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Des Plaines man charged with molesting girl
A Cook County judge set bail at $300,000 Monday for a Des Plaines man charged with abusing a 7-year-old girl in 2005. Gabriel Torres, 58, was ordered to have no contact with the complaining witness or anyone under 18.
Buffalo Grove man’s NCAA tournament bracket is perfect no more
A recent college grad from Buffalo Grove tries to fill out a perfect bracket and makes amazing headway. Dayton, however, does him in Saturday after he goes 36-for 36.
Concealed carry requirements fuel debate over gun range
An influx of gun owners seeking the training needed to qualify for a concealed carry permit has gun ranges struggling to keep up with the demand. “There's going to be between 600,000 and 800,000 people who are going to be looking for a concealed carry permit,” said Julian Perez, a certified firearms instructor. “They are going to need some specialized training. We want to be...
Ukraine says top commander held after base stormed
A Ukrainian air force commander is being held after his base in Crimea was stormed by pro-Russian forces, and the acting president called for his release Sunday. Col. Yuliy Mamchur is the commander of the Belbek Air Force base near Sevastopol, which was taken over Saturday by forces who sent armored personnel carriers smashing through the base’s walls and fired shots and stun grenades. One...
French data show possible debris from jetliner
France provided new satellite data Sunday showing possible debris from the missing Malaysia Airlines jet, as searchers combing a remote part of the southern Indian Ocean tried without success to locate a wooden pallet that could yield clues to one of the world’s most baffling aviation mysteries.
Police monitoring burglaries in Arlington Hts. neighborhood
Arlington Heights police have responded to three burglaries in the past four months in the Scarsdale neighborhood, officials said. Additional patrols have been added.
Israeli premier jokes about latest scandal
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has shown a rare light side by appearing on a popular TV satirical show on which he joked about the latest scandal tainting Israel’s first family. Last week, a former member of his housekeeping staff, Meni Naftalli, filed a lawsuit claiming he was mistreated and verbally abused by Netanyahu’s wife, Sara.
FBI: Release of marathon suspect photo right call
FBI officials say they debated whether to release photos that led to the capture of a suspect in last year’s bombing at the Boston Marathon that killed three people and injured hundreds of others. Stephanie Douglas, executive assistant director of the FBI’s National Security Division, said in a “60 Minutes” interview aired Sunday that releasing images of Dzhokhar...
Oil spill cleanup impedes major Texas ship channel
A barge that once carried some 900,000 gallons of heavy tar-like oil was cleared Sunday of its remaining contents, a day after the vessel collided with a ship in the busy Houston Ship Channel and leaked as much as about a fifth of its cargo into the waterway. Coast Guard officials said that up to 168,000 gallons were dumped after one of the barge’s tanks ruptured and that oil had been...
Pilots’ mental health a concern amid jet mystery
Reinforced doors with keypad entries. Body scanners and pat-downs. Elaborate crew maneuvers when a pilot has to use the restroom. All those tactics are designed to keep dangerous people out of the cockpit. But what if the pilot is the problem? Nobody knows if the pilots are heroes who tried to save a crippled airliner or if one collaborated with hijackers or was on a suicide mission.
Washington landslide toll rises to 4; 18 still missing
Searchers found another body Sunday in the debris from a massive landslide, bringing the death toll to at least four from the wall of mud and debris that also completely destroyed a small riverside neighborhood in Washington state. At least 18 people remained missing, though authorities warned that number could grow.
Obama finds Cold War still echoes with Putin faceoff
President Barack Obama came to office challenging U.S. strategic thinking as an outdated Cold War relic. Now he heads to Europe on a mission reminiscent of those very times.
Round Lake girls still in hospital after plane crash
The 15-year-old daughter of a Round Lake man who was killed in a small plane crash, leaving her and her friend injured early Saturday morning near Tampa, Fla., remains hospitalized in serious but stable condition, a family friend said Sunday night.
Writing a budget might divide House Republicans
Divisions among Republicans over a budget deal and a shortfall in tax estimates are complicating the House GOP’s efforts to advance a spending plan this spring. Party leaders insist the GOP-controlled House is moving full speed ahead to approve one, but it has fallen behind schedule amid concerns there will be enough votes to pass it.
Health law birth control coverage before justices
The Obama administration and its opponents are renewing the Supreme Court battle over President Barack Obama's health care law in a case that pits the religious rights of employers against the rights of women to the birth control of their choice.
Exhibit on portrait photographer continues into August
Young artists participated in the Lake County Discover Museum's "Look, Learn, Create-Portrait of the Artist" program Sunday, and learned more about photographer Arnold Newman.
Turkish jet downs Syrian warplane near border
Turkish fighter jets shot down a Syrian warplane Sunday after it violated the country’s airspace, Turkey’s prime minister said, in a move likely to ramp up tensions between two countries already deeply at odds over Syria’s civil war. A spokesman for Syria’s military confirmed the incident, denouncing it as a “blatant aggression.”
Expert: Screaming gives Pistorius ‘major problem’
Prosecutors at Oscar Pistorius’ murder trial have presented a “golden thread” of evidence suggesting Reeva Steenkamp screamed before she died, leaving the double-amputee athlete with “serious questions” to answer and his defense likely hinging on his own testimony, a legal expert in South Africa said.
EYSO hosts faculty benefit recital
The third annual Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra Faculty Benefit Recital was held Sunday at the Elgin Community College Arts Center to raise funds for the EYSO scholarship fund.
District 50 bilingual meeting
Woodland Elementary District 50 hosts its final Bilingual Parent Advisory Council meeting of the year at 6:30 p.m., April 2, at the Woodland Elementary East School cafeteria, 17261 W. Gages Lake Road, Gages Lake.
Meet District 95 board members
The Lake Zurich Unit District 95 school board will host a “Reception with the School Board” on Wednesday, April 2.
Blackhawk Roadwatch party in Libertyville
The 4th Annual Chicago Blackhawks Roadwatch Party will be held Friday, April 4 at the Libertyville Sports Complex, Route 45 and Peterson Road.
Special sessions to feed the needy
Feed My Starving Children invites volunteers to pack meals at Fully Invested special sessions on April 18 and 19.
Historic Wheeling restaurant demolished
Demolition of the iconic Don Roth’s Blackhawk restaurant in Wheeling, which closed five years ago, began Friday. The restaurant, one of the original features on Wheeling’s famed Restaurant Row, closed in 2009 after 40 years on Milwaukee Avenue just north of Dundee Road. The building was originally a farmhouse dating from the 1880s, and village officials said there was no way to save...
Haircut and raffle result in significant money for cancer research
Rue 62 Salon and 1st Place Sports Bar & Grill in Hoffman Estates raised big money Sunday for the St. Baldrick's Foundation, which supports childhood cancer research.
Ray Graham Association reopens Lombard center
Longtime employees say there’s no comparison between the new Ray Graham Association community learning center in Lombard and the old location just a few doors down. “It’s like we went from living in an apartment to living in a house,” said Gloria Hickey, a direct support professional who has worked at the center for 13 years. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held last Friday...
Police say 19-year-old robbed woman at Algonquin Commons
Woodstock man charged with armed robbery after he took her purse Saturday afternoon at Algonquin Commons on Randall Road.
3-year law license ban for attorney guilty of prostitution
A state commission that disciplines attorneys has issued a three-year law license suspension for a Sycamore attorney who pleaded guilty in 2012 to misdemeanor prostitution. The Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission not only cited the prostitution offense, but Reema Nicki Bajaj’s denial of it after she pleaded guilty, and lies on her license application from 2010.
1 dead after shuttle bus overturns on I-95
A 16-passenger shuttle bus struck a guardrail and overturned before dawn Sunday along busy Interstate 95 south of the nation’s capital, leaving one person dead and several others injured, Virginia State Police told broadcast outlets. The bus was headed south on the heavily traveled East Coast artery when witnesses reported a speeding four-door passenger vehicle swerved into the...
Avalanche kills 2 skiers at Sochi resort
An avalanche killed two skiers on Sunday at the Russian mountain resort used for the Sochi Olympics the day after it opened to the public, the resort said. Six skiers were on the middle section of Labirint run when the avalanche struck, Roza Khutor said in a statement. The snow buried two women, and rescuers who dug them out were unable to save them, it said, while the four other skiers escaped...
U-46 gifted program gets overhaul nearly decade after lawsuit
Elgin Area School District U-46 is overhauling its gifted program nine years after Latino and black students filed a class action discrimination lawsuit against the district for treating them differently and putting Latino students in segregated classrooms. U-46 has since settled with the parties awarding the plaintiffs $2.5 million after spending $18.3 million in litigation costs. “We were...
Proposal for new Antioch-area fire and rescue operation, tax levy to fund it
Antioch-area officials say they will streamline the area's emergency services by creating a new unified fire and rescue operation, and ask residents to help fund it. The proposal could be launched within two months. “The methodology that is used here (now) is just unsustainable,” Antioch Fire Chief John Nixon said.
Des Plaines will solicit possible operators for historic theater
The future of the Des Plaines Theatre could be determined over the course of the next several weeks, when city officials and the theater's current owner will be looking for someone who may be interested in running the historic showplace. “As long as the theater is run right and everybody is happy, I'm open to several different options,” the owner said.
Donated ‘junk’ costs stores more than it’s worth
Spring cleaning equals junk for a lot of people, and where that junk ends up has an economic impact on local nonprofits. The Salvation Army Thrift Store on Evansville’s southeast side receives so much trash that its compactor must be emptied twice a month.
Sometimes you need a friend, sometimes you need a therapist
Good friendships are balanced, give-and-take relationships, and that makes them very different from a relationship with a professional therapist, our Ken Potts says. "Therapists are not friends. Nor are friends therapists. That’s OK," he says. "There will probably be times in our lives when we need both."
Arizona beats Zags to reach Sweet 16
SAN DIEGO — Arms waving and legs churning, the Arizona Wildcats are racing back into the Sweet 16.Overwhelming Gonzaga with its contest-everything defense, Arizona looked very much like the top seed in the West, blowing out the Bulldogs 84-61 on Sunday to reach the Sweet 16 for the third time in four years.Coming off a shaky NCAA tournament opener, Arizona (32-4) ended a wild first weekend of upsets and buzzer beaters with a display of domination.This was not the epic double-overtime game these teams played in the 2003 NCAA tournament. This was an eye-popping display of what one of the nation’s best teams can do when it gets rolling.The Wildcats overran Gonzaga (29-7) with their size, athleticism and quick hands to blow the eighth-seeded Bulldogs out of the bracket.Arizona scored 31 points of Gonzaga’s 21 turnovers — 15 on steals — and never gave the Zags a chance after racing out to a 21-point lead in the first half.The rest of the bracket should take notice: If the Wildcats play like this, they’re going to be awfully tough to beat.Next up for Arizona is fourth-seeded San Diego State — a team it beat in this same arena early in the season — in the Sweet 16 just up the coast in Anaheim.Aaron Gordon had 18 points, six rebounds and six assists for Arizona. Fellow freshman Rondae Hollis-Jefferson also had 18 points and Nick Johnson finished with 17.Przemek Karnowski scored 14 points and Kevin Pangos added 12 for Gonzaga, which hasn’t reached the Sweet 16 since 2009.Arizona was jittery in its opener against Weber State, starting slow and allowing the Wildcats from Utah to claw their way back from a 21-point deficit in the second half to make it close.The first-game anxiety out of their system, the Wildcats played with confidence and plenty of energy against Gonzaga, sprinting up the floor after steals and defensive rebounds to set up easy shots in transition.Arizona made it look easy at times, dropping off passes for layups, flying in for alley-oops and spotting up for 3-pointers on the break.It was so good even Gordon, whose outside shot has been questioned, dropped in a 3-pointer. For good measure, he went in for what seems to become his signature move on the break, soaring up for a reverse dunk on an alley-oop from Johnson to put Arizona up 38-20.Gonzaga shot well against one of the nation’s best defenses — when it could get shots off.The Bulldogs struggled with Arizona’s they’re-everywhere defense, playing catch-up on the break as the Wildcats snared passes and stripped dribblers for eight steals in the first half. Gonzaga had 11 turnovers that Arizona turned into 19 points for a 47-34 halftime lead that would have been more if the Bulldogs didn’t make a late run.Arizona had one turnover and 13 assists on its 17 field goals — 34 attempts — with Gordon and Hollis-Jefferson combining to hit 8 of 9 shots while scoring 12 points each.The second half started like this: two possessions by Gonzaga, two turnovers.Arizona kept the show going from there.Johnson had the defensive highlight of the half, track down David Stockton to block what appeared to be a breakaway layup and the ball when off a Gonzaga player, to boot. The offensive reel was highlight by Gordon, who soared in for a rebound slam over two Gonzaga players.
Predators frustrate Blackhawks again
A little over a week after falling to Nashville at home, once again it was an upset Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville who stepped to the podium at the United Center, but this time there was more disappointment than anger emanating from the coach after the Predators had struck again, blanking the Hawks 2-0 and all but dashing any hopes they had of catching Central Division-leading St. Louis.
Hawks’ Teravainen may debut Tuesday
Though he wouldn’t come out and say it, coach Joel Quenneville pretty much said it nonetheless when he uttered these words Sunday concerning newly-arrived center Teuvo Teravainen: ”There’s a chance he could play Tuesday.” So go ahead and book it, Teravainen will make his Blackhawks debut Tuesday night against Dallas.
Virginia beats Memphis 78-60
RALEIGH, N.C. — Joe Harris scored 16 points and top-seeded Virginia shot 56 percent to beat Memphis 78-60 on Sunday night, earning its first trip to the NCAA tournament round of 16 in nearly two decades.Anthony Gill added 13 points for the Cavaliers (30-6), who turned in a dominating performance while controlling the tempo and shutting down the eighth-seeded Tigers (24-10) at nearly every turn. Virginia led by 15 at halftime and pushed that to 27 points late, picking right up where it left off in its strong finish to Friday’s tournament-opening win against Coastal Carolina. In what has already been the program’s most successful season in decades, Virginia added another milestone: its first regional semifinal appearance since making it to a regional final in 1995. And the Cavaliers, carrying a No. 1 seed for the first time since the days of Ralph Sampson, look ready to go even farther.
Baylor shuts down Creighton
SAN ANTONIO — Isaiah Austin and Brady Heslip each scored 17 points and Baylor shut down Creighton’s Doug McDermott with suffocating defense, ending the career of the one of the most prolific scorers in college history with an 85-55 win Sunday night in the NCAA tournament West Regional.Baylor’s size and speed overwhelmed the third-seeded Bluejays (27-8) and their national scoring leader, earning a third trip to the Sweet 16 since 2010. McDermott, who averaged 27 points this season, finished with 15 but had just three in the first half as Baylor built a 20-point lead. McDermott ranks fifth on the NCAA career scoring list.No. 6 seed Baylor (26-11) had five players score in double figures and shot 64 percent in one of the dominant performances of the NCAA tournament.
Blackhawks blanked by Predators
Pekka Rinne made 29 saves for his first shutout in more than a year to lead the Nashville Predators to a 2-0 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday night.Mike Fisher and Gabriel Bourque scored for Nashville, which won its second straight and improved to 3-1 against Chicago this season.The Blackhawks outshot the Predators 29-17 and generated ample chances despite playing their second game without Patrick Kane, the team’s leading scorer when he was injured against St. Louis on Wednesday. The star forward is on injured reserve with a lower-body injury and could miss the rest of the regular season.Chicago fell six points behind Western Conference and Central Division leader St. Louis, which defeated Pittsburgh 1-0 earlier on Sunday.The Blackhawks’ Corey Crawford made 15 saves.
UCLA beats Stephen F. Austin
SAN DIEGO — Jordan Adams scored 19 points and UCLA beat Stephen F. Austin 77-60 on Sunday to reach the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2008.The fourth-seeded Bruins (27-8) will play Florida, the tournament’s overall top seed, in the South Regional semifinals on Thursday in Memphis. First-year coach Steve Alford has won as many NCAA tournament games in three days as the Bruins had in the previous five seasons combined.Alford replaced Ben Howland, who was fired a year ago after the Bruins lost to Minnesota in their NCAA tournament opener. This is UCLA’s first trip to the regionals since Howland got the Bruins to their third straight Final Four in 2008.Stephen F. Austin (32-2), the No. 12 seed, had its 29-game winning streak snapped. The Lumberjacks hadn’t lost in exactly four months.
Tennessee ends Mercer’s NCAA run
RALEIGH, N.C. — Tennessee came to Tobacco Road and turned it into “Raleigh Top.”Jarnell Stokes had 17 points and a career-high-tying 18 rebounds, and the Volunteers denied Mercer a second straight upset in the NCAA tournament by routing the Bears 83-63 on Sunday night.Josh Richardson had a career-high 26 points and Antonio Barton had 18 for the 11th-seeded Vols (24-12), who outrebounded Mercer 41-19 and kept the Southeastern Conference perfect in the tournament. They joined Florida and Kentucky in the round of 16 — the first time three SEC teams made it that far since 2007.Tennessee will face second-seeded Michigan (27-8) in a Midwest Regional semifinal Friday night in Indianapolis.Stokes broke his 2-day-old school tournament record for rebounds.Langston Hall had 15 points to lead the 14th-seeded Bears (27-9). They knocked off Duke in the signature upset of the tournament but couldn’t answer Tennessee’s size.
Larkin sweeps St. Edward
Brayden Royse and Jack McCracken came up with strong pitching performances as Larkin’s baseball team swept a doubleheader from St. Edward Sunday, 9-4 and 8-1, in the season openers for both teams. The two Elgin schools traveled to Lentz Field in downstate Jacksonville to get the season-opening twin bill played.
Offering a solution for Bulls’ struggling offense
This was not a stellar week for the Bulls offense, which ranks last in the NBA, anyway. Forward Mike Dunleavy is shooting at a lower percentage than he’s used to, and maybe that’s because he’s not comfortable playing extended minutes.
Libertyville wins opener in Florida
Senior Carlie Haraden stepped up big in the circle, stopping a two-inning rally to “grab the momentum for us,” coach Elissa Wisniewski said, as Libertyville’s softball team opened its season with a 15-5 win over Elizabeth Forward (Pa.) in Orlando, Fla., on Sunday.
Guryn’s no-hitter leads Grayslake Central
Junior Justin Guryn fired a complete-game no-hitter, as Grayslake Central’s baseball team defeated Elizabeth Forward (Ky.) at the ESPN Wide Word of Sports Complex in Orland, Fla., on Sunday.
Wolves pick up big win 6-2
The Chicago Wolves reeled off the first 5 goals in the opening 25 minutes and withstood a Grand Rapids surge to earn a 6-2 victory in an important Midwest Division matchup Sunday before 11,388 at the Allstate Arena.
Fire shows off homegrown talent in 1-1 tie
The Chicago Fire’s homegrown players made themselves at home for the first time Sunday afternoon at Toyota Park.
Iowa State ousts North Carolina
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — DeAndre Kane drove for the game-winning layup with 1.6 seconds left and No. 3 seed Iowa State beat North Carolina 85-83 on Sunday, advancing to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2000.The Cyclones (28-7) head to Madison Square Garden next week to face No. 7 seed Connecticut in the East Regional semifinals.The Tar Heels (24-10) are gone in the NCAA tournament’s opening weekend for the first time in consecutive seasons under coach Roy Williams. North Carolina’s Nate Britt raced the ball up court after Kane’s basket, but time expired before he could reach midcourt and call a timeout. Officials huddled for several minutes reviewing clock replays before ruling the game was over. Right away Williams — who collapsed his hands on his knees as Britt dribbled toward him and the buzzer sounded — shook Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg’s hand as North Carolina began absorbing a last-second heartbreaker. Kane finished with 24 points and 10 rebounds. It was just the kind of big game the Cyclones needed without forward Georges Niang, who broke his foot in Friday’s win against North Carolina Central. The 6-foot-7 sophomore sat on the bench wearing a bulky boot while the Cyclones tried their best without their third-leading scorer and tallest starter. Marcus Paige led North Carolina with 19 points and Kennedy Meeks had 15 points and 13 rebounds. But North Carolina played nearly the entire game without forward Brice Johnson, who sprained ankle in the opening minutes. The team said X-rays were negative, but the Tar Heels’ third-leading scorer never returned. Big 12 player of the year Melvin Ejam had 19 points for the Cyclones and Monte Morris added 13. The Tar Heels crave a fast pace, and — after dealing with the grind-it-out style of recent opponents — Williams and Paige had spoken of relishing the chance to finally hit the gas against the similarly up-tempo Cyclones. But this was no track meet.Undersized Iowa State bottled up the Tar Heels before they could run and bombarded them with 3-pointers (12 of 26) instead of quick baskets. The first dunk came from Kane, not the high-flying Tar Heels, and not until 12 minutes into the game after a handful of bungled North Carolina fast breaks. Niang’s injury left Hoiberg with a tough choice: go small with his best remaining five or a put a little-used big man in place of his star sophomore. He opted for size over another shooter, giving 6-foot-8 forward Daniel Edozie his first career start.Edozie missed the only two shots he tried and grabbed four rebounds. But Johnson’s bum ankle cut North Carolina down a size on its own. Johnson, who came in averaging 10.6 points and is the Tar Heels’ second-leading rebounder, tumbled to the floor with North Carolina up 12-7. He sat on the bench before hobbling to the locker room, and while the team said X-rays were negative, it announced just before the second half that he wouldn’t return. Coincidental or not, the Cyclones got hot the moment Johnson left the game.They shook off a 1-for-10 start from the floor and erased a seven-point deficit in less than 1 ½ minutes. After that, neither team led by more than single digits.
Quintana faces mininum as Sox tie Rockies
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Jose Quintana went from getting nobody out in his last start to facing the minimum 15 batters in five dominant innings Sunday for the Chicago White Sox in a 5-5 tie with the Colorado Rockies.Quintana entered with a 30.00 ERA and had allowed seven hits, two walks and nine runs in his previous outing.Wilin Rosario’s leadoff single in the second was the lone hit off Quintana, who then picked off Rosario at first base. The left-hander struck out NL batting champion Michael Cuddyer twice. Rockies starter Tyler Chatwood allowed five hits and hit a batter with a pitch in a three-run second inning that included Blake Tekottte’s RBI double. Chatwood gave up five runs and 10 hits before leaving with one out in the sixth. The game was stopped after nine innings.
Lake hits 3 homers for Cubs
PHOENIX — Junior Lake hit three home runs — his first of the spring — on Sunday to lead the Chicago Cubs to a 10-6 victory over an Oakland Athletics split squad.Luis Valbuena had a pair of homers for Chicago, giving him six in the Cactus League season. Mike Olt also homered for the Cubs.Jesse Chavez allowed two hits in the first five innings, extending a strong performance over the spring that moved him into the No. 3 spot in Oakland’s rotation. A’s manager Bob Melvin said before the game that Sonny Gray will start the opener against Cleveland on March 31. But Chavez ran into big trouble in the sixth. Three consecutive hits, including Chris Coghlan’s RBI double, got the Cubs on the board and Lake then homered to put the Cubs ahead 4-2. Valbuena hit his first on Chavez’s next pitch.
Sox cut Davidson, Jordan Danks
With the March 31 season opener against the Minnesota Twins at U.S. Cellular Field drawing near, the White Sox made five roster moves Sunday. Third baseman Matt Davidson and outfielder Jordan Danks were the biggest names among five roster cuts the White Sox made Sunday.
Kentucky spoils Wichita State’s perfect season
ST. LOUIS — It took a program stocked with NBA prospects to finally end Wichita State’s perfect run.Andrew Harrison scored 20 points, twin brother Aaron had 19 and Kentucky survived a potential winning 3-pointer at the buzzer by Fred VanVleet to knock off the undefeated Shockers with a 78-76 victory Sunday in the NCAA tournament.Julius Randle added 13 points and 10 rebounds, and James Young also had 13 points for the No. 8 seed Wildcats (26-10), who made a series of clutch free throws in the closing minutes to advance to the Sweet 16 in arguably the most captivating game of a thrilling first weekend.Now, Big Blue Nation gets to jump right into another high-profile matchup: Louisville awaits in the Sweet 16 on Friday in Indianapolis. The Wildcats beat their bitter in-state rival in December.Cleanthony Early scored 31 points and Ron Baker had 20 for the Shockers (35-1), who hadn’t lost since last year’s Final Four while taking an entire city and state on quite a ride.Kentucky took the lead for good at 73-71 when Young knocked down a 3-pointer with less than 2 minutes to go. Early answered with a basket for Wichita State, and Andrew Harrison made two free throws for Kentucky. Baker banked in a 3-pointer and Randle made two more foul shots.Early’s two free throws with 9.8 seconds left got the Shockers within 77-76, and they still had a chance when Andrew Harrison missed the second of two free throws and Early got the rebound.VanVleet raced up court and called timeout with 3.2 seconds left.Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall drew up a play that had Tekele Cotton inbounding the ball to VanVleet, who took a shot from the top of the key. But the shot was wide the entire way, and it clanked off the rim as the buzzer sounded and Kentucky began to celebrate.The team full of blue-chip prospects had finally ended the blue-collared team’s dream.The Midwest Regional showdown came after an entertaining undercard matchup that saw Stanford knock off Kansas, and it lived up to every expectation.Kentucky was successful early using its superior size, not only in the paint but also on the perimeter, where the 6-foot-6 Harrison twins dwarfed the 5-11 VanVleet. But after the Wildcats took a 19-15 lead midway through the half, Wichita State ramped up its trademark defense, forcing a series of turnovers and getting right back in the game.VanVleet was the catalyst. On one sequence late in the half, he stripped Aaron Harrison and hit Early in transition, and he was fouled slamming over 7-foot Willie Cauley-Stein. Early converted the free throw as the shockers built a 37-31 lead at the half.Early hit a 3-pointer right out of the locker room, too, to match the Shockers’ biggest lead at 40-31. But VanVleet picked up his third foul moments later, and Kentucky took advantage of the Shockers missing their floor general by gradually pulling ahead.The game remained a back-and-forth prizefight the rest of the way, neither team leading by more than five, each answering the other with clutch 3-pointers and pressure-filled free throws.It only made sense that the game would come down to the final possession.
Illini eliminated from NIT
CLEMSON, S.C. — Rod Hall made a driving layup with 9.3 seconds left to lead Clemson to a 50-49 win over Illinois in the NIT.Tracy Abrams airballed a 3-pointer for Illinois with 1.7 seconds left. The Tigers (22-12) struggled to get the ball inbounds and threw it into the front court. Hall saved the ball from going out on the other endline and the clock ran out.Clemson will host Belmont on Tuesday and the winner will go to New York for the NIT semifinals.K.J. McDaniels led Clemson with 12 points, while Landry Nnoko had 11 points and eight rebounds.Illinois (20-15) led just once on Jon Ekey’s 3-pointer that put the Illini ahead 49-48 with 2:06 left. Ekey had 11 points, while Rayvonte Rice led Illinois with 15 points.
Stanford knocks off No. 2 Kansas
ST. LOUIS — Kansas knows all about Stanford now.The Cardinal couldn’t deny a slight at a news conference a day earlier fueled them just a bit before pulling their second — and much bigger — upset of the NCAA tournament.Kansas freshmen Andrew Wiggins and Wayne Selden Jr. ducked their heads and giggled Saturday when asked about Chasson Randle, Stanford’s leading scorer.“We definitely saw that video,” Randle said Sunday after the No. 10 seed Cardinal beat the second-seeded Jayhawks 60-57 to advance to the Sweet 16 in the South Regional.“Coach told me not to talk about it but I definitely took it as a challenge. It was a little big extra motivation.”Enough for the Cardinal to make the Jayhawks the second No. 2 seed to be knocked out of this tournament in the third round and enough for them to reach the round of 16 for the first time since 2008.Wiggins was held to four points on 1-for-6 shooting in what could have been his final college game. He accepted his share of the responsibility for the loss.“I let a lot of people down,” Wiggins said. “If I would have played better, we wouldn’t be in this situation, you know? I blame myself for this.”Dwight Powell had 15 points and seven rebounds despite playing with four fouls much of the second half and Randle added 13 points, six steals and four assists for the Cardinal (23-12), who were making their first NCAA appearance since 2008.“To beat a team like this, a storied program with great coaching, great players, always feels amazing,” Powell said. “So as of right now we’re still in the race and we’re still playing in March, and it feels great.”Stanford beat No. 7 seed New Mexico on Friday and will have a higher seed for the first time when it faces 11th-seeded Dayton in the regional semifinal in Memphis, Tenn. The Flyers beat No. 3 Syracuse 55-53.The 6-foot-8 Wiggins, a likely NBA lottery pick if he decides to leave school, was saddled with four turnovers for Kansas (25-10). Wiggins had averaged 28 points the previous four games but the Jayhawks were missing 7-foot freshman Joel Embiid who was sidelined by a stress fracture in his back.Coach Bill Self thought Stanford’s height up front bothered Wiggins, but added, “I think he had an off-game, too. Give them credit for that, we put him in position to make some plays.”Josh Huestis, who had the primary responsibility for guarding Wiggins, played 39 minutes and had six points, eight rebounds and two blocks.“That was Josh’s assignment and he took it to heart,” Dawkins said. “He had help. We just tried to make it as difficult as we could for him to score.”Self said the game seemed like “a struggle from the opening tip.”Everything didn’t go right for Stanford, either. The Cardinal were 0 for 9 from 3-point range.“We can make 3s but that’s not what we rely on,” Dawkins said. “I didn’t even notice it because that’s not what we’ve been.”Tarik Black had 18 points and six rebounds for the Jayhawks, but he fouled out with 5:25 to go. Conner Frankamp had 12 points on four 3-pointers, the last two in the final 23 seconds to make it close after Stanford had pulled ahead by seven.Stanford was 9 for 12 at the free throw line over the final 2:04 and needed all those points. Frankamp’s second 3-pointer narrowed the gap to 59-57 with 14.9 seconds left.Anthony Brown hit one of two free throws with 12.9 seconds to go and Frankamp banged a third 3-point attempt off the glass near the buzzer in a bid to tie it.“I knew when that left my hand it was off,” Frankamp said. “I didn’t get a great look at it.”
What can Bears do for defense through draft?
With the frantic early pace of free agency having slowed considerably, the Bears and other NFL teams have an opportunity to re-assess their rosters and plan a strategy for the draft in May.
Images: Class 4A State Third Place Boys Basketball
Stevenson played Edwardsville for third place in the Class 4A boys basketball state tournament at Carver Arena in Peoria on Saturday, March 22.
Another season of ‘Chicago Fire’ to boost economy
Another season of filming for the TV shows “Chicago Fire” and “Chicago PD” means a boost for Illinois’ economy.News: That’s according to the Illinois Film Office, which says local spending last year for the two NBC shows hit $87 million.
Methanol as gas substitute gets chilly reception in Capital
Backers of using methanol from natural gas as a substitute for gasoline got a chilly reception from a federal official who said he is skeptical the fuel will gain widespread adoption for use in cars and trucks.
Small business unfazed by paid sick time
As more cities mandate paid sick days for workers, the reaction from many small businesses is a big, so what? Ray Fitzgibbon expected Seattle's law, which took effect in September 2012, to create a nightmare for his Synergy HomeCare business, but he's been able to afford paying a sick worker and a replacement. “I had used the arithmetic based on a worst-case scenario and it was scary. And in hindsight, it just hasn't turned out like that,” he says.
Career Coach: Technical skills aren’t enough in today’s workplace
After all this time, some people still don’t get it. They still think that hiring is all about just bringing in applicants with strong technical skills.Of course, these skills are important, but are they enough? In today’s highly competitive world, it is often the softer skills that differentiate applicants, and determine who will get hired, who will be successful and who will move up in the organization.Think about it. You will want the most competent doctor, but if you have several of equal competence, then you would probably pick the one who listens to your concerns, who clearly shares information with you and offers suggestions, and the one who is most empathetic. Likewise, among office managers or accountants, you would want the one who is the most ethical, professional and easy to work with. Would you knowingly pick someone who is arrogant, egotistical or miserable to work with as a colleague? Or someone who has a poor work ethic or constantly interrupts or demeans others? Probably not. Yet we often dismiss soft skills as “fluff” and not needed in the workplace.Leaders and project managers will quickly tell you that the majority of their time is spent trying to get colleagues to work more effectively together or treat each other with respect. They will note that the “people problems” in their company drain their energy. One study by American Express found that more than 60 percent of managers agreed that soft skills are the most important factor when evaluating an employee’s performance.What are the soft skills employers should be looking for? Some of the most important:• Integrity. Ethical reputation and honesty.• Work ethic. Being dependable and hardworking, willing to go the extra mile.• Team player. Being collaborative and working well with others (i.e., having a pleasant personality and working for the team vs. being a bully, manipulator, backstabber or only caring for your own individual agenda).• Positive attitude and enthusiasm. Optimistic, upbeat, ability to generate good energy.• Adaptability and flexibility. Employers get frustrated with employees who are resistant to change and are rigid or unable to adapt to new directions.• Effective communication and confidence. Being a good listener, being able to clearly and concisely articulate your point whether in writing or orally, using appropriate nonverbal and body language.• Openness and receptivity to feedback. Soliciting feedback and being willing to listen to it and make needed changes to improve; learning from criticism. It is especially important to get feedback on your emotional and social intelligence.• Creative thinking. Being open to innovation and able to think outside the box.• Critical thinking and problem solving. Being able to analyze information and put it together; being able to see the interrelationships among various functional areas to address problems.• Collaboration, conflict management and negotiation skills. Being able to work effectively with others and effectively address conflict as it arises; being able to persuade and influence others.Jeffrey Kudisch, the managing director of Career Services and assistant dean of Corporate Relations at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, regularly meets with employers about what knowledge and skills they are looking for when hiring future employees.“Many recruiters have told me that they would rather hire an applicant with a 3.6 GPA who has strong soft skills, than an applicant with a 4.0 who has no soft skills or no extracurricular or leadership activities,” he said. “In fact, an applicant with no leadership skills documented on their resume sends up red flags.”
Amazon Prime price shock? Try these cheaper rivals
Many online shoppers were taken aback when Amazon raised the price of its Prime service. Although Prime offers a streaming video service, many customers have come to rely on its free two-day shipping. Some took the $20 price hike in stride, but if you’re annoyed, and looking for alternatives, there are cheaper versions you can try.
Work Advice: If a dangled promotion goes nowhere
Karla L. Miller writes an advice column on navigating the modern workplace. Each week she will answer one or two questions from readers.
Burger King to add mobile-phone payment at U.S. locations
Burger King Worldwide Inc., the second-biggest U.S. burger chain by store count, is introducing an application that will allow customers to pay for Whoppers with their smartphones as it races rivals to woo younger diners.
Monitor: Big banks satisfy mortgage settlement
The nation’s four biggest banks slashed billions of dollars from mortgages and other debts, enough to satisfy their obligations under a national mortgage settlement that stemmed from so-called robo-signing.
Emerging-market bonds on sale but not on clearance
Investors are pulling money out of emerging markets, in part because of anticipation of higher interest rates in the U.S. The drop in demand means prices for bonds from emerging markets have tumbled over the last year, and the average emerging-market bond mutual fund has lost 6.8 percent. That’s the worst performance among the 32 bond fund categories that Morningstar tracks and a sharp reversal. Over the last five years, emerging markets have provided some of the best bond returns.
Many Midwest landowners still wait for oil pipeline after 10 years
More than three-fourths of Nebraska’s landowners have signed agreements to let pipeline developer TransCanada run the oil line through their property but where patience with the 10-year struggle seems to be running thin.
Wells Fargo keeps pay for CEO flat at $19.3M
Wells Fargo kept its pay for CEO John Stumpf unchanged at $19.3 million last year, saying he has led the company well and reduced risk. A company filing shows that Stumpf received base pay of $2.8 million, stock awards of $12.5 million, and incentive pay of $4 million.
Jesse Jackson to take on tech’s lack of diversity
The Rev. Jesse Jackson is bringing attention to Silicon Valley’s poor record of including blacks and Latinos in hiring, board appointments and startup funding.
WhatsApp deal has MagicJack CEO talking billions
Facebook Inc.’s $19 billion acquisition of WhatsApp Inc. got the attention of executives in MagicJack VocalTec Ltd.’s West Palm Beach offices. Three weeks after the Feb. 19 deal, they dedicated part of their quarterly earnings call to point out the similarities between MagicJack’s business and WhatsApp’s.
Google, Viacom resolve YouTube copyright lawsuit
Google Inc. and Viacom Inc. settled Viacom’s lawsuit claiming YouTube violated copyrights by letting users post video clips from shows without authorization after a federal judge twice threw out the allegations.
Side air bags deploy with bump in the road
We had a client come in the other day explaining that they thought they hit a pothole, which deployed the side curtain air bags on their 2008 Buick Enclave. Upon inspection we found no evidence of damage under the vehicle that would have caused this.
Life & Entertainment
Barrington native’s ‘Divergent’ series now blockbuster film
To go with “Twilight” and “The Hunger Games,” Lionsgate now has a trio of young-adult franchises with the box-office leading “Divergent.” The teen science-fiction thriller based on the novels by Barrington native Veronica Roth debuted with $56 million over the weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. The opening, while less than some anticipated, launches Lionsgate’s third franchise built on young-adult best-sellers.
Writer reprises cross-country bicycle trip
A cross-country bicycle trip is usually a one-and-done experience. Not so for Bruce Weber, a longtime reporter for The New York Times who at age 57 decided to reprise the coast-to-coast ride he took 18 years earlier, post a blog at stops along the route and then make the journey the focus of his latest book, “Life is a Wheel.” After flying to Portland, Ore., to pick up the $8,000 bike he shipped from New York, Weber set out from coastal Astoria on what would be a 4,122-mile ride that took him to 15 states over a 101-day stretch that included a few days off the bike to fly to a funeral in Los Angeles and a wedding in New Orleans.
Sunday picks: 'Bring On Broadway' at Hemmens
The Elgin Symphony Orchestra celebrates the world of musical theater with vocalists Teri Dale Hansen and Nat Chandler in the concert “Bring On Broadway: Behind the Mask” at the Hemmens Cultural Center in Elgin. The Illinois Brass Band opens its 24th season with its “Classic Brass” concert at the First United Methodist Church of Arlington Heights. And the Lake County Coin Club hosts its annual Coin Show at Warren Township High School Sunday for collectors and exhibitors alike.
No retirement in sight for Jerry Bruckheimer
After more than two decades with Disney, where he produced the juggernaut “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “National Treasure” film franchises among many box-office hits, Jerry Bruckheimer begins a new partnership with Paramount.
Change up your workout to get better results
Changing up your workout routine is great for progressing the body as well as keeping your head in the game. Boring workouts get boring results. We’ve taken three common exercises and modified them to make them more challenging and more interesting — the squat, the lunge, and the pushup.
Taylor Schilling on ‘Orange,’ new passion project
When Taylor Schilling arrives on the set of “Orange is the New Black,” her make-under begins. The popular Netflix original series follows Schilling’s character, Piper Chapman, as she adjusts to life in a women’s correctional facility. Before the hit show’s second season debuts June 6, fans can catch her out of the orange jumpsuit in the new indie drama “Stay.”
Is runDisney the happiest race on earth?
Die-hard Disney fans are also becoming runners thanks to the growing popularity of runDisney races at Disney theme parks in Anaheim, Calif., and Lake Buena Vista, Fla. That's precisely what happened to Aurora residents Jackie Horvath, and her daugher, Rachel, who have both run six runDisney races split between Walt Disney World and Disneyland.
Paint without the pain
We’ve all been there. You decide to paint a room, and weeks later, your walls are a crazy quilt of paint swatches. You’ve flipped through rooms on Houzz and Pinterest and virtually painted your room online. You’ve asked your friends and your plumber for their opinions. You are still afraid to make the wrong choice.
Tours, re-enactments mark 150th anniversary of Charleston Riot
Illinois is known as the Land of Lincoln, but during the Civil War support for the president and abolitionism was far from universal throughout the state. Illinois never saw any battles during the war, but it did see bloodshed. On March 28, 1864, in the city of Charleston, a rally of Democrats, many of whom were pro-Southern, clashed with Union soldiers who had returned home on leave. The Illinois State Historical Society is marking the 150th anniversary of the deadly riot with a variety of events.
Mary Mary singer breaks out with solo album
When Mary Mary singer Erica Campbell decided to tell her sister Tina she wanted to pursue a solo career outside the Grammy-winning duo, she was nervous about having the talk. But Erica felt compelled to be honest with Tina at a time when she was already performing without her sister, who took a break from music last year after she learned her husband had been unfaithful. “I didn’t know how she was going to respond, but I knew she was not in work mode in 2013. She shut everything down,” said 41-year-old Erica, who is two years older than Tina.
Proportion, finishes key to balancing imaginative traditional rooms
Traditional interior design can mean a lot of different things depending on your audience. From whatever point of view you decorate your home, there are some common ground rules to be followed.
Bathroom fans are creating a soggy mess in the attic
I have a two-story colonial built in the late 1970s in Shelburne, Vt. The two full baths upstairs have fans that just vent into the attic, which has blown insulation and a vent on each gable end.
Editorial: Campaign ’14 and the politics of distraction
A Daily Herald editorial says that while some will try to shape Election '14 as a matter of class warfare, that's in reality the politics of distraction, and with so much at stake, voters need to recognize it for what it is.
Photo shoot turns into something special
A half-hour Daily Herald photo shoot led to some bonding and some likely additional good needs from 10 high school students we already were honoring for their good deeds, says Jim Davis, DuPage/Fox Valley news director.
Can Obama rise to Carter’s level?
Columnist Michael Gerson: As Winston Churchill might have said, the battle for Crimea is over. The battle for the idea of Europe is about to begin. Russia — as one might expect from an espiocracy, ruled by a Soviet-era spy — practices a particularly sophisticated form of aggression.
World community needs focus on hunger
An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: The United Nations and the world community in the year 2000 had a plan to cut world hunger in half, but the now the figures are the same. The U.N., Communists, socialists and Democrats have long promised the world hunger relief, but progress is too slow.
Tollway, water agency did due diligence
An Elk Grove Village letter to the editor: In a March 4 opinion piece, the Daily Herald asserts there was a lack of planning and foresight on the part of the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority and the Northwest Suburban Municipal Joint Action Water Agency. I wish to clarify the long and diligent efforts of our two agencies in amending a 1984 agreement that, among other things, assigned financial responsibility of future pipeline relocations to the water agency.
Commission on collge funding must be stopped
A letter to the editor: Jack Franks has introduced HB 5323 without any thought of fiscal responsibility or government restraint.
Illinois an ‘island’ of economic failure
A letter to the editor: Illinois while geographically firmly planted in the middle of the country is actually an island in the middle of the Sea of Economic Woes.
We could evolve into a dictatorship
A Lombard letter to the editor: Responding to a letter by Robert Chmela, in 1787, 55 delegates convened to revise the Articles of Confederation. But this did not happen. A national government was established — a Republic.
In support of Elgin charter school
An Elgin letter to the editor: As a parent of elementary school-aged children in Elgin, I am excited about the possibility of the public math and science-focused elementary school proposed for U46 and the Elgin community.
Dillard needs to get over his anger
A Lisle letter to the editor: Will someone please explain to Mr. Kirk Dillard the “we the people” are not happy with what is happening in Springfield and that he, yes, he, is part of the problem.