the Shayba Arena during the 2014 Winter Olympics, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, in Sochi, Russia.

    Americans hold off Finland 3-1 in women’s hockey

    The puck bounced off Kelli Stack’s chest, and before it could flutter back to the ice she bunted it out of the air, past Finland goalie Noora Raty and into the net. "An ‘oops’ goal,” Finnish coach Mika Pieniniemi called it. And it was just what the Americans needed.

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    North Carolina guard Marcus Paige, left, puts up a shot over Notre Dame forward Garrick Sherman during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, in South Bend, Ind. (AP Photo/Joe Raymond)

    McAdoo leads UNC to 73-62 victory over Irish

    James Michael McAdoo scored 18 points, Marcus Paige added 16 and North Carolina dominated inside after a slow start to defeat Notre Dame 73-62 Saturday for the fifth straight victory for the Tar Heels.

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    Northwestern guard Tre Demps, right, looks to a pass against Nebraska guard Benny Parker during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Evanston, Ill., on Saturday, Feb.8, 2014. Nebraska won 53-49. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    Petteway leads Nebraska past Northwestern, 53-49

    Terran Petteway scored 17 points, and Nebraska overcame a slow start to beat Northwestern 53-49 on Saturday.Walter Pitchford added 15 points, nailing three 3-pointers, and the Cornhuskers (12-10, 4-6 Big Ten) picked themselves up after getting blown out by Michigan earlier in the week.

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    Baseball Hall of Famer Hank Aaron, center, smiles Friday during a reception in his honor.

    Baseball greats toast Aaron for 80th birthday

    Forty years ago, Aaron broke the hallowed record of Babe Ruth on his way to 755 career home runs, all while combating racism with quiet dignity.On Friday evening at a private party celebrating his 80th birthday, friends, former teammates, and baseball luminaries paid tribute to “Hammerin’ Hank.”

Business

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    The new Samsung Galaxy S5 will be at least the third to have a fingerprint sensor for security.

    Fingerprint security convenient, but not flawless

    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S5 smartphone will be at least the third to have a fingerprint sensor for security but it’s alone in letting you use that for general shopping, thanks to a partnership with PayPal.The sensor brings convenience for entering passcodes and could encourage more people to lock their phones. But fingerprint security isn’t foolproof.Here’s what to know as you consider whether to place your trust in it:How does it work?The S5 has a sensor on the home button, just like Apple’s iPhone 5s. On the S5, you train the phone to recognize your finger by swiping on it seven times. You also enter a passcode as a backup, so you’re not locked out if the device doesn’t recognize your print. On the iPhone, that can happen if your hand is greasy or wet, for instance.The phone then converts the fingerprint information into a mathematical representation, known as a hash, and stores that in a secured location on the device. Samsung says that information stays on the device and is never shared.When you want to unlock your phone, you simply swipe on the home button. A hash is again created and must match the one the phone already has. Otherwise, the phone stays locked.You can do this with up to three fingers on the S5, compared with five on the iPhone. On the S5, you must swipe down. On the iPhone, you simply hold your finger on the home button, and you can do that sideways or upside down as well.The HTC One Max also has a fingerprint sensor, though tests by The Associated Press have shown it to be inconsistent in recognizing prints.What can you do with the fingerprint?All three devices let you skip the passcode and unlock the phone.You can also train the HTC phone to open a particular app automatically depending on the finger used. Apple lets you use the finger to authenticate purchases through its iTunes store, but it’s keeping the system off-limits to outside parties. Samsung lets you make PayPal payments.If you’re at a retail store that accepts mobile payments through PayPal’s app, for instance, you can use the fingerprint instead of your usual password. That’s also the case with online transactions using PayPal on the phone. The hash doesn’t get sent to PayPal. Rather, the phone verifies for PayPal that the fingerprint has been verified.Anuj Nayar, senior director for global initiatives with eBay Inc.’s PayPal business, says there’s usually a trade-off between security and convenience. Beef up security, and it’s tough to use. Make it convenient, and open up windows for breaches. With fingerprint IDs, he says, you can have both.Are you really getting security?That depends.It’s more secure than not locking your phone with a passcode at all. It’s also more secure than using a four-digit passcode, as there’s a greater chance of guessing that than the particular hash used. But there’s never a guarantee.Shortly after Apple started selling the iPhone 5s, a German hacking group said it managed to bypass the fingerprint system by using a household printer and some wood glue to create an artificial copy of a genuine fingerprint.The group said the fingerprint ID system was easy to trick, though it’s not something easily pulled off in the real world. You need to have that specific phone and the fingerprint, for one thing. And then you compromise only that one phone.Security experts point out that once a finger’s compromised, you can’t replace it the way you can a passcode. That doesn’t mean someone can use an S5 breach to unlock an iPhone, though, as the hash formulas used are typically proprietary and kept secret.But it’s not a threat to take lightly, either.

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    Associated Press/Dec. 20, 2013 Shoppers passing through the Sweet Auburn Curb Market in Atlanta. Look no further than your dinner plate to understand how the sweeping farm bill affects you.

    What’s for dinner? Farm bill has a big impact

    About 15 percent of the money in the legislation signed into law Friday by President Barack Obama will go to farmers to help them grow the food you eat. Most of the rest of the money in the almost $100 billion-a-year law will go to food stamps that help people buy groceries. Five ways the farm law affects what is on your plate:

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    This undated image provided by Esurance shows the company’s ad that aired just after the Super Bowl ended on Sunday. The ad offered to give away $1.5 million.

    The best Super Bowl ads weren’t on during the game

    Some of the companies that had the most success during the Super Bowl were not official sponsors. Newcastle beer created a hit online campaign spoofing the self-importance of Super Bowl ads. J.C. Penney generated attention on Twitter by posting nonsensical tweets during the game. And Esurance grabbed the spotlight by offering to give away $1.5 million in an ad that aired just after the game ended.

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    A Windows operating system logo sits on display inside Microsoft Corp.’s new store in Berlin, Germany.

    Nadella faces pressure to gut Microsoft’s flagging consumer divisions

    Two influential Microsoft shareholders have been pushing the Redmond, Wash., software giant to abandon what they view as nonessential product lines so that it can focus on a core strength: selling enterprise software to businesses. Nadella, who spent the past seven months running Microsoft’s $20 billion server and tools division, could be ideally suited to manage that transition.

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    Microsoft announced Tuesday that Satya Nadella will replace Steve Ballmer as its new CEO. Nadella will become only the third leader in the software giant’s 38-year history, after founder Bill Gates and Ballmer. Board member John Thompson will serve as Microsoft’s new chairman.

    Was Microsoft smart to play it safe with CEO pick?

    Tuesday’s hiring of Satya Nadella as Microsoft’s CEO after a five-month search is a safe move that’s likely to be greeted with sighs of relief around the company’s Redmond, Wash. headquarters, industry analysts say. But the methodical, almost predictable decision is likely to reinforce perceptions that Microsoft Corp. is a plodding company reluctant to take risks as it competes against younger rivals who relish going out on a limb.

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    To the children of this connected era, the world is one giant social network. They are not bound — as were previous generations of humans — by what they were taught.

    How social media changed the world
    By Vivek Wadhwa, Special to The Washington PostWhen Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg launched thefacebook.com in February 2004, even he could not imagine the forces it would unleash. His intent was to connect college students. Facebook, which is what this website rapidly evolved into, ended up connecting the world.To the children of this connected era, the world is one giant social network. They are not bound — as were previous generations of humans — by what they were taught. They are limited by their curiosity and ambition. During my childhood, all knowledge was local. You learned everything you knew from your parents, teachers, preachers and friends. If you were privileged and had access to a library or an encyclopedia, you could learn a little more. You surely couldn’t follow and reach out to the people that you read about; learn what people all over the world had to say; or ask the difficult, uncomfortable, questions.With the high-quality and timely information at their fingertips and encouragement from each other, today’s children are rising above the fears and biases of their parents. That is why youth in the Middle East are fermenting revolutions and the Chinese are getting restless.Adults are also participating in this revolution. India’s normally docile middle class is speaking up against social ills. Silicon Valley executives are being shamed into adding women to their boards. Political leaders, such as President Barack Obama, are marshaling the energy of millions for elections and political causes. All of this is being done with social media technologies that Facebook and its competitors unleashed.As does every advancing technology, social media has created many new problems. It is commonly addictive and provides a tool for stalking children. Social media is used by extremists in the Middle East and elsewhere to solicit and brainwash recruits. And it exposes us and our friends to unsavory spying. We may leave our lights on in the house when we are on vacation, but through social media we tell criminals who may want to rob us exactly where we are, when we plan to return home, and how to blackmail us.Governments don’t need informers any more. Social media allows government agencies to spy on their political masters, their own citizens, in a way that would make Big Brother jealous. We record our thoughts, emotions, likes and dislikes on Facebook; we share our political views, social preferences and plans. We post intimate photographs of ourselves. No spy agency or criminal organization could actively gather the type of data that we voluntarily post for them. We tell governments our friends’ names, email addresses and contact numbers, and we tag photographs of them. And as computers become more powerful, they will be able to analyze our social-media information and correlate it with what our friends and acquaintances say about us.The marketers are also seeing big opportunities. Amazon is trying to predict what we will order. Google is trying to judge our needs and wants based on our social-media profiles; it wants to be our personal assistant. We need to be aware of the risks and keep working to mitigate the dangers.Getting back to the bright side, major changes are happening in fields such as health care because of social media. Already, by analyzing Google searches, researchers can track the spread of disease across the world. Patients are able to converse with others who have had the same ailment as they now have and learn which remedies or methods worked for others and which didn’t. People all over the world are providing each other with advice and moral support.

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    LG Electronics’s smartphone G Flex is displayed during a media event at its head office in Seoul, South Korea.

    LG G Flex: Curved phone avoids getting gimmicky
    It would have been so easy for the LG G Flex, available on AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile this week, to be just a collection of gimmicks. And while it’s not a phone suited for a majority of people — its $300 price tag alone cuts most folks out — it is a surprisingly good option for the growing number of folks who want a phone-tablet hybrid.

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    Before you whip out your debit card, consider this: if some crafty thief hacks the store terminal and goes on a shopping spree using your data, you could be held responsible for $500 in charges. That’s because debit cards do not share the same consumer protections as credit cards.

    Debit card users beware: All plastic is not protected equally

    Before you whip out your debit card, consider this: if some crafty thief hacks the store terminal and goes on a shopping spree using your data, you could be held responsible for $500 in charges. That’s because debit cards do not share the same consumer protections as credit cards.

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    The Codeacademy app can be used to create a simple personal website. It’s aimed at those with nearly no coding knowledge, even novices may find it a bit too easy.

    Mobile app review: Codeacademy

    Do you have a little more than an hour and some curiosity to spare? Beginners to the world of coding should consider the app for the online coding school Codeacademy to pick up some new tricks. The app is aimed at those with nearly no coding knowledge — even novices may find it a bit too easy. But it offers a friendly path through a process that many find intimidating.

Life & Entertainment

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    From left, Jonah Hill, Leonardo DiCaprio are teaming up again to tell the story of 1996 Olympic security guard Richard Jewell.

    DiCaprio, Hill re-team for story of Richard Jewell

    Leonardo DiCaprio says he and “The Wolf of Wall Street” co-star Jonah Hill are “going to come up with something unique” as they re-team to tell the story of 1996 Olympics security guard Richard Jewell. Hill will star as Jewell in the planned film, which was presented to the two actors as they searched for another joint project following the Oscar-nominated depiction of stockbroker excess.

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    In this Feb. 8, 1964 file photo, Ed Sullivan, center, stands with The Beatles, from left, Ringo Starr, George Harrison, John Lennon, and Paul McCartney, during a rehearsal for the British group’s first American appearance, on the “Ed Sullivan Show,” in New York. The Beatles made their first appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” America’s must-see weekly variety show, on Sunday, Feb. 9, 1964. And officially kicked off Beatlemania.

    Beatlemania: A moment in time never to be repeated

    Musical moments that capture the attention of a national audience — and beyond — never seem to be in short supply. Last week, Bruno Mars set a ratings record with 115 million people watching his Super Bowl performance. A few months ago, the talk was about Beyonce’s surprise album. But moments that spark a musical revolution? Rare indeed, which is what makes the 50th anniversary of what is considered the start of Beatlemania so remarkable — and so unlikely to happen again.

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    The all-male, a cappella vocal group Chapter 6 headines in a concert at Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire.

    Weekend picks: A cappella group Chapter 6 visits Lincolnshire

    All-male vocal group Chapter 6 performs a set at Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire. Comedian David Alan Grier headlines Schaumburg's Improv Comedy Showcase this weekend. Monster Jam roars into the Allstate Arena this weekend, leaving crushed cars and mayhem in its wake. If you prefer vehicles that are more ... er, put together, check out the Progressive International Motorcycle Show in Rosemont.

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    Just remember this: It may not be smart to get yourself tested for dementia

    As you get older, every time you misplace your wallet or can’t remember why you walked into the kitchen, you may wonder: Is this a sign of dementia? Even if such bouts of forgetfulness aren’t serious, a screening test for dementia or its most common cause — Alzheimer’s disease — might seem appealing, if only to reassure you that you’re not losing your mind. Yet there are good reasons to think twice about such a test

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    The Toyota Concept car iROAD will surely be a big hit with auto fans once they see how it moves on the street.

    Auto show brings excitement to winter doldrums

    Way back in 1901, Chicago spread its wings and staged its first Auto Show, setting the pace for the rest of the country if not the world. Chicago’s longevity is traceable to its consumer tilt: it’s a show catering to the general public, not a public relations exercise for the auto executives and their well-connected cronies. More than 1,000 vehicles fill the North and South halls of McCormick Place. The show continues for 10 days, wrapping up on President’s Day, Monday, Feb. 17.

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    “Salaam Love: American Muslin Men on Love, Sex and Intimacy” was compiled by Ayesha Mattu and Nura Maznavi.

    Muslim men write about love in new anthology

    American Muslim men share their personal stories and tales in “Salaam, Love,” a new anthology exploring matters of the heart. Editors Ayesha Mattu and Nura Maznavi write that after their first anthology, “Love, InshAllah,” by American Muslim women, the reaction they got from many men was: “Where are our stories?” This collection is their answer to that.

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    Actor Henry Winkler appears with co-author Lin Oliver to discuss their “Here’s Hank” books at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, at Mill Street School in Naperville.

    Book notes: Meet Henry Winkler in Naperville
    Actor and children's book author Henry Winkler and co-author Lin Oliver read from and sign copies of their new children's books "Here's Hank: Bookmarks Are People Too!" and "A Short Take About a Long Dog" at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, at Mill Street Schoo in Naperville. The event is sponsored by Anderson's Bookshop of Naperville.

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    Robert Redford plays a nameless sailor trapped at sea in “All is Lost.”

    DVD previews: ‘All is Lost,’ ‘Best Man Holiday’

    Check out Robert Redford's determined performance in "All is Lost," follow inter-galactic battles in "Ender's Game" and take in the light-hearted pleasures of "Best Man Holiday." All three, plus more movies and TV shows, come to DVD Tuesday.

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    The Joffrey Ballet will get your mind out of the snow and onto the stage with “Contemporary Choreographers,” a program of three works that runs for 10 shows only at the Auditorium Theatre, Feb. 12-23.

    On the road: Hotel package adds some heat to your Valentine’s Day

    The Joffrey Ballet brings much-needed heat to Chicago’s winter in February with “Contemporary Choreographers,” a program of three works that runs for 10 shows only at the Auditorium Theatre. Add sizzle to Valentines Day with the Renaissance Blackstone Chicago Hotel’s Some Like it Hot romance package. President’s Day Weekend at Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa includes an array of amusement from hot air balloon shows to giant Malamute sled rides.

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    Turn trendy rubber band bracelets into Valentines by wrapping them around cards adorned with a silly pun.

    Olympics, bracelets inspire handmade Valentines

    There’s no Olympic medal for making rubber band bracelets or bad puns, which is too bad because Valentine’s Day falls right in the middle of the 2014 Winter Games. I tried to persuade my 9-year-old to make Olympics-themed Valentines this year, but he declined. Instead, he decided to make those ubiquitous rubber band bracelets for each of his classmates.

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    Lindsey Vonn wears Cynthia Rowley as she participates in the Go Red For Women-The Heart Truth Red Dress Collection show during Fashion Week in New York.

    Lindsey Vonn struts the runway — with crutches

    They weren’t ski poles. They were crutches. But when Lindsey Vonn raised them in the air triumphantly Thursday evening, she got the same kind of cheers she might have gotten at the bottom of a mountain, after a victorious ski run. Even if this wasn’t a ski run but a runway. Vonn, the 2010 Olympic gold medalist who had to forgo the Sochi Games due to a bad knee injury, was clearly making the most of her time off the slopes as she joined some 20 other women at the Red Dress Collection, an annual event that has become the traditional kickoff to New York Fashion Week.

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    Bad Cop/Good Cop, voiced by Liam Neeson, keeps the peace in “The Lego Movie.”

    ’Lego Movie’ built to be a better toy film

    Chris Miller and Phil Lord, co-writers and co-directors of “The Lego Movie,” were well aware of the dim reputation of toy movies. But in their short but rapidly ascending careers, the comic duo has turned weak premises into surprisingly fresh, crowd-pleasing hits.

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    Dr. Juergen Schaefer diagnosed a patient after seeing an episode of the hit US TV medical drama “House” starring actor Hugh Laurie.

    Doctor diagnoses man with help from TV’s ‘House’

    If you’re unlucky enough to be stricken with a rare medical condition, you’d better hope your doctor watches the right television show. That was the lesson for one German man with severe heart failure and a puzzling mix of symptoms including fever, blindness, deafness and enlarged lymph nodes, which baffled doctors for months.

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    Jim Melchert of the Garage Store, right, shows the organization of new cabinets installed for Bob DeBellis of Roselle, winner of last year’s Daily Herald Garage Makeover Giveaway.

    Disorganized garages can be reclaimed

    Have you been forced to scrape ice and brush snow off your car this winter because your garage is so disorganized there is no room for your vehicle? Garage Store of East Dundee has been helping homeowners reclaim their garages since 2007.

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    Airhart Construction is working on a series of Mid-Century Modern homes that can be built on property in DuPage County.

    Homebuilders ready to spring into action

    Residential construction is experiencing a strong comeback in the Chicago area. Builders who for the past five or six years had been lamenting a lack of buyers, are today lamenting the frigid and snowy weather that is preventing them from making progress on a bumper crop of new home orders.

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    Associations usually regulate short-term rentals

    Q. I am interested in leasing my unit for weekends, or other short terms, as a vacation rental for those times that I am traveling. Is this permitted in associations?

Discuss

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    The Soapbox

    A Daily Herald editors make know their views about the gov's budget delay, grocery voids and good deeds by prep athletes, among other topics.

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    Sneaky red-light camera is money grab
    A Vernon Hills letter to the editor: Around Dec. 1 of last year, I also received a fine of $100 from the village of Palatine for an “illegal” right turn from Rand Road onto Hicks Road. I wasn’t aware of what I had done — or not done — so I just paid it to keep my record clean.

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    Public service workers deserve thanks, praise
    A Vernon Hills letter to the editor: The editorial on Jan. 26 was excellent in providing advice during the extreme winter we have been experiencing, as well as identifying a long list of people who have to endure this extreme weather.

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    Problems show that values do matter
    A Naperville letter to the editor: I was rereading the article “Survey: Policies lost touch with changing American families” and thought to myself: what can most of us agree on about this? I think most of us would say support needs to be given to single parent families. But I also think most people would agree that we should be encouraging the young men and women in our lives to be more responsible and respectful of each other.

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    Incarceration needs reform, lower costs
    A McHenry letter to the editor: According to Wikipedia, “The United States has the highest documented incarceration rate in the world, Russia is second, then Rwanda.” Our prisons are private businesses paid for by taxpayers. It costs $39,000 a year for one federal prisoner. Education and/or mental health care would be cheaper.

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    Judge with a proven track record
    A West Dundee letter to the editor: Experience, legal knowledge and integrity are three of the most important factors to ensure that fair and consistent rulings are made, all of which describe Judge Marmarie Kostelny.

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    ‘Capones’ a slap at Italian-Americans
    A Bloomingdale letter to the editor: Why you should play up “The Capones” (Jan. 28) just serves to drive another nail in the coffin of the credibility and accomplishments of Italian-Americans.

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