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Daily Archive : Wednesday September 19, 2012

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    Forum seeks to educate Latino voters in Elgin

    A voter education forum will be held Sept. 26 at the Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin, with a focus on issues important to Latino voters. Organizers expect more than a dozen candidates in eight local and state races to attend. The event will not be a debate; questions will be focused on educating voters about the duties of the positions for which candidates are vying.

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    Kelly Miller Circus in Itasca Sunday

    The Itasca Lions Club will bring the 74th Kelly Miller Circus to Itasca at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday at Washington Park. The 2012 season features elephants, horses, llamas, camels, clowns, and a host of international circus stars. The public can also watch the circus lot come to life at 9 a.m.

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    Sidney Mathias

    Mathias, Sente differ on gambling in the 59th District

    In the battle between two incumbents in Illinois' 59th District, Reps. Carol Sente and Sid Mathias split sharply on casinos, with Sente voting against legislation to add more casinos and slot machines at racetracks and Mathias voting in favor.

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    Indiana man convicted in gruesome slaying set for release

    A southern Indiana man convicted in a Bloomington woman's gruesome 1986 slaying and dismemberment is set for release this week from a state prison.Robert Evan Lee is scheduled for release Thursday from the Branchville Correctional Facility near Evansville after serving 25 years of a 60-year sentence in the killing of Ellen Marks.

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    Screen capture from the video from Sen. Mark Kirk’s video.

    Fort Wayne contests Sen. Kirk video on Great Lakes pollution

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. — A Fort Wayne utility official says a video an Illinois lawmaker’s office posted on YouTube about the city’s Great Lakes pollution impact is “patently false.”

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    Teen charged in St. Charles golf club house burglary

    A 19-year-old Batavia man is accused of breaking into a St. Charles park district's golf course club house early Thursday morning, according to police.

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    Disapproving Itasca residents listen Wednesday as Itasca plan commission Chairman Mark Kischner postponed a public hearing on a proposed church. The fire marshal estimated 400 people were there, well beyond the 267-person occupancy for the village hall board room. The new hearing will be at 7 p.m. Oct. 17.

    Itasca residents speak out against proposed church

    The Itasca fire marshal told village officials to postpone a public hearing Wednesday, when roughly 400 residents showed up and the space became a potential safety hazard. Local residents, as well as people involved with a proposed church, filled the board room in village hall that can safely hold 267 people. Crowds also filled the hallways and spilled down the stairs into the lobby.

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    Fire damages Medinah home’s garage

    Although a fire damaged the attached garage of a Medinah home Wednesday night, firefighters were able to prevent the blaze from spreading inside.

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    Consumer groups are pressuring the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to set federal guidance on allowable levels of arsenic in rice, prompting the agency to consider possible new standards.

    FDA urged to set standards for arsenic in rice

    The Food and Drug Administration may consider new standards for the levels of arsenic in rice as consumer groups are calling for federal guidance on how much of the carcinogen can be present in food.

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    Myanmar democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, center, receives the Congressional Gold Medal from Speaker of the House John Boehner, at the U.S. Capitol Wednesday, as former first lady Laura Bush, back left, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell watch.

    Myanmar’s Suu Kyi gets Congress’ highest honor

    Lawmakers united by their respect of Myanmar democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Wednesday presented her with Congress' highest civilian honor in a ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda, ahead of a meeting with President Barack Obama.

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    Des Plaines man charged in Chicago shooting

    A 31-year-old Des Plaines man has been charged with shooting another man multiple times on Chicago's west side, according to police.

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    Randy Hopp

    Embattled Elgin library trustee released from mental hospital

    Randy Hopp, a Gail Borden Library Trustee who is banned from the Elgin library for aggressive behavior, is released from care at a state run mental facility after being ruled fit to stand trial on felony charges that he attacked his elderly parents. Hopp was found unfit to stand trial earlier this summer, but he is free on bond while his case is pending and due in court again on Oct. 24.

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    Members of Brian Terry’s family, from left to right, Michelle Balogh, left, Josephine Terry, Kelly Willis and Robert Heyer, far right, pose at the Marriott-Starr Pass Resort in Tucson, Ariz., Sept. 16. Family members of Terry, an Arizona U.S. Border Agent killed in connection with a botched gun-smuggling operation, say they won’t have closure until someone is held accountable for his death.

    Justice Dept faulted in gun-trafficking operation
    The Justice Department's internal watchdog is faulting the agency for misguided strategies, errors in judgment and management failures during a bungled gun-trafficking probe in Arizona that resulted in hundreds of weapons turning up at crime scenes in the U.S. and Mexico.

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    3 McHenry County men face robbery, battery charges

    A Huntley man and two Woodstock men have been charged with robbing and battering a woman inside a Woodstock residence, according to police.

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    Two students hug, right, as they gather for the first day of school outside Benjamin E. Mays Academy Wednesday morning after Chicago teachers voted to suspend their first strike in 25 years.

    After Chicago teachers strike, doubts about implications

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel secured an extension of Chicago's school day and empowered principals to hire the teachers they want. Teachers were able to soften a new evaluation process and win some job protections. As students returned to the classroom Wednesday after a seven-day teachers strike, both sides found reasons to celebrate victory. But neither the school-reform movement nor organized labor...

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    $1.3 million in gold, silver seized from drug operation

    Federal authorities filed a complaint Wednesday in an effort to legally seize more than $1.3 million worth of silver bars and goland and silver coins as well as more than $100,000 in cash recovered from a Glen Ellyn-based drug operation.

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    Charb, the publishing director of the satyric weekly Charlie Hebdo, displays the front page of the newspaper in Paris Wednesday. Police took up positions outside the office after it published crude caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad.

    New French cartoons inflame prophet film tensions

    France stepped up security Wednesday at its embassies across the Muslim world after a French satirical weekly revived a formula that it has already used to capture attention: Publishing crude, lewd caricatures of Islam's Prophet Muhammad.

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    American Airlines jets are parked at the various gates of Miami International Airport on Tuesday. In addition to sending layoff warning notices to more than 11,000 employees this week, the airline has canceled hundreds of flights this week because of pilot absences.

    American cancels 300 flights this week

    American Airlines and American Eagle say they will cancel 300 flights this week to cope with a high number of pilots reporting sick and an increase in maintenance reports filed by crews.

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    The space shuttle Endeavour, carried atop NASA’s 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, passes over neighborhoods near Hobby Airport during a flyover on Wednesday in Houston. Endeavour stopped in Houston on its way from the Kennedy Space Center to the California Science Center in Los Angeles, where it will be placed on permanent display.

    Space shuttle Endeavour heads west to new mission

    Waving American flags and space shuttle toys, hundreds of people lined the streets and crowded the airport Wednesday as they watched space shuttle Endeavour touch down in Houston on its way to be permanently displayed in California.

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    Fred Crespo, left, opposes Ramiro Juarez in the 44th State House District for the 2012 General Election.

    44th House candidates disagree on Sears deal

    The two candidates for the 44th district of the Illinois House agree on a lot of issues, but one they cannot see eye to eye on are tax breaks for Sears. Incumbent Fred Crespo, of Hoffman Estates, supported the break, while Ramiro Juarez, of Streamwood, thought it was approached the wrong way. "I think people were more angry because there was no transparency," Juarez said.

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    British rock musician Brian May launches the Team Badger campaign in front of a giant billboard in London on Wednesday. The former guitarist for Queen is facing off against British farmers over badgers.

    Queen’s Brian May battles for threatened badgers

    A battle over badgers is brewing in Britain — and rock star Brian May is leading the fight.

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    Eric Pence

    Naperville man faces child porn charges

    A Naperville man accused of trying to lure a child to the Wheaton Public Library for sex has been charged with child pornography possession and other offenses, police announced Wednesday. Eric Pence, 19, of the 1700 block of Brookdale Road, was being held in the DuPage County jail on $200,000 bail.

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    Mount Prospect village board members Tuesday annexed ARC Disposal properties on Busse Road that were under county zoning. The village attached conditions based on concerns of owners of adjacent apartment buildings, but not enough to allay their concerns.

    Mount Prospect residents upset with zoning change

    Owners of apartments across the street from ARC Disposal on Busse Road were unhappy Tuesday night that the Mount Prospect the village board didn't attach stricter conditions when it annexed and rezoned the properties into a new industrial solid waste handling district. "We have approximately 3,300 people across the street, on the west side of Busse Road," said Nancy Comita, one of the owners.

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    This image provided by the Library of Congress, shows a new search engine to help researchers and students find bills that may become new laws. The Library of Congress is unveiling the new website Congress.gov in beta form to eventually replace its THOMAS system.

    New search engine offers better access to Congress

    Congress unveiled a new search engine Wednesday to help politicos, lobbyists, researchers, students and any other interested citizens find legislation working its way through the House and Senate to become new laws.

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    Antioch mayor breaks tie vote to approve video gambling

    Antioch will join neighboring Lake Villa and Fox Lake in allowing patrons the opportunity to gamble on video poker machines, but it took Mayor Lawrence Hanson casting a tiebreaking vote to to get it done. Village officials voted Monday night to allow video gaming in the 15 businesses that decide to install the gambling machines.

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    Lombard woman wants stricter noise ordinance

    Lombard resident Marilyn Jensby has done her research when it comes to noise. Jensby is pushing for an update to the Lombard noise ordinance that would create measurable noise standards for residential areas, which she says would give police more authority to enforce restrictions. But Lombard police Chief Ray Bryne said under the current ordinance, police use discretion to determine if noise is...

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    Mt. Prospect concert series ends season with rock show

    This year's Fridays on the Green concert series in downtown Mount Prospect comes to an end with a performance by the Committee Band, which plays popular funk, rock and blues tunes, at 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept, 21, in front of village hall, 50 S. Emerson St.

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    Daniel W. Bockenhauer

    Police: Huntley man was holding hammer, hiding in bushes

    Daniel W. Bockenhauer, 19, of the 11600 block of Lori Lane in Huntley, was arrested early Wednesday after he was found hiding in the bushes with a hammer outside the Lake in the Hills home of a former high school mate at Huntley High School, authorities said.

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    Brian Countryman

    Kane County wants man committed for repeated threats

    Kane County prosecutors are seeking to have a 50-year-old man, who repeatedly violated his probation for threatening a female Aurora police employee in 2008, involuntarily committed. A judge has ordered a fitness evaluation for Brian L. Countryman, of Indian Head Park, who is serving a prison term for aggravated stalking in Cook County.

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    Pearlie Young gets a hug from nurse Nanjean Painter during Young’s 108th birthday party Wednesday at Hillcrest Nursing Center in Round Lake Beach.

    Birthday celebration for Lake County’s oldest resident

    Pearlie Young, a patient at the Hillcrest Nursing Center in Round Lake Beach, turned 108 this month. She's Lake County's oldest resident, and the staff and relatives celebrated with her Wednesday. "She's feisty and wants to live," said granddaughter Alma Booker, also of Round Lake Beach.

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    West Chicago PADS shelter seeking volunteers

    A homeless shelter operated in a West Chicago church is looking for volunteers. The shelter at the First United Methodist Church is part of the DuPage PADS, or Public Action to Deliver Shelter, network of overnight housing sites. Organizers will hold an orientation session for those interested in volunteering at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the church, 643 E. Washington St. The site serves homeless...

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    McHenry County tackles funding requests

    McHenry County Administrator Pete Austin gave the county board an overview of requests by department heads that could be funded with next year's projected $407,000 general fund surplus but recommended temporarily setting aside $100,000 of that surplus as the budget process moves into its final two months.

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    Tri-Cities police reports
    Travis P. Champer, 18, of Geneva, was charged with underage consumption of alcohol at 1:29 p.m. Saturday after he turned himself in at the Geneva Police Station, 20 Police Plaza, according to a police report.

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    Lake Forest teachers strike ends with tentative contract agreement

    Some 150 Lake Forest High School teachers were back in class Wednesday following a tentative contract agreement that ended a seven-day strike. The proposal must still be ratified by teachers and the school board. Specific terms were not released Wednesday, but school spokeswoman Anne Whipple called it a 4-year deal.

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    Cary man first victim of West Nile in McHenry County

    A 56-year-old man from Cary was reported to be this year's first human afflicted with West Nile virus in McHenry County, officials said in a news release. The McHenry County Department of Health said the man was not hospitalized and has since recovered.

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    Arlington Heights man gets probation for punching cab driver

    A 38-year-old Arlington Heights man pleaded guilty to punching a cab driver who picked him up earlier this year from a Schaumburg nightspot. Erik Munch was sentenced to 24 months probation and ordered to continue substance abuse treatment and submit to anger management counseling in exchange for pleading guilty to a charge of battery.

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    Libertyville man pleads guilty in trade secret theft

    A Libertyville man has pleaded guilty to stealing trade secrets from Chicago-based CME Group to help improve an electronic trading exchange in China. Chunlai Yang, 49, is facing up to 10 years in prison, though his written plea agreement calls for less than the maximum. He is slated for sentencing early next year.

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    Naperville approves voting district maps for 2015

    Some Naperville City Council members and residents still aren't ready to make the leap to a district representation system. But a majority of council members, late Tuesday, finalized the maps for the five districts that must be in place by 2015. Council members voted 7 to 2 to approve the five maps of the required "compact and contiguous" districts that voters backed during the November 2010...

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    Native American spirituality

    The Lakes Region Historical Society will host "Native American Spirituality" at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Meeting House, 977 Main St., Antioch.

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    Waukegan schools car show

    The Waukegan Schools Foundation will host the Kars for Kids classic car show on Saturday, Sept. 22.

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    Police academy for senior citizens

    The Mundelein police department's Senior Citizens' Police Academy begins at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25 at the Del Webb Community Center, 3555 Grand Dominion Circle, Mundelein.

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    Free child car seat check

    The Countryside Fire Protection District and the Lake County Sheriff's Office will provide a child car seat check point from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 22 at the Diamond Lake school 25807 N. Diamond Lake Road south of Route 60/83, Mundelein.

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    Open house at Barrington fire station Sept. 29

    Residents of the Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District are invited to gain firsthand knowledge of firefighter equipment, tactics and training during an open house hosted by the Barrington Fire Department from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Sept. 29.

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    Dan Kotowski, left, opposes Jim O’Donnell in the 28th Senate District race.

    Redrawn Senate 28 district may pose challenge for candidates

    Republican political newcomer Jim O'Donnell says independent voters may turn the tide in his favor in a Democrat-leaning 28th Senate District, while Democratic state Sen. Dan Kotowski is relying on his record representing the 33rd Senate District to win Nov. 6.

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    Hoffman Estates fire causes $50,000 in damages

    A Hoffman Estates garage fire caused about $50,000 in damages Tuesday afternoon. No injuries were reported. Improper disposal of ignited paper was the cause of the fire, which the fire department determined was accidental in nature.

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    Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks Wednesday at a campaign fundraising event in Atlanta.

    Romney: I care about the poor and middle class

    Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney told donors Wednesday that he cares about the poor and middle class as he tried to stem criticism and address concern from within his own party over secretly-recorded comments that he doesn't need to worry about the half of the country that doesn't pay federal income taxes.

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    This is a fourth-century fragment of papyrus that divinity professor Karen L. King says is the only existing ancient text that quotes Jesus explicitly referring to having a wife. King, an expert in the history of Christianity, says the text contains a dialogue in which Jesus refers to “my wife,” whom he identified as Mary.

    Doubts over Harvard claim of ‘Jesus’ Wife’ papyrus

    Is a scrap of papyrus suggesting that Jesus had a wife authentic? Scholars question the much-publicized discovery by a Harvard scholar that a 4th century fragment of papyrus provided the first evidence that some early Christians believed Jesus was married.

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    Arlington Heights Village President Arlene Mulder shows a copy of the village's budget for 2012 while delivering a state of the village address to residents at the Moorings in March. Mulder has announced she will not seek re-election when her term is up in 2013.

    Arlington Heights Mayor Arlene Mulder retiring

    Arlene Mulder, the longest serving village president of Arlington Heights, will not seek re-election when her term is up in 2013. "It's been a difficult decision because I love working with people and I love this community," Mulder, 67, told the Daily Herald. "My gratitude first and foremost is always to the residents who make this community so wonderful."

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    President Barack Obama waves as he arrives on Air Force One at John F. Kennedy International Airport, Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012, in New York.

    Poll: Obama job approval rising, race still tight

    Americans are feeling markedly better about the country's future and about Barack Obama's job performance, but the president's re-election race against Republican Mitt Romney remains a neck-and-neck proposition as Election Day creeps ever closer, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll.

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    Wang Lijun, the ex-police chief at the center of China’s seamy political scandal asked U.S. diplomats for asylum after he covered up a murder for the wife of the Communist Party boss but then grew estranged and feared for his life, the Chinese government said Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012.

    Ex-police chief in China scandal sought U.S. asylum

    BEIJING — The ex-police chief at the center of China’s seamy political scandal asked U.S. diplomats for asylum after he covered up a murder for the wife of the Communist Party boss but then grew estranged and feared for his life, the Chinese government said Wednesday.

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    Arlington Heights Mayor Arlene Mulder speaks as Nokia Siemens Networks, which acquired the Motorola Solutions campus in Arlington Heights, unveils its new sign outside the facility.

    Images: Arlene Mulder through the years
    Arlene Mulder, the longest serving village president of Arlington Heights, will not seek re-election when her term is up in 2013 .Mulder said she's looking forward to enjoying her next seven months on the village board, but she doesn't have any big plans for retirement other than spending time with her family and enjoying the community in Arlington Heights.

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    Japan’s leading opposition Liberal Democratic Party presidential candidate Shinzo Abe, left, as his rivals, Shigeru Ishiba, center, and Nobutaka Machimura, listen to him during a debate at the Japan National Press Club in Tokyo. Former Prime Minister Abe blasted China at a press conference Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2012, after anti-Japanese riots flared across China. He says that if Beijing can’t protect Japanese living in China it “should not enjoy membership in the international society.”

    Nationalism may rise under Japan’s next gov’t

    TOKYO — One is a former prime minister known for his nationalistic views. A second is a hawkish former defense chief. And a third is the son of Tokyo’s outspoken governor whose proposal to buy and develop a cluster of uninhabited islands claimed by both China and Japan has set off a territorial furor between the two countries.

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    Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks to reporters in Costa Mesa, Calif. President Barack Obama’s campaign allies continued to push out an unauthorized video of Romney dismissing the half of Americans who don’t pay taxes, while the Republican nominee tried to turn the campaign disruption into a debate over the role of government in family finances.

    Obama allies continue to push secret Romney video

    President Barack Obama's campaign allies continued to push out an unauthorized video of rival Mitt Romney dismissing the half of Americans who don't pay taxes, while the Republican nominee tried to turn the campaign disruption into a debate over the role of government in family finances.

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    U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta addresses cadets at the Engineering Academy of PLA Armored Forces, in Beijing, Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012.

    Panetta: New Asia focus not aimed to contain China

    BEIJING — Top Chinese leaders have a better understanding of America’s new focus on the Asia-Pacific region, but they are concerned that there is too much emphasis on China’s military buildup rather than economic or diplomatic efforts, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Wednesday.

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    The Suburbs This Weekend: High school bands, wine tasting, Rob Schneider and ‘The Sunshine Boys’

    A high school band contest, wine tasting, Rob Schneider and ‘The Sunshine Boys’ are among the choices by Sean Stangland and Richard Battin.Sean’s picks

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    President Barack Obama speaks at a campaign event at Schiller Park, Monday, Sept. 17, 2012, in Columbus, Ohio.

    Obama to appear at Milwaukee rally as lead widens

    MADISON, Wis. — President Barack Obama plans to host a rally on the Summerfest grounds in Milwaukee on Saturday as a new poll shows his lead in the state is widening.

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    Miners sing and dance whilst holding South African bank notes in Lonmin Platinum Mine near Rustenburg, South Africa, Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012. Striking miners have accepted a company offer of a 22% overall pay increase to end more than five weeks of crippling and bloody industrial action.

    South Africa miners celebrate wage deal

    MARIKANA, South Africa — Lonmin Platinum’s miners celebrated a wage deal Wednesday that ended a deadly strike, but labor unrest at a different mine took a violent turn when police broke up what they called an illegal gathering near the town of Rustenburg.

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    Police officers stand guard during a protest against American-made film “Innocence of Muslims” that ridicules Islam and Prophet Muhammad outside the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012.

    Latest developments in protest of anti-Islam film

    A look at protests and events across the world on Wednesday responding to an anti-Muslim film, a week after angry crowds began assaulting a string of U.S. embassies in the Mideast. FRANCE

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    Banners welcoming the Ryder Cup golf tournament are up on Lake Street in Addison and Bloomingdale, as well as in Itasca, Wood Dale, Glendale Heights and Roselle. The six suburbs have dubbed themselves “host towns” and have been working with PGA of America for about a year on how to prepare for the tournament.

    ‘Host towns’ put on finishing touches before Ryder Cup

    With only a few days left before thousands of visitors arrive for the international Ryder Cup golf tournament at Medinah Country Club Sept. 25-30, communities that have dubbed themselves "host towns" are finishing more than a year's worth of preparations to welcome visitors and attract tourist dollars.

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    Dawn Patrol: Chicago classes resume; salmonella in Batavia

    Chicago Public Schools students heading back to the classroom. School funding debate goes to Illinois Supreme Court. Tiny the Great America iconic spider laid to rest. Batavia restaurant closed due to salmonella outbreak. Dist. 204 school board president resigns after accepting seat on state board of education. McHenry County board enacts moratorium on electronic billboards.

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    Bradley prof touts English degrees

    Rob Prescott figures he's heard all the snide remarks made about the jobs that English majors (who don't plan on being teachers) can expect — from asking customers if they want fries with that to comments like, "At least you'll be able to answer the phone."

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    Mayo Clinic forms affiliation with NorthShore

    The Mayo Clinic is announcing an affiliation with the Chicago-area’s NorthShore University HealthSystem.The multi-year agreement will give NorthShore patients quick access to Mayo specialists and research in cardiovascular, cancer and neurological cases.

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    Fifth radioactive waste cask moved in Wisconsin county

    A La Crosse utility is moving the last of five radioactive waste casks in western Wisconsin.A portion of Highway 35 in Vernon County is shut down Wednesday as Dairyland Power moves the cask from a fuel storage pool in the reactor building to a storage pad at the Genoa site.

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    Bond refinancing to give Round lake Area Park District breathing room for improvements

    The Round Lake Area Park District will be refinancing a bond issues of nearly $7 million, which is expected to free up some cash and save some time. "We can clear up debt," said executive director Bob Newport. The bonds were used to build a new clubhouse at the Renwood golf course in 1999 and build a sports complex in 2006. The extra funds could be used to repair the aging pool, for example,...

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    Officials indicate Prairie Parkway may be resurrected

    Despite the media sounding the death knoll for the Prairie Parkway following a recent Federal Highway Administration ruling, Kane County officials said Tuesday they believe there is a real chance the project could come back at a future date. Indeed, the federal funds for the overall Prairie Parkway project that were re-routed in the ruling will fund a widening of Route 47, which is actually a...

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    Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas believes stipends that totaled $3.4 million for 531 county officials statewide in 2012 will eventually be eliminated.

    Stipends for county officials cost state $3.4 million

    It's hard to find anyone who supports a state program that pays some 500-plus county officials $6,500 stipends each year just for holding elected posts. Except those who receive the stipend, that is. But even among that group, support is waning. "I think they'll be taken away," said Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas, one of the recipients.

Sports

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    David DeJesus misses a fly ball by Cincinnati Reds' Brandon Phillips during the 11th inning Wednesday at Wrigley Field. DeJesus was charged with an error and Phillips went on to score the game-winning run.

    Reds top Cubs 6-5 in 11

    Drew Stubbs hit a tiebreaking RBI single in the 11th inning Wednesday night and Cincinnati beat the Cubs 6-5 hours after Reds manager Dusty Baker left the ballpark for chest X-rays.

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    Cubs fans will be able to see prospects such as Jorge Soler much closer to home with the Class A team moving to Kane County next year.

    Cubs’ move to Kane County good for fans, too

    Last month a security guard and I were talking on the top step of Comiskey Park's home dugout. He had just been to one of the smaller ballparks in the area, and I had just been to the one in Schaumburg. We wondered out loud to each other why the Cubs or White Sox didn't put a minor-league team in Schaumburg or Joliet or Gary or Kane County. The next day a report surfaced that the Cubs were considering moving their Midwest League team to Kane County.

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    Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase passes against Western Michigan earlier this season. Head coach Tim Beckman says Scheelhaase is close to 100 percent healthy after being hobbled by an ankle sprain since the opening week of the season.

    Illini coach: Scheelhaase close to 100 percent

    Illinois coach Tim Beckman says quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase (SHEEL'-hows) is close to 100 percent healthy after being hobbled by an ankle sprain since the opening week of the season. But the Illini coach Wednesday didn't name a starter for Saturday's game against Louisiana Tech (2-0).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Fremd poised for more success

    Fremd's girls swimming graduated several key seniors, by the Vikings have quickly reloaded with impressive varsity-ready freshmen and sophomores. It was too much for an improving Palatine team to handle on Wednesday as the Vikings earned decisive victories at all levels. "Maybe 70, 75 percent of our varsity lineup is freshmen and sophomores," said Fremd coach Andrew Kittrell. "That's exciting, but it's also challenging. We have a lot of swimmers who are learning."

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    Luis Valbuena, right, dives over Pittsburgh Pirates' Neil Walker after tagging him out at third base on an Andrew McCutchen single in the fourth inning Sunday. Luis Valbuena started his fourth straight game at third base for the Cubs Wednesday night against the Reds at Wrigley Field. Manager Dale Sveum said rookie Josh Vitters probably will get more playing time on next week's road trip and in the final home series of the year.

    Third base key issue for Sveum, Cubs

    Luis Valbuena started his fourth straight game at third base for the Cubs Wednesday night against the Reds at Wrigley Field. Manager Dale Sveum said rookie Josh Vitters probably will get more playing time on next week's road trip and in the final home series of the year.

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    White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez tosses his bat Wednesday after striking out in the eighth inning against the Kansas City Royals in Kansas City, Mo.

    White Sox’ lead back to 2 over Detroit

    On the same day the White Sox announced tickets for potential American League wild card and division series games at U.S. Cellular Field go on sale Friday at U.S. Cellular Field, the Kansas City Royals said, "Not so fast." And the Tigers issued a similar statement from Detroit.

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    Improving Montini nearly knocks off Downers South

    Montini coach Steve Dowjotas is brimming with enthusiasm about the future of his volleyball program.In the immediate, though, he just wants to get back on the practice court.Minus its kill leader Monica Loftus and setter Kyle Hodyl with injuries, Montini nearly pulled off a huge third-set rally on Wednesday at Downers Grove South before succumbing to the host Mustangs 25-17, 20-25, 26-24.

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    Huntley quarterback Kameron Sallee works against Crystal Lake South last week.

    Dundee-Crown at Huntley has meaning? You bet it does

    If a year ago someone had predicted one of the most important matchups of the 2012 Fox Valley Conference Valley Division season would take place in Week 5 between Dundee-Crown and Huntley, such a person would have been advised not to operate heavy machinery.At this time last year, Dundee-Crown was struggling its way through a second straight 0-9 season with a sophomore-dominated lineup. The Chargers would finish last in the seven-team FVC Valley.

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    Wauconda waits out Vernon Hills

    Megan Tallman helped rally Wauconda’s volleyball team Wednesday night.The Indiana-bound senior had 12 kills, 10 assists, 20 digs and 4 aces, as the Bulldogs outlasted visiting Vernon Hills 21-25, 25-16, 25-11 in North Suburban Prairie Division play.Susan Karhoff also played well again for Wauconda (13-5, 2-2). She had 11 kills, 6 assists and 10 digs. Ashley Anderson added 24 digs and 3 aces for the Bulldogs, while LeAnne Sakowicz and Emily Holub contributed 3 kills apiece. Jordan Draegert chipped in 17 digs for the winners.Shannon Nugent had 9 kills and 2 blocks for Vernon Hills (5-13, 2-1). Jenn Claussen and Kasey Firnbach added 5 and 4 kills, respectively. Firnbach also served 4 aces. Jasmine Tamalunas (40 of 41) dished out 9 assists, and Tori Smith (38 of 38) had seven.“Getting closer,” Cougars coach Abbie Gutzmer said. “We had our serve-receive breakdowns in games 2 and 3 and just could not get our offense going consistently. Wauconda came back and played some great defense to win this match.”Lakes d. North Chicago: Stephanie Reed served 25 of 25 with 8 aces, as the Eagles won 25-4, 25-0 to improve to 12-1 and 4-0 in the North Suburban Prairie.Shannon Grant added 5 aces (8 of 8) for Lakes, while Abbey Buehler and Kim Olson each hit 6 of 6 with 3 kills. Sarah Horner contributed 2 blocks, 1 kill and 1 ace.Lake Zurich d. Zion-Benton: Layne Self slammed 10 kills, served 3 aces and notched 7 digs for the Bears, as they won the North Suburban Lake match 25-22, 25-13.Lake Zurich (11-6, 3-1) also received 6 kills from Sydney Glover and five apiece from Mallory Parsons and Mickenzie Andrews. Ashley Dina and Kiley McPeek had 17 and 14 digs, respectively, and Nicole Morrissey contributed 21 assists and 4 kills. Kristen Walding also had 4 kills.Antioch d. Grant: Amanda Spera’s 10 kills and 6 blocks led the Sequoits to a 25-21, 26-28, 25-20 win in a North Suburban Prairie thriller.Elena Kelsh had 7 kills and 17 digs for Antioch (8-5), while Sam Falco posted 6 kills and 3 blocks. Call-up Hannah Skoog totaled 9 digs and served 14 of 14 with an ace. Abby McIlhany had 3 kills and 3 aces, and Madeline Johnson also put down 3 kills Marissa Grant lofted 24 assists and also delivered 4 kills and 2 aces.“A good conference win for the Sequoits against a scrappy Grant team,” Antioch coach Glen Heitman said. “We blocked and served well, and we passed much better, allowing us to play in system more than past matches.”Grant got 13 kills from Brooke Buckley and eight from Alyssa Wilhelm. Mallory Gizowski was effective both at the net (5 kills) and service line (14 of 15, 2 aces). Taylor Rossi set 43 of 44 with 17 assists, and Gianna Gigliotti led the Bulldog defense with 18 digs. Anna Panasenko served 3 aces.

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    Prospect soars to 63rd straight MSL win

    It was windy at the Mt. Prospect Golf Course on Wednesday. But the Knights breezed through their final Mid-Suburban League test to finish with a 11-0 league record and 63rd straight conference dual meet win. Kiley Walsh (36), Noreen Caporusso (37), Noelle Johnston (38), Ally Scaccia (43) and Kacie O'Donnell (43) were the low scores for the Knights, who posted a 154-181 triumph over visiting Barrington.

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    Palatine’s Josh Lee celebrates his first-half goal during Wednesday’s soccer game against Fremd at Palatine.

    One scary win for Palatine

    A beautifully crafted first strike from Josh Lee, and second-half goals into the wind from Matt Ryan-Darrah and Cesar Valdez helped Mid-Suburban League leader Palatine to a 3-1 boys soccer victory over crosstown rival Fremd on Wednesday to grab back the highly valued Kinsella Cup trophy. Soccer and the rivalry between the teams, however, took a definite back seat in the waning moments when Fremd's Kamil Grudzien appeared to suffer a serious injury after colliding with Pirates keeper Kyle Leber as they pursued a ball. After a long delay while the Vikings senior was attended to by paramedics and medical staff on hand, Grudzien appeared to be aware of his surroundings before being transported to Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights.

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    The Kansas City Royals' Alcides Escobar beats the tag by White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez to steal second base Wednesday during the fifth inning in Kansas City, Mo.

    White Sox stumble against Royals again in 3-0 loss

    The White Sox will be happy to stop playing the Royals and start rooting for them. Despite another solid start from All-Star pitcher Chris Sale, the White Sox couldn't figure out crafty Kansas City left-hander Bruce Chen on Wednesday night. Alex Gordon and Billy Butler provided the offense and the Royals held on 3-0 to end Chicago's five-game winning streak.

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    Libertyville coach Greg Loika celebrates his 100th win with his players after the Wildcats defeated Stevenson Wednesday night at Libertyville.

    Libertyville steps up for Loika’s 100th win

    Behind an impressive final-set performance from its Division I-bound setter Cindy Zhou, Libertyville rallied to beat nemesis Stevenson 21-25, 25-17, 25-21 in a North Suburban Conference Lake Division showdown that didn't disappoint. Libertyville, which started the season 1-2, improved to 11-3 and 3-0 in the NSC Lake, while Stevenson fell to 12-2 and 2-1. For Wildcats coach Greg Loika, it was his 100th win since he replaced hall-of-famer Chris Trzyna in 2009.

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    Mundelein shows finishing flair against Conant

    In Set 1, Mundelein's girls volleyball team trailed Conant, 20-18. In Set 2, the Mustangs were down 22-17. Both times, though, the Lake County visitors served notice they could finish sets - with a flat floater that helped lift them to a 25-21, 25-22 nonconference victory in Hoffman Estates.

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    Wasowicz paces rejuvenated Palatine program

    Palatine won the Class 3A girls cross country state title in 2009 and finished second in 2010, but the Pirates slipped a bit in 2011, finishing 10th. Even by its own lofty standards, Palatine seems to be back on track this season. Senior Tess Wasowicz (19:32) and junior Jessica Lincoln (19:32) finished 2-3 leading Palatine to a 24-33 Mid-Suburban League West dual meet victory over host Conant at Busse Woods on Wednesday. Sophomore Abby Tripp (19:14) took first overall to lead Conant.

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    The Detroit Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera smiles Wednesday while being intentionally walked by the Oakland Athletics during the third inning.

    Cabrera and Verlander help Tigers top Athletics 6-2

    iguel Cabrera homered, Omar Infante drove in three runs and Justin Verlander pitched six scoreless innings to help the Detroit Tigers beat the Oakland Athletics 6-2 on Wednesday night. Verlander (15-8) allowed five hits and three walks while striking out five.

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    The Milwaukee Brewers’ Norichika Aoki is congratulated Wednesday by third base coach Ed Sedar after hitting a solo home run off Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Kyle McPherson during the first inning in Pittsburgh.

    Brewers wins 4th straight, 3-1 over Pirates

    Marco Estrada pitched seven scoreless innings and rookie shortstop Jean Segura hit a double and triple Wednesday night as the surging Milwaukee Brewers stayed in contention for a postseason berth with a 3-1 victory over the fading Pittsburgh Pirates. Estrada (4-6) allowed three hits and retired the last 10 batters he faced in improving to 4-1 with a 1.23 ERA in his last six starts. He struck out four and walked one.

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    Notre Dame trying to make stadium harder on opponents

    Notre Dame is trying to turn up the volume at the "House that Rockne Built." The school where ushers in the past gave warnings for cheering too loudly has launched a campaign called "Take a StaND," urging fans to make noise.

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    Sisters Libby Cooper, left, and Hillary Cooper from Batavia have teamed up again at Lewis University.

    Cooper sisters enjoy reunion at Lewis

    Once they graduated from Batavia High School, and got out of each other's hair, sisters Libby and Hillary Cooper headed to different Division I colleges to play soccer. Opposites apparently aren't the only ones who attract.

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    St. Edward gets past Guerin

    Katie Swanson had 11 kills and 10 digs and Shannon Igielski added 9 kills as St. Edward downed Guerin 25-27, 25-16, 25-20 in Suburban Christian Conference girls volleyball action Wednesday night. Rena Ranallo added 8 kills, Mallory Gross had 5 kills and 20 assists and Allison Kruk 15 digs for the Green Wave (8-9, 3-2).

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    Palatine breaks new ground with 65th straight MSL win

    Palatine's boys cross country team is all about tradition, and the Pirates added a key piece to that legacy on Wednesday at Busse Woods. Palatine defeated Conant 25-36 in its Mid-Suburban League West meet, winning for a conference-record 65th consecutive time in a league dual. The previous record was held by Fremd, which won 64 straight against MSL foes from 1974-1977.

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    Fans at Elfstrom Stadium in Geneva next season will get to keep an eye on Cubs’ Class A players.

    Cubs’ Epstein says deal with Kane County a ‘win-win’

    The Cubs Wednesday agreed with Kane County on a new player development contract to move the club's Class A affiliate in the Midwest League from Peoria to Geneva. "We are pleased to reach agreement with Kane County," said Jason McLeod, the Cubs' senior vice president of scouting and player development. The Cougars signed a two-year deal with the Cubs.

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    Burlington Central’s Lauren Peltonen block a spike by Marengo’s Logan Brettschneider in the second set on Wednesday at Burlington Central.

    Burlington Central doesn’t get trapped

    Marv Leavitt called it a "trap game". It's that game you know you're supposed to win but after a tough road loss the night before and the goings on of homecoming week, Leavitt had cause to be a little concerned when his Burlington Central girls volleyball team hosted Marengo in Big Northern East action on Rocket Hill Wednesday evening. And even though Marengo was the aggressor early on, Burlington Central's superior defense and serving won out in the end as the Rockets notched a 25-14, 25-17 win just 24 hours after suffering a tough 3-set loss at Richmond-Burton in a battle for first place in the conference.

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    Glenbard West's Cipriano stronger than she thought

    It is not wrong for a man to cry when on the other end of the phone a 17-year-old girl pours out her soul in comments so poignant, so tragic but uplifting, they grip your heart.

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    Waubonsie Valley’s Austin Guido races down the field to score a touchdown in the second quarter vs Streamwood on Saturday, September 8.

    Benet hopes to break through against ESCC

    Among Benet's goals at the start of the season were to post a winning record and compete for the East Suburban Catholic Conference title. Easier said than done on the latter, especially considering the strength of the league and the Redwings' nine-game ESCC losing streak heading into the season.

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    Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper celebrates Wednesday with Adam LaRoche during the fifth inning oagainst the Los Angeles Dodgers at Nationals Park.

    Zimmermann helps Nats beat Dodgers 3-1

    As music blared in the Washington Nationals' clubhouse between games of a doubleheader Wednesday, manager Davey Johnson insisted it didn't matter at all that his team had earned its 90th win and lowered its magic number for securing a playoff berth to one. "The only thing that's going to mean anything to me is when we clinch the pennant," Johnson said. "That's the only thing, the only number, I'm concerned with."

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    Bears quarterback Jay Cutler and several teammates were in agreement Wednesday, saying the controversy over Cutler’s behavior toward left tackle J’Marcus Webb in the Green Bay loss is behind them.

    Bears, Cutler put controversy behind them

    Now that the Bears' sideline controversy involving quarterback Jay Cutler and his offensive lienmen has supposedly blown over, it still remains to be seen if the trust among the players has been damaged. "Everything is fine," Cutler said Wednesday, six days after TV camera crews caught him yelling at Webb and then bumping shoulders as he walked away during their loss to Green Bay last Thursday. "It's a dead issue. We're moving forward at this point."

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    Bears coach Lovie Smith has chat with Moore about Cutler comments

    Bears cornerback D.J. Moore's public criticism of quarterback Jay Cutler for his treatment of offensive tackle J'Marcus Webb in the Packers game was not well-received by coach Lovie Smith. But Moore stands by what he said.

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    Report: UNC’s Roy Williams has kidney surgery

    North Carolina coach Roy Williams has had surgery to remove a kidney tumor, people familiar with the situation said Wednesday. Two people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the school has not publicly released any details on Williams. One of the people who spoke to the AP said the severity of the tumor is unknown.

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    Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith, right, argues for a pass interference call on a play involving wide receiver Roddy White, center, with an official Monday. Statistics show strong similarities between this year’s number of penalties and last year’s flags thrown by the guys who are currently locked out.

    Officiating numbers accurate or off-base?

    The numbers say there isn't much difference with replacement officials. Comments from players and coaches say otherwise. As the public outrage grows louder over calls and non-calls, delays in doling out penalties or rampant indecision by the replacements, statistics show strong similarities between this year's number of penalties and last year's flags thrown by the guys who are currently locked out.

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    Bowl Championship Series executive director Bill Hancock speaks in Rosemont Wednesday with reporters to discuss the latest topics involving a new playoff format for determining an NCAA college football champion.

    Commissioners discuss tweaking postseason format

    Conference commissioners are considering the possibility of adding another game to be part of the semifinal rotation for the new college football playoff. "They created a playoff and they had a working concept for access, but they knew that more conversations were needed," BCS executive director Bill Hancock said Wednesday after the second day of meetings.

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    Tiger Woods catches a ball Wednesday during practice for the Tour Championship golf tournament in Atlanta. The tournament begins Thursday.

    Woods and McIlroy meet again with more at stake

    With every week, and every win, Rory McIlroy gets a new moniker. Two-time major champion. The world No. 1. Heir apparent. The latest nickname was courtesy of none other than Tiger Woods. "He calls me `The Intimidator,' McIlroy said Wednesday as he tried to stifle a laugh. Woods has never had much of a rival during his 17 years on the PGA Tour, at least not for long.

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    Tickets for Sox playoff games on sale Friday

    Should the Chicago White Sox qualify for the American League wild-card game or the division series, tickets for those potential games at U.S. Cellular Field will go on sale at noon Friday.

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    Pettitte returns with win, leads Yanks over Jays

    Andy Pettitte pitched five sparkling innings in his return from a broken leg and his bullpen barely held on, keeping the New York Yankees atop the AL East with a 4-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays in the opener of Wednesday's day-night doubleheader.

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    Atlanta Falcons running back Michael Turner was arrested for drunken driving and speeding in metro Atlanta just hours after he scored a touchdown in the team’s Monday night win over the Denver Broncos.

    Falcons’ Turner apologizes for DUI arrest

    Atlanta Falcons running back Michael Turner has apologized to his team and its fans for his drunken driving arrest. Turner said Wednesday that he made "a bad decision" before he was stopped by police in suburban Gwinnett County around 5 a.m. Tuesday — just hours after scoring a touchdown in Atlanta's 27-21 win over Denver.

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    Chicago Sky's Ticha Penicheiro (21) will retire at the end of the season as the WNBA's all-time assists leader and ranked No. 2 in steals. Sky coach Pokey Chatman says Penicheiro's knowledge and passion for the game are as important as the records she set.

    Sky point guard Penicheiro to retire

    After a 15-year career in the WNBA, point guard Ticha Penicheiro of the Chicago Sky will retire after the 2012 season. Penicheiro is the WNBA's all-time record holder in assists, having led the league in that category an unprecedented seven times, and she also finish her career with the second most steals in league history.

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    Northern Iowa's David Bonin, right, grapples with Princeton's Daniel Kolodzik during their 157-pound second round match March 15 at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships in St Louis. Northern Iowa, along with Missouri and Old Dominion University, has decided to join the Mid-American Conference in wrestling only.

    Missouri, Northern Iowa, ODU join MAC wrestling

    CLEVELAND — The University of Missouri, the University of Northern Iowa and Old Dominion University have joined the Mid-American Conference as affiliate members in wrestling, league officials announced Wednesday. All three universities have joined the MAC with five-year agreements.

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    Illinois Hunting & Fishing weekend set to open

    It's time again for the Illinois Hunting and Fishing weekend. Saturday and Sunday the throngs will gather for the event at Silver Springs State Park, 13608 Fox Road in Yorkville.

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    Fish with feelings? It’s an emotional issue

    Fish certainly have preferences, and seem to respond to certain lures and baits differently as seasons and conditions change. But do they actually have feelings about this stuff? The cable fishing shows would have you believe that, but Mike Jackson has his doubts.

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    Mike North video: Colleges with most alumni in the NFL

    In his latest video, Mike North talks Alex Rios being White Sox MVP, whether John Gruden was a good announcer, Jay Cutler's bump and reveals what college has the most alumni in the NFL.

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    Wisconsin company buying Nebraska metals recycler

    LINCOLN, Neb. — A Wisconsin company says it’s buying Midwest Metals Recycling of Omaha.The Lincoln Journal Star says Sadoff Iron & Metal Co. already has a scrap metal operation in Lincoln. Sadoff says it will take over Midwest Metals by the end of September. The sale terms were not disclosed.Midwest Metals was founded in 1991 as an aluminum can recycler and expanded into recycling other metals.Sadoff Iron & Metal is part of Sadoff & Rudoy Industries, LLP, which is based in Fond du Lac, Wis.

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    Mark Shale may close 3 stores

    Mark Shale, which is based in Woodridge and had filed bankruptcy in August, will be liquidating its three stores in Oakbrook Center, Northbrook Court and N. Michigan Avenue in Chicago.

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    Groupon’s new payment service allows businesses to run credit cards using an iPhone or iPod Touch.

    Groupon launches payments service in U.S.

    Chicago-based Groupon launched a payment service Wednesday that allows businesses to accept credit cards using an iPhone or iPod Touch, becoming the latest company to enter the growing mobile payments market.

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    U.S. sales of previously occupied homes jumped in August to the highest level in more than two years, adding momentum to the housing recovery. The National Association of Realtors says sales rose 7.8 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.82 million. That’s the most since May 2010, when sales were fueled by a federal home-buying tax credit.

    US housing recovery gains momentum in August

    A jump in sales of previously occupied homes and further gains in home construction suggest the U.S. housing recovery is gaining momentum.

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    U.S. stocks rose, snapping a two-day decline in the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index, as the Bank of Japan increased its asset-purchase target and sales of existing American homes rose more than forecast.

    Encouraging report about home sales lifts stocks

    A pair of encouraging reports about the housing market gave U.S. stocks a small boost Wednesday.

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    Sen. Dick Durbin, an Illinois Democrat, said a vote may be held this week on $205.1 billion in tax-break extensions, including those for wind energy, corporate research and financial services companies’ overseas operations.

    Durbin: Business tax extensions vote possible this week

    The U.S. Senate's second-ranking Democrat said a vote may be held this week on $205.1 billion in tax-break extensions, including those for wind energy, corporate research and financial services companies' overseas operations.

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    T-Mobile USA has named the former CEO of Global Crossing, John Legere, as its new CEO.

    T-Mobile USA names Legere as CEO in bid to revive growth

    T-Mobile USA Inc., the fourth-largest U.S. wireless carrier, named John Legere as chief executive officer, turning to a phone-industry veteran to reinvigorate growth and challenge Verizon Wireless and AT&T Inc.

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    AMC and the Dish Network are facing off in a trial that could ultimately decide who gets to see “Mad Men” and other top AMC programming. Above is “Mad Men” star Jon Hamm.

    AMC-Dish trial may resolve who sees ‘Mad Men’

    AMC Networks Inc. is facing Dish Network Corp. in a $2.4 billion trial over a failed programming deal that may also determine whether the satellite network's viewers will get to see AMC shows such as "Mad Men."

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    Navistar Defense to upgrade 2,300 Army vehicles

    Navistar Defense LLC received an order from the U.S. Army to upgrade 2,300 of its International vehicles with survivability upgrade retrofit kits.

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    Gogo to expand service on Delta fleet

    Commercial airline Wi-Fi and entertainment provider Gogo said it will expand its wireless in-flight entertainment product Gogo Vision across the entire two-class and Delta Connection fleet of Gogo equipped aircraft.

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    Convergint Technologies partners with KRG

    -Commercial security and life safety systems integrators Convergint Technologies said it has partnered with KRG Capital Partners.

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    Abbott recognized as family-friendly workplace

    Abbott Laboratories was named one of the 100 Best Companies by Working Mother magazine, It is the 12th consecutive year the company has been included on the list, which recognizes companies for providing a family-friendly workplace.

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    Japanese company agrees to enter guilty plea

    The Justice Department says a Japanese company is the latest to agree to plead guilty in a probe of price-fixing in the freight forwarding industry.Yamato Global Logistics Japan Co. Ltd. also has agreed to pay a $2.3 million criminal fine in the investigation.

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    From left to right: Warren Buffett, Oprah Winfrey, Bill Gates, Melinda Gates, Pete Petersen, Leon Black, Jon Bon Jovi (seated on the ground), Marc Benioff, David Rubenstein, Steve Case, Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, Marc Andreessen posing for a portrait in the Trustees Room at the New York Public Library in New York.

    Gates, Buffett again top Forbes’ billionaires list

    Microsoft Corp. co-founder Bill Gates remains the nation's richest man by far, as the tech and philanthropy giant took the top spot on the Forbes 400 list for the 19th year running, with a net worth of $66 billion. Investor Warren Buffett, the head of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., again took second with $46 billion, while Oracle Corp. co-founder Larry Ellison remains third with $41 billion and brothers Charles and David Koch, co-owners of Koch Industries Inc., tied for fourth with $31 billion.

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    The Wii U by Nintendo, the new two-screen gaming console an item on Toys R Us’ “Hot Toy” list.

    Tot tablets, retro brands are Toys R Us ‘hot toys’

    It's still technically summer, but for some it's not too soon to think about what the kiddies will want for the holidays.Toys R Us has come out with its annual "hot toy" list that includes tablets for kids, fashion dolls in the likeness of boy-band sensation One Direction, and even retro hits like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Furby.

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    Japan gets cold feet on total nuclear phase-out

    Japan's Cabinet stopped short of a commitment Wednesday to phase out nuclear power by 2040, backtracking from an advisory panel's recommendation in the face of opposition from pro-nuclear businesses and groups.The decision came on the same day that Japan launched a new nuclear regulatory body to replace an agency whose links to the nuclear industry reportedly contributed to last year's disaster at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant.

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    Premiums inching higher for popular Medicare plans

    Obama administration officials say they have some good election-year news for seniors.

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    U.S. builders started construction on more homes in August, driven by the fastest pace of single-family home construction in more than two years. The Commerce Department says construction of new homes and apartments rose 2.3 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 750,000 last month.

    U.S. housing starts rose 2.3 percent in August

    U.S. builders started work on more homes in August, driven by the fastest pace of single-family home construction in more than two years. The increase points to steady progress in the housing recovery. The Commerce Department said Wednesday that construction of homes and apartments rose 2.3 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 750,000 last month. That's up from 733,000 in July.

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    Sign worker Ray Messore, of Glocester, R.I., works on a sign next to one where gasoline prices are posted at a gas station in Pawtucket, R.I.,

    Oil nears $96 after BOJ eases monetary policy

    Oil rose toward $96 a barrel after two days of declines as Japan's central bank joined the U.S. Federal Reserve in easing monetary policy.The Bank of Japan announced it was moving to protect the country's fragile recovery by extending its monetary easing by increasing its asset-purchasing fund to 55 trillion yen ($700 billion) from 45 trillion yen, to counter the Japanese yen's rise. That followed moves by the U.S. Federal Reserve to stimulate growth through so-called quantitative easing.

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    Harry’s of Arlington, at 1 N. Vail Ave in downtown Arlington Heights, received a second extension this week to complete work on a planned expansion. The project includes a 1,500-square-foot addition along the north side of the restaurant.

    Harry’s of Arlington gets another extension for its expansion

    A long-planned expansion for Harry's of Arlington finally will get under way this year after the Arlington Heights Village Board approved another 12-month extension for the project. The village board first approved an expansion plan for the downtown staple at 1 N. Vail Ave. in 2009. The proposal includes a 1,500-square-foot addition along the north side of the restaurant.

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    An Indonesian woman walks past an electronic stock board at the Jakarta Stock Exchange in Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday.

    Markets unmoved by Bank of Japan easing

    Japan's main stock market hit a four-month high Wednesday after the country's central bank eased monetary policy to shore up fragile economic growth, but the positive momentum ground to a halt in Europe.The Bank of Japan said it was increasing its asset purchasing fund to 55 trillion yen ($700 billion) from 45 trillion yen to counter the strength of the Japanese currency. A strong yen makes it more difficult for Japanese companies to compete in international markets.

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    The Bank of Japan building is reflected on the glass covering the plate of its adjunct museum in Tokyo. Japan’s central bank expanded its monetary easing by 10 trillion yen ($126 billion) Wednesday.

    Japan’s central bank joins Fed in easing policy

    Japan's central bank expanded its monetary easing by 10 trillion yen ($126 billion) Wednesday, moving to nurture the country's feeble economic recovery and cushion its exporters from the yen's rise. The Bank of Japan wrapped up a two-day policy meeting by increasing its asset-purchasing fund to 55 trillion yen ($695 billion) from 45 trillion yen. That followed the U.S. Federal Reserve's decision last week to stimulate growth through so-called quantitative easing.

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    Blackstone to buy Vivint for more than $2 billion

    Blackstone says it has agreed to buy Vivint for more than $2 billion.Provo, Utah-based Vivint is one of the largest providers of home automation and security services in North America. Its shareholders include Goldman Sachs, Peterson Partners and Jupiter Partners.

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    Bank of England unanimous on rates, stimulus
    The Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee was unanimous this month in keeping the interest rates and the economic stimulus program unchanged.Minutes of the MPC meeting released Wednesday show all but one of its nine members are open to another increase in the stimulus program — called quantitative easing — in coming months.

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    The new PlayStation 3 at the news conference in Tokyo, Wednesday.

    Sony plans slimmer PlayStation 3 before year end

    Sony Corp. is introducing a smaller, slimmer and lighter version of its PlayStation 3 home console ahead of the year-end holidays as it gears up for growing competition in games from smartphones. The announcement Wednesday from the Japanese electronics and entertainment company comes a day ahead of the annual Tokyo Game Show, where game makers show their wares.

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    Consumer groups are pressuring the Food and Drug Administration to set federal guidance on allowable levels of arsenic in rice, prompting the agency to study the issue and consider possible new standards.

    FDA urged to set standards for arsenic in rice

    Consumer groups are pressuring the Food and Drug Administration to set federal guidance on allowable levels of arsenic in rice, prompting the agency to study the issue and consider possible new standards. So far, FDA officials say they have found no evidence that suggests rice is unsafe to eat. The agency is in the middle of conducting a study of 1,200 samples of grocery store rice products — short and long-grain rice, cereals, drinks and even rice cakes — to measure arsenic levels.

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    A $400 million makeover is giving New York’s iconic Macy’s store a sleek, new 21st-century style.

    Macy’s NYC flagship getting $400M makeover

    A $400 million makeover is giving New York's iconic Macy's store a sleek, new 21st-century style.And some preservationists aren't happy about it. They see the overhaul of America's biggest department store as scrapping classic Beaux Arts and Art Deco touches in favor of the latest trend in retail design — something like an Apple computer store.

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    Editorial: A close-to-home economic strategy

    As high school families begin staring down the imposing prospect of university tuitions and the apprehension of today's job market, they should remember that community colleges can provide both an affordable head start and a solid foundation for waiting jobs in manufacturing, a Daily Herald editorial says.

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    Standing up for teachers

    Columnist Eugene Robinson: Teachers are heroes, not villains, and it's time to stop demonizing them.

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    The price of leading from behind

    Columnist Richard Cohen: The notion that the United States can lead from behind is pitiful, the sorry concoction of an Obama administration that mistakes dulcet passivity for a foreign policy.

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    Stronger rules needed on cyberattacks
    A Mundelein letter to the editor: The 21st century is synonymous with the age of technology. As such, new laws must be passed in order to accommodate the changes of society.

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    Times have changed; end teacher unions
    A Vernon Hills letter to the editor: I fail to see how the repeated threat of striking results in "collaboration."

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    Don’t erect barriers to voting
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: By attempting to "protect" the process by preventing hundreds of thousands of registered voters from casting ballots, Republican legislatures around the country are burning down the village to save it.

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    Our troops deserve better treatment
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: To me its appalling to expect our people to fight a war and have them to pay for their own essentials. Is there no feeling for the morale that is expected?

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    Don’t betray faith: Back Ryan’s budget
    A Palatine letter to the editor: I recommend voting for the fiscally conservative Paul Ryan budget, and if you find yourself with more money in your pocket instead of the government's coffers, donate it to Catholic Charities.

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    Blind political belief helps no one
    An Elgin letter to the editor: Decisions can and do have continuing consequences, the quality of which are critically dependent on whether they are based on fact or fiction. President Obama has made many good ones and can be expected to continue to do so.

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    Why vote for Romney if you’re not rich?
    A Lake in the Hills letter to the editor: Why would people who make less than $300,000 vote for Romney? They must believe one of the following: The deficit is pushing us toward catastrophe and Romney/Ryan can fix it. But a quick check of the Ryan budget by any nonpartisan source shows that bottom line in eight years the debt will be worse than if we do nothing.

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    No need for more Biden comments
    A Naperville letter to the editor: "GM is alive and Bin Laden isn't." This from the mouth of our vice president. That's right, the same loudmouth that identified Seal Team 6 as the group that carried out the attack on the Bin Laden compound.

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    A Wheaton letter to the editor: I used to think believing that human life arrived on earth through the process of macroevolution was like believing an explosion in a print shop might randomly cause letters to fall in place to create an Oxford unabridged dictionary. As it turns out, it's far more complicated than that.

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    Liberal bias in reviews of ‘2016’
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: The recent review of the film "2016: Obama's America" from Bloomberg News presents a very slanted, untrue assessment of a unique, compelling film. The author and producer, Dinesh D'Souza, is referred to as an "ultraright wing pundit," an unfair characterization of a well respected and accomplished author and college president, named "one of America's most influential conservative thinkers" by The New York Times Magazine.

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