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Daily Archive : Friday September 2, 2011

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    Palatine Jaycees cancel Sept. 24 garage sale

    The Palatine Jaycees are seeking participants for its communitywide garage sale from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24 on the fourth floor of the Gateway Center parking garage, Smith Street and Colfax Road, Palatine.

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    Hawthorn Woods man dies from crash injuries

    Authorities say a Buffalo Grove woman was texting and driving when she struck a Hawthorn Woods man changing a tire on the shoulder of Route 53 on Aug. 1. On Thursday, the victim died of his injuries.

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    Grayslake Scouts to laud American heroes at ceremony

    Local Cub Scouts, along with Grayslake and Hainesville village governments and other organizations, are combining to host what organizers are calling an American Heroes Community Celebration Sunday, Sept. 11.

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    Witness who recanted testimony charged with perjury

    A witness to a 1992 double homicide who identified the killers has been charged with perjury after recanting his testimony.Willie Johnson was wounded in the shooting on Chicago’s West Side and identified Cedric Cal and Albert Kirkman as the shooters. During a hearing in January, Johnson told Judge Michael Brown his identification of the gunmen at the 1994 trial was false.

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    Residents help sandbag a seafood shed behind the home of resident Kraemer Lloyd, in preparation for encroaching Tropical Storm Lee, in the town of Jean Lafitte, La., Friday. Tropical Storm Lee formed in the waters off Louisiana on Friday, threatening a drenching along much of the Gulf Coast over the Labor Day weekend with up to 20 inches of rain in some spots.

    Gulf Coast gets ready for Tropical Storm Lee

    A large storm system churning in the Gulf Of Mexico grew Friday into Tropical Storm Lee, beginning a Labor Day weekend-long assault that could bring up to 20 inches of rain in some spots from Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle.

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    Streamwood man charged with selling cocaine on four separate occasions

    A Cook County judge set bail at $200,000 for a Streamwood man charged with delivery of a controlled substance and delivery of a controlled substance withing 1,000 feet of a school or park. The charges came in an undercover investigation involving Addison police.

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    Four years for driver in deadly 2009 crash in Des Plaines

    A Chicago man was sentenced to four years in prison for a January 2009 crash that cost a Des Plaines resident his life. Ilkwon Song, 29, pled guilty to aggravated DUI involving an injury or death and aggravated DUI causing great bodily harm. He was also fined $2,120.

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    Kizzy E. Edwards

    Six arrested in Carol Stream drug sting

    Six people living in a Carol Stream apartment complex face drug charges following a sting conducted Thursday that yielded quantities of crack cocaine, heroin, cannabis, handgun ammunition and drug paraphernalia, authorities said.

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    Many injured in tour bus crash

    Authorities in southern Illinois say 36 people have been taken to a hospital in Salem for evaluation after a Chicago-bound tour bus ran off the northbound lanes of Interstate 57.

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    Animal abuse trial scheduled to start next week

    Jury selection is scheduled to begin Tuesday in the case of a Deer Park woman accused of allowing animals to die of starvation at a kennel she owned. Diane Eldrup, 48, is charged with animal torture and aggravated cruelty to animals for activities at the Muddy Paws Dog Rescue uncovered in December.

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    Oak Brook resident Ed Donnelly holds his granddaughter Olivia during a moment of silence Friday for his brother, fire Lt. Kevin W. Donnelly, who was killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center in New York City.

    Oakbrook Center honors fallen 9/11 firefighter

    Oak Brook resident Ed Donnelly lost his brother Kevin, a New York City firefighter, in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. On Friday, Oakbrook Center made a $5,000 donation to a memorial fund that honors Kevin's Ladder Company 3.

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    Barrington mom pleads guilty to hosting underage drinking party

    A mother charged with hosting an underage drinking party at her Barrington home pleaded guilty and was ordered to play $600 in fines.

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    Alumni to be honored at Elk Grove homecoming
    Elk Grove High School will be honoring two distinguished alumni during the 2011 Homecoming celebration at the end of September.

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    Warrenville to consider higher taxes

    Warrenville City Council members are expected to vote next week on a proposal to create three new local taxes, increase an existing tax and redistribute another to help pay for road repairs and other capital improvements. If adopted by the council on Tuesday night, the multifaceted tax plan would generate enough new revenue to address a projected $1 million deficit in the city’s capital...

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    Time to sign up for D214 Community Education classes

    There are less than two weeks left to sign up for fall community education courses through Northwest Suburban High School District 214.

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    Trees have been removed and grading work is being done on the proposed site of the new public works garage off County Line Road, south of Route 22, in Fox River Grove.

    Judge hoping for out-of-court pact Fox River Grove suit

    A Lake County judge has asked the village to consider whether it can address residents’ concerns about a proposed new public works garage before the matter goes to trial, officials said.

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    U-46 seeks parent volunteers for slew of committees

    Looking for a way to get involved in your child's education? Elgin Area District U-46 seeks parents for a number of committees from finance to community engagement.

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    Mayors and police chiefs routinely clash about budgets before compromises are reached. But the episode in which Chicago police Superintendent Garry McCarthy put a dollar figure on cuts — something Mayor Rahm Emanuel has not done — marks the first suggestion, at least publicly, that the mayor and the superintendent he plucked from Newark, N.J., may not be in complete agreement.

    Emanuel pushes police cuts despite pledge

    Rahm Emanuel campaigned for Chicago mayor on a promise of putting 1,000 more police officers on the city’s streets. Now, the man Emanuel picked to be the top cop for the nation’s third-largest city says the mayor has told him to slash $190 million from his budget — something people both inside and outside the department say can’t be done without layoffs.

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    Smoking section irks some at Last Fling

    A new smoking area at the Naperville Jaycees' Last Fling celebration is making some visitors unhappy, but organizers say it's designed to meet the needs of smokers and non-smokers alike.

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    Liquor Barn eyes Wheeling store
    A new packaged wine, spirits and liquor store may be open in Wheeling by Thanksgiving. The Wheeling village board is expected to vote Tuesday night whether to approve the proposal from Liquor Barn for a 10,500-square-foot store at 287 E. Dundee Road,

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    Hoffman offices closed for holiday
    Electronic recycling and garbage collection in Hoffman Estates will be delayed due to the Labor Day holiday.

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    Police reports
    Eric A. Finlon, 32, of the 700 block of Small Court in Naperville, was charged Sunday with public drunkenness, according to a police report. An officer on patrol in St. Charles observed Finlon standing in the street outside a tavern in downtown traffic. The officer believed Finlon to be in danger of being hit by a vehicle and told him to go stand back on the sidewalk. Finlon responded by telling...

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    St. Francis reports 6 percent enrollment gain

    Refreshed students, teachers, administrators and staff members returning to St. Francis de Sales Parish School from their summer vacations are welcoming plenty of new faces to theirlearning community. The school has reported a 6 percent increase in enrollment this year.

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    Thermos moving headquarters to Schaumburg
    Thermos L.L.C. has signed a long-term lease to relocate its international headquarters from the Meadows Corporate Center in Rolling Meadows to the Woodfield Corporate Center in Schaumburg.

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    Jennifer Gustafson

    Fund helps Hanover Park murder victim’s kids
    A memorial fund has been set up to assist the two teenage children of 40-year-old Jennifer Gustafson, who was murdered last week in her Hanover Park home. It’s being administered through Retro Bistro in Mount Prospect, where Gustafson worked as a bartender for more than 10 years.

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    Woodland PTO wise food talk:

    Woodland Elementary District 50's Parent Teacher Organization will host a guest speaker focusing on food choices for children at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8.

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    Police reports
    James L. Hill, 62, of the 900 block of North Lavergne Avenue in Chicago, was arrested Sept. 1 in Elgin and charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance, police reports said. He had in his possession less than 15 grams of a substance containing heroin.

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    Nurse charged with taking Bartlett patients’ pills

    A Cook County judge set bail at $10,000 for a Streamwood woman who prosecutors say admitted to police that she took pills intended for patients at a Bartlett care facility and kep them for herself. The defendant, Delores Gigliello, 58, has no other criminal background, prosecutors said.

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    New rabbi at Hoffman Estates congregation
    Rabbi Taron Tachman will be officially installed as the new leader of the Beth Tikvah Congregation, 300 Hillcrest Drive in Hoffman Estates at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16.

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    Gov. Pat Quinn has acted on 1,529 clemency petitions since taking office. He has granted 591 and denied 938.

    Quinn grants clemency to 74, denies 99

    Gov. Pat Quinn has granted 74 clemencies and denied 99 petitions, chipping away at a backlog of more than 2,500 cases in Illinois. Quinn’s office says that the 173 cases he addressed on Friday come from dockets ranging from 2004 to 2007.

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    John Millner

    Millner won’t run again

    State Sen. John Millner said Friday that he won’t run for re-election in 2012, choosing to care for his cancer-stricken wife instead of taking on a tough campaign next year.

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    Walsh hosts town hall meet:

    U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh will host a town hall listening session from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the Warren Township Center, 17801 W. Washington St., Gurnee.

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    Lake County volunteer needed:

    The Agency on Aging of Northeastern Illinois is seeking a Lake County resident or a person employed in Lake County to represent the county on its advisory council.

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    Free mulch in Lakemoor:

    Wood chips are available free to Lakemoor residents on a first-come, first served basis.

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    Spring Grove man gets jail in gift card scam

    A Spring Grove man was ordered to spend six months in jail when not working Friday after admitting he was selling store gift cards he obtained with stolen merchandise. Justin MacCallum, 26, was also placed on probation for two years after pleading guilty to theft during a hearing before Lake County Circuit Judge Fred Foreman.

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    Money Magazine has named South Elgin as one of the 100 best small towns to live, in part, for its activities near the Fox River. Here, Linda Ansfield and her daughter Amber, 11, dance to the Elvis stylings of Rick Saucedo during opening night of South Elgin Riverfest Express this summer.

    Magazine: South Elgin one of the best small towns

    South Elgin Village President Jim Hansen doesn’t need a list to tell him the village is one of the best places to live in the country. But a little outside validation is always nice. Money Magazine has once again named South Elgin as one of the 100 best small towns in the United States.

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    Associated Press/Aug. 1, 2011 Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon insists her efficiency effort isn’t about cutting schools or reducing districts just for the sake of numbers.

    Simon wants to make school districts more efficient

    Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon wants schools to know she isn’t gunning for them. But she says consolidation "is an important question that doesn’t have a cookie cutter kind of answer, and we need to bring the stakeholders to the table."

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    Under the new state law legalizing the carrying of concealed weapons, the University of Wisconsin will forbid them inside stadiums, classrooms and other buildings.

    University of Wisconsin won’t allow guns in buildings

    The University of Wisconsin will allow concealed weapons outside, including tailgates, but not inside buildings at any of its campuses statewide, including Madison.

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    Last year, there were 23,850 students at NIU, according to the official 10-day count the school is required to take in September. This year’s count hasn’t occurred yet.

    NIU president aims for 30,000 enrollment

    Northern Illinois University officials hope to increase enrollment by 25 percent in less than nine years. In his annual State of the University speech, NIU President John Peters on Thursday announced that one of the goals for the university is to reach an enrollment of 30,000 students by the year 2020.

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    Dairy recalls products after inspection

    Kane County Health Department officials announced Friday that Ludwig Dairy in Dixon is removing its products from store shelves. Consumers who’ve purchased Ludwig milk, cheese or other dairy products should throw them out.

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    Joe McMahon

    Kane state’s attorney will seek 4-year term

    Kane County State's Attorney Joe McMahon will announce on Tuesday his intent to run for re-election in November 2012. McMahon was appointed in November 2010 after John Barsanti became a judge.

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    Ray Millington

    Grayslake District 46 boss deal up for vote

    Grayslake Elementary District 46 board members next week will make another attempt at deciding whether to extend the superintendent's contract. Ellen Correll's proposed contract extension is scheduled for a vote Wednesday night.

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    Guy Birch

    Geneva man charged with unlawful restraint after detaining girlfriend

    A Geneva man has been charged with unlawful restraint after allegedly holding his girlfriend down on her couch for more than two hours Sunday.

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    McHenry County board to discuss future salaries

    The committee chairmen of the McHenry County Board will meet Wednesday to begin the process of setting salaries for some county officials who will be elected next year. County board members' salaries are currently about $20,000 per year, while the county chairman's compensation is about $79,000 per year. Discussion will center on salaries for the recorder, auditor, coroner and clerk of the...

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    Palatine salon owner sues police, claims excessive force

    Mark Nelson, the owner of Nelson Group Salon in downtown Palatine, says police threw his head into a brick wall while he was in police custody for battery against an officer during last year's Street Fest. He sustained severe injuries, and is suing.

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    Michael Carvell

    Probation for Naperville Subway burglar

    A Clarendon Hills man has been sentenced to three years of probation for burglarizing a Subway restaurant in Naperville.

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    Heat-related closures go smoothly in District 204

    No buses rumbled, no children lined up for the first bell and no homework was collected Friday morning at most Indian Prairie Unit District 204 elementary schools. And district officials say the day went perfectly.

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    Animal care volunteers Chuck Sylvester and Melissa Monno clean out a tub in the Raptor Flight Facility at the Willowbrook Wildlife Center in Glen Ellyn. The center has up to 100 active volunteers at any given time in the animal care department.

    Images: Behind the scenes at the Willowbrook Wildlife Center
    A behind-the-scenes look at the Willowbrook Wildlife Center in Glen Ellyn where rescued wild animals are rehabilitated and rereleased into their native habitats, thanks to some skilled staffers and a legion of volunteers.

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    A baby squirrel is hand-fed a special formula for rodents during its care at the Willowbrook Wildlife Center in Glen Ellyn.

    How Willowbrook Wildlife center helps heal animals

    Behind the scenes at Willowbrook Wildlife Center in Glen Ellyn where animals native to northeast Illinois get a second chance at survival thanks to staffers and many volunteers.

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    Cliff McIlvaine's home has been the subject of a lawsuit that McIlvaine believes has stripped him of basic human rights.

    St. Charles area men want government to leave them alone

    Two St. Charles area men have formed a bond over mutual disdain for government telling them what to do and a desire to help their fellow man. One wants to live off rainwater and not clean up yard; the other wants to open a homeless shelter.

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    Rich Franden and Diane Garland of Batavia feast at last year's Downtown Batavia Block Party. The event returns Sunday afternoon.

    Downtown Batavia Block Party set for Sunday

    The fourth annual Downtown Batavia Block Party returns Sunday to North River Street and downtown restaurants. It features $2 tastings of the restaurants' wares, bands, a performance by the Batavia Dance Academy, a bags tournament and a 50/50 raffle.

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    Glendale Heights cigarette shop owner gets six years for tax fraud

    Former of owner of several suburban cigarette stores is sentenced to six years in prison for tax fraud after shorting the state and federal governments out of about $5.5 million.

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    Everyone benefits when old and young get together

    Our Ken Potts recently had a chance to attend a meeting of community organizations that bring together senior citizens and school-age children for a variety of activities and projects. The benefits for both age groups are clear, he says.

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    Bartlett actress Valerie Gugala will present “Mary Lincoln and the Spiritualists” as part of the third installment of the Thursday Evening Lecture Series on Thursday, Sept. 8, in St. Charles.

    Bartlett actress leads ‘Mary Lincoln and the Spiritualists’
    Bartlett actress Valerie Gugala will present “Mary Lincoln and the Spiritualists” as part of the third installment of the Thursday Evening Lecture Series on Sept. 8 in St. Charles.

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    Citizens for Conservation is accepting orders through Tuesday, Sept. 6, for its annual fall native tree and shrub sale. Choose from 30 different shrubs and 40 species of trees. To download an order form, visit CitizensforConservation.org.

    Conservancy groups offers native tree, shrub sale

    Citizens for Conservation is now accepting orders for its annual fall native tree and shrub sale. Autumn is an ideal time to plant trees. Choose from 30 different shrubs and nearly 40 species of trees in various sizes. Orders are due Tuesday, Sept. 6.

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    Interfaith teens, adults will commemorate 9/11 with prayer service

    In response to the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11, the Children of Abraham Coalition — a suburban group of Muslim, Jewish and Christian teens and adult religious leaders — will lead an interfaith prayer service for peace in an Arlington Heights park. Teens from all over the Chicago suburbs will take part and all are invited.

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    U.S. Marine Lance Corporal Craig Kanya Jr, RLA Exchange Club Hometown Hero September 2011

    Round Lake area club names Antioch soldier its Hometown Hero

    The Round Lake Area Exchange Club Hometown Hero Committee is proud to announce U.S. Marine Lance Corporal Craig Kanya Jr. as their September hero. This month’s sponsor is Trustee Judy Armstrong of Round Lake Beach.

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    U.S. State Department issues world travel alert for Sept. 11

    The U.S. State Department today issued a world travel alert for the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.“While we have not identified any specific threats” from al-Qaeda and affiliates, “In the past, terrorist organizations have on occasion planned their attacks to coincide with significant dates.”

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    Woman killed walking on Interstate 290

    Illinois State Police are investigating the death of a woman who was struck while walking along the Eisenhower Expressway.

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    Pilot not guilty on 1 count of lying over drowning

    HOUSTON — A federal jury found a Department of Homeland Security pilot not guilty Friday of lying about his alleged role in the drowning of a would-be illegal immigrant swimming across the Rio Grande toward Texas, but couldn’t reach a verdict on three other similar counts.

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    Apache has evacuated about 400 workers from gulf operations

    Apache Corp. said it has evacuated about 400 workers from the Gulf of Mexico and shut some fields ahead of an approaching storm. The shut-ins were necessary after other pipelines and platforms were shut-in, Bill Mintz, a company spokesman said.To contact the reporter on this story: Edward Klump in Houston at eklumpbloomberg.net

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    Settlement talks drag in Seyller case

    Attorneys are still working on a settlement in the lawsuit brought by Kane County Circuit Court Clerk Deb Seyller against the county board after it rejected a request for $560,000 in additional funds in fall 2010. Both sides are not talking, but are due in court again on Sept. 14.

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    Plenty of live music will play on stages all over the suburbs.

    Savor the last summer weekend with suburban festivals

    It’s the last official weekend of summer, and the weather will be perfect for fest crawling all over the suburbs from Saturday through Monday. Depending on your likes, there’s stuff going on to fit every taste.

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    Walter Lampinen with the Co-op Dairy truck he drove all over the Northern suburbs.

    Lampinen was always a loyal Waukeganite, even when he moved away

    A Waukegan native, who grew up in that city's thriving Finnish neighborhood, has passed away. Walter “Barney” Lampinen died Aug. 26 at 84, leaving behind children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren who honor his work ethic, his devotion to baseball and most of all, his love of family.

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    Prosser won’t sit on case involving his attorney

    MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser will not hear a campaign finance case being argued next week by the attorney who represented him in a recount of his election victory.

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    Copper thieves taking power lines in NW Indiana

    GARY, Ind. — A utility company says thieves have climbed utility poles and cut live electrical lines in order to steal hundreds of pounds of copper in a northwestern Indiana neighborhood.

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    La Crosse man charged with bomb scare

    LA CROSSE, Wis. — A La Crosse man is charged with threatening to blow up a federal office.According to a La Crosse County criminal complaint, 48-year-old Paul Weber was pacing at the Internal Revenue Service in La Crosse at about 1 p.m. Wednesday. He allegedly demanded to speak to an agent or he would “blow this place up.”

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    Jury convicts Macomb man in child’s death

    MONMOUTH, Ill. — An Oct. 19 sentencing date is scheduled for a Macomb man who’s again been convicted of beating his girlfriend’s 5-year-old daughter to death.The McDonough County Voice reports that a jury in western Illinois deliberated for more than two hours before convicting 33-year-old Daniel Belknap in the 2006 death of Silven Yocum.

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    Freed slave town in SW Ind. gets attention boost

    LYLES STATION, Ind. — A southwestern Indiana community that was founded by freed slaves in the 1840s expects its annual Labor Day weekend events will be busier than usual following word that it will be included in the Smithsonian Institution’s new African-American history museum.

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    Wisconsin GOP lawmakers mull Labor Day participation

    Associated PressMILWAUKEE (AP) — Labor rights are still a prickly subject in Wisconsin. That presents a challenge for Republican lawmakers ahead of upcoming Labor Day events.

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    Ill. Marine reserves train for Afghanistan

    PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — About 100 Marine Corps reservists will start training this fall for a 10-month stay in Afghanistan in 2012.The (Peoria) Journal Star reports that the members of Company C of the 6th Engineer Support Battalion will head to Camp Pendleton in California in October. They will train for several weeks.

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    A Libyan girl waves the former Libyan flag from a car driving under a giant flag in the street of Jamal Goubtan district inTripoli, Libya, Thursday. A TV station is quoting Moammar Gadhafi as warning that tribes loyal to him in key strongholds are armed and won't surrender to Libyan rebels. Thursday's report on Syrian-based Al-Rai TV comes as the rebels who have seized control of most of the country extended by a week a deadline for the surrender of Gadhafi's hometown of Sirte - originally set for Saturday.

    Rebel forces press toward Gadhafi's hometown

    TRIPOLI, Libya — Rebel forces are advancing toward Moammar Gadhafi's hometown despite the extension of the deadline for the town's surrender, rebel officials said Friday, as a U.N. officials warned that Libya faces critical but short-term shortages of drinking water, food and other supplies.

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    Expelled Libyan ambassador leaves Zimbabwe

    HARARE, Zimbabwe — The expelled Libyan ambassador has left Zimbabwe by car, meeting a 72-hour deadline set for his departure, the southern African’s foreign ministry said Friday.Ministry official Joey Bimha said Ambassador Taher al-Megrahi informed Zimbabwe authorities that he planned to drive from Harare.

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    New Japan PM picks fresh faces for Cabinet

    TOKYO — Japan’s new prime minister chose fresh faces and political unifiers for his Cabinet Friday, promising to steer the troubled nation through disaster recovery, a nuclear crisis and a lengthy economic slump.

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    Judge weighs if Casey Anthony should pay $500k tab

    ORLANDO, Fla. — A Florida judge is considering whether Case Anthony should pay the cost of investigating the disappearance of her 2-year-old daughter.

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    Ohio woman finds, turns in wallet with $4,600

    SOLON, Ohio — Police in the Cleveland suburbs say an Ohio man has been reunited with his lost wallet containing $4,600.

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    EU bans imports of Syrian oil over crackdown

    BEIRUT — The European Union banned oil imports from Syria on Friday in a move that will cost the embattled regime millions of dollars each day as it uses deadly force to try to crush a 5-month-old uprising. The same day, activists said, at least six people were killed in the crackdown.

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    Illinois roadwork suspended for Labor Day travel

    SPRINGFIELD — Illinois’ transportation department is suspending road construction where possible to ease traffic congestion on the busy Labor Day weekend. Acting Transportation Secretary Ann Schneider says advance notice of construction-zone status will help thousands of motorists plan trips and travel safely.

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    Central Indiana deputy hits man who jumped from vehicle

    TAYLORSVILLE, Ind. — Police in central Indiana say a man died after he jumped from a vehicle and was hit by a sheriff’s squad car.

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    Wis. man accused of drinking 30 beers before crash

    JUNEAU, Wis. — A Fox Lake man accused of drinking at least 30 beers before causing a crash that injured five people has been bound over for trial.Brandon M. Smith waived his right to a preliminary hearing Thursday. The 27-year-old is charged with second-offense driving while intoxicating, causing injury.

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    Wis. village ex-pres. gets 12 yrs for sex assault

    KENOSHA, Wis. — The former president of the Silver Lake Village board has been sentenced to 12 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting two boys.Kenosha County prosecutors say 73-year-old Ronald Wieland gained access to troubled teens by offering them lodging, drugs and alcohol. They say he assaulted two boys, now aged 18 and 17, over a four-year period.

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    Southern Ill. deputy accused of taking seized pot

    MURPHYSBORO — A southern Illinois sheriff’s deputy is jailed on charges that accuse him of stealing marijuana seized as evidence and giving it to another person to sell.

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    Charges expected in shotgun killings of 2 children

    EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. — An East St. Louis woman being held in the shotgun deaths of her two youngest children could soon be facing charges.St. Clair County’s prosecutor is expected to join East St. Louis and Illinois State Police officials during a news briefing Friday about the status of the investigation of Wednesday night’s killings.

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    Rich Franden and Diane Garland from Batavia feast at last year’s Downtown Batavia Block Party. This year’s event, set for Sunday, will feature food from 11 restaurants.

    Batavia Block Party set for Sunday
    What better way to spend a Sunday night than hanging out with your friends and family, listening to music and having fun? Batavia MainStreet's annual block party is from 4 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 4 on South River Street between Wilson and State streets.

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    A injured man is carried from a United Nation’s office after a car blew up in Abuja, Nigeria, Friday, Aug. 26, 2011. A car laden with explosives rammed through two gates and blew up at the United Nations’ offices in Nigeria’s capital Friday, killing at least seven people and shattering part of the concrete structure.

    21 dead in religious rioting in central Nigeria

    JOS, Nigeria — Journalists in central Nigeria have seen 21 dead bodies awaiting burial in the troubled city of Jos, all victims of religious rioting that has taken over the city this week.

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    Jay Vincent is shown as he joins members of Michigan State’s 1979 NCAA championship basketball team during a ceremony commemorating the 30th anniversary of the championship during halftime of an NCAA college basketball game between Michigan State and Wisconsin, in East Lansing, Mich. Former NBA star Magic Johnson is asking a judge for “mercy” and no prison for college teammate Vincent, who is facing years behind bars for fraud.

    Jay Vincent could go to prison for years

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Former NBA player and Michigan State star Jay Vincent is asking a judge to keep him out of prison so he can repay victims of a fraud scheme.

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    Taiwan prosecutors probe HIV organ transplants

    TAIPEI, Taiwan — Physicians at a hospital in Taiwan that mistakenly transplanted four patients with HIV-infected organs may face criminal prosecution, an official said Friday.The doctors involved may face up to 10 years in prison if found to have caused patients to contract the HIV virus by negligence, Taipei Prosecutors’ Office spokesman Lin Wen-teh said.

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    Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu speaks to the media in Ankara, Turkey, Friday, Sept. 2, 2011. Turkey said Friday it was expelling the Israeli ambassador and cutting military ties with Israel over the last year's deadly raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla, further souring the key Mideast relationship between Turkey and Israel. Davutoglu said Turkey was downgrading diplomatic ties to the level of second secretary and that the ambassador and other high-level diplomats would leave the capital Ankara by Wednesday.(AP Photo)

    Turkey expels Israel ambassador over flotilla raid

    ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey expelled Israel’s ambassador and said Friday it is cutting military ties with the country over its refusal to apologize for last year’s raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla that killed nine people.

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    Tsunami warning canceled for Alaska’s Aleutians

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A tsunami warning has been canceled for parts of the Aleutian Islands of Alaska after a 7.1-magnitude earthquake was recorded in the Pacific Ocean.Officials canceled the warning early Friday morning after only a small wave was recorded in the remote community of Atka.

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    A large wave crashes behind a surfer at the Wedge in Newport Beach, Calif. on Thursday. High tide and a winter storm off New Zealand are combining to bring high waves to the Southern California coast. The National Weather Service said waves of 8 feet to 11 feet or more could hit beaches from San Luis Obispo to San Diego counties through the afternoon and peak Thursday night or early Friday.

    High surf continues to pound California coast

    Authorities are warning about dangerously high waves pounding the California coast that have left a swimmer missing and likely caused a marijuana smuggling boat to crash onto a beach. Lifeguards conducted dozens of rescues, officials said. High surf also caused some damage to the Ocean Beach and San Clemente piers.

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    A body boarder stays ahead of a closing wave at the Wedge in Newport Beach, Calif. on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011. High tide and a winter storm off New Zealand are combining to bring high waves to the Southern California coast. The National Weather Service said waves of 8 feet to 11 feet or more could hit beaches from San Luis Obispo to San Diego counties through the afternoon and peak Thursday night or early Friday.

    Images: Dangerous surf pounds California coast
    Authorities are warning about dangerously high waves pounding the California coast that have left a swimmer missing and likely caused a marijuana smuggling boat to crash onto a beach. Lifeguards conducted dozens of rescues, officials said. High surf also caused some damage to the Ocean Beach and San Clemente piers.

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    Wood Dale city attorney Patrick Bond swears in Greg Vesta as the new police chief. Greg is a former deputy chief and one of the youngest police chiefs in DuPage County.

    Wood Dale gets new police chief

    Wood Dale officials swore in new police Chief Greg Vesta on Thursday at city hall. A former deputy chief, Vesta is now among the youngest police chiefs in DuPage County.

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    Dawn Patrol: Quick hits as you head out the door today

    News you need as you walk out the door today: Inbound Eisenhower shut down, hit-and-run bond hearing, schools close for heat, bedbugs, experts warn about Lake Michigan rip currents.

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    Trial on track in landlord killing

    IOWA CITY, Iowa — The trial of a man accused of killing an Iowa City landlord from Illinois is still scheduled to begin Sept. 19 in Johnson County District Court.

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    Illinois Veterans announce cash lottery grants

    SPRINGFIELD — Proceeds from scratch-off lottery ticket sales will help nine colleges and nonprofit organizations deliver services to Illinois veterans.The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs announced more than $500,000 in grants on Thursday. The money comes from the Veterans Cash lottery program.

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    Audit finds many Ill. boards, commissions inactive

    SPRINGFIELD — A government audit has found nearly a quarter of Illinois’ more than 300 boards and commissions have been inactive in recent years.

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    Last Eclipse made in Ill. destined for charity

    NORMAL, Ill. — The last Mitsubishi Eclipse the company’s plant in Normal made is headed for a charity auction instead of a dealer’s lot.The Pantagraph newspaper in Bloomington (http://bit.ly/r3KV2L ) reports the car will be auctioned to raise money for earthquake relief through the Japan Red Cross. The auction will be Sept. 17 in St. Charles.

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    Chicago’s oldest building turning 175

    Chicago’s Clarke House has survived several fires and a couple of moves. Now, preservationists overseeing the city’s oldest surviving building are gearing up for its 175th anniversary. Clarke House was built in 1836 for Henry Brown Clarke and his wife Caroline. The Clarke family moved from New York the year before to construct a new home in a new city on the prairie.

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    Shedd Aquarium to be free for 9/11 1st responders

    Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium is offering free admission to first responders and their families for nearly a week starting Sept. 11.Chicago police officers, firefighters and active-duty military will be able to get in without paying, along with up to four members of their families. They’ll need to bring proper identification.

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    Milwaukee man gives $7.6 million to art museum

    MILWAUKEE — A Milwaukee business owner and his wife have given the Milwaukee Art Museum its biggest gift ever: $7.6 million.According to the art museum, Milwaukee Leonard and Bebe LeVine donated the money after Leonard’s death in 2008.It’s more than double the previous largest bequest, and is designated to improve the museum’s art collection and presentation.

Sports

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    A.J. Bilyeu of Bartlett runs the ball in for a touchdown Friday night during the Hawks’ 42-0 win over Elgin at Millennium Field.

    Bartlett dominates Elgin, Moore or less

    The Bartlett student section chanted “double trouble, double trouble” in tribute whenever all-conference middle linebackers Mike Partyka and Kevin Kirchhoff were on the field in the Hawks’ 42-0 nonconference victory over Elgin Friday.

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    Friday’s girls volleyball scoreboard
    High school varsity results from Friday's girls volleyball matches, as reported to the Daily Herald.

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    Friday’s girls tennis scoreboard
    High school varsity results from Friday's girls tennis meets, as reported to the Daily Herald.

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    Friday’s girls golf scoreboard
    High school varsity results from Friday's girls golf meets, as reported to the Daily Herald.

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    Friday’s boys soccer scoreboard
    High school varsity results of Friday's boys soccer matches, as reported to the Daily Herald.

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    Batavia blows out Plainfield East

    Dennis Piron could not have envisioned a better start to his career as the football coach at Batavia. In more ways than one. “It’s a total defensive effort,” Piron said after Batavia throttled Plainfield East 48-7 for their second consecutive one-sided win to start the season.

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    Byron wears downs Wheaton Academy

    It was another lesson learned for a young Wheaton Academy team as Byron got off the bus running en route to a 41-0 victory Friday night at Langhorst Field at Elmhurst College. Byron (2-0) used a bruising rushing attack, which eventually opened up the passing game, to take a 14-0 lead after one quarter. The Bears gained control behind a heavy dose of running backs Devin Williams, Nelson Ziel and Zack Pattat, wearing down the Wheaton Academy defense on a sultry night. “We worked hard on conditioning at practice and we wanted to pound the ball,” Williams said. The conditioning paid off big time as the Bears’ ground game kept the game out of reach for Wheaton Academy (0-2). The Warriors had plenty of opportunities as they repeatedly got the ball into Byron territory, however the drives stalled near the Bears goal line, which led to two back-breaking runs by Byron’s Pattat. After the Warriors turned the ball over on downs at the Bears’ 11-yard line, Pattat broke lose for an 89-yard touchdown scamper the first play after the turnover on downs. Another Warriors sustained drive ended in a turnover on downs at the Bears’ 4-yard line, and again Pattat broke loose for a 94-yard touchdown run to put the game out of reach at 35-0 after three quarters. “Those big plays are momentum changers,” Byron coach Mike Elsbury said. “They had it and were coming down the field and our backs were against the wall, but we got the ball back on the turnover on downs and were able to take the momentum back. We changed our cadence a little bit to catch them off guard and those are the small things that helped us win.” Despite losing by 41 points, there were some positives that could be taken away from the game for Wheaton Academy. “There was flashes of good plays on both offense and defense,” Wheaton Academy coach Ben Wilson said. “We had them where we wanted them a couple times, but couldn’t finish. Our team is learning a lot; we’re a young team with only two starters returning, we just ran into a really good team that I think will go far. With a young team you have to learn how to respond, and there is no way to teach that besides game experience.” As the Warriors gain that valuable experience, they now have a better idea of what things will be like in the Blue Division of the Suburban Christian Conference, joining the likes of perennial powers Montini and Marmion. “We have to come with a greater intensity and be consistent with our assignments,” junior running back John Mark Wiersema said. “We’re going to come back hard next week to start conference, and come out more consistent.”

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    Aurora Christian avoids letdown

    It would have been easy for Aurora Christian to have a letdown this week against Chicago Academy, a team they crushed last year, a week after they defeated a rival and top-rated opponent in Stillman Valley and with the always daunting SCC schedule looming in the weeks ahead.Junior safety Brandon Mayes made sure that didn’t happen when he intercepted a pass on the first play of the game and returned it inside the Cougars’ 30-yard line. Eagles quarterback Anthony Maddie took just three plays to convert the turnover into a score when he hit Corey Windle with a 16-yard pass in the corner of the end zone.The Eagles had the lead and the game wasn’t even one minute old.“Every game we want to come out hot,” said Mayes of his team’s early defensive play. “I was just going through my reads and staying disciplined, that’s the one thing that we did as a defense, we did a good job of staying disciplined.”The Eagles (2-0) stayed hot the entire game, blowing out Chicago Academy 48-0.

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    Geneva surprises Wheaton North

    If at first you do succeed, by all means try it again. Twice Geneva executed onside kicks to surprise Wheaton North, adding a successful fake punt to lift the Vikings to a 33-24 nonconference win on Friday at Geneva’s Burgess Field.

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    West Aurora’s Nathan Zinzer breaks toward an open middle of the St. Charles East defense for a second-quarter touchdown during Friday’s game in Aurora.

    West Aurora downs St. Charles E.

    West Aurora’s band certainly is an impressive group. They are strong in numbers, they sound great, they get the crowd in the game, and they put on quite a halftime show. This year though, West Aurora senior linebacker Brandon Warren wants to make sure the Blackhawk fans know something else.

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    Naperville North hangs tough on defense

    In his first varsity start Naperville North cornerback Mike Wisner was tested early.Like the Huskies defense all night long Friday, Wisner was up to the test, knocking away two Thornton passes into the end zone and forcing the Wildcats to settle for a field goal after going to the Naperville North 1-yard line on their opening drive.Naperville North earned its first victory of the football season, 14-10 in a nonconference home game.“It was crazy,” said Wisner, who took last year off to improve his grades. “I saw him coming out of the corner of my eye and I knew it was do-or-die time and I just had to get him in the corner and stop the touchdown. That would have really changed the game if they had scored there. I’m happy to have stopped it and I’m happy to be back in football.”“That’s Mikey Wisner’s first varsity start,” Huskies coach Sean Drendel said. “He makes two big plays on the first drive and any time you can hold an explosive offense — they put 49 points on the board last week — to just giving a field goal and 10 for the game. That’s amazing, and credit to our defense, but Mikey made two great plays to start the game.”Thronton’s offense never got into rhythm again after that.The Huskies (1-1) got both their touchdowns early in the second quarter. After Thornton turned the ball over on downs at its 29-yard line, the Huskies needed just four plays before quarterback Tyler Gehr found tight end Zac Martin over the middle for a 14-yard scoring pass.On their next series the Huskies took over at the Thornton 43. Running back Danny Puknaitis ran 42 yards on the first play, then went off left guard for the touchdown and a 14-3 lead.Thornton narrowed the lead with a 79-yard TD pass from Jason Towns to Jamel Frazier with 3:09 left in the first half. From then on the game was all about defense and special teams.“We just tackled better tonight,” Drendel said. “To be honest we didn’t tackle at all last week against Neuqua, and tonight we tackled and we got a few hats on some kids and we gang-tackled a little and that allowed us to win the game.”“We have a great offense, but today just wasn’t their day,” said Thornton senior linebacker Dominic Bryant, who had 3 sacks.“Naperville’s a very good school, a very good school. We underestimated them. We didn’t come prepared and that’s why we got the ‘L’ today.”The Wildcats (1-1) had the Huskies’ attention, especially their speed on offense.“They’re awesome,” Drendel said. “They’re a great team. I told our kids I wouldn’t be surprised if they ran the table from here. They’re fast and they’re physical. They’ve got both ends, and they’re really well-coached. They don’t make mistakes so your margin for mistakes is minimal. Our defense hung in there and kept us in the game.”

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    Geneva, Fenton rack up the yards in win

    Fenton’s Alan Geneva has been a pass-catching machine thus far this season. That didn’t change Friday night against Maine West as the Bison cruised to a 28-7 win. Geneva, who caught 12 passes for 271 yards in the season opener against Leyden, followed that performance with 13 catches and 119 yards against the Warriors. But in Friday’s game he showed more of an all-around game, as he chipped in with 30 yards rushing on 5 carries, with three of those five carries finishing with him standing in the end zone. “Coach has been wanting me to get in the end zone more on receptions,” Geneva said. “We work on our screens and I got close tonight, but I was able to get in the end zone running the ball. The most important thing about tonight is we improved to 2-0 on the season.” Fenton (2-0) jumped out to a quick 14-0 lead as Geneva scored on runs of 3 and 2 yards out in the first quarter. Maine West (0-2) made things a little more interesting at the end of the first half as quarterback Jake Korbecki scored from 1-yard out with 50 seconds remaining in the half, getting the score to 14-6 with the Warriors receiving the second-half kickoff. To start the second half the Warriors were driving when Fenton linebacker Alessandro Porcelli intercepted a screen pass with just more than six minutes left in the third quarter and ran the ball back 37 yards to the 7-yard line. Bison signalcaller Sean Havlovic scored two plays later, busting the game open to a 20-7 lead. “We had some nice momentum at the end of the first half and that carried over to the second half,” Maine West coach Mike Smith said. “After the interception we were never able to recover. We had a really nice drive going and they took that from us. That was the changing point in the game.” Fenton coach Mark Kos was really pleased with how his team came out and made some plays when they needed to make them, but he spoke more on the bigger picture of the program after the game. “To start the season 2-0 is really big for our program,” Kos said. “We have some lofty goals this season with one of them being the way opponents perceive Fenton. We want to show people we are a tough team and not one you can walk all over. I am really challenging our kids and I think our kids are up for that challenge.” Havlovic finished the game 22 of 32 for 207 yards.

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    Fremd High School’s football head coach Michael Donatucci waves to the crowd as they announce the former players before the game honoring the greatest players in Fremd’s history.

    Fremd upholds tradition

    Fremd recognized its rich tradition of football excellence by honoring its 26 greatest players and two most successful coaches before Friday night’s game at Hale Hildebrandt Field in Palatine. The current Vikings players then earned a 14-7 victory over Prospect as Fremd improved to 1-1 this season.

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    Palatine runs past Rolling Meadows

    Last week, the Rolling Meadows football team showed how dangerous it could be with an aerial attack that produced 493 yards. Friday night, the Mustangs saw how dominant Palatine can be with its ground game. Led by junior running back John Serpio’s 229-yard performance on 36 carries and 3 TDs and another 128 yards and 1 TD from junior quarterback Ethan Olles, the Pirates (1-1) jumped ahead late in the first quarter and never looked back in a 30-13 triumph at Rolling Meadows (1-1).

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    Kaneland blows by Huntley

    For Kaneland sophomore quarterback Drew David, good times never seemed so good — or so easy. After tossing two touchdown passes a week ago, David threw four touchdown passes to lead the Knights to a 34-13 victory over Huntley. While the young quarterback is off to a great start, he was quick to give credit to his teammates and knows he still has work to do to get better. “I’m really lucky this year,” David said. “I have two great wide receivers in Quinn (Buschbacher) and (Sean) Carter, which really helps out, and having an experienced offensive line really helps me out a lot. I still have things I need to focus on to improve, but so far it’s been a great feeling.”Knights coach Tom Fedderly said David came into the game wanting to prove he can play even better than he did last week. “I think this (game) does a lot for his confidence,” Fedderly said. “He felt last week that he didn’t really play his best game and he wanted to come out and prove something, so I’m really happy for him.”

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    WW South falls to 0-2 on season

    Three-time defending Class 8A champion Maine South dropped Wheaton Warrenville South to 0-2 for the first time since 1997, beating the Tigers 13-9 on Friday in Park Ridge.

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    Marmion’s ‘D’ digs in

    If the Marmion Cadets laid an egg in losing at Batavia last weekend, then they laid something much better — the foundation for another solid season — on their home field Friday night.With its defense “flying around” as coach Dan Thorpe had pleaded for all week, Marmion needed only one touchdown to notch a 6-0 victory over a strong Fenwick team.When Kyle Kozak dove into the end zone from 6 yards out with 1:38 left in the first half at the humid sauna bath that was Fichtel Field, the teams dug in for what would be a defensive coach’s delight.After the extra point attempt by A.J. Friedman was blocked, it wasn’t improbable to think Marmion could not make the six points hold up the rest of the night.After all, Fenwick (1-1) had minus-1 yard of total offense and no first downs in the first half, while Marmion controlled the ball for 19:04 of the first half’s 24 minutes.But Marmion (1-1) needed numerous standout plays on defense to keep the Friars at bay.

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    St. Charles North loses on final play

    Heartbreaking, gut-wrenching, mind-numbing — words can’t even begin to describe the way St. Charles North’s football lost Friday night’s nonconference game to Plainfield Central.Clinging to a 21-20 lead, the North Stars (0-2) were forced to punt from their own 8-yard line with 5.2 seconds remaining after taking 3 successive kneel-downs and a delay of game penalty.With punter Shawn Collins standing in the middle of the end zone, hard-charging Wildcats lineman Bryce Douglas broke through the line and blocked the kick, and teammate Mike Farr pounced on the loose ball as the buzzer sounded, giving the visiting Wildcats (2-0) an improbable 26-21 victory.

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    Lesoda Thompson of Naperville on the move during the Neuqua Valley at Naperville Central game Friday.

    Naperville Central bounces back against Neuqua Valley

    When Naperville Central football coach Mike Stine went to sleep Thursday night, this was the dream. The Redhawks put in a textbook performance in Friday’s 28-14 nonconference victory over visiting Neuqua Valley, easing the sting of last week’s loss to Waubonsie Valley.

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    Big start launches Hersey

    Hersey scored 23 first-quarter points and was on its way to a 49-0 Mid-Suburban League crossover win over Hoffman Estates.

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    Marian Catholic downs Benet

    The Benet defense may have given up 467 total yards, but Redwings coach Pat New told his players they had nothing to hang their head about in a 27-7 loss to Marian Catholic in Lisle on Friday night.

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    Lake Park holds off Glenbard East in see-saw game

    Lake Park running back LaCurt Evans’ fourth touchdown of the game sealed a 37-35 victory for the Lancers over Glenbard East at home Friday

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    Larkin holds on at West Chicago

    Though Friday night’s varsity edition of Larkin at West Chicago wasn’t the score-a-palooza that the 51-34 sophomore win by Larkin was, the end zones weren’t bored.

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    Late heroics to Barrington this time

    A touchdown run by Justin Dragosz with 12 seconds left gave Barrington a 17-10 Mid-Suburban League crossover win over Elk Grove.

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    Schaumburg picks off dramatic win

    An interception by Dru Richardson led to John Anzelmo's 1-yard touchdown run with six seconds left as Schaumburg beat Buffalo Grove 48-41 in the Mid-Suburban League crossover.

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    West Aurora debuts its field of dreams

    West Aurora debuts its new "field of dreams" and draws rave reviews from players, coaches and opponents.

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    Metea Valley moves to 2-0 on season

    Metea Valley’s first home win as a varsity program was accomplished by doing what the Mustangs do best: running the football.Behind 224 yards rushing, including 119 from junior Cameron Wilcox and 103 from senior Tre’Sean Mackey, Metea Valley used a second-half surge to top downstate Quincy 31-7 Friday night.

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    Brennan helps Carmel to bounce-back victory

    Carmel Catholic quarterback Brian Brennan knew that after a heartbreaking loss to Joliet Catholic last week, he and his teammates needed a victory. Brennan helped make that possible for the Corsairs, rushing for 134 yards on 12 carries and scored a touchdown to lead the host Corsairs to a 27-3 victory over Nazareth Accademy in an East Suburban Catholic Conference football game Friday night.

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    Mundelein falls on the road

    At Prairie Ridge, the Wolves dominated a nonconference game against Mundelein 47-2.

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    Grayslake North rolls to victory

    At Grayslake North, the Knights cruised to victory over Round Lake 49-6 in their home opener.

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    Stevenson gets past Glenbrook South

    At Stevenson, the Patriots hung on to win their home opener 17-15 against Glenbrook South.

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    St. Patrick overpowers St. Viator

    St. Patrick quarterback Ryan Tentler led an offense that rolled up 682 total yards in a 62-21 East Suburban Catholic Conference win over St. Viator.

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    Waubonsie Valley offense has big night

    Waubonsie Valley football coach Paul Murphy wouldn’t have been off base if he had let loose with a celebratory “Yeah, baby!” after watching his Austins — specifically middle linebacker Austin Lacke and running back Austin Guido — power the Warriors to a 34-14 nonconference victory over visiting Oswego on Friday night that made them 2-0 for the first time in Murphy’s seven years at the school.Lacke paced a Warriors defense that, after a tentative start, put the clamps on highly regarded Oswego quarterback during a pivotal 15-minute stretch that spanned the second and third quarters, while Guido tallied a personal-best 4 touchdowns to pace an offense that rolled up 577 total yards, 238 on the ground and 239 in the air.Lacke had the first chance to alter the game’s momentum. After Oswego (0-2) capped a 70-yard game-opening drive with Mickell Stewart’s 1-yard touchdown plunge, the Panthers were knocking on the door again as West’s 13-yard pass to Brett Wainwright put the ball on the Waubonsie 1-yard line. But the Warriors sacked West on three consecutive snaps from that spot — once each by Lacke, Tommy Wooten and Andrew White — and then forced a fourth-down incompletion to turn the ball over. After throwing for 136 yards at that juncture, West would not complete another pass until less than nine minutes remained in the third quarter.“It was bend, don’t break,” Lacke said. “Our defensive line and outside linebackers, Tommy Wooten and Greg Smith, really stepped up, and our corners and safeties really started covering their receivers.”“Our whole thing was not to panic,” Murphy added. “Their first drive was a test of our character. After that we got a feel for their rhythm and we adjusted to what they could do.”After gaining the momentum, it was Guido’s turn to capitalize on it. On the second play after the big stop, he took a screen pass from Mitch Stefani and rumbled 74 yards for the game-tying touchdown.“I just waited for their linemen to get in, released, waited for my three linemen to block for me and just followed them,” Guido said. “I saw the cutback lane and just took to the end zone.”With West and Panthers stifled at that point, the Warriors offense took command. Their next drive ended with Stefani’s 38-yard touchdown toss to Demitrious Gray for a 14-7 halftime lead and they stretched the advantage to 20-7 on Guido’s 3-yard score on the first drive of the third quarter. West, who finished with 342 passing yards, did begin to find the range again at that point, with his 63-yard hookup with Wainwright setting up his 1-yard score on fourth down to make it 20-14, but Guido added scoring runs of 21 and 1 yard after that to sew up the victory.

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    Jacobs shuts out Johnsburg

    The Jacobs Golden Eagles’ football team has a case of Déjà vu.

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    Stillman Valley drops Wauconda

    Defending Class 3A state champ Stillman Valley gave Wauconda and QB Branden Rowe all it could handle Friday night. The Indians won 38-21, and Rowe struggled after a great performance Opening Night.

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    Streamwood 2-0 for 1st time since 2002

    Dundee-Crown knew all about Alex Morrow. After the Streamwood running back rushed for 300 yards against the Chargers last year, D-C made sure to stack the box against the Sabres on Friday night. What they didn’t count on was the tremendous passing efficiency from Streamwood quarterback Dalton Lundeen. The senior threw 3 touchdown passes to guide Streamwood to a 40-17 victory at the D-C Bowl. The win gives Streamwood it’s first 2-0 start since 2002. “They were shutting some things down,” Sabres’ coach Cal Cummins said. “Alex had some big runs, but the rest of the time they corralled us.” Lundeen made the most of his speedy receivers in the first half torching Dundee-Crown (0-2) for 240 yards and completing 11 of 12 passes. Bryan Holder caught 3 passes for 120 yards in the first half including a 63-yard touchdown to put Streamwood up 27-3. Ryan Cook (4 catches, 65 yards) and Deji Giwa (2 catches, 55 yards) each caught scoring passes of 14 and 18 yards respectively. “I knew they were going to put 8 in the box because last year, Alex had a big game against them,” Lundeen said. “They can’t defend against everything. When you get Holder out there, he’s a track guy. Giwa, they’re all track guys. They all run all over the field.” Morrow also had his turn running all over the place in his 3 quarters of work. The senior busted loose for a 71-yard touchdown run on the third play of the game giving the Sabres an early lead, and the Chargers memories of last season’s game. Morrow finished the game rushing for 171 yards on 15 carries and pounded in touchdowns from 1 and 2 yards out. “We always give up a big play early and that’s huge,” Chargers’ coach Vito Andriola said. Chargers’ sophomore Cody Lane was impressive with scoring runs of 27 and 36 yards. He finished the game with 115 yards on just 6 rushes. The Chargers managed just 200 total yards in the loss. Streamwood had 406 yards of offense in the first half.

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    Opportunistic effort from Grayslake Central

    If the Grayslake Central football field had been a classroom on Friday night, the subject would have been business, specifically capitalism. And the host Rams would have earned an A-plus in their 32-21 victory over Grant.

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    Burlington Central’s Nate Reed (33) puts the pressure on Sycamore’s Ryan Bartels on Friday night on Rocket Hill.

    Burlington Central falls in OT

    Burlington Central couldn't hold an overtime lead and lost to Sycamore 20-17 Friday night in Burlington.

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    Kane County Cougars pound Kernels

    CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — The playoff-bound Kane County Cougars exploded for 9 runs in the sixth inning Friday night en route to a 9-1 victory over the Cedar Rapids Kernels at Veterans Memorial Stadium. The Cougars, who hold the wild-card spot, have three home games left against Clinton, whom they trail by 1½ games for the top playoff berth.In the big sixth, the Cougars sent 14 batters to the plate. Yowill Espinal nailed a 2-run single and Geulin Beltre (4-for-5) drilled a bases-loaded double to drive in 3 runs. Brian Fletcher and Juan Graterol chipped in RBI singles, and Espinal drove in 2 more with another single. Espinal’s 4 RBI were a career high.Winning pitcher Yordano Ventura (4-6) workd 5 innings, allowing 4 hits in his fourth straight outing of 5-plus innings. Alex Rivers and Chase Boruff each worked 2 scoreless relief innings.

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    Defense lifts Crystal Lake South

    Defense.While the Crystal Lake South offense struggled and missed scoring opportunities, the Gator defense came to rescue with an outstanding effort.Holding the Crystal Lake Central offense to 55 yards rushing and 5 first downs, the Gators blanked the Tigers in posting a 9-0 win in a Fox Valley Conference crossover game at Central’s Metcalf Field Friday night.South held Central standout running back Gage Harrah to 42 yards on 12 carries. Harrah, who was kicked out of the game for an illegal hit on Crystal Lake South quarterback Austin Fowler with 8:24 left in the game, didn’t have a run over 9 yards in the game. Fowler was taken off the field in a stretcher with a back injury. His status for next week is unknown.The Gators (2-0) forced the Tigers (1-1) into 2 turnovers in the game. Reese Dziedzic had a fumble recovery while Brad Walovitch intercepted a pass late in the fourth quarter to seal the win.“Our scout team offense did a great job of preparing us for this game,” said Walovitch. “We got a great pass rush and we covered their receivers well. We swarmed to Gage and made sure we got two tacklers on him on every play. One guy can’t tackle Gage.”The Gators, who were hindered by 3 field goal misses inside the 35 by Walovitch and 7 penalties for 85 yards, scored on the first drive of the game.Senior speedster Bryan Kazmer returned the opening kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown. But the score was nullified when South was whistled for a holding penalty at the Central 12-yard line. With the drive beginning at the 27, the Gators needed 5 plays to score, capped by a 5-yard run by Kazmer with only 1:34 elapsed in the game.South’s final points of the game came on a safety with 1:36 left in the game. Junior linebacker Dennis Gardeck broke through the Central line and tackled backup quarterback Garrett Baumann in the end zone for 2 points.“The defense was outstanding and we did a good job of putting pressure on the quarterback,” said South coach Chuck Ahsmann. “We came up with some big plays on defense and did a great job of holding Gage down. The kickoff by Bryan to start the game was key. The penalty was unfortunate, but we did a good job of scoring on the drive. ”Walovitch led the Gators rushing with 50 yards on 4 carries. The Gator senior also completed a pass to Will Ahsmann for 22 yards.

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    St. Francis loves victory at Vernon Hills

    Jack Petrando’s scored the clinching points on a 2-point conversion burst with 4.1 seconds left as visiting St. Francis earned a 22-21 victory at Vernon Hills on Friday.

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    Momentum favors Conant in victory over Wheeling

    Conant took advantage of three momentum-changing plays in first half to win its second football game of the season, a 26-7 victory at Wheeling Friday in a Mid-Suburban League crossover that spoiled the inaugural game on the Wildcats’ new turf field.

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    Cary-Grove upsets Lake Zurich

    Not that the Cary Grove defense needed any additional motivation in its nonconference road contest at Lake Zurich Friday night but it got some anyway courtesy of the Trojans’ offense.

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    Warren’s Mitch Munda and Matt Miller lead the team on the field to play New Trier at Warren on Friday, September 2nd.

    Trevs like Warren’s spread

    Warren has installed a spread offense this season, a radical shift from the I-formation of recent years, especially when it leads to as much passing as the Blue Devils did on Friday night. The new scheme was still a work in progress during a 21-7 loss to New Trier, which spoiled the debut of Warren’s new artificial turf field.

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    Cubs prospect Bryan LaHair takes his first swings after being called up by the club from Triple-A Iowa. The 6-foot-5 first baseman hit 38 home runs for Iowa and was named the PCL's Most Valuable Player.

    Cubs make room for slugger Bryan LaHair

    First baseman Bryan LaHair was the first of the Cubs' minor-league callups Friday. The Cubs have not announced further call-ups. LaHair will see spot duty at first base and perhaps in the outfield.

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    Libertyville shuts down Urban Prep

    After a sloppy first quarter, host Libertyville got its offense going Friday night on the way to victory over Urban Prep Charter of Chicago.

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    Tigers starter Justin Verlander (21-5) mows down the White Sox on Friday night at Comerica Park in Detroit. Verlander, who allowed 1 run on 7 hits in 7⅓ innings, is 19-2 since May 1.

    Justin Verlander, Tigers whip John Danks, White Sox

    Justin Verlander was on his game for the Tigers Friday night. John Danks was not, and the White Sox were handed a costly 8-1 loss at Comerica Park to drop 6 and a half games back in the AL Central race.

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    Lakes looks good after 2-0 start

    Lakes headed west to Woodstock North on Friday night to square off against their second straight opponent from the Fox Valley Conference’s Fox Division. Their reward at the end of the evening was a warm, fuzzy 2-0 start to their season after earning a 23-14 victory over the host Thunder.

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    West Aurora’s Nathan Zinzer breaks toward an open middle of the St. Charles East defense for a second quarter touchdown.

    Images: St. Charles East vs. West Aurora football
    West Aurora won 20-7 over St. Charles East in football on Friday night in week two.

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    Fremd’s Mohab Mstafa gains yardage against Prospect in the first half.

    Images: Fremd vs. Prospect football
    Week two of the football season saw both Fremd and Prospect looking for their first victory of the year. Fremd won the contest 14-7.

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    DeKalb trips up Hampshire

    The scoreboard said that Hampshire lost to DeKalb, but it didn’t really feel that way.

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    St. Edward rolls over Iroquois West

    Devontae Elam ran for 267 yards and 3 touchdowns Friday as St. Edward rolled to a 55-6 win over Iroquois West in Gilman.

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    Week 2- Warren defender Matt Miller tries to corner New Trier’s wide receiver Devin Boehm .

    Images: New Trier vs. Warren football
    Warren Township High School hosts New Trier Friday, September 2 for football action. This is the first game held in Warren's newly renovated O'plaine Campus stadium in Gurnee. New Trier won the game 21-7.

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    Burlington Central’s Joel Bouagnon makes his way upfield .

    Images: Sycamore vs. Burlington Central football
    Burlington Central hosts Sycamore in week two of prep football action. Sycamore won the game 20-17 in OT.

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    Week 2-Matt Randolf of Naperville Central moves the ball.

    Images: Neuqua Valley vs. Naperville Central football
    Neuqua Valley plays Naperville Central in high school football action Friday. Naperville Central won the game 28-14.

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    Detroit Tigers starter Justin Verlander was masterful against the White Sox Friday night helping the Tigers expand their lead to 6½ games over the Sox in the AL Central.

    Verlander shuts down White Sox

    Justin Verlander took a shutout into the eighth inning and the Detroit Tigers expanded their AL Central lead over Chicago with an 8-1 win over the White Sox on Friday night.

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    College football: Scouting Robert Morris/Minnesota State-Moorhead
    Previewing Robert Morris University's first home game at noon Saturday against Minnesota State-Moorhead in Arlington Heights.

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    Familiar pattern for St. Viator

    St. Viator gave up an early goal before earning a 2-2 tie with Lyons Township on Friday in nonconference boys soccer play.

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    Bears recognize Libertyville’s Kuceyeski

    Libertyville’s Randy Kuceyeski has been named Chicago Bears high school football “Coach of the Week” for Week 1. Starting his 18th season with the Wildcats and 34th overall in coaching, Kuceyeski led his team to a 23-20 overtime victory over the Barrington Broncos on opening night. The game was a special Military Appreciation Night spearheaded by Kuceyeski.

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    Bears linebacker Lance Briggs told the Chicago Tribune that his agent has filed a formal request for a trade. Briggs, who has three years left on his six-year contract with the Bears, said he doesn't want his demands to be a distraction.

    As distractions go, Bears' Briggs is an All-Pro

    Linebacker Lance Briggs is putting his own interests ahead of his teammates again, Bob LeGere says in his "Take on the Bears." This type of behavior is nothing new for Briggs, and it's certainly nothing new for his agent, Drew Rosenhaus.

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    This game against Atlanta on Aug. 12 now marks the final appearance of the season for Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano. Team officials said Friday that Zambrano won’t be rejoining the club when his 30-day suspension ends on Sunday, and he will stay home the rest of the season.

    Cubs tell Zambrano to stay home rest of season

    Cubs fans won't be seeing Carlos Zambrano in September. Cubs officials announced Friday that Zambrano will remain at home for the remainder of the 2011 baseball season and the Cubs will resume paying his salary at the end of his suspension.

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    Harper football team ready, finally, for action

    After having its scheduled season opener with NAIA school Trinity International canceled because of changes in NAIA rules, the Harper College football team will finally be able to hit somebody in different colored uniforms Sunday. That’s when Wisconsin-Whitewater, ranked No. 1 in NCAA Division III, comes to Palatine to open the Hawks’ season at 1 p.m.

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    The Cubs’ Ryan Dempster, who has worked at least 200 innings as a starter in each of the three seasons from 2008-10, needs to pitch just under 30 more innings to reach that threshold this campaign.

    Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster still shooting for 200 innings

    Don’t look now, but the Cubs might not have a starting pitcher work 200 innings this season. Ryan Dempster took a step in that direction Friday, gutting out 6⅓ innings in a 3-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Dempster fell to 10-11 with a 4.75 ERA. Dempster is at 170⅔ innings for the season, and he could get 5 more starts. Since going back to being a starting pitcher in 2008, Dempster has worked at least 200 innings in each of the three seasons from 2008-10. “It always means something,” he said. “It means you’re giving your team a chance to win more often than not. I’m more focused on just trying to go out there every fifth day. I’m just going to try and go out there and pitch as many innings as I can and, more importantly, win as many games as I can.”Dempster threw a season-high 121 pitches Friday. He started the seventh having thrown 113. After getting a strikeout, Dempster gave up a triple to Alex Presly. Kerry Wood replaced Dempster and later gave up a single to Jose Tabata to score Presly. “I thought the first couple innings he was a little out of sync,” said manager Mike Quade. “I thought he had quite a few pitches, but then he settled down and pitched real well. I thought he deserved an opportunity to try and get three guys in the seventh. I wanted to give him that.” Cashner gets closer:Right-hander Andrew Cashner could be back with the Cubs next Tuesday or Wednesday. Cashner pitched a perfect eighth inning Thursday night for Class AAA Iowa as his rehab from a rotator-cuff injury nears its end. Cashner retired all three batters he faced, striking out one. “He threw extremely well last night,” said Mike Quade. “Topped out at 99 (mph). Good to see. Wants to pitch in my bullpen today. What new? He’ll take the day off, I believe pitch tomorrow and then maybe we give him a couple (days off) and see about Tuesday or Wednesday. We’re still going very slow with him, but this has been extremely productive. He’s healthy, and he’s throwing very well.”Beating the odds:Mike Quade acknowledged that 28-year-old call-up Bryan LaHair is facing long odds, but he wouldn’t count LaHair out. “Never say never,” Quade said. “That’s the way I look at it. History may work against him in that regard. But to heck with history. Let’s see how he does. He wasn’t hanging around Triple-A to hope that was going to be his lifetime work. The fact that he’s hung around this long and continues to play well is a tribute to him, for sure. Never say never. I’ll bet you give me 20 minutes, and I’ll go up and find a handful of guys who got here late and found a way to contribute.”

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    Notre Dame wide receiver Michael Floyd returns for the season opener in South Bend, which features the first-ever matchup with South Florida.

    College football preview: S. Florida at Notre Dame
    In Brian Kelly's first year at Notre Dame, he delivered 8 wins for the first time since 2006 and posted the school's second bowl victory since 1993. What's in store for the Irish this year as they head into Saturday's opener against South Florida?

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    Northern Illinois quarterback Chandler Harnish returns to lead the Huskies in their home opener Saturday against Army.

    College football preview: Army at NIU
    After setting a school record with 11 wins last season --- including a whipping of Fresno State in the Humanitarian Bowl --- Northern Illinois gets back to business with Saturday's home opener against Army. How might the Huskies fare in Dave Doeren's debut?

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    Running back Chester Taylor’s future with the Bears is certainly up in the air and should be decided today.

    Bears RB Chester Taylor unfazed by shaky status

    Running back Chester Taylor just wants to play football, even if it's not for the Bears.

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    Pittsburgh Pirates’ Alex Presley rounds second base and heads to third with a triple. The Cubs had solid starting pitching again from Ryan Dempster, but the offense could do little.

    Errors, lack of offense lead to Cubs loss

    Brian Burres pitched into the sixth in his first start of the season and Alex Presley had two triples, helping the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Chicago Cubs 3-1 on Friday.

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    Cleveland Browns wide receiver Rod Windsor makes a touchdown catch against undrafted rookie cornerback Ryan Jones, one of 14 players waived by the Bears on Friday. The Bears must cut 13 more players by Saturday’s deadline.

    Bears release 14 players; must cut 13 more by deadline

    The Bears waived 14 players Friday, including guard Johan Asiata, fullback Eddie Williams, wide receivers Andy Fantuz and Onrea Jones, and linebacker Chris Johnson.

Business

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    Bank of America, headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., is among the nation’s largest banks the government has sued, along with a handful of other financial institutions and executives, for violating federal and state laws in the sale of home mortgage-backed securities. Also among the 17 institutions targeted were Citigroup Inc., JP Morgan Chase & Co., Goldman Sachs.

    Feds sue big banks over sales of risky investments

    The government on Friday sued 17 financial firms, including the largest U.S. banks, for selling Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac billions of dollars’ worth of mortgage-backed securities that turned toxic when the housing market collapsed.

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    Global markets are down as economists worry about the Labor Department's jobs report.

    Dow Jones loses 253 points on jobs report

    Stocks tumbled Friday on news that the U.S. economy added no new jobs last month. The jobs report was the weakest in almost a year. It renewed fears that the U.S. might slip back into recession.

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    Walmart construction at Bowes and Randall Roads in Elgin continues. The new store is set to open Oct. 26.

    Elgin Super Walmart announces tentative grand opening

    A manager at the existing Walmart confirmed a grand opening date of Oct. 26 for the new store at Bowes and Randall roads. As long as the final touches proceed on schedule the smaller store will close at midnight on Oct. 25 to make way for its successor.

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    UK police make another arrest in hacking scandal

    LONDON — British police have arrested a 30-year-old man in the phone hacking scandal involving the now-defunct News of the World tabloid.Police say the man was arrested by appointment Friday on suspicion of conspiracy to intercept voicemail messages.More than a dozen people have been arrested amid claims the newspaper eavesdropped on the mobile phone voicemail messages of celebrities, royals, politicians and crime victims.The scandal forced the closure of the News of the World, a Rupert Murdoch-owned tabloid.

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    President Barack Obama is sacking a controversial proposed regulation tightening government smog standards, bowing to the demands of congressional Republicans and some business leaders.

    Obama halts controversial EPA regulation

    President Barack Obama on Friday scrapped his administration's controversial plans to tighten smog rules, bowing to the demands of congressional Republicans and some business leaders.

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    The Obama administration has explained its effort to block AT&T’s purchase of T-Mobile USA by saying it will fight mergers that would reduce competition and hurt consumers. Yet few think the lawsuit the administration filed Wednesday signals a more aggressive stance toward acquisitions in other industries.

    Bid to block AT&T deal unique to telecom industry

    The Obama administration has explained its effort to block AT&T’s purchase of T-Mobile USA by saying it will fight mergers that would reduce competition and hurt consumers. Yet few think the lawsuit signals a more aggressive stance toward acquisitions in other industries.

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    Halliburton sues BP over Macondo well blowout

    NEW ORLEANS — Halliburton has filed a lawsuit in a Texas state court against BP PLC claiming the oil giant provided it with inaccurate information about the deepwater well that blew out and spawned last year’s massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.It’s the latest of several suits between partners in the well against each other.Halliburton, which did cement work on BP’s Macondo well, also said Friday that it is amending existing claims against BP in federal court to include fraud allegations.Halliburton filed the Texas suit on Thursday claiming BP provided false information about the location of hydrocarbon zones in the well before the blowout. Halliburton says knowing the location of those zones is critical for a cementing job.A BP spokeswoman didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.

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    Portugal eyes German interest in privatizations

    LISBON, Portugal — Portugal’s prime minister, seeking to encourage German investment in his debt-troubled country, says the planned privatization of TAP Air Portugal would be a strong investment for Lufthansa.The Portuguese flag carrier would allow Lufthansa to expand in Africa and Latin America where TAP has a strong presence, Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho was quoted as saying in an interview published Friday in German newspaper Handelsblatt.Passos Coelho told the paper that TAP, currently fully-owned by the state, “would be a good investment for the German company.”His office confirmed the comments.Portugal, which earlier this year needed a (euro) 78 billion ($112 billion) bailout, aims to raise around (euro) 5 billion ($7 billion) through privatizations over the next three years.Lufthansa and TAP are both part of the Star Alliance, a global grouping of national airlines.TAP posted a profit of more than (euro) 63 million last year. Its total debt stands at almost (euro) 1.3 billion, according to its 2010 annual report.During his visit to Berlin on Thursday, where he held talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel, Passos Coelho said German investors “are very welcome in Portugal.”Portugal slid into a double-dip recession this year, and the economy is forecast to keep shrinking through 2012. The jobless rate is 12.3 percent and is predicted to reach 13.2 percent next year. Germany, on the other hand, is one of Europe’s strongest economies.Passos Coelho said late Thursday during a trip to Paris that German electricity and gas supplier E.ON has expressed interest in buying a 20 percent stake the government plans to sell in Portuguese utility Energias de Portugal.The government wants to sell the 20 percent stake to a single buyer, he said.Brazilian energy company Eletrobras has also said it is examining the possibility of bidding for the EdP stake.EdP shares soared by 8.4 percent on the Lisbon stock exchange Friday on news of the interest.Foreign Minister Paulo Portas recently traveled to Angola, Mozambique and Brazil — Portuguese-speaking countries that are among the world’s fastest-growing nations — to raise interest for the privatizations.Stakes in oil company Galp and electricity grid REN are also to be sold this year.Other selloffs include airport management company ANA, mail company Correios de Portugal, part of rail company Comboios de Portugal, one of state broadcaster Radiotelevisao Portuguesa’s television channels, and national news agency Lusa.

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    Libya: 5 foreign oil companies back working

    PARIS — At least five foreign oil and gas companies are back in Libya to work on resuscitating production, a Libyan official said Friday, as the country’s interim leadership sought guidance from U.N. and other experts on stabilizing the nation following strongman Moammar Gadhafi’s ouster.Libya’s economic future could hinge on the performance of its lucrative oil and gas sectors, whose production ground to a halt during this year’s insurgency against Gadhafi. Critics of NATO’s airstrike campaign that helped the rebels say its primary purpose was securing oil and gas contracts for the West — not protecting Libyan civilians, as the U.N. mandate for the operation outlined.Advance teams from oil and gas companies that had infrastructure in Libya “are already back” to assess damage and restart facilities, said Aref Ali Nayed, a member of the rebel-led government’s so-called stabilization team. He spoke in Paris after talks with U.N. and other international officials.Nayed, who also is Libya’s ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, insisted that Libya’s rebel-led National Transitional Council would respect past contracts and not rush into any new deals.“At least five companies are back,” he said. “We are seeing these companies as full partners whose interests coincide with the interests of the people.”He named Italy’s Eni SpA as one of the companies but said he could not provide the names of the other four.Eni, the largest foreign producer in Libya before the civil war broke out earlier this year, said this week it signed a memorandum with Libya’s rebels to restart a key natural gas pipeline and provide technical assessment of the country’s oil infrastructure.Eni Chairman Giuseppe Recchi confirmed to The Associated Press on Friday that Eni staff members were in Libya for their gas division. As for oil, Recchi said it was too soon to say when Eni would be going in.A spokesman for Spain’s Repsol YPF SA declined comment Friday on whether anyone was working on behalf of the company in Libya now, but said no workers pulled from the country in March as it descended into civil war have been sent back.Repsol believes it will be possible to restart its Libyan oil production operations about four weeks after workers arrive in the country, said spokesman Kristian Rix.French oil giant Total SA “is carefully monitoring the evolution of the situation to assess when we could restart our operations in the country,” said spokeswoman Phenelope Semavoine. She wouldn’t comment on whether advance teams are already on the ground.Total CEO Christophe de Margerie said Thursday that the company is gearing up to restart production as soon as possible, and that offshore production would resume first.All three companies stressed that security for employees is paramount.World leaders meeting in Paris on Thursday emphasized that the work of war in not yet finished in Libya, especially considering that Gadhafi is still at large.Fighting has strangled the overall oil sector in Libya, which has Africa’s largest proven reserves of conventional crude. Little to no crude is flowing through the pipelines, refineries have largely halted operations, and fuel prices have spiked during widespread shortages.It may take months to get output back up to prewar levels.Russia’s ambassador to NATO, Dmitry Rogozin, said Friday that the underlying reason for NATO’s intervention in Libya was access to Libyan oil.“For Russia, NATO’s operation in Libya indicated that the major interests of the alliance now lay not in the Europe’s East — where its adversaries the Warsaw Treaty Pact and the Soviet Union used to be — but in oil-rich lands of Northern Africa and the Middle East,” Rogozin said in emailed responses to questions from The Associated Press.

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    General Motors hires Lutz to advise company execs

    DETROIT — General Motors Co. is hiring former Vice Chairman Bob Lutz to advise its senior leaders.The 79-year-old was providing advice informally since his retirement last year.Lutz served as GM’s vice chairman and senior adviser from December 2009 until May 2010. He held various roles at GM from September 2001 through December 2009. The 79-year-old has a breadth of experience within the auto industry, having worked previously at Ford Motor Co., Chrysler Corp. and BMW AG.The Detroit automaker said Friday that the part-time consulting position will start immediately.

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    Greek finance minister Evangelos Venizelos listens to a question from the media during a press conference on the state of the Greek economy in Athens on Friday, Sept. 2, 2011. Venizelos rejected reports that the country's international debt review has been suspended due to a break-down in talks, saying the pause was scheduled and insisted the government would not impose any additional revenue-generating measures beyond what had already been agreed and voted on in Parliament as part of conditions for Greece's bailout. The finance minister said the country is in a deeper recession than originally forecast _ he estimated the economic contraction will be "very close" to 5 percent this year.

    Greece, troika disagree over deficit

    Disagreements over Greece's massive budget deficits and how to make up for the funding shortfalls led international debt inspectors to suspend their review and leave Athens on Friday.

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    Jobless rate remained unchanged for August

    Employers added no net workers last month and the unemployment rate was unchanged, a sign that many were nervous the U.S. economy is at risk of slipping into another recession.

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    Liz Claiborne to sell Mexx business

    Liz Claiborne Inc., the owner of Juicy Couture and Kate Spade, said it agreed to sell its Mexx business to cut losses from the unit and meet targets.Liz Claiborne will sell Mexx to a joint venture with The Gores Group LLC in exchange for 18.75 percent of the common equity of the venture and $85 million in cash, the New York- based company said in a statement today.The transaction will eliminate the forecast loss in 2011 adjusted earnings before interest taxes, depreciation and amortization of about $25 million for Mexx globally. It will also help Liz Claiborne reach its goal of reducing debt at the end of 2011 to less than the $578 million reported at the end of last year, it said.“We’ve brought the Mexx European business to the early stages of a true turnaround,” William L. McComb, chief executive officer of Liz Claiborne, said in the statement. “But there is more to be done, and in uncertain times and true market volatility, de-risking became essential.”Thomas Grote will remain CEO of Mexx’s global business, which last year reported revenue of more than $730 million.

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    Dismal US jobs report drags on dollar

    NEW YORK — The dollar is falling against several key currencies as a U.S. jobs report triggered fears that the economy could slide back into recession.The Labor Department says U.S. employers added no net workers in August, while the unemployment rate remained 9.1 percent.Economist Paul Ashworth of research firm Capital Economics says even if the U.S. economy doesn’t start shrinking, growth will be very modest.Kathy Lien of GFT brokerage says the likelihood of more bond-buying from the Federal Reserve to support the economy has increased. That could weigh on the dollar.The dollar slipped to 76.62 Japanese yen from 76.78 yen, and tumbled to 0.7763 Swiss franc from 0.7942. The British pound is climbing against the dollar.The dollar remains higher versus the euro as worries persist about the European debt crisis.

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    Ruling means big Mass. tobacco award could double

    BOSTON — A Massachusetts judge has ruled that a Boston man who won a lawsuit against a tobacco company for causing the death of his mother can collect the money with interest retroactive to 2004. The decision means the $152 million award could double.Willie Evans’ mother, Marie, died of lung cancer in 2002 at age 54. He sued in 2004 claiming she started smoking at age 13 after Lorillard Tobacco Co. gave away free cigarettes at the Boston housing project where she lived.The Boston Globe (http://bo.st/pHGO5F) reports that a Superior Court judge also ruled Thursday that Greensboro, N.C.-based Lorillard violated state consumer protection laws by targeting children.Lawyers for Lorillard say they did not target children. The company had no comment on Thursday’s decision.———Information from: The Boston Globe, http://www.boston.com/globe

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    Campbell Soup adjusted profit tops Street view

    CAMDEN, N.J. — Campbell Soup Co.’s fiscal fourth-quarter profit slipped 12 percent, weighed down by restructuring charges. But the food maker’s adjusted results reported Friday surpassed Wall Street’s expectations, and its fiscal 2012 earnings guidance is expected to meet or beat analysts’ estimates.Campbell’s stock added $1, or 3.1 percent, to $32.86 in premarket trading. The maker of Pepperidge Farm cookies, Goldfish snacks and its iconic soup reported net income of $100 million, or 31 cents per share, for the period ended July 31. That’s down from $113 million, or 33 cents per share, a year earlier.Excluding the charges, earnings were 43 cents per share. That topped the 38 cents per share analysts polled by FactSet forecast. Revenue climbed 6 percent to $1.61 billion from $1.52 billion, helped partly by higher prices, lower promotional spending and strength in the baking and snacking segment. Wall Street expected revenue of $1.58 billion.The Camden, N.J. company said Friday that soup profits improved on reduced promotional spending, while higher costs and increased promotional spending lowered U.S. beverage profits.Sales of for the U.S. Simple Meals division dropped 8 percent in the quarter, as soup sales fell 9 percent. Campbell said soup volumes were hurt by reduced promotional spending and increased prices Sales of Prego pasta sauce fell due to competition, while sales of Pace Mexican sauce declined mostly because of people buying store brands.The U.S. beverage unit’s sales dipped 1 percent, with sales of “V8” vegetable juice down because of competition. Sales of V8 V-Fusion were helped by the debut of V-Fusion + Tea, some new flavors and 8 oz. slim cans.Sales for the global baking and snacking segment increased 17 percent, helped by higher sales of Pepperidge Farm products, cookies, crackers and frozen products. Arnott’s sales rose, driven by sales of Shapes crackers and Tim Tam chocolate biscuits.North American foodservice sales climbed 10 percent.The international simple meals and beverages unit reported a 12 percent rise in sales, with sales up in Europe, Canada and the Asia Pacific region. For the year, net income fell 5 percent to $805 million, or $2.42 per share, compared with $844 million, or $2.42 per share, in the prior year.Annual revenue edged up 1 percent to $7.72 billion from $7.68 billion.Campbell’s President and CEO Denise Morrison, who took the helm on Aug. 1, said in a statement that the company is moving in a new strategic direction. Over the summer Campbell said that it would cut 770 jobs worldwide and close its operations in Russia and a plant in Marshall, Mich. as it tries to lower overhead costs. The company is also looking to roll out more products within its simple meals, baked snacks and healthy beverage segments and expand abroad in key markets.“Fiscal 2012 will be a year of transition, as we build the foundation for a new Campbell with a renewed focus on meeting consumers’ needs,” Morrison said.Campbell still expects fiscal 2012 revenue to be flat to up 2 percent, which would imply revenue of $7.72 billion to approximately $7.87 billion. Adjusted earnings are predicted to fall 5 percent to 7 percent from 2011’s $2.54 per share. This implies 2012 earnings of about $2.37 to $2.41 per share.Analysts predict full-year earnings of $2.37 per share on revenue of $7.83 billion.

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    UBS denies Chinese newspaper’s accusations it misled investors

    UBS Securities LLC said it has “diligently” fulfilled its responsibilities as a sponsor of initial public offerings after the Shanghai Securities News published its second report in two days accusing the bank of misleading investors.“UBS will continue to fulfill its ongoing supervision responsibilities in accordance with the relevant requirements of the China regulatory authorities,” the company, a unit of Switzerland’s biggest bank, said in an e-mailed statement today.IPO sponsors in China, usually one of the underwriters for a listing, are required to ensure that financial data released by the company selling shares is accurate.The Shanghai Securities News, a newspaper controlled by China’s official Xinhua News Agency, published a report yesterday about UBS’s role in the IPOs of Pang Da Automobile Trade Co. in Shanghai and BYD Co. in Shenzhen, accusing the bank of having failed to disclose “performance risks” for the companies. The newspaper published a report today on the analysts who worked on the listings.BYD reported an 88.6 percent decline in first-half net income on Aug. 22 and said profit for the first nine months of this year may fall 85 percent to 95 percent. Pang Da reported a 36.2 percent drop in first-half profit on Aug. 28.

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    Heavy rains and record flooding in North Dakota’s prime durum-growing region has cut planting by more than 1 million acres, and that means consumers will pay more for their pasta.

    Flooded fields in ND lead to higher pasta prices

    Consumers are paying more for pasta after heavy spring rain and record flooding prevented planting on more than 1 million acres in one of the nation’s best durum wheat-growing areas.

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    Mortgage rates near historic lows have sparked a refinancing boom that has U.S. lenders struggling to handle the surge. The lending logjam extends to the nation’s biggest banks, which fired thousands of mortgage workers after interest rates rose in November through February, chilling refinancing demand.

    Banks overwhelmed by mortgage refinancing after slashing jobs

    Mortgage rates near historic lows have sparked a refinancing boom that has U.S. lenders struggling to handle the surge. The lending logjam extends to the nation’s biggest banks, which fired thousands of mortgage workers after interest rates rose in November through February, chilling refinancing demand.

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    Hyundai Heavy sees $300 million China turbine plant sales

    Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., the world’s largest shipyard, expects annual sales of as much as $300 million from a wind-turbine factory in China as it bolsters clean-energy units to pare a reliance on making vessels.The plant in Weihai in the eastern province of Shandong will open in October and may post at least $50 million of sales next year, Kim Kweon Tae, head of the company’s low-carbon energy business, said in an Aug. 31 interview in Ulsan, South Korea. The sales may jump sixfold by 2015, he said.“China is a market you can’t ignore,” Kim said. “There will be a lot of competition but we plan to offer better quality and services.”The shipyard may also make acquisitions to boost its solar- power business, he said, as it invests in low-carbon energy amid rising competition from cheaper shipbuilders in China. The company aims to raise clean-energy sales to 4 trillion won ($3.8 billion) in 2016 from about 600 billion won last year, he said.“There is a limit to how much shipyards can grow by relying heavily on one product,” said Cho In Karp, head of research at Heungkuk Securities Co. in Seoul. “In the long term, this is the way to go because fossil fuels will eventually run out.”Hyundai Heavy will next year use the new factory to bid for work on an offshore wind farm planned off Shanghai, Kim said without elaboration. The China plant, which will be able to make 300 2-megawatt turbines annually, will also eventually be used to tender for projects in Southeast Asia, he said.The company may also finish developing a 5.5-megawatt turbine, suitable for offshore wind farms, next year, Kim said. It is studying a plan to develop a 10-megawatt unit.Hyundai Heavy, which also builds power stations and makes excavators, dropped 2.6 percent to 335,500 won in Seoul trading. It has fallen 24 percent this year, compared with an 8.9 percent decline in South Korea’s benchmark Kospi index.China, the world’s largest wind-power producer, plans to increase offshore wind power capacity to 5 gigawatts by 2015 and to 30 gigawatts by 2020, according to China’s National Development and Reform Commission.The country has about 340 megawatts of offshore capacity now and may only reach 4.5 gigawatts by 2015, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance. That compares with plans to install 20 gigawatts onshore this year, it said.China aims to generate 20 percent of its energy from non- fossil sources in 2020 from about 9.6 percent last year amid efforts to reduce carbon emissions.

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    China says ConocoPhillips hasn’t ended Bohai spill

    SHANGHAI — China’s oceanic agency says ConocoPhillips China has not fully stopped or cleaned up offshore spills in the Bohai Bay that have raised an outcry among fishermen and environmentalists.The State Oceanic Administration said Friday that following an investigation it had ordered the oil company to stop drilling and any oil and gas production in the affected field, off China’s eastern coast.It demanded “strong and effective measures” to prevent further oil leaks and remove any spills and called for a full environmental impact assessment before production resumes.ConocoPhillips said earlier this week that it had met a Tuesday deadline for a full cleanup, sealed the fault causing the leaks and placed a containment device to prevent further seeps.

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    Huang Nubo, chairman of Zhong Kun Group, introduces his land-purchasing plan in Iceland to the press at a meeting room of his company’s headquarters building in Beijing, China, Friday, Sept. 2, 2011. The Chinese real estate tycoon has defended his plan to buy a large tract of wilderness in Iceland to build a resort in a proposal that has stirred unease in the northern Atlantic nation about the environment and Beijing’s role.

    Chinese investor defends plan for Iceland resort

    A Chinese real estate tycoon defended his plan Friday to buy a tract of wilderness in Iceland for a resort development that has stirred unease there about whether Beijing intends to use the project to gain a strategic foothold.

Life & Entertainment

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    Jerry Lewis stands in front of a countdown board in 1998 after announcing a record $51.5 million for the fight against neuromuscular diseases during the Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Telethon. Labor Day this year promises to be bland by comparison, with the 85-year-old Lewis now banished from the annual rite he built from scratch and molded in his image.

    Shorter MDA Telethon not the same without Jerry

    Jerry Lewis put on a show like no other. Labor Day this year promises to be bland by comparison, with the 85-year-old Lewis now banished from the annual MDA Labor Day Telethon, which he built from scratch and molded in his image.

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    Fall films deliver demons, dancing and deadly diseases

    We've got your Oscar bait (“J. Edgar”). We've got your remakes (“Footloose”). We've got your sequels (“Happy Feet 2”). We've got your prequels (“The Thing”). We've got your pox (“Contagion”). And we've got 3-D out the yin-yang. Must be the fall film season.

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    “Jersey Shoresical” co-creators Daniel Franzese and Hannah LoPatin, who play Ronnie and Sammi, perform an emotional duet about the couple's love/hate relationship in the musical.

    ‘Jersey Shoresical' pokes fun at popular MTV show

    When retailer Abercrombie & Fitch recently offered to pay “Jersey Shore” star Mike Sorrentino to not wear its clothing, Daniel Franzese and Hanna LoPatin quickly wrote a joke to update their musical “Jersey Shoresical: A Frickin' Rock Opera.”

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    Chaz Bono will be one of 12 celebrities competing on the upcoming season of “Dancing with the Stars.”

    Chaz Bono deserves a chance, ‘DWTS’ producer says

    “”Dancing With the Stars” executive producer Conrad Green says despite controversy over the casting of its first transgender contestant, “Dancing” remains a family show and viewers should check out the new season before passing judgment. Chaz Bono, who was born female but underwent surgery to become a man, is among the cast of 12 celebrities set to appear on the ABC hit.

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    Super Handyman: Get creative with concrete stains

    There are a lot of flooring choices these days. Stained concrete is one that has gone through a lot of changes in the past few years. Instead of the old concrete paint, the stains you can buy today really allow you to get creative, and you can come up with some unique looks. Here's what we have learned about the process. It might be just what you have been looking for.

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    The exhibit "Ground Zero 360°" at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago features a photo of New York firefighters several hours after the World Trade Center towers collapsed on Sept. 11, 2001.

    Weekend picks: Exhibit honors those lost on 9/11

    The Field Museum's new exhibit “Ground Zero 360°,” which opens Friday, pays homage to Sept. 11 first responders in New York City through unpublished photos, audio, a fragment of a World Trade Center steel I-beam and more.

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    Homes in the Pavilion area of Elk Grove Village, including these along Kingsbridge Road, are typical of the suburban neighborhoods that sprouted up in the 1950s and '60s.

    Neighborhood profile: Elk Grove's Pavilion

    Lorraine Herforth attributes three factors to the popularity of the Pavilion area of Elk Grove Village — location, location and location. “The Pavilion area is in the center of town. You can walk to the Pavilion, the library, elementary school, shopping center, Coach's Corner for a beef sandwich, and the theater,” said the broker.

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    Local theater: Steve-O at Zanies
    An MTV reality star headlines Zanies. Circle Theatre revives the irreverent musical "Urinetown" and American Blues Theater salutes working men and women with Clifford Odets' "Waiting for Lefty."

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    British actress Andrea Riseborough, singer and director Madonna and Australian actress Abbie Cornish arrive for the premiere of the film W.E. at the 68th edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy, Thursday, Sept. 1.

    Madonna says she identifies with Wallis Simpson

    There may be few people better suited than Madonna to tell the story of the two-time American divorcee for whom Britain's King Edward VIII abdicated his throne. The star herself acknowledges the parallels with Wallis Simpson, the central figure in her sophomore directorial effort, “W.E.,” which made its world premiere out of competition at the Venice Film Festival on Thursday.

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    Harvey Fierstein

    Harvey Fierstein gives ‘Newsies' a little more love

    When Harvey Fierstein was asked to make the film “Newsies” work on stage, he realized that something was missing from the original. “In a musical, there's an old rule: You must follow the love story.”

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    Night life: Brooklyn comes to Lisle

    The Bavarian Lodge welcomes one of its east coast favorites, Brooklyn Brewery, to an event Thursday. Catch a handful of the brewery’s cellar-aged specialty beers for $5 to $7 and hear about how the magic happens from Brooklyn Brewer Tom Villa.

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    Alicia Keys is the producer of the upcoming Broadway production “Stick Fly.”

    A little less glitz for upcoming Broadway season

    If Broadway last season was dominated by a glitzy Spider-Man, Broadway's new season seems to be shaping up more like his workaday alter ego Peter Parker. A quieter, less risky year is in the cards, with fewer big movie stars hitting the boards and less razzle-dazzle in favor of more tried and tested material.

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    David Guetta’s “Nothing But the Beat”

    David Guetta mails in ‘Nothing but the Beat’

    David Guetta's fairly routine “Nothing but the Beat” is nothing to run out and buy a new pair of dancing shoes for. He doesn’t inject enough of his own style to take the music to a level that the list of featured vocalists couldn’t do on their own.

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    Jane Merrill works a crossword puzzle in her “apartment” in the home of her son, William Merrill, in Carmel, Ind. The Merrill family had their two-car garage renovated to create a mother-in-law suite for Jane.

    Builders see rise in ‘mother-in-law’ suites

    Homebuilders across the country say they are getting more requests for additions known as mother-in-law suites, granny flats or accessory dwellings. Although having an aging parent move in with a child isn’t a living arrangement for everyone, it is a choice many families are making.

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    Home inspector: Keepyour dryer vent clear

    Q. When our home was built, the dryer exhaust pipe was installed through the roof, rather than through an outside wall. This has turned out to be a problem because the attic vent becomes clogged with dryer lint.

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    About Real Estate: Sellers in bind after buyers ‘preapproved’ mortgage is canceled

    Smart buyers always get “preapproved” for a mortgage before they start shopping for a house, but banks have lots of leeway to back out of the commitment.

Discuss

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    Cary parents can be part of solution

    A Daily Herald editorial says no one in Cary should be surprised that after an infusion of $15 million in new tax money, Elementary District 26 officials are still cutting. Parents can go a long way toward minimizing the blow of this right-sizing of the district.

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    The tide and Marco Rubio

    If Marco Rubio's speech is not one that lays the foundation for him to run for higher office, it is a speech that ought to begin a major transition from costly and ineffective government programs to a renewed empowerment of individuals.

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    Obama’s actions contradict his words
    I am perplexed. We have a president who assures us that he understands our concerns. However, his actions contradict this. He goes on a “town hall meeting” tour to talk about nothing new when he should be calling Congress back to address tax and entitlement reforms.

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    Liberals, you can’t trust rest of world
    Somehow, China now has all the Boeing technology. It seems our “friends” in Europe and Asia provided Chinese manufacturers with whatever prints they were missing. When will liberals learn that we cannot trust the rest of the world — they won’t play fair just because we do.

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    Krauthammer puts Americans first
    Charles Krauthammer for president! He puts Americans first. He puts out country first and does not laugh at the average American who has lost employment or their homes!

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    Marriage foremost is a civil contract
    We were married 59 years ago by a rabbi (two actually). However, had we been married by a judge, or any other legally authorized person, we would be just as legally bound. Any two people who wish to be married and are legally old enough should be able to do so.

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    Troubled teen given too much attention
    I really have to question your editorial judgment in giving some troubled teen named Angel Facio three consecutive front page headline/stories. Is there no other important news?

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    Perry too big for his breeches
    So, for those voters who couldn’t vote for George Bush because they thought he was too logical, too well-educated, too savvy and too interested in protecting Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and governmental job stimulus programs, you can now vote for Rick Perry without the guilt of having elected an erudite egghead.

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    We need more vibrant leaders
    Letter to the Editor: We need more vibrant leaders. Gov. Quinn is an example of a loyal party demagogue who knows only to take orders and raise taxes. President Obama is the ultimate Mr. Worthless, playing golf while unemployment is mounting. Let us throw this parade of nothings into political oblivion.

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    ‘Made in China’ destroying U.S.
    Letter to the Editor: “Made in China” is really destroying the American middle class and undermining our future as a nation.

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    Miltner’s been great for Geneva baseball
    Letter to the Editor: Whether it was his efforts to teach skills or improve ball fields or his tireless efforts with the indoor training academy, Dennis Miltner always had the best interest of Geneva baseball players in mind.

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    The immigration quandary

    In the most recent example of sending mixed signals about illegal immigration, a federal judge has temporarily blocked Alabama’s far-ranging new immigration law.

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