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Daily Archive : Wednesday August 15, 2012

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    The interior of BlackFinn American Grille in Mount Prospect will be much like this restaurant in St. Louis.

    BlackFinn restaurant opening at Randhurst Village

    A new restaurant coming to Randhurst Village is opening Saturday, Aug. 25, with a grand opening coming Sept. 6. BlackFinn American Grille bills itself as an American restaurant with a diverse menu of affordable classics, along with an extensive list of beers and specialty cocktails.

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    Carol Stream library board selects interim director

    Marilyn Boria already helped quell tempers at the Sugar Grove Public Library when its board of trustees hired her as interim director after ousting its director last year. Now Boria will be tasked with doing the same in Carol Stream, where the library board voted Wednesday to hire her until it can find a permanent replacement for Ann Kennedy, whose controversial firing has also set off tempers in...

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    College student Kristina Vann worked in several different capacities as the summer marketing assistant at the Fox Valley Park District, including her role as starter at the Mid-American Canoe and Kayak Race this past June.

    Work and fun: summer internship at the park district

    With all of its programs and events, the Fox Valley Park District has always provided me opportunities to be active and involved in recreation. It got even better this summer with my internship as the summer marketing assistant. Rather than work, my job here has felt more like an adventure in helping people in our communities enjoy life!

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    Changes coming to ECC campus

    If you return to Elgin Community College this fall and can't find the SRC or the IBC, don't fret. The college is in the process of changing building and parking lot names, as well as some of the classroom numbers across campus.

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    The partial interchange at I-90 and Route 47 in Huntley is undergoing an upgrade to full access.

    Tollway asks for interchange feedback

    A tollway interchange is considered golden for towns seeking to spur economic development or improve traffic, and that’s why it’s among the most frequent requests the toll agency receives from municipalities. So you want a new tollway interchange in your town? The Illinois tollway is revising its rules and wants you to comment.

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    Cook commissioners discuss healthcare, pension change

    Cook County spends $500 million annually on employee benefits, with about $300 million, or around 60 percent, going toward healthcare and $200 million, or about 40 percent, going toward retirement for the 24,000 employees. A Republican and a Democrat on the county board are joining together to talk up changes they hope would help cover those costs without raising taxes or cutting benefits.

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    Judge Edward Burmila enters the Will County courthouse as Drew Peterson’s murder trial continues Wednesday in Joliet.

    Peterson judge again chastises prosecutors

    An increasingly exasperated judge at former police officer Drew Peterson's murder trial delivered his strongest rebuke of prosecutors yet on Wednesday after a pathologist spoke about crawling into the bathtub where Peterson's third wife was found dead.

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    Young immigrants stand in a long line at Chicago’s Navy Pier on Wednesday, waiting for guidance on a new federal program that would help them work legally in the United States and avoid deportation.

    At least 13,000 young immigrants line up at Navy Pier

    Thousands of young immigrants lined up Wednesday at Navy Pier in Chicago for guidance with a new federal program that would help them avoid deportation, and the crowd was so large that workshop organizers had to turn some of them away.

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    2 men freed after guns found in bags at airport

    WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. — A Wheeling resident and another man have been released after a prosecutor said weapons found in their luggage in separate incidents at Bradley International Airport in Connecticut were not a threat.

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    Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, right, tries to greet supporters Wednesday while surrounded by booing union members during the Governor’s Day rally at the Illinois State Fair.

    Massive protest mars Quinn’s day at state fair

    Gov. Pat Quinn's special day at the Illinois State Fair wasn't so special. He was met by a large crowd of booing, chanting union protesters who said his hits on wages and retirement benefits betray the Democratic Party's tradition of supporting labor.

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    Entire state eligible for drought relief

    The entire state of Illinois is now eligible for drought relief following the announcement of federal disaster designation for 14 more counties. The following counties received USDA primary disaster designation Wednesday: Bureau, Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Grundy, Henry, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Knox, Mercer, Putnam, Stark and Will.

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    Service resumed on Metra’s BNSF line late afternoon after the rails were blocked for several hours.

    Metra Burlington Northern trains running, but schedule in flux

    Metra commuters on the BNSF line will be able to get a train ride home but schedules are in flux after a fallen crane stalled service for hours. A construction crane fell on the tracks just west of Cass Avenue in Westmont around 11:50 a.m. while workers were errecting a signal bridge, Deputy Fire Chief Jim Connolly said.

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    Kimberly A. Jeffer

    Two charged with metal theft from Lake Villa railroad tracks

    Two suspects have been charged with stealing metal from the Canadian National railroad tracks near the Lake Villa Metra station, according to police.

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    A two-year-old mixed breed dubbed “Chessie” poses Wednesday outside the Cuyahoga County animal shelter in Cleveland. A CSX bridge monitor found the dog Friday night, telling police that he witnessed from a distance the dog being tied to CSX railroad tracks and someone appearing to take photographs or video of it.

    Train kills two of three dogs tied to railroad tracks

    A $5,000 reward was offered Wednesday for information leading to an arrest and conviction of a man who tied three dogs to railroad tracks, where two were killed by a train and one survived by crouching off the rails.

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    Reginald Myles

    No bail for Elgin man in Cadillac Ranch shooting

    An Elgin man is being held without bail after he was arrested in connection with a shooting at a Bartlett bar in February. Reginald Myles, 23, of the 700 block of Grace Street in Elgin, was arrested Aug. 12 during a traffic stop in Springfield, Mo.

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    Judge won’t halt Pennsylvania voter restrictions

    A tough new voter identification law championed by Republicans can take effect in Pennsylvania for November's presidential election, a judge ruled Wednesday, despite a torrent of criticism that it will suppress votes among President Barack Obama's supporters and make it harder for the elderly, disabled, poor and young adults to vote.

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    Boeing hypersonic aircraft fails

    The Air Force says an unmanned experimental aircraft suffered a control failure during an attempt to fly at six times the speed of sound.

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    Deshawn Wadley

    Schools locked down after Gurnee home invasion

    Three robbers remain at large after an armed home invasion in Gurnee that forced police to lock down four school buildings and the village hall Wednesday morning, according to authorities. Police said the home on the 4200 block of Lake Park Avenue was targeted for drugs and money.

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    McHenry man charged with sexual assault

    A 44-year-old McHenry man has been arrested on a sexual assault charge. Scott W. Wurtz is accused of criminal sexual assault, unlawful restraint and battery, according to police.

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    Alia Bernard

    Judge knocks year off sentence of woman who killed 2 motorcyclists

    A Kane County judge Wednesday knocked a year off the 7-year sentence of Alia Bernard, who caused a chain reaction crash in 2009 that killed a St. Charles couple and injured a dozen other motorcyclists.

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    Butterfield School prepares for 82 new students after boundary change

    The number of students attending Butterfield School in Lombard Elementary District 44 will increase by 82 when school begins Aug. 27 as the result of a boundary change that administrators say helped balance class sizes between Butterfield and Manor Hill schools. Butterfield is expected to have 261 students at the beginning of the year, up from 179 last year, and Manor Hill Principal Rob Schulz...

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    Associated Press The John Deere logo on the back of a combine at the John Deere farming equipment exhibit area during the Farm Progress Show in Decatur.

    Deere earnings hit by slowing economic growth

    The effects of a slowing global economy caught up to Deere & Co. in its fiscal third quarter, as its net income rose 11 percent but fell well short of Wall Street's expectations.

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    A brown bat.

    Rabid bat found in Arlington Hts. village hall

    A bat that was found on the fourth floor Arlington Heights' village hall tested positive for rabies. A police department employee found the bat, and the village's animal warden killed it before anyone was bitten.

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    Schaumburg to hold referendum on electrical aggregation

    After passing on the electrical aggregation craze earlier this year, Schaumburg trustees have jumped aboard the referendum bandwagon. The village board unanimously agreed Tuesday to put an electrical aggregation referendum on the Nov. 6 ballot, allowing voters to choose whether the village should lump together residential and small business customers together to seek lower power rates.

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    This undated handout artist illustration provided by NASA shows a cosmic supermom. It’s a galaxy that gives births to more stars in a day than ours does in a year.

    Multiple births on cosmic scale in distant galaxy

    Scientists have found a cosmic supermom. It's a galaxy that gives births to more stars in a day than ours does in a year.Astronomers used NASA's Chandra X-Ray telescope to spot this distant gigantic galaxy creating about 740 new stars a year. By comparison, our Milky Way galaxy spawns just about one new star each year.

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    Joe Walsh

    Quinn and Walsh trade insults

    Who's "the worst?" Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, speaking at a Democratic Party event Wednesday in Springfield, pinned the insult on Republican U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh, calling him "the worst congressman in America." Walsh, of McHenry, responded in kind, calling Quinn "the worst governor in the country."

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    The library’s new “living room”, where visitors can relax in lounge furniture in front of a fireplace, is part of a $2.8 million renovation plan approved by the Arlington Heights Memorial Library board this week.

    Arlington Heights Library board approves $2.8 million renovation

    The Arlington Heights Library Memorial Library board has approved a $2.8 million plan to provide the library building with its largest interior renovation in decades. Board members approved the proposal Tuesday without discussion, clearing the way for construction to begin immediately. The work should be complete by mid-April 2013, said library Executive Director Jason Kuhl.

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    A Monarch butterfly perches on a branch in the Sierra Chincua Sanctuary in the mountains of Mexico’s Michoacan state.

    Mexico’s monarch butterfly reserve stops logging

    Illegal logging has practically been eliminated in the western Mexico wintering grounds of the monarch butterfly, according to a research report released Wednesday, and Mexican officials now hope to use the successful program of anti-logging patrols and payments to rural residents to solve other forestry conflicts throughout the country.

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    Obama? No, Osama

    Gov. Pat Quinn, speaking at a Democratic party breakfast in Springfield, accidentally declared President Barack Obama dead. "Obama, uh, he's gone, he's dead, and the American auto industry is alive and well," Quinn said. After a few seconds Quinn realized his mistake. "Osama bin Laden! I goofed that one up," Quinn said. "Osama bin Laden is dead and the American auto industry is alive thanks to...

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    Firefighters pull a hose into position to quench a smoldering field Wednesday near Cle Elum, Wash.

    Crews battle dozens of Western fires

    Idaho's Trinity Ridge Fire has burned more than 100 square miles in the past two weeks. It's bearing down on Pine and Featherville, recreation getaways in the mountains two hours northeast of Boise.

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    Clarke lab supervisor Lauren Lavezzi sets a West Nile virus mosquito trap near Mundelein’s village hall Wednesday afternoon.

    As risk grows regionally, Lake County reports first human West Nile case

    With health officials across the Chicago area warning of increased dangers of West Nile virus this summer, a Buffalo Grove man has been confirmed as Lake County's first human case of the year. With cases in animals on a record pace this summer, it may not be the last. "The risk of transmission is the highest it's been in years," health department spokeswoman Leslie Piotrowski said Wednesday.

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    Rod Crome of Albion, keeps his eyes on the judges while competing in the Yearling Ewe competition at the Illinois State Fair Wednesday.

    State fair’s ‘Sale of Champions’ breaks record

    SPRINGFIELD — The “Sale of Champions” at this year’s Illinois State Fair was a record-breaker.Acting Agriculture Director Bob Flider says buyers at Tuesday’s sale paid record prices for five animals. The annual auction of prize-winning state fair junior livestock brought in more than $159,000 for the producers and Illinois’ 4-H and Future Farmers of America education programs.

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    Arlington Heights dogs could have a park to call their own in the next couple of years. The Arlington Heights Park District this week asked its staff to move forward with planning a potential dog park — or two — with funding in the 2013-14 budget.

    No tax increase for dog park in Arlington Heights

    Plans for a proposed dog park in Arlington Heights will move forward, but not as a part of the $39 million park renovation referendum before voters in November. The Arlington Heights Park District board gave staff direction this week to continue getting input on a potential dog park, or two, and look at it as a capital project for the 2013-14 budget.

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    Dan Sims dresses like an astronaut for the first day of classes Wednesday at Naperville North High School. The theme for this year’s seniors was Apollo 13.

    Naperville students head back to class — in costume

    Roughly 17,000 students returned Wednesday for the first day of classes in Naperville Unit District 203 schools. The district started classes early this summer to provide balanced semesters and allow time for high school students to take semester exams prior to winter break.

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    New Illinois, Wisconsin wildlife refuge approved

    U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar on Wednesday announced the establishment of Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge in southeastern Wisconsin and northeastern Illinois. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will create the refuge by purchasing land easements from willing sellers.

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    Former Libertyville mayor honored:

    Based on a recommendation from the Libertyville village board's parks and recreation committee, the informally designated Cambridge Knoll park on Garfield Avenue will be renamed in honor of former two-term mayor Duane Laska.

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    Libertyville clears food center:

    A Christian charity that provides meals for malnourished children around the world has been cleared to open a preparation center in Libertyville.

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    D120 board meets Thursday:

    The Mundelein High School board will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday to discuss proposed price increases for breakfast and lunch, as well as other business.

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    Fall festival a possiblity for rescheduled fireworks show in Wauconda

    Wauconda is considering a couple of possibilities for a rescheduled fireworks show, with a concept set to be presented to the village board for consideration on Aug. 28. Wauconda was one of five Lake County communities to cancel its Fourth of July fireworks show because of drought conditions.

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    Michael Madigan

    Madigan: No override if Quinn vetoes slots at Arlington, more casinos

    House Speaker Michael Madigan says Democrats don't have the votes to override a veto by Gov. Pat Quinn of a major gambling expansion package. Lawmakers earlier this year sent Quinn a proposal that would put up to 1,200 slot machines at Arlington Park and new casinos in Lake County, Chicago, the south suburbs and elsewhere, but the governor has shown no interest in signing it.

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    Associated Press/March 15, 2007 Israeli school children wear gas masks during a drill organized by the Israeli Home Front Command, simulating a chemical missile attack in a shelter at a school in the central Israeli city of Lod. Israel’s outgoing civil defense chief said Wednesday, that an attack on Iran’s nuclear sites would likely trigger a drawn-out war that would last months and kill hundreds of Israelis.

    Israelis prepare for strike against Iran

    "It seems that Netanyahu and Barak are making a special effort now to prepare the Israeli public for an attack on Iran," said Shlomo Brom, a former commander of the army's Strategic Planning Division.

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    Kariem McFarlin, 35, of Alameda

    Police: Burglar made off with Steve Jobs’ wallet

    The burglar who broke into Steve Jobs' house made off with the Apple Inc. co-founder's wallet with a dollar inside and his driver's license in addition to Apple gadgets and jewelry, according to a police report.

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    Elgin motorcyclist killed in crash near Geneva

    An Elgin man was killed Wednesday morning when his motorcycle hit a semi-tractor trailer truck at Kirk Road and Cherry Lane near Geneva.

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    Chevy Silverado pickup trucks sit on display at a General Motors Co. dealership in Peoria.

    Number of car dealerships rose in 2011

    "We have a stabilized, right-sized dealership network that has increased year-over-year for only the second time since we started this census," said John Frith, vice president of Urban Science.

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    Jack Franks

    Judge certifies McHenry County government petition

    A McHenry County judge certified a petition this morning to place a referendum question on the November ballot asking residents if they want an executive form of government for the county.

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    U.N. body opens debate on Internet future
    The World Conference on International Telecommunications takes place Dec. 3-14 in the United Arab Emirates city of Dubai.

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    Gary Johnson stands in a field of milo sorghum Wednesday on his farm in Waukomis, Okla,

    EPA to approve grain sorghum for cleaner ethanol

    Advanced ethanol made from sorghum would give the nation another option as it aims to meet the federal goal of producing 36 billion gallons of renewable fuels per year by 2022.

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    Suzi Schmidt

    Schmidt requests change in protection order

    State Sen. Suzi Schmidt is asking that the order of protection against her be modified so she can help care for an elderly neighbor recovering from hip surgery. However, attorney David Del Re of Waukegan opposed the move because he said it would allow Schmidt to be within 100 feet of his clients who claim they have been stalked and harassed by Schmidt.

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    Christopher A. Carter

    Naperville man guilty of raping murder victim’s children

    A jury deliberated about two hours Wednesday before convicting a Naperville man of repeatedly raping two preteen family members sent to live with him after their mother was murdered. Christopher A. Carter, 43, faces a mandatory life term when he goes before DuPage County Judge George Bakalis for sentencing.

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    U.S. women’s rowing Olympic gold medalists, from left: Mary Whipple, Meghan Mushnicki, Erin Cafaro, and Esther Lofgren, visit the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange Wednesday before ringing the opening bell.

    Stocks mostly higher on signs of economic growth

    The Dow Jones industrial average closed with a loss of 7.36 points at 13,164.78. The broader Standard & Poor's 500 index was up 1.60 points at 1,405.53 and the Nasdaq composite rose 13.95 points to 3,030.93.

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    A white supremacist killed six worshippers and wounded three others on Aug. 5 at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis.

    Gunfire at Sikh temple audible in 911 tapes

    The woman's voice is hushed, but even in her whisper her terror is evident. In a barely audible voice she gives the 911 dispatcher the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin's address and pleads, "Hurry up, please." The chilling exchange was among a series of 911 calls that flooded Milwaukee County's emergency services the morning of Aug. 5, when a white supremacist opened fire before a Sunday prayer service,...

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    Palatine’s midyear budget numbers show positive trends

    Though plenty of challenges and uncertainties remain, Palatine officials can confidently say that the village is on sounder financial footing today than when the economic downturn began. "I've gone from (where) we were drowning in things to we're more or less treading water right now," Village Manager Reid Ottesen said.

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    Mountain bikers want to build trails in two DuPage preserves

    DuPage County Forest Preserve District officials are working with a mountain biking group that wants to build natural-surface trails in some area preserves. No decisions have been made, but Jerry Stoeckigt, executive director of Chicago Area Mountain Bikers, spoke before the forest preserve commission this week to propose his group build dirt trails no more than three feet wide in at least two...

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    Fox Lake approves economic incentives for Thorntons

    Fox Lake officials voted Tuesday night to give developers $150,000 in economic incentives to build a new Thorntons gas station at Route 12 and Grand Avenue. The incentives will offset streetscape improvements the developer will make at the high-profile intersection. Mayor Ed Bender cast the deciding vote. Trustee Donnie Schmidt said he was against the deal because officials are offering...

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    Michael Sullivan

    Elgin police officer gets jail for obstructing justice

    A former Elgin police officer will spend a month in jail, after pleading guilty to attempted obstruction of justice. Michael Sullivan had been charged with official misconduct.

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    Korey Blackwood

    6 years for Des Plaines intruder coralled by dog

    A man who trespassed into a Clarendon Hills home in the middle of the night and was barked into a corner by the homeowners' dog received a maximum 6-year prison term Wednesday, prosecutors said. Korey Blackwood, 31, of Des Plaines, had pleaded guilty in July to residential trespass. He was sentenced by DuPage County Judge John Kinsella.

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    A Hanover Park police officer makes sure motorists are following traffic laws in the area of Springwood Middle School.

    Hanover Park stepping up school traffic safety efforts

    With the first day of school already here for some, the Hanover Park Police Department is stepping up traffic enforcement efforts to ensure students' safety. Sgt. John Dossey said officers will for the first week of the campaign issue mostly warnings to motorists who speed, illegally park, use their cellphone in a school zone and violate bus stop arms.

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    Wheaton College looks to beef up student housing

    Wheaton College wants to beef up student housing in a residential area bordering the campus, a move that's prompting concerns among some neighbors. The plan, which will come before the city council on Aug. 20, calls for using several college-owned properties to house undergraduate students at 739 N. Irving Ave. and at 510 and 520 Sears Lane. A maximum of 26 students would occupy the three...

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    Aaron Tentle-Hernandez

    Glendale Heights man suspected in 5 prior incidents

    A Glendale Heights man charged with randomly molesting a 12-year-old girl outside his apartment building is suspected in at least five similar incidents dating back five years, police said Wednesday. Aaron Tentle-Hernandez, 33, of the 2300 block of Century Point, appeared in DuPage County bond court on a charge of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

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    County transportation workers secure three years of raises

    A group of unionized Kane County Division of Transportation workers — the employees who do all the snow plowing — won raises for the next three years via recent negotiations. They'll get 2 percent raises for the next three years.

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    Mud volleyball players Jeff Klosinski and Heather Cornell, right, play on the final day of last year's Elburn Days at Lions Park.

    Lions Club's Elburn Days puts fun in fundraising

    The 83rd annual Elburn Days festival, which takes place Friday through Sunday, Aug. 17-19, is a way for the community to come together for fun — and to celebrate the Elburn Lions Club's dedication to service. Lions Club board member Chris Halsey said as many as 25,000 people show up for the festival. “There's a great parade Friday night that hundreds and hundreds of people attend.

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    Winds fan fires across hot, dry western states

    CLE ELUM, Wash. — The extreme fire conditions across the West came to bear in a rural part of Washington state when three separate blazes were sparked in just 90 minutes.

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    The former Coultrap School on Peyton Street could cost nearly $1 million to fix and bring up to code, according to the school district’s facilities director.

    Geneva schools’ capital plan costs $6.7 million

    A new five-year capital improvement plan outlines $6.7 million worth of work for Geneva schools' facilities _ including $945,000 for the empty Coultrap Elementary School.

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    CFC acquires lots in Lake Barrington for nature preserve

    Citizens for Conservation announced Wednesday that it has acquired three buildable lots in Lake Barrington from the bank that had taken possession of them to add to the group's Flint Creek Savanna property. "We see this as a win-win situation for all parties involved," said the group's land acquisition chairman.

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    Senior Jacob Adams is ready to go during first day of classes at Grant Community High School in Fox Lake Wednesday.

    Images: First day of school on Wednesday, Aug. 15
    Students made their way to school Wednesday morning as first day of classes continue in the suburbs. Students were greeted by teachers, smiles and even fun costumes at Naperville North High School, Robert Crown School in Wauconda, Fearn Elementary in North Aurora and Grant Community High School in Fox Lake.

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    DuPage forest preserve wants consultant for in-depth finance review

    DuPage County forest preserve officials plan to spend roughly $35,000 to hire a consulting firm to conduct an in-depth review of the district's finances. "Our motivation is not that we suspect there are any unfortunate issues going on," Finance Director Jack Hogan said. "Our motivation is we think it's really good management on our part to be prudent."

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    Syria tensions spill over border to Lebanon

    BEIRUT — Armed Shiite clansmen in Lebanon said Wednesday they had captured more than 20 Syrians and will hold them until one of their relatives seized by rebels inside Syria is freed. The tensions were a stark reminder of how easily Syria’s civil war could spill over to neighboring states.

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    Grayslake Summer Days Chairman Greg Koeppen says the goal is to offer something to all ages.

    Grayslake Summer Days returns Friday and Saturday

    Downtown Grayslake will be rocking Friday and Saturday with the return of a summer staple. Grayslake Summer Days 2012 will be around village hall at Seymour Avenue and Center Street, west of Route 83. Event Chairman Greg Koeppen says Summer Days is designed to appeal to anyone from 8 to 80 years old with a variety of carnival games, bingo, food, music, business booths and general family...

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    Members of the crowd look to the stage as President Barack Obama speaks during campaign event at Waterloo Center for the Arts during a three-day campaign bus tour through Iowa.

    Report: Obama’s campaign more wired than Romney’s

    WASHINGTON — Four years ago, then-Sen. Barack Obama got a head start on Arizona Sen. John McCain when it came to reaching voters online, on their mobile phones and on social media. Young voters, the group most likely to tune in digitally to the presidential campaign, broke overwhelmingly for Obama, giving him the biggest margin of victory among that age group ever recorded.

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    An unidentified supporter of Pussy Riot is detained by Christ the Saviour Cathedral security in Moscow, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012. The global campaign to free Pussy Riot is gaining speed: Supporters of the punk provocateur band mobilize this week in at least a two dozen cities worldwide to hold simultaneous demonstrations an hour before a Russian court rules on whether its members will be sent to prison.

    Global activists gear up for rallies supporting punk band

    MOSCOW — The global campaign to free Pussy Riot is gaining speed: Supporters of the punk provocateur band mobilize this week in at least a dozen cities worldwide to hold simultaneous demonstrations an hour before a Russian court rules on whether its members will be sent to prison.

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    Grenades at east Afghan mosque wound 9 people

    KABUL, Afghanistan — Two grenades exploded inside a mosque compound during morning prayers in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday, wounding at least nine worshippers, an Afghan official said.

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    The Ohio state flag flies in the background while Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks during a campaign event at the Ross County Court House, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012 in Chillicothe, Ohio.

    Romney says Obama just trying to ‘hang onto power’

    WASHINGTON — Escalating an increasingly acrimonious campaign, Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney dug in Wednesday on his charge that President Barack Obama’s campaign was being driven by “division and attack and hatred” and called on the president to lift the tone of political discourse.

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    Cops: Pa. man stole pot, said it ‘smelled so good’

    CHARLEROI, Pa. — A western Pennsylvania man is accused of stealing a small bag of marijuana held as evidence because he allegedly couldn’t resist the drug’s aroma.Authorities say that 27-year-old David Allan Thompson of Charleroi stopped at a police station Saturday night to offer police some unspecified information.

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    Judge won’t halt Pa. voter ID law

    HARRISBURG, Pa. — A Pennsylvania judge on Wednesday refused to stop a tough new voter identification law from going into effect, which Democrats say will suppress votes among President Barack Obama’s supporters.

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    Christopher Vaughn

    Jury picked for trial in 2007 killings of family

    Opening statements are scheduled for Monday now that a jury has been picked to hear the trial of an Illinois man accused of fatally shooting his wife and three children.A jury of four women and eight men was selected Tuesday for the Will County trial of Christopher Vaughn. Vaughn is accused in the June 14, 2007, killings of his wife, Kimberly, and their three children — 12-year-old...

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    A slowing global economy and the effects of a prolonged U.S. drought caught up to Deere & Co. in its fiscal third quarter, as its net income rose 11 percent but fell well short of Wall Street’s expectations.

    Deere 3Q income up, misses analysts’ expectations

    A slowing global economy and the effects of a prolonged U.S. drought caught up to Deere & Co. in its fiscal third quarter, as its net income rose 11 percent but fell well short of Wall Street's expectations. Deere cut its revenue prediction for the year, and investors reacted swiftly. Shares dropped more than 5 percent before the opening bell.

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    ... and now. This year’s race will be held at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, along Larkin Avenue and will feature vintage cars.

    Road races and gas prices dominated Elgin headlines in August 1912

    Gasoline jumped four cents a gallon over the summer a century ago, and motorists were asking what could be done. Voters were talking about upcoming elections, wondering who would be the next U.S. president. In other news, more than 30 cars of all makes and sizes, including Stutz, Mercedes, and Dusenberg, arrived in Elgin for the running of the third annual Elgin Road Races. These were among the...

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    Progress made in couple’s Lake Michigan swim

    A Michigan couple attempting to swim 50 miles across Lake Michigan to raise awareness about postpartum depression is making progress.An update Wednesday morning on a Facebook page for the swim says Sara and Jeff Tow had reached the 33-mile mark. A message seeking information on their progress was left with a family spokesman.

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    NW Ind. police officer faces drug, weapons charges

    A northwestern Indiana police officer faces federal charges of drug trafficking and illegally buying a gun for someone else. Federal agents arrested Gary officer David Finley on Tuesday outside a bar a few blocks from his Merrillville home. FBI supervisory agent Bob Ramsey tells the Post-Tribune that agents sent an informant to buy cocaine from the 31-year-old Finley during their investigation...

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    Leaders in 8 states discuss earthquake preparation

    More than 200 business and government leaders from eight states are meeting this week in Illinois to coordinate efforts on earthquake preparedness. The "Capstone 14" workshop is hosted by the Central United States Earthquake Consortium at Sears Holdings' facility in Hoffman Estates.

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    Former Wisconsin Gov. Thompson wins GOP Senate bid

    Former Gov. Tommy Thompson, mounting a political comeback following a successful career in office dating back nearly 50 years, won the Republican primary for U.S. Senate over three challengers Tuesday.Thompson, 70, hadn't appeared on the ballot in Wisconsin since 1998 and faced stiff competition from a field that included a political newcomer who spent millions in an ultimately failed attempt at...

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    Dawn Patrol: Child porn charges for McHenry deputy; Libertyville DUI

    Child porn charges added against McHenry sheriff's deputy. House leader Cross doubts pension problems will be solved. Kane County OKs mosque near Carpentersville. Man robs West Chicago bank. Libertyville man accused of driving intoxicated, hitting two vehicles and fleeing. Urlacher undergoes knee surgery.

Sports

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    Boomers struck down by ThunderBolts

    The Schaumburg Boomers battled back from an early deficit before eventually dropping a 10-5 decision at the hands of the Windy City ThunderBolts on Wednesday at Boomers Stadium.The Boomers (45-35) found themselves in a 3-0 hole after three innings. A leadoff single in the first by Karexon Sanchez was all Schaumburg could muster in the first three frames against arguably the Frontier League’s best pitcher in 2012, Mike Recchia of Windy City, who improved to 11-2 with the win Wednesday.The Boomers’ offense came to life in the fourth breaking through for 4 runs against Recchia to take a 4-3 lead. Steve McQuail singled sharply to center with one out and the next batter, Sean Mahley, drew a walk to put runners on first and second for the red-hot Jereme Milons. The Boomers centerfielder snapped Recchia’s 30 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run with a three-run, 400-foot blast to center. Schaumburg took a brief lead when the newest member of the Boomers Chase Fontaine singled and was thrown out trying to advance to second, but not before Nate Baumann scored from third and put the Boomers in front.Highlighted by a Chris Wade home run off Boomers starter Cameron Roth, who fell to 8-7 as a member of Boomers, and a two-run double off the bat of Zach Aakhus, Windy City answered with a five run fifth inning to put the game effectively out of reach. The ThunderBolts bullpen held the Boomers scoreless over the game’s final 3 innings as the Boomers fell to 28-13 at home in 2012.The final game of this three-game set between the Boomers and ThunderBolts is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Boomers Stadium as RHP Robby Donovan (8-4, 3.36) matches up against RHP Dustin Williams (10-5, 4.77) for Windy City.

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    Cougars commit 4 errors in 10-4 loss

    Four errors cost the Kane County Cougars as the Clinton LumberKings posted 10 runs in the middle three innings to blast the Cougars 10-4 on Wednesday night at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark. It was the Cougars (60-61, 26-25) jumping on the board initially as they grabbed 3 runs in the bottom of the second against Clinton (54-65, 31-2) starter Jordan Pries (2-0). Michael Antonio ripped his fifth home run of the season to give the Cougars a 1-0 advantage. Alex Llanos and Tim Ferguson followed with singles before Chris Elder doubled off the left-field wall in his first Kane County at-bat, driving home both baserunners. Clinton didn’t have a hit during the first three innings against Angel Baez (6-5), but it got to him in the fourth.ThunderBolts 10, Cougars 5:The Schaumburg Boomers battled back from an early deficit before eventually dropping a 10-5 decision at the hands of the Windy City ThunderBolts on Wednesday at Boomers Stadium.The Boomers (45-35) found themselves in a 3-0 hole after three innings. A leadoff single in the first by Karexon Sanchez was all Schaumburg could muster in the first three frames against arguably the Frontier League’s best pitcher in 2012, Mike Recchia of Windy City, who improved to 11-2 with the win Wednesday.The Boomers’ offense came to life in the fourth breaking through for 4 runs against Recchia to take a 4-3 lead. Steve McQuail singled sharply to center with one out and the next batter, Sean Mahley, drew a walk to put runners on first and second for the red-hot Jereme Milons. The Boomers centerfielder snapped Recchia’s 30 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run with a three-run, 400-foot blast to center. Schaumburg took a brief lead when the newest member of the Boomers Chase Fontaine singled and was thrown out trying to advance to second, but not before Nate Baumann scored from third and put the Boomers in front.Highlighted by a Chris Wade home run off Boomers starter Cameron Roth, who fell to 8-7 as a member of Boomers, and a two-run double off the bat of Zach Aakhus, Windy City answered with a five run fifth inning to put the game effectively out of reach. The ThunderBolts bullpen held the Boomers scoreless over the game’s final 3 innings as the Boomers fell to 28-13 at home in 2012.The final game of this three-game set between the Boomers and ThunderBolts is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Boomers Stadium as RHP Robby Donovan (8-4, 3.36) matches up against RHP Dustin Williams (10-5, 4.77) for Windy City.

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    White Sox center fielder Dewayne Wise falls into the wall as he catches a deep fly hit by the Tampa Bay Rays Gabe Kapler during the ninth inning. Mark Buehrle threw a perfect game in the White Sox’ 5-0 win.

    Dewayne Wise just latest to be welcomed back to Sox

    Not only is Dewayne Wise back for his second tour with the White Sox, the veteran outfielder is showing he's still a productive player. Wise was 2-for-4 with 4 RBI in Wednesday night's -5 win at Toronto. “We’ve seen firsthand what the passion of the organization and putting on the uniform again means,” said White Sox general manager Kenny Williams. “You see people throughout our organization who have been with our organization for a long time. I think there’s real value there.”

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

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

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    New Trier takes Prospect Invite; Knights finish second

    New Trier won its fifth straight championship at the Prospect Invite on Wednesday at the Mt. Prospect Golf Course. The host Knights recovered from a slow start and took second place in the seven-team event.

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    Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw throws Wednesday during the first inning in Pittsburgh.

    Dodgers win 4th straight to move atop NL West

    Clayton Kershaw won his fourth consecutive start, Matt Kemp drove in three runs and the Los Angeles Dodgers moved into first place in the NL West with a 9-3 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday night. Kemp had a two-run double and scored during the Dodgers' three-run fourth against Wandy Rodriguez. Shane Victorino singled and scored in that inning, part of his 3-for-5, two-run game.

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    Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Mike Leake throws against the New York Mets in the first inning during a baseball game, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/David Kohl)

    Reds back Leake with 3 HRs in 6-1 win over Mets

    R.A. Dickey had the pre-game hype. Scott Rolen and Todd Frazier helped Mike Leake steal the New York ace's thunder. Rolen and Frazier hit back-to-back home runs, and Leake pitched his second complete game of the season, helping the Cincinnati Reds extend their win streak to five with a 6-1 win over the Mets on Wednesday night.

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    St. Louis Cardinals third baseman David Freese celebrates in the dugout Wednesday after hitting a two-run home run in the fourth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

    Cardinals beat Diamondbacks 5-2

    Adam Wainwright allowed two runs in six innings and the St. Louis Cardinals got home runs from David Freese and Allen Craig in a 5-2 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday night. Rafael Furcal's two-run triple in the sixth gave the Cards a three-run lead.

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    Kansas City Royals second baseman Chris Getz attempts a bunt Wednesday during the third inning against the Oakland Athletics at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.

    Smith, Getz lead Royals over A’s

    Will Smith pitched seven strong innings, Chris Getz doubled home the go-ahead run and the Kansas City Royals defeated the Oakland Athletics 3-2 on Wednesday night.

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    Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones, left, and Boston Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia collide at the plate Wednesday during the sixth inning in Baltimore. Jones was called out on the play. The Orioles won 5-3.

    Orioles use 5-run 6th to beat Red Sox 5-3

    Held hitless by Aaron Cook through five innings, the Baltimore Orioles sent 10 batters to the plate during a five-run sixth and beat the Boston Red Sox 5-3 Wednesday night. Baltimore trailed 2-0 before rallying against Cook, who fueled the uprising with a throwing error on a potential inning-ending, double-play comebacker.

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    Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Paul Maholm works Wednesday during the first inning against the San Diego Padres.

    Dan Uggla’s 3-run HR helps Braves beat Padres 6-1

    Dan Uggla's three-run homer in the third inning gave Atlanta the lead and Paul Maholm threw seven strong innings to lead the Braves to a 6-1 win over the San Diego Padres on Wednesday night. The Braves remained 4˝ games behind NL East-leading Washington, which earned a 6-4 win at San Francisco.

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    Dahlquist leads WW South to Larkin title

    Wheaton Warrenville South edged Palatine by a stroke to win the the 2012 Larkin Varsity Boys Golf Invitational at the Highlands of Elgin Wednesday, thanks in part to a championship performance by Bailey Dahlquist. The sophomore defeated Burlington Central's Matt Weber on the first playoff hole to secure medalist honors. Batavia finished third.

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    Astros relief pitcher Chuckie Fick, top, reacts as Chicago Cubs’ David DeJesus heads to first base during the sixth inning Wednesday at Wrigley Field.

    Soriano to Giants? Not likely

    Cubs left fielder Alfonso Soriano did not sound receptive Wednesday to the idea of a possible trade to the San Francisco Giants, who lost Melky Cabrera to a suspension related to a banned substance. Soriano is having a good offensive year, but he does not seem enthusiastic about San Francisco.

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    Cubs’ players saddened by Fleita’s firing

    Cubs players reacted with sadness Wednesday to the firing of longtime minor-league chief Oneri Fleita. Closer Carlos Marmol talked of Fleita as a father figure, and Brett Jackson called him a "great baseball person."

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    Michael Orozco celebrates with teammates Wednesday after scoring against Mexico during a friendly in Mexico City.

    US beats Mexico in Mexico for 1st time

    Michael Orozco Fiscal scored in the 80th minute, giving the United States its first-ever win at Mexico with a 1-0 victory in an exhibition Wednesday night. Brek Shea, who entered two minutes earlier, went down the left flank and around Severo Meza. Shea, back with the national team after being dropped for six months, crossed to Terrence Boyd.

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    Cubs outfielder David DeJesus, right, celebrates with third base coach Pat Listach after hitting a solo home run Wednesday during the third inning against the Houston Astros.

    DeJesus homers twice to lead Cubs over Astros 7-2

    David DeJesus has been haunted all season by unfavorable winds at Wrigley Field. He got the best of the Friendly Confines on Wednesday. DeJesus hit two home runs, Justin Germano breezed through six innings and the Cubs beat the Houston Astros 7-2 to win the three-game series. "The other day when I hit one against Bronson (Arroyo) and it was caught at the wall, I came running in and (manager Dale Sveum) was like 'You should have at least 10 right now,'" DeJesus said.

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    White Sox designated-hitter Dayan Viciedo, right, celebrates his solo home run with teammate A.J. Pierzynski, left, while playing against the Toronto Blue Jays Wednesday during the seventh inning.

    Dunn hits 34th HR as White Sox beat Blue Jays 9-5

    Adam Dunn hit his major league-leading 34th home run, Dayan Viciedo and DeWayne Wise also connected and the White Sox beat the Blue Jays 9-5 on Wednesday night, posting consecutive victories in Toronto for the first time in six years. Gavin Floyd pitched six innings to snap a three-start winless streak as the White Sox won back-to-back games north of the border for the first time since Aug. 4-5, 2006. Chicago came in having lost 16 of its previous 20 games at Rogers Centre.

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    Chicago Bears defensive back D.J. Moore knocks the ball out of the hands of Denver Broncos wide receiver Brandon Stokley Thursday night in the first preseason game at Soldier Field in Chicago.

    Bears’ Moore not short of confidence

    The Bears' 5-foot-9 nickel cornerback D.J. Moore is short in stature but long on confidence — maybe too long. A fourth-round pick out of Vanderbilt in 2009, Moore plays a valuable role in the Bears' defense as the fifth defensive back (the nickel), replacing a linebacker in passing situations.

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    Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Felix Hernandez throws against the Tampa Bay Rays Wednesday during the fourth inning.

    Seattle's Hernandez throws perfect game

    His arms outstretched to the sky, about to be swallowed by anxious teammates who ignored him for most of nine innings, Felix Hernandez finally conquered the pursuit of perfection he's chased since his debut as a baby-faced 19-year-old with uncontrollable curly hair and a hat that never sat straight. No more nights of wondering whether this would be the moment Hernandez twirled a historic gem.

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    Chicago Fire midfielder Marco Pappa celebrates scoring against the Los Angeles Galaxy during the first half of their MLS soccer match, Sunday, Aug. 1, 2010, in Carson, Calif. (AP Photo/ Bret Hartman)

    Pappa’s overseas signing shouldn’t affect his play with Fire

    Just when it seemed ready to settle in for the final two months of the MLS season, the Fire has to adjust to change. No big deal. It's just part of the game, writes soccer columnist Orrin Schwarz.

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    Boisterous favorite in Arlington Million

    The way Arlington Park racing secretary Chris Polzin sees it, the 30th running of the Arlington Million is as wide open as any of the previous editions held since 1981. Polzin's assessment was confirmed by the morning line which was announced Wednesday during the post position draw at the WGN studios in Chicago.

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    In this July 27, 1992 file photo, USA's Michael Jordan sails high above teammate Magic Johnson knocking away a shot during the first half of their preliminary round basketball game with Croatia at the Summer Olympics in Barcelona.

    Michael vs LeBron? It's a match made for video

    Michael and Magic versus Kobe and LeBron? Sounds like a dream matchup, and it could be coming to a video game console near you. With U.S.A Basketball and 2K Sports forming a partnership, fans can see what happens when the amazing 1992 Dream Team goes up against this year's Olympic gold medal winner once NBA 2K13 hits the shelves this fall.

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    Book: Paterno distraught after Penn State firing

    Joe Paterno sobbed while meeting with his coaches and a former player the day after he was fired from Penn State, according to an excerpt of an upcoming on Paterno to be published in GQ magazine. "My name," the Hall of Fame coach was quoted in the excerpt as telling his son and quarterback coach, Jay. "I have spent my whole life trying to make that name mean something. And now it's gone."

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    Big trouble in the Everglades

    Invasive species are nothing new to Illinois, but at least we don't have the problem south Florida is facing. A 16-foot, 170-pound Burmese python was recently discovered there, confirming a crisis that will be hard for wildlife officials to get there hands around.

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    Mike Mladenik displays the super-sized smallmouth bass availalble on the Menominee River in the Crivitz, Wis., area.

    The welcome mat is still there in Crivitz

    A trip to Crivitz, Wis., confirms that while much has changed, much has stayed the same in this part of the world. The lodging and smallmouth bass fishing are still tough to beat.

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    Cubs’ president of baseball operations Theo Epstein talks with Cubs manager Dale Sveum before the crosstown classic. Epstein fired minor-league and player-development guru Oneri Fleita on Wednesday.

    Cubs fire longtime executive Oneri Fleita

    Cubs president Theo Epstein showed once again Wednesday that he's fully empowered. Epstein fired longtime minor-league boss Oneri Fleita, who less than a year ago was given a four-year contract extension by team owner Tom Ricketts. It's the lastest in a series of moves remaking the Cubs' front office.

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    Miami Marlins pitcher Mark Buehrle delivers Wednesday during the third inning against the Philadelphia Phillies in Miami. Buehrle (10-11) achieved the 10-win milestone on his sixth try, extending his streak reaching double digits in victories to 12 consecutive years. The left-hander allowed two runs in seven innings as the Marlins won 9-2.

    Marlins end 30-inning scoring drought, beat Phils

    When the Miami Marlins gave Mark Buehrle a two-run lead Wednesday, he heard some teasing from his teammates on the pitching staff. The Marlins haven't been providing them with any support lately.

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    The Detroit Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera celebrates his solo home run off Minnesota Twins’ Cole DeVries Wednesday during the first inning in Minneapolis. The Tigers won 5-1.

    Cabrera hits 30th homer as Tigers beat Twins 5-1

    Miguel Cabrera set another record, Max Scherzer recovered from a brief bout with wildness and frustration, and the Detroit Tigers headed home in a good mood after a rough start to this road trip. They're still right there in the playoff race, despite months of substandard play.

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    San Francisco Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera, right, has been suspended for 50 games without pay after testing positive for testosterone. The commissioner's office says the suspension is effective immediately.

    Giants OF Cabrera suspended for positive drug test

    San Francisco Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera was suspended 50 games Wednesday following a positive test for testosterone, putting an abrupt end to what had been an MVP-caliber regular season and throwing the San Francisco Giants' playoff hopes into doubt. Cabrera leads with National League in hitting. "My positive test was the result of my use of a substance I should not have used," Cabrera said in a statement released by the union.

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    Big plans for Benet’s Doyle, Rurka

    Two Benet athletes just firmed up their college plans.Sheila Doyle, a senior libero on the Benet volleyball team, recently committed to North Carolina and Julianne Rurka, a junior third baseman for the softball Redwings, announced her intentions to play collegiately at Providence.

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    Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the 2012 U.S. Open tournament.

    Rafael Nadal pulls out of US Open

    Rafael Nadal withdrew from the U.S. Open on Wednesday, sidelined by the knee tendinitis that has kept him out of action since his stunning loss at Wimbledon in late June.The third-ranked Spaniard reached the final at Flushing Meadows each of the past two years, winning the title in 2010 to complete a career Grand Slam, then losing to champion Novak Djokovic in 2011.“I am very sad to announce that I am not ready to play the US Open in NY. Thanks to my fans for their support and specially, the new yorkers,” Nadal wrote on his Twitter account.He hasn’t played a match since June 28, when he was upset in the second round at the All England Club by 100th-ranked Lukas Rosol. Shortly after that defeat, Nadal canceled a scheduled charity match against Djokovic in Spain, citing tendon problems in his left knee. Nadal has had recurring knee problems in the past.The 26-year-old Nadal also pulled out of the London Olympics — he won the gold medal at Beijing in 2008, and was supposed to carry Spain’s flag in the opening ceremony this time. He also opted not to play in a hard-court tuneup tournament in Cincinnati.“Rafa has informed us that he will not be ready to compete at the U.S. Open this year and has withdrawn from the tournament,” tournament director David Brewer said in a statement issued Wednesday. “We hope to see him back on the court soon and look forward to his return to New York next year.”Play in the two-week tournament begins at Flushing Meadows on Aug. 27. Nadal’s absence immediately leaves a trio of heavy favorites at the last Grand Slam event of the year: defending champion Djokovic; five-time U.S. Open winner and currently top-ranked Roger Federer; and 2008 U.S. Open runner-up Andy Murray, who won the gold medal in singles at the London Games by beating Federer in the final.Nadal’s withdrawal also raises questions about his future. He owns 11 Grand Slam titles, including seven on the red clay of the French Open, but his hard-charging, hard-hitting style of play takes a toll on his body, particularly his knees.In 2009, he missed Wimbledon because of aching knees, becoming only the second men’s champion in 35 years to decline to defend his title at the All England Club.Federer, in contrast, has played in every Grand Slam tournament since the start of 2000, a streak of 51 in a row.

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    Jamaica’s Usain Bolt poses after his win in the men’s 200 meters at the Summer Olympics in London. Several Olympic sprinters have played in the NFL after successful careers on the track.

    A Pick 6 of NFL teams that could use Usain Bolt

    Now that the Olympics are over, there’s one very fast young man looking at one very long layoff before resurfacing in Rio in four years.Hey, Usain Bolt! You want to play in the NFL?Bob Hayes, gold medal winner in the 100 meters at the 1964 Tokyo Games and dubbed world’s fastest human, did it. So did Renaldo Nehemiah, world record-holder in the 110-meter hurdles who missed the 1980 Moscow Games because of a U.S. boycott.Sure, money would be an issue. And it’s questionable whether you’d be willing to put on pads, practice every day, learn to catch footballs while running at world-record speed, and then deal with getting slammed to the ground by defenders.Nonetheless, think about this:Hayes became the first Olympic champion to make it big in pro football. He was a wide receiver for nine years with the Dallas Cowboys, and a two-time All-Pro. He was so fast that defenses abandoned man-to-man coverage and came up with zone defenses in an attempt to keep him in check. He’s now in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.Nehemiah didn’t have as much success in his four years as a wide receiver with the San Francisco 49ers, but he was a hurdler after all, and not the fastest runner on the planet.You get the idea, though, and teams desperate for deep threats might be willing to take a look. Buffalo Bills general manager Buddy Nix would.“He’d have to be interested, that would be the first step,” Nix said of Bolt, adding that he’s not sure the Jamaican is an American football kind of guy.“I know he’s interested in playing soccer,” Nix said before adding with a smile that he doubts Bolt would turn to football because “they hit you in football. Track guys sometimes don’t like that.”However, he says, “I don’t know if he does or not (want to play), but if he does, you’d sure have to cover deep.”Minnesota Vikings special teams coordinator Mike Priefer chimed in about Bolt as a kick returner.“I’m not going to say he can’t, because he’s big, he’s strong and he can run,” Priefer said. “I don’t want to say that he can’t do it. Because he’s a heck of a lot faster than anybody else in the world.”Here’s a Pick 6 of teams that could use a jolt of Bolt:Miami Dolphins With Chad Johnson gone, the Dolphins could use an attention-grabbing receiver right now, if nothing else than to keep viewers tuned in to HBO’s “Hard Knocks.” Seriously, with Miami’s receivers seemingly dropping more balls than they are catching, it might be worth seeing what Bolt could do. We even asked new coach Joe Philbin what he thought of Bolt. And true to head coaching form, Philbin didn’t know much about the guy who just dazzled the world with a second straight three-gold-medal Olympics.“I haven’t even watched the Olympics, but I do remember Bob Hayes, great receiver,” Philbin began. “If you have any tape, what’d he run? Was he a 100-meter guy? 6-foot-5?”Laughing, he added, “I’ll bring the tape up to Jeff (GM Jeff Ireland) and see what he says.”New York Jets How can owner Woody Johnson or coach Rex Ryan resist? Guaranteed tabloid back page forever if this happens. Tim Tebow to Usain Bolt, 99 yards, touchdown. Cool? Not? Practice would be a blast, too. Bolt streaking down a sideline, and the likes of cornerbacks Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie trying to keep up. Priceless.New England PatriotsRandy Moss and Chad Ochocinco (now known as jobless Chad Johnson) played for Bill Belichick, and now the Pats are looking at former Giants and Jets wide receiver Plaxico Burress. Clearly, a big-play, big-name receiver is on someone’s wanted list, so why not Bolt? Even better than Tebow to Bolt, how does Brady to Bolt sound?Oakland Raiders

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    Nebraska transfer Klachko joins Illini

    Nebraska offensive lineman Ryan Klachko has transferred to Illinois. Illinois coach Tim Beckman said Wednesday that the 6-foot-4, 290-pound redshirt freshman was one of the top high school players in Illinois when he played at Sacred Heart-Griffin High School in Springfield.

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    Mike North video: Ryan Dempster’s move to the AL could cost him millions

    Mike North thinks Ryan Dempster made a really poor business by decision going to the American League. His ERA for his last three starts is over 8. He's facing much better hitters in the bottom of the lineup than he was in the National League. He has cost himself millions.

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    Alastair Donald

    A European view on Arlington Million, track

    If there's a big race day coming up, whether it's at Arlington Park or in Hong Kong or Japan or Dubai, it's good bet Alastair Donald will be on hand. Donald, who has attended every Million since 1989, is the managing director of the International Racing Bureau and serves as sort of a liaison between the European horsemen/media and racetracks throughout the world.The native of Scotland was gracious enough to sit down with the Daily Herald for a quick chat about all things Arlington, from a European perspective.

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    Colorado Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez, right, hits a single against the Milwaukee Brewers Tuesday during the fifth inning. Brewers catcher Martin Maldonado watches the play.

    Gonzalez has 4 hits as Rockies beat Brewers 8-6

    DENVER — Carlos Gonzalez had four hits, Tyler Chatwood pitched six effective innings and the Colorado Rockies beat the Milwaukee Brewers 8-6 on Tuesday night.Eric Young Jr. homered among his three hits and Wilin Rosario also connected for Colorado, which had 15 hits for the second straight night.Rafael Betancourt finished up a shaky ninth to record his 21st save.Martin Maldonado homered and Norichika Aoki had three hits for the Brewers, who had another late rally fall short.

Business

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    Shopping carts sit parked outside a Target store in Marlborough, Mass.

    Wal-Mart, Target, Best Buy forming mobile-payments network

    Partnering with banks could lead to transactions being processed directly by a financial institution instead of passing through the payment networks run by Visa and MasterCard and others.

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    Savers opening stores in Arlington Heights, Carol Stream

    A national thrift chain is opening three area stores Thursday, including sites in Arlington Heights and Carol Stream. Savers, which has been called a "higher-end" retail thrift store by local officials, is set to open stores at 780 W. Dundee Road in Arlington Heights and 1231 N. Gary Ave. in Carol Stream. A third store is opening in Orland Park.

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    Low marks for WellPoint in hospital survey

    WellPoint was viewed favorably by 27 percent of the executives polled, ReviveHealth said in a statement. Cigna Corp., based in Bloomfield, Connecticut, had the best reputation, at 71 percent, while Minnetonka, Minnesota-based UnitedHealth Group Inc., the only carrier bigger than WellPoint, improved for the second straight year at 44 percent.

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    Stocks mostly higher on signs of economic growth

    Signs that the U.S. economic recovery is advancing, albeit slowly, sent stocks bouncing up and down in narrow ranges for much of the day Wednesday. The Dow Jones industrial average closed with a loss of 7.36 points at 13,164.78. The broader Standard & Poor's 500 index was up 1.60 points at 1,405.53 and the Nasdaq composite rose 13.95 points to 3,030.93.

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    Caterpillar: Tentative deal OK'd in Joliet strike

    Caterpillar Inc. says it has reached a tentative six-year deal with the union that represents almost 800 striking workers at a plant that makes components for trucks, tractors and other machines in Joliet.

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    Jason Pawlowski Managing Director Downtown Neighborhood Association (DNA)

    Elgin neighborhood association has a new director

    Elgin's Downtown Neighborhood Association is entering a new phase. The board of directors has been searching for its next leader since Executive Director Tonya Hudson announced her exit in April. DNA promotions coordinator Jason Pawlowski has been tapped as the new managing director, a position that will combine some of his and Hudson's duties. Pawlowski hopes to expand a "One Elgin" perspective in his new position and facilitate communication between downtown stakeholders and the DNA.

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    Johnson & Johnson said it remains on track to have baby products, including its Johnson’s No More Tears baby shampoo, reformulated with safer ingredients by the end of 2013.

    J&J removing harsh chemicals from products by 2015

    Johnson & Johnson plans to remove trace amounts of potentially cancer-causing and other dangerous chemicals from nearly all its adult toiletries and cosmetic products worldwide within 3 1/2 years. The company told The Associated Press in an exclusive interview Tuesday that it remains on track to have baby products, including its Johnson's No More Tears baby shampoo, reformulated with safer ingredients by the end of 2013. Adult products will be reformulated by the end of 2015.

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    U.S. industrial production rose 0.6 pct. in July

    U.S. factories made more cars, computers and airplanes last month, a hopeful sign that manufacturing is recovering after a weak spring. Industrial production, which includes output at factories, mines and utilities increased 0.6 percent in July from June, the fourth straight monthly increase, the Federal Reserve reported Wednesday.

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    U.S. homebuilder confidence at 5-year-high in August

    U.S. homebuilders grew more confident in the housing recovery in August, as many reported that prospects for sales are the best they've been since the home bubble burst five years ago. The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index released Wednesday rose two points this month to 37, up from 35 in July. That's the highest reading since March 2007.

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    Samsung’s new Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet is demonstrated in New York. Samsung Electronics Co. will start selling the new tablet in the U.S. Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012, in its latest effort to compete with Apple’s dominant iPad.

    Samsung starts U.S. sales of Galaxy Note 10.1

    Samsung Electronics Co. is taking another shot at the dominance of Apple's iPad with a tablet equipped with a digital pen and a faster processor at the same price tag. The Wi-Fi only version of the Galaxy Note 10.1 will go on sale in the U.S. Thursday. The price starts at $499 for the basic model with 16 GB storage and $549 for the 32 GB model, expandable with an external memory card.

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    Greg Mann, an unemployed research analyst and real estate appraiser, at his home. The recession that ended three years ago lingers on as the worst economic recovery since the Great Depression.

    Economic recovery is weakest since World War II

    The recession that ended three years ago this summer has been followed by the feeblest economic recovery since the Great Depression. Since World War II, 10 U.S. recessions have been followed by a recovery that lasted at least three years. An Associated Press analysis shows that by just about any measure, the one that began in June 2009 is the weakest.

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    Republican vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan R-Wis., speaks during a campaign event at Palo Verde High School on Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012 in Las Vegas.

    The other Paul Ryan plan: $800B in Medicaid cuts

    There's another Paul Ryan plan for health care, a fundamental change in caring for the poor and disabled that would affect many more people than the Medicare overhaul the GOP vice presidential candidate is best known for. Under the Wisconsin congressman's Medicaid plan, states would take over the program. At the same time, Ryan's budget would reduce projected federal spending on Medicaid by about $800 billion over 10 years, dramatically shrinking it as a share of the national economy.

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    Seven months after a commercial showed William Shatner, as the Negotiator, plunging off a cliff and into apparent oblivion, Priceline.com is resurrecting him in a new 30-second TV and online spot set to debut Thursday, Aug. 16.

    Shatner’s Negotiator back in new Priceline TV spot

    William Shatner's Priceline Negotiator isn't a goner, after all. He just went surfing. Seven months after a commercial showed the Negotiator plunging off a cliff and into apparent oblivion, the company is resurrecting him in a new 30-second TV and online spot set to debut Thursday.

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    Target is reporting that net income for the second quarter was unchanged, as the retailer gets ready for its upcoming move into Canada. But the retailer saw solid spending in the quarter and in a sign of confidence, the cheap chic discounter raised its earnings outlook. Target posted earnings Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012 of $704 million, or $1.06 per share in the period ended July 30. That compares with $704 million or $1.03 per share, in the year ago period.

    Target raises profit outlook on solid 2Q sales

    Target Corp. raised its full-year profit projection Wednesday after the cheap chic discounter reported better-than-expected second-quarter revenue that showed healthy spending in food, beauty products and other items.Target, based in Minneapolis, joins a number of other major retailers, including Macy's Inc., TJX Cos., and Home Depot, that have boosted outlooks as they feel more confident in shoppers' spending in the second half of the year.

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    Lifeway Foods sees 14 percent 2Q sales increase

    Kefir products manufacturer Lifeway Foods Inc. reported second quarter 2012 gross sales increased 14 percent as more people are becoming aware of the health benefits of kefir, according to the company.

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    Kraft Foods board signs off on spinoff

    Kraft Foods Inc.'s board of directors approved the spin off of its North American grocery business and declared a pro rata distribution of shares of the new company to holders of Kraft Foods Inc. common stock.

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    Good Sam reports 38 percent 2Q income increase

    Good Sam Enterprises LLC reported second quarter 2012 revenues of $146.3 million, a 13.4 percent increase over the second quarter of 2011, and the highest quarter since 2008.

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    Britain’s Standard Chartered bank, accused of scheming with the Iranian government to launder billions of dollars, will be subject to two years of monitoring at its New York branch and will permanently install personnel to oversee and audit offshore monitoring as part of a $340 million settlement with financial regulators.

    UK bank settles Iran money probe in NY for $340M

    A British bank accused of scheming with the Iranian government to launder billions of dollars will be subject to two years of monitoring at its New York branch and will permanently install personnel to oversee and audit offshore monitoring as part of a $340 million settlement with financial regulators.

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    Australia’s highest court upheld the world’s toughest law on cigarette promotion on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012, despite protests from tobacco companies that argued the value of their trademarks will be destroyed under new rules that will strip all logos from cigarette packs.

    Australian court OKs logo ban on cigarette packs

    Australia's highest court upheld the world's toughest law on cigarette promotion Wednesday, prohibiting tobacco company logos on cigarette packs that will instead show cancer-riddled mouths, blinded eyeballs and sickly children. The High Court rejected a challenge by tobacco companies who argued the value of their trademarks will be destroyed if they are no longer able to display their distinctive colors, brand designs and logos on packs of cigarettes.

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    Facebook Inc., owner of the world’s most popular social network, is testing an advertising service that lets companies cast a wider net by placing more promotional messages in users’ News Feeds.

    Facebook testing service to include more ads in user news feeds

    Facebook Inc., owner of the world’s most popular social network, is testing an advertising service that lets companies cast a wider net by placing more promotional messages in users’ News Feeds.Under the program, companies can place ads in users’ main feeds on smartphones and personal computers even if those members or their friends haven’t signaled they like the advertiser, said Annie Ta, a spokeswoman for Facebook. Until now, these types of ads only showed up on PCs to the right of the Facebook News Feed, which displays activities by friends and companies or groups a user has “Liked.”Facebook is grappling with investor concerns about its growth prospects as more users access the service from wireless devices, where its advertising options have been limited. Facebook rolled out its first mobile ad service for companies earlier this year with “Sponsored Stories,” enabling companies to pay for content in the News Feed after members or their friends have indicated they like a company.The new test service includes limits so that a member’s News Feed isn’t filled with too many advertisements, Ta said. The test is the company’s third major effort in mobile advertising. Earlier this month, Facebook unveiled a tool that helps developers advertise their wares.Facebook, based in Menlo Park, California, fell 5.7 percent to $20.38 at the close in New York, the biggest decline in two weeks. The stock has dropped 46 percent since its May 17 initial public offering.The website Inside Facebook earlier reported the test of the service.

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    Grandma V's Pancake House restaurant in Mundelein recently closed but work is under way on a new venture.

    Grandma V's closes in Mundelein after 12 years downtown

    Grandma V's Pancake House, a longtime restaurant in downtown Mundelein, is closed, but work is already under way on a new eatery to replace it. Operating at the northeast corner of Maple Avenue and Lake Street for more than 12 years, Grandma V's had become a fixture in the area but closed without fanfare apparently within the last two weeks. "People are asking, and I have to say we don't know," said Mike Flynn, assistant village manager.

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    Hundreds of illegal immigrants counting on the DREAM Act passing wait in line to get a passport or any other kind of assistance outside the Mexican Consulate, Tuesdayin Houston.

    DHS launches new immigration program

    The Obama administration on Tuesday directed young illegal immigrants to fill out new forms and pay $465 if they want to apply under a new program that would let them avoid deportation and obtain a U.S. work permit.The government renewed warnings that the process wouldn't lead to citizenship or give them permission to travel internationally. It will begin accepting immigrants' applications Wednesday.

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    Bill Gates, right, walks with guests at the “Reinventing the Toilet” Fair, Tuesday in Seattle.

    From Bill Gates, a toilet challenge spills forth

    These aren't your typical loos. One uses microwave energy to transform human waste into electricity. Another captures urine and uses it for flushing. And still another turns excrement into charcoal.They are part of a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation competition to reinvent the toilet for the 2.5 billion people around the world who don't have access to modern sanitation.

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    Workers build Ford Fiesta’s at a Ford factory in Cologne, Germany. Germany’s economy, Europe’s largest, grew a larger-than-expected 0.3 per cent in the second quarter as consumer spending and strong exports helped stave off effects of the eurozone debt crisis, the Federal Statistical Office said Tuesday.

    German Cabinet approves strengthened export laws

    The Economy Ministry says Chancellor Angela Merkel's Cabinet has agreed upon changes to strengthen and modernize the country's export laws.One major focus is on so-called dual-use goods — items that can be used for either civilian or military purposes. Under the proposed changes, which have to be approved by Parliament, all deliberate export of dual-use items for unauthorized use will now be prosecuted criminally where in the past that was only possible under certain conditions.

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    Indian PM urges steps to boost economy

    India's national security is at risk if urgent steps are not taken to boost economic growth, attract new investment in infrastructure and legislate against corruption, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said Wednesday.Singh warned that if economic growth remained stagnant, new investments were discouraged, government finances did not improve and energy security was not ensured, "then it most certainly affects our national security."

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    Netflix to expand service to Scandinavia

    Netflix is looking to broaden its presence in Europe, announcing Wednesday that it will offer streaming TV shows and movies in Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Finland by the end of the year.The company had given hints of its plans previously, saying last month that it would expand into another market outside the U.S., but didn't give specifics.

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    Markets stutter as Fed stimulus hopes fade

    Markets struggled for direction in light trading volumes Wednesday though waning expectations of an imminent monetary stimulus in the U.S. gave traders an incentive to book some recent gains.Stocks have enjoyed a bumper few weeks on hopes that the world's leading central banks will do more to shore up economic growth, but a round of upbeat U.S. economic figures have reined in expectations of the Federal Reserve doing something in September.

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    House members’ VIP loans excluded from subpoena
    A Democratic committee chairman overrode his own subpoena three years ago in an investigation of former subprime mortgage lender Countrywide to exclude records showing that he, other House members and congressional aides got VIP discounted loans from the company, documents show.

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    Oil falls to near $93 on US stockpile increase

    Oil fell to near $93 a barrel Wednesday in Asia after a rise in oil supplies offset U.S. retail sales data showing Americans spending more.

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    UK unemployment falls to 8 pct despite recession

    Unemployment in the United Kingdom dropped to 8 percent in the three months through June, possibly due to a spate of hiring associated with the Olympic Games, official figures showed Wednesday.The Office for National Statistics revealed that 46,000 fewer people were unemployed from the previous three month period, contributing to the fall in the overall rate from 8.2 percent.

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    Bumbo Baby Seat

    Popular Bumbo infant floor seat recalled

    About 4 million Bumbo Baby Seats are being recalled after nearly two dozen reports of skull fractures.The Consumer Product Safety Commission says babies can wiggle out of the floor seats. About 1 million of the molded foam seats were recalled in October 2007 for additional warning labels against placing the Bumbo seats on raised surfaces, such as tables or kitchen counters.

Life & Entertainment

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    “An apple is an excellent thing — until you have tried a peach,” said George du Maurier, a 19th-century British cartoonist and novelist.

    Stir it up: Just peachy (and creamy)

    Succulent, sweet, juicy peaches are in abundance, thanks in part (according to some news reports) to the drought that has hit many peach-growing parts of the country. Excessive rain, one grower told a TV reporter, makes the peaches watery and less sweet; dry conditions leave them smaller but tastier. What to do with all those peaches? The obvious answer: eat them.

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    A divinely elegant and easy chicken dinner can transport you to the streets of Rome.

    Kitchen scoop: Saltimbocca’s flavors will take you to Rome

    When the weather is hot and humid, I spend a lot of time planning my next food and travel adventure. It usually inspires me to get in the kitchen and create something based on the culinary adventure I just took in my living room. This week I "went" to Italy and became entranced with all the different versions of saltimbocca.

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    Abby Elliott is not returning for the next season of “Saturday Night Live.”

    Abby Elliott exiting ‘SNL’ after four seasons

    After four seasons, Abby Elliott is not returning to "Saturday Night Live." Her exit was first reported Wednesday by the comedy website Splitsider. NBC declined to comment, but a source familiar with casting changes at the show confirmed Elliott's departure.

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    Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries’ divorce is unlikely to be concluded before the end of the year, with Humphries’ attorneys seeking detailed records from companies that handle the reality starlet’s shows.

    Kardashian divorce unlikely to be final this year

    Kim Kardashian's divorce has engulfed her family and network, literally. Attorneys for her estranged husband sought detailed records Wednesday about her reality shows and details of depositions with her mother and current boyfriend Kanye West to prove her 72-day marriage to NBA player Kris Humphries was a fraud.

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    Aeroshell planes will entertain the crowds for the annual Chicago Air & Water Show this weekend.

    Weekend picks: Be wowed at Air & Water Show

    The Chicago Air & Water Show, one of the most exhilarating free shows of the year, takes flight over North Avenue Beach this weekend. If you're in a festive mood, the 83rd Annual Elburn Days celebration opens with a parade at 6 p.m. Friday. Head to Aurora Saturday for Jam on the Fox, featuring the Charlie Daniels Band as the headliner. And racing fans won't want to miss the Arlington Million Saturday.

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    “Jesus at the Center” by Israel & New Breed

    Israel & New Breed offer solid tunes on new CD

    Israel & New Breed, the Grammy-nominated gospel act led by singer Israel Houghton, provide many superb praise and worship songs on their new album, "Jesus at the Center." Houghton co-wrote the majority of songs on the double-disc album, offering solid, upbeat gospel tunes that are fused with jazz and rock melodies.

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    Good wine: Many grapes cling to Pinot family vine

    As a wine merchant, I was always tickled when customers asked me for a "Pinot." That's like walking into an Irish tavern and asking for Murphy. You may get something you don't expect. In fact, Pinot is the oldest family of grapes, and the largest.

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    Jimmy Kimmel and Molly McNearney recently got engaged.

    Jimmy Kimmel to wed top writer on his show

    Jimmy Kimmel didn't have to look too far for his new fiancee. The ABC funnyman is newly engaged to girlfriend Molly McNearney.

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    Yu Nan, left, Terry Crews, Sylvester Stallone, Randy Couture and Dolph Lundgren in the upcoming movie “The Expendables 2.” A stuntman’s on-set death served as a reminder for the actors and filmmakers of the danger behind creating big-screen thrills.

    ‘Expendables 2’ dedicated to memory of stuntman

    The veteran action stars of "The Expendables 2" say a stuntman's on-set death served as a reminder of the danger behind building big-screen thrills. The film took an old-school in its approach to action, using minimal computer effects in favor of stunt work and real explosions. Stuntman Kun Liu, 26, was killed during one such sequence while filming at a dam last year in Bulgaria.

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    The Suburbs This Weekend: Tony, magic flutes, fence painting and pickles

    Tony Bennett, Mozart's "The Magic Flute," the Arlington Million, Tom Sawyer and pickles are among the subjects covered by Sean Stangland and Richard Battin in The Suburbs This Weekend.

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    Duane “Dog” Chapman, star of “Dog the Bounty Hunter,” has his bags packed for London, but a murder conviction from the late 1970s is keeping him out of the United Kingdom. He was to appear on another reality show, “Celebrity Big Brother,” but he has been denied a visa.

    ‘Dog’ Chapman denied U.K. visa because of conviction

    Duane "Dog" Chapman has his bags packed for London, but a murder conviction from the late 1970s is keeping him out of the United Kingdom. The reality television star from the show "Dog the Bounty Hunter" was to appear on another reality show, "Celebrity Big Brother," but he has been denied a visa.

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    Cee Lo Green joins ‘Thursday Night Football’ lineup

    Cee Lo Green's about to shake up the NFL. Green is taking over the NFL Network's "Thursday Night Football" intro, and in typical fashion for the flamboyant rapper-singer he's putting his own spin on things. Rather than the traditional artist-centered pretaped opener, the NFL and Green are inviting fans to submit videos of themselves singing along to the chorus of a song based on The Ramones' "Blitzkrieg Bop."

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    Aretha Franklin, Ricky Skaggs join Gospel Hall of Fame

    For one night, Aretha Franklin was the Queen of Gospel — not just Soul. Franklin has been inducted into the GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame along with country and bluegrass star Ricky Skaggs, singer-songwriter Dallas Holm, family group The Hoppers, the late televangelist Rex Humbard and Christian rockers Love Song.

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    The Knuckle Sandwich is chock-full of lobster at Bakersfield Restaurant in Westmont.

    Bakersfield pleases with modern menu, comfortable setting

    Bakersfield is modern and open with oversized booths, a wine room, a bustling exhibition kitchen and an expansive, flat screen-frocked bar. It also offers something that's lacking, dining-wise, amid tony car dealerships: sophistication.The menu is a mix of American standards and familiar, Asian-tinged eats.

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    Reader shares solutions for washing produce

    To remove wax from your produce, wash it and use a vegetable brush. You can buy fruit/vegetable wash or make your own by adding a tablespoon of lemon juice and a tablespoon of baking soda in a large bowl of water or a clean sink. Scrub with the veggie brush (a new nail brush or baby bottle brush will work if you can't find a vegetable brush) and rinse well.

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    Cindy (Jennifer Garner), Timothy (C.J. Adams) and Jim (Joel Edgerton) wow friends and family with an impromptu performance in the botanical fantasy "The Odd Life of Timothy Green."

    It's an 'Odd Life,' but not so wonderful

    "The Odd Life of Timothy Green" is a work of magical realism lacking both realism and magic. Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton play a couple trying to persuade officials they have what it takes to adopt a child: They were temporary parents of a boy who crawled out of the garden after a magical storm brought him to life.

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    The bar and dining room are full at The Office in St. Charles on a recent Thursday.

    St. Charles’ Office works with menu, popular patio

    Located in the former home of St. Charles Office Supply, The Office's high quality food and drinks have been attracting big crowds since it opened in 2011. Its mellow atmosphere makes it well-suited for a breezy summer afternoon, a chilly winter night and everything in between.

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    Old Crow Medicine Show — Kevin Hayes, left, Gill Landry, Chance McCoy, Ketch Secor, Morgan Jahnig and Critter Fuqua — recently release the band’s fourth album, “Carry Me Back.”

    Old Crow starts new chapter with ‘Carry Me Back’

    The way Ketch Secor sees it, time doesn't pass in a linear fashion when it comes to Old Crow Medicine Show. It's a series of beginnings and endings, starts and stops, and the release of the souped-up string band's fourth album, "Carry Me Back," marks all these things. "We've been making circles all along in this band and after a certain point, a certain number of years of performance, you find you come back around again," Secor said.

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    A divinely elegant and easy chicken dinner can transport you to the streets of Rome.

    Easy Chicken Saltimbocca
    Easy Chicken Saltimbocca: Kitchen Scoop

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    Chef Damon Hall puts a pepperoni pizza into an oven at MoMo’s restaurant in San Francisco. With a wood-burning oven at MoMo’s, Hall can more than banish the ghosts of pizzas past using fresh seasonings to kick up the taste.

    School lunch reimagined: Chefs dream up makeovers for school lunches

    Everyone has a school lunch horror story, the mystery meat "steaks," the limp, white bread sandwiches, the dangers lurking in any dish with "surprise" in the title. But what if people with serious kitchen cred got involved? Could those sad school lunches be turned into happy meals? To find out we invited chefs around the country to tell us what school cafeteria dishes they dreaded most as a kid.

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    Cook of the Week Challenge logo

    Cooking challenge contestants warming up

    I have selected the eight former Cooks of the Week and the eight challengers for our Cook of the Week Challenge and I will introduce the players in two more weeks. So if you didn't hear from me yet, thank you very much for applying. I read so many fantastic recipes; I wish I could have given more of you a shot at the contest.

Discuss

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    All talk, no muscle on Syria

    Columnist Richard Cohen: The awful things that could have happened had the United States intervened in Syria are now happening anyway.

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    Romney-Ryan: Real change

    Columnist Cal Thomas: Is America ready for a serious discussion of issues, rather than the superficial approach that has defined so much of modern politics? We're about to find out.

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    A campaign out of balance

    Columnist Eugene Robinson: This sense of the balance between individualism and community fueled the American Century. Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan apparently don't believe in it.

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    We don’t need to be taken care of
    A letter to the editor: Why is it that they in the media continue to assert that women, Hispanics, and seniors think we need government to take care of us?

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    Senator wrong about Social Security
    A letter to the editor: Sen. Durbin was once again hoisted by his own petard in his Aug. 13 letter stating, "Social Security has not added one penny to the nation's debt." Who is he kidding?

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    Dold’s survey of seniors slanted
    A Wheeling letter to the editor: Since all the questions were slanted to be answered one way only, I am forced to conclude that Congressman Dold doesn't really care what senior citizens think.

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    Seeing inconsistency in use of IDs
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: Now various states are trying to require some simple form of identification in order to vote and are taking steps to make it as simple as possible for all prospective voters to have an ID.

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    Letter on Medicare reflects scare tactics
    A Hoffman Estates letter to the editor: In response to Elke M. Trescott, she erroneously stated that Medicare premiums will increase 100 percent by 2014 under the Affordable Care Act. This misinformation was disseminated in a mass email circulating since before the 2010 elections. It has no basis in fact.

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    We have the right to defend ourselves
    An Elk Grove Village letter to the editor: Remember, these same armed people may come to your aid in an emergency. If you don't want a concealed carry permit, fine, don't get one.

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    Where does Reid get his information?
    A Prospect Heights letter to the editor: Well, Romney has bank accounts in Switzerland and the Cayman Islands, why else would you have those unless you're hiding the money? Harry, if he was hiding them, how would you know about them?

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    Pension solution can’t come in one day
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: The pension problem is a mosaic of issues. The only way to change our pension picture is to amend it piece by piece.

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    Walsh shows little respect to veterans
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: Our country honors its heroes. It is therefore sad that Joe Walsh, an Illinois office seeker, chooses to condemn Tammy Duckworth for mentioning her service disability.

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    Income tax part of Marx’s communist plan
    A St. Charles letter to the editor: The second plank of Karl Marx's "Communist Manifesto" has been fulfilled in its entirety: A heavy progressive income tax. And, of course, plank two allows the unchecked growth of government. It allows them all the funding they need to crush the constitution and control our lives.

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    ‘Discrimination’ just another word for ‘hate’
    A Dundee Township letter to the editor: I sit here and wonder how hoards of people could head to Chick-fil-A's Appreciation Day solely to support a company which proudly donates their money to organizations that discriminate. Oh, I know that they would say it's to protect free speech, but is that really it?

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    Helmet reference in crashes not helpful
    A Lombard letter to the editor: I have read other articles in the Herald about crashes involving motorcyclists with the same slant on the reporting, i.e., "he/she was not wearing a helmet." Why is this statement necessary for the article?

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    Thanks for stance on Chick-fil-A
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: I wish to express appreciation for Lombard Trustee Peter Breen's support of Chick-fil-A as reported in the Daily Herald on July 27. Ever since President Dan Cathy publicly declared his view that marriage should only be between a man and a woman, some public figures have rushed to judge Chick-fil-A as a bigoted, discriminatory company which has no place in cities like Boston and Chicago.

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    Wauconda Township may get vote on benefits
    A Wauconda Township letter to the editor: Wauconda Township has posted a notice of a special meeting, Aug. 23, 6 p.m. at 505 Bonner Road to vote on inclusion of a referendum question for the November ballot to reduce benefit cost of three elected officials.

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    Durbin’s support of Reid no surprise
    A Long Grove letter to the editor: Well, I see that Sen. Dick Durbin has finally spoken out about Harry Reid's preposterous statement that Mitt Romney didn't pay any income taxes for 10 years.

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