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    Megan Wells

    Ray Bradbury Storytelling Festival set for Oct. 26

    Storytellers will perform celebrated Ray Bradbury stories to pay homage to his colorful, penetrating, and spooky characters and stories at the Seventh Annual Ray Bradbury Storytelling Festival. It is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, at the historic Genesee Theatre in downtown Waukegan.

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    Aneta M. Marsek

    Police search Chain O’ Lakes for Volo mom, 2 girls

    The Lake County Sheriff’s Marine Unit is searching boat launch areas and beaches in the Chain O’ Lakes as well as canvassing the area between Volo and Wauconda in search of a women and her two young children who have been missing for a week. In the meantime, friends plan a candlelight vigil at 7 p.m. today at the woman’s Volo home and have established a Facebook page to help in the search.

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    Parolee held in attack on doctor and wife

    Police in Kankakee say a 35-year-old Bradley man slit his own throat and told police he killed two people.Officers went to the address the man provided Friday morning and found two victims, a man pronounced dead at the scene and a severely injured woman.

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    Large shed burns in Wheeling

    A large shed caught fire Friday in Wheeling, causing some $20,000 worth of damage, authorities said. The blaze broke out at an asphalt maintenance contractor’s yard at 165 Hinz Road about 5 p.m.

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    Lucas Villa-Gomez

    West Chicago man faces 10 felony charges

    A West Chicago man faces 10 domestic violence-related felony charges after first eluding police and later being arrested while hiding in the alleged victims’ attic armed with a knife, police said. He is accused of confining three people to a basement, pushing them down the stairs and beating them.

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    Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, right, and Republican vice presidential candidate, Rep. Paul Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican, campaign Friday in Lancaster, Ohio.

    Romney criticizes Biden on consulate attack

    Broadening his attack on administration foreign policy, Mitt Romney accused Vice President Joe Biden on Friday of “doubling down on denial” in a dispute over security at a diplomatic post in Libya that was overrun by terrorists who killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans. “The vice president directly contradicted the sworn testimony of State Department officials,” the Republican...

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    Jason Werner

    McHenry County couple accused of wake burglaries face new charges

    A Johnsburg husband and wife already being held in Cook County on burglary charges, found themselves in even more hot water Friday, after McHenry County police connected them to five burglaries they say occurred while the homeowners were attending wakes or funerals.

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

    Steakhouse owner doesn’t want to be ‘Joe the Plumber’ of 8th District

    A Schaumburg steakhouse owner who became the subject of an offered bet in the debate between Republican U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh and Democrat Tammy Duckworth said President Barack Obama’s health care plan could hurt his business. But he said he doesn't want to be perceived as favoring either side in the debate, adding. “I don’t want to be Joe the Plumber.”

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    Mexican mayor says boy shot by U.S. agent 7 times

    A teenage boy apparently killed this week by a U.S. Border Patrol agent was hit seven times by gunfire and died on a sidewalk just across the Arizona-Mexico border, a mayor in Mexico said Friday. “It was a burst of gunfire,” Nogales Mayor Ramon Guzman Munoz told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. “It was a hail of bullets.”

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    Brogan Rafferty, 17, is escorted by police Friday from the Summit County Common Pleas Courtroom in Akron, Ohio. Rafferty and an adult accomplice are charged with three killings in a plot to lure victims through phony Craigslist job offers.

    Lone survivor testifies at Ohio Craigslist trial

    Hoping to land a farm job and move close to his family, Scott Davis met his new boss and walked with him through the autumn-color woodlands of southeast Ohio last year. Then he heard the click of a gun at the back of his head. “I spun around,” the soft-spoken Davis told a hushed courtroom Friday at the murder trial of Brogan Rafferty, a 17-year-old charged in a plot to lure victims through phony...

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    Teen who posted video on bullying found dead

    Authorities say a 15-year-old British Columbia girl was found dead in an apparent suicide, weeks after posting a haunting YouTube video detailing years of bullying that she said drove her to drugs and alcohol.

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    Tom Cullerton, left, opposes Carole Pankau in the race for the 23rd Senate District seat in the Nov. 6 election.

    Ethics allegations fly in Pankau-Cullerton Senate race

    While researching 23rd District state Sen. Carole Pankau’s opponent in the Nov. 6 election, her campaign staff found two campaign-related emails and a phone call from Villa Park Village President Tom Cullerton’s municipal accounts that may indicate violations of ethics and campaign disclosure regulations. Pankau says the actions are lapses in ethical judgment, but Cullerton defends them.

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    The Space Shuttle Endeavour slowly moves along city streets on a 160-wheeled carrier, Friday, Oct. 12, 2012, in Los Angeles.

    Images: Shuttle Endeavour’s Final Mission
    Images of the space shuttle Endeavour's 12-mile road trip from its Los Angeles International Airport hangar en route to the California Science Center, its ultimate destination. Crowds gathered as the behemoth craft moved over the streets of L.A. on an 160-wheeled carrier.

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    Candidates for Congress, state offices to speak at upcoming forum

    Nearly two dozen synagogues have joined to present a candidate forum on Monday featuring candidates from a variety of offices.Twenty-three synagogues with several Jewish communal groups and day schools are hosting the event from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15, at Congregation B’nai Jehoshua Beth Elohim, 1201 E. Lake-Cook Road, Deerfield. Doors open at 6:45 p.m.

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    Scott Shirey

    Father of boy killed in crash admits he used marijuana

    An Island Lake man pleaded guilty Friday to driving a car with drugs in his system when he was involved in an accident that killed his 10-year-old son in December 2011. Scott Shirey, 50, of the 3300 block of Concordia Drive, pleaded guilty to a single count of aggravated driving under the influence of cannabis in Lake County circuit court Friday.

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    A missing person sign is posted on a lamp post near the home of ten-year-old Jessica Ridgeway where police continue to search for the missing girl in Westminster, Colo., on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012. The youngster has been missing since she left her home Oct. 5 on her way to school.

    Authorities: Body is that of missing Colorado girl

    A body found in a suburban Denver park was identified Friday as that of a missing 10-year-old girl, as anxious parents kept close watch over their children because of the potential presence of a predator in their midst, authorities said. The body of Jessica Ridgeway was found Wednesday about 7 miles southwest of her home. Authorities said it was not intact, and DNA was used to identify her.

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    Pakistani students pray for the recovery of 14-year-old schoolgirl Malala Yousufzai, who was shot on Tuesday by the Taliban for speaking out in support of education for women, in Peshawar, Pakistan, Friday, Oct. 12, 2012. A Pakistani military spokesman says Yousufzai is in “satisfactory” condition but cautions that the next few days will be critical.

    Pakistani police make arrests in shooting of girl

    KHAR, Pakistan — Pakistani police have arrested a number of suspects in the case of a 14-year-old girl shot and wounded by the Taliban for promoting education for girls and criticizing the fundamentalist Islamic movement, officials said Friday.

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    Tentative deal reached in Evergreen Park strike

    Students could be back in school next week in South suburban Evergreen Park after negotiators reached a tentative deal to end a teachers strike. The strike has left about 1,800 students out of class since Oct. 2.

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    Lunches at Chicago school contained rat droppings

    Several students at a Chicago high school became after eating school lunches that officials believe were contaminated with rat droppings. Chicago Public Schools spokeswoman Marielle Sainvilus said the district immediately closed the kitchen after learning of the problem at Emil G. Hirsch Metropolitan High School.

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    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel introduces newly appointed Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett at a news conference Friday in Chicago.

    Emanuel praises former schools chief

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel praised former schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard’s professionalism and said he should be proud of the work he did, including laying the groundwork for the longer school day and school year. “Hold your head high,” he said.

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    Report finds errors in death investigations

    A special investigator found problems with more than a quarter of the death-related cases investigated by the Illinois Department of Human Services’ inspector general, according to a report released Friday. Michael McCotter was appointed in July by Gov. Pat Quinn to look into problems in the office after the Belleville News-Democrat revealed that since 2003 the inspector general hadn’t...

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    District 300 teachers to take strike vote Sunday

    Teachers in Community Unit District 300 will meet Sunday to vote whether to strike. The president of the teachers union said her bargaining team feels like the district has stopped making movement on important issues like class sizes and teacher pay. "No one want to take strike and I understand the need to bargain in good faith," union president Kolleen Hanetho said. "But if what it takes is to...

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    Timothy Kinsey

    Police say Waukegan High employee had sex with student

    A Waukegan Unit District 60 employee is charged with having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl, authorities said Friday. Timothy Kinsey, 44, of the 1600 block of 11th Street in Waukegan, was arrested Oct. 10 and charged with five counts of domestic battery and two counts of criminal sexual assault, Waukegan Police Cmdr. Gabe Guzman said.

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    Student wins health award:

    Dalia Anguiano, 17, a senior at Zion-Benton Township High School has been recognized as a young health activist for her work in two youth programs at the Lake County Health Department/Community Health Center.

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    Pollwatchers credentials, training:

    Lake County pollwatcher credentials are available to qualified political organizations needing credentials for the Nov. 6 General Election.

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    Political pins on display:

    The Ela Historical Society and Museum at 95 E. Main St., Lake Zurich has a political pin collection on display.

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    Forum planned for Wednesday at CLC:

    Candidates for three Lake County offices will discuss the issues Wednesday at the College of Lake County in Grayslake.

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    A resident on Kaneville Road shows support for Geneva teachers in their contract negotiations with the school district. The Geneva Education Association Friday said negotiations were at an impasse.

    Geneva teachers declare contract impasse

    The Geneva teachers union has declared negotiations with the school district over a new contract are at an impasse. The main issue? A proposed salary freeze.

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    One-day District 46 strike near Crystal Lake over

    A teachers’ strike in Prairie Grove School District 46 near Crystal Lake is over the same day it began. School district officials announced late Friday afternoon that an agreement had been reached with the 74-member Prairie Grove Teachers’ Association, which represents instructors at the Prairie Grove elementary and junior high schools, both located on Route 176.

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    Drew Peterson

    Judge delays Drew Peterson’s sentencing until 2013

    Drew Peterson, convicted in the drowning death of his third wife, was scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 26. But on Friday, Will County Judge Edward Burmila granted a request from Peterson attorney Joel Brodsky to sentence the former Bolingbrook police sergeant on Jan. 10.

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    Alex Clifford

    Will Metra prices go up again?

    After weathering fare hikes of up to 30 percent to pay for operating costs in February, Metra riders might be hit with an increase again. This time, the jump could range from 1 percent to 10 percent with the money intended for capital projects, according to Metra budget proposals.

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    Acting Mayor Ruben Pineda announces his intention Friday to run for the West Chicago post in April after being appointed to the seat earlier this year.

    Pineda wants to keep top job in West Chicago

    When Ruben Pineda was appointed acting mayor of West Chicago in May, it was under the most unfortunate circumstances: the death of friend and political ally Mike Kwasman. Next spring Pineda hopes to win the post the old-fashioned way: by winning an election. “It’s been a very emotional five months, but it’s been a great five months,” said Pineda, 52.

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    Christopher L. Mackey

    Rockford man charged in stabbing, Huntley cab hijacking

    A Rockford man was arrested Thursday night after he stabbed a cab driver in the neck in a mall parking lot in Huntley and stole the cab, ditching it in Rockford, authorities said. Police said the cab contained $20 and a cellular phone.

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    Politics over the Metra chairman’s job emerged Friday.

    Move to pick suburban Metra chair fails

    Despite behind-the-scenes political intrigue, Metra’s leadership remained the same Friday. A move to pick Metra Director Brad O’Halloran of Orland Park as chairman failed, leaving Acting Chairman Larry Huggins in charge.

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    Daniel Baker

    Judge declares Baker fit to stand trial

    Daniel Baker of Deerfield is mentally fit to stand trial for the April 2010 murder of a 50-year-old Vernon Hills woman, a Lake County judge ruled Friday. Judge Daniel Shanes said Baker understands the charges against him and is able to assist defense attorneys in his trial, now scheduled to begin Monday in Waukegan.

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    Tri-Cities police reports
    Kelly D. Chally, 34, of Geneva, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday after a single-vehicle crash at Norris and Bliss roads near Sugar Grove, according to a sheriff’s report. Chally had to be extricated from the vehicle and she had a blood alcohol concentration of .245, police said.

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    Wheeling teen admits starting fires

    A Wheeling teenager pleaded guilty Friday to arson an criminal damage to property. In exchange for his guilty plea, a Cook County judge sentenced Nathan Orlowski, 18, to 30 months probation and ordere him to undergo mental health counseling.

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    Tao Martinez, left, opposes Rob Russell for Kane County coroner.

    Martinez, Russell debate hospice deaths, restoring trust

    Kane County Coroner candidates differ on nursing homes death investigations and how to restore public trust in the office.

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    Lance Armstrong's seven Tour de France titles are now tainted.

    Poll Vault: Do you think any pro athletes are clean?

    Lance Armstrong is so busted. But he's not the only one. Melky Cabrera and Bartolo Colon were caught by Major League Baseball this year. Do you think most athletes are cheating?

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    Adam B. Hearn

    Judge rejects self-defense argument in Naperville bar stabbing

    A Lombard man was convicted of aggravated battery Friday for stabbing a bouncer during a scuffle at a Naperville bar. Adam Hearn, 33, was acquitted of attempted murder a day earlier by DuPage County Judge George Bakalis, who on Friday also declined to convict him of armed violence.

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    Jason Kaiz is the new principal of Lincoln Middle School in Mount Prospect.

    New principals happy to be working in District 57

    Mount Prospect Elemetnary District 57 has had a lot of turnover at the top recently, but two new energetic principals have hit the ground running. Both Jason Kaiz and Daniel Ophus say the welcoming school community is helping his transition to the new job.

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    Visit ‘A Haunting in the Valley’ in Schaumburg

    If there’s anything better than a haunted house to mark Halloween, it would have to be a whole haunted forest to wander through after dark. The Schaumburg Park District is providing such an experience on the trails of the Spring Valley Nature Center at 1111 E. Schaumburg Road from 6:15 to 9:30 p.m. on both Friday, Oct. 26 and Saturday, Oct. 27.

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    Barrington Scarecrow Festival moves indoors

    Forecasts for thunderstorms Saturday have led organizers of the Barrington Scarecrow Festival to move the event from its planned location at Memorial Park across the street to Hough Street School gymnasium, 310 S. Hough Street.

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    Democrat Sue Klinkhamer, left, and Republican Chris Lauzen faced a series of questions from the audience during a League of Women Voters candidates forum for countywide offices in Batavia Thursday night. Klinkhamer and Lauzen are candidates for county board chairman.

    Kane Co. chairman candidates vague on Settler’s Hill redevelopment

    It’s one of the largest economic development opportunities Kane County officials have been involved in for several years, but neither candidate for county board chairman has detailed any definitive vision for what they would like to see at the 700-acre Fabyan Parkway campus. Republican Chris Lauzen and Democrat Sue Klinkhamer met in another debate Thursday evening in Batavia.

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    Clinton: U.S. must stick by Arab world’s democracies

    Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says the United States must continue sending diplomats and aid workers to the Arab world’s emerging democracies, despite last month’s deadly attack in Libya.

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    Alexis Wright, 29, turns toward her attorney Sarah Churchill, left, 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. A lawyer for two alleged clients of Wright has filed a motion to block the release of names of the men suspected as her clients.

    Lawyer fighting names release in prostitution case

    Curious residents in this seaside community may have to wait to learn which of their friends and neighbors stand accused of giving business to a fitness instructor charged with running a prostitution operation out of her Zumba studio.

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    This citizen journalist image provided by Edlib News Network, ENN, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows anti-Syrian regime protesters Friday waving the Syrian revolutionary flag and holding an Arabic placard that reads:”we don’t care about the title for Friday (protests), the nation is drowning in blood,” during a demonstration at Sarmad, in Idlib province, northern Syria.

    Islamic militants help seize missile base in Syria

    Fighters from a shadowy militant group with suspected links to al-Qaida joined Syrian rebels in seizing a government missile defense base in northern Syria on Friday, according to activists and amateur video. It was unclear if the rebels were able to hold the base after the attack, and analysts questioned whether they would be able to make use of any of the missiles they may have spirited away.

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    Protesters gather Friday in Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt. Thousands of supporters and opponents of Egypt’s new Islamist president clashed in Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Friday, hurling stones and concrete and swinging sticks at each other in the first such violence since Mohammed Morsi took office more than three months ago.

    Backers, critics of Egypt president clash in Cairo

    Thousands of supporters and opponents of Egypt’s new Islamist president clashed in Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Friday, hurling stones and concrete and swinging sticks at each other in the first such violence since Mohammed Morsi took office more than three months ago.

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    William Adams, left, opposes Jeanne Ives in the 42nd House District.

    42nd District candidates pledge to trigger change in Springfield

    Two candidates for the Illinois House of Representatives both describe themselves as independent thinkers who would effect change in Springfield. But they disagree on how effective the other would be, based upon which side of the aisle they would sit. Republican Jeanne Ives is facing Democrat William Adams in the Nov. 6 election for a 2-year term to represent the 42nd District.

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    Republican state Rep. Tom Morrison, left, faces Democrat Richard Rudd.

    Morrison, Rudd vying for 54th House District seat

    The race for the 54th House District seats features a freshman lawmaker and a political newcomer with very different fiscal views and polar opposite social positions. Republican state Rep. Tom Morrison, a small-business owner, will face Democrat Richard Rudd, a carpenter.

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    Ed Plaza

    Plaza won’t run again in Lake in the Hills

    After serving for four terms as village president in Lake in the Hills, Ed Plaza announced he will not seek re-election in April. It’s simply time to move on, said Plaza, 59. “I am not one who is in favor of someone holding a position ad infinitum.”

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    22nd and 23rd District State Senate and 44th District Representative candidates participate during a general election forum at Elgin High School last night. From left are Tom Cullerton, Cary Collins, Mike Noland, Fred Crespo, and Ramiro Juarez.

    Dawn Patrol: VP debate gallery, videos; suburban debates in Elgin, Batavia

    Vice presidential candidates Joe Biden and Paul Ryan go at it. So do 22nd Senate and 44th House candidates at Elgin High School. And Kane County chairman candidates in Batavia. Volo mother, children still missing. Naperville will be without website awhile.

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    Richard Calica, director of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.

    Illinois' child welfare agency cancels layoffs

    The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services canceled plans to lay off 375 employees after state lawmakers signaled they were willing to restore some of the millions of dollars in department funding that had been cut from next year's budget. The agency's director, Richard Calica, announced the change in a memo to staff Thursday.

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    Sue Sanders, Pat Dallesasse and Debbie Karr are ready to serve guests at a recent Third Tuesday Supper in Geneva.

    3 years of free suppers and still going strong

    The third anniversary of the free Third Tuesday Supper will be Tuesday night at the Geneva United Methodist Church.

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    Hanover Park Fire Dept. hosting open house Oct. 13

    The Hanover Park Fire Department will host its annual open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at Fire Station No. 1, 6850 Barrington Road. The free event will feature station tours and demonstrations such as vehicle extrication and the Illinois State Police vehicle rollover simulator. Community organizations will put on displays and firefighters will show off the engines, tower...

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    Anna Klimkowicz, District 211 board member

    District 211 board members seek re-election

    Three members of the Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211 board of education, including its longtime president, plan to seek re-election in the spring. Board President Robert LeFevre, Secretary Edward Yung and Anna Klimkowicz all confirm they are running for another four-year term in the April 2013 elections. Theirs are the only seats up for election in the spring.

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    The fallout from disgraced cycling legend Lance Armstrong’s doping scandal may include more drug testing at top-tier races, including the Northwest suburbs’ own Tour of Elk Grove, according to the head of the United States sanctioning body for competitive cycling.

    Tour of Elk Grove, other races may face more drug testing

    The fallout from disgraced cycling legend Lance Armstrong’s doping scandal may include more drug testing at top-tier races, including the Northwest suburbs’ own Tour of Elk Grove, according to the head of the United States sanctioning body for competitive cycling. “We are expanding our (drug) testing into recreational racers,” said Steve Johnson, president and CEO of Colorado-based USA Cycling.

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    Christopher Jacobsen gets jail in theft from Libertyville Boys Club

    Chris Jacobsen, the former treasurer of the Libertyville Boys Club, will serve some time in jail for stealing money from the organization, a Lake County judge has ruled.

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    Arlington Heights Fire Dept. open house Saturday

    The Arlington Heights Fire Department will host its annual Open House from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13 at Fire Station No. 2, 1150 N. Arlington Heights Road.

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    Algonquin church hosts photo race fundraiser

    The Congregational Church of Algonquin is hosting a “Photo Road Rally” contest on Saturday, Oct. 20, where teams will be given a list of people, places and things, and will have two hours to zip around McHenry County to take at least two photos for each category. Registration closes on Sunday, Oct. 14.

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    A few Pine Sisken happened through our yard a couple weeks back. The fast and very elusive little birds almost seemed to find enjoyment in coaxing me to shoot and than darting away leaving me with many a blurred shot. Finally as if to say “Just take your shot and leave us alone, this little guy puffed up, cocked his head and sat perfectly still. Got my shot of the day and called it quits. Enjoyed the brief beauty and look forward to next fall to see them return.

    Images: Photo Contest Finalists
    Each week you submit your favorite photo. We pick the best of the bunch and select 12 finalists. Here are the finalists for the week of October 8th.

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    John Thominet, owner of Rainbow Records in Barrington, sports a Beatles shirt.

    Moving Picture: Vinyl rules at Barrington record shop

    John Thominet is a true vinyl junkie. Since his first purchase of "Surfin’ Safari" by The Beach Boys as a 9-year-old, he’s been hopelessly hooked on wax tracks. His Rainbow Records store in Barrington is jam-packed with thousands of LPs, new and used, a veritable candy store for record addicts.

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    Naperville officials will flip the switch on the city's first public station, in the downtown Van Buren Street parking lot, at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday where owners can charge their electric cars like this Chevy Volt.

    Naperville unveiling electric car charging station

    The first of possibly several electric vehicle charging stations is being unveiled by the city of Naperville. City officials will flip the switch on the city's first public station Tuesday. The raffle winners selected to win five residential electric charging stations will also be announced.

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    EU detractors slam Nobel Peace Prize decision

    LONDON — While some Europeans swelled with pride when the European Union won the Nobel Peace Prize, howls of derision erupted from the continent’s large band of skeptics.

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    Minn. lawsuit may be 1st from meningitis outbreak

    MINNEAPOLIS — A Minnesota woman who may have received tainted steroid injections blamed for the nationwide outbreak of fungal meningitis sued the drug seller on Thursday, though she hasn’t been diagnosed with the rare illness.The federal lawsuit appears to be the first stemming from the outbreak, though many lawsuits are expected.

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    Dr. Mark Weinberger of Merrillville, Ind., is scheduled to be sentenced Friday Oct. 12, 2012 in Hammond, Indiana, by U.S. District Judge Philip Simon, his second attempt at a plea deal. Simon rejected a plea deal last year that called for a four-year prison sentence, saying he was not confident it took into account the scope of Weinberger’s crimes.

    Judge to sentence Ind. doctor who hid for 5 years

    A federal judge is scheduled to decide how long a former Indiana surgeon captured in Italy after five years on the run will spend in prison after pleading guilty to 22 counts of health care fraud.

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    President Barack Obama rests his hand on the podium as he speaks at a campaign event at the University of Miami, Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012, in Coral Gables, Fla.

    VP debate tees up closing issues for Romney, Obama

    With just 25 days to go in Campaign 2012 and throngs of people already voting, Obama and Romney will try to answer two questions that their running mates posed to the tens of millions of Americans who watched Thursday’s hard-fought, 90-minute debate. “Who do you trust?” Biden asked. “Wouldn’t it be nice to have a job-creator in the White House?” asked Ryan.

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    Young whooping cranes follow ultralight to Florida

    A group of young whooping cranes being led by small planes has started their long trek from Wisconsin to Florida. The six cranes are the 12th group to take part in a project led by the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership. It’s an international coalition of public and private groups reintroducing the species in eastern North America.

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    Apple products a hit with Dist. 15 grant program

    It’s a safe bet that Apple is a fan of Palatine Township Elementary District 15. The 12,000-student school district’s educational foundation this week announced it will purchase 61 new iPads for recipients of its Mini-Grant program.

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    Dryden STEM project finishes 2nd in national contest

    Students and staff at Dryden Elementary in Arlington Heights are celebrating a national recognition and the $5,000 prize that came with it last week. Fifth-grade art teacher Tricia Fuglestad and her students came in second place in the annual McGraw-Hill STEM Innovative Educator awards.

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    Jennifer Causey

    Des Plaines resident earns medal for preventing suicide

    Des Plaines city officials recently awarded a Citizen’s Service Medal to resident Jennifer Causey for preventing a woman from committing suicide by jumping off the Interstate 90 overpass at Elmhurst Road.

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    Naperville North High School graduate Peter Kolkay, a renown bassoonist, will perform as a soloist Saturday with the DuPage Symphony Orchestra.

    DuPage Symphony’s season draws inspiration from literature

    The DuPage Symphony Orchestra doesn’t typically have a recommended reading list. This year is a bit different with a five-concert subscription series focusing on literary greats, starting with Saturday’s season opener, “Great Expectations.”

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    Vermilion County Museum director Sue Ritcher talks about two of the Dionne Quintuplets dolls that they have on display at the museum as they get ready for the Arts Month Luncheon “Tea for Two, Your Doll and You” at the museum in Danville .

    Dolls, owners invited to tea

    Doesn’t your favorite doll deserve an afternoon out? The Vermilion County Museum Society is calling all dolls — of all sizes, ages and styles — and their owners to enjoy “Tea for Two, Your Doll and You.” The program will start at noon Oct. 16 at the museum, and will feature a luncheon with dainty food and a presentation about doll collecting and the art of dolls.Speaker will be Julia Furman of...

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    IndianaI-74 section reopens day after tanker crash

    Highway crews worked through the night to replace pavement on Interstate 74 in central Indiana after a tanker carrying diesel fuel crashed and burned.The fire badly damaged the road surface, causing authorities to close I-74’s eastbound lanes about 15 miles southeast of Indianapolis near the Shelby County town of Fairland. Crews repaved the section and it reopened Friday morning.

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    Chicago-area attorney named to appellate court

    The Illinois Supreme Court has announced the appointment of a new state appellate court judge. Court officials say Chicago-area attorney John B. Simon will fill the vacancy created by the death of Michael Murphy, who died Oct. 1.

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    Bird gets caught in engine of American flight

    American Airlines says a bird got caught in the engine of a Chicago-to-Miami flight but that the passenger jet landed safely. Airline spokesman Matt Miller said late Thursday that the American flight “took a bird strike just prior to landing” at Miami International Airport.

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    $1 million bond in death of Kenosha woman

    Bond of $1 million cash has been set for a Kenosha man accused of beating and strangling a co-worker and leaving her body in a cemetery. Lisa Marie Mezera was found dead in a Somers cemetery Aug. 19. A criminal complaint says a man she worked with was the last person seen with 26-year-old victim and that DNA evidence ties him to the fatal attack.

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    Parent tackles teen with fake gun at Ind. school

    Police say a parent tackled a teenager after he pulled out what appeared to be a handgun at an Evansville high school. Police say the 16-year-old’s weapon turned out to be a BB gun that looked like handgun. Students at Bosse High School told police the boy waved the weapon during an argument Wednesday evening when he tried to talk with an ex-girlfriend who is part of the school’s marching band.

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    Dundee-Crown High School students rehearse a scene from Tom Stoppard’s “Arcadia,” which runs Friday and Saturday, Oct. 12 and 13, in the school’s auditorium.

    ‘Arcadia’ will challenge actors, delight audiences

    Dundee-Crown High School in Carpentersville will perform Tom Stoppard's, "Arcadia" Friday and Saturday. The nine-person play is funny and forces students to stretch their minds.

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    Tears were flowing when nurse Irene Wysocki was reunited with Zachary Kordik Thursday in the neonatal ICU.

    Hospital partnership credited for baby's survival

    Zachary Kordik was born at only 27 weeks, his lungs filling up with fluid and requiring emergency heart surgery for any hope of survival. “We didn't know if he would make it. It was just the scariest time of my life,” said Brynn Kordik. But surgeons from Lurie Children's Hospital and Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights worked together to safe his life.

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    William Christopher Pettry, a Chicago Bears fan who was killed in a Jacksonville, Fla., bar in October 2012, is with his sister Veronica here.

    Bears players to hold fundraiser for slain fan’s family

    One week after a Lake Villa Township man was killed in a Jacksonville, Fla., bar while in town to see the Bears play, some current and former players are hosting a fundraiser for his family. Chicago Bears tight end Kellen Davis has initiated the Saturday night fundraiser for the family of William Christopher Pettry.

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    Vice President Joe Biden and Republican vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin shake hands after the vice presidential debate at Centre College.

    Images: Biden vs. Ryan in vice presidential debate

    Vice President Joe Biden and challenging vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan go head to head in a debate in which neither candidate held back with claims and counterclaims, attacks and responses, even jeers at each other.

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    Elgin DNA honors locals making positive impact on the city

    The people responsible for creating a safe zone in Downtown Elgin to protect humankind from the zombie apocalypse were recognized Thursday by the Downtown Neighborhood Association. The DNA’s prom-themed awards gala included prom photos, dancing, dinner and the announcement of the award recipients, chosen from a pool of nominees highlighted for their contributions to the city’s revitalization and...

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    Williams, Streamwood run past Elgin

    When the postseason door shuts on a Upstate River and district rivals like Elgin and Streamwood, both teams turn to pride which becomes such a major factor the last few weeks of the season. But how Streamwood factored pride into the equation couldn’t have been more symbolic on a run by fullback Vince Williams in the fourth quarter of Streamwood’s 27-8 win at Memorial Field Friday night.

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    Runningback Fitzgerald Toussaint carries the ball against Purdue last Saturday in West Lafayette, Ind.

    Michigan wants to get Toussaint going against Illini

    Michigan has proved it can win by leaning on Denard Robinson’s legs. It happened again last week when Robinson ran for 245 yards at Purdue. The 25th-ranked Wolverines might be able to get away with just letting Robinson run against Illinois on Saturday at home. But it will help Robinson, and the team, if handing off to Fitzgerald Toussaint becomes an effective option.

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    Oliver’s FG pushes Crystal Lake S. past Jacobs

    Casey Oliver was, by his own admission, nervous. The Crystal Lake South junior kicker certainly didn’t display any nerves in booting a 42-yard field goal with 0.8 seconds remaining to give the Gators an exhilarating 32-29 win over Jacobs in Fox Valley Conference Valley Division action in Algonquin Friday night.

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    Burlington Central suffers loss at Rock Falls

    Giveaways plagued Burlington Central in a 29-21 Big Northern Conference crossover defeat at Rock Falls on Friday night. “Turnovers were definitely an issue; I think we had five,” Central coach Rich Crabel said. “Our preparation was good and we knew what they were going to do. We just didn’t make plays defensively when we had the opportunity to, and we had a few too many turnovers.”

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    St. Viator beat Marian Catholic in Friday night football action in Arlington Heights.

    Images: St. Viator beats Marian Catholic
    The St. Viator High School Lion football fans hosted and won 31-21 over the Marian Catholic High School Spartans in Friday night football in Arlington Heights on Oct. 12.

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    West Aurora’s Thomas scores 2 defensive TDs

    West Aurora senior Spencer Thomas was at the right place at the right time on Friday night in Aurora. Perhaps he was being a bit too modest. Thomas returned an interception for a touchdown in the first half and scooped up a fumble for a touchdown in the second half as West Aurora took advantage of six West Chicago turnovers, snapping a six-game losing streak with a 35-9 victory.

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    Marmion runs over Aurora Central

    Records can be deceiving. Scoring on all 5 of its first-half possessions, Marmion built a commanding 35-0 halftime lead and cruised to a 41-7 Suburban Christian Conference crossover victory over visiting Aurora Central Catholic Friday night at Fichtel Field in Aurora.

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    Neuqua clinches share of UEC Valley

    What is hoped by the Neuqua Valley football team to be a long and successful latter part of the season started Friday night in Roselle. The Wildcats (8-0, 5-0 Upstate Eight Valley) clinched a share of the conference title with a 53-23 win over Lake Park. It’s the first league prize for Neuqua since 2006. A win over Bartlett in the regular-season finale next week gives the Wildcats the title outright.

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    Line paves the way for WW South

    Wheaton Warrenville South coach Ron Muhitch singled out his offensive line’s performance during Friday night’s DuPage Valley showdown against Glenbard East. The play of Kyle Joyce, Jonathan Callaway, Richard Metzger, Ryan McCarthy, Francis Garcia and tight end Bryan Welch paved the way for a dominating running game that led to the Tigers scoring 35 unanswered points between the second and third quarters.

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    Waubonsie Valley shuts out East Aurora

    Not even some good-natured teasing from teammates could wipe the big smile off the face of Waubonsie Valley junior Christian Gibbs on Friday.

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    St. Charles North slips past Larkin

    It had all the makings of an annual homecoming celebration, because that’s what it was. More importantly, the postseason essentially started for St. Charles North, which needed to win over visiting Larkin on Friday night and next week against South Elgin to have a shot at the state playoffs.Behind 3 touchdowns from running back Evan Kurtz, the North Stars (4-4, 4-2) made good on the first step of that journey with a 33-24 Upstate Eight River victory that looked and smelled like a season opener for the most part because of erratic play and a load of penalties.“It wasn’t pretty at all, and we told the kids we wanted them to play playoff football and this was nowhere near playoff football,” St. Charles North coach Mark Gould said.Gould said his team had “a real fun week of practice this week,” but added, “that’s exactly how we played.”He didn’t mean that in a good way, even though the North Stars kept their postseason hopes alive by outlasting an undermanned, but game Larkin squad.Kurtz and fellow running back George Edlund, (21 carries, 220 yards), who tallied a 49-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, were the main offensive bright spots for the North Stars.“Our offense moved the ball well tonight, but we just couldn’t put Larkin away when we had to do it,” Gould said. “We’re going to have to play much better because that’s not going to get it done next week.”Kurtz helped make sure the North Stars got it done on this night, opening the scoring with a 5-yard touchdown run four minutes into the game after St. Charles North took advantage of starting its first drive on the Larkin 40-yard line after a short punt.Kurtz added a 14-yard scoring run late in the first half to go along with Edlund’s long scoring jaunt. The North Stars needed both scores to offset Larkin’s two first-half scores — a 63-yard lightning-bolt touchdown run from Damion Clemons and a 35-yard touchdown reception from Dante Bonds.“We came into this game knowing Larkin was going to battle us hard,” Kurtz said. “Our offensive line did a great job of pushing through and driving them off the line, and that was a big part of us establishing our running game.”Neither team had much luck with extra points, with the North Stars’ Kat Stutesman finally kicking one through the uprights after Kurtz’ second TD for the only extra point either team could muster in the first half.When the North Stars scored on a 15-yard pass from quarterback Erik Miller to Zachary Kirby, Edlund powered in for the 2-point conversion and a 27-12 lead early in the third quarter.Larkin’s passing attack tailed off in the second half, and the Royals’ offense stalled in the process. Kurtz barreled into the end zone from 9 yards out midway through the fourth quarter for a 33-12 lead and what appeared to be a sealing blow.But the Royals responded quickly on the very next play, as Clemons ripped off his second 63-yard touchdown sprint of the night. Larkin (2-6, 1-4) blocked a North Star punt moments later, setting up a short field that allowed Maurece Herrion-Jackson to score on a 1-yard run with 3:07 left in the game. When the 2-point run failed, the North Stars dodged the bullet and lived to play another meaningful game next week.“Next week has to be fun, but in a different way,” Gould said. “We were too sloppy, with too many penalties, and that won’t work in South Elgin.”Larkin coach Mike Scianna feels his team is finally getting its footing, giving foes a competitive contest despite as many as six or seven players playing both offense and defense.“Some of our juniors are finally stepping up,” Scianna said. “I felt them coming on when we lost to Batavia 48-0 because we were starting to hit and get physical, and I could see it in practices and games.”Scianna said quarterback Kemmerin Blalark is a key for his team. “We are becoming a good team at this point and we can play pretty well when we have our quarterback,” Scianna said.

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    Geneva outscores Metea Valley

    Whatever that was Friday night on Geneva’s Burgess Field, it sure looked like fun. Unless you played defense.

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    Bartlett’s Kyle Garcia is brought down by South Elgin’s Jonathan Ortega on a quarterback keeper at Millennium Field in Streamwood Friday.

    Bartlett secures playoff berth

    Bartlett hit South Elgin with the type of one-two punch most high school defenses Kant-Ever stop. Senior tight end Chris Kantzavelos (6-foot-4, 255 pounds) caught 2 touchdowns passes, and 198-pound workhorse Aaron Everson rushed 38 times for 262 yards and 2 touchdowns and threw for another score to lead Bartlett to a 27-7 victory over their District U-46 rival in an Upstate Eight Valley clash at Millennium Field Friday night.

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    Huntley primed for postseason after big win

    Kam Sallee and Jason Wright knew the Huntley football program was headed in the right direction when John Hart took over in mid-April. On a cold and crisp mid-October Friday night, the Red Raiders showed that direction is a path to the postseason after they scored the first 35 points of the Fox Valley Conference crossover and plowed past host Woodstock 49-21 at Larry Dale Field.

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    In a controversial catch that would have been a touchdown late in the second quarter, St. Viator’s Ben Dickey was ruled out of bounds on the play during the Lions’ 31-21 victory in Arlington Heights on Friday.

    St. Viator nears return to postseason

    When Brandon New took over as head football coach this year at St. Viator, a state playoff berth was only a distant thought. But after Friday’s 31-21 victory over Marian Catholic Friday at Forest View in Arlington Heights, the Lions appear to be on the cusp of their first playoff appearance in three years. “I am just happy for these boys,” New said. “They have put in so much time and so much work. We went from 2-7 from last year and able to resurrect the program.”

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    Fast greens trip Kaneland

    There was a sense the Kaneland boys golf team was given a mighty reprieve in advancing out of its sectional on Monday.

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    Glenbard West won’t share Silver crown

    Glenbard West is a team that can beat you in many different ways — on the ground, in the air and on defense and special teams. York found that out firsthand in Friday’s West Suburban Silver showdown in Elmhurst.

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    Schaumburg stays sharp, gets win No. 7

    Schaumburg kept its focus on Friday night at Hoffman Estates, and now all eyes are on Palatine. The Saxons football team exploded for 30 second-quarter points en route to a convincing 57-7 Mid-Suburban League West victory over Hoffman Estates at Dennis Garber Stadium. The victory sets up a big matchup next Friday night when Schaumburg (7-1, 3-1) visits MSL West leader Palatine (7-1, 4-0) with the dvisional title at stake.

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    Meadows thinks outside the box, tops Hersey

    Rolling Meadows isn’t accustomed to winning like they did on Friday night at Roland Goins Stadium. But if teams are only going to put five guys in the box against the strong-armed Jack Milas, then the Mustangs are perfectly content to run the ball all night long. And Meadows did, as 3 rushing touchdowns and an aggressive defensive front-7 propelled the Mustangs to a 28-21 victory over Hersey in Mid-Suburban East play, keeping the Mustangs in a 3-way tie atop the East and eliminating the Huskies from playoff contention.

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    Willowbrook clinches playoffs

    Dom Battaglia cradled the District 88 trophy like a newborn, tracing his fingers over Willowbrook wins gone by.This latest victory is one to cherish.The Warriors, 0-9 a year ago, capped a remarkable turnaround by beating District 88 rival Addison Trail 42-28 on Friday in Addison to clinch their first playoff berth since 2007.

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    Batavia’s Zachary Strittmatter (82) is greeted by his teammates after a touchdown in the second quarter at St. Charles East Friday.

    Batavia wins showdown at St. Charles East

    A different core of players and a different way of winning a football game, but one thing remains the same: Batavia is Upstate Eight Conference River champions again.

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    Kuksa, Palatine ready for Barrington

    From the look of the first half of Friday’s Mid-Suburban West football game at Barrington Community Stadium, you’d hardly notice that Palatine’s Cam Kuksa was seeing his first-game action since early in the season opener against Montini.He scored Palatine’s first touchdown in its 38-6 victory over the Broncos on a 10-yard run and combined with quarterback Ethan Olles on 8 passes for 102 yards and a 24-yard touchdown. For good measure, he also played defense for the Pirates (7-1, 4-0).

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    Benet hands Marist first loss

    After a tough loss to Marist last season, Benet wanted to make sure the same outcome didn’t happen again this year. The Redwings made some adjustments and dominated its way to a 34-24 football victory on senior night at Benedictine University.

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    Minnesota’s Trevor Mbakwe dunks over Iowa’s Melsahn Basabe during a game Feb. 13, 2011, in Iowa City, Iowa.

    Minnesota forward gets yet another chance

    Trevor Mbakwe breathed a huge sigh of relief in April when the NCAA granted the star Minnesota forward a sixth season of eligibility, giving him one more chance in a college career full of them. That chance almost disappeared before his final season even started. Mbakwe was arrested on July 1 for driving while intoxicated and was sentenced on Sept. 10 to one year of probation and community service. Coach Tubby Smith considered kicking him off the team.

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    Lakes still perfect in Prairie

    Lakes 56, Vernon Hills 12: The Eagles maintained their first-place lead in the North Suburban Prairie, improving to 7-1 overall and 5-0 in the division.Lakes can win their first outright NSC Prairie championship with a win against North Chicago next Friday.Vernon Hills (1-7, 0-5) lost its seventh straight.

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    North Chicago edges Mundelein

    North Chicago 6, Mundelein 3: The host Warhawks won the North Suburban Conference crossover to improve to 7-1.Mundelein fell to 0-8.

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    Will finds its way as Warren wins a close one

    Warren had Davonte Willcox. And will.Now the question is, will the Blue Devils clinch a playoff berth with a home win over Lake Zurich in their regular-season finale? Or will their thrilling, 21-18 win over visiting Lake Forest on a homecoming Friday night be enough to secure a postseason berth?A year after missing the playoffs for just the second time in the last 13 years, Warren (5-3, 3-2 North Suburban Lake Division) became playoff-eligible with a win that wasn’t sealed until Lake Forest (5-3, 2-3) missed a 39-yard field-goal attempt as time expired.“It feels great,” said Willcox, whose 1-yard touchdown run with 46 seconds left capped an exhausting fourth quarter in which both high-tempo offenses manufactured long scoring drives. “The last five minutes, I felt it was destined for us. I felt that was supposed to happen for us. We had five minutes left, and we were supposed to make plays, and we did. It’s a great feeling, on homecoming.”Lake Forest trailed the entire game, including 14-12 at halftime, but took the lead with 5:41 left in the fourth quarter on Stephen Cirame’s 4-yard run. The TD capped a 15-play, 81-yard drive.But Max Sorby’s 37-yard return on the ensuing kickoff set Warren up at its own 40. The 14-play scoring drive included Adam Reuss’ 19-yard completion to Javon Charleston on fourth-and-8 from the Lake Forest 23. Three plays later, Willcox, who had a 23-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, dived into the end zone, breaking the end-zone plane by inches.“The last drive, we knew we had to get it done,” said Willcox, who finished with 95 rushing yards on 19 carries. “We trusted each other to make plays, and that’s what we did.”“I guess we could have said, ‘Here we go. We’re in a hole,’ ” Warren coach Dave Mohapp said. “But the kids battled back and did a nice job. Good job by Willcox down there (on the goal line). Lake Forest has got a couple of studs up front, and it’s had to move those guys.”Lake Forest wasn’t done, though. With just 43 seconds on the clock, the Scouts marched from their own 36 to the Warren 22, scrambling to get off their last-second field-goal try, which missed wide left.“It’s been a tough stretch for us,” Mohapp said. “We’ve had a number of injuries with everyone on our team. We’re getting back to full strength. I thought the kids played hard against a good team. Man, that’s a tough team.”Lake Forest quarterback Andrew Clifford finished 29-of-44 passing for 229 yards and no interceptions. Reuss wasn’t picked off, either, as he completed 17 of 29 passes for 154 yards.

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    Paul Michna/pmichna@dailyherald.com Ryan Storto of Glenbard North runs the ball during the Wheaton North at Glenbard North football game Friday.

    Glenbard North wins in final seconds

    Even Hector Ortiz — future hero — hoped for a Glenbard North touchdown. Not that the Panthers’ junior kicker was looking to avoid a pressure-cooking attempt at a game-winning field goal on Friday. He just figured the less drama the better. No such luck. Ortiz calmly nailed a 35-yard field goal in the waning seconds to give Glenbard North a stunning 17-15 win over previously-unbeaten Wheaton North in Carol Stream. Often on the wrong side of field goals through the years, Glenbard North’s dramatic boot from Ortiz gives the Panthers (7-1, 6-0) a guaranteed share of its first DuPage Valley Conference title since 1991. A Week 9 victory over Naperville North gives the Panthers the outright title.

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    Grayslake North wide receiver Vincent Smith runs past Grayslake Central defender Davonta Jennings at Grayslake North on Friday.

    Grayslake North wins this battle

    On a football Friday in which Grayslake North paid tribute to the armed forces in what was billed as “America Day,” it was crosstown rival Grayslake Central that came out with some serious fight. The visiting Rams fired the first shot and dictated the tempo early. But Grayslake North ultimately proved to have more weapons (think quarterback A.J. Fish’s arm and legs) in the arsenal, rallying from a 7-point deficit to cruise to a 49-7 running clock victory that maintains a spotless record (5-0) in the Fox Valley Conference Fox Division.

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    Kaneland stays unbeaten without David

    With a full house at Kaneland’s Peterson Field Friday, it was two pair that won the game for the Knights. Kaneland improved to 8-0 and 4-0 in the Northern Illinois Big 12 East conference by defeating Sycamore (5-3, 2-2) 30-7.

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    Borsellino, Montini come back to beat Aurora Christian

    Montini’s Joe Borsellino recovered an Aurora Christian fumble with two minutes left in the fourth quarter and scored the winning touchdown a minute later as Montini came from behind to defeat Suburban Christian Blue rival Aurora Christian 31-27 in Lombard on Friday night.

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    Joey Logano does a victory burnout Friday after winning a NASCAR Nationwide Series auto race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C.

    Logano wins Nationwide event at Charlotte

    It’s hard to bet against Joey Logano these days when it comes to the Nationwide Series. Logano raced to his eighth Nationwide Series victory of the year Friday night, passing Brad Keselowski with eight laps to go after taking on two tires and a splash of gas.

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    Penn State players celebrate their first goal of the game against American International College don Friday at Greenberg Ice Pavilion in State College, Pa.

    Penn State hockey makes its long-awaited debut

    Penn State’s Division I ice hockey program went live in Happy Valley Friday night. In front of a sold-out crowd, the Nittany Lions debuted under coach Guy Gadowsky. Amid all the pomp and circumstance, there was a game to be played, and though Penn State dropped a 3-2 decision to American International in overtime, it’s clear the program is headed in the right direction.

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    Grant knows drama in cliffhanger against Round Lake

    Friday night’s North Suburban Prairie matchup between Grant and Round Lake provided many twists and turns in a plot that would make any network programming executive envious. After a five-minute delay due to a dispute over a non-penalty call and a Round Lake timeout, Grant kicker Cody Meyer drilled a 24-yard field goal with 4 seconds left to give the visiting Bulldogs a heartstopping 17-14 victory over the Panthers.

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    Notre Dame, Big East talk about early exit for Irish

    Notre Dame Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick has had “very preliminary conversations” with Big East officials about the Fighting Irish leaving the conference before the required 27-month notification period ends.

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    Low score, high spirits for Libertyville

    Libertyville was missing some pieces on offense, but didn't need to do much. The defense pitched its second straight shutout and fill-in running back Joey Salata ran for 124 yards as the Wildcats beat Zion-Benton 17-0.

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    Schrader, Lake Zurich defense turn away Stevenson

    Connor Schrader's second scoring run of the night, combined with a record-setting defensive effort, helped Lake Zurich earn a hard-fought 21-14 win over visiting Stevenson in a North Suburban Conference Lake Division contest. The win was the first by the Bears over the Patriots since 2007. The victory also secured a playoff berth for Lake Zurich (6-2, 4-1) and kept alive a shot at a conference title.

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    Huskies win another Naperville classic

    It doesn’t matter whether Naperville Central and Naperville North are dueling for DuPage Valley Conference supremacy or desperate to remain in playoff contention. Their games always turn out to be classics.

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    Glenbard South tones out Ridgewood

    Needing a victory, Glenbard South set the tone for Friday’s football game on the opening kickoff. Glenbard South became eligible for the Class 6A playoffs with a 56-14 victory against Ridgewood in Glen Ellyn. It also finished the Metro Suburban Conference portion of its schedule 3-1, half a game ahead of Riverside-Brookfield and Elmwood Park, both at 2-1.

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    Washington Nationals relief pitcher Drew Storen speaks with catcher Kurt Suzuki, left, and pitching coach Steve McCatty in the ninth inning of Game 5. Storen twice had the Cardinals down to their last strike with two outs Friday night before giving up the lead.

    Nationals blow 6-0 lead, lose series to Cards

    The Washington Nationals finally brought winning baseball back to the nation’s capital. They also collapsed in the postseason in a way that will be tough to live down. The Nationals’ historic season came to an end Friday night with a 9-7 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 5 of the NL division series. A roster flush with postseason neophytes blew a six-run lead against the experienced club that won the World Series a year ago.

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    St. Patrick edges Carmel with field goals in OT

    St. Patrick edged Carmel 6-3 in two overtimes in an East Suburban Catholic Conference game in Mundelein on Friday. St. Patrick place kicker Juan Gonzalez sent an 18-yard field goal through the uprights for the winning score. Carmel (2-6, 2-4) dropped its third straight game and third home game of the season.

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    Gregoire leads Cary-Grove to 8th straight

    All week long, sophomore quarterback Jason Gregoire knew that his Cary-Grove teammates were going to support him. Fullback Kyle Norberg let Gregorie know he had his back right away. On the Trojans’ first offensive play, Norberg ripped the Dundee-Crown defense on a 63-yard run setting the tone for the rest of the game. Norberg finished with 329 yards and 3 touchdowns and a fully confident Gregoire made the most of his first start with 2 scores as Cary-Grove (8-0, 5-0) remained unbeaten with its 46-13 Fox Valley Conference Valley Division victory over the Chargers (3-5, 1-4) Friday night in Carpentersville.

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    Woodstock North rattles Hampshire

    The Fox Valley Conference’s first-ever game in Fairbanks, Alaska between Hampshire and Woodstock North was a huge success, and the conference would like to hold more games in exotic locales, preferably Jamaica or Cancun. But seriously, it only felt like Alaska in northern Woodstock, but the Thunder put the Whip-Purs’ offense in a deep freeze in a 46-14 Fox Division win.

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    Prospect hustles by Wheeling

    Friday’s football game between Prospect and visiting Wheeling turned on a hustle play early in the fourth quarter. Trailing 14-7, Wheeling possessed the ball on Prospect’s 4-yard-line and faced a fourth-and-3. The play broke down, and sophomore quarterback Amani Dennis scrambled around a couple Prospect defenders, but was giving ground as he did so. Prospect senior defensive end Mike Houghton was finally able to corral Dennis for a 17-yard loss to give the Knights the ball. On the ensuing drive, Prospect quarterback Devin O’Hara scored on a 3-yard touchdown run to give the Knights a 21-7 lead, which wound up being the game’s final score.

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    Mario Rodriguez of Glenbard North is pursued by Wheaton North defenders.

    Images: Wheaton North at Glenbard North football
    Glenbard North hosted and won 17-15 over Wheaton North for Friday night football in Carol Stream.

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    Leyden clinches West title outright

    Leyden clinched its first outright West Suburban Conference divisional title since 1979 by beating Proviso East 18-7 on Friday night to wrap up the Gold crown.The Eagles (7-1, 6-0) complete their regular season with a divisional crossover matchup at Lyons in Week 9.Proviso East dropped to 0-8.

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    Playoff wins for Prospect, Wheeling

    Prospect got a pair of first-half goals from Alex Whiteman to jump ahead of visiting Hoffman Estates on the way to a 3-0 victory in a play-in game of the Hoffman Estates sectional on Friday.Matt Wruskyj provided a second-half goal for the Knights (7-8-4), who next meet Palatine in a 4:30 p.m. Tuesday matchup in Hoffman Estates sectional play.Steven Carlson and Jack Cooney split time in net to earn the shutout for Prospect, and Zach Tuczak assisted on one of Whiteman’s goals.Wheeling 5, Rolling Meadows 4 (2 OT): Jose Garcia’s goals in the second overtime, assisted by Frankie Estrada, lifted the host Wildcats. Garcia also scored in the second half and assisted on the other three Wheeling goals.

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    Oh, brother: Elk Grove rolls past Buffalo Grove

    Elk Grove junior quarterback Adam O’Malley had a lot of responsibilities on Friday night. O’Malley had to make reads on defensive ends to know whether or not to keep the ball. He had to read Buffalo Grove’s base cover three defense to hit his receivers downfield. On top of that, O’Malley had to grant his mom her wish. “My mom was preaching, ‘It’s senior night. Get your brother in the game,’” O’Malley said. O’Malley (9-for-13, 141 yards passing, two TD passes) did exactly that by leading Elk Grove (5-3, 3-1) to a 42-7 win against Buffalo Grove (1-7, 0-4), which allowed his older brother and understudy, Patrick, to get into the game in the fourth quarter on senior night.

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    Fremd goes old school for big win

    A single wing and a dare. Fremd dared to play the old-style offense Friday night, virtually forced to by its available personnel. And the Vikings played it like they were living in the throwback era when it was popularized. With as many as five different players taking direct snaps on offense, the Vikings rolled up 317 yards rushing, or their entire total offense output, in a must-win 48-7 home victory over Conant.

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    Wauconda meets Antioch’s challenge

    With a football playoff appearance in the balance, host Wauconda and Antioch were in a do or die situation Friday night in their North Suburban Conference Prairie Division battle. The Sequoits stayed relatively close and trailed 20-6 at halftime. But Wauconda’s all-around effort was too much for Antioch to handle as the Bulldogs rolled to a 33-6 victory to become eligible for the 5A playoffs with one game left in the regular season next Friday against Libertyville.

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    Stevenson's Miller, Prospect in state title contention

    After day one of the Class AA girls golf state tournament in Decatur, Stevenson senior Stephanie Miller finds herself in the exact same spot as two years ago when she won the individual championship. Miller is once again leading the field.Prospect finds itself in the exact opposite spot as last year when it won the team championship.Instead of leading New Trier by 4 strokes, the second-place Knights are trailing the Trevians by 4.Both the individual and team titles will be determined today at the Hickory Point Golf Course with a 9 a.m. shotgun start due to possible adverse weather conditions that could hit the area.

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    No. 1 Marian Central routs St. Edward

    St. Edward football coach Mike Rolando knew Friday’s game against Marian Central was going to be a tough task. He was right. The Hurricanes scored on their first five drives and added a fumble return for a touchdown all in the first half of a 52-6 Suburban Christian Conference victory over the Green Wave at Greg True Field in Elgin.

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    East ends skid at Maine West’s expense

    One long losing streak ended — but another got a little longer.Host Maine East snapped its five-game skid on Friday night against Maine West with a 13-7 decision in Central Suburban North play.The Warriors (1-7, 0-4) saw their losing streak hit seven, while Maine East improved to 3-5 overall and 1-3 in the CSL North.

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    Batavia’s Anthony Scaccia looks to get past St. Charles East’s Joe Hoscheit.

    Images: Batavia vs. St. Charles East football
    The Batavia Bulldogs won 19-6 over the St Charles East Saints in Friday night football on Oct. 12.

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    Bartlett’s Chris Kantzavelos dives for the goal line while dragging South Elgin’s Tyler Christensen for a second quarter touchdown.

    Images: Bartlett vs. South Elgin football
    The South Elgin Storm faced the Bartlett Hawks in Friday night football on Oct. 12.

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    Grayslake Central defenders Davonta Jennings, foreground, and Kacey Adams try to drag down Grayslake North wide receiver Vincent Smith.

    Images: Grayslake Central vs. Grayslake North football
    The Grayslake North Knights hosted the Grayslake Central Rams for football action on Friday, Oct. 12.

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    New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia reacts Friday after Baltimore Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy grounded out to end the eighth inning of Game 5 of the American League division baseball series in New York. The Yankees won the game 3-1.

    Sabathia, Yankees beat Orioles, advance to ALCS

    Yankees-Orioles. Playoffs. Disputed home run to right field. Yankees win. Sound familiar?CC Sabathia and his New York teammates saw Nate McLouth’s long drive called foul by the slimmest of margins — hello, Jeffrey Maier — and then hung on to beat Baltimore 3-1 Friday in the deciding Game 5 of the AL division series.

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    Bulls forward Taj Gibson fights for a loose ball against Cleveland Cavaliers guard Dion Waiters (3), background, and another Cleveland player Friday during the first half in Champaign.

    Cavaliers beat Bulls 86-83 behind Waiters

    Dion Waiters scored 18 points while Anderson Varejao added eight points and nine rebounds to help the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Chicago Bulls 86-83 in an exhibition game at the Assembly Hall on Friday night. Kirk Hinrich scored 14 points, had eight assists and grabbed four rebounds for the Bulls.

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    U.S. national team player Eddie Johnson, right, challenges Antigua and Barbuda’s Zaine Sebastian Francis-Angol Friday during a 2014 World Cup qualifying soccer match in St. John, Antigua and Barbuda.

    Eddie Johnson scores twice in 2-1 U.S. victory

    Eddie Johnson rewarded his coach’s faith in him — twice. In his first game back with the U.S. national team, Johnson scored twice Friday night, including the winning goal in second-half injury time, lifting the United States to the verge of advancing in World Cup qualifying with a nervous 2-1 victory over Antigua and Barbuda.

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    St. Edward claims Class 1A regional crown

    Westminster Christian and St. Edward have always known for playing competitive battles decided by close decisions. Friday afternoon’s Class 1A Westminster Christian boys soccer regional final was no different as St. Edward (10-12) edged out Westminster Christian 2-1. The Green Wave rushed the field in their first regional title plaque since 2004 and just the second in program history.

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    Benet denies St. Viator in ESCC championship showdown

    Benet Academy earned a 3-0 victory over St. Viator on Friday to clinch the East Suburban Catholic Conference boys soccer championship.

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    Familiar leaders in boys golf state tournament

    Naperville North, Hinsdale Central and Lyons share the lead in the Class 3A boys golf state tournament after Friday's first round. Those squads are quite familiar with one another after having qualified out of the same sectional.

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    Wolves, IceHogs kick off AHL season Saturday night

    There will be pro hockey played in town Saturday night. But instead of the Blackhawks hosting the Columbus Blue Jackets at the United Center in what would have been their regular-season opener, it will be the Chicago Wolves against the Rockford IceHogs at Allstate Arena. “During the last work stoppage in 2004 is when some of the best hockey was played in the American Hockey League,” said Wolves coach Scott Arniel.

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    Chicago Sky owner Michael Alter has a passion for the WNBA that will burn even brighter if his team makes the playoffs for the first time.

    To Alter, playoffs the Holy Grail

    Catching up with Sky owner Michael Alter and Sky president Adam Fox in the wake of another playoff miss for Chicago's WNBA franchise.

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    Persistence pays for Prospect’s Johnson, Barrington downstate

    Prospect junior Josh Johnson refused to get down on himself after struggling in the early going at Friday’s Class 3A boys state golf championship tournament in Bloomington. Johnson started his round triple-bogey/bogey on the first two holes, but instead of giving up, the junior tore up the Fox Creek Golf Course the rest of the way. His final 16 holes were played with in 1-over par, a stunning turnaround that saw Johnson finish the day in the top 20 individually with a 5-over 77. Barrington remains in the team title hunt in sixth place, but just 11 strokes behind leader Hinsdale Central.

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    Northern Illinois defensive end Alan Baxter of Buffalo Grove put Iowa’s quarterback under heavy pressure all game when they met for the season opener at Soldier Field. Baxter leads the team with 5 sacks.

    Northern Illinois' Baxter a MythBuster

    One would imagine Alan Baxter grew tired of the surprised looks long ago. The Buffalo Grove native is a standout defensive end for Northern Illinois, the team leader with 5 sacks. He’s been a big part of the Huskies’ ascension to Mid-American Conference powerhouse. But he’s not necessarily what someone might expect from a defensive end.

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    Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald, center, talks to his team during the fourth quarter of Saturday's loss to Penn State. The NU spread offense, which averaged less than 4 yards per pass last week, will try to regroup against 4-1 Minnesota.

    Minnesota, Northwestern aiming to get back on track

    The adage suggests Northwestern won’t be successful with Kain Colter and Trevor Siemian sharing time at the sport’s most important position: “If you have two quarterbacks, you don’t have one.” Whether their plan can lead to a prominent bowl game or not, there’s no doubt that the Wildcats have a lot to offer on offense. “They do it probably more effectively than some of the other people have done it, because I don’t think it’s easy to figure out,” Minnesota coach Jerry Kill said.

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    Ohio State running back Rod Smith outruns Nebraska’s Jason Ankrah on his way to a touchdown during the fourth quarter last Saturday in Columbus, Ohio.

    Sore Buckeyes hope to maintain hex on Indiana

    On paper, there’s little doubt about which team has the edge. The Buckeyes are the Big Ten’s highest-ranked team, its only unbeaten team and can lean on Heisman Trophy candidate Braxton Miller to bail them out of all kinds of trouble. The Hoosiers, meanwhile, have lost 10 straight conference games and 20 straight league games against teams outside of Indiana, dating to a win over Illinois in the middle of the 2009 season.

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    Stanford's Stepfan Taylor is headed to his third 1,000-yard rushing season, but he'll be challenged Saturday by a Notre Dame defense that hasn't given up a touchdown in its last three games.

    Irish look to get physical with Stanford

    OUTH BEND, Ind. — Notre Dame wants to slug it out with Stanford. The seventh-ranked Fighting Irish (5-0) were pushed around by the Cardinal (4-1) the past two seasons, and Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly is challenging his players to go toe-to-toe with No. 17 Stanford on Saturday.“The theme all week has been, we’re going to be in for a physical, hard-nosed, four quarters, of just one of those good old-fashioned backyard brawls. It’s going to be that kind of game,” Kelly said. “We got our guys thinking about that on Monday and kept building through the week. That’s really been the theme this week for our football team.”

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    A-Rod benched by Yankees for Game 5 vs Orioles

    Alex Rodriguez will start the New York Yankees’ biggest game of the year on the bench. After being pinch hit for in Games 3 and 4 against the Baltimore Orioles, the $275 million third baseman was removed from the starting lineup for Game 5 on Friday.

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    Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o (5) celebrates with teammates after they defeated Miami 41-3 last Saturday at Soldier Field. The No. 7 Fighting Irish host Stanford at Notre Dame Stadium this weekend.

    College football previews: ND, NU, Illini, NIU
    Football preview capsules to four games this weekend: Stanford at Notre Dame, Illinois at Michigan, Minnesota at Northwestern and Buffalo at Northern Illinois University.

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    Alex Rodriguez, left, talks to New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi during Wednesday's game against Baltimore. Raul Ibanez pinch hit for the struggling Rodriguez and won the game for the Yankees.

    A steroids-free Rodriguez can’t do the job

    Alex Rodriguez, without steroids, just doesn't cut it for the New York Yankees anymore, says Mike North. And while A-Rod's career is fading, his salary through the 2017 season sure doesn't. North also shares his thoughts on the late Alex Karras, the great Detroit Lion player who delivered ones of the most iconic lines in movie history.

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    Jermichael Finley can’t catch a pass in front of Lance Briggs during their game earlier this year. Finley has been killing fantasy owners this season as he has just 198 yards receiving and 1 TD.

    Fantasy football: Go ahead, panic and take a chance
    When it comes to fantasy football, however, I’m OK with sounding the alarm, especially when a team is 0-5 or 1-4 or when a player (Antonio Gates) is causing so much pain (Jermichael Finley) that you are considering surgically removing him from your starting lineup. So let’s go ahead and focus on a few top-tier tight ends who are causing fantasy owners heart palpitations on a weekly basis.

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    J.J. Hardy hit an RBI double in the 13th inning and Baltimore bounced back from a demoralizing loss to outlast the Yankees 2-1 Thursday night, forcing a deciding Game 5 in the AL division series.

    Hardy, Orioles beat Yankees in 13th, force Game 5

    With midnight approaching, the Baltimore Orioles' bats awoke one more time. Now they'll get a last shot to finally overtake the New York Yankees. J.J. Hardy hit an RBI double in the 13th inning and Baltimore bounced back from a demoralizing loss to outlast the Yankees 2-1 Thursday night, forcing a deciding Game 5 in the AL division series.

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    Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander (35) delivers a pitch in the fifth inning of Game 5 of an American League division baseball series against the Oakland Athletics in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    A’s eliminated with 6-0 loss to Tigers in Game 5

    The Oakland Athletics finally encountered the one hurdle too tough to overcome in this surprising season: Justin Verlander. The A’s struck out 11 times against last year’s AL Cy Young winner and MVP and were unable to complete an improbable comeback in the AL division series, losing Game 5 to the Detroit Tigers 6-0 on Thursday night.

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    Tennessee Titans kicker Rob Bironas (2) reacts with holder Brett Kern (6) after kicking the game-winning field goal in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn. The Titans won 26-23. (AP Photo/Joe Howell)

    Bironas’ FG gives Titans 26-23 win over Steelers

    The Tennessee Titans have bought themselves a little breathing room with a much-needed victory, and the Pittsburgh Steelers still can’t win away from Heinz Field. Rob Bironas kicked his fourth field goal, a 40-yarder as time expired, and the Titans beat the Steelers 26-23 on Thursday night to snap a two-game skid.

Business

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    The space shuttle Endeavour sits in a strip mall as a Hawaiian Airlines jet approaches a runway at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, Friday, Oct. 12, 2012. Endeavour’s 12-mile road trip kicked off shortly before midnight Thursday as it moved from its hangar at the airport en route to the California Science Center, its ultimate destination.

    Shuttle Xing: Endeavour treks through LA streets

    It's a surreal sight residents won't soon forget: A hulking space shuttle strutting down city streets, pausing every so often to get its bearings as it creeps toward retirement. Endeavour's terrestrial journey began before dawn Friday when it departed from the Los Angeles International Airport. Over two days, it will trundle 12 miles at a top speed of 2 mph to its final destination — the California Science Center where it will be the centerpiece of a new exhibit.

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    Reports: Smaller iPad to be revealed October 23

    Apple Inc. is set to reveal a smaller, cheaper version of the iPad at an event on Oct. 23, according to several reports published Friday.The reports from Bloomberg News, Reuters and the AllThingsD blog are based on unnamed sources “familiar with the plans.”Apple Inc. hasn’t said anything about a smaller tablet, a concept company founder Steve Jobs derided two years ago. But company-watchers have assumed for months that an “iPad mini” will appear before the holiday season.The screen is reportedly about half the size of the iPad’s, which measures 9.7 inches diagonally. Analysts speculate the starting price of the device could be about $299.With the device, Apple could close an opening in the tablet market for rivals like Amazon.com Inc., whose Kindle Fire is half the size of the iPad and starts at $199. Google Inc. and Barnes and Noble Inc. also sell tablets in the same size and price range.Apple’s event would occur three days before Microsoft Corp. releases Windows 8, the new version of its operating system. Microsoft will be releasing its “Surface” tablets with the software.Apple’s stock rose $1.61 on Friday to close at $629.71.

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    American says it will work on seats on more planes

    DALLAS — American Airlines says it will modify seats on 49 more planes to prevent rows of seats from coming loose during flight.It’s addressing the same problem that caused the airline to ground 48 planes last week — the seat rows aren’t locking properly into tracks on the floor.Crews will add a “secondary locking device” to seats in most of American’s Boeing 767s, spokeswoman Andrea Huguely said Friday. Those are wide-body planes used on international flights.Seats came loose on three U.S. flights involving two different Boeing 757s earlier this month. There have been no similar mid-flight incidents with the Boeing 767s, but the airline is reinforcing the locking systems as a precaution, Huguely said.Work started late Thursday and will be done by Oct. 21, she said. The work will be done overnight and the airline won’t have to cancel any flights this time. It canceled at least 94 flights because of seat problems with the 757s.American said the Federal Aviation Administration has approved its plan for working on the seats, including the ability to keep flying planes that have not yet undergone the modifications. The FAA did not immediately comment.The seats on both types of planes are made by Weber Aircraft LLC, which did not immediately return calls for comment.Loose seats on the 757s raised safety concerns and turned into a public-relations nightmare for American, the nation’s third-largest airline, which has been flying under bankruptcy protection since last November.American first gave one explanation for the problem aboard its 757s, then gave another two days later, saying pins that hold the seats to the floor had become gummed up over time from dirt and by passengers spilling sodas and coffee.

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    Pedestrians stand in front of a JPMorgan & Chase Co. office in New York, U.S.

    Profits soar at 2 largest mortgage lenders

    Is the mortgage market really back? The country's two biggest mortgage lenders, Wells Fargo and JPMorgan Chase, reported Friday that a surge in home lending pushed them to record profits. JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon declared that the housing market "has turned the corner." Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf said that "every quarter, we have more confidence."

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    US runs a 4th straight $1 trillion-plus budget gap

    The United States has now spent $1 trillion more than it's taken in for four straight years. The Treasury Department confirmed Friday what was widely expected: The deficit for the just-ended 2012 budget year — the gap between the government's tax revenue and its spending — totaled $1.1 trillion. It wasn't quite as ugly as last year.

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    Stock market has its worst week since June

    Stocks closed out their worst week since June after investors looked over third-quarter corporate earnings reports and decided there wasn't much to get excited about. The big indexes were mixed on Friday. But they were all down more than 2 percent for the week. That was their worst weekly showing since the Standard & Poor's 500 index fell 3 percent for the week ending June 1.

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    People are organizing a “cash mob” to visit the Batavia Farmers Market Saturday. The idea is to show support for local food producers and show the power of local shopping to stimulate the local economy.

    Organizers also gauging interest in a food cooperative

    Shoppers are being urged to "cash mob" the Batavia Farmers Market Saturday, to show support for local business. And after buying their meat and vegetables there, organizers would like them to stick around to talk about forming a food cooperative.

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    Sears' Hometown spinoff edges lower in debut

    Shares of Sears Holdings Corp.'s spinoff of its Hometown and Outlet Stores are declining on its debut trading day. The Hoffman Estates-based company, which runs Kmart and Sears stores, had signaled in February that it would split off Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores Inc. as a separate publicly traded entity.

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    Expanding software maker Lemko moves from Schaumburg to Itasca

    Lemko Corp., a global software maker for the mobile wireless network, has moved its corporate headquarters from Schaumburg to Itasca to accommodate its growth. The company signed a long-term lease for 22,347 square feet at One Pierce Place in Itasca.

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    Ecolab buying Champion Technologies in $2.2B deal

    Ecolab, the cleaning, food safety and pest-control services company, is buying the specialty chemical company Champion Technologies in a cash-and-stock deal valued at about $2.2 billion.

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    Swiss rail licenses use of iconic clocks to Apple

    Apple Inc. has struck a deal with Switzerland’s national rail company to license the use of its iconic station clocks for the iOS 6 operating system, which is used by iPhone and iPad mobile devices.

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    A second month of sharp gains in gasoline costs drove wholesale prices higher in September. But outside of the surge in energy, prices were well contained. Wholesale prices rose 1.1 percent in September following 1.7 percent gain in August which had been the largest one-month gain in more than three years, the Labor Department said Friday, Oct. 12, 2012.

    U.S. wholesale prices jump 1.1 percent in September

    A second month of sharp gains in gasoline costs drove wholesale prices higher in September. But outside of the surge in energy, prices were well contained. Wholesale prices rose 1.1 percent in September following a 1.7 percent gain in August which had been the largest one-month increase in more than three years, the Labor Department said Friday.

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    European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso reacts, as he received flowers by Norway’s ambassador to the EU Atle Leikvoll, after the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize was given to the EU, at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Friday.

    Despite debt crisis, EU wins Nobel Peace Prize

    The European Union won the Nobel Peace Prize for fostering peace on a continent ravaged by war, yet the Norwegian prize jury warned Friday that the financial crisis challenging the bloc’s unity could lead to a return to “extremism and nationalism.”

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    Molex acquires Affinity Medical Technologies

    Lisle-based Molex Inc., global manufacturer of interconnect solutions, has acquired Affinity Medical Technologies LLC, based in Costa Mesa, Calif. Terms of the acquisition were not announced.

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    Leica Microsystems to use Vashaw for Fla. sales, service

    - Microscope and image analysis company Leica Microsystems announced Vashaw Scientific will handle all sales and service related issues in Florida as of Nov. 3.

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    Gallagher & Co. acquires Unison Inc.

    Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. announced the acquisition of Unison Inc. in Minnetonka, Minn. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

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    More retailers object to credit card settlement

    A group of retailers and trade groups is launching a last-ditch effort to stop a proposed multibillion-dollar settlement that Visa Inc., MasterCard Inc. and major banks have agreed to pay retailers for alleged fee fixing.

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    Feds investigate brake problem in Honda Pilot

    U.S. safety officials are investigating brake problems in the Honda Pilot SUV. The probe covers nearly 88,000 Pilots from the 2005 model year. Investigators will determine if the problem is bad enough for Honda to recall the SUVs. The Pilot is a big seller with families because of its space and reputation for quality.

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    Wells Fargo earnings rise in 3Q as loan book grows

    Wells Fargo posted record earnings in the third quarter as the bank increased mortgage lending and pocketed more fees. Wells, the nation’s biggest mortgage lender, expanded its loan portfolio by making new loans to consumers. It collected more interest on loans than in the same period a year earlier.

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    As Deerfield-based Walgreen Co. spends $6.7 billion on a foray into Europe, a small German online pharmacy offers a reminder about the potential pitfalls.

    Walgreen reminded of European risks with Celesio's flop

    Ralf Daeinghaus sold his DocMorris online pharmacy to Celesio AG in 2007 for about $258 million, and the buyer set in motion an expansion plan to bring lower- cost drugs to more European consumers. Five years later, Celesio has written down the value of DocMorris and put the business up for sale, stymied by laws against corporate ownership of drugstores.

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    Northfield-based Kraft Foods Group Inc. is putting its Breakstone’s sour cream and cottage cheese business up for sale, less than two weeks after its predecessor’s split, said people with knowledge of the situation.

    Kraft Foods said to seek buyer for Breakstone's dairy busines

    Kraft Foods Group Inc. is putting its Breakstone’s sour cream and cottage cheese business up for sale, less than two weeks after its predecessor’s split, said people with knowledge of the situation. The business may be worth about $400 million, said two of the people, who asked not to be named since the process is private. The company began pursuing a sale after its century-old forerunner’s breakup on Oct. 1, which separated the Kraft grocery business from Mondelez International Inc., the snacks division that operates mainly overseas.

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    U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, speaks at a news conference with U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey, not pictured, at the Pentagon, in Washington.

    U.S.: Hackers in Iran responsible for cyberattacks

    U.S. authorities believe that Iranian-based hackers were responsible for cyberattacks that devastated Persian Gulf oil and gas companies, a former U.S. government official said. Just hours later, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said the cyberthreat from Iran has grown, and he declared that the Pentagon is prepared to take action if American is threatened by a computer-based assault.

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    United States Air Force Master Sgt. Matt Ditarando, center, talks with Wal-Mart store manager Craig Edwards at the Hiring Our Heroes job fair at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa The number of Americans seeking unemployment aid plummeted last week to seasonally adjusted 339,000, the lowest level in more than four years.

    Fewer U.S. layoffs no longer suggest strong hiring

    Declining applications for unemployment benefits have typically pointed to stronger hiring. Not so much anymore. Since the U.S. recession officially ended in June 2009, fewer layoffs have meant fewer people seeking unemployment aid. On Thursday, for example, the government said first-time applications for benefits hit a 4½-year low. Yet job growth remains sluggish. That was evident last week in the government's jobs report for September.

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    U.S. jobs relief wears off in markets

    Stocks drifted lower Friday after big gains the day, when U.S. jobs figures came in stronger than expected, and as investors awaited earnings from major banks, starting with JP Morgan Chase & Co.

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    People hang out at the venue of the IMF meeting in Tokyo. When global finance ministers meet this week in Tokyo, they’ll confront a triple challenge: Economic troubles in three major regions are threatening the world’s economy.

    IMF, World Bank chiefs urge focus on fair growth

    Countries should not sacrifice growth for the sake of austerity, the head of the International Monetary Fund told global financial leaders Friday, urging that the pace of work on bringing down debt be tempered by spending to help get the unemployed back to work.Balancing those sometimes competing priorities is the central puzzle facing policymakers as the world economy, even in dynamic Asia, slows further, IMF chief Christine Lagarde told finance leaders at the IMF and World Bank annual meeting in Tokyo.

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    Oil prices rise after U.S. jobless claims fall

    The price of oil rose slightly Friday after a big fall in U.S. unemployment benefit claims suggested some improvement in the world’s biggest economy, raising expectations for increased demand for energy.Benchmark oil for November delivery was up 2 cents to $92.09 per barrel at late afternoon Bangkok time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract gained 82 cents to close at $92.07 per barrel in New York on Thursday.

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    WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

    WikiLeaks fundraising stunt draws Anonymous ire

    A fundraising campaign by secret-busting website WikiLeaks has drawn the ire of the Anonymous movement, sparking an online spat which suggests a rift between WikiLeaks chief Julian Assange and some of his most vigorous supporters.Recently parts of WikiLeaks’ website have disappeared behind a banner asking that users either make a donation or publicize the fundraising campaign on their Facebook or Twitter pages.

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    Hoffman Estates-based Sears Holdings

    Ahead of the Bell: Sears completes spinoff

    Hoffman Estates-based Sears Holdings has completed the spinoff of its Hometown and Outlet stores. The Hoffman Estates, Ill., company had signaled in February that it would split off the companies as a separate publicly traded entity.Sears Holdings Corp. received $446.5 million in gross proceeds. This included a cash dividend of $100 million paid by Sears Hometown before the spinoff and $346.5 million in proceeds from the rights offering.

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    Samsung’s Galaxy S III mini. South Korean technology giant Samsung says the Galaxy S III mini features a screen measuring 4 inches diagonally, smaller than the Galaxy S III’s 4.8 inch display but the same as Apple’s iPhone 5, which was Apple’s first upgrade of the iPhone screen size.

    Samsung unveils smaller, cheaper Galaxy S III

    Samsung Electronics Co. has unveiled a smaller and cheaper version of the Galaxy S III smartphone with the same screen size as the iPhone 5. Samsung says the Galaxy S III mini features a screen measuring 4 inches diagonally, smaller than the Galaxy S III’s 4.8 inch display but the same as Apple’s iPhone 5, which was Apple’s first upgrade of the iPhone screen size.

Life & Entertainment

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    Comedian Tig Notaro launched into a 30-minute performance that immediately became legendary in comedy circles and that's now available as an unlikely live album via a $5 digital release by comedian Louis C.K. In just a week, it's sold more than 60,000 copies.

    'Hello. I have cancer.' Comedian finds humor in catharsis

    A frightfully nervous Tig Notaro stood just offstage at the Los Angeles club Largo while Ed Helms introduced her. The audience of 300 and Notaro's fellow performers that August night had no idea what she was about to do. They had no idea she was going to address the trauma and pain that had been the last few months of her life, or relay the bad news she had received just days earlier. They had no idea she was about to perform the bravest set they had ever seen.

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    John Bristol outside his Maryland house, where using clear plastic sheeting on his single-pane windows also helped winterize his home.

    Chimney ‘pillow’ can be first step to get you ready for winter

    John Bristol's 4,500-square-foot, four-level colonial in Chevy Chase, Md., would have been pricey to heat even without air leaks but the two rooms with wood-burning fireplaces were always cold in winter. He said he believed it was caused by air passing through the chimney flues.

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    Always a Midwesterner at heart, Tracy Letts is now starring on Broadway in Edward Albee’s “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf.”

    Playwright Tracy Letts revels in his Midwestern roots

    Steppenwolf ensemble member Tracy Letts is so polite that he warns you right away that he makes a terrible subject of a story. “Midwestern people don’t make for good interviews,” says the Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning playwright and actor, who proudly makes his home in Chicago. “We’re taught to hide our light, in a sense.” Currently, he’s booked to play George in an open-ended revival of Edward Albee’s bruising “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” on Broadway.

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    Jason Danieley plays painter Georges Seurat and Carmen Cusack plays Dot, his mistress and muse, in Chicago Shakespeare Theater's superb revival of the Stephen Sondheim-James Lapine masterwork, "Sunday in the Park with George," inspired by Seurat's masterwork, "A Sunday on La Grande Jatte."

    CST brings insightful direction, top-tier talent to Sondheim's 'Sunday'

    For several magnificent minutes at the conclusion of the first act of Chicago Shakespeare Theater's superb “Sunday in the Park with George,” everything 19th century painter Georges Seurat strives for in his art, comes together in Stephen Sondheim's music. The leitmotifs, staccato and dissonance of the first act give way to the sumptuous “Sunday,” which begins as a whisper and crescendos to a glorious refrain. It emerges as a defining moment in director Gary Griffin's exquisite production.

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    Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) is ready for action in AMC's “The Walking Dead.” The third season begins at 8 p.m. Sunday on AMC.

    'Walking Dead' comes back to life for third season

    It's crunch time. “The Walking Dead” returns on AMC for a third season at 8 p.m. Sunday. Millions of fans will be tuned in, ravenous for what awaits the zombie-beset mortals on the first of 16 episodes. To appraise the new season or, for that matter, to explain the series' appeal is somewhat of a fool's mission: You either get “The Walking Dead” or you don't.

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    The pulled pork sandwich at JD's Q & Brew in Arlington Heights is a crowd pleaser.

    JD's Q and Brew doesn't miss a beat

    Before you even walk in the door at JD's Q & Brew you can tell — make that smell — that good things await inside. An enticing sweet and smokey aroma surrounds the casual barbecue joint, and if I could take a picture of it, I imagine the aura encircling the Rand Road eatery would resemble the clouds hovering around Venus. Once you pull into the parking lot you cannot escape the gravitational pull, nor would you want to.

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    Kevin Frantz tells a ghost story outside the old Nichols Library as leads Naperville's Official Ghost Tour.

    A hauntin' you will go — by trolley, boat or even Segway

    When most people think of local ghost tours, they picture crowds piling in and out of tour busses or following storytelling guides on foot. But nowadays spectral-seeking groups can also choose from ghost tours on bikes, boats and high-tech Segways. There's even a special tour where you can bring along your dressed-up dog. Many dedicated ghost tours plan special options in October, while other sightseeing tours add some Halloween flavor.

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    A good start for those looking to sample craft lagers for the first time would be Rhino Chasers Pilsener, with its grassy, earthy aroma and buttery texture.

    Key to a stunning lager is subtlety

    Subtle creature in a flavor-intense realm: Does that sound like a lager to you? That’s how brew master Jason Oliver describes the type of smooth, cold-fermented beers that attract attention when Oktoberfest rolls around.

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    Playwright/poet/performer Dael Orlandersmith plays young boys and men nearly undone by abuse in her solo play “Black n Blue Boys/Broken,” a co-commission between Goodman and Berkeley Repertory theaters.

    'Black n Blue' paints unsettling portrait of abuse

    Dael Orlandersmith doesn't make things easy for audiences. Her solo play “Black n Blue Boys/Broken Men” is a gripping, unsettling work that examines in vivid, often wrenching detail the seemingly endless cycle of violence and abuse — both physical and emotional — that sweeps up “at-risk” young boys, batters them throughout their teens, and spits out men so damaged they may never recover.

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    Zedd’s “Clarity”

    Zedd aces his freshman album test

    German electro-house producer Zedd is out with his debut album, “Clarity,” a solid full-length starter that showcases his knack for honing danceable tracks to a fine point of perfection. There are some delicious tracks here, from the immediate urgency of “Shave It Up” to “Codec,” a full-on foot-stomper with an incessant beat that refuses to give you a moment’s rest.

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    Vivian Green’s “The Green Room”

    No more sad songs for Vivian Green

    Longtime fans of singer-songwriter Vivian Green won’t be disappointed with her new album, “The Green Room,” as she returns with a more R&B sound on a record that oozes growth and creativity. Stepping away from heartbreak ballads, it seems the Philadelphia-born Green has made a conscious effort to focus on the happier side of love. That’s a decision sure to satisfy fans.

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    Book notes: ‘Nanny Diaries’ authors discuss new teen book
    "The Nanny Diaries" authors Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus read from and sign copies of their newest title for teens, "Over You," at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, at Anderson's Bookshop in Naperville.

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    These homes are typical of the houses found in the Lake Claire Estates neighborhood of Prospect Heights.

    Neighborhood feature: Lake Claire Estates, Prospect Heights

    Bob and Kathy Korvas moved to Lake Claire Estates neighborhood in 1984. The couple bought a beautiful home in the Prospect heights neighborhood, which sits east of Wheeling Road and north of Camp McDonald Road, and they love living in the subdivision.

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    Follow these tips to safely get your yard ready for winter

    Well, it’s that time of year again — time to clean up the yard at the end of the season. Don’t let “fall” mean that you fall off your ladder. Follow some of our favorite tips for a faster and safer fall-free cleanup.

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    A Franklinia tree, a species named after Ben Franklin, grows in front of the Historic Bartram’s Garden in Philadelphia.

    Nation’s oldest botanical garden thrives

    He was America’s first botanist, and his garden is still one of the best. John Bartram was called “the greatest natural botanist in the world” and his garden is a convenient stop during a visit to Philadelphia, just minutes from the Liberty Bell.

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    Home inspectors avoid lawsuits over asbestos comments

    Q. If a home inspector knew there was asbestos in a building that was being renovated, shouldn’t he have said something? In this case, a safety officer finally shut down the project. Is the home inspector liable for not warning us about asbestos?

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    How tenants can get an edge in today’s tight rental market

    Apartment vacancy rates have plunged in many areas, but savvy prospective tenants can take a few easy steps to improve their chances of snaring the next rental unit that comes along.

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    Home equity lending has returned, but rates vary widely

    If you have a pressing need to raise some cash, here’s some good news: Rising home values are encouraging lenders to revive a product that imploded during the housing bust years — second mortgages and equity lines of credit.

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    Area Latino RE/MAX agents named to national Top 250 list
    Nine RE/MAX agents in Chicago and the suburbs — and 33 RE/MAX sales associates nationally — were named to the Top 250 Latino Real Estate Agents in the U.S., as ranked by the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals.

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    Endorsement: McAuliffe over Randazzo in 20th District
    The Daily Herald endorses Republican Michael McAuliffe for state representative from the 20th District.

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    Endorsement: Cole over Yingling in 62nd House District
    The Daily Herald endorses Republican Sandy Cole for state representative from the 62nd District.

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    Endorsement: Oberweis over Pierog in 25th Senate District
    The Daily Herald endorses Republican Jim Oberweis in the race for state Senate from the 25th District.

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    Leave the driving to it

    Driverless cars are on the horizon, and we can all start feeling ancient now. The youngest among us will remember the days when we had to keep our hands on the steering wheel and foot near the brake. Joining “icebox” and “fire stable” will be such terms as “behind the wheel,” “pedal to the metal” and “in the driver’s seat.” Hipsters yet to be born will laugh at worried talk of “blind spots” and complaints of “back seat drivers.” Windshields with suction-cup marks from primitive GPS devices may become wall art, just as those old blue-glass Delco batteries now hold sunflowers. I can’t wait. The notion of dropping into some soft leather seat, saying, “Take me to the movie theater” (if there still are movie theaters), then pouring a nice glass of cabernet is most appealing. There will be no such thing anymore as drunken drivers because there will be no drivers. Drunken passengers, sure. Radar will detect objects, including pedestrians and brick walls. Cameras will record lane lines, and infrared versions will see better at night than a raccoon. Some of the newer driverless models go 70 miles an hour. There will be fewer traffic jams because the computer-run cars will know not to smash into their neighbors. Most accidents are caused by human error, explains traffic expert Tom Vanderbilt in Wired magazine. The driverless car’s computer “is better than human in every way.” Driverless cars will reduce the need for new pavement. Did you know that vehicles take up only 5 percent of the road surface on even the most congested highways? “Hyperalert and algorithmically optimized” cars should be able to safely cruise bumper to bumper, according to Vanderbilt. I keep using the future tense, but actually, some driverless cars are already on the roads. A fleet of Google driverless cars now ply the byways of the San Francisco Bay Area. They have signs on them saying “self-driving car,” lest a shocked driver think he’s encountered a vehicular headless horseman. California recently legalized driverless cars, following the lead of Nevada and Florida. Bear in mind that driverless cars were never officially banned — for obvious reasons. A legal question for the 21st century: If your driverless car does get in an accident, whom is to blame, you or the software developer? A philosophical question: Are driverless cars computerized vehicles or computers on wheels? Clearly, Google believes in the latter. But the auto industry is hard at work making its case. Traditional cars are already highly computerized. Some advanced features, such as automatic parallel parking, involve driverless movement. Several major carmakers have research centers in Silicon Valley. So go forth, motorists: Write text messages till your thumbs turn blue. Gesticulate wildly as you argue on the phone. Play around with your 2,000 stations. Neck in the back seat — or the front seat, for that matter. You are no longer in charge, which means the driving time is all yours. Oooh. But what’s going to happen to that time? The utopian side says the hours our eyes were glued to the road will be spent in leisure or intellectual pursuits. The dystopian side says that the effort the technology saves us will create more time for work. Have smartphones freed up your day? The possibilities are endless. Children will take themselves to clarinet lessons. The elderly will no longer worry about losing their ability to drive. On a sour note, computer hackers will be able to commit crimes against passengers yet unimagined. But this part of our future is inevitable: Everyone will have a chauffeur and leave the driving to it. © 2012, Creators Syndicate Inc.

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    The year of the woman

    Columnist Kathleen Parker: Women do not require special handling because for the most part they do not think of themselves first or primarily as women. This is the big news for those men who failed to take note.

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    Regulations have kept consumers safe
    An Ingleside letter to the editor: Today, where possible, cleaned up failed banks are merged into other banks. The bad loans are taken by regulators and charged against “insurance” with premiums that are paid by member banks. Nobody goes to jail. In short, we have been once more set up for a second massive monetary collapse, because the controls that could have prevented this have been taken away.

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    When unions win, the rest of us lose
    A Hoffman Estates letter to the editor: Going forward, teachers should take their picket signs to unemployment centers and see how much sympathy they can receive from those who need a job of any kind.

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    Put blame for deaths where it belongs
    A Palatine letter to the editor: In all my years, I have never heard of anything so stupid as the order given that the Marine guards at our embassies were not to have live ammo. I guess they were to use spit balls or call 911.

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    Stop the abuse of disability claims
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: I was dismayed to see a “60 seconds” story that claimed “Disability claims unscrutinized.” If there ever was a situation that required attention, it is the misuse and abuse of this well-intentioned government program.

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    Skip trash talk; focus on issues
    A St. Charles letter to the editor: Thoughtfully consider that every moment spent listening to one side trash the other is time taken from vetting potential solutions. Vacuous diatribes might be sporty, and there is certainly no shortage of them. But they are hardly the stuff of constructive ideas and we should take care not to spend so much time absorbing such pernicious horse hockey.

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    Support Walsh in ‘David and Goliath’ battle
    A Pingree Grove letter to the editor: There is a David and Goliath fight in this election. The “David” is Joe Walsh, who is armed only with the simple truth. The truth is we are spending too much, regulating too much and taxing too much, and it is all for the benefit of the growth of federal government.

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    Obama can’t ignore terror attack
    A Huntley letter to the editor: Why was our guard down on Sept. 11 when we knew something was being planned? Obama is trying to ignore the issue and that a terror attack happened on his watch because he believed that he had slowed the rise of the oceans and healed the Earth.

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    America sure has been transformed
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: In regard to Fence Post rants about “tax breaks for the rich” being so terrible, with no factual justification for the negative slant, I submit the following facts:

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    How did we let this happen?
    A Naperville letter to the editor: What is going on in our country during this election season? When did we all lose respect for anyone who doesn’t agree with us? When did think we were so arrogant as to think anyone one of us — or group of us — has the only right answer?

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    Refinance program not fair for all
    A Glen Ellyn letter to the editor: What do you call it when the majority is favored and the minority is left out? Discrimination and bias might come to mind. What would you think if that is what a federal program is doing? It is called HARP, for Home Affordable Housing Refinance Program.

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