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    Patrick O’Shea

    O’Shea moves from county board to DuPage judge

    DuPage County's longest-serving county board member will soon be its newest judge. Republican Patrick O'Shea on Tuesday handily defeated Democrat Alice Wilson for a post in the 18th Judicial Circuit, according to unofficial results. O'Shea, a Lombard attorney and county board member since 1990, had 55 percent of the vote to Wilson's 45 percent, with all 748 precincts reporting.

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    Metra, Pace and the CTA patched up a dispute Wednesday but questions still linger.

    City-suburbs transit turf spat resolved — for now

    The fight's over for now. Pace, the Chicago Transit Authority and Metra have resolved a dispute over funding that could have caused a transit "Armageddon." But some fear more power struggles in the future between Chicago and the CTA on one side and the suburbs with Metra and Pace on the other.

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    Leslie Coolidge, Peter Roskam

    Roskam, Coolidge differ on economic fixes

    Here's what Republican Peter Roskam and Democrat Leslie Coolidge think about creating jobs, tax cuts and economic growth in the 6th Congressional District. No surprise — they don't agree on what it will take to get the economy pumping again.

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    Survivors say they walk to support each other and to back the American Cancer Society.

    Survivors and supporters are Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

    Last year, an estimated 288,130 American women began the battle of their lives when their doctors told them they had some form of breast cancer. And, just like you, not one of them believed it would happen to them. Over the next two weekends, thousands will fight the disease in Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks. Today, 10 women share their stories.

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    Rhoda Markowitz, Northbrook: Cancer does not discriminate

    Rhoda Markowitz of Northbrook is participating in and fundraising for Making Strides because she is a six-year bilateral breast cancer survivor who has undergone chemotherapy, radiation, multiple surgeries, genetic testing and physical therapy due to lymphedema. She is walking at Making Strides to celebrate her six-year “cancerversary,” to honor and walk side-by-side with other breast cancer...

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    Republican Sidney Mathias, left, opposes Democrat Carol Sente in the 59th State House District.

    Sente, Mathias split on who should pay for pensions

    As lawmakers continue to tussle over how to deal with the state’s rising retirement costs, campaign opponents state Reps. Sidney Mathias and Carol Sente disagree over whether local school districts should have to pay more toward teachers’ pensions.

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    Quinn-Emanuel feud intensifies

    A feud between Gov. Pat Quinn and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel intensified Tuesday as the two traded barbs about a little-known state sports commission, protecting taxpayers and alleged attempts to cut a backroom deal to help renovate Wrigley Field.

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    This undated photo provided by the Ottawa County (Okla.) Sheriff Department shows Gregory Arthur Weiler II. Prosecutors have filed charges against the Illinois man accused of plotting to bomb nearly 50 Oklahoma churches. Weiler has been charged under the state’s anti-terrorism act.

    Motel workers foil local man's church bomb plot?

    According to an affidavit filed by Det. Jeff Frazier, a maintenance worker alerted Miami police after noticing a pile of brown bottles with cloth wicks attached by duct tape in a trash bin at the Legacy Inn and Suites, which sits just off a major interstate. “I don’t feel like I’m a hero or anything like that,” Ralph Smith told The Associated Press Tuesday. “We were...

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    ComEd plans energy efficiency program for disabled

    ComEd has started an energy efficiency program that is taught by people with developmental disabilities for those with similar issues.ComEd announced the program on Monday. The utility says tens of thousands of individuals with developmental disabilities are responsible for managing energy usage. ComEd is partnering with eight nonprofit organizations in Chicago and the suburbs that work with the...

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    1,100 getting unemployment in jail

    State officials say they have found more than 1,100 inmates who they believe improperly collected unemployment benefits totaling more than $2 million while jailed in Illinois sometime in about the last year. One Cook County inmate collected almost $43,000, according to the Illinois Department of Employment Security, though most were paid far less.

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    Chino Roberto Vasquez, owner of Chino's Pizzeria displays a winning voucher from one of the new legal video poker machines in his restaurant Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012, in Justice, Ill. Video gaming went live in 65 Illinois bars and restaurants on Tuesday, more than three years after lawmakers approved it as a way to help raise billions to help fix schools and roads.

    Video poker now lives across Illinois

    Video gambling went live in 65 Illinois bars and restaurants on Tuesday, more than three years after lawmakers approved it as a way to help raise billions to help fix schools and roads.

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    Committee reworking Dist. 26 strategic plan

    The Cary Elementary District 26 strategic plan steering committee will meet to discuss the district’s vision, mission and goals, The steering committee is composed of school board members, district administrators, building administrators, teachers, support staff, community engagement committee members, community members, members of parent-teacher organizations, and Cary District 26...

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    Schaumburg Police Chief Brian Howerton

    Schaumburg police chief says ex-girlfriend wanted revenge

    Schaumburg officials Tuesday released a memo from Police Chief Brian Howerton from last July in which he alleges his former girlfriend was motivated by revenge when she filed a complaint against him in March. In Howerton’s July 6 memo to Village Manager Ken Fritz, Howerton asserts that his former girlfriend's anger at the relationship’s ending was the real reason for her complaint.

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    Aurora firefighters’ contract gives lowest raises in 20 years

    Aurora city council gave final approval Tuesday night to a contract the city reached with its firefighters union last month. The contract gives the union’s 161 members from the rank of firefighter to lieutenant the lowest average pay raises in any three-year contract the city has awarded over the past 20 years, said Alex Alexandrou, chief administrative services officer.

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    Geneva school taxes likely to keep going up

    Whether the Geneva school board decides to increase taxes for operating expenses or hold the line, tax bills will go up because of the need to repay debt, under three scenarios presented to the finance committee Tuesday.

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    Construction of the streetscape on North River Street in downtown Batavia significantly disrupted business this summer for places such as Katrina Salon and Spa and El Taco Grande restaurant. The city is considering reimbursing some businesses for their water, sewer and electricity bills.

    Should Batavia give businesses help for construction work hassle?

    Trying to do business this summer on North River Street in Batavia during a streetscape improvement project has been rough. However, whether the city should offer financial aid to affected businesses was questioned Tuesday night by some members of the city council’s community development committee.

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    Alexis Wright, 29, turns toward her attorney, Sarah Churchill, left, Tuesday during her arraignment in Portland, Maine on 109 counts of prostitution, violation of privacy, tax evasion and other charges for allegedly providing sex for money at her Kennebunk fitness studio and office. Wright pleaded not guilty on charges she ran a prostitution business out of her Kennebunk Zumba studio and secretly filmed her encounters.

    Prostitution arrests rock Maine tourist town

    KENNEBUNK, Maine — A Maine tourist town is on edge as residents wait to see which friends and neighbors are named as clients of a fitness instructor who pleaded not guilty to running a prostitution business out of her Zumba (ZOOM’-bah) studio.Twenty-nine-year-old Alexis Wright pleaded not guilty Tuesday to more than 100 counts connected to her alleged operation in Kennebunk.

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    United States 8th Congressional District candidates Republican Joe Walsh and Democrat Tammy Duckworth debated at the Meadows Club in Rolling Meadows on Tuesday night.

    Crowd fuels heated Walsh, Duckworth debate in Rolling Meadows

    In their initial two debates, Congressman Joe Walsh and Tammy Duckworth had only one another to spar with before a moderator and a set of cameras. But a third variable Tuesday — a boisterous crowd free to purchase liquor throughout the night — fueled the heated, vitriolic two-hour match between the two candidates in the nationally watched race, and helped make sure nothing was left off the table.

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    United States 8th Congressional District candidates Republican Joe Walsh and Democrat Tammy Duckworth debated at the Meadows Club in Rolling Meadows on Tuesday night.

    Images: 8th Congressional Debate
    Images from a debate between 8th Congressional District candidates Joe Walsh and Tammy Duckworth at the Meadows Club in Rolling Meadows on Tuesday night.

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    Schaumburg police say gunshot call a false alarm

    Schaumburg police responded to a call of shots fired Tuesday afternoon on the 400 block of east Wise Road, but learned it apparently a false alarm. “We didn’t find any physical evidence at the scene,” said Schaumburg police Sgt. John Nebl.

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    Trees line the main street in the Meadow Green town home subdivision, a 42-building, 208-unit complex, on Cedar Lake Road north of Rollins Road.

    Special financing district retired after successful run in Round Lake Beach

    A special financing district in Round Lake Beach represented a unique partnership between the village and owners in a deterioriating subdivision when it was formed about 12 years ago. TIF District No. 3 was designated to improve property conditions at the Meadow Green town home subdivision, a 42-building, 200-unit complex, on Cedar Lake Road north of Rollins Road. Trustees this week agreed to end...

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    Maintenance worker injured in Libertyville house fire

    A maintenance worker was injured Tuesday night after a fire broke out in the basement of a Libertyville home on the 700 block of E. Rockland Road. The cause of the blaze is under investigation, officials said.

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    Race between Romney, Obama still all about Ohio

    It’s still all about Ohio. After a strong debate performance, Republican challenger Mitt Romney is intensifying his efforts in the state that’s critical to his White House hopes, while President Barack Obama works to hang on to the polling edge he’s had here for weeks. Both candidates campaigned hard in the state Tuesday, the last day of voter registration ahead of Election Day, now just four...

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    Wheaton Fire Chief Gregory Berk praised the new radio system Tuesday.

    DuPage rolls out $30 million dispatch radio system

    Nearly two years after approving plans for a $30 million DuPage Radio System, officials Tuesday announced its countywide launch. The DuPage Emergency Dispatch Interoperable Radio System consists of 3,134 portable radios and 53 radio consoles in the county’s nine 911 Public Safety Answering Points and allows for the melding of 60 first-responding units onto one system for the first time.

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    A person dressed as Big Bird holds a sign Monday outside Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s headquarters in Derry, N.H. where House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio was about to speak to supporters.

    Big Bird flies high in 2012 presidential campaign

    Big Bird is flying high in the 2012 presidential campaign. President Barack Obama’s campaign deployed the beloved “Sesame Street” icon in a new TV ad Tuesday mocking Mitt Romney for saying he would defund public broadcasting if elected. The foundation backing “Sesame Street” quickly disavowed the spot, and Romney dismissed it as un-serious even though the Republican hopeful brought Big Bird into...

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    Karen McConnaughay

    Kane Co. chairman takes hard stance against government employee raises

    Kane County Board Chairman Karen McConnaughay has big problems with the pending budget for 2013. Even though the budget won't raise property taxes, it will grow the size of government during a down economy, she said.

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    A Libyan man investigates the inside of the U.S. Consulate, after an attack that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens on the night of Sept. 11, 2012, in Benghazi, Libya. The State Department on Tuesday said it never concluded that the consulate attack in Libya stemmed from protests over an American-made video ridiculing Islam, raising further questions about why the Obama administration used that explanation for more than a week after assailants killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans.

    US officials: We didn’t link Libya attack to video

    The State Department said Tuesday it never concluded that the consulate attack in Libya stemmed from protests over an American-made video ridiculing Islam, raising further questions about why the Obama administration used that explanation for more than a week after assailants killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans.

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    Aaron Del Mar

    Del Mar won’t return to Palatine council; Schwantz running again

    Palatine Mayor Jim Schwantz was expected to run again in April, and he will. Aaron Del Mar was expected to run again, too, but he won't. "Nobody ever said on their death bed, ‘I wish I ran for another term,’” Del Mar, 34, said. “I can always go back into politics, but I can’t get back my kids’ youth.”

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    Des Plaines to begin 2013 budget review

    Des Plaines aldermen next week will begin reviewing the city’s proposed $127 million budget for expenditures in 2013, which includes a zero percent increase to the property tax levy extension from last year. The proposed 2013 budget represents a $14.5 million increase — roughly 13 percent — over the 2012 budget, a large portion of which is related to infrastructure projects, according to City...

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    John Zaruba

    DuPage sheriff opposes staff cuts

    DuPage County Sheriff John Zaruba made his case Tuesday for why he shouldn't be forced to eliminate full-time positions and cut spending by about $1.5 million next year. “There will be a reduction in services,” Zarurba warned members of the DuPage County Board’s finance committee.

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    Syrians gather by the rubble of a house, destroyed from Syrian forces shelling, in the town of Azaz, on the outskirts of Aleppo, Syria. Nearly 19 months of violence in Syria have left their mark everywhere: Entire blocks of apartment buildings have been shattered, their top floors reduced to pancaked concrete. Centuries-old markets have been gutted billions of dollars along with an irreplaceable chunk of history wiped out in just few hours of battle. Oil pipelines, factories, schools, hospitals and churches and mosques have been systematically destroyed.

    Civil war leaves Syrian economy, cities in ruins

    In Syria’s cities and towns, entire blocks of apartment buildings have been shattered, their top floors reduced to pancaked slabs of concrete. Aside from the human tragedy of the many lives lost in Syria’s civil war — activists estimate the death toll has now passed 32,000 killed — there is the staggering damage to the country’s infrastructure, economy and cultural treasures.

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    Two people were injured when a 17-year-old driver slammed her SUV into a Glen Ellyn home at the corner of Park Boulevard and Pershing Road Monday night, police said.

    2 injured when SUV crashes into Glen Ellyn home

    Authorities say two people suffered injuries after a 17-year-old driver slammed her SUV into a Glen Ellyn home at the corner of Park Boulevard and Pershing Road Monday night. Police said the teen was driving under the influence.

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    Six Flags Great America in Gurnee suspended its seasonal cockroach-eating contest Tuesday following the death of a Florida man who collapsed and died after participating in a similar contest last week.

    Six Flags suspends cockroach-eating contest after Florida death

    Six Flags Great America in Gurnee has suspended its seasonal cockroach-eating contest, in response to reports of a man’s death after a similar competition at a Florida pet store.The 32-year-old man reportedly collapsed last week after eating dozens of roaches and worms during a contest to win a python at a pet store in Deerfield Beach, according to the Associated Press.

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    A rendering of the proposed Fox Valley Performing Arts Center, in the former Ziegler Ace Hardware store in downtown West Dundee.

    West Dundee sets course for performing arts center

    The West Dundee village board will vote on a resolution to bring a performing arts center to a former hardware store in the village's downtown. The resolution, which outlines how much the village will contribute and expectations of the future property owners, will go to the board on Monday, Oct. 15.

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    Schaumburg Township PTAs host candidate forum

    The Schaumburg Township Council of PTAs will host a candidate forum Oct. 10 at Addams Junior High School, 700 S. Springinsguth Road in Schaumburg. Candidates from the 44th and 56th District state House races and the 22nd and 28th District state Senate races are invited.

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    Learn about Libertyville village band’s history

    More than a century of history of the Libertyville village band will be the topic of discussion beginning at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15. at the Libertyville-Mundelein Historical Society’s monthly meeting.

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    Candidates to debate Wednesday:

    Political candidates who want to represent Lake County will discuss the issues in their races Wednesday in Waukegan.

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    Mundelein High offers student heart screenings

    Mundelein High School students will have the opportunity for free cardiac screenings, including an EKG, courtesy of the Max Schewitz Foundation.

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    Linda Holmes

    42nd Senate candidates promise different approaches

    As Democratic state Sen. Linda Holmes campaigns for re-election Nov. 6 in the 42nd district, she is promising to apply her fact-finding skills and willingness to work toward solutions to the state’s problems with finances, pensions, taxes and the business climate. Her opponent, Republican Peter Hurtado of Plainfield, is pledging to be a more fiscally responsible legislator who will represent...

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    Deborah Barry is challenging and Craig Taylor for the Lake County Board’s 19th District seat.

    Lake County Board candidates tackle transportation

    Sound walls, wider roads and consistent speed limits are just a few of the transportation ideas proposed by the candidates running for the Lake County Board’s 19th District seat. Incumbent Craig Taylor, of Lake Zurich, and advertising consultant Deborah Barry, of Deer Park, are seeking a 2-year term representing the district, which includes portions of Barrington, Deer Park, Kildeer, Lake Zurich...

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    LAURA STOECKER/lstoecker@dailyherald.com The former Kane County Sheriff’s office and jail on Fabyan Parkway in Geneva remains, for now, in the county board’s plan for redevelopment.

    Concept plan to redevelop old Kane County dump gets approval

    The Kane County Board and forest preserve commission signed off on the conceptual master plan for the redevelopment of the 700-acre Fabyan Parkway campus Tuesday. The votes drew concerns by some citizens, and some board members, about lack of detail in the plan about Fabyan Woods and lingering environment pitfalls. A big battle looms over selling the old jail site.

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    Indecent exposure reported at Arlington Hts. park

    An 87-year-old woman told police she was walking her dog through Heritage Park in Arlington Heights on Saturday, when she saw a man exposing himself on the north side of the park.

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    Nick Viverito of Chicago, left, and friend William Christopher Pettry of Lake Villa Township enjoyed the Blackhawks, Bears and other sports together. They were in Jacksonville, Fla., last weekend to watch the Bears play the Jaguars when Pettry was killed in a bar early Sunday.

    Man describes scene at Jacksonville bar table before pal was killed

    Nick Viverito says he and his friend were talking with an older couple at a Jacksonville, Fla., bar Saturday night when two women asked if they could sit in empty chairs at their outdoor table while waiting for someone. That someone turned out to be Matthew Hinson, who authorities say later fatally stabbed William Christopher Pettry, 42, of unincorporated Lake Villa Township, inside the bar.

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    Maximilian Salling

    Naperville pot suspect arrested in front of police chief’s house

    Villa Park Police Chief Robert Pavelchik doesn’t like to be the cop in his own neighborhood but said he had no choice when he found two people smoking pot in front of his house. The incident led to the arrest of Maximilian Salling, 18, of Montgomery, who remained in the DuPage County jail Tuesday on $50,000 bail.

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    Kathy Dozier of Algonquin died Oct. 5. In this June photo, she is pictured with her son, Mason Kamp, 12, who hit a grand slam in her honor in Cooperstown, N.Y.

    Algonquin mom dies after battle with cancer

    Kathy Dozier, 44, of Algonquin, whose 12-year-old son hit a grand slam in her honor this summer in Cooperstown N.Y., died Oct. 5, her final days comforted by those exhilarating memories, her relatives said. Dozier was the owner of “Chasin’ Our Tails,” a dog day care in Cary.

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    Tri-Cities police reports
    Jordan L. Orchard, 19, and Wesely L. Nicolay, 18, both of St. Charles, were charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of less than 2.5 grams of cannabis and underage drinking at 11:01 p.m. Sept. 29 after authorities were called to Anson Creek and Wyngate roads near St. Charles for a suspicious vehicle that was blocking an intersection and had its lights off, according to a...

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    Karli Casey

    Bail increased for woman charged with ‘huffing,’ causing crash

    A Cook County judge increased bond to $150,000 for a Palatine woman charged with aggravated driving under the influence after an accident that injured a then-84-year-old woman in April. Cook County Judge Ellen Mandletort increased Karli Casey’s bond Tuesday after prosecutors produced lab results revealing the 20-year-old had heroin, cocaine and codeine in her system at the time of the accident.

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    Gov. Pat Quinn, left, thanks Wheeling High School Principal Lazaro Lopez for his work on incorporating STEM educations into the high school’s curriculum.

    Quinn uses nanotechnology summit to praise Wheeling High School

    Wheeling High School is known regionally and nationally as a leader in STEM education, a fact Gov. Pat Quinn reinforced on Tuesday when he visited the suburban school and called it an “epicenter” for developing technology. “Nanotechnology is here to stay and in Illinois we want to be the leaders,” said Quinn.

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    Maine West soccer program to continue unimpeded

    Maine West High School’s varsity boys soccer program will continue unimpeded despite several players being barred from play and five coaches being temporarily reassigned while police investigate allegations of hazing at the Des Plaines school.

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    Residential sprinkler requirement in Elgin’s future

    The proposed adoption of building codes that would require sprinkler systems in Elgin residential housing may not affect new construction for decades. City council members will consider adopting the International Code Council’s 2012 model building and life safety codes during the committee of the whole meeting Wednesday. But, when it comes to residential sprinklers, the Community Development...

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    Daniel A. Selmon

    Police: Aurora man made bonfires to protect pot crop

    A 23-year-old Aurora man was arrested over the weekend after authorities said he made bonfires in his backyard to protect marjuana plants from an overnight frost. Daniel A. Selmon faces felony cannabis charges and is due in court on Oct. 18.

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    Grant Gambaiani

    Naperville man going back to trial in child sex case

    A former Naperville man whose child sexual assault conviction and 43-year prison term were overturned on appeal is poised to take the case back to trial. DuPage County prosecutors said in court Tuesday that Grant Gambaiani, 29, had turned down their offer of a plea bargain. "We made an offer and the offer was rejected," Assistant State’s Attorney Joe Ruggiero said.

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    Brad Schneider and Robert Dold

    Dold, Schneider debate headlines Lake Forest candidate event

    Republican U.S. Rep. Robert Dold and Democratic challenger Brad Schneider will debate the issues facing 10th District voters Sunday in Lake Forest. It’s the only time Dold and Schneider will debate in public ahead of the Nov. 6 election. Other political candidates will have time on the stage at Lake Forest High School, too.

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    Federal investigators say a 2010 plane crash at an XSport Fitness facility in Naperville could have been averted had the pilot aborted takeoff.

    NTSB: Naperville pilot should have aborted takeoff before 2010 crash

    Two years after a private plane crashed into a Naperville health club, federal officials say the pilot could have averted the crash by aborting takeoff. A report released by the National Transportation Safety Board has determined the probable cause of the Oct. 6, 2010 crash at the XSport Fitness facility near Route 59 and 75th Street to be “the pilot’s failure to abort the takeoff when he...

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    Scott Pennington Shirey

    Plea deal offered to Island Lake man involved in car crash that killed son

    Scott Shirey of Island Lake, whose 10-year-old son was killed in an crash on Route 12 near North Barrington, has requested two weeks to think about a plea agreement offered to him by the Lake County State's Attorney's office. Assistant States Attorney Ken LaRue said if Shirey accepts a plea of aggravated DUI causing great bodily harm, he would spend 90 days of periodic imnprisonment and probation.

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    Elgin and South Elgin Fire Department personnel pull a bike from the Fox River as they continue to look for a body discovered there earlier by a fisherman.

    Police ID homeless Elgin man pulled from Fox River

    Elgin emergency responders pulled the body of 52-year-old Roberto C. Hernandez from the Fox River Tuesday morning and the early belief is that there was no foul play involved in his death, according to officials. Police Cmdr. Glenn Theriault said Hernandez was a homeless man who has lived in Elgin. His daughter reported him missing to the Elgin Police Department Monday. Two men found the body...

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    Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks Tuesday during a campaign stop at the Koch Family Farm in Van Meter, Iowa.

    White House race contested in far fewer states than in past

    So much for Mitt Romney’s plans to compete for Democratic-trending Michigan or Pennsylvania. And what about President Barack Obama’s early hopes of fighting it out for Republican-tilting Arizona, Georgia or Texas? Forget them. The presidential battleground map is as compact as it’s been in decades, with just nine states seeing the bulk of candidate visits, campaign ads and get-out-the-vote...

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    Meningitis outbreak toll: 119 cases, 11 deaths

    The number of people sickened by a deadly meningitis outbreak has now reached 119 cases, including 11 deaths. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated the count on Tuesday.

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    2 alleged Mexican drug cartel leaders to be tried in Chicago

    A federal judge in Chicago says his intention is to try two alleged lieutenants of Mexico’s Sinaloa drug cartel together sometime next year. Judge Ruben Castillo’s comments came at a Tuesday hearing for Alfredo Vasquez Hernandez and Vicente Zambada. Mexico extradited 57-year-old Hernandez last week and 37-year-old Zambada in 2010.

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    Maine West soccer players barred from team

    Several Maine West High School boys soccer players have been barred from playing and could face disciplinary action, while five coaches have been temporarily reassigned after allegations of misconduct, Maine Township High School District 207 spokesman Dave Beery confirmed Saturday.

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    The 30 million cubic foot helium balloon is inflated Tuesday prior to take off in Roswell, N.M. Felix Baumgartner's attempt to break the speed of sound with his own body by jumping from a space capsule lifted by the helium balloon was aborted Tuesday.

    Skydiver cancels try at supersonic jump

    Extreme athlete and skydiver Felix Baumgartner has canceled his planned death-defying 23-mile free fall into the New Mexico desert because of high winds. The 43-year-old former military parachutist from Austria had hoped to become the first skydiver to break the sound barrier and shatter three other world records.

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    Blindfolded and handcuffed suspected al-Qaida members are led away to detention centers in an Iraqi army base in Hillah, about 60 miles south of Baghdad, Iraq. Al-Qaida is slowly resurging in Iraq, and has set up training camps for insurgents in the nation’s western deserts as the extremist group seizes on regional instability and government security failures to regain strength, officials say.

    Al-Qaida making comeback in Iraq, officials say

    Al-Qaida is rebuilding in Iraq and has set up training camps for insurgents in the nation’s western deserts as the extremist group seizes on regional instability and government security failures to regain strength, officials say. Iraq has seen a jump in al-Qaida attacks over the last 10 weeks, and officials believe most of the fighters are former prisoners who have either escaped from jail or...

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    Naperville almost done with smart meter installation

    Fifty-six thousand six hundred smart meters down and 800 to go.City officials announced this week that all 57,400 smart meters associated with the Naperville Smart Grid Initiative are on pace to be installed by the end of the month.

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    Chris Nowinski, a native of Arlington Heights, wrote the book “Head Games: Football's Concussion Crisis,” which inspired the new documentary film about concussions in youth and pro sports. Nowinski also appears in the film.

    Doc on sports concussions based on Arlington Hts. native's book

    Arlington Heights native Chris Nowinski, 34, a Hersey High School alumnus, played football at Harvard University and was a WWE wrestler before suffering a career-ending concussion in 2004. He set out to learn all he could about sports-related concussions and in 2006 published the book, “Head Games: Football's Concussion Crisis,” which inspired the new documentary, “Head Games,"...

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    Shammrie Brown

    Police: More victims possible in Aurora assault case

    Authorities believe a trio of Aurora men, who are accused of sexually assaulting a woman in August, may have committed more attacks at a home near the Aurora University campus. The men were arrested last week and charged with the sexual assault of a 25-year-old Joliet woman who authorities say was too intoxicated to give consent.

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    In this Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012 photo, Afghanistan’s first female rapper Sosan Firooz sings in a studio in Kabul, Afghanistan. Firooz, 23-year-old singer is making history in her homeland where society frowns on women who take the stage.

    First female rapper debuts in Afghanistan

    KABUL, Afghanistan — “Listen to my story! Listen to my pain and suffering!” Afghanistan’s first female rapper Sosan Firooz pleads into her microphone.With her first rap song, the outspoken 23-year-old singer is making history in her homeland where society frowns on women who take the stage. She is already shunned by some of her relatives.

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    A wounded Pakistani girl, Malala Yousufzai, is moved to a helicopter to be taken to Peshawar for treatment in Mingora, Swat Valley, Pakistan on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012. A Taliban gunman walked up to a bus taking children home from school in Pakistan’s volatile Swat Valley Tuesday and shot and wounded a 14-year-old activist known for championing the education of girls and publicizing atrocities committed by the Taliban, officials said.

    Taliban gunman attacks teenage Pakistani girl activist

    MINGORA, Pakistan — A Taliban gunman walked up to a bus taking children home from school in Pakistan’s volatile Swat Valley on Tuesday and shot and wounded a 14-year-old activist known for championing the education of girls and publicizing atrocities committed by the Taliban, officials said.

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    This frame grab made from video on Friday, Oct. 5, 2012, and provided by John-Patrick McNown shows Edward Archbold competing in a roach-eating contest at Ben Siegel Reptile Store in Deerfield Beach, Fla. Archbold, 32, winner of the contest, died shortly after downing dozens of the live bugs as well as worms, authorities said Monday, Oct. 8. Authorities were waiting for results of an autopsy to determine a cause of death.

    Man dies after live roach-eating contest in Fla.

    MIAMI — The winner of a roach-eating contest in South Florida died shortly after downing dozens of the live bugs as well as worms, authorities said Monday.About 30 contestants ate the insects during Friday night’s contest at Ben Siegel Reptile Store in Deerfield Beach about 40 miles north of Miami. The grand prize was a python.

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    Beth de Kruyff of Lisle, wearing the pink scarf, has forged a team of friends, family and neighbors who share a desire to eradicate breast cancer. They’ll walk together in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event at Cantigny in Wheaton.

    Beth de Kruyff, Lisle: Watching sister follow in her footsteps

    Beth de Kruyff of Lisle always has been a supporter of breast cancer funding, and when she was diagnosed in December 2009, finding a cure for breast cancer became even more important to her. Her sister, Pam, was diagnosed in December 2011, and with sadness in her heart, she is watching her follow in her footsteps.

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    Linda Karch of Arlington Heights will walk in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event to thank those who supported her, to honor the friends she’s lost and to help find a cure.

    Linda Karch, Arlington Heights: ‘I am very blessed to be a survivor’

    Linda Karch of Arlington Heights has taken part in Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks for more than a decade. She walks for her family, for the friends she lost to the disease and to support the work of the American Cancer Society.

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    Tammy Lonsberry of South Elgin, a three-year survivor of breast cancer, credits the support of friends — including a fellow patient — for helping her through treatment.

    Tammy Lonsberry, South Elgin: I ‘fought like a girl’

    Tammy Lonsberry of South Elgin is walking in her third Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event and marking the third anniversary since her breast cancer diagnosis. She “fought like a girl” and is a survivor. She walks as a way to support the American Cancer Society and to give back to an organization that helped her and millions like her.

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    Jennifer McDermott, Evanston: ‘My main reason for walking is my 11-year-old daughter’

    Jennifer McDermott's main reason for walking in Making Strides is her 11-year-old daughter. Both her grandmothers and two aunts had breast cancer. She wants a cure found so that as her daughter grows up, she never will have to worry about being next.

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    Cara Novy-Bennewitz, Wilmette: Her book helps newly diagnosed patients

    Hearing you have cancer is hard enough without the added burden of trying to figure it all out — from where to start, who to see and what to do. While navigating her own cancer diagnosis in 2008, Cara Novy-Bennewitz kept thinking there had to be a better way to gather information, understand it and keep organized. She wrote a guide book to help other newly diagnosed patients and became a Medical...

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    Susan Witwicki, Hoffman Estates: Cancer survivors walk together

    When the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk started in the Northwest suburbs, Susan Witwicki of Hoffman Estates knew she had no reason not to participate. She's a 6-year breast cancer survivor. "I now have four granddaughters and finding a cure is what drives me to raise more money each year," she said.

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    Lori Skipper, Joliet: ‘It’s my time to give back to the ACS’

    Last year, at 35 years old, Lori Skipper of Joliet was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer that spread to all of her lymph nodes. For the second year, she's walking in Making Strides Against Breast Cancer to bring awareness to the community and let them know you can get breast cancer at any age and to help raise money to help find a cure.

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    Patty Oskorep of Elk Grove Village, second from left wearing cap, has had a party for every step of her journey through cancer.

    Patty Oskorep, Elk Grove Village: ‘I plan to have a party each year to celebrate the life I have left’

    Patty Oskorep of Elk Grove Village was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer at the age of 43. With two young boys, 8 and 11 at the time, she had no choice but to fight and was not about to dwell on the negative. She decided to celebrate each step of the way, starting with a diagnosis party.

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    Katherine Burgess, Hoffman Estates: ‘I want breast cancer to be eradicated’

    Katherine Burgess of Hoffman Estates walks because she wants breast cancer to be eradicated in her lifetime. In September 2007, she retired after 34 years of teaching and was looking forward to the rest of life. She couldn’t believe she had been diagnosed with cancer because she'd religiously had annual mammograms and did self-examinations. "How could I have cancer?" she asks. "But that...

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    Tonia Khouri

    DuPage Dist. 5 candidates spar over attendance

    Meeting attendance is a sticking point among the four candidates running for three seats to represent District 5 on the DuPage County Board in the Nov. 6 election.

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    Workers can be seen inside the State Health Operations Center in the Tennessee Department of Health on Monday, Oct. 8, 2012 in Nashville. Health officials in Tennessee are reviewing recent deaths that were not initially linked to a deadly fungal meningitis outbreak.

    13,000 got suspect steroid shots; risk uncertain

    As many as 13,000 people received steroid shots suspected in a national meningitis outbreak, health officials said Monday. But it’s not clear how many are in danger. Officials don’t how many of the shots may have been contaminated with meningitis-causing fungus tied to the outbreak. And the figure includes not only those who got them in the back for pain — who are most at risk — but also those...

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    This undated family photo shows Lilian Cary of Howell, Mich. Friends and family gathered Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, for a wake for 67-year-old Cary who died in September, weeks after being treated with contaminated steroids for back pain.

    Mich. man at risk for meningitis after losing wife

    Days after taking his wife off life support, George Cary got a phone call that confirmed his suspicions: Her meningitis-related death was linked to tainted steroid injections at a Michigan clinic that had regularly treated her back pain. The doctor on the call had more tough news. Cary’s own back injections in September may have come from a contaminated batch too.

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    The Mexican navy says alleged Zeta drug cartel leader and founder Heriberto Lazcano has apparently been killed in a firefight with marines in the Mexican northern border state of Coahuila.

    Mexico navy: Zetas cartel leader apparently killed

    MEXICO CITY — Top Zetas drug cartel leader Heriberto Lazcano has apparently been killed in a firefight with marines in the northern border state of Coahuila, the Mexican navy says.If confirmed, Lazcano’s death would be a huge victory for Mexican law enforcement, and mark the end of a founder of one of the world’s bloodiest cartels.

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    President Barack Obama speaks during a campaign event on Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, in San Francisco.

    In close race, Obama and Romney showing confidence

    Exactly one month from Election Day, Republican Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama are both declaring they will win a race for the White House that remains anything but clear. Their trails are crossing again in Ohio, the state that could decide the election, and signs of urgency are emerging from each campaign.

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    French physician Serge Haroche and American David Wineland share the 2012 Nobel Prize in physics Tuesday Oct. 9, 2012 for inventing methods to observe the bizarre properties of the quantum world, research that has led to the construction of extremely precise clocks and helped scientists take the first steps toward building superfast computers.

    Frenchman, American win Nobel for quantum physics

    A French-American duo shared the 2012 Nobel Prize in physics Tuesday for inventing methods to observe the bizarre properties of the quantum world, research that has led to the construction of extremely precise clocks and helped scientists take the first steps toward building superfast computers.

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    Teacher Jarrod Neuhaus, second from left, instructs a group of students in the proper method for harvesting marigold seeds at Garfield Montessori School in Decatur.

    Garden provides students opportunity

    After a summer that was tough for most local gardeners, Garfield Montessori School students are still able to reap the benefits of a special program designed to teach them about healthy foods and what they can do to prevent heart disease. In the spring, the children planted seeds and seedlings as part of the American Heart Association’s Teaching Gardens program in conjunction with the Macon...

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    Chicago’s Argyle station reopens after repairs

    The fourth of seven stations along the north end Chicago’s Red Line rail system has reopened after repairs.Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel officially marked the reopening of the Argyle station Monday. The station has been closed for six weeks to allow crews to do $10 million in maintenance and improvements.

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    Quinn accuses Chicago mayor of smearing nominee

    Gov. Pat Quinn is accusing Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel of character assassination for questioning the qualifications of the governor’s pick to lead the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority board.

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    1 UW-Eau Claire student killed, 3 hurt in fire

    Authorities have identified the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire student who died in an apartment fire and his three roommates who were injured. Eau Claire fire officials say the four students were friends from Stillwater, Minn. They lived in an apartment above a real estate business on Water St. in Eau Claire. A police detective on his way to work spotted smoke coming from their apartment...

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    Dawn Patrol: Schaumburg robber sought; terror suspect’s family speaks

    Schaumburg armed robber still on the loose. Family of Elk Grove man suspected of terror plot says he's "not a monster." Schaumburg police chief faces internal investigation. Addison student lied about being restrained, police say. Naperville's website still down. Elmhurst must pay $4 million+ in injury suit.

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    This Algonquin dog service is in the trademark doghouse. Coffee giant Starbucks is requesting the owners stop using the Starbarks name and logo.

    Starbucks battles Starbarks in Algonquin

    Vowing to take a bite out of trademark violations, Starbucks brews up an intellectural property battle against an Algonquin dog-boarding business called Starbarks. The coffee giant wants Starbarks owners to change the business name and logo. “I’m Irish, so I made the sign green. Do they own green, too?” asks owner Andrea McCarthy-Grzybek of Inverness.

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    Alex Breytspraak reaches for a pass in front of Zach Sledz, both 7 and from Aurora, during a Batavia Youth Football league game at West Main Park in Batavia.

    Ex-NFL player launches new flag football league

    Ex-NFL player and Palatine mayor Jim Schwantz is launching a new flag football league for third- through sixth-graders, saying it fills a void for kids who aren't ready for, or interested in, tackle football and also appeals to parents concerned about concussions in tackle games. "There are a bunch of kids that tackle is their only option, and they're not ready, so they give up football,”...

Sports

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    Finding a teammate in the booth for White Sox broadcaster Ken Harrelson has been difficult over the years, but Steve Stone will be back again next season.

    Discomfort to continue in White Sox booth

    Steve Stone will return as White Sox' game analyst on TV next to play-by-play man Hawk Harrelson. They form an odd partnership that translates into an uncomfortable listen.

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    Cubs President Theo Epstein is not one to deceive fans concerning how soon he feels the team will be a contender.

    Cubs facing long trek to respectability

    It’s a good idea to listen closely when Theo Epstein speaks. It is the rare general manager who does not deceive in order to sell tickets, but even with the difficult season Cubs fans have endured, Epstein — when he met reporters to wrap the season — didn’t pretend to push a timeline that isn’t realistic. Asked if he thinks his team will contend in 2014, Epstein said, “I haven’t considered 2014 or any specific year. I just know that we have to continue to push the organization forward.”

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    Grizzlies get look at possible future Bull Mirotic

    Memphis played an exhibition last Saturday against Real Madrid, which meant the Grizzlies got a look at one of the Bulls proposed future weapons, forward Nikola Mirotic. Opinions were mixed.

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

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

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    San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey, right, is congratulated after scoring in the 10th inning Tuesday during Game 3 of the National League division baseball series against the Cincinnati Reds in Cincinnati. The Giants won 2-1 in the 10th inning to cut their playoff deficit to 2-1.

    Giants beat Reds in 10th, cut NLDS deficit to 2-1

    Joaquin Arias hit a grounder toward third base and took off, covering those 90 feet in a blink as a full-to-capacity ballpark went silent with angst. Which would get there first, the infielder or the ball? Who would win the decisive playoff dash? "That's the fastest I've ever run to first," Arias said. Fast enough to extend the San Francisco Giants' season one more day.

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    Pat Flynn of Naperville Central, left, and Giovannie Altamirano, right, of West Chicago in boys soccer action on Tuesday.

    Flynn does it again

    The most prolific scorer in Naperville Central history wasted little time in setting the tone in Tuesday’s DuPage Valley Conference boys soccer match at West Chicago. Pat Flynn, who has scored more goals in a Naperville Central uniform than anyone else, scored just 57 seconds into the contest, and it proved to be all the Redhawks needed in a 2-0 victory.

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    Crystal Lake S. outlasts Prairie Ridge

    Crystal Lake South girls volleyball coach Jorie Fontana was direct with her girls before Tuesday’s showdown for first place in the Fox Valley Conference’s Valley Division against visiting Prairie Ridge, the team that tagged the Gators with their only division loss on Sept. 13. “The pregame speech was all about whether you truly want it or not,” Fontana said. With the match tied 19-19 in the third game, the Gators answered their coach and thrilled the enthusiastic home crowd with a 6-1 run to close out a 25-19, 23-25, 25-20 victory on Volley for the Cure night at Gator Alley.

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    Guard Kirk Hinrich finished with 7 assists in his return to the Bulls on Tuesday night at the United Center.

    New Bulls bench still needs some work
    Bulls fans should remember that the “Bench Mob” wasn’t built in a day. During the preseason opener Tuesday night against Memphis, the Bulls’ starters played well, while the revamped reserves were a borderline disaster. With subs on the floor, the Bulls hit a remarkably putrid 1 of 21 shots from the field in the fourth quarter.

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    Libertyville clinches share of NSC Lake crown

    Julia Smagacz slammed 9 kills, as Libertyville’s girls volleyball team clinched a share of the North Suburban Conference Lake Division championship with a 25-20, 25-15 win over visiting Warren on Tuesday night.Libertyville (19-4, 5-0) will win the division title outright with a win against Lake Forest tonight.Alex Basler and Taylor Zant added 5 kills apiece for the Wildcats. Cindy Zhou dished out 23 assists, while Kristen Webb and Rhiannon Prentiss added 20 and 19 digs, respectively.Paige Jespersen led Warren, serving 9 of 10 with 4 aces, hitting 17 of 8 with 6 kills and chalking 9 digs. Danielle Buschick was 11-of-11 hitting with 3 kills, and Rachel Ziegler lofted 6 assists for the Blue Devils.Grayslake North d. Woodstock: Kelsey Klausner had 8 kills, and Joanan Guhl added 6 kills and 3 aces, leading the Knights to a 25-7, 24-26, 25-12 win in Fox Valley Fox Division action.Grayslake North (8-18, 2-7) also received a strong effort from Lisa Lowry, who set 81 of 82 with 20 assists, served 9 of 9 with 3 aces and posted 3 blocks. Alaina Geissberger contributed 4 kills for the Knights and Melanie Aikin had three.Crystal Lake Central d. Grayslake Central: Alex Dahlstrom delivered 6 kills, and Gabi Casper had five for the Rams, who dropped the Fox Valley Fox match 25-22, 25-17.Meghan Brewster was 49-of-50 setting with 15 assists for Grayslake Central (18-10, 6-4).Providence d. Carmel: Caitlin Barry and Gracie Schofield had 6 kills apiece for the Corsairs, who lost 25-15, 20-25, 25-10 in East Suburban Catholic Conference action.Alyssa Armada added 5 kills and 13 assists for Carmel (20-14, 2-5), while Shauna Meagher racked up 24 digs for the Corsairs.“We were able to minimize our errors in the second set and competed well to force a third game,” Carmel coach David Pazely said. “But a slow start on our end put us down early and we weren’t able to mentally recover. We made some scrappy defensive plays but weren’t able to keep the momentum long enough to change the outcome.”

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    Hersey meets Rolling Meadows’ challenge

    The Hersey girls volleyball team completed its fifth straight undefeated season in the Mid-Suburban East by posting a 25-18, 29-27 victory over Rolling Meadows at the Ken Carter Gymnasium in Arlington Heights on Tuesday night. The Huskies (22-3, 10-0) registered their 51st straight win in the East. Rolling Meadows (14-13, 5-5) made the Huskies work right to the end.

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    Orrick captures IPGA Players Championship

    Steve Orrick won the IPGA Players Championship for the third time in five years on the North Course at Eagle Ridge Resort in Galena. “There must be something in the air up here,” said Orrick. “I’ve played good every time I’ve come here.”

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    Quick-striking Ray lifts Lakes

    Trevor Ray made Lakes soccer history, and the Eagles earned a victory in their North Suburban Prairie Division finale Tuesday.Ray’s goal 20 seconds into the match was the fastest goal in Lakes’ history and helped spark the Eagles to a 4-2 win over visiting Vernon Hills.Ray finished with 2 goals and an assist. Lakes (13-4-3, 4-1-1) also received goals from Lucas Istvanek and Ramon Marin. Mark Gerrits set up Ray’s first goal, while Richard Galat and Brian Werchek also had assists for Lakes.Jeremy Cohen and Evan Borden scored for Vernon Hills (9-4-3), which trailed 3-0 at halftime. Matthew Tabrizi had an assist.Grayslake Central 4, Hampshire 3: The visiting Rams wrapped up Fox Valley Conference Fox Division play with a victory in the wind and rain, receiving goals from Joey Mudd (his ninth), Ryan Fontana, James Garcia and Steven Anderson.Jackson Frey and Anthony Betancourth had assists for Grayslake Central (9-9-1, 4-2).Hampshire fell to 5-14-1, 1-5.

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    Lake County sixth in Region IV tourney

    The College of Lake County women’s tennis team finished sixth in the Region IV tournament, which is one of the largest NJCAA tournaments in the country.CLC’s highlights included Jenn Lee’s 6-1, 6-2 upset of Moraine Valley in the No. 2 singles final and, at No. 3 doubles, Sara Kalter and Dulce Cerna’s 6-1, 7-6 upset of Sauk Valley for the Lancers’ only victory in doubles.Jessica Ring lost a competitive match (6-2, 6-3) against Waubonsee at No. 1 singles. At third singles, CLC’s Erika Kranz lost a very competitive match against the regional champion from Elgin, 6-3, 6-3.At No. 5 singles, Cerna fell to Elgin 7-6, 6-3. No. 6 singles player Stacey West lost in a super tiebreaker, 5-7, 6-3 10-6.Lancers coach Randy Malone said his team competed very well in extremely cold and windy conditions.

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    Former Grayslake North defensive back Jake Geary has taken on the role of assistant coach after graduating last spring.

    Playoffs worth the wait for Grayslake North coach Geary

    The playoffs eluded Jake Geary when he was a player at Grayslake North the previous two seasons. But he's pitching in as a defensive assistant this fall and is reveling in the Knights' postseason drive.

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    St. Charles E. rolls by Batavia

    It’s going to take more than a broken hand to stop the St. Charles East girls volleyball team’s continued climb from an unusually slow start into a typically outstanding season.

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    Libertyville wins NSC Lake title

    Libertyville’s boys soccer team won the North Suburban Lake Division title outright with a 1-0 victory over host Lake Zurich on Tuesday night. Cameron Fragassi scored the game-winning goal and Austin Bitta picked up the assist.

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    Westminster to play for 1A regional title

    Tim Rodgers and Robert Kleczynski scored first-half goals and Sam Carani came up with two game-saving stops in the net as the Westminster Christian boys soccer team held off Christian Liberty 2-1 Tuesday in the semifinals of the Class 1A Westminster Christian regional.

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    Fremd coach Curt Pinley, left, greets his Vikings during player introductions before Tuesday’s contest against visiting Palatine. Fremd won to get Pinley his 300th girls volleyball coaching victory.

    Fremd helps Pinley to 300-win pinnacle

    The night started with a terrific rendition of the national anthem by Craig Pinley. It ended with Craig watching his brother Curt hit yet another high note in his career as the girls and boys volleyball coach at Fremd High School. Curt Pinley’s Vikings got their first win over visiting Palatine in three tries season. The 25-13, 22-25. 25-15 Mid-Suburban West triumph on Tuesday was the 300th for Pinley as a girls coach. He also has more than 350 as a boys coach.

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    Silver belongs to Glenbard West

    Caleigh Ryan is blown away by what her Glenbard West volleyball team has accomplished. First conference title since 1984? That’s a big deal in Glen Ellyn.“It’s ridiculous to comprehend,” said the Hilltoppers senior setter. “It feels so awesome to be associated with those people that came before us, because Glenbard West has had such a drought in volleyball.” The drought is over, the top-ranked and unbeaten Hilltoppers clinching the outright championship of the West Suburban Silver by virtue of a 25-21, 25-17 win at Downers Grove North on Tuesday.

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    Krajewski, Addison Trail turn away Leyden

    Daniel Krajewski’s 65th-minute goal handed visiting Leyden a 3-2 loss Tuesday night, guaranteeing Addison Trail a second-place finish in the West Suburban Gold boys soccer standings. The junior put the Blazers (13-4-1, 5-1-0) back on top for good after the Eagles came back from an early 2-goal deficit. Addison Trail started brightly but faded later and allowed the Eagles to make a contest of what at first appeared to be an easy night for coach Ryan Dini’s side.

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    Girls volleyball/Fox Valley roundup

    The Elgin girls volleyball team registered its first Upstate Eight Conference River Division win of the season Tuesday night, downing Streamwood 22-25, 25-18, 25-16.

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    Benet will be ‘in the mix’ at loaded sectional

    The Benet girls tennis team won its seventh straight East Suburban Catholic Conference title under coach Bob Comerford, but the Redwings are still facing one more major test this weekend in the talent-packed Naperville North sectional.

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    Close race in UEC Valley

    The top three teams in the Upstate Eight Conference Valley Division played four extremely competitive soccer matches against each other this season, and it resulted in a three-way tie atop the standings.

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    Burlington Central’s Josh Lung (19) is congratulated by teammate Chris Rodriguez after Lung’s first-half goal put the Rockets up 2-1 over Richmond-Burton during Tuesday’s game at Burlington Central High School.

    Big Northern East title all Burlington Central’s

    The scenario Tuesday evening was simple for the Burlington Central boys soccer team: Win and the Big Northern East championship lands on Rocket Hill. Central allowed a goal less than 2 minutes into the match, but answered 10 minutes later with 2 goals in a 3-minute span. The Rockets added 2 more goals in the second half to defeat Richmond-Burton, 4-1, to capture its fifth conference title and first since 2010.

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    Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller, left, scores a touchdown Saturday against Nebraska safety Daimion Stafford during the second quarter.

    Big Ten shows it can put up the points, too

    The rough-and-tumble Big Ten can put up gaudy score lines, too. Ohio State scored 63 points last weekend, Michigan 44. After a paltry start, Penn State is pouring it on with 34 points or more in three of its last four games. Nebraska has yet to dip below the 30-point mark. As the season approaches its midway point, half of the teams in the conference so gritty the colors of its logo are black and blue are averaging 30 points or more.

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    Bears rookie wide receiver Alshon Jeffery did not return after this 10-yard touchdown catch Sunday at Jacksonville.

    Bears’ Smith evasive on Jeffery’s ‘minor injury’

    Rookie wide receiver Alshon Jeffery is expected to miss at least a couple of games with a fractured right hand, although Bears coach Lovie Smith seems to be hoping that if he ignores the injury it will go away. Jeffery suffered the injury on his 10-yard TD catch on the first play of the fourth quarter Sunday and did not return. But the Bears’ coach wouldn’t even confirm the time of the injury following Tuesday’s abbreviated practice leading up to this weekend’s bye.

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    Aurora Central Catholic coach Brian Casey

    Casey’s enthusiasm helps Aurora Central turn program around

    Fifteen years ago, Bill Clinton was our president, the top movie at the box office was “Titanic”, the Chicago Bulls won the NBA championship, and the price of a gallon of gas was $1.21. The year 1997 also marked the last time Aurora Central Catholic’s football team qualified for the state playoffs. That’s one of the reasons why ACC’s sixth victory of the 2012 campaign — a 55-0 blowout of Guerin last Friday night at Bob Stewart Field — carried special meaning.

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    John Starks/jstarks@dailyherald.com ¬ Marmion's Flynn Collins turns to ask the referee for a call against Aurora Central Catholic goalkeeper Mike O'Donnell Thursday in Aurora. There was no penalty.

    St. Charles E., Kaneland among playoff favorites

    St. Charles East (15-2-1) and St. Charles North (7-8-0) could face each other in the Class 3A Wheaton North regional title game on Oct. 20. Of course, neither team is looking too far ahead, especially the North Stars who struggled in a 3-0 defeat to the Saints on Saturday.

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    White Sox reliever Nate Jones was one of the pleasant surprises during the season, along with the comeback performances of Alex Rio, Jake Peavy and others..

    Disappointing end ruined a good Sox season

    in his final column of the baseball season, broadcaster Chris Rongey looks back at the surprises on the year, and disappointment of missing the playoffs. Most of the year was enjoyable, but the ending could have been so much better, he says.

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    Fire’s 15th bash a tribute to players, fans

    There aren’t many professional sports franchises who get a birthday party thrown by its fans. On the Chicago Fire’s 15th anniversary Monday night, the staff, current players and former players celebrated with fans who paid $97 to attend at the Chicago History Museum, an event organized by the Fire’s supporters groups.

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    Former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky arrives for sentencing at the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte, Pa., Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012.

    Sandusky sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison

    In what sounded at times like a locker room pep talk, Jerry Sandusky rambled in his red prison suit about being the underdog in the fourth quarter, about forgiveness, about dogs and about the movie "Seabiscuit." With his accusers seated behind him in the courtroom, he denied committing "disgusting acts" against children and instead painted himself as the victim.

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    McIlroy, Woods lose opening matches in Turkey

    The anticipated matchup between Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods on Wednesday may not count for much after both lost their opening matches at the eight-player World Golf Finals. McIlroy lost to Matt Kuchar by six shots and Woods fell to Charl Schwartzel by one shot on Tuesday in the $5.2 million event at the Sultan course in Antalya.

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    Baltimore Colts quarterback John Unitas, here talking with coach Don Shula, held the NFL record with 47 consecutive games with a touchdown pass until Drew Brees broke it Sunday.

    Drew Brees pales compared to Unitas

    Drew Brees' 48 straight games with a touchdown surpasses Johnny Unitas' record, but it doesn't impress Mike North. With the differences in today's NFL compared to the run-first era of Unitas, Brees' accomplishment dims in comparison. North also contends there are now only three major sports. Guess which one doesn't count any more?

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    Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly, center left, talks to his team Saturday during the second half against Miami at Soldier Field. About the only thing the Irish haven’t done yet this season is rally from behind to win. The Irish have been able to ignore what coach Kelly refers to as the ‘noise’ so far, but it keeps getting louder with every victory.

    Kelly wants No. 7 Notre Dame sticking to the plan

    Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly wants his players to stick to the plan. Kelly said it’s the same plan he used when Grand Valley State went 14-0 in 2002 and won the Division II national championship, when the spotlight shining on the program came from the Detroit media. It’s the plan he used in leading Cincinnati to a 12-0 start in 2009, before accepting the Notre Dame job.

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    Carmel’s Brienne Minor returns a shot against Warren’s Karyna Bihel during Monday’s tennis match at Carmel in Mundelein.

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

Business

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    William Morkes

    Suburban chocolatier Morkes dies at 90

    William Morkes grew up in the family business, Morkes Chocolates, learning to make hand-dipped candies and caramel apples with his father. Morkes passed away Oct. 2 surrounded by his family at Pepper Family Hospice in Barrington. The Crystal Lake resident was 90.

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    IT company pledges improvements to Carol Stream warehouse

    An IT sales company is promising to make $2 million in improvements to a once-vacant warehouse facility and create new jobs in Carol Stream in exchange for getting a cut of the village’s sales tax revenues. Zones, Inc., which sells computer hardware and software to businesses, relocated to a 151,000-square-foot building at 725-785 Center Ave. in August from a smaller facility in Bensenville. A grand opening of the new facility is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday.

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    Stocks slide, and investors wait for earnings

    Stocks slumped Tuesday on Wall Street after the International Monetary Fund predicted weaker world economic growth and as investors waited for what they expected to be lower corporate earnings. The Dow Jones industrial average declined 110.12 points, or 0.8 percent, to 13,473.53. The Standard & Poor's 500 index dropped 14.40 points, a hair under 1 percent, to 1,441.48.

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    The Blue 60 sports bar in Mundelein will lose its liquor license in 60 days if the owner doesn’t sell the place.

    Blue 60 to lose Mundelein liquor license in 60 days

    Following repeated criminal complaints, Mundelein officials on Monday pulled the liquor license for the Blue 60 Bar and Grill. The revocation was delayed 60 days, however, to give owner Steve Itsines time to sell the beleaguered business.

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    The ExxonMobil refinery in Torrance, Calif., is seen Monday. For the third straight day, the California statewide average price for a gallon of regular rose to an all-time high, hitting $4.668, according to AAA.

    High gas, diesel prices hurt California farm industry

    Farmers in California’s Central Valley say record high gas and diesel prices are putting pressure on their bottom lines. But economists say it’s unlikely that will translate into significantly higher food prices in the U.S. The rise in gas prices has slowed, but the price Tuesday was still a state record and the highest in the nation.

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    Ultra Foods plans to open a store next year in Prospect Heights’ long-vacant Dominick’s.

    Agreement near for Prospect Heights Ultra Foods

    A sales tax sharing agreement that will bring a new Ultra Foods Store into the old Dominick’s that has been vacant at least eight years is expected to be approved at the next Prospect Heights City Council meeting, Mayor Nick Helmer said Monday. The agreement would give the city and the store at least $2.9 million each during that period, Helmer said.

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    A man sits in a park in front of a burned Japanese plant after it was torched by anti-Japan demonstrators on the previous day in Qingdao in Sandong Province, China. The craggy island specks in the East China Sea aren’t even an economic backwater. They have no factories, no highways, no shops, no people ó only goats. But the high-pitched row between Beijing and Tokyo over their ownership is exacting a growing toll on Japan, threatening to send its recovery from last year’s disasters into reverse.

    Japan economy shaky as island spat hits business

    The craggy island specks in the East China Sea aren’t even an economic backwater. They have no factories, no highways, no shops, no people — only goats. But the high-pitched row between Beijing and Tokyo over their ownership is exacting a growing toll on Japan, threatening to send its recovery from last year’s disasters into reverse.

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    A passenger walks through the south terminal at Miami International Airport in Miami. U.S. companies are continuing to cut back on employee travel plans amid uncertainty surrounding the health of the economy. Americans are expected to take 438.1 million business trips this year, down 2 percent from last year, the Global Business Travel Association said Tuesday.

    Economic uncertainty hurts business travel

    U.S. companies are continuing to cut back on employee travel plans amid uncertainty surrounding the health of the economy. Americans are expected to take 438.1 million business trips this year, down 2 percent from last year, the Global Business Travel Association said Tuesday. “Corporations are in a wait-and-see mode and holding back on investment decisions that would help boost the economy,” said Michael W. McCormick, the trade group’s executive director and chief operating officer.

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    Protesters throw stones to riot police Tuesday during clashes in central Athens. German Chancellor Angela Merkel got a hostile reception from ordinary Greeks Tuesday when she flew into Athens on her first visit to the country since its debt crisis erupted three years ago.

    Merkel gets a hostile reception on Greek visit

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel got a hostile reception from many ordinary Greeks Tuesday when she flew into Athens on her first visit to the country since its debt crisis erupted three years ago. But she praised the current Greek government for covering “much of the ground” required for recovery. “I hope and wish that Greece remains a member of the eurozone,” Merkel said. “As partners, we are working hard to achieve that.”

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    Wal-Mart tests same-day delivery for holidays

    Wal-Mart is testing a same-day delivery service in select markets for customers who buy popular items online during the holiday shopping season.The move comes as the world’s largest retailer faces increasing competition from online giants like Amazon.com., which is testing same-day delivery service in 10 markets. The Bentonville, Ark.-based discounter is trying to cater to Web-savvy shoppers who are demanding more convenience.

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    TrendPointers develops new Economic Uncertainty Index

    Predictive media analytics company TrendPointers LLC, is now publishing a new “what’s next” forecasting metric, the Economic Uncertainty Index.

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    Kraft recalls Jalapeno string cheese

    Kraft Foods Group is voluntarily recalling the Jalapeno variety of Kraft String Cheese with the Best When Used By date of 23 NOV 2012 as a precaution due to the possibility that a thin layer of plastic film from the package may remain adhered to the product.

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    Federal Signal appoints Waverly as interim CFO

    Federal Signal Corporation has appointment of Braden Waverley as the interim chief financial officer.

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    Berlin Packaging opens new warehouse in New Jersey

    Berlin Packaging opened a new 70,000-square-foot warehouse in Cranbury, N.J., to house packages for delivery to area customers participating in its inventory management programs.

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    Survey: Small biz owners growing more pessimistic

    Small business owners are growing more pessimistic. A survey taken by the National Federation of Independent Business during September shows that owners became more pessimistic as employment and sales remained weak. The NFIB's index of owner optimism has fallen 0.1 point to 92.8.

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    Indian schoolchildren eat a free mid-day meal at a government school in Allahabad, India.

    UN says world hungry not 1 billion after all

    The United Nations said Tuesday its 2009 headline-grabbing announcement that 1 billion people in the world were hungry was off-target and that the number is actually more like 870 million.The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization blamed flawed methodology and poor data for the bum projection, and said it now uses a much more accurate set of parameters and statistics to calculate its annual estimate of the world’s hungry.

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    Hoffman Estates-based Sears expects to receive about $446.5 million in gross proceeds from an offering tied to the spinoff of its Hometown and Outlet stores.

    Sears expects $446.5M in proceeds from offering

    Hoffman Estates-based Sears expects to receive about $446.5 million in gross proceeds from an offering tied to the spinoff of its Hometown and Outlet stores. Sears Holdings Corp. had signaled in February that it would split off the companies as a separate publicly traded entity.

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    Asalesperson stands at counters selling mobile phones produced by ZTE Corp. at an appliance store in Wuhan, in central China’s Hubei province.

    U.S. report highlights unease about Chinese firms

    Eager to expand in the United States, China’s biggest technology companies face an America anxious about threats to jobs and national security.The latest blow: A U.S. report that says telecom equipment makers Huawei Technologies Inc. and ZTE Corp. are potential security threats that Americans should avoid doing business with.

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    Workers assemble cars at the factory of BAIC Motor Corporation in Zhuzhou in south China’s Hunan province. Plagued by uncertainty and fresh setbacks, the world economy has weakened further and will grow more slowly over the next year, the International Monetary Fund says in its latest forecast.

    IMF offers bleak assessment of stalled recovery

    Plagued by uncertainty and fresh setbacks, the world economy has weakened further and will grow more slowly over the next year, the International Monetary Fund says in its latest forecast. Advanced economies are risking recession, the international lending organization said Tuesday in a quarterly update of its World Economic Outlook, and the malaise is spreading to more dynamic emerging economies such as China.

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    Workers count the small currency notes from bus fares at the accounting center of a bus company in Rizhao city in east China’s Shandong province.

    World stocks stall after Asian session

    World stock markets mostly declined Tuesday against a backdrop of worries about global economic growth and Europe’s debt crisis.European Finance Ministers were meeting in Luxembourg but were not expected to take any strong action, even as yields on Spain’s government debt have once again begun rising. Meanwhile, comments by the International Monetary Fund on the global economy “provide a gloomy backdrop” for the day, said Monument Securities analyst Marc Ostwald.

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    Stanley Black & Decker selling unit for $1.4B

    ool maker Stanley Black & Decker Inc. is selling its hardware and home improvement business to Spectrum Brands Holdings Inc. for $1.4 billion in cash.The hardware and home improvement unit makes locksets, hardware and faucets for residential use and includes brands such as Pfister, Baldwin and Kwikset.

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    Oil falls in Europe as world growth outlook dims

    A string of indicators that the global economy is struggling to escape its mire kept oil prices on their down trend Monday.By early afternoon in Europe, benchmark crude for November delivery was down $1.31 to $88.57 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

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    Atourist eats inside a restaurant as a man begs in the street in Barcelona, Spain. Spainís Red Cross is launching its first-ever public appeal for donations to help the growing number Spaniards in need of help because of the economic crisis.

    Spain Red Cross seeks funds for crisis poor

    Spain’s Red Cross is launching its first-ever public appeal for donations to help the growing number Spaniards in need of help because of the country’s economic crisis.Spokesman Miguel Angel Rodriguez said Tuesday the agency is looking to round up some (euro) 30 million ($38.87 million) over the next two years to help an extra 300,000 people.

Life & Entertainment

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    Tailgate challenge: Querceto Chianti Classico, cumin and American cheese
    For the Chianti challenge, Michael Pennisi decided to use the wine as a marinade or sauce. He also decided to keep the cheese separate from the meat because he didn't think the flavor of American cheese complements either the wine or a quality cut of meat. Mary Beth Thornton found the hardest part of this week's challenge's was to make sure the two proteins matched together on a plate.

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    “Red Rain” by R.L. Stine

    R.L. Stine offers some adult ‘Goosebumps’

    “Hey, look, the ‘Goosebumps’ guy is out with a new book! Perhaps the kids would like it for Christmas ...” Umm, no. “Red Rain” may have some tropes in common with R.L. Stine’s best-selling series of scary books for children, but the audience here is clearly readers who enjoy the likes of Stephen King and Dean Koontz. Villainous lawn gnomes and ventriloquist dummies are replaced by real people who cause real pain.

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    The Vinturi Red Wine Aerator works by blending just the right amount of air and wine, adding the levels of flavor and textural appeal that wine gains by “breathing” in a decanter, but in a fraction of the time.

    Get to know your wine retailer before the holiday crush

    The wine industry is gearing up for its busy season — more than a third of annual sales come in the year's final months, with discounts, special events and exclusive products galore for those ready to take advantage of them. So, if you want the most out of your holiday wine enjoyment, now is the time to get to know a wine retailer. Heed Advanced Sommelier Mary Ross' advice for breaking the ice and navigating the season's numerous walk-around tastings.

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    The Svengoolie Chicken Sand-witch is one of several spooky eats on the menu at the Halloween party Saturday at Tom & Eddie's in Lombard.

    Eating out: Shakes 'n' Svengoolie at Tom and Eddie's

    Svengoolie, aka Rich Koz, appears at Tom and Eddie's in Lombard from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, where he'll judge a costume contest for kids and adults. Halloween-themed menu items include the Booberry and Frank 'n Berry milkshakes, as well as the Frank 'n Stein (of beer) and a Svengoolie Chicken Sand-witch. Guests receive trick-or-treat bags and souvenir cups.

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    The cover of the upcoming “Iron Man,” part of Marvel Comicsí new initiative aimed at recharging the publisherís heroes and villains.

    Marvel recharging heroes and villains

    It’s not a reboot or relaunch. Instead, Marvel Comics’ new “NOW” initiative aims to recharge the publisher’s heroes and villains, the publisher’s editor-in-chief Axel Alonso said of the new effort that starts this week. “This ain’t a reboot, we’re simply hitting the refresh button. `Marvel NOW!’ simply offers a line-wide entry-point into the Marvel Universe that you’re already reading about,” he said of the endeavor, which starts Wednesday with the release of “Uncanny Avengers” No. 1 in comic shops worldwide.

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    Magician David Blaine stands inside an apparatus surrounded by a million volts of electric currents streamed by tesla coils during his 72-hour “Electrified: 1 Million Volts Always On” stunt on Pier 54.

    David Blaine wraps up high-voltage stunt in NYC

    Daredevil David Blaine has finished what could be called his most electrifying stunt. The magician emerged shortly before 9 p.m. Monday after spending three days and three nights standing in the middle of 1 million volts of electric currents at New York’s Pier 54.

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    Don Mauer has been writing Lean and Lovin' it and sharing tips for cutting fat and calories from recipes for 20 years.

    Don marks 20 years of lovin' the lean life

    On Oct. 8, 1992, Don Mauer's Lean and lovin' it appeared in the Daily Herald for the first time. Little did he think that 20 years and almost 900 columns later he'd still be lovin' it. When the column started Don had shed 105 pounds and had kept it off for two-plus years by cooking great-tasting, low-fat and lower-calorie meals. Through the years he's shared healthier, low-fat recipes to inspire others to eat healthy and maintain a healthy weight.

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    Jump-For-Joy Gingerbread
    Jump for Joy Gingerbread: Don Mauer

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    Under the Streetlamp returns to Elgin Community College's Blizzard Theatre.

    Best bets: Under the Streetlamp in perfect harmony

    Riding high after their recent PBS special, Under the Streetlamp triumphantly returns for two concerts of 1950s and '60s pop harmonizing this Thursday at Elgin Community College's Blizzard Theatre in Elgin. Expect plenty of comic sketches taking aim at both political parties when The Capitol Steps perform “Take the Money and Run for President” at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora Friday.

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    The pistol-packing monsters in “Resident Evil 6” just aren't scary, unfortunately.

    'Resident Evil 6' stumbles brainlessly

    "Resident Evil" is a zombie. Once one of the most respected and beloved video-game franchises, it's now a shell of its former self. It lumbers along brainlessly. The zombies in "Resident Evil 6" have evolved since they were first unleashed 16 years ago. Sadly, the series itself has devolved since its 2005 peak, forgoing its roots in horror in favor of a more bombastic action-movie vibe. It trades in spine-tingling frights for earsplitting explosions.

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    Rob Zombie will be a co-headliner alongside Marilyn Manson on Thursday, Oct. 11, when the Twins of Evil Tour stops at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont. Pictured left to right are band members John5, Zombie, Piggy D and Ginger Fish.

    Rob Zombie guitarist John5 explains ‘The Lords of Salem’ score

    Rob Zombie guitarist John5 wanted to write something simple yet scary when he sat down to compose the score for his band leader's latest horror film, "The Lords of Salem." The trick, he said, was coming up with material that wouldn't distract audiences but also wouldn't be easily forgotten. "I always say, it's music that people don't want to listen to, because you're watching the movie. It's tough. It's gotta be good enough, but it can't distract you."

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    John5’s Top Five horror soundtracks
    With Halloween right around the corner, Rob Zombie guitarist John5 shared his top five picks for horror-film music to get you through creepy season.

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    “V/H/S” producers Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Brad Miska, of Buffalo Grove, pose on the red carpet before the screening of their new horror movie at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

    Stevenson graduates have become horror heroes

    Stevenson High School graduates Brad Miska, Tom Owen and Zak Zeman are the men behind the new horror flick "V/H/S," which opened in theaters Friday. The trio also created one of the world's most popular horror websites, blood-disgusting.com. "It’s definitely made with horror fans in mind. There’s a deconstructive nature to it," Zeman said.

Discuss

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    Endorsement: Dold over Schneider in 10th Congressional District
    Rep. Robert Dold wins the Daily Herald's endorsement over Brad Schneider in the race for Congress in Illinois' 10th District.

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    Endorsement: Schakowsky over Wolfe in 9th Congressional District

    The Daily Herald endorses Rep. Jan Schakowsky over Tim Wolfe for the 9th District because of her leadership position in Congress but calls on her to work in a more bipartisan way than she has in the past.

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    Endorsement: Roskam over Coolidge in 6th Congressional District
    Republican Peter Roskamof Wheaton is endorsed for a fourth term as congressman in the 6th Congressional District over Democrat Leslie Coolidge of Barrington Hills, a Daily Herald editorial says.

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    Endorsement: Biggert over Foster in Dist. 11 Congress
    The Daily Herald endorses Republican Judy Biggert in the race for Congress from the 11th District.

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    Mitt’s master act not beloved by all

    Columnist Froma Harrop: If you are specific about cutting marginal rates by 20 percent, ending the estate tax and lowering corporate income taxes, and you insist those lost revenues will be made up by closing loopholes and deductions, aren't you a teensy bit obligated — though master you may be — to reveal what loopholes and deductions would go?

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    Put some thought into your vote
    A Des Plaines letter to the editor: Too many voters today seem to decide which candidates they will cast their ballot for based on the shallowest of reasons.

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    Leaders not sharing the sacrifice
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: Why should the average American be willing to give up wage increases and benefits when our "leaders" at all levels (city, county, state and nation) don't give up a thing to help get our economy back on its feet?

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    Unemployment worse than it sounds
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: "Twenty-nine straight months of job growth" sounds great. That's only if you don't take the time to put them in context and forget about the fact that we are approximately $800 billion further in debt.

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    Judge’s Grant Park ruling is dangerous
    A Prospect Heights letter to the editor: So what our educated, sworn-to-justice judge decides is that because something was done before, not legal (although understandable), it would be unconstitutional to hold others to that law now. What?

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    Car of the future not exactly feasible
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: Extremely fuel-efficient, practical vehicles will be possible only if a miracle such as subminiature nuclear fission cells become feasible (improbable). The things currently on the table, battery, natural gas and solar-powered cars are possible but not practical.

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    Romney more prepared to be president
    A letter to the editor: What I saw was that the debater with the long, long history of success (Romney) did what winners do — he did what was necessary to once again be successful. On the other hand, the debater who has almost no track record of success (including four years as president), did what mediocre people do: not enough.

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    Obama’s America is less free
    A McHenry letter to the editor: The Obamas have stated that it has been hard to bring about change in America. That it will take longer. No, it will take forever. That kind of change will fail, must fail. It will fail because America will not give up its greatest asset. Countries the world over continue to fight and bleed for what we have. And we, too, will fight to keep this thing we have; this thing called freedom.

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    Why wasn’t terror attack on Page 1?
    A Sleepy Hollow letter to the editor: Why wasn't there a story on the front page the day after we Americans learned for sure that our president and his staff have been lying to us for the last 17 days regarding the attack on our embassy that resulted in the deaths of four Americans?

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    GM bailout a bad bet for taxpayers
    A Sleepy Hollow letter to the editor: How can the administration brag about saving the auto industry when it's turned out to be another bad investment for taxpayers? Who gained at our expense? Union jobs were saved at taxpayers expense is the hard truth.

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    Stop raising my taxes, Kane County
    An Elburn letter to the editor: A Kane County Board committee approved Sept. 25 to increase our property tax bill by 3 percent. Funds needed for what? When is enough already? People are losing their houses, people are losing their jobs, trying to pay their mortgages, house value have gone down, yet the county feels we need to take another hit and have more people to struggle to keep their house.

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    Take government off auction block
    A Carpentersville letter to the editor: The strength of our democracy is in its people. Let us amend the Constitution to make it clear that we the people have a legitimate interest in limiting large political contributions to prevent corruption and the undermining of self-government. Let us come together to say "Our democracy is not for sale."

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