Daily Archive : Sunday March 16, 2014



    Wis. governor signs $35 million worker training bill

    Gov. Scott Walker has signed into law a bill that spends more than $35 million on worker training efforts.


    Pedestrian killed by train in Palatine

    Metra trains between Harvard and Chicago were delayed Sunday after a pedestrian was struck and killed by an outbound train northwest of downtown Palatine. Metra confirmed that a pedestrian was hit by train number 713 about 3:30 p.m. at Baldwin Road, between the Palatine and Barrington stations.

    Brian Wilson launches a small drone equipped with a video camera to fly over the scene of an explosion that leveled two apartment buildings in East Harlem in New York last week. Wilson says he uses the aerial drone to document buildings, weddings and news events.

    U.S. lags as commercial drones take off around globe

    A small, four-rotor drone hovered over Washington Nationals players for a few days during spring training in Florida last month, taking publicity photos impossible for a human photographer to capture. But no one got the Federal Aviation Administration's permission first.

    The head of Crimea's Russia-backed leader Sergei Aksyonov gestures as people celebrate in Lenin Square, Simferopol, Ukraine, Sunday. Crimeans voted overwhelmingly to secede from Ukraine and join Russia.

    Crimeans vote to leave Ukraine, join Russia

    Just two weeks after Russian troops seized their peninsula, Crimeans voted Sunday to leave Ukraine and join Russia, overwhelmingly approving a referendum that sought to unite the strategically important Black Sea region with the country it was part of for some 250 years. The vote was widely condemned by Western leaders, who planned to move swiftly to punish Russia with economic sanctions.

    In this photo provided by Ed Bachrach, authorities surround a vehicle on Lake Shore Drive in Chicago, Sunday, March 16, 2014. Authorities in the Chicago suburb of Harvey, where the chase began, say the vehicle matched the description of one belonging to man wanted in connection with a murder in Georgia. The police chase ended in a crash, and a standoff between police and the suspect ensued, shutting down parts of the busy roadway along Lake Michigan to traffic and pedestrian for hours.

    Man in custody after 8-hour ordeal on Lake Shore Drive

    A standoff on Chicago's iconic Lake Shore Drive that lasted more than eight hours Sunday ended with police taking a Georgia man into custody, police said. They said the man is wanted in connection with a murder earlier this month in Hampton, Ga., which is roughly 30 miles from Atlanta. Police said a chase involving the man began Sunday in the Chicago suburb of Harvey. It was the result of an...

    Lawyers representing Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair Sinclair said he will plead to lesser charges in exchange for having sexual assault charges dropped along with two others that might have required him to register as a sex offender. Sinclair is seen here outside court March 4.

    Defense: General’s deal drops sex assault charge

    Defense attorneys said Sunday that the Army will drop sexual assault charges against a general under a plea deal that marks the end of a closely watched case that unfolded as the military grapples with sex crimes within the ranks. Lawyers representing Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair said he will plead to lesser charges in exchange for the dropping of the sexual assault charges and two other counts...

    Journalists stand outside the home of Fariq Abdul Hamid, the co-pilot of the missing Malaysia Airlines plane, in Shah Alam, outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Sunday. Attention focused Sunday on the pilots of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight after Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak 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.

    Final words from jet came after systems shutdown

    When someone at the controls calmly said the last words heard from the missing Malaysian jetliner, one of the Boeing 777’s communications systems had already been disabled, authorities said Sunday, adding to suspicions that one or both of the pilots were involved in disappearance of the flight. Investigators also examined a flight simulator confiscated from the home of one of the pilots...

    Rosie Colucci, 9, of Palatine high-fives Chris Galie of Algonquin before he gets his head shaved during a St. Baldrick’s event Sunday in Lake Zurich. Rosie was the guest of honor at the event, in which participants get donations for cancer research by pledging to shave their heads. Organizers were hoping to raise up to $10,000.

    Palatine girl inspires crowd at Lake Zurich St. Baldrick’s event

    Children and adults had their heads shaved Sunday at a Lake Zurich hair salon to raise money for the ongoing fight against childhood cancer. The event was inspired by and held in honor of Rosie Colucci, a 9-year-old from Palatine who is being treated for brain cancer. Colucci was one of those who got shaved Sunday. "My head can breathe!" she said.

    As a high school kid, Rich Bentel started a fantasy baseball league with his buddy. Thirty years later, the league still is going strong, and Bentel, a 47-year-old financial adviser, says members are flying in from both coasts for the annual player draft at the end of this month in Lisle.

    Fantasy baseball league still a hit after 30 years

    In a relationship lasting eight times longer than most jobs, Rich Bentel still plays in the fantasy baseball league he started in 1984 as a high school kid. This month's draft day in Lisle gives him hope of winning his first championship since 1996.

    Urban Grille in Geneva is likely closed for good. No word yet on a future occupant for the downtown site.

    Shuffling restaurant chairs in Geneva

    Dave Heun says he's been told the Urban Grille in downtown Geneva will not be reopening. Looks like more movement will occur on the restaurant front, something the city is familiar with.

    A Lebanese nurse, left, and Syrian man, right, carry Adul-Karim, 18, a Syrian rebel who was injured during a battle against the Syrian government forces and Hezbollah fighters in Rima village near Yabroud ON March 5. Syria said its military seized a key town that served as a rebel supply hub on the Lebanese border on Sunday after a months-long army offensive.

    Syrian army ousts rebels from border stronghold
    With rebels fleeing into neighboring Lebanon, Syrian government troops and Hezbollah fighters captured a strategic town near the frontier Sunday, ousting opposition fighters from their last stronghold in the vital border area. Yabroud was a major smuggling hub for the rebels trying to overthrow President Bashar Assad. The town’s fall is the latest in a string of strategic gains by...

    The 2014 Winter Paralympics ended Sunday in Sochi, Russia, the same site at which the Winter Olympics were held last month. In that time, the West’s view of Russian President Vladimir Putin, seen here, has undergone a change.

    Putin’s Games end under a Crimean cloud

    Triumphant in the midst of global condemnation, Vladimir Putin clinked his champagne flute with leading sports officials, toasting the success of his pet project in Sochi. Under chandeliers in ornate surroundings, the wine was flowing over lunch during the Paralympics this week as the Russian president saluted the transformational effect of his nation’s six-week sporting extravaganza.

    Ousted President Mohammed Morsi, right, is seen speaking from the defendant’s cage as he stands with co-defendants in a makeshift courtroom during a trial hearing in Cairo, Egypt, in November 2013. Egypt’s crackdown on Islamists has jailed 16,000 people over the past eight months in the country’s biggest round-up in nearly two decades, according to previously unreleased figures from security officials.

    Egypt leader says public opposes the Brotherhood

    Egypt’s interim leader on Sunday said that the general public opposes the inclusion of the Muslim Brotherhood in the political process because he said it uses violence. In a wide-ranging interview broadcast late into the night on CBC television, Adly Mansour said that any member of the Brotherhood who renounces violence and gives up membership in the group is welcomed to join the upcoming...

    Streamwood resident Larry Pahl takes a picture of himself Sunday with Oliver Huerta and Pahl’s wife, Lynn, on the last day of operation of the Des Plaines Oasis. Pahl, a Bartlett High School civics teacher, said he remembers visiting the Oasis during the its first year in 1959.

    Saying goodbye to the Des Plaines Oasis

    Apart from notices at both entrances of the Des Plaines Oasis, there was little indication Sunday that the structure was mere hours away from being closed forever. There were no going-out-of-business sales at the restaurants, the information kiosks were still neatly stuffed with brochures for tourists, and even the claw game shaped like a groovy 1960s Volkswagen Bus was still stocked with plush...

    Sharrissa McKinzie, of Flint, sleds down a hill with her son Detrayvion McKinzie, last week. Another round of snow and ice is forecast for the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic.

    Winter not yet done, more snow for parts of U.S.

    Spring is just days away but winter is not leaving quietly. Just as the trees started blooming and the birds started chirping, another round of snow and ice was bearing down Sunday on the Midwest and the Mid-Atlantic. Snow was expected by Monday afternoon from the Central Appalachians to the Jersey Shore, making the morning commute treacherous for motorists.

    Elpidio Vilchez, of Chicago, doesn’t seem to mind the subfreezing temperatures Sunday morning at the start of the March Madness Half Marathon in Cary. The annual run is a fundraiser for the Hillstrider Distance Running Scholarship.

    Runners take on chilly Cary half marathon

    Hours before college basketball fans learned which teams are in the field for the NCAA Tournament, dozens of runners took the streets of Cary for a different sort of March Madness. Runners in the annual March Madness Half Marathon took off from Cary-Grove High School on a sometimes snowy 13.1-mile course that also took them through Mink Trail before finishing up back to the high school.

    Colleen Wallace, 10, of Hoffman Estates drills a hole in stump to put in a maple tap Sunday during the 30th annual Sugar Bush Fair at the Spring Valley Nature Center in Schaumburg. The fair featured a pancake breakfast, maple syrup production, pioneer sugar camps, a puppet show and hayrides.

    Warm breakfast helps at chilly Sugar Bush Fair

    Families bundled up and braved the cold Sunday morning to eat pancakes and to see how maple syrup is made during the 30th annual Sugar Bush Fair at the Spring Valley Nature Center in Schaumburg. “It was cold but it was wonderful,” said Schaumburg resident Jon Cunningham.


    No injuries after early-morning fire damages Geneva home

    No injuries were reported after a fire broke out early Sunday morning at a Geneva home. officials said. Geneva police officers located the burning home, woke up two residents who were unaware of the fire and escorted them from the home.


    Lindenhurst considers budget

    The Lindenhurst village board will hold a special meeting at 7 p.m. Monday to discuss the 2014-15 budget. The meeting will be held at the village hall, 2301 E. Sand Lake Road. Call (847) 356-8252.


    Fire breaks out in empty Libertyville barn

    A fire broke out in a barn Saturday night in Libertville, authorities said. The barn at 27265 N. Bradley Road was empty at the time, as it was being remodeled. A firefighter suffered a hand injury while bringing the fire under control; no other injuries were reported. The cause is still under investigation.


    Severe weather spotter class in Lake County

    The emergency management agencies in Antioch and Lake County are hosting a National Weather Service severe weather spotter class, Wednesday, March 19, at the Antioch High School Auditorium, 1133 Main St.

    Naturalist Valerie Blaine of the Forest Preserve District of Kane County holds a metal spile Sunday as she demonstrates how to tap a tree for sap at Maple Sugaring Days in St. Charles.

    Cold can’t sap life out of Maple Sugaring Days

    Valerie Blaine stood Sunday at the base of a large maple tree at LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve in St. Charles and tried to explain to the young crowd gathered around her how to collect sap to make sweet maple syrup. It wasn’t easy. The below-freezing wind chills and frozen sap were working against her during the annual Maple Sugaring Days event at Creek Bend Nature Center.


    Women’s health fair in Waukegan

    The Waukegan Public Library, 128 N. County St., Waukegan, will present a Women’s Health Fair on Sunday, March 23 from 1 to 5 p.m.

    Many drivers have fond memories of the Des Plaines oasis, which closes today.

    Des Plaines oasis closes today

    Workers on catwalks, suction cups, cranes. That's what it will take to erase the Des Plaines oasis overhanging I-90 this May and June. The iconic glass structure closes today to eventually make way for a transformative new toll road connecting to O'Hare, I-90 and I-294.


    Glen Ellyn man sentenced to 15 years in prison after federal drug probe

    A Glen Ellyn man has been sentenced to more than 15 years in prison for his role in an interstate marijuana-distribution operation, according to the U.S. Justice Department. William Brock, 37, was sentenced Friday in Sacramento, Calif. A jury there convicted Brock in November of conspiring to distribute more than 100 kilograms of marijuana, authorities said.

    Don Kramer is a candidate for Kane County sheriff.

    GOP sheriff, clerk races top Kane primary election lineup

    The races to secure the Republican nominations for Kane County sheriff and clerk top the lineup in Tuesday's primary election. The winners advance to the Nov. 4 general electon.

    Manju Goel and Larry Kaifesh are Republican candidates for the 8th Congressional District seat.

    8th District primary among suburbs’ hottest races

    Eighth Congressional District GOP rivals Manju Goel and Larry Kaifesh started their campaigns seeing eye to eye on most every major issue. Distinctions between the two boiled down to their professional backgrounds. But these personal differences quickly escalated into much more. That's among several key races Northwest suburban voters will be deciding in Tuesday's primary.

    Bill Prim, left, and Andrew Zinke are Republican candidates in the race for McHenry County sheriff.

    Here are the top races in McHenry, Kane counties

    The races to secure the Republican nominations for sheriff and clerk in McHenry and Kane counties top the lineup in Tuesday's primary election. The winners advance to the Nov. 4 general electon.

    Bob Bednar, left, and incumbent Ed Sullivan Jr. are running in Tuesday’s Republican primary for House District 51.

    Some juicy Election Day action to watch in Lake County

    Some Lake County voters Tuesday will have a meaty primary ballot, including a Republican state representative race with an incumbent who received attention for supporting gay marriage and a measure seeking millions of dollars to save a former high school building.

    One of the hottest Republican primary races in DuPage County is in the 81st State House District, where Keith Matune, left, is challenging incumbent Ron Sandack.

    Plenty of hot DuPage County primary races

    Voters in Tuesday’s DuPage County primary will pick their party’s nominees for numerous county, state and congressional seats to advance to the November general election. Here’s a look at some of the hottest races DuPage voters will be deciding.


    Tax implications abound on Kane County primary ballots

    Several decisions that may have direct impacts on voters' pocketbooks await on Tuesday's ballot in Kane County.

    This photo of DeKalb Park District’s indoor, artificial turf facility illustrates what Huntley Park District would like to build if voters approve the $18 million request on Tuesday’s ballot.

    Fox Valley voters to decide four referendums Tuesday

    Come Tuesday, voters in Kane and McHenry counties will decide whether to pay more for the care of developmentally disabled residents, if Huntley needs a new indoor turf facility, whether the McHenry County Board chairman should be selected or elected, and if Algonquin can negotiate for lower electricity rates for its residents.


    Chicago named ‘Earth Hour’ capital of US for 2014

    Chicago has been named the 2014 Earth Hour capital of the United States by the World Wildlife Fund’s Earth Hour City Challenge. The year-long competition among cities promotes renewable energy and works to prepare for climate change.

    DirecTV has done a great job slashing expenses and expanding abroad, and that has helped life its 2014 earnings per share dramatically in five years.

    How investors may be getting fooled by buybacks

    Companies have been spending big on buybacks since the 1990s. What’s new is the way buybacks have exaggerated the health of many companies, suggesting through EPS that they are much better at generating profits than they actually are. The distortion is ironic. Critics say the obsessive focus on buybacks has led companies to put off replacing plant and equipment, funding research and...


    How Carpentersville is plugging $429,000 deficit

    Carpentersville officials support a cost-savings package of filling a projected budget shortfall that includes layoffs, delaying an anticipated dog park, paying a portion of an administrator’s salary from another fund and using cash reserves. “We have a structural deficit,” Village Manager J. Mark Rooney said. "You can’t run a structural deficit. Unless you want to end up...


    ATV wheelchair to help disabled Indiana hunter

    Vietnam veteran Jesus Quintana loves to hunt, but crossing fields and forests is not easy for the Eastside Indianapolis double amputee. Next month, however, Quintana plans to hunt turkey for the first time, and he will have a new means of getting around: a $12,000 all-terrain wheelchair donated this week by American Legion Post 182 in New Palestine.


    Indiana residents dropping out of labor force

    Indiana residents are part of a growing and confounding economic demographic: working-age Americans who aren’t working or even actively looking for work. “Not in the labor force,” is the Census Bureau’s term for them.


    Retired sergeant reunited with war dog companion

    Seven years ago, Air Force Sgt. Holt handed Jackson over to his new handlers at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland, after the pair served for six months together in Iraq. He thought he would never again see his partner in war. It took seven years and travel by commercial flight and rental car to reunite the two at Andrews Air Force Base.


    Indiana teen using bats to fight West Nile virus

    Seventeen-year-old Tyler Solis is helping the city of Kokomo protect the area bat population and curb the mosquito population at the same time. Solis, a Kokomo High School senior, built 14 large bat houses and 10 small ones that will be placed in area parks as part of his Eagle Scout project.


    Water main breaks take toll on Indiana repair crews

    The winter season has been rough on Evansville and other cities with antiquated water infrastructure, and for those whose job it is to keep clean water flowing to local homes and businesses, it has taken a physical and mental toll.

    Jennie Matz, 17, sits in her government class at Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire. If they’ll be 18 by Nov. 4, 17-year-olds will be able to vote in the primary election. It’s the first time people under 18 have been eligible to vote in Illinois.

    17-year-olds eager to vote Tuesday

    While many people will skip going to the polls on Tuesday, 17-year-olds like Jennie Matz will be thrilled to show up. “I’m going with my mom so I actually know what to do but I’m excited to vote,” said Matz, a senior at Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire. Matz is just one of many new voters this year who can participate in the voting process because of the Suffrage at...

    A year after losing his foot, and nearly his life, when he was struck by a train in downtown Barrington, 12-year-old Dominic Syzmanski is adjusting to a new prosthetic foot and maintaining the good humor that helped him through his ordeal. “He’s always stayed positive,” says his mother, Gayle Syzmanski.

    Barrington boy adjusts to lost foot

    It’s been a year since Dominic Syzmanski lost his left foot - and very nearly his life - when struck by a train in downtown Barrington. Today, Dominic, now 12, is mostly back to being the same fun-loving kid he was before the accident, while continuing to adjust to living with a prosthetic foot. “Dominic has done a remarkable job in his recovery,” Ryan Caldwell, his prosthetist,...

    Republican gubernatorial primary candidates from left, state Sen. Bill Brady, state Treasurer Dan Rutherford, state Sen. Kirk Dillard and Bruce Rauner, prepare for their last televised debate Thursday before next week’s primary in Chicago.

    Turnout could swing GOP race for Illinois governor

    The Republican primary battle for Illinois governor is coming to a close after an unusual campaign featuring unprecedented involvement by labor unions, allegations of sexual harassment and a millionaire who sunk more money into his campaign than any candidate seeking a gubernatorial nomination in state history. Party leaders consider the election critical to winning the governor’s mansion...

    In this Jan. 23 photo, Gov. Pat Quinn delivers the State of the State address at Capitol in Springfield, Ill. With the Illinois primary election less than a week away on March 18, Quinn is the target of Republican attack ads, has a little-known outspoken primary challenger and could face a tough road to November, but there’s little evidence of his re-election bid.

    Quinn keeps low profile ahead of Illinois primary

    Even though he’s a target of Republican attack ads, faces an outspoken though little-known primary challenger and could see a tough road to November, Gov. Pat Quinn’s re-election campaign has been barely visible. For weeks the Chicago Democrat has largely kept out of the public eye as four Republicans square off for the chance to unseat him in the fall. Tio Hardiman, the one...


    Love and marriage more complicated than they look

    Our Ken Potts say love and marriage can be more complicated than it seems. Here's why...


    Wichita State's Cleanthony Early, left, and Fred VanVleet clap after the team earns a No. 1 seed during an NCAA college basketball Selection Sunday watch party, Sunday, March 16, 2014, in Wichita, Kan.

    Cavs, Gators, 'Cats, Shockers lead NCAA bracket

    The man in charge of the NCAA selection committee insists a win in November is worth the same as a win in March. Don't believe him? Check out the seeds slapped beside these conference champions: A 4 for Louisville of the American Athletic. A 4 for Michigan State of the Big Ten. Yet another 4 for UCLA of the Pac-12. A 7 for New Mexico of the Mountain West. Oh, and don't forget that 8 for Kentucky, which had the ball and a chance to beat Florida, the NCAA tournament's top overall seed, in the waning seconds of the SEC title game.


    Blackhawks game day
    Detroit Red Wings vs. Blackhawks scouting report

    The Blackhawks’ Marian Hossa scores against Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard in the third period Sunday. Hossa also had a pair of assists.

    Hawks happy to have Hossa back

    Marian Hossa returned with a bang from injury, scoring a goal and adding a pair of assists to lead the Blackhawks past Detroit 4-1 Sunday at the United Center.


    Teravainen on the way for Blackhawks?

    Now that his season in Finland is finished, Teuvo Teravainen’s run to the postseason with the Blackhawks may just be getting started, and perhaps as early as this week. The 19-year-old’s season ended Sunday when his team, Jokerit, was eliminated in the first round of the playoffs. Might the Hawks’ 2012 first-round pick be the answer to the eternal question of who is going to center the second line for the Hawks?

    The Bulls’ Jimmy Butler plays some tight defense on Kings forward Rudy Gay during Saturday night’s victory over Sacramento.

    Bulls’ Butler doing it all on defense

    Joakim Noah seems to have all the momentum for NBA defensive player of the year. On the Bulls, though, Jimmy Butler still could give Noah a run as defensive player of the team. So far during the Bulls’ Elite Opponent Homestand, Butler has had to battle Miami’s LeBron James, San Antonio’s Kawhi Leonard, Houston’s James Harden and Chandler Parsons, along with Sacramento’s Rudy Gay.

    Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) celebrates with Michal Rozsival (32) after scoring his goal as Detroit Red Wings’ Niklas Kronwall (55) reacts during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Chicago, Sunday, March 16, 2014. The Blackhawks won 4-1.

    Blackhawks clip Red Wings 4-1

    Marian Hossa celebrated his return to the lineup with a goal and two assists, and the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Detroit Wings 4-1 on Sunday night to snap a two-game losing streak.Ben Smith had a goal and assist, and Nick Leddy and Jonathan Toews scored for defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago, which is struggling to keep up with the top contenders in the Western Conference. Despite the win, the Blackhawks are 11-8-7 in 2014 and remained fifth in the conference and third in the Central Division.Gustav Nyquist scored for the injury-depleted Red Wings, who are desperate for wins as they try to get into the playoffs for the 23rd straight time.Chicago’s Corey Crawford made 19 saves and Detroit’s Jimmy Howard had 26.The 35-year-old Hossa was back in action for the first time in two weeks. The right wing was knocked out with an upper-body injury in the Blackhawks’ 5-1 victory over Pittsburgh at Soldier Field on March 1.The banged-up Red Wings played without 10 injured players, including stars Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg. Forward Todd Bertuzzi joined the list on Sunday, sitting out after suffering a lower-body injury on Friday against Edmonton.The Blackhawks faced Detroit for the second time since beating them in overtime in Game 7 of their second-round playoff series last year to complete a comeback from a 3-1 deficit. The Red Wings defeated Chicago 5-4 in a shootout on Jan. 22 at Joe Louis Arena.The Blackhawks and Red Wings were division rivals for the past 31 years until Detroit moved from the Western to Eastern Conference this season. The NHL Original Six teams were grouped together in the Central Division for the previous 19 seasons and in the Norris Division for 12 years before that.The Blackhawks outshot the Red Wings 11-5 in the scoreless first, but neither team generated sustained pressure or many prime scoring chances.The Blackhawks turned up the pressure early in the second and outshot Detroit 14-7 in the period. Howard came up with close-in pad saves on Hossa and Niklas Hjalmarsson during a flurry about 5 minutes into the period to keep it scoreless.Leddy’s power-play goal, on Chicago’s 19th shot, finally opened the scoring at 8:44 of the second. His drive from just inside the left point sailed through a screen and slipped between Howard’s pads.Nyquist tied it at 1 with 4:50 left in the period with a power-play goal that deflected in off the skate of Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook. After the Red Wings had controlled the puck in the Chicago zone, Nyquist shot from the inside of the edge of the right circle. The shot appeared to be heading wide of the lower left corner of the net, but struck Seabrook’s left foot and got past Crawford.Smith put Chicago back in front 2-1 on a rebound with 14 seconds left in the period. Defenseman Duncan Keith carried the puck down the right wing boards, closed to the circle and then fired through a scrum. Howard got a piece of the shot, but Smith muscled in the loose puck from the edge of the crease.Hossa gave Chicago a 3-1 lead at 6:33 of the third. After taking a feed from Patrick Sharp, Hossa raced down the right wing, cut in around Detroit defenseman Brendan Smith and beat Howard from close range.Hossa’s set up Toews’ short-handed goal with 2:10 left that iced it. After stealing the puck from Johan Franzen near the Chicago blue line, Hossa skated down the right wing. He pulled up and then fed Toews, who cut to the net and tucked in a shot.

    The fact that Julius Peppers has signed on with the rival Packers should do nothing to make Bears fans think it was the wrong move to let him go

    So what if Peppers picked Packers?

    Just because he signed with the Green Bay Packers doesn’t make the Bears wrong for cutting Julius Peppers.

    White Sox veteran Paul Konerko, left, is doing all he can this spring to help younger players such as first baseman Jose Abreu.

    Konerko embracing new role with White Sox

    As he prepares for his final season before heading into retirement, Paul Konerko is starting to embrace his new role as de facto player/coach. The White Sox' 38-year-old veteran has been fielding a lot of questions from his younger teammates this spring.

    Adrian Nieto, who is battling for the backup catcher’s job, confers with starting pitcher John Danks on Sunday.

    Flowers looks like Sox’ No. 1 catcher

    There are two weeks to go before the White Sox open the regular season at home against the Twins. As it stands now, manager Robin Ventura says Tyler Flowers is the starting catcher.


    Wolves fall to Stars in overtime

    Right wing Ty Rattie’s equalizer late in the third period sent the Chicago Wolves into overtime, but Texas scored 35 seconds into the extra session to earn a 3-2 victory Sunday afternoon at Allstate Arena in Rosemont. Rattie delivered his team-high 24th goal, and center Keith Aucoin also scored for the Wolves (35-19-5-2). Jake Allen (26-15-2) stopped 27 of 30 shots in regulation and overtime as the Wolves suffered back-to-back losses for the first time in two months.

    John Senden, of Australia, holds up the trophy after winning the Valspar Championship golf tournament at Innisbrook, Sunday, March 16, 2014, in Palm Harbor, Fla.

    Senden chips his way to victory at Innisbrook

    PALM HARBOR, Fla. — John Senden ended more than seven years without a victory by making two late birdies, including a chip-in from 70 feet on the toughest hole at Innisbrook, for a one-shot victory on a wild and windy Sunday at the Valspar Championship.Senden, two shots behind going into the final round, closed with a 1-under 70 for his first PGA Tour win since the 2006 John Deere Classic. The timing couldn’t have been better. The victory sends the 42-year-old Australian to the Masters next month.Kevin Na had a long birdie putt on the final hole that would have forced a playoff, but it never came close.“If I could just stay in the moment, I knew I was swinging well enough to give it a shake,” Senden said.It took what he called a “magic shot” to shake loose from a traffic jam along the back nine of the Copperhead course. The tournament was up for grabs over the final two hours, with nine players separated by three shots at one point, and Senden part of a three-way tie for the lead heading into the treacherous, three-hole closing stretch at Innisbrook known as the “Snake Pit.”He went birdie-birdie-par, and it took all he could muster.After driving into the trees and playing short of the green on the 16th, Senden lofted a pitch with perfect pace and watched it tumble into the cup for one of only two birdies in the final round. Equipped with a one-shot lead, he followed that with a 20-foot birdie putt on the 17th.Equally important was the par on the 18th, which was just as difficult as the birdies. He needed two putts up a ridge and breaking slightly to the right before it went swiftly down the slope and breaking to the left. The 40-foot putt settled inches from the cup.Senden finished at 7-under 277, the third straight tournament on the Florida swing won with a single-digit score under par.Na played in the final group and made sure pace of play was only a memory. He missed a 3-foot bogey putt late on the front nine that sent him plunging down a crowded leaderboard, but he played bogey-free on the back nine and came up with a key par save from 6 feet on the 16th and a 15-foot birdie putt on the 17th to get within one. But his pitching wedge on the 18th was too strong, and his birdie putt never had a chance.He closed with a 72.Scott Langley, hitting superb shots to account for the wind, didn’t hit a green over the final four holes and still managed to save par on three of them. The one bogey on the 16th hole, when he went long of the green from the middle of the fairway, proved costly.Langley was the only player who shot par or better all four days. He closed with a 70 to finish alone in third.Robert Garrigus started the final round with a one-shot lead, and that didn’t last long. His tee shot on the third hole bounced off a lawn chair and against a tree, leading to a double bogey. He made another double bogey on No. 6 and went out in 41. And he went 26 holes without a birdie. By the time he made a birdie, it was too late. Garrigus, now 0-4 with at least a share of the 54-hole lead, had a 75 to tie for fourth at 4 under.Senden last won a tournament at the end of 2006 in the Australian Open.


    Indians beat Cubs 3-2 in split-squad game

    MESA, Ariz. — Justin Masterson struck out eight in five scoreless innings, leading the Cleveland Indians to a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs in a split-squad game on Sunday.Masterson allowed two hits and walked none. He is slated to start on opening day.The Indians got to Travis Wood for two runs and three hits in the first inning. But the left-hander rebounded with four scoreless innings after the shaky start.Wood allowed four hits, struck out eight and walked none.Carlos Santana hit his second spring homer for Cleveland.

    Michigan State guard/forward Branden Dawson (22) hugs head coach Tom Izzo as he walks to the bench in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Michigan in the championship of the Big Ten Conference tournament on Sunday, March 16, 2014, in Indianapolis. Michigan State won 69-55.

    Spartans upset Wolverines for Big Ten title

    INDIANAPOLIS — Adreian Payne scored 18 points and Gary Harris and Branden Dawson added 15 each to lead No. 22 Michigan State to its second Big Ten tournament title in three years with a 69-55 upset of No. 8 Michigan on Sunday.The third-seeded Spartans (26-8) are getting healthy and will have some momentum entering the NCAA tournament with four wins in five games.Top-seeded Michigan (25-8) was led by Big Ten player of the year Nik Stauskas with 17 points and Derrick Walton Jr. had 11, but the Big Ten regular season champs had their seven-game winning streak come to an end.It was never really close.Michigan State took control with an early 12-0 run, led 38-29 at halftime and opened the second half with an 8-0 spurt to make it 46-29.Michigan never got closer than 10 points again.The Spartans had lost their previous two meetings with Michigan this season but weren’t about to lose again Sunday.For the first time all season, Michigan State started the same five players for a fifth straight game. Harris, who hurt his left shoulder early in the second half, returned later.Harris, an Indiana native who never got to play for a state basketball title at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, took advantage of this opportunity. He scored 13 of his 15 points in the first half. Dawson, another Indiana native who was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player, scored 10 of his 15 points in the second half.Michigan State has four tournament titles since the Big Ten started the event in 1998.Michigan, meanwhile, will be waiting to see if this ugly loss could cost it a No. 1 seed in next week’s NCAA tournament.The Wolverines, who narrowly escaped with wins in the quarterfinals and semifinals, were not their usually strong shooting selves as they played for the third time in three days. They avoided matching their season-low point total when Zak Irvin hit a 3 with 15.9 seconds to go and their shooting percentage (31.5) nearly matched a season low, too. Michigan shot 31.1 percent from the field in a 63-61 loss to Charlotte on Nov. 24. And they were outrebounded 38-28.Michigan’s problems started early.The Spartans went on a 12-0 run to take a 16-9 lead and never gave it up.They led by as much as 25-14 in the first half, getting Michigan’s top two big men Jordan Morgan and Jon Horford into early foul trouble. Coach John Beilein even was called for a technical foul midway through a dreadful half.Harris finished it off emphatically by taking a pass at midcourt and driving right through Michigan’s defense for a one-handed dunk to make it 38-29.Things didn’t get any better for Michigan in the second half.Michigan State scored the first eight points to make it 46-29, then closed it out with a late 10-4 run that extended the lead to 69-52.

    Kentucky guard Andrew Harrison (5) and Florida guard Scottie Wilbekin (5) work for a loose ball during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the Championship round of the Southeastern Conference men’s tournament, Sunday, March 16, 2014, in Atlanta. Florida won 61-60.

    No. 1 Florida holds off Kentucky in SEC

    ATLANTA — Top-ranked Florida capped a perfect run through the Southeastern Conference when Kentucky failed to get off a shot on its final possession, allowing the Gators to escape with a 61-60 victory in the league championship game Sunday. Florida (32-2) built a 16-point lead early in the second half, but Kentucky nearly pulled off an improbable comeback to hand the Gators their first loss since early December. Two missed free throws gave the Wildcats (24-10) a final possession, but James Young slipped trying to drive into the lane. The Gators extended their school-record winning streak to 26 games and awaited a sure No. 1 seed when the NCAA pairings are announced Sunday evening. Patric Young and Michael Frazier II led Florida with 14 points apiece, while Scottie Wilbekin and Casey Prather had 11 each.Kentucky, also headed for the NCAAs, was paced by Aaron Harrison with 16 points.

    Virginia’s Joe Harris (12) goes to the basket against Duke in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the championship of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Greensboro, N.C., Sunday, March 16, 2014. Virginia won 72-63. Harris was the tournament MVP. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)

    Duke falls to Virginia in ACC title game

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — Jabari Parker put on another one-man show, throwing down dunks and hitting enough shots to single-handedly keep No. 7 Duke in the game.But going up against a determined Virginia defense that had stopped him before, it wasn’t enough to give the Blue Devils their 20th ACC tournament title.The sixth-ranked Cavaliers beat Duke 72-63 in the title game on Sunday after withstanding Parker’s best late charge and clamping down on the Blue Devils down the stretch.Parker finished with 23 points on 9-of-24 shooting for Duke (26-8), but only made it to the free throw line four times.Duke as a team was just 7 of 11 from the line while Virginia was 25 of 38.“Part of his development is, when he makes those moves, is to finish, get fouled, not get fouled,” coach Mike Krzyzewski said. “Jabari played his butt off. He was relentless in trying to get things in.“We were almost there. We were right there, in spite of not being able to finish,” he added. Duke was making its 31st appearance in the championship game but was denied its ACC-record 20th title.That went instead to Malcolm Brogdon, who scored 23 points, and tournament MVP Joe Harris, who added 15 and hit a backbreaking 3-pointer with just under 2 minutes remaining for the top-seeded Cavaliers (28-6).Playing in front of a raucous — and mostly orange-clad — Greensboro Coliseum crowd, they shot 45 percent from the field, pestered the Blue Devils into 38 percent shooting and used a late 12-3 run to pull away and claim the second ACC tournament title in school history.“We were kind of joking around when we came in — we were asking, ‘Where are all of the Duke fans?”’ Harris said. “All we could see was orange when we were driving over here. ... The city of Charlottesville definitely deserves an ACC tournament title.”Anthony Gill added 12 points and was 10 of 17 from the free throw line for the Cavaliers, who came to Greensboro after winning their first outright ACC regular season title since 1981, and were trying to do something not even Ralph Sampson could do.It had been a long time — 38 years — since Wally Walker led Virginia to its only previous ACC tournament title.Now that trophy won’t be alone anymore.“Wally Walker said we want some company with that team in ‘76,” coach Tony Bennett said.With its “pack line” defense clicking and holding Duke 13 points below its scoring average, Virginia was in control for most of the game, yet could never get any separation until the final 2½ minutes.“We kept talking about it — don’t get sped up, make them guard you, and make them earn on the other end,” Bennett said. “We had to earn this against that kind of team and that kind of program.”Akil Mitchell hit a shot to make it 61-57, then stripped Parker at the other end to set up Harris’ wide-open 3 in transition that extended the lead to seven points and had Duke’s Rodney Hood fuming.Harris gave Duke a final chance when he rushed up a shot and Quinn Cook countered with a 3 with 1½ minutes left to pull the Blue Devils within four.Brogdon then drove through the Duke defense for a momentum-shifting layup that made it 66-60 with just over a minute to play and caused Duke assistant Jeff Capel to tellingly slump back on the bench in exasperation.“I think we kind of rushed. We were just so anxious to get on the offensive end once we tried to get down and get their momentum on (Duke’s) side,” Parker said.Cook missed a short jumper before Brogdon hit six of eight free throws in the final minute to help the Cavaliers pull away.Hood finished with 13 points on 4-of-12 shooting and Amile Jefferson added 11 points for Duke.


    The Dubai Mall, the Address Dubai Mall hotel and Dubai fountain are seen at night in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday. Dubai has reached an agreement with Abu Dhabi and the United Arab Emirates’ central bank to extend repayment of $20 billion of debt it incurred in the lead up to the global financial crisis, the country’s official news agency reported Sunday.

    Dubai refinancing deal reached on $20 billion owed

    Dubai has reached an agreement with Abu Dhabi and the United Arab Emirates’ central bank to extend repayment of $20 billion of debt it incurred in the lead up to the global financial crisis, the country’s official news agency reported Sunday. Dubai built up more than $100 billion of dollars in debt to local and international lenders during a rapid building boom that turned the Arabian city from a fishing village into a bustling global business hub with a skyline full of modern skyscrapers.

    Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy says he’s “concerned the growing trend toward relying upon FOIA exemptions to withhold large swaths of government information is hindering the public’s right to know.”

    U.S. cites security more to censor, deny records

    The Obama administration more often than ever censored government files or outright denied access to them last year under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act, according to a new analysis of federal data by The Associated Press. The administration cited more legal exceptions it said justified withholding materials and refused a record number of times to turn over files quickly that might be especially newsworthy.


    Work Advice: Is her cousin’s ex a patron or potential predator?

    Karla L. Miller writes an advice column on navigating the modern workplace. Each week she will answer one or two questions from readers.


    Does your workplace have a drinking culture (or problem)?

    Do you hold a number of your business meetings at bars? Do you routinely take new recruits out drinking as part of their rite of passage in the company? Do most of your firm’s social events involve happy hours or alcohol-centered parties? Is it expected that you will take clients out drinking until late at night? If so, your company may have a drinking culture.

    March 31 is the last day to sign up for health insurance coverage and avoid a penalty for failing to obtain insurance for 2014 under the federal health care overhaul.

    Last call: The health overhaul’s March 31 deadline

    Uninsured Americans face an important deadline at the end of this month, and many don’t realize it. March 31 is the last day to sign up for health insurance coverage and avoid a penalty for failing to obtain insurance for 2014 under the federal health care overhaul.

    The price of gold has jumped 14 percent this year, towering over the nearly flat performance of the Standard & Poor’s 500 index.

    Giving gold mutual funds another go

    Gold is back on the rise after dropping like lead last year. Although it has recovered just a portion of its steep loss from 2013, the shift in momentum has been enough to halt the stampede of investors from gold-related funds.


    Want a personal shopper? You don’t have to be rich

    A new breed of online sites is tailoring boxes of items to shoppers’ tastes. And at traditional retailers including J. Crew and Macy’s, the services of personal stylists don’t cost any extra. The online sites include Trunk Club, which caters to men, and Stitch Fix, which targets women.

Life & Entertainment

    Laurie Holden (“The Walking Dead”) is one of the featured stars appearing at The Walker Stalker Convention 2014 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont between Friday, March 14, through Sunday, March 16.

    Sunday picks: Zombies galore at Walker Stalker Convention

    Zombie fans, today is your last chance to pick your favorite "Walking Dead" stars' brains at the Walker Stalker Convention at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont. The Spotlight Theatre group from the Elk Grove Park District presents “Annie Jr.” a story based on the classic tale of “Little Orphan Annie,” at the Prairie Lakes Theatre. And comedian Tommy Johnagin his weekend run at Zanies.

    Fashion experts say spring looks often include jackets, especially this year.

    Spring fashion in Chicago means bright jackets

    Spring fashion in the Midwest means finally shedding snow boots and down coats to embrace jackets and colorful scarves in bright colors and prints. “For Chicago, really trendy women find ways to incorporate jackets in their spring wardrobe because we have to layer here into May,” said Farissa Knox, founder of the Chicago-based website What R U Wearing?

    Government research links indoor tanning by teenagers with other risks including binge drinking, unhealthy dieting and sexual activity.

    Teens’ indoor tanning tied to other risky behavior

    Government research links indoor tanning by teenagers with other risks including binge drinking, unhealthy dieting and sexual activity.

    Thomas Cook is examined by Samer Najjer, medical director of the heart transplant program at MedStar Washington Hospital Center.

    After 25 years with a new heart, he’s still healthy

    A few weeks ago, Thomas Cook celebrated an unexpected milestone, having lived as long with a donor heart as he had with his own. In reality, however, the new heart became his own the moment surgeons transplanted it inside his chest 25 years ago. “His body and his heart have become one,” says Steven Boyce, surgical director of the heart failure and heart transplantation program at MedStar Heart Institute at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, where Cook’s transplant took place on Feb. 1, 1989.

    Print by Chris Noah-Cooper, a third-generation artist influenced by 18th and 19th century Pennsylvania Dutch art.

    Folk art. Just what is it, anyway?

    Just what is folk art? The subject has been debated in America for decades. Ask five people for a definition and you’ll get that many distinctive responses. Find out at the Country Folk Art Festival in St. Charles.

    Former “Frasier” star John Mahoney, 73, stars in “Chapatti,” by Irish playwright Christian O’Reilly. The play, at Northlight Theatre in Skokie, runs through April 13 before going to Galway, Ireland.

    John Mahoney back onstage in Northlight’s ‘Chapatti’

    John Mahoney is known to most television fans for playing Frasier Crane’s father on the long-running series “Frasier,” but the actor has spent much of his time in the years since the show ended pursuing roles on stage. The Tony-winning actor’s latest stint is at Northlight Theatre in Skokie, where he stars in “Chapatti.” The play’s director, Northlight Theatre artistic director BJ Jones, describes Mahoney as “a real Chicago kind of guy.” “He’s the same guy he was before ‘Frasier’ and all of the films he’s done,” Jones said.

    Robert J. Wagner with Scott Eyman penned “You Must Remember This: Life and Style in Hollywood's Golden Age.”

    Actor Robert Wagner recalls old Hollywood's style

    Long before movies could talk, the people on the big screen were setting trends and styles for the rest of us. Even today, there's a sense of curiosity about what the stars are doing behind the gates of those great old mansions. If only we knew somebody who could get us in the door for a peek. In terms of grace and style, you couldn't ask for a better tour director than actor Robert Wagner. “You Must Remember This” is his valentine to the Hollywood he knew as a kid and enjoyed even more as a gape-worthy star in his own right.

    The kidnapping of a group of teens on a school field trip rocks IT CEO Meg Fitch (Gillian Anderson) and other powerful parents in NBC’s “Crisis.”

    Kidnappers manipulate powerful parents in NBC’s ‘Crisis’

    On Sunday, March 16, NBC premieres “Crisis,” a 13-episode drama that tracks the moment-to-moment action when mysterious forces snatch the progeny of the powerful, to use as leverage against their parents. As the series opens, a bus is headed out on a field trip, carrying students from Ballard High, an elite Washington, D.C., school. But when the bus is ambushed on a rural road, traitors are revealed, and the teens and their chaperons are taken, setting off a national crisis.

    Sam Champion’s new Weather Channel morning program, “America’s Morning Headquarters With Sam Champion,” or, for short, “AMHQ,” debuts at 6 a.m. Monday, March 17.

    The Weather Channel re-imagines the morning show

    Sam Champion is trying to deliver more than a weather forecast. The former “Good Morning America” weatherman, who debuts the weekday three-hour “AMHQ” on The Weather Channel at 6 a.m. Monday, says he wants to invent a new kind of morning show. His plan is to appeal to the weather geek while not ignoring the rest of the world, with an agenda driven by social media.

    Those interested in the life of St. Patrick can visit a statue of him in St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin. The stained glass window depicts the life of the fifth-century saint who brought Christianity to Ireland.

    Not just St. Patrick: Ireland is home to many saints

    St. Patrick may have banished snakes and brought Christianity to Ireland, but perhaps his greatest feat was one of sheer endurance. After all, there were hundreds of other future saints roaming Ireland at the time, but Patrick is the one who gets the party. On March 17, Guinness will flow from Malin to Moscow, the Chicago River will run green and parades will be held worldwide to celebrate the fifth-century preacher and patron saint of Ireland. But, there are hundreds of holy wells, sacred round towers and monastic remains all over Ireland founded by other saints, too.

    Bleached maple and walnut flooring have been installed in a graceful shape that helps to define two spaces in an open floor plan.

    Reduce urge to clutter an open floor plan

    How can you make an open floor plan feel sophisticated? The problem is that when you have a kitchen, dining and living room open to each other, you can easily end up with visual chaos.



    Noah’s arc of triumph

    Columnist Kathleen Parker: There’s nothing quite so helpful as a fatwa and threats of a Christian boycott to create buzz in advance of new movie. “Noah,” scheduled for its U.S. release on March 28, has become such a target.


    Pet projects taking the money to fix roads
    A Chicago letter to the editor: The Daily Herald's front-page story on Feb. 27 about potholes was superb. First there was the usual nonsense about the weather causing them. Then came the truth from experts that the roads were old, old, old.


    Protect human life starting at conception
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: In response to Berna Gingras’ opinion titled “Put women’s right to health care first” in the Feb. 24 “Your Views,” I agree that all people have a right to health care, but this right also applies to “pre-born” children.


    The perpetually interfering Dem
    A Lombard letter to the editor: Dear Sen. Dave Koehler: The Democratic Party portrays itself as for the common man, the protector of blue collar workers. It appears that’s a ruse and the purpose of Democrats is to interfere with the everyday activities of ordinary citizens.


    Anyone’s beliefs can be seen as a religion
    A Streamwood letter to the editor: Freedom of religion is the concept that all people person has the right to decide for themselves what they wish to believe. Separation of church and state is the concept that no religious belief shall have predominance in the determination of laws or how this country is governed.


    Politicians fear term limits
    A Libertyville letter to the editor: Recently we have heard a lot about the need for constitutional amendments to achieve many goals. But nowhere do we hear any of our elected officials sponsoring or supporting a constitutional amendment to change the egregious language about pensions not being “impaired or diminished” while taxes go up, bills remain unpaid, and public servants draw excessive single or double pensions. Why is this?


    Region needs waterway agency
    A letter to the editor: Recent reports suggest that state Sens. Terry Link, a Waukegan Democrat, and Julie Morrison, a Deerfield Democrat, have again resurrected a Senate bill to abolish the Fox Waterway Agency.This bill is nothing more than a feeble attempt by Illinois politicians to appear determined to trim government spending.


    Care for animals or make a call
    A Hampshire letter to the editor: This is in response to your cover story of March 6, “10 animals found dead.” It sickens me whenever there is an article about people starving their animals to death.


    Cell tower bad idea for Fox River Grove
    A Fox River Grove letter to the editor: I was a trustee in Fox River Grove. The last time AT&T came up with the idea for a cell tower, we rejected it back then and agreed they could use the ski tower or the water tower, which I believe they are now doing.


    Packing ‘heat’ might land in hot water
    A Naperville letter to the editor: In a recent Daily Herald article on “liberalizing” concealed carry, Mark Gampl of McHenry was quoted as stating, “You get the right to carry in approved areas, none of which are high-crime areas.”


    Stuff you might not know about the Daily Herald

    Did you know: The Daily Herald has run almost as many reader-oriented events this year as it did in all of 2012? That the newspaper prints more than 189 million copies a year, including those for Shaw Media? That we produce chamber of commerce guides in Chicago, the North Shore, Milwaukee and even California? If not, DuPage/Fox Valley News Director Jim Davis is thrilled to tell you all about it.


    Courthouse ministry a positive story
    An Addison letter to the editor: I appreciated your Feb. 28 front page article with pictures describing volunteers giving spiritual encouragement to those wishing it, who are entering and exiting the DuPage County courthouse.


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