Daily Archive : Wednesday August 29, 2012

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    Republican vice presidential candidate, Rep. Paul†Ryan, addresses the Republican National Convention Wednesday night in Tampa, Fla..

    Fact check: Ryan ignores parts of his own record

    An occasional look at claims made in political campaigns and how they adhere to the facts: GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan took some factual shortcuts Wednesday night when he attacked President Barack Obama's policies on Medicare, the economic stimulus and the budget deficit.

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    Republican vice presidential nominee, Rep. Paul Ryan waves as he arrives to address the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday.

    Paul Ryan accepts ‘calling of my generation’

    Seizing the Republican National Convention spotlight, vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan welcomed "the calling of my generation" to help lead the country in tough times Wednesday night and pledged that Mitt Romney will not duck the difficult decisions needed to repair the economy if he gains the White House this fall. “We will not duck the tough issues; we will lead,” Ryan said.

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    First restaurant week to display Lombard’s dining diversity

    With celebratory dining, craft beers, wine flights, small bites and patio areas, eating out in Lombard can offer a variety of experiences beyond just food, say those behind the first Lombard Restaurant Week planned for Sept. 7 to 16. "Lombard has got some really great opportunities for dining that we wanted to showcase," said Lauren Rullo, sales manager at Buca di Beppo's Lombard location near...

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    William McLeod

    Former Hoffman Estates Park District commissioner wants to be mayor

    Hoffman Estates Mayor William McLeod confirmed Wednesday he will be running for a fourth term, but unlike the last election he won't run unopposed. Former Hoffman Estates Park District board president Craig Bernacki also wants to be mayor. "I don't like the direction that the village is going," Bernacki said.

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    Debbie Otto, of Antioch Township, receives her $1 million Powerball prize Wednesday at Antioch Kwik Pantry.

    Antioch Twp. woman celebrates $1 million Powerball win

    Debbie Otto said said she chose numbers that "looked right" when she was picking Powerball numbers on Aug. 8. The Antioch Township woman matched five numbers to win $1 million from the jackpot. She said she'll take the lump sum payment of $700,000. "I'm real excited," she said Wednesday.

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    Daily Herald file photo High gas prices may put a cramp in some vacationers' style this Labor Day weekend.

    Labor Day travel: Get gas now, leave early

    Get gas for your Labor Day trip now because prices are going to spike, analysts say. And you might as well leave now because traffic will be awful Friday. The AAA projects about 33 million Americans will jump into their cars, hit the airports, or take other forms of transportation to escape over the long weekend. That represents a bump of 2.9 percent from 2011. Happy long weekend.

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    Missing Arlington Heights woman, 88, found dead

    An 88-year-old Arlington Heights woman who was reported missing Tuesday night was found dead Wednesday afternoon along the Jane Addams Tollway corridor near Golf Road.

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    Elgin's Ballet Folklórico Huehuecoyotl will be among the entertainers at iFest, Elgin's first international festival, set for noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, in Festival Park. A parade at 11 a.m. through downtown Elgin will kick off the event.

    'Community that is Elgin' -- celebrating cultural diversity at iFest

    Dreaming of international travel, but low on funds? No worries. You can experience other cultures without leaving the Fox Valley this Saturday, Sept. 1, when the city of Elgin holds iFest, its first international festival. "The genesis for our festival was the vision of Mayor Dave Kaptain," said Danise Habun. "(His idea was) instead of a bunch of little festivals, let's see what would happen if...

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    Missing Naperville woman located

    A 58-year-old Naperville woman who had been missing for nearly a week, was located Wednesday night, according to police.

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    Arlene Crane in 1981

    Arlene Crane, wife of Phil Crane, dies

    Arlene Crane, wife of longtime suburban Republican icon and former U.S. Rep. Phil Crane died Tuesday in Virginia.She was 79 and is survived by her husband.

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    Dan Bridges

    District 203 school board backs superintendent

    New Naperville Unit District 203 Superintendent Dan Bridges appears to have most school board members' support as Kane County authorities investigate whether he and other West Aurora school employees illegally failed to report concerns of inappropriate behavior between a teacher and student. At least two board members, however, say they have questions about how Bridges handled accusations of...

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    Maria Piraino

    Delegate diary: Roselle woman a part of history

    Alternate delegate Marie Piraino of Roselle says attending the Republican National Convention in Tampa is being part of history. "I really got emotional about it. It is going to be such a wonderful memory to tell my children and grandchildren about," she said.

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    Isaac’s rain and winds buffeted the streets of Waveland, Miss., Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012, the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina hitting the Gulf Coast.

    Isaac steers clear of direct blow on New Orleans

    Hurricane Isaac began a slow, drenching slog inland from the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday, pushing water over a rural Louisiana levee and stranding some people in homes and cars as the storm spun into a newly fortified New Orleans exactly seven years after Katrina.

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    Chicago police officer wounded in shootout

    A Chicago police officer was being treated Wednesday for a gunshot wound suffered in a shootout with suspects while conducting an investigation into reported gun sales.

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    The Des Plaines library budget includes $85,000 for reorganizing wired computer terminals for public use on the fourth floor.

    Des Plaines library approves $6.2 million budget for 2013

    The Des Plaines Public Library Board recently approved a $6.26 million budget for the 2013 calendar year, which includes a 1.5 percent reduction in the levy amount — roughly $95,000 — over this year's budget. The board did consider a larger cut, but "that would have meant cutting staff," library Director Holly Sorensen said.

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    Republican vice presidential nominee, Rep. Paul Ryan addresses the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012.

    Images: Wednesday at the Republican National Convention
    Images of Wednesday at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida. Paul Ryan addressed the convention.

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    Northwest suburban police blotter

    A woman stole all packages of two over-the-counter allergy medications from Walgreens, 1225 W. Dundee Road, Buffalo Grove, around 4 p.m. Aug. 24. Later, a man returned one of the medications for a refund. The manager sent messages to all Walgreens stores in the area, and the Palatine store responded that the two subjects were in the store attempting to return the two medications.

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    Chicago teachers give strike notice as negotiations falter

    The Chicago Teachers Union issued a 10-day strike notice Wednesday, saying teachers in the nation's third-largest school district are ready to walk off the job for the first time in 25 years.

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    Former Elgin cop sues chief, others alleging forced retirement

    A former Elgin police department lieutenant has sued the city's police chief and other high-ranking city officials, arguing that he was wrongfully forced to resign based on information that was stolen from his hacked email account.The lawsuit, filed by Greg Welter last week in federal court, names as defendants: the city itself, Police Chief Jeff Swoboda, City Manager Sean Stegall, City...

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    New fences for Greenbrier park baseball fields

    Two Arlington Heights baseball fields will get new backstop and sideline fencing this fall at a cost of around $25,000.

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    Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks to the American Legion National Convention on Wednesday in Indianapolis.

    Analysis: Lagging faith in Romney is GOP challenge

    Mitt Romney may have a bigger problem than his low likability and favorability ratings. Even among voters who support him, many say he will lose to President Barack Obama. This by no means assures Obama of victory. And there's plenty of time for the numbers to shift as confidence in Romney's chances grows. For now, however, veteran Republican pollsters say Romney's team should be concerned.

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    In this Aug. 25, 2012 file photo, Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and his vice presidential running mate Rep. Paul Ryan, arrive for a campaign rally in Powell, Ohio. They’re the political world’s newest odd couple: Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are bound by substance, but dramatically different in style.

    Romney, Ryan bound by substance, differ in style

    They're the political world's newest odd couple: Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan. The running mates share a love of policy, and a fascination with the world's economy and America's place in it. But where Romney is buttoned-up and reserved on the campaign trail, Ryan is relaxed and exudes a natural enthusiasm. Romney is clearly more ebullient and relaxed alongside Ryan, who campaign aides have dubbed...

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    The Carol Stream Park District might put alcohol on the menu at the McCaslin Park concession stand. A trial run is scheduled for an adult softball tournament Oct. 20 and 21.

    Carol Stream Park District ponders beer, wine sales

    Participants in adult sporting events and spectators at McCaslin Park in Carol Stream might soon be able to purchase beer and wine from the park's concession stand. Park district officials say they are looking into that possibility in an attempt to collect additional revenue, though it's too early to say if it will become a reality.

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    People play in the storm surge from Hurricane Isaac on Lakeshore Drive along Lake Pontchartrain, as the storm nears land Tuesday in New Orleans.

    Isaac aid: GOP exception to call for less spending

    One by one, Republican leaders have lined up at their national convention to push for less government and accuse President Barack Obama of profligate spending. About 500 miles away, under threat from a hurricane, they welcomed federal government aid. One GOP governor even accused Obama of being miserly with the help.

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    Former President George W. Bush begins his speech, Monday during the annual Jim Blanchard Leadership Forum at the Columbus Convention and Trade Center in Columbus, Ga.

    Bush looming over GOP meeting — by video

    The legacy of former President George W. Bush hovers over the Republican National Convention even though he isn't attending or even mentioned much. But there are plenty of reminders — including a video being shown Wednesday night showing both Bush and his father, President George H.W. Bush.

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    Drew Peterson

    Defense rests in Peterson trial

    Drew Peterson's defense attorneys have rested their case in the former Bolingbrook police sergeant's murder trial. They finished Wednesday afternoon after calling witnesses over three days as they sought to counter allegations that Peterson killed his third wife, Kathleen Savio.

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    Republican vice presidential candidate, Rep. Paul Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican gestures during a walk through ahead of his delivering a speech at the Republican National Convention Wednesday in Tampa, Fla.

    Ryan: ‘The work ahead will be hard’

    Paul Ryan is promising better days ahead as he accepts his Republican Party's vice presidential nomination and introduces himself to the nation. "We will not duck the tough issues. We will lead. We will not spend four years blaming others. We will take responsibility. We will not try to replace our founding principles. We will reapply our founding principles," Ryan said in exerpts of his speech...

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    Justin J. Heneghan

    St. Charles ecstasy dealer pleads guilty

    Justin Heneghan, 26, of St. Charles, will be sentenced Oct. 25 on charges he was dealing ecstacy and marijuana. Heneghan, who entered a cold plea, faces between six and 30 years and has at least two previous felony convictions, one of which landed him in boot camp.

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    DuPage defends use of lobbying firms

    DuPage County has agree to spend more than $300,000 to keep four lobbying firms to represent the county at the state and federal levels.

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    Police officers watch demonstrators marching through the streets of Tampa, Fla., to protest the Republican National Convention on Monday. Here’s what tens of thousands of visitors in Tampa during the Republican National Convention will see this week: police. Lots of them.

    Police pack Tampa with GOP convention in town

    They seem to be on every street corner. Police officers riding bicycles, horses and golf carts that look like baby Humvees. Metal barricades surround all of Tampa's government buildings. State police, FBI, the Secret Service — some in riot gear — throng the city's streets surrounding the Republican National Convention. "I think it's overwhelming," said Ellen Brown, the owner of a...

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    Christopher Vaughn

    Defendant ‘upbeat’ after recalling wife shot him, sergeant testifies

    An Illinois State Police sergeant testified Wednesday that an Oswego man accused of shooting his wife and three children to death became "more upbeat" during a police interview after suddenly recalling that his wife had shot him. Jurors heard the testimony in the murder trial of Christopher Vaughn in Will County.

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    Wauconda reschedules fireworks:

    Postponed because of the summer drought, Wauconda's annual fireworks show has been rescheduled for Sept. 29.

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    Student assessment volunteers:

    Volunteers are sought to evaluate and read to children as part of a collaboration between the United Way of Lake County and Waukegan District 60 to evaluate skills and school readiness of incoming kindergartners.

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    Tickets for anniversary bash:

    Tickets are now on sale for Round Lake Beach's 75th anniversary gala.

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    D95 special education meeting:

    Lake Zurich Unit District 95 will host meetings on Sept. 10 and Sept. 12 to discuss plans for providing special education services to students with disabilities who live within the district and will attend private/parochial schools or are home-schooled for the 2012-13 school year.

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    Police responded Matthews Middle School in March when a student brought a loaded handgun to school. No one was hurt.

    Dad arrested months after boy brings gun to Island Lake school

    More than five months after a Matthews Middle School student brought a loaded handgun to school, the youth's father has been arrested, Island Lake police announced Wednesday. The man was charged with obstructing a peace officer and not having a firearm owner's identification card.

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    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker

    Wisconsin governor pounces on Illinois credit troubles

    Illinois politicians aren't the only ones commenting on the state's credit rating being lowered. The governor of Wisconsin is talking about it, too. Gov. Scott Walker says the bad news shows the "stark contrast" between Illinois and Wisconsin.

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    An American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees union member wears a protest message on his shirt while rallying in May against the proposed pension legislation at the Capitol in Springfield. Continuing pension problems have earned Illinois another reduction in its credit rating.

    S&P lowers Illinois credit rating over pensions

    Continuing pension problems and government gridlock earned Illinois another reduction in its credit rating Wednesday. Standard & Poor's Ratings Services said it lowered Illinois' rating a notch because of "weak pension funding levels and lack of action on reform measures."

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    Glen Ellyn splashes cold water on Tap House’s cookout

    A cookout intended to be a family friendly event in downtown Glen Ellyn before Glenbard West football games is no more after the inaugural event last Saturday in face of opposition from school officials and the village's police chief. Their argument: beer and Bloody Marys don't mix with high school football. The cookout, organized by...

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    Zoo releasing rare snakes in forest preserve

    Lincoln Park Zoo is releasing some rare snakes into the wild to help with efforts to conserve the species.The Chicago zoo and the Lake County Forest Preserve District announced the release Wednesday of 18 smooth green snakes.

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    The Aurora Civic Center Authority, which manages the Paramount Theatre, also will be planning programming for RiverEdge Park’s John C. Dunham Pavilion under an agreement the city council approved this week.

    Paramount management to plan RiverEdge Park events

    When RiverEdge Park in downtown Aurora starts hosting events next summer, the team behind the scenes will be the same organization that manages the Paramount Theatre. The Aurora Civic Center Authority will plan programming for the park's Music Garden under an 18-month agreement the city council approved Tuesday night. "We are confident this agreement will make the RiverEdge Music Garden a source...

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    Arlington Hts. increases budget $17,000 for turf at Melas Park

    When installing the new synthetic turf on the baseball and softball fields at Melas Park, the contractors found a pipe that previously had not shown up on any plans. The Arlington Heights Park District is adding $17,000 to the project budget to cover the cost of moving the pipe.

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    In this Oct. 18, 2011, photo, Olutosin Oduwole walks outside of the Madison County Criminal Justice Center in downstate Edwardsville during his trial on charges of attempting to make a terrorist threat. Oduwole was sentenced in December 2011 to five years behind bars.

    New law requires more prison time for terror threats

    People convicted in Illinois of attempting to commit terrorism may have to serve more of any prison sentence they get under a law scheduled to take effect after this year. Gov. Pat Quinn this month signed into law a measure requiring that anyone convicted of such crimes serve 85 percent of their sentence. Under current state law, a prisoner can get one day of good-conduct credit for each day...

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    UIC announces new $104M sciences building

    Construction will begin next year on a new $104 million science building at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The Advanced Chemical Technology Building will house faculty in chemistry, biology and physics.

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    Hanjuan Jin enters the federal courthouse Wednesday in Chicago before being sentenced to four years in prison for stealing trade secrets from Motorola.

    Motorola trade secrets thief gets 4 years

    A Chinese-born American convicted of stealing trade secrets from Motorola was sentenced Wednesday to four years in prison in a case that both the judge and prosecutors hoped would send a message to those who might be tempted to siphon vital information from U.S. companies. "In today's world, the most valuable thing that anyone has is technology. ... The most important thing this country can do is...

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    Drivers are facing the biggest one-day jump in gasoline prices in 18 months Wednesday, as Isaac swamps the nation’s oil and gas hub along the Gulf Coast.

    Isaac brings higher gas prices

    Drivers are being hit with the biggest one-day jump in gasoline prices in 18 months just as the last heavy driving weekend of the summer approaches.

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    U.S. stocks advanced, following a two-day decline in the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index, as the economy grew more than first estimated and investors awaited Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke’s speech Friday.

    Stocks edge up after US growth revised higher

    Slightly better economic growth and stronger housing sales nudged the stock market higher Wednesday. The Dow Jones industrial average managed a four-point gain.

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    Kane moves toward spending millions on judicial center

    Expansion of Kane County's judicial center took another step forward Wednesday with the approval of $313,000 in design costs. But discussion about the plan revealed some board members have different views on the future of the circuit court clerk's office in St. Charles. Some see the more than $5 million taxpayers sunk into the old Montgomery Ward building about a year ago as a necessary expense...

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    David Hoicka

    DuPage Housing Authority ousts another director

    Just eight months after being brought in to help clean up the embattled DuPage Housing Authority, David Hoicka has been fired from his job as executive director. "It's disappointing that a change in direction was necessary," said housing board Chairman Thomas Good, adding that the board chose to exercise the "no-cause" termination provision in Hoicka's contract.

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    New this year at Last Fling in Naperville are the $START_URL$Great American Duck Races of New Mexico;http://www.racingducks.com/$STOP_URL$. There will be several shows each day dedicated to mallard ducks that race down a water pond.

    Last Fling’s Family Fun Land entertains all ages

    The fun continues to multiply and expand each year in Last Fling's Family Fun Land. Meet a Disney star or take a pony ride. Check out some reptiles or create a masterpiece in the arts and crafts area. The family-friendly confines offer smiles and good times Saturday through Monday, Sept. 1 to 3, and include children's activities and games as well as demonstrations and performances.

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    A 77-year-old Ingleside woman was ticketed but escaped injury after she drove her vehicle off the end of Grand Avenue into Pistakee Lake.

    Ingleside woman receives minor injuries after launching car into Pistakee Lake

    A 77-year-old Ingleside woman was ticketed after police say she drove her vehicle off the end of Grand Avenue into Pistakee Lake, authorities said, because she mistook the gas for the brake pedal. Helen Rosing was slightly injured in the accident that occurred shortly after 11 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 24. Fox Lake Police Lt. Jeff Norris said.

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    The Suburbs This Weekend: ‘The Big Lebowski’, fireworks, the Civil War, Schaumburg’s Septemberfest

    The Suburbs This Weekend

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    District 59 adopts $93.5 million budget with deficit

    The Elk Grove Township Elementary District 59 school board recently approved spending $93.5 million for 2012-2013 academic year. Excluding contingency allocations and the use of fund balances for construction, the 2012-13 budget is balanced, officials said in a news release.

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    Libertyville doctor helps out in Tanzania

    Advocate Condell surgeon and Libertyville resident, Dr. Michael Scheer and his 17-year old son, Michael Jr., spent a week this summer in Mailisita helping to build a school, as well as bringing much needed medical supplies and surgical assistance to a nearby hospital.

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    U.S. health officials say there’s been an alarming increase in the number of West Nile cases. So far there have been more than 1,100 cases reported through the middle of August. That’s three times as many as usually seen at this point in the year.

    CDC: West Nile cases rise 40 percent in 1 week

    West Nile virus cases are up 40 percent since last week and may rival the record years of 2002 and 2003, federal health officials said Wednesday.

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    Glenn Swanson

    Officials in 31 suburban townships get automatic raises

    While most American workers have spent the past four years getting by with stagnating wages, or making even less than in years before, a segment of government employees is doing just fine. Elected officials in 31 suburban townships combined to make $661,387 more this year than they did in 2009. In many cases, they gave themselves the raises -- and they're getting ready to do it again.

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    Aaron Schock

    Schock to Illinois delegates: GOP can learn from Madigan

    McHenry Tea Partyer Joe Walsh is smart for staying home from the convention, U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock says. Schock told Illinois delegates at the Republican National Convention that suburban congressional races are crucial to the GOP, but said the party could learn a thing or two from Illinois Democratic powerhouse Michael Madigan.

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    Mundelein High School Superintendent Jody Ware

    Mundelein High teachers get modest raises in new 4-year contract

    Mundelein High School teachers will receive modest pay raises under a newly approved four-year contract. Under the deal, the salaries of 138 unionized employees will increase less than 1 percent this year and slightly more in each of the following three years.

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    @captioncredit:Associated Press House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio talks to reporters on the floor of the Republican National Convention in the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla. He spoke to Illinois delegates at their hotel Wednesday.

    Boehner: Illinois wins crucial to keeping GOP Congress

    Speakng at a breakfast meeting of Illinois delegates to the Republican National Convention, House Speaker John Boehner says Illinois congressional races are tough, but winnable in November. He says Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi would have to pry the speaker's gavel from his "stone cold hands."

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    Congressman Joe Walsh chose to skip the Republican National Convention and instead attend events in the 8th District, where he is running against Tammy Duckworth of Hoffman Estates.

    Kerry in Tampa: Local GOP happy with Tea Party's role

    Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney's selection of Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate signifies the Tea Party's new place at the core of the modern GOP — a role suburban Republicans are welcoming. An overwhelming number of respondents to a Daily Herald survey of GOP delegates say the Tea Party has helped the Republican party as a whole.

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    Kane County Sheriff Pat Perez traded stories with fellow classic car buffs last September at his annual car and motorcycle show for charity. Perez, right, is the proud owner of a yellow Ford Torino.

    Kane Sheriff car/motorcycle show to benefit kids with cancer

    Kane County Sheriff Pat Perez will host his sixth annual car and motorcycle show this weekend to raise money for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. Perez picks a different charity each year and the event has raised more than $40,000 for local charities.

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    Daily Herald Politics and Projects Writer Kerry Lester joins Illinois delegates on a bus, where the group spends a lot of time because their hotel is 45 minutes from the Republican National Convention.

    Postcard from Tampa: Busing headaches and floor passes

    Postcard from the Republican National Convention: Politics and Projects Writer Kerry Lester navigates her way to a spot near the podium on the convention floor but finds getting the bus back to the Illinois delegation's hotel to be a bit of a challenge.

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    Video gambling will be allowed in Round Lake Beach, village officials have decided.

    Round Lake Beach officials change ordinance to allow video gambling

    While other forms of gambling remain prohibited, officials in Round Lake Beach voted 4-2 on Monday to authorize video gambling. Mayor Richard Hill said people should have the choice to play the video gambling machines and since it will be available in surrounding communities, it should be offered in the village as well. "It just makes sense. You can do what you like as long as you're not hurting...

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    Republican nominee Mitt Romney is making a day-trip detour to Indiana to speak to the veterans’ service organization.

    Romney talks to veterans, others highlight defense

    Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will focus on veterans' issues with a Wednesday speech to the American Legion as speakers at the GOP convention address defense and foreign affairs. The Republican nominee is making a day-trip detour to Indiana to speak to the veterans' service organization as the convention here continues.

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    Delegates gather in the Tampa Bay Times Forum during the Republican National Convention.

    What to watch for Wednesday

    Here are some things to watch for at the Republican National Convention Wednesday: 1. RIDING THE STORM OUT: As Hurricane Isaac batters the Gulf Coast, Mitt Romney and GOP conventioneers decide how to respond. Can they show empathy for storm victims even as they celebrate Romney's nomination? Is there a way to help out? Also, watch how President Barack Obama handles Isaac, seven years after...

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    Americans signed the most contracts to buy homes in July than at any other point in the last two years, further evidence of a housing recovery.

    Contracts to buy U.S. homes hit 2-year high in July

    Americans signed the most contracts to buy homes in July than at any other point in the last two years, further evidence of a housing recovery. The National Association of Realtors said Wednesday that its index of sales agreements for previously occupied homes jumped 2.4 percent in July to 101.7.

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    Drew Peterson

    2nd pathologist: Peterson wife’s death accidental

    A second forensic pathologist has testified for the defense at Drew Peterson's trial, saying he believes the former Illinois police officer's third wife died in an accidental fall in her bathtub.

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    Cardinal Francis George

    Cardinal George to undergo chemotherapy for cancer

    Cardinal Francis George, who announced this month that cancer had been found in his right kidney and his liver, will undergo four months of chemotherapy, the Archdiocese of Chicago said Tuesday. This is George's second bout with cancer. Doctors removed his bladder, prostate and part of his right ureter six years ago following the discovery that he had bladder cancer.

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    Associated Press Joe Biden

    VP Biden set to visit Wisconsin next week
    Vice President Joe Biden is set to make a campaign stop in Wisconsin this weekend. Gillian Morris is a spokeswoman for President Barack Obama's campaign in Wisconsin. She says Biden is slated to appear in Green Bay on Sunday. She had no additional details.

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    Illinois to sell Powerball lottery tickets online

    Illinois is going to sell Powerball lottery tickets on the Internet, and at least one lawmaker predicts a big payday. Sen. Jeff Schoenberg says online sales could produce an additional $25 million a year for state government.

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    This image made available by environmental organization Greenpeace shows Greenpeace activists chained to the anchor chain of the Anna Akhmatova, the vessel which was carrying Gazprom’s workers to the Prirazlomnaya platform, in the Pechora Sea about 620 miles from the nearest port. Gazprom is pioneering Russia’s oil drilling in the Arctic.

    In Arctic, Greenpeace picks new fight with old foe

    Global warming has ignited a rush to exploit Arctic resources — and Greenpeace is determined to thwart that stampede. Employing the same daredevil tactics it has used against nuclear testing or commercial whaling, the environmental group is now dead-set on preventing oil companies from profiting from global warming by drilling for oil near the Arctic's shrinking ice cap.

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    The U.S. economy grew at a 1.7 percent annual rate in the April-June 2012 quarter, boosted by slightly stronger consumer spending and greater imports.

    U.S. economy grew at 1.7 percent rate in 2nd quarter

    The U.S. economy grew at a tepid 1.7 percent annual rate in the April-June quarter, suggesting growth will stay weak in the second half of the year.

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    In drought, drillers offering even water witching

    Well driller Randy Gebke usually uses a geology database and other high-tech tools to figure out where to sink new water wells for clients. But if asked, he'll grab two wires, walk across the property, waiting for the wires to cross to find a place to drill.

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    This photo made available by LOCOG shows Torchbearing team 056, (NOT left to right) including, Barrie Guy, Antony Eames, and others, no names available, outside the Shri Swaminarayan Mandir temple, in Brent, north London, as they carry the Paralympic Flame on the Torch Relay, Wednesday Aug. 29, 2012.

    Crowds welcome Paralympic torch to London

    LONDON — Thousands of people have lined British streets to welcome the Paralympic flame as it arrives in London ahead of the games’ opening ceremony.The flame, which is being carried by some 580 torchbearers in total, will visit London landmarks, including the Abbey Road crosswalk made famous by The Beatles, before it arrives at the Olympic Stadium in east London.

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    Stray dogs kill 4 kangaroos in Bosnia zoo

    SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina — Officials say stray dogs entered the Sarajevo zoo, killed four kangaroos and injured another before guards could chase them away.Zoo veterinarian Vedad Skapulj told The Associated Press that the dogs entered the kangaroo habitat in early Wednesday morning.

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    IAEA establishes Iran Task Force

    VIENNA — The U.N. nuclear agency has created a special Iran Task Force of nuclear weapons experts, intelligence analysts and other specialists focused on probing allegations that Tehran has been — or is — secretly working on developing atomic arms, according to an internal document shared with The Associated Press.

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    Afghan president moves to replace security chiefs

    KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghan President Hamid Karzai dismissed the national intelligence chief Wednesday, and lawmakers said he will submit nominees to replace the defense and interior ministers who were removed earlier this month by parliament.

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    1st trial to begin in alleged rapes of Texas girl

    LIBERTY, Texas — The case shocked and divided the small Southeast Texas town where authorities allege an 11-year-old girl was repeatedly sexually assaulted over a period of months in 2010 by a group of 20 males. Now the first trial stemming from the case is set to be heard by a jury.Opening statements in the trial of Eric McGowen were scheduled for Wednesday in Liberty.

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    Assad acknowledges struggle to win Syria civil war

    BEIRUT — President Bashar Assad said the Syrian regime needs more time to win the civil war in remarks broadcast Wednesday that amounted to an acknowledgment his forces are struggling to contain the rebel challenge.

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    Wreckage of a Chinese ship sits on the shore after it slammed into rocks off the southern coast in Jeju, South Korea, Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. A powerful typhoon pounded South Korea with strong winds and heavy rain Tuesday, while the nation’s coast guard battled rough seas in a race to rescue fishermen on two Chinese ships that slammed into rocks off the southern coast.

    2nd typhoon threatens battered Korean Peninsula

    SEOUL, South Korea — The Korean Peninsula cleaned up Wednesday after one powerful typhoon and girded itself for another that could be particularly damaging to North Korea, which is still recovering from earlier floods.

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    An ambulance is seen in front of a passenger plane from Malaga in Spain at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport, Netherlands, Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. A news website reported that the plane was escorted to Schiphol on Wednesday by two F16 fighter jets and that the plane is from carrier Vueling. Dutch media now say the passenger plane from Spain to Amsterdam was not hijacked.

    Media: Plane from Spain to Amsterdam not hijacked

    AMSTERDAM — Spanish airline Vueling says that fears that one of its planes was hijacked en route from Malaga in Spain to Schiphol Airport were unfounded.The airline said on Twitter on Wednesday that “Amsterdam’s protocol for security was activated owing to a temporary loss of communication between the plane and air traffic control.”

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    Dawn Patrol: Quinn gambling veto reaction; Ann Romney a star

    Gov. Quinn vetoes gambling expansion legislation. Ann Romney the star in Tampa. Cardinal Francis George to undergo chemotherapy. Schaumburg mayor to pay for trip to Europe with symphony. Lombard mosque builders get 8-month extension. Elgin woman pinned in car for 30 minutes after wreck.

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    Obama team launches critique of Ryan before speech

    Even before Paul Ryan takes the stage at the Republican convention, President Barack Obama's campaign is seeking to cast the GOP running mate as "out of step" with American voters. The Obama campaign has launching an online video targeting Ryan as a politician from a "bygone era." The video criticizes Ryan for being the architect of a budget that would overhaul Medicare and for trying to defund...

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    Romney still struggles to attract Latino voters

    It may have been a partisan barb from a Democrat, but Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's pointed criticism of the array of Hispanic speakers at the Republican National Convention laid bare a truth that could hurt the GOP: Mitt Romney is having a tough time winning over Latino voters.

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    Protestors gathered in a camp called “Romneyville,” in Tampa to march in demonstration.

    Anti-GOP protesters clash with church group

    Police officers in riot gear broke up a scuffle outside the Republican National Convention on Tuesday between anti-GOP protesters and Kansas-based church members who often picket soldiers' funerals.Authorities later arrested a man who was staying at a makeshift camp for protesters known as "Romneyville" for allegedly breaking the jaw of a fellow camper.

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    Condoleezza Rice

    Rice says America’s voice ‘muted’ in world affairs

    Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says the voice of the United States in world affairs "has been muted" under President Barack Obama, creating a chaotic and dangerous security environment., Rice, who speaks Wednesday night to the Republican National Convention, sought to tout Mitt Romney's foreign policy credentials.

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    Billy Croft and 5 Alarm will perform Sunday at Carol Stream Town Center as part of the rescheduled Fourth of July activities.

    Wheaton, Carol Stream Fourth of July events are Labor Day weekend

    The heat wave of early summer is gone, the dangerous drought conditions are easing, and now residents of Wheaton and Carol Stream can finally have some overdue fun. Both communities rescheduled their Independence Day celebrations in July due to the extreme weather conditions. And both will take advantage of the Labor Day holiday to celebrate the Fourth of July in early September.

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    Jim Windass gives a victory fist pump alongside Pat Ahern, CEO of Rainbow Hospice and Palliative Care, and Irvana Wilks, right, mayor of Mount Prospect.

    British charity cyclist arrives in Mt. Prospect

    Jim Windass, the British citizen who cycled Route 66 for charity, arrived at Mount Prospect's Rainbow Hospice after a 22-day-long journey. He was greeted -- and then had to whisk off to the British consulate because his passport and other valuables were stolen on the journey.

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    The carnival is a big part of Schaumburg’s Septemberfest on the grounds of the Schaumburg Municipal Center. Other highlights include a parade, fireworks, food and entertainment.

    42nd annual Schaumburg Septemberfest opens Saturday

    Schaumburg's 42nd annual Septemberfest will feature major main stage acts Grand Funk Railroad at 8:30: p.m. Saturday, The Family Stone at 8:30 p.m. Sunday, and 7th Heaven, 7:30 p.m. Monday.

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    Ann Romney, wife of U.S. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, addresses the Republican National Convention.

    Ann Romney says her husband will lift up America

    Meet Mitt Romney's sweetheart. Making her national debut, Ann Romney swept onto the stage at the Republican National Convention late Tuesday night and delivered a forceful defense of her husband's character and values — and made an all-out play for the critical women's vote — in a speech designed to introduce the country to the man she knows better than anyone.

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    Ann Romney

    Showcasing Romney’s softer side is wife’s mission

    Meet Mitt Romney's sweetheart. Ann Romney, 63, was making her national debut at the Republican National Convention late Tuesday in a speech designed to introduce the country to the man she knows better than anyone. The goal: Help people understand the warm, personal side of her husband, a longtime candidate who has sometimes struggled to connect with voters — and who isn't nearly as...

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    Mitt Romney addresses with his family behind him during a Romney for President Iowa Caucus night rally in Des Moines, Iowa, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012.

    As election nears, Romney sons looking out for dad

    During what may be the most important week of Mitt Romney's political career, the Republican presidential contender's five sons are sharing family secrets like never before. They are calling their father "cheap" on national television. They're spilling stories about plane-sick children. And when the cameras are not rolling, they are raising money and giving emotional support to the man who raised...

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    Rep. Paul Ryan

    With US watching, Ryan to focus on personal side

    Paul Ryan wants to talk policy. Mitt Romney's team wants his No. 2 to focus more on his immigrant family and small-town values. The top of the ticket is certain to win out as the Wisconsin congressman accepts the vice presidential nomination of his party Wednesday night. Ryan will deliver a speech to thousands of delegates at the Republican convention, and millions of viewers watching from home,...

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    New Jersey Governor Chris Christie addresses the Republican National Convention .

    Christie fires up Republicans with Obama critique

    With a rowdy fist-pump, blunt and brash New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie lit a fire under the Republican National Convention, labeling Democratic President Barack Obama part of the complacent status quo. "It's been easy for our leaders to say not us, and not now, in taking on the tough issues. And we've stood silently by and let them get away with it," the first-term Republican governor said with a...

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    Kane likely losing federal, state TB funds

    The federal government just honored Kane County for its work in fighting tuberculosis, but it is also not going to send any more money Kane's way for the fight. In-house resources will have to be reallocated to continue the work in 2013, according to the public health director.

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    Sen. Dick Durbin, right, talks with Elgin Community College student Stephanie Salas of Elgin during his visit Tuesday to Elgin Community College.

    Young immigrants share stories with Sen. Durbin

    Students shared their stories Tuesday with U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin at Elgin Community College during a discussion on President Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which is modeled after the DREAM Act that Durbin introduced 11 years ago but which was never made law. “President Obama said these young people are not a threat to the United States,” Durbin said.

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    Dan Bridges was principal of West Aurora High School in 2010 when a custodian reported an encounter between band director Steve Orland and a female student. Orland has since been convicted of sexually assaulting two other female students.

    DCFS: West Aurora High broke state reporting law

    Officials with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services say several West Aurora School District officials, including Dan Bridges, who is now Superintendent of Naperville Unit District 203, acted irresponsibly by not reporting an alleged act of abuse in July 2010. "Schools can sometimes make the mistake of thinking that they have the option to do their own internal evaluation," DCFS...

Sports

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    Crane elevates Z-B to Lake crown

    Sophomore Claire Crane pitched a 2-hit shutout and added 3 hits at the plate, as Zion-Benton's softball team clinched the North Suburban Conference Lake Division championship with an 8-0 win over host Mundelein on Monday.

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    DeAngelo named Medinah’s new golf director

    Mike Scully ended a 10-year stint as Medinah Country Club's director of golf as soon as the Ryder Cup ended, and now the club has selected his replacement: Marty DeAngelo, who will take over on Jan. 21. Like Scully, he comes to Medinah from Florida, where he had been director of golf at Isleworth — the home club for Tiger Woods and several other PGA Tour players.

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    Helpful terminology for the fishing soul

    Fishing terminology changes over the years, and there are times when people new to the sport get as tangled and twisted with it as an uncooperative line in a weed patch. No worries. Mike Jackson is here today with a refresher course courtesy of the Jackson Encyclopedia of outdoor terms.

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

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

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

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

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

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    Wednesday’s boys soccer scoreboard
    High school varsity results of Wednesday's boys soccer matches, 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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    Chicago White Sox pitcher Dylan Axelrod delivers against the Baltimore Orioles in the first inning of a baseball game on Wednesday in Baltimore.

    White Sox pound Saunders in 8-1 win over Orioles

    White Sox rookie Dylan Axelrod took a three-hitter into the eighth inning and Chicago spoiled the Baltimore debut of Joe Saunders, scoring seven runs off the left-hander in an 8-1 victory over the Orioles on Wednesday night.

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    Cougars let one get away

    A 3-0 lead slipped away from the Kane County Cougars as the Quad Cities River Bandits battled back for a 6-5 victory on Wednesday night at Modern Woodmen Park.

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    Darwin Barney set a National League single-season record for consecutive errorless games at second base Wednesday, as he reached 114, breaking the mark he held with David Eckstein, who had 113 in 2010 with the San Diego Padres. Although, he did have had an error for several minutes in the seventh, the scoring decision was reversed.

    Plenty of questions remain in Cubs’ lost season

    Darwin Barney's consecutive errorless streak continued, with some help, Wednesday night, but it was more of the same for the Cubs who lost 3-1 at the Milwaukee Brewers at Wrigley Field. Barney's streak went to 114 straight games a single-season record in the National League.

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    Claussen swings into action for Vernon Hills

    Vernon Hills senior Jenn Claussen, an all-area softball player, was showing off her arm Wednesday night.This time it was on the volleyball court.Claussen’s 5 kills on 16-of-17 hitting and 6 aces on 12-of-14 serving led the Cougars to a 25-20, 26-24 win over Leyden in a nonconference match.Vernon Hills also received 4 kills and 2 aces from sophomore Katy Brettman. Shannon Nugent added 3 kills, and Jasmine Tamalunas set 26 of 27 with 9 assists.New Trier d. Libertyville: Michigan-bound Cindy Zhou had 8 kills, 10 assists and 3 blocks for the Wildcats in their 12-25, 26-24, 25-16 nonconference loss.Libertyville (1-2) also got 4 kills from Taylor Zant and 18 digs from Butler-bound Kristen Webb. Rhiannon Prentiss added 2 kills and 2 blocks for the Wildcats.Grant d. McHenry: Brooke Buckley slammed 10 kills on 22-of-23 hitting, and Anna Panasenko added 4 blocks, as the host Bulldogs rallied for a 17-25, 25-17, 25-23 win in a nonconference thriller.Grant also received key contributions from Bethani Jacobsen (3 kills), Taylor Rossi (11 assists, 6 digs), Beka Couch (2 blocks), Gianna Gigliotti (10 digs), Jamie Reiser (14-of-14 serving, 2 aces) and Deanna Rodriguez (9 digs).

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    New England Patriots quarterback Ryan Mallett (15) is sacked by New York Giants defensive ends Matt Broha (54) and Craig Marshall (70) during the first half of a preseason NFL football game, Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012, in East Rutherford, N.J.

    Giants beat Patriots 6-3 in preseason finale

    Adele Ojomo took another step toward making an NFL roster and helped the New York Giants and New England Patriots avoid a coach's worst nightmare in the preseason finale — overtime. The Giants defeated the Patriots 6-3 on Wednesday night in the final warmup for the regular season for the teams that met in the Super Bowl in early February.

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    Pence, Arias lead Giants over Astros 6-4

    Hunter Pence hit a three-run homer and Joaquin Arias drove in two with a triple to help the San Francisco Giants to a 6-4 win over the Houston Astros on Wednesday night.

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    Dallas Cowboys linebacker Orie Lemon (58) celebrates after scoring a touchdown from an interception thrown by Miami Dolphins quarterback Matt Moore with Cowboys defensive back Mario Butler, left, during the first half of a preseason NFL football game Wednesday in Arlington, Texas.

    Cowboys beat Miami 30-13 to wrap up preseason

    Orie Lemon returned an interception 26 yards for a touchdown, No. 3 running back Phillip Tanner had a 1-yard score and the Dallas Cowboys finished their preseason with a 30-13 victory over the Miami Dolphins on Wednesday night.

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    Antioch blanks Grayslake Central

    JR Lonergan and Erik Van Treeck each had a goal, as Antioch’s boys soccer team shut out visiting Grayslake Central 2-0 in nonconference action Wednesday.Sequoits keeper Tommy Tritschler had the shutout. Iven Hernandez and Bobby Miranda had assists for Antioch (2-1), which scored a goal in each half.Vernon Hills 4, Grayslake North 3: Evan Borden scored a pair of second-half goals, and the Cougars remained undefeated by overcoming a 2-1 halftime deficit to edge the visiting Knights in a nonconference match.Matthew Tabrizi had a goal and an assist after halftime for Vernon Hills, which improved to 5-0-1. Tony Orozco scored in the opening 40 minutes for the Cougars off an assist from Jeremy Cohen. David White assisted on Borden’s second tally.Grant 1, Harvard 0: On Tuesday night, Antonio Gonzalez, Grant’s sixth shooter, netted a sudden-death penalty kick, and keeper Keegan Cray stopped a shot during penalty kicks, as the Bulldogs opened their own tournament by winning in dramatic fashion.Cray made 5 saves, in total.It was the first win for Grant (1-3) and new head coach Bryan Mark, whose Bulldogs resume their tourney Saturday. They will play Grayslake North at 9 a.m. and Cary-Grove at 3 p.m.

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    Choi soaks up belated victory

    A downpour wiped out the Lake County boys golf tournament at Antioch Golf Club last week.In a makeup of the tourney Wednesday, Grayslake Central senior Dan Choi reigned.Choi’s 73 was good for a two-stroke victory over Lake Forest’s Drew Barrett at Antioch GC.Barrett (75), Ian Mankoff (76, third), Graham Ganshirt (77, fourth) and Drew Takacs (77, fifth) led Lake Forest to a winning total of 305. Led by Grant Smith’s 78 (seventh), Antioch (321) placed second in the eight-team field.Antioch also got strong rounds from Briley Schultz (79, 10th), Kyle Thode (82, 13th) and Dillon Kreutzer (82, 14th).Lakes (332, fourth) received a 78 from Petey Bennes, who finished eighth, and an 81 from Jake Carter, who was 12th.Behind Choi, Grayslake Central (324) finished third. Kyle Balling carded a 79 (11th) for the Rams.Sam Stanfel’s 79 (ninth) paced Grayslake North (349, sixth). Justin Schwab shot a 77 (sixth) for Zion-Benton (340, fifth).

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    Washington Redskins linebacker Markus White (55) and tackle Doug Worthington (90) combine on Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Brett Ratliff (7) during the second half of an NFL preseason football game on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012, in Landover, Md.

    Redskins top Buccaneers 30-3 in battle of backups

    On his first full day on the job as the kicker for the Washington Redskins, Billy Cundiff made three of four field goal attempts — and was booed for the one he missed. Signed Tuesday after the Redskins cut Graham Gano, Cundiff was the only first-stringer of consequence for either team Wednesday night in Washington's 30-3 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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    Grayslake Central’s Korina Gomez powers to the finish during the Lake County girls cross country meet Wednesday at Lakewood Forest Preserve near Wauconda.

    Mundelein packs winning top-five punch

    Having the top two runners in the Lake County meet wasn't going to be enough to carry Lake Forest to victory Wednesday afternoon on the new 3-mile Lakewood Forest Preserve course. That's because Mundelein's top-five pack was just way too strong for the rest of the 17-team field as the Mustangs rolled to the championship of the Art Campbell Invitational for the first time since 2004 with 55 points.

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    Leyden’s Juan Recendez, left, and Maine West’s Jerry Espinoza battle for position during Wednesday’s game.

    Herrera dazzles for Maine West

    Nelson Herrera scored 3 goals to give him 10 for the season as Maine West (6-0-0) produced an impressive 3-0 victory over a Leyden team which had yet to allow a goal entering Wednesday's game.

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    Deduno, Plouffe lead Twins over Mariners 10-0

    Samuel Deduno dominated for seven innings, Trevor Plouffe homered and had four RBIs, and the Minnesota Twins beat the Seattle Mariners 10-0 on Wednesday night.

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    Runners dash off the line as the starter fires his gun during the Lake County boys cross country meet Wednesday at Lakewood Forest Preserve near Wauconda.

    Barrington tops at Campbell Invitational

    Barrington took top team honors in the Art Campbell Invitational held Wednesday at Lakewood Forest Preserve.

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    Harper men pursue repeat titles

    The Harper College men's cross country team will toe the starting line for Friday afternoon's Harper Invite with a big target on its back — as befits an NJCAA Division III defending national champion. "I think we are young but talented," said Harper coach Jim Macnider, who guided the Hawks to the program's first national title in his first season with the team after wrapping up a storied prep coaching career at Schaumburg High School.

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    Harper’s homers leads Nationals past Marlins 8-4

    Bryce Harper homered twice for the first time in his career and the first-place Washington Nationals snapped a five-game losing streak by beating the Miami Marlins 8-4 Wednesday night.

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    Duda, Harvey lead Mets over Phillies 3-2

    Lucas Duda hit a two-run homer, Matt Harvey had another sharp outing and the New York Mets beat the Philadelphia Phillies 3-2 Wednesday night for their fourth straight win.

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    West Aurora rallies by Batavia

    Jose Gallegos played against Batavia a year ago, but it was in a freshman soccer game. The West Aurora sophomore was on the big stage though during Wednesday's non-conference game in Batavia, scoring the equalizer and helping the Blackhawks rally for a 3-1 victory.

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    Bruce Chen throws gem as Royals top Tigers 1-0

    Bruce Chen allowed four hits over a season-high eight innings, and Eric Hosmer's infield single in the fourth drove in the only run in the Kansas City Royals' 1-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday night.

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    Longoria homers twice to help Rays top Rangers 8-4

    Evan Longoria homered twice, Tampa Bay roughed up Matt Harrison and the Rays beat the Texas Rangers 8-4 Wednesday night to snap a four-game losing streak. After dropping the last two against the AL-West leading Rangers by one run, the Rays avoided the three-game sweep.

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    Athletics beat slumping Indians 8-4

    Josh Donaldson hit a three-run homer and five Oakland Athletics pitchers combined to beat the Cleveland Indians 8-4 on Wednesday night. Oakland took over the AL wild-card lead by one game over Baltimore with its 11th win in 13 games as Travis Blackley (5-3) gave up two runs over 5 2-3 innings. Ryan Cook got four outs for his 13th save.

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    Boys soccer/Fox Valley roundup

    Jose Angeles scored twice and Eduardo Arellano and Ben Stone each added a goal as the Dundee-Crown boys soccer team moved to 4-1 on the season Wednesday with a 4-1 win over Hoffman Estates in nonconference action.Christian Martinez had 7 saves in goal for the Chargers.Huntley 1, North Chicago 0: Niko Mihalopoulos scored in the 76th minute off an assist from Eduardo Gonzales to life Huntley to a win at the Wauconda tournament. Auston Emery was in goal for the Red Raiders (3-0) but wasn’t tested.Elgin 1, Ridgewood 1: Josue Chavez scored for the Maroons in this tie at the St. Patrick tournament. Flavio Jaines made 6 saves in goal for Elgin (2-1-1).Burlington Central 2, Oregon 0: Brad Yarwood and Christian Moring scored the goals with Matt O’Connor and Bryce Warner providing the assists as the Rockets (4-1-1) won in Big Northern crossover play. Nolan St. John made 7 saves in goal to register the shutout for BC.Barrington 3, CL South 0: Gus Alvarez had 5 saves in goal for Crystal Lake South (1-3) in this loss at the Barrington tournament.

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    Chicago Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija, right, talks with catcher Welington Castillo during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers in Chicago, Wednesday.

    Fiers works 7 1-3 innings as Brewers beat Cubs 3-1

    Mike Fiers tossed 7 1-3 solid innings to lead the Milwaukee Brewers to a 3-1 win over the Cubs on Wednesday, their eighth straight victory against Chicago.

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    Palatine wins on home turf

    Palatine's Sally Ploch earned medalist honors with a 42 as the Pirates girls golf team defeated Wheeling 197-228 at their Palatine Hills Golf Course.Jamie Lloyd (50), Carolyn Angiollo (52) and Sarah Mattess (53) completed the Pirates' scorecard while the Wildcats were led by Jackie Resnick (48), Kaitlyn DeBusk (53), Rebecka Falkiner (57 and Kristen Caramba (68).

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    New York Giants defensive back Dante Hughes blocks a punt by Chicago Bears’ Ryan Quigley during the first half of an NFL preseason football game Friday, Aug. 24, 2012, in East Rutherford, N.J. And while Quigley’s spot might not be in danger plenty of other guys are looking to special teams to stay on the roster.

    Big night ahead for Bears’ special teams

    Any of the few remaining personnel decisions for the Bears could come down to special teams play in tonight's preseason fianle against the Browns.

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    Iowa’s program one to emulate for NIU

    When Northern Illinois faces Iowa at Soldier Field on Saturday, it will be the second year in a row the Huskies have battled a Big Ten opponent in Chicago. They didn't fare well last season in a 49-7 loss to Wisconsin. This time, NIU heands into the season with just two returning starters on offense.

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    New owners watch Headley, Padres beat Braves 8-2

    With their new owners watching, Chase Headley and the San Diego Padres beat the Atlanta Braves 8-2 Wednesday for their ninth win in 10 games. Headley hit a two-run single and left-hander Eric Stults won his fourth straight decision as the Padres took two of three from the Braves, who lead the NL wild-card race.

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    Brian Hill/bhill@dailyherald.com ¬ Hampshire High School graduate Cassie Dumoulin during Oakton at ECC women’s basketball in Elgin Saturday, February 19, 2011.

    Hampshire, ECC product Dumoulin to play at Illinois

    There was never a question about Cassie Dumoulin attending the University of Illinois. That had always been the plan. But playing basketball for the Fighting Illini's women's team wasn't always part of that plan. Now it is. Dumoulin, a Hampshire graduate and two-time Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference Player of the Year from Elgin Community College, will play this season for the Illini and new coach Matt Bollant on a full scholarship.

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    Bev Horne/bhorne@dailyherald.com Neuqua Valley head football coach Bill Ellinghaus.

    Neuqua’s victory a win in more ways than one

    After eight seasons as Neuqua Valley's offensive coordinator and 13 years in the program, Bill Ellinghaus earned his first victory as the Wildcats' head football coach last Friday. The veteran he is, Ellinghaus soaked up the resounding 43-20 win over Naperville North and quickly moved on to Week 2.

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    College achievers: We heard what you did this summer

    There's a period between when our local coverage ends in the spring and picks up in late summer where college news may trickle in, but it doesn't get out much. Let us make up for it ...Three Naperville Central girls water polo players were in limbo themselves, having graduated but not yet competing for their Division I college programs — Abbey Kerth, Julia Campbell and Emily Sejna. Each of these members of coach Jeff Plackett's state runner-up 2012 Redhawks were named All-America by the National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association. Kerth, also Illinois' player of the year, is continuing her career at Arizona State. Sejna and Campbell are teammates at Michigan.

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    Alvarez stays hot, Pirates top Cardinals 5-0

    Pedro Alvarez stayed hot, blasting his 26th homer of the season and driving in three runs as the Pittsburgh Pirates rolled to a 5-0 victory over St. Louis on Wednesday night. The third baseman — who hit two homers on Tuesday — continued his season-long dominance of the Cardinals.

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    Cubs promote Hyde to player-development post

    Following the dismissal of Oneri Fleita earlier this month, Cubs officials named Brandon Hyde as the club's director of player development Wednesday, promoting him from his role as the club's minor league field coordinator. Hyde, 38, joined the Cubs last offseason as the club's minor league field coordinator after spending the previous nine seasons in the Marlins organization.

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    Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro looks into the stands during batting practice before a baseball game at against the Milwaukee Brewers Tuesday in Chicago. The Cubs and Castro agreed to a seven-year contract with a club option for 2020, the team said Tuesday. The deal could keep Castro in Chicago until after his 30th birthday.

    Deal for Cubs’ Castro no reason to get worked up

    The contract extension for Starlin Castro doesn't mean the Cubs have made up their minds about the young infielder despite public pronouncements that Castro is absolutely their shortstop of the future.

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    Northwestern’s Kain Colter (2) slips by Nebraska’s Ciante Evans (17) during an NCAA football game, Saturday Nov. 5, 2011, in Lincoln, Neb.

    Young ’Cats hope to take NU to another level

    Northwestern went to a bowl game for the fourth straight year last season. But considering the Wildcats had a strong senior class, several players felt the team underachieved by going 6-7. Now a younger group moves in ready to take on the higher expectations at NU.

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    Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald high-fives Ibraheim Campbell, who recovered a fumble against Nebraska last season. Campbell, a safety, was NU's leading tackler in 2011 and the Wildcats hope an improved linebacking core takes on that role this season.

    NU schedule: easy start but challening finish

    In his seventh year at the helm of Northwestern football, head coach Pat Fitzgerald has a 40-36 record and four straight trips to bowl games. Chad Thornburg takes a closer look at NU's opponents this season. Northwestern's strength of schedule is ranked No. 76, and the Wildcats will face teams that won 49.7 percent of their games last season.

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    Heisey, Navarro hit HRs to rally Reds past D-backs

    Chris Heisey hit two of Cincinnati's four home runs, including the tying two-run shot in the seventh inning, to rally the Reds to a 6-2 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday.

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    Blanton, Ellis lead Dodgers over Rockies 10-8

    Joe Blanton pitched effectively into the eighth inning for his first win with the Los Angeles Dodgers and A.J. Ellis hit his first career grand slam in a 10-8 win over the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday.

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    The 90th Illinois PGA champion, Steve Orrick, watches his tee shot on the 12th hole in the final round of the tournament Wednesday at Stonewall Orchard Golf Club in Grayslake. Orrick closed with a 65 to win by five strokes.

    Orrick shoots 65 to take 90th Illinois PGA title

    The likelihood of Steve Orrick winning the 90th Illinois PGA Championship Wednesday didn't seem good. No club professional from outside the Chicago area had won the event since Mike Sipula in 1952, and Orrick had two better established playing partners in the final threesome at Stonewall Orchard in Grayslake. No one was a match for Orrick, however. The Country Club of Decatur head pro shot a sizzling 65 — including a 5-under-par 31 on the back nine — to take the title by five shots.

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    This Aug. 10, 2012 file photo shows New York Jets quarterbacks Tim Tebow, left, and Sanchez during warms up before an NFL preseason football game against the Cincinnati Bengals in Cincinnati. Coach Rex Ryan said Wednesday that Tim Tebow would be the starting quarterback this season if Sanchez gets sidelined.

    Tebow Time for the Jets?

    It'll be Tebow Time for the New York Jets if Mark Sanchez goes down with an injury.Coach Rex Ryan said Wednesday that Tim Tebow would be the starting quarterback this season if Sanchez was sidelined for any significant amount of time. "I think Tebow would expand his role," Ryan said. "We feel good about what Tim can do."

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    Escobar has 5 RBIs to lead Jays over Yankees 8-5

    Yunel Esccobar hit a two-run homer, three doubles and drove in five runs as Toronto beat the New York Yankees 8-5 Wednesday, ending CC Sabathia's five years of dominance over the Blue Jays.

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    Lewis appoints Planek to run its sports programs

    Lewis University officials have hired Dr. John Planek as the Romeoville schools' director of Athletics. Planek has held similar roles at DePaul and Loyola University, and Lewis President Brother James Gaffney, FSC, said those experiences were important factors in hiring Planek.

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    Victoria Azarenka beat qualifier Kirsten Flipkens 6-2, 6-2 in 65 minutes in the second round Wednesday.

    No. 1 Azarenka posts another easy win at US Open

    Victoria Azarenka looks quite comfortable so far on the hard courts at Flushing Meadows. She's the world's top-ranked player and the Australian Open champ, but Azarenka has never advanced past the fourth round at the U.S. Open. Azarenka has lost just five games through her first two matches. "I don't feel like I have to prove something," Azarenka said.

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    Replacement officials taking the field at the start of a preseason game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Tennessee Titans, in Seattle. The NFL will open the regular season with replacement officials. League executive Ray Anderson has told the 32 teams that with negotiations remaining at a standstill between the NFL and the officials' union. The replacements will be on the field beginning next Wednesday night, when the Cowboys visit the Giants to open the season.

    NFL to use replacement officials for Week 1
    The NFL will open the regular season with replacement officials. Replacements will be on the field beginning next Wednesday night when the Cowboys visit the Giants to open the season, league executive Ray Anderson told the 32 teams. Negotiations are at a standstill between the NFL and the officials' union.

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    Appalachian State coach Jerry Moore is carried off the field at Michigan Stadium by his players after they upset No. 5 Michigan 34-32 in Ann Arbor, Mich. For the first time a ranked major college team had lost to a team from the lower tier of Division I. But as Appalachian State reminded us all a few years back, you never know when a classic is about to break out.

    Pick 6: Unforgettable college football openers

    One game can change a season in college football — and it could happen in Game 1.This season starts with a long weekend of games, kicking off Thursday night and ending Monday night. While the schedule is mostly packed with powerhouse-vs.-pushover tilts, there are some intriguing matchups: Alabama against Michigan, Boise State at Michigan State, South Carolina against Vanderbilt and Georgia Tech facing Virginia Tech.But as Appalachian State reminded us all a few years back, you never know when a classic is about to break out.That unforgettable upset makes this Pick 6 of memorable season-openers in college football history.USC 42, ALABAMA 21, Sept. 12, 1970The Sam “Bam” Cunningham Game. At this point the legends have probably overtaken the reality, but this much is true: USC fullback Sam Cunningham, who is black, ran for 135 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries at Legion Field in Birmingham against an all-white Crimson Tide team.Alabama coach Bear Bryant had already taken steps to integrate the Crimson Tide after years of segregation. But Cunningham and the Trojans made it clear to anyone who was uncomfortable with that plan that if Alabama didn’t start recruiting more black players it would not remain a football power.UCLA 20, NEBRASKA 17, Sept. 9, 1972The Cornhuskers were No. 1 and hadn’t lost a game since 1969. The Bruins were coming off a two-win season.Led by Mark Harmon, yes the actor, running a newly installed wishbone offense, UCLA snapped Nebraska’s 32-game unbeaten streak. Harmon passed for 65 yards and ran for 71 and a touchdown at the Los Angeles Coliseum and Efren Herrera hit a 29-yard field goal to provide the winning margin with 20 seconds left.GEORGIA 16, TENNESSEE 15, Sept. 6, 1980Herschel Walker’s first game. And on his carry, he brought the house down.With the Bulldogs down 15-2, Walker ran 16 yards for a touchdown, busting through Tennessee tacklers and running over safety Bill Bates.The longtime great Georgia play-by-play man Larry Munson famously said what everybody else was thinking: “My God, a freshman!”MIAMI 31, FLORIDA STATE 0, Sept. 3, 1988Bobby Bowden’s first preseason No. 1 team was loaded, with Deion Sanders, LeRoy Butler and Sammie Smith, just to name a few.And the Hurricanes ripped the overconfident Seminoles to shreds, behind a ferocious defense anchored by Cortez Kennedy and Russell Maryland up front.Florida State didn’t lose again and finished No. 3 in the country. Miami lost only once, a 31-30 defeat at eventual national champion Notre Dame, and finished No. 2.NORTHWESTERN 17, NOTRE DAME 15, Sept. 2, 1995Northwestern was the worst. Simple as that. For years, the Wildcats epitomized football futility.There was no reason to expect anything different in 1995. Then the Wildcats, a 28-point underdog, beat the ninth-ranked Fighting Irish at Notre Dame Stadium.Northwestern had not opened the season with a victory since 1975. The Wildcats were far from done, going on to win the Big Ten and play in the Rose Bowl for the first time since 1949.APPALACHIAN STATE 34, MICHIGAN 32, Sept. 1, 2007The day college football fans became acquainted with Boone, N.C. The Mountaineers were a Division I-AA (now FCS) powerhouse but still nobody gave them a chance at the Big House against the No. 5 team in the country. The Wolverines had Chad Henne, Mike Hart and Jake Long on a powerful offense, but the defense was helpless to stop Armanti Edwards, Dexter Jackson and App State’s spread offense.Appalachian State kicked a 24-yard field goal with 1:11 left to go ahead and Corey Lynch blocked Michigan’s 37-yard attempt as time expired and for the first time a ranked major college team had lost to a team from the lower tier of Division I.

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    Ease your burden, and point the vehicle North

    It's worth noting that a fantastic outdoors-centered road trip in the Menominee River country in northeast Wisconsin awaits you - and also spares you the indignity of trying to combine fishing or hunting with air travel.

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    Lake County roundup

    Things didn’t look good early for Lakes’ girls volleyball team.But the Eagles overcame a 9-point deficit in the opening set and went on to post a 26-24, 25-14 win over visiting Deerfield on Tuesday night.Emily Aigner and Sarah Horner each had 7 kills and 4 aces, as Lakes improved to 3-0.Haley Halbery was 15-of-15 serving with 5 aces for the Eagles. Aigner led the team with 10 digs, and Stephanie Reed had 20 assists.Wauconda d. Marengo: Playing again without the injured Megan Tallman, the Bulldogs improved to 3-1 with a 25-19, 25-19 nonconference win.Susan Karhoff continues to play well for Wauconda, as she had 5 kills, 7 assists and 4 aces. LeAnne Sakowicz and Emily Holub added 4 kills apiece for the host Bulldogs, and Ashley Anderson contributed 7 digs.Glenbrook North d. Mundelein: Ashley Dolin had 3 kills and 4 blocks for the Mustangs in their 25-13, 25-21 nonconference loss.Mundelein (1-4) also got a pair of kills from Courtney Perreault.

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    Lake County roundup

    Ramon Marin notched a pair of goals, and Lucas Istvanek scored the game-winner off an assist from Joey Savino, as Lakes’ boys soccer team pulled out a 4-3 win over visiting Waukegan in a nonconference match that went back and forth Tuesday.It was the fifth win a row for the Eagles (5-1), who had never beaten Waukegan.Martin Gerrits scored for Lakes as well, heading in a Marin pass to pull the Eagles even at 2-2 at halftime. Trevor Ray also had an assist for the Eagles. Marin tallied the Eagles’ first goal after Caleb Arnwine was tripped in the box.Warren 2, Prospect 0: Daniel Szczepanek and Rafa Macias scored in the opening half for the Blue Devils, who improved to 5-0 with the nonconference win.Nick Hathuc made 5 saves in earning the clean sheet. Tony Severini had an assist.Libertyville 4, Jacobs 2: Lloyd Chatfield’s second goal of the night snapped a 2-2 tie in the second half, as the host Wildcats won their season opener.Chatfield and Austin Bitta scored in the first half for Libertyville. Nick Vogel netted the final goal for the winners. Bitta added 2 assists, while Chatfield and Tomide Owolabi also set up goals.

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    Lake County roundup

    Call it a good feelin’ for Grant Heelan.The Mundelein senior fired an even-par 36 to earn medalist honors, and three of his teammates also broke 40, as the Mustangs shot a 149 in a victory over Wauconda (190) at Steeple Chase Golf Golf Club in Mundelein Tuesday.The Mustangs also got matching 37s from Derek Parola and John Lentz, while Bret Cigelnik added a 39.Wauconda was led by sophomore Annette Yandall, who played from the same tees as the boys and shot a 45. Competing in the girls Class 2A regional last fall, she earned a sectional berth.Grayslake North d. Woodstock: At Renwood Golf Course, seniors Sam Stanfel and Ryan Kirkpatrick each shot a 3-over 39 to share medalist honors, as the host Knights (166) got a victory over Woodstock (175).Grayslake North also received a 43 from junior Scott Wonsil and a 45 from senior Anthony Harrop.Lake Forest d. Vernon Hills: At Lake Bluff Golf Club, the host Scouts shot a 147 to post an 11-stroke win over Vernon Hills.Ian Mankoff and Drew Barrett led Lake Forest with 36s, while Drew Takacs carded a 37 and Jack Barrie a 38.Eric Swanson (38) and Connor Dickman (39) broke 40 for Vernon Hills (158).Zion-Benton d. Grant: At Shepherd’s Crook, Justin Schwab was medalist with an even-par 36 for the host Zee-Bees in their 166-191 win.Grant was led by Cody Volpe’s 44 and Austin Basala’s 46.Warren d. Antioch: At Bittersweet Golf Club, Woo-Sang Shim’s 38 led the host Blue Devils, whose 165 edged the Sequoits by one stroke.Warren also received a 41 from Mike Balla, a 42 from Chris Oberto and a 44 from Kyle Kane.Briley Schultz shot a 38 for Antioch, and Grant Smith had a 39. Schultz tied Shim for medalist honors.

Business

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    Frozen yogurt stores among new Schaumburg businesses

    Restaurateurs are hoping more frozen yogurt is what residents and workers in Schaumburg have been looking for because that's what they're getting in two new eateries on the way. Menchies and Yogurtland were among four new business to which Schaumburg trustees gave the green light Tuesday night.

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    People line up to buy appliances at the Sears at Woodfield.

    Sears Holdings loses place in S&P 500

    Sears Holdings Corp. was replaced in the Standard & Poor's 500 Index by chemical maker LyondellBasell Industries NV, according to S&P, which said the retailer has too few shares available for trading to be representative of American companies.

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    Tribe proposes casino in South Bend

    An American Indian tribe with a major casino in southwestern Michigan has included another casino in its development plan for land it owns in northern Indiana. The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians plans what it calls a tribal village for the 164-acre site on South Bend's south side with 44 housing units and health service and tribal government facilities.

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    Investors are at least hoping Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, above, at least hints Friday the Federal Reserve is ready to launch another round of bond purchases to try to lower long-term U.S. interest rates and spur more borrowing and spending.

    Few think Bernanke to signal action at conference
    WASHINGTON — Investors are hoping Chairman Ben Bernanke will at least hint Friday that the Federal Reserve is ready to launch another round of bond purchases to try to lower long-term U.S. interest rates and spur more borrowing and spending.

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    Samsung, the world’s largest maker of phones, announced Wednesday, just days after a wounding legal battle with Apple, that the company will be revealing the Galaxy Note II, an offbeat, oversized smartphone that’s become a surprise hit.

    Samsung unveils pen-equipped phone to keep lead on Apple
    Samsung Electronics Co. unveiled a new version of the pen-equipped Galaxy Note smartphone as it seeks to defend its lead over Apple Inc. amid global patent disputes with the iPhone maker.

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    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke could signal future moves in a speech Friday.

    Fed survey: US economy grew during summer

    The Federal Reserve says the U.S. economy expanded at a moderate pace in July and early August, buoyed by stronger retail sales.

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    German Chancellor Angela Merkel

    Merkel praises Italy reforms as markets improve

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday she is confident that Italy's reform drive will help push down the country's borrowing costs, but underlined her resistance to another idea that could drive them lower — giving the region's permanent rescue fund a banking license.

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    Japanese pachinko mogul sues Wynn Resorts in Tokyo

    TOKYO — Japanese pachinko tycoon Kazuo Okada has filed a lawsuit in Tokyo District Court seeking $140 million in damages from casino operator Wynn Resorts. Universal Entertainment said in a statement Wednesday that it is seeking damages for harm caused to its share price and business due to Wynn’s decision to remove Okada as a board member and reclaim the $2.77 billion of shares in the company owned by Okada’s company, Universal Entertainment Corp. Okada and billionaire Steve Wynn, the co-founder, chairman and CEO of Wynn Resorts, are former friends and business partners, but have been trading accusations of improprieties as regulators investigate alleged violations of U.S. anti-corruption laws on both sides. The lawsuit filed in Tokyo this week is demanding 11 billion yen ($140 million) in damages. It alleges that Wynn’s actions and comments hurt Universal Entertainment’s stock price, hindering its business opportunities and damaging Okada’s reputation.“This action asserts that Steve Wynn has indulged in fraud, deception, theft and betrayal to maintain control of his gaming enterprises and enrich himself based on a false and predetermined pretext,” Universal Entertainment said in a statement.Universal’s spokesman in Tokyo was not immediately available for comment. Wynn Resorts said in a statement that it had not yet seen any documents related to Okada’s court filing. “However, we assume this is another attempt to distract from the real issues facing Aruze (a U.S. subsidiary of Universal) and Mr. Okada,” it said.The two sides have been feuding for months. Wynn refused to back Okada’s plan to build a $2 billion casino resort project in the Philippines, saying it would compete with Wynn Resorts’ own business there. Meanwhile, Wynn commissioned an investigation and sued Okada in Nevada for alleged breach of his fiduciary duties and other “gross improprieties.” In March, Universal countersued, questioning a donation by Wynn Resorts to the University of Macau that is now being probed by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and Nevada Gaming Commission as a possible violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. One of Japan’s wealthiest businessmen, with net worth over $1.8 billion according to Forbes, Okada started out selling jukeboxes and then expanded into selling the machines used in pachislot, or slot machines, and pachinko, a popular form of pinball that skirts Japan’s law against gambling by awarding prizes that players can later swap for cash. Wynn Resorts’ articles of incorporation provide for redemption at “fair value” of the shares held by “unsuitable” individuals. After designating Okada as unsuitable, the company sought to redeem the shares, valued at about $2.7 billion in mid-February, for about $1.9 billion.

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    New limited edition Campbell’s tomato soup cans with art and sayings by artist Andy Warhol are seen at Campbell Soup Company in Camden, N.J. Campbell plans to introduce the special-edition cans of its condensed tomato soup bearing labels reminiscent of the pop artist’s paintings at Target stores starting Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012.

    Campbell channels Andy Warhol for new cans

    Campbell Soup is tapping Andy Warhol for another 15 minutes of fame. The world's biggest soup maker plans to introduce special-edition cans of its condensed tomato soup bearing labels reminiscent of the pop artist's paintings at Target stores starting Sunday. The 1.2 million cans will cost 75 cents each.

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    Chef Grant Achatz, right, will bring a crew from his Alinea Restaurant kitchen in Chicago to New York’s Eleven Madison Park for a week in a unique restaurant swap.

    Chicago, N.Y. restaurants create recipe for swap

    Chicago's Alinea and New York's Eleven Madison Park, two of the nation's highly acclaimed restaurants, have announced they will be trading places for a week this fall. Alinea and Eleven Madison Park, both holders of three Michelin stars, will trade chefs, kitchens and dining rooms, opening in essence pop-up restaurants in each other's space.

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    The Chicago area’s jobless rate improved to 9.4 percent in June from 10.9 percent a year earlier. Sales of foreclosed homes have been climbing. The region’s supply of bank-owned homes is now nearly 19 months.

    Hottest and coldest US housing markets

    U.S. home prices rose in June from the same month last year, according to the Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller home price index released Tuesday. Steady increases have contributed to a housing recovery that began earlier this year. And most markets are being affected by foreclosures.

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    A man walks in front of the electronic stock board of a securities firm in Tokyo.

    Asia stocks edge up ahead of Fed chief’s speech

    Asian markets were mostly higher early Wednesday, as investors bet that the mixed economic data from the U.S. would prompt the Federal Reserve to take more steps to spur economic growth.The Tokyo Stock Exchange's benchmark Nikkei rose 0.3 percent to 9,061.67 and South Korea's Kospi added 0.7 percent to 1928.83. Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index was marginally lower at 19,801.27. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 lost 0.1 percent to 4,354.80.

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    Crude prices fell Wednesday after finance ministers from the world’s leading industrialized economies called on oil producers to increase output and said they stood ready to ask the International Energy Agency to release strategic reserves.

    Oil prices fall amid calls for increased output

    Crude prices fell Wednesday after finance ministers from the world's leading industrialized economies called on oil producers to increase output and said they stood ready to ask the International Energy Agency to release strategic reserves. Benchmark oil for October delivery fell 72 cents by late afternoon Bangkok time to $95.61 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract rose 86 cents to finish at $96.33 per barrel on the Nymex on Tuesday.

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    President of European Central Bank Mario Draghi

    Draghi urges Germans to support euro rescue plan

    European Central Bank head Mario Draghi urged skeptical Germans to support efforts to rescue the euro, saying the currency's original setup may have been flawed but that fixes are within reach — and shouldn't mean Germany will always pay for less well-managed countries' troubles. In a newspaper article, Draghi stressed that as an exporter deeply integrated into the global and eurozone economies, Germany needs a strong, stable euro.

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    Hottest and coldest U.S. housing markets

    U.S. home prices rose in June from the same month last year, according to the Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller home price index released Tuesday. Steady increases have contributed to a housing recovery that began earlier this year. And most markets are being affected by foreclosures.

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    Laura Johnson of Elgin samples sushi from Brandon Lee at Mariano's Fresh Market in Hoffman Estates on Tuesday.

    Mariano's opens with crowds in Hoffman Estates

    The long-anticipated Hoffman Estates Mariano's Fresh Market opened Tuesday near the corner of Golf and Barrington roads. While browsing produce, Mark Moreno of Streamwood said it was "above and beyond" what he expected. "It's very cool," he said, adding that the prices weren't as expensive as he thought they might be.

Life & Entertainment

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    Cook of the Week Challenge entrant Michael Pennisi of Carpentersville, with his favorite ingredient -- smoke.

    Michael Pennisi, 41, Carpentersville
    Michael Pennisi of Carpentersville

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    Comedian Jon Lovitz performs at the Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg from Friday, Aug. 31, to Sunday, Sept. 2.

    Weekend picks: Laugh along with Lovitz

    In need of a laugh? Comedian Jon Lovitz's the ticket then. See his standup routine at the Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg all weekend. Fans of “The Big Lebowski” won't want to miss this chance to go bowling at Tivoli Bowl before catching a midnight Friday film screening at the Tivoli Theatre in Downers Grove. Or try your hand at the “Melon Propellin'” competition at the Lake in the Hills Summer Sunset Festival this weekend.

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    Michelle Abraham of Schaumburg

    Michelle Abraham 25, Schaumburg
    Michelle Abraham of Schaumburg

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    Michelle Abraham of Schaumburg

    Introducing our 16 Cook of the Week contenders

    At first glance you wouldn't think an attorney from Naperville would have anything in common with a twenty-something Des Plaines homemaker or a physics teacher from Carpentersville. But peer into their kitchens any night of the week and their commonality comes into focus: They love to cook. It's their passion and enthusiasm that landed these three as well as 13 other suburban cooks in the lineup for our 2012 Cook of the Week Challenge.

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    What could be better than a s’mores after school? Peanut Butter S’Mores Bars, of course.

    Blending best of s’mores and puffed rice treats

    :School often starts when kids still have summer on the brain. So these easy-to-make bars have summer in mind, too. We aimed for a simple snack with the flavor of s'mores, but with the texture, ease and portability of puffed rice treats.

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    Associated Press “No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission that Killed Osama Bin Laden,” by a former SEAL writing under the pseudonym Mark Owen, with Kevin Maurer, gives a firsthand account of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

    SEAL book contradicts accounts on bin Laden’s death

    A firsthand account of the Navy SEAL raid that killed Osama bin Laden contradicts previous accounts by administration officials, raising questions as to whether the terror mastermind presented a clear threat when SEALs first fired upon him.

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    Dress up your dogs for Labor Day. Try toppings inspired by, from left, Greek spanakopita, Indian curry, taco and pizza.

    Fresh inspiration for delicious, well-dressed dogs

    If all you're going to do to a hot dog is drizzle some ketchup, spurt some mustard and spoon some relish on it, it's not worth the effort to eat. I favor a well-dressed dog, a hot dog accompanied by robust and inspired toppings that transform this classic summer food into so much more.

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    Send summer out with the big, bold flavor of Grilled Tuna Steaks with Mango Herb Salsa.

    Grilled Tuna Steak with Mango Herb Salsa
    Grilled Tuna Steaks with Mango Salsa

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    Send summer out with the big, bold flavors of Grilled Tuna Steaks with Mango Herb Salsa.

    A simple grilled tuna steak with big, bold flavors

    :Summer makes us long for the grill. But by the end of the season, even our favorite burgers and dogs can feel a bit tired. So to keep your grilling interesting, we came up with a speedy grilled tuna dish that packs tons of big, bold flavors.

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    Ted Waltmire wrote and stars in the musical “The Mighty Ted: An Unexpected Journey,” about his recovery after suffering a stroke. “It was the most difficult thing that I’ve been through,” he said.

    Oakbrook Terrace man turns health crisis into Second City musical

    When Ted Waltmire was taken to the hospital after suffering a stroke in April 2009, he remembered a quote from "The Producers" and told his wife, "I'm having a stroke! Of genius!" The joke might have had a hint of truth to it. The Oakbrook Terrace man had a lifelong dream of writing a musical, but it took him a stroke to actually muster the will to do it. "The Mighty Ted: An Unexpected Journey" will run Saturdays in September at the Second City Training Center in Chicago.

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    The FX channel has ordered 90 more episodes of the Charlie Sheen sitcom “Anger Management.”

    FX reups for 90 episodes of ‘Anger Management’

    The FX channel says it has ordered 90 more episodes of the Charlie Sheen sitcom "Anger Management." The unusually large order reflects the original agreement that FX made for the sitcom, which marked Sheen's quick return to TV after he was fired from "Two and a Half Men."

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    Seth MacFarlane will host “Saturday Night Live” for its 38th season premiere on Sept. 15.

    Seth MacFarlane to be season’s 1st ‘SNL’ host

    NBC says the big guy behind the cartoon comedy "Family Guy" will guest host the season's first "Saturday Night Live." The network announced Wednesday that Seth MacFarlane will be presiding when "SNL" begins its 38th season Sept. 15.

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    Music notes: Local pop-rockers Blane Fonda play Hideout

    Blane Fonda brings pop-rock to Chicago's Hideout, and Stone Temple Pilots celebrates 20 years of consistent hits with a show at the Vic.

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    Tangy lime and sweet honey combine for a terrific and easy pork marinade.

    Honey-Lime Pork Tenderloin
    Honey LIme Pork Tenderloin: Kitchen Scoop

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    Ed Sheeran performs at the Queen’s Jubilee Concert in front of Buckingham Palace in London. Sheeran, who wrote the pop ballad “Moments,” performed by One Direction, recently wrote and recorded songs with Taylor Swift for her upcoming fourth album.

    UK’s Ed Sheeran drops debut, writes with 1D, Swift

    Ed Sheeran never wanted to be in a boy band, but when he wrote a song called "Moments" when he was 15, he knew it would someday be a perfect song for a male group. Luckily for Sheeran, his friends — the English pop quintet One Direction — needed a song, and asked the breakthrough singer to send something their way. "It was always a song that I always intended for a boy band. I was like, This is my boy band song, but I'm never going to sing it,'" Sheeran, now 21, recalled. "I just held on to it for a long period of time."

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    “Rizzoli & Isles: Last to Die” by Tess Gerritsen

    Rizzoli & Isles return in chilling thriller

    Boston homicide detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Dr. Maura Isles deal with a killer with a diabolical plan in "Last to Die," Tess Gerritsen's latest Rizzoli & Isles thriller. Barely a teenager, Teddy Clock hides under the bed as the killer walks through his house and murders his family. Rizzoli investigates the case, but Teddy is in too much shock to provide any answers. With Isles' help, Rizzoli has Teddy enrolled in an exclusive boarding school in the Maine wilderness. She hopes the school will provide protection for Teddy until she can identify the murderer.

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    Rachel Hencz of Des Plaines

    Rachel Hencz 25, Des Plaines
    Rachel Hencz of Des Plaines

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    Forrest (Tom Hardy) takes aim at law officers during a highway skirmish in the Prohibition-era crime drama “Lawless,” based on a family history.

    'Lawless' is flawed — but worth seeing

    With his Prohibition-era crime tale "Lawless," director John Hillcoat makes an impressive comeback from his disappointing post-apocalyptic film "The Road." "Lawless" has a rewarding mix of backwoods ambiance and frequent character-defining acts of violence in a sometimes lurid story.

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    State Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka, center, thanked Lynfred Winery’s Valerie Koehler, left, and Diane Koehler-Rasmussen for the Roselle winery’s contribution to Illinois agri-tourism.

    Toasting Lynfred Winery for its tourism contributions

    Food Editor Deborah Pankey raises a glass to Lynfred Winery. State Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka saluted the Roselle winery for its contribution to Illinois agri-tourism during the Illinois State Fair in Springfield earlier this month. Also learn about an end-of-summer cocktail and making challah.

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    Chuck Federici of Hanover Park

    Chuck Federici, 54, Hanover Park
    Chuck Federici of Hanover Park

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    West Indies Salad is a specialty of the Alabama Gulf Coast region, created as a way to use up an abundant supply of crabmeat.

    Even on vacation, a cook can learn

    Where the family is concerned, I have learned the hard way not to mess with food traditions. (My father: "What the h--- is THIS?!") I leave my cheffy ways at home and direct my attention toward the grill, while drinking frozen lime daiquiris.

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    Cool Peanut Butter Noodle Salad
    Cool Peanut Butter Noodle Salad: Don Mauer

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    What could be better than a s’mores after school? A Peanut Butter S’Mores Bars, of course.

    Peanut Butter S’mores Bars
    Peanut Butter S'mores

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    Jamie Andrade of Elk Grove Village

    Jamie Andrade 27, Elk Grove Village
    Jamie Andrade of Elk Grove Village

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    Anthony Barone of Naperville

    Anthony Barone 50, Naperville
    Anthony Barone of Naperville

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    Terri Edmunds of Naperville

    Terri Edmunds, 45, Naperville
    Terri Edmunds of Naperville

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    Mary Miske of Lake Zurich

    Mary Miske 47, Lake Zurich
    Mary Miske of Lake Zurich

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    Joe Moninski of Arlington Heights

    Joe Moninski, 59, Arlington Heights
    Joe Moninski of Arlington Heights

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    Ronald Nunes of Elk Grove Village

    Ron Nunes 52, Elk Grove Village
    Ron Nunes of Elk Grove Village

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    Bill Babiarz of Wheaton

    Bill Babiarz, 32, Wheaton
    Bill Babiarz of Wheaton

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    Mary Beth Thornton of Cary

    Mary Beth Thornton, 43, Cary
    Mary Beth Thornton of Cary

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    Louann Zundel of Des Plaines

    Louann Zundel 48, Des Plaines
    Louann Zundel of Des Plaines

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    Marie Evangelista of Bloomingdale

    Maria Evangelista, 60, Bloomingdale
    Marie Evangelista of Bloomingdale

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    Sarah Lee of Round Lake

    Sarah Lee 33, Round Lake
    Sarah Lee of Round Lake

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    Gary Midkiff of Buffalo Grove

    Gary Midkiff, 66, Buffalo Grove
    Gary Midkiff of Buffalo Grove

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    Singer Madonna performs at the Wells Fargo Center Tuesday in Philadelphia.

    Madonna urges U.S. fans to appreciate freedom

    As she kicked off the U.S. leg of her "MDNA Tour" in Philadelphia, Madonna said she was happy to party in the USA after touring Europe for three months. The pop icon told the crowd Tuesday night they should "never forget how lucky you are to live where you live and to have the freedom that you have."

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    Actress Kristin Chenoweth will co-host the American Country Awards with country star Trace Adkins.

    Trace Adkins, Kristin Chenoweth to hosts 3rd ACAs

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Country star Trace Adkins and entertainer Kristin Chenoweth are returning as hosts of the American Country Awards.This is the third year for the awards show. It will air this December on Fox from Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.Adkins calls Chenoweth a “firecracker comedienne” and says he is looking forward to cutting loose with her again. The pair hosted the show together last year. Chenoweth says she plans to “pull out all the stops to make sure everyone has a good time.” Fans will be able to vote for the winners. Jason Aldean came out on top last year, taking home six awards including artist and album of the year. Nominees, performers and a show date will be announced soon.

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    Country singer Wynonna Judd will resume her tour as her husband, Michael Scott “Cactus” Moser continues to improve after doctors amputated his leg above the knee following a motorcycle accident.

    Wynonna Judd resumes tour after husband’s crash

    Wynonna Judd is going back on tour after her husband lost his left leg in a motorcycle crash. She says in a statement that husband Michael Scott "Cactus" Moser "continues to improve every day as he begins his road to rehabilitation."

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    Prosecutors on Tuesday rejected a potential burglary case that police presented against actress Lindsay Lohan, who was at a home earlier this month where a burglary was reported.

    Prosecutors reject burglary case against Lindsay Lohan

    Lindsay Lohan will not be prosecuted for a burglary at a home where she had been a houseguest, prosecutors determined Tuesday. The decision came after Los Angeles police detectives presented a potential felony burglary case against the actress and two men who were reportedly at the Hollywood Hills home of a longtime acquaintance after several items went missing earlier this month.

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    Eating out: Lucky Monk helps with the grilling

    Hey grill master, let Lucky Monk in South Barrington do half your work this holiday weekend. Purchase The Lucky Monk's home grilling package — four Lucky Monk burger patties plus one take-home growler of beer for $19.99. Choose from house-brewed Cardinal Sin, Tritica Wheat or Gr'ale.

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    Frango a passarinho is one of the shareable plates available at Changarro, a Mexican-Brazilian restaurant in West Chicago.

    West Chicago’s Changarro brings street food to the table

    Changarro may mean "small street vendor" in Spanish, but the months-old Mexican/Brazilian fusion restaurant by that name in a West Chicago storefront comes in several steps above that humble image. Owner Ricardo Santos, who most recently worked at Bien Trucha in Geneva, opened Changarro earlier ths year.

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    This comic book image released by DC Entertainment shows Wonder Woman and Superman kissing in the “Justice League 12” issue. Wonder Woman and Superman are officially an item, as the pair realize that there’s no one out there like them. DC relaunched its stable of heroes with new stories, new costumes and revised origins.

    Superman, Wonder Woman a power couple?

    Wonder Woman and Superman are an item, locking lips in a passionate embrace as the pair realize that there's no one out there like them. The couple's kiss is the culmination of a dramatic story in "Justice League" No. 12, which marks the first full year since DC relaunched its stable of heroes with new stories, new costumes and revised origins.

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    Editorial: Our tepid mood and Romney’s moment in history
    Mitt Romney accepts the Republican presidential nomination tonight, and a Daily Herald editorial advises him to use the speech to be, well, presidential.

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    Editorial: The GOP, the Tea Party and value of party unity

    A Daily Herald editorial says that unity in the Republican Party comes through recognizing the value of cooperation and compromise in political activities.

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    Editorial: A stronger state GOP good for Illinois

    Competition between two strong parties more clearly defines the candidates and the issues, a Daily Herald editorial says.

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    Bobby Jindal’s moment

    Columnist Kathleen Parker: Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is either the luckiest or unluckiest man in America. Every year about this time, he gets slammed with a potentially catastrophic natural disaster and has to miss all the fun.

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    Bush not in Tampa, but his ideas are

    Columnist Froma Harrop: George W. Bush's plan was the problem. And there is very little in the "new" Republican proposals that would change the plan.

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    Polarized to a draw

    Columnist Michael Gerson: In an ideologically charged election, decided voters are not easily budged from their natural predispositions. In this environment, a TV commercial on welfare reform or Bain Capital doesn't change many minds. It becomes easy for the candidates to drop $1 billion on advertisements that barely move the numbers.

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    True charity obeys rules or rejects aid
    A Waukegan letter to the editor: If you run a charity such as a hospital, school, clinic or social service and you accept funds to run your operation from the federal government, the state government, or insurance companies you have to expect to abide by their rules

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    'America's Got Talent' ... not really
    An Elgin letter to the editor: While watching "America's Got Talent" we were shocked and appalled to see an act by a young man, taking shots to his groin area and by various means of what could be considered torture. This does not take talent; it is the epitome of stupidity.

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    Pension vote needed before the election
    A Hinsdale letter to the editor: Gov. Quinn needs to use his power as the state's executive officer: Tell the House and Senate leaders to grab their sleeping bags and pillows and make plans to stay until there is an agreement on reform of all five state employee pension systems.

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    Tea Party should live up to its name
    A Bartlett letter to the editor: It is very puzzling that a current political movement named after this significant historical event has not similarly targeted the blatant voter suppression efforts occurring in many states across our nation.

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    Roberts was coaxed into his decision
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: Dwight Eisenhower had his faux pas, Earl Warren, George W. Bush has his, Chief Justice John Roberts.

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    Naperville owes better explanation
    A Naperville letter to the editor: In a recent interview with NCTV17, Doug Krieger said that the city "can take a lot positive out of the letter" from the Illinois Attorney General's office regarding the violations of law by the Naperville Electoral Board. He stated that this would help improve processes going forward.

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    Enough with the proselytizing
    An Elgin letter to the editor: While I agree with a letter writer's intent to condemn any type of bigotry, the lengthy proselytizing and evangelizing is totally inappropriate for a multicultural community newspaper.

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    Elgin as great as it always was
    A Lincolnshire letter to the editor: There is still so much to do and see in Elgin — parks, riverfront areas, railway museum and an excellent downtown cafe that has inside and outside seating. A wonderful day can be spent there for all.

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    Fence Post
    Don’t believe Medicare fearsI read Steve Morrissey’s Aug. 19 letter and felt compelled to respond because I received an email with the same misinformation he presented. I checked it out and found that the email was just another urban legend.Those of us on Medicare are now paying $108.20, unless your income is over a certain amount, then you pay more. In 2013 the estimated cost will be $112.10, and in 2014 it will be $117.10.The $500 billion taken out of Medicare is from eliminating waste and fraud. The Congressional Budget Office has estimated that the House bill will result in “savings” of $219 billion in Medicare. I have learned that it is important to always check the validity and source of information you receive through email.Marge HustedSleepy HollowAsk doc about whooping coughThe multiple inaccuracies in the letter published Aug. 25 concerning whooping cough and the pertussis vaccine cannot pass without rebuttal.The studies referenced were blatantly misinterpreted. The first actually advocates increased vaccination as it appeared that immunity appeared to decline faster than had been previously thought. The second study concerning “cocooning” was performed to evaluate the effect of a program to increase the vaccination rate of caregivers of infants in high-risk populations to reduce the incidence of pertussis in the infants and was a success.No vaccine is 100 percent protective, nor do they claim to be; the success of vaccine programs is based on a concept of herd immunity. That means if enough people are vaccinated, an isolated case of a disease will not have enough susceptible hosts to create an epidemic. If an ever-increasing number of parents decline vaccinations for their children, we will soon see even more outbreaks of diseases that were previously eradicated in the U.S., such as measles, which can cause encephalitis and death in 1 in 1,000 that are infected, and mumps, which can lead to permanent male sterility and meningitis, and, of course, pertussis, which is fatal in about 1 in 100 infants younger than 1 year old who contract it.Rather than doing their own research as the writer suggests, which often leads to unreliable Internet sources with a hidden agenda, people should talk to their doctor and get reliable information about the benefits and risks of vaccines. Parents of vaccinated children should inquire if their children’s playmates have had up-to-date vaccines and consider the risks to their own children if they are exposed. Parents of infants should insist those with frequent exposure to their child be up to date with their pertussis vaccination to avoid transmission to the infant.Dr. Ronald HirschElginPlutocracy not for meI really don’t want to live under a plutocratic government. With the Supreme Court ruling and the Romney-Ryan budget, they want to give more to the wealthy and less to the middle and poor classes. Plutocracy is a government run by the wealthy, and that is exactly what their budget is.Charles MitschCarpentersville

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