Daily Archive : Tuesday February 18, 2014


    Andy DuRoss

    Dist. 54 superintendent charged with DUI

    Schaumburg Township Elementary District 54 Superintendent Andy DuRoss was charged with two counts of driving under the influence of alcohol after his arrest in Naperville earlier this month. DuRoss said he immediately shared information about his Feb. 1 arrest with District 54's board of education. “I made a mistake,” he said. “I took full responsibility. It's not who I am or...

    Warmer temperatures mean melting snow and ice — a possible flooding.

    5 ways to keep your house from flooding

    The mountains of snow keep shrinking and the puddles keep growing. With heavy rain forecast Thursday, flooding is serious concern for suburban homeowners. Experts say a few preventive steps can help homeowners minimize the chance of water damage. Here's what you can do to try to prevent it.

    Tom Morrison

    Palatine lawmaker wants waiting period for abortions

    A suburban Republican lawmaker wants women to wait 24 hours and see images from an ultrasound before having an abortion. State Rep. Tom Morrison said he introduced the legislation, which has been introduced in Illinois in the past and failed to become law, in order to improve safety for women. Opponents of such laws say they are aimed at restricting access to abortions and closing down clinics.

    Wauconda residents packed village hall Tuesday night to oppose a plan to outsource 911 dispatching.

    Wauconda residents urge board to keep 911 center

    More than 100 people packed Wauconda's village hall to protest a plan to close the police department's 911 center and outsource the service. “I understand you're trying to save money, but how much is my life worth?” resident Candy Powers said. “Why aren't we looking at budget cuts in other areas? Why are we targeting 911?” resident Zoya Dehaan said.


    Parents sue District 25 over bus stop location

    An out-of-district family has filed a lawsuit against Arlington Heights Elementary District 25, claiming the district refuses to provide a safe bus stop for their son who attends a private school in Arlington Heights.

    Carpentersville-based Community Unit District 300 is considering moving its headquarters to Algonquin near Jacobs High School. That would free up the current central office for Oak Ridge School students.

    Dist. 300 considers new central office to help Oak Ridge students

    Depending on the outcome of a vote Monday, Carpentersville-based Community Unit District 300 could be building new headquarters in Algonquin, a location an official says will better serve the district's entire population. “The building is called the 'central office' but is far from central to the community that we serve,” district spokeswoman Allison Strupeck said.


    Naperville says no to two new 5K events

    Naperville's special events calendar will not be getting any busier this year as the city council decided Tuesday night not to allow two additional 5K races to take place in town. A proposal to allow Rotary Club of Naperville and Scullen Middle School to add races to the already-closed special events calendar failed to gain a majority among council members at a deadlocked 4-4 vote. Mayor George...


    Wheaton residents, council object to subdivision plan

    Wheaton residents on Tuesday spoke out against plans for a new subdivision in an area just west of Wheaton North High School. The city council also agreed to submit a formal objection to the developer’s proposed DuPage County zoning application. According to city staff, M/I Homes -- who was not at the meeting -- is planning to build 21 single-family homes in an unincorporated area west of...

    The Armatix iP1 pistol and the iW1 active RFID watch are shown in this photo provided by the manufacturer. The Armatix Smart System consists of a radio-controlled watch that is responsible for gun access and use. A Smart System gun will only shoot if it is within range of the watch. Illustrates GUNS (category a), by Michael S. Rosenwald (c) 2014, The Washington Post. Moved Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014. (MUST CREDIT: Armatix)

    Could smart device revolutionize gun industry?

    A dream of gun-control advocates for decades, the Armatix iP1 is the country’s first smart gun. Its introduction is seen as a landmark event in efforts to reduce gun violence, suicides and accidental shootings. Proponents compare smart guns to automobile air bags — a transformative add-on that gun owners will demand. Gun-rights advocates are already balking, wondering what happens if...


    Homeland Security pushes for national license plate tracking system

    The Department of Homeland Security wants a private company to create a national license plate tracking system that would give the agency access to vast amounts of information from commercial and law enforcement license plate readers, according to a government proposal that does not specify what privacy safeguards would be put in place.

    Sandra Lopez

    Gurnee woman gets 19 years for 1999 home invasion

    A Gurnee woman found guilty of home invasion after breaking into a trailer home in Park City in 1999 was sentenced to 19 years in jail late Tuesday. Sandra Lopez, 43, was found guilty in October of armed robbery and home invasion.

    Dan Rutherford

    Rutherford cancels ad reservations

    Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford has canceled reservations for television ads touting his candidacy for the Republican gubernatorial nomination.Spokeswoman Judy Pardonnet says the move canceling ad reservations for next week “doesn’t mean there won’t be more ads running.”


    Taxi fleet owner, Elgin police disagree on complaint handling

    The owner of a South Elgin taxi fleet is disputing actions taken by the Elgin Police Department when a customer didn’t pay a fare Monday. Jamie Hjelm, owner of A Taxicab Leasing Corp., maintains police should have arrested a female passenger who didn’t pay the $11 cab fare. This is Hjelm’s second public complaint against the police department, after she spoke in December to...

    Part of the containment vessel for a new nuclear reactor at the Plant Vogtle nuclear power plant is under construction in Augusta, Ga.

    DOE to OK $6.5 billion for Georgia nuke plant

    Atlanta-based Southern Co. is building the plant with several partners about 30 miles southeast of Augusta, Ga. The project is widely considered a major test of whether the industry can build nuclear plants without the endemic delays and cost overruns that plagued earlier rounds of building in the 1970s.

    State Treasurer Dan Rutherford, from left, state Sen. Kirk Dillard, businessman Bruce Rauner and state Sen. Bill Brady participate in a Republican gubernatorial debate Tuesday in Springfield. The primary is March 18.

    Dillard defends backing of teachers union

    Republican state Sen. Kirk Dillard Tuesday defended his endorsement by the state’s biggest teachers union and hit back against what he called Winnetka businessman Bruce Rauner’s efforts to “demonize” them. “Unions are not inherently bad,” Dillard said. A debate in Springfield among the four candidates for the GOP nomination for governor was the first...


    Thieves target South Barrington lingerie shop again

    A pair of thieves walked away from a Victoria’s Secret store in South Barrington with about $2,300 worth of bras and panties last week, just months after thieves stole nearly $3,700 in lingerie from the same shop late last year. South Barrington Police Chief Raymond Cordell said a pair of women worked together to pull off the heist at the store.

    Don Kramer, left, and Kevin Williams are candidates in the race for Kane County sheriff.

    Kane sheriff hopefuls differ on dealing with heroin problem

    So far in 2014, Kane County has not seen a fatal heroin overdose. But that is sure to change, as there were 22 overdose deaths last year and 27 in 2012. The two Repbulican candidates for Kane County sheriff - Kevin Williams and Don Kramer - have differing views on how to address this problem.


    New conflict brews over raises for Kane officials

    A plan to give high-level Kane County employees raises and make their salaries more competitive with neighboring counties turned into a shouting match Tuesday. Chairman Chris Lauzen brought forward the first two of his suggested raises but refused to disclose details. “The aggregate is not in front of you today,” Lauzen said. “It's about the philosophy of adequately compensating...

    Huntley’s downtown revitalization plans call for widening sidewalks along Main Street, adding carriage walks with raised planters, benches, bike racks, trash receptacles and trees along the parkway, as well as making downtown more pedestrian friendly.

    Huntley downtown facelift could cost $2 million

    Nearly $2 million worth of improvements are proposed to spruce up Huntley’s historic downtown along Main Street, which is home to buildings more than 100 years old. “It’s the historic heart of Huntley,” said Charlie Nordman, Huntley’s director of development services. Plans call for widening sidewalks along Main Street, adding carriage walks with raised...


    Toxins leaking from 2nd pipe at coal ash dump

    In the wake of the initial spill, public health officials issued advisories telling people to avoid contact with the river water and not eat the fish.Authorities said public drinking water in Danville, Va., and other communities downstream of the Duke plant remain safe.

    Keewon Taylor

    13-year prison term for Streamwood home invasion

    A Streamwood man pleaded guilty to home invasion and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon Tuesday. In exchange for his guilty plea, Keewon Taylor was sentenced tof 13 years in prison. He must serve at least 50 percent of his sentence before he is eligible for parole.

    University of Illinois at Chicago faculty members hand out leaflets to students Tuesday on the first day of a planned two-day strike to protest low wages.

    UIC instructors start 2-day strike

    Hundreds of University of Illinois at Chicago faculty members began striking Tuesday to demand pay raises and protest a failure to reach an agreement with the administration on a contract. Joe Persky, president of the 1,200-member University of Illinois at Chicago United Faculty union, said the school is refusing to pay professors what they’re worth, despite higher tuition and a big...


    No one injured in Naperville house fire

    No one was injured in a Naperville house fire on Tuesday that caused estimated damages in excess of $200,000, the Naperville Fire Department reported in a press release.

    Mount Prospect police say this woman and a cohort scammed a local woman out of a large sum of money with a lottery ruse.

    Scammers use lottery claim to steal from Mt. Prospect woman

    Mount Prospect police are seeking two people who scammed an 82-year-old Mount Prospect woman out of money with false claims of a winning lottery ticket.


    Ex-soldier convicted of killing Iraqi family dies

    A former soldier convicted of raping and killing a teenage Iraqi girl and using a shotgun to kill her family has died in prison in Arizona, likely of suicide.

    Grayslake last year revoked the business license of Kyoto Spa and Massage on Route 83, where police say two women were charged with prostitution. The village now has greater control over new massage businesses that want to open there.

    Grayslake OKs new approval process for massage businesses

    While Grayslake has new regulations governing massage businesses that want to open there, they are not as strict as original recommendations received by the village board. Village board members have approved an ordinance amendment requiring the granting of a special-use permit for massage proposed as a primary business.


    Wheeling water break closes lanes at Dundee and Wolf roads

    Wheeling reports a water main break on Dundee Road (Route 68) at Wolf Road. The village's public works department is working on the complex repairs requiring Dundee Road to be shut down to one lane in each direction. Village offiicials expect the closures to continue during the Tuesday evening rush hour.

    Anthony Pegues

    Man who molested girl in Aurora sentenced to 15 years

    A Mississippi man was sentenced Tuesday to 15 years in prison for having sex with the minor daughter of his former girlfriend at her Aurora home, DuPage County authorities said. Anthony Pegues, 44, pleaded guilty in November to two counts of criminal sexual assault. DuPage Judge John Kinsella heard the plea and handed down the sentence.

    The Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates will again host the Secret U.S. Classic gymnastics competition this year. Last year’s event, the first held at the Sears Centre, was a big success, according to officials at USA Gymnastics.

    Top gymnasts to compete in Hoffman Estates

    Some of the top women in USA Gymnastics will return to the suburbs this summer to compete at the Secret U.S. Classic at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates on Aug. 2. This will be the second year that the Sears Centre will host the major gymnastics event, the final qualifying event for the P&G Gymnastics Championships.

    Associated Press/Dec. 11, 2012 Randy J. Dunn will make $430,000 a year as the new president of Southern Illinois University.

    New SIU president defends leaving Ohio university

    The Southern Illinois University system’s new president acknowledged Tuesday he may have caused hurt feelings by taking that job just seven months into his role heading an Ohio university, though he insisted he was wooed for the position at the Illinois school where he once worked.


    Notre Dame tuition up to $46,000 in 2014-15

    The University of Notre Dame is raising undergraduate tuition by 3.8 percent to more than $46,000 next school year. With average room and board rates of more than $13,000, total student charges for 2014-15 will be about $59,500.

    Juan C. Calderon

    Police: Man raped woman at S. Elgin gas station

    A 43-year-old Hanover Park man was being held on $1.5 million bail after being arrested Saturday on charges he sexually assaulted a family member, whom he was estranged, in South Elgin. Juan C. Calderon and the woman were headed to Aurora on a post-Valentine's Day date when he pulled into a gas station and threatened to kill her unless she had sex with him, police said. The woman escaped and told...


    Bill would ban smoking with children in car

    An Illinois lawmaker wants to make it illegal for motorists to smoke in cars with children. State Sen. Ira Silverstein says secondhand smoke in confined areas is dangerous for children.


    Illinois lawmakers to form heroin task force

    Illinois lawmakers are forming a task force to address what they say is a growing epidemic of heroin use. State Rep. Lou Lang announced Tuesday that House Speaker Michael Madigan has appointed him to lead the new panel. Lang says the task force will hold four public hearings in Chicago and its suburbs during the spring legislative session.


    Report looks at U of I faculty concerns

    A new draft report from the University of Illinois’ flagship campus attempts to address concerns raised by faculty who aren’t on tenure tracks.


    Missing SIU student found dead

    Police have found the body of a missing Southern Illinois University student from Morton Grove. The body of 19-year-old Pravin Varughese was located about 9:45 a.m. Tuesday in a wooded area of Carbondale.


    Learn about NSA spying:

    The Tenth Congressional District Democrats group is hosting a free forum on the National Security Agency’s surveillance practices on Thursday, Feb. 20 at the Northbrook Public Library


    Cellphone, Wi-Fi upgrades on tap in Rosemont

    Cellphone and Internet Wi-Fi service will be upgraded this year at several venues in Rosemont, officials said. Boingo Wireless will operate a distributed antenna system and provide public Wi-Fi service at the Allstate Arena, Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont Theatre and the MB Financial Park at Rosemont entertainment district.


    1 million users view state health insurance website

    The website for Illinois’ health insurance marketplace has had 1 million unique visitors, Get Covered Illinois announced on Tuesday.


    Nominees wanted for Gurnee Days honor:

    Gurnee Days organizers seek nominees for honorees at this year's festival.


    Good Shepherd Auxiliary scholarship:

    Students who reside in the Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital service area who will attend or currently attend a college or university pursuing a degree in a health related field are invited to apply for an Auxiliary of Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital scholarship.

    A Zimbabwean immigration official said Tuesday that former U.S. Rep. Mel Reynolds had been arrested Monday for possessing pornographic material and violating immigration laws.

    Former congressman Reynolds arrested in Zimbabwe

    Just over a year ago, former U.S. Rep. Mel Reynolds tried to shed past disgrace with a potent campaign slogan: “Redemption.” It didn’t work then, and now Reynolds, once a rising star in the Democratic Party whose career collapsed when he was convicted of rape two decades ago, is under arrest again, this time on charges of possessing pornography and violating immigration laws...

    Dr. Esteban Lovato performs a routine check-up on a patient at the La Loma Medical Center in Oakland. The American Medical Association — the nation’s largest physicians’ group — is wary of online doctor review sites.

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    The 2012 survey may overestimate awareness among the general population, since about 1 in 5 Americans don’t have Internet access. But the researchers attempted to compensate for that by providing free Internet-connected computers for consumers without access.The results suggest that online doctor ratings have gained popularity since earlier surveys.

    Anne M. Schaal

    Former Aurora firefighter credit union president admits theft

    The former president of the Aurora Firefighters Union was sentenced to three years probation, electronic home monitoring and a month in jail after pleading guilty to felony theft charges that she stole from the union. Anne M. Schaal, 67, of Sugar Grove, was accused of stealing $36,000 to feed a gambling addiction and could go to prison for seven years if she violates probation.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    A resident of the 6N700 block of Tuscola Avenue near St. Charles reported at 12:24 p.m. Thursday that someone used his identify to take out a $800 loan, according to a sheriff’s report.

    Brandon M. Brown

    Trial under way for former Waukegan teacher in sexual assault case

    The trial involving a former Waukegan High School teacher charged with having sex with a 17-year-old student kicked off in Lake County court Tuesday. Brandon Brown, 31, is charged with criminal sexual assault.


    Fox Valley police reports
    Cameon D. Jackson, 32, and Kenneth K. Hayes, 18, both of Elgin, were charged Sunday with trespass to a residence in the 300 block of Raymond Street, according to court records. Jackson was also charged with battery.

    Vernon Hills High School students are raising money for a Chicago children’s hospital.

    Vernon Hills High helping children’s hospital

    Vernon Hills High School students are teaming with the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago for a Spirit Week project. The teens are raising money for the hospital with a variety of events and competitions, including a special dance scheduled for Saturday night. “They’re not only raising funds, they’re raising spirits,” Libertyville-Vernon...


    Schaumburg Citizen Police Academy accepting applications

    The Schaumburg Police Department is accepting applications through March 14 for the 34th session of its Citizen Police Academy. Anybody 18 years of age and older who lives or works in Schaumburg is eligible to apply.

    Rolling Meadows will hold informational meetings this spring to discuss the future of its fire stations, including station No. 15, which officials say is in bad condition. The fire chief is proposing the construction of two new stations, which could cost $7 to $9 million.

    Rolling Meadows plans fire station meetings

    Rolling Meadows Fire Chief Scott Franzgrote will hold informational meetings this spring to explain options for the future of the city’s fire stations and get residents’ input. The city council, which has discussed the stations for years, pledged to make a decision in April on plans that could include the construction of two new fire stations at a cost of up to $9 million.

    Third-graders Daaylin Bustos, left, Alejandro Guzman and Kassandra Bueno jump rope as part of Jump Rope for Heart on Tuesday at Mechanics Grove School in Mundelein. Students in third through fifth grades raised money for the American Heart Association.

    Mundelein students jump rope for heart, rubber ducks

    Mundelein third-graders jumped rope on one leg, in pairs, skipping and in threes during physical education class in an effort to raise money to fight heart disease on Tuesday. Students at Mechanics Grove School participated in Jump Rope for Heart to raise money for the American Heart Association.


    Georgia man pleads guilty to battery at Elk Grove hotel

    Facing charges that he molested two girls at a hotel pool in Elk Grove Village, a traveling salesman from Georgia pleaded guilty to aggravated battery Tuesday and was sentenced to prison. Charles R. Smith, 57, of Lawrenceville, Georgia, was sentenced to three years in prison in exchange for his guilty plea, which came after Cook County prosecutors dropped sexual abuse charges against him.

    Schaumburg police are offering the public a chance to experience a virtual ride-along with a patrol officer Friday on Twitter. “What most people see about police is what they see in Hollywood movies,” Sgt. John Nebl said. “It doesn't always reflect reality.”

    Schaumburg holding Twitter ride-along with police officer

    Schaumburg police are continuing their efforts to connect with the community through technology by planning a virtual ride-along with a patrol officer on Twitter Friday. “What most people see about police is what they see in Hollywood movies,” Sgt. John Nebl said. “It doesn't always reflect reality.”

    Upper from left, Sylvester Baker, Jr, and Sheriff Tom Dart, and lower from left, William Evans and Palka Tadeusz.

    Challengers critical of Cook sheriff’s electronic monitoring plan

    Challengers for the Democratic nomination for Cook County sheriff are criticizing Sheriff Thomas J. Dart’s agreement to hand some electronic monitoring authority to Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. Electronic monitoring for people awaiting trial or nonviolent offenders serving short sentences is seen as a way to reduce overcrowding at Cook County Jail, which the federal...

    Gelato from chef Alain Roby’s All Chocolate Kitchen, Geneva, will be served at the opening reception of “The Nature of Clay” exhibit at the Fine Line Creative Arts Center in St. Charles.

    Pottery exhibit to open at Fine Line

    ClayMirth is a group of potters, both teachers and students, affiliated with Fine Line Creative Arts Center in St. Charles, whose works manifest the scope and breadth of ceramics. Fine Line is will welcome this creative group of artists to the center’s Kavanagh Gallery for the upcoming show, “The Nature of Clay.”

    Anti-government protesters clash with riot police in Kiev’s Independence Square, the epicenter of the country’s unrest. Thousands of police armed with stun grenades and water cannons attacked the large opposition camp in Ukraine’s capital on Tuesday.

    Riot police move against Kiev protest camp

    As darkness fell, law enforcement agencies vowed to bring order to the streets and shut down subway stations in the capital. In Independence Square, Orthodox priests prayed for peace.

    Madhu Krishnamurthy

    Interested in IMSA? Apply online by March 1

    The Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy is now taking applications from Illinois ninth grade students passionate about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics for consideration to its three-year (grades 10 through 12) advanced college preparatory program.

    The Midwest SOARRING Foundation is one of many groups seeking funding this spring from Naperville’s Special Events and Cultural Amenities Fund. The group wants $40,000 for its annual Harvest Pow Wow.

    Naperville panel considering special events funding requests

    Ribfest, Last Fling, the Harvest Pow Wow, Singing for Seniors, the Green Earth Fair and the International Children’s Fair all have at least one thing in common. They are among 41 cultural amenities, 21 special events, 18 new projects and a handful of other initiatives seeking some of the $2 million available in Naperville’s Special Events and Cultural Amenities fund, often referred...


    Prison for Rolling Meadows man who molested teen

    A 34-year-old Rolling Meadows man pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a 16-year-old girl last year. In exchange for his guilty plea to criminal sexual assault, Peter Henneken was sentenced to 14 years in prison and ordered to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.


    Vote for name of Arlington Hts./Mt. Prospect dog park

    The public can now vote for their favorite name for the new dog park planned to open in June as a joint project between the Arlington Heights and Mount Prospect park districts. Close to 200 names were submitted by residents and officials have narrowed the submissions down to three: Barkalot Park, Canine Commons or Scentral Park.

    Candidates for the 50th District state House race are, clockwise from upper left, Julie Cosimo, Beth Goncher, Keith Wheeler and Bill Keck.

    2 in 50th House race get money from fan of conservative GOP

    A Lake Forest businessman known for supporting conservative Republicans has donated to two of the four people seeking the nomination for 50th House District seat in the state legislature.

    People dig out vehicles buried in snow in downtown Albany, N.Y., on Friday, Feb. 14, 2014. Schools are closed across a swath of eastern New York from the mid-Hudson Valley to the Albany area as the region starts to dig out from 12 to 20 inches of snow dumped by the latest winter storm.

    Latest storm brings more snow to East Coast

    A quick-moving storm brought several inches of snow as well as rare “thundersnow” to parts of the winter-weary East Coast, prompting speed restrictions on Pennsylvania highways on Tuesday, days after the Southeast and Northeast were paralyzed with heavy snow, ice and massive power outages.

    An anti-government protester throws a stone during clashes with riot police outside Ukraine’s parliament in Kiev, Ukraine, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014. Thousands of angry anti-government protesters clashed with police in a new eruption of violence following new maneuvering by Russia and the European Union to gain influence over this former Soviet republic.

    Clashes in Ukraine leave 4 dead; deadline looms

    Ukraine’s festering political crisis took a deadly turn Tuesday, as thousands of anti-government protesters clashed with police outside Ukraine’s parliament. Three protesters were killed in the melee, the opposition reported, and emergency workers found another person dead after a fire at the ruling party’s office in Kiev.


    Ethiopia pilot was distraught over death in family

    The Ethiopian pilot who hijacked a flight to Rome and took it to Geneva recently lost his uncle, a relative said Tuesday, suggesting anguish over the death may have left him on edge.


    2 arrested after standoff at central Indiana motel

    Police say two men have been arrested after a standoff at a central Indiana motel. Bartholomew County sheriff’s Maj. Todd Noblitt says state police led the standoff Monday morning at the Red Roof Inn near the Interstate 65 and U.S. 31 interchange at the town of Taylorsville.


    Internet jail visits come with a price

    CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. — Inmates at the Chippewa County Jail can now visit with friends or family face-to-face via the Internet. But those visits come with a price.


    Illinois Senate eyes tax on soft drinks

    An Illinois lawmaker wants to tax soft drinks as part of an effort to promote healthy living. The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises Newspapers reports the legislation is being sponsored by Sen. Mattie Hunter, a Chicago Democrat.


    2nd hearing set on Illinois gambling expansion

    State Rep. Robert Rita has scheduled the second of several public hearings on gambling expansion. The second public hearing is set for Monday evening Tinley Park. The first hearing was late last month in East St. Louis in southern Illinois.


    15-year-old dies after Romeoville shooting

    Authorities say a 15-year-old girl has died, days after she was shot with her mother while they were in the driveway of a Romeoville home.The Cook County coroner’s office says Briana Valle died Monday at Loyola University Medical Center.

    Five women wearing balaclavas, two of whom are members of the Russian punk group Pussy Riot, make their way through a crowd after they were released from a police station, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Adler, Russia. No charges were filed against the Pussy Riot members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, in the blue balaclava, and Maria Alekhina, in the pink, who were held along with several other people near the city’s ferry terminal.

    2 members of punk group Pussy Riot released

    Two members of the punk group Pussy Riot ran out of a police station in their trademark garish balaclavas Tuesday after being released following several hours of questioning in Sochi, the host city of the Winter Olympics.


    Okla. pharmacy won’t give drug for Mo. execution

    n Oklahoma pharmacy will not provide a drug for a scheduled execution next week in Missouri as part of a settlement with the death row inmate’s attorneys. But it’s unclear whether the agreement will prevent or delay the lethal injection.


    Europe at origin of chronic U.S. execution dilemma

    There’s one big reason the United States has a dearth of execution drugs so acute that some states are considering solutions such as firing squads and gas chambers: Europe won’t allow the drugs to be exported because of its fierce hostility to capital punishment.

    Anti-nuclear weapons activists, from left, Michael Walli, Sister Megan Rice and Greg Boertje-Obed were convicted in 2013 of interfering with national security when they broke into a nuclear weapons facility in Tennessee and defaced a uranium processing plant. The activists will learn Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, whether they will spend the next six to nine years in prison.

    Peace activists to be sentenced for nuclear protest

    An 84-year-old nun and two fellow Catholic peace activists will learn Tuesday whether they will spend the next six to nine years in prison. On July 28, 2012, the activists trespassed on the grounds of a nuclear weapons plant in Oak Ridge, Tenn., cutting through three fences in the pre-dawn hours before reaching a $548 million storage bunker that holds the nation’s primary supply of...

    The Cygnus supply ship is released from the International Space Station. Cygnus is filled with garbage and will burn up when it plunges through the atmosphere Wednesday.

    Supply ship departs space station after 5 weeks

    The International Space Station has one less capsule and a lot less trash. A commercial cargo ship ended its five-week visit Tuesday morning. NASA astronaut Michael Hopkins used the space station’s big robot arm to release the capsule, called Cygnus, as the orbiting lab sailed 260 miles above the South Atlantic. Cygnus is filled with garbage and will burn up Wednesday when it plunges...

    Sven Bruchfeld doesn't mind if you don't like his wine, as long as some people love it.

    Newcomer vintners shaking up Chilean wine scene

    Sven Bruchfeld doesn't mind if you don't like his wine, as long as some people love it.He's part of a bold new wave of independent vintners who are challenging Chile's reputation for producing oceans of agreeable but predictable wines. Their quirky, small-batch harvests are capturing the attention of wine connoisseurs at home and abroad.

    Talks are underway in Carpentersville and West Dundee on possible consolidation of their fire departments. The nature of the consolidation, the services involved and the money it could save have not been determined yet.

    Carpentersville, W. Dundee talk fire department consolidation

    Carpentersville and West Dundee officials have begun preliminary discussions on the possibility of consolidating services within their fire departments. The nature of the consolidation, the services involved and the money it could save have yet to be determined. “There will be a math problem that shows all the communities why we should do it,” Carpentersville Village Manager J. Mark...

    Armed with the used Montgomery Ward snowblower his wife found at a garage sale in 1985, Jim Sieburg plows a path for an elderly widow in his Des Plaines neighborhood. Sieburg, who celebrates his 57th birthday today, has been lending a hand to neighbors for decades.

    Des Plaines man takes care of all his neighbors' snow

    Every neighborhood seems to have one: that kind soul who mans a snowblower to help out the elderly, sick, widowed and even healthy, fit people with snow shovels. Doing good deeds is not something he sets out to do, says Jim Sieburg, who started clearing the snow after every storm for one neighbor whose husband was sick. He used to clear another widow's drive, until she died. “I just went...

    “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling first visited Naperville in 1998, talking to about 80 students and teachers. When she returned the following year, she drew about 7,000 fans.

    Independent bookseller Becky Anderson ranks her favorite author visits

    Anderson's Bookshop in downtown Naperville has hosted celebrity authors like “Weird Al” Yankovic, Bethenny Frankel, Dennis Rodman, Cameron Diaz, Giada De Laurentiis, Randi Zuckerberg and Richard Dent — and those aren't even in the top 10. Owner Becky Anderson recently shared her favorites from hundreds of authors Anderson's has hosted over the years.


    Dawn Patrol: Flooding next? Nearly a fight at Palatine meeting

    Monday’s snow creates a mess, could lead to flooding. Palatine sign rejection leads to confrontation. District 93 reaches deal with teachers. Arlington church backs off church expansion. Elgin resident wants all of Lords Park road plowed. Batavia OKs downtown Walgreens.


    14th District candidates see little to gain from Keystone pipeline

    Neither Democratic candidate for the 14th Congressional District is sold on allowing the expansion of the Keystone XL pipeline. However, John Hosta says that if the pipeline were allowed, the U.S. needs to guarantee itself much more financial gain than current estimates predict. Dennis Anderson is not convinced there are any real financial or job gains to be realized by allowing the pipeline.

    Mark Khayat, owner/operator of the Fuel Room at Austin’s Saloon and Eatery in Libertyville, says this Saturday’s show by country duo Big & Rich at the new Fuel Arena at the Lake County Fairgrounds could open the door to future shows.

    Promoter hopes Big & Rich show will open door to others at Lake County Fairgrounds

    Country duo Big & Rich will be the first offering by Libertyville music promoter Mark Khayat under an exclusive agreement with the Lake County Fair Association. He regards the Feb. 22 show as a test of the facilities and a potential door opener. “We went down there (Nashville) basically blind and made our case. It took three trips to get one show and all eyes are on us,” he said.

    Tom Cullerton

    Lawsuit could pave way for Cullerton to lead DuPage Democrats

    With state Sen. Tom Cullerton considering a bid to become chairman of the DuPage Democratic Party, two of his supporters are mounting a legal challenge that could help clear the way. In a lawsuit filed this month, Markus Pitchford and Michael Penicnak claim the DuPage County Democratic Central Committee and DuPage Democratic Party Chairman Robert Peickert violated state law by amending the...


    Primary voter registration ends today

    Registration to vote in the March 18 primary election ends Tuesday, Feb. 18. People who want to register can visit their county election authority's website or the State Board of Elections website to find out where to go to sign up. Many municipal and township government offices, as well as county offices, will register voters.


    Program will provide building permits sooner in Arlington Hts.

    A new pilot program will speed up the process for residents to get building permits for home construction projects in Arlington Heights, officials said. Village Manager Bill Dixon explained the Residential Same Day Permit and Same Day Plan Review programs to the village board at its meeting on Monday.


    Hoffman Estates loosens rules on garage sales

    Hoffman Estates trustees have approved some looser restrictions for garage sales. The three changes made by Monday’s vote are to allow four-day sales instead of three, eliminate the 30-day wait between sales, and extend hours of operation from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.


    Glen Ellyn park board to review Ackerman plan

    A final version of an Ackerman Park master improvement plan with a potential price tag of nearly $5.3 million will be presented Tuesday to the Glen Ellyn Park District board. The proposed plan would include reconfigured softball fields, additional trails and parking, improved soccer and softball fields and lighting, and additional amenities such as bathrooms, shelters and signs.


    Challenger only voice in Kane Co. District 3 race

    Officially, two candidates are on the ballot in the Democratic primary for a seat in Kane County Board District 3. But incumbent Jennifer Laesch has been absent from several meeting during the past few months and has not responded to multiple interview requests about her status. That leaves challenger Don Ishmael as the lone voice in the race.


    Hundreds lose power in Hanover Park

    Power went out in hundreds of homes in Hanover Park Monday morning due to an equipment failure, officials said. John Schoen, a ComEd spokesman, said the power outage was the result of a “feeder lockout” that occurred at 9:45 a.m., leaving about 670 customers without power.


    Former Cardinals relief pitcher Jason Motte has agreed to a $4.5 million, one-year contract with the Cubs. Motte was the closer for St. Louis in 2011 and 2012 before having elbow surgery in 2013.

    Cubs sign Motte, claim 2 off waivers

    After passing his physical, right-handed reliever Jason Motte has agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the Chicago Cubs, team officials announced Friday. Motte, 32, was a closer for the Cardinals in their 2011 World Series run and in 2012, missed the entire 2013 season after injuring his right elbow and undergoing Tommy John surgery.

    Streamwood head coach George Rosner reacts as he gets his 400th win Tuesday in a regional semifinal game against Dundee-Crown in Algonquin.

    Win No. 400 for Streamwood’s Rosner

    The first thing the Streamwood girls basketball team wanted to accomplish this week has been taken care of. Now, the Sabres would like to reach goal No. 2 of the week. Streamwood was able to shake off pesky Dundee-Crown, defeating the Chargers 60-51 in the second semifinal of the Class 4A Jacobs regional Tuesday night, earning career win No. 400 for their longtime coach, George Rosner.


    West Chicago picks up the pace

    Glenbard South coach Wade Hardtke said it best. “The tables turned,” he said. A 12-0 West Chicago run in the third quarter wrested the lead for good in Tuesday’s nonconference boys basketball game, won by West Chicago 71-67 on the Wildcats’ senior night.

    The Chicago Cubs’ new manager Rick Renteria has one message for the team when players gather Wednesday for their first full-squad workout, and it’s all about high expectations. “You shouldn’t fear having expectations — high expectations,” Renteria said.

    For Cubs’ Renteria, it’s about high expectations

    MESA, Ariz. — There is one distinct message new manager Rick Renteria plans to deliver when the Chicago Cubs gather Wednesday for their first full-squad workout.It has to do with high expectations.“You shouldn’t fear having expectations — high expectations,” Renteria said.The idea of the Cubs having high expectations might be a bit jarring given their recent struggles, not to mention that cursed championship drought dating to 1908. They’re coming off their fourth straight losing season, and with management’s eyes geared more toward the future than a quick fix, a big jump does not appear to be at hand.It’s more about development now, laying the foundation and getting the most out of the young players on the roster while the top prospects develop in the minors.That’s where those expectations come in. It’s about individuals not being afraid to set high bars for themselvesThe Cubs fired Dale Sveum after two seasons and hired Renteria from the San Diego Padres’ coaching staff hoping he could do just that.They’re looking for shortstop Starlin Castro to cut back on the physical and mental errors while regaining his All-Star form, and they’re hoping Anthony Rizzo delivers on his promise and becomes the slugging first baseman they think he can be.In Renteria, they believe they have a manager with a calm and patience to connect with their young players that will ultimately lead to bigger dividends — particularly if top prospects Jorge Soler, Javier Baez, Albert Almora and Kris Bryant improve.“It’d be nice over the next however many years for the Cubs to be constantly in the playoff hunt,” Renteria said. “That’s my mentality. That’s my mentality today. It was my mentality when I took the job. I’m not afraid to say it.”They have a long way to go. But they have a manager who knows a thing or two about coming a long way.He once sustained serious facial injuries after being struck by a line drive as a minor league player in 1990, only to make it back to the majors a few years later with the Florida Marlins.He was a longtime coach and manager in the minors for Florida and San Diego and spent the past six years on the Padres’ staff, serving as their bench coach for three seasons, before landing the Cubs job. He also managed Mexico in the World Baseball Classic last March.The interviews with the Cubs, not to mention Seattle and Detroit, came at an awkward time for Renteria. He had his right hip replaced after last season and was unable to travel.That meant that all meetings were conducted at his home in Southern California, with Renteria in sweats because he couldn’t put on a suit.“Those were unusual circumstances, but he did a great job not letting it affect him,” Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said. “He really dominated his rehab. It was nice to get to know him in his home, in an informal setting like that.”Renteria wasn’t a complete stranger to management.Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer and senior vice president of scouting and player development Jason McLeod both worked with him during their days in San Diego’s front office. Rizzo was also with the Padres when Renteria was there.The Cubs aimed high, showing interest in Joe Girardi, but were forced to turn elsewhere after he decided to stay with the New York Yankees. They also interviewed Eric Wedge, Dave Martinez Manny Acta, A.J. Hinch and Brad Ausmus.To Epstein, several things stood out about Renteria through discussions with former players — his baseball knowledge and his upbeat demeanor.“He makes people look forward to being around,” Epstein said. “He makes being at the ballpark fun, kind of raises everyone’s spirits. But he also holds people accountable.”


    Jacobs shuts down Cary-Grove

    Guarding Cary-Grove junior Jason Gregoire and his 18.8 points-per-game average is no easy task, but Jacobs guard Kenton Mack clearly took to the assignment in a pivotal 47-31 road win Tuesday. Mack, a 6-foot-2 junior, got occasional help on Gregoire from teammates Ben Murray and Mike Canady, but he was primarily responsible for holding Cary-Grove’s leading scorer to 6 points on 2-of-11 shooting.


    Girls basketball scoreboard: Tuesday’s results
    Here are the results of Tuesday's high school girls basketball games, as reported to the Daily Herald.


    Boys basketball scoreboard: Tuesday’s results
    Here are the results of Tuesday's high school boys basketball games, as reported to the Daily Herald.

    Rolling Meadows’ Jackie Kemph, right, steals the ball from Lake Zurich’s Frankie Nasco during Tuesday’s regional semifinal at Rolling Meadows.

    Prospect powers past Highland Park

    Prospect’s defense opened the postseason with the same stinginess it showed during the regular season as the Knights posted a 43-25 victory over Highland Park in the semifinals of the Class 4A Buffalo Grove regional. Junior Taylor Will scored a game-high 19 points and classmate Catherine Sherwood added 13 as No. 3-seeded Prospect (23-5) moved on to Thursday’s championship game against No. 11 Buffalo Grove (14-15) at 7 p.m.


    Goetz, St. Charles North nip Kaneland in final seconds

    So much for taking it easy on the interim coach. Filling in for St. Charles North basketball head coach Tom Poulin, who was in Florida attending to a family matter, Rob Prentiss faced a major decision during Tuesday night’s nonconference clash with Kaneland.


    Hampshire routs Aurora Central Catholic

    The two girls basketball teams entered the Class 3A postseason with identical records. But all comparisons vanished in the opening minutes of the Aurora Central Catholic regional quarterfinal Tuesday night.


    It's outside's turn for Benet

    In terms of its inside-out game on Tuesday, Benet's boys basketball team definitely leaned on the “out.”Three seniors knocked down 10 3-pointers to help the Redwings beat Wheaton Academy 63-48 in nonconference action on Senior Night in Lisle.


    Nonconference wins for Elk Grove, Schaumburg

    Elk Grove 78, Streamwood 66: Scott Furlong scored a game-high 22 points and Tyler Ingebrigtsen was right behind with 21 as the host Grens earned a nonconference victory.The difference was the second quarter, when Elk Grove held the Sabres to 9 points.Schaumburg 51, Waukegan 48: The Saxons got a team-best 15 points from junior forward Brendan Parker in earning a nonconference victory over the Bulldogs.Northridge Prep 63, Christian Liberty 45: Steve Leazer scored a game-high 22 points to help Northridge Prep past the Chargers in nonconference play.Wes Swiderek led Christian Liberty with 18 points, including five 3’s, and Matt Brown contributed 11 for Northridge Prep (17-7).Warren 44, Prospect 39: Bobby Frasco (16 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists) and Ernest Kiseliovas (7 points) led visiting Prospect in the nonconference game in Gurnee.

    Grayslake Central’s Joey Mudd, left, scoops a shot past Grayslake North’s Aidan Einloth on Tuesday night at Grayslake Central.

    Grayslake Central savors special Fox clincher

    Members of a last-place basketball team last year, Grayslake Central’s seniors were determined to have the last laugh. So they made a memory, which will last. Forever. That the Rams’ Fox Valley Conference Fox Division-clinching, 66-48 win came against the crosstown rival Tuesday night made it that much sweeter.

    St. Charles East's Keyana Williams (41) and Katelyn Claussner (11) scramble with Willowbrook's Josie Zabran (31) and Molly Krawczykowski (back) for a rebound in the second quarter on Tuesday, February 18.

    Willowbrook rallies to beat St. Charles East

    How nerve-wracking were the final minutes of Willowbrook's 58-56 victory over St. Charles East Tuesday night in the Class 4A Batavia regional semifinals?

    Jennifer Deegan of Glenbard North, right, looks to shoot against Lake Park in Class 4A regional quarterfinal girls basketball at York High School on Tuesday.

    Glenbard North hangs tough for victory

    Overcoming adversity was something the Glenbard North girls basketball team wasn’t able to do in a previous loss to Lake Park, but the Panthers could tough it out when it counts, in the playoffs.

    Batavia's Bethany Orman dribbles past Elk Grove's Abbey Sloan in the fourth quarter on Tuesday, February 18.

    Batavia's back on track

    Give Liza Fruendt an inch, trouble. Give her any more than that? Elk Grove found out the hard way what happens Tuesday night in the Class 4A Batavia regional.


    Mundelein musters up big finish against Grayslake N.

    Fans of the swift Mustang got their wish on Tuesday night. And after those Rolling Meadows Mustangs ran away from Lake Zurich in the opening game of the Rolling Meadows regional, the Mustangs of Mundelein met Grayslake and North played, if nothing else, a bizarre yet wonderfully exciting contest. After North outscored Mundelein 15-4 in the third quarter it looked to be the night of the Knights. Instead, Mundelein’s Mustangs put on a defensive show, forcing turnover after turnover. North scored one basket in the entire fourth quarter and fell to Mundelein 41-38.


    Byron blows by Aurora Christian in sectional semis

    When she got a steal with a half-minute left in Tuesday’s contest with Byron, Aurora Christian’s Alyssa Andersen wasn’t thinking about legacies. The key was to get the ball, get to the basket and score.


    Vernon Hills rolls in 3A semi

    The number of points Vernon Hills’ girls basketball team allowed in its state tournament opener Tuesday night matched its season loss total.That’s how dominant the Cougars were in their Class 3A regional semifinal against No. 17 Chicago Senn at Gordon Tech.Mia Polisky’s game-high 12 points led the top-seeded Cougars in their 65-5 win. Kasey Firnbach added 11 points for Vernon Hills (23-5), which extended its winning streak to 12 games. Sydney Smith and Lauren Webb had 10 and 7 points, respectively.Antioch 73, Ridgewood 21: At Guerin, the second-seeded Sequoits jumped out to a 23-1 lead after one quarter against the No. 15 seed.Paige Gallimore scored a game-high 16 points while picking up 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals for Antioch (22-6). Carly McCameron tied her season high with 12 points, while also collecting 5 rebounds and 5 steals.Sophomore Maddie Murillo picked up her first career double-double, as she scored 10 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Freshman twins Amy and Ashley Reiser grabbed 10 and 8 rebounds, respectively. Each Reiser scored 4 points.Lake Forest 42, Warren 39: At Lake Forest, the host Scouts avenged a pair of regular-season losses.Warren finishes the season with a 9-20 record.Rolling Meadows 64, Lake Zurich 22: At Rolling Meadows, the top-seeded Mustangs cruised.Lake Zurich finishes the season with an 8-19 record.North Chicago 70, Lakes 47: On Monday night at North Chicago, the Warhawks won the Class 3A regional semifinal on their home court.North Chicago was led by Samantha Rodriguez with 23 points and Tineesha Coleman with 18.Lakes (5-24) was paced by freshman Izzy Quaranta with 12 points, senior Sam Ney with 11 and sophomore Ellie Haviland with 10.“We got down early and then played well the final half,” Lakes coach Pete Schneider said. “We have come a long way from where we started this year, and I am extremely proud of these kids for their constant effort. These kids work so hard. It’s tough that we could not put it all together this season.”Lakes will graduate Ney, Kelsey Kohler and Alexis Lee.“We are going to be fine, as we have some great underclassmen that have learned a great deal from our seniors, on not only how to play the game but how to approach life and to treat each other,” Schneider said. “Freshman Natalie Pawlak and junior Olivia Pawlak have been playing well, with some solid rebounding and defense. Olivia is a solid 6-2 post that can run. she has come a long way this season.“Our season is over this year, but I am confident that these kids will continue to play and improve. If they continue their growth that they started this year, they will become a very good team.”


    Geneva wins without Loberg

    With Grace Loberg sidelined after spraining an ankle in club volleyball practice on Monday, Geneva coach Sarah Meadows asked the rest of her players to give “just a little bit more” effort and production to compensate for the freshman phenom’s absence in Tuesday’s game against Glenbard West.


    Kirby leads Carmel Catholic win

    Billy Kirby scored 10 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter, as Carmel Catholic’s boys basketball team rallied for a 56-54 win over host Libertyville in a nonconference thriller Tuesday night.


    Buffalo Grove’s shooting, defense sink Zion-Benton

    Buffalo Grove’s performance against Zion-Benton Tuesday night was live in 3-D. Three as in 3-point shooting, and D as in defense. The Bison hit 10-of-19 3-pointers and held the No. 6 Zee-Bees to 2 points in the third quarter en route to a 63-41 victory in the semifinals of the Bison Class 4A girls basketball regional. BG set a school record for 3-pointers in a season (202) in the process.


    Thornton, hot-shooting Hoffman handle Leyden

    Jorden Thornton and Hoffman Estates got off to a fast start in running past Leyden 71-56 on Tuesday in Hoffman Estates. Thornton hit his first 5 shots, including a pair 3’s, while the Hawks converted their first 7 shots and 10 of their first 11 to build a 23-14 lead after the first quarter.


    Heeren, Hersey provide a lesson in winning basketball

    During his spare time, Hersey junior guard Max Heeren contributes as an assistant coach for the Hersey feeder program. That program’s participants — sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-graders — were on hand to watch the Huskies host Glenbrook North on Tuesday night in Arlington Heights. Heeren led by example, starting a decisive 10-0 run to start the fourth quarter as Hersey opened a 33-23 lead with 4:24 left in the game. The Huskies went on to hold off the Spartans 39-34 in the nonconference matchup.


    Gaudio sparks IC to sectional win

    IC Catholic Prep seized control in the second quarter and cruised to an easy 53-34 win against Christ the King Tuesday night in the Class 2A girls basketball sectional semifinal at Chicago Military Marine Academy.

    South Elgin’s Savanah Uveges falls on Jacobs’ Alyssa Lach Tuesday in a regional semifinal game in Algonquin. Neither player was injured.

    South Elgin’s pressure does in Jacobs

    Jacobs’ girls basketball team came out with that old “nothing to lose” attitude Tuesday night and, for one half anyway, made life miserable for top-seeded South Elgin in the first semifinal of the Class 4A Jacobs regional. But the Storm unleashed a relentless defense to open the second half and used that to cruise to a 64-48 win.

    Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo says he wants to be “the guy coming up in the big situation.”

    Cubs still expecting big things from Rizzo

    Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo had an interesting season in 2013. Some people were happy with his power and RBI numbers, but others said he "regressed." Rizzo has a fresh start with new manager Rick Renteria, and the Cubs expect big things.


    Waubonsie Valley falls in OT

    The Plainfield North girls basketball team hit a groove offensively Tuesday night to start the fourth quarter of a Class 4A regional quarterfinal on its own court against Waubonsie Valley.


    South Elgin rolls over Barrington

    In regards to South Elgin’s boys basketball team losing 7 of its last 8 and the playoffs rapidly approaching, Storm guard Darius Wells thought it was time his team made a statement. Unfortunately, Barrington had seen this South Elgin statement once before in the teams’ previous meeting on Dec. 23 and that one didn’t go so well, either. South Elgin forced Barrington into 6 fourth quarter turnovers that night and came from behind from 2 points down in the final 5 minutes to beat Barrington 77-68 at the Hinkle Holiday Classic, which basically bled into Tuesday’s installment, as South Elgin applied its defensive effort from the start and caught fire early in its 84-58 nonconference win over the Broncos in South Elgin Tuesday night.

    Upon arriving in Chicago, Cuban slugger Jose Abreu said his primary goal is working hard and producing for the White Sox on the field as their new first baseman.

    Abreu figures to be big hit for White Sox

    Paul Konerko has been the White Sox' primary first baseman for the past 15 seasons. Konerko is back for one more year with the Sox before heading into retirement, and he'll have a limited role now that Jose Abreu is on the roster.


    Boys basketball/Fox Valley roundup

    Hampshire 61, Woodstock 46: The Whip-Purs (12-13, 8-3) have alternated wins and losses in their last seven games, but find themselves only a game under .500 and 5 games over in the Fox Valley Conference Fox Division after a win at home Tuesday night. Seven players ended up in the scoring column for the Whips, but none were bigger than the duo of Ryan Cork and Drew Doran. Cork finished with 13 points, netting more than half (8) from the free-throw line, while Doran finished with a game-high 16 points, hitting 7 baskets including three 3-pointers.Elk Grove 78, Streamwood 66: With just two games left in the regular season, the Sabres (2-25, 0-11) are still trying to find their way, sliding to an 8-game losing streak with a nonconference loss on Tuesday night on the road. Junior Cole Seger was a force offensively for the Sabres, scoring a team-high 20 points that including 3 baskets from beyond the arc, but it ultimately was not enough. Sophomore Jacob McGlone was also big on the night scoring 17 points while teammates Antonio Harris and Jacob Siewert finished with 12 and 10 points respectively.


    Huntley rolls in regional semifinal

    Huntley 56, Rockford East 31: Huntley continued to rely on the 1-2 punch from sisters Ali and Sam Andrews as the Red Raiders (25-3) powered their way to a win in the semifinals of the Class 4A Rockford Jefferson regional Tuedsday night. Ali Andrews led all scorers with 24 points while Sam Andrews finished with 9 points while going a perfect 6 for 6 at the line. The Red Raiders were also bolstered by Bethany Zornow as she finished with 8 points including a 3-pointer.


    Huntley rights ship, on verge of FVC Valley title

    There was too much at stake for Huntley to let a rough week slide by quietly. The Red Raiders didn’t see a major drop-off in their play as they lost three straight games. But their shrinking Fox Valley Conference Valley Division boys basketball lead raised enough concern to lead to a players-only meeting after Saturday night’s loss at Prairie Ridge.They came out Tuesday night looking to avoid their longest overall and league losing streaks in four years. The FVC Valley leaders did so in impressive fashion with a 53-33 victory over visiting McHenry.


    Marengo tops Burlington Central again

    The final momentum swing went in Marengo’s favor. The Indians’ boys basketball team went ahead on the game’s 14th and final lead change and held on to beat Burlington Central, 56-50, in Burlington Tuesday night. The Big Northern East loss all but ended the Rockets’ hopes for a conference title, dropping them 2 games behind Richmond-Burton with 2 to play.


    Baird on the mark for Wheaton North

    Wheaton North senior Chrissy Baird didn’t want to think about school records, not before a Class 4A girls basketball regional semifinal.

    Images from the St. Charles East vs. Willowbrook girls basketball game Tuesday, February 18, 2014.

    Images: Willowbrook vs. St. Charles East girls basketball
    St. Charles East matched up against Willowbrook in girls regional basketball action Tuesday night.

    Guard Jimmy Butler and the Bulls kick off the second half tonight when they visit the Toronto Raptors.

    It’s back to work for feel-good Bulls

    The Bulls returned to work after the all-star break, practicing at the Berto Center for the first time since Jan. 9, thank to a limited number of days off and an extended road trip. The task ahead is to conntinue their hot streak against some of the top East contenders.


    Bulls game day
    Bulls vs. Toronto Raptors at the Air Canada Centre, 6 p.m. WednesdayTV: Comcast SportsNetRadio: ESPN 1000-AMOutlook: The Bulls trail Toronto by 1½ games for third place in the East following the Raptors’ 103-93 victory Tuesday night at Washington. After winning in Toronto 96-80 on Nov. 15, the Bulls lost twice at home to the Raptors, who have played much better since trading Rudy Gay to Sacramento. First-time all-star DeMar DeRozan is the top scorer at 22.4 ppg, followed by PG Kyle Lowry at 16.7 and four players (C Jonas Valanciunas, PF Amir Johnson, SF Terrence Ross and PF Patrick Patterson) all averaging 10 a game.Next: Denver Nuggets at the United Center, 7 p.m. Friday


    Bulls sign big man Varnado

    The Bulls signed 6-foot-10 power forward Jarvis Varnado to a 10-day contract on Tuesday. He had been playing in the D-League for the Iowa Energy, but his claim to fame is becoming the all-time NCAA blocked shots leader during his college years at Mississippi State

    Streamwood’s Cayla Hawkins and Dundee-Crown’s Kayla Lawernce can’t reach the ball as Streamwood’s Sukurat Giwa comes to pick it up .

    Images: Streamwood vs. Dundee-Crown girls basketball
    Streamwood matched up against Dundee-Crown in girls regional basketball action Tuesday night in Algonquin.


    SIUC rolls to 75-64 win over Bradley

    Anthony Beane scored 27 points as Southern Illinois beat Bradley 75-64 on Tuesday night to end a three-game skid to the Braves. Southern Illinois trailed by two points at halftime, but opened up the second half by outscoring Bradley 18-8. Bradley went scoreless for over four minutes, but Bell’s 3-pointer pulled the Braves within 51-46 with 9 minutes left.

    Brittany Collins

    Collins surpasses 2,000 in Maine West victory

    Many great players have graced the Maine West girls basketball program which has been directed by Hall of Fame coach Derril Kipp for the past 34 years.But in her four seasons as a Warrior, Brittany Collins has managed to separate herself from them all. On Tuesday night in Des Plaines, she became the first boy or girl in school history to score 2,000 points. The 6-foot senior forward received a short entry pass from her longtime post partner Julia Huinker and took the ball in for an easy layup with 7:14 in the first quarter giving her 2,001 points. It also gave West a 2-2 tie and the No. 4-seeded Warriors would never trail again in a 53-36 triumph over No. 13 Lane Tech in the semifinals of the Class 4A Maine West regional. The Warriors (16-11) advance to Thursday’s championship against No. 5 Maine South (18-12), which defeated No. 12 Taft 72-44 in the second semifinal.


    Dundee-Crown falls to Prairie Ridge

    The first-quarter statistics for the Dundee-Crown boys basketball team Tuesday night could be described as ugly. The Chargers had as many field-goal attempts (7) as points (7). They had 11 turnovers. They did not make a field goal in the second quarter — and they only took two shots in the quarter. Yet somehow, D-C was only down by 10, 17-7, at halftime. But the deficit was too big to get out from as the Chargers fell to Prairie Ridge, 45-36, in Fox Valley Conference Valley Division action in Carpentersville.


    Illinois State holds off Missouri State 67-63

    Daishon Knight scored 17 points to lead Illinois State past Missouri State 67-63 Tuesday night. Illinois State made just 4 of 19 (21.1 percent) from 3-point range but made 26 of a season-high 36 free throw attempts, while forcing 21 Missouri State turnovers. Illinois State (15-12, 8-7 Missouri Valley) improved to 13-1 when leading with 5 minutes to play this season.


    Howard lifts Detroit past UIC 65-59

    Juwan Howard Jr. scored 20 points and Jarod Williams added 17 as Detroit defeated Illinois-Chicago 65-59 on Tuesday night. UIC moved out to a nine-point lead at the midway mark in the first half, but the Titans closed the period on an 11-4 run sparked by a 3-pointer from Anton Wilson to make it 36-34 at halftime.

    Crews start work preparing the Soldier Field gridiron for the NHL Stadium Series game between the Blackhawks and Penguins on March 1.

    This icy reception good news at Soldier Field

    After four highly successful outdoor games, the Blackhawks are up next. The Hawks will host Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night, March 1, at Soldier Field trying to duplicate the success of the Winter Classic in Ann Arbor between the Red Wings and Maple Leafs, and the first three Coors Light NHL Stadium Series games between the Kings and Ducks at Dodger Stadium, the Rangers and Devils at Yankee Stadium and the Rangers and Islanders at Yankee Stadium. On Tuesday, the refrigeration truck arrived on the lakefront to begin the process of constructing the rink. Tim Sassone has more.

    Sean O’Mara of Benet gets ready to play.

    Images: Wheaton Academy at Benet boys basketball
    Benet Academy hosted Wheaton Academy Tuesday, Feb. 18 for boys basketball.

    Images from the Grayslake North at Grayslake Central boys basketball game on Tuesday, February 18.

    Images: Grayslake Central vs. Grayslake North boys basketball
    The Grayslake Central Rams hosted the Grayslake North Knights for boys basketball action on Tuesday, Februrary 18.

    Rolling Meadows’ Jackie Kemph, right, steals the ball from Lake Zurich’s Frankie Nasco.

    Images: Rolling Meadows vs. Lake Zurich girls basketball
    Rolling Meadows played Lake Zurich in girls regional basketball action Tuesday night.

    South Elgin’s Nadia Yang steals a pass for Jacobs’ Glenita Williams. At left is South Elgin’s Mackie Kelleher.

    Images: South Elgin vs. Jacobs girls basketball
    South Elgin matched up against Jacobs in girls regional basketball action Tuesday night in Algonquin.

    Images from the Elk Grove vs. Batavia girls basketball game Tuesday, February 18, 2014.

    Images: Elk Grove vs. Batavia girls basketball
    Elk Grove visited Batavia for girls regional basketball action Tuesday night.

    Zakiya Newsome of Glenbard North, left, drives past Maria Zepeda of Lake Park, right.

    Images: Lake Park vs. Glenbard North girls basketball
    Lake Park played Glenbard North in girls basketball Tuesday, Feb. 18 at York High School in Elmhurst

    NHL Players’ Association Executive Director Don Fehr, left, International Ice Hockey Federation President Rene Fasel, center, and NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, right, answer questions at a news conference at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

    Offering a solution to NHL-Olympics dilemma

    Here's a solution to the NHL's Olympics dilemma: Drop out of the Winter Games and create a similar international event to be played in North America ... yes, still in the middle of the league's regular season.

    Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau knows exactly what he’s doing when he talks about his future with the team, and so do his bosses.

    Thibodeau continues to needle Bulls bosses

    John Paxson knows what Tom Thibodeau is doing. He’s poking and prodding Paxson at every turn, trying to force the Bulls to let him go, make them so miserable that they have to get him out of town.

    Ice dance figure skating gold medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White of the United States pose with their medals.

    Images: Winter Olympics, Tuesday, February 18th
    Images of Tuesday at the Sochi Winter Olympic Games. Highlights include ice dance, bobsled, freestyle skiing, and much more.

    Gold medalist David Wise celebrates Tuesday after the men’s ski halfpipe final at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.

    Wise wins on halfpipe for another American gold

    David Wise soared through sleet and snow and ended up with gold — a mighty nice present to bring home to his daughter. Skiing with a heart-shaped rock he got from his wife and in front of a crowd waving pictures of his 2-year-old girl, Nayeli, the 23-year-old from Reno, Nev., overcame sloppy conditions to win the first Olympic ski halfpipe contest.

    In the days since the United States men’s hockey team win over Russia, forward T.J. Oshie, left, has become the hottest U.S. import here since the iPad.

    Oshie in Sochi becomes an overnight sensation

    His cover is blown. T.J. Oshie, the mild-mannered forward who morphed into Superman and single-handedly outscored Russia in a shootout for the ages, won’t sneak up on anyone again soon, let alone against the Americans’ next opponent in Wednesday’s Olympic quarterfinals. In the days since the win over Russia, Oshie has become the hottest U.S. import here since the iPad.

    USA-1 teammates Elana Meyers and Lauryn Williams hold a comfortable lead over Canada-1 and USA-2 after two runs of women’s Olympic bobsled.

    USA-1 leads in Olympic women’s bobsled in Sochi

    USA-1 teammates Elana Meyers and Lauryn Williams hold a comfortable lead over Canada-1 and USA-2 after two runs of women’s Olympic bobsled. Americans Jamie Greubel and Aja Evans of Chicago are third, 0.56 seconds back.

    Goaltender Jonathan Quick will start for Team USA Wednesday in the finals of the Sochi Games.

    US and Canada to start goaltenders Quick and Price

    The U.S. and Canada have chosen to sit the goaltenders that played in the 2010 gold-medal game at the Vancouver Olympics. The Americans plan to start Jonathan Quick — not Ryan Miller — on Wednesday in the quarterfinals of the Sochi Games. The Canadians are going with Carey Price — not Roberto Luongo.

    Spectators protect themselves from the rain Tuesday as they walk past the Olympic cauldron at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

    5 things to know Tuesday about the Sochi Olympics

    SOCHI, Russia — Fast Five, Tuesday edition: Five things you’ll want to know about the 2014 Winter Olympics.Pussy Riot Members Detained Two members of the punk group Pussy Riot ran out of a police station in their trademark garish balaclavas Tuesday after being released following several hours of questioning in Sochi, the host city of the Winter Olympics. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alekhina, along with seven others, were detained by police near Sochi’s ferry terminal, a popular area for fans celebrating the Olympics, and taken to a police station for questioning. Police said they were questioned in connection with a theft at the hotel where they were staying. No charges were filed.South Korea Wins In Short TrackSouth Korea won the women’s Olympic short track 3,000-meter relay, passing China on the last lap. The team of Cho Ha-ri, Kim Alang, Park Seung-hi and Shim Suk-hee crossed the finish line first in the 27-lap race.Women’s Hockey To StayThere is no danger of women’s hockey being dropped from the Olympics, the head of ice hockey’s international governing body said. IIHF President Rene Fasel said he can guarantee that will never happen. Women’s hockey has faced criticism because it is dominated by the United States and Canada, which play in the gold medal game Thursday. Mancuso In 2018?Julia Mancuso is leaving the door more than open for a 2018 Winter Olympics run in PyeongChang. The 29-year-old four-time medal winner said after failing to finish a giant slalom qualifying run on Tuesday that being in Sochi makes her want to compete again in four years.Medal MoversBelarus picked up two gold medals on Monday to be Sochi’s biggest medal mover of the day, moving to seventh in the overall medal standings after 60 events. A total of 12 countries won medals in five events Monday, with seven events scheduled Tuesday.

    Oak Park’s Emery Lehman of the U.S. competes in the men’s 10,000-meter speedskating race at the Adler Arena Skating Center during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014.

    Oak Park teen speedskater Lehman wraps up 1st Olympics

    Oak Park’s Emery Lehman sat on the pads next to the ice, his chest heaving in and out, and grabbed for a red bucket. The 17-year-old American speedskater felt nauseous after going 25 grueling laps in the 10,000 meters at the Sochi Olympics and lowered his head to use the pail labeled “vomit bin.” “I’ve never really thrown up after a race, but might as well do it at the Olympics,” he said, laughing.

    Gold medalist Jorrit Bergsma of the Netherlands celebrates after the final race in the men’s 10,000-meter speedskating race at the Adler Arena Skating Center during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014.

    Jorrit Bergsma knocks off Kramer in 10,000 meters

    Jorrit Bergsma set an Olympic record and led another Dutch speedskating sweep Tuesday, winning the 10,000 meters with an upset of countryman Sven Kramer. Kramer wanted this gold more than any other after giving away the longest race with an inexplicable mistake at the 2010 Vancouver Games.

    The team from the United States USA-3, piloted by Jazmine Fenlator with brakeman Lolo Jones, high-five after their first run during the women’s two-man bobsled competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.

    Williams, Jones officially become dual Olympians

    Lauryn Williams and Lolo Jones have become the ninth and 10th Americans to compete in different sports at the Summer and Winter Olympics. Williams and Jones both raced for the U.S. in the women’s bobsled event that started Tuesday night.

    Goalkeeper Nana Fujimoto of Japan blocks Germany’s Jacqueline Janzen shot Tuesday during the second period of the 2014 Winter Olympics women’s ice hockey game at Shayba Arena in Sochi, Russia.

    IIHF: Dropping women’s hockey ‘will never happen’

    omen’s hockey isn’t in danger of being kicked out of the Winter Olympics because of a lack of competition, the head of the sport’s international governing body said at the Sochi Games on Tuesday. “That will never happen,” IIHF President Rene Fasel told a news conference. “I can guarantee that will never happen.”

    Los Angeles Lakers’ player Steve Blake shows the pain of another loss as the Lakers continue to struggle.

    Chicago sports better than you think

    While Chicago sports fans have the right to moan about their pro teams, Mike North says that when he listens to callers from across the country lament their teams, the situation in Chicago doesn’t look quite as bad.

    Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada react Monday after placing second in the ice dance free dance figure skating finals at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

    Virtue-Moir bemoan coach’s unavailability

    Canadian ice dance silver medalists Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir bemoaned the split allegiance of coach Marina Zoueva, who also works with American gold medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White. “We sometimes felt like (Zoueva) wasn’t in our corner,” Moir said, more in the way of stating a fact as he and Virtue perceived it than as a complaint. “We had some odd things happen this year. We expected Marina to be on our team and work with us like in Vancouver.”

    The South Korean team, top left, the Canadian team, front left, and the Italian team, top and bottom right, celebrate Tuesday during the flower ceremony for the women’s 3000m short track speedskating relay final at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. South Korea placed first, followed by Canada and Italy.

    South Korea wins women’s Olympic 3,000

    SOCHI, Russia — South Korea won the women’s Olympic short track 3,000-meter relay on Tuesday, passing China on the last lap to take the lead. The team of Cho Ha-ri, Kim Alang, Park Seung-hi and Shim Suk-hee crossed the finish line first after Shim made the winning pass on the last of 27 laps. Four years ago in Vancouver, the South Koreans finished first, but were disqualified and China got the gold.This time, the Chinese team of Fan Kexin, Li Jianrou, Liu Qiuhong and Zhou Yang finished second, but was disqualified by the referees. Paul Marchese, an American working as an assistant coach for China, said the referee indicated Zhou was too close to the track while not racing and may have impeded another skater. But Marchese planned to review the video to clarify what caused the DQ.Liu had earlier been disqualified in her 1,000 heat.China’s penalty allowed the Canadian team of Marie-Eve Drolet, Jessica Hewitt, Valerie Maltais and Marianne St-Gelais to take the silver medal, a boost for St-Gelais after her elimination in the 1,000 heats.The Italian team of Arianna Fontana, Lucia Peretti, Martina Valcepina and Elena Viviani earned the bronze, giving Fontana a third medal of the Sochi Games. She earned silver in the 500 and bronze in the 1,500.South Korea led in the early going of the relay before China took the lead with 16 laps to go. The Koreans regained the lead with seven laps to go before China went in front again with three laps left.With two to go, Li and Shim stayed on the ice instead of swapping out and Shim made a daring pass on a turn in the last lap, scooting to the lead for good. Shim pumped her right arm and smiled broadly as she crossed the finish, adding the gold to a silver she won in the 1,500 last weekend. Li had already won gold in the 500, while Zhou won the 1,500. In the men’s 500, Viktor Ahn of Russia easily advanced to the quarterfinals, putting him in position to become the first skater to win an Olympic gold medal in all four individual short track events.The South Korea-born Ahn made it safely through his heat, cheered loudly by the mostly Russian crowd at Iceberg Skating Palace. He won his adopted country’s first gold in the capricious sport in the 1,000, and earned a bronze in the 1,500. Ahn became a Russian citizen in 2011, after winning three gold medals for South Korea at the 2006 Winter Games.In the biggest surprise, Charles Hamelin of Canada was leading on the last lap of his heat when he crashed and smashed into the pads. It appeared he caught a blade in the turn and went down. He won gold in the 1,500 on the first day of short track in Sochi.Hamelin’s crash cleared the way for Sjinkie Knegt of the Netherlands to win the heat. Kneght won his country’s first short track when he took bronze in the 1,000 last weekend.J.R. Celski of Federal Way, Wash., was the lone American to advance in his last individual event. Celski, who was fourth in the 1,500, finished second to Olivier Jean of Canada in his heat. Eddy Alvarez of Miami, Fla., who was third at the time, crashed in the turn and was eliminated. Jordan Malone of Denton, Texas, finished last in his heat.Among other skaters moving on to Friday’s quarterfinals were Park Se-yeong and Lee Han-bin of South Korea, Wu Dajing, Liang Wenhao and 1,500 silver medalist Han Tianyu of China, and Vladimir Grigorev of Russia, the silver medalist in the 1,000.Jorien ter Mors of the Netherlands was advanced to the quarterfinals of the women’s 1,000 after tripping on a falling skater, keeping alive her bid to win Olympic medals in both short and long track speedskating.The Dutchwoman already won a gold medal in the 1,500 at the big oval.

    Gold medalist Pierre Vaultier of France leads silver medalist Nikolai Olyunin of Russia in the men’s snowboard cross final at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park Tuesday during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.

    Vaultier wins men’s snowboardcross at Olympics

    KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Pierre Vaultier stood atop the podium, feeling no pain from a knee held together by little more than a brace and cheek-biting grit.Nikolay Olyunin, the 22-year-old underdog standing to his right, was quite content after giving the host country a good glimpse of his profession.To their left, bronze medalist Alex Deibold was soaking up the attention of the U.S. team.Behind them all, the favorites were washed away by bad luck, bad decisions — or both — on a course that deteriorated into a slushy, soggy snowball.In other words, just another Tuesday in snowboardcross, the Olympic sport that sometimes is little more than a high-stakes lottery held at upward of 50 mph down the side of a mountain. The jousting in front of Vaultier during the semifinals nearly cost him a shot at a medal. Apart from that, there was the relentless pursuit by Russia’s Olyunin, the man with the fastest board on a day when speed was in short supply. And the persistence of former wax technician Deibold, who buried four years of angst — and a teammate — on his way to salvaging a bit of American pride.Vaultier stood above them all on a right knee with an ACL one wrong move away from a career-threatening implosion. Funny how the pain seemed to vanish the moment the 26-year-old crossed the finish line.“I think I took off on the last jump and I did not land yet,” he said.Happy landings were hard to come by in the rain at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park. Instead of the bluebird conditions that can feature the sometimes breathtaking mix of speed and precision snowboardcross provides, the third contest in the sport’s brief Olympic history was a battle of attrition.Gold-medal favorite Nate Holland of the U.S. didn’t make it out of the opening round of elimination after mistiming a jump.Italy’s Omar Visintin loomed as a threat until colliding with Australia’s Jarryd Hughes in the semifinals, going head-first over a pair of step-down ramps and being taken off on a stretcher.Taylor Jacob, the youngest and perhaps most naturally gifted rider on the U.S. team, saw his spot in the finals taken by Deibold, who edged Jacob aside at the finish after both spectacularly slid across the line on their backs.The event was pushed back from Monday to Tuesday due to heavy fog. Conditions weren’t much better 24 hours later as the drizzle slowed the 750-meter track, making passing difficult and put the ability to get out of the gates quickly at a premium.“We compete in an outdoor sport, this is not something that uncommon,” Deibold said. “It’s one of the situations we prep ourselves for.”Nobody was better than Vaultier and Olyunin, who led nearly wire to wire in his three races before the finals. He wasn’t quite as sharp when the gate dropped in the medal round as Vaultier sprinted to the front then fended him off three times before pulling away over the last two jumps.“He is the embodiment of snowboardcross,” Olyunin said of Vaultier. “He is created for this and he deserved the medal.”So did Olyunin, who seemed overcome by the prospect of being only the second Russian to win a medal with a snowboard attached to the bottom of their boots.Though he considers himself a bit of a “pioneer,” Olyunin is still in the early stages of his career. He began the day ranked 20th in the world and ended it as the face of his sport in his homeland. “I really want to be alone, I’m so tired,” Olyunin said. “Those delays, they really tired me. Yesterday was really hard for me but I decided ... to prove to Russia, that snowboarding does exist.”

    Fremd’s Christine Radochonski dashes toward the vault during Monday’s gymnastics sectional at Conant High School in Hoffman Estates.

    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 boys basketball, gymnastics, girls basketball, wrestling and swimming.

    Vladimir Luxuria, a former Communist lawmaker in the Italian parliament and prominent crusader for transgender rights, wears a pro-transgender T-shirt as she sits for an interview Monday in central Sochi, Russia, home of the 2014 Winter Olympics. Luxuria said she was detained by police at the Olympics after being stopped while carrying a rainbow flag that read in Russian: “Gay is OK.” Police on Monday denied this happened.

    5 things to know today about the Sochi Olympics

    SOCHI, Russia — Fast Five, Monday edition: Five things you’ll want to know about the 2014 Winter Olympics.WEATHER DELAYS: Heavy fog is giving the Sochi Olympics more problems than the warm temperatures ever did. The men’s snowboardcross and men’s 15-kilometer mass-start biathlon race have been pushed back to Tuesday because of poor visibility. It’s the second straight day that the biathlon has been postponed because of the fog. Protester DetainedAn activist has been detained in Sochi for protesting a recent prison sentence for a local environmentalist. David Khakim was holding a one-man picket outside the city administration in central Sochi on Monday when two police officers took him away. Khakim later posted pictures of his arrest on Twitter. Russia passed an ad hoc law last year, banning public gatherings and rallies in Sochi during the Olympics. Bode’s Emotional MomentAmerican Alpine skier Bode Miller said an NBC interview that generated significant buzz in the United States was a “crazy emotional moment” after his bronze medal win in a super-G race. The interview was widely criticized after Miller was pressed on the death of his brother last year. The six-time medalist ended the interview in tears. Gay Rights ActivistAn Italian gay-rights activist says she was detained by police in the Olympic host city after being stopped while carrying a rainbow flag saying “Gay is OK” in Russian. Vladimir Luxuria, a former Communist lawmaker in the Italian parliament, said on her website and Twitter feed that she was held for several hours Sunday before being released. Olympic officials say there is no record of the arrest.Medal MoversThe Netherlands is dominating speedskating in the Winter Olympics in a big way. Second in the overall medal standings — zero medals in any other sport. The Dutch swept their third podium of the Sochi Games Sunday, the women’s 1,500 meters speedskating, to be the biggest medal mover of the day. The Netherlands has won 17 medals overall, including five silvers and seven bronzes.


    Brothers Jeff and Tom Heinen and Barrington Mayor Karen Darch cut the ribbon at the grand opening of Heinen's Fine Foods in Barrington in 2012.

    Heinen's Fine Foods to open in Bannockburn

    Heinen's Fine Foods has leased 61,965 square feet at Bannockburn Green, making it the new grocery anchor in the shopping center at 2501 Waukegan Road in Bannockburn. Another will open soon in Glenview. A Heinen's in Barrington has been open since 2012, said co-owner Jeff Heinen, grandson of the founder.

    Ben Sampson hopes to open a brewery this summer in downtown Wheaton called Dry City Brew Works.

    Brewery hopes to open this summer in downtown Wheaton

    After working as a pharmacist for nearly a decade, Ben Sampson was ready to try something different. By June, Sampson hopes to open a brewery and tasting room with his wife and her parents called Dry City Brew Works at 120B N. Main St. in Wheaton, which prohibited the sale of alcohol until the 1980s. “This is just a little more creative outlet for me,” Sampson said.

    Judy Cox sits Monday next to a stack of T-shirts with what she believes are pornographic designs.

    Utah mom buys all of store's 'indecent' T-shirts

    “These shirts clearly cross a boundary that is continually being pushed on our children in images on the Internet, television and when our families shop in the mall,” Judy Cox said.


    Schindler factory for sale

    Oskar Schindler, who ran a cookware factory in Krakow that had been converted to arms production, moved the plant and its Jewish workers to Brnenec in 1944 as the Soviet Red Army approached Poland. Originally a textile plant owned by a Jewish family, the Brnenec site was given to Schindler thanks to his ties to the Abwehr, or Nazi secret service. He managed to keep many of his employees out of Auschwitz by telling the German government they were skilled laborers.

    The Commack, N.Y., branch of Forest Laboratories, a Manhattan-based pharmaceutical company.

    Actavis to buy Forest Labs in $25 billion deal

    Actavis said it will pay $26.04 in cash and a third of an Actavis share for each Forest share. The total, per-share price of $89.48 is about 25 percent more than Forest’s $71.39 closing price Friday.

    President Barack Obama arrives to speak Tuesday about how having a fuel-efficient truck fleet will boost the economy and help combat climate change at the Safeway Distribution Center in Upper Marlboro, Md.

    White House to demand better fuel mileage for trucks

    Drawing a link between reduced fuel consumption and climate change, President Barack Obama said Tuesday that his administration will issue tougher fuel-efficiency standards for delivery trucks by March 2016.

    Traders monitor stock prices last week at the New York Stock Exchange. Stocks were mostly higher in midday trading Tuesday as investors returned from a long holiday weekend.

    Stocks inch higher in quiet trading

    Health care stocks rose more than the rest of the market after pharmaceutical company Actavis said it was buying rival Forest Laboratories for $25 billion in cash and stock.

    Dertification stickers are affixed to bottles of California olive oil displayed and for sale at the All Things Olive shop in Washington. It’s a pressing matter for the tiny U.S olive oil industry.

    Olive oil producers press for import standards

    The provision backed by California lawmakers would have allowed the Agriculture Department to extend mandatory quality controls for the domestic industry to imports. The bill’s language would have allowed government testing of domestic and imported olive oil to ensure that it was labeled correctly.

    Iowa Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. Harkin, author of the Senate legislation, cited other research concluding that a higher minimum wage would create jobs, not reduce them.

    Budget office: Wage hike would lift pay, could cost 500,000 jobs

    The study was unveiled as the Senate prepares for a March debate on the Democratic plan ramping up the minimum in three steps to $10.10 by 2016. The proposal is backed by Obama and is a keystone of Democrats’ campaign-season plans to highlight their effort to make incomes more equitable, but it faces strong Republican opposition and long odds of approval by Congress.

    Matt Figi hugs and tickles his once severely-ill 7-year-old daughter Charlotte, as they wander around inside a greenhouse for a special strain of medical marijuana known as Charlotte’s Web, which was named after the girl early in her treatment, in a remote spot in the mountains west of Colorado Springs, Colo.

    Colorado pot aids kids with seizures, worries doctors

    The doctors were out of ideas to help 5-year-old Charlotte Figi. Suffering from a rare genetic disorder, she had as many as 300 grand mal seizures a week, used a wheelchair, went into repeated cardiac arrest and could barely speak. As a last resort, her mother began calling medical marijuana shops.


    Boeing picks Everett to build 777X wings

    Chicagoo-based Boeing says that it has picked Everett, Wash., as the site to build wings for its new 777X aircraft. The company said Tuesday that the wing center will be located north of its Everett factory and sustain thousands of area jobs in the years to come. Construction on the new facility is scheduled to begin later this year.

    On the Australian section of Bolle.com, photos of Lassila, Jacobellis and other competitors at the Sochi Games have been digitally blurred to obscure their faces.

    Olympians tiptoe around sponsorship ban

    Want to see the glasses and goggles that aerials skier Lydia Lassila and snowboarder Lindsey Jacobellis wore at the Sochi Olympics? If you go to the website of the company that manufactures their eyewear, you might be in for a shock. On the Australian section of Bolle.com, photos of Lassila, Jacobellis and other competitors at the Sochi Games have been digitally blurred to obscure their faces.

    Jeju Air Inc., a South Korean discount carrier, plans to expand its fleet with more hicago-based Boeing Co. planes as the region’s rising travel demand boosts the airline’s operating profit. Jeju Air plans to increase its fleet to 17 aircraft this year and 24 in 2016, Chief Executive Officer Choi Kyu Nam said in an interview today in Singapore.

    Jeju air to add more Boeing planes as Asia demand boosts profits

    Jeju Air Inc., a South Korean discount carrier, plans to expand its fleet with more hicago-based Boeing Co. planes as the region's rising travel demand boosts the airline's operating profit. Jeju Air plans to increase its fleet to 17 aircraft this year and 24 in 2016, Chief Executive Officer Choi Kyu Nam said in an interview today in Singapore.

    The maker of the blockbuster mobile game “Candy Crush Saga” will attempt to raise as much as $500 million in an initial public offering.

    'Candy' Crush Saga' maker King Digital plans IPO
    The maker of the blockbuster mobile game “Candy Crush Saga” will attempt to raise as much as $500 million in an initial public offering. King Digital Entertainment PLC, which also makes the game “Pet Rescue Saga,” did not disclose how many shares are expected in the IPO or the projected price range.


    3 former bankers charged in UK in rates probe

    LONDON — Britain’s Serious Fraud Office is charging three former Barclays employees in a scandal related to the rigging of a key market interest rate.Authorities say criminal proceedings have begun against Peter Charles Johnson, Jonathan James Mathew and Stylianos Contogoulas for actions between June 1, 2005 and Aug. 31, 2007.A court date has not yet been set to enter pleas. At least six people have been implicated in the manipulation of the London interbank lending rate, known as LIBOR. The rate is used by banks to borrow from each other and indirectly affects the cost of loans in the wider economy.Britain’s Barclays and Royal Bank of Scotland, Switzerland’s UBS and the Dutch Rabobank have been fined a total of $3.6 billion by U.S. and British regulators for manipulating LIBOR.

Life & Entertainment

    Sushma Bhanot simmers red kidney beans for up to eight hours before adding them to her chili powder- and ginger-infused curry sauce.

    Cook of the Week: Barrington Hills woman fills kitchen with aromas, flavors of India
    Sushma Bhanot learned to cook by watching her mother. “My mom put so much love into it and my mom cooked really good food so everyone appreciated her food. I like to cook like my mom,” the Barrington Hills woman recalled.

    Bob Casale performing live at The 2010 KROQ Weenie Roast in Irvine, Calif. Casale, the guitarist for the band Devo, died Monday from conditions that led to heart failure.

    Devo guitarist Bob Casale dies at age 61

    Bob Casale, the guitarist for Devo, best known for the 1980 hit “Whip It,” died of heart failure, his brother and band member Gerald Casale said Tuesday. He was 61.

    Karen Page, author of the award-winning “The Flavor Bible,” will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award from St. Charles High School on Saturday.

    St. Charles H.S. to honor alumna for culinary contributions

    Karen Page, a 1979 graduate of St. Charles High School, will receive the school Distinguished Alumni Award on Saturday. Page is a two-time James Beard Award-winning author. Her books, written with husband/chef Andrew Dornenburg, include best sellers “The Flavor Bible” (my copy right now is within arm's reach), “Culinary Artistry,” “Becoming a Chef,” and “What to Drink with What You Eat.” Meet her Saturday afternoon at The Spice House in Geneva.

    Daniel Tosh, 38, appears to be everything his detractors say he is: jerk, troll, obnoxious man-brat, complete jackass. His Comedy Central show, “Tosh.0,” returns for its sixth season Tuesday night and has become one of this TV critic’s favorite “off-duty” shows.

    Five years later, ‘Tosh.0’ still hurts so good

    On camera, Tosh, who is now 38, appears to be everything his detractors say he is: jerk, troll, obnoxious man-brat, complete jackass. He wants only to say what one should not say, but unlike other comedians who specialize in that sort of thing purely for shock value, he instead has come to personify our worst impulses as anonymous online commenters.

    Actress Stephanie Faracy, of Elk Grove Village, has played parts on dozens of well-known TV shows over the years, from “The Love Boat” to “Modern Family.”

    Four-decade actress started out at Elk Grove High

    Stephanie Faracy’s showbiz career began at Elk Grove High School when drama director Scott Lebin cast her in the lead role of Annie Sullivan in “The Miracle Worker.” “That was the first time I understood you could enter another world by being someone else,” Faracy said. That high school experience would launch an acting career that’s spanned more than four decades, with roles on “The Love Boat” and “Fantasy Island,” and “Castle” and “Modern Family.”

    Shirley Temple’s “Poor Little Rich Girl” is one of four movies being shown at a special tribute to the late star at St. Charles’ Arcada Theatre.

    Arcada to pay tribute to Shirley Temple

    The Arcada Theatre will host a Shirley Temple Film Festival beginning at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22, at the Arcada, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. The tribute will feature a career retrospective and four of the late tap-dancing star’s most noted motion pictures. Adult admission costs $10 (for one or all films); tickets are $3 for kids younger than 10. www.oshows.com or call (630) 962-7000.

    A warrior named Lightning has been reincarnated with godlike powers in “Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII.” The world is going to end in 13 days, and her task is to save as many souls as possible.

    ‘Final Fantasy XIII’ fizzles at the finish

    “Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII” is like the last 20 minutes of “The Return of the King” stretched over a 50-hour-plus video game. Here’s the essence: The heroine, a warrior named Lightning, has been reincarnated with godlike powers. The world is going to end in 13 days, and her task is to save as many souls as possible.

    See elephants, tigers, motorcycling tricksters and more when the Circus Spectacular comes to the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates.

    Best bets: Circus Spectacular wows at Sears Centre

    Carden Entertainment brings its 51st Circus Spectacular with exotic animals, graceful aerialists, skilled acrobats and more to the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates. See many groomed breeds of dogs, agility tests and new canine products at the International Kennel Club of Chicago 2014 International Cluster of Dog Shows this weekend at McCormick Place in Chicago. More than 120 craft beers by 60 different breweries can be tasted at the Naperville Winter Ale Fest Saturday at Frontier Park.

    Spread a little blueberry jam on your no-knead walnut rosemary bread for a taste treat.

    No-knead bread for no-fuss cooks

    Jim Lahey, founder of Sullivan Street Bakery in New York, is the man behind a sensational recipe for no-knead, slow-rise, no-fuss bread. But does this method really work? A skeptical Sara Moulton took his class and tried it at home with delicious results.

    A loaf of no knead walnut rosemary bread sports great aromas and even greater tastes.

    No-Knead Walnut-Rosemary Bread
    No-Knead Rosemary and Walnut Bread

    Cook of the Week Sushma Bhanot adds lemon juice to cooked okra to keep the vegetable’s signature sliminess in check.

    Bhindi — Tangy Okra
    Bhindi — Tangy Okra: Sushma Bhanot

    Cook of the Week Sushma Bhanot’s egg curry.

    Egg Curry
    : Sushma Bhanot

    Apples and cranberries simmer with fennel, turmeric and other spices in Sushma Bhanot’s sabzi.

    Sweet and Sour Cran-Apple Sabzi
    Sweet and Sour Cran-Apple Sabzi: Sushma Bhanot

    Sushma Bhanot simmers red kidney beans for up to eight hours before adding them to her chili powder- and ginger-infused curry sauce.

    Rajma — Curried Red Kidney Beans
    Rajma — Curried Red Kidney Beans: Sushma Bhanot


    Manju Goel

    Goel for 8th District Congress, GOP

    The Daily Herald has rescinded this endorsement of Manju Goel in the Republican primary for the 8th Congressional District. We make no recommendation in the 8th District congressional race. For an explanation of our decision, click here.

    Susanne Atanus, left, and David Earl Williams III

    No endorsement in 9th Congress, GOP

    The Daily Herald declines to endorse either of the candidates in the Republican primary for the 9th Congressional District seat now held by Jan Schakowsky. In making the rare non-endorsement, the paper says both Susanne Atanus and David Earl Williams III have serious shortcomings that make them unacceptable.

    Darlene Senger

    Endorsements: Senger for GOP nomination for Congress, 11th District

    The Daily Herald endorses Darlene Senger for the Republican nomination in the 11th Congressional District.

    Dennis Anderson

    Editorial: Anderson for 14th District Congress, Democrat

    The Daily Herald endorses Dennis Anderson in the Democratic primary for the 14th Congressional District.


    A new chapter on Syrian conflict long overdue

    Columnist Michael Gerson: The developments in Syria should mean something to President Obama, the author of an executive directive (PSD-10) declaring the prevention of mass atrocities a “core national security interest and a core moral responsibility.” At the moment, he stands judged by his own standard.


    The cowards running Congress

    Columnists Steven and Cokie Roberts: John Boehner and Harry Reid deserve each other. But the American people deserve better than either one.


    Why the furor after 30 years?
    A Streamwood letter to the editor: The Jan. 24 cartoon was the most vulgar and insulting I have ever seen. If this had been concerning Muslims or other denominations, you’d have a riot. Yes there have been instances of abuse in the Catholic Church, but now all the publicity after 20 or 30 years?


    Put greater focus on dropout rate
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: I am writing in response to the Feb. 12 article describing a 60 percent earnings gap between high school and college graduates. My comments, however, concern those 40 percent of high school students who drop out of Chicago Public Schools before graduation.


    Government not meant to run business
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: Those in Washington who do such a good job of running our country are at it again. They want to further dictate wage policy and employment practices to those who own, operate or manage the nation's businesses. First, they want to increase the minimum wage because it is the "fair" thing to do.


    Religious views are not fact
    A Des Plaines letter to the editor: After yet another instance of Mr. James Finnegan using the local paper as a venue for a religious diatribe, I feel the need to respectfully address the many inconsistencies and thinly veiled hypocrisy in his most recent statement.


    Read the entire book of Leviticus
    An Elgin letter to the editor: I must disagree with Theodore Utchen in regard to God’s view of gay marriage. He quoted Leviticus 20:13 in the Old Testament in his letter of Feb 16. Christians are under the New Testament and Jesus is our savior where the subject is not mentioned at all.


    Killing an already-bleak job market
    A Bloomingdale letter to the editor: Allowing 12 million illegal invaders to legally find and take jobs away from Americans would absolutely kill our already bleak job market, and most likely substantially raise the unemployment rate.


    Confused about raising debt limit
    A Sugar Grove letter to the editor: I read the article by Donna Brazile regarding the “good news” that most people do not know that almost half our states are posting a 2014 budget surplus.


    More lawsuit protection for doctors needed
    A letter to the editor: Your recent coverage of emergency care in Illinois calls much-needed attention to how our state's notorious medical lawsuit problem continues to harm patient access to care. The American College of Emergency Physicians recently ranked the emergency care in 44 states as higher than in Illinois. ACEP cites the lack of protection against medical lawsuit abuse as a significant factor in our dismal standing.


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