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    Friends honor Grayslake teen who drowned

    Matt Reed, 16, of Grayslake

    Jul 23, 2014 5:09 AM

    Friends of 16-year-old Grayslake Central High School student Matt Reed who drowned in Third Lake honored the teen Tuesday by releasing green and white helium-filled balloons matching the school’s colors. Reed’s basketball coach, Brian Moe, described the teen as “a funny, outgoing, caring kid who always had a smile on his face.”

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    Duran Duran suing Glenview-based fan club company

    The band Duran Duran — featuring John Taylor, Roger Taylor, Nick Rhodes and Simon Le Bon — is suing a Glenview-based fan club management company.

    Jul 23, 2014 4:09 PM

    The 1980s pop band Duran Duran is suing a Glenview-based fan club management company, saying it breached its contract by not sending promised revenue to the band. The lawsuit, filed last Friday in Cook County circuit court, says Worldwide Fan Clubs Inc. agreed in 2010 to create and manage the band’s fan club.

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    Aurora-based meat supplier in scandal has global reach

    In this July 20 photo released by China’s Xinhua News Agency, workers gather while they have nothing to do at the workshop of Shanghai Husi Food Co., a meat supplier for McDonald and KFC, in Shanghai, China. A suspect meat scandal in China engulfed Starbucks and Burger King on Tuesday and spread to Japan where McDonald’s said the Chinese supplier accused of selling expired beef and chicken had provided 20 percent of the meat for its chicken nuggets.

    Jul 23, 2014 3:08 PM

    It isn’t a household name, but the company that’s at the center of a food scandal in China helps make some of the world’s most popular foods, including the Big Macs and Quarter Pounders served at McDonald’s locations. OSI Group, a privately-held company based in Aurora, was thrust into the spotlight this weekend when a Chinese TV station reported that one of its Shanghai plants repackaged old beef and chicken and slapped new expiration dates on them.

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    Bulls’ Gibson not worried about trade rumors

    Chicago Bulls forward Taj Gibson (22) says the addition of Pau Gasol gives head coach Tom Thibodeau more options to win matchups. Gibson also said he's not worried about any trade rumors.

    Jul 23, 2014 1:55 PM

    Taj Gibson probably didn’t expect the Bulls’ biggest addition this summer to be another power forward, but he’s not sweating it. Gibson spoke briefly to the media Wednesday during his youth basketball camp at the Joy of the Game Center in Deerfield. The sixth-year forward made it clear he’s happy to see Pau Gasol join the Bulls.

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    Lady Antebellum bringing up-tempo songs to Aurora show

    Lady Antebellum's upcoming album is called “747.” The name refers to a hook in the title song about how a commercial jetliner can't go fast enough for a man trying to reclaim his love.

    Jul 23, 2014 11:47 AM

    The title for Lady Antebellum's forthcoming new album, “747,” refers to a hook in the title song about how a commercial jetliner can't go fast enough for a man trying to reclaim his love. It's also a fitting analogy for the country trio's own super-sonic momentum over the last year. Lady Antebellum plays RiverEdge Park in Aurora on Thursday, Aug. 7, as part of the band's most recent tour. “We are just so excited for the opportunity to just continue to build our career,”...

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    Illinois patients to docs: ‘What about marijuana?’

    In this July 22 photo Marla Levi, 51, poses for a photo at her home in Buffalo Grove. Illinois doctors, nursing homes, hospitals and hospice organizations are ramping up for their role as gatekeepers in the state’s new medical marijuana program. Levi eats marijuana brownies to ease the rigidity in her legs caused by multiple sclerosis. Her doctor has agreed to write her a recommendation.

    Jul 23, 2014 4:16 PM

    Illinois doctors, nursing homes, hospitals and hospice organizations are ramping up for their role as gatekeepers in the state’s new medical marijuana program. “It’s already an issue,” said Dr. Martha Twaddle of Barrington-based JourneyCare, which specializes in end-of-life care. “People are asking, ‘What about marijuana?’”

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