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Daily Archive : Thursday September 8, 2011

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    The Associated Press will stream live video covering the national celebrations Sunday and show videos of 9/11 news.

    Watch live streaming video of 9/11 events
    Forever changed, Americans will gather across the country Sunday to mark the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, in ceremonies both big and small. Click here to watch a live stream of the national celebrations today.

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    Diane Eldrup, owner of Muddy Paws Dog Rescue in Deer Park, was convicted of animal cruelty Thursday.

    Muddy Paws owner guilty in Deer Park dog abuse case

    A Lake County jury deliberated about four hours before convicting Diane Eldrup of all charges in her animal cruelty trial. Eldrup faces up to five years in prison but will also be eligible for probation. In December, Kildeer police discovered 30 dogs, three birds and an opossum in what officials called “a death camp for dogs” at the Muddy Paws Dog Rescue in Deer Park.

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    U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh makes speaks at a small-business forum at the Schaumburg Prairie Center for the Arts on Thursday.

    Walsh says he was ‘offended' by joint congressional session

    U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh stuck to his guns and skipped President Barack Obama's jobs speech to a joint session of Congress on Thursday night. Walsh said he boycotted the speech — a move that garnered national attention — because he was “offended” by Obama's request for a joint session.

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    Geneva talk on legal rights of cancer patients

    Attorney Monica Fawzy will offer information on rights and protections of employees affected by cancer, including caregivers, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14. at LivingWell Cancer Resource Center, 1803 W. State St. (Route 38) in Geneva.

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    Officials chase credible but unconfirmed al-Qaida bomb plot

    Just days before the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, U.S. counterterrorism officials were chasing a credible but unconfirmed al-Qaida threat to use a car bomb on bridges or tunnels in New York City or Washington. It was the first "active plot" timed to coincide with the somber commemoration of the terror group's 9/11 attacks a decade ago that killed nearly 3,000 people.

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    Customers shop in a convenience store after a power outage Thursday in San Diego that affected California, Arizona and Mexico.

    Utility worker mistake cuts power to 5 million in Southwest, Mexico

    A power outage accidentally triggered by an Arizona utility company worker darkened a broad swath of the Southwest and Mexico on Thursday, cutting power to millions of people, bringing some San Diego freeways and airport traffic to near-standstills and leaving inland desert residents sweltering without air conditioners in the summer heat, officials said.

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    More charges possible after Rte. 53 accident victim’s death

    Prosecutors say more charges are possible against a Buffalo Grove woman after the death of a man she’s accused of hitting while checking her cellphone. Kelly Luch did not appear in Skokie traffic court Thursday on tickets related to the Aug. 1 crash on the northbound shoulder of Route 53 near Kirchoff Road in Rolling Meadows.

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    Yashesh Desai

    Woodridge man indicted in dad's weed trimmer slaying

    A Woodridge man accused of beating his father to death with a weed trimmer was indicted by a DuPage County grand jury Thursday on five counts of first-degree murder, authorities said. Yashesh Desai, 21, faces up to 60 years in prison if convicted.

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    Steven Snyder

    1 charged after Wheeling police intercept 1,000 pounds of pot

    A California man has been charged with drug trafficking after being arrested by Wheeling police when he arrived at a freight yard to receive 1,000 pounds of cannabis with a street value of up to $8 million, police said.

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    Kane County Forest Preserve adds 2 parcels

    Kane County Forest Preserve officials announced the purchase of two pieces of land, one in Sugar Grove, the other in Gilberts, as the latest purchases with money obtained by the $30 million tax increase county residents approved this spring. The two pieces cost them about $1 million and bring the total land holdings of the district to 19,232 acres.

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    Suburban, Illinois leaders react to Obama's speech

    Elected leaders from the suburbs and Illinois react to President Barack Obama's speech and his $447 billion plan to bring jobs to the country.

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    Skid marks can be seen where a van slammed into an underpass wall in Hanover Park on Barrington Road near Route 20 Thursday night. A large police presence could be seen searching the area with police dogs and the inside of the van before it was towed.

    Police search Hanover Park area near abandoned crashed van

    Police were searching an area near the Hanover Park Metra station with the assistance of at least one dog Thursday night after a vehicle smashed into a wall on Barrington Road.

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    Rep. Jeff Landry, R-La., holds a sign during a speech by President Barack Obama to a joint session of Congress at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011.

    Lawmaker’s sign cracks decorum at Obama job speech

    WASHINGTON — Rep. Jeff Landry knew not to yell at President Barack Obama during his jobs address Thursday night to Congress. That move made Rep. Joe Wilson famous a couple of years ago, and not necessarily for the better. Instead, Republican leaders urged their members to show up, keep an open mind and be polite — voters were anxious and Congress’ bickering had angered large...

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    Elgin Symphony in flux during search for board members, music director

    The Elgin Symphony Orchestra is poised to begin its 2011/2012 season with a lineup of nationally and internationally renowned guest conductors as the organization searches for a new music director. Behind the scenes, the ESO board will search for at least four new board members in the wake of recent resignations.

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    Debt costs to taxpayers concerning Grayslake D46

    Grayslake Elementary District 46 officials have endorsed seeking a way to restructure debt to minimize the potential bite on taxpayers because of a lack of construction growth and declining property values. Chief School Business Official Todd Covault is expected to provide additional details at a budget hearing Sept. 21.

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    Strong field for 2 new McHenry judge spots

    Twenty-nine people have applied for two new associate judge positions in McHenry County. After interviews and a vote, officials in the 22nd Judicial Circuit hope to name new judges by the end of the year.

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    Police say a 71-year-old woman may have accidentally hit the gas pedal when parking at Rock Bottom Brewery restaurant in Warrenville, injuring five people.

    ‘Driver error' cited in Warrenville restaurant crash

    A 71-year-old St. Charles woman may have mistakenly hit the gas pedal while parking, running her car into the outdoor dining area of a Warrenville restaurant, authorities said Thursday. Five people were injured, two of them seriously, during the lunchtime Wednesday crash at the Rock Bottom Brewery restaurant, 28256 Diehl Road, according to Warrenville police.

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    Gov. Pat Quinn announced Thursday that he’ll try to close seven state institutions and lay off more than 1,900 employees. The Democratic governor said he has already heard complaints from lawmakers about cutting services and he expects to hear even more.

    Quinn cuts would ax 1,938 state jobs

    Gov. Pat Quinn took steps Thursday to try to close seven state institutions and lay off more than 1,900 employees in an effort to live within the reduced budget approved by the Illinois legislature, and he challenged lawmakers not to “run away” from the impact of their decisions.

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    Schaumburg Chick-fil-A opens next week

    On the anniversary of Chick-fil-A’s arrival in the Chicago area, the popular Southern restaurant chain will open its fifth location in the region on Thursday, Sept. 15 at 935 E. Golf Road in Schaumburg.

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    President Barack Obama arrives Thursday to deliver a speech to a joint session of Congress at the Capitol in Washington. Watching are Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker John Boehner.

    Cut taxes, Obama tells Congress in $450B jobs plan

    Attacking a deepening jobs crisis, President Barack Obama challenged a reluctant Congress Thursday night to urgently pass a larger-than-expected $450 billion plan to "jolt an economy that has stalled." He urged lawmakers to slash Social Security taxes for tens of millions of Americans and for almost every business to encourage hiring.

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    Congressman Peter Roskam, left center, tours Bensenville's Chicago White Metal Casting, Inc., with its president and CEO Eric Treiber.

    Bensenville businessman showcased at Obama jobs talk

    Eric Treiber, president and CEO of White Metal Casting in Bensenville, watched President Barack Obama's jobs speech from a seat in House Speaker John Boehner's box. He was picked after Congressman Peter Roskam, the GOP's chief deputy whip, toured the company a week ago.

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    PAUL MICHNA/Pmichna@dailyherald.com Chuck Hahn and Colleen Mally enjoy a beer at Good Old Days' beer tent Thursday.The fest runs through the weekend and offers rides and fun for all ages.

    Good Old Days opens in Winfield

    With a live cover band and a beer garden, Winfield’s Good Old Days celebration kicked off its four-day run that continues through Sunday, mostly in the village’s downtown. The festival continues with sports competitions and a special Friday-night version of the Cruzin Winfield Car Show, which usually takes place on Monday nights.

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    Twin World War II search lights glow in the night sky over Naperville Thursday. They represent the towers that fell during the Sept. 11th attacks 10 years ago.

    Naperville lights will symbolize Twin Towers

    For the next few nights, two World War II-era searchlights will send beams of light into the Naperville sky. The beams are meant to represent the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers that fell during the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

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    Sandra Pihos

    Pihos will run for re-election

    State Rep. Sandra Pihos, a Glen Ellyn Republican, says she’ll run for re-election in 2012, seeking a sixth term in the Illinois House.

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    Roselle car dealer gets 9 years for defrauding owners

    The president of a now-defunct Roselle automobile dealership was sentenced to nine years in prison for his role in a scheme that defrauded more than 100 car owners.Glenn Stancil, 39, of Crystal Lake was convicted in January of scamming car owners out of more than $2.4 million as president of Clover Financial Sales & Leasing.

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    Rene Hernandez Jr.

    Businessman from Round Lake to run for county board

    A businessman from Round Lake is the latest Republican candidate to announce run for the Lake County Board’s District 16 seat. Rene Hernandez Jr. is slated to face off against Grayslake Elementary District 46 board member Michael Carbone in the March primary election.

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    Jack Daly, 4, plants a flag at the Harper College observance on Thursday.

    Harper College hosts emotional tribute to 9/11 victims

    A college professor who lost two cousins in the World Trade Center collapse; an Iraq and Afghanistan war veteran; and hundreds of others from the Northwest suburbs gathered at Harper College Thursday to pay an emotional tribute to the victims of 9/11.

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    Theresa Carlquist

    Downers Grove woman gets jail for stealing from youth league

    A Downers Grove woman who stole $88,000 from a youth football league and spent some of the money on a birthday party and an engraved iPod for her daughter was sentenced Thursday to probation and jail. “Your selfish conduct adversely affected hundreds of kids,” a judge told Theresa Carlquist, 52.

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    Streamwood Fire Dept. open house Oct. 1

    The Streamwood Fire Department will host an open house from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1 at Fire Station 2, 900 W. Irving Park Road, next to Hoosier Grove Park.

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    Barrington-area residents weigh in in community services

    Results of a survey that reached 4,000 households throughout the Barrington area will be presented at a town meeting Tuesday, Sept. 13 at the Barrington Public Safety Building. The survey asked residents to weigh in on a variety of local services.

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    Jim Scarpace, program director at Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment in Aurora, said the foundation’s new intensive outpatient treatment program for teens with substance abuse problems helps youths because it involves their families in the counseling process.

    Aurora group offers outpatient program for teen substance abusers

    Teens struggling with substance abuse soon will have another treatment option in Aurora: Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment’s new intensive outpatient program, set to begin in October. “It helps kids make the connection between the problems they’re having and why they’re using substances,” said Jim Scarpace, Gateway Foundation’s program director.

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    Barrington school carnival begins Sept. 16

    The 25th anniversary Grove Avenue School Fair in Barrington will run for three days, not the usual two, from Friday, Sept. 16 through Sunday, Sept. 18.

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    The rising sun silhouettess corn growing along a road in Normal, Ill. Corn harvest has begun across parts of central Illinois.

    Corn harvest begins in parts of Illinois

    Most farmers are starting harvest earlier than usual despite recent cool weather that slowed the drying process of corn in area fields. Beason-area farmer Larry Huelskoetter started harvesting last week in Logan County, nearly two weeks ahead of his usual schedule. He was surprised by early yields of 170 to 180 bushels per acre.

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    EIU enrollment drops almost 4 percent

    Enrollment is down this semester at Eastern Illinois University, and officials speculate the economy may be to blame.Enrollment at the Charleston school is 11,178 for the fall semester. That’s down from 11,630 a year ago

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    Cary teachers union, board still ironing out differences

    The Cary Elementary District 26 school board and teachers union were unable to reach an agreement on a new teachers contract Wednesday night. The union spokeswoman says the two sides are trying to iron out the language. "Everyone is just making sure that they have all of their i's dotted and t's crossed," Annette Bear said. The union and board will meet again on Wednesday, Sept. 21.

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    Tri-Cities police reports

    Joe L. Wilkins, 52, of the 200 block of North Lincoln Avenue, Aurora, was charged with reckless driving, driving in the wrong lane, failure to yield to an emergency vehicle and having no insurance after a traffic stop at 1:57 p.m. Wednesday near South Randall Road and Fabyan Parkway in Geneva, according to sheriff’s police. He told deputies he was late for a court date.

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    MHS board hits the road again:

    The Mundelein High School board will travel to Gurnee on Monday to examine the artificial turf football field at Warren Township High School’s Almond Road campus.

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    ‘Ruse’ burglary warning:

    The Lake County Sheriff’s Office is warning homeowners of “ruse” burglaries.

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    Koeppen appointments:

    Gregory Koeppen has been appointed to a seat on the Grayslake Fire Protection District board and is joining the Lake County Convention and Visitors Bureau board.

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    Lions Club food drive:

    The Libertyville Lions Club hosts a community food drive on Saturday, Sept. 10 to benefit the Libertyville Township Food Pantry.

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    Military officers escort drug trafficker Vicente Zambada during his presentation to the media in Mexico City. Zambada is the son of Mexican drug lord Ismael Zambada, head of the Sinaloa cartel.

    Mexican drug cartel leader says U.S. gave him immunity

    The handsome, square-jawed young man held in isolation in a Chicago jail doesn’t deny he was a top lieutenant in his father’s Mexican drug cartel but instead has offered a novel defense for his drug-trafficking.

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    Mickey Mouse and Naperville Mayor George Pradel pose with Rionnah O'Connor, 3, at the 95th Street Library in Naperville. Mickey made a surprise appearance Thursday for the kids while on a break from “Disney On Ice presents Mickey & Minnie's Magical Journey” at the United Center.

    Pradel, Mickey Mouse join forces in Naperville

    Naperville Mayor George Pradel and about a dozen children were surprised by Mickey Mouse Thursday at the Naperville 95th Street Library. “The expressions on the children's faces are priceless. And the hesitation to actually touch the real Mickey Mouse is awesome,” Pradel said.

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    Prosecutors say former Chicago police officer Jerome Finnigan was the ringleader in a since-disbanded elite drug unit whose members ransacked homes of suspected drug dealers and stole money.

    Corrupt police officer sentenced to 12 years

    A former Chicago police officer who authorities say was the ringleader in a band of rogue police who stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from suspected drug dealers and ordered a hit on a fellow officer to keep him from revealing the scheme was sentenced Thursday to 12 years in federal prison.Jerome Finnigan stood impassively as U.S. District Judge Blanche Manning who said he once had been a...

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    Algonquin man killed in crash was on way to hospital for wife

    A 55-year-old Algonquin man killed in a two-car crash Wednesday night was at the time already en route to the hospital where he was pronounced dead to bring personal items to his wife. Joseph Kwak, of the 2000 block of Carlisle Street, died as a result of multiple traumatic injuries suffered at about 8:07 p.m. when his car collided with an SUV in Barrington Hills.

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    The issue of whether Bettendorf Castle in Fox River Grove can host tours will be the subject of a trial on Oct. 13.

    Bettendorf Castle trial to start next month

    The owner of Bettendorf Castle in Fox River Grove will get his day in court next month to argue that he should be allowed to host tours on the property. Fox River Grove officials say the village code does not allow bus tours in residential areas. A trial date was set for Oct. 13 in McHenry County Court.

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    Rain water flooded the street along South Phelps Avenue in Arlington Heights on July 23.

    Arlington hts. neighborhoods beg for flood help

    Arlington Heights residents are keeping the pressure on Village Hall to find ways to prevent the kind of flooding that plagued the village on July 23. For the third consecutive meeting of the village board, residents made their issues clear.

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    More Chicago teachers vote to lengthen school day

    Teachers at a fourth Chicago school have voted to lengthen their school day in exchange for cash from the district. Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office says 81 percent of teachers at Benjamin E. Mays Elementary Academy approved the change Thursday.

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    Jack McCullough

    Man pleads not guilty in 1957 slaying

    A Seattle man pleaded not guilty Thursday in the 1957 kidnapping and killing of a 7-year-old Sycamore girl whose body was exhumed this summer by authorities seeking evidence in the case.

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    Todd Beamer

    Wheaton Christian students remember Todd Beamer

    Most students at Wheaton Christian Grammar School don't remember the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and for good reason: they were not yet born. But that doesn't stop the school's leaders from commemorating the anniversary each year. School officials say class of 1983 alum and United Flight 93 passenger Todd Beamer is a true hero and they remind students of his selfless deed every year.

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    Stocks slide after Bernanke offers no new stimulus

    Stocks closed sharply lower Thursday after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke offered no new insight into whether the central bank will act soon to prop up the economy.

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    Web developers challenged to make Placemaking app

    What if you could pull up a Google map on your mobile phone that pinpoints your location and tells you about family-friendly activities taking place nearby at that moment? The Metropolitan Planning Council thinks there should be an app for that — and other great ideas that enliven and improve Chicagoland’s public places.

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    Members of Wauconda Cub Scout Pack 290 observe as a rocket is prepped for launch.

    Wauconda Scouts get a lesson in rocketry

    Members of Wauconda Cub Scout Pack 290 recently honed their rocketry skills during at an event sponsored by the Wisconsin Organization Of Spacemodeling Hobbyists.

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    Toni Preckwinkle

    Cook County revenues down $67 million

    Eight months into the fiscal year and Cook County finds itself running at a $67 milliion deficit. While revenues are up in three categories, five categories are down to the tune of $83 million. Most of the loss is due to missing patient fees at the county's medical facilities.

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    The Carol Stream Historical Society’s annual Market Place on Saturday will feature tours of the historic farmhouse on Lies Road. .

    Carol Stream farmhouse opens for historical tours

    A Carol Stream arts and crafts fair offers locals plenty of things to shop for, such as antiques, jewelry, books and cosmetics. But it also comes with a history lesson - tours of the Historic Farmhouse.

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    The battles are some of the most popular parts of the Revolutionary War Re-enactment that takes place this weekend at Cantigny Park in Wheaton.

    Re-enactors bring Revolutionary War to Cantigny

    Not many people know that military action in America’s War for Independence took place in Illinois. Visitors to the 25th annual Revolutionary War Re-enactment at Cantigny Park in Wheaton can learn that and more Saturday and Sunday at Cantigny Park. “It’s a good way to learn about the Revolutionary War that you can’t get from a textbook,” said Laura Evans, director of visitor services.

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    The Carol Stream Fire Protection District headquarters on Kuhn Road will be home to a new memorial dedicated to the victims of Sept. 11 and first responders who responded that day.

    Carol Stream begins Sept. 11 memorial with beams from World Trade Center

    Two steel pieces of the World Trade Center will become part of a permanent memorial in Carol Stream dedicated to the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and the emergency personnel who responded that day. The I-beams will be dedicated during a remembrance ceremony at 8 a.m. Sunday.

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    Clarence Weber, formerly of Waukegan, sentenced to 40 years in prison for a murder-for-hire plot. He trying to have witnesses killed before they testified in his trial for killing his wife.

    Killer gets maximum sentence in murder-for-hire plot

    The man convicted of the 2008 murder of his wife in a Lincolnshire parking lot was sentenced Thursday to the maximum 40 years in prison for trying to hire someone to kill the witnesses against him. That term will have to be served on top of the 55 years Clarence Weber, 61, already earned for the murder of Adelina Weber.

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    The work of Jeffrey Borowiak, Mundelein High School Class of 2010, along with the art of other MHS alumni, will be on display in the MHS AP Art Show and Sale.

    Mundelein High alumni to sell their artwork
    Part of the Mundelein High School 50th Celebration will include an AP Art Show and Sale from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, in the MHS Cafeteria. The works for sale are created by Mundelein High School alumni.

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    Aurora motorcycle rider, passenger, injured in Naperville crash

    Two Aurora residents remained hospitalized Thursday, a day after their motorcycle was struck by an oncoming car in Naperville. The motorcycle driver, Michael Dunker, 60, was listed in critical condition Thursday at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove. His passenger, Corrine Smith, 60, was being treated at Loyola Medical Center in Maywood.

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    The Kane County Drug Rehabilitation Court's first Fine Art and Written Word Extravaganza featured more than 80 paintings and collages and nearly 100 essays and poems about overcoming addiction. It was held Wednesday at the judicial center in St. Charles.

    Art show helps addicts express their recovery, sobriety

    The first ever Fine Art and Written Word Extravaganza by participants in Kane County's Drug and Rehabilitation Court offered recovering addicts a chance to express themselves, reinforce sober habits and tell their stories. Organizers hope to make it an annual event.

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    Michael Whitney

    Life sentence in 1976 Wheaton murder

    For 35 years, Teri Stack lived with the “agonizing thought” her sister’s killer would never be brought to justice. On Thursday, her sister's killer, Michael Whitney, 58, was sentenced to life in prison for 28-year-old Darlene Stack in a Wheaton boardinghouse in August 1976. “Now we can all have a bit of closure, but we will never forget the loss of Darlene,” Teri Stack wrote in a statement. “She...

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    9/11 prayer service Friday

    A Wheaton private school will hold a public prayer service to remember the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at St. Michael Parish School, 310 S. Wheaton Ave.

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    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke addresses the Economic Club of Minnesota Thursday in Minneapolis.

    Bernanke puzzled by weak consumer spending

    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said he’s surprised by how cautious consumers have been in the two years since the recession officially ended. But the Fed chief offered no hints of any steps the Fed would take to boost the weak economy.

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    Google was stung by criticism that using its search engine was not environmentally friendly.

    Google reveals energy use to show search is green

    Stung by concerns that using Google is bad for the planet, the Internet search giant has revealed exactly how much electricity the company uses and how much greenhouse gases it produces in an effort to show its business model is environmentally friendly.

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    A Google Inc. review is seen on the homepage of Zagat Survey LLC on Thursday. Google has acquired Zagat, the review and ratings service known for its burgundy-colored restaurant guides.

    Google buys restaurant review service Zagat

    Google has swallowed restaurant review service Zagat to ramp up its efforts to connect people with local businesses.

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    Texas just finished the hottest June through August on record in the U.S., the National Weather Service said Thursday.

    Texas has hottest June-August in U.S. history

    Texas just finished the hottest June through August on record in the U.S., the National Weather Service said Thursday. Weather service meteorologist Victor Murphy said Texas’ 86.8 average beat out Oklahoma’s 85.2 degrees in 1934.

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    A sign thanks participants for walking in the fifth annual Hike for Hesed fundraising walk in 2009. The seventh annual walk steps off at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, from Hesed House, 659 S. River St., Aurora.

    Hikers raise much-needed money for Hesed House

    The seventh annual Hike for Hesed fundraising walk couldn't come at a better time, employees of the homeless services center say. The hike, scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, comes less than two weeks after Hesed House broke a record for the number of people it provided emergency shelter in one night.

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    Villa Park Oktoberfest aims to bring community together as it did after 9/11

    Ten years ago, just days after the Sept. 11 terror attacks, Villa Park Oktoberfest organizers had to decide whether it was appropriate to continue the festival after such tragedy. The community used the festival to honor victims then and they'll remember them again during Oktoberfest, running Friday to Sunday.

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    Judge rules against Ill. union on canceled raises

    SPRINGFIELD — A federal judge has ruled against Illinois state employees in a dispute over whether Gov. Pat Quinn can cancel raises promised in union contracts.The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees said Thursday it will appeal the ruling.

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    Wheaton resident and Wheaton Christian Grammar School alum Todd Beamer was aboard United Flight 93, which crashed into a field near Shanksville, Pa., on Sept. 11, 2001. Wheaton Christian's Head of School Steve Clum, and Beamer's former basketball coach, will be at the dedication of a memorial at the crash site Saturday, Sept. 10.

    Educator paying tribute to Wheaton's Todd Beamer

    Wheaton Christian Grammar School Head of School Steve Clum will be among the speakers at the anniversary ceremony for Sept. 11 in Shanksville, Pa. Clum is family friends of Todd Beamer, who died on United Flight 93.

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    Maria Divane and Linnea Johnson, right, cook Swedish pancakes on the griddle during the 30th Scandinavian Day at Vasa Park in South Elgin. While they were feeding a steady line of visitors, Divane said pancakes are a tradition for dinner on Thursday night in Sweden. This year’s Scandinavian Day festival is set for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11.

    Food, song and dance on the menu at Scandinavian Day in South Elgin
    Fancy Swedish pancakes for breakfast on Sunday? Visitors can find them and more at the 32nd annual Scandinavian Day festival, set for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11 in Vasa Park, on Route 31 (seven miles south of I-90 and five miles north of Route 64) in South Elgin.

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    Aurora unveiling Ohio Street bridge plans

    Aurora residents can get a peek next week at plans to replace the Ohio Street bridge spanning the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway and Indian Creek. The city will sponsor an open house from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 12, at police headquarters, 1200 E. Indian Trail Road.

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    Naperville Crime Stoppers offers reward

    Naperville Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in connection with a small fire set in mid-August at the northwest corner of Brooksedge and Deering Bay drives.

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    Ellen Correll

    Dist. 46 superintendent barely gets contract extension

    Grayslake Elementary District 46 school board meeting where officials are expected to discuss and vote on a proposed contract extension for Superintendent Ellen Correll.

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    The Bartel home, a custom bungalow built in 1925, is one of five homes featured on the Villa Park historic housewalk.

    Villa Park housewalk features historic homes, modern flair

    Five homes, from a 1922 Sears house to a 2006 home styled after the Robie House in Chicago, are featured on this year's Villa Park housewalk. The fourth annual “A Walk Back in Time to Villa Park’s Historic Homes and Gardens” is from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10.

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    Construction related to the widening of Butterfield Road will shut down Route 59 overnight in Warrenville Monday and Tuesday.

    Butterfield Road project means overnight shutdowns at Rt. 59

    Construction will shut down a small portion of Illinois Route 59 overnight next week as the $52.6 million project to widen Butterfield Road progresses.

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    Rabbi Taron Tachman

    Beth Tikvah in Hoffman Estates welcomes new rabbi

    Rabbi Taron Tachman, previously an associate rabbi of Temple Sholom of Chicago, has moved to the Northwest suburbs to assume the leadership of Beth Tikvah Congregation of Hoffman Estates.

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    The union representing DuPage County Juvenile Detention Center employees is urging the county board to host public hearings on a proposal to close the Wheaton facility and transfer detainees Kane County.

    Union: Open DuPage youth home debate to public

    The union representing DuPage County Juvenile Detention Center employees is urging the county board to host public hearings on a proposal to close the Wheaton facility and transfer detainees Kane County.

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    Illinois governor wins dismissal of public employees’ lawsuit

    Illinois Governor Pat Quinn won dismissal of a lawsuit by a public-employees union seeking to reverse an order freezing the pay of 30,000 government workers.The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees claimed the pay freeze violated its collective- bargaining agreement.

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    Mubarak trial hears testimony authorities ordered use of force

    Egyptian authorities ordered the use of force against demonstrators during the first days of the uprising that forced Hosni Mubarak from power, a former official said at the trial of the ex-president.

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    The Wall of Faces is part of the Cmdr. Dan Shanower/Sept. 11 Memorial along Naperville’s downtown Riverwalk. A Naperville native, Shanower was killed while serving at the Pentagon during the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11.

    Memories of a horrific morning

    Our Stephanie Penick recalls where she was the morning of Sept. 11, and the devastation of learning that three friends from New York City were killed in the terrorist attacks.

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    This framegrab image from NASA-TV shows the twin GRAIL satellites sitting on launch pad 37-A at the 15-minute hold mark atop a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket Thursday. Associated Press

    Wind delays NASA launch of twin moon spacecraft

    High wind has forced a one-day launch delay for NASA's newest moon spacecraft. An unmanned rocket was supposed to blast off from Cape Canaveral on Thursday with the twin probes. But the countdown was halted because of gusty wind in the flight path.

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    Giselle Esteban

    Former friend arrested in missing nursing student case

    A former high school friend of a missing Northern California nursing student has been arrested on suspicion of murder, more than three months after the victim vanished from a San Francisco-area hospital where she was working.

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    President Barack Obama Associated Press

    White House aide: Time for Congress to act on jobs

    A top aide to President Barack Obama's says it's time for Congress to take action to create jobs.

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    General view of a plane crash site near Yaroslavl, on the Volga River about 150 miles northeast of Moscow. Associated Press

    Russians searching for crashed plane's recorders

    YAROSLAVL, Russia — President Dmitry Medvedev called Thursday for fast changes in Russia's troubled air transport industry — including sharply reducing the number of airlines — as the country mourned a crash that killed 43 people, among them most of a top hockey team, including two former Blackhawks.

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    Former rebel soldier, Mootaz Isse, 25, electronics student, center, celebrates as other rebel soldiers leave to the front, at a checkpoint between Tarhouna and Bani Walid, Libya. Associated Press

    In new audio, Gadhafi denies rumor he fled Libya

    BENGHAZI, Libya — From hiding, Moammar Gadhafi denied rumors that he fled Libya, vowed “never to leave the land of his ancestors” and rallied followers to the fight in a new audio message broadcast Thursday on a loyalist TV channel.

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    Dawn Patrol: Quick hits as you head out the door

    News you need as you walk out the door today: Car crashes into restaurant, Mundelein restaurant wins wings award, teenager stalked, teacher charged with porn and Medicare fraud.

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    Still a chance for classic arcade in Algonquin

    Algonquin officials didn’t budge on their intention to charge licensing fees to a proposed new video game arcade business, but the village staff will consider whether it can waive those fees for the rest of the year, officials said.

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    Elgin firefighter John Tobin works on a refurbished front of a 1981 fire truck that he is taking to New York to give to firefighters he met while helping dig through the rubble of the World Trade Center. They will display it in their station house.

    Elgin firefighter restores old firetruck as a gift for NYC colleagues

    Elgin firefighter John Tobin of West Dundee found an old New York Fire Department truck in a Wisconsin junkyard and spent the summer restoring it to its original condition. He's now giving it to the firehouse where it once was housed, in Queens, New York. The project shows support for the NYFD and also honors three Palatine firefighters who died in the Ben Franklin fire in 1973.

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    Lombard church to volunteer 10,000 hours

    Peace Lutheran Church in Lombard will sponsor a “Christian tailgate party” Friday, Sept. 23 to kick off its “Live the Love” volunteer campaign. The free event begins at 6 p.m. at the church, 21W500 Butterfield Road.

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    Young Glen Ellyn running club seeks members

    The Lightning Running Club of the B.R. Ryall YMCA in Glen Ellyn is looking for more young runners to join for the fall cross country season, which begins Oct. 1.

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    Kids can make corn cob dolls during Blackberry Farm’s Fall Harvest, which aims to take visitors back to the 1840s from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11.

    Blackberry Farm’s Fall Harvest celebrates 1840s farm life

    Corn just might steal the show at Blackberry Farm’s Fall Harvest this year. Corn shelling demonstrations, a corn cob doll-making station and a corn boil offering corn on the cob and cornbread will highlight harvest happenings from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, at the farm, 100 S. Barnes Road, Aurora.

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    About 25 teams are expected to compete in Glen Ellyn’s third annual Backyard BBQ Cook-off Saturday, Sept. 10.

    Glen Ellyn’s Backyard BBQ Cook-Off is back

    Glen Ellyn’s Backyard BBQ Cook-Off returns for a third year of food, fun and festivities — but now in a bigger venue. The third annual event takes place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, September 10, in the Glenwood Avenue lot in downtown Glen Ellyn. Admission is free. Judging is from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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    Wrigley and owner Deby Dato show off their school spirit at the Wauconda Area Chamber of Commerce's "Back to Drool" pet parade.

    Wauconda chamber puts pets on parade at inaugural event
    Local pets and their owners were given the opportunity to celebrate the dog days of summer at the Wauconda Area Chamber of Commerce's first "Back to Drool" pet parade at the Wauconda Farmers Market. Pets won awards in categories such as Best Trick and Pet/owner look-alike.

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    Marcin Bos

    Mount Prospect Sunrise Rotary Club elects new officers

    Hoffman Estates resident Marcin Bos was elected president of the Rotary Club of Mount Prospect, Sunrise for the 2011-’12 Rotary year. An assistant vice president and banking center manager at MB Financial Bank’s Mount Prospect branch, Bos was installed during a recent awards ceremony and dinner.

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    Greenbelt Cultural Center hosts Fiestas Patrias event

    Celebrate Independence for Mexico and Central American countries, including Belize, Honduras and Guatemala at Fiestas Patrias, a free event for all ages from 2 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11,at the Greenbelt Forest Preserve in North Chicago. Enjoy music and dance performances, contests and children’s activities.

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    Visitors browse the juried art during a previous Art Affair Around the Square event.

    Art fair, History Crawl set for Palatine

    The Palatine/Inverness Arts Council will present a public artist reception and show preview to its annual juried art fair, “An Art Affair Around the Square,” from 6:30-9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9, hosted by The Music Room, 26 North Brockway, in downtown Palatine.

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    Chicago public school attendance at four-year high

    Chicago Public Schools officials report first day attendance reached a four year high of 94.7 percent, up from 92.9 percent last year.

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    Inline skating rink reopens at Naperville park

    A renovated inline skating rink and refurbished basketball courts have reopened at the DuPage River Sports Complex, 2807 S. Washington St., Naperville Park District officials said.

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    Groundbreaking today at Carol Stream’s McCaslin Park

    Carol Stream Park District will break ground today on a $3.5 million project to improve McCaslin Park near North Avenue and St. Charles Road. It's the first major project to be funded with proceeds from a $37 million referendum proposal that taxpayers approved last year.

Sports

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    Amanda Petro, here embracing teammate Christine Rovani, has made quite a splash in Hersey’s swimming program. Just starting her junior year, she already holds six team records.

    Petro spins remarkable record effort for Hersey

    Hersey junior Amanda Petro is rewriting the girls swimming school record book and shows no signs of slowing after already completing two very successful seasons.

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    Football: Scouting Week 3, Northwest
    Previewing Week 3 of high school football for the Mid-Suburban League, Maine West, St. Viator, Leyden and Christian Liberty.

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    Scouting this week’s DuPage County football games
    Previews of some of this weekend's best football games for DuPage County.

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    DVC off balance after mediocre nonconference showing

    It's a little early for DuPage Valley Conference football teams to push the panic button. Don't be surprised, though, if some of its football teams have it on standby.

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    Technology changing the way teams watch film

    Put 14 high school football coaches in the same room and it would be a minor miracle if they could all agree on where to buy lunch let alone agree to a major change in the way they prepare their respective teams for Friday nights

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    Grant coach Kurt Rous remembers that 9/11 meant the cancellation of a practice that week, but also the enduring practice of having an American flag sticker affixed to the players’ helmets.

    A decade later, we remember the silence

    Everyone remembers the high school sports setting 10 years ago, when prep football games helped Americans resume some normalcy in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. Lake County's coaches seem to have particularly crisp memories of that week and the subsequent games.

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    Bob LeGere's NFL picks for Week 1

    WEEK ONESUNDAY-1 RAVENS 19, Steelers 13-2 ½ Falcons 23, BEARS 16-7 BROWNS 20, Bengals 10-9 TEXANS 24, Colts 20+1 Titans 23, JAGUARS 14- 6 ½ CHIEFS 27, Bills 17 -4 ½ Eagles 28, RAMS 14-1 BUCS 27, Lions 20 -8 CARDINALS 28, Panthers 23-9 CHARGERS 30, Vikings 17- 5 ½ 49ERS 31, Seahawks 24+3 REDSKINS 23, GIANTS 20 -4 ½ JETS 30, Cowboys 19MONDAY NIGHT-8 Patriots 30, DOLPHINS 20+3 Raiders 23, BRONCOS 21

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    Assocaited Press Heading into Sunday's home season opener against the Atlanta Falcons on Sept. 11, Roy Williams understands he's under scrutiny, that all eyes are on him. If he drops a pass, he figures he's going to hear about it.

    Williams says expectations should be high

    When it comes to confidence, wide receiver Roy Williams has an abundance, and he believes everyone else should have confidence in him as well. “Expectations should be high,” he said. “I want them high. Talk bad about me. I appreciate it. But if I do well, please write that you're sorry.”

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    Peyton Manning owners, fear not: How you can overcome disaster

    Fantasy football owners who own Peyton Manning need to do some quick patchwork to their team. And non-Manning owners can also take advantage of the situation if they are cunning enough. John Dietz gives advice that everyone can use with the Colts' QB possibly out for the season.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Girls volleyball/Lake County roundup

    Beth Arnold slammed a career-high 6 kills, Klaudia Basierak added five and Anna Basten registered four as Grayslake Central's girls volleyball team topped Woodstock 25-20, 25-19 in Fox Valley Fox Division play.

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

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    Paul Konerko, middle, celebrates with Gordon Beckham (15) and Juan Pierre (1) after hitting a grand slam during the White Sox’ 7-run seventh inning.

    White Sox’ Lillibridge done with broken hand

    Brent Lillibridge’s breakout season is over.The White Sox’ super utility man was hit by a pitch on the right hand in the seventh inning of Thursday night’s 8-1 win over the Cleveland Indians at U.S. Cellular Field, and he is out for the season.Lillibridge had a difficult time containing his emotions and tears after the game.“I was blessed to do so well and I just wanted to finish the season,” Lillibridge said. “It’s frustrating because we’re coming to the end of the season and I was getting a chance to play and do some damage.”Lillibridge made 18 starts in right field, 12 at first base, 8 in center field, 7 in left and 1 at second base.He hit 6 home runs in August and finishes the season with a .258 batting average, 13 home runs and 29 RBI.“He helped us a lot,” manager Ozzie Guillen said. “He helped make the club a lot better.”Morel goes deep: Brent Morel plays solid defense at third base for the White Sox, and he steadily has raised his average to .258 after batting just .203 in April.Moving forward, Morel needs to pick it up in two departments — power and patience.Heading into Thursday night’s game, Morel had just 3 home runs and 10 walks in 349 at-bats.Following the Sox’ win over the Indians at rainy U.S. Cellular Field, Morel has 5 homers.The 24-year-old infielder helped keep the first-place Tigers’ magic number at 12 with a solo home run in the third inning and a 3-run shot in the seventh.Paul Konerko followed Morel’s second home run with his 10th career grand slam, tying him with Robin Ventura for most in franchise history.Konerko is a proven home run hitter. Morel needs to start driving more balls over the fence because he plays a position that demands power.“The last couple of weeks, he’s swinging the bat a lot better,” manager Ozzie Guillen said of Morel. “The ball’s jumping off his bat right now.”Pierre milestone:Juan Pierre’s opposite-field single to left field in the third inning was the 2,000th hit of his career.Pierre became the 14th player to bag his 2,000th hit wearing a White Sox uniform. Paul Konerko accomplished the milestone Aug. 23.Before the game, Pierre downplayed the achievement.“It’s a big milestone, but I never put too much emphasis on it,” Pierre said. “Starting out a career, I was just grateful to be able to put on a major-league uniform. So to have that mark means you’ve been around a little bit and you’ve got some hits along the way.“Other than that, the bottom line is not too many people will remember it a year or two years from now. But definitely, just the work you put in, it’s pretty cool to get the accomplishment.”Thome tribute:Back with the Indians after being traded by the Minnesota Twins in an Aug. 25 waiver deal, Jim Thome was honored by the White Sox before Thursday night’s game at U.S. Cellular Field.Thome, on Aug. 15, became only the eighth player in history to hit 600 career home runs.“It’s kind of been a blur, to be honest,” he said. “There was the home run and then the trade, so nothing’s really sunken in yet. But it’s good to be back here. This is where I started and there are a lot of great memories.”Thome broke in with Cleveland in 1991 and stayed with the Indians until 2002.Staying alive:The White Sox realize it’s going to take a miracle to catch Detroit, which leads the AL Central by 8½ games with less than three weeks to play.“I’m not out until I’m out,” manager Ozzie Guillen said. “I say that over and over. As long as we are still there, I believe we are going to get there. We know we are in a very, very tough spot.”sgregor@dailyherald.com

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    Scouting Week 3 in the Tri-Cities
    A preview of Week 3 football games in the Tri-Cities area.

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    Minnesota Lynx guard Monica Wright drives hard against Sky guard Courtney Vandersloot. The Sky dropped the game against the Lynx, 78-69.

    Lynx power to win over Sky, 78-69

    Lindsay Whalen doesn't want to talk about who is the Minnesota Lynx's MVP or her candidacy league-wide. Her coach and teammates don't have the same reservations. They are willing to do the talking for her. Whalen had 20 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds, without committing a turnover and the Lynx beat the Sky 78-69 Thursday night.

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    Steady Spellman spurs Stevenson

    Windy conditions at White Deer Run didn’t faze Jack Spellman and his Stevenson golf teammates Thursday. Spellman earned medalist honors with a 2-over 38, leading the Patriots (158) to victory over both Vernon Hills (170) and Antioch (183).

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    Boys soccer / Lake County roundup

    Alex Brunnell scored twice and Brady Walsh earned the shutout as Warren topped Niles North 5-0 in nonconference boys soccer action in Niles on Thursday.

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    Scouting Week 3 Fox Valley football

    Scouting Week 3 football games involving Fox Valley area teams.

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    Fans should get accustomed to Colts quarterback Peyton Manning in street clothces. Manning, who has led the Colts to 11 playoff appearances, 11 double-digit winning seasons, eight division crowns, two AFC titles and a Super Bowl championship over the Bears, underwent surgery Thursday for the third time in 19 months to correct a neck injury.

    Colts QB Peyton Manning has another neck surgery

    Another neck surgery has put Peyton Manning back in rehab and left his status for the 2011 season in jeopardy. Manning underwent surgery for the third time in 19 months Thursday, a procedure that is likely to keep the four-time MVP out significantly longer than just Sunday’s season opener at Houston — the first game he will miss in 14 NFL seasons.

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    Green Bay Packers’ Aaron Rodgers reacts after James Starks ran for a touchdown during the first half Thursday night.

    Rodgers throws 3 TDs, Packers outlast Saints 42-34

    GREEN BAY, Wis. — Aaron Rodgers came out on top in a memorable opening-night duel with Drew Brees and the Green Bay Packers came up with a goal-line stand on the final play of the game to beat the New Orleans Saints 42-34 on Thursday night.Packers rookie Randall Cobb caught a touchdown from Rodgers and ran a kickoff back 108 yards for a score in the third quarter — tying an NFL record for the longest kickoff return in history.Rodgers threw for 312 yards and three touchdowns. Brees threw for 419 yards and three touchdowns, including a late touchdown to Jimmy Graham that cut the lead to 8 with 2:15 left.After a Green Bay punt, Brees marched the Saints to the Packers 9-yard line and spiked the ball with 3 seconds left. Green Bay’s A.J. Hawk was called for pass interference and the ball was placed at the 1.The Packers swarmed rookie Mark Ingram, and the game was over.

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    Sunday will be about more than the NFL

    On Sunday, we will remember one of the worst days in our country’s history, but we tend to forget that for each one of the thousands that died, there are family members and friends who suffer the agony of 10 years ago as if it occurred yesterday.

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    Paul Konerko, center, celebrates with Gordon Beckham and Juan Pierre after hitting a grand slam during the seventh inning.

    Morel, Konerko lead White Sox past Indians, 8-1

    Brent Morel hit two homers and Paul Konerko had a grand slam, lifting the Chicago White Sox to an 8-1 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Thursday night.Morel hit a solo shot off Indians starter David Huff (2-4) in the third and a three-run homer off Frank Herrmann in the seventh — both on the first pitch. It was Morel’s first career multi-homer game and his four RBIs were a career-high.Konerko’s 10th career grand slam tied Robin Ventura’s White Sox record and capped Chicago’s seven-run seventh.Gavin Floyd struck out four and held Cleveland to one run and five hits in 5 2-3 innings. Matt Thornton (1-4) retired all four batters he faced, striking out three.Huff gave up three runs and five hits in 6 1-3 innings, striking out five, as the Indians lost their fourth straight.Both clubs were recently swept by first-place Detroit, giving the Tigers a commanding lead in the AL Central and virtually reducing this weekend’s series into a battle for second place.Putting a further damper on a matchup that had lost its once-anticipated luster, a misty rain began to blow across the field during the top of the third and fell for much of the game.The small, subdued crowd at U.S. Cellular Field saved its biggest cheers for Cleveland’s Jim Thome, whose RBI single in the first scored Asdrubal Cabrera for the game’s first run.The White Sox honored Thome in a ceremony before the game in recognition of his 600th career homer, which he hit on Aug. 15. Thome, who played for Chicago from 2006 to 2009, also received a standing ovation before his first plate appearance.Morel tied the game with a homer to left-center in the bottom of third. Later in the inning, Juan Pierre singled for his 2,000th career hit, also earning a nice ovation as he tipped his cap. Pierre, 34, became the 268th big-leaguer to reach the milestone.Despite holding the Indians to one run, Floyd fell behind a number of hitters working from a slippery mound, running up his pitch count. At one point in the sixth, he requested that the field crew come out and apply sand around the pitching rubber.Floyd departed after throwing 112 pitches, giving way to Will Ohman, who got Thome on an inning-ending grounder with a runner on first.Huff pitched into the seventh, when he allowed a walk and a single to begin the inning. He struck out Tyler Flowers before giving way to Herrmann, whose first pitch Morel hammered into the left-field bleachers.Herrmann allowed a walk and a single before being replaced by Josh Judy, who hit Brent Lillibridge with a pitch and gave up Konerko’s grand slam. The White Sox scored seven runs on just four hits in the inning.NOTES: White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said that RF Carlos Quentin (sprained left shoulder) will likely return to the lineup over the weekend. ... Cleveland rookie 2B Jason Kipnis, a Northbrook, Ill., native, singled in his first big-league game in his hometown. He was injured the last time the Indians were in Chicago. ... Indians manager Manny Acta said 1B Matt LaPorta would likely be back with the club in the “next couple of days.” The former first-round pick was sent to Triple-A Columbus on Aug. 29 after struggling to a .238 average in 97 games. ... Cleveland’s Jeanmar Gomez will square off against Chicago’s Mark Buehrle on Friday. Buehrle allowed a season-high eight runs in his last outing.

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    Wins keep coming for Hamann, Prospect

    Prospect’s girls golf team earned its 45th straight Mid-Suburban League meet victory on Thursday and Jim Hamann needs only two more overall wins to reach 100 for his seven-year career as the Knights coach. Leading the way in a 162-184 triumph over Hersey was sophomore Noreen Caporusso, who fired an even-par 36 on the front nine of the Rob Roy Golf Course in Prospect Heights.

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    Boys soccer/Fox Valley roundup

    Erik Rodriguez tallied 2 goals and 3 assists to lead Larkin’s boys soccer team to a 5-1 win over Wheaton-Warrenville South Thursday night in the second round of the Pepsi Showdown.The No. 6 seed Royals (5-2-1) take on No. 3 seed Lyons Township Saturday at Lyons in the quarterfinals.Manny Aguilar, Tony Hernandez, and Tony Escamilla recorded the other 3 goals for the Royals Thursday while Santiago Guerrero recorded 10 saves in goal.Huntley 3, Hampshire 2 (OT): Niko Miholopolous found the back of the net twice, including the game-winner in overtime to propel the Red Raiders (5-1-2, 3-0) to 3-2 victory in this Fox Valley Conference game. Lucas Baker scored Huntley’s other goal while Ismael Morales and Andrew Obmalay recorded goals for the Whip-Purs. Whip-Purs’ goalie Bryan Contreras turned away 13 shots on goal and Austen Emery stopped 6 shots.Jacobs 2, Woodstock North 1: Mario Rako (assist) and Nick Larussa each recorded a goal to lead the Golden Eagles (4-3) to a 2-1 victory. Nick Matysik recorded 8 saves in goal.Crystal Lake South 6, Crystal Lake Central 0: Charlie Oliver (2 goals), Sam Murdock, Robert Albuquerque, Charlie Ruff, and Renato Albuquerque all scored for the Gators (5-2) in their 6-0 victory. Steve Follmer recorded 2 saves to preserve the shutout.Westminster Christian 3, Cornerstone 0: The Warriors (3-1-1, 1-0) were led by John Jannick, Collin Suds, and Josh Beachler as they all found the back of the net for a 3-0 victory. Sam Carani preserved the shutout with 7 saves.Geneva 3, South Elgin 1: Owen Bott scored the Storms’ (3-3-1, 0-2-1) lone goal in this 3-1 Upstate Eight Conference loss. Jarod Schieler and Tyler Shipon each recorded 4 saves for the Storm.Elgin 2, St. Charles East 0: For the first time in school history, the Maroons (5-2, 2-1) earned the 2-0 victory as they defeated Upstate Eight Conference foe St. Charles East. Sammy Escobar and Oscar Rodriguez each found the back of the net while Tony Benitez earned the shutout with 11 saves in goal.St. Edward 2, Guerin 0: Logan Johnson notched both goals and Joe French added an assist as they led the Green Wave (2-4-1, 1-1) to a 2-0 victory in Suburban Christian Conference action. Matt Hesch recorded 5 saves for the shutout.Dundee-Crown 7, Woodstock 0: Tony Meza (2 goals), Malik Washington, Eduardo Sanchez, Alejandro Garcia, Adolfo Sandoval (2 assists), and Ozvaldo Ramirez all contributed offensively as the Chargers (4-2) cruised to an easy 7-0 victory over Woodstock. Christian Martinez turned away 8 shots on goal for the shutout.Cary-Grove 4, Grayslake Central 0: Eric Wilde netted 2 goals while Aidan McCarthy and Kevin Wilde each added a goal to give the Trojans (5-1) a 4-0 non-conference victory. Tom Breen recorded 1 save in goal.Wheaton Academy 3, Streamwood 2: The Sabres (1-8-1) fell just short as they were defeated 3-2 by Wheaton Academy. Mario Rodriguez and Christian Rodriguez each recorded a goal while Nestor Ascencio tallied both assists. Jose Resendiz stopped 9 shots on goal.

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    Bees top Cougars, tie series

    BURLINGTON, Iowa — The Kane County Cougars grabbed an early 1-0 lead Thursday night but mustered just 1 hit after the third inning and eventually fell 5-1 to the Burlington Bees at Community Field in Game 2 of their playoff series.With the opening-round, best-of-three series even at one game apiece, both teams face a must-win situation in Friday night’s Game 3.Angel Franco gave the Cougars a quick 1-0 advantage Thursday when he homered off Josh Bowman in the third, but Bowman (1-0) retired his final 11 batters to get through 6 innings.Meanwhile Cougars starter Yordano Ventura had posted a pair of scoreless innings before running into trouble in the third. He faced eight batters and five straight reached at one point as the Bees took a 4-1 lead.Ventura (0-1) gave up 4 runs on 5 hits, walked one and struck out three in 3 innings. Antonio Cruz tossed 3 scoreless relief innings with 5 strikeouts, and Edwin Carl yielded a run in the eighth.In addition to Franco’s homer, the only other Cougars hits were a first-inning single by Brett Eibner and a ninth-inning single by Cheslor Cuthbert.

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    Roger Federer reacts Thursday as he wins the first set against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the quarterfinals at the U.S. Open tennis tournament.

    Roddick’s court unplayable; final moved to Monday

    NEW YORK — At one point, Andy Roddick looked up and saw a fan scaling a chain-link fence behind tiny Court 13, hoping to catch a peek of the 2003 U.S. Open champion’s victory Thursday.At another point, a baby’s loud cries provided a distraction at the 584-seat venue.“At least,” Roddick deadpanned later, “there wasn’t a baby crying on the fence.”It was that sort of day at this most unusual U.S. Open.Rain finally gave way to sun in the morning, but chaos still managed to reign. A crack near a baseline in the tournament’s second-biggest stadium let water seep through, halting Roddick’s already twice-delayed match against David Ferrer until they were moved to a court often used by juniors.And because of showers earlier this week, the U.S. Tennis Association extended the tournament, delaying the men’s final by 24 hours to Monday at 4 p.m. EDT. The women’s final was shifted from Saturday night to Sunday at 4 p.m.Amid all of Thursday’s goings-on — which also included complaints about the schedule both before and after it was changed; talk by Roddick and others about forming a union; and treatment by a trainer for both No. 1 Novak Djokovic and his opponent, who eventually quit, then apologized to Djokovic — at least there was plenty of tennis played, quite a change from Tuesday’s total washout and Wednesday’s 15 minutes of action.Roddick, defending champion Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and John Isner all won to reach the quarterfinals. On the other side of the men’s draw, Djokovic and Roger Federer set up a semifinal showdown; it’s the fifth consecutive year they’ll meet at the U.S. Open and a rematch from this year’s French Open, where Federer handed Djokovic one of his two losses in 2011. Serena Williams, Caroline Wozniacki, Sam Stosur and Angelique Kerber filled the four spots in the women’s semifinals.Given the delays, the 21st-seeded Roddick was eager to get going against the fifth-seeded Ferrer somewhere — anywhere, really.They got in less than 10 minutes Thursday before Roddick pointed out a damp spot in Louis Armstrong Stadium that made it too dangerous to play. He and Ferrer headed back to the locker room while workers spent an hour trying to dry the area. At 12:30 p.m., the players returned with tournament referee Brian Earley to inspect the area.Roddick pointed out that the spot still was wet and said to Earley, “Can you tell us why you brought us out here? ... How hard is it to not see water? ... What are we doing here?”As he walked to the sideline, Roddick shook his head and said: “I’m baffled right now. Absolutely baffled.” He shoved his racket in his bag and walked off the court, as some fans jeered.Roddick, Ferrer and Earley then spoke in a hallway of 10,103-seat Armstrong stadium.“Put us on 13. Thirteen’s open. Let’s go play. I don’t care where we play,” Roddick said.Within minutes, the decision was made to switch courts, sending fans running and pushing their ways over to the metal bleachers at Court 13, and the match eventually resumed a little before 1 p.m.Not much more than two hours later, Roddick was high-fiving front-row spectators after wrapping up his 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 victory.He hadn’t played anywhere at Flushing Meadows other than the main court, Arthur Ashe Stadium, since 2002, a run of 39 consecutive U.S. Open matches there.On Thursday, he found himself on a court where he last played singles in 1999, losing a first-round junior match.“I didn’t think Court 13 was in my future. ... But extenuating circumstances, I guess,” Roddick said.“I thought the atmosphere was great. People packed in,” added Roddick, who will play Nadal next. “I’d rather play a smaller court and have it packed, than playing a bigger court and have it a quarter full.”

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    West Aurora’s Lauren Wilson winds up for a spike over to Naperville Central’s Nikki Connors and Maddie Slambekos in the first game on Thursday, September 8.

    West Aurora sweeps Naperville C.

    West Aurora junior Lauren Carlini and her improved supporting cast went on a 20-7 run to close Game 1, then led for most of the second game for a 26-24, 25-17 victory over the Naperville Central volleyball team.

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    Schaumburg grabs MSL lead

    With its 3-2 boys soccer victory at home Thursday night, Schaumburg (5-1-0, 4-0-0) finds itself clear of all others in the Mid-Suburban League and leading the MSL West following a come-from-behind win over visiting Hoffman Estates.

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    Peterson paces Barrington’s big day

    Barrington senior Erik Peterson powered a strong attack at Thursday’s Hoffman Estates’ quad, leading the Broncos to an 18-39 MSL crossover victory against Wheeling and a 16-42 MSL West victory over host Hoffman at Barrington Pond. Hersey also captured a pair of close victories, defeating Hoffman Estates 24-31 and Wheeling 25-30.

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    DeKalb holds off Geneva

    Geneva ran out of options against DeKalb senior standout Emily Bemis.The Barbs’ Arizona-bound outside hitter had the last of her match-high 15 kills to close out the tiebreaker between the former league rivals as DeKalb outlasted the Vikings 25-23, 20-25 and 25-21 in a non-conference girls volleyball battle Thursday night in Geneva.

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    Girls volleyball/Fox Valley roundup

    Jacobs d. McHenry: Alyssa Ehrhardt had 11 kills and 7 digs and Nikki Madoch 9 kills to lead Jacobs (7-2, 1-0) to a 25-21, 27-25 Fox Valley Conference Valley Division win. Taylor Lauder added 20 assists and 8 digs for the Golden Eagles.Cary-Grove d. Hampshire: Ashley Rosch had 7 kills, Jess Bartzyan 2 aces and 14 assists and Korey Kronforst 6 digs to lead Cary-Grove (8-0) to a 25-7, 25-19 Fox Valley crossover win over Hampshire.Metea Valley d. Streamwood: Hannah McGlone and Faustina Koszyk each had 2 kills and Liz Simonelli 18 digs but Streamwood (2-8) fell to Metea Valley 25-23, 25-14 in an Upstate Eight crossover.Westminster Christian d. IMSA: Claire Spiewek had 10 kills and 9 digs and Cary Tyrell added 4 kills to lead the Warriors to a 25-21, 25-15 nonconference win. Whitney Vanden Bos added 4 aces for Westminster (6-2).Prairie Ridge d. Dundee-Crown: Bebekah Hischke had 4 kills, Tess Barnes 8 assists and Cassie Sommers 8 digs for Dundee-Crown (1-3, 0-2) in its 25-17, 25-17 Fox Valley (Valley) loss to Prairie Ridge.

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    Huntley’s Amy Dion, left, Jaina Jackson and Ashley Smith celebrate after gaining a point against Crystal Lake South Thursday night.

    Huntley still undefeated

    It dropped. It curved. It knuckled. Samantha Boesch’s serve simply baffled Crystal Lake South all night long. Serving 5 aces to go along with 10 kills, Boesch keyed Huntley’s 25-16, 25-15 win over Crystal Lake South in Fox Valley Conference Valley Division play at South’s Gator Alley Thursday night.

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    Football / Scouting Lake County, Week 3

    A game-by-game preview of Week 3 of the high school football season in Lake County.

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    Tyra Palmer, a junior from Hoffman Estates, crosses the finish line in underlevel cross country at Barrington Thursday afternoon.

    Hoffman Estates’ Haleys set the pace

    Hoffman Estates offered a solid 1-2 punch in its Mid-Suburban League girls cross country quad on Thursday at Barrington Pond. Senior Haley Goers (18:31) and senior Haley Worman (18:41) went 1-2 to give the Hawks a 16-47 MSL crossover victory against Hersey and also a tough 29-30 West victory over Barrington.

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    Girls swimming / Scouting Northwest

    A team-by-team look at varsity high school girls swimming teams in Northwest suburban Cook County.

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    Urlacher says Briggs always ready to play

    Brian Urlacher says fellow Bears linebacker Lance Briggs deserves a new contract.

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    Jess Hartmann Batavia fires one past Taryn Bogda and Laura Quinlivan of Glenbard South during girls varsity volleyball in Glen Ellyn.

    Batavia trumps Glenbard South

    Batavia's Stephanie Kinane claims she isn't that great a server. Her coach begs to differ. Kinane was on Thursday, her two long service point runs carrying the Bulldogs past Glenbard South 25-15, 25-13 in Glen Ellyn.

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    Week 1: NFL capsules by Associated Press
    Sunday’s gamesAtlanta (13-3) at BEARS (11-5)Time: Sunday, noon, FoxLine: PickSeries: Tied 12-12Last meeting: Falcons beat Bears 21-14, Oct. 18, 2009Notes: Game matches reigning NFC South (Atlanta) and North (Chicago) champions. ... Atlanta came away with two close wins at home over Bears in recent years. In 2009, Michael Turner scored on 5-yard run with just over three minutes left and Bears drive stalled at Falcons 5, preserving 21-14 win. Bears blew opportunities, with Jay Cutler throwing an interception at Atlanta 9 and Matt Forte losing fumble at 1. ... In ‘08, Chicago’s Kyle Orton hit Rashied Davis with TD pass with 11 seconds left only to lose 22-20 on 48-yard FG by Jason Elam. ... Falcons’ 13 wins last season second-most in franchise history and gave them top seed in NFC; playoff run ended immediately in 48-21 loss to Green Bay. ... Atlanta led NFL in kickoff return average last season (26.5 yards). ... WR Roddy White set franchise records for catches (115) and yards receiving (1,389) while earning third consecutive Pro Bowl selection. ... Atlanta added No. 6 pick Julio Jones to mix at WR, giving Matt Ryan another big-play target. ... DE John Abraham fifth in NFL with 13 sacks last season. ... Turner led NFC with 1,371 yards rushing. Went to suburban North Chicago HS. ... Chicago 51-35-5 in season-openers and tied with Green Bay for most opening day wins. ... Bears attempted 258 rushing plays and 276 pass plays over final nine weeks last season. ... With 4,731 yards from scrimmage, Forte needs 33 to pass Curtis Conway for seventh on Bears’ list. ... LS Patrick Mannelly enters 14th season, tying club record with Doug Buffone (1966-79) and Hall of Famer Bill George (1952-65).Detroit (6-10) at Tampa Bay (10-6)Time: Sunday, noonLine: Buccaneers by 1Series: Lions lead 28-25Last meeting: Lions beat Buccaneers 23-20 in OT, Dec. 19, 2010Notes: Former NFC Central division rivals meet for second straight year at Raymond James Stadium, where Bucs have not played to full house since final home game of 2009 season. This will be ninth consecutive regular season game blacked out on local TV. ... Detroit’s Matthew Stafford and Tampa Bay’s Josh Freeman were two of first three quarterbacks selected in 2009 draft. Stafford was No. 1 overall pick and Freeman selected 17th. ... Stafford was injured and did not play when Lions rallied to beat Bucs 23-20 in OT last season. WR Calvin Johnson had 10 catches for 152 yards in win, which ended Detroit’s NFL-record 26-game road losing streak. ... Stafford had league’s highest QB rating (154.7) in preseason, and Lions scored NFL-high 114 points in four exhibitions. ... Freeman begins second season as full-time starter and has thrown a TD pass in club-record 13 consecutive games. He threw for 3,451 yards, 25 TDs and six interceptions in 2010, helping Bucs go from 3-13 finish two years ago to 10-6 last season. ... Tampa Bay RB LeGarrette Blount rushed for NFL rookie-best 1,007 yards, while Detroit’s Jahvid Best led all first-year players with 1,042 yards from scrimmage, including 555 rushing and 487 receiving. ... Bucs second-year receiver Mike Williams had 65 catches for 964 yards and 11 TDs as rookie. ... Bucs, who last year became first team since 1970 to start at least 10 rookies during non-strike season and finish with winning record, open with two more newcomers in starting roles - first-round draft pick DE Adrian Clayborn and third-round selection MLB Mason Foster. Philadelphia (10-6) at St. Louis (7-9)Time: Sunday, noonLine: Eagles by 4½Series: Tied 17-17-1Last meeting: Eagles beat Rams 38-3, Sept. 7, 2008

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    Grayslake North quarterback AJ Fish, here competing against Grayslake Central last fall, is helping the Knights’ no-huddle offense reach new heights this season.

    Same old song and dance? Not at Grayslake North

    Grayslake North football coach Steve Wood made a deal with the Knights' cheerleaders: He'll allow them to wear team jerseys if they teach the players the school fight song.

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    Conant football coach Bill Modelski is feeling better about his team’s 2-0 start this year.

    Conant likes this 2-0 start better

    Northwest suburban football notes, including a better feeling from Conant with its 2-0 start this year and the impressive running of healthy Palatine junior John Serio.

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    Pitching coach Don Cooper as new manager of the White Sox? Well, it would be interesting.

    Spellman’s Scorecard: Changes ahead for White Sox

    Can you imagine Don Cooper managing the White Sox?Not sure if he would even want the job or how well he’d handle it, but if charisma is a factor in the next managerial hire - assuminbg Ozzie Guillen isn't back next year - Coop would have to top the list.

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    Cubs scouting report
    Cubs scouting report

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    Ten years ago, Bob Brenly was the manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks when they played the New York Yankees in the World Series after the Sept. 11 attacks. A sense of pride overwhelmed him, Brenly said, when President George W. Bush threw out the first pitch for Game 3 at Yankee Stadium.

    Brenly recalls baseball's role after Sept. 11

    Ten years ago, current Cubs TV analyst Bob Brenly was managing the Arizona Diamondbacks on the way to a world championship. Then, the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 hit, and baseball was put on hold. Brenly talks about regrouping during tragic times for the country.

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    Antioch's Dan Arden

    Week 2 Football MVPs
    A look at the offensive and defensive Most Valuable Players in the area, selected by Daily Herald staff, for Week 2 of the high school football season.

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    Chicago Fire midfielder Logan Pause, here challenging Los Angeles Galaxy’s David Beckham, says the recent win streak has changed the team’s mood in the locker room and on the practice field. “Things are starting to click,” Pause said.

    Thanks to wins, MLS playoffs possible for Fire

    With eight MLS games remaining over the final six weeks of the season, the Fire needs to add to its two-game winning streak if it wants to make the playoffs. Here are three ways to do it.

Business

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    Jewel to sell all 27 of its gas stations

    SuperValu Inc., parent of Itasca-based Jewel-Osco, Thursday announced the sale of 107 fuel centers located in the Midwest and on the West Coast following the acceptance of four separate bids to purchase the centers.

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    Bank of England Resists Calls to Add More Monetary Stimulus

    Bank of England officials resisted calls to extend economic stimulus as they attempt to navigate a path between accelerating inflation and a faltering recovery.The nine-member Monetary Policy Committee, led by Mervyn King, maintained the target of its bond program at 200 billion pounds ($319 billion), a move forecast by all but one of 41 economists in a Bloomberg News survey. It also held the benchmark interest rate at a record-low 0.5 percent today, as predicted by all 57 economists in a separate poll. The pound rose against the dollar after the announcement.Central banks are refocusing on bolstering growth, with the Bank of Canada saying yesterday there is a “diminished” need for it to raise rates and Sweden’s Riksbank abandoning a planned tightening. While two U.K. policy makers who were calling for rate increases dropped that position last month, the Bank of England may be reluctant to do more so-called quantitative easing with inflation more than double its target.“With inflation elevated and expected to rise further, the bar is relatively high to start another round of asset purchases,” said Joost Beaumont, an economist at ABN Amro Bank NV in Amsterdam. “I think they want to wait for more incoming data before making a real decision to do more QE.”Stimulus CallsThe U.K. Institute of Directors said today the bank should expand its asset-purchase plan by 50 billion pounds to prevent the economy slipping back into a recession after reports showed manufacturing and services weakened in August. The British Chambers of Commerce is also pressuring the central bank to do more to help the economy, saying there are “arguments” for additional stimulus.The pound rose as much as 0.4 percent against the dollar after the central bank’s decision. It traded at $1.6039 as of 12:10 p.m. in London after earlier falling to $1.5913, the weakest level since July 13.The central bank will publish minutes of today’s policy meeting Sept. 21. Beaumont said they will show “the discussion has become more intense whether to do more QE or not.”Morgan Stanley said yesterday that the Bank of England, European Central Bank, Federal Reserve and Bank of Japan may take concerted action to tackle weak growth and falling equity prices as soon as this week’s Group of Seven nations meeting.“The negative feedback loop between weak growth and soggy asset markets makes a coordinated monetary policy easing move more likely,” economists including Joachim Fels said in a research note.ECB DecisionThe ECB will hold its benchmark at 1.5 percent when it announces its policy decision at 1:45 p.m. in Frankfurt, according to all 57 economists in a Bloomberg survey. President Jean-Claude Trichet will speak 45 minutes later.Since the MPC’s August meeting, when some members said there was a case for more stimulus, global stocks have fallen amid fears of a renewed recession. Yields on the debt of Spain and Italy have soared as European leaders failed to restore investor confidence in their ability to end the region’s debt crisis.Chicago Fed President Charles Evans said yesterday the U.S. central bank should consider adding “very significant amounts of policy accommodation.” Chairman Ben S. Bernanke is due to speak on the economy today and President Barack Obama will address Congress on jobs.Growth SlowsIn the U.K., economic growth slowed to 0.2 percent in the three months through August, the National Institute of Economic and Social Research said yesterday, while the cost of insuring British bank debt has risen to levels seen in September 2008, when Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. collapsed.

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    Which is top dog — Oscar Meyer wieners, a Kraft product, left, or Ball Park franks, a Sara Lee Corp. product? A court battle on the question has ended in a truce.

    Chicago hot dog war ends in truce

    Sara Lee and Kraft Foods both alleged the other exaggerated claims about making the best hot dogs. The sides announced Thursday they settled out of court nearly a month after their civil trial began. Sara Lee spokesman Mike Cummins says the terms are confidential, but neither side paid money to the other.

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    Walmart’s layaway will kick off Oct. 17 and run through Dec. 16, but the company said it may extend the option throughout the year if the program is successful.

    Walmart to offer layaway option this Christmas

    Walmart announced Friday that it will offer a Christmas layaway program for electronics and toys. Available at all stores nationwide, the program will kick off on Oct. 17 and run through Dec. 16, Walmart announced the news to its nearly 9 million Facebook fans, many whom have expressed interest in layaway service. “We’re always looking for ways to ease budget strain for our customers, and we know this holiday season in particular brings with it additional financial pressure,” said Duncan Mac Naughton, chief merchandising officer. Walmart’s Christmas layaway program will enable customers to make payments when they want and for how much they want on gifts. Toy and electronic gifts with a retail price of $15 or more will be eligible,Layaway payments can be made at any register. Putting an item on layaway and picking up layaway orders is done at the Walmart.com counter in the majority of stores.  Pick up hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. local time.  Layaway orders and pick up will not be accepted on the day after Thanksgiving.For more information on Walmart’s Christmas layaway program, visit www.walmart.com/Layaway.

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    The new Motorola Mobility Bionic started selling in stores and online on Thursday via Verizon Wireless.

    Moto’s Bionic combines faster speed, 4G Verizon network

    Libertyville-based Motorola Mobility on Thursday launched its Bionic smartphone in stores and online at a hefty $299.99 with a 2-year contract on Verizon Wireless. Sorry, no rebate this time. Yet it’s the first 4G LTE, known has Long Term Evolution, device that’s powered by a dual-core 1 gigahertz processor.

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    Twitter expanding the number of ads shown to users

    SAN FRANCISCO — If you’re on Twitter, expect to see more ads flowing through your stream of tweets in the next few months.The ads will show up even if the promotion is from a company that a person hasn’t chosen to follow. Until now, Twitter had only displayed ads that users were tracking.As has been the case since Twitter began showing ads last year, the promotions must comply with the online messaging service’s 140-character limit.The ad expansion marks a major step in Twitter’s attempt to make more money from its more than 100 million actively users. Twitter says the audience is now sending about 230 million tweets a day.Twitter CEO Dick Costolo told reporters that the 5-year-old company still hasn’t set a timetable to go public.

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    Frank M. Clark

    ComEd Chairman, CEO Clark to retire
    Frank M. Clark, chairman and CEO of ComEd, announced Thursday he will retire from the company upon the closing of parent company Exelon's acquisition of Constellation Energy, which is expected to occur in the first quarter of 2012.

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    NorthShore names Bailes to head Neurological Institute

    NorthShore University HealthSystem has named Julian E. Bailes, M.D., chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery and co-director of the NorthShore Neurological Institute.

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    Survey: In-flight Wi-Fi important to business travelers

    According to a recent study, one in five Gogo users say they’ve switched from their preferred airline to be on a flight equipped with in-flight Internet.

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    Airline debit-card fees being investigated by u.K. Regulator

    Britain’s Office of Fair Trading opened a formal probe into airlines that ignored a request to increase transparency of the fees they charge for using debit and credit cards to buy tickets online.The OFT requested information about surcharge practices from “a number of airlines” to determine whether they’re complying with consumer protection legislation, the London-based competition watchdog said on its website today.The probe was opened in response to a complaint filed with the OFT in March by Which?, a U.K. consumer-rights group that singled out retailers, taxi services and low-cost airlines such as Ryanair Holdings Plc. The association argued that many fees exceed the cost of processing card payments.“Since Ryanair don’t levy either credit card or debit card fees, we do not believe that this investigation or its outcome will have any effect on us,” the Dublin-based airline said today in an e-mailed statement.The OFT said in June, following an informal probe of the practice, that debit-card fees should be included in the posted prices of airline tickets and credit-card fees should be more transparent. The formal probe involves airlines that haven’t met those minimum requirements.12-Pound ‘Administration Fee’Ryanair, which charges 12 pounds ($19.30) for using a debit card to buy a return ticket online, calls the levies “administration fees.” The airline says they cover costs for its booking system, not just payment processing, and can be avoided by using a pre-paid MasterCard instead of a regular credit or debit card.U.K. consumers spent 300 million pounds in 2009 on such charges, the OFT has said. If companies involved in such probes don’t offer concessions, the regulator can take the dispute to court, where judges can impose unlimited fines.The investigation is part of the regulator’s “intention to tackle those individual retailers whose practices it considers are causing significant consumer detriment,” according to the OFT website.

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    China fails to meet wen pledge on market access

    The European Union Chamber of Commerce in China said discriminatory laws and regulations still stymie its members from participating in the world’s second- biggest economy.China’s government hasn’t lived up to Premier Wen Jiabao’s pledge last year that foreign companies would receive equal treatment, the business grouping said in a 338-page report released today.“Despite these welcome and promising words, they do not reflect daily operations,” the chamber said. “There remains a prevalence of long-standing market access barriers, laws and regulations that unambiguously discriminate against foreign companies, as well as the biased and subjective implementation of laws and regulations.”China’s aim to move from investment-led growth to an economy driven more by consumption is at risk unless it builds on policies initiated a decade go as the country was entering the World Trade Organization, said Davide Cucino, the chamber’s president. “Further opening of the market to both domestic private industry and foreign-invested enterprises is necessary to give play to sustainable driving forces,” the report said.Carmakers must take a Chinese partner and are limited to a 50 percent stake in their ventures, while telecommunication companies are effectively shut out from the world’s biggest mobile phone market, the report said. Foreign banks’ ownership of domestic financial firms is capped at 20 percent, and overseas wind-turbine makers must tie-up with local rivals on the grounds of “national security,” it said.VW, HSBCThe EU is home to some of the biggest foreign firms doing business in China, including German carmaker Volkswagen AG, Munich-based engineering company Siemens AG, London-based HSBC Holdings Plc, and Danish windmill-maker Vestas Wind Systems A/S.China’s government had made progress in several areas that were important to the business group, Cucino said. These included stopping the implementation of rules that may have blocked foreign companies from government procurement contracts and the repeal of a domestic subsidy for wind turbines.Discriminatory rules also haven’t stopped European companies from boosting sales and profit in China. A May report by the EU chamber found 78 percent of companies surveyed said they had a “significant rise” in China sales last year, compared to 50 percent in 2009. Seventy-one percent said they reported higher profit in China last year, up from 43 percent in 2009, according to the poll of 598 EU companies doing business in China.“They are not treated equally compared with their competitors but still they are willing to be here,” Cucino said yesterday.

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    Builders work at a home site in Media, Pa. Fixed mortgage rates fell this week to the lowest levels in six decades.

    Mortgage rates in U.S. fall to record low

    U.S. mortgage rates tumbled to the lowest in at least four decades as stagnant job growth and concern that Europe’s debt crisis is deepening drove investors to the relative safety of government bonds.The average rate for a 30-year fixed loan dropped to 4.12 percent in the week ended today from 4.22 percent, Freddie Mac said in a statement today. That’s the lowest in the McLean, Virginia-based company’s records dating back to 1971. The average 15-year rate fell to 3.33 percent from 3.39 percent.Yields on 10-year Treasury bonds, a benchmark for consumer loans including mortgages, touched an all-time low Sept. 6 on signs that the U.S. economic recovery has stalled and the euro region is struggling to contain its debt burden. Low borrowing costs have done little to lift the housing market as the unemployment rate sticks above 9 percent. No new jobs were added in August, the Labor Department said last week.“Homebuyers are not responding to these record-low interest rates,” said Patrick Newport, an economist at IHS Global Insight in Lexington, Massachusetts. “The reason interest rates are dropping recently is that the outlook for the economy has gotten weaker. A smart person would be very careful about buying a home unless he thinks his job is very secure.”The previous low for a 30-year fixed mortgage was 4.15 percent for the week that ended Aug. 18. Data from the National Bureau of Economic Research measuring Federal Housing Administration loans indicate that long-term borrowing costs are the lowest since the 1950s, according to Chad Wandler, a spokesman for Freddie Mac.Applications DeclineMortgage applications dropped 4.9 percent in the week ended Sept. 2, the Mortgage Bankers Association said yesterday. The Washington-based group’s refinancing index fell 6.3 percent while the purchase gauge rose 0.2 percent, a second straight gain after falling to the lowest level since December 1996.The number of contracts to purchase previously owned homes in July fell 1.3 percent, the first decline in three months, the National Association of Realtors said Aug. 29.“The housing market remains challenging primarily due to uncertainty caused by general domestic economic and political concerns, stock market volatility and turbulent international economic conditions,” Ara K. Hovnanian, chairman and chief executive officer of homebuilder Hovnanian Enterprises Inc., said in a statement yesterday. “We see very few indicators that any recovery in the housing market has begun.”Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac’s larger rival, found in a survey that 78 percent of Americans said the economy is on the wrong track in August, up from 70 percent the previous month. Twenty- two percent of respondents said they expect their financial condition to worsen in the next year, up from 20 percent in July, according to a report released today by the mortgage- finance company.Twenty-seven percent of respondents expect home prices to decline in the next year, the largest share in the monthly survey since August 2010. While 69 percent said it was a good time to buy a home, only 9 percent said it was a good time to sell.Fannie Mae polled 1,001 Americans in telephone interviews from Aug. 2 to Aug. 25.

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    Milberg founder weiss seeks dismissal of Madoff trustee suit

    Melvyn Weiss, former co-founding partner of the law firm Milberg LLP, said he would seek dismissal of a lawsuit by the trustee for Bernard L. Madoff’s defunct firm that demands return of money withdrawn from the Ponzi scheme over 15 years.“The trustee’s claims violate the statutory ‘look back’ periods limiting avoidance to six years prior to the filing date for state law,” Weiss said yesterday in a filing in U.S. District Court in Manhattan.Trustee Irving Picard’s lawsuit last year against Weiss and his family never alleged they had actual knowledge of the fraud, according to Weiss. That sets it apart from 19 suits in which Picard claimed defendants knew or should have known of Madoff’s conduct and sought to recoup funds withdrawn beyond the six-year limit, he said.Weiss asked the judge to remove the case from bankruptcy court, saying it raised a “novel issue” and federal law questions that require a district judge’s ruling.Weiss and ex-partner David Bershad pleaded guilty to racketeering charges over a client-kickback scheme and left the law firm.Madoff, 73, is in a federal prison in North Carolina, serving a 150-year sentence for the fraud.Amanda Remus, a Picard spokeswoman, didn’t immediately respond to an e-mail seeking comment.The case is Picard v. M&B Weiss Family Limited Partnership, 10-04241, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of New York (Manhattan).

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    US stock futures drop after jobs data

    U.S. stock futures fell Thursday after a report showed that more workers joined the unemployment lines last week.

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    Russian August New Car Sales Increase 32% as Growth Stabilizes c.2011 Bloomberg News

    Sept. 8 (Bloomberg) -- Russian new car and light commercialvehicle sales increased 32 percent to 224,764 units in August from a year earlier, with growth likely to stabilize at about that level this year, the Association of European Businesses said today in an e-mailed statement.To contact the editor responsible for this story: Torrey Clark at tclark8bloomberg.net

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    A Smithfield ham at a grocery store in Richardson, Texas. Smithfield Foods Inc.’s fiscal first-quarter net income rose 8 percent, as the world’s biggest hog producer charged higher prices and sold more packaged meats. Associated Press

    Higher prices push Smithfield Foods 1Q profit up

    SMITHFIELD, Va. — Smithfield Foods Inc.’s fiscal first-quarter net income rose 8 percent, as the world’s biggest hog producer charged higher prices and sold more packaged meats.The Smithfield, Va., company, whose brands include Armour, Farmland and its namesake, also cautioned Thursday that high feed costs will remain a problem but that fiscal 2012 should be “another very good year.” Its stock gained 64 cents, or 2.9 percent, to $22.76 in premarket trading.Smithfield earned $82.1 million, or 49 cents per share, for the three months ended July 31. That’s up from $76.3 million, or 46 cents per share, a year earlier.Removing a charge tied to a lawsuit and other items, earnings were 69 cents per share.This topped the 68 cents per share that analysts polled by FactSet expected.Revenue increased 7 percent to $3.09 billion from $2.9 billion, but missed Wall Street’s $3.14 billion.Sales of both fresh pork and packaged meats climbed, with international sales also rising. Smithfield said the average unit selling prices for its packaged meats rose 8 percent.Demand for pork appears to be picking up, giving Smithfield the opportunity to pass on the higher costs it had been paying for corn and soybeans to feed its hogs by raising its prices.President and CEO C. Larry Pope said in a statement that the company posted higher sales volume in its 12 core brands in the quarter, which include Cook’s, Kretschmar and Curly’s. Smithfield’s Armour LunchMakers, Curly’s Tub BBQ, Eckrich hotdogs and smoked sausage, Kretschmar deli, and Smithfield marinated product lines also did well.Looking at next year, Pope said the company anticipates that its packaged meat sales volume will increase 3 percent.“Fiscal 2012 is off to a great start with strong earnings growth, and we expect this year to be another very good year for the company,” he said.

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    Spanish teachers back to school in a grumpy mood

    MADRID — The mood in Spain’s classrooms is gloomy as the academic year begins with public school teachers announcing a wave of national rallies Thursday to protest against spending cuts they fear will undermine education in a country with a 45 percent youth jobless rate.Education becomes yet another battlefront between between unions and government officials as the country grapples with an economic crisis marked by big deficits, the rising cost of debt and anemic economic growth levels. The immediate spark of Spanish teachers’ ire are new rules in some regions making them spend a few extra hours actually teaching class, because authorities are hiring fewer backup, auxiliary teachers — a reported 3,000 in the Madrid region alone.In Spain, education is largely run by regional governments, many of which are heavily in debt.The Madrid regional government, for instance, which is run by conservatives, hopes to save (euro) 80 million ($112 million). It wants its secondary school teachers to teach 20 hours of class instead of 18. Their full work week is 37.5 hours.Teachers say the austerity there and in other regions will mean bigger class sizes and less face-to-face time with students, and the outcome will be poorer education in a country eager to match the achievements of countries like France and Germany.“Today’s cuts are tomorrow’s poor quality education,” said Eliseo Moreno, a teacher and union leader. “Not tomorrow itself, or 2013 or 2014, but in 2020 and 2021. What we do wrong today will be paid back to us then in an even worse way.”Moreno was speaking after reeling off a laundry list of discouraging statistics about Spain, such as its roughly 30 percent school dropout rate and a stunning unemployment rate among people under age 25.Moreno and other union leaders announced strikes and/or demonstrations on Sept. 14 and 20 and Oct. 22, mainly in secondary schools. The first day of school in Madrid for such public schools is Sept. 14. An outright strike there has been called there for that day.The appeal came a day after thousands of teachers, parents and students marched through Madrid night to protest the personnel cuts.“Education is priceless,” one banner read.Olga Gonzalez, a literature teacher in a school outside Madrid, said the planned changes mean she will have no time to run the school’s student literary magazine.“The 20-hour thing is the least of it. We do not want fewer hours, but rather more people. The ones they have taken away from us,” she told the newspaper El Pais.

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    US, rich nations need to support growth, OECD says

    PARIS — The U.S. and rich nations in Europe need to take action to shore up confidence in their economies as their recoveries are set to stagnate or go into reverse, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said Thursday.The Paris-based watchdog for the world’s most developed economies slashed its forecast for growth in the U.S. and the eurozone this year due to government belt-tightening and falling consumer and business confidence.The agency’s head economist said governments need to take urgent steps to restore confidence and break the vicious circle in which they are trapped.The U.S. will grow by only 1.4 percent this year, the OECD said, down sharply from a forecast of 2.6 percent only three months ago. The combined economies of Germany, France and Italy, the three largest members of the eurozone, will grow by under 1 percent this year, less than half the OECD’s May forecast of 2 percent growth.“This is quite a downward revision,” OECD Chief Economist Pier Carlo Padoan told the Associated Press. “I would say the risk of having some negative growth figures as we go forward is much higher today (than in May).”As a result, he said there was space for looser monetary policy — either by cutting interest rates or using tools such as the Federal Reserve’s program to buy bonds to stimulate the economy. If needed, he suggested governments with credible debt reduction plans could temporarily boost spending.In its update to the twice-yearly economic outlook report, the OECD forecast the U.S. economy will grow at only a 0.4 percent annualized rate in the fourth quarter, while in Europe, the three largest economies in the eurozone will contract by 0.4 percent in that period.The OECD nevertheless said that “a downturn of the magnitude of 2008/2009 is not foreseen.”The interim update to the agency’s last Economic Outlook in May comes one day before financial leaders from seven of the world’s most developed economies meet in Marseille for talks on how to respond to growing threats to the economic recovery.Padoan said that the steep cut to the U.S. outlook was caused by stagnating employment and a more severe pull back by over-indebted consumers than the OECD had forecast.“The two things are not conducive to stronger confidence,” Padoan said. “It’s an interaction of factors which we think has kicked in because there was no visible progress.”“You have to break a viscious circle in a way,” Padoan said.

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    Coca-Cola blocks investment in France over new tax
    Associated PressPARIS — Coca-Cola has suspended plans for a (euro) 17 million ($24 million) investment in France to protest a tax on sugary sodas that’s part of an austerity budget aimed at shrinking the country’s huge debts.Tristan Faradet, head of Coca-Cola Enterprise, which markets the company’s drinks in France, says the investment in the factory in Pennes-Mirabeau in southern France is on hold pending parliament’s debate on the tax.Faradet says Coca-Cola is ready to participate in austerity efforts but that the tax is unfair because it targets drinks that are “not harmful to health.”The government says the tax will raise (euro) 120 million. It’s part of a multibillion package of spending cuts and tax increases.The lower house of parliament adopted the bill Wednesday. It heads to a Senate vote Thursday.

Life & Entertainment

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    Led Zeppelin tribute band Kashmir headlines Viper Alley in Lincolnshire at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10.

    Music events: Kashmir gets the Led out at Viper Alley

    If you're in a Beatles or Led Zeppelin mood this weekend, Lincolnshire's Viper Alley has the shows for you. American English, a popular Beatles tribute band, headlines Friday, and Kashmir, a Led Zeppelin tribute band, plays Saturday at the suburban club. Stop by and take a trip down memory lane!

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    Chaz Bono, right, and Lacey Schwimmer practice dance steps Wednesday while rehearsing for the upcoming season of ABC's “Dancing of the Stars,” which premieres Sept. 19. Bono says he's focusing on dancing instead of the controversy surrounding his casting on the show.

    Chaz Bono ignores controversy, focuses on dance

    Chaz Bono isn't thinking about the controversy surrounding his casting on “Dancing With the Stars.” He says he's been flooded with fan support and is focused on the cha-cha instead.

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    Local theater: ‘Fantasticks' revival

    Steel Beam Theatre in St. Charles revives “The Fantasticks,” a fairy tale love story shot through with a dose of harsh reality and accompanied by a jazzy score.

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    Kris Jenner hopes to bring a bit of her own personality to “The Talk” when she guest co-hosts the show this fall.

    Kris Jenner to guest co-host on ‘The Talk'

    Soon, the Kardashian sisters are going to have a hard time keeping up with their mom, Kris Jenner. She already appears on the E! reality show “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” and manages the careers of her daughters Khloe, Kourtney and Kim. Now she is set to serve as a guest co-host on CBS' daytime show “The Talk” this fall.

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    Associated Press File Photo Mary Tyler Moore will be honored with the Screen Actors Guild life achievement award at the 18th annual Awards, which will be held Jan. 29.

    Mary Tyler Moore to receive SAG achievement award

    The Screen Actors Guild announced Thursday that Mary Tyler Moore will be honored with the SAG life achievement award at the 18th annual SAG Awards, which will be held Jan. 29 in Los Angeles.

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    The first step to forging a good relationship with your child's teacher is to introduce yourself. Get to know them before issues arise.

    School checklist: Get to know your child's teacher

    Gathering school supplies is only part of a parent's annual chore at the beginning of the school year. Establishing a rapport with your child's teacher is, by far the greater task. Want to start the year off right? Here, local educators share a few tips that are certain to help you establish a solid, working relationship with your child's classroom instructors.

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    ‘American Idiot' among Broadway in Chicago's 2012 offerings

    Broadway in Chicago announced its 2012 season which includes "The Book of Mormon," a Tony winner that could have a lengthy stay and Green Day's "American Idiot." Also returning: "Jersey Boys," "South Pacific," "Mama Mia!" and "Cats" among others.

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    Bill Zars For a simple snack to share with friends, try these Mini Cheese Dogs with Chili Dip.

    Pantry raid turns into a satisfying snack for two hungry boys

    One day when I had a friend at my house, I wanted mini hot dogs, but we didn't have any in the freezer. So we decided to make our own.

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    Paloma (Garance Le Guillermic) observes the adults around her in “The Hedgehog.”

    'The Hedgehog' elegant in its message

    "The Hedgehog" tells the tale of a mother and daughter living a frumpy existence until someone comes in and changes their lives. Dann also finishes up his chat with Patty Duke before her upcoming appearance at the Arcada Theater in St. Charles.

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    Actress Reese Witherspoon was hit by a car in Santa Monica, Calif., and was treated for minor injuries at a local hospital.

    Reese Witherspoon hit by car during jog in Calif.

    Actress Reese Witherspoon was struck by a car while jogging near Los Angeles on Wednesday morning and suffered minor injuries. Santa Monica police Sgt. Richard Lewis says the Oscar-winning actress was hit by a car driven by an 84-year-old woman.

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    Breakfast for dinner -- yum!

    A quick scramble for a long day

    Some nights when we get home after a long day we're just too tired to dive into preparing a big meal. That's how this recipe for Fresh Egg Scramble was born. Breakfast for dinner has long been a “Desperation” staple in my family. You can mix up the scramble any way you want, depending on what you have in the refrigerator.

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    Ex-Marine Tommy (Tom Hardy), left, and his ex-physics teacher brother Brendan (Joel Edgerton) face off for a $5 million mixed martial arts sports match in Gavin O'Connor's “Warrior.”

    Well-acted ‘Warrior' delivers emotional punch

    “Warrior” has been marketed as a thrilling mixed-martial arts battle between two estranged brothers, and it's every bit as tense and suspenseful as the greatest sports movies. But the true heart of “Warrior” lies in its authentic characters and the story's use of forgiveness as the only balm powerful enough to heal a broken family.

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    A Chinese faction kidnaps a World Health Organization doctor (Marion Cotillard) and tries to ransom her for a cure to an unstoppable disease in Steven Soderbergh's

    Locally shot ‘Contagion' infected by generic characters

    The killer disease thriller "Contagion" — partially filmed in Elgin — starts out oozing with viral paranoia before it slides into a tepid, disease-of-the-week made-for-TV movie with an Oscar-winning cast that includes among others Kate Winslet, Gwyneth Paltrow, Marion Cotillard and Jude Law.

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    Large-screen televisions and live music on Friday nights draw non-golfers to Porter's Pub in the Bowes Creek Country Club in Elgin.

    New menus, music draw more than just golfers to Porter's Pub

    The city of Elgin hired Carlucci Restaurant Group to take over Porter's Pub in May. Since then, the bar's food and drink menus have been transformed, elevating the spot from a convenient watering hole for Bowes Creek golfers, to a place worth visiting for anyone looking for good food, service and drinks.

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    “This Beautiful Life” by Helen Schulman

    Family ruined by Internet in ‘This Beautiful Life’

    As much as the Internet has become a fixture in our lives, we seem to just be waking up to its darkest capabilities. The Web isn’t just a tool that makes the world interconnected; it’s also something with a uniquely swift ability to destroy people. Author Helen Schulman serves up a searing example in her novel “This Beautiful Life,” about a family whose lives are destroyed from one email.

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    Suburban native Trevor Morgan, seated, stars in “Women are Crazy” at the Greenhouse Theater Center in Chicago.

    Suburban native jumps at ‘Crazy' role in Chicago

    Most people leave Woodfield Mall with a sweater or a pair of shoes. Actor Trevor Morgan, then living in Des Plaines, managed to pick up a career at age 5. From that point on, the world changed for Morgan, who lives in L.A. but is back in Chicago to star in Greenhouse Theater Center's production of “Women are Crazy.”

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    Why ‘tacky’ wedding really bothers sibling

    A 150-plus wedding, complete with fake flowers and low-budget invites, are planned for 22-year-old groom and pregnant bride. Why is his sister so upset?

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    Bill Zars Cheese dog with chili dip.

    Mini Cheese Dogs with Chili Dipping Sauce
    Mini Chili Cheese Dogs

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    Bill Zars Cheese dog with chili dip.

    Mini Cheese Dogs with Chili Dipping Sauce
    Mini Chili Cheese Dogs

Discuss

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    Rekindling our 9/11 spirit of unity

    United in shock and sorrow after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, we in America moved almost as one in our desire to help victims, comfort rescuers, grieve together and defy the attack against our nation. A Daily Herald editorial asks, Can we rekindle that legacy 10 years later?

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    A key reason to remember 9/11

    All of this, though, is about looking back, not forward. It is only by looking forward that we can avoid, or at least limit, the possibility of another major terrorist attack, which many believe is coming.

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    In a cloud over ozone

    There is plenty of evidence that the net effect of smart environmental regulation is to create jobs, not destroy them. Companies innovate by developing new technology — ultimately making U.S. industry more competitive. And everyone is a little healthier.

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    A key reason to remember 9/11

    All of this, though, is about looking back, not forward. It is only by looking forward that we can avoid, or at least limit, the possibility of another major terrorist attack, which many believe is coming.

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    Don’t blame tea party for this mess
    Letter to the Editor: Politicians of both parties borrowed money that we can never pay back, causing a panic. If the tea party people who sounded the alarm can find a way to extinguish the fire before it consumes us, we’ll be darned lucky.

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    CFL bulbs not what cracked up to be
    Letter to the Editor: Compact fluorescent lightbulbs aren't all they're cracked up to be. For starters, the mercury in the bulb is a small amount, but that mercury adds up quickly when the nation is using millions of the bulbs a year. These bulbs are almost entirely made in China, and already hundreds of Chinese light bulb factory workers have suffered mercury poisoning.

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    Economic recovery requires spending
    Now is not the time to cut back in government spending if we ever want to get out of this quagmire. The time to do that is after economic recovery, ala the Clinton administration’s budget balancing.

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    Economic facts tell the whole story
    A recent letter to the editor claimed that there would be a 3.8 percent real estate tax on the sale of your home due to Obamacare. But that's only under certain circumstances.

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    Giving away money doesn’t create jobs
    As for Obama’s stimulus package, most of that money went to the unions. It was supposed to create jobs. It created very few jobs. Government does not create jobs. Most jobs are created by a small business.

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    Serious about less unemployment?
    Let’s reclaim creativity in politics and demand some real solutions. To start off, institute a maximum wage for CEOs. Set a workers-to-profits ratio that mandates a minimum number of workers for companies based on how profitable the company is. And protect boards of directors from abuses of shareholder litigation.

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    Solution to our woes? Drill for oil.
    Let’s be honest for a change. The government could end the misery with the stroke of a pen if they wanted to. Simply open up the U.S. for responsible oil drilling. Think about it. There are billions of barrels of oil beneath us.

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