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Arlington Hts. poised to extend ash borer program
Reacting to pleas from homeowners, the Arlington Heights village board gave preliminary approval Monday to extending a cost-sharing program for treating ash trees to ward off the emerald ash borer.
Fire guts downtown Mt. Prospect restaurant, leaves residents homeless
An early morning fire Sunday in downtown Mount Prospect left a Japanese restaurant gutted, residents homeless, businesses without power, streets closed and the immediate future of a popular bakery uncertain. No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire remains under investigation. Another casualty was the office of the Mount Prospect Chamber of Commerce.
Naperville-area legislators hosting Metra public hearing
Commuters frustrated with the service delays that seemingly have struck every line in Metra’s suburban rail system this year will have a venue to seek some answers Monday. Two Naperville-area state legislators are hosting a public hearing with Metra CEO Don Orseno and other officials who will make a presentation and respond to questions beginning at 7 p.m. Monday in the Naperville municipal...
Decision on ComEd lines through Kane Co. preserves comes down to money
Kane County Forest Preserve District commissioners are positioned to intervene on a plan that would place ComEd power lines and towers on the outskirts of two preserves. The district, though, could bend to desires of local farmers and allow lines to run through the preserves instead. But that will only happen if ComEd is willing to pay the district enough to buy one of the neighboring farms. The...
GOP governor candidates court Indian American group at forum
As the GOP tries to rebuild what one candidate called a “brand problem” with minorities, three of the four Republican candidates for Illinois governor spoke at a forum planned by the Indian American Republican Organization on Sunday night. The forum was mainly cordial, with no mention of the recent scuffles and accusations between Rutherford and Rauner. On topics of the economy and pension...
Report: Snowden used scraping software for data
Edward Snowden, the former government contractor who exposed secret U.S. intelligence programs, used automated “web crawler” software to scrape classified information from the National Security Agency’s systems, the New York Times reported, citing a senior intelligence official.
Future scientists visit Fermi for Family Open House Day
More than 2,000 children and families learned about physics and other science concepts Sunday afternoon at the annual hands-on Family Open House at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia. The event included ask-a-scientist sessions, tours of the U.S. Department of Energy laboratory and booths with experiments on topics including magnets, air pressure, Newton’s laws and friction.
More suburban theaters now eligible for Jeff Awards
Several suburban theaters will be eligible to win one of Chicago’s top theater awards next year because of a recent rule change. The Joseph Jefferson Awards Committee, a volunteer organization that grants accolades to Chicago area theater since 1968, recently increased the distance which theaters can be to downtown Chicago from 30 to 45 miles.
Danish zoo kills giraffe to prevent inbreeding
Saying it needed to prevent inbreeding, the Copenhagen Zoo killed a 2-year-old giraffe and fed its remains to lions as visitors watched, ignoring a petition signed by thousands and offers from other zoos and a private individual to save the animal.
Caffeine common in kids, young adults; mainly soda
:Nearly 3 out of 4 U.S. children and young adults consume at least some caffeine, mostly from soda, tea and coffee. The rate didn’t budge much over a decade, although soda use declined and energy drinks became an increasingly common source, a government analysis finds.
Arlington Heights honors its unsung heroes, pays tribute to Paula Ulreich
In the City of Good Neighbors, Lois Anderson was named the best. Anderson won the “Best Neighbor” award Saturday at 15th annual Hearts of Gold dinner in Arlington Heights. Her dedication to helping others, looking in on homebound neighbors, scheduling monthly visits to nursing home residents and her involvement in a local homeless shelter earned her the award.
Images: Maine East IDTA Regional Competition
Area schools competed in the Illinois Drill Team Association regionals held Sunday at Maine East High School in Park Ridge.
Cook County planning workshop set for Feb. 11
Cook County and the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) will host an interactive subregional workshop for north Cook County on Tuesday, Feb. 11 in Arlington Heights, as part of the county’s Planning for Progress effort. Two sessions will be held at Arlington Heights Village Hall, 33 S. Arlington Heights Road, one at 5 p.m. and another at 7 p.m.
GOP treasurer candidates to meet
The Republican candidates for Lake County treasurer will answer questions from potential voters Tuesday at the Lake County Republican Federation office, 320 Peterson Road, Libertyville. The 7:30 p.m. session is free to attend and open to the public.
Barrington author to speak about donating
Barrington author Rem Stokes will make a presentation about charitable giving at 11:30 a.m. Monday at the Garlands of Barrington Performing Arts Center. Stokes, who is also is a member of the retirement community, recently wrote a book on the subject of donating titled “Cultivating Generosity: Giving What’s Right, Not What’s Left.”
Bulldog Nation fundraiser set
Wauconda High School’s Bulldog Nation Foundation will host its annual Dinner and Dance Gala on March 7.
Valentine’s Day concert
Enjoy the romantic sounds of 1920s jazz with a special Valentine’s Day concert on Friday, Feb. 14, in the Bradbury Room of the Waukegan Public Library.
Climbers take on suburbs’ tallest tower
Let Julie Andrews, or even Carrie Underwood, climb every mountain. Let all those Wolves of Wall Street climb the corporate ladder. Let the Chicago Cubs climb in the standings. OK, that last one was a joke. But if you really wanted to see folks do some serious climbing — the kind that requires some honest-to-goodness sweat — the Oakbrook Terrace Tower was the place to be Sunday.
Dist. 76 seeks input
Diamond Lake District 76 is seeking input on potential restructuring options being considered for Diamond Lake School from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12 during a parent focus group at Fairhaven School, 634 Countryside Highway, Mundelein.
Attorney: Victim in West Aurora sex abuse lawsuit showed courage
A former West Aurora High School student who sued West Aurora District 129 for not protecting her from sexual abuse at the hands of a band teacher and failing to report suspicions to state officials has shown a tremendous amount of courage, her attorney said. “I just feel great that my client had enough courage to stand up and participate in civil proceedings and the criminal case.”
A fresh start for Hillary Clinton and liberals?
As Hillary Rodham Clinton mulls a second presidential bid, liberals are closely watching whether the onetime supporter of the Iraq war moves to the left or straddles the center. Democrats say economic issues such as raising the minimum wage and protecting Social Security have become paramount for anyone aiming to lead the party after years of tough economic times.
In the Cruz family, Ted is the diplomatic one
The father of Sen. Ted Cruz is a highly visible face of his political operation, someone who can talk directly to his conservative base and delight them with bombshells that the senator himself can’t drop. And the father could be a key factor in his son’s political future.
One killed, two injured in Antioch crash
A 45-year-old man was killed and two others were injured when a pickup truck and van collided Sunday morning along Route 173 in Antioch, police said. According to police, the collision caused the truck, which the man who died was driving, to turn over. The identity of the person killed was being withheld pending notification of family.
Advocates for expanded gambling hopeful this year
After failing to win enough support the past two years, proponents of expanded gambling in Illinois see it having better chances this year, with other issues out of the way and the state in dire need of cash.
From immigration to trade, inaction in Congress
Little more than a week after Groundhog Day, the evidence is mounting that lawmakers have all but wrapped up their most consequential work of 2014, at least until the results of the fall elections are known.
Methodists in crisis over gay marriage, church law
The dispute among United Methodists over recognition of same-sex couples has lapsed into a doctrinal donnybrook, pitting clergy who are presiding at gay weddings in defiance of church law against proponents of traditional marriage who are trying to stop them.
Documents reveal chaotic military sex-abuse record
At U.S. military bases in Japan, most service members found culpable in sex crimes in recent years did not go to prison, but were fined, demoted, restricted to their bases or removed from the military, according to an Associated Press review of hundreds of cases filed in America’s largest overseas military installation. The internal Defense Department documents paint a disturbing picture of how...
Storm brings snow, rain to Pacific Northwest
A significant weekend storm disrupted plans across the Northwest U.S., blanketing parts of Washington state with snow while socking Oregon and California with rain.
US easing immigration rule for terrorist support
The Obama administration has eased the rules for would-be asylum-seekers, refugees and others who hope to come to the United States or stay here and who gave “limited” support to terrorists or terrorist groups.
600 evacuated from blockaded Syrian city of Homs
Hundreds of civilians were evacuated Sunday from the besieged Syrian city of Homs, braving gunmen spraying bullets and lobbing mortar shells to flee as part of a rare three-day truce to relieve a choking blockade. Dozens were wounded as they fled.
Two killed in I-90 crash in Hoffman Estates
A driver and passenger were killed Sunday morning when a car lost control on the Jane Addams Tollway (I-90) at Barrington Road and struck a light pole, Illinois State Police said. According to police, the silver Toyota Corolla was westbound on the tollway at about 7:45 a.m. when the vehicle, for unknown reasons, veered off the roadway and struck the pole before coming to a stop on the left...
Are the suburbs an Olympic ice skating hub?
The Northbrook Speed Skating Club doesn’t have one or two Olympians among its alumni. It has 19. And the suburbs have ties to nearly a dozen other Olympians competing in ice sports in Sochi this week, including three suburban curlers, two bobsledders, a hockey official, a handful of skating coaches, and three local figure skaters (not including 2010 gold medalist Evan Lysacek, of Naperville, who...
Mount Prospect man loves valentines of old
A lover of fresh ideas and grand schemes, Mount Prospect's Lloyd Levin appreciates the forgotten charms of his vast Valetine's Day card collection that boasts romantic greetings from the 1800s. “I was brought up in a time when you wooed your girlfriend,” Levin says. Having traveled from Bangkok to New Zealand to Paris and beyond during his long career, Levin still doles out an...
New federal rules could burn school bake sales
The Illinois State Board of Education could pick a food fight over new federal rules that could limit the traditional school bake sale fundraiser. “It sounds to me like another example of our government overregulation and big brother trying to tell us what to do all the time,” Downers Grove District 99 school board member Mike Davenport said.
Gurnee wants resident input for possible road repairs
Residents are being asked for their opinions on Gurnee's intent to form long-term plans on improving village roads. Officials will host a town-hall meeting and make presentations on the state of local streets on Wednesday, Feb. 19. The sessions will be at 6 and 6:45 p.m. at village hall, 325 N. O’Plaine Road.
Ohio cat lover mauled to death by 2 dogs
An Ohio woman known for her love of cats was found in front of her home Friday fatally mauled by two neighborhood dogs.
Poll: U.S. Catholics don’t share many Vatican views
The widespread disagreement with Catholic doctrine on abortion and contraception and the hemispheric chasm lay bare the challenge for Pope Francis’ year-old papacy and the unity it has engendered.
Noah, Gibson go on offensive in Bulls’ victory
Taj Gibson early and Joakim Noah late doesn’t sound like a blueprint for successful offensive basketball. But the big man combo carried the Bulls to a 92-86 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday at the Staples Center.
Images: Winter Olympics, Sunday, February 9th
Images from the Sochi Winter Olympics on Sunday, February 9th. Jamie Anderson won the gold medal in the women's snowboard slopestyle event and the United States won the bronze medal in the team figure skating event.
Loyola knocks off ISU
Christian Thomas and Joe Crisman both scored 17 points to pace Loyola of Chicago over Illinois State 79-69 on Sunday.Loyola (9-15, 4-8 Missouri Valley) raced out to a 15-5 lead, hitting six of its first seven shots, including four treys — two by Thomas. The Ramblers cruised to a 37-20 halftime lead.A 7-0 run by Illinois State (13-11, 6-6), including a trey by Nick Zeisloft, cut its deficit to nine at the 14-minute mark of the second. But Loyola responded with a 7-0 run of its own and its lead never dipped into single digits again.Loyola shot 55 percent from the floor and made 8 of 16 from beyond the arc. Nick Osborne and Milton Doyle both added 14 points.Paris Lee led Illinois State with 14 points and Daishon Knight added 10.
NIU falls to Western Michigan
DEKALB — David Brown scored 26 points, hitting 5 of 8 from 3-point range, as Western Michigan held on for a 74-71 win over Northern Illinois on Sunday.Western Michigan (14-8, 7-3 Mid-American) led by as many as 16 in the second half and was up by 12 with less than 6 minutes to play but Northern Illinois went on an 11-1 run to come within 71-69 with 2:04 left.Missed free throws by Western Michigan gave Northern Illinois (10-12, 4-6) chances to tie the game in the waning seconds but the Huskies missed a pair of 3-pointers, including a potential game-tying 3 at the buzzer by Aaric Armstead.Shayne Whittington added 15 points and Connar Tava scored 12 for Western Michigan, which shot 52.8 percent from the field and has now won nine straight over Northern Illinois.Jordan Threloff led the Huskies with 16 points.
Nunn’s 2nd half lifts Illinois past Penn State
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Illinois coach John Groce started a new lineup and stopped a losing streak.Freshmen Kendrick Nunn and Malcolm Hill earned their first starts of the season and combined for 30 points as Illinois (14-10, 3-8) won for the first time in nine games with a 60-55 Big Ten victory over Penn State on Sunday.Nunn scored 19, shooting 7 for 9 from the field and 4 for 9 from 3-point range. Hill added 11 as the Illini overcame 38.8 percent shooting by holding Penn State to one field goal in the final 9:44.“Hill and Nunn were terrific offensively,” Groce said. “Nunn really made some plays for us. I made a decision to start two freshmen and bring two veterans off the bench, so they had to make some sacrifices.”Penn State (12-12, 3-8), which has lost two straight games after a modest three-game conference win streak, was led by 19 points from D.J. Newbill and 11 from Tim Frazier. Frazier also became Penn State’s career leader in assists, passing Freddie Barnes (600) with 602.Illinois’ last victory was a 75-55 decision over Penn State on Jan. 4.The second-half pace slowed considerably late in the game as both teams combined for just 21 points in the final 13 minutes. Illinois built a 49-45 lead at the 12:52 mark but didn’t score again until 6:30 remained.“Their defense was terrific on Tim and D.J. at the end, and their freshmen stepped up,” Penn State coach Patrick Chambers said. “They made the winning plays and big shots and when they needed to make them. That was a desperate team that we played. That was a battle.”An open Nunn took a feed from Tracy Abrams and drained a 3-pointer from the corner with 22 seconds left, but Newbill’s immediate answer with a baseline drive brought the Lions to within 57-55.Abrams’ two free throws — his only points — put the Illini up by four and a Rayvonte Rice rebound off a missed Frazier 3-pointer sealed it for Illinois.“Give Nunn a lot of credit for hitting that corner three,” Chambers said. “That was a big time play.”Baskets by Brandon Taylor and Newbill pushed the Lions up by three points, but back-to-back drives by Nunn sandwiched around Penn State turnovers enabled the Illini to regain the lead at 53-52.“We should have continued to keep attacking,” Penn State’s Frazier said. “If we can’t score, we have to continue to defend and get rebounds. We just missed shots.”The Illini streak ended because the Illini stopped Penn State cold as the second half wore on.“The statistic that stood out to me was that we were able to hold them to one field goal in the last nine minutes and 44 seconds,” Groce said. “When we needed defense the most, we were able to affect them at a certain level.“Overall, we were able to impose our will defensively a little bit.”Rebounding was virtually even, 34-33 in Penn State’s favor, and each team committed just six turnovers.Abrams contributed five assists and Rice led Illinois with seven rebounds, despite scoring nearly eight points under his 16.9 average.
Langer, Latimer take service to heart at Benet
Each wore a tuxedo with black tails and white gloves for a special Saturday night, not an oversized jersey and skates. Evan Langer and Jack Latimer, seniors at Benet Academy and teammates for the Redwings’ talented hockey team, were off ice last Nov. 16, attending the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine 63rd Annual Awards Dinner, held at the Field Museum in Chicago. Langer and Latimer were among 25 honor guards for the two honorees of the year: Paul Farmer, MD, PhD, and Richard L. Gamelli, MD, FACS. The hockey players are members of the Stritch Junior Service League. “I was humbled by the work of the two honorees, and no doubt the countless people who also helped them along the way. Humbling, that’s the word that best describes how I felt (that) night,” Langer said.
Cubs’ mixed messages make mess
With someone from the Cubs leaking bad information about stories like Joe Girardi and Masahiro Tanaka, it leaves fans wondering if anyone with the Cubs is telling the truth about anything, when the baseball side has done nothing but remain open about their plans.
Wolves rally to sink Admirals in shootout
The Chicago Wolves faced a 2-goal deficit twice, but rallied in the third period to force extra time and went on to edge the Milwaukee Admirals 4-3 in a shootout Sunday in an Amtrak Rivalry game at the Bradley Center. Forward Nathan Longpre kicked things off with a shorthanded goal in the second period, while center Keith Aucoin and defenseman Cade Fairchild scored in the final frame to get the Wolves (27-16-3-2) to extra time. Right wing Sebastian Wannstrom and center Adam Cracknell were successful in the shootout, while goalie Jake Allen stopped all 4 of Milwaukee’s attempts to complete the comeback.
Gibson, Noah lead Bulls over Lakers
LOS ANGELES — Kirk Hinrich scored 19 points, Joakim Noah had 18 points and 13 rebounds, and the Bulls held off the stubborn Los Angeles Lakers 92-86 on Sunday after nearly blowing a 19-point lead.Taj Gibson added 18 points for the Bulls, who never trailed against an injury-ravaged Lakers squad missing Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Jordan Farmar, Nick Young, Jodie Meeks and Xavier Henry.Gasol, who had a season-high 19 rebounds the previous time the teams met, missed his fourth straight game because of a groin strain.Center Chris Kaman scored a season-high 27 points off the bench for the Lakers, who won their previous two games following a 3-19 slide that buried them in the race for a Western Conference playoff spot. Point guard Steve Nash, playing his third game after missing 39 because of a nerve problem in his back, had eight points in 21-plus minutes before departing with 5 minutes left in the third quarter because of irritation in his left leg.The 18-year veteran and two-time MVP, who celebrated his 40th birthday on Friday with a team-high 19 points in a 112-98 victory at Philadelphia, was hit on the same leg he fractured last season.Gibson, whose buzzer-beating layup in overtime gave the Bulls a 102-100 victory over the Lakers on Jan. 20 at Chicago, led the Bulls to a 52-46 halftime lead with 16 points. He made his seventh start of the season as Carlos Boozer missed his second straight game with a left calf strain.The Bulls, who finished their road trip 3-3, opened the game with a 10-0 run while the Lakers missed their first six shots — including an airball by Wesley Johnson on a 3-point attempt from 27 feet. Gibson’s reverse layup increased the Bulls’ margin to 15 before Los Angeles scored the next 12 points to slice the deficit to 42-39 with 5:55 left in the second quarter.Chicago built its lead back up to 72-53, its biggest of the game, with a 15-5 run capped by Hinrich’s 3-pointer with 3½ minutes left in the third quarter.Down by 13 with 6:37 to play, the Lakers narrowed the gap to 88-84 after Steve Blake stole the ball from Heinrich and Kaman fed Johnson for a slam dunk that capped a 13-4 run with 48.3 seconds left. But D.J. Augustin, who had 15 points off the bench, sank four free throws in the final 21 seconds to help seal the victory.
Brown, Gold help U.S. earn bronze in team figure skating
Russia won its first gold medal of the Sochi Olympics on Sunday, taking the new team figure skating event even before the ice dancers finished up. Russia had 67 points with the ice dance yet to come, and Canada was next with 56 points. The United States stood third with 50, while Japan and Italy had 45 each.
SOCHI SCENE: Medal Movers
SOCHI, Russia — No big surprise: Norway’s jumped out to an early medal lead at the Sochi Games.The snow and ice powerhouse has the most medals in Winter Olympics history at 306 — and nearly double the number of men’s gold medals (94) compared with the United States (52), the next closest country going into 2014.And it’s off to a good start again with four medals in the first five events in Sochi. Ole Einar Bjoerndalen won gold in the men’s 10-kilometer biathlon sprint, while Staale Sandbech took silver in the men’s snowboard slopestyle. And Norwegians Marit Bjoergen and Heidi Weng won gold and bronze in the women’s 7.5-kilometer plus 7.5-kilometer skiathlon.Canada and the Netherlands won one gold, medal and bronze each in the first five events, with the Dutch sweeping the men’s 5,000-meter speedskating event.In all seven countries put medals on the board on the first day of winners and losers.There are 98 total events, with eight gold medals up for grabs on Sunday, including: men’s downhill skiing, women’s slopestyle, men’s 15-kilometer plus 15-kilometer biathlon, women’s 3,000-meter speedskating, women’s 7.5-kilometer biathlon sprint, men’s singles luge, team ice dance free dance figure skating and men’s normal hill skiing.
SOCHI SCENE: Shatner’s fandom
SOCHI, Russia — Sochi: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the bobsled USA-1. If the American bobsled team finds itself in a jam at the Sochi Games, it appears they can call on Capt. James Tiberius Kirk to get them out of it. William Shatner is an avid Olympic fan, and he’s been tweeting out congratulatory messages to the medal winners this weekend. But he seems to have particular interest in the USA bobsled team, especially after seeing a picture circulate of McKinney, Texas, native Johnny Quinn breaking through a bathroom door after he was locked in. “Please send my best wishes to your teammates,” Shatner tweets to American bobsledder Nick Cunningham, a native of Monterey, Calif. “And no more broken doors! Make sure you save a piece of the door to show your kids.”“Eating beef jerky, listening to (at)Jason—Aldean, tweeting with (at)WilliamShatner.... not a bad morning at the (at)Olympics,” Cunningham tweets.
SOCHI SCENE: Music to her ears
SOCHI, Russia — As Jamie Anderson was hopping around elated at the base of the women’s slopestyle course, having just completed Team USA’s double gold in slopestyle, you have to think the folks back home in Cupertino, Calif., were thrilled to see those two little white earbuds hanging out of her jacket.Maybe winning gold while rocking out is to be expected in a sport the Winter Games adopted from the X Games. And sure, there’s always been a wonderful connection between music and winter sports. What’s a gold-medal winning figure skate if not the perfect combination of dynamic athleticism and the perfect soundtrack?Still, it’s fun to think about where those earbuds might make another appearance here in Sochi. Canada’s Jonathan Toews sliding into a faceoff with an iPhone strapped to his arm? Visible under the skintight suit of Dutch hero Sven Kramer as he glides for 10,000 meters around the rink at the Adler Arena Skating Center? Four heads bobbing up and down in unison to the sounds of the beat as a four-man bobsled team slides down the track at Sanki?No, my guess would be over at the Ice Cube for a little curling. And if we’re gonna go with clichés, then they’ll all be listening to polka. And for those folks back in Cupertino? It’s all music to their ears.
SOCHI SCENE: Olympic shopping
SOCHI, Russia — The Olympic competition isn’t just in the venues. It’s pretty fierce at the Olympic superstore too.Located in the Olympic Park near Fisht Stadium, the store carries a variety of souvenirs from the Sochi Games. The wait to get in stretched to 25 minutes at one point on Sunday, with a handful of people being let in at a time. Inside, customers jammed the area with jackets, hoodies and T-shirts, trying on items in the aisle and casting aside any they didn’t want. Clothing piled up on shelves with sizes mixed together.Plush mascots of varying sizes awaited buyers. There were coffee cups, towels, key chains, magnets, nesting dolls and suitcases to get it all home. White mittens with colored fingers and `Sochi 2014’ selling for 500 rubles (about $14) were piled in big boxes. A wall of cubby holes containing more T-shirts was being ransacked by customers checking out the designs and sizes. Women trying on charm bracelets circled the jewelry counter.Surprisingly, the store didn’t have a single Olympic pin for sale, unlike previous superstores that featured a wide variety of the souvenirs popular with collectors and traders.
Austria’s Mayer beats Bode Miller, Svindal in Olympic downhill
Matthias Mayer grew up in Austria admiring plenty of Alpine skiers, from his medal-winning dad, to all-time great Hermann Maier, to a couple of guys he races against these days, Bode Miller and Aksel Lund Svindal. Unexpectedly, Mayer now can call himself something none of those others can: Olympic downhill champion.
Iraschko-Stolz again dominates jumping training
KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Daniela Iraschko-Stolz of Austria dominated women’s ski jumping training sessions Sunday at the Sochi Olympics, proving her first-day performance was no fluke.Perhaps as important, she’s sending a message to 17-year-old gold medal favorite Sara Takanashi of Japan.Iraschko-Stolz relegated Takanashi, who has 10 World Cup victories this season, to second place in two of three training jumps Saturday. She finished first in two training runs Sunday before deciding not to bother with the third.“It’s one of the best hills ever,” Iraschko-Stolz said. “I love that hill.”Takanashi was first in the third session, after coming in second and third in the others, and has a distinctly different impression of the hill at the RusSki Gorki Jumping Center.“I would like to have more time to adjust to the hill because there are none like this in Japan,” she said. “I’m not really happy with my three jumps.”The first Olympic gold medal in women’s ski jumping will be awarded Tuesday.American jumpers had another frustrating day. Defending World Cup champion, 19-year-old Sarah Hendrickson of Park City, Utah, finished well back in two training jumps as she attempts to recover from right knee surgery in August.On Saturday after her first effort — last and second-to-last in her two jumps — she said the knee was still bothering her and causing problems on her landings.“Of course, I have this in the back of my head, I know I can get injured again, but I have to push it out of my head,” Hendrickson said.Jessica Jerome had finishes of eighth, ninth and 15th, while Lindsey Van, who like Jerome is from Park City, was seventh, 13th and 16th.Women ski jumpers have been fighting for more than a decade to get into the Olympics, including an unsuccessful court case ahead of the Vancouver Games in 2010. The International Olympic Committee added women’s jumping from the normal hill to the Sochi program in 2011, giving the women access to Winter Games gold 90 years after the men.
Battle of generations in women’s Olympic curling
The women’s Olympic curling tournament is shaping up as more than just a fight for gold. It’s also a battle of the generations. In one corner is the modern face of curling, 23-year-old team captains Eve Muirhead of Britain and Anna Sidorova of Russia. Both are as much at home in a photo shoot or with sports psychologists as they are out on the ice.
Wust gives Dutch another speedskating gold
SOCHI, Russia — Ireen Wust gave the Netherlands its second straight gold medal at the Olympic speedskating oval by winning the women’s 3,000 meters Sunday.Skating in the next-to-last pairing, Wust turned in a time of 4 minutes, 0.34 seconds to knock off defending Olympic champion Martina Sablikova of the Czech Republic. Sablikova settled for the silver in 4:01.95, clapping for her rival after Wust crossed the line. The bronze went to Olga Graf, who gave Russia its first medal of the Winter Games in 4:03.47 and sent the crowd at Adler Arena into a frenzy. Six-time Olympian Claudia Pechstein was looking to win her 10th Olympic medal, but the 41-year-old German faded badly over the final laps and didn’t even make the podium. She was fourth in 4:05.26. The king and queen of the Netherlands were again in the crowd, just as they were the day before when Sven Kramer took gold in the first speedskating event of the games, the men’s 5,000. The royal couple saw another winning performance by their speedskating-mad nation. The Dutch have now won 29 Olympic golds, pulling even with the United States for the most victories in the sport.Jilleanne Rookard of Woodhaven, Mich., who skated in a pairing with Graf, was the highest-finishing American. She took 10th out of 28 skaters in 4:10.02.
Anderson completes U.S. Olympic sweep in slopestyle
Jamie Anderson stood atop the podium and lifted her arms in triumph, her long and sometimes draining quest for Olympic glory finally complete. The American star ran into some unusual friends at the top. Anderson gave the United States a gold-medal sweep in the first Olympic slopestyle snowboarding competition on Sunday, while Jenny Jones took bronze to win Britain’s first medal in any snow sport.
Blackhawks living up to post-Cup promise
After winning it all last June, the Blackhawks promised each other that they would be ready to go when the season began. They didn't want a repeat of the miserable season that followed their first Stanley Cup win. And they have lived up to their promises. “We made a commitment,” said Patrick Sharp. “We knew it was a short summer and we knew with the Olympic break that there was going to be a lot of games coming at us fast.”
AOL reverses unpopular retirement plan move
AOL Corp. CEO Tim Armstrong has abandoned a plan to delay company contributions to employee retirement accounts until the end of the year after workers complained.
Calif. company recalls 8.7 million pounds of meat
A Northern California company is recalling more than 8.7 million pounds of beef products because it processed diseased and unhealthy animals without a full federal inspection, federal officials said Saturday.
New Microsoft CEO’s collegial style sparks hope
It was a fleeting moment once the camera had gone off, but some say it’s indicative of the leadership style Satya Nadella brings to his new job as CEO of Microsoft Corp.
U.S. economy may be stuck in slow lane for long run
In the 4½ years since the Great Recession ended, millions of Americans who have gone without jobs or raises have found themselves wondering something about the economic recovery: Is this as good as it gets? It increasingly looks that way.
Career Coach: How to keep women working for your company
In President Barack Obama’s recent State of the Union address, he emphasized that “women make up about half our workforce,” but still face pay and pregnancy discrimination, as well as “Mad Men”-era workplace policies.
A new way to invest in a 401(k): ETFs
Be the market. Minimize costs. It sounds like a Zen saying, but it’s also an investing strategy that more of us are adopting. Every month, billions of dollars flow into mutual funds and exchange-traded funds that simply track a market index rather than try to beat it. Demand is so strong for the lower costs of index funds that it’s pushing the industry to alter its offerings. The latest shift: 401(k) plans built entirely around ETFs, rather than traditional mutual funds.
Giving daily-deal sites a second chance
Daily-deal sites, known for blasting email offers for limited-time discounts at restaurants, spas and gyms, were one of the hottest things on the Internet in 2011. But as more and more websites entered the market, people grew immune to their clogged inboxes and stopped buying as many daily deals. But the sites have recently changed their businesses to lure back customers.
Small businesses use offbeat ways to sell products
NEW YORK — In the battle to win shoppers’ dollars, small companies are finding creative ways to be where the sales are. GSC Products sells nasal spray in a hardware store to capture sales from people working on projects that stir up dust. Simplicity Sofas pays previous customers to let potential buyers come into their homes to see sofas that can only be purchased online.Small businesses don’t often have the advertising and marketing budgets that larger companies do. That can put them at a disadvantage when they’re trying to compete against bigger brands. And fighting for the limited amount of space available on store shelves can be tough and costly. So innovative owners are finding a way around these challenges by placing their products where their target customers go and by using nontraditional sales techniques.“There is a lot of competition and it’s difficult to break through the clutter and the noise,” says Ted Hurlbut, a retail consultant who works with small companies. “You need to be creative.”A look at what some small businesses are doing:Building the customer baseCOMPANY: GSC Products, Scotia, N.Y.PRODUCT: Sinus Plumber, nasal spray containing pepper and horseradish.OFFBEAT SALES CHANNEL: Hardware and automotive stores and garden centers. Owner Wayne Perry sells the nasal spray in nearly 1,000 stores that stock it near the cashier, where many customers find products that are called impulse buys. He would have to pay more to get his products in the most visible spots on the cold and allergy remedy shelves in drug and health food store chains.HOW DID THAT HAPPEN? Hardware store owners were reading about Sinus Plumber in news stories and contacted Perry. GSC began shipping to them. “They were outselling all of the health food stores we were in. A couple of cases a month, really unheard of for a single store,” Perry says.It turns out that those retailers are a logical place to sell nasal spray. People who use paint and chemicals and stir up dust trigger allergies and irritate their sinuses, Perry says. Some hardware retailers also own automotive stores and added Sinus Plumber to those shops.NOTHING TO SNEEZE AT: Of GSC’s $350,000 in revenue last year, $90,000 came from hardware and automotive stores. They sell 40 percent more Sinus Plumber than traditional stores.Sofa auditionsCOMPANY: Simplicity Sofas, High Point, N.C.PRODUCTS: Furniture including sofas and chairs.OFFBEAT SALES CHANNEL: Customers’ homes. Simplicity’s furniture is sold only over the Internet. Some customers want to see and try out the sofas and chairs. So owner Jeff Frank contacts people who have already bought his furniture, and asks them if they’ll let a prospective customer take a look. Most people say yes. In return, Frank sends them a $50 check.WHERE DID THEY GET THE IDEA? From customers. Several called Frank and volunteered. He decided to ask others. SEEING IS BUYING: About 10 percent of prospective customers ask to see the furniture, and 10 percent of Simplicity’s sales come from in-person encounters. The strategy spurs word-of-mouth buzz. Happy customers tell other people about the process. That has led to more sales. Jim Hamren, who recently tried out a Simplicity sofa in a customer’s home, says it was a little strange to shop in someone’s house. But it was better than going to a store, because he and his wife could see how owner Rebecca Gwynne had moved her sofa past a tight space.“She had to go up a narrow staircase. When we saw that, we said, `if you can do this, we can certainly get it into ours,”’ Hamren says.After seeing the sofa and sitting on it, he and his wife decided to buy one. They say they’ll volunteer to have customers view their new furniture.Smoking out customersCOMPANY: Evolve Professional, Westbury, N.Y.PRODUCTS: Men’s shaving and personal care products.
Work Advice: Is he shy, or is he staring?
Karla L. Miller writes an advice column on navigating the modern workplace. Each week she will answer one or two questions from readers.
Experts increasingly contemplate end of smoking
Health officials have begun to predict the end of cigarette smoking in America. They have long wished for a cigarette-free America, but shied away from calling for smoking rates to fall to zero or near zero by any particular year. The power of tobacco companies and popularity of their products made such a goal seem like a pipe dream. But a confluence of changes has recently prompted public health leaders to start throwing around phrases like “endgame” and “tobacco-free generation.”
Fact Checker: CBO didn’t say health-care law will kill 2 million jobs
Here we go again. During the 2012 campaign, we had to repeatedly explain that the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) never said that the Affordable Care Act “killed” 800,000 jobs by 2021. Now, the CBO has released an updated estimate, nearly the triple the size of the earlier one: 2.3 million in 2021.
Young activist fights to bring deported mom back
He remembers the moment so clearly, the last time he saw his mother on American soil. Jose Antonio Machado was merely 15, too young and powerless to stop what was happening. His mother, Melba, was dressed in an orange jumpsuit, wrists in handcuffs, being led away by an immigration officer.
Race to enroll young and healthy for new insurance
More than any other group, participation from among the “young invincibles” — those ages 18 to 34 — will be crucial to the affordable health care law’s success. The Kaiser Family Foundation estimates that about 40 percent of those who enroll need to be young and healthy, to balance out the higher costs of insuring older, sicker people.
Experts contemplate the end of smoking
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Life & Entertainment
'Lego Movie' opens big with $69.1M box office
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LaBeouf’s red carpet apperance: A statement or stunt?
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New Polish movie casts Cold War spy as hero
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Ask a designer: Creating a multifaceted master bedroom
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Catch up on ‘Walking Dead’ in time for its return
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PT for pets? Vets prescribing physical therapy
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‘Archetype’ looks at how much memories define us
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Constructing second wall should help quiet neighbor
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Practice what you preach, Mr. President
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Flawed thinking about religion drives many
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‘Normal’ may not be what you think it is
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Parking garage meeting concerns
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