Daily Archive : Saturday March 15, 2014


    Patrick McLaughlin car surfs on Blackthorn Grille’s car with Ryan Coy driving in the Village of Lake Villa’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday.

    Lake Villa holds a St. Patrick’s Day parade

    The Lake Villa S. Patrick's Day Parade kicked off at noon Saturday from Palombi Middle School and made its way through a nearby neighborhood before heading along Cedar Avenue in downtown. Jackie Sparacino of Schaumburg, wearing a “Kiss me I’m Irish” T-shirt, said she has been attending the parade for 34 years with her mother, Joyce Hipsman of Lake Villa. “This year is...

    Comedian David Brenner

    Notable deaths last week

    Comedian David Brenner; Hollywood reporter Bob Thomas; ex-Florida governor Reubin Askew are among the deaths of note this past week.

    Asia Green, right, from Plainfield and her fellow teammates of Team One Volleyball Club in Aurora, Cerina Myong of Naperville, middle, and Sarah Pliml of Naperville work on the freshly painted door Saturday that is part of the makeover for a Bartlett girl with a life-threating medical condition.

    Volunteers build new bedroom for Bartlett girl fighting cancer

    Coming together to boost the spirits of a Bartlett girl battling bone cancer, a team of paint-spattered but energetic volunteers put the finishing touches on a two-week bedroom makeover project Saturday.

    A foam plane with messages and cards with personalized messages dedicated to people involved with the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner MH370, are placed in the viewing gallery at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Saturday, March 15, 2014 in Sepang, Malaysia. A Malaysian passenger jet missing for more than a week had its communications deliberately disabled and its last signal came about seven and a half hours after takeoff, meaning it could have ended up as far as Kazakhstan or deep in the southern Indian Ocean, Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak said Saturday.(AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

    Focus turns to pilots as hunt for jet widens

    Attention focused Sunday on the pilots of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight after the country’s leader announced findings so far that suggest someone with intimate knowledge of the Boeing 777’s cockpit seized control of the plane and sent it off-course


    Caboose catches fire in Elk Grove Village business park

    A fire destroyed the inside of a caboose parked in a rail yard servicing the Elk Grove Village business park Saturday night, authorities said. Nearly 30 firefighters responded to the blaze, contained to the caboose in an industrial area next to O'Hare International Airport.


    Streamwood High student charged after gun found near campus

    A Streamwood High School student has been charged in connection with a handgun found near the campus, authorities said Saturday. The male student, whose name has not been released because he is a juvenile, faces charges of unlawful use of a weapon on school grounds, aggravated battery to a police officer and resisting/obstructing arrest.

    Collin Goode, 11, left, and Sean O’Connor, 10, best friends from St. Charles watch the St. Patrick’s Day parade in St. Charles Saturday. The duo, who say they do everything together, come every year to the parade. “We really enjoy being Irish,” said Collin with a smile.

    St. Charles holds St. Patrick’s Day parade

    St. Charles held it annual St. Patrick’s Day parade Saturday afternoon. The festivities featured pipe and drum bands, local dance troupes, floats and various business and community entries. “We really enjoy being Irish,” Collin Goode, 11, said with a smile. He was at the parade with Sean O’Connor, 10, his best friend.


    Body confirmed as former Des Plaines woman

    An autopsy has identified a body found near an Indiana river as a former Des Plaines woman, authorities said Saturday. Cathryn McGill, 31, drowned, according to preliminary results of the autopsy.

    Ukraine’s U.N. Ambassador Yuriy Sergeyev speaks during an U.N. Security Council meeting on the Ukraine crisis, Saturday, March 15, at the United Nations headquarters. Russia vetoed a U.N. resolution declaring Sunday’s referendum on the future of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula illegal, but its close ally China abstained in a show of Moscow’s isolation. Supporters of the U.S.-sponsored resolution knew that Russia would use its veto, but they put the resolution to a vote Saturday morning to show the strength of opposition to Moscow’s takeover of Crimea.

    Russia vetoes United Nations resolution on Crimea’s future

    Russia vetoed a U.N. resolution declaring Sunday’s referendum on the future of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula illegal, and close ally China abstained in a show of Moscow’s isolation.

    Russian and Crimean flags fly over local government building as Soviet Union founder Vladimir Lenin’s statue dominates over landscape in downtown in Simferopol, Ukraine, on Saturday, March 15. Tensions are high in the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea, where a referendum is to be held Sunday on whether to split off from Ukraine and seek annexation by Russia.

    Ukraine says Russian forces move outside Crimea

    Russian forces backed by helicopter gunships and armored vehicles Saturday took control of a village near the border with Crimea on the eve of a referendum on whether the region should seek annexation by Moscow, Ukrainian officials said.

    A man reads messages for passengers aboard a missing Malaysia Airlines plane at a shopping mall in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Saturday.

    Malaysian leader: plane’s disappearance deliberate

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said Saturday that investigators believe the missing Malaysian airliner’s communications were deliberately disabled, that it turned back from its flight to Beijing and flew for more than seven hours.

    Six-year-old Connor Johnson, a 2001 cancer survivor of Libertyville, right, shaves the head of his friend Luke Steres, 4, of Gurnee, with help from stylist Kim Heller of Libertyville, left, while Connor’s dad, Michael, watches from behind at Austin’s Saloon and Eatery in Libertyville.

    St. Baldrick’s comes to Austin’s Saloon in Libertyville

    Six-year-old Connor Johnson of Libertyville, a 2011 cancer survivor, shaved the head of his friend, Luke Steres, 4, of Gurnee, and got a hug afterward. Austin’s Saloon in Libertyville hosted the St. Baldrick’s Foundation event on Saturday, with 115 volunteers having their heads shaved to raise $60,000 for childhood cancer research as 250 people packed the Fuel Room to cheer them on.

    The annual West Suburban Irish St. Patrick’s Day Parade took place in Naperville Saturday.

    Everyone’s Irish Saturday in Naperville

    The West Suburban Irish St. Patrick's Day Parade featured Queen Nellie Rose Barry as well as a bevy of bagpipers, Irish step dancers, community groups and a few politicians. In all, about 100 parade units entertained the Irish and the would-be Irish. "I love spreading the Irish spirit,” said Mary Kate Zimmerman of the McNulty Irish Dancers said. “I’ve been in this parade for...


    Streamwood fire sends two to hospital

    A Streamwood fire sent two adults to the hospital and caused about $5,000 in damage to a home on the 700 block of Suffolk Place Saturday afternoon, authorities said. The injuries weren't believed to be life-threatening.

    Jason Nowitzki of Carpentersville portrays St. Patrick during the East Dundee St. Patrick’s Day Parade Saturday.

    East Dundee St. Patrick’s Day parade a delight for all

    River Street in East Dundee was awash with a sea of green Saturday as the mild weather and Irish music accompanied the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade. Green hair, hats, sunglasses, shoes, tights and even a fully grown man in a green dress were the norm as they combined to kick off the festivities.

    Gary Banser, 8, of Palatine awaits the start of the Palatine St. Patrick’s Day Parade Saturday.

    Lots of green at Palatine parade

    Seated on the parkway wearing a decorative St. Patrick’s Day hat and shamrock-shaped glasses, Gary Banser, 8, of Palatine was ready to watch his sister march by with the Trinity Irish Dancers in the fourth annual Palatine St. Patrick’s Day Parade Saturday. Banser was also anticipating getting a bagful of candy by the parade’s end. “He’s more excited about the...

    Reyna Soto, 12, left, and Alex Wirsing, 13, decorate snack cups while teammate Alex Kunicki, 13, chops more fruit for the Larsen Middle School team at the “Junior Chopped: A Middle School Cooking Competition” Saturday at South Elgin High School. All three are from Elgin.

    U-46 students take on ‘Chopped’ style cooking competition

    Students from seven middle schools in Elgin Area School District U-46 competed to be top chefs in the “Junior Chopped: A Middle School Cooking Competition” Saturday. “I’m very proud of these kids and I hope they really keep it up,” said Travis Paquin, 16, of Elgin High School, a chef at the school’s student-run restaurant and a competition judge.

    Dellaina Grundy places flowers on her father’s headstone, Army veteran Leroy Metcalfe, last Saturday at the Dayton National Cemetery in Dayton, Ohio. Grundy isn’t sure whether any or all of the cremated remains buried in the grave are his and knows that mystery will never be solved.

    After ashes found, daughter asks: Who did I bury?

    A box with Leroy Metcalfe’s name was among 55 boxes of cremated remains found there in 2012 — a decade after his family buried what they believed to be the Army veteran’s ashes at Dayton National Cemetery

    Fifth-grader Michelle Wang is a study in concentration as she recites the first 550 digits after the decimal point in pi (as in 3.14159) at Mill Creek Elementary School’s Pi Day celebration in Geneva on Friday. Her effort shattered a school record.

    Pi in your face; Geneva students rattle off digits

    How far can you calculate Pi, used in describing the circumference of a circle? Most brainiacs know it’s carried out to 3.14159. But consider the effort of a fifth-grader Friday at Geneva's Mill Creek Elementary School: Michelle Wang, 10, recited 550 digits. “I didn’t really memorize it, I just found patterns in the number to help me remember it more,” she said.

    ADVANCE FOR MOVEMENT SATURDAY MARCH 15 - This Jan. 15, 2014 file photo shows Los Angeles Police Sgt. Daniel Gomez demonstrating a video feed from his camera into his cellphone as on-body cameras are demonstrated for the media in Los Angeles. Thousands of police agencies have equipped officers with cameras to wear with their uniforms, but they’ve frequently lagged in setting policies on how they’re used, potentially putting privacy at risk and increasing their liability. As officers in one of every six departments across the nation now patrols with tiny lenses on their chests, lapels or sunglasses, administrators and civil liberties experts are trying to envision and address troublesome scenarios that could unfold in front of a live camera. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

    Officers’ body cameras raise privacy concerns

    “This is a brave new world that we’re entering here, where citizens and police both are going to be filming each other,” said Chuck Wexler, the executive director of the Police Executive Research Forum, a nonprofit police research and policy organization.

    A barrier meant to contain spilled crude oil stands partially submerged Wednesday in a swamp near Aliceville, Ala.

    Oil mars Alabama swamp months after train crash

    “I believe they really thought that because it’s out of sight, out of mind, out in the middle of a swamp, that nobody was going to pay attention,” says environmentalist John Wathen.


    Lake in the Hills set for new top cop

    Lake in the Hills’ deputy police chief has been tapped to lead the department, Mayor Paul Mulcahy has announced. Mulcahy is recommending Dave Brey for the post, effective May 1. Current Chief James Wales is retiring April 30 after 35 years with the department.

    Dante, an aged sheep milk cheese, produced by the Wisconsin Sheep Dairy Cooperative and sold at Fromagination in Madison, Wis. The World Championship Cheese Contest, which starts Tuesday in Madison, will feature more than 350 cheeses made from goat or sheep milk.

    Cheesemakers add variety with goat, sheep milk

    Cows have long been the stars of Wisconsin’s dairy industry, but goats and sheep will share a bigger portion of the spotlight when the World Championship Cheese Contest begins Tuesday in Madison.

    UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake, center, speaks during a joint press conference with UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres, second left, chief executive of Save the Children Justin Forsyth, second right, World Vision Regional Director Conny Lenneberg, right, and Mercy Corps VP of Global Engagement Advocacy Andrea Koppel, left, in Beirut Saturday, March 15. Aid agencies said that every statistic surrounding Syrian children had worsened as the conflict entered its fourth year, warning an entire generation of Syrians was now in danger.

    Syria conflict has 3rd anniversary amid offensive

    Syrian troops advanced in a major rebel-held town near the Lebanese border amid heavy bombardment from warplanes, artillery and tanks as the country’s bloody conflict marked its third anniversary Saturday, state media and activists said.


    Car bombs kill 8 people Saturday night in Baghdad

    Officials in Iraq say a series of car bomb attacks targeting commercial areas and a restaurant have killed at least eight people in the country’s capital, Baghdad.

    Demonstrators from the “Barakat!” (“Enough”) group protest during a rally against Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, Saturday, March 15, in Algiers. About 100 Algerian activists from a new anti-government movement staged a rare protest Saturday against the ailing president and his decision to run for a fourth term. Elections will take place on April 17.

    Algeria activists stage rare anti-government protest

    About 100 Algerian activists from a new anti-government movement staged a rare protest Saturday against the ailing president and his decision to run for a fourth term.

    In this image provided by ABC, Kevin Spacey appears on the 9th annual “Jimmy Kimmel Live: After the Oscars” special in Los Angeles on March 2. Spacey’s appearance followed a brief cameo by Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, who was scheduled to appear on the March 3 show. Ford is claiming he wouldn’t know Kevin Spacey “if I ran over him,” after the House of Cards star poked fun at the mayor after his cameo.

    Kevin Spacey responds to Toronto mayor gibe

    Actor Kevin Spacey has taken to Twitter to respond to Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and his brother’s criticism of him on their show on YouTube named after the mayor’s supporters.

    Demonstrators carrying Russian and Ukrainian flags march to oppose President Vladimir Putin’s policies in Ukraine, in Moscow, Saturday, March 15. Large rival marches have taken place in Moscow over Kremlin-backed plans for Ukraine’s province of Crimea to break away and merge with Russia. More than 10,000 people turned out Saturday for a rally in the center of the city held to oppose what many demonstrators described as Russia’s invasion of the Crimean Peninsula. In a nearby location, a similar sized crowd voiced its support for Crimea’s ethnic Russian majority, who Moscow insists is at threat from an aggressively nationalist leadership now running Ukraine.

    Thousands march in Moscow to protest Crimea

    Tens of thousands of anti-government protesters marched in central Moscow Saturday, March 15, a day before a Kremlin-backed referendum in Crimea on whether to break away from Ukraine and join Russia.

    Meijer Stores Limited Partnership is proposing to redevelop the Mallard Creek shopping center on Rollins Road in Round Lake Beach with a supercenter.

    Meijer proposes supercenter in Round Lake Beach

    Meijer Stores Limited Partnership is proposing to demolish the mostly vacant Mallard Creek shopping center on Rollins Road, just west of Route 83 in Round Lake Beach, and builld a 192,940-square-foot supercenter to include a gas station and garden center.

    John O’Malley, right, director of legal services for the Archdiocese of Chicago, discusses how the archdiocese has responded to priest sex abuse. Seated with him are Bishop Francis Kane, vicar general for the archdiocese, and Jan Slattery, director of the Office for the Protection of Children and Youth.

    Archdiocese: More documents on sex abuse will be released

    Archdiocese of Chicago officials say they will release more documents later this year that detail instances of child sex abuse by 35 priests that go back decades. On Friday, archdiocese officials told the Daily Herald Editorial Board they will release the additional documents voluntarily and “in the name of transparency,” once information has been redacted that could possibly harm the...

    John Mueller and Kelly Bayer tour The Cotillion in Palatine, where they now plan on holding their summer wedding reception. The engaged couple scrambled to find a venue after their earlier location, Bristol Courts Banquets, abruptly closed.

    Couples picking up pieces after Mt. Prospect banquet hall closes

    Bride-to-be Natalie Hooper hopes her wedding will go off without another hitch after the venue for her reception abruptly shut its doors. "My heart dropped," Hooper said. "It's the last thing you want to hear a month before your wedding." Engaged couples can avoid such a nightmare by taking steps to protect their time and investment, consumer advocates say.


    Downstate student lives with tissue disorder

    In Kat Williams’ ideal world, she’d be able to do more things teens her age do, like playing sports. And she’d stop herself from growing any taller. “I will put a brick on my head to make myself stop growing,” she jokes with her mom. Kat, 13, of Champaign, was born with Marfan syndrome, a connective tissue disorder characterized by a tall, thin build.


    Terre Haute pulls together to help military family

    A Terre Haute real estate company, title company, hometown bank and others worked together — and worked late — to make sure a loan went through and a military family could move into their new, Shrine Hill home. “I love Terre Haute,” said Michael Curry, who will be retired from the military in April.


    War re-enactor brings Battle of Tippecanoe to life

    A Battle Ground, Ind., man spent the past several years painting, positioning and constructing a scale model of the Battle of Tippecanoe, earning himself the Tippecanoe County Historical Association’s 2013 volunteer of the year award.


    Childhood love of space pays off with Mars study

    A Fort Wayne man will spend four months with five other participants in a facility on Hawaii’s Mauna Loa volcano as part of the NASA-funded Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation. Mauna Loa’s terrain is similar to that of Mars, and it has little vegetation.

    A downstate public library is hoping to use Legos to improve physical, imaginative and mechanical qualities in children that increase attention span, memory, creativity, language and vocabulary skills all in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.

    New Lego club helps stimulate youths’ creativity

    A downstate public library is hoping to use Legos to improve physical, imaginative and mechanical qualities in children that increase attention span, memory, creativity, language and vocabulary skills all in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.

    Developer interest is being shown in the incomplete Somerset townhouse project in downtown Lake Zurich. In 2007, village officials fired the original development company in charge of the townhouses and other projects that were supposed to revitalize downtown.

    Unfinished Lake Zurich townhouse project draws interest

    Developer interest is being shown in downtown Lake Zurich's long-unfinished Somerset townhome subdivision. Village board members Monday are to conduct an informal courtesy review of the 19-home proposal from Icon Building Group.


    Study: St. Charles must accommodate future growth with multifamily housing

    A regional study indicates St. Charles residents both want and need more multifamily and rental housing. But existing residents also indicated they don't want it built in their neighborhoods.

    William B. Sohn

    38-year veteran takes helm of S. Elgin fire district

    William B. Sohn has served as fire chief for the South Elgin & Countryside Fire Protection District for just two weeks, but he knows the job well, having spent 38 years with the district. One of his priorities is to come up with a plan to remodel Station 1, by village hall on State Street, or build a new station elsewhere along Route 31. “It’s about what’s going to be the best...



    Bulls’ Noah all about team, not MVP chants

    At least once a week, Joakim Noah talks about how much he loves playing at the United Center. But there is one habit of the fan base he could live without – MVP chants. They’ve been happening with regularity in recent weeks.

    As coach Lindy Ruff looks on, Dallas Stars forward Rich Peverley makes a statement regarding his health and the incident that occurred during a game last week when Peverley’s heart had to be shocked back to life.

    Never question heart of a hockey player

    Rich Peverley’s heart stopped, and a few minutes later he wanted to play hockey again. That’s what hockey players do.


    Wolves streak ends at 17

    The Chicago Wolves’ franchise-record 17-game home point streak came to an end Saturday night as Texas earned a 3-0 victory in front of 11,436 at the Allstate Arena. Jake Allen stopped 28 of 30 shots for the Wolves (35-19-4-2), who were shut out for just the second time this season.


    Blackhawks happy to get Hossa back

    The Blackhawks will get a much-needed boost offensively Sunday when Marian Hossa returns from an upper-body injury to face the Detroit Red Wings at the United Center.

    Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville talks to his team during the third period of Friday night’s 3-2 loss to the last-place Nashville Predators at the United Center.

    Quenneville looking for better things from Blackhawks

    Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville put his team through a tough 30-minute practice Saturday with an emphasis on battle drills. “We don’t go much longer than that,” Quenneville said. “That’s as long as we go anyways. But we didn’t like the way we played last night."

    White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham throws out a runner at first Friday, when he strained his left oblique on a swing after the game.

    White Sox will be cautious with Beckham injury

    Gordon Beckham has a left oblique strain and is being shut down for seven days. While he hopes to be ready for the March 31 season opener, the White Sox do have other options at second base if Beckham can't go.

    Bulls center Joakim Noah reacts after scoring a during the first half of Saturday’s home game against the Sacramento Kings.

    Noah jumps for joy after another win

    Joakim Noah had another monster game, with 23 points, 11 rebounds, 8 assists and 5 blocks in a 94-87 win over Sacramento at the United Center on Saturday. After the game, he shared his thoughts about the one part of his game that really makes him happy.


    Girls water polo: Scouting DuPage County
    Here's a look at the girls water polo season from the perspective of team in DuPage County.

    Bulls center Joakim Noah, right, celebrates with forward Taj Gibson after Gibson scored during the second half of Saturday’s home game against the Sacramento Kings.

    Noah leads Bulls to 94-87 win over Kings

    Joakim Noah had 23 points and 11 rebounds, Taj Gibson scored seven of his 19 points in the fourth quarter and the Chicago Bulls held off the Sacramento Kings 94-87 Saturday night. Mike Dunleavy added 16 and DJ Augustin 12 for the Bulls.


    Langer leads Toshiba Classic

    Bernhard Langer maintained a two-stroke lead Saturday in the Champions Tour’s Toshiba Classic, making four birdies in a late five-hole stretch for a 5-under 66. Langer, the 2008 winner, had a 13-under 129 total at Newport Beach Country Club.

    Robert Garrigus hits his tee shot on the 11th hole Saturday during the third round of the Valspar Championship at Innisbrook in Palm Harbor, Fla.

    Garrigus’ lead down to 1 at Valspar

    Robert Garrigus missed two short putts on the back nine and had to settle for a 1-under 70 and a one-shot lead Saturday in the Valspar Championship.


    Cubs split-squad rallies past Royals 6-5

    Brett Jackson hit a three-run homer off Kansas City’s Jon Rauch in the eighth, then had a go-ahead, two-run single against Tim Collins in the ninth as a split-squad of the Cubs beat the Royals.


    Mets beat Cubs split-squad 9-4

    Wilmer Flores hit his first home run of the spring and the Mets topped the Chicago Cubs 9-4 in a split-squad game Saturday. Anthony Rizzo hit two solo homers for the Cubs.


    Stevenson tops in own tourney

    Palatine placed second and Wheeling was third in the girls water polo tournament hosted by Stevenson on Saturday. The Patriots won with a 3-0 record, while Palatine finished 2-1 and Wheeling 1-2.

    With the flick of his wrist, Palatine’s Omar El Hoffi scores against McHenry during Saturday’s water polo tournament at Palatine.

    Palatine takes third in own invite

    Palatine's boys water polo team placed third in the nine-team invitational it hosted this weekend, as St. Ignatius edged Loyola for the championship.

    Michigan guard Derrick Walton Jr. drives the ball against Ohio State in the semifinals of the Big Ten Conference tournament Saturday in Indianapolis. Michigan won 72-69.

    No. 8 Wolverines hold off Buckeyes

    After blowing a 12-point second-half lead against its most bitter rival, No. 8 Michigan went on a game-ending 7-1 run and survived a potential tying 3-pointer in the closing seconds for a 72-69 win over No. 24 Ohio State in the semifinals of the Big Ten tournament.

    Purdue guard Ronnie Johnson goes up for a shot against Ohio State forward LaQuinton Ross on Thursday in the first rounds of the Big Ten tournament. Johnson has decided to transfer after two years with the Boilermakers.

    Purdue starter decides to transfer

    Purdue coach Matt Painter said starting point guard Ronnie Johnson has been granted his release.

    Michigan State guard Denzel Valentine and his Spartan teammates will play rival Michigan in the Big Ten tournament title game on Saturday.

    Michigan State beats Wisconsin in Big Ten tourney

    Adreian Payne scored 18 points, Branden Dawson had 14 and No. 22 Michigan State beat No. 12 Wisconsin 83-75 on Saturday to reach the Big Ten tournament championship. The third-seeded Spartans (25-8) won consecutive games for the first time since winning 11 straight in a stretch over December and January. They will face No. 8 Michigan in the final on Sunday.

    Roger Federer returns a shot to Alexandr Dolgopolov on Saturday during their semifinal match at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament in Indian Wells, Calif.

    Djokovic, Federer to meet for title

    Novak Djokovic beat John Isner 7-5, 6-7 (2), 6-1 on Saturday to reach the final of the BNP Paribas Open, where he’ll resume his longtime rivalry with Roger Federer in a matchup of former top-ranked players. Federer had a much easier time in the semifinals, beating Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine 6-3, 6-1.

    Mooseheart’s Akim Nyang and Josh Tucker celebrate their Class A state title game victory over Heyworth in Peoria on Saturday. In their first final four appearance, the Red Ramblers brought home the basketball program’s first state title after a 63-47 victory.

    Mooseheart caps emotional journey with state title

    Many roads came to an end on Saturday when Mooseheart lifted the Class 1A state championship trophy. For the Ramblers boys basketball team, the 63-47 victory over Heyworth ended a journey that started in November, not far from Peoria, at the Canton Thanksgiving tournament. The team’s pathway ended with a 29-3 record.


    Scouting Tri-Cities water polo teams

    St. Charles North girls water polo coach Nick Engel has a great deal of faith in his team’s defense.

    Naperville Central’s Keenan Oshiro competes on pommel horse on Saturday at Libertyville.

    Steady early returns for Naperville C., Libertyville

    Libertyville was missing a pair of key gymnasts, and Naperville Central won Saturday's matchup. But both programs were pleased with their early results.

    Naperville Central’s Tristan Petrauskas, right, defends Metea Valley’s Lewis Hollopeter, right, during a 12-3 win at the Naperville 203/204 boys water polo tournament.

    Boys water polo: Scouting DuPage County
    Here's a look at the boys water polo season ahead from the perspective of teams in DuPage County.

    Buffalo Grove student Evan Puppolo played a key role for the BG/H/W Stampede this season.

    Puppolo was key for BG/H/W Stampede

    Evan Puppolo had personal motivation this season for the BG/H/W Stampede, a mix of players from Buffalo Grove, Hersey and Wheeling. But, when the final buzzer sounded on the season — in Thursday night’s elite eight round of the state tournament — he was right there with his dad, who was part of his drive for the past year.

    Driver Kyle Busch celebrates after winning the NASCAR Nationwide series auto race Saturday at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tenn.

    Kyle Busch first again at Bristol

    Kyle Busch got his 16th career win at Bristol Motor Speedway — more than any other NASCAR driver at any other track — by holding off Kyle Larson after a late restart in Saturday’s Nationwide Series race.

    U.S. players celebrate winning gold after their ice sledge hockey match against Russia at the Winter Paralympics in Sochi, Russia.

    U.S. beats Russia in Paralympics hockey final

    Lining up on the Sochi ice to receive their gold medals, members of the American ice sledge hockey team anticipated abuse from the Russian crowd. It never came. Just cheers and applause. However serious the Ukraine-related tensions between the U.S. and Russia are in the backdrop of these Winter Paralympics, they weren’t evident in the Shayba Arena on Saturday.

    Stevenson’s Mitchell Sokolsky shoots against Palatine in the Mundelein sectional championship game last season.

    Boys water polo / Scouting Lake County

    Here's a look at the boys water polo season from the perspective of Lake County's teams.

    Spain’s Alberto Contador celebrates as he wins the fourth stage of the Tirreno-Adriatico cycling race Saturday in Cittareale Selvarotonda, Italy

    Contador wins Tirreno leg, cuts Kwiatkowski’s lead

    Alberto Contador won the grueling fourth stage of the Tirreno-Adriatico race to close the gap on overall leader Michal Kwiatkowski to 16 seconds on Saturday.

    Former USA Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III worked with Bob Spence to help create Kinderlou Forest golf, a 10-year-old course in Valdosta, Ga., as part of his Love Golf Design team.

    Ex-Kemper Lakes pro takes Georgia course to a new level

    Former Kemper Lakes pro Bob Spence wants to take Kinderlou Forest in Valdosta, Ga., to a new level, and Len Ziehm checks in with Spence, who has spent 60 years as a golf pro, about his stunning 18-hole course.

    Alyssa Lach of Jacobs takes aim in the 3-point shooting contest at Redbird Arena in Normal last weekend.

    Wrapping up another season, with a look to the future

    With South Elgin’s tough but spirited loss to Rockford Auburn in Friday’s Class 4A boys sectional final at Chesbrough Field House, the book officially closed on the Fox Valley basketball season. And that means it’s also time to officially close the book on the girls’ season with some observations of the past season and the future.


    Future definitely looks bright for South Elgin

    If the surprise team of the Illinois boys basketball Class 4A Tournament had to go down, it was only fitting South Elgin went down fighting in its 83-73 loss to Rockford Auburn in the Elgin sectional title game Friday.

    Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers won't have to worry about getting sacked by Julius Peppers (90) again. The former Bears defensive end signed a three-year deal with the Packers.

    Julius Peppers finds new home with Packers

    It didn't take eight-time Pro Bowl defensive end Julius Peppers very long to find a new home after the Bears cut him earlier this week rather than pay the 34-year-old a $13.9 million base salary for 2014. On Saturday, Peppers signed a three-year with the Green Bay Packers that could pay him up to $30 million.

    Chicago Blackhawks’ Patrick Sharp looks down during the second period of Friday’s game against the Nashville Predators in Chicago. The Predators won 3-2. Sharp has one goal in his last 11 games.

    Sharp, Kane need to find ‘on’ switch

    After Friday’s 3-2 loss to last-place Nashville at the United Center, it's time to raise red flags across the board. The Hawks have stopped scoring and stopped working hard on a regular basis and subsequently have dropped to third place in the Central Division behind St. Louis and Colorado. Tim Sassone says it's time for Patrick Kane and Patrick Sharp to hit the "on switch" in their games.


    Actor Peter O’Toole in 1961 in the title role in the film “Lawrence of Arabia.”

    Lawrence of Arabia offered ‘quiet’ role at Bank of England

    Documents show the World War I veteran, whose real name was T. E. Lawrence, was offered the role of night watchman in 1928, the central bank said Saturday. There are also indications in the archives that Governor Montagu Norman wanted Lawrence as the bank’s secretary seven years later.

    Zeppelin and Goodyear crews work together in prepping Goodyear’s new zeppelin in the Wingfoot Lake Hangar for its debut in Suffield Township, Ohio.

    Goodyear unveils next-generation blimp

    The next generation of the well-known Goodyear blimp is getting ready to take flight as the company moves toward replacing its old fleet of airships with a new trio.

    Honda Odyssey

    Honda recalling 886,815 Odyssey minivans

    According to documents posted Saturday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the cover on the fuel pump strainer can wear down from exposure to high temperatures and acidic chemicals, like those found in fertilizers. Fuel leaks can cause a vehicle fire.

    Goldman Sachs Group Inc. headquarters in New York

    New York steals London’s mantle as top financial center

    The index, which is updated every six months and is in its 15th edition, is compiled from replies to an online survey. It also uses external gauges including rankings for specific areas such as telecommunications. The index, which was first published in 2007, takes into account broad areas including the business environment, finance, infrastructure, human capital and reputation.


    Google reaps tax breaks in $1.4 billion clean energy bet

    Google is the biggest backer of U.S. alternative-energy projects over that stretch, excluding financial institutions and utilities. The search engine firm has funded $1.4 billion investment in clean power production since 2010.


    Google to release tools for making apps for wearable computers

    Google Inc. is releasing tools for software developers to make applications for wearable-computing devices, trying to repeat the success it’s had with the Android mobile-operating system for gadgets people wear on their bodies.


    Samsung introduces free streaming radio service

    Samsung unveiled a new free music service for its phones that it touts as a significant improvement from the apps already on the market. The South Korean gadget maker’s Milk Music service includes over 200 stations and 13 million songs. It’s designed to be extremely fast, easy to use and highly customizable.

    Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, speaks on screen during a panel discussion at the South By Southwest (SXSW) Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas. The SXSW conferences and festivals converge original music, independent films, and emerging technologies while fostering creative and professional growth.

    Assange talks NSA, hints at more leaks

    Speaking over Skype from the Ecuadorian embassy in London, fugitive WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said his living situation is a bit like prison — with a more lenient visitor policy. He also hinted that new leaks are coming from WikiLeaks, though he gave no specifics on what these might be.

    This photo provided by The Guardian Newspaper in London shows Edward Snowden, who worked as a contract employee at the National Security Agency, June 9, 2013, in Hong Kong. U.S. intelligence officials are planning an electronic monitoring system that would tap into government, financial and public databases to scan the behavior patterns of many of the 5 million government employees who hold secret clearances, according to current and former officials.

    U.S. network to scan workers with secret clearances

    U.S. intelligence officials are planning a sweeping system of electronic monitoring that would tap into government, financial and other databases to scan the behavior of many of the 5 million federal employees with secret clearances, current and former officials told The Associated Press.

    Kimberly C. Ellis talks about Black Twitter at Freedom Corner in the Hill District of Pittsburgh. Black Twitter is a small but growing corner of the social media giant where an unabashedly black spin on life gets served up 140 characters at a time. Black Twitter holds court on pretty much everything from President Barack Obama to the latest TV reality show antics. But don’t get it twisted. Black Twitter can turn activist quickly.

    Black Twitter growing into online force

    Black Twitter holds court on pretty much everything from President Barack Obama to the latest TV reality show antics. But Black Twitter can also turn activist quickly. When it does, things happen — like the cancellation of a book deal for a juror in the George Zimmerman trial, or the demise of Zimmerman’s subsequent attempt to star at celebrity boxing.


    Review: Asus Chromebox great as streaming device

    Devices that let you watch Netflix and other streaming video services on a big TV screen are popular, but there are limits to what you can watch. So I’m pleased to find a legal way around these restrictions with a new device called the Chromebox.

    Anne Wojcicki, co-founder and chief executive officer of 23andMe, speaks during a keynote session at the South By Southwest (SXSW) Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas, U.S., on Sunday, March 9, 2014. The SXSW conferences and festivals converge original music, independent films, and emerging technologies while fostering creative and professional growth.

    Geeky women break up the Bromance at South by Southwest

    As startups, venture capitalists and enthusiasts have descended upon Austin for South by Southwest, female-focused events have grown in number and panel audiences are dotted by more women at what has traditionally been a male-dominated event. About 25 speaker sessions are about women in technology, five times more than last year.

Life & Entertainment


    Asking for help or going it alone a tough choice

    Q. I was knocked down by a terrible respiratory infection that kept me in bed for over a week. Several of my friends knew I was sick and not one called to ask if I was feeling better or if they could do anything.

    Comedian Bert Kreischer performs at the Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg on Friday and Saturday, March 14 and 15.

    Weekend picks: Bert Kreischer performs at the Showcase

    Comedian Bert Kreischer is famed for being pushed to try all kinds of dangerous stunts and dares on the Travel Channel show “Bert The Conqueror.” See Kreischer performing safer feats of humor this weekend at the The Improv Comedy Showcase. Zombie fans won't want to miss the Walker Stalker Convention at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont. Comedian Tommy Johnagin draws from his personal life for his standup at Zanies this weekend.

    With Entitle, a Web service and app, users get two books a month for $9.99, from a library of more than 125,000 books.

    App reviews: Entitle, Pendo

    It’s easier than ever for movie-lovers to get the things they want on demand. But what about readers? With Entitle, a Web service and app, the literati now have an option. Note-taking apps taking up all of your time? Pendo is looking to streamline the process by tapping into your iPhone’s microphone and calendar to make appointments and other notes easy to do.

    Donnie McClurkin’s latest album, “Duets,” is his sixth studio release.

    Donnie McClurkin offers power messages on ‘Duets’

    Donnie McClurkin’s vocals continue to soar smoothly on his sixth studio album, “Duets.” McClurkin, a three-time Grammy winner best known for the 2000 hit “We Fall Down,” collaborates with a strong supporting cast on this impressive piece of soul-pleasing work.


    Book notes: Meet American Ballet dancer at Anderson’s
    Meet American Ballet Company ballet dancer and author Misty Copeland as she reads from and signs copies of her book “Life in Motion” at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 16, at Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville.

    Outdoor lighting can play up the more decorative features of a yard, including flower beds.

    Exterior lighting sets the stage for more outdoor fun

    Tis the season for making changes in and around the home. The arrival of warmer weather renews homeowners’ vigor for various home improvement projects. Adding outdoor lighting to a home can help increase its value and make the home safer and more attractive in the evening hours.

    While you are checking your roof, inspect the gutters and downspouts as well. Heavy ice may have loosened them and clogged gutters can cause water damage to the home.

    How to inspect for roof damage

    Many homeowners do not think twice about their roofs. But when leaks develop, roof repairs and the subsequent costs of such work shed light on how important it is for homeowners to pay closer attention to the roofs over their heads.

    An agent (Bradley Cooper), left, recruits a con man (Christian Bale) for a sting operation in “American Hustle.”

    DVD previews: ‘American Hustle,’ ‘Frozen’

    The critically acclaimed "American Hustle" and the Oscar-winning animated film "Frozen" head to DVD Tuesday. Also hitting the shelves: "Saving Mr. Banks" and "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom."

    Aaron Paul, left, and Dominic Cooper star in “Need for Speed,” which opened in theaters Friday.

    Aaron Paul goes for fun after ‘Breaking Bad’ role

    When Aaron Paul received the script for “Need for Speed,” he had very little interest in even reading the story, let alone taking a starring a role in the movie. He saw the title and immediately envisioned another poorly done video game adaptation. Paul ultimately decided to read the script, which is based on the popular EA Entertainment racing game, and found himself surprisingly intrigued by the story of a street racer framed for a crime he didn’t commit.

    Newly popular, gray is giving white a run for the money in the American kitchen.

    Gray kitchens come on strong

    Q. I’m looking for ideas for a kitchen remodel we’re planning for late spring. I am curious about color schemes: I am seeing mostly all-white kitchens. Is this the trend?

    The Olive Press in Napa, Calif., offers a tour of its mill in Sonoma plus a sampling of olive oil flavors in its tasting room.

    In California wine country, an olive oil trail

    Come to California wine country to taste the ... olive oil? Yes, there’s liquid gold hidden among the vines, part of an olive oil boom in recent years. You can tour an orchard, learn what extra-virgin olive oil really means and taste your way through lemon-, herb- and even chocolate-infused olive oils. Harvest is usually around the end of the year, but any time is good for a visit. Here are five recommended “pit” stops.

    Sip spring brews at the Chicago Beer Festival, held at the historic Union Station on Saturday, March 22.

    On the road: Raise a glass at Chicago Beer Fest

    Winter is almost over and it’s time to celebrate with brewskies at the biannual Chicago Beer Festival, held at the historic Union Station. Sip beer from more than 60 breweries and 200 beers, including local and international brews plus lots of seasonals. The family-friendly Northwest Celtic Fest at Sears Centre promises a saturation of Celtic culture with live music, food, children’s games, a pipe music invitational plus beer and scotch tasting on Saturday, March 22.

    Folk legend Judy Collins headlines on Saturday, Nov. 15, at the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan. Tickets are now on sale.

    Judy Collins to play Genesee
    Tickets are now on sale for the Judy Collins concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, at the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan.


    How to determine a fair price within the family

    Q. We are selling my mother-in-law’s property. Family members expressed interest but did not respond to phone calls and emails. After four months of cleaning out the home, we went ahead and listed the property for sale. Days later, the family decided they do want to purchase after all.


    Why associations limit the number of rental units

    Q. Your column has discussed unit lease restrictions in associations. Why do associations impose leasing restrictions?


    Mortgage-related issues for married couples

    When a married couple purchases a house with the help of a mortgage, they become subject to a wide range of legal rules and custom-based practices at every stage of the process. This article will summarize some of the major issues that arise.



    The Soapbox

    Daily Herald editors write their opinions on such things as a tollway oasis's demise, a village's new logo and donations that touch the heart -- and the funny bone.


    Consider giving up meat for Lent
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: Years ago Christian children tended to “give up” candy during Lent, which was an age-appropriate action, but as we grow older our Lenten observances change. As a nutritionist I suggest you consider reducing your meat consumption drastically during these weeks and consider giving the money saved to the local food pantry.


    Problems with term limits are with us now
    A Palatine letter to the editor: In your March 8 issue was an article about term limits for our elected House and Senate members. It was interesting for what it didn’t say.


    Media bias has shaped the nation
    An Elk Grove Village letter to the editor: As of late the president has been making some jaw-dropping statements. On Benghazi, “Our first concern is for our people’s safety.” On the IRS scandal, “There isn’t a smidgen of corruption.” He continues to talk about a recovered economy and how well Obamacare is working based on some individual story his administration dug up while ignoring the thousands of bad stories.


    Pension packages of others are weighing on seniors
    A Palatine letter to the editor: The pensions of some of these people are on the backs of seniors on fixed incomes. Our property tax bills just keep going up because of that special few who make $100,000 to $300,000 a year, and in some cases more, in retirement packages.


    Medical marijuana rule proposal is unjust
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: On your recent article titled “Do guns, pot mix?” I am unaware of any case in which use of a medically prescribed drug requires one’s right to gun ownership be taken away.


    ‘Rookies’ can’t do worse for Illinois
    A letter to the editor: The news article on the front page of your Saturday, March 8, issue; “If state had term limits ...” Are all of us in Illinois really dumb, or do just the politicians think so?


    Let’s recognize unsung local heroes
    Let’s recognize unsung local heroesWith all these politicians telling us how they are going to fix everything, I think it is time for a letter about some unsung heroes in our city.Every time I see them I think, “what a losing battle.” I am talking about the guys out there trying to fill potholes. I once saw a semi roll over a recent patch and pull the entire thing out and run over it.These guys are swimming upstream and getting almost nowhere. But bless them for trying. It looks like trench warfare out there and it is impossible to miss the pot holes. But they are out there every day dodging idiots trying to run over them and working very very hard on our behalf.Please applaud these guys for their efforts.Raleigh SuttonElgin


    Questions abound on charter school
    An Elgin letter to the editor: Regarding decisions made at a special session of Elgin City Council on the renting of property to a proposed charter school, here are a few further questions the March 2 Daily Herald report raises:


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