Daily Archive : Tuesday February 11, 2014


    John Diebold

    Wheaton man sentenced on child porn charges

    A 61-year-old Wheaton man pleaded guilty Tuesday to possessing child pornography.As part of a plea deal, John Diebold of the 300 block of South Gables Boulevard was immediately sentenced to 180 days in the DuPage County Jail, four years of probation, $1,000 in fines and ordered to register as a sex offender.

    Students learn about the earth with a 20-foot-tall balloon. At this size, it’s easy to see the spherical shape of the planet, but the full-size planet can look flat when you’re standing on its surface.

    Earth’s size means you can’t see its surface curving

    “Why is the Earth's surface flat and not a sphere shape?” asked a young writer at the Vernon Area Library District’s “Write Away!” program.

    Staff Sergeant Greg Strauch

    Ingleside sergeant named February hometown hero

    The Round Lake Area Exchange Club has named U.S. Air Force Staff Sergeant Greg Strauch as the February hometown hero. He is an Ingleside resident and 2007 graduate of Grant Community High School in Fox Lake.


    Winfield Township asks for voter approval to negotiate electric rates

    Residents of unincorporated Winfield Township have an opportunity this spring to give officials permission to negotiate better electric rates on their behalf. Winfield Township Supervisor Dona Smith said the board agreed to put the electric aggregation question on the March 18 ballot after hearing requests to do so from residents.

    Alison Duffy cleans snow from her car during in Evanston on Saturday. The Chicago area is again in the midst of a stretch of days in which the thermometer dips below zero degrees.

    Would somebody close the freezer door! State still left in the cold

    Forecasters warned that bitter subzero cold would grip Illinois through today as the onslaught of arctic cold in the Midwest continued. From central Illinois northward, temperatures are expected to drop into the minus zone, according to the National Weather Service, with wind chills of 15 below zero to 30 below zero foreseeable until mid-morning today.

    Garang Deng

    Man accused of 2005 Aurora murder back in court

    Garang Deng, who was 14 when he pleaded guilty to murdering a substance abuse counselor in 2005, was back in Kane County court for the first time since an appellate court panel voided his 35-year prison sentence under a plea deal. Deng now faces between 45 and 85 years in prison if convicted and prosecutors say they are preparing for trial.

    Elk Grove Village officials are proposing a tax increment financing district for a 917-acre portion of the business park along the Busse Road and Elmhurst Road corridors.

    Elk Grove residents react to TIF proposal

    Elk Grove Village officials faced questions from residents and business owners Tuesday about the effect a proposed Tax Increment Financing district would have on them if approved by the village board. Officials have proposed the TIF in an effort to revitalize a 917-acre portion of the village's business park, primarily through the Busse Road and Elmhurst Road corridors.

    Jason Elders

    Carpentersville fires firefighter accused of battery

    Jason Elders, a part-time firefighter accused of beating a woman at a Christmas party, was terminated from the Carpentersville Fire Department Tuesday evening, after an internal probe found he met with the victim after his arrest and lied during the investigation, officials said. Elders' ouster came nearly three weeks after he was fired from the West Dundee Fire Department over his alleged role...


    Carpentersville pans two-tier water rate hikes

    A proposal to establish a two-tier water rate system in Carpentersville that charges certain users more money, was “flawed from the get-go” and ultimately went nowhere Tuesday.

    The Batavia City Council will vote Monday on a redevelopment agreement that would provide financial aid to build a new Walgreens in the downtown, replacing the current store.

    Batavia Walgreens vote set for next week

    The vote on the replacement Walgreens store for downtown Batavia, complete with up to $1.143 million in financial aid to the developer, has been set for Monday. Three aldermen Tuesday agreed with the move, but Alderman Susan Stark was blunt: "the ship has sailed" on topics such as parking spaces and other zoning variances, she said. "I just want to get this over and done with and move on to other...


    Hoffman Estates parks seek more input on gambling

    A desire for more public input caused the Hoffman Estates Park District’s Recreation Committee Tuesday to delay for a month a recommendation on allowing video gambling in the bar of the Bridges of Poplar Creek Country Club. By the time the committee next meets on March 11, staff members expect to have the results of a survey that will soon be emailed to members of the golf course.


    Round Lake Beach police chief retiring

    Longtime Round Lake Beach Police Chief Gary Bitler has announced his retirement, according to a statement from the village. Bitler, who has been with the police department for 35 years, began his tenure in Round Lake Beach in 1979. Bitler leaves the department as the most decorated officer in its history, according to the village.


    14th Congress Democratic hopefuls split on defense

    Democratic candidates for the 14th Congressional District took distinctly opposing stances on the defense budget and use of troops overseas Tuesday night.

    First lady Michelle Obama, left, and President Barack Obama welcome French President François Hollande for a State Dinner at the North Portico of the White House on Tuesday.

    Obamas warm up to Hollande at state dinner

    Michelle and Barack Obama found just the right spot to seat a gent going stag to Tuesday’s state dinner: They plopped French President Francois Hollande down right between them in a giant party tent, and put the pshaw to all that drama about his solo trip to the U.S. after a very public breakup from his first lady.


    Man charged in Bensenville tobacco store slaying

    A Bellwood man has been charged in the murder of a Bensenville tobacco convenience store clerk. Kenneth Bardlett, 20, of 49th Avenue in Bellwood, has been charged with one count of first-degree murder for the Jan. 19 murder of Husein Saghir at Sam’s Tobacco and Foodmart in Bensenville, DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin and Bensenville Chief of Police Frank Kosman...

    Dan Donnelly of Lisle asks during a public hearing Monday night in Naperville why Metra service on the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Line has become so unreliable the past few years, calling it “abysmal.” Donnelly was one of about 50 commuters who attended the hearing to pose questions to Metra CEO Don Orseno and BNSF Director of Suburban Services Pat Casler.

    Metra commuters in Naperville list their complaints

    Switching problems, frozen brake shoes, snowed-in train yards and jammed doors were all among causes of cold-weather train delays explained to Metra riders Monday night in Naperville. But riders had more than weather-related issues on their minds. “I’m afraid Metra is basically hiding the problem behind the bad weather,” said Dan Donnelly of Lisle.

    In this photo taken on Sunday and released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian army soldiers, top background, look on as two women walk towards a bus to evacuate the battleground city of Homs. A Syrian Red Crescent official says around 300 more people were evacuated Monday from besieged rebel-held neighborhoods of Syria’s third-largest city, Homs.

    Despite Homs truce, no evacuations, no food entry

    Aid workers failed to evacuate anyone from blockaded rebel-held neighborhoods in the central Syrian city of Homs on Tuesday or deliver any food, increasing pressure on them to complete the ambitious humanitarian operation before a fragile truce expires, activists and Syrian Red Crescent officials said.

    Jay Inslee

    Washington governor suspends death penalty

    Gov. Jay Inslee said Tuesday he was suspending the use of the death penalty in Washington state for as long as he’s in office, announcing a move that he hopes will enable officials to “join a growing national conversation about capital punishment.” The first-term Democrat said he came to the decision after months of review, meetings with victims’ families, prosecutors...

    Dan Cronin

    DuPage starts process to disband fire protection district

    Six months after getting the power to eliminate 13 local government entities, DuPage County is working to disband one of them. The county board on Tuesday agreed to begin the process to dissolve the Fairview Fire Protection District, which covers an unincorporated area near Downers Grove. "This is the demonstration of how you go about dissolving units of local government in a responsible and...

    Patti and Tom Bozek of Buffalo Grove show their passes at the Olympic Games in Sochi, where they are cheering on daughter Megan, a U.S. women's hockey team player.

    Athlete's family soaks up Olympic experience in Sochi

    Today's a big day for U.S. women's hockey defenseman Megan Bozek and her family, who are soaking up the Olympic experience as the team takes on rival Canada in Sochi. Megan's parents, Tom and Patti Bozek of Buffalo Grove, are in Russia to cheer their daughter on. They arrived in time to see her march in Friday's opening ceremony at the Olympic Stadium and were there when Megan had an assist in...


    d’Vine Wine moving, expanding craft beer selection

    The owners of a small, family-owned Palatine wine and gift store were allowed to move to a larger location by the Palatine village council at their public meeting Monday night. d’Vine Wine and Gifts, which was established in 2011 by owners Tom and Elizabeth Goeller at a small space at 742 E. Dundee Road in Palatine will be moving to a new location 243 E. Northwest Hwy. in the Palatine...


    Preview ballots online:

    Registered voters in Lake County can preview their official ballot at LakeVoterPower.info using the “What’s on My Ballot?” link.

    Jennifer Poulos reaches in the dairy shelves, Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, in Atlanta. On Monday, officials were quick to act as the winter weather zeroed in.

    Atlanta area braces for ice storm; 4 die in Texas

    Atlanta dodged the first punch of a dangerous winter storm Tuesday, but forecasters warned of a potentially “catastrophic” second blow in a thick layer of ice that threatened to bring hundreds of thousands of power outages and leave people in their cold, dark homes for days.


    Schaumburg seeks Environmental Awards nominees

    Schaumburg’s Environmental Committee established the Green Recognition Program for residents and businesses in 2010. Applications are due by March 24 for consideration.


    MHS choirs win prizes:

    Mundelein High School’s all-male show choir, SoundFX, was named the champion of the Unisex Division at the 19th Annual Forst Showcase Show Choir Invitational in Fort Atkinson, Wis., on Feb. 8.


    ‘Small Heroes of Hope’ gala:

    Inspiring Hope Inc. will host the “Small Heroes of Hope Gala” benefiting the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago on Saturday, March 29, at the Concorde Banquets in Kildeer.


    D73 strategic planning committee:

    The Hawthorn District 73 strategic planning committee will meet from 3 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday at Middle School South, 600 N. Aspen Drive, Vernon Hills.


    Dist. 59 kindergarten registration scheduled

    Elk Grove School District 59 will host its kindergarten and new student registration for the 2014-2015 school year on Wednesday, Feb. 19.


    Kane board votes to continue outreach program

    Kane County board members voted 17-4 in support of Chairman Chris Lauzen's social media initiative. Jesse Vazquez and Mark Davoust continued criticizing spending for hiring community outreach coordinators Tuesday, voting against releasing money from a contingency fund to pay for the program.


    Elgin man guilty of abusing girl

    A 29-year-old Elgin man pleaded guilty to molesting an 11-year-old girl last year. In exchange for his guilty plea, Procoro Berruquin was sentenced to 18 months probation and ordered to undergo sex offender counseling. Additionally, he must register for the rest of his life as a sex offender.

    U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam

    Roskam asks for fair IRS probe

    U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam, a Wheaton Republican, is asking for an investigation into the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of conservative groups, including a DuPage County organization, for extra scrutiny of their tax exemption applications.

    Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford held a news conference Monday in Schaumburg to say allegations against him are false.

    Recorder: Rutherford accuser offered job in December

    Edmund Michalowski started his new job at the Cook County Recorder of Deeds office the same day he filed a federal lawsuit alleging sexual harassment agasint Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford, but his new employer says he first applied to work there in August of last year.

    Hanover Park trustees have moved to drop out of this year’s Northwest Fourth Fest, held in Hoffman Estates. Elgin already had dropped out, cutting government sponsors from four to two.

    Hanover Park pulls out of Northwest Fourth Fest

    Hanover Park is the latest suburb to drop out of the Northwest Fourth Fest. Faced with budget constraints, trustees opted to join Elgin in cutting ties with the sprawling Fourth of July celebration held on the grounds of the Sears Centre. "We weren't getting the return on investment," Trustee Ed Zimel said.

    Ricardo Bryant

    Bond set for two charged with drug-induced homicide

    A Chicago man on Tuesday was ordered held on $2 million bond and a Carol Stream woman ordered held on $100,000 bond for their roles in an apparent heroin overdose of a man in a Carol Stream apartment.


    Mount Prospect welcomes clean energy facility

    The Mount Prospect business community is getting a little greener. The village board recently granted Washington-based World CNG a permit to establish a facility where vehicles will be completely or partially converted to run on natural gas instead of gasoline.

    Unwilling to risk spooking the markets, and leading a fractured GOP majority, House Speaker John Boehner on Tuesday stepped back from a confrontation with Democrats to let Congress vote on increasing the government’s borrowing cap without trying to extract any concessions from the White House. The increase passed 221-201.

    House passes debt ceiling increase

    Unwilling to spook the markets and divided among themselves, House Republicans backed away from a battle over the government’s debt limit Tuesday and permitted President Barack Obama’s Democratic allies to drive quick passage of a measure extending Treasury’s borrowing authority without any concessions from the White House. The measure passed 221-201.

    Portions of carpet in the Mount Prospect village board chambers had to be torn out last month after a fire sprinkler failed, sending water into the room and other parts of village hall. Repairs are expected to cost the village about $171,000, though officials hope to recoup some from insurance.

    Village hall sprinkler break costly for Mount Prospect

    Mount Prospect will spend $171,000 to repair damages caused at village hall last month during a weather-related fire sprinkler failure, but village officials who approved the spending last week say they’re hopeful insurance eventually will cover most of the bill.


    Early morning fire injures Palatine homeowner

    A Palatine homeowner suffered minor injuries and her residence was deemed uninhabitable early Tuesday morning after fire broke out in a townhouse. A damage estimate was not immediately available and the cause of the fire remains under investigation. No working smoke detectors were found in the residence.

    The Sakura Restaurant was one of the businesses hit hard by the weekend fire in a historic downtown Mount Prospect building. Village officials said Tuesday at least part of the building will have to be demolished because of the fire, the cause of which remains under investigation.

    Part of historic Mount Prospect building will be torn down

    Demolition could begin as early as Wednesday on part of the fire-ravaged historic downtown Mount Prospect building that formerly housed Sakura Japanese Restaurant, officials said. No one was injured in the fire, but the damage left behind has left at demolition of at least part of the building necessary, the village says.

    Danny Owens

    Addison cop held on gun, protection order charges

    An Addison police officer is accused of unlawfully firing his gun and violating a protection order by sending disturbing photos to his estranged wife. Danny Owens, 40, remained held without bond in DuPage County jail Tuesday. Authorities say he texted his wife photos of his blood spattered in a house the couple once shared in Carol Stream.


    DuPage takes symbolic stand against progressive tax

    With some lawmakers expected to push this year for a graduated state income tax, the DuPage County Board is making it clear it wants Illinois’ flat income tax to remain in place. Board members on Tuesday voted 14-3 to adopt a resolution opposing a constitutional amendment that would create an income tax system where those who earn more money would pay a greater percentage in taxes to the...

    Timothy S. Powell

    Fiscal responsibility a priority for Lake Dist. 6 GOP hopefuls

    Longtime Grayslake Trustee Jeff Werfel and Timothy S. Powell, who is on the Grayslake Area Public Library District and Grayslake Park District boards, are squaring off in the Republican primary to represent the Lake County Board District 6, which includes Grayslake, Hainesville and portions of Round Lake Park and Round Lake Beach.


    Man pleads guilty to Mount Prospect parking lot shooting

    A Mount Prospect man who authorities say was homeless, pleaded guilty to aggravated battery with a firearm following an altercation that occurred in July 2012 in the 2200 block of Elmhurst Road in Mount Prospect. Alan J. Frank, 27, was sentenced to 10 years in prison, with a recommendation for substance abuse treatment, in exchange for his guilty plea to the class X felony.


    Des Plaines man guilty of improperly contacting witness

    A 30 year-old Des Plaines man pleaded gilty Monday to communicating with a witness, court records show. In exchange for Michael Schaar's guilty plea to the class 3 felony, a Skokie judge sentenced him to 18 months probation.


    Libertyville hosts second meeting on Brainerd proposal

    Libertyville officials on Wednesday will host a second town hall meeting on a proposal to convert the former Libertyville High School into a community center. Voters will decide March 18 whether to authorize the village to issue $11.5 million in bonds for the project.

    Copeland Manor School first-grader Sydney McGrath fixes her socks where she attached 100 candy hearts as students celebrate 100 days of school Tuesday in Libertyville. The students participated in various activities involving 100, including games, exercises, written and art projects.

    Copeland Manor first-graders celebrate 100 days

    First-graders at Copeland Manor School dressed a little differently Tuesday as they wore the number 100 on hats, glasses, while some used 100 items to decorate their socks. The Libertyville school celebrated 100 days of school with various activities based on the century theme.

    Martin Oberman

    Oberman picked to chair Metra board

    A Chicago attorney with a record of independence is a good fit for Metra chairman, several suburban board members said. Director Martin Oberman is Metra's latest board chairman. After three years of scandal and turnover, Oberman promised transparency at the beleaguered agency.

    Best-selling author Jackie Collins is scheduled to be in Gurnee at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Warren-Newport Public Library on O’Plaine Road.

    Jackie Collins to visit Gurnee library on Wednesday

    Jackie Collins is scheduled Wednesday to be the latest in a line of big-name authors making an appearance at Warren-Newport Public Library in Gurnee.


    Fox Valley police reports
    Christopher R. Cannone, 27, of Elgin, was charged with felony aggravated battery and two counts of misdemeanor domestic battery at 3:56 a.m. Feb. 5, according to a sheriff’s report. Cannone is accused of pushing a woman he knew to the ground after towing her car after it became stuck in a snowbank on Nesler Road near Elgin.

    Chris Nybo, left, and Dennis Reboletti are candidates in the race for the 24th state Senate District in the March 18 GOP primary.

    24th GOP hopefuls debate spread of casino gambling

    Former state Rep. Chris Nybo says downtown Chicago should get a casino, but only if an existing gambling facility in Aurora, Elgin or Joliet packs it in and moves to the city. That view is one of the very few issues separating Nybo and state Rep. Dennis Reboletti in the March 18 Republican primary to succeed Sen. Kirk Dillard in the state’s 24th Senate District. The winner will advance to...

    Karen Nejdl

    District 57, teachers union reach deal to avoid strike

    The Mount Prospect Elementary School District 57 board and Mount Prospect Education Association negotiators reached a tentative contract agreement late Monday, averting a potential teachers strike affecting more than 2,000 students. Terms were not disclosed.


    Carol Stream Park District hires group for director search

    The Carol Stream Park District board has hired a familiar face — the Illinois Association of Park Districts — to help with its executive director search. The park board this week selected the nonprofit organization from among four groups that made presentations in January as the district focuses on finding a replacement for Arnie Biondo, who stepped down in December to become director...

    Submitted photo Shown are winners of the Carol Stream Citizens of the Year awards. Winners are Nancy Bagdonas, Female Citizen of the Year; Terry Michaelsen, Male Citizen of the Year; Linda Keen, Female Special Citizen of the Year; Steve Griffin, Male Special Citizen of the Year; and Ed Zuniga, Judges Recognition Award.

    Carol Stream honors its Citizens of the Year

    Residents who exhibit exceptional volunteer service in Carol Stream were recognized last weekend at the 2013 Carol Stream Citizen of the Year awards banquet. Award winners are chosen by past recipients after receiving nominations from local service organizations.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    Richard Manley, 38, of Batavia, was cited for failure to reduce speed and driving too fast for conditions at 10:34 p.m. Feb. 4 after crashing into a mailbox on the 900 block of Main Street, Batavia, causing $100 damage, according to a sheriff’s report.


    Crystal Lake youth charged with battery, hate crime

    A Crystal Lake youth has been charged with aggravated battery and hate crime stemming from a fight on Monday at a middle school. Crystal Lake police responded at 12:20 p.m. on Monday to a report of a fight between two students at Hannah Beardsley Middle School.

    Joey Scianna, center, receives an award for saving his brother’s life.

    Island Lake boy called a hero after helping choking brother

    An 8-year-old Island Lake boy who cleared his younger brother’s airway during an emergency at home is being heralded as a hero. Joseph Paul Scianna III used the Heimlich maneuver when his 5-year-old brother, Jacob, struggling to breathe because a small piece of terra cotta pottery was lodged in his throat.

    In this Jan. 29, 2006 file photo, Shirley Temple Black accepts the Screen Actors Guild Awards life achievement award at the 12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, in Los Angeles.

    Images: Shirley Temple, 1928-2014
    Images of former child actress Shirley Temple, 1928-2014.Temple, who died at her home near San Francisco, Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, at 85, sang, danced, sobbed and grinned her way into the hearts of Depression-era moviegoers and remains the ultimate child star decades later


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Thieves stole a men’s wallet around Jan. 9 out of an office at Windows Plus, 725 E. Dundee Road, Arlington Heights. Someone used a credit card in the wallet at CVS in Buffalo Grove, Walmarts in Palatine and Elk Grove Village, and a Target in Schaumburg. Value was estimated at $904. The victim noticed the charges when he received his monthly card statement on Feb. 7.

    The Original Rockin’ Fenderskirts will perform at the Palatine Township Senior Citizens Council fundraising gala on Saturday, Feb. 15.

    Palatine Township Senior Center holding Caring Hearts Gala

    Come dressed in your evening gowns and suits and ties for A Night at The Oscars: A Red Carpet Affair, the 14th annual Caring Hearts gala benefiting the Palatine Township Senior Center. The event will be held from 6 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at Cotillion Banquets, 360 Creekside Drive, Palatine. Tickets are $125.

    Emily Schmid of Geneva, 17, first-place winner of the Senior Division, Kane County Fair 2013 Talent Contest, also competed in Springfield with 37 other participants.

    Kane County Fair talent winner wins in Springfield

    Daniel Souvigny of Hampshire, who won first place in the Kane County Fair 2013 Talent Contest, Junior Division, won first place at the Illinois Association of Agricultural Fairs Official Talent Contest State Competition in Springfield on Jan. 18.


    Doctoring in the early days of Arlington Heights

    It wasn’t fireworks usually that caused the accidents that led to amputations in Arlington in the early 20th century. There were a lot caused by railroad accidents. And many more caused by farm machinery. One year, local farmers invested in “new and improved corn shredders.” The first summer they were used, what they basically shredded was fingers. As a result, Dr. John Best...

    U.S. Naval Reserves Lt. Cmdr. Tabitha Eden, a registered nurse at Northwestern Grayslake Emergency Center, with her boss, Nursing Supervisor Wendy Callan. For her support of Eden’s military service in the workplace, Callan recently received the Patriot Award.

    Northwestern Grayslake nursing manager receives Patriot Award

    A Northwestern Grayslake nursing supervisor has received a Patriot Award for her support of an employee in the military.

    Steve Brown, left, Jason Brown and Marla Brown at the Olympics in Sochi.

    Highland Park parents celebrate son’s Olympic medal

    The parents of Olympic figure skater Jason Brown celebrated his bronze medal win in the team event in Sochi. “I can’t begin to express how proud we are of the entire U.S. team,” Steve Brown said. “These guys pulled together and will forever be linked by this experience.”

    Panera Bread in Algonquin will soon be adding a drive-through.

    Panera in Algonquin to get drive-through

    Grabbing your morning cup of coffee and bagel may soon get a little easier. Panera, at 451 S. Randall Road, Algonquin, will be getting a drive-through lane this spring, said Russell Farnum, community development director for the village.

    Michael Nehrbas

    Prosecutors: Lisle man had ‘thousands and thousands’ of child porn images

    A 35-year-old Lisle man is being held in DuPage County jail, accused of storing “thousands and thousands” of child porn images on his computer. Michael Nehrbas, of the 1800 block of Burlington Avenue, is being held on $200,000 bond and faces five counts of felony child pornography.

    Palos Heights native Kendall Coyne of Team USA collides with Alina Muller of Switzerland against the boards during the first period of a women’s ice hockey game Monday in Sochi, Russia.

    Suburbs, state full of future women’s hockey stars

    With the spotlight set to shine on the U.S.-Canada women’s hockey game Wednesday morning at the Olympics, two players from Illinois will be on the ice knowing thousands of young girls here are cheering them on. Buffalo Grove native Megan Bozek and Palos Heights native Kendall Coyne are playing on the U.S. hockey squad; many more from the suburbs could be playing in future Olympics.

    A billboard urging voters to vote “Yes” stands in Fremont, Neb. Voters in the eastern Nebraska city of Fremont will decide in a special election on Tuesday, Feb. 11, whether to drop housing restrictions aimed at reducing illegal immigration they had approved in 2010.

    Nebraska city to reconsider 2010 immigration law

    Voters in a small Nebraska city will decide Tuesday whether to repeal a law designed to bar immigrants from renting homes if they don’t have legal permission to be in the U.S. Critics of the 2010 ordinance in Fremont say it is less effective and more costly than anyone expected and is damaging the city’s image. Supporters say Fremont needs to take a stand against illegal immigration.


    AG urges restoring voting rights to ex-inmates

    Attorney General Eric Holder on Tuesday urged states to restore voting rights to former prison inmates, an issue he said primarily affects African-Americans. Eleven states continue to restrict voting rights after a person has served a prison sentence and is no longer on probation or parole, the attorney general said at a symposium on the criminal justice system.


    Boston bombing suspect wants trial nex

    Prosecutors say the trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzkokhar Tsarnaev is expected to last three months, plus another six weeks if he is convicted and jurors then have to decide whether he should be put to death.

    The Republican candidates for governor in the March primary are, clockwise from top left, Bill Brady, Kirk Dillard, Dan Rutherford and Bruce Rauner.

    Rauner’s absence noted at forum

    Although just hours earlier candidate Dan Rutherford had denied allegations in a sexual harassment lawsuit filed against him, the focus of Monday night’s GOP debate was more often directed at the one candidate who wasn’t there: Bruce Rauner.

    Associated Press This photo combination of four handout pictures show, top left, an unaltered image provided by photographer Alex Castro of Argentina’s President Cristina Fernandez, left, with Cuban leader Fidel Castro, right, and Fidel’s wife Dalia Soto del Valle during a private meeting, Jan. 26, 2014, in Havana, Cuba. On the top right is the same image released through Estudios Revolucion, digitally altered to remove what appears to be a hearing aid from the retired leader’s ear. The bottom left image is a blown up view of the unaltered image and the bottom right image is a blown up view of the altered image.

    Fidel Castro handout photos digitally altered

    The Associated Press is eliminating from its archive seven Cuban government handout photos of Fidel Castro after determining some were digitally altered to remove what appears to be a hearing aid from the retired leader’s ear.


    Female sexual desire drug gains new path to FDA approval

    WASHINGTON -- A pill to treat low sexual desire in women may gain another chance at approval this year after an agreement between U.S. regulators and the drug’s maker.


    Boehner says house to vote on debt-limit bill without conditionsc

    The House will vote tomorrow on raising the U.S. debt limit without conditions, Speaker John Boehner said today, giving in to Democratic insistence on a so- called clean measure. Boehner, an Ohio Republican, said Democrats will need to back the measure, which will get minimal Republican support.


    Police: Person of interest in girls’ 1975 vanishing

    Police in Maryland say a convicted child sex offender has been identified as a person of interest in the 1975 disappearance of two sisters who never returned from home a Montgomery County shopping mall.

    Stephanie Penick’s dad, Don Crookston, with his prized 66-year-old Sears Roebuck Coldspot refrigerator.

    Heartwarming tale about an ice box

    Stephanie Penick's parents will celebrate their 67th wedding anniversary on Valentine's Day. That's all very sweet, of course, but here's the really amazing part: They've been using the same refrigerator for almost all of that time.

    An artist's rending of the proposed new southeast entrance of The Quad St. Charles. The property was formerly known as Charlestowne Mall, but new owners have taken over.

    Mall, First Street making incremental progress in St. Charles

    Two developers appeared before St. Charles aldermen Monday night to detail the behind-the-scenes machinations of bringing two of the city's most important commercial hubs back to life. Charles May, project manager for redesigning Charlestowne Mall into The Quad for the Krausz Companies', told aldermen his team's main focus in the cold weather months is bringing something to the mall that it...


    New Gary airport operator to push runway extension

    The new private operator of the Gary/Chicago International Airport is looking to jump-start its stalled runway extension project. A major hurdle facing the project is removal of railroad embankment that is blocking a 1,900-foot extension of the airport’s main 7,000-foot runway so it can handle larger planes.


    Blagojevich-scandal figure sentenced to 2 years

    A longtime fundraiser for former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. who was a figure in scandals that landed former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich behind bars was sentenced Monday to two years in prison for health care fraud.


    Plans in works to add lanes to I-69 in C. Indiana

    State highway officials are working on plans to add lanes to a busy section of Interstate 69 through central Indiana.The Indiana Department of Transportation’s proposal would add a third travel lane to both northbound and southbound I-69 in a 14-mile stretch between the Indiana 37 in Fishers and Indiana 38 near Pendleton.


    Dawn Patrol: Rutherford defends himself; Mt. Prospect fire aftermath

    Rutherford defends accusations in visit to suburbs. Long haul for Mt. Prospect businesses damaged by fire. Transit leaders defend themselves to lawmakers.2nd life term for Aurora man who killed wife. Hoffman Estates parks consider gambling. Four times legal limit in fatal crash with train. Rozner: Sam’s landmark declaration easy compared to childhood.


    Audit: District 300 bus concerns are unfounded

    The basis for a comprehensive review of the company that buses Community Unit District 300 students, namely, some parental concerns about safety and improperly maintained school buses, was unfounded, according to a transportation audit unveiled Monday.


    Glen Ellyn adopts new sign code

    Glen Ellyn approved an overhaul to the village's sign code at Monday's village board meeting — its first update since the original code was written in 1993. Village officials hope the new code will better align with the need of the commumity's modern businesses, be more user-friendly, address changes in the sign industry and reduce the number of variation requests the village receives. The...

    Sisters Debbie, 18, right, and Janet, 19, Frontier enjoy an evening with Ringo Starr in 1975. Jeanette Frontier won a radio station contest and gave her daughters the prize.

    Ringo love set in sidewalk stone and contest winner's memory

    The Beatles, like winter, seem to be hanging around far longer than anyone might have anticipated. Still, I am skeptical when readers assure me that Ringo's daily presence in the suburbs has been set in stone for almost half a century. Often regarded as the least-handsome, least-talented, and least-crush-worthy Beatle, Ringo always had his fans in the suburbs. And still does.

    Seventeen-year-old Nilufar Jalali of Vernon Hills swipes her school ID card on ZPass scanner as she gets on the bus at Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire Monday.

    Skipping school just got harder for Stevenson students

    Stevenson High School is one of the first in the nation to implement software allowing parents to use mobile devices to track when and where their students have boarded and exited school buses. It's an expansion of the school's existing computerized bus pass system. “(It provides) parents the option to have certainty that their student was picked up or dropped off,” said Jim Conrey, a...

    Southwest Airlines Flight 4013 sits at the M. Graham Clark Downtown Airport in Hollister, Mo., in this Jan. 13, 2014 file photo. On nearly 150 flights, U.S. commercial air carriers have either landed at the wrong airport or started to land and realized their mistake in time, according to a search by The Associated Press of government safety databases and media reports since the early 1990s.

    Pilots often head to wrong airports, reports show

    On at least 150 flights, including one involving a Southwest Airlines jet last month in Missouri and a jumbo cargo plane last fall in Kansas, U.S. commercial air carriers have either landed at the wrong airport or started to land and realized their mistake in time, according to a search by The Associated Press of government safety databases and media reports since the early 1990s.

    ASSOCIATED PRESS Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is said to have summed up Monica Lewinsky as a “narcissistic loony toon.”

    Four notable nuggets from ‘The Hillary Papers’

    Republicans are seizing Monday on a report published Sunday titled “The Hillary Papers.” The lengthy piece from the Washington Free Beacon, a conservative news website, details personal documents from one of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s closest friends, Diane Blair, a political science professor who died in 2000.


    District 118 kindergarten:

    Wauconda Unit District 118 kindergarten preregistration will take place at three elementary schools on Tuesday, March 4, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Students must be 5 years of age on or before Sept. 1, 2014, and live within the boundaries of District 118 to be eligible to preregister for kindergarten.


    District 50 bilingual meeting:

    Woodland Elementary District 50 hosts its third Bilingual Parent Advisory Council meeting of the year at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 12, at the Woodland Elementary East School cafeteria, 17261 W. Gages Lake Road, Gages Lake.

    Madhu Krishnamurthy

    ECC board approves three-year contract

    The Elgin Community College board recently approved a new, three-year contract with the ECC Faculty Association after negotiations began in September 2013.The union’s members reviewed and ratified the agreement on Jan. 9. The previous contract was set to expire Dec. 31, 2013.


    Woman dies in parachute accident near Zion Utah

    A Utah woman attempting a parachute jump near Zion National Park died when her parachute failed to open, park officials said. Amber Bellows fell about 2,000 feet to the ground Saturday afternoon. The 28-year-old had been attempting the jump from Mount Kinesava, in the southern part of the park famous for its soaring red rock formations.


    Mooseheart players pose with the supersectional plaque Tuesday night in DeKalb after earning the school’s first trip to the state tournament this weekend in Peoria.

    Mooseheart earns 1st trip to state

    In the trophy cases at Mooseheart’s stadium-fieldhouse complex, there are a number of plaques, cups and assorted trophies from various successes over the school’s athletic history. What you will not find is a team trophy from IHSA competition. Staff will have to clear space for such a prize, as the Ramblers head this weekend to the IHSA Class 1A boys basketball finals. They earned that trip thanks to a wire-to-wire, 59-41 Tuesday victory over Eastland at the NIU Convocation Center.


    Glenbard South comeback catches St. Charles North

    Trailing by 5 points with 6:49 remaining, Glenbard South showed the grit and poise reflective of an experienced girls basketball team on Tuesday night.


    Geneva loses another in double overtime

    Geneva will remember its finale at the 2014 Montini Christmas Classic as The One That Got Away.

    Elgin's Kiko Mari tries to block St. Charles North's Tyler DeMoss in the fourth quarter on Tuesday, February 11.

    Third quarter lifts St. Charles North over Elgin

    There is no truth to the rumor that St. Charles North basketball coach Tom Poulin has a switch that he flips in the on position at halftime. It only seems that way at times. Trailing Elgin 30-15 at halftime after a lackluster opening 16 minutes, the North Stars (14-7, 8-3) went on a 20-1 run during the first 9-plus minutes of the second half and hung on for a 49-46 Upstate Eight Conference River Division victory Tuesday night in St. Charles.

    of Kaneland Tyler Carlson takes a shot over (21) Michael Bibbs and (15) Ethan Doell of West Chicago during the Kaneland at West Chicago boys basketball game Tuesday.

    Kaneland hustles past West Chicago

    Kaneland senior guard John Pruett picked on opportune time to start connecting on his free throws. Pruett finished 14 of 17 from the free-throw line, including a perfect 7-of-7 effort in the fourth quarter, while teammate Drew David made a key steal down the stretch, all leading to a 71-65 nonconference win at West Chicago on Tuesday night.

    Grayslake North's Aidan Einloth makes a move toward the basket as Rolling Meadows defender Jonny Ungurean gets a hand on the ball during Tuesday's game at Rolling Meadows.

    Ungurean, Meadows shoot past Grayslake N.

    Rolling Meadows boys basketball coach Kevin Katovich loves the way Jonny Ungurean churns out results for the Mustangs. He also wants Ungurean to shoot the ball more. Ungurean did both Tuesday to help the host Mustangs cruise past Grayslake North 47-32.


    Glenbard West finds balance

    Nothing wrong with knocking down 3-pointers. Glenbard West’s boys basketball team just doesn’t want to rely on them too much. The Hilltoppers came through from beyond the arc Tuesday night, but an aggressive attitude getting to the bucket made for an awesome night of offense in a 69-49 nonconference victory over Wheaton Warrenville South in Glen Ellyn.


    Girls gymnastics scoreboard: Tuesday’s results
    Tuesday’s scoreboard*Wheaton Warrenville South sectionalTeam ScoresGeneva 146.525; St. Charles North 143.15; Wheaton Warrenville South 140.925; Glenbard North 138.9; DeKalb 138.75; Bartlett 133.1automatic advancersVault — Ginsberg (Gen) 9.5; Klein (WWS) 9.425; Whisenhunt (DeK) 9.4; Beitzel (Gen) 9.375; Brognia (Gen) 9.35; Dugan (SCN) 9.35. Uneven bars — Wahrman (GN) 9.275; Dugan (SCN) 9.2325; McKee (Bart) 9.225; Ginsberg (Gen) 9.15; Channon (WWS) 9.125. Balance beam — Ginsberg (Gen) 9.55; Channon (WWS) 9.475; Broucek (Glenbard West) 9.4259.425; Davison (York) 9.375; Morreale (DeK) 9.335. Floor exercise — Ginsberg (Gen) 9.7; Brognia (Gen) 9.525; Gorniak (SCN) 9.425; Boksha (Addison Trail) 9.3; Ginsberg (Gen) 9.2; Copeland (SCN) 9.2; Slater (GN) 9.2. All-around — Ginsberg (Gen) 37.9; Wahrman 36.825; Brognia (Gen) 36.8; Channon (WWS) 36.575; Dugan (SCN) 36.55


    Girls basketball scoreboard: Tuesday’s results
    Tuesday’s scoreboard*Buffalo Grove 56, Schaumburg 46Schaumburg — Reinhart 6 0-1 15, Gerber 1 0-0 2, Doroskin 6 1-2 13, O’Connell 2 0-0 5, Hill 2 0-0 5, Candotti 3 0-0 6, Alt 0 0-1 0, Harberts 0 0-0 0. Totals 20 1-3 46.Buffalo Grove — Waler 7 2-2 20, Jambrone 3 0-2 6, Kolbus 0 1-2 1, Stejskal 4 5-7 11, Herzog 2 4-4 6, Callahan 2 4-6 8, Meyer 0 0-0 0, Dimitrova 1 0-0 2. Totals 18 16-23 56.Schaumburg 4 15 13 14 —46Buffalo Grove 10 17 14 15 —563-point baskets: Sch: Reinhart 3, O’Connell, Hill; BG: Walter 4.*Elk Grove 51, Palatine 41Elk Grove — Masnica 1 0-0 2, Brown 2 8-12 10, Lindfors 6 4-4 16, Crothers 1 1-2 3, Solorio 4 6-7 15. Totals 14 19-23 51.Palatine — Conklin 2 0-0 6, Heuretz 5 5-8 18, Allen 0 0-0 0, Charlier 0 1-2 1, Radtke 4 1-2 11, Galligher 0 0-0 0, Fritz 0 0-0 0, Wozniak 0 1-2 1, Masini 2 0-0 4,. Totals 13 8-14 41.Elk Grove 8 12 14 17 —51Palatine 15 8 8 10 —413-point baskets: EG: Solorio; Pal: Conklin (2), Radtke (2), Heuertz (3).Fouled out: Pal: Charlier, Gallagher.*Hersey 58, Conant 44Hersey — Harris 4 8-8 17, Gritt 2 0-0 4, Korff 7 2-4 18, Weyhrich 2 0-0 6, Vainisi 2 1-1 5, Berigan 2 2-2 6, Zaucha 1 0-0 2, Thompson 0 0 0 0 Totals 20 13-15 58.Conant — Mazurek 1 3-4 5, A. Wachal 1 0-0 2, Durr 1 0-2 2, Zades 3 1-2 10, Engelbreit 1 3-4 4, Lomas 2 3-4 8, Dhillon 3 0-0 7, J. Wachal 0 0- 0 0, Anderson 2 2-2 6, Retzer 0 0-0 0, Holmquist 0 0-0 0 Totals 14 10-17 44.Hersey 18 10 17 13 —58Conant 5 12 15 12 —443-point baskets: Hers: Harris, Korff (2), Weyhrich (2); Con: Zades (3), Engelbreit, Lomas, DhillonFouled out: None.*Prospect 51, Barrington 45 (2 OT) Prospect — H. Will 1 0-0 3, T Will 6 7-8 21, Gonzalez 4 0-2 9, Sherwood 5 3-5 13, Grott 0 0-0 0, Matters 0 1-2 1, Pacini 1 2-2 4, Kendziera 0 0-0 0 Totals 16 14-20 51.Barrington — Madden 0 0-0 0, Katis 5 2-7 12, McDonald 4 0-0 8, Gunderson 2 2-3 7, Callanan 0 2-2 2, Grayson 0 0-0 0, Kirchoff 3 2-2 8, Talbot 3 2-2 8 Totals 17 10-17 45.Prospect 5 11 10 11 5-2—51Barrington 12 6 9 14 5-8—453-point baskets: Pro: Gonzalez, H. Will. T. Will (2); Bar: GundersonFouled out: Pro: Gonzalez, H Will*Wheeling 53, Hoffman Estates 38 Wheeling — Kuzmanic 8 0-0 20, Dammeier 3 2-2 8, Calistro 0 2-2 2, Roman 0 0-0 0, Vasey 0 0-0 0, Dobrowski 2 2-2 7, Slussar 0 0-0 0, Smith 3 2-2 8, Claver 2 1-4 5, Greenberg 1 0-0 2, Zlotnikova 0 1-2 1 Totals 19 8-12m 53.Hoffman Estates — Hanson 4 3-3 11, Robinson 0 0-0 0, Dusharm 0 0-0 0, Farina 1 0-1 2, Ishak 0 0-0 0, Bellows 0 0-0 0, Wilson 2 2-2 6, Saitta 1 0-0 2, Wolinski 1 1-2 3, Anderson 1 0-0 2, Bowens 3 4-5 10, Sisto 1 0-1 2 Totals 14 10-13 38.Wheeling 17 13 12 11 —53Hoffman Estates 8 8 7 15 —383-point baskets: Whe: Kuzmanic (4), DobrowskiFouled out: None.*St. Edward 63, St. Viator 59St. Edward — Gnan 1 1-4 3, Spagnola 4 10-11 18, Ramos 2 1-2 5, Gredzieleski 0 0-2 0, Swanson 5 3-8 14, Scully 1 0-0 2, Castoro 0 0-2 0, Rapp 7 6-11 20. Totals 20 21-20 63.St. Viator — Moynihan 2 2-2 7, Trimble 1 4-4 6, Leazer 3 0-0 8, Fabbri 4 6-8 16, Stanley 0 2-4 2, Hogan 2 1-2 5, Hohlweg 4 1-3 9, McAteer 2 1-2 6. Totals 18 17-25 59.St. Edward 16 11 18 18 —63St. Viator 13 16 18 12 —593-point baskets: STV — Moyniahan, Leaver 2, Fabbari 2, McAter; STE — Swanson.*GRAYSLAKE NORTH 53, WOODSTOCK NORTH 30Grayslake North — Fish 2 0-0 4, Detweiler 6 6-7 19, Thibeaux 8 3-3 19, Lovitsch 3 2-2 8, Villwock 1 0-1 2, Karnuth 0 1-2 1, Martineau 0 0-0 0, Friedman 0 0-0 0, Swanson 0 0-0 0, Myers 0 0-0 0, Hartigan 0 0-2 0. Totals 20 12-15 53.Woodstock North — J. Crain 2 0-0 4, Abbate 3 0-1 6, S. Crain 1 0-0 2, Darling 4 0-0 12, Ahr 2 0-0 4, Bates 1 0-0 2, Zieman 0 0-1 0, Schaffler 0 0-1 0. Totals 13 0-3 30.Grayslake North 16 14 18 5 —53


    Boys basketball scoreboard: Tuesday’s results
    Tuesday’s results*glenbrook south 53, hersey 42Hersey — Heeren 12 pts.Glenbrook South — Jones 11 pts., Nikitas 13 pts., McCarthy 10 pts.*LIBERTYVILLE 73, ELK GROVE 54Elk Grove — Manzar 3 0-0 9, Melendez 1 5-6 7, Bianchini 3 0-0 8, Pillath 0 0-0 0, O’Malley 2 0-0 4, Hadler 1 0-0 2, Post 0 0-0 0, Furlong 6 3-4 16, Romano 1 0-0 2, Ingebrigtsen 3 0-0 6. Totals 20 8-10 54.Libertyville — Kratzer 1 0-0 2, Reed 5 3-3 16, Chen 0 0-0 0, Peterson 3 2-2 9, Lipp 3 0-0 6, Monken 0 0-0 0, Braun 1 1-2 3, Vernasco 5 0-2 12, Kimpler 2 4-4 8, Feely 0 0-0 0, Borcia 7 3-6 17. Totals 27 13-19 73.Elk Grove 15 11 16 12 —54Libertyville 18 17 21 17 —733-point baskets: EG: Manzar 3, Bianchini 2, Furlong; Lib: Reed 3, Vernasco 2, Peterson.*Maine East 64, Wheeling 62Maine East — George 6 4-5 19, Jones 5 0-0 14, Olmek 1 2-8 4, Grove 2 0-0 6, Jones 4 3-6 11, Kapri 2 1-1 6, Rogaria 0 1-2 1, Brooks 1 0-0 3. Totals 21 12-21 64.Wheeling — Pierro 1 0-0 2, Stephani 11 7-11 31, Kim 0 4-4 4, Szpir 5 4-4 14, Arodundade 2 1-7 5, Laude 0 2-4 2, Jordan 2 0-0 4. Totals 29 14-30 .Maine East 13 18 19 14 —64Wheeing 12 15 8 23 —623-point baskets: ME: George 3, Jones 4, Grove 2, Kapr 1. Whl: Stephani 2.*maine west 58, leyden 52Leyden — Best 6 4-6 16, Vallejo 1 1-2 3, Stocks 5 0-0 12, Romero 5 0-0 11, Herrera 1 0-0 3, Nessling 2 0-0 4, Aiello 1 0-0 3. Totals 19 5-8 52.Maine West — Wessell 3 0-0 6, Ferraren 7 2-2 16, Acevedo 7 3-4 21, Sherman 4 7-11 15. Totals 21 12-17 58.Leyden 12 8 11 21 —52Maine West 4 17 10 27 —583-point baskets: Ley: Stocks 2, Romero 3, Aiello; MW: Acevedo 4.Fouled out: Ley: Aiello.*rolling meadows 47, grayslake north 32Grayslake North — Diprova 4 2-2 10, Buckels 3 2-2 9, Piggott 2 0-1 4, Einloth 1 2-2 4, Gentile 1 1-2 3, Tepper 1 0-0 2. Totals 12 7-9 32.Rolling Meadows — Ungurean 5 2-2 12, Dolan 4 3-4 11, Schoessling 3 0-0 8, Kramp 3 0-0 8, Lothery 2 0-0 5, Metzger 0 2-2 4, Wojcik 0 1-2 1. Totals 17 8-10 47.Grayslake North 6 6 13 7 —32Rolling Meadows 14 10 9 14 —473-point baskets: GLN: Buckels; RM: Schoessling 2, Kramp 2, Lothery.*Christian Liberty Acad. 60, Harvest Chr. 50Christian Liberty Acad. — Daniel 2 0-0 6, Silva 4 0-0 11, Swiderek 11 0-0 23, Kemper 1 1-2 4, Weiss 2 0-0 4, Salomonson 6 0-1 12. Totals 26 1-3 60.Harvest — Fox 5 0-1 11, Cramer 4 0-0 9, Adams 4 0-0 8, Turpin 3 0-0 6, Vislisel 8 0-0 18. Totals 24 0-1 50.CLA 17 18 7 18 —60Harvest 14 11 11 14 —503-point baskets: CLA: Kemper Daniel 2, Swiderek, Silva 3; Harv: Fox, Cramer, Vislisel 2.*NORTH CHICAGO 76, warren 65North Chicago — Amos-Mays 2 2-2 6, McCloud 5 0-0 11, Hall 6 5-6 17, Shelton 7 4-4 18, Shead 5 2-4 13, Henton 2 0-0 4, Zinnerman-Dixon 1 5-6 7. Totals 28 18-22 76.Warren — Deere 10 2-2 26, Reams 0 0-0 0, Jokic 0 0-0 0, Betori 2 1-2 5, Gillespie 7 0-2 18, Swane 5 6-9 16, Cuevas 0 0-0 0, Schroeder 0 0-0 0. Totals 24 9-15 65.North Chicago 23 17 14 22 —76Warren 13 18 19 15 —653-point baskets: NC: McCloud, Shead; Warr: Deere 4, Gillespie 4.Fouled out: NC: Shead.*LIBERTYVILLE 73, ELK GROVE 54Elk Grove — Manzar 3 0-0 9, Melendez 1 5-6 7, Bianchini 3 0-0 8, Pillath 0 0-0 0, O’Malley 2 0-0 4, Hadler 1 0-0 2, Post 0 0-0 0, Furlong 6 3-4 16, Romano 1 0-0 2, Ingebrigtsen 3 0-0 6. Totals 20 8-10 54.Libertyville — Kratzer 1 0-0 2, Reed 5 3-3 16, Chen 0 0-0 0, Peterson 3 2-2 9, Lipp 3 0-0 6, Monken 0 0-0 0, Braun 1 1-2 3, Vernasco 5 0-2 12, Kimpler 2 4-4 8, Feely 0 0-0 0, Borcia 7 3-6 17. Totals 27 13-19 73.Elk Grove 15 11 16 12 —54Libertyville 18 17 21 17 —733-point baskets: EG: Manzar 3, Bianchini 2, Furlong; Lib: Reed 3, Vernasco 2, Peterson.Fouled out: none.*Cary-Grove 75, Mundelein 64


    Hersey weathers loss, wins at Conant

    Hersey’s girls basketball team played without senior forward Renee Poulos for the first time in four seasons on Tuesday night. “I don’t know if I’ve ever had a girl play in every game for four years,” said Huskies 16-year coach Mary Fendley. “It was a huge adjustment not having Renee on the floor.” Poulos was sidelined with a broken wrist and her status for the upcoming postseason in unknown. But the Huskies did what they know best — win a basketball game. They posted their 23rd win in 27 games with a 58-44 victory over Conant at the William N. Perry Gymnasium in Hoffman Estates.


    Prospect edges Barrington in OT

    Junior Taylor Will scored 6 points and classmate Catherine Sherwood had two in the second overtime to give Prospect a 51-45 victory at Barrington in the second-place Mid-Suburban League girls basketball crossover. Will (game-high 21 points) also had the big 3-pointer with 14 seconds left to tie the game at 37-37 in regulation.


    Naperville North beats St. Charles East for 5th straight

    Though he started at wide receiver for Naperville North’s football team, Anthony Rehayem secretly dreamed of playing quarterback for the Huskies.


    Lisle looks to the future

    In Lisle sophomore point guard Nick Massura, Lions coach Mark LaScala sees some of Coal City senior point guard Brennen Shetina. Given that three-year starter Shetina scored 24 points in Coal City’s 54-41 Interstate Eight Conference victory Tuesday in Lisle, that bodes well for the future of Massura, who scored 9 all in the first half.

    Geneva coach Kim Hostman congratulates Dominique Brognia after her uneven parallel bars routine during gymnastics sectional at Wheaton Warrenville South on Tuesday in Wheaton.

    Geneva celebrates sectional crown

    A year ago Geneva found itself waiting. On Tuesday the Vikings were celebrating. Geneva didn’t count any falls and used clutch performances to win the Wheaton Warrenville South girls gymnastics sectional and make school history in the process.


    Borcia, Reed pace Libertyville victory

    Joe Borcia scored 17 points and Matt Reed stayed hot with his fourth straight double-digit scoring effort, as Libertyville’s boys basketball team defeated visiting Elk Grove 73-54 in nonconference action Tuesday night.


    St. Edward upends Montini

    When Montini and St. Edward played in December, the Broncos won 39-38 in Lombard. When they met again Tuesday, the Green Wave surpassed 38 points early in the third quarter. Of course, it helped that the clock was stopped quite a bit. The Wave made 24 free throws on the way to an 80-65 Suburban Christian Conference Gold Division win in Elgin


    Grayslake North nets FVC Fox title

    Grayslake North’s girls basketball team wrapped up the Fox Valley Conference Fox Division championship for the second year in a row Tuesday night, beating visiting Woodstock North 53-30.

    Warren’s Eric Gillespie, left, drives past North Chicago’s Jamero Shelton on Tuesday night at Warren.

    North Chicago nixes Warren

    The comeback proved successful. Unfortunately for Warren’s boys basketball team, its comeback against visiting North Chicago was not as good as Adrian Deere’s. Three nights after missing the final three quarters of the Blue Devils’ loss at Lake Zurich, after tweaking his right knee, Deere was in the starting lineup Tuesday for his team’s North Suburban Conference crossover. The senior guard led all scorers with a career-high-tying 26 points, but his effort wasn’t enough, as North Chicago pulled out a 76-65 win.


    Boys basketball/Fox Valley roundup

    Hampshire 57, Johnsburg 46: Matt Bridges scored 19 points to lead the Whip-Purs (10-12, 6-3) to a Fox Valley Conference Fox Division win. Drew Doran added 10 points for Hampshire.Burlington Central 69, Harvard 32: Sean Fitzgerald and Stefan Jochum had 10 points each to lead the Rockets (17-6, 7-2) in the Big Northern East. Duncan Ozburn added 9 points for BC.Cary-Grove 75, Mundelein 64: Jason Gregoire had 24 points while Tyler Szydlo added 12 and Justin Blair 11 to lead Cary-Grove (13-9) to a nonconference win.Christian Liberty 60, Harvest Christian 50: After going 2-1 over the weekend in the Northeastern Athletic Conference Tournament, the Lions (12-13) lost a makeup NAC game at home. John Vislisel finished with 18 points while Noah Fox added 11 for Harvest.


    Team effort lifts Jacobs over Dundee-Crown

    When Jacobs girls basketball coach Joe Benoit surveyed the locker room shortly before the Golden Eagles went out and beat District-300 rival Dundee-Crown 44-37 in a Fox Valley Conference Valley Division win, it wasn’t so much the rivalry that his team was focused on as it was themselves.

    The Bulls’ Taj Gibson, left, passes the ball to Kirk Hinrich as the Hawks Gustavo Ayon goes for the steal Tuesday night at the United Center.

    Gibson, Bulls start strong in win over Hawks

    Taj Gibson, starting his third straight game in place of Carlos Boozer (left-calf strain), got off to another fast start and helped set the tone for a 100-85 Bulls victory over the Hawks.


    Girls basketball/Fox Valley roundup

    St. Edward 63, St. Viator 59: The Green Wave (17-8) were able to hang on and hit their free throws down the stretch on the road in this nonconference tilt. “Our girls kept their composure down the stretch and we were able to hit a couple of free-throws to put the game away,” Green Wave coach Michelle Dawson said. St. Edward was led by CeCe Rapp, who finished with a game-high 20 points and 9 rebounds, and Madelyn Spagnola, who netted 18 points and was able to bring down 8 defensive rebounds.Harvest Christian 59, Elgin Academy 12: Playing at the Class 1A Hinckley-Big Rock regional, the Lions (15-10) were able to cruise to an easy victory over the Hilltoppers. Rachel Oostdyk led the Lions with 22 points, while Kylee Knox added 14 points and Morgan Lockwood 10. Junior Kaitlyn Pearson led the Hilltoppers (4-16) with 8 points.

    Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose works out before an NBA basketball game between the Bulls and the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, in Chicago.

    Noah: Rose ‘getting better,’ but won’t speculate on return

    After watching Derrick Rose work out at the United Center following the Bulls’ shootaround on Tuesday, Joakim Noah talked about taking inspiration from Rose’s second go-round with knee rehabilitation.“He’s always around the team — being a great leader, showing support to his teammates," Noah said. "Just watching him work every day, I think it’s just extra motivation for us to go out there and go harder.”


    St. Francis builds momentum

    While only one team left Tuesday’s nonconference game with a win, both sides left feeling pretty good heading into next week’s Class 3A playoffs.

    Double-teamed by Crystal Lake South’s Chanel Fanter and Sara Mickow, Huntley’s Ali Andrews scores her 1,000th career point in the first half Tuesday in Huntley.

    A night of milestones at Huntley

    The milestones came in triplicate Tuesday night at Huntley. At the top of the list came the Red Raiders’ girls basketball team coming from behind to beat Crystal Lake South 61-50 on Senior Night to complete an undefeated Fox Valley Conference Valley Division season, Huntley’s first FVC title in girls basketball. Add to it the accomplishments of Huntley sophomore Ali Andrews and Crystal Lake South senior Sara Mickow and you had yourself one of those banner nights.


    Dundee-Crown tops Crystal Lake South

    Dundee-Crown took Crystal Lake South’s best shot, got off the canvas and then produced a hard-fought victory.Holding off the Gators’ valiant second half rally, the visiting Chargers were able to post a 57-50 Fox Valley Conference Valley Division boys basketball win in Crystal Lake Tuesday night.


    Larkin withstands big Streamwood run

    A recent run of poor stretches is starting to bother Larkin boys basketball coach Deryn Carter. Streamwood went on a 19-2 run in the second quarter to cut the Royals lead from 21 to 4 with 2:15 remaining before halftime. Larkin was able to recover, taking control again by scoring the final 11 points of the halftime and earning a 71-41 Upstate Eight River victory at home Tuesday night.

    It was the overtime goal in the 2010 Games in Vancouver by Canada’s Sidney Crosby, here running through a drill during a training session this week in Sochi, that the U.S. team is out to avenge this time around.

    U.S. men’s hockey good enough for gold

    Nobody is picking the U.S. to win the gold medal at Sochi, but the way the Americans see it they have some unfinished business. They remember their overtime loss to Canada in 2010 at Vancouver on Sidney Crosby's golden goal and are on a mission to make amends. "After what we did last time the expectations now are gold or bust," said U.S. winger Patrick Kane of the Blackhawks.

    Michael Sam will have to find a team with a strong locker room filled with leaders and a coach willing to overcome whatever distraction might be caused by having the first openly gay NFL player on his roster.

    Football reality setting in for Michael Sam

    Michael Sam will have to be on a team with a strong locker room, with leaders who can control a clubhouse, and with a head coach willing to overcome whatever distractions are caused by increased media presence. Tom Brady and Bill Belichick come to mind.

    A man is silhouetted against the Olympic Rings as he walks to the venue for the women’s normal hill ski jumping final at the 2014 Winter Olympics on Tuesday in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.

    Sochi many questions without answers

    Mike Imrem has an overload of questions without answers about the Sochi Winter Olympics.

    Atlanta Hawks guard Kyle Korver, left, is forced to pass as Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah (13) defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, in Chicago. The Bulls won 100-85.

    Noah has triple-double in Bulls’ win over Hawks
    Joakim Noah scored 19 points as part of a triple-double, and the Chicago Bulls beat the Atlanta Hawks 100-85 on Tuesday night. Noah added 16 rebounds and 11 assists, and Taj Gibson had 24 points and 12 rebounds for the Blues, who had six players score in double figures. That helped Chicago win its fourth straight against the Hawks and sixth in a row at home versus Atlanta.

    Huntley sister Sam, left, and Ali Andrews, right, battle for the ball against Crystal Lake South’s Sara Mickow .

    Images: Crystal Lake South vs. Huntley girls basketball
    Crystal Lake South visited Huntley for a girls basketball matchup Tuesday night.

    Elgin’s Lavion Baldwin goes for a shot and is fouled by St. Charles North’s Alex Goetz in the third quarter.

    Images: Elgin vs. St. Charles North boys basketball
    Elgin visited St. Charles North for a boys basketball matchup Tuesday night in St. Charles.

    Photos from the Kaneland at West Chicago boys basketball game Tuesday, Feb. 11 in West Chicago

    Images: Kaneland at West Chicago boys basketball
    West Chicago hosted Kaneland Tuesday, Feb. 11 for boys basketball.

    Images from the North Chicago at Warren boys basketball game on Tuesday, February 11 in Gurnee.

    Images: North Chicago vs. Warren boys basketball
    The Warren Blue Devils hosted the North Chicago Warhawks for boys basketball action on Tuesday, February 11 in Gurnee.


    McNulty to lead Warren football program

    Warren has named Bryan McNulty its new head football coach, athletic director Mark Pos confirmed Tuesday night. McNulty replaces Dave Mohapp, who stepped down in December after 17 seasons. McNulty is a former all-state linebacker at Naperville Central High School who spent the past two years as defensive backs coach at Lake Forest College. Prior to that, he served as an assistant on Mohapp’s staff, serving as the head sophomore coach and working with the defense for both the varsity and sophomore teams.

    Photos from the Grayslake North vs. Rolling Meadows boys basketball game on Tuesday, February 11th, in Rolling Meadows.

    Images: Rolling Meadows vs. Grayslake North boys basketball
    The Rolling Meadows High School boys basketball team hosted the Grayslake North High School boys on Tuesday, February 11th, in Rolling Meadows.

    Mundelein senior Emanuel Jones poses with his parents, Vince and Dietra, after signing to play football with Northwest Missouri State University.

    Mundelein’s Jones commits to Northwest Missouri St.

    Mundelein football’s program had a positive experience Monday, as senior Emanuel Jones signed a national letter of intent to play for Northwest Missouri State University, which won the NCAA Division II national championship this past season. It was the Bearcats’ fourth national title.

    Rolling Meadows’ Alexis Glasgow, left, takes a shot in front of Fremd defender Bernie Williams during last season’s Mid-Suburban League championship game.

    Scouting the MSL title game

    Here's a look at Wednesday's Mid-Suburban League girls basketball championship game, featuring Rolling Meadows at Fremd at 7:30 p.m.

    In an Olympic stunner, Shaun White failed in his quest for three straight halfpipe gold medals Tuesday, falling to Switzerland’s Iouri Podladtchikov.

    White falls to the I-Pod in Olympic stunner

    In an Olympic stunner, Shaun White failed in his quest for three straight halfpipe gold medals Tuesday, falling to Switzerland’s Iouri Podladtchikov. In fact, White didn’t even win a medal.

    From left to right, Cleveland Browns defensive coordinator Jim O'Neil, offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan and special teams coordinator Chris Tabor answer questions during an NFL football news conference on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, at the team's training facility in Berea, Ohio. (AP Photo/The Plain Dealer, Lonnie Timmons III) MANDATORY CREDIT; NO SALES

    Browns CEO, GM leaving team in stunning shakeup

    The Browns fired their coach after one season. Now they're sweeping out their front office. Owner Jimmy Haslam announced Tuesday that CEO Joe Banner will step down in the next two months and general manager Michael Lombardi is leaving the team. "Mike and Joe have left us in good position in terms of free agency and cap space as well as this year's draft, where we have 10 overall picks and three of the first 35," Haslam said at a news conference.

    Switzerland's Iouri Podladtchikov celebrates after his second half pipe run during the men's snowboard halfpipe final at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. Podladtchikov won the gold medal. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

    Rising temps force Sochi athletes to adapt

    Rising temperatures are turning the Winter Olympics into the Warm Olympics, forcing athletes to adapt. In sports contested in the mountains — skiing, snowboarding, sliding, jumping — that means switching equipment or techniques, waiting out delays or being forced to skip practice. At the Laura Cross-Country Ski and Biathlon Center, three racers crashed in soft snow during the men's freestyle sprint Tuesday.

    FILE - In this Feb. 15, 2008 file photo, NBA basketball star Jason Kidd works on a home in the Lower 9th ward of New Orleans. This week marks six years since NBA All-Stars ventured into New Orleans neighborhoods devastated by Hurricane Katrina to lend a hand with rebuilding. (AP Photo/Bill Haber, File)

    NBA All-Stars eager to see legacy of '08 event
    Six years ago this week, LeBron James, Dirk Nowitzki and several other NBA All-Stars left the comforts of a high-rise hotel in downtown New Orleans for a short, sobering bus ride to a devastated neighborhood a few miles away.

    In this Sept. 6, 2008, photo, Houston Astros starting pitcher Roy Oswalt prepares to throw to a Colorado Rockies batter during a baseball game in Denver. Oswalt is retiring after 13 major league seasons. Oswalt's agent, Bob Garber, confirmed Oswalt's retirement Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, and said the pitcher would come to work for his agency. Oswalt, 36, had a 163-102 career record with a 3.36 ERA. His best season came with Houston in 2004, when he went 20-10 with a 3.49 ERA. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

    Roy Oswalt retiring after 13 seasons in majors

    Right-hander Roy Oswalt retired from baseball on Tuesday after 13 major league seasons that had him criss-crossing the country with time in the American and National Leagues.Oswalt’s agent, Bob Garber, confirmed Oswalt’s retirement and said the pitcher would come to work for his agency.

    Julia Krass of the United States takes a jump during the women's freestyle skiing slopestyle qualifying.

    Images: Winter Olympics, Tuesday, February 11th
    Images of Tuesday at the Sochi Winter Olympic Games. Highlights include men's snowboarding, women's ski jumping, luge, cross country skiing, and much more.

    Metea Valley's David Veitch controls Napervile Central's Nick Nunziato during regional wrestling at Waubonsie Valley High School.

    Images: Daily Herald prep photos of the week
    The Daily Herald Prep Photos of the Week gallery includes the best high school sports images by our photographers featuring the best from boys basketball, gymnastics, girls basketball and wrestling.


    Lake Park happy to stay in DVC

    The Daily Herald has learned that after exploring a possible return to the Upstate Eight Conference, Lake Park High School has decided to stay in the DuPage Valley Conference.

    United States’ Kikkan Randall competes during the women’s qualifications of the cross-country sprint at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.

    Team USA’s Randall out early in women’s cross-country sprint
    Kikkan Randall’s attempt at becoming the first American woman to win an Olympic cross-country skiing medal fell well short Tuesday when she was eliminated in the quarterfinals of the women’s individual freestyle sprint.

    India’s Shiva Keshavan competed in the men’s singles luge under the Olympic flag because India’s Olympic body had been suspended by the IOC in 2012 over a corruption scandal. The IOC executive board reinstated the Indian Olympic body on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, after it held a weekend ballot that complied with ethics rules barring corruption-tainted officials from running for election.

    SOCHI SCENE: India’s back

    It’s probably the most important moment Olympic athletes can have besides competing: Walking in the opening ceremony for their country. But imagine waiting for your grand entrance and getting your cue: “Independent Olympic Participants.” The equivalent of the International Olympic Committee saying it’s not you, just your country. No wonder the athletes’ parade at the Sochi Games wasn’t so fun for Indian luger Shiva Keshavan.

    Shaun White of the United States competes during the men’s snowboard halfpipe qualifying session at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.

    White cruises through halfpipe qualifying

    Shaun White had no problem with the Olympic halfpipe and took the first step toward his third straight gold medal Tuesday, scoring a 95.75 on his first run to lead all qualifiers and advance to the final. A number of riders said the halfpipe was running slow due to warm temperatures, but that some of the problems they faced with the shape of the pipe in training had been improved.

    Jason Brown of the United States competes in the men’s team free skate figure skating competition Sunday.

    Jason Brown hopes to skate in 2 more Olympics

    Highland Park teen Jason Brown wants to skate in two more Olympics. The fan favorite qualified for the Sochi Games a few weeks after his 19th birthday. He hopes to repeat the accomplishments of fellow Illinoisan Evan Lysacek, who gained valuable experience in finishing fourth in 2006 at age 20.

    Things have gone from bad to worse for DePaul coach Oliver Purnell and his Blue Demons.

    What has happened to DePaul?

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    Shaun White gets air Monday during a snowboard half pipe training session at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.

    5 things to know Tuesday about the Sochi Olympics

    SOCHI, Russia — Fast five, Tuesday edition: Things you’ll want to know about the 2014 Winter Olympics.FLYING TOMATO: Shaun White says he is getting antsy about his upcoming chance to make Winter Olympics history. White says in a video given to AP that he is ready to get going in the halfpipe contest on Tuesday night. If he wins, he will become the first American man to bring a gold medal home from three straight Winter Games, and only the second American athlete to do that, joining speed skater Bonnie Blair. INDIA BACK IN SOCHI: The IOC lifted a suspension of India’s Olympic committee, allowing its athletes who were introduced during the opening ceremony as “independent Olympic participants” to compete under their own flag. Indian luger Shiva Keshava said that would boost his countrymen in the Sochi Games and clear the way for meaningful progress for sports back home.SPRING GAMES: Winter is nowhere to be found at the Winter Games. Another day of warm temperatures has organizers has Sochi organizers facing questions about their ability to keep the events coming in the mountain cluster of events. Competition in the halfpipe has been delayed, as has training in the women’s downhill, while officials try to address the sloppy conditions.RUSSIA’S LESSON: Russian hockey legend Vladislav Tretiak says the Soviets did not respect the Americans when the two teams played in the 1980 Olympics. He says Team USA’s “Miracle on Ice” victory taught the Russians a lesson about taking teams lightly. “We did not have the respect for the competitors at that time,” Tretiak said. CANADA, NETHERLANDS JUMP IN MEDALS: Canada jumped to the top of the medal standings thanks to its dominance in freestyle skiing, taking six of nine medals possible in three events, including a gold and bronze Tuesday in the women’s slopestyle. The Dutch showed their own prowess in speedskating, jumping to second in the medal standings after 18 events by sweeping the men’s 500-meter race. Eight more golds were up for grabs Tuesday.

    Canada’s Dara Howell, center, celebrates on the podium with silver medalist Devin Logan of the United States, left, and Kim Lamarre, right, also of Canada, after Howell took the gold medal in the women’s freestyle skiing slopestyle final at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.

    Canada’s Howell rules women’s slopestyle skiing

    KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Dara Howell continued Canada’s dominance at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, soaring to Olympic gold in women’s slopestyle skiing on Tuesday.Howell posted a score of 94.20 during her first run of the finals, trouncing the rest of the field on a warm and sometimes frightening day down the slushy slopestyle course.Devin Logan of the U.S. took silver. Canadian Kim Lamarre earned bronze.Canada has claimed seven medals in four days of snowboarding and freestyle skiing, including three events in which they took two of the three spots on the podium.Howell’s triumph was tempered by a series of scary crashes, including one by teammate Yuki Tsubota that ended with Tsubota being carried of the mountain on a stretcher.


    Sochi chief: No need to use stored snow — yet

    SOCHI, Russia — The head of the Sochi Olympics says there’s no need to bring in stored snow to cope with the warm temperatures in the mountains — but organizers are ready to do so if necessary.Dmitry Chernyshenko tells The Associated Press that snow from previous winters remains in storage near the mountain venues. Organizers have stored 700,000 cubic meters (25,000 cubic feet) of snow.Chernyshenko says that stored snow can be used if needed. But for now, as he put it, “We don’t need it.”Temperatures in the subtropical resort on the Black Sea coast have been rising, raising concerns about snow conditions. On Tuesday, temperatures reached 52 degrees along the coast and 41 degrees in the Alpine cluster above the city.


    SOCHI SCENE: Russian star power

    SOCHI, Russia — The main news conference room at the media center in Sochi has seemed comically oversized for most of these games, with a couple dozen reporters filing into the 530-seat hall for various question-and-answer sessions. Why build it so big? Why so many seats for an Olympics that isn’t as high profile as the Summer Games and isn’t as well attended by media across the world as, say, the London Games were in 2012. Then the Russian men’s hockey team arrived. Suddenly this great, expansive space seemed almost claustrophobic. Hundreds of reporters piled into Pushkin Hall on Tuesday to get a look at the stars of this Sochi show. Alex Ovechkin, Pavel Datsyuk and the rest of the team squeezed on to the stage, along with three-time Olympic champion Vladislav Tretiak to talk about playing in their home country and trying to restore some pride to the hockey program after a poor showing in Vancouver. Here’s what they were looking at as they spoke.And like big stars do, the Russians made everyone wait. The initial press conference was scheduled for 1 p.m. Sochi time, but just as everyone was sitting down a press officer announced that it would be another 20 minutes. When they finally did enter the room, they received a hearty ovation — a big ethical no-no for American media. Tretiak was cheered when he responded to a question about the loss to the Americans in 1980 by pointing out that the Soviets did redeem themselves in 1984. No big deal, guys. Just an entire country hanging on your every word.“There is a certain pressure,” Ovechkin says.The Russians open Thursday against Slovenia.


    SOCHI SCENE: Wax matters

    KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Hours before the start of any cross-country skiing or biathlon race at the Sochi Olympics, the wax cabins next to the courses are already a hive of activity. It’s here, inside the barrack-like structures, that gold medals can be won or lost before the skiers even get to the starting line. Finding the right wax setup is a difficult science, and the top teams have more than a dozen technicians preparing up to 30 different pairs of skis before each race. Different snow temperatures require different setups to get the right amount of glide and grip, and getting it wrong can ruin even a strong favorite’s chances. With about 500 different wax products to choose from, the combinations are endless, and getting it right requires years of experience. “It can make or break a medal performance,” American cross-country skier Andrew Newell says. “That’s on the shoulders of a wax tech.” Teams have their staff test the skis on the course, and each skier could get a unique setup depending on his preferences. The best setups are guarded like state secrets, with technicians speaking in code to each other over the radio so other teams can’t copy them.Depending on the conditions, the technicians will also grind the skis in different ways depending on whether grip or glide is a priority. Running a finger along a waxed ski can feel a bit like a sticky lollypop with grooves.“It basically comes down to three things,” Newell said. “The flex of the ski, the grind of the ski, the kind of structure that’s pressed into the bottom of it, and then the wax.”— By Mattias Karen — Twitter http://twitter.com/mattekaren———Associated Press reporters will be filing dispatches about happenings in and around Sochi during the 2014 Winter Games. Follow AP journalists covering the Olympics on Twitter: http://apne.ws/1c3WMiu


    Tretiak says U.S. taught Russians a lesson in 1980

    SOCHI, Russia — Vladislav Tretiak says the U.S. hockey team taught the Soviets a “good lesson” about respecting competitors by beating them in the 1980 Olympics.Speaking about what he called the “miracle” win by the Americans 34 years ago, the Hall of Fame goaltender told a packed news conference at the Sochi Olympics that the host country’s hockey team will approach every game as if it is a final. That includes a highly anticipated matchup Saturday with the U.S.Tretiak, the three-time Olympic gold medalist, gave up two goals in the first period of the “Miracle on Ice” at the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics and then was benched in what is widely regarded as the greatest upset in Olympic history.


    Captain Datsyuk is healthy, will play for Russia

    SOCHI, Russia — Pavel Datsyuk won’t allow a nagging injury to keep him out of the biggest event of his hockey life.The Russia captain and Detroit Red Wings star on Tuesday said he is healthy for the Olympics after joining the home team for its second full practice.“I’ll play in the first game,” said Datsyuk, who has barely played in the NHL since New Year’s Day.The 35-year-old center said he has been waiting for these Olympics “all of my life.”He almost wasn’t ready: Datsyuk has struggled through the last several weeks with an apparent left knee injury in Detroit, missing more than a month after the Winter Classic. He played limited minutes for the Red Wings in two games right before the Olympic break. He missed Russia’s first practice session Monday after the charter flight to Sochi, but centered a line with KHL stars Ilya Kovalchuk and Alexander Radulov at practice Tuesday morning. He intends to play in the Olympic opener against Slovenia on Thursday.“Yeah, this Olympics there is much more pressure,” Datsyuk said. “Usually, there’s lots of pressure, but this is much more, playing at home, in front of our fans.”Datsyuk’s presence will be a key for a Russian team loaded with scoring talent, but needing steady veteran leadership for its secondary lines and a young defense.Datsyuk is among Russia’s most respected players from a generation with limited international success. The once-dominant Russians have failed to win Olympic gold since 1992, and they have no medals at all since winning bronze in Salt Lake City in 2002.Datsyuk is a two-time Stanley Cup champion, a three-time Selke Trophy winner as the NHL’s best defensive forward, and a four-time NHL All-Star. He also teamed up with Evgeni Malkin and goalie Semyon Varlamov during Russia’s unbeaten run through the 2012 IIHF world championships.Although Datsyuk clearly is still coming back from injury, he isn’t worried about being limited on the ice over the next 12 days, saying he “can do everything.”“The one thing I can’t do is talk to the media too much,” Datsyuk deadpanned. “It takes lots of my energy.”

    United States skier Bode Miller pauses Tuesday in the finish area after completing Men’s super combined downhill training at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.

    Bode Miller regrets not having eye surgery

    KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Bode Miller says he needs Lasik eye surgery and regrets not having the operation before the Olympics.After dominating the training sessions, Miller finished only eighth in Sunday’s downhill race.Miller says he was “supposed to get an eye surgery earlier this year. ... We were pretty (upset) looking back on that that we hadn’t figured out a time to do that.”The downhill training sessions were held in clear sunshine but clouds moved in for race day.The 36-year-old Miller says “when the light is perfect I can ski with any of the best guys in the world. When it goes out, my particular style suffers more than the guys who are more stable and sort of don’t do as much in the middle of the turns.”


    SOCHI SCENE: Ole Only

    KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — It’s approaching midnight on Monday, four hours after the Olympic men’s 12.5-kilometer pursuit has ended. A queue — mainly journalists and volunteers — is building to get on the cable car near the Laura biathlon stadium in the mountains above Sochi. Two men in track suits are coming closer. One of them, eating an apple, really looks a lot like Ole Einar Bjoerndalen.Hold on. He IS Ole Einar Bjoerndalen.The most decorated biathlete of all time has placed fourth this evening, just missing out on a record 13th Winter Games medal. Three targets missed, one too many to get on the podium. “To be in fourth place is OK today, I feel good about that,” Bjoerndalen has said after the race. “I feel really good on the shooting range right at the moment. But you need to find a balance, and today I was really offensive and trying to do what I want.”While Bjoerndalen waits, Norway team spokesman Halvor Lea passes the queue, briefly talks to the volunteer at the entrance of the cable car, and then waves Bjoerndalen through. The pair gets onto the first gondola. Two journalists who have been waiting at the front of the queue want to get on it as well, but Lea, with an apologetic smile, says ‘no’ and asks them to take the next gondola. This one is Ole only.That’s atypical. Norwegians, famous for being egalitarian, even have an unofficial law called Janteloven, aimed at bringing people down to size. When gas prices went through the roof in the 1970s, the King of Norway once went cross-country skiing by riding the tram with the common folks up to the hills above Oslo. Surely, if the king could do it, Bjoerndalen could have offered a ride, too.


    SOCHI SCENE: Too many jackets

    SOCHI, Russia — When Yuka Sato and husband Jason Dungjen go to their closets, they need to be very careful.Imagine donning the wrong national jacket when accompanying your skaters to the rink.The coaches from Michigan are working with Olympians representing three nations: the United States, Italy and Japan. It can get quite frenetic with practice sessions piling up one after the other.“Not yet,” Dungjen said of wearing the wrong apparel. “We’ve been doing a good job on the jackets, but I check the schedule five times before I put it on.”Dungjen has found sizing the jackets to be more of a chore. He is wearing an extra/extra large Japan model — “beyond double XL” — and an extra large for Italy. Large did the trick for the United States, although Dungjen hardly is hefty.Both are former Olympic skaters, Sato as an individual for Japan, Dungjen in pairs for the U.S. Their athletes are American champion Jeremy Abbott; Japanese pair Marumi Takahashi and Ryuichi Kihara, Japan; Italy singles skater Valentina Marchei; and Italy pair Stefania Berton and Ondrej Hotarek — only Dungjen is listed as a coach for them.

    Evgeni Plushenko of Russia sits Sunday after competing in the men’s team free skate figure skating competition at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

    Plushenko to skate 7th, Chan 21st in men’s short program

    SOCHI, Russia — Four-time Olympic medalist Evgeni Plushenko drew the seventh spot for Thursday’s men’s short program at the Sochi Games.Skaters prefer not to go early in the event, and three of the medals favorites landed in the 19th through 21st spots: Japan’s Yuzuru Hanyu, Spain’s Javier Fernandez and Canada’s Patrick Chan, a three-time world champion.American champ Jeremy Abbott will go 11th and teammate Jason Brown drew the 16th spot.Daisuke Takahashi of Japan, the 2010 bronze medalist, will be 29th, followed by countryman Tatsuko Machida to round out the field.Plushenko helped Russia to the team gold by finishing second to Hanyu in the short program of the new competition, then winning the free skate. He won the 2006 gold medal and also has silvers from 2002 and 2010.



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    Business briefs file

    Stocks rose Tuesday, giving benchmark indexes the biggest four-day rally in more than a year, as comments by Federal Reserve Chairman Janet Yellen fueled bets the economy is strong enough to weather further stimulus cuts.

    U.S. stocks surge after Fed chief reassures

    Reassuring words from the new head of the Federal Reserve sent stocks soaring on Tuesday and gave the market its longest winning streak this year. The Dow Jones industrial average jumped nearly 200 points after Fed Chair Janet Yellen said she would continue the central bank's market-friendly, low-interest rate policies.

    Janet Yellen, chairman of the Federal Reserve, delivers her semi-annual report on monetary policy and the outlook for the U.S. economy to the House Financial Services Committee in Washington on Tuesday. Yellen said more work is needed to restore the labor market to health and pledged to maintain her predecessor’s policies to ensure a return to full employment and stable prices.

    Yellen rebuffs Fed critics and pleases investors

    Janet Yellen pursued a simple strategy Tuesday for handling a battery of lawmakers who came armed with skepticism about the Federal Reserve: Politely stand your ground. Be consistent. Signal continuity at the top.In her first public words since becoming Fed chair this month, Yellen struck a note of unity with her predecessor, Ben Bernanke, who stepped down last month.

    A bacon-lettuce-and-tomato sandwich made with an entire pound of bacon at the Tropicana Casino and Resort in Atlantic City, N.J. The casino’s Bacon Week festival includes unusual offerings like bacon milk shakes, bacon cupcakes, bacon bloody Marys, beer, vodka and bourbon, and even bacon-flavored toothpaste, dental floss and lip balm.

    NJ festival lets you eat, drink, floss with bacon

    Get ready for bacon like you’ve never eaten, drunk or worn it before. Bacon milkshakes. Chocolate-covered bacon shaped like roses. Bacon-flavored toothpaste, dental floss and lip balm. Bacon bourbon, margaritas, beer and vodka. Bacon ice cream sundaes. A BLT sandwich with a full pound of bacon. They’re all on the menu this week as one Atlantic City casino stretches the bounds of good taste and cardiovascular health with Bacon Week.


    Ivy Tech merges 2 S. Ind. regions in cost-cutting

    Ivy Tech Community College has taken another cost-cutting step by merging its Bloomington and Southwest regions in its fourth such consolidation in 10 months.


    CVS Caremark 4Q profit jumps more than 12 pct

    CVS Caremark says its fourth-quarter earnings climbed more than 12 percent, as improved sales from established locations helped the drugstore operator and pharmacy benefits manager


    Wisconsin Senate to consider minors in wineries

    The Wisconsin Senate is set to vote on a bill that would allow minors to enter wineries alone if they plan to take a tour. Current state law prohibits anyone under the age of 21 from entering or being on the premises of any establishment with a retail alcohol sales license without a parent, guardian or spouse.


    Illinois to open up Mexico trade office in Chicago

    Illinois officials are opening a Chicago office aimed at helping Mexican Americans with social and civil services as Mexican leaders visit Illinois. Gov. Pat Quinn announced Monday that the center — which will be called a “casa” — will be located on the near West Side.


    Sprint posts fourth-quarter sales that top analyst estimates

    Sprint Corp., the third-largest U.S. wireless carrier, reported a narrower loss and better-than- predicted sales after the company shed fewer subscribers than analysts had projected. Revenue rose to $9.14 billion, the Overland Park, Kansas- based Sprint said today in a statement.


    Apple loses bid to delay court-ordered e-books antitrust monitor

    Apple Inc., which faces as much as $840 million in state and consumer antitrust claims stemming from an electronic books lawsuit, lost its bid to halt oversight by a court-appointed compliance monitor.


    Delaware court to handle Philly newspaper sale

    Feuding owners of Philadelphia’s two largest newspapers must dissolve the company in Delaware, where they incorporated two years ago, a judge has ruled.The ruling is a victory for majority owner George Norcross, a Democratic powerbroker who asked that Delaware courts oversee a private auction involving only the two warring factions.

    Elise Larsen, left, and Samantha Christensen, right, show off their marriage license after being one of the first same sex couples to receive one at the Salt Lake County Clerk’s Office in Salt Lake City, Utah.

    Gay marriage and taxes: marriage penalty possible

    Legally married same-sex couples may be in for a couple of surprises come tax time. Filing federal taxes could become more complicated for gay married couples who live in states that don’t recognize their marriage.

    Paying taxes is hard enough. Don’t let the total payment due rise because of penalties and interest.There are penalties if you fail to file your tax return, or if you file it late. There are late payment penalties if you didn’t have enough withheld or didn’t pay enough in estimated taxes.

    Don’t let penalties, interest add to your tax bill

    Paying taxes is hard enough. Don’t let the total payment due rise because of penalties and interest.There are penalties if you fail to file your tax return, or if you file it late. There are late payment penalties if you didn’t have enough withheld or didn’t pay enough in estimated taxes.

    National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson poses with tax code books at the Internal Revenue Service in Washington. Olson says it’s not too early to start thinking about the tax implications of health care reform. “We have an opportunity in the 2014 filing season to educate taxpayers about what they need to do during the year to avoid problems during the 2015 filing season,” Olson said in a wide-ranging interview.

    Taxpayer advocate: Avoid health-care tax surprises

    It’s not too early to start thinking about the tax implications of health care reform. You might be eligible for a refundable tax credit. Taxpayers had the option of estimating their 2014 income to see if they qualified for the credit and then having it applied in advance to the cost of the premiums.

    A Volkswagen dealer may be coming to Elgin's auto mall.

    Volkswagen wants to open at Elgin auto mall

    More than six years after the auto mall on Randall Road and I-90 in Elgin was approved by the city council, a second dealership wants to set up shop there, officials said. The sale of the property to the Volkswagen dealership is set for Friday, pending approval of certain zoning changes by the Elgin City Council on Wednesday.

    A customer photographs the Dumb Starbucks Coffee store, a parody of the Starbucks Corp. coffee chain, in Los Angeles on Monday. Dumb Starbucks, which opened this past weekend, offered Dumb Vanilla Blonde Roast, Dumb Chai Tea Latte and Dumb Caramel Macchiato, all available in sizes Dumb Venti, Dumb Grande, and Dumb Tall.

    TV comedian behind ‘Dumb Starbucks’ in L.A.

    It was a caffeine-charged Hollywood whodunit: Just whose bright idea was the "Dumb Starbucks" coffee shop that popped up and started serving free drinks from the corner of an otherwise uncelebrated strip mall?

    U.S. stocks rose Monday, following the largest weekly gain this year for the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index, before Federal Reserve Chairman Janet Yellen delivers her first report on monetary policy today.

    Stocks end slightly higher in quiet trading

    The stock market ended up more or less where it began Monday in a quiet day for investors who had little economic data or company earnings to react to.

Life & Entertainment

    Al Pacino plays an aging actor who can no longer distinguish reality from make believe in Barry Levinson’s tepid tragic comedy “The Humbling.”

    Reel life: Even Pacino can’t save ‘Humbling’
    "The Humbling” presents a posterior-testing sexual fantasy about a once-great stage actor (Al Pacino) suffering from a midlife crisis and a perception problem: it’s becoming difficult for him to tell the difference between make-believe and reality. Not a fan of voice-over narration? Or lazy use of psychiatrists providing constant commentary on character motivations? This movie has both.

    The party band Trash Martini headlines at Mickey Finn’s Brewery in Libertyville.

    Weekend picks: Trash Martini rocks Mickey Finn’s

    The party band Trash Martini headlines Friday at Mickey Finn’s Brewery in Libertyville. See 20 running model railroads at the High Wheeler Train Show at Harper College in Palatine. And the Meltin' Blues Weekend brings all kinds of musical entertainment to downtown Long Grove.

    The Derek Lam Fall 2014 collection is modeled during New York Fashion Week Sunday.

    Derek Lam goes to his cozy place at Fashion Week

    From roomy cashmere in pale lavender to nubby boucle in a pleasing blue, there was barely an outfit on Lam’s runway Sunday that you wouldn’t want to curl up in.News: But not all. Open slits on several dresses were held together by gold beads in colors that included navy and marine blue. They were perhaps too risky for the average girly girl, though she remains the one he loves.


    Chip Beef Dip
    1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese1-2 teaspoons celery salt1-2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce1 package (2 ounces) thin sliced beef (such as Carl Budding), chopped1 bunch green onions, trimmed and sliced thinIn a medium bowl beat cream cheese with celery salt and Worcestershire sauce until smooth. Add beef and onion and beat at low speed until well combined. Transfer to a serving bowl. Serve with bread or crackers.Serves six.


    Zucchini Cornbread Casserole
    4 cups shredded zucchini1 medium onion, chopped2 eggs beaten1 package (8.5 ounces) dry corn muffin mix½ teaspoon salt¼ ground black pepper8 ounces cheddar cheese shredded, dividedHeat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 2 quart casserole dish.In a large bowl mix together the zucchini, onion, eggs, muffin mix, salt and pepper. Stir in 4 ounces of the cheese.Spread mixture into prepared pan and top with remaining cheese. Bake 60 minutes.Serves eight.

    Shirley Temple Black accepts the Screen Actors Guild Awards life achievement award at the 12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, in Los Angeles. Temple, the curly-haired child star who put smiles on the faces of Depression-era moviegoers, has died. She was 85.

    Curls and dimples: Shirley Temple dies at 85

    Any kid who ever tap-danced at a talent show or put on a curly wig and auditioned for "Annie" can only dream of being as beloved — or as important — as Shirley Temple. News: Temple, who died Monday night at 85, sang, danced, sobbed and grinned her way into the hearts of Depression-era moviegoers and remains the ultimate child star decades later. Other pre-teens, from Macaulay Culkin to Miley Cyrus, have been as famous in their time. But none of them helped shape their time the way she did.

    Don's Valentine's Day Low-Guilt Chocolate Yogurt Cake

    Creating a lean chocolate cake a never-ending journey

    Between my lean chocolate dessert experiences and expert guidance I believed I could spy decadent, full-fat chocolate cake recipes that through my leanwizardry, could turn into healthier desserts without sacrificing flavor. Turns out, this wizard got bamboozled.

    LaTanya Richardson Jackson, who was last on Broadway in the Tony-winning 2009 revival of “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone,” was asked to take over for Diahann Carroll in next month’s Broadway revival of “A Raisin in the Sun.”

    LaTanya Richardson Jackson on sudden ‘dream’ role

    LaTanya Richardson Jackson came to visit New York to see some Broadway shows. Now she’s in one. Richardson Jackson, who was last on Broadway in the Tony-winning 2009 revival of “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone,” was asked on Saturday to take over for Diahann Carroll in next month’s Broadway revival of “A Raisin in the Sun.” “This is not even serendipitous. This is a miracle,” Richardson Jackson, the wife of actor Samuel L. Jackson, said Monday after a full day of rehearsal. “This is an incredible dream. I could cry, but I don’t have time.”

    Don's Valentine's Day Low-Guilt Chocolate Yogurt Cake

    Don's Valentine's Day Low-Guilt Chocolate Yogurt Cake
    Chocolate Yogurt Cake:Don Mauer whips up a low-guilt chocolate yogurt cake fit for your Valentine's Day celebration or any day, really.


    NBC’s Costas sitting out prime-time Olympics coverage with eye infection

    With both eyes reddened by an infection, NBC’s Bob Costas said he will sit out the network’s prime-time Olympics coverage on Tuesday. Taking his place in Sochi will be “Today” anchor Matt Lauer.


    Gabrielle Giffords plans book on gun control

    Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is working on a book about gun control. The Arizona Democrat and her husband, the retired Navy captain and astronaut Mark Kelly, are collaborating on “Enough: Our Fight to Keep America Safe from Gun Violence.”

    Donovan joins Ray Davies as part of the 2014 Songwriters Hall of Fame class.

    Ray Davies, Donovan part of Songwriters Hall class

    Ray Davies and Donovan are among the 2014 class of the Songwriters Hall of Fame. The organization announced Tuesday that “Midnight Train to Georgia” writer Jim Weatherly and English songwriter Graham Gouldman also made the cut. Mark James, the writer of “Always on My Mind” — covered by Elvis Presley and Willie Nelson — rounds out the list of five inductees.

    Shirley Temple got her first ambassador appointment after Secretary of State Henry Kissinger heard her discussing Namibia at a party and, in her words, was “surprised that I even knew the word.”

    Shirley Temple won praise in diplomatic career

    Shirley Temple got her first ambassador appointment after Secretary of State Henry Kissinger heard her discussing Namibia at a party and, in her words, was “surprised that I even knew the word.”

    The Los Angeles coroner’s office is investigating the death of Nancy Motes, 37, the half-sister of actors Julia and Eric Roberts. Motes was found dead in a Los Angeles home on Sunday.

    Julia Roberts’ family mourning half-sister’s death

    The Los Angeles County coroner’s office is investigating the death of Julia Roberts’ 37-year-old half-sister. Lt. Larry Dietz says Nancy Motes was found dead in a Los Angeles home Sunday afternoon while dog-sitting for a friend. Dietz says an autopsy has not been performed and there are no preliminary findings about how Motes died.

    When she gets a taste for something sweet Judy Pauzuolis of Hoffman Estates makes a moist, lemony poundcake.

    Cook of the Week: Conventional to contemporary, she's got it covered

    Despite the fact that her husband is a conventional meat and potatoes lover, Judy Pauzuolis of Hoffman Estates occasionally likes to stir up something a bit more contemporary. “I make all the staples like my mom used to make, just more current,” she says. Judy learned to cook old-fashioned, home-cooked meals like chili, spaghetti, meatloaf, corned beef and lots of potatoes at her mother's side. She says she shows her creativity in the side dishes, experimenting with roasting vegetables, or trying out new recipes from her collection.

    Shirley Temple, the curly-haired child star who put smiles on the faces of Depression-era moviegoers, has died. She was 85. Publicist Cheryl Kagan says Temple, known in private life as Shirley Temple Black, died surrounded by family at her home near San Francisco.

    Shirley Temple: Crying on cue was method acting

    As a child actress, Shirley Temple was noted for being able to cry on cue for a movie scene. In a 1999 interview, she explained how she did it: “I guess I was an early method actress. I would go to a quiet part of the sound stage with my mother. I wouldn’t think of anything sad, I would just make my mind a blank. In a minute I could cry. I didn’t like to cry after lunch, because I was too content.”

    The Midtown Men, featuring Michael Longoria, Christian Hoff, Daniel Reichard and J. Robert Spencer of the original Broadway company of “Jersey Boys,” perform two shows at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora on Friday, Feb. 14.

    Best bets: Swoon to sounds of The Midtown Men

    The Midtown Men, featuring members from the original Broadway cast of "Jersey Boys," will serenade the audience at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora on Friday, Feb. 14. Or take your Valentine to see "Romeo and Juliet" this weekend at select movie theaters. Fans of Tony Award-winner Bernadette Peters won't want to miss her singing romantic song standards at the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan Friday.

    Singer k.d. lang will take over from Fantasia Barrino as the second star vocalist in “After Midnight,” a musical celebrating Duke Ellington’s years at the Cotton Club nightclub in Harlem. Lang starts performances Tuesday and will end her run March 9.

    ‘I do not fit in’: Singer k.d. lang on Broadway

    If you’re a little surprised to discover that alt-country star k.d. lang is coming to Broadway, so is Lang. “It is outside my comfort zone. It is something that I never thought I’d be doing,” the Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter says. Lang will take over from Fantasia Barrino as the second star vocalist in “After Midnight,” a musical celebrating Duke Ellington’s years at the Cotton Club nightclub in Harlem. Lang, blessed with androgynous looks and a sensuous voice, starts performances Tuesday and will end her run March 9.

    Martina McBride, known for her huge soprano voice, is self-releasing “Everlasting,” a new album of classic soul and R&B songs, on April 8.

    Martina McBride returns with soulful covers record

    When Martina McBride started looking for material for her next album, she turned to the great soul singers Aretha Franklin and Etta James for inspiration.The country singer, known for her huge soprano voice, is self-releasing “Everlasting” on March 4, an album of classic soul and R&B songs made famous by the likes of Franklin and James, and Elvis and Van Morrison. “It seemed interesting,” she said. “And as a singer, really challenging and fun, too, to push my boundaries a little bit and tackle some of these classic songs and performances.”

    A new homeowner added a prebuilt Sunshine GardenHouse made from a kit to greatly extend the growing season in the cool coastal climate of Whidbey Island in Langley, Wash. It’s being used for everything from seed starting and growing tomatoes and sweet corn to relaxing with a good book on days when it’s too wet to garden.

    New home? Tips for getting to know the garden

    Americans are a restless bunch. They change locations with a frequency that would tire a migrating songbird. But there is more to moving day than unpacking boxes; there’s also learning to care for that garden inherited with the new home. If you were thinking ahead, you asked for an inventory of the plants and accessories that came with the house. “There’s no problem with asking owners for a list of landscape items and for an explanation about the plantings,” said Shirley French, an agent with the Woodstock, Va., office of Funkhouser Real Estate Group.

    Sartakov Pavel Albertovich takes a selfie in front of the Olympic Cauldron at the 2014 Winter Olympics on Sunday in Sochi, Russia.

    Sochi scene: Like selfies to a flame

    The Olympic flame in Sochi has become a selfie hot spot. Taking a self-portrait with a cellphone camera has become wildly popular, and the opportunity do it with one of the most iconic Olympic symbols in the background is proving to be one of the biggest attractions at the Sochi Games. In fact, so many people are doing it upon entering Olympic Park that a bit of a competition has broken out, with fans going for unique poses to set themselves apart from the flood of flame selfies on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

    Green Dot Stables, a bustling sliders joint in an industrial area not far from downtown Detroit, may restore your faith in the city’s future and will give you a whole new vision of the lowly slider.

    Go for the food: Gourmet sliders in gritty Detroit

    Enough with all the downtrodden-Detroit talk: Green Dot Stables, a bustling sliders joint in an industrial area not far from downtown, may restore your faith in the city’s future. It also will give you a whole new vision of the lowly slider. The friendly gastro pub’s menu has 20 varieties, mixing the adventurous and the familiar. And with all of them priced at $2 or $3, there’s no reason not to experiment. There’s the BCT, with bacon, cucumber, roasted tomato sauce and mayo. The tempeh: marinated tempeh, wasabi mayo and wakame salad. The Korean: beef patty, peanut butter and kimchee. And, as Green Dot’s website proudly announces: “The Fried Bologna Slider is back!!!”

    Chay Tyler stands near the pages from the single issue of “All-Negro Comics” that is part of an exhibit on display at the City/County building in downtown Pittsburgh. The exhibit chronicles some early African-American artists and a publisher who started to break the comic color barrier in the 1930s and 1940s. Tyler is a program coordinator for the city Department of Parks and Recreation and helped curate the exhibit.

    Pa. exhibit highlights early black comic artists

    Comic books are full of superheroes and a dazzling variety of characters, but in the early days of the industry one thing was conspicuously rare: black characters. Now, an exhibit in Pittsburgh chronicles some early artists and a publisher who started to break the comic color barrier in the 1930s and 1940s. The exhibit called “Beyond the Funny Pages” coincides with Black History Month and is being shown through the end of February at the City/County building. It chronicles the contributions of Matt Baker, the first black to work in the industry; Zelda “Jackie” Ormes, the first black female comic artist; and Orrin Evans, the first black comic publisher. The Toonseum, which celebrates comic art, is helping curate the exhibit.

    The contemporary styling, colors and patterns from Enchanted Home Pet are designed to be inviting and comfortable for pets while offering aesthetic appeal to their human owners as accent pieces that will look nice in a well-appointed home.

    Pet-owner challenge: Buying new furniture

    Sydney Masters’ dog Angus has white fur. But he loves to play and dig in the mud, so his paws are often brown. And that was a factor in Masters’ choice of sofa. “We didn’t choose the lovely white sofa that I wanted. No! We chose a rich dark brown leather couch,” said Masters, who shares a Manhattan apartment and a home in France with her husband, who is French, and with Angus, a West Highland terrier. Finding furniture that dogs and cats won’t ruin is a challenge for pet owners. Here are some things to think about when you’re buying furniture, along with some ideas for protecting it from fur, stains and scratches.

    Lemony poundcake satisfies Judy Pauzuolis’ sweet tooth.

    Lemon Poundcake
    Lemon Poundcake: Judy Pauzuolis

    Robert Ellis offers a little bit of something for everyone “The Lights From The Chemical Plant.”

    Robert Ellis shows range on new album

    Had things been different, Robert Ellis might be leading country music’s long-predicted return to its roots. Alas, Ellis finds that role unappealing and has mostly turned his back on his classic country sound with a new album of singer-songwriter-influenced material, “The Lights From the Chemical Plant.” This album leans more on the influences of storytellers Paul Simon and Randy Newman than the Texas troubadours who have shown through on his last two albums. This allows Ellis to show off his profound songwriting skills in a different, no less appealing way.

    Comedian Cameron Esposito, of Western Springs, talks about her funny suburban childhood in her stand-up act.

    Suburban childhood experiences are comedy gold

    Every time the Benet Academy football team scored, Cameron Esposito got out in front of the crowd — dressed in the school’s redwing mascot costume — and flapped her wings once for every point. “I was dating the football team captain, so I had a vested interest ... and being a giant red bird was the closest I ever was going to get to being a cheerleader,” she said. Her suburban childhood laid the groundwork for a stand-up comedy career.



    Editorial: Balancing the school snack equation
    A Daily Herald editorial says the state school board should emphasize balance and local control in determining when and whether schools can have exceptions to federal rules on snacks.


    The good news that you probably haven’t heard

    Columnist Donna Brazile: Do you like surprises? I have two surprises for you: At least 19 states already in 2014, nearly half, are posting budget surpluses. Yes, surpluses. The other surprise: Since Obama took office, the national deficit has been reduced by one-half.


    Give me ... your huddled masses

    Columnist Michael Gerson: Just after House Speaker John Boehner affirmed the eventual need for Republicans to embrace immigration reform, a commercial for a carbonated beverage, of all things, demonstrated how difficult that process is likely to be.


    Not the time for a teachers strike
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: I have been a union member for over 40 years. I have always tried to support other unions in their efforts to better the lives of their members. This time, however, I must draw a line and say that this is not the time for a strike by the teachers union.


    Coke commercial had the right message
    An Elk Grove Village letter to the editor: It is disheartening that there has been so much criticism of Coca-Cola’s “America the Beautiful” Super Bowl ad because parts of the song were sung in languages other than English.


    Asking Kirk to get behind immigration
    A McHenry letter to the editor: Today’s immigrants are just as American as any other generation of newcomers. They were just unfortunate enough to come at a time when the immigration process in the United States is a complete catastrophe.


    A non-boiler-plate response from Pihos
    A Glen Ellyn letter to the editor: I recently received a letter from State Rep. Sandra Pihos regarding an explanation of her recent pension reform vote. In this day of sad, cookie cutter Republican vs. Democratic party line policies, I was shocked and uniquely impressed with her response.


    Science owes a debt to Bill Nye
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: Thanks to Science Guy Bill Nye for championing the importance of science in our world. Believing in the information resulting from environmental studies and in the possibilities that medical and technological sciences offer, does not negate religious faith.


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