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Daily Archive : Wednesday September 12, 2012

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    Tri-Cities police reports
    Three vehicles were burglarized overnight between Monday and Tuesday at Certified Auto Towing, 820 S. River St. A 96-piece socket set was stolen, police said.

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    Jacks and other games commonly played by Illinois prairie pioneers will be part of the fun at Prairie Day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16, at Terrace View Park in Lombard.

    Prairie Day in Lombard puts native plants on display

    At Prairie Day in Lombard, the good, native plants will be running wild, growing along the shores of Terrace View Pond for all to see. But the bad, invasive plants? They'll be behind bars. The Lombard Garden Club and Lombard Park District, which team up to run the annual, free, one-day celebration of all things prairie, have created "a jail for all of the plants that should not be in the...

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    Elgin takes steps toward banning synthetic drugs

    Elgin officials have given preliminary approval to a new law that would crack down on the sale, delivery, possession and use of synthetic drugs — substances that are designed to mimic the effects of certain illegal drugs.

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    At Lisle’s Depot Days, you can sample pies and other baked treats from the Netzley Yender House summer kitchen.

    Lisle’s Depot Days invites visitors to get hands-on with history

    Visitors will connect with history in a variety of fun and hands-on opportunities at the 28th annual Lisle Depot Days. New this year is a three-course luncheon featuring favorite recipes of three Civil War generals such as bean soup, shepherd pie and bread pudding. Festivities run Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 15 and 16, at the Museums at Lisle Station Park.

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    Scott Thompson

    Dist. 15 superintendent gets five-year deal, ‘modest’ raise

    Hoping to shut down the "revolving door" of Palatine Township Elementary District 15 superintendents who have come and gone in recent years, the board has approved a five-year deal for its leader, Scott Thompson.

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    Elgin bar fined $2,000 for overcrowding

    An Elgin bar was fined $2,000 Wednesday for a February incident in which it had 16 people more than its allowed capacity.The bar's capacity is 80 people, but police reported that on Feb. 4 of this year, there were 96 patrons inside.

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    Lawsuit: Man set on fire at Batavia Chinese restaurant

    A fire supression repairman has sued East China Inn restaurant on Randall Road in Batavia, arguing he was set on fire while working during an October 2010 visit. Matthew Rapp of Oak Forest sustained severe burns to his left leg after someone turned on a wok while Rapp was atop a stove fixing fuses, his attorney says.

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    Motorcyclist injured in Arlington Heights crash

    A motorcyslist was injured when he struck the side of a vehicle that turned in front of him on Arlington Heights road Wednesday night, according to police.

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    Chicago public school teachers seek support from neighborhood communities Wednesday as they march on streets surrounding John Marshall Metropolitan High School on the West Side.

    Teachers strike will continue Thursday

    Although talks continued late, Chicago Public Schools officials say schools will be closed a fourth day due to a teachers strike. School officials made the announcement late Wednesday.The strike of Chicago teachers has kept more than 350,000 students out of class. About 50,000 charter school students are in school.

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    Federico Trevino

    Police: Dad threatened, detained South Elgin teen who moved out

    A South Elgin man faces several felony charges after authorities said he entered a home Monday night and forcibly removed his 18-year-old daughter, at one point threatening her with a gun.

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    Itasca District 10 seeks feedback on possible tax increase, budget cuts

    As Itasca Public School District 10 faces a $500,00 budget deficit in the next fiscal year, officials are hosting meetings with parents to see if they would be open to a tax increase, want only budget cuts, or a mix of both.

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    Plans to improve a taxiway at Chicago Executive Airport in Wheeling hinge on the airport’s ability to obtain state and federal funding.

    Chicago Executive Airport improvements depend on grants

    The Chicago Executive Airport in Wheeling wants to repave and extend a taxiway to make conditions more safe and convenient for pilots, but completing the $750,000 project depends on the airport's ability to obtain grants to fund it.

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    Robert J. Theodore

    Ex-track coach charged with molesting Naperville boy

    Prosecutors say Robert Theodore lavished his young athletes with attention, bought them expensive gifts and invited them to sleepovers at his homes in Woodridge and Colorado. On Wednesday, the onetime track coach at Lisle High School was jailed on charges he molested a teen boy he trained at his most recent job at Lifetime Fitness in Warrenville.

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    Revised Fabyan site plan has just one mountain biking trail

    The concept plan for a recreational complex on former landfills in Geneva _ minus one mountain-biking area _ is now in the hands of the Kane County Forest Preserve Commission and the Kane County Board.

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    Vernon Hills man, 27, dies in Chicago motorcycle crash

    A 27-year-old Vernon Hills man died shortly after colliding with a vehicle while riding a motorcycle in Chicago Wednesday morning, according to police.

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    California man confirms role in anti-Islam film

    The search for those behind the provocative, anti-Muslim film that triggered mobs in Egypt and Libya led Wednesday to a California Coptic Christian convicted of financial crimes who acknowledged his role in managing and providing logistics for the production. Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, 55, told The Associated Press in an interview outside Los Angeles that he was manager for the company that...

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    George Nellessen

    Bond reduced for man charged in 2011 Arlington Heights killing

    Azari Braden, 20, of Chicago, one of four men charged in the April 12, 2011, slaying of 55-year-old Arlington Heights resident George Nellessen, had his bond reduced to $20,000.

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    Jackson: No urgency among strikers, school execs

    The Rev. Jesse Jackson met with both sides of the Chicago teachers strike and concluded a sense of urgency to settle the dispute does not exist among the negotiators as it does on the city's streets.

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    Mount Prospect considers smaller flood-reduction plan

    Mount Prospect trustees are recommending a $2.5-million package of public improvements designed to deal with flooding in targeted areas of the village, a far cry from the nearly $24 million program officials discussed earlier this year. The recommendations came after extensive talks, surveys, studies and reports in the wake of heavy flooding after last year's record rainstorms.

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    Jack McCullough

    Inmate: Suspect admitted killing girl in 1957

    An inmate testified Wednesday that he overheard a man accused of the 1957 slaying of a 7-year-old Sycamore girl recently tell another cellmate that he choked the child to death with a wire. Jack McCullough, 72 and a former Washington state police officer, has pleaded not guilty to abducting and murdering Maria Ridulph.

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    With freight train derailments occurring on main lines an average of 13 times a year in Chicago and the suburbs, local leaders don't want to play the odds that a derailment could lead to a hazardous materials spill. Tank cars, they say, should be reinforced to help keep that from happening.

    Suburbs don’t want to play derailment odds

    With freight train derailments occurring on main lines an average of 13 times a year in Chicago and the suburbs, local leaders don't want to play the odds that a derailment could lead to a hazardous materials spill. Tank cars, they say, should be reinforced to help keep that from happening.

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    Lake Forest High School teachers picket Wednesday on the first day of their strike. Lake Forest District 115 contends the instructors are making unreasonable demands in light of a shaky economy.

    Lake Forest High School teachers on strike over salary and benefits

    Lake Forest High School teachers are on strike less than a month after an impasse was publicly declared for contract negotiations. Salary and benefits are at the root of the dispute. Instructors at Lake Forest District 115 began their walkout Wednesday as teachers at the Chicago Public Schools spent a third day on strike. About 1,700 students and 150 teachers are idle in Lake Forest.

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    On Sunday night, Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis, right, tells reporters outside the union’s headquarters that the city’s 25,000 public school teachers will walk the picket line Monday morning.

    Chicago teachers union president is brash advocate

    She's brash and blunt, the tough-talking union leader who has taken on Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel in a bitter contract dispute regarded as a referendum on the future of the nation's third-largest school district. But Karen Lewis is also a whip-smart Ivy League graduate with a long, distinguished record in the classroom and the overwhelming support of her union's 30,000 members.

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    U of I says freshman class smaller but better

    Freshmen enrollment is down slightly at the University of Illinois' campus in Urbana-Champaign, but the administration says the incoming students have higher test scores and class ranks than last year. The freshmen class boasts an average ACT score of 28.4 and an average SAT score of 1337.

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    Enrollment down at NIU, but freshman class grows

    Northern Illinois University says fall enrollment is down by almost 5 percent but its incoming freshman class is larger than last year's. The university said Wednesday that overall enrollment is down to 21,869 students. New freshman enrollment is up 2.9 percent to 2,664.

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    Scientist warns of heavier storms, more algae in Great Lakes

    An increasingly warm climate is worsening the problem of harmful Great Lakes algae blooms by boosting the intensity of spring rains that wash phosphorus into the waters, a scientist said Wednesday during a conference for advocates and policymakers.

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    Illinois poverty changes little in 2011

    The number of Illinois residents living in poverty stabilized in 2011, according to U.S. census data released Wednesday. There were 9,000 more impoverished Illinoisans, for a total of 1.8 million — about 14 percent. That's virtually unchanged from the previous year. But it represents an increase of more than a half-million people, or 43 percent, since 2007.

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    Christopher Vaughn

    Prosecution rests case in Vaughn murder trial

    Prosecutors have rested at the trial of an Oswego computer specialist accused of shooting his wife and three young children to death in the family car. Their witnesses included forensics experts who testified it must have been Christopher Vaughn who pulled the trigger and a stripper Vaughn allegedly confided in about his marital troubles.

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    Tri-Cities police reports
    Samantha J. Yeakel, 27, of Aurora, was charged with misdemeanor domestic battery at 10 a.m. Monday at the Kane County Courthouse at 100 S. Third St., Geneva, according to a sheriff's report. She is accused of threatening a person after a custody hearing.

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    New Lake County judge

    Christen L. Bishop will become Lake County's newest associate judge, Chief Judge Fred Foreman announced Wednesday.

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    D50 strategic planning

    Woodland Elementary District 50 invites its community to participate in a fall strategic planning process that will begin next month.

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    Lawsuit filed against Gurnee theme park
    Published reports indicate a man filed a $30,000 lawsuit this week against Six Flags Great America in Gurnee. The man claims that his daughter suffered scrape and bruises after a costumed character frightened and chased her, causing her to fall. A spokeswoman for the theme park had no comment on the suit but stated that safety for guests and employees is the park's top priority.

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    Save-a-Pet charity event

    Save-A-Pet Adoption Center will host its first charity wine tasting and wine auction on Thursday, Oct. 4, called "Canines and Cats Uncorked."

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    Lake in the Hills looking at eminent domain for airport plan

    Lake in the Hills officials are set to decide on whether to use eminent domain proceedings against a construction company as part of its airport improvement plan. The roughly one-acre parcel at 8603 Pyott Road, which now belongs to Snelten Inc., a construction company, would serve as the main access to the new airport apron area, part of a $23 million plan to improve safety at the Lake in the...

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    Edward Christ

    Former Elgin assistant police chief dies

    Edward Christ of Elgin loved to travel and feed birds — rain or shine — but what defined him more than anything was a great sense of responsibility. Christ, 88, a former asssitant police chief in Elgin, died Sept. 6 at Apostolic Christian Resthaven in Elgin, where he had been staying for the last two years.

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    Prospect Hts. joins effort against texting and driving

    Prospect Heights is joining the nationwide "No Text On Board Pledge Day" on Wednesday, Sept. 19 to encourage drivers of all ages to take the pledge "to never text and drive again."

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    Polit to seek four more years on Mt. Prospect board

    Mount Prospect Trustee Steve Polit has announced that he will run for a second full term on the board in the April 2013 election. "I genuinely enjoy the job," he said. "I enjoy working with our staff and teaching people about government."

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    Lake Street closed in Addison due to rollover semi

    Lake Street in Addisoon was reduced to one lane early Wednesday after a semi hauling metal waste flipped over at I-355. Officials remain at the scene cleaning up the area.

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    Greg Gron

    Why Lombard trustees couldn’t choose acting mayor

    Despite the urging of one Lombard trustee to "be professional," it seems the village board is deadlocked on choosing an acting mayor because of politics, splitting into two voting blocs. "Because someone is running for something is why people are not being put in the seat," Trustee Laura Fitzpatrick said at the meeting.

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    Gayle Smolinski

    Roselle mayor, clerk get pay boost

    Roselle's mayor will get a $3,000-a-year pay increase to $25,000 next year, while the salary of the village clerk is being increased by 50 percent, from $26,000 to $39,000. The measure, approved this week by the village board, takes effect in May after local elections, as elected officials cannot raise their own salaries while in office.

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    Prospect Heights renews deal with grant consultant

    Prospect Heights has renewed its contract with Grant Consultants Administrative Consulting Specialists, a company that works with the city to identify and apply for grant funding. The city will pay $20,000 for the company's services, which officials hope will lead to Prospect Heights receiving more than $100,000 in grants, Mayor Nick Helmer said.

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    South Barrington hoping to finally start village hall expansion

    Though delays continue to plague South Barrington's village hall expansion project, Village President Frank Munao is holding out hope of at least building the foundation later this fall. "If we get a nice mild winter like we did last year, we can continue to work on the shell," he said.

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    Philip “Phil” Schiller, senior vice president of worldwide marketing at Apple Inc., speaks during an event in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012.

    Images: iPhone 5 Introduction
    Apple introduced on Wednesday the iPhone 5, which will be available to consumers later this month. The most recent version of Apple's hot seller boasts faster data speed as well as a taller screen. Apple's unveiling of the iPhone 5 is an overhaul aimed at widening its lead over Samsung Electronics Co. and Google Inc. in the $219.1 billion smartphone market.

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    Nikolai T. Anderson

    Man facing exposure charge gets $150,000 bail at chaotic hearing

    A woman collapsed outside a DuPage County courtroom Wednesday after a $150,000 bail was set for her nephew, who is accused of exposing himself to two young girls. Family members of defendant Nikolai Anderson rushed to help the woman, who they said recently had surgery, before leaving the building.

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    Buffalo Grove motorcyclist dies after collision

    A Buffalo Grove motorcyclist died Tuesday from injuries suffered in a Monday night crash involving a man accused of drunken driving. Anthony Brust, 21, died from blunt force trauma to the head suffered when his motorcycle collided with an SUV about 8:30 p.m. Monday at Old Route 53 and Robert Parker Coffin Road in Long Grove, Lake County Coroner Artis Yancey said Wednesday.

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    Edmond Coisson, left, stands with star Karen Black and an award winner at the first Naperville Independent Film Festival. Coisson said he started the festival to give filmmakers exposure. “Ninety-nine percent of the films we show, you wouldn’t see them anywhere else.”

    Naperville film festival returns with local, international talent

    The Naperville Independent Film Festival returns for its fifth year, and more than 100 films by filmmakers from 18 states and 16 countries will be shown, and 50 films and screenplays have been nominated for awards. "Ninety-nine percent of the films we show, you wouldn't see them anywhere else," said Edmond Coisson, executive director and founder of the festival.

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    A Paul Bunyan figure stands over Lambs Farm near Libertyville.

    The story behind folk tales, fairy tales, legends, myths and fables

    Students in Elise Diaz's fifth grade class at O'Plaine School in Gurnee asked, "What is the difference between a folk tale, fairy tale, legend, myth, and a fable?" “Myths often have superhuman or divine characters. Although every culture has its own myths, some of the best known come from ancient Greece,” said Nathan Breen, professor of English at the College of Lake County.

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    Mayor Kenneth H. Kessler, 2009

    Could elected clerk’s days be numbered in Mundelein?

    Discussions about changing the village clerk from an elected position to a staff job have begun in Mundelein. Mayor Kenneth H. Kessler brought the proposal forward at a village board meeting Monday night. The idea isn't a reflection of the abilities of the current clerk, Esmie Dahlstrom, Kessler insisted during a subsequent interview.

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    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel speaks during a news conference at Tarkington School of Excellence in Chicago, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012 as Vincent Iturralde, right, principal at at Tarkington listens. Negotiations continue on the second day of a strike in the nation’s third-largest school district, as the two sides continue to struggle to reach an agreement in a bitter contract dispute over evaluations and job security.

    Emanuel: Students must be in class during negotiations

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants contract negotiations with teachers to continue with students in class. He spoke to reporters Wednesday as teachers in the nation's third-largest school district picketed for the third day. A number of issues remain, including teacher evaluations. But the Chicago Teachers Union says they're far from an agreement.

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    Ryan: Obama’s defense cuts ‘breed weakness’

    In the wake of news that four Americans were killed in attacks in Libya, Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan said on Wednesday that President Barack Obama's defense spending cuts "breed weakness." His comments at a town hall meeting near Green Bay came in reaction to a question about national defense from an audience member wearing a hat indicating that he was a Bronze Star...

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    Liverpool soccer fans arrive at Anfield Stadium to pay their respects as flower tributes cover the ‘Kop’ end of the field, in Liverpool, on April 17, 1989, following April 15, when fans surged forward during the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield, when the crash barriers gave way, killing 96 Liverpool fans and injuring over 200 others. After a long campaign by relatives of the 96 soccer fans who were crushed to death in Britainís worst sporting disaster, some 400,000 pages of previously undisclosed papers will be released Wednesday Sept. 12, 2012, and the previously secret documents may clarify what caused the disaster and how mistakes by British authorities may have contributed to the 1989 tragedy. (AP Photo, File)

    U.K. police blamed the dead for 1989 stadium tragedy

    British police and medics whose failures contributed to the deaths of 96 soccer fans in the country's worst sports disaster unfairly blamed the dead for the 1989 tragedy and sought to cover up their actions, newly disclosed documents revealed Wednesday. The documents vindicated efforts by the victims' families, who had spent 23 years demanding a full accounting of the events at Hillsborough...

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    Erica DePalo, right, walks with her attorney Anthony Alfano into Essex County Superior Court before an appearance, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012, in Newark, N.J. DePalo, the 2011 Essex County teacher of the year, pled not guilty to charges she had a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old honors student. Prosecutors say the 33-year-old Montclair resident had a relationship with a boy in her honors English class. They say the affair started in June and ended recently. DePalo has been indefinitely suspended from her job teaching English at West Orange High School.

    ‘Teacher of the year’ denies sex charge

    A New Jersey woman recently named a county's teacher of the year was in court Wednesday to answer charges that she had sex with a 15-year-old boy enrolled in an honors class she taught. An attorney for Erica DePalo, 33, of Montclair, entered a not guilty plea on her behalf during a hearing in Superior Court in Newark. DePalo faces aggravated sexual assault, sexual assault and child endangerment...

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    New principal evaluation system rolled out in U-46

    Principals will find themselves under the microscope this school year with the implementation of the state's Performance Evaluation Reform Act. Principals in Elgin Area School District U-46 will be given grades based on their performance, observations, self assessment and a student performance component. Though results will be tied to principal salary, the district has yet to finalize details.

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    Will also charge more for unsterilized pets

    Kane County has raised the registration fees 150 percent for dogs and cats. And it will charge $10 more for tags for pets that have not been spayed or neutered.

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    Kane County OKs cost study for Fabyan idea

    The Kane County Board hired a consultant to do a fiscal impact study of the yet-unapproved concept plan for a recreational complex at the old jail site and Settler's Hill landfill in Geneva -- but several argued environmental issues should be studied first.

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    The Suburbs This Weekend: Indiana Jones and the Advice Columnist
    Richard and Sean's weekend picks bring two legendary American figures together for the first time: Ann Landers and Indiana Jones!

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    Jim Magnanenzi

    Barrington challengers have different downtown vision

    Two Barrington residents putting together a slate of candidates to run for the village board next spring attracted a crowd of about 20 people — most with business interests in the downtown — to a discussion Tuesday evening on the current direction of downtown redevelopment.

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    Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney makes comments on the killing of U.S. embassy officials in Benghazi, Libya, while speaking in Jacksonville, Fla., Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012.

    Romney assails Obama anew over foreign attacks

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Republican Mitt Romney on Tuesday assailed President Barack Obama anew over his administration’s handling of foreign attacks on U.S. diplomatic missions, saying the president’s team sent “mixed signals to the world” in the face of violence.

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    Israel’s Ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA, Ehud Azoulay, talks with U.S. Alternate Permanent Representative to the United Nations Robert Wood, from left, at the start of the IAEA board of governors meeting at the International Center in Vienna, Austria, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012.

    U.S., Russia bridge differences on Iran at nuclear meeting

    VIENNA — The United States and its Western allies have persuaded Russia and China to support a resolution critical of Iran’s nuclear defiance in hope of showing Israel that diplomacy is an alternative to military force in pressuring Tehran, diplomats said Wednesday.

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    A Pakistani woman mourns the death of her family member outside a mortuary in Karachi, Pakistan, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012.

    Deaths in factory fires in Pakistan up to 314

    KARACHI, Pakistan — The death toll from a pair of devastating factory fires that broke out in Pakistan’s two biggest cities rose on Wednesday to 314 people, many of whom perished because they were unable to escape buildings that lacked emergency exits and basic safety equipment such as alarms and sprinklers.

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    Teachers strike at Lake Forest High School

    Teachers in Chicago aren't the only ones on strike after negotiators in Lake Forest failed to agree on a new contract for high school teachers. The 150 teachers in the suburban Chicago district decided to strike after contract talks broke off late Tuesday.

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    Possible cougar sighting in Barrington Hills

    Barrington Hills police have issued an alert for an unconfirmed sighting of a cougar by a citizen at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 7, near Oak Knoll and Old Hart roads. Police have informed the Illinois Department of Natural Resources of the possible sighting and are continuing to monitor the area.

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    Palestinians protest against the movie, "Innocence of Muslims," near the United Nations office in Gaza City, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012. Muslim anger over perceived Western insults to Islam has exploded several times, most recently in Tuesday's attacks against U.S. diplomatic posts in the Middle East in which U.S. ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed. The banner reads in Arabic "you are more dear than my father and mother my beloved prophet Mohammed." (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

    Perceived insults to Islam trigger Muslim anger

    Muslim anger over perceived Western insults to Islam has exploded several times, most recently in Tuesday's attacks against U.S. diplomatic posts in the Middle East in which U.S. ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed. The violence, fueled mostly by religious zealots, reflects the tension between Muslims and the secular West that followed the wars in Afghanistan...

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    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton follows President Barack Obama to the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012, to deliver a statement on the death of U.S. ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens.

    Obama condemns attack that killed envoy, 3 others

    President Barack Obama vowed Wednesday the United States would "work with the Libyan government to bring to justice" those who killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other American personnel in an attack on the consulate in Benghazi. "Make no mistake. Justice will be done," he said.

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    One arrested for battery, 10 others arrested for underage drinking in Libertyville

    Twelve people were arrested after a noise complaint at a Libertyville business led to the discovery of an underaged drinking party, police said. Police responded to the Rancho Grande Restaurant in the 500 block of East Park Avenue at 1:05 a.m. Saturday because of a noise complaint. Once there, authorities said, they saw several people under the age of 21 drinking inside and outside the restaurant.

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    In this June 19, 2009 file photo, a car is seen engulfed in flames from rail cars loaded with ethanol that derailed in Rockford, Ill. A Rockford woman died as she tried to flee the derailment. For two decades, one of the nation’s most common types of rail tanker, known as a DOT-111, has been allowed to haul hazardous liquids from coast to coast even though transportation officials were aware of a dangerous design flaw that almost guarantees the car will tear open in an accident.

    Design flaw makes hazardous materials rail cars dangerous

    For two decades, one of the nation's most common types of rail tanker, known as a DOT-111, has been allowed to haul hazardous liquids from coast to coast even though transportation officials were aware of a dangerous design flaw that almost guarantees the car will tear open in an accident. "There's a law of averages that gives me great concern," said Jim Arie, fire chief in Barrington, a suburb...

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    Miguel Rosas, owner of The New Style Barbershop in Moline, works on a customer’s hair design. Over the Labor Day weekend, Rosas won first and second-place awards at the Xotics Hair Battle in Columbus, Ohio. He took first place for the fastest fade and second place for a freestyle competition with color where he cropped a design of Yosemite Sam into his subject’s skull.

    Moline barber a cut above the rest

    MOLINE — He uses hair clippers like a painter uses a brush. His canvas is the scalp, where he creates intricate designs.Since he was a boy, Miguel Rosas has been cutting hair, starting with his own. That followed by cutting the hair of family and friends.

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    Driver convicted in service worker’s death on I-65

    CROWN POINT, Ind. — A northwestern Indiana man has been convicted of driving drunk for a crash that killed a worker doing tire repairs on a semitrailer along Interstate 65.

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    Wisconsin man who injured son now facing homicide charge

    BALSAM LAKE, Wis. — A man imprisoned for causing severe injuries to his infant son who died four years later is now facing a homicide charge in Polk County. Thirty-year-old Kenneth Larson, of Balsam Lake, was convicted in 2008 of injuring the 1-month-old child, who suffered severe brain damage. Larson is serving a 5-year prison sentence in Oshkosh.

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    Event to help veterans with business opportunities

    SPRINGFIELD — Illinois military veterans who own businesses or have entrepreneurial aspirations can learn how to start or expand their ventures at an event in Bartonville. “Mission: Veterans 2 Entrepreneurs” will advise ambitious vets on procurement opportunities with the state of Illinois along with federal and local government agencies.

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    Nobel winner aiming Indiana speech to Burmese

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. — Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi plans to speak to Fort Wayne’s large Burmese community in their native language during her visit this month.Suu Kyi speaks fluent English, but organizers say plans are for her entire presentation Sept. 25 at Memorial Coliseum to be in Burmese.

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    EPA sends emergency response team to abandoned Wis. factory

    SLINGER, Wis. — An emergency response team from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will be dispatched to an abandoned factory in southeastern Wisconsin. The team will begin the process of cleaning up the metal plating factory in Slinger where thousands of pounds of hazardous and toxic chemicals have been left behind.

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    Grenades found in Indiana park ruled nonlethal

    ANDERSON, Ind. — Police say five grenades found by children in a central Indiana city park were nonlethal training devices.Anderson police Detective Joel Sandefur says the grenades could have had a firecracker-like explosion if they had been activated.

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    Wisconsin installs security buttons around state Capitol

    MADISON, Wis. — Hundreds of security buttons have been installed around the state Capitol as the new police chief steps up efforts to improve a sense of safety in the statehouse.

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    Statements allowed in Wis. fetal abduction

    MILWAUKEE — A judge is allowing some incriminating statements of a woman accused of killing a pregnant woman and then trying to steal her unborn baby. Attorneys for Annette Morales-Rodriguez argued the interrogation was improper and the statements last fall should be suppressed. A detective had questioned her in an emergency room without a warning of her right to remain silent.

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    Driver killed walking onto I-70 after crash

    CENTERVILLE, Ind. — Police in eastern Indiana say a man from South Dakota was struck and killed on Interstate 70 when he walked into traffic after his vehicle had crashed.The Wayne County sheriff says the man’s vehicle left the highway near the town of Centerville and ran into the safety cables in the median about 5 a.m. Wednesday.

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    S. Indiana county’s tornado costs less than expected

    JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. — A southern Indiana county’s cleanup costs from the deadly tornado outbreak in March have turned out to be much less than expected.The Clark County Council voted this week to approve using $1.9 million from the county general fund for cleanup expenses from the March 2 tornado that struck the Henryville and Marysville areas.

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    101,000 items returned in Chicago library’s amnesty program

    The Chicago Public Library’s “Once in a Blue Moon Amnesty” program has ended with the return of more than 101,000 items worth an estimated $2 million.From Aug. 20 to Sept. 7, the library allowed patrons to return missing books, DVDs and CDs without paying the outstanding fines.

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    Public school teachers cheer as Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis, unseen, arrives unexpectedly to address a rally of thousands of teachers gathered for the second consecutive day outside the Chicago Board of Education district headquarters on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012 in Chicago.

    Chicago teachers’ strike grinds into third day

    The public teachers' strike that has halted classwork and upset family routines across Chicago ground into a third day Wednesday with some movement reported by union and school board negotiators but no sign of an imminent deal. Union leaders said they will meet Wednesday morning to review a new, comprehensive proposal from school board negotiators that addresses all the issues still on the table.

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    Dawn Patrol: Crash injures 3 in Elgin; Cubs, Sox lose

    The U.S. ambassador to Libya and three American members of his staff were killed in the attack on the U.S. consulate. Round Lake Beach man sentenced to 18 years for fatal DUI. Police say a driver's distraction caused an Elgin crash that injured three. White Sox lose to Tigers.

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    Fremont Township Assessor Ed Sullivan, who also is a state legislator, says state stipends paid to township assessors could be eliminated.

    Township assessors get $3,000 bonus for doing job right

    Nearly 900 township assessors and county assessment officials in Illinois are eligible for a $3,000 yearly bonus — just for doing their jobs right. The "performance stipend" costs taxpayers upward of $650,000 a year in a state that's so broke it's at least $5.8 billion behind in paying its bills. "I think that's something that's going to be phased out," said state Rep. Ed Sullivan, a...

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    Women’s volleyball, men’s cross country lead the way for Harper

    In this young fall sports season, there have already been many ups and downs this season for the Harper College athletic department — both dramatic wins and heartbreaking losses. Here's a look at both the highs and lows so far.

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    Detroit Tigers first baseman Prince Fielder, right, watches his three-run home run as Chicago White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski looks on Wednesday during the seventh inning at U.S. Cellular Field.

    Mistakes leave White Sox seeking answers

    Robin Ventura did not have his best night as a manager Wednesday as the White Sox lost to Detroit for the second straight night on the South Side.

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    The Diamondbacks’ Gerardo Parra, left, Adam Eaton, center, and Justin Upton celebrate their win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday in Phoenix.

    Diamondbacks edge Dodgers 3-2

    Justin Upton and Gerardo Parra hit consecutive RBI singles to support Trevor Cahill's seven strong innings, and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 on Wednesday night. The Dodgers, losers of six of their past seven, squandered a chance to pull even with St. Louis for the second NL wild-card spot.

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    San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Tim Lincecum struck out eight and walked four Wednesday in a road win over the Colorado Rockies.

    Lincecum pitches Giants past Rockies 8-3

    Tim Lincecum pitched effectively for six innings to extend his road winning streak to a career-best five straight, Brandon Crawford doubled twice and drove in two runs, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Colorado Rockies 8-3 Wednesday night to continue their strong play away from home.

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

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

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

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

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    The Orioles’ Nate McLouth, center, celebrates with teammates after driving in Manny Machado for the game-winning run Wednesday against the Tampa Bay Rays in Baltimore.

    Orioles stay in first with victory over Rays

    Manny Machado made a brilliant defensive play in the top of the ninth and scored the winning run in the bottom half, and the Orioles beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 Wednesday night to retain a share of first place in the AL East.

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    Minnesota Twins left fielder Ryan Doumit commits an error on a ball hit by Kansas City’s Johnny Giavotella in the eighth inning Wednesday at home.

    Royals beat sloppy Twins 10-5

    Billy Butler had three hits and three RBIs, and the Kansas City Royals' bullpen picked up struggling starter Luke Hochevar with four scoreless innings in a 10-5 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday night.

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    White Sox second baseman Orlando Hudson talks to the Detroit Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera Wednesday during the first inning at U.S. Cellular Field.

    Sox get no relief from hungry Tigers

    A nice crowd of 30,667 showed up at U.S. Cellular Field on Wednesday night for the third of four White Sox-Tigers games. By the time Kevin Youkilis hit his second homer of the game, a 3-run shot off Joaquin Benoit in the eighth inning, there were only about 3,667 in the stands

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    Detroit Tigers first baseman Prince Fielder, right, watches after hitting a three-run home run as White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski looks on Wednesday during the seventh inning at U.S. Cellular Field.

    White Sox have no answers for Tigers’ Scherzer, Fielder

    Max Scherzer pitched six effective innings to earn his career-high 16th win, Prince Fielder hit a three-run homer and the Detroit Tigers beat the Chicago White Sox 8-6 on Wednesday night to move within a game of the AL Central lead. After dropping the opener of the four-game set on Monday, the Tigers have won two in a row in their last head-to-head meeting with the White Sox.

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    Cubs left fielder Alfonso Soriano is congratulated by third base coach Pat Listach on a solo home run Wednesday during the fifth inning against the Houston Astros.

    Soriano, Wood, lift Cubs over Astros 5-1

    Alfonso Soriano finished a triple shy of the cycle and drove in two runs and Travis Wood allowed one run in 7 2/3 innings to lead the Cubs to a 5-1 win over the Houston Astros Wednesday night. Dave Sappelt also had four hits for the Cubs.Wood (6-11) gave up four hits and struck out six for his second straight win. Wood has allowed only one run in his last two starts, spanning 13 2-3 innings.

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    In Strasburg’s slot, Lannan leads Nats over Mets

    NEW YORK — John Lannan knows he can’t pitch like Stephen Strasburg. What he can do is compete like the Washington Nationals’ ace.Lannan pitched five-hit ball over 5 2-3 innings in his first start since replacing Strasburg in Washington’s starting rotation, and the Nationals lowered their magic number for clinching a playoff berth to six with a 2-0 win over the punchless New York Mets on Wednesday night.“It’s definitely strange. There’s a lot of strange things going on,” Lannan said. “What’s going on with Stras, it just hasn’t happened before.”Ryan Zimmerman homered in the fourth off rookie Matt Harvey (3-5) and Ian Desmond connected off Jon Rauch in the eighth, helping the NL East leaders complete a three-game sweep and open an 8½-game lead over the second-place Braves heading into a three-game series at Atlanta starting Friday. The Nationals are closing in on the capital’s first postseason baseball berth since the original Washington Senators in 1933. “This was a big series,” manager Davey Johnson said. “We need to kind of drive the nail in their coffin over here and come into Atlanta in a good frame of mind.”A native of nearby Long Beach, Lannan (3-0) struck out two and walked one in an 81-pitch outing. Lannan, Washington’s opening-day starter in 2009 and 2010, was 9-11 with a 4.30 ERA at Triple-A Syracuse and asked the Nationals to trade him when he was demoted at the end of spring training.“It all happened for a reason, I guess,” he said. “I just don’t look back on it with anger or anything. It just is what it is. It happened, and we’ve just got to move on.”Pitching before about 20 family members and friends, he made his first appearance since a minor league outing on Aug. 30 and improved to 4-1 with a 1.69 ERA against the Mets in his last five starts. Without Strasburg’s dominant fastball, the left-handed Lannan relies on changing speeds and control.“He earned a lot of respect in this clubhouse,” said reliever Sean Burnett, who gave up two hits and got two outs in the ninth — his first appearance since Sept. 2 following a layoff caused by an irritated nerve in his pitching elbow.Drew Storen came in and retired pinch-hitter Daniel Murphy on a game-ending flyout with runners at the corners for his second save. The surging Nationals have won nine of 11 and 12 of 15.Harvey struck out 10 in five-plus innings, his latest impressive performance. New York, however, finished an 0-6 homestand and dropped to 65-78, falling 13 games under .500 for the first time since finishing 2009 at 70-92. The Mets have lost eight of nine overall.They also extended their club-record streak of scoring three runs or fewer to 13 straight home games. They have lost 22 of their last 26 in Queens and have just four wins at Citi Field since the All-Star break — two fewer than the Nationals. “It’s frustrating for all 35 guys in that clubhouse, besides the players, and the coaches and the front office,” Mets manager Terry Collins said. “We set the bar pretty high in April and May. Our club wasn’t picked to be very good and we set the bar up there. “Right now, we just cannot seem to recreate what happened in April.”Washington cut short Strasburg’s season last weekend, wanting to protect the 24-year-old right-hander’s arm following ligament-replacement surgery on Sept. 3, 2010. While the Nationals initially intended to make Wednesday’s game his final start of the year, they moved up their timetable because they said the limit was weighing on his mind. Strasburg finished 15-6 with a 3.16 ERA in 28 starts with 197 strikeouts in 159 1-3 innings.Johnson said he might use Strasburg as a pinch-hitter down the stretch. Strasburg is hitting .277 with one homer, four doubles and seven RBIs.“If I can’t use your arm, I’ll use your bat,” Johnson said. “He’s pretty bad now but he’s going to get worse because he’s going to be chomping.”

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    Alvado Fernandez, left, of the Fire watches his header beat Toronto FC goalkeeper Milos Kocic on Wednesday.

    Red-hot Fire prevails north of the border

    The Chicago Fire capitalized on first-half goals from Alvaro Fernandez and Chris Rolfe to topple Toronto FC 2-1 at BMO Field on Wednesday night. The Fire has won four of their last five matches and sits in second place in the Eastern Conference.

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    Orioles beat Rays 3-2 to remain in 1st place

    BALTIMORE — Manny Machado led off the ninth inning with a single and scored the winning run on a single by Nate McLouth, and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 Wednesday night to retain a share of first place in the AL East.The rookie also made a key defensive play in the top of the ninth for the Orioles, who moved 18 games over .500 (80-62) for the first time since the end of the 1997 season. Baltimore started the day tied atop the division with the New York Yankees, played a late game at Boston.The Orioles will seek to complete a three-game sweep of Tampa Bay on Thursday.B.J. Upton homered for the Rays, who fell three games behind the Orioles. Tampa Bay stranded 11 and went 2 for 10 with runners in scoring position.Machado led off the ninth with a single off Kyle Farnsworth (1-5), took second on a bunt and scored when McLouth hit a liner off the right-field wall. McLouth has assumed the leadoff role in place of Nick Markakis, who broke his left thumb on Saturday.In the top of the ninth, pinch-runner Rich Thompson was on second with two outs when Evan Longoria topped a pitch from Jim Johnson (2-1) down the third-base line. Machado picked it up and faked a throw to first as Thompson rounded third. Machado flipped the ball to shortstop J.J. Hardy at third base, starting a rundown that ended with Thompson being tagged out by catcher Matt Wieters.Orioles starter Miguel Gonzalez allowed two runs, six hits and five walks in six innings. He yielded a leadoff home run for the third time this season, but finished by retiring Jose Molina with the bases loaded with score 2-all.Tampa Bay right-hander Alex Cobb gave up two runs and seven hits in 4 2-3 innings. He’s 5-0 with three no-decisions in his last eight starts.Cobb was followed by Jake McGee, who struck out all four batters he faced in his 17th straight scoreless appearance.Upton hit the second pitch of the game into the left-field seats, his eighth career leadoff homer and third this year. In the bottom half, after RBI singles by Wieters and Wilson Betemit gave Baltimore a 2-1 lead, Cobb struck out Mark Reynolds with one out and runners on second and third. A walk loaded the bases for Machado, who hit into a fielder’s choice.Through the first two innings, Baltimore was 2 for 8 with runners in scoring position.Ben Francisco tied it for Tampa Bay with a two-out RBI double in the third. Carlos Pena then hit a routine fly ball with two runners in scoring position.The Rays threatened in the sixth. A single, a walk and a balk put runners at second and third with one out before Gonzalez struck out Ryan Roberts. An intentional walk loaded the bases for Molina, and the crowd of 26,076 stood in anticipation when the count reached 1-2. Molina fouled off a pitch before hitting a grounder to first.NOTES: Tampa Bay OF Desmond Jennings (lower back tightness) was available to play but did not start after missing the previous three games. ... Rookie LHP Wei-Yin Chen (12-9) starts for the Orioles on Thursday afternoon. The Rays will start Jeremy Hellickson (8-10), who’s winless since Aug. 20. ... Roberts, who strained his left forearm Tuesday night, started at 2B. ... Reynolds struck out three times. ... Upton reached 30 steals for the fifth straight season.

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    Yankees beat Red Sox 5-4, lose Jeter

    BOSTON — Curtis Granderson hit two home runs, Robinson Cano also homered and the New York Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox 5-4 on Wednesday night to remain tied for first place in the AL East.The Yankees finished the game without shortstop Derek Jeter, who left in the eighth after pulling up lame running out a double-play grounder to end the inning.A day after Jacoby Ellsbury’s game-ending single dropped New York into a tie with Baltimore atop the division, the Yankees got all their runs on homers to remain there. The Orioles beat Tampa Bay 3-2 on Wednesday night, preserving the tie and dropping the Rays three games back in the division.David Phelps (4-4), gave up one run on five hits and a walk in 5 2-3 innings, striking out five. Rafael Soriano got four outs for his 37th save, but not before allowing a solo homer to Jarrod Saltalamacchia to lead off the ninth, followed by a fly ball that left fielder Chris Dickerson caught at the base of the Green Monster.

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    Weeks hits 3-run homer as Brewers beat Braves 8-2

    MILWAUKEE — Rickie Weeks blasted a three-run home run and Travis Ishikawa hit a bases-clearing double in Milwaukee’s eight-run fifth inning, and the Brewers beat the Atlanta Braves 8-2 on Wednesday night.The victory was the Brewers’ ninth in a row at Miller Park and 18th in the past 23 games overall. Milwaukee (72-71) climbed above .500 for the first time since it was 4-3 on April 12.The Brewers moved within three games of St. Louise for the second NL wild card. Despite the loss, the Braves continue to have a strong hold on the top wild card position.Brewers starter Yovani Gallardo also connected for a run-scoring double in the game-turning inning, during which the Brewers sent 13 batters to the plate while collecting eight hits and two walks. Milwaukee trailed 2-0 entering the frame.Gallardo (15-8) pitched seven strong innings in his majors-leading 24th quality start of the season. He gave up two runs on only four hits while walking three and striking out six.Relievers Jose Veras and Kameron Loe combined to shut out the Braves over the final two innings.Atlanta starter Paul Maholm (12-10) held the Brewers scoreless through four innings before running into major trouble in the fifth.Maholm gave up nine hits, eight runs — six earned — in 4 1-3 innings. He walked two batters and struck out a pair. Maholm entered the game 0-2 with an 11.25 ERA in two prior starts against the Brewers this season.Weeks connected for his 18th home run of the season to spark the fifth-inning outburst, giving the Brewers a 3-2 lead. Milwaukee added five more runs in the inning, three on a double by Ishikawa, who started at first base in place of the injured Corey Hart.Jason Heyward got the Braves on the board in the first inning when he hit a two-out, solo home run. The Braves added a run in the fourth.NOTES: The Brewers presented Chipper Jones with a Weber gas grill and a year’s supply of Klement’s sausages in an on-field ceremony prior to the game to mark the retirement of the Braves’ third baseman. Jones, who played his 42nd and final game against the Brewers on Wednesday, announced earlier this year his plan to retire at the end of his 18th full season in the majors, all of them with Atlanta. Jones got a loud standing ovation and tipped his cap to the crowd in his final at-bat in the ninth inning. ... Brewers 1B Hart took batting practice but sat out Wednesday’s game as he continues to struggle with plantar fasciitis in his left foot. Team officials said Hart, who hasn’t played since Sunday, is questionable for the team’s next game on Friday at home against the New York Mets. ... The Brewers have produced at least one extra-base hit in 82 consecutive games, the second-longest streak in franchise history behind the 113 consecutive-game mark recorded in 2008.

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    The Brewers’ Travis Ishikawa hits a three-run double during the fifth inning against Atlanta on Wednesday in Milwaukee.

    Brewers pound on Braves 8-2

    Rickie Weeks blasted a three-run home run and Travis Ishikawa hit a bases-clearing double in Milwaukee's eight-run fifth inning, and the Brewers beat the Atlanta Braves 8-2 on Wednesday night.

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    Tallman’s return powers Wauconda

    Megan Tallman's return from a finger injury helped spark Wauconda's girls volleyball team. The Indiana University-bound setter/hitter slammed 6 kills and dished out 9 assists in her season debut, as the Bulldogs pulled out a 25-23, 25-16 win over host Round Lake in North Suburban Prairie Division action Wednesday night.

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    Hamilton, Beltre homer as Rangers beat Indians

    ARLINGTON, Texas — Josh Hamilton and Adrian Beltre homered before each left the game with injuries, and the Texas Rangers beat the slumping Cleveland Indians 5-2 Wednesday night.Hamilton didn’t take the field in the top of the eighth inning, and the Rangers announced just before the game ended that the slugger was forced out because of left knee soreness.Beltre hit a two-run homer in the first, his 13th in his last 20 games, before exiting in the fifth with a strained left shoulder.Ryan Dempster (11-6) won his fifth straight start and improved to 6-1 since he was acquired by the Rangers on July 31. The right-hander allowed two runs and struck out eight in seven innings.Hamilton hit a solo shot in the third. He leads the majors with 41 home runs and 121 RBIs.Carlos Santana and Casey Kotchman each had an RBI for Cleveland, which led the AL Central on June 23 but is 15-43 since the All-Star break.Cleveland starter Jeanmar Gomez (5-8) allowed five runs and six hits in four innings. Gomez, who won his prior two starts against Texas this season, has not pitched more than six innings in his last nine starts.Joe Nathan, who has converted his last 31 save opportunities, pitched the ninth for his 33rd save of the season.Texas started the day three games ahead of Oakland in the AL West. The A’s played the Los Angeles Angels in a game late Wednesday.Beltre injured his shoulder when he made a diving stop of Russ Canzler’s grounder in the second. He stayed in the game until the fifth. The Rangers announced that Beltre will have a precautionary MRI later Wednesday night.Mike Olt, who replaced Beltre at third, left the game in the bottom of the seventh. Olt was limping just before he reached first beating out an infield single.Ian Kinsler moved to third base for the first time in his career in the top of the eighth, and Jurickson Profar took over for Kinsler at second base.Kinsler led off the bottom of the first with a double and scored on Hamilton’s groundout to set the stage for a surging Beltre. Beltre hit a 1-0 pitch from Gomez over the fence in left to give the Rangers a 3-0 lead. It was his seventh home run in September.Hamilton’s 434-foot blast landed several rows deep in the upper deck in right field. It was his fifth homer in his last 10 games.That was plenty of support for Dempster, who retired the last nine batters he faced. Dempster has a 1.91 ERA over his last five starts. His eight strikeouts were his most since joining the Rangers.Notes: Texas RHP Roy Oswalt (right forearm strain) said he plans to throw on Thursday. He left his start early Sunday against Tampa Bay. . Indians SS Asdrubal Cabrera (sore right wrist) took batting practice Wednesday, but missed his third straight game. . Cleveland RHP Roberto Hernandez (right ankle) is out of his walking boot and is expected to throw a bullpen session early next week. . Texas’ Mike Adams said he felt tightness in a muscle near his right shoulder Tuesday night and the reliever likely won’t pitch the next two to three days. . Cleveland’s Travis Hafner (back) is expected to take batting practice on Friday. . Texas opens the 2013 season at Houston, who will be playing their first season in the AL West.

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    Reds squeeze out tight win for sweep of Pirates

    CINCINNATI — Cincinnati played small ball better than Pittsburgh on Wednesday night, allowing the Reds to take another big step toward a division championship.Homer Bailey pitched seven solid innings and Cincinnati came up with just enough offense to squeeze out a 2-1 win for a three-game sweep of the Pirates.“I felt like it was a battle all night,” Bailey said.The Reds (87-57) scored both of their runs on outs while moving 30 games over .500 for the first time since they were 96-66 on Oct. 3, 1999. They widened their lead in the NL Central over second-place St. Louis to 11½ games.Manager Dusty Baker doesn’t want to stop there.“This was our fifth try at 30,” he said. “We finally reached it. Now let’s set the next goal for 35.”Cincinnati’s win and the Cardinals’ 3-2 loss at San Diego cut to eight the Reds’ magic number for clinching the division. Any combination of Reds wins and Cardinals losses adding up to eight clinches the title for Cincinnati.Bailey (11-9) allowed six hits and one run with two walks and four strikeouts to extend his career high in victories.Sam LeCure pitched a perfect eighth and rookie J.J. Hoover allowed a two-out hit before striking out pinch-hitter Jose Tabata to complete his first career save.“It was awesome,” said Hoover, one of the relievers filling in as closer while Aroldis Chapman deals with a tired shoulder. “It was a good adrenaline rush.”Hoover is a Pittsburgh-area native, but he didn’t attach any extra significance to reaching the milestone against his hometown team.“It was fun, but I didn’t look at it like that,” he said.Pittsburgh starter A.J. Burnett suffered his first loss in four decisions against the Reds this season, two in games started by Bailey. Burnett (15-7), 0-3 in five starts since beating Los Angeles on Aug. 16, allowed five hits and two runs with two walks and eight strikeouts.“It was a well-pitched game on Homer’s side,” Burnett said. “You have to tip your hat.”The score was tied 1-all when Ryan Ludwick led off Cincinnati’s sixth with a double down the left-field line. He tagged and went to third on Jay Bruce’s fly ball to deep center field then tagged and scored on Scott Rolen’s sacrifice fly down the left-field line.The Reds cashed in a bit of good fortune to take a 1-0 lead in the third inning. Ryan Hanigan led off with a lined single to center field and moved to second one out later on Brandon Phillips’ bouncer up the middle. Both runners moved up on Burnett’s wild pitch, and Hanigan scored on Wilson Valdez’s chopper to second.Baker was impressed with some execution from his team that he wasn’t seeing earlier in the season.“You’ve got to do those things if you’re going to win close ballgames,” he said. “(The Pirates) were doing it earlier this season. It’s nice to get the sweep and get one step closer.”The Pirates tied it in the fourth on singles by Andrew McCutchen, Garrett Jones and Gaby Sanchez to lead off the inning before leaving the bases loaded when Bailey struck out Burnett.They missed another scoring opportunity in the sixth when Alex Presley tripled down the right-field line with one out and was caught stealing home when Clint Barmes couldn’t get his bat on a suicide squeeze attempt. Baker and bench coach Chris Speier smelled it and ordered a pitchout, which also turned into a disaster when Bailey’s foot slipped on the mound and the high-and-away pitch suddenly was low-and-away, but Ryan Hanigan still caught it in time to block the plate.“All the credit goes to Dusty and Speier,” Bailey said. “Hanigan did a great job. He ended up with chalk and dirt all over his face.”Barmes did what he could to get his bat on the pitch.“It looked like it may have been way outside,” he said. “I still almost got a piece of it.”Those are the kinds of plays that haven’t gone the Pirates’ way during their now season-worst six-game losing streak, which has left manager Clint Hurdle willing to look anywhere for a spark

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    The Yankees’ Derek Jeter leaves the game with team trainer Steve Donohue after he was injured trying to beat out a double-play grounder during the eighth inning Wednesday in Boston.

    Yankees beat Red Sox, lose Jeter

    Curtis Granderson hit two home runs, Robinson Cano also homered and the New York Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox 5-4 on Wednesday night to remain tied for first place in the AL East. The Yankees finished the game without shortstop Derek Jeter, who left in the eighth after pulling up lame running out a double-play grounder to end the inning.

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    Washington’s John Lannan allowed five hits, struck out two and walked one Wednesday in a road win over the New York Mets.

    In Strasburg’s slot, Lannan leads Nats over Mets

    John Lannan pitched 5 2-3 shutout innings in his first start since replacing Stephen Strasburg in Washington's starting rotation, and the Nationals lowered their magic number for clinching a playoff berth to six with a 2-0 win over the punchless New York Mets on Wednesday night.

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    Seattle’s Dustin Ackley dodges the tag of Blue Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia to score during the fourth inning Wednesday in Toronto.

    Mariners defeat Blue Jays 3-2

    Miguel Olivo hit a solo home run, Kevin Millwood won consecutive starts for the first time since May and the Seattle Mariners beat the Toronto Blue Jays 3-2 on Wednesday night.

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    Jacobs’ Alyssa Ehrhardt blocks back a shot by Cary-Grove’s Abby Schebel Tuesday in Cary.

    Crystal Lake S. has tough stretch ahead

    It's only mid-September, but the girls from Crystal Lake South are headed into the volleyball equivalent of midterm exams. The Gators have won 8 of their first 10 matches and stand 3-0 in the Valley Division of the Fox Valley Conference following wins against Cary-Grove, Huntley and McHenry. Now a roughly two-week gantlet begins.

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    The Phillies’ Jimmy Rollins watches his two-run home run off Miami starting pitcher Josh Johnson in the seventh inning Wednesday in Philadelphia.

    Phillies win 7th in a row

    Jimmy Rollins connected on a two-run homer and Cliff Lee pitched seven strong innings to lead the streaking Phillies to their seventh straight win, 3-1 over the Miami Marlins on Wednesday.

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    The Padres’ Chase Headley, right, is congratulated by teammate Logan Forsythe (11) after Headley scored during the sixth inning Wednesday at home against the Cardinals.

    Padres keep Cardinals in tailspin

    Clayton Richard pitched seven strong innings and rookie Yasmani Grandal singled home the go-ahead run as the San Diego Padres handed slumping St. Louis its 11th loss in 15 games, 3-2 on Wednesday.

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    Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Homer Bailey struck out four and walked two Wednesday in a home win over Pittsburgh.

    Reds squeeze out tight win for sweep of Pirates

    Homer Bailey pitched seven solid innings and the Cincinnati Reds came up with just enough offense to squeeze out a 2-1 win over Pittsburgh on Wednesday night for a three-game sweep of the Pirates.

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    Connecticut head coach Jim Calhoun watches from the sideline during a second-round NCAA tournament game against Iowa State on March 15.

    AP Source: UConn coach Jim Calhoun retiring

    Jim Calhoun has spent more than half his life as a head basketball coach. Recently, though, the 70-year-old Hall of Famer has struggled with health problems, including a fractured hip last month that put him on crutches. On Thursday, he planned to announce his retirement, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press.

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    Chamique Holdsclaw was the top pick in the WNBA draft in 1999.

    Holdsclaw shares her story of depression

    Former Tennessee and WNBA star Chamique Holdsclaw wants people suffering from depression to realize they're not alone. Holdsclaw returned to her alma mater Wednesday to discuss her fight with clinical depression, which included a suicide attempt during her pro career.

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    Frustrated Dunn still sidelined by strained oblique

    Adam Dunn's frustration level continues to rise as a strained right oblique keeps him out of the White Sox' lineup. Dunn missed his sixth straight game with the injury Wednesday night.

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    Sale has a couple of scores to settle

    Chris Sale knows what's at stake as the White Sox and Tigers wrap up a four-game series at U.S. Cellular Field Thursday night. Sale starts against Detroit's Justin Verlander for the second time in 12 days.

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    Prospect’s Jeff Blethen, left, and Josh Johnson congratulate one another for their efforts on the fifth hole while competing against Barrington at Makray Memorial Golf Course in Barrington on Wednesday.

    Consistent scores power Prospect

    Barrington’s Greg Conrad and Nick Schippel both carded 36’s on Tuesday, but Prospect’s consisent approach prevailed on Wednesday at Makray Memorial Golf Course in Barrington.Ryan Maloney shot 38, Jeff Blethen 39 and Josh Johnson and Tyler Yarwood 40 as the Knights earned a 157-160 victory in a matchup of two of the Mid-Suburban League’s best teams.Girls golfSt. Viator matched both its competition and the golf course with a winning effort Wednesday.The Lions shot 182 at The Chicago Highlands Country in Westchester to best Benet (203), Nazareth (210) and Marian Catholic (219).Saint Viator’s top scorers were Dana Gattone (41), Amy Stringfellow (44), Chrissy Wimberly (48), and Courtney Christophe (49).

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    St. Viator nets ESCC victory

    St Viator's girls golf team (182) defeated Benet (203), Nazareth (210) and Marian Catholic (219) at The Chicago Highlands Country Club in Westchester on Wednesday.The Lions were led by Dana Gattone (41), Amy Stringfellow (44), Chrissy Wimberly (48) and Courtney Christophe (49).

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    Grayslake North’s Jordyn Bowen, left, tries to tag Grayslake Central’s Caitlin Flary during Class 3A regional semifinal play last spring at Antioch.

    Bowen goes on the offensive, and NIU notices

    Grayslake North shortstop Jordyn Bowen, known for her defense, went on the offensive in pursuit of a college scholarship and ended up getting a scholarship to Northern Illinois.

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    Waubonsie Valley’s Jason Marrs tees off on the 1st hole during the Aurora boy’s golf invite at Phillips Park in Aurora Wednesday.

    Waubonsie wins 4th straight Aurora City title

    Waubonsie Valley left no doubts in Illinois' second-most populous city for the fourth year in a row. Senior Jason Marrs' level-par 71 not only was the low score in the Aurora City Championship; the Warriors placed all six players in the 70s to emerge as the boys golf headliners Wednesday afternoon at Phillips Park Golf Club. Waubonsie Valley won its fourth consecutive city team title with its 296 total; Marmion also had all five of its players break 80 to finish with a 301.

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    Donaldson, Stevenson step up against Palatine

    She's clearly a rising star. And with Stevenson senior Rachel Baader sidelined this season (knee), it's the perfect time for junior Khalia Donaldson to step up. Donaldson led all hitters with 8 kills on Wednesday night as Stevenson (12-1) stopped visiting Palatine 25-22, 25-16 in a nonconference match at home.

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    Wisconsin is Fumagalli’s pick

    Waubonsie Valley football coach Paul Murphy said senior tight end Troy Fumagalli is normally reserved, doesn't show much emotion. On Wednesday, though, Fumagalli was all smiles after giving his verbal commitment to the University of Wisconsin on Tuesday night

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    Astros first baseman Brett Wallace lands on the Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo after reaching for a throw in the third inning Tuesday in Houston. Rizzo landed on his upper body and left the game suffering from soreness in his right shoulder and upper back. On Wednesday, Cubs manager Dale Sveum said, “We all thought something major was going to be wrong. Count our blessings that nothing’s wrong. Just a little bit of soreness on his right side.”

    Sigh of relief: Rizzo sore, but not seriously hurt

    The Cubs continued to play it safe Wednesday night in Houston with first baseman Anthony Rizzo and center fielder Brett Jackson.Rizzo was still sore, but not seriously hurt, from a nasty collision Tuesday. Jackson could be ready to play Friday at Wrigley Field after missing several days with a bruised knee.

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    Smith has sights set on 4th U.S. Mid-Amateur crown

    No golfer in the 32-year history of the U.S. Mid-Amateur has won the tournament four times. Nathan Smith could be the first to do it today at Conway Farms in Lake Forest.Smith, from Pittsburgh, won the national championship for amateurs 25 and over in 2003, 2009 and 2010. He advanced to another final with a 3 and 1 win over Tim Jackson, of Germantown, Tenn., on Wednesday.Only Canadian Garrett Rank stands in the way of Smith breaking a tie with Jay Sigel, who won three times between 1983 and 1987. Rank and Smith will determine the champion in a 36-hole match that begins at 7 a.m.Rank, who reached the final with a 1-up victory over South Carolina history teacher Todd White in Wednesday’s semifinals, will be playing for some history, too. He could be the youngest player to win the Mid-Am as well as the first foreign player to do it. Rank turned 25, and eligible for the tourney, three days before this year’s championship started.Smith, who was the youngest champion when he won his first title as a 25-year-old in 2003, has a 36-4 record in the tourney over the years as he goes after his fourth title.“Doing it would be unbelievable,” said Smith. “But I’m a long way from that. This has been a fun event, and I’ve enjoyed playing it over the years. It means a lot to me just because I care so much about amateur golf. It’s about as pure as it gets.”“I’m disappointed,” said Jackson, the champion in 1994 and 2001, “but Nathan’s probably the best Mid-Am golfer going these days. I knew beating him would be a tall order.”This year’s Mid-Am started with 3,810 entries nation-wide and 264 qualified for the finals that began on Saturday at Conway Farms and Lake Forest neighbor Knollwood Club.Last of the players with Chicago connections — Dennis Bull (Illinois State alum) and Matthew Mattare (Notre Dame) — bowed out in Wednesday morning’s quarterfinals. So did Californian Casey Boynes, at 56 the oldest qualifier for the finals.

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    These two teams are headed in different directions. The Sky has won three of its last four games, starting with an 85-74 victory over the Sparks on Sept. 2 at the Allstate Arena and most recently coming up with an upset of the defending WNBA champion Minnesota Lynx.

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    New website offers fly fishing features

    Outdoors

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    St. Edward graduate Luke Duffy, right, receives a scholarship award from Bears owner Virginia McCaskey on behalf of the National Football Foundation. Duffy, now a freshman at Washington University in St. Louis, has been nominated for a national award from the NFF.

    St. Edward grad Duffy in line for NFF award

    St. Edward graduate Luke Duffy, a former Daily Herald All-Area football player, is in line for a major scholarship. Duffy, a freshman at Washington University in St. Louis, was awarded a National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete Award for the Chicago Metro Chapter earlier this year. He was one of three student-athletes from the Chicago area to be awarded an $8,000 scholarship. He received the award from Bears principal owner Virginia McCaskey during a ceremony at Halas Hall.

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    Huskies keep focus on Army, not scenery

    Last year when Northern Illinois opened its season against Army in DeKalb, the Huskies opened a 49-3 lead before clearing the bench late. NIU makes a return trip to West Point, N.Y. on Saturday and is aware that Army is a completely different team on its historic home turf.

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    Tillman draws special teams duty because he’s good at it

    Bears cornerback Charles Tillman suffered a shin injury in the season opener playing special teams. But his value to the third phase is worth the risk of injury, according to special teams coordinator Dave Toub.

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    Golfers doing their part also

    Charity fundraisers have become commonplace in many prep sports, but not so much in golf. "We're the smallest of the sports in the school. We don't get gate receipts, we get no spectators. So how can we do a fundraiser?" Naperville Central girls golf coach Jane Thompson asked rhetorically.

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    Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade signs copies of his book, “A Father First: How My Life Became Bigger Than Basketball,” at the Rolling Meadows Meijer store on Wednesday.

    Fans line up to meet D-Wade at Meijer

    Hoots and hollers rang out Wednesday in the back of the Meijer store in Rolling Meadows: D-Wade was in the building. More than 150 fans lined up hours ahead of time to meet NBA champion Dwyane Wade and get him to autograph his new book, "A Father First: How My Life Became Bigger Than Basketball."

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    These junior golfers joined dozens of others between the ages 12-17 to compete last month in the 2012 Ryder Cup Youth Skills Challenge Regional at Pine Meadow Golf Club in Mundelein. The finals take place Friday at Medinah and Cog Hill, with an international team competition during Ryder Cup week at Olympia Fields.

    Ryder Cup gets junior golfers involved in big way

    The upcoming Ryder Cup is much more than a three-day golf competition between the top touring professionals from the United States and Europe. It also encompasses a load of junior events that the PGA of America hopes will help grow the sport. Medinah Country Club will host some — but not all — of them.

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    Linebacker Clay Matthews and his Packers teammates will see a new offensive look from quarterback Jay Cutler and the Bears Thursday in Green Bay, Wis.

    Can Bears new weapons on offense keep pace with Packers?

    Bears quarterback Jay Cutler cannot avoid comparisons to Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, as well as Lions QB Matthew Stafford, as long as they all reside in the NFC North. This year those comparisons are more valid because Cutler finally has the weapons that Rodgers and Stafford have enjoyed the past couple years.

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    NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon vowed he’d grow his famous mustache back if he made the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. He qualified Saturday with a late push to finish second at Richmond.

    Jeff Gordon rejuvenated heading into Chase

    The infamous mustache is making a comeback — and Jeff Gordon believes he is, too. The four-time NASCAR champion grabbed the final spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship away from Kyle Busch with a vintage performance last week. He will try to end his long "Drive for Five," starting Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway. "This is the defining moment for me at this stage of my career," Gordon said. "Not making this Chase could have had devastating results."

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    Drinking on the Fox Chain ruining the experience

    For Mike Jackson, and probably many others, fishing on the Fox Chain of Lakes is far from enjoyable these days. He says conditions there are nothing more than a never-ending horde of rabid booze hounds ignoring the rules of the water, and because local municipalities and the state lawmakers have ignored pleas for increased patrols and safety measures, every weekend is something akin to attending an ancient battle of water-borne gladiators.

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    Atlantic Coast Conference commissioner John Swofford is expected to hold a news conference later today to discuss Notre Dame's agreement to leave the Big East for the ACC in all sports but football. The ACC said Wednesday the school will play five football games annually against the league's programs, but will be a full member in all other sports.

    Notre Dame joining ACC in all sports but football

    Notre Dame got everything it wanted and the Atlantic Coast Conference got Notre Dame. The school announced Wednesday that it would join the ACC in all sports except football, though it will play five games annually against league programs and have access to its non-BCS bowl tie-ins. It's unclear exactly when the Irish will leave the Big East for its non-football sports. "I don't think there's out there a better situation than the situation we have," said the Rev. John I. Jenkins, Notre Dame's president.

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    NHL, NHLPA exchange offers as talks resume in NYC

    The NHL and the players' association exchanged proposals on Wednesday as negotiations resumed in an effort to avoid a lockout this weekend. After not meeting face to face since last Friday, the sides gathered Wednesday at the league office before the NHLPA holds player meetings later Wednesday at a nearby midtown hotel. The NHL board of governors will convene Thursday with Commissioner Gary Bettman, while the union holds a second day of discussions with as many as 250 players.

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    The White Sox will open the 2013 regular season against the Kansas City Royals at U.S. Cellular Field.

    White Sox release 2013 tenative schedule

    The Chicago White Sox released their 2013 regular-season schedule, which has them opening at home on Monday, April 1, against the Kansas City Royals at U.S. Cellular Field. The 2013 schedule features six interleague series, starting with the Washington Nationals, and includes the annual home-and-home sets against the Cubs, which now will be a total of four games, with the first two games taking place at U.S. Cellular Field from May 27-28 immediately followed by two games at Wrigley Field on May 29-30.

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    The Cubs will open the 2013 baseball season on the road and host their home opener April 8 against the Milwaukee Brewers.

    Cubs release tenative 2013 schedule

    The Chicago Cubs have released the tentative 2013 regular-season schedule, which has them opening on the road April 1 against the Pittsburgh Pirates, followed by a trip to Atlanta. They will open at Wrigley Field on Monday, April 8, against the Milwaukee Brewers.

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    Mike North video: The pressure is on the White Sox

    After Mike North talks about candy corn stuffed with Oreos, he comments on every game being big for the Chicago White Sox right now. The pressure is on. They also discuss Jay Cutler asking for the fans to quiet down during the game.

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    Fire scouting report
    Chicago Fire at Toronto FCWhen: 6 p.m. Wednesday at BMO FieldTV: NBC Nonstop (Ch. 5.2)Scouting the Fire: The Fire (13-8-5, 44 points) has an opportunity to pick up points on the road against the worst team in MLS. It should be well-rested after more than a week without a league game. The Fire has won four of its last five MLS games.Scouting Toronto FC: Last-place Toronto (5-16-6, 21 points) suffered a big blow when it lost Torsten Frings for the season with a hip injury. Ryan Johnson is the team’s leading scorer among healthy players with 6 goals.Next:Montreal Impact, 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Toyota Park— Orrin Schwarz

Business

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    Northwest Community Hospital

    NW Healthcare to add facilities, cut jobs

    Northwest Community Healthcare in Arlington Heights announced a restructuring plan Wednesday that will include both the development of four new outpatient facilities, but also result in 110 job losses, officials said. "Our strategic plan focuses on enhancing preventive treatment, technology and outpatient services to reduce expensive hospital stays," said NCH President and CEO Bruce Crowther.

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    CDC reports incidents of tainted ricotta cheese

    The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says ricotta cheese tainted with listeria bacteria is linked to 14 illnesses and at least one death. The imported Italian ricotta salata cheese distributed by Forever Cheese Inc. of New York is linked to illnesses in 11 states and the District of Columbia.

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    Farm linked to salmonella pulls watermelons

    A southwestern Indiana farm linked to a deadly outbreak of salmonella in cantaloupes said Wednesday it had voluntarily withdrawn its watermelons from the market and was working with state and federal officials to find the source of the foodborne illness in the larger fruits.

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    Stocks rise as investors wait for the Fed

    U.S. stocks are finishing with slight gains after Germany's high court cleared the way for the country to participate in a European rescue fund. Attention shifted to the Federal Reserve, which began a big two-day meeting. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 10 points to close at 13,333. The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose three points to 1,437. Germany's highest court ruled Wednesday that the country could contribute to Europe's (euro) 500 billion ($640 billion) rescue fund to help indebted governments.

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    Philip Schiller, senior vice president of worldwide marketing at Apple Inc., speaks Wednesday during an event in San Francisco. Apple Inc. unveiled the iPhone 5 in an overhaul aimed at widening its lead over Samsung Electronics Co. and Google Inc. in the $219.1 billion smartphone market.

    New iPhone thinner, lighter

    Apple Inc. on Wednesday unveiled the iPhone 5, and says it's thinner and lighter than the previous model, even though it has a bigger screen. As expected, the screen is taller than on the iPhone 4S, making room for another row of icons. It will also come with the capability to connect to the fastest new wireless data networks, both in the U.S. and overseas.

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    State Sen. Kirk Dillard of Elmhurst, right, speaks at the Daily Herald Newsmakers Forum Legislative Update as state Sen. Linda Holmes of Plainfield, center, and former state Rep. Lee Daniels of Elmhurst listen.

    Lawmakers: ‘Tough decisions’ ahead to fix state’s finances

    Illinois continues to be an ideal state for business, but the failure of lawmakers to act on its deepening fiscal problems threatens that robust climate. That was the consensus of a panel of current and former state legislators Wednesday at the Daily Herald Business Ledger Newsmakers' Forum Legislative Update.

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    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks during a “fireside chat” at a conference organized by technology blog TechCrunch in San Francisco, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012.

    Zuckerberg lifts Facebook’s battered stock

    CEO Mark Zuckerberg's talk of Facebook's mobile prospects and his acknowledgment that the company cares about making money as well as making the world "more open and connected" lifted the battered shares of the social networking icon on Wednesday. On Tuesday, Zuckerberg spoke at a tech conference in San Francisco in his first interview since Facebook's rocky initial public offering in May. The stock has lost roughly half its value since. But on Wednesday it gained $1.53, or 7.9 percent, to $20.96 in the heels of Zuckerberg's appearance.

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    A woman walks from a Hobby Lobby Inc., store in Little Rock, Ark., Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012. The Oklahoma City-based chain filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday over a mandate in the health reform law that requires employers to provide coverage for the morning-after pill.

    Hobby Lobby sues over morning-after pill coverage

    Christian-oriented Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday challenging a mandate in the nation's health care overhaul law that requires employers to provide coverage for the morning-after pill. The lawsuit by the Oklahoma City-based chain claims the government mandate is forcing the company's owners "to violate their deeply held religious beliefs under threat of heavy fines, penalties and lawsuits." Failure to provide the drugs in the company's health insurance plan could lead to fines of up to $1.3 million a day, the company said.

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    Consumer Financial Protection Bureau enforcement director Kent Markus. For the 14 months it has existed, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has launched dozens of enforcement probes and issued more than 100 subpoenas.

    When new consumer cops bark, industry shudders

    The new federal agency charged with enforcing consumer finance laws is emerging as an ambitious sheriff, taking on companies for deceptive fees and marketing and unmoved by protests that its tactics go too far. In the 14 months it has existed, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has launched dozens of enforcement probes and issued more than 100 subpoenas.

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    U.S. poverty rate unchanged; record numbers persist

    The Census Bureau reports the number of Americans in poverty stood at 15 percent in 2011. About 46.2 million people, or nearly 1 in 6, were in poverty. That is not statistically different from the 15.1 percent who were impoverished in 2010.

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    Oil drops after supply report; gas up to $3.86

    The price of oil is falling after the government said U.S. supplies of oil rose last week.

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    U.S. wholesale stockpiles up in July but sales fell

    U.S. wholesalers increased their stockpiles in July from June, but sales fell for a third straight month. Declining sales could force companies to cut inventories in coming months, a troubling sign that economic growth could weaken.

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    Gas prices hit $8 in NJ, Pa. in Lukoil protest

    More than 50 Lukoil gas stations in New Jersey and Pennsylvania were jacking up prices to more than $8 a gallon Wednesday to protest what they say are unfair pricing practices by Lukoil North America that they say leave them at a competitive disadvantage.

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    U.S. stocks rise after EU bailout hurdle cleared

    U.S. stocks edged up in early trading Wednesday, after Germany's high court cleared the way for the country to participate in a European rescue fund. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 35 points to 13,361 shortly after 10 a.m.

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    If the world’s investors are right, the Federal Reserve and Chairman Ben Bernanke are about to take a bold new step to try to invigorate the U.S. economy when the Fed ends a two-day policy meeting Thursday.

    Expectations high for major Fed action Thursday

    If the world's investors are right, the Federal Reserve is about to take a bold new step to try to invigorate the U.S. economy. And many expect the Fed to unleash its most potent weapon: a third round of bond purchases meant to ease long-term interest rates and spur borrowing and spending. It's called "quantitative easing," or QE. Others foresee a more measured response when the Fed ends a two-day policy meeting Thursday.

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    Rockford solar farm to begin operations this month

    A large solar farm in Rockford is slated to go online by the end of the month.

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    McDonald’s new menu item: Calorie counts

    McDonald's restaurants across the country will soon get a new menu addition: The number of calories in the chain's burgers and fries. The world's biggest hamburger chain on Wednesday is announcing that it will post calorie information on restaurant and drive-through menus nationwide starting Monday.

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    Carriers are offering more deals to passengers who book flights directly on their websites. Frontier Airlines is the latest carrier to jump into the fight, announcing Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012, that it will penalize passengers who donít book directly with the airline.

    Frontier penalizes travelers who book with others

    Some airlines are making travelers work harder to find a deal. Carriers are offering more deals to passengers who book flights directly on their websites. It's an effort to steer people away from online travel agencies such as Expedia, Orbitz and Travelocity, which charge the carriers commissions of roughly $10 to $25 a ticket.

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    Nissan President Carlos Ghosn met Wednesday with Hong Kong’s leader to pitch a proposal for the Japanese car maker to supply electric taxis to the southern Chinese city.

    Nissan chief pitches electric taxis to Hong Kong

    Nissan President Carlos Ghosn met Wednesday with Hong Kong's leader to pitch a proposal for the Japanese car maker to supply electric taxis to the southern Chinese city. Ghosn's visit with Leung Chun-ying is part of an effort to sell Nissan's electric taxi technology to cities around the world looking to upgrade their taxi fleets to more environmentally friendly models.

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    Holiday retail sales in the U.S. may rise 3.3 percent as more confident consumers increase their trips to the mall, according to researcher ShopperTrak. Store visits during the busiest shopping period of the year are expected to rise 2.8 percent after declining last November and December.

    U.S. holiday sales, store visits climbing

    Holiday retail sales in the U.S. may rise 3.3 percent as more confident consumers increase their trips to the mall, according to researcher ShopperTrak. Store visits during the busiest shopping period of the year are expected to rise 2.8 percent after declining last November and December.

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    U.K. jobless claims unexpectedly fell the most in more than two years in August as the economy continued to create jobs in the face of a recession.

    U.K. jobless claims defy recession with unexpected drop

    U.K. jobless claims unexpectedly fell the most in more than two years in August as the economy continued to create jobs in the face of a recession. Unemployment-benefit claims fell 15,000 to 1.57 million, the Office for National Statistics said today in London.

Life & Entertainment

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    Grocery store websites are filled with recipes, like the one for this Apple Pecan Crisp we spotted from Jewel-Osco.

    Apple Pecan Crisp
    Apple Pecan Crisp

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    Tim Gunn will sign copies of “Tim Gunn’s Fashion Bible” Friday, Sept. 14, at Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville.

    Weekend picks: Get in line to meet 'Runway' star Tim Gunn

    If you're a “Project Runway” fan, then you won't want to miss the chance to meet Tim Gunn when he signs copies of his new book Friday at Anderson's Bookshop in Naperville. Go German for a day at the Palatine Oktoberfest, starting today. It's another good weekend for music fans: the annual Hideout Block Party and Riot Fest both start today in Chicago. Plus, Jefferson Starship plays the Metropolis in Arlington Heights tonight.

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    Kasha varnishkes can be modernized for Rosh Hashana celebrations.

    Rosh Hashana: A fresh take on comfort foods

    Laura Frankel thinks about Rosh Hashanah in simple terms. "A time for mom to shine," says Frankel, executive chef at Spertus, a Jewish culture and learning center in Chicago. That's because the Jewish new year, which is the first high holy day to occur each autumn, usually isn't celebrated with the sort of big gathering you might have for a Passover seder, but rather a smaller, more contemplative meal with close family.

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    Glenn Beck, seen here at a Sears Centre event in 2010, is bringing his online network of programming to Dish Network subscribers.

    Glenn Beck coming back to TV

    Dish Network Corp. has reached a deal with Glenn Beck to bring his Internet-only video network to its satellite service, ending the conservative talk-show host's hiatus from television. TheBlaze TV, the streaming network Beck started last year, will operate as a 24-hour TV network available to Dish customers, Englewood, Colorado-based Dish said Wednesday in a statement.

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    This Jan. 27, 2012, file photo shows actress Kathy Bates arriving at the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards at the Soho House, in Los Angeles. Bates, 64, says she is recovering from a double mastectomy.

    Kathy Bates recovering from double mastectomy

    Kathy Bates says she is recovering from a double mastectomy. The Oscar-winning actress tweeted on Wednesday that she was diagnosed with breast cancer two months ago. But in a separate post, she said she doesn't miss her breasts as much as "Harry's Law," her NBC law drama that was canceled last May.

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    Chicago bluesman Buddy Guy will be among seven people receiving the 2012 Kennedy Center Honors.

    Dustin Hoffman, David Letterman among Kennedy honorees

    Dustin Hoffman and David Letterman will soon find themselves in company they never expected in the nation's capital. The actor and comedian are among seven people receiving the 2012 Kennedy Center Honors, according to an announcement Wednesday. They join Chicago bluesman Buddy Guy, rock band Led Zeppelin and ballerina Natalia Makarova.

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    Constantine Maroulis and Deborah Cox are set to star in a Broadway-bound revival of "Jekyll & Hyde," which plays Chicago's Cadillac Palace Theatre from March 12-24, 2013.

    ‘Jekyll & Hyde,’ ‘Anything Goes’ set for spring

    "Anything Goes" and "Jekyll & Hyde" have been added to Broadway in Chicago's 2013 spring season of touring Broadway shows.

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    Once you try this Mexican-style corn on the cob you’ll never eat plain corn again!

    Kitchen scoop: Chili powder adds sizzle to Mexican-style corn

    Today's recipe is based on a Mexican-style street corn. You can use parmesan if you can't find cotija cheese, and sour cream works well as a substitute for the Mexican-style cream. Some people even substitute mayonnaise for the cream.

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    Once you try this Mexican-style corn on the cob you’ll never eat plain corn again!

    Mexican-style Street Corn
    Mexican Style Street Corn: Kitchen Scoop

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    What’s new
    Here's what's happening on the suburban theater scene this week.

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    JOE LEWNARD/jlewnard@dailyherald.com ¬ Cook of the Week Challenge contestant Jamie Andrade.

    Round 1, Week 2: Ashland Sausage Co. mini ham, frozen tater tots, peaches and pecans
    What the cooks thought of the challenge using Ashland Sausage Co mini hams, frozen tater tots, peaches and pecans.

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    Citrus-glazed Thyme Carrots
    Citrus-glazed Thyme:Terri Edmunds

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    Paul Michna/pmichna@dailyherald.com ¬ Terri Edmunds of Naperville.

    Recipe challenge round 1 week 2: Q7 Ranch sirloin tri-tip roast, chocolate sauce, plantains and lime
    What the cooks thought of the challenge using beef roast, plantains, lime and chocolate sauce.

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    ZZ Top’s “La Futura”

    ZZ Top gets back to basics on ‘La Futura’

    With its distortion-heavy slabs of gritty blues-rock and title en espanol, ZZ Top's first full-length album in nearly a decade could easily fit in the band's catalog somewhere pre-1983, before "Eliminator" boldly embraced synthesizers and made the "little ol' band from Texas" unlikely MTV personalities. To help evoke their less-polished '70s heyday for "La Futura," the band enlisted superproducer Rick Rubin.

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    Bob Dylan appears on the cover of the October 2012 issue of Rolling Stone, promoting his new album “Tempest.”

    Bob Dylan: Stigma of slavery ruined America

    Bob Dylan says the stigma of slavery ruined America and he doubts the country can get rid of the shame because it was "founded on the backs of slaves." The veteran musician tells Rolling Stone that in America "people (are) at each other's throats just because they are of a different color," adding that "it will hold any nation back." He also says blacks know that some whites "didn't want to give up slavery."

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    Raffaele Sollecito, whose budding love affair with American exchange student Amanda Knox helped land him in an Italian prison for four years, maintains the couple’s innocence in a new book but acknowledges that their sometimes bizarre behavior after her roommate’s killing gave police reason for suspicion.

    Amanda Knox’s boyfriend maintains innocence in new book
    Raffaele Sollecito, whose budding love affair with American exchange student Amanda Knox helped land him in an Italian prison for four years, maintains the couple's innocence in a new book but acknowledges that their sometimes bizarre behavior after her roommate's killing gave police reason for suspicion. The pair was imprisoned for the November 2007 death of Meredith Kercher at Knox's apartment in Perugia, north of Rome. An appeals court overturned their conviction and freed them last fall,

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    Good wine: Historic vineyard bottles Sonoma’s essence

    Like many small businesses in America, Sebastiani Vineyards has weathered storms of growth and decline, re-concepting and restructuring, family dispute, sale, resale and re-re-sale. Now, this historic property has embarked on a course of high quality and good value never envisioned by its founder more than a century ago.

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    Kasha varnishkes can be modernized for Rosh Hashana celebrations.

    Kasha Varnishkes
    Kasha Varnishkies

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    Grated Carrot Salad with Dates and Pistachios works for a Rosh Hashana meal or any fall feast.

    Grated Carrot Salad With Dates And Pistachios
    Grated Carrot Salad with Dates and Pistachios

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    Grated Carrot Salad with Dates and Pistachios works for a Rosh Hashana meal or any fall feast.

    Honey and dates sweeten carrots for Rosh Hashanah

    When Rosh Hashanah — the Jewish new year — rolls around, sugar, and specifically honey, often is on the menu. It's a kind of edible prayer, a hopeful way of attracting sweet things to one's life in the year to come. That's why this salad is based on a sweet vegetable — the carrot — and flavored with honey and dates.

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    Chef Suzy Singh, Suzy Samosas

    Meet the Cook of the Week Challenge 2012 judges
    Get to know the judges who rated the Round 1, Week 1 recipes

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    Michael Pennisi, a teacher from Carpentersville, created turkey and wheat berry lettuce wraps with coconut-tomatillo rice.

    First two cooks move into Round 2

    What did our judges think of the sherry cooking wine recipes and the coconut milk recipes developed by last week's Cook of the Week Challenge contestants? Here they detail what they liked, loved and didn't like about the first round contestants' recipes. See if you agree.

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    The xx’s “Coexist”

    The xx whispers on new album ‘Coexist’

    It's been three years since The xx's last album. The wait was worth it. "Coexist" is note perfect. The South London trio has moved away from the slightly poppy direction of its Mercury Prize-winning self-titled debut in favor of a more stripped-down approach.

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    A bowl of African chicken chili can be customized with a pasta or potato “foundation” and a variety of toppings.

    Spicy education: Libertyville’s Chili U a study of all things fiery

    Chili U is much more than a chili parlor, although its namesake menu item comes in many variations. To build more of a year-round theme, the owners added foods containing interesting spices at different degrees of heat.

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    Mary Miske created shredded beef tostadas with a grass-fed beef roast. She serves it with plantain guacamole and corn, tomato and black bean salad.

    Shredded Beef Mole Tostadas with Plantain Guacamole and Fresh Corn, Black Bean Salad
    Shredded Beef Mole Tostadas with Plantain Guacamole and Fresh Corn, Black Bean Salad: Mary Miske

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    Mary Miske made shredded beef mole tostadas with plantain guacamole and corn, tomato and black bean salad. She stuffs the salad inside a seeded poblano pepper half.

    Black Bean, Corn and Tomato Salad with Lime Vinaigrette
    Fresh Corn, Black Bean Salad: Mary Miske

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    Plantain Guacamole
    Plantain Guacamole: Mary Miske

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    Roasted Plantain Fries
    Roasted Plantains:Terri Edmunds

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    Terri Edmunds created an espresso-coffee glaze for a roasted sirloin tip. She serves it with plantain fries and citrus-glazed carrots.

    Chocolate Espresso Sirloin Tip Roast with Roasted Plantain Fries and Citrus-glazed Thyme Carrots
    Chocolate Espresso Tri Tip Roast with Roasted Plantain Fries and Citrus-glazed Thyme Carrots:Terri Edmunds

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    Jamie Andrade turned smoked ham, peaches, pecans and tater tots into a cheesy flatbread, potato cake combo.

    Smoked Ham Flatbread with Caramelized Onions and Peaches with Ham and Cheddar Tater Cakes
    Mini ham challenge

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    Flatbread dough
    Flatbread dough: Jamie Andrade

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    Mary Beth Thornton created a Cobb-style salad with ham, peaches, pecans and tater tots.

    Georgia’s Cobb Salad
    Georgia's Cobb Salad: Mary Beth Thornton

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    Mary Beth Thornton prepared a quiche created with peach-topped ham in a tater tot and pecan crust.

    Ham and Peach Quiche
    Ham and Peach Quiche: Mary Beth Thornton

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    When Dave Matthews and his bandmates got together to record studio versions of older tunes from live performances, he instead decided instead to pen and record all new songs. The result is “Away From the World,” out Tuesday.

    Dave Matthews heads ‘Away From the World’

    Dave Matthews needed a break. But now he and his band have reunited, the result of which is their new album, "Away From the World." The latest effort, out Tuesday, "has a smaller poignance for me," the South African-born Matthews said in an interview. "It's not a wave the way the other one was, but it has a more personal quality to it for me."

Discuss

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    Editorial: Blending realism, cooperation to tell teachers’ story

    A Daily Herald editorial says that Chicago's out-of-touch striking teachers are demonstrating what not to do at a time when realism and collaboration are needed more than ever.

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    The poor, now that’s another story

    Columnist Richard Cohen: The onus was on Ann Romney to show that her husband could connect. She swung and she missed. Poverty, after all, is not about bookcases made of planks and bricks but about utter hopelessness.

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    Stop name-calling and offer a plan
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: If President Obama cannot run on his record, why allow him to simply attempt to destroy his opponent in order to win? If Mitt Romney cannot offer actual ideas and solutions to our economic problems, rather than point the finger at Obama for being a failure, then he should not represent the Republican Party.

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    Media failing in its job to investigate
    A Hanover Park letter to the editor: If people continue to be naive about politicians who lack any principles or ethics and if people ignore character flaws that should be most evident and telling about a person's integrity, we're all doomed. Newspapers must be lighthouses shining light on anyone,

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    St. Charles should leave McIlvaine alone
    A St. Charles letter to the editor: The City of St. Charles should leave Cliff McIlvaine alone. Pick on someone your own size. Let him live out his days in peace and tranquility and, if he dies of rainwater poisoning, the city will have certain victory ... until it rains again.

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    Tell it like it really is, DH
    A West Dundee letter to the editor: It seems that the Daily Herald chooses to take the stand that they are only a conduit for repeating information and should not editorialize by editing the news. In doing that they simply become worse than the politicians spinning their speeches.

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    Set the bar low for Joe
    A Pingree Grove letter to the editor: The expectations for Joe Biden at the vice presidential debate scheduled for Oct. 11 are so low that the mainstream media will consider it a victory for the Democrats if he even shows up.

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    Can’t take 4 more years of ‘progress’
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: Well the conventions are over and both parties did there best to sell their programs. There is no question that there are two completely different philosophies. Republicans want more freedom and individual responsibility, with less government interference in our lives, and Democrats want more and more government controlling every section of our society

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    Obama’s hallmark: Blame others
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: President Barack Obama and his administration claim to not know who was responsible for the removal of the word "God" from his Democratic platform or who was responsible for the approval of the "Fast and Furious" program and resulted in the death of a U.S. border agent.

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    Ryan’s plutocratic underwriters
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: How can we trust a candidate whose acceptance speech received four Pinocchio Awards from the unbiased fact checker of The Washington Post and who continues to repeat and twist these misleading untruths?

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