Daily Archive : Saturday February 15, 2014


    Associated Press/June 6, 2013 The National Security Agency's Utah Data Center in Bluffdale, Utah.

    N.Y.Times: NSA document shows surveillance of U.S. law firm

    Duane Layton, a Chicago Mayer Brown lawyer involved in the trade talks, told the Times that he did not have any evidence that he or his firm had been under scrutiny by Australian or U.S. intelligence agencies.“I always wonder if someone is listening, because you would have to be an idiot not to wonder in this day and age,” he said in an interview with the newspaper. “But I've...

    Chef Mike Zema of the St. Charles Episcopal Church teaches a cooking class Saturday on Soul Warming Soups.

    St. Charles church offers cooking class

    As the winter sun shined through the windows, the smell of roasted garlic and thinly sliced onions wafted through the air at St. Charles Episcopal Church Saturday as Chef Michael Zema taught students how to make minestrone soup during the church's Soul Warming Soups program. Zema, who taught at the Elgin Community College's culinary program for more than 28 years, started the fundraising program...

    Noel Hoger, 17, of Algonquin pulls in a little bluegill while ice fishing at Lake Atwood in The Hollows Conservation Area during a park district-sponsored event in Cary Saturday. Aside from making holes and providing poles, the park district also shared tips for safe ice fishing.

    Ice fishing a family affair in McHenry County

    A frozen Lake Atwood in McHenry County is the last place you'd expect to find a seven months pregnant woman. But that's where Meghan Stack and her husband Fred were ice fishing Saturday afternoon. Dressed in thermal wear, they fished from inside Fred's nylon shanty. “I wouldn't be out here without the shanty,” said Meghan Stack, who was introduced to the sport by her husband.

    South Elgin comic book artist Chris Ecker has been rereleasing his old comic strip, the Knight Watchman, on his website, Facebook page and Twitter. He and former Elgin resident Gary Carlson are the creators of Big Bang Comics.

    South Elgin cartoonist using Twitter to publish his work

    Spend a few minutes on Twitter and you'll see everything from news to rants, musings and everything in between. But comic strips? South Elgin cartoonist Chris Ecker has been tweeting comic strips of the Knight Watchman three times a week since Jan. 1 while also posting them online.


    Streamwood carbon monoxide leak sends two to hospital

    Two people were taken to the hospital Saturday night as a precaution after a carbon monoxide leak in a Streamwood town home complex, authorities said. Firefighters responded about 10 p.m. to a man and woman experiencing symptoms of dizziness and nausea inside a unit on the 3000 block of Kingston Court, Lt. Steve Laker said.


    Fire breaks out in Schaumburg garage

    A fire caused an estimated $10,000 in damage to a garage of a Schaumburg home Saturday night, authorities said.

    Emanuel Comfort, 17, rides his bike Saturday in the snowfall on South George Street in York, Pa.

    Another blast of snow makes its way into Northeast

    At its peak, the storm will dump snow at the rate of 3 inches per hour, said meteorologist William Babcock.The weekend snowstorm comes on the heels of another storm that brought snow and ice to the East Coast, caused at least 25 deaths and left hundreds of thousands without power. Parts of New York and Vermont ended up with more than 2 feet of snow.

    Rob Kaergard of Schaumburg dances with his two daughters Brooke, 7, left, and Kira, 5, at a dad and daughter dance at the Community Recreation Center on Saturday night in Schaumburg.

    Dad, daughters break out their best dance moves in Schaumburg

    Dads and daughters dressed up in their best clothes heated up the dance floor Saturday night to such classics as the the "Chicken Dance," "The Fox" and “Y.M.C.A.” at the Dad and Daughter Under the Sea Date Night dance at the Community Recreation Center. For most of the more modern dances, daughters guided their dads. “I learned a few dances, but it was also fun to teaching...

    Protesters staged a sit-in at the Wauconda police department to challenge a proposal to shut down the village’s 911 center and outsource dispatching to Lake Zurich.

    Protesters stage sit-in over Wauconda 911 outsourcing

    Opponents of a proposal to shut down Wauconda's 911 center and outsource dispatching staged a sit-in at the police department Saturday. The cost-cutting plan was announced late last week. "There's no asking or caring about what the residents and voters want," said Monica Knigge, one of the protestors and wife of the former mayor.

    Henry Winkler, who played the Fonz on the TV show “Happy Days” snaps a self-portrait with Ginny Sieck of Geneva, who was one of more than 500 people gathered Saturday in Woodridge to hear Winkler discuss his new children’s book series “Here’s Hank.” Winkler and his writing partner, Lin Oliver, were among six keynote speakers during Naperville-based Anderson’s Bookshop’s annual Children’s Literature Breakfast.

    ‘Happy Days’ actor promotes books at Woodridge event

    A duo of authors including the man best known as the Fonz on the 1970s TV show “Happy Days” used a Children’s Literature Breakfast on Saturday in Woodridge to promote the release of their latest books, which feature a font designed to make reading easier for people with dyslexia. “It is the first time in America that this font is being used and it’s being used...

    Associated Press/Jan. 16, 2014 First lady Michelle Obama in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington.

    Scholars: Roosevelt the best first lady, Obama 5th

    Hillary Clinton dropped from fourth to sixth since the last survey in 2008.Abigail Adams kept her second place standing, and Jacqueline Kennedy retained third place. Dolley Madison was fourth.

    A small memorial to Jordan Davis planted outside the courthouse in Jacksonville, Fla. After more than 30 hours of jury deliberations over four days, a mistrial was declared Saturday on the murder charge that Michael Dunn faced in the fatal shooting Davis.

    Florida man guilty of lesser counts in music shooting

    A 47-year-old software developer was convicted Saturday of attempted murder for shooting into a carful of teenagers after an argument about loud music, but jurors couldn’t agree on the most serious charge of first-degree murder.After more than 30 hours of jury deliberations over four days, a mistrial was declared on the murder charge that Michael Dunn faced in the fatal shooting of one of...

    A new pedestrian walkway is in the plans to spruce up the alley between the Geneva History Center and Crystal Life Technology Inc. shop.

    ‘Pave the Way’ to benefit Geneva History Center

    Dave Heun talks about the new pedestrian walkway near the Geneva History Center that's coming this spring, and how it's turned into a fundraiser for the center.

    Imogene Coca, right, and Sid Caesar after Coca won the female Life Achievement in Comedy award at the American Comedy Awards in Los Angeles.

    Notable deaths last week

    Sid Caeser, Shirley Temple, Ralph Waite and Jim Fregosi are among the notable deaths this past week.

    Cars race Saturday during the Cub Scout Super Pack 199 annual Pinewood Derby at the Round Lake Area Park District’s Robert W. Rolek Community Center.

    Pinewood Derby in Round Lake

    A 30-year-old Pinewood Derby track in Round Lake was once again put to the test Saturday afternoon. Cub Scout Super Pack 199 of Round Lake held their annual races at the Robert W. Rolek Community Center, with Scouts ranging in age from 6 to 10 competing on the 32-foot-long, five-lane track.

    USA forward T.J. Oshie is congratulated by USA forward Ryan Callahan and forward Paul Stastny after Oshie scored the winning goal in a shootout against Russia during overtime of a men's ice hockey game at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, in Sochi, Russia.

    Whoa! U.S. knocks off Russia after 8-round shootout

    T.J. Oshie brainstormed while he skated to center ice, desperately trying to come up with one last move to end an epic shootout. He had already taken five shots at Sergei Bobrovsky, and the Russians were still even. Yet Oshie was chosen for the U.S. men's hockey team with just such a situation in mind, and the shootout specialist concocted one last clever goal to silence an arena filled with...

    Kevin A. Johnson, 30, of Burnham was charged Saturday morning in federal court with one count of felony bank robbery. He is accused of robbing this PNC Bank branch about 2:30 p.m. Friday at 9 E. Ogden Ave. in Naperville.

    Man charged in Valentine’s Day Naperville bank robbery

    The man taken into custody Friday afternoon after a PNC Bank in Naperville was robbed has been charged with the crime, authorities said Saturday. Kevin A. Johnson, 30, of the 14300 block of Bensley Avenue in Burnham, was charged in federal court Saturday morning with one count of felony bank robbery, the FBI’s Chicago office said.


    Body found in airplane wheel well at Dulles

    The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority says the body was found around 1:30 p.m. Saturday by ground crew members assigned to the aircraft. The Airbus A340 was sitting in a remote parking area at the time.

    Army Chief of Staff Ray Odierno

    Misconduct forcing more soldiers out

    The Army grew to a peak of about 570,000 soldiers during the height of the wars, and soldiers represented the bulk of the troops on the battlefields compared with the other services.“I wouldn’t say lack of character was tolerated in (war) theater, but the fact of the last 10 or 12 years of repeated deployments, of the high op-tempo — we might have lost focus on this...


    Crews aim for largest continuous concrete pour

    The marathon concrete pour begins Saturday evening and is expected to last 20 hours without interruption. The continuous pour will be verified by an official from Guinness World Records.

    Gold medallist Poland's Zbigniew Brodka holds his national flag and celebrates after the men's 1,500-meter speedskating race at the Adler Arena Skating Center during the 2014 Winter Olympics in in Sochi, Russia, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014.

    Fast Five: Olympics Saturday edition

    Fast Five, Saturday edition: Five things you'll want to know about the 2014 Winter Olympics.

    A smashed up car is seen in Kingsway opposite Holborn Tube station in central London, after a woman was killed when large chunks of masonry fell onto a Skoda Octavia vehicle she was in, London, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014. The taxi driver was killed late Friday in central London opposite Holborn subway station during a heavy windstorm when her car was crushed by falling masonry from a building that partially collapsed, police said. She was identified as Julie Sillitoe, a 49-year-old with three sons.

    UK taxi driver crushed to death in windstorm

    Strong winds that pummeled Britain killed a taxi driver, whose car was crushed by falling chunks of stone from a building, and an elderly man who died after a "freak wave" struck a cruise ship in the English Channel, officials said Saturday. Another 15 cruise ship passengers were injured. The taxi driver was killed late Friday in central London near Holborn subway station during a windstorm,...

    This undated file photo released by the Rocky Intertidal Lab at the University of California-Santa Cruz shows a starfish suffering from “sea star wasting disease” — it’s missing one arm and has tissue damage to another. Marine scientists are finding a large number of dead starfish along the West Coast stricken with the disease that causes the creatures to lose their arms and disintegrate.

    Researchers looking for cause of starfish deaths

    Starfish at the Anchorage Museum have shown signs of a wasting disease reported up and down the West Coast, and eight had to be euthanized last fall. The creatures are dying of sea star wasting syndrome, an affliction that causes white lesions to develop on the starfish’s skin and an unnatural twisting of the arms, the Anchorage Daily News reported.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin shows handmade mittens presented to him at Canada House during the 2014 Winter Olympics, Friday, Feb. 14, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.

    Midway through, Sochi Games delivering for Putin

    Midway through the Winter Olympics, things couldn't be going much better for both Russia and its president, even if winter is actually missing from Sochi itself. The arenas and mountains are spectacular, the games have been peaceful and protest-free, and Russians seem filled with pride about their country's ability to put on a spectacle for the world to see.

    This undated photo released by the Maui Police Department shows Carly Scott. Police have located the torched shell of a missing pregnant Maui woman's sport utility vehicle. But Carly Scott remains missing. Police say the 27-year-old redhead was last seen Sunday at her sister's Haiku home.

    Search underway in Maui for missing pregnant woman

    A private search party was looking for a missing pregnant Hawaii woman whose SUV was found torched two days earlier in a rural area. Carly Scott's mother reported her missing Monday. She told police a family member last saw the 27-year-old redhead Sunday night at her sister's home in Haiku, in northeast Maui.

    Amy Adams, North Carolina campaign coordinator with Appalachian Voices dips her hand into the Dan River in Danville, Va. as signs of coal ash appear in the river.

    Gov. McCrory denies Duke coal ash deal involvement

    North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory denied Friday he had any talks with Duke Energy executives or lobbyists about his administration's scuttled deal to settle environmental violations at two of the $50 billion company's coal ash dumps for $99,000. McCrory was asked about the agreement at a public event after his office had not responded to questions from The Associated Press.


    SOCHI SCENE: Check yes or no

    Jason Brown, who is from Highland Park, Ill., posted a photo on NBC's Olympic Twitter account, which boasts more than 528,000 followers, of him holding a white board with a pink heart drawn in it and a message reading "Sarah Hendrickson, will you be my Olympic Valentine?"


    Man held on $5M bond for Romeoville shooting

    A suburban man is being held on $5 million bond after he was accused of shooting a teenager and her mother while they were in the driveway of a Romeoville home.


    Rutherford: 'I have not seen the report'

    Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford (ROOTH'-ur-furd) says he has not read an investigation into an employee's allegations of sexual harassment and pressure to perform campaign work on state time.

    John Berlin, 46, of suburban St. Louis posted a YouTube message to Zuckerberg on Wednesday seeking a copy of Facebook’s new “look back” video feature for his late son, Jesse, who died in his sleep in January 2012 of unknown causes.

    Father's appeal elicits Facebook tribute video

    A grieving father’s personal appeal to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has prompted the social network to release a retrospective video tribute of the man’s deceased 21-year-old son. John Berlin posted a YouTube message to Zuckerberg seeking a copy of Facebook’s new “look back” video feature for his late son, Jesse, who died in his sleep in January 2012 of unknown...


    Carol Stream fire officer: Battalion chief’s performance a ‘nightmare’

    Robert Schultz said he never reported Joseph Gilles’ shortcomings as Carol Stream Fire Protection District battalion chief in nearly four years serving under him — but claimed the feelings of Gilles’ performance was a “nightmare.” “As a new officer I am not going to go to my bosses with the fact that he wears a dirty uniform shirt, the fact that he may...

    Elgin Police Chief Jeff Swoboda and other members of the police department joined about 110 people Friday at the Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin during the “One Billion Rising” global campaign to call for justice and to end violence against women and girls.

    'It's OK to come forward' is message of Elgin event

    Tiffany Gonzalez had not planned to speak in public about the sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of her physician three years ago. She did so after being moved and empowered by other women who shared their stories of victimization during “The Long Red Line” event Friday afternoon in Elgin. “We need to be supportive of each other,” said Gonzalez, of Elgin.

    Mike Nerheim

    Lake County to form regional gang task force

    Concerns over Mexican drug cartels' growing connections to suburban heroin and marijuana sales are driving law-enforcement officials to form a regional Lake County gang task force. Lake County State's Attorney Mike Nerheim said the goal is to launch the task force in the spring. “You would, at the push of a button, have the ability to call in 40 to 60 gang investigators,” Nerheim said.

    Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History shows canine skeletons Friday unearthed by investigators in Mexico City.

    Ancient dog burial site found in Mexico City

    Archaeologist Antonio Zamora, who works at the excavation site, said a biologist told the team the remains belonged to medium-sized dogs with full sets of teeth, likely common dogs.Aztecs kept pets Techichi dogs, a breed with short legs believed to be an ancestor of the Chihuahua dog, and Xoloitzcuintlis, whose remains can be identified because of the loss of some of their teeth during adult age.


    Quake shakes South Carolina, Georgia

    The quake happened at 10:23 p.m. EST and had a preliminary magnitude of 4.4, said USGS Geophysicist Dale Grant. It was centered 7 miles west of the town of Edgefield, S.C.

    A convoy of more than 100 vehicles turns around Friday as Misca troops deem the road out was not secure, in Bangui, Central African Republic.

    Thousands of Muslims trapped by violence in Central Africa

    Christians gathered alongside the road to taunt the Muslims, many of whom have been targeted by murderous mobs in recent weeks.But the convoy, which stretched as far as the eye could see, was turned back because peacekeepers feared it would be attacked when going through some volatile parts of Bangui.

    The Elgin High Clumsy Chefs restaurant management team put together a winning restaurant concept that earned first place this month at the Illinois ProStart Competition at Kendall College in Chicago. From left, Clumsy Chef students Eduardo Rios, Colin Flanagan, teacher Ann Leider, Luis Maldonado and Yahaira Bonilla show their winning concept.

    Clumsy Chefs heading to nationals in May

    A movie-themed restaurant for family dining was the winning idea for a group of aspiring culinary professionals at Elgin High School who took home first place last week in the Illinois ProStart Competition in Chicago.The school’s Clumsy Chefs restaurant management team put together the winning restaurant concept. It’s the second year in a row the team won first place competing...

    Lillian Mastro dances with Assistant Fire Chief Jerry Howell at a Valentine’s Day dance at Lexington Square senior center Friday in Lombard.

    Seniors, firefighters enjoy Valentine’s Day dance together

    Residents at the Lexington Square senior living residence in Lombard had a ball Friday afternoon at a Valentine’s Day dance with members of the village’s fire department. Red balloons formed an arch on the dance floor, where the residents and about 15 firefighters did the Chicken Dance, the Hokey Pokey and the Cupid Shuffle.


    Burberry Outlet Store opens in Rosemont

    The Chicago area’s only Burberry Outlet Store opened its doors Feb. 14 at the Fashion Outlets of Chicago mall in Rosemont, officials said.


    Fund set up for homeless Mount Prospect fire victim

    The sister of a victim of last weekend’s fire in downtown Mount Prospect has set up a fund on his behalf.


    ‘Book Blast’ at Gurnee Mills:

    Simon Malls hosts its annual Simon Kidgits Club Book Blast event Thursday, Feb. 20, 10:30 a.m. to noon in Gurnee Mills’ children’s play area, which is sponsored by Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament.


    Barrington’s Sebastian Piekarski reacts after winning the 50-yard freestyle at the Mid-Suburban League boys swimming meet Saturday at Barrington.

    Barrington, Wheeling lead the way in MSL meet

    In a meet with plenty of dramatic ups and downs, Barrington was best positioned to absorb a little volatility in Saturday’s Mid-Suburban League boys swimming championships. The Broncos held off a strong challenge from Wheeling to take top teams honors.


    Maine W. falls; Collins on brink of 2,000 points

    Already enjoying a record-breaking season for Maine West’s girls basketball team, Brittany Collins came within 1 point of yet another milestone on Saturday afternoon. Playing in Chicago, the same city where she will be a freshman for St. Xavier’s women’s basketball team in less than eight months, Collins scored 20 points in a 66-52 loss at Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy. The 6-foot senior forward needs 1 more point to become the program’s first player to reach 2,000.


    Wrestling scoreboard: Saturday’s results
    Saturday’s results*INDIVIDUAL SECTIONALSAt Barringtonstate qualifiers106: 1st, Stathakis (Barrington) p. Jacobo (DeKalb) 1:47; 3rd, Kanzler (Grant) d. Mullen (McHenry) 5-3; 5th, Stenger (Huntley).113: 1st, Piotrowski (Prairie Ridge) d. Koch (Grant) 2-0; 3rd, Munoz (Zion-Benton) d. Kenyon (New Trier) 8-4; 5th, Sikula (McHenry.120: 1st, Polakowski (Libertyville) d. Cullen (Cary-Grove) 3-2; 3rd, Mehrholz (Derfield) d. Dziedzic (Crystal Lake South) 6-3; 5th, Powers (Hononegah).126: 1st, McKenna (New Trier) d. Hanselman (Cary-Grove) 2-1; 3rd, Drabek (Grant) d. Vigil (Huntley) 8-5; 5th, Dranka (Jacobs).132: 1st, Parent (Grant) d. Conrad (Barrington) 4-3 (OT); 3rd, Cullen (Cary-Grove) d. Montgomery (DeKalb) 3-2 (UTB); 5th, Ripoortella (Mundelein).138: 1st, Gil (Crystal Lake South d. Zuunbayan (Wheeling) 5-3; 3rd, Green (DeKalb) m.d. Heller (Deerfield) 14-14; 5th, Meyer (Huntley).145: 1st, Barone (Crystal Lake South d. Silva (Hononegah) 3-1 (OT); 3rd, Brandon (Lake Zurich) m.d. Kouvelis (Grant) 12-3; 5th, Andrews (Libertyville).152: 1st, Gunther (Libertyville) d. Macarus (DeKalb) 3-2; 3rd, Sean (Lake Zurich) d. Anthony (Machesney Park Harlem) 6-5; 5th, Carbajal (Waukegan).160: 1st, Parker (Warren) p. Benkovich (Hononegah) 3:48; 3rd, Popp( (Prairie Ridge) d. Smith (Barrington) 5-0; 5th, Pait (McHenry).170: 1st, MacCallum (Libertyville) d. Harrington (Stevenson) 8-4; 3rd, Demoss (Hononegah) d. Nicholas (Zion-Benton) 10-5; 5th, Hauser (Fremd).182: 1st, Emmerich (Deerfield) d. Brunner (Dundee-Crown) 5-4; 3rd, Koziol (Libertyville) d. Wosick (Loyola Acad.) 7-0; 5th, Chapman (Warren).195: 1st, Durbin (Lake Forest) d. Miller (Zion-Benton) 3-1; 3rd, Zurawski (Lake Zurich) d. Pence (Crystal Lake South) fft.; 5th, Jacobs (Hononegah).220: 1st, Hecox (Machesney Park Harlem) d. Barbian (Libertyville) 4-2 (OT); 3rd, Hernandez (McHenry) d. Ford (Prospect 2:26 (TF); 5th, Mamola (Jacobs).285: 1st, McDermand (Libertyville) d. Marshall (Dundee-Crown) 5-0; 3rd, Moshi (Glenbrook South) d. Cooke (Hersey) 2-1 (UTB); 5th, McCaffery (Warren).*At Leydenstate qualifiers106: 1st, Renteria (Oak Park-River Forest) m.d. Fuentez (Glenbard East) 18-6; 3rd, Johansen (Glenbard North d. Rice (Schaumburg) 11-6; 5th, Garcia (West Chicago).113: 1st, Madrigal (Oak Park-River Forest) d. Gallardo (Notre Dame) 2-1; 3rd, Gomez (Glenbard North) m.d. Peisker (Conant) 11-3; 5th, Rubino (St. Charles East).120: 1st, Townsell (Oak Park-River Forest) m.d. Bretz (Wheaton North) 14-4; 3rd, Augustyn (Glenbard North) p. Rodgers (Glenbard East :56; 5th, McCarthy (Lane).126: 1st, Marmolejo (Glenbard North) d. Thurston (Wheaton North) 8-2; 3rd, Olson (Glenbard East) d. Bogicevic (Larkin) 9-4; 5th, Afshar (Maine West).132: 1st, Cortez (Glenbard North d. Carlson (Lane) 4-1; 3rd, Bennette (Oak Park-River Forest) d. Alexander (Conant) fft.; 5th, Drew (Glenbard East).138: 1st, White (Oak Park-River Forest) d. Vela (St. Charles East) 7-5; 3rd, Reinemann (Niles West) d. Sheppard (Glenbard West) 9-5; 5th, Gruszka (Schaumburg).145: 1st, Early (Oak Park-River Forest) m.d. Martin (Glenbard East) 18-5; 3rd, Mende (St. Charles East) p. Delporte (Rolling Meadows 2:32; 5th, Karapanos (Conant).152: 1st, Rundell (Oak Park-River Forest) d. Rowland (Willowbrook) 6-2; 3rd, Derain (St. Charles East) d. Rose (Conant) 3-0; 5th, Duran (Larkin).160: 1st, Bey (Oak Park-River Forest) m.d. Brewster (Maine South) 20-9; 3rd, Orlandi (Notre Dame) d. Morreale (Glenbard West) 5-1; 5th, Gruszka (Schaumburg).170: 1st, Mahomes (Oak Park-River Forest) m.d. Rocha-Gomez (Addison Trail) 17-6; 3rd, Wegner (Glenbard North) d. Vogeny (Maine West) 3-2 (OT); 5th, Patterson (Schaumburg).182: 1st, Stallings (Oak Park-River Forest) p. Bradberry (Geneva) 3:12; 3rd, Gallo (Taft) d. Kroeger (Willowbrook) 3-2; 5th, Hill (Notre Dame).


    Girls bowling scoreboard: Saturday’s results
    LEYDEN SECTIONALTEAM SCORESLeyden 6032, Resurrection 5640, York 5533, Lake Park 5527, Morton 5324, Trinity 5255, Hinsdale Central 5218, Lane 5092, Hinsdale South 4937, Lindblom 4801, Argo 4763, DeLaSalle 4110.*STATE QUALIFIERSADVANCING TeamsLeyden: Hall 1411, Pimentel 1394, Lassin 1155, Kriston 1152, Townsend 920, Pitsenbarger. Resurrection: Velen 1362, Voss 1082, Canova 1058, Denver 1040, Anderson 716, DePaola 382, King, Neumann.York: Tamm 1168, Jensen 1157, Schwarz 1153, Thurnall 1079, Newman 976, Baubly, Nicholson.Lake Park: Keith 1217, Sztym 1148, Pulice 1094, Leahy 1041, Johnson 669, Hernandes 358, Strunks.*individual resultssIndividual champion: Hall (Ley) 1411 (including a perfect 1st game with a 300). Advancing individuals: Bowden (Glenbard East 1355, Quinlan (Trinity) 1354, Mackie (Glenbard East 1304, McCalebb (Downers Grove South 1275, Schmelter (Addison Trail) 1237. *ZION-BENTON SECTIONALTEAM SCORESSchaumburg 5852, Hoffman Estates 5752, Elk Grove 5725, Libertyville 5568, Grayslake North 5564, Hersey 5518, Dundee-Crown 5494, Zion-Benton 5447, Palatine 5435, Warren 5382, Conant 5299, Antioch 5294.*STATE QUALIFIERSADVANCING TeamsSchaumburg: Halas 1329, Schwind 1194, Yohe 1138, Maiers 1127, Azevedo 1062.Hoffman Estates: Wille 1225, Richae 1148, Donovan 1145, Hoglund 1132, Fera 1102.Elk Grove: Duff 1322, Barges 1261, Hicks 1131, A.Peters 1081, J.Peters 734, Bacigalupo 335.Libertyville: Zeng 1272, Davellis 1156, Sloan 1077, Cibrario 1056, Doherty 508, Garcia 499.*individual resultsIndividual champion: Halas (Sch) 1329. Advancing individuals: Sarah Littleton (GLN) 1313, Hollingshead (ZB) 1240, Vaughn (GLN) 1235, Wrenn (Hers) 1233, Gonio (DC) 1211. *Freeport sectionalTeam resultsAdvancing teams — Freeport 5867; Harlem 5808; Rockford Guilford 5651; Metea Valley 5630 (Grafton 1037; Jean 1135; Mansmith 992; Newham 1298; Dowell 1068)Other team results — Marento 5625; Belvidere North 5591; Sycamore 5360; St. Charles North 5328; Rockford Jefferson 5277; Jacobs 5215; St. Charles East 4883; Larkin 4496Advancing individualsIndividual champion — Newham (MV) 1398Advancing individuals — Deddo (Belv) 1332; Bay (Dixon) 1292; Rodriguez (Rockford Boylan) 1248; Hazelwood (Rockford Lutheran) 1238; Solberg (BN) 1236*Moline sectionalTeam ResultsAdvancing teams — Waubonsie Valley 5394 (Bond 1540; Felton 1316; Melgoza 1316; Barsotti 1154; Dreyfus 610; Kirk 559); Minooka 6020; Oswego 5937; Joliet West 5821Other team results — Morris 5780; East Moline United5749; Oswego East 5596; Rock Island 5540; Plainfield South 5359; Moline 5349; Plainfield North 5147; Spring Valley Hall 5062Advancing individualsIndividual champion — Bond (WV) 1540Advancing individuals — McCreedy (West Aurora) 1292; Sholl (RockI) 1264; Golgin (LaSalle-Peru) 1249; Winter (MOrris) 1240; Kopacz (OE) 1234.


    Girls basketball scoreboard: Saturday’s results
    Saturday’s results*CARMEL 68, CHICAGO HARLEM 52Carmel — Melillo 1 1-4 3, Lach 1 0-0 2, Felicelli 11 3-6 25, Kloss 2 2-3 6, Gauthier 3 2-2 9, Yacono 0 3-4 3, Bitter 1 0-0 2, Svoboda 1 3-4 5, Casale 1 0-0 2, Rappe 4 3-4 11. *Glenbard East 49, lake Park 43Lake Park — Duckhorn 1 0-0 3; E. Fant 3 0-0 8; Pall 3 2-2 8; Cillick 1 0-0 2; Zepeda 0 0-0 0; Pudell 0 0-0 0; Adams 0 0-0 0; Morgan 7 2-4 16; Warfield 1 3-3 6. Totals 16 7-9 43.Glenbard East — Hansen 5 4-6 14; Donovan 5 0-2 15; Koch 0 0-0 0; Chleber 0 2-2 2; Brown 1 1-4 3; Solid 2 2-2 6; Allen 1 0-0 2; Key 3 1-7 7. Totals 17 10-23 49.Lake Park 12 9 11 11 —43Glenbard East 9 7 16 17 —493-point baskets: LP: Duckhorn, E. Fant 2, Warfield. GE: Donovan 5. Fouled out: None.*Brooks 66, Maine West 52Maine West — Liwag 4 2-2 12, Reyes 0 0-0 0, Cortese 0 1-2 1, Adamek 0 0-0 0, Roycroft 1 0-0 3, Pociejewski 3 0-0 6, Collins 9 2-4 20, Huinker 3 4-4 10. Totals 20 9-12 52.Brooks — Wellere 11 0-0 27, Graham 8 3-7 19, Nichols 1 0-0 3, Madison 1 1-2 3, Julun 3 2-3 8, Dean 2 0-0 4, Lewis 0 0-0 0, Agee 1 0-0 2. Totals 27 3-5 66.Maine West 15 9 17 11 —52Brooks 14 21 19 12 —663-point baskets: MW: Liwag (2), Roycroft; Brks: Wellere (3), Nichols.*


    Boys swimming scoreboard: Saturday’s results
    At Fox Valley Conference InviteTeam Scores1. Cary-Grove 283, 2. Huntley 266, 3. D300 255, 4. McHenry 223, 5. Woodstock North 89Individual Results200 medley relay: 1. Huntley (B. Cazel, J. Cazel, Czarnecki, Haage) 1:40.92, 2. D300 (Ogaban, Hoyos, Reinbrecht, Slack) 1:42.47, 3. Cary-Grove (Robak, Hare, A. Eibel, S. Eibel) 1:43.23; 200 free: 1. Reinbrecht (D300) 1:43.92, 2. Schopen (M) 1:46.18, 3. Langanis (C-G) 1:51.92; 200 IM: 1. A. Eibel (C-G) 2:04.00, 2. Robak (C-G) 2:05.09, 3. Smith (M) 2:10.70; 50 free: 1. Braun (M) 22.43, 2. Knottnerus (D300) 23.29, 3. Naatz (C-G) 23.53; 100 fly: 1. Schopen (M) 53.77, 2. Czarnecki (H) 56.00, 3. Hare (C-G) 58.46; 100 free: 1. Ogaban (D300) 48.79, 2. Haage (H) 49.07, 3. Braun (M) 49.58; 500 free: 1. Reinbrecht (D300) 4:43.07, 2. B. Cazel (H) 4:55.75, 3. Czarnecki (H) 4:55.82; 200 free relay: 1. McHenry (Schopen, Peck, Smith, Braun) 1:31.11, 2. Cary-Grove (A. Eibel, Robak, Castro, Langanis) 1:32.75, 3. Huntley (Wong, Vandy, Weidner, LoPiccolo) 1:38.96; 100 back: 1. Ogaban (D300) 54.05, 2. Haage (H) 55.26, 3. Robak (C-G) 55.93; 100 breast: 1. J. Cazel (H) 1:00.27, 2. A. Eibel (C-G) 1:01.79, 3. Wisser (C-G) 1:07.96; 400 free relay: 1. D300 (Knottnerus, Ogaban, Slack, Reinbrecht) 3:19.47, 2. McHenry (Schopen, Peck, Smith, Braun) 3:20.43, 3. Huntley (B. Cazel, J. Cazel, Czarnecki, Haage) 3:23.39. *Mid-Suburban League meetAt Barringtonteam scoresBarrington 250, Wheeling 213, Fremd 199, Prospect 152, Elk Grove 103, Rolling Meadows 101, Palatine 100, Hersey 73, Buffalo Grove 69, Hoffman Estates 49, Schaumburg 48, Conant 32.*individual placewinners200 Medley relay: 1. Prospect (Gabriel, Ginnodo, Morikado, Mau) 1:38.62, 2. Barrington (O’Leary, Cross, Miseyka, Piiekarski) 1:38.65, 3. Wheeling (J.Noel, Reiff, Modlin, Ihde) 1:40.84; 200 free: 1. K.Noel (Whl) 1:48.73, 2. Loquercio (Whl) 1:50.84, 3. Carter-Buckman (Pal) 1:50.97, 4. Chemello (Frm) 1:51.03, 5. Gavars (Bar) 1:51.24, 6. Fish (Bar) 1:51.55; 200 IM: 1. J.Noel (Whl) 1:58.61, 2. Ginnodo (Pros) 2:00.95, 3. Bartosik (Pal) 2:01.30, 4. Seroni (Frm) 2:01.78, 5. Reiff (Whl) 2:05.09, 6. Barson (RM) 2:05.78; 50 free: 1. Piekarski (Bar) :21.86, 2. Miseyka (Bar) :22.16, 3,. Maczko (Whl) :22.25, 4. Helsdingen (Frm) :22.55, 5. Ihde (Whl) :23.05, 6. Debkowski (RM) :23.09; Diving: 1. Sigler (Sch) 372.05, 2. Kraemer (EG) 352.35, 3. Aykroid (Con) 331.05, 4. Maslowski (Sch) 321.70, 5. Delanttre (BG) 314.95, 6. Opperman (BG) 314.25; 100 fly: 1. Williams (EG) :51.70, 2. O’Leary (Bar) :52.97, 3. Morikado (Pros) :53.53, 4. Seroni (Frm) :55.31, 5. Lotzer (BG) :55.85, 6. Assmann (Frm) :56.10; 100 free: 1. Piekarski (Bar) :48.44, 2. Maczko (Whl) :48.90, 3. Rajan (Frm) :50.10, 4. Chemello (Frm) :50.14, 5. Hobbs (Bar) :50.17, 6. Baran (Pal) :50.30; 500 free: 1. Gavars (Bar) 4:55.78, 2. Kleinjan (Bar) 5:00.10, 3. Maciunas (Pal) 5:07.65, 4. Loquercio (Whl) 5:07.71, 5. Carlisle (Frm) 5:08.60, 6. Jarosz (Pros) 5:09.34; 200 free relay: 1. Barrington (Miseyka, Cross, Hobbs, Piekarski) 1:30.23, 2. Fremd (Rajan, Helsdinger, Assmann, Chemello) 1:30.74, 3. Hersey (Carroll, Kim, Buffa, Reynolds) 1:30.86; 100 back: 1. J.Noel (Whl) :52.86, 2. O’Leary (Bar) :53.98, 3. Gabriel (Pros) :54.40, 4. Cogswell (Bar) :56.18, 5. Hausfeld (BG) :56.35, 6. Carlisle (Frm) :57.86; 100 breast: 1. Barson (RM) :59.35, 2. Ginnodo (Pros) 1:00.53, 3. Miseyka (Bar) 1:02.02, 4. Cross (Bar) 1:03.44, 5. Szczepaniak (EG) 1:04.0`, 6. K.Noel (Whl) 1:04.28; 400 free relay: 1. Wheeling (Loquercio, J.Noel, K.Noel, Matzko) 3:18.23, 2. Fremd (Rajan, Pappas, Chemello, Seroni) 3:18.70, 3. Elk Grove (Williams, Szczepaniak, Doruff, Pauls) 3:24.30.*


    Boys basketball scoreboard: Saturday’s results
    Saturday’s results*St. Charles east 59, batavia 52St. Charles East — Washington 3 1-1 7, Adduci 8 7-10 24, Gentry 4 2-3 13, Vyzral 2 0-1 5, McQuillan 0 0-2 0, Asquini 3 0-0 7, Mason 0 0-0 0, Clodi 1 0-0 3, Manibog 0 0-0 0, Bronec 0 0-0 0, DiLeonardi 0 0-0 0. Totals 21 10-18 59. Batavia — Knox 7 3-3 17, Pieczynski 1 1-2 4, C. Coffey 2 1-2 7, M. Coffey 5 2-2 15, Lovestrand 2 0-0 4, Olson 2 0-0 5, Eberhardt 0 0-0 0, Roberts 0 0-0 0, Schoessling 0 0-0 0. totals 19 7-9 51.St. Charles East 12 16 16 15 —59Batavia 10 16 8 18 —523-point baskets: SCE: Gentry 3, Vyzral, Clodi, Adduci; B: M. Coffey 3, C. Coffey 2, Pieczysnki, Olson.Fouled out: None.Sophomore score: St. Charles East 59, Batavia 51*Kaneland’s Day and Knight of BasketballSt. Charles North 87, Peoria Richwoods 66Peoria Richwoods — Gillespie 2 0-0 5, K. Johnson 5 3-7 14, Ross 6 1-2 14, Eggleston 3 2-2 10, Bean 5 0-0 11, Franklin 1 2-2 4, Durr 0 0-0 0, C. Johnson 1 0-0 3, Bracy 1 0-0 3, Lonteen 0 0-0 0, Kelly 1 0-0 2. Totals: 25 8-13 66St. Charles North — Goetz 6 3-5 17, Ludwig 8 1-1 19, Callaghan 5 5-6 18, Miller 3 1-2 7, Johnson 6 0-0 12, Cotter 1 0-0 2, Davern 1 0-0 3, Gianackos 1 1-2 3, Pozna 0 0-1 0, Hedges 0 0-0 0, Osborne 2 1-1 6. Totals: 33 12-18 87Peoria Richwoods 19 15 14 18 —66St. Charles North 25 17 28 17 —873-point baskets: R: Eggleston 2, Gillespie, K. Johnson, C. Johnson, Bracey; S: Callaghan 3, Goetz 2, Ludwig 2, Davern, Osborne*Day and Knight of Basketballat KanelandHillcrest 81, Kaneland 60Hillcrest: Jones 2 0-0 5, Adway 5 1-3 11, Isby 9 5-9 25, Allen 1 0-0 2, McDaniel 4 4-6 12, Hull 3 0-0 6, Daniels 1 1-2 3, King 2 3-8 8, Fleming 2 0-0 4, Garmon 0 3-4 3, Hale 0 0-0 0, James 0 2-2 2. 30 19-34 81.Kaneland: Pruett 5 9-11 19, T. Carlson 4 5-6 13, R. David 2 0-0 4, C. Carlson 0 0-0 0, D. David 1 3-4 6, Vaca 5 2-7 12, Fedderly 0 0-0 0, VanBogaert 0 0-0 0, Douglas 0 0-0 0, Limbrunner 0 0-0 0, Korpela 1 0-0 2, Przybylski 1 0-0 2, Barnes 1 0-0 2. 20 19-29 60.Hillcrest 17 22 17 25 —81Kaneland 12 19 13 16 —603-point baskets: H: Jones, King; K: D. David.Rebounds: H: 40 (Isby 11); K: 26 (Pruett 10).Fouled out: None.*ANTIOCH 74, ROUND LAKE 59Round Lake — K. Wright 9 5-9 24, Soto 0 0-0 0, Lopez 6 1-3 14, M. Green 0 0-0 0, Lear 2 0-4 4, Bommon 2 3-4 7, A. Green 2 0-0 6, Ruiz 2 0-0 4. Totals 23 9-20 59.Antioch — Gofron 10 0-0 22, Reiser 5 0-0 10, Powers 3 3-8 9, Abdellatif 4 2-4 12, Marsiglio 1 4-4 6, Mrkonich 2 2-2 6, Bell 0 4-6 4, Kovach 2 0-2 5, McCameron 0 0-0 0. Totals 27 15-26 74.Round Lake 15 17 13 14 —59Antioch 17 22 19 16 —743-point baskets: RL: A. Green 2, K. Wright, Lopez; Ant: Gofron 2, Abdellatif 2, Kovach.Fouled out: RL: K. Wright; Ant: Abdellatif.*WAUKEGAN 62, GRAYSLAKE CENTRAL 55Waukegan — Williams 3 7-8 15, Mays 5 5-7 15, Collins 1 1-4 3, Melendez 1 0-0 3, Newson 3 1-3 9, Sanchez 1 2-2 4, Taylor 6 1-3 13. Totals 20 17-27 62.Grayslake Central — Loeffl 1 0-1 2, Vargo 2 0-0 4, Mudd 3 4-6 10, Reed 6 0-4 13, Benko 0 2-4 2, Anderson 1 3-4 5, Llorens 2 2-2 8, Ruhlmann 1 2-2 5, Beckman 3 0-2 6. Totals 19 13-25 55.Waukegan 12 15 13 22 —62Grayslake Central 14 11 10 20 —553-point baskets: Wauk: Williams 2, Newson 2, Melendez; GC: Llorens 2, Ruhlmann, Reed.Fouled out: none.*lake zurich 49, highland park 45 (ot)Highland Park — Sutker 3 0-2 6, Krawitz 2 2-2 6, Lundevall 0 0-0 0, Sachs 6 3-4 18, Norcia 1 0-2 3, Iden 1 1-2 4, Levin 0 0-0 0, Beermann 2 2-2 7, Goshen 0 1-2 1. Totals 15 9-16 45Lake Zurich — Helgeson 0 0-0 0, Kruse 4 3-4 12, McClaughry 1 1-3 3, Travlos 4 8-10 17, Zahery 1 0-0 3, Brown 0 0-0 0, Moon 0 2-2 2, Penny 0 3-4 3, O’ Neill 3 0-0 9, Wallace 0 0-0 0, Bauman 0 0-0 0. Totals 13 17-23 49.Highland Park 8 15 6 13 3 —45Lake Zurich 5 9 13 15 7 — 49

    United States forward T.J. Oshie, left, is congratulated by goalie Ryan Miller, right, after Oshie scored the game-winning goal in a shootout against Russia in a men's ice hockey game at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Saturday, Feb. 15, in Sochi, Russia. The U.S. won 3-2 in a shootout.

    Oshie latest success story from tiny Minn. town

    As T.J. Oshie led the U.S. men's Olympic team to a dramatic 3-2 shootout win over Russia on Saturday, people in his tiny northern Minnesota hometown were screaming in joy at their televisions, daring to hope that the 27-year-old would be the latest from Warroad to bring home Olympic gold.


    Macahon’s 27 points pace Palatine

    Led by Chris Macahon’s game-high 27 points, Palatine’s boys basketball team posted a 79-67 nonconference triumph over Vernon Hills on Saturday. Macahon had two 3-pointers while teammate Dondre Watson (13 points) converted three. Kyle Leber (8 points) and Matt Ulrich (8 points) each had two from long range while Justin Chaney (7 points) and Nolan Gavin (6) had one apiece.=


    Kaneland pleased with 1st shootout despite loss

    Kaneland’s inaugural Day and Knight of Basketball was a rousing success, according to Knights coach Brian Johnson.

    Amanze Egekeze

    Egekeze hits 1,000 but Huntley falls again

    Senior Amanze Egekeze surpassed 1,000 career points Saturday night, but Prairie Ridge denied Huntley’s bid to clinch a share of its fourth straight Fox Valley Conference Valley Division title with a 51-44 victory in Crystal Lake.


    Drake holds off Loyola in 70-62 win

    Richard Carter scored 20 points to lead Drake to a 70-62 win over Loyola of Chicago on Saturday night. Drake (13-13, 4-10 Missouri Valley) led most of the game, extending its lead to 16 on a 3-pointer by Jordan Daniels that made it 52-36 with 11:22 remaining but had to thwart a Loyola rally in the final minutes.


    S. Dakota St. runs past W. Illinois late, 62-50

    Jordan Dykstra scored 16 of his 20 points in the second half and grabbed 13 rebounds as South Dakota State ran away from Western Illinois for a 62-50 win Saturday night. Dykstra tied the game at 28 with 15:30 left and Jake Bittle gave the Jackrabbits the lead on back-to-back jumpers to spark a 13-4 run that put South Dakota State in charge with a 41-32 lead.


    Murray State defeats Eastern Illinois 72-60

    Jeffery Moss scored 18 points to lead Murray State past Eastern Illinois 72-60 on Saturday night. Dexter Fields made a layup, giving Murray State a 20-18 lead with 7:21 to play in the first half and the Racers led the rest of the way. Sherman Blanford scored to pull Eastern Illinois within four points, 58-54, with 6:13 remaining. Murray State answered with a 10-0 run, capped by Moss’ five points, to take a 14-point lead with 2:17 left.


    Einloth, Grayslake North tame Crystal Lake Central

    Stretched out on the bench, Aidan Einloth figured he was done for the night. The Grayslake North sophomore got to work early Saturday night and helped the Knights build up a cushy 23-point lead over visiting Crystal Lake Central through three quarters. Having scored 23 points of his own by that point, Einloth began the fourth quarter on the bench, ready to cheer on the reserves for the rest of the way. Good thing he didn’t get too comfortable, or remove his shoes. Grayslake North wound up rolling to a 60-40 victory over Crystal Lake Central, but Einloth and some of the other starters and key players had to jump back in when things got interesting with about four minutes remaining.


    St. Edward holds off Aurora Christian

    The St. Edward boys basketball team found itself down by 4 points midway through the fourth quarter Saturday night. The Green Wave kept its composure, went on an 11-0 run in less than a 2-minute span and defeated Aurora Christian, 70-62, in Elgin.


    Larkin makes it 9 straight

    Larkin boys basketball coach Deryn Carter got the close game he expected Saturday night against North Chicago. The unexpected part was the way things happened down the stretch as the Royals (23-3) fought off the state’s sixth-ranked Class 3A Warhawks (20-4) 79-76 during Kaneland’s inaugural Day and Knight of Basketball in Maple Park.


    Wolves fall 3-2 in overtime

    The Chicago Wolves earned a point for the seventh consecutive game, but Milwaukee claimed a 3-2 overtime victory Saturday night in a physical Amtrak Rivalry game at the Allstate Arena. Admirals center Austin Watson’s backhander filtered through goaltender Matt Climie’s legs for the game-winner with 22 seconds remaining in extra time.


    Waukegan stops Grayslake Central

    Grayslake Central’s boys basketball team has been perfect in nine Fox Valley Fox Division games this season. Playing teams out of the conference has been a different story for the Rams. Grayslake Central couldn’t stay with visiting Waukegan in losing a 62-55 decision Saturday.


    Schaumburg rolls to Z-B sectional victory

    Schaumburg’s girls bowling team rolled its best game of the season, totaling 1,154 in its fourth game, and that carried the Saxons to the Zion-Benton sectional championship at Sunset Lanes in Waukegan on Saturday. Schaumburg will be making a trip back to the state tournament at Cherry Bowl in Rockford on Friday and Saturday. Hoffman Estates, Elk Grove and Libertyville also advanced out of the sectional. Grayslake North’s Sarah Littleton and Jessica Vaughn, Emma Wrenn of Hersey, Dundee-Crown’s Karissa Gonio and Amy Hollingswood of Zion-Benton also qualified for state.

    Mitch Stathakis of Barrington pumps his fists after winning the 106-pound final with a pin at Barrington on Saturday.

    Barrington’s Stathakis wins at 106

    Mitch Stathakis maintained his perfect postseason record following yet another sparkling weekend performance on the wrestling mats. The Barrington sophomore was virtually flawless on Saturday at the Broncos’ home, using a lethal attack to defeat two challengers, the last coming in the 106-pound final against Ulises Jacobo of DeKalb. Stathakis pinned the sophomore at 1:47 to capture the only championship crown for the Mid-Suburban League at the Barrington sectional.


    St. Charles East wins at Batavia’s pace

    If the outcome of a boys basketball game were determined by which team controls tempo most often, Batavia beats St. Charles East on Saturday night. But that’s not how it works, and St. Charles East had just enough track-meet moments to escape with a 59-52 road win in Upstate Eight Conference River Division play.


    St. Francis overcomes slow start, Glenbard South

    Most high school boys basketball teams in this area face this challenge at least a couple of times a season, back-to-back games Friday and Saturday.

    Dundee-Crown’s Christian Brunner screams in pain as he is brought down in the final seconds of the 182-pound final during sectional wrestling finals in Barrington Saturday.

    Crystal Lake South duo impressive

    In what may be his most important victory thus far at Crystal Lake South, Eric Barone showed remarkable staying power as he pulled a cunning move in OT to defeat No. 3 Fernie Silva of Hononegah to capture a sectional championship at 145 pounds Saturday afternoon at Barrington.

    Hinsdale Central’s Matt Allen defeats Morton’s Kevion Anderson 6-4, in the 220 pound class of the 3A Hinsdale Central individual wrestling sectional semifinals.

    Marmion has a big day

    The Marmion wrestling team has an entirely different look from this time in January. The Cadets, the reigning state runners-up in Class 3A, were forfeiting as many as five weight classes due to injuries last month. But one week after dominating the Waubonsie Valley regional, Marmion had another stellar team performance at the Hinsdale Central individual sectional on Saturday afternoon.

    John Wall of the Washington Capitals participates in the slam dunk contest during the skills competition at the NBA All Star basketball game Saturday in New Orleans.

    Wall leads East to All-Star dunk triumph

    The Eastern Conference trio of Toronto’s Terrence Ross, Indiana’s Paul George and Washington’s John Wall won the NBA All-Star Saturday night slam dunk contest. Wall capped the triumph by leaping over a Wizards mascot while grabbing the ball from in front of the mascot’s head, then throwing down a double-pump, reverse, two-handed jam. The dunk eliminated Sacramento’s Ben McLemore, the last hope for the Western Conference. Wall was named “dunker of the night.”

    Marco Belinelli of the San Antonio Spurs shoots for the three-point contest during the skills competition at the NBA All-Star basketball game Saturday in New Orleans.

    Belinelli wins All-Star 3-point contest

    San Antonio’s Marco Belinelli won the 3-point contest at NBA All-Star Saturday night. The Italian, who previously played for New Orleans, needed to win a tiebreaker round in the final to beat Bradley Beal. The Washington All-Star had made his final six shots, including two “money balls” worth two points each, to tie Belinelli’s initial final-round score of 19. Belinelli then racked up an event-high score of 24 for the win.


    Glenbard North sends 7 to state

    With 12 out of 14 wrestlers qualifying for the state tournament, and 10 of them winning the sectional, Oak Park-River Forest continued it run of dominance Saturday at the Leyden sectional in Franklin Park. But that did not deter wrestlers from other schools from flexing muscles of their own. Glenbard North was able to qualify seven of the 11 athletes it sent to Leyden, with Jared Cortez (132 pounds) and Jon Marmolejo (126) winning their weight class. Kirk Johansen (106), Austin Gomez (113), Patrick Augustyn (120) Colton Wegner (170) all finished third with Luke Greenberg (195) qualifying and finishing fourth in his weight class for the Panthers.


    Thanks to Penny, Lake Zurich banks a victory

    It’s not all that uncommon to see a sophomore contributing on the varsity level. Even in the final minutes of a tight game, underclassmen are making plays all the time. So when Lake Zurich sophomore Nick Penny came up with 3 huge free throws in overtime of Saturday night’s nonconference contest with visiting Highland Park, no one was surprised. Well, no one on the Lake Zurich side, at least. “He is the type of player that if you take a minute off in practice he is going to beat you,” said LZ senior Brad Kruse. “He works hard every day and he pushes everyone to get better.”


    Borcia helps Libertyville top Hersey

    Joe Borcia’s game-high 17 points led three Libertyville players in double figures, as the Wildcats captured a 72-52 win over visiting Hersey in nonconference action Saturday night.

    Libertyville’s Kayne MacCallum takes down Stevenson’s Tyler Harrington en route to winning the 170-pound final during Class 3A sectional wrestling finals in Barrington on Saturday.

    Libertyville, Grant lead march downstate

    Libertyville collectively flexed its muscle Saturday in Barrington, and Warren’s Emery Parker validated his chances as a trophy chaser in the upcoming week as the Class 3A state tournament begins. The Wildcats, who are on their way to the dual-team sectionals later this month, won four individual titles and will send six downstate after a successful second day of sectional wrestling Saturday at Barrington. North Suburban Conference champion Grant will have five in action Thursday in Champaign, including 132-pound champion Troy Parent (30-9). Lake Zurich will send three into action later in the week.


    Heggeland gives Wheaton N. a lift

    With Wheaton North and Hinsdale South both playing hard-fought boys basketball games the night before, Saturday’s matinee matchup between the tired teams needed a wake-up call. Falcons junior Jake Heggeland provided it early in the second quarter. Heggeland’s baseline spin move and dunk electrified the Darien gymnasium, and Wheaton North held on for a 49-41 nonconference victory over the Hornets.


    East Aurora beats Bartlett for Jeffries’ 200th

    Coming in with a 9-game losing streak, the East Aurora boys basketball team needed a win. Not only did the Tomcats get that win on Saturday against Bartlett, they picked up their first road win of the season and first win of 2014 with a 67-61 victory in Upstate Eight Conference Valley Division play. To top it off, East Aurora coach Wendell Jeffries earned his 200th career victory, and the Tomcats avenged a 60-59 loss against Bartlett last week.


    Youngstown State edges UIC 59-56

    Kendrick Perry scored 31 points — including four free throws in the final 25 seconds — as Youngstown State clawed back to hold off Illinois-Chicago 59-56 on Saturday night. Perry scored 23 in the second half, his 3-pointer with 4:02 remaining lifting Youngstown State into its first lead, 50-48.

    Ohio State’s center Trey McDonald (55) defends Illinois’ Tracy Abrams (13) during Saturday night’s game in Champaign. The Illini lost, 48-39.

    No. 22 Ohio State shuts down Illinois, 48-39

    Aaron Craft scored 14 points and No. 22 Ohio State held Illinois to 28.3 percent shooting on the way to a scrappy 48-39 win on Saturday. Craft picked up two early fouls and spent two long stretches on the bench. But he was still the Buckeyes’ best option on a tough offensive night for each team. LaQuinton Ross added nine points for Ohio State (20-6, 7-6 Big Ten), which trailed 23-20 at halftime.

    Rick West/rwest@dailyherald.com Geneva’s Sidney Santos (32) shoots and scores over Bartlett’s Elizabeth Arco (20) during Thursday’s game in Geneva.

    Batavia looking to end regional drought

    Ask any high school basketball coach and he or she will tell you about turning points — in quarters, halves, games and seasons.


    Treadwell leads Akron past Northern Illinois 62-54

    Demetrius Treadwell scored 25 points, on 9-of-12 shooting, and pulled down 10 rebounds as Akron took over sole possession of first place of the Mid-American Conference’s East Division with a 62-54 win over Northern Illinois on Saturday night. Akron (17-8, 9-3 Mid-American) came into the game tied with Buffalo (14-8, 8-4), who lost to Ohio, 73-70, earlier in the day.


    Illinois State powers past Bradley 70-54

    Daishon Knight scored a career-high 26 points to propel Illinois State to a 70-54 win over Bradley on Saturday night. Illinois State (14-12, 7-7 Missouri Valley) broke away with a 13-4 spurt early in the second half that included 3-pointers from Bobby Hunter and Zach Lofton to take a 51-39 lead with 11 minutes left, and never let Bradley closer than eight points down the stretch.


    Larkin schedules coaches clinic

    Larkin High School will be offering a baseball coaches clinic on Saturday, Feb. 22 from noon to 2 p.m.The clinic is free and would welcome any coach that is interested. Topics will include practice planning, fundamentals of offense, defense, pitching, competition, and a question-and-answer session. The Larkin staff will use current players to demonstrate fundamentals and drills as well.For further information, contact Larkin head coach Matt Esterino at matthewesterino@u-46.org or by calling at (847) 888-5200, ext. 8404.


    Gofron, Antioch filling up on wins

    As he headed toward his Antioch basketball team’s locker room, where a couple of large boxes of doughnuts awaited the victors, Kyle Gofron seemed to be in a dunkin’ kind of mood. The 6-foot sophomore suddenly jumped from a flat-footed position, grabbed the rim with two hands, rocked it and let go. “I was hyped,” Gofron said with a smile and shrug. His enthusiasm was understandable, for suddenly the Sequoits are fattening up on wins. They ran their winning streak to a season-best three games with a 74-59 win over visiting Round Lake, as Gofron led the way with 22 points, 8 rebounds, 3 steals and a blocked shot.


    Felicelli gets 1,000 in milestone Carmel win

    Kathleen Felicelli reached a milestone, and Carmel Catholic’s girls basketball team hit the 20-win mark for the second year in a row Saturday.Felicelli scored a season-high 25 points, leading the Corsairs to a 68-52 nonconference win over host Harlan in Chicago. In the process, Felicelli, a three-year varsity player, surpassed 1,000 points for her career.Carmel (20-8) also received 11 points from Emma Rappe and 9 from Paige Gauthier.


    Schultz leads Antioch’s effort at Lakes

    There were a lot of happy coaches and wrestlers Saturday at the conclusion of the Class 2A Lakes individual sectional. Five Lake County area squads qualified three individuals apiece for the state meet at State Farm Center in Champaign. The top four finishers in each of the 14 weight classes earned a berth downstate. Perennial power Montini was the class of the powerful field, as the Broncos had 12 of their 13 sectional qualifiers advance to state meet, which starts Thursday. Antioch got through three wrestlers, starting with 106-pound senior Briley Schultz.


    St. Charles North’s offense comes alive

    St. Charles North coach Tom Poulin couldn’t remember the last time his team put 87 points on the scoreboard, but he didn’t have any trouble recalling the last time the North Stars looked as good as they did in an 87-66 win over Peoria Richwoods Saturday at Kaneland’s Day and Knight of Hoops.


    Fremd mixes it up for 23rd win

    Which ingredients does it take to make a boys basketball team succeed? Naturally talent is at the core. However, there are always the intangibles that apply on and off the court for a team to win. The Fremd Vikings have that recipe. Coach Bob Widlowski started reserves Joseph Weber, Conner Peters, and John Magnani along with regulars Riley Glassmann and Ben Carlson in Saturday’s nonconference game against Dundee-Crown in Palatine. For most of the game, the coach interchanged most of the players with two of the regular starters remaining on the floor as Fremd swept away visiting Dundee-Crown, 48-24.


    Butler’s return sparks Elgin past Streamwood

    Elgin senior Isaiah Butler returned after a two-game absence and promptly gave the Maroons a big lift offensively. Butler scored a game high 24 points pushing the Maroons to a 60-52 Upstate Eight Conference River Division boys basketball victory over visiting Streamwood Saturday night at Chesbrough Field House.

    Bulls center Joakim Noah, guarding the Nets’ Paul Pierce, is not likely to be in any trade for the Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony, if the Bulls even have any interest in Anthony at all.

    Bulls not likely to make any changes soon

    Plenty of changes are on the horizon for the Bulls, but none are likely to happen before Thursday’s NBA trade deadline. There are several reasons why they figure to stay quiet for now – mainly luxury tax, lack of tradable assets and a preference for waiting until after the snow melts.


    D155 co-op, D300’s Reinbrecht shine at FVC meet

    With only 11 swimmers and without a superstar, Cary-Grove boys swimming coach Rick Schaefer realized it would take a team effort for the Trojans to claim top honors at Saturday’s Fox Valley Conference Invitational hosted by Woodstock North. Mission accomplished. Spearheaded by a first-place effort by Adam Eibel in the 200-yard intermediate, the Trojans, who host the District 155 co-op team that includes athletes from Prairie Ridge, Crystal Lake Central and Crystal Lake South, were champions of the conference with a score of 283. Huntley was the runner-up with 255 followed by the District 300 co-op which includes Jacobs, Dundee-Crown and Hampshire with 255.

    Libertyville’s Bobby Snader swims breaststroke in the 200-yard medley relay during the North Suburban Conference boys swimming meet at Vernon Hills on Saturday.

    Plenty of highlights as Libertyville wins NSC

    Bleached-blonde Libertyville had a performance to dye for in winning the North Suburban Conference meet on Saturday at Vernon Hills.

    Huntley and senior Sam Andrews, will begin Class 4A postseason play at the Rockford Jefferson regional.

    Extending the season now becomes the goal

    As the old saying goes, it’s win or go home time. The Class 4A IHSA girls basketball state tournament series gets under way Monday night around the state, and teams in the Fox Valley area won’t be experiencing anything very new when they begin regional play. All area Class 4A teams except Bartlett have been assigned to the Crystal Lake South sectional complex. Regionals will be played at Jacobs, Cary-Grove, Rockford Jefferson and Hononegah.

    Shani Davis of the U.S. covers his mouth after competing in the men’s 1,500-meter speedskating race at the Adler Arena Skating Center during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014.

    Brodka upsets big names in 1,500, Davis falters

    One of the closest races in Olympic speedskating history came down to a final lunge of the skate — then a few more agonizing seconds to figure out who won. Zbigniew Brodka knocked off all the favorites in the 1,500 meters Saturday, capturing Poland’s first gold medal in Olympic speedskating by a mere three-thousandths of a second over Koen Verweij of the Netherlands. Shani Davis? He wasn’t even close.

    In this Sept. 5, 2013, file photo, Billie Jean King reflects about her match against Bobby Riggs in 1973 as she stands in front of a display at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York. King, who couldn’t attend the opening of the Sochi Olympic Games because of her mother’s death, will attend the closing ceremony with American speed skaters Bonnie Blair and Eric Heiden on Feb. 23 as part of President Barack Obama’s official U.S. delegation.

    Billie Jean King to attend Sochi closing ceremony

    Billie Jean King will attend the closing ceremony of the Sochi Olympics in Russia. King, who didn’t travel to the opening ceremony because of her mother’s death, will join American speed skaters Bonnie Blair and Eric Heiden on Feb. 23 as part of President Barack Obama’s official U.S. delegation. King called it a “privilege” to attend.

    In this July 21, 2013, file photo, Miami Dolphins tackle Andrew McDonald (67) works on a drill with offensive guard Chris Barker during an NFL football practice at the NFL football team’s training facility in Davie, Fla. McDonald’s agent says the former Dolphins lineman, identified as Player A in the investigation of the racially charged bullying scandal, is “disappointed his name has “become associated with other players involved this story.”

    Agent: Player A in NFL report is Andrew McDonald

    A former Miami Dolphins lineman identified as one of the targets of harassment in the racially charged bullying scandal, has no has no problem with the team, his agent said in a statement Saturday. Andrew McDonald, Player A in an NFL-ordered report released Friday by lawyer Ted Wells, said in the statement that he is “disappointed his name has become associated” with the revelations about the reported harassment.

    Burlington Central and junior forward Alison Colby will compete in the Class 3A Aurora Central Catholic regional beginning on Tuesday.

    Burlington Central not flying under the radar this year

    The Rockets will not be flying under the radar this time around. A year ago, Burlington Central’s girls basketball team combined a savvy senior point guard, a seasoned sophomore and a group of freshmen and turned it into a Class 3A Elite Eight qualifier. And what that created is a big target on the backs of their blue and white jerseys — all season, really, but more so beginning Monday night when the IHSA state tournament series begins around the state.The Rockets (22-4) are the top seed in the Aurora Central Catholic regional and will open their postseason quest on Tuesday against the winner of the Monday game between No. 4 ACC (11-13) and No. 5 Hampshire (11-14).


    Indiana State edges Southern Illinois 60-57

    Jake Odum scored 15 points and Indiana State overcame a halftime deficit to edge Southern Illinois 60-57 on Saturday. An 11-0 run in the second half put Indiana State (20-6, 11-3 Missouri Valley) up 48-44, setting up a close finish as neither team led by more than six points the rest of the way.


    Providence runs past DePaul 84-61

    Bryce Cotton continued his superb senior season Saturday, netting a game-high 22 points and handing out six assists as Providence ran past DePaul, 84-61.The win snaps a three-game losing streak for Providence, which came in having dropped four of its previous five games. The Friars (17-9, 7-6 Big East) placed five players in double figures with Kadeem Batts scoring 15 points and LaDontae Henton pumping in 13.

    Germany’s Severin Freund makes an attempt during the ski jumping large hill final at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.

    Images from Saturday at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics

    Images from Saturday at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics including ski jumping, curling, men's hockey, freestyle skiing, speed skating, and cross country skiing.


    NFL Commissioner Goodell made $44.2 million in 2012

    NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell made $44.2 million in 2012, according to tax returns the league has submitted.Goodell earned $35.1 million in salary, bonus and pension compensation. Based on IRS reporting guidelines, his total 2012 compensation includes a $5 million incentive payment and a $4.1 million pension payment from the 2011 lockout year that was paid in 2012.


    Venice Beach resident David Lomax enjoys the warm weather Friday in the Venice Beach area of Los Angeles. While a drought has stricken central California, southern grape growers report a record harvest for 2013.

    California grape growers celebrate bumper crop

    Wine brokers told The Modesto Bee that two back-to-back years of large harvests will mean wine aficionados should find plenty of bargain bottles on grocery store shelves. “Consumers are in a great position because of the amount of wine that is coming out of California,” said Erica Moyer of Riverbank, a grape and wine broker for Turrentine Brokerage in Novato.

    United Auto Workers President Bob King speaks to the media Friday after workers at a Volkswagen factory voted against union representation in Chattanooga, Tenn.

    UAW drive falls short amid culture clash in South

    The multiyear effort to organize Volkswagen’s only U.S. plant was defeated on a 712-626 vote Friday night amid heavy campaigning on both sides. Workers voting against the union said while they remain open to the creation of a German-style “works council” at the plant, they were unwilling to risk the future of the Volkswagen factory that opened to great fanfare on the site of a former Army ammunition plant in 2011.

    Legalization of marijuana activists gather outside the Congress building, as senators vote on a law to legalize the drug, in Montevideo, Uruguay.

    U.S. acceptance fuels push for legal pot worldwide

    Anxiety over U.S. reprisals has previously doused reform efforts in Jamaica, including a 2001 attempt to approve private use of marijuana by adults. Given America’s evolution, “the discussion has changed,” said Delano Seiveright, director of Ganja Law Reform Coalition-Jamaica.


    Nutriom recalls dried egg products

    There have been no reports of illness. The recall was issued Saturday as a Class 1 recall, meaning it carries a high health risk.

    Twitter Inc. is testing a redesign of its profile pages that mimics the look of Facebook Inc.’s timelines, part of the microblogging service’s effort to boost engagement as user growth slows.

    Twitter redesign of profile pages similar to Facebook's

    Twitter Inc. is testing a redesign of its profile pages that mimics the look of Facebook Inc.’s timelines, part of the microblogging service’s effort to boost engagement as user growth slows.

    From buying a digital-thermostat developer to selling a mobile-phone business, Google has executed more deals than any company in the world over the past three years, according to data compiled by Bloomberg through January, up from 13th place in the three years prior. Advertising-firm WPP Plc was second, followed by chipmaker Intel Corp.

    Google deal machine ramps up to surpass Intel

    Google Inc., the company that leads Internet search, has gained a new superlative: top dealmaker. From buying a digital-thermostat developer to selling a mobile-phone business, Google has executed more deals than any company in the world over the past three years, according to data compiled by Bloomberg through January, up from 13th place in the three years prior. Advertising-firm WPP Plc was second, followed by chipmaker Intel Corp.

    VMware Inc. said it will join with Google Inc. to help the search giant’s Chromebook computers run applications designed for Microsoft Corp.’s rival Windows operating system.

    VMware teams With Google to help Chromebooks rival PCs

    VMware Inc. said it will join with Google Inc. to help the search giant’s Chromebook computers run applications designed for Microsoft Corp.’s rival Windows operating system.

    Google is introducing a videoconferencing tool called “Chromebox For Meetings.”

    Google unveils box for business videoconferences

    Google is introducing a videoconferencing tool designed to make it easier and less expensive to hold face-to-face business meetings even if the participants are scattered in different locations.

    Google has passed Exxon to become the second most valuable U.S. company by market capitalization.

    Google passes Exxon to be No. 2 U.S. company

    Google has passed Exxon to become the second most valuable U.S. company by market capitalization.


    Indiana bills seek to shelter digital privacy

    Police would have to get a search warrant before they could take data off of cellphones or computer tablets or use aerial drones under bills that are still breathing in the Indiana General Assembly. Some legislation simply requires a court warrant. One bill that would have made electronic eavesdropping without a court warrant a felony died in a Senate committee.

    A spectator takes a video of the opening ceremony on her mobile phone at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

    Review: NBC Olympics online deserves silver medal

    NBC comes close to gold in delivering the Winter Olympics online from Sochi, Russia. Although NBC has scaled back on a few fronts compared with previous years, things have improved considerably since 2000, when online “video” meant still images grabbed from NBC’s video feeds.


    App review: Dragons Adventure

    With Dragons Adventure, a game based on the world of Dreamworks’ “How to Train Your Dragon,” Microsoft has hit on a fascinating gaming concept.


    Cradle-to-Grave Debt Load Leaves No Chicagoan Free: Muni Creditc.2014 Bloomberg News(For more credit-market news, click on TOP CM. For Municipal Credit Markets column alerts, see SALT MUNCREDIT.)

    Feb. 14 (Bloomberg) -- Chicago is now the city of big debt, where each of its 2.7 million residents -- from infants in diapers to senior citizens on fixed incomes -- is on the hook for about $20,000 in long-term pension promises and bond obligations. Like the relentless snow clogging the city’s streets, it just keeps piling up.Chicago isn’t bankrupt Detroit, junk-status Puerto Rico or New York at the brink of insolvency in 1975. Yet the city of gleaming skyscrapers along Lake Michigan’s shore tripled its debt load from 2002 to 2012, as it ignored annual pension payments and borrowed for capital and operating expenses. A $590 million payment for retirement obligations is due next year, threatening cuts in everything from police to garbage collection, a tax increase, or both.The rescue Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel needs will have to come from another financial leaky boat, the state of Illinois, which has the lowest credit rating among U.S. states. Lawmakers in Springfield, the capital, on Dec. 3 approved retirement- benefit cuts to address a $100 billion state pension shortfall. Not, though, for Chicago.“The legislature and the city council and the mayor need to come to fiscal reality and recognize this is not sustainable,” said Laurence Msall, president of the Civic Federation, a nonprofit research group based in Chicago. “They’ve created a bigger problem down the road, and now we are down that road. And there is very little road left.”More DebtThe city is about to pile on more borrowing, worsening its status as the biggest carrier of per-capita debt among the nation’s most-populous cities. Chicago plans to sell $650 million of bonds in the coming weeks, adding to liabilities that soared in the past decade.In the 10 years starting in 2002, the city increased its bonded debt by 84 percent, to $7.8 billion, according to the Civic Federation. That added $1,320 to the tab of each city resident. Among the 14 major cities surveyed by the group, only New York recorded a higher per-capita increase, $1,555 in that period. The average jump was $324.At the same time, Chicago’s per-capita pension obligations for teachers, police, firefighters, transit workers and other employees almost quadrupled, topping $11,800 in fiscal 2012. The combined debt burden from pensions and borrowing reached almost $19,600 per person in 2012, the federation said.‘Fiscal Cliff’It took years for Illinois lawmakers to address pension shortfalls. Chicago doesn’t have the luxury of a long debate. Like all other municipalities in the state, it must make higher retirement-fund payments next year, as required by a 2010 law.“The work is far from finished,” Emanuel said in a December press release after lawmakers approved the bill cutting state pension benefits, saving Illinois an estimated $145 billion during the next 30 years. Chicago is “standing on the brink of a fiscal cliff.”Moody’s Investors Service made a similar observation in July when it cut the city’s grade three steps to A3, six levels below the top, and tagged its general obligations with a negative outlook. A reduction of that magnitude was unprecedented for a U.S. city as populous as Chicago, according to Moody’s data since 1990.The New York-based ratings company cited “large and growing pension liabilities and accelerating budget pressures” stemming from them.Detroit Road“Chicago is on the road to Detroit,” declared the headline on a Feb. 5 editorial in the Chicago Tribune. That’s an exaggeration, said Rachel Barkley, a municipal credit analyst at Morningstar Inc. in Chicago.

Life & Entertainment

    Puppeteer John Henson, the son of the late Muppets creator Jim Henson, is seen with Muppets Miss Piggy and Kermit at the Disney/MGM studios in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Cheryl Henson says her brother died of a “massive heart attack” died at his home in Saugerties, New York on Friday Feb. 14, 2014. He was 48.

    John Henson, son of Muppets creator, dies in NY

    John Henson, the son of the late Muppets creator Jim Henson, has died in New York. He was 48. Cheryl Henson says her brother died of a “massive heart attack” at his home in Saugerties on Friday.

    Ellen Page, the quirky actress who enchanted movie audiences in 2007 as the pregnant teenager Juno, came out as gay Friday night at a conference for educators and counselors who work with LGBTQ youth.

    ’Juno’ actress Ellen Page comes out as gay

    Ellen Page, who won the hearts of moviegoers as the pregnant teenager in the 2007 film “Juno,” has come out as gay. The 26-year-old told a Las Vegas audience Friday, “I’m here today because I am gay.”

    In 2012, thousands of beleaguered Facebook users sick of baby pictures found their tonic: an extension for Google’s Chrome browser called UnBaby.me. The technology scanned a user’s newsfeed for the sort of phrase that might accompany a photo of a baby. And shazam! The annoying cherub under the caption “Little pumpkin’s first birthday!” was magically replaced with Benedict Cumberbatch or animals wearing clothes or Justin Bieber’s mug shot.

    Study: Moms aren’t as annoying on Facebook

    In 2012, thousands of beleaguered Facebook users sick of baby pictures found their tonic: an extension for Google’s Chrome browser called UnBaby.me. The technology scanned a user’s newsfeed for the sort of phrase that might accompany a photo of a baby. And shazam! The annoying cherub under the caption “Little pumpkin’s first birthday!” was magically replaced with Benedict Cumberbatch or animals wearing clothes or Justin Bieber’s mug shot.Dozens of media outlets, including Slate, covered the launch. The tool won a 2013 Webby Award and now boasts some 200,000 users. In a post titled “Thank God for Unbaby.me,” a Vice blogger’s only complaint was that he couldn’t replace baby pictures with porn. (Unbaby.me has since given birth to Rather, which allows you to replace anything you hate on social media with something you’d rather see. Given Facebook’s posting policies, porn is probably still not an option.)The tool’s co-creator, Chris Baker, had been baffled by what he perceived as an onslaught of baby pics in his Facebook feed. “It’s like a certain part of the brain gets activated where they feel this crushing desire to share with the world their little creations,” he told The New York Times. Several blogs confirmed the problem: New parents were over-sharing on social media, and their childless friends had had it.But a new study suggests that a Facebook algorithm, not new parents, may be to blame. The research, published this month in the Proceedings of CSCW (Computer-Supported Cooperative Work), is based on surveys from 412 new mothers as well as the content of many of their Facebook timelines. The paper concludes that mothers of young children post to Facebook far less often than they did before their child’s birth, and much of what they do post doesn’t refer to the child. Plus, the proportion of posts mentioning the baby drops off sharply after the first month, continuing to fall as the kid ages.“I think there’s a sense in the popular media that it’s just all babies, babies, babies,” says computer scientist Meredith Ringel Morris, the study’s author and the mother of two young children. “But, in fact, posting about the baby is only a relatively small portion of what mothers are doing.”Morris found that the baby posts new moms do put on Facebook tend to get many more “likes” and comments than other posts (presumably not from “friends” who’ve subbed in a cat photo). While Facebook is cagey about its algorithms, Morris believes that popularity is almost certainly a factor in whether or not a post gets top billing.

    With the wide array of home security options nowadays and more advanced technology than ever, the choices can be overwhelming.

    Choosing a home security system is an important but daunting task

    Choosing the right home security system is an important but daunting task. New options sprout up every month, but which type of protection system will be best for you?

    Treat your dog to a day and night in Chicago with the Talbott Hotel's dog-friendly package.

    On the road: Treat your pup to a weekend away

    The Talbott Hotel offers a pup-friendly weekend package. Chicago's Oriental Institute presents a new Silk Road exhibit, featuring the inventions and tools of the Chinese trade industry. And Beloit, Wis., wants to be your next film fest destination.

    U.S actress Hayley Hasselhoff wears a design created by Plus Size Fashion during London Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2014 at Vinopolis in central London Friday.

    The Hoff’s daughter: Respect for plus-sized models

    Fashion weeks are not the friendliest events for larger women — or anyone else not tall, slim and perfectly put together. But Hayley Hasselhoff says there’s no reason why plus-sized models shouldn’t get the same recognition as stick-thin ones. The 21-year-old model and daughter of Baywatch star David “The Hoff” Hasselhoff was making her debut catwalk appearance Friday at London’s Plus Size Fashion Weekend.

    British actor Michael Caine arrives for the European Premiere of ‘The Dark Knight,’ in central London. For the past three decades, many Britons had hoped the rigid class system that defined their country from Dickens to “Downton Abbey” was finally dying. Now they fear that class, their old bugbear, is back on the rise.

    Class back on rise in UK — but elite different

    For the past three decades, many Britons had hoped the rigid class system that defined their country from Dickens to “Downton Abbey” was finally dying. Now they fear that class, their old bugbear, is back on the rise.

    “The Amazing Spider-Man, Year One: Learning to Crawl,” by Dan Slott and Ramon Perez

    Marvel to spin new webs in Spider-Man’s history

    There’s more to the story about how Peter Parker became the amazing Spider-Man than previously was known. Starting in May, Marvel Comics will shed more light on how the transformation took place and how those early days of fighting crime, juggling school and coming to terms with the emotional blow of losing Uncle Ben helped turn Parker from a gawky teenager with a knack for cracking-wise into the hero and human he’s become.

    Westchester native Kathryn Hahn plays an unhappy suburban wife and mother in “Afternoon Delight.”

    DVD previews: ‘Afternoon Delight,’ ‘Zaytoun’

    Emotional discontent threatens to upend the staid life of a suburban wife and mother (played by Westchester native Kathryn Hahn) in "Afternoon Delight," now on DVD.

    Actress Lily Rabe arrives at the Critics’ Choice Television Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. Rabe, John Lithgow and Hamish Linklater are all returning to Central Park’s Delacorte Theatre this summer for another round of Shakespeare in the Park.

    Lily Rabe returning to Central Park this summer

    Lily Rabe, John Lithgow and Hamish Linklater are all returning to Central Park’s Delacorte Theatre this summer for another round of Shakespeare in the Park.

    Jared Leto arrives at 2014 Santa Barbara International Film Festival Virtuosos Award ceremony Tuesday, Feb, 4, 2014 in Santa Barbara.

    Jared Leto’s awards show tip: Keep snacking

    Jared Leto says there’s only one thing that gets him through the endless film awards season: A packed lunch. The 42-year-old has already won a Screen Actor’s Guild Award and a Golden Globe for his performance as the transgendered Rayon in “Dallas Buyers Club” and is nominated for an Academy Award.


    Will home purchases ever be transacted in bitcoins?

    Will home purchases and mortgages ever be transacted in bitcoins? That this question gets asked with increasing frequency is an indication of how far the bitcoin phenomena has come. Readers should recognize that any answer at this point has to be highly speculative.


    Mortgage worries burden couple facing heath issue

    Q. My husband and I have a mortgage with a VA guaranteed loan. He is very ill. As his caregiver, I have not worked in over a year so I would not qualify to borrow anything. If he dies, will I have to refinance the loan? I would be able to make the payments.


    Contractually assumed liability may not be covered
    The property manager for our association was sued by a visitor to the property. The manager invoked the indemnification language in its management contract, and demanded that the association hire a lawyer to defend the claim against the manager.

    Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad starred as the title lovers of Shakespeare's “Romeo and Juliet.” The 2013 Broadway production is shown in select movie theaters on Friday, Feb. 14, and Sunday, Feb. 16.

    Weekend picks: Romance isn't dead at 'Romeo' screenings

    Celebrate star-crossed love this weekend with a screening of Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad in the 2013 Broadway revival of "Romeo and Juliet" at select movie theaters. Spotlight Youth Theater presents "Peter Pan" at the Batavia Fine Arts Centre. Justin Timberlake will melt the United Center with his "20/20 Experience World Tour" Sunday night. And singer Joe Jencks headlines a folk concert at the In-Laws Restaurant in Gurnee.


    The Daily Herald endorses Kirk Dillard for the Republican nomination for Illinois governor.

    On Republican ballot, Dillard for Illinois governor

    The Daily Herald endorses Kirk Dillard for the Republican nomination for Illinois governor.


    A way to keep SNAP benefits for necessities
    A Des Plaines letter to the editor: I too get angry when I see people use their SNAP benefits for food and then pay cash for alcohol and cigarettes. But what makes me even angrier is the fact that people receiving SNAP benefits can buy all the junk food, soda and candy they want, but can’t buy toilet paper, cleaning supplies or personal hygiene items such as toothpaste, shampoo or bath soap.


    Vote against rehab of Brainerd relic
    A Libertyville letter to the editor: In March, the Libertyville voters are going to the polls to vote on whether or not to purchase and rehab the old Brainerd School building. I hope that they keep in mind the tremendous cost of renovating this old relic that has long since outlived its usefulness.


    Business owners must educate selves on ACA
    A letter to the editor: It is no surprise to anyone that the rollout of the Affordable Care Act has been fraught with problems. Whether website glitches or policy cancellations, these issues have served to add to the confusion surrounding an already complex issue.


    Demand politicians get behind the FairTax
    A Huntley letter to the editor: There is a way to tax us fairly and it is not the flat income tax and not the graduated or progressive income tax. They are simply set up to evade taxes, but the FairTax is a bill that would take away the campaign contributions and amendments are limited to tax up or tax down, for everybody.


    Bad, costly idea to pay college athletes
    A Pingree Grove letter to the editor: The idea of paying college athletes is totally out of line. They already receive hundreds of thousands of dollars in tax free scholarships for participating in their particular sport. If they receive a salary, is the plan that this is also tax free?


    ‘News media’ afraid of Obama
    An Elmhurst letter to the editor: It simply amazes me the many newspapers and “other news media” are simply “afraid” to say anything “against” that person who desires to be “King of the U.S.,” one Barack Obama. I always thought the “news media” was supposed to be neutral, but that surely isn’t the case. I am truly disappointed with 90 percent of the news media out there today.


    Hoffman shouldn’t have led obit page
    A Lombard letter to the editor: I know those attention-grabbing headlines are how newspapers sell, but there is no room for that in the obituary column — it should be about respect there. Sad as it is, I am tired of sob stories like Philip Seymour Hoffman dying with a needle in his arm getting first mention in the column while others who had a greater impact on the world are reduced to second billing.


    The Soapbox

    Library on the move:No fewer than six Chicago-centric entities are vying for the official Barack Obama presidential library, leaving the suburbs out in the cold again. Maybe they should make it a presidential bookmobile. Then they could hit all six sites with an occasional side trip to Rolling Meadows or Wheaton or even Woodfield Mall. Mighty sweet:After the building adjacent to the Continental Bakery in downtown Mount Prospect burned on Sunday, the bakery was allowed to sell its goods out of a room at the village hall. Good for you, Mount Prospect.I (heart) snow:Group snowball fights in the parks? Impromptu snowman-making in public spaces? Cities like Washington, D.C., have — like us — had a rough winter, but some citizens are delighted by the snow. Here in Illinois, maybe we should regard our snow piles with a more appreciative eye (while still hoping they’ll be gone soon). Dangerous intersections:No surprise here, but of the 567 accidents at Naperville intersections last year, the majority occurred on Route 59, Ogden Avenue and 75th Street. No surprise, either, that these are among the most heavily traveled roads in the city.Distracted drivers: Once more, no surprise that Naperville police say a high number of the crashes can be attributed to distracted driving. So patrol officiers are going to be keeping an eye out for drivers violating a new state law that bans talking on hand-held phones. Good move.The youth vote:A new state law allows anyone who will be 18 by November’s general election to register and vote in the March primary. But 17-year-olds who qualify better get moving — the deadline to register is Feb. 18. Parents, teachers, let’s help get them in the game.Help from Heimlich:Joey Scianna, 8, of Island Lake is hailed as a hero for performing the Heimlich maneuver on his 5-year-old brother. Jacob was choking on a piece of pottery, but Joey said he knew what to do because of a poster in the school cafeteria. Kids do notice.Local color:Nothing like thoughts about July 4 fireworks to warm us in February. It looks like Elgin will bring back its display after seven years by partnering with Grand Victoria Casino. But Roselle is seeking donations to cover costs for its 2014 show. Will the community step up?No vapor:Huntley and Mount Prospect have taken steps to go one better than the state ban on the sale of e-cigarette products to minors. They forbid minors from even possessing them. In Huntley, violators face fines. Mount Prospect plans mandatory meetings with taverns to make sure everyone knows the rules. Wise response to an as-yet-uncertain risk.She paved the way:Every organization needs someone willing to go first — and in the Arlington Heights Police Department, it was Irene Louise Larson, who was not only the village’s first female sworn officer but the first woman to make it a career. Thanks for paving the way, Irene, and thanks, too, to the steady stream of officers who visited her in her final days on the job.


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