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    Police: ‘Suspicious person’ at Lisle park was officer

    The Lisle Police Department has determined that the man taking photos in Community Park last week was actually a police officer participating in a training course — and not, as one concerned citizen suggested in a mass email, a suspicious person endangering the safety of children present in the park.

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    Naperville police are seeking three people suspected of stealing loose diamonds Aug. 26 from a jewelry store near Route 59 and 95th Street. This photo is from surveillance footage.

    Naperville police searching for diamond thieves

    Naperville police are looking to identify three people seen on security footage leaving a jewelry store near Route 59 and 95th Street late last month with stolen loose diamonds. Three people entered the store, distracted the employee and left with an unspecified amount of loose diamonds, authorities said.

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    The mode of transportation around some Des Plaines neighborhoods last April 21 was by canoe. Here Vic Kamka, center, talks to neighbors about the flooding.

    Cook suburbs to get $13.9 million for flood recovery

    The U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Department announced this week that it is awarding $13.9 million to suburban Cook County to aid in the recovery from last springs devastating storms, strong winds and flooding. Des Plaines officials were uncertain Wednesday just how the community might benefit from the funding that was announced.

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    A rendering of East Dundee's police department and village hall renovations.

    E. Dundee OKs $2.25 million loan for renovations

    East Dundee trustees signed off on the terms of a $2.25 million loan for village hall and police department renovations Tuesday, after getting its terms in writing.

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    Shane Cloonan, 12, of Elgin uses a wood burner to make scales on a wood carving of a smallmouth bass during class at the Guge Institute of Wildlife Art in Gilberts. Shane took up wood carving only about eight months ago, but he's already has established himself as one of the nation's best in his age group.

    Elgin boy carving name for himself on national level

    Wood carving takes extraordinary patience, rigid discipline and remarkable diligence - traits not often associated with an active 12-year-old boy. Yet just seven months after taking up the craft, Elgin's Shane Cloonan already has estanlished himself as one of the best young carvers in the nation. “If you looked at (Shane's) carving, you'd be surprised that a kid made it. You'd think it was...

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    Bryce Laspisa

    Naperville native missing in California

    California police found a burned body Wednesday just a few miles from where a missing teen, originally from Naperville, was last located, according to officials. Around 5:30 a.m. Friday, California Highway Patrol officers responded to a 911 call reporting a vehicle accident in Castaic, an unincorporated community in northern Los Angeles County. The last driver of the vehicle was identified as...

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    Mixed-martial arts in Naperville? No way, council says

    Organizers of a mixed-martial arts fight originally scheduled for Oct. 19 in Naperville have thrown in the towel. American Predator Fighting Championship Mixed Martial Arts staffers said they will consolidate the fight scheduled for Naperville with an event Oct. 5 in McCook after city councilmen said they will consider banning MMA competitions citywide.

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    District 207 projecting $5 million surplus for 2014

    Maine Township High School District 207 is projecting a $5.5 million surplus at the end of the 2013-2014 academic year, officials said Tuesday.The District 207 school board Tuesday night approved a $141 million budget for expenditures for the school year, an increase of almost $3.2 million from the previous school year largely due to projects proposed under the 10-year Facility Master Plan.

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    Don Schlomann

    Not a full victory for St. Charles Dist. 303 parents on grade centers

    A Kane County judge has ruled in favor of a group of parents seeking to undo the conversion of Davis and Richmond schools into grade level centers. However, the judge's order doesn't go so far as to specifically say undo the conversion. Instead, the order will require St. Charles Unit District 303 to develop plans for failing groups of students to succeed. Whether or not that is possible in the...

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    In this image taken from video obtained from the Shaam News Network, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, smoke rises from buildings due to heavy clashes between Free Syrian army fighters and government forces in Daraya, a suburb of Damascus, Syria, Wednesday.

    U.S. spies missed signs of Aug. 21 Syrian WMD Strike

    U.S. intelligence agencies did not detect the Syrian regime readying a massive chemical weapons attack in the days ahead of the strike, only piecing together what had happened after the fact, U.S. officials say.

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    Mundelein senior citizen police academy:

    Mundelein’s next Senior Citizens Police Academy is scheduled to begin Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 11 a.m. at the Del Webb Community Center, 3555 Grand Dominion Circle, Mundelein.

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    Skokie police charge man shot in leg during altercation

    A 53-year-old former Mount Prospect resident faces multiple charges after being shot in the leg during an altercation Saturday with Skokie police. P. Alan Luche Corro, who lived in the 1000 block of Boxwood Drive, was charged Tuesday with two counts of felony aggravated assault, one count of unlawful use of a weapon, simple assault and attempted criminal trespass, according to Skokie police.

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    Trade food for library fines:

    Vernon Area Public Library patrons can erase fines for overdue materials by donating canned goods this month. Patrons will receive a $1 credit toward fines for each item donated.

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    Household chemical collection:

    The Solid Wast Agency of Lake County hosts a household chemical waste collection Saturday, Sept. 14, at its office, 1311 N. Estes St., Gurnee.

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    This rendering by Excel Engineering shows a proposed six-story building that the Housing Authority of Elgin wants to build at 132 S. State St. After getting feedback about the initial design, the building’s color scheme has been toned down.

    Elgin housing project not to everyone’s liking

    Plans for new affordable housing for seniors in Elgin were modified after residents voiced their opposition, but some are still not appeased. The nearly $25 million project by the Housing Authority of Elgin consists of rehabbing Central Park Tower, an 11-story, 150-unit building at 120 S. State St., and building a six-story building next door at 132 S. State St., where HAE owns a vacant building...

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    Since it is illegal for him to perform his adjustments on animals in Illinois, chiropractor Daniel Kamen of Buffalo Grove uses this stuffed dog to show the thumb pressure he uses to improve a dog’s bladder control.

    Chess master’s greatest skill isn’t legal here

    A twist of fate and a wrong number gave Daniel Kamen his wife and his career. So even if what he's good at isn't legal in Illinois, the Buffalo Grove's man's fertile mind stirs up plenty to keep him busy.

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    Fox Valley Presbyterian Church of Geneva is expanding to add classrooms and other facilities.

    Geneva’s Fox Valley Presbyterian working on expansion

    Fox Valley Presbyterian Church of Geneva is expanding, adding space for more classrooms, meeting rooms and a commercial-grade kitchen.

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    Senate Foreign Relations Committee members Sen. John McCain, right, and Sen. Rand Paul speak Wednesday during the committee’s hearing to consider authorization for use of military force in Syria.

    Obama wins Senate panel’s backing on Syria strike

    President Barack Obama’s request for speedy congressional backing of a military strike in Syria advanced Wednesday toward a showdown Senate vote, hours after the commander in chief left open the possibility he would order retaliation for a deadly chemical weapons attack even if Congress withheld its approval.

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    Kane County sees high interest in Metra appointment

    More than 20 Kane County residents applied to be the local representative to the Metra and RTA boards (20-plus for each). But with an official request by the RTA to have a Kane County appointee as soon as possible, a panel reviewing the applications has only one day to come up with a list of finalists to be brought in for interviews. County board member Deb Allan is a new member of the panel. She...

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    Possible plea in fatal crash:

    Attorneys said a plea deal may be near for a man accused of drag racing that eventually led to the death of a 16-year-old Antioch girl.

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    Fox Valley police reports
    Kaitlyn A. Degrenier, 24, of Barrington, was charged Tuesday with burglary, aggravated battery to a peace officer, retail theft and obstructing identification, according to court records. Degrenier took $300 in merchandise from a big box store in the 1100 block of South Randall Road, and then struck a store security guard.

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    Workers rallied Wednesday in front of the Hart Schaffner & Marx factory in Des Plaines to protest the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement they say would impact textile and apparel manufacturing jobs.

    Suburban workers rally against trade agreement

    Union leaders and employees at a Des Plaines clothing factory pledged Wednesday to fight a free-trade agreement they say will eliminate jobs and hurt American workers. The agreement, called the Trans-Pacific Partnership, will open U.S. manufacturers to unfair competition from foreign countries, according to the dozens who rallied Wednesday outside the Hart Schaffner & Marx factory on Touhy Avenue.

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    Police: iPads, iPods taken from Lake Zurich school

    Lake Zurich police say they are investigating a burglary at Seth Paine Elementary School that resulted in the loss of Apple iPods and iPads.

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    Christopher Garcia Jr.

    Aurora man, 25, guilty of threatening judge

    A 25-year-old Aurora man will be sentenced Oct. 31 after being found guilty of threatening a Kane County judge. A jury convicted Christopher Garcia Jr. of the May 7 offense and he faces anywhere from probation to five years in prison.

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    Elizabeth Bako

    Lake County judge warns all sides to keep child out of felony theft case

    A Grayslake woman and members of the Frederick School PTO were admonished by a Lake County judge Wednesday for using an 11-year-old girl as a pawn in a felony theft case. Elizabeth S. Bako, 42, is accused of stealing more than $10,000 from the group between April 2011 and May 31, 2012.

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    Devin Meadows, a 15-year-old sophomore and football player at Metea Valley High School in Aurora, was killed last October when the vehicle he was riding in crashed into an attached garage on the 2700 block of Hamman Way in Aurora.

    Aurora teen gets probation for crash that killed friend

    A 16-year-old Aurora boy was sentenced to probation but has a prison term hanging over his head after pleading guilty Wednesday to charges stemming from a crash that killed one of his friends. The October crash, which killed 15-year-old Devin Meadows, occurred when the defendant crashed after trying to get his parents’ car to register 100 mph or more on a digital traffic sign. “This case is a...

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    The Kane County Judicial Center in St. Charles, along with two branch courts, were closed down Wednesday morning after officials received bomb threats directed at the locations.

    Kane County court locations re-opened after bomb threats

    Two St. Charles courthouse locations — the Kane County Judicial Center and Kane Branch Court on Randall Road — were reopened shortly after 11:30 a.m. Wednesday after a “series of bomb threats” prompted authorities to evacuate them and a branch court in Elgin, officials said. Kane County Sheriff Department Lt. Pat Gengler said the three locations were evacuated after at least two bomb threats were...

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    Gerald Dietz

    Round Lake lawyer announces run for 62nd House

    Round Lake attorney Gerald Dietz has announced he'll be in the Republican primary for a state representative seat in March. Dietz, 44, will be running the the 62nd House District currently represented by Democrat Sam Yingling.

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    District 103 teachers contract includes performance bonuses

    Lincolnshire-Prairie View Elementary District 103 teachers will be financially rewarded for excellent work under a new three-year contract. The deal awards all educators 2.4 percent annual salary increases and performance bonuses are possible.

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    POOL/Sun-Times Media, Thomas Delany Jr. James Ealy, of Lake Villa, during his murder trial in May.

    Judge: Past convictions allowed in Burger King murder sentencing

    Lake County prosecutors will be allowed to introduce James Ealy's past murder conviction when he is sentenced next month for the murder of his former boss at a Lindenhurst Burger King. Ealy, 49, of Lake Villa, was convicted in May.

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    Jan Schakowsky

    Schakowsky: ‘Shadow of Iraq’ slowing Congress on Syria

    U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky said the spectre of Iraq is lingering over her congressional colleagues' hesitancy to back party leaders' call for military force in Syria despite evidence that the government used chemical weapons against its own people. Schakowsky, an Evanston Democrat who is one of two Illinois representatives on the 21-member House Intelligence Committee, said the body meets Monday to...

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    The DuPage Children’s Museum has committed to clean up landscaping that had gone to weeds this summer. Cleanup began Tuesday while the museum is closed until Wednesday, Sept. 11 for its annual maintenance period.

    DuPage Children’s Museum sprucing up landscaping

    DuPage Children’s Museum in Naperville will be getting cleaned up in more ways than one before it reopens Wednesday, Sept. 11. Interior cleaning usually is the focus of the museum’s annual maintenance period, but work this year also will include landscaping to quell concerns of neighbors who noticed unkempt weeds. “The state of the museum has deteriorated to the point where the entire museum —...

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    The wine is fine
    Seventeen wines will be sold by the glass at Geneva's Festival of the Vine.

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    Sample a variety of wines by the glass at Geneva’s Festival of the Vine.

    Food, wine and music will flow at Festival of the Vine

    Get ready to indulge. This weekend marks the 32nd year for Festival of the Vine, Geneva’s annual celebration of art, entertainment, food and wine. The festival runs 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 6 and 7; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8.

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    Dennis Reboletti

    Reboletti to seek Dillard’s Illinois Senate seat

    State Rep. Dennis Reboletti announced Wednesday that he is running for the seat that will be vacated by state Sen. Kirk Dillard, who is instead running for governor. “With Senator Dillard leaving, it leaves a large void in the representation for the people of DuPage County. I believe that I will be the right person to fill that void,” the Elmhurst Republican said.

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    Wauconda Police Chief Patrick Yost

    Wauconda trustees say they’ll support new police chief

    Wauconda village board members on Wednesday said they’ll back Patrick Yost as the town’s interim police chief, even though they weren’t asked to vote on his appointment. “Pat Yost is our chief and I will support him and do whatever I can to make him the best chief that the village of Wauconda can have,” Trustee Chuck Black told the Daily Herald.

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    Wheeling officials: Proposed stormwater fee could help fight flooding

    Without enough money to maintain infrastructure designed to reduce flooding, Wheeling officials may impose a stormwater fee on residents to help pay for upkeep and improvements.

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    Cadet Timothy Sticker from Rolling Meadows High School guides a SeaPerch vehicle through its paces. He was most impressed with how the team was conducting tests constantly and coming up with ideas that could be used to improve their vehicle.

    Dist. 214 naval reserve officer training students take on Lake Michigan research

    Students from Northwest Suburban High School District 214 who are part of the Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps will be using underwater remotely operated vehicles known as SeaPerch to study Lake Michigan. “Our cadets are taking the STEM concept one step further,” said Instructor Jeff Morse. “Not only are they designing a vehicle to operate in open water, off a naval vessel, and in...

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    A study participant plays NeuroRacer in San Francisco. A preliminary study released Wednesday suggests the game may help people in their 60s and older boost mental abilities like handling multiple tasks at once.

    Video game boosts mental abilities in older folks

    It probably won’t become as popular as “Grand Theft Auto,” but a specialized video game may help older people boost mental skills like handling multiple tasks at once. In a preliminary study, healthy volunteers ages 60 to 85 showed gains in their ability to multitask, to stay focused on a boring activity and to keep information in mind.

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    Andrew P. Quinn

    Willowbrook-area man gets jail, probation for having child porn

    A DuPage County man has been sentenced to 180 days in jail and four years of probation for aggravated child pornography possession, authorities said Wednesday. Andrew Quinn, 34, of the 17W300 block of Birnam Trail near Willowbrook, also must register as a sex offender, according to court records.

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    This citizen journalism image provided by Aleppo Media Center AMC which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows damaged residential buildings Tuesday due to clashes between Free Syrian army fighters and government forces in Aleppo, Syria.

    French PM: Assad could strike again if no one acts

    France’s Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault made a passionate appeal Wednesday for intervention in Syria, placing the blame for a chemical attack on Syrian President Bashar Assad and warning that inaction would let him carry out more atrocities.

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    Rene Garibay

    Dart: Beating victim spots 2012 attacker; 2 charged

    Two Niles men were arrested in connection with a 2012 beating in Maine Township after the victim recently spotted one of the men and identified him to police as the attacker. In July of this year, the victim contacted police and told them he had spotted one of his attackers driving in Niles. Ahmad was arrested on July 31, Dart said. During the course of the investigation, sheriff’s...

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    This is the Mount Prospect’s newest fire station, which opened in 2010 at 2000 E. Kensington Road, replacing a building nearby that was inadequate for the department’s needs.

    Mount Prospect trustees honor fire department

    As Mount Prospect approaches the 100th anniversary of its fire service on Sept. 29, trustees Tuesday honored firefighters with a proclamation. The fire service predates the village’s incorporation in 1917 by a few years.

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    The Wheeling Village Board honored Peter and Tania Alt and their daughter, Emma, this week.

    Wheeling honors 10-year-old girl with muscular dystrophy

    The Wheeling Village Board honored Emma Alt, a 10-year-old with congential muscular dystrophy and her parents this week. Trustee Kenneth R. Brady presented Tania and Peter Alt with a check for $5,352 from a recent pancake breakfast hosted by the Knights of Columbus.

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    Dundee Rotary Club holding raffle to support the community

    The Dundee Township Rotary Club is sponsoring a special “Thanks Giving Back” raffle to support community efforts and local high school scholarships. Members will be selling the $20 tickets this Saturday and Sunday at the Walgreens in West Dundee, routes 31 and 72.

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    The Harm Weber Building at Judson University in Elgin will be featured on Saturday’s house tour.

    House tour showcases Elgin’s history, beauty

    If you've ever driven past the ornate Victorian at 972 Highland Ave. in Elgin and wondered what it looked like inside, now's your chance. The 18-room Wing Mansion will be featured, along with five other homes and one historic building, on the 32nd annual Historic Elgin House Tour.

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    Wingwalker Tony Kazian of Dave Dacy Airshows during last year’s Waukegan Air Show.

    Wings Over Waukegan air show hits the runway Sept. 7

    The annual Wings Over Waukegan air show will invade the lake shore Saturday, Sept. 7, at noon at the Waukegan Airport. Gates will open at 9:30 a.m.

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    Put kids in ‘spiritual clothing’ as they head to school

    Filling our children with love and affection, and helping them display the same, is important as we send them back to school, says columnist Annettee Budzban.

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    Foreign Relations Committee member Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., talks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, as he walks to a closed-door committee meeting on the authorization of the use of force in Syria.

    McCain opposes Senate resolution on Syria

    Sen. John McCain says he doesn’t support the latest Senate resolution to authorize military force against Syria. McCain is an outspoken advocate of intervention against Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime and wants more than cruise missile strikes and other limited action.

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    Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, speaks to John Daniszewski, the Associated Press’s Senior Managing Editor for International News, during an AP interview at Putin’s Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013. Putin sought to downplay the current chill in the U.S.-Russian relations and said that the two countries need to cooperate on a range of issues in the interests of global stability.

    10 interesting things Russia’s Putin told the AP

    In an interview with The Associated Press and Russia’s state Channel 1 television, President Vladimir Putin discussed a wide range of issues, including disputes over the Syrian civil war, his relations with President Barack Obama, National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden and the rights of gays in Russia. Here are 10 interesting things he said in the interview late Tuesday.

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    President Barack Obama is reassuring Europeans that the U.S. is not snooping through their emails or eavesdropping on their telephone calls.

    Obama reassures Europeans over U.S. surveillance

    President Barack Obama is reassuring Europeans that the U.S. is not snooping through their emails or eavesdropping on their telephone calls. Obama says U.S. surveillance programs that became public knowledge after a government contractor leaked details about them are meant to help improve America’s understanding of what’s happening around the world.

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    Hoffman Estates native Justin Sher, third from left, and his fellow Marines stand in front of a wooden structure (or SWA Hut) they built outside Haditha, Iraq. The care packages from the Palatine-based Yellow Ribbon Support Group kept the group going in the remote areas of their missions.

    Founders to shut down Palatine’s Yellow Ribbon Support Group

    It’s mission accomplished for Pat and Mac McCoy. The Palatine couple recently decided that after assembling more than 28,000 care packages for overseas troops, the time has come to shut down the Yellow Ribbon Support Group. “We’re very proud of what we’ve done,” Pat McCoy said. “But it’s time.”

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    A child is passed along a human chain of people after being pulled from the rubble of the Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Okla., after a tornado roared through the Oklahoma City suburbs in May. Oklahoma was among the 28 states and the District of Columbia faulted by Save the Children for failing to require the emergency safety plans for schools and child care providers that were recommended in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

    Study: Most states lack disaster plans for kids

    Eight years after Hurricane Katrina, most states — including Illinois — still don’t require four basic safety plans to protect children in school and child care from disasters, aid group Save the Children said in a report released Wednesday.

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    A Texas judge is pushing Lance Armstrong closer to his first sworn testimony on details of his performance-enhancing drug use, ordering the cyclist to answer questions about who knew what and when about his doping, including possibly his ex-wife and his attorneys. Nebraska-based Acceptance Insurance Holding is seeking the information in its lawsuit to recover $3 million in bonuses it paid Armstrong from 1999 to 2001.

    Judge orders Armstrong to answer doping questions

    A Texas judge is pushing Lance Armstrong closer to his first sworn testimony on details of his performance-enhancing drug use, ordering the cyclist to answer questions about who knew what and when about his doping, including possibly his ex-wife and his attorneys. Nebraska-based Acceptance Insurance Holding is seeking the information in its lawsuit to recover $3 million in bonuses it paid...

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    Medical marijuana businesses worried that federal agents will close them down now have a road map to avoid prosecution, courtesy of the Justice Department’s decision to allow legal pot in Colorado and Washington state.

    Medical pot looks to ‘color inside the lines’

    Medical marijuana businesses worried that federal agents will close them down now have a road map to avoid prosecution, courtesy of the Justice Department’s decision to allow legal pot in Colorado and Washington state. “The DOJ is saying you guys need to color inside the lines,” said Teri Robnett, founder of the Cannabis Patients Action Network. “If you color inside the lines, we’ll let you keep...

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    President Barack Obama speaks during his news conference with the Swedish prime minister at the chancellery Rosenbad in Stockholm, Sweden, Wednesday Sept. 4, 2013. Obama is seeking to use a 24-hour visit to this Swedish capital to show a softer side of American diplomacy even as the world’s gaze remains fixed anxiously on Syria.

    In Sweden, Obama to showcase common global goals

    President Barack Obama is seeking to use a 24-hour visit to this Swedish capital to show a softer side of American diplomacy even as the world’s gaze remains fixed anxiously on Syria. He intends to focus in the Nordic nation on climate change, trade and technology in a marked departure from the thorny, pressing matters he’s facing back home on national security and the economy. He also plans to...

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    Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks Tuesday during an interview with John Daniszewski, the Associated Press’s Senior Managing Editor for International News, during an AP interview at Putin’s Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow. Putin sought to downplay the current chill in the U.S.-Russian relations and said that the two countries need to cooperate on a range of issues in the interests of global stability.

    Russia President Putin warns West on Syria action

    President Vladimir Putin warned the West against taking one-sided action in Syria but also said Russia “doesn’t exclude” supporting a U.N. resolution on punitive military strikes if it is proved that Damascus used poison gas on its own people. The interview Tuesday night at Putin’s country residence outside the Russian capital was the only one he granted prior to the summit of G-20 nations in St.

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    In this citizen journalism image provided by The Syrian Revolution against Bashar Assad which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, a Syrian military tank burns Wednesday during clashes with Free Syrian army fighters in Joubar a suburb of Damascus, Syria.

    Jihadis from Caucasus form own group in Syria

    A foreign fighter in Syria says jihadis from the Caucasus have formed an independent fighting force. In a video posted online Wednesday by the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a man wearing a camouflage uniform is seen standing among other fighters, who he says have come to Syria from the Caucasus and Russia to wage jihad.

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    Pope Francis waves to faithful Wednesday as he arrives for his weekly general audience in St. Peter’s square at the Vatican.

    Vatican ramps up opposition to Syria strikes

    The Vatican is ramping up its opposition to threatened military strikes against Syria as it draws attention to Pope Francis’ plans to host a day of fasting and prayer for peace this weekend.

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    President Barack Obama, left, meets Wednesday with Sweden’s Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt at Rosenbad, the seat of the Swedish government in Stockholm, Sweden. President Barack Obama is opening a three-day overseas trip with a stop in Stockholm, ahead of the G-20 Summit in St. Petersburg, Russia.

    5 myths about Sweden, as Obama visits

    Yes, Swedes eat a lot of meatballs and equip their homes with IKEA furniture. Many drive Volvos and listen to ABBA. But there are some cliches about the Swedes that are simply wrong. Here are five of the most common myths about the Nordic country, where President Barack Obama made a stopover Wednesday on his way to a global summit in Russia.

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    Health officials: Avoid rabies by avoiding bats

    OAK FOREST — Bats are active this time of year, increasing the possibility of human exposure to the rabies virus.People can get rabies from the bite of an infected animal. It can be fatal if left untreated. That’s why Cook County health officials are reminding residents to avoid bats.

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    Suspect in killing of grandmother pleads guilty

    BELLEVILLE, Ill. — A suspect in the carjacking and killing of an 85-year-old grandmother has pleaded guilty to first-degree murder charges.The Belleville News-Democrat reports under an agreement with St. Clair County prosecutors, DaQuan Barnes will receive a 60-year prison sentence instead of natural life in prison. He will be sentenced Oct. 30.

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    Man gets life for killing father, son in La Crosse

    LA CROSSE, Wis. — A Minnesota man was sentenced to life in prison without release Tuesday for the shooting deaths of a western Wisconsin photography store owner and his teenage son last fall. Jeffrey Lepsch, of Dakota, Minn., did not make a statement during the sentencing in La Crosse County Tuesday, according to the La Crosse Tribune.

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    Wisconsin State Patrol tackles texting while driving

    MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin State Patrol is visiting high schools around the state to talk to teens and the dangers of texting and driving.Assemblies are scheduled for Sept. 19 at La Crosse Logan High School and Waukesha South High School, with events being planned throughout the school year in others.

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    Kramer, Knudson vie for Wisconsin Assembly majority leader post

    MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin Assembly Republicans are scheduled to vote on a new majority leader to replace Scott Suder, who left office on Tuesday to take a job with Gov. Scott Walker’s administration.The majority leader position is second in power only to the speaker. The job involves scheduling bills and directing action during debate.

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    Chicago judge to head national association

    A U.S. judge based in Chicago is the new president of the Federal Magistrate Judges Association.Sidney I. Schenkier recently began his term and will serve for one year.The 600-plus member organization seeks to promote an independent judiciary and a better understanding of magistrate judges’ role in the judicial system.

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    EPA says Illinois sand company violated clean air law

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it’s reached a settlement with a northern Illinois sand manufacturer over alleged air pollution violations.The agency said Tuesday that HA International will install equipment to reduce hazardous chemicals and sand emitted at its Oregon facility in Ogle County. Oregon is about 100 miles west of Chicago.

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    Gestures from jail inmates prompt window covering

    MUNCIE, Ind. — A large jail in central Indiana now has a frosted film over its cell windows after years of troubles with inmates gesturing to people outside.Delaware County Sheriff Mike Scroggins says the film placed over the windows last week allows daylight into the cells, but prevents inmates from seeing out.

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    Wisconsin launches latest season of Fall Color Report

    MADISON, Wis. — Autumn is just around the corner, and with it comes another launch of Wisconsin’s Fall Color Report.The report has been posted at TravelWisconsin.com. Visitors can click on an interactive map to find out where foliage has started to change color and how far along the change is.

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    Basketball helps keep Rockford kids from crime

    ROCKFORD — Gerry Ford has to love kids because he surrounds himself with them all the time.Ford runs the out-of-school suspension program for Northwest Community Center during the school year and its youth summer camps.On many summer weekends, Ford is traveling with even more kids, coaching an age 15-and-under AAU basketball team.

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    Madison man charged in meat cleaver attack
    Man charged in attack with meat cleaverFITCHBURG, Wis. — A Madison man accused of swinging a meat cleaver at a father who told him to stop trying to kiss his young daughter is facing felony charges.

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    Health groups try to raise awareness of ‘smurfing’

    EVANSVILLE, Ind. — The Indiana attorney general’s office and several industry groups are launching a statewide campaign to raise public awareness of criminals who purchase cold and allergy medicines containing pseudoephedrine to sell to methamphetamine cooks.The practice is called “smurfing.”

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    Northwest Indiana county seeks to ease jail overcrowding

    VALPARAISO, Ind. — The Porter County Commissioners are supporting spending $148,000 to help ease jail overcrowding by hiring one full-time and two part-time people.

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    Minneapolis mayor promotes gay marriage in ad campaign

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The mayor of Minneapolis is hitting the road to promote the state’s new gay marriage law. Mayor R.T. Rybak is hoping to generate tourism revenue by inviting same-sex couples from other states to wed in Minneapolis. Rybak travels to Chicago this week to launch an ad campaign. He also plans visits to Madison and Milwaukee, Wis., and Denver, Colo.

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    Grant will pay to store Lincoln document images

    SPRINGFIELD — The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is getting a grant to help pay for the storage of tens of thousands of images of documents related to the 16th president. Officials announced Tuesday that Amazon Web Services awarded the Papers of Abraham Lincoln $24,000 worth of storage services.

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    Rockford sculpture getting new coat of paint

    ROCKFORD — A massive Rockford sculpture is getting cleaned up — and its first fresh coat of paint in more than a decade.The 30-ton abstract piece is called the Symbol and has become a landmark in Rockford’s Sinnissippi Park. It was built in 1978 by Alexander Liberman.WREX-TV reports the orange piece will be repainted a bright, vibrant red.

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    Whole Foods plans store in Chicago’s Englewood

    A tony, high-end grocery store chain will open an 18,000-square-foot location in one of Chicago’s most impoverished neighborhoods. Whole Foods Market is set to announce Wednesday that it plans to open in the Englewood neighborhood on the city’s South Side.

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    Wisconsin guard members search for baby’s body

    RACINE, Wis. — A group of Wisconsin National Guard members are helping search a northern Illinois landfill for the body of a 5-month-old baby.

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    Judge accepts no contest plea from gang enforcer

    INDIANAPOLIS — A federal judge is accepting a no contest plea from an alleged enforcer for a drug-dealing motorcycle gang to one of the toughest charges against him.The judge in Indianapolis issued a ruling Tuesday saying that acceptance of the unusual plea from Joshua Bowser will avoid an expensive and time-consuming trial.

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    Central Indiana high school cleaning after skin infections

    CARMEL, Ind. — Officials at one of Indiana’s largest high schools say sports locker rooms have been cleaned after two students were found to have the staph infection MRSA.

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    This lovely hole forced officials to close lanes of Route 12 at the Route 59 intersection in Fox Lake yesterday afternoon.

    Dawn Patrol: Stabbing death, attempted murder in 2 Aurora cases

    Woman questioned in Aurora man's death. Aurora man charged with slashing roommate. Glen Ellyn looks at hotel regulations. Arlington Heights district tweaks lunch menu. Plans on tap to drain hidden lake near Antioch. Odd Fellows renovating Carpentersville lodge.

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    Prospect High School student Apurva Belsare, 16, was recognized over the summer for his research project on early detection of breast cancer.

    Prospect teen wins recognition for cancer research

    Apurva Belsare, 16, of Mount Prospect was one of 35 teens to be named a winner for excellence in research after he completed the six-week STARS program last summer for aspiring science researchers. “I thought research would be pretty individualized, but it turned out to be a team effort,” says Belsare.

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    Virginia Smith, a piano teacher from Elgin, recently started “Safe Roads are Totally Cool!” and enlists children’s help to raise awareness about distracted and impaired driving.

    Elgin woman enlists kids’ help for driving awareness

    An Elgin piano teacher, drawing from personal experience, has made it her mission to spread the message that impaired and distracted driving are serious problems. Virginia Smith launched “Project Safe Roads are Totally Cool!” which consists of having children draw and fill in blanks in the sentence “Please don’t ___ and drive because I want safe roads for ___ .”

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    Lake Zurich village board members have approved spending nearly $116,000 to tear down five buildings as part of an effort to assist in downtown redevelopment including these buildings along West Main Street.

    Lake Zurich trustees approve demolition of five buildings

    Lake Zurich village board members have approved spending nearly $116,000 to tear down five buildings as part of an effort to prod downtown redevelopment. Trustees voted 4-0 at a meeting Tuesday evening in favor of a $115,800 demolition contract with Langos Corp. of Barrington Hills. Langos was the lowest of eight bidders for the job, with Berger Excavating leading the pack at $214,800.

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    St. Charles aldermen approve 20-year plan for city

    St. Charles officials, with some dissention, approved a new long-term vision for development in the city Tuesday night. They also moved to bring the city into compliance with the state's new concealed carry law.

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    Randy Hultgren

    Local congressional leaders struggling with Syria

    Suburban members of Congress have as varied opinions on Syria as many Americans do. Local congressional leaders are not necessarily following party lines, either. “He will carefully weigh all of the options," said the spokesman for Rep. Randy Hultgren of Winfield. “He believes any action should be a limited and targeted response," Rep. Bill Foster of Naperville said.

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    Barrington to discuss allowing video gambling

    Barrington officials Tuesday set the stage for a month of public input and discussion on whether to reconsider allowing video gambling in the village. Some local bars, including McGonigal’s Pub and The Blue Heron Cafe & Lounge, have asked for the reconsideration of Barrington’s current ban so as not to lose business to nearby communities that do allow video gambling.

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    Bartlett trustees discuss growing number of video gambling bars

    While meeting as the committee of the whole Tuesday, the Bartlett village board heard proposals for two new video gaming bars that would serve light food, beer and wine. Elsie’s Place would be located at 225 S. Main St. in a former deli unit in Bartlett Town Center. Maxine’s would open at 801 S. Route 59 in a portion of a former Blockbuster store in the Brewster Creek Shopping Center. There was...

Sports

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    Cubs catcher Dioner Navarro, left, and relief pitcher Kevin Gregg celebrate the Cubs’ 9-7 win over the Miami Marlins in a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, in Chicago.

    Sveum believes call-up rule needs tweaking

    With major-league baseball rosters expanding well past 25 players, managers have a seemingly endless supply of relief pitchers. This can create unfair situations late in games, and some have suggested designating a certain amount of players who can take part in any one game.

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    While new head coach Marc Trestman has a history of developing high-octane passing attacks and raising the game of the quarterbacks who play for him, the Bears have a much different history when it comes to offense.

    History not on Bears’ side with passing game

    The buzz around the Bears having a modern passing offense sounds a lot like the buzz around the Cubs building toward a World Series championsip. Nothing against Marc Trestman and Theo Epstein, but only seeing will be believing on these subjects, Mike Imrem writes. Each is a work in progress, more than six decades old now for the Bears and more than a century old for the Cubs.

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    While Bears head coach Marc Trestman expects a big season from quarterback Jay Cutler, Bob LeGere says four other veterans also must have good years for the team to make the playoffs: Brandon Marshall, Julius Peppers, Charles Tillman and Lance Briggs.

    For Bears, success starts with 5 key players

    Team game or not, the Bears' success this year, and that of new head coach Marc Trestman, depends heavily on five key players -- two veterans on offense and three "old-timers" on defense. Our Bears beat writer, Bob LeGere, explains his choices.

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    Our NFL experts offer their predictions

    We asked our NFL experts to share their predictions on the season, and their comments on the Bears and the ir pick to win Super Bowl XLVIII in New York.

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    Chicago Bears roster
    Chicago Bears roster:

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    Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford has thrown for over 10,000 yards over the last two seasons, but he ended last season with an eight-game losing streak

    Lions have a lot to prove this season

    DETROIT — The Detroit Lions are leaning on their defensive line to help the franchise bounce back from a poor season that made its recent playoff appearance look like it might’ve been a fluke.Defensive tackles Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley should be crashing pockets. And the new defensive ends, first-round pick Ezekiel “Ziggy” Ansah, Jason Jones and former Chicago Bear Israel Idonije, seem set up to have success.The Lions, though, will need more than a dominant defensive line to make this season more than 2011 — when they snapped an 11-year playoff drought — and less like last year’s 4-12 flop that finished with an eight-game skid. Here are five things to know about Detroit’s season:Stafford’s success: Detroit drafted Matthew Stafford No. 1 overall in 2009, counting on him ending the franchise’s decades-long search for a star quarterback. After overcoming an injury-riddled start of his career, he threw for more than 10,000 yards the last two seasons with 61 touchdowns and 33 interceptions. Stafford was rewarded with a three-year extension in July, putting him under contract for $76.6 million over the next five seasons.To reward the investment, he has to help the Lions beat good teams. Stafford is 1-22 against teams who finished that same season with a winning record in the same season, giving him a .043 winning percentage that is better than only Randy Johnson’s rate of success among QBs who have made 20-plus starts, according to STATS. Stafford insists he’s not concerned with such statistics. “It’s something different every time,” he said. “You don’t traditionally lose games for the same reasons over and over again.”Safety first: The Lions will be dramatically better on defense if safety Louis Delmas can stay healthy for a change and teams with safety Glover Quin to patrol the secondary. Delmas is a hard-hitting, emotionally charged player who lifts the spirits of all those around him. Delmas, though, played in just eight games last season, 11 the year before because of knee injuries. Quin has been everything the Lions hoped he would be, showing why he started 60 games the last four years for the Houston Texans. “We need to get Lou and Glover on the field and create that kind of camaraderie and synergy between those two guys because there’s a lot of unspoken communication between those two safeties,” Schwartz said.New-look O-line: Detroit’s offensive line has just two returning starters, center Dominic Raiola and Rob Sims. Riley Reiff, a first-round pick, will replace retired left tackle Jeff Backus. Jason Fox seems to have beaten out Corey Hilliard for the job at right tackle while t Third-round pick Larry Warford is listed behind Dylan Gandy at right guard. “We have a lot of different options and a lot of guys that can potentially get the job done,” Schwartz said.Megatron returns:Calvin Johnson broke one of Jerry Rice’s single-season records last year with 1,964 yards receiving and also led the league in yards receiving in 2011. “I didn’t understand what a freak of nature he is until I got here and saw some of the stuff that he does,” first-year Lions running back Reggie Bush said. “That’s why they call him Megatron. It’s going to be fun to play with him this year. For a running back like me, it’s a dream come true. I love having a guy like that on the outside. I definitely feel like we’re going to complement each other. I’m going to make his life a lot easier. And he’s going to make my life a lot easier.” As much as Bush can help Johnson by turning short passes into big games, the Lions need Nate Burleson and Ryan Broyles to have success after having season-ending injuries last year.Schwartz’s seat:

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    Boomers can’t hold leads, lose to slammers 9-4

    The West Division champion Schaumburg Boomers could not hold a pair of leads in a 9-4 defeat at the hands of the host Joliet Slammers.A big reason for that was the fact that Joliet’s Niko Vasquez hit for the cycle.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    White Sox pitcher Erik Johnson wipes his face during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, at Yankee Stadium in New York.

    Trio of young guns debut for White Sox
    Three White Sox newcomers, starting pitcher Erik Johnson, third baseman Marcus Semien and reliever Daniel Webb, made their major-league debuts Wednesday night in a 6-5 loss to the Yankees.

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    Prospect prepares for double duty

    This Saturday will be a unique day for one of the state’s elite girls golf teams. Prospect coach Jim Hamann will split his roster and send players to two different invites - one in the south suburbs and one in the north. Each season the Knights play in the Waukegan and Homewood-Flossmoor Invites. But this year, under unusual circumstances on the calendar, they happen to fall on the same day.

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    Football Focus: Week 2 Preview
    In this preview video for Week 2 of Football Focus, host Joe Aguilar visits Mundelein High School, who after back-to-back 0-9 seasons secured a win over Wheeling in Week One.

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    Carmel remains unbeaten

    Carmel Catholic’s girls golf team picked up two more wins Wednesday to remain undefeated. Sophomores Kayla Ryan and Alexa Amato shot 44 and 45, respectively, as the Corsairs opened East Suburban Catholic Conference play by carding a 186 against Benet Academy (191) and St. Viator (200) at River Bend Golf Course in Lisle.

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    White Sox pitcher Erik Johnson delivers the ball to the New York Yankees during Wednesday night’s game in New York. It was Johnson’s first major-league outing, which the Sox lost 6-5.

    Yankees beat White Sox 6-5, sweep series

    Struggling ace CC Sabathia pitched effectively into the eighth inning before Mariano Rivera earned his first four-out save in more than two years, helping the New York Yankees hold off the Chicago White Sox 6-5 on Wednesday night for a three-game sweep.

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    West Aurora growing up fast, blanks Batavia

    Junior Espino, Luis Gallegos, Juan Pablo Morales, Hugo Nunez and Jacob Sheldon had played very few minutes or didn’t play at all last season for West Aurora. Already, the five juniors are playing like experienced veterans as leaders of the backline for the Blackhawks. West Aurora pitched its second shutout in as many chances, blanking visiting Batavia, 1-0, on Wednesday in a non-conference match.

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    St. Charles East’s Mikaela Mosquera and Rosary’s Grace Konovodoff square off at the net in the third game Wednesday in St. Charles. Rosary’s Michaela Ping is pictured on the left.

    St. Charles East storms back, sinks Rosary

    After dropping the first game to Rosary, St. Charles East girls volleyball coach Jennie Kull made a few lineup changes and altered her team’s serving strategy. The moves definitely paid dividends, as the Saints improved their early-season record to 3-0 with Wednesday’s 23-25, 25-9, 25-23 nonconference victory over the Royals (3-3) before a boisterous crowd in St. Charles.

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    Netishinga, West Chicago dazzle

    Bing Singhsumalee threatened to reduce Springbrook Golf Course to oblivion on Wednesday afternoon. The Waubonsie Valley junior, the reigning State Amateur champion, was an equal number under par after her sixth hole after blitzing the Naperville layout with an eagle and 4 birdies. But West Chicago ended up stealing the thunder in the Upstate Eight Conference girls golf triangular with Batavia. Singhsumalee stumbled with back-to-back bogeys on her final two holes, and the Wildcats’ Hanna Netisingha fired a career-low nine-hole match score of 1-under to 35 to lead the Wildcats to the lowest team score in their 17-year history.

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    St. Francis rolls at Batavia

    Molly Haggerty had 6 kills in No. 1 St. Francis’ 25-7, 25-14 win at Batavia on Wednesday.

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    Benet buckles down defensively

    Tiffany Clark tracked down a ball ticketed for wood floor, laid out and punched a shot that somehow landed on the other side of the net. It was a volleyball play that was so Benet. The Redwings make gritty back-row effort such a thing of beauty. No. 2 Benet’s collection of defensive dandies were at their best Wednesday, extending rallies with a digging clinic in the Redwings’ 25-19, 25-13 win over York.

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    Emanuel Jones

    Football: Week 1 MVPs

    Mundelein senior running back Emanuel Jones and Geneva junior defensive back Pace Temple have earned Daily Herald MVP honors for their performances in Week 1 of the high school football season.

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    Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers says the offense should have scored more against the 49ers last season.

    Rodgers not looking for revenge vs. 49ers
    Aaron Rodgers isn’t out for revenge in Green Bay’s season opener. Sure, the San Francisco 49ers bounced the Packers from the NFC playoffs with a 45-31 win in January, but the former MVP quarterback — who grew up a Niners fan in Northern California — says he and his teammates are simply focused on the task at hand.

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    When they last met on Jan. 12, 2013, Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones, caught a pass for a touchdown working against Rahim Moore in the AFC divisional playoff game.

    What to watch as Broncos meet Ravens

    John Elway has been down this lonely road before, trudging through the tunnel in deafening silence after a stunning loss at home as the AFC’s prohibitive Super Bowl favorite following a 13-3 regular season.It happened to Elway the quarterback after the 1996 season when Denver lost to Jacksonville 30-27. It occurred again for Elway the executive in January when the Broncos were beaten 38-35 by Baltimore in the divisional round.

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    Hoffman Estates tops Bartlett for 1st win

    The Hoffman Estates girls volleyball team notched its first win of the season on Wednesday with an 18-25, 25-17, 29-27 victory over visiting Bartlett.

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    Antioch’s Krystian Streit controls the ball as Grayslake Central’s John Moroney gives chase during Wednesday’s match in Grayslake.

    Tritschler, Antioch measure up

    Antioch goalkeeper Thomas Tritschler came up big on Wednesdsay as Antioch topped Grayslake Central 4-2 in boys soccer.

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    Boys soccer/Fox Valley roundup

    Elgin 9, CICS Northwood 1: Adan Ramirez had a hat trick and Daniel Geary scored twice to lead the Maroons to a win in the Lasallian Cup tournament. Eric Whiteman, Jonathan Martinez, Luis Maldonado and Tirso Reynoso also scored for Elgin (1-0-2) and Eleno Montes had 4 saves in goal. Elgin will take on host St. Patrick Thursday.McHenry 2, Hampshire 1: Tyler Koppie scored off an assist from Jose Hernandez but Hampshire (2-1) fell in overtime in a Fox Valley Conference crossover. Andy Pederson had 14 saves in goal for the Whip-Purs.

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    Girls volleyball/Fox Valley roundup

    Streamwood d. West Chicago: Streamwood opened its Upstate Eight River season with a 25-21, 25-23 win behind 11 kills and 4 blocks from Hannah McGlone. Lauren Schiferl added 14 digs for the Sabres while Lexi Engram had 4 kills and 3 blocks.Hoffman Estates d. Bartlett: Sjalynn Kennedy had 5 kills and 7 digs and Elizabeth Arco added 4 kills but Bartlett slipped to 0-4 for the season with a 18-25, 25-17, 29-27 nonconference loss. Lexi Cazzato added 7 digs for Bartlett.

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    St. Edward’s Katie Swanson watches her shot go past South Elgin’s Sarah Hallas Wednesday in South Elgin.

    Experience wins out for St. Edward

    The St. Edward girls volleyball team boasts 5 starters and 10 total players returning compared to just three returning varsity members for nonconference host South Elgin. Despite some scrappy play from the Storm, experience won out as the Green Wave earned a 25-17, 25-20 win on Wednesday. The Green Wave (4-3) showed its depth up front as Shannon Igielski recorded a game-high 10 kills, Katie Swanson provided 8 and both Cecile Rapp and Megan Barth finished with 3.

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    Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has a much higher rushing number in mind than the 2,097 he collected last season.

    Can Peterson, Vikings seize the moment?

    The Minnesota Vikings raced forward with their rebuilding project last season by finishing 10-6 and reaching the playoffs ahead of expectations, a feel-good ride behind those 2,097 yards rushing by Adrian Peterson. With Peterson in his prime and a bunch of recent high draft picks with the potential to be future cogs, there’s a sturdy blueprint in place along with lingering concerns. Standout defensive end Jared Allen is in his 10th year in the league and the last in his current contract. Of the 22 starters, 10 are 28 or older.

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    Palatine’s Tim Klein tees off on No. 2 during Wednesday’s match with Prospect and Conant at Palatine Hills Golf Course.

    Palatine reloads with senior duo

    Last season the Palatine boys golf team was an experienced group with eight seniors on the roster. This year they have only two, so to say Tim Klein and Preston Towers will counted on in a huge way could be an understatement.

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    Bengals defense will test Bears’ rookies

    In their first NFL starts on Sunday, Bears rookie offensive linemen Kyle Long and Jordan Mills will be seriously tested by a Bengals defensive line that is one of the league's best.

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    If the Bears don't start rookie Jonathan Bostic at middle linebacker on Sunday, he will see a lot of action on special teams.

    Williams, Bostic ready to start for Bears

    When veteran starter D.J. Williams was sidelined with a calf injury on July 31, rookie Jon Bostic stepped in at middle linebacker and played well. But now Williams is back working with the starters, which could relegate the rookie to special teams.

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    Donnie Murphy hits a 2-run home run off Miami Marlins relief pitcher Ryan Webb during the seventh inning Wednesday at Wrigley Field.

    Cubs turn heads all day

    The Cubs continued their never-ending quest for pitching Wednesday, calling up veteran Korean reliever Chang-Yong Lim and claiming reliever Daniel Bard off waivers from Boston. Their reasoning? You can never have enough pitching.

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    Boys soccer/Top 20
    Warren, Naperville Central and Libertyville have earned the top three spots in the Daily Herald's first boys soccer rankings of the season.

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    Warren passes toughness test in style

    Warren's crazy 3OT win over Lyons told coach Dave Mohapp all he needed to know about his football team.

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    James Butler of St. Francis scores his second touchdown of the first half during a game against Riverside-Brookfield Sunday.

    Another good-looking group at Glenbard East

    A drop-off in offensive production would be understandable for Glenbard East’s football team. The Rams graduated 10 starters from a unit that broke multiple program passing records, returning only junior lineman Ben Sullivan. Rebuilding seemed like a given. In Saturday’s opener against Willowbrook, however, Glenbard East’s offense looked like it’d been playing together for years. And, in fact, most of the players have been playing together for years.

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    The Cubs’ Dioner Navarro (30) and Donnie Murphy celebrate after the pair scored on Murphy’s home run hit off Miami Marlins relief pitcher Ryan Webb during Wednesday’s game at Wrigley Field.

    Cubs hit 4 HRs, power past Marlins 9-7

    Donnie Murphy homered to cap a four-run rally in the seventh inning and the Chicago Cubs connected four times Wednesday to beat the Miami Marlins 9-7.Murphy’s two-run shot put the Cubs ahead 8-7. Starlin Castro, Dioner Navarro and Ryan Sweeney each added solo home runs for Chicago.

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    After helping the Blackhawks win a second Stanley Cup in four season, the defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson has agreed to a five-year contract extension with the club.

    Hjalmarsson stays put and Hawks stay focused

    For Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson, who agreed to terms on a 5-year contract extension, the decision wasn't about money. He simply wanted to stay in Chicago. So in a matter of three days, Hawks general manager Stan Bowman has locked up two more core players in Hjalmarsson and goalie Corey Crawford, and cleared the deck for negotiations with Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane to start next July.

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    Mike North video: Cubs Can’t Win With Castro as Shortstop
    Your shortstop should be one of the best fielders on the team. How can the Chicago Cubs expect to win with Starlin Castro as their leader? He doesn't seem to be able to deliver in the hitting department either. Mike North says move him!

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    Cubs reward Rosscup with a call-up

    Left-handed pitcher Zach Rosscup was somewhat of a surprise call-up from the minor leagues by the Cubs Tuesday. Rosscup will work out of the bullpen and help take some of the load off workhorse James Russell. The Cubs also will evaluate Rosscup for next year.

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    Cubs starting pitcher Edwin Jackson lasted only 5 innings Tuesday night as he record fell to 7-15 with the loss to the Marlins.

    Cubs’ Jackson continues to struggle

    Cubs manager Dale Sveum said before Tuesday night's game against Miami that he has no plans of changing the starting rotation. That means the five starters in the rotation will stay there. Justin Grimm, who was just called up from the minor leagues, will work out of the bullpen. So, too, will Scott Baker, when and if he comes off the disabled list.

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    VH’s Overbeck wins Campbell Invite

    Girls cross countryArt Campbell invite: Vernon Hills’ Vivian Overbeck (19:09.9) edged Lakes’ Kortney Schardt (19:10.0) to win the Lake County race Tuesday.The top-five finishers also included Lake Forest’s Claire Yandell (19:24.4), Lake Zurich’s Meaghan Gelinas (19:25.6) and Stevenson’s Jessica Phillipp (19:28.3).Grayslake Central’s Korina Gomez (19:32.6) was sixth, while Vernon Hills’ Cassie Lira (19:37.4) was seventh. Team-champ Libertyville placed two runners in the top 10: Kristi Del Prato (19:47, ninth) and Emily Olson (19:50, 10th).Libertyville (62) and Vernon Hills (72) placed 1-2, with Lake Zurich (75) third.

Business

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    Geneva Commons has been sold, for less than it sold for in 2005, according to a report from Crain’s Chicago Business.

    Geneva Commons sold, at a loss

    Geneva Commons shopping center has been sold, for less than its owners paid for it, according to a report in Crain's Chicago Business. Owners had defaulted on a May loan payment.

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    Oak Brook-based McDonald’s Corp. says it’s exploring changes to its Dollar Menu to include items that cost more than a buck. The world’s biggest hamburger chain says it’s testing a version of its famous value menu that’s called “Dollar Menu & More.”

    McDonald’s exploring changes to Dollar Menu

    Oak Brook-based McDonald’s Corp. says a revamped version of its Dollar Menu that includes items priced at $5 could be launched nationally this year. The world’s biggest hamburger chain says it has been testing versions of its famous value menu that’s called “Dollar Menu & More” in five markets across the country.

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    U.S. stocks rose, led by automakers and technology companies, as a Senate panel voted to authorize a limited military operation in Syria and the Federal Reserve said the economy maintained a “modest to moderate” pace of growth.

    Stocks end higher, led by strong US auto sale

    A jump in U.S. auto sales and other good news on the economy helped drive the stock market higher Wednesday. General Motors and other carmakers surged after posting strong sales in August, giving the industry its best month in six years.

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    JK Shin, head of Samsung Mobile Communications, presents the Samsung Galaxy Gear in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday. Samsung has unveiled a highly anticipated digital wristwatch well ahead of a similar product expected from rival Apple.

    Samsung unveils smartwatch ahead of rival Apple

    Samsung unveiled a highly anticipated digital wristwatch Wednesday at least weeks ahead of a similar product expected from rival Apple. The so-called smartwatch is what some technology analysts believe could become this year’s must-have holiday gift.

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    U.S. global competitiveness rising once again

    The United States’ competitiveness among global economies is rising again after four years of decline, though northern European countries continue to dominate the rankings published annually by the World Economic Forum. In its latest survey, released Wednesday, the Forum ranked the U.S. — the world’s largest economy — in fifth place for overall competitiveness, up from seventh last year.

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    Chrysler sold more than 33,000 Ram pickups in August, the model’s best August since 2006.

    Automakers report sales up double-digits in August

    Toyota, Ford, Nissan, Chrysler and General Motors all reported double-digit U.S. sales gains last month as strong sales of pickup trucks and small cars led the industry toward its best month in six years. Toyota posted the biggest gain, with sales up nearly 23 percent over August of last year. Nissan sales were up 22 percent, the best August in company history.

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    AAR gets FAA OK for 6th aircraft repair station

    Wood Dale-based AAR Corp. says it has Federal Aviation Administration approval to begin repairing, maintaining and overhauling aircraft at Chennault International Airport in Lake Charles, La.

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    A.J. Gallagher will buy UK firm for $370 million

    Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., the insurance broker that raised funds in June for acquisitions, agreed to buy the Giles Group of Companies for $370 million to expand in the U.K. Giles has more than 1,100 employees operating from 43 offices, according to a statement today from Itasca-based Gallagher.

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    Silver Oak completes sale of Physicians Endoscopy

    Evanston-based Silver Oak Services Partners has completed the sale of its equity interest in its portfolio company Physicians Endoscopy to Charlotte-based private equity firm Pamlico Capital.

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    UL elects new board member

    Northbrook-based Underwriters Laboratories announced that Friedrich Hecker, an experienced executive in the testing, inspection and certification industry, has been elected to the organization’s board of trustees.

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    Weaker truck sales in its North American business led Lisle-based Navistar International to a net loss of $247 million in the third fiscal quarter of 2013.

    Navistar reports $247 million 3Q loss
    Weaker truck sales in its North American business led Lisle-based Navistar International to a net loss of $247 million in the third fiscal quarter of 2013. The figure was down from a net income of $84 million for the same period last year. Navistar blamed the decline on lower volumes in its core North America truck business due to the impact of the company’s transition to Cummins’ EPA-compliant engine-based products and weaker industry conditions.

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    Toyota is recalling 200,000 vehicles worldwide for a hybrid-system problem and another 169,000 vehicles for an engine bolt defect. Toyota Motor Corp. spokeswoman Shino Yamada said Wednesday there were no accidents related to either recall.

    Toyota recalls 369,000 vehicles worldwide

    Toyota is recalling 200,000 vehicles worldwide for a hybrid-system problem and another 169,000 vehicles for an engine bolt defect. Toyota Motor Corp. spokeswoman Shino Yamada said Wednesday there were no accidents related to either recall. The first recall is over an inverter in the hybrid system for the Lexus RX400 and the Highlander models overseas, and the Harrier and Kluger hybrids in Japan. Some 141,000 vehicles are being recalled in the U.S. and 15,000 in Japan.

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    U.S. trade deficit widens to $39.1 billion in July

    The U.S. trade deficit widened sharply in July from a four-year low in June, as companies exported fewer goods and imported a record number of foreign-made autos. A larger trade gap could drag on economic growth in the current July-September quarter. Imports increased 1.6 percent to $228.6 billion, as oil and auto shipments rose. Exports slipped 0.6 percent to $189.4 billion.

Life & Entertainment

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    Holiday split is tearing couple apart

    After spending the past four Christmases with her fiance's family, she wants the couple to have Christmas with her family. But, his family is fighting the idea. What should they do?

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    Potatoes get a bad rap for being fattening, but they’re actually a nutritional powerhouse. These scalloped potatoes prove that, when prepared correctly, potatoes can be part of a healthy eating plan.

    Potatoes: Delicious and, yes, also nutritious

    Potatoes sometimes get a bad rap. A favorite on American dinner plates, potatoes often get associated with weight gain. You can blame that reputation on the ever popular fried french fries for that. In fact, potatoes are a nutritional powerhouse - high in vitamin C and good source of potassium and fiber. Toby Smithson tells us more about these super spuds.

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    Marc Anthony is set to perform at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont.

    Weekend picks: Marc Anthony salsas into Allstate

    Grammy Award-winning Latin superstar Marc Anthony performs salsa selections from his latest album, “Vivir Mi Vida,” and other songs Saturday at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont. Comedian Owen Benjamin brings the funny to the Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg this weekend. Theatre-Hikes invites nature-loving theater fans to experience A Walk with Mark Twain at Morton Arboretum in Lisle.

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    This image released by ABC shows, standing from left, NFL wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson, comic Bill Engvall, TV personality Jack Osbourne, actor Corbin Bleu, Bill Nye, the "Science Guy," actor Brant Daugherty, and seated from left, TV personality Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, actress Valerie Harper, singer-actress Christina Milian, actress Elizabeth Berkley and actress Amber Riley on "Good Morning America," Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013 in New York. These 11 celebrities, along with actress Leah Remini, will be the next celebrity contestants on the dance competition series "Dancing with the Stars," premiering Sept. 16. (AP Photo/ABC, Ida Mae Astute)

    Harper joins ‘Dancing With the Stars’ competition

    Busy cancer patient Valerie Harper leads a class of 12 amateur hoofers in the upcoming 17th season of “Dancing With the Stars.” The cast was revealed Wednesday on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” For a show that has reached an increasingly older audience, ABC added an injection of youth with reality stars Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi of “Jersey Shore” and Ozzy’s kid Jack Osbourne.

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    Nancy Gianni, left, helps daughter GiGi work on homework at their home in South Barrington.

    Ten years later, Gigi is still changing lives

    On a sunny Wednesday morning, Nancy Gianni sits in Club GiGi, located inside the Hoffman Estates location of GiGi’s Playhouse, the first Down Syndrome Awareness Center she created, named for her daughter. The proud mom of four can’t help but boast how well her daughter, GiGi, is doing in school.

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    Little bulbs that form along stems below ground are called stem bulblets. Collect these stem bulblets, taking care to preserve any clinging roots as soon as the stems and leaves begin to whither.

    Turning your lilies into more lilies

    I want more lilies. A lot more. And I mean true lilies rather than daylilies. Casa Blanca is the variety that has put me in such a state. Its large, white petals flare out into trumpets, from whose frilly throats poke groups of rust-red anthers and single tear-capped stigmas. The heady fragrance from just one cut spray of blossoms can perfume a good portion of any home. Sure, I could just plunk down some money and order more Casa Blanca and other lilies. But part of the fun of gardening is making new plants, and even a single lily plant offers a few avenues to this goal.

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    Mark Black/mblack@dailyherald.com Elliott Papineau is part of the Daily Herald Cook of the Week Challenge.

    Contestants share their recipes
    Cook of the Week Challenge contestants Tina Garrett of Des Plaines and Elliott Papineau of Glen Ellyn share their recipes using Oktoberfest-style beer, rotisserie chicken and acorn squash.

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    Elliott Papineau

    Cook of the Week Challenge: First cooks tackle mystery ingredients

    Hang on to your plate, and get ready to have your taste buds blown away. The first of our Cook of the Week Challenge contestants have been in the kitchen fiddling around with the likes of lime gelatin and cucumbers, acorn squash and beer and have come up with some pretty creative recipes.

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    A playful family room is decorated by designer Brian Patrick Flynn with framed photography of Dupo figures from the 1980s, playful accessories and a bold palette of navy blue and fire engine red.

    A family room for the whole family

    How can you create a stylish, sophisticated family room where grown-ups will want to spend time, while still keeping the space kid-friendly? Three design experts — Brian Patrick Flynn of decordemon.com and Flynnside Out Productions; Betsy Burnham of Burnham Design; and Jon Call of Mr. Call Designs — offer some advice.

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    Food Editor Deborah Pankey sports her Hunger Action Month T-shirt for the Northern Illinois Food Bank's Go Orange hunger awareness initiative.

    Fighting hunger one T-shirt, one meal at a time

    Did you know one in five children in Northern Illinois experience hunger? There are many ways you can help, the Northern Ililnois Food Bank reminds us during Hunger Action Month.

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    An animated version of Redskins’ Pierre Garcon, center, runs through the pack in “Madden NFL 25.”

    ‘Madden NFL 25’ takes a victory lap

    John Madden’s name has been synonymous with video-game football since 1988. “Madden NFL 25” represents the culmination of a quarter-century of innovation, taking a victory lap before the franchise moves onto the next generation of higher-definition game machines. Over the years, “Madden” has accumulated so many features that a casual player is unlikely to discover half of what it has to offer. Fortunately, it remains fairly easy to set up a quick one-on-one showdown, whether online or in person.

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    Avoid eating out by having a plan

    Having a weekly meal plan helps busy families avoid eating out.

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    Jon Stewart returned Tuesday to “The Daily Show” after being off Comedy Central since June 6 directing and producing a movie.

    Jon Stewart returns to ‘The Daily Show’

    Jon Stewart is back, and the shaggy beard he grew over the summer is gone. In his return Tuesday, “The Daily Show” host quickly referenced stories he missed — Paula Deen, Anthony Weiner’s alter ego “Carlos Danger” and Miley Cyrus’ sultry MTV dance — then took up the challenge of trying to make comedy and social commentary out of the Syrian poison gas attack. Stewart had been off Comedy Central since June 6, directing and producing a movie. John Oliver subbed to strong reviews.

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    Treat all the kids fairly despite parents’ situation

    Grandma wants to know if she can give most of her attention to her granddaughter, or if she needs to share the wealth with stepson's new girlfriend's kids. Carolyn Hax says all the kids should be treated the same.

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    “Enemies Within: Inside the NYPD’s Secret Spying Unit and bin Laden’s Final Plot Against America” by Matt Apuzzo and Adam Goldman

    Must-read: Reporters look inside NYPD’s spy unit

    In their reporting on a vast police spying operation that targeted Muslim New Yorkers, journalists Matt Apuzzo and Adam Goldman homed in on a central challenge facing a post 9/11 America: “One of the enduring questions of the past decade is whether being safe requires giving up some liberty and privacy.” Now, they have written a book that digs more deeply into what they came to see as the New York Police Department’s attempt to build its own “miniature CIA.”

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    Paula Vazzell of Los Angeles and friend Karol Kent of Des Plaines check out the selection at American Wildburger in Des Plaines.

    No-nonsense gourmet burgers on the menu at American Wildburger

    American Wildburger is modern square building, nestled among independent business storefronts on Oakton Street in Des Plaines. A burger joint, for sure, it looks a bit like the old lunch counters with red vinyl swivel stools and gum snapping waitresses that once dotted downtowns across the country. American Wildburger has that same snappy vibe, but in a sleek brown, gray and chrome package.

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    A nice smile, relaxed pose and a shirt with a simple pattern will turn out a winning school portrait.

    Some tips for a good student portrait day at school

    School picture day can become easier on children and parents if some tips by those in the trenches are followed. Children should be able to find a parent or teacher who can help with last-minute grooming before the keepsake image is captured. But some preparation is needed so children can have an enjoyable portrait day experience.

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    Janelle Monae will sing at Rebecca Minkoff’s show at Lincoln Center on Friday during New York Fashion Week.

    Monae to sing live Fashion Week runway soundtrack

    Models on Rebecca Minkoff’s New York Fashion Week runway will be strutting to the live music of Janelle Monae. Monae will sing at Friday’s show at Lincoln Center as part of “American Express Unstaged,” a program that pairs artists of different mediums and makes their collaborations available to the public through digital media, including a live stream of the catwalk.

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    “Hesitation Marks” by Nine Inch Nails

    Nine Inch Nails emerges from darkness

    Sun-kissed harmonies, funk-flecked guitar lines and — whisper it — a saxophone workout all make an appearance on “Hesitation Marks,” a surprising new offering from Trent Reznor’s Nine Inch Nails after a lengthy, self-imposed hiatus.

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    Dave Anderson, owner of Famous Dave’s BBQ, left, on Monday accepts the first-place trophy at the 25th annual Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off in Sparks, Nev. from John Ascuaga, owner of John Ascuaga’s Nugget hotel-casino. Famous Dave’s pitmaster Rob Stately is at right.

    Famous Dave’s wins Best in West rib cook-off in Nevada

    Dave Anderson, owner of Famous Dave's BBQ based in Plymouth, Minn. on Monday accepted the first-place trophy at the 25th annual Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off in Sparks, Nev.

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    Dining events: Limani brings Greek delicacies to St. Charles

    Limani Port of Greece now open in St. Charles; Niche's Allagash beer dinner pairs Maine brews with home-cooked delicacies; Prairie Grass celebrates mushroom month.

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    For the taste of challah without the wait, bake Speedy Challah Muffin Spirals.

    Traditional challah taste in a fast-bake format

    Most people know challah — a Jewish egg bread — as a braided loaf. But at Rosh Hashana it often is formed into a spiral, which is meant to symbolize the circle and continuity of the Jewish new year. To make this delicious celebratory bread a little easier, Alison Ladman gave the dough a baking powder boost and to make it easier to shape — and faster to bake — she divided the large loaf into mini rolls shaped in muffin tins.

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    For the taste of challah without the wait, bake Speedy Challah Muffin Spirals.

    Speedy Challah Muffin Spirals
    Speedy Challah Muffins Spirals

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    Baked Honey Date Apples are a quick and healthy dish for Rosh Hashana dinner or any other night of the week.

    Baked Honey-Date Apples
    Baked Apples with Dates

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    Sebastiani offspring not content to live off family name

    You might think that if your family name was carved above the local theater, bus depot and other public places in a tony northern California town, as well as emblazoned upon many million cases of wine, you’d take it easy and live off the fat of the land. That's not the case for Don Sebastiani Jr. who, after budget meetings spent his free evening with Mary Ross discussing the next phase of his family’s 100-year wine-growing heritage.

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    When you don’t smother potatoes in butter and sour cream, they can be part of a healthy menu plan. These scalloped potatoes can be cooked in the oven or microwave.

    Scalloped Potatoes
    Scalloped Potatoes

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    Nancy Smearman of Palatine

    Cook of the Week Challenge: Lime gelatin, flank steak and cucumbers
    Cook of the Week Challenge contestants Nancy Smearman and Jeff Zilch come up with recipes using lime gelatin, flank steak and cucumbers

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    Tina Garret’s Twisted Tiramisu has an acorn squash filling and beer caramel sauce.

    Twisted Tiramisu
    Twisted Tiramisu with Beer Caramel Sauce: Tina Garrett

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    Acorn Squash Arugula Salad.

    Candied Acorn Squash Arugula Salad
    Candied Acorn Squash Arugula Salad: Tina Garrett

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    Tina Garrett uses roasted butternut squash and rotisserie chicken to fill ravioli; she serves them in a burnt butter beer sauce.

    Burnt Butter Beer Acorn Squash Ravioli
    Burnt Butter Beer Acorn Squash Ravioli: Tina Garrett

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    Jeff Zilch used lime gelatin in a seasoning blend for his cilantro-lime tacos; he tops them with a cucumber-habanero salsa and serves them with a tomato-cucumber salad.

    Tomato Cucumber Salad
    Tomato Cucumber Salad: Jeff Zilch

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    Jeff Zilch used lime gelatin in a seasoning blend for his cilantro-lime tacos; he tops them with a cucumber-habanero salsa.

    Habanero Mango Cucumber Salsa
    Habanero Mango Cucumber Salsa: Jeff Zilch

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    Jeff Zilch used lime gelatin in a seasoning blend for his cilantro-lime tacos; he tops them with a cucumber-habanero salsa.

    Cilantro Lime Steak Tacos with Habanero Mango Cucumber Salsa and a Tomato Cucumber Salad
    Cilantro Lime Steak Tacos with Habanero Mango Cucumber Salsa and a Tomato Cucumber Salad

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    Nancy Smearman put together Mom’s Gyro’s using Greek-spiced flank steak. She serves the meat with a cucumber sauce and a cool dessert of lime gelatin blended with Greek yogurt.

    Mom’s Gyros aka Greek-style Flank Steak
    Mom’s Gyros aka Greek-style Flank Steak

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    Greek Jell-O
    Greek Jell-O: Nancy Smearman

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    Elliott Papineau’s acorn squash. Papineau is part of the Daily Herald Cook of the Week Challenge.

    Roasted Acorn Squash, Wheat Berry, with Hazelnut Vinaigrette
    Roasted Acorn Squash, Wheat Berry with Hazelnut Vinaigrette: Elliott Papineau

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    Mark Black/mblack@dailyherald.com Elliott Papineau's beer rotisserie chicken sandwich. Papineau is part of the Daily Herald Cook of the Week Challenge.

    Goose Island Oktoberfest Beer Bread
    Oktoberfest Beer Bread: Elliott Papineau

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    Mark Black/mblack@dailyherald.com Elliott Papineau's beer rotisserie chicken sandwich on beer bread and acorn squash. Papineau is part of the Daily Herald Cook of the Week Challenge.

    Beer Chicken and Mustard Sandwich with Sage Mayo
    Beer Chicken and Mustard Sandwich with Sage Mayo: Elliott Papineau

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    2013 Jeff Award nominees
    The Joseph Jefferson Committee announced nominations for the 2013 Jeff Awards

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    Elizabeth Lanza and Stephen R. Buntrock received 2013 Jeff Award nominations for their performances in Marriott Theatre's “South Pacific.”

    Marriott Theatre receives 13 Jeff nominations

    Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire has received 13 Joseph Jefferson Award nominations for excellence in Chicago area theater. Also receiving nods were Drury Lane Theatre in Oakbrook Terrace and First Folio in Oak Brook. Chicago Shakespeare was tops of all area theaters with a total of 19 nods.

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    Editorial: School funding key in dealing with poverty levels

    As student poverty levels increase, suburban school leaders and parents of schoolchildren need to lobby legislators to get districts' full share of funding, a Daily Herald editorial says.

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    Mirror, mirror: The president contemplates war

    Columnist Kathleen Parker: The president is up early, already showered and preparing to shave. Wiping steam from the mirror, he grimaces slightly at his image. Obama: Good grief, I look old. So much gray.

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    Case of teen culture run amok

    Columnist Richard Cohen: Myley Cyrus is a cheap act, no doubt about it, but for me her performance was an opportunity to discuss one of the summer’s most arresting pieces of journalism — a long New Yorker account of what became known as the Steubenville Rape. Cyrus should read it.

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    Weird strategy for Syria attack
    A Buffalo Grove letter to the editor: President Obama has announced he will seek Congressional permission to attack Syria, generally detailing where and how.

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    Obama all wrong on Syria response
    A Round Lake letter to the editor: The Obama administration is considering a military response against “Syria” for the chemical attacks that killed hundreds. But, in true lead-from-behind thinking, this announcement comes 30 months after the first shot was fired in Syria.

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    Regarding Miley; how we got to this pointOn the recent MTV Awards Show, Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke gave a marginally pornographic show. Old time burlesque was prudish by comparison. It was allowed on the awards show because this is what the tweens, teens, and Y Generation are watching. If you are interested as to how we got to this point, look at your school library. Mine is not one of these religious objections: This is a tacky at best, good old fashion, common, down to earth, moral objection. If interested, Google Meghan Cox Gurden, a children’s book reviewer for the Wall Street Journal. Or better yet, you can go to Hillsdale.edu — where the entire article is printed. Do this from your library’s computer. That way you can also read to what she is referring. Do you think you know what is in your school/village library’s children’s section? Surprise!D.O. LipenskyWheaton

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    Another candidate for treasurer
    An Aurora letter to the editor: I was disappointed to read the paragraph in the Aug. 16 article “GOP governor primary: Who can win?” which mentioned “two DuPage County names” as the Republican candidates for treasurer. Actually, there is another candidate.

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    Great job on Bull Valley road repairs
    A Bull Valley letter to the editor: Fleming Road looks terrific. It is a pleasure to drive on the smooth pavement, and the roadside environment is still soothing and beautiful. The collaboration between the McHenry County Division of Transportation and TranSystems Corporation and Curran Contracting Company is one for awards and professional journals — both highway engineering and environmental.

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