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    Hundreds of deer die due to virus in Cook County

    A disease that was unknown to local experts until only a few weeks ago is killing hundreds of deer in the Chicago area — and until the first frost comes, those numbers could still go up. "I have been working here for 30 years, but I have never come across EHD," Chris Anchor with the Cook County Forest Preserve District said of the disease.

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    The Cook County sheriff’s office said this AK-47 was found outside the trailer home of 32-year-old Timothy Bogacki of an unincorporated area near Des Plaines. Bogacki faces two felony and two misdemeanor charges.

    Police: Man threatens neighbor with AK-47

    A man with at least two past felony convictions is facing more felony charges after threatening a neighbor with an AK-47 early Saturday morning in a trailer park near Des Plaines, authorities said. Timothy Bogacki, 32, of the 4000 block of East Touhy Avenue in an unincorporated area near Des Plaines, is being charged with felony unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, and misdemeanor charges of...

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    Christopher Tabb, left, uses a boat Friday to recover items from his flooded home in Reserve, La. Isaac crawled into the central U.S. on Friday evening, bringing with it torrential downpours and, today, tornado warnings and watches.

    Isaac spawns two tornadoes in Illinois

    The National Weather Service says two tornadoes touched down in north-central Illinois as the remnants of Hurricane Isaac created severe thunderstorms.

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    Afghan national police officers attend their graduation ceremony Thursday at a National Police training center in Jalalabad, east of Kabul, Afghanistan.

    NATO suspends training of Afghan newcomers
    By Greg Jaffe and Kevin Sieff/The Washington PostKABUL — The senior commander for Special Operations forces in Afghanistan has suspended training for all new Afghan recruits until the more than 27,000 Afghan troops working with his command can be re-vetted for ties to the insurgency.

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    Lee Gomez of St. Charles gets a look at the cars during Kane County Sheriff Pat Perez’s sixth annual charity car and motorcycle show Saturday in Elburn. Gomez was showing his six-cylinder 1965 Chevrolet Impala.

    Kane sheriff charity car show cut short by rain

    Saturday's rain, courtesy of the remnants of Hurricane Issac, cut short Kane County Sheriff Pat Perez's 6th annual Car and Motorcycle Show in Elburn. Last year, the event raised more than $11,000 for Special Olpymics, but Perez said Saturday that this year will fall short of the goal, taking in about $7,000 for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation.

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    A unidentified woman dressed in character pauses for onlookers Friday at Dragon Con in Atlanta.

    Sci-fi fanatics invade downtown Atlanta

    ATLANTA — Tens of thousands of science fiction and fantasy fans descended on downtown Atlanta over the weekend for the 26th annual Dragon Con, a surreal southeast gathering for all things futuristic, fantastical and just plain odd.

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    Victim identified in Schaumburg motorcycle crash

    A 37-year-old man killed Friday afternoon in a fiery motorcycle wreck in Schaumburg was identified Saturday as Mariusz Zajac of Elk Grove Village, authorities said. Zajac was killed when the motorcycle he was riding collided with a van at 4:53 p.m. at the corner of Meacham and Old Schaumburg roads, causing the bike to go up in flames, according to Schaumburg police.

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    Bliss Wine and Gifts owner Maria Weisbruch, front, and sales representative JoAnn Freeman’s boat the “Wine Wave” crashes with Point of Sale Remarketing Group’s boat while on its way to winning the business division of the 11th Annual Cardboard Boat Races on Saturday at Lindy’s Landing on Bangs Lake in Wauconda. Both business are in Wauconda.

    Wauconda boaters taking on water from every direction

    A few dozen cardboard boats got wet before they even hit the water Saturday when rain spinning north from remnants of Hurricane Isaac hit Bangs Lake in Wauconda just before the start of the 11th annual Cardboard Boat Race at Lindy's Landing. The spotty showers didn't cancel the event, although they did give the cardboard boats a head start toward their waterlogged futures and send about 200...

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    President Barack Obama speaks during a campaign stop Saturday in Sioux City, Iowa.

    Obama embarks on march to convention

    President Barack Obama lampooned the just-completed Republican National Convention as better-suited to an era of black-and-white TV and " trickle-down, you're on your own" economics Saturday, and declared that Mitt Romney "did not offer a single new idea" to fix the economy.

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    Teen killed sticking head out of party bus

    A teenager headed to a sweet 16 party was killed after he stuck his head out of the emergency hatch of a double-decker bus and hit the underside of a highway overpass, authorities said.

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    The “Enlighten” sculpture by Margo McMahon of Oak Park is on display at Mount St. Mary Park in St. Charles.

    Can’t wait for construction to wrap up on St. Charles’ east side

    Dave Heun says it seems like the road construction on the east side of St. Charles has been going on forever, and has to be hurting some of the businesses.

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    Helen Ward, right, received the Glen Ellyn Historical Society’s service award in 2011 from president Ruth Wright, left holding a copy of “Glen Ellyn: a Community Remembered,” and past executive director Jane Rio, center.

    Glen Ellyn historian dies at 94

    Native of Glen Ellyn Helen M. Ward, 94, longtime volunteer with the Glenn Ellyn Historical Society and co-author of "Glen Ellyn: A Village Remembered" died Tuesday. A memorial service will be held Sept. 9, at the Glen Ellyn History Center.

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    Associated Press/Aug. 24 Missouri GOP Rep. Todd Akin addresses members of the media in Chesterfield, Mo., where he confirmed his plans to remain in Missouri’s U.S. Senate race despite a political uproar over remarks he made about rape and pregnancy.

    Akin accepts Rove apology

    Missouri U.S. Senate candidate Todd Akin said he accepted an apology from Republican strategist Karl Rove for a joke about the congressman being "found mysteriously murdered."

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    Olympic medals elude suburban paralympians

    Two suburban athletes — Arlington Heights cyclist David Swanson and Naperville swimmer Alyssa Gialamas — fell short of Olympic gold Saturday during London's Paralympic Games.

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    Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio talks with media members Friday night.

    Decision not to charge Arizona sheriff isn’t the end

    The federal abuse-of-power investigation into America's self-proclaimed toughest sheriff may have been closed without criminal charges but Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's legal troubles are far from over.

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    Pod of pilot whales stranded along Florida beach

    Rescuers are struggling to help a pod of pilot whales that beached at a South Florida state park.

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    Associated Press/June 16, 2011 Hal David

    Notable deaths last week

    Hal David, who along with partner Burt Bacharach penned dozens of timeless songs for movies, television and a variety of recording artists in the 1960s and beyond, has died. He was 91.

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    Samantha Harville of AKF Dragon Kyukido of South Elgin shows of her bow skills Saturday during Elgin’s first international festival at Festival Park in Elgin.

    Festival highlights Elgin’s cultural diversity

    Elgin's first international festival offered food, entertainment and plenty of informational booths that highlighted the blend of cultures that abound in the city. "It seems like there is a great variety here," McHenry resident Tim O'Toole while attending iFest on Saturday.

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    Elgin man faces felony charges after hitting school bus in Bartlett

    An Elgin man who crashed into a school bus and injured its driver Thursday morning in Bartlett faces felony charges of leaving the scene of an accident causing personal injury or death, authorities said. Michael J. Campbell, 26, of the 700 block of Spyglass Hill Court, also faces misdemeanor charges of driving with a suspended license and failing to give aid or information after the crash.

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    Rain forces cancellation of Naperville bed races

    Rain forced the cancellation Saturday of Naperville's annual bed races, one of the more quirky events held during the city's annual Last Fling celebration.

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    A woman throws her waste in a street in Cairo.

    A test looms for Egypt’s new leader: Garbage

    Egypt's newly elected president, Mohammed Morsi, has promised to clean up the streets within 100 days. In so doing, he gave the electorate a powerful way of measuring his abilities, and it looks increasingly certain that 100 days will be nowhere near enough.

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    President Barack Obama greets guests on the tarmac upon his arrival at Des Moines International Airport, Saturday.

    Ale to the chief: White House releases beer recipe

    President Barack Obama has been talking about the White House brew, but he and other officials have refused to disclose details of how it's made, despite an online petition and repeated questions from reporters.Well, beer lovers, the secret is out.

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    Lobbyist gather around a television monitor in the halls of the Capitol to watch the action in the Assembly during the final day of the Legislative session Friday in Sacramento, Calif.

    California Senate kills bid to end business tax break

    A California bill that would have stripped out-of-state corporations of an option for lowering their state income taxes was defeated in the closing hours of the Legislature's term.

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    Richard Bach

    Author Richard Bach injured in plane crash

    Richard Bach, the author of the 1970s best-selling novella "Jonathan Livingston Seagull" among other spiritually oriented writings, was in serious condition Saturday after his small plane crashed in Washington state.

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    Chicago teenager shot dead in front of his mother

    Chicago police say a teenager was shot dead in front of his mother and younger brother outside a laundromat on the city's South Side. The Cook County Medical Examiner's Office identified the boy as 17-year-old Jalen Stogner. He was at a laundromat in the Back of the Yards neighborhood Friday with his mother and 10-year-old brother.

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    Bernanke defends bond purchases in signal of more Fed easing

    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke, with a little more than a year left in his second term, defended the effectiveness of unconventional monetary policies such as bond purchases and signaled he would soon deploy them again to attack unemployment. Bernanke's remarks yesterday to central bankers and economists gathered in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, described the benefits of his signature activism...

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    Illinois State adds sports clinic

    NORMAL, Ill. — A newly opened facility at Illinois State University will enable students to get rehabilitation treatment for orthopedic injuries while also providing clinical experience for students studying to be athletic trainers.

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    Marathon mom’s care packages lift soldier spirits

    WAUSAU, Wis. — It all began when 19-year-old Army Pfc. Philip Blume was talking from Afghanistan with his mom in Marathon and he asked her to send him some sheets.Betty Blume, 54, of course said yes, and tossed in some of the other things he needed to get by in the harsh conditions overseas — sunscreen, some hand wipes and a soft pillow.But she didn’t stop there.

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    Schaumburg motorcycle accident victim identified

    The identity of a 37-year-old Elk Grove Village man killed Friday afternoon in a fiery motorcycle wreck in Schaumburg was released Saturday morning. Mariusz Zajac was killed when the motorcycle he was riding collided with a van at 4:53 p.m. at the corner of Meacham and Old Schaumburg roads, causing the bike to go up in flames, according to Schaumburg police. Zajac was pronounced dead at the scene.

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    Michael Carbone

    Grayslake Dist. 46 board member faces complaints

    Two Grayslake Elementary District 46 employees have filed an internal complaint against board member Michael Carbone stemming from an encounter with him during school registration of his child, officials confirmed. In part, they said they "felt threatened and worried" by Carbone during the Aug. 7 school registration event Carbone contends it was spurred by "retribution" by his political foes.

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    Urban deer pose long-term problem in Bloomington

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — A mother gives birth in a front yard near the corner of Hillside and South Longwood drives, a single tree offering cover. Cars pass by, and she stares blankly with her big, brown eyes.Her offspring will be just as comfortable with city life. They will join with family, jaywalking across roadways, venturing to backyards for a snack of potted plants.

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    Sharon Zeeck sits on the beginnings of the new wall sheltering a fire pit in the backyard of her Prospect Heights home and points to the area where a pond will be built.

    Prospect Hts. family seeing their dream yard come to life

    A lot of people are enjoying working on transforming Sharon and Harry Zeeck's backyard into a showplace. Ryan Taheny, president of RYCO Landscaping, even jumped on a Bobcat and a skid steer and did some of the excavating himself, missing a company meeting. "When he came in at the end of the meeting, he was so dirty. And he said I had a great day,'" said Colin Taheny,...

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    There’s got to be a better way to configure the Circle Interchange near downtown Chicago, engineers believe. The public is invited to comment on proposed alternatives.

    Traffic planners circle around interchange solution

    Can the Circle Interchange be saved? State engineers think so and they're coming up with plans to open up the notorious bottleneck affecting traffic on the Eisenhower, Dan Ryan and Kennedy Expressways. The public is being invited to weigh in on the $415 million project to fix the problem.

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    Business leaders offer advice to Dist. 303

    Four business and military leaders told St. Charles school workers Friday what they need and want from today's students when they enter the work world -- and that "teaching to the test" won't get them that.

Sports

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    Fenwick slows down Marmion

    Grills across the country will light up this Labor Day weekend and Fenwick's offense was like the first flame that jumps up when ignited when it faced Marmion on Saturday night. The first drive of the game saw it move 63 yards in eight plays and earn seven first downs en route to Danny Latner's grab of an 8-yard pass from Gino Cavalieri just 3:38 into the game.

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    Wauconda renews rivalry, mines victory at Orr

    Wauconda and host Orr Academy reunited a nonconference football rivalry Saturday that started in the late 1980s. "(Former) Wauconda coach Glen Kozlowski invited us to come up to play them," Orr Academy coach Kevin Jackson said. "Then the two teams played each other about 10 times with us going up there and they coming down here, and then the rivalry fell apart. (Wauconda) coach Dave Mills invited us to play this season and hopefully we will play them a lot more." Wauconda quarterback Austin Swenson helped make sure that the long trip to Chicago's Northwest side was worth it, as he completed 13 of 18 passes for 169 yards to lead the Bulldogs to a 28-22 win on an overcast day at Rauer Field.

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    White Sox starter Francisco Liriano reflects on his rough outing Saturday against the Tigers in Detroit. Liriano dropped to 5-1l after working 4 innings, allowing 3 runs on 4 hits with 7 walks.

    Sox down in Motown again

    The White Sox were no match for Tigers starter Max Scherzer in Saturday night's 5-1 loss to Detroit at Comerica Park. If the Sox can't avoid a three-game sweep Sunday night, they'll return home tied for first place with the Tigers in the AL Central.

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    Palatine edges Fremd for Early Bird fifth

    As chance would have it, Mid-Suburban West and crosstown rivals Palatine and Fremd met for fifth place in the Early Bird Invite. That meant Pirates coach Dan Gavin went up against his former high school coach Curt Pinley for the first time in at least three matches this season. "Curt and I were joking before the tournament," Gavin said. "Every season our teams have the potential to meet in this tournament, and most of the time it happens." Saturday's match happened to be a dandy. It went down to the third set, in which Palatine led 24-16. But Fremd kept pressing, holding off 6 match points before the Pirates gained the 25-22, 19-25, 25-22 victory on a service error.

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    Alabama running back T.J. Yeldon (4) picks up yardage against Michigan safety Thomas Gordon (30) during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas

    No. 2 Alabama wins 41-14 over No. 8 Michigan
    Dee Milliner and that Alabama defense showed they can still dominate. Even after sending three starting defenders from last year's national championship team to the NFL as first-round draft picks, the second-ranked Crimson Tide threw around eighth-ranked Michigan while pounding Denard Robinson in a season-opening 41-14 victory Saturday night.

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    January scores 19 to lead Fever past Sky

    Briann January scored 19 points, Tamika Catchings and Katie Douglas added 17 each, and the Indiana Fever beat the Chicago Sky 81-64 Saturday night to get their season-high fifth straight win and clinch their eighth straight playoff berth.

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    Boys soccer/Fox Valley roundup

    The Elgin boys soccer team knocked off Nazareth 5-1 Saturday to win the championship at the St. Patrick tournament.Tournament MVP Tony Escamilla scored 2 goals in the win for the Maroons, while all-tournament selection Oscar Rodriguez had a hat trick. Flavio James made 7 saves in goal for Elgin, which also placed Joey Chavez, Juan Flores and Salvador Rodriguez on the all-tournament team.“We’re pleased,” said Elgin coach Dave Borg. “We didn’t want to play down to them but we’ve had trouble with teams who have less talent.”The Maroons are now 4-1-1 on the season.Huntley wins Wauconda Invite: Eddie Gonzalez, Lucas Baker and Jakob Rye scored goals as Huntley beat Zion-Benton 3-1 to win the Wauconda Invite and stay undefeated on the season at 5-0. Auston Emery made 3 saves in goal for the Red Raiders.WW South 2, CL South 1: Michael Conley scored for the Gators in this loss at the Barrington tournament. Gus Alvarez made 2 saves in goal for Crystal Lake South (2-4), which placed Sam Murdock and Charlie Ruff on the all-tournament team.Rockford East 1, St. Edward 0: John Gotheridge had 6 saves in goal for St. Edward (2-3) in this nonconference loss.Elgin Academy 2, Kirkland Hiawatha 1: Brandon Perez scored both goals for the Hilltoppers in this nonconference win. Liam Phalan had 6 saves in goal for Elgin Academy.Dundee-Crown 3, Bartlett 0: Ben Stone, Luis Washington and Salvador Rodriguez scored goals and Christian Martinez had 3 saves in goal to lead the Chargers to a nonconference win.Keith School 4, Westminster Christian 0: Sam Carani made 14 saves in goal for Westminster in this nonconference setback.

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    White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham smothers a ground ball hit by Detroit Tigers’ Prince Fielder to throw him out at first base in the sixth inning of a baseball game Saturday in Detroit.

    Tigers beat Chicago 5-1 in race for first

    Max Scherzer allowed four hits in eight scoreless innings, and the Detroit Tigers pulled within a game of first place with a 5-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Saturday night.

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    Barrington takes tourney title at home

    The 24th Barrington Classic Cup ended up in the hands of the hosts Saturday night after the Broncos' 2-1 triumph that owed everything to teamwork — and perhaps the shooting skill of freshman Kendall Stork. Stork surprised Boylan (3-3-1) when he rose up to head a Connor Hennelly serve just three minutes into the championship match. Later he gave the Broncos the insurance they'd need with another finish at 57 minutes to offset a late consolation goal by the Titans as they threw everything into their attack in the final 10 minutes of regulation in search of the equalizer.

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    Benet tops South Elgin to move to 2-0

    Benet Academy coach Pat New heard the talk coming into Saturday's nonconference game at South Elgin. Coming off a 1-8 campaign in 2011, the Redwings opened the season last week with a 62-0 victory over Chicago Washington, but it wasn't enough to convince doubters Benet was a much-improved team. "A lot of people wrote us off because we beat a Chicago public school," New said. "(South Elgin) we know is a darn good team. They beat Downers Grove South, so we really wanted this game badly." The Redwings gave the rest of the East Suburban Catholic Conference something to chew on, winning the turnover battle 4-0 en route to a 35-21 road win.

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    Boomers fall as playoff hopes end

    The Schaumburg Boomers were shut out for the second consecutive evening, falling 5-0 to the Washington Wild Things.The loss eliminated the Boomers from postseason contention.The Wild Things' Justin Hall struck out a season-high 10 and allowed 6 hits in his complete-game shutout, the most strikeouts in a game by an opposing pitcher this year.

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    Cougars rally to keep playoff hopes alive

    Fighting back from a 5-2 deficit, the Kane County Cougars captured a 6-5 victory over the Peoria Chiefs on Saturday night at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark in Geneva — holding their elimination number at one because the Burlington Bees were rained out.Trailing 5-2, the Cougars (67-71, 33-35) rallied as Kevin David singled home Alex Llanos in the fourth. In the sixth, the Cougars scored 3 runs to take the lead. Llanos singled and scored on Tim Ferguson's single. Justin Trapp beat out a bunt single as Julio Aparcio scored the tying run. Justin Berg relieved starter Jeff Antigua and fired a wild pitch as Ferguson scored the go-ahead run.Cougars relievers Rudy Brown (3-0) and Cody Fassold (second save) combined for 5 scoreless innings.

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    Girls volleyball/Fox Valley roundup

    At Somonauk: Westminster Christian took second place at the Somonauk tournament, losing to Rosary but then beating Seneca, Hinckley-Big Rock, Somonauk and Leland. Claire Speweik (13 aces, 27 digs, 38 kills), Cara Tyrell (9 aces, 27 digs, 18 kills), Savannah Dutcher (17 kills, 18 solo blocks, 9 assisted blocks), Taylor Pedersen (14 aces, 11 digs), Elizabeth Farwell (39 assists, 7 digs) and Courtney Gnan (33 assists) led the Warriors (8-1).At West Aurora: South Elgin tied all 3 of its pool play matches then won the bronze pool championship at the West Aurora tournament. The Storm split with Sycamore, Streamwood and Plainfield East in pool play then beat Marengo and Evergreen Park in bronze championship play. Ashley Oandasan (23 kills, 22 digs), Corbin Kehe (100 assists, 24 digs), Allison Osborne (32 kills), Karlee Bradley (24 digs) and Rachel Murray (27 digs) led South Elgin (2-1-3).At Willowbrook: After dropping pool play matches to Addison Trail, West Chicago and Coal City on Friday, short-handed Larkin came back Saturday and lost to Wheaton Warrenville South before finishing the tournament with a win over Walther Lutheran. Larkin (4-4) played without starters Alyssa McGraw and Diana Castillo Friday and without Brianna Stewart for both days. McGhee and Castillo each had 28 assists Saturday, while Olivia Kofie (8 kills, 15 digs, 6 blocks) and Anna Gaston (8 kills, 12 digs) also contributed.At Timothy Christian: St. Edward took fourth place and Harvest Christian finished fifth at the Timothy Christian tournament. St. Edward defeated Aurora Christian and U-High but lost to Westmont in pool play. The Green Wave then lost to Immaculate Conception and Westmont on Saturday. Mallory Gross (4 kills, 24 digs, 78 assists, 7 aces), Maria Von Ahnen (7 kills), Rena Ranallo (29 kills, 53 digs), Cecile Rapp (8 kills), Shannon Igelski (36 kills, 7 aces) and Allison Kruk (64 gigs) led St. Edward (5-7) for the weekend.Harvest Christian beat Round Lake but lost to IC and Timothy Christian in pool play then beat U-High and Aurora Christian on Saturday. Jordan Sollers (13 kills, 25 assists, 4 digs, 8 aces), Sydney Doby (17 kills, 5 aces), Katelyn Floyd (21 assists) and Erica Manusos (9 kills, 11 digs, 9 aces) led the Lions on Saturday.

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    Larkin’s Hansana wins Cary-Grove singles title

    Larkin’s Mary Hansana won the No. 1 singles championship and Cary-Grove took the team title Saturday at the Cary-Grove girls tennis invitational.Hansana beat second-place Victoria Pierce of Cary-Grove to win the singles crown.Jessica Hinojosa of Cary-Grove won the No. 2 singles championship with Larkin’s Baylee Matison placing third.Cary-Grove took second at No. 1 doubles as the team of Macy Koepke/Alyssa Derer went 2-1 on the day. The Trojans were also second at No. 2 doubles with Rita O’Connell/Christine Sweinberg also going 2-1. Margaret Gray/Abby Jakubicek took third place at No. 3 doubles for the Trojans.Cary-Grove garnered 10 team points to edge Antioch by a point for the team title. Mundelein was third with 7 points.At Hononegah: Hampshire won the Hononegah Invite as Hannah Hoaglund took first at No. 1 singles and Monica Patthana/Julie Schreiner won the No. 1 doubles title. Angela Wozniak/Sydney Zilch took second at No. 2 doubles as did Katelyn Schoedl/Abby Eischen at No. 3 doubles for the Whip-Purs. Amanda Schultz was fourth at No. 2 singles.

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    Knoll takes his toll at BG Invite

    Three years ago, as a freshman, Raymond Knoll shot an 80 at his first appearance at the Buffalo Grove Invitational. Not a bad score for a frosh — but Knoll, now a senior at Naperville North, said that he "had that score in the back of his mind" as he teed off at Saturday's BG tourney. Maybe it provided a bit inspiration as Knoll tore up the course en route to a 33-35-68 and medalist honors at the invite at Buffalo Grove Golf Course.

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    Naperville North bounces back at Thornton

    Naperville North has a passing game. Quarterback Johnny Brown insists the Huskies can wing it. Only once did Brown throw on Saturday against Thornton Township, and that pass was wiped out by a penalty. No matter, for the Huskies ran rampant over the Wildcats, Brown leading the way with 2 touchdowns and 122 of Naperville North's 370 rushing yards in their 34-20 victory.

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    Immaculate Conception’s Sam Antes advances the ball against Wheaton Academy on Saturday in Elmhurst.

    Immaculate Conception lines up a winner

    Nearly all football games are decided at the line of scrimmage. That's where Immaculate Conception held sway over Wheaton Academy on Saturday in Elmhurst. Owning the ground game 347 yards to 81, IC won the Suburban Christian Conference Gold Division contest 39-6 in Lewis Stadium at Plunkett Field.

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    Joliet Catholic denies Geneva in title match

    Morgan Reardon is the latest in a long line of superlative volleyball players for Joliet Catholic. In the championship match of the Geneva girls tournament on Saturday, the host Vikings never recovered from her early and often personal onslaughts.

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    Cary-Grove relishes second straight Grant title

    Cary-Grove's boys soccer team battled through more than a half of soccer in a scoreless tie with host Grant on Saturday afternoon. The Trojans were trying to get just one goal and they found a few others after that first one. C-G scored 5 second-half goals and won the Grant Soccer Invitational for the second straight year, beating the Bulldogs 5-0.

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    Jacob’s Maris Smith goes airborne with excitement as another point is racked up against Evanston Saturday during the Jacobs tournament.

    Stevenson finally conquers Cary-Grove

    In the last three years, Stevenson has lost 8 straight matches to Cary-Grove including agonizing setbacks in two consecutive supersectionals. The drought is over. With Jenna Radtke contributing 11 kills with 6 blocks, the Patriots knocked off the Trojans 25-21, 25-17 to claim the championship of the Jacobs Invitational Saturday in Algonquin.

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    The start of the girls varsity race at the St. Charles East cross country meet at LeRoy Oakes in St. Charles Saturday September 1, 2012.

    Depth propels St. Charles N. to title

    After York's Emma Fisher crossed the finish line in 17 minutes, 9 seconds to win the girls varsity race Saturday at the Jeff Leavey Invitational at LeRoy Oaks in St. Charles, 11 more runners came in before the first St. Charles North runner finished. But cross country, of course, is the ultimate team sport. And the depth of the North Stars' lineup was enough to make up that 12-gap difference against the Dukes and the rest of the 13-team field.

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    The start of the boys varsity race at the St. Charles East cross country meet at LeRoy Oakes in St. Charles Saturday September 1, 2012.

    Wheaton N. races to Leavey title

    About the only thing that fell as much as the temperatures from the 2011 Jeff Leavey Invitational to the 2012 version? That would be the times the 15-team field turned in Saturday morning at LeRoy Oaks. "Everyone was flying, it was great to see," St. Charles North coach Kevin Harrington said. "Tons of PRs, every team. Everyone is smiling today which is a good thing."

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    Iowa quarterback James Vandenberg (16) runs with the ball past Northern Illinois defensive line Anthony Wells (91) during the first half of an NCAA college football game at Soldier Field in Chicago, Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012.

    Northern can’t hold on against Iowa

    Damon Bullock ran for 150 yards and scored on a late 23-yard touchdown run to lead Iowa to an 18-17 victory over Northern Illinois in the season opener on Saturday. The Hawkeyes simply got all they could handle from the reigning Mid-American Conference champions but came out on top after trailing most of the way.

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    St. Francis savors victory, Kopec milestone

    The winningest coach in Illinois girls volleyball reached another milestone on Saturday when her Spartans defeated Pius XI 25-23, 25-22 in the championship match of the Early Bird Invite. But Peg Kopec's 1,100th win of her 38-year coaching career was hardly on her mind. Less than two weeks ago, the legendary coach and her players were at a funeral for the tragic death of former Spartans standout Megan Boken. "It's been a rough time at St. Francis for everyone," Kopec said. "Plus it's the beginning of the school year, which is tough on its own." Kopec's 38-year career record is now 1,100-238-2.

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    Buffalo Grove completes dominant effort at Lake Park

    Buffalo Grove wrote itself into the tournament history book after its 4-2 victory Saturday morning over host Lake Park to capture the team title at the Hillner Classic in Medinah. Zach Masciopinto fired in three straight goals after the Lancers (4-3-0) stunned the undefeated Bison (5-0-0) with 2 goals in the opening 10 minutes. Tournament MVP Irving Balboa had a hand in the first two from Masciopinto to help Buffalo Grove complete a four-match sweep this week by overwhelming the competition with 21 goals while conceding just 2.

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    Nate Martinez of Wheaton Academy tries to get away from an Immaculate Conception defender during the Wheaton Academy vs. Immaculate Conception game in Elmhurst Saturday.

    Images: Wheaton Academy at Immaculate Conception football
    Despite a wet and rain spotted afternoon Immaculate Conception hosted Wheaton Academy in football Saturday afternoon September 1.

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    Jeremy Lozano of Lake Park heads for a third-place individual finish at the Fenton Earlybird Invitational on Saturday in Bensenville. The Lancers took top honors in the team race.

    Duo helps Lake Park run to Earlybird title

    Lake Park junior Jeremy Lozano placed third individually, just ahead of senior teammate Dakota Morales, to help the Lancers to the team championship in Saturday's Fenton Earlybird Invitational.

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    Addison Trail authors Willowbrook victory

    Addison Trail's girls passed around the championship plaque, each penning their name to the back.This was a signature win to share in. The Blazers beat two-time defending tournament champion West Chicago 25-23, 15-25, 25-17 to win Saturday's Willowbrook Invite in Villa Park.

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    Allen, Blanchard to stick around on practice squad

    Running back Armando Allen and quarterback Matt Blanchard headline the Bears' eight-man practice squad.

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    Neuqua Valley, Palatine set the pace at Legge

    Neuqua Valley has set a pretty high standard when it comes to boys cross country, with the Wildcats securing four state trophies in the last five years. That includes state titles in 2007 and 2009. But Neuqua Valley coach Paul Vandersteen didn't really know what to expect from his squad this year, especially after losing his top two runners from his squad that took third in Class 3A last year. Vandersteen needn't worry too much. It was business as usual for Neuqua Valley at the 32 annual Hornet-Red Devil Invitational on Saturday in Hinsdale. The Wildcats placed four runners in the top 15 in cruising to the title with 61 points on an overcast and muggy morning at Katherine Legge Park.

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    Perez, Glenbard West make their move

    Defending Class 3A state champion New Trier and state runner-up Wheaton Warrenville South entered the 32nd annual Hornet-Red Devil Invitational with all the headlines. But Glenbard West and Hilltopper junior Madeline Perez stole their thunder. Perez took control of the race in the first mile and didn't look back in cruising to the victory in 16:59, leading Glenbard West to a surprising title with 51 points at Katherine Legge Park in Hinsdale.

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    San Francisco Giants’ Hector Sanchez (29) scores past Chicago Cubs catcher Welington Castillo, on a double by Xavier Nady, during the first inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants Saturdayin Chicago.

    Cubs hold open casting calls

    As the Cubs headed into September with a 5-2 loss to the Giants on Saturday, manager Dale Sveum said there are many things to play for over the final month, including making an impression for 2013.

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    Call-up gives Sappelt a shot

    Outfielder Dave Sappelt wasn't on the back-and-forth shuttle between Chicago and Des Moines this season. He finally was called up from Class AAA Iowa Saturday along with outfielder Tony Campana and infielder Adrian Cardenas. Sappelt struggled much of the year at Iowa.

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    Serena Williams returns a shot to Russia's Ekaterina Makarova in the third round of play at the 2012 US Open tennis tournament, Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012, in New York. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

    Serena avenges loss to Makarova, wins at U.S. Open

    Serena Williams didn't watch any video of her loss to Ekaterina Makarova at this year's Australian Open as she prepared for their rematch at the U.S. Open. She even hates looking at photos from defeats. But she is free to check out this match again after she won in straight sets in the third round Saturday. No such pain so far at this year's U.S. Open. The fourth-seeded American won 6-4, 6-0, avenging her straight-set defeat in the Australian Open's fourth round.

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    Ohio State’s Braxton Miller, left, runs an option play against Miami of Ohio during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game Saturday in Columbus, Ohio. Miller rushed for 161 yards, a record for an Ohio State quarterback, and threw for two scores in their 56-10 win.

    Miller makes Meyer’s debut a winner, 56-10

    Braxton Miller made Urban Meyer's debut even more memorable. Miller rushed for 161 yards, a record for an Ohio State quarterback, and threw for two scores to lead the 18th-ranked Buckeyes to a 56-10 victory over Miami (Ohio).

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    Chicago Cubs’ Joe Mather ducks as San Francisco Giants second baseman Marco Scutaro turns the double play forcing Mather at second and getting Josh Vitters at first, during the eighth inning of a baseball game Saturday in Chicago.

    Lincecum helps Giants hold down Cubs

    Tim Lincecum pitched four-hit ball into the seventh inning and Xavier Nady had a three-run double in his first game with the San Francisco Giants, who beat the Cubs 5-2 on Saturday.

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    Northwestern's Christian Jones reacts after scoring against Syracuse during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game in Syracuse, N.Y., Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)

    Northwestern tops Syracuse 42-41 on Fields’

    Backup quarterback Trevor Siemian hit Demetrius Fields for a 9-yard touchdown pass with 44 seconds left and Northwestern held on to beat Syracuse 42-41 Saturday in the teams' season opener.

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    Illinois tight end Jon Davis (3) runs with the ball away from Western Michigan linebacker Desmond Bozeman (51) during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday in Champaign, Ill. Illinois defeated Western Michigan 24-7.

    Illini, Beckman survive Broncos for win, 24-7

    With quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase injured, Ashante Williams returned an interception 60 yards for a fourth-quarter touchdown to help Illinois and new coach Tim Beckman hang on for a 24-7 win Saturday over Western Michigan in the season opener for both teams.

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    Penn State head coach Bill O’Brien, right, and quarterbacks coach Charlie Fisher, instruct from the sidelines during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game against Ohio at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pa., Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012. Penn State fans ushered in a new era in the football program with a raucous ovation as the team stormed the field for their first game under coach Bill O’Brien.

    New era at Penn St begins with 24-14 loss to Ohio

    The Nittany Lions let an 11-point halftime lead slip away and Ohio quarterback Tyler Tettleton accounted for three second-half touchdowns to hand Bill O'Brien a 24-14 loss in his debut as Penn State head coach.

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    NHL, players’ union end discussions as contract expiration nears

    The National Hockey League and players' union disbanded negotiations over compensation issues two weeks before the current contract is set to expire. The talks stalled yesterday when the NHL Players' Union told the league it would not discuss a reset of player compensation, Commissioner Gary Bettman told reporters. "In light of the fact that they were unwilling to move forward on the economics, there wasn't much else to discuss," Bettman said.

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    Notre Dame’s Theo Riddick, centre, scores a touchdown, as he is tackled by Navy’s Keegan Wezel during their NCAA college football game in Dublin, Ireland, Saturday, Sept. 1.

    Notre Dame trounces Navy 50-10 in Dublin

    DUBLIN — Notre Dame scored touchdowns on its first three possessions and defensive end Stephon Tuitt returned a fumble 77 yards for another TD as the Fighting Irish routed Navy 50-10 in Saturday’s season opener in Ireland.A crowd of 49,000 filled Dublin’s Aviva Stadium for the first U.S. college game in Ireland since 1996. Theo Riddick and George Atkinson ran for first-quarter touchdowns, and tight end Tyler Eifert caught a 5-yard TD pass.Tuitt scooped up quarterback Trey Miller’s fumble and rumbled to the end zone to put the Irish up 27-0 in the second quarter.Navy kicked a 26-yard field goal before halftime and opened the second half with a three-pass drive capped by Shawn Lynch’s 25-yard grab to make it 27-10. Atkinson and Riddick replied with two of Notre Dame’s three second-half touchdowns.

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    Despite A.J. Pierzynski solo home run against the Detroit Tigers Friday night, the Tigers rallied to win the first game of the three-game weekend series. This pennant race may go back and forth the entire month, but the Sox have the lead right now.

    There’s nothing quite like a pennant race

    Nothing in sports compares to the daily tension of late August and September, when a couple of pretty good teams are fighting for precious wins every day. Matt Spiegel contends these are the days when kids refuse to wash their favorite t-shirt in the middle of a winning streak. It's when a grown man turns his hat backwards to beckon a rally from the couch. Tigers vs. White Sox in September ... bring it on.

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    St. Francis defeats Vernon Hills

    St. Francis quarterback Michael Robinson outdueled Vernon Hills quarterback Brett Peterson in St. Francis' home opener Friday night, winning 28-21 on a Chris Smith 5-yard touchdown run with 1:06 remaining in the game.

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    Defeat doesn’t faze Montini

    After a tough loss Friday against another much-bigger school, Montini dropped to 1-1 on the year, yet none of the Broncos were complaining about their schedule.Lincoln-Way East, a Class 7A school that won 10 games in 2011, jumped ahead 14-0 after its first two possessions on Friday and hung on for a 20-14 defeat of the Broncos in Lombard.

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    Glenbard West defense dominates

    Glenbard West turned in a dominating defensive performance Friday night as it beat Willowbrook 49-7 to improve to 2-0 on the season.

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    Lake Park starts fast against Glenbard East

    Last week Lake Park fell behind early to Conant 20-0 and never caught up. The Lancers made sure that didn't happen Friday night as they jumped out to a 19-0 lead at Glenbard East early in the second quarter and never looked back, winning 45-20 to move to 1-1 on the season.

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    Boomers blanked 11-0

    WASHINGTON, Pa. — The Schaumburg Boomers were shut out 11-0 by the Washington Wild Things in the opener of the final series of the regular season Friday night.Washington loaded the bases in the first inning but came up empty as Matt Kuna battled through.Washington scored in the third on a sacrifice fly from Gus Benusa and tacked on 5 runs in the fifth to chase Matt Kuna and take control.Schaumburg had the potential tying run thrown out at the plate in the fourth inning before the 5-run outburst.Washington added a run in the sixth, and back-to-back homers in the seventh ignited a 4-run inning to cap the scoring.The Boomers (53-41) mustered only 3 hits, 2 from Brandon Gregorich. Casey Barnes worked 8 shutout innings to record the seventh shutout against the Boomers this year.

Business

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    Signage is displayed Thursday outside the Chevron Corp. Oronite Oak Point Plant that was forced to close due to Hurricane Isaac in Belle Chasse, Louisiana.

    Oil companies returning to offshore sites in gulf

    Oil companies have begun returning workers to drilling rigs and production platforms in the Gulf of Mexico.

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    Amazon.com Inc. quenched the Kindle Fire on Aug. 30 saying its first tablet computer is now sold out. The Internet retailer has a news conference scheduled for next Thursday in Santa Monica, Calif. It’s widely expected to reveal a new model of the Fire there.

    The Kindle wants to be free

    Farhad Manjoo wouldn't be surprised if Amazon drops the entry-level Kindle much lower than $55 — all the way down to free, with a catch. The catch is that you'd have to pay for Amazon's Prime membership service, which goes for $79 per year. In addition to free two-day shipping on 15 million products, Prime also gives you free streaming movies and access to a "lending library" of Kindle books. Now if you sign up to Prime, you'd get the Kindle itself free, too.

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    Why you should probably disable Java now

    Hackers have found a flaw in Oracle's Java software that allows them to break into users' computers and install nasty malware, security experts report. "Java has been the most exploited program for well over a year now and it simply isn't worth the risk," Chet Wisniewski of the security firm Sophos told me in an email.

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    There are hundreds of apps out there for the iPhone photographer — some great, others less so. But just as with coffee, it’s all a matter of taste. The fun thing is, it’s only your own taste that matters.

    The best apps for your camera phone

    There are hundreds of apps out there for the iPhone photographer — some great, others less so. But just as with coffee, it's all a matter of taste. The fun thing is, it's only your own taste that matters. Here are some ideas on how to go about taking iPhone photos and selecting apps that will work best for you.

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    The New York is leading the defense of a diverse group of companies that use technology they assumed was free: sending text messages with Web links to mobile phones. However, the technology was patented by inventor Richard J. Helferich, who filed an outline of how such a system would work with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in September 1997. Since 2008, his company has filed 23 suits against companies.

    New York Times leads group defense in mobile patent suit

    The New York Times Co. is girding for a legal battle that many larger organizations have avoided. The Times is leading the defense of a diverse group of companies that use technology they assumed was free: sending text messages with Web links to mobile phones. The technology was patented by inventor Richard J. Helferich, who filed an outline of how such a system would work with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in September 1997. He was granted several patents on the method, giving him the right to sue companies that use it without permission.

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    Solar dishes are seen at a solar farm, which according to the manufacturer, are revolutionary in the way they efficiently produce maximum energy using a minimal area, in Kibbutz Kvutzat Yavne, Israel. Israel has a peak solar capacity of 212 megawatts, the vast majority of which comes from rooftop installations, that accounts for less than 2 percent of the nationwide capacity according to the government-owned Israel Electric Corporation.

    Israel’s solar power struggles against government

    Israel has developed some of the world's most advanced solar energy equipment and enjoys a nearly endless supply of sunshine, but when it comes to deploying large-scale solar technology at home, the country remains in the dark ages. Solar power provides just a tiny percentage of Israel's energy needs, leaving it far behind colder, cloudier counterparts in Europe. Israeli solar companies, frustrated by government bureaucracy, have taken their expertise abroad.

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    India plans auction this year to double solar power capacity

    India may auction a third of the solar projects planned by 2017 in the current financial year to double the nation's sun-powered capacity as it seeks additional clean-energy investments to combat power shortages. Of the 3,000 megawatts of solar plants proposed to be built starting in 2013, contracts for "1,000 megawatts or a little less" may be tendered in the first batch, Tarun Kapoor, joint secretary at the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, said Tuesday in New Delhi.

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    Samsung ambushed by Apple opens hedged patent bets

    A year after Samsung Electronics was humiliated by Apple forcing it to remove a tablet on display at the Berlin IFA fair, the world's biggest consumer- electronics companies are racing to avoid similar gaffes. Makers of mobile phones, computers and television sets have registered a record number of rights with German authorities this year to weed out imitations, said Claudia Rossow-Scholl, a customs officer who has worked at the annual gathering since 2005.

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    The Google Wallet application on a mobile device.

    Review: Mobile payment needs better compatibility

    Over the past month, several major retailers announced plans to accept or expand such mobile payments, adding to services already available. One approach uses wireless technology to let merchants access credit and debit cards stored on your account, while the other uses a bar code on the phone screen that gets scanned at the register. You might be wondering: Why fix what isn't broken, when plastic works just fine? Systems that let you pay by cellphones can do more than store cards.

Life & Entertainment

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    Erotica books benefit from '50 Shaes' popularity

    The "Fifty Shades" phenomenon may only get hotter this fall. Booksellers and publishers expect at least a dozen novels to benefit from E L James' multimillion-selling erotic trilogy, a list-topper since early spring, and new ones continue to be acquired. Releases likely to catch on include Sylvain Reynard's "Gabriel's Inferno" and "Gabriel's Rapture," Sylvia Day's "Reflected in You" and a compilation of Harlequin novellas unsubtly titled, "12 Shades of Surrender."

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    Cable TV star Kelly Osbourne prepares to meet fans at the launch of the Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival on Friday, Aug. 24, 2012 in Chicago.

    Kelly Osbourne gives fashion tips for real women

    Kelly Osbourne was a reality star, actress and musician before anyone took notice that she had a knack for style. But lately the 27-year-old daughter of Ozzy Osbourne, currently with violet hair after stints of pink, lilac and gray, has earned the title of certified fashionista, dishing the designer dirt on E! "Fashion Police." "I'm in the process of branding, doing my own line. I will not just attach my name to something," Osbourne said.

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    The Walker Art Center, a well-regarded museum of modern art in Minneapolis, has staged an “Internet Cat Video Film Festival” to showcase the best in filmed feline hijinks.

    Cat videos get their moment at film festival

    Warning: This is a story about online cat videos. If you're among the seemingly tiny minority of the general population not interested in watching a 1-minute clip of a cat in a T-shirt pounding on a keyboard, then move along. The Walker Art Center, a well-regarded museum of modern art in Minneapolis, has staged an “Internet Cat Video Film Festival” to showcase the best in filmed feline hijinks.

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    In this Oct. 12, 2008 file photo, model Holly Madison poses on the press line at the Hollywood Life 5th Annual Hollywood Style Awards in Los Angeles. Burlesque performer and Las Vegas Strip star, Madison has announced she’s going to be a first-time mom.

    Las Vegas burlesque star Holly Madison pregnant

    Holly Madison, the blonde burlesque performer who worked at Playboy and on reality TV before starring in a Las Vegas Strip show, says she'll be adding a new title to the resume — mom.

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    Bob Ewing, 32, right, and Antonie Hodge, 30, both of Arlington, Va., pose at Seneca Rocks in W.Va. The couple made the 900-foot climb in formal wedding attire.

    Bride, groom climb W.Va. mountain in tux and gown

    Photos of the bride and groom atop the narrow peak of Seneca Rocks in West Virginia have become a hit on the Internet, with more than 500,000 views. Bob Ewing has gotten a lot of mileage out of his decade-old tuxedo and has even run a couple of marathons in it. Now he's been married in it, after he and his new bride made the 900-foot sheer climb on one of West Virginia's most striking landmarks in full wedding regalia.

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    In this Oct. 31, 2011 photo, an 1877 Steinway grand piano used by Motown artists is seen in a Motown recording studio in Detroit. Now that an 1877 Steinway grand piano used by Motown artists has been restored, it’s time for the historic instrument to be played. And who better to do that than ex-Beatle Paul McCartney, who orchestrated the piano’s refurbishment, and Berry Gordy, the architect of the Motown music label.

    Restoration completed on historic Motown piano

    A damaged 1877 Steinway grand piano used by Motown artists during the record label's "Hitsville USA" heyday has been restored, thanks to a little help from Paul McCartney, and he's set to play it when it's unveiled next month.

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    Daryl Hall and John Oates are set to perform at the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park on Saturday, Sept. 1.

    Weekend picks: Hall & Oates reunite at Ravinia

    Rock and soul masters Daryl Hall & John Oates hit the Pavilion stage Saturday at Ravinia. If you're in a festive mood, try Buffalo Grove Days, Schaumburg's Septemberfest or Naperville's Last Fling. If you'd rather go global, head to the Long Grove World Tour or Elgin's new International Festival. And don't forget about the free Rock & Roll Fireworks Show in Rosemont.

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    Large boulders in Cane Creek create a scenic playground for visitors after a hike in Fall Creek Falls State Park in Tennessee.

    Getting lost in the caves of Tennessee

    As a freight train of water pummels me from 85 feet above, I am no longer hot, sticky or stressed. I just am. The relentless pour drowns out all thoughts except "aaaahhh." Nature offers two sure cures for cooling the body and clearing the mind: waterfalls and caves. Both chill-thrills are native to central Tennessee's swath of the Cumberland Plateau east of Nashville. Locals keep mum about these geological gems, but some friends spilled the secrets.

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    Madigan Nussbaum, 9, smiles while on a horseback tour through the Spangler farm, which served as a field hospital during and after the July 1-3 1863 battle in Gettysburg, Pa.

    Gettysburg on horseback takes riders back in time

    A twig snaps and brush rustles in woods on the Gettysburg battlefield. My horse does not flinch. It's nothing more than a small animal scurrying away. But on a hot summer day nearly 150 years earlier, it could have been the enemy. The rolling farmland that is Gettysburg can be toured in a number of ways, but on horseback you can transport yourself to the vantage and vulnerability of a Civil War officer on horseback directing his troops in the three-day battle.

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    Near state borders, two brokers may be needed

    Q. We want to buy a house near the border of one state and another, and we don't know where we'll end up. One agent we like is an expert on one state but is not licensed in the other. Does that mean I'm free to have another agent looking for me there?

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    For Danish homeowners, refinancing is bliss

    The first two articles in this series indicated that there was no quick way to replace Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac without seriously disrupting the market. The best available option is a slow fix where existing mortgage banks and perhaps other firms converted to Danish-style mortgage banks, with temporary assistance from Fannie and Freddie.

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    This white brick Georgian home in Inverness has a recreation and workout rooms in the finished basement.

    Listing of the week

    Inverness has always been known for stately, well-built homes with lots of panache. This white brick Georgian with its wood shake roof and large classical portico is no exception.

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    Condo rules shouldn’t prohibit American and military flags

    Q. I am a veteran who proudly displays a small American flag on a short pole in the ground near the patio outside of my townhouse. The board of the association has asked me to remove the flag, stating it violates the covenants for our property. Is there any law that would permit me to display an American flag anyway?

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    Kitchens are one of the rooms most often remodeled. This project was recently completed by Bradford and Kent.

    Remodelers construct a better design process

    Times have changed in the 25 years since Joe Pavone started Bradford and Kent, a custom home remodeling business which caters to the West suburbs. He and a former partner actually timed their entry into the remodeling business well, capitalizing on a time when homes were constantly being enlarged and improved, and also when technology was taking leaps forward to streamline the design process.

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    These Buckley chevron vases and bowls add a cheerful note to any room, from $76 at www.jillrosenwald.com.

    Add zip to your decor with a chevron stripe

    Looking for a way to spruce up your spaces this autumn? Try playing with pattern. A classic favorite is the chevron stripe. This chic zigzag packs more punch than the traditional linear stripe, plus it adds movement and, depending on how you use it, a bit of playfulness to a space.

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    Hardwood floor cab be repaired by adding support underneath

    Q. My 91-year-young mother is still in the house she's lived in her entire married life. I am now noticing soft spots in some sections of the floor that normally are covered by furniture. Is there a way to perhaps install new flooring here and there as opposed to tearing up everything?

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    Art in the garden: Mulch is a gardener’s best friend

    Mulch is a workhorse in the garden. It suppresses weeds and regulates soil temperatures. It also helps hold moisture in the soil — especially important this past summer.

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    This brass plant stand is late Victorian in the Gothic Revival style.

    Brass table an example of Eastlake’s Gothic style

    Q. I received this brass table as a gift from my grandmother in 1962. I believe it was a wedding gift to her in 1910. There are no markings that I can see. I treasure this table and would like to know when it was made and what it is worth.

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    Pumpkins need to be left on the vine as long as possible to reach their maximum size.

    Trees and shrubs may be showing signs of stress

    Days may be cooler now, but the hot and dry summer weather has put a lot of stress on plants that were not given supplemental water. There are many trees and shrubs with leaf scorch in the landscape and some trees are shedding leaves early. Keep watering trees and shrubs if the dry weather continues.

Discuss

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    The Soapbox

    High school tailgating, gas prices and urban chicken consultants are among the topics editors write about in The Soapbox.

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    Obama ignoring impending disaster
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: President Obama has no solutions. The only thing the Obama campaign can focus on is Mitt Romney's tax returns so they can nitpick them to pieces and distract the country from the real issues.

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    Reflect on value of Labor Day
    A Naperville letter to the editor: Labor Day traditionally marks the end of the summer. It's a good day to reflect on the value and dignity of work, no matter what kind of job a person performs, and remember and appreciate all those people doing the sometimes "invisible" jobs that make life easier, safer and enjoyable for all of us.

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    Beware of pitfalls in Obamacare
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: I believe that at best all Mitt Romeny would do is make a few minor changes while claiming it was a major revision. This law was written by and for the insurance companies; thus, few politicians will dare vote in a way that might jeopardize any future campaign funding.

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    Use tragedy to change the law
    A Chicago letter to the editor: The first thing that I learned as a Boy Scout 60 years ago was that you walk single file facing traffic.

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    Put people to work cleaning public areas
    A Des Plaines letter to the editor: How about all those incarcerated in our jails and prisons? No rent payments or other living expenses while they're paying back their debt to society. This could be great payback time. And they can start with a broom or a paint brush.

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    Public employees get the better deal
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: No one we know, all private sector employees, enjoys a fraction of the benefits bestowed on the public sector, especially since the escalation that has occurred in the last 15 years.

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    Happiness doesn’t come that easily
    A Huntley letter to the editor: A recent Herald article, titled "Be Happy," offered a sadly shortsighted view on the subject. The article espouses that if we stop complaining, focus on the positive, give time and money to others, get moving, savor life's simple things, we can find happiness. In the short term, maybe. However, the low happiness level of Americans bubbles from a far deeper source.

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