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    Nick Agitator of V is for Villains performs during “Nightmare on Chicago Street,” Elgin’s annual Halloween party, Saturday night in downtown Elgin.

    Elgin’s annual ‘Nightmare on Chicago Street’ a hit

    If you wanted to visit downtown Elgin on Saturday night, you first had to go through white containment tents and be scanned by people clad in full-body biohazard suits — to make sure you hadn’t been “infected.” Of course, you also had to sport a red stamp on your hand proving you had paid the entry fee to “Nightmare on Chicago Street,” Elgin’s annual Halloween party. The zombie apocalypse-themed...

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    Workers from Restoration Techs remove items Friday from the porch of a house on the 200 block of Shadybrook Lane in Aurora, where the owner admits to being a hoarder.

    Crews remove about 445 birds from Aurora townhouse, 325 alive

    Aurora officials used a court order to take over cleanup duties at a townhouse filled with about 445 birds and mounds of garbage after the owner made virtually no progress to clean up this week. 325 birds still living are in good shape. "He obviously did spend a great deal of time feeding them and giving them water," a bird club president said.

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    Libertyville businesses give IDOT their roadwork 2 cents

    It may not be the best news they've heard but at least business owners in the construction zone near routes 21 and 137 in Libertyville had a chance to blow off steam Thursday. Possibilities, such as widening and paving driveways, extending construction hours and other methods to keep traffic moving will be considered to lessen the blow of what has become a very frustrating situation.

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    Chef Patrick Guat, far left, and his culinary students pose with participants in 2011’s children’s cooking class in the village hall lobby.

    French chef visits Hoffman Estates for week of events

    Tickets are still available for some of this week's events for everyone from children to gourmands celebrating French cuisine and the annual visit of Chef Patrick Guat from Hoffman Estates' sister city of Angoulême, France.

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    Michael Kravchuk goes all-out decorating his home in Rolling Meadows for Halloween.

    Haunted House for a good cause in Rolling Meadows

    Michael Kravchuk has been preparing for this day for months. He's done his research online, put in the time and effort and he is finally ready — for Halloween."This is my national holiday," said the Rolling Meadows man who spends all of October hosting a homemade haunted graveyard on his front lawn.

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    Interstate 80 expansion project finished

    A project widening a congested eight-mile stretch of Interstate 80 across Illinois is finished, easing delays on a key transport route.The $26 million project was funded through Gov. Pat Quinn's Illinois Jobs Now! capital construction plan.

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    Max, a stray dog, watches from a distance at his dog house near Smoky’s House BBQ restaurant in Charleston.

    Charleston restaurant takes care of Max the stray dog

    It's a nice fall afternoon and Max the dog looks quite content sunning himself on a grassy spot near his home, or the closest thing to it.The small pooch, possibly part Australian shepherd, seems calm but keeps a close eye on people nearby. He's OK if you watch him from a distance, but if you get too close, he just gets up and moves to another place.

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    Nancie Lillie, left, nominated Carolyn Sprawka of Batavia for TriCity Family Services highest honor, the William D. Barth Award. Sprawka volunteers at both Hesed House in Aurora and Lazarus House in St. Charles.

    Batavia woman honored by TriCity Family Services

    As a young mother with her hands full raising two children in 1986, Carolyn Sprawka of Batavia said she somehow became aware of — and interested in — the plight of homeless people.Sprawka has spent 25 years as a Hesed House volunteer, 20 years as a Hesed board member and 17 years as president of that board. She was honored Thursday night with the 28th annual William D. Barth Award.

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    Michael Carbone

    Lake County candidate Carbone has criminal past under different name

    Lake County board candidate Michael Carbone has a criminal history, but not by the name he’s known in his capacity as a Grayslake school board member. Lake County circuit court records show Carbone was Michael R. Jorudd of unincorporated Ingleside when he pleaded guilty to reckless driving in Fox Lake in 2006. He was sentenced to 30 days in the county jail. “I never had to do one day of the 30...

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    This 1888 photo provided by the Museum of Innovation and Science in Schenectady, N.Y., shows Thomas Edison listening to a wax cylinder phonograph.

    Soundtrack to history: 1878 Edison audio unveiled

    It’s scratchy, lasts only 78 seconds and features the world’s first recorded blooper. The modern masses can now listen to what experts say is the oldest playable recording of an American voice and the first-ever capturing of a musical performance.

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    Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney pauses during a campaign stop at Worthington Industries, a metal processing company, in Worthington, Ohio, Thursday.

    Presidential election to pass $2 billion fundraising mark

    The 2012 presidential campaign was expected Thursday to pass the $2 billion mark in fundraising, according to accounting statements submitted to the government, thanks to an outpouring of cash from both ordinary citizens and the wealthiest Americans hoping to influence the selection of the country’s next leader.

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    St. Charles Dist. 303 budget calls for 3.74% tax levy increase

    St. Charles School District 303 unveils the proposed tax levy for the next fiscal year.

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    A man balances a child and umbrella on his bike as it rains during the approach of Hurricane Sandy in Manzanillo, Cuba, Wednesday.

    Hurricane lashes Bahamas after 21 deaths elsewhere

    Hurricane Sandy lashed the central Bahamas on Thursday night with violent winds and torrential rains, after raging through the Caribbean where it caused at least 21 deaths and forced postponement of a hearing at the Guantanamo naval base on Cuba.

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    Attorneys say a Gacy victim was misidentified

    Attorneys for a woman who for years doubted her 14-year-old son was a victim of serial killer John Wayne Gacy said Thursday that a lab concluded that DNA tests on the exhumed remains were not those of her son.“We don’t know who it is but this is not her son,” said Steven Becker, who represents Sherry Marino. Her son, Michael, was last seen alive in 1976.

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    McHenry undersheriff denies misconduct accusation

    A judge could hear arguments next week about whether to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate a misconduct claim made by a McHenry County sheriff’s department sergeant against Undersheriff Andrew Zinke. The complaint made by John Koziol accuses Zinke of tipping off a business owner over the summer that the Drug Enforcement Administration was investigating a case in which 60,000 pounds of...

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    Daily Herald file photo The tollway is gearing up to build an eastern extension for the Elgin-O’Hare Expressway.

    Tollway budget promises plenty of construction zones next year

    Tollway dfficials on Thursday outlined a $1.5 billion budget proposal, up from 2012’s projected costs of $1.1 billion, although actual spending this year should be closer to $929 million because of deferred work. This means drivers can expect construction-related delays in 2013 as the tollway ramps up its $12 billion Move Illinois program with major work expected on I-90 near Elgin.

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    Deaunta J. Taylor

    Police nab trio accused in St. Charles robbery

    St. Charles police have arrested two men and one teenage boy in connection with a Wednesday robbery on the city’s west side in which the three beat up a middle-aged man and stole his wallet, police said. The teen is from St. Charles while the men are from Chicago.

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

    Lawmaker who needed abortion takes on Walsh

    A California congresswoman who has had two medically necessary abortions Thursday traveled to the 8th Congressional District to support Democrat Tammy Duckworth of Hoffman Estates and criticize her Republican opponent, U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh of McHenry, for his abortion views. “We tried desperately to save that child,” Speier said.

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    Republican Don Castella, left, is challenging Democratic state Sen. Terry Link in the 30th District.

    When it comes to campaign cash, state Sen. Terry Link leads challenger Don Castella

    Veteran Democratic state Sen. Terry Link has vastly outraised Republican challenger Don Castella in the race for the 30th District seat, state records show. Link had more than $58,000 in his war chest as of Oct. 1 and has reported receiving an additional $63,000 from campaign backers since then. Castella, on the other hand, had a mere $2,775 banked for signs, mailers and other campaign...

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    A resident walks through fabric shade shelter with ceramic tile flooring at the new Tropicana Park in Hoffman Estates.

    Renovated park opens Saturday in Hoffman Estates

    Hoffman Estates is opening a new park on Saturday. Tropicana Park was once home to a pool and clubhouse that opened in the 1960s. A neighborhood swim club approached the park district in 2007 when is could no longer maintain the facilities. With help from a state grant, the park has been transformed into a space all ages can enjoy, with bocce ball courts, a splash pad, horseshoe pit and more.

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    A committee has moved one step closer to bringing cameras into Kane County courtrooms.

    16th Judicial courtrooms could be in line for cameras

    A committee studying how to implement cameras in courtrooms in the 16th Judicial Circuit, which includes Kane, Kendall and DeKalb counties, has finalized rules and procedures. The next step is for Chief Judge Robert Spence to forward these to the Illinois Supreme Court.

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    Lance Corporal Liam Tasker and his Springer spaniel mix Theo. The bomb-sniffing army dog who died in Afghanistan on the day his handler was killed has been honored with Britain’s highest award for animal bravery. Springer spaniel mix Theo was posthumously awarded the Dickin Medal on Thursday at a ceremony in London.

    British army dog joins list of animal war heroes

    British soldiers and military dogs gathered at a London army barracks Thursday to honor a fallen hero with selfless courage, nerves of steel — and four legs.

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    PADS Lake County Executive Director Cathy Curran

    PADS Lake County leader Cathy Curran dead at 61

    PADS Lake County Executive Director Cathy Curran is being remembered as a compassionate woman dedicated to helping the homeless. “She did it because she wanted to help people,” PADS board member Randy Rossi said. “And there’s not many people left like that these days.”

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    Vets invited to breakfast:

    The Hawthorn Middle South student council and student body invites all veterans to enjoy breakfast and a short program at the school, 600 N. Aspen Drive, Vernon Hills at 8 a.m. Friday, Nov. 9.

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    Lake County retired teachers:

    The Lake County Retired Teachers Association will meet Nov. 13 at noon at Lambs Farm restaurant, at Route 176 and I-94 in Libertyville.

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    John Lawson and Michelle Mussman

    Mussman, Lawson spar over programs for seniors

    Democratic state Rep. Michelle Mussman and Republican challenger John Lawson are accusing one another of not having the best interests of seniors at heart. The two Schaumburg candidates for the 56th District House seat are seeking to paint each other as unworthy of seniors’ votes during the final days of their campaigns.

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    Lake County bar rates judicial candidates

    The Lake County Bar Association and the Illinois State Bar Association release findings on candidates running to fill judicial vacancies and for retention in Lake County.

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    Cathleen Koch

    Judge cuts sentence for mom in St. Charles hotel beating

    A Kane County judge Thursday reconsidered and reduced the sentence of a woman who pleaded guilty for failing to protect her toddler daughter from an October 2010 beating at a St. Charles hotel that left her permanently brain damaged. Cathleen Koch, of Elgin, was sentenced to eight years in prison last month but had her sentence reduced to four years by Judge Timothy Sheldon.

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    Climate change debate at SHS:

    Stevenson High School will host a debate about climate change on Thursday, Nov. 8., from 7 to 9 p.m.

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    Police reports
    Between Friday and Monday, nearly $8,000 in regular and power tools were stolen from six trucks parked in the 1400 block of Sheldon Drive, police said. According to reports, someone removed the padlocks from the trucks’ rear doors.

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    Coyote attacks, releases Wheaton dog

    A Wheaton dog that was attacked by a coyote in the city Tuesday night, was expected to make a full recovery, police said. According to a news release, the attack occurred at 9:15 p.m. in the 1300 block of Brighton Drive. It involved a coyote jumping over a 6-foot tall fence and grabbing the dog.

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    President Barack Obama has cast his ballot early, returning to Chicago to drum up support for early voting. The president says, “all across the country we’re seeing a lot of early voting.” He says it was “really convenient” but jokes, “I can’t tell you who I voted for.”

    Obama flies in to vote early

    President Barack Obama has cast his ballot early, returning to Chicago to drum up support for early voting. The president says, “all across the country we’re seeing a lot of early voting.” He says it was “really convenient” but jokes, “I can’t tell you who I voted for.”

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    Karen McConnaughay

    McConnaughay defends her record following attacks

    In her final county board meeting as Kane County Chairman, Karen McConnaughay faced numerous attacks to the legacy of her administration. Votes on the overall tax levy, pension levy and insurance liability levy all resulted in board members taking shots at her. She responded in an interview after the meeting. The overall levy, by the way, will remain flat.

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    Economy likely to remain shaky, economists tell Naperville chamber

    The national economy is holding in a “slow growth pattern,” several economists told the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce Thursday, but they warned things may get worse before they get better. North Central College political science professor Stephan Caliendo moderated the discussion featuring John Calamos, CEO of Calamos Investments; DePaul University economics professor Michael Miller; and...

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    Tri-Cities police reports
    Patricia R. Spudich, 39, of the Algonquin, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and failure to reduce speed after her car struck a tree in the 4N800 block of Crane Road near St. Charles shortly before 6 p.m. Sunday, according to a sheriff’s report.

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    Pig roast Friday in Schaumburg benefits Harper students

    Cook digest

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    South Barrington officer accused of forgery resigns

    A South Barrington police officer charged with forgery, official misconduct and possession of a controlled substance resigned from his job on Wednesday. Keith Baker, 30, is accused of using a blank prescription pad to obtain 180-pill prescriptions of the painkiller Norco on five separate occasions in May at Walgreens and CVS Pharmacies in Hoffman Estates and South Barrington.

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    Student sexually assaulted at CLC, authorities say

    A female College of Lake County student was sexually assaulted by an acquaintance at the Grayslake campus, authorities said Thursday. The attack occurred about 12:30 p.m. Wednesday in a courtyard near Willow Lake where students often gather, CLC spokeswoman Evelyn Schiele said. The crime was reported to campus police Wednesday night after the victim sought medical treatment at Highland Park...

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    Bloomingdale Battalion Chief Jeff Janus, left, receives the Instructor of the Year helmet from the Illinois Society of Fire Service Instructors. The helmet was presented by Forest Reeder, Des Plaines Fire Department’s chief of training and safety and last year’s winner.

    Bloomingdale firefighter ‘shocked’ by statewide honor

    It's a rare situation that can stun Jeff Janus. As a battalion chief with the Bloomingdale Fire Protection District, Janus is accustomed to working under extremely high-pressure conditions. This month, however, Janus found himself "completely shocked" when he received word that the Illinois Society of Fire Service Instructors named him Fire Instructor of the Year. "I'm still trying to wrap my...

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    Illinois’ unemployment drops in all metro areas

    The Illinois Department of Employment Security says there’s good news in Illinois’ latest unemployment figures.For September, the unemployment rates are down in all of Illinois’ metro areas compared to last year.

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    Northwest suburban poilce blotter

    A 25-year-old Arlington Heights man was arrested around 2 p.m. Oct. 17 at Dominick’s, 770 S. Buffalo Grove Road, Buffalo Grove, and charged with retail theft after he reportedly stole two bottles of liquor valued at $105 Oct. 16 and then returned the next day to steal two more bottles of liquor.

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    Judge rules for government in bear mauling suit

    A judge has dismissed a wrongful death suit that claimed negligence by federal researchers led to the fatal mauling of a Park Ridge man in Wyoming’s Shoshone National Forest.Chief U.S. District Court Judge Nancy Freudenthal ruled Wednesday that researchers had no duty under Wyoming law to warn that a bear had been trapped and released in the area.

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    10 catalytic converters stolen from U-Haul lots in Northwest suburbs

    Cook digest

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    Northwest suburban police blotter

    A hooded male tried to steal a gas grill from an apartment patio on the 800 block of East Old Willow Road in Prospect Heights. He ran away when the owner heard a noise, looked out, saw the offender holding the handle of the grill, and knocked on his bedroom window.

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    Sue Villanova’s house at 920 Ash Street in St. Charles is a part of the St. Charles Park District’s 14th annual Gallery of Ghoulish Homes Tour.

    Check out St. Charles’ Gallery of Ghoulish Homes Tour

    They hear “Wow!” often, as well as “It’s Disney’s Haunted Mansion!” Christine Acosta, whose home at 38W207 Oak Drive on the west side of St. Charles is part of the St. Charles Park District’s 14th annual Gallery of Ghoulish Homes Tour, loves the feedback.

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    Visitors can see how stop lights are made and put together a trolley in How People Make Things, a new exhibit at the DuPage Children's Museum. The exhibit is inspired by segments on “Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood.”

    Children's Museum welcomes exhibit inspired by Mr. Rogers

    How People Make Things, a traveling exhibit opening Saturday, draws from the factory visit segments on "Mr. Rodgers' Neighborhood." Visitors to the DuPage Children's Museum in Naperville can get hands-on with the processes and machinery used to make everything from crayons to cars.

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    Sioux Falls, S.D. is welcoming political figures, family and friends in town Thursday to mark the life and career of former Democratic U.S. senator and three-time presidential candidate George McGovern, a legend in state’s political history who died Oct. 21 at age 90.

    Friends, family pay tribute to late-Sen. McGovern

    Friends, family and former colleagues paused before the flag-draped casket of former U.S. Sen. George McGovern on Thursday to pay tribute to the liberal Democrat who ran for president against Richard Nixon and lost and who later became a champion in the fight against global hunger.

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    On Sunday, the Statue of Liberty will reopen to the public on the U.S. landmark’s 126th anniversary. The statue has been closed since last October for renovation to its interior, although the public has been allowed to visit its Liberty Island grounds.

    Statue of Liberty reopens on 126th birthday Sunday

    The Statue of Liberty is set to reopen to the public on Sunday, the U.S. landmark’s 126th anniversary.

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    Oliver Solomon, of Davenport, Iowa, and his wife LaDonna arrive at the Davenport Public Library before casting their ballot for the Nov. 6th election.

    Obama on marathon tour; Romney runs across Ohio

    A scratchy-voiced President Barack Obama powered through a marathon drive to get his supporters to vote Thursday and planned to set an example by becoming the first president to cast his own ballot ahead of time. Republican Mitt Romney spent one of the precious 12 days before Election Day entirely focused on the Rust Belt battleground of Ohio.

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    From upper left: Democrat Elizabeth Chaplin and Republicans Pete DiCianni, Sean Noonan and Elaine Zannis

    County board Dist. 2 hopefuls discuss diversity in DuPage

    With no incumbents running for three District 2 seats up for election Nov. 6 on the DuPage County Board, residents are guaranteed some fresh faces. And as four candidates vie to add more professional and gender diversity to the board, they also share their ideas questionnaires on how to manage growing ethnic diversity in DuPage.

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    4-year-old boy, man found dead in Yorkville home

    Police say a 4-year-old boy and a 35-year-old man were found dead in a home in Yorkville.The Aurora Beacon-News reports police said Thursday that officers found the man and boy Wednesday during a well-being check. The man was identified as Joseph R. Schmitt. Autopsies are scheduled for Friday.Police did not release additional information.

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    Devin Meadows

    Police still investigating fatal Aurora crash

    A day after friends and family gathered to mourn the death of a 15-year-old Metea Valley High School student, Aurora police continued to piece together information about the circumstances surrounding the fatal car crash. Police said Devin Meadows, a 15-year-old sophomore, was riding with three friends early Tuesday morning in a fast-moving Chevrolet Malibu that struck a curb and crashed into a...

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    Jennifer Barconi and Michael Kenyon

    Kane board candidates clash over pension, benefits

    If re-elected to the Kane County Board, incumbent Mike Kenyon would continue to participate in the county health and pension plans, while challenger Jennifer Barconi says she would accept neither taxpayer-funded benefit. The are vying for the 16th District seat, which serves portions of South Elgin, Elgin and Bartlett.

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    Former Secretary of State Colin Powell, a longtime Republican said on the “CBS This Morning” program Thursday, he is sticking with President Barack Obama in this year’s election.

    Powell standing by Obama in 2012 presidential race

    Former Secretary of State Colin Powell, a longtime Republican, is sticking with President Barack Obama in this year's election.

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    Sun City Huntley celebrate Marines with ball

    Sun City invites all active and veteran Marines to the 237th Birthday Ball on Saturday, Nov. 10, in the Drendel Ballroom in the Sun City Prairie Lodge, 12880 Del Webb Blvd., Huntley.

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    In this March 2012 file photo, storage tanks for radiation-contaminated water are seen in the compound of the tsunami-crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in northeastern Japan. Japan’s crippled nuclear power plant is struggling to find space to store tens of thousands of tons of highly contaminated water used to cool the broken reactors.

    AP Interview: Japan nuclear plant water worries rise

    TOKYO — Japan’s crippled nuclear power plant is struggling to find space to store tens of thousands of tons of highly contaminated water used to cool the broken reactors, the manager of the water treatment team said.

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    Activists: Rebels make advances in Aleppo

    BEIRUT — Rebels and activists in Syria say anti-regime forces are advancing in Aleppo and have taken control of several neighborhoods

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    Hybrid of Sandy, winter storm threatens East Coast

    WASHINGTON — Much of the U.S. East Coast has a good chance of getting blasted by gale-force winds, flooding, heavy rain and maybe even snow early next week by an unusual hybrid of hurricane and winter storm, federal and private forecasters say.

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    New census data released Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, offer a detailed look at U.S. migration as mobility begins to revive after sliding to a record low last year. Out are the supersized McMansions in far-flung suburbs and in the sprawling Southwest, which helped drive rapid metro area growth in the early to middle part of the last decade in places such as Las Vegas.

    Big jump in young adults moving out of state

    Their lives on hold for years, young adults are now making big moves in the fledgling economic recovery, leaving college towns or parents' homes and heading out of state at the highest rate since the height of the housing boom. New census data released Thursday offer a detailed look at U.S. migration as mobility begins to revive after sliding to a record low last year.

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    Volunteers Susan Conaway, right, of Toronto, Ohio, and Ryan Call, of Steubenville, Ohio, make phone calls at Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s campaign office in Steubenville, Ohio, U.S., on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012.

    Guns, climate, gays missing in presidential race

    Of the roughly 50,000 words spoken in this month's three presidential debates, none were "climate change," "global warming" or "greenhouse gas." Housing was discussed in the first debate, but the word "foreclosure" was mentioned in none. Nor was gay marriage. The 2012 presidential campaign, not just the debates, has focused heavily from the start on jobs, pushing other once high-profile issues to...

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    Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks as he campaigns in Reno, Nev., on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012.

    AP poll: Romney erases Obama advantage among women

    What gender gap? Less than two weeks out from Election Day, Republican Mitt Romney has erased President Barack Obama's 16-point advantage among women, a new Associated Press-GfK poll shows. And the president, in turn, has largely eliminated Romney's edge among men.

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    President Barack Obama greets supporters after speaking at a campaign rally, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012, in Las Vegas. The president is on a two-day tour of key battleground states that included stops in Iowa and Colorado on Wednesday and was scheduled to head to Florida, Virginia and Ohio on Thursday.

    Obama assails Romney in bid for women’s vote

    Seeking to shore up his support among women voters, President Barack Obama on Thursday hammered Republican rival Mitt Romney anew over his backing of Richard Mourdock, the Indiana Senate candidate drawing fire for saying that pregnancies that result from rape are "something God intended."

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    Miniature dachshunds Neo and Latte are all decked out for Halloween as the Princess and the Frog. What are you dressing your pet as? Send us a picture and you might win our contest.

    Dressing your pet for Halloween? Enter our contest!
    C'mon, admit it. You know you bought a costume for your pet this year. What is it? A hot dog suit for your dachshund? A Liberace outfit, complete with cape, for your Labrador? A Superman costume for your mixed-breed? We want to see!

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    Gut Z was found outside in June, 2012 at three months old, with his guts hanging out. He was brought to a local veterinary clinic where emergency surgery was done to save his life. The clinic arranged for him to be taken to Harmony House for Cats, where I met him. Now, several months later, he is growing and running around like a normal kitten. In addition to that, he seems to be a pretty good sport about wearing a Halloween costume.

    Images: Halloween pet costume contest
    Entering your photo is a snap. Go to dailyherald.com/contest/scarypet and then click on the submission tab. Simply upload your best photo (of your pet in a costume, of course), fill in the photo details and hit submit. You must be a registered member of dailyherald.com and signed in to enter.

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    Illinois groups form coalition to stop Asian carp

    Several Illinois nonprofit groups have formed a coalition aimed at stopping the spread of invasive species like the Asian carp from the Mississippi River basin into the Great Lakes.The Healthy Water Solutions coalition was announced Wednesday. Leaders say they hope to complement the work of federal and state agencies. They say one of their main issues will be advocating for reinvestment in the...

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    Police called to Wisconsin house 20 times, no arrests

    Records show police were repeatedly called to the home of the Brookfield salon shooter, but never made an arrest. Officers went to the home of Radcliffe and Zina Haughton 20 times while the couple lived in Brown Deer during the last decade, including at least seven visits to investigate possible domestic violence.

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    Megan Lipski plays Sophie Seward and Savanna Hoffman is Mina in Kidz Kabaret’s “Drakula, the Musical?”

    Kidz Kabaret stages musical, improv ‘Drakula’

    Kidz Kabaret's annual improv production of "Drakula the Musical" throws current events into the more traditional plot to create some roll-on-the-floor-laughing fun. "It's sort of a Second City show for families," said Kandiss Hernandez, Kidz Kabaret executive director. "It's Mel Brooks humor." The show runs Friday and Saturday, Oct. 26 and 27, at Center Stage Theater in Naperville.

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    Dawn Patrol: Aurora bird hoarder’s deadline; Larkin teacher attacked

    Aurora bird hoarder has Friday deadline to clean townhouse. Metea Valley student remembered. A South Barrington patrol officer is on paid administrative leave after his arrest. Daniel Baker follows his defense attorney's advice and stays off the witness stand in the trial of a Vernon Hills murder.

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    Brandon Malone, right, trains with karate instructor and U.S. team coach Brian Mertel at the Illinois Shotokan Karate Clubs dojo in Palatine.

    Mount Prospect teen’s karate success like a movie

    Prospect High School junior Brandon Malone is making a name — and even nickname — for himself in the international karate community. The fighter some competitors are calling "Spider" is a five-time national champion who recently won the gold medal in his division at the Youth Pan-American Karate Championships in Mexico. "I love everything about it," Brandon says.

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    Zipping around on his bike enabled Jack Mabley to fully cover the tumultuous 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago.

    Newberry and Mabley have birthdays, but public gets gift

    Highlighting 125 fascinating exhibits to celebrate its 125th anniversary, the Newberry Library honors the late great newspaper columnist Jack Mabley, who spent the last 16 years of his career at the Daily Herald. And you'll never guess who sent him fan mail. "This material from Mabley was compelling," explains Martha Briggs, the Lloyd Lewis Curator of Modern Manuscripts at the Newberry, who pored...

Sports

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    Giovanni Bailon

    The DuPage County All-Area boys soccer team

    The top 20 boys soccer players in DuPage County this season.

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    Harper takes its best shot with area talent

    This year's Harper men's basketball team will have a decidedly local focus. "We've got 13 kids that will play the first half — 12 are area kids," says Harper coach Tony Amarino, whose Hawks open the regular season at 7 p.m. today with a trip to South Suburban College. The Bulldogs are ranked No. 6 in the NJCAA Division II poll.

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    Jess Bartczyszyn

    Girls volleyball/Fox Valley all-area team

    Introducing the 2012 Daily Herald Fox Valley all-area girls volleyball team.

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    Mark Grace indicted on DUI charges
    Former Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman and television analyst Mark Grace has been indicted in a DUI case and could face nearly four years in prison if he’s convicted, authorities said Thursday.

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    Grayslake Central’s Lexi Beckman, center, hugs teammate Anna Basten, left, and Anna Strickland after the Rams won the Class 3A girls regional final against Wauconda at North Chicago.

    Grayslake Central meets challenge from Wauconda

    Ending the high school career of a player who’s exhibited excellence would require matching it. “We talked about being excellent tonight,” Grayslake Central coach Jason Janczak said after his volleyball girls rallied past Wauconda 19-25, 25-21, 25-14 to win a Class 3A regional-final thriller at North Chicago Thursday night. The Rams weren’t perfect, but when the opponent features one of the best volleyball players Lake County has seen the last four seasons, grinding works just as well as excellent execution. Wauconda senior setter/outside hitter Megan Tallman pounded 16 kills, dished out 15 assists and recorded 15 digs in her finale, as her future Indiana University assistant coach sat in attendance. Tallman committed to IU last year and will sign her national letter of intent next month. While Grayslake Central improved to 24-13 and earned a berth in Tuesday’s 7 p.m. Marian Central sectional semifinal against the host school, Wauconda finished 22-13.

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    Hersey’s girls volleyball team and their fans rejoice after beating Buffalo Grove in two games in Class 4A regional final play at Hersey on Thursday.

    Hersey turns it up against Buffalo Grove

    When Hersey’s girls volleyball players came out for the second set against Buffalo Grove on Thursday night, there was one thing on their minds. They wanted to prove they were better than Set 1. “We talked about making a strong statement,” said senior setter Abby Fesl. The Huskies couldn’t have been much stronger. They put away their 22nd regional crown under coach Nancy Lill and 23rd in school history with a 25-20, 25-7 victory over the No. 10 Bison and moved on to the Fremd Class AA sectional Tuesday night in Palatine.

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    Stevenson stops Barrington

    Stevenson d. Barrington: At Lake Forest, Khaila Donaldson slammed 10 kills and registered 13 digs, and Liza Pflugradt added 11 kills and 2 aces, as the top-seeded Patriots outlasted the third-seeded Fillies 23-25, 25-19, 30-28 for the Class 4A regional championship.Stevenson (34-3) will next play Palatine in a semifinal of the Fremd sectional at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.Anne Geocaris contributed 17 assists, 7 kills and 13 digs for the Patriots, while Kara Maleski also had 7 kills in the win. Jenna Radtke pounded 6 kills and posted a pair of solo blocks for Stevenson, and Elizabeth Shancer chipped in a team-best 15 digs and 2 aces.Barrington (22-15) got 13 kills from Christy Roney and 12 from Julia Thompson.

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    Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin (22) breaks a tackle by Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Letroy Guion (98) during a 64-yard touchdown reception in the second half of an NFL football game Thursday.

    Martin, Buccaneers race past Vikings, 36-17

    Rookie Doug Martin racked up 214 total yards and two touchdowns, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers blew out Minnesota 36-17 on Thursday night to hand the Vikings their first home loss of the season.

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    Boyd leads No. 14 Clemson past Wake, 42-13

    Tajh Boyd kept throwing deep balls. Sammy Watkins kept catching them. A couple of school records later, and nobody’s concerned about No. 14 Clemson’s offense anymore.

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    Mastandrea draws on own experiences to help Glenbard West

    When Anne Mastandrea watches what is unfolding on the Glenbard West volleyball court these days, she does so with a unique perspective. She’s been there before. Mastandrea, the daughter of Glenbard West head coach Pete Mastandrea, is a volunteer assistant coach with the Hilltoppers this fall. She works as a teacher’s aide at Glenbard West while pursuing her master’s degree in special education at Lewis University. It has been quite a ride in Glen Ellyn.

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    Prairie Ridge tops Crystal Lake S. in 3

    If Prairie Ridge had learned anything from its three previous meetings against Crystal Lake South, the Wolves knew the right energy in a highly-anticipated third and final game would go a long way in winning the Class 4A regional girls volleyball championship Thursday night.“The previous times we played them we’ve actually come out really badly and we practiced coming out strong and focused on our energy, “ Wolves setter Mackenzie Humm said. “So tonight that’s what we really wanted to pursue, just come out with so much energy it was unquestionable.” And while the Fox Valley Conference Valley Division co-champs matched identical 27-9 records (PR won 2 of the 3 previous meetings this season), you couldn’t question the Wolves’ energy this time around. After jumping out to a 5-1 lead and surviving a South comeback at 18-17, a 7-1 run by the Wolves concluded matters in their Class 4A CL South regional championship win over the host Gators, 25-16, 17-25, 25-18, It’s the Wolves first postseason plaque since beating Antioch in the 2009 Class 3A regional final. “That was a big win,” Wolves coach Stefanie Otto said. “I love winning. Love, love, love! And I love this group. They have such passion for the game, it’s fun to be around them.” Led by Caitlin Brauneis’ 12 kills, 17 digs by Paige Dacanay, 15 from Taylor Otto and 20 assists from Humm, who also had 4 kills, Prairie Ridge (28-9) advanced to the Jacobs sectional on Tuesday to take on Warren (20-17) in a semifinal at 6 p.m. The Wolves needed 6 games to get past District 155 rivals No. 4 seed Cary-Grove and South, which was no surprise in by far a tough road to Jacobs. “It was the hardest regional around so if we could get past this point we could go anywhere, we just need to keep on working on the little things and I think we’re going to go really far,” Humm said. ‘This is our year to go far.” With the Wolves taking Game 1 and South taking Game 2, the final game set up to be special but PR had to recover from serving and blocking issues in the previous games. “We kept talking about where we wanted them to set it. They started to do a little better job of what we were asking them to,” Otto said. “Their serving was real aggressive and gave us a lot of problems.” The Wolves grabbed a quick 5-1 lead in the final game with kills from outside hitter Kennedy McNeil (6 kills) and stops from mid-blocker Maddie Drain, but watched that lead evaporate after South rallied and setter Avalon Nero’s ace gave the Gators a 6-5 lead, That was the final time South (28-10) led. PR put together a 6-2 run fueled by a few unforced errors by South, a block from Drain and a tip by Humm to make it 12-8. PR later grabbed a 17-11 advantage, led by 3 kills from Humm but 2 straight kills by Nicole Slimko and a PR error had South serving down 17-14. McNeil’s kill made it 18-14, but Slimko (9 kills, 5 blocks) answered back with one of her own plus a block and an ace to make 18-17. Then PR flat-out took over. “We ran our middles and right sides a lot more because they were stacking on the outsides so we once we got them running we had our outsides single block and that helped our offense a ton.” Humm said. Brauneis took advantage of that multiple times and a key block by Ali Witt on Nicole Jurkash’s strike made it 23-18. Witt would tap over the game-winner. “It was a perfect win for everybody, everyone played awesome, it was a great team effort tonight. It feels amazing. We all came out on fire, energy was amazing it was hard not to play well with our team energy,” said Brauneis, who played on a sprained ankle. South had plenty of unforced errors, and while their backs were against the wall after Game 1, the Gators pulled away in Game 2 after a PR dig and serve went out and wide for a 15-14 lead. Carly Nolan’s kill was returned into the rafters and Nero’s ace and a Slimko block made it 21-14. Nolan had 6 kills in the match.

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    Libertyville rallies past Lake Zurich

    Libertyville and Lake Zurich, for the second straight season, engaged in their own version of a girls volleyball fall classic. The Wildcats prevailed in this one, down to the final at-bat, er, points, of the third set on Thursday night. They need that last rally, as Rhode Island-bound Layne Self of Lake Zurich was slugging away to a career-best 27 kills. Third-seeded Libertyville rallied over the last two sets and topped No. 7 seed Lake Zurich 21-25, 25-23, 25-23 in a Class 4A regional final hosted by the Bears. Libertyville (31-6) earned a meeting against Hersey (32-5) in the Fremd sectional at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

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    San Francisco Giants' Angel Pagan, Brandon Crawford (35) and Hunter Pence, right, celebrate after the Giants defeated the Detroit Tigers, 2-0, in Game 2 of baseball's World Series Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    Giants win 2-0 for 2-0 WS lead

    Madison Bumgarner pitched two-hit ball over seven innings, Brandon Crawford drove in the go-ahead run with a double-play grounder after a key bunt stopped just fair along the third-base line and the San Francisco Giants beat the Detroit Tigers 2-0 on Thursday night to take a 2-0 World Series lead.

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    Standout running back Connor Schrader learned how to play youth football in Lake Zurich before moving away — only to rejoin many of his teammates later in high school.

    Schrader thrilled to be back in LZ’s backfield

    Connor Schrader's family moved just as Lake Zurich's varsity football team earned the second of what has become 11 straight playoff appearances. Three years after the Schraders moved, in 2006, Lake Zurich placed second in the state. The year after that, the Bears won the 2007 Class 7A state championship. All Schrader could do was watch from afar, and wonder what could have been. Recently, Schrader got to stop wondering. And, as he prepares for another deep playoff run with the Bears, who open the Class 7A playoffs on Saturday against visiting Crystal Lake South, he still can’t believe his good fortune and good timing.

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    Jacobs battles unbeaten Rockford Boylan

    Jacobs set a school record last week by qualifying for the state playoffs for a third straight year. The Golden Eagles now seek a milestone they have yet to achieve since hall-of-fame coach Bill Mitz took over three years ago, something the program has done only three times in school history: win a playoff game. To do so, No. 15 Jacobs (5-4) would have to pull off a first-round stunner at No. 2 Rockford Boylan (9-0) in a Class 7A playoff game on Saturday at 1 p.m.

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    Variety spices up the football postseason for MSL schools

    When they first heard their draw, Palatine and coach Tyler Donnelly knew absolutely nothing about their first-round football playoff opponent, Niles West. And that’s the way they like it. “It’s nice to see a different team,” Donnelly said. “It’s fun because you don’t know much about them. You don’t grow up around them and they don’t grow up around you.”

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    Scouting this weekend’s Tri-Cities playoff football games
    By Dave Oberhelmandoberhelman@dailyherald.comNo. 8 Downers Grove North (5-4) at No. 1 Batavia (9-0)Class 7 AGame time: 7 p.m. Friday.Outlook: A good test of how Batavia plays as a No. 1 seed in Class 7A after earning the same draw in 6A last year on the way to the state semifinals. Downers Grove North, out of the strong West Suburban Conference Silver Division, has flown under the radar the last few seasons but not because of coaching. Trojans head coach John Wander played for Illinois High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Famer Pete Ventrelli. Succeeding his mentor 11 seasons ago, Wander had three Hall of Fame coaches on staff: Ventrelli, Bill Ohlson and, even now, Marmion graduate Bill Kleckner. Wander’s since added retired Hall of Fame Addison Trail coach Paul Parpet. All but Parpet helped Downers North win the 2004 Class 8A title over Maine South. The Trojans run a physical, technically-sound veer option that has pulled off upsets before. In their last playoff appearance, 2008, the Trojans entered 7A as a 5-4 seventh-seed (out of eight in a “regional” bracket), rope-a-doped No. 2 Wheaton Warrenville South into an 8-7 defeat and reached the quarterfinals. “The athletes, the level of hitting, the level of football, really very impressive,” said Batavia coach Dennis Piron, who scouted the Trojans’ 26-0 loss to another No. 1 seed, Glenbard West. Thus, Piron will rely on horses such as Anthony Thielk, Zach Strittmatter, Robbie Bowman and Michael Moffatt in greater capacity. Downers North’s reascension has a lot to do with 6-foot-6 sophomore David Edwards. Among a family of athletes including his father, older brothers Garrett quarterbacked the Trojans’ 2004 title team and Tom was tough as nails running option and playing linebacker. David is not a huge a passing threat, throwing more interceptions than touchdowns, but he joins Kyle Leto and Brandon Salter as the trio who will pound the veer until one breaks it. The Bulldogs’ defense and in particular linebackers Thielk, Cullin Rokos and Mickey Watson will be intent on run assignments but Vinnie Cerezo, Forrest Gilbertson, Chris Moran and the rest of Batavia’s secondary can’t sleep on deep threat Richard Olekanma. Defensively, Downers South is led by active Vontae Diggs, who will blitz from everywhere, and linebacker Dan Izewski. Downers North is similar to Batavia in that pure hulking size is less a factor, even on the line, than quickness, athleticism, fundamentals and technique. A difference is one can generally depend on the Trojans running the ball. At Batavia, the number of athletes quarterback Micah Coffey has at his command, the formations and personnel packages shuffled by the Bulldogs’ own Hall of Fame assistant, offensive guru Mike Gaspari, have yet to be solved. “I think it’s a pretty even football game, to be honest with you,” said Piron, wary of that No. 1-8 seed matchup. “I’m very proud of the season we’ve had, but they’ve played a pretty high level of competition.”Next week: The winner advances to play the winner between No. 5 Thornton (7-2) and No. 4 Thornton Fractional South (7-2).No. 12 St. Charles East (6-3) at No. 5 Wheaton North (8-1)Class 7AGame time: 7 p.m. Friday.Last week: St. Charles East 26, Larkin 0; Wheaton North 23, Wheaton Warrenville South 13.

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    Rachael Fara and Abby Willett of Benet Academy attempt to block as shot by Maddie Siambekos of Naperville Central during the Redwings 2-0 win of the girls Class 4A regional final in Naperville, Thursday.

    No doubt, Benet goes through

    It wasn’t exactly the start Benet’s girls had in mind. Turns out, it didn’t bother them a bit. The No. 1 Redwings dug an early 12-5 first-set hole against No. 6 Naperville Central in Thursday’s Class 4A Naperville Central regional final, but had all the answers after that in a 25-18, 25-20 win.

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    Glenbard West wins first regional since 1985

    Glenbard West coach Pete Mastrandrea spent a long Thursday waiting for the Class 4A girls volleyball regional at the Hilltoppers’ home court. “I was nervous all day, the longest day ever,” Mastandrea said. “It never would end, I was just waiting to get at it.” Not his players. “No, we had a lot of confidence,” Hilltoppers senior Amanda Perry said. “We knew we’d win.” The Hilltoppers calmed their coach’s nerves with a 25-15, 25-10 victory against West Chicago, their first regional championship since 1985.

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    Crystal Lake S. hopes to derail Lake Zurich

    Lake Zurich doesn’t make a habit of passing the football. Crystal Lake South hopes to pressure the Bears into a new tendency when the 11th-seeded Gators (6-3) visit No. 6 Lake Zurich (7-2) in a Class 7A first-round playoff game Saturday at 2 p.m. The Bears like to run the ball down an opponent’s throat, led by 5-foot-10, 200 pound fullback Connor Schrader. The senior returned from injury two weeks ago to rush for 85 yards and 2 touchdowns in a 21-14 victory over Stevenson, and he carried 22 times for 106 yards in last week’s North Suburban Lake title-clinching win against Warren.

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    All quiet as deadline for full NHL season nears

    NEW YORK — The NHL’s deadline for playing a full, 82-game season arrived Thursday with no new discussions between the league and its locked-out players.Without a new collective bargaining agreement that would end the league’s lockout of players on its 40th day, the NHL vowed to cut the season short. An announcement officially taking a full schedule out of play wasn’t immediately planned.Major money-making events such as the upcoming outdoor Winter Classic and the All-Star game could soon be in peril, too.“No contact, and I don’t anticipate any announcements today,” NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told The Associated Press in an email Thursday.NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman already painted a pessimistic picture on Wednesday, saying at a news conference for the Islanders’ move to Brooklyn that, “Unfortunately, it looks like an 82-game season is not going to be a reality.” The league has already canceled all 135 scheduled games through Nov. 1, but the thought was those could be rescheduled if a deal was reached by the end of Thursday and play started Nov. 2.In making its most recent offer to the players, the NHL presented a proposal that included a 50-50 split of hockey-related revenues. But that was contingent on the sides making the Thursday deadline and getting the season under way following a week of training camp. The union responded with three counterproposals, all of which would get the sides to a 50-50 deal, but the league rejected them quickly because they didn’t work off the NHL’s offer. Talks then broke down, and the NHL turned down the union’s offer to return to the table this week with no preconditions. The NHL wants anything and everything open to discussion.The league’s position is if the players’ association isn’t willing to negotiate off the NHL’s offer — which Bettman has called the league’s best — or make a counteroffer using that proposal as a framework, then there is no sense in meeting just to meet. “The fact of the matter is there are just sometimes that you need to take time off because it’s clear that you can’t do anything to move the process forward,” Bettman said. “We’re at one of those points right now because we gave our very best offer. That offer, for better or for worse, was contingent on playing an 82-game season. So I think things actually in some respects may get more difficult.”NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr said Wednesday night that the league’s deadline was bogus.“We are and continue to be ready to meet to discuss how to resolve our remaining differences, with no preconditions. For whatever reason, the owners are not,” he said. “At the same time they are refusing to meet, they are winding the clock down to yet another artificial deadline they created.”There is a major divide between the sides over how to deal with existing player contracts. The union wants to ensure that those are all paid in full without affecting future player contracts. Bettman expressed a willingness to discuss the “make whole” provisions on existing contracts, but only if the economic portions of the league’s offer are accepted first by the union.Bettman refused to say whether the 50-50 split in the proposal would come off the table if a full season isn’t played.“I’m not going to negotiate publicly,” he said.This lockout, the third of Bettman’s tenure as commissioner, began Sept. 16. The 2004-05 season was lost in the last work stoppage.

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    On a 5-1 team riding a four-game winning streak, Devin Hester’s recent questionable judgment on punt returns has become a concern — maybe because almost everything else is going well.

    Hester plagued by punt-return gaffes

    On a 5-1 team riding a four-game winning streak, Devin Hester’s recent questionable judgment on punt returns has become a concern — maybe because almost everything else is going well.

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    Krage sisters lead St. Charles North to title

    St. Charles North’s girls volleyball team relied heavily on a sister act to lead the North Stars to their second consecutive Class 4A regional championship Thursday night. Junior Taylor Krage and her younger sister Daley combined for 19 kills, including the team’s last 8 throw-downs, while helping lift the North Stars (24-13) to a 25-22, 25-19 victory over sixth-seeded Glenbard North in St. Charles.

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    Kaneland wins first regional in 21 years

    It had been 21 years since the Kaneland girls volleyball team had won a regional championship. Finally the Knights have another plaque to put the wall. No. 1 seed Kaneland never trailed Thursday night as it beat No. 2 Sycamore, 25-19, 25-23, in the Class 3A Hampshire regional title match.

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    Geneva’s Maddie Courter gets a shot past Batavia’s Shea Thayer Thursday in the regional championship.

    Geneva digs win over Batavia

    Defense was the difference Thursday night for Geneva against its archrivals. In an entirely different atmosphere and conditions than the schools’ Upstate Eight River regular-season girls volleyball match, the Vikings stood their ground against Batavia in their Class 4A regional championship. “We won with our scrappiness and defense from the back row,” Geneva outside hitter Hannah Buck said after the Vikings outlasted Batavia 25-22, 21-25 and 25-19 to win its first postseason hardware in three years. “We had a lot of energy that we brought into their house. We were able to pull it out at the end.”

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    St. Charles East rallies at Schaumburg

    St. Charles East rallied from deficits in both games to defeat host Schaumburg 25-23, 25-23 to claim a Class 4A girls regional volleyball crown.

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    Harvest Christian volleyball players Erica Manusos, left, Jordan Sollars, Sydney Doby and Chloe Corbett celebrate their match-winning point Thursday night against Westminster Christian in the Class 1A regional final at Westminster.

    Harvest Christian at it again

    The drive from Harvest Christian Academy to Westminster Christian is one half-mile. The distance between the two volleyball teams from the Elgin private schools Thursday night, though, was much greater. Harvest Christian, which advanced to the Elite Eight last season, showed it has a return trip to at least that level and then some on its mind as the Lions dominated Westminster 25-10, 25-14 in the championship match of the Class 1A Westminster regional.

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    The White Sox will promote Kenny Williams, right, to president of baseball operations and Rick Hahn, left, to GM today.

    White Sox to promote Williams, Hahn

    It's official: Rick Hahn will be promoted from White Sox assistant general manager to GM Friday at U.S. Cellular Field. General manager Kenny Williams is being bumped up to president of baseball operations.

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    Aigner, Lakes valiant to the end

    Pain was a constant companion for Emily Aigner this season. And ending her high school volleyball career, along with six other senior teammates, clearly hurt Thursday night when second-seeded Lakes (22-12) fell 25-8, 25-12 to top-seeded Richmond-Burton (33-4) in the Harvard Class 3A regional championship match. But it would have been much more agonizing for Aigner not to play the entire season with a torn right labrum that will require surgery.

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    Football: Round 1 playoff previews, Northwest

    Here's a look at the Round 1 football playoff matchups involving teams from the Mid-Suburban League plus St. Viator and Leyden.

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    Palatine produces regional triumph

    Going into Thursday night, Palatine’s girls volleyball team hadn’t won a Class AA regional crown since 2003. The seniors on the team were in about the third grade that year. Although they won’t remember that last crown, the current Pirates gave their “Pirate Nation” fans a match to remember in the Rolling Meadows regional championship match. “Big shout-out to our fans,” said Palatine libero Casey Dolen after the Mid-Suburban West champs posted a 25-20, 16-25, 25-11 victory over No. 5 Glenbrook North. “Our fans are amazing, the best in the state.”

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    Dickinson helps Warren past Grayslake North

    In a match this close, it had to be a senior to decide it. The 12th-grader in this case was Warren’s Jamie Dickinson. On paper, it was Warren team that hadn’t won a regional since 2005 against a Grayslake North squad that had 24 losses to report. But on the court Thursday, both squads played nip and tuck the entire way before Dickinson (13 kills) decided to take matters into her own hands. She finished the third set with back-to-back kills as Warren (20-17) simply outlasted a gutsy Knights team 23-25, 25-20, 26-24 to capture the Grayslake North regional title.

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    Cornerback Charles Tillman breaks up a pass play in the end zone during the Bears' 13-7 win over the Lions on Monday night at Soldier Field.

    Why Tillman just keeps getting better

    A lot of NFL players who have been around as long as Charles Tillman accumulate a wealth of knowledge that makes them more effective.The problem is, that after 10 years, the mind and heart may be willing, but the body is no longer able.Tillman is different. “I might not be that 4.43 (in the 40) guy of 10 years ago,” he said. “I might be maybe a 4.5. But I think my technique has gotten better. I think I've gotten a lot smarter. I think I understand the game a lot better than I did a few years ago.”

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    Diving: Scouting the MSL meet

    Prospect sophomore Dana Liva defends her conference championship as the Mid-Suburban League diving meet begins at 6 p.m. Friday at Barrington.

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    Huntley fights, but can’t stop DeKalb

    Huntley couldn’t prevent Courtney Bemis from taking over. DeKalb’s 6-foot-2 junior dominated the outside with 13 kills as the Barbs scrapped past the Red Raiders, 26-24, 28-26, to win the Class 4A Rockford East girls volleyball regional Thursday night.

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    Brian Hill/bhill@dailyherald.com First-year Huntley coach John Hart knows what it takes to win in the postseason. Hart, who won two state titles in Indiana, will guide the Red Raiders Saturday at 7 p.m. when they face Fenwick at Morton High School in the first round of the Class 7A playoffs.

    Fenwick’s defense will challenge Huntley

    Two men cut from the same coaching cloth match wits when No. 10 Huntley (6-3) meets No. 7 Fenwick (7-2) in a Class 7A opening-round playoff game at Morton High School on Saturday at 7 p.m. First-year Huntley coach John Hart won two high school state championships in Indiana, and he coached the now-defunct Evansville BlueCats of the United Indoor Football Leauge to that franchise’s best season in 2006. Remember those eight state championships won by now-defunct Driscoll? The first was won by new Fenwick coach Gene Nudo in 1991.

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    Football: Scouting first-round football playoffs, Lake County

    Here's a look at the first-round football playoff games involving schools from Lake County.

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    All-area choices are never perfect — but they’re always worthwhile

    Choosing the member of the all-area girls volleyball and boys soccer teams, appearing now in the Daily Herald, is never easy. While it's easy to debate the merits of those choices, it's worth noting that the effort is made simply to bring attention to the finest high school athletes in the area.

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    Bartlett’s Nick Mazzei almost loses the handle but holds on to the ball on a carry against South Elgin. Bartlett travels to Northlake to take on Leyden Friday at 7 p.m. in the first round of the Class 8A playoffs.

    Bartlett ready to tackle Leyden

    Few teams statewide worked as hard at tackling this week than Bartlett. How well the Hawks take down receivers in the open field could determine which team wins the Class 8A first-round playoff matchup between No. 10 Bartlett (6-3) and No. 7 Leyden (7-2) at Leyden’s west campus in Northlake Friday at 7 p.m.

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    Scouting sectional boys cross country, Northwest

    Here's a look at Saturday's boys cross country sectional meets involving teams from the Mid-Suburban League plus St. Viator, Maine West and Leyden.

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    Scouting sectional girls cross country, Northwest

    Here's a look at Saturday's girls cross country sectional meets involving teams from the Mid-Suburban League plus St. Viator, Maine West and Leyden.

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    NBA Commissioner David Stern speaks during a basketball news conference following Board of Governors meetings in New York, Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012. Stern announced he will retire on Feb. 1, 2014, 30 years after he took charge of the league. He will be replaced by Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    Stern to retire as NBA Commissioner in 2014

    NBA Commissioner David Stern will retire on Feb. 1, 2014, 30 years after he took charge of the league. He will be replaced by Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver.

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    Will Boozer become big-time scorer?

    Bulls forward Carlos Boozer has averaged 24 points, 10.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists in the past two preseason games, while shooting 57 percent from the field. Is it time to consider Boozer the team's primary scorer while Derrick Rose is out?

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    Steve Lundy/slundy@dailyherald.com ¬ Chicago Bulls small forward Luol Deng reacts after getting called for a foul during game one of the Eastern Conference finals Sunday night at the United Center.

    Deng expects to shoulder workload
    Bulls forward Luol Deng led the NBA in minutes per game last season and his role in the rotation doesn't figure to change. Thursday at the Berto Center, he said he's felt blessed to be able to play heavy minutes and is ready for anything this year.

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    File-This Feb. 7, 1997 file photo shows newly crowned WBC heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis, center, reacting with his mother, left, and trainer Emanuel Steward after defeating Oliver McCall with a TKO in the fifth round at the Hilton Hotel in Las Vegas. teward, the owner of the legendary Kronk Gym and one of boxing's greatest trainers, has died. He was 68. Victoria Kirton, Steward's executive assistant, says Steward died Thursday Oct. 25, 2012 in a Chicago hospital. She did not disclose the cause of death. (AP Photo/Jeff Scheid, File)

    Emanuel Steward, famed boxing trainer, dies at 68<

    Emanuel Steward, the owner of the legendary Kronk Gym and a standout trainer for boxers including Thomas Hearns, Evander Holyfield and Oscar De La Hoya, died Thursday. He was 68.

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    With all five starters back from a team that advanced to the Sweet 16, Indiana men’s basketball coach Tom Crean’s team is ranked No. 1 in the country.

    Big Ten basketball ready to flex its muscle

    The Big Ten has been a bummer in football this season. Basketball season is getting ready to tip off, and it figures to be a different story thanks to top-ranked Indiana, Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State and Wisconsin.

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    Northern Illinois head coach Dave Doeren says the success of quarterback Jordan Lynch has on offense is also translating to his defense, which is dominating in the red zone this season.

    NIU feeding off QB Lynch’s success

    It’s Western Michigan’s turn to find a way to stop NIU quarterback Jordan Lynch. So far it’s a task no team has been able to pull off.Lynch, the junior from Mt. Carmel High School, ranks first in the nation in total yards with 2,759 and is second in rushing with 1,049 yards. He ran for 131 yards and 2 touchdowns and threw for 2 more scores in last week’s 37-7 rout of Akron.The Huskies (7-1, 4-0) play at Western Michigan (3-5, 1-3) on Saturday (11 a.m. ESPN3.com and WSCR 670-AM).

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    Wolves recall Davies from Kalamazoo

    The Chicago Wolves have recalled forward Michael Davies from the ECHL’s Kalamazoo Wings. Davies scored a goal in two games with the K-Wings after being assigned to Kalamazoo on Oct. 18. He has not appeared in any games with the Wolves this year.

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    Chicago Fire defender Arne Friedrich, left, believes Saturday's final regular-season game is important to get its defensive side in line for the playoffs.

    Fire has a lot riding on Saturday’s game

    Arne Friedrich might be new to the concept of postseason games, but he understands just how important the Fire’s regular-season finale is for playoff position.

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    Alysia Baznik

    Girls volleyball/DuPage County all-area team
    Introducing the 2012 Daily Herald DuPage County all-area girls volleyball team.

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    Ryan Storto of Glenbard North runs the ball during the Wheaton North at Glenbard North football game Friday.

    Scouting this weekend’s DuPage County football games
    Scouting this weekend's DuPage County football playoff games.

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    Cindy Zhou set the standard for excellence this year at

    With Webb and Zhou, Libertyville strikes it rich

    Kristen Webb, the dynamite defensive player, and Cindy Zhou, the long-framed silky-smooth setter, are the co-captains of the all-area girls volleyball team in Lake County. The pair of four-year varsity starters led Libertyville to its second North Suburban Conference championship in three years and 29 wins during the regular season.

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    Emily Aigner

    Girls volleyball all-area team, Lake County

    Introducing the girls volleyball all-area team for Lake County.

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    Warren teammates celebrate after Daniel Szczepanek scored during last season’s supersectional game against Schaumburg at Barrington. The Blue Devils are one win away from returning to the supersectional round after another standout season from Szczepanek, the Daily Herald’s all-area team captain.

    Szczepanek might be Warren’s all-time best

    There wasn’t much need for debate about selecting this year’s captain of the Daily Herald’s boys soccer all-area team for Lake County. Daniel Szczepanek of Warren separated himself with his all-around talents and abilities. That same skill set will take him to Marquette University starting next fall.

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    Austin Bitta

    Boys soccer all-area team, Lake County

    Introducing the boys all-area soccer team for Lake County.

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    Larkin senior forward Erik Rodriguez is the honorary captain of the Daily Herald’s All-Area team for a second straight season. Rodriguez had 22 goals and 14 assists heading into sectional play. An all-conference selection the last three years, Rodriguez led the Royals in scoring all four years.

    Rodriguez scores in more ways than one for Larkin

    Larkin senior Erik Rodriguez is the honorary captain of the Daily Herald's 2012 Fox Valley all-area boys soccer team for the second straight year.

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    Nestor Ascencio

    Boys soccer/Fox Valley all-area team

    Presenting the 2012 Daily Herald Fox Valley all-area boys soccer team.

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    Jacobs’ Alyssa Ehrhardt leaps high at the net to drill a shot against Dundee-Crown’s Jillian Hostetler during a regional game at Crystal Lake South High School.

    Jacobs’ Ehrhardt a relentless competitor

    There are two distinct sides to the volleyball persona of Jacobs senior Alyssa Ehrhardt. First and foremost, the 17-year old Algonquin resident possesses a fierce competitive streak. An unforgiving attacker, the four-year varsity performer was never afraid to spot an opponent’s weakness and exploit it repeatedly. “She can be relentless, but that’s what it takes,” Jacobs coach Lisa Dwyer said. “She knows the other teams aren’t going to give her a break so she figures why should she take it easy on them. We do drills in practice and if there’s a weak player, she will find them because she always wants to win.”

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    Lauren Carlini served 86 aces in 35 regular-season matches.

    Carlini lifts West Aurora to new heights

    Watching Lauren Carlini play at West Aurora the past four years has been a true treat to area volleyball fans, an up-close look at the type of talent you’ll see the next four years on the Big Ten Network and perhaps after that at the Olympics.

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    All-Area Captain Michael Macek led a St. Charles East defense that only allowed 15 goals.

    Macek stands tall in St. Charles E. turnaround

    St. Charles East senior defender Michael Macek thought that last year would have been the year for the Saints to break through.

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    Erienne Barry

    Tri-Cities All-Area Volleyball Team
    Introducing the girls volleyball all-area team for the Tri-Cities area.

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    Matt Butz

    Tri-Cities All-Area boys soccer team
    Introducing the all-area boys soccer team for the Tri-Cities area.

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    Pat Flynn of Naperville Central attempts to kick it back for a goal over Ivailo Alexandrov of Glenbard East, right, in boys soccer action Tuesday in Lombard.

    Naperville Central’s Flynn a scorer with the ‘wow’ factor

    There really is no debate who is most deserving of the title of captain of the Daily Herald DuPage County All-Area boys soccer team. While there were once again many fantastic players in the area, no one was as prolific a scorer as Naperville Central’s Pat Flynn, and no one scored more timely goals in big games. “He’s got a nose for the goal along with very good skills and a high level of confidence, so from that standpoint he’s the best I’ve seen this year at the high school level,” Waubonsie Valley coach Angelo DiBernardo said. “I would love to have a player like that every year, but they don’t come around every year.”

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    Paul Michna/pmichna@dailyherald.com ¬ Sheila Doyle of Benet looks for the ball during the Providence at Benet gils Volleyball game Thursday.

    Doyle’s success a surprise even to her

    If Sheila Doyle pinched herself, not a soul could blame her. Is this all just a dream? Three short years ago, Doyle was toiling along on Benet’s Freshman B volleyball team. She was just another face among a mass of volleyball talent. Volleyball wasn’t even Doyle’s first love; that would be basketball. The next fall, Doyle crossed her fingers hoping she’d make final cuts for the sophomore team. Now a senior, Doyle is perhaps the best libero in the state on the No. 1 team in Illinois. Her future is secure, too, with a volleyball scholarship to North Carolina. “My parents and I laugh about it all the time, like where did this all come from,” Doyle said. “Who’d a thunk all this would happen to me.”

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    Hersey, with Abby Fesl and Taylor Schill holding the MSL championship trophy, pose with teamates after earning the program’s 10th league title.

    Schill, Fesl share in Hersey’s excellence

    As a young girl, Taylor Schill participated in several different sports. On one of her first basketball teams, she became friends with Abby Fesl. Following that first season, Fesl’s mother Joanie asked Schill if she’d like to be on a park district summer volleyball team. Little did Joanie know she was matching up two athletes who would several years later would be named “Co-Players of the Year” in the Mid-Suburban East. And after leading Hersey to a tenth MSL championship and 31-5 record, they are the 2012 honorary co-captains of the Daily Herald all-area girls volleyball team. Schill is the libero and Fesl the setter for the dynamic Hersey attack.

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    Diamond Boyd

    Girls volleyball all-area team, Northwest

    Introducing the all-area girls volleyball team featuring teams from the Mid-Suburban League plus St. Viator and Leyden.

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    Buffalo Grove’s Irving Eloiza, left, and Barrington all-area forward Kendall Stork make contact as they pursue the ball in an MSL contest this fall.

    The word’s out: BG’s Eloiza is a special talent

    Buffalo Grove senior midfielder Irving Eloiza captains the Daily Herald's all-area boys soccer team for the area featuring the Mid-Suburban League, St. Viator, Maine West and Leyden.

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    Irving Balboa

    Boys soccer all-area team / Northwest

    Here's the Daily Herald's all-area boys soccer team featuring players from the Mid-Suburban League, St. Viator, Maine West, Leyden and Christian Liberty.

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    Mike North video: Nebraska fans dominate at Ryan Field

    Northwestern is a pretty good football team and a dominant force in the Big Ten. The Wildcats lost a heartbreaker to Nebraska on their home field which was overflowing with Cornhuskers. What does Northwestern have to do to build up their fan base?

Business

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    Illinois' unemployment drops in all metro areas

    The Illinois Department of Employment Security says there's good news in Illinois' latest unemployment figures. For September, the unemployment rates are down in all of Illinois' metro areas compared to last year.

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    Farmers had planted 81 percent of the winter wheat crop as of Monday. Only half of the crop has emerged, which is 7 percentage points lower than average.

    Drought holds its grip as growers pivot to wheat

    he worst U.S. drought in decades is showing little signs of easing as farmers close out their corn harvests and pivot toward growing winter wheat that's now struggling in the dry conditions.The weekly U.S. Drought Monitor update released Thursday shows that more than roughly 62 percent of the land in the lower 48 states is experiencing some degree of drought.

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    Dawn, a Procter & Gamble product, is displayed at a Target in Durham, N.C. Procter & Gamble’s cost-cutting plan helped its fiscal first-quarter results beat Wall Street expectations Thursday. That comes as a much-needed boost for CEO Bob McDonald, who has been criticized for not doing enough to turn around the world’s largest consumer products company.

    Stocks edge higher, breaking a weeklong slump

    A weak showing in home sales and a mixed batch of earnings reports kept stocks flipping between minor gains and losses on Wall Street. By the end of the day, the major indexes managed to eke out their second day of gains this week.

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    Wheaton Park District commissioners are still debating whether to allow developers to build a hotel at Arrowhead Golf Course.

    Wheaton Park District still debating hotel at Arrowhead

    Roughly a year after a developer pitched a proposal to bring a hotel to Arrowhead Golf Club, Wheaton Park District officials continue to review the concept’s economic viability. Executive Director Mike Benard says three developers are interested in obtaining a lease from the district, including Fairway Suites LLC, a Kansas-based company that approached park officials last summer about attracting a 120-room, nationally branded hotel on the course property at 26W151 Butterfield Road in Wheaton.

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    Mondelez international may divest some products

    Deerfield-based Mondelez International Inc., the snacks and coffee business spun off from Kraft Foods Inc., may divest some products as it seeks to streamline its range.“We do continuously review our portfolio,” Tim Cofer, head of Europe at Mondelez, said today at a press briefing in Zurich, without providing details.Mondelez has too many products and the company will pursue a “simplification agenda,” which also includes the sourcing of raw materials, according to Cofer. The company may also look for “external opportunities,” he said, without elaborating.Mondelez this month agreed to buy Italy’s Vitasnella snack unit from Paris-based Danone SA. The original Kraft Foods Inc., founded in 1909, has become two companies -- Mondelez International and Kraft Foods Group, the North American grocery enterprise.

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    Mead Johnson shares sink after 3Q profit slips

    Glenview-based Mead Johnson Nutrition Co.’s stock sank Thursday after the infant formula maker said a safety scare in North America, weak European economies and an inventory reduction in China all affected its third-quarter performance. The Glenview, Ill., company said its earnings slipped 3 percent, and it reported revenue that fell well short of analyst expectations. Mead Johnson also lowered its 2012 earnings forecast.The company reported net income of $140.3 million, or 69 cents per share, in the three months that ended Sept. 30. That compares to $144.7 million, or 70 cents per share, a year ago. Adjusted earnings, which discount one-time items, were 71 cents per share. Analysts surveyed by FactSet expected, on average, earnings of 72 cents per share. Revenue fell about 1 percent to $921.3 million from $933.9 million a year ago. Analysts expected $969.4 million in revenue.Mead Johnson said sales from North American and Europe fell about 6 percent to $281.4 million, hurt in part by weak economic conditions in Europe. The company also said it lost market share in North America, and it attributed that to “unfounded media reports” from last December that alleged product contamination.The company’s stock tumbled late that month after stores pulled a batch of Enfamil Premium Newborn powered formula off their shelves following the death of a newborn who had been given the formula. The stock then rose a few days later after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration both said the formula was not tied to that death or three other cases of a bacterial infection.Mead Johnson said Asia and Latin American sales climbed, but a planned distributor inventory reduction in China reigned in that growth.The company also said Thursday it now expects full-year earnings to range between $3.02 and $3.07 per share, down from its previous forecast for $3.04 to $3.14. Analysts expect, on average, earnings of $3.10 per share.Mead Johnson shares fell $6.45, or 9.3 percent, to $63.06 in afternoon trading Thursday. They are down 29 percent from their 52-week high of $88.72 in late June. They traded as low as $60.62 per share last December.

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    Does it seem like every piece of electronics has its own power adapter? A global effort is under way to establish a universal standard for adapters so that one adapter will work for everything.

    UN aims to pull plug on plethora of power supplies

    The days when every piece of home communications equipment comes with its own special power adapter could be numbered.

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    In this Jan. 10, 2011, photo, claimants listen to BP oil spill fund administrator Kenneth Feinberg, center, as he speaks at a town hall meeting in Grand Isle, La. In court filings Monday, the oil giant BP asked a federal judge to disregard objections from a fraction of claimants and give final approval to a proposed multibillion-dollar settlement for economic damages from the Gulf spill.

    BP caps dome believed to be source of oil sheen

    BP PLC said Thursday it has capped and plugged an abandoned piece of equipment that is believed to be the source of a sheen spotted near the site of its massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

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    Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer gives his presentation at the launch of Microsoft Windows 8 in New York on Thursday. Windows 8 is the most dramatic overhaul of the personal computer market’s dominant operating system in 17 years.

    Microsoft CEO hails imminent release of Windows 8

    Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer celebrated the imminent release of the company’s Windows operating system after two years of work.

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    Roselle trading clerk indicted on fraud charges

    A 32-year-old Roselle trading clerk at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange was indicted on federal commodities fraud charges. Nicole M. Graziano was arrested Thursday and is facing a 10-year prison sentence if convicted of submitting personal orders that amounted to more than $225,000 in illegal profits.

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    Master of ceremonies Rosa Salazar, CEO of Voice Empress, announces the Reflejos Reflecting Excellence Awards Wednesday at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates.

    Reflejos honors suburban businesses

    Reflejos, the largest and longest-running Latino publication in Chicago’s suburbs, hosted its first Reflecting Excellence Awards honoring a variety of companies in finance, health and other industries.

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    Conrad Black

    Conrad Black can’t appear before honor panel

    A federal court has ruled that former media mogul Conrad Black won't be heard by an advisory panel that is deciding whether to strip him of Canada's highest civilian honor. Black, convicted of fraud and obstruction of justice in the United States, had wanted to appear in person before the Order of Canada advisory panel to make his case to keep the honor. The panel refused.

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    CME Group’s results fall on quieter markets

    CME Group, the parent of the Chicago Board of Trade and other exchanges, on Thursday said that its third-quarter net income fell 31 percent and revenue dropped 22 percent versus a blockbuster performance a year ago.Net income was $218 million, or 66 cents per share, for the three months ended Sept. 30, down from $316 million, or 95 cents per share, a year earlier.

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    Attendees try out the new Samsung Galaxy Note II during a launch event, Wednesday in New York.

    Holiday gadgets: Samsung launches Note II phone

    Samsung Electronics Co. has been running ads touting its Galaxy S III phone as its "next big thing." Now it has something bigger.The S III released a few months ago has a screen that measures 4.8 inches diagonally, making it bigger than even the iPhone 5, which is Apple's largest phone yet. This week, Samsung is releasing the Galaxy Note II, a smartphone with a 5.5 inch screen. Aside from the larger screen, the Note comes with a stylus and runs the latest version of Google's Android operating system, Jelly Bean.

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    American Airlines adding Chicago-Dusseldorf route

    American Airlines has announced it is adding flights from Chicago's O'Hare International Airport to Dusseldorf, Germany, and Columbia, Mo. In a statement Wednesday, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Chicago and Dusseldorf are travel hubs that spur growth. The mayor called the new service "a win-win" for both cities.

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    It was a rough third quarter for United Airlines. Travelers stayed away, frustrated by technology glitches from its merger with Continental. And a huge accounting charge wiped out most of its profit.

    United Continental reports smaller 3Q profit

    It was a rough third quarter for United Airlines.Travelers stayed away, frustrated by technology glitches from its merger with Continental. And a huge accounting charge wiped out most of its profit. United's performance fell by every measure important to airlines: Per-passenger revenue fell 2.6 percent, and was down in every part of the world except for the Pacific. Traffic decreased 1.5 percent. Yield, which measures fares paid, slipped 1.2 percent.

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    Heidi Gauthier, left, helps jobseeker Jennifer Thomas look at job postings online at the education and employment area of N Street Village community center in Washington, D.C..

    Weekly U.S. jobless aid applications fall to 369,000

    Weekly applications for U.S. unemployment aid fell last week to a seasonally adjusted 369,000, a level consistent with modest hiring. The Labor Department said Thursday that unemployment benefit applications dropped by 23,000, from a revised 392,000 the previous week. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, rose to 368,000.

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    U.S. companies remained cautious in September and held back on orders for long-lasting manufactured goods that signal investment plans. Weak business investment has contributed to slower economic growth.

    Durable orders show business investment still weak

    U.S. companies remained cautious in September and held back on orders for long-lasting manufactured goods that signal investment plans. Weak business investment has contributed to slower economic growth. The Commerce Department said Thursday that orders for durable goods jumped 9.9 a percent last month. While it was the biggest gain in nearly three years, most of the September gain was driven by a tremendous spike in aircraft orders, which are very volatile and plummeted in the previous month.

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    Oil rises after 7 percent fall in past week

    The price of oil was driven higher by bargain-hunting traders Thursday after plunging about 7 percent in the past week. Benchmark crude for December delivery was up 61 cents to $86.34 per barrel at late afternoon Bangkok time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

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    EU Parliament rejects candidate for ECB top post

    The European Parliament has rejected Luxembourg's top central banker for a post at the European Central Bank in protest at the lack of women within the organization's top leadership. The unprecedented rejection came during Thursday's vote at the legislature in Strasbourg, France, where 325 parliamentarians voted against the appointment of Yves Mersch, 25 more those who voted in favor. There were 49 abstentions.

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    Italy bans Novartis flu vaccines, citing possible side effects

    Italy's health ministry asked consumers not to buy or use Novartis AG's flu shots until further notice because of "potentially dangerous" side effects.Novartis informed the government of a buildup of proteins in the Agrippal and Fluad vaccines, the ministry said in an e- mailed statement today. The company didn't provide enough information "to clarify the exact composition of the buildup, nor the impact of the defect on quality, on the stability of the vaccine, and the consequence on security and the efficacy" of the shots, according to the statement.

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    Singapore Air orders Airbus jets worth $7.5 billion

    Singapore Airlines has ordered 25 Airbus planes worth $7.5 billion including five superjumbo A380s. It also said it will cease nonstop flights to Los Angeles and New York.The airline said Wednesday the planes which include 20 A350 jets will be delivered from 2017 and show its confidence in demand for full-service air travel. It already flies 19 superjumbos and has an existing order for 20 A350s which will be delivered from 2015.

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    Procter & Gamble 1Q net income dips

    Procter & Gamble says its first quarter net income fell 7 percent, as costs related to a restructuring and the stronger dollar weighed on results.Adjusted results beat expectations, however, and the world's largest consumer products maker reiterated its annual guidance. Procter & Gamble is in the midst of a plan to cut costs and focus on its most profitable markets and categories.

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    Sprint loses subscribers again in 3Q

    Subscriber trends are turning south again for Sprint Nextel as it struggles to compete with Verizon Wireless, the juggernaut of the industry.The country's No. 3 wireless carrier says it lost overall subscribers for the first time in two and a half years in the third quarter, as customers gave up on the moribund Nextel network and the company failed to sign up enough of them on the Sprint network.

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    Markets get earnings cheer ahead of Apple

    A run of encouraging earnings statements in Europe ahead of a report from Apple shored up sentiment in financial markets Thursday, contributing to solid gains for stocks.Though European trading updates were not uniformly positive, the tone in markets improved through the day. German industrial conglomerate BASF, consumer products company Unilever and Swiss bank Credit Suisse all enjoyed strong share price gains after their reports.

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    Company plans to close 450-worker N. Ind. factory

    A company is planning to close a 450-worker factory in northern Indiana where it makes trailer hitches. Workers at the Cequent Performance Products factory in Goshen have been told about the closing plans, although company spokesman Alan Upchurch tells The Goshen News that a final decision isn't expected until next month.

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    The CEO of American Airlines said the company expects to hire 2,500 pilots over the next five years as it ramps up international flights.

    American plans to hire 2,500 new pilots

    The CEO of American Airlines said the company expects to hire 2,500 pilots over the next five years as it ramps up international flights."The new American will be doing even more international flying, providing greater opportunities for career advancement and increased income for our people," AMR Corp. CEO Thomas Horton said Wednesday in a letter to employees. AMR is American's parent company. American currently has about 8,000 active pilots.

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    Specialist Robert Canzani is framed by his monitors as he works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Wednesday.

    Stocks stabilize on Wall Street after a sell-off

    The steep losses stopped Wednesday as the stock market turned calm, a day after one of its biggest sell-offs of the year. Indexes ended with slight losses after the Federal Reserve said the U.S. economy still needs support. The Dow Jones industrial average closed down 25.19 points at 13,077.34, a day after one of its worst drops this year. The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell 4.36 points to close at 1,408.75 while the Nasdaq composite index fell 8.76 points to 2,981.70.

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    Former Goldman Sachs director Rajat Gupta .

    Ex-Goldman exec’s 2-year sentence draws scrutiny

    A two-year prison sentence for insider trading at the height of the 2008 economic crisis, by a man who was once one of the nation's most respected business executives, is a fifth of the 10 years requested by the government and well below sentencing guidelines. Now, some experts are questioning whether it's a fair punishment.

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    Steve Ballmer, CEO Microsoft, speaks about the “Next Generation Internet” during a presentation in Zurich, Switzerland.

    Windows 8: Make-or-break moment for Microsoft CEO

    Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer can't afford to be wrong about Windows 8.On Thursday in New York, Microsoft will unveil a dramatic overhaul of its ubiquitous Windows operating system. If it flops, the failure will reinforce perceptions that Microsoft is falling behind competitors such as Apple, Google and Amazon as its stranglehold on personal computers becomes less relevant in an era of smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices.

Life & Entertainment

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    Genavieve Diggs and her baby, who will be adopted by gay parents Mark Krieger and Paul Siebold, in “The Baby Wait,” a six-part documentary series on the Logo channel that focuses equal attention on agonizing post-birth waiting periods from the perspectives of both biological and adoptive parents.

    New TV series shows open adoption from both sides

    Pregnant at 18, Genavieve Diggs knew she wasn't equipped to raise a child. Under state law in Connecticut, Diggs had 30 days to make sure the adoption was what she wanted. “The 30 days were just a rollercoaster of emotions,” she said. Diggs poured her sadness, longing and frustration into “The Baby Wait,” a new, six-part documentary series on Logo that focuses equal attention on agonizing post-birth waiting periods from the perspectives of both biological and adoptive parents.

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    Before putting away the mower for the winter, get it in shape for spring

    Before storing your lawn mower for the season, try some of our favorite tuneup tips. It will not take much time or money to do, and your mower will be ready to go when you break it out next spring.

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    How to appeal a property-tax bill

    As many as 60 percent of all homeowners are paying too much in property taxes. A successful appeal can save $100 or more, year after year.

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    This mimosa was made with TUNE, a new product that mixes vodka with a sparkling white wine.

    Lines blurring between wine, spirits

    Cognac blended with moscato? Pink wine mixed with port? And how about a mashup of sparkling white wine and vodka? Hard liquor is showing a softer side as producers shake things up with new blends that put wine and spirits in the same bottle.

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    Veteran surfer Frosty (Gerard Butler) trains a troubled teenager (Jonny Weston) to challenge a legendary monster wave in "Chasing Mavericks."

    Surfing biopic waters down tragic real-life story

    "Chasing Mavericks" comes off as a standard-issue biographical drama with all the familiar trappings of a surfing film: spectacular footage of rolling waves accompanied by eardrum-bursting explosions of water hitting rocks, poetic waxings about the lure of the sea, and the romanticized hero worship of soul surfers. It's a story about the late Jay Moriarty, who became a surfing legend at 16.

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    Cheryl (Helen Hunt) brings her services as a sex surrogate to a polio victim (John Hawkes) on an iron lung in the fact-based drama "The Sessions."

    Fine performances at heart of 'Sessions'

    Two outstanding and brave performances highlight Ben Lewin's problematic, fact-based drama — "The Sessions" — that dares to acknowledge that the severely disabled have needs, too. Lorraine Levy's Mideast drama “The Other Son” stops just short of having us all join hands and sing “Kumbaya” with its positive message of cooperation and reconciliation wrapped inside an investigation of identity.

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    Jason Aldean is among the first round of performers announced for the American Country Awards on Dec. 10.

    Aldean heads American Country Awards lineup

    Jason Aldean leads the list of top country music stars set to perform on the American Country Awards. Country's leading man of the moment will be joined by lead nominee and good friend Luke Bryan, Lady Antebellum, Dierks Bentley and Little Big Town.

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    Zachry (Tom Hanks) accompanies Meronym (Halle Berry) through a dangerous forest in the future in “Cloud Atlas.”

    Tales from six time periods get mashed together in convoluted, superficial drama

    Not even Shirley MacLaine could love this convoluted, complicated tale of past-life experiences, complete with wacky accents, spotty makeup jobs and a narrative mashup of six intertwined plots set at different places and different times. "Cloud Atlas" is a spectacular yawn, a sprawling epic stretched so thin across the centuries that the characters possess all the emotional depth of props.

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    Chilis help some beers bring on the heat

    It's not exactly the cataclysm that the doomsayers are predicting, but the impending end of the Mayan calendar (Dec. 21) seems to have triggered a new interest in brewing with chilies. Anheuser-Busch and Widmer Brothers Brewing in Portland, Ore., have released ales that use hot peppers to balance sweet spices and dark specialty malts.

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    The owner of a failing doughnut shop (Richard Cotovsky, left) hires aspiring writer Franco Wicks (Preston Tate Jr.) in Mary-Arrchie Theatre’s remount of its hit production of Tracy Letts’ “Superior Donuts” at Chicago’s Royal George Cabaret Theatre.

    What’s new on stage
    The Den Theatre's "The Quality of Life;" Mary-Arrchie's remount of its hit show "Superior Donuts" and New Colony's roller derby inspired "Down & Derby" are among the Chicago shows opening this week.

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    Wren (Victoria Justice), left, her mom (Chelsea Handler) and Roosevelt (Thomas Mann) can't believe the crassness they're witnessing in Nickelodeon's tweener comedy "Fun Size."

    ‘Fun Size’ crude crassness passed off as kids’ comedy

    The Nickeodeon production of the Halloween comedy "Fun Size" masquerades as a kids' film, but it's really a crude, puerile comedy rife with pedophile references, abnormally stupid teen characters, kids who shout the B-word and tasteless scenes involving a giant mechanical chicken simulating sexual intercourse with the back of a Volvo. As Victoria Justice says in the film "It's really bad!"

Discuss

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    Editorial: The win-win of first-time forgiveness
    A Daily Herald editorial notes that programs like the first-time offender forgiveness announced recently in DuPage County can help authorities focus their limited resources on the most-serious crimes and at the same time give a life-changing second chance to individuals willing to work for it.

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    America, finally home?

    Columnist George Will: The death of George McGovern on the eve of the presidential candidates' foreign policy debate underscored a momentous political reversal spanning four decades. McGovern's nomination for president in 1972 made the country uneasy about his party regarding national security. Four decades later, however, voters may be more ambivalent about America's world role than at any time since the 1930s.

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    Obama outpoints Romney in third debate

    Columnist Eugene Robinson: The "horses and bayonets" moment is probably the headline. But the larger story of the third and final presidential debate, ostensibly about foreign policy, is that Mitt Romney didn't really lay a glove on President Obama. For most of the evening, he didn't even try.

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    Give peace a chance

    Columnist Kathleen Parker: The real point of Romney's rendition of commander in chief was to reveal himself as the stalwart of America's power to promote peace and freedom through strength, character and an unyielding defense of American principles.

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    Was auto industry really saved?
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: Please, someone help me do the math. President Obama brags loud and clear how he single-handedly saved the whole auto industry — someone help total up how many sales people, mechanics, office workers. How many villages and cities lost tax dollars in closed dealerships?

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    Walsh doesn’t deserve to go back to D.C.
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: What is Joe Walsh's full-time occupation besides harassing people in the district? Remember when holding the most town halls, what counts is quality not quantity.

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    Campaigns ads lacking in substance
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: We, as a people, are not the most patient, but we are very discerning and want to hear more specific information.

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    Taxing the wealthy as if it’s a sin
    A Kildeer letter to the editor: If enough wealthy people quit or cut back generating wealth it could have a chilling effect on the rest of us. When being wealthy becomes a "sin" like smoking, which certainly appears to be happening, it is a sure recipe for aggressive taxation and enough people will just quit being rich or cut back enough to reduce total revenue.

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    Hart will advocate for natural resources
    A Grayslake letter to the editor: [The Sierra Club, one of the oldest, largest, and most influential grass-roots environmental organizations in the United States, is pleased to endorse Sandra Hart for Lake County Board District 13.

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    Muslim extremism gets too much attention
    A Deerfield letter to the editor: Every time I open a newspaper or turn on a TV, my senses are assaulted by "Muslim rage," and, frankly, I'm sick of it.

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    Schakowsky won’t be changing anytime soon
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: Of the 435 members of the House, not one representative was further left on the issues than Jan Schakowsky, as rated by the National Journal, based on her 2010 voting record. This is hardly a politician who will change her ways just because the Daily Herald hopes she will.

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    Duckworth shows she meets obligations
    A Palatine letter to the editor: Most importantly, I strongly believe that Tammy Duckworth is deserving of your vote because she is the most capable and most honest congressional candidate running from the 8th District.

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    Deer hunting in Kane not what we want
    A Carpentersville letter to the editor: It has come to my attention that the Kane County Board has approved bow hunting of deer in our forest preserves. I'm very disappointed with this decision. How could they pass something that many believe to be inhumane and may present multiple safety hazards for people in this community?

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    It’s time wealthy paid their way
    A Huntley letter to the editor: The highly compensated Republicans are trying to convince you that raising the rate of the top tax bracket to where it was under Clinton would be "class warfare." As a former highly-compensated airline captain, let me tell you what it's really called. It's called "paying your way."

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    DuPage board’s attendance problem
    A Roselle letter to the editor: Four (DuPage County Board members) are under 80 percent, four ore are under 90 percent of their required attendance at meetings, but we all know that they all received 100 percent of their pay.

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    Don’t sell our birthright: freedom
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: The Oct. 16 presidential debate made clear what was already obvious. This election has devolved into a contest of who can promise to do the most “good” for the most people, or at least for the undecided people in the swing states.

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