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  • Boys basketball: Holiday scouting, Lake County Dec 18, 2014 7:37 PM
    Here’s a closer look at the tournaments that the high school boys teams in Lake County will be involved in over the next couple of weeks.

  • Steelers’ Bell reaps MVP accolades Dec 18, 2014 9:01 PM
    It's time to hand out the fantasy football awards for 2014. Who is MVP? Surprise player? Comeback player? Check out the award winners plus John Dietz's good and bad bets for the all-important Week 16.

  • Ebuzz: Outlet allows Wi-Fi to give you a smarter home Dec 23, 2014 2:51 PM
    Kukec's eBuzz column features Naperville-based Grid Connect, which now offers the ConnectSense Smart Outlet that plugs into your wall outlet and has two Internet-connected electrical sockets. You can then plug in household devices and control them with an iPhone app or even voice command from Siri.

  • Boogeyman wins as movie theaters cave to threat Dec 18, 2014 9:17 AM
    In the end, the boogeyman won. Big theater chains such as Regal, Cinemark, Cineplex and AMC Theatres, along with regional chains such as Classic Cinemas, announced they would not show “The Interview” after a mysterious, unknown entity online threatened the lives of all who might watch it. This is a dark day for Americans, a pivotal moment in how we as a nation deal with cyberthreats made against our citizens, our culture and our way of life.

  • 2014’s top moments in suburban birding Dec 17, 2014 12:01 PM
    As 2014 draws to a close, there may still be a few bird sightings of note, but our Jeff Reiter is ready to look back on the birdwatching highlights of the year.

  • The time is right for an ice-fishing upgrade Dec 17, 2014 7:13 PM
    I have been vigilant for several decades when it comes to protecting exposed flesh with heavy layers of winter survival gear in order to prepare for comfortable ice fishing expeditions. Naturally, standards and practices have changed over time, and well made portable shelters are among the innovations that are making ice fishing ever more pleasant.

  • WW South coach Todd remembered as ‘a great guy’ Dec 18, 2014 12:24 AM
    They were two tall, young men in 1987, standing on bleachers at the Oak Park-River Forest field house, checking their stop watches and marking down times like track coaches do.

  • Watchdog: Deal helps Medinah club, could hurt neighbors Dec 17, 2014 5:30 AM
    A settlement deal that promises backloaded assessment reductions for Medinah Country Club this year through 2016 could wind up meaning higher taxes for neighboring property owners over the next three years. But officials who negotiated the deal argue the 17 government agencies that receive property taxes from the golf club potentially saved the same taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars in future legal bills by settling.

  • Journey to Middle-earth has been an emotional one Dec 17, 2014 6:40 AM
    Fifteen years after filming began in New Zealand on the adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, director Peter Jackson's Middle-earth saga concludes this weekend with “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.” The journey from “The Fellowship of the Ring” to today has been very long, but very rewarding — even if the latter half of it ultimately feels unnecessary.

  • Baking secrets: Coffee cake rises to any festive occasion Dec 17, 2014 6:00 AM
    The holidays give bakers an opportunity to showcase their culinary talent and put in a little bit more effort into entertaining. Sure, time may be tight, but don’t pick up packaged Danishes for your holiday brunch just yet. Annie Overboe has just the recipe for homemade coffee cake that easily pleases any crowd.

  • Imrem: If only it were a different Jimmy replacing Cutler Dec 17, 2014 9:36 PM
    If only the Jimmy replacing Jay Cutler for the Bears on Sunday were the fresh rookie Garoppolo instead of the failed veteran Clausen.

  • The left’s convenient villain Dec 16, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Ruben Navarrette: “I’m known as the architect of torture,” Alberto Gonzales told me by phone from Nashville, where the former U.S. attorney general is now a lawyer in private practice and dean of the College of Law at Belmont University. Anyone saddled with that title must be evil and sadistic. Gonzales is neither.

  • North: Some free advice for Johnny Football Dec 16, 2014 5:18 AM
    While Mike North knows that Johhny Manziel's play for the Cleveland Browns was embarrassingly bad on Sunday, he expects the rookie quarterback to improve tremendously against his next opponent, the Carolina Panthers.

  • Frisbie: Sleigh rides a highlight of winter in early Arlington Hts. Dec 16, 2014 3:31 PM
    A local farmer called Billy Guild brought enchantment to schoolchildren. When snowy crystals began to dance in December skies, the kids at North School would look for Billy and his sleigh. Billy was, as Daisy Daniels wrote in “Prairieville, U.S.A.,” “of small stature, with merry blue eyes.” He “magically appeared on snowy, blowy days with his trusty team of horses and a bobsleigh.”

  • St. Edward grad Yohn gets a chance to live the dream Dec 16, 2014 6:28 PM
    Some athletes talk about living their dreams and some get the opportunity to do it. Consider Katie Yohn one of the latter. On Monday morning, Yohn realized one of her dreams when she signed a contract to play professional women’s basketball in Germany.

  • Imrem: White Sox, Cubs fans, stake your claim Dec 16, 2014 8:37 PM
    Recent acquisitions by the White Sox and Cubs should re-ignite their rivalry. So, fans, pick a lane because it's more fun than rooting for both.

  • Rozner: Bears’ Cutler doing what he does best Dec 16, 2014 4:00 PM
    Jay Cutler is an empty suit in a building filled with empty suits and the temptation is to blame those with the power to hold him accountable for the failure to hold Cutler accountable. That’s easy to say. It is impossible to do.

  • Quarters no longer on a roll during modern laundry days Dec 15, 2014 5:05 PM
    Started in 1960, the Coin Laundry Association headquartered in Oakbrook Terrace remains on the cutting edge of that industry, with one exception. The most modern Laundromats don't use coins.

  • Thunderbird reminiscent of youthful 1960s Dec 15, 2014 6:00 AM
    Dennis Roxworthy has his mother to thank for his extreme love of Thunderbirds. His father was a staunch supporter of practical family transportation but she forbid the purchase of anything that wasn't sporty.

  • Hindenburg excited about volleyball future at New Orleans Dec 15, 2014 5:12 PM
    Back in the early days of Fremd girls volleyball, Lane Hindenburg’s mother Sue was an outside hitter for the Vikings’ varsity team. Standing 5-foot-8, Sue was the tallest player on the team. “Volleyball has definitely changed,” she said. And Sue’s daughter Lane sure changed a lot of matches in favor of the Vikings for the past four seasons with her powerful spiking abilities. The 6-foot outside hitter developed into one of the top attackers in the Mid-Suburban League over the last four seasons and recently made a commitment to play Division I volleyball at the University of New Orleans, where she plans to study psychology.

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