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Daily Archive : Saturday January 5, 2013

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    A photograph marked “not to be published” of a teenage Diana Spencer before she became Princess of Wales, with a young friend seated beside her, will be auctioned off.

    Photo princess-to-be Diana set for auction
    A photo marked "not to be published" that shows a teenage Diana Spencer before she became Princess of Wales, with a young friend seated beside her, will be featured in an auction this month in New Hampshire.

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    Lobbyist, lawmakers and staff members gather Wednesday outside a Senate committee hearing at the Illinois State Capitol, where Illinois politicians are developing new state gun laws. Illinois Senate Democrats seek assault-weapon restrictions.

    Obama’s plan for gun control taking shape

    A working group led by Vice President Joe Biden is seriously considering measures backed by key law enforcement leaders that would require universal background checks for firearm buyers, track the movement and sale of weapons through a national database, strengthen mental health checks, and stiffen penalties for carrying guns near schools or giving them to minors.

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    President Barack Obama greets people Thursday as he visits Island Snow for shave ice in Kailua, Hawaii, during his holiday vacation.

    Obama wants action on government’s borrowing limit

    President Barack Obama is hailing a last-minute deal that pulled the country back from the "fiscal cliff," but says it's just one step in a broader effort to boost the economy and shrink federal deficits. Obama said in his radio and Internet address Saturday that the new law, approved by Congress on New Year's Day and signed Thursday, raises taxes on the wealthiest Americans while preventing a...

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    An 11th-hour showdown over pensions looms as the House meets Sunday in Springfield. A Saturday meeting in Chicago among Gov. Pat Quinn and top lawmakers didn't produce an agreement on how to move forward. "We are committed to working to solve the problem, but lots work remains," said Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno of Lemont.y at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield.

    Saturday meeting fails to produce pension plan

    An 11th-hour showdown over pensions looms as the House meets Sunday in Springfield. A Saturday meeting in Chicago among Gov. Pat Quinn and top lawmakers didn't produce an agreement on how to move forward. "We are committed to working to solve the problem, but lots work remains," said Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno of Lemont.

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    Gun owners discuss a potential sale of an AR-15, one of the most popular and controversial weapons, during the 2013 Rocky Mountain Gun Show at the South Towne Expo Center in Sandy, Utah Saturday. In spite of the recent school shooting in Newtown, Conn., gun enthusiasts packed in by the hundreds to purchase weapons and ammunition.

    Some gun shows canceling after mass shooting

    The gunman in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in December used an AR-15 to kill 20 first-graders and six educators in the school. The gun belonged to the shooter's mother, but it's not clear where it was bought.

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    Guards hold a cat that has items taped to its body at a medium-security prison in Arapiraca, in Alagoas state, Brazil. A prison official says they caught the cat slipping through a prison gate with a cell phone, drills, small saws and other contraband taped to its body.

    Cat caught with escape tools

    SAO PAULO — Guards thought there was something suspicious about a little white cat slipping through a prison gate in northeastern Brazil. A prison official says that when they caught the animal, they found a cellphone, drills, small saws and other contraband taped to its body.

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    Hostess Twinkies brand is up for sale and two firms have emerged as top bidders.

    Flowers, Bimbo believed front-runners for Hostess

    The Wall Street Journal said Hostess Brands Inc. could reveal as early as next week that Flowers Foods Inc. and Grupo Bimbo SAB are in discussions to acquire the bread brands, which also include Nature's Pride.

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    Associated Press/photo from Spanish Interior Ministry A very rare vase from late second century BC that was seized by police after it was found in an antique shop in the town of El Campello, eastern Spain.

    Spanish police seize rare, ancient vase

    "We are not yet aware of the full importance of this discovery, but in 20 years' time we will still be talking about this vase," said Jose Luis Simon, an expert from the cultural heritage service of the Ministry of Culture.

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    Rescue workers aboard a snowmobile recover the bodies of six people who died following a sled crash on Mount Cermis, northern Italy, early Saturday.

    Six Russians die in snowmobile crash

    Six Russians were killed and two seriously injured when the snowmobile and sled they were riding veered off an Italian Alpine ski slope at night, slammed into a barrier and flew through the air into a ravine.

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    Defense to claim entrapment in bomb plot trial

    Based on pretrial filings, one of the avenues Mohamud's attorneys are likely to pursue is based on an undisputed fact: Mohamud was a teenager when he was arrested, and his attorneys allege he was still a minor when the FBI began to focus on him.

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    Vittorio Missoni, right, and his wife Maurizia Castiglioni smile in Milan, Italy.

    No sign of plane Missoni scion said to be on

    Rescue crews used boats and aircraft on Saturday to search for a small plane that disappeared off Venezuela carrying the CEO of Italy's iconic Missoni fashion house and five other people. But more than a day after the BN-2 Islander aircraft disappeared from radar screens on its short flight from the Venezuelan resort islands of Los Roques to Caracas, no sign of the plane had been found, officials...

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    Associated Press New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks at a news conference at New Jersey’s State House Thursday in Trenton, N.J. Christie, blasted his party’s “toxic internal politics” after House Republicans initially declined to approve disaster relief for victims of Superstorm Sandy.

    Republican Party seems as divided, angry as ever

    The GOP's internal struggles to figure out what it wants to be were painfully exposed after Mitt Romney's loss to President Barack Obama on Nov. 6, but they have exploded in recent days.

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    Deputy Defense Undersecretary for Military Personnel Policy Vee Penrod, left, and Principal Director for Military Personnel Policy Maj. Gen. Gary Patton, speak at the Pentagon on the results of the department’s Women in Service Review.

    Would women want to serve in infantry if they could?

    Tthe Marines asked women last year to go through its tough infantry officer training to see how they would fare. Only two volunteered and both failed to complete the fall course. None has volunteered for the next course this month. The failure rate for men is roughly 25 percent.

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    Associated Press/July 23, 2010 Gen. Stanley McChrystal reviews troops for the last time as he is honored at a retirement ceremony at Fort McNair in Washington.

    McChrystal takes blame for Rolling Stone article

    As for the Rolling Stone fallout, a Pentagon inquiry into the magazine's profile cleared McChrystal of wrongdoing and called into question the accuracy of the June 2010 story. The review, released in April 2011, concluded that not all of the events at issue happened as reported in the article.

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    Gov. Pat Quinn is meeting with legislative leaders to try to get agreement on the outlines of a deal to begin solving the state's massive pension crisis.

    Talks on Illinois pension crisis end without deal

    Discussions between Gov. Pat Quinn and legislative leaders on Illinois' massive pension crisis have ended without agreement even though at least one major sticking point has been set aside for now. Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan, says he's "anxious to pass a bill" and remains willing to defer a decision on a proposal to shift pension costs for public school teachers from the state to...

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    Thomas Gaudio, 15, of Lake in the Hills, left, lowers his line into a fresh hole near Kim Cederlund of Union and her sons, Tyler, 11, center, and 8-year-old Will during Saturday’s Frost Fishing Fair in Cary. The event was organized by the McHenry Conservation District.

    Ice fishing a family event in Cary

    The Gerner family's first attempt at ice fishing yielded just a couple of little fish, but a whole lot of fun on Saturday in Cary.The Gerners of Johnsburg were among more than 150 people who participated in the McHenry County Conservation District's first Frosty Fishing Fair on Lake Atwood at The Hollows Conservation Area.

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    Maine West coach appeals firing decision

    Michael Divincenzo, a Maine West High School soccer coach fired last month following a hazing scandal at the school, has appealed the school board's decision.

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    Signs in some West Chicago lawns support the teachers union, which will meet again Wednesday with the District 33 school board for a negotiating session in an attempt to avoid a strike.

    District 33 board, teachers hope to avoid strike

    Both sides in a contract dispute between West Chicago Elementary District 33 and its teachers union say they hope to reach an agreement to avoid a strike, despite two days of negotiations without progress on the issue of health care. School will resume Monday as scheduled after winter break. Representatives of the school board and the teachers union said Saturday they would like to see 16 months...

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    Strong earthquake shakes parts of Alaska, Canada

    A powerful earthquake sparked a tsunami warning for hundreds of miles of Alaskan and Canadian coastline, but the alert was canceled when no damaging waves were generated. The magnitude 7.5 quake and tsunami warning that followed caused concern in some coastal communities, with alarms sounding and people rushing to higher ground for safety.

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    A gunman barricaded inside his Colorado home fired shots at police from a second-story window before he was killed as SWAT officers stormed the home Saturday. Once inside, they found the bodies of three other adults, authorities said.

    Four dead after police standoff at Colorado townhome

    A gunman barricaded inside his Colorado home fired shots at police from a second-story window before he was killed as SWAT officers stormed the home Saturday. Once inside, they found the bodies of three other adults, authorities said.

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    Rosanna Catapano of Bloomingdale works out with an exercise ball Saturday during Beginner Bootcamp at the Bloomingdale Park District’s first Fitness Open House. Catapano said she’s “ready to get back in shape” in 2013.

    Bloomingdale offers taste of fitness at open house

    A new Bloomingdale Park District event held Saturday morning gave residents a taste of something healthy — fitness. The first Fitness Open House featured free trials of exercise classes including Beginner Bootcamp, Zumba, Zumba Gold and Pi-Yo Fusion. "It's nice to give everyone a taste of the classes," said Rebecca Chudik, recreation supervisor.

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    Kristen Price of Naperville samples some crabcake made by the Marriott in Naperville during the Naper Settlement’s annual Bridal Showcase. On Saturday, more than 50 vendors had their services on display.

    Brides get a jump on wedding plans at Naper Settlement

    Margo Kramer said she was surprised when her new fiance Kevin Godell proposed on Christmas Eve. But truthfully, "like every little girl," she says, she's been planning this wedding for years.The newly engaged Carol Stream couple was one of many who got a jump on planning Saturday morning at the Naper Settlement Bridal Showcase.

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    Oldest U.S. citizen dies at 114

    Two daughters say Mamie Rearden of Edgefield, who held the title as the oldest person in the country for about two weeks, died Wednesday at a hospital in Georgia.

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    Authors Dan Van Haften, left, and David Hirsch pose with the book they wrote after studying the speeches of Abraham Lincoln. Van Haften recently discussed the book in Washington, D.C.

    Dan Van Haften talks about his Lincoln book in Washington

    Dave Heun talks to Batavia author Dan Van Haften, who recently gave a talk in Washington, D.C., about the book on Abraham Lincoln that he co-authored.

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    Northwest Community Hospital restricts visiting

    Due to an increase of flu, anyone under the age of 12 is not allowed to visit patients at Northwest Community Hospital, according to a statement on the hospital website.

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    Eric Benink

    Northwest Community Hospital names medical chief with business expertise

    Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights has named Dr. Eric Benink, who also has a masters degree in business administration, as its new chief medical officer. "Dr. Benink was the clear choice after many rounds of interviews with finalists and a national search process that considered over 30 candidates," said Bruce Crowther, CEO of Northwest Community.

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    Starbucks enters entrenched Vietnam coffee market

    HANOI, Vietnam — Nghiem Ngoc Thuy has been slinging coffees to thirsty Vietnamese for 20 years in her colonial-style villa with peeling shutters, and she and her customers aren't too worried that the imminent arrival of U.S. giant Starbucks will alter their time-tested coffee traditions.

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    6 Russians die in snowmobile crash in Italy

    ROME — Six Russians were killed and two seriously injured when the snowmobile and sled they were riding veered off an Italian Alpine ski slope at night, slammed into a barrier and flew through the air into a ravine.

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    Obama '08 campaign fined $375,000 by FEC
    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama's 2008 campaign has been fined $375,000 by the Federal Election Commission for reporting violations related to a set of donations received during the final days of the campaign.

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    FDA: New rules will make food safer

    WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration says its new guidelines would make the food Americans eat safer and help prevent the kinds of foodborne disease outbreaks that sicken or kill thousands of consumers each year.

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    Disabled parking crackdown nets 166 citations

    CHICAGO — The Illinois secretary of state office says investigators issued 166 citations worth more than $70,000 during the holiday season in a crackdown on illegal use of disability parking spaces.

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    Illinois snow sculpting contest postponed; no snow

    ROCKFORD, Ill. — The lack of snow in northern parts of the state means the Illinois Snow Sculpting Competition has been postponed.

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    Illinois seeks nominees for volunteerism awards

    CHICAGO — Know a great community volunteer? The Illinois governor's office is looking for nominees for the fourth annual Governor's Volunteer Service Awards.The awards recognize individuals who give their time and talents to strengthen their communities. For the first time, businesses that support community service also will be recognized.

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    2nd recaptured bank robber to appear in court

    CHICAGO — A second bank robber recaptured after a daring escape from a Chicago jail is scheduled to appear in court Saturday.Police officers nabbed Kenneth Conley on Friday despite his attempts to disguise himself as an old man with a cane and a beret.

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    Ed LeJeune is looking to sell the Libertyville True Value, which has been in the family for over 40 years. LeJeune and his brother took over the store after their father’s death in 1975.

    Libertyville hardware store owner says it’s time to retire

    The True Value hardware store on Milwaukee Avenue in Libertyville has been family owned since 1967. But the last of the clan involved in the daily business, Ed LeJeune, wants to call it a career. The business is for sale on eBay and Craigslist. "I hate to liquidate it, it's been here so long and people like it. It would be a sad thing to do. We'll see how it plays out," LeJeune said.

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    A "Pension Promise" sign is seen as Illinois state union members and supporters rally in support for fair pension reform in the rotundra at the Illinois State Capitol Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013 in Springfield Ill. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

    Why shifting pension costs to schools is so controversial

    A proposal to hand the state's future pension costs over to local school districts became such a sticking point that Gov. Pat Quinn and legislative leaders agreed to set it aside to try to get some movement toward a pension deal. But it could come back. A look at data from the Teachers' Retirement System shows why it's so controversial.

Sports

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    Wolves rally, fall in shootout

    The Chicago Wolves rallied to tie the score with 2 third-period goals and send the game past regulation but were unable to grab the extra point as the Grand Rapids Griffins earned a 4-3 shootout win Saturday night in front of a season-high 15,155 fans at the Allstate Arena.

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    Melvin leads DePaul to 83-73 win over Providence

    DePaul coach Oliver Purnell wanted to see his team apply pressure against Providence and did his best to help Cleveland Melvin relax. Taking his coach’s advice, Melvin rebounded from a pair of subpar games to score 23 points and grab nine rebounds as the Blue Demons continually thwarted cold-shooting Providence for an 83-73 win on Saturday night.

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    Nebraska-Omaha's Jaycob Megna (8), Dominic Zombo (14) and teammates celebrate in the third period with Josh Archibald after he scored his third goal of the night against Colorado College in a hockey game Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, in Omaha, Neb. Nebraska-Omaha won 8-4. (AP Photo/The Omaha World-Herald, Mark Davis) MAGS OUT LOCAL TV OUT

    NHL, union make progress in marathon talks

    Marathon talks between the NHL and the players' association stretched deep into Saturday night and then Sunday morning after the sides stayed apart for most of the previous two days. Once federal mediator Scot Beckenbaugh convinced the fighting factions to resume face-to-face negotiations Saturday afternoon, they were able to make progress.

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    Saturday’s wrestling scoreboard
    Here are the varsity boys wrestling results from Saturday as reported to the Daily Herald.

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    Saturday’s girls gymnastics scoreboard
    Here are the varsity girls gymnastics results from Saturday's events, as reported to the Daily Herald.

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    Saturday’s girls bowling scoreboard
    Here are the varsity girls bowling results from Saturday's events, as reported to the Daily Herald.

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    Saturday’s girls basketball scoreboard
    Here are the results from Saturday's varsity girls basketball results as reported to the Daily Herald.

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    Saturday’s boys swimming scoreboard
    Here are varsity boys swimming results from Saturday's meets, as reported to the Daily Herald.

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    Saturday’s boys basketball scoreboard
    Here are the results from Saturday's varsity boys basketball results as reported to the Daily Herald.

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    Jacobsen shoots West Aurora to win

    West Aurora 73, Naperville North 68: The Blackhawks (9-8, 2-3) pushed their record over .500 with a win Saturday in Naperville.

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    Batavia rolls to easy win

    Batavia 57, Clark 33: The Bulldogs (7-8) scored 27 points in the first quarter and never looked back to continue the momentum from their third-place finish at the Elgin Holiday Tournament.

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    West Aurora battles past Naperville North

    Naperville North did an excellent job executing coach Jeff Powers' key against West Aurora — rebound that basketball. The Huskies won the board battle 33 to 22 including a whopping 18-6 margin on the offensive glass. Converting them to points was another story. West Aurora, flashing defense and hitting free throws down the stretch, beat the defending DuPage Valley Conference champions 68-56 Saturday in Naperville.

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    Lakes rallies past Grant

    Lakes' girls basketball team started off the New Year "a little sluggish and a lot sick," coach Pete Schneider said. The Eagles fell behind host Grant by a couple of points after one quarter, but rallied to win Saturday's North Suburban Prairie Division game by a 57-43 final.

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    Ouch: Last-second loss stings Grayslake North

    Seconds after his boys basketball squad lost on yet another buzzer-beater, Grayslake North coach Todd Grunloh ran to console a member of Team Grunloh. Kennedy Grunloh was crying loudly, and not because Lionel "Jr." Ortiz gave visiting Woodstock North a thrilling, 62-60 win in a Fox Valley Fox Division opener by sinking his winning shot over Kennedy's favorite player, A.J. Fish. "She fell," Grunloh said of his 3½-year-old daughter. "She must have been on the edge of her seat." Who wasn't?

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    Gentry’s 3 at buzzer lifts St. Charles East

    At 5-9, and somewhere around 145 pounds, St. Charles East sophomore point guard Cole Gentry can easily get lost in a crowd. And he did just that when St. Charles East players and students swarmed over Gentry on the court after his 25-foot buzzer beater swished through the net to topple visiting Evanston 60-57 in a non-conference clash Saturday night.

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    Carmel’s sharp, Prairie Ridge sharper at Lake Forest

    The three-time defending state champion Carmel Catholic girls gymnastics team started out 2013 with one of its best scores of the season, a 145.625. Not bad at all for a team trying to rejoin the state's elite with a mostly new crew at next month's state meet at Palatine High School. But on Saturday at Lake Forest, the Corsairs found a pair of teams ahead of them in that process as the Corsairs managed a third-place finish behind Prairie Ridge (150) and Lyons (149.675), who also posted season-best scores.

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    Naperville Central shoots down Wheaton North

    For a basketball player, there's nothing better than having a hot shooting hand. And it made all the difference as Naperville Central shot past visiting Wheaton North 77-65 on Saturday night. The Redhawks (10-4, 3-2 DuPage Valley Conference) shot 60 percent from the field in the first quarter to lead 16-13 and then hit for six 3-point baskets during the second quarter to lead 38-27 at halftime. The Falcons (5-6, 1-4) played Naperville Central tough the rest of the way, but the Redhawks held on to their lead.

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    Harvest Christian sets wins record

    The Harvest Christian boys basketball team continued its winning surge Saturday, beating Elgin Academy 57-41 in a nonconference game.The win was the eighth straight for the Lions (10-5), who set a program record for wins in a season with the victory.Jon Vislisel had 15 points and 6 rebounds, while Stuart Wolff scored 13 points and had 7 boards for Harvest, Kyle Fritz added 10 points and Dan Turpin had 9 points and 8 rebounds.Zack Bohenick led Elgin Academy with 16 points.

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    Zaumseil, Barrington measure up at Grant

    Barrington coach Bryan Tucker was quick to recall the last time standout senior Brad Zaumseil played in the Grant High School gym. "The last time he was here, I remember looking at the score book and saw he didn't score," Tucker said. "But I also remember that he was in complete control of that game. The scorebook didn't tell the story." Fast forward two years later, and the scorebook Tucker read this time looked a lot different. The point total was for Zaumseil surged, and the outcome for the Broncos was different as well. Much like his sophomore season, Zaumseil was the best player on the floor. Zaumseil scored a career-high 31 points on a blistering 10-for-17 from the field to lead Barrington in a 71-53 romp over the Bulldogs on Saturday night in nonconference play.

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    Ryan, Evansville roll past Southern Illinois 85-68

    Evansville got 26 points from Colt Ryan and had an overall strong shooting effort on Saturday night, earning an 85-68 victory over Southern Illinois.

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    Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers showed how dangerous they can be when they're at full strength Saturday night, overwhelming the Minnesota Vikings 24-10 in an NFC wild-card game that was never really close.

    Packers show off depth in 24-10 win over Vikes

    Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers showed how dangerous they can be when they're at full strength Saturday night, overwhelming the Minnesota Vikings 24-10 in an NFC wild-card game that was never really close.

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    Lesson learned, Glenbard North speeds past WW South

    Consider this lesson learned. A week after blowing a double-digit lead in a loss, Glenbard North's boys basketball team hit the throttle and never let up in a 61-48 DuPage Valley Conference win at Wheaton Warrenville South.

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    Northern Iowa defeats Illinois State 70-60
    Seth Tuttle and James Anthony scored 19 points each as Northern Iowa defeated Illinois State 70-60 on Saturday night.Marc Sonnen added 16 points for the Panthers (8-7, 1-2 Missouri Valley), who have won seven of their last 10 games at ISU.

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    Kaneland defense too much for Burlington

    In a boys basketball game in which every possession was deeply prized, Matt Limbrunner made the most of his touches.

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    Western Illinois rallies to beat IUPUI 57-53 in OT

    Ceola Clark scored 16 points as Western Illinois rallied from a 12-point halftime deficit to beat IUPUI 57-53 on Saturday night, giving the Leathernecks their best 15-game start in 54 years.

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    Waubonsie Valley rises above the fray at Prospect’s invite

    Several Prospect junior varsity bowlers had possibly the most difficult assignment at Saturday's Knight's New Year Invitational in Mount Prospect. They weren't bowling — it was a varsity tournament, after all — so their job was to fight their way through the alley-to-wall crowds at the Brunswick Zone to bring the game totals back to the scorer's booth. "It was pretty rough," said freshman Amanda Lowe, while teammate Alexis Jagus echoed that sentiment. "Crazy," said Jagus. "Just too many people." That the tourney, now in its 24th season, draws a large and enthusiastic contingent of fans from as far west as the Mississippi River and as far south as Minooka, comes as no surprise to prep bowling insiders. The 36-team invite that takes up every available lane at Brunswick draws many of the state's top teams in a scene that rivals the state tournament — and this year's meet had Waubonsie Valley in the spotlight. The Warriors dominated the proceedings, winning with a tournament-record 6,353 pins knocked down, as senior Charley Barbary also set an individual meet mark.

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    Conant earns repeat title at Leyden

    Bobby Alexander and Ben Clifford stole the show, and they got plenty of support from their Conant teammates as the Cougars earned the team championship at the 37th annual Leyden Invitational on Saturday for the second consecutive year. The Conant duo battered the competition to give coach Chad Hay reason to cheer a pair of individual champs. Nine other Cougars medaled to ensure a 27-point advantage (189.5-162.5) over runner-up Oak Forest. Stevenson, led by tourney Outstanding Wrestler Justin Weber, impressed with a third-place finish with 156.50 points.

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    Kaneland tips Burlington in OT

    Less than 24 hours after attempting just 2 free throws in a loss to Yorkville, Kaneland's girls basketball team made a concerted effort to get to the free-throw line Saturday evening. What a difference a day makes.

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    Naperville Central's Cierra Stanciel, left, looks to gather a rebound against Wheaton North on Saturday.

    Wheaton North finds second-half groove

    The Wheaton North girls basketball team knew at halftime that it needed to add a spark to its offense during Saturday afternoon's game against host Naperville Central. And did it ever. The Falcons, who trailed 27-23 at halftime, exploded for 42 points during the final two quarters to edge the Redhawks 65-62. The victory pushed Wheaton North to 12-4 overall, but more importantly kept them perfect in the DuPage Valley Conference at 5-0. Naperville Central dropped to 16-3, 3-2.

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    Girls basketball/Fox Valley roundup

    Elgin Academy 41, Harvest Christian 27: Rachel Cain had 23 points including 5 3-pointers to lead the Hilltoppers (7-7) to a nonconference win. Kylee Knox led Harvest Christian (2-12) with 12 points.CL South 44, Mundelein 32: For the second straight night, Crystal Lake South had a rough first quarter, this time falling behind 14-4, but again the Gators bounced back to earn a win. Sara Mickow had 18 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Gators (14-4), who won for the seventh straight time. Chantel Fanter added 10 points in the nonconference victory.Cary-Grove 33, McHenry 16: On Friday night in the Fox Valley Conference Valley Division, Olivia Jakubicek scored 16 points and had 6 rebounds to lead the Trojans (10-6, 3-1) to the win.

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    Palatine passes up Lake Park

    With a big test against state power Rolling Meadows this Wednesday, Palatine's girls basketball team had a warm-up exam on Saturday afternoon in Roselle. The Pirates passed with a 47-22 triumph in the nonconference event.

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    Hinsdale Central, Barrington finish 1-2 at Hinsdale South

    Hinsdale Central edged Barrington for the team championship in Hinsdale South's College Events invitational on Saturday. The Red Devils finished at 266, with Barrington close behind at 259 points. Wheaton Co-op was third (190), followed by Waubonsie Valley (174), Naperville Central (167), Lake Park (120) and Fremd (94).

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    Round Lake’s Dimitri Vytek wins his 138-pound match over St. Viator’s Enthan Jedziniak at Round Lake on Saturday.

    Things are shaping up nicely for Round Lake

    The Round Lake wrestling team could not have asked for a much better performance than what the Panthers provided Saturday. Round Lake dominated its own triple-dual meet. The Panthers opened with a 69-4 nonconference victory over St. Viator and then rolled to a 60-18 win over Nazareth Academy, before ending the day by capturing a 51-26 decision over Oak Lawn.

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    Close call, but Montini tips DeKalb in OT

    Jason Nichols' fears became reality. Montini's girls basketball coach had a feeling his team was not in the proper frame of mind for Saturday's nonconference contest with DeKalb — and he was right. However, despite not being at its best, the Daily Herald's top team still found a way to pull out a 43-38 overtime win against the Barbs in Lombard.

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    Hampshire no match for Crystal Lake Central

    Hampshire's boys basketball team scored the first 7 points and led 13-7 after 1 quarter of play Saturday night. That's about the only good news the Whip-Purs could take from the Fox Valley Conference Fox Division game at Crystal Lake Central. The host Tigers out scored Hampshire 58-20 in the final 3 quarters in cruising to an easy 65-33 victory.

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    Bears general manager Phil Emery, bottom, and team chairman George McCaskey enter the room for Monday’s news conference announcing the end of the Lovie Smith era as coach of the team.

    Credit King George with Bears’ new direction

    Full credit to Bears GM Phil Emery for seeing the disaster that was the offense, and moving on from Lovie Smith, but it's George McCaskey who has made the biggest changes because he wants to win and is willing to be different.

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    Michael Hamann of Cary-Grove competes in the 200-yard individual medley during Elk Grove’s invitational on Saturday.

    Libertyville wins at VH; C-G tops at Elk Grove

    Libertyville won the boys swimming invitational hosted by Vernon Hills, and Cary-Grove was the top finisher at Elk Grove on Saturday.

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    DeKalb lowers the boom at Rolling Meadows

    Three area wrestling teams were humbled by the firepower of DeKalb on Saturday as the Barbs overpowered Maine West, Antioch and Rolling Meadows by a combined 169-31 overall score at the annual triple dual hosted by Meadows. Dave Froehlich's injury-depleted squad went 0-3 on the day, while Antioch won a pair of close duals to finish 2-1, with Maine West going 1-2 after routing the Mustangs 54-19 in the finale for both clubs.

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    Batavia’s Mitchell Kruz quickly takes the 285 win over Schaumburg’s Ryan Cottini in the 285 pound match on Saturday, January 5.

    Batavia bounces West Aurora

    Two-hundred and 20 pounds was emblematic of the one-sided victory the Batavia wrestling team handed West Aurora. Connor McKeehan was losing for virtually the entire match against West Aurora seasoned veteran Julian Lopez. But the Bulldogs' junior, trailing by 5 points, caught Lopez in a move and suddenly terminated the match in the last half-minute. It was one of seven 6-point matches the Bulldogs chalked up during their 56-21 victory over West Aurora Saturday morning in Batavia.

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    South Elgin’s Kennede Miller (24) goes to the hoop as St. Edward’s Clarissa Ramos defends Saturday at South Elgin.

    South Elgin hangs on vs. St. Edward

    South Elgin girls basketball coach Tim Prendergast never underestimates the kind of game his team will get from St. Edward, regardless of records. And even though the Green Wave came into Saturday's nonconference game at South Elgin with just one win this season, coach Michelle Dawson's team mounted a valiant fourth-quarter comeback before falling just short as South Elgin hung on for a 46-43 win.

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    Arian Foster ran for 140 yards and a touchdown, and the Houston Texans used a stifling defensive effort for a 19-13 win over the Cincinnati Bengals on Saturday in an AFC wild-card playoff game.

    Houston beats Bengals 19-13 in wild-card playoff

    Arian Foster ran for 140 yards and a touchdown, and the Houston Texans used a stifling defensive effort for a 19-13 win over the Cincinnati Bengals on Saturday in an AFC wild-card playoff game.

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    Furious finish lifts Glenbard West at Naperville N.

    Glenbard West got off to a miserable start during Saturday's Naperville North Invite. Opening up immediately on beam, the Hilltoppers received a 9.05 from Amber Broucek and an 8.975 from Mackenzie O'Keefe, but had to count a 7.475 from Mia Conolly and a 7.425 from Abbie Garchitorena. Fortunately for the Hilltoppers, they recovered on floor and vault and then finished in tremendous fashion, snagging four of the top nine scores on bars to finish comfortably ahead of runner-up Prospect, 141.7 to 139.1.

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    Notre Dame guard Scott Martin, left, gets ready to shoot as Seton Hall guard Tom Maayan defends the second half of an NCAA college basketball game wth Notre Dame Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, in South Bend, Ind. Notre Dame won 93-74 with Martin leading all scorers with 22 points. (AP Photo/Joe Raymond)

    Martin’s 3-pointers lead No. 21 Irish to 93-74 win

    Seton Hall knew it was in for a challenge trying to slow Jack Cooley and Eric Atkins against No. 21 Notre Dame. When Scott Martin began hitting 3s over the Pirates' zone defense, they had no chance.

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    Benet tops St. Viator

    In an East Suburban Catholic Conference match on Saturday afternoon in Lisle, Benet's girls basketball team posted a 58-39 victory over St. Viator.

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    Geneva pulls away from St. Charles North

    A friend of the Geneva girls basketball team made its return Saturday at St. Charles North.

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    Naperville Central’s Victoria Trowbridge grabs a defensive rebound over Wheaton North, during girls basketball action in Naperville.

    Images: Naperville Central vs. Wheaton North girls basketball
    The Naperville Central Redhawks hosted the Wheaton North Falcons for girls basketball action on Saturday.

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    Here’s the story: Mundelein likes Torrey

    Mundelein's boys basketball team finished 2-2 in California against teams competing in the prestigious Torrey Pines Holiday Classic.

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    FILE - In this Oct. 27, 2012 file photo, Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o (5) celebrates with teammate Stephon Tuitt (7) after an interception against Oklahoma in the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game in Norman, Okla. Te'o and the Irish will play Alabama for the national championship, the highlight of this year's 35 bowl games.

    Nix, Tuitt a contrast in defensive styles for Notre Dame

    Louis Nix III is the talker. Stephon Tuitt is the thinker. Put them together, and you've got the start of quite a stout defensive line for top-ranked Notre Dame. Personality-wise, there would seem to be little that links the loquacious Nix and the church-quiet Tuitt. Yet both on and off the field, they find ways to click in just about every way imaginable — and they're generally considered the two most productive defensive linemen on an Irish team that plays No. 2 Alabama on Monday night in the BCS title game.

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    Connecticut's Breanna Stewart (30) drives to the basket while guarded by Notre Dame's Ariel Braker during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Storrs, Conn., Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013. Notre Dame won 73-72. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

    Notre Dame women shock No. 1 UConn 73-72

    Kayla McBride scored 21 points and Skylar Diggins added 19 to help No. 5 Notre Dame upset top-ranked Connecticut 73-72 on Saturday in the Big East conference opener for both teams.

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    Perry, Youngstown State edge Loyola 68-66

    Kendrick Perry hit a jump shot with 5 seconds left in the game to give Youngstown State a 68-66 victory over Loyola on Saturday.Youngstown State (9-6, 1-1 Horizon) trailed 50-36 with 14:10 left in the game before beginning its rally.Youngstown State finally took the lead 66-65 on a basket by D.J. Cole with 58 seconds remaining. Loyola’s Ben Averkamp tied it with a free throw with 40 seconds left, setting up the late sequence for Youngstown State.Damian Eargle scored 20 points and blocked six shots for Youngstown State. Perry scored 18 points and Kamrin Belin scored 13, including three 3-pointers.Averkamp led Loyola (10-4, 1-1) with 18 points. Christian Thomas and Cully Payne scored 11 points each, and Devon Turk added 10.

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    Saban, Kelly not paying attention to NFL teams

    Brian Kelly says leaving Notre Dame "isn't an option." Alabama's Nick Saban says he has no "unfinished business" in the NFL.While Oregon coach Chip Kelly ponders which NFL job — if any — he wants, the coaches getting ready to meet in the BCS championship said during media day at Sun Life Stadium that they have no interest in jumping to the pros.

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    FILE - In this July 10, 2010, file photo, Lance Armstrong throws out his water bottle in the last kilometers of the climb toward Station les Rousses, France, during the seventh stage of the Tour de France cycling race. The New York Times reported Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, that Armstrong, who has strongly denied the doping charges that led to him being stripped of his seven Tour de France titles, has told associates he is considering admitting to the use of performance-enhancing drugs. Armstrong attorney Tim Herman denied that Armstrong has reached out to USADA chief executive Travis Tygart and David Howman, director general of the World Anti-Doping Agency. (AP Photo/Bas Czerwinski, File)

    Confess? Armstrong may not have much to gain

    Lance Armstrong may be considering a change in course, dropping his years of denials and admitting that he used performance-enhancing drugs — though whether such a move would help him is uncertain.

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    Ponder out, Webb in at QB for Vikings

    Christian Ponder is inactive for Minnesota's wild-card playoff game against the Green Bay Packers because of a right elbow injury.The surprise announcement about 90 minutes before Saturday's game means Joe Webb will start at quarterback for the Vikings.

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    Hampshire hangs on against Sycamore

    If the Hampshire girls basketball shot free throws even decently Saturday afternoon, the two Jen Dumoulin had with 2 seconds remaining wouldn't have been necessary. The Whip-Purs were 9-of-23 from the foul line when Dumoulin stepped to the line in a tie game. The senior hit both free throws to lift Hampshire to a 41-39 nonconference home victory over Sycamore. "I definitely was (nervous)," said Dumoulin, who was 2-for-5 from the line before the game-winners. "I just did a quick sign of the cross."

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    St. Edward’s Chelsea Gnan, 31, puts the pressure on 34 South Elgin’s Amanda Behles, 34, during girls basketball Saturday January 5, 2013

    Images: St. Edward vs. South Elgin girls basketball
    The St. Edward Lady Wave took on the South Elgin Storm in a girls basketball matchup Saturday, January 5 in South Elgin.

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    Mississippi running back I'Tavius Mathers (5) rushes for a 62-yard touchdown as Pittsburgh defensive back Jason Hendricks (25) trails in the second half of the BBVA Compass Bowl NCAA college football game at Legion Field in Birmingham, Ala., Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013. Mississippi won 38-17. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

    Ole Miss crushes Pitt 38-17 in Compass Bowl

    Bo Wallace threw three touchdown passes and Mississippi beat Pittsburgh 38-17 in the BBVA Compass Bowl on Saturday to complete an impressive turnaround under first-year coach Hugh Freeze.

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    Illinois guard Brandon Paul (3) dunks as Ohio State guard Aaron Craft (4) looks on Saturday during the first half in Champaign.

    Illinois rebounds with 74-55 win over Buckeyes

    Brandon Paul scored 19 points and No. 11 Illinois bounced back from a tough loss in its Big Ten opener to beat No. 8 Ohio State 74-55 on Saturday. Illinois used stingy defense to shut down the Buckeyes (11-3, 1-1), who shot just 33 percent from the field and turned the ball over 16 times.

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    FILE - In this July 10, 2010, file photo, Lance Armstrong throws out his water bottle in the last kilometers of the climb toward Station les Rousses, France, during the seventh stage of the Tour de France cycling race. The New York Times reported Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, that Armstrong, who has strongly denied the doping charges that led to him being stripped of his seven Tour de France titles, has told associates he is considering admitting to the use of performance-enhancing drugs. Armstrong attorney Tim Herman denied that Armstrong has reached out to USADA chief executive Travis Tygart and David Howman, director general of the World Anti-Doping Agency. (AP Photo/Bas Czerwinski, File)

    Will Lance Armstrong admit to doping?

    Disgraced cycling champion Lance Armstrong has authorized overtures to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency about the possibility of coming forward to acknowledge his use of performance-enhancing drugs during his career and there is no current dialogue between Armstrong's camp and USADA officials, the source said.

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    Cubs closing in on deal with Dontrelle Willis

    A person familiar with the situation says the Cubs are closing in on a minor league deal with left-hander Dontrelle Willis. The person, who spoke Friday on condition of anonymity because the agreement has not been finalized, says the deal does not include an invitation to major league camp for spring training.

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    Chicago Bulls player Carlos Boozer reacts after the Miami Heat were charged with an offensive foul during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Miami, Friday, Jan. 4, 2013. The Bulls won 96-89. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

    Boozer, Bulls bag board-certified win

    We'd heard the stories, seen the pictures. But until the Bulls actually got on the floor in South Florida, it was difficult to comprehend just how bad the Miami Heat rebounds the ball. The Bulls won the battle of the boards 48-28 and beat the Heat 96-89 on Friday. “It always feels good to beat the Heat,” said Joakim Noah, who had 13 points and 12 rebounds. “And we get a night out in the city, so we're hyped right now."

Business

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    ASARCO copper smelter smokestacks near the Rio Grande in El Paso, Texas.

    West Texas group on mission to save smokestacks

    "I want them to stay as a reminder that people in a democracy can stand up like David to Goliath and win," said Daniel Arellano, a former acid plant operator who suffers from myelodysplastic syndrome, a blood and bone marrow disease, after working at the plant from 1975-1999.

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    At the biggest trade show in the Americas, which kicks off next week in Las Vegas, TV makers will be doing their best to convince you that HDTVs are old hat, and should make room for an “Ultra HDTV,” like this one from Sony.

    International CES gears up in Vegas

    Think your high-definition TV is hot stuff — as sharp as it gets? At the biggest trade show in the Americas, which kicks off next week in Las Vegas, TV makers will be doing their best to convince you that HDTVs are old hat, and should make room for "Ultra HDTV." It's the latest gambit from an industry struggling with a shift in consumer spending from TVs, PCs and single-purpose devices such as camcorders to small, portable do-it-all gadgets: smartphones and tablets.

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    Nintendo’s TVii, which comes with the new Wii U game console and its innovative GamePad touchscreen controller, transforms the GamePad by turning it into a simple remote control that operates your TV and set-top box.

    Nintendo’s TVii tops button-laden remotes

    Nintendo's TVii service transforms how you watch television in three key ways. It turns the touch-screen GamePad controller for the Wii U into a remote control for your TV and set-top box. It groups your favorite shows and sports teams together, whether it's on live TV or an Internet video service such as Hulu Plus. And it offers water-cooler moments you can chat about on social media.

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    Windows 8 is more than just the most radical makeover in the quarter-century history of Microsoft’s operating system. It’s also creating a new class of mutant personal computers.

    Windows 8’s mutant spawn invade laptop market

    Windows 8 is more than just the most radical makeover in the quarter-century history of Microsoft's operating system. It's also creating a new class of mutant personal computers. Nowhere is this clearer than in the laptop segment, where the long-dominant clamshell design is yielding to new forms: computers that bend, tilt and swivel, with touch screens that are clearly inspired by, even if they don't directly compete with, handheld tablets like Apple's iPad.

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    In 2008 and 2009, recession-strapped consumers around the world began snapping up netbooks in droves. Now, as Charles Arthur reports in the Guardian, most major PC manufacturers have stopped making these tiny machines. The last holdouts were the Taiwanese firms Acer and Asus. Both say they won’t build any netbooks in 2013.

    Why Apple Killed the netbook

    In 2008 and 2009, recession-strapped consumers around the world began snapping up netbooks in droves. They became the fastest-growing segment of the PC market, and some wild-eyed analysts were suggesting that netbook sales would soon eclipse those of desktops and regular laptops combined. That didn't happen. Over the past couple years the netbook market crashed. Now, as Charles Arthur reports in the Guardian, most major PC manufacturers have stopped making these tiny machines.

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    Disney seeks to halt bankruptcy sale of 3-D movie technology

    WILMINGTON, Del. — A Walt Disney Co. unit has asked a federal judge to block a bankruptcy court ruling that would allow another company to sell patents related to three- dimensional movies.Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Production’s rights to use the technology to convert traditional films into 3-D movies will be harmed, the company said in its appeal in U.S. District Court in Wilmington, Del.The dispute involves the shell company left in bankruptcy by the collapse of Digital Domain Media Group Inc., the provider of special effects for the movies “Transformers” and “Titanic.” That shell, known as DDMG Estate, held an auction for the patents last month that was won by RealD Inc.Disney claims it has the right to use the technology because of agreements it signed with the original patent holder in 2008 and 2009. The agreements allowed Disney to use the 3-D conversion patents on the films “Alice in Wonderland” and “G- Force.”The “G-force” agreement granted Disney the right to keep using the 3-D patents, Burbank, California-based Disney claims in its appeal.In a Dec. 10 ruling, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Brendan Linehan Shannon disagreed with Disney’s position. The dispute raised the question of whether Disney could “use that technology, gratis, in perpetuity,” Shannon said in his ruling. He ruled the company could not.After his ruling, RealD won the auction with a bid of $5.45 million and Shannon later approved the sale, which hasn’t yet closed.U.S. District Judge Sue L. Robinson agreed to hold a telephone hearing Friday so Disney can try to persuade her to overturn Shannon’s ruling and temporarily prevent DDMG from closing the sale.DDMG lawyer Debra Grassgreen, with the law firm Pachulski, Stang, Ziehl & Jones, declined to comment on Disney’s filing.The other assets of Digital Domain were sold at a separate auction in September for more than $30 million to a partnership of Chinese and Indian film companies.Digital Domain’s special-effects artists have won multiple Academy Awards, including one for the Brad Pitt movie, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.”

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    Google is pledging to license hundreds of key patents to mobile computing rivals under more reasonable terms and to curb the use of snippets from other websites in Internet search results in a settlement that ends a high-profile antitrust probe.

    6 takeaways from Google’s antitrust settlement

    Google Inc. has settled an U.S. antitrust probe that largely leaves its search practices alone. In a major win for Google, the Federal Trade Commission unanimously concluded that there is not enough evidence to support complaints from rivals that the company shows unfair bias in its search results toward its own products.

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    Manjoo: My technology new year’s resolutions

    I write about technology for a living, but tech, and the way I use it, frustrates me all the time. I'm constantly finding technology slow or annoying or buggy, and I'm always on the lookout for new ways of doing things. The turn of the calendar is a good time to implement some changes in how I use technology. I came up with five tech resolutions for the New Year. Some of these might be applicable to you, too.

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    Nielsen is partnering with Twitter to create the Nielsen Twitter TV Rating, “a syndicated-standard metric around the reach of the TV conversation on Twitter,” to be made available at the beginning of this fall’s TV season.

    Nielsen becomes a Twitter follower
    Nielsen is partnering with Twitter to create the Nielsen Twitter TV Rating, "a syndicated-standard metric around the reach of the TV conversation on Twitter," to be made available at the beginning of this fall's TV season. "Twitter commands a huge amount of public discussion in terms of social TV and social activity around TV," said Matt Anchin, senior vice president of global communications at Nielsen. "So it makes very good sense to look at the activity there."

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    Rambus barred from enforcing 12 chip patents in Micron suit

    Rambus Inc., the designer of high- speed memory chips, was barred by a judge from using 12 of its patents to demand royalties from Micron Technology Inc. because it improperly destroyed documents tied to intellectual-property litigation.U.S. District Judge Sue Robinson in Wilmington, Delaware, said yesterday the patents are unenforceable as a sanction against Rambus officials who engaged in a document-destruction campaign designed to "gain a litigation advantage" in a patent-infringement lawsuit over technology for high-speed memory chips.

Life & Entertainment

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    Lean and lovin’ it: Start the year with drug-free meat

    Consumer demand for leaner pork (as lean as chicken) may have led to drug-enhanced pork. Don Mauer learned about this from a recent Consumer Reports study. The magazine, a source I highly trust for product evaluation and information, tested pork chops and ground pork for possible bacterial contamination.

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    A direct response to behavior is best

    A 4-year-old niece often misbehaves at family gatherings. Should her aunt withhold gifts in response to this bad behavior?

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    The Swordsmen — Dirk Perfect (Douglas Mumaw), left, and Guido Crescendo (David B. Woolley) — return to Fox Valley Repertory in St. Charles Saturday.

    Weekend picks: Jesting Swordsmen return to Fox Valley Rep

    Those jesting swashbucklers Dirk Perfect and Guido Crescendo — collectively known as The Swordsmen — return to Fox Valley Repertory in St. Charles Saturday for an evening of humor and swordplay. The Lyric Opera of Chicago and The Second City present “The Second City Guide to the Opera” Saturday with celebrity co-hosts Renée Fleming and Patrick Stewart. Carlos Mencia perform his “C 4 Urself Tour” at the UP Comedy Club in Chicago tonight.

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    Seth Rogen and Barbra Streisand approach work similarly, they say, and they really became like mother and son on the set of “The Guilt Trip.”

    Streisand, Rogen bond on ‘The Guilt Trip’

    Barbra Streisand would really rather relax than star in a movie. "I like not to be bothered," she said during a recent interview. "I like to look at the ocean and swim in my pool and play with my dog and see my son." But for the director and writer of "The Guilt Trip," Streisand was the only choice to play Joyce Brewster, a loving but meddling mom who sees the bonding opportunity of a lifetime when her only son, Andy (Seth Rogen), invites her on a cross-country road trip.

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    A door handle in the shape of pi greets visitors to the new National Museum of Mathematics in New York. The museum is aimed at kids aged 8 to 13, and curators have given the place a playground feel.

    Interest in NYC’s math museum adds up

    Squealing schoolchildren ride a square-wheeled tricycle and a "Coaster Roller" that glides over plastic acorns. Downstairs, they fit monkey magnets together at the "Tessellation Station." This is how math is presented at New York City's new Museum of Mathematics, the only museum of its kind in the United States and a place where math is anything but boring.

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    Producer picks his 5 favorite marriage movies

    Barry Mendel has great taste. The longtime producer's filmography runs the gamut, from Academy Award best-picture nominees ("The Sixth Sense," "Munich") to comedies ("Rushmore," "Bridesmaids") to sci-fi ("Serenity," "Unbreakable"). He recently collaborated with writer-director Judd Apatow, whom he worked with on "Funny People," for "This Is 40." Mendel was nice enough to choose five of his favorite films about marriage.

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    In the new Disney Junior animated series “Sofia the First,” which debuts Friday, Jan. 11, Tim Gunn voices royal steward character Baileywick who helps a princess adapt to royal life after her mother marries a king.

    Gunn expands his mentoring ‘Baileywick’ to Disney

    Tim Gunn has advised divas for years on "Project Runway," so working with a princess is no big deal. In the new Disney Junior animated series "Sofia the First," which debuts Friday, Jan. 11, Gunn's royal steward character, Baileywick, helps Sofia adapt to royal life after her mother marries a king. He also guides her on developing manners, grace and an independent spirit. "I feel very comfortable in this role," he says.

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    “Family Inc.: Office-Inspired Solutions to Reduce the Chaos in Your Home (and Save Your Sanity)” by Caitlin and Andrew Friedman

    Couple offers ‘Family Inc.’ advice

    In "Family Inc.," Caitlin and Andrew Friedman, professionals who have been married for more than 10 years and are the parents of two children, argue that taking the office home with you will benefit your family life. Applying various office management strategies to the home, such as holding weekly agenda meetings for both short- and long-term goals, delegating responsibility and creating plans for dealing with unexpected hardships, will create a more harmonious family life, not only without sacrificing the tender and loving domestic relationships, but also enhancing them, primarily by reducing the amount of stress inherent in a chaotic household.

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    A woman examines niches with a flashlight as she takes a nighttime guided tour through the Presbitero Matias Maestro cemetery.

    Spend a night with the dead in Lima cemetery

    Visitors to a 54-acre cemetery just 20 blocks from Lima's presidential palace, one of Latin America's oldest, are treated to creepy tales during a three-hour, nighttime guided tour. "There have been 220,000 burials since the 19th century. Are there tormented souls?" asks tour guide Guben Chaparro. "Yes, there are souls, above all at night."

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    Guaranteed sale within an hour

    Q. In April, I put my house on the market with an asking price of $199,900. In June, I reduced the price to $179,000. As of today, I have had no offers. Currently, the house is vacant and I am paying for the insurance, pool maintenance, sewer/garbage and taxes.

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    Small association can adopt state rules regulating larger ones

    Q. We are a small common interest community association, organized as a not for profit corporation, with a very minimal and outdated declaration of covenants. Our annual assessment income budget is less than $100,000.

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    Celebrity chef Geoffrey Zakarian, right, and local developer James Ramos have teamed up to design functional, usable kitchen spaces.

    Worst mistakes people make in designing a kitchen

    Celebrity chef Geoffrey Zakarian and developer James Ramos were trying to find a place upstairs for an espresso machine. As far as Zakarian was concerned, you roll out of bed, take a spin through the bathroom, and then are ready for the morning's first cup of Joe. No need to traipse all the way down to the kitchen.

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    Common sense a key tool in inspecting older homes

    Q. The home I'm trying to sell was built around 1913 and has the usual amenities associated with an older home. The buyers' home inspector discovered problems I already knew existed. The home inspector's report included mention of a single floor joist that had been cut for a plumbing pipe under the bathroom.

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    “Frankenweenie” a stop-motion animated comedy by director Tim Burton, is new on DVD.

    DVD previews

    Movies coming out this week on DVD include "Frankenweenie" and "Hit and Run."

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    A prefabricated cabin is used as a backyard artist studio in Pasadena, Calif. The Zip model by Cabin Fever in Miami is shipped flat and can be assembled in just a few days.

    Some communities allow a cottage out back

    Something small is afoot. Backyard cottages — from 800-square-foot bungalows to Lilliputian studio cabins — are springing up behind houses in many cities, some of which have changed zoning laws to accommodate them.

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    Builder Jeff Benach and Lexington Homes recently started construction of Lexington Village at Rob Roy in Prospect Heights.

    Lexington Homes back working at Rob Roy

    Jeff Benach and his father, Ron, of Lexington Homes have decided the time is right to return to Prospect Heights and develop one long vacant parcel at Rob Roy. The company is now building Lexington Village at Rob Roy — a community of 15 townhouses using the same floor plans as those at Lexington Park in Des Plaines.

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    This lovely carnival glass bowl was made in Wheeling, W.V., by the Northwood Glass Company.

    Carnival bowls’ value varies by color, rarity

    Q. I would like your opinion on the rarity and value of this carnival glass bowl. It is marked with an underlined "N" in a circle and is in mint condition. It is 8½ inches in diameter and I believe the color is amethyst. Any information would be appreciated.

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    The truth about HECMs and upfront fees

    One of the bum raps against home equity conversion mortgages (HECMs) is that their upfront fees are too high. It is a dumb rap as well, because it is based on a comparison with standard mortgages, which aside from the fact that both are secured by a property, have very little in common.

Discuss

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    The Soapbox

    Daily Herald editors share their opinions, compliments and even some gripes.

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    Leahy’s legacy is of helping veterans
    A Springfield letter to the editor: While tributes to Mary Lee Leahy upon her recent passing appropriately lauded her 1990 U.S. Supreme Court victory over patronage in the Rutan case, her victory in the Illinois Supreme Court seven years later may have an even greater impact.

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    Pension problem hurting businesses
    A letter to the editor: Illinois has arrived at a critical crossroads and our economic future is at stake. All stakeholders, including labor, business, elected officials and taxpayers, need to come together to solve this pension crisis that threatens irreparable harm to our future.

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    Pay for the chaos if you want guns
    A Palatine letter to the editor: The outcry, "Oh, but why should I, a law-abiding gun person, pay the tax?" doesn't cut it anymore. If you support the gun industry then it's your obligation to pay for the chaos it creates, and the added security needed to protect the innocents.

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    ‘Public servants’ are rewarded richly
    An Elk Grove Village letter to the editor: They say it is the law. Who wrote this law? Now, to pay for it they are trying to cut funding for mental health care. Are we listening?

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    Beware of lies that lead to paranoia
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: When disagreement with who is in power turns into widespread paranoia from half the country, it's no wonder our country is at the great divide it currently faces.

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    We have the right to protect ourselves
    A Rolling Meadows letter to the editor: It's time that Illinois move into the 21st century and allow citizens to protect themselves and severely punish illegal gun use with real prison time. I for one don't want to be a victim; I would like the right to protect myself and family when we are outside our home.

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    Government must work for the people
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: Eliminate all public pensions and doubld-dipping deals. Let's have the government employees work for the people, both those who voted for you and those who didn't.

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    School solution: free lunch for cops
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: As with all the school weapon controversy, it is never simple. This is my first suggestion. I was an usher at a Chicago movie house. We allowed policemen into the theater free at any time, with or without being in uniform, some even with their family. They were armed.

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    The bears who don’t beat anyone
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: The judge looked perplexed and then he asked Baby Bear who he wanted to live with and he said "The Chicago Bears" because they don't beat anyone.

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