The Daily Herald from Arlington Heights, Illinois on March 8, 2008 · Page 303
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Arlington Heights, Illinois
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PAGE 14 SF.cmON 1 DAILY HERALD SATURDAY. MARCH 8. 2008 Back Tonight's best bets * Saliva, Drowning Pool and City Sleeps perform at Austin's Fuel Room, 481 Peterson Road, Libertyville (8 p.m., $25). • Company of Thieves with Down the Line at Park West, 322 W. Armitage Ave., Chicago (7:30 p.m., $15). Today's birthdays Actress-singer-dancer Cyd Charisse, 86; actress Sue Ane Langdon, 72; actress Lynn Redgrave, 65; actor- director Micky Dolenz, 63; singer-musician Randy Meisner, 62; pop singer Peggy March, 60; singer Gary Numan, 50; NBC News anchor Lester Holt, 49; actor Aidan Quinn, 49; Confederate Railroad musician Jimmy Dormire, 48; actress Camryn Manheim, 47; The Thorns singer Shawn, 40; actress Andrea Parker, 38; actor Boris Kodjoe, 35; actor Freddie Prinze Jr. , 32; actor James Van Der Beek, 31; Rhythm-and- blues singer Kameelah Williams, 30; Keane singer Tom Chaplin, 29; OK GO musician Andy Ross, 29. lottery Friday, March 7, results: Midday Pick 3 7-6-4 Midday Pick 4 0-1-4-9 Evening Pick 3 3-5-4 Evening Pick 4 0-8-6-4 Little Lotto 23-26-30-33-39 ($100,000) Saturday Lotto $2.75 million Mega Millions 19-32-33-41-48(12) ($37 million) Saturday Powerball $200 million Off the wires Lisa Marie Presley wanted to keep her pregnancy private but felt she had to say something when photos of her looking heavier were ridiculed in the news media. "After being the target all week of slanderous and degrading stories, horribly manipulated pictures and articles in the media, I have had to show my cards and announce under the gun and under vicious personal attack that I am, in fact, pregnant," the 40-year-old singer wrote on her MySpace page. Presley and her husband, music producer Michael Lockwood, are expecting a baby next fall, her spokeswoman, Cindy Guagenti, said Friday. A judge agreed Friday to delay the armed robbery and kidnapping trial for O.J. Simpson and two co-defendants until September to give the defense more time to prepare. Clark County (Nev.) District Judge Jackie Glass also refused to separate the former football star's trial from co-defendants Charles Ehrlich and Clarence "C.J." Stewart. The men are accused of kidnapping and robbing two dealers peddling Simpson memorabilia at a Las Vegas hotel-casino in September 2007. They have pleaded not guilty to all charges. A leukemia patient in dire need of a bone marrow transplant reportedly has found a donor after Grammy-winning singer Rihanna publicized her case. "The English language does not have words that are adequate to thank someone for working to save your life," Lisa Gershowitz Flynn of New York wrote in an e-mail to supporters Thursday, reported. Flynn, a 41-year-old lawyer and mother of two small children, was diagnosed in November 2007 with acute myelogenous leukemia. "When I heard about Lisa's plight, my heart broke," the 20-year-old singer told the magazine last month. Rihanna's campaign to help Flynn sparked more than 5,000 calls and e-mails to DKMS, and about 2,000 new donors have registered. It wasn't clear how or when Flynris 32-year-old donor , registered with the organization. A 'Wheel' good time Popular game show in totvn; 'residents take spin BY JAMIE SOTONOFF Just as she was about to solve the puzzle, Rachel Naval-Cruz choked. She said the wrong word, and because of that, a different "Wheel of Fortune" contestant got to give the correct answer and win the round. "Uggg!" groaned the 38-year-old Round Lake resident afterward, jokingly pounding her forehead on the table. "It's going to haunt me. They'll put that word on my casket." Naval-Cruz was among the 45 local contestants — many from the suburbs — who are getting a chance to spin the wheel and win big money this weekend on "Wheel of Fortune." The legendary dinnertime game show is in town to tape three weeks worth of shows at Navy Pier before a live studio audience. The contestants have already been selected and tickets to the studio audience are sold out. The Chicago shows will air at 6:30 p.m. on ABC7 in early May. Local residents who got to play the game agreed on several points: the wheel is unexpectedly heavy; PHOTOS BY JOE 1.EWNAKDjIcwnartlCi'(1 "Wheel of Fortune" host Pat Sajak greets an audience member during the taping of a show at Navy Pier Friday. hosts Pat Sajak and Vanna White are very nice in person; and it's a lot harder to play as a contestant than as a spectator. "When you spin that wheel and you hear that click, click, click sound, it's just exhilarating," said contestant Carlos Rosado, of Addison. "You want to look down and watch where it's going to land, but you need to be looking at the puzzle so you can solve it." Rosado played as a team with his brother, Ruben, and it had special meaning to them. "Wheel of Fortune" was their late father's favorite show and they knew this would have meant the world to him. Ruben even visited his father's grave the night before the taping. "I knew he was with us as we played. That was the main thing, to make our dad proud," Ruben said. Another contestant team was Janet Bradley, 47, of Downers Grove, and her 19-year-old daughter, Lisa. Janet found the game to be surprisingly fast-paced. "It seems like the game went a lot faster in person than when you're watching it home," she said. "At home it seems like you have so Rachel Naval-Cruz, left, of Round Lake and her sister, Lichel Naval- Balleza of Chicago play on "Wheel of Fortune" at Navy Pier Friday. much time to solve it." "You have to be clapping and smiling and you can't talk out loud. You're kind of performing while you're trying to play," added Rebecca Gegler, a 32-year-old mother of three from Big Oak who played with her father, Duane Tutaj, of Addison. "Wheel" producers asked that the show outcomes be kept secret, but it's safe to say mat suburbanites fared pretty well. "This is like a dream," added Carlos Rosado. "It ranks up there with the day I got married. That's how fun it is." Meeting Vanna makes 94-year-old man's wish come true BY JAMIE SOTONOFF With a smile that exuded pure joy, Percy Swanson bragged to his friends. "I had her right here!" he said, pointing to the inside of his arm. Friday night — as a surprise to Swanson — the 94-year-old Woodstock resident got to meet, hug and briefly chat with his dream girl, "Wheel of Fortune" letter-turner Vanna White. Slightly flustered by the surprise and the swarm of cameras that followed him onto the "Wheel of Fortune" set at Navy Pier, where they're taping 15 new shows this weekend, Swanson suddenly found himself face-to-face with the woman he religiously watches on television every weeknight. "I've watched you for 25 years," Swanson said to White. "Well, I appreciate that!" she beamed back. After a little nervous chit-chat and photo ops, Swanson returned to his seat with an expression of both shock and happiness. "That was pretty good," he said with a chuckle. The meeting took place during a break and is not expected to air as part of the show. Swanson's surprise was arranged through the Twilight Wish Foundation, a nonprofit group that makes seniors' wishes come true, whether it involves meeting celebrities or getting a new set of dentures. The jig was to let Swanson think he was only going sit in the live studio audience with a group from his nursing home, Hearthstone Manor in Woodstock. Even before he met White, Swanson was clearly having the time of his life. Seated in the front row, he rose up out of his wheelchair and started dancing to "Bad, Bad, Leroy Brown" which played over the loudspeakers during a commercial break. The audience camera immediately panned to him. When "Wheel" host Pat Sajak saw what was happening, he stopped what he was doing and came over to dance with Swanson as the audience clapped to the beat. Sajak accidentally knocked over Swanson's wheelchair in the process (and then profusely apologized as he lifted it back up). "I can't even describe what this has been like for him," said Swanson's daughter, Marcy Calkins, who flew in from Florida for the occa- sion. Swanson grew up in the Hundey area, and spent liis career as superintendent of streets and sanitation for the village of Huntley. He also was a volunteer firefighter there for more man 30 years. Now living at Hearthstone Manor, Swanson's beloved by the staff who describe him as sweet, respectful, a gentieman and a joker. Every night at 6:25 p.m., Swanson tells them he's going to his recliner "to watch Vanna." "There's no way he would ever miss 'Wheel of Fortune.' Everything revolves around it. Dinner, shower, everything," said Joni Fisher, who overseas Hearthstone Manor's activities department. "Percy is just so kind to everyone.. He's such a deserving guy. It's exciting for us to have this wish come true for him." 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