Daily Archive : Saturday March 8, 2014


    Dick O'Gorman, owner of the Ivy restaurant in downtown Wheaton, displays two specials — chicken satay skewers and andouille sausage meatloaf canapés — that he'll be offering during a kickoff event for the Downtown Wheaton Association's first Restaurant Week.

    Wheaton ready to launch first Restaurant Week

    After a long, cold winter, people are ready to get out and shake up their routine a bit, Downtown Wheaton Association Executive Director Paula Barrington says. That's one reason why the association is sponsoring its first Restaurant Week, featuring a kickoff event and specials at nearly a dozen restaurants. “I think people are looking for something new and different. People are really very...

    McNally’s Traditional Irish Pub at 201 E. Main St., St. Charles.

    It’s good to be Irish in St. Charles

    Dave Heun says this coming week it's good to be Irish, especially in St. Charles.

    Chris Holling, an Elgin High School junior, is surprised after being selected Youth of the Year earlier this week by the Boys & Girls Club of Elgin.

    Elgin High junior honored by Boys & Girls Club

    A young man who is determined to give back by helping younger kids was selected Youth of the Year by the Boys & Girls Club of Elgin. Chris Holling, 17, a junior at Elgin High School, was among three contestants who gave speeches on what the club means to them, along with submitting six letters of recommendation, writing an essay on the importance of postsecondary education, and logging community...

    Katherine Winston, 16, of Naperville looks over some of the dresses during the annual Cinderella’s Closet event Saturday the YWCA in Elgin.

    Girls get prom dresses at Elgin Y event

    Among a sea of outfits, teenage girls from the across the suburbs tried to find the perfect prom dress Saturday during the annual Cinderella’s Closet at the YWCA in Elgin. “I think it’s amazing and it’s a great opportunity for these girls” said Debbie Walters of St. Charles, who was there with her sixteen-year-old daughter Casey looking for a dress. More than 300...

    ALTERNATE CROP OF XHG102 A woman cries at the arrival hall of the International Airport in Beijing, China, Saturday, March 8, 2014. Relatives and friends were arriving at Beijing airport for news after a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 was reported missing on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing Saturday. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

    Air force chief: Malaysia jet may have turned back

    Military radar indicates that the missing Boeing 777 jet may have turned back, Malaysia's air force chief said Sunday as scores of ships and aircraft from across Asia resumed a hunt for the plane and its 239 passengers. There was still no confirmed sighting of debris in the seas between Malaysia and Vietnam where it vanished from screens early Saturday morning en route to Beijing from Kuala...

    Zachary Krakow, 10, of Grayslake putts through a book aisle decorated with drapery to resemble an entry to a castle during mini-golf inside the Grayslake Area Public Library on Saturday in Grayslake.

    Grayslake Area Public Library holds indoor mini-golf event

    The Grayslake Area Public Library held its second annual mini-golf fundraising event on Saturday.

    The Buffalo Grove Park District Raupp Museum’s newly renovated Crossroads exhibit depicts the Buffalo Grove area as it was about a century ago, including the Prairie View train station, the Weidner general store and the Geimer greenhouse.

    Raupp Museum unveils renovated Crossroads exhibit

    Heloise Jacobs, 9, was on a scavenger hunt for antique, old-fashioned general store items on Saturday at the Raupp Museum in Buffalo Grove. The hunt was at the opening of the newly renovated Crossroads exhibit, which includes replicas of the Prairie View train station, the Weidner general store and the Geimer greenhouse. “It’s a cool way to see the new display,” Heloise said.

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry talks to journalists during a briefing with Italian Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini, prior to a dinner at the U.S. Ambassador’s Villa Taverna residence in Rome, Thursday.

    Kerry, Cruz and Crist poke fun at Gridiron Dinner

    Charlie Crist, who was Florida governor as a Republican and seeks to regain the job as a Democrat — spoke for his new party. Crist said he checked his big ego by reminding himself that John McCain found Sarah Palin a worthier running mate in 2008. And he took a jab at Cruz, saying the Texas tea partyer’s followers wear “tri-cornered aluminum hats.”

    Police say a man inappropriately touched a 22-year-old woman outside a Mount Prospect business after he asked her out on a date.

    Mount Prospect police seek suspect in battery case

    Mount Prospect police are seeking the public's help identifying a man who inappropriately touched a 22-year-old woman. The man approached the victim outside of a Mailbox Plus and asked her out on a date, police said. Authorities released a sketch of the offender Saturday.

    A young girl looks Saturday at candles arranged in the shape of a cross, part of a memorial to those who died in clashes which took place in late February, in Kiev’s Independence Square, Ukraine.

    Russia might halt nuclear inspections

    The Crimean parliament has voted to join Russia and called a referendum for next Sunday to confirm the decision. Many ethnic Russians in Crimea consider a return to Russia the righting of a historical wrong done when Russia gave it away to Ukraine in 1954. Ukraine’s acting foreign minister, Andriy Deshchytsia, told reporters Saturday that Ukraine will never cede its claim to Crimea no...

    A man photographs a child Saturday with a group of Cossacks in the background in Simferopol, Ukraine.

    Russia reinforces military presence in Crimea

    Vladislav Seleznyov, a Crimean-based spokesman for the Ukrainian armed forces, told AP that witnesses had reported seeing amphibious military ships unloading around 200 military vehicles in eastern Crimea on Friday night after apparently having crossed the Straits of Kerch, which separates Crimea from Russian territory. “Neither the equipment, nor the paratroopers have insignia that...

    A plane gets tangled Saturday with a parachutist, at the South Lakeland Airport in Mulberry, Fla. Both the pilot and jumper hospitalized with minor injuries.

    Skydiver, pilot treated after midair accident

    A plane became entangled in the strings of a skydiver’s parachute, sending both crashing into the ground near Tampa, Fla., with both the pilot and jumper hospitalized with minor injuries.

    Police detain a participant Saturday in the pre-St. Patrick’s Day “Blarney Blowout” near the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Mass.

    Dozens arrested at Massachusetts ‘Blarney Blowout’

    A spokesman for UMass says that students arrested will have details of their behavior reviewed under the school’s code of conduct. Sanctions can include suspension or expulsion.Most have been charged with failing to disperse and disorderly conduct.


    Child playing with lighter sparks Batavia fire

    A child playing with a lighter sparked a fire Saturday causing about $25,000 in damage to a Batavia apartment, authorities said.


    Thousands of killer bees attack woman in California

    A bee removal specialist told the Riverside Press-Enterprise that up to 80,000 Africanized honey bees found in an underground electrical vault stung a Verizon employee who opened the vault. Lance Davis said the bees then attacked the woman, who had just gotten out of a car nearby.

    The 2013 version of the Naperville Marathon was so successful that race organizers expanded the number of race slots to 7,000 for 2014. Except for charity slots, the race is likely to sell out Sunday, organizers said.

    Runners rush to sign up for Naperville marathon

    If Saturday registrations for the 2014 version of the Edward Hospital Naperville Marathon are any indication, the race will only continue its growth in 2015. Demand for race slots was so high it clogged registration servers for part of Saturday, the first day of the general sign-up period. Race Director Bob Hackett said the pace of registrations Saturday will most likely lead to the race selling...

    Indiana’s New Prairie High School took part in the annual Choral Classic Invitational Saturday in Wheaton. Thirty middle schools and high schools from 11 states participated in the two-day show choir and vocal performance competition.

    1,500 students perform in Choral Classic in Wheaton

    Students from 30 middle schools and high schools representing 11 states performed Friday night and Saturday during the Wheaton Warrenville South High School Choral Classic. Roughly 1,500 students appeared onstage over the course of the two days and about 4,000 people were expected to attend. Organizers said it was one of the highest attended performance events in the school’s history.

    Ryan Luckinbill, 17, left, and Vignesh Sarathy, 18, of Metea Valley High School’s Autobots robotics team work on their robot before the start of the Illinois VEX Robotics state championships Saturday at Batavia Middle School.

    Interest in Fox Valley robot competition skyrocketing

    By the end of the morning events at the Illinois VEX Robotics state championships, several members of four different teams had gathered around a monitor with a scrolling list of the standings. There was still a half-day worth of matches, but all the teams shared the same opinion of the team at the top of the heap at that point in the day. “Cobalt is awesome,” said one middle-school...

    Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, speaks Saturday on screen during a panel discussion at the South By Southwest (SXSW) Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas.

    Assange says Wikileaks will release new secret data

    Assange, speaking through a video feed Saturday to a crowd of more than 3,000 people at the South by Southwest Interactive conference in Austin, Texas, said he wouldn’t share details about the timing or contents of the data because he doesn’t want to give the subjects a chance to prepare a response.

    Former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin gestures Saturday while she addresses the Conservative Political Action Committee annual conference in National Harbor, Md..

    Rand Paul wins CPAC presidential straw poll

    Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul won the conference’s presidential preference straw poll, a symbolic victory that reflects his popularity among conservatives who typically hold outsized influence in the GOP’s presidential selection process.

    Caitlyn Virt

    Missing Maryland girl found, father arrested

    A Maryland girl who disappeared after her mother was found dead last week has been located following a nationwide search, authorities say.The girl, 11-year-old Caitlyn Virts, was located along with her father, Timothy Virts, in a motel in Florence, South Carolina, police said late Friday.

    Jacqueline Ferrer, 10½ months, of Schaumburg, cries despite the encouragement of her grandmother, Nelly Ferrer of Des Plaines, during the Diaper Derby event Saturday at Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg. Jacqueline went on to win the heat.

    Babies compete, sort of, at Woodfield Mall

    Ten-and-a-half-month-old Jaqueline Ferrer was a winner, but you would have never known from the fat tears running down her face. The Schaumburg baby won the first heat of Diaper Derby, a crawling competition for the 12-month-and-under crowd Saturday afternoon in the center court of Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg.

    Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, center, with her doctors.

    Tymoshenko may get back operation in Berlin

    Doctors would perform more tests and decide by Monday whether to recommend an operation. Until then, she is receiving medication and doing physical rehabilitation exercises.If Tymoshenko does have an operation - a routine procedure that can be done in under an hour - the recovery would typically last about four days followed by rehabilitation over several weeks.

    Sophia Hoffman reacts Saturday as she spells a word, which she got correct, during the continuation of the Jackson County Spelling Bee against Kush Sharma, right, at the Central Library in Kansas City, Mo.

    After 29 more rounds, spelling bee ends

    The contestants had no problem correctly spelling words like “boodle” and “slobber,” often asking the moderator for a word’s origin, definition or part of speech. But at the end of the 28th round, Sophia appeared puzzled when attempting to spell “stifling,” and even more so when the bell rang to indicate she had gotten it wrong.

    Grayslake Central High School students Kayla Penkava and Jaclyn Farm prepare their scrambler egg car for take off during the Grayslake Regional Science Olympiad on Saturday at College of Lake County. About 900 middle and high school students participated.

    Science Olympiad in Grayslake a chance to learn, hang out with friends

    Thirteen-year-old Jameson Loeffler usually doesn’t get stressed out during Illinis Science Olympiad events, but Saturday was a different story because his rotor egg drop was too big for the Grayslake Regional Science Olympiad held at College of Lake County. Altogether, about 900 students from 13 high schools and 16 middle schools participated.

    Hugh Neff’s dog team sleeps in the sun Thursday at the Cripple checkpoint during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

    Zirkle retakes lead in Iditarod in run to coast

    Martin Buser reached Kaltag at 2 a.m. Saturday, covering the distance at an average speed of 10.6 mph. Aliy Zirkle was a little faster at almost 11 mph.

    Associayed Press/Aug. 28, 2010 Courtney Love of the U.S. band Hole performs at the Sluzewiec Racing Track in Warsaw, Poland. Love hadn’t been born and tweeting was reserved for birds when The New York Times won a landmark libel case at the Supreme Court in 1964. But when a California jury decided recently that Love shouldn’t have to pay $8 million for a troublesome tweet about her former lawyer, she became just the latest person to lean on New York Times v. Sullivan, a case decided 50 years ago Sunday, and the cases that followed and expanded it.

    At 50, landmark libel case relevant in digital age

    Newspapers, magazines, radio and television stations were the primary means of publishing when the Sullivan case was decided. Today, the case applies equally to new media such as Twitter, Facebook and blogs. Because of the ease of publishing online, more people may claim the protections granted by the decision and others that followed.


    Victim of Woodstock fire identified

    The McHenry County Coroner’s Office has identified the victim of a house fire Thursday in Woodstock as Anita Kohl, 73. An autopsy performed Friday found nothing suspicious, though a ruling on the cause of death is pending further laboratory and toxicologic testing, Dr. Anne Majewski, the coroner, said in a news release.

    San Salvador Mayor Norman Quijano, the candidate of the Nationalist Republican Alliance, known as ARENA, shakes hands with a supporter who is waiting in line to acquire his national identification card that will allow him to vote, in San Salvador, El Salvador, Friday, March 7, 2014.

    Salvador's ex-rebel poised to win presidency

    A former Marxist guerrilla who has promised to continue the government's popular social programs is poised to win El Salvador's presidential election runoff on Sunday, giving the ruling party a second consecutive term.

    Sheila MacRae

    Actress Sheila MacRae of 'Honeymooners' dies at 92

    Sheila MacRae , a veteran stage, film and TV performer best known for playing Alice Kramden in the 1960s re-creation of “The Honeymooners,” has died. She was 92.

    Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200

    Stolen European passports on missing plane

    Foreign ministry officials in Rome and Vienna confirm that names of two nationals listed on the manifest of the missing Malaysian airlines flight match passports reported stolen in Thailand.

    A convoy of military vehicles bearing no license plates travels on the road from Feodosia to Simferopol in the Crimea, Ukraine, Saturday, March 8, 2014. More than 60 military trucks bearing no license plate numbers was headed from the eastern city of Feodosia toward the city of Simferopol, the regional capital.

    Russia reinforces military presence in Crimea

    Dozens of military trucks transporting heavily armed soldiers rumbled over Crimea’s rutted roads Saturday as Russia reinforced its armed presence on the disputed peninsula in the Black Sea. Moscow’s foreign minister ruled out any dialogue with Ukraine’s new authorities, whom he dismissed as the puppets of extremists.


    Mom accused of driving into surf goes before judge

    ORLANDO, Fla. — A pregnant South Carolina woman pointed to the ocean, locked the doors and rolled up the windows, telling her three children she was “trying to take them to a better place” as she drove her minivan into the surf, authorities said.


    Annual Ill. eagle count spots record bird numbers

    The Audubon Society says volunteers counted a record number of American bald eagles during an annual midwinter survey.


    Fire marshal: Change clocks, change batteries

    The Illinois state fire marshal is urging residents to change smoke alarm batteries Saturday as Daylight Saving Time begins.


    New president named at a city college in Chicago

    CHICAGO — A school in the City Colleges of Chicago system has a new president following a nationwide search.Angelia Millender has been appointed to lead Olive-Harvey College on the city’s South Side, a hub of training for transportation, distribution and logistics jobs. A new $45 million TDL facility is currently under construction at the college.

    David Harris

    Lawmakers differ on big bill to move I-90 water pipe

    State Rep. David Harris waded into the issue of a $73 million deal between the Illinois tollway and the Northwest Suburban Municipal Joint Action Water Agency this week. The long-time lawmaker thinks ratepayers could have got a better deal.

    Clockwise from top left, Bill Brady, Kirk Dillard, Dan Rutherford and Bruce Rauner are seeking the Republican nomination for governor.

    If term limits were in Springfield, a third of legislators would have to leave

    Republican Bruce Rauner’s push to limit state lawmakers’ careers at the Illinois Capitol to eight years would have disqualified more than a third of those serving now if it was in effect, an idea that rankles members of both parties. “It’s like a sporting team,” said 17-year state Sen. Terry Link, a Waukegan Democrat. “Do you want a team to come out, a...


    Suburban school leaders urge state to delay new PARCC test

    Suburban superintendents are urging the state to delay a new standardized test planned for the 2014-2015 school year. The PARCC would be a logistical nightmare for many districts to administer next spring, the same time the ACT, Advance Placement tests and year-end final exams happen. “It’s logistically going to steal a lot of instructional time that we question its value for our...

    Michele Aavang, from left, Ersel Schuster and Larry W. Smith are candidates in the race for McHenry County Board District 6.

    Two incumbents, one challenger in McHenry Dist. 6 race

    The upcoming Republican primary in McHenry County Disrict 6 gives voters a choice between two incumbents and one challenger for the party’s two nominations. Michele Aavang of Greenwood and Ersel Schuster of Woodstock are the incumbents, while Larry W. Smith of Harvard is the political newcomer.

    Thomas Poynton

    Jewel-Osco tightens grip on Lake Zurich with 2 stores in same area

    Jewel-Osco is about to gain quite a foothold in Lake Zurich. After moving into a vacant Dominick's on Rand Road later this year, the supermarket also intends to continue operating in a second location about a half-mile east. “From where I sit, this is a great outcome,” Lake Zurich Mayor Thomas Poynton said. “We had a potentially long-term empty space that is now...

    Pure Barre fitness studio and other new shops are transforming the Main Place building on the south side of Jefferson Avenue east of Webster Street in downtown Naperville. Apricot Lane clothing boutique also opened recently, and a new space is under construction for a Sephora cosmetics store to open later this spring.

    New shops changing landscape of Naperville’s Jefferson Avenue

    A string of storefronts on Jefferson Avenue in the heart of downtown Naperville is experiencing a transformation with the recent opening of two shops and construction of new space for a third. Apricot Lane, Pure Barre and Sephora will join the downtown shopping scene by the time the transformation is complete, which could be as soon as May, Main Place property owner Steve Rubin said.

    A long-awaited pedestrian bridge and trail over County Farm Road near Hanover Park is expected to open in 2017.

    New amenities coming to Hawk Hollow Forest Preserve near Hanover Park

    Hanover Park officials are celebrating long-awaited projects coming to the Hawk Hollow Forest Preserve. One will build a pedestrian bridge over County Farm Road. The other will set aside more than 30 acres where dogs can exercise off-leash. "I really appreciate this coming to fruition," Mayor Rodney Craig said.

    An adult bald eagle soars over Nippersink Lake in Fox Lake as a younger eagle stays close.

    Congregation of eagles becomes a pasttime for some Lake County residents

    More bald eagles than anyone can remember have made their winter homes in the Chain `O Lakes area.“They’re majestic. They’re gorgeous. They’re so easy to spot,” said Nadine Norton, a Fox Lake resident. “This has been our pastime these long and cold winter months.”


    New North Avenue bridge planned at Villa Park, Elmhurst border

    A bridge over the Salt Creek on the border of Villa Park and Elmhurst will be replaced through the state’s capital construction program. The bridge is a section of North Avenue, just west of Kingery Highway, that holds six lanes of traffic.


    Probation for Prospect Heights man who scuffled with an officer

    A Prospect Heights man pleaded guilty this week to aggravated battery to a police officer and attempting to disarm a police officer last April. In exchange for the guilty pleas, a Cook County judge sentenced Kenny Cruz, 23, to 30 months probation, court records show.


    Geneva’s Abby Novak battles Marian Catholic’s Gabrielle Cooper for a possession in the second half of the Class 4A third-place game in Normal on Saturday.

    Geneva falls to Marian Catholic in 3rd-place game

    Geneva didn’t start the Class 4A third-place game Saturday night at Redbird Arena in Normal like it wanted to, but the Vikings sure finished that way. And that goes for their season, too. Geneva fell behind by 12 points in the opening quarter, rallied but never could catch Marian Catholic in a 45-34 loss. The Vikings (26-7) finished fourth in the state for the second time in six years.

    Burlington Central's Kathleen Ratzek, Kayla Ross and Alison Colby hoist the Class 3A fourth-place state trophy at Redbird Arena on Saturday.

    Burlington Central already looking forward to Redbird return

    There's no time like the present to start thinking about next year. That's how the Burlington Central girls basketball team felt Saturday after falling 64-40 to Quincy Notre Dame in the third place game of the Class 3A state tournament at Redbird Arena. And the goal for next year has already been established. “Our goal this year was to go downstate,” said Rockets' coach Mark Smith. “Next year it's to win state. Hopefully we have that opportunity.”

    Burlington Central's girls basketball team hoists the Class 3A fourth-place trophy Saturday at Redbird Arena in Normal.

    Despite loss, Burlington Central satisfied with state trip

    Burlington Central's girls basketball team had one of its toughest challenges of the season Saturday. And Quincy Notre Dame made it even tougher. The Raiders, who came into the Class 3A state finals having won three-straight state championships — two in Class 2A and last year in 3A — blitzed the Rockets with a pressure defense that helped create 19 first-half turnovers as they cruised to a 64-40 win in the Class 3A third place game at Redbird Arena.

    Rolling Meadows senior Jackie Kemph flies through the air past Whitney Young defenders in the first half of the Class 4A state championship game in Normal on Saturday.

    Second-place repeat for Rolling Meadows

    There are nights when, no matter how hard you try, the other team is just better. Saturday was one of the those nights for the Rolling Meadows girls basketball team. Not many teams can claim to be quicker and more athletic than the Mustangs, but Whitney Young was, handing Rolling Meadows a 60-44 loss in the Class 4A state championship game at Redbird Arena. It's the second-straight runner-up finish for the Mustangs.


    Girls basketball scoreboard: Saturday’s results
    Girls basketball scoreboard*State tournamentsAt Redbird Arena, NormalCLASS 4AChampionshipwhitney young 60, rolling meadows 44Whitney Young — Allen 3 0-0 6, Brame 2 0-0 4, Hillsman 3 4-4 10, Lewis 8 3-3 20, Beck 0 0-2 0, Dickson 0 2-2 2, Muhammad 5 5-6 16, Spingola 0 0-0 0, Malone 1 0-0 2. Totals 22 14-17 70.Rolling Meadows — Vliet 7 6-7 21, Montanez 0 4-4 4, J.Kemph 3 1-2 7, Kay 0 0-2 0, Glasgow 3 3-4 10, Vasilogambros 0 0-0 0, A.Kemph 0 0-0 0, Shewmon 0 2-2 2. Totals 13 16-21 44.Whitney Young 10 18 17 15 —60Rolling Meadows 5 9 16 14 —443-point baskets: WY: Lewis, Muhammad; RM: Vliet, Glasgow.Fouled out: RM: Glasgow.*Third placemarian 45 Catholic, geneva 34Marian Catholic— Bradley 1 0-0 2, Mullins 1 1-2 3, Millender 4 5-6 16, Page 2 1-2 5, Winfrey 0 2-2 2, Bailey 0 0-0 0, Poisson 0 0-0 0, McCondichie 0 0-0 0, Matthews 1 2-2 5, Cooper 3 1-2 10, Blocker 0 0-0 0, Giammarco 0 0-0 0, Adams 1 0-2 2, Sedor 0 0-0 0. Totals 13 12-18 45.Geneva — McCloughan 0 3-4 3, Santos 1 1-2 3, Loberg 1 4-8 6, Novak 2 9-10 13, Seberger 1 1-2 3, Medina 1 0-0 2, Loebel 1 2-5 4, Grady 0 0-0 0, Finch 0 0-0 0,Williams 0 0-0 0, Burke 0 0-0 0, Dunn 0 0-0 0. Totals 7 20-31 34.Marian 16 7 3 19 —45Geneva 4 6 11 13 —343-point baskets: CHM: Millender 3, Matthews, Cooper 3.*CLASS 3AChampionshipmontini 57, joliet catholi 44Joliet Catholic — Lupkin 5 2-2 12, Battle 0 0-0 0, Walker 2 0-0 6. C.Ekhomu 3 0-0 7, N.Ekhomu 5 3-4 14, Farrell 1 1-2 3,Weigt 0 0-0 0, Acosta 0 2-4 2, Legg 0 0-0 0, Williams 0 0-0 0, Abington 0 0-0 0. Totals 16 8-12 44.Montini — Kuykendall 1 0-0 2, Ross 1 1-4 3, Bogdan 1 0-0 2, Karlis 5 2-2 16, Stone 3 3-4 12, Cochrane 0 0-0 0, Oppenheimer 0 1-2 1, Wallace 0 0-0 0, Castro 0 0-0 0, Bambule 1 0-0 3, O’Day 0 1-2 1, Kunzer 0 2-2 2, Kerstein 4 2-2 13, Jakaitis 1 0-0 2. Totals 17 12-18 57.Joliet Catholic 13 10 9 12 —44Montini 12 16 12 17 —573-point baskets: JolC: Walker 2, C.Ekhomu, N.Ekhomu; Mont: Karlis 4, Stone 3, Bambule, Kerstein 3.*Third placequincy notre dame 64, burlington central 40Quincy Notre Dame — Hugenberg 7 5-7 19, Marcolla 2 0-0 4, Gengenbacher 8 6-8 22, Obert 1 0-0 2, Foley 1 1-2 3, Humphrey 1 0-0 2, Ulrich 0 0-0 0, Hyer 1 0-0 2, Foley 2 0-0 4, Arnold 0 2-2 2, MaGee 1 0-0 2, Wensing 0 0-0 0, Wilkins 0 0-0 0, Connell 1 0-0 2, Doane 0 0-0 0. Totals 25 14-19 64.Burlington Central — Pryor 3 3-3 10, Colby 1 0-0 2, Ross 4 1-2 9, Holt 2 3-5 7, Cruz 0 0-0 0, Rafferty 0 0-0 0, Ratzek 0 2-3 2, DeTamble 0 2-5 2, Collins 1 1-2 4, Gerke 2 0-0 4. Totals 13 12029 49.Q-Notre Dame 22 20 11 11 —64Burlington Central 6 15 11 8 —403-point baskets: BrlC: Pryor, Collins.*


    Boys gymnastics scoreboard: Saturday’s results
    Boys gymnastics scoreboard*Glenbard West invitationalteam scoresWheaton co-op 160.4, Glenbard West 145.7, Fremd 129.6, Addison Trail 122.5, West Chicago (individual) 42.4.*individual placewinnersFloor excercise: MacDonald (WhC) 9.3, Diab (GbdW) 9.2, Sansone (WhC) 9.1. Pommel horse: Sansone (WhC) 9.5, MacDonald (WhC) 9.3, Diab (GbdW) 9.0. Still rings: MacDonald (WhC) 9.5, Diab (GbdW) 9.4, Sansone (WhC) 9.1. Vault: McDonald (WhC) 9.5, Sansone (WhC) 9.3, Diab (GbdW) 8.8. Parallel bars: MacDonald (WhC) 9.6; Diab (WhC) 8.8, Szot (WhC) 8.3. Horizontal (High) bar: MacDonald (WhC) 9.2, Sansone (WhC) 9.0, Szot (WhC) 7.7. All-around: MacDonald (WhC) 56.4, Sansone (WhC) 54.1, Diab (GbdW) 52.8.*


    Girls track scoreboard: Saturday’s results
    Girls track scoreboard*Addison Trail invitationalteam scoresLeyden 107, Addison Trail 79, Wheaton North 69, Elk Grove 62, Ridgewood 11.*individual placewinners4x1.5 relay: Addison Trail 2:30.4; Leyden 2:37.6; Wheaton North 2:38.7; 4x800 relay: Wheaton North 10:58.7; Leyden 11:10.94; Elk Grove 11:110.0; 300: Kijawska (Ley) 46.13; Vivero (AT) 47.63; Dugo (AT) 49.61; 3200: Cappano (EG) 12:47.6; Schulz (EG) 13:01.9; Scheib (WN) 13.25; 55 hurdles: Schonder (AT) 9.84; Parker (WN) 10:38; Mary (EG) 11.16; 55: Vivero (AT) 7.69; Caldron (Ley) 7.70; Carmona (Ley) 8:05; 800: McDonough (EG) 7.69; Poulos (Ley) 2:46.0; Barnas (RW) 2:46.8; 4x160 relay: Addison Trail 1:33.13; Leyden 1:33.47; Wheaton North 1:36.97; 400: Dominguez (Ley) 1:05.2; Bukla (Ley) 1:10.57; Hristy (EG) 1:12.70; 1600: Pryobl (Ley) 5.53; DiPietro (EG) 5.56; Lappano (EG) 6.04; 200: Dugo (AT) 29.55; Avas (EG) 29.59; Sanzotti (WN) 29.81; 4x400 relay: Leyden 4:27.5; Addison Trail 4:41.82; Wheaton North 4:46.31; Long jump: Cassel (WN) 14-10; Caldron (Ley) 14-2; Schonder (AT) 13-3; High jump: Cassel (WN) 4-6; Villalobos (AT) 4-6; Dugo (AT) 4-2; Triple jump: Sanzotti (WN) 29-6.25; Kijauska (Ley) 27-11.5; Vivero (AT) 27-9.5; Shotput: Plessner (Ley) 32-6.75; Uribe (Ley) 24-11; Schilling (WN) 24-9.5; *Hononegah invitationalteam scoresWest Aurora 87; St. Charles East 76; Lakes 64.5; Cary-Grove 52; Kaneland 50; Downers Grove South 45; Lake Park 44; Yorkville 39; Maine South 24; Fenwick 23; Niles North 21; Hononegah 18; Lane Tech 17; McHenry 16; Belvidere North 14; Hampshire 14; Streamwood 12; Northside College Prep 9; St. Viator 8; Stagg 7; Burlington Central 7; Crystal Lake South 5; Eisenhower 3; DeKalb 3; Marengo 2; Niles West 1.5; Harvard 1.*individual results3200 relay: St. Charles East 10:08.21; McHenry 10:09.38; Belvidere North 10:11.05; Downers South 10:24.76; Fenwick 10:32.58; Distance medley: Downers South 13:05.78; Belvidere North 13:29.51; Fenwick 13:40.17; St. Charles East 13:58.73; Streamwood 13:59.95; 3200: Leonard (MS) 11:34.25; Albers (DGS) 11:39.86; Kargol (DGS) 11:40.63; Alfano (LP) 11:46.25; Bower (Kane) 11:46.58; 55 high hurdles: Spagnola (WA) 8.52; Burk (CG) 8.94; Cattau (MS) 9.18; Weinrich (BC) 9.34; Robins (CG) 9.46; 200 hurdles: Spagnola (WA) 28.96; Schulz (CG) 29.18; Walton (WA) 30.20; Cronin (Fen) 30.63; Cattau (MS) 3.19; 55: Griesbaum (Lakes) 7.37; Jones (Hon) 7.39; Zick (Kane) 7.51 Lock (LP) 7.57; Zinn (WA) 7.59; 800: Griesbaum (Lakes) 2:21.27; Martel (Lane); 2:21.92; Hackbarth (DGS) 2:24.54; Schardt (Lakes) 2:27.96; Bosman (DGS) 2:28.34; 800 relay: St. Charles East 1:52.05; Kaneland 1:52.22; Cary-Grove 1:52.56; Crystal Lake South 1:55.28; Hononegah 1:55.34; 400: A.Chmelik (SCE) 1:00.53; Spagnola (WA) 1:00.60; E.Chmelik (StCE) 1:00.70; Davis (Lane) 1:01.55; Griesbaum (Lakes) 1:02.11; 1600: Bollinger (York) 5:11.77; Carroll (StV) 5:13.17; Thate (DGS) 5:13.71; Scull (StCE) 5:18.25; Juarez (Stream) 5:21.92; 200: Shead (StCE) 26.76; Zick (Kane) 26.87; Griesbaum (Lakes) 27.71; Kriksey (NiN) 27.95; Zinn (WA) 27.99; 1600 relay: Kaneland 4:14.94; Lakes 4:16.55; St. Charles East 4:18.69; Yorkville 4:20.47; West Aurora 4:21.85; Long jump: Spagnola (WA) 18-9; Griesbaum (Lakes) 18-0; Walton (WA) 17-2.25; Pagan (Hamp) 16-8; Furio (CG) 16-4; High jump: Augius (York) 5-4; Lock (LP) 5-2; Robins (CG) 5-2; Cronin (Fen) 5-2; Triple jump: A. Chmelik (StCE) 27-5.75; Lindsey (NCP) 34-11.0; Walton (WA) 34-8.75; Mathre (York) 32-8.5; Mannix (Stagg) 32-7.25; Shotput: Kanam (NN) 42-3.5; Marion (WA) 41-8.25; Toepper (LP) 36-2.75; Freeman (CG) 35-6.75; Ortiz (Lane) 35-1.0; Pole vault: Wojciechowski (LP) 10-6; Howie (McH) 9-6; Tuley (Lakes) 9-6; Delach (Kane) 9-6; Laygo (LP) 9-0; Sienkiewicz (LP) 9-0.*

    Montini’s players celebrate their Class 3A state triumph with the first-place trophy after beating Joliet Catholic in the championship game in Normal on Saturday.

    Montini’s back on top

    Montini’s girls basketball team picked the perfect time to play the near-perfect game. Firing on all cylinders for virtually the entire 32 minutes, the Broncos erased last year’s bad memories here Saturday with a 57-44 win over Joliet Catholic Academy in the Class 3A championship game at Redbird Arena.

    Rolling Meadows Jackie Kemph and Sami Kay embrace as their season comes to an end losing to Chicago (Whitney Young) in the Class 4A girls basketball championship finals game in Normal on Saturday.

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    Images of the IHSA Class 4A girls basketball title game at Redbird Arena on the campus of Illinois State University in Normal on Saturday.

    Rolling Meadows’ Jenny Vliet powers her way past Whitney Young defenders in the Class 4A championship game in Normal on Saturday.

    Title game appearance puts Meadows in an MSL class of its own

    Rolling Meadows’ seniors capped one of the area’s most improbable turnarounds on Saturday night at Illinois State’s Redbird Arena. Despite their 60-44 loss to Whitney Young in the Class 4A championship game, the Mustangs became the first Mid-Suburban League girls basketball program to play in two state title games, not to mention back-to-back.

    Iowa guard Devyn Marble, right, drives past Illinois guard Joseph Bertrand during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game on Saturday, March 8, 2014, in Iowa City, Iowa.

    Ekey’s 3 lifts Illinois over No. 24 Iowa 66-63

    Jon Ekey hit a 3-pointer in the final second to lift Illinois to a 66-63 victory over No. 24 Iowa on Saturday night. Rayvonte Rice scored 15 points to lead the Illini (18-13, 6-12 Big Ten), who notched consecutive road wins against ranked opponents for the first time since 2005.


    Wheaton advances again

    The Wheaton Thunder men’s basketball team used a strong second half to earn a 68-40 victory over Penn State-Behrend on Saturday night in the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament.

    Dave McDonald of Wheaton co-op on the floor during the Glenbard West boys gymnastics quad Saturday.

    Wheaton co-op off to flying start to season

    Wheaton co-op began its quest to win its third state title in a row by picking up three victories during Saturday’s quad in Glen Ellyn. The team pretty much picked up from where it left off at Lincoln-Way East last May, scoring 160.4 points, not too far off from the 161.65 that won state. Host Glenbard West posted an impressive 145.7 points in what was its first true meet of the season, while Fremd was third with a 129.6 and Addison Trail fourth with a 122.5.

    Miami Heat forward LeBron James reacts after being called for a technical foul while shooting against the Indiana Pacers during the second half of Game 6 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals in Indianapolis, Saturday, June 1, 2013.

    Bulls’ Thibodeau: LeBron is an all-time great

    When Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau was asked Saturday if Miami's LeBron James compares to anyone he’s coached against, the answer was nobody. That's not to say Thibodeau is calling James the greatest player ever, but no one can match the combination of size, speed, strength and skills.

    Colin Williams of Elk Grove Village competes in the 200-yard freestyle during the boys swimming state meet prelims last weekend at Evanston Township High School.

    Piekarski, Barson, Williams share MSL swimming honors

    The Mid-Suburban League’s swimmers of the year have been announced — and two of them will have another crack at the same award next year. Rolling Meadows junior Jake Barson and Elk Grove junior Colin Williams were named as co-representatives for the Mid-Suburban East, while Barrington senior Sebastian Piekarski was chosen in the Mid-Suburban West.


    Indiana State slips past SIUC 62-59

    Khristian Smith tipped in a missed Justin Gant jumper with 14 seconds remaining to give No. 2 seed Indiana State a 62-59 win over sixth-seeded Southern Illinois in the semifinal round of the Missouri Valley Conference tournament Saturday. Desmar Jackson had a look at a 3-point jumper with 3 seconds left but missed as Gant had his hands in Jackson’s face. Indiana State won the right to face No. 2 Wichita State in the tournament championship game Sunday. Undefeated Wichita State, now 33-0, routed Missouri State 67-42 in the other semifinal game.


    Three Harper wrestlers earn All-American finishes

    Harper’s wrestling team finished 16th in the NJCAA tournament in Spokane, Wash., last weekend as three competitors — Jacob Bellis, Blake Santi (Lake Park) and Greg Jacquez (West Aurora) — earned All-American honors.


    Bowie leads N. Illinois past Ball St. 70-56

    Darrell Bowie scored 17 points and Northern Illinois had a 37-13 advantage in bench scoring to pull away from Ball State 70-56 on Saturday. Aaron Armstead led the charge off the bench with 11 points and his brother Aaric and J.J. Cravatta had nine each for the Huskies (14-16, 8-10 Mid-American Conference).


    Klaus to lead Harper men’s soccer program

    Harper College athletic director Doug Spiwak has named Dan Klaus as Hawks men’s soccer coach. Klaus, a former Hawks player, currently directs the girls soccer program at Elk Grove in the spring.

    Chicago Cubs’ Nate Schierholtz (19) is greeted at the dugout after his two-run home run against the Cincinnati Reds in a spring training exhibition baseball game Saturday, March 8, 2014, in Goodyear, Ariz.

    Nate Schierholtz’s homer powers Cubs past Reds 9-0

    Nate Schierholtz hit a two-run homer and made a diving catch for the Chicago Cubs in their 9-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday. Schierholtz’s drive off Alfredo Simon followed a walk to Donnie Murphy in the first inning. Schierholtz also singled and scored in the third. Ryan Kalish singled and scored twice for the Cubs.

    Grayslake North’s Brittney Thibeaux (20) drives on Grayslake Central’s Morgan Dahlstrom during action this season. Thibeaux’s basketball future is at Minnesota State University Moorhead.

    Drive to succeed extends Thibeaux’s basketball journey

    The car ride, which placed her not far from the Dakotas, took nine hours. It’s doubtful the sunroof was cracked open on the trip. “It was a rough one, because the weather was bad,” Grayslake North senior Brittney Thibeaux said of her recent drive to Moorhead, Minn. “There was snowfall. It was just terrible. You couldn’t see anything, driving. It was just bad.” The drive home was sunny, figuratively speaking. Minnesota State University Moorhead offered Thibeaux a full-ride basketball scholarship.

    Patrick Reed shows his ball after making birdie on the 11th hole during the third round of the Cadillac Championship golf tournament on Saturday, March 8, 2014, in Doral, Fla.

    Reed builds 2-shot lead at Doral; Tiger in the mix

    Patrick Reed turned his game around in four holes Saturday and wound up with a 3-under 69 in much tamer conditions at Doral, giving him a two-shot lead at the Cadillac Championship going into a final round that will prominently feature Tiger Woods for the first time this year.

    Chicago White Sox second baseman Carlos Sanchez jumps over Arizona Diamondbacks’ Andy Marte to complete a double play in the fourth inning during an exhibition baseball game in Glendale, Ariz., Saturday, March 8, 2014.

    Sox lose 6-4; Quintana hit in shin by line drive

    White Sox pitcher Jose Quintana was hit in the shin by a line drive Saturday and removed from Chicago’s 6-4 loss to an Arizona Diamondbacks split squad after just two batters.The left-hander gave up a leadoff single to A.J. Pollock, then Gerardo Parra lined one off Quintana’s left leg. The White Sox said Quintana was diagnosed with a bruised shin and is day to day.

    Montini’s Lea Kerstein (center) celebrates with the rest of her team after she made a last second three point shot at the end of the second quarter against Joliet Catholic Academy’s in the Class 3A championship game in Normal on Saturday.

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    Images of the IHSA Class 3A girls basketball title game at Redbird Arena on the campus of Illinois State University in Normal on Saturday.

    Wichita State’s Cleanthony Early (11) celebrates a basket against Missouri State during a game in the semifinals of the Missouri Valley Conference men’s tournament Saturday in St. Louis.

    No. 2 Wichita St. goes to 33-0, routs Missouri St.

    Cleanthony Early scored 20 points with three 3-pointers and a pair of dunks, and No. 2 Wichita State improved to 33-0 with little resistance in a 67-42 rout of Missouri State in the Missouri Valley Conference semifinals Saturday. Tekele Cotton also made three 3-pointers for the top-seeded Shockers (33-0), who matched the start by Larry Bird and Indiana State in 1979 before they lost to Michigan State and Magic Johnson in the NCAA title game. Wichita State will be heavily favored against Indiana State or Southern Illinois to make it 34 in a row, which would match the NCAA-record start by UNLV in 1990-91.

    Chesson Hadley of the U.S. chips from the rough of the 13th hole during the third round of the Puerto Rico Open PGA golf tournament in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico, Saturday, March 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)

    Chesson Hadley leads Puerto Rico Open

    Chesson Hadley took the third-round lead Saturday in the Puerto Rico Open, shooting a 5-under 67 in windy conditions at Trump International.Making his 13th PGA Tour start, the 26-year-old Hadley had four birdies in an early five-hole stretch and also birdied the par-4 14th in wind gusting to 25 mph.

    New York Mets' David Wright grounds into a double play during the fourth inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Friday, March 7, 2014, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

    Cardinals, 3B Carpenter agree to $52M, 6-year deal

    Matt Carpenter called agreeing to a new $52 million, six-year deal with St. Louis a no-brainer. The Cardinals are hoping their third baseman sticks even longer than that.“He’s the type of player you’d like to think could finish his career as a Cardinal,” St. Louis chairman and CEO Bill DeWitt said Saturday.


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    Huskers' Pelini receives 1-year contract extensionLINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska football coach Bo Pelini has received a one-year contract extension through February 2019.Athletic department spokeswoman Chris Anderson on Friday confirmed the extension, which was first reported by CBSSports.com. Anderson said terms were not immediately available for release.Pelini is 57-24 in six seasons, but there was speculation about his job status at the end of last season as the Cornhuskers' streak of no conference championships stretched to 14 years.Minutes after Nebraska lost its last regular-season game, to Iowa, Pelini defended his record and said, "If they want to fire me, go ahead." Athletic director Shawn Eichorst issued a statement of support for Pelini the next day, but as recently as Tuesday had refused to answer questions about a contract extension.


    Armed members of the first unit of a pro-Russian armed force, dubbed the “military forces of the autonomous republic of Crimea” march Saturday before the swearing-in ceremony in Simferopol, Ukraine

    Russia warns heavier sanctions could backfire

    On Capitol Hill, both chambers of Congress looked to advance legislation imposing hard-hitting sanctions on Russia.President Obama hailed U.S. cooperation with the European Union, which on Thursday suspended talks with Putin’s government on a wide-ranging economic agreement and on granting Russian citizens visa-free travel within the 28-nation bloc. But Europe’s presidents and prime ministers remain divided on taking more drastic steps such as freezing assets and issuing travel bans on Russian officials.

    Ground staff take a break Sunday under a Malaysia Airlines plane at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, Malaysia.

    Austin tech firm had 20 employees on missing plane

    An Austin, Texas, technology company says 20 of its employees were aboard the Malaysia Airlines plane that went missing over the South China Sea.

    A United Express jet operated by ExpressJet pulls into the terminal Thursday after landing in rain on the main runway at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport in Birmingham, Ala.

    Airline warns pilots about runway after UPS crash

    The ExpressJet report, based on both an analysis of the UPS crash and ExpressJet landings in Birmingham, said a nonstandard flight path to the runway combined the “significant threat of terrain” meant its pilots should always land on Birmingham’s main runway if it is available.

    A section of the Urengoy-Pomary-Uzhgorod pipeline, also known as the West-Siberian Pipeline, or the Trans-Siberian Pipeline — Russia’s main natural gas export pipeline — stands near Ivano-Frankvisk, Ukraine.

    Four nations urge U.S. gas exports to Ukraine

    Ambassadors from Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic made their appeal Friday in a letter to Ohio Republican House Speaker John Boehner. A similar letter was expected to be sent to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat.

    Just months after stepping down as head of the nation’s largest civil rights organization, former NAACP president Ben Jealous, a Northern California native and self-confessed computer geek, will be joining entrepreneurs Mitchell Kapor and Freada Kapor Klein at their venture capital investment firm, which backs information technology start-ups that are committed to making a positive social impact.

    Ex-NAACP president wants minorities in the tech world

    Just months after stepping down as head of the nation’s largest civil rights organization, former NAACP President Benjamin Jealous is changing his career from an East Coast political activist to a West Coast venture capitalist, a switch he hopes will help further his goal of growing opportunities for blacks and Latinos in the booming tech economy.

    An employee displays a Galaxy S5 smartphone, left, and new Samsung Gear, center, and Gear Fit wristwatch devices during a Samsung Electronics Co. news conference ahead of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.

    Review: New Samsungs will appeal to fitness fans

    Samsung is banking on you shaping up this spring. The company recently unveiled its new Galaxy S5 smartphone, which is set to go on sale in April, along with a pair of fitness-themed watches. And many of the features included on the devices focus on fitness.


    Google fights email privacy group suit

    Google, fighting claims that it illegally scanned private e-mail messages, argues it shouldn’t have to face a single lawsuit that lumps together hundreds of millions of Internet users.


    California bar bans Google Glass, fears recording

    A San Francisco bar is banning Google Glass over concerns that the Internet-connected, head-mounted computer will be used to record customers.

    The Google barge is seen in a channel west of the Port of Stockton Thursday, March 6, 2014, in Stockton, Calif. Google’s mystery barge has arrived at its new home in the California delta after the Internet company was ordered to move it from San Francisco.

    Google barge cruising from San Francisco to delta

    Google’s mystery barge floated to its new home in the California delta after the Internet company was ordered to move it from San Francisco. Google says the barge will serve as an interactive technology center when it’s done.

    Apple’s iWork is free with the purchase of new Apple devices (the Mac version with new Macs and the iOS apps with new iPhones or iPads).

    Review: Apple’s iWork brings simplicity to docs

    Apple’s iWork won’t replace Office, and Google Docs is better in some ways. But after using iWork for a few months, I’ve come to appreciate the ways it simplifies work. The best part: iWork is free with the purchase of new Apple devices (the Mac version with new Macs and the iOS apps with new iPhones or iPads).

    Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google Inc., said his company is experimenting with automation in ways that will “replace a lot of the repetitive behavior in our lives.”

    Google’s Schmidt sees robots becoming omnipresent

    Google Chairman Eric Schmidt says his company is experimenting with automation in ways that will “replace a lot of the repetitive behavior in our lives.” “We’re experimenting with what automation will lead to,” Schmidt said. “Robots will become omnipresent in our lives in a good way.”

    The organization in charge of Internet addresses is pushing a major expansion in domain name suffixes. At least 160 suffixes have been added since October to join the ranks of “.com,” “.org” and scores of country-specific ones such as “.uk” for the United Kingdom. Hundreds of other proposals are being reviewed.

    Push for Web addresses in era of search, apps

    In the early days, you typed in a domain name address to reach a website. Then came the ability to reach websites directly through a search engine. The mobile era brought us phone apps for accessing services without either. Yet the organization in charge of Internet addresses is pushing a major expansion in domain name suffixes.

    An interactive electric toothbrush from Oral-B is displayed in the City Connected booth at the Mobile World Congress, the world’s largest mobile phone trade show in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014.

    Promise and peril in an ultra-connected world

    We’re in the beginning of a world in which everything is connected to the Internet and with one another, while powerful yet relatively cheap computers analyze all that data for ways to improve lives. Toothbrushes tell your mirror to remind you to floss. Basketball jerseys detect impending heart failure and call the ambulance for you.

    Facebook plans to build a new data center at its server farm in northern Sweden, less than a year after opening the plant, its first outside the United States.

    Facebook expands server farm in Sweden

    Facebook plans to build a new data center at its server farm in northern Sweden, less than a year after opening the plant, its first outside the United States.


    Privacy advocates want Facebook’s purchase of WhatsApp halted

    WASHINGTON — When 450 million WhatsApp subscribers signed up for the mobile messaging service, they probably never thought their personal data might one day be shared with the world’s biggest social network, Facebook.So last week, privacy advocates sought to block Facebook’s $19 billion purchase of WhatsApp, telling the Federal Trade Commission that the sale would harm WhatsApp users by permitting their data to be sucked into Facebook’s massive advertising business.The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) and the Center for Digital Democracy say Facebook has a track record of compromising users’ privacy. The company has repeatedly changed its policies on collecting and sharing user data. When Facebook bought Instagram in 2011, users of the photo-sharing app were told that Facebook could begin to collect their data and the pictures they were sharing on the app.The practices are deceptive, the groups say, because consumers sign on to social networks with the expectation that privacy policies won’t change. That may be particularly true in the case of WhatsApp, which doesn’t place ads in its app and doesn’t store user data on its servers.“We don’t know your name, your gender ... we design our system to be as anonymous as possible,” WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum wrote in a blog post last month.The sale to Facebook, EPIC argues, could fundamentally undermine the very qualities that first attracted people to WhatsApp.“WhatsApp users could not reasonably have anticipated that by selecting a pro-privacy messaging service, they would subject their data to Facebook’s data-collection practices,” EPIC attorney Julia Horwitz said.Both companies defended the merger and said they would continue to operate separately. In an email, Koum said phone numbers, contact lists and other data collected by WhatsApp would not be shared with Facebook.Facebook added: “As we have said repeatedly, WhatsApp will operate as a separate company and will honor its commitments to privacy and security.”But privacy advocates want stronger assurances. EPIC’s previous complaints have resulted in FTC actions against Google’s use of data in its social network Buzz and changes in Facebook’s privacy policies.WhatsApp’s global userbase has grown faster than nearly any other social media or Internet firm. Founded in 2009, it now has more users than Twitter, Instagram and Skype, and more than 70 percent of its subscribers use the nearly free messaging app multiple times a day.

    Employees at Twitter's headquarters in San Francisco will soon get to take their lunch break in 19th century relics.

    Twitter installing log cabins at headquarters

    Employees at Twitter's headquarters in San Francisco will soon get to take their lunch break in 19th century relics.

    Twitter Inc., the microblogging service that held an initial public offering last year, paid $36 million to acquire 900 patents from International Business Machines Corp., according to a filing.

    Twitter paid $36 million for 900 IBM patents

    Twitter Inc., the microblogging service that held an initial public offering last year, paid $36 million to acquire 900 patents from International Business Machines Corp., according to a filing.

    An employee displays a Nokia X smartphone for a photograph at the Nokia Oyj pavilion on the opening day of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, on Monday, Feb. 24, 2014.

    Gadget Watch: Fastlane in Nokia X shows promise

    By design, Nokia’s new Android smartphones will underwhelm users of high-end phones. The Nokia X line was created with emerging markets in mind, so the company emphasized keeping prices low, meaning the user interface is relatively simple. The home screen resembles the one on Nokia’s Windows-based Lumia phones, even though it’s Android underneath.

    Facebook has committed to paying $200,000 a year for three years to finance a new police officer position in Menlo Park City, Calif. It's the first time a private company has ever bankrolled a police officer.

    Facebook is paying for a beat cop

    Facebook has committed to paying $200,000 a year for three years to finance a new police officer position in Menlo Park City, Calif. It's the first time a private company has ever bankrolled a police officer.

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    The nation's only interstate St. Patrick's Day Parade on Saturday, March 15, snakes through the Quad Cities and offers lots of weekend activities for visitors.

    On the road: Head west for interstate St. Pat's parade

    The nation's only interstate St. Patrick's Day parade snakes through the Quad Cities during the Grand Parade XXIX on March 15. Crowds line the streets to watch countless bands, Irish dancers, floats, groups and family clans flaunt their heritage. The newest art district in Chicago offers a self-guided walking tour of more than 30 Pilsen lofts, studios and retail spaces, showcasing art exhibitions, fashion, shopping opportunities and other events in the neighborhood.


    Short & Sweet critic Dorothea Schultz reviews Heartbeat of Home, hosted by Diana Martinez

    Short & Sweet critic for the day, Dorothea Schultz of Itasca, discusses Broadway in Chicago's Heartbeat of Home with Short & Sweet host Diana Martinez.

    Sheila MacRae arriving at the 16th Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Los Angeles.

    Notable deaths last week

    Sheila McCRae, the last 1960s' ‘Honeymooners’ survivor and Dr. Frank Jobe, a pioneering sports surgeon who invented 'Tommy John surgery', are among the deaths of note this past week.


    App reviews: SwiftKey, QuickOffice

    Failures in predictive text algorithms may be great fodder for humor websites, but those goofy typos can be maddening. SwiftKey has been one of the most popular keyboard apps for Android, as an app that lets you swipe to type.

    When sowing seeds indoors, keep pots in a warm place until growth appears, then move to a sunny location.

    Give a head start to summer-blooming bulbs, tubers

    Give summer-blooming bulbs and tubers a head start by potting them up indoors in moist, soilless potting mix. Among the tender bulbs that make a good summer show are caladiums, elephant ears, tuberous begonias, montbretia, lily of the Nile, garden cannas, tuberoses and peacock orchids.

    Sonny Alansky designed this pond for the backyard of his home in Rockledge, Fla. It measures roughly 37 feet in diameter, has three waterfalls and 14 koi fish.

    Backyard ponds: Bringing the resort feel home

    Backyard ponds, which range from the simple to the elaborate, can become a passion for many gardeners. And technological improvements over the past 15 years have made it easier and more economical than ever to build one.

    “Black Horizon” by James Grippando revisits the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 and then does it one better.

    ‘Black Horizon’ revisits oil spill nightmares

    “Black Horizon,” the 11th book in James Grippando’s Jack Swyteck series, revisits the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 and then does it one better, sending oil straight at the Florida Keys. Intrepid criminal defense attorney Swyteck is on his honeymoon at a sleepy Keys resort when an oil rig explodes during a tropical storm in Cuban waters. And that's just the tip of the iceberg.

    Liesel (Sophie Nélisse) finds a home with Hans Hubermann (Geoffrey Rush) in Germany during World War II in “The Book Thief.”

    DVD previews: ‘Book Thief,’ ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’

    “The Book Thief” has its moments of brilliance, thanks in large part to an adept cast, led by Geoffrey Rush and newcomer Sophie Nélisse. That movie, plus "Inside Llewyn Davis" and "Out of the Furnace," all come to DVD on March 11.

    Michael Urie comes to Chicago’s Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place in May with the one-man show “Buyer & Cellar.”

    Michael Urie takes ‘Buyer & Cellar’ on the road

    Michael Urie is finally getting out of the cellar — and hitting the road. The former “Ugly Betty” star is kicking off a mini North American tour with Jonathan Tolins’ utterly charming and often wacky one-man show “Buyer & Cellar.” He'll be stopping at Chicago's Broadway Playhouse in May before taking the show to Washington, D.C., Los Angeles and Toronto.

    Willem Dafoe portrays Jesus Christ in Martin Scorsese’s 1988 film, “The Last Temptation of Christ.”

    A look at actors who have played Jesus in movies

    Casting Jesus for the silver screen has always been tricky. Directors must balance the actor’s ability to project a sense of both divinity and humanity. They also need to sell tickets, and thus have often cast handsome, leading-man types.


    Book notes: Meet ‘Flipping Out’ star Jenni Pulos
    Author Jenni Pulos, co-star of the Bravo reality-TV series “Flipping Out,” discusses and signs copies of her memoir, “Grin and Bear It: How to Be Happy No Matter What Reality Throws Your Way,” at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 15, at The Book Stall in Winnetka.

    Gates Pass in the Tucson Mountains, west of Tucson, Ariz., is a popular gathering place at sunset thanks to its scenic beauty, one of a number of free things to see and do in the Tucson area.

    Get out and discover the freebies in Tucson, Ariz.

    Nicknamed “Old Pueblo,” Tucson, Ariz., is a city with many faces. It’s a college town. It’s an artist town. It’s even still a Wild West town. What started out as an Indian village became the Tucson Presidio in 1775 and was settled by the Spanish. It became part of the U.S. in 1854. Today, the warm climate, surrounding landscape and active downtown have made this desert city one giant sandbox, where freebies abound if you want to go outside and play on a budget.

    The pickled onion gives the Gibson its salty, sour bite.

    A Gibson hinges on its garnish

    When it’s made with a fresh pickled onion, I prefer a Gibson to the standard martini with its olive or lemon twist. A Gibson hinges on its garnish: Crunching into a flavorful allium at the beginning of the drink brings out new flavors in the gin and vermouth, adding a salty-sour note that transforms the martini into a cold, delicate onion soup, at once both aperitif and appetizer.


    When Williams and Gold are in the house

    Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams, co-founders of Design for Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, joined staff writer Jura Koncius recently on The Post’s Home Front online chat. Here is an edited excerpt:


    Timing a home sale to avoid taxes on profit

    Q. I understand that I must live in my house at least two years to avoid the tax on my profit. It will be two years on Aug. 9 that I closed on my home.


    Ice dams on roof concern unit owners

    Q. The drywall and paint in my unit, like others in the development, has been damaged from leaking from an ice dam that has formed on the common element roof. The association has passed rules that provide that the owner is responsible for paying to repair ice dams. Is this permitted?


    Builder financing may be problematic

    I purchased a home from builder XYZ for $320,000, and have a $10,666 Realtor rebate coming back to me. In addition, if I use XYZ’s lender, the lender will pay $5,000 toward my settlement costs.

    Jim Belushi appears with The Chicago Board of Comedy to officially open the renovated McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn.

    Weekend picks: Jim Belushi opens COD's McAninch Arts Center

    Jim Belushi and The Chicago Board of Comedy perform on Saturday as they officially open College of DuPage's recently renovated McAninch Arts Center. Comedian Cristela Alonzo draws from her Latina upbringing for a stand-up comedy routine at Zanies in Rosemont. If you love comedian Charlie Murphy from TV's “Chappelle's Show,” then don't miss his set this weekend at the Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg. “Glee” star and Broadway veteran Matthew Morrison performs at the 34th Annual Trustee Benefit and Gala Saturday at Dominican University's Lund Auditorium in River Forest.



    The Soapbox

    Daily Herald editors sound off on an animal tragedy, political sniping and two types of call centers, among other topics.


    Our ally Nigeria needs U.S. support
    A Rolling Meadows letter to the editor: I read in the paper today of another attack on Christians in Nigeria by Islamic militants, this time leaving 85 dead. Last week it was 43 schoolkids killed by the Islamic terrorists. And it seems every week it is another group of women and children killed, usually while in church or school.


    Honor our Olympians with tax-free medals
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: I don’t know how I missed this before, but while reading today’s paper I was amazed to see that our Olympic winners are taxed by both our federal and state governments on their prize money and the value of their medals!


    Integrity is hallmark of District 81 candidate
    A letter to the editor: Keith Matune is the clear and only conservative choice for state representative of the 81st District. He has displayed integrity in all aspects of his life as a husband, father and dedicated public servant as a successful schoolteacher who was selected as an Illinois Teacher of the Year, Illinois Coach of the Year and is currently serving his community as a school board member.


    Little more than an election gimmick
    A West Dundee letter to the editor: I recently read the endorsement of Mark Davoust for county clerk in your newspaper wherein it is stated that he has been on the county board for 10 years. I also recently received a mailer from him stating that if elected, he would propose to consolidate the recorder’s office with the clerk’s office to save the taxpayers money.


    It’s president’s job to defend the country
    A Palatine letter to the editor: With all the unrest all over the world, Mr. Obama and his czars that are advising him are proposing major cuts to the military. These cuts as reported would bring the military down to what it was in 1940.


    Illinois, take a hint from Arizona
    An Elgin letter to the editor: Attention Illinois Supreme Court Justices: a unanimous Arizona Supreme Court says the Arizona legislature can’t cut cost-of-living increases promised to state retirees. It seems the Arizona Constitution has a clause that bars “diminishing or impairing” public pensions.


    Choose candidates who will protect life
    A Palatine letter to the editor: Many times we are so busy with our lives we get swept away with 30-second commercials in which politicians promise the moon and rarely deliver the goods. We need to stay true to the basic premise of our civilization and support candidates who support our values that have made our nation great and not be swept away by who has the most money or influence.


    One way to look at Libertyville question
    A letter to the editor:


    Losing license doesn’t stop drunk drivers
    A Lincolnsire letter to the editor: In the letter from Susan Long from Batavia on March 1, I disagree with her view. I am sorry for her loss of the dog and her husband, but as she stated, this person had no driver’s license.


    Minimum wage hike honorable but doomed
    A Lake Bluff letter to the editor: Minimum wage has become a contentious political issue, even though it has little to do with a living wage.


    USA men’s hockey team didn’t quit
    A Mundelein letter to the editor: Many people after watching the USA men’s Olympic hockey game believed that the team merely quit after their loss the day prior to North American rival Canada. However, optimistic hockey fans like myself would contend otherwise.


    Off-year elections are still important
    A Mundelein letter to the editor: The American civic duty during a mid-term election seems to be forgotten in the midst of scandal.


    To be well informed, seek diverse views
    A Grayslake letter to the editor: Recent letters on this page lamenting alleged lies, distortions, manipulations of truth, and witch-hunt mentality of the “far-right-wing-wacko” media and encouraging all to ignore these “faux-news-outlets” display the very bias they so self-righteously condemn.


    Concealed weapons will save lives
    A Lombard letter to the editor: How many victims of shootings would still be alive if they had guns to protect themselves? Maybe letter writer Walt Zlotow, who opposes carrying concealed weapons, would like to answer this question.


    An immigration plan that can work
    A Carol Stream letter to the editor: Here’s a five-year plan for solving immigration: Secure the border first, all illegals register to become citizens, get a legal Social Security card. If they don’t, after 12 months they’re deported, anyone with a violent criminal record goes back.


    Trade deal is NAFTA on steroids
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: I am a big fan of Time’s Fareed Zakaria, but he is totally wrong about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Contrary to his belief and TPP’s misleading name, only a tiny fraction of the TPP has anything to do with trade.


    Don’t care, but still unconstitutional
    Don’t care, but still unconstitutionalBerna K. Gingas letter, published Monday, Feb. 24, operates from a position of misinformation.We conservatives are a diverse group and are pro life, pro choice and I don’t care. Count me as I don’t care. Catholics use birth control at the same rate as the general public and when they work for private industry, their insurance usually pays for it, but not always. Coverages were chosen between the insurance company and the insureds. Now comes Obamacare.The government dictates that every policy must meet a minimum standard. Old couples, over age 50, must have maternity coverage, everyone must have birth control coverage and, oh, it doesn’t have to meet the same provisions as the rest of the policy, No deductible, no co-pay and no other restrictions. Cost; just like the government, insurance companies have no money. With the government it is taxes from taxpayers, or with this administration, it is borrowed. With insurance companies, it is premium payers and it is not the property of the insurance company, until time has passed and the premium is earned. Religious groups who don’t believe in birth control, such as Catholics, Orthodox Jews, fundamentalist Christians and others, deposit their premium and it remains theirs until it is earned. If the insurance company uses it for purposes, other than the policy provisions, it is illegal.Ultimately, the supreme court will decide the question. Does forcing insurance companies to use unearned premium, for purposes at odds with the religious beliefs of the insured, who still owns the premium money, violate their constitutional rights?I think it does and remember I am in the “I don’t care” group.Wilton Jere TidwellHuntley


    Waterway agency is hard-working, needed
    A Fox Lake letter to the editor: After reading the article in the Herald last week about dissolving the Fox Waterway Agency, I’d like to add my perspective to this (bad) idea.


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