Daily Archive : Thursday November 28, 2013


    Shane Bonner, 12, of Hoffman Estates, and his sister, Angelina, 10, make dessert plates for the Elgin Community Thanksgiving Dinner at the First United Methodist Church on Thanksgiving Day. Shane and Angelina made brownies and cupcakes themselves to bring to the event. Shane will celebrate his bar mitzvah next year and this was his way to give to the community in preparation.

    Thankful for community meals in Elgin, St. Charles

    Free community dinners in Elgin and St. Charles fed spirits as well as appetites Thanksgiving Day. "It is such a wonderful community event," Lazarus House executive director Donna Bauer said of the organization's St. Charles event. "It's a big community and family celebration."

    Lonna Zwerenz, left, and her daughter, Alexis, talk about their relative, John Poyer, Thursday at the Elgin Police Department. Poyer was murdered Nov. 22, and Elgin police announced charges against one of his neighbors, Matthew L. Stoecklein.

    Neighbor charged with strangling Elgin man

    An Elgin man was charged with murdering his 88-year-old neighbor Nov. 22. Matthew L. Stoecklein, of the 700 block of Jefferson St., was arrested Wednesday night in the parking lot of the apartment where he and John Poyer lived, police said. "The person that did this shattered my heart," said Poyer's 16-year-old great-granddaughter, at a press conference Thursday at the Elgin Police Department.

    House in rural Colorado where three bodies were discovered.

    Handyman sought after 3 found dead in Colorado fire
    Authorities were looking for Harry Mapps, 59, a former handyman who rented a room at the home. Mapps is 6 feet tall, 135 pounds and has red hair and blue eyes and may have a graying beard.

    A broken fence remains after a car crashed into an Arlington Heights home Thanksgiving evening in the 900 block of West Maude Avenue.

    Driver cited for crash into Arlington Heights home

    A car crashed into a single-family home Thursday night in Arlington Heights and left considerable damage to the building, though no one was home at the time, authorities said. David Daniels, 26, of Arlington Heights, was cited in the crash for leaving the roadway and for trying to leave the scene of an accident following the 8:25 p.m. accident at Kennicott and Maude avenues, said Sgt. Rich...


    Tree-lighting ceremonies in the Northwest suburbs
    A list of tree lighting ceremonies in the Northwest suburbs this weekend.

    J.D. Salinger, author of “Catcher in the Rye,” meets up with actress Elaine Joyce to see her performance in “6 Rms Riv Vu”, at the Alhambra Dinner Theater on Beach Boulevard, in Jacksonville, Fla.

    Reports: Unpublished J.D. Salinger stories leaked online

    Three unpublished stories from reclusive U.S. author J.D. Salinger have been leaked online, with the source apparently an unauthorized book that sold on eBay, BuzzFeed reported Thursday.The only known copies of the “Three Stories” exist in research libraries at the University of Texas and Princeton University, it said.

    Scott Demers, assistant manager at the Toys “R” Us store in Schaumburg, helps Jennifer Serrano of Roselle, who, with her 9-year-old daughter Alexis, was purchasing gifts for a family who lost their home in last week’s tornado in Washington, Ill.

    For some, shopping weekend kicks off right after the feast

    Large retailers opened their doors on Thanksgiving to get a jump on Black Friday blockbuster sales - a controversial decision that drew criticism from many families and retail workers, who say it infringed on their holiday. But money talks, and retailers were confident many shoppers would sacrifice family time for bargain deals. “(My family’s) got food waiting for me when I get back,” said Joe...


    Georgia man shoots, kills wandering Alzheimer’s patient

    Authorities in northwest Georgia say a man shot and killed a 72-year-old who he thought might be an intruder but turned out to be a wandering Alzheimer’s patient.

    Ashton Kutcher, left, and Demi Moore at the premiere for “No Strings Attached” in Los Angeles. A Los Angeles judge finalized Moore and Kutcher’s divorce on Tuesday.

    Study quantifies increase in animosity after marriage

    Psychologist James McNulty, who primarily conducts research on romantic relationships, showed a newlywed the photo of his or her spouse for just a third of a second, followed by a word that was positive or negative: “delightful” or “disgusting,” for instance. The newlywed, as fast as possible, had to push a button indicating the word was good or bad.


    Mormon bishop dresses as homeless man to teach lesson

    David Musselman, who told only his second counselor that he would be disguised as a homeless man, walked to the pulpit during the service. He finally revealed his true identity and took off his wig, fake beard and glasses. “It had a shock value that I did not anticipate,” he said. “I really did not have any idea that the members of my ward would gasp as big as they did.”

    U.S. Navy Seaman Wade Eggert of Reno, Nevada, left, and Craig Bandy of Eagle, Idaho, serve themselves during the annual free Thanksgiving dinner offered by the Gurnee Community Church for sailors and residents of the community. The church hosted 165 sailors from Great Lakes Naval Station and provided them with dinner, recreational activities and a phone to call home.

    Recruits pack Gurnee church for Thanksgiving lunch and dinner

    Kyle Lundgren hadn’t had a candy bar in eight weeks. So who could blame the 19-year-old Navy recruit from Dallas as he stuffed a few KitKats into his pants pocket? He was one of 165 recruits from nearby Great Lakes Naval Station bussed over to participate in the annual Gurnee Community Church Thanksgiving lunch and dinner for recruits.

    Daevon Staples, 24, of New York, Skypes with wife Diana and daughter Daena who he has not seen in more than two months. He was having Thanksgiving dinner at Palatine American Legion Post 690 with other recruits from Great Lakes Naval Station.

    Naval recruits enjoy Thanksgiving dinner in Palatine, Wheeling

    Sailors from the Great Lakes Naval Station in North Chicago couldn’t go home to enjoy the Thanksgiving with loved ones, so Palatine American Legion Post 690 did its best to bring home to them Thursday. About 35 naval recruits traveled to the legion hall Thursday for a Thanksgiving meal, football on TV, games and other activities. Recruits were also in Wheeling enjoying the day.

    California brown pelicans fly off after being released by the International Bird Rescue Research Center at the beach in San Pedro, Calif.

    Sardine crash may be hurting brown pelicans

    One study found 7,018 brown pelicans, half the average of the past decade, and the lowest number since 1999.

    Pope Francis, left, hugs Vatican Almoner, Archbishop Konrad Krajewski, after his episcopal ordination, in St. Peter’s Basilica.

    Pope ramps up charity office to be near poor, sick

    Vatiican Almoner Konrad Krajewski visits homes for the elderly in the name of the pope, writes checks to the needy in the name of the pope — even traveled to the island of Lampedusa in the name of the pope after a migrant boat capsized last month, killing more than 350 people.


    Palatine Jaycees open holiday tree sale Nov. 29

    The Palatine Jaycees will be hosting their 56th annual Christmas tree Sale in the Palatine Park District Aquatic Center parking lot this holiday season to raise funds to help individuals and civic groups throughout the area.

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    Gurnee village board hires economic development consultant

    Gurnee has hired a consultant to provide economic development expertise to the village. Village board members at a recent meeting approved a contract not to exceed $49,000 with San Francisco-based Gruen Gruen + Associates. Gruen’s Chicago office will handle duties for Gurnee, officials said.

    Jackson Fuhrmann, 6, of Geneva, donned a turkey hat to run in the Youth Mile in the annual Fox and Turkey Races Thanksgiving Day in Batavia. He and his mother, Jennifer, have been participating in the races the past three years.

    Busy start to Thanksgiving Day in downtown Batavia

    The 17th annual Fox and Turkey Races, hosted by the Fox River Trail Runners, helps benefit the Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry.

    Danny Moninger, 10, evades a touch “tackle” from Dylan Funkhouser, 9, both of Batavia as they warm up before the Batavia Youth Football League’s annual Thanksgiving Day Turkey Bowl game. Prior to the game, the youth players cheered on the Batavia High School football team as they practiced in preparation for Saturday’s state championship game in DeKalb.

    Double dose of football on Thanksgiving Day in Batavia

    The Batavia High School varsity football teams gets in a Thanksgiving practice ahead of Saturday's state championship game in DeKalb.


    Plenty of options greet DuPage holiday revelers

    As some of us celebrate the onset of the Christmas season with a Black Friday shopping frenzy, others are reveling in a host of holiday traditions. Many of our communities are ushering in Christmas with tree-lighting ceremonies, lighted parades and visits from Santa Claus. Here’s a quick look at some of the festivities planned for the weekend.


    U-46 families get holiday donations

    Several area families, organizations and businesses are contributing to bringing some holiday cheer to dozens of Elgin Area School District U-46 students and families in need, officials said.

    The Villa Park VFW Post 2801 hosts Thanksgiving for 165 recruits from the Great Lakes Naval Station.

    VFW provides sailors with touch of home for holidays

    Villa Park VFW Post 2801 made Thanksgiving a little more pleasant for roughly 200 sailors from Great Lakes, providing them with video games, free phone calls and lots of food.

    The starting line was crowded as 7,500 runners participated in the 16th annual Naperville Noon Lions 5K Turkey Trot Thursday morning.

    Turkey Trot attracts thousands to Naperville

    On a day when turkeys aren’t the only things that usually end up stuffed, more than 7,500 runners took to the streets of Naperville for the 16th annual Noon Lions Turkey Trot 5K. Whether they were running, jogging to even walking the 3.1-mile course, participants on Thursday got a chance to burn a few calories before sitting down to their Thanksgiving meals. It’s no accident that the race’s...

    Naperville’s Mike Wolfsmith participated in the 16th annual Naperville Noon Lions 5K Turkey Trot Thursday morning.

    Images: Thanksgiving in the suburbs
    Suburban residents celebrated Thanksgiving in many ways. Turkey races were held in Naperville and Batavia. Local American Legion Posts,VFW and churches held luncheons for Navy recuruits and those in need within their communites.

    Inglewood police snipers take up a position Wednesday outside a residence where a police officer was shot and another received minor injuries in a confrontation with a gunman.

    California man held after 9-hour hostage ordeal

    The gunman, his girlfriend and her 14-year-old daughter all came away unharmed, police said. "The man in the home shot at the arriving officers “before they could even get to the front door,” police spokesman James Madia said.

    A Sumatran tiger leaps on Australia Zoo handler Dave Styles, left, as an unidentified man comes to Styles’ aid in an enclosure Tuesday at the zoo at Sunshine Coast, Australia. Styles who suffered puncture wounds to his head and shoulder was rescued by fellow workers.

    Handler recovering from tiger attack at Aussie zoo

    Zoo officials said Dave Styles was wearing a poncho, and the tiger may have mistaken him for its favorite biting toy.News reports said several dozen people witnessed the attack.

    President Barack Obama speaks during his visit Tuesday to DreamWorks Studios in Glendale, Calif.

    Distance widens between Obama, congressional Democrats

    The political body language tells the story of the strain. Thirty-nine House Democrats in Obama’s party, including several from the Chicago suburbs, defied the president’s veto threat and voted for a GOP-sponsored bill to permit the sale of individual health coverage that falls short of requirements in the law.

    Secular Egyptian activists, including a man holding a placard reading,”the revolution continues,” hold a protest Wednesday in Talaat Harb Square in Downtown, Cairo, Egypt, against the issuance of a new law regulating demonstrations.

    Egyptian women carry on protest despite beatings by police

    Rasha Azab was still in pain from being beaten by police on the back. Mona Seif was limping from blows to her leg. Nazly Hussein said she was beaten in the police station before the desert drive when she tried to help a woman being dragged down the stairs by her hair. “Our beating is nothing,” said Azab. “Today we will go to sleep, wake up and continue our fight with authorities again.”

    A police officer stands on 6th Avenue as a giant fireman balloon passes during the 87th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Thursday in New York. After fears the balloons could be grounded if sustained winds exceeded 23 mph, Snoopy, Spider-Man and the rest of the iconic balloons received the all-clear from the New York Police Department to fly between Manhattan skyscrapers on Thursday.

    Images: Macy’s 87th Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade
    The 87th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade was held Thursday to kick off the holiday season. An estimated 3.5 million people in New York City watched the parade with over 50 million people watching from home. Giant balloons, bands, floats and performances make up this annual event.


    South Korea, Japan defy Chinese air defense zone
    South Korean and Japanese flights through China’s new maritime air defense zone added to the international defiance Thursday of rules Beijing says it has imposed in East China Sea but that neighbors and the U.S. have vowed to ignore.


    Illinois son who pushed to honor father dies short of goal

    n Urbana man who pushed for years to have either a courthouse or post office named for his accomplished father has died.


    Myanmar’s remaining independence fighter dies

    Ye Htut, the last member of the “Thirty Comrades,” the group that spearheaded Myanmar’s struggle against British colonial rule, has died. He was 91. Ye Htut died from health problems related to old age at a hospital in the main city of Yangon on Wednesday, family members said.

    With temperatures plummeting, authorities are reminding Illinoisans to take precautions against biting cold. Chicago’s Office of Emergency Management and Communications says people should make sure th

    Officials to Illinoisans: Prepare for cold

    With temperatures plummeting, authorities are reminding Illinoisans to take precautions against biting cold. Chicago’s Office of Emergency Management and Communications says people should make sure th

    In a November 2013 family photo provided by Annmarie Klein, a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary stands amid the ruins of the former home of Klein and her family in Washington, Ill., after the Nov. 17, 2013 that destroyed their home. Klein is asking for the publicís help in locating three cards swept away by the twister. The cards were addressed to the three children of Kleinís brother, Paul McLaughlin, who before his 2005 death from colon cancer entrusted Klein to give the cards to his children someday.

    Illinois tornado survivor searches for missing cards

    Annmarie Klein knows she’s blessed to have survived the tornado that leveled her family’s central Illinois home, and she understands most of the things they lost as a tornado tore through Washington, Ill., can be replaced. That’s not true for a mint green box that contained three cards personalized by Klein’s brother, Paul McLaughlin, with notes for each of his three children before his 2005...

    Tucson Police Department investigators and evidence technicians investigate the scene at a home where two people were arrested Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013, after three girls told authorities that they have been imprisoned for possibly the past two years, in Tucson, Ariz. Tucson police said the girls are siblings ó ages 12, 13 and 17 ó and their mother and stepfather have been arrested in a case that’s being investigated as alleged child abuse and imprisonment.

    Police review journal of Arizona teen held captive

    Police were poring over a journal they say a 17-year-old girl kept while she and her two younger sisters were imprisoned by their mother and stepfather for up to two years. Tucson Police Chief Roberto Villasenor said investigators were combing through the diary Wednesday for evidence as they build a criminal case against the 32-year-old mother and 34-year-old stepfather.

    In this Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011 file photo then Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov walks during military maneuvers in the Chelyabinsk region of Russia. Russiaís main investigative agency filed charges against the former defense minister Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013, accusing him of using servicemen and government funds to build a road to a vacation home and do landscaping work on the property. If convicted, Serdyukov could face up to five years in prison.

    Charges filed against former Russian defense chief

    Russia’s top investigative agency filed criminal charges Thursday against the nation’s former defense minister, who was accused of using servicemen and government funds to build a road to a vacation home and do landscaping work on the property. Anatoly Serdyukov lost his job a year ago over a corruption scandal. Some of his close associates have faced criminal charges, but the Kremlin has faced...

    Kristen Ritchie, a case manager who helps DuPage County seniors continue to live independently, has received the 2013 Care Coordinator of the Year Award from the Illinois Department of Aging.

    Naperville resident is a case manager for seniors

    Someone to be thankful for story about Kristen Ritchie, a DuPage County employee who works with seniors living independently. This year, Ritchie won the Care Coordinator of the Year award from the Illinois Department of Aging. She says she enjoys helping area seniors with their daily living, and it is something she always wanted to do because of her close relationship with her grandmother.

    Libertyville resident and World War II veteran Don Carter is still going strong at age 88. He is active in the local American Legion and VFW and is in charge of organizing the village’s annual Memorial Day program.

    Libertyville World War II vet represents living history for kids

    Libertyville resident and World War II veteran Don Carter is still going strong at age 88. He is active in the local American Legion and VFW and is in charge of organizing the annual Memorial Day program. He shares his experiences with students and other groups. “It’s something kids need to hear,” said Libertyville Mayor Terry Weppler.

    Libertyville residents won’t be among those keeping chickens in their backyards as the village board opted not to proceed with a test program that would have allowed five household to keep up to three hens.

    Libertyville not willing to try allowing chickens in yards

    Libertyville officials have nixed an idea for a pilot program that would have allowed up to five households to keep hens. "I've gotten a lot of responses from the community on this one that have been overwhelmingly against it," said Trustee Rich Moras.

    Ben Alexander, who lost his home to the F4 tornado that struck downstate Washington Nov. 16, recalls where the family huddled together in the basement during the disaster. “People always say that it sounds like a train, but it gets louder like a jet engine.” he said. The family thought they lost their cat Jasmine in the storm, but found her two days after cleanup efforts began. She also was hiding in the basement.

    Despite tragedy, Washington residents finding reasons to give thanks

    As he stood amid the rubble that used to be his neighborhood in Washington, Ill., over the weekend, it was hard to imagine that Ben Alexander would have much to give thanks for as he and the thousands of others left homeless by a Nov. 16 tornado sit down for Thanksgiving dinner. But amid the ruin and devastation of the past 12 days, Alexander and others in this video are finding reason to be...

    Being good sports for a summer “vacation” that included several visits to college campuses, Ross, left, Will and Ben take a moment to enjoy this stream and indulge their parents’ request for a photo.

    Years fly from Legos to college, but we’re thankful for trip

    Thanksgiving always has been good to my family. But my wife, Cheryl, topped all expectations in 1995 by giving birth on Thanksgiving to our twin sons, Ross and Ben. We added Will in 1999. As I have for every Thanksgiving since that emotional holiday when we became parents, I ask your indulgence as my family shares some thankful moments from the last year.


    Ben Andreas and Naperville Central meet Loyola at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Class 8A state championship game at NIU’s Huskie Stadium in DeKalb.

    High schools take their title dreams to DeKalb

    Here's what to expect from the first-ever high school football championship games to be held at NIU.

    Missouri guard Jordan Clarkson (5) protects the ball in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Northwestern during the Las Vegas Invitational on Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013, in Las Vegas.

    Missouri beats Northwestern 78-67

    Jordan Clarkson scored 13 of his 21 points in the second half to lead Missouri to a 78-67 win over Northwestern in Thursday night’s opening round of the Las Vegas Invitational. The Tigers, who played on Thanksgiving Day for the second consecutive year, scored the first 14 points of the second half to erase a five-point halftime deficit and take a 48-39 lead at the 15:10 mark and never looked back.

    Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, left, chats with Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger after an NFL football game, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013, in Baltimore. Baltimore won 22-20.

    Ravens hold on for 22-20 win over Steelers

    BALTIMORE — Another close game in the spirited rivalry between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens came down to a wacky final two minutes that featured a pair of overturned touchdowns, a couple injuries and finally, a missed 2-point conversion.Justin Tucker kicked five field goals, and Baltimore snuffed a conversion pass with 1:03 left to escape with a 22-20 victory Thursday night.After Pittsburgh scored on a 1-yard touchdown pass from Ben Roethlisberger to Jerricho Cotchery to get within two points, Roethlisberger’s conversion pass slipped through the hands of Emmanuel Sanders, who was screened by Chykie Brown.The victory provided the Ravens (6-6) with their first winning streak since September and pushed them ahead of the Steelers (5-7) and four other teams in the race for the final wild-card slot in the AFC. It also avenged a 19-16 loss to their division rivals last month.It was the fifth straight game between the teams decided by three points or fewer.Pittsburgh appeared to score twice in the closing minutes, but on each occasion the touchdown was overturned by a replay. On the first one, tight end Heath Miller was ruled down inside the 1. On the second, running back Le’Veon Bell lost his helmet on a crushing tackle by Jimmy Smith and the ball was ruled dead just short of the goal line.The game was delayed while Bell and Smith lay on the ground. Two plays later, Roethlisberger connected with a wide-open Cotchery on fourth down.Tucker connected on kicks of 43, 34, 38, 45 and 48 yards after Joe Flacco threw a first-quarter touchdown pass to Torrey Smith.Flacco went 24 for 35 for 251 yards. Roethlisberger was 28 for 44 for 257 yards and two TDs.Baltimore didn’t get a sack and didn’t force a turnover, but played well enough to bottle up Roethlisberger and the Steelers for the majority of the game.Down 19-7, the Steelers mounted a 60-yard drive aided by two penalties and got a 1-yard touchdown run by Bell to close to 19-14 with 9:32 to go. It was only the second rushing TD allowed by the Ravens this season.Tucker answered with a field goal, but Roethlisberger mounted a 79-yard drive to set the stage for the hectic finish.The Ravens opened the second half with a 52-yard drive that ended in a field goal for a 13-0 lead. Smith caught two passes on third down to keep the drive alive.Pittsburgh answered with an 80-yard march that began with a 21-yard completion from Roethlisberger to Miller, and included a 43-yard run by Bell to the Baltimore 8. On third down, Sanders got free in the end zone for an 8-yard score — only the fourth touchdown allowed by the Ravens in six home games.Jacoby Jones took the ensuing kickoff 73 yards to the Pittsburgh 27, setting up a 38-yard field goal that made it 16-7. Jones sprinted down the left side and nearly ran into Steelers coach Mike Tomlin, who stepped out of the way at the last second.After a Pittsburgh punt, Flacco escaped pressure to complete a 34-yard pass to Jones, and Tucker followed with a 45-yarder to put the Ravens up by 12 with 13:59 remaining.That would be Baltimore’s final score, and it proved to be just enough for a much-needed victory.Baltimore limited the Steelers to 98 yards and got a touchdown pass from Flacco in taking a 10-0 halftime lead.The game couldn’t have started much better for the Ravens. After holding Pittsburgh to a three-and-out, Baltimore moved 71 yards to take a 7-0 lead on a 7-yard touchdown pass to Smith. The play came after Smith hauled in a 54-yard pass from Flacco to the Pittsburgh 1.There were three scuffles after the whistle in the first quarter, but peace was restored before things got out of hand.Pittsburgh’s third drive ended with a curious, aborted field-goal try. Shaun Suisham was poised to kick a 50-yarder, but his approach began well before the snap and he didn’t follow through. Holder Mat McBriar flipped an impromptu lateral to Suisham, who was tackled for a 12-yard loss.

    Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) celebrates his touchdown against the Oakland Raiders with Jason Hatcher (97) during the second half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013, in Arlington, Texas.

    Cowboys rally to beat Raiders

    DeMarco Murray did the finishing work for the Dallas Cowboys. Backup Lance Dunbar made his job a lot easier. Murray ran for three touchdowns, Dunbar had a career-high 82 yards rushing and the Cowboys overcame Oakland’s fumble return for a score on the opening kickoff to beat the Raiders 31-24 Thursday.


    Blackhawks game day

    Blackhawks vs. Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center, 7:30 p.m.TV: Comcast SportsNetRadio: WGN-AM 720The skinny: The Hawks are coming off maybe their most dramatic win of the year, 3-2 at Calgary, when Patrick Kane scored with 18 seconds to play in regulation to bring them all the way back from a 2-0 third period deficit. Corey Crawford is expected to start in goal. The Hawks won 5-2 in Dallas on Nov. 9 behind 2 goals from Marian Hossa.Next: Phoenix Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena, 7 p.m. Saturday.— Tim Sassone

    The Chicago Blackhawks held a premiere earlier this month at the Navy Pier IMAX Theatre to showcase their one-hour film, “17 Seconds.” The DVD can be ordered online at blackhawksstore.com and will be available at all Blackhawks stores starting Friday.

    ‘17 Seconds’ that brought Stanley Cup back to Chicago

    Blackhawks' film '17 Seconds' does fantastic job of capturing behind-the-scenes moments of team's Stanley Cup win, celebrations

    In this April 28, 2012, file photo, Bulls guard Derrick Rose reacts after an injury during the fourth quarter of †Game 1 in the first round of the NBA basketball playoffs against the Philadelphia 76ers, in Chicago. Rose is out for the season. The team said Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, that Rose had successful surgery to repair a torn medial meniscus in his right knee. Rose was hurt Friday night, Nov. 22, 2013, at Portland.

    Bulls can bounce back from more bad luck

    The Bulls aren't the first NBA to endure some extreme injury bad luck. In the past, some hard-luck teams have bounced back while others haven't. Still, there is reason for Bulls fans to give thanks this week.

    Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush (21) reacts after his run during the second quarter of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers at Ford Field in Detroit, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)

    Lions on top of NFC North after mauling Pack

    The Detroit Lions were dominant after a shaky start and snapped a few losing streaks.Matthew Stafford made up for some mistakes with three touchdown passes, including one to Calvin Johnson, to help Detroit score 37 straight points to beat the Green Bay Packers 40-10 on Thursday.

    Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is always a handful for opposing defenses.

    Task gets tougher for Bears struggling defense

    It doesn't get a ny easier for the Bears' maligned run defense this week against Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, but coordinator Mel Tucker's group hopes to get a boost from defensive tackle Jeremiah Ratliff, who is close to returning from a serious groin injury.


    Time to get your ice fishing gear ready

    The ice up north is starting to freeze solid, but it's a different story in the Chicago area, as Mike Jackson explains in this week's outdoors notebook.


    Time passes, but fatherly pride is forever

    Surprises are part of the allure of fishing. Life, in general, brings its own fair share of unexpected news, and the Jackson family will relish some of the good variety on this Thanksgiving.

    Rich Harvest Farms owner Jerry Rich is working hard to promote the International Crown golf event coming to his course in 2016, and working to see that it comes back often.

    Rich goes the distance for International Crown

    In 2016, Rich Harvest Farms golf club in Sugar Grove will host the second staging of the International Crown, an innovative biannual team competition involving eight countries with the best women's golfers in the world. Owner Jerry Rich, meanwhile, hopes the event will become a regular event at Rich Harvest. Len Ziehm has more in this report.

    Even though QB Jay Cutler has married and started a family, he hasn’t moved to Mr. Rogers’ neighborhood, started wearing zippered cardigan sweaters and become a total teddy Bear — for which Mike Imrem is very thankful.

    Honestly, really: Thank goodness ...

    Josh McCown coming back in his eighth or ninth NFL life as Joe Montana ... and other reasons for sports teams, sports figures and sports fans to give thanks this year.


    Thanksgiving edition reveals so much gratitude in so little space

    Despite a rough week in Chicago sports, Spellman's Scorecard somehow still finds plenty to be thankful for.

    The Hawks’ Brandon Bollig, right, scuffles with the Flames’ Brian McGrattan during the first period Wednesday in Calgary, Alberta,

    Kane, Hawks rally in Raanta’s first start

    The Blackhawks were looking for a fourth straight win on their circus road trip Wednesday and sent rookie goalie Antti Raanta out against the Calgary Flames to try to get it. Raanta got it all right, but it wasn’t easy. The Hawks rallied from a 2-0 deficit in the third period to stun the Flames 3-2 on Patrick Kane’s goal with 18 seconds to play. Kane extended his points streak to 12 games.


    Shoppers approach Old Navy store at Atlantic Terminal Mall in New York. A major push among retailers encourages shoppers to agree to be tracked in exchange for a good deal. Brick-and-mortar stores used to balk at customers who used smartphones to compare prices at rival stores, but retailers like Target are now pushing their own mobile apps and offering in-store Wi-Fi.

    Retailer tech creeps into consumers’ private lives

    To lure buyers, major holiday retailers including, Macy’s, Best Buy and JCPenney, have partnered with the Shopkick mobile app. If shoppers turn on the app while in their store, they can be rewarded with discounts or song downloads for trying on clothes, scanning barcodes and making purchases.

    A Falcon-9 rocket is poised on the launch pad at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Fla.

    Glitches keep private firm from launching rocket

    The privately owned SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket has experienced several technical issues this year and two attempts to launch on Thanksgiving were aborted. SpaceX says it will try again in a few days to launch the 7,000-pound satellite into geostationary orbit.


    He’s fired, then offered job back in Thanksgiving dispute

    Pizza Hut’s corporate office issued a statement Wednesday saying it respects an employee’s right to not work on the holiday and that the store owner has agreed to reinstate Tony Rohr.


    Australia rejects ADM’s proposed GrainCorp buyout

    ADM has been looking to invest in overseas suppliers and Australia is a major exporter of commodities, including iron ore and wheat. It has said that full ownership of GrainCorp would help expand its agriculture offerings in the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

    European Council President Herman Van Rompuy, center, leaves after a meeting of the EPP, ahead of an Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius on Thursday. European Union leaders sought Thursday to revive a stalled agreement with Ukraine.

    EU leaves door open for Ukraine deal

    With Russia warily looking on, European Union leaders on Thursday implored Ukraine to sign a landmark association agreement and reverse the geopolitical defeat they suffered last week when the former Soviet republic sought closer ties with Moscow instead of Brussels.


    Centuries-old Italian olive trees dying

    A pathogen is wasting 500-year-old olive trees, researchers say. The Bari institute is testing plants without signs of infection to determine a protective buffer zone. The germ may have been introduced via the import of ornamental plants.

    Devin Hayes, left and Brittney Walker, both of Elgin, share intelligence last year while shopping at a big-box store. The duo, along with about 20 family members, plan on hitting up the holiday sales, starting Thanksgiving Day. “Your team has to be strong, it has to be fierce,” Walker said. “There's one last item left, you've got to be able to go for it and take no prisoners.”

    Suburban shoppers' dos and don'ts of Thanksgiving shopping

    After you're done stuffing yourself on Thanksgiving, why not walk off the calories with a little retail therapy? That's exactly what Mae Hicks Jones of Elgin and about 20 of her family members plan on doing. “It's about just everybody getting together,” Jones said. “The shopping is extra.” Select stores at most suburban malls will be open on Thanksgiving.

    Twitter is banking on retailers to help fuel its ad sales after investors paid a premium for the unprofitable company at the time of IPO based on its growth potential.

    Twitter woos retailers to get into Facebook holiday push

    Twitter is banking on retailers to help fuel its ad sales after investors paid a premium for the unprofitable company at the time of IPO based on its growth potential. “Holiday is one of the most important periods and for me, sitting in the retail world, it is the most critical period,” said J.J. Hirschle of Twitter.

    This Nov. 1, 2013 photo shows rows of chambers holding intermediate-level radioactive waste in shallow pits at the Bruce Power nuclear complex near Kincardine, Ontario. Ontario Power Generation is seeking permission from the Canadian government to permanently store low- and intermediate-level radioactive waste in a rock chamber that would be built more than 2,000 feet below the earth’s surface and less than a mile from Lake Huron.

    Nuclear waste burial debate produces odd alliances
    Ordinarily, a proposal to bury radioactive waste in a scenic area that relies on tourism would inspire “not in my backyard” protests from local residents — and relief in places that were spared. But conventional wisdom has been turned on its head in the Canadian province of Ontario, where a publicly owned power company wants to entomb waste from its nuclear plants 2,230 feet below the surface and less than a mile from Lake Huron.

    The Willis Tower in downtown Chicago provides a backdrop to a huge mound of petroleum coke, or pet coke, in the a residential area southeast part of the city. An increasing volume and size of petcoke piles is causing environmental concerns for residents in this working-class neighborhood.

    Piles of Midwest ‘petcoke’ raising residents’ ire

    The images are startling. Billowing black clouds darken the daytime sky as wind-driven grit pelts homes and cars and forces bewildered residents to take cover. The onslaught, captured in photos and video footage from Detroit and Chicago this year, was caused by the same thing: brisk winds sweeping across huge black piles of petroleum coke, or “petcoke,” a powdery byproduct of oil refining that’s been accumulating along Midwest shipping channels and sparking a new wave of health and environmental concerns.

    Atlanta Fire Crew Capt. Jerry Andrews Jr., left, waves goodbye to airport chaplain Rev. Frank Colladay Jr., as he makes his rounds through a concourse at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport, in Atlanta. Airports are mini-cities with their own movie theaters, fire departments and shopping malls. Many also have chapels, which are staffed by a mix of 350 part- and full-time chaplains worldwide who are Catholic, Protestant and, to a lesser extent, Jewish, Muslim or Sikh.

    Airport chaplains let fliers connect with heavens

    Airports are mini-cities with their own movie theaters, fire departments and shopping malls. Many also have chapels, typically tiny non-denominational spaces, in out-of-the-way locations. They offer an escape from constant gate change and security announcements and are staffed by 350 part- and full-time chaplains worldwide, who consider the job glamorous.

    Kayne West spent more than 6 minutes talking and singing about Nike during his “The Yeezus Tour” stop Wednesday night at the Bridgestone arena in Nashville, Tenn.

    Kanye West calls out Nike executive during concert

    Kanye West continued to vent at former partner Nike, taking to the mic during a concert again this week to complain about his treatment by the sports apparel company. West spent more than 6 minutes talking and singing about the company during his “The Yeezus Tour” stop Wednesday night at the Bridgestone arena in Nashville, Tenn.

    Japan’s three wireless carriers all sell iPhones after NTT Docomo, the nation’s largest, ended its holdout against the iPhone as it attempts to regain market share from smaller rivals which already stock the devices.

    Apple won 76% of Japan smartphone sales in October

    Apple Inc. won 76 percent of Japanese smartphone sales in October after the release of its new iPhone 5S and 5C models, market researcher Kantar Worldpanel ComTech said.

Life & Entertainment

    A replica leg lamp is displayed with other memorabilia at the Christmas Story museum in Cleveland. The museum expects an influx of visitors on the 30th anniversary of “A Christmas Story,” the quirky holiday film turned classic in the city where Ralphie's house was restored on a bluff overlooking the steel mills. (

    'A Christmas Story' at 30: Now part of the family

    Even after three decades, the triple-dog dare doesn't get old. The film “A Christmas Story” opened 30 years ago to mixed reviews but has shown its staying power as a holiday family favorite. Cleveland, where parts of the movie were filmed and hard-luck Ralphie dreamed big, is celebrating the anniversary. “It becomes part of your fabric for your whole life,” said Kevin Moor of the Cleveland Play House.

    More than 500 owners of top quality cars from around the country descended on Rosemont last weekend for the 2013 Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals.

    Rosemont hosts the 2013 Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals

    With more than 500 vehicles on display, there was more than a few eye-catching machines from all over the country parked last weekend at the 2013 Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals. The event, held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, has evolved into an auto lovers paradise.

    Canadian pop singer Justin Bieber performs on stage during the first Australian stop of his Believe tour at the Entertainment Centre in Brisbane, Australia, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013.

    Aussie hotel proud of its Justin Bieber graffiti

    SYDNEY — An Australian hotel is declaring itself a graffiti Belieber, despite being at odds with the city government.QT Hotel in the Gold Coast said it gave Justin Bieber permission to spray graffiti on its wall. The Canadian singer and others posted images online showing cartoon faces in fluorescent paint on an outdoor wall at the hotel in Queensland state.After hearing criticism, the hotel changed its Facebook page cover art Thursday to show Bieber, his graffiti and the declaration: “He asked, and we said YES.”The Gold Coast mayor Tom Tate says the singer risked undermining the city’s efforts to fight graffiti. “The last thing we want is to have graffiti glorified and more young people thinking it’s a cool thing to do,” he said.In a letter to the hotel, Tate asserted the city can insist on removal of graffiti in private spaces if it’s visible from public spaces.But in further posts on its Facebook page, QT Hotel defended Bieber as an excellent hotel guest and said it wanted to promote graffiti as an art form. It invited artists to share examples of their work to be judged, with select artists being offered a hotel wall they could spray-paint themselves.Bieber performed in Brisbane on Wednesday and has more concerts in Sydney on Friday and Saturday.The 19-year-old pop star arrived in Australia after a troubled Latin American tour. He apologized to Argentinians after images appeared to show him dragging that country’s flag across the stage with his feet. He quit one concert early after apparently contracting food poisoning, and police in Brazil want to question him about another graffiti incident there.

    St. Charles native Dan Behrendt performs as Leopold the Thief in The Strange Tree Group’s production of “The Dead Prince.”

    St. Charles native gets musical for ‘Dead Prince’

    St. Charles native Dan Behrendt revisits musicals for the first time since college in "The Dead Prince." “Rehearsals for this play have kind of forced the guitar back into my hands, which is sort of a blessing in disguise because I forgot how much I enjoy it,” Behrendt said.

    Try a unique gift for the wine-lover in your life. These grow bottles for herbs are made from reclaimed wine bottles.

    Recycled wine industry materials make unique gifts

    Looking to please a wine lover this holiday season? You can always spring for a special bottle or wrap up the latest and greatest corkscrew, but why not play off the passion through a recycled gift instead? From sunglasses made of old wine barrels to colorful wind chimes created with bits of bottles, the reuse, repurpose, recycle crowd has been busy with wine industry materials for gifty products.

    “The Frackers: The Outrageous Inside Story of the New Billionaire Wildcatters” was written by Gregory Zuckerman.

    Book chronicles businessmen who led fracking boom

    Gregory Zuckerman's book “The Frackers” tells the unexpected story of how a once-obscure method of producing oil and natural gas from shale rock led to a huge American energy boom — and to a bitter debate over whether that's a great thing or an environmental disaster. The subject of fracking often provokes extreme emotions, and the 393 pages of “The Frackers” takes the positive view.

    The Three Little Piggies breakfast sandwich, served at The Little Nell hotel’s Element 47 restaurant in Aspen, Colo., consists of a quarter-pound of slow-roasted shaved porchetta, smoked and pan-seared pork belly and house-made sausage gravy, resting on top of an egg-battered French toast waffle, topped off with a fried farm egg. It’s one of a number of over-the-top yummy comfort foods being served at ski resorts this season.

    Ski resorts indulge in gut-busting, decadent food

    Forget that fresh arugula and grilled chicken salad. This season, ski resorts are letting us indulge with a new slate of warm, hearty comfort foods. At Colorado’s Copper Mountain, skiers who pop into the Sugar Lip Donuts eatery can now indulge in Little Piggies, which are maple bacon doughnuts. Down the road at Vail’s Four Seasons Resort & Residences, guests can try the “That’s Just Wrong Dog,” a Kobe beef hot dog wrapped in house-cured maple bacon with blue cheese coleslaw and heirloom tomato ketchup.

    Encourage kids to indulge in healthy portions of their favorite holiday treats.

    Don’t let the holidays derail healthy habits

    Despite my shock that we’re in the throes of the holiday season, it’s here and it’s time to celebrate! I love the parties, the extra family time, and the amazing food that this time of year brings. What I don’t like are the crazy weekend schedules and lack of daily structure, especially around meal planning.

    Jeffrey Wright plays Beetee in “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” which has been setting box office records worldwide.

    Jeffrey Wright considers his career choices

    Even though Jeffrey Wright has won a Tony, Emmy and Golden Globe, and appeared in more than 35 films as one of the most versatile actors of his generation, he’s far from a household name. But he couldn’t care less. With his latest film, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” setting box office records worldwide, Wright recently examined his career choices.

    In stores Thursday is Garth Brook’s “Blame It All On My Roots” eight-disc box set containing a blast of newly recorded material. Brooks heads up a concert special Friday that CBS will broadcast live from the Wynn resort in Las Vegas.

    Brooks focused on live show, box set — mum on 2014

    Garth Brooks isn’t ready to talk specifics about his looming comeback, but there should be more than enough music this week to sate the country superstar’s fans for a while. Brooks is set to release a new eight-disc box set Thursday, then will broadcast his Las Vegas show live on CBS on Friday night. Both are an examination of the Oklahoma singer’s musical roots with covers of songs that have influenced him.



    Editorial: The unlikely power of giving thanks

    A Daily Herald editorial says that even when it seems hardest, giving thanks is an important way to make life better.


    Good news stories abound throughout the year

    Columnist Jim Slusher: Each Thanksgiving Day, I like to contradict stereotypes about the news with mention of a few of the bright stories that made news just from the previous week.


    Ready to boycott stores open on holiday
    A Wheeling letter to the editor: One never knows if this is the last holiday season you will have with a loved one. Don’t take those memories from these retail workers on Thanksgiving Day.


    Elgin’s shrinking natural resources
    A South Elgin letter to the editor: Due to the rapid growth and expansion of our population as well as in building commercial buildings in the Elgin area, the natural resources that provide our community are diminishing. Because of this, we need to be more considerate of where we are expanding and how we are growing as a city.


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