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    Northwest suburban police blotter

    A Des Plaines man was charged with theft after a phone that disappeared at a kiosk in Joliet Mall was traced with the Find My Phone application to a location between the mattress and headboard on the man's bed, Des Plaines police reports said.

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    Displaced Niles animal shelter coming to Des Plaines

    An animal shelter left without a home after a school bus crashed into its Niles facility will open a new location in Des Plaines. Wright Way Rescue will be moving into the former Des Plaines Family Pet Clinic at 965 Rand Road, thanks to a local veterinarian who is letting the shelter use the building for free until his lease expires there in August 2014.

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    Families are homeless after a fire broke out at a DuPage County apartment complex Saturday night. The fire was at building 580 in the Willow Lakes complex, 2100 Lynn Road near Glen Ellyn.

    24 families displaced in DuPage County fire

    Twenty-four families were waiting to hear Saturday afternoon where they would be relocated after a fire destroyed an apartment building between Lombard and Glen Ellyn in unincorporated DuPage County. Residents were told by Willow Lake Apartments management they would be provided alternate housing, resident and College of DuPage student Brandon Solebo said Saturday afternoon, as he loaded his...

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    Adam M. Bileck

    Wisconsin man charged in fiery Hainesville crash

    A Wisconsin man has been charged with two felony counts of driving under the influence and a misdemeanor count of leaving the scene of an accident in connection with a fiery crash early Friday in Hainesville. The vehicle left the roadway and plowed into the garage of a towhome, damaging a meter and igniting natural gas. Two units were destroyed and another seriously damaged. No one was injured.

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    Donna Latham shows a photo of an orb thought to possibly be the energy source of the ghost of the old Kane County Courthouse dubbed Clarence. She led a ghost walk through downtown Geneva Saturday hosted by the Geneva History Center.

    What ghosts lurk through downtown Geneva? Local author leads tours

    Donna Latham, author of “Ghost of the Fox River Valley” and resident of Batavia, led four ghost walks through downtown Geneva on Saturday. The walks focused on stories of several ghosts, including one called Clarence, seen around the old Kane County Courthouse dressed in 19th-century attire and wearing a derby hat, and known to be a prankster.

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    Antioch resident Katie Graziano wipes down books in the College of Lake County Children’s Learning Center Saturday.

    CLC hosts Make A Difference Day events

    Among the millions who participated nationwide in Saturday’s Make a Difference Day were several hundred affiliated with the College of Lake County. “Three million people in America are volunteering and we are 211 of them,” said Carolyn Serdar, service learning coordinator at the college which attracted its largest volunteer force in 15 years.

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    Steven Skulemowski, 11, of Chicago Ridge shoots his catapult during a contest Saturday morning at Cantigny Park in Wheaton. Nineteen teams competed.

    19 teams compete in catapult contest at Cantigny Park in Wheaton

    Building a catapult is all about following instructions and the raw excitement of launching objects as far as they can go. That was the conclusion of one of the 19 teams from Hoffman Estates and other suburbs in a catapult competition at Cantigny Park in Wheaton. “It’s fun,” Jason Butterfield of Elmhurst said. “I like to launch stuff and destroy stuff and build stuff.”

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    Associated Press/2007 Bob Newhart, center, sits with other members of the cast and crew of the “The Bob Newhart Show,” from top left, Marcia Wallace, Bill Daily, Jack Riley, and, from bottom lelt, Suzanne Pleshette and Dick Martin during TV Land’s 35th anniversary tribute to the program in Beverly Hills, Calif. Wallace, who played a receptionist on the show, and the voice of Edna Krabappel on “The Simpsons,” died Saturday.

    Notable deaths last week

    ‘Simpsons’ teacher; a renowned economist; and an NFL pioneer are among the deaths of note last week.

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    Surveillance cameras are visible Saturday near the U.S. Capitol in Washington during a rally to protest against the National Security Agency’s spying on Americans.

    NSA spying threatens to hamper foreign policy

    “The magnitude of the eavesdropping is what shocked us,” former French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said in a radio interview. “Let’s be honest, we eavesdrop too. Everyone is listening to everyone else. But we don’t have the same means as the United States, which makes us jealous.”

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    A television photographer interviews the next door neighbor of terror suspect Jamshid Muhtorov, a refugee from Uzbekistan, in Aurora, Colo., on the day of his arrest at Chicago’s O’Hare airport. For the first time the Justice Department says it intends to use information gained from one of the National Security Agency’s warrantless surveillance programs against an accused terrorist, Muhtorov, setting the stage for an expected Supreme Court test.

    Terror arrest at O’Hare may trigger surveillance court test

    Jamshid Muhtorov was accused in 2012 of providing material support to the Islamic Jihad Union, an Uzbek terrorist organization that, authorities say, was engaging NATO coalition and U.S. forces in Afghanistan.According to court papers in the case, the FBI investigated Muhtorov after his communications with an overseas website administrator for the IJU.

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    Phoenix police: Five people found shot to death

    Television station KNXV reports officers entered the first apartment and found the bodies of four people. Two were on the patio and two were outside. Two dead dogs also were found.In a second apartment nearby, Thompson says officers found the body of the suspected gunman.

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    A case containing three guns after it was seized Saturday by police at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York.

    Police: Man had loaded, altered rifle in bag at JFK

    Keenan Draughon was arrested Saturday morning trying to board a flight to Charlotte, N.C., after Port Authority of New York and New Jersey police found the weapons. Police spokesman Joseph Pentangelo says Draughon also had high-capacity magazines, which are illegal in New York.

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    Dog blamed for apartment fire

    Wenatchee Fire Marshal Mark Yaple tells KPQ radio that it appears the black Labrador was reaching for a bag of dog food left on a stove top when it turned on the stove with its paw.

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    Special Assistant District Attorney John B. Johnson, left, and Glynn County Police Chief Matt Doering meet with members of the press Friday in front of the Glynn County Courthouse in Brunswick, Ga.

    Georgia man guilty of killing 8 in mobile home

    “This ain’t right! This ain’t justice!” Heinze’s younger brother, Tyler Heinze, shouted as he left the courthouse. “You know Guy can’t have done this (expletive).”

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    District 15 officials working to solve bus driver shortage

    School District 15 informed parents through email Friday about a bus driver shortage that has persisted since the beginning of the school year. Superintendent Scott Thompson informed parents that drivers are currently in training to fill the vacancies that have occured through attrition and as a result of drivers being released for violating safety procedures

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    JOHN STARKS/jstarks@dailyherald.com Congressman Bill Foster has a discussion with local auto dealers about their economic problems in May 2009 at Avenue Chevrolet in Batavia. The dealership closed in December 2011 and the site along Randall Road has remained vacant. Some residents wouldn’t mind seeing a grocery store fill the void.

    ‘In St. Charles’ songwriter will perform it back home next month

    "In St. Charles" is soon to be adopted as the city's official song, and songwriter Jim Masters is expected to return to St. Charles in November to sing the song as part of the holiday festivities downtown, according to columnist Dave Heun.

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    President Barack Obama, standing with supporters of his health care law, speaks Monday in the White House Rose Garden in Washington about the problem ridden rollout of his health care overhaul.

    Botched healthcare rollout raises questions about big government

    Middle-class security was central to President Obama’s reelection campaign message. But even as the unemployment rate ticks down, the economy is providing less opportunity and upward mobility for many workers than it once did.

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    Aaron B. Stoen

    Man charged with reckless homicide in pedestrian death

    A Wisconsin man was being held in the Lake County jail Saturday on charges of reckless homicide and various other offenses in connection with the death of one of two pedestrians struck Friday in Waukegan. The two men were selling television packages in the residential area when a car driven by Aaron B. Stoen jumped the curb and struck them, police said. Police said Stoen admitted using heroin...

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    Kuhn Kim

    Barrington Hills home invasion trial continued

    The bench trial of a Wilmette man charged with a 2008 Barrington Hills home invasion will continue Dec. 17, court records show. If convicted, Kuhn Kim, 28, could face from six to 30 years in prison.

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    Indian village children lay out their floodwater drenched books to dry at Podapadar in Ganjam district of Orissa state, India. Days of torrential rains have unleashed floods in the states of Andhra Pradesh and Orissa.

    Tens of thousands flee India flooding; 39 dead

    Hundreds of villages were inundated and crops were being ruined in the so-called Rice Bowl of India. Railway services have been suspended along routes where tracks were submerged or damaged.

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    Seven killed in prison riot in Mexico’s gulf coast

    State security officials say seven inmates have died in a prison riot in Mexico’s Gulf coast state of Tamaulipas bordering Texas.

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    Associated Press/Oct. 11, 2013 Secretary of State John Kerry looks out the window en route to the ISAF headquarters after an unannounced visit to Kabul, Afghanistan. President Barack Obama and Kerry are trying to quell international anger over the latest classified disclosures about NSA tactics.

    21 nations line up behind U.N. effort to restrain NSA

    The push marks the first major international effort to curb the National Security Agency’s vast surveillance network. Its momentum is building. And it comes as concerns are growing within the U.S. intelligence community that the NSA may be, in effect, freelancing foreign policy by eavesdropping on leaders like Germany’s Angela Merkel.

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    Prisoner: Foreigners fighting in Nigeria’s Islamist uprising

    Boko Haram poses the biggest security threat in years to the cohesion of Nigeria, already riven by sectarian, tribal and regional divisions that often explode into bloodletting, amid power struggles ahead of elections in 2015 that likely will be contested by the current president, a fundamentalist Christian.

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    Amelia Hodak, left, and Sheila Buck, discuss smoothie recipes at the smoothie bar located just inside Mariano’s entrance.

    Wheaton Mariano’s vows to put fun back into grocery shopping

    The days of in-and-out grocery shopping in Wheaton are about to come to an end at the new Mariano’s Fresh Market. From the in-store bars serving smoothies and gelato to the cafe serving grilled steak, Mariano’s officials vow to make shopping an event at Naperville and Roosevelt roads a destination. “Mariano’s is an experience, so come in and have fun. That’s it. I don’t care if you do anything...

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    Marcia Wallace during TV Land’s 35th anniversary tribute to “The Bob Newhart Show” in Beverly Hills, Calif.

    Marcia Wallace, voice of ‘Simpsons’ Krabappel, dies

    The longtime TV actress’ credits ranged from playing a wise-cracking receptionist on “The Bob Newhart Show” to appearances on Candice Bergen’s “Murphy Brown.”

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    In this September photo, Ke$ha performs at the IHeartRadio Music Festival, in Las Vegas. Authorities in Muslim-majority Malaysia have banned a planned concert by U.S. pop singer Ke$ha after deciding it would hurt cultural and religious sensitivities.

    Malaysia bans Ke$ha concert, cites 'culture' clash

    Authorities in Muslim-majority Malaysia have banned a planned concert by U.S. pop singer Ke$ha after deciding it would hurt cultural and religious sensitivities. Concert organizer Livescape said it received a letter about the decision on the eve of the show that was to be held Saturday at a Kuala Lumpur stadium.

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    In this image made from video provided by theOct26thDriving campaign, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, a Saudi woman drives a vehicle in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013. A Saudi woman said she got behind the wheel Saturday and drove to the grocery store without being stopped or harassed by police, kicking off a campaign protesting the ban on women driving in the ultraconservative kingdom.

    Saudi women's driving kicks off without arrests

    Saudi activists said more than 60 women claimed to have answered their call on Saturday to get behind the wheel in a rare show of defiance against a ban on female driving in the ultraconservative kingdom. Saudi professor and campaigner Aziza Youssef said the group has received 13 videos and another 50 phone messages from women showing or claiming they had driven. She said they have no way to...

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    Car with Mass. plates crashes in Conn., killing 4

    Police say a car with Massachusetts license plates has crashed in Connecticut, killing four people and critically injuring a fifth.

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    This photo provided by the Ridgecrest, Calif. police shows Sergio Munoz. Ridgecrest police have identified Munoz, 39, as the gunman who fatally shot a woman, injured another and then led police on a wild chase before he was killed in a shootout on Friday, Oct. 25, 2013.

    Police chase gunman, hostages across Mojave Desert

    Police were investigating a deadly shooting in this Mojave Desert city when they got a chilling call — from the killer. Sergio Munoz said he wanted to deliver a "package" to police and kill officers, but to avoid being outgunned at the station he would instead "wreak havoc" elsewhere.

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    Feds: Developers cheated investors in Ponzi scheme

    A former securities broker and his partner in a northern Illinois real estate business are facing federal charges accusing them of running a Ponzi-like scheme and cheating investors out of millions.

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    More Chicago parks getting free wireless access

    Two of Chicago's busiest parks will become the latest city locations to offer free wireless internet access.

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    Family flu vaccine clinics planned in Chicago

    Chicago health officials are launching a series of family-focused events to encourage vaccination to prevent the spread of influenza.

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    Rob Russell

    Russell, Lauzen again don’t see eye to eye on budget matters

    The dispute between Kane County Coroner Rob Russell and county board Chairman Chris Lauzen grew Friday, as Russell's request for an amendment to his 2013 budget was pulled off the judicial and public safety committee meeting at the last minute. “These are not frivolous expenses. They are for autopsies, fuel, toxicology reports, and the new expense of budgeted overtime,” Russell said.

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    Thomas Hartwell

    Kane circuit clerk: Streamlined system efficient

    The Kane County Circuit Court Clerk's Office launched a new service Thursday allowing lawyers to view case files via remote computer instead of driving to the clerk's office in St. Charles. So far, 40 firms have signed up. Circuit Clerk Thomas Hartwell said this will improve efficiency for his office, attorneys and members of the public that they represent.

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    Mount Prospect’s ladder truck, Tower 13: Trustees said is the department’s policy of running the tower ladder on every call so as not to have to go back to the station to get it is concerning.

    Mt. Prospect Fire Dept. concerned about staffing, equipment

    The Mount Prospect Fire Department is taking extraordinary measures to keep its response times low since budget cuts have eliminated six full-time firefighter jobs since 2010, Chief John Malcolm says, but both he and the village board are concerned about the department going forward. “We were basically staffing two vehicles with three people,” Chief John Malcolm said.

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    Wheaton Warrenville no closer to public outreach

    Since August, Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200 officials have vowed to tap into their constituents through an in-depth community engagement process.After two months, however, they have yet to leave the starting gate.

Sports

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    The Blackhawks' Patrick Sharp watches the puck after failing to score in the second period Saturday night.

    Night to forget for Blackhawks

    The Blackhawks were a step behind from the opening faceoff Saturday night in their 5-3 loss to the Minnesota Wild at the United Center. The list of Hawks having off nights was a long one.

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    Class 8A first-round pairings

    Here are the first-round pairings for the IHSA Class 8A football playoffs.

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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 swimming scoreboard
    High school varsity results from Saturday's girls swimming 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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    Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel (2) throws a pass during the first half.

    Manziel leads No. 14 A&M over Vanderbilt 56-24

    Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin didn't know if Johnny Manziel would be able to play Saturday against Vanderbilt until pregame warm-ups. “Johnny Football” didn't have any of those doubts. “In my mind I was always going to play,” Manziel said. “It would take a lot to keep me off the field and away from these guys."

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    Iowa quarterback Jake Rudock (15) dives for a first down in front of Northwestern's Tyler Scott (97).

    Northwestern miscues give Iowa 17-10 OT win

    Miscues and penalties cost Northwestern. Now there's not a lot of time to regroup. The Wildcats dropped their fourth straight game after Iowa's C.J. Fiedorowicz caught an 8-yard touchdown pass in overtime to give the Hawkeyes a 17-10 win. Northwestern (4-4, 0-4 Big Ten) coughed up two fumbles and allowed six sacks. “We're beating ourselves,” Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald said. “... We have to go back to work Tuesday like I know the guys will and find a way to get it fixed.”

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    St. Louis Cardinals' Allen Craig gets tangled with the Boston Red Sox' Will Middlebrooks during the ninth inning of Game 3. Middlebrooks was called for obstruction on the play and Craig went in to score the game-winning run. The Cardinals won 5-4 to take a 2-1 lead in the series.

    Obstruction call gives Cards win in World Series' Game 3

    Allen Craig slid home and it sure looked as though he was out. But a rare obstruction call by an umpire let Craig score with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, finishing off a mad-cap play that sent the St. Louis Cardinals over the Boston Red Sox 5-4 for a 2-1 lead in the World Series. “I'm in shock right now,” Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina said. “Wow, it's unbelievable.”

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    Scott Andrews of Glenbard West moves the ball during the York at Glenbard West football game Saturday.

    Scouting DuPage County playoff pairings

    Taking a look at the first-round football playoff matchups in DuPage County.

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    St. Edward and all-time Green Wave career rushing leader Davontae Elam will play at Harvard in the first round of the Class 4A playoffs.

    Scouting first-round pairings in the Fox Valley

    Taking a look at the first-round football playoff matchups in the Fox Valley.

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    Stevenson’s Cameron Green carries the ball on a kickoff return during Friday’s game against Lake Zurich. The Patriots got a No. 6 seed in Class 8A and will host St. Charles East in the first round of the state playoffs next weekend.

    Lots for Lakes to like as playoffs take shape

    Lakes, which finished the regular season with an 8-1 record, earned the No. 4 seed in Class 6A and got matched up with No. 13 Prairie Ridge, which is 5-4 but also just two years removed from a state championship. “They’re always one of the top teams in the Fox Valley Conference,” coach Luke Mertens said of Prairie Ridge. “We’re not too concerned about their number or ours. No matter who you play at this time of the year, you know it’s going to be a very good team.”

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    Barrington's Scotty Miller eludes Fremd defender Ryan Tarallo at Barrington in Week 6.

    Barrington eager for second season

    A season ago, Barrington football coach Joe Sanchez was home with his wife watching the Illinois High School Association's playoff matchups scroll on his TV since the Broncos had failed to qualify for the state playoffs. But what a difference a year makes. After going 8-1 and qualifying this year's postseason, Sanchez, his team and their supporters gathered at Barrington High School on Saturday. Just like they had in eight of the previous 11 years, Sanchez and his team were waiting to see where the Broncos would be placed in the Class 8A brackets. Just after 9 p.m., the team was rewarded for its patience. Barrington was awarded a No. 2 seed and will host Evanston (5-4) from the Central Suburban South in the first round of the playoffs next weekend. The official dates and times of all the first-round games will be announced Monday by the IHSA.

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    Bears quarterback Josh McCown talks with head coach Marc Trestman during the second half of last Sunday’s loss at Washington.

    Bears ready to turn offense over to McCown

    There are some similarities between injured Bears quarterback Jay Cutler and his backup, Josh McCown, who will be running the offense for the next month or so. But there's a key difference. “Have you seen him throw?” McCown said, laughing. “Obviously there’s a difference in the velocity the ball travels (at) when Jay throws it and when I throw it."

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    Batavia drops down to Class 6A

    Three students. That was the enrollment margin placing Batavia as a No. 2 seed in Class 6A when the Illinois High School Association football playoff pairings were announced Saturday night.

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    Tough finish for Hersey

    A 86th-minute strike from Keegan Kullby gave No. 5 seed Lake Forest a 2-1 overtime victory over No. 4 Hersey on Saturday and sent the Scouts into the Mundelein sectional. The goal by Kullby ended the postseason march of the No. 4 Hersey, which was unable to summon any late dramatics in the championship of the Lake Forest regional.

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    Glenbard South’s John Wold takes first place in the Class 2A cross country regional on Saturday, October 26.

    Glenbard South's Wold completes second straight sweep

    Last week John Wold completed a 4-for-4 sweep of conference championships. On Saturday at Kress Creek Farms in West Chicago, the Glenbard South senior made it 4-for-4 in regional titles also.

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    Mills latest Blackhawk to get shot at replacing Frolik

    The Blackhawks still are trying to replace Michael Frolik as a fourth-line penalty killer. It’s a search that has taken them through Joakim Nordstrom, Ben Smith and Brandon Saad. Now Brad Mills gets his chance.

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    Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller, top left, escapes the grasp of Penn State cornerback Jordan Lucas, bottom left, as Ohio State offensive lineman Corey Linsley, right, blocks Penn State defensive tackle Kyle Baublitz during the first quarter.

    No. 4 Ohio State scores early, often in 63-14 win

    Ohio State was looking for a lopsided win to impress the voters and boost its BCS numbers. The Buckeyes made Penn State pay the price. Braxton Miller passed for three touchdowns and ran for two and Carlos Hyde rushed for 147 yards and two more scores to lead the fourth-ranked Buckeyes to a 63-14 victory over Penn State on Saturday night.

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    Wolves let one get away to Griffins

    The Chicago Wolves claimed a brief second-period lead but couldn’t stand prosperity, falling 3-2 to the Grand Rapids Griffins on Saturday night at Allstate Arena in Rosemont.Center Corey Locke notched a goal and an assist for the Wolves (3-4-0-1). Defenseman Brent Regner delivered a power-play goal at 12:40 of the second period that gave the Wolves their temporary lead.

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    New England Patriots defensive end Rob Ninkovich (50) has 35 tackles and 1 sack this season.

    Even with Bears off, there’s plenty to watch

    With the Bears on bye, here's a primer on three players with local ties to watch Sunday.

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    Classic victory for Libertyville

    Libertyville’s girls volleyball team will head into the state tournament with plenty of momentum after winning the Crosstown Classic. The Wildcats outlasted Mundelein 15-25, 26-24, 25-8 in the final Saturday to capture their first tourney championship this season. Libertyville (25-10) had not won the Crosstown since 2007.

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    Stevenson’s Alexxis Kiven gives a little fist pump after earning a point with teammate Kendall Kirsch during the girls tennis doubles state final at Buffalo Grove High School on Saturday.

    Doubly rewarding title for Stevenson’s Kiven, Kirsch

    The close friendship between Alexxis Kiven and Kendall Kirsch extends to their families. But it wasn’t until two years ago that it carried over to the tennis court for Stevenson. “Coach (Tom Stanhope) threw us together because he wanted to have a strong doubles team against them,” Kiven said of a tournament with New Trier. “We won pretty badly and coach said, ‘Maybe this will work.’ We made it work.” There was no doubt about how well it worked Saturday afternoon at the girls state tournament at Buffalo Grove. The top-seeded Kiven and Kirsch (33-1) became state doubles champions with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over second-seeded Tess Trinka and Taylor Arends.

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    Girls volleyball/Scouting the Fox Valley postseason

    Scouting the girls volleyball postseason in the Fox Valley.

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    The Blackhawks’ Niklas Hjalmarsson (4), right, is checked by Minnesota Wild’s Zach Parise (11) during the first period.

    Blackhawks fall to Wild 5-3

    Niklas Backstrom made 33 saves in his first win of the season and the Minnesota Wild defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 5-3 on Saturday night in a rematch of their first-round playoff series.Jason Pominville had two goals in his 600th career game as Minnesota earned its third consecutive win.Zach Parise, Kyle Brodziak and Justin Fontaine also scored for the Wild, and Ryan Suter and Mikael Granlund had two assists apiece.Bryan Bickell scored for the fourth consecutive game for the Blackhawks, who had recorded at least one point in each of their past seven games. Patrick Kane added his team-best sixth goal in the third period.

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    Barrington blanks Libertyville

    Austin Grzebieniak and Shawn Owen scored four minutes apart in the first half to help take top-seed Barrington into the sectional semifinals with a convincing 2-0 victory over No. 8 Libertyville in regional final at Barrington Community Park on Saturday. The Broncos (17-3-4) will now face Lake Forest (13-6-1), which defeated Hersey 2-1 in overtime Saturday afternoon, in a Mundelein sectional semifinal.

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    Elk Grove wins regional title

    Elk Grove claimed a Class 3A boys soccer regional championship by topping Addison Trail 2-1 on Saturday.The Grenadiers earned a spot in a 6:30 p.m. Wednesday sectional semifinal appearance at Conant against Conant regional champion Lake Park, which defeated Wheaton Warrenville South 3-0.St. Charles East and Wheaton North meet in the other Conant sectional semifinal at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

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    Playoffs: Daily Herald area matchups

    A look at the matchups for the 45 Daily Herald area football teams that made the IHSA playoffs.

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    Naperville Central’s Tiffany Chen shakes hands with her opponent, Carol Finke of New Trier, after winning 6-2, 3-6, 7-5 during the girls state tennis semifinals at Buffalo Grove High School Saturday.

    Naperville Central’s Chen lets loose after winning title

    Tiffany Chen carries a demeanor on the tennis court where it is challenging to tell if she is at a point of breaking apart or taking control.

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    Class 7A first-round pairings

    Here are the first-round pairings for the IHSA Class 7A football playoffs.

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    Add ‘regional champ’ to Grayslake Central’s list

    First, the Grayslake Central boys soccer team captured the Fox Valley Fox Division title. The Rams added another piece of hardware Saturday by netting a regional championship. Joey Mudd and Johnny Madrid each scored goals, and keeper Connor Gosell had a clean sheet, as top-seeded Grayslake Central shut out No. 3 Wauconda 2-0 in the Class 2A Grayslake Central regional final. Grayslake Central (16-2-2) moves on to face Antioch (16-4-3) at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Grayslake North sectional semifinals. Antioch edged Lakes 2-1 in the Lakes regional final.

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    Antioch keeps adding to special season

    Iven Hernandez and his Antioch soccer teammates have put together a special soccer season. The Sequoits stretched their record to 16-4-3 by edging Lakes 2-1 in Saturday’s Class 2A Lakes regional final. It was the first time Antioch beat its district rival. No. 2 Antioch scored twice in the second half. Hernandez notched his 32nd goal of the season and assisted on another, while Eric Pedersen scored the game-winner. Antioch will next play Grayslake Central (16-2-2) at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Grayslake North sectional semifinals.

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    Class 6A first-round pairings

    Here are the first-round pairings for the IHSA Class 6A football playoffs.

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    Strong showing from Hersey at Lake Park

    Hersey’s girls volleyball team tuned up for the Buffalo Grove Class AA regional on Saturday by posting a 4-1 record in the Lake Park tourney. The Huskies defeated Addison Trail (25-15 20-25 15-9) and Dundee-Crown (25-18 25-23) in pool play on Friday night. They fell to Buffalo Grove (21-25, 25-23, 17-18) in the quarterfinals before defeating Bartlett (25-13, 25-17) and Dundee-Crown again (25-10 26-24).

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    Class 5A first-round pairings

    Here are the first-round pairings for the IHSA Class 5A football playoffs.

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    Class 4A first-round pairings

    Here are the first-round pairings for the IHSA Class 4A football playoffs.

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    Class 3A first-round pairings

    Here are the first-round pairings for the IHSA Class 3A football playoffs.

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    Northern Illinois linebacker Bobby Jones IV, center, rolls over Eastern Michigan defensive back Willie Creear, right, as teammate Donald Coleman, left, rolls away during the second half.

    No. 23 NIU improves to 8-0 with 59-20 win

    Jordan Lynch threw four touchdown passes and caught another as No. 23 Northern Illinois reached its best start as a major program with a 59-20 victory over Eastern Michigan on Saturday. The Huskies (8-0, 4-0 Mid-American Conference) never trailed on the way to a season-high in points and second-highest total offense (658 yards).

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    Class 2A first-round pairings

    Here are the first-round pairings for the IHSA Class 2A football playoffs.

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    Class 1A first-round pairings

    Here are the first-round pairings for the IHSA Class 1A football playoffs.

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    Notre Dame wide receiver Chris Brown, left, celebrates his touchdown catch with teammate C.J. Prosise against Air Force in the third quarter.

    Rees leads Notre Dame to 45-10 win over Air Force

    Tommy Rees showed no signs of a strained neck that knocked him out a week ago, throwing a career-high five touchdown passes to help Notre Dame rout Air Force 45-10 on Saturday. The senior was on target all day, completing 17 of 22 passes for 284 yards as the Fighting Irish (6-2) won their third straight. Rees now has 54 career TD passes and moves past Ron Powlus for third place in team history.

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    Larkin takes out South Elgin in PKs again

    Say it’s not South Elgin — again. If there was a way to describe cruel and usual punishment in the realm of high school soccer, look no further at what transpired at the Class 3A Streamwood regional final Saturday afternoon. For the second consecutive postseason, Larkin and South Elgin needed penalty kicks to solve which Elgin Area School District U-46 school would advance further into the playoffs.And for the second consecutive postseason, it was the Royals coming out on top, ironically by the same score as last year’s York sectional semifinal — 2-1.

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    Huntley suffers tough loss to DeKalb

    The winds of fate were unkind to Huntley’s boys soccer team Saturday afternoon. It didn’t take long for DeKalb coach Brent McIntosh to determine which direction his team would head after winning the opening coin toss prior to the Class 3A regional championship clash. “When we won the toss, our plan was to definitely take the wind,” said McIntosh. “We felt like that might have been a little bit of a 12th man advantage for us. I felt like we wanted to make a statement in the opening half that it was going to be an 80-minute battle.” When DeKalb’s Stephen Darko stole the ball from a defender and sent a right-footed blast into the net with 19:27 remaining in the opening half, the Red Raiders (21-3-1) knew they were in for a long grind. Darko, a transfer from East Aurora, came off the bench to provide what turned out to be the game’s only goal during the third-seeded Barbs’ 1-0 victory over top-seeded Huntley in DeKalb.

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    Drew Vogg of Glenbard West throws a pass as Mike Kosanovich of York cloeses in on him Saturday in Glen Ellyn.

    Glenbard West wins 8th straight

    Glenbard West’s football team gave opponents a whole lot more to worry about heading into the playoffs. The short-handed Hilltoppers extended their winning streak to eight games with Saturday’s 35-7 West Suburban Silver victory over York in Glen Ellyn.

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    St. Charles North’s, from left, Nick Drawant, Dylan Hunter, and Cameron MacKenzie celebrate a touchdown which was scored on a South Elgin fumble in the end zone at South Elgin on Saturday.

    St. Charles N. wins, but left out of playoffs

    St. Charles North earned football playoff eligibility despite being pushed to the brink by South Elgin. Unfortunately it wasn’t enough. St. Charles North entered the Upstate Eight Conference crossover game against the Storm with 30 playoff points — the combined victories of its opponents — a low number after eight weeks. Despite beating South Elgin 27-25 on Saturday the North Stars’ final tally was 34, 2 points shy of the cutoff, making them one of ten 5-4 teams not to reach the postseason.

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    Palatine primed for sectional

    Mid-Suburban League girls cross country champion Palatine proved to be the class of the Class 3A regional it hosted Saturday at Deer Grove East. Led by sophomores Sabina Yosif (second) and Kelly O’Brien (third), the Pirates finished at 28 points for a comfortable victory. Amy Kieliszewski (sixth), Liz Cox (eighth) and Kara Burton (ninth) gave Palatine half of the race’s top 10 finishers.

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    McHenry ousts Crystal Lake South

    Ryan Uhl knew exactly what was at stake.If the McHenry senior defender scored, the top-seeded Warriors would be Class 3A Crystal Lake South boys soccer regional champions. Uhl got the job done. He blasted a shot past Crystal Lake South senior goalkeeper Gus Alvarez which gave the Warriors a 3-1 advantage in the shootout and a 1-0 win over the third-seeded Gators to claim the regional championship Saturday in Crystal Lake.

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    Palatine runs to regional success

    Palatine produced a winning result at the boys cross country regional it hosted on Saturday at Deer Grove East.The Pirates, led by a second-place finish from junior Graham Brown, finished at 45 points to advance as a group to next week’s Schaumburg sectional.Palatine also counted the efforts of Argeni Bailon (5th), Emil Kozakiewicz (9th), Adam Brauer (14th) and Eddie Graham (15th).Lake Zurich finished second at 60 and had three top-10 finishers in Matt Perreira (4th), Will Llanos (8th) and Dave Brown (10th).Also advancing to the sectional was third-place Barrington, which was led by third-place finisher Jake Herb.McHenry’s Jesse Reiser led fourth-place McHenry with a winning time of 14:55.at Niles West: New Trier, led by a winning performance from Chase Silverman, won the team title with 27 points.Maine West finished seventh, missing team advancement to the sectional by one place.The Warriors qualified two runners as individuals — junior Alex Liston and senior Geoff Rozo.Class 2A: St. Viator placed seventh in the Wheaton Academy regional won by Yorkville, but the Lions advanced two runners to the sectional round as senior Nick Brey finished fourth overall and Jacob Bonanotte was 34th.

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    Van Vlierbergen leads Jacobs to regional title

    Jacobs junior Lauren Van Vlierbergen, seventh in the state last year in Class 3A, began her run to Peoria for 2013 with the individual championship at Saturday’s Class 3A Hononegah regional. Van Vlierbergen finished the race in a time of 17 minutes, 22 seconds to lead the Golden Eagles to 34 points and the team championship. Huntley was second with 53 points and Larkin also qualified for next Saturday’s Waubonsie Valley sectional by finishing fifth with 147 points.

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    Nobody can catch St. Charles North’s England this time

    The last thing St. Charles North senior Ashley England wanted as she approached the finish line Saturday at the Class 3A Wheaton North regional at St. James Farm was to be looking over her shoulder. So England made sure she took a big enough lead she didn’t have to. England won the regional championship with a time of 17:37, 20 seconds ahead of runner-up Torree Scull from St. Charles East.

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    Leyden finishes on positive note at Proviso East

    Leyden was hoping to finish its West Suburban Gold football season on a high note at Proviso East on Saturday afternoon. The Eagles were coming off an emotional loss to Willowbrook the previous Friday, and the mood seemed to carry over into the first half of Saturday’s contest. But, sparked by senior running back Aaron Whigham and some timely passing by quarterback Tom Pajor, the Eagles fought back with a strong second half to whip the Pirates 36-12. Leyden finished 3-6 and 3-3 in the conference while Proviso East lost its 18th straight game and finished 0-9 and 0-6.

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    Westminster Christian wins again

    Westminster Christian finished its inaugural varsity football season on its first winning streak, thanks to a 40-6 victory over North Shore Country Day in Northeastern Athletic Conference action in Winnetka Saturday afternoon. The Warriors defeated Christian Liberty Academy last Saturday to register the program’s first win.

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    Glenbard South’s Diane Lipa took second place in the Class 2A cross country regional on Saturday, October 26.

    Glenbard South’s Lipa shows she’s ready to compete

    Step 1, get healthy. Step 2, get in shape. Step 3, go compete.Glenbard South sophomore Diane Lipa managed to complete all three steps for Saturday afternoon’s Class 2A Wheaton Academy girls cross country regional at Kress Creek Farms in West Chicago. Lipa toured the course in 18:12.5 to lead the Raiders to the regional championship.

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    Waubonsie blanks Batavia for regional title

    Seniors Casey Bucz, Michael Miller and Jordan Ward wanted to make history during Saturday afternoon’s Class 3A Waubonsie Valley regional championship. So they did so. Thanks to a pair of goals from Bucz and Miller, along with the steady play of the midfielders and defenders in front of Ward in goal, the Warriors blanked Batavia 4-0 to advance to Tuesday’s Metea Valley sectional semifinal against Naperville North.

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    Surging St. Charles East wins regional crown

    St. Charles East will bring something every cross country team wants this time of year when it lines up next Saturday at the Class 3A Waubonsie Valley sectional — confidence.

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    Boys cross country/Fox Valley roundup

    Huntley sophomore Keagan Smith was the individual champion and Jacobs won the team title Saturday at the Class 3A Hononegah boys cross country regional.Smith finished in a time of 15 minutes, 19 seconds and led the Red Raiders to second place with 64 points. Larkin also qualified as a team, finishing sixth with 151 points.

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    Libertyville’s Pat Humen finishes the Class 3A Libertyville cross country regional at Adler Park.

    Buffalo Grove packs up a victory in Libertyville

    The Buffalo Grove boys cross country team got its postseason off to a great start Saturday afternoon at the Libertyville Class 3A regional. The Bison rolled to first place in the nine-team meet at Adler Memorial Park with 47 points while the host Wildcats nipped Warren 93-95 for runner up honors on the 3-mile course. Highland Park outdistanced Stevenson 109-142 for fourth place with both of those squads earning berths to the Schaumburg sectional next Saturday at Busse Woods. That left one final spot in the sectional meet, and it was Zion-Benton pulling out a 151-152 squeaker over Mundelein for sixth place and a trip to sectionals.

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    Libertyville’s Emily Olson finishes the Class 3A Libertyville cross country regional at Adler Park.

    Libertyville takes the lead in regional victory

    Host Libertyville was more than ready to welcome the girls cross country state series onto its home course Saturday afternoon. The Wildcats captured the championship of their own nine-team Class 3A regional on the 3-mile Adler Memorial Park course by a comfortable 40-66 margin over runner-up Warren with their great depth from top to bottom getting the job done. Sophomore individual champion Kaitlyn Ko (18:56.55) helped carry Buffalo Grove to third place by a score of 80-95 over Deerfield.

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    Repeat victories for Hersey, Conant’s Dale

    Both Hersey’s boys cross country team and Conant junior Zach Dale kept rolling at the Class 3A Hoffman Estates regional Saturday at Busse Woods. Hersey, ranked No. 3 in the Illinois Track and Cross Country Coaches Poll, secured its first Mid-Suburban League since 1972 last week, and the Huskies did not slow down on Saturday snaring the regional title with 41 points easily outdistancing second-place Fremd (81). Dale, who was coming off an MSL individual title, continued to impress on Saturday. The Cougars junior broke away midway through the race in securing the title in 15:06.

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    Oklahoma State running back Desmond Roland celebrates with wide receiver Brandon Sheperd after one a touchdown run in the first half. Roland rushed for 219 yards and four touchdowns in their 58-27 victory.

    No. 19 Oklahoma State runs past Iowa State 58-27

    AMES, Iowa — Clint Chelf certainly didn’t solve Oklahoma State’s issues in the passing game.It didn’t matter though, because Desmond Roland and the Cowboys ran all over Iowa State.Desmond Roland ran for a career-high 219 yards and four touchdowns and 19th-ranked Oklahoma State routed Iowa State 58-27 on Saturday for its third straight win.Quarterback Clint Chelf had 163 total yards in his second start of the season for the Cowboys (6-1, 3-1 Big 12), who ran for a season-high 342 yards.Though coach Mike Gundy wasn’t thrilled with Oklahoma State’s paltry 78 yards passing, he indicated that he’ll stick with Chelf when the Cowboys face Texas Tech next week. “I think Clint did a good job of managing the game. I think he did a good job of getting us in the correct run plays and was an effective runner,” Gundy said.Oklahoma State scored 14 points in a 2-½ minute stretch late in the third quarter to extend its lead to 45-20. Roland ran 58 yards for his third touchdown of the day, and Tyler Johnson took a fumble 54 yards for a TD with 4:17 left in the third.Sam Richardson had 95 yards passing and a touchdown for Iowa State (1-6, 0-4) before leaving the game late in the first half after an apparent blow to the head and neck.Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads was optimistic that Richardson will be healthy enough to play next week.“When you play an opponent like that, you can’t give them things. You can’t make mistakes, you can’t turn the ball over, you can’t have foolish penalties. We had way too much of that in 60 minutes to give ourselves an opportunity to win,” Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads said.After a blistering start, Oklahoma State let Iowa State sneak back into the game by halftime.The Cowboys blew past the hapless Cyclones with a dominant third quarter.Roland broke at least four tackles during his 58-yard TD run, the longest of his career, to put Oklahoma State up 38-20.Cowboys linebacker Joe Mitchell then stripped Ernst Brun, and Johnson deftly maneuvered through a crowd of Cyclones and found the pylon for the defense’s second TD of the game. Chelf, who got the starting nod over J.W. Walsh, was just 10 of 26 passing for 78 yards. But he added 85 yards rushing and a touchdown for the Cowboys — who had 179 yards rushing in just the third quarter. “The offensive line just ran them down the field,” Roland said. “Coach Gundy said `Let’s stop playing with them. Get them out of the way and make some big holes,’ and they listened.”Iowa State was coming off the most lopsided loss in school history, having been throttled by No. 6 Baylor 71-7 last weekend in Waco.The Cowboys made the Cyclones look just as bad in the first 10 minutes. Roland opened the scoring with a 2-yard touchdown run, and Justin Gilbert made it 14-0 Cowboys by taking a Richardson interception back 31 yards. Oklahoma State pushed its lead to 21-0 on an 8-yard TD pass from Chelf to Charlie Moore midway through the first quarter. To that point, Iowa State had given up an astounding 92 points in the 69:15 dating back to the start of the Baylor game.But instead of burying the Cyclones, the Cowboys allowed them to climb right back into it.Quenton Bundrage caught TD passes of 22 and 20 yards — the first from Richardson, the second from backup Grant Rohach — to help Iowa State pull within 28-20 by halftime. But there would be no repeat of 2011, when the host Cyclones stunned the Cowboys in double overtime and ruined their shot at a national title.“I would argue that momentum was almost on our side as we went into the locker room,” Rhoads said. “With the ability to come out and get a stop, which we did in a way, and go get a score, you’ve got a chance in the last 30 minutes to knock off a top (20) team. We didn’t do enough execution-wise in the second half to make that happen. Was that frustrating? Sure.”Rohach finished with 97 yards passing for Iowa State, which converted just 4 of 20 third downs and punted 11 times.

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    South Dakota quarterback Kevin Earl, right, breaks a tackle against Illinois State’s Colton Underwood (35), during the first half.

    Illinois St. beats South Dakota 28-14

    NORMAL, Ill. — Blake Winkler only completed nine passes, but three of them were for touchdowns as Illinois State beat South Dakota 28-14 Saturday. Winkler would open the scoring by finding Corey Shandrick for a 33-yard touchdown in the first quarter. South Dakota (4-4, 3-2 Missouri Valley) responded as Jordan’s Roberts’ 22-yard run capped a 91-yard touchdown drive.Winkler found Phil Dudley from 43 yards and Scott Kuehn from 35 yards to give the Redbirds (4-4, 3-2) a 21-7 half time lead. Marshaun Coprich finished with 108 yards and a touchdown on 34 carries for the Redbirds. Winkler went 9 of 20 for 181 yards and also threw two interceptions. South Dakota’s Kevin Earl, who accounted for five touchdowns last week, was held largely in check. He went 22 of 47 for 256 yards and a score while rushing for 30 yards on six carries. He also threw two interceptions.

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    Gutt, Schaumburg get it up and running

    Schaumburg junior Ali Gutt was held out of the Mid-Suburban League conference meet due to missing a practice after over sleeping. On Saturday the Saxons junior was wide awake. Gutt pulled away in the final mile in securing the individual title in 17:54, helping Schaumburg edge host Hoffman Estates 38-41 for the Class 3A regional title at Busse Woods.

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    Hinsdale Central’s Isabelle Lorenzini returns a volley during the girls state tennis semifinals at Buffalo Grove High School Saturday.

    Images: Girls State Tennis
    Images from the State Girls Tennis tournament at Buffalo Grove Hingh School. Suburban singles players included Naperville Central's Tiffany Chen and Hinsdale Central's Isabelle Lorenzini.In doubles-Stevenson's Kendall Kirsch and Alexxis Kiven.

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    South Elgin’s TeQuan Cager, left, pursues St. Charles North’s Evan Kurtz .

    Images: St. Charles North vs. South Elgin football
    South Elgin hosted St. Charles North Saturday afternoon in football action.

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    Vernon Hills claims regional crown

    Vernon Hills just couldn’t be stopped. The Cougars entered Saturday’s Class 2A Burlington Central regional having won the North Suburban Conference meet last week and ranked third in the state in one poll. The Cougars maintained their roll, winning the regional title with 34 points, easily outpacing defending regional champ Crystal Lake Central. The Tigers finished second with 62 points, just ahead of Kaneland, which took third.

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    Vernon Hills second at Burlington C. regional

    Vivian Oberbeck just ran her race. That was good enough for first place while leading her Vernon Hills teammates to a second-place overall finish at the Class 2A Burlington Central girls cross country regional Saturday. The Cougars totaled 60 points, just behind Crystal Lake Central, which won the team title with 47 points.

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    Eric Farley of Glenbard West takes down Kyle Coughlin of York.

    Images: Glenbard West vs. York football
    The Glenbard West High School football team hosted York High school on Saturday, October 26th, in Glen Ellyn.

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    Family members Edward Harris, left, and Damien Brown, carry a framed photo of Demarius Reed, in his Eastern Michigan football jersey, as they leave Reed's funeral at Holy Temple Cathedral in Harvey, Ill., on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013. Reed was repeatedly shot Oct. 18 in what police say may have been a robbery. (AP Photo/AnnArbor.com, Melanie Maxwell) LOCAL TV OUT; LOCAL INTERNET OUT; ONLN OUT; IONLN OUT

    Funeral held for slain Simeon football player
    A funeral has been held in the Chicago area for an Eastern Michigan University football player who was fatally shot in an off-campus apartment building.

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    Bulls waive Pittman, White

    The Bulls have waived center Dexter Pittman and forward D.J. White.

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    Minnesota running back David Cobb (27) evades Nebraska linebacker Jared Afalava (33) on a 7-yard gain during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game in Minneapolis Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

    Minnesota upsets No. 25 Nebraska 34-23

    Philip Nelson rushed for two touchdowns and passed for another, guiding Minnesota to a 34-23 upset Saturday of 25th-ranked Nebraska, the first win by the Gophers since 1960 against the Cornhuskers.

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    This Nov. 1, 1913, photo released by the University of Notre Dame shows Knute Rockne, right, making a touchdown against Army after catching a forward pass in West Point, N.Y.

    Army game a century ago put Notre Dame on map

    The birth of Notre Dame as a football powerhouse and the possibility of the pass as an offensive weapon came together on a cold, raw day in West Point a century ago before a crowd of 5,000 mostly Army fans. The start of World War I was months away and commercial radio broadcasts were still several years away when the team from South Bend boarded a train for what would become a momentous game.

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    Joliet Catholic hands Benet third straight defeat

    The toughest task on a Friday night when as many as six — that’s right, six — teams could have ended the regular season claiming a share of the East Suburban Catholic Conference title fell to Benet as the Redwings hosted league-leading Joliet Catholic.

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    Lake Park shuts out West Aurora

    Lake Park finished its season on a high note with a 35-0 win over West Aurora on Friday in Roselle to close out its first DuPage Valley Conference season.

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    West Chicago celebrates end to long losing streak

    When West Chicago needed a critical play to earn its first football victory in two years, the Wildcats turned to an unlikely hero: a sophomore playing in just his third varsity game.

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    Quarterback Jake Kolbe, right, of Naperville Central celebrates with Emmanuel Rugamba after scoring a touchdown in the first quarter against Naperville North on Friday at North Central College.

    Naperville Central returns with a win

    Gone in a flash. That’s what happened to Naperville North’s short-lived lead Friday night, as well as whatever momentum the Huskies had built up by driving 82 yards on their opening possession and kicking a 22-yard field goal by Milan Dosen.

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    Glenbard South completes perfect regular season

    Glenbard South finished traveling the unbeaten path Friday night. Those Raiders of the no lost games completed their perfect nine by defeating Bloom Twp. 29-13 behind Zach Smith’s 219 total yards and 3 touchdowns. Glenbard South, which will learn the identity of its Class 5A first-round playoff opponent Saturday night, posted an unblemished regular-season record for the first time in program history.

Business

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    Jeffrey Zients testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. President Barack Obama is calling on Zients to help correct problems with the new federal health care website.

    IRS says 330,000 have gotten results on insurance website

    Despite the technical problems plaguing many of the new health insurance websites, the federal government has delivered 330,000 premium subsidy calculations to people who have gotten deep enough into the system to find out whether they qualify for financial help, the Internal Revenue Service said Saturday.

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    Iowa State graduate student Meaghan Bryan stands near a Palmer amaranth plant found in a farm field near Modale, Iowa.

    Beast of a weed creeping up from South

    “This is not just a nuisance. This is a game-changer,” warned Purdue University weed scientist Bill Johnson, whose state has well-established pockets of the plant.

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    A Norfolk Southern Railroad train pulls transport cars full of coal near Goodfield, Ill. The United States cut its energy-related carbon dioxide pollution by 3.8 percent in 2012, the second biggest drop since 1990, the Department of Energy said Monday.

    City asks utility to cut its coal reliance

    In a way, Asheville’s resolution is symbolic. The state — not municipalities — regulates utility companies. The city can’t force Duke to stop using coal at the Asheville Plant.

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    Schaumburg envisions the Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center as the centerpiece of a new suburban entertainment district.

    Schaumburg entertainment district tax plan splits panel

    Taxing bodies and a citizen representative were deadlocked on Schaumburg’s proposed tax increment finance district to spur redevelopment near the convention center. “We support community development,” said Dave Torres, of Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211. “... But how do we balance that with the unintended consequence of the tax burden shift?”

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    Amazon bets on ‘Betas’ to turn web viewers into shoppers

    Amazon, which is spending $10 million to $50 million on “Betas” and other shows like it, joins Netflix and Hulu in delivering original programming directly to viewers that serve as an alternative to cable and network television. The growing list of Web series is helping to fragment an already-splintering audience for pay-television providers such as Comcast and DirecTV.

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    An Apple employee demonstrates the new Mac Pro desktop computer on Tuesday in San Francisco.

    Review: Refinements add up in new Mac system

    Mavericks has plenty of modest refinements that add up to a system well worth the upgrade — especially because it’s free. Many years ago, Web surfing changed dramatically when the Opera browser offered a way to open multiple Web pages in tabs instead of separate windows that clutter the computer desktop. Most browsers soon followed. That concept now comes to file management as part of Mavericks, which Apple released Tuesday for new Macs and older ones running Snow Leopard, Lion or Mountain Lion.

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    The Affordable Health Care website is the latest in a long line of tech messes in the federal government.

    Health site merely another item on list of federal tech messes

    Why have other troubled government computer efforts, such as one shut down last year after losing $1 billion, never gotten the attention and vitriol being showered on HealthCare.gov? That other troubled one involved the Defense Department, which for years has spent billions trying to rationalize the many computerized operations meant to keep track of how its services and agencies spend money.

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    Yasuyuki Higuchi, president and chief executive officer of Microsoft Japan Co., speaks during a launch event for Microsoft Corp.’s Windows 8.1 operating system in Tokyo.

    Broken Windows patched with tweaks, tablets

    Microsoft’s Windows 8 and Surface tablet are notably improved, though not really enough to change many minds. From the beginning, Windows 8 has suffered from schizophrenia. The Start screen, with its big, colorful tiles designed to bring Windows into the era of touch-friendly tablets, is largely disconnected from the more traditional desktop, where most productive work actually takes place.

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    STMicro loss adds to evidence of shift to cheaper smartphones

    STMicroelectronics NV, Europe’s biggest semiconductor maker, said chip demand is taking a hit as smartphone manufacturers trim orders, adding to testimony of weakening appetite for high-end handsets.

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    Crowdfunding to take a leap by seeking investors

    For years, filmmakers, artists and charities have used the power of the Internet to generate money for projects. But in the coming year, with the blessing of Congress, startups will be allowed to raise money this way by selling stock to small-time investors. For those investors, it’s a chance to make a small profit and possibly get in early on the next Twitter or Facebook. But it’s also extremely risky, given that a majority of startups fail. And critics warn that investment crowdfunding is ripe for fraud.

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    Tim Cook, chief executive officer of Apple Inc., speaks Tuesday during a press event at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco.

    Is Apple’s feather-light iPad worth all the work?

    Apple this week introduced its first new iPads in a year, and they’re mostly about what people expected, with two exceptions. One is that the company’s new high-end tablet doesn’t come with Touch ID, the fingerprint-sensing technology that Apple introduced in its new iPhones last month. And the other is that it’s really, really light.

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    Tim Cook, chief executive officer of Apple Inc., displays the iPad Air during a press event at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco. Apple Inc. introduced new iPads in time for holiday shoppers, as it battles to stay ahead of rivals in the increasingly crowded market for tablet computers.

    Why doesn’t the iPad have a keyboard?

    There were rumors ahead of Tuesday’s event that Apple was looking into iPad keyboard covers along the lines of Microsoft’s Touch Cover, which doubles as a touch-sensitive keyboard and touch pad for Microsoft’s Surface tablets. But the covers didn’t materialize.

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    Whether or not you like Microsoft’s updated Surface tablets will depend on your needs. The tablets can be great for working on the go, especially if you spring for a $130 keyboard cover. On the flip side, the new versions still lack the elegance and fun that iPads are known for and many Android-based tablets now offer.

    Review: New Surface tablets great for productivity

    Whether or not you like Microsoft’s updated Surface tablets will depend on your needs. On one hand, the tablets can be great for working on the go, especially if you spring for a $130 keyboard cover. On the flip side, the new versions still lack the elegance and fun that iPads are known for and many Android-based tablets now offer. People used to the hundreds of thousands of apps on those devices will be disappointed.

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    Facebook announced Tuesday it was working on new ways to keep users from stumbling across gruesome content on its website following an outcry over the discovery of beheading videos there.

    Facebook works to warn users about violent content

    Facebook announced Tuesday it was working on new ways to keep users from stumbling across gruesome content on its website following an outcry over the discovery of beheading videos there. The controversy — which has drawn critical comment from British Prime Minister David Cameron — illustrates the difficulty of setting a universal standard across the social network used by 1 billion people.

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    Many Swiss watchmakers will likely continue to do well because a smartwatch may often be an addition to a collection rather than a replacement for a $5,000 Rolex, according to Jon Cox, an analyst at Kepler Cheuvreux in Zurich.

    Smartwatches pose threat to swiss watch industry

    In the 1970s, Switzerland’s watchmakers were almost put out of business when they underestimated the importance of the quartz watch. Though the industry recovered and is prospering, today it faces a new technological challenge from “smartwatches” such as Samsung Electronics Co.’s $299 Galaxy Gear. “How would you like it if your boyfriend brings you a smartwatch instead of a nice pavé diamond watch?” said Johann Rupert, the controlling shareholder of Cie. Financiere Richemont SA.

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    LinkedIn recently unveiled a new tool, Intro, that pulls details from the profiles of LinkedIn’s more than 238 million users so the recipient of an email can learn more about the sender.

    LinkedIn tool shares user info on iPhone email

    LinkedIn just gave its users another reason to ensure their resumes are up to date. The online professional network has introduced a mobile feature that shows information about people’s careers in emails being read on iPhones. The tool, called Intro, pulls details from the profiles of LinkedIn’s more than 238 million users so the recipient of an email can learn more about the sender.

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    Nokia is turning to the camera to differentiate its phones from rivals. The Lumia 1020 has a 41-megapixel camera with technology designed to produce better lowlight shots and offer greater manual controls than most smartphones.

    Nokia unveils new Windows phones, first tablet

    Nokia is expanding its lineup of Windows phones and introducing its first tablet computer, all sporting the powerful camera technology found in its flagship Lumia 1020 smartphone. The new devices will use Microsoft’s Windows system and come as Microsoft aims to complete its $7.4 billion deal to buy Nokia’s phone business and patent rights. The deal is expected to close early next year.

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    Chris Roberts converted his 1985 Renault Alliance into an all-electric car. The Alliance DL convertible didn’t run any more after the engine’s timing belt broke.

    Old Renault given new life as a modern electric

    hris Roberts took a lemon and made lemonade out of it. He took his 1985 Renault Alliance DL convertible, which didn’t run any more, and converted it to an electric car, which hums right along.

Life & Entertainment

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    Orlando Bloom and Miranda Kerr have confirmed the end of their marriage, saying they have been “amicably separated for the past few months.”

    Orlando Bloom and Miranda Kerr announce split

    The marriage of actor Orlando Bloom and model Miranda Kerr has ended — even as Bloom tackles one of the most romantic roles in history, Romeo. Publicist Robin Baum released a joint statement Friday that said Kerr and Bloom “have been amicably separated for the past few months” and “recently decided to formalize their separation” after six years together.

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    See free showings of "Hotel Transylvania" Saturday morning at some suburban theaters.

    Looking to scare up Halloween fun this weekend?
    With Halloween falling on Thursday, this weekend offers the best chance to scare up some seasonal fun. We have a selection of ideas for this Saturday and Sunday that range from fearsome to family-friendly.

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    Soap opera star Walt Willey appears in his one-man show, “Wild Bill! An Evening With James Butler Hickok,” at Fox Valley Reperotry at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 25-26.

    Weekend picks: Walt Willey goes 'Wild' in St. Charles

    Soap opera star Walt Willey appears in his one-man show, “Wild Bill! An Evening with James Butler Hickok,” at Fox Valley Repertory at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles. Lisa Marie Presley's back and ready to perform songs from her recent album, “Storm & Grace,” at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles. Hop on a “haunted” trolley ride leaving from Anderson's Bookshop in Naperville Saturday.

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    Perennials provide winter interest.

    Store terra-cotta out of elements for winter

    Terra-cotta containers are best stored out of the elements for winter. The porous clay of these containers absorbs water and the freeze-and-thaw cycles of winter can crack them if they are left outside.

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    Dr. Patrick Massey

    Perfect health is a natural state of being but hard to attain

    We are educated to believe that sickness is normal and natural — that everyone, at some point, will have something physically wrong with them. Yet, according to Dr. Patrick Massey, MD, Ph.D., Medical Director of Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the Alexian Brothers Hospital Network, “the natural state of being is perfect health.”

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    Donor eggs are often fertilized by a doctor using a microscope in a process called IVF.

    Donor egg pregnancies on the rise, study finds

    U.S. women are increasingly using donated eggs to get pregnant, with often good results, although the ideal outcome — a single baby born on time at a healthy weight — is still uncommon, a study found. That ideal result occurred in about 1 out of 4 donor egg pregnancies in 2010, up from 19 percent a decade earlier, the study found.

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    Nurse Dee Reynolds holds “Lucy,” a Chilean Rose Hair (Red Phase) one of her 50 tarantulas at her home in Los Angeles.

    Hairy, scary tarantulas don’t spook loyal owners

    Tarantulas are the heaviest, hairiest, scariest spiders on the planet. They have fangs, claws and barbs. They can regrow body parts and be as big as dinner plates, and the females eat the males after mating. But there are many people who call these creepy critters a pet or a passion and insist their beauty is worth the risk of a bite. “They are fascinating to watch," said Dee Reynolds, a 36-year-old nurse who has more than 50 tarantulas at her L.A. home.

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    Lauren Astley and Nathaniel Fujita will be featured in the upcoming broadcast of “48 Hours: ‘Loved to Death’” to be broadcast Saturday, Oct. 26, on the CBS. The newsmagazine is using the story of the Massachusetts teenager killed by her ex-boyfriend to draw attention to the issue of violence after young people end romantic relationships.

    CBS show draws awareness to breakup violence

    The CBS magazine “48 Hours” is using the story of a Massachusetts teenager killed by her ex-boyfriend to draw attention to the issue of violence after young people end romantic relationships. The show airs at 9 p.m. Saturday. Susan Zirinsky, senior executive producer of the newsmagazine, said Wednesday she felt the 2011 murder of Lauren Dunne Astley of Wayland, Mass., by Nathaniel Fujita could have value beyond the typical crime tale.

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    Aerialist Nik Wallenda walked a 2-inch-thick steel cable a quarter mile over the Little Colorado River Gorge, Ariz., in June. TV execs are on the lookout for the next big live event.

    Live events proving worth for networks

    Television executives are looking for more than hot actors these days. They’re searching for the next Nik Wallenda. With ratings for Wallenda’s tightrope walks across Niagara Falls and the Grand Canyon in mind, networks are taking meetings from people pitching programs about cars flipping over, or an attempt to set a record for simultaneous sky-dives. They’re all on the hunt for the next big event.

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    In Pixar’s “Monsters University,” Sully (John Goodman) chases after his fraternity brother Mike (Billy Crystal) during the Scare Games.

    DVD previews: ‘Monsters University’ and ‘R.I.P.D.’

    Pixar fans will learn how Mike met Sully in the animated prequel "Monsters University," while dead cops played by Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges team up in the afterlife in "R.I.P.D." Both films are out on DVD Tuesday.

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    Exhibits and free entertainment are offered at First Fridays at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago.

    On the road: Chicago’s MCA offers First Friday hip-hop

    No need to travel to Vegas for a breathtaking magic show — just get to the Palmer House Hilton for the Magic Parlour. Guests first meet for wine and beer at Potter’s Lounge and then are whisked up to an elegant suite for an evening of magic performances and mind-reading by host Dennis Watkins. Watkins, a renowned magician hailing from a family of magicians, performs the Magic Parlour at the historic hotel every Friday night. Check the website for special performances on different dates.

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    “Ties That Bind: Stories of Love and Gratitude From the First Ten Years of StoryCorps” by Dave Isay

    Book celebrates StoryCorps’ 10-year anniversary

    Ten years ago this month a small sound studio opened in the middle of Grand Central Terminal in New York City. Its purpose: to collect the stories of ordinary Americans. The idea for the StoryCorps project was simple. People would come and spend 40 minutes recording an interview with the most important person in their lives. Now, to mark StoryCorps’ 10-year anniversary, the project is releasing “Ties That Bind.”

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    This charming print was produced by Raphael Tuck and Sons, a company known for its high-quality work.

    A wonderful old print

    Q. I have a very old chromograph of a picture by E.W. Haslehust printed by Ralph D. Tuck and Son Ltd. I have no idea if it is worth anything. The copy has a small piece of material missing and the paper is very old and tends to be crumbly.

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    The Nest high-tech smoke and carbon monoxide alarm can be turned off with the wave of an arm.

    Company attempts to make a better smoke detector

    Smoke detectors frequently produce more headaches than useful warnings. Now Tony Fadell, a gadget guru who helped design the iPod and original iPhone, hopes his latest innovation proves the smoke detector can be sleek, smart and appreciated.

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    Art in the garden: Shrubs that dazzle the late-season landscape

    Summer is now a memory, and we appreciate the colors of fall as we take stock of our landscapes. Is there something to look forward to after the first frost nips the last of our annuals? Once the leaves fall from the trees, what will the landscape look like?

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    Power of attorney is limited

    Q. The owner of a unit has provided the board with a copy of a power of attorney she granted to her husband. The owner claims that her husband is permitted to attend association meetings and that he can request books and records of the association based on the power of attorney. Is this correct?

Discuss

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    The Soapbox
    Daily Herald editors comment on taxes, soccer, downtown improvements and what constitutes bullying.

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    Cruz was ringleader in the shutdown
    A Huntley letter to the editor: To say that both the Democratic and Republican parties are to blame for the government shutdown is to ignore the facts.

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    Why one congressman voted ‘no’
    A Carol Stream letter to the editor: Rep. Randy Hultgren voted Oct. 16 against a deal to end the governmental shutdown. The article stated that he had nothing to lose by doing so. Although his vote was not needed, Rep. Hultgren could have voted honorably to end the shutdown.

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    Andy Pafko rose above the rest
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: No. 48 is gone. It saddened me to read of Andy Pafko’s death. In yet another bygone era of poor baseball, Handy Andy was a star among a host of mediocrities.

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    Republicans made key improvements
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: The liberals laughed at Edward Teller and Reagan when they claimed they could destroy ICBMs at their launch site with lasers mounted on satellites, but that’s exactly what the U.S. did and that continues to this very day.

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    Find a coach from among ‘baseball guys’
    A Palatine letter to the editor: The Cubs are no better off today than the day Sweet Lou handed the keys to Mike Quade in 2010. Arguably much worse. But seriously, the Padres’ bench coach? Rick Renteria is a top shelf “baseball guy.” But he’s the Padres’ bench coach. The Padres!

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    Welcome to our world of jet noise, Chicago
    A letter to the editor: Chicago voters/taxpayers agree over noise from O’Hare expansion. I say, you wanted it, now shut up and live with it.

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    As treasurer Cross will make a difference
    A Palatine letter to the editor: Tom Cross is running for state treasurer because he wants to restore trust, protect taxpayers and make a real, serious difference in the lives of our state’s citizens. As a former prosecutor, Tom has the skills and determination needed to be a vigilant fiscal watchdog who will protect Illinois taxpayers — and that starts by balancing our budget.

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    Taxation, but no representation
    A Elk Grove Village letter to the editor: Looks like the High School District 214 board thinks they aren’t spending enough of the taxpayers’ money because they have a $55 million excess in the reserve fund. So they are forming a committee to figure out how to spend it (“District 214 will form committee to discuss surplus funds,” Oct. 14). Maybe the problem is that they are taking too much money out of the taxpayers’ pockets.

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    Don’t let big news stories fade
    A Mundelein letter to the editor: As a high school student, I am always checking the news to find out what’s happening in the world. A majority of the news articles the last two weeks have been about the government shutdown. I have no problem with this because I think it is very big news. However, where is the news on Syria?

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