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    Shoppers hit stores, Thursday openings diminish crowds

    Patty Page of Naperville is beaming at the deal she got on an Elsa doll from the Disney Store at Oakbrook Mall.

    Nov 28, 2014 2:12 PM

    It wasn't just Victoria's Secret and Gap on shoppers' lists this Black Friday. Consumers also charged the gates to pick up tools, kitchenware and, of course, toys from Disney's "Frozen." But store openings on Thanksgiving are taking some of the wind out of the biggest shopping day of the year.

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    5 weekend ideas to usher in the holidays

    You never know which Christmas creatures will turn up at the Village of Fox Lake and Korpan’s Landing 58th Annual Holiday Parade.

    Nov 28, 2014 2:13 PM

    It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas around the suburbs. And this weekend offers the chance to kick off the season with local parades, a lights festival and a couple of holiday theater classics.

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    Algonquin woman helping decorate White House

    Last year's White House Christmas tree in the Blue Room of the White House is seen through a doorway in Washington.

    Nov 28, 2014 5:52 AM

    A breast cancer survivor, Leslie Warmus hopes to cross off one item from her bucket list this weekend. The Algonquin woman will be among 85 volunteers helping decorate the White House for the holidays, including decking out one of about a dozen Christmas trees. “It was something I always wanted to do,” she said. “I'm crazy excited.”

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    New sport flies South Barrington man to Dubai

    William Ayars Jr., seen here midflight, soars through the air with the help of his brother, Skylar Ayers, on the jet ski. The Ayars brothers are going to Dubai next week to compete in the World Cup of Flyboarding.

    Nov 28, 2014 5:24 AM

    William Ayars Jr. of South Barrington says flyboarding - a new extreme sport that's something like wakeboarding with a jetpack - not only has given him an opportunity to travel the world, but it saved his life. “It allowed me to take my addictive personality and put it into something I love,” he says.

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    Des Plaines mayor criticized for panel appointments

    Matt Bogusz

    Nov 28, 2014 5:28 AM

    Two members of Des Plaines city advisory panels say Mayor Matt Bogusz isn’t reappointing them as retribution for positions they’ve taken against him in the past. But Bogusz contends politics has nothing to do with it. “He’s a baby. He has no clue what he’s doing,” Mike Lake said. “This is just retribution.”

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    Bears’ playoff hopes fade with loss to Lions

    Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81), defended by Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller (23), makes a 25-yard reception for a touchdown during Thursday’s first half in Detroit.

    Nov 27, 2014 6:35 PM

    Consider the Bears’ playoff hopes about as vibrant as the local economy. An allegedly resurgent Bears defense that had held consecutive opponents to 13 points did not show up in a 34-17 loss to the Lions on Thanksgiving. And the offense made only a cameo appearance. After the Bears pulled within 24-17 midway through the third quarter, the Lions methodically drove 95 yards to a touchdown and a 31-17 lead on the first play of the fourth quarter.

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