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    Park Ridge man charged in stolen car chase

    A Park Ridge man driving a stolen vehicle led Des Plaines police on a chase that ended with the man being stunned with a Taser to subdue him, according to police reports. Alexander Ponzio, 48, is charged with aggravated fleeing and eluding, aggravated possession of a stolen motor vehicle, criminal damage to property, driving with revoked driver’s license, resisting a peace officer and traffic...

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    Don Orseno was named interim chief operating officer of Metra Tuesday.

    Cook County commissioners want 3 Metra board members to resign

    Suburban Cook County commissioners want the three remaining Metra board members who represent the county’s suburbs to resign, saying the scandal-ridden board has lost the public’s trust and needs a clean start.

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    A 9-year-old girl drowned near a boat launch at Stormy Monday bar in Ingleside Tuesday evening.

    9-year-old girl drowns in Fox Lake

    A 9-year-old girl from Round Lake drowned while swimming in Fox Lake Tuesday evening, Lake County officials said. Fox Lake Fire and the Lake County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call at about 6:20 p.m. on Stanton Point Road near a boat launch by Stormy Monday Bar and Grill in Ingleside.

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    Northwest suburban police blotter

    A man broke a window and stole 12 power tools around 11:50 p.m. Aug. 21 out of a 2003 Chevrolet Express cargo van in a driveway on the 1200 block of South Earl Avenue in Des Plaines. The residents saw him inside the van removing items, which he placed on the parkway grass and under bushes. He disappeared before officers arrived.

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    Antonio Romanucci describes the circumstances behind the latest hazing lawsuit, which says a 16-year-old soccer player was assaulted by seniors on the varsity team last fall at Maine West High School in Des Plaines. He spoke at a news conference in Chicago.

    Fifth Maine West student says he was a hazing victim

    A fifth teenager has come forward alleging he was sexually assaulted during a hazing ritual at Maine West High School in Des Plaines last fall. The latest student to come forward is now 16 years old and was similarly assaulted last September during soccer practice under the bleachers area of the football field, plaintiffs' attorney Antonio Romanucci said Tuesday at a news conference in Chicago.

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    Rolling Meadows ends short-lived TIF district

    The Rolling Meadows City Council Tuesday ended a tax increment financing district that included the once-controversial apartment complex that was called Woodfield Garden. The TIF district, which was established in 2009, has a negative fund balance the city will have to make up from its general fund.

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    Randy Hultgren

    Hultgren says U.S. should intervene in Syria

    Congressman Randy Hultgren said Tuesday he does support some form of U.S. intervention in Syria, but he stopped short of backing a missile strike until he sees more details. He said the time for threats is over. “We’ve got to respond,” Hultgren said. “The threats, or the line in the sand hasn’t worked. So something has got to happen.”

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    Schaumburg plans access to entertainment district

    Schaumburg trustees Tuesday approved a memorandum of understanding for a full interchange on the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway at Roselle Road and set a time frame for a new tax increment financing district to pay for it. The proposed TIF district actually will help fund interchange improvements at both Roselle and Meacham roads, as well as other public improvements related to the creation of an...

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    Batavia school board, parents talk priorities

    Dozens of people spent two hours Tuesday pleading with the Batavia school board about whether to spend an estimated $13 million on a revamp of athletic fields at the high school; changes in art and music instruction at an elementary school; and a new extracurriculars policy at the high school.

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    Sandra Pihos

    Pihos will run for re-election, take on Breen

    State Rep. Sandy Pihos, a Glen Ellyn Republican, will run for re-election, she announced Tuesday, formalizing her intention to take on GOP challenger and Lombard Trustee Peter Breen.

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    Chris Lauzen

    Lauzen calls for jobs in State of the County address

    In his first state of the county address four months ago, Kane County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen focused on how he would fix the county budget. In a second state of the county address Tuesday, Lauzen focused on the importance of creating jobs.

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    Bud Wilson yells “Play Ball” as he is honored with a trophy to thank him for starting and keeping the Elgin Masters Softball League running since 1984. The six-team league plays Tuesday and Thursday nights at the Elgin Sports Complex, and members of each team were present for the event. The league started its playoff tournament after Wilson threw out the first pitch Tuesday.

    Elgin Masters league honors Wilson

    The Elgin Masters Softball League was started in 1984 by Bud Wilson, aka the commissioner. Wilson was honored Tuesday night at the Elgin Sports Complex with an award that showed how the league has appreciated Wilson’s hard work to keep the league viable through the years.

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    Firefighter Russell Mitchell monitors a back burn during the Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park, Calif., on Tuesday.

    Squelching Sierra fires left forest ready to burn

    Unnaturally long intervals between wildfires and years of drought primed the Sierra Nevada for the explosive conflagration chewing up the rugged landscape on the edge of Yosemite National Park, forestry experts say.

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    Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem said Tuesday his country would defend itself using “all means available” in case of a U.S. strike, denying his government was behind an alleged chemical weapons attack near Damascus and challenging Washington to present proof backing up its accusations.

    Momentum grows for military action against Syria

    Momentum appeared to build Tuesday for Western military action against Syria, with the U.S. and France saying they are in position for a strike, while the government in Damascus vowed to use all possible measures to repel it.

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    Angela K. Keene

    Elmhurst woman facing drug charges

    A recent search warrant at the home of an Elmhurst woman led to her arrest on a variety of charges, according to Elmhurst police officials. Angela K. Keene, 45, of the 300 block of St. Charles Road, was charged with delivery of cannabis within 1,000 feet of school grounds, unlawful delivery of cannabis, two counts of possession of a controlled substance, and unlawful possession of drug...

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    Leonel Solis

    Villa Park man charged with burglary

    A surveillance camera led Villa Park police to a 19-year-old who burglarized a home last week, officials said. Leonel Solis, 19, of Villa Park, was charged with residential burglary Tuesday, according to a news release. A homeowner living on the 100 block of north Westmore Avenue reported that someone entered their home on Aug. 21 and stole multiple electronic devices, police said.

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    Miley Cyrus arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday — before she did her best to promote the Oxford dictionary’s newest word.

    ’Twerking’ bounces into Oxford dictionary

    Twerking, the rump-busting up-and-down dance move long beloved on America’s hip-hop scene, has officially gone mainstream. It’s got the English dictionary entry to prove it.

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    Saturday’s Elgin International Festival, or iFest, will include a domino tournament organized by the Puerto Rican Heritage Organization, which held its own fest last year but will be part of iFest. The festival is Saturday at Festival Park.

    Elgin International Festival adds events for second year

    The second annual iFest in Elgin will feature new elements this year, including an international martial arts demonstration and a kite decoration contest, all while working with a slightly smaller budget that last year’s, organizers said. The festival is Saturday at Festival Park, and includes an international food court, world market, parade, and all-day music from around the world.

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    Nicholas Prendergast

    Villa Park man charged with burglary

    A Villa Park man has been charged with burglary after police say they caught him in the back lot of a Carol Stream business early Tuesday morning. Nicholas Prendergast, 26, of the 200 block of Ardmore Ave., also was charged with one count of possession of burglary tools and possession of cannabis, officials said.

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    John Zaruba

    DuPage sheriff opposes cuts to patrol division

    Insisting he already has the most cost-effective police force in DuPage County, Sheriff John Zaruba says he would oppose any effort to scale back his department’s patrol division and have municipal authorities police unincorporated areas. “I won’t give consent because it would be too much of a cost to the taxpayers,” Zaruba said Tuesday to members of the county...

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    Readers who tried to click on the New York Times’ website got nothing but error messages Tuesday afternoon in its second major disruption this month. A hacker group calling itself the “Syrian Electronic Army” claimed responsibility.

    N.Y. Times site inaccessible, 2nd disruption in Aug.

    Readers who tried to click on the New York Times’ website got nothing but error messages Tuesday afternoon in its second major disruption this month. A hacker group calling itself the “Syrian Electronic Army” claimed responsibility.

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    Hoffman Estates village trustees on Monday granted a special use permit that will allow GiGi’s Playhouse to open a new national headquarters at 2350 Higgins Road, in the Barrington Square Town Center. The organization provides opportunities to children and adults with Down syndrome, as well as their families.

    Gigi’s Playhouse national headquarters approved by Hoffman Estates

    The Hoffman Estates village board granted a special use permit Monday for the new Gigi’s Playhouse national headquarters, planned to be triple the size of organization’s current center on Golf Road. The future Gigi’s Playhouse National Achievement Center will stretch across 10,000 square feet at 2350A W. Higgins Road, inside an existing space at the Barrington Square Town Center.

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    Ron and Jane Reinecke of West Chicago are regular volunteers at the DuPage Convalescent Center in Wheaton. Ron served as the center’s administrator from 1968 to 2000.

    DuPage Convalescent Center celebrating 125 years

    Since opening as a poor farm in 1888, the DuPage Convalescent Center in Wheaton has evolved into a nursing facility that provides long-term care and short-term rehabilitative services for hundreds of patients, many of whom are on Medicaid. “We have a mission that still needs to be met in our community,” said Jennifer Ulmer, the administrator of the center. “We care for those who no longer have...

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    Angela Rivera, wife of Maj. Libardo Caraveo who was one of 13 people killed in the Fort Hood shootings, appears on the witness stand during the sentencing phase for Maj. Nidal Hasan, Monday, August 26, 2013, in Fort Hood, Texas. The jury found Hasan unanimously guilty on the 13 charges of premeditated murder and he is eligible for the death penalty in the November 2009 attack at Ford Hood.

    Fort Hood gunman won’t call witnesses, testify

    The Army psychiatrist who fatally shot 13 people at Fort Hood decided not to present any evidence during his trial’s penalty phase on Tuesday even though jurors are deciding whether to sentence him to death.

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    Rebecca A. Olson

    More charges for suspects in St. Charles car burglaries

    Nine more felony burglary charges - these from Geneva - have been filed against a South Elgin man and Schaumburg woman who were arrested earlier this month on charges of car burglaries in the St. Charles area. Christopher Mentenick, 24, and Rebecca Olson, 19, also have been charged with forgery and possession of stolen ID cards, according to court records.

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    Wauconda to host pet parade

    A pet parade is planned for 5:30 p.m. Thursday on Main Street in downtown Wauconda.

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    Mundelein trustees join developer negotiating team

    Two Mundelein trustees have been assigned to a village team that will negotiate with developers who want to build homes at the former Quig’s Orchard site on Route 83.

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    District 300 sees good news in college readiness data

    More students than ever are taking Advanced Placement classes in Community Unit District 300. And more of them than ever are passing the exams. When it comes to the ACT, which measures college readiness, scores are trending up — even though in some cases it’s just barely. The picture isn’t all rosy, but in a high school student success report to board members Monday, District 300 Assistant...

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    Quinn allows tollway to set up ‘website of shame’

    The Illinois Tollway will be allowed to publish the names of people who owe more than $1,000 online under legislation signed by Gov. Pat Quinn Tuesday.

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    Juan Gomez

    Rosemont man held on 1997 sexual assault charges

    A 43-year-old man, wanted since 1997 on charges he sexually assaulted a 7-year-old girl in Rosemont, was arrested and ordered held on $750,000 bond.

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    Dist. 116 names Those Who Excel recipients

    Round Lake Area Unit District 116 has announced its winners of the state's Those Who Excel Award.

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    Quinn signs bill to regulate use of drones

    Illinois will regulate the use of drones by law enforcement under a bill signed into law by Gov. Pat Quinn. The law requires authorities to obtain a search warrant before using a drone to collect information.

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    In this Aug. 19 satellite image provided by the NASA, African dust blowing over the eastern Atlantic Ocean is seen approaching the Canary Islands.

    African dust clouds worry Caribbean scientists

    Each summer, microscopic dust particles kicked up by African sandstorms blow thousands of miles across the Atlantic to arrive in the Caribbean, limiting airplane pilots’ visibility to just a few miles and contributing to the suffering of asthmatics trying to draw breath.

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    Des Plaines woman, 89, scammed out of $3,800

    An 89-year-old Des Plaines woman trying to help in what she thought was a theft investigation was scammed out of $3,800, police said.

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    Joshua A. Jones

    AP Exclusive: Early parolee accused of murder

    The suspect in the recent fatal shooting of a Decatur man was released from an Illinois prison five months early as part of a revamped out-for-good-behavior prisons program, according to records reviewed by The Associated Press.

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    Dist. 211 receives $40,000 grant from Motorola

    Palatine Schaumburg High School District 211 has been awarded a $40,000 grant that will support three new courses in science and technology fields, the district announced Tuesday. The grant comes from the Motorola Solutions Foundation and is expected to benefit about 200 students.

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    Adel Daoud

    Snowden name, revelations feature in Chicago case

    Edward Snowden’s name loomed over a West suburban teenager’s terrorism case as a judge said Tuesday she must delay the trial to grapple with unresolved issues raised by the one-time government contractor’s leaks.

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    Two Ingleside teens face charges for burglarizing vehicles

    Two Ingleside teens have been charged with burglarizing motor vehicles in a Fox Lake subdivision, authorities said Tuesday. Daniel DeGeorge, 18, of the 35000 block of Randhill Drive, and Lucas Migasi, 17, of the 5000 block of West Shore, were arrested about 3:36 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 25, Fox Lake Police Lt. Mark Schindler said.

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    Arlington Hts. Dist. 25 launches superintendent search

    Arlington Heights Elementary District 25 is moving quickly with its search for a new superintendent as officials plan to have someone hired by the end of 2013. But first, the school board will be polling parents, teachers and community membersto identify important characteristics for the next superintendent.

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    Fox Valley police reports
    Jose L. Alcala, 36, of Elgin, was charged Saturday with two counts of criminal sexual assault of a victim between 13 and 17, according to court documents. Alcala’s bail was set at $1 million Tuesday in Kane County bond court.

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    Pat Brady

    Former GOP chairman Brady hired to lobby for same-sex marriage

    The American Civil Liberties Union has hired former Illinois Republican Party Chairman Pat Brady to lobby in support of same-sex marriage in his home state and elsewhere in the midwest. “Obviously, as a party chair, he has contacts with other party chairs and other party officials,” ACLU spokesman Ed Yohnka said.

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    Burma, a white-cheeked gibbon, holds her baby, which was born Aug. 16 at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago.

    Endangered gibbon born at Lincoln Park Zoo

    Officials of Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo are excited over the institution’s newest resident. Zoo officials on Monday announced the birth of a white-cheeked gibbon, a small Southeast Asian ape that’s endangered because of habitat loss and poaching.

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    Gov. Pat Quinn

    Quinn to travel to Japan for conference

    Gov. Pat Quinn says attending the Midwest U.S.-Japan Association Conference is an opportunity to grow exports. He told reporters Tuesday in Decatur that Japan is a top customer for Illinois’ soybeans.

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    DuPage hopes to have new forest preserve director by November

    More than 100 applicants from across the globe have applied to be the next executive director of the DuPage County Forest Preserve. By November 1, one of them is expected to be decorating his or her new office.

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    House GOP to gather to elect new leader

    Illinois House Republicans will gather later this week to choose a new leader of their caucus. The Thursday meeting at the Statehouse Inn in Springfield follows House Republican Leader Tom Cross’s announcement last week that he is stepping down from his post to run for treasurer.

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    Quinn vetoes mass transit contracts bill

    Gov. Pat Quinn rejected a bill Tuesday that would have allowed Illinois’ mass transit agencies to spend more on projects without giving public notice or going through a bidding process, a decision the Chicago Democrat indirectly linked to a hiring scandal at Metra.

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    Cook County Commissioner Timothy Schneider

    Cook county commissioners want three Metra board to resign

    A group of suburban Cook County commissioners is calling for the resignation of the three remaining Metra board members who represent Cook County — former Arlington Heights Mayor Arlene Mulder, Don De Graff, and William Widmer.

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    Tri-Cities police reports
    Felipe D. Aponte, 37, of Aurora, was charged with felony aggravated battery to a police officer, aggravated domestic battery, resisting arrest and two counts of battery after a domestic disturbance at 2:12 a.m. Friday in the 800 block of Austin, according to a sheriff’s report.

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    Jonathan Hert

    Lake Zurich mayor adds youth to advisory boards

    Lake Zurich Mayor Thomas Poynton says his appointments of a teenager and a recent college graduate to advisory boards are part of an effort to bring enthusiasm and fresh ideas to village government.

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    Nyasha Mbawa

    Gurnee-area man pleads not guilty in sexual assault

    A Gurnee-area man accused of sexually attacking at least two young victims in 2012 faces mandatory life in prison if convicted, a Lake County judge warned Tuesday. Nyasha Mbawa, 19, of the 36000 block of Grand Oaks Court, pleaded not guilty to 18 varying counts of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child and aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a child.

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    Illinois launches sustainable farming effort

    Illinois agriculture officials on Tuesday announced a three-year pilot project aimed at encouraging farmers to plant environmentally friendly cover crops as part of an effort to boost sustainable farming around the state.

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    Tezak gets brief reprieve before heading to prison

    Former Will County Coroner Robert Tezak got a temporary stay from a federal judge as he appeals his case. He was schedule to report to prison Tuesday but is now set to begin serving a four-month sentence in early September.

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    Daily Illini ditches Friday print editions

    The independent student newspaper at the University of Illinois will continue to publish articles on its website on Fridays but will do away with the print edition. Editors say the change is part of a series of cost-cutting moves.

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    Fraud alleged by in-house doctors’ firm

    The U.S. attorney’s office says agents on Tuesday arrested the CEO of Chicago-based Mobile Doctors and one of its physicians. Mobile Doctors operates in six states: Arizona, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri and Texas.

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    A portable classroom at Abraham Lincoln Elementary School in Glen Ellyn remains closed this week because it was found to be infested with gnats.

    Gnat infestation closes portable classroom in Glen Ellyn

    A portable classroom building at Abraham Lincoln Elementary School in Glen Ellyn isn't being used during the first week of school because it was found to be infested with gnats, officials said. The discovery was made about a week before the first day of school, and pest companies have been working since then to remediate the portable unit of the infestation, Glen Ellyn District 41 Superintendent...

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    Deondre J. Nance

    Elgin teen accused of swiping ATV arrested same day

    Two Elgin teens were arrested and charged with five counts of burglary late last week. Police say Esteban Ortiz, 17, and Deondre Nance, 18, targeted unlocked cars and even stole an ATV from a garage. Police may be looking for a third suspect. Both teens are being held at the Kane County jail.

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    Wheeling will reconsider entertainment center’s liquor license

    Wheeling village trustees initially seemed dead set against granting a liquor license to the Party Fantasy entertainment center, but by the end of the Monday night’s village board meeting business owner Adi Mor had persuaded the panel into giving his request further thought. Mor said he cannot operate the business at 7150 Capitol Drive without a special events liquor license.

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    Jennifer Evers of Naperville celebrates with talk show host and Skinnygirl brand creator Bethenny Frankel after Evers won a trip to New York City to attend the filming of Frankel’s talk show “bethenny” during an event Tuesday at Anderson’s Bookshop in downtown Naperville.

    ‘Skinnygirl’ signs books for Naperville fans

    In a day that played out just like a reality show, lifestyle blogger Jennifer Evers of Naperville not only got to meet talk show host and Skinnygirl brand creator Bethenny Frankel, but also won a trip to see the show "bethenny" filmed in New York. “I’m in tears right now,” Evers said, although she tried not to cry in front of Frankel as the star visited Anderson's Bookshop in Naperville during an...

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    Arlington Heights police seek information about dead man

    Arlington Heights police are asking for the public’s help trying to put together the events that led to a man being found dead in his car late last week. Scott Verden, 50, was discovered dead in the trunk of his car in the 2100 block of East Park Street about 4 p.m. Friday.

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    Sue Denys of Schaumburg was among the crossing guards honored Tuesday as Schaumburg police marked Crossing Guard Appreciation Day. Denys helps children only across the intersection of Braintree Drive and Wise Road on their way to Nathan Hale Elementary School.

    Schaumburg celebrates Crossing Guard Appreciation Day

    Schaumburg police paid special tribute Tuesday to a little recognized, but nonetheless crucial component of public safety in the village: school crossing guards. Police Chief Ken Bouche and officers fanned out across the community Tuesday morning to mark Crossing Guard Appreciation Day.

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    After just one year, some schools around the country are dropping out of the healthier new federal lunch program, complaining that so many students turned up their noses at meals packed with whole grains, fruits and vegetables that the cafeterias were losing money.

    Some school districts quit healthier lunch program

    After just one year, some schools around the country are dropping out of the healthier new federal lunch program, complaining that so many students turned up their noses at meals packed with whole grains, fruits and vegetables that the cafeterias were losing money.

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    Pictured, from left, are: Des Plaines Chamber of Commerce & Industry ambassador John Koelig, Koelig & Associates; Seattle Sutton location manager Eileen Mastor; Chamber of Commerce & Industry member Marty Gardner, Village Bank & Trust; Des Plaines Mayor Matthew J. Bogusz; Des Plaines Seattle Sutton owner Syed Ahmed; and Chamber of Commerce & Industry ambassador Joanne Griffin, Des Plaines Public Library, at the grand opening of Des Plaines Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating.

    Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating opens in Des Plaines

    Des Plaines Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating officially opened on Monday afternoon, Aug. 5, 2013, when local officials cut a ceremonial ribbon outside the office at 770 S. Lee St. Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating (SSHE) is a family-owned, Illinois-based healthy meal replacement company.

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    The Briere family of Vernon Hills is planning the third annual 5K run in memory of son and brother Ryan, who died in January 2011.

    5K run will benefit children’s programs and charities

    The Briere family of Vernon Hills is planning the third annual 5K run in memory of son and brother Ryan, who died in January 2011. The event on Sept. 8 raises money for educational programs and various children’s charities.

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    Police are searching for a man who burglarized two hair salons in Bartlett last week.

    Bartlett police search for hair salon burglar

    Bartlett police are asking the public for help in identifying a burglar who broke into two hair salons last week. According to police, the burglaries occurred in the early morning hours on Aug. 21 in the area of Oak and North avenues.

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    Harper College President Ken Ender

    Harper aims to increase diversity among employees

    Harper College is moving forward with a number of diversity and inclusion initiatives targeting employees. President Ken Ender said the time has come for renewed attention on the issue after a series of "candid and revelatory" conversations with leaders of a mentor program for minority employees. “We believe diversity among students in race, ethnicity, culture and preferences is important...

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    One-act plays take stage at West Chicago High School

    Several one-act plays will be presented in a single evening when WeGo Drama at Community High School opens its 2013-14 season in early September with the return of its Student Directors Showcase.

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    Cardiac screening planned for students at seven schools

    The Max Schweitz Foundation kicks off its sixth year of Screens for Teens, an EKG-based cardiac screening program on Sept. 11 at College of Lake County.

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    Combat veterans get together for a photograph at the Lake County Courthouse in Waukegan last year to record their stories for the Library of Congress.

    Veterans asked to share stories for Library of Congress project

    Various partners of the Lake County legal community will again work together with the Library of Congress on its Veterans’ History Project. On Veterans Day morning, Monday, Nov. 11, war veterans are invited to come to the Lake County courthouse in Waukegan to have their oral histories recorded by official court reporters who will produce transcripts of their interviews.

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    As Mundelein’s new village hall is built, officials are preparing for the future by installing underground conduit that could be used to charge electric cars.

    You may able to charge your electric car at Mundelein’s new village hall

    Electric cars haven’t caught on with the public yet, but Mundelein officials are preparing for the future by laying underground conduit that could be used for charging stations on the land where a new village hall is being built.

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    Eagle Mountain International Church in Newark, Texas, which is linked to at least 21 measles cases, has been trying to contain the outbreak by hosting vaccination clinics, officials said Monday, Aug. 26, 2013.

    Texas megachurch linked to 21 measles cases

    A Texas megachurch linked to at least 21 cases of measles has been trying to contain the outbreak by hosting vaccination clinics, officials said. The outbreak started when a person who contracted measles overseas visited. Health department officials said those sickened ranged in age from 4 months to 44 years old. All of the school-age children with measles were homeschooled.

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    Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano gives her farewell address at the National Press Club in Washington, Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013. Napolitano said her agency’s flexibility and agility have prepared it to respond to disasters and terror attacks alike.

    Napolitano praises U.S. response in farewell speech

    Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Tuesday that she is resigning with confidence from the Obama administration and that her tenure helped the agency prevent terrorist attacks and respond to disasters.

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    Ona Porter, center, gives her partner Miriam Rand, right, a hug while holding the hand of their daughter Emilie Porter-Rand, left, Monday Aug. 26, 2013, after Judge Alan M. Malott made his ruling on licenses for same sex couples in Bernalillo County, N.M.

    NM county told to issue same-sex marriage licenses

    More than 100 people were lined up in Albuquerque Tuesday morning as the clerk in New Mexico’s most populous county began issuing marriages licenses to gay and lesbian couples. The clerk opened her office to the crowd at 8 a.m., and a mass wedding was planned at noon in Albuquerque’s Civic Plaza.

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    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Thieves stole a truck trailer with 50 pallets of multivitamins valued at over $100,000, Arlington Heights police said. The white 2005 Volvo truck and an attached white 2006 Wabash National trailer were taken between 5:30 p.m. Aug. 24 and 6:20 a.m. Aug. 25 out of a business lot at 3311 N. Kennicott.

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    Today’s high could break record for date

    Today’s high temperature could be one for the record books. According to weather.com, today’s high temperature could hit 96 degrees. The record for this date is 97, set back in 1973. With humidity levels of more than 50 percent, it will feel like it’s 100-plus degrees outside today.

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    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says U.S. forces are now ready to act on any order by President Barack Obama to strike Syria.

    Hagel: U.S. forces ready to strike Syria if ordered

    U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says U.S. forces are now ready to act on any order by President Barack Obama to strike Syria. The U.S. Navy has four destroyers in the eastern Mediterranean Sea within range of targets inside Syria. The U.S. also has warplanes in the region.

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    Mundelein's 1925 fire truck.

    Mundelein's antique fire truck getting attention

    A new 11-member committee will oversee the preservation and maintenance of Mundelein's antique fire truck. Old No. 1 truck is a 1925 Stoughton that was required by the town and restored a few years ago. “It's a keepsake,” Fire Chief Tim Sashko said. “It's an heirloom like you'd pass down in your family.”

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    Demonstrators hold banners during a protest outside the Syrian Embassy in London, Friday, Aug. 23, 2013. Prime Minister David Cameron on Tuesday recalled Parliament for an urgent discussion and vote on a possible military response to the alleged chemical attack in Syria.

    Britain recalls Parliament to discuss Syria

    Prime Minister David Cameron on Tuesday recalled Parliament for an urgent discussion and vote on a possible military response to the alleged chemical attack in Syria. Cameron said the crisis session will be held Thursday, when Parliament would traditionally be on its summer recess. A clear motion will be considered by lawmakers, who have been urging Cameron to consult Parliament before any...

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    Army Pvt. Chelsea Manning, who was previously known as Bradley Manning, wants estrogen treatments that would promote breast development and other female characteristics, which she’d be willing to pay for, while she’s incarcerated at the all-men military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., her lawyer said.

    Manning lawyer gives more details on gender change

    Army Pvt. Chelsea Manning, who was previously known as Bradley Manning, wants estrogen treatments that would promote breast development and other female characteristics, which she’d be willing to pay for, while she’s incarcerated at the all-men military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., her lawyer said.

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    Maria Varela, 73, discusses her role in the Civil Rights movement in Alabama and Mississippi and her photography, at her home in Albuquerque, N.M. While Varela was one of a handful of Mexican-American activists involved in the civil rights movement in the South, she did not support the 1963 March on Washington. She was a member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and later became a photographer for the group.

    1963 march inspired Latinos in civil rights fight

    Latinos were scarce among the 250,000 people who turned out in Washington on Aug. 28, 1963 for the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, mainly because they were caught up in pursuing their own causes. Some of the larger Hispanic civil rights organizations even considered publicly denouncing the mass protest. But after seeing the heavily black throngs gathered around the Lincoln Memorial they...

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    President Gerald Ford is shielded by the Secret Service after an assassination attempt by Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme. President Ford had spoken at a “Host Breakfast,” and was walking to California’s state Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. Almost 38 years after the assassination attempt, a federal judge has allowed the release of a videotaped testimony given by Ford, that was later used in Fromme’s trial. Fromme, a devoted follower of the infamous Charles Manson, wearing a red robe, stepped out from behind a tree and pointed a loaded pistol at the President.

    President Ford recalls Fromme assassination attempt in video

    Newly released footage from the trial of Charles Manson disciple Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme shows President Gerald Ford calmly and carefully recalling the attempted assassination in the videotaped testimony. The roughly 20-minute interview taped in Washington was released Monday by a federal court as the result of a motion filed by a local historical group.

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    Naperville native Chris Bochenski is vice president of a new company that provides software, technology and consulting services to entrepreneurs hoping to capitalize on the legalization of medical marijuana in Illinois.

    Naperville native can start his medical pot business

    Illlinois' approval of medical marijuana opens up new markets for businesses and means more opportunity for Naperville native Chris Bochenski of the Quantum 9 cannabis consulting and technology company. “The legislators and lobbyists did their jobs, and now it's time for industry to do ours,” Bochenski says.

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    Crews begin treating weed-filled Northwest Indiana lake

    HOBART, Ind. — Crews in northwestern Indiana have begun treating a weed-clogged lake with herbicides intended to clear up its swamp-like waters.Illinois-based Clarke Environmental got the go-ahead Friday from the state Department of Natural Resources to begin treating Lake George’s noxious vegetation.

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    Southwestern Indiana jury sides with couple in malpractice suit

    EVANSVILLE, Ind. — A southwestern Indiana jury has sided with an Evansville couple who accused a local hospital and a doctor of causing their 9-year-old daughter’s severe brain injury and cerebral palsy.The Vanderburgh Circuit Court jury ordered St. Mary’s Medical Center and Dr. Mureena Turnquest-Wells to pay a $15 million medical malpractice award to Jamie and Crystal Bobbitt.

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    New Illinois law requires records of robo calls

    Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has signed a bill into law requiring companies and others who make so-called robo calls to keep a record of the calls made.The new law signed Monday also will require the callers to keep track of the calls they claim are exempt from do-not-call registries.

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    ICC to discuss deployment of ‘smart meters’

    The Illinois Commerce Commission will host a meeting Friday where the installation of electricity “smart meters” will be discussed. The ICC will conduct the joint meeting of the Electric and Consumer Affairs policy committees at its main hearing room in downtown Chicago at the Michael A. Bilandic Building.

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    Cook County clerk debuts public official directory

    Cook County residents will now have a streamlined way of looking up the elected officials who represent them.

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    Illinois readies for earthquake “ShakeOut” drill

    SPRINGFIELD — Illinois is joining 36 other states for a nationwide earthquake drill.The “Drop, Cover and Hold On” event will take place on Oct. 17. The event, part of the Great Central U.S. ShakeOut, aims to raise awareness about earthquake risks and the way people can stay safe when the ground starts shaking.

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    Benton marker to commemorate George Harrison visit

    BENTON, Ill. — A half century since he was the Beatle in Benton, the late George Harrison is will be memorialized in the southern Illinois city.

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    Northern Illinois University artist pays it forward

    DEKALB — When Danielle Dobies was pondering her senior capstone project as an undergraduate student at Elmhurst College, she envisioned a 25-foot mosaic, but didn’t think she could afford the materials.That was, until her professor, John Pitman Weber, a Chicago icon in public art, stepped in to donate all the tiles she needed and more.

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    Rain causes shortage again for Wis. cow chip throw

    SAUK CITY, Wis. — The annual cow chip throw festival in Sauk County is again dealing with a shortage.The Wisconsin State Cow Chip Throw and Festival attracts about 300 people who throw the flattened, dried cow manure — or cow chips — in Prairie du Sac, Wis.

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    Massachusetts man wanted in murder arrested in Indiana

    RICHMOND, Ind. — A Massachusetts man wanted in connection with a fatal June stabbing during a home invasion has been arrested in eastern Indiana.Dinkue Brown of Gardner, Mass., was arrested Monday in Richmond by members of the Indiana State Police and the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force.

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    Schaffhausen’s friend sentenced to probation

    HUDSON, Wis. — A defense witness accused of threatening prosecutors during the Aaron Schaffhausen trial has been sentenced to probation.Joseph Rollag was arrested at the St. Croix County courthouse in April. He’s a friend of Schaffhausen and was scheduled to testify on his behalf. Schaffhausen was convicted of killing his three daughters and was sentenced to life in prison.

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    Illinois sizzles for another day

    ROCKFORD — A heat advisory is in effect for portions of Illinois as the state sizzles for another day.The National Weather Service issued the advisory for portions for northern Illinois, from DeKalb, west to the Iowa border, and down as far south as Macomb. Several counties in southwestern Illinois are also included in a heat advisory.

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    Farm Progress Show kicks off Tuesday in Decatur

    DECATUR, Ill. — The annual Farm Progress Show is opening in Decatur and organizers say they expect a record number of international attendees.The three-day event is billed as the nation’s largest outdoor farm show, and draws thousands of people to Illinois. This year, there will be more than 600 exhibitors.

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    Fort Wayne History Center opens MLK exhibit

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1963 visit to Fort Wayne is featured in a new exhibit at the city’s History Center.The exhibit called “Civil Rights in Fort Wayne: A Photographic Perspective” includes newspaper photos of King’s June 5, 1963, address to an interracial audience at the former Scottish Rite auditorium in downtown Fort Wayne.

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    Wisconsin DNR to release 75,000 pheasants

    MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin wildlife officials plan to release 75,000 pheasants ahead of this fall’s hunting season.

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    Naperville Park District police officers are handing out cards urging visitors not to feed the ducks or geese along the Riverwalk.

    Saving the world, one duck at a time

    As kids head back to school, our Stephanie Penick is hoping they'll be lifelong learners. And she hopes the adults and children who feed bread to the ducks and geese along the Naperville Riverwalk are willing to learn the lesson that feeding the wildlife is bad for the animals and bad for the environment.

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    This is an artist's rendering of the proposed Wheeling Town Center. Developer Friedman Urban R2 expects to break ground in the summer of 2014.

    Wheeling Town Center moves forward

    The proposed Wheeling Town Center took a step forward when the village board approved the terms that form the foundation of a development agreement for the property that housed Wickes on Dundee Road west of village hall. “We should all be proud of that,” Mayor Dean Argiris said. “We have started working together. We were hard on you, and I am serious about the timelines.”

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    Firefighters treat a dog rescued from a burning apartment building Monday afternoon in Villa Park.

    Dawn Patrol: Villa Park dog fire rescue; Elk Grove bike race flap

    Elk Grove mayor: Why should we switch bike dates? Two firefighters, dog recovering after Villa Park fire. Arlington Heights man still missing. Addison man denies murdering wife. Blackhawks keeping Stanley Cup busy. Some Bears players to make final case.

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    Unapproved work begins on new Fox River fire station

    The Kane County Board hasn't given its OK, but Fox River & Countryside Fire/Rescue officials have already begun construction on the new Station No. 3.

Sports

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    From left, returning Fremd standouts Jeff McGlade, Matt Konopka, Sam Beutler and Brad Ruehrdanz figure to have an impact on the standings in the Mid-Suburban West this fall.

    New landscape in competitive MSL West

    Expect a different look in the Mid-Suburban West this fall, as Fremd aims to rise to the head of the class while defending champ Palatine retools.

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    Brandon Marshall has had three surgeries on his hip over his NFL career, and he says he’s still feeling the effects of the latest one.

    Bears’ Marshall says he’s still feeling effects of surgery

    Brandon Marshall set franchise records last season with 118 receptions and 1,508 yards, but following off-season hip surgery, the Bears' go-to wide receiver doesn't feel like he's where he needs to be with the regular-season opener less than two weeks away. “I’m still trying to figure out my role and my place in this offense,” Marshall said. “I’m trying to get healthy, and we’ll see where it takes us. It’s still early.”

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    Alexei Ramirez, right, greets Gordon Beckham at home after the pair scored on a RBI single by Jordan Danks during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros, Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    Huge game by confident Danks lifts Sox

    Jordan Danks doubled twice and delivered a clutch 2-run single in the eighth inning Tuesday night to life the White Sox to a 4-3 win over the Astros. Danks is riding a nine-game hitting streak.

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    The White Sox’s Jordan Danks hits a two-run single off Houston Astros relief pitcher Erik Bedard, scoring Alexei Ramirez and Gordon Beckham, during Tuesday’s game at U.S. Cellular Field.

    Danks leads White Sox to 4-3 win over Astros

    Jordan Danks hit a clutch two-run single in Chicago’s three-run eighth inning, leading the White Sox to a 4-3 win over the Houston Astros on Tuesday night. Danks finished with a career-high three hits as the White Sox won for the ninth time in 11 games, bouncing back from a difficult loss in the series opener. Paul Konerko, Alexei Ramirez and Avisail Garcia had two hits apiece.

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

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

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

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

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

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    White Sox center fielder Avisail Garcia is unable to catch a fly ball hit by Houston Astros’ Jonathan Villar during the third inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013, in Chicago.

    Sox won’t rush to judgment on Garcia

    Leury Garcia made his first start for the White Sox Tuesday night, starting at second base before moving to third base in the ninth inning. Garcia, who was 0-for-3 in the Sox' 4-3 win over Houston, is scheduled to start for Alexei Ramirez at shortstop Wednesday.

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    St. Charles East outlasts Wheaton North

    St. Charles East’s 25-23, 20-25, 25-20 victory over Wheaton North Tuesday night in St. Charles felt a little better than a typical season-opening win. A year ago, the Saints started the year with four straight losses, an unheard of record for Jennie Kull’s perennial power. “It was nice to get that first win, we didn’t do that last year,” Kull said after her team outscored the Falcons 10-3 down the stretch in Game 3 to erase a late deficit.

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    Geneva shines in opener

    There were unmistakable signs of first-match jitters Tuesday night at Rosary. But visiting Geneva, having had to replace 10 varsity members from a Class 4A girls volleyball regional championship team from last fall, received across-the-board contributions from its new-look team to win in straight sets.

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    Neuqua Valley’s Kersey Dickerson and St. Charles North’s Adam Hoffman collide while fighting for the ball in the first half on Tuesday, August 27.

    Depth lifts Neuqua past St. Charles North

    Big, experienced players don’t always score the goals — sometimes it’s clutch newcomers that ink up the score pad. Matt Bayna, Austin Flatt and Brandon Perez would be lucky (with shirts soaking wet) to combine and eclipse 400 pounds on a scale, but the three non-starters proved to be huge on Tuesday. They worked together to help Neuqua Valley score the lone goal in the first half in a 3-1 victory over St. Charles North in St. Charles in the season opener for both squads.

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    Shutout repeat for Antioch

    For the second day in a row, Iven Hernandez scored twice and Antioch’s boys soccer team recorded a shutout. Logan Bouker, JR Lonergan and Jon Bohmann (penalty kick) also scored Tuesday, and Bobby Miranda and Krystian Streit each had 2 assists, as the Sequoits blanked Johnsburg 5-0.

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    Matt Hutchison runs through drills during football practice at Mundelein.

    Mundelein sports winning new look

    Mundelein's new uniforms, which the players picked out with head coach George Kaider, are charcoal with red numerals and trim and charcoal-colored helmets. The Mustangs hope the charcoal helps light a fire under them, as they seek their first win since Week 9 of the 2010 season.

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    Glenbard West starts with a victory

    A roundup of Tuesday's girls volleyball action around DuPage County.

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    Schaumburg opens with three-set triumph

    Schaumburg’s girls volleyball team opened its season on Tuesday night with an exciting 19-25, 25-23, 27-25 victory at Evanston. Coach Jeanette’s Pancratz’ Saxons were led on attack by senior Kiana Lewis (12 kills) and sophomore Abbie Rahn (9) while junior Jada Blackwell handed out 19 assists and was 11-of-12 serving.

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    Late strike lifts Maine East past Elk Grove

    Host Maine East spoiled the coaching debut of Rob Shepard with a late strike, topping visiting Elk Grove 4-3 in a Central Suburban/Mid-Suburban Soccer Challenge match in Park Ridge on Tuesday. Shepard, who follows longtime Elk Grove head coach Joe Bush, saw his team find the equalizer at the 66th minute but conceded the game-winner two minutes from time when Joe Swoboda fired in his second goal of the evening to give coach Vic DiPrizio’s squad the victory.

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    Winning debut for Lake Zurich

    Lake Zurich’s girls volleyball team got its season off to impressive start Tuesday night. Allie McIlwain pounded 5 kills, and Kiley McPeek and Sydney Glover each had 4, as the Bears beat perennial power Prairie Ridge 25-16, 25-18.

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    Freshmen expected to have impact for No. 14 Irish

    It might not take long for Notre Dame’s freshman class to have an impact. The depth chart released Tuesday for the season-opener Saturday against Temple lists Jaylon Smith, who last year won the Butkus Award as the nation’s top high school linebacker, as a starting outside linebacker, and six other freshmen as starters.

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    Roger Federer returns a shot to Grega Zemlja during the first round of the U.S. Open on Tuesday in New York.

    During rough year, Federer starts well at U.S. Open

    At this point in his career, Roger Federer recognizes the importance of a little extra work. That’s why the owner of a record 17 Grand Slam titles, and the man who spent more weeks ranked No. 1 than any other, was out there on a U.S. Open practice court late Tuesday afternoon, putting in some training time shortly after finishing off a 6-3, 6-2, 7-5 victory over 62nd-ranked Grega Zemlja of Slovenia in the first round.

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    Stevenson’s Kara Maleski, left, spikes one at Barrington’s Sarah Berggren and Megan Talbot on Tuesday night at Stevenson.

    Maleski, Stevenson whirl past Barrington

    Now there will be no snickering. Nothing about Dorothy and her pal, Toto, either. Stevenson senior, Kara Maleski, is delighted with her choice of Wichita State to play her volleyball next year in college. And Wichita is a place she doesn’t mind seeing for the foreseeable future. “The coaches are amazing,’’ Maleski said. “And the girls are such great people.” Of course, Wichita State is drawn to Maleski. It certainly helps her cause to stand 6-foot-5. On Tuesday night, Maleski and Stevenson invited in Barrington for a nonconference match between two talented squads. And it took some time for momentum to show its face. Stevenson (2-0) made 17 errors in the first set alone yet still outlasted Barrington 28-26, 25-20.

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    Hard-working Harper ready for action

    The distinguishing trait for the Harper College men’s soccer team this fall is its work ethic. Three weeks into practice, coach Jason Diebold is praising his team’s preparedness. “When they get into tight situations, it’s not (going to be) a team that falls apart,” he said.

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    Sizzling start for Barrington frosh Calbi

    Extreme weather conditions kept Tom Calbi off the golf course Tuesday. It’s about the only thing that’s stopped the Barrington freshman since summer began. Stifling heat caused the cancellation of Tuesday’s Broncos-Fremd-Conant triangular at Poplar Creek, forcing the frosh to wait until Thursday for his first taste of Mid-Suburban League action. This after excelling in two tournaments already this young season, shooting 71 and winning medalist honors in a playoff at the Woodstock Invite, and taking the third-place medal at Monday’s Biltmore Invitational.

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    Neuqua Valley football coach Bill Ellinghaus leads practice on Wednesday in Naperville.

    Upstate Eight just keeps getting better

    Reloading. That’s what it seems the Upstate Eight Conference’s top dogs are doing.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Hageman’s presence at Minnesota is unmistakable

    Ra’Shede Hageman is perhaps the premier attraction on the team as his final season for Minnesota begins, and that’s not a surprise given the acclaim he carried as a recruit four years ago.

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    Former Prospect High School quarterback Miles Osei will open the seasons as a wide receiver for the Illini on Saturday, and it's possible he'll see some time as a kick returner.

    Illini find a place for Prospect's Osei

    After enduring three years of short-term experiments at Illinois, former Prospect quarterback Miles Osei has finally found a home in the offense. The Illini open the season in Champaign on Saturday against Southern Illinois.

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    Glenbard West quarterback Drew Vogg, during the first day of practice.

    WSC sports several state-title contenders

    When Glenbard West claimed the Class 7A state championship in November, the Hilltoppers confirmed what many prep football fans already knew. The West Suburban Conference rates among the state’s best leagues.

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    Scottie Pippen

    Charges won’t be filed against Pippen

    Los Angeles County prosecutors are declining to bring charges against former Chicago Bulls star Scottie Pippen after a fight with an autograph seeker outside a Malibu sushi restaurant.

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    TheChicago Bears and quarterback Matt Blanchard reached an injury settlement, allowing the team to reach its 75-man roster cut on Tuesday. Blanchard, a former Lake Zurich High School star, is free to sign with another team.

    Blanchard, Bears reach injury settlement

    The Bears and No. 3 quarterback Matt Blanchard reached an injury settlement Tuesday and the fromer Lake Zurich High School star was waived, trimming the roster to the required 75. Blanchard could rejoin the Bears after Week 10 or sign with another team.

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    Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller rolls out during the third quarter a game against Penn State last October in State College, Pa. Miller returns to lead the Buckeyes offense in 2013.

    Most Big Ten teams returning a lot of experience

    Lots of the names are the same around the Big Ten. When it comes to quarterbacks, Nebraska’s Taylor Martinez and Illinois’ Nathan Scheelhaase are going into their fourth seasons as starters, Ohio State’s Braxton Miller is entering his third and Northwestern’s Kain Colter is heading into year three as a full- or part-time starter.

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    Penn State head football coach Bill O’Brien says “you’ll find out who the quarterback is on the first play of the game.”

    Starting QB for Penn State still a question

    Penn State opens up a season of promise Saturday against Syracuse at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., and the quarterback situation remains unsettled — at least in the public eye — with five days before kickoff.

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    Iowa quarterback Jake Rudock emerged from a three-man competition this offseason as the leader of an offense seeking major improvement.

    Iowa excited for debut of new QB

    For the first time in nearly two decades, Iowa’s quarterback will take his first career snap in an opener when Jake Rudock starts against Northern Illinois on Saturday.

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    Chicago Bears and quarterback Matt Blanchard reached an injury settlement, allowing the team to reach its 75-man roster cut before Thursday's final preseason game. Blanchard, a former Lake Zurich High School star, is free to sign with another team.

    Blanchard, Bears reach injury settlement

    The Bears and No. 3 quarterback Matt Blanchard reached an injury settlement Tuesday and the fromer Lake Zurich High School star was waived, trimming the roster to the required 75. Blanchard could rejoin the Bears after Week 10 or sign with another team.

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    If Luke Donald misses the cut at the Deutsche Bank Championships, he might not qualify next month to play in the BWM Championship at Conway Farms, his home course.

    4 local golfers make FedEx Cup cuts

    With just one FedEx Cup Playoff tourney left before the PGA Tour comes to Conway Farms in Lake Forest for the BMW Championship next month, Len Ziehm looks at the rankings of the four survivors in the FedEx field with Illinois connections. He also has an update on improvements coming to Olympia Fields, and other news and notes in his weekly column column.

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    Alabama NCAA college football coach Nick Saban speaks Monday during a news conference in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Alabama opens the season against Virginia Tech on Saturday.

    BCS projections and predictions

    The BCS is going away for good after January, and for the most part any tears shed by college football fans about its pending extinction are filled with joy. That’s not totally fair, of course. The BCS was a step in the right direction. It was darn good to the Southeastern Conference, tended to work out well for Oklahoma and wasn’t all bad for Boise State.

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    Michigan State tabs Maxwell as starting QB

    EAST LANSING, Mich. — Fifth-year senior Andrew Maxwell will be Michigan State’s starting quarterback for Friday night’s opener against Western Michigan.Coach Mark Dantonio praised all four candidates for the job Tuesday, including sophomore Connor Cook and freshmen Tyler O’Connor and Damion Terry.All are listed as first-team quarterbacks, with their names separated by “OR” on the weekly depth chart. But Dantonio said he was giving Maxwell the start.Maxwell started all 13 games as a junior and completed 234 of 446 passes (52.5 percent) for 2,606 yards and 13 touchdowns. He threw nine interceptions but just six in the last 25 halves of a disappointing 7-6 season.Cook came on to direct a game-winning drive against TCU in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl.

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    Ohio State’s Kenny Guiton warms up during football practice in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State went 12-0 in Urban Meyer’s first season as coach last year. But it wasn’t because the offense was a NASCAR racer. It was more like the Buckeyes stayed ahead of the field by patching and tuning an old but reliable form of transportation.

    Buckeyes’ spread offense ready to open playbook

    Like a kid opening a present on Christmas morning, Urban Meyer can’t wait to tear off the wrapping and bows to see what his latest Ohio State offense will do. Meyer concedes that the 2012 Buckeyes bore only a slight resemblance to the cutting-edge attack he had at Florida because H-back Jordan Hall was injured most of the year.

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    Girls volleyball / Top 20
    St. Francis, Benet and Libertyville are the top three teams in the Daily Herald's first girls volleyball Top 20 rankings of the season.

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    Broncos linebacker Von Miller has to sit out six games when the regular season begins.

    Drug issues not confined to baseball

    Baseball pharmaceutical abuse seems like it is discussed more than in other sports because the traditions in baseball are more sacred. But Mike North sees substance abuse in other sports becoming more of a topic now because cheating is just as prevalent in the NFL as it is in baseball and affecting the outcome of seasons.

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    The White Sox’s Adam Dunn watches his two-run home run off Houston Astros starting pitcher Brett Oberholtzer, also scoring Paul Konerko, during the sixth inning of the game Monday in Chicago.

    Astros beat Sox with 2 homers in 9th

    Matt Dominguez hit a tiebreaking solo homer with two outs in the ninth inning and Chris Carter followed with his second home run of the game to lift the Houston Astros to a 10-8 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Monday night. The Astros squandered a five-run lead and trailed 8-7 before tying the score on Carter’s RBI single in the seventh inning.

Business

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    Butera Market grocery wants to purchase and renovate this vacant property at 20 Tyler Creek Plaza in Elgin. It also plans to build a new store at 880 Summit St., Elgin.

    Butera Market wants to open 2 stores in Elgin

    The owners of Butera Market want to open two new stores in Elgin, including one in the northwest side, where residents long have had low access to fresh fruits and vegetables. Butera is in negotiations to purchase and renovate a vacant property at 20 Tyler Creek Plaza,. Butera is also planning to build a new store on land it already purchased at 880 Summit St., company chairman Paul Butera Sr. said.

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    U.S. stocks fell, with the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index dropping the most since June 20, as growing tension over possible military action in Syria overshadowed a report showing consumer confidence unexpectedly rose in August.

    Mounting tensions with Syria sink US stocks

    Fears of an escalating conflict in Syria rippled across financial markets on Tuesday, sinking stocks, lifting gold and pushing the price of oil to the highest in a year and a half. The increasing possibility of U.S. military strikes raised worries on Wall Street that energy trade in the region could be disrupted, raising fuel costs for consumers and business.

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    Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster details a lawsuit filed against Walgreen Co., accusing the Deerfield-based pharmacy chain of overcharging customers and using deceptive display advertising and pricing schemes.

    Missouri sues Walgreen Co., claims overcharging

    Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster filed a lawsuit Tuesday against Deerfield-based Walgreen Co., accusing the nation’s largest pharmacy chain of overcharging customers and using deceptive display advertising and pricing schemes.

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    Associated Press reporter Michael Liedtke models Google Glass at a Google base camp in San Francisco. Google Inc. is touting Glass as a liberating breakthrough that will make technology more convenient and less obnoxious in social situations than checking a smartphone to see what’s happening in your digital realm.

    Exploring Google Glass through eyes of early users

    Geeks aren’t the only people wearing Google Glass. Among the people testing Google Inc.’s wearable computer are teachers, dentists, doctors, radio disc jockeys, hair stylists, architects, athletes and even a zookeeper.

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    This undated photo provided by Burger King shows a a “French Fry Burger,” which Burger King is rolling out for $1 as the company looks to fend off a Dollar Menu push by McDonald’s.

    Burger King to offer ‘French Fry Burger’ for $1

    Burger King says it will start offering a “French Fry Burger” for a buck, as it looks to fend off McDonald’s aggressive push for its Dollar Menu. The chain says the burger will be available Sept. 1 through the fall, as it looks to drum up sales and customer interest with cheap new concoctions.

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    Rabine Snow Pros hires general manager

    Rabine Snow Pros has named Chris Palermo as the snow and ice removal general manager. Rabine's pavement services have grown at an explosive rate landing Rabine on Crain's Fast 50 in three consecutive years. Rabine expects its snow and ice management business to grow at a similar pace and Palermo is a strategic piece of the plan, the company said in a release.

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    Mondelez’s Asia region chief to retire

    Pradeep Pant, 59, executive vice president and president of Mondelez International’s Asia Pacific and Eastern Europe, Middle East & Africa region, will retire at the end of the year, the company said today. “Pradeep has led the turnaround and dynamic growth of the company’s business in Asia Pacific since 2008,” said Chairman and CEO Irene Rosenfeld.

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    Sikich ranked on Inc.’s 500/5000 list

    Accounting, advisory, investment banking, technology and managed services firm Sikich LLP has been ranked on the Inc. 500/5000, a list of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies.

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    Landauer declares 55 cent quarterly dividend

    Landauer Inc.’s board of directors declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of 55 cents per share for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013, to be paid on Oct. 3 to shareholders of record on September 9.

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    Spanish police say they have arrested a former JPMorgan Chase & Co. trader wanted by the United States for allegedly falsifying bank records to cover up trading losses that cost the bank more than $6 billion. A statement said Spaniard Javier Martin-Artajo, 49, was arrested Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013 after he presented himself at a police station in Madrid.

    Ex-JPMorgan trader arrested in Spain

    A former JPMorgan Chase & Co. trader wanted by the United States for allegedly falsifying bank records to cover up $6 billion in trading losses was arrested in Madrid Tuesday, Spanish police said.

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    Treasury says U.S. will hit debt limit in mid-Oct

    Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew has told Congress that the government will run out of money to pay its bills in mid-October unless lawmakers raise the country’s borrowing limit, which is capped at $16.7 trillion.

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    Tiffany 2Q profit rises, helped by China growth

    Tiffany & Co. boosted its full year-earnings forecast on Tuesday after posting a 16 percent increase in second-quarter profits on strong sales in China that offset sluggish growth in the U.S.

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    An employee assembles a Mazda Motor Corp. Atenza sedan (Mazda 6) on the production line at the company’s plant in Hofu, Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan, on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013. Mazda is Japan’s most export-dependent carmaker.

    Fast plant is boost for Japan auto also-ran Mazda

    Mazda, the longtime also-ran of Japanese automakers, says it came up with innovations in nearly every step of auto manufacturing for a super-efficient assembly line that rolls off vehicles at a stunning rate of one every 54 seconds. The revamped plant, shown to reporters Tuesday, underlines how Mazda Motor Corp. has defied skeptics who predicted the automaker’s demise after Ford Motor Co. ended a long partnership.

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    U.S. home prices rose 12.1 percent in June 2013 from a year earlier, nearly matching a seven-year high.

    U.S. home prices rise strong 12.1 percent in June

    U.S. home prices rose 12.1 percent in June from a year earlier, nearly matching a seven-year high. But month-over-month price gains slowed in most markets, a sign that higher mortgage rates may weigh on the housing recovery. Home prices in Las Vegas soared 24.9 percent from a year earlier to lead all cities. Other cities hit hard by the housing bust also posted stunning gains in the past year.

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    Americans’ confidence in the economy inched closer to a 5 ½-year high on growing optimism that hiring and wages could pick up in coming months. The Conference Board, a New York-based private research group, said Tuesday that its consumer confidence index rose to 81.5 in August.

    U.S. consumer confidence rises in August

    Americans’ confidence in the economy inched closer to a 5 ½-year high on growing optimism that hiring and wages could pick up in coming months. The Conference Board, a New York-based private research group, said Tuesday that its consumer confidence index rose to 81.5 in August.

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    Government agents in 74 countries demanded information on about 38,000 Facebook users in the first half of this year, with about half the orders coming from authorities in the United States, the company said Tuesday.

    Facebook: Governments demanded data on 38K users

    Government agents in 74 countries demanded information on about 38,000 Facebook users in the first half of this year, with about half the orders coming from authorities in the United States, the company said Tuesday. The social-networking giant is the latest technology company to release figures on how often governments seek information about its customers. Microsoft and Google have done the same.

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    Suzanne Corr, executive director for the Cary Grove Area Chamber of Commerce, has been hired as president of the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce.

    Cary Grove chamber leader to take over in Barrington

    Suzanne Corr, executive director at the Cary Grove Area Chamber of Commerce, has been hired to run the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce. Starting this week, she will help manage the transition to new leadership and will officially assume the position of president and CEO in December.

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    New statistics show that the sale of tobacco to minors in the U.S. were held near all-time lows last year under a federal-state inspection program intended to curb underage usage.

    Report: Underage tobacco sales at record lows

    New statistics show that the sale of tobacco to minors in the U.S. were held near all-time lows last year under a federal-state inspection program intended to curb underage usage. The violation rate of tobacco sales to underage youth at retailers nationwide has fallen from about 40 percent in 1997 to 9.1 percent in the last fiscal year, according to a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration report released Tuesday.

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    Starbucks to roll out snack bars, fruit packs

    Starbucks says it will start rolling out its own brand of snack bars and fruit pouches, marking yet another push into the packaged food category. The Evolution Harvest snacks will begin appearing in U.S. cafes next week, with plans to reach all major metropolitan markets by the end of September. The bars and Evolution Fresh bottled juices, which are already in about a third of the company’s U.S. cafes, are also being sold at Whole Foods supermarkets.

Life & Entertainment

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    Talk it out with friend about her past betrayal

    Years ago, after being sexually assaulted, this woman told her good friend what happened. The friend refused to believe her. Now, that friend is getting married. Should she go to the wedding?

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    Jazz pianist and composer Jason Moran is set to appear at the Chicago Jazz Festival on Saturday, Aug. 31.

    Best bets: Smooth grooves at Chicago Jazz Fest

    The 35th Chicago Jazz Festival features acts like Jason Moran, The Julie Wood Trio, The Robert Glasper Trio and more at Millennium Park's Pritzker Pavilion in Chicago. Suburban Chicago's Got Talent winner Gabriela Francesca performs American song standards at a special Grand Crab Buffet Dinner at Shaw's Crab House in Schaumburg. Catch Chicago native and comedian Jon Roy at Zanies at MB Financial Park in Rosemont this weekend.

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    Eric Bana plays Martin Rose, a lawyer ensnared in a legal case surrounding a horrible terror attack, in “Closed Circuit.”

    'Circuit' an intelligent, creepy, paranoia thriller

    In “Closed Circuit,” Eric Bana and Rebecca Hall play attorneys ensnared in the horrific bombing of a London food market, killing 120 people. He's been tapped to defend the lone terror suspect. She's the Special Advocate, an additional defense lawyer. A smart script by Steven Knight keeps the action humming along smoothly and concisely, and sometimes a bit illogically.

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    The most effective weapon in “Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Blacklist” is Sam Fisher, the grizzled black-ops agent who's been saving civilization since the series began in 2002.

    'Splinter Cell' saves the world, sneakily

    What does America need to fight terrorists? Pervasive surveillance, missile-firing drones, even torture — everything's open to debate. “Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Blacklist,” like most contemporary war games, has all of the above. But its most effective weapon is one guy: Sam Fisher, the grizzled black-ops agent who's been saving civilization since the series began in 2002.

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    Robin Thicke and Miley Cyrus perform “Blurred Lines” at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday.

    Why twerking is already over

    The day after the MTV Video Music Awards came with a few more people Googling the phrase: “What is twerking?” It’s been a popular search all summer, ever since Miley Cyrus, America’s former teen sweetheart, decided her pathway to chart-topping success involved doing freaky things with stuffed animals and gyrating her booty at high speeds. Newly anointed as an expert, Cyrus has been twerking her way up the charts with the song “We Can’t Stop,” the catchy groove that has been in Billboard’s top 10 for most of the summer. For those who are still unclear, twerking is a dance, it’s all about the movement of the rump.

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    Summer squash, lemon and turmeric combine for a bright hued and brightly flavored soup aptly called Happiness Soup.

    Finding happiness in a bowl of soup

    What's not to like about a soup called Happiness Soup. The soup, says M. Eileen Brown, is a great late summer-early fall recipe, especially if you have a garden filled with yellow squash. But it's the turmeric that breaks this recipe out of the ordinary. According to a recent article in Psychology Today, turmeric contains something called curcumin, a molecule with antidepressant effects.

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    Taylor Swift, center left, and Selena Gomez sat together at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday.

    Selena Gomez: Don’t ask what Swift said at VMAs

    Did Taylor Swift really utter an expletive to Selena Gomez when One Direction and former love interest Harry Styles took the stage for the MTV Video Music Awards? Don’t ask Selena Gomez.

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    Summer squash, lemon and turmeric combine for a bright hued and brightly flavored soup aptly called Happiness Soup.

    Happiness Soup
    Happiness Soup: Soupalooza

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    Letter about bedbugs still bothers readers

    A past letter about bedbugs still sticks in readers' minds.

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    Justin Timberlake, center, winner of the video vanguard award with, from left, JC Chasez, Lance Bass, Joey Fatone and Chris Kirkpatrick of ’N Sync at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday.

    Lance Bass says no ’N Sync reunion tour

    Don’t get your heart set on anything more than the 90-second ’N Sync reunion seen on the MTV Video Music Awards. The performance marked the first time the band played together in 11 years, and also the last time they’ll do it, at least for a while. “It would be lovely to do it, but we’ve got nothing planned,” Lance Bass said.

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    R&B singer-songwriter Robin Thicke released “Blurred Lines,” on Aug. 2. The title track and lead single, which features T.I. and Pharrell, is the longest-running No. 1 song on the Billboard Hot 100 chart so far this year.

    Robin Thicke just wants to have fun

    Robin Thicke is enjoying a pop culture moment with the upbeat Marvin Gaye-esque single “Blurred Lines,” but the song didn’t click with his record label when he previewed it last summer. “The record company didn’t get it. They didn’t even pay for the video. They didn’t want to support it at all. Remy Martin paid for the video,” said the 36-year-old crooner, who is a spokesperson for the liquor brand with his wife, actress Paula Patton. “And as soon as the record company saw the video, they said, ‘This is a smash.”’

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    Gabriela Francesca, the winner of Suburban Chicago’s Got Talent, performs at Shaw’s Crab House in Schaumburg on Friday, Aug. 30.

    Dining events: Talent winner sings at Shaw’s Grand Crab Buffet

    Las Vegas meets Shaw’s Crab House at a Grand Crab Buffet and Show. This year’s Suburban Chicago’s Got Talent winner Gabriela Francesca performs classic lounge songs from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, while patrons dine on dungeness, snow and Alaskan king crab, empress crab claws, beef tenderloin, oysters on the half shell, hand-rolled maki and more.

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    ‘Star Wars’ cinematographer Gilbert Taylor dies

    Gilbert Taylor was a master of black and white and a master of different universes. Taylor, the influential “Star Wars” cinematographer who worked on a number of stellar films, died Aug. 23 at the age of 99, according to the British Society of Cinematographers.

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    Oprah Winfrey, Jamie Foxx to join March on Washington events

    Oprah Winfrey, Jamie Foxx and Forest Whitaker are among the celebrities joining three presidents this week to mark the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. Soledad O’Brien and Hill Harper will host the “Let Freedom Ring” commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream speech on Wednesday. President Barack Obama and former presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter are also joining the tribute at the Lincoln Memorial.

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    The vault containing the “secret recipe” for Coca-Cola stands on display at the World of Coca-Cola museum, in Atlanta.

    Is Coke the same as it was 127 years ago? Maybe

    Coca-Cola keeps the recipe for its 127-year-old soda inside an imposing steel vault that’s bathed in red security lights. Several cameras monitor the area to make sure the fizzy formula stays a secret. But in one of the many signs that the surveillance is as much about theater as reality, the images that pop up on video screens are of smiling tourists waving at themselves.“It’s a little bit for show,” concedes a guard at the World of Coca-Cola museum in downtown Atlanta, where the vault is revealed at the end of an exhibit in a puff of smoke.The ability to push a quaint narrative about a product’s origins and fuel a sense of nostalgia can help drive billions of dollars in sales.

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    Orange is a friendly, high-octane color that gives you the energy kick you're longing for in home decor.

    Juice up your home decor with orange

    Orange you glad orange is back in style? Some of you are nodding your heads vigorously because this friendly, high-octane color gives you the energy kick you're longing for in home decor.

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    Granola wedges are a chewy, crunchy and gluten-free snack made with all whole foods.

    Granola Wedges
    1 cup gluten-free rolled oats, such as Bob’s Red Mill1 cup raw sunflower seeds (may substitute chopped raw nuts)1 cup brown rice cereal½ cup honey1 cup dried fruit, such as raisins, blueberries, chopped apricots or unsweetened cranberriesPinch kosher saltHeat the oven to 400 degrees. Have a large rimmed baking sheet at hand. Use cooking oil spray to grease a 9-inch round cake pan, then line the bottom with parchment paper.Combine the oats, seeds and cereal in a mixing bowl. Spread on the baking sheet. Toast for about 10 minutes, stirring once halfway through. The mixture should be fragrant. Cool.Heat the honey in a large saucepan over medium-high heat without stirring for 2-4 minutes, until bubbles form. Remove from the heat, then quickly stir in the oat mixture. Add the dried fruit and salt; stir to incorporate thoroughly.Use a spatula to spread the mixture in the cake pan. Press firmly to create an even layer. Cool for 30 minutes in the refrigerator, then dislodge and lift out the granola round; the parchment paper will help. Cut into wedges, discarding the paper.Serves eight to 12.Cook’s note: The wedges can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 10 days.Nutrition values per piece (based on 12): 180 calories, 7 g fat (1 g saturated), 30 g carbohydrates, 3 g dietary fiber, 12 g sugar, 4 g protein, 0 cholesterol, 35 mg sodium.Casey Seidenberg, Nourish School LLC, Washington, D.C.

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    Rapper Big Sean released his new album, “Hall of Fame,” on Tuesday.

    Big Sean finds spotlight by staying out of it

    Big Sean has discovered that in order to find the spotlight, sometimes you have to stay out of it. The rapper put Miley Cyrus front-and-center in his recent “Fire” music video, with his face seen just briefly in the background. Then he released “Control,” featuring an explosively competitive verse from Kendrick Lamar that overshadowed his own and has become the talk of hip-hop. Both are leading up to his second album, “Hall of Fame,” out Tuesday, that blends Sean’s signature wordplay with some unexpectedly serious introspection. S

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    “Strong Rain Falling” by Jon Land

    Caitlin Strong returns in 'Strong Rain Falling'

    In “Strong Rain Falling,” Jon Land seems to have dropped his heroine Caitlin Strong, the swaggering, trigger-happy female Texas Ranger, into the middle of a James Bond movie. The tense, suspenseful plot begins when gunmen attempt to assassinate the two teenage children of Cort Wesley Masters. As Cort and Caitlin try to find out why someone wants the boys dead, they uncover a diabolical plan to plunge the United States into the Dark Ages.

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    Movie producer Patty West, a Winnetka native, is making a movie about John Wayne Gacy based on the book, “Defending a Monster.”

    Suburban native to produce new John Wayne Gacy movie

    They haven’t yet cast the roles of serial killer John Wayne Gacy and his attorney, Sam Amirante, in the feature film being made about the two. Names like Philip Seymour Hoffman and Joe Pesci have been tossed around. The only thing definite right now is that a script is being written for the movie, and that the movie will be produced by Winnetka native Patty West. “There are so many people who could be amazing (in those roles),” West said.

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    A fruit vendor waits for customers at Suleiman Gohar market in Dokki district in Cairo, Egypt. Egypt’s recent turmoil has scared away tourists and†affected the livelihood of the†one in eight Egyptians who earn their living from tourism.

    Unrest delivers huge blow to Egypt tourism

    Heshmat Youssef used to make a decent living sailing foreign tourists down Egypt’s Nile River. Since political unrest flared, business has dried up faster than water in the desert. Riots and killings that spiked after the Aug. 14 crackdown against followers of ousted President Mohammed Morsi have delivered a severe blow to Egypt’s tourism industry, which until recently accounted for more than 11 percent of the country’s gross domestic product and nearly 20 percent of its foreign currency revenues.

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    Reheat whole-wheat pancakes in the toaster for a quick, kid-friendly breakfast.

    Breakfast for kids doesn’t have to be complicated

    It’s become a cliche, but it’s true: Breakfast matters. Research shows that children who eat a well-balanced morning meal do better academically, are better able to focus and are less likely to be obese.“Breakfast sets our kids up for success,” said Sam Kass, an assistant chef at the White House and executive director of Let’s Move!, the first lady’s campaign to end childhood obesity.

Discuss

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    Courtesy of the Illinois Department of Public Health. The deer tick (Ixodes scapularis) adult female, adult male, nymph and larva on a centimeter scale.

    Editorial: Heed warning signs of Lyme disease

    Last week’s warnings about Lyme disease being more prevalent than reported raise some disturbing red flags that should be taken seriously, a Daily Herald editorial says.

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    Lyrics for a new NSA theme song
    A Buffalo Grove letter to the editor: It sees you when you’re sleepingIt knows when you’re awake It knows if you’ve been bad or good So be good for goodness sake

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    U.S. is allowing religions full liberty
    A Hoffman Estates letter to the editor: Our secular Constitution and Bill of Rights guarantee the rights of all the people to enjoy the support and protection of the government in our quest for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness in these areas. We don’t need or desire political and religious coercion or interference.

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    No outrage over Jesse Jr. sentence?
    A Bloomingdale letter to the editor: Gov. Rod Blagojevich gets 14 years for talking about getting something for giving a seat in government to somebody.

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    Don’t surrender freedom for security
    An Elgin letter to the editor: The story titled “Audit: NSA broke law, repeatedly” in the Daily Herald, Aug. 16 did not surprise or shock me. It was merely a further confirmation of my disagreement with portions of the Patriot Act.

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    Tax-and-spend Kane Co. board members
    An Elburn letter to the editor: At the last Kane County Board meeting, members voted on funding for the Community Outreach Program established by Chairman Chris Lauzen. The board overwhelmingly voted to support this program, however when it came to funding, a small group did not want to pay for it with grant money but instead wanted to use your taxpayer dollars to fund this program.

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    Learn more about peace essay contest
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: A Wheaton high school student will be presented with a $1,000 first place award on today, Aug. 27, the 85th Anniversary of the Kellogg-Briand Pact. Her essay was picked among 129 submitted by people, young and old, from across the nation.

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