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    Timothy Salvesen

    Split verdict in Hoffman Estates street-racing case

    The surviving driver of a high-speed race that ended in an explosive crash in which two others were killed was convicted Thursday of aggravated street racing. Cook County deputies took Timothy Salvesen, 39, of Bartlett, into custody as his wife and mother sobbed from the gallery of the Rolling Meadows courtroom. The jury acquitted Salvesen of the more serious charge of leaving the scene of a...

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    Workers are surveying a massive, century-old concrete statue of a Native American tribal chief that looks over the Rock River in northern Illinois.

    Workers survey damage at Black Hawk statue

    Workers are surveying a massive, century-old concrete statue of a Native American tribal chief that looks over the Rock River in northern Illinois. Engineers are trying to assess the condition of The Eternal Indian statue, which is also known as the Black Hawk statue. The 48-foot-tall concrete sculpture in Oregon was built in 1911 to honor Chief Black Hawk, who died in 1937.

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    Quinn loses preliminary vote on Illiana Expressway

    The head of northeastern Illinois' planning agency called Wednesday for an end to Gov. Pat Quinn's push for the Illiana Expressway, saying the proposed $1.3 billion tollway south of Chicago is “a highway in nowhere land.”

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    Ex-Chicago policeman gets 22 months for extortion

    A former Chicago police officer who extorted protection payoffs from drug dealers at a South Side housing project has been sentenced to 22 months in prison. Ronald Watts, a former police sergeant, was accused of stealing about $5,000 from an FBI informant posing as a drug courier.

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    Chicago mayor, treasurer back microlending program

    An initiative to offer small loans — known as microloans — to small businesses in Chicago is expanding. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and City Treasurer Stephanie Neely announced a partnership to invest an additional $1 million in the program. The goal is to support about 300 new small businesses by 2016.

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    3 killed in Chicago shooting; no arrests made

    Police say three people, including a 16-year-old, died after they were shot on Chicago's South Side. The trio, which also included a 23-year-old and a 27-year-old, were gunned down on Wednesday night in a courtyard in the city's South Shore neighborhood after several gunmen opened fire.

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    Philip H. Newmarker, right, general adjuster for The Travelers Companies, Inc., talks with Michael Luber, owner of Tri-State Electronic in Mount Prospect.

    Mount Prospect store nearly stabilized

    Engineers have been working to try to stabilize Tri State Electronics in Mount Prospect, a building that has been in danger of collapsing since Tuesday. “The main priority right now is making sure the building is secure and safe so that we can reopen Northwest Highway fully,” Mount Prospect Fire Chief John Malcolm said. “We won't do that until we are assured by the building...

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    Garages catch fire in Wheaton

    Two garages caught fire Thursday night in Wheaton, but no residents were injured or displaced by the blaze.

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    Steven Andersson of Geneva formally announces his candidacy for the Republican nomination for the state 65th House district seat Thursday, on the steps of the Kane County Courthouse in Geneva.

    65th state House candidate says he would bring reason, logic

    Term limits, fiscal conservatism, and consensus-building skills are part of Steve Andersson's platform in his run for the Republican nomination for the state House 65th District seat. Andersson, from Geneva, made his formal announcement Thursday on the steps of the Kane County Courthouse.

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    House Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California, left, and Rep. Barbara Lee, also a California Democrat, listen Thursday in the rain during a rally to end the government shutdown on Capitol Hill in Washington.

    Debt talks but no resolution, yet

    The nation’s economy on the line, President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans groped inconclusively Thursday for a compromise to avert an unprecedented U.S. default and end the 10-day-old partial government shutdown.

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    Suspect charged in 1984 rape

    Police say 47-year-old rape suspect Manuel Acosta was living in Oak Lawn under the alias Manuel Soto Galvan. He was arrested on Saturday and is being held without bond in the Cook County jail.

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    Toni Preckwinkle

    Preckwinkle: Other county leaders resist ideas to reduce jail costs

    Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said her continued efforts to reduce the county’s jail population and save taxpayers millions of dollars a year are being thwarted by the county’s elected public safety leaders. “It’s very expensive to keep people in jail,” she said. “Basically every actor, in my view, in the system could do more to ensure that justice is dispensed more fairly and...

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    Police are asking parents in the Oswego, Batavia and St. Charles areas to review their children’s Facebook friends to see if they have been in contact with a previously convicted Naperville sex offender who police say posed as “Mike Evans.”

    $1 million bail for man accused of targeting girls on Facebook

    “If anyone asks, I'm 15.” That's what Naperville sex offender Eric Hakala, 37, told one of several underage girls while posing as a St. Charles East High School student on Facebook, authorities said Thursday. Hakala is charged with indecent solicitation of a child, distribution of harmful material and child pornography. His bail was set at $1 million.

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    Betty Marmolejo of Aurora readies head of “Magic Mike” her family’s entry in the whimsical category in this weekend’s Scarecrow Festival at Lincoln Park in St. Charles. This is the family’s second time to enter the contest.

    Countdown to St. Charles’ Scarecrow Festival begins

    The annual event St. Charles is perhaps best known for kicks off this weekend with an expanded roster of entertainment for everyone who loves fall. Handmade scarecrows are the centerpiece attraction for Scarecrow Fest, which draws up to 150,000 people. Most of the displays are in Lincoln Park, just off Main Street between Fourth and Fifth streets.

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    Marklund Hyde Center of Geneva residents and community clients participate in a ceremonial send-off for two staff members running the Chicago Marathon as a fundraising effort, and as a ceremonial kickoff to their upcoming Run, Walk & Roll 5K on Oct. 27

    Marklund honors employees doing Chicago Marathon

    Fundraising runners for Team Marklund participating in the Chicago Marathon this weekend got a warmhearted send-off Thursday from 104 residents and community clients at Marklund Hyde Center in Geneva. Marklund employees Jessica Smart of Long Grove and Colette Dragoo of Elburn are running in the marathon for the fifth time and raising funds for Marklund, which cares for profoundly disabled people.

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    20-year-old Gurnee man dies in Lake Forest crash on Route 41

    A 20-year-old Gurnee man was killed and two other men were injured in an accident early Thursday on Route 41 in Lake Forest. Lance Nazario, 20, died when the car he was driving left the highway and struck several trees at 2:35 a.m., police said.

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    Elk Grove plans Lively Boulevard improvements

    Elk Grove Village is planning an estimated $3,178,400 in roadway improvements to a portion of Lively Boulevard in the industrial park.

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    Conant High School Booster Club hosts annual craft fair

    The Conant High School Booster Club is hosting its annual craft fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19 at the school, 700 East Cougar Trail in Hoffman Estates. More than 250 exhibitors are scheduled to participate. Admission is $1, with all proceeds supporting the booster club’s scholarships and special grants.

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    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Offenders entered seven unlocked vehicles in Buffalo Grove between Oct. 7 and 8: a pair of sunglasses and several items were stolen out of two cars on the 1100 and 1300 blocks of Devonshire; a GPS unit out of a car on the 200 block of Old Oak. Nothing appeared to be missing out of a car on the 1200 block of Devonshire and a car on the 700 block of Danne.

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    The Brainerd Building in Libertyville.

    True costs of converting old high school into a community center being assessed

    A fact-finding group in Libertyville is drilling into the costs of converting the former Libertyville Township High School into a community center. Taxpayers on March 18 will be asked whether they want to raise taxes for the project. “The whole purpose is what are realistic numbers for the taxpayers and what can we expect,” said Mayor Terry Weppler.

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    Fox Valley police reports
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    Rooney still hopeful that Rolling Meadows grocery will open

    Yes, many people around Rolling Meadows are asking about Uncle Joe’s Tuscan Fresh Market, the grocery store that was expected to open this fall in the long-empty Dominick’s site on Kirchoff Road. And yes, Mayor Tom Rooney is still hopeful that the store will eventually open.

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    Michael R. Dawson

    Antioch Township man pleads guilty in street-racing death

    An Antioch Township man involved in a crash that killed an Antioch girl pleaded guilty to aggravated street racing Thursday, authorities said.

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    The Christian Shop in Palatine is celebrating its 25th anniversary.

    The Christian Shop in Palatine to celebrate 25th anniversary

    Mike and Susan Rheaume will mark The Christian Shop's 25th year in business with a three-day celebration Oct. 17-19 featuring sales and appearances by esteemed authors. The Palatine business is a staple for Christian books, music, video and gifts. “Being a ma and pop store nowadays, we feel blessed that we’re still here,” Mike Rheaume said.

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    Student dies after crash at University of Illinois

    A 20-year-old University of Illinois student died after a truck struck her and another woman as they walked on campus, according to authorities and a school spokeswoman. Mimi Liu of Chicago died Wednesday at a hospital in Urbana, Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup said.

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    Barrington Hills’ annual fall fest debuts Sunday

    Barrington Hills’ inaugural “The Hills Are Alive Fall Heritage Fest” Sunday afternoon will feature activities as diverse as hay rides, an exotic animal show, equestrian demonstrations, live music and even a chicken beauty contest. The event aimed at all residents of the village will run rain or shine from noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Barrington Park District Riding Center, 361 Bateman Road.

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    Tracy Bryson of Glen Ellyn holds a ladder as she works on a townhouse being built for her by Habitat for Humanity.

    DuPage Habitat for Humanity building townhouses near Glen Ellyn

    DuPage Habitat for Humanity is building townhouses near Glen Ellyn with the help of the families that eventually will move in.

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    Aurora man cited after South Elgin accident

    A 19-year-old Aurora man was cited for driving with a suspended license after a head-on collision Wednesday afternoon in South Elgin. A 2001 Chevrolet Impala driven by Tyree Turman, 19, of Aurora, was traveling westbound on Stearns Road near Randall Road when it crossed the median and struck an eastbound 2009 Toyota driven by Joshua Koster, 28, of Bartlett, South Elgin Deputy Chief Jerry Krawczyk...

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    Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200 engagement process hits snag

    Plans to begin a community engagement process in Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200 have hit at least a temporary snag.School board members were expected on Wednesday to approve a $49,000 contract with a firm to facilitate a series of public meetings to help set the district’s direction for the next five to seven years. But board members pulled approval of the contract from their agenda,...

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    Clifford McIlvaine, who was sued by the city of St. Charles in an effort to get him to finish a project that he first pulled a permit for in 1975, stands on a landing between his original home to the left and new, super-insulated addition on the right, which he hopes to turn into a museum for his and his father’s inventions, along with city memorabilia.

    St. Charles could take over McIlvaine project — again

    Clifford McIlvaine, a St. Charles man who was first issued a permit in 1975 for a home improvement project, and the city will be back in court again next month. The city will ask a judge to order compelling McIlvaine to finish work on his home in the 600 block of Prairie Street. McIlvaine says he'll ask for damages from when crews did city-ordered work on his property.

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    David Teafoe

    St. Charles man charged with Naperville burglary

    A St. Charles man has been charged in connection with at least one of the recent home burglaries in south Naperville. David Teafoe, 20, of the 100 block of North 15th Street, is accused of stealing items including jewelry and a car on Sept. 7 from a house on the 2000 block of Cobblebrook Lane, Naperville police said.

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    Gary Hallaert, right, 35, of McHenry, is presented with the Illinois Potable Water Supply Operators Association’s award for operator of the year by Kevin Johnessee, the group’s past president. Hallaert is Algonquin’s utilities supervisor.

    Algonquin utilities chief wins state award

    Gary Hallaert, utilities supervisor for the village of Algonquin, was named Operator of the Year in the distribution category by the Illinois Potable Water Supply Operators Association. Most of the work he and his crews do is behind the scenes. “You put all the work in and what we do, people don’t see unless there’s a problem,” he said.

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    Elgin turns down Big Head tattoo shop

    The Elgin City Council turned down a proposed tattoo parlor that had elicited opposition from downtown business owners. The council narrowly voted 5-4 to deny a conditional use permit for Big Head Tattoos at 210 DuPage St. Councilmembers Rich Dunne, Terry Gavin, John Prigge, Carol Rauschenberger and Mayor David Kaptain cast the “no” votes.

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    Seventeen communities in the Kane County area have opted to get their electricity from a company other than ComEd and saved money.

    Kane Co. eyeing second shot at ditching ComEd

    Kane County voters will likely see a familiar referendum on March 2014 ballots. A county board committee pushed forward a plan Thursday to once again ask voters for permission to seek cheaper electricity prices with a company otherl than ComEd. An identical question failed two years ago.

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    Diocese must release documents in suit over fertility treatment

    A federal magistrate has ordered a Roman Catholic diocese in northern Indiana to turn over a wide range of documents, including records involving diocese teachers disciplined for violating church teachings, to a former teacher who claims she was fired for undergoing in vitro fertilization.

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    Only 20 tornadoes recorded in Illinois so far this year

    Illinois has received only a third of the number of tornadoes typically recorded over the course of a year, weather officials said. State climatologist Jim Angel attributes the low number to the wet spring and dry summer and fall.

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    Officer Alejandro “Alex” Valadez was shot and killed in 2009.

    Third man convicted in 2009 slaying of Chicago cop

    A Cook County jury has convicted the gunman in the June 2009 shooting death of a Chicago police officer. Christopher Harris was the third man found guilty on charges connected to the fatal drive-by shooting of officer Alejandro “Alex” Valadez.

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    Wisconsin governor proposes $100 million property tax cut

    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker wants the legislature to pass a $100 million property tax cut next week, a move that would lower taxes on the bill that gets sent to homeowners just 11 months before Walker stands for re-election.

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    Astronaut Scott Carpenter gestures with one hand after donning his space suit in Hangar S prior to being shot into orbit at Cape Canaveral, Fla.

    Scott Carpenter, second U.S. astronaut in orbit, dies

    Astronaut Scott Carpenter, the second American to orbit the Earth and first person to explore both the heights of space and depths of the ocean, died Thursday after a stroke. He was 88.Along with John Glenn, who flew three months before him, Carpenter was one of the last two surviving original Mercury 7 astronauts for the fledgling U.S. space program.

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    Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick

    Ex-Detroit mayor gets 28 years in prison

    Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, who served as mayor from 2002 until fall 2008, fattened his bank account by tens of thousands of dollars, traveled the country in private planes and even strong-armed his campaign fundraiser for stacks of cash hidden in her bra, according to evidence at trial.

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    Coffee with Carol Sente on Oct. 12

    House District 59 residents can discuss critical issues facing the district and the state with State Rep. Carol Sente on Saturday, Oct. 12.

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    Teen arrested after burglaries

    A teenager was arrested Tuesday morning after he was accused of burglarizing a house in Ingleside and stealing a vehicle, Lake County sheriff’s police said.

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    Fox Lake fire open house

    The Fox Lake Fire Protection District hosts its annual open house event on Saturday, Oct. 12, to kick off the start of fire prevention week.

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    Libertyville fire open house

    The Libertyville fire department is hosting an open house from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12 at the main fire station, 1551 N. Milwaukee Ave.

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    FILE -- In this Monday, April 15, 2013 file photo, Pakistan's former President and military ruler Pervez Musharraf addresses his party supporters at his house in Islamabad, Pakistan. Just one day after he was given bail in a case that was expected to release him from nearly six months of house arrest, police on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013, once again arrested former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf, said his spokesman and lawyer. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash, File)

    Police re-arrest Pakistan’s Musharraf

    A spokesman for former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf said before he even had a chance to go free, police arrested him Thursday for his alleged role in the death of a radical cleric killed during a raid on a hard-line mosque in Islamabad 2007.

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    Manju Goel, center, discusses her plans to run as a GOP challenger against U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth in the 8th Congressional District.

    Republican congressional candidate voted in Democratic primaries

    Republican candidate for Congress Manju Goel of Aurora, the first GOP challenger to U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth to emerge publicly, voted in Democratic primaries in 2008 and 2012, election officials confirmed.

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    Advocate Medical Group sued over stolen patient records

    A Chicago law firm filed a class-action lawsuit in Cook County against the Downers Grove-based Advocate Medical Group claiming the company did not do enough to protect patient privacy following the theft of four computers containing personal data for more than 4 million patients.

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    Barrington delays video game vote

    The Barrington village board will not vote on Monday, Oct. 13 on a proposal allowing video gambling machines at businesses with liquor licenses in the village. Village President Karen Darch said she expects one or two trustees to be absent from the meeting, and added the board needs further time to consider the issue anyway.

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    Wendill Bills

    30-year veteran Buffalo Grove’s Firefighter of the Year

    At first Buffalo Grove Lt. Wendill Bills thought his boss, Chief Terry Vavra, was kidding when he said he was nominated for Firefighter of the Year. “I figured he was pulling another joke. He’s good for that. He thinks he’s a jokester,” the Wauconda resident told the audience at Monday’s Buffalo Grove village board meeting, where he received the honor.

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    Associated Press/ Invision for P&G Actress Nikki Reed hugs long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad during her 48-hour continuous “Swim for Relief” to support Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, in New York’s Herald Square.

    Nyad ends NY swim, raises $103K for Sandy victims

    Endurance swimmer Diana Nyad ended her 48-hour swim benefiting Superstorm Sandy victims to the enthusiastic cheers of spectators gathered Thursday morning around a 40-yard pool set up at a busy Manhattan intersection. “It honestly was tougher than I ever imagined it to be,” the 64-year-old Nyad said.

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    Midshipman Eric Graham, left, and Midshipman Josh Tate will face a court-martial in an alleged sexual assault at an off-campus party while a third will not, the U.S. Naval Academy superintendent said Thursday.

    2 ex-Navy football players to face court-martial

    Two midshipman will face a court-martial in an alleged sexual assault at an off-campus party while a third will not, the U.S. Naval Academy superintendent said Thursday. All three midshipmen were former Navy football players.

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    States joining forces to scrub voter rolls

    More than half of states are now working in broad alliances to scrub voter rolls of millions of problematic registrations, identifying people registered in multiple states and tens of thousands of dead voters who linger on election lists.

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    Ceremony in Busse Woods raising awareness of pregnancy, infant loss

    Chicago Angel Moms & Dads, a group that offers support to local parents suffering from the loss of a pregnancy or the death of an infant, is hosting a free event called Whispers From Heaven on Sunday, Oct. 13. Members will have a chance to meet in person from 2 to 5 p.m. in Grove 25 of Busse Woods in Schaumburg. There will be a ceremony to honor the “angel” babies, along with a balloon release,...

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    Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro may have died from autoerotic asphyxiation, not suicide, and two prison guards falsified logs documenting their observation of him in the hours before he died, the state said Thursday.

    Autoerotic asphyxiation possible in Castro death

    Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro may have died from autoerotic asphyxiation, not suicide, and two prison guards falsified logs documenting their observation of him in the hours before he died, the state said Thursday. Castro’s pants and underwear were pulled down to his ankles when he was found, leading the state to forward those facts to the state highway patrol, according to the report from the...

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    Honey, a 4-year-old female, is seeking a forever home.

    Advantages to adopting an older kitten are numerous

    Who can resist the charm, antics and cuddliness of a kitten that is between 2 and 3 months old? Even people who do not share their lives with a companion animal cannot deny the irresistibility of a tiny kitten.

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    Keeneyville community rallies around seventh-grader from Hanover Park

    Students, staff members and others from Spring Wood Middle School in Hanover Park and throughout Keeneyville Elementary District 20 will come together Thursday night for a fundraiser aimed at purchasing a much-needed car for the family of a seventh-grader faced with serious medical challenges.

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    Short story master Alice Munro, who captured everyday lives and epiphanies in rural Canada with elegant and precise prose, won the Nobel Prize in literature on Thursday.

    Canada’s Alice Munro wins Nobel literature prize

    Short story master Alice Munro, who captured everyday lives and epiphanies in rural Canada with elegant and precise prose, won the Nobel Prize in literature on Thursday. Seen as a contemporary Chekhov for her warmth, insight and compassion, she delves into a wide range of lives and personalities without passing judgment on her characters, often girls and women.

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    Passengers stuck on Universal Fla. roller coaster
    A dozen people were stuck for more than two hours on a roller coaster at Universal Studios Florida. The 12-person train stopped near the top of the first hill of the Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit around 7 p.m. Wednesday. The passengers were finally freed around 9:30 p.m. A glitch caused the computers to go into safety mode, stopping the ride, Schroder said.

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    Azerbaijani opposition candidate Camil Hasali holds a ballot paper as he speaks during a news conference in Baku, Azerbaijan, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013. Observers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe said Thursday the Azerbaijan’s presidential election was marred by restrictions during the campaign and serious violations during the voting and during the counting of vote.

    Azerbaijan announces election winner — before vote

    Something funny happened the day before Azerbaijan’s presidential election: The election commission announced the winner. On Tuesday, the smartphone app of the Central Election Commission released the results of Wednesday’s vote, showing President Ilham Aliyev winning 73 percent of the vote. The commission explained the gaffe by saying that a software developer had released the figures as a...

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    Fear grips Somali town raided by SEAL commandoes

    The al-Shabab stronghold of Barawe, a coastal town in Somalia where U.S. Navy SEALs came ashore in a failed raid last weekend, is gripped by fear and tension as residents worry they’ll be accused of spying and the insurgents ready for another attack.

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    U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel stands with an Egyptian army official before laying a wreath at the tomb of late President Anwar al-Sadat earlier this year. While dissatisfied with Egypt’s progress toward reinstating a democratic government, the U.S. is holding out the possibility of restoring hundreds of millions of dollars in aid if its Mideast ally moves toward free and fair elections.

    U.S. holds out possibility of restoring aid to Egypt

    While dissatisfied with Egypt’s progress toward reinstating a democratic government, the U.S. is holding out the possibility of restoring hundreds of millions of dollars in aid if its Mideast ally moves toward free and fair elections.

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    Libyan’s Prime Minister Ali Zidan was snatched by gunmen before dawn Thursday from a Tripoli hotel where he resides, the government said. The abduction appeared to be in retaliation for the U.S. special forces’ raid over the weekend that seized a Libyan al-Qaida suspect from the streets of the capital.

    Libya premier briefly abducted in sign of chaos

    Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zidan was abducted by gunmen who snatched him from his hotel and held him for several hours Thursday in apparent retaliation for a U.S. special forces raid that captured an al-Qaida suspect in the capital last weekend. The brazen abduction, which ended with Zidan’s rescue, underscored the lawlessness gripping Libya two years after the ouster of autocrat Moammar Gadhafi.

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    Some on Dist. 15 board challenging administration's recommendations

    The Palatine Township Elementary District 15 board got through several discussions and votes at its meeting Wednesday, but not without some members questioning or challenging several of the administration's recommendations.

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    Naperville launching 'ParentsMatterToo' anti-drug initiative

    Parents may be the first line of defense in keeping their kids away from the dangers of drugs, but they can't go at it alone. Now members of a Naperville nonprofit organization are preparing to lend a hand. The initiative's website, parentsmattertoo.org, will go live Friday with awareness activities that night at North Central College in conjunction with the Neuqua Valley-Waubonsie Valley...

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    Dawn Patrol: Facebook predator arrest; Mt. Prospect roof collapse

    Naperville man accused of using Facebook alias to have sexual conversations with minors. Crews watching for Mount Prospect roof collapse. Elgin man accused of raping woman in church parking lot. Prosecutors use photos to show horror of Golf Road street-racing crash. Three injured in South Elgin crash. Glen Ellyn suspect indicted in girlfriend’s slaying, burial. Carol Stream looks to buy 2-acre...

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    Prospect Heights Education Association President Dan Perillo, right, and Vice President Bob Miller lead a group of teachers as they enter MacArthur Middle School in Prospect Heights Wednesday to attend the District 23 board meeting.

    Dist. 23 teachers ask for contract at meeting

    Dozens of teachers in Prospect Heights Elementary District 23 appeared at Wednesday's school board meeting to show their determination to get a contract. The teachers union and the district are negotiating compensation levels for the final two years of a four-year employment contract. The two sides recently enlisted the help of a federal mediator, but the government shutdown has forced talks to...

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    At his home in Mount Prospect, former Chicago Cub Andy Pafko poses with a portrait of him as a Milwaukee Brave.

    Star Cub Andy Pafko was a Mount Prospect legend, too

    One of the last links between the Cubs and the World Series is gone. Andy Pafko, a longtime Mount Prospect resident and star player for the last Cubs team to play in a World Series, is dead at 92. “He was a quiet celebrity,” remembers Steve Durlacher, a former park district supervisor. “People were aware of who he was, but he never made a big deal out of it.”

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    Lakemoor will proceed with a final topping on roads in the Rockwell Place subdivision four years after developer Kirk Homes declared bankruptcy.

    Lakemoor to complete roads in unfinished subdivision

    Lakemoor will proceed with a final topping on roads in the Rockwell subdivision four years after they were left unfinished when Kirk Homes declared bankruptcy. “The village is extremely concerned if we hold off, the price in the future will be substantially more,” Village Administrator David Alarcon said.

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    A shipping container houses a workshop for scientists and engineers in January 2013 at subglacial Lake Whillans in Antarctica. A Northern Illinois University team's trip this year is in jeopardy due to the partial federal government shutdown.

    NIU Antarctic study, Fermilab activities in jeopardy from federal shutdown

    The partial shutdown of the federal government is putting a Northern Illinois University study of climate change in jeopardy. And Fermilab in Batavia is curtailing public activies, such as lectures and tours, as it tries to stretch its reserves. “What can we do? Our hands are tied,” geologist Reed Scherer of Elburn said.

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    Libyan prime minister taken from hotel by revolutionaries

    Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zaidan was taken from the Corinthia hotel in Tripoli at dawn by a group called Libya Revolutionaries Operations Room, said Hashem Beshr, head of the Supreme Security Committee for Tripoli.

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    Jennifer Kmiecik of Bartlett helps her son Brandon, 9, snap on his helmet during a Bartlett Hawks youth football practice Wednesday. Kmiecik won $1,000 to go toward helmets and equipment after numerous Bartlett Hawks families nominated her for the Courtyard Marriott’s Inspire Greatness Program.

    Dedicated football mom recognized with $1,000 check

    To parents and kids who know her through the Bartlett Hawks youth football league and poms team, Jennifer Kmiecik is more than just an enthusiastic supporter for her 9- and 10-year-old sons.“Jennifer is the key mom for everyone,” said Vanessa DeFina, noting that Kmiecik has taken on just about every responsibility she can within the organization.

Sports

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    The 2011 Chicago Marathon winner, Kenya's Moses Mosop, center, didn't race in last year's event, but he has his sights set on the course record for Sunday's race.

    Chicago Marathon field looks solid and ready

    Ask Chicago Marathon Executive Race Director Carey Pinkowski to handicap the men's and women's elite field that will compete in Sunday's race and you may come away a little disappointed. “I look at this list and wish I could handicap it and get an idea of what will happen, and then I pick it up a couple of hours later and it completely changes, which is what you want,” Pinkowski said.

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    New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning winces as he is hit Thursday by Bears defenders Isaiah Frey and Corey Wootton.

    Bears like a well-oiled machine

    Thursday night’s performance was, for most of the night, the best example yet of what Marc Trestman’s passing offense is supposed to look like. Through three quarters the Bears’ air attack strafed the Giants’ secondary and provided just enough production to lead a 27-21 nationally televised victory.

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    Big game by Marshall a shoe-in

    Clutch catches ultimately scream louder than lime-green cleats and drown out postgame whining about lack of targets.Brandon Marshall got back to raising the volume in his game and not his voice Thursday night.

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    Chicago Bears defensive back Zack Bowman (38) tackles New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013, in Chicago.

    Bowman steps up in Tillman's absence

    It didn't take long for cornerback Zack Bowman to make himself at home in the Bears' defense, which prides itself on takeaways. Bowman, who started in place of two-time Pro Bowler Charles Tillman, intercepted Eli Manning on the Giants' third play from scrimmage Thursday night at Soldier Field.

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    Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall celebrates his first touchdown with teammate Martellus Bennett on Thursday night at Soldier Field in Chicago.

    Bears keep Giants winless, 27-21

    Jay Cutler threw two touchdown passes to Brandon Marshall, and Tim Jennings had two of the Chicago Bears' three interceptions against Eli Manning in a 27-21 victory over the winless New York Giants on Thursday night. The Bears (4-2) snapped a two-game slide following a 3-0 start. New York is 0-6 for the first time since the 1976 team dropped its first nine, a stunning turn for a franchise that won the Super Bowl two years ago.

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    Chicago Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery (17) misses a catch under pressure from New York Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara (20) in the second half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    Dramatic win leaves Bears unsatisfied

    It had all the earmarks of December contest between a team trying to make the playoffs and a team already done for the year, when you get teams with nothing to lose beating teams with everything to lose. The key there is to remind a team like the winless New York Giants that they have nothing to play for by putting the game away early.

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    Jimmy Garoppolo

    Rolling Meadows grad breaks EIU record

    Jimmy Garoppolo threw for 306 yards and five touchdowns and broke Sean Payton’s school record for total offense in Eastern Illinois’ 63-7 victory over winless Austin Peay on Thursday night. Garoppolo, a Rolling Meadows High School product, has 10,344 yards of total offense in his career. Payton, the New Orleans Saints’ coach, had 10,298.

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    High point for Fuerst, Hersey

    Hersey girls volleyball coach Nancy Lill had a feeling.Sure enough, Liz Fuerst was dealing. The sophomore outside hitter hit the ceiling with a career-high 14 kills on 19-of-19 hitting as the Huskies avenged their only Mid-Suburban East loss with a 25-16, 25-19 victory over visiting Elk Grove.

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    Grayslake Central hitter Gabi Casper slams the ball past Grayslake North blockers Kendall Buckman and Alaina Geissberger, left, during Thursday’s match.

    Curtis, Grayslake Central serve up a win

    It only made sense for Grayslake Central senior Teresa Curtis to serve the ball out of bounds against rival North in set two of Thursday night’s game. Otherwise, she might have been serving all night long. Curtis served 10 straight points and got plenty of help from the power hitting of Alex Dahlstrom (11 kills). Set two showed how good coach Jason Janczak’s team could really be as Central (19-7) handled the Knights 25-21, 25-9.

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    Joaquin Benoit (53), Justin Verlander (35) and catcher Alex Avila celebrate after the Tigers beat the Athletics 3-0 Thursday to win Game 5 of an American League Division Series in Oakland, Calif.

    Verlander leads Tigers past A’s in Game 5

    Justin Verlander pitched another Game 5 gem in Oakland while carrying a no-hit bid into the seventh inning, and Miguel Cabrera homered to lead the Detroit Tigers past the Athletics 3-0 Thursday night and back into the AL championship series. Joaquin Benoit retired Seth Smith on a fly ball with two on in the ninth to close out the deciding game of their division series.

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    Scouting Week 7 in the Fox Valley

    Previewing Week 7 football games in the Fox Valley.

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    The Detroit Tigers celebrate after beating the Oakland Athletics 3-0 Thursday to win Game 5 of an American League Division Series in Oakland, Calif.

    Images: Game 5 of the ALDS
    Images from Game 5 of the American League Division Series between Oakland and Detroit. The Tigers won to advance to the AL championship series against Boston.

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    Stevenson receiver and defensive back Matt Morrissey has committed to Michigan State, extending a family legacy of high athletic achievement.

    It’s Matt Morrissey’s turn to take over at Stevenson

    Matt Morrissey, a senior at Stevenson, laughs now about the competitive frustrations of his youth. But it certainly wasn’t easy living in a household of older, more savvy top-flight competitors, starting with his dad Jim, a former Bears linebacker from the Super Bowl era. Mom Amy was an athlete in high school back in Flint, Mich., where she met Jim. She starred in volleyball and softball. And Morrissey’s three older siblings, Mike, Caitlyn and Anna, all went on to big-time sports successes in high school, and in some cases college.

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    Lakes makes history with NSC triumph

    History was made — in more ways than one — by the Lakes boys soccer team. Richard Galat scored 4 first-half goals, with Brian Werchek assisting on three of them and Tom Cyberski on the other, as the Eagles soared to their first North Suburban Conference championship with a 4-0 victory over Lake Forest 4-0 in Lake Villa on Thursday night. Beyond that, Lakes made history for the entire conference. It’s the first time in the 14-year history of the two-division format of the NSC that a Prairie Division team has won the overall title.

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    Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall celebrates his first touchdown.

    Images: Bears vs. Giants
    After losing two games in a row, the Chicago Bears hosted and won 27-21 over the winless New York Giants on Thursday at Soldier Field.

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    Minnesota’s Rebekkah Brunson shoots as Atlanta’s Erika de Souza defends during Game 3 of the WNBA Finals Thursday in Duluth, Ga.

    Moore, Brunson lead Lynx to WNBA title sweep

    Maya Moore scored 23 points, Rebekkah Brunson had 15 points and 12 rebounds and the Minnesota Lynx beat the Atlanta Dream 86-77 on Thursday night to win their second WNBA title in three years.

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    Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery (17) makes a catch against New Orleans Saints strong safety Kenny Vaccaro (32) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013, in Chicago.

    Jeffery making plenty of people look bad

    My apologies to Alshon Jeffery, John Dietz writes. And while we’re at it, apologies to fantasy owners of Alshon Jeffery. The slam-dunk-worst-call-of-the-year award goes to yours truly for placing Jeffery in the Bad Bets section of last week’s column. Ten catches. Two-hundred and 18 yards. A touchdown. Doesn’t get much worse than that from my standpoint.

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    Boys soccer/Fox Valley roundup

    Huntley 3, CL South 1: Niko Mihalopoulos, Scott Dorviller and Eduardo Gonzalez scored for Huntley in its Fox Valley Conference Valley Division win. Austen Emery had 4 saves for the Red Raiders (17-2-1, 4-1). Matt Tobott scored for Crystal Lake South and Gus Alvarez had 4 saves.Bartlett 4, St. Francis 0: Mike Parzy scored twice and AJ Santori and Justin Bush added a goal each to lead the Hawks (4-10-3) to a nonconference win. Jake Hasenstein and Andrew Nowak split time in goal, each making 2 saves.Minooka 2, South Elgin 0: Richard Groenewegen had 2 saves in goal for South Elgin (5-7-2).Prairie Ridge 1, Larkin 0: Aldair Dominguez (5 saves) and Javy Delgado (2 saves) split time in the net for Lartkin (8-8-3).St. Edward 2, Elgin Academy 1: Joe French scored both goals for the Green Wave (8-10-2). John Gotheridge had 5 saves. Elliott Wittmeyer scored for Elgin Academy and Jonathan Shen had 3 saves.McHenry 3, Jacobs 1: Tim Hubner had the goal for Jacobs (5-11-1, 2-3) in the FVC Valley.Harvest Christian 6, Berean Baptist 0: Adam Salowitz had a hat trick to lead the Lions. Jake Adams, Sam Serrato and Joe D’Alessandro also scored for Harvest (9-6) and Noah Fox had 2 saves.

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    Fremd, Hoffman Estates give ALS a sound dunking

    The winner, in this case, was anyone who cares about fighting ALS. Yes, Fremd’s girls swimming and diving team had the higher score in Thursday’s meet at Hoffman Estates. The outcome was expected as the defending Mid-Suburban League champs visited a program that by comparison is still getting its feet wet at the varsity level. Irrespective of the Vikings’ 90-65 varsity victory, both teams were thrilled to be part of the Duel in the Pool, an effort to raise funds and awareness about the disease.

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    Elk Grove’s Sergio Aguirre and teammate Deion Morales puts pressure on Rolling Meadows’ Kou Glaser as he skillfully controls the ball in the first period at Elk Grove on Thursday.

    Garcia, Wheeling clinch East title

    In the end, Wheeling’s clinching of the Mid-Suburban East title came down to another great performance by — who else? — Jose Garcia. The standout striker had a goal in each half as the Wildcats edged Palatine 2-1 to cement their spot in next Thursday’s Mid-Suburban League championship matchup at Barrington.

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    Batavia surprises Glenbard South

    As Game 3 of Thursday night’s nonconference battle between Batavia and host Glenbard South was in its final stages and with the Bulldogs holding the lead, the cheers from the Batavia bench grew louder with every scored point.

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    Dundee-Crown claims 1st conference title since 2005

    A frustrating evening for Dundee-Crown senior Eduardo Arellano turned into a celebratory one. Missing three golden opportunities to score during regulation time, Arellano pushed a shot past Cary-Grove goalkeeper Ethan Csoka with 29 seconds left in overtime to give the Chargers a 1-0 win in Fox Valley Conference Valley Division boys soccer action at Cary-Grove’s Al Bohrer Field Thursday night. The win gives the Chargers (17-0-1, 5-0) no worse than a share of the conference championship, their first since 2005.

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    Football: Scouting Week 7, Lake County

    Here's a look at Week 7 of the high school football season, from the perspective of teams in the North Suburban Conference, plus Grayslake Central, Grayslake North and Carmel.

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    Scouting Week 7, Northwest

    Here's a look at the Week 7 football matchups featuring teams from the Mid-Suburban League plus St. Viator, Maine West, Leyden and Christian Liberty.

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    Girls volleyball/Fox Valley roundup

    Harvest Christian d. Ottawa Marquette: Sydney Doby had 7 kills, 4 aces, 10 digs and a block to lead the Lions (15-8) to a 25-15, 25-13 win. Mikayla Robinson added 7 kills and Jade Martinez had 2 kills and 18 assists.Cary-Grove d. Huntley: Kayli Trausch had 11 kills and 13 blocks and Sarah Gram served 5 aces to lead the Trojans to a 25-27, 28-26, 25-21 Fox Valley Conference Valley Division win. Erin Lyman (11 kills, 18 digs), Emily Westermeyer (14 kills, 13 digs), Rachael Kisten (1`1 kills, 3 blocks) and Kelsey DeWulf (5 kills, 3 blocks, 33 assists) led Huntley.CL Central d. Hampshire: Kyla Conway had 5 kills, Erin Foss 4 kills, Kaila Kienzler 4 kills, Juliana Gass 17 digs and Brittany Laffin 15 assists for Hampshire in a 25-14, 25-14 FVC Fox loss.Prairie Ridge d. Dundee-Crown: Ashley Raby had 5 kills and Frankie Cavallaro added 4 kills and 6 assists for the Chargers (9-12, 2-7) in this 25-20, 25-16 FVC Valley loss. Kaylee Sommers had 5 digs for D-C.Burlington Central d. Genoa-Kingston: Allie O’Reilly added to her school record career total with 18 digs and added 3 aces, while Jenna Schudel had 9 kills and Lauren Wiltsie 5 to lead the Rockets (19-7, 8-0) to a Big Northern East win. Maddy Barry had 16 assists for BC.Glenbard West d. Larkin: Olivia Kofie (6 kills, 5 digs), Alyssa McGhee (12 assists, 4 digs), Danielle Newquist (5 kills, 5 digs) and Brianna Stewart (3 kills, 4 digs) led Larkin in a 25-14, 25-18 nonconference loss.

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    Khabibulin to get first start vs. Islanders

    Nikolai Khabibulin will formally reintroduce himself to Blackhawks fans Friday night when he gets the start against the Islanders at the United Center on Friday night. Tim Sassone has that and more in today's Blackhawks notebook.

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    No time for U.S. men’s national team to rest on its laurels

    After the successful summer the U.S. men’s national team had this year, one big question remains: Can the Americans top it next summer?

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    NLCS preview
    NLCS preview box

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    Joe Novak, Northern Illinois University football head coach. Photo Credit: Scott Walstrom, NIU Media Services.

    The man, the maestro: former coach Novak joins NIU Hall of Fame

    Coaching legend Joe Novak will be inducted into the NIU Athletic Hall of Fame. For what that guy did for the football program and the school itself, the honor can't come soon enough. For more, see Spellman's Scorecard.

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    Scouting this weekend’s Tri-Cities football games
    A roundup of Week 7 high school football games for the TriCities coverage area

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    St. Francis loses Haggerty, defeats Downers South

    Trying to adjust to news that it must go forward without one of the top seniors in the state, the St. Francis girls volleyball team found itself trailing late to a young squad in the decisive third game Thursday night. But the defending Class 3A champion rallied from a 22-20 deficit in the third game to knock off Downers Grove South 25-12, 16-25, 25-23 to improve to 29-3 on the year and 1-0 since learning that outside hitter Maddie Haggerty is in need of shoulder surgery and is lost for the rest of the season.

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    Los Angeles Dodgers batting coach Mark McGwire knows Cardinals hitters well after spending the previous three seasons with them.

    McGwire holds court in St. Louis

    Most major league coaches do their jobs in virtual anonymity behind the scenes. Mark McGwire, however, is no ordinary hitting instructor, and his homecoming is a juicy, natural subplot in this NL championship series.

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    Los Angeles pitcher Zack Greinke throws during practice Thursday in St. Louis. Greinke is set to start for the Dodgers on Friday.

    Kelly, Greinke set for Game 1 of NLCS

    Carpets were still drying out from a champagne bath and a few players looked bleary eyed after a workout at Busch Stadium. A day after advancing, there wasn’t much time to rest for the St. Louis Cardinals. The Los Angeles Dodgers don’t have home-field advantage in the NL championship series, but they got a few extra days to savor early postseason success.

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    Six straight shutouts for Streamwood

    The scoring touch on free kicks recently has eluded Nestor Ascencio. Ascencio hopes his free-kick goal Thursday changes that. The Streamwood senior scored on a free kick from just outside the penalty area with 14:54 remaining in the first half for the game’s only goal in a 1-0 Upstate Eight River victory over St. Charles North at Millennium Field.

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    Cary-Grove’s Tyler Pennington makes his way downfield against Dundee-Crown. C-G plays a big FVC Valley game at Jacobs tonight, while Dundee-Crown can clinch its first playoff berth since 1994 with a win at Prairie Ridge.

    District 300 sending all 3 to the playoffs? Could happen

    Week 7 of the high school football season has become time for our annual dusting off the crystal ball to see how conference races and the playoff picture look in the Fox Valley. Before we get into that breakdown, I will say the best part of this football season has been watching the rise of the Dundee-Crown Chargers. A program that has struggled for many years has appeared to turn the corner and all the credit in the world goes to coach Vito Andriola, his staff and the kids who stuck with it during the bad times. In fact, this could be a banner year for District 300 football. Never before have all three D300 schools — Dundee-Crown, Jacobs and Hampshire — made the state football playoffs in the same season. Barring something unforeseen by the crystal ball, 2013 will be the year that finally happens.

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    ‘Eyes on Five’ has ... eyes on next year?

    “Eyes on Five” is about to break the golden rule of high school football. We’re looking past the game in front of us. I know, I know. Crazy stuff, right? Sorry...can’t help it. Not with some interesting stuff looming on the horizon after this season. If only for a moment, let’s look ahead. Just don’t tell the coaches.

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    Ohio State forward LaQuinton Ross, right, shoots over Michigan forward Mitch McGary, as Michigan guard Tim Hardaway Jr., left, and Ohio State center Amir Williams, top, watch during the second half of a game in Ann Arbor, Mich. With the departure of Deshaun Thomas, who averaged 19.8 points a game a year ago, Ross must step into the spot as the Buckeyes’ designated point-producer this season.

    Buckeyes return 4 starters but lack big scorer

    As the Buckeyes begin basketball practice, a lot is riding on LaQuinton Ross, an acclaimed prep player who saw very little action as a freshman two years ago and then blossomed late last season in the biggest games.

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    Game video: St. Edward vs. Wheaton Academy
    St. Edward takes on Wheaton Academy Friday in Week 7 action. Folllow the game here with video from High School Cube, then come back later for the replay and highlights.

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    Minnesota head coach Jerry Kill has had five seizures on game days.

    Minnesota coach on leave for epilepsy

    Even as his seizures have grown in frequency over the last two years, Minnesota coach Jerry Kill has always maintained that his epilepsy would never slow him down. When he wasn’t able to make it to a game for the first time in his coaching career last weekend against Michigan, Kill decided it was time to take a step back and put his health before football for once.

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    Game video: Hersey vs. Elk Grove
    Hersey takes on Elk Grove Friday in Week 7 action. Folllow the game here with video from High School Cube, then come back later for the replay and highlights.

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    Game video: Barrington vs. Conant
    Barrington takes on Conant Friday in Week 7 action. Folllow the game here with video from High School Cube, then come back later for the replay and highlights.

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    Game video: Palatine vs. Fremd
    Palatine takes on Fremd Friday in Week 7 action. Folllow the game here with video from High School Cube, then come back later for the replay and highlights.

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    Game video: Wheaton North vs. West Aurora
    Wheaton North takes on West Aurora Friday in Week 7 action. Folllow the game here with video from High School Cube, then come back later for the replay and highlights.

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    Game video: St. Francis vs. Marmion
    St. Francis takes on Marmion Friday in Week 7 action. Folllow the game here with video from High School Cube, then come back later for the replay and highlights.

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    Game video: Libertyville vs. Lake Forest
    Libertyville takes on Lake Forest Friday in Week 7 action. Folllow the game here with video from High School Cube, then come back later for the replay and highlights.

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    Game video: Montini vs. Marian Central
    Montini takes on Marian Central Friday in Week 7 action. Folllow the game 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. Waubonsie Valley
    Neuqua Valley takes on Waubonsie Valley Friday in Week 7 action. Folllow the game here with video from High School Cube, then come back later for the replay and highlights.

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    Game video: York vs. Downers Grove North
    York takes on Downers Grove North Friday in Week 7 action. Folllow the game here with video from High School Cube, then come back later for the replay and highlights.

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    Game video: Batavia vs. St. Charles North
    Batavia takes on St. Charles North Friday in Week 7 action. Folllow the game here with video from High School Cube, then come back later for the replay and highlights.

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    Game video: St. Viator vs. Washington
    St. Viator takes on Washington Friday in Week 7 action. Folllow the game here with video from High School Cube, then come back later for the replay and highlights.

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    Game video: St. Charles East vs. Streamwood
    St. Charles East takes on Streamwood Friday in Week 7 action. Folllow the game here with video from High School Cube, then come back later for the replay and highlights.

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    Game video: Crystal Lake South vs. Johnsburg
    Crystal Lake South takes on Johnsburg Friday in Week 7 action. Folllow the game here with video from High School Cube, then come back later for the replay and highlights.

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    Game video: Vernon Hills vs. Lakes
    Vernon Hills takes on Lakes Friday in Week 7 action. Folllow the game here with video from High School Cube, then come back later for the replay and highlights.

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    Game video: Geneva vs. Elgin
    Geneva takes on Elgin Friday in Week 7 action. Folllow the game here with video from High School Cube, then come back later for the replay and highlights.

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    After five years away in the NHL, John Anderson, right, is back coaching the Chicago Wolves, the franchise he led to four titles. The Wolves will host their home opener for their 20th hockey season on Saturday at Allstate Arena.

    With Anderson back, Wolves set sights on Cup

    After a five-year absence, John Anderson returns to the bench for the Chicago Wolves, who will drop the puck for their 20th home opener on Saturday at Allstate Arena against San Antonio.

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    Larkin football coach Mike Scianna resigned Thursday, effective at the end of the season.

    Scianna stepping down at Larkin
    Fourth-year Larkin football coach Mike Scianna will step down from that position at the end of the season, he announced Thursday. Scianna, 46, cited time away from his own family as the reason for his decision. He said he informed the Larkin administration of his intention before the season began in August. Larkin players were told on Monday.

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    Tri-Cities soccer teams unite for good cause

    A “TriCities Night” has been held for the past eight years to bring together the boys soccer teams of Batavia, Geneva, St. Charles East and St. Charles North. On Oct. 1 the event at Geneva displayed its potential to unite these schools and their communities.

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    St. Louis Blues' Alexander Steen, right, checks Andrew Shaw of the Blackhawks in their game Wednesday night in St. Louis. The Blackhawks come home with two games this weekend at the United Center.

    After tough loss, Hawks focus on positives

    While the Blackhawks have no time to dwell on the loss to the St. Louis Blues with the Islanders coming to town on Friday followed by Buffalo on Saturday, coach Joel Quenneville said there were some positives to come out of that road test.

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    Wisconsin’s Sam Dekker goes to the basket against Purdue during a game in Madison, Wis. Dekker shot 41 percent from 3-point range in Big Ten play last year.

    Running Ryan’s hill a steep tradition at Wisconsin

    It’s about 150 yards and perhaps an 8 percent grade to the top of the hill in Elver Park. To a novice, it looks like it could make a runner winded in seconds. For coach Bo Ryan, it’s an offseason conditioning tradition to get the Wisconsin Badgers in shape for the long basketball season, as much a mental exercise as a physical one.

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    The Pirates’ Andrew McCutchen, left, and his teammates watch from the dugout during the eighth inning of Game 5 of a National League Division Series against the Cardinals in St. Louis. The Cardinals won 6-1 and advanced to the NL championship series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

    Pirates not satisfied after breakthrough season

    Unburdened from the yoke of failure that loomed for 20 years as an ominous cloud over the franchise, the Pirates can point to the future with eyes wide open. What exactly the future holds, however, remains unclear.

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    Scouting girls tennis conference meets / Lake County

    Here's a look at this weekend's North Suburban and Fox Valley Conference girls tennis meets.

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    For many, Week 7 brings postseason urgency

    The IHSA football playoffs start today. No, you didn’t miss anything. The playoffs are indeed still three weeks away. This is simply the mantra that Antioch head coach Brian Glashagel has been using with his team all week in preparation for tonight’s game against Wauconda.

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    After a long playing career that included time in three big-league organizations, Rolling Meadows grad Brian Schmack is directing the college program at Valparaiso University.

    Schmack winds up at Valparaiso, and delivers

    Brian Schmack, a 1991 Rolling Meadows graduate whose 10-year pro pitching career included a September 2003 stint with the Detroit Tigers, is now the point man in the baseball offices of Valparaiso University’s burgeoning Division I program. After seven years as a pitching coach and associate head coach, Schmack was promoted to run the program after former major leaguer Tracy Woodson left to become the head coach at Richmond.

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    The offensive line of, from left, Alex Piotrowski, Matt Zolper, Matt Stopka, Justin Sanchez and Michael Bruno, is helping pave the way for a remarkable rushing season at Schaumburg.

    Credit the feet for Schaumburg’s feats

    It is all about the feet at Schaumburg. And since the Saxons offensive line moves their feet pretty darned well, Schaumburg running backs have plenty of room to glide. In the first six games this season, Schaumburg’s backs has had all the room they need, rushing for 2,184 yards, an average of 364 yards per game. Twice the Saxons have topped the 400-yard mark for a game.

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    Hayden Adams of Willowbrook,left, and Kameron Irvin of Proviso East run during the Proviso East at Willowbrook football game in Willowbrook Friday.

    Scouting this weekend’s DuPage County football games

    The top Week 7 high school football games in the DuPage County coverage area

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    Mike North video: Daniel Synder keeps Redskins name
    Owner of the Washington Redskins, Daniel Snyder, opted to stay with the Washington redskins name even though he is getting some flack over it.   Mike North believes since reportedly  90% of  Native Americans polled didn't have a problem with the name why should it be changed for the

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    Kelly Anderson of Wheaton Warrenville South watches her drive on the second fairway during Class AA Glenbard East regional girls golf at Glendale Lakes Golf Course in Glendale Heights on Wednesday.

    Glenbard West turns in a 360

    Glenbard West coach John Karpowicz promised a treat on the way back to school if his girls golfers could shoot a 360 or better Wednesday at the Class AA Glenbard East regional.

Business

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    Prospect Avenue south of the tracks with its landscaped median and small shops.

    Report calls for pedestrian-, bike-friendly downtown Mt. Prospect

    The planners hired to develop a concept for downtown Mt. Prospect say the village should take advantage of hidden gems, like Busse and Prospect avenues, and make the area more pedestrian- and bike-friendly. Kevin Clark, of the Lakota Group, said the train station is a “big part” of downtown Mount Prospect. “That's a big reason why a lot of people live here,” he said.

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    Bryan Janky draws a caricature during the Daily Herald Business Ledger’s hospitality Expo at Abbington Distinctive Banquets in Glen Ellyn, Thursday.

    Hospitality expo attracts hundreds of visitors in Glen Ellyn

    The Business Ledger is hosting this Hospitality Expo at Abbington Distictive Banquest in Glen Ellyn. About 75 exhibitors, including restaurants, hotels, conference centers, golf courses and other companies are expected to attend.

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    The Chicago Transit Authority troubled effort to roll out a new fare collection system has forced the agency to restore fare options it discontinued earlier this week.

    CTA delaying phase out of old fare cards

    The Chicago Transit Authority troubled effort to roll out a new fare collection system has forced the agency to restore fare options it discontinued earlier this week. CTA officials said Wednesday the agency will again sale magnetic stripe cards. Chicago Card holders will also be allowed to reload money on their cards.

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    James Glay poses with his collection of vintage drums in Arlington Heights. Every passing month and unanswered resume dimmed Glay’s optimism more. With no job in sight, he joined a growing number of older people and created his own.

    Baby boomers fueling wave of entrepreneurship

    The annual entrepreneurial activity report published in April by the Kansas City, Mo.-based Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation found the share of new entrepreneurs ages 55 to 64 grew from 14.3 percent in 1996 to 23.4 percent last year. Entrepreneurship among 45- to 54-year-olds saw a slight bump, while activity among younger age groups fell.

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    Pat Sconza of Mount Prospect, a Dominick's shopper for 40 years, bought $270 worth of groceries Thursday at the store at Golf and Elmhurst roads in Mount Prospect. She said she was upset the stores are being sold off or closed.

    Fate of Dominick's stores unclear as Safeway exits suburbs

    Dominick's, a local grocery chain that started with a single store in 1918 in Chicago and that peaked in the 1990s with more than 100 stores in the area, appears to have reached its end. Safeway Inc. plans to exit the area by early next year. But the Dominick's stores? “The objective is to sell all or as many as we can, as quickly as we can,” Safeway's CEO said.

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    Hawthorn Woods residents Fred Robinson, left, Janet Robinson, Nancy Hernandez and Jose Hernandez are the forces behind Copper Fiddle Distillery proposed for Lake Zurich.

    Lake Zurich distillery plan affected by federal shutdown

    Jose Hernandez says his plan to open a small distillery later this year in Lake Zurich may be thrown off by the federal government shutdown. Copper Fiddle Distillery's effort to gain labeling approval from a federal agency has been placed on hold due to the shutdown. “This small example is repeating itself all over the country in all kinds of businesses,” he said Thursday.

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    Associated Press/Courtesy of Hershey The new Lancaster Vanilla and Raspberry Soft Cremes. The company is launching its first new brand in 30 years.

    Hershey adds soft caramels to product line

    The Lancaster name stems from founder Milton Hershey’s first candy company, The Lancaster Caramel Co. founded in 1886. And the candy comes after two-and-a-half years of research into consumer tastes and the global confectionary market.

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    Associated Press/March 15, 2013 A Facebook employee walks past a sign at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif.

    Facebook no longer lets users hide from search

    Facebook is getting rid of a privacy feature that let users limit who can find them on the social network. Facebook Inc. said Thursday that it is removing a setting that controls whether users could be found when people type their name into the website’s search bar.

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    An employee fills a balloon Tuesday at an Old Navy Inc. store in Santa Monica, Calif.

    Retailers report modest September gains

    Revenue at stores opened at least a year — a measure of a retailer’s health— rose 2.0 percent in September, according to a tally of 10 retailers by the International Council of Shopping Centers. That was a slower pace than the 3.5 percent increase posted in August.

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    Specialists look at screens Thursday at their post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Stocks rose sharply following hopeful signs that a deal to raise the debt ceiling was imminent.

    Wall Street rallies as U.S. default threat eases

    “Congressmen and women are coming to terms with how calamitous it would be if the debt ceiling was not raised,” said Joseph Tanious, Global Market Strategist for J.P. Morgan Asset Management. “Cooler heads are prevailing.”

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    Roger Larsen transfers his harvested corn Thursday onto a grain truck in Fort Calhoun, Neb.

    Corn harvest coming in above expectations

    All that corn will help refill bins that had been emptied after last year’s drought-reduced harvest of 10.7 billion bushels, the lowest since 2006, said Chad Hart, an agriculture economist with Iowa State University.

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    Former Palatine resident John Chase still cherishes the trophy he won when he was named Carrier of the Year in 1980 by the Daily Herald. He keeps it on display in his Atlanta home as a reminder of the lessons he learned while delivering the paper, which he said are still relevant today.

    Executive says lessons learned as Daily Herald carrier still relevant

    Former Palatine resident John Chase has found success as an executive for a benefits group in Atlanta. Still, he says, one of his favorite jobs was working as a newspaper carrier for the Daily Herald in the late 1970s and early 1980s, where he learned lessons that still apply today."Running your own business is what they encouraged - the very simple standards of integrity and hard work and customer service," he said.

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    The developer of Riverside Plaza in Algonquin has secured an investment that allows him to build 63 luxury apartments and nearly 10,000 square feet in retail space on the ground floor. The work is expected to start in January and the building should be occupied by summer.

    Developer secures financing for long-stalled Algonquin building

    Algonquin leaders announced that the developer of the long-awaited Riverside Plaza has secured $11 million to build 63 luxury apartments with 9,600 square feet of retail space. “There's still a lot of work to be done — I mean the entire interior build out is no small task, but we celebrate every step that gets completed along the way,” Community Development Director Russ Farnum said. “We're excited to proceed to the next one.”

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    Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew warned Congress Thursday of “irrevocable damage” that an unprecedented federal default could cause, even as House Republicans explored a short-term debt limit increase to provide more time to resolve their budget battle with President Barack Obama.

    House GOP leaders seek short-term debt extension

    House Speaker John Boehner told Republican lawmakers Thursday he will give President Barack Obama a proposal extending the government’s ability to borrow money through Nov. 22 — but only if he agrees to negotiate over ending the partial government shutdown and a longer-term increase in the debt ceiling.

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    The government’s new health insurance marketplaces are drawing lots of rotten tomatoes in early reviews. But people are at least checking the things out.

    Poll: Health exchange rollout gets poor reviews

    The government’s new health insurance marketplaces are drawing lots of rotten tomatoes in early reviews, but people are at least checking them out. Seven percent of Americans report that somebody in their household has tried to sign up for insurance through the health care exchanges, according to an AP-GfK poll. While that’s a small percentage, it could represent more than 20 million people.

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    Illinois officials say they will improve all-terrain vehicle recreational access by selling usage stamps beginning early next year.

    Illinois to sell off-highway recreation stamps

    Illinois officials say they will improve all-terrain vehicle recreational access by selling usage stamps beginning early next year. The Department of Natural Resources announced Wednesday that $15 “off-highway vehicle” stamps will be issued by approved vendors along with hunting and fishing licenses.

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    Auto recalls on hold during govt shutdown

    Lives and property are at greater risk because auto recalls and investigations of safety defects have been put on hold during the partial government shutdown, safety advocates said. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has furloughed employees who investigate safety complaints and order carmakers to recall vehicles.

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    Jos. A. Bank proposed to acquire its bigger rival Men’s Wearhouse in a $2.3 billion deal that would create a men’s wear juggernaut with close to 2,000 stores.

    Jos. A. Bank offers $2.3B for Men’s Wearhouse

    Nothing like getting the brush-off. Jos. A. Bank proposed to acquire its bigger rival Men’s Wearhouse in a $2.3 billion deal that would create a men’s wear juggernaut with close to 2,000 stores. But the leaders at Men’s Wearhouse rejected the offer about two hours after it was publicly disclosed, calling it “opportunistic” and “inadequate.”

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    The number of U.S. homes set on the path to foreclosure slid to a seven-year low in the third quarter, reflecting a gradually improving housing market and fewer homeowners falling behind on mortgage payments.

    Fewer U.S. homes entered foreclosure track in 3Q

    The number of U.S. homes set on the path to foreclosure slid to a seven-year low in the third quarter, reflecting a gradually improving housing market and fewer homeowners falling behind on mortgage payments.

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    Associated Press International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde listens during the discussion “European Economic Integration: Stock Taking of Challenges and Opportunities” in the Vilnius University in Vilnius, Lithuania.

    Global finance leaders jittery over budget impasse

    Concerns that the political impasse in American government will derail a fragile global economic recovery may well dominate meetings of world financial leaders in Washington this week. In the run-up to meetings of the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and the Group of 20 major economies, global financial leaders have been sounding loud warnings about the possibility of a U.S. debt default.

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    New from Hershey: soft caramels

    Chew on this. The Hershey Co. is launching a new candy brand, its first new brand in 30 years, a soft caramel creme line called Lancaster. And for the first time it is taking a double barreled approach, debuting the candy in the U.S. and China at once.

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    T-Mobile is eliminating fees for using data and texting services in more than 100 countries and capping charges for international voice calls.

    T-Mobile to eliminate international data fees

    NEW YORK — T-Mobile is eliminating fees for using data and texting services in more than 100 countries and capping charges for international voice calls.Starting Oct. 31, customers of T-Mobile’s flagship Simple Choice plan won’t have to worry about getting hit with so-called roaming fees if they fail to sign up for an international plan before they travel abroad. Those fees can reach hundreds or thousands of dollars for a trip, even to neighboring Canada or Mexico. T-Mobile, the No. 4 U.S. cellphone carrier, has been trying to differentiate itself from bigger rivals by shattering longstanding industry practices and calling itself the “Un-carrier.”The company began in March by dropping conventional two-year service contracts in favor of selling phones with installment plans. In July, it introduced a program that lets people upgrade phones more frequently — up to twice a year. AT&T, Verizon and Sprint have since followed with their own frequent-upgrade plans.At the time of the phone-upgrade announcement, CEO John Legere said a third major change was coming — the one T-Mobile announced Wednesday.In an interview, Legere said roaming fees are very profitable for the wireless industry, but T-Mobile hasn’t benefitted much because it doesn’t have many business customers who travel. With the new program, Legere said, the company is hoping to gain subscribers without sacrificing much revenue.But even if the company doesn’t gain customers, Legere said T-Mobile won’t be losing money in providing the service. That’s because its existing agreements with wireless carriers around the world allow for more data use than T-Mobile’s customers are using now.In addition, T-Mobile will make some money from selling higher-speed roaming plans — $15 for a day or $25 for a week. The free plan will be good enough for email, social networking, Web browsing and other common tasks, but customers who like to watch high-definition video might want the upgrade, the company said.There are signs that T-Mobile’s previous changes have helped boost its standing. In the April-June quarter, T-Mobile gained long-term, good-credit customers for the first time in at least two and a half years. T-Mobile US Inc. added a net 688,000 such customers in the quarter, compared with a loss of 557,000 in the same period a year earlier. Part of the boost came because the carrier began selling Apple’s iPhone for the first time in April. But the iPhone accounted for only 26 percent of smartphone sales in the quarter, an indication that there was more behind the gain.The new plan is likely to appeal to customers who travel frequently to any of the covered countries. Canada, Mexico and other major countries on every continent except Antarctica will be covered. Officials say the list includes the vast majority of the places Americans visit.In addition to free data and texting while traveling in those countries, customers will pay a flat rate of 20 cents per minute for voice calls to any of those same countries or the U.S. T-Mobile and other carriers now charge $1 or more a minute in many countries.For an additional $10 a month, customers will also get free calling from the U.S. to landlines in more than 70 countries. Calls to other countries in the program or to other mobile phones will be 12 to 20 cents a minute, the company said.Data roaming will be where customers save most. Verizon, for instance, now charges $25 for 100 megabytes of roaming abroad — but only if you sign up in advance. Otherwise, it’s $20.48 per megabyte, or $2,048 for 100 megabytes. Posting lots of photos on Facebook and using graphical mapping apps can eat up a few hundred megabytes over a week.There will be some limits for frequent travelers. Any trip abroad needs to be six weeks or less, and customers need to spend at least half their time in the U.S. in any three-month period. The program is not for students spending a year abroad, for instance.

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    The Daily Herald shares content and talks to readers on Google+.

    Where to find the Daily Herald on social media

    Digital editor Teresa Schmedding outlines many of the ways you can find the Daily Herald on social media

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    Jeff Knox

    Newspaper video: A chance to tell stories even better

    Daily Herald photo director Jeff Knox explains how video has advanced the journalism we do -- as well as the advancements that have been made in news video.

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    Jim Baumann

    News mission’s the same, but Daily Herald jobs have changed

    Daily Herald Managing Editor Jim Baumann says the process of reporting has changed significantly because of both technology and new competition, but the mission of providing the news is still the same

Life & Entertainment

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    Kay Vogel from Elgin nominated her dark, cramped basement family for the Room For Living contest.

    Family room needs a makeover

    Our family room is in our finished basement. It has dark outdated paneling and poor light. It has carpeting that is over 30 years old. It was damaged from flooding six years ago, when the retention pond in South Elgin broke and flooded the entire neighborhood, and our basement.

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    Julia Garner, left, and Ambyr Childers play the daughters of a mysterious man who keeps to himself in Jim Mickle's gothic drama "We Are What We Are."

    'We Are What We Are' is a little bit terrifying

    Dann reviews two movies: Jim Mickle's excellent gothic drama "We Are What We Are," plus a not-so-well-done documentary titled "When Comedy Went to School." Dann also supplies Reel Life notes and answers a letter writer about Lake Zurich mentions in the movies.

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    Romeo (Douglas Booth) and Juliet (Hailee Steinfeld) share a tender moment in “Romeo and Juliet.”

    ‘Romeo and Juliet’ adaptation lacks passion

    It is surely a bad sign for any “Romeo and Juliet” when its most pulse-quickening moments come from Paul Giamatti. This latest adaption of the Shakespeare tragedy of young love comes suited to times flush with teen romance. Though Italian director Carlo Carlei keeps the film focused on the emotions, Hailee Steinfeld and Douglas Booth don’t create any real passion in this earnest but bland production.

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    CBS is canceling the freshman sitcom “We Are Men,” which starred Jerry O’Connell, left, Kal Penn, Chris Smith and Tony Shalhoub.

    CBS cancels freshman sitcom ‘We Are Men’

    CBS is yanking the freshman sitcom “We Are Men” from its schedule. The Monday night comedy about four bachelors starred Tony Shalhoub, Jerry O’Connell, Kal Penn and Chris Smith. It failed to gain traction with viewers and became one of the new season’s early casualties.

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    BBC finds 9 lost ‘Doctor Who’ episodes from 1960s

    “Doctor Who” fans, rejoice! The BBC says it has recovered nine episodes of the sci-fi series that once were feared lost. The broadcaster says the missing episodes plus two others were found in the storeroom of a television relay station in Nigeria. “Doctor Who,” which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, was first broadcast in 1963 and remains one of the BBC’s most popular programs.

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    Stuart Ward plays Guy and Dani de Waal plays the Girl in the national tour of the Broadway musical “Once,” which is based upon the 2006 indie film. The 2012 Tony Award-winning musical adaptation makes its Chicago debut at the Oriental Theatre through Sunday, Oct. 27.

    Triumphant 'Once' celebrates power of making music

    "Once," the 2012 Tony Award-winning Broadway musical adapted from the Academy Award-winning 2006 Irish film, is a touching and funny romantic meditation about the power of music and love to change lives. "Once" is making its Chicago debut at the Oriental Theatre now through Sunday, Oct. 27

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    Richard Phillips (Tom Hanks) confronts Somali pirates taking over his cargo ship in Paul Greengrass' fact-based suspense thriller “Captain Phillips.”

    'Captain Phillips' a smart, white-knuckled thriller

    In Paul Greengrass' thrilling drama “Captain Phillips” — assuming you possess a sense of humanity — you begin to feel as sorry for the four Somali pirates as you do Tom Hanks' titular hero whom they've kidnapped for ransom. The disorganized, untrained pirates, operating on a mix of bravado and fear, challenge the U.S. Navy like virtually weaponless Davids going against a military Goliath.

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    Russ (Brian Parry) and Bev (Jan Ellen Graves) prepare to trade their longtime home in an all-white Chicago neighborhood for a place in the 'burbs in Bruce Norris' “Clybourne Park,” running through Nov. 10 at redtwist theatre.

    Intimate staging key to redtwist's 'Clybourne Park'

    Everybody wants a piece of Bruce Norris' “Clybourne Park,” which is an unflinching, incisive examination of ethnicity and integration. Add to that list redtwist theatre, whose well-acted, nicely agitated production is directed by Goodman Theatre's Steve Scott. This up-close-and-personal revival unfolds in-the-round, in a tiny storefront that seats 38 people. Redtwist's production benefits from the intimate staging, which compels audience members to examine their own attitudes.

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    Newcomers Macklemore & Ryan Lewis will battle heavyweights Justin Timberlake and Taylor Swift for the top prize at the 2013 American Music Awards.

    Mackelmore & Ryan Lewis lead with 6 AMA nods

    Newcomers Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are the top contenders at the 2013 American Music Awards. The rap duo is up for six awards, including artist, new artist and single of the year for “Thrift Shop.” The “Same Love” performers will battle heavyweights Justin Timberlake, Taylor Swift, Rihanna and Bruno Mars for artist of the year at the Nov. 24 fan-voted awards show in Los Angeles.

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    A leading Roman Catholic commentator has landed a deal to write a “full-scale” biography of Pope Francis.

    Pope Francis biography expected next year

    A leading Roman Catholic commentator and founder of a pro-Catholic media organization has landed a deal to write a “full-scale” biography of Pope Francis.

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    Kanye West appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” Wednesday night to discuss his feud with Kimmel.

    Kanye West, Jimmy Kimmel make nice after beef

    Kanye West and Jimmy Kimmel quickly dispelled the idea their so-called rap feud was a publicity stunt during a sometimes uncomfortable appearance on the comedian’s television show. Speculation that the rapper’s anger over a “Jimmy Kimmel Live” parody skit that mocked him was staged was immediate after West lashed out at Kimmel in late September. But both said that their beef was authentic during a 30-minute interview on Wednesday night’s show in which West discussed a range of topics including his artistry, paparazzi, family, fashion and the idea of celebrity.

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    Phlox daisies are among the many meadow flowers that can thrive in traditional landscapes — even in city settings. Prairie garden combinations include flowers, shrubs and trees. They require little attention, add year-round color and interest and provide wildlife-friendly habitat.

    Prairie gardens work in many landscapes

    You don’t need to live on the prairie to have a prairie garden. Natural landscapes featuring mainly native plants are being sown in yards across North America as environmentally friendly alternatives to turf grass. These durable plant combinations include flowers, shrubs and trees. They require little attention, add year-round color and interest and provide wildlife-friendly habitat.

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    Revelers are led by professional dancers as DJ Afrojack plays his mixes at the XS nightclub in Las Vegas. A poll conducted this year by the national gambling lobby found that the city’s growing mega-clubs are threatening to become the most lucrative draw for a town built on betting.

    In Vegas, clubbing almost as popular as gambling

    The cannon at the Flutter Fetti booth near the front of the gambling trade show in Las Vegas last week delivered regular bursts of metallic cutouts. The glittery mess outshone the slot machines and online poker touchscreens in more ways than one. A poll conducted this year by the national gambling lobby found that 26 percent of casino-goers now eschew wagering, and the city’s growing mega-clubs are threatening to become the most lucrative draw for a town built on betting.

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    The print that at one time was only a tool for military troops to go unnoticed has become a front-and-center look in fashion, such as this camouflage fur coat from the Michael Kors Fall 2013 collection.

    Camouflage shows its fashion versatility

    There is no hiding from camouflage. The print that at one time was only a tool for military troops to go unnoticed has become a front-and-center look in fashion. It’s been adapted in luxe fur, sequin sweaters, athletic wear and casual kicks. It’s for girls and boys, women and men. “The irony is that camo is anything but camouflaged right now,” says Zanna Roberts Rassi, Marie Claire’s senior fashion editor.

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    Graffiti by the secretive British artist Banksy, featuring a dog and a fire plug, draws attention on 24th Street, near Sixth Avenue in New York, on Friday. Banksy graffiti is turning up on the streets of the city and all over social media.

    Elusive graffiti artist Banksy hits NYC

    Graffiti by the secretive British artist Banksy is turning up on the streets of New York City — and all over social media. Banksy announced on his website that he is undertaking “an artists residency on the streets of New York” this month. He’s posting pictures of his work on the website and fans are plastering the images all over Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Though he’s not providing exact locations, those who happen to come across the works are trying to spread the word.

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    Marshmallow Fluff is spread onto peanut butter to make a Fluffernutter sandwich. Last year, the company that makes Marshmallow Fluff sold about 8 million pounds of the white creme, and a bill to make the Fluffernutter the official state sandwich has been reintroduced in the state legislature.

    Fluff buffs celebrate sugary concoction in Massachusetts

    Just mention Fluff to people who grew up in New England, and you’ll get lots of smiles and enthusiastic nods. The gooey, sugary marshmallow treat invented almost a century ago is still enormously popular. Last year, the company that makes Marshmallow Fluff sold about 8 million pounds of the white creme, and a bill to make the Fluffernutter the official state sandwich has been reintroduced in the Legislature.

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    “Bitter Rivals” by Sleigh Bells

    Sleigh Bells miss mark on ‘Bitter Rivals’

    Brooklyn noise pop duo Sleigh Bells’ new album, “Bitter Rivals,” is an unfortunate thing. Perhaps singer Alexis Krauss and guitarist Derek Miller overthought the scope of their art. In an effort to be heavy and edgy, Sleigh Bells have slathered too much production bass and ham-fisted fuzz over their own valuable talents.

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    Sophie Lowe plays Alice in the new series “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland,” premiering at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, on ABC.

    Actress jumps into ABC’s ‘Wonderland’ rabbit hole

    When Sophie Lowe’s latest visit to Hollywood failed to yield work, the young actress flew back home to Australia — and quickly fell down a rabbit hole. Within a day of returning to Sydney, Lowe had recorded an audition for “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland.” Two days later she was asked to fly back to L.A. and within a week had the starring role of Alice. The ABC series debuting Thursday is a relation of “Once Upon a Time,” which brings fairy tale characters into the real world. “Wonderland” takes Lewis Carroll’s tale in a different direction, with a mature Alice returned from her adventure to a cynical reception and mental institute.

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    Danny Trejo stars as the title character in Robert Rodriguez's tired action comedy sequel "Machete Kills."

    Outrageously violent ‘Machete’ doesn’t cut it as genre parody

    Many heads roll in Robert Rodriguez’s violent, comedy action sequel “Machete Kills.” Considering how brainless this motion picture gets, that might be a clever metaphor. The rest of “Machete Kills”? Not so clever. Or funny. Or exciting. In fact, how any movie crammed with this much gratuitous violence and sex could turn out to be such a snore might make a terrific mystery for a detective.

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    Expertory is a site that promises to help visitors “learn, teach and consult practically anything online via video chat.”

    Virtual trainers can motivate and keep watchful eye on you

    New websites offer virtual trainers to help push you through your workouts and a host of other helpful tips and tricks ... from the comfort of your own home computer.

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    John Lithgow's critically acclaimed, one-man show, “Stories by Heart,” makes its Chicago-area debut Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Elgin Community College Arts Center.

    Lithgow's one-man storytelling show to grace ECC stage

    The art of storytelling doesn't necessarily require a huge production stage, or special effects and props. It can just as easily be captured in a soliloquy at the hands of a skilled performer who engages with every expression, tone of voice and gesture. That's the idea behind John Lithgow's critically acclaimed, one-man show, “Stories by Heart,” which makes its Chicago-area debut Nov. 2 at the ECC Arts Center on the campus of Elgin Community College.

Discuss

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    Editorial: Reconsider separate election boards

    The cost of a separate county election commission is reason to oppose establishing one in Lake County, a Daily Herald editorial says. In fact, we’re also wondering why DuPage County, Aurora and Chicago have separate election commissions.

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    Words and the difference between influence, information

    Columnist Jim Slusher: Most of us know that Obamacare and the Affordable Care Act are one in the same, but that doesn't mean we should use the terms interchangeably.

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    Go ‘Noles, not Redskins

    Columnist Kathleen Parker: As a fan of tradition, my knee-jerk reaction to the Redskins controversy — should the name be changed out of respect for offended Native Americans? — was, well, knee-jerk.As in, good grief, must we change every word to please every offended group?

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    Not all blessed to have insurance
    An Elgin letter to the editor: Today there are so many ways that we and our legislators are hurting the least among us. The shutdown of the government because so many uncaring or ignorant citizens may not realize that we all aren’t blessed to have insurance and don’t have to wait until health problems are so great that the poor have to go to the ER.

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    Where is money for new highway?
    A Lake Villa letter to the editor: So IDOT, in its infinite wisdom, thinks that we need a new expressway linking I-65 in Indiana to I-55 in Illinois.

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    New mayor’s acts hurting Wauconda
    A letter to the editor: As a Wauconda resident, I am appalled by our mayor’s behavior.

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    Schools needed for recovering drug users
    A letter to the editor: I want to thank the Daily Herald for focusing on the problems of addition, especially the heroin epidemic that has damaged lives and families and communities. Last night I viewed a film, “The Anonymous People,” at the Des Plaines Theatre. The film points to the stigma of alcohol and drug use that continues to hold people in shame, for a disease they did not choose.

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    We can pay furloughed workers not to work?
    An Elk Grove Village letter to the editor: So now we hear that our elected representatives have voted to pay all furloughed government workers. What’s wrong with this picture? If they can pay them not to work, then pay them to work.

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    Obamacare is packed with deceit
    A Palatine letter to the editor: Every day there are stories of folks losing their health insurance, their jobs, being moved from full time to part time, all because of Obamacare. Unions don’t like what they’ve learned and have written letters to the president asking for exemptions from Obamacare.

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    Government can’t run anything
    A South Elgin letter to the editor: This government shutdown is inexcusable. These individuals are great at pointing fingers back and forth blaming each other. Both sides have dug their heels in to get what they want including Mr. President who fuels the fire with his comments and his stance. And he loves to point his finger.

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    Administration mean and juvenile
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: Many of the memorials in Washington D.C. are in the open. You can walk right up to them. But noooooo. They have put up barriers so you cannot walk up close enough to read the inscriptions. Just a childish way of treating the veterans, schoolchildren and others who came to D.C. to see these memorials.

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