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Daily Archive : Monday September 5, 2011

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    The Saxon color guard precedes the Schaumburg High School marching band Monday during the Schaumburg Septemberfest parade Monday.

    Images: Labor Day in the suburbs
    Daily Herald photographers captured Labor Day happenings in the suburbs on Monday, Sept. 5. Event coverage includes Septemberfest parade in Schaumburg, Last Fling celebration in Naperville, St. Charles Labor Day fest, Lake Forest Art Fair on the Square and the Long Grove World Tour.

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    From left, Keiko Kobari, music evangelist, Larry Antemann, contractor, and the Rev. Yugo Kobari stand in front of the new Chicago Japanese Mission Church, under construction at 24 E. Seegers Road in Arlington Heights.

    Japanese Southern Baptists build Arlington Hts. church

    Only in America: A Japanese Southern Baptist congregation that rents space in a Korean church in Schaumburg and has an office in a Romanian church in Des Plaines is building a new church in Arlington Heights.

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    President Barack Obama waves as he is introduced on stage Monday during a Labor Day event at Detroit's Renaissance Center, headquarters of General Motors.

    Obama challenges Congress to back jobs-creation proposal

    Surrounded by thousands of labor union members chanting “four more years,” President Barack Obama began a high-stakes campaign to jump-start the struggling economy with a broad range of job-creation programs.

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    Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani speaks during an interview in New York. He was the living symbol of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, a hero to a traumatized nation seeking leadership in a time of crisis. Walking miles through the streets of Manhattan, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani urged New York and the world to be calm, said the city would survive. With empathy and restraint, he said the number of 9/11 dead would be “more than any of us can bear.”

    A look at the Post-9/11 politics of Rudy Giuliani

    He was the living symbol of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, a hero to a traumatized nation seeking leadership in a time of crisis. Walking miles through the streets of Manhattan, Mayor Rudy Giuliani urged New York and the world to be calm, said the city would survive. With empathy and restraint, he said the number of 9/11 dead would be “more than any of us can bear.”

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    A spokesman for the Lake County Fielders said promises made by Zion officials about stadium construction weren't kept.

    Will troubled season be the last for Lake County Fielders?

    As the Lake County Fielders' disappointing second season draws to a close, a spokesman for the baseball team indicated a third season is uncertain. “We don't know the answer to next year,” team spokesman Bernie DiMeo said.

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    Former Wheeling Twp. assessor dies at 82

    Those who remember former Wheeling Township Assessor Dolores C. Stephan say she was dedicated to making sure taxpayers had a local resource to answer their assessment-related questions.

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    This NOAA satellite image taken Monday 1:45 p.m. EDT shows a swirl of clouds in the Atlantic Ocean associated with Hurricane Katia.

    Hurricane Katia roars to a Category 4

    Hurricane Katia has roared to a monstrous Category 4 storm as it moves across the Atlantic Ocean.

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    Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Zach Stewart delivers against Minnesota Twins during the first inning in the second baseball game of a doubleheader Monday in Minneapolis.

    Stewart gets 1-hit shutout; White Sox sweep Twins

    White Sox rookie Zach Stewart took a perfect game into the eighth inning and finished with a one-hitter as Chicago completed a doubleheader sweep of the Minnesota Twins with a 4-0 victory on Monday night.

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    Italian tenor singer Salvatore Licitra, seen here in 2006, died in the Garibaldi Hospital in Catania, Sicily, Monday morning without ever regaining consciousness after a motor scooter accident last month.

    ‘New Pavarotti' tenor Salvatore Licitra dead at 43

    "New Pavarotti" Italian tenor Salvatore Licitra dead at 43 following motorscooter accident and subsequent coma in Sicily.

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    Cary boy falls 26 feet into canyon at Starved Rock

    An 8-year-old Cary boy was reported to be in serious condition Monday after he fell into a canyon while hiking with his family at Starved Rock State Park.

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    Delaney Miller, 6, Autumn Denson, 6, and Masey Danker, 7, wave as floats in Naperville’s Last Fling Labor Day parade pass by.

    Naperville’s Last Fling parade draws crowds

    A Chinese dragon, Curious George, cheerleaders and marching bands from several area high schools punctuated Naperville’s Last Fling Labor Day parade and carnival.

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    Schaumburg mayor Al Larson tosses candy to viewers along the route Monday at the Septemberfest Parade.

    Schaumburg Septemberfest parade packs Summit Drive

    Keith Hinkle showed up at 6 a.m. Monday to stake out a prime location on Summit Drive for his family and friends to watch Schaumburg’s Septemberfest Labor Day Parade.

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    Judson University senior and student ambassador Chaya Katsma leads a tour group during preview day at the Elgin Christian liberal arts college Monday. The day included informational sessions about separate program areas and financial aid opportunities.

    Judson University hosts prospective students

    Guests at Judson University’s Preview Day explored the campus and learned more about its academic programs Monday.

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    Chicago Cubs' Reed Johnson, left, slides into home plate safely as Cincinnati Reds catcher Devin Mersoraco drops the ball during the fifth inning Monday in Chicago.

    Garza, Ramirez lead Cubs to 4-3 win over Reds

    Matt Garza pitched eight strong innings, Aramis Ramirez had a tiebreaking two-run single, and the Chicago Cubs beat the Cincinnati Reds 4-3 on Monday.

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    Bills LB Merriman eager to show he’s ‘Lights Out’

    The start of the regular season is finally upon him, and Buffalo Bills linebacker Shawne Merriman can barely contain himself.

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    Serena Williams reacts during her match against Victoria Azarenka of Belarus during the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, Saturday, Sept. 3, 2011. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

    Serena makes quarters at U.S. Open

    Serena Williams fought off the wind, along with brief flurries of effectiveness from her opponent, to advance to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open on Monday with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Ana Ivanovic.

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    Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Jose Valverde (46) and catcher Alex Avila celebrate a 4-2 win over the Cleveland Indians in a baseball game Monday in Cleveland.

    Tigers top Indians, 4-2, extend lead

    Doug Fister’s breaking ball put the brakes on Cleveland’s challenge to first-place Detroit. Fister struck out a career-high 13, Victor Martinez hit a three-run homer and the Tigers beat the Indians 4-2 on Monday to extend their AL Central lead to 7½ games.

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    Chicago White Sox pitcher Philip Humber throws against the Minnesota Twins during the second inning of the first baseball game of a doubleheader Monday in Minneapolis.

    Humber throws 7 shutout innings; White Sox win 2-1

    Philip Humber pitched seven scoreless innings and the Chicago White Sox beat the Minnesota Twins 2-1 Monday in the first game of a day-night doubleheader.

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    A fire burns a home in Steiner Ranch west of Austin, Texas, Sunday.

    Wind-driven fires kill woman, child in East Texas

    A wildfire burning southeast of Austin, Texas, destroyed about 300 homes, forced the evacuation of many others and was advancing unchecked on Monday through parched ranchland along a 16-mile front, authorities said.

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    Congress returns amid sour mood over slow economy

    Still bruised by the summer battle over the debt ceiling, Congress reconvenes this week for what could be an equally painful confrontation over how to put Americans back to work.

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    Pakistan detains top al-Qaida suspect

    A battered al-Qaida suffered another significant blow when Pakistani agents working with the CIA arrested a senior leader believed to have been tasked by Osama bin Laden with targeting American economic interests around the globe, Pakistan announced Monday.

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    Residents of Dulac, La., ride through floodwater brought on by Tropical Storm Lee Sunday.

    Lee’s torrential remnants turn deadly in Mississippi

    A plodding system dumping a torrent of rain across the South turned deadly in Mississippi when a man was swept away by floodwaters after trying to cross a swollen creek, authorities said Monday.

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    Louis Dooley, left, illustrates the coffee bean roasting process at the Second Chance Coffee Co. The company, co-founded by Pete Leonard, right, helps ex-prisoners land on their feet, providing income by roasting coffee beans.

    Wheaton business gives ex-cons a chance

    A Wheaton business gives former convicts a second chance by hiring them to roast coffee beans at the Second Chance Coffee Company. From forgers to drug dealers, the company takes the ex-prisoners and helps them get back on their feet.

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    Richard Ehrenreich

    Zion to discuss legal options on Fielders

    Zion’s city attorney says elected officials plan to discuss legal options next week regarding the Lake County Fielders independent league baseball team. Attorney Scott Puma said officials remain concerned about the Fielders still owing $185,000 in back rent for a city-owned temporary stadium.

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    Buddhist monks from 2 Koreas hold joint service

    PYONGYANG, North Korea — Buddhist monks from North and South Korea prayed together in a rare joint religious service Monday in the North amid recent hopeful signs that animosity is easing between the rivals.

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    Ex-Iceland PM’s lawyers ask court to drop charges

    REYKJAVIK, Iceland — A special court heard arguments Monday about whether to dismiss charges against former Prime Minister Geir Haarde, who has been accused of failing to prevent the 2008 financial crisis in Iceland.

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    A woman holds the picture of a relative, shot dead during bloody anti-government demonstrations this year, outside the court where former President Hosni Mubarak is on trial, in Cairo on Monday. The 83-year-old Egypt’s ousted President Hosni Mubarak returned to court Monday for a third hearing in his trial on charges of corruption and complicity in the killing of protesters during the 18-day-uprising that toppled him.

    Mubarak returns to court, 1st witnesses to testify

    CAIRO — Egypt’s ousted President Hosni Mubarak returned to court Monday for a third hearing in his trial on charges of corruption and complicity in the killing of protesters during the 18-day-uprising that toppled him.

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    Mexico finds tunnel dug into drains on US border

    MEXICO CITY — Mexican federal police say they have found a tunnel dug into a border storm drain that leads into the United States.Federal police say the tunnel was presumably used to smuggle people into the United States.It appears smugglers dug a lateral tunnel into a main drain. An exit on the U.S. side was hidden by a cover piled over with dirt.

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    Rebels reinforcements from Tripoli goes through a checkpoint Monday between Tarhouna and Bani Walid, towards the front in Bani Walid, Libya. Negotiations over the surrender of one of Moammar Gadhafi’s remaining strongholds have collapsed, and Libyan rebels were waiting for orders to launch their final attack on the besieged town of Bani Walid, a spokesman said.

    Rebel reinforcements arrive at Gadhafi stronghold

    TARHOUNA, Libya — Rebel reinforcements arrived outside one of Moammar Gadhafi’s last strongholds in Libya on Monday, even as the forces arrayed against the toppled dictator gave the town a chance to surrender and avoid a fight.

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    2-year-old badly hurt in Fort Wayne window fall

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. — Authorities in Fort Wayne say a 2-year-old boy was hospitalized in critical condition after falling through a second-story window onto a concrete path about 15 feet belowPolice say the boy was unconscious with head injuries when emergency workers arrived Sunday afternoon at the home on the city’s south side.

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    Sword-wielding man arrested on NW Ind. highway

    MERRILLVILLE, Ind. — State police say troopers found a shirtless man marching along Interstate 65 in northwestern Indiana while holding a nearly 3 foot-long samurai-style sword.

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    Northern Indiana plans for 500 motorcyclists on Sept. 11

    GOSHEN, Ind. — More than 500 motorcycle riders are expected to escort a piece of beam from the World Trade Center through northern Indiana on Sept. 11 to mark the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks.

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    Tax bills spur eBay listing for Anderson offices

    ANDERSON, Ind. — Two investors stung by soaring property taxes have listed three Anderson office buildings on eBay in hopes of drumming up interest in the $4.5 million package deal.The buildings include two high-rises and a two-story office building.

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    Juvenile driver dies in Indianapolis police chase

    INDIANAPOLIS — Police in Indianapolis say a juvenile driver was killed and a passenger injured when their car crashed into a utility pole while fleeing from officers.

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    Cameron Shapiro, principal of Seth Paine Elementary School, while underwater in the dunk tank gets a laugh from students including fourth-grader Maja Keska, center, at the school’s 50th birthday party held by Lake Zurich Community Unit School District 95 at the school in Lake Zurich on Saturday, August 27th.

    Pictures of the Week
    This installment of the Week in Pictures photo gallery features images from around the Chicago suburbs including festivals and football.

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    Syrian troops make arrests in manhunt for defector

    BEIRUT — Syrian soldiers raided homes and made arrests Monday in a manhunt for an attorney general who appeared on video last week saying he had defected from President Bashar Assad’s regime to protest a violent government crackdown on dissent, activists said.

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    Haiti leader demands probe of alleged UN assault

    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Haitian President Michel Martelly has “vigorously condemned” an alleged sexual assault by U.N. troops against an 18-year-old man, an incident that has aggravated mistrust between Haitians and the peacekeeping mission.

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    2 arrested in Portugal after rhino horn heist

    LISBON, Portugal — Portuguese police say they have arrested two foreigners on suspicion of stealing rhino horns from a museum in central Portugal.The arrests came after a recent spate of rhino horn thefts from European museums this year. Authorities say the horns, purported to have aphrodisiac and medicinal qualities, are more valuable than gold on the black market.

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    Report: Tony Blair is godfather to Murdoch child

    LONDON — A person close to Tony Blair says the former prime minister is godfather to one of Rupert Murdoch’s children.The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity after British media reported the October issue of Vogue says Blair is godfather to Grace Murdoch. The child was baptized at the Jordan River in Jordan last year with her younger sister Chloe.

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    Cubans pay tribute to late defense minister

    HAVANA — Thousands of Cubans, including President Raul Castro, are paying tribute to late Defense Minister Julio Casas following his death Saturday from heart failure.Casas ran the military’s lucrative economic enterprises for two decades before becoming defense minister. He also fought in the revolution alongside Raul, and took part in Cuban military interventions in Africa.

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    Bill Barlow

    Pingree Grove might make do without administrator

    Forget debating about whether the village of Pingree Grove needs a full- or part-time administrator — the village board might not replace outgoing Administrator Bill Barlow, who leaves his village post Sept. 23, until next year to help eliminate a $50,000 budget hole.

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    Republican Congressmen Joe Walsh, left, of McHenry and Randy Hultgren of Winfield, not too far apart on the issues, could end up in a primary election battle for the 14th District.

    Hultgren, Walsh lay groundwork for primary matchup

    14th District Rep. Randy Hultgren and 8th District Congressman Joe Walsh, two of the Illinois delegation's most conservative members, likely will face off in the 14th District GOP primary next year. Here's how the contest could shape up.

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    Pat Benatar is slated to perform Nov. 10 as part of North Central College’s Homecoming celebration in Naperville.

    Pat Benatar headlining North Central’s Homecoming celebration

    Vocalist Pat Benatar will rock North Central College’s Sesquicentennial Homecoming weekend with a Nov. 10 performance in the college’s Wentz Concert Hall. Her hits include “Heartbreaker,” “Love is a Battlefield,” “Hit Me with Your Best Shot” and “We Belong.”

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    Sleepy Hollow resident Phil Aleo flips through a manuscript copy of the book he has written — a book about the history of the Meadowdale International Raceways near Carpentersville. The book is available at amazon.com and at aleopublications.com.

    New book tells the good, bad and ugly of Meadowdale International Raceways in Dundee Twp.

    Some of the biggest auto racing legends of the 1950s and 1960s once roared their hot rods around Meadowdale International Raceways in Dundee Township, near Carpentersville. Author Phil Aleo, who lives in Sleepy Hollow, captured the history in his latest book.

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    Former “Jersey Boys” cast members will perform in the concert “Under the Streetlamp” on Saturday, Sept. 10, at the Prairie Center for the Arts in Schaumburg.

    Former ‘Jersey Boys’ band to perform in Schaumburg

    Like "Jersey Boys"? Then you'll like their band, called Under The Streetlamp, as they perform '60s hits at the Prairie Center for the Arts in Schaumburg on Saturday, Sept. 10.

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    Wingwalker Tony Kazian waves to the crowd during last year’s Waukegan Air Show.

    Wings Over Waukegan Air Show takes to the skies Sept. 10

    The “Wings Over Waukegan” Air Show, on Saturday, Sept. 10, will feature the U. S. Air Force A-10 Tank Killer, “the Wart Hog,” and the Navy F-18 Hornet and will include aircraft ranging from modern aerobatic planes to World War II warbirds.

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    Des Plaines Park District Executive Director John Hecker, left, Superintendent Linda Traina, Jewels the Clown, Mike Lake, Board Commissioner Joe Weber, Board President Jana Bishop Haas, Des Plaines Mayor Martin Moylan, Superintendent Paul Cathey, Superintendent Don Miletic, and 7th Ward Alderman Dan W. Wilson took part in the ribbon-cutting ceremony for Kylemore Greens Park in Des Plaines on Saturday, Aug. 27.

    Des Plaines celebrates new park

    The Des Plaines Park District held a grand opening ceremony Aug. 27 for its latest park, Kylemore Greens Park, located on the far north side of town and coming with an ADA-compliant playground, which means disabled children can also use the equipment.

Sports

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    Girls volleyball/Top 20
    Here's the latest Girls Volleyball Top 20 for the Daily Herald circulation area.

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    Patrick Kane, recovering from wrist surgery, believes he will be back before the end of the Blackhawks' preseason schedule.

    Hawks' Kane planning to play in preseason

    Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane is progressing on schedule from his broken wrist and hopes to play in a handful of preseason games. “I get the splint off the 15th, so after that I should be able to pretty much do everything,” Kane said.

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    Cubs closer Carlos Marmol celebrates with catcher Geovany Soto after earning the save in Monday’s victory over the Reds at Wrigley Field.

    Marmol bounces back from tough inning

    Cubs closer Carlos Marmol followed up Saturday's disaster against the Pirates with an easy 1-2-3 inning Monday in a 4-3 Cubs victory over the Reds. He said he's trying not to get caught up in the roller-coaster nature of the job.

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    Defensive back Brandon Meriweather, front, says he is ready to contribute in any way possible after joining the Bears this weekend.

    New Bear Brandon Meriweather ‘a certified playmaker'

    Discarded by the Patriots, two-time Pro Bowl safety Brandon Meriweather is looking for a fresh start with the Bears.

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    White Sox starter Zach Stewart is congratulated after his 1-hitter Monday night.

    Stewart near perfect for White Sox

    The White Sox couldn’t stop praising rookie Zach Stewart's composure. He took a perfect game into the eighth inning and finished with a 1-hitter as the White Sox completed a doubleheader sweep of the Twins with a 4-0 victory Monday night.

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    Kane County Cougars to host Burlington Bees in playoffs

    The Kane County Cougars wrapped up the regular season Monday with a 9-3 loss to the Clinton LumberKings at Elfstrom Stadium.

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    Factors just not in Briggs’ favor

    All contract demands are different. Some make sense. Some are nonsense. Lance Briggs' falls into the latter category and to this point the Bears haven't appeared to be inclined to discuss a pay raise.

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    Bears linebacker Lance Briggs says his dissatisfaction with his contract situation will not affect his play on the field.

    Bears’ Briggs says request ‘necessary’

    Six-time Pro Bowl linebacker Lance Briggs says his request for a trade won't affect his play on the field.

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    Pertinent facts about Casey Crosby's prep and professional accomplishments.

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    Casey Crosby, here pitching for Kaneland High School in 2007, is on the right track to the major leagues as a Detroit Tigers prospect.

    Sports Reunion: Tigers like Crosby’s prospects

    Kaneland High School graduate Casey Crosby took a big step toward his big-league dream with a solid season at Class AA Erie. Read about his next important steps, both on and off the mound, in this Suburban Sports Reunion.

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    Cubs reliever Kerry Wood talks with Reds manager Dusty Baker before Monday’s game at Wrigley Field.

    Cubs’ Garza stays strong, gets victory

    Cubs starting pitcher Matt Garza went into the eighth inning of Monday's 4-3 victory over the Reds. Garza couldn't quite finish, but he came away with the win.

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    Penalties cost South Elgin in loss at Metamora

    The South Elgin football team was back at work on Labor Day, but costly penalties at the most inopportune times cost the Storm in a 17-10 loss to the host Metamora Redbirds.

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    Football/Top 20
    Here's the latest Football Top 20 for the Daily Herald circulation area.

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    Aurora Central rallies by Marengo

    Aurora Central rallied for 2 touchdowns in the fourth quarter, overcoming an 11-point deficit to defeat Marengo 26-25 and run their record to 2-0 for the first time since 2002.

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    Cubs scouting report
    Cubs scouting report for Cubs vs. Cincinnati Reds at Wrigley Field

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    Legendary Tennessee coach Pat Summitt has enjoyed considerable success in her career. She recently announced that she has been diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s-type dementia.

    Class act Pat Summitt faces tough times ahead

    women's watch on Tennessee women's basketball coach Pat Summitt

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    Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald has a perfect record in the team’s last five college football openers: 5-0.

    College football preview: Northwestern at Boston College
    Northwestern kicks off the 2011 season with Saturday's trip to Boston College. Here's a breakdown of the teams' first meeting since 1993.

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    Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase will lead the Illini against No. 31 Arkansas State on Saturday. Illinois has won 13 straight home openers.

    College football preview: Arkansas State at Illinois
    For the first time in five years, Illinois doesn't open its season with Missouri in St. Louis. Who's Illinois' first foe Saturday and how might things shake out?

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    Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter (2) gets some blocking help as he looks to pass during the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday against Boston College in Boston.

    Colter’s winning NU debut sorely reminiscent of Persa’s

    It turns out Kain Colter resembles Dan Persa in more ways than one as Northwestern puts Boston College in the rearview mirror and starts to prepare for Saturday's home opener against Eastern Illinois.

Business

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    Some consumer credit-card complaints haven't reached banks that issued the cards because of technical problems in the new system created by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, industry groups and regulators said.

    New consumer hotline not routing some complaints to banks

    Some consumer credit-card complaints haven't reached banks that issued the cards because of technical problems in the new system created by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, industry groups and regulators said.

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    Wisconsin has 36 wineries, with five unique wine regions across the state, according to the Wisconsin Winery Association.

    Wisconsin wineries diversify and grow

    Eight years ago, six wineries called Door, Kewaunee and Outagamie counties home. Today there are 12 in four counties, adding Brown to the list. That growth has made northeastern Wisconsin a destination for wine tourists and is motivating winery owners to expand their offerings.

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    Disney employees are called “cast members,” and everyone in the company’s resorts and theme parks, from Mickey Mouse to janitors, is expected to “create memories that will last a lifetime.”

    To inspire staffs, schools take a page from Disney

    More than 300 school systems and charter school operators have undergone Disney training in the past two years, underscoring the rising influence of business practices in public education at a time when schools are under intense pressure to improve performance.

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    Senior Care franchise helps keep elderly stay at home

    Personal experiences involving their mother and grandma, who played an important role in their lives, sparked a pair of Lake County sisters to open a franchise that cares for seniors in their homes.

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    Lifeless economy requires different sales thinking

    As business owners stare at an economy that is essentially lifeless on its good days, keeping the sales pipeline flowing may require some different thinking. Columnist Jim Kendall looks at some ideas.

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    Cities like Kansas City are taking out fewer municipal bonds making budgets tight for all but the most essential repairs.

    Cities, states back off bonds amid budget concerns

    Uncertainty about where their next dollar is coming from has chilled the municipal bond market, meaning cities and states will be breaking ground on fewer public works projects, canceling or delaying projects worth tens of billions of dollars and providing yet another blow to economic-recovery efforts.

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    Amid the rough undercurrents of economic and financial uncertainty tugging at Europe, Norway is a rock-solid island of the blessed. Because it is outside the European Union, it does not have to contribute to bailouts of Greece and other foundering eurozone nations. And if all that were not enough, one of Europe’s most prosperous nations is about to get richer — two of its previous North Sea oil discoveries are substantially bigger than previously thought.

    Norway’s oil finds shield it from economic gloom

    Amid the rough undercurrents of economic and financial uncertainty tugging at Europe, Norway is a rock-solid island of the blessed. Because it is outside the European Union, it does not have to contribute to bailouts of Greece and other foundering eurozone nations.

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    For the tomato farmers of northern India, trucking produce to New Delhi’s wholesale vegetable market is a race against time. India, the world’s second largest producer of vegetables and fruits, loses an estimated 40 percent of that harvest to lack of cold storage and inadequate infrastructure. India’s food minister calls the rotting food shameful in a nation where hunger is so prevalent that nearly half the children are malnourished and underfed.

    Fruit and vegetables rot as hunger stalks India

    For the tomato farmers of northern India, trucking produce to New Delhi’s wholesale vegetable market is a race against time. India, the world’s second largest producer of vegetables and fruits, loses an estimated 40 percent of that harvest to lack of cold storage and inadequate infrastructure.

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    Kyle Hindbaugh, left, and his father, Ron, of Fort Wayne, Ind., check out the cab of a John Deere combineat the 2011 Farm Progress Show in Decatury. Tens of thousands of farmers from the Midwest and beyond are gathered for the agricultural trade show that shifts each year between Decatur and Boone, Iowa. This is its fourth stop in Decatur.

    Images: Farm Progress show in Illinois
    More than 600 companies have tents and booths at the annual Farm Progress trade show in Illinois, but it's the list of companies that didn't get in that gives you an idea about the country's healthy farm economy. Show manager Matt Jungman says he turned away about 40 companies for lack of space, including hot tub makers and an exotic car company. Tens of thousands of farmers attended the show.

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    U.S. farm income will jump 31 percent this year to a record $103.6 billion because of higher crop and livestock prices, the government said.

    Farm income may rise 31% to record as crop prices gain

    U.S. farm income will jump 31 percent this year to a record $103.6 billion because of higher crop and livestock prices, the government said.

Life & Entertainment

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    Beans a healthier option than rice

    Two of the most common foods, worldwide, are beans and rice. Both can have profound and opposite effects on developing a serious medical condition, metabolic syndrome.

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    Adam (Thomas Dekker) helps Cassie (Britt Robertson) understand her magical powers in The CW's new supernatural thriller “The Secret Circle.”

    ‘Vampire Diaries' creator hopes luck will hold with ‘Circle'

    There's no discernible sorcery involved, but Kevin Williamson probably was destined to become an executive producer on “The Secret Circle,” the new CW supernatural thriller premiering Thursday, Sept. 15. After all, the series has two elements in which Williamson specializes: complex small-town teenage characters (“Dawson's Creek”) and supernatural frights (“The Vampire Diaries”).

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    A woman as she receives a Chakra Garden Massage at The Osthoff Resort, in Elkhart Lake, Wis. Hyperlocal ingredients, a blend of high tech and tradition, and treatments focusing not just on skin, nails and hair but also on remedying stress and pain are some of the latest trends turning up at spas.

    High-tech blends with tradition as spas reshape

    Hyperlocal ingredients, a blend of technology and tradition, and treatments focusing not just on beauty but also on remedying stress and pain are some of the trends turning up at spas.

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    At the 2008 Oldsmobile Nationals, the Mayers were awarded the Hu Vandervort Memorial Award for the best-preserved Oldsmobile between 1940 and 1960.

    Classic recollections: 1959 Oldsmobile Dynamic 88

    Let's be honest; sometimes it's for the best that a finished project looks nothing like how we envisioned it before we started. This is especially true when it comes to restoring old cars.

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    Now, apple slices are standard in McDonald’s Happy Meals.

    Any way you slice it, the apple has merit

    A medium apple has about 95 calories, no fat and no sodium. Plus, "the best thing apples have going for them is soluble fiber” in the form of pectin, says Lona Sandon, an American Dietetic Association spokeswoman. Pectin can decrease overall cholesterol and LDL (bad) cholesterol.

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    Of the 6.7 million pregnancies in the United States in 2006, 49 percent were unintended.

    Oops! Nearly half of pregnancies are accidents

    In the first research to document unintended pregnancies in the United States since 2001, researchers at the Guttmacher Institute in New York found that of the 6.7 million pregnancies in 2006, 49 percent were unintended.

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    Patients whose doctors used electronic records were 35 percent more likely to receive care that met all standards, including timely measurements of blood sugar, pneumonia vaccinations and management of kidney problems, than those whose doctors used paper records, according to research in the New England Journal of Medicine.

    Electronic medical records improve diabetes care in study

    Diabetics treated by doctors who use electronic medical records have better quality of care regardless of what type of insurance they have than those whose practitioners use paper records, a recent study showed.

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    Exercise physiologist Thomas Altena likens workout clothes to cars: “Until you get into the high-tech gear, you don’t really know what you’re missing.”

    How to exercise hard without working up a big sweat

    Given the high price tags on some of this stuff, it’s wise to look for a few high-quality pieces made of quick-drying, moisture-wicking fabrics that work for your sport of choice and to pay attention to layering properly as we head into colder months. Workout clothes should be fitted to avoid chafing but not so tight that they’ll rub and be uncomfortable.

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    Dizziness a side effect of tumor growth

    Dizziness is a common problem that you've addressed a lot. I suffered for over a year, having been diagnosed with Meniere's after a CT scan showed nothing. Much later, another doctor ordered an MRI that showed an acoustic neuroma. I would encourage anyone with continuing dizziness to have an MRI. It saved my life.

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    A shell of what was once part of the facade of one of the twin towers of New York’s World Trade Center rises above the rubble that remains after both towers were destroyed in the terrorist attacks. A decade’s worth of study has answered only a handful of questions about the hundreds of health conditions believed to be related to the tons of gray dust that fell on the city when the trade center collapsed.

    Legacy of 9/11 dust a medical mystery for many

    A decade’s worth of study has answered only a handful of questions about the hundreds of health conditions that people suspect are related to the tons of gray dust that fell on the city when the World Trade Center collapsed. While people have blamed everything from strange rashes to skin cancer on the dust, the list of illnesses tentatively linked to the disaster is short.

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    Vegetables simply good for you
    Eating a variety of fresh foods is the first step in ensuring your body is getting sufficient nutrients from your diet. This is especially true with vegetables. If vegetables are neglected, your body will be missing out on many valuable nutrients.

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    Your health: Relax those muscles
    Stressed muscles are tight, tense muscles. By learning to relax your muscles, you will be able to use your body to get rid of stress. Progressive muscle relaxation is best performed in a quiet, secluded place.

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    Laboring to find more work for many

    This Labor Day ought to be more reflective than many in our history. With 25 million Americans still unemployed or underemployed, a Daily Herald editorial says workers remain the backbone to our strength as a nation.

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