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    Students tiptoe through “Alligator Alley,” one of the many events that kept the Walk for Westbrook interesting on Friday.

    Westbrook walk-a-thon raises money for school PTA

    Students and teachers at Westbrook School in Mount Prospect did their part Friday to raise $9,000 for the Westbrook PTA. The students have been collecting pledges, and on Friday they walked around the school grounds in the first walk-a-thon.

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    The “Ghost” burger at Kuma's Corner restaurant in Chicago is garnished with an unconsecrated communion wafer and a red wine reduction sauce. Luke Tobias, Kuma's Corner director of operations, said the restaurant never wanted to offend anyone.

    Chicago burger garnished with communion wafer

    Kuma's Corner in Chicago has cooked up a controversial burger of the month for October, garnishing it with an unconsecrated communion wafer and a red wine reduction sauce. It's in poor taste, says Jeff Young of New Orleans who runs the blog Catholic Foodie.

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    A $100 million road improvement plan that would widen Weiland and Lake-Cook roads in Buffalo Grove to ease traffic congestion is drawing some opposition from residents who say the project will cost them their homes.

    Residents oppose Buffalo Grove road plan

    Residents near Buffalo Grove's Weiland Road and Lake-Cook Road corridors continue to object to a $100 million plan to widen the thoroughfares and make other improvements aimed at freeing congestion in the area. They're particularly unhappy about a portion of the project that woud force seven homeowners to sell or face condemnation.

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    Dr. Thomas Louie, an infectious disease specialist at the University of Calgary, holds a container of stool pills in triple-coated gel capsules in his lab in Calgary, Alberta, Canada .

    Pills made from poop cure serious gut infections

    Hold your nose and don't spit out your coffee: Doctors have found a way to put healthy people's poop into pills that can cure serious gut infections — a less yucky way to do “fecal transplants.” Canadian researchers tried this on 27 patients and cured them all after strong antibiotics failed to help.

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    District 33 looking for community input in superintendent search

    Community members will play a key role in selecting a new superintendent in West Chicago Elementary District 33, school officials say. The hunt for a leader to replace the retiring Kathy Wolfe is heating up and residents will have several opportunities in coming days and weeks to help school board members develop a profile for the ideal candidate. If all goes well, the district hopes to select a...

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    Son in Wisconsin charged with killing father, burying body

    A criminal complaint filed in Jackson County says a 20-year-old man told investigators he fatally shot his father and hid his body because his dad inflicted physical and emotional distress on him. The complaint says Lars Helgeson told authorities he killed his 57-year-old father, Brian Helgeson, because he was “imprisoning him” at the house they shared in the town of Hixton and he...

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    Indiana, Amtrak continue Hoosier State line talks

    Indiana and Amtrak are making progress hammering out a short-term agreement to keep a passenger line between Indianapolis and Chicago running until a comprehensive funding deal is reached, a spokesman for Indiana's transportation agency said Wednesday.

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    Illinois nursing home cited for truck stop incident

    Health officials cited a southwestern Illinois nursing home after workers left a wheelchair-bound man at a truck stop without medication or ID when he refused to submit to a mandatory background check. The Belleville News-Democrat reports the parent company of Lebanon Care Center was cited for improper nursing care, violating a resident's rights and an involuntary transfer.

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    John Cullerton

    Cullerton supports $138 billion pension plan

    The president of the Illinois Senate says he's backing a compromise pension reform plan that could save $138 billion by 2043. Chicago Democrat John Cullerton tells The (Springfield) State Journal-Register that he's working to build support for the still-unfinished proposal being developed by a pension reform committee.

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    Lawsuit filed after CTA crash

    A lawsuit has been filed over this week's collision that injured dozens of passengers aboard a Chicago Transit Authority train. The Chicago Sun-Times reports the lawsuit was filed by Kim Quatch, who's seeking at least $50,000 in damages. She was a passenger who was hurt on a Blue Line train that was rammed by an empty, unmanned train Monday in the Chicago suburb of Forest Park.

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    7 arrested in Chicago for trafficking cocaine

    Seven suspects have been arrested on charges they trafficked cocaine on Chicago's southwest side. The FBI said in a Wednesday statement that the arrested men range in age from 22 to 38. All were arrested Tuesday and will be held until their next court appearances.

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    6 more charged in Chicago-area high school brawl

    Six more high school students are facing charges after a brawl erupted outside a high school in Chicago's south suburbs. That brings the total number of students facing legal troubles from the melee to 16.

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    Missing man’s car found in Vernon Hills

    The car belonging to missing Lake Villa resident Nicholas Steward was found Thursday evening in Vernon Hills, Lake County State’s Attorney Michael Nerheim said. However, authorities continue to search for the man himself.

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    Capitol Hill police officers stand near a car following a shooting on Capitol Hill Thursday. The black car is believed to have been the one driven by a woman who tried to ram a barricade at the White House and then was chased down Washington streets.

    Police shoot, kill driver after Capitol Hill chase

    A woman with a 1-year-old girl led Secret Service and police on a harrowing car chase from the White House past the Capitol Thursday, attempting to penetrate the security barriers at both national landmarks before she was shot to death, police said. The child survived.

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    Pension deal uncertain as veto session nears

    As the Illinois legislature prepares to reconvene this month, key Democrats tasked with helping solve the state’s crippling public pension problem are pushing a plan that would save $138 billion over 30 years, but also warning that continued partisan squabbling could scuttle any deal.

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    Workers pump water from the parking lot of a shopping center Thursday, after heavy rains in Pinecrest, Fla., a suburb of Miami. Preparations began Thursday along the central Gulf Coast as newly formed Tropical Storm Karen approached.

    Gulf Coast braces for Tropical Storm Karen

    From a tiny, vulnerable island off the Louisiana coast to the beaches of the Florida Panhandle, Gulf Coast residents prepared Thursday for a possible hit from Tropical Storm Karen, which threatened to become the first named tropical system to menace the United States this year. Karen was forecast to lash the northern Gulf Coast over the weekend as a weak hurricane or tropical storm.

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    President Barack Obama speaks about the government shutdown and debt ceiling during a visit to M. Luis Construction, which specializes in asphalt manufacturing, concrete paving, and roadway reconstruction, Thursday in Rockville, Md.

    Budget, debt unresolved on shutdown’s 3rd day

    Three days into a government shutdown, President Barack Obama pointedly blamed House Speaker John Boehner on Thursday for keeping federal agencies closed, while the bitter budget dispute moved closer to a more critical showdown over the nation’s line of credit. The Treasury warned of calamitous results if Congress fails to raise the debt limit.

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    An Italian Coast Guard boat carries rescued migrants as they arrive in the port of Lampedusa Thursday. A ship carrying African migrants to Europe caught fire and capsized off the Italian island of Lampedusa Thursday, killing at least 114 people as it spilled hundreds of passengers into the sea.

    Ship capsizes off Italy; 114 African migrants die

    At least 114 people died and scores more were missing late Thursday after a crowded fishing boat carrying African migrants from Tripoli to an island off the Italian coast caught fire, flipped over and sank, Italian officials said.

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    Sen. Jack Reed, a Rhode Island Democrat, watches Thursday as a Capitol Hill police officer puts on his body armor after shots were fired on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

    Local delegation OK after shooting near Capitol

    Suburban federal lawmakers say a shooting near the Capitol kept them locked in place for about a half an hour before they were given the all clear. “Thank you for checking, myself and my office staff are safe,” U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky posted on Twitter. “We are told to stay in our office.”

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    Kevin Trudeau

    TV pitchman may avoid jail due to government shutdown

    A television pitchman accused of misleading viewers about his weight-loss books during his late-night infomercials could avoid jail — for now — because of the partial federal government shutdown. A judge in Chicago was set to decide Friday whether to jail Kevin Trudeau, 50, for failing to pay a $37 million civil judgment. But the court agreed to delay the hearing after Federal Trade Commission...

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    Hannah and Emma Koropp of Wheaton created the Apples and Carrots Fragile Food Drive in 2010 and continue to collect perishable items for families in need.

    Wheaton sisters help provide fruit, veggies for needy

    Donations of fresh fruits and vegetables were up more than 93 percent from an average Thursday at Wheaton’s People’s Resource Center thanks to a food drive organized by two Wheaton sisters. “That is an immense success for our first food drive effort of the season,” said 16-year-old Emma Koropp, who founded the not-for-profit Apples and Carrots with her sister Hannah, 17.

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    Fox Valley police reports
    Fox blotter

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    Harmony Joy Young

    Two charged in foiled Carol Stream burglary

    A man and woman from Carpentersville each were charged Thursday with one felony count of burglary to a business, Carol Stream police said.

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    Tri-Cities police reports
    Tri blotter

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    Arlington Heights library says job program a success

    Thousands of people have attended programs aimed at jobseekers through a partnership between the Arlington Heights Memorial Library and Arlington Heights Rotary over the past few years. Jason Kuhl, executive director of the Arlington Heights Memorial Library, told Rotary members Thursday that their Jobseekers program continues to be a success.

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    Lake Zurich village board to discuss Lake Michigan as water source

    Lake Zurich’s elected officials plan to gather Saturday to discuss Lake Michigan as a possible water source for the village. The nonvoting session begisn at 8:30 a.m. at village hall, 70 E. Main St.

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    Public hearing on bees, hens:

    The Lake County Zoning Board of Appeals’ public hearing on proposed regulations to allow beekeeping and hens in unincorporated areas has been rescheduled to 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, at the Independence Grove Visitor Center, 16400 W. Buckley Road, Libertyville.

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    Applications for reserve deputies:

    The Lake County Sheriff’s Office Reserve Deputy Unit, which augments the sheriff’s office in times of natural and man-made emergencies, is accepting applications.

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    Pumpkinfest on the Fox:

    The Broken Oar on the Fox River in Port Barrington kicks off its inaugural Pumpkinfest on the Fox on Sunday, Oct. 6, continuing through Halloween.

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    Mettawa Mayor Casey Urlacher runs the football in his Lake Forest College playing days that had him on offense and defense. The 2003 graduate will be inducted into the college’s athletic hall of fame Saturday.

    Urlacher headed into hall of fame Saturday - as in Mettawa mayor, Casey

    Mettawa Mayor Casey Urlacher and his brother are running neck-and-neck when in comes to hall of fame inductions for their football play. Urlacher will be inducted into the Lake Forest College Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday. Brother Brian was inducted into the University of New Mexico Hall of Fame in March.

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    Elgin church will give coffee for cans

    The “Coffee for Cans” food drive takes place 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Elgin Bible Church, 1580 E. Chicago St. The goal is to fill a semitrailer with canned goods that will be donated to Hanover Township’s food pantry, said church Pastor Rev. Timothy Beam. The event is part of the church’s annual charitable drive, but it’s the first that involves the larger community. “Our goal in this thing is to...

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    Arlington Heights neighborhood successfully treats more than 400 trees

    One Arlington Heights neighborhood made an effort to treat more than half of its ash trees to try to save them from the invasive emerald ash borer. So far, it’s been a success, with none of the 450 trees treated falling prey to the EAB..

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    Jose E. Reyes

    Witness, traffic ticket lead to arrest in Mundelein child abduction

    A witness who saw a man abduct a 3-year-old girl Monday in Mundelein and then drive away was sure the car’s license plate number started with a seven. That detail — and a traffic ticket recently issued to the car’s driver — led to the arrest of a suspect, authorities announced Thursday.

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    Jesse Owens school in Chicago closer to reality

    Local Chicago school council leaders have voted to name a school after Olympic legend Jesse Owens. The original Jesse Owens Community Academy was closed in June amid a Chicago Public Schools program that closed dozens of schools.

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    Braidwood nuclear reactor back up after refueling

    Exelon Generation says one of two reactors at the company’s Braidwood Nuclear Generating Station is back at full power after a refueling outage. The reactor was off line for three weeks while technical workers replaced one-third of the unit’s fuel and conduct inspections and maintenance.

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    Registration open, but no ‘fracking’ permits yet

    Companies that want to perform high-volume oil and gas drilling in Illinois may begin registering with the state. But it will be several months before companies may apply for a permit to use the drilling process known as hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.”

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    Cullerton: ADM tax breaks not a done deal

    Senate President John Cullerton says any tax-incentive package to get Archer Daniels Midland Company to keep its headquarters in Illinois should include something to make up for the loss of jobs in Decatur.

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    Super Seniors Program at Schaumburg Township Oct. 30

    Schaumburg Township Senior Services and the Illinois Secretary of State’s Office have partnered to bring the Super Seniors Program and the mobile unit services to Schaumburg Township, 1 Illinois Blvd. in Hoffman Estates, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30.

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    Brisila Barros, 15, of Round Lake Beach, finished fourth in “El Factor X,” a Spanish-language version of Simon Cowell´s “X Factor” franchise. She’ll be part of the entertainment for Round Lake Area Unit District 116’s Hispanic Heritage Month celebration on Friday, Oct. 11.

    Round Lake District 116 throwing big celebration for Hispanic Heritage Month

    At least 500 spectators are expected for Round Lake Area Unit District 116’s Hispanic Heritage Month celebration that’ll feature a variety of entertainment next week. The free program will include a performance by sophomore Brisila Barros, who was a finalist this year on “El Factor X”, a Spanish-language version of Simon Cowell’s empire of television singing competitions.

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    Dance studio claims first-floor space in downtown Naperville

    Downtown Naperville is getting a new fitness destination in a first-floor storefront near the Apple Store, despite a zoning requirement that usually prohibits such “service uses” below the second floor. City council members Tuesday night voted 7 to 1 to let Pure Barre open a dance studio in the space at 144 W. Jefferson Ave., mainly because the business also will sell women’s...

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    Jonathan Pascolini

    Mount Prospect man sentenced for child porn

    A 24-year-old Mount Prospect man received a two-year prison sentence after pleading guilty Thursday to possession of child pornography. In addition serving the prison term, Jonathan Pascolini will have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life, officials from Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez’s office said.

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    Theresa A. Lau

    Woman pleads not guilty to stealing $255,000 from 89-year-old man

    A Glenview woman accused of stealing $255,000 in cash from an 89-year-old man pleaded not guilty to multiple charges of financial exploitation of the elderly in Lake County court Thursday. Theresa Lau, 44, of the 0 to 100 block of Park Drive, faces up to 15 years in prison if found guilty of the charges against her, Lake County Judge Daniel Shanes said.

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    Because of opposition from property owners and local governments, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is dropping a proposal to build a large reservoir on the Didier Farms property near Buffalo Grove, Village President Jeffrey Braiman said. The reservoir was part of a larger plan to curb Des Plaines River flooding.

    Objections lead Army Corps to drop plans for Didier Farms

    Faced with opposition from local governments and property owners, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is dropping a controversial proposal to build a large reservoir on the historic Didier Farms site north of Buffalo Grove, according to Village President Jeffrey Braiman. “Because of the pushback from Didier, (Lake) county and us, (they) are taking it out of the plan,” he said.

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    Rep. Mike Simpson, an Idaho Republican, is seen speaking in Boise, Idaho. The government shutdown could last for many days or even weeks, congressional insiders say, because politically safe members in both parties feel little pressure to compromise.

    Politically safe lawmakers see no shutdown urgency

    The government shutdown could last for many days or even weeks because politically safe lawmakers in both parties feel little pressure to compromise. Heavily gerrymandered districts make many House Democrats and Republicans virtual shoo-ins for re-election, insulating them from everything but the views in their slice of the country.

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    Palatine Park District adopts anti-bullying policy

    The Palatine Park District is adopting a formal anti-bullying policy aimed at recognizing, stopping, remedying and — if needed — disciplining the behavior if it occurs among district staff.

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    Schaumburg holds police, fire open house

    The Schaumburg police and fire departments will host a combined Public Safety Open House from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5 in recognition of National Crime Prevention Month and National Fire Prevention Week.

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    Kane County tax sale Oct. 28

    Kane County will host its annual tax sale at 9 a.m., Oct. 28 in the county board room at the government center, building (A), 719 S. Batavia Ave. in Geneva. Participants must register prior to the sale. Registration ends Oct. 11.

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    Palatine Park District to renovate Palatine Hills clubhouse

    Knowing the Palatine Park District isn't in the financial position to make multimillion dollar improvements to the Palatine Hills Golf Course, officials have opted to go forward with a more modest proposal to renovate its clubhouse. The park board recently approved using $450,000 from reserves to renovate the interior of the outdated facility.

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    Mount Prospect Park District officials are preparing final designs for an ambitious golf-course renovation plan. The entire project is estimated to cost $6 million.

    Mount Prospect parks prepare plans for golf-course upgrades

    Architects working for the Mount Prospect Park District are finalizing design plans for an ambitious proposal to renovate the Mount Prospect Golf Course. The $6 million plan includes replacement of the course's irrigation and drainage systems, construction of a new maintenance structure, a new full driving range and the redesign of select holes on the course.

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    With a jury’s refusal to hold a concert promoter responsible for Michael Jackson’s death, the late singer’s mother, Katherine Jackson, lost perhaps her last best chance to collect millions in damages and place blame for her son’s untimely demise.

    Katherine Jackson loses last-chance damage suit

    With a jury’s refusal to hold a concert promoter responsible for Michael Jackson’s death, the late singer’s mother lost perhaps her last best chance to collect millions in damages and place blame for her son’s untimely demise. “I’m OK,” was all that the Jackson family matriarch said as she moved slowly out of a courtroom after hearing Wednesday’s stunning verdict denying her claim for as much as...

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    People gather outside of Front Street Baptist Church in Statesville, N.C. before church services Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013. A bus carrying a members of the church home to North Carolina blew a tire, veered across a highway median and crashed into a sport utility vehicle and tractor-trailer Wednesday in a fiery wreck that killed eight aboard, authorities said.

    Long-awaited church trip ends in tragedy

    For months, a tight-knit group of seniors at a North Carolina church had been looking forward to the road trip. It was a tradition for members of the Young at Heart Ministry to attend the annual Fall Jubilee in Gatlinburg, Tenn., an event featuring gospel singers and speakers. But on the way back to Statesville, N.C., on Wednesday, the bus carrying the group blew a tire, veered across a highway...

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    Paul Metcalf of Lake Zurich runs through drills with kids on the Ela Junior Bears youth football team at Knox Field in Lake Zurich. The team has opened to children who previously could not afford to join a youth sports team.

    New youth football team extends helping hand to players

    Wil Juarez and John Barrington started the Ela Junior Bears, a Lake Zurich-area team that is giving children ages 5 to 13 the chance to play the game, regardless their family’s ability to pay. “We saw that no one has gone out and recruited them,” said Barrington, the team president. “They have been overlooked all these years, and they assume there is nowhere for them to...

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    New Mexico’s most populous county is following the lead of authorities in several other states, including Illinois, as it takes an unconventional way to try to get tips from state prison inmates about cold cases.

    NM inmates given cards with info on cold cases

    New Mexico’s most populous county is following the lead of authorities in several other states, including Illinois, as it takes an unconventional way to try to get tips from state prison inmates about cold cases.

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    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, and Japan’s Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, right, attend their joint news conference with U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Japan’s Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera after the Japan-U.S. security talks in Tokyo Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013.

    U.S., Japan to deploy new radar, drones in next year

    The United States and Japan moved Thursday to modernize and expand their defense alliance to counter new 21st century challenges including the continuing threat from nuclear-armed North Korea and potential aggression from China over disputed territory.

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    Paul Launer of North Barrington joined members of his Iron Horse Brigade team at the Les Turner ALS Foundation’s Walk For Life Sept. 22 at Soldier Field in Chicago. The team raised the most money of any of the event’s approximately 200 entries.

    North Barrington family’s team tops at ALS walk

    With only about four weeks’ preparation, North Barrington resident Paul Launer’s Iron Horse Brigade was the largest team and most successful fundraiser among approximately 200 entries at last month’s Les Turner ALS Foundation Walk For Life at Soldier Field. In fact, the team was the second most successful ever when it came to raising funds since the annual event began in 2002, Paul’s wife Kris...

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    U.S. park ranger Jeff Gardner informs visitors of the closure of Yosemite National Park, Calif., of the closure of the park due to the government shutdown.

    One Chicago woman’s vacation in a closed national park

    Chicago writer Tammy Webber never intended to get a firsthand look at the closure of a national park. She knew before she left for Yosemite National Park that it was a possibility, but held out hope. Now she is trying to figure out what to do when some of the wonders she’d come to see are inaccessible.

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    Cars line up at Grand Canyon National Park’s South Rim entrance before the park was closed on Oct. 1 due to the partial government shutdown. Americans are finding that “the government” entails a lot more than the stereotype of faceless D.C. bureaucrats cranking out red tape.

    Who knew? Shutdown casualties shatter stereotypes

    Taking out a mortgage. Getting married in a park. Going for a fall foliage drive. Cashing a check. Who knew that so many random activities of daily life could be imperiled by a shutdown of the federal government? Americans are finding that “the government” entails a lot more than the stereotype of faceless D.C. bureaucrats cranking out red tape.

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    Coroner: Irregular heartbeat a role in Franklin County drowning

    A southern Illinois coroner says an 18-year-old woman likely had an irregular heartbeat that led to her drowning death last month in Rend Lake. Franklin County Coroner Marty Leffler tells KFVS-TV that those are the official findings of an autopsy on Emilie Joe Turrentine of Carmi.

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    2nd defense blood expert supports Indiana trooper’s story

    A second forensics expert has testified that blood stains found on a former Indiana State Police trooper’s clothing support the trooper’s claim that he wasn’t there when his wife and two children were shot to death.

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    Gurnee Park District commissioners have given approval to borrow $8.5 million for the purchase of the former Gold's Gym near the Tri-State Tollway.

    Gurnee park board OKs borrowing $8.5 million for Gold's Gym

    Gurnee Park District commissioners have authorized borrowing $8.5 million for the purchase of the former Gold's Gym near the Tri-State Tollway. Board members at a meeting Tuesday night voted in favor of borrowing the cash by selling $8.5 million in bonds to investors. “It is the park district's intent to start selling memberships the day after we take ownership,” Executive Director...

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    Dawn Patrol: Elgin criminal gets life; motorcycle crash on tollway

    Life sentence for ‘career’ Elgin criminal. Two hurt in motorcycle crash on tollway. Addison gang prohibited from entering certain areas, meeting in public. Man beaten, robbed of iPhone 5 at gunpoint in Carpentersville. Police: 3 admit involvement in Waukegan armed robberies. Charges upgraded in case of gun at PGA event. Derrick Rose says mom would get killed on the court. Bears punter on hot seat.

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    Elgin Area School District U-46 is hosting a town-hall meeting Oct. 15 to seek public input on a proposal to rename Sheridan Elementary School in Elgin in honor of the late Ronald O’Neal, the district’s first black principal and administrator.

    U-46 to ask community about name change proposal

    What’s in a name? Ask the students, parents and staff community of Sheridan Elementary School in Elgin who soon will be voting on a possible name change. District U-46 will host a town-hall meeting Oct. 15 to seek public input on a proposal to rename Sheridan school in honor of the late Ronald O’Neal, the district’s first black principal and administrator.

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    Mountain bike riders Will Darling, 11, of Vernon Hills, front, and Nate Knowles, 12, of Batavia, were introduced to the sport by their fathers. USA Cycling ranks Nate second and Will third in their age group in the cross-country mountain biking category.

    Young mountain bikers ranked 2nd, 3rd in nation

    Nathan “Nate” Knowles and William “Will” Darling may be the best of friends, but that hasn't stopped the pair from becoming fierce competitors on the national mountain biking circuit. Nate, 12, of Batavia, and Will, 11, of Vernon Hills, are ranked the second and third, respectively, best cross-country mountain bikers in their age group by USA Cycling.

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    “Gravity” star Sandra Bullock has never eaten here, and the menu does not have a “Dr. Ryan Stone” sandwich named after her character. Customers at the Koffee Kup diner in downtown Lake Zurich aren't sure how their suburb earned a mention from Bullock's character in the movie opening tonight.

    'Gravity' hero once lived in Lake Zurich

    When "Gravity" star George Clooney's character asks Sandra Bullock's character, "Where is home?" and she says, "Lake Zurich, Illinois," that's pretty cool, right? “It's kind of random because Lake Zurich is not a very well-known town,” said Madison Chudik, 22, who works as a waitress at the Koffee Kup, the suburb's iconic diner owned by her parents, Bob and Sheila Chudik.

Sports

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    Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw works against Atlanta Braves in the first inning of Game 1 of the National League Divisional Series, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    Kershaw pitches Dodgers past Braves 6-1 in Game 1

    Clayton Kershaw struck out 12 during seven dominant innings, Adrian Gonzalez hit a two-run homer and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the bumbling Atlanta Braves 6-1 in Game 1 of the NL division series Thursday night.The Dodgers jumped out to a 5-0 lead by the fourth against Kris Medlen, taking advantage of some shoddy Atlanta defense even though the Braves were generously not charged with an error.

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    Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden passes against the Buffalo Bills in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, in Cleveland. Weeden took over for starter Brian Hoyer who was injured in the first quarter. (AP Photo/David Richard)

    Weeden rallies Browns past Bills, 37-24

    Quarterback Brandon Weeden replaced injured starter Brian Hoyer and rallied the Cleveland Browns to a 37-24 win Thursday night over the Buffalo Bills, who also lost starting rookie quarterback EJ Manuel with a knee injury.

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    The Cubs fired manager Dale Sveum on Monday after the team finished last in the NL Central.

    Sveum hired by Royals

    The Kansas City Royals hired Dale Sveum to handle infield instruction and other coaching duties, three days after he was fired as manager of the Chicago Cubs. Sveum went 65-93 this season, leaving his career record 126-194 as a major league manager.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Fremd stays alive in MSL West chase

    Fremd’s girls volleyball team made a nice bounce back from Tuesday’s two-game loss at Palatine. Going up against Mid-Suburban West co-leader Schaumburg, the Vikings posted a 26-24, 25-19 victory behind the strong attack of Carly Roberts (7 kills), Lane Hindenburg (6) and Amy Andersen (3).

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    West Aurora’s Piya Teerakanog blasts out of the sand on the 16th hole. Rain briefly halted play in Bartlett Thursday at a DuPage Valley Conference boys golf tournament at Bartlett Hills Golf course.

    Suazo, Wheaton North prevail in DVC

    Mike Pribaz paced Bartlett Hills’ clubhouse like an expectant father Thursday afternoon as the scores were being posted for the DuPage Valley Conference tournament. But Michael Suazo, one of 10 juniors on the Wheaton North boys golf team, had a pleasant surprise for his coach. Suazo toured the Bartlett course in level-par 71 and made a four-foot eagle putt on the par-5 16th hole to deny Naperville North senior Michael Doherty in a sudden-death playoff for medalist honors. Even more important, Suazo shaved 9 strokes off the Falcons’ team total. Wheaton North, which entered the tournament in a three-way tie with Naperville North and Wheaton Warrenville South for league supremacy, captured its first conference championship in eight years with a 307-309 triumph over Naperville North.

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    Football: Scouting Week 6, Lake County

    Here's a look at the Week 6 football matchups involving North Suburban Conference teams plus Carmel, Grayslake North and Grayslake Central.

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    Scouting Week 6 in the Fox Valley

    Scouting Week 5 football games in the Fox Valley.

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    Buffalo Grove, Prospect step up and serve

    The sixth annual ‘Volley For a Cure’, always a big fundraiser for breast cancer awareness, turned out to be another gala event for high school girls volleyball on Thursday night.And there was a special twist this year.Moments before the first serve, event coordinator Jackie Gronski took the microphone.The Bison freshman ‘A’ coach and former varsity setter announced she had received a phone call from an anonymous person who was donating $100 for every ace in the match between host Buffalo Grove and Prospect.

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    Barrington stays on track with victory at Fremd

    Two virtual soccer freight trains collided Thursday night in Palatine, and it was Barrington, in this clash of Mid-Suburban West boys soccer momentum, which came away with an important 3 points. David Conrad and Andrew Simek struck three minutes apart midway through the first period, while keeper Pat Deroche helped get his club through a nervous moment or two in the second half to help the Broncos (13-2-3, 6-1-1-19 points) earn a 2-1 victory over Fremd.

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    Waubonsie Valley bounces back to upset St. Charles North

    St. Charles North is in a little bit of a rut right now. Waubonsie Valley wanted to make sure it didn’t fall into a rut also.

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    Prospect’s Dana Liva soars to victory against Hersey at Olympic Pool in Arlington Heights on Thursday.

    Prospect flips the script against Hersey

    In all likelihood, an impressive winning streak came to an end Thursday at Olympic Pool in Arlington Heights. In all certainty, a different winning streak was extended. First, the one that probably ended: the host Huskies have made Olympic one very tough place for Mid-Suburban East girls swimming and diving teams to win recently, as Hersey has either won the division outright or had a share of it in each of the past six seasons. This year, though, it will be hard for anyone to match Prospect for the East crown with two divisional dual meets left after the Knights edged the Huskies 95-91.

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    Lakes, Antioch tie in key Prairie matchup

    Jon Borzick scored on a direct kick for his 12th goal of the season, and Rich Galat also tallied, as Lakes’ boys soccer team earned a 2-2 tie with Antioch on Thursday. Lakes (8-6-1, 4-0-1) needs to beat Grant on Monday to win the North Suburban Prairie Division championship and earn a berth in the NSC championship game against Lake Forest.

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    Scouting this weekend’s Tri-Cities football games
    A roundup of Week 6 prep football games for the TriCities coverage area

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    Mundelein musters winning effort

    Mundelein’s seniors responded on senior night Thursday. Emily Dunkin slammed 3 kills, and Taylor Lintner added 4 blocks, as the Mustangs defeated Grant 25-23, 25-22 in a North Suburban Conference crossover.

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    Saints tight end Jimmy Graham leads the NFL with 6 TD catches and is second with 458 receiving yards.

    Bears’ Bennett not big on comparisons to Saints’ Graham

    Bears tight end Martellus Bennett never met a microphone or camera he didn't like, but talking about Saints tight end Jimmy Graham is not his favorite topic.

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    Huntley showing its defense pretty good, too

    The offense for the Huntley boys soccer team gets a lot of attention. Not surprising, as the Red Raiders average 3.5 goals per game. But the defense has been just as good this season. Huntley earned its 12th shutout of the season Thursday night as the Red Raiders beat Cary-Grove, 3-0, at Al Bohrer Field. The match was called with 4:49 remaining after a 35-minute lightning delay.

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    Warren’s offense looms large

    Stopping Warren’s offense has been a tall order this season. Literally. The Blue Devils, who are coming off a 660-yard outburst against Libertyville last week, are averaging 36.2 points per game behind a balanced attack that is long on talent and inches in the passing game. A big part of what makes quarterback Andrew Nickell so effective is that he has a stable of big, tall receivers to target. He rolled up 338 passing yards last week against Libertyville and spread them between four wide receivers, all of whom are at least 6-feet tall.

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    Kirsch, Kiven are clutch, but Lake Forest tops Stevenson

    Kendall Kirsch and Alexxis Kiven do their best to not upset each other when they are playing No. 1 doubles for Stevenson’s girls tennis team.Kirsch was really determined to make sure nothing upsetting happened to Kiven in Thursday afternoon’s North Suburban Lake dual showdown against defending state champion Lake Forest.Kiven overcame illness and combined with Kirsch for a 6-2, 6-2 victory, but Lake Forest clinched the division title with a 4-2 win at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex.“Usually we lose focus sometimes, but today we kept our focus,” Kiven said with a smile of beating Victoria Falk and Catherine Orfanos. “I didn’t want my nice doubles partner to throw up on the court.”But there was no way Kiven was going to miss this match even though she had been sick for a couple of days and didn’t practice Wednesday.“Tough,” Kirsch said. “She’s tough.”“Me and Kendall’s motto this year is to play no matter what happens,” Kiven said. “Once I was in the match I wasn’t really focusing on how I was feeling. I put it out of my head as well as I could.”Their only loss was early in the season to Lake Forest’s Elizabeth and Christina Zordani. But the Zordani sisters helped the Scouts sweep all three singles matches.Elizabeth, a senior, rallied to give Stevenson junior Zoe Manion her first loss of the season 0-6, 6-2, 6-3.“The one thing about watching a player like Elizabeth,” said Lake Forest coach Denise Murphy, “is just when you think you have seen everything, she bumps it up a notch and changes it a little bit.”Lake Forest also got 6-0, 6-1 wins from Christina Zordani, a sophomore, over Vinaya Rao and by Zoe Park over Rachel Mopper.Gwenna Heidkamp and Thalia Noegroho won 6-0, 6-4 at No. 4 doubles for Stevenson but Lake Forest wrapped up the match when Brynn Carlson and Caroline Asmussen beat Bryn Rubin and Caroline Kelmis 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 at No. 3.Stevenson’s Michelle Tulchinskaya and Kaylin Dong were leading Margaux Miller and Colleen Morris 4-6, 6-2, 5-3 when their match was suspended by darkness just a few minutes before 7 p.m. It was scheduled to be completed Tuesday.“It was competitive tennis and there was no lack of effort from either side,” said Stevenson coach Tom Stanhope. “But when it counted there were instances we played a little passive. Against a team the caliber of Lake Forest they’re going to take advantage of it.“Today we were a step behind them and I told the girls, hopefully this is a little bit of a wake-up call. Hopefully this will be for the better and they’ll see they’re just one notch below, and it’s a notch we have time to make up the next three weeks.”

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    Boys soccer/Fox Valley roundup

    Dundee-Crown 6, Prairie Ridge 0: The Chargers (15-0-1, 3-0) continued their unblemished ways thanks in part to Ben Stone and William Campos each scoring 2 goals and Stone adding an assist. Paul Buch and Jason Wind also scored, while Carlos Ramos, Francisco Nava, Salvador Rodriguez and Eduardo Arellano notched assists. Jose Gonzalez recorded the shutout in goal with 4 saves in the Fox Valley Conference Valley Division matchup.Harvest Christian 3, Cornerstone Christian 1: The Lions (5-1-0) used a goal and an assist from Cesar Velazquez along with goals from Sergio Velazquez and Raphael De Souza to win this nonconference game. Noah Fox had 2 saves in goal and Jake Adams added an assist for the Lions.Crystal Lake South 2, McHenry 0: Notching his seventh shutout of the year, goalie Gus Alvarez led the Gators (7-8-3, 2-2) to a FVC Valley win. Ryan Russmann registered a goal off an assist from Gary Sexson in the first half while Mike Woeste scored in the second.Bartlett 1, Glenbard West 1: With lightning in the area shortening the Hawks’ (3-9-2) nonconference matchup, Bartlett’s only score came from Tony Estanisloa, who was assisted by Zane Kaisar. Andrew Nowak had 8 saves in goal. Maine West 4, Elgin 0: Before lightning concluded matters midway through the second half, the Maroons (6-8-2) watched the Warriors score 3 goals in the first 40 minutes of a nonconference loss. Flavio Jaimes managed 4 saves in net for Elgin. Elgin Academy postponed: The Hilltoppers were just a little over 5 minutes away from a 1-0 Independent School League victory over University High before inclement weather moved through the area and postponed the match to a date yet to be determined. In the 34 minutes of action, sophomore Karl Rauschenberger scored off an Alex Garcia pass and Jonathan Shen had 3 saves in net.

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    Daniel White/dwhite@dailyherald.com The Lake Park Lancers prepare to battle Wheaton North.

    Scouting this weekend’s DuPage County football games
    The top Week 6 prep football games for the DuPage County coverage area

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    From left, Noah Allgood, Sam Walstrom, Sean Lynch and Colton Moskal lead the Lake Zurich defense.

    Lake Zurich’s defense has the answers

    Defense is where all the fun's at for the Lake Zurich football team. Traditionally one of Lake County's strongest units, the Bears this fall are allowing only 3.4 points per game.

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    Girls volleyball/Fox Valley roundup

    CL South d. Dundee-Crown: Carly Nolan had 8 aces, 8 digs and 5 kills and Cassy Sivesind dished out 17 assists to lead the Gators to a 25-21, 25-12 Fox Valley Conference Valley Division win. Avalon Nero (4 blocks, 7 kills, 5 digs) and Nicole Slimko (6 kills, 2 blocks) also contributed for Crystal Lake South (23-2, 8-0). Frankie Cavallaro had 7 digs, 2 kills and 4 assists for the Chargers (9-10, 2-5), while Ashley Raby (3 kills, 2 blocks), Mandy Mosher (3 assists), Lauren Lococo (3 digs), Emily Michalski (4 blocks) and Kiana Mays (2 blocks) also chipped in.IMSA d. Westminster Christian: Savannah Dutcher and Claire Speweik each had 5 kills for the Warriors in a 25-20, 25-23 Northeastern Athletic Conference loss. Emma Kovachevich had 2 aces for Westminster (12-6-3, 3-3).Huntley d. Jacobs: Alex Kisten had 7 kills and 2 blocks and Erin Erb added 6 kills and 3 blocks to lead Huntley to a 25-19, 25-17 FVC Valley win. Kelsey DeWulff had 18 assists and Emily Westermeyer added 5 kills and 2 blocks for the Red Raiders.Harvest Christian d. Mooseheart: Sydney Doby had 13 kills, 6 digs and 3 aces as the Lions won 25-10, 25-8 in the NAC. Jade Martinez added 19 assists and 5 aces and Mikayla Robinson had 4 kills for Harvest (10-6, 6-1).Geneva d. Bartlett: Rachel Hartford and Jenna Kummerer each had 7 digs for the Hawks (4-15-1) in a 25-17, 25-18 Upstate Eight crossover loss. Kelly Harris added 3 blocks for Bartlett.Grayslake North d. Hampshire: Julianna Gass had 26 digs and Brittany Laffin added 9 digs and 21 assists for Hampshire in a 23-25, 17-25, 25-16 FVC Fox loss. Caitlin Conlon had 10 kills for the Whip-Purs, while Erin Foss added 6 kills and 7 digs and Sara Finn had 7 digs.

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    Palatine meets strong challenges from Hoffman, Schaumburg

    Palatine knew it would have its hands full at the Mid-Suburban West triangular hosted by Hoffman Estates on Thursday, but the Pirates were able to meet the challenge. Palatine is ranked No. 2 in the Illinois Track and Cross Country Coaches poll, but the Pirates were put to the test by another couple of elite teams, No. 11 Hoffman Estates and No. 12 Schaumburg. Sophomore Kelly O’Brien (18:42) gave Palatine a big lift in the final mile, finishing second and helping the Pirates to a pair of victories. Palatine beat Hoffman 24-35 and also edged Schaumburg 27-32, with Hoffman Estates picking up a victory over Schaumburg 26-30 in a three-way battle that wasn’t decided until the final mile.

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    Brown, Bailon help Palatine stay on target

    Palatine has taken some shots this season, but the Pirates delivered a big one of their own Thursday at the Hoffman Estates triangular. Junior Graham Brown and senior Argeni Bailon went 1-2 helping Palatine to a pair of Mid-Suburban West boys cross country victories at Barrington Pond. Palatine defeated host Hoffman Estates 19-40 and also beat Schaumburg 15-50 in clinching its 12th consecutive MSL West title. The two victories also gave the Pirates its 73rd and 74th straight dual meet victory, and they now hold the fourth longest streak in Illinois history.

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    Prairie Ridge disposes of Cary-Grove

    With such a young and inexperienced team, veteran Cary-Grove girls volleyball coach Patty Langanis realizes there are going to be nights to forget. Thursday was one of those nights. With superior play at the net, Prairie Ridge powered past the Trojans 25-17, 25-21 in Fox Valley Conference Valley Division play in Crystal Lake.

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    St. Charles East’s Daniel DiLeonardi brings the ball upfield while being defended by Streamwood’s Manny Carrillo during Thursday’s game in St. Charles.

    St. Charles East, Streamwood still scoreless

    Dan DiLeonardi thought he had just delivered the game-winning goal in the final minute Thursday afternoon. Sergio Blanco had other ideas. Streamwood’s junior goalkeeper displayed great lateral movement as he moved to his left to get a hand on DiLeonardi’s 15-yard tough-angle blast with 50 seconds remaining to help preserve the Sabres’ 0-0 Upstate Eight Conference River Division deadlock with St. Charles East (12-0-3, 4-0-1) at Norris Stadium.

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    Just kickin’ it at the halfway point

    Halfway home means different things to different teams. For football teams with glowing potential, you definitely don’t want to be halfway home after Week 5. Save that for after Week 7 and a trip to the state title games Thanksgiving weekend in DeKalb. “Eyes on Five” grinds through another week in hopes of also making it to that 14th game in DeKalb.

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    Jacobs’ Chris Boyle tees off on No. 6 tee during the Fox Valley Conference boys golf tournament at the Golf Club of Illinois Thursday in Algonquin.

    Jacobs dethrones Huntley as FVC champ

    He’s only been playing golf for four years. And it’s not like he was under the supervision of a golf coach at the time. “I started playing with friends,’’ said Jacobs’ Justin Lenzini. Mind you, he’s just a sophomore. On a rainy Thursday, Lenzini took on the challenging Golf Club of Illinois in Algonquin. And with the help of his driver, he rang up 6 birdies. Lenzini led Jacobs with a very strong 72 and the Golden Eagles shot a brilliant 299 to unseat two-time defending champion Huntley and win the Fox Valley Conference Tournament by a whopping 17 strokes.

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    From rivalries to shootouts to shooting stars, it’s all here

    Many people around these parts can’t get enough about the Geneva-Batavia football rivalry. Count the Batavia Historical Society among them.

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    St. Louis Cardinals' Carlos Beltran follows through on a three-run home run against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the third inning of Game 1 of baseball's National League division series, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

    Beltran HR keys Cards’ rout of Pirates in Game 1

    Carlos Beltran’s three-run homer sparked a seven-run third inning and the St. Louis Cardinals got seven stingy innings from Adam Wainwright, delivering a reality jolt to the Pittsburgh Pirates with a 9-1 rout Thursday in their NL division series opener.

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    Breaking down the ALDS
    White Sox beat writer Scot Gregor previews Friday's ALDS matchups pitting the Red Sox vs. the Rays and A's vs. the Tigers, with a look at Chicago connections for all four teams.

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    Chicago White Sox' general manager Kenny Williams talks during baseball spring training Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2008, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

    White Sox’ Williams gets good look at Abreu

    According to a report in Baseball America, White Sox executive VP Kenny Williams was in the Dominican Republic earlier this week watching Cuban slugger Jose Abreu perform in a showcase.

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    Bulls ride out a slippery situation

    The Bulls had to cut Thursday’s practice short because of slippery conditions on the floor of the Berto Center. Instead of scrimmaging, they rode exercise bikes while watching video.

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    Nebraska quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. looks for a receiver in the first half of the Sept. 21 game against South Dakota State in Lincoln, Neb.

    Armstrong will start at QB for Nebraska vs. Illini

    Tommy Armstrong Jr. will make his second straight start in place of injured quarterback Taylor Martinez when Nebraska hosts Illinois in its Big Ten opener Saturday. Coach Bo Pelini said after Thursday’s practice that Martinez hasn’t progressed enough in his recovery from an injury to his left big toe. Armstrong completed 12 of 15 passes for 169 yards and a touchdown and led the Huskers to TDs on his first three series against South Dakota State two weeks ago.

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    U.S. team captain Fred Couple, left, talks to Phil Mickelson during a four-ball match Thursday at the Presidents Cup golf tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio.

    Americans hang on for lead in Presidents Cup

    The Americans survived a late rally Thursday and put the International team in a familiar hole at the Presidents Cup. Steve Stricker blasted out of a plugged lie in the face of a bunker to 3 feet to save par as he and 20-year-old Jordan Spieth hung on for a 1-up win in the final match on the course at Muirfield Village. That win gave the Americans a 3½-2½ lead, the fourth straight time they have led after the opening session in the Presidents Cup.

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    Boston Red Sox pitcher Ryan Dempster throws during a workout Thursday at Fenway Park. The Red Sox will host the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 1 of the American League Division Series on Friday.

    Red Sox ready for playoffs after 4-day layoff

    The Boston Red Sox didn’t mind waiting a few days to start their playoffs. Not after missing them for the past three seasons. Not after the September collapse that ruined their chances in 2011. And certainly not after they stumbled to the club’s worst record in 48 years in 2012.

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    Arizona State head coach Todd Graham tries to make a point to Anthony Jones during the Sept. 14 win over Wisconsin. Beating Notre Dame on Saturday at the end of a four-game gauntlet would be a nice capper for the No. 22 Sun Devils, giving them a huge boost on the national stage.

    Sun Devils ready for big step against Notre Dame

    With a victory over Notre Dame on Saturday at Cowboys Stadium in Texas, Arizona State can become the first team to beat Southern California and the Fighting Irish in consecutive weeks.

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    Game video: St. Charles North vs. Streamwood
    St. Charles North faces Streamwood in Week 6 action Friday. Follow the action here with video from High School Cube, then come back later for the replay and highlights.

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    The Lions’ Ndamukong Suh forces a fumble by Jay Cutler that defensive tackle Nick Fairley recovered for a touchdown during the third quarter of the Bears’ loss Sunday. It was 1 of 4 turnovers by Cutler on the afternoon.

    Bears’ Cutler normally plays well after stinker

    Bears quarterback Jay Cutler has demonstrated the ability to bounce back from a bad game, a skill that will come in handy Sunday against the Saints following his 3-interception, 1-fumble fiasco last Sunday in a 40-32 loss to the Lions.

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    Game video: Glenbard West vs. Oak Park-River Forest
    Glenbard West faces Oak Park-River Forest in Week 6 action Friday. Follow the action here with video from High School Cube, then come back later for the replay and highlights.

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    Derrick Rose, shown here shooting free throws before Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against Miami last season, will make his return to game action Saturday at Indianapolis.

    Spotlight firmly on Bulls’ Rose for Saturday

    On one hand, the Bulls' visit to Indiana on Saturday is a preseason opener, typically unimportant. But this game will be momentous, because it should mark the return of Derrick Rose after an 18-month recovery from ACL surgery.

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    Game video: Rolling Meadows vs. Elk Grove
    Rolling Meadows faces Elk Grove in Week 6 action Friday. Follow the action here with video from High School Cube, then come back later for the replay and highlights.

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    Game video: Grant vs. Lakes
    Grant faces Lakes in Week 6 action Friday. Follow the action here with video from High School Cube, then come back later for the replay and highlights.

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    Game video: IC Catholic vs. Montini
    Montini faces IC Catholic Prep in Week 6 action Friday. Follow the action here with video from High School Cube, then come back later for the replay and highlights.

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    Game video: Neuqua Valley vs. Metea Valley
    Neuqua Valley faces Metea Valley in Week 6 action Friday. Follow the action here with video from High School Cube, then come back later for the replay and highlights.

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    Game video: Downers Grove North vs. Downers Grove South
    Downers Grove North faces Downers Grove South in Week 6 action Friday. Follow the action here with video from High School Cube, then come back later for the replay and highlights.

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    Game video: Carmel vs. Marist
    Carmel faces Marist in Week 6 action Friday. Follow the action here with video from High School Cube, then come back later for the replay and highlights.

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    Game video: Jacobs vs. Crystal Lake South
    Jacobs faces Crystal Lake South in Week 6 action Friday. Follow the action here with video from High School Cube, then come back later for the replay and highlights.

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    Game video: Grayslake North vs. Crystal Lake Central
    Grayslake North faces Crystal Lake Central in Week 6 action Friday. Follow the action here with video from High School Cube, then come back later for the replay and highlights.

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    Game video: Elgin vs. East Aurora
    Elgin faces East Aurora in Week 6 action Friday. Follow the action here with video from High School Cube, then come back later for the replay and highlights.

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    Game video: St. Edward vs. Chicago Christian
    St. Edward faces Chicago Christian in Week 6 action Friday. Follow the action here with video from High School Cube, then come back later for the replay and highlights.

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    Game video: Hoffman Estates vs. Palatine
    Hoffman Estates faces Palatine in Week 6 action Friday. Follow the action here with video from High School Cube, then come back later for the replay and highlights.

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    Associated Press According to a New York report, the Yankees will not allow the Cubs to talk with manager Joe Girardi while he remains under contract. Girardi's contract expires Nov. 1, but GM Brian Cashman says he wants Girardi to stay.

    Yankees won’t let Cubs talk with Girardi

    The Cubs want to have their managerial search done quickly, and that may happen. But if they want favorite-son candidate Joe Girardi, they'll have to wait. The New York Yankees reportedly have denied the Cubs permission to talk with Girardi until his contract exprires at the end of October. By that time, the Yankees may well have re-signed him.

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    Cary-Grove alum Rosch helps ISU’s hot streak

    Cary-Grove graduate Ashley Rosch has played a key role in the recent surge of the Illinois State University women’s volleyball team. The Redbirds were 10-4 and 3-0 in Missouri Valley Conference play through midweek. That 10-4 mark includes a recent run where the team went 4-1. In a 3-0 win over Indiana State, Rosch had 14 kills on 32 swings and hit .312. She also had 5 digs and scored 15 total points.

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    Notre Dame’s George Atkinson III runs 80 yards for a touchdown last Saturday against Oklahoma in South Bend, Ind.

    Notre Dame’s Atkinson answers call to run tougher

    Running back George Atkinson III cut left behind a block, burst through the hole, raced past an Oklahoma defensive back and ran untouched for an 80-yard touchdown. It was a highlight for Notre Dame last Saturday in what ended up being a loss. But the Fighting Irish coaches were happiest with his shorter runs: They have been on the 6-1, 220-pound junior all season, saying they wanted him to show more toughness.

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    Montreal Canadiens winger George Parros (15) is treated Tuesday by medical staff after he hit his head on the ice during a fight with Toronto Maple Leafs right wing Colton Orr during third period NHL action in Montreal. Parros sustained a concussion.

    Quenneville doesn’t want fighting banned

    While at least three prominent NHL general managers told TSN on Wednesday that it was time for fighting to go away, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville believes the game is fine the way it is. And most Hawks plays agree with their coach.

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    Scouting Week 6, Northwest

    Here's a look at the Week 6 football matchups featuring teams from the Mid-Suburban League plus St. Viator, Maine West, Leyden and Christian Liberty.

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    Yoenis Cespedes and the Oakland Athletics will host the Detroit Tigers in Game 1 of the American League division series on Friday.

    A’s, Tigers prepare for playoff rematch

    The rematch of last fall’s first-round series takes on a far different look this time around. Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder and the Tigers have something to prove after being swept by San Francisco in last year’s World Series, while the A’s were hardly a surprise division champion this time and know how close they were to beating the Tigers and reaching the ALCS.

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    Quarterback Josh Freeman was a 4,000-yard passer a year ago, but now he’s out of a job.

    Buccaneers release benched QB Freeman

    Quarterback Josh Freeman was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday, a week after being benched in favor of rookie Mike Glennon. The winless Bucs made the latest move after general manager Mark Dominik contacted every other team in the NFL in an unsuccessful attempt to trade Freeman.

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    Cubs claim infielder off waivers from Milwaukee

    The Chicago Cubs have claimed infielder Mat Gamel off waivers from the Milwaukee Brewers. The 28-year-old Gamel missed this season because of a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. He batted .229 with six home runs and 29 RBIs over parts of five seasons with the Brewers from 2008 to 2012.

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    New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees passes as Miami Dolphins outside linebacker Koa Misi rushes in the first half in New Orleans.

    Brees, Saints look to snap road skid against Bears

    The New Orleans Saints are piling up wins and playing like championship contenders again. Just don’t tell them that. They claim there are too many obstacles in their path, a big one being their visit to the Bears on Sunday. “Obviously, history has not treated us well in Soldier Field,” Brees said.

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    Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller throws a pass against Buffalo. Miller is expected to start for the Buckeyes at No. 16 Northwestern this Saturday.

    Ohio State’s Miller healthy, gaining in confidence

    A week ago, no one was even certain Braxton Miller was healthy enough to play in a game. Now, he thinks he’s still in the Heisman Trophy race. “The way we keep playing as a team, as a whole, I feel like there’s all type of awards guys can get,” the junior quarterback said after Wednesday night’s practice. “So if (the Heisman) comes upon (me), I’m really grateful for what it is. But I’m just going to keep playing my game, me and the guys. Hopefully I’ll be looking forward to it after the season.”

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    While Derrick Rose didn't play last season, he still finished No. 2 in NBA jersey sales worldwide with LeBron James at No. 1. Rose was the No. 1 seller, however, in Latin American, China and Europe.

    James tops NBA jersey sales with Rose No. 2

    While LeBron James of the Miami has the top-selling jersey worldwide, Bulls guard Derrick Rose finished second overall but has the No. 1-selling NBA jersey in China, Latin America and Europe, according to figures released Thursday by NBA officials.

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    Game video: Stevenson vs. Lake Forest boys soccer
    Stevenson faces Lake Forest in boys soccer Thursday. Follow the game here with video from High School Cube, then come back later for the replay and highlights.

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    Mike North video: Hawks season already?
    The Blackhawks’ season has begun and it feels a little early. It seems like the guys should still be celebrating their championship. Let them enjoy it a little longer.

Business

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    Repeated warnings that antibiotics don't work for most sore throats and bronchitis have failed to stop overuse: Doctors prescribed these drugs for most adults seeking treatment at a rate that remained high over more than a decade, researchers found.

    Report: Doctors continue to overuse antibiotics

    Repeated warnings that antibiotics don't work for most sore throats and bronchitis have failed to stop overuse: Doctors prescribed these drugs for most adults seeking treatment at a rate that remained high over more than a decade, researchers found.

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    Federal shutdown might affect new O'Hare runway

    The federal government shutdown is not expected to affect the planned Oct. 17 opening of a new runway at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport this month, but it might prevent planes from using it.

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    Greg Bedalov, president and CEO of Choose DuPage

    DuPage County aims to create another tech center

    DuPage County is taking another run at establishing a technology center. This time, it's doing a so-called virtual launch for Rev3, an innovation center that would include the next generation of digital technology along with a partnership with local manufacturers to bring those devices to life. Choose DuPage, a public-private group that has already provided some seed money of up to $15,000 in researching the concept, aims to start pitching the idea to investors later this month. “This has been long overdue,” said Greg Bedalov, president and CEO of Choose DuPage.

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    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he will order a 90-day hiring freeze for non-essential personnel when he unveils his 2014 budget later this month.

    Chicago mayor says budget includes hiring freeze

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he will order a 90-day hiring freeze for non-essential personnel when he unveils his 2014 budget later this month. Emanuel said Wednesday that in addition to the hiring freeze, and as in prior budgets, he will be looking into the elimination of non-essential employees.

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    Chicagoo-based Boeing Co. said it delivered 170 commercial planes during the third quarter as deliveries accelerated for three of its most important planes.

    Boeing plane deliveries accelerate in third quarter

    Chicagoo-based Boeing Co. said it delivered 170 commercial planes during the third quarter as deliveries accelerated for three of its most important planes. Compared to the same period last year, deliveries sped up for its smaller, workhorse 737, its long-range best-seller 777, and its new 787.

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    The Streamwood Chamber of Commerce is holding a seminar on Oct. 15 to help local businesses learn more about the American Disabilities Act and what their responsibilities are.

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    Panelists from left, Mary Beth Ottinger, dean of career and technical programs at Harper College; Timothy J. Doyle, senior vice president Fifth Third Bank Chicago; Hikaru “Koh” Fujimoto, CPA, principal in charge of international practice at Corbett, Duncan & Hubly PC; and Dennis McCaslin, vice president of trade credit practice at Marsh Inc., participate in the Newsmakers’ Forum on Manufacturing & International Business at Harper College in Palatine.

    Panel addresses array of manufacturing issues at Palatine forum

    Five experts in the industry address "Smart Policies for Manufacturing and Innovation" at Harper College as part of a Business Ledger Newsmakers' Forum. Speakers address attracting skilled workers, global business concerns and expanding overseas.

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    Twitter unseals IPO papers, hopes to raise $1B

    Twitter has unsealed the documents for its planned initial public offering of stock and says it hopes to raise up to $1 billion. The company is also disclosing that it generated $317 million in revenue in 2012 and that it had more than 218 million active users as of the end of June, up 44 percent from a year earlier.

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    U.S. stocks fell, with the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index dropping the most in a month, as data showed weaker-than-forecast growth in service industries and concern grew that the political impasse could lead to a recession.

    Stocks fall on third day of government shutdown

    Investors sold stocks across the board Thursday as a U.S. government shutdown dragged into a third day and the U.S. inched toward a deadline on raising the nation’s borrowing limit.

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    Days after announcing an expansion into the Northeast, Hardee's is also adding restaurants in the Chicago area including one in Elk Grove Village.

    Hardee's coming to Elk Grove Village

    Days after announcing an expansion into the Northeast, Hardee's is also adding restaurants in the Chicago area including one in Elk Grove Village. The St. Louis-based fast-food chain said Wednesday that plans call for 35 new restaurants in the Chicago area over the next seven years. The newest store opened Wednesday in Midlothian,

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    Diane Swonk, center right, chief economist and senior managing director of Mesirow Financial, is interviewed on on a CNBC television set in 2012. The Labor Department says it will not release the highly anticipated September jobs report on Friday because the government remains shuttered. Swonk says “The jobs report is a flashlight into the dense forest of global economic information ... We’ve turned the flashlight off.”

    With no jobs report, what’s an economist to do?

    The latest victims of the government’s partial shutdown: policy wonks, politicians and TV talking heads who are losing their monthly opportunity to dissect the jobs report issued by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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    This is a Tesla Model S. Shares of Tesla Motors are down another 5 percent as investors in the high-flying company assess the fallout from a fire in one of its $70,000 electric cars.

    Tesla shares fall further on Model S fire

    Shares of Tesla Motors fell another 5 percent Thursday as investors in the high-flying company assessed the fallout from a fire in one of its $70,000 electric cars.

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    A for sale sign hangs in front of a house in Walpole, Mass. Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages fell for the third straight week to their lowest point in three months, as a decline in consumer confidence and the onset of the government shutdown forced rates down.

    Average U.S. 30-year mortgage rate down to 4.22 pct.

    Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages fell for the third straight week to their lowest point in three months, as a decline in consumer confidence and the onset of the government shutdown forced rates down. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday that the average rate on the 30-year loan dropped to 4.22 percent from 4.32 percent last week.

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    Deerfieldo-based Walgreen Co.’s revenue from established stores climbed 7.4 percent last month, or higher than Wall Street expected, thanks in part to more prescriptions and flu shots and a calendar shift.

    Walgreen’s September sales rise, top estimates

    Deerfield-based Walgreen Co.’s revenue from established stores climbed 7.4 percent last month, or higher than Wall Street expected, thanks in part to more prescriptions and flu shots and a calendar shift. The company said Thursday that pharmacy revenue from stores open at least a year jumped 10.2 percent, while revenue from the front end, or rest of the store, rose 2.9 percent.

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    Iran authorities studying U.S. direct flights idea

    An Iranian newspaper says the country’s civil aviation authority is examining ways to resume direct flights to and from the United States. The Thursday report by pro-reform Shargh daily quotes authority head Capt. Hamid Reza Pahlavani as saying his agency is ready to resume the flights if there is agreement with the U.S.

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    Sous Chef Maya Lovelace prepares quail at Beast Restaurant in Portland, Ore. Growth at U.S. service companies slowed in September from an eight-year high in August, as sales fell sharply, new orders dipped and hiring weakened.

    Growth at U.S. service firms slows from 8-year high

    Growth at U.S. service companies slowed in September from an eight-year high in August, as sales fell sharply, new orders dipped and hiring weakened. The Institute of Supply Management says its service-sector index fell to 54.4 in September, down from 58.6 in August. August’s reading was the highest since December 2005. Any reading above 50 indicates expansion.

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    Gov’t: Court should not allow Internet source disclosure

    A federal court should not permit five leading Internet companies to reveal how often they are ordered to turn over information about their customers in national security investigations, the government argued in papers released Wednesday.

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    Weekly U.S. jobless aid applications tick up to 308,000

    The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits rose just 1,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 308,000, hovering near six-year lows. Companies are still cutting very few jobs, however the decline in layoffs has not been accompanied by a pickup in hiring.

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    Americans, who’re increasingly optimistic about improving economic conditions, are expected to spend at a more rapid clip during the upcoming holiday shopping season than they did last year. But that could change if the partial government shutdown that has forced about 800,000 federal workers off the job continues and causes shoppers to lose confidence in the economy.

    Holiday shopping is expected to be up ... unless

    Americans, who’re increasingly optimistic about improving economic conditions, are expected to spend at a more rapid clip during the upcoming holiday shopping season than they did last year. But that could change if the partial government shutdown that has forced about 800,000 federal workers off the job continues and causes shoppers to lose confidence in the economy.

Life & Entertainment

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    Jeff Award winner Harry Groener stars as the titular poet, soldier and would-be lover in Chicago Shakespeare Theater's “Cyrano de Bergerac,” directed by Penny Metropulos.

    Groener triumphs in Chicago Shakespeare's 'Cyrano'

    If you require another reason to see Chicago Shakespeare Theater's production of Edmond Rostand's 1897 romance “Cyrano de Bergerac” besides its grand scale, lovely writing and artful balance of humor and action, Harry Groener is it. Groener plays with easy grace and understated emotion the titular poet-soldier and unrequited lover whose outsize proboscis is surpassed only by his noble spirit. His command of the language is evident, his timing is impeccable and he swashbuckles with the best of them.

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    Joseph Morgan stars in “The Originals,” a spinoff of “The Vampire Diaries,” that premieres at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, on The CW.

    ‘Vampire Diaries’ villain gets CW spinoff

    The big, bad villain on the CW’s “The Vampire Diaries” is getting his own series. Joseph Morgan first appeared during season two as Klaus Mikaelson, one of the world’s first vampires, who is also half-werewolf. He was a series regular in the third and fourth seasons. “I love it,” said the 32-year-old Morgan. “It’s been one of the most fun characters I’ve ever played.” In “The Originals,” Klaus moves to New Orleans after being away for about a hundred years and wants to take over the city, now ruled by his protege vampire, Marcel.

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    Ronan Farrow's mother, actress and activist Mia Farrow, says in an interview with Vanity Fair that it's possible her son with Woody Allen is instead Frank Sinatra's. Farrow told the magazine that she and Sinatra “never really split up” and when asked if Ronan Farrow might actually be Sinatra's son, she answered, “Possibly.”

    Mia Farrow: It's 'possible' son is Sinatra's

    Mia Farrow says in an interview with Vanity Fair that it's possible her son with Woody Allen is instead Frank Sinatra's. Farrow told the magazine that she and Sinatra “never really split up” and when asked if Ronan Farrow might actually be Sinatra's son, she answered, “Possibly.” Ronan Farrow tweeted Wednesday: “Listen, we're all *possibly* Frank Sinatra's son.”

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    After digging a depression for your steppingstone, fill it with construction sand to make a base for the stone.

    Steppingstones help make gardening a bit easier

    Install steppingstones in garden beds where you frequently need to walk. There is a wide variety of materials to choose from. Pick a style that complements your house, your plant materials and the other hardscape elements in your yard.

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    Cover crops can add nutrients to soil

    Q. Can you recommend a fall-sowing cover crop for Northern Illinois that I can turn over in the spring?

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    Associated Press TV producer Marcy Carsey has donated $20 million to her alma mater, the University of New Hampshire. Carsey, who with Tom Werner produced “The Cosby Show,” “Roseanne,” “Third Rock from the Sun” and “That 70s Show,” is frequently named as one of the most powerful women in show business.

    TV exec Marcy Carsey gives $20M to alma mater

    Emmy-award winning television producer Marcy Carsey has donated $20 million to her alma mater, the University of New Hampshire. The Carsey School for Public Policy will train future leaders in the United States and around the world to use research to solve problems.

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    Justin Bieber won’t face criminal charges for allegedly threatening a neighbor who complained about his driving.

    Bieber won’t be charged for alleged threat
    Justin Bieber won’t face criminal charges for allegedly threatening a neighbor who complained about his driving.

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    Study confirms risks, benefits of hormone replacement

    The longest, most comprehensive follow-up yet of women given hormone pills during landmark government research found many health risks faded and some unexpected benefits emerged, but advice remains unchanged: Use hormones only short term if needed to relieve hot flashes and other menopause symptoms.

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    The video game Minecraft inspired this monster cookie. Kids can now devour a Creeper instead of it destroying them.

    Jeepers Creepers Cookie
    Creeper Cookie: Jerome Gabriel

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    The video game "Minecraft" inspired this monster cookie. Kids can now devour a Creeper instead of it destroying them.

    Move over Mom: 'Minecraft' Creeper Cookie explodes with flavor

    Inspired by the popular video game "Minecraft," Jerome Gabriel creates a treat based on the Creeper character. He says the monster-sized cookie is perfect for Halloween festivities.

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    Giordano’s celebrates national pizza month throughout October with a variety of specialty pizzas.

    Dining events: Giordano’s fetes national pizza month

    Throughout October Giordano’s celebrates national pizza month with its 16-inch Chicago classic stuffed pie with pepperoni, mushrooms, green peppers and onions for $31.25. Indulge in a throwback dining experience by ordering off Eddie Merlot’s new steakhouse classics menu.

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    Young gambler Richie (Justin Timberlake, right) gets in over his head with Ivan (Ben Affleck) in “Runner Runner.”

    ‘Runner Runner’ goes nowhere with intriguing setup

    A young gambler gets in way over his head with a big-time offshore operator in "Runner Runner," a vaguely ambitious drama from director Brad Furman. But despite an intriguing setup and leads Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck, the studio has dealt audiences a losing hand.

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    Abraham Zapruder (Paul Giamatti) unwittingly captures the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in “Parkland.”

    ‘Parkland’ a tasteless, moribund account of JFK assassination

    “Parkland” — the name of the Texas hospital where President John F. Kennedy was taken after being hit by an assassin’s bullets — comes off as a moribund rehash of the events following the shooting, including miscasting and Peter Landesman’s less-than-inspired direction. The results come close to those cheesy re-enactments during the “true crime” documentaries on A&E or the History channel.

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    Duncan (Ken Marino) bonds with a protective polyp from his intestines in the silly, absurd horror comedy "Bad Milo."

    ‘Bad Milo’ takes theater of the absurd to the extreme

    Dann provides local film notes, plus reviews Jacob Vaughn’s black comedy “Bad Milo,” a deadpan extension of David Cronenberg’s 1979 horror tale “The Brood.” Duncan (Ken Marino), works for a corrupt, coercive boss (Patrick Warburton) who puts him charge of layoffs. Duncan cracks under the pressure. And from his crack comes a demonic gnome, part whimsical mogwai, part Chucky the killer doll.

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    Nausea and vomiting are common in children and typically don’t last long.

    How you can help your child through tummy troubles

    Test stress? Too many sweets? Playoff panic? Food allergy? A virus? Could it be something more serious? When your young child complains of a tummy ache or has nausea and vomits, it can be difficult for parents to figure out the source.

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    Ella Rae Peck, left, plays Molly Yoder and Joey Haro is Junior Hernandez in “Welcome to the Family,” premiering Oct. 3 on NBC.

    ‘Welcome to the Family’ creates blended family

    NBC’s new comedy “Welcome to the Family” starts with an unfortunate image problem.The series, which debuts at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, is about an aimless California girl from a middle-class white family who is impregnated by the valedictorian son of a Latino family, both as they’re about to graduate from high school. In pre-premiere promotions, both of the grandfathers-to-be were depicted as hostile, frankly racist characters. But a plot twist at the end of the pilot might give this sitcom life.

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    The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, N.M., can be seen from many vantage points around the city once the balloons lift off. The fest runs Oct. 5-13.

    5 free things to do in Albuquerque

    Albuquerque, New Mexico’s largest city, has a history that stretches back to the days of the Spanish conquistadors. Straddling the river banks of the Rio Grande and in the shadow of the Sandia Mountains, Albuquerque hosts an international fiesta that draws hundreds of hot air balloon pilots from Oct. 5-13. Plus, a good pair of hiking shoes, a bicycle or a car can get you a free look at everything around town, from neon signs along historic Route 66 to the dormant volcanoes and lava escarpment that border the city’s west side.

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    Sandra Bullock plays Dr. Ryan Stone from Lake Zurich in the special-effects stuffed survival thriller "Gravity."

    Cinematically engaging 'Gravity' an immersive survival thriller

    Here's one action movie that races breathlessly — sometimes literally so — from one life-threatening catastrophe to the next, a quality that becomes this movie's biggest asset and chief shortcoming. Sandra Bullock goes full-throttle action star as Dr. Ryan Stone, a medical engineer from Lake Zurich on her first space mission. It's the last one for seasoned vet astronaut Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney, adding a touch of charm.)

Discuss

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    Editorial: Improve RTA’s image? Bring PR work in-house
    The RTA, which spent more than $670,000 on outside PR work, could improve its image just by bringing that work in-house, a Daily Herald editorial says.

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    The cruel cost of cutting food stamps

    Columnist Steven and Cokie Roberts: Republicans in the House of Representatives voted to slash food stamp spending by $39 billion over 10 years. The next day, The Washington Post ran a picture of a job fair in suburban Maryland. The caption reported that “about 1,000 applicants an hour” streamed into the event searching for work.

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    Putting the shutdown in context

    Columnist Kathleen Parker: In the hours leading up to and following Tuesday’s government shutdown, conventional spin (wisdom is on permanent leave) was that the Tea Party crazies popularly known as the Insanity Caucus were driving the Republican House, compliments of lead wacko-bird Sen. Ted Cruz, so named by John McCain and subsequently embraced by Cruz. This is partly true.

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    Dead ash trees should be replaced
    A Lake Zurich letter to the editor: I can clearly see that no one seems to be paying attention to the amount of dead Ash trees now hovering over the streets of our beautiful village of Lake Zurich

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    Congressional leaders in a different world
    A Des Plaines letter to the editor: Get over it. Show up. Do your job. It’s how the real world operates.

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    Chemo patients among us are living
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: I am Grandma. I am Mom. I am Daughter. I am Sister. I am Friend. I am an Artist. I am a Musician. I am Creative. I am a Writer.Even though I am on chemo, I am not Death, and would appreciate not being treated like it.I am Alive.

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    The pope understands what’s important
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: Earlier this month Pope Francis reminded the world that more than 2,000 years of interpreting found a myriad of complex issues that face all. He clarified that gay people and women’s bodies are not the only issues facing the church. Time to stop alienating members by having only two issues.

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    Let’s start over and elect new lawmakers
    An Inverness letter to the editor: Why would we think of re-electing any of the current state and federal legislators who are doing nothing to get our state and country back on the right track? How about refusing to re-elect any incumbents this time around?

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    Why are there Obamacare waivers?
    A Geneva letter to the editor: It was amusing reading Mr. Minnerick’s rant blaming the GOP for everything from mass starvation to toenail fungus. He apparently thinks we would have utopia if only President Obama would be made king and not have to deal with those pesky Republicans.

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    Fanatics’ voices soon will be forgotten
    A Glen Ellyn letter to the editor: As distressing as the blaring headlines of the GOP inspired government shutdown over their failure to stop Obamacare are, the inspiring story I will always remember about Oct. 1, 2013, is this:

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    Entire post office story must be told
    Entire post office story must be toldOn Sept. 26, the Daily Herald ran a story that which states the post office may raise the price of first class postage by three cents. Sadly, many important facts were not reported: The middle class is paying more for less service, thousands of good jobs are being lost, and 95 percent of the economic recovery has gone to 1 percent of our population.Our post office has been the envy of the world for more than 200 hundred years with essentially no taxpayer assistance. In 2006 the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act (PAEA) was passed. It requires the post office to prefund their health care for 75 years and to do so in 10 years. This amounts to over $5 billion a year that cannot be used for jobs, competitive improvements and service. Surprise, this is a not a requirement on corporate carriers.Where did this legislation come from? Our old friends at American Legislative Exchange Council. Who sponsored the bill? UPS and FEDEX.With every stamp price increase more business and profit goes to the corporations. This leaves less money for the post office to compete and offer service. Elimination of Saturday service, the latest idea, loses thousands of jobs, further reduces competitiveness, and drives more business to the corporations.This is nothing more than a privatization swindle. Our representatives and their ALEC masters engineered this, and they can make this problem go away by amending PAEA. We need to make them do it or hold them accountable; read, educate yourself, write your reps, and vote. Doing nothing gives tacit approval, and leaves us as guilty as they are.Additionally, the government is already looking to “borrow” the post office fund to run the government. Does this remind anyone of the Illinois pension fund debacle?Walter NaafPingree Grove

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