Daily Archive : Tuesday September 4, 2012

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    First lady Michelle Obama addresses the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday.

    First lady says 'we can trust' Obama

    Democrats are using one of Barack Obama's strong suits, that voters believe he understands the problems of ordinary people, to trump his weakest suit, the economy. Michelle Obama played those cards with force in a speech declaring that her husband is still the man who rescued a coffee table from the trash. "I have seen firsthand that being president doesn't change who you are, it reveals who you...

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    Mundelein’s Franks for the Memories owner Jim Schultz Jr. holds up the trophy he won at the National Buffalo Wing Festival in Buffalo, N.Y. over the Labor Day weekend. He won second place in the traditional hot category.

    Franks for the Memories nabs a another trophy at wing festival

    For the second straight year, Mundelein's Franks for the Memories has picked up a trophy at the National Buffalo Wing Festival. This time it was second place in the traditional hot category. "It's nice to get recognized again," owner Jim Schultz Jr. said Tuesday, the trophy displayed proudly at the restaurant on Hawley Street.

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    Former Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Tammy Duckworth waves to delegates at the Democratic National Convention Tuesday in Charlotte, N.C..

    Mike in Charlotte: Duckworth says get to work

    Hoffman Estates Democrat Tammy Duckworth used her short time on the national stage Tuesday to tell Democratic National Committee delegates her story of military service and her perspective as an Asian-American woman and veteran. Duckworth didn't address her own nationally watched campaign against Republican U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh of McHenry, instead focusing her attention on President Barack Obama.

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    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel addresses the Democratic National Convention Tuesday in Charlotte, N.C.

    Emanuel seeks to give inside look into Obama

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel sought to give an inside look into President Barack Obama's administration Tuesday, telling the Democratic National Convention that his fellow Democrat reads 10 letters from average people every day.

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    San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro delivers the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday.

    DNC keynoter Castro shows partisan chops

    San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro's keynote speech to the Democratic convention was a spicy blend of immigrant dreams and partisan bite. The 37-year-old rising star, roused the packed audience with a pointed message to voters: "Mitt Romney, quite simply, doesn't get it."

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    Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn waves to delegates after speaking at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012.

    Quinn: Facts 'a scary subject' for Republicans

    Gov. Pat Quinn appeared to relish his role of attack dog Tuesday, taking to the Democratic National Convention stage to rip Republicans over what he says were misstatements by the GOP about President Barack Obama. "I want to talk to you about a scary subject for many, many Republicans," Quinn told the massive gathering in Charlotte, N.C. "I want to talk about facts."

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    Neighbors upset with waste hauler annexation deal in Mt. Prospect

    Owners in the Victoria Hills complex told Mount Prospect trustees Tuesday the village is giving ARC Disposal Co. too much latitude — and not providing enough protection for neighbors — in a recent annexation deal with the waste hauler. Owners in the complex say the ARC facility has been a nuisance, bombarding the area with truck traffic, filling the air with unpleasant odors and...

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    St. Charles delays vote on earlier closing of bars

    The St. Charles City Council Tuesday gave bar owners another 19 days to come up with a plan to stop over-serving patrons, to prevent fights and other disturbances in the downtown business district.

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    John Millner

    Bartlett honors departing legislators

    State Sen. John Millner and State Rep. Randy Ramey, both Republicans from Carol Stream, were honored during a Bartlett village board meeting Tuesday for their support of the village.

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    First Lady Michelle Obama waves to delegates at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012.

    Images: Tuesday at the Democratic National Convention
    Images of Tuesday at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. .First Lady Michelle Obama addressed the convention, as did a contingent from Illinois, Chicago Mayor Emanuel, Candidate Tammy Duckworth, and Gov. Pat Quinn

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    Des Plaines to amend fire code for better communication

    The Des Plaines City Council on Tuesday night approved amending the city's fire code requiring radio amplifiers that would allow police and fire personnel to send and receive radio signals within larger city buildings. A problem arose after Rivers Casino opened in 2011.

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    Jury awards $1.6 million to sheriff’s employees

    A federal jury in Chicago has awarded nearly $1.6 million to 21 Cook County sheriff's employees who claimed they were demoted for supporting an opponent in the 2006 election.

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    Aurora library funding plan generates debate

    When the Aurora Public Library gained approval in April of $30 million in city bond funding to finance a new main library, officials promised all grant money would be used to lessen the tax burden. Now, the library is likely to receive $10.8 million in state grant funding, but says only $7.6 million can be put toward decreasing the city's debt. Some aldermen are crying foul, asking why the...

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    New Naperville Unit District 203 Superintendent Dan Bridges was joined by his wife Jill and daughter Sara, 9, at a meet-and-greet reception Tuesday. Board President Mike Jaensch, left, said the school board is fully behind Bridges, despite state officials’ criticisms last week of Bridges and other former West Aurora District 129 officials who may not have immediately reported sex abuse allegations in 2010.

    Superintendent: Dist. 203 community has been supportive

    New Naperville Unit District 203 Superintendent Dan Bridges said he's received an overwhelming amount of support from the community, during his first public comments since revelations surfaced that Bridges and other West Aurora District 129 officials may have failed to report a possible sex abuse case immediately. "I've felt welcome and part of this community and this school district since day...

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    Police are asking for the public’s help locating a man who robbed a McHenry Charter One Bank Tuesday afternoon.

    Masked man robs McHenry bank

    A man with a mask pulled over his face robbed a McHenry bank Tuesday afternoon, according to police. The man demanded money from a teller at the Charter One Bank at 2058 N. Richmond Road and left with an undisclosed amount of cash.

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    Drew Peterson

    Peterson case expected to go to jury Wednesday

    Defense attorneys told jurors at Drew Peterson's murder trial Tuesday that the state's case against him is "garbage evidence." Prosecutors said it's just common sense that the former Bolingbrook police sergeant killed his third wife. Jurors were expected to begin deliberating the case Wednesday, a day after both sides presented their closing arguments.

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    From left to right, Pastor Kyouko Yonaha talks with Haruka Hikithi, 13; Ai Higuchi, 15; Yoshiyuki Aoto, 18; and Mitsuho Fukuzawa, 16 at the New Song Church in Bolingbrook.

    Japanese young people volunteer in the suburbs

    Help from around the world poured into Japan after the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear accident wrecked havoc. And recently 22 young people from the island nation returned the favor during a two-week trip to the suburbs where they pulled weeds, washed windows, packed food and cooked meals. "Our theme is it's more blessed to give than receive," said Daehong Kim, a pastor with Grace Mission in...

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    Rainbow flags are placed on a row of seats at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday.

    At Democratic convention, record presence for gays

    The Democratic National Convention is a watershed event for America's gay rights movement, which never before has been embraced so warmly by a major political party.

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    Plainfield man accused of killing girlfriend at resort

    A Plainfield man has been charged with killing his girlfriend and her unborn child at a Wisconsin resort last month. A prosecutor in Sturgeon Bay on Tuesday charged 35-year-old Brian Cooper with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide and one count of third-degree sexual assault.

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    There won’t be a scheduling conflict with the MTV Video Music Awards and President Barack Obama’s speech at the Democratic National Convention on Thursday evening after MTV nudged its ceremony up so it will be ended by the time the president begins.

    MTV moves up awards show to avoid Obama conflict

    MTV has moved up the start of its annual Video Music Awards so its fans won't have to choose between pop stars and President Barack Obama.

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    Terry O’Brien

    Grass Lake Dist. 36 waiting for state cash to help LED lighting conversion

    Grass Lake Elementary District 36 in the Antioch area is waiting for a $50,000 state grant that would partially fund a conversion to what officials consider to be more environmentally friendly lighting. The district would switch to light emitting diode technology.

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    Christopher Vaughn

    Ex-stripper testifies in Vaughn murder trial

    A former stripper testified Tuesday an Oswego man accused of murdering his family told her he wanted to leave his wife but never mentioned he had children. Maya Drake testified at the Will County murder trial of Christopher Vaughn, who is charged with killing his wife and three children in June 2007. Drake said Vaughn visited her at a Chicago club and told her he wanted to move to Canada.

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    Experts at issue in Lake County murder trial

    Prosecutors and defense attorneys continue to discuss which experts will be allowed to testify in the upcoming murder trial of Deerfield's Daniel Baker, 24.

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    Body of Chicago man found in Lake Michigan

    Authorities in southwestern Michigan say they've found the body of a missing Chicago man in Lake Michigan. The victim is identified as 36-year-old Paul DeTrano, who was last seen Sunday.

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    An order by the Social Security Administration for 174,000 hollow-point bullets raised eyebrows. But the agency explained its office of inspector general has about 295 agents who investigate Social Security fraud and other crimes.

    Why does Social Security need 174,000 bullets?

    It didn't take long for the Internet to start buzzing with conspiracy theories after the Social Security Administration posted a notice that it was purchasing 174,000 hollow-point bullets.

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    Karen Handel, seen above as Georgia gubernatorial candidate in 2010, was a driving force behind Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s decision to cut breast-screening grants to Planned Parenthood earlier this year.

    Insider book details Komen-Planned Parenthood rift

    Criticizing major players on both sides, former Susan G. Komen for the Cure vice president Karen Handel has written a blistering insider's account of the prominent cancer charity's decision to halt grants to Planned Parenthood and its swift retreat in the face of an intense, widespread backlash.

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    A former Navy SEAL’s insider account of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden contains classified information, the Pentagon said Tuesday, and the admiral who heads the Naval Special Warfare Command said details in the book may provide enemies with dangerous insight into their secretive operations.

    Pentagon says ex-SEAL book contains secrets

    A former Navy SEAL's insider account of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden contains classified information, the Pentagon said Tuesday, and the admiral who heads the Naval Special Warfare Command said details in the book may provide enemies with dangerous insight into secretive U.S. operations.

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    Six DUI arrests in Wheeling over Labor Day weekend

    Wheeling police made six DUI arrests and seven other significant arrests during the recent Labor Day holiday enforcement campaign, police announced. In addition, 56 safety belt citations were written.

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    Rail crossing in Des Plaines closing for repairs

    The Union Pacific Railroad Crossing at Howard Avenue, between Wolf Road and Mount Prospect Road in Des Plaines, will be closed for repairs from Monday, Sept. 10, through Sept. 17. Detour signs will be posted. Motorists are advised to proceed with caution.

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    Northwest suburban residents sought for cancer study

    The American Cancer Society is looking for people to take part in a long-term, nationwide cancer prevention study tying genetic information to environmental factors in the quest to understand — and one day cure — the disease. Participants must be ages 30 to 65 and never diagnosed with cancer before. Kickoff events are planned to enroll participants in Elgin and Arlington Heights this...

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    Karen McConnaughay

    Key ruling in Kane County pay raise suit coming in November

    A decision on whether Kane County Board Chairman Karen McConaughay improperly gave 14 employees raises won't come until after the election. A judge will hear arguments Nov. 13 on whether to issue a summary judgment in favor of McConaughay, who could be a state senator-elect by then. McConnaghay's lawyers submitted a motion asking a judge to rule in her favor, arguing that plaintiff Jim...

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    On Tuesday, a judge in southern Illinois issued an order temporarily prohibiting Gov. Pat Quinn from closing prisons in Tamms and Dwight, three halfway houses and youth detention centers in Joliet and Murphysboro.

    Judge bars Quinn from closing prisons

    Prison closures planned by Gov. Pat Quinn could "make the prisons that remain more dangerous," a southern Illinois judge declared Tuesday in prohibiting shutdowns until the administration answers state workers' concerns.

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    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Alderman Ed Burke greet students Tuesday as they enter Shields Middle School on their first day back to school in Chicago.

    Emanuel appeals to parents as school strike looms

    With reporters and television cameras lining the wall of one classroom, Mayor Rahm Emanuel was clearly addressing parents with his comments about lengthening Chicago's school days and school year and enacting the most "sweeping reform for the public school system on an educational basis in over a decade."

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    Drought means smaller apples in Illinois

    Pat Curran, who owns Curran's Orchard, said his trees need more water before late fall. Curran said the trees are stressed and will have smaller apples.

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    Online class at U of I attracts 32,000

    One professor at the University of Illinois started the fall semester with nearly 32,000 students from around the world. Professor Jonathan Tomkin is teaching "Introduction to Sustainability" through the online learning platform Coursera.

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    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Thieves stole the catalytic converter from a 2004 Lexus SUV and a catalytic converter from a Toyota SUV, both in the Gateway parking garage in Palatine. They also stole catalytic converters from vehicles parked in two differerent parking garages in Arlington Heights.

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    Tri-Cities police reports
    Carter A. Carlson, 18, of Sugar Grove, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of cannabis and illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor at 1:27 a.m. Monday in the 900 block of Paramount Parkway, according to a police report.

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    Health-themed restaurant opening in Rolling Meadows

    A new casual health food restaurant, Muscle Maker Grill, will open in Rolling Meadows by the end of September, its owners announced on Tuesday. The restaurant, located at 1673 Algonquin Road in the Market Place Plaza, will be the first Muscle Maker Grill in Illinois. Expected to open Sept. 28, the eatery will take the place of Hungry Restaurant, which closed in that location last spring.

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    Funeral set for 4-year-old Woodstock girl killed in crash

    The funeral for a 4-year-old Woodstock girl killed in a crash Sunday is set for Thursday at Davenport Family Funeral Home in Crystal Lake. Daniela Gomez died when she was thrown from her family's 2000 Jeep Cherokee Laredo after it was hit by an Infiniti sedan near the intersection of Millstream Road and Route 176 in unincorporated McHenry County. No charges have been filed.

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    CLC celebrating literacy awareness

    To draw attention to the high school dropout problem and literacy issues, the College of Lake County's Adult Education department is participating in National Adult Education and Family Literacy Awareness week, Sept. 10-16, by promoting the achievements of its students and seeking new literacy volunteers.

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    Free after-school tutoring at MHS

    Mundelein High School provides free after-school tutoring for all interested students three days every week. Tutoring is available each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the College and Career Resource Center, Room B103.

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    Second Lake County property tax payment due

    The second installment of Lake County property taxes is due Thursday, Sept. 6. A second bill will not be mailed to homeowners. Any payment received after the due date must include a 1.5 percent monthly penalty

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    A dozen human West Nile cases reported in DuPage

    A total of 12 human cases of West Nile virus have been reported in DuPage County, health department officials confirmed Tuesday. That's two more cases since the county's last update on Friday. The most recent cases were in Hinsdale and Westmont, officials said, though the victims' ages were not provided.

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    Dure A. Shellie

    Waukegan parolee facing new drug charges

    A Waukegan man who was out on parole for a 2010 drug-related conviction has been charged after police found crack cocaine and marijuana at his residence, authorities said.

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    First lady Michelle Obama waves to volunteers during a sound check for the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.

    Postcard from Charlotte: Illinois front and center
    The simplest way to tell that Illinois has one of the most prominent delegations at the Democratic National Convention is location, location, location. Delegates from President Barack Obama's home state scored hotels within easy walking distance of the convention center in Charlotte, N.C., and are front and center on the convention floor.

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    $START_URL$Wheaton College;http://www.wheaton.edu/Media-Center/News/2012/07/Wheaton-College$STOP_URL$ president on the dismissal of a lawsuit seeking an exemption from a health care reform mandate to provide coverage for emergency contraception: “We’re appealing because we continue to believe that our case should be considered on its merits.”

    Wheaton College keeps pushing suit against contraceptive mandate

    Wheaton College has appealed the dismissal of a lawsuit seeking an exemption from a health care reform mandate to provide coverage for emergency contraception. A federal judge dismissed the lawsuit last week. "We're appealing because we continue to believe that our case should be considered on its merits," Wheaton College President Philip Ryken said in a statement.

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    Elgin, West Dundee police reports
    Lacy Ousley, 18, of the 500 block of West Highland Avenue in Elgin, appeared in bond court Tuesday on charges of theft and disorderly conduct, both misdemeanors, according to court documents. Ousley was charged with stealing a Play Station 3 Monday and threatening to have someone he knew killed, documents said. Bail was set at $3,000, of which Ousley must pay 10 percent to be released before his...

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    Courtesy of Clarke A Clarke lab technician identifies adult mosquitoes.

    Batavia teen is 2nd human West Nile case reported in Kane

    A 16-year-old Batavia girl is Kane County's second human case of West Nile virus this year. She has recovered, but the virus killed an Elgin man earlier this year and contributed to the death of Lombard Village President William Mueller as well.

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    No one injured in Ingleside fire

    No one was injured in an Ingleside fire, but the cause of remains under investigation, authorities said. Fox Lake Fire Protection District officials said they were summoned to the 35000 block of North Shoreline Drive at 8:10 a.m. Monday for a report of smoke showing from the the front of the structure.

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    Police: 19-year-old man stabbed in Lisle

    A man was stabbed multiple times during a weekend fight in Lisle, and police are asking the public for help with the investigation, authorities said Tuesday. Police were called at 2:43 a.m. Sunday to a condo complex at 4500 Beau Monde Drive, where a fight had broken out in the courtyard near the swimming pool.

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    Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle talks to Illinois delegates at a breakfast meeting Tuesday at the Democratic National Convention.

    Mike in Charlotte: Walsh ‘an embarrassment,’ Schakowsky says

    Illinois Democrats went on the attack during the first day of the national convention Tuesday, targeting suburban congressional races as key to their 2012 success. U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky singled out the 8th Congressional District race, calling Republican U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh "an embarrassment to the United States Congress."

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    Highland Park Democrat Lauren Beth Gash.

    Delegate diary: Nominating Obama, and so much more

    Delegates to the Democratic National Convention are there to cast their votes to nominate President Barack Obama for re-election — and so much more, says delegate Lauren Beth Gash of Highland Park, chair of the 10th Congressional District Democrats and a former state representative.

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    Occupy demonstrators shout at police during an unscheduled protest march Tuesday in Charlotte, N.C., where the Democratic National Convention was to begin in hours.

    DNC protesters stop blocking intersection

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A group of protesters near the Democratic National Convention have stopped blocking an intersection and are being allowed to walk as a group up a sidewalk. Police had surrounded a group of about 50 protesters who sat down in the middle of an intersection near where the convention is being held.

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    President Barack Obama is greeted on the tarmac by Gov. Bobby Jindal, during his arrival in New Orleans Monday. Obama traveled to the region to view the ongoing response and recovery efforts to Hurricane Isaac.

    Obama wraps pre-convention run; wife’s speech next

    In the final run-up to his convention, President Barack Obama implored college students on Tuesday to help him get out the vote, calling the election a chance to "close the gap between what America should be and what it is right now."

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    Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks during a rally Saturday in Cincinnati.

    Romney campaign, RNC raise $100 million in August

    Mitt Romney's presidential campaign has raised at least $100 million in August for the third consecutive month, building upon a fundraising prowess that has allowed him to outraise President Barack Obama so far this summer, The Associated Press has learned.

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    Architect Frank Lloyd Wright is seen in his studio and home in Talisien, Spring Green, Wis., in 1938. A Frank Lloyd Wright archive of more than 23,000 architectural drawings and other material is being moved permanently to the Museum of Modern Art and Columbia University’s Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library in New York.

    Frank Lloyd Wright archives moving to NYC

    More than 23,000 of Frank Lloyd Wright's architectural drawings, 44,000 photos, large-scale models, manuscripts and other documents are being moved permanently from Wisconsin and Arizona to New York City.

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    Robert Kosilek is led to the county jail following his arraignment on drunken driving charges, in New Rochelle, N.Y., in 1990. Kosilek was convicted in the 1990 murder of his wife in Massachusetts, and has been living as a woman, Michelle Kosilek, and receiving hormone treatments while serving life in prison in Massachusetts.

    Judge grants sex change for murder convict

    A federal judge on Tuesday ordered state prison officials to provide taxpayer-funded sex-reassignment surgery to a transgender inmate serving life in prison for murder.

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    Elgin roofing company president arrested after fleeing

    The president of an Elgin-based roofing company facing federal fraud charges has been apprehended by authorities after two weeks on the lam. Prosecutors said 56-year-old Robert Durchslag, of Aurora, was caught at a hotel in Chicago. He is facing a maximum of 20 years in prison if convicted of cheating a roofing manufacturer out of $1.8 million in supplies.

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    Cristina Castro

    Delegate diary: Elgin woman honored

    Being a delegate is a new experience for Cristina Castro of Elgin, who arrived in Charlotte, N.C., over the weekend for her first Democratic National Convention and was delighted by everything from her "swag bag" to the oversized role of the Illinois delegation.

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    Fourth graders from left, Naomi Hildago, Italletzy Magdaleno, Lysandra Colin and Andres Garcia eat breakfast in their classroom as part of a new universally free breakfast program being piloted at Jane Addams Elementary School in Palatine.

    Dist. 15 launches free breakfast test program

    For a 15-minute period before the start bell rings at 7:55 a.m., any of the 800 or so students at Jane Addams Elementary School in Palatine can grab a free meal, regardless of financial need. "Kids don't learn on empty bellies," School Nutrition Services Director Bobbie Desprat said. "We want to start the day off on a positive foot."

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    The village of Lombard is looking to buy the house at 115 W. Crystal Avenue for the construction of two sewer lines to relieve flooding.

    Lombard looks to buy house for flood project

    A home on a Lombard street that frequently experiences flooding problems is likely to become part of a solution that involves building two new sewer lines to bring stormwater into Terrace View Pond. The village board is expected to approve a $134,000 contract to buy the home at 115 W. Crystal Ave. at its meeting Thursday night. The home then would be demolished to make way for two relief sewers.

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    At the 1988 Democratic National Convention in Atlanta, Ann Richards skewered George H.W. Bush with the line: “Poor George. He can’t help it. He was born with a silver foot in his mouth.”

    Five Democratic convention speeches to remember

    Clint Eastwood gave the Republicans some offbeat remarks to remember this year. Will the Democrats come up with any memorable lines? Here are some past Democratic convention speeches that live on:1896: William Jennings Bryan snares the nomination with his plea to help indebted farmers by abandoning the gold standard: “You shall not crucify mankind upon a cross of gold!”

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    President Barack Obama greets local residents as he tours the Bridgewood neighborhood in LaPlace, La., in the Saint John the Baptist Parish for the ongoing response and recovery efforts to Hurricane Isaac, Monday, Sept. 3, 2012.

    Obama’s re-election road: Hope and a hard climb

    People remember the hope and the history. For him or against him, they picture candidate Barack Obama as the one who stood on stage in a football stadium in Denver and accepted the Democratic presidential nomination by declaring "It's time for us to change America." Forgotten, it seems, is what Obama said when he actually won: "The road ahead will be long."

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    For conventions, TV viewing down, social media up

    When it comes to following political conventions, Twitter may soon trump television. TV viewership for last week's Republican National Convention dropped sharply from 2008. But the convention was a hit online and on social networks, the latest evidence of the political conversation's gradual migration from traditional media to the Web.

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    Weeks before Election Day, early voting kicks off

    Heard enough from the presidential candidates? Here's an answer: Vote now and put the election behind you. Early voting in the presidential race begins Thursday, and in the weeks to come millions of people in key states will cast ballots that could prove decisive on Election Day.

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    Elizabeth Boggs works with her sons Nathan, right, and Luke, left, with mapping and geography at her home in Charleston, Ill. Boggs is a member of the East Central Illinois Home Educators Network, a home-school support group with more than 40 member families.

    Homeschool families form community

    While public school students are back in the classroom for a new year, home-school families are hitting the books in a different way.

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    This artist’s rendering provided by NASA shows the Voyager spacecraft. Launched in 1977, the twin spacecraft are exploring the edge of the solar system.

    35 years later, Voyager 1 is heading for the stars

    Thirty-five years after leaving Earth, Voyager 1 is reaching for the stars. Sooner or later, the workhorse spacecraft will bid adieu to the solar system and enter a new realm of space — the first time a manmade object will have escaped to the other side.

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    NATO vows action on insider attacks in Afghanistan

    BRUSSELS — The surge of assaults by Afghan soldiers and police on their foreign allies will not derail plans to draw down international troops from Afghanistan, but in the meantime, NATO will “do everything it takes” to stop such insider attacks, the military alliance’s top official said Tuesday.

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    Owners of the freewheeling cafes where bags of hashish are sold alongside cups of coffee are mounting a get-out-the-stoner-vote campaign to encourage the drugged up stoned voters ahead of next week’s Dutch election. The campaigners are calling on their sometimes apathetic dope smoking clientele to get out and support political parties that oppose the recently introduced “weed pass” that is intended to rein in the cafes.

    Stoner voters targeted in Dutch election campaign

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands — With slogans like “Don’t let your vote go up in smoke!”, owners of the freewheeling cafes where bags of hashish are sold alongside cups of coffee are mounting a get-out-the-stoner-vote campaign ahead of next week’s Dutch election.

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    Suicide bomber kills 25 in east Afghanistan

    KABUL, Afghanistan — A suicide bomber killed at least 25 civilians and wounded another 30 at a funeral for a village elder in a remote part of eastern Afghanistan, Afghan officials said.

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    Syrian rebel leader calls for ‘Marshall Plan’

    BERLIN — A Syrian opposition leader called Tuesday for a massive aid program to help rebuild his country after President Bashar Assad’s regime falls, warning that a lack of economic development could open the door to extremism.A top German official representing donor nations, meanwhile, said Syria’s opposition factions must overcome their current divisions.

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    In this 1940 photo provided by the Institute of National Remembrance is seen Witold Pilecki as an inmate of the Auschwitz Birkenau death camp.

    Poland hopes to identify remains of Auschwitz hero

    It could hardly have been a riskier mission: infiltrate Auschwitz to chronicle Nazi atrocities. Witold Pilecki survived nearly three years as an inmate in the death camp, managing to smuggle out word of executions before making a daring escape. But the Polish resistance hero was crushed by the post-war communist regime and executed. Six decades on, Poland hopes Pilecki's remains will be...

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    Indiana town takes steps to shore up sliding hillside

    NEWBURGH, Ind. — A southwestern Indiana hillside that began slipping after heavy rains and flooding along the Ohio River last year is being stabilized with new pilings.The hillside above Newburgh’s Old Lock & Dam has been off limits to the public since May 1, 2011. The slide endangered two lockmaster cottages built in 1928 that are included in the town’s historic district.

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    Cook County trauma unit featured in TV special

    CHICAGO — The trauma unit at the Cook County Hospital is featured in a National Geographic special called “Chicago Trauma.”The one-hour show, which airs Tuesday night at 9 p.m. CDT, follows a team of young doctors working in one of the nation’s busiest trauma centers.The Chicago hospital’s trauma unit sees more than 5,000 patients a year.

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    Rockford Navy vet gets medal of honor from Russia

    A U.S. Navy veteran who served in World War II has received a Medal of Honor — from Russia.Delbert Dauenbaugh, of Rockford, recently received the Medal of Ushakov, which is given to military personnel who demonstrated courage during the defense of the Soviet Union.

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    Hearing expected in 55-year-old Wis. homicide case

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. — A final pretrial hearing is scheduled for a 76-year-old woman accused of killing her infant daughter 55 years ago in Sheboygan.Ruby Klokow has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in the 1957 death of 7-month-old Jeaneen after Klokow’s son came forward to police in 2008 with stories of childhood abuse.

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    Pre-trial hearing set for Wis. John Doe defendant

    MILWAUKEE — A final pretrial hearing is set for Kevin D. Kavanaugh, a former associate to Gov. Scott Walker who’s accused of embezzling about $42,000 from veteran groups.The 62-year-old has pleaded not guilty to felony theft and fraud charges. He’s due in court Tuesday morning for a pretrial hearing ahead of a trial scheduled to start next month.

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    80-year-old woman found dead in NW Indiana pond

    VALPARAISO, Ind. — Authorities say an 80-year-old woman was found dead in a pond near her northwestern Indiana home after she was reported missing by family members.State conservation officers say a police helicopter crew spotted Ethel Bottom’s body floating in the water near Valparaiso a couple hours into the search on Monday. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

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    Deadline for Indiana schoool voucher program approaching

    INDIANAPOLIS — School voucher advocates are pushing to get as many Indiana children as possible into the state’s burgeoning program that helps pay private school tuition.The second year of Indiana’s program doubles to 15,000 the number of students who can get the vouchers. Roughly 8,000 students had been approved for vouchers by late August. The application deadline is Friday.

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    Friends remember Indiana teen who died in balcony fall

    INDIANAPOLIS — Dozens of friends of an 18-year-old Purdue University freshman released balloons during a vigil outside the downtown Indianapolis apartment building where he fatally fell from a fifth-floor balcony.

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    Attendance up for northeast Indiana classic car auction

    AUBURN, Ind. — Organizers of a long-running classic car auction in northeastern Indiana point to improved attendance and sales as signs that they’ve put behind the financial troubles of its former owner.

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    Search boats launched on river, Wis. man found safe

    LA CROSSE, Wis. — Friends of a college student feared he had become the latest young man to drown in the Mississippi River after drinking in downtown La Crosse.

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    Calif. man to be arraigned in extortion plot

    BECKLEY, W.Va. — A California man accused of trying to extort $13 million from a West Virginia coal executive is being arraigned Tuesday in Beckley.West Hollywood resident Vivek Shah is set to appear before U.S. Magistrate Judge R. Clarke VanDervort.

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    South Bend hopes to transform polluted creek

    Industry, urbanization and illegal trash dumping have made Bowman Creek one of the St. Joseph River's most polluted tributaries. But that doesn't necessarily mean the stream, which winds through much of the city's south side, is a lost cause.

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    In this Aug. 12, 1980, file photo, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy responds to the applause at the presidential Democratic National Convention in New York City. One of the memorable moments from past conventions was when Kennedy’s challenge to President Jimmy Carter fell short, he conceded with a defiant note: “The cause endures, the hope still lives and the dream shall never die.”

    5 Democratic convention moments to remember

    Democrats have little hope of matching the fervor and historical import of their 2008 convention, when they made Barack Obama the first black presidential nominee of a major political party. Will they find some way to make an enduring mark in 2012? Here are five memorable moments from their earlier gatherings.

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    Lena Jakobi volunteered at a food pantry in Homberg, Germany, while she was taking classes at a nearby university. When the pantry closed for the summer and she had a break from school, she decided to come to the United States to see how similar organizations function here. She found the Elgin Wayside Center and has spent the last few weeks helping the local homeless population by serving lunch, sorting donations and tracking data.

    German student volunteers at Elgin Wayside Center

    Lena Jakobi started volunteering at a food pantry in March in Germany. When the "tafel" closed for the summer and she had a break from classes, Jakobi decided to come to the United States to see how similar organizations function here. She is staying with a local pastor and volunteering daily at Elgin Wayside Center, which serves the homeless population.

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    A dramatization of bullying, with, from left, Bridget Whited, Stephanie Fox, Samantha Gallagher, Caroline Binley and Amber Malzahn.

    OMNI drama program a powerful outlet for young voices

    Samantha Gallagher sings in the choir at Stevenson High School, but she found her voice acting in an innovative theater troupe for teens. REALITY Theatre, sponsored by OMNI Youth Services in Buffalo Grove, is for high schoolers interested in acting and writing scripts, and are committed to promoting positive choices.

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    Michael Steele, the former chairman of the Republican Party, will speak Wednesday, Sept. 19, as part of Benedictine University’s Presidential Election Series.

    Former GOP chairman coming to Benedictine University

    The controversial former chairman of the Republican Party, Michael Steele, will speak at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 19 as part of the Presidential Election Series 2012 at Benedictine University's Krasa Student Center at 5700 College Road in Lisle.

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    Dawn Patrol: 4-year-old girl dies in crash; ‘Green Mile’ actor dies

    Michael Clarke Duncan, of "The Green Mile," dies at 54. Police continue to investigate crash that killed Elgin teen. Woodstock girl is killed in McHenry County crash. Planners working on Antioch greenway. Motorcycle crash stifles Route 53 traffic. Kane County Cougars' season ends.

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    In a March 12, 2011 file photo, a mass pf protesters attend a rally with the Democratic senators who recently returned to the state, at Capitol Square, in Madison, Wis. Where once Americans who call themselves “Republican” or “Democrat” saw more eye-to-eye on issues such as the environment or government’s role in helping the poor, their viewpoints are far more at odds. The largest divide now centers on the scope and role of government.

    How do voters assess candidates’ 2 visions?

    It's the mantra we will hear endlessly in the coming weeks: Americans face a "stark choice" come November. It is a choice, as President Barack Obama has said repeatedly, "between two fundamentally different visions" for our country. Or as newly anointed Republican nominee Mitt Romney has said from the stump, "President Obama's vision is very different — and deeply flawed."

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    Blue and red don’t mix in poll of parties’ swing-state delegates

    For Democratic and Republican convention delegates, there is no color purple. There’s only deep blue and deep red.Among Democrats, 99 percent called President Barack Obama’s rescue of the auto industry a success, while nine in 10 Republicans said it was mistake. Ninety-three percent of Democrats say punish Wall Street more, while 62 percent of Republicans say that’s wrong.

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    First lady Michelle Obama will speak tonight at the Democratic National Convntion.

    What to watch at the Democratic convention Tuesday

    Here are some things to watch for at the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday.

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    Chicago White Sox closing pitcher Addison Reed, left, celebrates with teammate Alejandro De Aza right, after defeating the Minnesota Twins 4-2 last night back in Chicago after getting swept in Detroit.

    Weekend in Review: Courtroom cameras in DuPage, Quinn at DNC

    What you may have missed over the long holiday weekend: Sox get swept by Tigers in Detroit; Urlacher is getting closer to playing time; Democrats are gearing up for start of convention today; Civil War flag returns to Lake County; tollway oases still struggling with vacancies; "Green Mile" actor Michael Clarke Duncan dies; Medinah prepping for Ryder Cup; and President Obama consoles storm victims.

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    Devin Reed of Hoffman Estates tells how, at age 18, he started using heroin. Now, after almost four years of being clean, he speaks to others about kicking their habit.

    Suburban heroin user tells how he got sucked in, how he got out

    A quick glance at Devin Reed's piercing green eyes and bright smile could never reveal that the 25-year-old from Hoffman Estates was a heroin addict. Now sober, Reed is sharing his story with parents this week during seminars at Hersey and Fremd high schools. "In my mind I was going to go on (using heroin) until I passed away, and I became really OK with it, really quick,” he said.

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    Congressional candidate Tammy Duckworth of Hoffman Estates isn't backing off her ties to the administration of President Barack Obama as she prepares to speak at the Democratic National Convention. “I think it's good that I have those relationships,” she said. “It doesn't mean that I'll agree with everything the president wants.”

    Duckworth not apologizing for Obama ties

    Democratic congressional candidate Tammy Duckworth of Hoffman Estates is preparing her speech for one of politics' biggest stages at the Democratic National Convention this week. But Duckworth's campaign back home in the suburbs is so contentious that even her very appearance in Charlotte, N.C, this week has drawn criticism from her opponent. Duckworth says she's not running from her ties to...

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    White Sox starting pitcher Jose Quintana hands the ball to manager Robin Ventura as he departs in the second inning Tuesday night.

    White Sox’ Quintana comes up way short again

    Pitching is ultimately going to determine whether the White Sox hang on and win the AL Central, claim one of the two wild-card spots, or head for home when the regular season ends Oct. 3. If your eyes keep getting stuck on the final option, it's completely understandable. The Sox have won only two of their last seven games, and Dylan Axelrod and Hector Santiago claimed the victories.

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    Davis Love III will captain the 2012 United States Ryder Cup team.

    Images: Ryder Cup United States Competitors
    These are the members of the 2012 United States Ryder Cup team that will compete at the Medinah Country Club starting on September 28th. The Americans are led by team captain Davis Love III.

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    Here’s one way of looking at NFL season

    Sam Hurd will declare that the Bears need more criminals ... and other predictions for the new NFL season.

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    San Diego’s Yasmani Grandal crosses the plate on his two-run home run as Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis and home plate umpire Derryl Cousins watch during the eighth inning Tuesday in Los Angeles.

    Padres take down Dodgers in 11

    Logan Forsythe hit a two-run single with the bases loaded in the 11th inning after Yasmani Grandal tied the score with a two-run homer in the eighth, and the San Diego Padres beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-3 Tuesday night.

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    Boston’s Cody Ross connects on a three-run home run against the Mariners in the sixth inning Tuesday in Seattle.

    Red Sox rally for 4-3 win, snap 7-game skid

    Cody Ross hit a tying three-run homer in the sixth inning, Ryan Lavarnway connected two batters later and the Boston Red Sox snapped their seven-game losing streak with a 4-3 win over the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night.

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    Starter Zack Greinke scattered four hits, struck out four and walked two in the Los Angeles Angels’ victory Tuesday in Oakland.

    Greinke sharp in Angels’ 6-1 win over Athletics

    Zack Greinke pitched seven sharp innings to win his third consecutive start and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Oakland Athletics 6-1 on Tuesday night.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Cubs starting pitcher Chris Rusin takes a break on the mound in Tuesday’s first inning against the Washington Nationals.

    Cubs' Rusin chased early in rout

    Chris Rusin made an impressive major-league debut for the Cubs on Aug. 21, allowing 1 run over 5 innings in a loss at Milwaukee. On Tuesday night, he looked more like a rookie. Rusin was pulled in the second inning after allowing 5 runs on 8 hits as The Cubs lost 11-5 to the NL East-leading Washington Nationals. Adam LaRoche hit 2 of Washington’s 6 homers, and Ian Desmond had 4 RBI for the Nationals, who opened a season-high 7½-game advantage in the division. Second-place Atlanta lost to Colorado 6-0 on Tuesday night.

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    Benet turns away Neuqua Valley

    Nicki Barnes, Brittany Pavich and Cara Mattaliano all had 8 kills, and No. 3 Benet beat Neuqua Valley 25-19, 25-18 on Tuesday. Hannah Kaminsky had 30 assists, Sheila Doyle 9 digs and Abby Willett 5 kills for the Redwings (8-0).Naperville North d. Wheaton North:Corinne Gajcak had 8 kills and Emily Kwak 24 assists, as No. 13 Naperville North beat Wheaton North 25-9, 25-15 in its DuPage Valley Conference opener. Megan Wernette added 5 kills, Bailey O’Drobinak 4 and Colleen Larson 9 digs for the Huskies (6-1, 1-0).Naperville Central d. Glenbard East:Kendall Ward had 10 kills and Alysia Baznik 8 kills and 4 aces, and the No. 8 Redhawks tuned up for a big week with a 25-10, 25-6 win in Lombard. The Redhawks (2-0, 1-0 DVC) are at West Aurora Thursday, then travel to Effingham’s Crossroads Classic over the weekend. Sammy Condon added 5 kills and Abbi Williamson 23 assists and 2 kills. Meghan Hanewall had 2 kills, Sam Bell 4 assists and Brittany Peters 4 digs for Glenbard East (3-9, 0-1).Glenbard North d. West Chicago:Destini Wade had 9 kills to pace the Panthers to a 25-18, 25-17 win. Angela Revanessi had 9 assists and Stephanie Orze 8 for Glenbard North (6-1, 1-0 DVC).Glenbard South d. Fenton:Kenzie Watterson had 4 kills and Sam Howard 10 assists and 2 aces for the Raiders, who won 25-20, 25-17. Colleen Cooney chipped in 10 digs and 3 aces, Alex LaPonte 6 assists and Nicole Schutte 5 assists for Glenbard South (8-4, 1-0 Metro Suburban Conference). Nicole Celarek had 9 kills and 3 blocks, Nicole Susmarski 5 kills and Hannah Wassmann 10 assists for Fenton (4-4, 0-1).Timothy Christian d. Ridgewood:The Trojans (5-3, 1-0 Metro Suburban) rolled 25-5, 25-8 behind Jenna Lodewyk’s 13 assists and 5 aces and 6 kills from Kacie Stoll.Lisle d. Seneca:Kelly Urban crushed 6 kills and Abby Tarasewicz added 3 kills and 2 blocks, leading Lisle past Seneca 25-17, 27-25. Kristina Fernette set 10 assists with 2 kills and Erin Kasik had 6 assists.Downers Grove South d. Addison Trail:Katie Vondra, Danielle Conrad and Kristy LaRue all had 7 kills for the Mustangs (1-2, 1-0 West Suburban Gold) in their 25-17, 25-21 win. Kirsten Zemke chipped in 6 kills and Vondra also had 11 digs.For Addison Trail (5-3) Viviana Hernandez had 6 kills and 3 digs, Sabrina Muell 3 kills and 12 digs and Nina Capuani 5 kills.

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    Girls volleyball/Fox Valley roundup

    Jacobs d. Grayslake North: Alyssa Ehrhardt had 10 kills and 6 aces as Jacobs won 25-13, 25-14 in Fox Valley Conference crossover action. Taylor Lauder had 10 assists for the Golden Eagles (6-2), Kassie Kasper had 6 digs and Mackie Traub added 7 assists and 2 aces.Prairie Ridge d. Huntley: Erin Lyman had 4 kills and 9 digs, Rachel Shores added 10 digs and Emily Westermeyer added 4 kills and 7 digs but Huntley lost a tough FVC Valley match 23-25, 25-20, 25-14. Kelsey DeWulf had 15 assists for the Red Raiders (3-5, 0-1).McHenry d. Dundee-Crown: Steph Mahsamen had 8 kills and 18 digs and Lauren Lococo added 8 kills and 9 digs but Dundee-Crown fell 25-18, 25-27, 25-22 in Fox Valley Conference Valley Division play. Sam Pagano (5 kills), Jillian Hostetler (5 kills), and Cori Eischen (22 assists, 8 digs) also contributed for the Chargers (1-2, 0-1).DeKalb d. Harvest Christian: Jordan Sollers had 9 kills, 13 assists and 11 digs and Katelyn Floyd added 9 assists and 7 digs but Harvest Christian fell 20-25, 25-11, 25-21 in nonconference action. Sydney Doby had 4 kills and 2 blocks for the Lions (5-3), Sarah Kott added 6 kills and Jade Martinez had 19 digs.

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    Crystal Lake S. upends Cary-Grove

    sIt has been 4 long years since Crystal Lake South's fifth-year coach Jorie Fontana and the Gators have enjoyed a victory on the volleyball court against Cary-Grove. The Gators finally got to savor a win over the Trojans.

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    Boys soccer/Fox Valley roundup

    Dundee-Crown 6, Woodstock North 2: The Chargers won their seventh straight game as Jose Angeles and Eduardo Arellano each scored 2 goals. Malik Washington and Ben Stone each scored for D-C as well, with Jonathan Castillo, Angeles and Alex Ramirez dishing out assists. Christian Martinez made 4 saves in goal for Dundee-Crown (7-1-0) in the Fox Valley Conference crossover.Huntley 6, Woodstock 0: Huntley stayed undefeated on the season as Eddie Gonzales had 2 goals and an assist in this FVC crossover. Manuel Menjivar, Lucas Baker and David Pardo also scored for the Red Raiders (6-0) with Zach Stenger and Christian Ramos adding assists. Huntley also scored an own goal. Auston Emery made 5 saves in goal for Huntley, which now has 5 shutouts this season.Elgin Academy 3, Roycemore 1: Julian Romano, Owen Rogers and Drew Wilmington had the goals with Bill Gracik, Armando Sanchez and Brandon Perez providing assists to lead Elgin Academy (3-0) to a nonconference win. Liam Phalen was untested in goal for the Hilltoppers.Marian Central 5, St. Edward 0: Matt Hesch and John Gotheridge each had 4 saves in goal for St. Edward (2-4) in this Suburban Christian loss.CL South 3, Grayslake Central 0: Sam Murdock, Gary Sexson and Matt Tobolt scored goals and Gus Alvarez made 4 saves in the net for Crystal Lake South (3-4) in this FVC crossover win.Lake Park 1, South Elgin 0: Tyler Shipon had 5 saves in goal for South Elgin in the Upstate Eight Valley.Harvest Christian 2, Cornerstone Christian 0: Stuart Wolff and Adam Solowitz scored goals and Jake Thome and Zach Harbaugh had assists to lead the Lions (2-2-2) to a nonconference win. Patrick McGuire had 1 save in the net for Harvest Christian.Jacobs 3, Grayslake North 1: Eric Soto, Chris Rigby and Kenny Finn had goals with Kyle Klatka, Tommy Gallagher and Soto dishing out assists in this FVC crossover. Johan Wolf and Svonko Kvalji each had 4 saves in goal for the Golden Eagles (5-1).Burlington Central 0, Harvard 0: Drew McMahon made 8 saves in goal for Central (5-1-2, 2-0-1) in this Big Northern East draw.Cary-Grove 6, Hampshire 0: Kevin Wilde scored a hat trick, with Matt Arenberg, Joey Klawitter and Dale Opasser each netting single goals to lead Cary-Grove (5-0-1) in this FVC crossover. Mike McKune, Brett Schuberg, Danny Chavez and Kevin Cooke had assists for Cary-Grove. Kevin Schenke and Ethan Csoka were untested in goal for the Trojans.Batavia 4, Elgin 2: Tony Escamilla and Herman Estrada scored goals for the Maroons in this Upstate Eight River loss. Flavio Jaimez had 7 saves in goal for Elgin (4-2-1, 1-1-0).Women’s soccerJudson 4, Clarke 0: No. 14 Judson got 2 goals from Angela Bianchi and single scores from Kaylee O’Brien and Jenna Steffensen to win this nonconference game and move to 4-0 on the season.

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    Poythress, Geneva enjoy debut on new turf

    Geneva senior Joshua Poythress has encountered a slow start before. The fourth-year player was on the 2010 team that started 1-3-1 before rebounding to win a regional title. What Poythress had never done before was play a real soccer game on turf at Burgess Field, but then again neither had anyone else.

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    St. Charles North’s Renee Rhoades, left, and Sydney Wohlert embrace after defeating Batavia on Tuesday.

    St. Charles N. nips Batavia

    The opening night of the girls volleyball season was a harbinger of the what is expected to be a common theme in the Upstate Eight River Division. "A dogfight," acting St. Charles North coach Doug Foster said after the North Stars held off a surging Batavia squad by identical scores of 25-23 and 25-23 Tuesday evening in St. Charles. Renee Rhoades' serve fell innocuously to the floor, only inches from the back line, as the North Stars earned the final point after squandering an 11-point second-game lead against Batavia in the schools' league opener.

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    The Pirates’ Andrew McCutchen singles off Houston Astros relief pitcher Rhiner Cruz in the seventh inning Tuesday in Pittsburgh.

    Pirates beat Astros 6-2 to snap 4-game slide

    Andrew McCutchen had his major league-leading sixth four-hit game of the season and drove in three runs to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates past the Houston Astros 6-2 on Tuesday night.

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    Rays sting as Lakes stops Wauconda

    Trevor Ray scored 3 goals, and his brother Kevin Ray made 6 saves, as Lakes’ boys soccer team shut out visiting Wauconda 6-0 its North Suburban Prairie Division opener and improve to 6-1 overall Tuesday.Joey Savino started the scoring less than five minutes into the match and later assisted on Trevor Ray’s second goal of the half. Tom Czyberski’s tally had the Eagles up 4-0 at intermission.Caleb Arnwine added a goal and an assist, while Rich Galat, Lucas Istvanek, Alex Langbein and Mark Gerrits also had assists.Mundelein 3, Lake Forest 1: Alejandro Terrazos scored twice to stake the Mustangs to a 3-1 halftime lead in the North Suburban Lake contest.Mason Homsey tallied the other goal for Mundelein (5-3-2), while Alex Nambo and Lino Garcia had assists. Mustangs keeper Carlos Valente turned away 4 shots.Crystal Lake South 3, Grayslake Central 0: Sam Murdock scored on a penalty kick and added an assist for the Gators in the Fox Valley crossover.Rams keeper Steven Anderson made 8 saves.Stevenson 4, Zion-Benton 0: Toshiki Niimi, Max Klaber, Jared Moelart and Jimmy Wang scored as the Patriots improved to 6-1 and 2-0 in the North Suburban Lake. Alex Drexler, Joe Hugener and Klaber all had assists. Patriots keeper Quintin Low made 3 saves, and Chris Boutros added 1 save.Jacobs 3, Grayslake North 1: Baruk Perez-Vera scored the Knights’ lone goal, assisted by Fernando Sanchez. Dean Jones grabbed 7 shots for Grayslake North.North Chicago 2, Grant 1: Andres Velarde scored the Bulldogs’ lone goal on an assist from Marco Delgado in their North Suburban Prairie opener.Round Lake 4, Vernon Hills 0: The Panthers broke open a tight game by scoring three goals after halftime.Vernon Hills fell to 5-2-1.

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    LZ outlasts Warren in 3

    Mallory Parsons and Layne Self led the way for Lake Zurich's girls volleyball team, as the Bears outlasted visiting Warren 25-16, 24-26, 25-12 in their North Suburban Lake Division opener Tuesday night.

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    Bob Berland, who won a silver medal in judo for the United State at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, will be speaking at the Vernon Area Public Library on Saturday.

    Berland’s inspirational story still gleams

    Bob Berland left the L.A. Games in 1984 with a shiny Silver, which remains the highest medal ever won by an American in the sport of judo. Today, the Olympic experience, particularly the privilege of participating in the opening ceremonies, still makes him beam.

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    Hersey turns away Grens’ upset bid

    Mid-Suburban East power Hersey got a scare in Set 2 at Elk Grove but the Huskies recovered for a 25-20, 23-25, 25-13 triumph.Anna Mullen-Muhr (12 kills) and Erica Hill (9) led the Huskies (7-2, 2-0) while teammates Abby Fesl had 33 assists and Taylor Schill 19 digs.

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    Fremd’s Eric Scott, left, and Buffalo Grove’s Demo Drakoulis try to gain possesion of the ball during Tuesday’s game. Drakoulis

    Meadows measures up at Prospect

    Well, nobody said repeating would be easy. One year after running cleanly through the Mid-Suburban League on its way to a conference title, the reigning champs from Prospect find themselves without a victory in their first four matches of the season. Tuesday night in Mt. Prospect, the Knights (0-3-1, 0-2-0) allowed a brilliant goal at 40 minutes by Rolling Meadows' Noe Zarate, then chased the lead for the next 40 only to fall short to the Mustangs 2-1 in an MSL East match.

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    Warren weathers LZ’s 2nd-half surge

    There's an old adage in soccer that a 2-goal lead is usually safe. And a 3-goal advantage? A sure thing. Well, Warren sure needed all three Tuesday. The Blue Devils escaped with a 3-2 victory against host Lake Zurich in a North Suburban Lake Division match.

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    Andy Roddick reacts as rain forces a delay in his match Tuesday against Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro at the U.S. Open.

    Roddick-del Potro match suspended by rain at U.S. Open

    Andy Roddick's fourth-round match against Juan Martin del Potro at the U.S. Open has been suspended because of rain and is scheduled to resume Wednesday. Play was halted right after Roddick went ahead 1-0 in a first-set tiebreaker Tuesday night.

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    The Cardinals’ Daniel Descalso steals third as New York Mets third baseman David Wright reaches for the throw during the sixth inning Tuesday in St. Louis.

    Cardinals handcuff Mets 5-1

    Jaime Garcia carried a shutout into the eighth inning and Yadier Molina got his 1,000th career hit with an infield single that started a three-run second against rookie Matt Harvey in the St. Louis Cardinals' 5-1 victory over the New York Mets on Tuesday night.

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    Has Youk started a new Sox tradition?

    The White Sox played their second game with many players wearing moustaches Tuesday night. But following a lopsided loss to the Twins, the cliubhouse sink drains at U.S. Cellular Field are likely to be clogged with facial hair.

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    Big finish helps BG past Wheeling

    After winning their second Mid-Suburban East match at Wheeling on Tuesday night, Buffalo Grove girls volleyball coach Matt Priban said the Bison are excited about their start. "But we know it's a long road ahead," he added. "We'll make some adjustments and keep pushing forward." The Bison made a nice adjustment in Set 3, and it allowed them to wrap up the 26-24, 23-25, 25-14 victory.

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    St. Charles East holds off Larkin

    The St. Charles East girls volleyball team quelled an uprising from improving, young Larkin in a hot gymnasium on Elgin's west side Tuesday, fueled by three senior holdovers from the team that placed third in Class 4A last year. Senior setter Erienne Barry dished 15 assists, including 8 kills by senior hitter Nicole Woods and 7 kills by senior hitter Caitlyn Ballard, to help the Saints defeat the Royals 25-21, 25-18 in the Upstate Eight River Division opener for both teams.

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    The Royals’ Alex Gordon hits a two-run home run off Texas Rangers starting pitcher Matt Harrison during the fifth inning Tuesday in Kansas City, Mo.

    Royals dispatch Rangers 6-3

    Jeremy Guthrie pitched seven strong innings and the Kansas City Royals got home runs from Alex Gordon and Johnny Giavotella in a 6-3 victory over the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night.

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    Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Joel Peralta pumps his fist after striking out New York’s Nick Swisher during the eighth inning Tuesday in St. Petersburg, Fla.

    Rays down struggling Yankees 5-2

    Evan Longoria hit a go-ahead homer and the Tampa Bay Rays beat New York 5-2 on Tuesday night to drop the struggling Yankees into a tie for first place in the AL East.

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    Braves shortstop Paul Janish can’t reach a ball hit for a single by the Rockies’ Wilin Rosario during the sixth inning Tuesday in Atlanta.

    Rockies beat Braves 6-0

    Carlos Gonzalez hit his second home run since July 23 to give Colorado the lead, Jordan Pacheco also homered and drove in two runs, and the Rockies beat the Atlanta Braves 6-0 on Tuesday night.

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    Milwaukee’s Norichika Aoki rounds second base after he hit a two-run home run during the second inning Tuesday in Miami.

    Aoki, Bianchi power Brewers in 8-4 victory

    Norichika Aoki and Jeff Bianchi each homered and drove in three runs for the Milwaukee Brewers in an 8-4 win over the Miami Marlins on Tuesday night.

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    Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins, right, and second baseman Chase Utley complain after the Reds’ Wilson Valdez stole second base in the first inning Tuesday in Cincinnati.

    Reds knock off Phillies 2-1

    Jay Bruce homered for the third straight game on Tuesday night, hitting a two-run shot that sent the Cincinnati Reds to a 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies with first baseman Joey Votto watching from the bench.

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    Baltimore’s Mark Reynolds breaks his bat hitting a single in the third inning Tuesday in Toronto.

    Orioles grab share of AL East lead

    Mark Reynolds hit a three-run homer, Zach Britton pitched seven innings to win his fourth straight start and the Baltimore Orioles moved into a first-place tie in the AL East with a 12-0 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night.

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    Cleveland Indians catcher Lou Marson smiles with starting pitcher Justin Masterson during the sixth inning Tuesday in Detroit.

    Indians edge Tigers again

    Justin Masterson pitched six solid innings, and the Cleveland Indians beat Detroit 3-2 on Tuesday night for their second straight victory over the playoff-chasing Tigers.

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    Naperville North looks like Naperville North of old

    Wheaton North found out the hard way — Naperville North is still a very good team.A season after losing some of the best players in the state to graduation, the Huskies opened their DuPage Valley Conference schedule with a convincing 5-0 victory Tuesday in Naperville against the Falcons.

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    DeMaar in right place

    Is Meg DeMaar a libero or an outside hitter? "I don't think anyone really knows right now," said the Glenbard West junior with a smile. Wherever she lines up, DeMaar is mighty valuable. Tuesday night that included the service line, where DeMaar had 5 big aces in the No. 2 Hilltoppers' 25-16, 25-17 win over Hinsdale Central in Glen Ellyn.

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    Illinois’ Donovonn Young runs with the ball against Western Michigan during the second half of Saturday’s 24-7 win in Champaign. The Illini travel to Arizona State this weekend.

    3 West Coast games make it tougher week in Big Ten

    On Saturday, the Big Ten will have three chances to turn the tide against the Pac-12 when No. 13 Wisconsin (1-0) visits Oregon State (0-0), No. 16 Nebraska (1-0) goes to the Rose Bowl stadium to face UCLA (1-0) and Illinois (1-0) plays at Arizona State (1-0).

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    St. Charles East’s Joe Hoscheit, left, and Andrew Szyman celebrate a sack of West Aurora quarterback Quintez Jones during the Saints’ win last Friday in St. Charles.

    Heading into last Cross-town Classic, Gould reflects on 1st 12

    At first glance, I thought the Illinois High School Association's 2012 football schedule was transposed. Looking at the Upstate Eight Conference River Division schedule a few weeks ago left me shaking my head. While there are still 9 regular-season games on the docket, with the final 7 being UEC River matchups, things are a bit mixed up this time around.

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    Larkin’s Dylan Ganow hits to the green from the second fairway during the Elgin Country Club boys golf invitational Tuesday.

    Jacobs, Larkin’s Lenz take top honors

    Larkin sophomore Jon Lenz put a new putter in his golf bag over the weekend. After Tuesday's round at the Elgin Country Club Invitational, the long putter might be staying a while. Lenz shot a 1-under 71 to win the individual title and helped the Royals to a second-place team finish.

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    Pippen nets MVC frosh of the week honor

    Southern Illinois University volleyball player Taylor Pippen has been named the Missouri Valley Conference freshman of the week, the league announced Tuesday. Pippen, a freshman middle blocker from Mundelein and graduate of Carmel Catholic, had a big impact in the Salukis' tournament win at the Active Ankle Challenge. Southern went 3-0 as Pippen compiled 27 kills on the weekend averaging 2.45 per set.

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    Judson’s Burke notches 500th win

    Judson University men's soccer coach Steve Burke became the 11th coach in men's soccer history to win 500 career games on Saturday when the Eagles beat NAIA No. 20 Taylor University.

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    The Lakes girls volleyball team celebrates after beating Wauconda Tuesday night at Lakes High School.

    Horner, Aigner band together as Lakes prevails

    No doubt both Sara Horner and Emily Aigner had some discussions about the rainy weather they both saw in Orlando this summer. Also in the bragging rights competition, Aigner has advantage over her Lakes teammate. That's because the Sky High girls volleyball club she was playing on beat Horner's club for the national title. Now, back as teammates on the unbeaten Eagles squad, they combined for 11 kills on Tuesday night in Lake Villa. Lakes (4-0) absorbed some tough serving from Wauconda senior Steph Schaer and beat the Bulldogs 25-15, 25-21.

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    WGA makes good decision to skip Chicago

    The WGA did the smart thing: Though Chicago has supported an annual PGA Tour event since 1962, when the event was called the Western Open, the market would have been hard-pressed to support both an annual tournament and the Ryder Cup, which comes to Medinah at the end of September.

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    Who will start Saturday for the Illini?

    Illini coach Tim Beckman isn't sure yet if starting quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase will recover from an ankle injury in time to start Saturday at Arizona State. If Scheelhaase can't go, Illinois will turn to either sophomore Reilly O'Toole (Wheaton Warrenville South) or Miles Osei (Prospect).

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    White Sox general manager Kenny Williams

    Sox GM questions team’s ‘intellect’ against Tigers

    White Sox general manager Kenny Williams discussed a variety of topics before Tuesday night's game against the Twins, including the Sox' questionable "intellect" against the Tigers last weekend.

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    NFL kicks off with surprise, disappointment, question mark

    As usual, the NFL season, which kicks off Wednesday night, will be full of surprises, some pleasant and others not so much. Three teams with local connections -- the Jets, Bills and Saints -- should provide more than their share of entertainment.

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    Brandt Snedeker played his way onto the 12-man American Ryder Cup team over the last two weeks.

    U.S. Ryder Cup captain loves team’s depth

    A few months ago, U.S. Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III told the Daily Herald how was reminded of the Ryder Cup every hour of every day. As the PGA Championship approached last month, that pattern had to be down to every minute of every day as the eight automatic berths to the U.S. team were about to be secured. So imagine what the weeks were like leading up to Love's announcement Tuesday of his four captain's picks.

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    Jim Furyk provides a calm and veteran presence with Team USA in the 2012 Ryder Cup, but columnist Barry Rozner wonders if he has the fire the USA may need to break Europe's dominance in the last 20 years.

    Does Team USA have the Ryder stuff?

    Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III filled out Team USA Tuesday with no real surprises. The question now is who brings the fire for Team USA? Europe is loaded with guys such as Ian Poulter and Graeme McDowell, who love to stir it up, and fearless types such as McIlroy.

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    Girls volleyball/Top 20
    St. Francis remains the No. 1 team in the latest Daily Herald Top 20 of girls volleyball teams in the area. Glenbard West and Benet move up to Nos. 2 and 3 respectively.

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    Bob Frisk, who covered high school sports for 50 years at the Daily Herald before he retired in 2008, always has a camera ready when he gets together with his grandson Mark.

    Frisk returns with a letter to his grandson on the high school experience

    When he retired four years ago in 2008, Bob Frisk's annual "letter to my grandson" retired with him... until now. Frisk, a tireless advocate of high school sports for 50 years at the Daily Herald, has returned to pen one more advice letter to his grandson Mark as he starts his freshman year in Madison, Wis. When he's not tracking his grandson's journey through life, you can still find Frisk patrolling the sidelines of high school events this fall.

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    Westminster Christian names Dunderdale new baseball coach

    Tim Dunderdale said he interviewed for the vacant head baseball coaching position at Westminster Christian simply to gain experience going through the process. He ended up landing the job. Westminster Christian athletic director Rick Palmer announced the hiring of Dunderdale to families at the school and media via email Tuesday.

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    Geneva’s Kelly Dalheim dives for a ball during Monday’s volleyball match against West Aurora.

    Images: Daily Herald prep photos of the week
    The Prep Photos of the Week gallery includes the best high school sports pictures by Daily Herald photographers. This week's gallery features photos from football, golf, tennis, cross country, soccer and volleyball.

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    White Sox continue to get healthy returns

    A day after Alejandro De Aza (bruised ribs) returned from the 15-day disabled list, the White Sox got Adam Dunn back in the lineup. Dunn sat out two games with a strained right oblique.

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    Gellinger on the mend; Sox honor Hickey

    After collapsing in his Baltimore hotel room last week, White Sox assistant hitting coach Mike Gellinger was able to return to Chicago over the weekend. But the Sox are not sure when the Fremd High School grad will be back on the job.

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    Gordon Beckham puts the White Sox in front to stay Monday night with his 2-run homer in the second inning.

    Momentum swings back in favor of White Sox

    After being swept by the Tigers at Comerica Park over the weekend, the White Sox returned home and kept on rolling at U.S. Cellular Field. They beat the Twins 4-2 and are 1 game ahead of Detroit in the AL Central.

Business

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    Jennifer Lawrence portrays Katniss Everdeen in a scene from “The Hunger Games.” The movie is among those Amazon can now stream after having acquired rights to the Epix library of about 2,000 movies,

    Amazon gets Epix video rights to challenge Netflix

    Amazon.com's Internet video library is gaining more box-office appeal under a licensing deal with Epix that threatens to undercut Netflix leadership in a growing market that's transforming the entertainment industry. The multiyear agreement eliminates one of the competitive advantages that Netflix's video subscription service held over Amazon's "Prime" membership plan.

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    The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index fell, after trimming steeper declines, as speculation European leaders will announce new steps to tame the debt crisis tempered concern the economic recovery is slowing.

    Stocks end mixed on weak US economic reports

    Stocks zigged and zagged after reports that the U.S. economy is weakening at a time when China and Europe are also slowing.

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    Russ and Monique Felker are renting out their home, across the street from the Medinah Country Club, to a foursome attending the Ryder Cup.

    Residents rake in thousands renting homes for Ryder Cup

    Monique Felker and her husband Russ will receive enough money renting out their home during the Ryder Cup to almost fully pay for their three children's private school tuition for next year. "Home rentals have become a big business," said Robert E. Hayes of Sports Events Rentals, which markets home rentals online.

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    The Dodge logo is seen on a new Dodge RAM 1500 pickup truck for sale at an auto dealership in Springfield, Ill. GM’s August U.S. sales rose 10 percent compared with a year earlier, while Ford’s rose 13 percent and Chrysler’s 14 percent.

    Pickups drive US auto sales in August

    Strong pickup demand fueled a big jump in U.S. auto sales last month. GM's August U.S. sales rose 10 percent compared with a year earlier, while Ford's rose 13 percent and Chrysler's 14 percent.

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    Food-stamp use climbs to record, reviving campaign issue

    Food-stamp use reached a record 46.7 million people in June, the government said, as Democrats prepare to nominate President Barack Obama for a second term with the economy as a chief issue in the campaign.

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    Actress Angelina Jolie poses with Joanna Coles, editor-in-chief of Marie Claire, at a special screening of her film, “In The Land of Blood and Honey,” in 2011. Coles was named editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan’s U.S. edition Tuesday.

    Joanna Coles named Cosmopolitan editor-in-chief

    Women's magazine Cosmopolitan on Tuesday named Marie Claire chief Joanna Coles as editor-in-chief of its U.S. edition, as Kate White steps down from the post after 14 years with the company.

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    Slowdowns in mining are weighing on the stock price of heavy machinery manufacturer Caterpillar.

    Caterpillar declines on signs of mining slowdown

    Caterpillar Inc., the largest maker of construction and mining equipment, fell the most in almost two months on signs of a slowdown in mine investment and as manufacturing slowed in the U.S. and China.The shares fell 3.6 percent to $82.28 at 12:55 p.m. in New York, the most intraday since July 10 and the biggest drop in the 30-member Dow Jones Industrial Average.Caterpillar is “a barometer for the perception of global growth,” Ted Grace, a Boston-based analyst for Susquehanna Financial Group, said in a telephone interview today. “People look at the data points and they are starting to pile up.”In the U.S., the Institute for Supply Management’s factory index fell to 49.6 last month, the lowest since July 2009, the Tempe, Arizona-based group said today. Economists in a Bloomberg survey projected an August reading of 50, the dividing line between expansion and contraction. China’s manufacturing activity slowed in August with the HSBC Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index falling to 47.6 last month, compared with 49.3 in July, according to data from Markit.Announcements of cuts to capital expenditures by Australia’s Fortescue Metals Group Ltd. and other mining companies are also weighing on the stock, Grace said. Resource industries accounted for 26 percent of Peoria, Illinois-based Caterpillar’s revenue last year while construction accounted for 33 percent, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.Fortescue, Australia’s third-biggest iron-ore producer, today cut its full-year spending forecast by 26 percent to $4.6 billion. BHP Billiton Ltd., the world’s biggest miner, last month delayed about $68 billion of projects, including an iron- ore port expansion.Joy Global Inc., a Milwaukee-based mining-machinery manufacturer, fell as much as 4.7 percent. Deere & Co., a maker of agricultural and construction equipment, dropped 1.8 percent.

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    The fall of Facebook’s stock price continued Tuesday with the shares hitting a new low of $17.55. Above, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is seen.

    Facebook falls to record low after Morgan Stanley downgrade

    Facebook Inc. fell to a record low after Morgan Stanley, a lead underwriter of the company's initial public offering, cut its price forecast on concern that the social network is struggling to reach mobile users with ads.

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    Investor group buying Dick Clark Productions

    Dick Clark Productions, which produces TV programs including "New Year's Rockin' Eve" and the Golden Globe Awards, is being sold to a group including investment firm Guggenheim Partners.

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    UN says global youth unemployment rate will rise

    The U.N.'s labor office says youth unemployment is likely to rise globally to 12.9 percent by 2017 as more young people leave the work force and the euro crisis spreads to emerging economies.

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    Apple invites media to event, hints at iPhone 5

    Apple is inviting reporters to a news conference next week in San Francisco with a message that suggests that it will reveal the iPhone 5, as expected.

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    U.S. factory activity shrank for the third straight month in August as new orders, production and employment all fell. The report adds to other signs that manufacturing is struggling around the globe.

    Survey: U.S. manufacturing shrinks for third month

    U.S. factory activity shrank for the third straight month in August as new orders, production and employment all fell. The report adds to other signs that manufacturing is struggling around the globe. The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, said Tuesday its index of manufacturing activity ticked down to 49.6. That's down from 49.8 in July and the lowest reading in three years. A reading below 50 indicates contraction.

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    Pickups help to drive up August US auto sales

    Strong demand for pickups fueled a big jump in U.S. auto sales last month. GM's August U.S. sales rose 10 percent compared with a year earlier, while Ford's rose 13 percent and Chrysler's 14 percent. Americans flowed steadily into auto dealer showrooms, ignoring high gas prices, hot temperatures, poor economic numbers and even a hurricane. Pickup trucks seemed to drive much of the business.

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    Campbell Street Hot Dogs ‘N’ More is the new name for the Rivera Restaurant in downtown Arlington Heights.

    Campbell Street Dogs replaces old Riviera restaurant

    Keith Kottke's roots go deep in Arlington Heights, and to him the downtown is more than a place to do business. "I want to help make the downtown vibrant," said Kottke, who recently changed the name, menu and branding of the Riviera, a restaurant at 5 W. Campbell St. that was a staple in downtown Arlington Heights for more than 30 years. The new name is Campbell Street Hot Dogs 'N' More.

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    Mrs. Claus’s baking table ornaments.

    Hallmark ornament signing Sept. 8 in Arlington Hts.

    Hallmark ornament collectors rejoice: one of the 2012 ornament signing events will be held Sept. 8 in Arlington Heights. The ornaments available for purchase this year are Mrs. Claus's stove and Mrs. Claus's Kitchen Table. Artists Tracy Larsen and Rodney Gentry will sign those and other ornaments that fans purchase or bring with them from 10 a.m.-noon and again from 1-3 p.m.

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    Ray Griffith

    Ace Hardware CEO Griffith to retire

    Ace Hardware President and Chief Executive Officer Ray Griffith announced he will retire on March 31, 2013. The board of directors of the Oak Brook-based hardware cooperative named Chief Operating Officer John Venhuizen to succeed Griffith. "Ray's decision to retire and spend more time with his family has been a deliberate and well thought-out process," said board Chairman David Ziegler.

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    Beverage milk sales drop to lowest mark since 1984
    Associated PressMILWAUKEE — Sales of milk as a beverage have dropped to the lowest level in nearly 30 years. Experts say consumer habits are shifting toward sports drinks, bottled water and bottled tea and away from milk. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says beverage milk sales were about 6 billion gallons in 2011, less than half the level from the early 1980s. The Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board says sales of yogurt and other dairy products have offset the decline of beverage milk. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says cheese consumption is up as well. Wisconsin has a 48 percent share of U.S. specialty cheese sales.

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    Ex-RV plant in northern Indiana put up for sale

    MILLERSBURG, Ind. — A northern Indiana factory where about 200 workers built recreational vehicles until it shut down last year is up for sale.The 55-acre site of the former Carriage Inc. facility in the Elkhart County town of Millersburg includes 19 buildings. The Elkhart Truth reports that Key Auctioneers of Indianapolis is marketing the property for possible manufacturing, engineering and distribution uses.Carriage ended production abruptly last year after being unable to reach an agreement with a lender. The company built high-end fifth wheel trailers.The company’s assets were auctioned off in February, with Thor Industries’ Redwood RV buying the Carriage name and brands.

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    Spain’s Santander eyes $4.3 billion in Mexico sale

    MADRID — Banco Santander says it hopes to raise up to (euro) 3.4 billion ($4.3 billion) from a public offering of shares in its Mexican subsidiary.The Spanish bank announced Tuesday it is selling 24.9 percent of Grupo Financiero Santander Mexico’s share capital.It said the sale is part of a strategy of listing the bank’s most important subsidiaries within five years and boosting growth.The sale of almost 1.69 billion shares values Santander Mexico at up to (euro) 13.7 billion.Banco Santander, S.A. said in a written statement it hopes to list the shares on the Mexican and New York stock exchanges around Sept. 26.The bank claimed the offering is the largest equity transaction in Latin America this year.

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    Samsung to audit all of its suppliers in China

    Samsung said it plans to examine all of its Chinese suppliers for possible violations of labor policies.

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    Toys R Us waives fee for layaway program

    Toys R Us is making it easier for shoppers to use its layaway program ahead of the crucial holiday season, waiving its service fee and minimum purchase requirement beginning Tuesday. As brick-and-mortar stores face increasingly tough competition from online retailers, chains like Toys R Us, Wal-Mart, Sears and others have been expanding services such as layaway to draw customers into stores.

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    Oil price up to near $97 ahead of ECB meeting

    The price of oil crept up closer to $97 a barrel on Tuesday on expectations that the European Central Bank will soon announce new measures to fight the continent's debt crisis.

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    Campbell Soup’s net income rose 27 percent in its fiscal fourth quarter on strong sales of soup and other simple meals in the U.S. The results beat analysts’ expectations and the food maker gave fiscal 2013 revenue guidance above Wall Street’s view.

    Campbell Soup 4Q profit rises on U.S. soup sales

    Campbell Soup's net income rose 27 percent in its fiscal fourth quarter on strong sales of soup and other simple meals in the U.S. The results beat analysts' expectations and the food maker gave fiscal 2013 revenue guidance above Wall Street's view. Its stock climbed almost 5 percent in premarket trading on Tuesday.

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    U.S. home prices jumped 3.8 percent in the 12 months ending in July, according to a private real estate data provider. The year-over-year increase was the biggest in six years, further evidence that the housing market is steadily recovering.

    U.S. home prices rise in July by most in 6 years

    U.S. home prices jumped 3.8 percent in the 12 months ending in July, according to a private real estate data provider. The year-over-year increase was the biggest in six years, further evidence that the housing market is steadily recovering. CoreLogic says home prices also rose 1.3 percent in July from June. That's the fifth straight increase in both the monthly and year-over-year price indexes.

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    Swedes enraged as taxes pay dolphin pr for partying politicians

    Swedish government employees are being treated to wine tastings, communication courses with dolphins and a James Bond-theme party, all at the taxpayer's expense.

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    London luxury homebuilding to jump on foreign spending spree

    Luxury-home builders plan to complete more than 15,000 houses and apartments in London over the next decade as demand from overseas encourages development outside the city's traditional prime neighborhoods, according to EC Harris LLP.

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    With a stalled economy and a series of humbling policy reversals buffeting his two-year old coalition government, British Prime Minister David Cameron was preparing to make the first radical overhaul to his ministerial team since taking office.

    Amid stalled economy, Cameron to shake up UK gov’t

    With a stalled economy and a series of humbling policy reversals buffeting his two-year old coalition government, British Prime Minister David Cameron was preparing to make the first radical overhaul to his ministerial team since taking office. Cameron and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg are expected to announce a new team on Tuesday.

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    The French national flag flies atop the National Assembly building in Paris, France. Europe’s economy is edging toward a recession as budget cuts from Spain to Ireland undermine consumer spending and company investment just as global demand shows signs of cooling.

    Number of unemployed in France passes 3 million

    PARIS — The number of French unemployed has broken through the 3 million barrier, the country’s leaders say. The latest total adds pressure on President Francois Hollande, whose administration is under attack for doing not doing enough to fix the economy. France’s unemployment rate is currently 10 percent.Breaking the 3 million mark carries more symbolic importance than economic but it was covered extensively in the French media over the weekend. According to Le Figaro newspaper, last time the 3-million threshold was crossed was in 1999. Employment Minister Michel Sapin confirmed the total on French radio on Sunday and warned that the numbers would likely get worse. Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault called the numbers “very violent”. The government announced last week that it had counted more than 2.9 million unemployed people in July, so the threshold was expected to be passed in August.

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    IBM is hoping to use the technology that powered Watson to create a super phone.

    IBM wants to put Watson in your pocket

    International Business Machines researchers spent four years developing Watson, the computer smart enough to beat the champions of the quiz show "Jeopardy!" Now they're trying to figure out how to get those capabilities into the phone in your pocket. Finding additional uses for Watson is part of IBM's plan to tap new markets and boost revenue from business analytics to $16 billion by 2015.

Life & Entertainment

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    Bartlett native Chris Bukowski, second from left, and his partner Sarah Newlon, far left, avoided elimination on “Bachelor Pad 3” Monday night after a singing competition at the Hollywood Palladium. They will compete against one other couple for $250,000 on the season finale next Monday night.

    Bartlett man part of final two couples on ‘Bachelor Pad 3’

    Bartlett native and former Sears Centre Arena employee Chris Bukowski made it into the final four on ABC's reality TV show "Bachelor Pad 3" on Monday night. He also made the final four while starring as a contestant on "The Bachelorette" earlier this year. Chris and his partner on the show, Sarah Newlon, will compete against another couple for $250,000 next Monday.

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    The Miami Dolphins take on the San Francisco 49ers in the revamped “Madden NFL 13.”

    'Madden NFL 13' a bold revamp of franchise

    EA Sports has rolled the dice on a major overhaul of its best-selling "Madden NFL" football franchise this season — and most of its gambles have paid off. "Madden NFL 13" swapped out the booth announcers, switched to a more classic presentation, overhauled the menu system and crafted a comprehensive Connected Career mode. But the most notable change is a new physics engine that dramatically varies the hits and avoids the repetitive sequences of previous years.

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    Stephanie (Rachel Chapman) falls for nasty bachelor Pete (Mount Prospect native Matt Glasson) in the indie anti-romantic comedy "Love Stalker."

    Mt. Prospect filmmaker fulfills teenage dream

    With his movie "Love Stalker" taking such a dark view of dating, you might start to wonder about Mount Prospect native Matt Glasson. Don't He's just a kid from the Northwest suburbs who says that gives him something special. "I think I have excellent core values," he said. "I know that sounds like I'm just feeding you a line, but I truly believe that."

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    Bob Mould’s “Silver Age”

    Mould back to old tricks with ‘Silver Age’

    Rooting for Bob Mould to sound like the old days can be a guilty feeling. It's an uncool itch you might not dare admit wanting to scratch. But "Silver Age" is permission to come clean with that nostalgia. Mould's ninth studio album isn't merely for die-hards and apologists.

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    Dining events: Rosemont opens Fresco 21

    Rosemont's restaurant scene gets a touch more Mediterranean with the opening of Fresco 21; Macaroni Grill takes on the fight against hunger; and Trademark Tavern takes an interesting look at oyster season.

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    Parents can help teachers make a bigger impact on how much their children learn, and how happy they are doing it.

    How to make children happier students

    Parents can learn a lesson or two from teachers about what their kids' instructors want in the upcoming year. We asked teachers what parents can do, beyond reading with their kids, to help their children be better students. Here's what they had to say.

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    This home in New Mexico’s Sandia Mountains has an observatory for stargazing.

    A view for stargazers

    Many homeowners can boast of spectacular star gazing from decks or balconies, but few go as far as to install a computerized telescope and observatory for viewing.

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    NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” will return in January with the weight-loss show’s first young teen participants and trainer Jillian Michaels back on duty.

    NBC’s ‘Biggest Loser’ adds teens; Michaels returns

    "The Biggest Loser" will return in January with the weight-loss show's first young teen participants and trainer Jillian Michaels back on duty. The show's 14th season will take on a new "mission" against the national increase in childhood obesity, NBC said Tuesday. Youths between the ages of 13 and 17 will join teams trying to shed pounds and get fit.

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    Chef Troy Tornabeni is working for better school lunches not only for his 7-year-old daughter but for students everywhere.

    Healthy, creative and fun part of menu for kids, adults

    Troy Tornabeni has demonstrated his culinary skills at restaurants across the suburbs. He has cooked at Davis Street Fish Market in Evanston, Connie's Pizza in Bridgeport, Fairbanks Steakhouse at the Hollywood Casino and St. Andrews Golf and Country Club in West Chicago. Now, he's guy running the kitchen and creating the menu as executive chef at Stonebridge Country Club in Aurora.

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    Chef Troy Tornabeni’s pork belly confit sliders have replaced pulled pork sandwiches as a favorite at Stonebridge Country Club in Aurora.

    Pork Belly Confit Sliders
    Confit of Berkshire Pork Belly with House made Pickles, Buttermilk Onions, Widmers Cheddar and Alabama BBQ Sauce: Troy Tornabeni

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    Former NFL player Michael Strahan is getting a permanent job in morning television as Kelly Ripa’s co-host. Strahan replaces Regis Philbin on the syndicated “Live! With Kelly” show, adding his name to the title.

    Ex-NFL star Strahan becomes Kelly Ripa’s co-host

    Former football star Michael Strahan joined "Live! With Kelly" as permanent co-host on Monday, fulfilling a joking prophecy he made to Regis Philbin more than four years ago. The gap-toothed former New York Giant jogged onto the morning show set and picked up co-host Kelly Ripa in a bear hug, lifting her off her feet. "It's so nice to have a co-host literally sweep you off your feet," Ripa said.

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    Lead guitarist for Starship dies in Nebraska

    Mark Abrahamian, the lead guitarist for the rock group Starship, collapsed and died of a heart attack after a concert Sunday in Norfolk, Neb., his road manager said. He was 46.

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    The November 2012 issue of the latest Green Lantern series features the character Simon Baz, DC Comics’ most prominent Arab-American superhero and the first to wear a Green Lantern ring.

    ‘Green Lantern’ comic series adds Arab superhero

    When DC Comics decided to blow up its fabled universe and create a brave, diverse future, Geoff Johns drew from the past for a new character: his own background as an Arab-American. The company's chief creative officer and writer of the relaunched "Green Lantern" series dreamed up Simon Baz, DC's most prominent Arab-American superhero and the first to wear a Green Lantern ring.

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    A handmade sign honoring astronaut Neil Armstrong is hung under a freeway off-ramp sign at the NASA-JPL exit on the CA-210 Freeway in Pasadena, Calif. Armstrong, the first man on the moon, inspired millions with his moonwalk.

    Can Curiousity ignite new interest in space?

    Neil Armstrong inspired millions with his moonwalk. Can a feisty robotic rover exploring Mars do the same for another generation? With manned missions beyond the International Space Station on hold, the spotlight has turned on machines. While it did not rise to Armstrong's "one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind," interest was so high in the rover Curiosity's "seven minutes of terror" approach to the red planet earlier this month that NASA's website crashed after receiving nearly 2 billion hits.

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    “Winter Journal” by Paul Auster

    Paul Auster reflects on the winter of his life

    Thirty years ago, a struggling poet and translator of French poetry published a memoir of his father called "The Invention of Solitude" that marked him as a writer worth watching. Now 65, Auster gives us "Winter Journal," a bookend to "Invention of Solitude" and a somber meditation on growing old. Amid some lovely observation and a few distracting literary devices, the book is roughly organized as a catalog of "what it has felt like to live inside this body."

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    The 1937 Disney animated film “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” is brought to life as part of the touring arena show called Disney On Ice presents “Treasure Trove,” coming to the Allstate Arena in Rosemont from Thursday to Sunday, Sept. 13-16.

    Best bets: A Disney 'Treasure Trove' on ice

    The catalog of 50 Disney animated films ranging from 1937's "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" to "Tangled" from 2010 are brought to life in Disney On Ice presents "Treasure Trove," which begins Thursday at the Allstate Arena. Also, country star Kenny Rogers will sing his hit songs from the 1970s and '80s in concert at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles.

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    Don’t waste fresh produce. Turn tomatoes into a tomato salad-topped grilled pizza.

    Food savings with Melissa d’Arabian

    Melissa d'Arabian is a home economist for a new era. Actually, she's more CFO than home ec. That's because the Food Network host is as adept at balancing ledger sheets as she is at getting dinner on the table. It's a handy skill that comes with being a trained financial strategist, and turned out to be an unlikely backbone for her culinary career.

Discuss

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    Editorial: Sift through the political sound bites, slogans

    A Daily Herald editorial says it is critically important that all of us make use of the journalistic and non-partisan resources available to us to check facts and understand the context beyond the political sound bites.

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    Your turn, Mr. President

    Columnist Eugene Robinson: For all the action-packed, content-free verbiage employed to describe it, the contest between Obama and Romney has been remarkably static. Most polls have the race within the margin of error. Obama has a somewhat easier path to a majority in the Electoral College, but Romney and his allies have an advantage in campaign funds.

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    Tyrone C. Fahner

    Local employers, taxpayers part of pension solution

    Guest columnist Tyrone C. Fahner: Given the legislature's inaction over the past few years, the reform proposals currently under consideration are no longer adequate. A major restructuring of our state's pension plans is required.

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    Some important questions to ask
    A Buffalo Grove letter to the editor: We've all heard President Obama constantly say the failed policies of the Bush administration drove the U.S. economy into the ditch. I have questions that need to be answered to help me determine who will receive my vote on Nov. 6.

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    Bible doesn’t support taxes to help poor
    A Long Grove letter to the editor: I support private institutions that do 10 times as much good versus our secular, godless government, and I think the "guilt trip" that liberals use for our government to confiscate private property through ever-higher taxes to "redistribute" as our government leaders see fit is laughable for all thinking persons.

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    Higher education not priority for Romney
    A Buffalo Grove letter to the editor: But if you still like the idea of Mitt Romney, keep in mind his goal to reduce — or eliminate — any program that would continue or promote aid for higher education for the nation's youth.

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    Legislators could have taken first cut
    A North Aurora letter to the editor: Legislators' vote against the bill to modify their pensions demonstrated a lack of conviction to make a hard decision, and especially their lack of courage to lead from the front. I can only conclude they are more comfort having the teachers, university professors and state workers make the sacrifices on pension reform before they do.

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    “Obama: 2016” a must-see movie
    An Elgin letter to the editor: Just saw the movie, "Obama: 2016," recently. The theater was packed. Yet everything was orderly and quiet. You could hear a pin drop. This movie is not fiction. It is a documentary. It should be required viewing by all students, seventh grade and above.

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    Roskam letter prompts skepticism
    A Roselle letter to the editor: Well, Peter J. Roskam is at it again. He is now sending out letters to the people of the 6th District telling us how he introduced legislation to cap the dividend tax rate for the people of Illinois.

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    Wal-Mart deal unfair to existing retailers
    A Naperville letter to the editor: When a town is growing by leaps and bounds, giving tax and financial incentives to a Costco or Wal-Mart to move in sometimes makes sense. When a town is built out as Naperville now is, I believe it's just crazy.

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    Roskam working hard on economy
    A Carol Stream letter to the editor: I am proud to support Congressman Peter Roskam, who is running for re-election here in the 6th Congressional District. Peter has represented his constituents and their values faithfully ever since his time as a state representative here in Illinois.

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