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Daily Archive : Sunday October 20, 2013

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    How YOU can be a theater critic
    So, you've always wanted to be a theater critic? The Daily Herald and Broadway in Chicago are partnering to offer readers a chance to experience what it's like to attend an opening night performance and then tell the world via video your thoughts on the experience. We're calling it “Short and Sweet,” and it'll be a series of reviews focusing on shows from the audience's perspective.

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    Images: The Week in Pictures
    This edition of The Week in Pictures features Halloween parties, reptile shows and plenty of pumpkin picking.

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    Beata Candre

    Police still trying to locate missing Schaumburg woman

    After a weekend of chasing down possible sightings of Beata Candre, Schaumburg police said Sunday they have no new information about the whereabouts of the wife and mother who went missing more than a week ago. Schaumburg police Sgt. John Nebl said the department has received one or two calls or emails each day from people who think they may have seen Candre or her vehicle, but none have turned...

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    Online wagering law’s expiration causing worry

    The Illinois horse racing industry could find itself in a bind if lawmakers don’t renew a law that expires early next year. Legislation allowing online betting on horse racing expires at the end of January. Race dates at Illinois racetracks would be severely cut if lawmakers don’t take action to renew the betting law and give the state’s racing board access to the money the wagering generates —...

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    Abbas Hammoud, one of the nine Lebanese Shiite pilgrims kidnapped by a rebel faction in Syria in May 2012, is embraced by his relatives after his release upon his arrival in Beirut, Lebanon, Saturday. Two Turkish pilots held hostage in Lebanon and nine Lebanese pilgrims abducted in Syria returned home Saturday night, part of an ambitious three-way deal cutting across the Syrian civil war.

    Confusion over long-delayed Syria conference

    Reflecting confusion in efforts to convene an international conference to end Syria’s civil war, the Arab League chief announced on Sunday that talks will take place next month in Geneva, only to have the U.N. envoy flatly deny a date has been set.

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    MSNBC commentator Chris Matthews discusses his book “Tip and the Gipper: When Politics Worked” during an appearance Sunday at Naperville’s North Central College. Matthews had a front-row seat to the dealings former President Ronald Reagan and Tip O’Neill as a top aide to former house speaker.

    Matthews stops in Naperville to discuss political compromise

    Political commentator Chris Matthews stopped in Naperville Sunday to discuss his new book "Tip and the Gipper: When Politics Worked," which documents the testy but respectful relationship between former President Ronald Reagan and former U.S. House Speaker Tip O'Neill.

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    Racers pedal hard for the first corner Sunday during the Chicago Cyclocross Cup bicycle races at Carpenter Park in Carpentersville. More than 600 racers, most from Illinois, competed. There was also a beer garden, food, live entertainment and children’s activities.

    Racers, hecklers take on Carpentersville Cyclocross track

    The Chicago Cyclocross Cup, held Sunday in Carpenter Park in Carpentersville, is just as much a social event as it is a race. And a big part of the social element is “heckling,” which is kind of like a Don Rickles routine, composed of equal parts needling and love.

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    Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday that the fight over government spending pushed the country near the brink of default and the lesson has to be that it can’t happen again.

    Shutdown not to be repeated, alternative elusive

    Leaders from both parties insist a sequel to the government shutdown must be avoided although a plan to dodge it is still elusive. “This can never happen again,” Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said.

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    Special Gurnee park session

    Gurnee Park District commissioners plan to hold a special meeting Monday.

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    President John F. Kennedy signs a bill authorizing $329 million for mental health programs at the White House on Oct. 31, 1963. The Community Mental Health Act, the last legislation that Kennedy signed, aimed to build 1,500 mental health centers so those with mental illnesses could be treated while living at home, rather than being kept in state institutions.

    Kennedy’s vision for mental health never realized

    The last piece of legislation President John F. Kennedy signed turns 50 this month: the Community Mental Health Act, which helped transform the way people with mental illness are treated and cared for in the United States.

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    An Amtrak conductor checks the time as the passenger train takes on passengers in Hanford, Calif. The state’s plan to build the first high-speed rail system in the nation is intended to alleviate gridlock, connect the Central Valley to better jobs and ease pollution, but many residents oppose the $68 billion project.

    Work begins on California bullet train, locals angry

    Trucks loaded with tomatoes, milk and almonds clog the two main highways that bisect California’s farm heartland, carrying goods to millions along the Pacific Coast and beyond. This dusty stretch of land is the starting point for one of the most expensive U.S. public infrastructure projects: a $68 billion high-speed rail system that would span the state, linking the people of America’s salad bowl...

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    Debbie Lieu, 7, and her brother Wallace, 5, answer questions about Iceland from Meadowdale Elementary School Principal Jack Melfi Sunday during the D300 Multicultural Festival at the Spring Hill Mall in West Dundee. All of the Community Unit District 300’s schools presented displays on different world cultures. Debbie and Wallace’s parents, Neal and Coco, of Algonquin, are with them.

    District 300 celebrates its cultures at inaugural festival

    Organizers of the first D300 Multicultural Festival, an event celebrating the cultural diversity of Community Unit Community Unit District 300, had reason to cheer Sunday as the event was a big success. “This has been an overwhelming first year for an event,” Superintendent Michael Bregy said.

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    Charles Walker

    2 convicted killers taken into custody in Fla.

    With two convicted killers back in police custody, authorities have shifted attention to finding out who made the phony court documents that led to the mistaken inmate releases that rocked Florida’s judicial system. Joseph Jenkins and Charles Walker, both 34, were captured Saturday night without incident at the Coconut Grove Motor Inn in Panama City Beach, a touristy area of putt-putt...

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    On the site of its original manufacture, a 91-year-old windmill was dedicated Sunday in Foundry Park in Elgin. The windmill is a relic from the Elgin Wind, Power and Pump Co., which closed in 1948. It was donated to Maurice Dyer and the Elgin Area Historical Society and refurbished by windmill expert Frank Engel and volunteers.

    Historic windmill arrives back home in Elgin

    It’s 65 feet tall, 5,000 pounds of galvanized steel, 91 years old and finally home. A historic windmill has come full circle and is spinning on the site of its original manufacture at Elgin’s Foundry Park. The windmill, called The Suburban Giant when it was built by Elgin Wind, Power and Pump Co., was donated to the Elgin Area Historical Society nine years ago.

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    Brady, Proft at Palatine GOP meeting

    The Palatine Township Republican Organization will have gubernatorial candidate state Sen. Bill Brady and WLS 890 radio personality Dan Proft at their regular monthly meeting, on Nov. 2 in Palatine.

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    District 54 2013 levy is 1.7% higher

    The Schaumburg Township Elementary District 54 school board estimates its 2013 tax levy will be $163,551,245 — 1.7 percent higher than the 2012 final extended levy. A public hearing on the estimated levy will be held Nov. 21.

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    Casino gives OCC $150,000 for scholarships

    Rivers Casino in Des Plaines is donating $150,000 to Oakton Community College to provide 1-year scholarships for Des Plaines residents. “Rivers Casino ... has been a remarkable partner and a good neighbor, providing strong support for the college,” said OCC President Margaret Lee.

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    Beer, pizza fundraiser for hungry kids

    Mickey Finn’s Brewery, 412 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville, hosts a beer tasting and all-you-can-eat pizza fundraiser at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21, with a portion of the proceeds donated to the nonprofit group Feed My Starving Children.

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    Wheelchair basketball tournament

    Joy of the Game in Deerfield hosts Hoops for Hope 2013: a 3 on 3 wheelchair basketball tournament, on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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    Back to prison for Aurora man who killed pasasenger in 2001 DUI crash

    An Aurora man who went to prison for a reckless homicide 12 years ago is headed back there again. Christopher A. Perez, 34, of the 2200 block of Jericho Road, recently was sentenced to four years in prison after pleading guilty to aggravated DUI with a previous reckless homicide conviction, according to court records.

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    Northwest suburban police blotter

    A man holding a steak knife with a wooden handle grabbed a woman around her waist between 6 and 6:30 a.m. Oct. 13 in a lot at 1165 S. Elmhurst Road, Des Plaines. She screamed and he fled north on Elmhurst Road. He was described as 6 feet tall, light skinned, skinny, and wearing blue jeans, black hooded sweatshirt and white gym shoes.

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    Sen. Ted Cruz, a Texas Republican, made a name for himself by leading the Tea Party charge toward shutdown. About half of the respondents in a recent Associated Press-GfK poll knew enough about Cruz to form an opinion, impressive for a senator elected less than a year ago. The bad news for Cruz? Their opinion was negative by a 2-1 margin.

    Will 16 days of shutdown change anything?

    Sixteen days in October could change everything, or not much at all. Will the partial government shutdown prove to be the turning point after three years of partisan skirmishing in Washington? Or was it just a halftime show to fire up the players?

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    Self-employed photographer Michael Weaver works the sidelines of a high school football game in Jerseyville, Ill. It took about a week and half, but he kept going back to the healthcare.gov website until he opened an account and applied for a tax credit that will reduce his premiums.

    Republicans making `Obamacare’ their next target

    “Obamacare” escaped unharmed from the government shutdown Republicans hoped would stop it, but just as quickly they have opened a new line of attack — one handed to them by the administration itself.

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    From left, Paul Somerville and Allen Kratz of Hoboken, N.J., leave Hoboken City Hall after applying for a marriage license today, Saturday.

    NJ gay couples in final hours of wedding planning

    Several gay couples in New Jersey are expected to gather late Sunday to wed in ceremonies to be held shortly after midnight. The last-minute weddings were planned after the state Supreme Court last week refused to delay a lower court order for the state to begin recognizing same-sex marriages at 12:01 a.m. Monday.

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    Chicago transit line reopening after $425M upgrade
    Passengers are getting their first chance to ride on a newly constructed Chicago Transit Authority line following a months-long, $425 million renovation.The CTA’s Red Line South was set to reopen Sunday morning.

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    Developers will hold a groundbreaking Monday for Main Street Promenade East, the second of three phases in a retail and office development along Van Buren Avenue and Main Street in downtown Naperville.

    Naperville's Promenade extending east with new shops

    Downtown Naperville's retail mix is set to get a fresh shake next fall with J. Crew, Anthropologie, Bluemercury, Hot Mama, Michael Graham Salon and Spa, Frost Gelato and DavidsTea all joining the fray as part of the new Main Street Promenade East development. “It's important to try to get stores that you think will withstand the test of time,” developer Ruth Yackley said.

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    A promising college art student when a gunshot left her a quadriplegic, Mariam Paré of Naperville still paints rich, vibrant pictures. She just has to move the brush around with her mouth.

    Naperville woman masters art of adapting

    A promising college art student when a gunshot left her a quadriplegic, Mariam Pare' of Naperville still paints rich, vibrant paintings. She just has to move the brush around with her mouth. She finds commercial success selling art on her web site and through the Mouth and Foot Painting Artists, an international for-profit association.

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    Flags fly at the “Come And Take It San Antonio” rally on Saturday. The event was intended to draw attention to a right Texans already have — to carry long arms publicly so long as they don’t do it in a menacing manner.

    Armed gun rights activists rally at the Alamo

    Several hundred gun rights activists armed with rifles and shotguns rallied Saturday outside of the Alamo in a demonstration that broke a longstanding tradition of not staging such events at the enduring symbol of Texas independence.

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    State Sen. Julie Morrison, a Deerfield Democrat, is sponsoring a bill that would impose stiffer penalties on people caught driving a boat while intoxicated. Morrison’s nephew, Tony Borcia of Libertyville, 10, was killed in 2012 after being hit by a boat on the Chain O’ Lakes. The boat driver had alcohol and cocaine in his system.

    State lawmakers consider tougher penalties for drunken boaters

    llinois lawmakers are considering a series of measures aimed at making the state’s waterways safer, including a bill that would impose stiffer penalties on people caught operating a boat while intoxicated. The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports that under the measure, anyone convicted of operating a watercraft while under the influence would have their driver’s license suspended for...

Sports

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    Devin Hester, getting congratulations from Anthony Walters, scored on an 81-yard punt return Sunday, breaking a 28-game drought in which he hadn’t scored on any kind of return.

    Hester ends long drought without return TD

    Devin Hester's 81-yard punt-return TD pushed him into a tie with Deion Sanders for career return touchdowns, and it temporarily breathed life into a Bears team that spent most of the afternoon nursing injuries and playing from behind. But it wasn't enough to prevent a 45-41 loss to Washington.

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    Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III scrambles with the ball during the second half of a NFL football game against the Chicago Bears in Landover, Md., Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013.

    Bears’ defense disgusted with itself

    Bears backup quarteback Josh McCown was magnificent in relief of injured Jay Cutler, but once again the defense was deficient, resulting in a 45-41 loss to Washington that dropped Marc Trestman's team to 4-3 heading into its off week.

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    Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, right, greets Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12) after an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, in Indianapolis. The Colts won 39-33.

    Indy capitalizes on Denver miscues for 39-33 win

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Andrew Luck threw for three touchdowns and ran for another Sunday night, outplaying predecessor Peyton Manning in a 39-33 victory over the previously unbeaten Denver Broncos.The victory ended the Broncos’ 17-game regular-season winning streak in the first game Manning played against his former team since being released in March 2012.Manning finished 29 of 49 for 386 yards with three TDs and one interception. He was sacked four times and tried desperately to rally the Broncos (6-1) late.But the Colts (5-2) took advantage of his and Denver’s uncharacteristic mistakes.Luck converted an early fumble into a TD pass. Indy got nine points out of a second-quarter strip sack, and Luck scored on a 10-yard run in the third quarter, a drive helped by a series of defensive penalties. When the Broncos finally had a chance to tie it, Manning was intercepted.Indianapolis has not lost consecutive games under Luck.

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    Jay Cutler walks off the field after being injured by a sack from Washington defensive end Chris Baker during the first half of a NFL football game in Landover, Md.

    Wounded Bears need all the R&R they can get

    The question surrounding the Bears this season has been whether the offense could score enough to cover for the defense. The answer at Washington was no.

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    The Green Bay Packers bench celebrates after cornerback Davon House intercepted a pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis.

    Rodgers leads Packers over Browns

    GREEN BAY, Wis. — Aaron Rodgers guided an undermanned offense with 260 yards and three touchdowns, Eddie Lacy ran for another score, and the Packers grinded out a 31-13 win Sunday over the Cleveland Browns. Lacy finished with 82 yards, while tight end Jermichael Finley had a 10-yard touchdown catch in the first quarter before leaving with a neck injury. Green Bay (4-2) won its third straight game. Rodgers finished 25 for 36 in methodically carving up Cleveland (3-4) despite already being without two of his top targets in injured receivers James Jones and Randall Cobb.The defense took care of the rest against struggling quarterback Brandon Weeden, who was 17 for 42 for 149 yards. The Browns’ Jordan Cameron caught a 2-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter.

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    Quarterback Josh McCown dove right into action when Jay Cutler was injured Sunday on the road against Washington. McCown completed 14 of 20 passes for 204 yards and a touchdown with a passer rating of 119.6.

    McCown ready, willing — and able

    I’s not the easiest task for a backup quarterback to step into an NFL game without running a first-team play in practice all week. But Josh McCown did it well enough Sunday to get the Bears a victory — if only his defense had made a few tackles.

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    Nordstrom goes back to Rockford

    The Blackhawks on Sunday sent fourth-line winger Joakim Nordstrom to Rockford. Nordstrom, 21, scored 1 goal in eight games, that coming on Oct. 11 against the Islanders. That leaves the Hawks with exactly 12 forwards with Ben Smith expected to absorb Nordstrom’s ice time.

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    Bears running back Matt Forte looks around during the NFL football team’s training camp at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Ill., Saturday, July 31, 2010.

    Grading the Bears: Week 7

    Grading the Bears: Week 7

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    San Francisco 49ers defensive back Tramaine Brock, right, intercepts a pass intended for Tennessee Titans wide receiver Nate Washington (85) in the second quarter of an NFL football game on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn.

    Niners rout Titans for 4th straight victory

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Colin Kaepernick threw for 199 yards and ran for 68 and a touchdown, helping the San Francisco 49ers start their longest road trip this season by beating the Tennessee Titans 31-17 Sunday. The 49ers (5-2) won their fourth straight before heading to London for a game with winless Jacksonville by jumping out to a 17-0 halftime lead. Frank Gore also ran for a pair of 1-yard TDs as San Francisco cruised. Tramaine Brock also intercepted a pass, Justin Smith had two of the 49ers’ three sacks and Kassim Osgood recovered a muffed punt for a TD.The Titans (3-4) lost their third straight even with Jake Locker starting after missing two games with a sprained right hip and knee. Locker threw for 326 yards with two TD passes in a fourth-quarter spurt that came up short.

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    Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, right, greets tight end Heath Miller after Miller caught Roethlisberger’s pass for a touchdown in the first quarter of an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens in Pittsburgh on Sunday, Oct 20, 2013.

    Steelers edge Ravens for 2nd straight win

    PITTSBURGH — Shaun Suisham drilled a 42-yard field goal with no time remaining to lift the Pittsburgh Steelers to a 19-16 victory over the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.Suisham’s fourth field goal of the day pushed the Steelers (2-4) to their second straight win.Ben Roethlisberger completed 17 of 23 passes for 160 yards and a touchdown. He hit Antonio Brown for a pair of big gains on Pittsburgh’s final drive, putting Suisham well within range to win it. Running back Le’Veon Bell ran for a season-high 93 yards on 19 carries.Joe Flacco passed for 215 yards and a touchdown but couldn’t stop the defending Super Bowl champions from losing for the third time in their last four games.

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    Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) directs his receivers during the second half of an NFL football game against the Houston Texans at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013.

    Undefeated Chiefs hold on to beat Texans

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Jamaal Charles ran for 86 yards and a touchdown, Alex Smith also ran for a score and the Kansas City Chiefs beat the banged-up Houston Texans 17-16 on Sunday to remain unbeaten.The Chiefs (7-0) were forced to punt the ball to Houston with 1:46 left in the game. But after Case Keenum threw an incompletion on first down, the young quarterback was stripped by linebacker Tamba Hali at his 2. Derrick Johnson recovered the fumble for the Chiefs.Smith simply kneeled on it from there as time ran out, allowing Kansas City to extend the second-best start in franchise history. The 2003 team began the season 9-0.Keenum, making his first NFL start in place of the injured Matt Schaub, threw for 271 yards and a touchdown for the Texans (2-4).But he didn’t get much help from his run game after Arian Foster left in the first quarter with a hamstring injury and did not return.

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    Brandon Pirri (37) celebrates with teammates after scoring against St. Louis last Thursday.

    Hawks’ Pirri impressing Quenneville

    Don’t rule out Brandon Pirri as the Blackhawks’ No. 2 center just yet. Presently the center on the fourth line, Pirri has 2 goals in the last two games and is showing the confidence to take his game to another level. “I’m just taking it day by day,” Pirri said. “You can’t control that stuff. If I play my game and keep getting the bounces things will happen.”

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    Washington’s Roy Helu, right, is dragged to the turf by the Bears’ Craig Steltz, left, in Sunday’s second half.

    Cutler injury not even Bears’ biggest issue

    Josh McCown did all he could to save the Bears after Jay Cutler was injured, but the Bears’ defense is a disaster right now and the bye week isn’t likely to change that.

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    Bears quarterback Jay Cutler lies on the field after being injured in a sack by Washington defensive end Chris Baker during the first half of a NFL football game in Landover, Md., Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013.

    Bears lose game, Cutler in Washington

    LANDOVER, Md. — The Bears and Washington moved the ball in the second half as if it were a game of 7-on-7, with Josh McCown shaking off two seasons of regular-season inactivity while trying to keep pace with Robert Griffin III.It was one of those games where the last team that scores comes away the winner. It turned out to be Washington, who got a third touchdown from Roy Helu with 45 second to play Sunday for a 45-41 win.Griffin completed 18 of 29 passes for 298 yards with two touchdowns and one interception for Washington (2-4), who have both of their wins against backup quarterbacks. This time is was McCown, who entered in the second quarter after Jay Cutler left with a groin injury.Griffin also ran 11 times for a season-high 84 yards against a Bears defense depleted by injuries, but the breakout performance came from rookie tight end Jordan Reed, who caught nine passes for 134 yards and one touchdown.McCown, playing in a regular season game for the first time since the 2011 season, completed 14 of 20 passes for 204 yards with one touchdown. Matt Forte rushed for three touchdowns, Alshon Jeffrey had 105 yards receiving, and Devin Hester tied Deion Sanders’ NFL record for return touchdowns with an 81-yard put runback for the Bears (4-3). Washington started its final drive with 3:57 to play and trailing by three. Milking the clock, they converted three third downs — including a 10-yard pass to Reed on third-and-4 inside the 20 before Helu’s 3-yard run put Washington ahead for good.The Bears had taken a 41-38 lead on McCown’s 7-yard pass to Martellus Bennett, but that was only a sliver of a back-and-forth finish.Forte’s third touchdown — a 6-yard run up the middle — tied the score at 31 early in the fourth quarter, but Washington went back ahead less than two minutes later when Griffin threw deep to Aldrick Robinson, who snagged a 45-yard touchdown catch while defensive backs Charles Tillman and Chris Conte were tumbling to the turf.Then it was the Bears’ turn, although a couple of Washington blitzes disrupted McCown enough to force a field goal instead of a touchdown. Robbie Gould’s 49-yard cut Washington’s lead to 38-34 with 8:39 to play. The Bears tried an onside kick and recovered the ball, but they were ruled offsides and kicked deep on their second kickoff attempt.In the first half, Griffin, who threw only five interceptions last season when he was the NFL’s offensive rookie of the year, was picked off for the sixth time in 2013 when Tillman stepped in front of Leonard Hankerson and returned the ball to Washington’s 10-yard line. Forte scored two plays later to give the Bears a 10-3 lead.Washington tied it on Helu’s 14-yard run, giving the team just its second first-half offensive touchdown this season. They then took the lead when Jeffrey juggled a high pass from Cutler until the ball popped into the hands of linebacker Brian Orakpo, who returned his first career interception 29 yards for his first career touchdown.Cutler was injured when he was brought down early in the second quarter on the first career sack by 333-pound nose tackle Chris Baker. Cutler clutched at the top of his left leg and limped off the field. McCown looked understandably rusty in his first few plays, but Hester was there to restore some Bears momentum with his big punt return. It was his 19th career return touchdown and the third special teams touchdown allowed by Washington in three games.Reed’s 3-yard touchdown catch with 27 seconds remaining in the first half put Washington ahead 24-17, their first halftime lead of the season. The teams traded touchdowns in the third quarter, with Forte making a nice stutter-move on a 50-yard run, and Helu scoring from 3 yards out.

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    Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III, left, greets Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman after Washington defeated the Bears 45-41.

    Images: Bears vs. Washington, football
    The Chicago Bears traveled to Landover, Md., to face Washington on Sunday, October 20th, loosing 45-41.

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    New York Jets kicker Nick Folk (2) kicks a field goal to win the game during overtime of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013 in East Rutherford, N.J. The Jets won the game 30-27. The Patriots’ Devin McCourty (32) is at center.

    Folk’s 42-yard FG leads Jets past Pats

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Nick Folk kicked a 42-yard field goal with 5:07 left in overtime to lift the New York Jets to a 30-27 victory over the New England Patriots on Sunday.Folk got a second chance after he missed a 56-yarder moments earlier. But Chris Jones was called for unsportsmanlike conduct for pushing a teammate forward to try to block the kick, a new NFL rule. New York, given new life, ran the ball three times to set up Folk’s winner.Geno Smith threw a touchdown pass and ran for another score as the Jets (4-3) topped Tom Brady and the Patriots (5-2). New England tied it at 27 with 16 seconds left in regulation on Stephen Gostkowski’s 44-yard field goal.New England had defeated New York in six straight regular-season meetings, and saw its 12-game winning streak against the AFC East end.

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    Dallas Cowboys outside linebacker Bruce Carter, right, celebrates with middle linebacker Sean Lee, left, after Carter intercepted a pass from Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Matt Barkley during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, in Philadelphia.

    Banged-up Cowboys beat up Eagles

    PHILADELPHIA — Tony Romo threw for 317 yards and one touchdown and the Dallas Cowboys overcame a sluggish start to beat the Philadelphia Eagles 17-3 on Sunday to take sole possession of first place in the NFC East. Two teams that averaged a combined 58 points per game and allowed a combined 55 totaled 13 punts in a first half that ended with Dallas (4-3) leading 3-0. It was more two inept offenses than two dominant defenses.The Eagles (3-4) have lost a franchise-worst nine straight games at home. Their last win at the Linc was over the New York Giants on Sept. 30, 2012.A Cowboys defensive line missing three of its projected starters pressured and harassed Nick Foles before sending him to the sideline with a head injury on the last play of the third quarter.

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    Carolina Panthers’ Cam Newton (1) tries to fire up the crowd in the second half of an NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013.

    Newton, defense lead Panthers past Rams

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Cam Newton completed 15 of 17 passes for 204 yards and a touchdown and the Carolina Panthers defeated the St. Louis Rams 30-15 in a heated game Sunday.The Rams (3-4) lost their cool with several personal foul penalties — and then lost quarterback Sam Bradford to an apparent left knee injury late in the fourth quarter.The extent of the injury is unknown.Bradford was running toward the sideline when he was pushed out of bounds by safety Mike Mitchell and came up holding his left knee. He was carted to the locker room.Panthers quarterback Captain Munnerlyn intercepted Bradford on the game’s first play and returned it 35 yards for a score. Bradford had a long TD pass called back on a penalty.The Rams were flagged for five personal fouls and Chris Long was ejected for throwing a punch.

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    Cincinnati Bengals’ Marvin Jones (82) catches a 12-yard touchdown reception as Detroit Lions’ Chris Houston (23) defends in the second quarter of an NFL football game on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, in Detroit.

    Bengals win 27-24 over Lions

    DETROIT — Mike Nugent’s 54-yard field goal as time expired lifted the Cincinnati Bengals to a 27-24 win over the Detroit Lions on Sunday.The AFC North-leading Bengals (5-2) won a game for the second straight week by the same score thanks to Nugent’s right foot. He made an overtime kick to give Cincinnati a win after it blew a 14-point, fourth-quarter lead at BuffaloThe Lions (4-3) looked like they did enough to send the game to OT, but rookie Sam Martin shanked a punt just 28 yards to midfield in the final minute.Andy Dalton, who threw three touchdown passes, took advantage with two short passes to set up the game-winning field goal.Detroit’s Matthew Stafford connected with Calvin Johnson on two of his three TD passes.

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    Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone greets Buffalo Bills strong safety Da’Norris Searcy (25) after a play during the first half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, in Miami Gardens, Fla.

    Williams’ key sack helps Bills beat Dolphins

    MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Mario Williams forced a fumble when he sacked Ryan Tannehill with less than three minutes left, setting up the winning field goal to help the Buffalo Bills beat the Miami Dolphins 23-21 Sunday.Kicker Dan Carpenter, released in August after five seasons with the Dolphins, beat his former team by making a 31-yarder with 33 seconds to go.Rookie Nickell Robey returned an interception 19 yards for a touchdown on the third play of the game to help the Bills build an early 14-0 lead, but they had to rally after Brandon Gibson caught his second touchdown pass of the game to put Miami ahead.The injury-plagued Bills (3-4) ended a streak of six consecutive road losses, including two this season, while Miami (3-3) lost its third game in a row.

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    San Diego Chargers wide receiver Eddie Royal (11) catches a 27-yard pass for a touchdown as Jacksonville Jaguars strong safety Johnathan Cyprien, lower right, can’t stop him during the first half of an NFL football game in Jacksonville, Fla., Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013.

    Chargers beat winless Jaguars 24-6

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Philip Rivers threw for 285 yards and a touchdown, Ryan Mathews ran for 110 yards and a score, and the surging San Diego Chargers beat the winless Jacksonville Jaguars 24-6 Sunday.The Chargers (4-3) showed little, if any, issues with a short week, a cross-country flight and an early start time. And they played nothing like a team looking ahead to its bye week.Then again, the Jaguars have made everyone look good.Jacksonville (0-7) has lost every game this season by double digits, becoming the first team since the 1984 Houston Oilers to garner that dubious distinction. The Oilers lost their first 10 games that season by at least 10 points.Rivers completed his first 14 passes, picking apart Jacksonville’s defense with short throws and clock-eating drives. He finished 22 of 26.Mathews topped the century mark for the second consecutive week.

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    Atlanta Falcons running back Jacquizz Rodgers (32) celebrates his touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, in Atlanta.

    Falcons beat Bucs 31-23

    ATLANTA — Matt Ryan threw for 273 yards and three touchdowns, including two to Jacquizz Rodgers, and the Atlanta Falcons held off the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31-23 on Sunday to end their three-game losing streak.Harry Douglas had seven receptions for a career-best 149 yards, including a 37-yard touchdown catch, for the Falcons (2-4). Douglas flourished as Ryan’s No. 1 receiver with Julio Jones out for the season and Roddy White inactive for the first time in his nine-year career due to hamstring and ankle injuries.Falcons safety William Moore sacked Mike Glennon to force a fumble on Tampa Bay’s first possession. Safety Thomas DeCoud returned the fumble recovery 30 yards for a touchdown.The Buccaneers (0-6) controlled the ball in the fourth quarter but managed only two field goals by Rian Lindell.

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    Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Koji Uehara, rear, and catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia celebrate the Red Sox' 5-2 win over the Detroit Tigers in Game 6 of the American League baseball championship series.

    It's Red Sox and Cardinals in the World Series

    The Boston Red Sox are going back to the World Series for the third time in 10 seasons. Shane Victorino's seventh-inning grand slam propelled Boston to a 5-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Saturday night, clinching the AL championship series in six games and setting up a World Series rematch with the St. Louis Cardinals.

Business

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    Work Advice: Can you hear me now?

    Karla L. Miller writes an advice column on navigating the modern workplace. Each week she will answer one or two questions from readers.

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    Walgreens announced that it was rolling out a prepaid debit card at all of its 8,541 locations, including Duane Reade stores, by the end of the year. And not just a run-of-the-mill rechargeable piece of plastic: This one will be able to make online bill payments, cash checks and directly deposit paychecks. It's only $2.95 to join, and ATM withdrawals will be free at machines inside the store, with a $2.95 fee for those outside. For people without a bank account — and there were 10 million of them as of 2011 — dropping into a Walgreens could become the easiest way to manage their finances.

    Walgreens rolling out prepaid debit card

    Walgreens announced that it was rolling out a prepaid debit card at all of its 8,541 locations, including Duane Reade stores, by the end of the year. And not just a run-of-the-mill rechargeable piece of plastic: This one will be able to make online bill payments, cash checks and directly deposit paychecks. It's only $2.95 to join, and ATM withdrawals will be free at machines inside the store, with a $2.95 fee for those outside. For people without a bank account — and there were 10 million of them as of 2011 — dropping into a Walgreens could become the easiest way to manage their finances.

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    U.S. patients pay before treatment as deductibles climb

    The practice of upfront payment for nonemergency care has been spreading in the U.S. as deductibles rise. Now, the advent of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is likely to accelerate that trend. Many of the plans offered through the law's insurance exchanges have low initial premiums to attract customers, while carrying significant deductibles and other out-of-pocket cost sharing.

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    This image made from an NFL Sunday Ticket computer tablet app shows highlights from the game between the New Orleans Saints and the New England Patriots via DirecTV.

    Review: Finding football online can be tough

    Getting your sports fix can be tough if you don't root for the home team. When my husband and I moved to New York from Detroit, we were faced with the challenge of how to watch our beloved Tigers, Red Wings and Lions, along with college football teams. Bars can get expensive — and are impractical with a kid.

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    A Nissan Leaf charges at an electric vehicle charging station in Portland, Ore. Automakers have sweetened deals in recent months for plug-in electric cars in a bid to boost sales and move the vehicles off dealer lots as the end of the year nears. Earlier in 2013, Nissan dropped the price of its electric Leaf, helping boost its sales. It's now offering a three-year lease at $199 a month.

    Leases for plug-in electric cars may offer savings

    Automakers have sweetened deals in recent months for plug-in electric cars in a bid to boost sales and move the vehicles off dealer lots as the end of the year nears.

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    Dr. Leo Lombardo poses for a photo in his clinic in Ventura, Calif. More small businesses than expected are signing up for health insurance on state exchanges that opened Oct. 1. Lombardo was surprised to learn from the California exchange that he’s unlikely to get a break on insurance for employees he’ll soon hire for his clinic. Under the new law, employers can get a tax credit if the average salary they pay is under $50,000. Lombardo expects to pay salaries of $80,000 and more to his staffers, including a nurse and physicians assistant.

    Small businesses give insurance exchanges mixed reviews

    More small businesses than expected are signing up for health insurance on state exchanges that opened this month. Many business owners have been pleasantly surprised by the rates and coverage, according to accounts from owners and exchange officials. But some owners are disappointed and plan to buy insurance privately.

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    Health care law's fate could hinge on political climate in states

    The greatest threats to the ultimate success of the new health-care law come not from the technical problems that have plagued its rollout, but from a hostile political climate in many individual states and from potentially serious weaknesses in its design. Those are the conclusions of a cautionary report just published by the Brookings Institution's new Center for Effective Public Management.

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    Automakers showcase vehicles equipped with the latest technology at the ITS World Congress Tokyo 2013 this week.

    Automakers show IT-enhanced cars

    Automakers showcased vehicles equipped with the latest technology at the ITS World Congress Tokyo 2013 this week as they compete to put autonomous car driving systems into practical use. If research and development on such safe-driving systems progress, the use of autonomous cars is expected to reduce the number of accidents and ease traffic congestion.

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    Kids' teeth and the health law

    One part of the Affordable Care Act is intended to improve dental coverage for children, prompted by the 2007 death of an uninsured Maryland boy named Deamonte Driver, who was killed by a bacterial infection that spread from an abscessed tooth to his brain. With the launch of the new health-care marketplaces, here are some questions and answers about purchasing dental and vision coverage.

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    Even if the new boss is someone you've known for a while, the move still changes things. You may have some anxiety and excitement about working with this person in this new role.

    Career Coach: Ways to get to know the new boss

    It's been said that the average American will have 10 or more new bosses over the course of his or her career. That's quite a few adjustments that employees will have to make. Building a productive relationship with your new boss is critical and should be a top priority for you. Here are some tips that can help you adapt to your new boss.

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    Insurance broker Jeff Lindstrom, right, meets with Brandi and Darren Litchfield to discuss health insurance plan options, at their home in the Seattle suburb of Bothell, Wash. Darren works for a startup company that doesn't yet offer an employee insurance plan, so they invited Lindstrom to outline the options of different health care plans that he offers as a broker.

    Brokers simplify, confuse health exchange shopping

    This month's glitch-filled rollout of the health insurance marketplaces created by federal law is a business opportunity for brokers and agents, but regulators warn that it also opened the door for those who would seek to line their pockets by misleading consumers. “We all need to be on the lookout right now. We don't want consumers to get confused,” said Jessica Waltman of the National Association of Health Underwriters, a trade association representing agents and brokers.

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    A pump jack works beside the site of new home construction in Midland, Texas. The West Texas town is in the middle of an oil boom with thousands of workers in need of housing.

    Booming oil towns prepare for inevitable bust

    The surge in oil drilling has drawn money and men like a magnet to run-down communities that haven't seen a boom since the 1980s. But leaders and residents here are increasingly mindful that the runaway riches tapped by hydraulic fracturing will eventually run out. And they are determined to live by a fondly remembered bumper sticker from the last bust: Please, God, give me another oil boom and I promise not to blow it. So some towns are taking steps to ensure they land softly rather than crash into economic ruin.

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    Affordable Care Act website issues continue

    Robert Laszewski is president of Health Policy and Strategy Associates, a policy and marketplace consulting firm that has him working closely with many in the heath industry as they try to navigate the Affordable Care Act, as well as the author of the excellent Health Care Policy and Marketplace Review blog. As such, he has a unique view on how the rollout looks from the industry side. Here is an edited version of an interview he gave.

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    Linda Bakhshian, manager of Federated Investors’ Capital Income Fund, says that demand for income funds is being bolstered by an aging population and, as retirees live longer, each investment dollar has to stretch for longer.

    Low interest rates to keep income funds in demand

    Although interest rates close to zero may help boost the economy, they’re bad news for savers who need an investment income to cover their expenses. Investors seeking to achieve the steady returns that used to be typically available on savings products now have to look elsewhere. Income funds, which often consist of a mix of bonds and stocks that pay large dividends, are one way for investors to achieve a similar return.

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    An employee puts front pages in the displays in front of the Newseum in Washington, D.C., on Thursday. On Wednesday night the Congress sent President Obama a bill to avoid government default on its obligations.

    Washington can’t seem to make markets nervous

    The markets shuddered slightly as the debt ceiling neared. The yield on short-term Treasurys rose tenfold. Fidelity Investments sold off its short-term government debt.But the shudder was slight — and on Oct. 11 there was a relief rally in equities on the news that House Republicans might agree to suspend the debt ceiling for six weeks in order to spend more time with their shutdown.The markets’ faith in the United States is long-standing and not easily dislodged. The dollar has been the world’s reserve currency for decades, with the foreigners who hoard our cash providing essentially interest-free loans to the U.S. Treasury. The global appetite for Treasury bills produces similar gains, with purchasers — including foreign governments buying in bulk — lending the U.S. government money at minimal, even effectively negative, rates. The result is a huge economic advantage for the United States.All this comes from a deep confidence that the U.S. political system will make sound decisions — a confidence, at this point, that few of the system’s participants share and one that’s hard to square with the evidence of the past few years. The simple fact is that Congress is getting worse at avoiding the traps it sets for itself.In February 2011, the U.S. government almost shut down. In August 2011, it narrowly avoided breaching the debt ceiling, a precursor to financial crisis. In January, it tumbled over the “fiscal cliff” (if only for a couple of hours). In March, Republicans decided to “suspend” the debt ceiling for three months but enabled the indiscriminate budget cuts known as sequestration, which both parties had derided as unthinkable, to go into effect. This month, the federal government shut down while simultaneously veering toward a potentially cataclysmic, yet wholly voluntary, new crisis over the debt ceiling.And those debt-ceiling increases are becoming more tenuous. The 2011 agreement lifted the ceiling until 2013. The first 2013 agreement suspended the ceiling for only three months. It’s likely that the next agreement will hold for a matter of weeks.Capitol Hill staffs freely admit that they don’t know how the debt limit will be routinely raised going forward. Dispensing with his predecessor’s practice of radiating confidence amid chaos, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew has said that he’s “nervous” and “anxious” that the nation will breach the debt ceiling. President Obama was more blunt: “I think this time is different,” he told CNBC, adding that markets “should be concerned.”Why are markets not yet in a panic?“Markets are quite relaxed about all this, and for an unfortunate reason,” wrote Mohamed El-Erian, chief executive of Pacific Investment Management Co. “They have been conditioned to expect headline-grabbing political posturing, extreme rhetoric and seemingly endless drama from Capitol Hill.”The brinkmanship is simply considered part of the grand show that is American politics. Like an episode of “CSI: Miami,” it’s tense in the middle, but it all works out in the end.“The markets have been conditioned to believe it always gets solved at 11:59,” said Rep. Jim Himes, D-Conn.But that’s the nature of financial crises: Everything seems fine until — quite suddenly — it doesn’t. In the months before Greece revealed the true extent of its budget deficit, Greek bonds were trading at almost the same yield as German bonds. In the months before the subprime crisis cracked the global economy open, mortgage-backed securities remained a hot item on Wall Street. Every financial crisis is dismissed in real time, only to be deemed inevitable in retrospect.Is the American political system the latest bubble? Is the markets’ faith inflated by bad historical analogies and a willful disregard of current facts?

Life & Entertainment

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    Hubby bent out of shape by wife’s venting to mom

    Q. My wife of three years feels the need to, in her words, “vent” to her mother whenever she and I have problems. This venting is usually bad-mouthing me, and isn’t always truthful, or the complete truth. It has made it near impossible for me to have a relationship with her mother, who is convinced I am a controlling jerk.

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    Brookfield Zoo's annual Boo at the Zoo returns this weekend.

    Sunday picks: Time to go Boo! at the Zoo

    Brookfield Zoo's annual Boo! at the Zoo Halloween celebration offers family fun including a corn maze, special Zoo Chats, haunted hayrides, pumpkin-carving demonstrations, and a costume parade and contest. For Disney lovers out there, “Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives” features costumes, tickets and other theme park artifacts at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry. Meet local artists and tour their studios at the Art Around the Town Studio Tour in Arlington Heights.

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    British pop star Elton John has collaborated with Bernie Taupin on a new album, “The Diving Board.”

    A simple approach works for Elton John's latest

    A step back in time proved to be a forward-looking move for Elton John. Upon the suggestion of producer T Bone Burnett, the 66-year-old singer reverted to a musical format he used when starting out more than four decades ago. The new album features John, his piano and vocals backed primarily by bass and drums, with subtle embellishments. The disc, “The Diving Board,” is getting positive reviews

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    Emeril Lagasse attends the Food Network’s 20th birthday party on Thursday in New York.

    Food Network: 20 years of changing food culture

    It may not seem even a little preposterous today, but when Food Network launched 20 years ago America was sitting at a very different dinner table. After all, this was before we’d learned to fetishize cupcakes, before Instagram made our every mouthful a shared experience, before vegetables had cult followings. And yet this backwater network launched, plunking cameras in front of chefs and hoping for the best. The gamble paid off. Two decades on, the Food Network has morphed beyond a television station that teaches us how to cook. It has become a lifestyle, a marketing behemoth turning chefs — and home cooks — into household names.

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    Scotty McCreery performs at Aarons Amphitheater in Atlanta. McCreery rode a wave of success after winning the 2011 season of “American Idol,” with his first record going platinum and winning several new artist awards. But with his sophomore album, “See You Tonight,” McCreery says his career is now in his hands alone.

    McCreery finds his voice on post-'Idol’ album

    Scotty McCreery rode his 2011 “American Idol” win to a platinum album and several new artist awards. With his second album, “See You Tonight,” McCreery says his career is now in his hands alone. “The wave pretty much has to be my wave now. We have to make our own momentum."

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    Carol Burnett will receive the Kennedy Center’s Mark Twain Prize for American Humor Sunday.

    On the eve of Mark Twain Prize, Burnett looks back

    “Call me Carol,” says the diminutive woman as she sits down to look back, knowing we could mistake her award-winning and familiar presence for someone else. Carol Burnett will add another accolade to her overflowing trophy case on Sunday when she receives the Kennedy Center’s Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, a lifetime-achievement honor befitting those who have had an “impact on American society in ways similar to the distinguished 19th century novelist and essayist.”

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    Let the remodeling begin! Finalists chosen in contest
    A few weeks ago, we asked you to send us photos of your family room — your outdated, overstuffed, rundown or woefully empty family rooms. Today, we begin our Room for Living series where we take selected entries from those we received and feature suggestions and ideas for creating the family room your family deserves.

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    Consumers are choosing warm neutral colors — grays and taupes — for sectionals, couches and chairs.

    Color can shape your room, experience

    Color has impact. The minute you enter a room, your senses process the many colors present and you either like it or you don't; you find it tranquil and relaxing or energetic and exciting. You can work productively in the room or you find it a great place to relax after work.

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    New research presented by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine Oct. 14 suggests that high levels of BPA, a chemical in many plastics and canned food linings, might raise the risk of miscarriage in women prone to that problem or having trouble getting pregnant.

    Study ties chemical to possible miscarriage risk

    New research suggests that high levels of BPA, a chemical in many plastics and canned food linings, might raise the risk of miscarriage in women prone to that problem or having trouble getting pregnant.

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    Kim King of Huntley nominated her family room with outdated furniture.

    Taking back the family room

    Our family room has been a playroom for 10 years now and it’s time to give it back! The carpet is stained, the furniture is my husband’s bachelor pad stuff from the ’90s, we never had end tables and we still use TV trays!

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    Dog vs. family room

    “Kahia … get off the couch. Kahia … stay! no! stop! Nooooo … you have muddy paws! OMG, Kahia … did you pee on the carpet, again!

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    The Hunt & Gather shop in Minneapolis attracts men looking for vintage items. Norbert Schiller found a hat to his liking as he helped his college-bound son find items for his dorm room.

    ‘Mantique’ shops display alligator heads rather than grandma’s china

    Jason Koenig winced at people using taxidermy as decor until he did so himself. Now the St. Paul, Minn., real-estate agent has a 4-foot barracuda mounted above his stone fireplace.

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    Henry Bushkin’s “Johnny Carson,” which offers a peak inside the TV host’s life.

    Book offers juicy peek inside Johnny Carson’s life

    “You must never, ever repeat a word from last night,” Johnny Carson told Henry Bushkin after sobering up from a bar stool confessional. Bushkin gave a lawyerly assurance, saying in part, “I would lose my license if during your lifetime I repeated it to a soul.” Had Carson noticed the words “in your lifetime,” the entertainer might not have been so keen on hiring a 27-year-old lawyer who likely would outlive him and might one day reveal his personal and professional blemishes.

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    A procession honors Santa Muerte, the saint of death, during last year’s Day of the Dead festival at the Cemetery of Nueva Esperanza in Villa Maria del Triunfo in Lima, Peru.

    Celebrating Day of the Dead in a Lima cemetery

    With the magical sound of wooden flutes, the scent of incense, and the warm Andean sun making shadow patterns across the rolling hills, this event has all the hallmarks of a happy, festive occasion. But this celebration is taking place in a cemetery, el Cemeterio de Nueva Esperanza, one of the largest cemeteries in the world. And the event is the Day of the Dead, celebrated throughout Latin America on Nov. 1.

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    A memorial statue of President John F. Kennedy stands on the grounds of the Massachusetts Statehouse in Boston, which is one of three cities that loom large in the life and death of John F. Kennedy.

    Where to find JFK history 50 years after his death

    Three cities loom large in the life and death of John F. Kennedy: Washington, D.C., where he was president and senator; Dallas, where he died; and Boston, where he was born. With the 50th anniversary of his Nov. 22, 1963, assassination at hand, all three offer places where you can learn more about him or honor his legacy. Here’s a list of museums, monuments, historic sites and events in those cities and a few others around the country.

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    Chromatherapy, as it relates to the use in plumbing fixtures, adds lighting to bubble massage tubs, hot tubs and high-end shower stalls.

    Adding light therapy to whirlpool can be a bright idea

    Q. I am looking to install a new whirlpool tub. One option is called “chromatherapy” and, basically, they tell me, it is a lighting system for the whirlpool.

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    Tips for planting bulbs

    Q. How should I plant bulbs so that they put on a beautiful spring showing.

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    Do a little extra digging to find the right contractor

    Q. Two of my neighbors are having work done by different contractors. I see a little progress for a day or two, then nothing for a few days to a week. Is this the way construction is usually done?

Discuss

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    Editorial: Complex problems and the politics of simplicity

    A Daily Herald editorial says something is fundamentallly wrong with the shorthand approach our politicians -- and our public discourse -- tend to take to complex problems.

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    The crux of Cruz

    Columnist Kathleen Parker: Two things are often said in the capital: “A day is a year in politics.” And, “It’s all about 2014.”Combined, the two statements mean that much can happen between now and the midterm elections next year when Republicans hope to hold the House and gain the Senate — and Democrats intend to hold the Senate and recover the House.Each respective goal is equally possible depending on the same single significant determinant: Whether Ted Cruz stops talking.

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    Ever so small signs this insanity won’t happen again

    Columnist Donna Brazile: Let’s hope the insanity — hers and the nation’s — was temporary. After all, when elected officials — in this case, a handful of House Republicans and a few members of the U.S. Senate — have a political breakdown, it drives the people nuts.

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    Obamacare has too many questions
    A letter to the editor: What is wrong with Congress and the White House — are they again children? “I got my candy first so I’m the favorite! Hah, then I just won’t play!” Does that seem familiar?

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    Schakowsky embarrasses herself and others
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: The U.S. government is shut down due to the failure of Congress to pass the budget for fiscal year 2014. The principle reason for the impasse is the effort to defund the Affordable Care Act. This complex law was rammed through Congress and passed on a party-line vote.

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    Many questions remain about concealed carry
    A Hanover Park letter to the editor: Obviously an applicant will have to possess a FOID card, and then have to take a class or apply to receive a concealed carry permit. How long before we start seeing people on the streets with holsters and handguns?

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    Thanks to all on parks honor
    A Waukegan letter to the editor: We would like to personally extend a congratulatory note to everyone associated with the Waukegan Park District. Years of preparation and a commitment to the highest level of service in parks and recreation has paid off for our park district. 

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    Education or indoctrination?
    A Bloomingdale letter to the editor: I read with interest the article in the Daily Herald Sept. 21, “William Ayers to highlight ECC series.”Rose DiGrlando, college vice president, justified this decision by saying that, ”We feel it is important to offer programs and activities what allow our students to learn about diverse perspectives on important topics and diverse issues.”

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    Employees’ fault? Fox news says it’s so
    A Hampshire letter to the editor: Imagine my surprise to learn that it’s the fault of federal employees for the government shutdown. Fox News and Republicans in Congress said so.

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