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    Bike-race organizers from Wisconsin are trying to convince Wauconda officials the village should hold an annual criterium race, drawing on the success that Elk Grove Village has had.

    Wauconda's roads, lake appeal to bike race organizers

    Following a presentation, Wauconda residents, business owners and village leaders are pondering a proposal to host a local bicycle race. On Thursday, two representatives of a Wisconsin race series called the Tour of America's Dairyland talked to about 25 people about their proposal for an event in Wauconda, said Linda Kraniak, the village's director of economic and community development.

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    This is the main dining room at Royal Japanese Seafood Buffet, a new Japanese restaurant offering hibachi, sushi and a buffet in the Golf Center shopping complex in Hoffman Estates.

    Huge Japanese eatery, classic-car shop part of Hoffman Estates center

    Two new Hoffman Estates businesses, including what's called the largest Japanese restaurant in the Midwest as well as a shop serving classic and muscle cars, are having a grand opening this weekend at the Golf Center shopping complex. The Royal Japanese Seafood Buffet will be like a "one-stop restaurant depot," its manager says.

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    Images: Sept. 11, 2001 newspaper fronts
    Taking a look back at newspapers' front pages in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

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    DuPage nets 70 DUI arrests over Labor Day weekend

    DuPage County authorities nabbed about 70 suspected drunk drivers over Labor Day weekend, including six who refused to blow into a Breathalyzer only to have search warrants issued for their blood. All but one of the six were repeat DUI offenders, officials announced Friday, and at least five had blood drawn by an on-call phlebotomist.

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    President Barack Obama urges voters to get behind his new jobs bill during a speech Friday at the University of Richmond in Virginia.

    Illinois would get billions under Obama plan, Democrats say

    Illinois taxpayers and businesses would benefit from billions of dollars in investment and thousands of new jobs under President Barack Obama’s proposed jobs plan, Democratic lawmakers said Friday. Republicans said they still need to see more details, including how it will be paid for.

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    Vicente Zambada is being held in a Chicago jail awaiting trial on drug trafficking conspiracy charges.

    Prosecutors deny immunity deal with kingpin’s son

    U.S. prosecutors on Friday asked a judge not to throw out drug trafficking conspiracy charges against a top lieutenant in one of Mexico’s largest cartels, saying federal agents absolutely did not have an immunity agreement with him. Vicente Zambada is being held in a Chicago jail awaiting trial.

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    9/11 threat puts cities on alert

    Undaunted by talk of a new terror threat, New Yorkers and Washingtonians wove among police armed with assault rifles and waited with varying degrees of patience at security checkpoints Friday while intelligence officials scrambled to nail down information on a possible al-Qaida strike timed to coincide with the 10th anniversary of 9/11.

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    U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, from left, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin and Gov. Pat Quinn listen as Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel speaks Friday at Carl Schurz High School in Chicago. Duncan’s visit to Chicago is part of “Education and the Economy,” a back-to-school bus tour stopping in cities around the Great Lakes

    Chicago school union chief: Emanuel ‘exploded’

    The Chicago Teachers Union says tensions are high over Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s push for a longer school day.Union chief Karen Lewis issued a statement Friday saying Emanuel “exploded” when the two met a couple weeks ago. Lewis says Emanuel “used profanity, pointed his finger” and “yelled.”

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    The $5 billion budget trustees approved Friday includes $693 million in state money and $939 million from the University Income Fund, which is largely tuition money for campuses in Urbana-Champaign, Chicago and Springfield.

    U of I trustees approve $5 billion budget

    University of Illinois trustees have approved a proposed $5 billion budget for the school’s three campuses. The board on Friday approved the budget, which is a 5 percent increase from fiscal year 2011.

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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.

    Quinn denies partisanship in closure decisions

    Gov. Pat Quinn denied Republican claims on Friday that partisanship played a role in his decision to take steps to close seven state facilities and lay off more than 1,900 workers to live within the reduced budget passed by lawmakers. “There are some representatives who happen to be Democrats who represent generally those areas. I guess they’re not happy either,” Quinn said.

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    Feds blast Cook County for releasing criminal aliens

    Federal immigration officials blast Cook County for refusing their requests to hold possible illegal aliens accused or convicted of crimes. Eleven people have been released so far that would have otherwise been detained on federal requests.

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    Authorities investigate a fatal fire on the 400 block of June Terrace in Barrington on Friday. The victim was identified as 52-year-old Richard Sowa.

    Coroner: No violence to Barrington man who died in fire

    The Lake County coroner found no signs of trauma or violence to the body of a Barrington man found dead in an early morning fire Friday. Richard Sowa, 52, lived alone in a duplex on June Terrace. Another neighbor, June Shannon, 43, was awakened by the police with the bad news early Friday. “He was a wonderful man with a big heart,” she said. “He didn’t deserve to die like this.”

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    The Army Corps of Engineers says there’s no evidence any Asian carp have gotten through an electric barrier 37 miles south of Chicago.

    Report: DNA method helpful in seeking Asian carp

    Federal officials promised Friday to improve two crucial weapons in the fight to prevent Asian carp from invading the Great Lakes: an electric fish barrier near Chicago and an early-warning system that detects carp DNA in waterways. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released a report by four independent scientists who analyzed the “environmental DNA” process that government and university...

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    Arnulfo Hernandez-Rodriguez

    Hanover Park man charged with DUI, violating order of protection

    A Hanover Park man who police said fled after crashing his vehicle near the intersection of Lake Street and Barrington Road Thursday is being held without bond for DUI and violating an order of protection, among other charges.

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    Wheaton native Susan M. Sauer was working for Marsh & McLennan Cos. when the planes hit the twin towers. The woman with a love of cooking had dreamed of traveling to 50 countries before turning 50. By November of that year, she would have reached 49.

    9/11 memories fresh here 10 years later

    A Wheaton mother who lost her daughter in the twin towers says she can’t forget. A firefighter remains troubled by thoughts of children studying at a grammar school near the World Trade Center. And a Chicago police officer was inspired to enlist, becoming one of thousands of Illinois residents deployed overseas in two subsequent wars.

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    Todd Beamer

    Suburban Sept. 11, 2001 attack victims
    The terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, took the lives of 10 people from the suburbs who were in the World Trade Center, in the Pentagon and aboard planes that became weapons against America.

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    Suburban military members killed in Iraq, Afghanistan
    Local members of the armed forces who lost their lives in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq in the decade after Sept. 11, 2001.

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    List of 2,977 Sept. 11 victims

    The overall death toll from the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks stands at 2,977 — including 2,753 killed as a result of the attacks at the World Trade Center, 184 killed at the Pentagon and 40 killed in the crash of United Airlines Flight 93 in Pennsylvania. The death toll does not include the 19 hijackers aboard the four jetliners that crashed at the attack sites.

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    Police reports
    Graffiti was spray painted on the rear walls and loading docks of three buildings on North Randall Road in Batavia sometime between 11:15 and 11:30 p.m. Thursday, police said. No damage estimate was available.

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    Fox blotter
    The Dino’s grocery store in the 400 block of Summit Avenue in Elgin that was damaged in a fire earlier this week was burglarized overnight Wednesday by people who apparently gained access to the building through a temporary roof. Police said sometime between 8 p.m. Wednesday and 8:30 a.m. Thursday, thieves broke into the store and stole 70 cartons of cigarettes, an unknown amount of cash, 10...

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    Pingree Grove decides to hire administrator

    After some questions about whether to wait until next year to hire a new village administrator, the Pingree Grove village board decided to move forward and interview candidates in an open meeting Oct. 5.

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    New trail link planned at Greene Valley

    A new 1,500-foot trail connection will soon link Greene Valley Forest Preserve and a neighborhood bike path in Naperville that ends at 79th Street and Yackley Avenue, DuPage Forest Preserve District officials said Friday.

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    Batavia approved letting people raise chickens at home, but few people have applied for permits to build coops or runs since the law went into effect in May. These backyard chickens are being raised in St. Charles.

    Batavia chicken coop permit slow

    For all the hue and cry raised this spring over whether Batavians should be allowed to raise chickens in their back yards, only a few people have applied for permission to do so, according to the city.

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    Property tax seminar scheduled for library

    Lake County Assessor Marty Paulson and other officials will hold a property tax seminar on Tuesday, Sept. 13, at the Aspen Drive Library in Vernon Hills.

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    Forest board weighs police contract:

    The Lake County Forest Preserve District board will meet Tuesday to vote on a proposed contract with the union representing its ranger police force.

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    Former Daily Herald columnist the late Jack Mabley attends a Des Plaines breakfast in 2002. A Dixon developmental center named for Mabley has been targeted for closure by Gov. Pat Quinn.

    Center named for former columnist targeted for closure

    One of the facilities targeted by Gov. Pat Quinn for closure — Mabley Developmental Center in Dixon — is named for former Daily Herald columnist Jack Mabley.

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    Boot camp for man who impersonated cops, made couple strip

    Michael Spencer, 22, of Harvard, gets a seven-year sentence for robbery and impersonating a police officer. Spencer, who authorities say made a teenage couple strip in the May 2009 incident, can avoid prison if he completes a six-month boot camp program.

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    Train service from New York to Chicago to resume Saturday

    Amtrak says it is restoring service on some lines in upstate New York after flooding led to track closures. Amtrak says westbound Lake Shore Limited service from Boston and New York to Chicago is expected to resume on Saturday.

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    Nancy Ramos, who lost her son Hector in the Iraq War, is comforted by her mother, Irene Baker, during a ceremony Friday in Aurora marking the 10-year anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.

    Aurora remembers its heroes of Sept. 11

    Courage, unity, hope and faith, death, destruction, sadness and sacrifice all sprung from the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City. All those emotions were revisited Friday as Aurora residents paused for a ceremony remembering the 10th anniversary of the attacks. “It’s good and important that we honor those who died on 9/11, but it’s also important that we...

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    Gurnee Police Chief Robert Jones

    Gurnee top cop future to be known

    An announcement is expected Monday night concerning the future of Gurnee Police Chief Robert Jones, who’s been on paid administrative leave since mid-July.

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    A helicopter carries in water Thursday to be dropped near Jefferson Texas.

    Why not ship excess water to areas in need?

    A Texas oilman once envisioned long pipelines carrying water to drought-stricken Texas cities, just one of several untested fantasies of moving water vast distances.

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    A Libyan man gestures as he arrives late for prayer as revolutionaries and residents of Tripoli roll up the carpet after the weekly Muslim Friday prayers at the former Green Square, renamed Martyrs Square, in Tripoli, Libya.

    Fighters press for pro-Gadhafi town’s surrender

    Libyan fighters clashed Friday with Moammar Gadhafi’s supporters inside Bani Walid, one of the last towns holding out against the country’s new rulers.

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    Edison Middle School students served breakfast Friday for Wheaton police and fire officials to observe the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

    Wheaton middle school students serve breakfast to ‘heroes'

    Students at Edison Middle School in Wheaton observed the approaching anniversary of Sept. 11 by serving breakfast to local "heroes," including firefighters and police officers.

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    Kane sheriff investigating Aurora Township death

    Kane County sheriff’s deputies are investigating the death of 44-year-old Eric Holman, who was found about 11:50 a.m. Wednesday near a building on the 700 block of Austin Avenue in Aurora Township.

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    CLC mini job fair set

    College of Lake County in Grayslake plans a miniature job fair on Sept. 22.

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    Jeff Schuler

    Kaneland may extend superintendent’s contract

    The Kaneland school board is prepared to extend Superintendent Jeff Schuler's contract. The proposed contract sets specific goals for Schuler to achieve in student performance, staff retention and spending.

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    Fox Valley police reports

    A laptop computer and more than a dozen pieces of gold jewelry were reported stolen sometime between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Wednesday from a home in the 200 block of North Porter Street in Elgin, according to police reports. In a possibly related case, someone reported an attempted burglary in the 100 block of North Porter Street after catching a man trying to get in a window, reports said.

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    Grayslake D46 finance chief says buy, don’t lease

    Buying rather than leasing computers in an effort to avoid additional debt is one of the budgeting proposals by Grayslake Elementary District 46’s finance boss. Chief School Business Official Todd Covault provided the rationale during a meeting this week.

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    U-46 staff won't see step increase in upcoming paychecks

    The Elgin Area District U-46 superintendent has notified all teachers that they will not be receiving their step freezes typically given for years of service while the district is still negotiating a new contract with them. The teachers union has said it would file an unfair labor practice charge with the Illinois Labor Review Board.

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    District 95 drug test forum, survey planned

    As Lake Zurich school officials continue to polish a possible random drug testing procedure for students, they are also planning opportunities for parents and the community to provide feedback. Lake Zurich Unit District 95 will host a community forum Oct. 5 at Lake Zurich Middle School North to present a draft of the proposal aimed at students who participate in extracurricular activities and...

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    Charlie, our one year old cocker spaniel loved the open top and fresh air during a Sunday drive in a 1968 Volkswagen Beetle through Libertyville streets.

    Images: Photo Contest Finalists
    Each week you submit your favorite photo. We pick the best of the bunch and select 12 finalists. Here are the finalists for the week of September 5th.

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    Taylor Riggi, 6, left, and his twin brother, Tyler, cut the ribbon with Tom & Eddie’s co-founders Tom Dentice and Ed Rensi at the grand opening of Tom & Eddie’s new location in Vernon Hills.

    Burger joint receives neighborhood welcome

    Tom & Eddie’s held its grand opening in Vernon Hills on Friday, Sept. 2.

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    Ben Lins, left, and Chris Ganz hang upside down on wrought iron gates Thursday at Windsor Hall on the campus of Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind. The two men along with fellow freshmen Ryan Herberger and Chandler Welsh began what they call “Batmanning” shortly after arriving on campus.

    ‘Batmanning' clip makes Purdue students Web stars

    Four Purdue University freshmen are getting a lot of attention for just hanging around. Upside down all around campus, that is.

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    “The Rock” by Arlington Heights artist Tobi Abrams is in a juried show in Michigan.

    Arlington Hts. woman’s art in national show
    A painting by Tobi Abrams of Arlington Heights has been selected for an exhibit at the Womencenter at Oakland Community College in Farmington Hills, Mich.

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    The robot dance at last year’s Stevenson High School Spirit Fest in Lincolnshire.

    Stevenson Spirt Fest to help CASA Lake County

    Stevenson High School’s annual Spirit Fest charity event returns Saturday, Sept. 17. The family-friendly event, sponsored by the school’s National Honor Society chapter, will be held in the evening for the first time, running from 5 to 10 p.m. in Stevenson’s stadium.

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    Former Illinois Attorney General Jim Ryan and his wife Marie talk about their son's suicide and the Catholic Charities program that gave them support and comfort.

    With an eye on helping kids, Ryans discuss their child who took his life

    Former Attorney General Jim Ryan and his wife Marie lost their daughter to cancer. Then 10 years later, their son took his own life. “There is a hole in your heart that never heals,” Jim Ryan said. But the Ryans are channeling their grief into helping others. Later this month, the first Patrick J. Ryan Golf Outing will raise funds for a new Catholic Charities program for children who...

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    The Rev. Corey Bost of St. Viator High School.

    Arlington Hts. priest works for interfaith work

    The Rev. Corey Brost of the Clerics of St. Viator received national recognition this week for his work promoting interfaith relations, and in particular, his work to end anti-Muslim sentiment.

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    Hoffman Estates Mayor William D. McLeod and his wife, Joane, at the 2010 Platzkonzert Germanfest.

    Hoffman Estates Germanfest returns Sept. 17

    The Village of Hoffman Estates Arts Commission is proud to bring back its Oktoberfest-themed open-air Platzkonzert Germanfest, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17. Authentic German beer, wine and musical entertainment are "on tap."

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    Sharon T. Goodman of Warrenville was in Zermatt, Switzerland, when she captured this image of the Matterhorn.

    Warrenville photographer captures winning shot of Matterhorn

    The Matterhorn had been shrouded in clouds during much of Sharon Goodman's visit, but when the famous mountain finally revealed itself, the Warrenville photographer was ready.

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    Student sues over boobies bracelet ban

    A Wisconsin student has filed a federal lawsuit challenging her school’s ban on breast cancer awareness bracelets.

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    Hearing on hold in dispute over Catholic adoptions

    Catholic Charities is delaying its plan to ask a judge to reconsider or stay his ruling that Illinois officials may cut off the nonprofit’s state contracts for adoptions and foster care placements.

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    Discuss, don’t lecture, when it comes to teens and sex

    Six out of every 10 teenagers will engage in premarital intercourse before they graduate from high school. Something like three out of 10 teenage girls will get pregnant at least once during their adolescence. What's a parent to do? Our Ken Potts offers a few suggestions.

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    Batavia needs help with 9/11 luminaria rite

    Batavia needs volunteers to help set up several thousand luminarias Sunday afternoon for a 9/11 10th anniversary ceremony that evening. It is at the Riverwalk, Island Avenue and Houston Street.

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    District 211 recognized for serving homeless students

    The District 211 Board of Education was presented with an award from the North Cook Intermediate Service Center Thursday recognizing the district's service to homeless students.

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    Elgin Police Lt. Sean Rafferty and Artie’s Towing driver Derrick Gholston finish paperwork before hauling away a car at a safety checkpoint at the U-46 administration building on East Chicago Street.

    Ride along with Elgin police to see how they keep us safe

    Behind the scenes with Elgin Police and towing crews as they run a safety checkpoint in downtown Elgin. Officers are looking for signs of chemical impairment, as well as drivers operating without a license or without insurance.

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    Golf legend Jack Nicklaus recently visited the members at Wynstone Golf Club.

    ‘Golden Bear' visits his course in North Barrington

    Jack Nicklaus, golf legend and pre-eminent golf course designer, visited Wynstone Golf Club in North Barrington last month, to see how the course was holding up 22 years after it first debuted. It was his first visit since 1991.

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    Volunteers Tom Alton, left, of South Barrington and Al Orosz of Western Springs cook some burgers and hot dogs Friday for employees and clients at the Association for Individual Development in Elgin. Alton and Orosz were two of many IHC Construction employees who donated their time and talents during the 17th annual Day of Caring event through the United Way of Elgin.

    Volunteers eat up Elgin's Day of Caring

    Employee groups hit more than 30 sites Friday to paint, clean, landscape, cook and otherwise brighten the lives of people during the United Way of Elgin's Day of Caring. “Hearing stories of people that benefit from these actions and seeing it on their faces totally makes you want to come out again and again,” said volunteer Rex Werner of West Dundee.

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    Violators are processed by the Elgin Police Department at a roadside safety checkpoint. Drivers were checked for impairments as well as current licenses, tags and insurance. Drivers without a valid driver’s license had their car towed by Artie’s Towing and faced a $500 administrative towing fee from the city.

    Images: Behind the scenes at a roadside safety checkpoint in Elgin
    A behind-the-scenes look at a traffic safety checkpoint with the Elgin Police Department, and lots of tow trucks. See how the department is cracking down on motorists driving without a license or insurance. Not to mention driving while under the influence.

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    Eric Kinkel's passion has always been performing music and teaching guitar.

    Music in his soul, concert to repair his heart

    Music has always been at the heart of Eric Kinkel's career, but his latest "Heart of Gold, With a 'Kink' In It" concert has a higher aim -- making enough money to pay for a proceedure to fix a heart ailment that has been bothering him for 39 years.

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    School bus service sputters out of gate in West Chicago

    The new school bus company that serves West Chicago Elementary School District 33 is getting its act together, school officials say, after a disastrous start to the school year that included some children getting home 90 minutes late, buses that couldn't be reached by radio and a kindergartener dropped off at the wrong school.

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    Sue Stebeck, left, talks to her neighbors about her frustrations with ComEd. Steback is one of about 60 people on Valley Stream Drive in Wheeling who have lost power for about 84 hours since April 2010, according to Robert Poulsen, another neighbor.

    Wheeling residents rally neighbors for ComEd meeting

    Alice and Robert Poulsen say they have lost power to their Wheeling home five times since the end of June and are on a mission to get their neighbors to attend a meeting with ComEd officials Monday. “It’s not a matter of weather; weather hits both sides of the street,” Alice said. “It’s something with the infrastructure or the will to fix the problem.”

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    Middle schoolers placed their 850 pinwheels outside the school Friday, as part of the “Whirled for Peace” project.

    Grayslake students make pinwheels for peace

    Students at Grayslake Middle School have made quite a sight today -- hundreds of colorful handmade pinwheels arranged in the shape of a "peace" sign in the grass outside the school.

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    The Grayslake Central Cheerleaders ran the 5K Rally for Autism race at Independence Grove in Libertyville. Lili Gagin took second place in the girls 1-14 age group.

    Grayslake teams run race for autism
    The Grayslake Central Soccer team and Cheerleaders ran the 5K Rally for Autism race at Independence Grove in Libertyville recently to support a great cause.

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    Lombard updates its online presence

    The village of Lombard's website was visited 283,505 times in the past year. But the next 283,505 viewers — and more — will see the site differently, as a redesigned village of Lombard website launches today.

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    Riley Dean, 4, of Round Lake Beach makes chicken salad during the Lake County Family YMCA’s Little Chefs program.

    Lake YMCA offers Little Chefs program
    The Lake County Family YMCA offers Little Chefs, a hands-on learning environment in which children ages 3-5 are taught how to read recipes, measure, mix, cut and blend.

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    McHenry County to debate electricity aggregation

    The McHenry County Board likely will decide whether to ask voters in March if they want the county to seek bids for residential electricity in unincorporated areas from companies other than ComEd, county board members said.

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    Streets of Woodfield is among the Schaumburg stops on the Woodfield-area trolley's route, provided by Pace Suburban Bus.

    Schaumburg to renew trolleys through holidays

    Schaumburg officials Tuesday plan to grant a short-term extension to their Woodfield-area trolley service through the holiday season in hopes of being able to sign another long-term contract in the spring. Transportation Director June Johnson said the village has been working to balance the visitor appeal of the iconic trolleys with their financial cost.

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    Man charged in 2010 murder fit for trial: attorneys

    A man accused to killing a Vernon Hills woman with a baseball bat for trying to break up his relationship with her daughter, is fit to stand trial, his own attorneys say. But attorneys for Daniel Baker, 23, say they will move to dismiss a confession prosecutors say he gave to law enforcement in Montana, where he was arrested.

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    BYOB, other changes made in Geneva liquor laws

    Want to bring a bottle of wine to a Geneva restaurant? It's legal now, since the Geneva City Council Monday revised the city's liquor law. But it can only be done at restaurants that already have a liquor license, or at those that pay for a corkage license.

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    Members of the Harrisburg River Rescue help Mayor Linda Thompson out of the boat after going to the flooded Shipoke area during flooding caused by rainfall from the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee in Harrisburg, Pa.

    Days of rain trigger widespread Northeast floods; thousands evacuated

    WILKES-BARRE, Pa. — Stretches of the swollen Susquehanna River began receding Friday after days of rainfall from what had been Tropical Storm Lee flooded communities from Virginia to New York, leading to evacuation orders for nearly 100,000 people. At least 12 deaths have been blamed on Lee and its remnants.

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    Owners of the historic downtown Des Plaines Theater received roughly $15,000 in grants this year from the city's facade rehabilitation program to help with the theater's restoration.

    Des Plaines to revise facade rehabilitation program

    The Des Plaines City Council wrangled about whether to grant a nonprofit group a second grant through the city's facade rehabilitation program that would pretty much exhaust all the money left in the program's budget.

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    Power back on for most in Ariz., Calif. and Mexico

    SAN DIEGO — Utility crews brought electricity back to much of California, Arizona and Mexico on Friday, a day after a power outage left millions in the dark, paralyzed freeways and halted flights at San Diego’s airport.

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    Secretary of State: U.S. won’t shy away from force

    NEW YORK — America won’t shy away from using military force if necessary against terrorist groups such as al-Qaida, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Friday.

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    Obama promotes jobs plan on GOP turf

    RICHMOND, Va. — President Barack Obama is urging voters to get behind his new jobs bill and pressure lawmakers to pass it, delivering the message on the home turf of one of his Chief GOP antagonists.

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    One of Candace Walter's cats peers through the “birdie blind,” which acts as a two-way mirror and allows her three cats to get up close and personal without scaring away the birds.

    Antioch woman's ‘pet project' could win $10,000

    For years, Candace Walters watched her cats scare away countless birds from her backyard birdfeeder. Then an ad for a homemade pet project contest sparked the Antioch woman's imagination and inspired her to create the “birdie blind,” which acts as a two-way mirror for her three cats, allowing them to get up close and personal to birds feeding just outside the backdoor's window.

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    Illinois foster-care dispute a matter of law and faith

    In large part due to their faith, Mark Zartman and Beth Banuelos swung open their families’ doors to children from broken homes in southern Illinois. Over the years, some two dozen kids have found refuge with the Zartmans, and about 50 with the Banueloses.

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    Gilman Trail work will close road in Aurora

    A section of Galena Boulevard on the west side of Aurora will be closed to traffic from 6 a.m. Monday, Sept. 12, until 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, while the new Gilman Trail bridge is installed.

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    Visitors view the displays during a previous Pioneer Day event in Elk Grove Village. The Historical Museum will host this year's event from noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18.

    Elk Grove Pioneer Day to feature military re-enactments

    Canons firing, military re-enactment and a petting zoo. It's all part of the annual celebration of Pioneer Day from noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, at the Elk Grove Historical Museum Campus.

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    HUD to give Illinois agencies $6.2 million in grants

    The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has announced $6.2 million in grant funding for several Illinois agencies.U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin says the money can be used to modernize public housing, increase energy efficiency and create jobs.Illinois housing agencies statewide, from Rock Island to Springfield, will receive funding.

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    Illinois health officials urge cholesterol tests

    Illinois health officials are urging people to get their cholesterol levels checked as a step toward preventing heart attacks.The Illinois Department of Public Health is getting the message out as part of National Cholesterol Education Month.

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    Sheley trial opening statements scheduled

    GALESBURG — Opening statements are scheduled in the first trial of an Illinois man charged with murdering eight people in 2008.Attorneys are scheduled to begin Friday at the Knox County Courthouse in the trial of 32-year-old Nicholas Sheley of Sterling.

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    School of Rock opening in Bloomington

    BLOOMINGTON — It’s only rock `n’ roll ... but they like it.In fact, they like it so much they’ve decided to pass their love along via Central Illinois’ very first full-time school devoted to the music.The Bloomington Rock School plugs in the amps in October in a downtown storefront at 411 N. Main St. (former site of La Chiquita Grocery).

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    UW-Madison changes policy on alcohol citations

    MADISON, Wis. — University of Wisconsin-Madison officials are now requiring most students who get an alcohol-related citation to take a course on the risks of alcohol abuse.Tom Sieger, prevention director at University Health Services, says previously the university did not have a consistent approach to dealing with alcohol-related issues.

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    Justin Moy

    Huntley runner will push pal in wheelchair in half marathon

    Adam Davis and Justin Moy are typical 11-year-old boys. But not many 11-year-olds train for half marathons, let alone volunteer to push their friend the 13.1 miles in a sport wheelchair. On Sunday, Adam, a sixth-grader from Huntley, will help his buddy, Justin, finish the Chicago Half Marathon. “I want him to know what it feels like to run and to know how fun it is,” said Adam.

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    Flag display commemorates Sept. 11 in Glendale Heights

    Ten thousand U.S. flags will decorate the front yards of every home, business and park in Glendale Heights to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks thanks in part to a donation from Adventist GlenOaks Hospital.

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    The 1909 Bartlett Cubs, pictured here, will be revived to play against the Rockford Forest City Vintage Base Ball Club, using 1858 rules. Local dignitaries will don Cubs uniforms designed by Bartlett Sports to replicate the ones from 1909.

    Bartlett Heritage Days celebrates town’s past

    Take a stroll into Bartlett's rich history this weekend at Bartlett Heritage Days. Watch a vintage baseball game with Bartlett officials wearing replica uniforms of the 1909 Bartlett Cubs. There's plenty of food, music, plus the Arts in Bartlett festival as well.

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    Indiana judge to issue verdict on boy shooting brother

    MARTINSVILLE, Ind. — A judge will decide whether the shooting of a 6-year-old Martinsville boy by his brother, 11 at the time, was murder or a tragic mistake.

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    RV maker to open new factory in northern Indiana

    LAGRANGE, Ind. — A recreation vehicle company says it will expand operations by opening a new factory in northern Indiana and potentially add up to 200 workers in the next few years.Cruiser RV announced Friday it would lease a building in LaGrange and start a production line building lightweight travel trailers by the end of this year.

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    Northern Indiana mom sentenced in girl’s fatal SUV fall

    ELKHART, Ind. — A northern Indiana woman who admitted lying to police officers by telling them her young daughter was killed by a hit-and-run driver has been sentenced to five years in prison.

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    Indianapolis Recorder newspaper goes digital

    INDIANAPOLIS — A newspaper that’s covered Indianapolis’ black community since the 19th century has gone digital, making more than a century of black history available free online.University Library staff members at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis recently completed digitizing more than 5,000 issues of the Indianapolis Recorder dating from 1899 to 2005.

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    Indianapolis sculpture’s return delayed again

    INDIANAPOLIS — A restored 118-year-old sculpture will wait a few more days to reclaim its place atop the Soldiers and Sailors Monument in downtown Indianapolis.

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    Check out local literary talent at Palatine library

    The Palatine Public Library District will hold a Local Author Fair from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, at 700 N. North Court, Palatine. James Bond author Raymond Benson, science fiction author Frederik Pohl and several others will speak.

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    Dist. 220 mulls middle school boundaries

    At the request of new member Richard Burkhart, the entire Barrington Unit District 220 board of education is mulling whether now is the time to even out the attendance boundaries between Station Middle School and Prairie Middle School.

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    Prospect Heights plans to celebrate street repaving

    Prospect Heights Mayor Nick Helmer is promising an “End of the Road” party in mid-November to celebrate the resurfacing of 12 miles of streets in the city. “If you so much as blink, you will miss the progress we are making in Prospect Heights,” said Helmeil.

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    ECC student recalls 9/11

    Elgin Community College student witnessed the aftermath of 9/11 from a unique perspective. He was stationed on a Naval ship for two weeks, waiting for word on how to help. Huntley High School set to perform School House Rock this weekend

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    Dawn Patrol: Quick hits as you head out the door

    News you need as you walk out the door today: House fire in Barrington, guilty verdict in Muddy Paws case, new terror threat, reaction to Obama speech, cops search near Metra station, Lillibridge out, rain on the way.

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    The Glen Ellyn plan commission holds a second public hearing on zoning variations for proposed improvements to Memorial Field, which includes installation of lights on the various ball fields.

    Residents grill Dist. 87 over Memorial Field lights

    Members of a Glen Ellyn community group opposed to lights at Memorial Field filled a meeting last night to grill Glenbard High School District 87 officials and hired experts.“Will you offer this community a 25-year guarantee that our houses will not catch on fire and that our trees will not catch on fire?” one resident asked.

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    Players sign autographs before this year's home opener at Elfstrom Stadium in Geneva.

    Kane County Cougars: A team that gets it right

    For 21 seasons, the Kane County Cougars have been the epitome of success -- in the suburbs, in all of minor league baseball. To date the Cougars have drawn 9 million fans to Geneva. How are they doing it when the Schaumburg Flyers and Lake County Fielders aren't? “We want everyone to enjoy the ballgame and keep everybody captivated with ... entertainment," a Cougars official says.

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    Anthony Oliver of Sugar Grove. The library board appointed him Thursday to fill a vacancy. He will serve until April 30, 2013.

    Sugar Grove library board critic fills trustee spot

    The Sugar Grove Library Board managed to unanimously pick a replacement trustee that drew applause from its vociferous critics Thursday night. Library construction expert Anthony Oliver, who had criticized the board for firing longtime director Beverly Holmes Hughes, fills the spot vacated by Sabrina Malano.

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    Harper College hosting interfaith Sept. 11 service

    A call for hope will be at the heart of an interfaith service planned at Harper College on Sunday to mark the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The service will bring together worshippers of Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Hindu and Sikh faiths.

Sports

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    Randolph ‘special’ for Naperville Central

    Matt Randolph rushed for 271 yards and scored 6 touchdowns in Naperville Central's 48-7 victory against Glenbard East.

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    Week 3- Barrington’s Chase Murdock stretches across the goal line for a touchdown.

    Images: Barrington vs Hersey football
    The Barrington Broncos prevailed over previously undefeated Hersey with a 28-19 win in Friday night football.

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    John Peltz of Wheaton fires one during the Naperville North at Wheaton North game Friday.

    Wheaton North defense stops Naperville North

    Wheaton North's defense spent an entire week thinking about what's been going wrong on that side of the football. Then the unit did just about everything right in the second half against visiting Naperville North on Friday night.

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

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

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

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

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

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    Kaneland rolls Dixon

    Kaneland senior Quinn Buschbacher had two long punt returns and a kickoff return that all led to touchdowns as the Knights pulled away from Dixon with a second-quarter flurry en route to a 59-14 Northern Illinois Big XII crossover win.

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    Benet falters at St. Patrick

    St. Patrick extended its undefeated season with a 27-9 victory against Benet on Friday night in an East Suburban Catholic Conference football game in Chicago.

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    Two tight just right for Geneva

    A little smile came to Rob Wicinski's face when asked about any adjustments Geneva made Friday after it surprisingly came to the locker room on the short end of a 17-14 halftime score against 0-2 St. Charles East.

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    Batavia?s Alec Lyons breaks through a pack of Larkin defenders for a gain during Friday?s action at Memorial Field in Elgin.

    Batavia routs Larkin

    Batavia quarterback Noel Gaspari was 13-of-17 for 184 yards as the Bulldogs moved to 3-0 on the season Friday with a 50-6 win over Larkin in Elgin.

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    Rolling Meadows goes back on offensive

    Jack Milas and Artie Checchin continued to riddle opposing defenses as Rolling Meadows topped Schaumburg 35-20 in a Mid-Suburban League crossover.

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    Addison Trail slips past Leyden

    Defense was the name of the game Friday night in Addison, as both Addison Trail and Leyden slugged it out in a nip-and-tuck 14-7 West Suburban Gold victory for Addison Trail.

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    Geneva quarterback Matt Williams readies to pass off the ball on Friday, September 9.

    Geneva overtakes St. Charles E.

    Bobby Hess broke several tackles on a slippery field, staying on his feet and bouncing outside on his way to a 63-yard touchdown run. That gave Geneva its first lead of the game, 21-17, and the Vikings added two more touchdowns in a dominating second-half effort for a 35-17 victory over St. Charles East.

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    Dimitri Taylor of Montini breaks away from Marmion defense in football action Friday in Lombard.

    Montini edges Marmion

    This time Jordan Westerkamp beat Marmion with his feet. The all-state Montini receiver scored on a 4-yard end around, sprinting from right to left to go in untouched with 5:07 left in the Broncos’ 13-6 Suburban Christian Conference Blue Division victory at John Duffy Field in Lombard on Friday.

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    Antioch’s ‘Big Dog’ puts the bite on Libertyville

    From the first time Antioch coach Brian Glashagel saw Austin Vogel, he envisioned him in a football uniform. The only problem was the 6-foot-6, 280-pound Vogel thought football wasn’t for him.

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    Prospect produces first win for Sebestyen

    Prospect (1-2) scored a resounding 55-7 victory over Hoffman Estates in the Mid-Suburban League divisional crossover, rushing for 369 yards and touchdowns of 66 yards by Joe Gleason (6 carries, 105 yards), 64 and 29 yards by all-everything back Chris Meersman (5 carries, 111 yards) and 49 yards by backup quarterback Andreas Prince.

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    Elk Grove believes in OT victory

    Elk Grove rallied from an 11-point deficit to force overtime and beat Fremd 24-18 in a Mid-Suburban League crossover.

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    Barrington’s Chase Murdock tries to fend off Hersey defender Grant Burke.

    Chasing Barrington not a good idea

    Barrington's Chase Murdock rebounded from a hamstring injury to rush for 248 yards and 3 touchdowns in a 28-19 victory at Hersey.

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    51-yard field goal lifts Crystal Lake South

    The Crystal Lake South student section serenaded senior Brad Walovitch with “Happy Birthday” in the second quarter Friday.Those same fans will be singing the 18-year-old’s praises for years to come.Walovitch, a safety and running back who also punts and kicks, missed a 52-yard field goal attempt with 3:08 left in a tied game against rival Cary-Grove. That ball was mishit and never had a chance.Given a second opportunity with 6.1 seconds left in the game, the 5-foot-11, 185-pounder booted a 51-yarder that split the uprights and turned the CL South sideline into a mob scene.Following a squib kickoff, the CL South defense stuffed Cary-Grove’s last-ditch reverse as time ran out, sealing the Gators’ 10-7 comeback victory in the opening game of Valley Division play for both state-ranked Fox Valley Conference teams at Al Bohrer Field in Cary.“Best birthday present ever,” said a smiling Walovitch, who missed 3 field goals a week earlier in a win at Crystal Lake Central. “I’m just glad I could give this team a win. We came out here and played a tough game that came down to the wire. Coach (Chuck Ahsmann) let me kick it and I was just glad I could finally make one.”Walovitch was originally set to attempt a 46-yard field goal, but Crystal Lake South (3-0, 1-0) was flagged for illegal procedure. The 5-yard penalty upped the degree of difficulty for Walovitch.“Is that how long it was?” marveled Cary-Grove coach Brad Seaburg when informed the distance was 51 yards. “We were ready for overtime. The kid made a great kick. You have to give it to him. That was an outstanding kick.”The game was a defensive battle between two fierce, fast units, which put a premium on field position and special-teams play throughout. Cary-Grove (2-1, 0-1) limited the Gators to 160 total yards, but CL South was even stingier. Spearheaded by the relentless line play of senior Josh Beveridge, CL South held Cary-Grove’s option offense to 83 yards rushing and 93 yards overall. The Trojans managed only 5 first downs and were forced to punt on 9 of their 11 possessions, including all 5 second-half possessions.“We had a hard time getting anything going,” Seaburg said. “Anytime we started to get something going, it was a breakdown here, a breakdown there. The second half it seemed like we were on their side of the field most of the half. Our special teams could have been better tonight, too.”Cary-Grove capitalized on a CL South turnover to take a second-quarter lead. On first-and-10 at their own 19-yard line, the Gators fumbled a handoff and Cary-Grove’s Andrew Sobeski pounced on it at the 17.Trojans running back Ryan Mahoney cashed in on the next play. He took a pitch to the left side, cut inside a kick-out block from Connor Carlson and raced 17-yards up the sideline. Josh Buckingham’s kick made it 7-0. with 8:18 left in the second quarter. Cary-Grove maintained its 7-0 lead until the fourth quarter. A second consecutive high punt snap by Cary-Grove contributed to a 7-yard punt, which gave the Gators good field position at the Cary-Grove 45-yard line. A 32-yard pass from quarterback Austin Fowler to Walovitch set up first-and-goal at the 8. Fullback Reese Dziedzic scored 2 plays later on a 9-yard pass in the flat from Fowler.“We ran that play last week and (Crystal Lake) Central played it really tough,” Dziedzic said. “I was hoping to get a couple of yards, but the rover bit on the seam and I just got upfield.”With the game tied 7-7 Cary-Grove quarterback Corey Laktas threw a bomb to an open receiver behind the CL South defensive secondary but the ball was dropped. The Trojans punted on the next play from their own 21-yard line.CL South took over at the Cary-Grove 44-yard line, but the drive stalled after 3 incomplete passes. The Gators lined up to punt but instead faked to up-man Dziedzic, who rumbled 15 yards for a first down to the Cary-Grove 29, setting up Walovitch’s game-winning field goal, his longest by far.

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    Marist stops St. Viator

    St. Viator's defense showed some improvement but its offense couldn't find the end zone in a 35-0 East Suburban Catholic Conference loss to Marist.

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    Glenbard South loses in final minute

    Rich East scored with 38 seconds remaining on its only completed pass of the game to defeat Glenbard South on Friday in Glen Ellyn.

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    Special effort helps LZ get past Warren

    Special doesn’t even begin to describe Lake Zurich’s special teams on Friday night. Maybe not even extra special would do it.

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    WW South rallies to beat West Aurora

    Dan Vitale scored 3 second-half touchdowns as defending Class 7A champion WW South rallied to defeat West Aurora 20-6 in Wheaton on Friday.

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    Carmel’s combo delivers

    Speedy Mike Panico scored a pair of touchdowns, including one on a kickoff return after the hosts pulled within a touchdown early in the fourth quarter, and Steven O’Block boomed 2 more field goals, as Carmel pulled away to capture a 26-7 win in East Suburban Catholic Conference play. The Corsairs improved to 2-1, 2-1 with their second straight win, while Notre Dame fell to 0-3, 0-3. The Dons have lost to Carmel 14 straight times.

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    Stevenson trips up Zion-Benton

    Stevenson's football team regrouped and delivered a 31-10 victory over Zion-Benton. The Patriots' effort featured their reknowned running game, as well as a passing touchdown.

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    Glenbard North rolls past West Chicago

    An overall team effort helped Glenbard North to a 42-0 victory against West Chicago on Friday.

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    Lake Park falls to South Elgin

    Adolfo Pacheco ran for 154 yards and 4 touchdowns, and South Elgin thumped Lake Park 42-7 on Friday in Roselle for the Storm's first win.

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    No doubt about this Conant win

    If there were any doubters that were wondering how good Conant’s football team really is, their questions were answered Friday night. In a Mid-Suburban League crossover over at the Cougars’ Feutz field, Conant dismantled Buffalo Grove 47-14. Conant’s defense stood out in forcing 6 turnovers and turning 3 of them into scores.

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    Didier does it at VH tops North Chicago

    Vernon Hills’s defensive tackle Wayne Didier has a knack for putting points on the scoreboard. On the second play of the game, he recorded his second safety of the season as the Cougars exploded past host North Chicago 49-8 in their North Suburban Prairie Division opener on Friday night.

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    Dundee-Crown loses 20th straight

    Dundee-Crown wanted nothing more than to upset McHenry, prevent its losing streak from reaching 20 and go home happy Chargers.

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    Chicago Sky (14-18) at Los Angeles Sparks (13-19)
    Looking at the Sky versus Sparks matchup for Saturday

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    Bartlett hangs on to top Waubonsie

    For three quarters Bartlett controlled its Upstate Eight Conference Valley Division football opener against visiting Waubonsie Valley.

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    Mistakes, Westmont topple Lisle

    Westmont took advantage of 5 Lisle turnovers for a 28-20 victory in Lisle.

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    Lake Forest handles Mundelein

    Lake Forest kept Mundelein winless on the season with a 49-0 NSC Lake Division romp as the Scouts' Owen Williams rushed for 170 yards on 11 carries.

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    Prairie Ridge humbles Huntley

    Huntley quarterback Jake Brock had 27 pass attempts in his first 2 games. The senior threw the ball 20 times in the first half of the Red Raiders’ game against visiting Prairie Ridge alone.

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    Glenbard West gets revenge

    Glenbard West avenged last season's West Suburban Silver loss to Lyons Twp. with a 31-3 victory Friday.

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    Late burst lifts Niles West

    For nearly three full quarters Niles West was stymied by host Maine West on Friday night in their Central Suburban League football match-up. The Wolves were eventually able to overcome their offensive struggles, and the 6-0 deficit they faced at the start of the fourth quarter, to defeat the Warriors 14-6.

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    Neuqua Valley storms past St. Charles North

    Joey Rhattigan ran for 202 yards and 4 TDs as Neuqua Valley rolled past St. Charles North 43-3 Friday night.

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    Casey Coleman throws against the New York Mets in the first inning Friday in New York. Coleman is 2-7 with a 6.65 ERA.

    Coleman’s rough year continues as Cubs fall to Mets

    Casey Coleman failed again to pick up a victory Friday night at New York. In a year when the Cubs needed homegrown starting pitchers to step up, none did.

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    Brent Morel high fives third-base coach Jeff Cox after hitting 1 of his 2 home runs Thursday against Cleveland.

    White Sox 3B Morel hasn’t hit for power ... yet

    Third baseman Brent Morel is no Joe Crede, but he still has a promising future with the White Sox. Hitting for more power is a key for Morel moving forward.

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    Grant’s Kyle Whitman looks for running room during their game against Lakes Friday night in Lake Villa.

    Lakes lines up big win

    The Lakes linemen were on their game Friday against Grant, opening up huge holes as the host Eagles soared to a 31-7 lead in the second quarter and coasted to a 38-14 victory in the North Suburban Prairie opener.

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    Burlington Central routs Rock Falls

    A little R and R was all Burlington Central needed. The combination of quarterback Ryan Ritchie and receiver Zach Ranney connected for 3 touchdowns and Ritchie threw 5 TD passes in all as the Central Rockets routed the Rock Falls Rockets, 56-0, on Rocket Hill Friday night in a Big Northern Conference crossover game.

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    Metea Valley foils the trap, moves to 3-0

    A year after finishing 1-8, Metea Valley remained undefeated for 2011 by walloping East Aurora 47-0.

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    Palatine salutes with convincing win over Wheeling

    As Palatine senior defensive lineman Nick Novelli put it, “this one was for the troops.” The Pirates’ 35-3 Mid-Suburban crossover football victory Friday night over visiting Wheeling was played against a backdrop of over 880 student-made banners, a “wall of patriots” that decorated the north fence of the stadium.

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    Jacobs racks up the points on Grayslake N.

    The Jacobs offense was solid enough in opening the 2011 season with wins over Joliet West and Johnsburg. But, Friday night in Algonquin the Golden Eagles’ offensive powder keg exploded.

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    Duffy, St. Edward rush past Wheaton Academy

    Luke Duffy ran for 248 yards in a 40-0 St. Edward victory against Wheaton Academy on Friday in Wheaton.

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    Grayslake C. tops Hampshire

    Friday night certainly was a rude welcome to the Fox Valley Conference for the Hampshire football team.

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    Week 3- Lakes’ Drew Recker, left, and Grant’s Jonathan Wells collide as Grant’s Jerry Gaylor looks on.

    Images: Grant vs. Lakes football
    The Lakes Community High School Eagles hosted the Grant Bulldogs for Friday night football action September 9 in Lake Villa. Lakes won the game 38-14.

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    College football: Scouting Robert Morris/Siena Heights (Mich.)
    Previewing Robert Morris University's home game with Siena Heights University (Mich).

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    Justin Turner doubled in the winning run with two outs in the ninth inning and the New York Mets beat the Chicago Cubs 5-4 on Friday night after blowing a lead moments before.

    Cubs rally in ninth, but Mets answer, win 5-4

    Justin Turner doubled in the winning run with two outs in the ninth inning and the New York Mets beat the Chicago Cubs 5-4 on Friday night after blowing a lead moments before

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    Harper confident heading to Ellsworth

    Harper College's football team has high hopes entering its second game of the season, at 1 p.m. Saturday against host Ellsworth (Iowa) Community College.

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    How many wins will Bears running back Matt Forte and quarterback Jake Cutler help their team get this season? Most national NFL experts are predicting the Bears won’t make the playoffs. They open Sunday at home against Atlanta.

    Our Bears experts have different opinions

    Our Bears experts can't seem to agree as to whether our NFL team will finish as low as 7-9 or possibly 10-6 this season. Check out their game-by-game predicitions:

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    David Toews, left, battled Michigan State’s Corey Tropp in this Great Lakes Invitational college hockey game on Dec. 27, 2008 in Detroit. The Blackhawks acquired Toews, the younger brother of Jonathan, from the New York Islanders on Friday.

    Blackhawks add Toews’ younger brother

    The Blackhawks acquired Jonathan Toews' kid brother, David, from the New York Islanders on Friday. He will play in this weekend's rookie tournament with the Blackhawks team.

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    Former Rolling Meadows quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo led the Eastern Illinois Panthers to a thrilling come-from-behind win over Illinois State last weekend. Garoppolo completed 25 of 34 passes for 304 yards and 3 TDs in the 33-26 victory. Northwestern hosts EIU on Saturday.

    EIU soars as Garoppolo’s confidence climbs

    Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo’s rapid maturation represents a big reason why Eastern Illinois believes it can shock Northwestern on Saturday (2:30 p.m., BTN). The Arlington Heights resident and Rolling Meadows grad piled up big numbers last week.

Business

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    Kid Rock performs before the first NFL game of the season Thursday, between the Green Bay Packers and the New Orleans Saints.

    Retail sales kick off with NFL season

    NFL cities, fans, advertisers, restaurants and bars are preparing for the seasonal economic windfall that comes with the football season.

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    U.S. stocks fall on concern about Europe crisis, economic growth

    U.S. stocks fell, erasing the weekly gain for the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index, on growing concern about Greece’s debt crisis and speculation Congress won’t pass President Barack Obama’s $447 billion plan to boost the economy.JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Citigroup Inc. slipped at least 2.6 percent, following declines in European lenders. Chevron Corp. and Alcoa Inc. dropped more than 1.9 percent as a rising dollar undermined the appeal of commodities. McDonald’s Corp., the world’s largest restaurant chain, slumped 4.5 percent as August sales trailed analysts’ estimates.The S&P 500 slid 2 percent to 1,161.67 at 11:24 a.m. in New York. All 10 groups in the gauge retreated. The Dow Jones Industrial Average declined 248.24 points, or 2.2 percent, to 11,047.57 today. Stocks extended losses as Germany set plans to shore up German banks in the event that Greece defaults, according to three coalition officials.“The market will be jittery,” James Dunigan, chief investment officer in Philadelphia for PNC Wealth Management, said in a telephone interview. The firm oversees $109 billion. “There’s that nagging thought that we can continue to have a downward spiral in Europe. There’s concern of a default, of risk in banks, of a liquidity crisis. In the U.S., even as President Obama made an effort to put that plan together, there’s not a whole lot of confidence that Congress will pass.”Benchmark gauges fell yesterday as Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke disappointed investors by not detailing new plans to boost growth in the world’s largest economy in a speech to economists in Minneapolis. Bernanke stopped short of signaling what he thinks is the Fed’s best option to aid the economy, repeating points from his speech on Aug. 26 in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.Global Stocks SlumpGlobal stocks fell today as German two-year yields declined to a record. Ministers from the Group of Seven nations will meet in Marseille, France, amid mounting bets on a Greek default. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government is preparing plans to shore up German banks in the event that Greece fails to meet the terms of its aid package and defaults, said three coalition officials who spoke on condition of anonymity.President Obama channeled the national frustration with the economy that threatens his political standing and challenged the U.S. Congress to pass a $447 billion jobs plan tilted heavily toward the Republican prescription of tax cuts. The president, speaking before a joint session of Congress, demanded six times that lawmakers act “right away.”“For people hoping for a quick injection of economic activity, that’s not what Obama’s plan portends,” Peter Sorrentino, a senior money manager at Huntington Asset Advisors in Cincinnati, said in a telephone interview. The firm oversees $14.8 billion. “There’s a perception that it’s going to be difficult to pass it. Some people are concerned that it might not have worked last time. So, why would this be any better?”Most dependentThe Morgan Stanley Cyclical Index of companies whose earnings are most dependent on economic growth dropped 1.9 percent. The KBW Bank Index of 24 stocks slid 1.5 percent.JPMorgan declined 2.7 percent to $32.62. Citigroup fell 2.6 percent to $27.24. Chevron lost 1.9 percent to $96.55. Alcoa retreated 2.7 percent to $11.71.McDonald’s Corp. slumped 4.5 percent, the most in the Dow, to $84.67. Sales at stores open at least 13 months rose 3.5 percent, the Oak Brook, Illinois-based company said today in a statement. Analysts projected a gain of 5 percent, the average of seven estimates compiled by Bloomberg. U.S. sales advanced 3.9 percent, missing analysts’ estimates for a 4.5 percent gain.

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    European bank shares slide on Greek concern, Stark departure

    European bank and insurance shares tumbled, sending Societe Generale SA to its lowest level since 1996, amid mounting concern that a Greek debt default will roil the region’s financial industry.Societe Generale, France’s second-biggest lender, slid 8.2 percent to 17.91 euros in Paris. Credit Agricole SA, the nation’s third-largest, fell 6.5 percent to 5.48 euros. AXA SA and Allianz SE paced declines by insurers, shedding more than 4 percent apiece. Greek 10-year yields climbed to a record and their spread over German bunds surged to the most since the euro’s inception.Stocks extended their declines as the European Central Bank said Executive Board member Juergen Stark will resign, suggesting policy makers are divided over how to stem the crisis, and German policy makers were said to prepare plans to shield banks if Greece defaults.“Concerns on Greece’s rescue and dollar funding for banks have sent shares of some financials to historical lows,” said Maarten Altena, an Amsterdam-based analyst at ING Groep NV, “That means you’re back at square one or beyond, while a solution seems less obvious this time given the political deadlock in the euro zone.”Credit-default swaps insuring Greek sovereign bonds jumped 212 basis points to a record 3,238, according to CMA, signaling a 92 percent probability the country won’t meet its debt commitments.Greek Debt SwapThe 46-company Bloomberg Europe Banks and Financial Services Index fell 3.3 percent at 3:51 p.m. in London, paring two days of gains. The gauge is down about 6 percent this week.Bondholders are weighing whether to participate in a debt exchange that’s crucial to the Greece’s second bailout. The country is seeking preliminary responses today from investors to the proposed swap, part of a 159 billion-euro ($218 billion) European Union rescue plan agreed upon in July.Responses to the inquiry, which is not a formal offer, are nonbinding and will be aggregated by regulators on a country-by- country basis, according to the Greek government.Costs to insure sovereign debt rose, with the Markit iTraxx SovX Western Europe Index of CDS’s on 15 governments increasing four basis points to 326.5. The Markit iTraxx Financial Index of swaps on 25 banks and insurers rose 11 basis points to 275 as of 12 p.m. in London, JPMorgan Chase & Co. said.‘Mere Bystanders’“Unlike in 2008-2009, when the crisis was centered on banks’ mark-to-market losses and rising credit costs, this time around banks are mere bystanders to events developing outside their control,” Jernej Omahen, London-based analyst at Goldman Sachs Group Inc. wrote in a note dated Sept. 8. “The solution to current banks’ problems is not within their operational domain, but rather in the domain of policy makers.”Shares of insurers were hurt as yields of German, Dutch and Finnish government bonds, considered among the safest assets, all declined. German 10-year and two-year yields fell to all time lows after the ECB acknowledged the euro-region economic outlook has worsened.Allianz, Europe’s biggest insurer by market capitalization, fell 4.8 percent to 62.71 euros in Frankfurt. Axa declined 6.5 percent to 9.51 euros in Paris.Stark, the ECB’s 63-year-old chief economist, today “informed President Jean-Claude Trichet that, for personal reasons, he will resign from his position,” the Frankfurt-based central bank said in a statement.He resigned after protesting the bank’s bond purchases on a conference call earlier this week, said a euro-area central bank official familiar with the meeting.“Stark’s departure is not helping stocks either,” ING’s Altena said.

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    Euro falls to 6-month low on debt crisis; dollar rises

    The euro declined to a six-month low against the dollar on speculation the European Central Bank will cut interest rates amid record Greek bond yields and the region’s deepening debt crisis.The Dollar Index headed for the biggest weekly gain since August 2010 after President Barack Obama detailed his $447 billion plan to boost hiring. The 17-nation euro weakened amid speculation the region’s central bank will dilute a proposal to wean distressed banks off its emergency funding, said a euro- area official familiar with the deliberations. South Africa’s rand tumbled to an almost one-month low against the greenback as global stock markets tumbled and Greek yields rose to records.“The latest ECB headline feeds into the prevailing trend, which is to sell the euro,” said Michael Woolfolk, senior currency strategist in New York at Bank of New York Mellon Corp. “The markets reacted favorably to Obama’s plan and that’s part of the dollar’s bid.”The euro depreciated 1.2 percent to $1.3719 at 10:55 a.m. in New York, after dropping to $1.3699, the lowest level since Feb. 28. The currency has slumped 3.4 percent this week, the most since the period ended May 6. The euro slipped 0.9 percent to 106.66 yen. The dollar gained 0.3 percent to 77.73 yen.Dollar RalliesThe Dollar Index, which tracks the greenback versus the currencies of six U.S. trading partners, gained for a second day, adding 0.9 percent to 76.931. It earlier reached 77.052, the highest level since March 11. The gauge headed for a 2.9 percent weekly gain, the most since the period ended Aug. 13, 2010.“The story is simply that the dollar is picking up a bit because there are very few places where you can run and hide,” said Sebastien Galy, a senior currency strategist at Societe Generale SA in London. “You’re not getting any yield in Europe. It does suggest more dollar demand.”Axel Merk, president and chief investment officer at Merk Investments LLC, said his firm sold $90 million of euros yesterday after European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet took a “more dovish tone.”Merk Investments manages more than $700 million in assets and runs the Merk Hard Currency Fund. Merk disclosed the sale in a note today.ECB ViewThe ECB left its benchmark rate at 1.5 percent yesterday and cut its 2011 and 2012 growth forecasts at a policy meeting in Frankfurt. Greek bond yields reached record highs as the country endeavors to show it can reach budget-cutting targets to receive financial aid.The nation is seeking preliminary responses today from bond investors to the proposed debt swap, part of a 159 billion euro ($218 billion) European Union rescue plan agreed upon in July.The implied yield on Euribor futures for June slid four basis points to 0.98 percent, showing traders were adding to wagers for lower borrowing costs. Investors should be “on alert” for a potential 50 basis-point cut in ECB rates, Barclays Plc economists Julian Callow and Francois Cabau wrote in an investor report yesterday.The cost of converting euro-based payments into dollars, as measured by the one-year cross-currency basis swap, fell 7.1 basis points to 66.3 basis points below the euro interbank offered rate, or Euribor, indicating a higher premium to buy the greenback, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.Down Move“The catalyst has been the dovish stance from the ECB yesterday, which has continued to reinforce the downward move in the euro across the board as yield spreads are starting to move against it,” said Lee Hardman, a currency strategist at Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubihsi UFJ Ltd. in London. “Given the ongoing problems in the euro zone debt markets, there’s not much to like about the euro.”The euro headed for a weekly decline of 0.9 percent against nine developed nation currencies, according to the Bloomberg Correlation-Weighted Indexes. The Swiss franc declined 9.2 percent this week and the New Zealand dollar fell 0.3 percent.

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    Greenspan says gold’s rise ‘vote of no confidence’ in currencies

    Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said today that gold’s rise is a “vote of no confidence” in the world’s vital currencies and that gold should be thought of as a currency more than as a commodity.Greenspan, speaking at an event in Mexico City, said that the only way to solve the European debt crisis is by integrating European nations’ fiscal affairs.

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    Oil drops most in week as Bernanke, Obama don’t boost confidence

    Oil fell the most in a week in New York as speeches yesterday by President Barack Obama and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke didn’t boost confidence in the world’s largest economy.Crude tumbled as much as 3.1 percent after Bernanke stopped short of outlining new plans to boost growth. Obama, speaking before a joint session of Congress, demanded that lawmakers act on a plan to boost spending, stem layoffs and cut taxes.“Bernanke didn’t give any further insight into stimulus measures, and Obama’s speech has been received very tepidly, which continues to weigh on concerns about the U.S. economy,” said Matt Smith, a commodities analyst for Summit Energy Services Inc. in Louisville, Kentucky. “This is dominating the move in the crude market.”Crude for October delivery dropped $2.23, or 2.5 percent, to $86.82 a barrel at 11:17 a.m. on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Prices are up 0.4 percent this week and have fallen 5 percent this year.Brent for October settlement declined $2.45, or 2.1 percent, to $112.10 a barrel on London’s ICE Futures Europe exchange.Bernanke told economists yesterday that the Fed has measures at hand and is “prepared to employ these tools as appropriate” when policy makers meet this month. Obama challenged Congress to pass a $447 billion jobs plan “right away” that would boost spending on infrastructure, stem teacher layoffs and cut in half the payroll taxes paid by workers and small business owners.Euro FallsOil also fell as a declining euro undermined the appeal of dollar-denominated commodities, outweighing concerns that a tropical storm off Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula will limit the supply of crude.“The macroeconomic data looks more bleak and so the demand side is acting as a capping mechanism,” said Andy Sommer, a senior trader at EGL AG in Dietikon, Switzerland, who predicts Brent will end the year at about $115 a barrel.The euro fell 1.4 percent to $1.369 in New York, the lowest level since February.The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index fell 1.5 percent to 1,168.14, erasing its weekly gain. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 190.72, or 1.7 percent, to 11,105.09.“There are two critical factors dominating the outlook for the oil markets at this time, what global economic developments are doing to demand and the prospects for a pickup in Libyan oil exports,” according to a report published today by Deutsche Bank analysts including Adam Sieminski, the company’s Washington-based chief energy economist.U.S. DemandU.S. total products supplied as averaged over four weeks fell 1.2 percent to 19.4 million barrels a day in the period to Sept. 2, according to an Energy Department report yesterday. It was the second week showed the measure of demand in the world’s largest energy-consuming country had fallen after four weeks of increases.Libya may export a crude-oil cargo this month for the first time since March from the country’s west as the holder of Africa’s biggest oil reserves rebuilds production after deposing ruler Moammar Gadhafi.An 80,000-metric-ton cargo of crude is being offered for shipment from the port of Mellitah this month, three people with direct knowledge of the transaction said yesterday. The oil, equal to 600,000 barrels, will be loaded from Sept. 15 to 17, the people said, declining to be identified because the consignment has yet to be publicly announced.Tropical Storm NateTropical Storm Nate, 125 miles (200 kilometers) west of Campeche, Mexico, is forecast to move toward the Mexican coast, according to a National Hurricane Center advisory issued before 11 a.m. in New York.Top winds were 65 miles an hour, under the 74 mph threshold for a hurricane. Nate was moving northwest at 3 mph, away from most U.S. oil and gas platforms in the Gulf of Mexico, home to 27 percent of U.S. oil output and 6.5 percent of natural-gas production.

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    Ford asks court to reverse $2 billion award to truck dealers

    Ford Motor Co. asked an Ohio appeals court to reverse a $2 billion judgment awarded in June to a class of commercial truck dealers who claimed the company overcharged them for 11 years.The dealers sued Ford in 2002, claiming the company broke an agreement to sell trucks at published prices, which forced them to pay more from 1987 through 1998 and cut into profits. Cuyahoga County Judge Peter J. Corrigan in June upheld a $4.5 million verdict awarded to one Ohio dealer in February by a Cleveland jury. The Cleveland judge also said Ford had to pay similar damages and interest to a class of about 3,000 other dealers.The judge improperly found Ford liable before trial for breach of franchise agreements and prevented the company from defending itself on damages, the automaker said in a Sept. 2 filing with the Court of Appeals for Cuyahoga County in Cleveland. Ford also said Corrigan shouldn’t have applied his findings on one dispute across hundreds of thousands of transactions involving other dealers.“The trial court’s grant of summary judgment on liability exemplifies the court’s repeated and erroneous election to take away from the jury key questions on liability and damages,” Ford said in court papers. “The trial court deprived Ford of its rights to due process and a trial by jury.”Five Times HigherThe total $2 billion award is five times higher than the amount of the largest-ever jury award against Dearborn, Michigan-based Ford in a lawsuit, according to data compiled by Bloomberg News.The court’s judgment was the largest of any type in Ohio history, Ford said in its appeal. “That staggering judgment was as unwarranted as it was unprecedented,” the company said. “It resulted from a series of serious errors by the trial court, any one of which compels reversal.”Ford wasn’t denied any rights, James Lowe, the dealers’ lawyer, said in an interview today. Corrigan’s treatment of the suit by awarding damages to the class was “perfectly appropriate,” he said.“Ford would have been happy to have 3,000 trials,” he said.Corrigan allowed the dealers to pursue claims against Ford in a class action, or group suit, in 2005. This decision was upheld on appeal and the Ohio Supreme Court didn’t take Ford’s petition for review.Verdict AffirmedCorrigan on June 10 affirmed a Cleveland jury’s February verdict for one dealer and applied it to claims of the entire class of dealers.“Because every potential price was not published, each sale is affected by hidden discounts in each negotiation of the artificially inflated published price,” Corrigan said in upholding the verdict to Westgate Ford Truck Sales Inc. “As to all class members, it is undisputed that the franchise agreements were identical in all material aspects.”Corrigan added $6.65 million in interest to the $4.5 million verdict the jury awarded to Westgate, a Youngstown, Ohio, dealer. The $2 billion judgment to the class includes about $1.2 billion in interest.Ford was accused in the lawsuit of breaching an agreement with truck dealers by failing to publish to all of them all price concessions that were approved for any dealer.Dealer ClassThe class includes all Ford dealers who bought from the company any 600 series or higher truck over a period of about 11 years, starting in 1987. The claims covered sales of 474,289 trucks, Lowe said.There was no breach of contract and no damages were incurred, Ford said.“Dealers knew from the program’s inception that Ford published the amount of any case-specific discount only to the particular dealer requesting it, and dealers favored that practice for competitive reasons,” the company said. Westgate Ford participated in the program for 15 years before complaining that non-publication of these discounts breached the franchise agreement, the automaker said.Ford said the dealers should never have been allowed to pursue their claims as a group.

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    Juergen Stark

    Top European Central Bank official Stark resigns unexpectedly

    FRANKFURT, Germany — Top European Central Bank official Juergen Stark is resigning well before the end of his term, removing a key voice for higher interest rates and raising questions about the bank’s course during Europe’s debt crisis.Stark’s departure comes amid controversy over the central bank’s program to purchase government bonds in the open market, a risky practice that has provoked strong criticism in Stark’s home country Germany.The ECB said in a statement only that Stark, 63, was leaving “for personal reasons.” His term was to end in just under three years, on May 31, 2014. But analysts suggested his departure was linked to policy disagreements.“Ongoing controversies on the ECB’s bond purchasing program seem to have triggered Stark’s resignation,” said ING economist Carsten Brzeski.European stock markets and the euro fell sharply on the news as investors worried about the leadership at the eurozone’s top monetary authority.The ECB is playing a key and controversial role in fighting the market turmoil in Europe, which is generated by fears over too much government debt in some countries. Last month the bank resumed its emergency program to buy the government bonds of troubled states. That has pushed down the market borrowing rates in Spain and Italy, helping to keep them from financial disaster, but has also stirred opposition among some conservative German members of parliament and academic economists.Critics say the practice means the bank is using its monetary powers to support, if only indirectly, financially shaky government budgets.Stark, who sits on the six-member executive board of the ECB, was quoted earlier Friday as saying that the bond purchases had to be temporary.A group of German professors and a conservative lawmaker challenged the purchases in Germany’s constitutional court but their arguments were rejected in a ruling Wednesday.Brzeski noted Stark was the ECB’s “most hawkish” member — an advocate of higher interest rates to keep prices from rising — and that his departure could trigger speculation about interest rate cuts.The bank indicated Thursday that its benchmark refinancing rate was likely on hold at 1.5 percent for some time after two increases in April and July, but some economists think a turn for the worse in the debt crisis could force a cut by the end of the year or early next year.Responsible for economics and statistics, Stark is often described as the bank’s chief economist and has considerable influence over the forecasts that support ECB policy decisions. He was also formerly an official with Germany’s anti-inflation Bundesbank.Stark’s departure is the second unexpected personnel change at the ECB this year, after governing council member and Bundesbank head Axel Weber, regarded as front runner to succeed bank President Jean-Claude Trichet, dropped out of the running and did not seek another term.Instead, Bank of Italy head Mario Draghi was chosen by eurozone leaders to replace Trichet Nov. 1.It’s not clear what Stark’s departure would mean for the bank’s course until his replacement is clear. As the biggest country in the eurozone, Germany would be in a strong position to demand a German replace him so as to keep at least one seat on the influential body.Der Spiegel said on its website that a possible replacement was deputy finance minister Joerg Asmussen, who has played a key role in crafting agreement on bailouts for heavily indebted Greece, Ireland and Portugal.The ECB said Stark would remain in his job until a successor is appointed by the end of the year.

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    Sears Holdings names supply chain leader

    Sears Holdings named Raj Penkar as senior vice president and president, Supply Chain, effective Sept. 15.

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    Kelmscott Communications, Graphix Products announce merger

    Kelmscott Communications Inc. and Graphix Products Inc. announced the two companies will merge, effective immediately

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    Green Courte acquires N.Y. manufactured housing community

    Green Courte Partners LLC said it acquired the Parkside Village manufactured housing community in Cheektowaga, N.Y

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    Employees install a G7 summit poster near the Le Palais du Pharo, the location for the G7 finance ministers and central bank governors meeting in Marseille, France, on Friday, Sept. 9, 2011. The Group of Seven, the United States, France, Germany, Italy, Britain, Japan and Canada meet in the French port of Marseilles today for the two day meeting.

    Developed nations debate how to restore growth

    MARSEILLE, France — The financial leaders of the world’s most developed economies were wrangling Friday over how to revive a faltering economic recovery at a time when interest rates are already low and government debt is high.The so-called Group of Seven economies — the U.S., Canada, Japan, the U.K., France, Italy and Germany — are all facing a similar challenge. The recovery that began a little over a year ago is already running out of steam but governments’ ability to boost growth is hampered after the financial crisis pushed up their deficits.The solutions offered by the finance ministers and central bankers gathering in Marseille, France, differ wildly.As President Barack Obama on Thursday proposed a $447 billion plan to create jobs, Treasury Chief Timothy Geithner, in an opinion piece in the Financial Times, pushed countries with lower debts to slow down consolidation to give the world economy a much-needed boost.Yet, whether that argument will gain much traction in Marseille is questionable.Germany, which weathered the financial crisis much better than most other developed economies, has already ruled out scraping cost cuts in favor of stimulus. Just days before Geithner’s piece in the Financial Times, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble argued in the same newspaper that austerity was the only way of getting the eurozone’s struggling economies growing again.Most other European countries have less of a choice when it comes to reviving their economies with extra spending.Of all the G-7 states, Italy has been most embroiled in the debt storm. Its government debt, some 120 percent of economic output, is among the highest in Europe and its interest rates have jumped in recent weeks as investors fear that it may face a similar fate as fellow euro countries Greece, Ireland and Portugal.But bailing out Italy, as the eurozone has done with the other three stragglers, would likely overwhelm the currency union and the government in Rome is currently pushing massive new spending cuts through parliament.The U.K., which is outside the eurozone, has also embraced a strategy of austerity, although its central bank has taken a more expansive route than its eurozone counterpart, pumping billions of pounds into the British economy.“We will stick to the deficit reduction plan we have set out,” Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne said Friday in London, before heading off to Marseille. “It is the rock of stability on which our economy is built,” Osborne added.But Christina Lagarde, the head of the International Monetary Fund Christine Lagarde, who was also in London, warned that “consolidation, if it happens too quickly, will hurt the economy and worsen job prospects.”

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    Hungary seeks to allow repayments at fixed FX rate

    BUDAPEST, Hungary — Hungary’s governing party is considering allowing people with debts in foreign currencies to repay them in a lump sum at an exchange rate much lower than current market rates, with banks forced to absorb all the costs.Fidesz parliamentary faction leader Janos Lazar says debtors would be able to cancel their debts in Swiss francs at an exchange rate of 180 forints per franc, while debts in euros could be canceled at 250 forints.Midday Friday the franc was worth 230 forints, while the euro traded at 270 forints.State news wire MTI says the government will decide on the proposal, which analysts say would lead to massive losses for banks and could be in breach of European Union rules, on Sunday.Nearly two-thirds of Hungarian mortgages are in foreign currencies.

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    Porsche shares tank as VW says no merger this year

    FRANKFURT, Germany — Porsche shares are down sharply after Volkswagen said a merger between the two German carmakers will not be completed by the year-end as planned.Shares in Porsche Automobil Holding SE traded down 11.3 percent Friday at (euro) 39.21.Volkswagen, which owns 49.9 percent of the automaking part of Porsche and has an option to buy the rest, says Porsche’s holding company faces potential legal actions in Germany and the United States over alleged share manipulation.Since those proceedings won’t be resolved soon, VW’s financial risk can’t be assessed.Volkswagen AG said it would seek another way to integrate Porsche, either through the purchase option or by other means to be explored by year end. The two companies are already extensively intertwined; VW board chairman Ferdinand Piech is a member of the family that controls Porsche, and VW CEO Martin Winterkorn is also CEO of the Porsche holding.The two companies also cooperate in making Porsche’s Cayenne SUV.Porsche initially tried to gain control of Volkswagen, but ran up too much debt and Volkswagen turned the table and wound up in a position to make Porsche one of its 10 brands. Investors who lost money betting against Porsche shares during the takeover bid are suing, claiming the company manipulated share prices. Porsche denies any wrongdoing.

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    Thailand’s plan to pay its rice growers far above market rates is expected to push up prices for the staple that feeds almost half the world’s people as rice importing nations look to other countries for tightened supplies. A new government in Thailand, the world’s biggest rice exporter, has promised growers higher prices for rice in a scheme that will take effect Oct. 7, 2011.

    Thai rice subsidy scheme to push up world prices

    Thailand’s plan to pay its rice growers far above market rates is expected to push up prices for the staple that feeds almost half the world’s people as rice importing nations look to other countries for tightened supplies. A new government in Thailand, the world’s biggest rice exporter, has promised growers higher prices for rice in a scheme that will take effect Oct. 7. It’s putting no limit on the amount of rice it will buy.

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    Reports: Russia to sell 15 percent in Rosneft

    MOSCOW — Russian news agencies say the government has announced plans to sell up to 15 percent in top oil producer Rosneft next year for around $6.7 billion.RIA-Novosti and Interfax cited Economy Minister official Alexei Uvarov as saying the privatization of a swathe of state-owned assets could raise up to $40 billion by 2014.Other government entities to be sold include a 10 percent stake in lender VTB, 4.1 percent in electricity transmission company Unified Energy System, and 25 percent of shipping company Sovcomflot.Uvarov is quoted as saying the government’s privatization drive will raise $10 billion in 2012. The government hopes to earn a further $12.8 billion in 2013, and $16 billion in 2014.

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    Madoff trustee Sets $272 million payout date of Sept. 15

    The liquidator of Bernard Madoff’s firm is planning an initial distribution of $272 million to investors holding allowed claims as of Sept. 15, according to a court filing.Trustee Irving Picard intends to issue payments by the end of the third quarter, after reviewing allowed claims against the jailed con man, he said in July. The average check, arriving almost three years after the Ponzi scheme collapsed, will be $222,551, he said.Holders of claims against Madoff that were sold or transferred will only receive distributions from Picard if the 21-day notice and objection period on the transfer has expired by Sept. 15, according to the filing.Picard, who has filed more than 1,000 lawsuits seeking money for Madoff investors, in May allotted $2.6 billion to a fund for victims of the Ponzi scheme. Because of court challenges, most of the $8.6 billion he has raised isn’t currently available to put in the customer fund or distribute to claimholders who lost an estimated $17.3 billion in principal, he has said.Madoff, 73, is in a federal prison in North Carolina, serving a 150-year sentence for the fraud. Picard and his law firm, Baker & Hostetler LLP, have made about $179 million in fees since Madoff’s 2008 arrest.

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    President Barack Obama speaks to a joint session of Congress at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011 as Vice President Joe Biden watches.

    Economists show support for Obama job-growth plan

    A tentative thumbs-up. That was the assessment Thursday night from economists, who offered mainly positive reviews of President Barack Obama’s $447 billion plan to stimulate job creation. Some predicted it would put hundreds of thousands of people back to work next year.

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    Japan economy shrank more than initial report

    TOKYO — Japan’s economy contracted the April-June quarter at an annual rate of 2.1 percent, worse than the initial estimate, the government said Friday, underlining the damage from the March earthquake disaster.The Cabinet Office numbers give a more dismal view than the earlier report that had said Japan’s gross domestic product, or the measure of a nation’s goods and services, contracted at an annual rate of 1.3 percent.The world’s third-largest economy has struggled ever since the March 11 tsunami and earthquake, which left 20,000 people missing or dead, disrupted supply chains among the small-business suppliers in the northeast and forced companies to cut back on power usage because of a nuclear power plant that went into meltdown.The government said capital expenditure during the three months through June contracted 0.9 percent annual rate. The preliminary report had said it had risen 0.2 percent.Satoshi Osanai, economist at Daiwa Institute of Research in Tokyo, said the revisions were within expectations, and the consensus view among analysts is that the economy will bounce back in months ahead.“These negative results reflect the one-time disaster, and so we still think conditions are turning better in a recovery,” he said. “This is not going to be like Lehman shock when things kept getting worse.”Government stimulus spending, designed to help along recovery efforts in northeastern Japan, is likely to combine with growth in the private sector, including consumer spending, to show expansion in the next quarter economic data, Osanai said.The disaster hit at a time when Japan’s economy had been stagnating for more than a decade, its public debt ballooning, and the nation had been struggling to find a turnaround.Exports, corporate investment and consumer spending have all been falling in recent months.Even as companies restore production, a surging yen, which has recently tested record highs against the dollar, is a major problem for Japan’s exporters. It reduces the value of their foreign earnings and makes Japanese goods more expensive in overseas markets.Japan lost its place as the world’s No. 2 economy to China last year. It has faced a slew of problems including years of deflation and a rapidly aging and shrinking population.

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    pple Inc., the world’s most valuable technology company, won backing from a German court for a ban on sales of Samsung Electronics Co.’s Galaxy 10.1 tablet computer in the country.

    Apple wins ruling for German Samsung Galaxy tablet 10.1 ban

    Apple Inc., the world’s most valuable technology company, won backing from a German court for a ban on sales of Samsung Electronics Co.’s Galaxy 10.1 tablet computer in the country. A Dusseldorf court today upheld the temporary sales ban it issued Aug. 9, rejecting Samsung’s bid to overturn it.

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    President Barack Obama did not spell out exactly how he would pay for the measures contained in his nearly $450 billion American Jobs Act but said he would send his proposed specifics in a week to the new congressional supercommittee charged with finding budget savings

    Fact check: Obama’s jobs plan paid for? Seems not

    President Barack Obama’s promise Thursday that everything in his jobs plan will be paid for rests on highly iffy propositions. It will only be paid for if a committee he can’t control does his bidding, if Congress puts that into law and if leaders in the future don’t roll it back. Here's a look at some of Obama’s claims and how they compare with the facts:

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    Mel Gibson will develop a movie about the Jewish hero Judah Maccabee.

    Mel Gibson to produce film on Jewish hero

    Mel Gibson, who reportedly made anti-Semitic remarks during a drunken-driving arrest five years ago, is now producing a film about the life of Jewish hero Judah Maccabee. Gibson's publicist told The Associated Press Friday that Gibson is working on a deal with Warner Bros. to develop the film through his company, Icon Productions. What Gibson's exact role will be in the film hasn't been determined.

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    Actor Nick Nolte is content with life and his new film “Warrior.”

    Nolte shows he has heart of a ‘Warrior'

    In “Warrior,” Nick Nolte plays a man looking for redemption. In real life, he's already found it. The 70-year-old actor looks like a man at peace. He's invigorated by his girlfriend, a 3-year-old daughter and a passion for storytelling that hasn't waned over his 40-year career.

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    Dot-Marie Jones is shown in a scene from the “Never Been Kissed,” episode of “Glee.” Jones is nominated for a Creative Arts Emmy Award for her portrayal of Coach Shannon Beiste.

    Emmy nod a nice surprise for ‘Glee's' Jones

    For Dot-Marie Jones, the Creative Arts Emmy nomination for her portrayal of coach Shannon Beiste on Fox's “Glee” just might have been sent from heaven. “This is my 20th year in acting and it's finally that golden nugget that you dream about — that you never know if you'll find,” Jones said, tearing up.

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    Kevin Hart, star of the comedy concert film “Laugh at My Pain,” which opened Friday at the Yorktown 17 in Lombard and River East 21 in Chicago, has found a way to craft his comedy act around his most shameful situations, turning them into laughable ones.

    Kevin Hart pokes fun at his life in standup movie

    For Kevin Hart, comedy is therapy. “That's my drug, to go onstage and show people what I'm going through,” said Hart, whose first standup comedy movie “Laugh at My Pain” premiered in 100 AMC theaters in the United States, including the Yorktown 17 in Lombard and the River East 21 in Chicago, and in East and West Africa on Thursday.

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    Marriott goes ‘Blonde' for 2012 season

    Marriott Theatre's 2012 season will mix crowd-pleasing favorites with a quirky new musical about, of all things, an aspiring comic book artist.

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    Bono, left, and The Edge, of the Irish band U2, arrive for the gala screening of the U2 documentary “From the Sky Down” at the Toronto International Film Festival on Thursday.

    U2 doc rocks Toronto film fest

    U2 singer Bono, guitarist The Edge and their band mates have let their guard down for a revealing documentary about their creative development and a pivotal career shift 20 years ago. “From the Sky Down” opened the Toronto International Film Festival on Thursday night, the first time in its 36-year history that the prestigious cinema showcase began with a documentary.

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    NBC sets “The Playboy Club” in Chicago in the early 1960s. The drama is one of many centering around women.

    From ‘Angels' to Bunnies, women dominate fall TV

    Among the two dozen shows premiering this fall on the five major networks, women will be standing tall in central roles. Of course, a debate already rages whether females are liberated or demeaned on certain new shows, namely ABC's “Pan Am” with all those sleek stewardesses and NBC's “The Playboy Club.”

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    Acclaimed dance troupe Momix makes its debut at the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 9 and 10.

    Weekend picks: Momix blooms at Ravinia

    Watch in awe as members of the acclaimed modern dance company Momix twist their bodies into the shapes of flowers during the group's Ravinia Festival debut at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Their eclectic musical and puppetry-filled piece “Botanica” should dazzle as well. Also on tap is a special Momix family concert at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Highland Park venue.

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    No master suite is complete without a luxurious bath, like this model home at Thousand Oaks in Spring Grove.

    Today’s new homes feature an owner’s retreat

    Master suites get royal treatment in today’s new homes. Once a utilitarian room in the house, the owners’ bedroom was simply a place to sleep. Only in the past 25 years has the master suite been a common feature in new-home building. Today the master suite is plush, comfortable and full of luxury.

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    Line your grill with foil for easy clean-up and choose drinks in aluminum cans for quick chilling, says Joe Cahn, the Commissioner of Tailgating.

    Tailgating comish gives tips for pre-game parties

    In a Daily Herald exclusive, Joe Cahn, The Commissioner of Tailgating, offers tips to enchance the tailgating experience, whether you're attending the Bears vs. Falcons game Sunday, Sept. 11 at Soldier Field, or a local college game.

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    At 21, Samantha Trebilcock is the area's youngest certified doula.

    Doulas dole out advice to expectant, new mothers

    With families spread out across the country and even the world and no one for an expectant or new mother to turn to with her fears and questions, more couples are hiring “doulas” (Greek for “to serve woman”) to assist and advise during pregnancy, labor and the first weeks or months after delivery.

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    Former "House" star and Arlington Heights native Jennifer Morrison tackles a very different genre in ABC's "Once Upon a Time." It debuts Oct. 23.

    10 TV shows to try this fall

    Retro dramas (NBC's "The Playboy Club" and ABC's "Pan Am"), a couple of engaging comedies (CBS' "2 Broke Girls" and Fox's "New Girl"), a fairy tale-based fantasy starring Arlington Heights native Jennifer Morrison (ABC's "Once Upon a Time") and the return of Sarah Michelle Gellar (CW's "Ringer") top the list of shows not to be missed this fall.

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    Super Handyman: Tips to keep fleas at bay

    One of the first tunes I learned to play on the piano was a little ditty called “My Dog Has Fleas.” Cute, but not as cute if it’s true about the fleas. Here are the best tips we’ve collected to rid your home and yard of fleas.

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    About Real Estate: Experts split on whether debt-ceiling deal will impact home tax deduction

    Some worry that the new debt-ceiling and deficit-reduction compromise approved by President Barack Obama and Congress puts the popular mortgage-interest deduction in jeopardy, but others aren’t so sure.

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    Home inspector: Report should mention worn roof

    Q. Before we bought our house, we hired a home inspector. He said the roof was worn and needed a few bundles of wood shakes for patching. After this, I got repair bids from three roofing contractors. Each of them stated that the roof needed replacement Shouldn’t our home inspector have alerted us to this?

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    Mount Prospect library to host New Parent Expo
    Parenting experts will be on hand Saturday, Sept. 10, at Mount Prospect Library to offer new parents tips and services.

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    Keep the dialogue alive for our youth

    Children who did not witness the events of 9/11, and teens who watched but didn't fully comprehend them, need to understand the impact of that day on America. A Daily Herald editorial asserts that parents and educators must not ignore the awesome responsibility they have to teach this next generation.

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    A health, not an image, issue

    Columnist Esther Cepeda: A new book's cover — on which an overweight girl with a pink dress stares longingly into a mirror image of a thin girl — reinforces the well-accepted attitude that obesity is primarily an image issue rather than a health issue. This false collective belief keeps people from taking a killer disease seriously.

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    A ruling’s valuable rehabilitation

    Columnist George Will: Since the New Deal, courts have stopped defending liberty of contract and other unenumerated rights grounded in America’s natural rights tradition.

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    Walsh insults commander in chief
    A Waukegan letter to the editor: I am truly embarrassed to have to say that I am from the 8th Congressional District in Illinois. This is the district that has Joe Walsh as its representative. This is a man who, obviously, has not been in the military service.

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    Herald muddled tea party message
    I read with interest Madhu Krishamurthy’s article of Sept. 6 regarding Naperville’s Last Fling parade on Labor Day. I was honored to walk with the Naperville Tea Patriots, but surprised to learn that we were protesting “abortion rights.” The tea party is about fiscal responsibility, constituionally limited government, and free markets.

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    Illinois taxes too much for too little
    Letter to the Editor: We are paying way too much taxes in Illinois. No wonder people are moving to other states. Please stop trying to find out how much more you can tax us in Illinois.

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    Towns need plans to fight ash borer
    Go out on the parkway and look up and down the street. Look all around in the yards, parkways and “green” areas within view. Then imagine absolutely no trees anywhere in sight.

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    Why go to China for MLK sculptor?
    Journalist Charles Krauthammer tells us in a recent edition of the Daily Herald that the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial was made by a Chinese artist in China using Chinese granite and shipped to the U.S. I was taken aback.

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    Revisit decision on Rt. 45 bypass
    Lindenhurst letter to the editor: Lake County Board, listen to the people who put you in your position and compensate you for your service. Revisit the Rt. 45 bypass and do the right thing.

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    Future in better hands than you know
    Since joining St. Paul Lutheran Church in Wheaton, we have taken note of the many poised, kind and confident kids from the community. What a contrast they provide to the prevailing images we see so often on TV. From where we sit, the future appears to be in better hands than some people imagine.

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    Deficit solution: legalize prostitution
    If we continue to increase taxes, employers will continue to leave the state. There is only one painless solution to the budget deficit crises that will completely satisfy everyone. Illinois must legalize prostitution.

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