Daily Archive : Saturday February 22, 2014


    Chuck Bartels, left, Cornelius Shanahan, center, and Terri Voss are candidates in the race for Lake County Board District 10 in the 2014 GOP primary.

    GOP hopefuls for District 10 talk cooperation

    The three Republican candidates for the Lake County Board’s 10th District seat have different ideas about how best to work with local municpal governments.

    Isaiah Sanderman, left, and Ryan Cajandig, both standing, playing the saxophone in Fremd High School’s jazz ensemble one at the 29th annual Jazz in the Meadows program on Saturday in the theater at Rolling Meadows High School.

    Jazz in the Meadows celebrates 29th year

    Jazz notes billowed out of all four corners of Rolling Meadows High School on Saturday during the school’s music boosters’ 29th Annual Jazz in the Meadows. More than 110 jazz bands and combos representing 62 schools from five states participated in what has become one of the largest and most highly regarded jazz gatherings in the Midwest.

    Tremayne Davis

    Suspected getaway driver in fatal robbery held on $2.5 million bail

    A DuPage County judge set bail at $2.5 million today for a 23-year-old Chicago man accused of serving as the getaway driver in the botched robbery last month that led to the slaying of a Bensenville convenience store clerk. Authorities say they're closing in on the suspected gunman. “We are on his trail,” assistant DuPage County State’s Attorney Tim Diamond said. “He...

    A sign posted at the door of Allsaints informs shoppers of the power outage at Saturday the Rosemont Fashion Outlets shopping center.

    ComEd reports power outage in Rosemont, Schiller Park

    A power outage impacted hundreds of customers for about two hours Saturday, including parts of Rosemont and Schiller Park. ComEd restored power about 2:30 p.m.

    A group of masked men run for cover Saturday after riot police launched tear gas in Caracas, Venezuela. After an opposition rally broke up in the late afternoon, in a pattern that has been seen in past demonstrations, about 1,000 stragglers erected barricades of trash and other debris and threw rocks and bottles at police and National Guardsmen.

    Venezuela protests escalate

    In Caracas, tens of thousands of opponents of President Nicolas Maduro filled several city blocks in their biggest rally to date against his 10-month-old government. Across town, at the presidential palace, Maduro addressed a much-smaller crowd of mostly female supporters dressed in the red of his socialist party.

    Martellus Bennett, a tight end with the Chicago Bears, reads to children at the West Chicago Public Library as part of the library’s “Read to Succeed” program that challenged kids to read eight books between Jan. 4 and Feb. 17.

    Bears tight end tosses video games, reads to kids at W. Chicago library

    Chicago Bears tight end Martellus Bennett was supposed to spend Saturday afternoon playing video games with 60 children at the West Chicago Public Library. But he flipped the script. “With the first group I was playing video games, but then I felt like there was not too much substance in it really, so the second group I was like, ‘We should read a book instead,’”...


    Man found dead in river was in meth documentary

    On Nov. 14, Macker was reported as a walk-away from the pre-release center. It was suspected that he hid in vegetation along the south side of the Missouri River. Sheriff’s deputies, Great Falls police dogs and a Homeland Security helicopter were unable to find Macker. There was no indication he went into the river that evening, authorities said.

    Almost a full board sits ready to be counted during the Association for Individual Development’s fourth annual Been Bag Tournament and Bunco Game fundraiser Saturday in Elgin.

    Bag-tossing in Elgin helps people with disabilities

    More than 15 teams participated in the Association for Individual Development’s fourth annual Bean Bag Tournament and Bunco Game fundraiser Saturday at the AID Elgin Training Center

    JOE LEWNARD/jlewnard@dailyherald.com Danny Lawitz, 4, of Wauconda has fun on the inflatable play set Saturday during the Winter Wonderland Carnival at Community Park in Hawthorn Woods.

    A beautiful day for Hawthorn Woods first Winter Carnival

    The weather cooperated Saturday and Community Park in Hawthorn Woods became the center of activity for the village's inaugural winter festival. Horse drawn hay rides, an ice sculptor and laser light show were among the highlights of what village officials envision as an annual event.


    Chicago group lands $70M grant for digital hub

    A $70 million federal grant will help launch a digital manufacturing institute in Chicago that could create thousands of jobs. U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin announced Saturday that the Department of Defense awarded the grant to UI Labs, a partnership between public and private groups, including universities and manufacturers.

    Coast Guard members try to make the last of three Cuban windsurfers as comfortable as possible while waiting Friday for the ambulance to arrive at the United States Coast Guard Base Key West.

    Last Cuban windsurfer found adrift

    Coast Guard officials found the man late Friday afternoon. He was barely able to speak. Coast Guardsman Petty Officer Third Class Alex Davis tells The Key West Citizen the man would probably not have made it one more day.

    A protester stands in front of a poster Saturday of Yulia Tymoshenko, in central Kiev, Ukraine.

    Report: Ukraine president tries to flee country

    Ukrainian customs agents blocked Yanukovych from fleeing the country, accordng to Bloomberg News, but did not detain him.Protesters took control of the presidential administration building and thousands of curious and contemptuous Ukrainians roamed the suddenly open grounds of the lavish compound

    Alexa Bejarano, 5, of Aurora runs to a yellow slice of color under the parachute activity Saturday at the annual Fitness Fun Fair for Kids at the Vaughn Athletic Center in Aurora. The Bejarano family are members of the center and have been coming to the Fun Fair for the past three years.

    Fitness Fun Fair in Aurora gets kids bouncing around

    Kids of all ages scampered from one bouncy house to another, their parents shuffling after them, as families took in the activities Saturday at the annual Fitness Fun Fair for Kids at the Fox Valley Park District’s Vaughan Athletic Center in Aurora.


    Dist. 54 submits federally required improvement plan

    Schaumburg Township Elementary District 54 recently approved its District Improvement Plan for the year, required by its not meeting Adequate Yearly Progress by the standards of the federal No Child Left Behind Act for two years in a row. No Child Left Behind, year by year, requires an increasing percentage of a school district’s students to be meeting federal standards in reading and...

    Theresa Hotz of Plainfield kisses her 1-year-old siamese cat Remmi at Lincoln State Cat Club’s 54th annual CFA All-Breed and Household Pet Benefit Cat Show at Harper College on Saturday in Palatine.

    Annual show benefits cat health and welfare

    The 54th annual show hosted by the Lincoln State Cat Club Inc. at Harper College, 1200 Algonquin Road, in Palatine, benefits the heatlh and welfare of cats. It continues from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday and features a gallery of purebred cats, vendors,speakers, and more than 225 purebred and household pet cats competing in their classes for “Best in Show.”

    JOE LEWNARD/jlewnard@dailyherald.com Kara White, 14, of Hoffman Estates, and Schaumburg Girl Scout Troop 40172, wears a SWAP hat, which displays items she has collected from each station Saturday morning during International Thinking Day, an international festival of sisterhood in the Conant High School cafeteria.

    Scouts learn about the world at ‘Thinking Day’

    More than 700 local Girl Scouts and volunteers learned a bit more about their world Saturday during International Thinking Day at Conant High School in Hoffman Estates.

    Mike Dixon, a volunteer for the Peace Corps in Ukraine, said he’s been told he needs to leave the country. The St. Charles resident has been in the country about three years.

    Peace Corps volunteer from St. Charles leaving Ukraine

    Dave Heun talks to St. Charles architect Mike Dixon, who is serving with the Peace Corps in Ukraine, has been ordered out of the country for his own safety.


    Gov. Quinn ramping up 2014 re-election campaign

    Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is ramping up his re-election campaign. Quinn’s campaign announced Saturday the Chicago Democrat has hired Illinois native Bill Hyers to serve as chief strategist.


    Mid-size Illinois cities to form lobbying alliance

    Mid-size Illinois cities are banding together to form an alliance at the state Capitol, hoping to exert more influence in political action in Springfield. Industrial cities like Rockford, Peoria, Aurora and Danville will lobby for interests more specific to their communities, The Rockford Register Star reported.


    Donald Trump to brand Chicago skyscraper

    Donald Trump wants to make sure everyone knows the second-tallest skyscraper in Chicago is his. Crain’s Chicago Business reports the celebrity real estate developer will stamp his name in 20-foot letters on the side of the 92-story Trump International Hotel & Tower that faces the Chicago River.


    Chicago adding road crew workers to fill potholes

    Chicago is stepping up its efforts to fill the many potholes formed during an especially cold winter. The Chicago Department of Transportation announced Saturday it’s adding six more road crews. The increased workforce is expected to fill an additional 1,500 potholes each day starting next month.

    Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman is escorted Saturday to a helicopter in handcuffs by Mexican navy marines at a navy hanger in Mexico City.

    Nabbed drug lord was Chicago's 'Public Enemy No. 1'

    A massive operation that mushroomed through the western Mexican state of Sinaloa last week netted Joaquin Guzman, who was captured by Mexican marines at a condominium in Mazatlan, officials from both countries said. Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto confirmed the arrest on his Twitter account Saturday afternoon. In 2013, he was named "Public Enemy No. 1" by the Chicago Crime Commission, only...

    Medal of Honor recipient Santiago Erevia.

    San Antonio man glad to receive Medal of Honor

    “Those that aren’t even here to receive their medals, those are my heroes,” said Melvin Morris, who retired from the Army in 1986 as a sergeant first class. “They gave their whole life. They gave everything. They gave it all.”Among those posthumously honored is Pfc. Leonard M. Kravitz, the uncle of musician Lenny Kravitz.

    A collapsed walkway Saturday at the University Village Apartments in Columbia, Mo..

    Firefighter killed at University of Missouri apartment fire

    A witness said he saw the firefighter fall and appear to lose consciousness. He said the man was taken away by an ambulance.

    Jeffrey Immelt, chairman and CEO of General Electric, left, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie participate in the morning session Saturday of the National Governor’s Association Winter Meeting in Washington.

    Christie keeps low profile at governors’ meeting

    “Governor Christie may be hiding under a bridge somewhere or stuck in traffic, but the fact that he’s a liability for Republican governors remains readily apparent this weekend,” said Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin, chairman of the Democratic Governors Association.

    Jonathan Sprawka

    Development team eyes apartments for dowtown Lake Zurich

    An apartment building has been floated as a possible project in a section of downtown Lake Zurich by a new development team that met village officials this week.


    Geneva festival to feature more than 40 films

    The Geneva Film Festival is scheduled for March 6 to 8. The first night will be student night — when students will get a free T-shirt and half off a festival pass.

    Rolling Meadows Mayor Rooney introduces new firefighter/ paramedics at a recent city council meeting. They are, from left: Paul Davis, Matt Cappelen, Jason Wenzel and John Loesch Jr.

    Rolling Meadows honors new firefighters

    The Rolling Meadows City Council recently took time at a meeting to swear in and honor five firefighter/paramedics hired during the last year. Fire Chief Scott Franzgrote said every new recruit had experience with another fire department.

    An aide gives glasses to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI as he attends a consistory inside the St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Saturday, Feb.22, 2014. Benedict XVI has joined Pope Francis in a ceremony creating the cardinals who will elect their successor in an unprecedented blending of papacies past, present and future.

    2 popes on hand in historic 1st cardinal ceremony

    In an unprecedented blending of papacies past, present and future, retired Pope Benedict XVI joined Pope Francis at a ceremony Saturday to formally install new cardinals who will elect their successor.

    Italian outgoing Premier Enrico Letta, left, shakes hands with new Premier Matteo Renzi as he leaves after handing him over the cabinet minister bell during the handover ceremony at Chigi Palace Premier's office, in Rome, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014. Renzi has been sworn in as Italy's youngest premier, heading a new government he says promises will swiftly tackle old problems. Renzi had been serving as Florence mayor when he engineered a power grab last week to effectively force fellow Democrat, Enrico Letta, to step down after 10 months at the helm of a fragile, often-squabbling coalition.

    Italy's new premier sets to work as economy ails

    Matteo Renzi became Italy's youngest premier on Saturday, promising a new era of stable government after using old-school politicking to engineer the ouster of a fellow Democrat he deemed too timid to get the nation back to work.

    Stacey Barfield, mother of Hailey Owens, kneeling, and family members Sara Wells, left, and Teri Nord arrange flowers left by well wishers Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 near the site where the 10-year-old girl was abducted just blocks from the Springfield, Mo., home. Prosecutors have charged Craig Michael Wood with first-degree murder, kidnapping and armed criminal action in their girls death. Prosecutors says the fourth-grader's body was found stuffed in two trash bags inside plastic storage containers in the basement of Wood's Springfield home. She had been shot in the head.

    Child porn found at coach's home in girl's killing

    A police search of the southwest Missouri home of a middle-school football coach accused in a 10-year-old girl's kidnapping and death found child pornography and more than a dozen guns, according to search warrants released Friday.


    1 dead, babies ill from listeria linked to cheese

    One person has died and three newborns have become ill in an outbreak of listeria linked to Hispanic-style cheese. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday that the death was in California. Seven additional illnesses were in Maryland.


    Gov. Quinn ramping up 2014 re-election campaign

    Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is ramping up his re-election campaign. Quinn's campaign announced Saturday the Chicago Democrat has hired Illinois native Bill Hyers to serve as chief strategist.


    Gunman shoots 3 in suburban Chicago restaurant

    Police say no one is in custody after a masked gunman shot and injured three men in a suburban Chicago restaurant. Maywood Police Officer Pirsia Allen says the shooter opened the door to Pumpkin's Place restaurant and opened fire around 5:45 p.m. Friday.


    Kaneland board to talk lunches, staffing, computers

    The Kaneland school board Monday will talk about whether to add more teachers to the middle school to lower class sizes; whether to offer middle-school Spanish; and whether to offer hot lunches at elementary schools. The discussions will give staff members direction as they prepare the 2014-15 budget.


    District 33 spreading word on all-day kindergarten

    Residents in West Chicago Elementary District 33 can learn more about plans to implement full-day kindergarten this fall at all six elementary schools during a town-hall meeting scheduled for early March. The school board voted earlier this month to offer all-day kindergarten for all youngsters after a pilot program for dual-language students at Gary School won praise from parents, teachers and...

    John Martin, left, and Thomas Matson are candidates in the race for Kane County Board District 11.

    Settler’s Hill at center of Kane County Dist. 11 contest

    The future of the Settler's Hill landfill and surrounding campus is the key issue for the successor to the District 11 seat on the Kane County Board. The two Republicans vying for the seat will take different approaches to determine which aspects of redevelopment they would support.

    Owner Luke Johnson of the Rack House in Arlington Heights holds up Restaurant Week fliers.

    Restaurant Week kicks off, now through March 2

    Chicago Northwest is urging suburban gourmets to let the foodie in them enjoy something new. Now through March 2, 33 restaurants in the Northwest suburbs are participating in Chicago Northwest Restaurant Week, offering fixed-price, three-course lunch and dinner specials ranging from $15 to $35.

    National Energy Foundation presenter Tammi Phillippe talks to Glen Ellyn students Friday about the importance of saving energy.

    Glen Ellyn students pick up energy-saving tips

    Sixth-grade science students at Glen Crest Middle School in Glen Ellyn picked up some tips Friday from the National Energy Foundation on why and how to save energy at home and school. Sponsored by Nicor Gas and ComEd, the “Think Energy” program taught the importance of saving natural gas, electricity and water and encouraged students to take what they learned home.

    Streamwood has reopened its No. 1 station nearly four years after its closing. Firefighter-paramedic Brandon Mears slides down the firehouse’s pole — the only one in the village.

    Streamwood fire station reopens four years after contested closing

    Streamwood's fire station on Park Boulevard has reopened nearly four years after what some residents described as a sudden closing. The fire department reversed course after receiving a federal grant that put more firefighter-paramedics on the job. "I'm just happy it's open right now," said Matt Dobson, who led the public outcry in 2010.

    Des Plaines officials say they would seek additional gaming tax revenues from Rivers Casino were the state legislature to approve gambling expansion plans.

    Des Plaines says more gambling should mean more money

    Des Plaines splits gaming tax revenues from Rivers Casino with the state of Illinois and 10 communities in the South suburbs, but city officials say they want a bigger piece of the pie if and when the state signs off on gambling expansion. “If you’re going to change the rules, we want to open the agreement,” City Manager Mike Bartholomew said.

    DuPage County health officials are training police officers how to administer Narcan, an opiate overdose reversal drug. Andrea Gargani, left, director of community health services, teaches the Narcan application process to Glen Ellyn police Sgt. Jean Harvey.

    DuPage police learning to use drug to reverse heroin overdoses

    DuPage County health officials are training local police officers on how to administer the Narcan, a drug that reverses the effects of heroin. Officers in DuPage want to carry the drug in their squad cars to save heroin users who are overdosing. “Clearly, the sole mission of the DuPage Narcan Program is to save lives,” said Karen Ayala, executive director of the DuPage County Health...

    A photo of a video monitor shows Highland Park skater Jason Brown receiving his bronze medal.

    Highland Park medalist Jason Brown still smiling as Olympics wind down

    Still celebating his bronze-medal win in team figure skating, Highland Park's Jason Brown talks candidly about his Olympic victory and his love of the sport in this exclusive Q&A. "The outpouring of support from my community has been more than I could have ever imagined."

    Prospect Heights Mayor Nick Helmer, left, and Wheeling Village President Dean Argiris spoke Friday to the Wheeling/Prospect Heights Chamber of Commerce & Industry.

    Airport partners Wheeling, Prospect Hts. friends again

    Wheeling and Prospect Heights celebrated burying the hatchet over Chicago Executive Airport Friday at the annual State of the City and Village address to the Wheeling/Prospect Heights Chamber of Commerce & Industry. “We have got to work together,” said Prospect Heights Mayor Nick Helmer.

    Nancy Merlak checks with some of the guests during a recent breakfast. Volunteers from all over serve a hot breakfast to the homeless from 6:30 to 8 a.m. Monday through Friday at Vineyard Church, Elgin.

    Community breakfast serves those in need

    Vineyard Church of Elgin, with the help of other area congregations and groups, serves a hot breakfast to the homeless Monday through Friday. Doors open at 6:30 a.m. for anyone who’s hungry, and about 60 people are served every day. “They’re here for the food and a warm place,” organizer Nancy Merlak says. “And that’s OK."

    Elzbieta Plackowska

    900-page evaluation issued in Naperville murder case

    Was Elzbieta Plackowska of Naperville sane the night she is alleged to have killed two young children, including her 7-year-old son? The answer may be contained in a 900-page psychologist’s report that emerged from a 15-month evaluation of Plackowska ordered by DuPage County State’s Attorney Bob Berlin. Berlin submitted the report to Judge Robert Kleeman and Plakowska’s...


    Des Plaines agencies can apply for funds

    Applications for social service agencies that want to seek funding from the city of Des Plaines will be available starting Tuesday, officials said.


    Hanover Township, Crespo to host job fair in Bartlett

    Hanover Township and state Rep. Fred Crespo are partnering on a job fair coming to Bartlett next month.


    Prosecutors: self defense in stabbing death of Aurora man, 31

    The Kane County State's Attorney's Office said Friday it will not pursue charges in the death of Lamar House, 31, of Aurora, who died after being stabbed in the heart with the pointy side of a plastic comb last September. Prosecutors concluded a 19-year-old female acted in self defense in his death.



    Geneva's Ginsberg caps amazing weekend

    Midway through Saturday's girls gymnastics individual event championships at Palatine, Geneva freshman Claire Ginsberg was called to the awards stand for winning Friday's all-around title. She'd visit that same awards stand often.

    Alyssa Weisberg of Stevenson taking first place on the balance beam at State Girls Gymnastics Saturday at Palatine High School.

    Images: State Gymnastics, Saturday, Feb. 22
    Images from action at the girls gymnastics State Final Meet at Palatine High School on Saturday, Feb. 22.


    Bolman comes up big; Libertyville right on track

    The Lake Forest sectional not only brought in powerhouse Libertyville but also swimmers who don’t have a home pool to their name, from schools such as Antioch, Carmel and the two Grayslakes. And those so-called lonely swimmers certainly contended. Libertyville prevailed as a group and will send most of its team to the state meet in Evanston next weekend. The team scores found the Cats up front with 294, while Lake Forest was second (275.50) and surprising Warren was third (203).


    Boys basketball scoreboard: Saturday’s results
    Boys basketball scoreboard*Downers Grove North 68, Willowbrook 48Glenbard North 68, Wheaton Warrenville South 44Hinsdale South 63, Addison Trail 55Plainfield East 61, Neuqua Valley 58St. Francis 49, Lakes 31*Lake Park 53, Glenbard East 35Lake Park — Karas 2 1-1 5, Meccia 1 2-4 4, Moore 10 1-2 21, Vance 3 3-7 9, Hower 0 0-0 0, Van Aswegen 1 0-0 3, Filip 0 0-0 0, Fortin 0 0-0 0, Kimbrough 3 2-2 9, Weiss 0 0-0 0, Robinson 0 0-0 0, Irving 1 0-0 2, Hynes 0 0-0 0, Jarosinski 0 0-0 0. Totals: 21 9-16 53.Glenbard East — Lively 0 0-0 0, Hall 2 5-6 11, Behrendt 2 0-0 4, Finley 2 2-6 7, Nance 0 0-2 0, Grigat 1 2-2 4, Peterkin 1 0-2 2, Jones 1 0-0 2, Smith 0 0-0 0, Bond 1 0-0 2, Ryan 0 0-0 0, Thomas 1 1-2 3, Manuel 0 0-0 0. Totals: 11 10-20 35.Lake Park 10 8 16 19 —53Glenbard East 10 10 8 7 —353-point baskets: LP: Van Aswegen, Kimbrough; GE: Hall 2, Finley. Fouled out: GE: Behrendt.*Naperville Central 77, Wheaton North 53Naperville North — Antony 4 0-0 9; Bennett 4 0-0 11; Binkowski 0 0-0 0; Schmidt 0 0-0 0; Rugamba 0 0-0 0; Nowak 0 0-0 0; Dahl 2 0-1 4; Zelinski 2 0-0 6; Meier 1 0-1 2; Maloney 7 0-0 14; Czarnowski 8 7-10 23; Pomeroy 3 0-1 6.Wheaton North 9 14 17 13 —53Naperville North 27 16 20 14 —773-point baskets: NN: Antony, Bennett 3, Zelinski 2. Fouled out: None.*Wheaton Academy 66, North Lawndale 58North Lawndale — Rhivers 0 0-0 0; Watson 3 0-0 7; Marshall 0 0-0 0; Anderson 0 0-0 0; Jefferson 2 0-2 5; Mack 5 9-14 19; Sims 5 2-4 14; Rousseau 1 0-0 2; Willis 0 0-0 0; Patterson 5 1-2 11; Smith 0 0-2 0. Totals 21 12-28 58.Wheaton Academy — Smith 0 4-4 4; Johnson 1 0-0 3; Sandberg 1 0-0 2; Ruggles 6 5-5 22; Burdett 0 2-2 2; B. Fuzak 1 0-2 2; Behr 8 3-6 21; Williams 2 1-2 5; C. Fuzak 0 2-3 2; Lindstedt 1 1-2 3. Totals 20 18-28 66.North Lawndale 14 12 12 20 —58Wheaton Acad. 18 12 14 22 —663-point baskets: NL: Watson, Jefferson, Sims 2. WA: Johnson, Ruggles 5, Behr 2 Fouled out: None.*West Aurora 42, Naperville North 40 (OT)West Aurora — Dunn 1 2-4 4; Walker 6 7-7 24; Howard 0 0-0 0; Koth 1 2-2 4; Wisley 0 0-0 0; Jensen 0 0-0 0; Griffin 2 4-6 8; Williams 1 0-0 2. Totals 11 15-18 42.Naperville North — Winick 2 3-6 7; Rehayem 6 1-3 14; McClain 5 0-0 10; Tuxhorn 0 0-0 0; Griffin 1 2-4 4; Laurenzo 2 0-0 5; Milsap 0 0-0 0. Totals 16 6-13 40.West Aurora 8 13 10 7 4—42Naperville North 8 10 13 7 2—403-point baskets: WA: Walker 5. NN: Rehayem, Laurenzo. Fouled out: None. Soph: Naperville North 53, West Aurora 46*Burlington Central 71, North Boone 54Burlington C. — Jochum 2 0-0 5, McCurdy 2 2-3 6, Schutta 1 0-0 2, Hunnicutt 4 7-8 15, S. Fitzgerald 2 0-0 5, Wiss 0 0-0 0, Rau 6 2-4 14, Moxness 0 2-2 2, Raney 0 0-0 0, R. Fitzgerald 3 3-4 9, Ozburn 5 4-6 14, Durbach 0 0-0 0. Totals 26 18-27 71.North Boone — Gilmore 4 1-2 13, Rivera 3 0-5 7, Krieman 1 2-4 5, Timpe 0 1-2 1, Krawczyk 2 0-0 4, Buchner 1 0-0 2, Schuster 4 0-0 9, Richert 0 1-2 1. Totals 15 5-15 54.Burlington C. 19 19 20 13 —71North Boone 13 12 14 15 —543-point baskets: BC — Jochum, S. Fitzgerald; NB — Gilmore 4, Rivera, Krieman, Schuster.*Geneva 78, South Elgin 45Geneva — Temple 2 0-0 4, Cook 2 0-0 5, Navigato 11 2-2 28, Parrilli 3 0-0 8, Vollbrecht 1 2-4 4, Landi 2 0-0 4, Durante 4 0-0 9, Santacaterina 1 1-2 4, D’Amico 2 0-0 5, Moyer 1 0-0 2, Stahl 0 0-0 0, Dreyer 1 0-0 3, Kloubec 1 0-0 2, Totals 31 5-8 78.South Elgin — McClure 4 4-4 12, Mahmudi 0 0-0 0, Cruz 1 1-2 3, Wells 0 0-0 0, Winsel 1 0-0 2, Smith 4 0-0 12, Hankins 2 0-0 4, Amrhein 1 2-2 4, Kamienski 2 0-0 4, Howard 0 0-0 0, Atkins 0 0-0 0, Lynch 1 0-0 2, Martinez 0 0-0 0, Genz 1 0-1 2, Totals 17 7-9 45.Geneva 10 22 27 19 —78South Elgin 12 5 11 17 —45


    Wrestling scoreboard: Saturday’s results
    Wrestling scoreboard:*State Individual meet At State Farm Arena, Champaignindividual results106 PoundsChampionship: O’Connor (St. Rita) d. Renteria (Oak Park-River Forest) 10-4; Third: Fuentez (Glenbard East) d. Johansen (Glenbard North) 4-1; Fifth: McAuliffe (Marist) d. Stathakis (Barrington) 5-2.*113 poundsChampionship: Rossi (Lockport Twp.) d. Silva (Plainfield South) 7-0; Third: Gomez (Glenbard North) d. Yates (Brother Rice) 8-7; Fifth: Madrigal (Oak Park-River Forest) d. Koch (Grant) 6-4.*120 poundsChampionship: Williams (Thornwood) d. Polakowski (Libertyville) 2-1 (OTTB); Third: Merholz (Deerfield) m.d. Townsell (Oak Park-River Forest) 13-5; Fifth: Cullen (Cary-Grove) d. Duda (Marist) fft.*126 poundsChampionship: Jimenez (Marmion Acad.) d. Marmolejo (Glenbard North) 5-1; Third: Oster (Lockport Twp.) m.d. Thurston (Wheaton North) 17-3; Fifth: Robertson (Sandburg) d. Olson (Glenbard East) 6-1.*132 poundsChampionship: Cortez (Glenbard North) d. Nelson (Lincoln-Way Central) 3-1 (OTTB); Third: Alexander (Con) d. Hamden (Marist) 7-2; Fifth: Tucker (Mt. Carmel) d. Blanco (Brother Rice) inj.dflt.*138 poundsChampionship: White Jr. (Oak Park-River Forest) d. Leveille (Marist) 3-1; Third: Davis (Waubonsie Valley) m.d. Johnnic (Wheaton Warrenville South) 13-4; Fifth: Gil (Crystal Lake South d. Sheppard (Glenbard West) 6-2.*145 poundsChampionship: Early III (Oak Park-River Forest) d. Silva (Hononegah) 7-3; Third: Edmond (Hinsdale Central) d. Pellegrino (Sandburg) 12-9; Fifth: Barone (Crystal Lake South) d. Foster (Belleville West) 2-1 (OTTB)*152 poundsChampionship: Brill (Mt. Carmel) m.d. Higgins (Belleville West) 17-6; Third: Rundell (Oak Park-River Forest) d. Carello (Marmion Acad.) 6-2; Fifth: Rowland (Willowbrook) d. Guenther (Libertyville) 3-2.*160 poundsChampionship: Bey (Oak Park-River Forest) d. Parker (Warren) 10-5; Third: Andreotti (Marist) d. Brewster (Maine South) 6-0; Fifth: Dietz (Lockport Twp.) p. Krasowski (Sandburg) 2:39.*170 poundsChampionship: Mahomes (Oak Park-River Forest) d. Demoss (Hononegah) 7-3; Third: MacCallum (Libertyville) d. Gorman (Lincoln-Way Central 3-1; Fifth: Ferraro (Marmion Acad.) m.d. Worker (Mt. Carmel 16-8.*182 poundsChampionship: Emmerich (Deerfield) d. Brunner (Dundee-Crown) 5-3; Third: Benoit (Marist) d. Traxler (Marmion Acad.) 5-2; Fifth: Nohns (Community West) d. Foster (Bloom Twp.) 5-2.*195 poundsChampionship: Durbin (Lake Forest) d. Johnson (Lockport Twp.) 3-2 (OT UTB); Third: Lee (Oak Park-River Forest) d. Sterr (Plainfield Central) 9-5; Fifth: Stopka (Schaumburg) d. Meyers (Marmion Acad.) 10-5.*220 poundsChampionship: Hecox (Machesney Park Harlem) d. Hernandez (McHenry) 8-2; Third: Kent (Edwardsville) d. Warren (Marmion Acad.) 3-2; Fifth: Logan (Oak Park-River Forest) d. Daniello (Lake Park) 9-3.*285 poundsChampionship: Jones (Moline) d. Allen (Hinsdale Central) 3-2 (OT UTB); Third: Allegretti (Lincoln-Way East) m.d. McDermand (Libertyville) 11-3; Fifth: Hobbs (Downers Grove South) d. Ditchman (Lincoln-Way Central 3-1.*


    Girls gymnastics scoreboard: Saturday’s results
    Girls gymnastics scoreboard:State meet At Palatineteam scoresLyons 151.275, Prairie Ridge Coop 148.850, Fremd 146.675, Barrington 144.700, Geneva 143.650, St. Charles North Coop 143.475, New Trier 141.900, Prospect 141.000.*individual resultsVAULTTop 10 finishers: 1. Underwood (PR) 9.800, 2. Cozza (Lyons) 9.750, 3. Kurfirst (Lyons) 9.675. 4. Ginsberg (Gen) 9.550, 5. Morgan (Bar) 9.525, 6. Wahrman (Glenbard North) 9.500, 7.(T) DeFilippo (Frm) 9.475, Robert (Naperville North) 9.475, 9. Betman (Glenbrook North) 9.450, 10. Beitzel (Gen) 9.375, 11. Solka (PR) 8.950.*UNEVEN BARSTop 10 finishers: 1.(T) Hasanov (Bar) 9.500, Cozza (Lyons) 9.500, 3.(T) Robert (Naperville North) 9.475, McGann (Lyons) 9.475, 5.(T) Carling (Lyons) 9.450, Dugan (StCN) 9.450, 7. Stoddart (NT) 9.375, 8. Ginsberg (Gen) 9.350, 9. Rafferty (Elk Grove) 9.025, 10. Fuller (Lyons) 8.900.*BALANCE BEAMTop 10 finishers: 1. Weisberg (Stevenson) 9.650, 2. Carling (Lyons) 9.525, 3. Kurfirst (Lyons) 9.500, 4. Ginsberg (Gen) 9.450, 5. Schuberth (Naperville Central) 9.375, 6. Plichta (Frm) 9.325, 7. Kehr (Mundelein) 9.275, 8. Rafferty (Elk Grove) 8.850, 9. Jensen (Frm) 8.450, 10. Larock (Pros) 8.375.*FLOOR EXERCISETop 10 finishers: 1. Kurfirst (Lyons) 9.675, 2. Carling (Lyons) 9.625, 3. Ginsberg (Gen) 9.575, 4.(T) Hasanov (Bar) 9.475, Rafferty (Elk Grove) 9.475, 6. Hilger (Shepard) 9.450, 7. Gorniak (StCN) 9.425, 8. Cozza (Lyons) 9.275, 9. Radochonski (Frm) 9.175, 10. Brognia (Gen) 9.075.*


    Girls bowling scoreboard: Saturday’s results
    Girls bowling scoreboard* State meetAt Cherry Bowl, Rockford team scoresWaubonsie Valley 12,416, Leyden 12,214, Hoffman Estates 12,164, Collinsville 12,111, Minooka 12,018, O’Fallon 12,011, Machesney Park Harlem 11,957, Freeport 11,912, Rockford Guilfoed 11,866, Joliet West 11,857, Lockport Twp. 11,823, Oswego 11,821.*individual resultsTop 12 individuals: 1. Bond (WV) 2,817, 2. Hall (Ley) 2,788, 3. Newham (Metea Valley) 2,707, 4. Kowalski (JolW) 2,698, 5.(T) Plese (JolW) 2,684, Pimentel (Ley) 2,684, 7. Ray (Herrin) 2,669, 8.(T) Solberg (Belvidere North) 2,635, Kopacz (Oswego East) 2,635, 10. Kasza (O’Fl) 2,634, 11.(T) Wirtel (Clvl) 2,605, Quinlan (Trinity) 2,605. *Area team resultsWaubonsie Valley: Bond 2,816, Felton, 2,540, Barsotti 2,212, Melgoza 1,955, Kirk 1,655, Dreyfus 1,237.Leyden: Hall 2,788, Pimentel 2,694, Lassin 2,530, Kriston 2,313, Townsend 1,777, Pittsebarger 112.Hoffman Estates: Wille 2,552, Fera 2,539, Hoglund 2,493, Donovan 2,432, Richae 2,148.*


    Boys swimming scoreboard: Saturday’s results
    Boys swimming scoreboard*Downers Grove North SectionalTeam resultsHinsdale Central 266; Lyons Township 241; Lake Park 182; Wheaton North 181.5; Downers Grove South 109.5; Downers Grove North 101; Hinsdsale South 80; Wheaton Academy 69; Glenbard West 61; Addison Trail 52; York 42; Lemont 8Advancing individuals200 medley relay: Hinsdale Central (Smith, Reyes, Portland, Srivastava) 1:37.27; Wheaton North (St. George, Sheriff, Reminger, Rogers) 1:37.28; Lyons (Garrow, Credit, Kline, Linden) 1:38.27; 200 free: Gregor (LP) 1:43.43; Tegeler (DGS) 1:43.97; Bowater (HC) 1:44.61; 200 IM: St. George (WN) 1:55.24; Weibel (LT) 1:56.76; 50 free: Powell (HC) 21.93; Diving (advancers TBD): Reily (LP) 425.25; Benz (LT) 411.50; Scotty (LT) 404.95; Pielet (HC) 397.75; Jager (DGS) 396.45; Arnold (HC) 380.15; Barabolak (Y) 370.30; Genthe (Y) 361.30; 100 fly: Reyes (HC) 49.84; 100 free: Portland (HC) 47.39; Gregor (LP) 47.54; Carzoli (LP) 47.70; Rogers (WN) 48.01; 500 free: Weibel (LT) 4:41.42; Reminger (WN) 4:43.58; Pircon (HC) 4:43.70; Hewett (LT) 4:44..59; 200 free relay: Lake Park (Siciak, Carzoli, Sgarbossa, Gregor) 1:26.74; Hinsdale Central (Reyes, Powell, Srivastava, Portland) 1:27.51; 100 back: St. George (WN) 51.51; Tegeler (DGS) 52.93; Rogers (WN) 52.93; Sesvole (WA) 52.95; Smith (HC) 53.54; Yang (HS) 53.92; 100 breast: Credit (LT) 59.29; Reyes (HC) 59.74; Phillips (LT) 1:00.23; Derrig (DGN) 1:00.60; 400 free relay: Lake Park (Siciak, Carzoli, Sgarbossa, Gregor) 3:11.34; Hinsdale Central (Lienhart, Bowater, Pircon, Portland) 3:12.27; Wheaton North (Rogers, Reminger, Hummel, St. George) 3:14.36. *Metea Valley SectionalTeam resultsNaperville Central 226; Metea Valley 223; Neuqua Valley 186; Waubonsie Valley 182; Marmion Academy 127; Naperville North 125; Plainfield Central 94; IMSA 93; Oswego East 70; Benet 39; Morris 14; West Aurora 6; Yorkville 2Advancing individuals200 medley relay: Metea Valley (Sandberg, O’Brien, Dillmann, Salerno) 1:34.16; Waubonsie Valley (York, Motoyama, Schwers, Krug) 1:35.71; IMSA (Tan, Liang, Wu, Goughnour) 1:36.31; Neuqua Valley (Whaley, Shatinsky, Dvorchak, Widuch) 1:36.31; Marmion (Fergus, Burke, Creighton, Kasper) 1:37.15; Naperville Central (Piper, Sajaev, Lamb, Gerlach) 1:37.55; Plainfield Central (Potts, Tran, Netzel, Adkins) 1:37.58; 200 free: Netzel (PC) 1:41.91; Missak (NN) 1:44.15; Morris (WV) 1:44.82; 200 IM: O’Brien (MV) 1:53.70; Lamb (NC) 1:55.44; Tran (PC) 1:57.02; Piper (NC) 1:57.82; 50 free: Salerno (MV) 21.37; Weng (WV) 21.78; Widuch (NV) 21.78; Parlier (OE) 21.78; Diving (advancers TBD): Rusenas (NC) 460.65; Gucwa (NC) 427.55; Petersen (NN) 420.65; Cast (MV) 368.90; Hartnett (NN) 360.80; Wilkins (NV) 351.15; Krall (NV) 338.40; Kontorovich (IMSA) 35.75; 100 fly: Tan (IMSA) 49.06; Dillmann (MV) 50.37; Dvorchak (NV) 50.54; Netzel (PC) 51.13; Schwers (WV) 51.99; Krug (WV) 52.19; Whaley (NV) 52.56; 100 free: Parlier (OE) 47.10; Missak (NN) 47.41; 500 free: Fox (NC) 4:40.80; Dillmann (MV) 4:42.40; Kasper (Marm) 4:43.24; Lamb (NC) 4:45.93; Guist (OE) 4:46.20; 200 free relay: Metea Valley (O’Brien, Sandberg, Walter, Salerno) 1:26.64; Waubonsie Valley (Weng, Yor, Schwers, Krug) 1:27.03; Naperville Central (May, Coakley, Walsh, Gerlach) 1:27.49; Naperville North (Missak, Cassano, Roccco, Snyders) 1:27.77; Neuqua Valley (Ciezczak, Peters, Springer, Mollway) 1:27.98; 100 back: Tan (IMSA) 50.15; Dvorchak (NV) 52.29; Fergus (Marm) 52.45; Piper (NC) 52.66; Widuch (NV) 52.92; York (WV) 53.09; 100 breast: O’Brien (MV) 56.31; Salerno (MV) 58.64; Tran (PC) 58.76; Liang (IMSA) 59.06; Sajaev (NC) 59.81; Harder (NC) 59.97; Motoyama (WV) 1:00.22: Yao (NN) 1:00.30; 400 free relay: Neuqua Valley (Ciezczak, Dvorchak, Delasandro, Widuch) 3:11.53; Marmion (Kasper, Fergus, Burke, Creighton) 3:11.57; Naperville Central (May, Piper, Gerlach, Lamb) 3:13.14; Waubonsie Valley (York, Morris, Lohmann, Krug) 3:13.51.*


    Waubonsie repeats as state champ

    ROCKFORD — Sara Barsotti is one of four seniors on Waubonsie Valley’s girls bowling team. But at the beginning of the season, she wasn’t sure that she would be bowling at all after going through knee surgery last August. On Saturday she one of the integral parts of the team that led the Warriors to a back-to-back state championship at Cherry Bowl as the team was hugging and in tears of getting the team title. Waubonsie Valley finished with the top score of 12,416 for the 12 games. Leyden was second with 12,214 and Hoffman Estates placed third 12,164. The Warriors’ Julia Bond also was the tournament individual champion with a 2,817 Barsotti shot an impressive 623 series over her final three games with games of 199, 188 and a 236 that capped off a 2,212 for the two days of competition. However, she had to work her way back to bowling. She had the surgery on her trail right leg that was causing discomfort. Her working hard to return was one thing, but she managed to average 203 by the end of the season. “It was a problem that I had since birth that started to bother me this past summer,” Barsotti said. “It was a major kneecap reconstruction surgery. I was told no bowling for six months. I thought I was going to be out completely. “Actually, I started with one step in October and avoided my right leg completely and I was able to do all four steps when the season started. Coming back and bowling was a saving grace this year for the team.” Waubonsie Valley joined the girls soccer team winning two straight years, and the Warriors finished third place two years ago. The Warriors won five out of six tournaments this season and took second in another. “At the beginning of the season, it didn’t look like we would have a good season,” Waubonsie Valley coach Marty Miller said. “It looked like it was going to be a tough season. “This group was different over last year, it was like riding Seattle Slew and it was smooth. This year was more like a bucking bronco, we just weren’t sure what to expect.” Bond on her day started with a near perfect 299 game. The she had a 189 and 268 for a 756 in the morning. In the afternoon she tossed games of 194, 217 and 205 leading to be the top individual bowler. “I do think the team part is a little more exciting, because this is the last time bowling with these girls,” said Bond, who will bowl at Nebraska next year. “There can be plenty of other things that I can do as an individual. But nothing is ever going to come close to the experience to these girls on the team.” Other Warriors seniors Rachel Felton 2,540, who shot a 686 in the morning with a high game of 257 and Talyssa Melgoza 1,955. Sophomores Violet Kirk rolled a 1,655 and Veronica Dryfus 1,237. Jordan Newham picked up Metea Valley’s first medal in bowling with a third-place finish. She had a 603 for the first three and then games of 225, 236 and 221 for a 682 and a total of 2,707. “It’s a great feeling and the goal was obviously to win,” Newham said. “Julia (Bond) and Reba (Hall) are great bowlers, and I was right behind them. “Just staying in my head and going with one shot at a time. Not letting other scores or myself.” Jamie McCreedy of West Aurora finished in 15th place with 2,580. She had rolled a 646 in the morning and 661 for the afternoon with a high game of 268.

    Steven Tan of the Illinois Math and Science Academy is the Metea Valley boys swimming sectional champion with a 49.06 state qualifying time and new pool record.

    Naperville Central’s Fox comes out of hiding

    Naperville Central’s Jimmy Fox seemed to come out of nowhere to capture the 500 freestyle at the Metea Valley swimming and diving sectional on Saturday. But his performance, which saw him cut 22 seconds off his previous best time, was not entirely unexpected by his coach and Redhawks teammates.


    Stevenson caps wild, winning weekend

    Stevenson capped a big weekend of basketball with a 65-56 victory over Simeon on Saturday night at Niles West.


    Lake Park edges Wheaton for third

    It was a battle until the end for third place between Lake Park and Wheaton co-op Saturday at the Downers Grove North boys swimming sectional. The Lancers’ prevailed by one-half point, 182 to 181.5, thanks to their victory in the 400-yard freestyle relay, the final event of the day. However, team results in sectional competition don’t have the weight that the actual number of state qualifiers a school has achieved has. A sectional meet is all about being good enough and fast enough to keep your season going another week.


    Naperville North forces W. Aurora to OT

    Tommy Koth didn’t feel the pressure. “Not really, I was drowning out all the voices,” said the West Aurora junior, who on Saturday made the biggest shot of his prep career.

    Abby Hasanov of Barrington performs on the floor exercise, finishing fourth during girls gymnastics state meet Saturday at Palatine.

    Point proved as Hasanov ties for bars title

    Barrington sophomore Abby Hasanov came into the season looking to make a point. Last year, she qualified to the finals on the bars and vault but had to scratch due to a 103-degree fever, wiping out her chance at state glory. Needless to say, the Fillies sophomore had a bit of unfinished business. On Saturday at the girls gymnastics state meet in Palatine, Hasanov not only made her point, she added an exclamation mark to it. She tied for the state title on bars (9.5) and added a fourth-place medal on the floor (9.475).

    Christian Brunner of Dundee-Crown competes against Colton Emmerich of Deerfield Saturday in the 182-pound weight class championship match of the IHSA Class 3A state tournament at State Farm Center in Champaign.

    Dundee-Crown’s Brunner settles for 2nd

    Last year at this time, Christian Brunner was just an unknown 132-pounder for Dundee-Crown, who did not even compete in the Fox Valley Conference or regional tournaments. One year later, his name boomed across the State Farm Center when the Chargers’ sensational sophomore was introduced as one of the combatants in the 182-pound Class 3A final on the big floor. In yet another battle between No. 2 Colton Emmerich of Deerfield and a rematch of last week’s sectional final, it was Emmerich (47-1) who would prevail for the fourth time, defeating Brunner 5-3 to capture the Warriors’ first individual state title since 1964, while Brunner brings home the 14th medal in Dundee-Crown program history.


    Cracknell paves way to Wolves’ victory

    Forward Adam Cracknell scored 26 seconds into the game and added 2 assists to pace the Chicago Wolves to a 5-3 victory over Western Conference leader Abbotsford on Saturday night at Allstate Arena.


    Lake Park takes control in second half

    Lake Park’s boys basketball team made it immediately obvious that Saturday’s second half was going to be a different ballgame. When Glenbard East inbounded the ball to start the third quarter, the Lancers’ Michael Karas converted a steal and basket into a 3-point play. A flurry of forced turnovers quickly followed as an aggressive defensive effort powered Lake Park to a 53-35 DuPage Valley Conference victory over the Rams in Lombard.


    Barrington ties down sectional title

    Barrington seniors Sam Miseyka and Sebastian Piekarski have been trading off victories and best times all season in one of their strongest races, the 50-yard freestyle. “It almost seems like we’ve been going back and forth — he’ll win one, I’ll win one,” said Miseyka. On Saturday in the boys swimming sectional at Stevenson, they tried a new approach. This time they shared a victory, touching in 21.55 to tie for top honors in the 50 free in lifetime best efforts for both. One more thing they shared: A joyous dunking after the meet as Barrington celebrated a sectional championship. Barrington won the 200 medley and 200 free relays and had plenty more individual state qualifiers in totaling 260 points. Stevenson was close behind (243), with Fremd (169), Palatine (143), Jacobs (109) and Cary-Grove (95) rounding out the top six.

    Jill Schuberth of Naperville Central finishing fifth on the balance beam during State Girls Gymnastics Saturday at Palatine High School .

    Naperville North’s Robert ties for third on bars

    Naperville North’s Michaela Robert knows what the girls gymnastics state experience is like, but Saturday caught the junior by surprise. Robert advanced out of Friday’s individual event preliminaries on vault and bars, ualifying for the individual finals for the first time. “It was a lot more intense than I was kind of expecting it to be,” she said. “I was not expecting all of the cameras and everything, but I just kept the right state of mind. I was able to be a bit more relaxed because I knew there wasn’t anything more after this on the season and I think that really helped me.”

    Alyssa Weisberg of Stevenson accepts her award for winning the balance beam in the girls gymnastics state meet Saturday at Palatine. It’s the second straight year Weisberg has won the event.

    Stevenson’s Weisberg wins — again

    Alyssa Weisberg of Stevenson landed herself in some very good company after her performance in Saturday night’s finals of the high school girls gymnastics state meet at Palatine High School. Weisberg chalked up the state balance beam championship with a 9.65, winning the event for a second straight year. “I really don’t have words to describe all of this,” Weisberg said. “I don’t think exciting is the right word. I just think all of this is pretty cool.”

    Steve Polakowski of Libertyville competes against Kris Williams of Thornwood on Saturday in the 120-pound championship match in Champaign.

    Wauconda’s Magiera powers to 220-pound title

    Tom Nance, his coaching staff, and even the teammates of Wauconda’s super 220-pounder Nate Magiera spent the entire week putting together the perfect tactical plan. The idea was to have everything in order for a test against No. 1-ranked Edgar Ruano. Magiera, who’d only lost to Ruano this season, was rated No. 2 in the state. But then, 22 seconds into the Class 2A champoionship match under the bright lights in Champaign, Magiera blew apart all that preparation. And boy, is Nance thrilled that happened. When at his best, Magiera is capable of humbling anyone — even Ruano — and Saturday night, that’s exactly what the Bulldogs senior did. With a magnificent display of power and skill, Magiera used every weapon in his arsenal to throttle Ruano 17-4 and capture the state championship trophy. It’s the school’s first since Scott Carlson won in 2009 at 152 pounds.

    Chris Garcia of Lombard Montini Catholic High School falls to his knees after defeating SirRomeo Howard of East St. Louis High School Saturday in the 145-pound weight class championship match of the wrestling IHSA Class 2A state tournament at State Farm Center in Champaign.

    The thrill of victory

    Jered Cortez and Jon Marmolejo were part of prep wrestling history only minutes apart Saturday night at the University of Illinois’ State Farm Center. But for different reasons. Marmion senior Johnny Jimenez was the only Class 3A 126-pound wrestler to defeat Marmolejo this season, denying the Panthers’ senior any offensive points in a 5-1 victory. It was the fourth state championship for the Wisconsin-bound Jimenez.


    Wheaton College misses its chance

    If Saturday night’s men’s basketball game had worked out the way Wheaton College hoped it would, the Thunder would have defeated No. 4-ranked Illinois Wesleyan to earn a share of the CCIW championship and host the league tournament next weekend.


    Maine West preps for meeting with New Trier

    Maine West Hall of Fame girls basketball coach Derril Kipp has steered the Warriors to 24 sectionals over the past 33 seasons. Monday’s appearance in the Class 4A Maine East semifinal will be the Warriors’ first since 2007 when they won their ninth sectional crown under Kipp. To win a tenth, the No. 4-seeded Warriors (17-11) must first stop top-seeded New Trier, which brings a record of 25-4 into the game which begins at 6 p.m.

    Burlington Central junior Alison Colby (42) battles for a rebound in Saturday’s regional championship game win over St. Edward.

    Girls basketball: Scouting the Class 3A Belvidere sectional

    Previewing the Class 3A Belvidere girls basketball sectional.

    Bobby Alexander of Conant, bottom, competes against Ameen Hamdan of Marist on Saturday in the 132-pound third-place match at State Farm Center in Champaign.

    Alexander, Stopka complete medal efforts at state

    The medal count might not have ended up exactly as expected, but for Conant’s Bobby Alexander, Schaumburg’s Matt Stopka and Barrington’s Mitch Stathakis, the weekend at State Farm Arena still proved most memorable.

    Johnny Jimeniz of Marmion Academy celebrates his fourth state championship after beating Jon Marmolejo of Glenbard North High School Saturday in the 126-pound weight class championship match of the wrestling IHSA Class 3A state tournament at State Farm Center in Champaign.

    Images: State Wrestling, Saturday, Feb. 22
    Images from state Boys Wrestling Individual finals at State Farm Center in Champaign on Saturday, Feb. 22.

    Northwestern’s Drew Crawford (1) drives around Indiana’s Kevin Yogi Ferrell (11) during the first half in Evanston Saturday.

    Indiana snaps skid, beats Northwestern 61-56

    Indiana got scoring from five different players during an 18-4 run midway through the game, then held on for a 61-56 win over Northwestern on Saturday night. Indiana’s Yogi Ferrell, Troy Williams, Noah Vonleh and Will Sheehey each had 12 points as the Hoosiers (15-11, 5-8 Big Ten) ended a three-game losing streak and extended Northwestern’s (12-16, 5-10) slide to five.


    Loyola bows to tough Bradley defense, 55-38

    PEORIA, Ill. — Walt Lemon Jr. scored 16 points and the Brave’s defense held Loyola of Chicago to just 27 percent shooting , leading to a 55-38 Bradley victory on Saturday night.Bradley (12-17, 7-9 Missouri Valley) managed just a 19-17 lead over Loyola (9-19, 4-12) at the break as tenacious defense controlled the pace.The second period opened with Loyola’s shooting accuracy still stymied by Bradley’s defense, while the Braves raced to a 33-20 lead on a 14-3 run with 13:49 to play. The Bradley lead expanded to 20 points, 54-34, with 1:34 remaining.The Ramblers scored just four points in the final 5 minutes and landed just 1 of 18 from 3-point range in its attempt to move out of the Missouri Valley cellar position. Loyola, losers of four straight was led in scoring by Christian Thomas with 9 points.

    John Starks/jstarks@dailyherald.comJosh Wallick of Gibson City High School looks down and laughs after pinning Eduardo Gonzalez of Aurora Central Catholic High School Saturday in the 285-pound weight class championship match of the wrestling IHSA Class 2A state tournament at State Farm Center in Champaign.

    Marmion’s Jimenez wins 4th state championship

    Five years after the last Illinois athlete completed a four-year sweep of state championships, Johnny Jimenez had the massive crowd at the University of Illinois’ State Farm Center on its feet. The Marmion senior became the 12th wrestler in the 77-year history of the state tournament to win championships all four years with his Class 3A 126-pound 5-1 victory over Glenbard North senior Jon Marmolejo Saturday night.

    Miami Heat forward LeBron James grimaces as he lies on the floor with a bloody nose in the fourth quarter against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday. James was struck by Thunder’s Serge Ibaka on a drive to the basket.

    Will Bulls see LeBron James on Sunday?

    Miami's LeBron James is questionable with a broken nose. Jimmy Butler's status is unknown because of a bruised rib. Injuries aside, the Bulls will be putting their five-game win streak on the line against the two-time defending champs on Sunday afternoon in South Florida.


    Grayslake North’s Littleton improves on Day 2 of tourney

    Making her way up the leaderboard wasn’t out of the question for Sarah Littleton of Grayslake North on the second day of competition in girls bowling state tournament at Cherry Bowl at Saturday. She started the day in 37th place and kept her focus on knocking down pins, game after game. She worked her way into the top 20, finishing 42 pins away from a medal. Littleon concluded the two-day tournament in 18th place, with 2,553 over the 12 games.

    St. Charles North’s Joe Myhre, competes in the 200 yard medley relay during the 2014 Boys Swimming and Diving IHSA Sectional Championships Saturday at St. Charles North High School in St. Charles.

    St. Charles East wins 1st sectional since 2002

    Owning a slim 10-point lead heading into the day’s final race — the 400-yard free relay — St. Charles East’s boys swimming team knew what it needed to do in order to stay ahead of St. Charles North in the team standings.

    Burlington Central's Samantha Pryor screams as she leaps into the arms of teammates after their win over St. Edward in the Class 3A regional championship game on Saturday, February 22.

    Images: Burlington Central vs. St. Edward girls basketball
    St. Edward played Burlington Central for the Class 3A regional title Saturday in Aurora.


    Burlington Central downs North Boone

    Burlington Central 71, North Boone 54: The Rockets (18-7, 8-3) shot out to an early lead and never looked back as they easily defeated North Boone in Big Northern East action Saturday. Reed Hunnicutt led all scorers with 15 points while Brett Rau and Duncan Ozburn added 14 points apiece to lead the Rockets, who can earn a tie for the BN-East title with a win at Richmond-Burton next Friday.


    Navigato, Geneva roll past South Elgin

    Nate Navigato sat on the bench for the final 12:26 on Saturday night. The Geneva junior had done all he needed to do by then. Navigato scored 23 points in the first half and watched his teammates take care of the final quarter and a half in a 78-45 Upstate Eight crossover boys basketball rout of host South Elgin.


    Kaneland completes weekend sweep

    Longtime rival Sycamore went from enemy No. 1 to Kaneland’s new favorite team in a span of about 90 minutes Saturday night in Maple Park. With a 50-44 win, Kaneland knocked the Spartans out of first place in the ultratight Northern Illinois Big XII East race with one game remaining. Now the Knights become big Spartans fans, because if Sycamore (18-7, 6-3) can beat conference-leader Morris (16-7, 7-2) Friday, Kaneland (15-9, 6-3) can claim its share of a conference championship by beating DeKalb on Senior Night.


    Pro-active efforts from Burns, Bald bolster Grant

    Grant seniors Mike Burns and Devan Bald had no trouble finding their shooting range in the expansive environment of an NBA arena Saturday afternoon. They came out and looked like big-league veterans in a nonconference boys basketball game against McHenry at the BMO Harris Bradley Center, the home of the Milwaukee Bucks. Burns was 4-for-6 from 3-point range en route to a game-high 23 points and Bald hit his first 4 shots and scored 12 points as Grant (14-12) won its third straight game 58-51.


    Hall, Leyden roll to 2nd; Hoffman Estates surges to 3rd

    McKendree University girls bowling coach Danielle Belobraydich was at Cherry Bowl Lanes in Rockford on Saturday watching two of her recruits, Leyden’s Reba Hall and Sarah Wille of Hoffman Estates, compete in the state bowling finals. She saw the two seniors put on quite a show. Hall finished just 29 pins away from a state individual title in leading her Eagles team to a second-place state finish, while Wille propelled Hoffman to an unprecentended rally. The Hawks were in 12th place early but a record-setting team series of 1,188 in game 3 Saturday – the best ever team game in state meet history – helped Hoffman take home the third place trophy.


    Elk Grove’s Williams doubles down at Glenbrook N.

    Winning a single event in a boys swimming sectional like the one at Glenbrook North on Saturday is remarkable enough. Doing it twice is doubly impressive. And doing it in the specific way Elk Grove junior Colin Williams did it is almost unheard of.

    South Elgin fans watch a 3-point attempt by Savanah Uveges against Streamwood during the Class 4A Jacobs regional championship Thursday night.

    Girls basketball: Scouting the Class 4A Crystal Lake South sectional

    Previewing the Class 4A Crystal Lake Suth girls basketball sectional.

    Frank Thomas will join Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine as players inducted into the Hall of Fame this summer, and he’ll also join Fox Sports 1 as an analyst.

    Frank Thomas headed to the bigs as baseball analyst

    Just in time for his entry into the Hall of Fame, Frank Thomas is moving up to the broadcasting big leagues. Thomas will join Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine as players inducted into the Hall this summer. He said Saturday he’s completing details on an agreement to work this season as a studio baseball analyst for Fox Sports 1, based in Los Angeles. The network has not announced Thomas’ new role.


    St. Edward has a tough postseason road

    The gap between the St. Edward boys basketball team and top seed IC Catholic Prep widened Friday with next week’s Class 2A Aurora Christian regional looming. No. 2 seed St. Edward opened the season 9-0, a run that included a 60-57 victory over ICCP in the title game of the Westminster Christian Thanksgiving Tournament. However, the Green Wave have since posted a record of 11-8. That mark includes a pair of losses to the rival Knights (20-6): a 69-63 defeat in Elgin on Jan. 17 and Friday’s 75-51 blowout in Elmhurst.

    Burlington Central’s girls basketball team hoists the Class 3A regional championship plaque after its win over St. Edward on Saturday in Aurora. Cassandra Ciganek (30) helps hold up the plaque from the center.

    Burlington Central nabs regional title

    The state basketball tournament has provided its share of unsung heroes over the years. Add Burlington Central sophomore Sam Cruz to the list. With a nip-and-tuck defensive battle hanging in the balance Saturday afternoon in Aurora, the 5-foot-6 Rockets’ guard came up with the two biggest baskets of her young career to help her team to a regional championship. Cruz broke free for consecutive layups on back door feeds from alert teammates Shelby Holt and Sam Pryor, turning a 35-33 Rocket lead into a 39-33 advantage with 2:31 left to play. Alison Colby and Sam Pryor sealed the win going 4-for-4 from the free-throw line in the final 18 seconds as top-seeded Burlington Central held off No. 2 St. Edward 43-35 in the title game of the Class 3A Aurora Central Catholic regional.


    Marquette holds on for 96-94 victory over DePaul

    Davante Gardner scored seven of his 22 points in overtime, including a key three-point play, and Marquette held on for a 96-94 victory over DePaul on Saturday.

    Missouri defensive end Michael Sam speaks during a news conference at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    Openly gay player takes on media at Combine

    Someday Missouri defensive end Michael Sam wants to be known as just a football player; not a gay football player. But the SEC co-defensive player of the year says most of his experiences have been positives since he went public with his sexuality.

    JOE LEWNARD/jlewnard@dailyherald.com ¬ Chicago Bears quarterback Josh McCown carries the ball for a first down during the second quarter at Soldier Field Monday.

    Will Bears have enough money for McCown?

    The Bears want backup quarterback Josh McCown back for next season, but the 11-year veteran is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent, and he won't come cheaply after compiling the best season of his career.

    Regan Smith (7) crosses the finish line ahead of Brad Keselowski (22) and Trevor Bayne (6) to win the NASCAR Nationwide Series auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., Saturday.

    Regan Smith wins Nationwide opener at Daytona

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Regan Smith had the checkered flag in sight at Daytona a year ago and a freight train of cars in his rearview mirror. He moved high to throw a block on Brad Keselowski and it backfired badly. The desperate attempt to preserve the win triggered a 12-car accident, Kyle Larson’s car sailed into the fence and debris from the wreck injured nearly 30 fans. It was a racing accident, nobody’s fault. But Smith was racked with guilt. So it was sweet redemption Saturday when he nipped Keselowski at the finish line to win the Nationwide Series opener — finally, a year later — at Daytona International Speedway. “I think it hurt him deeply that the fans were involved in the accident,” said Dale Earnhardt Jr., who along sister, Kelley and Rick Hendrick owns the JR Motorsports Chevrolet that Smith drove to victory. “I think that he personally and privately (bore) some responsibility for his involvement in the crash, just being in the crash, to have someone in the grandstands get hurt had to affect him tremendously. That was definitely probably one of the toughest things he went through personally as a driver.”Smith said he went to dinner with Earnhardt after the accident and leaned on his boss. “I’m fortunate that I’ve got a boss who has been in a lot of different situations in this sport and understands a lot of different things over the years in Dale,” Smith said. “He just basically said ‘You’ve got to shake it off, it’s racing and no fault of anybody. Circumstances sometimes happen. He offered up a lot of good advice in that situation. It did bother me. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t.”Nothing bothered Smith on Saturday. He beat Keselowski by 0.013 for the second-closest finish at Daytona International Speedway and seventh closest in series history. It was the 300th victory for the Hendrick Motorsports engine shop. Keselowski said last year’s crash-marred finish never entered his mind as he plotted his strategy over the closing laps. Smith and Keselowski raced side-by-side at the front of the pack over the final two overtime laps. They were door-to-door exiting the final turn and Smith edged him at the line. “I’m not that smart and I’ve got a terrible memory,” Keselowski said of not worrying about a repeat of last year. Trevor Bayne finished third, followed by Kyle Busch, winner of Friday night’s Truck Series race, and his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Elliott Sadler. Brendan Gaughan was sixth and followed by Ty Dillon.Earnhardt Jr., who was 11th, ran into the back of Joe Nemechek after the finish. He said he was being pushed by Kyle Larson and traffic slowed too quickly. It caused heavy damage to Nemechek and Ryan Sieg’s cars that Earnhardt said he’d pay to repair. “We were slowing down. I was looking all around trying to figure out where everybody was at,” he said. “Totally my fault. Really wasn’t paying attention. I hate it for Joe and those guys ‘cause they don’t need to be tearing up race cars.”NASCAR issued its first drafting penalty of the season 86 laps into race when James Buescher was called for push-drafting Keselowski. Buescher’s car seemed to be under the rear of Keselowski’s car for several seconds, which violates NASCAR’s ban on drafting. NASCAR vice president of competition Robin Pemberton said the penalty was called because Buescher appeared to be the aggressor regardless of what the television angle showed. Keselowski said the penalty “set the tone for the rest of the race as far as what guys were looking at for driving their cars.”


    Baseball managers to try out instant replay in spring

    KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Major league teams will each have at least five games this spring where managers can challenge plays as part of the major expansion of instant replay which begins this season. Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez is looking forward to getting acquainted with it and says he’ll “challenge everything, just to get a feel for it” in those five games.Gonzalez, Houston manager Bo Porter and officials from the Tigers and Nationals met with MLB executives Joe Torre and Tony La Russa for almost three hours Friday afternoon to go over the replay rules. The new rules allow each manager to challenge one call a game. If he wins the first one, he’ll earn another challenge. The crew chief can request a review after the seventh inning if the manager has used his challenges.

    Danica Patrick prepares for the NASCAR Nationwide series auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., Saturday.

    Danica Patrick continues to shake off Daytona doubters

    Jamie Dodge is a 64-year-old die-hard Danica Patrick fan who made the trek from Huntington Beach, Calif., to watch her favorite driver in the Daytona 500. Dodge says she’s battling cancer and uses Patrick as an inspiration to continue her fight. “I was in an all-male profession for 25 years, so I know what she goes through every day,” the former police officer said.

    In this Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 photo, Marina Lisogor of Ukraine gets up after finishing the women's 10K classical-style cross-country race at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. The Ukrainian Olympic Committee said Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, that Lisogor has failed a doping test. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

    2 more Olympians test positive for drugs

    A Latvian hockey player and a Ukrainian cross-country skier failed drug tests at the Sochi Olympics, bringing to four the number of doping cases at the games.The International Olympic Committee said early Sunday that Vitalijs Pavlovs and Marina Lisogor were both expelled from the games.

    Kurt Busch sits by his car before practice for Sunday’s NASCAR Daytona 500 Sprint Cup series auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., Saturday.

    After Busch truck win, NASCAR might limit drivers’ double duty

    Kyle Busch’s thrilling move in the final few hundred feet of the Truck Series season opener led to his 99th win outside NASCAR’s top series. The victory infuriated many fans. NASCAR heard them loud and clear. NASCAR said Saturday it is looking at potentially limiting the number of second- and third-tier event Sprint Cup regulars can run during the season.

    Virginia guard Malcolm Brogdon (15) shoots over Notre Dame guard Demetrius Jackson (23) during an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, in Charlottesville, Va. Virginia won 70-49. (AP Photo/Andrew Shurtleff)

    No. 14 Virginia beats Notre Dame 70-49

    Akil Mitchell and Anthony Gill both scored 15 points and No. 14 Virginia used a 30-5 second-half run to blow open a close game and beat Notre Dame 70-49 on Saturday, the Cavaliers’ 11th consecutive victory.Justin Anderson helped fuel the run by blocking a dunk attempt by Notre Dame’s Zach Auguste, bringing a sellout crowd at John Paul Jones Arena to its feet. The victory gave Virginia (23-5, 14-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) 14 conference wins for the first time.

    Meryl Davis and Charlie White of the United States step onto the ice before performing in the figure skating exhibition gala at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the 2014 Winter Olympics, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, in Sochi, Russia.

    Images: Winter Olympics, Saturday, February 22nd
    Images from Saturday at the 2014 Winter Olympic games in Sochi.


    AP source: Nelson Cruz, Orioles reach 1-year deal

    A person familiar with the deal tells the Associated Press that free agent slugger Nelson Cruz and the Baltimore Orioles have reached agreement on a one-year contract.The person spoke Saturday on condition of anonymity because the contract was not complete. Cruz will earn about $8.5 million, and can make more in performance bonuses.

    Blackhawk Patrick Kane, right, greets USA goaltender Jonathan Quick after Finland won 5-0 in the men's bronze medal ice hockey game Saturday.

    Finland routs US 5-0 for bronze in Olympic hockey

    Teemu Selanne scored two goals and Tuukka Rask had a 26-save shutout, helping Finland rout the United States 5-0 Saturday to win hockey bronze at the Sochi Games.


    President Barack Obama speaks Friday while meeting with members of the Democratic Governors Association in the State Dining Room of the White House.

    Obama to put $140 million into Midwest manufacturing venture

    A digital manufacturing institute in Chicago will be the host for manufacturing and software companies to develop interoperable software and hardware for supply chains and to reduce manufacturing costs.The 41 companies that will be part of the consortium include Boeing Co. and Caterpillar Inc.

    Jimmy Fallon applauds first lady Michelle Obama Thursday on the set of “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” in New York.

    Tax break helps New York lure ‘The Tonight Show’

    New York’s mayor believes the show’s relocation was a triumph with wide-ranging benefits.“Bringing ‘The Tonight Show’ back to our city means we’re bringing more than a hundred jobs to hard-working New Yorkers, and giving travelers another great reason to visit,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio.

    Governors from across the U.S. meet Saturday during the National Governor’s Association Winter Meeting in Washington.

    Governors: Buzz about legalized pot just smoke

    “When governors have asked me, and several have, I say that we don’t have the facts. We don’t know what the unintended consequences are going to be,” Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper says. “I urge caution.” The Democrat continued: “I say, if it was me, I’d wait a couple of years.”

    Lexi Menees, 8, sells Girl Scout Cookies while sitting Friday outside Trumed Dispensary, which sells medical marijuana for licensed patients, in Phoenix. Girl Scouts seem to be foregoing the usual supermarket stops for selling their beloved cookies.

    Girl Scout capitalizes on the munchies

    A few days after a teenager sold dozens of cookie boxes outside a San Francisco pot dispensary, 8-year-old Lexi Menees will return to Trumed Dispensary in Phoenix on Saturday for the same purpose.

    Republican Colorado state representative Jerry Sonnenberg speaks at the podium inside the chambers of the Colorado State Legislature, at the Capitol, in Denver.

    Rural lawmakers struggle to make themselves heard

    Indiana Rep. Bill Friend, a pork producer, said it’s challenging to explain modern farming to colleagues who no longer have personal connections with agriculture. He calls it an annual educational project, as he knows of only one other state legislator who makes his living primarily from farming.

    Samsung Electronics Co., facing slower demand for smartphones, will release a new device with a larger 5.2-inch screen and sharper display than the current Galaxy S4, according to a person with direct knowledge of the matter.

    Samsung’s New Galaxy said to feature bigger, sharper display

    Samsung Electronics Co., facing slower demand for smartphones, will release a new device with a larger 5.2-inch screen and sharper display than the current Galaxy S4, according to a person with direct knowledge of the matter.

    Apple Inc. is known for producing great products, like the iPod. Now Google Inc. with its acquisition of Nest Labs Inc. and its Apple alumni founder Tony Fadell, is hoping it produces great leaders who can replicate that success as well.

    Apple manager mystique tempts Google in search for talent

    Apple Inc. is known for producing great products, like the iPod. Now Google Inc. with its acquisition of Nest Labs Inc. and its Apple alumni founder Tony Fadell, is hoping it produces great leaders who can replicate that success as well.

    Post-production and distribution executive Charles “Tad” Marburg, left, recipient of the John A. Bonner Medal of Commendation, and visual effects supervisor and director of photography Peter W. Anderson, recipient of the Gordon E. Sawyer Award, pose together before the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ annual Scientific and Technical Awards on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, in Beverly Hills, Calif.

    Academy honors scientists behind special effects

    The scientists and inventors who make big-screen superheroes and spectacular explosions possible have their own Oscar ceremony.

    The King Digital Entertainment Plc logo and “Candy Crush Saga” game are displayed on an Apple Inc. iPhone 5s and iPad Air in this arranged photograph in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014. King Digital Entertainment Plc, the maker of popular smartphone games including “Candy Crush Saga” and “Pet Rescue Saga,” is beginning an adventure of its own on a path to becoming a public company.

    Opinion: Candy Crush’s maker doesn’t really want your money

    Apparently, all financial journalists spend most of their time playing “the addictive puzzle game Candy Crush Saga.” Except me; I’ve never played it, but I am nothing if not desperate to fit in so here is a post about the initial public offering document that Candy Crush’s maker, King Digital Entertainment Plc, filed today. Because King’s IPO is also sort of an addictive puzzle game!

    Shaun White, of the United States, hits the edge of the half pipe during the men’s snowboard halfpipe final at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.

    Shaun White is most chatted on Facebook

    Snowboarder Shaun White is the most buzzed-about Olympic athlete on Facebook but figure skating is by far the sport that attracts the most interest. The social media site said that more than 24 million people have commented on the Olympics during Sochi’s first week, with a total of 48 million posts, comments and “likes.”

    The website Natural News — which seems like a parody but is unfortunately quite serious — published these preposterous stories, and many others just as silly, last week alone.

    Hundreds believe preposterous stories on Facebook

    Have you heard that eating whole lemons prevents cancer? Or that bathing in Himalayan salt rids the body of harmful toxins? That eating hijiki seaweed can delay hair graying? If you have a few Facebook friends, you’ve probably encountered some of these claims. The website Natural News — which seems like a parody but is unfortunately quite serious — published these preposterous stories, and many others just as silly, last week alone.

    SocialRadar is a new mobile application that could become a cool way to find nearby friends and discover other interesting people living or working in the same neighborhood.

    Review: SocialRadar shows where to find friends

    SocialRadar is a new mobile application that could become a cool way to find nearby friends and discover other interesting people living or working in the same neighborhood. Or it could just end up being another creepy example of how digital devices are making it easier for our whereabouts to be tracked by just about anyone, including strangers.

    In this Feb. 24, 2012 photo provided by the U.S. Navy, a high-speed camera captures the first full-energy shots from an electromagnetic launcher at a test facility in Dahlgren, Va. The Navy plans to deploy its first laser on a ship in 2014, and intends to test an electromagnetic rail gun prototype aboard a vessel within the following two years.

    Navy ready to deploy futuristic laser for 1st time

    Some of the Navy’s futuristic weapons sound like something out of “Star Wars,” with lasers designed to shoot down aerial drones and electric guns that fire projectiles at hypersonic speeds. That future is now.


    Technology classes help girls build online skills

    Throughout a new course, Digital Divas will be encouraged to explore computer science-related careers and hobbies, including new techie tools, Internet safety, cyber bullying, Internet literacy and computer programming.


    Animal testing support erodes

    Support for medical testing on animals has declined 12 percent since 2001 in the United States, and the Internet may be responsible.

    Sony Corp. has sold more than 5.3 million PlayStation 4 game consoles globally, beating its forecast, as it prepares to release the machine in Japan.

    Sony sells 5.3 million PlayStation 4 consoles

    Sony Corp. has sold more than 5.3 million PlayStation 4 game consoles globally, beating its forecast, as it prepares to release the machine in Japan.

    Associated Press Monsanto is introducing novel strains of familiar foods.

    Monsanto develops new veggies

    Monsanto is introducing novel strains of familiar foods. Among them: Frescada lettuce, which “is sweeter and crunchier than romaine.” There’s also BellaFina peppers, which come in single-serving sizes to reduce leftovers.

    Jeep Grand Cherokees and Commanders are staged for transportation on truck and train at the Chrysler Jefferson North Assembly facility in Detroit. It took decades of decay to bring down the once-mighty industrial giant that grew to 1.8 million people in the 1950s. By 2009, the auto industry collapsed along with the economy as a whole, eventually pulling the city down with it.

    BC-US--Detroit Bankruptcy-5 Effects,368A look at the effects of Detroit's bankruptcy plan

    The plan calls for the city to spend $1.5 billion over 10 years to remove blighted properties, upgrade public-safety equipment and technology and make other improvements. When the city filed for bankruptcy in July, it reported having 78,000 abandoned and blighted residential buildings — roughly 20 percent of the housing stock.

Life & Entertainment

    Garrick Utley, president of the State University of New York Levin Institute and a former TV journalist, speaks at the Council on Foreign Relations, in New York. Utley has died. He died of cancer, the network said. He was 74.

    TV newsman Garrick Utley dies at 74

    In recent years, he was a senior fellow and professor of broadcasting and journalism at the State University of New York, Oswego.In 2000, he published a memoir, “You Should Have Been Here Yesterday: A Life Story in Television News.”Standing a lanky 6-foot-6, Garrick Utley was known for his courtly and knowledgeable on-the-air manner. An opera buff, for a time he hosted PBS’ “Live From the Met.”

    Singer Beverly Crawford will perform as part of CLC's 30th Annual Salute to Gospel Music.

    Weekend picks: Beverly Crawford honors gospel at CLC

    Beverly Crawford headlines the College of Lake County's 30th Salute to Gospel Concert. The Chicago Golf Show tees off Friday at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont. And local comedian Pat McGann slings some stand-up at Zanies in St. Charles.


    Book notes: Stephan Pastis comes to Naperville
    Meet children's book author Stephan Pastis as he discusses and signs copies of his latest "Timmy Failure" title, "Now Look What You've Done," at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 1, at Anderson's Two Doors East, 111 W. Jefferson Ave., Naperville.

    Clogged gutters aren’t just an aesthetic problem. If water puddles near the home, it could lead to costly water damage.

    The outside of your home needs as much attention as the inside

    More people will see the outside of a home than will ever see the interior. Beyond pure vanity, though, maintaining a beautiful home exterior will keep the structure sound and ensure a healthy resale value. It’s puzzling, then, how it can be so easy to neglect the home exterior.

    Milo (Kit Harington) and Atticus (Adewele Akinnouye-Agbaje) get ready for battle in “Pompeii,” out in theaters now.

    Harington travels from ‘Thrones’ to big screen in ‘Pompeii’

    This is how a hit television show can transform an actor’s life: A few years before starting his multiyear stint as Jon Snow on HBO’s massively successful fantasy series “Game of Thrones,” Kit Harington was just another 18-year-old Brit, backpacking down the East Coast of the United States, looking for a warm bed but facing dwindling funds. Now he's starring as Milo the gladiator in the new movie "Pompeii."

    Creel and Gow on Manhattan’s Upper East Side is one of the few Americans stores that fully embrace natural specimens as design elements.

    Interior design moved too far away from the natural world

    We each need something that tips a tastefully decorated room into one that is more layered and interesting. Like this trend or not, you can take it as a reminder to look to the natural world for beauty.

    Michigan’s Shanty Creek Resort’s most popular event, the very silly Monster Energy Slush Cup Weekend, will be held March 1.

    On the road: Celebrate the Slush Cup

    The Chicago Children's Museum invites kids of all ages to come and build forts, complete with costumes. Help raise funds for Special Olympics at the Chicago Polar Plunge. And witness the winning of the Monster Energy Slush Cup.

    Numerous varieties of prepackaged seeds can be purchased at Lockhart Seeds.

    Seed catalogs have something for everyone

    A song called “One-Ton Tomato” (a parody of “Guantanamera”), as aired by radio host Dr. Demento in 1980, has stuck mercilessly in my mind ever since, and I recall it each year when the new Burpee seed catalog comes in the mail.

    Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) finds herself stranded in space in “Gravity,” now on DVD.

    DVD previews: ‘Gravity,’ ‘Thor: The Dark World’

    See Oscar nominated films "Gravity" and "Nebraska" on DVD starting Feb. 25. Also headed to DVD: the "Thor" sequel.

    Alex Berenson’s “The Counterfeit Agent” takes John Wells to Turkey and Iran.

    ‘Counterfeit Agent’ a pulsating, timely thriller

    “The Counterfeit Agent” is the eighth spy thriller penned by Alex Berenson, a former New York Times reporter with a keen eye for plot, telling (and often bloody) details and, perish the thought, well-drawn but hardly overwrought characters. As with his previous books, “Agent” stars John Wells, an occasionally otherworldly but deeply human superspy of a sort. Here the focus is on Turkey and Iran, where a nuclear plot may or may not be taking shape.

    “The Dogs and I: True Tails from the Mississippi” was recently released by Kenny Salwey.

    Man’s best friend and the great outdoors

    The whole world is your living room. That’s how it feels sometimes because you don’t know any better place for relaxing than the outdoors. With a shady tree as your easy chair, birdsong as your music, and your dog nearby, you could be outside 24/7.


    Snow-filled balconies can damage condo building

    Q. The enormous snowfall this winter has caused snow to fill balconies that serve the individual condominium units. This has caused the drains on the balconies to become clogged with snow and ice. Can the board require owners to remove the snow from their balconies?


    Spinning the color wheel with John Gidding

    John Gidding, HGTV’s “’Curb Appeal” host, was the guest last week on The Washington Post’s Home Front online chat. Here is an edited excerpt:


    Be clear on what services a discount broker provides

    Q. I am planning to list my house by March or April. What is your opinion, pro and con, about listing with a low-rate agency that advertises to sell with 0 to 2.5 percent commission. Can a multiple-listing agent sell through them and add to the commission?


    Should condo owners press their boards to seek FHA approval?

    If a condo meets FHA approval, purchasers of units in the condo are eligible for FHA financing. This is advantageous to existing residents who want to sell their units. However, many condos that could qualify have never sought approval.



    Endorsement: ‘No’ on Long Grove road tax plan

    The Daily Herald recommends a "no" vote on a plan to create a temporary property tax for road repairs in Long Grove.

    A woman text messages while driving. It’s a dangerous practice that’s now against the law in Illinois.

    Editorial: Where’s the campaign to stop texting while driving?
    A Daily Herald editorial says we have laws against texting while driving and against making hand-operated cellphone calls while driving, but now's the time to go on an aggressive campaign to enforce them.

    A Wheaton resident clears his driveway in early January. He and others would be out doing the same many more times before spring came.

    Editorial: What we learned for all we suffered

    A Daily Herald editorial reflects on the lessons of the Worst. Winter. Ever.


    The Soapbox
    Daily Herald editors comment on good and bad news a couple of suburban towns have received, among other topics.


    From hoarding to government overload

    Sunday Soapbox. DuPage/Fox news director Jim Davis waxes profound on animal hoarding, Illinois' bounty of government (and what the Better Government Association is doing about it) and a Kane County official's high-profile health screen.


    Store display highlights threat to women’s health
    A South Barrington letter to the editor: An Internet photo taken at a big chain drugstore in New Jersey featured a special Valentine “Keep it Sweet” display, including greeting cards, candies, flowers, balloons, condoms, jelly and Plan B One Step — along with metal handcuffs for the more adventurous.


    Question of trust on Brainerd plan
    A Libertyville letter to the editor: As a taxpayer, I am being asked to provide money to build an $11.5 million palace, and the group that will have control cannot even play fair and take down a sign?


    Brainerd effort had its chance
    A Libertyville letter to the editor: I read with great interest the discussion regarding the referendum for saving the Brainerd Building.


    Unusual alliance says something about Rauner
    A Palos Park letter to the editor: We are witnessing a metaphoric “political fragging” a character assassination, if you will, but make no mistake about it; Bruce Rauner is being intentionally fragged by members of his own party as well.


    Rauner wrong about government assistance
    A Buffalo Grove letter to the editor: The letter in the Feb. 10 Daily Herald praising the virtues of Repub­lican candidate Bruce Rauner was exemplary of the self-centered views of that party. But the people who vote should remember that Rauner’s first inclination was to lower the hourly minimum wage of $7.25 per hour.


    Living wages would put more money into economy
    A Northbrook letter to the editor: A Feb. 12 letter in the Daily Herald criticized Sen. Dick Durbin, President Obama and Gov. Pat Quinn for supporting a minimum-wage increase, claiming that doing so will be bad for business. I’m the owner of a thriving small business with 25 full-time and 80 part-time and seasonal workers. I pay all of my employees a living wage, and I’m here to tell you that letter writer is wrong.


    Brazile deceives about debt reduction
    A Roselle letter to the editor: After reading Donna Brazile’s recent column about the “national deficit,” I continue to be amazed at how politicians and their surrogates (which is what Donna is) on both sides continue to lie, yet continue to be published in papers such as the Daily Herald.


    Candidate’s stance on term limits a plus
    A St. Charles letter to the editor: Bruce Rauner is a very successful business executive who is running for governor of Illinois and I am supporting him in his candidacy for two reasons. First, he wants to push for the introduction of term limits in the state and see if through until it becomes law.


    Writer’s bias should have been disclosed
    A Lake in the Hills letter to the editor: Re: “Responding to minimum wage ideas,” (Guest View by Michael Saltsman, Feb. 14.) Thank goodness we have the Internet. I’m interested in minimum wage issues and was drawn to Mr. Saltsman’s column. I don’t know what the Herald’s policy is on “guest” columnists, but I do wish Mr. Saltsman had been identified beyond “Research Director at the Economic Policies Institute.”


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