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    Lake County Chairman Aaron Lawlor said it was time to give public-private partnerships a chance.

    Planning board approves Illiana Expressway construction

    Amid a split among suburban leaders, the controversial Illiana Expressway received a shot in the arm Thursday when a planning board endorsed the road, marking a significant political victory for Gov. Pat Quinn. The Illiana is a proposed tollway linking I-55 in the south suburbs with I-65 in Indiana that would be built as a public-private partnership.

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    Chris Lauzen

    Kane’s Lauzen wants fewer involved in his hiring

    Kane County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen called for a more streamlined and confidential process when he hires county department heads Thursday. The change would create a single hiring committee that would meet in private rather than forcing a candidate through as many as three public meetings before a full county board vote.

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    Beata Candre

    Search continues for missing Schaumburg woman

    Police and volunteers on Thursday continued to look for a 48-year-old Schaumburg woman who went missing last weekend. Family and friends have not heard from Beata Candre since Saturday, and they say she has a medical condition that leads them to be concerned about her well-being.

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    Randy Hultgren

    With debt deal sealed, Hultgren 'had nothing to lose' with 'no' vote

    U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren decision Wednesday to buck House GOP leadership and be the only Illinoisan to vote against a deal to end the government shutdown could insulate him from some attacks from conservatives in his heavily Republican-leaning western suburban district.

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    The National Great Rivers Museum in Alton is among facilities reopening.

    Illinois boat ramps, campsites on federal lands reopening

    Many boat ramps, visitor centers and campsites on federal lands in Illinois are reopening with the end to the partial government shutdown. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials say furloughed employees are returning to work Thursday now that Congress passed a temporary spending bill and lifted the government's borrowing limit.

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    Chief Illiniwek offers one final salute to the crowd gathered at Assembly Hall in Champaign for a basketball game between Illinois and Michigan in 2007.

    Illini reaches settlement with Chief Illiniwek group

    The University of Illinois and a group dedicated to the former Chief Illiniwek mascot have reached a settlement over the use of the symbol's name and image. Under this week's deal the Honor the Chief Society can host activities related to the mascot but for the most part won't be able to use the name “Chief Illiniwek” or the official logo.

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    Oak Forest man gets 13 years in prison for sex abuse

    DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin announced Thursday that Luis Pereira, 48, of Oak Forest, has been sentenced to 13 in prison for sexually abusing a former family member on multiple occasions.

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    Dundee-Crown students Berenice Vidigaray, left, Veronica Carrillo and Mitzy Duran rehearse an Argentine dance number Thursday in preparation for the D300 Multicultural Festival Sunday at Spring Hill Mall in West Dundee. The students are among more than 20 groups that will perform at the inaugural festival, which features talent from within the district and community.

    District 300 to celebrate its diversity this weekend

    Community Unit District 300 parents, students and officials invite everyone celebrate its rainbow of diversity at its D300 Multicultural Festival from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Spring Hill Mall in West Dundee.

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    Proposed District 211 levy $2.5 million more than 2012

    The Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211 board of education reviewed the proposed 2013 property tax levy for the first time Thursday night. More than 30 residents were in attendance at the meeting, including some who held protest signs that read messages like “Do not raise our taxes” and “Stop being greedy.” The total 2013 levy will amount to $212.2 million, an increase of $2.5 million —...

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    Lombard officials say they’re eager to fill the vacancy created by the closing of Mr. Z’s Supermarket at 401 S. Main St.

    Questions remain after Mr. Z’s closes in Lombard

    Weeks after an iconic Lombard grocery store abruptly closed, village officials are seeking answers about what will happen to the building. For decades, Mister Z’s Supermarket at 401 S. Main St. had been touted as a Lombard success story. “It’s always sad when a business closes,” Yvonne Invergo, of the Lombard Chamber of Commerce said.

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    Passengers fill up Washington Metro subway cars in Arlington, Va., Thursday, as workers return to their jobs after Congress reached agreement a day earlier to end the partial government shutdown.

    Parks open, workers back in office after shutdown

    From the Liberty Bell to Alcatraz, federal landmarks and offices reopened Thursday. Furloughed employees were relieved to get back to work — even if faced with email backlogs — but many worried about another such disruption in a matter of months.

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    From left, Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, Sen. Patty Murray of Washington and Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland outline their approach to tackling the nation’s debt problems at the Capitol Thursday, a day after Congress agreed to end the standoff over the budget and debt.

    Obama lashes Republicans as government reopens

    In withering day-after criticism, President Barack Obama declared Thursday that the 16-day partial government shutdown was a Republican-provoked spectacle that “encouraged our enemies” around the world.

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    Old Des Plaines park building to be demolished

    The Des Plaines Park District will demolish an old building near Lake Opeka that most recently served as a staff meeting location for day camp programming.

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    Oxford University genetics professor Bryan Sykes holds a prepared DNA sample taken from the hair of a Himalayan animal that may solve the mystery of the Abominable Snowman — the elusive ape-like creature also known as the Yeti.

    DNA links mysterious Yeti to ancient polar bear

    A British scientist says he may have solved the mystery of the Abominable Snowman — the elusive ape-like creature of the Himalayas. He thinks it’s a bear. DNA analysis conducted by Oxford University genetics professor Bryan Sykes suggests the creature, also known as the Yeti, is the descendant of an ancient polar bear.

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    David Lordkipanidze, director of the Georgia National Museum, displays the ancient skull and jaws of a pre-human ancestor at the National Museum in Tbilisi, Georgia. The discovery indicates the human family tree may have fewer branches than originally thought.

    1.8 million-year-old skull gives glimpse of our evolution

    The discovery of a 1.8-million-year-old skull of a human ancestor buried under a medieval Georgian village provides a vivid picture of early evolution and indicates our family tree may have fewer branches than some believe, scientists say.

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    Patricia Rosenberg, with husband Michael, fights back tears while a song is played for her late daughter, Andrea Will, during candlelight vigil in 2010 at the Peg Bond Center in Batavia. Will was murdered by her ex-boyfriend in 1998 while a student at Eastern Illinois University.

    Aurora facility offers assistance to domestic violence victims

    Sammi King talks with Michelle Meyer of Mutual Ground in Aurora about its Walk for Hope on Saturday in Geneva. According to the FBI, one woman in this country is beaten every nine seconds. A woman is raped every five minutes. Three women die each day at the hands of a partner or husband. It happens in homes where families live from paycheck to paycheck, as well as homes where money is not an...

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    New E. Dundee station scheduled to open in May 2014

    Columnist Gerard Dziuba says when the new East Dundee fire station opens next May it will have plenty of room for firefighters and equipment. Fire Chief Steven Schmitendorf says “The new station will be a state-of-the-art building. It will satisfy the needs of the residents and allow us to respond to fires without dealing with obstacles we have now.”

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    James Kosatka

    Lisle police chief retiring

    After spending more than three decades with the Lisle Police Department, Chief James Kosatka announced Thursday that he's retiring.

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    Kyle Morgan

    30 years for mentally ill man in 2009 Woodstock murder

    A 29-year-old Woodstock man was sentenced to 30 years in prison Thursday for the 2009 stabbing, killing and mutilation of a homeless man. Kyle Morgan, formerly of Arlington Heights who referred to himself as "Thrill Kill Kyle" on a social media website, pleaded guilty but mentally ill in the slaying of Robin Burton Jr., 28.

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    Hoffman Estates business, nonprofit making books for disabled kids

    Local children with physical disabilities and special needs may soon have a chance to read books that will be specially made for them by employees of a Hoffman Estates business and nonprofit foundation. Gannett Healthcare Group recently received a $5,000 grant from the Gannett Foundation for the national Make a Difference Day project on Saturday, Oct. 26.

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    Most Grafton Township officials say they favor cutting bus service to the Sun City portion of Huntley that lies within Rutland Township. Meanwhile, Rutland leaders are no closer to deciding how to serve the roughly 130 seniors and disabled riders who would be affected by Grafton’s vote, which is scheduled Monday.

    Most Grafton Twp. trustees support cutting Rutland’s free rides

    A majority of Grafton Township’s board members say they will vote to end bus service for riders in Rutland Township because that township can not decide whether to help pay for the service.

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    Schaumburg Park District wins arts award

    The Illinois Association of Park Districts recently gave the Schaumburg Park District with the Helen Doria Arts in the Park Award, which recognizes park districts and other agencies that support the arts and partner with artists and arts organizations to enhance their community’s quality of life.

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    Young workers sought:

    Lake County Board Chairman Aaron Lawlor on Thursday announced a new program to attract young professionals to live and work here. The group will be called Leadership Lake County.

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    Kristin Vesley-Miks

    Former Woodland bus driver pleads guilty to molesting teenager

    A former Woodland District 50 school bus driver pleaded guilty Thursday to molesting a teenager. Kristin Vesley-Miks, 33, will serve 36 months on probation and must register as a sex offender for the rest of her life following the negotiated plea in Lake County court. She was also sentenced to 18 months of periodic imprisonment, but she won't serve any jail time if she completes her probation,...

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    Model train display:

    The Grayslake Heritage Center & Museum will host a limited engagement model railroad display from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26 from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27.

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    MHS fall jazz concert:

    Mundelein High School’s instrumental music department will present it fall jazz concert on Thursday, Oct. 24, at 7 p.m. in the MHS Auditorium at the school, 1350 W. Hawley St.

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    Trash old drugs in Lincolnshire:

    You can safely trash old prescription drugs on Saturday, Oct. 26, in Lincolnshire.

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    Tri-Cities police reports
    Cody M. Meyer, 19, of Burlington, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and having an obstructed windshield after a traffic stop at 3:56 p.m. Monday at Railroad and South streets near Burlington, according to a sheriff’s report.

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    Rubin returns to public service in Buffalo Grove

    Brian Rubin is back in public service. Rubin, a former Buffalo Grove village trustee, has been appointed by the village board to the Police and Fire Commission. He replaces Harold “Sonny” Lukatsky, who served on the board for seven years.

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    Steve Lundy/slundy@dailyherald.com The Stanley Cup will be on display Saturday at the Trickster Art Gallery in Schaumburg. The gallery, the only Native American owned arts institution in the state, helps the Blackhawks organization educate the public about the history of the team’s name and logo.

    Stanley Cup visiting Schaumburg’s Trickster Art Gallery

    The Trickster Art Gallery’s relationship with the Chicago Blackhawks will pay dividends for hockey fans this weekend by offering them a chance to get up close with the Stanley Cup while reliving some of the highlight’s of last season’s championship run. The gallery, the only Native American owned and operated arts institution in the state, will host the Cup from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, along...

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    Schaumburg library staff members win state honors

    Three staff members of the Schaumburg Township District Library were honored this week at the Illinois Library Association’s awards ceremony. Young Adult Librarian Amy Alessio received the Young Adult Librarian of the Year award, Young Adult Librarian Katie LaMantia was honored with the Crossman Memorial Award and Literacy Coordinator Pat Barch was presented with the Robert P. Doyle ILA...

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    The Menards store, which has operated for about 20 years at the Oak Creek Plaza shopping center in Mundelein, will close for good on Friday.

    Menards proposal moves forward in Vernon Hills

    Plans for a 223,775-square-foot Menards home improvement store will be moving ahead to the next layer of review. While village officials had questions with some aspects of the plan, they told concerned residents the property near the upscale Gregg's Landing community had been zoned for retail uses since 1988. “If you expect a Deer Park (Town Center) or The Glen, it's just not going to...

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    Preckwinkle: Cook County going after tax dodgers

    Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said Thursday her office is going after businesses and individuals that avoid paying transfer taxes on real estate transactions by undervaluing the property they sell.

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    Frank Russo

    Schaumburg to name street after fallen officer

    Schaumburg officials plan to name a street on the north side of the village in honor of Frank Russo, who in 2008 became the first village police officer to die in the line of duty. The measure is expected to be formally approved next week at the village board meeting.

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    Fees will not increase in the coming year at Cook County forest preserves like Busse Woods.

    Cook Forest Preserve District not raising user fees

    Cook County Forest Preserve officials unveiled a $179 million operating budget Thursday that calls for no user fee increases, no bump in the property tax levy and nine new full-time positions.

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    James Ealy, 49, of Lake Villa, is sentenced to life in prison without parole earlier this month.

    Judge denies motion to reconsider life sentence for Lindenhurst Burger King murder

    Lake County Judge Daniel Shanes denied a request Thursday to reconsider the life sentence imposed against a Lake Villa man convicted of killing his former boss at a Lindenhurst Burger King. Shanes said he was “satisfied the appropriate term of natural life in prison” was correct for James Ealy, 49, in the Nov. 27. 2006 murder of 45-year-old Mary Hutchison of Trevor, Wis.

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    Salsas and other items are seen in the International food aisle of a grocery store in Washington. These days, tortillas outsell burger and hot dog buns; sales of tortilla chips trump potato chips; and tacos and burritos have become so ubiquitously “American,” most people donít even consider them ethnic.

    As U.S. demographics change, so does the menu

    As immigrant and minority populations rewrite American demographics, the nation’s collective menu is reflecting this flux, as it always has. And it goes beyond the mainstreaming of once-esoteric ethnic ingredients, something we’ve seen with everything from soy sauce to jalapenos.

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    DuPage County opposes bill eliminating RTA board

    It's unlikely state lawmakers will vote any time soon on legislation to merge the Regional Transit Authority with the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning. That hasn't stopped DuPage County officials from pushing for the idea to be dropped.

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    What many commuters choking on smog have long suspected has finally been scientifically validated: air pollution causes lung cancer. The International Agency for Research on Cancer declared on Thursday that air pollution is a carcinogen, alongside known dangers such as asbestos, tobacco and ultraviolet radiation.

    WHO agency: Air pollution causes cancer

    What many commuters choking on smog have long suspected has finally been scientifically validated: air pollution causes lung cancer. The International Agency for Research on Cancer declared on Thursday that air pollution is a carcinogen, alongside known dangers such as asbestos, tobacco and ultraviolet radiation.

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    UN: Canadian abducted in February has been freed

    A Canadian lawyer abducted in February while serving with the U.N. observer force in the Golan Heights has been released, the United Nations announced Thursday. U.N. spokesman Martin Nesirky said Carl Campeau is now with the United Nations and “initial indications are that he is in good health.”

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    An international conference on a political solution to the Syrian conflict could take place Nov. 23-24, according to Syrian Deputy Prime Minister Qadri Jamil. This was the first mention of possible dates for the long-delayed gathering.

    Syrian official floats Nov. 23-24 for Geneva talks

    Syria’s deputy prime minister on Thursday floated Nov. 23-24 as possible dates for talks on a political solution to the Syrian conflict, though there’s no agreement on the ground rules for such negotiations and the main Western-backed opposition hasn’t decided whether to attend.

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    The National Security Agency has been extensively involved in the U.S. government’s targeted killing program, collaborating closely with the CIA in the use of drone strikes against terrorists abroad, The Washington Post reported Wednesday Oct. 16, 2013 after a review of documents provided by former NSA systems analyst Edward Snowden.

    Report: NSA and CIA collaborate on drone strikes

    The National Security Agency has been extensively involved in the U.S. government’s targeted killing program, collaborating closely with the CIA in the use of drone strikes against terrorists abroad, The Washington Post reported after a review of documents provided by former NSA systems analyst Edward Snowden.

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    McHenry County Community College will host a job fair Friday at its Crystal Lake campus.

    Job fair Friday at McHenry County College

    A free job fair will be held starting Friday morning at McHenry County College in Crystal Lake.

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    Carpentersville Village President Ed Ritter walks in the crowd wearing traditional Bavarian lederhosen during the 2011 Oktoberfest in Carpenter Park.

    Cyclocross Cup highlights Carpentersville Oktoberfest festivities

    Carpentersville's Oktoberfest will be held Sunday, Oct. 20, in Carpenter Park, highlighted by the Chicago Cyclocross Cup bicycle race series.

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    Newark Mayor Cory Booker defeated Republican Steve Lonegan in a special election to fill the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by the death of Sen. Frank Lautenberg.

    Booker wins NJ Senate seat, says he’s ‘a scrapper’

    U.S. senator-elect Cory Booker said Thursday he’s ready to go to Washington and is not afraid if he “breaks dishes” trying to serve his constituents in New Jersey. Booker, 44, the Democratic mayor of Newark, made the rounds on the morning talk shows a day after defeating Republican Steve Lonegan. His win came after an aggressive two-month race to finish the term of Sen. Frank Lautenberg, who died...

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    House Republicans refuse to let their supposed leader, Speaker John Boehner, steer them toward big policy decisions, leaving him to endure repeated public embarrassments. Yet they rally around Boehner as much as ever, affirming his hold on the speakership Wednesday even as they choked down a Democratic-crafted bill.

    Boehner’s jam: Caucus loves but won’t follow him

    Congress’ debt-and-spending breakthrough crystallized a political contradiction. House Republicans refuse to let their supposed leader, Speaker John Boehner, steer them toward big policy decisions, leaving him to endure repeated public embarrassments. Yet they rally around Boehner as much as ever, affirming his hold on the speakership even as they choked down a Democratic-crafted bill.

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    In this image from House Television, with partial voting totals on the screen, a woman, at the rostrum just below the House presiding officer, seen between the “yea” and “nay” wording, is removed from the House chamber after she began shouting during the vote for the bill to end the partial 16-day government shutdown and to fund the government. The woman was described by lawmakers and aides as a longtime House stenographer.

    House stenographer yells during vote, escorted away

    A woman described by lawmakers and aides as a longtime House stenographer was removed from the chamber during a vote after she began shouting. As she was led into an elevator by security, she was heard to shout, “This is not one nation under God. It never was.”

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    Dawn Patrol: Roskam votes to end shutdown; Larkin Center closing

    Roskam votes to end shutdown, but Hultgren doesn't. Training exercise tonight at O'Hare. Missing Schaumburg woman could be in danger. Larkin Center in Elgin to close Friday. 3 arrested in prescription drug scheme. Lake Zurich District 95 considering development of excessive heat policy. Outdoor hockey coming to Rosemont’s ice rink. Rose scores 22 as Bulls beat Pistons 96-81.

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    Fremd High School graduate Renata Wettermann is making it her mission to improve the quality of life for people in Haiti.

    Fremd grad makes a difference in Haiti

    Those first images of abject poverty in Port-au-Prince, Haiti — each scene teeming with people living without the most basic of human needs — are burned into Renata Wettermann’s memory. The Inverness teen knew right then her life's work would be to help the people of the Caribbean nation. She’s enrolled in the prestigious Rice/Baylor Medical Scholars Program in Houston, an...

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    Since Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg posed for this photo at Facebook headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif., in 2007, his creation knows a lot more personal information about the rest of us.

    The Internet thinks it knows you, but is it right?

    We are not the people the Internet thinks we are. Quick to judgement, the Internet makes assumptions on what we need, what we think and even who we really should be with.

Sports

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    Cuba's first baseman Jose Abreu celebrates after he hits a grand slam in the World Baseball Classic against China in Fukuoka, Japan, on March 4. The slugger reportedly has agreed to terms with the White Sox.

    Big catch for Sox: Abreu reportedly agrees to deal

    According to MLB.com and several other national outlets, the White Sox and slugging first baseman Jose Abreu, a Cuban defector, have agreed to a six-year, $68 million contract, pending a physical.

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    Mike Napoli’s majestic homer began a rare early Boston breakthrough, Junichi Tazawa again bested Miguel Cabrera in a crucial spot and the Red Sox moved within one win of reaching the World Series by edging the Detroit Tigers 4-3 on Thursday night. Boston returns to Fenway Park with a 3-2 lead in the AL championship series. Game 6 is Saturday with the Tigers’ Max Scherzer facing the Red Sox’s Clay Buchholz.

    BoSox a win from pennant after beating Tigers 4-3

    Mike Napoli's majestic homer began a rare early Boston breakthrough, Junichi Tazawa again bested Miguel Cabrera in a crucial spot and the Red Sox moved within one win of reaching the World Series by edging the Detroit Tigers 4-3 on Thursday night. Boston returns to Fenway Park with a 3-2 lead in the AL championship series. Game 6 is Saturday with the Tigers' Max Scherzer facing the Red Sox's Clay Buchholz.

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    Bakary Soumare can help the Chicago Fire clinch a playoff berth this weekend — if some other games also fall into place.

    Fire ready for crazy finish to crazy season

    Nothing has come easy for the Chicago Fire this season, but somehow the Fire has survived and has the chance to clinch a playoff berth Saturday night.

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    Illini fans can get first look at basketball team tonight

    llinois fans can get their first look at the 2013-14 edition of the Illini at Thursday's annual Orange and Blue Scrimmage. But don't expect a high-flying display. The Illini have just four players back from last season's 23-13 team. And coach John Groce says the team isn't ready to do much beyond the basics during the 7 p.m. scrimmage.

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    Chicago Blackhawks' Marian Hossa (81) controls the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the St. Louis Blues in Chicago, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    Blues edge Blackhawks 3-2 in shootout

    T.J. Oshie scored the lone goal in the shootout, Jaroslav Halak stopped all three Chicago shooters in the extra session and the St. Louis Blues defeated the Blackhawks 3-2 on Thursday night.David Backes scored a power-play goal for St. Louis, while Alexander Steen was credited with an even-strength score in regulation in the Blues' first road game.

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    The Blues’ T.J. Oshie scores on Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford for the only goal in the shootout Thursday night at the United Center.

    ‘Awful’ outcome for Blackhawks

    A strong start turned into a fizzle of a finish for the Blackhawks. For the second time in a little more than a week the St. Louis Blues beat the Hawks on Thursday night at the United Center, this time 3-2 in a shootout. “Awful,” Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said in critiquing his team’s performance.

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    Bulls rookie forward Tony Snell drives to the basket during the second half of an NBA preseason basketball game against the Detroit Pistons in Chicago on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013. The Bulls won 96-81. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    Preseason, yes, but Bulls encouraged

    Preseason means little in the big picture, but the Bulls think they have reason to be encouraged by their 4-0 start. Derrick Rose looks like his old self and a tall, versatile lineup is taking shape.

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    Kris Lopez of Lake Park and Bernard Plawinski of Fenton battle for control of the ball during varsity boys soccer in Bensonville, Thursday.

    Hat’s off to Catalano, Lake Park

    Mike Catalano has had plenty of highlight-worthy moments this season for Lake Park. On Thursday he helped coin a new term, “The Sombrero Trick,” as he led the Lancers to a 4-0 victory over host Fenton at Redmond Park in Bensenville. While scoring three or more goals is traditionally referred to as a hat trick, Catalano’s first three-goal effort of the year is going to result in a free burrito, compliments of his goalkeeper, Steven Mack. Hence, its reference as “The Sombrero Trick.”

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

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

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

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    Wheeling wins MSL title

    Wheeling’s 37-year wait for a boys soccer conference championship trophy came to an end late Thursday night at Barrington Community Park. But it certainly didn’t come easily. Juan Hernandez steered in his sixth-round spot kick to deliver the game-winner, giving the Wildcats (17-1-2) their first-ever Mid-Suburban League boys soccer title with a 2-1 victory over Barrington via shootout in the 37th MSL Cup.

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    Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch (24) tries to avoid Arizona Cardinals inside linebacker Daryl Washington (58) during the second half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

    Wilson, Lynch lead Seattle past Cardinals, 33-22

    Russell Wilson threw for three touchdowns, Marshawn Lynch rushed for 91 yards and the Seattle Seahawks beat the Arizona Cardinals 33-22 on Thursday night. The Seahawks (6-1) intercepted two of Carson Palmer’s passes, converting both into touchdowns, and sacked him seven times, twice by Chris Clemons, who had been questionable for the game with a hyperextended elbow.

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    Lakes’ Edwards itching to get back in

    In college at Western Michigan, Lakes quarterback TJ Edwards will likely play safety. And that sits just fine with him, considering he grew up playing defense. But for now, Edwards is still a quarterback and he wants to enjoy his final days under center. Problem is, he’s also under strict orders. And those orders, from his doctor, have him sidelined.

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    Thoughts with Valacak on Fremd senior night win

    TJ Strong. That was worn on T-shirts with orange ribbons Thursday night by all members of the Fremd and Palatine girls volleyball coaching staffs to honor Fremd special education teacher TJ Valacak, who is battling leukemia. Fremd avenged a loss at Palatine earlier this season with a 25-18, 25-17 triumph but volleyball was secondary on this night when thoughts were with Valacak and his family. Prior to the match, Vikings coach Curt Pinley took the microphone and stated that the volleyball community wanted to show its support and looked forward to having Valacak back teaching and coaching soon.

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    St. Edward coach Mike Rolando talks to members of his team last week. The Green Wave can clinch a playoff berth with a win tonight at Marian Central.

    Scouting Week 8 in the Fox Valley

    Scouting Week 7 football games in the Fox Valley.

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    Lake Zurich finishes perfect Lake run

    Lake Zurich’s girls volleyball team had multiple reasons to celebrate Thursday night. Mallory Parsons pounded 14 kills, and Kristen Walding added 35 assists and 8 kills, as the Bears capped a perfect run through the North Suburban Lake Division with a 25-18, 21-25, 25-16 win over visiting Mundelein on senior night.

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    Scouting Week 8, Northwest

    Here's a look at the Week 8 football matchups featuring teams from the Mid-Suburban League plus St. Viator, Maine West, Leyden and Christian Liberty.

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    The return of cornerback Charles Tillman should help the Bears’ defense do what it does best: take the ball away.

    Take-aways key for Bears’ maligned defense

    The Bears' maligned defense has performed well when it comes to taking the ball away, and it has been effective stopping the run, which will be an advantage Sunday against the Redskins' bruising running back Alfred Morris and elusive quarterback Robert Griffin III.

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    Is Sharp headed to the Olympics?

    Winger Patrick Sharp has Blackhawks assistant coach Ken Hitchcock, an assistant with Canada’s Olympic team, firmly in his corner when it comes to making the squad for the Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia next February. “I think he’s a guy who is obviously on the watch list close,” Hitchcock said Thursday. “He’s a guy that you trust on the ice. So there’s a trust factor, especially from me."

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    Grayslake Central shuts out Hampshire

    Joey Mudd netted a pair of goals, as Grayslake Central’s boys soccer team shut out host Hampshire 3-0 in its Fox Valley Conference Fox Division finale Thursday night.Steven Anderson also scored, while Leo Orozco had 2 assists for Grayslake Central (14-2-2, 6-0), which clinched the FVC Fox championship Tuesday.Evanston 3, Warren 2: Karl Bappert scored both goals for the Blue Devils (10-5-7) in the nonconference match.Huntley 4, Vernon Hills 0: Eduardo Gonzalez scored twice, and Niko Mihalpoulos had a goal and 2 assists, as the Red Raiders hit the 20-win mark.Huntley (20-2-1) led 3-0 at halftime.Stevenson 0, New Trier 0: Jeremy Klaber made 11 saves in goal, as Stevenson earned a draw in the nonconference match.

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    Football: Scouting Week 8, Lake County

    Here's a look at Week 8 of the high school football season involving North Suburban Conference teams plus Carmel, Grayslake Central and Grayslake North.

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    Libertyville’s Macey Neubauer swims the breaststroke during the 200-yard medley relay during Thursday’s meet against at Libertyville.

    Medley relay victory lifts Libertyville

    Mundelein won the vast majority of the battles in Thursday’s North Suburban Conference girls swimming meet at Libertyville. But the only race the Wildcats won is becoming their main event. They showcased it again while piling up second- and third-place finishes en route to an intense 94-91 victory. Freshman Meredith Robbins, sophomores Macey Neubauer and Staci Herchenbach and senior Sophia Lex took first in the 200-yard medley relay in 1:50.16 - just .22 seconds above state qualifying. And they already hit 1:49 in a dual a couple of weeks ago and are looking to get in the 1:48 range when they swim against Stevenson next week.

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    Girls volleyball/Fox Valley roundup

    Bri Reum had 12 kills and Ashley Oandasan added 6 Thursday night to lead the South Elgin girls volleyball team to a 25-23, 25-20 Upstate Eight Conference crossover win against Larkin.Adrianna Loiacana added 19 assists for the Storm (16-10).For Larkin, which played without injured top hitter Brianna Stewart, Olivia Kofie had 11 kills, 4 aces adn 16 digs. Danielle Newquist added 7 kills and 8 digs and Natalie Kofie had 10 assists for the Royals (16-18).Cary-Grove d. Dundee-Crown: Kayli Trausch had 7 kills and Delaney Bayer 7 digs to lead the Trojans (18-14, 7-4) to a 25-23, 25-15 win in the Fox Valley Conference Valley Division. Meghan Seymour added 24 assists for C-G. Lauren Lococo (5 kills), Frankie Cavallaro (14 assists), Kaylee Sommers (7 digs, 2 aces) and Franki Scarpelli (6 digs) led Dundee-Crown (9-14, 2-9).IC Catholic d. Harvest Christian: Sydney Doby had 20 kills and 15 digs but Harvest came up just short in nonconference action, 26-24, 23-25, 25-18. Mikayla Robinson added 9 kills for the Lions (16-9), while Ellie Burzlaff had 9 kills, 8 digs and 3 aces and Jade Martinez added 26 assists and 10 digs.Grayslake Central d. Hampshire: Erin Foss had 13 kills and 10 digs and Julianna Gass 29 digs in Hampshire’s 20-25, 25-15, 25-19 FVC Fox loss. Jen Moerke (11 digs), Sara Finn (10 digs) ansd Brittany Laffin (7 digs, 22 asssists) also contributed for the Whip-Purs.

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    Fremd’s Grace Kneller is all smiles after her victory in the 100-meter freestyle against Barrington at Fremd on Thursday.

    Focused Fremd tops Barrington

    Fremd had the emotional edge and used it on Thursday in Palatine as the Vikings delivered an impressive 110-73 victory over Barrington in a meeting of the top two girls swimming and diving teams in the Mid-Suburban League. The outcome clinches a second straight Mid-Suburban West title for the Vikings, who won all five of their divisional meets.

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    The safety issue can’t be masked

    When dealing with athlete safety, nothing should be off the table. Before scattering the field again, “Eyes on Five” first looks outside the box in taking on the task of reducing the number of football player concussions.

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    Geneva’s Joseph Boenzi gets a slap on the helmet after congratulating teammate Pace Temple on his touchdown last month against St. Charles North, one of four straight wins for the Vikings.

    Scouting this weekend’s Tri-Cities football games
    A roundup of Week 8 high school football games for the Tri-Cities coverage area

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    Crystal Lake South’s Hannah Wilson, center, gets revved up with her teammates during a victory over Huntley at Crystal Lake on Thursday night.

    Crystal Lake South keeps rolling

    With the Fox Valley Conference Valley Division outright championship already clinched, you might have thought Crystal Lake South’s girls volleyball team would have a letdown. Forget about it. The motivated Gators, on Senior Night, cruised past Huntley 25-20, 25-16 in FVC Valley action Thursday at The Swamp. Crystal Lake South, 26-2 overall, moves to a perfect 11-0 in conference action. A win Tuesday against Prairie Ridge would give the Gators a perfect slate in FVC Valley play.

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    Mundelein receiver/cornerback Chance Lindsey has used football to install self-discipline and is a favorite among his teammates and classmates because of his positive attitude and relentless work ethic.

    Mundelein’s Lindsey meets adversity with a smile

    Mundelein receiver cornerback Chance Lindsey has faced more than his fair share of adversity, but he's managed to turn a stiff upper lip into countless smiles through the most difficult challenges of his life.

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    Rivals reconvene in sectional tests

    Warren’s Karyna Bihel and Alex Mella didn’t have to wait long to see Lake Forest’s Elizabeth and Christina Zordani after last weekend’s meetings for North Suburban Conference girls tennis singles titles. Whether Bihel and Mella actually see the same Zordani again in head-to-head matches depends on what happens in this weekend’s Antioch sectional. The first two rounds of play start at 2 p.m. today with Bihel and Mella as 3-4 seeds and the Zordanis as the top two seeds. The quarterfinals begin at 9 a.m. Saturday at Lakes to determine the four singles and doubles qualifiers to the Oct. 24-26 state tournament. They will be followed by the semifinals and title and third-place matches.

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    Marmion QB Krueger again raising money for LivingWell

    Inspired by thoughts of his late grandmother, Marmion senior quarterback Brock Krueger has become a veteran charity fundraiser.

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    Boys soccer/Fox Valley roundup

    Huntley 4, Vernon Hills 0: Eduardo Gonzalez scored twice, while Niko Mihalopolous added a goal and 2 assists to lead the Red Raiders (20-2-1) to a nonconference win. David Pardo also scored for Huntley, Angel Sanchez had an assist and Austen Emery and Tommy Helm shared time in goal, with neither being called on to make a save.Grayslake Central 3, Hampshire 0: Andy Pederson had 15 saves in goal for the Whip-Purs (5-15-1, 0-6) in their Fox Valley Conference Fox Division loss.

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    Scouting Mid-Suburban League girls cross country

    Here's a look ahead to Saturday's Mid-Suburban League girls cross country meet at Willow Stream Park in Buffalo Grove.

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    Scouting Mid-Suburban League boys cross country

    Here's a look ahead to Saturday's Mid-Suburban League boys cross country meet at Willow Stream Park in Buffalo Grove.

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    Prospect golfer Ally Scaccia tees off on the fourth hole during the Buffalo Grove sectional Monday, when she helped power the Knights to a team berth in the weekend’s Class AA state tournament.

    Proven Prospect takes another swing downstate

    It’s been a remarkable season for Prospect’s girls golf team. Now, the Knights hope for a remarkable finish at the Class AA state girls golf finals at the Hickory Point Golf Course in Decatur.

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    Bears running back Matt Forte is on pace for 1,179 rushing yards, a total he only exceeded during his rookie season in 2008.

    Looking back seems to have helped Trestman

    Quarterback Jay Cutler isn't the only Bears player whose history was studied by coach Marc Trestman in an effort to put together an offense that took advantage of what each individual does best.

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    Minnesota Vikings' Adrian Peterson talks to reporters the day after his son's funeral service, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, in Eden Prairie, Minn. Peterson was in Sioux Falls, S.D., on Wednesday for the private service for the boy, who died last week in an alleged case of child abuse. Peterson said he didn't know the child was his until about two months ago and had been working with the boy's mother to support the family financially and meet the boy, whose name was Tyrese Robert Ruffin. (AP Photo/Star Tribune, David Brewster) ST. PAUL OUT MINNEAPOLIS-AREA TV OUT MAGS OUT

    Peterson attended son’s funeral on Wednesday

    EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Two months ago, around the time the Minnesota Vikings were losing their second preseason game, Adrian Peterson was given some surprising news.The star running back says he found out then he had a 2-year-old son living in Sioux Falls, S.D., named Tyrese Robert Ruffin. He had been working with Tyrese’s mother to arrange a meeting with the boy when he received a call last week that the child was in the hospital with severe injuries.Peterson raced to South Dakota last Thursday, where he saw little Tyrese for the first time. The boy died a day later in an alleged case of child abuse, and Peterson has been trying to come to grips with it ever since. Peterson attended Tyrese’s funeral Wednesday and returned to Minnesota for practice on Thursday. His voice wavered when he discussed Tyrese publicly for the first time, trying to grapple with mourning the death of a son he never got to know. “I was planning on seeing him. I had a talk with his mom and we got some things together as far as financially helping her,” Peterson said. “Unfortunately, this situation took place. It’s devastating.”A man the boy’s mother was dating, 27-year-old Joseph Patterson, is being held on charges of aggravated assault and aggravated battery. Tyrese died after Patterson was arrested, and prosecutors plan to convene a grand jury to consider more serious charges. “It was a difficult day, just taking in the circumstance and the whole situation,” Peterson said of the funeral. “A child was buried. That’s difficult for anyone.”Peterson played against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, rushing for 62 yards on 10 carries in a 35-10 loss, and he plans to play against the New York Giants on Monday night. It’s been a theme for Peterson for nearly his entire life — football has been a refuge in difficult times ever since he was a youth.“A lot of people won’t ever understand the situation that I’m in and see it the way I’m seeing the situation,” he said. “It’s tough, but I’m able to deal with that and got a good supporting cast around me that’s been supporting me through this tough time.”Peterson thanked his teammates and the Vikings organization for their support. “They’ve been great, organization, teammates, they’ve been supporting me as well,” he said. “I can’t tell you how many calls I’ve gotten and texts from the guys up top in the organization and players just making sure that I’m OK and I’m doing well.”He has always prided himself on finding the positivity even in the darkest of times — and now he finds himself searching again. “I’m standing strong, man. I am,” Peterson said. “My main focus has been on my son and their family down there in Sioux Falls. Just trying to wrap my head around things and trying to stay focused and play ball as well. So things have been tough, but I can handle a lot. I’m built for anything that comes my way. This right here will pass.”Peterson said he has been in touch with authorities in South Dakota to stay on top of the proceedings and didn’t expect to miss any more time this season to deal with the situation.“I have the contacts that I need to be able to stay involved as far as the investigation,” he said. NOTES: Peterson only practiced on a limited basis on Thursday because of a sore hamstring. ... K Blair Walsh (left hamstring), S Harrison Smith (turf toe on left foot) and CB A.J. Jefferson (right ankle) did not practice.

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    Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has made life tough on fantasy football owners with inconsistent performances in his last three games.

    Flip-flopping can cause major headaches

    Flip-flopping players in fantasy football lineups is often a bad idea. John Dietz has been preaching against the practice for years, but see which player has caused one of his teams to flop thanks to his constant flip-flopping.

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    George LeClaire/gleclaire@dailyherald.com Hampshire quarterback Nick Mohlman (16) directs the offense agianst Grayslake North. The Whip-Purs can secure their first playoff berth since 2008 with a win at home Friday over Johnsburg.

    Hampshire ready to make community proud

    A celebration five years in the making is poised to erupt in football-fervent Hampshire. The resurgent Whip-Purs (5-2) can seal their first playoff bid since 2008 with a win against visiting Johnsburg (1-6) Friday at 7:15 p.m. “I’m sure there will be a lot of emotions flowing if we get this one on Senior Night in possibly our last home game,” said linebacker Damon Mull, who averages a team-best 13 tackles per game.“It will be the craziest thing,” said tackle Mike Gibas, who was in seventh grade when Hampshire last reached the playoffs. “It’s safe to say it will be a great experience. I’m just sad to say I don’t know that feeling already.”

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    Texas Rangers CEO and President Nolan Ryan wipes his eye during a news conference announcing his retirement from the ballclub Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013 in Arlington, Texas. Ryan will step down at the end of this month. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

    Nolan Ryan retiring as CEO of Texas Rangers

    Nolan Ryan is leaving the Texas Rangers again, stepping down as CEO role 20 years after ending his Hall of Fame career as a pitcher. In what the team had called a retirement, Ryan said Thursday that he is resigning as chief executive of the Rangers in a move effective at the end of this month.

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    Texans starting Keenum at QB vs Chiefs

    Case Keenum, who hasn’t played in a meaningful game since he was in college back in January 2012, will start at quarterback for the Houston Texans this Sunday in one of the tougher environments in the NFL.

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    Tampa Bay bench coach Dave Martinez, shown here with manager Joe Maddon, right, has interviewed for the Cubs managerial opening. He played for the Cubs and the White Sox.

    Cubs have a long talk with Rays’ Martinez

    Former Cubs player Dave Martinez returned to Wrigley Field Thursday to interview for the club's managerial position. This may have marked the end of Phase 1 of team president Theo Epstein's search for a new dugout boss to replace the fired Dale Sveum.

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    Tony Durns of Waubonsie Valley is nailed by Eli Tappin of Neuqua Valley during the Neuqua Valley vs. Waubonsie Valley football game at North Central College Friday.

    Scouting this weekend’s DuPage County football games
    The top Week 8 high school football games for the DuPage County coverage area

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    NFL defense latest to join Bullen’s football resume

    Charlie Bullen chuckled about his lofty status in the Fremd football record book when it came to chucking the football. “The key to that is not to throw a lot of passes,” Bullen laughed of ranking fifth in program history for single-game completion percentage at 85.7 in 2002 against Elk Grove. Now, Bullen’s job is to make sure some of the best quarterbacks on the planet — famed names such as Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Andrew Luck and Ben Roethlisberger — don’t have the time to complete a large percentage of their passes. Bullen is in his second year with the defensive coaching staff of the Miami Dolphins and currently works with their defensive linemen.

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    Game video: St. Viator vs. Marian Catholic
    St. Viator takes on Marian Catholic Friday in Week 8 action. Follow the game here with video from High School Cube, then come back later for the replay and highlibhts.

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    Game video: Stevenson vs. Lake Forest
    Stevenson takes on Lake Forest Friday in Week 8 action. Follow the game here with video from High School Cube, then come back later for the replay and highlibhts.

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    Game video: West Chicago vs. Neuqua Valley
    West Chicago takes on Neuqua Valley Friday in Week 8 action. Follow the game here with video from High School Cube, then come back later for the replay and highlibhts.

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    Game video: St. Edward vs. Marian Central
    St. Edward takes on Marian Central Friday in Week 8 action. Follow the game here with video from High School Cube, then come back later for the replay and highlibhts.

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    Game video: West Aurora vs. Naperville North
    West Aurora takes on Naperville North Friday in Week 8 action. Follow the game here with video from High School Cube, then come back later for the replay and highlibhts.

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    Game video: Waubonsie Valley vs. East Aurora
    Waubonsie Valley takes on East Aurora Friday in Week 8 action. Follow the game here with video from High School Cube, then come back later for the replay and highlibhts.

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    Game video: Marmion vs. Aurora Central Catholic
    Marmion takes on Aurora Central Catholic Friday in Week 8 action. Follow the game here with video from High School Cube, then come back later for the replay and highlibhts.

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    Game video: Libertyville vs. Lake Zurich
    Libertyville takes on Lake Zurich Friday in Week 8 action. Follow the game here with video from High School Cube, then come back later for the replay and highlibhts.

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    Game video: St. Charles North vs. Larkin
    St. Charles North takes on Larkin Friday in Week 8 action. Follow the game here with video from High School Cube, then come back later for the replay and highlibhts.

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    Game video: Schaumburg vs. Fremd
    Schaumburg takes on Fremd Friday in Week 8 action. Follow the game here with video from High School Cube, then come back later for the replay and highlibhts.

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    Game video: Hinsdale Central vs. Oak Park-River Forest
    Hinsdale Central takes on Oak Park-River Forest Friday in Week 8 action. Follow the game here with video from High School Cube, then come back later for the replay and highlibhts.

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    Game video: Glenbard East vs. Lake Park
    Glenbard East takes on Lake Park Friday in Week 8 action. Follow the game here with video from High School Cube, then come back later for the replay and highlibhts.

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    Game video: Geneva vs. Metea Valley
    Geneva takes on Metea Valley Friday in Week 8 action. Follow the game here with video from High School Cube, then come back later for the replay and highlibhts.

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    Game video: Benet vs. Marist
    Benet takes on Marist Friday in Week 8 action. Follow the game here with video from High School Cube, then come back later for the replay and highlibhts.

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    Game video: Downers Grove North vs. Proviso West
    Downers Grove North takes on Proviso West Friday in Week 8 action. Follow the game here with video from High School Cube, then come back later for the replay and highlibhts.

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    Game video: Barrington vs. Palatine
    Barrington takes on Palatine Friday in Week 8 action. Follow the game here with video from High School Cube, then come back later for the replay and highlibhts.

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    Photo courtesy of Chicago Blackhawks As part of Hockey Fights Cancer Night at the United Center on Saturday, the Chicago Blackhawks will wear one-of-a-kind warm-up jerseys, while coaches and broadcasters will wear lavender ties, all of which will then be autographed and auctioned off online.

    Hawks to auction off jerseys to fight cancer

    In support of cancer awareness, the Chicago Blackhawks will host “Hockey Fights Cancer Night” at the United Center on Saturday, and players will wear one-of-a-kind warm-up jerseys while coaches and broadcasters will wear lavender ties, all of which will then be autographed and auctioned off online. Jack O’Donoghue, a 9-year-old from Carol Stream who is battling Burkitt Lymphoma, will perform the ceremonial puck drop before the game.

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    Citizens for Conservation will host Make A Difference Day activities from 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 26. Come help collect or clean the seed of native plants.

    Citizens for Conservation to host Make A Difference Day

    Citizens for Conservation will be a host site for Make A Difference Day, the nation’s largest day of community service, on Saturday, Oct. 26.

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    Detroit starting pitcher Doug Fister hugs pitching coach Jeff Jones after the sixth inning during Game 4 of the American League Championship Series against the Boston Red Sox. The Tigers won 7-3 Wednesday night at home.

    Images: Game 4 of the ALCS
    Images from Wednesday's game between Detroit and Boston. The Tigers won 7-3 to tie the American League Championship Series at 2-2.

Business

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    Indiana lawmakers said Wednesday they plan to re-examine a deal that will keep the Amtrak line between Indianapolis and Chicago running for at least another year.

    Indiana to seek better deal on Amtrak line to Chicago

    Indiana lawmakers said Wednesday they plan to re-examine a deal that will keep the Amtrak line between Indianapolis and Chicago running for at least another year. Indiana Republican Gov. Mike Pence and local leaders signed off on a measure Tuesday that would use state and local taxes to cover the cost of operating the line.

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    Illinois joins program to train veterans for jobs
    The state of Illinois is joining with community colleges and manufacturing companies to train veterans for in-demand careers. Gov. Pat Quinn announced the program, known as the Get Skills to Work coalition, on Wednesday.

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    The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is asking for residents to help identify priorities for the management and protection of the Lake Michigan coastline.

    IDNR wants input on Lake Michigan plan

    The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is asking for residents to help identify priorities for the management and protection of the Lake Michigan coastline. The department says the input will be used to guide the direction of the state's coastal management program over the next three to five years, and will also help hone funding priorities.

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    Illinois Department of Transportation Director Ann Schneider

    Area planning committee to vote on Illiana tollway

    The fate of a proposed $1.3 billion expressway being pushed by the governors of Illinois and Indiana could be determined Thursday by a planning agency that has criticized the project as an expensive boondoggle.

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    Plans for Lake Michigan camp draws opposition

    A plan to turn part of a camp owned by Presbytery of Chicago along Lake Michigan in western Michigan into luxury home sites is being opposed by some nearby residents and past campers.

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    Ten years into its $8 billion airfield overhaul, Chicago's O'Hare International Airport is opening a second new runway that officials say will begin to ease the hub airport's congestion and eliminate delays that ripple around the country's air system.

    New runway to start easing delays at O'Hare

    Ten years into its $8 billion airfield overhaul, O'Hare International Airport has opened a second new runway that officials say will begin to ease the Chicago hub airport's congestion and eliminate the flight delays that have a ripple effect across the country.

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    An Illinois-based investment trust has bought a New Orleans hotel for $74.5 million. Inland American Lodging Group says Loews Hotel & Resorts will continue to manage the 285-room Loews New Orleans Hotel.

    Illinois trust pays $74 million for Loews New Orleans Hotel
    An Illinois-based investment trust has bought a New Orleans hotel for $74.5 million. Inland American Lodging Group says Loews Hotel & Resorts will continue to manage the 285-room Loews New Orleans Hotel.

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    Jeff Boundy, left, president and senior lender at Cornerstone National Bank & Trust Company, economist Robert Genetski and Tom MacCarthy, chairman and CEO at Cornerstone, were part of Thursday’s 10th annual economic forecast held in Palatine.

    Economist: Lack of economic freedom leads to efficiency decline

    Economic forecaster Robert Genetski told about 400 business leaders Thursday that the erosion of economic freedom has led to a sharp decline in US efficiency at a breakfast sponsored by Cornerstone National Bank & Trust Company.

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    Capitol Visitor Center tour guide Mary Ellen Anderson, of Alexandria, Va., calls over a group of visitors for the start of a tour on Capitol Hill on Thursday in Washington. While government services were returning to normal Thursday, the damage done by the 16-day partial government shutdown has yet to be determined.

    How gov’t shutdown squeezed corners of U.S. economy

    The full economic effect of the 16-day partial government shutdown will take months to tally. But it’s already clear it left its footprints in key areas of the economy. Spending at chain retail stores fell 0.7 percent last week. Mortgage applications dropped 5 percent. Auto sales slumped about 2 percent.

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    U.S. stocks rose, sending the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index to a record, as speculation grew that the Federal Reserve will maintain the pace of stimulus after Congress ended the budget standoff.

    S&P 500 reaches all-time high after U.S. debt deal

    The stock market hit an all-time high Thursday as Wall Street put the government shutdown and debt ceiling crisis behind it and focused on corporate earnings. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 11.61 points, or 0.7 percent, to close at 1,733.15 — a record close.

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    This Xenex robot uses ultraviolet light to kill more germs than many traditional cleaners.

    NCH to get robots to further sterilize rooms for patient safety

    Starting next week, Arlington Heights-based Northwest Community Healthcare joins three other Illinois medical facilities by using robots to sterilize patient and surgical rooms. The new Xenex robots, expected to make their debut Tuesday at NCH, use pulsed xenon ultraviolet light that is 25,000 times more powerful than sunlight to quickly destroy harmful bacteria, viruses, fungi, and bacterial spores.

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    Do you want a piece of Houston Texans running back Arian Foster? A brokerage company is about to sell stock in the NFL star running back, gambling on his moneymaking potential.

    IPO to give investors a stake in NFL running back

    A new brokerage is offering sports fans a chance to bet on the moneymaking potential of star athletes. The unorthodox and risky opportunity kicked off Thursday with an IPO filing proposing to sell stock for a stake in the future income of the Houston Texans’ Arian Foster, one of the top running backs in the National Football League.

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    Mount Prospect restaurants get liquor licenses

    The Mount Prospect Village board approved two new liquor licenses this week for restaurants. Yupin Thai Kitchen is at 1652 W. Algonquin Road, and M I Restaurant at 1742 E. Kensington Road.

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    United Neighborhood Organization reports SEC probe

    Officials of United Neighborhood Organization say Illinois' largest charter school operator is being investigated by the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Chicago Sun-Times reports an UNO spokesman says the organization's charter-school network last month received a request for documents from the SEC.

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    Facebook is now allowing teenagers to share their posts on the social network with anyone on the Internet, raising the risks of minors leaving a digital trail that could lead to trouble. The change announced Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013 affects Facebook users who list their ages as being from 13 to 17.

    Facebook to let teens share with bigger audience

    Facebook is now allowing teenagers to share their posts on the social network with anyone on the Internet, raising the risks of minors leaving a digital trail that could lead to trouble. “Teens are among the savviest people using social media, and whether it comes to civic engagement, activism, or their thoughts on a new movie, they want to be heard,” Facebook wrote.

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    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., speaks with reporters after voting on a measure to avert a threatened Treasury default and reopen the government after a partial, 16-day shutdown, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, as Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., chair of the Senate Budget Committee, Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., listen.

    Relief around world as U.S. avoids debt default

    Political leaders, investors and ordinary people Thursday welcomed the end of a U.S. government shutdown but already were looking ahead to the next round of a budget battle that brought the world’s biggest economy close to default and threatens Washington’s international standing.

Life & Entertainment

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    British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor plays Solomon Northup, a free black man who was abducted and sold into slavery, in “12 Years A Slave.”

    A pronounced rise for Ejiofor in '12 Years'

    Chiwetel Ejiofor arrived, he thought, prepared for the first day of shooting “12 Days a Slave.” To play Solomon Northup, Ejiofor had studied Northup's memoir, visited plantations and learned how to, as Northup did, play the violin. But all that work could scarcely ready him for the intense reality of performing a slave's labor in a Louisiana summer. “Then you're there on the first day and it's 108 degrees and you're picking cotton,” says Ejiofor. “How is that accomplishable? I don't know how to do this without delirium setting in."

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    Easy steps for homeowners to protect against carbon monoxide

    Carbon monoxide kills hundreds of homeowners every year and sickens thousands more. Installing a few inexpensive alarms can prevent tragedy.

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    Cleaning and organizing your laundry room

    Laundry day doesn’t have to be all washed up! Here are some super ideas for upgrading your laundry area to make it a breeze to use.

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    Filming of “Transformers 4” in Hong Kong was briefly suspended after director Michael Bay fell victim to an extortion attempt in which he was slightly injured, according to media reports and police Thursday.

    Michael Bay hurt in assault on ‘Transformers’ set

    Hollywood director Michael Bay was attacked and injured Thursday on the set of the fourth installment of the “Transformers” movie series currently filming in Hong Kong, police said.

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    IOnly 27 states require or allow epinephrine, a drug used to treat anaphylactic shock, to be available in schools.

    States enact laws to stock epinephrine at schools

    When a third-grade student who had been stung by a wasp developed welts on his neck and had trouble breathing, school nurse Amanda Williams had the necessary dose of epinephrine to counter the allergic reaction. A law Tennessee enacted this year makes it easier for schools to stock the life-saving drug. Fifteen other states enacted similar laws in 2013, joining 11 others that already had them, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.

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    Take time out to be grateful, and your health could improve

    Gratitude is defined as the state of being grateful or thankful. It is an appreciation for receiving personal benefit that was not sought after. The effect of being grateful can improve physical, psychological and even spiritual health. Best of all, it’s free.

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    Aretha Franklin announced Wednesday the preproduction of her new album as she played a few songs for the media in Southfield, Mich.

    Aretha: Side effects ‘were rough,’ glad to work

    Aretha Franklin says “the side effects were rough” from her treatment for an undisclosed condition. The 71-year-old singer sat at a piano Wednesday inside a Westin hotel in the Detroit suburb of Southfield. She sang Etta James’ “At Last” and told reporters she’s “glad to be back in it” — a reference to her music.

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    Ed Lauter, whose long, angular face and stern bearing made him an instantly recognizable figure in scores of movies and TV shows during a career that stretched across five decades, died Wednesday. He was 74.

    Veteran character actor Ed Lauter dies at age 74

    Veteran character actor Ed Lauter, whose long, angular face and stern bearing made him an instantly recognizable figure in scores of movies and TV shows during a career that stretched across five decades, died Wednesday. He was 74. Lauter died of mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer most commonly caused by asbestos exposure, said his publicist, Edward Lozzi. Whether he was an irascible authority figure, a brutal thug or a conniving con man, Lauter’s presence made him all but impossible to miss in any film he was in.

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    A pumpkin can be made into a vase. This one is carved into a likeness of the animated character Jack Skellington from “The Nightmare Before Christmas.”

    Ultra-easy ways to show off pumpkins for Halloween

    When is a pumpkin not a pumpkin? When it’s a jack-o’-lantern, sure, but Halloween’s jolly orange elf can be so much more. “For me, it’s like my favorite time of year when you see them out in the marketplace,” said Marcie McGoldrick, editorial director of holiday and crafts for Martha Stewart Living magazine. Whether outside or at a party, pumpkins are an “icon of the season that people really try to transform every year,” she said.

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    The Wanted — from left, Siva Kaneswaran, Max George, Tom Parker, Nathan Sykes and Jay McGuiness — will be performing and answering students' questions next week at Barrington High School.

    British boy band The Wanted to visit Barrington High

    After viewing a student-made music video set to one of their songs, British boy band The Wanted agreed Wednesday to visit Barrington High School next week. “I'm beyond excited,” said junior Ariana Baldassano, who serves as vice president of the school's video program, 238 Studios. “I can't even explain how I'm feeling right now. I love their music and I think it's a great opportunity for Barrington.”

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    Linda Thompson, “Won’t Be Long Now”

    Linda Thompson’s brand of gloom sounds lovely

    Linda Thompson briefly plays the role of proud parent on her new album, happily slipping into the background while her children sing Anna McGarrigle’s “As Fast As My Feet. It’s a rousing rendition and a rare moment of peppy pop on “Won’t Be Long Now.” With Thompson front and center, doom and gloom dominates the rest of the record — no surprise to longtime fans of Thompson and her ex-husband, Richard.

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    Actress Adelaide Kane plays Mary, Queen of Scots, in the new series, “Reign,” which premieres Thursday, Oct. 17, at 8 p.m. CST on The CW.

    CW’s ‘Reign’ raises Adelaide Kane to TV royalty

    How did Adelaide Kane get from the far western reaches of Australia to be crowned Mary, Queen of Scots? In between Kane’s schoolgirl years in Perth and her starring role on the CW’s “Reign” (premiering Thursday at 8 p.m. CST), there was a teenage stint on the Aussie soap “Neighbours.” Then her ramen-and-odd-jobs struggles in Los Angeles four years ago as she tried to break into the big time. Then she got her hands on a script for “Reign.” The role of Mary Stuart seemed perfect to her, all the more so since Kane’s mother is descended from the House of Stuart. Kane wangled an early audition and was signed without anyone else being looked at.

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    A bullied teenager (Chloe Grace Moretz) with telekinetic powers snaps at the prom in Kimberly Peirce’s remake of “Carrie.”

    Updated ‘Carrie’ remake hits the bully’s eye

    Kimberly Peirce gives us a respectable “Carrie” remake, but it lacks the power and stylistic trimmings of the 1976 original that put Brian DePalma on the map as the heir apparent to Alfred Hitchcock. DePalma’s use of slow motion and intricate camera movements are suggested here, not duplicated by Peirce. But the sharp performances by Chloe Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore compensate nicely.

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    Prison guards looking suspiciously like the Gray Man Group grab inmates Rottmayer (Arnold Schwarzenegger), left, and Breslin (Sylvester Stallone) in the dopey action film “Escape Plan.”

    Plan to ‘Escape’ from this prison sell

    Oh, great. With Mikael Hafstrom’s silly “Escape Plan,” we’ve not only got one of the dumbest action movies ever made, we can barely understand half of the dialogue uttered by its two iconic superstars, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone. They’re inmates stuck in a super secret prison where nobody escapes. Really?

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    Benedict Cumberbatch plays WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in the information-overloaded drama “The Fifth Estate.”

    Cumberbatch boosts fact-based ‘Fifth Estate’ to tolerable drama

    With his stringy, bleached-blond hair sloppily framing near-albino features, Benedict Cumberbatch’s Julian Assange resembles a distant cousin of Draco Malfoy at Hogwarts. Cumberbatch’s elegantly sinister performance as Assange — a character rife with mystery and dark intelligence — almost salvages “The Fifth Estate,” a movie loaded with so much information that there might be a quiz at the end.

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    Lamb (Julianne Hough) befriends a surprisingly compassionate bartender (Russell Brand) in Diablo Cody’s choppy directorial debut “Paradise.”

    Diablo Cody’s ‘Paradise’ is serviceable yet uninspired

    Dann reviews local writer Diablo Cody’s directorial debut “Paradise,” calling it an “engaging collision of heartfelt sentimental sap and cynical, sarcastic rebellion.” This marks a serviceable yet uninspired start for the Oscar-winning writer of “Juno." He also congratulates Northwest suburban winners of the “Say It in Eight” student film contest sponsored by the After Hours Film Society.

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    Patsey (Lupita Nyong’o) pleads with plantation owner Epps (Michael Fassbender) as Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor) stands down in Steve McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave.”

    ‘12 Years a Slave’ a visceral look at America’s dark past

    Part Hollywood biopic, part art house epic, British director Steve McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave” represents a master symphony of talent. Strong direction, excellent actors and incongruously beautiful cinematography meld in the most disturbing and realistic depiction of slavery I have ever witnessed on the silver screen. This powerful movie is based on a 19th-century best-selling autobiography.

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    The Center for Pet Safety conducted a collaborative crash test study to test the effectiveness of popular pet harnesses. All the dummy dogs used to test dog restraint harnesses for the Center for Pet Safety make up a team of what is believed to be the nation’s first instrumented, weighted and correct canine prototypes.

    Crash tests dogs make the world safer for pets

    To make the world safer for pets, Lindsey Wolko had to design an indestructible dog. Two years and hundreds of thousands of dollars later, her nonprofit Center for Pet Safety in Reston, Va., has a set of crash-test dog dummies that were battered, throttled and sent flying to test several car safety restraints.

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    Archaeologists said Wednesday that an excavation about a mile from Stonehenge has unearthed a host of clues about the diet of prehistoric Britons. Among them: A tiny, partially burnt toad bone, which suggests they snacked on amphibians thousands of years before the practice became associated with the French.

    Evidence suggests early Britons ate roasted toads

    Britons sometimes make fun of the French for feasting on frog. But now a new discovery suggests their prehistoric ancestors may have had a taste for toad. The University of Buckingham said Wednesday that a promising excavation near Stonehenge has unearthed a host of clues about the diet of prehistoric Britons. Among them: A tiny, partially burnt leg bone, which suggests the hunter-gatherers living in what’s now known as the United Kingdom snacked on amphibians.

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    Nicki Minaj launches her fashion line at KMART on Tuesday in Los Angeles.

    Minaj channels high-end faves for affordable line

    Nicki Minaj knows celebrities-turned-designers aren’t always taken seriously in the fashion world, but she doesn’t mind. At a launch event Tuesday for her Kmart collection, Minaj said skepticism of stars lacking formal design training is “understandable,” but she insists it’s “not about being a designer.”

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    Toni Preckwinkle, Cook County Board President

    The alluring, but unfinished, saga of Cook County budget

    A Daily Herald editorial says there's much to like in the 2014 Cook County spending plan, but still room for caution.

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    The marvelous middle

    Columnist Kathleen Parker: This just in from a new Esquire/NBC News study: There are more Americans in the vast middle than on either the left or right. Who didn’t know?

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    Public must take lead in crisis
    A Mundelein letter to the editor: Amidst a federal government shutdown and debt ceiling arguments, the effects on the local level are minimized. So long as the status quo remains in balance, the general public is content to go through the motions of everyday life without worry.

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    Autism programs need more attention
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: With election season coming up, I would like to provide a twist in promoting autism awareness to both parties. If a candidate for state or federal offices wants votes from families, spend two days in our shoes taking care of our kids, and then see if we don’t work hard to take care of them.

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    Hillary Clinton should be next president
    A Hoffman Estates letter to the editor: Our country needs a woman president. My first choice would be Elizabeth Warren. But, she doesn’t have the support Hillary has already earned. Hopefully, as president, her advisers would keep her from making gaffes like the fib she told about bullets flying as she got off a plane during the Bosnia conflict.

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    Why isn’t this Page 1 news?
    A St. Charles letter to the editor: Other newspapers are running front page articles on how Obamacare is drastically causing premiums and deductibles to rise for Illinois citizens.I wonder why The Daily Herald hasn’t put this story on the front page.

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    It’s essential to stamp out heroin
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: I applaud DuPage County Coroner, Dr. Richard Jorgensen, in his current campaign to make people aware of the rapid expanding use of heroin and other related drugs in this county, especially by our children. Drugs are rampant in all schools in this country and many times the educators wish to overlook it or sweep it under the table and ignore it.

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    Sharing too tough a lesson for Congress
    A St. Charles letter to the editor: Democrats and Republicans who are too egotistical to give an inch. If you took a group of the true “American public” to settle this issue it would have been resolved months ago.

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    Why I Pass-only at I-90 and Rt. 47?
    A Huntley letter to the editor: Congrats to Illinois Tollway — sort of. To the project managers who handle all that construction, an “A.” That is some project and lookin’ good. To the administration — a “D” for Dumb.

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    Can’t spend money you don’t have
    Can’t spend money you don’t havePeople like Tom Minnerick are not very informed. The Senate has not passed a budget in five years. The continual resolution is not a true budget. By law a budget must be passed every year. Having said that the CR is billions of dollars over what the House and Senate agreed to spend just last year. Seems that most people don’t understand that the U.S. is spending the country into bankruptcy. Just like with personal finances you cannot keep spending money you do not have.Bob GrensElgin

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