Daily Archive : Sunday September 8, 2013

News

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    Cook Pancho Duran grills the signature burgers at Mickey Finn's Brewery in Libertyville. The restaurant will serve its signature dishes Thursday to volunteers at the BMW Championship at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest.

    Lake County communities see green in BMW Championship

    The golf world's top players won't be the only ones going for the green during this week's BMW Championship. Lake County and it's communities hope to snare a slice of a predicted $30 million bump to local economies. “I think we're trying to do as much as we can,” said Maureen Riedy, president of the Lake County Convention & Visitors Bureau. An estimated 125,000 visitors are expected...

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    Chicago radio legend Don Wade dies

    Chicago radio legend Don Wade has died after a yearlong battle with brain cancer. His death came Friday but was just announced Sunday. Wade had a 55-year career in broadcasting, including 27 in Chicago at WLS. During that career his work ranged from comedy to rock and roll DJ.

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    White House Chief-of-Staff Denis McDonough, speaking on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” said Sunday a “common-sense test” dictates the Syrian government is responsible for a chemical weapons attack that President Barack Obama says demands a U.S. military response.

    US: Proven link of Assad to gas attack lacking

    The White House asserted Sunday that a “common-sense test” dictates the Syrian government is responsible for a chemical weapons attack that President Barack Obama says demands a U.S. military response. But Obama’s top aide says the administration lacks “irrefutable, beyond-a-reasonable-doubt evidence” that skeptical Americans, including lawmakers who will start voting on military action this...

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    Three-year-old Corinne Kalvass enjoys a float during the Hunt Club Park Aquatic Center’s last day of operation on Labor Day in Gurnee.

    Images: The Week in Pictures
    This edition of The Week in Pictures features a pink dog, men dressed as bananas, the beginning of the pumpin season, and the end of a successful charity organization.

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    Wheaton residents and others were invited to sign a star on the mural “Pearls of the Universe” Sunday. The mural, by retired Disney artist R.J. Ogren, of Naperville, celebrates the immigrant journey to Wheaton.

    Residents add their names to Wheaton mural

    Residents stopped by the College Avenue neighborhood in Wheaton Sunday to write their names on a 70-foot mural being painted to celebrate Wheaton's cultural diversity.

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    In the five weeks since he declared his support for comprehensive immigration reform, Republican Rep. Daniel Webster has gotten an earful from his constituents.

    Band of Republicans pushes immigration in House

    In the five weeks since he declared his support for a comprehensive immigration overhaul, U.S. Rep. Daniel Webster has gotten an earful.

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    Not all parents are enamored with the idea of standardized testing, and some of them are telling their children not to take them.

    More parents opting kids out of standardized tests

    A small but growing number of parents nationwide are ensuring their children do not participate in standardized testing. They are opposed to the practice for myriad reasons, including the stress they believe it brings on young students, discomfort with tests being used to gauge teacher performance, fear that corporate influence is overriding education and concern that test prep is narrowing...

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    The coming weeks will test Obama’s powers of persuasion and his mobilizing skills more than at any other time in his presidency and could determine whether he leads the nation from a position of strength, or whether he becomes a lame duck one year into his second term.

    Issues test Obama’s persuasion, mobilizing skills

    The tasks stacking up before President Barack Obama over the coming weeks will test his persuasion powers and his mobilizing skills more than any other time in his presidency.

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    House Speaker John Boehner, seen here in a file photo, and other GOP leaders will not make a final decision on a stopgap spending bill until they have a chance to meet with rank-and-file lawmakers due back Monday after a five-week summer recess.

    House to vote on stopgap budget bill

    House Republicans have scheduled a vote this week on a bill to keep the government open past Sept. 30, but are still weighing whether to include instructions to defund President Obama’s signature health initiative.

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    The ‘perversion files’

    Confidential files turned over for a lawsuit set to go to trial in Minnesota may shed new light on the problem of sexual abuse within the Boy Scouts of America.

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    Bartlett History Museum, library host Tea with Martha Washington

    The Bartlett History Museum and the Bartlett Public Library District is hosting a free "Tea with Martha Washington" event at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 18, at the Bartlett History Museum, 228 S. Main St. Tea and refreshments will be served. Martha will be portrayed by Lynn Rymarz, who will tell the role the first lady played in becoming the "Founding Mother" of the United States. Doors open at...

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    Streamwood ChamberFest scheduled for Sept. 14

    The Streamwood Chamber of Commerce is hosting the 2013 ChamberFest from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14, in the parking lot of Hoosier Grove Barn, 700 W. Irving Park Road. The event will include a car show, a vendor fair, a firetruck and activities for kids.

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    By the end of the month, the U.S. Forest Service is expected to make a decision that likely will settle a raging dispute between conservationists and the oil and gas industry.

    Fracking decision looms over national forest
    By the end of the month, the U.S. Forest Service is expected to decide whether to ban or allow the controversial method of drilling called hydraulic fracturing under the forest’s new, 15-year forest management plan. The decision will settle a raging dispute between conservationists and the oil and gas industry.

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    ASSOCIATED PRESS The interior of an Atlas Survival shelter made of galvanized corrugated pipe is showcased at the plant in Montebello, Calif.

    Small California city welcomes doomsday bunkers

    Americans have been building underground bunkers for decades, their interest in such shelters waxing and waning with current events. Many dug backyard fallout shelters during the Cold War, fearing a nuclear war. This next generation of bunkers comes as many survivalists face heightened concerns of a terrorist attack, economic meltdown and for some, even solar flares or meteor showers.

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    Cardinal Francis George delivers his homily Sunday during the “Blue Mass” at Queen of the Rosary Church in Elk Grove Village. His talk, though, focused on the crisis in Syria.

    Cardinal George reflects on Syria at Elk Grove Mass for first responders

    It was a "Blue Mass" at Queen of the Rosary church Sunday in Elk Grove Village to commemmorate first responders. But Syria was on the mind of the special guest celebrant, Cardinal Francis George. His homily focused on the situation in Syria — and particularly how it affects Christians in the region.

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    Man on probation for thefts charged with trying to beat drug test

    A 22-year-old who got probation for residential burglaries and auto theft in Wayne in December 2012 to fund a heroin addiction may have lost his chance to stay out of prison. Evan A. Nelsen was arrested and accused of bringing a honey container filled with someone else’s urine to an Aug. 30 drug test that was required for his probation, according to court records.

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    Vista East links up with Lurie Children’s Hospital

    Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago will provide 24-hour pediatric hospitalist coverage, including inpatient pediatric care and emergency room consults, at Vista Medical Center East in Waukegan, Vista has announced.

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    Library needs ESL volunteers

    The Fremont Public Library in Mundelein is seeking volunteers to assist with its adult English As A Second Language tutoring service.

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    Woodlands Academy expanding in Lake Forest

    The city of Lake Forest has approved Phase II of Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart’s master development plan, which includes tearing down Old Main, making new athletic fields and additional parking and building a walking path, the school has announced.

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    Lake County drug forums scheduled

    On Sept. 10, the Lake County sheriff’s office will host the first of five planned community forums about illegal drug use.This one is at the Fox Lake Library, 255 E. Grand Ave.

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    Final classic car show of the season in Libertyville

    The final classic car show of the season sponsored by MainStreet Libertyville will be held 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18 on Church Street.

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    The Washington Post reported Saturday that officials in 2011 got the court to lift the ban on those kinds of searches, which the court imposed in 2008 at the government’s request.

    Ruling allowed NSA search of domestic email

    The Obama administration quietly won permission from a surveillance court in 2011 for the National Security Agency to search deliberately for Americans’ communications in its huge databases of intercepted phone calls and emails, according to a published report.

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    A hearing on allegations of sexual assault provides a sometimes unflattering glimpse into the culture of the Naval Academy.

    Rape hearing casts light on Naval Academy’s culture
    A hearing on allegations of sexual assault provides a sometimes unflattering glimpse into the culture of the Naval Academy.

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    This Aug. 25, 2013 file photo shows Bruno Mars performing at the MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Mars will be the halftime performer for next yearís Super Bowl. The Grammy-winning hitmaker helped make the announcement on Fox NFL Sunday, Sept. 8 in New York. The Hawaiian-born Mars will be charged with entertaining a likely frigid MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. on Feb. 2, as the Super Bowl is held for the first time in a cold-weather area with no dome.

    Bruno Mars to sing at halftime of Super Bowl
    $PHOTOCREDIT_ON$Associated Press$PHOTOCREDIT_OFF$NEW YORK — Grammy-winner Bruno Mars will perform at halftime of the Super Bowl.The NFL made the announcement ahead of the kickoff of games on Sunday, with Mars joined by FOX co-host Terry Bradshaw and analyst Michael Strahan in Times Square.The league’s championship game will be played Feb. 2 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

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    In an image made from video provided by KATV, police surround a home in Pine Bluff, Ark., Saturday during a standoff that left a 107-year-old man dead.

    Arkansas SWAT officers kill man, 107, in standoff

    A 107-year-old man was killed after SWAT officers shot back at him during a standoff at a home, police in the southeastern Arkansas city of Pine Bluff said Sunday.

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    Diana Nyad emerges from the Atlantic Ocean after completing a 111-mile swim from Cuba to Key West, Fla., Sept. 2.

    Nyad’s team responds to skeptics doubting her swim

    Diana Nyad’s 110-mile swim from Cuba to Florida has generated positive publicity and adoration for the 64-year-old endurance athlete — along with skepticism from some members of the small community of marathon swimmers who are questioning whether she accomplished the feat honestly.

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    Barcelona readies 2022 Olympic bid 1 day after Madrid loss

    Less than one day after Madrid lost in its bid to host the 2020 Summer Olympics, Barcelona Mayor Xavier Trias said the city is prepared to present a bid for the 2022 Winter Games. “We have the dossier ready,” Trias told Catalan television Sunday. “We need to speak with the Spanish Olympic Committee to see if they are ready to go forward with this venture.”

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    David Mahr smiles as he talks about his Raffin street organ at his home in Decatur, Ill. Mahr, a member of the Carousel Organ Association of America and collector of hand-cranked street organs, nickelodeons, player pianos and all forms of mechanical music, has brought this organ with him to about 35 different festivals across the United States.

    Decatur man loves ‘happiest’ music makers

    David Mahr is a purveyor of “The Happiest Music on Earth.” The Decatur man is a member of the Carousel Organ Association of America and is a collector of hand-cranked street organs, nickelodeons, player pianos and all forms of mechanical music.

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    Arrest made after body found in Farmer City

    Police have arrested a suspect in Farmer City after a body was found in an alley during a small-town festival. The DeWitt County Sheriff’s Department arrested a suspect Saturday in connection with the body found earlier in the day in Farmer City.

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    Alexandria, Va., firefighter Capt. Scott Quintana, who has chronic Myeloid leukemia that was diagnosed in 2010, poses for a photo at his fire station in Alexandria, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013. Quintana was a first responder to the Pentagon on 9/11 and doesn’t know if the illness is related to his work at the Pentagon, but has applied to the 9/11/ victim compensation fund.

    9/11 responders far from NYC seek compensation

    They weren’t exposed to anywhere near the same level of ash, grit and fumes, but emergency workers who rushed to the Pentagon and the Pennsylvania countryside on 9/11 are signing up for the same compensation and health benefits being given to New Yorkers who got sick after toiling for months in the toxic ruins of the World Trade Center.

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    “Seeds of Change: Planting a Path to Peace,” by Jen Cullerton Johnson, is for first- and second-graders

    Challenges for women the theme of 10th Suburban Mosaic book program

    The reading list for the 2013-2014 Suburban Mosaic Books of the Year program has been announced, and it includes six books that deal in some way with the challenges women face across the world. Suburban Mosaic, now in its 10th year, attempts to spark dialog in the Northwest suburbs through the shared reading of books.

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    Expanding parking for the Aspen Drive Library is one of the considerations to be discussed this week when Vernon Hills village officials meet with representatives of the Vernon Hills Park District, Cook Memorial Public Library District and Hawthorn Elementary School District 73.

    Public interests in Vernon Hills converge on Aspen Drive

    What should happen with some small but strategically located properties along Aspen Drive in Vernon Hills will be the topic of discussion for local public bodies that each have a stake in the sites’ futures. Officials from the village, Vernon Hills Park District, Cook Memorial Public Library District and Hawthorn Elementary District 73 will meet this week to discuss their interests in the land.

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    Linda Scham of Elgin thinks her children, Jakob, 10, and Kayla, 9, are getting a good education at Washington Elementary School in Elgin.

    10 ‘failing’ schools will be restructured in U-46

    The fact that plenty of parents and educators think highly of the instruction in U-46 schools means nothing when it comes to the federal No Child Left Behind Act. Ten elementary schools in Elgin and Hanover Park are in the middle of the federal restructuring process, which requires the district take aggressive action to improve the schools. Educators are focusing on collaboration as the key to...

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    Enthusiastic about his “first love” of teaching, Bartlett High School teacher Brett Weiss not only teaches international relations, but he also lives them through his charity that funds high school educations for kids in a rural village in Kenya.

    Bartlett teacher's charity links his students with Africa

    Bartlett High School teacher Brett Weiss teaches International Relations to his suburban students. And he lives the topict through his charity, which gives scholarships that enable children in Africa to attend high school. "You meet the people there, they are the nicest, most polite people. They have nothing and they might be the happiest people I've ever met. They don't know their life is...

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    When Richard Crossley isn’t watching birds he is likely taking pictures of them for his innovative Crossley ID Guide series.

    Field guide author helping to draw youth to birding

    From the perspective of our Jeff Reiter, the birding hobby appears healthy and growing. The bird walks and meetings he attends are usually well-populated, and membership in the DuPage Birding Club continues to rise. However, the USDA Forest Service reports that while birding continues to grow, the pace of growth has eased.

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    Secretary of the Navy, Ray Mabus, left, and Admiral Jonathan Greenert, Chief of Naval Operations, chat Saturday after commissioning ceremonies for the Virginia class submarine USS Minnesota.

    Syria strike would present Navy with complex task

    The administration is not contemplating blasting suspected chemical weapons sites because doing so could unleash deadly chemicals into densely populated areas. While regime change is not the goal of the operation, U.S. officials recognize that if the strikes are successful, they could pave the way for rebel advances but they are billing them as mainly a punitive measure.

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    Pope Francis attends a vigil for peace Saturday in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican.

    Vatican: 100,000 attend Syria peace vigil

    Tens of thousands of people filled St. Peter’s Square for a four-hour Syria peace vigil late Saturday, answering Pope Francis’ call for a grassroots cry for peace that was echoed by Christians and non-Christians alike in Syria and in vigils around the world.

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    Protesters against U.S. military action in Syria march to Capitol Hill Saturday from the White House in Washington.

    U.S. runs into resistance over strike on Syria

    The U.S. tried to rally support on Saturday for a military strike against Syria, running into resistance from the American public and skeptics in Congress and from European allies bent on awaiting a U.N. report about a chemical attack they acknowledge strongly points to the Assad government.

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    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, and France’s Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius walk Saturday in garden of the Quai d’ Orsay, in Paris. Kerry traveled to Europe to court international support for a possible strike on the Syrian regime.

    Back home, high-stakes week on Syria awaits Obama

    Foreign ministers meeting in Lithuania with Secretary of State John Kerry did endorse a “clear and strong response” to an attack they said strongly points to President Bashar Assad’s government. Kerry welcomed the “strong statement about the need for accountability.” But the EU did not specify what an appropriate response would be.

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    Cook County Assistant Public Defender Scott Slonim of Buffalo Grove is retiring after 30 years, most of them at the courthouse in Rolling Meadows.

    Despite sister's murder, Buffalo Grove man stuck to role as public defender

    Scott Slonim has always believed in the judicial system, even when he sat in a Louisiana courtroom 17 years ago, watching the trial of the man who murdered his younger sister. “We're here to represent the poor,” the Buffalo Grove resident and assistant Cook County public defender said. “In that sense, we do God's work ... fighting for the preservation of an ideal, that the...

Sports

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    Bears running back Matt Forte celebrates Sunday after his third-quarter touchdown that capped a key 80-yard drive.

    Cutler gets new Bears offense rolling in second half

    The Bears' new offense under rookie coach Marc Trestman got off to a shaky start in Sunday's season opener against the Bengals at Soldier Field. But, with quarterback Jay Cutler heating up in the second half, the Bears rallied for a 24-21 victory. “We knew it was going to be a 60-minute game,” Trestman said. “It tested us and our backbone because it didn’t go the way we wanted it to go in the first half.”

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    Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray (29) tries to keep away New York Giants middle linebacker Mark Herzlich (58) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, in Arlington, Texas.

    Giants 6 turnovers in 36-31 loss at Cowboys

    ARLINGTON, Texas — Giants quarterback Eli Manning disgustedly swiped his right arm in the air when his short pass got tipped into the waiting hands of Brandon Carr, and again as the Dallas Cowboys cornerback ran past him on the way to the end zone. This was a new experience for Manning, even with 450 yards passing and four touchdowns. The turnover-plagued Giants lost in Cowboys owner Jerry Jones’ $1.2 billion showcase stadium for the first time. Carr’s 49-yard interception return with 1:50 left, a screen pass that deflected off running back De’Rel Scott, pushed the Cowboys to a 36-31 victory in the season opener Sunday night. “It was kind of a bad break,” Manning said. “I thought he was going to sit there and I was just going to pop it to him. He made a move and it was just kind of unfortunate that it popped off his arm. Just a bad break, but we’ve got some young running backs and some young guys, and we’ve just got to get on the same page.”That was the third interception by Manning and the sixth turnover by the Giants, matching their most since 1987. “Six times. We gave the ball away — six times,” Giants coach Tom Coughlin said. “I’m totally, totally disappointed, embarrassed about that football. That’s sloppy, sloppy football.”Dallas safety Barry Church also returned running back David Wilson’s second fumble 27 yards for a score in the third quarter, when there was also a botched punt by the Giants that set up another short Cowboys touchdown drive. New York started the game with turnovers on their first three drives, all in the first 6½ minutes. There were two interceptions by Manning, including his first pass of the night. In between those picks was a fumble by Wilson on the Giants’ first running play — and came inside the Dallas 10. Wilson fumbled on his second career carry as a rookie last season.“He’s not going to play unless he can hang onto the ball. It’s demoralizing to the whole team. He’s a talented young man,” Coughlin said. “We’ll get him right even if he has to run around the whole field with two hands on the ball. We need him. De’Rel Scott did some good things, but popping that ball up — there’s needs to be a sense of urgency.”The Cowboys managed only a field goal from those first three turnovers, but New York gave them more chances.“The whole game was a total disregard, carelessness with the ball, a lack of understanding of that’s how you lose,” Coughlin said. Two of the latter turnovers resulted in touchdowns, and a muffed punt set up a short TD drive by Dallas in the third quarter. Despite all those miscues, the Giants still had a chance to improve to 5-0 in the Cowboys’ stadium that opened in 2009 with New York’s 33-31 victory on a field goal as time expired. The Giants cut it to 30-24 when Victor Cruz caught his third touchdown, a 10-yarder with 8:54 left.Dallas was initially held without a first down on its ensuing drive before Aaron Ross was called for pass interference. But Tony Romo was sacked on consecutive plays to force a punt. The teams traded punts again the Giants got the ball at its 17 with 2:41 left. After converting third-and-5 with a 26-yard pass to Rueben Randle to near midfield, Manning threw a short pass to Scott, who deflected the ball right to Carr, whose return put the Cowboys up 36-24. “It is a terrible feeling, seeing that. And then taking it back for a touchdown,” Scott said. “It hurt a lot. We had a chance to win. Just chocked. So I have to bounce back from it.”Manning completed 27 of 42 passes and had three 100-yard receivers, all with five catches each — Cruz (118 yards), Hakeem Nicks (114) and Randle (101).Romo was 36 of 49 for 263 yards with two touchdown catches to Pro Bowl tight end Jason Witten, who had only three TDs all last season. Miles Austin had 10 catches for 72 yards and DeMarco Murray had 86 yards rushing.

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    Delle Donne, Sky roll 93-79

    WASHINGTON — Elena Delle Donne found her shooting touch just in time to help the Chicago Sky pull away Sunday.The rookie scored 22 points as the Sky defeated Washington 93-79 to prevent the Mystics from clinching a playoff spot.“I was missing all my open shots,” said Delle Donne, who went only 6 of 18 from the floor but hit some crucial, difficult jumpers late. “I guess it was better when I was contested.”Epiphanny Prince added 21 points for the Sky (22-9), who already have clinched the Eastern Conference’s top playoff spot and finished the five-game season series with 4 victories over the Mystics.Swin Cash had 16 points and Sylvia Fowles had 13 points and 9 rebounds to help Chicago won its seventh game in its last eight.Down 63-58 at the end of the third, Washington closed within 3 on Kia Vaughn’s inside basket to open the fourth.But the Sky responded with a 12-2 game-sealing run sparked in part by Prince’s drawn charge on Tierra Ruffin’s layup attempt.Delle Donne hit 2 fading jumpers in the spurt and a free throw after a technical foul was assessed to Ivory Latta. Delle Donne’s latter jumper, off the dribble from the baseline, made it 75-62 to cap the run.“Time was running down (on the shot clock)”, Delle Donne said. “Everyone seemed to be denied, so I just decided to elevate and shoot over.”

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    Boomers take commanding 2-0 series lead

    The West Division champion Schaumburg Boomers took a commanding 2-0 series lead with a 6-2 home victory over the Florence Freedom in Game 2 of the Frontier League divisional playoffs Sunday night.

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    Chicago Bears Charles Tillman runs back an interception catch for a touchdown in the first quarter but the play is called back in the season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals at Soldier Field in Chicago on Sunday.

    Images: Bears vs. Bengals, football
    The Chicago Bears opened the season at home facing the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday at Soldier Field. Bears Coach Marc Trestman earned his first victory as an NFL coach when the Bears defeted the Bengals 24-21.

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    Bears cornerback Charles Tillman runs back an interception catch for a touchdown in the first quarter, but the play was called back after it was ruled he was down by contact.

    Tillman gets job done again in Bears’ win

    Bears Pro Bowl cornerback Charles Tillman had his hands full with Bengals Pro Bowl wide receiver A.J. Green, who had a big game Sunday afternoon, but the 11-year veteran also had 2 interceptions.

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    Bears’ Marshall gets dream matchup on TD

    Brandon Marshall was surprised to find himself in single coverage in the fourth quarter, and he made the most of the opportunity, catching a 19-yard TD pass for what proved to be the game-winning points.

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    Grading the Bears: Week 1

    Grading the Bears: Week 1

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    Kyle Long blocks during the Bears’ opening-day victory over Cincinnati at Soldier Field.

    Mills, Long play like veterans in Bears victory

    Jordan Mills, an NFL rookie playing in his first official pro game, made a veteran play. What thrills for Mills. And what a finish Sunday for a new starter, a 22-year-old who could be just starting a long, productive career.

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    Wide receiver Brandon Marshall celebrates with guard Matt Slauson after his 19-yard touchdown catch in the fourth quarter Sunday provided all the points the Bears would need to win their season opener.

    Much is different for Bears in familiar victory

    So much about the Bears’ season-opening win over Cincinnati looked like victories we’ve seen in the past, but Bears players tell a much different story.

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    Marc Trestman looks to the stands Sunday as he leaves the field following a victory in his first game as an NFL head coach.

    Bears speaking an entirely new language

    The Bears are speaking a new language these days, and by any other name it's called offense.

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    San Francisco 49ers running back Kendall Hunter (32) runs past Green Bay Packers defensive back Jerron McMillian (22) during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game in San Francisco, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013.

    Kaepernick leads 49ers past Packers

    SAN FRANCISCO — Frank Gore scored a go-ahead, 1-yard touchdown with 5:47 remaining, Colin Kaepernick threw for a career-high 412 yards and three touchdowns, with 13 completions to Anquan Boldin, and the San Francisco 49ers beat the Green Bay Packers 34-28 on Sunday.Boldin had 208 yards receiving in a spectacular San Francisco debut and Vernon Davis caught a pair of touchdown passes from Kaepernick, who marched his team 80 yards on five plays to take the lead late. The 49ers answered after Packers rookie Eddie Lacy put Green Bay ahead on a 2-yard run with 8:26 left.Aaron Rodgers threw for 333 yards and three touchdowns, but the Packers departed from Candlestick Park with another defeat eight months after losing 45-31 in the NFC divisional playoffs.

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    St. Louis Rams placekicker Greg Zuerlein (4) is congratulated by teammates Johnny Hekker, left, Chris Williams (65) and Matt Conrath, right, after booting a 48-yard field goal late in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, in St. Louis. The Rams won 27-24.

    Zuerlein lifts Rams past Cardinals 27-24

    ST. LOUIS — Greg Zuerlein kicked a 48-yard field goal with 40 seconds left and the St. Louis Rams completed a fourth-quarter comeback with a 27-24 victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.It was Zuerlein’s fourth field goal of the game.Larry Fitzgerald caught two touchdown passes from new quarterback Carson Palmer and the Arizona defense scored one touchdown. The Cardinals, under new coach Bruce Arians, had an 11-point lead after Fitzgerald’s 24-yarder late in the third quarter.Jared Cook had two touchdown catches in his Rams debut. The tight end fumbled a potential third TD, a 55-yarder that would have opened the scoring, when rookie Tyrann Mathieu punched the ball free at the 8 and the play resulted in a touchback.

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    Serena Williams reacts after a point against Victoria Azarenka, of Belarus, during the women’s singles final of the 2013 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, in New York.

    Serena Williams wins fifth U.S. Open

    Top seed Serena Williams beat Victoria Azarenka in Sunday’s final of the U.S. Open for the second straight year, continuing her climb up the ranks of all-time Grand Slam champions. Williams added championship No. 5 at the National Tennis Center in New York with a 7-5, 6-7 (6-8), 6-1 win over the second seed from Belarus. The 31-year-old American came back from a third-set deficit a year ago against Azarenka to win the title at the season’s final major tournament.

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    Bears quarterback Jay Cutler looks to throw during their opening day game against the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday at Soldier Field in Chicago.

    Bears, Trestman victorious in opener

    Far from polished, the Bears played well enough to hand new head coach Marc Trestman a win in his debut. Jay Cutler passed to Brandon Marshall for the go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter, helping the Bears rally for a 24-21 victory over the sloppy Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday and giving Trestman a victory in his first game at Soldier Field.

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    Starting pitcher Scott Baker made his Cubs debut Sunday, going 5 shutout innings and allowing only 2 hits against the Brewers.

    Cubs’ Baker hoping to get at least 1 more start

    Pitcher Scott Baker made an emotion return to the big leagues Sunday nearly a year-and-a-half after having Tommy John surgery. Baker pitched 5 innings of 2-hit shutout ball for the Cubs in their 3-1 loss to the Brewers. It may be manager Dale Sveum goes to a six-man rotation and keeps Baker in it.

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    Starting pitching remains Cubs’ bright spot

    The Cubs are in a holding pattern as they try to match and surpass last year's sickly wins total of 61. The fell to 60-82 Sunday with a 3-1 loss to the Brewers. They picked up only 3 hits and missed a couple of cutoff men.

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    Milwaukee Brewers’ Carlos Gomez slides past Chicago Cubs catcher Wellington Castillo to score in the seventh inning during a baseball game in Chicago on Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013.

    Gallardo pitches Brewers past Cubs 3-1

    Yovani Gallardo tossed seven strong innings and Jeff Bianchi delivered a key pinch-hit single, leading the Milwaukee Brewers over the Chicago Cubs 3-1 Sunday at Wrigley Field. Gallardo (11-9) allowed one run and three hits. He is 3-0 with a 1.35 ERA in five starts since coming back from a hamstring injury that put him on the disabled list.

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    Chicago White Sox’ Alejandro De Aza watches his base hit in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, in Baltimore. Jeff Keppinger scored on the play.

    Sox end nine-game losing streak

    Pinch-runner Chris Dickerson got lost on the bases and was doubled up for the final out, and the White Sox ended a nine-game losing streak by holding off the Baltimore Orioles 4-2 Sunday. Down 4-1, Baltimore loaded the bases with no outs in the ninth against Addison Reed. After Ryan Flaherty grounded into a forceout at second base that scored a run, Dickerson ran for him. Dickerson tried to steal second on a pitch to Brian Roberts, who hit a foul pop near first base. Dickerson didn't know where the ball went, and the baserunning blunder made him an easy out at first.

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    Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush (21) reacts after scoring during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings at Ford Field in Detroit, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013.

    Reggie Bush-led Lions beat Vikings 34-24

    DETROIT — Reggie Bush turned a short pass into a 77-yard touchdown in the third quarter and finished with 191 yards of offense to help the Detroit Lions pull away to beat the Minnesota Vikings 34-24 Sunday. The Lions overcame a slew of miscues on offense, defense and special teams.The Vikings also made their share of mistakes, especially Christian Ponder, who threw three interceptions and fumbled.Adrian Peterson ran for a 78-yard TD on his first carry and scored on a 4-yard run to give Minnesota a 14-6 lead in the second. He ended up with 93 yards rushing.Bush, in his Detroit debut, gave the franchise what it has been missing since speedy running back Jahvid Best had his career ended by concussions.

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    New York Jets’ Nick Folk (2) kicks a 30-yard field goal as Robert Malone (3) holds in the second half of an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, in East Rutherford, N.J.

    Smith leads Jets to stunning 18-17 win over Bucs

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Nick Folk kicked a 48-yard field goal with 2 seconds remaining after Lavonte David’s personal foul penalty kept New York’s drive alive, and the Jets pulled out an improbable 18-17 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the season opener for both teams Sunday.With the Jets trailing 17-15 and time running out, rookie Geno Smith scrambled for 10 yards — and was shoved while he was out of bounds by David. The 15-yard penalty gave the Jets the ball at the Buccaneers 30 and set up the winning field goal by Folk on the next play.Things appeared dim for the Jets just moments earlier when Rian Lindell kicked a 37-yard field goal with 34 seconds left.Smith, making his first NFL start with Mark Sanchez out with a shoulder injury, made some mistakes — a fumble that led to a score and an interception — but was mostly solid while going 24 of 38 for 256 yards with a touchdown.

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    Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill passes against the Cleveland Browns in the first quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, in Cleveland.

    Tannehill carries Dolphins past Browns 23-10

    CLEVELAND — Ryan Tannehill passed for 272 yards and a touchdown, leading the Miami Dolphins to a season-opening 23-10 win Sunday over the Cleveland Browns, who fell to 1-14 in Week 1 since 1999.Tannehill, who was given more offensive weapons for his second NFL season, threw a 34-yard TD pass to Brian Hartline in the third quarter and drove the Dolphins to a game-clinching TD in the fourth.Daniel Thomas had a 1-yard scoring plunge with 6:48 left, putting the Dolphins up by 10.Miami’s Cameron Wake had 2½ sacks and the Dolphins’ defensive line sacked Cleveland quarterback Brandon Weeden six times.Weeden threw three interceptions and the Browns never got anything going in coach Rob Chudzinski’s debut.Rookie Caleb Sturgis kicked three field goals for the Dolphins.

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    New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) throws a pass during the second half of an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, in Orchard Park.

    Kicker clinches Pats’ 23-21 win over Bills

    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Stephen Gostkowski hit a 35-yard field goal with 5 seconds left to send the New England Patriots to a season-opening 23-21 win over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.Tom Brady set up the decisive score by leading a 49-yard, 12-play drive during which he twice completed passes to convert third downs. It was Brady’s 36th career victory in which the Patriots were tied or trailed in the fourth quarter. Brady finished 29 of 52 for 288 yards passing and two touchdowns in helping the Patriots win their season opener for the 10th straight season.The new-look Bills nearly pulled off a stunning upset in the first game under coach Doug Marrone and rookie quarterback EJ Manuel. The rookie first-round pick completed 18 of 27 passes for 150 yards and two touchdowns.It was an all-too-familiar outcome for the Bills against their AFC East rivals. They dropped to 1-19 in their past 20 meetings.

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    Kansas City Chiefs outside linebacker Tamba Hali (91) celebrates with teammates after intercepting a pass and returning it for a 10-yard touchdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the second half of an NFL football game in Jacksonville, Fla., Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013.

    Chiefs score early, dominate Jaguars in 28-2 win

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Alex Smith threw two early touchdown passes, Kansas City’s defense dominated all day and the Chiefs began the Andy Reid era with a 28-2 victory against the Jacksonville Jaguars.Jamaal Charles ran for 77 yards and a touchdown before leaving the game with a quadriceps injury, but that was about the only negative for the Chiefs.Jacksonville advanced past its own 36-yard line just once, a stunning display of offensive futility for the rebuilding franchise. The Jaguars finished with 178 yards, but for most of the game were challenging the team low of 117 yards set last year against Houston.It wasn’t even close to the start the new coach Gus Bradley wanted, but it was a clear indication of how far the team has to go.

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    Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson (28) runs around Pittsburgh Steelers inside linebacker Larry Foote (50) in the third quarter of an NFL football game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013.

    Titans stun lifeless Steelers, 16-9

    PITTSBURGH — Tennessee’s revamped defense sacked Ben Roethlisberger five times and the Titans shut down the Pittsburgh Steelers 16-9 on Sunday.Chris Johnson ran for 70 clock-chewing yards, Jackie Battle bulled his way to a 3-yard touchdown in the second quarter, and Rob Bironas kicked three field goals for the Titans. Tennessee’s new-look defense did the rest.Pittsburgh managed just 195 total yards and lost a series of players to injury, including Pro Bowl center Maurkice Pouncey. Pouncey left in the first quarter with a right knee injury and will likely miss an extended amount of time.The Titans gave up more points than any team in the NFL last season and brought in Gregg Williams as an assistant. His impact was immediate. Ben Roethlisberger completed 21 of 33 passes for 191 yards and a late touchdown, but never got comfortable when the game was in doubt.

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    New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham (80) celebrates his touchdown reception in the second half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons in New Orleans, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013.

    Defense helps Saints beat Falcons 23-17

    NEW ORLEANS — Drew Brees passed for 357 yards and two scores and the New Orleans held on for a 23-17 victory over the Atlanta Falcons to give Saints coach Sean Payton a triumphant return from his bounty ban.Roman Harper intercepted a tipped fourth down pass in the end zone with under a minute left.Brees connected with Marques Colston for a 25-yard touchdown pass during which the receiver also set a franchise mark for catches with 533. Brees also hit tight end Jimmy Graham for a 7-yard score in the third quarter.Matt Ryan passed for 304 yards and touchdown passes to Tony Gonzalez and Julio Jones. He also drove Atlanta to the Saints 3 in the final minute before falling just short.

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    Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck runs past Oakland Raiders outside linebacker Sio Moore on his way to a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game in Indianapolis, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013.

    Colts use Luck’s feet to get past Oakland 21-17

    INDIANAPOLIS — Andrew Luck ran 19 yards for the winning touchdown Sunday, giving Indianapolis a 21-17 season-opening victory over Oakland.Luck was 18 of 23 for 178 yards with two touchdown passes, but earned his eighth career fourth-quarter comeback by scrambling for a score with 5:20 to go in the game.It was Indianapolis’ first opening-day win since 2009.Oakland started Terrelle Pryor at quarterback. He was 19 of 29 for 217 yards and one TD, and he broke the Raiders rushing record for a quarterback with 13 carries for 112 yards.But he also threw two interceptions in the red zone, the second coming with 25 seconds left in the game to seal Indy’s victory.Luck led the Colts to TD drives on their first two possessions, but didn’t score again until Luck’s go-ahead score.

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    Seattle Seahawks’ Chris Maragos (42) reacts after recovering a Carolina Panthers fumble during the second half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013.

    Seahawks fly to 12-7 victory over Panthers

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Russell Wilson threw for 320 yards, including a 43-yard fourth-quarter touchdown pass to Jermaine Kearse to lift the Seattle Seahawks to a 12-7 win Sunday over the Carolina Panthers.The Seahawks managed just two field goals before Kearse beat cornerback Josh Thomas down the right sideline for the go-ahead score with 10:13 left.The Panthers held Marshawn Lynch to 43 yards rushing, but Wilson picked up the slack by completing 25 of 33 passes.The Panthers threatened to take the lead late, but safety Earl Thomas forced DeAngelo Williams to fumble at the Seattle 8. Defensive tackle Tony McDaniel recovered with 5:25 left. The Seahawks ran out the clock from there.Cam Newton was held to 125 yards passing and one touchdown, a 3-yard strike to Steve Smith in the first half.

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    Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany leads Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso of Spain, left, and Mercedes Grand Prix driver Michael Schumacher of Germany during the Italian Formula One Grand Prix at the Monza racetrack, in Monza, Italy. The Monza track features four long straights where drivers reach speeds of 205 mph. That suits Vettel, because the Red Bull driver is notoriously hard to stop once he makes a flying start.

    Vettel wins Italian Grand Prix ahead of Alonso

    Sebastian Vettel withstood a tricky start from the pole position to win the Italian Grand Prix on Sunday and take a commanding lead over Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso, who finished second.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Did race play part of Lovie Smith criticism?

    One last piece of unfinished business to address regarding the transition in the Bears' head coaching position: Did race play a part in the criticism of Lovie Smith?

Business

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    Brian Malloy, a senior energy technician for Commonwealth Edison, holds a standard electricity meter, left, and a new “smart” meter. The new meter is a wireless devices that relays information on electricity consumption directly to the utility.

    ComEd rolling out ‘smart’ meters, Ameren to follow

    The days of the meter reader are numbered in most of Illinois with the advent of new digital “smart” meters — wireless devices that relay information on electricity consumption directly to utilities.

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    Confused about health insurance marketplaces? Here’s some guidance

    With the opening of the online health insurance marketplaces just a little over a month away, I’ve been receiving many questions about how they’ll work.

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    This 2012 publicity photo provided by The SARTRE Project shows a road train using technology developed by Ricardo together with Volvo and other partners in the ground-breaking SARTRE (Safe Road Trains for the Environment) European research project.

    Self-driving cars could be on U.S. roads by 2020

    Cars that drive themselves could be on U.S. roads by the end of this decade. But don't take your foot off the pedal just yet. Automakers, universities and others are at various stages in the development of autonomous cars. “This is not a Star Wars technology. This is a technology that's becoming more and more reliable,” Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn said earlier this year at the Detroit auto show.

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    Associated Press business reporter Steve Rothwell

    Not all bond funds are created equal

    It’s not all doom and gloom for bond investors. Bondholders have had a rough summer with yields rising as the Federal Reserve considers ending its bond-buying stimulus program. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note is at its highest level in more than two-years as investors sell bonds in anticipation of less stimulus and, ultimately, higher interest rates.

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    A sternman holds a lobster caught off South Bristol, Maine. In the coming months, a new marketing strategy will be launched that aims to bolster the brand and sales of Maine lobster.

    Got lobster? Maine industry to boost marketing

    California has its raisins, Florida its oranges and Vermont has maple syrup. Now, Maine's lobster industry is trying to market its brand more broadly and increase sales of the state's best-known seafood. “If this thing works right,” said John Sauve, whose Portland marketing firm was hired to guide the process, “the headlines will go from there being a glut of supply to a glut of demand.”

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    In a speech in Little Rock, Ark., former U.S. President Bill Clinton argued Wednesday that both opponents and supporters of the law have an obligation to make it work. Saying he “actually wrote this whole thing out” to get the details right, Clinton said the law has yielded benefits, such as reducing medical errors and introducing “competitive bidding for durable medical equipment.”

    Bill Clinton stumps for health care law

    President Barack Obama deployed his highest-profile spokesman yet on Wednesday to tout his far-reaching health-care law: the 42nd president of the United States. And Bill Clinton even stuck to the script. As Obama and his aides try to win support for a military strike against Syria, the White House remains focused on raising the public profile of the Affordable Care Act, which is weeks away from the most critical stage of its implementation.

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    Work Advice: Bunking with the boss; paycheck privacy

    Karla L. Miller writes an advice column on navigating the modern workplace. Each week she will answer one or two questions from readers.

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    Career Coach: Don't let others paint for you

    If you could pick only one, would you consider yourself to be a critic or an artist? Your answer to this deceptively simple question could give you an interesting insight about your approach toward the opportunities and experiences that shape your career and influence your choices.

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    A new study by the online service Bankrate.com found that Georgia is the most costly state in the country for car owners, followed by California. Oregon and Alaska are the cheapest.

    Car ownership costs depend on more than gas prices
    When figuring out the cost of car ownership, consider where you live along with how much you drive. A new study by the online service Bankrate.com found that Georgia is the most costly state in the country for car owners, followed by California. Oregon and Alaska are the cheapest.

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    LaJuanna Russell, CEO of Business Management Associates, Inc., has lost a third of her revenue and about half of her staff to federal budget cuts.

    Business owners still struggling after budget cuts

    LaJuanna Russell has lost a third of her revenue and about half of her staff to federal budget cuts. “It has been just a very difficult year,” says Russell, whose management consulting firm, Business Management Associates, has had contracts with federal agencies including the Pentagon and the Departments of Homeland Security and the Interior. The budget cuts, known as sequestration, slashed Russell’s $3 million in revenue by $1 million.

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    12 tips for better cover letters

    Many young people seem to have no idea how to apply for a job. What I see time after time from young media hopefuls are not the classic no-nos, like misspellings and typos, but what appears to be a fundamental lack of understanding of how to sell oneself to a prospective employer. While I certainly don’t speak for all media folk or even all of the editors at Slate, allow me to offer some guidance to current college students and recent grads.

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    A sales associate demonstrates the use of a electronic cigarette and the smoke like vapor that comes from it in Aurora, Colo.

    Study: E-cigarettes as good as nicotine patches

    Chris Bullen, director of the National Institute for Health Innovation at the University of Auckland in New Zealand, and colleagues recruited 657 adult smokers in Auckland who wanted to quit for the study. Nearly 300 got nicotine-containing e-cigarettes while roughly the same number got nicotine patches. Just over 70 people got placebo e-cigarettes without any nicotine. Each group used the e-cigarettes or patches for 13 weeks.

Life & Entertainment

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    Mom writes the book on coping with kids' food allergies

    Luckily for brothers Ben and Andrew, their mother, Kristen Kauke, not only was relentless in addressing both her sons' potentially fatal food allergies, but she also wrote a book about this often misunderstood topic: " Growing Up Ben: Living a Full Life With Food Allergies."

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    Actor Charlie Hunnam arrives on the red carpet at the season six premiere screening of the television series “Sons of Anarchy” at the Dolby Theatre on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013 in Los Angeles. Hunnam says the coveted role in “50 Shades of Grey” is a new challenge, but he’s sure it the racy scenes won’t be too much of a problem for him.

    Charlie Hunnam talks about ‘50 Shades’ role

    Charlie Hunnam will likely have to bare all and engage in some very graphic sex scenes as the leading man in “50 Shades of Grey,” but he says it’s not a new dimension for him. "It’s like anything else, just an exciting challenge,” Hunnam says.

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    Riddick (Vin Diesel) befriends a weird zebra/wolf creature on a sepiatone planet in David Twohy's thriller "Riddick."

    ‘Riddick’ illuminates box office with $18.7M debut

    "Riddick," the sci-fi thriller starring Vin Diesel as an intergalactic criminal with built-in night vision, debuted in first place with $18.7 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. “Riddick” is the third installment in the series, following the $11.6 million debut of 2000’s “Pitch Black” and the $24.3 million launch of 2004’s “The Chronicles of Riddick.”

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    Julia Child (Karen Janes Woditsch) shares a tender moment with her husband, Paul (Craig Spidle), in “To Master the Art” at the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place in Chicago. The hit 2010 TimeLine Theatre Company production is being remounted by the Chicago Commercial Collective.

    Creators savor chance to remount Julia Child drama

    "To Master the Art," the hit 2010 TimeLine Theatre drama about chef Julia Child and her husband's time in Paris, returns in a commercial production at the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place in Chicago starting Tuesday, Sept. 10.

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    Maroon 5 lead singer Adam Levine has previewed his menswear line for Kmart. Henley Ts, plaid button-down shirts, baseball caps and a camouflage cargo jacket were part of the collection that will land in 500 stores on Oct. 1.

    Adam Levine is fashion’s next pop star

    Shawl-collar cardigans and sweatshirt blazers? You’ve got to be as cool as a rock star to pull off this stuff as trendsetting style. Of course, Adam Levine, frontman of Maroon 5 and a mentor on NBC’s “The Voice,” is. Levine previewed his first foray into design — a menswear line for Kmart — for a small group of fashion insiders. “It’s great to see all the tiny things we worked on, all the little details, up close and finished,” he said.

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    Families at Legoland Florida enjoy the theme park’s new interactive water ride, The Quest for Chi. This is one of several attractions that opened at theme parks this summer.

    Fun gets complicated at theme parks

    Boasting obscure characters and detailed story lines, several new attractions opened at theme parks this summer in central Florida. The new rides and areas are much different from those just a generation ago, when Dumbo the Flying Elephant was considered high-tech. These days, a ride involving a simple, blue elephant just won’t cut it. When did fun become so complicated? Theme park consultants say attractions need to be more detailed in the age of video games, smartphones and 3-D TVs.

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    Alice Kenny, 15, of Mount Prospect, left, and Megan Moyer, 16, of Barrington practice their synchronized swimming as part of the Aqua Sprites at the Lattof YMCA.

    Synchronized swimmers shine under, and above, water

    Your daughter loves the water, yet the prospect of racing holds no appeal. Neither does jumping off a high platform to dive. Why not have her try synchronized swimming?

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    Carrie Underwood will sing “Waiting All Day for Sunday Night,” the new theme song for “Sunday Night Football.”

    Underwood brings new 'Sunday Night Football' theme

    Carrie Underwood has taken the handoff from Faith Hill to perform the musical introduction for NBC's “Sunday Night Football,” but don't expect the two country superstars to sing it the same way. Underwood says she wanted to put her own style on “Waiting All Day for Sunday Night.” Her version debuts Sunday before the Dallas Cowboys host the New York Giants. “We definitely wanted to go in and make sure we switched gears a little bit and made it sound more like me," she said.

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    Labor Day may be considered the unofficial end of summer, but some craft brewers couldn’t even wait until then to roll out their pumpkin and other fall seasonal beers. Many already have been in stores and on taps for a month.

    Early pumpkin beers brew dismay among drinkers

    Labor Day may be considered the unofficial end of summer, but some craft brewers couldn’t even wait until then to roll out their pumpkin and other fall seasonal beers. Many already have been in stores and on taps for a month. “Everyone likes pumpkin beer, but you don’t want it to come too soon. I definitely like to drink it in the appropriate season,” says Nate Marsden, 23, of Boston.

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    Gender surprise first issue with mother-in-law

    Q. We are expecting our first baby — a little girl! Just before the tell-all ultrasound, my mother-in-law expressed surprise that we would want to find out the gender and informed my husband that she does not want to know until the birth.

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    Comedian Owen Benjamin is set to perform at the Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg.

    Sunday picks: Laugh with Owen Benjamin at Improv

    Comedian Owen Benjamin performs Sunday at the Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg. The Fox Valley Theatre Company brings the classic MGM film “Singin' in the Rain” to life onstage in the Blizzard Theatre at Elgin Community College. Chicago Folks Operetta commemorates the European composers and performers from the 1930s who faced persecution by the Third Reich in “Operetta in Exile” at the Illinois Holocaust Museum.

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    Jason Sudeikis and Olivia Wilde arrive on the red carpet at the screening of the feature film “Drinking Buddies” at the ArcLight Hollywood in Los Angeles. Wilde and Sudeikis have been engaged since very early this year but have yet to spill details about their wedding plans — they’re too busy.

    Wilde and Sudeikis too busy to plan wedding

    Olivia Wilde says she has “good problems” this year. The “Tron” actress and her fiance, comedy actor Jason Sudeikis, have been engaged since January, yet it seems they’ve been too busy with their careers to do anything about it.

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    Cicely Tyson, with her Tony award for best actress in a play for “The Trip to Bountiful,” ends her award-winning role on Oct. 9.

    Cicely Tyson on winning a Tony, Obama & next steps

    There is a beach with fluffy sand in Cicely Tyson’s future. She can’t wait to get to it. Just don’t ask where it is. The newly crowned Tony Award winner is counting down the days until Oct. 9, when she ends her starring role in “The Trip to Bountiful.” Tyson will have earned her spot in the sun after making her return to Broadway after 30 years and netting rapturous reviews, a Tony at age 88 and an audience that included the first lady and her daughters.

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    The Crush in Old Town will feature wine tasting, craft beer, an art show and a kids’ activity area.

    On the road: Crush in Old Town fest

    The Crush in Old Town is back for its 11th year with post Labor Day festivities including wine tasting tents, craft beers, the works of juried artists and a kids’ crafts activity area. Also coming up in the Wisconsin Dells is the annual Wo-Zha-Wa fest, a three-day weekend festival that will include outdoor live music and a street carnival, arts and crafts, antique flea markets, food vendors and a 75-unit parade.

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    The former royal buildings in the Heldenplatz, one of the plazas in the Hofburg, are now museums.

    Exploring Austria’s old city by tram and on foot

    The bright yellow streetcar rolls to a stop, its bell clanging. I join the queue of passengers shuffling aboard, pop in a pair of ear buds and listen to the commentary in English as we pass one historic site after another in Vienna, Austria. In 1857, Emperor Franz Joseph ordered the medieval walls encircling his palace and the old city be razed. In their place, a leafy boulevard surrounds grand old buildings and green parks. Strollers and bicyclists along this Ringstrasse move with the traffic, the Ring Tram making 13 stops where passengers can hop off to explore on foot.

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    A “low barrier” or “smart divide” kitchen sink combines features of both double and deeper, single-tub sinks.

    Kitchen-sink choice leaves her feeling drained

    Q. I like the idea of having one large single-bowl kitchen sink for extra room. But, I think a double-bowl sink is more practical and that is what I presently have. Can you please help me decide?

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    Make the most of summer’s last gasps

    Q. Now that we are in the final weeks of summer, what can I do to make the most of the growing season?

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    These crocus will multiply to form a solid mass of purple.

    Art in the garden: Time to plant bulbs begins soon

    Planting bulbs takes a leap of faith. You purchase and plant seemingly lifeless bulbs in the fall and wait. Those who take the leap are richly rewarded when flowers in a multitude of colors burst from the soil chasing away the gray days of winter.

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    Allium Globemaster blooms in June with flowers clustered on stems reaching 2 to 3 feet.

    Sulfur can bring hydrangea blooms back to blue

    Plants that prefer acidic soil conditions such as rhododendrons and azaleas can benefit from an application of granular sulfur to the soil in fall. If the blooms of your hydrangeas have turned from blue to pink, sulfur applications may bring back the blue.

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    An app for motorized window shades

    :If you have a cellphone, then you are halfway to adding a new tech feature to your life if you should so choose. So what is it? It’s an app for your Apple phone that allows you to control the motorized window treatments in your house.

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    Property lien is not the first step to collect a debt

    Q. I have a guy that’s owed me a few thousand bucks for about five years. I know he owns his house with his wife. Can I just record something against his house?

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    Artisanship meets whimsy in designer Antoine Schapira’s two-door Brazilian rosewood lacquered cabinet.

    Fall decor forecast: eclectic with personality

    The era of specific decor trends is on the wane. Rooms full of traditional or modern furniture have been replaced by a more eclectic sensibility, interior decorators and designers agree.

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    Use friends and family to find reliable contractors

    Q. We are currently having a water problem with our concrete porch roof. We have access to the roof through a door and occasionally use the area. Our problem is water seeping through and wetting the bottom of the concrete slab, which we can see from below.

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    Car that burns oil will damage parts

    Q. If your car burns oil and you fill it back up on a weekly basis, do you still need to get an oil change?

Discuss

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    A Syrian man mourns over a body after an alleged poisonous gas attack that rebels say was fired by Assad regime forces.

    Editorial: Syria and Obama’s call for a military strike
    A Daily Herald editorial does not dispute the arguments for a military strike against Syria, but says that it would be a mistake for the U.S. to act alone. Obama's foreign policy on Syria, the editorial says, does not inspire confidence.

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    China's rich, yearning to breathe free

    Columnist Froma Harrop: Thousands of Chinese are fleeing to the United States. We are not talking about impoverished peasants hiding in cargo containers. We're talking about millionaires flying first class and buying condos in the choicest ZIP codes.

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    Duckworth runs afoul of Constitution
    An East Dundee letter to the editor: Much coverage has been given recently to The NSA domestic spying program, including X-Keyscore unit where emails and Internet postings are being tracked by the NSA, but Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth is still silent on the issue.

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    Let’s clean up our own act first
    A Naperville letter to the editor: I just spoke to Bill Foster’s office in D.C. and there has been no effort to poll his congressional district. This bothers me because he is my representative and he is supposed to represent the feelings of his district on pertinent matters.

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