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News

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    Emergency crews work at the scene of a train derailment near Gainford, Alberta, Canada, on Saturday. Canadian National spokesman Louis-Antoine Paquin said 13 cars — four carrying petroleum crude oil and nine loaded with liquefied petroleum gas — came off the tracks around 1 a.m. local time about 50 miles (80 kilometers) from Edmonton. The entire community of roughly 100 people was evacuated.

    CN train carrying oil, gas derails west of Edmonton

    GAINFORD, Alberta — Firefighters battling a major blaze after a Canadian National tanker train derailed west of Edmonton, Alberta, on Saturday have decided to withdraw and wait for the flames to burn themselves out. No injuries to people or livestock have been reported.

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    Pam Reilly

    Aurora U. grad named state’s Teacher of the Year

    Aurora University graduate Pam Reilly on Saturday was named Illinois Teacher of the Year. Reilly, a second-grade teacher at Woodbury Elementary School in Sandwich, was selected from 11 finalists recognized at the Illinois State Board of Education’s 39th Annual Those Who Excel banquet in Normal.

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    Gop Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas speaks to members of the Texas Medical Association Saturday about the Affordable Care Act.

    Cruz: Senate won’t make same mistake in next fight

    “I am hopeful that in the future the Senate will listen,” Ted Cruz, the tea party favorite and freshman senator from Texas, told a convention in Austin of the Texas Medical Association.

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    Veteran ABC 7 political editor Hugh Hill of Naperville died Friday at age 89.

    Colleagues remember veteran ABC 7 reporter Hugh Hill

    Hugh Hill, the longtime ABC 7 newsman whose booming voice delivered the latest in Chicago politics for more than 30 years, has died at age 89. The Naperville man is being remembered by colleagues for his commanding presence, his encyclopedic knowledge of local politics and his fearless approach to reporting — a job Hill once said he wanted since he was 6 years old.

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    Kilwins Chocolates is coming to Geneva’s Dodson Place at 186 Third St. It is directly across the street from The Little Traveler.

    Another Geneva chocolate shop good for sweet tooth; good for business?

    Dave Heun says there should be no shortage of chocolate stores in Geneva with the annoucement of a Kilwins opening in Dodson Place. He finds it delightful that another chocolate retailer is going to set up shop on Third Street, but his business side wonders if that retail area really needs another.

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    A full-size, regulation basketball court was built inside Michael Jordan’s Highland Park mansion in 2001 to his exacting specifications. It features specially cushioned hardwood flooring, adjustable backstops and baskets, and competition-quality, high-intensity lighting.

    Michael Jordan mansion up for auction: Read what's in it

    Michael Jordan has been unable to sell his sprawling estate north of Chicago despite amenities that include a gentleman’s retreat, nine bedrooms, a pool pavilion and an indoor basketball court. He even knocked the price down to $21 million. Still, no takers. So, he’s putting his longtime residence in Highland Park up for auction next month.

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    Former Houston Oilers coach Bum Phillips

    Notable deaths last week

    Former Oilers coach Bum Phillips; Former Speaker of the House Tom Foley; longtime Republican Rep. C.W. Bill Young and the man who helped spread Gummi Bears throughout the world, all among people of note who passed away last week.

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    Lillie Danzy, center, mother of escaped inmate Charles Walker, with her husband Jeff Danzy, to her left, and attorney Rhonda Henderson, right, listen as she makes a plea Saturday for her son to turn himself in to authorities. The two men were later captured.

    Official: Florida escapees captured

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The head of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement says authorities have captured the two prisoners who were released by phony documents.

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    While the BART transit system employees are on strike, people wait in a line two-blocks long to board a charter bus headed to Oakland, Calif., in San Francisco.

    Two BART workers killed by train
    Associated PressWALNUT CREEK, Calif. — Police from the San Francisco Bay Area’s rapid transit system say two employees performing maintenance have been struck and killed by a train.Saturday afternoon’s accident on a track in Walnut Creek comes amid a strike by Bay Area Rapid Transit workers that has shut the system down. But some trains were being moved by managers.

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    Meg Poulelis, left, and other social media experts at the marketing agency FleishmanHillard monitor online chatter Tuesday about the Affordable Care Act at a command center in Chicago. Poulelis leads the social media team for the Get Covered Illinois marketing campaign, which uses Twitter, Facebook and YouTube to convince young people to buy health insurance.

    Sources: 476,000 Obamacare applications filed

    Administration officials say about 476,000 health insurance applications have been filed through federal and state exchanges, the most detailed measure yet of the problem-plagued rollout of President Barack Obama’s signature legislation.

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    Jacob Thorby of Schaumburg gives a smooch to the Stanley Cup, which was on display at the Trickster Art Gallery in Schaumburg Saturday.

    Schaumburg Stanley Cup viewing also a history lesson

    A Saturday viewing of the Stanley Cup at Trickster Art Gallery in Schaumburg also acted as a history lesson into Native American culture and the man who inspired the Chicago Blackhawks logo. “Blackhawk is an individual and he was a veteran and a leader,” said Joseph Podlasek, the gallery’s chief operating officer and an Itasca resident from the Ojibwe tribe.

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    Teen found with fetus in bag appears in NYC court

    NEW YORK — A New York City teen who authorities say was caught with a fetus in her bag at a lingerie store has pleaded not guilty to shoplifting charges.

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    Football and baseball legend Bo Jackson talks to students during a pep rally Friday at the Arlington Heights campus of Robert Morris University. The school unveiled its new athletic convocation center.

    Robert Morris U. unveils new gym with Bo Jackson's help

    What had been an aging gym and football field at an Arlington Heights alternative high school has been transformed into a mecca for a growing private university’s athletic programs. Robert Morris University embarked this year on an $11.5 million athletic facilities improvement project at the Arlington Heights campus it shares with Forest View Alternative School at 2123 S. Goebbert Road. And...

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    Barb Lemme, owner of Liberty Tree Antiques in Glen Ellyn, folds up one of several quilts she had on display at the 39th annual Fox Valley Antiques Show at the Kane County Fairgrounds on Saturday. The one-of-a-kind stuffed quilt behind her dates from the 1860s or 1870s. The fruit is stuffed with cotton and applied to the quilt. Lemme has been an exhibitor at the show for several years.

    Antiques show in St. Charles a glimpse into American past

    A hand-hammered copper pot here, a mortar-and-pestle set there. “One day you turn around and you realize you are a collector,” said Wheaton resident Jim Hoff, shortly after buying a $70 copper pot at the Fall Fox Valley Antiques Show Saturday. Hoff and wife Maureen Murphy were at the show at the Kane County Fairgrounds in St. Charles looking for items to help fill a new addition to their home.

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    Associated Press/Aug. 26, 2013 Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif pauses during a joint press conference in Islamabad, Pakistan, with Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

    U.S. quietly releasing $1.6 billion in Pakistan aid

    The U.S. has quietly decided to release more than $1.6 billion in military and economic aid to Pakistan that was suspended when relations between the two countries disintegrated over the covert raid that killed Osama bin Laden and deadly U.S. airstrikes against Pakistani soldiers.

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    Joshua DuBois, an informal spiritual adviser to President Barack Obama, crosses a street Wednesday in Washington. “I’ve certainly seen the president’s faith grow in his time in office,” said DuBois.

    Out of the spotlight, Obama nurtures his faith

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is not an overtly religious man. He and his family rarely attend church, and he almost never elaborates in public about his own relationship to his Christian faith.

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    Duke, left, and Chance, two beagles from Fox River Grove, came dressed as little monsters and were the overall winners of a costumed pet parade held Saturday at Randhurst Village and sponsored by the Daily Herald. The parade kicked off the free Hoots and H’owls Halloween event.

    Costumed canines the stars of Randhurst pet parade

    For a few moments, 30 dogs got to be celebrities during a costumed pet parade held Saturday at Randhurst Village inMount Prospect. The inagural contest kicked off the malls' Hoots and H'owls event at the mall.

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    Rescue personnel work around the debris of a small plane which crashed in a field in Marchovelette, Belgium on Saturday.

    Belgian plane crashes with parachutists; 11 dead

    Minutes after the aircraft took off from a small airfield near the city of Namur, witnesses saw part of a wing break off, sending the plane into a spiraling nosedive and crash in a field close to Fernelmont town, said its mayor, Jean-Claude Nihoul. The skydivers and their instructors “were not able to jump out,” Nihoul said.

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    Relatives of nine Lebanese Shiite pilgrims who were kidnapped by a rebel faction in northern Syria in May 2012, flash victory signs Saturday as they celebrate news of their relatives release, in a suburb of Beirut, Lebanon.

    Turkish, Lebanese hostages home after release deal

    The release of the Turks and the pilgrims is part of a negotiated hostage deal that includes freeing dozens of women held in Syrian government jails.

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    Round Lake High School homecoming king Devonaire Daley and queen Lourdes “Lulu” Reyes ride in the school’s homecoming parade Saturday.

    Special couple selected as homecoming royalty at Round Lake High

    The homecoming king and queen at Round Lake High School this year are special needs students from the life skills program. "For our student body it's really not about who the best athlete is or the most popular. It's about who is the most deserving," said Principal Donn Mendoza.

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    An oarfish that washed up on the beach near Oceanside, Calif.

    New 14-foot ‘sea serpent’ found in California

    Oceanside police contacted SeaWorld San Diego, The Scripps Research Institute and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Someone from NOAA retrieved the carcass, which was cut into sections for later study.

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    Chimney fire damages Streamwood townhouse

    Streamwood officials are investigating a Saturday night townhouse fire on Acorn Drive that caused about $20,000 damage.

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    Roger A. Rollo

    Missing Naperville man found in Wisconsin

    A missing Naperville man has been found in Kenosha, Wis., and is in touch with his family. Police had been looking for him for a few days. He was last seen locally leaving for work early Tuesday morning.

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    Vehicles that plunged down during the collapse of the upper car park level lie amidst the rubble below, viewed from the basement car park, at the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya. The attack on the Norfolk Hotel, popular among foreign tourists, on New Year's Eve, 1980, preceded the Sept. 21, 2013 assault on the Westgate Mall in Nairobi by a generation but then as now, a city landmark was hit, Kenyan and foreign civilians died, leaders pledged to stop it happening again and talk turned to recovery.

    Kenya mall attack echoes 1980 hotel bombing

    Flames and smoke, the whoop of sirens, the flicker of ambulance lights and uniformed men shouting in darkness. These are my childhood memories of the chaotic aftermath of a hotel bombing in Kenya's capital on New Year's Eve, 1980.

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    Police officers and paramedics inspects the debris of a commuter train that slammed into the end of the line when arriving to Once central station early this morning in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013. Paramedics rescued scores of wounded commuters. According to Security Secretary Sergio Berni, they are still evacuating the wrecked train, making that impossible to say immediately why the train failed to stop, crashing through the bumper at the end of the line.

    Argentine commuter train slams into station, again

    An Argentine commuter train slammed into the end of the line Saturday morning at the same station in Buenos Aires where 52 people were killed in a similar crash last year. This time there was no immediate report of deaths, but at least 58 people were injured.

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    Vivian Vosburg is brought in to the Polk County Jail Booking area by Sheriff Deputy McKinney Friday Oct. 18, 2013, in Bartow Fla. She was arrested at her home in Lakeland Fla. and was to be charged with two counts of Child Abuse with bodily harm and four counts of Child Neglect. Vosburg's charges are not connected to the case involving her daughter, Guadalupe Shaw, of Lakeland, who was charged Tuesday along with Katelyn Roman, 12, with felony aggravated stalking. Guadalupe Shaw and Katelyn Roman are accused of taking part in online and in-person bullying that preceded the suicide of Rebecca Sedwick, 12. She jumped to her death Sept. 10 from the top of an abandoned cement silo in Lakeland.

    Stepmom of teen accused in Fla. bullying arrested

    The stepmother of a 14-year-old accused of bullying a Florida girl prior to her suicide was arrested and charged with child abuse after a video depicting the woman beating a boy was posted on Facebook, a sheriff said Friday.

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    ABC and Univision's love child bursts to life

    The long-awaited DNA exchange between ABC and Univision emerges from the test tube this month, aiming to stretch the limits of traditional network programming. The English-language television network, called Fusion, will target millennial Hispanics and their BFFs as it attempts to capitalize on a generation for which cultural fusion is the norm and digital media is king.

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    Webcasts allow student discussions of Gettysburg

    Two live webcasts being offered by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will allow students to join the discussion of the 150th anniversary celebration of the Gettysburg Address.

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    Peoria County judges to test computers in court

    Peoria County is moving one step closer to a paperless courtroom as judges test the new $7 million upgrade to the court records system.

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    Lindenhurst code violations could be sent to hearing officer

    Lindenhurst likely will team with Lake County to hear property maintenance and other code violations. Rather than going to traffic court, those who contest citations can make their case before a hearing officer in an informal setting. "It's a much better venue than circuit court," said Police Chief Kevin Klahs.

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    Hoffman Estates board voting Monday on four new taxes, one new fee

    If four proposed new taxes and one proposed new fee are passed during Monday’s village board meeting, Hoffman Estates residents can expect to pay around $100 more to the village per year, officials say. “We very quickly decided we were not going to look at property taxes,” Village Manager Jim Norris said. So new taxes in part target nonresidents, too.

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    Boogie, a chocolate Labrador owned by Jerry Butts, outside the Downtown YMCA after he was awarded a medal for finishing Evansville Half Marathon in Evansville, Ind.

    Dog that crashed race dies a week later

    A dog that became an Internet sensation after crashing an Indiana half marathon has died just a week after receiving a medal for completing the race.

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    Bill Davies holds out the keys to his 2013 Corvette outside of the Decatur Earthmover Credit Union, which helped him finance the vehicle.

    Decatur man already on fifth new car of year

    Everybody likes that new car smell. But Bill Davies of Decatur not only likes it, he’s addicted to it. At the last count, and it’s difficult to keep up, he’s driving his fifth new car for 2013. In 2012, he changed his ride twice (that he remembers), and he did it multiple times in 2011. “How many vehicles have I had in the last four or five years?” the 65-year-old asks of himself. “Oh, probably,...

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    Small fire in Round Lake Park doused quickly

    Firefighters quickly extinguished a small fire Friday afternoon at a house in Round Lake Park, authorities said.

Sports

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Montini handles weakened Aurora Christian

    Back in August, even late-September, Montini-Aurora Christian was a marquee football game. It’s not so funny how injuries can change things.

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    Wisconsin running back James White (20) rushes for a touchdown against Illinois' Eaton Spence (27) and Jonathan Brown (45) during the first quarter.

    No. 25 Wisconsin, Gordon crush Illinois 56-32

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Melvin Gordon rushed for 142 yards and three touchdowns to lead No. 25 Wisconsin to a 56-32 rout of Illinois on Saturday.Gordon topped 1,000 yards for the season on a 13-yard touchdown run in the third quarter that put the Badgers (5-2, 3-1 Big Ten) up 42-17. He finished the chilly, 40-degree night with 1,012 yards for the season.Gordon's touchdown capped the second of two bruising, third-quarter drives that put Illinois away. Running back James White finished the first with a 2-yard touchdown pass from Joel Stave.Before the drives, Illinois (3-3, 0-2) found ways to claw back from an early 21-0 deficit and trailed 28-17 at halftime.Quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase led Illinois with 249 yards passing. Steve Hull caught six passes for 105 yards.

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    Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook (7) and center Brandon Pirri (37) celebrate after Pirri scored a goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs during the second period.

    Kostka bites hand that fed him in Hawks win

    On a night that should have belonged to Dave Bolland, it was Blackhawks defenseman Mike Kostka muscling his way into the picture against his old team. Kostka stunned his former Toronto teammates with his first NHL goal and it turned out to be the game-winner as the Hawks beat the Maple Leafs 3-1 at the United Center on Saturday.

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    Schaumburg gets 20th victory

    The Schaumburg girls volleyball team picked up its 20th win of the season Saturday as the Saxons went 2-3 at the Glenbard East Autumn Classic.Kiana Lewis (38 kills), Oyinkan Akinola (22), Abbie Rahn (18) and Jada Blackwell (8) led the attack for the Saxons (20-13). Blackwell handed out 54 assists while Megan Hayes had 28.

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    Notre Dame quarterback Tommy Rees throws a pass as Southern California linebacker Devon Dennard closes during the first quarter Saturday in South Bend, Ind.

    Rees throws for 2 TDs, Notre Dame beats USC 14-10

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Tommy Rees threw two touchdowns before leaving the game with an injury and Notre Dame snapped a five-game home losing streak to USC with a 14-10 victory on Saturday night.Rees was 14 of 21 passing for 166 yards with TD throws to Troy Niklas and TJ Jones in the first half. Rees left the game when he was sacked by USC linebacker Lamar Dawson in the third quarter and didn’t return. USC managed just 121 total yards of offense in the second half. After converting both third-down conversions on their opening scoring drive, the Trojans went 0-of-11 the rest of the game. The Irish (5-2) beat the Trojans (4-3) for the third time in the past four games, after losing the previous eight straight, but won at home for the first time since Pete Carroll’s first year as USC coach in 2001. USC won last week in Ed Orgeron’s first game as interim coach following Lane Kiffin’s dismissal, but this is the earliest the Trojans have three losses since starting that 2001 season 2-5.In only the third night game at Notre Dame Stadium in the past two decades, there were mistakes and attrition by both teams. Marqise Lee, who sat out against Arizona with a sprained knee, had two catches for 18 yards in the first half but didn’t play in the second half. Silas Redd, the Penn State transfer who missed the first five games with a knee injury, got the bulk of the carries in the first half with leading rusher Tre Madden out with an injured hamstring, but had just two carries five yards in the third quarter. He finished with 19 carries for 112 yards.With Rees out, the Irish attempted just four more passes and none of them was close as the Irish could only muster 47 yards of offense in the second half. Cam McDaniel led the Irish rushing game with 92 yards on 18 carries. USC’s Cody Kessler was 20-of-34 passing with an interception, with Nelson Agholor catching six passes for 39 yards. USC also was hampered by 11 penalties for 95 yards and Andre Heidari missed field goals of 40 and 46 yards, leaving him 2-of-7 on field goals of 30 yards or more this season.Both teams squandered scoring opportunities in the first half. The USC defense was the first to come up big as safety Su’a Cravens was unblocked and tackled McDaniel for a 3-yard loss on fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line. The Trojans responded with a 96-yard touchdown drive, with Redd rushing for 40 yards on six carries.The Irish tied the game on a 7-yard scoring pass from Rees to Niklas, his fifth touchdown catch of the season, tying him for second with Tyler Eifert in 2011 and Ken MacAfee in 1975 for scoring catches in a season by a tight end. The Trojans blew a chance to take a lead when Heidari missed a 40-yard attempt wide right early in the second quarter.Agholor returned a 47-yard punt by Notre Dame 48 yards to the Notre Dame 25, with another five yards added on because Notre Dame lined up in an illegal formation on the punt. But after Kessler threw an 11-yard pass to Lee, the Trojans had to settle for a 22-yard field goal.The Irish took the lead with a 91-yard drive on five plays, highlighted by two runs by McDaniel. On the first, he started right and cutback left for a 24-yard spinning run to the Notre Dame 41. After an incomplete pass, McDaniel cut left again for a career-long 36-yard run to the 11. Jones, who was shaken up two plays earlier, then caught an 11-yard TD pass to give the Irish their first halftime lead at home against USC since the “Bush Push” game in 2005. Notre Dame running back Amir Carlisle, who played as a kick returner for the Trojans against Notre Dame two years ago, is believed to be just the second person to play on both sides of the rivalry. The other was Speedy Hart, who played for Notre Dame in the “Green Jersey Game” in 1977 and for USC in 1980. Carlile finished with three carries for 12 yards.

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    Mancari lifts Wolves to OT victory

    The Chicago Wolves began this season’s Amtrak Rivalry series with an overtime win Saturday night, topping the Milwaukee Admirals 3-2 at the Bradley Center. Mark Mancari scored twice, including the game-winning goal in overtime, to propel the Wolves (3-3-0-0) over the Admirals (2-0-2-0). Wolves goalie Jake Allen (3-1-0) stopped 30 shots.

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    Blackhawks left wing Brandon Bollig celebrates after teammate Michael Kostka scored a goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs during the second period of an NHL hockey game on Saturday.

    Blackhawks may be dull, but they’re not bad

    The Blackhawks are 5-1-2, which is remarkable when you consider what they’ve endured since the beginning of last season. And they aren’t playing bad hockey so there should be no panic. At times they are simply playing dull hockey, lacking intensity and sometimes wisdom.

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    Anibaba, Fire have plenty to celebrate

    Jalil Anibaba figured he had enough reason to celebrate Saturday night. “You can’t ask for a better birthday than that,” the 25-year-old right back said after a 1-0 Fire victory against Toronto FC at Toyota Park.

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    Rolling Meadows nets win No. 20

    The Rolling Meadows girls volleyball team earned its 20th win of the season on Saturday when it went 3-2 and took third place honors at the Elgin tournament. Lauren Sokolowski (23 kills, 35 digs, 8 aces), Jenny Vliet (31 kills, 44 assists), Ashley Montanez (28 kills, 6 blocks), Grace Skorin (48 digs) and Sami Kay (16 digs) were among the statistical leaders for Meadows (20-14).

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    St. Viator’s Gattone gets it done with fourth-place tie

    St. Viator’s Dana Gattone saved her best for last. Making her fourth trip to the state finals, the Illinois-bound senior shot a 74 on Saturday to finish in a tie for fourth in the Class AA state girls golf tournament at Hickory Point Golf Course in Decatur. Gattone’s two-day score of 149 placed her behind Neuqua Valley’s Jessica Yuen (142), Waubonsie Valley’s Bing Singhsumalee (146) and Loyola’s Isabelle Kane (146), who shot a 4-under par 68 on Friday.

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    Vernon Hills receiver Robby Nardini celebrates as he crosses the goal line against host Round Lake on Saturday.

    The claws come out for Vernon Hills

    Four touchdowns and 28 points in a single game probably doesn’t qualify as prolific for most offenses. But for Vernon Hills, it felt like the floodgates opened Saturday afternoon at Round Lake. In a season in which the Cougars haven’t seen the end zone much, a 35-21 North Suburban Conference Prairie Division victory over Round Lake was a welcome change of pace.

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    Drew Dahlman of Westminster Christian celebrates along the sidelines after a successful onside kick against Christian Liberty Saturday.

    Images: Christian Liberty vs. Westminster Christian, football
    The Westminster Christian football team hosted the Christian Liberty football team on Saturday, October 19th, in Elgin.

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    Dundee-Crown claims crown at Elgin

    The Dundee-Crown girls volleyball team went 4-1 Saturday and won the championship of the Elgin tournament.The Chargers defeated Leyden, Elgin, South Elgin and Rolling Meadows and lost to Highland Park.Kaily Moll (19 kills, 9 blocks), Ashley Raby (17 kills, 7 blocks), Frankie Cavallaro (11 kills, 48 assists, 20 digs) and Breanna Novak (23 digs, 11 kills, 3 aces) led the Chargers to the title.Also contributing for D-C (13-15) were Kiana Mays (11 kills, 6 digs), Kaylee Sommers (22 digs, 4 aces), Gina Pagano (10 digs) and Franki Scarpelli (10 digs).South Elgin also went 4-1, losing only to Dundee-Crown. The Storm beat Rolling Meadows, Highland Park, Leyden and Elgin.Katie Innis (60 digs, 4 aces), Bri Reum (36 kills, 20 digs, 8 aces), Renne Rush (39 kills, 29 digs, 4 aces), Adrianna Loiacono (97 assists, 23 digs) and Sarah Hallas (13 kills, 14 blocks) led South Elgin on the day. The Storm is now 20-11, tied for the best season in school history.The host Maroons went 0-5 in the tournament, losing to Highland Park, Rolling Meadows, Dundee-Crown, Leyden and South Elgin.Taylor Hedl (41 digs), Tanya Welch (41 assists), Melanie Berg (21 kills) and Abby Pierre-Louis (16 kills) led Elgin.At Autumnfest: Crystal Lake South finished third at the Glenbard East Autumnfest, losing only to Glenbard West. The Gators (30-3) beat Barrington, Providence, Downers Grove North and Waubonsie Valley. Cassy Sivesind (113 assists, 16 digs, 5 aces), Nicole Slimko (27 kills, 12 blocks, 18 digs), Avalon Nero (27 kills, 26 digs, 5 aces), Carly Nolan (57 kills, 36 digs, 7 blocks), Tori Falbo (32 digs) and Hannah Wilson (29 digs) led CL South in the tournament. Nolan was named to the all-tournament team.At Lincoln-Way Central: Burlington Central went 2-3 at the L-W Central Autumn Knights Invite, beating Oak Lawn and Andrew but losing to Plainfield Central, Lincoln-Way Central and T.F. South. Allie O’Reilly (82 digs, 6 aces), Maddy Barry (70 assists, 23 digs), Makenna Jensen (23 kills, 16 blocks), Lauren Wiltsie (23 kills, 6 aces), Jenna Schudel (26 kills), Ally DeTamble (33 digs) and Katie Seibert (12 kills, 6 aces) led the Rockets (22-11) in the tournament.At Bradley-Bourbonnais: Harvest Christian’s Sydney Doby eclipsed the 1,000 kill mark for her career in leading the Lions to a fourth-place finish and a 4-1 record at the Bradley-Bourbonnais Invite. Doby, who was named to the all-tournament team, had 71 kills, 53 digs and 6 aces as the Lions beat Urbana, Manteno, Moline and Lincoln and lost only to Washington. She now has 1,022 career kills. Mikayla Robinson (24 kills), Jade Martinez (3 aces, 4 kills, 138 assists, 33 digs), Ellie Burzlaff (8 aces, 19 kills, 5 blocks, 13 digs) and Shayna Manusos (8 aces, 38 digs) also contributed for Harvest.

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    St. Charles East, Neuqua Valley claim UEC titles

    In the almost 15 years since St. Charles split into two high schools the Saints boys cross country team had never won a conference championship — until Saturday. The Saints scored 43 points to edge Batavia by a single point and win the Upstate Eight Conference River Division title at Leroy Oakes in St. Charles. “The program is going up in a big way,” said St. Charles East coach Chris Bosworth noting the Saints also won the frosh-soph River title. “It’s nice. “Kudos to Batavia. They pushed us. We knew it was going to be a battle. They are a good team. We are a much improved team. There is still some work to be done.”

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    St. Charles N. takes 9th at state

    FORSYTH — Chris Patrick has witnessed first-hand the evolution of girls prep golf over the last decade-plus at St. Charles North. “We were hoping to shoot under 650 (for a two-day total coming into the tournament),” Patrick said Saturday afternoon after St. Charles North improved its second-day total by 3 shots to place ninth in the 12-team field of the Class AA state tournament at Hickory Point Golf Course.

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    Shanahan taught a young Cutler plenty in Denver

    Jay Cutler learned a lot in his first three years in the NFL from Mike Shanahan when they were together in Denver. Cutler will try to put that knowledge to use against Shanahan's Washington team today at FedEx Field.

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    West Aurora’s Stefancic repeats sectional title

    During the championship match against Kaneland’s Sam Schrepferman Saturday at the West Aurora sectional, Emily Stefancic would occasionally let out a “Let’s Go!” or “Now!” to herself. Stefancic used her intensity and ability to outlast her opponent on many rallies for a 6-2, 6-4 victory. Stefancic won all eight sets she played at the sectional; Oswego East’s Jaiere Harlsow came the closest in the semifinals with a 7-5 loss. It was the second straight sectional title for the senior who finished runner-up in the sectional her first two years at West Aurora.

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    Connor James Albrecht of Westminster Christian celebrates a touchdown catch in the first half during Christian Liberty at Westminster Christian football Saturday.

    History for Westminster Christian

    Those involved with Westminster Christian's inaugural football season will remember Saturday afternoon forever. The Warriors rallied from an early 9-0 deficit to defeat Christian Liberty Academy 33-28 in a battle between scrappy, winless Northeastern Athletic Conference teams. “It feels so good. It's an emotional moment,” said senior Clay DeHaan, who threw the go-ahead 53-yard, halfback option touchdown pass to freshman Scotty Graziano on the first play of the third quarter. “As a senior I'm leaving, but a lot of these guys have a couple of more years. To be the foundation for that is an awesome feeling. It's great to finally get a win.”

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    Kevin Sherman/ksherman@dailyherald.com ¬ St. Charles East girls volleyball head coach Jennie Kull shouts to her team during the final moments of their loss to Cary-Grove during their girls volleyball supersectional game in St. Charles on Saturday night.

    Kull wins 500th at St. Charles East

    Former St. Charles athletic director Wayne DeMaar hired Jennie Kull to coach girls volleyball at St. Charles 17 years ago. “I promised him I would win a state title within five years,” Kull said, recalling the interview.

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    Geneva's Emma Hazel and Margo Hess embrace after winning the match vs. St. Charles East and qualifying for state in the sectional on Saturday, October 19.

    Geneva nets 1st sectional since 2006

    A week ago, Geneva's girls tennis team swept the singles competition but still placed third to St. Charles East and Batavia in the highly competitive Upstate Eight Conference River Division tournament. On Saturday, the Vikings were the ones celebrating after they captured their first sectional title since 2006 at St. Charles East.

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    Prospect senior Ally Scaccia swings away during Friday’s first round of the Class AA girls golf state tournament in Decatur. The Knights won their second state championship in three seasons by topping runner-up Loyola on Saturday.

    Prospect returns to golf’s pinnacle

    Since Prospect High School opened its doors in 1957, there had been only one girls sports team to win a state title. That was coach Jim Hamann’s girls golf team in 2011. Hamann’s girls proved Saturday they are still hitting the best shots in the state. The Knights brought home the school’s second girls state title on Saturday night after winning the Class AA crown at the Hickory Point Golf Club in Decatur. Led by Kiley Walsh (tie for fifth with a 150), Ally Scaccia (seventh with a 151) and Noreen Caporusso (tie for eighth with a 152), Prospect outdueled Loyola 612-621 to win the top prize.

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    Blackhawks left wing Bryan Bickell (29) scores a goal past Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Jonathan Bernier (45) and defenseman Paul Ranger, top left, during the second period Saturday in Chicago.

    Bickell keys Blackhawks’ 3-1 win over Maple Leafs

    Bryan Bickell sparked Chicago’s big second period with his first goal of the season, helping the Blackhawks beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-1 on Saturday night. Brandon Pirri added a goal and an assist for the Blackhawks, who have won four of five.

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    Hinsdale Central wins state championship

    Hinsdale Central did not have to endure a half-century plus between boys golf state championships. Fifty-two weeks was the wait this time as the Red Devils shot the best team score for the second straight day to capture its fifth title in program history Saturday at The Den at Fox Creek. Kenneth Li narrowly missed birdie on the final hole to force a playoff to Glenbrook North senior Brian Ohr, but his 2-under 70 was the foundation of the Red Devils’ 308 team total. Hinsdale Central defended its state championship by 13 shots over New Trier.

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    Geneva, Neuqua Valley take UEC titles

    When describing his sophomore runner McKenzie Altmayer, Geneva coach Bob Thomson said, “you’ll never see her without a smile on her face.” Altmayer had even more reason to smile after an amazing finish Saturday at the Upstate Eight Conference girls cross country meet Saturday at Leroy Oakes in St. Charles. Altmayer passed four runners in the very last part of the race including the last two in her final few strides to win the conference title in 17:50.4. St. Charles North’s Ashley England came in at 17:51.4 and Metea Valley’s Kendall Cast at 17:51.9 — the top three runners within 1.5 seconds of each other.

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    Weber 2nd, Burlington C. settle for 4th at state

    Matt Weber assumed he was left with no choice but to be aggressive on his final green of the boys Class 2A state golf tournament Saturday at the DA Weibring Golf Club. The Burlington Central senior trailed playing companion Danny Gorman, a Rockford Boylan senior, by a shot for the individual state championship. Reaching the par-4 finishing hole in regulation, Weber, level par for his first 35 holes of the tournament, sent his approach putt six feet past. “I didn’t make the comebacker,” Weber said. Gorman also missed his par putt, but his second consecutive even-par round of 71 gave him a one-shot victory over Weber.

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    Jacobs’ Van Vlierbergen runs to FVC victory

    Even accomplished runners get a little anxious before big races. That was case for the eventual champion in Saturday’s Fox Valley Conference girls cross country meet in Woodstock. “I was really nervous,’’ said Jacobs champion Lauren Van Vlierbergen.

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    McHenry’s Reiser rises to FVC challenge

    That No. 130 in McHenry’s lineup is quite the runner. Jesse Reiser began his cross country career back in sixth grade. And now, five years later, he’s got the quite the racing resume going. “I’ve lost one race this year and won the rest,’’ Reiser said. Add one more win to his record. On Saturday at the Fox Valley Conference meet in Woodstock, his time of 15:30.5 was four seconds ahead of the second-place finisher.

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    Libertyville takes third at Maine West

    Libertyville’s girls volleyball team continues to play well as the state tournament approaches. The Wildcats outlasted Batavia 22-25, 25-22, 30-28 to finish third in Maine West’s pumpkin invite Saturday.

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    Super sectional efforts from Stevenson, Warren

    Stevenson and Warren achieved what many girls tennis teams could only dream of in the sectional tournament. Both teams had all six of their players qualify Saturday for next week’s state tournament. Stevenson won the team title at its own sectional with championships from Zoe Manion at singles and Alexxis Kiven and Kendall Kirsch at doubles. Warren made program history at the Antioch sectional by getting both of its singles players and both of its doubles teams to state.

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    Glenbard West feels good about showing

    Even after top-ranked Mother McAuley made quick work of them, the Glenbard West Hilltoppers had plenty of reasons to hold their heads high while leaving the Autumnfest Volleyball Classic Saturday afternoon at Glenbard East.

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    South Elgin tops Elgin to move on

    Scoring has been a problem for the South Elgin boys soccer team this season, but the Storm may have corrected that problem at the right time. Entering Saturday’s play-in game of the Class 3A Streamwood regional against No. 4 seed and host Elgin, the No. 5 Storm had scored 7 goals in its previous two games. South Elgin added to that as two unanswered goals in the second half lifted the Storm to a 3-1 win over Elgin at Memorial Field.

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    Michigan wide receiver Jeremy Gallon catches a third-quarter touchdown pass from quarterback Devin Gardner over Indiana defensive back Tim Bennett in Michigan’s 63-47 win at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Saturday.

    Michigan beats Indiana 63-47 in shootout

    Devin Gardner set school records with 584 yards of offense and 503 yards passing and matched a Michigan mark with five touchdowns to help the Wolverines outscore Indiana 63-47 Saturday. Michigan (6-1, 2-1 Big Ten) lost two fumbles in the second half that gave the Hoosiers (3-4, 1-2) a chance to win in Ann Arbor for the first time since 1967.

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    Neuqua’s Yuen outduels Waubonsie’s Singhsumalee for state title

    Jessica Yuen and Bing Singhsumalee simply switched roles on the second day of the Class AA girls golf state finals.

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    Cass Goldner of Naperville Central takes a swing during the Naperville North girls tennis sectional Saturday. She was playing with teammate Cindy Liu.

    Naperville Central exceeds expectations

    Naperville Central girls tennis coach Don Bonet expected big things from this year’s Redhawks, but Saturday’s sectional results made it official that the season worked out even better than the coach could have imagined.

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    South Elgin ends Bartlett’s playoff hopes

    Playing the role of spoiler, the South Elgin football team put the pedal to the floor against Upstate Eight Conference Valley Division rival Bartlett at South Elgin on Saturday afternoon. The Storm outgained the Hawks 471-149 in total yards and got 5 TD passes and 2 TD runs from quarterback Rob Cuda (15-for-23, 294 yards) en route to a 46-6 victory to knock Bartlett (3-5, 2-3) out of playoff contention.

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    Lynch’s 316 rushing yards carry Northern Illinois

    Northern Illinois’ Jordan Lynch always is a rushing threat, though he never had a day like this.Lynch rushed for 316 yards, an FBS record for a quarterback, and the 23rd-ranked Huskies stayed unbeaten with a 31-17 victory at Central Michigan on Saturday.Lynch had three rushing touchdowns and was 20 for 30 through the air for 155 yards and another score to help Northern Illinois (7-0, 3-0 Mid-American) extend the nation’s best conference winning streak to 20 games.

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    Barrington reclaims top sectional finish

    Once again, Barrington is a girls tennis sectional champion. After having an impressive streak of eight sectional victories stopped last fall at Highland Park, the Fillies returned to form on Saturday at Lake Park with 28 points. Barrington sent three entrants to the upcoming state tournament, including sophomore singles champion Michelle Linden. The Fillies also sent their top doubles teams — seniors Addie Hirsch and Anna Donoghue (second place) — and junior No. 2 singles player Caroline Levy (fourth place). Fremd mirrored the second-place finish it posted in last week’s Mid-Suburban League tournament with 17 points. Third place was a three-way finish tie between Rolling Meadows, Elk Grove and Lake Zurich at 14 points, as Mustangs seniors Allie and Jackie Kemph earned their second straight sectional doubles triumph.

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    Bears quarterback Jay Cutler runs for yardage during his team’s victory over the New York Giants in Week 6 at Soldier Field.

    Cutler says offense ‘not where we want to be’

    The offense remains a work in progress, and quarterback Jay Cutler says there's room for improvement, but the Bears are averaging 28.7 points per game, third best in the NFL. “We’re still not where we want to be,” quarterback Cutler said. “It’s a process. I think we’re getting better and better. It takes the whole team. We haven’t put together four quarters yet. (But) we’ve made some plays when we had to.”

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    Iowa defensive backs Desmond King, left, and John Lowdermilk, right, break up a pass intended for Ohio State wide receiver Evan Spencer, center, during the second quarter in Columbus, Ohio.

    No. 4 Ohio St. comes back to beat Iowa, 34-24

    No. 4 Ohio State found a way to keep its winning streak alive just in time. Carlos Hyde ran for 149 yards, including 106 yards and two touchdowns in the second half, to lead the Buckeyes to a 34-24 victory over Iowa on Saturday. It was the Buckeyes’ 19th consecutive victory, the most in the nation and tying the second-best streak in school history.

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    Kostka recalls ‘crazy’ Leafs mania in Toronto

    Blackhawks defenseman Mike Kostka was looking forward to Saturday’s game almost as much as Dave Bolland was. Kostka wasn’t wanted back by the Maple Leafs as a free agent last summer after playing 35 games for them last season. Apparently, the Maple Leafs needed to make room for young defensemen Morgan Rielly and Jake Gardiner.

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    A return to winning form for Lake Zurich

    After a one-year hiatus, the Lake Zurich girls cross country team has returned to the top of the North Suburban Conference pack. The Bears’ squad achieved that feat in pretty impressive fashion Saturday afternoon on the 3-mile Camp Henry Horner course hosted by Grant under 53-degree running conditions and even a few rain drops falling during the race. Vernon Hills sophomore Vivian Overbeck (18:50.22) won the race by 13 seconds over runner-up Meaghan Gelinas of Lake Zurich.

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    Vernon Hills confirms winning reputation

    After an incredible five-year run of championships by Lake Zurich, would there be a changing of the guard Saturday afternoon at the North Suburban Conference boys cross country meet? The answer to that question was a resounding yes. Vernon Hills proved it was for real in the 13-team meet by rolling to the team title 57-93 over the runner-up Bears. Warren was a close third with 97 points followed by solid finishes from Libertyville (103 points) in fourth, and Stevenson (122 points) in fifth.

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    Renner’s work leads to fifth-place finish

    Robert Renner has enjoyed quite a bit of success on the ice for St. Viator as a member of the highly regarded Lions hockey team. As a matter of fact, the high-scoring winger led his team all the way to the Blackhawk Cup, the state championship game, as a sophomore. Now a senior, Renner showed Saturday — as he has for the past several years — that he has a ton of talent on the links as well as a flair for the big stage. Once described by Viator boys golf coach Jack Halpin as “the hardest-working athlete I’ve ever seen,” Renner battled the elements at the Den at Fox Creek course in Bloomington to fire an even par 72 at the Class 3A boys golf state championship finals. The outstanding score, coupled with a 74 on Friday in the first day of the meet competition, saw the senior finish fifth individually, just 5 strokes behind medalist Brian Ohr of Glenbrook North.

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    Harper men advance; women bow out

    Goals have been a tough thing to come by this season for the Harper College men’s soccer team — against most opponents, that is.In 11 games, the Hawks have scored 23 goals, and 17 of them came against Harpper’s NJCAA Region IV quarterfinal opponent on Saturday, Milwaukee Area Technical College.Harper (3-8) earned a 7-0 victory to earn a spot in Saturday’s regional semifinal round as Milwaukee Tech ended the season with a 1-10 record.Ÿ The Harper women’s soccer team saw its season come to an end in Glen Ellyn, where College of DuPage prevailed 6-0.The Chaparrals (13-5) are ranked No. 9 in the NJCAA national poll.Harper finished its season with a 5-3 record.

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    Scouting Class 3A boys soccer playoffs / Northwest

    Here's a look at the boys soccer postseason, from the perspective of teams in the Mid-Suburban League plus St. Viator, Maine West and Leyden.

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    Former Boston Celtis’ Bill Russell watches the NBA All-Star Saturday Night basketball competition in this Feb. 16 file photo in Houston. Russell was arrested Wednesday night as he attempted to go through security. Airport spokesman Perry Cooper confirmed Friday night that Russell was cited for having a weapon in a prohibited area. Russell’s gun was confiscated and he was released.

    Bill Russell arrested for carrying gun at airport

    SEATAC, Wash. — Hall of Fame center Bill Russell was arrested this week at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport after Transportation Security Administration officials found a loaded gun in his luggage. Russell was arrested Wednesday night as he attempted to go through security. Airport spokesman Perry Cooper confirmed Friday night that Russell was cited for having a weapon in a prohibited area. Russell’s gun was confiscated and he was released. Russell’s gun was a .38-caliber pistol and was loaded with six rounds, according to a TSA spokesman. He was turned over to Port of Seattle police and there were no disruptions at the airport. The 79-year-old Russell has lived in the Seattle area for decades. He was an 11-time NBA champion with the Boston Celtics and coached the Seattle SuperSonics from 1973-77.

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    Grambling officials meeting after football team forfeits in protest

    Grambling university officials are meeting this weekend in an effort to reach a resolution with disgruntled football players and avoid any more forfeits. University spokesman Will Sutton said Saturday players were given the weekend off but that officials were in touch with some of them by phone. Grambling players refused to travel from their Louisiana campus for Saturday’s game at Jackson State because of issues they have with leaders of the athletic department and the university.

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    Vanderbilt quarterback Patton Robinette (4) scrambles away from Georgia defenders Leonard Floyd (84) and Jordan Jenkins (59) in the third quarter of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. Vanderbilt upset No. 15 Georgia 31-27.

    Vanderbilt rallies, upsets No. 15 Georgia 31-27

    Vanderbilt finally has its first upset of a Top 25 opponent under coach James Franklin, a win that had the Commodores singing with the band and dancing in the end zone. They also likely ended No. 15 Georgia’s faint hopes of a trip back to the Southeastern Conference championship game for good measure, too.

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    From left, Fremd’s Harrison Winter, Barrington’s Konrad Eiring and Jake Herb, Hoffman Estates’s Billy Thomas and Conant’s Zach Dale run side-by-side early during the Mid-Suburban League cross country meet at Willow Stream Park in Buffalo Grove on Saturday.

    All hail Dale, MSL champ Hersey

    Conant’s Zach Dale proved to be a show-stopper on Saturday at the Mid-Suburban League cross country meet at Willow Stream Park in Buffalo Grove. The Cougars junior passed the first mile in the lead group before taking command and pushing the second mile, making separation in the final mile and crossing the finish line first in 14:26 with arms extended. Hersey excelled as well, placing five runners in the top 17 in securing its first team title since 1972 with 50 points and ending Palatine’s streak of MSL titles at 10.

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    Tennessee linebacker Raiques Crump (40), defensive back Michael F. Williams, center, and linebacker John Propst (47) celebrate with fans after their 23-21 victory over South Carolina.

    Vols top No. 11 South Carolina 23-21 on final play

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Michael Palardy lived up to his word.Palardy made a 19-yard field goal as time expired Saturday for a 23-21 victory over No. 11 South Carolina that ended the Volunteers’ 19-game losing streak against ranked opponents. Palardy had predicted such a scenario a day earlier in a conversation with Tennessee coach Butch Jones.“I said, ‘You’ve got the game-winner tomorrow, right?’” Jones said. “And he said, `I got you, Coach.”’The loss may have proved doubly painful for South Carolina, which had a four-game winning streak snapped. Quarterback Connor Shaw left the game after being sacked by Marlon Walls and Daniel McCullers with less than five minutes remaining. South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier said afterward that Shaw had a sprained knee.“I think he sort of got tackled on it,” Spurrier said. “It collapsed under him, he said.”Tennessee (4-3, 1-2 SEC) got into field-goal range on a spectacular 39-yard catch by freshman Marquez North, who snared the ball with his left hand at the South Carolina 26 while being closely covered by cornerback Ahmad Christian down the left sideline. Four consecutive runs by Marlin Lane got the Vols to the South Carolina 2 and set up the field goal. Palardy celebrated his game-winning kick by racing to join his teammates on the sideline closest to the Tennessee locker room, where they gathered to celebrate at about the 15-yard line. They later ran to the other side of the field to celebrate with Tennessee’s band and students.Tennessee coach Butch Jones chest-bumped athletic director Dave Hart on his way off the field. “It meant everything, to be honest with you,” Palardy said. “It’s been a long time coming.”Mike Davis rushed for 137 yards and a touchdown for South Carolina (5-2, 3-2), which erased a 17-7 halftime deficit before falling. Shaw had a touchdown run and a touchdown pass, though he also was 7 of 21 and threw his first interception of the season, ending a string of 177 consecutive passes without getting picked off. “They came out, played fast, did the things we expect them to do,” Davis said. “We just didn’t execute.”Tennessee hadn’t beaten a ranked foe since a 31-13 victory over No. 21 South Carolina on Oct. 31, 2009. But on a day when hundreds of former Volunteers joined the team Saturday in running onto Neyland Stadium, Tennessee finally started playing like the Vols of old. About 250 former Tennessee players, including All-Pro selections Al Wilson and Jamal Lewis, joined the team in going through the “T” and onto the playing field before the game. “I was shaking all those guys’ hands earlier and told them, `We’ve got your back,”’ Tennessee offensive tackle Antonio “Tiny” Richardson said. “We’re trying to get Tennessee back to where it needs to be. I think we took the first step to getting there.”The presence of all those former Vols seemed to inspire Tennessee. Tennessee took a 3-0 lead on a 37-yard field goal that was set up by a targeting penalty on South Carolina safety Kadetrix Marcus that resulted in his ejection. Marcus had hit Alton “Pig” Howard at the end of a 12-yard reception. After Shaw’s 76-yard touchdown pass to Damiere Byrd put South Carolina ahead 7-3 on the first play of the second quarter, Tennessee reached the end zone on its next two series. Justin Worley threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Howard and Neal added a 5-yard touchdown run.“It’s ultimately a matter of belief,” Jones said. “I thought our team took a valuable step forward two weeks ago. It was gut-wrenching, but also our kids believed and they built confidence. Confidence is a powerful thing. Belief is a powerful thing. We’ve pointed to this game for a long period of time.”South Carolina regained the momentum after a gutsy fourth-down call. Shaw scrambled 9 yards for the first down on fourth-and-8 from the Tennessee 45. Shaw capped the drive by pitching right to Mike Davis on third-and-6 for a 21-yard touchdown.

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    Vernon Hills running back Andres Salazar run up field against Round Lake at Round Lake on Saturday, October 19.

    Images: Round Lake vs. Vernon Hills football
    The Round Lake Panthers hosted the Vernon Hills Cougars for football action on Saturday, Oct. 19 in Round Lake.

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    Winner Kaitlyn Ko of Buffalo Grove crosses the finish line during the Mid-Suburban League cross country meet at Willow Stream Park in Buffalo Grove on Saturday.

    Buffalo Grove’s Ko, Palatine rise to the top

    Buffalo Grove’s Kaitlyn Ko barely cracks 5-foot-1, but the Bison sophomore was huge on Saturday at the Mid-Suburban League girls cross country meet. Ko set the pace early in the first mile, extended her advantage in the second and ran unchallenged in the third mile, crossing the finish line in 17:07 to secure the MSL title at Willow Stream Park in Buffalo Grove on a picture-perfect fall morning. Palatine also came up big, thundering to the team title with 43 points. The Pirates placed five runners in the top 14 and seven in the top 16 in dominating the team race from start to finish.

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    Eastern Michigan University fans honor Demarius Reed before an NCAA college football game against Ohio. Reed was Eastern Michigan’s starting running back and was found shot to death on Friday in an Ypsilanti apartment building.

    E. Michigan honors teammate from Simeon shot to death

    It was only seconds after the opening kickoff that the Eastern Michigan football team found a fitting way to honor a fallen teammate. EMU’s Tyler Allen returned the opening kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown against Ohio Saturday at Rynearson Stadium. In doing so, he became the first Eagles player to record a return touchdown since Demarius Reed returned a punt for a score in 2011.

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    Carmel comes up short against St. Patrick

    Carmel’s hard-luck season took another turn for the worse Saturday afternoon in Chicago. The Corsairs saw their effort fall short in a 17-15 East Suburban Catholic Conference loss to St. Patrick at Hanson Stadium.

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    Singles champion Ashley Kosy of Jacobs returns a volley during the Huntley girls tennis sectional Saturday.

    Jacobs’ Kosy prevails in family affair

    For Ashley Kosy, playing in a sectional singles championship match was hard enough. Playing for a title against your cousin is even more nerve-racking.But Kosy didn’t let the situation bother her. The Jacobs sophomore defeated Elgin’s Dahlia Keonavonga 6-4, 6-3 to win Saturday’s Huntley sectional and advance to the state meet next weekend. It is Kosy’s second trip to the state tournament.

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    Bartlett wins regional opener

    Bartlett’s boys soccer team got goals from five different players Saturday to beat Willowbrook 5-2 in the play-in game of the Class 3A Conant regional.

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    Minnesota quarterback Mitch Leidner (7) hands off the ball to running back David Cobb (27) during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Northwestern in Evanston, Ill., Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    Minnesota deals Northwestern third straight loss 20-17

    Ailing head coach Jerry Kill watched from a private box as Minnesota turned two second half turnovers into scores en route to a 20-17 Big Ten victory over Northwestern Saturday afternoon.The Gophers (5-2, 1-2) snapped a two-game losing streak as James Manuel broke a 7-7 tie with a 24-yard third quarter interception return and Chris Hawthorne turned another Wildcat turnover into a 34-yard field goal in the fourth.

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    Aurora Central Catholic wins regional title

    The Aurora Central Catholic boys soccer team finally has a plaque to put on the wall. David Petesch scored the game’s only goal Saturday as the Chargers beat St. Edward, 1-0, to win the Class 1A St. Edward regional championship at Greg True Field. “It’s crazy. None of us have won a regional game before,” said Petesch, a senior. “It’s a pretty big deal. It’s a great moment.”

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    Neuqua Valley scores in a hurry

    Usually if a football team puts together a 12-play scoring drive in just more than two minutes, it is considered to be operating at warp speed.

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    The Citizens of Duloc. from left, are: Row one: Ella Palffy of Arlington Heights, Peyton and Alex Brueck of Montgomery, Sophie Kaegi of Palatine, Zoe Morehead of Mount Prospect, Max Gould of Palatine and Victoria Walsh of Palatine; Row two: Sammi Goodmanson of Arlington Heights, Rose Gould of Palatine, Pragya Malhorta of Palatine, Jackie Podgorny of Inverness, Matt Goodmanson of Arlington Heights, Allison Nakazawa of Palatine, Madalyn Griseto of Elk Grove Village, Jamie Podgorny of Inverness and Kevin Foss of Palatine.

    ArtReach Theatre to stage ‘Shrek, the Musical’

    ArtReach Educational Theatre in partnership with Spotlite Theatrix Production Company is staging “Shrek, the Musical.” Book by David Lindsay-Abaire, based on the DreamWorks Animation feature and book by William Steig, with lyrics by Jeanine Tesori.

Business

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    The exterior view of JPMorgan Chase offices in San Francisco.

    Chase to pay $13 billion in deal with Feds

    JPMorgan Chase & Co. has tentatively agreed to pay $13 billion to settle allegations surrounding the quality of mortgage-backed securities it sold in the run-up to the 2008 financial crisis, a person familiar with the negotiations between the bank and the federal government said Saturday.

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    A violin believed to be the one played by Titanic bandmaster Wallace Hartley goes on auction.

    Titanic violin sells for over $1.6 million

    LONDON — A violin believed to have played on the Titanic before the doomed vessel sank was auctioned for more than 1 million pounds ($1.6 million) Saturday, a fantastic figure which one collector said may never be beaten.The sea-corroded instrument, now unplayable, is thought to have belonged to bandmaster Wallace Hartley, who was among the disaster’s more than 1,500 victims. The story of Hartley’s band, which stoically continued playing on the ship’s deck until the disaster’s final hour, is a memorable part of James Cameron’s “Titanic,” when Hartley and his colleagues are seen playing “Nearer, My God, To Thee” as the passengers around them scream and drown in the icy water.The incredible story, and its heart-rending portrayal in one of the world’s most popular films, likely played a role in pushing the instrument’s price to 900,000 pounds, or past 1 million pounds when the buyer’s premium and tax are taken into account.“It’s a world record for a Titanic artifact,” said Peter Boyd-Smith, a Titanic memorabilia collector at the auction, hosted by Henry Aldridge and Son in the western England town of Devizes. “The only other items that are probably worth that kind of money are the items salvaged from RMS Titanic if they are ever put up for sale and those are in the exhibitions that go around America and Europe. “It may never get beaten.”The violin, with Hartley’s name on it, is believed to have been found at sea with the musician’s body more than a week after the Titanic sank.“Mr. Hartley and the band were very brave people ... standing by their posts to the bitter end,” auctioneer Andrew Aldridge said ahead of the sale.Henry Aldridge and Son said the violin has been subject to numerous tests to check its authenticity since it was discovered in 2006. It said earlier this year that the violin was Hartley’s “beyond reasonable doubt.”The violin, of German make, was a gift from Hartley’s fiancee Maria Robinson, and was engraved with the words: “For Wallace on the occasion of our engagement from Maria.”Andrew Aldridge said the buyer, who bid over the phone, wished to remain anonymous.

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    A sign marks the location of the Bayview Correctional Facility in the Chelsea section of New York. The minimum security women’s facility, which had a capacity for more than 200 inmates, was damaged during superstorm Sandy and is now closed.

    Sandy-damaged prison up for sale

    “You know in the “Ten Commandments,” the way the water is when they part the sea? That’s how the water was coming down,” she recalled as she walked an empty cell block. “It was the river. The river was in here.”

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    BART electrician Jose Riggio, right, joins fellow workers Friday as they picket in Oakland, Calif.

    Train strike clogs San Francisco-area highways

    Weekend BART use is light compared with the workweek, and frustrated commuters Friday said they hoped an agreement could be quickly reached.

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    Kevin Tougas, oil operations manager at the Long Beach Gas and Oil Department talks Thursday, Oct. 3, about operations on one of the four artificial THUMS islands in San Pedro Bay off the coast of Long Beach used for oil drilling, in Long Beech, Calif.

    Offshore fracking goes unnoticed in California

    “How is it that nobody in state government knew anything about this? It’s a huge institutional failure,” said Kassie Siegel, an attorney with the Center for Biological Diversity. “Offshore fracking is far more common than anyone realized.”

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    Google’s Field Trip app highlights points of interest in your immediate area but it’s not for those not keen on sharing their location.

    App reviews: Field Trip, World Bank Finances
    Looking for a quick getaway, but have limited time to research options? Consider Google’s Field Trip app, which runs in the background of your phone and highlights points of interest in your immediate area. World Bank Finances gives a comprehensive view of ongoing and recently closed projects and is part of a greater push from the World Bank to offer more transparency

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    A man touches an LG Electronics’ G Pad 8.3 tablet in Seoul, South Korea. The G2 and the G Pad 8.3, the flagship smartphone and tablet from LG Electronics Inc., are great mobile devices that have fantastic screens, top-end cameras and ample processing power. But making solid devices is not enough to stand apart from the crowd in the ultracompetitive mobile phone market, which probably pushed LG to make some bold design decisions in a bid to differentiate its G series from Samsungís Galaxy line and Appleís iPad mini.

    Review: Button location sets LG’s G2 apart

    Making solid devices is not enough to stand apart from the crowd in the ultra-competitive mobile phone market, which probably pushed LG to make some bold design decisions in a bid to differentiate its G series from Samsung’s Galaxy line and Apple’s iPad mini.For the G2, which was released last month in the U.S., LG moved the power and volume controls to the back of the phone. For the G Pad, which goes on sale in the U.S. next week, LG added a full HD screen, a rarity in 8-inch tablet computers.

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    The updated Windows 8.1. Microsoft released its long-awaited Windows 8.1 upgrade as a free download Thursday. It addresses some of the gripes people have had with Windows 8, the dramatically different operating system that attempts to bridge the divide between tablets and PCs. Windows 8.1 still features the dual worlds that Windows 8 created when it came out last October. It features a touch-enabled tile interface resembling what’s found in tablet computers and there’s the old desktop mode where the keyboard and mouse still reign.

    Developments with Microsoft’s new Windows 8 system

    The launch of Windows 8 a year ago was heralded as the biggest change to the industry’s dominant operating system in at least 17 years. It attempts to bridge the gap between personal computers and fast-growing tablets with its touch-enabled interface. But consumer reaction has been lackluster. An update addressing some of the feedback came out on Thursday as Windows 8.1. Here’s a look at events surrounding Microsoft Corp.’s new system.

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    A plethora of applications from a greater pool of candidates has been the curse of the Internet for recruiters. A handful of technology companies are developing video games and online questionnaires that measure a job applicant’s personality attributes. Shown, commuters last month at Grand Central Terminal in New York.

    Machines to gauge your potential automate HRs

    Machines are now also learning to decipher the most human qualities about you — and help businesses predict your potential to be their next star employee. A handful of technology companies from Knack.it to Evolv are developing video games and online questionnaires that measure a job applicant’s personality attributes. Based on patterns of how a company’s best performers responded in these assessments, the software estimates a candidate’s suitability to be everything from a warehouse worker to an investment bank analyst.

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    Microsoft is planning to launch its long-awaited Windows 8.1 upgrade as a free download on Thursday. It addresses some of the complaints people had with Windows 8, the redesigned operating system released in October 2012 that attempts to bridge the divide between tablets and PCs.

    Review: Windows 8.1 improves, but far from perfect

    I doubt I was the only one who rolled my eyes when I first used Windows 8 a year ago. I found its touch controls and gestures awkward, and I was troubled by how little its primary, tile-based interface could do on its own. Windows is still far from perfect. It continues to come across as a work in progress. But Windows 8.1 shows Microsoft is listening. People who already have Windows 8 will find digital life more pleasant with the update.

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    Twitter adds feature for marketers to schedule their posts

    Twitter Inc. added a feature to let marketers schedule their posts, as the company moves to make it easier for advertisers to use its products ahead of a more than $1 billion public offering. Twitter is trying to make it simpler for advertisers to use its platform, as ad agencies continue experimenting with the microblogging service. Releasing new ad products and features are crucial to Twitter’s ability to increase revenue and achieve profitability, the San Francisco-based company said in its S-1 prospectus, which was made public earlier this month.

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    Sonos Inc. CEO John MacFarlane touches a button on the Play:1 in West Hollywood, Calif. The little brother to the wireless speaker company’s Play:3 and Play:5 speakers packs a big sound in a small package. And thanks to its smaller price tag and a new promotion that lasts through the end of the year, you can now hook up a room in stereo sound for just under $400.

    Review: Sonos Play:1 packs big sound in small unit

    I’ve been looking around for a while for a way to wire up my home for sound, without all the wires. I hadn’t been satisfied with the options, partly because of the high prices. Then I met Sonos’ Play:1. The little brother to the wireless speaker company’s Play:3 and Play:5 speakers packs a big sound in a small package. And thanks to its littler price tag and a new promotion that lasts through the end of the year, you can now hook up a room in stereo sound for just under $400.

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    Tim Davis wears his FitBit, green, and Nike FuelBand, black, devices he uses to track his physical activity and habits. Davis uses several apps and three wearable devices to track his physical activity, vitals and calorie intake. When Davis tipped the scales at 318 pounds two years ago, he bought a Fitbit gadget to track his physical activity and the Lose It! app on his phone to track calories. He bought a Wi-Fi-enabled scale that published his daily weight on his Twitter feed and turned to other apps to track his pulse, blood pressure, daily moods and medications. At one point, Davis said he was using 15 different apps and gadgets, which he said helped him drop 64 pounds by that following year.

    Need motivation? There’s an app for that

    Advancements in wearable body sensors, mobile applications and other gadgets mean that nearly everything we do can be captured, logged and analyzed. And everyday consumers are jumping at the chance to conduct their own experiments — tracking sleep, caffeine intake, kids’ studying habits, household chores, even whether a baby is nursing more frequently on Mom’s left breast versus her right.

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    The RealPlayer Cloud app makes it easy to store and share video across multiple platforms.

    Real makes Apple, Android videos play

    Like Dropbox, Google Drive and Apple’s iCloud, RealPlayer Cloud lets you save your videos to the Internet, where they can be accessed remotely. Unlike those other services, though, it also prepares them for viewing across platforms. You access the service via free apps available in Apple’s App Store for iPhones and iPads and the Google Play store for Android devices, as well as on Windows PCs and Roku’s set-top TV box.

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    Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide product marketing, speaks onstage during the introduction of the new iPhone 5c and 5s in Cupertino, Calif.

    Jobs right as Apple consumers prefer 5s to cheaper iPhone

    Last month, Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook introduced the colorful iPhone 5c, a less-expensive version of Apple’s smartphone, to “serve even more customers” around the world. It turns out people so far are more interested in its pricier, feature-rich cousin, the 5s. Three surveys in the past two weeks said the company’s new high-end model is outselling the 5c by at least 2 to 1.

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    Weighing repairs versus replacement

    Q. I have a ’97 Mazda Protege with 156,000 miles on it. I keep up regular oil changes and the car has been good for the most part. With my recent oil change, they told me both the transmission and a valve gasket are leaking … nothing serious yet; just keep an eye on them.

Life & Entertainment

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    Singer Beyonce performs on her “Mrs. Carter Show World Tour 2013,” on Wednesday at the Vector Arena in Auckland, New Zealand.

    Beyoncé freefalls off building while in New Zealand

    Beyoncé sent herself off the side of a tall building in New Zealand, E! online reported Saturday. The 32-year-old superstar shared some photos on her Instagram account Friday of her about to freefall-jump in Auckland, New Zealand.

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    From left, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” cast members Melissa Fumero, Andre Braugher and Andy Samberg, and co-creators/executive producers Dan Goor and Michael Schur take part in an Aug. 1 panel discussion on the series. Fox said Friday it’s ordering nine more episodes for a full first season of 22 episodes.

    ‘New Girl,’ ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ get post-Super Bowl spots

    Fox says the plum TV slot after the Super Bowl next February will be filled by two of its comedies. “New Girl” and freshman series “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” will air on Fox after the game that’s typically TV’s most-watched program and a big promotional platform for other network fare.

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    Actor Dan Whitney, also known as Larry the Cable Guy, performs two comedy shows at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora on Saturday, Oct. 19.

    Weekend picks: Laugh with Larry the Cable Guy

    Catch the proudly blue-collar comedian known as Larry the Cable Guy (actor Dan Whitney) when he performs two shows Saturday at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora. Get into the spirit of Halloween a bit early at Randhurst Village's “Hoots & H'owls” Halloween Fall Festival in Mount Prospect. Influential English blues guitarist and songwriter John Mayall performs in concert Saturday at the Prairie Center for the Arts in Schaumburg.

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    Who will scarf down the most pie at the 52nd annual Sycamore Pumpkin Festival Oct. 23-27?

    On the road: Halloween haunts, by sea or by Segway

    It's the spooky season, and we've got some out-of-the-ordinary ways to celebrate. Have your haunts by Segway or by sea, at the Wild West or the UFO capital, from the city to Sycamore.

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    Model Iman attends the 2013 Matrix New York Women in Communications Awards at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York. Iman didn’t intend to emerge as one of the most prominent voices for black models and entrepreneurs, but it’s happened that way and she will use the pulpit she’s been given, she says. And she really hopes her 13-year-old daughter is listening.

    Supermodel Iman is a spokeswoman for diversity

    Supermodel Iman didn’t plan on becoming a prominent voice for black models and entrepreneurs, but since it happened that way, she’ll use the pulpit she’s been given. Being a good mother and wife (to David Bowie, no less) is a priority. Her businesses come next. But she’ll always have an interest in fashion, the runway, photographers — even the next It bag.

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    Keith Jarrett performs at the American Academy of Arts and Letters in New York. “Everybody has a limited lifespan and I wanted to use mine intelligently,” the 68-year-old Jarrett said. “I felt that if I had been called to do anything it was to make music.”

    Jazz pianist Jarrett goes classical with Bach CD

    Keith Jarrett declared he was done with classical music recordings after recovering from the chronic fatigue syndrome that sidelined him for nearly two years in the late 1990s. But the jazz pianist has just released his first classical recording in 15 years, a two-CD set of Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Six Sonatas for Violin and Piano” with violinist Michelle Makarski that came together quite unexpectedly.

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    Copies of the Morrissey “Autobiography” lie stacked up on display at a branch of a bookstore in north London. The memoir from the former frontman of The Smiths — titled simply “Autobiography” — is the first rock bio published under the venerable Penguin Classics imprint, home to Aeschylus, Jane Austen and Oscar Wilde. That has horrified some people in the publishing industry, but not the singer’s many fans, who snapped up the book as soon as it was published Thursday.

    This charming man? Morrissey book climbs charts

    The new book by British singer Morrissey is a classic. It says so right on the cover. The memoir from the former frontman of The Smiths — titled simply “Autobiography” — is the first rock bio published under the venerable Penguin Classics imprint, home to Aeschylus, Jane Austen and Oscar Wilde. Morrissey has said he insisted on the “classic” label as a condition of signing with Penguin.

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    This photo shows President William Howard Taft with his son Charles while on vacation in Beverly, Mass. History buffs know Taft is the only president to later become Supreme Court chief justice, but he’s also remembered as the president whose weight, at times well over 300 pounds, made headlines. Yet in the early 1900s, way before Weight Watchers, the nation’s 27th president was helping to usher in a modern approach to treating obesity according to a report released Oct. 14 in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine.

    Portly Taft helped usher in modern obesity care

    Way before Weight Watchers or “The Biggest Loser,” a president known for his girth was helping to usher in a modern approach to treating obesity. Got a nagging doctor? The 27th president, William H. Taft did, way back in the early 1900s. A medical historian has analyzed letters between the two, complete with food diaries and daily weigh-ins surely recognizable to many of today’s dieters.

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    Trainer Chris Connell gives prompts to his dog Rugger on a motion-capture stage at Neversoft Motion Capture Studio, in Los Angeles. After footage released earlier this year revealed that “Call of Duty: Ghosts” would feature a four-legged soldier, the Internet uniformly wagged its tail in anticipation.

    Dog of War: Meet ‘Call of Duty’s’ new barkout star

    Unlike his squad mates in the next installment of the rabidly popular “Call of Duty” series, he’s not adept at sniping enemy combatants or piloting drones. He can’t even pick up a gun. “Call of Duty: Ghosts” isn’t due until November, but Riley has already become the breakout star of the military shoot-’em-up. He even has an unofficial Twitter account. Yup, Riley is a dog, and he’s one of the largest and most popular technological leaps forward in the next generation of “Call of Duty.”

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    Orange and purple tulips, yellow daffodils and grape hyacinths create a riot of spring color.

    Art in the garden: How to plant bulb groupings for a colorful spring

    We often think of fall as the time to focus on preparing our gardens for winter. We should, however, be putting some of our energy into preparing our gardens to come alive in spring in glorious bursts of color.

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    Chris Matthews signs copies of “Tip and Gipper: When Politics Worked” at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20, at Pfeiffer Hall at North Central College in Naperville.

    Book notes: Meet Chris Matthews at North Central Sunday
    Meet MSNBC anchor Chris Matthews, host of “Hardball With Chris Matthews,” as he reads from and signs copies of his book “Tip and Gipper: When Politics Worked” at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20, at Pfeiffer Hall at North Central College in Naperville. Academy Award-winning actress Octavia Spencer reads from and signs copies of her new book for middle readers, "Randi Rhodes, Ninja Detective: The Case of the Time-Bandit," at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, at Anderson's Bookshop in Naperville.

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    The Tuscan model is available in several D.R. Horton communities in suburban Chicago, such as Lions Chase in Huntley.

    Area builders offer selection of houses for quick delivery

    Dreaming of celebrating the holidays in a different home than you did last year? It isn’t too late to make that change, according to area builders. Most have a nice selection of immediate delivery homes that you can move into within weeks or months, if you so desire.

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    Owen Wilson, left, and Vince Vaughn try their luck in the tech sector in “The Internship.”

    DVD previews: ‘The Internship,’ ‘Before Midnight’

    Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson reunite in "The Internship," while Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy enjoy a very different kind of return to the screen in "Before Midnight." Both films come to DVD on Oct. 22.

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    This china cabinet may seem to have the style of an antique to many, but what is its real age?

    Everything’s coming up rosewood — or is it?

    Q. This cabinet was purchased from an antiques dealer when we lived north of Niagara Falls in Lewiston, N.Y. The cabinet is made from rosewood and is 53 inches wide, 15 inches deep and 81 inches tall.

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    Furnaces ignite eternal debate: When to turn it on?

    With overnight temperatures slipping, many households confront the question of when to turn on the furnace. Newlyweds might think this is a simple call. They would be wrong.

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    Can you feed your board members?

    Q. The board of our association orders a deli tray or pizza for the board members to dine on during its early evening meetings. These meals are paid for with association funds. Is this an appropriate use of association funds?

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    With real estate sales, it’s not over until it’s over

    Q. It seems like the newest scam is that the buyer walks away from the purchase of a house just before the closing, leaving the seller high and dry. Is there any way to make the purchase offer more binding?

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    This summer O’Reilly’s Furniture opened a new store and showroom in Libertyville.

    Store owner follows first rule of furniture

    Amish furniture and leather furniture are the hot items right now, says Gary O’Reilly, owner of O’Reilly’s Furniture in Libertyville. O’Reilly was only 25 years old when he opened his furniture company in 1977.

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    Why will some lenders accept borrowers that other lenders reject?

    Some mortgage applicants will be accepted by every lender and others will be rejected by every lender. However, there is a group of “marginal applicants” who will be rejected by some lenders and accepted by others.

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    A hose-spigot dilemma

    Q. My hose spigot is inside my attached garage. When I turn the water off, I have to place a bucket under the spigot because water continues to leak out for days. I will get quite a bit of water going into the bucket in the first few days and then it slowly subsides each day until it stops. What could be causing this?

Discuss

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    Daniel White/dwhite@dailyherald.com Homecoming queen Anne Wagner, who has Down syndrome relaxes with her mom Amy Wagner before an assembly at Downers Grove North High School.

    The Soapbox

    Among the topics Daily Herald editors take up are school innovations, a unique Cubs anniversary and a very special homecoming queen.

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    No grounds to close veterans memorials
    A letter to the editor: This is in regard to the article on Page 2 of Monday, Oct. 14, Daily Herald. The World War II Memorial is not Park Service property.

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    Change the way we draw congressional maps
    An Aurora letter to the editor: I believe the solution to the problems in Congress is to outlaw the gerrymandering of congressional election districts that occurs every 10 years after each census update. To ensure their re-election, the politicians redraw the district boundaries to include the most politically active members of the party then holding that seat.

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    Obama can’t have it both ways on Egypt
    A Prospect Heights letter to the editor: President Obama has cut off help (airplanes, weapons) to the current Egyptian administration, which will be very helpful to the Muslem Brotherhood. Mr. Obama, whose side are you on?

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    Double standard seen with murder cases
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: Several days ago an unarmed Army combat veteran, Terry Geike, was murdered by a gang of three thugs. Where is the outcry, the protest marches such as there were following the Trayvon Martin case in Florida? Where are the media commentaries that went on for weeks?

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    Earn an A on your next citizen assignment
    A Piagari letter to the editor: Do your homework. Study the material long and hard. The extra push of energy will pay off. Midterm exams are scheduled for Nov. 4, 2014, and finals will be taken on November 1, 2016. Let’s all work for an A.

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    This isn’t how it’s done, Mr. Boehner
    A Palatine letter to the editor: House Speaker John Boehner needs to reread the Constitution to refresh his memory about how laws are passed and implemented in the U.S. because he obviously needs a refresher. Obamacare was passed by both the House and Senate three years ago, signed into law by the president, and was even upheld by the Supreme Court.

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    Remember, you get what you vote for
    A Rolling Meadows letter to the editor: Well, there wasn’t time to work on pension reform. But there was time for Mr. Madigan and Mr. Cullerton to file an appeal to stop Gov. Pat Quinn from keeping lawmakers’ pay on hold. Thanks to Judge Neil Cohen, the legislators will be paid, and now Appellate Judge Maureen E. Connors has denied Quinn’s motion for an appeal.

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    Durbin comes up MIA on his website
    An Oswego letter to the editor: I’m concerned. For the past 10 days I’ve visited his senate.gov website to drop some messages in the site’s email box — but to no avail. I had a couple of things I wanted to talk about.

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    Politicians have all the say in major projects
    A letter to the editor: The real reason supporters want to build the Illiana tollway is because the politicians have invested a lot of their money buying up the property around it in anticipation of the proposed Peotone airport.Politicians have the inside information years before we know something is going to happen

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    Seeking an answer on seesawing gas prices
    A Des Plaines letter to the editor: I don’t know exactly why the prices change day by day and sometimes more than once a day. Is this a game between the gas station owners and the political leaders? Looking for an answer.

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    Vote out those who favor U-46 tax hikes
    A Bartlett letter to the editor: If you live in the U-46 taxing district, your property taxes have increased year after year due to the elected school board members who keep approving annual budget increases inclusive of unneeded property tax increases. U-46 is close to 75 percent of your property tax dollars, and increases on that huge base need to stop — and be reversed.

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    Added gun laws have no effect
    A Round Lake Beach letter to the editor: I am forever amazed at the willingness of some people to sacrifice other peoples’ rights.

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