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    Sept. 11 memorial events in DuPage County

    Observances are scheduled across DuPage County to mark the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Here’s a look at some of those events, all of which are scheduled on Sept. 11 unless otherwise noted. Addison

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    List of 9/11 events throughout the suburbs

    Ten years after the attacks of 9/11, the suburbs will ring in the anniversary in many ways: Through memorial services, religious services, concerts, fundraisers, and ceremonies that say thank you to the first responders among us.

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    Greg Webb, owner of Packey Webb Ford in Downers Grove, is concerned about recent thefts from his dealership's parking lot. Thieves recently stole the hood off a 2009 Mustang and also destroyed the grill.

    Local car dealers see thieves getting more brazen

    Vandals and theives are regularly striking car dealerships throughout the suburbs. Greg Webb, of the Packey-Webb dealership in Downers Grove, says the vandals are getting very bold -- and just this weekend actually removed a hood and a grill from a car parked in the front row of his dealership just about 40 feet from the entrance.

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    Des Plaines approves generator rebate program

    The Des Plaines city council Tuesday night approved a rebate program to help subsidize the purchase of portable generators by residents affected by power outages.

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    Restaurant to accompany Palatine’s new Harley dealership

    Now that the new City Limits Harley-Davidson dealership is up and running in Palatine, bikers will be happy to know there soon will be a place to talk about their hogs over burgers and brew. Officials granted a liquor license to Alley 64, a family-friendly restaurant and sports bar that will open at 2001 N. Rand Road.

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    President Barack Obama, seen above making a Labor Day speech in Detroit on Monday, is expected to propose a $300 billion jobs proposal Thursday.

    Obama to propose $300 billion jobs plan

    The economy weak and the public seething, President Barack Obama is expected to propose $300 billion in tax cuts and federal spending Thursday night to get Americans working again.

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    Texas wildfires destroy 1,000 homes

    One of the most devastating wildfire outbreaks in Texas history left more than 1,000 homes in ruins Tuesday and stretched the state’s firefighting ranks to the limit, confronting Gov. Rick Perry with a major disaster at home just as the GOP presidential contest heats up.

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    St. Charles standoff involving gun ends safely

    A standoff between St. Charles Police and a suicidal woman with a shotgun ended safely over the weekend after police fired pepper balls into the room.

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    Annette M. Freels

    Police: Nurse shook disabled 3-year-old

    A registered nurse watching over a disabled 3-year-old McHenry child has been charged with battery after the child's mother told police the woman cursed at the child while shaking the child's arm.

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    Judge to decide fate of child accused in shooting

    An Indiana judge will determine if an 11-year-old boy is guilty of murder and reckless homicide in the shooting death of his 6-year-old brother.

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    Police say Palatine man fatally stabbed over TV set

    Authorities believe a 22-year-old Palatine man was fatally stabbed Monday night in an altercation over money owed for a broken TV set. Eduardo Guillen-Tellez, of the 1300 block of Baldwin Court, was killed late Monday on the 1300 block of North Ports O’Call near Rand Road, police said.

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    Mark Kirk

    Kirk: U.S. should rethink aid to Pakistan

    Returning from a two-week reserve assignment to Afghanistan, Sen. Mark Kirk says the U.S. should "rethink aid to Pakistan."

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    2 girls killed, 4 hurt after SUV hits pony cart

    MIDDLEBURY, Ind. — A pony cart carrying six young children pulled into the path of a sport utility vehicle on a rural northern Indiana road Monday, killing two of the youngsters and leaving three others with serious head injuries, sheriff's officials said.

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    Man accused of driving drunk with Schaumburg teens in truck bed

    A Chicago man who gave two teenager a lift in the back of his pickup truck has been charged with aggravated DUI after prosecutors say he crashed his truck, injuring the boys. Prosecutors say James Kalinsky, 51, was a former neighbor of the boys.

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    Police blotter

    The rear window of a Buick LeSabre was shattered by a gunshot just before 1 a.m. Monday while it was parked in the 800 block of Morgan Street in Elgin, according to police reports. The vehicle owner told police she saw someone shoot a handgun out of a pickup truck then drive away, reports said.

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    Sen. Kirk to speak before Wheeling Township Republicans

    U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, a Republican from Highland Park, will speak at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 10 in Arlington Heights, during an event hosted by local GOP officials. The event, which is open to the public, takes place at the headquarters of Republicans of Wheeling Township, 909 E. Rand Road.

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    Cathleen Koch

    Police: Mom charged in St. Charles hotel beating admits she lied

    Cathleen Koch, who faces prison time for allowing her boyfriend to severely beat her 2-year-old daughter in a St. Charles hotel room in fall 2010, admits to police that she lied to them because she was afraid. Koch is fighting to have her statements to police disallowed in court.

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    GEORGE LECLAIRE/gleclaire@dailyherald.com ¬ Sen. Mark Kirk said Tuesday he plans to “be in the chamber to respect the office and listen to the message.”

    Kirk: Republicans must “respect the office” and listen to President's message

    Sen. Mark Kirk says President Obama's job talk deserves attention and respect from members of Congress on both sides of the aisle. Kirk declined to comment directly on Joe Walsh's decision to skip the talk and host a jobs forum instead.

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    DuPage considers spending $324,000 on lobbyists

    A DuPage County Board panel is recommending that the county spend $324,000 to hire four lobbyists who will try to influence lawmakers at the state and federal level.

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    Authorities identify Westmont drowning victim

    Sheriff's officials from Michigan's Upper Peninsula have identified a 25-year-old Westmont man who drowned while on a fishing trip over the Labor Day weekend.

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    Campton Hills festival looks to unite community for music, fun

    The first ever United Fall Fest in Campton Hills on Saturday will include a mix of bands, a pig roast, a bags tournment and a 5K run.

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    Kane County State’s Attorney Joe McMahon on Tuesday morning announces his bid for a 4-year term.

    McMahon cites experience in Kane State’s Attorney race

    Kane County State's Attorney Joe McMahon announces he's running for a full, 4-year term in November 2012. "This election is about trust and experience," said the 45-year-old Republican.

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    Glenbard East creates bullying tip line

    Students and their parents at Glenbard East High School in Lombard can now privately report bullying to school administrators via text message.

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    GEORGE LECLAIRE/gleclaire@dailyherald.com ¬ Mark Kirk

    Kirk questions U.S. aid to Pakistan

    U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk says it's time for the United States to re-think its aid to Pakistan. Kirk tells WLS Radio that the Pakistani government is a major supporter of a group called the Haqqani network, which he says has become the new face of terror in the region.

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    Michelle Klages, 17, Jackie Keegan, 17, and Natalie Chakeves, 19 — members of the Miss Septemberfest court — jump with excitement on the first day of the three-day event Saturday. Although officials are still awaiting final attendance figures, preliminary results had them on Tuesday declaring the fest an unqualified success.

    Weather, sponsors help Schaumburg Septemberfest succeed

    Cooperative weather and an approximately $26,500 increase in sponsorships made Schaumburg’s 42nd annual Septemberfest over Labor Day weekend an enormous success, according to organizers. “I think we dodged that bullet on Saturday with the rain,” Schaumburg Mayor Al Larson said.

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    Police reports

    • Workers sorting a box of donated items discovered a handgun, it was reported at 1:19 p.m. Sept. 3 at the Goodwill store, 450 N. Randall Road, Batavia.

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    Rachel’s Challenge in Lake Zurich:

    Lake Zurich High School will sponsor Rachel’s Challenge with an all-student assembly Thursday, Sept. 15.

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    Property tax seminar:

    State Rep. Carol Sente is hosting a property tax seminar along with Lake County Board member Aaron Lawlor, Vernon Township Assessor Gary Raupp and Lake County Assessor Martin Paulson.

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    ACT record at Warren High:

    Warren Township High School District 121 has announced the Class of 2011 achieved a first for the Gurnee-based system.

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    Island Lake to hire new cop:

    The Island Lake village board will meet Thursday night to discuss hiring a part-time police officer and other business.

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    Round Lake schools forming finance committee

    Round Lake Area Unit District 116 plans to include community members on an advisory finance committee set to launch next month. “It’s a way to keep the community involved and it’s a way to keep the community informed,” said Bill Johnston, District 116’s assistant superintendent of business and operations

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    Metra train hits unoccupied car in Cary

    Metra trains on the Union Pacific Northwest Line were delayed Tuesday morning after a train hit an unoccupied car at a grade crossing in Cary.

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    Rep. Joe Walsh talks with AP Government students at Mundelein High School Tuesday morning.

    Walsh: Obama speech is ‘political theater'

    U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh fielded questions about serious issues during a pair of classroom chats with Mundelein High School students on Tuesday.

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    Mundelein fine arts festival Sept. 10-11

    Mundelein Community Connection announces the first Mundelein Fine Arts Festival, a juried art festival in the heart of town. The is set for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10 and Sunday, Sept. 11, at Kracklauer Park, 100 N. Seymour Ave., and will feature artists, musicians and food.

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    Giving DuPage is organizing service projects throughout DuPage County to give volunteers the opportunity to give back during the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11.

    Giving DuPage to celebrate post-attack ‘spirit of community’

    Hundreds of volunteers will participate in service projects throughout DuPage County to mark the anniversary of Sept. 11. For officials with Giving DuPage, the outpouring of support is proof of the “incredible spirit of community” that came out of the tragedy.

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    An exhibit showing photos of the World Trade Center immediately following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks of 2001 can be viewed at the Aurora Regional Fire Museum, 53 N. Broadway St., following Aurora’s 10th anniversary remembrance ceremony at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 9.

    Aurora ceremony honors families of fallen Mariness

    Family and honor will play important roles in Aurora’s ceremony for 10th anniversary of Sept. 11. Families of four Aurora Marines who died in Iraq will be honored with a flag-folding ceremony during the remembrance event at 10 a.m. Friday at Aurora Central Fire Station, 75 N. Broadway St.

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    Palatine voters league holds registration drive

    The League of Women Voters of the Palatine Area is marking the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks by encouraging people to register to vote.

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    Buffalo Grove gets emergency communications vehicle

    The Village of Buffalo Grove’s Emergency Management Agency (EMA) has acquired a new MobileComm vehicle, which was placed in service just in time for Buffalo Grove Days.

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    Elk Grove reports results from traffic crackdown

    Elk Grove Village police report five DUI arrests, 140 traffic citations and one stolen vehicle recovered during the department’s increased traffic enforcement during the Labor Day holiday period. The added enforcement took place Aug. 19-Sept. 5.

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    Race fans of all ages watch as the men’s pro bike race heads out for the first of ten laps in the 2010 Tour of Elk Grove.

    Wauconda leaders to discuss possible bike race event

    Wauconda leaders said they do not have the funds available to bring a popular cycling event to the village, so they are looking to local businesses and volunteers to see if they are willing to do the necessary leg work. A community event meeting is set for Thursday to determine if there is interest in staging an annual criterium bike race in the village. The meeting is set for 7 p.m. at village...

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    A Healing Field event will take place today through Sunday, Sept. 11, in Carpenter Park, Carpentersville, to honor those who lost their lives in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

    Remembering Sept. 11, 2001: Services and events in the Fox Valley

    The events of September 11, 2001 are remembered -- and memories are honored -- at services and events throughout the Fox Valley.

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    Great Lakes Naval Station color guard members participate in a Sept. 11 ceremony at Viking Park in Gurnee.

    Sept. 11 memorial services, celebrations
    Several Lake County communities have scheduled memorial services and other events this weekend to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks in New York, Washington and a farm field in Pennsylvania.

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    Sen. Kirk to speak to Wheeling Twp. Republicans

    Sen. Mark Kirk, a Highland Park Republican, will speak to the monthly meeting of the Wheeling Township Republicans at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at Republican headquarters, 909 E. Rand Road, Arlington Heights.

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    Actor Eddie Murphy will host this year’s Academy Awards show on Sunday, Feb. 26.

    Eddie Murphy tabbed as Oscar host

    Eddie Murphy is hosting the Oscars. Academy Awards producers Brett Ratner and Don Mischer say the actor and comedian will host the 84th annual Oscar ceremony.

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    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Burglars cut a chain-link fence at a ComEd substation in Des Plaines, entered an unlocked pickup truck and stole various tools with an estimated value of $6,200.

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    A new government report shows fewer U.S. adults are smoking, and those who light up are smoking fewer cigarettes daily. But the trend is weaker than the government had hoped. Overall, about 19 percent of adults said they smoked last year, down from about 21 percent in 2005.

    Fewer adults are smoking, or smoking less

    A new government report shows fewer U.S. adults are smoking, and those who light up are smoking fewer cigarettes daily. But the trend is weaker than the government had hoped. Overall, about 19 percent of adults said they smoked last year, down from about 21 percent in 2005.

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    Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and his wife Ann served pancakes during a Labor Day pancake breakfast Monday in Manchester, N.H. On Tuesday he served up his a jobs creation proposal.

    Romney unveils economic plan ahead of Obama speech

    Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney is calling for lowering the corporate tax rate and eliminating capital gains taxes as part of a plan to try to lift the struggling economy and create jobs.

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    Flames from a gas pipe continue to burn at a home that caught fire when wildfires swept through the area Tuesday in Bastrop, Texas. More than 1,000 homes have burned in at least 57 wildfires across rain-starved Texas, officials said Tuesday.

    Officials: 1,000 Texas homes burned in past week

    More than 1,000 homes have been destroyed in at least 57 wildfires across rain-starved Texas, most of them in one devastating blaze close to Austin that is still raging out of control, officials said Tuesday.

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    With bullet holes seen in a window, officers look for evidence at the scene of a shooting at an IHOP restaurant in Carson City, Nev., Tuesday.

    2 of 3 killed at Nevada restaurant were Guardsmen

    A gunman with a rifle opened fire at an IHOP restaurant in Nevada’s capital on Tuesday, wounding six people and himself and killing two uniformed National Guardsmen in a hail of gunfire during the morning breakfast hour, authorities and witnesses said.

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    House Speaker John Boehner, right, and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor have sent President Barack Obama a letter seeking common ground in the effort to stimulate job growth.

    Boehner, Cantor cite jobs common ground with Obama

    House Republican leaders are offering President Barack Obama an opening for compromise on measures that would spur job growth. They say neither Republicans nor the administration should consider their own initiatives “an all-or-nothing situation.”

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    Cary boy remains in serious condition

    An eight-year-old boy from Cary remains in a serious condition in a Peoria hospital after falling 26 feet into a canyon at Starved Rock State Park.

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    Kutcher, Vergara, Arnett among Emmy presenters

    Some of TV’s top stars aren’t just nominated for Emmy Awards; they’re going to help present them. The television academy says Emmy nominees Amy Poehler, Will Arnett, Sofia Vergara and Julianna Margulies will help hand out awards at the Sept. 18 ceremony.

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    West Chicago counselor recalls events of Sept. 11

    Had things gone another way, a West Chicago counselor would have been with coworkers on the 92nd floor of the World Trade Center's North Tower when terrorists attacked. Watching from home instead, she immediately began planning to take care of coworkers and their families as they waited for news.

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    Geneva Antique Market to hold anniversary open house
    The Geneva Antique Market, 227 S. Third St. in Geneva, invites the public to an anniversary open house from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9, during Geneva’s popular Festival of the Vine.

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    Lindenhurst church celebrates 50th anniversary

    St. Mark Lutheran Church will celebrate its 50-year anniversary Sept. 25. The yearlong celebration will culminate with a dinner at Midlane Country Club in Wadsworth.

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    The bronze sculpture in Reed-Keppler Park brings together the elements of patriotism, hope, vision for the future and joy. It will be dedicated as part of West Chicago’s Sept. 11 remembrance ceremony.

    West Chicago Sept. 11 observance honors past, future

    Church bells will toll throughout West Chicago on Sept. 11 to signal the start of a communitywide observance of the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks. The program will pay tribute to “the heroes of 9/11” — the first responders who risked their lives, the victims who perished and the men and women who serve our country in the military, Mayor Mike Kwasman says.

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    IMSA celebrates 25 years of learning in Aurora

    Illinois Math and Science Academy in Aurora will celebrate its 25th anniversary Wednesday with a theme of going “Beyond Knowledge.” An event during the school day will give students, faculty, staff, parents and alumni the chance to reflect on the school’s quarter century in science, math, engineering and technology-focused education.

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    Dolphin dies in accident at Brookfield Zoo
    One of Brookfield Zoo’s dolphins has died after apparently colliding with another dolphin.

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    Gov. Pat Quinn

    Brady: Gov. Quinn becoming ‘blowhard’

    One Illinois Republican isn’t happy about reports that Gov. Pat Quinn might cut jobs to deal with a record budget deficit.During an appearance in Chicago on Tuesday, Quinn said reductions are needed but wouldn’t specify how many jobs might be cut or what facilities might be closed. He was questioned about a Chicago Tribune report that layoffs and closures are planned.

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    Naperville was one of the first American cities to dedicate a memorial to the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks. The Sept. 11/Cmdr. Dan Shanower Memorial was dedicated on Sept. 11, 2003, and integrates 100 pounds of rubble from the damaged portion of the Pentagon, a twisted steel beam from the World Trade Center and granite from the Pennsylvania region where Flight 93 crashed.

    Admiral keeps promise to Shanower family, honors Sept. 11 victims

    After Sept. 11, U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Richard Porterfield pledged to stand with the grieving families of Naperville native Cmdr. Dan Shanower and seven other Naval intelligence personnel under him who were killed in the Pentagon. He will be the keynote speaker in Naperville's Sept. 11 memorial service. “We are coming to Naperville ... to ensure the citizens of Naperville never forget that one...

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    1,000-mile charity bike ride around Lake Michigan

    HOLLAND, Mich. — Ray Masselink had two goals when he got on his bicycle July 1: Complete a 1,000-mile ride around Lake Michigan and raise money to help earthquake victims in Haiti.The man from Ottawa County’s Port Sheldon Township completed both in 12 days, raising $1,200 for relief efforts, dodging heavy rain storms and hitting only one dog along the way.

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    Death of Decatur teen is 7th homicide in 4 months

    DECATUR — Authorities in Decatur are investigating the fatal shooting of a 17-year-old girl that is the city’s seventh homicide in just over four months.Police say the teen was shot multiple times in an attack late Saturday that also wounded two adults and a 15-year-old girl.

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    Lawyer says 11-year-old didn’t know gun was loaded

    MARTINSVILLE, Ind. — An 11-year-old Indiana boy charged with killing his 6-year-old brother breathlessly told a police dispatcher that the younger boy had shot himself.The 911 tape played in court on Tuesday included the boy saying he was in the living room of their home near Martinsville when he heard a loud pop and found his wounded brother in a bedroom.

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    Arlington Heights native Jennifer Morrison plays the strong wife of a desperate mixed martial arts fighter (Joel Edgerton) in “Warrior.”

    Actress goes from Prospect High to ‘House'

    Arlington Heights native Jennifer Morrison has played Captain Kirk's mom, a doctor on "House" and a supporting wife in "Warrior." Is she finally about to hit stardom?

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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: Stabbing in Palatine, train/car accident in Crystal Lake, Cary boy injured in fall, Deer Park animal shelter trial starts

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    Scott Becker, of Bartlett, gives his short hair border collie, Wishbone, a drink of water after running half of his 10K at the Bartlett Lion’s Labor Day Dash Sunday. Nearly 300 people participated in the 5K, 10K, and kids and family fun dash.

    Bartlett Labor Day Dash draws crowd

    About 300 people attended the Bartlett Lion’s Labor Day Dash Sunday, September 4. Hundreds of runners and walkers participated in the 5K/10K Run/Walk and Kids & Family Fun Dash that started on Railroad Avenue just east of Main Street near the Town Center.

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    Camp Algonquin closed in March, and McHenry County Conservation District officials will decide what to do with the 116-acre site as part of a master plan for the 395-acre Fox Bluff Conservation Area.

    Conservation area master plan will look at Camp Algonquin

    In the next few months, McHenry County Conservation District officials will begin to consider what to do with the site of the now-closed Camp Algonquin. The 116-acre site is part of the Fox Bluff Conservation Area, for which the district will begin working on a master plan sometime this fall.

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    Professional photographer and former Genevan Maggie Foskett has donated her work, “Deep Sleep,” a cliché verre, for the Geneva History Center’s silent auction.

    Artwork to raise funds for Geneva History Center

    The Geneva History Center’s current exhibition, “Who Was Sadie Cooksey?” includes the work of professional photographer and former Genevan Maggie Foskett. Foskett has donated her 2007 cliché verre, “Deep Sleep,” to raise money for the Geneva History Center.

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    Debbie Dennison, from left, Jerry Wiel and Eric Richter appear in the Elgin Theatre Company production of “Bleacher Bums.” The nine-inning comedy will be presented starting Friday, Sept. 9.

    Elgin Theatre Company to stage ‘Bleacher Bums’

    Elgin Theatre Company will stage the comedy "Bleacher Bums" starting Friday, Sept. 9. This play, about die-hard Cubs fans sitting in the bleachers at Wrigley Field, features a cast of humorous characters and their love for their baseball team.

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    A Palm Warbler preps for flight in a prairie field. The birds are on their way to the Gulf and Atlantic states and then on to the Caribbean for winter. Their light yellow feathers blend perfectly with their surroundings, making them difficult to find.

    Go watch birds migrate in McHenry
    Join local bird enthusiasts on a search for migratory birds stopping over at Glacial Park in “Migratory Madness” from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, or 8 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, at Glacial Park Conservation Area, 6316 Harts Road in Ringwood.

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    Learn the science and art of beekeeping during a three-part series at McHenry County College.

    Get the buzz on MCC beekeeping series
    Join McHenry County College for a three-part series on beekeeping presented by three experts, who will present extensive insight into the science and art of beekeeping. The series takes place from 7 to 9 p.m. Fridays, Sept. 9, Nov. 4 and Dec. 9.

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    The Rev. Greg Asimakoupoulos and his wife, Wendy, take part in a National Day of Prayer in Naperville. A former Daily Herald community columnist, Asimakoupoulos says he takes comfort in his faith and poetry as he recalls the events of Sept. 11.

    Reverend uses poetry to address faith, Sept. 11 memories

    We all have different ways of dealing with our memories of Sept. 11, Rev. Greg Asimakoupoulos says, and his is to write poetry about the strength he takes from God. He shares a poem he wrote in honor of that tragic day.

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    Harper to hold live fire demonstration

    A live demonstration at Harper College will show how a home sprinkler system can extinguish a home fire. The demonstration, for Harper’s fire science students and the community, will be staged at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, outside Buildings G and H on the east side of Harper’s main campus, 1200 W. Algonquin Road in Palatine.

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    From left: Rep. David Harris, Rep. Fred Crespo, Senator Dan Kotowski, Rep. Elaine Nekritz, Senator Matt Murphy, and Rep. Tom Morrison get ready to serve supper at Catholic Charities on Aug. 30.

    Legislators lend hand at Catholic Charities supper

    Six state legislators pitched in to serve nearly 100 hungry and homeless individuals at Catholic Charities Northwest Regional Office in Des Plaines on Tuesday, Aug. 30, two days before the start of national Hunger Action Month.

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    The Nina, right, and the Santa Clara, also known as the Pinta, replicas of caravel ships used by Christopher Columbus during his voyages across the Atlantic.

    Nina, Pinta replicas dock in Kenosha through weekend

    Columbus sailed the ocean blue back in 1492, and now visitors in Kenosha can see just how he did it.

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    Nigeria arrests six alleged Boko haram members over bombings

    Nigeria’s State Security Service said it arrested six members of the Boko Haram group in connection with two bombings that killed 15 people in Suleja, about 50 kilometers (30 miles) north of the capital, Abuja.

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    Australian standoff ends; 1 in custody, girl safe

    A man who marched into a Sydney law office with his daughter and said he had a bomb in his backpack was taken into custody Tuesday after a tense, 12-hour standoff with police.

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    Russian foreign minister to meet assad’s aide Saaban in Moscow

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will meet with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s media adviser in Moscow next week, the ministry said.

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    Marco Polo for Lake County Kids Ink column.

    Marco Polo’s travels left an imprint on later explorers

    The details about Marco Polo’s remarkable 26-year journey from his homeland Venice, thousands of miles across Central Asia and into China, were recorded by Mr. Rustichello of Pisa while both were prisoners of war in Genoa, now a large seaport in Italy.

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    US civilian killed in Afghanistan

    US civilian killed in AfghanistanKABUL, Afghanistan — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says that an American who worked as one of the corps’ civilian employees has been killed in eastern Afghanistan.

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    Russia vows ‘red hot iron’ for police guilty of lawyer death

    Russian Interior Minister Rashid Nurgaliyev promised to burn “with red hot iron” any police officers who gained illicit wealth and were involved in the prosecution of Hermitage Capital lawyer Sergei Magnitsky.

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    Italians protest austerity

    A general strike protesting Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s budget cuts disrupted transport and production lines across Italy, stoking investor concern that the government may backslide on the austerity plan.

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    Sudan fighting forces 20,000 people to flee to ethiopia

    At least 20,000 people have fled fighting in Sudan’s Blue Nile state to neighboring Ethiopia and more are still arriving, the United Nations Refugee Agency said in an e-mailed statement today in Addis Ababa.To contact the reporter on this story: William Davison in Addis Ababa at wdavison3bloomberg.net

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    Trains Collide in Istanbul, Passengers Injured, Anatolia Says c.2011 Bloomberg News

    Sept. 6 (Bloomberg) -- Two trains collided at a train station in Istanbul, injuring passengers, Anatolia said.The accident occurred at the city’s Cankurtaran train station, the state-run news agency reported.

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    Perry Accused of Distorting Election Map as Texas Trial Begins c.2011 Bloomberg News

    Sept. 6 (Bloomberg) -- Texas governor and U.S. presidential candidate Rick Perry is to face allegations in a trial starting today that he intentionally distorted congressional districts with the help of Republican lawmakers to prevent Latinos from winning office in the state.

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    Texas Cools in Five-Day Outlook, Heat Returns Later, Rogers Says c.2011 Bloomberg News

    Sept. 6 (Bloomberg) -- The interior U.S. from the Great Lakes to Texas will be cooler through the rest of the week before the heat returns, according to Matt Rogers, president of Commodity Weather Group LLC.Temperatures across the South are expected to be between 6 to 12 degrees Fahrenheit (3 to 6.6 Celsius) below the 1981-2010 normal range for the region, Rogers said.

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    Sculpture heading back atop Indianapolis monument

    A crane is expected to lift a 38-foot-tall bronze sculpture back to its place atop the Soldiers and Sailors Monument in downtown Indianapolis.

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    National Louis university uses first-of-its-kind Groupon offer

    National Louis University has announced a partnership with Groupon that enables aspiring teachers to take a graduate level course in teaching, good for academic credit and sold at a 60 percent tuition discount.

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    Jury selection to continue in Sheley murder trial

    Jury selection is set to resume in Galesburg in the first trial of an Illinois man accused of killing eight people during a 2008 crime spree that spanned two states.

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    Ind. stage collapse victim moved from hospital

    PENDLETON, Ind. — A woman badly injured in the Indiana State Fair stage collapse is out of the hospital where she was treated for three weeks, although relatives and friends say she still faces a long recovery.

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    Illinois plans program to prepare for emergencies

    Illinois emergency management experts are asking the public’s help to develop the state’s strategy for dealing with emergencies and disasters.

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    Hull House Museum to open arts education exhibit

    :A new exhibit is opening at Chicago’s Jane Addams Hull-House Museum.

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    Holtz, wife named Notre Dame research ambassadors

    Former head football coach Lou Holtz has a new position at the University of Notre Dame: He and his wife, Beth, will serve as the school’s first “ambassadors for research.”

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    UIC offering free tests, doc talks at health fair

    Free blood pressure tests and other screenings are being offered during a health and education fair at the University of Illinois at Chicago.Tuesday’s event is set for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the UIC Forum on Roosevelt Road.

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    Wisconsin man drowns while snorkeling in Kauai

    Hawaii Authorities say a 32-year-old Wisconsin man who was scuba diving and snorkeling at Kauai’s Haena Beach Park has drowned.

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    3 NE Indiana colleges report enrollment increases

    3 NE Indiana colleges report enrollment increases

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    Zimmermann family is still looking for answers
    The parents of a University of Wisconsin-Madison student killed more than three years ago are renewing their plea for help in solving the case.

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    Small plane crashes, kills 1 near Racine airport
    Authorities say a small plane has crashed in southeast Wisconsin, killing the only person on board.

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    Teen dies from trash truck fall in E. Indiana
    Authorities in eastern Indiana say a 17-year-old boy from Ohio was fatally run over after he fell from the front end of a moving garbage truck that is part of a business owned by members of his family.Randolph County police say Stephen Tiller of Greenville, Ohio, fell Monday afternoon while the truck was traveling on county road near the town of Parker City.

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    Cook Memorial library to survey patrons

    The Cook Memorial Public Library District will be conducting a patron survey beginning Sept. 10-30 for patrons interested in communicating what they would like to see in the library of their future.

Sports

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    Things not likely to go Bears’ way again

    The Bears’ schedule has been lurking for months, waiting to be picked and picked at, torturing with its brutal start, and tempting with it’s seemingly easy second half. It dares you to go week by week, begs you to forecast a final record.

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    Blackhawks center Dave Bolland feels fortunate that he has bounced back from a concussion he suffered last March.

    Hawks’ Bolland knows injury could have been much worse

    Dave Bolland considers himself one of the lucky ones. While Marc Savard of the Boston Bruins will likely have to retire because of a concussion and Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby hasn’t played since January because of concussion symptoms and might not be able to start the season, Bolland is doing his normal preparations for the beginning of training camp next week.

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    Geneva’s Nowokunski and Batavia’s Peter O’Brien try to head the ball on a corner kick Tuesday during a boys soccer game in Batavia.

    Batavia blanks Geneva 4-0 in boys soccer

    Cody Witkowski emerged as the star of the show, but it was twin midfielders Eduardo Cuautle and Anthony Torres who truly powered the latest Batavia victory in boys soccer.

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    Girls golf/Lake County roundup

    At Crane’s Landing Marriott Resort, defending state champ Stephanie Miller fired a 2-over 37 to lead Stevenson (176) past Mundelein (193).

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    Quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the Packers figure to win both games over the Bears, who still should make the postseason, says beat writer Bob LeGere.

    Bears still good enough to make playoffs

    Despite a lack of love from national publications, it says here the Bears go back to the playoffs. Their offensive line still is a work in progress, but with a veteran team and a stable coaching staff, the Bears figure to be hurt less by the absence of an off-season than most teams.

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    Boys soccer/Lake County roundup

    Jordi Rubio scored twice for Round Lake in the first half and the Panthers went on to a 4-0 victory over Vernon Hills in a North Suburban Prairie Division opener.

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    Bryan LaHair, right, celebrates with Starlin Castro after the pair scored on LaHair’s game tying, 2-run home run in the ninth inning Tuesday at Wrigley Field during the Cubs’ 3-2 loss to Cincinnati.

    LaHair hits 2-run homer in 9th, Cubs still fall

    It was team photo day Tuesday at Wrigley Field. Many posing for the picture, including manager Mike Quade, might not be back next year. One of those hoping to make an impression is recent call-up Bryan LaHair, who hit a game-tying homer in the ninth inning against the Reds.

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    Girls volleyball/Lake County roundup

    Rachel Baader slammed 16 kills as Stevenson's girls volleyball team topped Zion-Benton 22-25, 25-13, 25-16 in a North Suburban Lake Division opener Tuesday.

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

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

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

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

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    Tuesday’s girls cross country scoreboard
    High school varsity results from Tuesday's girls cross country meets, as reported to the Daily Herald.

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

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

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    Tuesday’s boys cross country scoreboard
    High school varsity results from Tuesday's boys cross country meets, as reported to the Daily Herald.

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    Huntley sweeps Prairie Ridge in Valley opener

    The Huntley girls volleyball team shook free from Prairie Ridge once the Red Raiders shook off a bit of rust. Idle Huntley enjoyed the long holiday weekend off after opening the season with 7 straight victories, including a tournament title at Plainfield North.

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    Fremd takes Celtic Cup

    Fremd got goals in each half to win the Celtic Cup over crosstown rival Palatine 2-0.

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    West Chicago surges past St. Viator

    A 4-goal explosion, including 3 in a six-minute span, helped set West Chicago (5-1-2) on its way as the Wildcats cruised past St. Viator 4-2 in the opening round of the Pepsi Showdown on Tuesday afternoon in Arlington Heights.

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    Cubs call up 3 players from Iowa for today’s game

    Lefty John Gaub talked Tuesday about the thrill of his first major-league call-up. The Cubs recalled Gaub, infielder DJ LeMahieu and outfielder Lou Montanez from Class AAA Iowa.

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    Minnesota Twins center fielder Joe Benson, in his major league debut, makes a dive for but can’t catch a triple by Chicago White Sox’ Alejandro De Aza during the fifth inning of a baseball game Tuesday in Minneapolis.

    High time for White Sox to shut down Peavy

    Jake Peavy showed some flashes of his old self during Tuesday night's 3-0 win at Minnesota. Now, the White Sox should be smart and shut down the injury-prone starting pitcher.

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    Former Wauconda golfer Josh Esler is starting to make his mark in professional golf.

    Esler learns from the pros as he goes

    Wauconda High School graduate Josh Esler is a member of The Dakotas Tour, an 18-event pro tour played in Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota and South Dakota. He's absorbing what he's learned from pros such as Mark O'Mears and Jason Dufner in pursuit of a spot on the PGA Tour.

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    Healed Libertyville puts Willowbrook on its heels

    Libertyville’s boys soccer team returned four of its five players who’d been missing from the starting lineup because of recent injuries. At much closer to full strength, the Wildcats produced one of their best efforts this season, shutting out visiting Willowbrook 8-0 in a Pepsi Showdown opener on Tuesday night in Libertyville.

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    Dunseith helps Barrington get it done

    Barrington was 45-for-50 with a season-high 16 aces — half by 5-foot-11 senior setter Lauren Dunseith — and the Fillies came away with a comfortable 25-12, 25-18 triumph in girls volleyball action at Palatine.

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    Milestone at long time coming for IC's Field

    Jean Field has seen girls volleyball grow from the pre-Title IX days to the present game, where DuPage County is a hotbed of college-level talent. This past week the Immaculate Conception coach became the seventh in IHSA history to win 800 matches.

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    Prospect’s Ryan Kowalski uses body english to get his ball on a straight path on No. 7 at Inverness Golf Club on Tuesday. Kowalski shot 80 and helped the Knights to third place in the team standings.

    Barrington’s Conrad right at home

    Barrington's Greg Conrad shot a 1-over 73 at his home Inverness Country Club to win medalist honors at the Fremd Invitational. New Trier edged Barrington by 2 shots and Prospect by four for the team title.

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    Naperville North tops Wheaton North

    A roundup of Tuesday's volleyball action around DuPage County.

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    Jake Romano

    Dundee-Crown outfielder Romano picks Miami (OH)

    Two baseball players from Fox Valley Conference schools made college commitments recently. Dundee-Crown outfielder Jake Romano chose Miami of Ohio and Crystal Lake South infielder Nick Martin gave his verbal commitment to Indiana State.

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    Boys soccer/Fox Valley roundup

    Burlington Central 2, Genoa-Kingston 1:The Rockets (4-0-2) fell behind in the first half before pulling out a 2-1 victory over the Cogs. Chris Gousios notched the first goal with 19:06 left in the first half while Paolo Sespene recorded the game-winner. Riley Jensen turned away 5 shots on goal for the Rockets.Crystal Lake South 7, Grayslake Central 2: Charlie Oliver recorded a hat trick while Manny Trujillo (2 goals), Alvaro Morales, and Roberto Albuquerque found the back of the net to lead the Gators (4-2) to a 7-2 victory.Huntley 2, Woodstock 1: Lucas Baker and Sean Tlapek each scored a goal to lead the Red Raiders (4-1-2) to a 2-1 win over Woodstock.Romeoville Christian 3, Harvest Christian Academy 2: The Lions netted a goal each from Chris Desouza and Dan Turpin, but fell 3-2. Pat McGuire recorded 5 saves in goal.Marian Central 10, St. Edward 2: Kevin Olenek and Carlos Moreno each tallied a goal, but the Green Wave (1-4-1, 0-1) fell 10-2 in this Suburban Christian Conference match against Marian Central.Cary-Grove 4, Hampshire 0: Zack Solarte led the Trojans (4-1) to a 4-1 victory with 2 goals and an assist while Mike McKune and Eric Wilde each added a goal. Tom Brem turned away 2 shots on goal for the Trojans.Woodstock North 1, Dundee-Crown 0: The Chargers (3-2) came up short as they were defeated by Woodstock North. Christian Martinez recorded 2 saves in goal for the Chargers.Lyons 1, Streamwood 0: The Sabres (1-7-1) battled tough, but fell to Lyons 1-0 at the Pepsi Showdown. Jose Resendiz recorded 9 saves in goal. Larkin 8, Chicago Kelly 4: The Royals (4-2-1) cruised to an easy 8-4 victory over Chicago Kelly in the Pepsi Showdown. Eric Rodriguez recorded a hat trick and Tony Hernandez scored 2 goals to pace Larkin while Roberto Torres, Tony Escamilla, and Michel Gomez each found the back of the net. Santiago Guerrero and Javy Delgado combined for 7 saves for the Royals. Larkin will play either Oswego or Wheaton Warrenville South in Thursday’s second round.

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    Colloton makes own “Hoosiers” story

    Former Rolling Meadows basketball player Jimmy Colloton is getting a chance to coach collegiate basketball as a graduate assistant on the Indiana University staff.

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    Caleigh Ryan and Katie Ball of Glenbard West look to block a shot by Katie Grabowski of Hinsdale Central during girls varsity volleyball action in Hinsdale.

    Glenbard West good, but not good enough — yet

    Glenbard West is getting closer to the level of the area’s best volleyball teams. Hilltoppers coach Pete Mastandrea won’t accept close, though. The previously unbeaten and 17th-ranked Hilltoppers pushed No. 14 Hinsdale Central to three sets before falling 25-14, 23-25, 25-23 on Tuesday in Hinsdale.

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    South Elgin’s Xavier Owens tees off during the Elgin Country Club invitational Tuesday. Owens finished second with a 75.

    Bartlett, BC’s Weber shine at country club

    Bartlett’s first-place finish Tuesday at the Elgin Country Club boys golf invitational hosted by South Elgin surprised a few people. Count Hawks’ coach Tom Boyle among them.

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    St. Charles N. rallies by Batavia

    St. Charles North never said die in any game. That started even in the Game 1 loss when St. Charles North erased 6 game points before losing 25-15. The North Stars rode the momentum from there for a 15-25, 25-20, 25-22 victory over Batavia.

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    St. Charles N. tired of learning the hard way

    Seldom does the victory formation turn into a no-win situation. Unfortunately, that was the case last Friday night for St. Charles North’s football team during its agonizingly painful 26-21 nonconference loss to Plainfield Central.

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    Girls volleyball/Fox Valley roundup

    Ashley Rosch put down 10 kills Tuesday night as Cary-Grove opened the Fox Valley Conference Valley Division girls volleyball season with a 25-18, 25-11 win over Crystal Lake South.Nicole Schuh added 3 aces and 9 digs for the Trojans (7-0) and Sheila Wilhelmi had 5 blocks.Grayslake Central d. Hampshire: Erin Foss had 8 kills and Michelle Dumoulin added 6 but Hampshire fell 26-24, 22-25, 25-14 in a Fox Valley Fox Division opener. Kelly Meathe had 15 digs and Dakota Walther 28 assists for the Whip-Purs.Jacobs d. Grayslake North: Alyssa Ehrhardt had 7 kills and 5 digs, Rebgecca Jobst added 8 digs and Kassie Kasper had 7 digs as Jacobs (6-2) rolled to a 25-16, 25-12 Fox Valley crossover win. Taylor Lauder added 17 assists and 5 digs for the Golden Eagles.South Elgin d. East Aurora: The Storm opened the Upstate Eight Valley season with a 25-10, 25-18 win. Amanda Nadler had 8 kills and Bri Reum 7 for the Storm (3-3-1, 1-0). Corbin Kehe had 15 assists and Maggie Jakaitis added 11.McHenry d. Dundee-Crown: Rebekah Hischke had 7 kills and Tess Barnes 10 assists for Dundee-Crown in this 24-26, 25-10, 25-22 Fox Valley Valley Division loss. Jillian Hostetker added 4 kills for the Chargers (1-2, 0-1) and Cassie Sommers had 8 digs.Burlington Central d. Streamwood: Samantha Bohne had 18 digs and was 8-for-8 on serve receive and Laura Thompson added 4 spike kills and 2 blocks as the Rockets (4-6) rolled to a 25-10, 25-22 nonconference win. Allie O’Reilly had 15 assists, 2 kills and 4 digs for BC and Brenda Thasavong added 2 blocks and 3 spike kills.Women’s volleyballTrinity Christian d. Judson: Kylee Koon had 8 kills, Annie Holderman 5 kills and Kristen Kohlstedt 21 assists but Judson (1-5, 0-1) fell 25-12, 25-14, 25-14 in the CCAC. Molly Studer and Carissa Oelke each had 6 digs for the Eagles.

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    Libertyville’s Barton makes top prospects ranking
    Former Libertyville High School and Eastern Illinois baseball pitcher Troy Barton was named among the Valley League Top 35 Prospects by Perfect Game USA for his performances on the diamond this summer.

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    Illinois linebacker Houston Bates sacks Arkansas State quarterback Ryan Aplin in Saturday's season opener.

    Illinois happy to have Bates on defense

    Here's how Baton Rouge, La.-bred Houston Bates wound up escaping LSU and becoming a big-play linebacker at Illinois. Also news on the Illini's excellent health and A.J. Jenkins' excellent stats.

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    Matt Forte, who will make $550,000 in 2011, was 10th in the NFL last season with 1,616 yards from scrimmage.

    Angelo expects Forte to have a big year

    Bears G.M. Jerry Angelo says the contract extension talks involving running back Matt Forte are on hold for now.

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    Driver Jeff Gordon does a burn out Tuesday after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup AdvoCare 500 auto race at the Atlanta Motor Speedway.

    Gordon holds on at Atlanta for 85th career win

    With his car sliding all over the track, Jeff Gordon held off teammate Jimmie Johnson over a thrilling last 10 laps Tuesday to win the rain-delayed NASCAR race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Gordon won for the third time this season and 85th time in his career.

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    Matt Slowinski of Glen Ellyn finished second last week in the 89th Illinois PGA Championship at Medinah Country Club. The winner, Matt Slowinshi, led wire-to-wire.

    IPGA honors Twin Orchard’s Any Shuman

    Heading the list of the Illinois PGA's season award winners is Andy Shuman, the director of golf at Twin Orchard Country Club in Long Grove, who was named the section’s 57th professional of the year.

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    Notre Dame quarterback Tommy Rees will be the starting quarterback Saturday night against Michigan.

    Notre Dame makes a quarterback change

    Tommy Rees is in and Dayne Crist — benched after halftime of Notre Dame's ugly 23-20 loss to South Florida — is out.

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    Illini set plans to honor Sept. 11 anniversary

    University of Illinois athletics officials announced plans to honor the heroes of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on America during Saturday’s home game. Among the activities will be an American flag giveaway, videos from military personnel and a patriotic halftime show.

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    As NHRA celebrates its 60th season of racing, Tony Schumacher of Long Grove has made the Top 10 Greatest Moments list for his historic run in 2006. Fans can go to Facebook.com/NHRA and cast their vote for the No. 1 greatest moment.

    Long Grove’s Schumacher on NHRA’s Top 10 Moments list

    Voting is under way to select the single Greatest Moment in NHRA history to commemorate its season, and Long Grove dragster legend Tony Schumacher featured in one of the 10 finalists selected by fans.

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    The Bears and running back Matt Forte have put contract talks on hold. Forte was looking for an extension as he headed into the fourth and final year on his rookie contract, but general manager Jerry Angelo said talks are most likely off until after the season.

    Bears’ talks with Forte on hold

    Contract talks between the Chicago Bears and running back Matt Forte are on hold.Forte was looking for an extension as he headed into the fourth and final year on his rookie contract, but general manager Jerry Angelo said talks are most likely off until after the season. “We’ve spent a lot of time trying to work out an extension with Matt, and his agent did as much work as he could do. Unfortunately, we haven’t been able to come to an agreement at this point, so we’ve decided that we’re just going to focus on the season,” Angelo told WBBM-AM in Chicago on Monday night. “That’s something we talked about when we went into the negotiations.”Fifth in the NFL with 4,731 yards from scrimmage since he entered the league, Forte had considered holding out at the start of training camp but decided against it. The Bears were willing to negotiate, but the talks are being tabled for now.The season opens this week against Atlanta, and that’s where Angelo said the focus lies. He’s not completely ruling out a new deal by the end of the year, though.“Not saying the door is shut,” he said on the radio. “But right now our focus is going to be on the season.”He said the decision to break off the talks was mutual and added, “We visited a few times in our last meeting. We felt like with the season upon us, that right now we want to focus, Matt wants to focus on the season and having a great year that we all expect and know that we will.”They don’t agree to a deal before the end of the season, Forte could test the market. The Bears could also slap him with the franchise-player tag.Forte wasn’t the only high-profile player looking for a new deal.Pro Bowl linebacker Lance Briggs said he wants to be traded if the Bears won’t rework his six-year, $36 million deal, and with three seasons left on it, Angelo said the Bears won’t address his situation until the offseason.

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    Ohio State head coach Luke Fickell said on Tuesday that four suspended players have been reinstated.

    4 suspended players cleared at Ohio State

    COLUMBUS, Ohio — Four suspended players have been reinstated at Ohio State for the 15th-ranked Buckeyes’ game on Saturday against Toledo. Coach Luke Fickell confirmed on Tuesday that linebacker Jordan Whiting, who had been suspended last December for last week’s opener for accepting cash and discounted tattoos from a local tattoo-parlor owner, will be available to play this weekend at Ohio Stadium.Fickell also said that tailback Jordan Hall and cornerbacks Travis Howard and Corey Brown have also been reinstated after being held out of last week’s game for taking less than $300 in gifts from a charity.Fickell said he was uncertain of those three players’ status in the future. The Buckeyes (1-0) are coming off a 42-0 win over Akron.

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    Caroline Wozniacki smashes a shot at the net against Svetlana Kuznetsova Monday during the U.S. Open. Woznizcki won 6-7 (6), 7-5, 6-1.

    Williams, Wozniacki move on in different ways

    NEW YORK — They are two different players and, at times, it looks as if they’re playing two different games.There’s the Serena Williams style, filled with intimidation and huge shots. And there’s the way Caroline Wozniacki does it, with great hustle and even better conditioning.Both players made it through the fourth round of the U.S. Open on Monday and stayed on a path that could collide in the semifinals — Williams with a big-serving 6-3, 6-4 victory over No. 16 Ana Ivanovic and Wozniacki with a 6-7 (6), 7-5, 6-1 win over No. 15 Svetlana Kuznetsova that took 3 hours, 2 minutes.Among the matches scheduled for Tuesday were American Donald Young against No. 4 Andy Murray and another American, No. 28 John Isner, against No. 12 Gilles Simon of France. But before any of those matches could begin, rain hit the National Tennis Center, delaying play for the first time at this year’s U.S. Open.After Monday’s matches, the 28th-seeded Williams was the only one of the eight women left in the draw who has won a Grand Slam title, which could answer the question of whose style works better in the sport’s biggest events.But Wozniacki is top-seeded at the U.S. Open and No. 1 in the rankings — tops in a system that rewards consistency more than big moments. By that standard, it is, indeed, hard to find anyone better.“I know I can be out there for hours and hours,” she said. “It’s great to know that, and it’s great to know that it doesn’t matter how long the match takes. I mean, I will not lose because I’m not physically well.”Knowing that, as well, Kuznetsova pressed throughout and took a 4-1 lead in the second set. But that’s when the party ended for the two-time major champion. She lost 12 of the next 14 games and finished the night with 78 unforced errors on a windy night in Arthur Ashe Stadium.“She was a wall,” Kuznetsova said. “To break a wall, you cannot hit hard all the time. You have to mix it up. I think I did the right things. I just couldn’t close it up in the right moments.”Williams had to tone things down a bit for her match, played hours earlier, but also in blustery conditions.Still, there were two moments that stood out: A key point she won after letting a 3-0 lead slip in the first set, after which she clenched her fist and screamed, “Come On”; and the way she closed out the match, with four straight serves Ivanovic couldn’t return, maxing out at 111 mph.Not surprisingly, the discussion afterward was whether Williams tries to be intimidating on the court.“No, I don’t try,” she said. “I just am.”Roger Federer can be pretty intimidating, as well.Forced to wait until 11:51 p.m. to start his match, he came out like a man in a hurry, putting away the first set against Juan Monaco in 18 minutes en route to a 6-1, 6-2, 6-0 victory. In the second game of the second set, he served four straight aces — a perfect game, of sorts.“It’s only a game. Only four points,” he said. “But it’s nice to do it that way instead of having to take 10 minutes.”Just as impressive was the quick way Federer closed out the match, with a light mist falling, the court slickening ever so slightly and the unsavory prospect of having to sit through a rain delay at 1 in the morning. He only lost 12 points in the third set.“There was not much margin for us, because it was so late,” Federer said. “Probably one rain delay and they’d have sent everybody home.”Federer hasn’t missed a Grand Slam quarterfinal since the 2004 French Open and his quarterfinal here will be against No. 11 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who overcame a two-set deficit against Federer in the Wimbledon quarterfinals for the victory. Tsonga beat eighth-seeded American Mardy Fish, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 3-6, 6-4, 6-2.

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    Blackhawks’ head coach Joel Quenneville will put the team through its first day of workouts and scrimmage during the annual Training Camp Festival at the United Center on Sept. 17. Tickets for the festival are sold out.

    Blackhawks training camp fest sells out

    Tickets for the fourth annual Blackhawks Training Camp Festival are now sold out for the Sept. 17 event, according to the Chicago Blackhawks.

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    LSU moves to No. 2, Auburn drops out of AP Top 25

    NEW YORK — Winning the biggest game of college football’s opening weekend boosted LSU to No. 2 in The Associated Press Top 25.No. 1 Oklahoma held on to the top spot in the first regular-season rankings, while the Tigers used their 40-27 victory against Oregon to jump rival Alabama, which slipped to No. 3.Boise State moved up a notch to No. 4 after its impressive 35-21 win against Georgia. Florida State moved up to No. 5.Oregon dropped nine spots to No. 13 and defending national champion Auburn, which started the season at No. 23, fell out of the Top 25 after needing a late rally to beat Utah State at home. Notre Dame also dropped out.Moving into the rankings were No. 20 Baylor, No. 22 South Florida, No. 23 Penn State and No. 24 Texas.

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    Palatine’s Tim Murphy, 10, gets off a header against Conant’s Jamie Blonde Monday at Conant.

    Images: Daily Herald prep photos of the week
    The Daily Herald Prep Photos of the Week gallery includes the best high school sports images by our photographers featuring football, soccer, tennis, cross country and volleyball.

Business

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    Subscriber Total Access begins

    The Daily Herald becomes the first newspaper in the Chicago area to begin charging for access to its digital content -- a necessity the company says is mandated by broad shifts in the traditional newspaper business model.

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    Teen dies from trash truck fall in E. Indiana

    Authorities in eastern Indiana say a 17-year-old boy from Ohio was fatally run over after he fell from the front end of a moving garbage truck that is part of a business owned by members of his family.

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    Demonstrators march past the Colosseum during a general strike in Rome on Tuesday. With Silvio Berlusconi’s government under increasing pressure to produce credible measures to balance the budget, a strike by Italy’s largest labor union against an austerity package shut down air, land and sea transport, stalled manufacturing and curtailed government services throughout the country on Tuesday.

    Stocks fall as Europe's debt worries deepen

    U.S. stocks fell sharply in early trading when it appeared that European markets were heading for a second straight day of deep losses,

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    Schaumburg-based Career Education Corp.'s Le Cordon Bleu chain of for-profit cooking schools is coming under fire for its marketing practices as its graduates struggle to find culinary jobs and pay off their hefty student loans.

    Students sue Schaumburg-based Le Cordon Bleu

    Schaumburg-based Career Education Corp.'s Le Cordon Bleu is offering $40 million to students who sued the chain of cooking schools, claiming they couldn't get jobs or pay off their hefty student loans.

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    Baby found floating in Mississippi River
    WINONA, Minn. — Minnesota law enforcement officials are investigating the death of a baby found floating in the Mississippi River.Winona County Sheriff Dave Brand says the body was reported at about 2:20 p.m. Monday. The baby was recovered from the river and transported to the Dakota County Medical examiner in Hastings for an autopsy.Brand says more details may be released later Tuesday. The Winona Daily News reports reports the sheriff’s department and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension are investigating.

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    Rosenthal named chairman of Realtor Board of Regents
    Richard J. Rosenthal, DSA, CRE, FRICS, has been named Chairman of the Board of Regents of REALTOR(R) University

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    LWG Consulting names leader of new cyber incident analysis practice
    LWG Consulting announces the appointment of Jeffrey Hartman as leader of its newly formed Cyber Incident Analysis practice.

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    Restaurant.com teams with Coinstar to offer certificates at kiosks
    Restaurant.com said it is partnering with Coinstar to provide certificates at more than 16,000 Coinstar kiosks nationwide and consumers receive no fee coin counting.

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    Ex-AOL finance chief kelly settles SEC suit for $260,000

    Former AOL Inc. finance chief John Michael Kelly agreed to pay $260,000 to settle a Securities and Exchange Commission suit claiming he helped overstate Internet ad revenue at the company.The SEC sued eight former AOL executives in 2008, including Kelly and another former chief financial officer, Joseph Ripp, claiming they helped inflate revenue at the company by more than $1 billion from 2000 to 2002.In a judgment signed by U.S. District Judge Colleen McMahon in Manhattan today, Kelly agreed to turn over $200,000 in profits he allegedly made from the scheme and pay a $60,000 penalty. Kelly didn't admit or deny the allegations in agreeing to settle.AOL agreed in 2005 to pay $300 million to settle a related investigation.The case is Securities and Exchange Commission v. Kelly, 08-CV-4612, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York (Manhattan).

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    The Airbus A320neo airbus.com

    Boeing rival Airbus heads for record year

    Airbus SAS has won 1,156 orders so far this year, outselling rival Chicago-based Boeing Co. and putting the planemaker on track to capture its highest annual intake following the introduction of the A320neo.

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    Qatar sets August marine crude at $105.60 a barrel

    Qatar Petroleum set the official selling price for its marine crude type at $105.60 a barrel and that of land crude at $108.15 a barrel, state-run Qatari News Agency reported today.

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    Zimbabwe's Mugabesays foreign investments in country are 'safe'

    Sept. 6 (Bloomberg) -- Investments by foreign companies in Zimbabwe are safe, President Robert Mugabe said, urging them to comply with a law that compels foreign and white-owned companies to sell 51 percent of their local assets to black citizens of the country.

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    ECB drains $183 million in term deposits to offset bond program

    The European Central Bank said it will take 129 billion euros ($183 billion) in term deposits from euro-area banks tomorrow to neutralize the extra money created by its bond purchases.

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    Daimler, Hong Kong partners to test smart electric cars

    Sept. 6 (Bloomberg) -- Daimler AG, the world’s second- largest manufacturer of luxury cars, will provide a trial version of its Smart electric car to partners in Hong Kong as the city battles record pollution.

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    Kenya shilling gains for first day in four on bank meeting bets

    Kenya’s shilling strengthened for the first day in four on speculation the central bank will introduce measures to support the currency at its special meeting next week.The currency of East Africa’s biggest economy appreciated 0.2 percent to 94.55 per dollar by 2:42 p.m. in Nairobi, the capital.Kenya’s monetary policy committee will hold a special meeting on Sept. 14 to review efforts to curb inflation and defend the shilling.“The shilling has gained on the expectation that the central bank may act to support it when it holds its meeting next week,” Wilson Mutai a dealer at Nairobi-based African Banking Corp., said in a phone interview.The central bank cut its key lending rate in January and then raised it at the next two meetings to bolster the currency and curb prices. The bank surprised markets in July by leaving the benchmark at 6.25 percent, saying higher rates can’t curb supply-led inflation. Last month it boosted charges for use of its discount window, a step it said was aimed at reducing speculation that is weakening the shilling, then reversed some of the increase after inter-bank borrowing costs soared.“Having seen that the confusion on the supply side is subsiding, we can now assess the situation once more” at the meeting, Central Bank of Kenya Governor Njuguna Ndung’u said yesterday in an e-mailed response to questions.

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    Indian oil said to buy five million barrels of West African oil

    Indian Oil Corp., the nation's biggest refiner, is said to have bought five million barrels of West African crude for loading in November, said four traders involved in the region's market.

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    Japan unlikely to follow swiss, ex-Boj trader Kanno says

    Japanese policy makers are “unlikely” to follow Switzerland’s lead in setting a ceiling for their currency to stem appreciation, according to a former chief foreign-exchange dealer of the nation’s central bank.

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    Libya's new leaders, town reach deal for peaceful handover

    Representatives of Libya’s National Transitional Council agreed with elders from Bani Walid for the peaceful handover of the town to their control.

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    Crone: ‘for Neville’ e-mail meant Taylor case had to be settled

    Tom Crone, former lawyer for the News of the World, said an e-mail suggesting more than one reporter at the News of the World had been involved in phone- hacking had been the main reason for the company’s 2008 decision to settle a lawsuit from Gordon Taylor, chief executive of the Professional Footballers’ Association.“It was a piece of evidence that meant we had to settle the Gordon Taylor case,” Crone told Parliament’s culture committee in London today. He said he was “certain” he had discussed it with James Murdoch. Former News of the World editor Colin Myler, giving evidence alongside Crone, said he was “as certain as I can be” that the three discussed it.

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    Ex-aide: Murdochs wrong in phone hack statement

    A former executive with Rupert Murdoch's News International says the media mogul was wrong to blame a London law firm for failing to properly investigate his company's phone hacking scandal several years ago.

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    Oil market news: Brent snaps three-day drop

    The following is a selection of the most important news affecting the oil market.Brent Oil Snaps Three-Day Drop as SNB Pledge Weakens DollarOil rose for the first time in four days in London as a drop in the dollar following Switzerland’s attempt to cap the value of its currency made raw materials more attractive to investors.TOP MARKETS STORIESGasoline Tracks European Oil With WTI Collapse: Chart of the DayGasoline is rising along with European Brent crude this year as U.S. benchmark West Texas Intermediate priced in the Midwest failed to reflect tighter global supply, according to an analyst at Baker & O’Brien Inc.Aramco Raises All Crude Prices From Sidi Kerir for October (1)Saudi Arabian Oil Co., the world’s largest crude exporter, raised October official selling prices for all oil grades for loading from Sidi Kerir in the Mediterranean, two people with knowledge of the decision said.Forties Crude Oil Premium to Dated Brent Jumps to Record HighThe premium of North Sea Forties crude to Dated Brent, the benchmark for more than half of the world’s oil, rose to a record amid reduced supplies, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.REFINERIES Map global refinery outagesFormosa Petrochemical Had Fire in Refinery’s Alkylation UnitA fire at Formosa Petrochemical Corp.’s Mailiao refinery today was caused by a leak during the start-up of an alkylation unit, Hsueh Ching-hsien, a spokesman for its parent company, Formosa Plastics Group, said in an interview. The fire was extinguished after about 28 minutes, he said.Sinopec Shuts Refining Units at Luoyang for 45 Days’ MaintenanceChina Petroleum & Chemical Corp. shut refining units at its Luoyang refinery in Henan province for 45 days for scheduled maintenance, parent China Petrochemical Corp. said in a statement on its website today, without specifying the units. The refinery has stockpiled gasoline and diesel to supply the market during the shutdown, it said.Vietnam Dung Quat Refinery to Resume Full Capacity by Sept. 13Vietnam Oil & Gas Group, or PetroVietnam, said its Dung Quat refinery, will return to full capacity by Sept. 13, two days ahead of schedule, according to a statement on the government website today. The refinery was shut down for planned maintenance in July.Conoco Reports Compressor Trips Offline at Sweeny RefineryConocoPhillips reported a compressor tripped offline at its Sweeny, Texas, refinery at 9:37 p.m. Sept. 3, resulting in flaring and visibile emissions, according to a filing with state regulator.Exxon Resumes Normal Activity at Illinois Refinery, Filing SaysExxon Mobil Corp. said it was “reestablishing normal” operations at its Joliet oil refinery in Channahon, Illinois, after a power-supply failure, according to a filing with state regulators.Asia Gasoil and Naphtha Refining Profits Fall: Oil ProductsThe profit from making gasoil in Asia fell for a third day on signs that refineries are returning from maintenance. Naphtha margins declined. Refiners’ losses from producing fuel oil shrank.Shipping Slump Unlikely to Reverse Before End of 2012, DVB SaysA slump in the cost of shipping oil, commodities and manufactured goods is unlikely to reverse before the end of next year, according to Dagfinn Lunde, a managing director at Frankfurt-based transportation lender DVB Bank SE.Conoco Defends China Spill Response in Face of Public Wrath (1)ConocoPhillips said it acted promptly to seal leaks at China’s biggest offshore oilfield, rejecting accusations of negligence by state media after a three-month battle to contain the spill off the northeast coast.Gazprom Starts Filling Baltic Gas Pipeline, Bypassing UkraineOAO Gazprom will today start pumping natural gas into a $10 billion subsea pipeline from Russia to Germany, bypassing Ukraine, where disputes halted supplies to European customers twice since 2006.Indonesia ‘Life-or-Death’ Coal Law to Cut Sales: Energy Markets

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    Formosa petrochemical has eighth fire at mailiao refinery

    Formosa Plastics Group, Taiwan’s biggest diversified industrial company, said a fire broke out in a refining unit at its Mailiao complex today, at least the eighth blaze in about 14 months at the site.A leak caused the fire during the start of an alkylation unit in Formosa Petrochemical Corp.’s refinery, Hsueh Ching- hsien, a spokesman for Formosa Plastics, its parent company, said in a telephone interview from Taipei. It was extinguished after about 28 minutes, he said. An alkylation unit produces chemicals used in gasoline blending.Formosa Petrochemical halted its 540,000 barrel-a-day Mailiao plant after a fire on July 30. Seven blazes at the complex in 13 months had prompted the Taiwan government to demand the group draw up a schedule for the shutdown and inspection of its plants. The company’s August sales declined 30 percent from a year earlier, it said in a statement to the Taiwan stock exchange yesterday.Formosa Petrochemical rose 1 percent to close at NT$79.90 in Taipei before the incident today. The stock has fallen 19 percent this year, compared with an 18 percent decline in the benchmark Taiex index.

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    Poland gets 4 bids for power bourse, treasury’s leszkiewicz says

    Poland received four initial bids for a stake in Towarowa Gielda Energii SA, a power exchange known as Polpx, Deputy Treasury Minister Adam Leszkiewicz said in Tarnow, southern Poland today.The Treasury Ministry expects to get binding bids next month, he said.To contact the reporter on this story: Maciej Martewicz in Warsaw at mmartewiczbloomberg.net

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    South korea expresses interest in Indonesia’s CN235 aircrafts

    South Korea has expressed its interest in the CN235 planes made by PT Dirgantara Indonesia, Purnomo Yusgiantoro, Indonesia’s defense minister, said in Jakarta today. He didn’t elaborate.

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    Vietnam bonds rise as banks lower interest rates

    Vietnam’s bonds advanced, pushing yields to a six-week low, as demand for sovereign debt was bolstered after banks started cutting interest rates to comply with a central bank request. The dong was stable.Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam, the country’s second-largest lender, will join other banks to reduce its commercial lending rates to below 20 percent from today, it said in a statement yesterday. The State Bank of Vietnam aims to lower dong lending rates to 17 percent to 19 percent from mid- September, Governor Nguyen Van Binh said last month.The yield on the five-year bond fell four basis points, or 0.04 percentage point, to 12.46 percent, according to a daily fixing price from banks compiled by Bloomberg. That was the lowest level since July 22.“Investors expect bond yields to drop as banks are lowering interest rates on the central bank’s recent request,” said Do Thi Lan Anh, a fixed-income dealer at Vietnam Technological and Commercial Joint-Stock Bank in Hanoi.The dong was little changed at 20,827 per dollar as of 5:43 p.m. in Hanoi, according to bank data compiled by Bloomberg. The central bank set the reference rate at 20,628 today, unchanged from Aug. 24, according to its website.

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    Cameroon’s ports handled 7.5% More traffic in 2010

    Cameroon’s ports handled 7,895 metric tons of goods last year, up from 7,345 tons in the previous 12 months, the West African nation’s National Ports Authority said in a statement handed to reporters today in Yaounde.

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    The Linden family includes son Bryce, 12, from left, wife Jeanee, Brian, and son Shane, 15.

    From suburbs to China, Linden makes the world his business

    China may be a long way from the suburbs, but it was the perfect connection for Brian Linden. He grew up in Arlington Heights, Mount Prospect and Algonquin, but now operates a hotel in China and a high-end gallery in Elliston Bay in Door County, Wis. But the Asian connection has been a central thread in his life for decades, since his parents operated an antique shop in Algonquin.

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    This is a conceptual rendering of Wickstrom Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram’s 20,000-square-foot addition, on which construction will begin Tuesday.

    Wickstrom Chrysler in Barrington to expand

    Wickstrom Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram in Barrington will be building a 20,000-square-foot addition to its current 13,000-square-foot building this fall, pointing to a significant improvement in the health of the auto industry.

Life & Entertainment

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    AM Taxi, made up of musicians from the Western suburbs, will play Middlewest Fest this weekend.

    AM Taxi winning fans the old-school way

    The weather can always be a bit iffy with an outdoor festival, but AM Taxi lead singer and guitarist Adam Krier is looking forward to this weekend's Middlewest Fest in DeKalb.“It's different from a club show, that's for sure," said the Naperville native.

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    Food Network's brisket on the menu at Soldier Field

    Food Network and Delaware North Companies Sportservice have teamed up to introduce a Food Network signature Pub-style Beef Brisket sandwich at select National Football League stadiums this season, and Soldier Field is one of those spots. The sandwich features Porter-braised beef brisket topped with cheddar cheese, whole grain mustard and fried onions on a pretzel roll.

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    A gunrunning deal is paying off for members of the motorcycle club when FX's “Sons of Anarchy” returns for its fourth season on Tuesday, Sept. 6

    Drama revs up as ‘Sons of Anarchy' heads into new season

    “Sons of Anarchy,” FX's high-octane drama about an outlaw motorcycle club, skids in for a fourth season that promises both freedom and peril.

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    A few fresh blueberries are the only addition needed to this simple homemade granola.

    River Run Granola
    River's Run Granola

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    Blake Shelton along with Jason Aldean are nominated for five Country Music Associaton Awards, including the night's top prize, entertainer of the year.

    Rising stars Aldean, Shelton shake up CMA noms

    After a decade toiling away at the microphone without much recognition, Jason Aldean and Blake Shelton are breaking through in a big way. Two of country's leading men nabbed their first Country Music Association Awards entertainer of the year nominations Tuesday, upsetting recent trends and leading a popular pack with five nominations apiece.

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    JOE LEWNARD/jlewnard@dailyherald.com Cook of the Week Challenge contestant Mary Beth Riley of Elk Grove Village.

    Mary Beth Riley
    Cook of the Week Challenge Contestant Mary Beth Riley of Elk Grove Village

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    Jamie Andrade’s Round Steak Braciole with Roasted Red Potatoes in Root Beer-Tomato Sauce with Root Beer Glaze.

    Root Beer-Glazed Round Steak Braciole with Roasted Red Potatoes in a Root Beer-Tomato Sauce
    Round Steak Braciole with Roasted Red Potatoes in a Rootbeer Tomato Sauce topped with Rootbeer Glaze: Jamie Andrade

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    Curried Zucchini and Chickpea Soup
    curried zucchini and chickpea soup

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    Cook of the Week Challenge contestant TerrieAnn Jones from Palatine

    Gale’s Root beer, round steak, parsnips and orange
    TerrieAnn Jones v Jamie Andrade create recipes using Gale's Root Beer, round steak, parsnips and orange.

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    Mark Welsh/mwelsh@dailyherald.com Cook of the Week Challenge contestant Oscar Menoyo.

    Ying’s Kithcen Kungpao sauce, chicken thighs, kohlrabi and apple
    Round one Cook of the Week Challenge: Diane Hagopian v. Oscar Menoyo

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    Oscar Menoyo’s Barbecued Chicken Kungpao Thighs with Kohlrabi AppleSlaw and Split Pea Dahl

    Barbecued Kungpao Chicken Thighs with Kohlrabi-Apple Slaw and Split Pea Dal
    Barbecue Kung Pao Chicken Thighs with Kohlrabi-Apple Slaw and Spli Pea Dahl :Oscar Menoyo

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    Diane Hagopian’s Surprise Lettuce Wraps

    Surprise Lettuce Wraps
    Surprise Lettuce Wraps :Diane Hagopian

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    TerrieAnn Jones, from Palatine, cooked Smothered Round Steak with Parsnip Puree.

    Smothered Round Steak with Parsnip Puree
    Smothered Round Steak:TerrieAnn Jones

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    Whole-grain tortilla stuffed with carrots and raisins will refuel kids for anternoon learning.

    Healthy school lunches

    With kids returning to school, it is time to think about how important school lunch is for fueling your child’s body and brain. Children will decide what they actually eat at the lunch table, but parents stack the deck in favor of healthy eating by packing a variety of tasty and nutritious foods.

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    Grilled Sirloin with Polenta and Sour Cream
    Grilled Polenta and Sirloin

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    Whole-grain tortilla stuffed with carrots and raisins will refuel kids for anternoon learning.

    Quick Carrot Raisin Wrap
    Toby Smithson: Quick Carrot Raisin Wrap

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    Breakfast for dinner is easy and delicious.

    Fresh Egg Scramble with Ham and Cheese
    Scrambled Eggs with Ham and Cheese: Desperation Dinners

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    Cook of the Week Challenge

    16 women and men ready for Cook of the Week Challenge

    They came from Mundelein and Bartlett, Elgin and Des Plaines with recipes like JC's Orzo Salad, Stuffed Mushrooms and Shrimp and Beef Burgers Oscar on Buttery Herbed Sourdough. Nearly 100 cooks in all entered recipes in hopes of making the slate of 16 contestants in our inaugural Cook of the Week Challenge.

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    Television host Regis Philbin says he'll retire from his talk show on Nov. 18.

    Regis plans for his last day on TV
    Regis Philbin's announcement that he was leaving his show was a shock to many, but his end date was still unknown. Today, that date has been set.

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    Cook of the Week challenge contestant Antonio DePau with his favorite ingredient pasta.

    Antonio De Pau
    Cook of the Week Challenge Contestant Antonio De Pau of Palatine

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    Chef Chris Cosentino poses in the dining room at the Incanto restaurant in San Francisco. Pigskin is winning new appreciation as chefs tune in to its lush, unctuous properties.

    Playing with pigskin

    San Francisco chef Chris Cosentino isn't much of a football fan. But that doesn't mean he doesn't know how to toss the pigskin around the gridiron. Or the frying pan. We're talking hide of the hog, of course, that often-neglected part of the pig that is winning new appreciation as chefs tune in to its lush, unctuous properties.

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    Cook of the Week Challenge contestant Michael Lalagos of Schaumburg.

    Michael Lalagos
    Cook of the Week Challenge Contestant Michael Lalagos of Schaumburg

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    Glenn Sasveld, from Naperville displays his favorite ingredient, limes, which he uses in dishes such as chicken.

    Glenn Sasveld
    Cook of the Week Challenge Contestant Glenn Sasveld of Naperville

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    Cook of the Week Challenge contestant Ann Marie Nordby with her spice rub.

    Ann Marie Nordby
    Cook of the Week Challenge Contestant Ann Marie Nordby of Arlington Heights

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    Former Cook of the Week TerrieAnn Jones, Palatine

    TerrieAnn Jones
    Cook of the Week Challenge Contestant TerrnieAnn Jones of Palatine

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    Cook of the Week Challenge contestant Jay Deihs with his favorite ingredient Soy Sauce.

    Jay Deihs
    Cook of the Week Challenge Contestant Jay Deihls of Arlington Heights

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    Rick West/rwest@dailyherald.com Cook of the Week Challenge Contestant Mark Clemens of Elgin and a lapful of one of his favorite ingredients: garlic.

    Mark Clemens
    Cook of the Week Challenge Contestant Mark Clemens of Elgin

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    Bob Conidi of Itasca shows his dish consisting of grilled pork chop with apple corn stuffing and patty pan squash.

    Bob Conidi
    Cook of the Week Challenge Contestant Bob Conidi of Itasca

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    Scott Sanders/ssanders@dailyherald.com Cook of the Week Challenge contestant Judy Monaco, from Glendale Heights, with her favorite ingredient, herbes de Provence blend.

    Judy Monaco
    Cook of the Week Challenge Contestant Judy Monaco ofGlendale Heights

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    Gilbert R. Boucher II/gboucher@dailyherald.com Cook of the Week Challenge contestant Diane Hagopian with her favorite ingredients, which include onions and peppers.

    Diane Hagopian
    Cook of the Week Challenge Contestant Diane Hagopian of Gurnee

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    Cook of the Week Challenge contestant Oscar Menoyo.

    Oscar Menoyo
    Cook of the Week Challenge Contestant Oscar Menoyo of Hoffman Estates

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    Cook of the Week Challenge contestant Cate Brusenbach of Antioch with her favorite ingredient, limes.

    Cate Brusenbach
    Cook of the Week Challenge Contestant Cate Crusenbach of Antioch

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    Cook of the Week Challenge contestant Donna Robertelli of Bloomingdale. Robertelli made a walnut encrusted turkey breast with quinoa/fig pilaf.

    Donna M. Robertelli
    Cook of the Week Challenge Contestant Donna Robertelli of Bloomingdale

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    Mark Welsh/mwelsh@dailyherald.com Cook of the Week Challenge contestant Penny Kazmier of South Barrington with Goat Cheese her favorite ingredient in her foods.

    Penny Kazmier
    Cook of the Week Challenge Contestant Penny Kazmier of South Barrington

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    Jamie Andrade, Elk Grove Village

    Jamie Andrade
    Cook of the Week Challenge Contestant Jamie Andrade of Elk Grove Village

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    Octavia Spencer, right, and Viola Davis in a scene from "The Help," which finished as the No. 1 film for the third-straight weekend.

    'The Help' puts in overtime at No. 1 with $19M

    "The Help" stayed on the job over Labor Day, finishing as the No. 1 film for the third-straight weekend. The acclaimed drama about Southern black maids speaking out during the civil-rights movement took in $19 million over the long holiday weekend, according to studio estimates Monday.

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    Author Lawrence Malkin with a collection of portraits of German concentration prisoners by Felix Cytrin at the American Society for Yad Vashem in New York after the portraits were donated by Cytrin heirs to Yad Vashem, Israeli’s Holocaust remembrance museum.

    WWII portraits of Jewish ‘counterfeiters’ donated

    He survived the Holocaust carrying the solemn portraits he drew of concentration camp prisoners who labored alongside him in one of the largest counterfeiting operations in history. For decades, those portraits have rarely been seen. Now the collection of 43 drawings by Felix Cytrin of his fellow Jewish prisoners have been donated to Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust memorial and museum, where researchers can study them and they will be exhibited for public viewing.

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    Ron Greenwood works out at True North Studio gym.

    More need for older personal trainers

    When they hired a fitness coach, Ventura, Calif., baby boomers Lisa and Ron Greenwood wanted an older trainer who had walked a mile in their sneakers. They are not alone. The demand for older personal trainers is on the rise, according to the IDEA Health & Fitness Association.

Discuss

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    Latest deaths reminder of drug war

    The deaths of two Naperville teens from drug use highlights once again the need to communicate to parents and the community at large that the war on drugs in the suburbs must continue, a Daily Herald editorial says.

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    Perry’s campaign against the new deal

    It is hard to imagine Perry as the carrier of Reagan-like ideological transformation — though it was also difficult, at one time, for many to imagine an aging actor in that role. But Perry’s critics may find it is not sufficient to declare him outside the mainstream. The mainstream can change.

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    Beware of easy ‘fixes’ for entitlement programs
    Social Security’s enemies are perpetrating a con on America’s workers. If they can convince the public that the government doesn’t have to pay back what it borrowed from the trust fund, they don’t have to raise the income taxes that may be needed to honor that debt obligation.

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    The president is on hold . . . hello? hello?

    Just as President Obama’s team had to know that his original speech request conflicted with a much-ballyhooed Republican debate, Boehner’s surely knew that the big game was on the alternative date he suggested. If Obama’s speech wasn’t compelling enough for Congress to pull a hasty resolution together, then what does it say that he can’t compete with a ballgame?

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    The progressives’ freedom agenda

    What did Thomas Paine say about “summer soldiers and sunshine patriots” abandoning principle for political expediency? Rick Perry couldn’t hold firm for one lousy month.

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    Say it ain’t so, Alec

    Maybe the reason women get more interesting as they get older is because they don’t spend as much time with men half their age. And I think most of the ones I know wouldn’t even want to. What would we talk about, we say to each other — as if talk is the most important thing.

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    The best show in town

    In that fleeting interval between earthquake/hurricane and the president’s 57th (or so) major national address next Thursday, I can finally devote a summer column to the finest efflorescence of that season this city has to offer: the Washington Nationals.

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    Historical parallel too close for comfort
    Calvin Coolidge is known to history as an adherent of laissez-faire ideology that resulted in a period of U.S. economic heights called the “Roaring Twenties” during which Washington stepped aside and allowed the economy to find its own direction through his leadership until January 1929.

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    Time for president to take responsibility
    President Obama’s dismal record almost three years into his term reflects record high unemployment, record high debt, a failed stimulus plan, a faltering economy, broken promises, etc.

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    Let’s pay our own bills first
    Today The Associated Press reported that the Social Security disability fund will run out of money by 2017. Last week it was reported we are sending $90 million to North Korea for flood relief.

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    Prosperity for all a workable goal
    Where are we going? Where should we be going instead? How do we get there? And include some details, please. The silence of our leaders or would-be leaders regarding these questions is deafening.

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    Thanks for support of Itasca depot
    The Itasca depot fundraising event took place on Aug. 25. The community responded with more than 170 people attending the luncheon to celebrate the depot museum project and honor Jerry Danzer, Professor Emeritus UIC, who is unofficially known as the town “historian.” Businesses and residents have contributed over $68,000, so far.

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    Holder should be the first to go
    The fast and furious gunrunning debacle conducted by the U.S. Justice Dept. should have some heads rolling. Instead, some involved have been promoted. The idea that Eric Holder only knew about this a few weeks ago is a bad joke.

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    Make Bears pay for Soldier Field
    The city of Chicago owns a $630 million dollar asset they can sell to reduce their debt and get solvent. That asset happens to be Soldier Field, which cost exactly that amount to refurbish. The buyer would be the Bears,

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    The hypocrisy of Hollywood
    When Bush ran for president, three people in particular said they would leave the country if he was elected — Barbra Streisand, George Clooney and Alec Baldwin. Did they leave? No. Too much money to be made here.

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    This is not real all-day kindergarten
    Letter to the Editor: How can a district provide different education to the same students from the same grade? They are all half-day kindergartners Some parents have chosen to pay for their children to stay after their morning half-day kindergarten class is over to “practice and reinforce skills taught in kindergarten.” This paid program is called the “After School Enrichment Program.” It is not full day kindergarten.

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    Don’t want taxes going to the dogs
    Letter to the Editor: It is the responsibility of the pet owner to take care of his pet — not me or my tax dollars used for an Elgin/Hoffman Estates dog park because of the pet owner’s choice to have a pet.

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    Big government grows to wield power
    DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin, Gov. Pat Quinn and other big government politicians are cut from the same cloth; they look at the bankrupt, wasteful and inept big governments in Illinois. Their answer to the problem is ... make more wasteful, and inept, big governments in Illinois. They build their personal power through consolidation and bigger government.

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    Becoming standard to be poor
    I stand by my vote. What I didn’t bargain for are all the surprises, the demeaning of our nation abroad and the incompetence around the key economic issues which now include the potential downgrading of France’s rating by Standard & Poor’s. Sad to say, it’s becoming standard around America to be poor.

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    Retirement fund is all about taxes
    Does he understand that we taxpayers are footing the bill for these six-digit pensions for teachers and administrators that many times exceed their salaries prior to retirement? Non-public employees don’t get benefits like that, we just have to pay for them.

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    Put spending money into hands of poor
    Allowing the wealthy to keep more money does nothing to stimulate the demand that creates jobs. What we need is more people to buy more things, and the best way to do this is to allow more money to stay in the hands of those who have no choice but to buy.

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    Tragedy shows need for vigilance
    The tragic news of the murder has brought domestic violence into the local spotlight for a time. Sadness and shock is the reaction of all who have read the headlines or watched the news reports.

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    Stress prevention, not just a cure
    The Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer is making an urgent appeal for a strong emphasis on breast cancer prevention -- not just paying lip service to it, as most groups now do. Medical texts reveal that the disease can be prevented by having more children, starting before age 24, and breast-feeding them longer.

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    Don’t reduce funds for artificial limbs
    Studies have concluded that providing this essential health benefit saves money by helping patients avoid costly co-morbid medical conditions. O&P care permits patients to return to gainful employment and ends their dependency on federal/state assistance programs.

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    Illinois ethics laws need teeth
    Letter to the Editor: There needs to be real accountability when evidence proves that a legislator comes in conflict with ethics requirements. When conflicts of interest come about, a legislator should simply not be voting on that given bill, instead we currently are left with the expectation that they self-police.

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    Where does cancer research money go?
    Letter to the Editor: If the American public has given cancer research hundreds of millions of dollars, why should the results of that research cost $115,200 a year? Where has this money gone? Who has received it? And why are the successful results of the research held as ransom for some critically ill person?

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    Make tollway part of IDOT
    Letter to the Editor: The public should contact state officials and demand the toll road system be made a part of the Illinois Department of Transportation.

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