Daily Archive : Saturday March 22, 2014


    Olgha Sandman, a friend and associate of migrant worker, labor leader and civil rights advocate Cesar Chavez, has a portrait of him hanging in her Downers Grove apartment.

    ‘Cesar Chavez’ more than a movie to West suburban resident

    Olgha Sandman, an immigrant from Mexico, took her first job out of college with Migrant Ministry, now the National Farm Worker Ministry. She became a close friend of migrant worker advocate Cesar Chavez. Now living in a retirment home in Downers Grove, Sandman still advocates on the behalf of migrant workers and has vivid memories of Chavez.

    Lincolnshire-Riverwoods Fire Department firefighters assist residents as the leave their homes last year due to flooding of the Des Plaines River.

    Ideal melt conditions allay flood fears in Lake County

    Because of an ideal snow melt, emergency management officials in Lake County are warily optimistic about short-term flooding chances. "The bottom line is that, so far, Mother Nature has been very kind to us," said Kent McKenzie, emergency management coordinator.

    John Starks/jstarks@dailyherald.com Stevenson's Jalen Brunson comes off the court in the final seconds of the Patriots win over Edwardsville in the Class 4A state third place game at Carver Arena in Peoria Saturday. For a few hours Saturday, it appeared Brunson wouldn't play at all.

    Brunson's gesture biggest story at state finals

    Stevenson's star point guard Jalen Brunson finshed Saturday's third-place game with 18 points as he helped his Patriots to a 70-63 win over Edwardsville. But that took a back seat to 24 hours filled with twists and turns concernng his eligibility. The IHSA released a statement Saturday night that said Executive Director Marty Hickman initially ruled Brunson ineligible, but that the IHSA board...


    Fire causes $80,000 in damage to Crystal Lake home

    Crystal Lake authorities are investigating a fire that left a one-story home uninhabitable and caused about $80,000 in damage Saturday, officials said.

    Theresa Guillen, left, and Lori Klein Shapiro, fill out information for a marriage license Saturday at the Oakland County Clerks office in Pontiac, Mich.

    Appeals court halts gay marriages in Michigan

    Same-sex couples rushed to Michigan county clerk’s offices Saturday to get hitched a day after a judge overturned the state’s constitutional ban on gay marriage, and several hundred managed to do so before an appeals court reinstituted the ban, at least temporarily.

    A crash site Friday where Federal authorities said an ultralight aircraft carrying about 250 pounds of marijuana crashed in the mountains east of San Diego.

    Plane carrying marijuana crashes near San Diego

    Authorities say an ultralight aircraft carrying about 250 pounds of marijuana has crashed in the mountains east of San Diego, but there’s no sign of the pilot.

    Environmental personnel drive onto the Texas City Dike with oil containment booms for oil remediation following a barge collision in the ship channel, causing an oil spill Saturday.

    Barge leaking oil in Galveston Bay after collision

    Officials say a barge carrying 924,000 gallons of fuel oil has collided with another ship in the Houston ship channel and is leaking oil.The U.S. Coast Guard said in a statement Saturday that it received a call at about 12:30 p.m. from the captain of the 585-foot ship Summer Wind reporting its collision with a barge.

    Rhode Island Speaker of the House Gordon Fox places papers on the rostrum moments before calling the House into session at the Statehouse, in Providence, R.I.

    Rhode Island speaker to step down after FBI raids

    The Friday raids were carried out by the U.S. attorney’s office, FBI, IRS and state police. Boxes of evidence were carried off after agents spent hours at both his home and office Friday. Officials will not say whom or what they are investigating.

    Jeffrey Bronken often brought his Round Lake neighbors together for barbecues. “He was always active, very much a family man,” neighbor Ken Hoxie said.

    Round Lake man killed, two seriously injured, in plane crash

    Round Lake father Jeffrey Bronken, 53, was killed in a small plane crash near Tampa Saturday. His 15-year-old daughter and another teen were seriously injured. Bronken, the plane's pilot, was a devoted dad and husband who often brought neighbors together for barbecues. "He's bigger than life," friend Ken Hoxie said.

    The aftermath of a mudslide Saurday that moved a house with people inside in Snohomish County.

    Sheriff: Mudslide kills three, destroys six homes

    A massive landslide of dirt, trees and rocks in rural Washington killed three people on Saturday, injured at least eight others and destroyed six houses, authorities said. The slide — at least 135 feet wide and 180 feet deep — hit just before 11 a.m., Snohomish County authorities said.The landslide completely blocked State Route 530 near the town of Oso, about 55 miles north of...

    Bill Morse of Elgin weaves a seat for a wooden chair during a Spring Country Folk Art Festival at Kane County Fairgrounds on Saturday in St. Charles.

    Folk art festival continues Sunday in St. Charles

    The Spring Country Folk Art Festival, which began Friday, continues 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at the Kane County Fairgrounds. It features talented artisans in a variety of folk art, including handmade quilts, country furniture, baskets, antiques, handcrafted soaps, painted decorations, chalkware, papier mache, needle embroidery and more engaging surprises.

    Dr. Julio Gonzalez of the DuPage Medical Group talks about lower extremity injuries associated with running during a runners symposium hosted by Athletico Saturday at North Central College.

    Naperville symposium helps runners with health, gait

    Bring more than 100 runners together in one place and one might expect a race to break out. Things were a little different Saturday, though, as a company called Athletico sponsored a free runners symposium at North Central College’s Merner Field House that focused more on the art of running and staying healthy than it did on actual races.

    Iran-Contra special prosecutor Lawrence Walsh speaking to reporters outside U.S. District in Washington.

    Notable deaths last week

    Iran-Contra prosecutor and Bataan Death March survivor among the notable deaths of the past week.

    Giancarlo Rivera Moore and his partner Ryan Jannak-Huang of Palatine High School demonstrate their science project to judge Rory Wolfe in the Mission Possible event Saturday at the Science Olympiad at Oakton Community College in Des Plaines. Winners in the regional event will move on to state.

    Students show science skills at Olympiad competition

    The regional Science Olympiad was held Saturday at Oakton Community College in Des Plaines, with winners going on to the state competition. Fifteen-mamber teams from 15 high schools and 16 middle schools from the North and West suburbs competed in 23 events.

    Bo Kaser of Carpentersville and his friend Jeff Kehoe of Elgin, right, don kilts Saturday at the third annual Northwest Celtic Fest at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates.

    Pipe bands, kilts star at Northwest Celtic Fest in Hoffman Estates

    A pipe band competition, live music, and a Scotch and beer tasting highlighted this year’s Northwest Celtic Fest Saturday at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates. The event also featured Celtic vendors and crafts, an indoor soccer tournament, Celtic cuisine, free games for children and dance performances.

    Justin M. Koch

    Police: Man threw firework at deputies ‘because he was scared’

    Employees and customers were evacuated from a combined BP gas station and McDonald’s restaurant in Wadsworth about dinner time Friday while a tactical response team was called in after a man ignited a firework while locked inside a bathroom stall, officials said. “I thought he might hurt himself,” said BP clerk Rachel Lugo, who called police.


    Stevenson’s Brunson suspended from tonight’s 3rd place game
    The ISHA has suspended Stevenson’s Jalen Brunson tonight’s third place game. Please check back later for updates.

    Kilwins in Geneva has a large courtyard window to attract customers.

    Plenty of sweet treats at new Kilwins in Geneva

    Dave Heun says when Kilwins Chocolates opened last week on Third Street in Geneva there was a steady flow of customers. No doubt the "Geneva Mud" was a big attraction.

    Malia Stern of Vernon Hills leans sideways a little so her daughter, Ashley, 2, can see sap being collected during the Maple Syrup Hike Saturday at the Lake County Preserve Ryerson Woods Conservation Area near Lincolnshire.

    Season’s last maple syrup hike at Ryerson

    A sure sign of spring is the annual tapping of sugar maple trees at Ryerson Woods in Riverwoods. Saturday was the final weekend of the season for the Lake County Forest Preserve District’s annual weekend maple syrup hikes. Participants learned how sap from the sugar maple trees is turned into sweet syrup, then tasted the final product during the one-hour hikes.


    Des Plaines gets funds to tear down homes in flood plain

    Des Plaines will receive $2.7 million in federal funds to tear down 21 homes in the flood plain along the Des Plaines River and replace them with open space, the Federal Emergency Management Agency announced Friday.


    Palatine garage fire quickly extinguished

    A garage fire late Friday night in Palatine was quickly contained, fire officials said Saturday. The Palatine Fire Department was called to a report of a garage fire in the 900 block of South Boardwalk Court in Palatine at 10:07 p.m., and found smoke and fire in the attached garage of a two-story house. Fire damage was contained to the garage and the three cars parked inside. The fire was...


    ISU President Flanagan resigns amid assault claim

    llinois State University President Timothy Flanagan resigned Saturday after just seven months in the job.Authorities are investigating a claim that Flanagan hit a former campus employee during an argument.


    Naperville police union’s labor lawsuit dismissed

    An unfair labor practices lawsuit the Naperville police union filed against the city more than three years ago has been dismissed, ending a dispute that began when the city laid off six officers in November 2010. The dismissal clears the city of the complaint filed by Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 42 that it did not bargain in good faith during contract negotiations that ended with the approval...

    Libyan militias from towns throughout the country’s west parade through Tripoli, Libya.

    Libya’s militias govern with firepower

    The lack of control is at times stunning. Last month, militia fighters stole a planeload of weapons sent by Russia for Libya’s military when it stopped to refuel at Tripoli International Airport on route to a base in the south. The fighters surrounded the plane on the tarmac and looted the shipment of automatic weapons and ammunition, Hashim Bishr, an official with a Tripoli security body...

    Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks Friday at a student conference for the Clinton Global Initiative University at Arizona State University.

    Clinton appeals to idealism of college students

    Hillary Clinton’s allies are setting up a voter outreach operation that could enable her to connect with young voters and build upon the Obama campaign’s success in courting women, African-Americans, Latinos and gays and lesbians.


    Girl survives fall into elevator shaft

    The Fire Department of New York says the girl fell from the lobby of the building into the elevator pit. She suffered multiple injuries and is in serious condition at Bellevue Hospital Center.

    John E. Love in Albuquerque, N.M. Love was one of 75,000 Filipino and American soldiers who were taken captive by the Japanese in World War II when the U.S. forces surrendered in the province of Bataan and Corregidor Island in April 1942.

    Bataan Death March survivor dies at 91

    In 2009, Love joined a campaign with other Bataan Death March survivors to change the caption on one of the most famous photos in AP’s library about the march. The photo, thought to be of the Bataan Death March, actually was an Allied POW burial detail.

    Australian Navy’s HMAS Success, seen from the widow of a Royal Australian Air Force AP-3C Orion, searches Saturday for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in the southern Indian Ocean, Australia.

    New image of drifting object revives jetliner search

    A Chinese satellite detected an object in the southern Indian Ocean that’s almost the width of an Olympic-size swimming pool, giving fresh impetus to the hunt for the Malaysian airliner that disappeared two weeks ago.

    Russian soldiers take cover Saturday behind an APC outside the Ukrainian Belbek airbase outside Sevastopol, Crimea. Russian forces used at least four armored vehicles to break into the Belbek air base, seizing control of one of the last Ukrainian military outposts in Crimea.

    Russian forces storm Ukrainian air base in Crimea

    Pro-Russian forces stormed a Ukrainian air force base in Crimea, firing shots and stun grenades and smashing through concrete walls with armored personnel carriers. At least one person was wounded, the base commander said.An APC also smashed open the front gate of the Belbek base near the port city of Sevastopol, according to footage provided by the Ukrainian Defense ministry.

    U.S. first lady Michelle Obama delivers a speech at Stanford Center in Peking University in Beijing, China, Saturday, March 22, 2014.

    US first lady stresses freedom of speech in China

    U.S. first lady Michelle Obama told students in China, which has some of the world's tightest restrictions on the Internet, that freedom of speech and unfettered access to information make countries stronger and should be universal rights.


    Teachers aide charged with sex assault of student

    A teachers aide at a suburban Chicago school is charged with sexually assaulting a special needs student.


    Deere expanding U. of Illinois research center

    Deere & Company plans to almost double the size of its on-campus research center at the University of Illinois.


    Cook County assessor sued for failing to pay fine

    The Cook County Board of Ethics has filed a lawsuit to force county Assessor Joe Berrios to pay a $10,000 fine for hiring his son and sister to work in his office.

    Brian Smith of Third Lake stocks the shelves of his Little Free Library. It sits in front of his house.

    More Little Free Libraries popping up in suburbs

    This summer, young hikers at two Lake County forest preserves will find something new and unusual at the end of special trails — outdoor libraries. The decorative boxes full of books will be the suburbs’ latest Little Free Libraries — a growing effort that began in Wisconsin about five years ago and has expanded across the nation and the globe.


    Carpentersville postpones fire department layoffs

    Carpentersville has delayed the planned layoffs of two full-time firefighters while the union discusses cuts it can make to save those jobs, Village Manager J. Mark Rooney said Friday. “I’m very optimistic that the firefighter’s union will help us find a solution to avoid the layoffs,” Rooney said.

    Patrons will be asked their opinions on how the Sugar Grove Library should spend money, after voters Tuesday refused to let the library district collect more money for operations.

    Sugar Grove Library studying what cuts to make

    Sugar Grove Library patrons will get to weigh in on how the library should spend its money. But they may not like the choices, in the wake of voters' rejection of a proposal to increase taxes for operations. "Would you like books or lightbulbs? Because you can't have both," library board treasurer Louise Coffman said.

    John Knudsen in front of a 60 x 45-inch oil painting called Cityscape he finished in the late 1970s. Here he wove texture and color in the buildings, trucks, the ‘L’, construction, light poles and the old water towers of Chicago.

    Longtime Palatine artist was first full-time Harper faculty member

    The first full-time teacher at Harper College has died. John Knudsen, a prolific artist in his own right, taught the college's two-dimensional studio courses, developed a specialty for painting and printmaking, and help create the Harper College National Print and Drawing Exhibition. “John was committed to growing the art department,” says Margaret Buchen, Harper College’s...

    Above, Makur Puou joins his teammates onstage as the Mooseheart Class 1A state champion basketball team is honored in a ceremony for state-qualifying athletes in fall and winter sports Friday at the school.

    School, supporters honor basketball team, others

    Mooseheart celebrates its boys state basketball championship -- and other fall and winter athletes -- Friday morning.


    Northwest suburbs in 60 seconds
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    Daily Herald File Photo Could surveillance cameras cut down on crashes involving vehicles that ignore lowered crossing gates?

    Metra considers cameras at gate crossings

    Metra could install surveillance cameras at problematic railway crossings to deter drivers for ignoring lowered gates and warning bells.


    Stevenson's Jalen Brunson comes off the court in the final seconds of the Patriots' win over Edwardsville in the Class 4A state third place game at Carver Arena in Peoria Saturday.

    Balanced Stevenson savors 3rd place

    Stevenson put aside the distractions and defeated Edwardsville 70-63 on Saturday to claim third place at the IHSA Class 4A boys basketball state finals at Carver Arena. One day after scoring 56 points in a semifinal loss to Whitney Young, junior Jalen Brunson was held to just 18 points. But the Patriots (32-2) had four players in double figures as they pulled away in the second half.

    Benet Academy waits to receive its second place trophy after losing in the final seconds to Whitney Young in the Class 4A state championship game at Carver Arena in Peoria Saturday.

    Benet stands proud of runner-up finish

    You never want to leave the court 2 points shy, especially not in a state championship game. One thing's for sure, though. Benet's players left Carver Arena with their heads held high. Tremendous underdogs against the No. 12 team in the country, Benet's dream of a state title came to an end with Saturday's 46-44 loss to Whitney Young in the Class 4A final.


    Noah actually finishes third in assists

    Philadelphia lost again, but another long streak came to an end Saturday. Joakim Noah led the Bulls in assists for nine straight Against the Sixers, he actually finished third on the team with 4 assists.

    Bulls forward Taj Gibson finished with 16 points in Saturday night’s victory.

    Bulls extend 76ers’ losing streak to 24

    Philadelphia's epic losing streak reached 24 games, but the 76ers earned respect from the Bulls by putting up a tough battle on Saturday at the United Center. Joakim Noah scored 20 points as the Bulls woke up in the second half to post a 91-81 win.

    Villanova’s Josh Hart (3) runs out to defend Connecticut’s Shabazz Napier (13) during a third-round game in the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament Saturday in Buffalo, N.Y. Napier scored 25 points in Connecticut’s 77-65 win over Villanova.

    Napier leads UConn in 77-65 win over Villanova

    First Duke, then Syracuse. Now second-seeded Villanova has been eliminated. The Wildcats became the highest seed to fall in the NCAA tournament so far after Shabazz Napier scored 25 points in leading No. 7 seed Connecticut to a 77-65 victory in a third-round game Saturday night.

    Stevenson's Jalen Brunson comes off the court in the final seconds of the Patriots' 70-63 win over Edwardsville in the Class 4A third-place game at Carver Arena in Peoria on Saturday.

    Brunson's saga contains a lesson for all of us

    Jalen Brunson's experiences in a whirlwind basketball weekend in Peoria are a reminder that our public actions are less and less private, and more and more open to interpretation.

    Benet Academy’s Liam Nelligan fights for a rebound with Whitney Young’s Jahlil Okafor and Paul White in the Class 4A state championship game at Carver Arena in Peoria Saturday.

    Images: Class 4A State Championship Boys Basketball
    Benet Academy played Whitney Young for the Class 4A boys basketball state tournament championship at Carver Arena in Peoria on Saturday, March 22.


    Wolves fall in shootout against Rockford

    Goaltender Matt Climie kicked out 31 shots and 3 of 5 in the shootout, but the Wolves ultimately fell to the Rockford IceHogs 2-1 in the extra session in Saturday night’s Illinois Lottery Cup game at the MetroCentre. Right wing Cody Beach scored the only regulation goal for the Wolves during the second period, and center Keith Aucoin had the only successful shootout attempt.




    Blackhawks’ Crawford riding hot streak

    Courtesy of three straight victories, including his tenth career shutout Wednesday against St. Louis — Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford is now seventh in the league with a 2.21 GAA and seventh in wins with 28 despite missing a stretch of 10 straight games with an injury.


    Blackhawks making Teravainen feel at home

    Being the new guy on the team is never an easy thing, but being the new guy coming in with such high expectations and joining a team jockeying for playoff position is even more daunting. “He’s so young that you hope he feels comfortable,” Ben Smith said of 19-year-old Teuvo Teravainen. “That’s the biggest thing for a guy so young."

    Andrew Shaw celebrates with Patrick Sharp after Sharp’s goal in Friday’s 3-2 victory over Carolina at the United Center.

    Hawks confident Kane will be ready

    Patrick Kane is rumored in NHL circles to have an MCL sprain of his left knee, and the team sees it as a three-week injury. With the Hawks’ first playoff game about four weeks to the day from when Kane was injured, the Hawks are optimistic Kane will be ready to go.

    Michigan State’s Branden Dawson (22) and Harvard’s Laurent Rivard go for a loose ball during a third round game of the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament Saturday in Spokane, Wash. Michigan State won 80-73, thanks in part to Dawson’s career-high 26 points.

    Spartans hold off Harvard 80-73

    Branden Dawson scored a career-high 26 points to help fourth-seeded Michigan State fend off a wild Harvard rally Saturday for an 80-73 victory in the NCAA tournament. The 12th-seeded Crimson (27-5) trailed by 16 early in the second half but took a 62-60 lead when Laurent Rivard hit a 3-pointer with 7:12 remaining. Travis Trice answered with a 3 of his own on the next possession and the Spartans (28-8) never trailed again.


    Burlington Central opens with win

    Burlington Central jumped ahead 6-0 in the first three innings Saturday and cruised to a 8-3 season-opening baseball win over Crystal Lake Central.


    Effort lacking for Naperville Central

    Plainfield North jumped on Naperville Central with a pair of goals in the first 15 minutes and they held up in a 2-0 nonconference victory in Naperville.

    Wisconsin forward Frank Kaminsky (44) takes a shot against Oregon forward Richard Amardi (13) during a third-round game of the NCAA college basketball tournament Saturday in Milwaukee.

    Wisconsin wins 85-77 thriller over Oregon

    Ben Brust hit a 3-pointer with 1:07 left and second-seeded Wisconsin overcame seventh-seeded Oregon for a thrilling 85-77 win Saturday night to get into the Sweet 16. Brust’s clutch 3 from the corner gave the Badgers (28-7) the lead for good in a heavyweight fight of an NCAA tournament game.


    South Elgin blanks Sycamore

    South Elgin girls soccer coach Tiffany Disher knows her team will need some other players to find their scoring touch. But for now, the Storm will ride Savanah Uveges.The senior scored twice Saturday afternoon as South Elgin defeated Sycamore, 2-0, in the South Elgin Invitational at Millennium Field in Streamwood.

    Philadelphia 76ers forward Jarvis Varnado (40), right, blocks a shot by Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler (21) during Saturday night’s game at the United Center.

    Bulls hand 76ers 24th straight loss

    The Philadelphia 76ers’ long losing streak continued and so did their march toward the wrong kind of record. Joakim Noah finished with 20 points, Jimmy Butler scored 17, and the Chicago Bulls handed Philadelphia its 24th straight loss, winning 91-81 Saturday night and sending the 76ers within two of the NBA record.

    Dayton’s Dyshawn Pierre (21) shoots over Syracuse’s Tyler Ennis (11) during a third-round game in the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament Saturday in Buffalo, N.Y. Pierre scored 14 points in Dayton’s upset win over Syracuse.

    Dayton stuns Syracuse 55-53 to advance to Sweet 16

    Dyshawn Pierre scored 14 points and Jordan Sibert hit a key 3-pointer with 47.7 seconds left as Dayton stunned Syracuse 55-53 Saturday night to earn a spot in Sweet 16 for the first time in three decades. Syracuse was poised to pull out another close victory, but Tyler Ennis’ 3-point attempt clanged off the rim at the buzzer.


    Experience delivers for Pirates in MSL Invite

    Leaning on its experience, Palatine’s girls track and field teamed up with a stellar performance at the Mark Saylor Mid-Suburban League Indoor meet on Saturday. The Pirates won five events and finished second in six others while running away to the title with 132 points at North Central College in Naperville.

    The Cubs want power-hitting shortstop Javier Baez to continue working on his defense at Class AAA Iowa.

    Baez among Cubs’ latest roster cuts

    Shortstop phenom Javier Baez was among seven roster cuts made by the Cubs Saturday. Baez, 21, led the Cubs in home runs this spring, with 5. He's expected to open the season at Class AAA Iowa.


    Kaneland sweeps conference track titles

    Kaneland swept the boys and girls championships Saturday at the Northern Illinois Big 12 indoor track meets at the Westwood Sports Center in Sterling.

    St. Charles East Hannah Ewald runs the first leg of 4 x 800 meter relay final in an Upstate Eight Conference indoor track meet on Saturday at Batavia.

    St. Charles East, Neuqua Valley fit to be tied

    The girls track and field rivalry between St. Charles East and Neuqua Valley sculpted another peculiar chapter on Saturday in Batavia.


    Reigning MSL champ Fremd doesn’t miss a beat

    Fremd, the reigning two-time defending Mid-Suburban League outdoor boys track champion, didn’t disappoint on Saturday at the Jim Nagle MSL Indoor Invite. The Vikings showed their depth from start to finish in capturing the title with a commanding 106 points at North Central College in Naperville.

    San Diego State’s Xavier Thames shoots against North Dakota State in the third round of the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament in Spokane, Wash., Saturday.

    Xavier Thames’ 30 leads Aztecs past Bison 63-44

    Xavier Thames dropped in 3s from deep, finessed floaters in the lane and carried San Diego State the way he did all season as the Mountain West player of the year. Thames would not let North Dakota State become this year’s version of Florida Gulf Coast by sending the Aztecs home in the third round of the NCAA tournament. Thames scored 30 points, and fourth-seeded San Diego State reached the round of 16 for the second time in school history, ending the run of No. 12 seed North Dakota State 63-44 on Saturday.


    Mayer, Palatine claim victory over Boylan

    Erin Mayer put Palatine ahead midway through the first half with a first-time effort from a Morgan Radtke corner kick, and the Pirates made that strike hold up in a 1-0 victory over visiting Rockford Boylan on Saturday afternoon in the season opener for both clubs.


    Phillips, Bernadina power Reds past Cubs 8-3

    Brandon Phillips hit his third home run in four games and Roger Bernadina added to his big spring for Cincinnati, belting a three-run shot and driving in four runs to help the Reds defeat the Chicago Cubs 8-3 on Saturday. Bernadina, who went deep in the first inning off starter Edwin Jackson, is hitting .417 with three homers and 10 RBIs.


    White Sox tie, lose in split-squad games

    Half the White Sox tied with the San Diego Padres while the other half lost to the San Francisco Giants Saturday during split-squad spring training games in Arizona.

    Michigan guard Nik Stauskas (11) is fouled by Texas guard Javan Felix (3) during a third-round game of the NCAA college basketball tournament Saturday in Milwaukee. Michigan beat Texas 79-65.

    Michigan advancing after 79-65 win over Texas

    Nik Stauskas and Michigan figured out the best way to overcome Texas’ advantage inside. Just keeping hitting from long range. Stauskas made four of Michigan’s 14 3-pointers, and the Wolverines beat the Longhorns 79-65 on Saturday to advance to the NCAA tournament’s Sweet 16 for the second straight year.

    Florida guard Scottie Wilbekin (5) dribbles around Pittsburgh guard James Robinson (0) during a third-round game in the NCAA college basketball tournament Saturday in Orlando, Fla. Florida defeated Pittsburgh 61-45.

    No. 1 seed Florida tops Pitt 61-45, makes Sweet 16

    Top-seeded seeded Florida played with a lot more energy and intensity this time around. Scottie Wilbekin spearheaded the effort. Wilbekin scored 21 points, including eight straight down the stretch, and the Gators beat Pittsburgh 61-45 in the NCAA tournament Saturday. Florida’s 28th consecutive win put it in the Sweet 16 for the fourth consecutive year.Coming off a lackluster performance in its NCAA opener against Albany, Florida (34-2) vowed to play better against the Panthers (26-10).

    Louisville guard Russ Smith, center, attempts to dribble between Saint Louis forwards Rob Loe, left, and Dwayne Evans during a third-round game in the NCAA college basketball tournament Saturday in Orlando, Fla. Louisville won 66-51.

    Defending champ Louisville returning to Sweet 16

    Louisville didn’t need a big game from Russ Smith to get back to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament. Luke Hancock scored 21 points and the defending national champions shrugged off a cold shooting performance to beat Saint Louis 66-51 on Saturday and advance to the round of 16 for the third straight year. The fourth-seeded Cardinals (31-5) shot under 45 percent, had 19 turnovers and only got 11 points from Smith, their star. It didn’t matter with the fifth-seeded Billikens (27-7) going 0 for 15 from 3-point range and struggling to take care of the basketball.

    DePaul’s Brittany Hrynko drives to the basket between Oklahoma’s Aaryn Ellenberg (3) and Sharane Campbell (24) during their first-round game in the NCAA women’s college basketball tournament Saturday in Durham, N.C. DePaul won 104-100.

    DePaul women earn 104-100 win over Oklahoma

    DePaul and Oklahoma traded shot for shot, point for point, in the highest-scoring regulation game in NCAA tournament history. The Blue Demons managed to scrape together the one defensive stop they needed to win it. And they got some help from the sideline. Megan Rogowski scored 24 points and hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 40.5 seconds left, and DePaul beat the Sooners 104-100 on Saturday in the first round of the tournament.


    Members of the Turkish Youth Union hold cartoons Friday depicting Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan during a protest against a ban on Twitter, in Ankara, Turkey.

    Turkey: Twitter allows ‘character assassination’

    The government’s effort to shut down the service backfired on Friday, with many finding ways to continue to tweet and mock the government for what they said was a futile attempt at censorship. Even President Abdullah Gul worked around the ban, tweeting that shutting down social media networks cannot “be approved.” Turkey’s move to block Twitter sparked a wave of international criticism.

    U.S. first lady Michelle Obama waves to a group of American schoolchildren Saturday who are visiting China during their spring break before they watch a Peking opera performance at the Summer Palace in Beijing.

    Reports: NSA targeted Chinese tech giant Huawei

    Among the people whose emails the NSA was able to read were Huawei president Ren Zhengfei, Der Spiegel said.The operation, which Der Spiegel claims was coordinated with the CIA, FBI and White House officials, also netted source codes for Huawei products. One aim was to exploit the fact that Huawei equipment is widely used to route voice and data traffic around the world, according to the report.

    In this Jan. 31, 2014 photo taken using Google Glass, vehicles are stopped at a traffic light in New York.

    Review: Uneasy first steps with Google Glass

    Shaped like a lopsided headband, Google Glass is an unassuming piece of technology when you’re holding it in your hands. You feel as if you can almost break it, testing its flexibility. Putting it on, though, is another story. Once you do, this Internet-connected eyewear takes on a life of its own.

    The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) headquarters stands in Washington, D.C.

    IRS: Worker took home personal info on 20K workers

    An Internal Revenue Service employee took home personal information on about 20,000 IRS workers, former workers and contractors, putting the data at risk for public release, the agency said this week.

    Shantanu Narayen, president and chief executive officer of Adobe Systems Inc. Adobe Systems Inc. added online subscribers at a faster-than-projected clip, as the company attempts to return to growth by selling Internet subscriptions for applications like Photoshop.

    Adobe adds online subscribers as sales top estimates

    Adobe Systems Inc. added online subscribers at a faster-than-projected clip, as the company attempts to return to growth by selling Internet subscriptions for applications like Photoshop.

    A Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch is displayed at the International Consumer Electronics Show on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014, in Las Vegas.

    Google redesigns Android to power smartwatches

    Google thinks it’s time for an Internet-connected watch that performs many of the same tasks as a smartphone but with fewer distractions and rude interruptions. The Internet’s most influential company is trying to unleash a new era in mobile computing.

    Google Inc., fighting claims that it illegally scanned private email messages to and from Gmail accounts, will not face a single lawsuit that could have lumped together hundreds of millions of Internet users, a judge ruled.

    Google won’t face group e-mail privacy lawsuit

    Google Inc., fighting claims that it illegally scanned private e-mail messages to and from Gmail accounts, will not face a single lawsuit that could have lumped together hundreds of millions of Internet users, a judge ruled.


    China mobile under pressure as IPhones, WeChat curb profit

    China Mobile Ltd. faces a triple whammy of apps, iPhone subsidies and regulations that likely will cost the world’s largest carrier as much as $1.8 billion in profit this year.

    Wearable technologies including Google Glass, Oculus Rift headsets, smartwatches and smartbands mark a fresh challenge for the $93 billion video-game industry. While the public tends to focus on the consoles wars among Microsoft Corp., Sony Corp. and Nintendo Co., insiders at the annual Game Developers Conference in San Francisco this week are striving to develop titles for a new generation of disruptive products.

    Google Glass leads video-game makers to test wearable market

    Wearable technologies including Google Glass, Oculus Rift headsets, smartwatches and smartbands mark a fresh challenge for the $93 billion video-game industry. While the public tends to focus on the consoles wars among Microsoft Corp., Sony Corp. and Nintendo Co., insiders at the annual Game Developers Conference in San Francisco this week are striving to develop titles for a new generation of disruptive products.

    The Quick Tax Reference app puts a ton of tax information at your fingertips.

    App reviews: Skitch, Quick Tax Reference

    Plenty of people use the note-taking service Evernote, but the company has another great productivity app, Skitch. Skitch is best for more visual thinkers and lets you annotate pictures you take with elements such as drawings, arrows and text.

    The Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 further blurs the distinction between a laptop and a tablet computer. Its on-screen keyboard has capabilities that are more common with laptops, and its screen is larger than what many laptops have.

    Review: Laptop features costly in Samsung tablet

    Samsung’s new Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 tablet blurs the distinction between a laptop and a tablet computer. Its on-screen keyboard has capabilities that are more common with laptops, and its screen is larger than what many laptops have. People can run several apps side by side, and multiple users can share the device with separate profiles.

Life & Entertainment

    Darren Aronofsky’s “Noah,” starring Russell Crowe, is a dark take on the biblical tale.

    ‘Noah’ renews tradition of big-screen biblical epics

    In the beginning of their work together on “Noah,” director Darren Aronofsky made Russell Crowe a promise: “I’ll never shoot you on a houseboat in a robe and sandals with two giraffes popping up behind you.” Decades after Cecil B. DeMille’s “The Ten Commandments” and “Ben-Hur,” Aronofsky has renewed the tradition of the studio-made, mass-audience Bible epic, albeit as a distinctly darker parable about sin, justice and mercy.

    Elsa Pataky, left, and actor Chris Hemsworth have welcomed not one but two sons. The twins of the 30-year-old “Thor: The Dark World” star and the 37-year-old “Fast and Furious 6” actress were born in Los Angeles, Hemsworth’s publicist, Robin Baum says.

    Actor Chris Hemsworth, wife welcome twin sons

    Chris Hemsworth and his wife, Elsa Pataky, have welcomed not one, but two sons to the world. The twins of the 30-year-old “Thor: The Dark World” star and the 37-year-old “Fast and Furious 6” actress were born in Los Angeles.

    A neat workshop is a safer workshop. Pay attention to where tools are kept and keep cords manageable.

    Practice garage and workshop smarts

    Completing home improvement projects on your own can be both rewarding and financially responsible. A growing number of homeowners are dabbling in do-it-yourself projects, recognizing both the personal and financial rewards of such undertakings.

    Spring is an ideal seasons to paint, as the weather outside is typically pleasant, allowing painters to open all of the windows.

    Caution necessary when painting indoors

    Few people might think of potential safety hazards when planning to paint the interiors of their homes. Though every home improvement project can lead to injury if safety measures are not taken seriously, painting is widely considered a project where do-it-yourselfers are at minimal risk of injury.

    Thanks to professional design tricks, a small kitchen looks — and functions — larger than life-size.

    Alter the proportions in a small kitchen

    Q. We’re planning to renovate the smallest kitchen in the city — new cabinets, flooring and lighting. Without knocking down walls, are there ways to make the kitchen look larger?

    Interior designer Michael Hampton says there are many outdoor fabrics perfect to upholster furniture for a beach home.

    Looking for chandeliers and sectionals to update your look?

    Interior designer Michael Hampton joined The Washington Post staff writer Jura Koncius last week on The Post’s Home Front online chat. Here is an edited excerpt.

    Four Ohio State Park Lodges are offering “Unlimited Golf” packages to play as much as you want on some of the state’s most interesting and scenic courses.

    On the road: Ohio parks open for golf getaways

    Ohio State Park lodges are offering unlimited golf packages at four popular courses. Imaging/Imagining the Human Body in Anatomical Representation depicts the human body in various works at the University of Chicago campus.

    A businessman sets up a lucrative sideline arranging hits in “Kill Fee” by Owen Laukkanen.

    ‘Kill Fee’ is compelling tale of amorality, greed

    Contract killing in terms of profit-and-loss margins fuels Owen Laukkanen’s enthralling new novel, “Kill Fee,” in which a businessman sets up a lucrative sideline arranging hits. Government contractor Michael Parkerson has devised Killswitch, a website where a hit can be ordered as easily as a pizza. The scheme comes to the attention of Carla Windermere, a Minneapolis-based FBI agent, and Kirk Stevens, an investigator with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, when they chase a young killer after witnessing a billionaire’s murder.

    Actors Theo James, left, and Shailene Woodley promote the movie “Divergent” in Toronto. They star in the anticipated first film in the young adult trilogy by author Veronica Roth, a native of Barrington.

    ‘Divergent’ star Shailene Woodley hugs it out

    Shailene Woodley is known for her hugs. The 22-year-old “Divergent” star gives hearty embraces — often more than one — to everyone she meets. “It’s very disarming” said co-star Theo James in a recent interview. “She (first) hugged me at our test. Yeah, she’s a big hugger.” Woodley and James star in the anticipated first film adaptation of the young adult trilogy by author Veronica Roth. “Divergent” follows 16-year-old Tris (Woodley) as she finds her place in a future dystopian society where people are separated into groups based on their virtues.

    David Wozniak (Vince Vaughn) addresses many of his 533 children in the comedy “Delivery Man.”

    DVD previews: ‘Delivery Man,’ ‘Wolf of Wall Street’

    Former suburbanite Vince Vaughn plays a man who discovers he has fathered 533 children through sperm donation. The comedy heads to DVD Tuesday.

    The Rebecca McCarthy Irish Dancers, based in Algonquin, performing at a previous edition of the Village of Hoffman Estates' Celtic Fest at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates.

    Weekend picks: Northwest Celtic Fest caters to Irish spirit

    Extend last weekend's St. Patrick's Day celebrations with the Northwest Celtic Fest, which promises loads of Irish music, dancing, children's games, food and more this Saturday at the Sears Centre Arena. Introduce kids to the glories of opera with “The Family Barber,” a condensed 60-minute version of Rossini's comedy “The Barber of Seville” sung in English this Saturday at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. And the Lake County Coin Club hosts its annual Coin Show at Warren Township High School Sunday for collectors and exhibitors alike.


    Who pays for the sewer?

    Q. I am considering the purchase of a small house. The house is not on a septic system but could hook up at a cost of $3,750. However there is also a sewer bond of $4,000 that is billed over the next 10 years at $400 per year in the tax bill. I feel that I should receive a credit at closing of $4,000


    Don’t ignore legal requests by association

    Our association’s new management company has requested a copy of the lease if the home is being rented. Our home is being rented, but there is no lease.


    Unmarried couples buying a house together may also be buying trouble

    More and more couples, both mixed and same-sex, are electing to live together without getting married, and often this includes purchasing a home together. This is a major decision fraught with potential consequences if and when they decide to split.



    The Soapbox
    From brackets to blather, Daily Herald editors write their opinions about the week's news.


    Let’s not go to war again over Crimea
    A Bloomingdale letter to the editor: In 1854, Turkey, Great Britain and France went to war with Russia over the Crimea. Russians lost more than 100,000 lives. The Allied Forces lost more than 90,000.


    IRS targeted way more conservatives
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: Kevin Brewner, on the March 17 Opinion page, says that the IRS under Lois Lerner scrutinized not only Tea Party and similar organizations but also scrutinized “progressive” groups. I am inclined to doubt Mr. Brewner.


    Incumbent is best candidate for Congress
    A letter to the editor: Brad Schneider, the incumbent running again for the 10th District House of Representatives seat, is a much better candidate for the seat than Bob Dold.


    Newspapers shouldn’t endorse
    A South Elgin letter to the editor: I think newspapers should stick to just reporting the news and stop with the endorsements of political candidates of their choice, running for local and state offices.


    Appalled by polling place comments
    A Batavia letter to the editor: I must say I was appalled by comments I heard as I was about to enter the voting booth March 18.


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