Daily Archive : Thursday September 19, 2013

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    Giant auto auction this weekend in Schaumburg

    As many as 1,000 collector cars will be offered at an auction today through Saturday, Oct. 10-12, at the Schaumburg Convention Center. The auction roster includes some outstanding consignments and high-profile collections including the “Hemi Under Glass Collection,” four of the most famous wheel-standers in drag racing history.

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    Aurora native Andy Herren won season 15 of CBS' “Big Brother.”

    Aurora native hopes participation won't 'jeopardize' COD job

    An Aurora native and part-time College of DuPage professor — and now reality TV show winner — says he can't wait to get back home after spending three months with strangers in a secluded house as part of the CBS show “Big Brother.” Andy Herren, 26, was announced winner Wednesday night of season 15, in perhaps the series' most controversial season yet.

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    The tollway's rolling out a kinder, gentler time frame to pay violations.

    Tollway may relax time to pay back tolls

    You'd still owe for that missed toll, but you'd have more time to scrounge money or buy a lottery ticket to cover the cost under a plan adopted by a tollway panel Thursday. Members of the Illinois tollway's Customer Service Committee agreed to extend the time from 56 to 90 days for people facing fines. Their decision still needs approval from the full board.

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    Katie Vogg was 46 when she died of a rare form of cancer called cholangiocarcinoma two years ago. Involved in local charities and school activities, she was a behind-the-scenes person who touched many lives.

    Glen Ellyn man organizes music festival to rally people to fight cancer

    Katie Vogg of Glen Ellyn wasn't one to call attention to herself, but she touched a lot of people with her "give, live, laugh and love" approach to life. Up to a 1,000 people are expected to turn out to celebrate her outlook on life and raise research funds for the rare cancer that killed her two years ago at Cancerpalooza music festival on Sept. 21 in Glen Ellyn.

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    David Koschman

    No further charges in Koschman case, special prosecutor announces

    No police or prosecutors will face charges for their roles in the investigation into the death of a Mount Prospect man who died following a 2004 altercation with former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley's nephew, Cook County Special Prosecutor Dan Webb announced Thursday.

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    With his top Democratic challenger out of the 2014 race, Gov. Pat Quinn says he remains focused on his day job.

    Quinn says he's still focused on his day job

    With his top Democratic challenger out of the 2014 race, Gov. Pat Quinn says he remains focused on his day job. Quinn addressed reporters Wednesday in Chicago. The appearance was his first since former White House chief of staff Bill Daley bowed out of the 2014 race.

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    Senator Mark Kirk

    Kirk pen pals with young Illinois stroke victim

    After his stroke last year, U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk became pen pals with an 11-year-old boy who told the Illinois Republican about his own recovery from a stroke and encouraged the senator not to give up on himself. Kirk's office released a series of letters Wednesday between Kirk and Jackson Cunningham, who lives in the central Illinois town of Oakwood.

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    More than one in five lack health insurance in the Aurora area, according to census data.

    How many have no health insurance in suburbs

    As new online health care marketplaces are poised to open Oct. 1 under the Affordable Care Act, new census numbers show hundreds of thousands of suburbanites are uninsured and eligible to sign up. Local officials are trying to spread the word, especially in places like the Aurora area, where 23.3 percent are uninsured. “There has been a lack of clarity of what is going to be available to...

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    House votes to cut $4B a year from food stamps

    The House has voted to cut nearly $4 billion a year from food stamps, a 5 percent reduction to the nation's main feeding program used by more than 1 in 7 Americans. The 217-210 vote was a win for conservatives after Democrats united in opposition and some GOP moderates said the cut was too high. Fifteen Republicans voted against the measure.

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    Census: Illinois poverty rate remains near 15 percent

    New U.S. census figures show that Illinois’ poverty rate held stubbornly at nearly 15 percent last year, signaling what anti-poverty activists say is worrisome proof that any economic recovery has not reached those struggling with low income.

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    The Illinois Gaming Board is considering arguments on whether to extend casino hours round-the-clock. Proponents and critics lined up Thursday to discuss extending the time casinos are open from the 22-hour limit to 24. Illinois Casino Gaming Association spokesman Tom Swoik says the change is necessary to level the playing field with video gambling, which is allowed nonstop at truck stops.

    Board hears testimony on 24-hour gambling push

    The Illinois Gaming Board is considering arguments on whether to extend casino hours round-the-clock. Proponents and critics lined up Thursday to discuss extending the time casinos are open from the 22-hour limit to 24. Illinois Casino Gaming Association spokesman Tom Swoik says the change is necessary to level the playing field with video gambling, which is allowed nonstop at truck stops.

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    Gov. Pat Quinn announces Thursday the state will provide $36 million toward expansion of College of Lake County's downtown Waukegan campus.

    Governor says state will give $36 million for CLC expansion

    Stressing that two-year schools are important to education, Gov. Pat Quinn announced the state will provide $36 million for College of Lake County's long-planned Lakeshore Campus expansion in downtown Waukegan. Quinn delivered the news Thursday afternoon to a crowd of CLC officials and local leaders who gathered in a tent near where more than 100,000 square feet of new building construction and...

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    Drugs, weapons and cash confiscated by Antioch police during the arrest of Alexander and McKensie Story.

    'Molly' among the drugs found in Antioch bust

    An Antioch couple have been charged with selling “Molly,” a drug that law enforcement officials say is surging throughout the Midwest, thanks in part to some musicians glorifying its use to teens. Alexander Story, 24, and his wife, McKensie, 23, were arrested Tuesday and charged with multiple counts of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance for selling MDMA — also known as...

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    Kerin Ramirez

    Probation for wrestler shot in Wood Dale cop's home

    A former Harper College wrestler who drunkenly wandered into a police officer's home and left with a gunshot wound was sentenced Thursday to probation and time served. Kerin Ramirez, 21, was sentenced by DuPage County Judge George Bakalis, who in July acquitted him of home invasion and convicted him of felony trespass, a lesser charge.

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    Steven Beckow

    Cops: Westmont man charged after viewing porn at library

    A Westmont man was charged with obscenity and disorderly conduct after he viewed online pornography in the youth services area of his local library, authorities said Thursday. Steven Beckow, 42, is accused of browsing the websites on Sept. 4 and 8 while using public computers in plain view.

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    Naperville North girls lacrosse players are asking Naperville Unit District 203 to designate their group as an official sport instead of a club.

    Naperville lacrosse clubs want official team status

    Naperville lacrosse players who change in bathrooms instead of locker rooms and have nowhere to store their equipment but classrooms or cars are asking Naperville Unit District 203 to make their teams an officially sanctioned sport. The clubs have existed since the mid-2000s and parents say now is the time to give them official school and district backing. “It’s exploding as a sport. It needs to...

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    Truck hits Chicago-bound bus, killing 2

    A tractor-trailer rig slammed broadside into a passenger bus early Thursday on a rural East Texas road, killing the bus driver and a passenger and injuring four other people.

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    Rolling Meadows man hosts premiere of new Michael J. Fox show

    A Rolling Meadows resident with Parkinson’s disease has organized a premiere party at Northwest Community Hospital next week for Michael J. Fox’s new television show.

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    Driver dies in Route 59 crash

    Authorities are investigating a fatal single-vehicle crash near the intersection of Route 59 and Hawthorne Lane near West Chicago. Responding officers located a sedan approximately 50 feet off the roadway in a ravine.

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    Dist. 20 parents concerned about school reorganization plan

    Renewed talk about creating grade-level centers in Keeneyville Elementary District 20 has triggered concerns among some parents worried that children who now walk to classes soon could be bused to another school miles away. District officials insist no decisions have been made, but say a shift to such centers could improve their educational programs and clear the way for the introduction of...

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    Krishna Bansal and Bill Liu have been named volunteer outreach managers in Naperville Mayor George Pradel’s office to coordinate educational efforts targeted at their respective Indian and Chinese communities.

    Naperville starting Chinese, Indian community outreach

    Naperville’s Chinese and Indian communities now each have a new face in Mayor George Pradel’s office — two residents who have become volunteer managers tasked with leading outreach efforts to people of their respective backgrounds. “We have such a diversified city that I’ve been wanting to kind of get on the cutting edge of bringing all our groups together,” Pradel said.

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    Ernest Robinson

    Glendale Hts. man accused of burglary

    A Glendale Heights man has been charged with burglarizing a home near Lombard Wednesday. DuPage County Sheriff John E. Zaruba announced Thursday that Ernest Robinson, 34, of the 100 block of Waters Edge Drive, has been charged with one count of residential burglary and one count of attempted residential burglary.

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    Obama nominates prosecutor for judgeship

    President Barack Obama has nominated a prosecuting attorney to sit on the federal bench in the Northern District of Illinois. Manish Shah’s nomination was one of eight announced Thursday by Obama.

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    Deal reached to cut pollution from South Side rail yard

    Chicago and Norfolk Southern officials agreed Thursday to cut diesel pollution from a rail yard on the city’s South Side to address residents’ concerns that a massive expansion project would add to existing air pollution and cause health problems.

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    Nintendo’s Yamauchi dies at 85

    TOKYO (AP) — Hiroshi Yamauchi, who ran Nintendo for more than 50 years and led the Japanese company’s transition from traditional playing-card maker to video game giant, has died. He was 85. Kyoto-based Nintendo said Yamauchi, who was also known for owning the Seattle Mariners major league baseball club, died Thursday of pneumonia at a hospital in central Japan.

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    FILE - In this Jan. 10, 2011, file photo, Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay leaves the Travis Co. Jail after posting an appeals bond in Austin, Texas. A Texas appeals court tossed the criminal conviction of DeLay on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, saying there was insufficient evidence for a jury in 2010 to have found him guilty of illegally funneling money to Republican candidates. (AP Photo/Jack Plunkett, File)

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    Associated PressAUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Texas appeals court tossed the criminal conviction of former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay on Thursday, saying there was insufficient evidence for a jury in 2010 to have found him guilty of illegally funneling money to Republican candidates.

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    Lawsuit: Aurora crews caused wheelchair pad to collapse

    Aurora resident Jennifer Stinson is seeking unspecified damages from the city after crews repairing a broken water main removed a concrete pad, replacing it with an asphalt one. That one collapsed when Stinson attempted to board a bus from her wheelchair, throwing her to the ground, a lawsuit claims.

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    District 26 veteran says new board working well

    Elections always promise a certain amount of change, but the school board election in Mount Prospect River Trails School District 26 this past spring went a bit further than most. None of the board’s incumbents decided to run, so in May, four new members were officially sworn into office — Dan Miller, Kathleen Beck, Rathna Koka and Julia Nemcek.

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    Aurora woman charged with stealing from Batavia company

    An Aurora woman is accused of stealing $327,000 from her Batavia employer.

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    Ernie Broadnax, who served in the Marines from 1955 to 1966, salutes as the colors are presented during Thursday’s opening ceremony for “The Wall That Heals” at the Hemmens Cultural Center in Elgin.

    Vietnam memorial in Elgin stirs emotions

    It’s been 45 years since Fay Kitchin’s cousin was killed in the Vietnam War, but the pain is as raw as ever. The Elgin resident found the name of her cousin, a native of New Jersey, on Thursday among the 58,249 names of U.S. servicemen and women who died in Vietnam, and etched on “The Wall That Heals,” a half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. The replica is now in...

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    Part-time firefighters, Carpentersville, reach deal

    Carpentersville officials have ratified a contract extension with its 32 part-time fighters, who, in the name of job security, approached the village several years before their previous contract expired, officials said.

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    Patlak speaking to Elk Grove Republicans

    The Republican Organization of Elk Grove Township will hold its September monthly meeting at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 21st, with guest speaker Dan Patlak, a member of the Cook County Board of Review. The meeting will be held at Rose Garden Café, 111 Higgins Road, Elk Grove Village. A breakfast buffet will be served. Cost will be $8 for members , $15 for nonmembers.

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    Zachary Fardon

    Committee to vote on prosecutor nominee

    Sen. Dick Durbin’s office says the Senate Judiciary Committee plans to vote next Thursday on President Barack Obama’s nominee to be the next chief federal prosecutor in Chicago.

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    Kevin Trudeau

    Infomercial pitchman out of jail

    A judge in Chicago has released Kevin Trudeau from jail after the infomercial pitchman spent the night behind bars for violating court orders to pay a more than $37 million fine.

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    Dreaming of a downtown Geneva grocery?

    People who would love to see a grocery store in downtown Geneva probably shouldn't expect one any time soon, according to the city's economic development director. Location and lot sizes are problematic.

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    In this screen grab provided by WCCO TV is Dairy Queen employee Joey Prusak in Hopkins, Minn. Prusak is winning praise for his treatment of a visually impaired customer who unwittingly dropped a $20 bill on the floor. After another customer pocketed the bill, Prusak asked her to return it, and when she didn't, told her to leave the store. He then gave the visually impaired customer $20 from his own wallet. (AP Photo/Courtesy WCCO TV)

    Minnesota DQ manager’s good deed gets attention

    Joey Prusak was appalled when he saw a customer at the suburban Minneapolis Dairy Queen store where he works pick up someone else’s $20 bill and slip it into her purse.

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    Murphy Express Regional manager Kip Fruge speaks to the media in front of Murphy Express store on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013 in Lexington, S.C. A $400 million winning ticket in the latest Powerball drawing was sold at the service station just off I-20 west of Columbia, officials with the South Carolina Education Lottery said Thursday. Winners in South Carolina do not have to come forward publicly but Lottery Executive Director Paula Harper Bethea noted that, in order to claim the winnings, the ticketholder must contact state lottery officials within 180 days. (AP Photo/ Richard Shiro)

    Holder of lucky Powerball ticket a mystery in SC

    When they learned that a Powerball ticket worth $400 million had been sold at a gas station across the road, workers at Econ-O-Bug Termite and Pest Control said they had a few big, wishful dreams. But they didn’t have the prized ticket in their hands, so they came to work as usual Thursday in their yellow bug-battling vans.

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    Community drug awareness forum:

    The Lake County Sheriff’s office will host two Community Drug Awareness forums next week.

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    Neighbor Roslynn Regnery, right, gives a hug to Emma Birath, left, as they check on their homes in Lyons, Colo., on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013. The recovery process has begun all along the front range as people clean out flooded homes and businesses. Local governments are starting to clear debris and repair infrastructure.(AP Photo/Chris Schneider)

    Colorado flood evacuees allowed to get belongings

    The number of missing in Colorado’s flooding dropped dramatically to 200 as authorities reached more victims, and residents evacuated from the hard-hit canyon town of Lyons were allowed past a National Guard roadblock Thursday to salvage what they could from their homes.

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    Mundelein board meets Monday:

    The Mundelein village board will meet Monday to discuss awarding a contract for snow removal to a firm called Midwest Snow Solutions.

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    Taxes on 16,711 Cook County properties sold for more than $60 million

    More than 15,000 Cook County properties were sold at the annual tax sale, recovering more than $60 million, Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas announced Thursday. Homeowners have up to two years to redeem their properties by paying their bill with interest, fees and penalties.

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    Discussion about local food issues:

    The Lake County Regional Planning Commission will hold a special call meeting at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, at the Lake County Central Permit Facility, 500 W. Winchester Road, Libertyville, A review of proposed text amendments to the Unified Development Ordinance relating to local food production, process streamlining, and other miscellaneous revisions will be discussed.

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    House District 62 office hours:

    House District 62 State Rep. Sam Yingling will keep his full-time constituent service office open until 7 p.m. on the last Thursday of each month, starting Sept. 26 to accommodate working families and constituents with busy schedules.

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    FILE - In this Tuesday Aug, 16, 2005 file photo an iceberg melts in Kulusuk, Greenland near the arctic circle. Scientists who are fine-tuning a landmark U.N. report on climate change are struggling to explain why global warming appears to have slowed down in the past 15 years even as greenhouse gas emissions keep rising. Leaked documents show there is widespread disagreement among governments over how to address the contentious issue in Sept. 23-26 stock-taking report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. (AP Photo/John McConnico, File)

    Climate report struggles with temperature quirks

    Scientists working on a landmark U.N. report on climate change are struggling over how to address a wrinkle in the meteorological data that has given ammunition to global-warming skeptics: The heating of Earth’s surface appears to have slowed in the past 15 years even though greenhouse gas emissions keep rising.

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    Trees on Grace Drive in Mount Prospect form a canopy over the street. A report presented this week to village officials as part of the community’s updated urban forest management plan found that the value of parkway trees in town is about $118 million.

    Mount Prospect adopts new tree-management plan

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    Ali Akel

    DuPage hate crime convict re-sentenced to two years in prison

    A former Darien man who was convicted of a hate crime for attacking a black man in a gas station was resentenced Thursday to two years in prison after he admitted violating his probation. Ali Akel, 35, failed to report as required to a probation officer the last two months. He also went to Wisconsin without permission to leave the state, DuPage County prosecutors said.

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    LeQuez Rucker

    Hoffman Estates men face armed robbery charges

    Hoffman Estates police arrested two men this week on armed robbery charges alleging they threatened a man with a kitchen knife as they stole drugs and money from him, authorities said. Abbot Aho, 19, and LeQuez Rucker, 18, each face one count of armed robbery with a dangerous weapon other than a firearm.

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    Carol Stream Library won’t sell Kuhn Road property — for now

    Following an occasionally contentious debate, the Carol Stream Library board has decided to delay the sale of land once earmarked for a new library and instead to temporarily offer it for use by the park district. Officials say the decision, approved Wednesday in a 5-2 vote, will allow the library to pursue the sale of the 7.5 acres at 2N540 Kuhn Road at a later date when market conditions...

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    Andy Herren wins BIG BROTHER, Wednesday, September 18.

    Images: Big Brother Winner Andy Herren
    Images of part-time College of DuPage professor — and now reality TV show winner — Andy Herren of the CBS show “Big Brother.” He bested 15 housemates in taking home the winning $500,000 prize.

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    Adel Daoud

    Committee refuses to turn over info in terror case

    Lawyers for a Chicago-area terror suspect have released a letter from the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee in which it refuses to hand over any intelligence it has on the teenager.

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    State Supreme Court hears suit over retiree health care

    Attorneys for retired state government workers told the Illinois Supreme Court Wednesday that a new law that could require retirees to pay more for health insurance should be overturned.The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reported the court heard oral arguments and will rule on the case at a later date.

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    Jalin Parks

    Third man charged in Naperville Radio Shack robbery

    A DuPage County judge set bail Thursday at $500,000 for a man charged as the getaway driver in last month’s robbery of a Naperville Radio Shack. A prosecutor said Jalin Parks, 19, had been on parole in a stolen vehicle case for “a whopping 74 days” when he teamed up with two other men to rob the store of more than $40,000 in cellphones.

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    Jason Patt

    Zion resident announces run for Lake County Sheriff

    Jason Patt, an investigator for the Lake County Coroner's office has announced as Democratic candidate in the primary for Lake County Sheriff. Patt, 35, a Navy veteran, becomes the first announced challenger from either party for the seat held by Libertyville resident Mark Curran, a Republican serving his second four-year term.

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    In an interview published Thursday, Pope Francis is warning that the Catholic Church's moral edifice might “fall like a house of cards” if it doesn't balance its divisive rules about abortion, gays and contraception with the greater need to make the church a merciful, more welcoming place for all.

    Pope: Church must focus beyond "small-minded rules"

    Pope Francis is warning that the Catholic Church's moral edifice might “fall like a house of cards” if it doesn't balance its divisive rules about abortion, gays and contraception with the greater need to make the church a merciful, more welcoming place for all. Francis' vision of what the church should be contrasts sharply with many of the priorities of his immediate predecessors...

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    Here’s the scoop on poop convention in Rosemont

    It’s not everyday a convention on poop comes to Rosemont. Here’s the scoop: the Association of Professional Animal Waste Specialists, also known as aPaws, kicks off its 11th annual Pooper Scooper convention Friday at the Best Western At O’Hare, 10300 W. Higgins Road.

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    Power outages disrupt classes at two Lombard schools

    Power outages at two schools in Lombard Elementary District 44 interrupted classes Thursday morning and caused large numbers of parents to keep their children home. Power went out at 11 p.m. Wednesday at Glenn Westlake Middle School and Manor Hill Elementary, two facilities serving nearly 1,300 students, officials said. Power was not restored until 9:30 a.m. Thursday.

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    No restructuring for Davis, Richmond schools in St. Charles

    Davis and Richmond schools in St. Charles will remain grade level centers with the same staff as currently exists following a final judicial order in the lawsuit that sought to revert the buildings back to regular elementary schools. The district will right a new plan to help students labeled failing under No Child Left Behind laws and may have to offer school choice for the first time at Davis.

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    Ron Sandack

    Gay rights group raises money for suburban Republicans

    One of the state’s leading gay rights groups held a fundraiser Wednesday for two suburban Republican lawmakers who support same-sex marriage.

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    The Walk to End Alzheimer’s raises money to support research and programs through the Alzheimer’s Association.

    Walk to End Alzheimer’s stepping off in Naperville

    When hundreds of walkers gather Sunday at North Central College’s Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium near downtown Naperville for the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s, they’ll be part of the largest event in the nation aimed at raising awareness and money for care, support and research into the disease that claims so many.

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    Carol Stream transferring land to park district

    A one-acre vacant lot along Gary Avenue in Carol Stream is being transferred from village ownership to the park district with an eye toward converting it into a neighborhood park.

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    Archaeologist Jim Yingst shovels while volunteers Caitlin Harrison of Roselle and Dan Nippert of Geneva work on table screens sifting through 1 x 1 meter units of soil on a dig site of where the original log home structure once stood at Garfield Farm in Campton Hills. Sam and Margret Culbertson and their family originally claimed and settled on the land that is now known as the Garfield Farm Museum in July 1835. Culbertson sold the farm six years later to Timothy Garfield. Descendants representing four of the eight Culbertson children will be coming to town on Saturday to visit the old family homestead and view the excavation of area of where the family’s original log home once stood. The site has been dug in various areas over eight seasons.

    Campton Hills museum tracks down relatives of 1835 farm settlers

    On the surface, it’s a little like an episode of “Who Do You Think You Are?” on The Learning Channel. But instead of a one-hour TV journey into a celebrity’s past, uncovering the early story of the Garfield Farm Museum in Campton Hills took years of tedious work, emails on Facebook, research on Ancestry.com and other sites, and some old-fashioned detective work.

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    Batavia's Art in Your Eye festival will be along the Batavia Riverwalk this weekend, Sept. 21-22.

    New date, events for Art In Your Eye festival in Batavia

    What's new this year with Batavia's Art In Your Eye festival? For one thing, the time of year it's being held. It used to be held in August. "We kept finding it interfered with the beginning of school for some people,” said Rebecca Lane, the event's chairman.

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    Severe storms pummel city, suburbs

    Severe storms caused problems across the Chicago area Wednesday night. Two hour delays were being reported this morning at O'Hare International Airport. Only one lane of traffic was passable on sections of the Kennedy and Dan Ryan expressways during the severe storms Wednesday evening.

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    Expect the unexpected out in the world

    Like most of us, our Ken Potts grew up with his mother's admonitions to always wear clean underwear. But though he took the advice to heart, he didn't think much about the meaning behind the words until he saw an unexpected sight holding up traffic on the tollway.

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    Glendale Heights man dies, swept away in Chicago sewer

    A 25-year-old Glendale Heights man doing construction work Wednesday in a Chicago sewer was killed when he was swept away by a flash flood, authorities said. Gustavo Briceno Jr. was identified by a spokesman from the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

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    Mark Pos

    Warren High football stadium improved with reduced volumes

    Warren Township High School officials in Gurnee are expressing thanks for donations to rewire speakers at the O'Plaine Road campus football stadium.

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    Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, and House Republican leaders emerge from a closed-door strategy session at the Capitol, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. The GOP-controlled House is cruising toward a vote to gut President Barack Obama’s health care plan as part of a temporary funding bill to prevent a partial government shutdown on Oct. 1.

    House to vote on stopgap funding bill, ‘Obamacare’

    The White House promised a veto of a Republican effort to gut President Barack Obama’s health care law that is part of a temporary funding bill in the House to prevent a partial government shutdown on Oct. 1. The veto threat was expected and wasn’t going to stop House Republicans from pressing their effort to defund the health care law.

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    A makeshift memorial is seen on a lamp post across the street from the Washington Navy Yard as military personnel and workers returned to work, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013. The Washington Navy Yard began returning to nearly normal operations three days after it was the scene of a mass shooting in which a gunman killed 12 people.

    Washington Navy Yard reopens 3 days after massacre

    The Washington Navy Yard reopened for normal operations Thursday with returning employees saying they still felt unsettled about the shooting there earlier this week in which a gunman killed 12 people. Some employees who streamed by the red brick wall of the Navy Yard in the early morning sun said it was too soon for them to even talk about the shootings. Others said it will take a while to get...

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    Golf outing to benefit Wounded Warrior Project

    A Mundelein police officer and a U.S. Army first sergeant have partnered together to organize a golf tournament to benefit Wounded Warrior Project. The Warrior Cup Charity Golf Tournament will take place on Friday, Sept. 27, at Brae Loch Golf Club in Grayslake.

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    Pope Francis kisses a child as he arrives for his weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013.

    Quotes from Pope Francis interview

    Pope Francis, the first Jesuit pope, reflected on his style, influences and priorities as pope in an interview with La Civilta Cattolica, the Jesuit journal in Rome, which published the remarks Thursday. Here are some highlights.

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    A man uses a makeshift zip line to cross a river after a bridge collapsed under the force of the rains caused by Tropical Storm Manuel near the town of Petaquillas, Mexico, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013.

    58 more missing after massive Mexico storm

    Mexico’s government said 58 people were missing after a massive landslide smashed through a tiny coffee-growing village deep in the country’s southern mountains, where fresh waves of rain threatened more danger for rescue workers trying to evacuate the last residents from the isolated hamlet on Thursday.

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    Republican Sen. John McCain insisted he is “more pro-Russian” than President Vladimir Putin, accusing Putin of corruption, repression and self-serving rule in an opinion piece for Pravda newspaper answering the Russian leader’s broadside last week in The New York Times.

    McCain slams Putin in opinion piece for Pravda

    Republican Sen. John McCain insisted he is “more pro-Russian” than President Vladimir Putin, accusing Putin of corruption, repression and self-serving rule in an opinion piece for Pravda newspaper answering the Russian leader’s broadside last week in The New York Times. “I am pro-Russian, more pro-Russian than the regime that misrules you today,” McCain wrote. “I make that claim because I...

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    Jihadis capture northern Syrian town near Turkey

    Al-Qaida-linked gunmen in northern Syria captured a town near the Turkish border after heavy clashes with a rebel group in the area, activists said Thursday. It was the latest development in what has been a relatively new component in the Syrian conflict — stepped-up infighting between extremists with ties to al-Qaida and Western-backed opposition groups.

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    FedEx Ground plans Rock Island distribution site

    FedEx will open a new distribution facility in Rock Island in 2015. The 189,000-square-foot operation is replacing a smaller facility in Moline. Allison Houser is a spokeswoman for FedEx Ground. She tells The Rock Island Argus that the new building will be part of the company’s effort to expand its network across the country.

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    In this photo provided by the U.S. Navy, an FBI evidence response team vehicle is parked outside Building 197 at the Navy Yard in Washington as evidence is collected Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. A gunman killed 12 people at the base on Monday, Sept. 16, 2013.

    Investigators review erratic behavior of DC gunman

    Investigators have been focusing on the erratic behavior of a former Navy reservist who law enforcement officials say was grappling with paranoia and had reported hearing voices and being followed before he gunned down 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard this week.

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    Egyptian security forces help the lifeless body of Giza Police Gen. Nabil Farrag, center, who was killed after unidentified militants opened fire on security forces deployed early morning to the town of Kerdasa to drive off suspected Islamists taking control of the town near Giza Pyramids, Egypt, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013.

    Egypt troops storm Islamist stronghold near Cairo

    Egyptian security forces backed by armored fighting vehicles and helicopters stormed a town known to be an Islamist stronghold outside of Cairo near the Great Pyramids on Thursday, coming under barrages of fire from gunmen on rooftops as they searched door to door for militants.

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    Winfield: Our community pool is in Carol Stream

    Many Winfield residents who responded to a recent survey said they would use the park district more if it had a community pool. But park district officials insist they have no plans to float the idea of a property tax increase to construct such a facility. Instead, the district wants to raise public awareness about an agreement that lets Winfield residents use public pools in Carol Stream,...

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    Sugar Grove annexing land at I-88, Route 47

    Sugar Grove is poised to annex more than 700 acres around the intersection of I-88 and Route 47, for possible commercial and residential development, as it also campaigns to get a full interchange built there.

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    The McHenry Outdoor Theater will be converting from 35 mm film to digital projection after winning an online contest. Owner Scott Dehn said he’ll miss the old film, but is “looking forward to the higher quality product we’ll be able to show our customers.”

    McHenry drive-in wins contest to go digital

    McHenry Outdoor Theater owner Scott Dehn was falling well short of the estimated $130,000 he needed to buy the digital equipmewnt he needed to stay in business. But in a stroke of last-minute luck, he won a contest. When told his business -- one of the last two drive-ins in the suburbs -- was saved, “I just fell to my knees,” he said.

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    Vernon Hills police officer Joe Reyna, right with sons Joe and Alex, was honored by Chief Mark Fleischhauer, left, for saving a child. Dispatcher Eugene Travis is standing and Reyna is joined by sons, Joe and Alex.

    Vernon Hills officer honored for saving child’s life

    Vernon Hills police Office Joe Reyna has been honored by the department for saving a child who wasn't breathing on Aug. 28. What's remarkable, his superiors say, is it was his third save in less than four years. "Most of us go through our entire careers without an opportunity to be involved in a life and death situation," Police Chief Mark Fleischhauer said. "But then most of us aren't Officer...

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    Dawn Patrol: No. 1 Boomers celebrate; Aurora native wins TV show

    Champion Boomers get warm welcome home in Schaumburg. Aurora native wins ‘Big Brother’ reality show. Elderly care unit closes in Elk Grove Village. Ex-E. Aurora teacher gets probation for inappropriate texts. Danada horse adoption offers under scrutiny. Naperville police warn of burglaries. Former Meadows QB has EIU offense rolling. Halton, Thornburg lead Brewers past Cubs, 7-0.

Sports

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

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

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

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

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

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    Glenbard North football coach Ryan Wilkens talk with quarterback Brett Gasiorowski during a recent practice. The Panthers might soon drop to Class 7A from Class 8A.

    Do teams need to move up to win?

    When it comes to reaching an IHSA state championship football game, coaches and players will go to just about any legal length to achieve that dream.How far will they go? This week’s Eyes on Five takes a look, and adds a couple other tidbits along the way.

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    WW South enjoys familiar feeling

    West Aurora coach Nate Eimer declared Friday night that Wheaton Warrenville South has a chance to win another state championship.

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    Scouting Week 4, Northwest

    Here's a look at the Week 4 football matchups featuring teams from the Mid-Suburban League plus St. Viator, Maine West, Leyden and Christian Liberty.

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    University of Michigan volleyball player Ally Davis, a standout at Hinsdale Central, is back competing again after serving as a bone marrow donor last year for her older sister, Ashley.

    Davis sisters’ story one of courage, sacrifice and perseverance

    Ashley Davis surely stood out sitting among a sea of Louisville red and white and Michigan maize and blue at Michigan’s NCAA tournament match last November. There she was, adorned in the pink No. 6 Michigan jersey of her sister Ally.The match over, Ashley greeted Ally and handed a roll of mint LifeSavers candy to her with a message.“Thanks for saving my life,” Ashley said.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Elk Grove prevails at Leyden

    Junior Amber Lindfors (6 kills, 2 blocks) and senior Melissa Solorio (3 kills, 1 block) led the attack for Elk Grove which defeated host Leyden 25-17, 25-18 in the nonconference girls volleyball match. Kerry Souder handed out 11 assists and also had a kill for the Grens (6-8).

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    Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville yells at his team during the first period of an NHL preseason hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Chicago Thursday.

    Blackhawks fans finally get to see Crosby

    Sidney Crosby played his first game at the United Center since his rookie season in 2005-06 and reminded everyone why he is the best player in hockey. He had a goal and could have had several more in Pittsburgh’s 4-3 shootout win over the Blackhawks on Thursday.

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    Scouting Week 4, Lake County

    Here's a look at the Week 4 matchups from the perspective of teams in the North Suburban Conference plus Grayslake Central, Grayslake North and Carmel.

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    Yandall leads Wauconda’s win

    Chalk one up for girl power. Playing against the boys at Fox Lake Country Club on Thursday, Wauconda’s Annette Yandall earned medalist honors with a 41, 1 shot better than teammate Brad Efflandt. Wauconda carded a 173 in defeating Grant (218), which was led by Sam Saghafi’s 50.

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    Lake Forest sinks Mundelein

    Girls swimmingLake Forest 118, Mundelein 68: Erin Falconer and Karrie Kozokar each won an individual race and swam on two winning relays for the Mustangs in their North Suburban Conference loss.Falconer touched first in the 200-yard individual medley (2:11.57), while Kozokar captured the 100 freestyle (53.71). Mundelein won the 200 medley relay in 1:51.32 with Falconer, Jenn Kordik, Kozokar and Rachel Robb. The same four girls sped to a winning 1:38.51 in the 200 freestyle relay.

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    Grayslake North rolls to victory

    Summer Camper, happy camper.The senior outside hitter slammed 5 kills to help Grayslake North’s girls volleyball team defeat Woodstock North 25-13, 25-13 in Fox Valley Fox Division action Thursday night.Grayslake North (5-11, 2-3) also received 4 kills from Nicole LeBaron and three apiece from Bailee Hardy and Alaina Geissberger (4 blocks). Cassie Reimbold contributed 3 aces and 9 digs for the Knights, and Kendall Buchman lofted 7 assists on 34-of-35 setting.Crystal Lake Central d. Grayslake Central: Alex Dahlstrom had 5 kills and Allie Daul posted 5 blocks for the Rams, who lost the FVC Fox match 25-19, 25-14.Gabi Casper chipped in 3 kills and 11 digs for Grayslake Central (10-5, 2-2), while Teresa Curtis led the defense with 13 digs. Anna Basten also had 5 blocks.“We played well against a tough CLC team,” Grayslake Central coach Jason Janczak said. “I am proud of our effort.”Grant d. Wilmot: The two teams played five sets, with the Bulldogs prevailing 25-23, 23-25, 16-25, 25-15, 15-11.Kylie Mueller had 8 kills and 5 solo blocks for Grant, while Anna Panasenko registered 6 blocks. Beka Couch also slammed 8 kills. Deanna Rodriguez’s 9 digs paced the defense. Alyssa Wilhelm was 26-of-27 serving with 7 aces.St. Viator d. Vernon Hills: Kasey Firnbach pounded 7 kills for the Cougars in their 26-24, 25-14 loss.Vernon Hills (3-9) also got 3 kills and 2 aces from Sienna Spiglanin. Jenna Joyce and Tori Smith posted 3 and 2 blocks, respectively, for the Cougars.

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    Muchmore, Libertyville outlast St. Viator in PK’s

    How much more could a fan ask for? Libertyville’s boys soccer team went the distance with host St. Viator on Thurdsay, going through 100 minutes of action that included 2 overtimes. Even that much play couldn’t decide a winner. Sam Muchmore could, though. The Wildcats’ keeper made the difference in penalty kicks, with a huge diving save to his right for one of his 11 stops as No. 5 seed Libertyville edged No. 4 St. Viator 2-1 (5-3 on PK’s) in the 10th Annual Pepsi Showdown quarterfinals in Arlington Heights on Thursday afternoon.

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    Ohio State’s Michael Bennett recovers a fumble by Cal’s Jared Goff during the first quarter last Saturday’s game in Berkeley, Calif.

    Buckeyes not perfect on defense but still 3-0

    The Ohio State coaching staff determined that the Buckeyes missed 16 tackles last Saturday at California — the goal is a single-digit total. Yet it’s hard to argue with a 52-34 win, forcing two turnovers and a 3-0 record.

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    Ryan Hoffman of Glenbard South and Raul Ayala of Fenton work the ball during the Fenton at Glenbard South boys soccer game Thursday.

    Fenton strikes 3 times at Glenbard South

    Fenton coach David Alvarez didn’t want to win his team’s Metro Suburban Conference opener because of the weather. Holding a 1-0 halftime lead at Glenbard South, lightning was spotted just north of the stadium as the second half was about to begin, causing a 70-minute delay. Had the game not finished, the Bison would have been declared the winner. However, the lightning cleared and both teams took to the field for the second half. A pair of insurance goals in the final 40 minutes secured a 3-0 shutout, giving Fenton the win in regulation.

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    Maine West’s Nelson Herrera drills a shot past Maine East goalie David Patlyk on Thursday for the second of his four goals in the Warriors’ 6-2 victory.

    Herrera, Maine West handle Maine East

    Maine West striker Nelson Herrera produced his fourth 4-goal effort of the season as the Warriors handled Maine East 6-2 on Thursday in CSL North action.

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    Scouting Week 4 in the Fox Valley

    Scouting the weekend's football games in the Fox Valley.

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    Batavia’s Brendan Allen (8) is defended by Geneva’s Jason Lagger (4).

    Larson’s last-second shot beats Geneva

    Ian Larson sort of vanished and was forgotten as he slipped into the club scene last year. What he did for host Batavia on Thursday night though won’t be forgotten anytime soon.

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    Associated Press The Cubs’ Nate Schierholtz, right, is congratulated by teammates Anthony Rizzo, left, and Ryan Sweeney, center, after hitting a two-run home run against the Milwaukee Brewers during the third inning e Thursday in Milwaukee.

    Cubs’ focus should be on offense, not the manager

    If Cubs president Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer decide to fire field manager Dale Sveum, all of the heat then would be focused on them. Epstein and Hoyer have enough problems. The biggest is addressing the Cubs' anemic offensive attack.

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    Can it really be that Bears coach Marc Trestman has no idea who Willy Wonka is?

    Spellman’s Scorecard: Minor red flag on Trestman

    Things have gotten off to such a strong start for Bears coach Marc Trestman, but one thing he said this week sent up the red flag. That and much more in Spellman's Scorecard.

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    By John Dietz Being loyal is generally thought of as being a good thing. Loyal friend. Loyal fan. Loyal worker. Loyal family pet. But when it comes to fantasy football, loyalty should take a big, fat backseat to good old-fashioned production. Those of you suffering with the likes of Tony Romo, Tom Brady and Cam Newton are no doubt looking at those players and wondering just how long you should stay loyal to them, and in the process allow them to ruin your season. Of course, the thought of benching a household name like Brady, especially on a long-term basis, seems insane. But is it? The Patriots are struggling mightily for a multitude of reasons: ŸThe loss of Wes Welker. Everyone thought Danny Amendola was the answer, but the injury-prone WR is out 2-6 weeks. And even healthy, he’s no Welker. ŸThe loss of Rob Gronkowski. Brady dearly misses his No. 1 red zone target. ŸThe loss of Aaron Hernandez. This probably can’t be emphasized enough. Hernandez and Gronk formed the most impossible-to-defend 1-2 tight end duo in the league. ŸThe loss of Shane Vereen. Placed on IR/designated to return, Vereen — a speedy and deadly tailback — is a critical part of the offense out of the backfield but isn’t eligible to return until Week 11. All of these losses are proving too much for Brady and Co. to overcome. So should you stay loyal to Brady? To Romo? To Newton? No way. They aren’t producing, so find somebody who will. My suggestion is to consider using St. Louis’ Sam Bradford, or at the very least pick up San Diego’s Philip Rivers (7 TD passes, fourth in fantasy points among QBs). Bradford or Rivers may look like a red-headed stepchild sitting in your lineup as the mug shots of Brady or Romo or Newton smile at you from the bench. And your league-mates might start sending you nasty, smack-filled texts and emails when they see what you’re up to. But when the stepchild (in Rivers case) has a tantalizing Week 3-9 schedule (at Tennessee, vs. Dallas, at Oakland, vs. Indy, at Jacksonville, bye, at Washington), you adopt him and hug him as the points roll in. Bradford’s schedule isn’t very daunting either and he will be solid all season. It takes guts to make a decision like this — and to be clear, I believe Brady will be fine eventually — but in the meantime, it’s all about winning. Show Rivers or Bradford some respect and you’ll become loyal to them in no time. My teams: A pretty blah start as my auction team is 1-1 thanks to nice games by Matt Forte, Mike Wallace and Jimmy Graham. My regular team is 0-2 thanks to a 106-105 loss in Week 2. Maurice Jones-Drew (27 yards) and Arian Foster (79 yards) couldn’t get me a few more yards? Pathetic. Good bets ŸCowboys QB Tony Romo vs. St. Louis. Bouncing like a pingpong ball from Good Bets to Bad, Romo makes an excellent play against a Rams D that gave up 327 yards to Carson Palmer and 374 to Matt Ryan. ŸBengals QB Andy Dalton vs. Green Bay. Barely in the top 20 among QBs in fantasy scoring, watch for Dalton to join Robert Griffin III and Colin Kaepernick in dissecting the Packers’ weak pass defense. ŸLions RB Joique Bell at Washington. Reggie Bush (knee) is likely a game-time decision, so this pick hinges a bit on how that turns out. Even if Bush plays, I like Bell as a solid flex option; if Bush is out, Bell will maul the Redskins to the tune of 140-170 yards from scrimmage and 1-2 TDs. ŸNiners RB Frank Gore vs. Indianapolis. Few backs are off to a worse start than Gore (30 carries, 60 yards), but he will make amends this week with a solid game against the Colts. ŸRams WR Tavon Austin at Dallas. Leading the Rams with 19 targets, Austin should be a nice WR3 going forward. ŸPatriots WR Julian Edelman vs. Tampa Bay. Until Rob Gronkowski and Danny Amendola are 100 percent, Edelman is the perfect WR3 — a guy who will consistently get you 7-9 points a week. ŸVikings defense vs. Cleveland. The Browns just traded Trent Richardson and are starting Brian Hoyer at QB. Yahtzee! Bad bets ŸColts QB Andrew Luck at San Francisco. ESPN.com has Sam Bradford, Philip Rivers, Carson Palmer and Andy Dalton all ranked behind Luck, which is ludicrous. Those five will all outscore Luck, with Bradford and Dalton likely to finish in the top 10. ŸPanthers QB Cam Newton vs. New York Giants. Another ludicrous ranking: Newton is four spots above Romo on the ESPN site. Absurd. ŸJaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew at Seattle. A banged-up MJD is no more than a desperation flex play in Seattle this week. I have this waste of skin, and he’s riding the pine. Welcome to the first team, Joique Bell! ŸBills RB C.J. Spiller at New York Jets. The two feature backs to face the Jets this season have just 105 yards on 40 carries (2.63 ypc). Spiller may hit 70-90 yards from scrimmage, but I don’t see a huge day on the horizon. ŸChargers WR Eddie Royal at Tennessee. With 5 TDs already, Royal has been everybody’s favorite waiver-wire pickup. Just remember that he’s already reached his career high for TDs and is unlikely to score another 5 before the season’s out. ŸVikings WR Greg Jennings vs. Cleveland. Nice bounce-back effort by Jennings (5-84) against the Bears, but CB Joe Haden will make it a long afternoon Sunday. There are many other good options out there this week. ŸSteelers WR Antonio Brown vs. the Bears. The Steelers have 19 points in two games. Until rookie RB Le’Veon Bell comes back from his foot injury — hopefully in Week 6 — all Steelers should be sitting. jdietz@dailyherald.com

    Time for some of you to make a bold move
    Fantasy football owners being let down by Tom Brady, Cam Newton, Tony Romo or any other middling QB will want to check out the remedy proposed by John Dietz this week.

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    Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Greg Jennings (15) and Jay Cutler (6) laugh after the Bears beat Minnesota last Sunday.

    Acting not Cutler’s calling card

    Bears quarterback Jay Cutler said he enjoyed appearing with his wife, Kristin Cavallari on the episode of "The League," that aired Wednesday night, but it's probably not a career path he's going to pursue in the future.

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    Bears coach Marc Trestman has been busy this week figuring out ways to deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 3-4 defense.

    Steelers pose fresh challenge for Trestman, Cutler

    The difficulty factor for the 2-0 Bears is expected to increase Sunday when they travel to Pittsburgh for a nationally televised game against a Steelers team considered more dangerous than its 0-2 record would indicate.

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    Baez won’t play in fall league

    Cubs coverage

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    Sky looks to solve Fever in first round

    For the Chicago Sky: How to solve the problem that is the Indiana Fever.

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    Boys soccer/Fox Valley roundup

    Nestor Ascencio fed Juan Munoz for the game’s only goal in the first half Thursday night as the Streamwood boys soccer team notched a 1-0 win over Oak Park-River Forest in a consolation game of the Pepsi Showdown.Sergio Blanco made 5 saves in goal to register the shutout for the Sabres (7-2).Larkin 1, Glenbrook North 1: In another Pepsi Showdown consolation game, Griffen Perez scored off a Pancho Garcia assist in the second half as Larkin forged a tie. Javy Delgado had 5 saves in goal for the Royals (4-2-3).Westminster Christian 1, Harvest Christian 0: Chad Thomason scored off a Joey Tyrell assist in the second half to lead the Warriors to a Northeastern Athletic Conference win. Alex Wocjic made 6 saves in goal for Westminster (5-3 overall) and Noah Fox had 2 saves for Harvest (1-2 NAC).Elgin 7, Elgin Academy 0: Daniel Geary had 2 goals and an assist to lead the Maroons (4-4-2) to a nonconference win. Luis Maldonado, Joel Chavez, Adan Ramirez, Anthony Rodriguez and Zachary Erickson added goals for Elgin, while Roberto Martinez and Edgar Zavala had assists. Falvio Jaimes and Eleno Montes each made 3 saves in the net for the Maroons. Jonathan Shen had 11 saves for Elgin Academy.CL South 4, Woodstock 0: Stefan Harris scored twice with Ryan Rasmussen and Orlando Tapia adding single goals, while Guz Alvarez made 4 saves in goal for his fifth shutout of the season as the Gators (5-4-2) won this Fox Valley Conference crossover.Cary-Grove 4, Woodstock North 0: Kevin Wilde found the back of the net twice, while Dale Opasser and Patrick McKune scored once each for the Trojans (7-2), who won their seventh straight game in this FVC crossover. Ethen Csoka made 2 saves in goal for Cary-Grove.Downers Grove South 2, Bartlett 1: AJ Santori scored off a Justin Busch assist and Andrew Nowak had 6 saves for Bartlett.

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    Beckham playing through injury, and it shows
    When he hasn't been hampered by injuries to his left wrist and right quad this season, White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham showed he still has plenty of potential to live up to his initial all-star billing.

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    Dundee-Crown surprises Huntley

    The shock waves were reverberating all around the Dundee-Crown High School campus Thursday night. No, there wasn’t an earthquake in the Carpentersville area. The excitement came from host Dundee-Crown’s earthshaking upset win over Huntley by the scores 16-25, 25-20, 28-26 in Fox Valley Conference Valley Division girls volleyball action.

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    Girls volleyball/Fox Valley roundup

    St. Edward d. Montini: Katie Swanson had 11 kills, 11 digs and 2 aces to lead St. Edward to a 25-23, 25-22 Suburban Christian Blue win. Cece Rapp had 5 kills, Allison Kruk 14 digs, Clara McDowell 13 digs, Shannon Igielski 4 kills, Megan Barth 7 digs and Mallory Gross 19 assists for the Green Wave (10-4, 1-0), who handed Montini its first loss of the season.South Elgin d. Bartlett: Ashley Oandasan had 9 kills and Bri Reum added 8 to lead South Elgin to a 25-21, 25-20 Upstate Eight Valley win. Katie Innis had 11 digs for the Storm (6-5, 1-0) and Adriene Loiscano contributed 20 assists. Rachel Hartford led Bartlett (3-11-1, 0-2-0) with 5 kills and 6 digs. Danielle Santucci had 11 assists for the Hawks.Metea Valley d. Larkin: Olivia Kofie had 9 kills and 4 digs and Alyssa McGhee added 8 assist and 5 digs for Larkin (10-7) in its 25-21, 25-19 Upstate Eight crossover loss. Mia Gill had 7 digs and Brianna Stewart added 6 digs and 2 kills for the Royals.Hampshire d. Woodstock: Caitlin Conlon and Erin Foss had 10 kills each as Hampshire won in the Fox Valley Conference Fox Division 25-17, 22-25, 25-14. Julianna Gass had 18 digs and Foss 13 for the Whip-Purs.Cary-Grove d. Jacobs: Abby Schebel had 17 kills and Meghan Seymour dished out 33 assists and served 3 aces as the Trojans (9-7, 2-2) prevailed in the FVC Valley 28-30, 25-21, 25-22. Katie Mahoney had 10 kills and Kassie Kasper added 9 digs for Jacobs (5-6, 0-4). Kyla Fitzsimmons had 8 kills for the Golden Eagles and Ester Onata added 12 assists.

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    Blackhawks’ Sheldon Brookbank, left, talks with Ryan Stanton during the second period of an NHL preseason hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Chicago Thursday.

    Penguins best Blackhawks in shootout

    Beau Bennet scored the lone goal in the shootout, and the Pittsburgh Penguins rebounded after giving up a two-goal lead to beat the Blackhawks 4-3 Thursday night.Sidney Crosby, Derrick Pouliot and Joe Vitale scored in regulation for Pittsburgh (1-1-1).Chicago’s Brandon Bollig shoveled in a rebound from a scrum in front of the net with 6:53 left in the third to tie it at 3 and send it to overtime. Patrick Sharp and Ben Smith both scored for the second straight game for the Blackhawks (1-1-0).Crosby, whose career has been punctuated by games lost to concussions, was struck by the stick of Chicago’s Adam Clendening in the final minute of overtime and dropped to the ice. He got up slowly, then skated to the bench on his own.Crosby was Pittburgh’s second shooter in the shootout and missed on a backhand attempt.

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    Stenson opens with 64 to take lead at East Lake

    Henrik Stenson changed his attitude and chose a different target at the Tour Championship.Instead of smashing a driver and a locker, he demolished the front nine at East Lake on Thursday with a five birdies over a six-hole stretch that carried him to a 6-under 64 and a one-shot lead over Masters champion Adam Scott.It was a big turnaround from Monday at Conway Farms, not only on his scorecard but between the ears.“I just needed to realize the world is a good place again,” Stenson said.Stenson was playing his seventh tournament in 10 weeks when the BMW Championship was extended a day by rain. He slammed his driver so hard into the ground on the final hole that the head snapped off, and then he took out his frustrations on his wooden locker at Conway Farms.Playing all 18 holes at East Lake for the first time, it looked like he couldn’t miss. On the opening seven holes, he had only one iron shot outside 10 feet, and he converted five of them for birdie.“I really knew I had to be in a good frame of mind coming out there if I wanted to play good golf this week,” he said. “As some of you noticed, I wasn’t that on Monday when I finished up in Chicago. So it was a good turnaround mentally. I stayed very level-headed — kept the head on, both myself and drivers, and played a great round of golf.”Tiger Woods didn’t make a thing.Woods missed a short birdie putt on his opening hole that set the tone for the day. He was the only player in the 30-man field to go without a birdie. On the par 5s, Woods three-putted for par on No. 9 and missed a putt just inside 10 feet on No. 15.It was only the seventh time in his PGA Tour career — and third time at East Lake — that he went an entire round without a birdie. Woods shot a 73, matching his highest opening round of the year. He walked past reporters without comment.Scott did his damage on the back nine, making six birdies in seven holes for a 29 that had him tied for the lead until Stenson finished off his remarkable round with a 5-iron from 223 yards to 4 feet for birdie on the par-3 closing hold.“It was a tale of two nines, there’s no doubt,” Scott said. “I missed three greens with wedges on the front nine and wasted all my chances to score. I hit two good shots into 10 and rolled a putt in, which calmed me down. And then I just went and played, and played the way I felt I could.”Stenson, the No. 2 seed and the hottest player in golf over the last three months, and Scott (No. 3) only have to win the Tour Championship to capture the FedEx Cup and the $10 million prize. Even more is at stake for Scott, who would be a strong candidate for PGA Tour player of the year if he were to win this week. That would give him three wins, compared with five wins for Woods, though Scott would have a major and the FedEx Cup.“There haven’t been too many guys who have been in the position the last 12 years to even warrant thinking about it,” Scott said. “So it’s an opportunity that might not come along too often. I’m going to be working hard to try and make my case for it.”More than feeling better about his attitude, Stenson was helped by feeling no pain in his left wrist.He suspects he slept it on wrong last weekend, and it reached a point where it hurt to hold a toothbrush. He played only nine holes of practice — the front nine — on Tuesday and iced his wrist and took anti-inflammatories. It seemed to have worked.The biggest change was his attitude.Stenson is known for public displays of frustrations — remember that poor tee marker at Carnoustie in 2007? — but this was peculiar because he had just won the Deutsche Bank Championship in his previous tournament. That capped off an amazing summer that began with four straight tournaments in the top 3, including two majors and a World Golf Championship. He said he apologized to the club and told the locker room attendants to keep in contact, presumably so he can pay for the repairs.Why so much anger so soon?

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    Challenge hazing by doing something write

    Elliot Hopkins hopes he will see a day where hazing is finally razed from our society. “I’m forever optimistic that hazing can be ended,” Hopkins said, “and we can divert our energies to something more productive.” Until that time arrives, however, Hopkins isn’t going to stop trying to raise awareness about the damage inflicted from hazing. It’s a cause he’s been dedicated to in 21 years of working with the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) and the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association.

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    Morton goal with 7 seconds left stuns Huntley

    Each goalkeeper made key saves Thursday night to keep the Pepsi Showdown boys soccer quarterfinal scoreless. Unfortunately for Huntley, goalkeeper Austen Emery had little chance with 7 seconds remaining. Morton’s Leo Delgado headed a free kick past Emery and into the net to send the Mustangs to a 1-0 victory over the Red Raiders in Huntley.

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    Dundee-Crown Charger Classic turns 40

    The area’s most prestigious boys’ golf tournament is celebrating a big birthday this year. The Dundee-Crown Charger Classic turns 40 on Saturday. The 18-hole event will take place at Randall Oaks Golf Club in West Dundee with a 1 p.m. shotgun start. Awards will be given to the team champions and the Top 10 individuals.

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    Harvest Christian’s Shayna Manusos and Chloe Corbett, right, celebrate a late point in their two game victory over Westminster Christian Thursday in Elgin.

    Harvest Christian sweeps Westminster

    Harvest Christian just had too many weapons for Westminster Christian. The Lions came at the Warriors from all angles on the way to a 25-14, 25-18 Northeastern Athletic Conference girls volleyball victory in Elgin Thursday night. Four players recorded 4 or more kills for Harvest, led by Sydney Doby with 11 and Ellie Burzlaff with 8.

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    Another slick effort from Prospect

    The Winnetka Golf Course course played longer than usual on Thursday. It was very wet and there was no roll. But there no stopping the Prospect girls golf team that has been a state contender since day one of the 2013 season. Going up against the defending state champs on their home course, Prospect tied its school record for nine holes to defeat New Trier 147-173. The Knights matched the 147 they shot at the Mt. Prospect Golf Club in a dual meet against Hersey last season.

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    Game video: Crystal Lake South vs. Prairie Ridge
    Crystal Lake South takes on Prairie Ridge Friday night in Week 4 action. Follow the game here with video from High School Cube, then come back later for the replay an highlights.

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    The rest of the season is in jeopardy for Stevenson’s Western Michigan-bound lineman Zach Novoselsky, left, as he recovers from a broken fibula and lingering ankle problems.

    It’s almost game time for coach and QB McNamara

    Stevenson coach Bill McNamara is preparing for next week's contest against Vernon Hills. It will be a special week, as McNamara's son, Connor, plays quarterback for the Cougars.

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    Injury bug against bites Grant’s Bychowski

    You’ve got to feel for Grant senior Jake Bychowski. The talented quarterback and running back and defender hasn’t ever finished a full season for the Bulldogs. And clearly, it’s not because he can’t find a place in the lineup. Bychowski has been riddled with injuries over the course of his bright but brief career. The latest is an ankle injury that occurred in last week’s Libertyville game.

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    Coach Bill Modelski is enjoying a 3-0 start for the Conant team which features his senior son Danny at quarterback.

    Modelski father-son approach a steady success at Conant

    Many coaches get involved in football because they eventually want their sons to be the quarterback. But for Conant coach Bill Modelski, that was the furthest thing from his mind. “My oldest son Kevin was an offensive guard when he played here,” Bill Modelski said. “And when Danny came here, he was a center. But his body changed and he was perfect for our quarterback spot.” Bill Modelski knew that he could be in for some long criticism and possible heartache for his decision. So he went to the best source for a ruling: his wife, Karla. Not just because Karla was a wife and a mom, but because Karla’s is the daughter of G.C. Nalley, a hall-of-fame football coach at Lisle, where her two brothers played quarterback for their dad.

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    Scouting this weekend’s Tri-Cities football games
    Previews of Week 4 high school football games for the TriCities coverage area

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    Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez is sandwiched by UCLA’s Myles Jack, left, and Anthony Barr during the third quarter of last weekend’s home loss to the Bruins. Martinez is unlikely to play this week because of turf toe.

    Redshirt freshman likely to start at QB for Huskers

    Nebraska coach Bo Pelini says Taylor Martinez is doubtful for Saturday’s game against South Dakota State and that redshirt freshman Tommy Armstrong Jr. is the probable starter.

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    Big Ten hockey begins as sport enters new era

    The Big Ten is ready to take the ice. The venerable conference built by storied football programs is about to start its first sanctioned hockey season.

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    Notre Dame wide receiver DaVaris Daniels, left, pushes off Purdue cornerback Ricardo Allen on his way to an 82-yard touchdown reception last weekend in West Lafayette, Ind.

    Daniels becoming a difference-maker for Notre Dame

    DaVaris Daniels led the Irish in yards per catch last season at 15.8 but averaged fewer than three catches a game. He began showing signs of what he could do, however, by having the longest catch for Notre Dame in five of the 11 games he played. “He’s one of those guys once in a while you have to light a fire under,” coach Brian Kelly said.

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    Chicago Cubs' Nate Schierholtz, right, is congratulated by teammates Anthony Rizzo, left, and Ryan Sweeney, center, after hitting a two-run home run against the Milwaukee Brewers during the third inning of a baseball game Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Darren Hauck)

    Cubs beat Brewers 5-1, stop 5-game losing streak

    Jake Arrieta delivered just what the Cubs needed as another sorry season nears it end. Luis Valbuena, Nate Schierholtz and Brian Bogusevic homered, and the Cubs beat the Milwaukee Brewers 5-1 Thursday to stop a five-game losing streak.

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    NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman discusses the Stadium Series hockey game between the Blackhawks and Pittsburgh Penguins to be held in March at Soldier Field in Chicago.

    Hawks looking forward to Soldier Field game

    While Duncan Keith still thinks the Blackhawks-Red Wings game at Wrigley Field in 2009 was special, he's also looking excited about the team's first outdoors game at Soldier Field on March 1 against Pittsburgh.“As players we’re all looking forward to this game,” Keith said. “We don’t want to get ahead of ourselves in any way, but it’s hard not to look at a game like this and how cool it’s going to be.” Blackhawks officials and NFL Commission Gary Bettman gathered at Soldier Field on Thursday to draw attention to the event.

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    Game video: Neuqua Valley vs. St. Charles East
    Neuqua Valleyu takes on St. Charles East Friday night in Week 4 action. Follow the game here with video from High School Cube, then come back later for the replay an highlights.

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    Game video: St. Francis vs. Montini
    Montini takes on St. Francis Friday night in Week 4 action. Follow the game here with video from High School Cube, then come back later for the replay an highlights.

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    Game video: Glenbard West vs. Lyons Township
    Glenbard West takes on Lyons Township Friday night in Week 4 action. Follow the game here with video from High School Cube, then come back later for the replay an highlights.

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    Game video: Elgin vs. St. Charles North
    Elgin takes on St. Charles North Friday night in Week 4 action. Follow the game here with video from High School Cube, then come back later for the replay an highlights.

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    Game video: Downers Grove North vs. Oak Parlk-River Forest
    Downers Grove North takes on Oak Park-River Forest Friday night in Week 4 action. Follow the game here with video from High School Cube, then come back later for the replay an highlights.

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    Game video: Benet vs. Crete-Monee
    Benet Academy takes on Crete-Monee Friday night in Week 4 action. Follow the game here with video from High School Cube, then come back later for the replay an highlights.

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    Game video: WW South vs. West Aurora
    West Aurora takes on Wheaton Warrenville South Friday night in Week 4 action. Follow the game here with video from High School Cube, then come back later for the replay an highlights.

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    Game video: Vernon Hills vs. Grant
    Vernon Hills takes on Grant Friday night in Week 4 action. Follow the game here with video from High School Cube, then come back later for the replay an highlights.

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    Game video: Geneva vs. Larkin
    Geneva takes on Larkin Friday night in Week 4 action. Follow the game here with video from High School Cube, then come back later for the replay an highlights.

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    Game video: St. Edward vs. IC Catholic Prep
    St. Edward takes on IC Catholic Prep Friday night in Week 4 action. Follow the game here with video from High School Cube, then come back later for the replay an highlights.

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    Game video: Palatine vs. Elk Grove
    Palatine takes on Elk Grove Friday night in Week 4 action. Follow the game here with video from High School Cube, then come back later for the replay an highlights.

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    Game video: Hersey vs. Fremd
    Hersey takes on Fremd Friday night in Week 4 action. Follow the game here with video from High School Cube, then come back later for the replay an highlights.

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    Game video: Marmion vs. Marian Central
    Marmion takes on Marian Central Friday night in Week 4 action. Follow the game here with video from High School Cube, then come back later for the replay an highlights.

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    Game video: Stevenson vs. Libertyville
    Stevenson takes on Libertyville Friday night in Week 4 action. Follow the game here with video from High School Cube, then come back later for the replay and highlights.

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    Game video: Round Lake vs. Lake Forest
    Round Lake takes on Lake Forest Friday night in Week 4 action. Follow the game here with video from High School Cube, then come back later for the replay and highlights.

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    Game video: Aurora Central Catholic vs. Chicago Christian
    Aurora Central Catholic takes on Chicago Christian Friday in Week 4 action. Follow the game here with video from High School Cube, then come back later for the replay and highlights.

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    Isaiah Campos of Wheaton Warrenville South out runs a Wheaton North defender during the Wheaton North at Wheaton Warrenville South football game Friday.

    Scouting this weekend’s DuPage County football games
    Previews of the top Week 4 high school football games in the DuPage County coverage area

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    Glenbard North’s Justin Jackson is the “Bears All-Star of the Week” for his performance against Naperville North last week.

    Glenbard North’s Jackson Bears All-Star of the Week

    Justin Jackson of Glenbard North High School has been named the “Bears High School All-Star” for Week 3. Jackson, a senior running back and defensive back, rushed for 323 yards and 4 touchdowns on 43 carries in the Panthers’ victory over DuPage Valley Conference rival Naperville North last week. Glenbard North rallied from two first-half deficits to win by a final score of 37-28. Friday’s victory improved the Panthers’ record to 2-1 overall, and 1-0 in the DVC.

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    John Barnes is the last in a long line of soccer players to go through Batavia — there’s been at least one Barnes on a Batavia roster the past 13 years.

    Bittersweet emotions for Barnes family as soccer days wind down

    The end of a high school senior’s athletic career provokes pride, a flood of memories and a bit of trauma for a parent.

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    After leading the Schaumburg Boomers to the Frontier League crown, outfielder/pitcher Sean Mahley was picked up by the Arizona Diamondbacks, who purchased the 24-year-old's contract.

    Boomers’ Mahley joins Arizona Diamondbacks

    After helping the Schaumburg Boomers win the Frontier League championship, outfielder/pitcher Sean Mahley became the second Boomers player to move on to affiliated ball. The Arizona Diamondbacks purchased Mahley’s contract, Boomers officials announced Thursday.

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    Naperville native Candace Parker, left, of the Los Angeles Sparks has won the 2013 MVP award, according to a WNBA source. Parker edged Minnesota's Maya Moore and Chicago Sky rookie Elena Delle Donne for the top honor. Parker also won the award as a rookie in 2008.

    Source: Naperville’s Parker wins WNBA MVP

    Los Angeles Sparks forward Candace Parker has won the WNBA MVP, said a person familiar with the situation. Parker, a star player at Naperville Central and the University of Tennessee, will receive the award Thursday night in Los Angeles before the Sparks play the Phoenix Mercury in the opener of their Western Conference playoff series, the person said. The 27-year-old Parker edged out Minnesota’s Maya Moore and Chicago rookie sensation Elena Delle Donne in one of the closest ballots in league history, the person told the AP. Parker finished with 234 points, Moore had 218 and Delle Donne 189. It’s the closest the top two players have been in the voting since Sheryl Swoopes edged Lauren Jackson by two points in 2005.

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    A skywriter’s message reads “Go Blue,” a reference to one of the colors of rival Michigan, as fans arrive for a game between Michigan State and Youngstown State last Saturday in East Lansing, Mich.

    Michigan athletics dept. behind skywriting at rival Michigan State

    The words “Go Blue” that were written Saturday across the sky above East Lansing and incensed thousands of fans watching a football game at Spartan Stadium was the work of Michigan State’s rival: the University of Michigan.

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    Indiana quarterback Nate Sudfeld rolls out against Bowling Green’s Shaun Joplin during last weekend’s game at Memorial Stadium in Bloomington, Ind.

    Quick-strike Indiana a test for Missouri defense

    Missouri will face another high-octane attack this week at Indiana (2-1), which leads the Big Ten with 50 points and 571.3 yards per game.

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    Penn State running back Zach Zwinak (28) celebrates with teammates Adam Breneman (81) and Jesse James (18) after rushing for a touchdown during the first quarter of last weekend’s game against Central Florida in State College, Pa.

    West Virginia, Penn St. to renew football series

    West Virginia and Penn State will meet in State College, Pa., on Sept. 2, 2023, and in Morgantown on Aug. 31, 2024. They last played in 1992. The series ended when Penn State moved to the Big Ten.

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    Fire finally controls own playoff destiny

    Fire coach Frank Klopas has heard this question before: Tell us about this weekend’s big game.

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    Mike North video: Alex Smith and Andy Reid getting it done in KC
    It seems new coaches are getting it done in the NFL this year, especially if they are quarterback coaches like Andy Reid and Marc Trestman. Look for some noise from the Kansas City Chiefs this year.

Business

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    Fire crews work to control the fire Thursday at Village Pizza & Pub at 145 N. Kennedy Drive in Carpentersville. The cause is under investigation, and nobody was injured.

    Fire damages popular Carpentersville pizzeria

    Village Pizza & Pub, a longtime institution in Carpentersville, was the scene of an attic fire Thursday. Damage was mostly confined to the attic, but it was uncertain how long the popular eatery might be closed. Employees, customers and others lamented the restaurant's stroke of bad luck.

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    Doctors’ group celebrates new Chicago headquarters

    A landmark Chicago skyscraper is the new headquarters of the American Medical Association, a relocation being marked Thursday by a dedication ceremony. The nation’s largest doctors’ group is making its new home at 330 N. Wabash, a building designed by famed architect Ludvig Mies van der Rohe and formerly known as the IBM Building.

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    About 90 percent of child passengers on Illinois roads are riding in car seats, but only three out of five of those car seats are being used correctly.

    Only 3 of 5 car seats used correctly in Illinois

    About 90 percent of child passengers on Illinois roads are riding in car seats, but only three out of five of those car seats are being used correctly.That's according to data from the Illinois Department of Transportation. Transportation officials are especially concerned about the finding because automobile crashes are a leading cause of death for children under the age of 13.

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    Harper among four state colleges given training grants

    Palatine's Harper College and Northwestern University are among four Illinois colleges and universities awarded about $8.5 million to help businesses educate and train workers. U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin announced the workforce development and training grants on Wednesday. He says the Department of Labor grants are intended to address the nation's “skills gap.”

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    CITGO fined for air pollution in Illinois

    The Department of Justice says Houston-based CITGO Petroleum Corp. has agreed pay a $737,000 fine and install air pollution controls at refineries in Illinois and Louisiana to resolve alleged Clean Air Act violations.

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    Big suburban firms joining private health exchanges

    Deerfield-based Walgreen and Hoffman Estates-based Sears Holdings have switched to a private health care exchange operated by Lincolnshire-based Aon Hewitt. Thousands of other suburbanites are doing the same. Is that good? “I would assume these large companies are providing their employees with a sum of money to purchase a health plan on the exchange,” one attorney said.

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    AT&T’s Innovation Center in Arlington Heights recently unveiled rooms using all of the Digital Life services and devices.

    AT&T’s new home exhibit in Arlington store shows off Digital Life

    Kukec's eBuzz column features AT&T's Innovation Center in Arlington Heights, which recently unveiled home office, kitchen and living room areas designed to show off the company's Digital Life product.

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    U.S. 30-year mortgage rate dips to 4.50 percent

    Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages declined this week amid signs the economic recovery is slowing.Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday that the average rate on the 30-year loan fell to 4.50 percent from 4.57 percent last week.

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    FILE - In a July 19, 2013, file photo state-appointed emergency manager Kevyn Orr, right, and Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, address the media during a news conference in Detroit. A judge told a courtroom packed with lawyers Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, that deals between Detroit and its creditors would be better than years of "horrendous" litigation in the largest public bankruptcy in U.S. history. Eastern Michigan's chief federal judge, Gerald Rosen, opened the first formal round of mediation by giving a pep talk and introducing other experts who will work with the city and its creditors to try to reach settlements while the bankruptcy case moves separately through court. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

    Detroit bankruptcy foes beg for judge’s help

    It took decades of mismanagement to build the massive problems that plunged Detroit into bankruptcy. Lawyers will spend months in court sorting out the city’s finances.But the people most affected, the retirees and residents, often aren’t at the table. For a few brief moments Thursday, they got the chance to tell a judge about what the mistakes will mean for them. How they’ll make ends meet.

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    Wells Fargo to lay off 1,800 mortgage employees

    Wells Fargo plans to lay off an additional 1,800 employees from its mortgage department, after cutting about 2,300 jobs from the same unit in August.

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    JPMorgan Chase & Co. will pay $920 million and has admitted that it failed to oversee trading that led to a $6 billion loss and renewed worries about serious risk-taking by major banks.

    JPmorgan Chase agrees to pay $920 million fine

    JPMorgan Chase & Co. will pay $920 million and has admitted that it failed to oversee trading that led to a $6 billion loss and renewed worries about serious risk-taking by major banks.

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    In this Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013 photo a for sale sign hangs in front of a house in Walpole, Mass. U.S. home sales rose in August 2013 to the highest level since February 2007 as buyers rushed to close deals before interest rates rise further.( AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    Home sales hit 6½-year high but could slow soon

    U.S. home sales rose last month to the highest level since February 2007 as buyers rushed to close deals before mortgage rates increased further.Yet the gain could represent a temporary peak if higher rates slow sales in coming months.

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    In this Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, photo, specialist Christopher Culhane works at his post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange after the Federal Reserve announcement. Global stock markets surged Thursday after the U.S. Federal Reserve unexpectedly refrained from reducing its massive economic stimulus. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

    Stocks pause a day after Fed vote

    Wall Street paused Thursday, as investors tried to figure out what to do next following the Federal Reserve’s decision to keep its economic stimulus in place. Stocks and government bond prices pulled back from their record-setting levels on Wednesday. Gold, historically a haven for nervous investors, had its biggest one-day jump since the onset of the financial crisis in September 2008.

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    A developer is seeking village approval to tear down the two-story Weiss office building near Westfield Hawthorn mall in Vernon Hills and replace it with restaurants and retail uses.

    Restaurant, retail plan would change look of Route 21/60 corner in Vernon Hills

    A developer is seeking approval to tear down the two-story Weiss office building near Westfield Hawthorn mall in Vernon Hills and replace it with restaurants and retail uses in three separate buildings. Placing one of the buildings at the northwest corner of routes 21 and 60 would require significant architectural quality and detail to create a signature look in the highly visible area, according to the village.

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    Google Inc., operator of the world's most-popular search engine, is investing in a new company focused on health and well-being.

    Google seeks to tackle health, aging with new company

    Google Inc., operator of the world's most-popular search engine, is investing in a new company focused on health and well-being. The business, called Calico, will address the challenge of aging and related diseases, Google said in a blog posting. The venture will be led by Arthur Levinson, chairman of Roche Holding AG's Genentech unit and a former Google director.

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    Associated Press Job seeker Kelsey Devoe, of Miramar, Fla., fills out a contact form at a job fair in Miami Lakes, Fla. The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits rose 15,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 309,000.

    U.S unemployment benefit applications rise to 309,000

    The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits rose 15,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 309,000. But the data was distorted for the second straight week by reporting delays. The Labor Department says the less volatile four-week average fell 7,000 to 314,750, the lowest in nearly six years.

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    A group of boys walk past a partially collapsed row house in Baltimore. The nation's poverty rate stood still at 15 percent in 2012, the sixth straight year that it has failed to improve. Even as the economy shows signs of improvement and poverty levels off, new U.S. census data suggests the gains are halting and uneven. Depending on education, race, income and even marriage, not all segments of the population are seeing an economic turnaround.

    Census: No sign of economic rebound for many in U.S.

    Even as the economy shows signs of improvement and poverty levels off, new U.S. census data suggests the gains are halting and uneven. Depending on education, race, income and even marriage, not all segments of the population are seeing an economic turnaround.

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    Motion Picture of Association of America of Chief Executive Chris Dodd speaks during his CinemaCon State of the Industry address in Las Vegas.

    Industry sounds alarm on piracy

    The music and movie industries are sounding the alarm again on online piracy, saying illegal downloads are on the rise and search engines like Google aren’t doing enough to stop them. Entertainment executives say they have no intention of trying to revive failed legislation that would have imposed unprecedented regulations on Internet companies.

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    Boeing Co. workers wave at their last C-17 Globemaster III cargo jet as it flies away at the aerospace company’s plant in Long Beach, Calif.

    Boeing to end C-17 airlifter production in 2015

    Chicago-based Boeing Co. announced Wednesday that it will end production of its C-17 Globemaster III military cargo jet and close the final assembly plant in Long Beach in 2015, putting as many as 3,000 jobs at risk as orders plunged in the fragile world economy.

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    Lufthansa airplanes parked at the international airport in Munich, southern Germany. German airline Lufthansa is ordering 34 new jets from Boeing and 25 from European rival Airbus as it updates its long-haul fleet to make it more fuel efficient and lower costs.

    Lufthansa splits big order between Boeing, Airbus

    German airline Lufthansa is ordering 34 new jets from Chicago-based Boeing and 25 from European rival Airbus as it updates its long-haul fleet to make it more fuel efficient and lower costs. Lufthansa said the orders were worth $19 billion at list prices.

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    Oak Brook-based McDonald’s is raising its quarterly cash dividend by 5 percent, bringing its fourth-quarter payout to more than $800 million.

    McDonald’s raises its dividend by 5 percent

    Oak Brook-based McDonald’s is raising its quarterly cash dividend by 5 percent, bringing its fourth-quarter payout to more than $800 million.The world’s largest hamburger chain says its quarterly dividend increases to 81 cents from 77 cents, for an annual total of $3.24 per share. It will make the next payout on Dec. 16 to shareholders of record at Dec. 2.

Life & Entertainment

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    Tony award-winner and Academy Award-nominee Joan Allen will return to the Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s stage after nearly two decades to perform in the production of playwright Zinnie Harris’ “The Wheel.”

    Joan Allen back at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre

    More than two decades after she last acted on the Steppenwolf stage, Joan Allen has returned to the theater where she started her career as the lead in the company’s season premiere. Allen stars as Beatriz in playwright Zinnie Harris’ “The Wheel,” a play commissioned by The National Theatre of Scotland and making its American debut at Steppenwolf when it opens Sunday. The story of a woman living on a farm in 19th-century Spain drew Allen back to Chicago for the first time in 22 years.

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    Tickets for Martina McBride’s “The Joy of Christmas” concert at the Rosemont Theatre go on sale to the public at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 27.

    Martina McBride delivers ‘Joy of Christmas’ to Rosemont
    Tickets for Martina McBride's "The Joy of Christmas" holiday show at the Rosemont Theatre on Saturday, Dec. 21, go on sale to the public at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 27.

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    Elton John will perform Saturday, Nov. 30, at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont.

    Elton John heading to Allstate
    Elton John is set to headline at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont on Saturday, Nov. 30. Tickets go on sale to the public beginning at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 23.

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    FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 16, 2013 file photo, Josh Gad poses for a portrait at the Four Seasons Hotel, in Los Angeles. Gad has a spate of acting and writing projects in the works, including an upcoming TV show with Billy Crystal and starring role in a Sam Kinison biopic, plus ìThanks for Sharing,î in theaters Friday, Sept. 20, 2013. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

    Post ‘Mormon,’ star Josh Gad swoops into Hollywood

    With two movies in theaters, former "Book of Mormon" star Josh Gad is taking his Broadway clout to Hollywood.

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    Sting’s new musical “The Last Ship” will sail onto Broadway after a stop in Chicago.

    Sting’s musical will sail to Chicago, then Broadway

    Singer-songwriter Sting’s new musical “The Last Ship” will sail onto a Broadway stage after a stop in Chicago. Producers said Thursday that the show — inspired by Sting’s memories of growing up in a shipbuilding community in northeast England — will appear on Broadway in the fall of 2014 once it makes its world premiere next summer at Chicago’s Bank of America Theatre.

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    ** FILE ** In this March 5, 2009 file photo, US singer Michael Jackson announces that he is set to play ten live concerts at the London O2 Arena in July, which he announced at a press conference at the London O2 Arena. Lawyers for AEG Live LLC called their final witness on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, in a negligent hiring lawsuit filed by Jackson's mother against the concert promotion company. AEG Live has shown jurors testimony from several of Jackson's former doctors and ended their case after playing the videotaped testimony of Jackson's longtime physician, Dr. Allan Metzger. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan, File)

    Defense rests case in trial over Jackson’s death

    Lawyers for concert promoter AEG Live LLC rested their defense Wednesday with testimony from a longtime friend and doctor of Michael Jackson in the negligence case filed by Jackson’s mother over his death. The trial is in its 21st week and jurors are expected to begin deliberations next week.

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    Pynchon, Lahiri among book award finalists

    Thomas Pynchon, George Saunders and Jhumpa Lahiri were among the finalists Thursday on the fiction long-list for the National Book Awards, a list featuring the kind of high-profile choices major publishers have been advocating for years.

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    Wife of bounty hunter ‘Dog’ denies harassing teen

    The wife of TV bounty hunter Duane “Dog” Chapman has denied verbally harassing a 16-year-old girl at a Colorado lake.

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    Hip-hoppers do their thing in France at the "Battle of the Year."

    B-boys break bad in bloated ‘Battle’

    The dance contest drama “Battle of the Year” crams so many clichés in its seemingly bloated 109 minutes that you just know it will end with a sports movie freeze-frame. And it does! This movie doesn’t really care much for character and dialogue. It’s all about the breaking. That might explain why the story has no romantic subplots and no girls, except for Stacy, the sexless choreographer.

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    Usnavi (Nick Demeris) nervously accepts an invitation to go dancing with Vanessa (Caitlainne Rose Gurreri) in the Tony Award-winning musical “In the Heights” at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora.

    Paramount does right by Tony-winning 'In the Heights'

    The energetic regional theater debut of the Tony Award-winning musical “In the Heights” at the Paramount Theatre shows that this ambitious Aurora venue's Broadway Subscription Series is growing from strength to strength. It's an urban swirl of color and movement celebrating the everyday largely Latino community of New York's Washington Heights neighborhood.

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    Kid golfers Alexa Pano and Allan Kournikova rest between takes on the set of the sports documentary “The Short Game.”

    Reel life: Kid golfers say the darndest things

    Dann provides three mini-reviews: 1. “The Short Game,” Josh Greenbaum's sports doc that offers more cuteness than suspense with golfers ages seven and eight. 2. “The Colony,” Jeff Renfroe's edgeless, derivative, CGI-heavy horror thriller about an Ice Age outpost overrun by cannibals. 3. Dennie Gordon's spoof “My Lucky Star,” a lighthearted mess that can't decide what genre it wants to be.

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    Keller Dover (Hugh Jackman) accosts Alex (Paul Dano) for information about his missing daughter in the thriller "Prisoners."

    Child-abduction thriller an intense journey into desperation and hope

    “Prisoners” turns out to be an amazing, disturbing child-abduction drama that plays with familiar thriller conventions while rejecting clichés, Starring Hugh Jackman as the father of a missing girl, this is one of the year's most intense motion pictures, captured in riveting widescreen images by cinematographer Roger Deakins, with Johann Jóhannsson's eerie score goosing the suspense along.

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    Syrian artist Tammam Azzam, 23, poses in front of one of his works, a digital print titled “Syrian Olympic” during the Young Collectors Auction at Ayyam gallery in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The auction Monday in Dubai’s evolving art district served as a window into a small but forward-looking effort to save one niche of Syria’s artistic community with no end in sight to the civil war.

    Art of war: Dubai gallery haven for Syrian artists

    Inside the gallery, artworks by Syrian artists were drawing auction bids from collectors. Outside on the street, the artists traded the latest gossip from Syria and checked their smartphones for news from the civil war. So goes the divided world for a cadre of Syrian artists brought to the safety of Dubai by their gallery to continue their work but still remain deeply connected and influenced by the bloodshed they left behind.

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    Karen Vesk of Erie, Penn., hunts for beach glass and pottery shards at the Lake Erie shoreline for pieces for a necklace that incorporates blue beach glass, a small shell and several shards of beach pottery.

    Nature dictates art for some jewelry makers

    Some jewelry makers take more than inspiration from nature; they incorporate found objects from trails and beaches in their work. The result? Personal, one-of-a-kind pieces that impart a natural beauty. Lisa Bernal, of Arvada, Colo., and her business partner, Jennifer Buchanan, of Keystone, Colo., have been making jewelry together for three years. First, they used leather and small stones. Their work now incorporates driftwood, tumbled smooth by nature.

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    Adam (Mark Ruffalo) falls for a fitness nut (Gwyneth Paltrow) in the sex addict drama "Thanks for Sharing."

    Sex addiction receives serio-comic treatment in ‘Thanks for Sharing’

    A soap-operatic symphony of sincere drama and tension-releasing humor, “Thanks for Sharing” features a spot-on leading performance by Marvel’s erstwhile Incredible Hulk, Mark Ruffalo, as Adam, a sex addict clocking five years of “sobriety” at his regular meeting of fellow sex addicts.

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    Hammonasset Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison, Conn., is the state’s largest shoreline park, with a boardwalk and more than two miles of beach.

    5 free things to do in Connecticut, from art to parks

    Connecticut is a small state that can be crossed in a matter of hours, depending on traffic, offering relatively easy access for travelers looking to visit various corners of the state. One compact area packed with attractions is the southeastern region, which includes Long Island Sound and a popular shoreline state park, Yale University’s hometown of New Haven, sites related to New England’s maritime and military industry, and the University of Connecticut in the eastern part of the state. Here are five free things to do and see there.

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    MGMT, “MGMT”

    MGMT remains unpredictable on 3rd album

    Leave your preconceptions at the door — the new self-titled MGMT album is worlds apart from the group’s debut “Oracular Spectacular” and 2010’s “Congratulations.”

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    The Weeknd, “Kiss Land”

    The Weeknd flows nicely on ‘Kiss Land’

    The Weeknd, who became a critical darling after releasing a trilogy of mix tapes in 2011 thanks to his eerie R&B sound, sticks to his guns on his official debut album, “Kiss Land.”

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    Local theater: 'Route 66' in the driver's seat

    Metrpolis Performing Arts Centre takes a trip down "Route 66," while The Gift introduces a heavy metal play and the Royal George welcomes "Old Jews Telling Jokes" this week in Chicago-area theater.

Discuss

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    Editorial: Pledge today never to text and drive

    Today is "Drive 4 The Pledge" Day, and it's a great opportunity to make the commitment to never again text and drive, a Daily Herald editorial says.

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    Letters a window on ideas that move community

    Columnist Jim Slusher: A vital part of a newspaper being a window to the community, the letters to the editor section provides a glimpse into what moves readers.

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    Immigration reform stuck in neutral

    Columnist Byron York: Remember the Gang of Seven? It’s the House bipartisan immigration reform working group — used to be the Gang of Eight before Republican Rep. Raul Labrador quit in frustration — and it has been rumored for months to be on the verge of releasing a comprehensive reform bill. It still hasn’t happened. And it’s unlikely to happen anytime soon.

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    Casinos should increase the odds for gamblers
    A Hanover Park letter to the editor: I would be willing to wager that if the odds were shifted more in the players’ favor, there wouldn’t be this mad rush to add more gambling everywhere you look. I would like to see some investigative reporting into what these casinos are actually paying out.

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    President weakening our military might
    A Hoffman Estates letter to the editor: We should bring home all of our men and women. We should spend time to retool, fix, make, invent, create and rest our military. We should spend our money on antidotes for the gases and toxins that will one day come to our shores.

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    Constitution a result of great deliberation
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: John Adams has been quoted as saying the Constitutional Convention was “the greatest single effort of national deliberation that the world has ever seen.” That goes for the ratifying process as well. All worthy of being memorialized.

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    Some new rules for our governmentChanges needed in Washington D.C.:Three party system: moderate, conservative and liberal.Legislative: One branch only, four year terms with one repeat five year term. Paid lobbyists not allowed on the premises during regular hours of operation.Executive: Each party’s candidate is chosen by a national qualifications board made up of the elder statesmen from the party who are highly respected in the country. Presidential campaigns are limited to six months. Maximum of two four-year terms.Judicial: Picked by the president for one eight year term.Nick HyserElgin

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    A rep who cares about veterans
    An Aurora letter to the editor: I wanted to write to thank State Rep. Stephanie Kifowit for her support for the veteran in the community. I am an older veteran, and it is refreshing to see younger veterans, like Representative Kifowit, who served in the United States Marine Corps, take the lead in being there for us.

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    Chaplin addressing the real issues
    A Lisle letter to the editor: I just read the article regarding Dan Cronin and Liz Chaplin. Shame on you, Mr. Cronin. I am a Lisle resident whose home was flooded in April. Not a single representative from the DuPage County Board, besides Ms. Chaplin, reached out. She has attended meetings, spent hours on the phone with residents and state officials, rallied for economic housing, attempted tax relief, and even helped locate an air conditioner for a family with significant health issues. Where were you?

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