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    A sales tax sharing agreement approved Monday by the Glen Ellyn village board could allow Jerry Haggerty Chevrolet at 300 Roosevelt Road to collect up to $850,000. The funds will be used to pay for some $1.5 million in facility upgrades mandated by General Motors, Haggerty said.

    Glen Ellyn auto dealer staying put, credits tax deal

    An auto dealer in Glen Ellyn says his business is staying put for the foreseeable future thanks to a sales tax sharing agreement approved by the village board Monday. Jerry Haggerty, owner of a Chevrolet dealership at 300 Roosevelt Road, approached village officials early last year in hopes of getting back a portion of local sales tax revenue after receiving a mandate from General Motors to do...

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    George Ryan

    Appeals court denies rehearing on Ryan appeal

    A federal appeals court in Chicago has refused a request by imprisoned former Gov. George Ryan that all the court's judges rehear his appeal seeking an earlier release from prison. A three-sentence statement Monday from the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals says the request is denied. It offers no explanation.

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    Elgin construction cuts off Weld Road from McLean Blvd.

    Starting Wednesday, Weld Road will no longer connect to McLean Boulevard because of the Illinois Department of Transportation’s ongoing interchange reconstruction project. Drivers trying to go west on Weld Road from McLean Boulevard are asked to use Fleetwood Drive instead and then take Shepard Drive north back to Weld Road. In the other direction, drivers should go south on Shepard Drive then...

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    Larry Sinclair, director of corporate hospitality sales for the Ryder Cup at Medinah Country Club, shows off one of the 76 luxury chalets that are being leased for up to $1 million.

    Tents of the rich and famous line Ryder Cup course

    Bleachers are available throughout the Medinah Country Club grounds for this week's Ryder Cup action, but your best chance to get a great view is to be a member of the 1 percent or be someone who is really appreciated by the boss. The elite of the elite will be watching the action, drink and food in hand, from any of the record 76 sold-out luxury chalets strategically placed on the course.

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    St. Charles teen blows stop sign causing serious crash in Elgin

    One person was severely injured and two others suffered nonlife-threatening injuries in a crash that shut down two Elgin area roadways Monday afternoon, according to police. Police said a 16-year-old St. Charles boy blew through a stop sign and struck a vehicle, causing the vehicle to roll on its roof.

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    John Lawson, left, opposes state Rep. Michelle Mussman in the 56th State House District race.

    Lawson disputes claims of Mussman mailer

    Republican John Lawson is disputing claims in a new mailer backing Democratic state Rep. Michelle Mussman stating he will continue to work two other taxpayer funded jobs if elected. The claims contradict what Lawson told Mussman and the Daily Herald editorial board last week.

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    Erwin J. Page

    Forester’s legacy in Arlington Heights landscape

    The Village of Arlington Heights' first certified arborist, who helped grow its urban forest from 20,000 to more than 35,000 trees, has passed away. Erwin Page was hired in 1969 to develop a forestry department and manage the more than 20,000 trees on village parkways. It was a job he held for nearly 20 years. Page passed away Sept. 14. He was 83.

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    Mary Pearson of Cary holds the winning Quick Pick Lotto game ticket she bought worth $3.25 million. She and her husband, Steve, collected a check for their winnings Monday.

    Cary couple collects $3.25 million Lottery jackpot in Palatine

    A Cary couple plans to invest and do a lot of traveling — Ireland and Hawaii are on the pair's shortlist of places to visit — after hitting the Illinois Lottery jackpot earlier this month. Mary and Steven Pearson arrived via limo Monday afternoon to Mr. A's Liquors in Palatine, where they collected their oversized check for $3.25 million.

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    “Do for others what you would like them to do for you” from Matthew 7 is one of 360 illustrations in Botts’ calligraphy illustrated Bible.

    Calligrapher uses gifts to celebrate language, faith

    Timothy Botts has worked as a designer at Tyndale House Publishers in Carol Stream for 40 years, but his calligraphy is world known. The creator of several books who has held workshops internationally, he is a part-time calligraphy instructor at College of DuPage and recently helped start an arts outreach to high school students.

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    Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks at Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum in Pueblo, Colo., Monday.

    Romney assails Obama after US ambassador’s death

    Mitt Romney led a chorus of Republican criticism of the administration's foreign policy on Monday, accusing President Barack Obama of minimizing the recent killing of the U.S. ambassador to Libya as a mere "bump in the road" rather than part of a chain of events that threatens American interests.

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    Acela Express equipment will be used for the high-speed raid tests Amtrak planned to start Monday evening along the East Coast.

    Amtrak to run test trains at 165 mph in Northeast

    Amtrak is going to break the speed limit this week in the Northeast Corridor.The rail service announced Monday it will operate test trains overnight at 165 mph in four stretches from Maryland to Massachusetts.

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    Police: Evanston boy, 14, found fatally shot

    Police in suburban Chicago are investigating the death of 14-year-old boy who was shot in Evanston. The Evanston Police Department says officers responded to a call of shots fired around 10:30 p.m. Saturday.

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    Pension question on the November ballot

    In the Nov. 6 election, voters will be asked whether to amend the Illinois Constitution to make it more difficult for lawmakers and local officials to increase pension benefits for their employees. The amendment would require any vote to increase retirement benefits to be approved by 60 percent of officials, not just a majority.

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    Mary Todd Lincoln

    Modern ‘trial’ lets Mary Todd Lincoln go free

    According to historical accounts, Abraham Lincoln's wife slowly went insane after his death and had to be committed to an asylum. But was Mary Todd Lincoln legally insane or just ill? A "trial" on Lincoln's mental state dug into those questions Monday in Chicago using modern legal and medical standards.

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    Missing Ill. woman found dead in car in Ind. creek

    Western Indiana police say the husband of an Illinois woman who went missing Friday night found her dead in her overturned car in a rural creek.The body of 50-year-old Wynnette Werkheiser of Rossville, Ill., was found Sunday in a creek in Warren County, which abuts the Indiana-Illinois state line.

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    Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas Kilbride says the DuPage County court system will be the first in the Chicago area to allow cameras and other recording devices in its trial courts.

    Courtroom cameras approved for DuPage

    The Illinois Supreme Court has approved cameras and other recording devices in DuPage County as well as nine counties in southern Illinois.

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    84-year-old Naperville man killed in crash

    Authorities say an 84-year-old Naperville man is dead following a crash in southwestern Michigan near the Indiana state line.

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    Edward Bachner IV

    7.5-year sentence in puffer fish toxin murder scheme

    A federal judge sentences a 39-year-old Lake in the Hills man to 92 months in prison after he pleaded guilty to wire fraud and stockpiling puffer fish toxin, which authorities contend was part of a plot to kill his wife. Edward Bachner IV has been in jail since his June 2008 arrest in which FBI and counterterrorism agents converged on his house and shut down his neighborhood for hours.

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    Report on near misses at O’Hare released

    Federal transportation investigators released a preliminary report Monday about two near midair collisions at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport that raises questions about air-traffic control at one of the world's busiest airports. The report released by the National Transportation Safety Board doesn't draw conclusions or assess blame for the incidents. But it highlights concerns about the...

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    Bloomingdale approves $1.3 million for Springbrook redeveloment

    In an effort to keep Caputo's Fresh Market in town, Bloomingdale officials voted Monday to provide $1.3 million in support of a redevelopment plan for Springbrook Shopping Center on Lake Street. The store's lease is expired but the owners want to stay and expand, and officials called this the 'Number 1 priority."

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    Hoffman Estates Public Works requests $60,000 more

    In an effort to battle the emerald ash borer while staying up to date on other forestry service requests, the Hoffman Estates Public Works Department wants an additional $60,000 to divide between contractual ash tree removals and contractual tree trimming.

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    St. Charles aldermen agreed to a 90-day experiment Monday night where downtown taverns will police themselves in an effort to reduce rising crime stats related to rowdy behavior when bars close.

    St. Charles officials agree to let taverns police themselves

    St. Charles aldermen will delay a move to close bars earlier to allow a new downtown tavern association a chance to clean up increasing problems with rowdy patrons.

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    Geneva teachers lobby board, again, for respect

    Geneva teachers continued to lobby the school board to settle on a new contract with the Geneva Education Association, on the same night the district released an annual report detailing the salary and benefits of every teacher and administrator.

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    E. Dundee looks to replace ash borer-infested trees

    When it comes to replacing ash trees destroyed by emerald ash borer, East Dundee leaders are going to see how much they can get for $19,900. "You can go to three nurseries and say 'Guys, tell me how many trees can you get in for $19,900,' ... and if they come back and say, 'It's only 40,' we're not going to do it," Trustee Rob Gorman said. "But if they come back and say,

     
    Doug Marks

    Carpentersville trustee stepping down

    Carpentersville Trustee Doug Marks, a man known for watching the budget like a hawk and for publicly sparring with officials, has announced his intent to resign from the village board, effective Sept. 30. Marks is a Libertarian who most recently ran for the state senate in the 33rd District until he was kicked off the ballot over a lack of valid signatures. Two years ago, he also ran...

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    Video gambling machines have begun appearing in suburban bars and other establishments. They could be in Mundelein soon.

    Mundelein delays video gambling vote

    Despite publicly supporting video gambling earlier this month, Mundelein officials on Monday indefinitely delayed a vote that would allow bar and restaurant owners to install the machines in their establishments.

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    Dan Cronin

    Cronin says DuPage pursuing tough measures in struggling economy

    Citing a proposed budget that is $8 million less than last year, a workforce with 40 fewer positions than two years ago and other cost-saving measures, Chairman Dan Cronin says DuPage County is thriving despite the problems facing many Illinois governmental bodies. But speaking Monday to the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce, Cronin also ripped state legislators for Illinois' 9 percent...

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    Woodstock man gets 11 years for investment scheme

    A 52-year-old Woodstock man was sentenced to 11 years in prison Monday after admitting that he bilked investors out of more than $7 million while running a Ponzi scheme.

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    In this photo provided by the San Diego Zoo showing the panda cub at the San Diego Zoo during his fifth veterinary exam on Friday. The male panda, born July 29, weighed 4.9 pounds. Veterinarians recorded that the cub’s eyes are almost open now and believe the cub can see but is likely limited to viewing light and shadows. The San Diego Zoo follows the Chinese cultural tradition of naming the giant panda after it is 100 days old.

    Condolences pour in for 6-day-old panda cub

    As condolences poured in from around the world, National Zoo officials waited Monday for word on why a 6-day-old panda cub died and lamented a heartbreaking setback to their closely watched breeding program.

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    Cheryl Luchetta

    Elmhurst mom gets 20 years for drugging son

    An Elmhurst mother who gave her 7-year-old son a potentially lethal combination of prescription and over-the-counter drugs last year during a bitter divorce from the boy's father has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

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    Lawsuit claims discrimination against people with epilepsy

    Federal prosecutors are suing a Fox Valley-based group that provides activities for the disabled, claiming it discriminates against those with epilepsy.

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    The small Illumination Park on Milwaukee Avenue in Wheeling was dedicated this week. The park, built largely with private funds, is being hailed as a shining example of public-private cooperation.

    New Wheeling park hailed for public-private cooperation

    Faced with a small, otherwise unbuildable plot of land right smack in front of his business' main door, David Kolssak found a use that recognizes Wheeling's modern, more attractive Milwaukee Avenue while also paying tribute to his father's contributions to the village. The new Illumination Park is an example of what can appen through public-private cooperation.

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    Area firefighters respond to a hazard materials call Monday at the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center in North Chicago. A person in the building opened an envelope with a red substance, believed to be chili powder, and suffered a reaction resulting in medical attention.

    Powder sent to Lovell Center harmless, authorities say

    Red chili powder is believed to have been the substance in an envelope opened by a Lake County homeless shelter employee that triggered a hazardous materials call, authorities said Monday. Jonathan Friedman, a spokesman for the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center in North Chicago, said the FBI is investigating the case, which resulted in the employee being treated for an irritation.

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    Chris Kennedy

    Kennedy, Nerheim say reforms needed for Lake County State’s Attorney’s office

    With wrongful prosecutions of four men in separate cases making headlines, both candidates for Lake County State's Attorney say reforms in the office are necessary. Democrat Chris Kennedy, an attorney from Libertyville and Republican Mike Nerheim, a criminal defense attorney from Gurnee agree that the approach to high-profile cases needs to change but differ on how best that should be done.

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    President Barack Obama speaks in Milwaukee on Saturday. Never have American voters re-elected a president whose work they disapprove of as much as Barack Obama.

    Despite disapproval, someone will win Obama-Romney

    Never have American voters re-elected a president whose work they disapprove of as much as Barack Obama's. Not that Mitt Romney can take much comfort — they've never elected a challenger they view so negatively, either.

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    Former Bensenville employee charged with stealing from village

    A former Bensenville employee has been charged with stealing more than $45,000 from the village over a three-year period, according to prosecutors. Norma Hernandez, 49, is accused of stealing from the village's vehicle sticker fund and administrative tow fees account.

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    Pakistani protesters burn a representation of a U.S. flag and an effigy of U.S. President Barack Obama in the Pakistani border town of Chaman along the Afghanistan border. U.S.-funded ads on Pakistani television include President Barack Obama extolling America’s religious tolerance. To many in the Muslim world, this misses the mark in efforts to calm the outrage over a film mocking the Prophet Muhammad.

    Free speech ‘red lines’ feed Muslim film rage

    In U.S.-funded ads running on Pakistani TV, subtitled clips show President Barack Obama extolling America's traditions of religious freedom. For many watching, though, the message misses the mark in efforts to calm the Islamic outrage over a film denigrating the Prophet Muhammad.

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    DAILY HERALD/MARK WELSH A SARS warning is seen at the entrance of the Leyte-Tacloban airport in the Philippines during the SARS outbreak in 2003.

    New SARS-like virus detected in Middle East

    Global health officials are closely monitoring a new respiratory virus related to SARS that is believed to have killed at least one person in Saudi Arabia and left a Qatari citizen in critical condition in London.

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    Armed suspect robs Aurora bank

    The FBI is searching for a suspect who robbed an Aurora bank Monday morning. Police said the suspect robbed the Old Second National Bank at about 9:15 a.m. and fled with an undisclosed amount of money.

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    Sidney Mathias

    Suburban campaigns stop to observe Yom Kippur

    As thousands of suburban Jews prepare to observe Yom Kippur — the holiest days on the Hebrew calendar — many Jewish political candidates are taking a break from their busy campaign schedules to reflect, pray and atone. "Bright and early Thursday morning we'll be back on the campaign trail," state Rep. Sidney Mathias said.

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    U-46 bias lawsuit readies for closing arguments

    A federal bias lawsuit claiming Elgin Area School District U-46 discriminated against Hispanic and black students when it revised attendance boundaries before the 2004-2005 school year is inching closer to a decision. Witnesses for the families suing the district returned to the stand Monday to refute the testimony of witnesses for the school district.

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    Renovations aim to improve Naperville’s Fry YMCA

    Proposed renovations to Naperville's Fry Family YMCA aim to eliminate that awkward moment when parents are left deciding whether to take their child into an opposite sex locker room with them or wait outside the appropriate room and hope for the best. A 12-locker and private family shower locker room is among the highlights of renovations about to begin at the south Naperville facility. Also...

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    Police reports
    George C. Emery, a 71-year-old Elgin man, was found dead in his apartment at about 2 p.m. Sept. 19 in the 800 block of Bode Road, according to police reports. There was no evidence of foul play and the man was found in his bed, reports said. His body could have been there up to a week after his death as the most recent mail in the apartment was postmarked Sept. 11, reports said.

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    Federal judges hear arguments in Wisconsin union case

    A federal appeals court in Chicago heard arguments Monday on the constitutionality of Wisconsin's law restricting collective bargaining by public employees — one of several related appeals working their way through the courts.

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    Rita Crundwell is accused of misappropriating more than $53 million from Dixon.

    Ex-Dixon comptroller’s horses net $2.4 million at auction

    An auction of horses and equipment seized from a renowned breeder and former Dixin comptroller accused of stealing millions in public funds brought in $2.4 million over the weekend, with more scheduled to be sold Monday, officials said.

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    Arlington Heights Trustee Thomas Hayes.

    Hayes running for Arlington Heights mayor

    Arlington Heights Trustee Thomas Hayes announced Monday he will run for village president in the 2013 municipal election, seeking to replace longtime leader Arlene Mulder who last week said she will retire at the end of her term.. "My goal is to maintain the high quality of life that our residents and business community have enjoyed over the past 20 years," Hayes said. "I believe that I can...

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    Mundelein High staffers win awards:

    Mundelein High School staffers received seven awards from the Illinois chapter of the National School Public Relations Association at a Sept. 21 luncheon ceremony in Oak Brook.

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    Curtis Tyrrell, director of golf course operations at Medinah Country Club, talks about the improvements to the course for this week’s Ryder Cup.

    Ryder Cup prep turned into battle against nature

    The Ryder Cup at Medinah has been nearly five years in the making for course officials. With years of preparation in the bank, one of the hottest, driest summers in memory in the final months turned the creation of a championship course into a battle against Mother Nature.

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    Chicago to offer free Wi-Fi in parks, public areas

    Free wireless Internet is available in downtown Chicago's Millennium Park, a service the city says will eventually be offered in all of its parks and open spaces.

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    A 12-bottle wooden box of Bordeaux wine from Chateau Beychevelle i seen in a wine shop in Paris. The United States wants to sell some of its wines in the European Union with a “chateau” label.

    French vintners want US chateaux kept out of EU
    Is that cheating? Misappropriation? But tempers are flaring across the vineyards of France because the United States wants to sell some of its wines in the European Union with — sacrilege — a "chateau" or "clos" label. ----

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    Coach fired for sex book files lawsuit

    A former South suburban high school guidance counselor and girls basketball coach who was fired after writing a racy book has filed a federal lawsuit, saying his free speech rights were violated.

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    Volunteers sought for homeless families fundraiser

    Volunteers are sought to join the Hearts for Homeless Families fundraising committee, already preparing for its next event May 4, 2013 at the Sanfilippo estate in Barrington Hills. The event supports Catholic Charities New Hope Apartments, which clothes, houses, feeds and trains the homeless into self-sufficiency.

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    Police K-9 memorial:

    The first ceremony for the Northern IL Police K-9 Memorial is set for 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 26 at Highland Memorial Park, 33100 N. Hunt Club Road, Libertyville.

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    Body discovered after fire:

    The body of an unidentified person was discovered early Monday following a house fire on the 1700 block of Midland Avenue in Highland Park, authorities said.

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    Lindenhurst to flush water mains:

    Lindenhurst will conduct its semiannual water main flushing program beginning Oct. 1, depending on the weather.

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    Mary Ellen Vanderventer

    Lake County recorder candidates address idea of merging office

    Republican Bob Bednar is trying to unseat longtime Democratic Lake County Recorder of Deeds Mary Ellen Vanderventer in the November election. Bednar says it's worth investigating if the recorder can be merged with another county office, but Vanderventer disagrees, saying there are no duplicate services.

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    Trader Joe’s recalls peanut butter

    Trader Joe's recalls peanut butter with link to salmonella, according to the Kane County Health Department.

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    Palatine to receive $357,000 Community Development Block Grant

    The village of Palatine will receive a Community Development Block Grant totaling nearly $357,000 to support efforts by nonprofits and local government entities to provide support service, affordable housing and infrastructure projects.

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    Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler i seen leaving his office in Denver. Republican election officials who were swept into office on promises to root out voting fraud say they’re doing just that. But they’re not finding much so far.

    Republicans look for voter fraud, find little

    Republican election officials who promised to root out voter fraud so far are finding little evidence of a widespread problem.

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    Big fall events at Schaumburg’s Spring Valley

    Area residents will get two great opportunities to see the Schaumburg Park District's Spring Valley Nature Center in its best autumn light over the next couple of weeks. A special event for National Public Lands Day will be held on Saturday, Sept. 22 followed by the 29th annual Autumn Harvest Festival on Sunday, Oct. 7.

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    Des Plaines adopts new ward boundaries

    The Des Plaines City Council this week approved and adopted new boundaries for the city's eight wards ahead of the Tuesday, Sept. 25 deadline — the first day aldermanic candidates can circulate petitions for the April 2013 municipal election.

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    Des Plaines resident urges officials to drop city-funded insurance

    Des Plaines 4th Ward resident Wayne Woodworth has an idea for saving the city more than $100,000 in expenses in 2013 — eliminate health insurance benefits for the mayor, city clerk and aldermen.

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    Howard Richmond

    Judge increases bail for Naperville-area pastor

    A Naperville pastor awaiting trial for alleged financial crimes must raise $35,000 to get out of jail. Howard Richmond was taken into custody on Monday after a DuPage County judge increased his bail by a total of $350,000 because of new charges accusing Richmond of detaining a witness in one of the pending cases.

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    Mark Welsh/mwelsh@dailyherald.com Elisa Galvan, with her mother, Maricela Alva, discusses the speech she is about to give at The President's Ball gala fundraiser.

    Scholarship winner thanks Harper 'for all it has given me'

    Elisa Galvan stands a little over five feet, but her speech on Saturday night to some of Harper College's biggest supporters loomed large. The Hoffman Estates native won one of the college's major scholarships, the Motorola Solutions Foundation Award for Excellence. "I am so fortunate to be given this opportunity," said Galvan, whose parents came to this country from Mexico 11 years ago.

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    Nicole McDaniel worked full-time at the Elgin Mental Health Center, went to school full-time in ECC’s nursing program and fought hyperthyroidism while raising her three teenage sons. McDaniel is still recovering from a surgery that removed her thyroid and damaged her vocal chords.

    Severe illness doesn’t stop ECC nursing student from graduating with honors

    Nicole McDaniel just finished the two busiest years of her life. A flare-up of Grave's Disease, marked by a hyperactive thyroid, forced McDaniel to schedule a surgery to remove the gland during spring break of her final semester in Elgin Community College's nursing program. Nerve damage has McDaniel breathing through a tracheostomy tube, but the Elgin mom still managed to graduate from her...

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    The Medinah Metra station is a short walk from Medinah Country Club.

    How to get to the course in time to hang with Tiger and Rory

    If you're among the volunteers or lucky fans who scored tickets to the Ryder Cup or practice rounds, don't even think about driving to the country club. Here's your guide to getting to the tournament in time to see Tiger and Rory in action.

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    A retired U.S. Army colonel who opened doors for other women to follow, Jill Morgenthaler will be among three guest speakers Friday, Sept. 28, when Benedictine University’s College of Business presents its 2012 Greater Chicago Women’s Leadership Summit.

    Three high-achieving women to speak at Benedictine summit

    Patricia Harris, Jill Morgenthaler and Linda Yang will be the featured speakers at the 2012 Greater Chicago Women's Leadership Summit presented by the College of Business at Benedictine University. The summit begins at 8:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 28, on the second floor of the Krasa Student Center at Benedictine, 5700 College Road, Lisle.

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    President Barack Obama speaks at a campaign event Friday at G. Richard Pfitzner Stadium in Woodbridge, Va. If Obama is re-elected and plunges into deficit negotiations with congressional Republicans, he will be pushed for greater Medicare savings, by cutting payments to service providers or squeezing more from recipients.

    Answers about Medicare from the Obama campaign

    With the future of Medicare on the line in the presidential election, The Associated Press asked the Obama campaign five questions about how his plans for seniors' health care would affect critical issues of costs and benefits. Take note, baby boomers: The Medicare you get won't be quite as generous as what your parents' generation enjoys. A higher deductible here, a new co-payment there, and the...

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    Wisconsin building where floor collapsed is condemned

    City inspectors have condemned a historic building in downtown La Crosse where three people were hurt when a second-story floor collapsed.

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    Historian discusses Nazi war criminal at UIC

    Emory University historian and professor Deborah Lipstadt will be in Chicago to discuss the trial of a Nazi war criminal and perceptions of the Holocaust.

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    Indiana Excise Police arrest 72 at Notre Dame

    Indiana State Excise Police officers have arrested 72 people on 99 charges on and around the campus of the University of Notre Dame in South Bend

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    Dawn Patrol: Police say driver in Elgin crash was drunk

    An Elgin teen was charged with DUI after a crash that injured three. Police say a 21-year-old man stabbed a fellow gang member in Elgin. No one was injured in an Arlington Heights fire, but the blaze left the home uninhabitable.

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    Chicago Bears defensive tackle Amobi Okoye sacks St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford in the first half against the St. Louis Rams Sunday at Soldier Field in Chicago.

    Weekend in Review: Bears ‘D’ up, Emmy upsets
    What you may missed over the weekend: The Emmy awards offered some big surprise; Bears crushed the Rams; Sox extended their losing streak, and the Cubs fared no better against the Cardinals; Elgin teen charged with DUI in crash that killed 4; Medinah's storied past adds to its allure for Ryder Cup; Obama, Romney court undecided voters; coyotes attack two small dogs in Wheaton; Green Day frontman...

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    Lynne and Bob Tosby of Lakewood browse more than 30 local and regional artists’ work Sunday at the neXt gallery, one piece of a massive Pop-up Arts event, Charlie’s Center for the Arts, at Charlestowne Mall in St. Charles. The St. Charles Arts Council, which has organized previous pop-up galleries, curated the juried show in the neXt gallery, and is working with several other local groups to fill 14 storefronts through Oct. 27.

    Galleries, stages take over Charlestowne Mall

    Charlie's Center for the Arts is breathing life into the Charlestowne Mall and offering visibility for area artists at the same time. Fourteen mall storefronts have been cleaned and converted into art galleries, studios, music venues, stages and theaters for a massive Pop-up Arts event that will run five weeks.

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    Tammy Duckworth, left, opposes Joe Walsh in the 8th Congressional District for the 2012 General Election.

    Duckworth bucks Obama on tax cuts, but Walsh says not enough

    8th Congressional District Democratic candidate Tammy Duckworth says she disagrees with her party - including the president - on where to draw the line on tax cuts. Her opponent, Republican Congressman Joe Walsh of McHenry, says that divergence doesn't go far enough.

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    Astronaut Buzz Aldrin is greeted by students upon his arrival at his namesake school Sept. 24. The school now bears his legal name, Buzz.

    There’s a new “Buzz” in Schaumburg

    It's unlikely anyone will ever again wonder whom the newly rechristened Buzz Aldrin Elementary School in Schaumburg is honoring. Schaumburg Township Elementary District 54 board members last week voted unanimously to change the name of the 41-year-old school from its original Edwin Aldrin Elementary School, just three days after an in-person request from the second man to set foot on the moon.

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    Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney talks with “60 Minutes” correspondent Scott Pelley in Boston.

    Romney’s plan for Medicare: Important details still in flux

    Medicare is the one health insurance plan that will cover virtually every American at some point in life, and Republican Mitt Romney is proposing the biggest changes since its creation nearly 50 years ago.

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    Oscar Medina, 7, of Hanover Park is all smiles as he rides in the Mexican Independence Day parade in Hanover Park on Saturday.

    Images: The Week In Pictures
    This edition of The Week In Pictures features festivals, a marathon, new American citizens, Buzz Aldrin, and a skull eating a cupcake.

Sports

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    Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson sets to pass in the first half of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers, Monday in Seattle.

    Seahawks stun Packers on final play 14-12

    Russell Wilson threw a disputed 24-yard touchdown to Golden Tate on the final play of the game, and the Seattle Seahawks rallied to beat the Green Bay Packers 14-12 on Monday night in a controversial ending.

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    Adam Dunn watches his 3-run, game-deciding homer Monday night to keep the White Sox 1 game ahead of the second-place Tigers.

    Dunn’s home runs lift White Sox to big win

    Mired in a 3-for-28 rut with 12 strikeouts after going down swinging in his first two trips to the plate against Cleveland on Monday night at U.S. Cellular Field, Dunn and hitting coach Jeff Manto hooked up for a quick crash course in the indoor batting cage behind the White Sox' dugout. "I got good pitches to hit early," Dunn said. "I went to tweak some things between innings.

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    Lakes handles Grayslake North

    Lakes d. Grayslake North: Sarah Horner rolled up 10 kills and 3 aces to lead Lakes to a 25-23, 25-10 victory over Grayslake North. Setter Stephanie Reed rolled up 17 assists and Alex Silvola added 14 digs for the Eagles, who move to 14-5.St. Viator d. Warren: Stephanie Karlovicks had 4 kills and 4 digs but Warren got swept by St. Viator, 27-25, 25-18. The Blue Devils also got 9 digs out of Paige Jespersen and 7 assists out of Rachel Ziegler.Lake Zurich d. Prospect: Thanks to 8 kills from Layne Self and 4 apiece from Sydney Glover and Nicole Morrissey, Lake Zurich got a 25-18, 25-14 sweep of Prospect. Kristen Walding added 18 assists for the Bears, who move to 12-8 overall.Vernon Hills d. Regina: Shannon Nugent and Jenn Claussen had 8 and 6 kills respectively as Vernon Hills got a 25-20, 25-18 sweep of Regina. Jasmine Tamalunas and Tori Smith combined for 9 assists for the Cougars, who move to 7-13.Stevenson d. Buffalo Grove: Stevenson improved to 18-2 with a 25-22, 25-11 sweep of Buffalo Grove. Jenna Radtke and Liza Pflugradt each had 6 kills while setter Alexa Bykowski had 10 assists.

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    Lass helps Lakes past Grant

    Lakes d. Grant: Stephanie Lass got a 6-2, 6-2 win over Olga Krapinver in the No. 1 singles match to lead Lakes to a 5-2 victory over Grant. Grant got a win in the No. 2 doubles match thanks to Alec Mora and Sarah Vandervest. They defeated Alexa Blackwell and Gina Nordland, 5-1, 6-3.Stevenson d. Lake Zurich: Stevenson swept Lake Zurich 7-0 as Vinaya Rao led the way with a win in the No. 1 singles match over Sam Wilson, 6-3, 6-2.Vernon Hills d. Antioch: Vernon Hills won all three singles matches in getting a 5-2 win over Antioch. No. 1 singles player Elizabeth Borgman led the way for the Cougars with a 6-0, 6-0 shutout of Jessica Stonis.Lake Forest d. Libertyville: Lake Forest swept Libertyville 7-0.

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    Lewis leads Grant triumph

    Grant d. Round Lake: Lindsey Lewis took first place with a 20:42 to lead Grant to a 21-38 win over Round Lake. Bianca Ortega finished second for Round Lake with a 22:11.Mundelein d. Stevenson: Ellie Palacios led Mundelein to a 19-43 win over Stevenson by taking first place with a 19:53. Stevenson’s Mackenzie Levy finished in second place with a 19:57.Lake Forest d. Lake Zurich: Meg Gelinas finished in fourth (19:23) for Lake Zurich, which lost to Lake Forest, 23-34. Vernon Hills d. Lakes: Danielle Griesbaum of Lakes took first place with a 19:18, but Vernon Hills got a 24-35 victory. Samantha Hershman took second place for Vernon Hills with a 19:19.7

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    Team effort lifts Warren past Lake Forest

    Five different players scored as Warren improved to 11-3-1 with a 5-1 victory over Lake Forest in North Suburban Lake boys soccer Monday. Tony Severin, Danny Szczepanek, Dan Hengesh, Nick Wegrzynowicz and Timmy Pieper all had goals for the Blue Devils. Goalkeeper RJ Hill had 4 saves for Warren.Antioch 2, Grayslake North 1: Jon Bohmann and Erik VanTreeck each scored to lead Antioch. Grayslake North got its goal from Fernando Sanchez off a corner kick while goalie Nabojsa Markovic had 3 saves.Stevenson 2, Deerfield 1: Michael Weinstein and Alex Smith both had goals for Stevenson, which moves to 10-2-1 on the season. Goalkeeper Quentin Low had 7 saves for the Patriots.Libertyville 3, Zion-Benton 0: Alex Schory and Kevin Calamari combined for 6 saves to help Libertyville preserve the shutout. The Wildcats (8-2-1) got goals from Austin Bitta, Tomide Owolabi and Lloyd Chatfield.

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    Wood paces Stevenson victory

    Stevenson d. Mundelein: At Half Day Forest Preserve, Brendan Wood led Stevenson to a 21-38 win over Mundelein by taking first place. Wood finished the course in 15:53. He was followed by Mundelein’s Bryce Richards, who took second place with a 16:18.Grant d. Round Lake: Peter Audrain led Grant to a 24-35 win over Round Lake by placing first at Camp Henry Horner with a 16:44. Angel Carrera finished in second place with a 17:00.Vernon Hills d. Lakes: Ryan Prais of Lakes won the race with a 15:56, but Vernon Hills won the meet, 22-37. Ben Mohrdieck of Vernon Hills placed second with a 16:21.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Jennings took advice; now he’s taking away football

    A benching late last season and a talk from coach Lovie Smith lit a fire under Bears cornerback Tim Jennings, who has responded by playing the best football of his seven-year career this season.

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    St. Francis tops Wheaton Academy

    Maddie Haggerty had 6 kills and Becca Shearer 5, and No. 2 St. Francis eased past Wheaton Academy 25-20, 25-23 on Monday in Wheaton. McKenna Kelsay set 13 assists and had 7 digs for the Spartans (20-3). Bianca Cifaldi and Sydney Vischer each put down 9 kills, Jessica Bosse had 9 digs and Sarah McClain 13 assists for Wheaton Academy (17-6.Glenbard West d. Willowbrook:The No. 3 Hilltoppers (23-0) rolled to a 25-11, 25-13 win behind Megan Wagner’s 10 kills and 3 blocks and 26 assists from Caleigh Ryan. Amanda Perry added 7 kills and 8 digs and Meg DeMaar 13 digs. Marisa Klaassen had 4 kills and Mary Annunziata 10 digs for Willowbrook (9-14).St. Charles East d. Downers Grove South:Nichole Woods had 9 kills and Erienne Barry 16 assists for the Saints (12-8), who beat the host Mustangs 25-19, 25-19.

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    Cubs scouting report
    Cubs scouting report

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    Star-studded induction class for Palatine’s Hall

    It's not only homecoming for all alumni of Palatine High School Friday night but also for some of the biggest names in the school's sporting history: Chris Andriano, Ed Richardson, Sandy Oldham and Andrew Merutka.The reception for the 2012 Palatine Athletic Hall of Fame inductees will be in the north end zone starting at 5 p.m. The induction ceremony will be between sophomore and varsity football game.

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    Shepherd hat trick powers St. Edward

    A five-minute, 3-goal explosion by Elgin St. Edward just after intermission blew open a close match with Christian Liberty Academy to inspire a 5-1 victory by the Green Wave on Monday in a nonconference soccer match in Arlington Heights. Senior Johnny Shepherd completed his natural hat-trick by strking for 2 goals just three minutes apart to give the visitors a 3-goal advantage before Kevin Olenik added a third goal by the Green Wave (6-10-0) in the 47th minute to all but end the hopes of the home side on a sunny fall afternoon on the Chargers' pitch.

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    Rangers rally past A’s 5-4 for 5-game AL West lead

    Adrian Beltre singled home the winning run in the ninth inning and the Texas Rangers rallied past Oakland 5-4 on Monday night to stretch their AL West lead over the Athletics to five games with nine to play.

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    Rockies beat Arizona 4-2 to end 9-game skid

    Tyler Chatwood pitched effectively into the sixth inning, Andrew Brown homered and the Colorado Rockies beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-2 on Monday night to end a nine-game losing streak.

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    Kozma’s homer helps Cards to 6-1 win over Astros

    Lance Lynn pitched seven innings to earn his 17th win, rookie Pete Kozma hit a two-run homer and the St. Louis Cardinals strengthened their grip on a playoff spot with a 6-1 win over the Houston Astros on Monday night.

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    Orioles lose to Blue Jays 9-5, split doubleheader

    J.P. Arencibia broke open a tight game with a seventh-inning grand slam, and the Toronto Blue Jays beat Baltimore 9-5 Monday night to earn a doubleheader split and drop the Orioles 1½ games out of first place in the AL East.

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    Yankees power past Twins 6-3; Pettitte wins again

    Andy Pettitte turned in another ageless performance by pitching six scoreless innings and the New York Yankees hit four home runs Monday night to beat the Minnesota Twins 6-3 and extend their AL East lead.

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    White Sox right fielder Alex Rios, center, chases down a RBI double to the wall by Cleveland Indians’ Asdrubal Cabrera during a baseball game Monday.

    Ventura shocked Sox are still in first place

    Before Monday night's game against the Indians, manager Robin Ventura was asked if he was surprised the White Sox were still in first place despite a five-game losing streak. "Yeah," Ventura said. The Sox finally snapped their losing streak Monday thanks to Adam Dunn's 2 home runs, and they still hold a 1-game lead over the Tigers with nine to play.

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    St. Charles East’s Paige Jordan hits a tee shot during Monday’s Upstate Eight Conference girls golf tournament at St. Andrews Golf & Country Club in West Chicago.

    Furrie wins UEC title on 3rd playoff hole

    Ariana Furrie and Jessica Yuen could not decide matters in regulation. The St. Charles North senior and Neuqua Valley freshman entered the Upstate Eight Conference girls golf championship deadlocked for league MVP honors. After 18 holes at St. Andrews Golf and Country Club Monday afternoon in West Chicago, the duo were still tied after each finished with a 2-over 73.

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    Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale throws against the Cleveland Indians in the first inning during a baseball game Monday in Chicago.

    Dunn’s 2 homers lead White Sox

    Adam Dunn homered twice, including a clutch three-run shot in the eighth inning, and the Chicago White Sox beat the Cleveland Indians 5-4 on Monday night to maintain their one-game lead in the AL Central.

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    Girls volleyball/Fox Valley roundup

    Burlington Central d. North Boone: Lauren Wiltsie had 4 aces, 4 kills and 5 digs and Lexie Bouza added 3 aces, 3 kills and 11 digs to lead the Rockets to a 25-11, 25-17 Big Northern East win. Karrington Bell (9 digs), Allie O’Reilly (7 digs, 4 aces) and Laura Peltonen (4 kills) also contributed for Burlington Central (13-6, 5-1), which had 15 aces in the match.Marian Central d. St. Edward: Katie Swanson had 11 kills and Allison Kruk 20 digs but the Green Wave lost 25-22, 25-20 in Suburban Christian play. Shannon Igielski had 4 kills, Rena Ranallo 4 kill and 9 digs and Mallory Gross 23 assists for St. Edward (8-11, 3-2).

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    Northwestern defensive line Brian Arnfelt (91) celebrates with defensive line Sean McEvilly (67) after recovering a fumble during the first half of an NCAA college football game against South Dakota in Evanston, Ill., Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012. Northwestern won 38-7.

    Northwestern a confident bunch after 4-0 start

    With a 4-0 record, Northwestern is one of only three undefeated teams left in the Big Ten. Heading into Saturday's conference opener against Indiana, the Wildcats are trying to focus on the short term and avoid looking ahead.

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    Davis homers twice, Mejia gets 1st MLB win

    Ike Davis connected twice and reached a career-high 30 homers, Jenrry Mejia pitched five effective innings for his first major league win and the New York Mets beat the plummeting Pittsburgh Pirates 6-2 Monday night for their fourth straight victory.

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    A fifth straight MSL title for Prospect

    Prospect junior Ally Scaccia said she was hitting the ball better off the tee Monday than she has been.With Scaccia's round of 79 highlighting the Knights' score card, Prospect's girls golf team and Mid-Suburban League championships continued to fit to a tee. Junior Kiley Walsh (81), junior Noreen Caporusso (82) and sophomore Isabella Flack (82) produced a score of 324 to give the Knights a fifth straight conference crown under coach Jim Hamann. Prospect topped runner-up Fremd (331) by 7 strokes while host Buffalo Grove (343), Barrington (350) and Hersey (362) rounded out the top five.

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    Bears quarterback Jay Cutler scrambles Sunday against the St. Louis Rams at Soldier Field.

    Bears’ offense coming up short so far

    The return of Pro Bowl running back isn't guaranteed for next week's nationally televised Monday Night Football showdown with the Cowboys in Dallas. But it would certainly help a Bears offense that has falled far short of expectations the past two weeks.

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    Boys soccer/Fox Valley roundup

    Larkin’s boys soccer team got caught looking ahead to today’s match with rival Elgin and lost a 2-1 nonconference decision to Highland Park Monday.“We were looking ahead,” said Larkin coach Ken Hall. “We took Highland Park too lightly.”Erik Rodriguez scored the only goal of the game for the Royals (10-4) and Aldaire Dominguez had 3 saves in the net.Cary-Grove 2, McHenry 1: The Trojans remained unbeaten on the season as Mike McKune scored a goal and then assisted on Michael Conway’s game-winner in the second half in Fox Valley Conference Valley Division action. Kevin Schenk had 4 saves in goal for Cary-Grove (11-0-2, 1-0).Huntley 7, CL Central 0: Lucas Baker scored 4 goals and Manuel Menjivar had a hat trick to lead the Red Raiders to an FVC crossover win. Auston Emery was untested in the net for Huntley (11-3-1).

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    Girls volleyball / Top 20
    Undefeated Benet has taken over the No.1 spot in the Daily Herald girls volleyball Top 20. St. Francis is No. 2 and unbeaten Glenbard West is No. 3

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    New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin isn’t the only one who has had issues with the replacement officials this season.

    Does NFL not care anymore about dignity?

    There's a perverse satisfaction in seeing the NFL squirm over the embarrassment that the replacement officials are. They are squirming, aren't they?

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    Libertyville’s Cindy Zhou sets the ball Monday against visiting Carmel.

    Libertyville gets into winning, together

    He meant no disrespect. Libertyville volleyball coach Greg Loika just wanted to give some other girls a chance to play. So there was a slight delay in the action late in set two of the Libertyville-Carmel matchup on Monday night. There were so many substitutes entering the game it was difficult to keep track of them.Enter Dana Kym, Francesca Fusco, Vicky Liu, Kate Jarecki and Cassie Ostmeyer. It was their chance to play against the neighbor down the street. "It really gave them some experience for next year,'' said outside hitter Taylor Zant. Set one was really interesting as 12-game winner Libertyville had its hands full with this good Carmel squad. The second set wasn't as close. Libertyville prevailed 25-20, 25-16 in this non-conference match.

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    Boys soccer/Top 20
    Boys soccerTeam (record) Comment1. Naperville Central (12-0) Plays Naperville North next week2. Benet (11-1-1) Dominating ESCC3. Naperville North (9-2) Hipp successful as a soph4. Palatine (9-0-2) Leber and Co. conceded just 7 goals5. Maine West (12-1-2) Key test ahead with Warren6. Libertyville (7-2-1) Unbeaten in last five games7. Addison Trail (10-2-1) Chavez is dangerous8. Stevenson (9-2-1) Six goals allowed9. Warren (10-3-1) Blue Devils back on track10. Barrington (12-2-2) Won Freeport tourney crown11. Cary-Grove (10-0-2) McKune, Wilde a dangerous combo12. West Chicago (8-3-3) In a midseason slump13. Round Lake (12-2-1) Unbeaten in last 10 games14. Dundee-Crown (12-1) Chargers have won 12 straight15. St. Viator (8-1-3) Loss of Cornelius a tough blow16. Buffalo Grove (9-3) Big match vs. Hersey coming up17. Glenbard West (8-2) Won first home night game18. Larkin (10-3) Takes on rival Elgin Tuesday19. Leyden (10-3-2) Hosts Morton on Tuesday20. St. Charles East (10-2-1) Won own invitational

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    Amanda Perry of Glenbard West spikes the ball in girls volleyball action against Willowbrook on Monday in Glen Ellyn.

    Glenbard West not satisfied with 22-0

    Glenbard West’s ultimate goals this season still lie ahead.That doesn’t mean the Hilltoppers can’t appreciate the long road they’ve already traveled.Glenbard West did so Monday evening before its match with Willowbrook, honoring seniors Caleigh Ryan and Amanda Perry for their 100th varsity wins. Both four-year starters, Perry and Ryan are as responsible as any for the recent renaissance on the volleyball court in Glen Ellyn.“Outstanding leaders, tremendous students and really, really neat kids,” Hilltoppers coach Pete Mastandrea said. “Whatever you need you get from those two.”Ryan, moved from outside a couple years ago, has grown into one of the area’s elite setters and will walk on at Northwestern next year. Perry perhaps is the more underrated of the two. She was huge last week against Lyons Township, putting down 15 kills in a three-set win in LaGrange.“All she does is her job, all the time,” Mastandrea said.The Lyons win pushed Glenbard West to 22-0 on the season, a big hurdle toward the program’s first West Suburban Silver title since 1984. Talent-wise, Glenbard West should beat a Lyons team that isn’t on par with recent years. It was still a big psychological boost. Tough matches with York, next Tuesday in Glen Ellyn, and Downers Grove North remain. “To win the conference, you pretty much have to beat LT,” Mastandrea said. “That’s what it comes down to, is our girls had never beat them. Getting over that hump hopefully makes them feel that they deserve to do it.”Big picture, the Hilltoppers could very well be undefeated going into Autumnfest Oct. 12-13 and should receive a No. 1 sectional seed next week.“This year’s been everything we dreamed of, and more,” Mastandrea said. “Hopefully, it can be a real special year. This is only the beginning.”Asics next up for St. Francis:St. Francis gets another gauge of its progress this weekend.On the heels of a 4-1 third-place finish at the Rich East Invite, the Spartans (19-3) head to Mother McAuley for the always-tough Asics Challenge that features seven teams ranked nationally.Assumption, a team out of Louisville ranked No. 2 in the latest PrepVolleyball.com rankings, leads the 24-team field. Assumption is the defending champion, winner of the Asics 11 of the last 16 years. Other top teams include McAuley (No. 10 nationally), St. Francis (No. 52), Utah’s Lone Peak (No. 63), Marist (No. 83), New Jersey’s Immaculate Heart Academy (No. 90) and Florida’s Berkeley Prep (No. 97).York, a new addition, and Downers Grove North and Downers Grove South are other local teams at the Asics.“It’s an honor to be invited to play there,” St. Francis coach Peg Kopec said. “You have to be on your toes every match. Nothing is easy, nothing is a given.”Depending on how brackets are drawn up, St. Francis could get a chance to avenge two of its losses. The Spartans dropped three-setters at McAuley two weeks ago and to Marist last weekend at Rich East. St. Francis did bounce back from the Marist loss to beat Sandburg 25-21, 21-25, 25-22 in the third-place match.“We’re still trying to find a way to be more productive than we are,” said Kopec, who may make some lineup alterations to improve blocking. “Being 19-3, it’s not poor, but every match we’ve lost we lost in three sets. We need to take that next step and prevail in those situations.”Movin’ on up:Following its victory over Marist to win the Wheaton Classic, Benet moved up from 62nd to 36th in PrepVolleyball.com’s rankings. The Redwings’ 36-match win streak dating back to last year is now tied for the 11th longest in state history, according to the IHSA record books.Most recently, Benet rolled past St. Charles North in two sets on Friday behind Brittany Pavich’s 13 kills and 12 from Cara Mattaliano. The Redwings have dropped just one set all season.

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    Prospect’s Josh Johnson tees off on No. 8 during the Mid-Suburban League meet at Arlington Lakes.

    Prospect pinpoints MSL championship

    Prospect is the Mid-Suburban League boys golf champion for the second consecutive year. This time, though, it didn't have to share the crown. The Knights (301) posted a second-place finish at Monday's MSL meet at Arlington Lakes Golf Club, which combined with their undefeated conference mark gave them enough points to win the title again — this time outright. Ryan Maloney and Josh Johnson led the winners with scores of 74, while Barrington senior Nick Schippel won individual medalist honors with a 71 at the water hazard-laden course.

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    Tigers bounce back with 6-2 win over Royals

    Justin Verlander breezed through eight innings and Prince Fielder hit a solo homer, helping the Detroit Tigers steady themselves with a 6-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Monday night. Detroit entered one game behind the first-place Chicago White Sox in the AL Central after being swept in a doubleheader by Minnesota on Sunday.

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    New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, left, looks on during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens in Baltimore.

    Belichick:’I was really looking for an explanation’

    All Bill Belichick wanted was an explanation. He'll probably end up with a fine. Wrapped up in an intense game with fellow AFC power Baltimore, the coach of the New England Patriots grabbed the arm of a replacement official after the Ravens won 31-30 on a last-play field goal Sunday night. "When the game was over I went out and I was really looking for an explanation from the officials as to whether the play was under review," he said.

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    Former Chicago Bears linebacker Hunter Hillenmeyer will talk about injury prevention with athletes and parents Wednesday at Naperville North High School.

    Hillenmeyer addresses injury prevention at Naperville North

    Hunter Hillenmeyer, a former Bears linebacker who dealt with concussions as a player, will tell his story and offer prevention tips to parents and youth athletes at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Naperville North High School. He will be joined by athletic trainers and orthopedic surgeons/sports injury specialists from Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush. The event will focus on the top five sports injuries sustained by Illinois high school athletes: knee injuries (patella tendinitis/ACL/MCL), shoulder overuse/dislocation, back pain, wrist injuries (sprain/fracture) and concussion.

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    Tyler Colvin has 18 home runs and 67 RBI for the Rockies this season.

    Cubs surely wish they didn’t make Colvin trade

    One of the few off-season moves that didn't work out for the new Cubs regime was the trade of outfielder Tyler Colvin and infielder DJ LeMahieu to the Rockies for infielder Ian Stewart and a minor-league pitcher. The Cubs take on the Rockies beginning Tuesday at Coors Field, where Colvin has done most of hisdamage.

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    Orioles beat Blue Jays 4-1 in game 1

    Adam Jones went 4 for 4 with a homer and two RBIs, and the Baltimore Orioles moved within a half-game of the AL East lead with a 4-1 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday in the opener of a doubleheader. Ryan Flaherty hit a solo shot for the Orioles, who matched the division-leading New York Yankees in the win column (88).

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    Lance Whitaker

    Bartlett’s Whitaker verbals to UIC

    Bartlett guard Lance Whitaker will enter his senior basketball season with his college commitment already sewn up. A 17-year-old Bartlett resident who missed his junior season due to a torn ACL, Whitaker (6-foot-5) gave his verbal commitment Friday to play for the University of Illinois-Chicago.

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    Ryder Cup gate and shuttle hours

    Here are opening and closing times for the 39th Ryder Cup, as well as shuttle transportation times for spectators:

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    Denver Broncos head coach John Fox, left, speaks to officials during the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons Sept. 17 in Atlanta.

    Players, coaches now testing replacement officials

    NEW YORK — New England coach Bill Belichick was confused about a decisive field goal he thought was off-target. Detroit’s Jim Schwartz couldn’t understand a 27-yard penalty walk-off for unnecessary roughness. Philadelphia’s Andy Reid felt ignored while trying to decline a penalty.The furor over the work of replacement officials reached something of a fevered pitch during Week 3 in the NFL, when even deciphering downs and distance became a challenge.In Sunday night’s Ravens-Patriots game, shoving matches followed even insignificant plays. One TV analyst called it the substitute-teacher syndrome: See how much you can get away with before the real thing returns.“Nature says for us that we’re going to go out there and push the limit regardless,” Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway said. “If they’re calling a game tight, if they’re calling a game loose, it’s going to be pushed to the limit. You are pushing it to the brink. If things are going to be called easier, and in some situations I feel like they’ve been less lenient, too, you’ve just got to play and see how (it’s being called).”If you can figure it out.Broncos coach John Fox was fined $30,000 Monday and defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio $25,000 for verbal abuse of the officials during a Monday night game against Atlanta on Sept. 17.More fines are likely for Belichick and Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, and perhaps for others.Fox and Del Rio were hit for their sideline histrionics, particularly when Fox was told he couldn’t challenge a call of 12 men on the field — he was correct that he could challenge, although replays showed the Broncos were guilty.Before grabbing the arm of an official, Belichick wanted to know why Justin Tucker’s field goal was called good in Baltimore’s 31-30 victory Sunday night. He couldn’t tell from his angle on the sideline, he said.“So when the game was over, I went out and I was really looking for an explanation from the officials as to whether the play was under review,” he said, “and I did try to get the official’s attention as he was coming off the field to ask that, but I really wasn’t able to do that.”Most confusing was the mark-off for a Lions penalty in overtime at Tennessee. Officials wound up penalizing Detroit from its 44-yard line rather than from the original line of scrimmage, the Titans 44.Soon after, Rob Bironas kicked a go-ahead field goal.Schwartz noted that the alternate official who helps the replacements with administrating penalties was on the Detroit sideline.“We said, ‘You’re enforcing it from the wrong spot.’ He was adamant that they weren’t doing so,” Schwartz said. “At that point, we just needed to play.”They didn’t play well enough to avoid losing 44-41, and Titans coach Mike Munchak wasn’t apologizing for how his team won.“I don’t feel any guilt,” Munchak said. “For us, really the obvious answer is there’s nothing we can do about who’s officiating games. It’s the same for everybody, so go out and don’t get caught up in all that.”The league and the officials’ union met Sunday without reaching any agreement on ending the lockout that began in June. The players’ union also called on the 32 team owners to end the lockout because it is compromising the integrity of the game.While most of the coaches are being careful what they say about the replacements, the players and broadcasters are less inhibited.“Unfortunately, I feel like that it’s like changing an intersection from a stop sign to a red light,” Browns kicker Phil Dawson said. “You have to have so many car wrecks before they deem that intersection to be dangerous enough — and we’re heading that way. Someone’s going to lose a game, if it hasn’t already happened, to get both sides to a pressure point to get a deal done. It’s sad.”

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    Washington Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth prepares to make the catch on a ball hit by Milwaukee Brewers Corey Hart during the sixth inning of a baseball game at Nationals Park, Monday in Washington. The Nationals won 12-2.

    Brewers lose ball in sun, game 12-2 to Nationals

    Milwaukee Brewers manager Ron Roenicke saw his center fielder lose a ball in the sun. Then he saw his team lose its way the rest of the game. A day after the Washington Nationals misplayed a pair of fly balls in the midday glare, it was the Brewers' turn to get in trouble. Carlos Gomez lost a ball in the sun, allowing Jayson Werth to end up with a two-out, two-run double as part of a six-run fourth inning Monday, and Milwaukee lost to Washington 12-2.

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    2012 European Ryder Cup captain Jose MarÌa Olazabal has reason to be confident. His team is the defending champion.

    Facts & figures on Team Europe

    Here's a quick glance at the 12 players representing Team Europe in the 2012 Ryder Cup:

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    U.S. Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III filled out his 12-man team by selecting Dustin Johnson, Jim Furyk, Brandt Snedeker and Steve Stricker.

    Facts & figures on Ryder Cup Team USA

    Here's a quick glance at the 12 players representing Team USA in the 2012 Ryder Cup, with rankings and earnings through Sept. 23:

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    Jones off and running again at Augustana

    For a cross country runner, this is what you call getting off on the right foot. In her first race of the 2012 season, Augustana senior Sarahbeth Jones set a school record for 5,000 meters in cross country.The Warren graduate finished in 17:41 at the Illinois Intercollegiate Championships at D.A. Weibring Golf Course in Normal.

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    Football: Top 20 rankings
    Glenbard West, Montini and Wheaton North have the top three spots in the Daily Herald's latest footballl rankings.

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    The 39th Ryder Cup comes to Medinah's historic course and clubhouse this week.

    Our Ryder Cup team breaks down the challenge

    From the course to the teams to who will ultimately be crowned 39th Ryder Cup champion, four of the Daily Herald's golf writers break it down as golf's biggest even nears.

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    Mike North video: Can the Sox hang on and beat Detroit?

    The Chicago White Sox have lost 5 straight games, but the Detroit Tigers are losing too. These last ten games will decide the whole season for either team. If Robin Ventura can get it done for the Sox, what a first season manager he has turned out to be.

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    Bears quarterback Jay Cutler scrambles with the ball against the St. Louis Rams at Soldier Field in Chicago.

    Bears win, and that’s all that really matters

    This week should be a lot less controversial for the Bears. A methodical 23-6 victory over the mundane St. Louis Rams will sort of put to rest the restlessness around town. At least for now, that is.

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    White Sox scouting report
    Scouting report: White Sox vs. Cleveland Indians

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    Kitty Pon

    Bensenville executive aims to develop China connection

    Kukec's People features Kitty Pon, who left Taiwan in the 1980s and used her overseas ties to form an international company with her husband. She just returned from developing more business in China.

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    Maria Adele Carrai of Italy in Central, Hong Kong.

    In Europe crisis, connection culture stifles youth

    Maria Adele Carrai has two master's degrees from Italian universities in economics and Asian languages and is now earning her Ph.D. in international law in Hong Kong. Her linguistic credentials are formidable: Besides native Italian, she has nearly flawless English, a rarity in Italy, as well as French, Arabic, Japanese and Mandarin.

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    Apple supplier halts China factory after violence

    The company that makes Apple's iPhones suspended production at a factory in China on Monday after a brawl by as many as 2,000 employees at a dormitory injured 40 people.The fight, the cause of which was under investigation, erupted Sunday night at a privately managed dormitory near a Foxconn Technology Group factory in the northern city of Taiyuan, the company and Chinese police said.

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    Wheeling leaders favor redeveloping land by airport

    More than half of 40 acres almost surrounded by Chicago Executive Airport should be aggressively redeveloped, the Wheeling village board indicated Monday night. The land on the west side of Milwaukee Avenue represents most of the village's Southeast Tax Increment Financing District.

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    Apple said Monday it sold more than 5 million units of the iPhone 5 in the three days since its launch, less than analysts had expected.

    Apple says more than 5 million iPhone 5s sold

    Apple says it has sold more than 5 million units of the new iPhone 5 in the three days since its launch.

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    The largest U.S. banks all offered free checking with no strings attached until 2009. Banks say they have raised fees lately because of federal regulations on debit cards and overdraft policies that stand to cost them billions of dollars in annual revenue.

    Bank fees further erode free checking accounts

    Truly free checking accounts are becoming rarer as banks add more fees to boost their profits.

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    The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index fell a third day, its longest decline in seven weeks, as European leaders clashed on ways to stem the debt crisis and data from China and Germany signaled the slowdown is deepening.

    US stocks fall as European gloom returns

    U.S. stocks meandered sideways Monday as fears about Europe overshadowed recent excitement about central banks' efforts to boost the market.

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    Financial magazine Barron’s said Facebook is “still too pricey” despite a sharp decline since its initial public offering. Above, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

    Barron’s slams Facebook, stock falls

    Facebook Inc.'s stock took a hit Monday after an article in the financial magazine Barron's said it is "still too pricey" despite a sharp decline since its initial public offering.

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    Verizon will pay Tivo at least $250.4 million to license its digital video recording technology and settle a patent lawsuit on Monday. It is the third settlement Tivo has gotten in major patent cases.

    TiVo settles lawsuit against Verizon for $250 million

    Verizon will pay Tivo Inc. at least $250.4 million to license its digital video recording technology and settle a patent lawsuit.

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    Kellogg, the maker of Frosted Flakes, Pop-Tarts and Eggo waffles, announced Monday it formed a joint venture to expand the distribution of its cereals and snacks in China as early as next year.

    Kellogg wants more in China to wake up to cereal

    Kellogg is hoping it can finally turn cereal into a breakfast staple in China.

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    EU examining whether U.S. has complied with WTO ruling on Boeing

    The European Union is examining a U.S. notice saying the Obama administration has complied with a World Trade Organization ruling that found Boeing Co. received illegal government subsidies."We will now immediately review their compliance package to check whether the U.S. have taken the necessary steps to end these subsidies and their adverse effects," John Clancy, the EU's trade spokesman, said in an e-mailed statement from Brussels today.

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    NanoProfessor helps expand SCSU program

    SKOKIE — Nanotechnology education provider NanoProfessor said Southern Connecticut State University will expand its leadership in nanotechnology education by implementing the NanoProfessor Nanoscience Education Program. The advance was made possible by a grant from the National Science Foundation supporting the Center for Research on Interface Structures and Phenomena, a Materials Research Science and Engineering Center at Yale University and SCSU. NanoProfessor’s curriculum and NanoInk’s NLP 2000 Desktop NanoFabrication System will be housed within the newly established Connecticut State University System Nanotechnology Center located in the Physics Department at SCSU.“We are excited for the opportunity to enhance our students’ understanding of the nanoscale through hands-on work with NanoInk’s NLP 2000 Desktop Nanofabrication System, which operates without the need for a cleanroom and allows students to quickly and easily build custom-engineered nanoscale structures using Dip Pen Nanolithography,” said Christine Caragianis Broadbridge, Ph.D., professor and chair of physics at SCSU and Education Director for CRISP. “NanoProfessor’s curriculum will complement our existing curriculum by engaging students with cutting-edge, hands-on, nano-focused experiments designed to teach them important scientific concepts about the nanoscale.”Dean Hart, Chief Commercial Officer of NanoProfessor. noted SCSU is a recognized leader in nanotechnology education and research.“We are honored that it has chosen the NanoProfessor Program to broaden its students’ understanding and experience in working at the nanoscale,” Hart said.Southern Connecticut State University is a flourishing community of more than 11,000 students located less than three miles from downtown New Haven. Founded as a teachers college in 1893, SCSU has evolved into a comprehensive university offering 114 graduate and undergraduate programs. More than 1,000 faculty members lead students through a wide range of studies and research specialties. More information on Southern Connecticut State University is available at: www.southernct.edu.In just over 24 months, the NanoProfessor Nanoscience Education Program has been chosen to serve as the foundation for undergraduate, hands-on nanotechnology education by over 20 educational programs in five countries. The NanoProfessor Program alternates between classroom lectures and hands-on nanoscale lab work. The NanoProfessor curriculum includes a textbook wrote by leading nanotechnology experts and educators covering the topics of Nanotechnology Instrumentation, Imaging and Nanofabrication techniques, Nanophysics, Nanochemistry, Nanobiology, and perspectives on Environmental, Health, and Safety within nanotechnology.

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    Gallagher acquires Acumus Limited

     Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. said it has acquired Acumus Limited in Chelmsford, England. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

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    Economists say U.S. needs more taxes, spending cuts

    A group of economists say the best way to reduce the federal deficit is through a combination of higher taxes and spending cuts. A survey of 236 members of the National Association for Business Economics says the country needs more fiscal stimulus through 2013, but by 2014 it should be time to throttle back.

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    Oil near $92 on gloomy economic outlook

    Gloomy economic news dragged oil down to near $92 a barrel Monday in Asia. Benchmark crude fell 77 cents to $92.12 by late afternoon Bangkok time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract rose 47 cents on Friday to close at $92.89 in New York.

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    Asian stocks sink as global economy fears ris

    Asian stocks mostly drifted lower Monday as investors' growing concerns about the shaky global economy overpowered any remaining optimism over central bank stimulus efforts. Crude oil tumbled while the dollar rose against the euro but fell against the Japanese yen.

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    The Village Voice is being sold, along with all of its affiliated free arts weeklies, but the deal excludes the online classified site Backpage.com, whose listings have drawn fire for promoting the illegal sex trade.

    Village Voice being sold; Backpage.com left behind

    The Village Voice is being sold, along with all of its affiliated free arts weeklies, but the deal excludes the online classified site Backpage.com, whose listings have drawn fire for promoting the illegal sex trade.The buyout is being led by Scott Tobias, the chief operating officer of Village Voice Media Holdings LLC. Tobias will become the new organization's chief executive.

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    A statue of former Treasury Secretary Albert Gallatin outside the Treasury Building in Washington.

    WHY IT MATTERS: Debt

    A sea of red ink is confronting the nation and presidents to come.The budget deficit — the shortfall created when the government spends more in a given year than it collects in taxes and fees— is on track to top $1 trillion for the fourth straight year. When there's not enough to pay current bills, the government borrows, mostly by selling interest-bearing Treasury bonds, bills and notes to investors and governments worldwide. It now borrows about 40 cents for every dollar it spends.

Life & Entertainment

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    Is it time to let go of a long-held grudge?

    Twenty-five years ago, her father left her mother for a woman who became his second wife. The daughter can't bring herself to celebrate this anniversary. Is that wrong?

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    Pink performs on NBC’s “Today” recently to promote her latest album, “The Truth About Love.”

    Pink looks for ‘Truth About Love’ on latest album

    For all her songs about fights, romantic letdowns and wild nights, Pink is actually in a Zen-mode these days — and all the credit belongs to her 1-year-old daughter, Willow. "I used to be really dark. Now, I wake up and check her pulse and make sure she's not having a temperature. And then we dance. ... I guess that's how the record ("The Truth About Love") reflects where I am right now. I'm just having a lot more fun than I ever have."

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    See the adventures of Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) unfold in a new DVD set.

    Indy’s ‘Complete Adventures’ now on DVD

    Fans of the great Indiana Jones adventure series starring Harrison Ford can now get all the films together in a five-disc box set. The Blu-ray editions present the films in the finest video and audio. Steven Spielberg was involved with the transfers, and his touch is all over the final product.

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    Simple surgery can relieve pain of trigger finger

    Think of your hand as a collection of bones, tendons and muscles. The tendons in your arms and hands are like the strings of a marionette. Trigger finger affects those strings. The condition is named for the trigger-like snap that occurs when the finger briefly locks and then suddenly releases as you try to bend or straighten it.

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    Linda Sinotte was 52 when she started looking into her forgetfulness and diagnosed herself at 53 with early onset Alzheimer's after she asked doctors if she could get a PET scan.

    Struggling with early onset Alzheimer's

    Linda Sinotte was 52 when she started acting different. She couldn't concentrate long enough to finish projects as a certified interpreter for the deaf. She couldn't remember how to switch user names on her home computer in Stuart, Fla. She had a variety of medical tests and got different diagnoses from different doctors. Finally, a PET scan revealed that Linda, now 55, has early-onset Alzheimer's.

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    Anah McMahon adjusts 1-inch seirin acupuncture needles in the muscles around the spine of a patient to relieve lower back pain at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in Chicago.

    Despite critics, acupuncture seems to ease pain

    Acupuncture gets a thumbs-up for helping relieve pain from chronic headaches, backaches and arthritis in a review of more than two dozen studies — the latest analysis of an often-studied therapy that has as many fans as critics. Some believe its only powers are a psychological, placebo effect. But some doctors believe even if that's the explanation for acupuncture's effectiveness, there's no reason not to offer it if it makes people feel better.

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    Study: Tattoo infections traced to tainted ink

    An outbreak of infected tattoos has led to an unlikely source: the ink. With the growing popularity of tattoos, health officials say they are seeing more cases of a nasty skin infection caused by a common bacteria traced to the ink. In the largest outbreak, 19 people in Rochester, N.Y., ended up with bubbly rashes on their new tattoos, researchers reported Wednesday. "Even if you get a tattoo from a facility that does everything right, it's not risk free," said Dr. Byron Kennedy, deputy director of the health department in New York's Monroe County.

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    Cause of children eating nonfood items unclear

    Pica, or the ingestion of nonfood objects, can occur in kids as habit behavior, as well as in children with developmental delay or those with some type of nutritional deficiency. The word pica derives from the Latin term for the magpie, a bird known to have a wide- ranging and indiscriminate appetite.

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    Centeredbeing co-creator Suzie Carmack shows a “pinwheel” pose modified for the office.

    Centeredbeing: Easing the stress one stretch at a time

    My new office habit: When I'm feeling overwhelmed, I get as floppy as possible in my chair. I'm greeted by not a single strange look from my colleagues. That's because they know I'm just practicing Centeredbeing, a mindful movement system that's designed to fight sedentary behavior and stress. The techniques, which are adapted from yoga and Pilates, can be strung together to build a solid workout, but they're also handy whenever you need a moment to focus on your body rather than your computer screen.

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    Ellen Mejias shares a laugh with daughter Gabrielle, 11, center, while daughter Hailey, 10, sketches a new pet bird during a visit to their neighbor's house. The girls have been taking ADHD medication for about four years, with a marked improvement in their ability to focus.

    Early diagnosis key in treating ADHD

    For some children, starting school is more than just making new friends and breaking in a new backpack. It can also be the time when the parents hear for the first time that their rambunctious or easily distracted child may have ADHD. Attention-deficit-hyperactivity disorder is considered the third-most-common disability in U.S. children

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    A new text service will send parents tips about babies, pregnancy and developmental milestones in your child’s life.

    Your Health: Texts offer baby advice
    Try planks over sit-ups to strengthen your core, and a new texting service gives baby tips and pregnancy info.

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    This traditional style home at 1101 Davey Drive will be featured on the Batavia House Walk.

    Batavia House Walk showcases city’s variety

    If variety is the spice of life, it's also the impetus behind the Batavia House Walk. The sixth annual event, set for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, will feature a traditional home, a compact Victorian, a new construction Craftsman style home, a completely renovated folk Victorian, and a new construction traditional/Old World home.

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    Most vision patients need a prescription for reading glasses, especially if they have additional issues such as astigmatism or have had laser vision-correction surgery.

    Seeing over-the-counter reading glasses in a new light

    Presbyopia. Almost of us will experience it. The onset of what's called presbyopia is what dictates the need for reading glasses — something most men and women approaching middle age dread. The U.S. National Library of Medicine defines presbyopia as a condition in which the lens of the eye loses its ability to focus: The elasticity of the lens slowly diminishes with age. This causes us to have difficulty focusing on nearby objects.

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    1939 International Harvester D2 pickup

    Old 1939 IH pickup truck may be a veteran

    It's easy to forget that International Harvester Co.'s heritage encompasses more than farm and agriculture equipment. In addition to tractors and industrial engines, the Illinois-based IH also produced four-wheeled workhorses like Barrington resident Steve Cliff's 1939 D2 pickup truck.

Discuss

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    Gwen Henry, DuPage County treasurer, is one of hundreds of county officials who are receiving taxpayer-funded stipends.

    Editorial: No reason for $3 million-plus in county stipends

    Most county auditors, clerks, court clerks, coroners, recorders, treasurers and sheriffs are getting $6,500 annual stipends. That's on top of assessors receiving $3,000. A Daily Herald editorial asks, where and when does it end?

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    Refusing to undo the damage

    Columnist Susan Estrich: In the days since "the video" came out, I've been asked a lot how his advisers could have been so stupid as to allow him to stand by his comments. There is an easy answer. The fish rots from the head.

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    Studies quoted by priest enlightening
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: According to Kevin Cuttone (Aug. 26 Fence Post), Rev. Corey Brost has some radical views. What radical views did Fr. Brost espouse? He quoted several studies covering terrorist plots by Muslims or non-Muslims that pointed out a drop in these activities in recent years.

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    Voters should already have a photo ID
    A Barrington letter to the editor:

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    The simple differences between the parties
    A Barrington letter to the editor: The Democrats stand for big government, higher taxes, pro-abortion, pro-gay marriage, more spending, higher deficits and a nanny-state kind of government. The Republicans are more for smaller government, lower taxes, pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, lower spending, lower deficits and self-reliance kind of government.

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    Don’t meddle if you don’t live in Dist. 116
    A Buffalo Grove letter to the editor: After reading the front-page article on the proposed school-based health clinic in Round Lake District 116, I have just one question: What business is it of Bonnie Quirke's to meddle in this decision?

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    Constrictor snakes should not be pets
    A letter to the editor: By banning only some species, the trade will simply shift to other deadly constrictor snakes popular in the pet trade, such as boa constrictors and reticulated pythons. HR 511 would add all nine species of large constrictor snakes to the list of injurious species under the Lacey Act.

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    Football spinal cord injuries need attention
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: Take for instance the Allen, Texas, high school that recently completed its $60 million, 18,000-seat football stadium. But zero dollars were invested in catastrophic injury insurance for the players who'll give blood on this field.

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    How to save those hospital jobs
    A Chicago letter to the editor: As a current health systems management major, I believe that job cuts in this field are not an option because there are nurses currently working 15- to 18-hour shifts. Why not split that between two people?

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    Mike Terson backs Sente in 59th House
    Letter to the editor: Mike Terson of Buffalo Grove says he tends to vote Republican, but in the matter of the 59th legislative district he's squarely behind Democrat Carol Sente. "I have yet to meet a state representative as genuine, talented and effective as Carol Sente," he writes.

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    Communication is key for special needs residents
    Letter to the editor: Mike Baker, an advocate with the Schaumburg Autism Society, says the state has no reliable account of how many special needs children and adults are in need of services. "Legislators in the area have never bothered to try, and as a parent of a teenager with autism, I will," he writes.

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    Flag protocol: Field of stars should be in top left corner
    Letter to the editor: Michael Cartwright has noticed a persistent problem with Oktoberfest in Palatine -- the American flag is displayed backward. "The union (the blue section with the stars) should always be in the top left corner as you are looking at it," he explains.

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    Downtown BG plan a disaster in making
    Letter to the editor: Lithia Pavalon of Buffalo Grove has nothing good to say about the proposal to redevelop a downtown in Buffalo Grove. "The plan that CRM Properties Group has for the golf course area is a rerun of the Town Center plan," she writes. "I cannot believe you, as our trustees, are trying to do this to us again."

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    Lutheran Home right to move ahead
    Letter to the editor: "I am taking this opportunity to "applaud" the Lutheran Home for stepping out in faith in this time of the downturned economy and moving forward with their plans," writes Marilyn Hermann, a neighbor of the Lutheran Home in Arlington Heights.

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