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Daily Archive : Saturday October 13, 2012

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    Aneta M. Marsek and her two small children, Chevelle, 2, and Macenzie, 4 months old, had not been seen or heard from since Saturday, Oct. 6. at about 7 p.m.

    Search for missing Volo woman, daughters continues Sunday

    The search for a missing Volo woman and her two young daughters continued Sunday as Lake County Sheriff’s deputies again sought clues at boat launch areas and beaches in the Chain O’ Lakes while others revisited areas previously explored. Lake County Sheriff Chief Deputy Wayne S. Hunter said there were no new leads of discoveries as of Sunday morning as they continue to look for Aneta Marsek, who...

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    Republican Robert Dold, left, opposes Democrat Brad Schneider in the 10th Congressional District for the 2012 General Election.

    Dold, Schneider debate taxes, campaign tactics in 10th District

    Republican U.S. Rep. Robert Dold and Democratic challenger Brad Schneider sparred about tax cuts, negative campaign ads and tax returns in a Saturday debate aimed to voters in the 10th Congressional District. The debate, airing Sunday on ABC 7, was organized by ABC 7 and the League of Women Voters of Illinois. Dold, of Kenilworth, is vying for a second term while Schneider, of Deerfield, is a...

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    Police: Lake in the Hills student at U of I killed in hit-and-run

    A Lake in the Hills man attending the University of Illinois died Saturday morning after police say he was struck by a hit-and-run driver.

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    The space shuttle Endeavour is slowly moved down Crenshaw Blvd. at Slauson Ave., Saturday in Los Angeles. The shuttle is on its last mission — a 12-mile creep through city streets. It will move past an eclectic mix of strip malls, mom-and-pop shops, tidy lawns and faded apartment buildings. Its final destination: California Science Center in South Los Angeles where it will be put on display.

    Shuttle inches toward retirement home at LA museum

    At every turn of Endeavour's stop-and-go commute through urban streets, a constellation of spectators trailed along as the space shuttle ploddingly nosed past stores, schools, churches and front yards. Having escaped out of Earth's atmosphere two dozen times, Endeavour's slow-speed trek Saturday to its retirement center took it through the working class streets of southern Los Angeles.

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    The 11th Congressional District candidates Republican Judy Biggert debates Democrat Bill Foster, center, Saturday on ABC 7.

    DREAM Act among topics in Biggert, Foster debate

    Veteran Republican U.S. Rep. Judy Biggert and Democratic challenger Bill Foster outlined their diverging views on Medicare, negative attacks and the DREAM Act in a Saturday debate aimed to voters in the 11th Congressional District. The debate, airing at 11 a.m. Sunday on ABC 7, was organized by ABC 7 and the League of Women Voters of Illinois.

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    Families play carnival-style games with paper airplanes Saturday at the first Aurora Paper Plane Air Show benefiting Family Counseling Services at Westfield Fox Valley mall.

    Paper plane air show benefits Aurora counseling agency

    Paper planes flew Saturday at Westfield Fox Valley mall as kids at the first Aurora Paper Plane Air Show overshot, undershot and otherwise missed their targets. Errant throws were all part of the fun of the air show’s first day, which featured five carnival-style games — several of them played with paper airplanes. “Our goal was to make this a family fun event,” said Donna Magin, director of...

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    DANK Fox Valley President Willi Gohs holds up a stein of beer and toasts the crowd during the opening ceremony Saturday of the 10th annual Fox Valley Oktoberfest in downtown Batavia. A small barrel of beer flown directly from Germany was ceremonially tapped to officially start the celebration.

    Germans claim heritage at Fox Valley Oktoberfest in Batavia

    Suburban Germans embraced their heritage and all the polka music, schnitzel and beer that comes with it Saturday during the first day of the 10th annual Fox Valley Oktoberfest in Batavia. “Oktoberfest is a German’s time to say ‘Yes, I’m German,’” said Tyler Davis, an Oswego High School senior and German club president who volunteered serving food at Saturday’s event. “You get to experience a...

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    The staff at Khanna Dentistry — Gina Lazzerini, from left, Amanda Jackson, Dr. Neeraj Khanna and Jennifer Bolding — will host a Kids Day Oct. 25 at their Geneva office. Children can get free checkups, cleanings and X-rays.

    Children can get free cleanings, checkups in Genvea

    A Geneva dental office will sponsor Kids Day Oct. 25, when cleanings, exams and X-rays will be free. “Our office manager talked about how sad it is that so many people can’t afford dental treatments, so we decided we wanted to try to manage something on a lower level because we have a small practice,” said Gina Lazzerini, a chairside assistant at Dr. Neeraj Khanna’s practice at 425 Hamilton St.

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    Algonquin commissions hear downtown plan ideas

    Preliminary recommendations from consultants developing a downtown plan for Algonquin include attracting more offices and businesses, creating a pedestrian-friendly atmosphere, and adding recreation opportunities along the Fox River to achieve a “vibrant, mixed-use district.”

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    Palatine fire leaves townhouse uninhabitable

    A Palatine fire early Saturday left left a townhouse uninhabitable, fire department officials reported. The other units escaped damage, and there were no injuries.

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    President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney have both campaign in the battleground state of Ohio. Fierce and determined competitors, Obama and Romney each have a specific mission for the string of three debates that starts Wednesday, Oct. 3.

    Romney and Obama focus on debate preparations

    Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is preparing for his second debate with President Barack Obama but taking time to tell voters in Ohio that enthusiasm for him is surging both in this critical state and across the country.

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    VP nominee Ryan makes dash for Minn. cash

    MINNEAPOLIS — Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan was making a quick dash for cash during his first Minnesota visit since joining Mitt Romney's ticket.A Saturday night fundraiser in Minneapolis was Ryan's lone stop in the state. He planned to head in from Ohio and was scheduled to head home to Wisconsin immediately after the event.

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    22 saved from sinking passenger boat in SF Bay

    SAN FRANCISCO — A passenger boat carrying nearly two dozen people started sinking near Alcatraz island in San Francisco Bay, but the U.S. Coast Guard said everyone aboard was safely rescued.The 40-foot boat the Neptune hit an unknown object in the bay Friday night, leaving it with a 1-foot gash, Petty Officer Pamela Boehland said.

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    Obama trumpets rebound of US auto industry

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is hailing the rebound of the U.S. auto industry, pointing to progress since his administration rescued General Motors and Chrysler.Obama says in his weekly radio and Internet address that auto sales are the highest they've been in more than four years and the industry has created nearly a quarter of a million new jobs.

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    Illinois donating surplus clothes to the homeless

    SPRINGFIELD — Homeless people across Illinois will get some warm winter clothing from the state government.The state plans to donate $1 million worth of surplus clothes to organizations that help the homeless.

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    Crackdown on campus drinking changes tailgates

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — An effort to crack down on underage drinking and other alcohol-related behaviors is yielding results at six college campuses across the state, but some students say it's taken the fun out of tailgating before a game.

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    Aurora gas station owner gets 2 years for fraud

    An Aurora gas station owner has been sentenced to two years in prison for defrauding the state of more than $250,000 in sales taxes.

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    Urbana opens sculpture project 22 years in making

    URBANA — Chicago artist John David Mooney has been planning and raising money to build a sculpture park for a patch of land in front of Urbana's City Hall for more than two decades. Now it's finally finished.Mooney, who is from nearby Champaign, and Urbana officials will open the sculpture garden Sunday.

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    Teen who killed 911 dispatcher in crash sentenced

    CHICAGO — A Chicago teenager arrested in the death of a 911 dispatcher who was killed in a car crash has pleaded guilty to murder and was sentenced to 25 years in prison.In a news release, the Cook County State's Attorney's office said that 18-year-old Marquis Harrison entered his plea on Friday.

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    Benedictine focused on education, not profit

    Benedictine University President William J. Carroll recently found himself serving on a panel and fielding questions from potential investors looking to profit from online education. The experience started him thinking about the differences between traditional universities and for-profit education companies and the future for both models.

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    Helen López Strom of Elgin has been a strong voice for the Latino community for years, most recently as president of LULAC Council 5236. She was recently named the 2012 Illinois Woman of the Year by the state League of United Latin American Citizens group.

    Helen Lopez Strom, Elgin LULAC president, focuses on education

    Helen López Strom doesn’t like to be in the spotlight. But, unfortunately for her modesty, her successful leadership as president of LULAC Council 5236 has made her unable to avoid it the last couple years. In 2010, López Strom won a City of Elgin Image Award, and in 2011, she won an Elgin YWCA Leader Award for Racial Justice and the LULAC Council 5236 Woman of the Year Award.

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    Arthur Denardo takes a look at the unveiling of the Neff Welcome Center at Benedictine University in Lisle. Denardo was the last resident of the historic Neff farmhouse and lived there for 48 years. He now lives at Benedictine Abbey.

    Benedictine University converts farmhouse into welcome center

    The Neff farmhouse on the campus of Benedictine University has begun a new chapter in its 160-year history via its transition into the $2.5 million Neff Welcome Center. It is appropriate that the rugged limestone structure with its clean, modern updates be a welcoming center. Standing at the front of the university’s campus on College Road, that is almost exactly what its been doing all along.

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    Independent Dee Beaubien, left, faces Republican David McSweeney.

    Spotlight on social issues in 52nd House race

    Republican David McSweeney and independent Dee Beaubien both say their top priority in Springfield would be improving the state’s economic climate, and yet social issues at times have taken center stage in the heavily contested race for the 52nd House District seat.

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    Jim Oberweis, left, opposes Corrine Pierog in the 25th senate district for the 2012 General Election.

    Pierog, Oberweis agree on combining treasurer, comptroller

    Asked about specific budget cuts he would make, Republican Jim Oberweis offered an idea that has been proposed in several states, and was once successful in Illinois: Cut the size of the legislature. Democrat Corrine Pierog suggests money could be brought in by taxing state workers’ pension incomes, at graduated rates. She also believes money could be found in pension reform, but is leery of...

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    Anthony Addante and his dad, Lou Addante, after this year’s Chicago Marathon. The two plan to run Sunday with another family member, 11-year-old Patrick Kemp, in the Wheaton North Falcon 5K.

    Three generations tackling Wheaton North Falcon 5K

    Three generations from the same DuPage County family will run together Sunday during the Wheaton North Falcon 5K in Wheaton. Ask them about their sport and, not surprisingly, they'll give you pretty similar answers: it's all about grit and determination. “During cross country, I never stop,” said Patrick Kemp, who already has a black belt in karate. “I keep going. If I have a cramp, which is...

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    Recreation Park is one of several Arlington Heights Park District facilities that would undergo significant renovations if a $39 million referendum is approved next month. A citizens group recently launched an effort encouraging voters to back the measure.

    Group forms to back Arlington Heights parks referendum

    With support from parents and residents across town, one Arlington Heights man is trying to garner support for the $39 million park district referendum on the Nov. 6 ballot. “I’m willing to pay more for the parks because of how much I utilize them,” Tim Gelinas said. “Every dollar is precious, but the return I’m seeing on this plan in my opinion, is worth three times what they’re asking.”

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    President Barack Obama meets with Mario Orosa, left, of North Canton, Ohio, and other winners of the “Dinner With Barack” campaign fundraising contest Friday at Smith Commons Dining Room and Public House in Washington.

    Impact of Romney, Obama tax ideas tough to figure

    Good luck figuring out whether Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney would cut or raise your taxes if he’s elected president. President Barack Obama promises tax reform, too, but precious little detail.

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    A supporter takes a picture with an iPad Friday of Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney as he greets supporters at a campaign event in Lancaster, Ohio.

    Romney crowds are surging as Election Day nears

    The crowds tell the story. As Election Day nears, Mitt Romney is drawing large and excited throngs. Look to dusty Iowa cornfields, rain-soaked Virginia parks, the muddy fields of the Shelby County Fairgrounds, where a crowd of 9,500 — almost half of this western Ohio town — gathered among the barns and stables on a frigid October evening this week to glimpse the Republican presidential contender.

Sports

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    Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller throws during the first half against Indiana in an NCAA college football game in Bloomington, Ind., Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012. (AP Photo/Sam Riche)

    Miller leads Buckeyes past Indiana 52-49 in barnburner

    Braxton Miller scored on a 67-yard touchdown run, threw TD passes of 60 and 46 yards and produced his third straight 100-yard rushing game, helping No. 8 Ohio State escape with a 52-49 win at Indiana on Saturday night.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Strong showing from Mundelein at Grayslake North’s invite

    Mundelein’s girls volleyball team turned in what coach George Dressen Jr. called its “best finish and play of this season” at Grayslake North’s invite Saturday.The Mustangs won their pool by capturing all four of their matches before dropping a 25-20, 25-17 decision to Fremd for the championship.Ashley Dolin (17 kills, 6 blocks, 41-of-42 serving, 6 aces) and Madi Wilcox (85 assists, 13 kills, 7 aces) made the all-tournament team for Mundelein (11-17), which outlasted Warren in three sets and also defeated Woodstock, Niles North and Wauconda.Yasmeen Johnson slammed a team-best 30 kills for Mundelein, while Courtney Perreault had 26 kills and 5 aces.Grayslake North (seventh, 2-3) was represented by Joanna Guhl on the all-tournament team. She had 16 kills on 47-of-50 hitting and served 34 of 37 with 4 aces. Kelsey Klausner also had 16 kills and 4 aces for Grayslake North (10-23). The Knights claimed wins over Elmwood Park and Woodstock.Wauconda and Warren finished fourth and fifth, respectively, in the eight-team field.Maine West invite: Libertyville finished second in Maine West’s Pumpkin invite, as the Wildcats fell to Sandburg 25-22, 25-23 in the final.Libertyville (24-5) was coached by assistant Jenny Smith due to head coach Greg Loika being out of town at his brother’s wedding. The Wildcats cruised through pool play and played tough, knocking off top-seed Stagg 25-19, 22-25, 25-12 before running out of gas in the finale.Smith said the Wildcats “worked out of system due to passing breakdowns against Sandburg and that put them in tough offensive situations.”“Sandburg is a great team,” Smith added. “The girls simply seemed to run out of steam after beating Palatine and Stagg handily in the quarters and semis. The positive take-away is that the girls continue to play well against strong teams, and Sandburg is a strong team.”Julia Smagacz led Libertyville with 37 kills. Cindy Zhou had 89 assists (233-of-239 setting) and 25 kills.Libertyville hosts Lakes in the North Suburban Conference title match Wednesday before hosting the Crosstown Classic as the top seed next weekend.Lake Zurich (17-10) also went 4-1 at Maine West. Layne Self led the way for the Bears, piling up 51 kills, 35 digs, 16 blocks and 12 aces. Kristen Walding lofted 138 assists, while Mallory Parsons pounded 23 kills.

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    Wolves’ opening victory has big Blackhawks presence

    They should have been playing in another building a few miles east with another team, but for Blackhawks Nick Leddy, Andrew Shaw and Marcus Kruger it was the Allstate Arena and the Rockford IceHogs that had to do Saturday night. With general manager Stan Bowman and coach Joel Quenneville watching from the press box on the same night they should have been at the United Center for the Hawks’ season opener against Columbus, they instead saw Rockford open its season with a 1-0 loss in a shootout to the Chicago Wolves before a healthy crowd of 14,505.

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    Well-rested Stevenson gets two champions in sectional victory

    Stevenson's Danielle Vasiliev defeated Mindy Borovsky of Deerfield 6-3, 6-0 in the singles championship match Saturday night in Stevenson girls tennis sectional play. Also advancing for the Patriots were Alexxis Kiven and Kaylin Dong, who won doubles as Stevenson captured the team title for the second straight year.

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    Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau sends in some signals during the second half of Saturday night’s preseason game against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

    Bulls’ B-Team gets a close look

    The best thing about the Bulls during the first two preseason games was the Kirk Hinrich-Richard Hamilton backcourt. The defense Hinrich played against Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving on Friday in Champaign was enough to make a fan party like it’s 2005. Irving hit 2 of 15 shots in the Cleveland victory. On Saturday in Minnesota, Hamilton was given the night off and forward Luol Deng sat out to rest a groin injury. That opened the door for coach Tom Thibodeau to take a longer look at some disappointing preseason performers.

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    Schill’s skills thrill Lill

    The skills of Taylor Schill showed up in a big way Saturday morning at the Maine West Pumpkin Girls Volleyball Invite. The senior libero set a Hersey school record of 37 digs in one contest. Although the Huskies lost that match to Lyons (25-18, 15-25, 27-25), they went on to finish the 16-team event with a 3-2 record and improve to 24-5 for the season.

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    Marquez, Wauconda advance in Class 2A

    Jesus Marquez scored twice, and Wauconda’s boys soccer team moved on in the state tournament Saturday.The Bulldogs did all of their scoring in the opening half, as the fourth seed defeated No. 5 and visiting Crystal Lake Central 3-0 in a play-in match of the Class 2A Grayslake North regional.Wauconda (9-9-4) will play top-seeded Prairie Ridge in a regional semifinal at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at Grayslake North. Marco Arreguin also scored for the Bulldogs, while Rogelio Gonzalez had a pair of assists.Cristian Tapia made 7 saves in earning the clean sheet.Round Lake 3, Lake Forest Academy 2: Mariano Narvaez scored twice, and Mauricio Salgado had a pair of assists for the Panthers in the nonconference game.Round Lake got its other goal from Miguel Salgado.

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    Stevenson’s Stephanie Miller tees off on the third hole during the recent North Suburban Conference tournament at Deerpath Golf Course in Lake Forest. On Saturday, the senior won her second Class AA state championship in three years.

    Once again, Stevenson’s Miller reigns

    Under gray skies, Stephanie Miller, Stevenson’s perpetual sunshine, prevailed on a dreary day in Decatur. Which was no small feat for the personable, petite Patriot, regardless of the fact that the Class AA girls golf state tournament was shortened to one day after heavy rains canceled Saturday’s second round. Miller was about to start reading a birdie putt on the fifth hole when the horn sounded, calling all players on the course into the Hickory Point Golf Club clubhouse. About four hours later, the meet was canceled due to inclement weather. It was determined that Saturday’s handful of scores did not count, so Miller was declared the champion by virtue of her 1-under-par 71, which led the field after Friday’s first round. Because a shotgun start was used Saturday, all players would not be playing all the same holes unless entire rounds were completed. That eliminated the possibility of partial rounds counting.

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    Surprise: Sectional title to Conant

    Conant was crowned sectional champion Saturday after the rain-saturated outdoors site at Schaumburg was left behind in favor of Centre Court Athletic Club in Hanover Park on Saturday afternoon. Conant (21 points) edged out Rolling Meadows and Fremd (20 points apiece) for the team championship. Prospect finished in fourth place with 15 points and Hoffman Estates took fifth with 10. “Overall, I’m pleasantly surprised,” said Conant coach Dave Koleno. “I knew our girls had it in them, but it was a matter of them stepping up their game. I was extremely happy for both (singles players) qualifying. I’m just as proud of the rest of the team. “I had no idea what to expect. I was really happy with the way the girls responded. They’ve had a really good attitude all year.”

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    Associated Press TJ Jones made a reaching 7-yard touchdown catch in overtime and No. 7 Notre Dame stopped Stanford inches from the goal line to beat the 17th-ranked Cardinal 20-13 Saturday.

    No. 7 Notre Dame stops No. 17 Stanford 20-13 in OT

    Notre Dame knew what was coming. Stanford doesn't get cute inches from the goal line. And after three years of getting pushed around by the Cardinal, the Fighting Irish pushed back, winning the most important shoving match they've had all season. Or did they? A wall of Notre Dame defenders stopped Stepfan Taylor inches from the end zone on fourth down in overtime and the seventh-ranked Irish remained unbeaten with a 20-13 victory against the No. 17 Cardinal on a soggy Saturday in South Bend.

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    Chicago Bulls' Taj Gibson (22) tries to maintain balance as Minnesota Timberwolves' Dante Cunningham defends during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

    Bulls lose to Timberwolves 82-75 in preseason

    Alexey Shved made two 3-pointers and scored 12 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter in the Minnesota Timberwolves’ 82-75 exhibition victory over the Chicago Bulls on Saturday night.

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    Illinois quarterback Reilly O'Toole is tackled by Michigan linebacker Jake Ryan (47) and defensive tackle William Campbell, right, Saturday during the second quarter in Ann Arbor, Mich.

    Robinson-led No. 25 Michigan routs Illinois 45-0

    Illinois has lost five games by an average of more than four touchdowns. Despite that fact, Fighting Illini quarterback Reilly O'Toole still thinks this team has a chance to have success if it learns from mistakes from last year. Denard Robinson threw two touchdown passes and ran for two scores, leading No. 25 Michigan in a 45-0 win over Illinois on Saturday.

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    Tiffany Chen of Naperville Central takes part in the Naperville North girls tennis sectional at Naperville North High School Saturday.

    Naperville C. breaks drought; Clousing reigns again

    For Naperville Central it was the welcome end to a 19-year tennis sectional championship drought. Led by the duo of Cass Goldner and Cindy Liu, who won the doubles title and freshman Tiffany Chen, who finished second to three-year sectional champion Keisha Clousing of Wheaton Warrenville South at singles, the Redhawks won the Naperville North sectional title.

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    Weather keeps Prospect second

    Because of lightning and thunder, Prospect’s girls golf team missed a full chance to defend its Class AA state girls golf title on Saturday in Decatur. Saturday’s play was canceled, meaning the final scores reverted back to Friday, giving New Trier (313) the state title by 4 strokes over runner-up Prospect (317) at the Hickory Point Golf Course. Senior Stephanie Miller (71) won the individual crown for the second time in three years, edging Buffalo Grove senior Grace Kil and Neuqua Valley freshman Jessica Yuen, who tied for second with par 72s.

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    Geneva, Lake Park win UEC titles

    The Upstate Eight changed its format for the conference cross championship races this year, but it was more of the same for Lake Park’s Haley Flanagan and St. Charles East’s Torree Scull.

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    Benet keeps tournament streak going

    Benet’s girls are going to need a spare closet for all their tournament champion T-shirts.Nine straight tournament titles. A 45-match tournament win streak. One impressive run.The Redwings three-peated at Glenbard East’s Autumnfest on Saturday in Lombard, beating Mother McAuley 26-24, 25-16 in the championship match.

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    Jacobs, Van Vlierbergen claim FVC crowns

    Nursing a bothersome foot injury, Lauren Van Vlierbergen entered Saturday’s Fox Valley Conference meet without any great expectations. The talented Jacobs sophomore got much more than she bargained for.Van Vlierbergen cruised to a first-place finish with a 3-mile time of 18:01.6 at Woodstock’s Emricson Park.

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    Immaculate Conception ends three-game skid

    On a damp and dreary Saturday afternoon in Melrose Park, the clouds actually parted for Immaculate Conception’s football team.Breaking a three-game losing streak, the Knights became playoff eligible by rolling to a 55-13 win over Walther Lutheran. With a Week 9 win over Chicago Christian, the Knights (5-3, 3-3) can complete a four-game sweep of their Suburban Christian Gold Conference schedule.

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    St. Francis back on track toward playoff berth

    Needing two more wins to earn playoff eligibility, leading up to Saturday St. Francis practiced like the football playoffs had already begun.

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    Burlington’s O’Reilly sets school digs mark

    Burlington Central junior libero Allie O’Reilly set the school record for digs in a season Saturday as the Rockets won the Bronze Division championship at the Lincoln-Way East tournament. O’Reilly had 74 digs in the tournament to give her 494 on the season, breaking the school record of 449 set by Sam Bohne.

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    Elgin’s Hope Demel sets up a pass to her teammates against Rolling Meadows during the Elgin High School Lady Maroons 22nd annual varsity invitational volleyball tournament Saturday at Chesbrough Field House.

    Rolling Meadows snares Elgin championship

    Rolling Meadows won all 5 round-robin matches to win the 22nd Annual Elgin Girls Volleyball Invitational Saturday, but more than one team walked away with a feeling of accomplishment. South Elgin, Dundee-Crown — even Elgin, which finished 0-5 in its own tournament — left Chesbrough Field House seeing the glass half full based on tournament play.

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    Hiawatha tops Christian Liberty

    Visiting Kirkland-Hiawatha extended Christian Liberty’s winless season with a 20-9 decision on Saturday in Arlington Heights.The Hawks improved to 3-5 overall and in Northeastern Athletic Conference play, while the Chargers dropped to 0-8 overall and in the league.

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    Rain washes out final day at state

    St. Charles East boys golf coach John Stock proved to be a man of prescience. “I wouldn’t be surprised if they finished 1-2-3 at state this weekend,” Stock said Monday after Hinsdale Central, Naperville North and Lyons Township took the top three spots at the Saints’ sectional at St. Andrews. “I called it,” Stock said Saturday afternoon after IHSA officials shortened the Class 3A state tournament to 18 holes when persistent rain ruled out the possibility of conducting the second round at The Den at Fox Creek. “It goes to show the quality of golf in the western suburbs.”

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    West Aurora’s Stefancic wins sectional title

    Oswego East’s Sajela Harlow defeated West Aurora’s Emily Emily Stefancic in last year’s sectional championship match, leaving the Blackhawks junior with a long time hoping to get even. Stefancic did just that Saturday in the championship of the IMSA sectional, doing just about everything right in a 6-2, 6-1 victory in a match moved to the Vaughn Center because of rain.

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    Jacobs takes home sectional plaque

    The goal had been achieved and Saturday it was all about the tennis. The girls tennis players that advanced through the first day of the South Elgin sectional on Friday had already achieved what they came for — they had qualified for the state meet. What remained on Saturday was to determine who finished where of the remaining group and who took home the team sectional title plaque.

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    Lake Forest edges Warren for NSC crown

    With a new champion just about every fall, the North Suburban Conference girls cross country meet has become a very unpredictable event. That was the case again Saturday afternoon on the soggy 3-mile Fox River State Park course as Lake Forest took home the championship of the 13-team meet by a narrow 49-57 margin over runner-up Warren.

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    Make it five straight NSC titles for Lake Zurich

    With five consecutive North Suburban Conference championships to its credit, the Lake Zurich boys cross country team was being called a mini-dynasty Saturday afternoon at Fox River State Park. The 13-team meet held in Silver Lake, Wis., was not even close as the Bears rolled to the title with 55 points to easily capture that fifth straight crown.

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    Daily Herald columnist Barry Rozner was presented Friday with a Distinguished Alumni Award by Christopher McCord, the dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Northern Illinois University.

    NIU honors Rozner as Distinguished Alumni

    After leaving Northern Illinois University in 1984 with a degree in journalism, award-winning sports writer and columnist Barry Rozner never strayed too far from his alma mater after launching his career with the Daily Herald.Friday night in DeKalb, Rozner was among 11 individuals (alumni, faculty and staff members) presented with Distinguished Alumni Awards by Christopher McCord, the dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at NIU. “I’m very grateful to NIU for even considering me for this great honor,” Rozner said. “It was a terrific evening and a very humbling experience, but certainly more than I bargained for emotionally."

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    Quentin Shaffer of Prospect leads the field on the first lap of the Mid-Suburban League boys cross country championship at Busse Woods.

    Shaffer takes charge; Palatine wins 10th straight

    Prospect senior Quentin Shaffer sure looks like he belongs among the state’s elite runners. The Knights senior continued to open eyes on Saturday at the Mid-Suburban League boys cross country meet by cruising to the title in 14:49 at Busse Woods, 12 seconds in front of Buffalo Grove junior Steven Salvano (15:01). Palatine continued its dominance by securing its 10th consecutive MSL team title with 73 points, followed by Barrington (83 points) and Hersey (92 points). Shaffer shook the competition early then continued to grind the Conant course on wet day, breaking the course record set by Prospect’s Lou Petrica in 1994.

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    Lynch, Northern Illinois rout Buffalo 45-3

    Jordan Lynch ran for a pair of first-half touchdowns and threw two scoring passes in the second half as Northern Illinois rolled to a 45-3 victory over Buffalo on Saturday. Northern Illinois (6-1, 3-0 Mid-American) got 129 yards on the ground from Lynch, and he completed 13 of 20 passes for 232 yards. Martel Moore caught 8 passes for 133 yards and a TD.

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    Northwestern linebacker David Nwabuisi celebrates Saturday with teammate Daniel Jones after intercepting a pass in the first half against Minnesota in Minneapolis.

    Venric Mark, Northwestern hold on to beat Minnesota 21-13

    Venric Mark rushed for 182 yards and two touchdowns to carry Northwestern to a 21-13 victory over Minnesota on Saturday. Mark wasn't touched on scoring runs of 26 and 48 yards and the Wildcats (6-1, 2-1 Big Ten) overcame 11 penalties to become bowl eligible and spoil Minnesota's homecoming celebration.

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    Burlington Central boys take 3rd at BNC meet

    Burlington Central’s boys cross country team had four runners in the Top 20 Saturday to finish in third place at the Big Northern Conference meet in Rock Falls.The Rockets scored 88 points, finishing behind Winnebago (78) and conference champion Richmond-Burton (57).Clay Musial (11th, 16:16), Josh Schwarting (12th, 16:24) and Dan Morgan (15th, 16:29) were all-conference runners for BC, while Kyle Neubauer (16th, 16:35) just missed a Top 15 finish. Thomas Osko (33rd, 17:07) also scored for the Rockets.“Coming in we thought we should be top three,” said BC coach Vince Neil. “The boys ran as well as possible. We’re missing our fifth man and Thomas Osko, who had some concussions from soccer, decided to run for us today and he ran huge.”In the girls meet, the Rockets finished sixth with 164 points. Marengo won the meet with 16 points and Winnebago was second with 73. However on Saturday, results were not finalized and BC could move up to fifth, Neil said. He expects official results Monday.Mykayla Evans paced the Rockets with a 30th place finish in 20:23. Courtney Neubauer (33rd, 20:26), Katie Bush (38th, 20:39) and Kayla Wolf (45th, 20:57) also contributed. Neil said Wolf could move up to 22nd or 23rd when the official results are tallied.“Being fifth or sixth os doable for us,” Neil said. “That’s our goal. It’s just as fats as we can go on both sides, but fifth or sixth, that’s good for us.”

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    Palatine’s Tess Wasowicz leads Lauren Conroy of Barrington, right, and Caroline Kurdej of Schaumburg after first lap of girls varsity Mid-Suburban League cross country championship at Busse Woods.

    Barrington’s Conroy is in her element

    Barrington freshman Lauren Conroy prepared for the worst and ended up the best. Conroy knew she’d be dealing with some nasty weather at the Mid-Suburban League girls cross country meet at Busse Woods Forest Preserve, and a persistent rain didn’t disappoint her. But Conroy made the best of a not-so-ideal situation, taking command of the race in the final 400 meters to win the MSL title in 17:28. Conroy stuck with Palatine senior Tess Wasowicz early, then jockeyed with Schaumburg sophomore Caroline Kurdej the final 2 miles before making her title surge in the home straightaway. “Coach (Revolta) told us to prepare for the worse,” said Conroy regarding the weather conditions. “I just kind of went out and had fun with it.” Wasowizc (17:46) and junior Jessica Lincoln (18:00) took fourth and fifth place leading Palatine to the team title with 52 points. The Pirates were followed closely by Barrington (58 points).

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    Iowa quarterback James Vandenberg scrambles between Matt Tobin, left, and James Ferentz (53) Saturday during the third quarter against Michigan State in East Lansing, Mich. Iowa won 19-16 in double overtime.

    Spartans fall 19-16 to Iowa in double OT

    Andrew Maxwell completed a nice pass to put Michigan State in field-goal range, then headed toward the sideline while confusion reigned around him. The Spartans needed only to spike the ball to stop the clock before they could bring their field-goal unit out, but when they lined up, their quarterback was nowhere to be found. That snafu at the end of the first half was one of several breakdowns and missed opportunities that led to Michigan State’s 19-16, double-overtime loss to Iowa on Saturday.

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    Bartlett’s Gabby Gregorio in a doubles semi-finals match in the sectional at St. Charles East on Saturday, October 13.

    Bartlett wins 2nd straight sectional

    On a rain-soaked day that forced most of Saturday’s action indoors, Bartlett’s girls tennis team persevered. Spurred on by a pair of second-place individual finishes, the Hawks captured their second consecutive team sectional title at St. Charles East, edging runner-up Geneva by a 20-17 margin.

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    St. Charles N., Neuqua Valley race to UEC titles

    Batavia and St. Charles North have found themselves running in the same meet four times this fall, and each occasion the teams have been separated by less than 10 points. So it was no surprise the teams were neck-and-neck again Saturday morning at the Upstate Eight Conference meet at LeRoy Oakes in St. Charles. The Bulldogs had finished ahead of the North Stars two of the previous three meetings, but this time it was the North Stars prevailing by the closest margin yet, 38-40.

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    Geneva knocks out Batavia

    Geneva got off to a great start and used it to put away Batavia, 2-1, in Saturday’s Class 3A Naperville Central boys soccer quarterfinal.

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    Crystal Lake C. noses out Jacobs for FVC title

    Jacobs boys cross country coach Kevin Christian thought his team had a good chance to claim the Fox Vallet Conference team title Saturday. Sometimes, though, things just don’t work out. With two runners in the Top 5, including individual champion Alex Baker, Crystal Lake Central ran to the team title with a score of 59. Jacobs was 4 points behind the Tigers in second place with 63 points.

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    Wisconsin tight end Jacob Pedersen tosses the ball back to the officials Saturday after scoring a touchdown in front of Purdue linebacker Will Lucas during the first half in West Lafayette, Ind.

    Ball has career day as Wisconsin beat Purdue 38-14

    Montee Ball ran for a career-high 247 yards and scored three touchdowns to help Wisconsin beat Purdue 38-14 on Saturday afternoon. James White added 124 yards rushing for the Badgers (5-2, 2-1 Big Ten), who outgained Purdue 645 yards to 252. The Badgers pounded out 467 yards rushing in the rain.

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    Even after whistle-blowers unveiled their scathing report portraying Lance Armstrong as an unrepentant drug cheat, the argument over what to make of his life story rages on.

    Lance Armstrong’s image strong despite scandal

    It’s not so much that the Lance Armstrong story was too good to be true. Now it might just be too good to let go. Even after investigators unveiled a scathing report portraying him as an unrepentant drug cheat, Armstrong continues to confound his public with rivaling images: a rapacious, win-at-all-costs athlete or a hero who came back from cancer.

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    Michigan State fullback Trevon Pendleton, front, and teammates celebrate after the Spartans defeated Indiana 31-27 last Saturday in Bloomington, Ind.

    Spartans hoping for faster start against Iowa

    When Michigan State beat Iowa last season, the Spartans led 31-7 at halftime. That kind of fast start has been nowhere to be found lately. Michigan State hasn’t led after two quarters in more than a month, but the Spartans will try to reverse that trend today when they host the Hawkeyes in a crucial matchup in the Big Ten’s Legends Division.

Business

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    The new Apple Inc. Maps app icon is seen on an iPhone 5.

    Reviews: Upgraded map, camera apps for iOS 6

    Apple has taken a lot of guff for the way that it updated the Maps application for its new mobile operating system, iOS 6. Much of that criticism is warranted. There’s no denying that the bones of a good app are there. Apple’s turn-by-turn navigation is a welcome addition, and the maps themselves look good. What’s not there, however, is the wisdom of the crowd that has made Google’s map application so successful.

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    iPhone couch potatoes targeted by new Fitbit

    Last year, I looked at a neat little device called a Fitbit, designed to encourage you to get off your keister and be more active. I generally liked it, except for one thing: It could only send its data to a personal computer, an anachronism in this era of the mobile device. Now there’s a new Fitbit — two versions, actually — that addresses that weakness.

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    Noah Meloccaro, right, compares his older iPhone 4s to the new iPhone 5, held by Both Gatwech, outside the Apple Store in Omaha, Neb.

    Slate: The iPhone 5 is a miracle

    When Apple unveiled the iPhone 5 last month, many tech pundits called it “boring.” I was one of them. Now, almost a month later, it’s time for me to get something off my chest: I’ve made a huge mistake. That’s because, in all other ways, the iPhone 5 is the best phone ever to grace the earth. It beats every single rival on just about every metric you can think of, including speed, battery life, and especially beauty and workmanship.

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    Slate: Hard times in FarmVille for developer Zynga

    Zynga has entered what looks like a death spiral, and nobody is surprised. This week the firm announced that users aren’t flocking to its latest games, and as a result it’s lowering its revenue expectations for the year. The announcement sparked another brutal slide in Zynga’s stock price; shares were recently trading for less than $2.50 each, more than 75 percent less than at Zynga’s IPO. In some ways Zynga’s demise — along with Facebook’s IPO fizzle and investors’ newfound distaste for advertiser-driven consumer sites — is a good sign for the tech industry.

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    This undated image provided by Microsoft Office shows Excel Mobile on a Windows 7 phone. Microsoft’s version of Office for the tablet is probably best suited for business users who crave seamless connections between their computer and on-the-go tablet.

    Review: Tablet apps fill in gap, won’t replace PCs

    We all know that tablets are great for watching online videos of frolicking kittens, updating your Facebook status and checking email. But can they really substitute for a laptop when it comes to doing actual work? To find out, I downloaded software for using word processing and spreadsheets on mobile devices. All of the programs store and access files over the Internet rather than the individual devices. That approach can be pretty handy once you get the hang of it. Unfortunately, the programs also all involve, well, typing on a tablet. That can be downright painful after a while.

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    Kristine Nannini points to her common core wall charts she created to her fifth grade class at McGrath Elementary in Grand Blanc, Mich. Nannini spent her summer creating her own charts and student data sheets. It was something she imagined other teachers across the nation would want. So she decided to cash in on her prep time and sell her materials on teacherspayteachers.com.

    Teachers make money selling materials online

    Kristine Nannini spent her summer creating wall charts and student data sheets for her fifth grade class — and making $24,000 online by selling those same materials to other teachers. There is a lot of money to potentially be made. Deanna Jump, a first-grade teacher at Central Fellowship Christian Academy in Macon, Ga., is teacherspayteachers.com’s top seller, earning about $1 million in sales over the past two years.

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    Slate: Pay up or the hard drive gets it

    A frightening form of malware called “ransomware” has been seen with increasing frequency in recent months. No one knows exactly how many people have been hit with it, but security firm McAfee reports that it recorded more than 120,000 new samples in the second quarter of 2012, a fourfold increase from the same quarter last year.

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    Taking price-comparison apps for a spin

    Smartphone owners have been using the price-comparison apps for the past couple of years. But they’ve improved a lot recently. They’re faster and easier to use than earlier versions. They’ve become a bigger threat to retailers who don’t want customers using their stores as showrooms.

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    PC sales fall, 1 firm says Lenovo overtakes HP

    Worldwide sales of PCs fell sharply in the third quarter, two research firms said Wednesday, as consumers held off for the new version of Windows and spent their electronics dollars on smartphones and tablets instead.

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    Gina Keating’s book “Netflixed: The Epic Battle for America’s Eyeballs,” which went on sale Thursday, tries to debunk a widely told tale about the company’s origins and paints a polarizing portrait of its star CEO Reed Hastings.

    New book digs into Netflix’s origins, evolution

    Netflix is probably hoping a new book about its early history never gets made into a movie. The book, “Netflixed: The Epic Battle for America’s Eyeballs,” tries to debunk a widely told tale about the company’s origins and paints a polarizing portrait of its star, CEO Reed Hastings. Set to go on sale Thursday, the book arrives at a pivotal time for Netflix Inc.

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    Arlington chamber director updates members while in China

    Arlington Heights Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Jon Ridler is updating local residents and businesses from the other side of the world this week. Ridler is touring China this week along with a group of other American chamber leaders, according to his office.

Life & Entertainment

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    This Georgian-style Barrington home will appeal to those with an array of interests.

    Barrington home fulfills an array of interests

    This one-of-a-kind white brick and cedar Georgian-style home in Barrington has so many separate spaces and unique accoutrements that it could serve myriad purposes for a large, extended family.

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    Eric Daman is the Emmy-winning costume designer who created looks for the Carrie Bradshaw character in “Sex and the City” and Blair Waldorf in “Gossip Girl.”

    ‘Gossip Girl’ designer gives fall fashion tips

    As the man behind some of TV’s most talked-about trendsetters, Eric Daman knows his way around a wardrobe closet. The Emmy-winning costume designer hosted an All Access Fashion event near Washington recently, and he caught us up on what it’s like to create looks for the Carrie Bradshaw character in “Sex and the City” and Blair Waldorf in “Gossip Girl.”

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    In this June 2, 2012 file photo, Mike Love, right, of The Beach Boys, performs alongside fellow band member David Marks at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. Brian Wilson says he felt blindsided by a news release from his Beach Boys bandmate Mike Love that ended the good vibrations on the band’s 50th anniversary tour. Wilson says the expectation was that both sides would help craft and approve the news release. That didn’t happen and now he thinks it’s Love’s turn to reach out.

    Beach Boys’ Wilson: Band dustup ‘bummed me out’

    LOS ANGELES — Brian Wilson says he felt blindsided by a news release from his Beach Boys band mate Mike Love that ended the good vibrations on the band’s 50th anniversary tour.Wilson answered Mike Love’s recent explanation in The Los Angeles Times with a response in the newspaper. Love says he was simply trying to clear up confusion about post-50th anniversary dates when he issued the news release, but many — including band members Wilson, Al Jardine and David Marks — took the release as news of a firing.“As far as I know I can’t be fired — that wouldn’t be cool,” Wilson wrote in the Times. “The negativity surrounding all the comments bummed me out. What’s confusing is that by Mike not wanting or letting Al, David and me tour with the band, it sort of feels like we’re being fired.”The dueling newspaper notes are the latest turn in what’s been an off-and-on again relationship for decades. Wilson and Love are cousins and founding members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band that helped crystalize the California sound of the 1960s. Wilson stopped touring regularly in 1964, notes Love, who has led a version of the band on the road for the last 13 years.As the 50th anniversary of the Beach Boys’ founding approached, Wilson and Love agreed to perform with the band’s surviving early members for a new album and tour. Wilson, the creative force behind many of the band’s iconic hits, said everything exceeded his expectations.“Mike kept saying throughout the tour `The whole is greater than the sum of its parts,’ and both Al and I agree, which made us all think that he wanted to continue,” Wilson wrote. “We originally started out with 50 shows, but the success and the demand kept growing and we obliged. No one knew in the beginning that this was going to be so rewarding and popular with our fans. Once we got cooking we were all stoked!”Earlier this year, the band released a new album that debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200.Love’s news release ended those feelings, though. It came just before the Beach Boys were to play the last of 75 50th anniversary shows late last month in London. Love wrote in an article that the 50th anniversary tour was always finite and that the new dates in smaller venues had long been set for the lineup toured by him.“To avoid public confusion, and at the request of Brian’s representative, we had a press release sent out detailing the differences between the two Beach Boys tours and its varying lineups,” wrote Love, who noted that over a decade ago he was granted an exclusive license to tour as the “Beach Boys.” “I was surprised that Brian and Al said they were surprised by this announcement. Some media outlets interpreted all of this as me firing the band.”Wilson says the expectation was that both sides would help craft and approve the news release. That didn’t happen and now he thinks it’s Love’s turn to reach out.“That’s it in a nutshell, all these conversations need to be between the shareholders, and I welcome Mike to call me,” he wrote.———Online:http://thebeachboys.com

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    Peter Gamlen poses in a suit he found in the basement of his apartment in New Haven, Conn. Gamlen believes the suit, that bears a tag with the name Paul Newman in it, may have belonged to actor.

    Man finds suit he believes belonged to Paul Newman

    A man renting an apartment in a Victorian house in Connecticut was poking around the basement when he was surprised to find some fine clothes stuffed in a trash bag. A tailor’s tag listing the client’s name on one of the suits startled him even more. “Paul Newman. January 1986.”

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    This comic book cover image released by DC Entertainment shows the Joker on the cover of “Batman” No. 13, released this week. The story, “Death of the Family,” will cross numerous issues from now through February.

    After long absence, Joker’s back to bedevil Batman

    For a year the Joker’s been out of sight, out of mind and out of trouble. That changed in the pages of “Batman” No. 13, when the clown prince of crime returned to Gotham with a mission to help Batman become a better man, even if it means going after everyone and everything that the Dark Knight and his alter ego, Bruce Wayne, hold dear.

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    Led Zeppelin Guitarist Jimmy Page participates in a press conference ahead of the worldwide theatrical release of “Celebration Day”, a concert film of their 2007 London O2 arena reunion show, at the Museum of Modern Art on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012 in New York.

    Jimmy Page says ‘no’ to Led Zeppelin reunion

    Led Zeppelin will not be reuniting anytime soon. That message came through loud and clear this week with sarcasm, stoic silence and even the occasional barb at reporters who dared to ask. Just the mention of the topic set off lead singer Robert Plant at a news conference for the band’s upcoming concert film, “Celebration Day.”

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    In a March 19, 2009 photo, retired Command Sgt. Maj. Basil L. Plumley, right, and retired Lt. Gen. Hal Moore, left, who served together with the 1st Cavalry Division in the Ia Drang Valley, talk at the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center in Columbus, Ga. Plumley, 92, died Wednesday morning at the Columbus Hospice in Columbus, Ga.

    ‘We Were Soldiers’ inspiration dies

    Basil L. Plumley, a renowned career soldier whose exploits as an Army infantryman were portrayed in a book and the movie “We Were Soldiers,” has died at 92 — an age his friends are amazed that he lived to see. Plumley fought in World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam and was awarded a medal for making five parachute jumps into combat.

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    German beer and food are part of the fun at Long Grove’s annual Oktoberfest.

    Weekend picks: Go German for a day at Long Grove's Oktoberfest

    Long Grove's annual Oktoberfest includes a parade at 10 a.m. Saturday, live music with a variety of German bands, folk dancing, German fare, hayrides, children's activities and more. View painted military figurines Saturday at the Military Miniature Society of Illinois Exhibition and Competition at the Chicago Marriott Schaumburg. The Cantigny Fall Festival celebrates autumn with hayrides, pumpkin decorating, music, inflatables and more in Wheaton.

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    A general view showing flowers left on the grave of British TV host and Disc Jockey Jimmy Savile in Woodlands Cemetery, Scarborough, England, after the headstone was removed overnight at the request of Savile’s family.

    Savile’s headstone removed from cemetery

    he headstone at the grave of a British children’s television host has been removed after police said Jimmy Savile may have sexually assaulted more than 20 girls over a 40-year period. Funeral director Robert Morphit said this week that Savile’s family had asked him to remove the stone to “protect the dignity and sanctity” of the cemetery.

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    Today, homeowners have a lot of options in selecting new windows and doors.

    Doors, windows makes a statement about the homeowners

    Doors and windows tend to make a statement about the people living inside a home. You get an impression about the owners of a home when you walk up to their front door and take note of the condition and style of both the door and the nearby windows. That is why, even in the current economy, homeowners are replacing their outdated windows, doors when they notice them starting to age and look less than pristine, said David Voss, owner of The Door Store in Villa Park.

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    Crystal ornaments catch the illumination from LED and halogen lights in this chandelier designed by Michael Sestak.

    Lighting designer uses LEDs to conjure up magic

    Michael Sestak does more than light up a room. The lighting designer transforms space with artful use of LEDs and other energy-efficient breakthroughs. He has helped many clients see their homes or businesses in a whole different way. “You want to make it magic,” Sestak said. “Lighting is supposed to illuminate space. It’s all about placement. That affects what you see and how you see it.”

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    A recreational staff member lead a group of hotel guests on a Segway tour of the Coastal Trail in Half-Moon Bay, Calif., on the Pacific Ocean. A number of hotels offer Segway tours as a novel way to see their grounds and nearby scenic areas.

    Resorts turn to Segway tours to show off sights

    Lori Kelly and her husband, Gene, recently marked their second anniversary by touring the woods of the Omni Bedford Springs Resort & Spa on a Segway. “It was absolutely fantastic. It gives you the flavor of adventure with very little threat of injury,” Kelly said. The Segway is getting a new life at a growing number of resorts around the world. Now hotels with sprawling grounds are finding the Segway to be a great way to show guests around their properties.

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    The Hoyle Brothers band performs during Honky Tonk Happy Hour at Chicago’s Empty Bottle tavern.

    Searchin’ out Chicago’s hidden country music

    In a city better known for the rarified sounds of a world-class symphony and legendary jazz and blues, there’s a lively but almost hidden country music scene in Chicago. This isn’t the Nashville top 40 or overproduced pablum that you hear on commercial radio, or pay top-dollar to see in cavernous arenas. It’s more old-timey country music, from honky-tonk to Rockabilly and Western Swing, and it’s being resurrected by talented local bands.

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    Should you use a reverse mortgage to pay off home, or wait?

    Q. I reached 62 this year and have a mortgage balance of $85,000 on my house, which is worth about $400,000. Should I pay off the balance now with a reverse mortgage?

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    Whether these early 20th century chairs are English or American makes very little difference in the value.

    Antique chairs mix a variety of furniture styles

    Q. Grandma’s chairs were a wedding gift to my parents in 1939. We know they were made in Grand Rapids, Mich. Are they made from cherry or mahogany, and what are they worth?

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    Not only is this his one-of-a-kind retreat, but it’s also a functional space that makes the most of this bungalow and the square footage it has to offer.

    Teen’s new bedroom in basement is fun, functional

    Thirteen-year-old Calvin has certainly outgrown his childhood bedroom. With three kids and only three bedrooms on the main floor, parents John and Lucinda know it’s time for Calvin to go where no one in the family has gone before: the basement.

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    Monica Pedersen, a designer on HGTV’s “Designed to Sell,” admits she wants to redesign the kitchen in her Highland Park home.

    Guess what’s missing from Monica Pedersen’s kitchen

    Without setting foot in them, Monica Pedersen has been in perhaps a million American homes — maybe even yours. As a designer on HGTV’s “Designed to Sell,” Pedersen shows viewers how to add value to their homes while working within a tight budget.

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    Test on floor tile can determine presence of asbestos
    Q. Our home has old linoleum in the kitchen and hall that I would like to remove and replace, or, if the floor is decent, refinish the wood. What are the dangers of asbestos? We’ve lived here more than 33 years, so who knows how old the floor is.

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    Finding association board members can be a struggle

    Q. I am the president of a nonprofit townhouse owners association. We have been struggling to get owners to serve on the board. My understanding is that our three board members is less than a quorum, and that we can’t even conduct business.

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    It may be difficult to buy the eyesore next door

    Q. A house next door to us has been empty for a few years, and the only real maintenance is cutting the grass. We'd like to purchase it and tear the eyesoar down.

Discuss

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    The Soapbox

    The Soapbox starts and ends on a green note this week, and in between are opinions on a range of topics from Daily Herald editors.

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    Humpty Dumpty over recess

    Columnist George Will: The constitutional guarantee of congressional self-governance, combined with the Senate’s determination that it was in session Jan. 4, destroys Obama’s position, which is that he can declare the Senate in recess whenever he wishes to exercise what the Framers explicitly denied to presidents — a unilateral appointments power. Consider this episode when deciding whether on Jan. 20, 2013, he should again have a chance to swear to (only selectively) defend the Constitution.

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    Not expecting this kind of change
    A Prospect Heights letter to the editor: Under President Obama, I’ve seen my dollars turn into cents. I’m sorry, but that’s not the “change” I was counting on, nor should it be the change our nation should accept.

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    Return to a time of fewer excesses
    A Hoffman Estates letter to the editor: Nowadays, a free public education is becoming a future dodo bird. Only countries on a sound economic footing can offer, or afford, free public schooling.

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    Debate revealed much about Obama
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: The president did not have a bad night or was just off stride. What happened was President Obama was finally challenged on his record and the dishonest framing of Mitt Romney.

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    Charitable giving isn’t the cure
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: When Americans who may have paid taxes for decades need help, they don’t feel they should have to beg for money from charities.

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    Voter ID laws are politically motivated
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: Several state legislators have been caught on video admitting their main goal was to actually suppress voting to ensure a Romney win. Purging voters from voter rolls has been another tactic used.

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    Duckworth is the absent candidate
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: Behavior in the campaign is a good indicator of postelection representation. One candidate has deliberately and consistently avoided interacting with the voters and debating her opponent. To nobody’s surprise, that absentee candidate is Tammy Duckworth,

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    St. Charles must limit indebtedness
    A St. Charles letter to the editor: The St. Charles city budget lists the total debt to be $136 million and per capita debt to be $4,123. This debt is three times the debt 10 years ago and is causing the city to plan for deficits for years to come. The mayor and city council have done this and usually in unison. They all need to be replaced.

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    How about some political balance?
    An East Dundee letter to the editor: I would like to be an informed voter. I want to make my decisions based on all of the information available. Unfortunately, I am finding I have to do my own due diligence to get the full story. Why doesn’t our mainstream media fairly report all sides in an election?

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    Roskam known for rational leadership
    A South Elgin letter to the editor: Peter Roskam is well known for his rational leadership and fiscal responsibility. His tax initiatives make sense for the people of Illinois and specifically to this district. He is the man to serve our needs in Washington.

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    Separate church and state in voting booth
    An Elgin letter to the editor: This is a very important election, and I hope people realize that viewing it as a religious battleground for social issues is not good for anyone. I do not think God is a Republican, or a Democrat or even an American. I think He is the God of the universe and created all people on the entire planet.

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    Trickle down theory has never worked
    A Geneva letter to the editor: For more than 31 years now, the Republican Party has pushed the idea of trickle-down economics where giving wealthy individuals and corporations more and more tax cuts and subsidies is supposed to make our economy prosper. This ideology has failed.

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    Too many executive orders under Obama
    A Bensenville letter to the editor: The number of “executive orders” signed by current and former presidents is an interesting view of what is going on in our nation’s capitol. Going back to Teddy Roosevelt who signed three executive orders there were no more of these orders signed until FDR who signed 11 in 16 years.

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    A truly cruel form of breast cancer
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: Most people think breast cancer awareness month starts and ends in October. But for the thousands of people like my mother who are living with metastatic breast cancer, every month is breast cancer awareness month.

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    Daily Herald: Water carriers for the DNC
    A Winfield letter to the editor: Must the Daily Herald always work so hard to maintain its standing in what is fast coming to be known as the Prostitute Press? Not only do you fill your paper with regressive bilge from The Associated Press — the unashamed voice of the Democratic National Committee — but you also bend the AP “news” even more to advance the party line.

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    Video gambling in bars a bad idea
    A Villa Park letter to the editor: Should video gambling be allowed in establishments where liquor is poured (bars, clubs, organizations)? As I see it, this is not a wise choice.

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    Someone must stand up for students
    An Addison letter to the editor: In a Sept. 27 article, “23rd Senate candidates focus on job creation,” the Daily Herald explained that state senate candidates Carole Pankau (R-Itasca) and Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) have both prioritized the jobs issue in this election. As a senior at Addison Trail High School, jobs are important to me as well.

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    Many voters are misinformed
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: Governor Romney made his fortune looting and destroying companies, outsourcing jobs and dodging taxes. His record as Massachusetts governor was abysmal, especially with respect to job creation, ranking 47th nationally.

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