Daily Archive : Tuesday February 12, 2013


    Matthew Hudak

    Suit alleges ex-Schaumburg cops stole cash from suspect

    A Schaumburg man is suing the village and two of three police officers arrested on drug conspiracy charges last month, claiming they conspired to illegally search his property and stole more than $2,000 from his grandmother's home. Kelley Altom is seeking undisclosed compensatory and punitive damages in the federal lawsuit stemming from his 2011 arrest by former Schaumburg officers Matthew Hudak...

    Bruce Kaplan, left, and Mark Kownick are candidates in the race for Cary village president.

    Cary candidate claims opponent has confict of interest

    Mark Kownick, who is running to become Cary's next village president, doubts the ability of his opponent, Bruce Kaplan, to represent fairly represent the village, pointing to Kaplan's real estate interests in the village. “My concern is that there's a conflict of interest," Kownick said. Kaplan, a trustee, said his job has never been a problem in the past and will not be in the future if...

    Christopher Dorner, a former Los Angeles officer, who was fired from the LAPD in 2008 for making false statements, is linked to a weekend killing in which one of the victims was the daughter of a former police captain who had represented him during the disciplinary hearing, authorities said.

    AP source: Dorner's license found in burned cabin

    Police scoured mountain peaks for days, using everything from bloodhounds to high-tech helicopters in their manhunt for a revenge-seeking ex-cop. They had no idea he was hiding among them, holed up in a vacation cabin across the street from their command post. It was there that Christopher Dorner apparently took refuge last Thursday, four days after beginning his deadly rampage. The search ended...

    The Cook County medical examiner said that Urooj Khan was fatally poisoned with cyanide July 20, 2012, a day after he collected nearly $425,000 in lottery winnings.

    Poisoned lotto winner's brother sought more tests

    The brother of a Chicago man poisoned with cyanide shortly after winning the lottery said Monday he is the family member who asked authorities to reconsider the initial finding that his sibling had died of natural causes. Imtiaz Kahn said he had nightmares about his brother before his death and that his suspicions about the death lead him to push coroner's officials to conduct more tests. Urooj...

    “We need to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and those who are mentally unstable,” Sen. Richard Durbin, said in a brief interview Monday, Feb. 11, 2013. “I hope everyone will acknowledge what within our Constitution is not only an individual right to bear arms, but the collective right of Americans to be safe.”

    Durbin says new federal gun limits needed

    The plague of gun violence makes it plain that current firearms restrictions are insufficient and new federal limits are needed, Sen. Dick Durbin said Tuesday at a Senate hearing on gun control. "There are too many families who now face an empty seat at the dinner table" because of gun violence, said Durbin.


    Terre Haute to post armed officers in its schools

    School officials in Terre Haute are moving ahead with plans to post police officers with full arrest powers inside all of the western Indiana city's schools. City officials and members of the Vigo County School Corp. announced the plans Monday to post armed officers in 12 city schools.


    Wounded Ill. soldier Durbin’s guest for speech

    A Purple Heart recipient from Illinois will be the guest of Assistant U.S. Sen. Majority Leader Dick Durbin at the State of the Union address. Sgt. 1st Class Pedro Ortiz-Roman from Chicago will join the Illinois Democrat for President Barack Obama's fifth annual address before Congress.


    No bail for two gang members held in honor student's death

    A judge has ordered two gang members held without bail in the death of a 15-year-old Chicago honor student. Cook County Judge Israel Desierto on Tuesday ordered 18-year-old Michael Ward and 20-year-old Kenneth Williams held. The two men are charged with first-degree murder in the Jan. 29 death of Hadiya (hy-DEE'-uh) Pendleton. The girl was shot dead just days after she performed at events for...

    President Barack Obama called for raising the federal minimum wage to $9 an hour and warned he'll use executive powers to get his way on issues from climate change to manufacturing if Congress doesn't act, laying out an assertive second-term agenda sure to provoke Republicans.

    Obama: Nation stronger; GOP should back plans

    Uncompromising and politically emboldened, President Barack Obama urged a deeply divided Congress Tuesday night to embrace his plans to use government money to create jobs and strengthen the nation's middle class. He declared Republican ideas for reducing the deficit “even worse” than the unpalatable deals Washington had to stomach during his first term.

    John Zaruba

    Cronin: Jury award 'a real black eye' for sheriff's office

    DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin says sheriff John Zaruba must be held accountable after a federal jury returned a $1 million verdict for a deputy who argued she was denied a promotion because of political favoritism. "This is a real black eye for that office, and it casts a shadow on all county offices," Cronin said Tuesday.

    Volunteers place sandbags around Gurnee Grade School in 2007.

    Path cleared for purchase, demolition of Gurnee school

    A milestone involving the flood prone Gurnee Grade School was reached Tuesday bringing a sense of relief to various entities that have worked for years to solve the problem. The Lake County Board unaimously authorized the purchase of the Gurnee Grade School and surrounding property for $2.76 million, clearing the way for demolition of the old school just west of the Des Plaines River.


    U-46 to test 3,000 students for gifted services

    More than 3,000 third-graders will be tested this week and next for inclusion in the Elgin Area School District U-46 gifted and talented programs. This is the first year since 2004 the district has screened all third-graders. Patrick Mogge, director of school and community relations, said the district universally screened its third-grade students prior to 2004, when there was state funding...


    Panel debates Naperville voter district referendum

    A DuPage County circuit judge is a little more than a week away from ruling whether a controversial Naperville referendum question can remain on the ballot. But that didn’t stop Naperville residents from discussing the pros and cons of a proposed referendum to overturn a 2010 measure approved by voters that ordered the city to move toward a combination of at-large and district representation by...

    6th District Congressman and GOP Chief Deputy Whip Rep. Peter Roskam

    Local members see some hope for bipartisanship in State of the Union

    While the State of the Union address is an annual opportunity for political posturing on both sides of the aisle, some hopes for bipartisanship quietly and subtly emerged in the thoughts and statements of suburban members of Congress in attendance Tuesday.


    Schaumburg to create area for private beekeepers

    Schaumburg has already won several awards for its efforts toward environmental sustainability, but will now try to provide a safe haven for the ecologically important but threatened honey bee. Trustees Tuesday gave the green light to start the review process for a “community bee yard” on a vacant piece of village-owned land just southeast of Our Saviour’s United Methodist Church on Plum Grove...

    Jamal Sharifpour

    State wants repeat sex offender who fled country committed

    The Illinois Attorney General's Office wants a 41-year-old former West Dundee man, who was convicted of trying to rape two different women, to be classified as a sexually violent person and held by the state's Department of Human Services indefinitely after his release from prison on Monday. Jamal Sharifpour was when 18 when charged with attacking the women in 1998. One of the women had her ankle...

    Musician Ted Nugent, an outspoken gun rights advocate, listens to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address during a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill Tuesday.

    Signs of unity in a divided Congress

    President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday night produced fleeting moments of bipartisanship in a divided Congress. Republicans sat with Democrats. Republicans hugged Democrats. Republicans even warmly greeted a Democratic president.


    Elgin mulch fire extinguished after 2-day battle

    A fire that began burning Sunday evening at an Elgin composting company required attention from more than 100 firefighters before being put out Tuesday afternoon.

    Carolyn Murray holds a photo of her slain son Justin during President Barack Obama’ State of the Union address during a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington Tuesday.

    Analysis: Obama isn’t in the mood for compromise

    President Barack Obama had a simple message for Republicans in Congress: Do it my way. Forget about shutting down the government to force spending cuts, he told the GOP in Tuesday night’s State of the Union address. Don’t think about defaulting on the debt and, while you’re at it, close tax loopholes. Clearly, Obama wasn’t in a mood to compromise.

    President Barack Obama, flanked by Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, delivers his State of the Union address during a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington Tuesday.

    Text of Obama’s State of the Union address

    The text of President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address, released by the White House as prepared for delivery.

    President Barack Obama gestures toward Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio before giving his State of the Union address during a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington Tuesday.

    FACT CHECK: Overreaching in State of Union speech

    President Barack Obama did some cherry-picking Tuesday night in defense of his record on jobs and laid out a conditional path to citizenship for illegal immigrants that may be less onerous than he made it sound. A look at some of the claims in his State of the Union speech, a glance at the Republican counterargument and how they fit with the facts:


    Aurora to implement free parking, remove meters downtown

    Parking in downtown Aurora will be meter-free later this year under a new parking plan the city council approved Tuesday night. The plan does away with the meters that have regulated parking in the central business district for decades and implements a color-coded system that allows free parking for 90 minutes or two, three, six or 10 hours. "This is a positive thing for the downtown image," said...

    Revelers show off their costumes as they march through the Bywater section of New Orleans during the Society of Saint Anne walking parade during Mardi Gras day Tuesday.

    Raindrops, gloomy skies can’t stop Mardi Gras

    Despite threatening skies, the Mardi Gras party carried on as thousands of costumed revelers cheered glitzy floats with make-believe monarchs in an all-out bash before Lent. In the French Quarter, as usual, Fat Tuesday played out with all its flesh and raunchiness. Crowds were a little smaller than recent years, perhaps influenced by the forecast of rain. Still, parades went off as scheduled even...

    From left: Patricia Kelly; Ted Lonis and Kevin Wallace.

    Bartlett mayoral candidates talk taxes

    Two of the three Bartlett mayoral candidates say they would thoroughly review the village's new utility taxes to see how necessary they really are, while the third candidate says she considers the taxes, reluctantly, to be the right thing to do.

    A small boat belonging to the Coast Guard Cutter Vigorous patrols near the cruise ship Carnival Triumph in the Gulf of Mexico, Feb. 11, 2013. A second tug boat reached the disabled cruise ship that had been drifting without power in the Gulf of Mexico since a weekend fire and was helping tow it Tuesday toward an Alabama port, the Coast Guard said.

    Stranded cruise passengers facing dirty conditions

    The head of Carnival Cruise Lines said Tuesday his company was working hard to ensure the thousands of passengers stranded on a disabled ship in the Gulf of Mexico were as comfortable as possible while the vessel was being towed to port in Alabama. The reassurances were in sharp contrast to what some passengers have told relatives about dirty and hot conditions aboard the ship.

    Clockwise from upper left: Ken Brady; Bill Hein; Mary Krueger; Greg Stavros and Mary Papantos.

    Wheeling candidates debate how to get local economy moving

    The five candidates for Wheeling Village Board say the next four years must bring increased business development and economic improvements to the village. Some are suggesting it may be time to give up on Urban R2, the developer of the town center, and find another developer to do the job.

    South Korean army soldiers patrol along barbed-wire fences at the Imjingak Pavilion, near the demilitarized zone of Panmunjom, in Paju, South Korea, Tuesday. North Korea tested a nuclear device in defiance of U.N. orders to stop building atomic weapons earlier in the day.

    North Korea conducts third controversial nuke test

    Defying U.N. warnings, North Korea on Tuesday conducted its third nuclear test in the remote, snowy northeast, taking a crucial step toward its goal of building a bomb small enough to be fitted on a missile capable of striking the United States. North Korea said the atomic test was merely its "first response" to what it called U.S. threats.

    Chuck Hagel — Republican, twice-wounded Vietnam combat veteran and former Nebraska senator — cleared his first major hurdle in his bid to become the nation’s defense secretary when a bitterly divided Senate Armed Services Committee approved his nomination.

    Senate panel approves Hagel for Pentagon chief

    A bitterly divided Senate panel on Tuesday approved President Barack Obama's nomination of Chuck Hagel to be the nation's defense secretary in a rancorous session at which Republican questioned the former GOP senator's truthfulness and challenged his patriotism.


    Lake Villa Township hosts job fair:

    Lake Villa Township hosts a job fair from 2 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14 at its west campus (formerly known as Gavin North), 37850 N. Route 59, Lake Villa.

    The fate of the historic McKee House near Glen Ellyn won’t be decided until after an architectural firm calculates how much it would cost to restore the building.

    Study of historic DuPage house planned

    DuPage Forest Preserve Commission is planning to seek a second opinion on how much it would cost to restore a historic building at Churchill Woods Forest Preserve. Forest preserve staff previously determined that it would cost between $350,000 and $750,000 to fix the McKee House and another structure at the preserve along St. Charles Road near Glen Ellyn.


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    More moves at Avon Township:


    United Way needs volunteers:

    The United Way of Lake County is seeking volunteers to assist at upcoming kindergarten registrations in Waukegan and Round Lake.


    D56 Black History program:

    Gurnee Elementary District 56 hosts its second annual Black History Month Program on Thursday, Feb. 21 starting at 6:15 p.m. The program will be at Prairie Trail School, 13600 W. Wadsworth Road, Wadsworth.


    More moves at Avon Township:

    Avon Township officials appointed a new deputy clerk during a meeting Monday. Cathy deGroh received the nod for the position.


    Grand Victoria to give presentation in Elgin

    In the wake of last month's discussion about allowing video gambling in Elgin, representatives of Grand Victoria Casino scheduled a presentation to the city council's committee of the whole on Wednesday. Casino general manager Jim Thomason will give the presentation, a casino spokeswoman said. Casino officials did not answer questions about the topic of the presentation.


    Fox Valley police reports
    A man reported being attacked by two unknown men at about 3:15 a.m. Saturday in the 100 block of Symphony Way, Elgin police said. The victim said the attackers made derogatory comments about Puerto Ricans. The victim was bleeding from the temple and mouth but refused medical attention.

    Edward Bugg

    5 candidates share passion, offer different ideas for Aurora’s Ward 9

    Five candidates who say they're passionate about the largely bedroom community on Aurora's far southeast side have stepped forward seeking to lead Ward 9. Four of them will remain on the ballot after the Feb. 26 primary election cuts one from the race. Those seeking to represent Ward 9 each offer a different perspective on how to strengthen, beautify, connect and revitalize the area.

    Lady Gaga postponed her two Chicago shows, citing "severe inflammation of the joints."

    Lady Gaga postpones two Chicago shows

    Lady Gaga announced her two concerts scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday at the United Center are canceled. Live Nation Global Touring says Gaga is suffering from "severe inflammation of the joints" known as "synovitis."


    Tri-Cities police reports
    A Sector 9 longboard and a World Industry snowboard were stolen between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday out of an unlocked garage in the 700 block of Maple Lane, Geneva police said.


    Schaumburg public works director retires

    Schaumburg's Director of Engineering & Public Works Steve Weinstock officially retired from the village last week and has been succeeded by interim director Anne Marie Gaura, the former village manager of Montgomery. There is no clear time frame for the hiring of a permanent department head and that the position had not yet been advertised, a village official said.


    Elgin council to discuss local workers requirement

    In an effort to increase employment opportunities for residents, the Elgin City Council's committee of the whole plans to discuss requiring contractors to employ Elginites for at least 10 percent of work hours conducted for city contracts of $100,000 or more, city officials said.

    James “Pate” Philip State Park in Bartlett could be closed Monday if the three governmental agencies responsible for the site can’t come to an agreement on a new operating agreement.

    DuPage might refuse to open state park

    James "Pate" Philip State Park is facing temporary closure unless the agencies sharing responsibilities and funding for the park can come to terms on a new operating agreement. An agreement is set to expire on Monday between the DuPage County Forest Preserve District, Illinois Department of Natural Resources and Bartlett Park District dealing with the operation of the state park, which is in...

    Mario and Judy Abruscato

    Mario Abruscato’s sense of fun won him many friends

    Funeral services will be held Wednesday for Mario Abruscato, the husband of Wheeling Village President Judy Abruscato, who is being remembered Tuesday as a man who liked to tell a joke and earned the affection of most everyone he met.


    ISU says it has suspect in custody after lockdown
    Illinois State University police say they have a suspect in custody after an earlier lockdown. Illinois State University police had alerted students and the public to a man with a gun seen on the campus in Normal.

    Paul Gordon

    Glen Ellyn Dist. 41 picks new superintendent

    The chief academic officer of a K-12 school district covering 52 schools in suburban Denver will become the new superintendent of Glen Ellyn Elementary District 41 effective July 1. Paul Gordon, 45, who now oversees academic affairs in Adams 12 Five Star Schools in Westminster, Colo., was named Monday to the top administrative post in the Glen Ellyn district, which encompasses four elementary...

    Tim Kelly works for Liberty Tax Service and has no problems trying to get motorists engaged when he’s in costume along the roadside.

    Boosting business, having fun: the guy in the Statue of Liberty costume

    If you drive up and down the Randall Road corridor any time during tax season, you've probably seen Tim Kelly or one of his co-workers waving at you from the side of the road. Kelly is one of a handful of part-time employees at Liberty Tax Service centers in the area who don the flowing gown and foam crown each winter, posing as the Statue of Liberty in hopes of drawing customers into the tax...

    Revelers dance in the street as rain starts to fall on Mardi Gras day in the Faubourg Marigny section of New Orleans, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013.

    Images: Mardi Gras
    Images of Mardi Gras celebrations. The Tuesday prior to Ash Wednesday, Mardi Gras- "Fat Tuesday" in French, is cause for celebration as the last day before the ritual fasting of the religious Lenten season. The City of New Orleans is often associated with Mardi Gras celebrations, as well as Rio de Janeiro and Quebec City.

    Commuters on Santa Monica Boulevard on the Westside of Los Angeles see a digital billboard displaying a large “wanted” poster for former Los Angeles police Officer Christopher Dorner. Dorner is suspected in a spree of violence as part of a vendetta against law enforcement after being fired by the department. Dorner’s alleged killing spree hasn’t just terrorized a large section of the country — it has captured people’s imagination and attention.

    Life imitates film in story of vengeful LA ex-cop

    It sounds like the plot line to a movie: He's a former LA cop on a violent, rage-filled rampage who will stop at nothing for revenge. Instead, police say, it is the latest real-life crime story to grip Southern California, a place where fiction frequently blurs with reality and pop culture often plays larger than the truth.

    Despite lukewarm reviews of last year’s show, Hoffman Estates officials moved closer Monday to awarding the fireworks contract for this year’s Northwest Fourth Fest to the same company. In recognition of last year’s failures, the company is promising the village a $45,000 show for $39,000 this year.

    Hoffman Estates closer to choosing fireworks provider

    Despite one village trustee's push to re-examine four fireworks bids for this year's Northwest Fourth Fest, the village board's Finance Committee moved forward Monday with a plan to award the contract to the same firm that put on last year's often criticized show. The contract, which will go to the village board for possible approval next week, would give the 30-minute show to Melrose...

    President Barack Obama will use his State of the Union address to call for more spending on infrastructure and manufacturing, while also announcing the withdrawal of 34,000 U.S. troops from Afghanistan within a year.

    Obama to stress jobs, Afghan war troop withdrawal

    Still hampered by the vulnerable economy, President Barack Obama is using his State of the Union address to appeal for new spending to create jobs while also pledging to cut the federal deficit, in part by raising taxes — issues Republicans are likely to oppose.

    Rivers Casino in Des Plaines, which opened July 18, 2011, is the state’s highest grossing casino. Candidates for Des Plaines’ open mayor’s seat say the city should take steps to protect Rivers revenues.

    Casino revenues a hot topic in Des Plaines mayoral race

    Protecting Rivers Casino gambling revenues, prioritizing what city projects to spend casino money on, and deciding whether to allow video gambling in town are three important issues the next mayor of Des Plaines likely will tackle. With no incumbent in the race, the three hopefuls vying for the mayor's office April 9 are former mayor Tony Arredia, and two sitting aldermen, Matt Bogusz of the 3rd...

    Bank photo of NIles robbery suspect

    Police: Elderly Niles bank robber hoped to get caught

    Authorities say a 73-year-old ex-convict told investigators he became accustomed to life in prison and wanted to get caught when he robbed a Niles bank so he could live his final years behind bars. A federal complaint says Walter Unbehaun walked into the Niles bank with a pistol and used the stickup line that he had just months to live. He wore no disguise during Saturday's heist that netted him...

    Jaime Maldonado, a valet at Rivers Casino in Des Plaines, donated a kidney to casino patron Timothy Brennan of Elmhurst. “He's family,” Brennan said.

    Casino valet donates kidney to regular customer

    For a year and a half, Timothy Brennan has been a regular at Rivers Casino in Des Plaines, faithfully playing the slots with the hope of winning big. Brennan recently hit the jackpot. But it was something more valuable than all the money the casino could ever pay out — a kidney donated by casino valet employee Jaime Maldonado. "I just couldn't catch a break ... and here this angel comes...


    Synagogue plans move to Wheeling, will occupy former library building

    Shir Hadash, a Reconstructionist Jewish synagogue, will move to Wheeling this summer, Rabbi Eitan Weiner-Kaplow said this week following approval by the village board. The congregation, which has offices in Northbrook and holds services and events at various sites on the North Shore, will purchase the building at 200 W. Dundee Road, across the street from village hall. The building formerly was...

    Jorgen Poulsen of Sandwich takes a break from working on a cottonwood bark carving to talk with a visitor at his display at a previous Winter Wood Wonders Festival.

    Winter Wood Wonders Festival comes to Kane fairgrounds

    Many people stop by the Winter Wood Wonders carving show at the Kane County Fairgrounds just looking for something different to do indoors on a cold winter day. "They're not expecting much," carver Bob Mau said. "A lot of people come in and they're bored. Then they wander around and they're just shocked at what they see. "They say to me, Wow, this is good stuff and...


    Suburban schools could get more money in proposed budget

    Elgin Area School District U-46 would have had $7.55 million more this year had the state paid its full per-pupil aid amount. Under a proposed budget by the Illinois State Board of Education, next year U-46 and all other districts would see the money state statute says they're owed. But that'd be an $875 million increase in the 2014 education budget over this year's allocation. And it's up to...


    West Aurora High School, district sued over 2009 expulsion

    A former West Aurora student is suing a teacher, the district and school board, saying he was wrongly expelled after a teacher confiscated his cellphone. Alexander Contini says he did not shove a teacher nor yank the teacher's arm and that a surveillance video proves his innocence. He seeks more than $50,000 damages for defamation, conspiracy and emotional distress. A District 129 official said...


    Illinois gets $12m federal grant to house disabled
    Illinois is getting nearly $12 million from the federal government to pay for housing for the disabled. Gov. Pat Quinn and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development representatives announced the funding on Tuesday in Chicago. Quinn's office says the award money will make up to 825 apartments statewide affordable for the disabled and those with special needs.

    Pope Benedict XVI shocked the Catholic Church by resigning Monday. Here are newspaper pages from around the world.

    Images: Front pages of pope's resignation

    With a few words in Latin, Pope Benedict XVI did what no pope has done in more than half a millennium, stunning the world by announcing his resignation Monday and leaving the already troubled Catholic Church to replace the leader of its 1 billion followers by Easter. Here are how newspapers from around the world handled the story.


    ‘Biggest Loser’ contestants to speak at Glacier

    Jerry and Estella Hayes, the oldest couple to compete on the "Biggest Loser," will speak at Glacier Ice Rink, 670 Lakeview Pkwy in Vernon Hills, on Saturday, Feb. 16, at 11 a.m.

    Kevin Woodside

    Gurnee police, Woodland schools join forces on video

    Gurnee police and Woodland Elementary District 50 are combining forces to produce a video on school safety.

    Educator Rita Famera teaches during the A-List diabetes prevention program run by the Center for Diabetic Wellness at Provena Mercy Medical Center in Aurora.

    Provena Mercy offers free program to those at risk for diabetes

    Provena Mercy Medical Center has long had an education program for people living with diabetes. But with growing numbers of people dfeveloping Type 2 diabetes, Provena last year launched the area's first diabetes provention program, "A-List: Achieving Good Heath."

    Frank Bart, left, and Mark Knigge are running for mayor in Wauconda.

    Wauconda candidates copied answers on DH questionnaire

    Wauconda Mayor Mark Knigge and his "United Wauconda" slate of trustee hopefuls gave identical or nearly identical answers to five of eight questions on the Daily Herald's latest candidate questionnaires. Members of the opposition "One Wauconda" slate led by mayoral hopeful Frank Bart shared answers with each other, too.

    U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice speaks at a news conference after the U.N. Security Council held an emergency meeting on North Korea’s nuclear test on Tuesday morning at U.N. headquarters, Tuesday Feb. 12, 2013.

    Obama pledges swift reaction to North Korea nuclear test

    President Barack Obama reacted sharply to North Korea's nuclear test Tuesday, promising swift international action to bring the rogue communist regime in line. "The danger posed by North Korea's threatening activities warrants further swift and credible action by the international community," Obama said in a statement early Tuesday.


    3 GOP senators press Obama for answers on Libya

    Three Republican senators are asking President Barack Obama whether he spoke to any Libyan government official during the deadly assault on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, last September.

    Law enforcement officials and investigators gather outside the New Castle County Courthouse in Wilmington, Del. on Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, after three people died Monday morning in a shooting at a courthouse, including the shooter, authorities said.

    Delaware courthouse gunman was ex-father-in-law

    Authorities have confirmed that the gunman in a Delaware courthouse shooting that left three dead was the former father-in-law of one of the victims.


    Senate heads toward vote on anti-violence act

    The Senate on Tuesday is expected to put aside its partisan divisions to approve a renewal of the Violence Against Women Act, a law credited with protecting millions of victims of domestic violence over its 20-year history.


    Volunteers needed for Big Ten tournament

    Volunteers are needed for the Big Ten women's basketball tournament, which is taking place March 7-10 at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates. Positions include ushers, floor managers, court sweepers, media hospitality, team check-ins, game official hosts, equipment assistants and more.

    The historic Ogletree Alumni House on the University of Southern Mississippi campus shows heavy damaged Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, the day after an evening tornado ripped through the University of Southern Mississippi and surrounding areas in Hattiesburg, Miss.

    More rain could complicate Miss. twister cleanup

    Rain, thunderstorms and a slight risk of new tornadoes could complicate work Tuesday to clean up debris strewn across southern Mississippi by a tornado whose severe destruction left residents marveling that no one had died.


    Jury awards $1 million to DuPage deputy

    A federal jury awarded a $1 million settlement Monday to a DuPage County deputy who filed suit against the county and Sheriff John Zaruba. The jury agreed that politics played a part in the lack of promotions Susan Lakics received over the years.

    Dan Goodwin

    Former DuPage Airport board chairman reflects on tenure

    The DuPage Airport was facing serious problems a decade ago when Dan Goodwin took the helm of the board overseeing the authority. The airport in West Chicago was $23 million in debt and operating at a loss. DuPage County Board members had even accused the authority of running a "scam" on the taxpayers and were calling on the airport to stop collecting property taxes. For Goodwin, it's the right...

    Musician and gun rights activist Ted Nugent, who has referred to President Barack Obama’s administration as “evil, America-hating,” was invited to attend Tuesday’s State of the Union address by Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas.

    GOP congressman invites Ted Nugent to Obama speech

    A Republican congressman says he's invited rocker Ted Nugent, who has referred to President Barack Obama's administration as "evil, America-hating," to the State of the Union address.


    NY town sued for banning ‘frack’ talk at meetings

    ALBANY, N.Y. — Two environmental groups are suing an upstate New York town for banning discussion of natural gas drilling and fracking at town board meetings.A lawsuit filed Tuesday by the Natural Resources Defense Council and Catskill Citizens for Safe Energy claims the Broome County town of Sanford is violating residents’ First Amendment rights to free speech.

    This image taken from video obtained from Ugarit News, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows Syrian rebels at Jarrah airfield in Aleppo province, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013. Rebels captured a military air base in northern Syria on Tuesday, their second major strategic victory in as many days, activists said.

    Rebels capture air base in northern Syria

    Rebels captured a military air base in northern Syria on Tuesday, their second major strategic victory in as many days, activists said.

    South Korean army soldiers patrol along a barbed-wire fence at the Imjingak Pavilion, near the demilitarized zone of Panmunjom, in Paju, South Korea, Tuesday. South Korea is confirming that North Korea has tested a nuclear device in defiance of U.N. orders to stop building atomic weapons.

    North Korea conducts third controversial nuke test

    Defying U.N. warnings, North Korea on Tuesday conducted its third nuclear test in the remote, snowy northeast, taking a crucial step toward its goal of building a bomb small enough to be fitted on a missile capable of striking the United States. The underground test, which set off powerful seismic waves, drew immediate condemnation from Washington, the U.N. and others.

    A statuette depicting Pope Benedict XVI carrying a suitcase and holding up a sign reading in German “Auf Wiedersehen” (goodbye), is seen in a shop in Naples, Italy, Feb. 12, 2013. Benedict XVI on Monday announced that he will resign on Feb. 28 — the first pontiff to do so in nearly 600 years.

    Retiring pope faces uncharted territory

    For months, construction crews have been renovating a four-story building attached to a monastery on the northern edge of the Vatican gardens. Only a handful of Vatican officials knew it would one day be Pope Benedict XVI's retirement home. From a new name to this new home to the awkward reality of having a reigning pope and a retired one, Benedict is facing uncharted territory as he becomes the...

    Mike Conlin and his wife, Shawn Conlin, of Moweaqua in Decatur. The couple are heading to boot camp for a week to get a taste of what itís like to be Marines at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego.

    Teachers delve into Marine experience

    The few. The proud. The teachers? The Marine Corps, always out front in the battle to win hearts and minds, has come up with a kind of "Semper Fi High" program to educate educators about the process of turning kids into Marines. And two of its latest recruits are Mike Conlin, the athletic director and careers teacher at Central A&M High School in Moweaqua, and his wife, Shawn Conlin, who teaches...


    2 charged for allegedly arranging sham marriages
    Two Chicago-area residents have been charged in an alleged scam to arrange fake marriages to thwart immigration laws.


    TIMELINE: North Korea’s pursuit of nuclear weapons

    North Korea conducted its third nuclear test Tuesday, the latest step in a years-long effort to develop nuclear weapons. Experts believe the country remains far from having a nuclear-armed missile that could threaten the United States, which would require an accurate long-range rocket and a nuclear warhead that could be mounted on it. Here is a look at North Korea’s progress so far:1998:

    Associated Press President Barack Obama will announce in his State of the Union address that 34,000 U.S. troops will be home from Afghanistan within a year, two people familiar with his remarks said Tuesday.

    Obama to announce 34K troops to be home in 1 year

    President Barack Obama will announce in his State of the Union address that 34,000 U.S. troops will be home from Afghanistan within a year, two people familiar with his remarks said Tuesday. That's about half the U.S. forces currently serving there, and marks the next phase in the administration's plans to formally finish the war by the end of 2014.


    Chicago woman dies after fall from SUV on highway

    Investigators are trying to figure out what happened to a Chicago woman who died after falling from an SUV on the Bishop Ford Freeway and being struck by at least one other vehicle. Authorities say 27-year-old Jennifer Mitchell was pronounced dead on the scene along the highway in the south Chicago suburb of Dolton early Tuesday.

    The former Sheraton at Arlington Downs as it looks today with some progress being done on it and the water park.

    Dawn Patrol: Walsh child support claims; DuPage deputy awarded $1 million

    Joe Walsh denies child support allegations; DuPage sheriff's deputy awarded $1 million; Schaumburg man charged with attempted murder; Dist. 300 teacher earns top honor; Arlington Downs project to get under way; Round Lake District 116 details restructuring plans; Bulls fall to Spurs.

    A $6.3 million renovation project at the Village Links of Glen Ellyn could take longer to complete than expected, officials said Monday. The 18-hole course last underwent renovations in 2004.

    No big delay expected in Glen Ellyn course renovations

    A $6.3 million renovation project at a village-owned golf course in Glen Ellyn could take a little longer to complete than expected, but not by much, officials said Monday. Work crews began making upgrades in September to the Village Links of Glen Ellyn, at 485 Winchell Way, following village board approval of the project. The targeted completion date remains May 31, but right now that date is...


    Coach Pokey Chatman received a multi-year contract extension Tuesday from the Chicago Sky. Her assistant coaches, Christie Sides and Jeff House, were also re-signed.

    Sky gives Chatman vote of confidence with contract extension

    In our high-tech, fast-food culture, instant results are expected everywhere — including the sports world. And yet, even though Chicago Sky coach Pokey Chatman hasn’t choreographed an immediate about-face for the franchise over her first two seasons, she’s been able to quickly gain the confidence of the front office.


    Benet survives 'gut check'

    Benet and Wheaton Academy each benefitted by Tuesday's boys basketball game.

    Viktor Fasth made two stops in the shootout to remain perfect in six starts and the Anaheim Ducks beat the Blackhawks 3-2 on Tuesday night in a matchup of the top two teams in the Western Conference.

    Blackhawks fall to Ducks 3-2 in shooutout

    Viktor Fasth made two stops in the shootout to remain perfect in six starts and the Anaheim Ducks beat the Blackhawks 3-2 on Tuesday night in a matchup of the top two teams in the Western Conference.

    Bears wide receiver Johnny Knox breaks away on a kick return during a win 17-14 over the Steelers.

    Bears release wide receiver Johnny Knox

    In the strongest indication yet that wide receiver Johnny Knox' football career is over, the Bears terminated his contract on Tuesday. It's been well over a year since the 26-year-old Knox absorbed a gruesome hit from Seahawks defensive end Anthony Hargrove on Dec. 18, 2011. The tackle bent the spindly Knox backward at the waist, causing structural, ligament and nerve damage in his back and necessitating spinal fusion surgery.

    Ernesto Lara celebrates with Banana Joe, an affenpinscher, who won Best in Show, during the 137th Westminster Kennel Club dog show, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

    Banana Joe the affenpinscher wins Westminster

    Banana Joe is America's top dog. The affenpinscher with the monkeylike face and wagging tail was picked as best in show Tuesday night at the Westminster Kennel Club. The 5-year-old earned his 86th best in show, a day before he was set to fly back to the Netherlands with his owner.

    The Blackhawks' Brandon Saad goes airborne and shoots past Ducks defenseman Toni Lydman as the Hawks' Jonathan Toews and the Ducks' Emerson Etem watch during the second period Tuesday night. After a review, Saad was credited with the goal to give the Hawks a 2-1 lead.

    Hawks fall, but not in regulation

    The Blackhawks didn't win Tuesday night at the United Center, but they remained unbeaten in regulation with a 3-2 loss to the Anaheim Ducks in a shootout. Nick Bonino and Corey Perry beat Hawks goalie Corey Crawford in the shootout, while Patrick Kane and Brandon Saad were stopped by Viktor Fasth after a goal from Jonathan Toews. “It's just so frustrating right now,” Crawford said. “But we definitely did a lot of good things tonight.”


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


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


    Boyd, Elk Grove power past Downers South

    Elk Grove’s girls basketball team will get one more game on its home court this season. Coach Kathie Swanson’s Grenadiers received a game-high 24 points from senior forward Diamond Boyd in a 48-27 victory over No. 12 Downers Grove South.

    Laura Stoecker/lstoecker@dailyherald.com Batavia's Miranda Grizaffi, Sami Villarreal, Grace Andrews and Liza Fruendt collect themselves after their loss to St. Charles in the 4A regional on Tuesday, February 12.

    St. Charles East ousts Batavia

    It was a miserable night at the time back on Jan. 8 when St. Charles East traveled to Batavia and lost 74-49. What a difference a month can make. Saints coach Lori Drumtra smiled proudly Tuesday night after watching her Saints avenge that loss for a second time, this one by a similarly one-sided margin 59-40 in the Class 4A St. Charles East regional semifinals.

    Schaumburg’s Jada Blackwell, middle, and Brittany Reinhart, left, celebrate with Amanda Kelly following the Saxons’ overtime victory in Class 4A regional semifinal play against Proviso West.

    Schaumburg keeps its guard up

    All game long, Schaumburg guards Amanda Kelly and Riley Williams led the Saxons past Proviso West’s three-quarter court trap. And when the Saxons faced their first deficit of the evening with 1:34 left in regulation, the senior duo lead in a different way. “They bring us together,” said Schaumburg sophomore Jada Blackwell. “They get us to huddle up and get our composure back and keep us going.” The host Saxons responded well to the adversity as Kelly scored a game-high 26 points and Williams added 11 and both hit key free throws down the stretch to help No. 10 Schaumburg defeat No. 7 Proviso West 60-55 in overtime in the Schaumburg 4A Regional semifinal.

    Daisy Sanchez of East Aurora puts the heat on Cierra Stanciel of Naperville Central during action Tuesday night at Benet. This was the class 4A regional.

    Naperville Central gets 'toughest' out of the way

    A wise older man once imparted some sage playoff wisdom to Andy Nussbaum. (Former Naperville Central football coach) Joe Bunge once told me the first playoff game is always the toughest,” said Redhawks coach Nussbaum. “The first 29 games we played, we didn't have to turn in uniforms if we lost.” That's not a worry for Naperville Central, at least not yet. The No. 3 seed Redhawks did what higher-seeded teams always hope to do Tuesday, breaking out to a big early lead on No. 14 East Aurora, keeping the Tomcats at arm's length and coming home with a 49-35 win at the Class 4A Benet regional.

    Simon Jakubczak of Addison Trail, right, drives around Nick Kilianek of Willowbrook in boys basketball action on Tuesday in Villa Park.

    Addison Trail withstands Willowbrook rally

    If it were easy, it just wouldn't be Addison Trail boys basketball.The Blazers held off a fierce rally from District 88 rival Willowbrook to pull out Tuesday's 52-49 West Suburban Gold Conference victory in Villa Park.

    Hersey's Morgan Harris is all smiles as she comes back to the bench during Class 4A regional semifinal play Tuesday night at Mundelein.

    The show goes on for Hersey

    Hersey junior Morgan Harris gave senior teammate Casey Weyhrich a reminder about today's updated schedule as they walked off the court at Mundelein after Tuesday night's Class 4A girls basketball regional semifinal with Warren. “We get to practice tomorrow,” Harris said excitedly. That's get to, not have to, practice. And the Huskies are ecstatic they get to, and not have to, face one of the state's best teams in Mid-Suburban East rival Rolling Meadows for the regional title at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. After all, there was little for eighth-seeded Hersey (16-11) not to be happy with after an impressive second half that turned a game still in doubt into a 60-37 rout over No. 9 Warren (15-13).


    Geneva blows out West Chicago

    Geneva 73, West Chicago 37: The Vikings picked up a nonconference win paced by Nate Navigato’s 13 points; West Chicago’s Jon Konchar had 15 points. Geneva used 14 players and 13 scored including sophomore call-ups Mike Landi and K.J. Santos.


    Aurora Central pulls regional surprise

    Aurora Central Catholic 71, St. Joseph 66: The 11th-seeded Chargers (14-14) advanced to the St. Joseph regional title game by knocking off the hosts.


    Kaneland knocks out Sandwich

    On a night of statistical abnormalities, Ally O’Herron more than delivered for Kaneland. The 5-foot-6 senior guard personally outscored the entire Sandwich team as the Knights had no troubles advancing at the Class 3A Burlington Central girls basketball regional Tuesday night. O’Herron drained six 3-pointers in totaling a game-high 20 points in the third-seeded Knights’ 50-14 drubbing of the Indians.


    Barrington subdues South Elgin

    Barrington’s Brad Zaumseil drained three 3s and finished with a game-high 21 points as the Broncos topped visiting South Elgin 64-45 in nonconference play Monday.Zach Bart had 14 points for Barrington (15-11).The Broncos led 24-15 at the half before producing 29 points in the third quarter to take command.Leyden 59, Hoffman Estates 34: The host Eagles earned a nonconference win over the Hawks.

    The Hawks’ Patrick Kane is pictured here during last season, when he wore a mouth guard. Since playing in Switzerland during the NHL lockout. Kane no longer wears it.

    Kane off to best career start without his trademark

    The Blackhawks' Patrick Kane stopped wearing his trademark mouth piece when he went to play in Switzerland during the lockout and has kept it out upon his return to the NHL. And he is off to such a great start that he said he might not put one in his mouth all season.


    Fremd finds the range, bounces BG

    Buffalo Grove’s girls basketball team was providing Mid-Suburban League champion Fremd a formidable battle throughout the first half Tuesday night. The Bison trailed 19-15 when Fremd sophomore Haley Gorecki drilled a 3-pointer from the left corner just before the halftime buzzer sounded. Despite the way the Bison were competing, Gorecki’s long range bucket ended up triggering a 19-5 run by the Vikings. Fremd outscored Buffalo Grove 16-5 in the third quarter and posted a 55-37 victory in the semifinals of the Vikings’ Class 4A regional.


    St. Charles North’s bench keys win over Kaneland

    Clinging to a 43-40 lead early in the fourth quarter, St. Charles North’s boys basketball team received a big boost from its bench against visiting Kaneland Tuesday night. Sophomore reserve guard Jack Callaghan scored 11 of his team-leading 13 points during a 13-0 fourth-quarter surge as the North Stars (15-8) pulled away for a 61-50 nonconference triumph over the Knights (13-10) in St. Charles.


    Rampaging Reed powers Grayslake Central stunner

    Danny Reed scored a career-high 31 points, sinking six 3-pointers, and host Grayslake Central’s boys basketball team stunned Fox Valley Conference Fox Division leader Crystal Lake Central 75-71 in overtime Tuesday night.


    Lake County roundup

    Grayslake North’s girls basketball team survived a scare in its state tournament opener Tuesday night, rallying to edge No. 11 Highland Park 49-47 in a Class 4A regional semifinal at Grayslake North.

    Elgin's Maggie Powers and South Elgin's Savanah Uveges collide as Uveges drives to the basket in Tuesday's Class 4A regional semifinal game in Streamwood.

    South Elgin takes care of Elgin

    The rematch of the 2012 South Elgin girls basketball regional final between the Streamwood and South Elgin is officially on, this time on the Sabres' home court. By virtue of No. 2 seed South Elgin's 69-41 win over No. 3 Elgin, coupled with top-seeded Streamwood's 47-23 win over Dundee-Crown Tuesday night in a pair of Class 4A Streamwood regional semifinals, the Storm (17-11) will look to defend their title at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. South Elgin beat the Sabres 66-50 on their home court last year.

    Kayla Sharples of Naperville North and Christen Prasse of Benet go up for a rebound during game action in Lisle Tuesday. This took place during the class 4A regional.

    Prasse hits her mark for Benet

    Christen Prasse isn't about to get caught up in her own numbers. Not this time of year. “Winning is more important than me having a good game,” said the Benet senior. “I didn't even realize I had scored 1,000.” Prasse is a big reason why No. 6 seed Benet is moving on, scoring a career-high 34 points — passing 1,000 career points along the way — as the Redwings held off No. 11 Naperville North 60-54 at the Class 4A Benet regional.

    Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford makes a save on a rebound attempt by Anaheim Ducks right wing Corey Perry during the second period Tuesday night at the United Center.

    Long story short: Blackhawks sure are fun

    The Blackhawks' long-term prospects remain uncertain, but Tuesday night in the United Center demonstrated just how much fun the short term has been.


    McMahon, Lakes breaking new ground

    Terese McMahon reached a milestone in Lakes’ regular-season finale, becoming the first girl in school history to score 1,000 points. The 5-foot-11 senior nearly pulled off another first Tuesday night.She finished 2 steals shy of the first triple-double in Lakes’ history, as the eighth-seeded Eagles defeated No. 9 Gordon Tech 67-32 in a Class 3A regional final at Lakes. With the victory, Lakes made team history. The Eagles (17-12) will play for a regional championship for the first time when they host top-seeded Vernon Hills (26-2) at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. The Cougars have defeated the Eagles twice in as many meetings this season (56-41 and 64-39).


    Huntley nails down 3rd straight Valley title

    There’s lockdown defense and then there’s the kind of lockdown-throw-away-the-key-borders-on-solitary-confinement defense Huntley blanketed visiting Jacobs with in a 54-26 division title-clinching victory Tuesday. Huntley (16-7, 10-1) held Jacobs (13-12, 6-4) to 7 second-half points on 1-of-22 shooting, which precipitated a 25-2 run that turned a 5-point Red Raider lead into a blowout.“We really locked down on them defensively, made sure to block out and we definitely keyed on a few of their guys we know are their scorers,” said Huntley senior guard Jake Wagner, who scored 14 points. “We played good team defense.”


    Stevenson, Palatine win at Wheeling

    Stevenson cooked up a 50-38 victory over Conant, and Palatine topped Libertyville 46-33 in Class 4A regional semifinal play at Wheeling.


    Pacini, Prospect draw the line against Barrington

    With the game on the line, Prospect’s Marissa Pacini went to the line. The 5-foot-8 junior guard/forward converted 1 of 2 free throws with 9.7 seconds left, and that was enough for the No. 10-seeded Knights to hold on for a 57-55 victory over No. 7 Barrington in the semifinal of the Fremd Class 4A girls basketball regional on Tuesday night. Prospect (15-12) will face No. 2 seeded Fremd (24-7) for the regional title on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.


    Burlington C. closes in on BN-East title

    Bryce Warner scored 13 points and Dan McCurdy added 12 Tuesday night to lead the Burlington Central boys basketball team to a 63-57 Big Northern East win at Marengo.


    Metea Valley keeps cool, beats Oswego

    Metea Valley coach Kris Kalivas has stressed all year the need for her Mustangs to keep their cool when the game is not going their way.


    York’s stretch run does in Bartlett

    A seesaw battle for three quarters didn’t turn out in Bartlett’s favor down the stretch. York outscored the Hawks 16-8 in the fourth quarter including an 8-for-15 showing at the free throw line, compared to 0-for-6 by Bartlett. The end result was a 51-39 loss to the Dukes in the Class 4A Wheaton Warrenville South regional, ending the eighth-seeded Hawks’ season at 15-13 a year after they finished their season by claiming the third-place trophy at the state finals. Ninth-seeded York (17-11) moves on to face host WW South in Thursday’s 7:30 p.m. regional final.


    Loyola falls to Milwaukee 71-53

    Paris Gulley scored 21 points despite making only four field goals, and Milwaukee snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 71-53 victory over Loyola on Tuesday night.


    Vernon Hills returns to form, stops St. Edward

    Rough nights at the foul line are about as infrequent for Vernon Hills’ girls basketball team as losses. So consider things back to normal for the Cougars after they went 18 of 23 from the line in their state tournament-opening, 63-33 win over St. Edward in the teams’ Class 3A regional semifinal at Lakes on Tuesday night.


    Lake Zurich lopes past hurting Mundelein

    With apologies to those athletes who missed Tuesday night’s game, Mundelein was in town and the track meet on a basketball court went on as advertised. And when this North Suburban Lake contest was finished, even Lake Zurich coach Billy Pitcher was exhausted. And his team won. “I felt like I played in the game,’’ Pitcher said after his Bears claimed a 70-59 victory. “It was such an intense game. It was up and down and had a lot of fastbreaks.”

    Schaumburg’s Jada Blackwell, middle, and Brittany Reinhart, left, celebrate with Amanda Kelly following their team’s overtime victory.

    Images: Schaumburg vs. Proviso East, girls basketball
    The Schaumburg High School girls basketball team hosted and won in OT 60-55 over the Proviso East High School girls Tueday, February 12th, in Schaumburg.

    Geneva's Janie McCloughan leaps above a cluster of Glenbard East players for a rebound in the second quarter on Tuesday at St. Charles East.

    Geneva knocks out Glenbard East with 19-0 start

    As a favorite in the postseason there's an adage that you don't want to let an underdog hang around. The longer they do the more confidence they get and the more the pressure builds on you. No. 4 seed Geneva made sure No. 20 Glenbard East didn't think about its second upset in as many nights Tuesday at the Class 4A St. Charles East regional, scoring the first 19 points of the game on its way to an easy 54-39 victory.


    Huntley has what it takes to dump DeKalb

    Whatever Huntley needed, the Red Raiders came up with. Whether it was a clutch shot, a defensive stop, a key rebound, or free throws down the stretch, the Raiders did whatever needed to be done. The result was a 50-46 win against DeKalb in the semifinals of the Class 4A Belvidere North girls basketball regional Tuesday night. Huntley (22-6), the No. 3 seed, will face the top-seeded hosts for the regional title Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Huntley will be seeking its second regional title in three years and sixth since 2003. Thursday’s winner moves on to next week’s Rockford East sectional to face the winner of the Rockford Auburn regional.

    Images from the Benet Academy vs. Naperville North girls 4A regional basketball game on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013.

    Images: Naperville North vs. Benet, girls basketball
    Naperville North High School lost 60-54 to Benet Academy Tuesday night in Class 4A girls basketball regional semifinal action at Benet in Lisle.

    St. Charles East’s Marlena Detzel , facing, embraces teammate Anna Bartels after their win.

    Images: St. Charles East vs. Batavia, girls basketball
    St. Charles East won 59-40 over Batavia in girls regional basketball action Tuesday night in St. Charles.

    Addison Trail at Willowbrook boys basketball on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 in Villa Park.

    Images: Addison Trail vs. Willowbrook, boys basketball
    Willowbrook High School hosted Addison Trail High School Tuesday night for boys basketball in a District 88 showdown.

    Elgin’s Destiny West gets an elbow to the nose against South Elgin.

    Images: South Elgin vs. Elgin, girls basketball
    South Elgin played Elgin in a Class 4A girls basketball regional semifinal Tuesday in Streamwood.

    Warren’s Jamie Stirling, left, and Rachel Brown double-team Hersey’s Ashley Raulli.

    Images: Hersey vs. Warren, girls basketball
    The Hersey Huskies faced the Warren Blue Devils in the Class 4A girls basketball regional semifinal game on Tuesday, Feb. 12 in Mundelein.


    Hampshire battles back to beat Sycamore

    There have been many nights this season when the Hampshire girls basketball team has not been able to battle back from an early deficit. Tuesday was not one of those nights. Trailing by as many as 12 point late in the second quarter, the Whip-Purs began their comeback with an 8-3 run to end the half. Then they came out of the locker room on fire, blitzing Sycamore with a 17-3 third quarter that led to an eventual 51-43 win in the opening round of the Class 3A Burlington Central regional.


    WW South all business against St. Charles North

    From the moment Meghan Waldron grabbed the opening tip off the bounce and drove for an easy layup four seconds into Tuesday's Class 4A WW South regional semifinals, one thing was clear: Wheaton Warrenville South meant business.


    Carcillo could be close to return

    Daniel Carcillo, who injured his right knee in the first game of the season at Los Angeles, has started skating again and could return to practice this week. Carcillo skated with injured Blackhawks teammates Steve Montador and Rostislav Olesz on Tuesday at the United Center, coach Joel Quenneville said.


    Streamwood gets past Dundee-Crown

    The Streamwood girls basketball team knows it will need to execute better offensively in order to win a regional championship. The Sabres overcame a sluggish offensive performance in the first half Tuesday night to beat Dundee-Crown, 47-23, in the semifinals of the Class 4A Streamwood regional. "They are trying to make things happen too fast," Sabres coach George Rosner said of his team. "They're used to fast. They are trying to make that special pass and sometimes it's just not there. We absolutely have to take care of the ball better."


    Falotico, St. Viator edge Hersey

    St. Viator's Mark Falotico was the most surprised player at Hersey's Ken Carter gymnasium when he was fouled with 15.6 second left in a 57-57 tie. Falotico buried both shots for a 59-57 lead and the Lions held on for the nonconference win against the Huskies 61-57. Ore Arogundade played defensive hero moments later by stealing a pass on the side line with :08 left and hitting St. Viator's final 2 free throws with six seconds remaining.

    Derrick Rose, here working out before the Bulls’ game at Utah last Friday, says he will not rush his return.

    Bulls’ Rose not coming back ‘until ready’
    Derrick Rose made his first public comments since Oct. 1 in an interview with USA Today and didn't offer any concrete date for playing in an NBA game. He did say he won't play until he's feeling 110 percent healthy and right now he's in the "upper 80s."

    Glenbard East’s Kara Tadda and Rachael Leifheit wrestle with Geneva’s Madeline Dunn for a loose rebound in the third quarter.

    Images: Geneva vs. Glenbard East, girls basketball
    Geneva played Glenbard East in girls regional basketball action Tuesday night in St. Charles.


    Noah getting by despite lingering foot injury

    Playing 38 minutes on a sore right foot didn't appear to have a negative effect on Joakim Noah. He didn't speak to reporters Tuesday at the Berto Center, but could be seen shooting around when practice ended. Kirk Hinrich, meanwhile, didn't travel to Boston.

    Chicago White Sox starting pitcher John Danks delivers during the second inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles in April in Chicago.

    Adjustments will add strength to Sox

    Good starting pitching always seems to be the White Sox' strength and the trend should continue this season. Chris Sale is back after finishing sixth in AL Cy Young voting last year, and Jake Peavy, Gavin Floyd and Jose Quintana also return. A healthy John Danks is key for the Sox.

    Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija, right, hugs catcher Welington Castillo after a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in September in Pittsburgh. Samardzija threw a complete game as the Cubs beat the Pirates 4-3.

    Samardzija talks about turnaround with Cubs

    Pitcher Jeff Samardzija has come full circle with the Cubs so many times that it makes one dizzy to think about it. Now firmly established in the rotation, could it be possible that Samardzija will start on Opening Day?


    Felix Hernandez and Seattle agree on new contract

    Felix Hernandez and Seattle reached agreement Tuesday on a contract that is expected to make the Mariners ace the highest-paid pitcher in baseball.


    Gonzalez maintains he hasn’t used PEDs

    Gio Gonzalez arrived at spring training with the Washington Nationals on Tuesday and maintained he has not used performance-enhancing drugs.

    For wrestling, this may have been the ultimate body slam: getting tossed out of the Olympic rings. The vote Tuesday by the IOC's executive board stunned the world's wrestlers, who see their sport as popular in many countries and steeped in history as old as the Olympics themselves.

    Body slam for wrestling: Sport cut from Olympics

    For wrestling, this may have been the ultimate body slam: getting tossed out of the Olympic rings. The vote Tuesday by the IOC's executive board stunned the world's wrestlers, who see their sport as popular in many countries and steeped in history as old as the Olympics themselves.

    Illinois guard Brandon Paul, right, tries to move past Northwestern forward Jared Swopshire (12) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, in Champaign, Ill. Swopshire is out for the rest of the season after a knee injury.

    Northwestern loses Swopshire for rest of season

    Northwestern graduate student Jared Swopshire underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on Tuesday and will miss the remainder of the 2012-13 season.

    The Chicago Sky today announced the team has signed head coach and general manager Pokey Chatman to a multiyear contract extension.

    Sky signs head coach Pokey Chatman to multiyear contract

    The Chicago Sky today announced the team has signed head coach and general manager Pokey Chatman to a multiyear contract extension.

    LeBron James is on a hot streak right now, but it’s way too early in his career to make any comparisons to Michael Jordan.

    Let’s just hold off on any MJ-LeBron comparisons

    The comparison of LeBron James and Michael Jordan should not have started yet, according to Mike North. When LeBron has five more rings then maybe we can talk. Also, college basketball just isn't the same with the one-and-done rule. The product is just too watered down now.

    Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard shoots over Bulls forward Carlos Boozer during the second half Monday night at the United Center.

    Bulls can’t stop depleted San Antonio Spurs

    The San Antonio Spurs showed up at the United Center on Monday playing the second leg of back-to-back games and without their three leading scorers Tony Parker (sore knee),Tim Duncan (sore knee) and Manu Ginobili (tight hamstring). Still, the Spurs outplayed the Bulls badly during most of the final three quarters and rolled to a 103-89 victory.

    Mundelein’s Dylan Delaquila tries to take the ball from Libertyville’s Nick Carlucci after the two collided during Friday’s game in Libertyville.

    Images: Daily Herald prep photos of the week
    The Prep Photos of the Week gallery includes the best high school sports pictures by Daily Herald photographers. This week's gallery features photos from basketball, swimming and gymnastics.


    Hoffman Estates, Conant advance to regional semis

    The No 14-seeded Hoffman Estate girls basketball team improved to 11-14 on Monday night with 57-50 win over No. 20 Deerfield in the play-in game of the Class 4A Grayslake North regional.Hawks coach Mike Nocella will take his Hawks back north today to face No. 3 Zion-Benton in the 6 p.m. semifinal.Senior Becca Stoczynski led Hoffman on Monday with a game-high 26 points (two 3-point baskets) while senior teammate Destinee Young contributed 15 points and junior Andrea Wolinski 12.


    Bulls’ Noah keeps battling on with injury

    Joakim Noah made it through his third straight game with plantar fasciitis in his right foot.Against the Spurs on Monday, Noah played 38 minutes and pulled down 15 rebounds, to go with 7 points and 5 assists.



    Prospect Heights bistros seeking video gambling permits, owner says

    Three new bistros planned for Prospect Heights will target an “upscale” clientele, serve only patrons over 21 years old and seek video gambling permits from the state, a partner in Blackhawk Restaurants told the city council Monday. The restaurants, called Penny’s, will serve soups, salads, sandwiches and desserts and will request city licenses to serve beer and wine.


    $600,000 settlement planned over Grant’s rebate flap

    Grant's Appliance has agreed to a $600,000 settlement involving a 2010 lawsuit involving $500 rebates that customers never received if they spent $399 or more at their stores.

    Comcast said on Tuesday it’s buying General Electric’s 49 percent stake in NBCUniversal joint venture for $16.7 billion. Comcast Corp. had bought a majority stake in the television and movie company in 2011. It had planned to take a larger stake in it over time.

    Comcast to buy GE’s stake in NBCUniversal early

    Comcast said Tuesday that it's buying the rest of NBCUniversal from General Electric for $16.7 billion, doing so several years early as the company takes advantage of low borrowing costs and what CEO Brian Roberts called a "very attractive price."


    East Dundee businesses each fined $1,000

    Four East Dundee businesses ownes pleaded guilty Monday to serving alcohol to minors, the largest group to have done so in recent memory, Police Chief Terry Mee said. By pleading guilty the owners agreed to pay a $1,000 fine.

    Fredrick Scott Salyer, who pleaded guilty on federal racketeering charges, walks into the federal courthouse for his sentencing hearing in Sacramento, Calif., Tuesday. Under a plea agreement, Salyer, 57, was sentenced to six years for racketeering and price fixing.

    Exec gets 6 years in tomato price-fixing scam

    The former owner of a California tomato processing company was sentenced Tuesday to six years in federal prison for engaging in a price-fixing scam that authorities said involved bribing purchasing managers at food giants including Kraft Foods Inc. and Frito-Lay.

    U.S. stocks advanced, sending benchmark indexes to five-year highs, as earnings topped estimates and investors awaited President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address.

    Dow closes at highest level of year, nears record

    The Dow rose to its highest close of the year Tuesday, ending 146 points from a record. Stocks gained after impressive results from two big consumer brands. The Dow Jones industrial average closed up 47.46 to 14,018.70, putting it within 1 percent of the record close of 14,164.53 set in October 2007.

    In this publicity image released by AMC, Steven Yeun, left, and Andrew Lincoln, right, try to blend in with the zombie population in a scene from “The Walking Dead.” A Montana television station’s regular programming was interrupted by news of a zombie apocalypse.The Montana Television Network says hackers broke into the Emergency Alert System of Great Falls affiliate KRTV and its CW station Monday.

    TV station hacker warns of zombies in Montana

    A Montana television station's regular programming was interrupted by news of a zombie apocalypse.The Montana Television Network says hackers broke into the Emergency Alert System of Great Falls affiliate KRTV and its CW station Monday. KRTV says on its website the hackers broadcast that "dead bodies are rising from their graves" in several Montana counties. The alert claimed the bodies were "attacking the living" and warned people not to "approach or apprehend these bodies as they are extremely dangerous."

    Apple CEO Tim Cook is calling a shareholder lawsuit against the company a “silly sideshow,” even as he said he is open to looking at the shareholder’s proposals for sharing more cash with investors.

    Apple CEO: Shareholder lawsuit is ‘silly sideshow’

    Apple CEO Tim Cook is calling a shareholder lawsuit against the company a "silly sideshow," even as he said he is open to looking at the shareholder's proposals for sharing more cash with investors.

    The Federal Trade Commission said Tuesday that Chicago-based Phusion Projects will be required to put an “alcohol facts panel” on the back of its Four Loko flavored malt beverage cans containing more than two servings of alcohol.

    Government seeks changes for malt liquor Four Loko

    The Chicago-based makers of a popular carbonated alcoholic drink guzzled on college campuses are going to be changing the look of its Four Loko cans to settle the government's charges of deceptive marketing.

    The government is boosting its forecast for gasoline prices this year following an 11 percent increase since the middle of December.

    Government boosts forecast for pump prices

    The government is boosting its forecast for gasoline prices this year following an 11 percent increase since the middle of December. Pump prices should average $3.55 a gallon in 2013, according to the Energy Information Administration, the statistical arm of the Energy Department.

    Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Elmendorf is reflected on a table as he speaks Feb. 5 about the office’s annual Budget and Economic Outlook during a news conference at the Ford House Office Building in Washington.

    Growth in US budget deficit slows in January

    The federal government reported a rare surplus for January and is on track to run its smallest annual budget deficit since President Barack Obama took office. The Treasury Department said Tuesday the government took in a surplus of $2.9 billion in January. That's the first monthly surplus since April, a month that benefited from income tax payments.

    A lab technician loads a tray of marijuana samples into a Chromograph at CannLabs in Denver. The Chromograph analyzes the samples and reports their chemical content and strength. From potency standards to labeling requirements and even regulations about pesticides and fungicides, marijuana production is largely unregulated, for now.

    Marijuana legalization raises safety questions

    Marijuana may be coming out of the black market in Colorado and Washington state, but the drug, at least for now, will retain a decidedly underground feel: Users may not know what's in it. Less than a year away from allowing pot sales, regulators are grappling with how to ensure that the nation's first legal marijuana industry will grow weed that delivers only the effects that pot smokers want.

    The producer of Maker’s Mark bourbon is cutting — likely permanently — the amount of alcohol in each bottle to stretch every drop of the famous Kentucky whiskey. The alcohol volume is being lowered from its historic level of 45 percent to 42 percent — or 90 proof to 84 proof.

    Maker’s Mark cutting alcohol volume in its bourbon

    The producer of Maker's Mark bourbon is cutting — likely permanently — the amount of alcohol in each bottle to stretch every drop of the famous Kentucky whiskey. The alcohol volume is being lowered from its historic level of 45 percent to 42 percent — or 90 proof to 84 proof.The brand known for its square bottles sealed in red wax has struggled to keep up with demand that more than doubled the past seven years. Distribution has been squeezed and the popular premium brand has had to curtail shipments to some overseas markets.


    Kraft mulls expanding Granite City plant
    BC-IL--Granite City-Kraft Expansion,128Kraft mulls expanding Granite City plantGRANITE CITY, Ill. (AP) — Kraft Foods is weighing whether to spend $40 million to expand a southwestern Illinois plant if the city and state provide about $400,000 to widen a road in front of the site.The Suburban Journals of Greater St. Louis (http://bit.ly/WY2htr ) reports that the move would add 30 jobs to the 660,000-square-foot plant that now has more than 400 workers. The plant produces Capri Sun and Kool-Aid beverages.As part of the project, the Illinois Department of Transportation would provide $300,000 for the road widening that Kraft calls necessary to allow trucks to turn into the plant.Granite City Economic Development Director Jonathan Ferry says the matter may go before the city council sometime between April and June.The Granite City facility became part of Kraft in 1991.

    Today Wal-Mart has fewer than 130 clinics and is closing locations faster than it’s opening them. Meanwhile, CVS Caremark Corp., which already has about 630 MinuteClinics, is opening about three a week, and aims to have 1,500 within four years.

    Wal-Mart medical clinics trail CVS generating 39% growth

    In 2007, Lee Scott, then Wal-Mart Stores Inc.'s chief executive officer, trumpeted plans to open as many as 2,000 in-house medical clinics by mid-2012. He called the strategy "a great opportunity for our business." Today Wal-Mart has fewer than 130 clinics and is closing locations faster than it's opening them. Meanwhile, CVS Caremark Corp., which already has about 630 MinuteClinics, is opening about three a week, and aims to have 1,500 within four years. It's promoting the clinics heavily on TV and the Web. While industry figures are hard to come by, CVS says its clinic business has grown at a compound annual rate of 39 percent in the last six years.


    Reynolds American 4Q profit falls on charges

    Reynolds American, the nation's second-biggest tobacco company, saw its fourth-quarter profit fall 54 percent on pension and trademark-related charges and other costs.But earnings for the maker of Camel, Pall Mall and Natural American Spirit cigarettes, excluding one-time charges, rose about 6 percent as consumers bought more smokeless tobacco brands like Grizzly and Kodiak. Smokeless tobacco sales, as well as higher prices and productivity gains, offset cigarette volume declines and increased promotional spending.

    In this Jan. 24, 2012 photo, President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address on Capitol Hill in Washington.

    Stronger U.S. economy since 1st Obama State of Union
    As President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union speech Tuesday night, he presides over an economy much healthier than the one he inherited four years ago. Yet growth remains slow and unemployment high. In early 2009, the U.S. economy was in the midst of a full-blown panic sparked by the collapse of a housing bubble. Companies were slashing jobs. The unemployment rate was surging. Auto sales in January 2009 had reached a 26-year low. "You don't need to hear another list of statistics to know that our economy is in crisis," Obama said in his first State of the Union address in February 2009. The numbers were frightening.


    Portola to upgrade 2 plants, close Batavia facility

    Portola Packaging said it will make $12 million in capital investments to its Kingsport, Tenn. and Tolleson, Ariz. facilities. In addition, the manufacturer of stock and custom tamper-evident plastic closures and containers for dairy, juice and other food segments will close a facility in Batavia, affecting about 76 employees.


    Camping World set to expand in Wisconsin, Florida

    LINCOLNSHIRE — RV and outdoor retailer Camping World has acquired property in Saukville, Wis., and Fort Pierce, Fla, for expansion and future development to meet customer needs for product and service in new markets.Plans are under way to expand the company footprint with two additional locations in high traffic, outdoor centric markets.“These are great markets for Camping World/Good Sam to expand to,” said Marcus Lemonis, chairman and CEO of Camping World. “These locations fit nicely into our existing footprint and have a strong base on Campingworld.com customers as well as Good Sam Members already in the area. We are excited to move forward in our own growth while serving our customers’ outdoor, RV and camping needs.”The Camping World of Milwaukee and Camping World of Fort Pierce will feature motor homes and towables from the finest manufacturers and brands including Winnebago Industries, Fleetwood, Thor Motor Coach, Itasca, Coleman, Heartland, Keystone, Forest River, Cross Roads, Monaco, Holiday Rambler, Jayco, Starcraft, Coachmen and more.“These new locations position Camping World for continued growth in both Florida and Wisconsin. Today the company operates a store in Madison, Wisconsin and in nearby Island Lake, Illinois. In Florida, the existing 13 store Florida network will be enhanced with the new Ft. Pierce location. Our Florida customers continue to embrace our growing presence in the sunny state,” said Johnny Sirpilla, chief business development officer for Camping World/Good Sam. “We look forward to delivering the highest quality and outstanding service that Camping World customers have come to know and expect across the country.”


    Navistar completes sale of stake in India truck ventures

    LISLE — Navistar International Corp. said it has completed the sale of its stake of Mahindra Navistar Automotives Ltd. and Mahindra Navistar Engines Pvt Ltd to Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd.The deal has received regulatory approval in India and Mahindra has now taken complete ownership of operations and will continue to sell MNAL and MNEPL products.Navistar said last December that it would sell its stake in the India truck venture, allowing the company to continue sourcing components from India while Mahindra would continue to provide engineering services to Navistar. The Navistar group will continue to support M&M through license agreements and extend necessary support to MNAL and MNEPL for the purposes of business continuity.“Mahindra has been a valuable partner these last seven years and they are well equipped to move the MNAL and MNEPL businesses forward as the Indian market continues to develop,” said Troy Clarke, president and chief operating officer, Navistar. “We thank Mahindra for their collaboration and appreciate their support in our decision to redirect our resources to other near-term opportunities for Navistar.”M&M reaffirmed that it is fully committed to the truck and engine companies and would focus on further leveraging synergies between these two businesses and the Mahindra Group in order to make the commercial vehicles business a success. The truck company recently launched a range of new models including the 25T Tipper with Bogie suspension and integrated applications like 31T Coal Haulage Tipper and Transit Mixer. Future plans include the launch of Refrigerated Trucks on the MN25 platform which is a fast growing market. Mahindra, for its truck business, has 59 dealers and nearly a thousand service points across India.“Mahindra remains committed to growing its presence in the Indian commercial vehicle industry with Mahindra’s Truck and Engine businesses continuing to play a critical role in helping us achieve this goal,” said Dr. Pawan Goenka, president, Automotive and Farm Equipment Sectors, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd.


    Grainger January sales up 8 percent

    W.W. Grainger reported January sales increased 8 percent over the same period last year, the company said in a release.


    Coca-Cola’s profit rises as volume grows overseas

    Coca-Cola says its profit rose 13 percent in the fourth quarter as the world's biggest beverage company sold more of its drinks overseas. The Atlanta-based company said global sales volume rose 3 percent, driven by international growth. In the flagship North American market, volume rose just 1 percent, boosted by its Powerade sports drinks and bottled teas. Soda volume declined 2 percent.


    Japan’s Nikkei jumps on weaker yen

    Tokyo's Nikkei 225 led Asian stocks higher Tuesday as the yen weakened after a possible candidate for Bank of Japan governor voiced support for easier monetary policy. Investors shrugged off a nuclear test by North Korea.The Nikkei, which was closed Monday for a public holiday, jumped 1.9 percent to close at 11,369.12 as the weaker yen boosted export stocks. South Korea's Kospi fell 0.3 percent to 1,945.79 while benchmarks in Indonesia, Thailand and India rose. Markets in mainland China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia and Taiwan were closed for Lunar New Year holidays.

    Homeowners who took on mortgages well after the housing bubble burst are doing a better job keeping up with payments.

    Late-payment rate on US mortgages hits 4-year low

    Homeowners who took on mortgages well after the housing bubble burst are doing a better job keeping up with payments. Credit reporting agency TransUnion said Tuesday the trend is helping bring down the U.S. mortgage delinquency rate to the lowest level in four years. TransUnion says the percentage of mortgage holders at least two months behind on their payments fell to 5.19 percent in the last three months of 2012.


    Texas Gov. Perry raids California businesses

    Texas Gov. Rick Perry brought his brash pitch for jobs to California on Monday as he sought to lure businesses to his state with the promise of lower taxes and fewer regulations. Perry's private meetings with business leaders in the San Francisco Bay Area weren't his first effort to tempt companies to leave the Golden State, but this three-day trip has certainly drawn more attention than previous attempts, and the failed Republican presidential candidate welcomed the spotlight.


    Oil falls below $97 amid ample supply

    The price of oil slipped back below $97 a barrel Tuesday after a sharp rise the day before as supply remains ample and demand tepid. Benchmark oil for March delivery was down 30 cents to $96.70 at late afternoon Bangkok time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract on Monday gained $1.31 to finish at $97.03 a barrel on the Nymex as the euro strengthened against the dollar.


    Gary airport looking for private partner for funds

    Officials with the Gary airport in northwest Indiana are looking for a private partner to invest in the airport. The Times of Munster reports the Gary-Chicago International Airport Authority voted 5-1 on Monday voted to create a committee with the city of Gary to come up with recommendations for a public-private partnership. Airport and city officials say they aren't seeking to privatize the airport as the city of Chicago is planning to do at nearby Midway International Airport.


    VW reports 17.4 pct increase in January sales

    Germany's Volkswagen AG says it started off the year with brisk car sales, as deliveries outside Europe — particularly in China — helped more than offset declines in its home market. Europe's largest automaker said Tuesday overall January sales were up 17.4 percent to 491,900 from 419,100 in January 2012.

    A U.N. agency that sets global aviation safety standards is moving to prevent aircraft batteries like the one that caught fire on a Boeing 787 last month from being shipped as cargo on passenger planes, people familiar with the effort said.

    UN agency moves to kill aircraft battery exemption

    A U.N. agency that sets global aviation safety standards is moving to prevent aircraft batteries like the one that caught fire on a Boeing 787 last month from being shipped as cargo on passenger planes, people familiar with the effort said. Over the past few days, the members of the International Civil Aviation Organization's dangerous goods committee have proposed revoking an exemption that permitted lithium ion aircraft batteries as heavy as 77 pounds to be shipped on passenger planes, the sources told The Associated Press.

    Want to know how much a hip replacement will cost? Many hospitals won’t be able to tell you, at least not right away — if at all. And if you shop around and find centers that can quote a price, the amounts could vary astronomically, a study found. Routine hip replacement surgery on a healthy patient without insurance may cost as little as $11,000 — or up to nearly $126,000.

    Need surgery? Good luck getting hospital cost info

    Want to know how much a hip replacement will cost? Many hospitals won't be able to tell you, at least not right away — if at all. And if you shop around and find centers that can quote a price, the amounts could vary astronomically, a study found. Routine hip replacement surgery on a healthy patient without insurance may cost as little as $11,000 — or up to nearly $126,000. That's what researchers found after calling hospitals in every state, 122 in all, asking what a healthy 62-year-old woman would have to pay to get an artificial hip.

    Dell Inc., which last week agreed to be taken private, closed above the offer price for the first time since the announcement after the computer maker’s largest outside shareholder said the proposed deal undervalues it.

    Dell closes above offer for first time since proposed LBO

    Dell Inc., which last week agreed to be taken private, closed above the offer price for the first time since the announcement after the computer maker's largest outside shareholder said the proposed deal undervalues it. Southeastern Asset Management on Feb. 8 sent a letter to Dell's board expressing its "extreme disappointment" with the buyout offer of $13.65 a share announced on Feb. 5. Based on an analysis included in the letter, Southeastern said Dell is worth about $24 a share.

    “We again find ourselves in sad and familiar territory,” said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. “Democrats sit on their hands until the last minute. Then they offer some gimmicky bill designed to fail.”

    Finger-pointing trumps problem-solving on budget

    Just about everyone in official Washington is in agreement that big across-the-board spending cuts at the Pentagon and throughout domestic federal programs on March 1 are a bad idea.So far, however, the warring tribes in the nation's capital seem more interested in finger-pointing than problem-solving.Top House Republicans have embarked on a PR campaign reminding the public that the idea for the across-the-board cuts originated in Obama's White House. Senate Democrats are preparing a bill to substitute about $120 billion in alternative deficit cuts over 10 years and prevent the automatic cuts — in Washington parlance, a sequester — through the end of calendar 2013.

    Officemax headquarters at 150 E. Pierce in Itasca.

    OfficeMax gets $129M in proceeds from investment

    Naperville-based OfficeMax said Tuesday that it will receive about $129 million in cash proceeds from its investment in Boise Cascade Holdings LLC. OfficeMax has a minority stake in the maker of plywood and other building materials, which went public last week. Boise Cascade's stock jumped 25 percent in its market debut, buoyed by a U.S. housing recovery and booming stock market. OfficeMax President and CEO Ravi Saligram said in a statement that the company is looking at the best way to use the proceeds to maximize shareholder value.

Life & Entertainment


    Protecting your child is first priority

    This woman grew up with a mother who was profoundly manipulative, volatile and mean-spirited. Now, she allows her mother only limited contact with her 4-year-old daughter. Her mother continually pushes to have the preschooler for weekend visits. Is she wrong not to allow weekend visits?

    It’s a good time to start the seeds for annuals that need more time to mature before transplanting, such as pansies.

    It’s time to start slow annuals and starting a compost project

    Composting at home reduces the amount of garden debris that ends up in landfills and improves your garden’s soil. Consider using a freestanding plastic compost bin.

    Catalina Aragon has lived in the United States 23 years and continues to cook dishes she grew up with in Mexico.

    Cook of the Week: Teacher shares recipes from Mexican upbringing
    Twenty-three years ago, Catalina Aragon, a young kindergarten teacher from a small town outside of Mexico City, came to the United States to visit and then stayed. Catalina, who now lives in Palatine, is a bilingual teacher's assistant. She is known in the school for her warm smile and for being a tremendous cook. "If I had money I'd open a restaurant for her," says one co-worker, "her guacamole is the best in the world."

    Jessica Miller Tomlinson (in white) and Alissa Tollefson star in Thodos Dance Chicago's premiere of “A Light in the Dark,” based upon the story of Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan, co-choreographed by Melissa Thodos and Ann Reinking.

    Best bets: 'Light in the Dark' premieres

    The true-life tale of Helen Keller and her teacher Anne Sullivan is retold through movement when Thodos Dance Chicago presents the premiere of "A Light in the Dark," Saturday at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts. Lighten things up a little with comedian Heather McDonald playing Zanies this weekend or the sister act "Sibling Rivalry," starring Broadway veterans Ann Hampton Callaway and Liz Callaway at Viper Alley Saturday.

    Barrington High School senior Ashika Sachdev, of South Barrington, is pictured here auditioning for “American Idol” last season. She made it to the Hollywood round, and did so again this year.

    Suburban girls compete in American Idol's Hollywood round

    Historically, suburban singers have done well on "American Idol." So perhaps Alex Oechsel, of Naperville, and Ashika Sachdev, of South Barrington, will carry on that tradition Wednesday. They're among 13 singers from the Chicago area to make it to the show's Hollywood round. The show airs at 7 p.m. Wednesday on FOX.

    Start Valentine's Day with Red Velvet Pancakes.

    Red Velvet Pancakes
    Red Velvet Pancakes

    Start Valentine's Day with Red Velvet Pancakes.

    Red Velvet Pancakes start Valentine's Day off right

    Red velvet treats, like pancakes or brownies, are the perfect fit for Valentine's Day. And if you don't want to cook, pop into Alain Roby's All Chocolate Kitchen in Geneva to marvel at his 20-foot tall chocolate tree and indulge in raspberry creme brulee and truffes.


    Don’t send revealing note to cheater’s spouse

    Reader wants to know if she should send a note to a cheater's spouse or MYOB. Carolyn Hax says sending an anonymous letter would only add to the problem.

    Trumpeter, composer and educator Donald Byrd has died at the age of 80.

    Innovative jazz trumpeter Donald Byrd dies at 80

    Jazz musician Donald Byrd, a leading hard-bop trumpeter of the 1950s who collaborated on dozens of albums with top artists of his time and later enjoyed commercial success with hit jazz-funk fusion records such as "Black Byrd," has died. He was 80.

    The cover of Sports Illustrated magazine’s 2013 Swimsuit Edition features 20-year-old Kate Upton.

    Kate Upton chills out on SI Swimsuit cover

    In the dead of winter, many girl-watchers' thoughts turn to warmer days ahead. As an answer to such yearnings, the annual Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue is on the way, with Kate Upton once again its cover girl. Repeating her world-class pinup feat for a second consecutive year, the 20-year-old, 5-feet-10-inch Upton graces the cover of the 2013 edition.


    Ken’s Favorite Dip
    Ken's Favorite Dip: Catalona Aragon


    Guacamole: Catalona Aragon

    Tomatillos and serrano peppers make a green sauce for Catalina Aragon’s enchiladas.

    Green Enchiladas with Chicken
    Cook of the Week Catalona Aragon

    “Dancing to the Flute” by Manisha Jolie Amin

    ‘Dancing to the Flute’ falls short on substance

    In “Dancing to the Flute,” a little boy appears in an Indian village, not remembering his name nor where he was from. But he is charming, clever and musically gifted. His talent for playing the flute brings him to the notice of a wandering healer whose brother is a famed musician. That brother decides to take on the boy as a student. And over the years, both learn much. It is an airy, free-floating tale, evoking the notes of a flute on the wind.

    “Dead Space 3,” which is more tense than frightening, has blossomed into a more polished third-person sci-fi shooter.

    ‘Dead Space 3’ a less scary, solid shooter

    "Dead Space 3" has blossomed into a more polished third-person sci-fi shooter, but it has lost a bit of its scare factor. It's more tense than frightening, but it's still a darn good game. A more mentally stable Clarke returns for the game's third installment, and he's quickly called into battle to again fight scores of "necromorphs" — reanimated corpses — while investigating the markers, the icons responsible for creation of the monsters.



    Editorial: School conference costs reflect need for restraint

    A Daily Herald editorial questions the lack of restraint evident when 89 school districts spent $574,197.on a weekend conference in Chicago last November.


    Words that saved millions

    Columnist Michael Gerson: My first professor of international relations assured me that altruism is always a ruse in the affairs of nations — nothing more than the pursuit of interest in the camouflage of morality. I now know — personally know — this is untrue.


    The price of forsaking Syria

    Columnist Richard Cohen: We finally have an Obama Doctrine: In a pinch, look the other way.


    End the nation’s overspending habit
    A North Barrington letter to the editor: It’s time to cut up the credit card, pay the bills and support domestic financial growth. It’s an alien principle unknown in Washington, D.C., called “personal responsibility.”


    Parker hits mark on combat women
    A Barrington letter to the editor: Woman are equals to men when it comes to courage, skill, patriotism and dedication. They also excel in intelligence. But when it comes to brut strength or aggressive tendencies, we take a back seat to men.


    Senate unwilling to address spending
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: The House regularly sends budgets to the Senate, but Sen. Harry Reid refuses to bring them up for a vote. Yet the Senate proposes no alternative. Rep. Randy Hultgren’s bill will not solve the problem, but hopefully it will challenge the Senate to action.


    Forgot the tally in United States
    An Elgin letter to the editor: Victor M. LaPorte's letter in the Fence Post dated Jan. 27 said that in the 20th century more than 56 million defenseless people were exterminated by people using gun control. He listed the countries and the number of people killed.


    Two definitions of ‘illegal’ in Illinois
    A Gilberts letter to the editor: This is a follow-up to a Feb. 26 Fence Post regarding "Illegal Immigrants should not drive." I agree with Ernie Lasse; shame on our legislators. To Gov. Quinn and all government officials: Seems our government has two versions of "illegal."


    Let Hobby Lobby go about its business
    A Huntley letter to the editor: The U.S. Constitution states,"Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof ..." If Hobby Lobby chooses to follow Biblical principles as guidelines for the operation of their business, they should be able to do so. They should not be fined or forced to close their doors. They are protected by our constitution.


    Don’t know life of infantry soldier
    A Carol Stream letter to the editor: My vocabulary does not permit the proper use of words to describe those responsible for a decision that there is no reason women cannot be assigned to combat roles in the army.


    Where is all the state’s money going?
    A Glendale Heights letter to the editor: State Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka is sitting on $9 billion in overdue bills because of a lack of money to pay them with. Two years ago this state legislature passed a 67 percent increase in the state income tax which results in, approximately, $6 billion in additional revenue to the state annually.


    Not exactly the CEO’s fault
    A Naperville letter to the editor: In a Feb. 1 letter, D. Hasbach likens the president's spending to parents with maxed out credit cards applying for credit in their children's names. Unfortunately, the analogy does not match our system of government; only Congress can spend, or appropriate, funds.


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