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  • Naperville girls to ‘keep helping’ ALS with dodgeball tourney Feb 26, 2015 2:28 PM
    A dodgeball tournament organized by two Naperville students is back for its fourth year after raising more than $40,000 to fight a deadly disease affecting a popular gym teacher’s wife. The Dodgin’ 4 Lou Gehrig’s disease Dodgeball Tournament begins at 5 p.m. Friday at Naperville North High School, 899 N. Mill St., and will raise money for the Les Turner ALS Foundation. Naperville Central sophomores Taylor Morrissey and Delaney Gibbons launched the tournament in 2012 after Denise DiMarzo, the wife of their Meadow Glens Elementary gym teacher Chris Benyo, was diagnosed with ALS. “It’s a really bad disease and we see how it affects Denise and we just want to keep helping raise money for this disease,” Taylor said. ALS stands for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. It’s better-known as Lou Gehrig’s disease because it took the life of the Yankees baseball great in 1941. The degenerative disease affects the motor neurons that carry signals from the brain to the muscles, telling them to move. When the disease causes motor neurons to die, muscles waste away, but mental function remains intact. Seeing how Benyo and DiMarzo support each other has motivated parents and community members to get involved with the tournament the girls first planned when they were seventh-graders. Julie Romanelli, whose two children went through Meadow Glens, said her business has supported the tournament since it started with silent auction items and now with a donation to cover the cost of T-shirts for volunteers. “They’re just a great couple. For the children and for the community, they’re very inspiring,” Romanelli, a dentist at Maple Park Dental in Naperville, said about Benyo and DiMarzo. “To show the dedication and commitment they have to each other is amazing.” A $5 admission ticket gets spectators in to see 48 dodgeball teams from Naperville-area high schools take aim at each other during the tournament, which begins with an opening ceremony led by radio host Dolly McCarthy featuring the national anthem performed by Wayne Messmer. Tournament organizers say they’ve completed a high school marketing class and joined the DECA business club, both of which have helped them grow the event. After raising $13,000 the first year, the girls want to raise $20,000 this time around. “Seeing how far we’ve come and how it keeps on improving every year is always motivation for us to make it stronger,” Delaney said.

  • Mark Duplass juggles TV, Netflix and ‘Lazarus’ Feb 26, 2015 10:12 AM
    Mark Duplass is everywhere these days, from HBO's "Togetherness" to FXX's "The League. He also stars in “The Lazarus Effect,” opening Friday, about researchers trying to bring back the dead. Duplass said he was intrigued by the movie’s director, David Gelb, who made the documentary “Jiro Dreams of Sushi.” “I was like, ‘Why is a food documentary filmmaker making a horror movie? This could be interesting.’”

  • Reel life: Dann & Raymond take on Bond, best fights Feb 26, 2015 5:00 AM
    Dann & Raymond take a look at Agent 007 in "Fifty-Two Years of Bond. James Bond" at the Palatine Park District's Cutting Hall. Later in the week they take on "Fists and Knives and Swords, Oh, My! The Greatest Fights on Film" at the Schaumburg Township District Library.

  • Johansson: Nothing 'creepy or inappropriate' about Travolta Feb 26, 2015 5:04 PM
    Scarlett Johansson defends John Travolta; says Oscar encounter was 'totally welcome'

  • Pope's finance czar under scrutiny over spending expose Feb 26, 2015 5:06 PM
    Pope's finance czar under scrutiny over spending expose

  • Johansson: Nothing 'creepy or inappropriate' about Travolta Feb 26, 2015 4:33 PM
    Scarlett Johansson defends John Travolta; says Oscar encounter was 'totally welcome'

  • Veterans put their artistic talents on display Feb 26, 2015 5:12 PM
    The varied talents of veterans from northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin were on display Thursday during the 7th annual Veterans Creative Arts Festival at the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center in North Chicago.

  • Former Lake County YMCA in Waukegan to reopen Sunday as Church of Joy Feb 26, 2015 7:40 PM
    The building that housed the Lake County YMCA until financial troubles forced it to close in 2012 is set to reopen as a house of worship. The Church of Joy will celebrate a grand opening Sunday of its new ministry headquarters in the renovated building at 2000 Western Ave.

  • $150K dress worn by Lupita Nyong'o at Oscars reported stolen Feb 26, 2015 10:04 PM
    $150K custom dress worn by Lupita Nyong'o at Oscars reported stolen; detectives investigating

  • Car club calendar Feb 26, 2015 9:43 AM
    The Chicago suburbs are home to many car lovers and clubs devoted to models ranging from the Alfa Romeo to Volkswagen. The Daily Herald has compiled a list of car shows and monthly meetings for area car clubs and motorcycle groups.

  • Learn how to curtail your feline’s obnoxious behavior Feb 26, 2015 9:53 AM
    When our felines act up, don't reward them for their bad behavior.

  • Mold removal could be a simple chore ... or a major hassle Feb 26, 2015 1:00 AM
    Q. I read your columns in the Daily Herald but never keep them around. You had a column a few weeks ago about a product to remove mold.

  • ABC's Sawyer does prime-time prison special Feb 26, 2015 3:06 PM
    Diane Sawyer travels to prisons for first special since leaving anchor role

  • New cable show offers sex in a box as therapy Feb 26, 2015 3:06 PM
    New relationship show puts couples behind closed doors for romantic interlude

  • Free movie March 4 at Colby Barn in Grayslake Feb 26, 2015 5:18 PM
    Liberty Prairie Foundation, Conserve and other partners are sponsoring a free showing of the film “Symphony of the Soil” next week at Byron Colby Barn in Grayslake’s Prairie Crossing subdivision. The movie explores the complexity and mystery of soil, and attempts to support the case for treating soil with care.

  • Kanye West tweets apology to Beck for Grammys disruption Feb 26, 2015 8:34 PM
    Kanye West tweets apology to Beck for disruption during Grammy Awards earlier this month

  • Star chemistry compensates for wild plotting in Will Smith's 'Focus' Feb 26, 2015 5:00 AM
    No matter what outrageous things happen in the romantic comedy/drama “Focus,” they will be revealed as elaborate con jobs designed to hoodwink suckers, just like us. To keep audiences off-balance, Writers/directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa constantly up the credibility ante until the con jobs become so wildly preposterous, not even Will Smith's practiced charm can make them plausible.

  • Damian Szifron's anthology a 'Wild' ride Feb 26, 2015 5:00 AM
    Argentine writer/director Damian Szifron's anthology “Wild Tales” offers us one of the grandest, most diabolically conceived opening sequences in film history. That by itself would merit its nomination for the foreign language Academy Award. (It lost to Poland's “Ida” last weekend.) After the opening, it's all downhill, but not too far. Six stories are connected by characters who simply snap.

  • Music notes: Coop, EGi play Durty Nellie's Feb 26, 2015 1:34 PM
    Chicago-born electronica jam rockers The Coop are teaming up with improvisational and experimental funk rockers Ethereal Groove, Inc. for a 21-and-over show at Palatine's Durty Nellie's with openers Chachuba.

  • Decorate in layers to create depth, coherence in your home Feb 26, 2015 6:00 AM
    If you want a room makeover but don’t know where to start, consider decorating in layers. Many designers recommend this approach but offer different ways of going about it.

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