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Daily Archive : Wednesday September 25, 2013

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    In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian President Bashar Assad speaks during an interview with Chinese state CCTV, in Damascus, Syria, Monday, Sept. 23, 2013. Assad said his government will allow international experts access to its chemical weapons sites but cautioned in an interview broadcast Monday that rebels might block them from reaching some of the locations. (AP Photo/SANA)

    Assad says he doesn't rule out U.S. attack

    Syrian President Bashar Assad said in an interview broadcast Wednesday that he does not discount the possibility of a U.S. military attack even though threatened action was forestalled when he agreed to give up chemical weapons.

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    Elk Grove Village firefighter/paramedic Andy Laird receives assistance with his equipment from Streamwood firefighter/paramedic Gary Jacobs as the regional water rescue team from the Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS) demonstrates water rescue techniques for the division’s command officers Friday at Twin Lakes Recreation Area in Palatine.

    Regional water rescue team demonstrates tactics, equipment

    The regional water rescue team from Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS) Division 1 demonstrated water rescue capabilities for the divisions command officers Friday at Twin Lakes Recreation Area in Palatine.

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    Teens and their families can learn about volunteer opportunities with Naperville-area nonprofits at the KidsMatter Youth Volunteer Fair. About 25 organizations will be represented.

    Naperville fair promotes volunteer roles for teens

    Naperville teens who need service hours for an honor society, religious development program or high school graduation requirement can find plenty of opportunities to get started at an annual volunteer fair targeted at youths and their families. Of course, those who are just driven to give back are welcome too, say organizers of the 11th annual KidsMatter Youth Volunteer Fair, on Thursday, Oct. 3,...

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    Alice Jensen of Arlington Heights, right, and Irene Cook of Addison have been best friends for 95 years and celebrated one another's 100th birthdays together over the summer. “I'm working on 200,” Jensen jokes.

    Suburban centenarians look back on a lifetime of friendship

    Not many people reach their 100th birthday, and even fewer get to do it with their best friend by their side. But when Irene Cook of Addison and Alice Jensen of Arlington Heights get together, it's easy to see their tight bond of friendship. “We didn't have much, but we had friendship,” Cook said.

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    Wauconda Mayor Frank Bart, center, talks to the Central Lake County Joint Action Water Agency on Wednesday about the village's desire to work with the group to bring Lake Michigan drinking water to town.

    Water agency tells Wauconda to go elsewhere

    After more than two years of negotiations, a Lake County agency that provides Lake Michigan drinking water to some suburbs told Wauconda officials Wednesday to find a different vendor. The decision from the Central Lake County Joint Action Water Agency board left some Wauconda trustees visibly stunned.

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    Investigators examine the site of a plane crash Wednesday in the parking lot of a Chase bank on Weber Road near Clow International Airport in Bolingbrook.

    1 dead, 1 injured in Bolingbrook plane crash

    One person is dead after a small plane crashed Wednesday afternoon into a bank parking lot near Clow Airport in Bolingbrook, according to Bolingbrook police. “The pilot was trying to land at Clow International Airport,” Rompa said, adding that the plane is unrecognizable. “At this time of day, during rush hour, we're very fortunate there wasn't a large amount of casualties or...

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    Failed attempt to take Midway private cost $3.5 million

    The city of Chicago spent $3.5 million seeking advice on plans to privatize Midway International Airport before pulling the plug on the idea. The Chicago Sun-Times reports money was paid to attorneys, financial advisers, technical and airport consultants. The largest amount, $1.1 million, went to four law firms that usually work on city bond deals.

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    The Naperville City Council's intent to consider banning mixed-martial arts fights caused the promoter of a fight scheduled for Oct. 19 to combine it with another event Oct. 5 in McCook. The council has not yet discussed a ban on MMA, but city staff members are working on an ordinance to bring forward at a later date.

    Naperville drafting ban on MMA events

    The Naperville City Council has not yet moved to ban mixed-martial arts, but the idea of holding a fight in the city still may be down for the count. A fight originally scheduled for Oct. 19 at Players Indoor Sports has been combined with an event Oct. 5 in McCook, and Naperville staff members are drafting an ordinance including a ban on mixed-martial arts to bring to councilmen at a later date.

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    Kris Stabler, right, speaks with Tom Rivera, past president of Woodfield Chicago Northwest Convention Bureau, during an event earlier this year. Stabler, the longtime vice president of community relations for Arlington International Racecourse, is retiring at the end of the year.

    After 32 years, Arlington's Stabler saying goodbye

    Kris Stabler, a part of the first Arlington Million and the rebirth of Arlington Park after a devastating fire destroyed its grandstand, will retire at the end of the year, ending more than three decades with the Arlington Heights landmark.

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    A bicyclist died Wednesday morning after being struck by a train on the Union Pacific Northwest Line in Mount Prospect, police said. The victim was a 95-year-old Mount Prospect man.

    Bicyclist killed in collision with Metra train in Mount Prospect

    A 95-year-old bicyclist from Mount Prospect died Wednesday morning after being struck by a train on the Union Pacific Northwest Line in Mount Prospect, police said. The victim was identified as Reginald Gaetz by a spokesman for the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

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    Dave Parulo, president of Meet Chicago Northwest, speaks Wednesday during the unveiling of the organization’s new name and logo at a reception at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel.

    Woodfield convention bureau tries new name, logo to lure visitors

    A 30-year-old convention and visitors bureau in the northwest suburbs is getting a fresh look in hopes of luring more visitors to the region for work and play. The Woodfield Chicago Northwest Convention Bureau has been rebranded as Meet Chicago Northwest, and will feature a new logo, advertising campaign, and tagline: It’s Better on the Edge.

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    Antioch man faces fifth DUI conviction

    An Antioch man faces up to 15 years in prison after a fifth conviction of driving under the influence of alcohol, according to officials. Dale Anderson, 51, was found guilty of aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol after only ten minutes of jury deliberation, McHenry County State’s Attorney Louis A. Bianchi announced Wednesday.

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    Hasan Rouhani, President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, addresses the 68th United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters, Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Brendan McDermid, Pool)

    Iran shows new urgency to revive nuclear talks

    Iran showed new urgency Wednesday to revive stalled negotiations with six world powers over its disputed nuclear activities, seeking to ease crippling international sanctions as quickly as possible.New Iranian President Hasan Rouhani said “we have nothing to hide” as diplomats prepared to meet Thursday to discuss the way forward on the negotiations that have been on hold since April.

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    George H.W. Bush witness at Maine same-sex wedding

    Former President George H.W. Bush was an official witness at the same-sex wedding of two longtime friends, his spokesman said Wednesday.Bush and his wife, Barbara Bush, attended the ceremony joining Bonnie Clement and Helen Thorgalsen as private citizens and friends on Saturday, spokesman Jim McGrath said.

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    State Sen. Jim Oberweis, a Sugar Grove Republican, is considering making what would be a third run for U.S. Senate.

    Oberweis considering another U.S. Senate run

    State Sen. Jim Oberweis, a Sugar Grove Republican, says he’s considering a run for U.S. Senate and will make a final decision in three to four weeks.

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    Glenn Reckwerdt of Island Lake sits on cement barricades that last week blocked the driveway to his house on Bassler Drive. The blocks have since been moved.

    Island Lake trustee urges towing change after neighbor dispute

    Island Lake Trustee Shannon Fox is calling for the police department to jettison its preferred towing company following a neighbor dispute involving the firm’s owner. The disagreement between Mike Johnson, owner of Mike’s Towing, and Betty and Glenn Reckwerdt began four years ago and centers on the driveway that leads to the Reckwerdts’ home on the 100 block of Bassler Drive.

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    Montago Suggs, of Kenosha, Wis., sits at his table during his murder trial Tuesday at the Lake County courthouse in Waukegan. Suggs is accused of killing Melinda Morrell of Round Lake Park during a robbery at a check cashing store in Waukegan in 2007.

    Store clerk recounts day gun jammed during Beach Park robbery

    A former Beach Park grocery clerk testified Wednesday that he was surprised to hear a “click” from the gun pointed at the back of his head as he lay on the store floor in 2007. Francisco Garcia, now 37, said he realized the gun pointed at him by Montego Suggs had jammed when it was fired, so he hopped up off the floor of the Ma and Pa’s Grocery Store and ducked for cover.

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    Bernardino Hernandez Jr.

    35-year term for 2008 attempted murder in Elgin

    A 26-year-old Elgin man was sentenced to 35 years in prison Wednesday after a jury convicted him of attempted murder of his child's mother in 2008. Bernardino Hernandez faced up to 55 years. He also is serving a 20-year prison term after pleading guilty to solicitation of murder charges in 2010 for a different woman while he was in jail.

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    Ann Schneider

    Transit agencies lay out differences to panel

    Transit leaders defended their records on ethics and performance in making their first appearance before a task force appointed by Gov. Pat Quinn Wednesday. The task force is scrutinizing Metra, Pace, the RTA and CTA in an effort to improve efficiency and transparency.

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    Officials at Elk Grove Township Elementary District 59 have decided to demolish the former Wellington restaurant after purchasing it this summer. District officials determined renovating and repurposing the site would be too costly.

    Former Wellington restaurant to be demolished

    Elk Grove Township Elementary District 59 will demolish the former Wellington restaurant building in Arlington Heights it acquired this summer, officials decided this week. Renovating the building would have been too costly, since parts of it aren't up to local codes, officials said. “It just became apparent that it would be too expensive to convert,” district spokeswoman Betsy...

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    10 indicted on charges of mortgage fraud

    Cesar Marin, 30, of Schaumburg, Constance Paek, 34, of Glenview, and Michael Thill, 54, of Park Ridge, are among 10 defendants indicted by federal prosecutors on charges they fraudulently obtained 52 residential mortgage loans totalling about $14.5 million in order to purchase various properties on the south and west sides of Chicago.

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    This image from video provided by the FBI, shows Aaron Alexis moves through the hallways of Building #197 at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday, Sept. 16, 2013, in Washington, carrying a Remington 870 shotgun. Alexis, a 34-year-old former Navy reservist and IT contractor, shot and killed 12 people inside a Navy Yard building last week before being killed in a shootout with police. (AP Photo/FBI)

    FBI: Navy Yard gunman left note about radio waves
    Washington Navy Yard gunman Aaron Alexis left a note saying he was driven to kill by months of bombardment with extremely low-frequency radio waves, the FBI said Wednesday in a disclosure that explains the phrase he etched on his shotgun: “My ELF Weapon!”

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    Extra credit science projects leads to bomb squad visit

    A “suspicious” device that triggered a soft lockdown of Prospect High School on Wednesday morning was later determined to be part of a classroom extra-credit science experiment, authorities said. The device, discovered outside the Mount Prospect school about 9:30 a.m., was examined by the Cook County Bomb Squad before the lockdown was lifted.

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    Julio Flores-Robles

    Arlington Heights man charged with sexually assaulting a child

    A 39-year-old Arlington Height man faces charges of sexually assaulting a minor child. Julio Flores-Robles is being held on $300,000 bond after being arrested on a warrant earlier this month.

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    Former fugitive gets 35 years for murder

    A Cook County judge has sentenced a former Chicago man to 35 years in prison after he spent 15 years as a fugitive wanted for a killing outside a Chicago pool hall.

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    Lakemoor plans to expand its park system including Petersen Park.

    Lakefront acquisition part of future vision in Lakemoor

    The Lakemoor village board is considering buying land to improve public access to Lily Lake. The property includes a tower built in the 1920s or 30s. "I've heard different stories about it," said Matt Dabrowski, director of community and economic development. "I don't know what is or isn't true." Restoring that tower would create a landmark and strengthen community identity, he said.

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    Tri-Cities police reports
    Adalis Parra-Rios, 38, of Aurora, was charged with retail theft at 12:49 p.m. Sept. 19, according to a police report. She is accused of stealing three pairs of earrings from Kohl’s, 251 N. Randall Road.

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    Hoffman Estates church opens public computer lab, hosts open house

    New Destiny Church is hosting an open house from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28. The church, located at 325 Illinois Blvd., is celebrating the start of school and the opening of a new eLearning computer lab, which has 10 computers available for use by the public.

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    American English at Halloween bash:

    Beatles tribute band American English will perform Oct. 25 at the Lake Zurich Rotary 1960s Halloween Bash at the Lake Barrington Field House, 28156 W. NorthPointe Parkway (near The Onion), Lake Barrington.

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    Power Construction moving headquarters from Schaumburg to Chicago

    Schaumburg-based Power Construction Company, LLC announced Wednesday it is moving its headquarters — and more than 200 jobs — to Chicago. The company will relocate its corporate headquarters to Triangle Plaza at 8750 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. in Chicago in March 2014, according to a news release issued by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Gov. Pat Quinn.

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    I.P. Radio Players perform:

    The I.P. Radio Players perform the classic “on-air” scripts, “Adventures of Superman!” and “The Green Hornet”, for live audiences on Sept. 28 at the Improv Playhouse Theater, 735 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville.

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    Island Lake board meeting:

    The Island Lake village board will meet at 7:30 p.m. today at village hall, 3720 Greenleaf Ave., to discuss a fall festival, business licenses, selling property and other issues.

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    Saturday matinee screening of ‘Grease’ Oct. 12

    The Illinois Women’s Soccer League will sponsor the first in a series of special Saturday matinees at The Catlow Theater, 116 W. Main St. in Barrington, with a screening of “Grease” at 11 a.m. Oct. 12.

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    Former Dixon comptroller Rita Crundwell was sentenced in February 2013 to nearly 20 years in prison.

    City of Dixon to recoup $40 million

    A small northern Illinois city that lost more than $53 million over two decades to its thieving former bookkeeper will recoup about $40 million, the mayor said Wednesday when announcing a legal settlement in the case.

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    Arbitrator: Chicago police deserve overtime

    An arbitrator has ruled that the city of Chicago must pay a total of $1 million in overtime to 3,100 police officers who worked during last year’s NATO Summit.

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    Former Sen. Alan Dixon writes memoir

    Former U.S. Sen. Alan Dixon is making appearances to promote his new book, “The Gentleman from Illinois.” Dixon held elected office for more than 40 years.

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    Former Cook County Commissioner William Beavers was sentenced Wednesday to six months in prison for tax evasion. He described himself as “a hero in my community.”

    Corruption in spotlight at Beavers’ sentencing

    Amid disagreements over what qualifies as a violation of public trust, a judge on Wednesday sentenced a famously brash former Cook County Commissioner to six months in prison for failing to declare campaign cash he spent at casinos as taxable income. Prosecutors said William Beavers’ tax evasion is no different than the public corruption that has plagued Illinois for decades, and in a rare move...

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    Western Springs resident Barry Cicero, left, an Army veteran who served as a nuclear weapons storage specialist in Alaska during the Vietnam era, snaps a photo of the Titan Fever Show Choir performing a medley of military anthems Tuesday during a ceremony celebrating the Illinois Veterans History Project in Springfield.

    6,500 Illinois veterans contribute to history project

    State officials say thousands of Illinois veterans have contributed stories to a project that’s working to preserve historical details about military members. The Illinois Veterans History Project was created in 2005 by Secretary of State Jesse White. An Army veteran himself, White wanted collect accounts of people who’d been to war.

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    Margaret Pennington

    Settlement close in Geneva school discrimination case

    The Geneva school board Monday approved a settlement of the federal lawsuit a former principal filed against it.

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    Mario Casciaro

    Sentencing set for 2002 Johnsburg murder

    After nearly 11 years of waiting, the family of Brian Carrick has a court date during which his killer will be sentenced. Mario Casciaro, 30, faces 20 to 60 years in prison when sentenced Nov. 14 for the murder of Carrick, who was last seen in December 2002 at a Johnsburg grocery store owned by Casciaro's family.

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    Brian Stedronsky, 33, of Ingleside, weeps as victim impact statements are read Wednesday during his sentencing hearing before Lake County Judge Mark Levitt in Waukegan. Stedronsky received a six-year sentence after pleading guilty to selling a fatal dose of a potent pain medication to a friend in 2012.

    Man gets 6 years in friend’s fatal overdose

    An Ingleside man who pleaded guilty to selling his friend a fatal dose of potent pain medication was sentenced to six years in prison Wednesday. Brian Stedronsky, 33, will serve 50 percent of the sentence handed down by Lake County Judge Mark Levitt because the Ingleside man pleaded guilty to attempted drug-induced homicide, a class 1 felony that comes with a day-for-day credit for the time he...

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    Dist. 204 hires Iowa firm with local consultants to find superintendent

    Indian Prairie Unit District 204 has chosen an Iowa-based firm with a local flair to conduct a national search for the 29,000-student district’s next superintendent. Ray and Associates, Inc., of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, will consult with the school board until the next top administrator is chosen, board President Lori Price said. “Four out of five of the people we will be working with are...

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    The home at 325 N. Lincoln St. will be featured on the Batavia MainStreet House Walk.

    Five reasons to go on Batavia house walk

    Batavia MainStreet’s annual House Walk will take place Sunday, Sept. 29. It promises to be a good one. Here are five reasons we think you should go.

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    Fox Valley police reports
    Rene Espino, 19, of Elgin, was charged Tuesday with residential burglary, according to a police report. Police responded to a burglary in progress call in the 400 block of North Grove Avenue and arrested Espino nearby.

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    Wayne Noren

    Itasca man gets jail, probation for aggravated child porn possession

    An Itasca man was sentenced Wednesday to jail and probation for aggravated child pornography possession. Wayne Noren, 50, also must register as a sex offender for life.

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    Bennie Starks

    Starks officially declared an innocent man in rape case

    Bennie Starks is now, officially, an innocent man. Lake County Judge George Bridges approved a letter of innocence for the 53-year-old Starks on Wednesday. “It feels great,” Starks said after leaving court, clearly relieved to have the issue behind him. “It’s a good day.”

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    Proceeds from sales benefit breast cancer patients

    Carpentersville’s full-time firefighters are selling T-shirts to benefit breast cancer patients at Advocate Sherman Hospital and Presence St. Joseph Hospital, which are both in Elgin. The shirts come in black and blue. A regular T-shirt costs $10, while a hoodie is $25.

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    Batavia school board OKs $80.8 million budget

    The Batavia school board adopted an $80.8 million budget Tuesday night for the 2013-14 fiscal year that began July 1.

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    Traffic along routes 31 and 72 in West Dundee has slowed because of ongoing construction. “Our officers are certainly looking forward to the work stopping for the year,” said West Dundee Police Chief Andy Wieteska.

    West Dundee police eager for construction hiatus

    No one is more anxious to see the routes 72 and 31 intersection work reach its hiatus this year than the West Dundee Police Department.

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    Glen Ellyn’s Bookfest celebrates reading

    What’s new? What’s happening? What’s next? These are the themes of Glen Ellyn’s fourth annual Bookfest Saturday, Sept. 28, and the featured speaker fits it to a tee. New York Times best selling author Ayana Mathis, a former waitress from Brooklyn, will discuss her debut novel “The Twelve Tribes of Hattie.”

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    Shoppers walk through a metal detector before they are frisked by a private security guard as another security guard, right, checks a bag at the entrance to a shopping mall in New Delhi, India. Shopping centers across the globe are adding guards and increasing security following the attack in Nairobi over the weekend.

    Nairobi attack puts spotlight on mall safety

    Some malls around the world have been scrambling to add security guards to look for suspicious people following a deadly attack on a shopping center in Nairobi over the weekend. But for other malls, it’s been business as usual. The mixed reactions by malls across the globe isn’t unusual in an industry whose security efforts vary from unarmed guards in most shopping centers in the U.S. to metal...

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    Barrington High School semester change plan gets mixed reviews

    A recommendation to end first semester at Barrington High School before winter break each year was met with a fairly even mix of supporters and critics at a public input meeting Tuesday. Critics of the proposal started the meeting more passionately. But supporters and members of the advisory panel that made the recommendation caught up when the integrity of their research and deliberation was...

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    Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, after his marathon speech on the Senate floor. Cruz ended a marathon Senate speech opposing President Barack Obama’s health care law after talking for 21 hours, 19 minutes.

    Despite Cruz, Senate heads toward Obamacare vote

    Tea Party conservative Sen. Ted Cruz ended his all-night talkathon to dismantle President Barack Obama’s health care law after 21 hours and 19 minutes as the Senate pushed ahead to a test vote Wednesday on a bill to avert a government shutdown. Weary after a day and night on his feet, Cruz simply sat down, as several of his colleagues applauded. Senate Republicans and some House members...

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    Health care fees may push Kane County to self-insure

    New taxes and fees related to Obamacare in 2014 may push Kane County officials into a major change in the insurance benefits it offers employees. The cheapest route for taxpayers would be for the county to offer no insurance at all.

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    A new Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press poll finds nearly 40 percent of New Jerseyans spent less time at the shore this summer, many fearing that businesses had not reopened after Superstorm Sandy last October.

    Poll: Jersey residents spent less time at shore

    Many New Jersey residents spent less time at the shore than usual this summer, according to a poll released Wednesday, giving credence to officials’ oft-repeated worries that visitors would stay away during the lucrative season because of a perception that Superstorm Sandy had wiped out the entire coastline.

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    Playwright Tarell McCraney, an ensemble member with the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago, is among the 24 recipients named Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, to receive a $625,000 “genius grant” from the MacArthur Foundation.

    Chicago playwright among MacArthur ‘genius grant’ winners

    Steppenwolf Theatre Company playwright Tarell McCraney, 32, of Chicago is among the eclectic group of 24 scientists, artists, historians, and writers to win the $625,000 “genius grant” from the MacArthur Foundation. Winners can spend the money however they like, for seeing things others haven’t, asking questions others haven’t asked and finding new solutions to old problems.

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    List of 2013 ‘Genius Grant’ recipients

    The following 24 fellows will each receive $625,000 over the next five years from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation:Ÿ Kyle Abraham, 36, New York City. Choreographer and dancer who explores the confluence of personal history and identity.Ÿ Donald Antrim, 55, New York City. Teaches writing at Columbia University and is being recognized for his fiction and nonfiction.

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    Relatives and friends carry the coffin of Salima Ayaz Merali Wednesaday during her funeral, in Nairobi, Kenya. Merali was killed alongside her daughter in last Saturday’s Westgate Mall attack. The militant group behind the four-day takeover of a Nairobi mall claim Kenyan government forces used explosives in carrying out “a demolition” of the building, burying 137 hostages.

    Terrorists claim 137 killed in Kenya mall attack

    The terrorist group behind the takeover of a Nairobi mall claimed Wednesday that the Kenyan government assault team carried out “a demolition” of the building, burying 137 hostages in rubble. A government spokesman denied the claim and said Kenyan forces were clearing all rooms, firing as they moved and encountering no one. The official civilian death toll remains at 61.

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    Syrian citizens gather at the scene of a car bomb explosion in the residential al-Tadhamon neighborhood in Damascus, Syria, Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013.

    Syrian rebel groups slam Western-backed opposition

    Several Syrian rebel groups, including a powerful al-Qaida-linked faction, said Wednesday they reject the authority of the Western-backed opposition coalition, as U.N. inspectors returned to the country to continue their probe into chemical weapons attacks. In a joint statement, 13 rebel groups led by the al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front slammed the Turkey-based Syrian National Coalition, saying it no...

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    Pakistani villagers look for belongings amid the rubble of their destroyed homes following an earthquake in the remote district of Awaran, Baluchistan province, Pakistan, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013.

    Pakistan struggles to help quake victims; 271 dead

    Rescuers struggled Wednesday to help thousands of people injured and left homeless after their houses collapsed in a major earthquake in southwestern Pakistan as the death toll from the massive tremor the day before rose to at least 271. The earth moved with enough force to create a small island visible off the southern coast after the magnitude 7.7 quake struck in the remote district of Awaran...

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    Hasan Rouhani, President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, addresses the 68th United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters, Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013.

    Iran’s president tones down anti-Israel rhetoric

    The Iranian president’s first speech to world leaders was absent anti-Israel rhetoric and offered up negotiations with the U.S. and its allies over the disputed nuclear program, showing a more moderate face of the hard-line regime in Tehran. Rouhani’s speech signaled Iran’s return to a more measured, if still resolute, approach in its foreign policy.

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    Dawn Patrol: Traffic problems on I-90; no Benedictine sex charges

    DuPage County on track for record heroin deaths. No charges in Benedictine sexual assault allegations. Woman charged with homicide after heroin death in Wheaton. Goats clear the way for expansion in Naperville park. Act of desperation or false confession in Round Lake Park woman’s death? Bears’ Steltz bears down on kids’ fitness and nutrition. Injuries create first bit of...

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    Notre Dame installs large telescope on campus

    SOUTH BEND — The University of Notre Dame has completed installation of a telescope that is one of the largest telescopes in Indiana.Astrophysics professor Peter Garnovich says the new telescope on the roof of the Jordan Hall of Science will allow undergraduate and graduate students to do top-notch research while staying on campus. The telescope features a 32-inch diameter mirror.

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    Nestle adding production line at central Indiana plant

    ANDERSON, Ind. — Nestle USA says it will spend $72 million to add a new production line to the central Indiana plant where it makes several beverage products.The expansion project will start up a seventh production line at the factory along Interstate 69 in Anderson.

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    Fort Wayne to launch Segway tours of downtown

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. — Small fleets of Segways will soon be moving through Fort Wayne as part of a new effort to show off the city.Tour Fort Wayne is a new venture of Ultrazone. Two tour guides will lead groups of up to eight people along established walkways and trails.Participants will receive about 15 minutes of training before heading out to see local sights.

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    Moderate rates set for Indiana insurance exchange

    INDIANAPOLIS — Insurance plans in the coming federal health insurance exchange are expected to run from just under $100 per month for some single adults to close to $1,000 for family of four.

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    Feds propose expanding hunting at southwestern Indiana refuge

    ENGLISH, Ind. — A federal agency wants to expand hunting at a southwestern Indiana wildlife refuge that’s a popular stop for migratory birds and bird-watchers.

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    Wisconsin’s Walker touts economic development package

    MADISON, Wis. — Gov. Scott Walker said Tuesday a package of economic development bills the legislature will take up in coming weeks will go “an awful long way” to helping him fulfill his 2010 campaign promise to create 250,000 jobs by 2015.

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    Cause of 2 bison deaths at zoo unknown

    CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. — The bison herd at a Chippewa Falls Zoo is being monitored closely after the deaths of two bison. Chippewa Falls parks director Dick Hebert says tissue samples have been sent to a lab for evaluation on a possible cause of death. Officials say both bison were about 5 years old. One died Saturday and the other on Friday.

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    Robert Hays to appear in second Wisconsin tourism ad

    MADISON, Wis. — Actor Robert Hays is making a second appearance in a Wisconsin tourism commercial, this time with his “Airplane!” co-star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. David Zucker, Jim Abrahams and Jerry Zucker are directing the new ad, which was shot earlier this month in Los Angeles in the original cockpit from the 1980 comedy. The commercials will also include aerial footage of Wisconsin.

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    ATV owners wary of new Illinois registration fee

    HERRIN, Ill. — Owners of all-terrain vehicles in Illinois will be paying a bit more for having the off-road conveyance.WSIL-TV reports a $15 state registration fee for ATVs takes effect early next year under a measure Illinois lawmakers approved last November to help fund the state’s Department of Natural Resources.

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    Store clerk fatally shot in Indianapolis robbery

    INDIANAPOLIS — Police say a gunman shot and killed an Indianapolis convenience store clerk during a robbery.The shooting happened about 3 a.m. Tuesday at the store near the intersection of 38th Street and Interstate 465 on the city’s west side.

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    Joliet man convicted in 9-month-old’s death

    JOLIET — A Will County jury has found a Joliet man guilty of beating to death his girlfriend’s 9-month-old baby in October 2008.The jury deliberated two hours Tuesday before finding 33-year-old Santos Loza guilty in the death of Kevion Bender while he watched the infant.

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    13 percent of pregnant Wisconsin women smoke

    MADISON, Wis. — State health officials are trying to help pregnant women who smoke kick the habit.Health administrators say at least 13 percent of women in Wisconsin smoke during pregnancy. That’s higher than the national average of 9 percent.

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    Recommendations made for farm machinery on roads

    MADISON, Wis. — Recommended changes to the laws governing the operation of heavy farm machinery on public roads have been submitted to the Wisconsin Legislature.

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    Wisconsin attorney general to launch new heroin awareness campaign

    MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen is set to launch a new heroin awareness campaign.

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    Events set for anniversary of Gettysburg Address

    SPRINGFIELD — A series of events is planned in Illinois to mark the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.

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    Jury gives $1 million to man claiming false arrest

    A jury awarded $1 million to a Chicago man who spent a year in jail before he was found him not guilty of assaulting a police officer.John Collins sued the city of Chicago for bringing an aggravated battery charge against him. A Cook County jury on Tuesday sided with Collins six years after a jury acquitted him of the criminal charge.

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    Metra task force holds second public hearing

    A state panel charged with coming up with reforms for Metra and other Illinois public transit agencies is set to have a second public hearing. The Northeastern Illinois Public Transit Task Force meets Wednesday in downtown Chicago.

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    25-year-old charged in fatal Peoria shooting

    PEORIA — A 25-year-old central Illinois man is facing a first-degree murder charge for a weekend shooting that killed a Peoria man.Cortez D. Williams is also charged with aggravated battery and a weapons charge for Saturday’s shooting death of Melvin Sanders Jr. Another man was also injured.

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    Roof collapses at ill-fated Metropolis church

    METROPOLIS, Ill. — A twice-destroyed southern Illinois church suffered a third setback this month after a portion of its roof collapsed.

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    27-year-old charged in Pontiac motel deaths

    PONTIAC — A 27-year-old central Illinois man is charged with the shooting deaths of his mother and brother at a Pontiac motel.The (Bloomington) Pantagraph reports Cody Hetherington is charged with four counts of first-degree murder for the August deaths of 57-year-old Jean Ann Corrice and 23-year-old Tyler R. Friant.

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    A group is hoping to find a permanent location for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra to perform summer concerts in DuPage County.

    Group hopes to lure Chicago Symphony to DuPage

    With the Chicago Symphony Orchestra considering a possible expansion into the Western suburbs, a group of civic and business are working to find a permanent location for summertime concerts in DuPage County. “I know there's a lot of interest in having something in that region during the summer,” said Deborah Rutter, president of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association. “So...

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    The Elgin Police Department is reaching out to residents through social media, including Twitter. Here, the department’s Twitter feed is pictured on an iPhone.

    Elgin police using social media to fight crime

    Kristie Hilton never thought that posting on Facebook and Twitter would become part of her daily tasks after more than 15 years with the Elgin Police Department. The senior management analyst, who mostly works in crime analysis plus mobile and records management systems, is responsible for posting on the department’s Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest accounts.

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    Flood-relief work at Armstrong Park in Carol Stream has been delayed again and now likely won’t begin until spring 2014, officials say.

    More delays in Carol Stream flood-relief project

    A delay in securing a permit will likely push back construction of a $7 million stormwater management project at Armstrong Park in Carol Stream once again — this time until spring of 2014. “Obviously, we’re frustrated at the lack of movement,” DuPage County Board member Jim Zay said. “It’s unacceptable to us.”

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    Meadow jumping mice were released at the Rollins Savanna near Grayslake as part of a cooperative effort between the Lake County Forest Preserve District and Lincoln Park Zoo to help restore their population. The mice are equipped with radio transmitters to track their movements.

    How mice with radios are helping restore Rollins Savanna near Grayslake

    Little mice with big feet are being used in Lake County to enhance land restoration efforts. Scientists from Lincoln Park Zoo released meadow jumping mice with tiny radio transmitters at the Rollins Savanna Forest Preserve as part of a collaboration with the Lake County Forest Preserve District to boost their numbers. “We're hoping they all do well and thrive and find lady mice and keep the...

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    Helton homers in Coors finale, Bosox top Rockies

    Todd Helton homered, doubled and drove in three runs in his final game at Coors Field, but the Boston Red Sox used Will Middlebrooks’ two homers and career-high seven RBIs to beat the Colorado Rockies 15-5 Wednesday night.

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    Smoak’s 3-run HR nearly ends Royals’ playoff hopes

    When Seattle’s Justin Smoak hit a three-run home run in the fifth inning Tuesday night, the Kansas City Royals’ chances for a win and perhaps a postseason appearance were in big trouble. Smoak hit an 0-2 fastball from Bruce Chen (8-4) for his career-matching 19th home run and the Mariners went on to a 4-0 victory, creating a bleak playoff picture for the Royals.

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    Football Focus: Week 5 Preview
    n this edition of Football Focus, Joe Aguilar visits Hoffman Estates High School and with head coach Mike Donatucci about returning to his roots, as well as his initiatives for the program to improve after consecutive 0-9 seasons.

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    This weekend’s season-ending series against the Royals could be the final time fans will see Paul Konerko taking his cuts for the White Sox.

    White Sox’ Konerko off into that good night?

    The White Sox wrap up the season with four home games against the Royals beginning Thursday night. It's been a miderable season, but this is likely the last chance to see Paul Konerko play in a Sox uniform.

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    Kennedy gets support to beat Diamondbacks 12-2

    Ian Kennedy’s solid pitching and offensive production throughout the San Diego Padres lineup was enough to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 12-2 on Wednesday night.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Coyotes slip past Flames in OT

    Zbynek Michalek scored at 3:53 of overtime Wednesday night to give the Phoenix Coyotes a 3-2 preseason victory over the Calgary Flames.

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    Wauconda wins three-set thriller

    Girls volleyballWauconda d. Grant: Sara Sexton slammed 14 kills, and LeAnne Sakowicz and Susan Karhoff added 9 apiece, as visiting Wauconda prevailed 25-17, 21-25, 25-23 in a North Suburban Prairie thriller.Sakowicz also had 18 assists and 12 digs, while Lauren Nee posted 12 digs as well for Wauconda (13-5, 2-1). Karhoff dished out 14 assists and chipped in 9 digs, as well.Grant got 9 kills from Beka Couch. Kylie Mueller and Tori Gallichio each served 2 aces, and Nicole Buckley pounded 3 kills. Mueller also had 3 blocks.Warren d. Lake Forest: Jenna Walczak’s 7 kills and Allyson Mitchell’s 4 kills helped the Blue Devils capture a 25-18, 26-24 win in North Suburban Lake action.Warren (7-7, 3-1) also received 3 blocks, 9 digs and 2 aces from Lindsey Biedron. Kim Hengesh came up with 4 blocks for the Blue Devils. Rachel Ziegler contributed 9 assists and 2 blocks.Mundelein d. Zion-Benton: Sarah Bregenzer, Emily Dunkin and Yasmeen Johnson each had 5 kills to lead the Mustangs to a 25-20, 25-22 win in North Suburban Lake play.Dunkin and Johnson also served 1 aces apiece, and Madi Wilcox had 15 assists on 53-of-54 setting for Mundelein (8-10, 1-1).

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    Lake Zurich players Ashley Dina (9), Mickenzie Andrews (2) and Allie McIlwain (17) celebrate their set two win over Stevenson on Wednesday in Lincolnshire.

    Lake Zurich meets big challenge at Stevenson

    As Stevenson girls volleyball coach Tim Crow tended to his pregnant wife and increasingly large family, his team’s opponent, Lake Zurich, dealt with size issues of its own. Stevenson trots out 6-foot-5 Kara Maleski and 6-2 Julia Osmond, while 5-10 Khaila Donaldson plays taller than her height thanks to her athleticism and leaping ability. LZ figured out how to attack Stevenson’s length and just in the nick of time. Mallory Parsons, Sydney Glover, Kiley McPeek, Allie McIlwain and 6-1 setter Kristen Walding combined for 32 kills, as visiting Lake Zurich rallied for a 25-27, 25-13, 25-22 win Wednesday night.

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    Detroit Tigers pitcher Max Scherzer reacts after he struck out Minnesota Twins’ Josmil Pinto to end the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday in Minneapolis.

    Tigers clinch AL Central with 1-0 win over Twins

    Max Scherzer earned his 21st win and the Detroit Tigers clinched their third straight AL Central title, beating the Minnesota Twins 1-0 on Wednesday night.

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    Backstrom stops 33 shots; Wild beats Blues 3-1

    Niklas Backstrom made 33 saves and the Minnesota Wild beat the St. Louis Blues 3-1 Wednesday night in an exhibition game.

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    Boys soccer/Fox Valley roundup

    Nestor Ascencio scored twice on penalty kicks 15 seconds apart in the first half and the Streamwood boys soccer team defeated Elgin 3-1 Wednesday at the St. Charles East tournament.Juan Munoz added a goal for the Sabres (9-2-1) in the second half off an assist from Jasminko Dizdarevic and Sergio Blanco had 4 saves in the win.Joel Chavez scored Elgin’s goal and Flavio Jaimes had 6 saves for the Maroons (4-6-2).St. Francis 2, St. Edward 1: St. Edward fell behind 2-0 at halftime and couldn’t recover in this Suburban Christian loss. Austin Pfeiffer scored for the Green Wave (6-6-2, 2-3-0) and John Gotheredge had 7 saves in goal.Huntley 7, Woodstock North 0: Eduardo Gonzalez had a hat trick and Niko Mihalopolous scored 2 goals to lead Huntley (12-1-1) to a Fox Valley Conference crossover win. Jack Beasley and Jakub Rys also scored for the Red Raiders, who got 2 assists from Reyman Solis and one each from Jason Zobott, David Pardo and Christian Ramos. Tommy Helm had 2 saves in goal for Huntley.Lakes 2, Cary-Grove 0: Kevin Csoka had 4 saves in goal for the Trojans (7-4) in this loss at the Carmel quad.

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    Hole-in-one for BG’s Guiao; record score for Prospect

    A magical hole by Buffalo Grove senior Amber Guiao and a magical finish by Prospect’s girls golf team highlighted Wednesday’s meet at the Mt. Prospect Golf Club.

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    Feng leads Fremd triumph

    Fremd improved to 9-1 in the Mid-Suburban League with a 157-170 victory over host Hersey on Wednesday at the Rob Roy Golf Course in Mt. Prospect. Senior Dorothy Feng earned medalist honors with a 1-over-par 37.

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    Benet Academy’s Tiffany Clark dives to dig a St. Charles East shot Wednesday in St. Charles.

    St. Charles East surprises Benet

    Some wins feel a little different than others. You could put Wednesday night’s win into the euphoric category for St. Charles East’s girls volleyball team. That’s because the Saints’ 16-25, 25-20, 25-18 nonconference victory came against 2-time defending Class 4A state champion Benet Academy (17-2) before an energetic home crowd in St. Charles.

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    Metea Valley hopes to extend league success

    It’s a brief history, but fourth-year football program Metea Valley is enjoying its first 2-0 start in the Upstate Eight Conference’s Valley Division. The hungry Mustangs hope to add another win Friday against South Elgin. “We’re in a place we’ve never been before, having some success in conference, going on the road to beat Bartlett, which year in and year out is in the top two or three in our conference,” said Mustangs coach Ben Kleinhans, whose squad won 20-6 last Friday in the program’s biggest triumph to date.

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    Rangers keep pace in wild card, Astros lose 108th

    Leonys Martin hit a three-run double, Ian Kinsler homered and the Texas Rangers kept pace in the AL wild-card chase, beating Houston 7-3 Wednesday night and handing the Astros their team-record 108th loss of the season.

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    Yankees lose to Rays 8-3 and miss playoffs

    The New York Yankees failed to make the playoffs for only the second time in 19 years, getting mathematically eliminated Wednesday night during an 8-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays.

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    Orioles hit 4 HRs in 9-5 win over Blue Jays

    Ryan Flaherty hit a pair of two-run homers, Jonathan Schoop had a solo shot in his big league debut and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Toronto Blue Jays 9-5 on Wednesday night to snap a six-game skid and clinch their second straight winning season.

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    Rosary wins battle of youth over ACC

    In the second game of Aurora Central Catholic’s trip a couple blocks down the road to rival Rosary on Wednesday night, Chargers coach Jeanne Czipri used a lineup featuring two sophomores and a freshman. That’s an inexperienced group for sure, but it was the Royals who were actually playing an even younger lineup with three freshmen. Those three — setter Julia Gauthier, libero Martha Konovodoff and outside hitter Erin Burke — played a big part in the Royals’ 25-19, 25-23 victory in a noisy Rosary gym.

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    Girls volleyball/Fox Valley roundup

    St. Edward d. Guerin: Shannon Igielski had 8 kills and 5 digs and Cory Kelly added 6 kills as St. Edward won in the Suburban Christian Blue 25-14, 25-13. Allison Kruk (16 digs), Katie Swanson (6 digs), Clara McDowell (5 digs) and Mallory Gross (12 assists) also contributed for the Green Wave (11-5, 3-1).Francis Parker d. Elgin Academy: Kaitlyn Pearson (8 kills, 5 digs), Olivia Oberdorf (11 digs) and Maggie Veltri (10 assists, 4 digs) led Elgin Academy (0-15, 0-3) in its 25-19, 25-14 Independent School League loss.

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    Senators upend Canadiens 5-2

    Bobby Ryan scored for Ottawa and also gave the Senators a scare in their 5-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday. Ryan left the game with just over five minutes remaining in the second period after a collision behind the net, but he returned shortly after. However the Senators opted on the side of caution and kept him out of the lineup for the third period.

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    St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina, left, celebrates as Washington Nationals’ Adam LaRoche strikes out swinging for the final out of a baseball game Wednesday in St. Louis. The Cardinals won 4-1.

    Cardinals win 4-1, sweep Nats to close in on title

    Rookie Shelby Miller won his 15th game, and Yadier Molina had the go-ahead hit for the St. Louis Cardinals, who wrapped up a three-game sweep of the Washington Nationals and moved another step closer to the NL Central title with a 4-1 victory on Wednesday.

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    Cleveland Indians’ Nick Swisher hits a two-run home run off Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Dylan Axelrod during the fifth inning of a baseball game Wednesday in Cleveland.

    Indians beat White Sox for 14th straight

    Rookie Danny Salazar gave Cleveland a much-needed quality start and Nick Swisher hit a two-run homer as the Indians tightened their grip one of the AL wild-card spots with their 14th straight win over the Chicago White Sox, 7-2 on Wednesday night in their home finale.

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    John Duvic

    Football: Week 4 MVPs

    Benet senior kicker John Duvic and Marmion senior cornerback Seth Sevenich have earned Daily Herald MVP honors for the high school football performances in Week 4. Duvic set a state record with 5 field goals, including a long of 50 yards, in Benet’s 30-6 victory over defending Class 6A state champ Crete-Monee. Sevenich had 2 interceptions in a 28-10 win at previously unbeaten Marian Central and also scored once on a pass reception.

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    Anushi Pai of Neuqua Valley plays Jessica Hu of Naperville North in girls tennis at Neuqua Valley high school Wednesday.

    Neuqua Valley working to get back to state

    The Neuqua Valley girls tennis team is working hard to produce at least one state qualifier after two seasons of failing to get someone to the state tournament.

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    Kunitz leads Penguins to 5-1 win over Red Wings

    Chris Kunitz had two goals and an assist to help the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Detroit Red Wings 5-1 on Wednesday night in an exhibition game.

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    Hechavarria’s 3 RBIs lead Marlins over Phillies

    Adeiny Hechavarria drove in three runs, including a go-ahead run in the eighth inning, to help the Miami Marlins to a 3-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday night.

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    Fehr has 2 goals and Caps top Predators 4-1

    Eric Fehr had two goals and Mikhail Grabovski had three assists and the Washington Capitals earned a 4-1 preseason victory over the Nashville Predators on Wednesday.

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    Sabres blank Blue Jackets 3-0

    ikhail Grigorenko had a goal and an assist and Jhonas Enroth made 26 saves to lead the Buffalo Sabres to a 3-0 win Wednesday over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

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    Jacobs senior quarterback Bret Mooney and Golden Eagles coach Bill Mitz go over a play during a preseason practice. Mooney enters Friday’s game against Woodstock just shy of 3,000 yards passing in his high school career.

    Jacobs’ Mooney passing with flying colors

    Standing 6-feet, 4 inches, weighing 215 pounds and equipped with a strong, accurate arm, Jacobs senior quarterback Bret Mooney passes the eye test. In the coming weeks he and his Golden Eagle teammates hope to pass his football program’s biggest test in decades: winning the school’s first league title since 1979. Driven to improve upon a 5-5 finish in 2012, Mooney and his teammates jumped back into the weight room within a week of their Class 7A first-round playoff loss at Rockford Boylan last October. It was just the start of what proved to be an intensive off-season regimen for a player who, as a junior, led the area with 2,086 passing yards and threw 17 touchdowns.

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    Weaver pitches Angels past A’s in home finale, 3-1

    The Los Angeles Angels did a bit more damage to the Oakland Athletic's home-field playoff hopes with a 3-1 victory Wednesday. Dan Straily (10-8) allowed seven hits while pitching into the seventh inning of his first loss since Aug. 17 for the A’s (94-65), who began the day trailing Boston by one game for the best record in baseball.

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    Lohse pitches 2-hit shutout as Brewers beat Braves

    Kyle Lohse pitched a two-hitter and the Milwaukee Brewers overcame Carlos Gomez’s ejection in the first inning to beat the Atlanta Braves 4-0 on Wednesday night. The NL East champion Braves were shut out for the second time in three nights and have been blanked 17 times, second-most in the league.

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    St. Viator finds its rhythm against St. Pat

    St. Viator opened the second half of its season by handling an undermanned St. Patrick team 6-0 Wednesday afternoon in an ESCC match at the soccer fields at Resurrection High School on Chicago’s northwest side.

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    Bears defensive tackle Nate Collins (left), discussing things with Lance Briggs (55) and Stephen Paea during a preseason game, will be in the spotlight Sunday as he takes over for the injured Henry Melton.

    Collins next man up for Bears’ defense

    The Bears will use a variety of means to try to plug the gap in the defense left by the injury to Pro Bowl tackle Henry Melton, and much of the responsibility will fall on Nate Collins.

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    Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson pulls in a touchdown pass under pressure from Washington Redskins strong safety Brandon Meriweather during the second half of a Sept. 22 game in Landover, Md.

    Tillman vs. Megatron a dynamite matchup

    One of the best matchups in the NFL is between Lions wide receiver Calvin "Megatron" Johnson and Bears cornerback Charles "Peanut" Tillman. Neither player practiced Wednesday, but both are expected to be on the field Sunday in Detroit for their latest one-on-one clash.

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    Fremd’s Jamie Drost tees off on No. 3 during Wednesday’s match with Palatine at Palatine Hills Golf Course.

    Drost, Fremd edge Palatine in last MSL dual

    Fremd golfer Jamie Drost says that it’s “personally important” to him to advance to the state tournament this season. The way the senior and his Vikings teammates have been playing lately, there’s a great chance they’ll be at the “Den” in Bloomington come mid-October. Drost fired a 38 Wednesday at Palatine Hills to help lead Fremd to a 151-154 win over rival Palatine in the final regular-season Mid-Suburban League match for both teams. Fremd teammates Dylan Norys and Connor Ostoich also shot 38 in the victory, while Josh Rosenzweig led the way with a 37 on the course’s 3,380-yard front nine.

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    Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook throws against Notre Dame during the first half of last week’s game in South Bend, Ind.

    Cook remains starting QB for Michigan State

    Connor Cook is still Michigan State’s No. 1 quarterback, despite being benched in last week's loss to Notre Dame.

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    Braxton Miller was the Big Ten’s offensive player of the year in 2012 while leading the Buckeyes to a 12-0 record. He went down early in the Buckeyes’ second game this season.

    Miller will start at QB for Ohio State

    A lot of top college teams have trouble finding one quality quarterback. Ohio State has two. The problem for coach Urban Meyer is he can play only one at a time, and both have earned the starting job.

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    To Glenbard East’s Burt, milestone a celebration of his ‘family’

    Glenbard East girls tennis coach Bill Burt got a lot of love out of the Rams’ match last Tuesday at West Aurora.

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    Burlington Central graduate and Northwestern University senior Stephanie Holthus was named the AVCA National Player of the Week for her performance in the Wildcat Invitational last weekend.

    National honor ‘amazing’ to Burlington C. grad Holthus

    Northwestern University women’s volleyball coach Keylor Chan has seen Burlington Central graduate Stephanie Holthus undergo quite a metamorphosis during her time in Evanston. “I say this to Steph all the time,” the 14th-year Northwestern head coach said. “I’ve never seen a player improve as much as she has in all areas of volleyball. We’re talking the psychology of volleyball, the emotional aspect and her physical skill set. I’m so proud of what she has accomplished so far and I know she wants to do so much more.”

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    Darnell McDonald hits a 3-run home run off Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Francisco Liriano during the sixth inning of a baseball game on Wednesday in Chicago.

    Bittersweet win for Cubs at Wrigley

    Their was an air of wistfulness around Wrigley Field as the Cubs closed out their home season with a 4-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates. The fate of manager Dale Sveum is in the balance as the Cubs head to St. Louis for the final three games of the season.

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    The national cover of Sports Illustrated, featuring Patrick Kane of Chicago Blackhawks, marking the fourth cover the Blackhawks have been featured on in just more than six months and the second national one.

    Nordstrom hanging on with Blackhawks

    Joakim Nordstrom doesn’t even have a stall in the Blackhawks’ dressing room at Johnny’s Ice House West, but he did have a regular spot on the fourth line at practice on Wednesday. The 21-year-old Nordstrom, whose versatility and chemistry with fellow Swede Marcus Kruger improves his chances of making the team, wasn’t reading anything into his fourth-line status. Tim Sassone has that and more (including the Hawks' SI cover) in today's Blackhawks notebook.

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    Cubs starting pitcher Jake Arrieta delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates Wednesday in Chicago.

    Arrieta promises to stay hungry

    Pitcher Jake Arrieta made a final good impression on the Cubs Wednesday as he got the win in a 4-2 victory over the Pirates at Wrigley Field. Arrieta is penciled into next year's starting rotation, but he seems to be taking nothing for granted.

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    Wauconda’s Alex Schwickrath, left, celebrates a first-quarter touchdown with teammate Josh Anderson during Saturday’s game.

    Wauconda’s Schwickrath sidelined

    Alex Schwickrath catches footballs and wrestles. The physicality of the two sports caught up with the Wauconda senior, however. Schwickrath underwent surgery last Friday to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. The wide receiver/defensive back mustered up the strength to walk the sideline on crutches the following day during the Bulldogs’ 10-3 loss on North Chicago’s homecoming.

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    Number Grayslake North’s Merrick Gentile among those making a big impact on the football scene as a sophomore.

    Hard-hitting sophs making an impact

    There appears to be a strong youth movement sweeping over high school football in Lake County, where being sophomoric is turning out to be a pretty good thing. Not only are more teams than ever promoting young underclassmen to varsity, many are counting heavily upon them for some serious production. Among the 14 teams in the Daily Herald’s Lake County coverage area, 12 include sophomores on their rosters for a total of 31 varsity sophomores.

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    Wisconsin quarterback Joel Stave throws a pass during the first half of last Saturday’s game against Purdue in Madison, Wis. Wisconsin ranks 90th in the country in passing offense (198 yards per game).

    Badgers QB benefiting from rolling RBs

    Having the best seat in the house to watch Wisconsin’s three running backs weave their way to the end zone, quarterback Joel Stave can’t help but acknowledge how Melvin Gordon, James White and Corey Clement have eased some of the offense’s burden.

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    Chicago Cubs’ Darnell McDonald hits a three-run home run off Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Francisco Liriano during the sixth inning of a baseball game on Wednesday in Chicago.

    McDonald homers in Cubs win over Pirates

    The Pittsburgh Pirates’ hopes of catching up in the NL Central took a big hit Wednesday when Darnell McDonald launched a three-run homer, leading the Chicago Cubs to a 4-2 win.

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    Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum greets shortstop Starlin Castro after the Cubs’ 4-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates in their last home baseball game of the season Wednesday in Chicago. Sveum says he doesn’t know if he’ll be returning next year though his contract is through 2014.

    Cubs manager Sveum waits to hear about his future

    Dale Sveum doesn’t know if he’ll be coming back for a third season as manager of the Chicago Cubs. Sveum is under contract to return for 2014. But team president Theo Epstein has said all jobs will be evaluated after another losing season. “I’m not going to sit here and lie that you’re not wondering what’s going to happen in four to five days from now. That’s just human nature,” Sveum said Wednesday before the Cubs’ game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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    Konerko out with bruised kneecap

    White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko will miss Chicago’s final road game with a bruised right kneecap. The 15-year veteran fouled a pitch off his knee in the eighth inning of Tuesday’s game against the Indians.

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    Bob Chwedyk/bchwedyk@dailyherald.com Hawks fans loved what they say from Bryan Bickell in the playoffs. After years of coming to camp bidding for a third-line or fourth-line spot, Bickell will start with Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane on the first line.

    Bickell wants to cash in on first-line status

    After scoring 9 goals in the playoffs and helping lead the Blackhawks to the Stanley Cup, what does Bryan Bickell do for an encore? Anything the Hawks ask him to do, that’s what. And Hawks coach Joel Quenneville believes Bickell should have an even bigger year playing full time with Toews and Kane. Tim Sassone has more in this Blackhawks report.

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    New York Mets starting pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka is congratulated by Zack Wheeler (45) after Matsuzaka was taken out in the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Wednesday in Cincinnati. Matsuzaka was the winning pitcher in the game won by New York 1-0.

    Matsuzaka pitches Mets to 1-0 win over Reds

    The Cincinnati Reds probably would have liked Daisuke Matsuzaka’s first career appearance against them to come at another time — such as next season. Matsuzaka scattered four hits in 7 2-3 innings to win his third consecutive start, outdueling Mat Latos in the New York Mets’ 1-0 victory on Wednesday that further dampened the Reds’ hopes of hosting the National League wild-card game on Tuesday.

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    Iowa wide receiver Kevonte Martin-Manley scores on a punt return against Western Michigan during last Saturday’s game in Iowa City.

    Playmakers key Iowa’s improvement

    Iowa has stayed healthy so far this season and found some surprising playmakers, key developments in getting off to a good start.

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    Schaumburg quarterback Stacey Smith fakes a handoff to Michael Jones before going for a score against Wheeling in Week 2. The Saxons host another MSL unbeaten, Barrington, on Friday.

    Big tests await as MSL East, West find out who’s best

    It becomes showdown time in the Mid-Suburban East and West this week. After four weeks of nonconference football foes, the MSL teams will get into the meat of their schedules with give consecutive weeks of divisional contests to finish the regular season.

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    British cyclist Bradley Wiggins crosses the finish line to win the silver medal in the men’s individual time trial event Wednesday at the road cycling world championships in Florence, Italy.

    After silver, Wiggins getting back in form

    It’s not often that a Tour de France winner and multiple Olympic champion needs to learn how to ride his bike again. Yet that’s pretty much what has happened to Bradley Wiggins over the past year.

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    Tony Martin celebrates on the podium with the gold medal he won in the men’s individual time trial at the road cycling world championships Wednesday in Florence, Italy.

    Martin wins 3rd straight time trial world title

    Tony Martin of Germany won his third straight title in the individual time trial at the road cycling world championships with a dominating performance on Wednesday, while Olympic champion Bradley Wiggins finished a distant second.

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    Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush didn’t play against the Washington Redskins last Sunday, but he is expected to play against the Bears this weekend.

    Lions’ Bush says he’ll play vs. Bears

    ALLEN PARK, Mich. — Reggie Bush has moved a big step closer to returning to play for the Detroit Lions. Bush practiced Wednesday, a few days after missing a game with a banged-up left knee, which means he should be ready to play the Chicago Bears on Sunday.

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    Game video: Stevenson vs. Lake Zurich girls volleyball
    Stevenson takes on Lake Zurich Wednesday in girls volleyball action. Follow the game here with video from High School Cube, then come back later for the replay and highlights.

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    Low water creates fishing opportunities on Fox

    Cool, dry weather leads to a valuable fall opportunity on a great area fishery, the Fox River. Mike Jackson explains the advantages of wading into the water with the right safety and fishing equipment.

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    Penn State will gradually get back football scholarships taken away over the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal, the NCAA announced Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, crediting the university for making significant improvements to its athletics programs.

    NCAA decision to cut Penn St. penalties welcomed

    The NCAA’s decision to dial back one of the penalties against Penn State for its handling of the Jerry Sandusky molestation scandal has drawn positive reaction from students and others associated with the university, who got some good news after two years of scandal. College sports’ governing body announced Tuesday that it would gradually restore 20 football scholarships, saying the school has already made significant improvements to its athletics programs.

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    Mike North video: Saints vs Bears in NFC Championship
    Now that the Chicago Bears have an offensive minded coach in Marc Trestman, it's a whole new world for Jay Cutler and Bears' fans. Our recent past coaches have all been defensive style coaches, from Dave Wannstedt to Dick Jauron to Lovie Smith and now the offense is center stage.

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    Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, gestures after Oracle Team USA won the 18th race of the America’s Cup sailing event against Emirates Team New Zealand Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, in San Francisco. Oracle Team USA won races 17 and 18 to pull even with Emirates Team New Zealand.

    Oracle on brink of America’s Cup comeback

    Skipper Jimmy Spithill and his mates aboard Oracle Team USA are on the brink of finishing one of the greatest comebacks in sports history. An America’s Cup that had the look of an embarrassing loss for software tycoon Larry Ellison’s American syndicate comes down to a winner-take-all race Wednesday: Two 72-foot, space-age catamarans are set to make a final, adrenaline-fueled sprint around San Francisco Bay.

Business

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    Mark W. Everson, former commissioner of the IRS, speaks Wednesday on the Affordable Care Act during a program hosted by the Daily Herald Media Group.

    Local experts eye effects of looming health care law

    Arlington Heights-based Northwest Community Hospital expects a gradual increase in the demand for the services of primary care doctors as the Affordable Care Act unfolds, a hospital executive said Wednesday. Hartke was among a panel of experts who discussed the Affordable Care Act and what it means to local small- and mid-sized businesses and to the local health care industry. About 240 business executives, chamber officials and other professionals attended the program hosted by the Daily Herald Media Group at Chandler's Chop House in Schaumburg.

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    This image provided by Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn’s office shows the logo and brand name that officials unveiled Wednesday for the new health insurance marketplace set to open Tuesday. The brand and logo are part of a multimillion-dollar ad campaign beginning Tuesday and building through the fall and winter. Uninsured Illinoisans have until the end of March to buy health insurance through Get Covered Illinois.

    Health marketplace to be called ‘Get Covered Illinois’

    Illinois officials have decided on a brand name for the new health insurance marketplace set to open Tuesday. Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration unveiled the name Wednesday: It’s “Get Covered Illinois.” The brand tagline is “The Official Health Marketplace.” Deputy Gov. Cristal Thomas says the administration wanted a name that was “very clear about what this product has to offer.”

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    The financially struggling Postal Service is seeking a 3-cent increase in the cost of mailing a letter, bringing the price of a first-class stamp to 49 cents.

    USPS seeks 3-cent increase for first-class mail

    The financially ailing Postal Service is seeking a 3-cent increase in the cost of mailing a letter — and that would raise the price of a first-class stamp to 49 cents. The chairman of the postal Board of Governors, Mickey Barnett, cites the “precarious financial condition” of the agency and the uncertain prospects for postal overhaul legislation in Congress. The agency expects to lose $6 billion this year.

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    $11B eyed in JPMorgan settlement talks

    An official familiar with ongoing negotiations among federal and New York officials and JPMorgan over mortgage-backed securities says a national settlement for $7 billion in cash and $4 billion in consumer relief is under discussion.

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    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. returns to his office after speaking on the Senate floor, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013. In a break with Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and tea party-aligned Senate conservatives, Republican leader McConnell announced Monday he will not vote to block legislation aimed at preventing a partial government shutdown. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Anti-shutdown bill advances; big fight still looms

    Unanimous but far from united, the Senate advanced legislation to prevent a partial government shutdown on Wednesday, the 100-0 vote certain to mark merely a brief pause in a fierce partisan struggle over the future of President Barack Obama’s signature health care law.

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    This product image provided by Amazon.com on Tuesday shows the new 7-inch Amazon Kindle HDX tablet computer with the optional “Origami” cover that works as a stand and screen protector. Amazon has refreshed its lineup of tablets with new HDX devices, which are significantly faster and lighter than the previous generation.

    Amazon unveils Kindle Fire HDX with 24/7 live help

    Amazon is refreshing its line-up of tablet computers with new devices called Kindle Fire HDX, which are significantly faster and lighter than the previous generation. The 7-inch and 8.9-inch versions also have sharper, more colorful displays than older models, and both have more pixels per inch than the latest iPad. To help those who are unfamiliar with tablets, the new Kindles come with a feature called “Mayday”, which allows users to summon a live customer service representative in a tiny video window.

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    FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, file photo, specialist Michael Guli, right, is framed by his monitors as he works at his post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Global stock markets fell Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013 dragged down by fears that political gridlock in Washington over the federal budget might shut down the U.S. government. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

    Wal-Mart, Washington worries whack stock market

    Wal-Mart spooked the stock market Wednesday — helping push stocks lower for a fifth straight day.The Dow Jones industrial average fell 61 points, or 0.4 percent, to 15,273.26.

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    U.S. household net worth jumped $1.3 trillion in the spring, fueled by gains in home and stock values.

    Home and stock values boost U.S. household wealth

    U.S. household net worth jumped $1.3 trillion in the spring, fueled by gains in home and stock values. The Federal Reserve says net worth rose to $74.8 trillion in the April-June quarter, up 1.8 percent from the first quarter. Home prices and stock markets have risen further since then, suggesting that Americans’ net worth is now even higher.

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    Americans stepped up purchases of new homes in August after cutting back in July, suggesting that higher mortgage rates are not yet slowing the housing recovery.

    U.S. new-home sales jump 7.9 percent in August

    Americans stepped up purchases of new homes in August after cutting back in July, suggesting that higher mortgage rates are not yet slowing the housing recovery. The rebound in sales coincided with the best month of sales for previously occupied homes in more than six years. And homebuilders remain more confident in the market than they’ve been in eight years.

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    Moody’s lifts GM investment grade

    General Motors Co. was raised to investment grade for the first time in eight years and moved to continue paying back stakeholders from its 2009 bailout with plans to buy preferred shares held by a union health-care trust.

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    U.S. borrowing authority to be exhausted by Oct. 17

    Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said Wednesday the government will have exhausted its borrowing authority by Oct. 17, leaving the United States just $30 billion cash on hand to pay its bills. That’s a slightly worse financial position than Treasury predicted last month and adds to the pressure on Congress to increase the government’s borrowing cap soon to avert a first-ever U.S. default on its obligations.

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    Stocks little changed after 4 days of declines

    The stock market is adrift a week after setting a record. Stocks were flat in late-morning trading Wednesday as investors continue to worry about the economy and the growing possibility of a government shutdown.

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    Broker ICAP paying $87M to settle LIBOR charges

    Britain’s ICAP PLC has agreed to pay about $87 million to settle U.S. and U.K charges of manipulating a key global interest rate, the fourth financial firm sanctioned in the international rate-rigging scandal.

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    A worker sands a custom piece of furniture at the at Baker Road Furniture manufacturing facility in South Elgin. Companies placed slightly more orders in August for U.S. long-lasting manufactured goods, stepping up demand for cars, trucks and machinery. Even with the gain, business spending on factory goods may not be strong enough to accelerate economic growth in the July-September quarter.

    Orders for long-lasting factory goods up slightly

    Companies placed slightly more orders in August for U.S. long-lasting manufactured goods, stepping up demand for cars, trucks and machinery. Even with the gain, business spending on factory goods may not be strong enough to accelerate economic growth in the July-September quarter.

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    An unidentified family member of one of two Chinese students killed in the July 6 crash of Asiana Flight 214. In the first investigation of its kind, federal transportation officials are reviewing whether Asiana Airlines failed to meet legal obligations to help the families of passengers after the crash.

    Feds review Asiana’s post-crash plan

    In the first investigation of its kind, federal transportation officials are reviewing whether Asiana Airlines failed to meet legal obligations to help the families of passengers after one of its planes crashed at San Francisco International Airport. Under U.S. law, Asiana was required to provide a range of services to family members of the 291 passengers, from the prompt posting of a toll-free number to providing transportation and lodging.

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    Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius speaks during an event discussing the federal health care overhaul in Philadelphia. With new health insurance markets launching next week, the Obama administration is unveiling premiums and plan choices for 36 states where the federal government is taking the lead to cover uninsured residents. The overview of premiums and plan choices, being released today by Sebelius, comes as the White House swings into full campaign mode to promote the benefits of the Affordable Care Act to a skeptical public.

    Premiums unveiled for health overhaul plans

    With new health insurance markets launching next week, the Obama administration is unveiling premiums and plan choices for 36 states where the federal government is taking the lead to cover uninsured residents. Before tax credits that work like an upfront discount for most consumers, sticker-price premiums for a mid-range benchmark plan will average $328 a month nationally for an individual, comparable to payments for a new car.

Life & Entertainment

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    Legendary pop crooner Lionel Richie headlines Chicago's United Center Sunday.

    Weekend picks: Lionel Richie in concert at the United Center

    Legendary pop crooner Lionel Richie performs his hits at the United Center Sunday. It's the season to feast on all kinds of apple delights this weekend at the Long Grove Apple Fest. Meet home improvement expert Lou “Mr. Fix It” Manfredini while exploring 300 displays at The Old House New House Home Show at the Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles this weekend.

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    Cohn cancels ECC concert
    Marc Cohn canceled his Elgin Community College concert on Sunday, Sept. 29, due to a family emergency.

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    Beatriz (Joan Allen) embraces The Girl (Emma Gordon) and The Boy (Daniel Pass) in Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s American-premiere production of “The Wheel” by Zinnie Harris.

    Steppenwolf’s ‘Wheel’ covers plenty of territory while going nowhere

    You can’t go home again, they say, and even when you can, sometimes it turns out better if you hadn’t. Joan Allen returns to Steppenwolf Theatre for the first time in more than 20 years to play the lead role in “The Wheel.” She does all she can to lift the play into the air, yet this anti-war allegory is leaden and clumsy.

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    Food waste: A better system of date labeling could rein in cost for consumers

    Food waste has reached record levels. In the United States, an estimated 40 percent of food is thrown away. Last year, a study estimated that the average American family of four wastes $1,560 worth of food annually. Clearer expiration dates on food cannot alone solve the problem.

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    Sweet white miso adds unexpected oomph to quick, weeknight turkey and corn chili.

    Turkey and Corn Chili with Sweet White Miso
    Turkey and Corn Chili with Sweet White Miso

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    Danny Pino, left, plays Detective Nick Amaro, Kelli Giddish is Detective Amanda Rollins and Mariska Hargitay plays Detective Olivia Benson from season 14 of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.” The NBC crime drama returns for its 15th season on Wednesday.

    ‘Law & Order: SVU’ returns with cliffhanger

    NBC’s “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” will be paying tribute to its ripped-from-the-headlines heritage this season, the drama’s executive producer said. The show returns for its 15th year at 8 p.m. Wednesday, picking up on last season’s cliffhanger finale that had New York City police Detective Olivia Benson (series star Mariska Hargitay) held at gunpoint by a rapist. It will be followed by a second new episode at 9 p.m. Wednesday.

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    Marc Cohn's tour brings him to Elgin this weekend.

    Marc Cohn talks touring, family and not sweating the small stuff

    Marc Cohn is touring and he's taking requests. But don't bother asking for his signature tune, “Walking in Memphis,” at his Elgin Community College Arts Center performance Sunday.“It's a wasted request,” the 54-year-old singer/songwriter said by phone from his home in New York. “I'm always going to play that song.”

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    Fogo de Chao, a Brazilian-style steakhouse, recently opened in Rosemont. Lunch service starts Sept. 30.

    Dining events: Fogo de Chao opens in Rosemont

    Fogo de Chao brings meat, meat and more meat to Rosemont; Flaming Grill opens in West Dundee's Spring Hill Mall; Pinstripes celebrates fall.

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    Khloe Kardashian Odom and Lamar Odom pose at an E! Network event in New York. Odom is breaking his silence with his first post on Twitter since the NBA star was arrested and charged with driving under the influence last month. Odom tweeted “Seeing the snakes” on Tuesday night, Sept. 24, 2013, in his first post since his Aug. 30 arrest.

    NBA star Lamar Odom breaks silence via Twitter

    Lamar Odom is breaking his silence with his first post on Twitter since the NBA star was arrested and charged with driving under the influence last month. Odom tweeted “Seeing the snakes” on Tuesday night in his first post since his Aug. 30 arrest. He followed with an extended tweet from his verified account that referenced his estranged father.

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    “The Woman Who Lost Her Soul” by Bob Shacochis

    Shacochis back with 'The Woman Who Lost Her Soul'

    It's hard to talk about Bob Shacochis' “The Woman Who Lost Her Soul” without giving away too much of its intrigue. The novel starts off in U.S.-occupied Haiti, but it's not really just about Haiti. It's about the toll paid by individuals when humanitarian interventions peter out or fail, and that makes the novel's drama all the more heartbreaking and riveting.

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    Dr. Drew Pinsky says he had his prostate removed earlier this year after discovering he had cancer. The host of HLN’s “Dr. Drew on Call” wrote Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, on the network’s site that he returned to work in 10 days after having a robotic prostatectomy in July.

    Dr. Drew Pinsky announces he had prostate cancer

    Dr. Drew Pinsky says he had his prostate removed earlier this year after discovering he had cancer.

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    A missing toy armadillo with a connection to Willie Nelson has sparked a search in the New York suburbs. The Capitol Theater’s general manager says a stuffed armadillo beloved by a member of Nelson’s crew was stolen from the stage after a Nelson concert last Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013.

    Toy armadillo stolen in NY after Willie Nelson concert

    A missing toy armadillo with a connection to Willie Nelson has sparked a search in the New York suburbs. A stuffed armadillo beloved by a member of Nelson’s crew was stolen from the stage at The Capitol Theatre, in Port Chester, after a Nelson concert last Thursday, theater general manager Tom Bailey said. Grainy video shows a woman walking onto the stage as the crew packs up, boldly grabbing the armadillo and sauntering off with it, he said.

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    Mike Baron of South Elgin created pasta with cream sauce and shrimp meal with frozen peas for the Cook of the Week Challenge budget dinner challenge.

    Cook of the Week Challenge: Rich, Baron advance to Round 2

    Canned salmon and frozen peas couldn't stop Dan Rich of Elgin and Mike Baron of South Elgin. Judges liked the recipes they created using their mystery basket ingredients, and now the two men advance to Round 2 of the culinary competition.

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    Grobman uses dried currants for a sweet sauce for her Sweet and Zesty Asian Lamb lettuce wraps.

    Sweet and Zesty Asian Lamb
    Sweet and Zesty Asian Lamb: Karen Grobman

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    “Dancing With the Stars” producers said television personality Bill Nye received medical attention Tuesday after he was hurt during his most recent performance.

    Bill Nye treated after ‘Dancing’ injury

    Bill Nye “The Science Guy” is also the injured guy. “Dancing With the Stars” producers say the TV personality is receiving medical attention Tuesday after he was hurt during his most recent performance. No other details were provided.

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    In her Mediterranean-inspired dish, Lori Motyka combined currants and mushrooms into caponata that she serves with oat-crusted cod.

    Mediterranean Cod, Portobello and Currant Caponata
    : Lori Motyka

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    The new James Bond novel “Solo” is set in 1969 and takes the suave British spy, 45 years old and feeling his age, from London’s plush Dorchester Hotel to a war-torn West African country and to Washington.

    Bond is back, in William Boyd’s new novel ‘Solo’

    Bond is back, much as we remember him but also subtly different. To the latest Bond author, William Boyd, the dashing secret agent looks a bit like Daniel Day-Lewis, so readers are advised to banish images of Sean Connery or Daniel Craig when they read “Solo.” The novel, set in 1969, takes the suave British spy — 45 years old and feeling his age — from London’s plush Dorchester Hotel to a war-ravaged West African country and onto Washington on a perilous lone mission.

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    The childhood home of Kurt Cobain, the late frontman of Nirvana, left, along an alley in Aberdeen, Wash. Cobain’s mother is putting the tired, 1.5-story Aberdeen bungalow on the market this week, the same month as the 20th anniversary of Nirvana’s final studio album. The home, last assessed at less than $67,000, is being listed for $500,000, but the family would also be happy entering into a partnership with anyone who wants to turn it into a museum.

    Mom selling Kurt Cobain’s childhood home in Wash.

    This month marks the 20th anniversary of Nirvana’s final studio album, and fans aren’t just able to buy a new “super deluxe” box set to celebrate the occasion. They can also buy the childhood home of late frontman Kurt Cobain, complete with his mattress. Cobain’s mother, Wendy O’Connor, is putting the tired, 1.5-story bungalow two hours southwest of Seattle on the market this week. To help sell it, the family is offering a glimpse into the early life of its tortured and talented son through photos shot at the house.

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    Once you look past their appearance, you'll love root vegetables in this soup.

    Soupalooza: Learning to root for roots

    The root of the matter, if you will pardon the pun, is that I know very little about root vegetables. Oh, sure, I know carrots, potatoes and beets, but celery root? No idea. Salsify? Not a clue. On a recent trip to the grocery store, I even mixed up turnips and parsnips. I wouldn't know a rutabaga if you conked me on the head with it.

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    Once you look past their appearance, you'll love root vegetables in this soup.

    Roasted Root Vegetable Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons
    Roasted Root Vegetable Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons

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    Lean ground beef and low-sodium ketchup go into Don Mauer's healthier version of baked spaghetti.

    Cafeteria-Style Leaner Baked Spaghetti
    Cafeteria-Style Leaner Baked Spaghetti

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    Cook of the Week Challenge contestant Judy Monaco used honey in a dressing to finish a red cabbage and kale salad.

    Red Cabbage and Kale Salad
    Red Cabbage and Kale Salad: Judy Monaco

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    Cook of the Week challenge contestant Judy Monaco created a meatloaf using ground lamb and sesame snack sticks. She serves it with red cabbage and kale salad.

    Crusted Lamb and Ham Loaf with Yogurt Sauce
    : Judy Monaco

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    Karen Grobman stuffs dried currants into won ton wrappers,

    Nutella/Biscoff Currant Won Ton
    Nutella/Biscoff Currant Won Ton: Karen Grobman

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    Karen Grobman rolls refrigerated cookie dough in ground sesame sticks to accompany her Sweet and Zesty Asian Lamb.

    Sesame Honey Cookies
    Sesame Honey Cookies: Karen Grobman

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    Peach Gazpacho. Less-than-perfect peaches, or those that are overripe, are just the ticket for this savory soup.

    Peach Gazpacho
    Peach Gazpacho

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    Tips for picking the tastiest produce
    Tips for buying for pickling. Buy root vegetables that still have their tops; the tops help preserve flavor and freshness. Look for deep and unusually colored vegetables, such as purple carrots. Those are often varietals that are bred more for flavor than for yield.

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    Judy Monaco

    Ground lamb, Now Foods sesame snack sticks and Bron’s Bee Co raw honey
    Judy Monaco and Karen Grobman weren't sheepish about the Cook of the Week Challenge mystery basket that included ground lamb, honey and seasame snack sticks.

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    John Starks/jstarks@dailyherald.com At left, an "enchicoda", made with cod and portobello mushrooms, fish taco made with cod, top middle, portobello mushroom stuffed with wild rice, bottom middle, and mini lemon currant cups, right, made by Lynn Fors of Batavia.

    Round 1, week 4: Quaker old-fashion oats, cod fillets, dried currants and portobello mushrooms provided by Waterleaf restaurant
    Round 1, week 4: Quaker old-fashion oats, cod fillets, dried currants and portobello mushrooms provided by Waterleaf restaurant

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    Mario O. Portanova

    Meet the Week 3 Cook of the Week Challenge judges
    Week 3 of the Cook of the Week Challenge brought one new face to the judges panel. Mario O. Portanova represented Porte Brown LLC, a group of certified public accountants, as two contestants tackled building dinner for four with $20 and a bag of frozen peas.Here’s an introduction to Portanova and a reintroduction to the others on the panel.

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    The Butterball Turkey Talk Line has grown from six operators to about 60 since it launched in 1981, and has never hired men. In an effort to change that Butterball is offering an online application for men age 25 and up to apply to be the spokesman for the line or one of the operators.

    Turkey Talk Line to have 1st male spokesman

    Butterball Turkey Talk Line seeks men to join its popular help line. Apply online to be an operator or spokesman.

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    Portobello mushrooms work well with wild rice in Lynn Fors’s Cook of the Week Challenge recipe.

    Wild Rice Portobello Mushroom Caps
    Wild Rice Portobellos: Lynn Fors

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    Lynn Fors created Mini Lemon Currant Cups using oats and dried currants for the Cook of the Week Challenge.

    Mini Lemon-Currant Cups
    Mini Lemon-Currant Cups: Lynn Fors

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    Lynn Fors works cod into enchiladas and tacos for her Cook of the Week Challenge recipes.

    EnchiCODas
    EnchiCODas: Lynn Fors

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    Lynn Fors worked cod into enchiladas and tacos for the Cook of the Week Challenge.

    AquaCODte Tacos
    AquaCODte Tacos: Lynn Fors

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    Radio talk show host Howard Stern and his wife, Beth, have fostered several litters of cats. She says she can tell you what each one likes to eat, where they like to be rubbed and their favorite toys. She house trains them and keeps meticulous records for adopters.

    Hardest part of fostering pets: Saying goodbye

    You nurse and nurture, live with and love an animal in your home. After a few weeks or months, you turn it over to someone or return it to a shelter. Watching a foster pet leave the nest can be rewarding, but you are probably still going to cry your eyes out. Beth Stern, chairwoman for the North Shore Animal League America foster program, has fostered several litters of cats. She says she can tell you what each one likes to eat, where they like to be rubbed and their favorite toys. She house trains them and keeps meticulous records for adopters.

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    In “Enough Said,” Julia Louis-Dreyfus finally transfers her comedic gifts to the big screen.

    Get out! Louis-Dreyfus a movie star for first time

    At the suggestion that she’s the finest comedic actress of her generation, Julia Louis-Dreyfus sighs an expletive. The grandness of the statement may make Louis-Dreyfus squirm, but it’s worth considering. Think about her, as Elaine Benes on “Seinfeld” and as Vice President Selina Meyer on “Veep.” Few comedians have both her gift for physical comedy and vocal precision. “It’s a very joyful way to make a living,” said Louis-Dreyfus, who transfers her comedic gifts to the big screen in "Enough Said."

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    Becky Crawford, left, Karen Blessen, founder of the nonprofit 29 Pieces and executive director of the Dallas LOVE Project, and 13-year-old Melissa Serrano hang art in the hallways at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas. About 30,000 works of art reflecting on love will be displayed throughout Dallas this fall to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

    JFK art project spreads ‘love’ around Dallas

    About 30,000 works of art reflecting on love will be displayed throughout Dallas this fall to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy as his motorcade passed through downtown. On Saturday, volunteers with the nonprofit art organization 29 Pieces began displaying the works as part of its Dallas LOVE Project, intended to show that Dallas — branded the “City of Hate” after the Nov. 22, 1963, assassination — is a place where love thrives.

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    “Men We Reaped” by Jesmyn Ward

    Darkness pervades ‘Men We Reaped’

    The last chapter of Jesmyn Ward’s memoir, “Men We Reaped,” begins with statistics “about what it means to be Black and poor in the south.” The numbers mount: high rates of poverty, incarceration and illiteracy, low rankings in education and standard of living. By this point in her book, Ward has already laid bare the human toll of what being poor and Black in Mississippi meant for her and her family. The numbers, she notes, simply “bear fruit to the reality.”

Discuss

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    A flooded used-car lot in Des Plaines last April.

    Editorial: Let’s be sure Des Plaines River flood-control projects get done

    Relief from flooding is needed along the Des Plaines River and new recommendations to do so need discussion and ultimately swfit action, a Daily Herald editorial says.

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    Pope’s message is for liberals, conservatives alike

    Columnist Kathryn Lopez: “Heal wounds, warm hearts.” That’s what one sinner said the Catholic Church needs to do in the world today. That sinner, as he describes himself, happened to be the pope.

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    The terror of our times

    Columnist Richard Cohen: As always, it was the middle of the night and I heard the window open and felt the breeze on my face. It was my grandfather, long dead but an occasional visitor from God-knows-where, who comes to see me whenever he and his friends are perplexed by the doings here on Earth. I wiped the sleep from my eyes and sat up in bed. “Grandpa, is that you?”

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    Searching for right action on Syria
    A Kildeer letter to the editor: In a Sept. 9 letter, Mr. Rossi mentions that under G.W. Bush the U.S. had a 50-country “coalition” before invading Iraq. It actually was 34, with military powerhouses like El Salvador, Estonia, Moldova, Albania, Tonga, Macedonia, Latvia, Kazakhstan, Philippines, Iceland, etc.

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    Obama’s leadership has failed America
    A Palatine letter to the editor: In my opinion, I do believe Mr. Obama can make a tough decision. But now he put his foot in his mouth, trying to show Syria how tough he is, with his red line — and it backfired on him.

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    Ayers’ past misdeeds grossly understated
    A Bartlett letter to the editor: To limit William Ayers’ infamy to “setting off a few small bombs ... in protest of the Vietnam War” in your Sept. 21 article on Elgin Community College’s decision to invite Ayers to speak there is either abject ignorance of history or journalistic malfeasance. What is your paper’s motto again?

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    Gay marriage, religious freedom can coexist
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: Once in place, marriage equality will have zero impact on religious freedom. A religious institution cannot be forced to marry two gay people if it goes against church dogma, and I would fight to ensure that institution’s religious freedom even though I support marriage equality, There are other venues for a gay marriage that would be open, affirming, welcoming and kind.

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    Support the Second Amendment
    A Batavia letter to the editor: I urge you to support the Second Amendment. The Constitution guarantees this right to all Americans.

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    A Hampshire letter to the editor: Hampshire Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8043 and Ladies Auxiliary thanks its members, Hampshire/Burlington, and surrounding area community for the cooperation and financial support of the recent successful fundraiser to benefit the Hampshire and Burlington/Central high schools scholarship program and other veterans program.

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    Just a few words of compassion
    A Wheaton letter to thee editor: I’m sure you’re well aware that the number of homeless people in DuPage County is staggering. I’m fully aware of the fiscal challenges with regard to trying to help homeless people. However, there are things we can all offer to homeless people which will not cost any of us a single penny.

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