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    IThe Chicago Teachers Union says its teachers and support staff have overwhelmingly approved a new three-year contract that includes pay increases and a new evaluation system.

    Chicago teachers vote to approve 3-year contract

    The Chicago Teachers Union says its teachers and support staff have overwhelmingly approved a new three-year contract that includes pay increases and a new evaluation system.

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    Jason K. Werner

    Police: Homes burglarized while residents at wakes

    A husband and wife are accused of burglarizing and stealing from several homes while the homeowners and other family members were attending wakes, police said Wednesday. "To be a victim at one of the lowest points in your life, it's terrible and these are the worst kind of criminals out there," McHenry County Undersheriff Andrew Zinke said.

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    Stevenson High collects thousands for charity

    Stevenson High School's recent Spirit Fest event raised more than $18,600 for the Lauri S. Bauer Foundation for Sudden Loss, officials said, and the total is expected to climb past $20,000 this month following an online auction.

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    President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney meet on stage Wednesday at the start of the first presidential debate in Denver.

    Obama, Romney clash on economy in first debate

    Primed for a showdown, President Barack Obama accused Republican rival Mitt Romney in campaign debate Wednesday night of wanting to “double down on the top-down policies” that led to a devastating economic downturn four years ago. Countered the challenger: “That's not what I'm going to do.” Romney rebutted the president from a few feet away on the stage of their first...

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    Scammer pleads guilty to defrauding investors

    A North suburban man has pleaded guilty to defrauding investors in a now-defunct sleep disorder business. Federal prosecutors say Kenneth Dachman spent much of the money on a Lake Forest mansion, a tattoo parlor and family vacations.

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    Chicago police discovered two football fields’ worth of pot plants growing on the city’s South Side on Wednesday.

    Police in helicopter spot Chicago pot farm

    In Chicago, where skyscrapers are as likely to sprout up as anything a farmer might plant, someone decided there was just enough room to grow something a little more organic: marijuana.

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    Jesse Jackson Jr.

    Wife unsure when Congressman Jackson Jr. will return

    U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.’s wife said Wednesday her husband is seeing his doctor two to three times a week and that she doesn’t know if he will return to work before the Nov. 6 election. Chicago Alderman Sandi Jackson told reporters the congressman is eager to “get back out and do what he can” but that his physicians have directed him to “stay very calm and very quiet.”

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    NU students investigating shaken-baby cases

    Students in a Northwestern University program that gained national fame for investigations that helped free wrongfully convicted prison inmates — including some who were on Death Row — have a new cause. They are now investigating cases in which caregivers were convicted in what are called shaken-baby syndrome cases.

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    Tamms Correctional Center, Illinois’ only super-maximum-security prison in Tamms. Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration is softening its promise that inmates transferred from the high-security Tamms prison after it closes to Pontiac will be under ‘identical’ security rules.

    Illinois scales back Tamms prison rules

    Illinois' prison chief has changed some security rules for inmates transferred from the high-security Tamms prison when it closes, despite a promise to lawmakers that the exacting standards for managing the state's most dangerous inmates would follow them to their new lock-up. The agency won't release the obsolete plan, but the rules now in place mean fewer officers and fewer chains on inmates...

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    A consumer watchdog group says this summer’s extreme heat boosted the bills of Commonwealth Edison customers by about $64 million.

    Analysis: Summer heat raised ComEd bills by $64M

    A consumer watchdog group says this summer's extreme heat boosted the bills of Commonwealth Edison customers by about $64 million. But the Citizens Utility Board also said Tuesday that customers could've reduced most of that increase by changing their habits. They could have saved money and energy by using fewer lights and drying clothes outside, for example.

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    ROSEMONT: $120,338 PER RESIDENT. With combined principal and interest debt in excess of $500 million total, officials believe the village’s burgeoning entertainment district will generate revenue to help reduce the amount owed.

    How much money does your town (and therefore you) owe?

    A Daily Herald analysis shows 72 suburbs across six counties owe nearly $4 billion combined. Another six suburbs have no debt, according to the most recent financial audits of those towns. “You want to examine if debt is growing faster than (property) values and if we’re putting a greater burden on future years,” said Laurence Msall, president of The Civic Federation.

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    A nearly $26 million overpass, to be completed in two years, will carry vehicles over the railroad crossing on Route 38, near Kautz Road.

    Rail overpass planned at Route 38, Kautz

    State and local officials on Wednesday announced plans to construct an overpass bridge at Roosevelt and Kautz roads in West Chicago. Once the nearly $26 million project is complete in fall 2014, cars traveling on Roosevelt will be able to pass over the Union Pacific tracks.

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    Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, right, and President Barack Obama, left, walk on stage at the end of their first debate Wednesday night at the University of Denver in Denver.

    Fact check: Presidential debate missteps

    President Barack Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney spun one-sided stories in their first of three presidential debates, not necessarily bogus, but not the whole truth. Here's a look at some of their claims and how they stack up with the facts:

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    The West Chicago library hosts a presidential debate streaming party on Wednesday.

    In West Chicago, a quiet, somber view of the first presidential debate

    In a room set up to seat 40, nine people sat, for the West Chicago Library’s viewing party of the first presidential debate Wednesday evening.The mood was far different from four years ago, when groups across the suburbs hosted viewing parties as President Barack Obama, then a junior U.S. senator, made a historic bid for office after claiming the Democratic Party’s nomination.

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    New system means more frequent bills for Mount Prospect residents

    Mount Prospect is ready to go live with its new utility billing system, which means residents can expect to receive bills twice as often. Through the village’s new billing software, which allows finance staff to more fully automate the billing process, residents will receive bills monthly instead of bimonthly, as was the case under the previous system.

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    Michael Dukewich of Rolling Meadows was a longtime cameraman for ABC 7 in Chicago.

    ABC 7 loses ‘Duke’ Dukewich, a member of the family

    The newsroom at ABC 7 is mourning the loss of one its longtime cameramen, Michael Dukewich of Rolling Meadows, known simply as “Duke” to all of his co-workers. “Today we are all shocked, sad, a little angry and sorrowful that we have lost such a great guy,” wrote ABC 7 Morning News Executive Producer Doug Whitmire, in an online tribute on the station’s web site.

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    9 Aurora men charged in federal drug, gun bust

    An investigation that began in the spring of 2011 and involved an informant working with authorities has resulted in federal drug and gun charges against nine Aurora men.

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    John Lawson and Michelle Mussman

    Mussman, Lawson outline pension-reform priorities

    Democratic state Rep. Michelle Mussman of Schaumburg and her crosstown Republican challenger John Lawson agree that public pension reform is one of the most important tasks before the state legislature, but have slightly different takes on what's necessary to fix the system.

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    Brian Palmer

    Cops: Waukegan police spotted man carrying stolen TV

    Waukegan police officers responding to a report of a suspicious person in a neighborhood found the man carrying a stolen television Saturday, officials said.

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    Lake in the Hills man guilty of sexual assault, abuse

    A 56-year-old Lake in the Hills man faces a minimum of 21 years in prison after a McHenry County jury convicted him of predatory criminal sexual assault and sexual abuse of a child in 2005. Robert W. Lucht will be sentenced Nov. 20.

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    Des Plaines attorney’s contempt conviction reversed

    Des Plaines attorney Wayne Adams, a former police officer and onetime Des Plaines alderman, had his 2011 conviction for contempt of court reversed and remanded to Rolling Meadows Third Municipal District for a new trial.

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    Karen McConnaughay

    Kane County reverses budget plan, eliminates tax increase

    Kane County Board Chairman Karen McConnaughay blasted county board members for bringing a budget that includes a proposed tax increase to her committee Wednesday. She said it's irresponsible to raise taxes when home values are dropping. Not only that, the county finished with a $5 million surplus last year, so there's no evidence to suggest the county needs more money. She pitched her own flat...

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    Hoffman Estates sells surplus at online auction

    The Village of Hoffman Estates is selling its municipal surplus online until Thursday, Oct. 11, at HYPERLINK "http://www.govdeals.com"www.govdeals.com. Free registration is required to place a bid.

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    Dist. 59 celebrates school addition

    The Elk Grove Township Elementary District 59 school board will conduct a rededication ceremony Tuesday, Oct. 9, at Robert Frost School, 1308 Cypress Lane in Mount Prospect, celebrating the school's expansion. The event will include a ribbon cutting and tour of the new addition.

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    Lombard Deputy Chief Pat Rollins used his unmarked squad car to rush European golfer Rory McIlroy, left, to the Ryder Cup on Sunday in time for the McIlroy to help his team to a comeback win. The car coincidentally was scheduled to be replaced and the village plans to sell it on an online auction site.

    Lombard cop gains international fame from Ryder escort

    Ever heard of Pat Rollins? Well, they have in Northern Ireland, Scotland, Britain and throughout the world of professional golf after Rollins famously sprinted European golfer Rory McIlroy to the final day of the Ryder Cup on Sunday at Medinah Country Club. The Lombard Deputy Police Chief is busy answering more than 70 media calls from around the world about his timely escort of McIlroy in an...

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    Fox Valley police reports
    Emmanuel and Merari Delgado, both 20 of Elgin, were arrested and later charged with retail theft after attempting to steal television antennas and two DVDs from Walmart in Elgin shortly before 11 p.m. Oct. 1, according to police reports. The couple is due in court Nov. 2 in Elgin.

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    Suburban police locate another homemade explosive, urge caution

    As authorities continue to investigate two separate cases of homemade explosive devices found in the Northwest suburbs this week, police are warning residents against making devices or touching suspicious objects if they come across one. Rolling Meadows police found a homemade explosive Monday, one day after Palatine police located eight devices in a village condominium complex.

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    Police say attackers sought item from North Aurora men

    The two shooting victims in a North Aurora home invasion Tuesday morning may have known their attackers, who knocked on the door and ransacked the area for an "item," which police are declining to specify. The men are in fair condition at an Aurora hospital and police are still seeking two Hispanic men for questioning.

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    IDOT to create statewide plan for bicycle trails

    Efforts to put together the first Illinois statewide bikeway plan are under way. The Illinois Department of Transportation is seeking bids from companies to design the plan.

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    Kirk Dillard

    Dillard keeps eye on governor's mansion while defending 24th District seat

    Kirk Dillard is a man running two races. The 19-year Illinois Senate Republican insists he's focused solely on defending his 24th Dsitrict seat agaist Democrat A. Ghani in November. But he admitted to the Daily Herald Editorial Board Wednesday that a 2014 run at the Governor's mansion is never far from his mind.

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    Email says ComEd wrote newspaper column for legislator

    An email shows that the utility giant ComEd wrote a column for a member of the Illinois House utilities committee to submit to a local newspaper under his own name, the Rockford Register-Star reported Wednesday.

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    Emanuel replaces ethics board

    A spokeswoman says Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel decided to replace the city's entire Board of Ethics because he wants "a board more in line with the priorities of the administration."

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    Gurnee Mills maintenance technician Don Jouravleff and other employees and shoppers watch “Shots Fired! When Lightning Strikes,” a gun violence training presentation by the Gurnee Police Department. Police also answered questions from spectators. The first of four presentations at Gurnee Mills was held Wednesday.

    Gurnee police bring gun violence training sessions to mall

    Gurnee police have launched an initiative with tips on increasing the chances of survival if someone shoots up a mall, school or other locations. Crime prevention technician Tom Agos hosted the first of five scheduled sessions Wednesday afternoon at Gurnee Mills' show court. "I think this is just one of those things that will build momentum," Agos said after the session. "It's a scary topic for a...

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    Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at the State Department in Washington. An independent panel appointed by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is opening its inquiry into the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, amid demands from Congress for speedy answers to questions about the security of the mission and concerns that the FBI investigation into the incident has been delayed.

    State Dept opens Benghazi consulate attack probe

    Past investigations into attacks on U.S. diplomatic missions have blamed both the administration and Congress for failing to spend enough money to ensure that the overseas facilities were safe despite a clear rise in terror threats to American interests abroad. A five-member accountability review board appointed by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will begin this week looking at whether...

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    This Aug. 25, 2004 file photo shows unidentified analysts at the Combined Intelligence and Fusion Center for NORAD/Northcom in Colorado Springs, Colo. A multibillion-dollar information-sharing program that was created in the aftermath of Sept. 11 has improperly collected information about innocent Americans and produced no valuable intelligence on terrorism, according to a Senate report that describes an effort that ballooned far beyond anyoneís ability to control.

    Lawmakers divided on counterterror effort

    Stinging criticism from Congress about a counterterrorism effort that improperly collected information about innocent Americans is turning up the heat on the Obama administration to justify the program's continued existence and putting lawmakers who championed it on the defensive.

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    In these Sept. 27 file photos Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, left, arrives to campaign in Springfield, Va., and President Barack Obama arrives back at the White House after campaigning in Virginia Beach, Va. Fierce and determined competitors, Obama and Romney each have a specific mission for the string of three debates that starts Wednesday night, Oct. 3, 2012. Obama, no longer the fresh face of 2008, must convince skeptical Americans that he can do in a second term what he couldn’t in his first: restore the U.S. economy to full health. Romney, anxious to keep the race from slipping away, needs to instill confidence that he is a credible and trusted alternative to the president, with a better plan for strengthening the fragile economy.

    It’s show time: Obama, Romney meet in first debate

    Primed for a showdown, President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney left their practice sessions behind Wednesday for a prime-time debate before millions with the power to settle the race for the White House in tough economic times. The encounter at the University of Denver was the first of three for the candidates. By agreement between the rival campaigns, it was focused on the...

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    Turkish artillery targets Syria

    Turkish artillery fired on Syrian targets Wednesday after shelling from Syria struck a border village in Turkey, killing five civilians, sharply escalating tensions between the two neighbors and prompting NATO to convene an emergency meeting. "Our armed forces at the border region responded to this atrocious attack with artillery fire on points in Syria that were detected with radar, in line with...

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    Angelo “Skip” Saviano

    77th House incumbent learns territory of redrawn district

    77th state House incumbent Angelo "Skip" Saviano isn't taking his challenger lightly. The Elmwood Park Republican, who has been a state representative since 1994, said he has been campaigning and meeting elected officials in the new areas of his redrawn district for the past year in preparation for the Nov. 6 election. Saviano is facing Kathleen Willis of Addison, who is running as a Democrat...

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    Naperville’s Oktoberfest celebration opens Friday and runs through Saturday at Naper Settlement. The party includes a variety of children’s activities on Saturday.

    Naperville ready to celebrate Oktoberfest

    Steve Grosskopf traces his roots to Germany, but if there's a good party involved, they sometimes veer off to Ireland or take a turn to Mexico. "I like a fun time," said Grosskopf, chairman of this weekend's Oktoberfest celebration in downtown Naperville. "I don't have any Irish in me, but you couldn't tell the difference on St. Patty's day. I enjoy all good events." Organized by the Naperville...

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    Family kite fly in Antioch

    A family kite flying event will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6 at the Tim Osmond Sports Complex, 96 E. Depot St., Antioch.

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    Blues concert at Greenbelt

    Hear blues songs and stories from "Barrelhouse" Chuck Goering of Libertyville on Oct. 11 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Greenbelt Cultural Center. Fremont Elementary District 79 is seeking applicants to fill a school board vacancy.

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    Vernon Hills hosts Oktoberfest:

    The village of Vernon Hills will host its 8th annual Oktoberfest celebration from 3 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6 at the Metra station, 75 Route 45.

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    Melissa Zambrano

    Carol Stream mom gets six years in drug-running operation

    A mother of four from Carol Stream has been sentenced to six years in prison for her role in an interstate drug-running operation that was uncovered when police found about 44 pounds of cocaine hidden inside her car. Melissa Zambrano, 31, pleaded guilty to manufacturing or delivery of a controlled substance.

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    Daniel Kotowski, left, opposes Jim O’Donnell in the 28th Senate District for the 2012 General Election.

    28th Senate hopefuls talk pension reform

    Democratic state Sen. Dan Kotowski says he will stop pension abuse by preventing politicians from double-dipping, while his challenger in the 28th Senate District race, Republican Jim O'Donnell, supports creating a hybrid pension plan for state employees blending defined benefits and contributions. Kotowski faces O'Donnell in the newly drawn 28th Senate District on Nov. 6.

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    Lake County task force gets grant to target youth drinking, drug use

    A national grant worth $625,000 over the next five years will help a Lake County task force reduce and youth prevent substance abuse and underage drinking, officials said. "Efforts to keep our youth drug-free are critical to healthy and safe communities," said Mundelein Police Chief Raymond Rose who co-chairs the task force. "The (grant) recognizes the great potential of Lake County Underage...

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    An aedes aegypti mosquito is shown on human skin in a file photo, date and location not known, from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

    West Nile cases on the rise in Kane County

    Kane County has nearly doubled its cases of residents who have contracted the potentially-fatal West Nile Virus. Four more area residents have been found with the virus in recent weeks. That bring the total to nine for the year. The numbers are growing so quickly that the health department will begin weekly updates on the numbers.

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    A mother holds her newborn baby at Christus Spohn Hospital South in Corpus Christi, Texas. U.S. births fell for the fourth year in a row, the government reported Wednesday.

    Baby bust continues: Births down for 4th year

    Most striking in the new report were steep declines in Hispanic birth rates and a new low in teen births. Hispanics have been disproportionately affected by the flagging economy, experts say, and teen birth rates have been falling for 20 years.

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    Small plane crashes in Gary
    Authorities say a small plane from Smyrna, Tenn., has crashed in Gary about a mile south of Gary/Chicago International Airport.Federal Aviation Authoritiy spokeswoman Elizabeth Isham Cory says in a recorded statement that "the local coroner will identify the deceased."

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    YMCA 5K walk/run canceled

    The Lake County Family YMCA's 5K walk/run originally scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 6 has been canceled, YMCA officials have announced.

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    A West Chicago woman discovered human remains estimated to be 100 years old in a pile of dirt about two blocks from her home on Sept. 24. Police determined that a maintenance worker accidentally dug up the remains of an unmarked grave in an Aurora cemetery and dumped the dirt and bones in a West Chicago lot.

    West Chicago woman describes finding bones

    A West Chicago woman who is an avid collector of animal bones thought she had come across a nice addition for her collection while on a walk through the woods last week, but then she spotted the gold filling. Investigators determined a worker accidentally dug up the remains from an unmarked grave in Aurora. “I saw the teeth, and I said 'These don't look like animal teeth,'” Kathy...

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    Mundelein High School senior Donald Renz was selected to perform in Tournament of Roses Parade on New Years Day. Now Renz has to raise money to cover the costs of his trip to California.

    Mundelein High band member raising money to play in Rose Parade

    A Mundelein High School senior has been selected to perform in the Rose Parade on New Year's Day. Now clarinetist Donald Renz will try to raise the money to cover the costs of the California trip. Renz was chosen to play in the Music for All's Bands of America Honor Band, featuring 300 high school musicians and color guard performers from across the country. "I'm thrilled," he said Tuesday.

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    David Gervino, emergency management coordinator for DuPage County's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, talks about radio capabilities of the new emergency operations center. In the radio room, county officials can communicate with police and fire departments throughout the state to coordinate the response to big emergencies.

    DuPage County's emergency HQ passes first test

    It didn't take long for the new headquarters of DuPage County's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management to be put to the test. The roughly $1.5 million facility in Wheaton had been running just a couple months when a July 1 storm left more than half the county without power. “We can't prevent a tornado from coming though. But what we want to do is to make sure that communities...

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    Des Plaines firefighters Wednesday battled an early morning blaze that engulfed Mugavero’s Pizza & Ribs, 600 Central Road in Des Plaines. No one was injured but the restaurant suffered extensive damage and will remain closed for some time, officials said.

    Fire engulfs Des Plaines pizza parlor

    An early morning fire Wednesday engulfed Mugavero’s Pizza & Ribs, 600 Central Road in Des Plaines, heavily damaging the restaurant. There were no occupants in the building at the time of the fire and no one was injured, said Chris Wozny, acting battalion chief of the Des Plaines Fire Department. Firefighters arrived at the restaurant shortly after 5 a.m. to find heavy smoke and a large...

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    Inverness psychologist indicted for Medicare fraud

    An Inverness psychologist is facing prison if convicted on charges of Medicare fraud stemming from allegations she billed psychotherapy sessions that didn't occur. Sharon A. Rinaldi was indicted Tuesday by a federal grand jury.

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    Moms group to discuss organic, local food in schools

    A group of moms from the Northwest suburbs are trying to get healthier, organic and locally-grown food into school cafeterias and they'll be spreading the word with a panel discussion on Wednesday night. The Northwest Suburbs of Chicago Holistic Moms Network will be hosting a panel discussion about food policies in suburban schools at 6:30 p.m. at the Southminster Presbyterian Church, 916 E.

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    Spencer McCall, 4, of Campton Hills has a great seat while viewing entries in the whimsical category at the St. Charles Scarecrow Fest in Lincoln Park last year.

    St. Charles Scarecrow Fest a family favorite

    It's become a tradition for many families and friends. They travel from near and far for the annual St. Charles Scarecrow Fest each year. This year's fest runs from Friday through Sunday, Oct. 5-7, in downtown St. Charles. "It's fun if it's cold, it's fun if it's warm. We just have a great time seeing the great decorations, eating and having fun together," said Nancy Brooks of Elmwood Park. "We...

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    John R. Baruffi Jr.

    Mundelein man charged in Grayslake home invasion

    Grayslake police say a second man has been charged in connection with a home invasion on the village's west side last week. John R. Baruffi Jr., 25, of 31 Washington St. in Mundelein, remains held on a $250,000 bond at the Lake County jail and must post 10 percent of the amount as bail to be released before trial.

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    Power back on in Huntley

    ComEd restored power in Huntley this morning, a bit more than an hour after it had gone out, a ComEd spokeswoman said. The interruption affected about 1,500 customers near Route 47 between Del Webb Boulevard and the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway, said Martha Swaney, a ComEd spokeswoman.

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    Douglas Scheflow

    Kane Dist. 22 candidates disagree on township government

    Bob Getz bills himself as "the curmudgeon who watches the budget" and as such, if elected to the Kane County Board, he would like to save money by dissolving the township form of government. But Douglas Scheflow, his competition for the seat, isn't sure that's the way to go.

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    The remains of a woman in a grave in Geitzendorf, northwest of Vienna, Austria. The museum says the skeletal remains in the ancient grave are that of a woman metal worker _ the first indication that women did such work thousands of years ago.

    Ancient Austrian remains show woman in male trade

    An Austrian museum says skeletal remains found in an ancient grave are that of a woman metal worker — the first indication that women did such work thousands of years ago. The Museum of Ancient History says the grave originates from the Bronze Age, which began more than 5,000 years ago and ended 3,200 years ago.

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    Pope Benedict XVI, flanked by his private secretary Georg Gaenswein, top left, and his butler Paolo Gabiele arrives at St.Peter’s square at the Vatican for a general audience.

    Vatican police testify in trial of pope’s butler

    Vatican police said Wednesday they found thousands of documents hidden inside the home of Pope Benedict XVI's former butler, including original documents signed by the pope bearing indications they should be destroyed. The police officers testified in the trial of Paolo Gabriele, the pope's once-trusted butler who faces four years in prison if convicted of aggravated theft for allegedly stealing...

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    Syrian men walk at a street between destroyed buildings where triple bombs rocked at the Saadallah al-Jabri square, in Aleppo city, Syria, Wednesday.

    Suicide bombings kill 33 in Syrian city of Aleppo

    Three suicide bombers detonated cars packed with explosives in the main square of the northern city of Aleppo on Wednesday, killing at least 33 people, leveling buildings and trapping survivors under the rubble, Syrian state TV said. A fourth explosion a few hundred meters (yards) away also struck near the edge of the Old City, a world heritage site, where rebels and government forces have been...

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    The front of a 1905 $5 bill.

    Rare century-old $5 Alaska bill to be auctioned

    The $5 bill displayed for decades on Charles Fairbanks IV's wall was long a treasured family heirloom from Alaska. Now, to the surprise of the grandson of a turn-of-a-century vice president, it's also become a likely treasure trove.

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    The setting on an October night along Naperville’s Riverwalk provides the perfect ambience for sharing a few ghost stories.

    Naperville’s ‘Ghost Stories’ returns for two weekends of spooky tales

    A cool, crisp night. A roaring campfire. Spooky shadows. If you're in the mood for telling a scary story, there aren't many better settings than the Grand Pavilion along Naperville's downtown Riverwalk. And if you're in the mood for hearing a chilling tale, there aren't many better programs than Summer Place Theatre's "Ghost Stories in the Park in the Dark!"

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    Rebecca Damptz, local history librarian/archivist at the Decatur Public Library, cleans an old document in Decatur.

    Decatur library aids family research

    Rebecca Damptz knows that there's a lot of wishful thinking involved when it comes to most people's initial interest in genealogy.Everyone wants to believe their ancestors came over on the Mayflower or fought in famous battles of the Revolutionary War. But the Decatur Public Library's archivist librarian assures those seeking their family history that although this is certainly a possibility, the...

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    Sheboygan teens bound over for trial in great-grandmother killing

    Two 13-year-old Sheboygan boys will stand trial for allegedly killing and robbing one boy's great grandmother, a judge decided Tuesday.Judge Timothy Van Akkeren bound the teens over for trial after investigators testified the pair killed the woman for money because they believed she was rich and then used the money they stole to buy marijuana and pizza.

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    Some Wisconsin campuses see enrollment decline

    A shift in demographics and competition from online and for-profit universities is causing a decline in enrollment at some University of Wisconsin campuses.

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    Aid society focus of ‘Civil War Saturday’

    Visitors attending the "Civil War Saturdays" program this week at the Old State Capitol in Springfield can help make supplies like those that went to aid Union troops.

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    Naperville approves new Walmart site

    Walmart is officially staying in Naperville and city officials hope it will be the best landscaped Walmart around. Council members Tuesday approved the final site plan for the proposed Walmart Supercenter at the southeast corner of 75th Street and Beebe Drive, but not without squeezing the maximum landscaping from the corporation.

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    A West Chicago woman discovered the skeletal remains of a body estimated to be 100 years old in a pile of dirt about two blocks from her home on Sept. 24. Police determined that a maintenance worker accidentally dug up the remains of an unmarked grave in an Aurora cemetery and dumped the dirt and bones in a West Chicago lot.

    Dawn Patrol: Probation in fatal DUI; prison sold

    Federal government to buy Thomson Correctional Center. West Chicago woman finds bones dug up from Aurora cemetery. SuperPAC to edit anti-Duckworth ads. St. Charles woman gets probation in fatal DUI crash. Lombard trustees to split the rest of former mayor's term.

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    Coffee discussion turns tense in Bartlett

    A simple update on monthly coffee with the mayor and village board meetings went haywire Tuesday during a Bartlett committee of the whole meeting. Trustee T.L. Arends said she thought the meetings, which now include a brief presentation about an interesting or timely issue, have become too structured. Six residents disagreed, stating that they enjoyed the new format of the meetings.

Sports

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    O’Donoghue tackles leading defensive role at Augustana

    When he was at Mundelein High School, Mike O’Donoghue was a remarkably versatile weapon for coach Bob Stone at Mundelein. The Mustangs’ team captain and MVP not only played safety and running back but chipped in on special teams by returning both kickoffs and punts and doing some place-kicking as well. Now O’Donoghue’s defensive skills are still making him a force at the collegiate level. The junior outside linebacker is the fourth-leading tackler for Augustana. He has made 29 tackles, recovered 2 fumbles and has 2 sacks for the Vikings.

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    Persistence leads Fricano to collegiate volleyball future

    Palatine's Taylor Fricano credits Sundling Junior High basketball coach Rich Stocker and a host of other helpful coaches with helping her realize a future in collegiate volleyball at Dayton.

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    The White Sox’ Alex Rios, right, congratulated by teammate Adam Dunn after hitting a grand slam against the Minnesota Twins in early September.

    Sox’ season full of good, bad and ugly

    As the regular season came to a close Wednesday night against the Indians in Cleveland, the White Sox deserve to be chastised for failing to finish what they started. “All we had to do was take care of business and we wouldn’t be sitting here in this position,” Sox general manager Kenny Williams told reporters in Cleveland Wednesday.

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    This average baseball fan feels like a sap

    Chicago baseball fans, including me, are saps for tolerating the futility the Cubs and White Sox customarily dispense.

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    Anthony Rizzo hit 15 homers in 87 games after being promoted by the Cubs on June 26.

    Here are some of Cubs’ projectables, projects and projectiles

    The Cubs finished a forgettable season Wednesday at Wrigley Field with the equally woeful Houston Astros. Cubs President Theo Epstein will meet with the media on Thursday. At that time, he may provide a hint or two as to what the Cubs may do this winter. Then again, maybe not. For now, instead of looking back, we'll take a look at what the Cubs have in hand and how it figures to play into the plans for 2013.

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    Arizona’s Aaron Hill kneels after teammate Chris Johnson threw wildly to him at second base, resulting in an error for Johnson and a run for the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday in Phoenix.

    Unearned runs give Rockies victory over D-backs

    An awful season ended well for the Colorado Rockies and embattled right-hander Jeff Francis. Francis earned his first victory in more than a month, and the Rockies used two unearned runs to beat Ian Kennedy and the Arizona Diamondbacks 2-1 on Wednesday night to conclude disappointing seasons for both teams.

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

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

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

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

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    Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Luke Putkonen, left, is congratulated by catcher Bryan Holaday following their 1-0 win over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday.

    Tigers cap regular season with 1-0 win over KC

    Jim Leyland called it one of the most difficult games he’s ever had to manage, tougher than Game 7 of the World Series, even though there was nothing at stake for his team. There was plenty at stake for his players.

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    The Yankees’ Robinson Cano, left, watches as a teammate douses Rafael Soriano after their 14-2 win Wednesday over the Boston Red Sox in New York. The Yankees clinched the American League East title.

    Yankees claim AL East title in 14-2 rout of Red Sox

    Robinson Cano and Curtis Granderson each hit a pair of homers, powering the Yankees past the Boston Red Sox 14-2 on a raucous Wednesday night in the Bronx for their 13th East title in 17 years.

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    St. Louis Cardinals players wave their caps to acknowledge the fans after their win over the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday at home.

    Cardinals down Reds 1-0 in tuneup for playoff

    Rookie Shelby Miller took a no-hitter into the sixth inning, Matt Carpenter had a run-scoring single and St. Louis beat the Cincinnati Reds 1-0.

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    The Padres’ Chase Headley beats the tag at home from the Brewers’ Jonathan Lucroy during the seventh inning Wednesday in Milwaukee.

    Headley drives in 2 more runs as Padres beat Brewers

    Chase Headley knew he couldn’t afford to lose focus in his chase of the NL RBI title — especially with Ryan Braun chasing him. Headley drove in two runs, finishing the season with a league-leading 115 RBIs, and the San Diego Padres beat the Milwaukee Brewers 7-6 on Wednesday night.

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    Bartlett’s Aaron Everson (27) is approaching Bartlett’s all-time rushing record.

    Bartlett’s Hrbacek finds a way to battle back

    Bartlett quarterback and kicker Steve Hrbacek refused to miss the remainder of his senior season due to a broken collarbone. A 17-year old Bartlett resident, Hrbacek suffered the injury on Bartlett’s fourth play from scrimmage in the season opener against Wheaton North. A plate was installed to strengthen the healing clavicle, which the Hrbaceks were told by their doctor would take eight weeks to heal fully, Steve said Wednesday.

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    Antioch, Lakes go on the attack vs. cancer

    Call it another successful “Volley For The Cure” volleyball match between the Antioch and Lakes girls Wednesday night.Antioch captured a 25-18, 25-20 decision in North Suburban Prairie Division action. A third set was played for fun, and Lakes won that.The annual “Cure” match is intended to raise awareness of breast cancer and raise dollars.Amanda Spera had 5 kills and 5 blocks for Antioch, while Sam Falco added 3 kills and 6 blocks. The Sequoits also received contributions from Linnea Lubkeman (2 kills, 3 blocks), Marissa Grant (16 assists), Abbi McIlhany (3 kills, 3 blocks), Madeline Johnson (3 kills), Meranda Masse (4 aces), Hannah Skoog (2 aces) and Ashley Briggs (2 aces).“It was a great match between two programs that have learned to compete and put on a great match for the fans, while raising money for a great cause,” Antioch coach Glen Heitman said. “Special thanks to Coach (Antioch assistant coach Jamie) Atkinson, (former Lakes coach) Carla Thompson and all the parents who worked very hard to make this a special night. It was great to see student bodies from both schools there to support their teams, showing great enthusiasm and good sportsmanship. It amazes me to see what started out as an idea from Carla Thompson to try a Cure game six years ago and now has turned into an event with a life of its own getting bigger and better each year.”Libertyville d. Mundelein: Julia Smagacz slammed 6 kills, and Taylor Zant and Rhiannon Prentiss added four each, as the Wildcats won 25-15, 25-19.Cindy Zhou had 12 assists, 3 aces, 2 kills and 1 block for Libertyville, which hiked its record to 14-3 and 5-0 in the North Suburban Lake Division. Kristen Webb registered 20 digs for the Wildcats.Mundelein (17-14, 1-4) received 4 kills from Yasmeen Johnson and three from Sarah Bregenzer. Madi Wilcox set 39 of 41 with 8 assists for the Mustangs.Warren d Zion-Benton: The host Blue Devils rallied for a 23-25, 25-16, 25-18 win in North Suburban Lake action, as Kendall Farmer pounded 9 kills on 17-of-18 hitting and added a pair of blocks.Jaime Dickinson contributed 8 kills and 1 block, and Paige Jesperson had 7 kills, 12 digs and 3 aces (9-of-10 serving). Warren also received contributions from Lisiann Rodriguez (14-of-15 serving, 4 aces, 14 digs), Rachel Ziegler (10-of-10 serving, 1 ace, 34-of-34 setting, 12 assists), Haley Mazurick (20-of-20 setting, 8 assists) and Danielle Buschick (4 kills, 4 digs).Stevenson d. Lake Forest: Liza Pflugradt had 6 kills, 5 aces, 8 digs and 2 blocks for the Patriots in their 25-18, 25-17 win.Khaila Donaldson added 3 kills and a team-best 12 digs for Stevenson, which improved to 25-2 and 4-1 in the North Suburban Lake. Jenna Radtke and Julia Osmond tallied 4 kills apiece, and Alexa Bykowski dished out 12 assists.Wauconda d. North Chicago: On senior night, Megan Tallman’s 5 kills and 7 assists helped the host Bulldogs capture a 25-22, 25-8 decision in North Suburban Prairie play.Susan Karhoff and Emily Holub also had 5 kills for Wauconda (15-5, 3-2), while Lauren Nee lofted 10 assists. Holub also served 4 aces. Ashley Anderson delivered a pair of aces, and Jordan Draegert chalked 5 digs.Vernon Hills d. Grant: The Cougars outlasted the Bulldogs 25-18, 29-31,27-25.Grant got 10 kills from Beka Couch and 9 kills apiece from Mallory Gizowski and Brooke Buckley. Gianna Gigliotti served 14 of 14 with 2 aces and also had 16 digs for the Bulldogs. Taylor Rossi lofted 22 assists.

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    Lake Zurich shortstop Joey Pizzolato, right, will be taking the juco route next year. The senior has given a verbal commitment to the College of San Mateo in California.

    Sunny future helps the healing process for LZ’s Pizzolato

    Joey Pizzolato’s freak baseball injury this past summer came out of left field — or the left side of the infield, actually. The Lak Zurich infielder's recent decision to give a verbal commitment to the College of San Mateo, one of the best junior college baseball programs in the country, went as planned.

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    Jack Milas

    Football: Week 6 MVPs

    Rolling Meadows senior quarterback Jack Milas and Willowbrook senior all-around standout Dom Battaglia have earned Daily Herald MVP honors for the performances in Week 6 of the high school football season.

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    Chicago White Sox's Dan Johnson runs the bases after hitting a two-run home run off Cleveland Indians starting pitcher David Huff in the second inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, in Cleveland. Dayan Viciedo scored. The White Sox won 9-0. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

    Johnson’s 3 HRs lead White Sox past Indians 9-0

    CLEVELAND — Dan Johnson doesn’t save himself for the season’s final game. It just looks that way.Johnson hit his first three homers of the year and his teammates hit two more as the White Sox routed the Cleveland Indians 9-0 on Wednesday night.“There’s not much of a greater feeling for me than watching a ball going over the fence as you jog to first,” said Johnson, who hit 28 homers in the minors this year before the White Sox purchased his contract on Sept. 1.Gavin Floyd (12-11) gave up three hits over seven innings. He struck out six, one short of getting 145 strikeouts for the fifth straight season despite being on the disabled list twice.Johnson twice connected for two-run homers off David Huff (3-1). His 424-foot shot in the second inning was his first in more than a year. His second made it 7-0 in the fifth, two batters after Paul Konerko hit his 26th.It was Johnson’s fifth career multihomer game and first time he hit three. He’s the first player to hit three in a game against Cleveland since Konerko in July 2009.Dayan Viciedo hit his 25th homer, third in three nights and sixth against Cleveland in the ninth, followed by Johnson’s third.Johnson had not hit a homer since his dramatic pinch-hit shot for Tampa Bay saved the Rays’ 2011 season on the final night. His two-out, two-strike solo drive in the ninth inning tied the score at 7. The Rays had trailed 7-0 and beat the New York Yankees 8-7 in 12 innings to make the playoffs.“When I hit my first one tonight, somebody said, `What is it about game 162 and you?”’ Johnson said. “To be honest, I wasn’t thinking about that.“When I went up in the ninth, A.J. (Pierzynski) told me that Longo (Tampa Bay’s Evan Longoria) hit three tonight. I was not going to let him show me up.”Johnson hopes he can build on his performance next year, whether it is with the White Sox or another organization.“I always say, `Play every at-bat like it is your last,’ “ Johnson said. “I went out and gave it my best. I try to do that every day.”The Indians finished at 68-94, their third season of 90-plus losses in four years, though the young team played hard in the final week and went 3-3 for interim manager Sandy Alomar Jr.“I gained a ton of experience in six days,” said Alomar, who will interview for the fulltime job on Thursday. “I’m kind of glad I got the opportunity to manage the team. This was a wonderful experience for myself.”Terry Francona, who guided Boston to World Series titles in 2004 and 2007, will make his pitch to the club Friday He’s seeking to return to managing after being dismissed a year ago when the Red Sox folded and were edged out by Tampa Bay.“I can’t match Terry’s resume and only control what I can do,” Alomar said before the game. “I am confident I can do the job.”Chicago went 4-11 down the stretch to place second to Detroit after leading the AL Central by three games on Sept. 18. Robin Ventura’s 85 wins are the most for a first-year White Sox manager since Gene Lamont won 86 in 1992. Lamont is the Tigers’ third-base coach.Before the game, general manager Kenny Williams addressed the discouraging end to an otherwise good season.“We didn’t win enough games, so we’re going home,” Williams said. “I can’t say enough about these guys for their effort. I can be only so disappointed for not closing this thing out. All we had to do was take care of business on our last road trip. We’d be getting prepared for the playoffs.“You have to play your whole schedule. No excuses and none needed. They literally gave everything they could.”Floyd allowed only a two-out single by Lonnie Chisenhall in the first until Jason Kipnis lined a one-out single in the sixth. The right-hander is 4-1 the past two years and 8-4 in his career against Cleveland.Hector Gimenez bounced a two-out RBI single up the middle to make it 3-0 in the fifth.

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    Rolling Meadows outlasts Elk Grove

    Every set was decided by 2 points. In one of the closest girls volleyball matches in the Mid-Suburban East this season, Rolling Meadows improved to 14-12 and 5-4 with a 26-24, 24-26, 25-23 victory at Elk Grove.

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    Harper heads to Rockford in search of N4C title

    Two NJCAA Division III-ranked women’s volleyball teams — Rock Valley College and Harper — meet tonight in Rockford with the North Central Community College Conference title on the line. “We control our destiny,” said Harper coach Bob Vilsoet. The Hawks enter the contest a 24-6 overall and 7-1 N4C record. On Sept. 20, the Golden Eagles (25-5, 7-1) defeated Harper in four sets in Palatine.“(Rock Valley) had a strong defensive scheme,” Vilsoet said of the first matchup. The Hawks have captured the N4C four times in coach Vilsoet’s 11-year tenure as head coach, and he doesn’t expect Rock Valley to yield easily.“I fully expect it to be a heavyweight boxing match,” said Vilsoet.Rock Valley is led by a pair of sophomore all-conference players, setter Breahna Stewart and All-American outside hitter Kristen Kotch. “(Stewart) knows her job,” Vilsoet said. “(Kotch is) the best player I’ve seen in community college volleyball.”The Hawks counter with their own talented outside hitters, freshman Veronica Dabrowski (Rolling Meadows) and sophomore Sarah House (Crystal Lake South). “(Dabrowski) has to get as many kills (as possible),” said Vilsoet, who is also counting on big things from House, an all-conference player last season. “If she has a good game, we will be in good shape.”

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    Girls tennis / Scouting conference tournaments, Northwest

    Girls tennis / Scouting conference tournamentsWhere: Prospect, Wheeling and Buffalo Grove.When: Begins today at 4:30 p.m.; finishes SaturdayOutlook: Barrington (18-5) is competing for its 18th consecutive tournament title. The Fillies, who won the MSL East, edged out Buffalo Grove by 1 point in last year’s tournament to maintain their traditional spot at the top of the Mid-Suburban League. Fillies senior Zoe Kasuriak has been a state qualifier and first place in conference in doubles all three seasons so far. She teams up with former No. 1 singles player Lucia Stumbras, who qualified for state in 2011. Barrington newcomer Michelle Linden has turned some heads this season with her play as she earned the No. 1 seed for singles after registering a win against Hoffman Estates junior two-time state qualifier Courtney Lang. The Fillies’ other best seeds are No. 2 singles player Alli Holmes (2), No. 3 singles player senior Anna Mettringer (2) and No. 2 doubles team Slager/Donoghue (one seed).“I’m so impressed with our team and their commitment to what is best for the team,” said Barrington coach Tracy Waters-Miller. “Great sports on and off the court. Every match counts. Come off the court and feel proud to be on the BHS Tennis Team.”Buffalo Grove (9-3, 8-0) had similar success as they clinched a first place finish in the MSL East. The three-time state tournament qualifying senior doubles tandem of twins Dana and Lauren Goggin (18-3) earned the top seed in the doubles bracket. They took second place in last year’s version of the tournament and have set their sights on winning conference in their final year with the Bison. Buffalo Grove No. 1 singles player Elise Mousseau (16-9) is the No. 3 seed. No. 2 senior doubles team for the Bison, Nicole Pecoraco/Tori Rubinstein is seeded third, while No. 3 duo Hannah Vaselaney/Jennalee Moran is the top seed. No. 4 Bison senior duo Rachel Gross/ Julia Zduncyzk are earned a top seed.“We had a strong showing in our division and are hoping to carry it over to win the MSL Tournament,” said Buffalo Grove coach Kevin Schrammel. “As a team we are 9-3 with losses to great teams (Deerfield, Highland Park and Stevenson). Our goal is to win the conference tourney. We came so close last year and many of the girls have that in the back of their mind.”Fremd (14-5, 7-1) finished second in the MSL West. The Vikes’ No. 1 doubles team, Courtney Norenberg/Holly Kometer, hopes to qualify for the state tournament. Norenberg/Kometer combined during weekend tournaments and occasional dual matches to amass a 9-3 record and a No. 4 tourney seed. Vikings sophomore No. 2 singles player Kate Randall is a No. 3 seed. And No. 2 doubles, junior Allison Tomal and sophomore Maggie Hanna are seeded thrid.“Our team has done an outstanding job for our Saturday meets,” said Fremd coach Lauren Hall, whose team took first at the Hersey Invite and third at the Mustang Invite. “We have had some great matches that came down to a third set, and our girls have been able to pull out these tough matches. The girls have really turned it up during practice which has shown in the upcoming matches.”Rolling Meadows (12-11, 3-2), Hersey (5-5, 3-2) and Prospect (3-2) all tied for second in the MSL East behind Buffalo Grove. The Mustangs No. 1 doubles team and returning state qualifiers juniors Allie and Jackie Kemph (18-8, 4-1) are seeded third, while No. 2 senior singles player Brittany Khayet (13-14, 3-2) is seeded fifth.“We believe that we have a chance to place in the top three in the conference meet and hope for at least a top-five finish,” said Rolling Meadows coach Jim Gumz. “We tell our players that this is the time of the year to play your best tennis. We will be ready to go.”

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    Stevenson’s Miller at the top of her game

    Stevenson senior Stephanie Miller played in her final high school girls golf regional on Wednesday at Bonnie Dundee in Carpentersville.And it ended the same as the first three - with an individual title. But this one was special in the Barrington Class AA regional. Miller fired a 32 on the front nine and 35 on the back to care a 5-under 67, tying her best round for high school.

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    Schaumburg’s Emily Santucci chips up from the sand trap up on the green on the back nine at the girls golf regional held at Bridges of Poplar Creek Country Club on Wednesday.

    Conant, Elk Grove advance to sectional

    Conant’s Megan Hebert and Elk Grove’s Jon Rowley became the first coaches to direct their school’s girls golf programs to sectional competition. While Maine South (344) took first place, Conant (365) was second followed by Elk Grove Village (390) in the Hoffman Estates Class AA regional at the Bridges of Poplar Creek Country Club. All three teams advance to the Carmel sectional at Bonnie Brook next Monday in Waukegan. Completing the field were Rolling Meadows (400), Maine West (403), Taft (422), Schaumburg (450), Hoffman Estates (505) and Resurrection 519)

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    Shower power: Prospect reigns at Bonnie Dundee

    It rained for nearly nine straight hours at Barrington’s Class AA girls golf regional Wednesday at the Bonnie Dundee Golf Course in Carpentersville. And Prospect reigned as champs like it never had before. The Knights shattered their school record of 308 by shooting a 297 to defeat Fremd (323) and Buffalo Grove (329), who also qualified for next Monday’s Carmel sectional at Bonnie Brook in Waukegan. The Knights stormed the course with individual school records, too. Junior Noreen Caporusso came in with a 1-under 70 to break the former school mark of 72 held by Allison Walsh.

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    Ryann Scully

    Huntley advances to sectional

    The Huntley girls golf team survived a tough day of weather on the golf course Wednesday to finish in second place and advance out of the Class AA Freeport regional at Park Hills.Sophomore Gillian Young shot a 90 and junior Zoe Dowell a 98 to lead the Red Raiders, who shot 393 as a team.Rockford Boylan easily won the regional title with a 365 and will join third place Hononegah (393) and Huntley at Randall Oaks Monday for the Burlington Central sectional.Huntley beat Hononegah for second place on a score card tiebreaker, as the Red Raiders’ Danielle Smith had a 110 compared to a 115 from Hononegah’s Lauren Kerch.Also scoring for Huntley were seniors Loren Gorecki (100) and Gabby Young (105).Boylan senior Melissa VanSistine was the meet medalist with a 78.Burlington Central took fourth place with a 406 and advanced the Kurosky sisters to Randall Oaks as individuals. Junior Jenna Kurosky shot an 83 for the Rockets while her freshman sister Josie came in with a 99 to advance.Class A: St. Edward sophomore Ryann Scully was the only area qualifier out of the Johnsburg regional at Boone Creek. Scully, who shot a 97, will advance to Monday’s Genoa-Kingston sectional round at The Oak Club of Genoa. Marengo senior Danielle Tucker won Wednesday’s regional with an 81. Genoa-Kingston won the team title with a 371, while Richmond-Burton (395) and Rosary (405) also advanced. St. Edward finished eighth with a 478.

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    Rosary’s Michaela Ping tips the ball over the net toward St. Francis’ Casey Salandra in the first game on Wednesday, October 3.

    St. Francis blocks Rosary

    At 5-foot-7 St. Francis setter McKenna Kelsay is usually giving up a few inches when she goes up for a block. No wonder Kelsay showed just a little extra emotion when she stuffed a ball back at Rosary during a Suburban Christian Conference match Wednesday night in Aurora. Kelsay’s block came when the Royals had one of their few leads, 7-5 early in Game 2. Moments later the Spartans were up 9-8 on their way to a 25-13, 25-22 victory.

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    St. Charles East’s Paige Jordan pumps her fist at her long birdie putt on the first hole at the regional golf tournament Wednesday at the Golf Club of Illinois in Algonquin.

    St. Charles East’s Jordan sloshes way to regional title

    St. Charles East senior Paige Jordan played the Class AA Crystal Lake Central girls golf regional Wednesday with no pressure. That's because as the round progressed at soggy Golf Club of Illinois in Algonquin, Jordan didn't think she stood a chance of contending for the individual championship. "I thought I was so out of it," Jordan said. "I didn't plan on winning it." But win it Jordan did, shooting a respectable 11-over 82 on a day better suited for ducks than golfers.

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    Waubonsie’s Singhsumalee shoots course-record 64

    Waubonsie Valley's Bing Singhsumalee torched the par-72 layout with one of the most remarkable rounds in state history, playing her first 11 holes in 7-under as part of her course-record 64.

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    The Dodgers’ Alex Castellanos, center, watches his solo home run off San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Jean Machi during the eighth inning Wednesday in Los Angeles.

    Dodgers beat Giants 5-1 to end season

    Clayton Kershaw finished with a major league-leading 2.53 ERA, Adrian Gonzalez singled in the go-ahead run in the sixth inning, and the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the San Francisco Giants 5-1 to end their season on Wednesday, a day after being eliminated from playoff contention for the third straight year by the NL West champions.

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    Tampa Bay’s Evan Longoria reacts after hitting a sixth-inning home run off Baltimore Orioles relief pitcher Jake Arrieta on Wednesday in St. Petersburg, Fla. This was Longoria’s third home run of the game.

    Longoria hits 3 HRs, helps drop Orioles to wild card

    Evan Longoria hit three home runs and the Tampa Bay Rays beat Baltimore 4-1 Wednesday, ending the Orioles’ bid to force a one-game tiebreaker for the AL East title.

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    Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera waves to the crowd Wednesday after being replaced during the fourth inning of against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.

    Tigers’ Cabrera wins 1st Triple Crown in 45 years

    Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera became the first player in 45 years to win baseball’s Triple Crown on Wednesday night, joining an elite list that includes Mickey Mantle, Ted Williams and Lou Gehrig. Cabrera’s milestone wasn’t official until the Yankees pinch hit for Curtis Granderson in their game against the Boston Red Sox. Granderson had homered twice to reach 43 for the year, tied with the Rangers’ Josh Hamilton and one shy of Cabrera.

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    Renee Solberg, from Wheaton Warrenville South, tees off on hole 4 at the York girls golf regional at Maple Meadows Golf Course in Wood Dale.

    Addison Trail’s DelaCruz takes regional win in stride

    The weather and the pin placements seemed to bother everyone through an unusually long round Wednesday at Maple Meadows Golf Course in Wood Dale.Everyone, that is, except Addison Trail's Gia DelaCruz.One of the first golfers off the course and out of a steady drizzle, Delacruz had a couple of hours to wait and see if her 77 would hold up at the Class AA York regional.

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    Time for BG, Prospect to Volley For A Cure

    It's time for the fifth annual "Volley For A Cure" at Prospect High School. You can bet there will be plenty of pomp and circumstance in the Jean Walker Field House on Thursday. Festivities for the event, which is a breast cancer awareness fundraiser for the Susan G. Komen Foundation, begin at 5 p.m. when the junior varsity girls volleyball match between Prospect and Buffalo Grove starts.The varsity match will follow, with the fine voice of Bison junior varsity volleyball player Lizzy Petitt, a sophomore, singing the national anthem.

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    The Mariners’ Casper Wells, center, is congratulated by Carlos Triunfel, left, and Trayvon Robinson on his three-run home run against the Los Angeles Angels in the seventh inning Wednesday in Seattle.

    Mariners rout Angels 12-0 in season finale

    Casper Wells tied a career-high with five RBIs including a three-run homer in Seattle’s six-run seventh inning, and the Mariners closed out the season with a 12-0 rout of the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday.

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    Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Brandon Morrow allowed one run and three hits in eight innings Wednesday at home against Minnesota.

    Morrow fans 11 as Blue Jays beat Twins 2-1

    Brandon Morrow struck out a season-high 11, Omar Vizquel wrapped up his 24-year career and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Minnesota Twins 2-1 on Wednesday night to complete a three-game sweep.

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    The Giants’ Buster Posey watches his solo home run off Dodgers starting pitcher Chris Capuano on Tuesday in Los Angeles.

    Posey wins NL batting title at .336

    San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey has won the National League batting title with a .336 average. He is the first Giants player to win the batting crown since Barry Bonds hit .370 in 2004.

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    Bulls’ Kirk Hinrich, Richard Hamilton build respect

    When the Bulls spent a couple years as a feisty challenger to Detroit's dominance in the Eastern Conference, Richard Hamilton had some memorable battles. Now Hamilton is glad to have Hinrich next to him in the Bulls' backcourt.

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    QB duo leads WW South class

    Tim Lester remembers the zip Tim Brylka put on a football even as an eighth-grader.

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    Soriano to keep options open

    Cubs left fielder Alfonso Soriano got a day off Wednesday. He said he is proud of his accomplishments, both on offense and defense, this season. He also said he would keep an open mind on trade talks this winter.

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    Bears want to keep Hester involved in offense

    The Bears hope they can keep Devin Hester involved in the offense after he caught his first TD pass in almost a year against the Cowboys on Monday night.

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    Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Andre Roberts scores a touchdown Sunday against the Miami Dolphins in Glendale, Ariz.

    Arizona Cardinals to go for 5-0 in former home city

    Thirty-eight years ago, the last time the Arizona Cardinals were 4-0, their home was St. Louis and they were known affectionately as the Big Red. Nearly a quarter century since departing for the desert, they're on top of their game again.

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    Oakland Athletics players celebrate after clinching the American League West at home Wednesday.

    A’s sweep Rangers to win AL West on last day

    The Oakland Athletics won the division title with another improbable rally in a season full of them, coming back from four runs down and a 13-game division deficit to stun the two-time defending league champion Texas Rangers 12-5 on Wednesday.

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    Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine watches his team play the New York Yankees on Wednesday in New York.

    Valentine says he felt undermined by Red Sox coaches

    Bobby Valentine has had a trying first year with the Red Sox, 69-92 entering Wednesday. Valentine told Boston radio station WEEI that some of his coaches were not loyal to him and undermined him at times this season.

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    Washington’s Michael Morse (38) is congratulated by Tyler Moore (57) after hitting a home run during the eighth inning Wednesday at home against Philadelphia.

    Nationals win MLB-best 98th

    Wasn't all that long ago — in 2008 and 2009, actually — that the Washington Nationals were losing 100 games a season and finishing with the worst record in the majors. Look at them now.

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    Blue Jays shortstop Omar Vizquel acknowledges the crowed before playing against the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday in Toronto.

    Blue Jays honor Vizquel before final game

    The Toronto Blue Jays have honored infielder Omar Vizquel by having him throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the season finale against Minnesota.The three-time All-Star and 11-time Gold Glove winner has said he intends to retire after a 24-year career.

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    The Mets’ Ike Davis crosses home plate after hitting a solo home run against the Marlins in the sixth inning Wednesday in Miami.

    Mets beat Marlins 4-2 in anticlimactic finale

    Ike Davis hit his 32nd homer and Scott Hairston got his 20th Wednesday to help the New York Mets win their season finale by beating the Miami Marlins 4-2.

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    Tennessee coach Pat Summitt follows her players in the second half of an NCAA women’s regional final against Baylor on March 26. The loss was Summitt’s last game as head coach.

    Summitt initially felt forced out by Tennessee

    Pat Summitt said in an affidavit that she initially felt she was being forced to step down as the Lady Vols' basketball coach by Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart, who later told Summitt that she had misinterpreted his comments.

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    Austin Guido of Waubonsie celebrates a TD during the Waubonsie Valley at Metea Valley football game Friday.

    Youth program benefiting Neuqua Valley, Waubonsie Valley

    Once were Patriots. Thirty-two former members of the Naperville Patriots Youth Football program will be represented Friday when Waubonsie Valley and Neuqua Valley square off at North Central College.

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    Bulls center Joakim Noah took advantage of working with former Lakers great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in the offseason.

    Bulls’ Noah tutored by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in off-season
    As one of the Bulls' most popular players. Joakim Noah no doubt receives plenty of invitations during the summer. One he couldn't refuse was the chance to spend two weeks working with legendary center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in Los Angeles. Noah isn't sure how he got the invitation. "I don't know. He reached out to some of my people and it was just an unbelievable two weeks, being able to work out with him," Noah said Wednesday at the Berto Center. "Very humbling."

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    Cubs pitcher Travis Wood hits a two-run single off Houston Astros starting pitcher Edgar Gonzalez Wednesday during the fourth inning at Wrigley Field.

    Cubs beat Astros 5-4 in Houston's NL finale

    The Cubs' misery now stretches to 104 years and the Houston Astros will depart the National League with a whimper. Obviously there's no winner in a season finale between a pair of 100-loss teams. Bryan LaHair homered and hit the winning single in the ninth inning, and the Cubs beat the Astros 5-4 Wednesday in Houston's final game before switching to the AL next season. "I was pretty psyched up about today's game," LaHair said of his rare start.

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    Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o pursues the football against Michigan, in South Bend, Ind. Notre Dame defensive coordinator Bob Diaco believes Manti Teío is the finest football player in college.

    Notre Dame LB Te’o staying strong through tragedy

    The profile page on the Twitter account of Manti Te'o doesn't say he's a Notre Dame linebacker, that he's being mentioned as a Heisman Trophy candidate or that he's a Sports Illustrated cover boy. Instead, it features a quote from "The Count of Monte Cristo" by Alexandre Dumas: "Life is a storm. You will bask in the sunlight one moment, be shattered on the rocks the next. What makes you a man is what you do when that storm comes."

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    Bears offensive coordinator Mike Tice, right, insists that he was not angry with quarterback Jay Cutler during Monday night’s win at Dallas. He was upset that a third-down rush failed to gain a first down.

    Bears offensive guru Mike Tice cuts QB Cutler some slack

    Bears offensive coordinator Mike Tice says he and quarterback Jay Cutler are OK and that he understands why Cutler walked away from him on the sideline during Monday night's game. "He probably had enough of me telling him why the play didn't work," Tice said. "I get enough of me sometimes, too. I can talk a little bit. In the heat of the battle, it's tough. A lot of things happen on the sideline, lot of things happen in the course of the game."

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    Indiana Pacers’ Tyler Hansbrough tries to draw a charging foul as Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose drives to the basket in a game in Indianapolis. The league has decided to crack down on players who “flop” in trying to trick referees into calling a charge.

    NBA finally cries foul on floppers

    NEW YORK — The NBA will penalize flopping this season, fining players for repeated violations of an act a league vice president says has “no place in our game.”Players will get a warning the first time, then be fined $5,000 for a second violation. The fines increase to $10,000 for a third offense, $15,000 for a fourth and $30,000 the fifth time. Six or more could lead to a suspension.The league said Wednesday that flopping will be defined as “any physical act that appears to have been intended to cause the referees to call a foul on another player.”“The primary factor in determining whether a player committed a flop is whether his physical reaction to contact with another player is inconsistent with what would reasonably be expected given the force or direction of the contact,” the NBA said in a statement.“Flops have no place in our game — they either fool referees into calling undeserved fouls or fool fans into thinking the referees missed a foul call,” vice president of basketball operations Stu Jackson said. “Accordingly, both the Board of Governors and the competition committee felt strongly that any player who the league determines, following video review, to have committed a flop should — after a warning — be given an automatic penalty.”The new rule was greeted with tepid enthusiasm at the Berto Center. A video review after the fact would have done nothing to change LeBron James’ infamous fake eye poke during the 2011 Eastern Conference finals, for example.“Only time will tell,” Bulls center Joakim Noah said. “Flopping is annoying, so I think it’s a good rule. It’s going to be hard to enforce. It’s pretty opinionated. We’ll see.”“If they were going to do it, they should have done it a long time ago,” added guard Richard Hamilton. “I don’t know. It’s certain people’s game these days. It’s their actual game — flopping. Guys are going to figure out ways to adjust and do stuff that you’re not supposed to do and then they’re going to come back with another rule. I don’t flop.”Commissioner David Stern has long sought to end flopping, believing it tricks the referees. But the league determined it would be too difficult for refs to make the call on the floor, preferring instead to leave it to league office reviews. Jackson’s department already reviews flagrant foul penalties to determine if they should be upgraded or downgraded. Ÿ Daily Herald sports writer Mike McGraw contributed to this report.

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    Sam Hurd

    Ex-Bear WR Hurd pleads not guilty to new drug charges

    Former NFL receiver Sam Hurd has pleaded not guilty to a new indictment in the drug case that derailed his career. Hurd entered the plea in federal court in Dallas on Wednesday. He faces new charges of possessing marijuana and cocaine while he was out on bond from his previous arrest.

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    Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera is in the lineup for today’s finale against the Kansas City Royals.

    Tigers’ Cabrera in lineup for season finale

    Miguel Cabrera is in the Detroit Tigers' starting lineup for their regular-season finale Wednesday night in Kansas City as he closes in on baseball's first Triple Crown in 45 years. Cabrera is hitting third and playing third base.

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    New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow warms ups before a game earlier this season. New Yorkers wonder if “Tebow Time” should start Monday against the undefeated Houston Texans. With the Jets 2-2 coming off a disheartening 34-0 loss to San Francisco, fans are ready for a change, ready to find out if they got the fierce competitor, as advertised, or a publicity stunt.

    Tebow time? Not yet for struggling Jets

    Tim Tebow came to Broadway in March as a backup, already a bona fide star. With the Jets 2-2 coming off a disheartening 34-0 loss to San Francisco, scores of disappointed New Yorkers are ready for a change, ready to find out if they got a fierce competitor, as advertised, or a publicity stunt. And they wonder why "Tebow Time" shouldn't start on Monday night against the undefeated Houston Texans.

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    NHL: We’re still waiting for new union proposal

    The rhetoric is rising, while the time before the planned start of the NHL regular season is running out. And now it seems more likely than not that regular-season games will be canceled before the league and the players' association even get back to the negotiating table. "Not prepared to speculate on next steps at this point," NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly told The Associated Press in an email on Wednesday. "Obviously, we've been saying for over a month now that we would welcome a new proposal from the Players' Association. That continues to be our position.

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    Trial reaffirms conservation officers are the law

    A simple fact of life: When a bad guy confronts a conservation officer in most states, that officer is a sworn police officer. And if the warden or conservation cop is assaulted, look out. Christopher Johnson, 29, was convicted of first-degree murder this week in Adams County District Court for the slaying of Pennsylvania Wildlife Conservation Officer David Grove in November 2010. The jury deliberated for about a half-hour before delivering the verdict against the Fairfield, Pa. resident. District Attorney Shawn Wagner intends to seek the death penalty.

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    Heddon plugs have earned their nostalgia

    Tournament casting pro and expert fly fisherman Paul Melchior never fails to amaze me. Paul and I have stayed up very late on many of our trips and foreign expeditions. Our conversations have ranged from marriages, children, places we've experienced, and fish we've challenged to battles in streams big and small. Even though Paul and I have caught and released quite a few fresh and saltwater fish when we plied the waters together, it was and still is the heart-to-heart talks that drove us to stave off sleep and wait for the sun to arrive in the early hours.

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    Paul Lawrie Wednesday during the photo call at Gleneagles Golf Club in Perthshire, Scotland. Lawrie handed over the newly retained Ryder Cup trophy to Gleneagles club to mark the countdown to the 2014 Ryder Cup event which is taking place at Gleneagles.

    Europe’s Paul Lawrie criticizes crowd behavior at Medinah

    Paul Lawrie wasn't just battling Brandt Snedeker as Europe won the Ryder Cup. He also had to contend with the Medinah crowd. "I didn't get abused, but you get comments like: `Top it! Shank it! You're going to lose.' Stuff like that on every shot you play," Lawrie said Wednesday. "Every single shot you hit last week, that's what you get. So apparently that's how it is."

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    Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones acknowledges fans as he heads for the locker room Wednesday following a 4-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates in the final game of the regular baseball season in Pittsburgh.

    Jones singles in finale, Braves top Pirates 4-0

    Jason Heyward singled twice and scored two runs as the playoff-bound Atlanta Braves beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-0 in their regular-season finale on Wednesday. Chipper Jones added a pinch-hit single in his final regular-season at-bat for Atlanta, which hosts St. Louis in the wild-card playoff on Friday.

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    New York Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes will miss the rest of this season with a Lisfranc injury in his left foot, leaving the struggling New York Jets without their top offensive playmaker. The Jets announced Wednesday that Holmes, who will require surgery, was placed on season-ending injured reserve.

    Jets WR Holmes out for season with foot injury

    Things just got a lot tougher for the struggling New York Jets. Wide receiver Santonio Holmes will miss the rest of this season with an injured left foot, leaving the Jets without their top offensive playmaker. The team announced Wednesday that Holmes will require surgery and was placed on season-ending injured reserve. "Obviously, that's a big loss for us," coach Rex Ryan said. "Santonio's one of the top receivers in the game, and it is a big loss."

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    Mike North video: Should Miguel Cabrera play today

    Mike North, in the Tasty Trade studios, discusses whether Miguel Cabrera should play in the today's game. Ted Williams played in his last day and went 6-8.

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    One day after his team lost its 100th game of the season, Cubs president Theo Epstein said "no one wants to have this type of season." He also said manager Dale Sveum has done a "fantastic job."

    Cubs’ Epstein: No one wants this type of season

    One day after his team lost its 100th game of the season, Cubs president Theo Epstein said "no one wants to have this type of season." He also said manager Dale Sveum has done a "fantastic job."

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    If the Taj Gibson and the Bulls don’t agree to a contract extension by Oct. 31, the 6-foot-9 power forward will become a restricted free agent next summer.

    Gibson-Bulls situation one to watch
    The Bulls lost center Omer Asik to restricted free agency this summer. If they can't agree on a contract extension before Oct. 31 with Taj Gibson, the 6-9 power forward will be a restricted free agent in 2013. As the Bulls already learned, that can be an unpredictable process.

Business

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    Jimmy Vitale in his new restaurant Stone Eagle Tavern, located at 4680 Hoffman Boulevard in Hoffman Estates. The restaurant is scheduled to open Monday, Oct. 8.

    Stone Eagle Tavern opening in Hoffman Estates

    The owner of a new eatery scheduled to open early next week in Hoffman Estates says guests will find his business unique because it's "half museum, half restaurant." Stone Eagle Tavern, which offers a huge menu of American fare, will open its doors at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 8, at 4680 Hoffman Boulevard, in Prairie Stone Crossing.

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    Former Chicago trader gets 3 years in fraud scheme

    A federal judge has sentenced a former Chicago Mercantile Exchange trader to three years in prison for his part in a fraud scheme that cost investors $2.3 million.

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    Jewel-Osco parent company Supervalu attracting purchasers

    Supervalu Inc., the U.S. grocery chain that owns area Jewel-Osco stores, has attracted interest from billionaire Ronald Burkle and buyout firms KKR & Co. and TPG Capital, said people with knowledge of the matter. Burkle and the private-equity firms are looking at parts of Supervalu rather than the whole, said the people, who asked not to be named as the process is private. Cerberus Capital Management LP also has looked at some of Supervalu's assets, said one person.

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    In this Sept. 28 photo, Veteran Luis Gomez, 40, from Dover, N.J., seated center, hands his resume to a representative from White Rose Foods, right, during a job fair at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York. A private survey released Wednesday, shows that U.S. businesses hired fewer workers in September than August, a sign that slow growth may be holding back hiring. Payroll processor ADP said Wednesday that companies added 162,000 jobs last month. That’s below August’s total of 189,000, which was revised lower.

    Survey: US businesses added 162K jobs in September

    A private survey shows that U.S. businesses added fewer workers in September than August, a sign that slow growth may be holding back hiring. Payroll processor ADP said Wednesday that companies added 162,000 jobs last month. That's below August's total of 189,000, which was revised lower.

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    Trader Fred Demarco works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchane on Wednesday. Stocks are mostly higher in early trading on Wall Street Wednesday after a measure of private sector hiring came in better than economists were expecting.

    Stocks edge up; H-P sinks on Whitman’s outlook

    A pair of encouraging economic reports helped nudge the stock market higher Wednesday. Measures of business activity in the service sector and job growth last month came in better than economists had expected. "The price action today seems boring, but the economic data is pretty strong," said Ryan Detrick, senior technical strategist at Schaeffer's Investment Research.

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    T-Mobile, MetroPCS merger likely to get OK

    Deutsche Telekom AG's proposal to buy MetroPCS Communications Inc. will probably win approval from U.S. regulators who are wary of the market power wielded by industry leaders Verizon Wireless and AT&T Inc. "There would be a regulatory hope this would strengthen both competitors versus the two big guys," David Kaut, a Washington-based analyst for Stifel Nicolaus & Co., said in a telephone interview.

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    Naming rights for the Libertyville Sports Complex at Route 45 and Peterson Road in Libertyville is now available.

    Bolander Park for sale, naming rights available for Libetyville Sports Complex

    Libertyville is stepping up efforts to wring cash from the village's recreational inventory. The 5-plus acre Bolander Park and accompanying headquarters building has been declared surplus property and is being sold with a minimum asking price of about $1.4 million. The village also is seeking businesses interested in naming rights for the 10-year old Libertyville Sports Complex at Route 45 and Peterson Road.

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    Boeing Co. and the commercial aircraft leasing and financing arm of General Electric Co. have agreed on a firm order for 85 737s. The planes are worth $6 billion at list prices, although discounts for major customers are common.

    Boeing, GE cement order for 85 737s worth $6 billion

    Boeing Co. and the commercial aircraft leasing and financing arm of General Electric Co. have agreed on a firm order for 85 737s. The planes are worth $6 billion at list prices, although discounts for major customers are common.

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    The Meijer in Rolling Meadows is one of several Chicago area Meijer locations that will be hiring more than 900 temporary employees for the upcoming holiday season. The company also plans to add employees in Algonquin, Aurora, Bloomingdale, Elgin, McHenry and St. Charles.

    Meijer hiring 900 holiday employees in Chicago area

    Meijer is looking to hire more than 900 seasonal employees in the Chicago area, meaning new jobs at the suburban locations in Rolling Meadows, Elgin, St. Charles, Algonquin and McHenry, company officials said. The Grand Rapids, Mich.-based big-box retailer announced Tuesday it will be hiring 12,000 employees for the 2012 Holiday season, with 10 percent of those job in Illinois, spokesman Frank Guglielmi said.

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    The Nasdaq is cancelling some trades of Kraft Foods Group Inc. following an unusual spike after the market opened.

    Nasdaq cancels some Kraft stock trades

    The Nasdaq is cancelling some trades of Kraft Foods Group Inc. following an unusual spike after the market opened. Kraft's shares opened at $45.55 Wednesday before surging to $58.54. The exchange says it is looking into "potentially erroneous transactions" and will cancel all trades above $47.82 that happened during a one-minute window at 9:30 A.M. EDT.

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    Walgreen Co.’s fourth quarter net income tumbled 55 percent compared with last year when a big gain inflated results for the nation’s largest drugstore chain.

    Walgreen 4Q profit falls 55 pct, tops forecasts

    Walgreen Co.'s fourth quarter net income tumbled 55 percent compared with last year when a big gain inflated results for the nation's largest drugstore chain. A business split that drove away customers and a multi-billion dollar overseas expansion also combined to put a sizeable dent in the Deerfield, Ill., company's earnings, which still managed to top analysts' expectations.

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    Stocks open mostly higher on Wall Street

    Stocks are mostly higher in early trading on Wall Street after a measure of private sector hiring came in better than analysts were expecting. The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose two points to 1,447 shortly after the opening bell Wednesday. The Nasdaq composite rose 10 points to 3,129.

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    USDA provides specialty crop money for Illinois

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture is providing about $630,000 to help pay for a dozen projects in Illinois intended to strengthen the specialty crop industry in the state.The Illinois Department of Agriculture said Tuesday the grant will be used for projects that include a University of Illinois effort to improve produce handling at farmers markets and a social media campaign to inform people of specialty crop growers.

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    Oil falls amid concerns about global economy

    Oil prices fell for a second day Wednesday over concerns about economic turbulence in Europe, China and the U.S.Benchmark oil was down 23 cents to $91.66 per barrel at midday Bangkok time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract dropped 59 cents to end at $91.89 per barrel in New York on Tuesday.

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    World stocks fall as U.S. data awaited

    World stocks fell Wednesday as skittish investors waited for a key U.S. jobs report later in the week that will signal whether the world's largest economy is on the mend.The U.S. Labor Department will release employment data for September on Friday. While the U.S. economy shows signs of resilience, thanks in part to rising car sales and home prices, hiring has remained too sluggish to reduce high unemployment, which is at 8.1 percent.

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    American Airlines and its pilots’ union have agreed to resume stalled contract negotiations.

    AA and unions agree to resume contract talks

    American Airlines and its pilots' union have agreed to resume stalled contract negotiations. The union also said Tuesday that it will delay releasing results of a strike-authorization vote scheduled to end Wednesday.The developments could lead to a breakthrough in a bitter standoff between the nation's third-biggest airline and its 7,500 active pilots.

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    Mark Fields, Ford president of the Americas, next to a 2013 Fusion at the Flat Rock Assembly in Flat Rock, Mich. Interest rates are low, trade-in values are high, and automakers are rolling out attractive new cars and trucks in key areas.

    U.S. auto sales stay strong in September

    Americans found plenty of reasons to buy new cars in September, making auto sales a bright spot in the economy for yet another month.Total U.S. sales rose 13 percent from a year earlier to nearly 1.2 million. If they stayed at that pace, they'd reach 14.9 million this year. Sales rose for most carmakers, led by big gains at Toyota, Honda and Volkswagen.

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    A label from a dietary supplement. Federal watchdogs say many dietary supplements marketed to help consumers lose weight or boost their immune systems are illegally labeled and rely on shoddy evidence to support their health claims.

    Report: Some dietary supplements illegally labeled

    Dozens of weight loss and immune system supplements on the market are illegally labeled and lack the recommended scientific evidence to back up their purported health claims, government investigators warn in a new review of the $20 billion supplement industry.The Department of Health and Human Services' inspector general, found that 20 percent of the 127 weight loss and immune-boosting supplements investigators purchased online and in retail stores across the country carried labels that made illegal claims to cure or treat disease.

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    Seats from an American Airlines 757 are carried before receiving “Main Cabin Extra Refurbishment” Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012, at Logan International Airport in Boston.

    American says installation job caused seat snafu

    American Airlines said that improperly installed clamps caused seats to pop loose on two planes during flights and an inspection turned up four others with the same problem. The airline said Tuesday that it inspected and fixed the seats on 36 of its Boeing 757 jets and planned to check 11 other planes.

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    Petty crime and burglaries aren’t unusual in New Mexico’s isolated Guadalupe County, but lately Sheriff Michael Lucero has seen thieves steal something a bit unexpected — grass.

    Ranchers see increase in grass thefts amid drought

    Petty crime and burglaries aren't unusual in New Mexico's isolated Guadalupe County, but lately Sheriff Michael Lucero has seen thieves steal something a bit unexpected — grass.With drought drying out grazing land and driving up hay prices, some ranchers in New Mexico have started cutting neighbors' fences or leaving gates open so their cattle can graze on greener pastures.

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    With billions of dollars at stake, the head of the gambling industry’s main lobbying group sounded a pessimistic note Tuesday about the prospect of Congress passing Internet regulatory laws this year.

    Gambling exec: Time short for U.S. online regs

    With billions of dollars at stake, the head of the gambling industry's main lobbying group sounded a pessimistic note Tuesday about the prospect of Congress passing Internet regulatory laws this year. American Gaming Association chief Frank Fahrenkopf Jr. cast online wagering hosted by sites overseas as "the next frontier of our business," and one of the biggest threats to the casino industry in the United States.

Life & Entertainment

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    The improv troupe Uncles Brother, featuring “Saturday Night Live” alumnus Tim Meadows along with Joe Canale and Brad Morris, is the headliner of the Four-Star Comedy Fest at Navy Pier on Saturday, Oct. 6.

    Weekend picks: Tim Meadows' troupe plays Four Star Comedy Fest

    Get ready to laugh a lot at the Four Star Comedy Fest, which features workshops and performances by troupes including headliner Uncles Brother featuring Tim Meadows at Navy Pier Saturday. Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg delivers a high-energy show Friday that includes Ramones classics and more at the Arcada. “Working: A Musical,” based on Studs Terkel's book about the dreams of the average working American gets reimagined in Elgin.

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    Marty Ramone

    The Suburbs This Weekend: Scarecrows, weiner dog races, Marty Ramone and pet blessings

    The Suburbs This Weekend October 6

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    DJ Drama’s “Quality Street Music”

    DJ Drama gathers rap’s best for new album

    DJ Drama has earned respect in the music industry for boosting numerous careers of rappers such as Lil Wayne, T.I. and Young Jeezy through his popular mixtape series, "Gangsta Grillz." Now, Drama returns with his fourth offering "Quality Street Music," a 15-track album filled mostly with hard-thumping, high-energy street anthem songs.

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    @Caption credit/ALicia Ross/Kitchen Scoop Creamy goat cheese is the key to this easy pasta sauce.

    Creamy chevre pulls together flavor of simple pasta dish

    There is a super-easy pasta sauce that I've missed creating until now. I'm talking about using chevre (or goat cheese) as the creamy binder for simple pasta dishes. I've sampled several versions at restaurants and friends' homes, and maybe you have, too. Some had additional protein; others did not.

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    Sparks are already flying for new judges Mariah Carey, left, Keith Urban and Nicki Minaj on the singing competition series, “American Idol.”

    No problem with feuding ‘Idol’ judges, Seacrest says
    Feuding divas on "American Idol"? Ryan Seacrest says that's just great. The show's host said Wednesday that things got intense between new hosts Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey during a tryout taping in Charlotte, N.C. the day before.

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    Chef Jean-Louis Clerc of Waterleaf at College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn

    Meet this week’s Cook of the Week Challenge judges
    For the Round 1, Week 4 challenges we had ingredient help from College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Fortune Fish Co. in Bensenville and Suparossa Pizza, a client of Porte Brown certified public accountants. Each organization contributed a guest to sit on the judging panel with chefs Suzy Singh and Spencer Wolff and Jean-Louis Clerc.

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    Pediatric physical therapist Laura Basi gives her week-old son Wiliam a massage in their Batavia home Monday.

    Infant massage: Parents' loving touch can strengthen bonds

    There's nothing more important than being able to read your child's cues and nothing more distressing not being able to soothe, comfort and calm your baby. "Infant massage is an art that's been practiced for centuries," says Linda Merry, a licensed occupational therapist and certified infant massage instructor.

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    Ricky Skaggs, “Music to My Ears”

    Ricky Skaggs continues exploring on latest album

    Ricky Skaggs has barreled down an eclectic path since going independent at the turn of the century — after two decades as an award-winning contemporary country singer. In the last dozen years, he has shown off his skills as one of the most revered bluegrass and gospel artists of his generation. On "Music To My Ears," he and his skilled Kentucky Thunder band have decided to incorporate all of his interests at once. It makes for an album of surprises, with the variety of styles connected by Skaggs' expressive tenor and forceful mandolin playing.

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    NBC gives full-season pickups to 3 new series

    NBC has given an early sign of approval to three of its new series — the adventure-drama "Revolution" and the comedies "Go On" and "The New Normal" — handing each a full-season commitment.

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    David Blaine is returning to New York City Oct. 5-8 for a three-day, three-night stunt called “Electrified: One Million Volts Always On.” The stunt will be streamed on YouTube and will be open to the public where they can type messages to Blaine, control the electricity around him and basically help keep the magician alert.

    David Blaine goes high voltage with latest stunt

    David Blaine is spending the days leading up to his next stunt lying low. "I'll mostly be relaxing, meditating and playing with my daughter ... and trying not to deprive myself of sleep," the illusionist said Tuesday. Beginning Friday, Blaine will spend three days and three nights standing in the middle of a million volts of electric currents streamed by tesla coils. The feat, called "Electrified: One Million Volts Always On," which will take place at Pier 54 on New York's West Side, will be streamed on YouTube. It will be open to the public, and spectators can type messages to Blaine, control the electricity around him and basically help keep him alert.

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    Television anchorwoman Jennifer Livingston on Tuesday responded during her broadcast to a viewer who wrote her an email criticizing her weight.

    News anchor responds to ‘bully’ email on weight

    Jennifer Livingston has always rebuffed personal attacks, so when the Wisconsin television anchorwoman got an email from a viewer criticizing her weight, she thought nothing of it. But then she thought of her daughters and other children who may not have the same emotional shield. Livingston took the airways Tuesday to respond to the email calling the writer a bully.

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    Michelle Abraham’s roasted salsify and spinach pizza won the gluten-free pizza dough challenge.

    Cook of the Week Challenge: Final spots filled for Round 2 play

    Thank goodness for Google. Without it, two of our Cook of the Week Challenge contestants might still be sifting through a vegetable encyclopedia trying to determine what to do with salsify, the secret ingredient. Instead, one of them, Michelle Abraham of Schaumburg, will be preparing for the second round of recipe matchups.

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    Online voting winners
    Two people who vote for their favorite Cook of the Week Challenge recipes each week win prizes from our sponsors.

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    Cook of the Week Challenge Fan Favorite
    Who were the fan favorite in the gluten-free pizza dough and shrimp recipe challenges?

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    Mary Beth Thornton of Cary will compete in Round 2 of the Cook of the Week Challenge.

    Meet the Cook of the Week Challenge Elite 8

    Six former Cooks of the Week and two newbies will compete in Round 2 of the Cook of the Week Challenge. Let's get to know these eight home cooks better.

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    Terri Edmunds of Naperville

    Round 2, Week 1 challenges — see what next week’s contestants come up with
    Our first contestants are working on their Round 2 recipe challenges.

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    Playing bocce is one of many entertainment options at Pinstripes.

    Pinstripes keeps to successful formula of bocce, bowling, bars and food

    Pinstripes has built a reputation as a place for a great day or night out, whether you're going with your family, a big group of friends or a date. The chain's fourth location in Oak Brook keeps to its successful formula with 16 bowling lanes, 10 bocce courts, various bars throughout and dining. Plus, Pinstripes plans to keep its outdoor space open year round by providing ample heat lamps and huge umbrellas to shelter from the elements.

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    What’s your favorite bacon creation? Tell me at Facebook.com/DebPankey.DailyHerald.

    From the food editor: Getting your bacon fix during the aporkalypse

    How are you preparing for the aporkalypse? Have you started hoarding slabs of applewood-smoked bacon to see you through the predicted bacon shortage brought on by the summer's severe drought? When your salty stash runs out, turn to the TV for your bacon fix. “United States of Bacon” follows California chef Todd Fisher as he crisscrosses the country in search of the most mouthwatering bacon creations.

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    Beloved cartoon characters over the last 20 years celebrate Cartoon Network’s 20th Birthday.

    Zoinks! Cartoon Network celebrates 20 years

    It's been a long, strange 20 years for the Cartoon Network, which has flourished during a time when animation traced its way from the likes of "Scooby-Doo" to the racy, trippy fare now shown on Adult Swim. The network is celebrating itself all month with on-air tributes, starting with a video released Monday that features more than 100 characters that have appeared on the channel coming together in a rave-like dance party.

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    “The Secret Book of Frida Kahlo” by F. G. Haghenbeck

    Frida Kahlo comes back to life in culinary tale

    At 18 years of age, the now iconic Mexican painter Frida Kahlo nearly died in a streetcar accident. She was left with a crippled back and leg that destined her to a life of pain, but also as novelist F.G. Haghenbeck writes, an intense desire to live. In "The Secret Book of Frida Kahlo," Haghenbeck takes readers on a fictional portrait of her life before and after the crash, fused with recipes for pozole, chicken tostadas, orange shortbreads and other delicacies that offer another glimpse into her story.

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    Lupe Fiasco’s “Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Part 1”

    Lupe Fiasco raps masterfully on new release

    Lupe Fiasco blacked out his album cover, except for the explicit content parental advisory. But he has plenty to say on his strong fourth offering, "Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1." The 17-track album is filled with complex rhymes from Fiasco, who raps masterfully on several scenarios regarding American urban culture.

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    Dad’s the name; vocabulary is the game
    I have to say I am quite proud of all four of our children for the way they express themselves. That is not to say my kids don't say "you know" and "like" too often. I will argue against two other words my kids used all of the time, and I really wish they would stop.

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    Style evolution: What goes around comes around

    We live in a land of upgrades. In America we upgrade our french fries, our carwashes and our puppy insurance packages. And sooner or later our kids catch on to this upgrade idea; all they need is some independent thinking, a few recommendations from friends or infomercials and a little change in their pocket.

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    Getting close to your subject, and limiting the focus to just her eyes, helps make this a simple but elegant portrait.

    Daily Herald photographers share their expertise on getting great pictures of your kids

    Recently my two daughters have actually started requesting more photo shoots, so how can a photojournalist father resist? Daily Herald Assistant Director of Photography Christopher Hankins gives readers some advice on how to photograph kids of all ages. First, get on their level. Photograph them doing what THEY love to do. Taking your toddlers into a fancy studio setting and trying to get just the right light on them is just asking for a disaster.

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    Early intervention supports the whole family

    Being a parent starts the moment you know you are going to have a baby. We become sponges soaking up information. Everyone feels compelled to share their experiences, especially about their pregnancy and delivery. Then there are the hundreds of baby magazines and books. The amount of information could make your head spin.

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    Creamy goat cheese is the key to this easy pasta sauce.

    Spinach, Chicken and Chevre Pasta
    Spinach, Chicken and Chevre Pasta: Kitchen Scoop

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    Early intervention programs
    Early intervention programs for area suburbs.

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    Editorial: Preserving a treasure in Lake County

    The purchase of a former campground in Lake County as part of a plan to preserve open space is a good thing, even though it's hard for families who have a lifetime of memories on the property, a Daily Herald editorial says.

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    The women who led the way

    Columnist Kathleen Parker: The story of women's struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist, Gloria Steinem insists, nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights.

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    Muffling the drums of war

    Columnist Richard Cohen: For almost a year, Netanyahu has been hinting that he will strike Iran's nuclear installations. The consensus in the American intelligence community is that Israel can do some damage and possibly delay the program; it cannot end it. The consensus in the Israeli intelligence community is the same.

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    The alternate universe of the news media
    A Grayslake letter to the editor: The recent news headlines on Romney's tax release are a perfect example of how the media manipulates the truth to favor Democrats and earn this distrust of the people.

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    Romney plan for uninsured: emergency rooms
    A Mundelein letter to the editor: As a breast cancer survivor, I am outraged at the inane suggestion by GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney that the solution for sick people without health insurance is a trip to the emergency room.

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    Kirk fortunate to be a senator
    A Batavia letter to the editor: I am happy to read of Sen. Mark Kirk's progress after months of rehabilitation following his stroke. I hope he realizes that most of his countrymen would never have the luxury of the level of care he has received, would probably have to file for bankruptcy and most likely lose their house because of not being paid for the time they were off work and the medical bills incurred.

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    Nice job on tax clinic
    A St. Charles letter to the editor: An excellent Property Tax Clinic was recently held by Mark Armstrong, Supervisor of Kane County Assessments. The professional and interesting presentation included the forms and procedures for filing a complaint about a homeowner's real estate taxes. Well done!

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    Where did moderate Republicans go?
    A Cary letter to the editor: I haven't voted Republican since they stopped giving me pro-choice candidates to vote for. It was a very sad day for many of us when moderate Republicans lost control of their party.

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    Romney’s narrow view of the world
    An Elgin letter to the editor: Mitt Romney has demonstrated that he is incompetent on foreign affairs. All he knows about the world outside Wall Street is preaching Mormon religion from a French château, sending jobs overseas while at Bain, hiding his fortune in the Caymans to dodge taxes and promising Sheldon Adelson another tax break for his casinos in Macau.

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    More to geese than their messes
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: As I walked back to my car after a second attempt to help save an injured goose that was laying in a muddy pond, I thought about where my appreciation for geese came from.

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    FDR’s ‘New Deal’ and Mussolini roots
    A Bloomingdale letter to the editor: Fence Post commentary of Sept. 17, "Republicans trying to have it both ways," rekindles the Great Depression era when this senior citizen was a schoolboy. I recall a teacher telling us that FDR's Social Security program reeked of socialism and bordered on invasion of privacy since we would have individual "dog tag" numbers to identify us through a lifetime.

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