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Daily Archive : Tuesday December 3, 2013

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    Michael Seyller

    East Dundee severs ties with cop, gives him disability pension

    The East Dundee Police Department and Sgt. Michael Seyller, a police officer with a host of legal troubles and health issues, have officially parted ways. Tuesday afternoon, the East Dundee Police Department Pension Board unanimously approved Seyller's request for a non-duty, disability pension due to injuries he sustained that doctors say prevent him from working as a police officer.

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    About 40 teachers and retirees protested against the proposed legislation to cut state workers pensions outside the office of State Sen. Daniel Biss in Skokie Monday evening.

    Teachers, unions unhappy with pension deal, vow legal challenge

    In the aftermath of the Illinois House and Senate passing pension reform legislation Tuesday, leaders of several suburban teachers unions vowed to continue the fight in the courts. “The pensions were promised and now that promise has been broken,” said Jim Arey, president of the Northwest Suburban High School District 214 Education Association. “The sad part is that the teachers...

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    Illinois Speaker of the House Michael Madigan of Chicago, right, and Illinois Rep. Elaine Nekritz of Northbrook talk during a Pension Committee hearing today at the Illinois State Capitol.

    Suburban lawmakers in both parties on both sides of pension reform vote

    Illinois lawmakers sent sweeping cuts to teachers’ and public workers’ retirements to Gov. Pat Quinn, leaving the final say in the matter to courts. Suburban lawmakers were key to the debate and split their votes, with members of each party on both sides. “All we’ve done is delayed the day of reckoning just a little bit longer,” Rep. Tom Morrison of Palatine said.

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    Nick Peterson of Des Plaines is a home-schooled student in Maine Township District 207 who wants to compete on Maine West's wrestling and baseball teams. District rules currently prohibit home-schooled students from taking part in interscholastic athletics, but Nick's parents are urging the school board to allow him to compete.

    Home-schooler petitions Dist. 207 to play sports

    As a home-schooled student, 15-year-old Nick Peterson was told he couldn’t join the Maine West wrestling team — unless Maine Township District 207 rules changed. That’s why Nick and his parents are appealing to school board members and district administrators to change a district policy that prevents home-schooled students from participating in interscholastic athletics.

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    Naperville changes pay for new city council members

    Naperville City Council on Tuesday night approved what was described as a “minor change” to the salaries of future members, which decreases annual compensation by $200 for those who join the council after the spring 2015 election. Council members seated after the next election — when all eight at-large positions will be available — will be paid a $12,500 annual salary beginning May 3, 2015. They...

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    Wauconda board again delays noise rules

    A vote on a proposed overhaul of Wauconda’s noise ordiance was once again delayed Tuesday night.

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    Anne Stroll

    Body found in search for missing Gurnee woman

    Police are conducting a death investigation after finding a body during their search for a missing Gurnee woman who was last seen on Monday afternoon.

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    ASSOCIATED PRESS Cody Wilson holds what he calls a Liberator pistol completely made on a 3-D-printer at his home. Founder of Defense Distributed, a nonprofit that advocates the free distribution of information on 3-D printed weapons, he posted blueprints online for using the printers to make the pistol which he says he designed, before being ordered by the State Department to take them down after two days.

    At 11th hour, Congress debates plastic gun ban

    With 3-D printers increasingly able to produced plastic weapons, the House voted Tuesday to renew a 25-year-old prohibition against firearms that can evade metal detectors and X-ray machines. On a voice vote, the House passed a bill to renew the Undetectable Firearms Act for another decade.

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    Protesters rally outside federal court in Detroit during a trial to determine if Detroit is eligible to restructure $18 billion in debt. Unions and pensions funds opposed to bankruptcy claim there was a lack of good-faith negotiations with creditors before the Chapter 9 filing.

    Judge: Detroit can use bankruptcy to confront debt

    A federal judge ruled Tuesday that Detroit can use bankruptcy to cut employee pensions and relieve itself of other crushing debts, handing a defeat to the city’s unions and retirees and shifting the case into a delicate new phase.ase.

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    This undated photo provided by the U.S. Geological Survey shows a Eurasian ruffe, which is an invasive fish whose DNA has been detected in Chicago-area waterways. (AP Photo/U.S. Geological Survey, Steffen Zienert)

    Eurasian ruffe DNA found at Calumet Harbor

    Genetic material from an invasive fish called the Eurasian ruffe has been found in southern Lake Michigan for the first time, raising the possibility that it could migrate into the Mississippi River watershed and compete with native fish there, a scientist said Tuesday.

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    Bradley Cooper, left, and Christian Bale in a scene from “American Hustle.”

    N.Y. film critics name ‘American Hustle’ best film

    The critics group also awarded the film best supporting actress for Jennifer Lawrence and best screenplay for the script by Russell and Eric Singer. The film is a fictionalized tale of the FBI’s late 1970s Abscam investigation.

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    Lawmakers take no action on horse wagering

    The future of Arlington International Racecourse’s 2014 season — and perhaps beyond — is going right down to the wire. A day after a House committee approved a three-year agreement reached by a unified racing industry to extend advanced deposit wagering — an agreement that would help fund the Illinois Racing Board and assure that racing resumes as normal in 2014 —...

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    The former OfficeMax headquarters in Naperville.

    Lawmakers take no action on Office Depot tax deal

    State lawmakers left the Capitol Tuesday without approving tax breaks for the new Office Depot Inc., raising questions about whether they’d be able to put a deal together before the company decides whether to keep offices in Naperville.

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    Miley Cyrus performs at the American Music Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Sunday.

    Where’s Miley? Yahoo says Cyrus top search for 2013

    “Miley Cyrus” was Yahoo’s most-searched term overall, while searches for “twerking” and for the lyrics of Cyrus’s hit “Wrecking Ball” also made top-10 lists in other categories.

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    Msgr. Cesare Pasini, prefect of the Vatican Apostolic Library, shows a 10th century digitalized Bible during an interview Tuesday with The Associated Press, at the Apostolic Library, at the Vatican. The Vatican Library and Oxford University’s Bodleian Library put the first of 1.5 million pages of ancient manuscripts online Tuesday, bringing their full two-volume Gutenberg Bibles and other precious documents to a global audience for the first time.

    Vatican, Oxford put ancient manuscripts online

    “We want everyone who can to see these manuscripts, these great works of humanity,” Monsignor Cesare Pasini, the prefect of the Vatican Library, said Tuesday inside the frescoed library. “And we want to conserve them.”

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    Tony Stewart reacts in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ AMP Energy 500 auto race at Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Ala., in 2008.

    Stewart picked for ‘NASCAR ‘14’ video game cover

    Tony Stewart’s fan base seemed to rally around the injured driver, who missed the final months of the season after breaking his right leg in an Aug. 5 sprint car crash.

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    A 1986 Emanuel ball gown worn by late Princess Diana is displayed Tuesday on a mannequin during an auction in London.

    Diana gown fetches $167,000

    A lavish white and gold ballet-inspired ball gown worn by Princess Diana has fetched 102,000 pounds ($167,000) at a London auction.

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    In this photo taken on Sunday, Metro North Railroad engineer William Rockefeller is wheeled on a stretcher away from the area where the commuter train he was operating derailed in the Bronx borough of New York. The National Transportation Safety Board reported Monday that the train Rockefeller was driving was going 82 mph around a 30-mph curve when it derailed killing four people and injuring more than 60.

    Union official says train engineer nodded

    The engineer whose speeding commuter train ran off the rails along a curve, killing four people, nodded at the controls just before the wreck, and by the time he caught himself it was too late, a union official said Tuesday.

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    Peter A. Maloney

    Missing Batavia man found safe

    A missing Batavia man was found safe on Tuesday afternoon, police said.Peter A. Maloney, 68 of Batavia, was supposed to take a metra train from Union Station to the Route 59 station in Aurora at 2:30 p.m. Monday, but never arrived police said.A good Samaritan saw Maloney sitting on an inbound Metra train from West Chicago to Chicago at about 4:15 p.m. Tuesday, according to a news release.

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    Illinois pension deal: Three retirees’ scenarios

    Public employees could see significant reductions in long-term retirement income under legislation that is aimed at solving the worst-in-the-nation pension crisis. One of the biggest cuts would come from a change in annual cost-of-living adjustments.

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    This photo of DeKalb Park District’s indoor, artificial turf facility illustrates what Huntley Park District would like to build, if voters approve the referendum question on the March ballot.

    Huntley parks to seek voter OK for new facility

    Huntley Park District will seek voter approval in March for an $18.75 million construction bond to build a new indoor, artificial turf facility, west of Deicke Park off Route 47. The referendum question will be placed on the March 18 ballot. Residents wouldn’t have to pay more in property taxes because the district would restructure existing debt, officials have said.

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    Schaumburg bazaar proceeds to aid tornado victims

    The Schaumburg Park Foundation is donating all the money raised at Tuesday’s Holiday Bazaar to Illinois disaster relief efforts to help families impacted by the Nov. 17 tornadoes. The foundation donated $2,100 to the Park and Recreation Disaster Relief Fund organized by the Illinois Association of Park Districts. The entire donation will be given to families in the Washington area.

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    MHS students to collect toys at basketball game

    Two Mundelein High School student organizations will collect toys during the varsity boys basketball game against Warren Township High on Wednesday, Dec. 18.

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    Lake Villa church holds annual cookie walk

    Calvary Christian Center will host its 26th annual Christmas cookie walk and craft fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at the center 134 W. Monaville Road, Lake Villa.

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    Cook County passes $179 million forest preserve budget

    The Cook County Board unanimously approved a $179 million 2014 budget for its forest preserves Wednesday that includes $7 million for construction, development and capital improvements, and funding for a new transportation program to provide more county residents, particularly those from Chicago, access to the Brookfield Zoo.

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    ‘Caring Santa’ at Woodfield Mall Sunday

    Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg will hold a “Caring Santa” event from 8 to 10 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 8. “Caring Santa” is a special event dedicated to families that have children with special needs, providing a subdued environment to visit the mall’s Santa photo experience.

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    U.S. Vice President Joe Biden shakes hands with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the end of a joint press conference following their meeting at Abe’s official residence in Tokyo Tuesday. Biden voiced strong opposition Tuesday to China’s new air defense zone above a set of disputed islands, showing a united front with an anxious Japan as tension in the region simmered.

    For Biden in China, tense reunion with Xi Jinping

    In what was supposed to be a warm reunion, Vice President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping meet instead Wednesday in a climate fraught with tension over an airspace dispute that has put Asia on edge. A day before seeing Xi, Biden stood in Japan and publicly rebuked China for trying to enforce its will on its neighbors, escalating the risk of a potentially dangerous accident.

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    Pingree Grove reduces special service area taxes

    The Pingree Grove village board voted to reduce special service area taxes for about 1,700 homes in the village. The 5 percent reduction in SSA Nos. 4 and 9 amounts to $9.95 off property tax bills, primarily for residents of Cambridge Lakes South, said Interim Administrator Carol Lussky.

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    In this image made available Tuesday, Harrison Odjegba Okene looks in awe as a rescue diver surfaces into the air pocket that has kept Okene alive for nearly three days, a scene recorded by the diver’s headcam video.

    Nigerian man survives 3 days at bottom of Atlantic

    About 100 feet down, on the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean, divers had already pulled four bodies out of the sunken tugboat. Then a hand appeared on a TV screen monitoring the recovery. Everyone assumed it was another corpse, and the diver moved toward it. “But when he went to grab the hand, the hand grabbed him!” Tony Walker, project manager for the Dutch company DCN Diving, said of the rescue in...

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    More than a dozen varieties of poinsettias were on display Tuesday during the annual “Shades of Crimson” event at the Cantigny Park greenhouse.

    Poinsettias create ‘beautiful sight’ at Cantigny

    Guests had a chance to admire a sea of red, pink and white poinsettias at Cantigny Park Tuesday during the horticulture department’s annual “Shades of Crimson” event. “When all of our other gardens are going to sleep and we see a lot of browns in the landscape, it’s an opportunity to really have a beautiful sight for the cold, weary days of Chicago,” said Joy Kaminsky, the park’s director of...

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    Lake Zurich Middle School North students rehearse Tuesday for their upcoming performances of “A Christmas Carol.” Nick Hervatin, left, plays Ebenezer Scrooge and gets a visit from the Ghost of Christmas Past played by Aubrey Anderson.

    Lake Zurich students to perform “A Christmas Carol’

    Around 100 Lake Zurich Middle School North students make up the cast and crew for the upcoming performances of "A Christmas Carol." The students will perform the classic Charles Dickens tale on stage at the school at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6, and Saturday, Dec. 7.

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    The Ken-Loch Golf Links near Lombard is for sale and could be redeveloped if DuPage County approves a plan to construct apartments and townhouses on the property.

    DuPage panel supports plan to rezone golf course

    A plan to build multifamily residential housing on what’s now a golf course near Lombard could get approval from DuPage County, despite opposition from neighbors and Lombard officials. The county board’s development committee on Tuesday voted 5-1 to recommend approval of a request to rezone and redevelop the Ken-Loch Golf Links near Lombard.

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    Des Plaines man pleads guilty to promoting prostitution

    A Des Plaines man pleaded guilty to promoting prostitution and was sentenced to 30 months of probation. Nabil Anas, 26, also was ordered to pay $859 in fines.

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    F. James Lumber

    Former Round Lake Mayor James Lumber dies

    A former Round Lake mayor who also served as the first chairman of the College of Lake County’s board died Monday. F. James Lumber, 78, died at Lake Forest Hospital following a lengthy illness.

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    Keith Brin is sworn in by Chief Judge Fred Foreman, right, as the new Lake County circuit court clerk last year. Foreman announced Tuesday that he’ll retire in January.

    Foreman to retire as Lake County chief judge in January

    Lake County Chief Judge Fred Foreman announced Tuesday that he is retiring in January. Foreman is a former Lake County state's attorney and U.S. attorney. He will be replaced as chief judge by Judge John Philips.

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    Buffalo Grove, new police union reach first contract

    Buffalo Grove and its police officers’ newly formed union have reached their first formal contract, a 30-month agreement providing the police department’s rank-and-file with an immediate 1 percent pay hike and another raise next year dependent on the pay their peers receive in surrounding communities.

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    Wheeling man gets four years for firearms charge

    Luis Guzman, 20, of Wheeling, pleaded guilty aggravated discharge of a firearm Tuesday and was sentenced to four years in prison. Prosecutors say Guzman drove the car while a passenger shot at another car. No one was injured, prosecutors said.

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    Mike Phillips, and other union protesters, supporters, and labor leaders boo Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn in protest, saying he is betraying the Democratic Party’s tradition of supporting working men and women, during Governor’s Day at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield.

    Key details of decision over Illinois pension crisis

    Illinois lawmakers are convening in the state Capitol for what could be a historic vote to finally close the gap on the state’s $100 billion public pension shortfall, which is considered the nation’s worst. On the table is a proposed plan that they say would save the state $160 billion over 30 years by trimming retirement benefits. Union officials say it would unfairly hurt retirees who were...

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    Probation for man who videotaped child in Arlington Heights

    A Chicago man pleaded guilty to videotaping a 9-year-old girl under her clothes at an Arlington Heights store. In exchange for Kevin Tao's guilty plea to the class 4 family, a judge sentenced the 24-year-old to 30 months probation and ordered him to pay $719 in fines.

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    Richard August

    Lombard man charged with child porn

    A 54-year-old Lombard man, charged with six counts of child pornography is being held in DuPage County. Bond was set at $150,000 Tuesday morning for Richard August, of the 1300 block of Lore Lane.

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    Marquis K. Walker

    Man charged in St. Charles home invasion

    A 25-year-old man forced his way into a St. Charles apartment Monday and threatened a person with a knife, police said. Marquis K. Walker, of Broadview, faces six to 30 years in prison if convicted of a home invasion charge. He was being held at the Kane County jail on $75,000 bail.

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    Tri-Cities police reports
    An Invisible Fence control panel, washer, dryer, circuit board, shelving units and 12 drape rods — worth a combined $2,575 — were reported stolen at 11:50 a.m. Thursday from a rented home on the 1200 block of Woodland Court near Batavia, according to a sheriff’s report.

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    Pension fix passes both houses

    Illinois lawmakers sent sweeping cuts to teachers' and public workers' retirements to Gov. Pat Quinn today, clearing the controversial issue from their agendas before the 2014 election year and leaving the final say in the matter to courts. It was narrowly approved by the Illinois House by a 62-53 vote and by the Senate 30-24 vote. Suburban lawmakers split, with members of each party on both...

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    Carol Stream transferring part of Armstrong Park to county

    In a move to facilitate a $7 million stormwater management project at Carol Stream’s Armstrong Park, the park district has agreed to transfer ownership of part of the site to DuPage County.

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    Scott Richmond

    Familiar face returning to South Elgin village board

    A familiar face will be sitting on the South Elgin village board in a couple of weeks. Former trustee Scott Richmond, a lawyer who was first elected in 2005 and lost his re-election bid earlier this year, was nominated by Village President Steve Ward to fill a vacant seat on the board. Trustees gave a unanimous thumbs-up to Ward’s choice Monday.

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    Raymond Ellis Elementary School third-grader Tahirah Young thanks Pastor Choice Harris after receiving a new coat Tuesday at the Round Lake Beach school. Christian Faith Fellowship Church Round Lake donated 50 coats to the school during its first winter coat drive.

    New coats warm hearts of Round Lake Beach students

    Raymond Ellis Elementary School children joyfully shuffled through new coats that were dropped off Tuesday at the Round Lake Beach School by members of a local church. Christian Faith Fellowship Church Round Lake donated 50 warm weather coats for students in grades 1 to 5.

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    A DuPage County Board committee is recommending the full board reject a proposal to build a gas station, convenience store and car wash at the northeast corner of Butterfield Road and Route 53 near Glen Ellyn.

    DuPage gas station plan runs into roadblock

    Concerns about traffic, air pollution and the size of the project could put the brakes on a company’s plans to build a gas station, convenience store and car wash near Glen Ellyn. The DuPage County Board’s development committee on Tuesday advised the full county board to reject Buchanan Energy’s application for a conditional-use permit to build a Mobil station and Bucky’s convenience store at the...

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    Daniel Alarik, founder and owner of the Grunt Style clothing line in Schaumburg, holds up orders of military-themed products and apparel that are ready to be shipped.

    At Grunt Style, ‘hire a vet’ isn’t just a slogan

    After nine years in the military, including two in Iraq, Marine Corps veteran Timothy Jensen said adjusting to civilian life again was tough. “It’s really hard to get out of that mindset,” he said. This Thanksgiving, Jensen is one of nearly two dozen veterans thankful to be working for Grunt Style, a Schaumburg-based online retailer where 70 percent of the workforce served in the military.

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    Conservative challenges Doody Gorman for Cook County Board as filing closes

    A conservative primary challenge to Cook County Board District 17 Commissioner Elizabeth “Liz” Doody Gorman could be one of the hottest Northwest suburban races in the March 2014 primary — even though both candidates live nowhere near the Northwest suburbs.

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    Marquies James

    Chicago man held on $150,000 bail in Naperville robbery

    A 17-year-old Chicago man charged with entering a Naperville garage and robbing a resident at gunpoint is being held on $150,000 bail in DuPage County. Marquies James is accused of stealing a 2005 Nissan Pathfinder Saturday in Chicago. While driving through Naperville on Sunday, authorities said James targeted a man working on his tablet in his garage.

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    Des Plaines aldermen are considering proposals from three garbage haulers in hopes of saving residents money on trash collection fees starting next spring. The city council is expected to make a final decision in January.

    Des Plaines waste collection bidding process ruffles alderman, bidder

    Des Plaines is getting rid of its current garbage collection contract in an attempt to save money, but some city aldermen are upset that a few companies might not be considered for the job. The city council on Monday heard presentations from three waste haulers — Lakeshore Recycling Systems, Groot Industries and current provider Republic Services — who submitted the least costly bids...

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    Kylie Marbury-Savage, 7, of West Dundee works on a gingerbread house with her grandmother, Charisse Marbury of Carpentersville, at a previous Dickens in Dundee festival. Crafts are a part of the annual holiday celebration.

    Dickens in Dundee brings back decorating contest

    An outdoor house and apartment holiday decorating contest has been added to the list of events for this year’s Dickens in Dundee festival. The two-day festival begins on Friday, Dec. 6.

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    Zachary Bingham

    Lawsuit filed in police chase that killed 2 near Campton Hills

    A lawsuit has been filed in the December 2012 death of Zachary Bingham, 18, a Kaneland High School graduate who was struck and killed in Campton Hills by a woman fleeing police. Bingham's family attorney argues a Kane County Sheriff's deputy should have called off the pursuit of Jennifer Liston, who also was killed in the crash.

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    “That wonderful old line (is) that the problem with national standards is: Republicans don’t do ‘national’ and Democrats don’t do ‘standards,’” said Mitch Daniels, the president of Purdue University and former Republican governor of Indiana. “So the Common Core kind of gets it from both ends a little bit.”

    Common Core yields odd political allegiances

    To say that new academic standards have yielded strange bedfellows would be an understatement. Republican-on-Republican infighting? Teacher unions linking arms with tea partyers? President Barack Obama working in tandem with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and energy giant Exxon? When it comes to Common Core, forget the old allegiances.

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    You can judge the Libertyville holiday window decorating contest

    The public this season will be the judge of this year’s holiday window decorating contest in Libertyville.

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    Amy Schram of Elgin helps her daughter Molly, 2½, color an ornament during story time Tuesday at the Barnes & Noble at Spring Hill Mall in West Dundee.

    ‘Elf on the Shelf’ comes to life at Spring Hill Mall

    Nestled among the stacks of books in the children’s section the story of the “Elf on the Shelf” came to life Tuesday morning when Nicole Nelson of Barnes & Noble at Spring Hill Mall in West Dundee read to more than 20 children.

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    East Dundee is putting $416,000 toward renovations at the Anvil Club in East Dundee. The building belongs to Tom Roeser, president and CEO of Otto Engineering in Carpentersville. Roeser is spending more than $1 million to fix up the 57-year-old club and the money from East Dundee represents 40 percent of what he'll spend on the project.

    East Dundee to give Roeser $416,000 for Anvil Club renovations

    East Dundee will reimburse local businessman Tom Roeser 40 percent of the more than $1 million he will spend to renovate the 57-year-old Anvil Club, a building officials say is key to downtown's ongoing revitalization. Monday night, the board agreed to give Roeser $416,000. “To me, this should be a no brainer at this point now,” Trustee Michael Ruffulo said via teleconference before...

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    Arlington Heights approves St. Edna expansion plans

    St. Edna Catholic Church in Arlington Heights plans to build a new parish center on its campus for athletics, concerts and other large events. The Arlington Heights village board approved plans for the expansion at its meeting Monday night.

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    Secretary of State John Kerry, left, talks with British Foreign Secretary William Hague, right, as they walk together toward the stage to pose for a group photo with other foreign ministers at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013.

    NATO seeks clarity on troops in Afghanistan

    Diplomats vexed over Afghanistan’s future applied new pressure on the war-torn nation’s leaders Tuesday to agree to allow thousands of foreign troops to remain there beyond next year, or risk being left with no international military force assistance.

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    Ariel Castro committed suicide when he hanged himself in his cell, two nationally regarded corrections consultants concluded following a review of his death released Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013, rejecting earlier suggestions he may have died accidentally while seeking a sexual thrill.

    Consultants: Cleveland kidnapper’s death a suicide

    Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro committed suicide by hanging himself in his prison cell, two corrections consultants concluded following a review of his death released Tuesday, rejecting earlier suggestions that he may have died accidentally while seeking a sexual thrill.

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    St. Charles officials are contemplating a new tax levy that will keep property taxes flat for residents with property values that decrease enough.

    St. Charles calculates lower tax levy, property values

    If you are the average St. Charles resident, who will see your property value drop again in 2014, the city's new tax levy won't increase your tax bill. “As long as your property value went down, the increasing tax rate of the city would not result in an increase in your property taxes,” City Finance Director Chris Minick said.

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    During his year as president, Mohammed Morsi cultivated ties with Islamic radicals, making them a key support for his rule by pardoning dozens of jailed militants, restraining the military from an all-out offensive on jihadis in Sinai and giving their hard-line sheiks a platform to spread their rhetoric.

    Egypt: Morsi’s links to jihadists probed

    During his year as president, Egypt’s Mohammed Morsi cultivated ties with Islamic radicals, making them a key support for his rule by pardoning dozens of jailed militants, restraining the military from an all-out offensive against jihadis in Sinai and giving their hard-line sheiks a platform to spread their rhetoric. Now with Morsi ousted and imprisoned, investigators are looking into possibly...

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    Egypt’s best known satirical poet, Ahmed Fouad Negm, has died at 84, early on Tuesday.

    Egypt’s top satirical poet dies at 84

    Ahmed Fouad Negm, Egypt’s “poet of the people” whose sharply political verses in colloquial Arabic skewered the country’s leaders and inspired protesters from the 1970s through the current uprisings, has died. He was 84.

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    Protesters chant slogans outside the Parliament in Kiev, Ukraine, on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013.

    Ukraine opposition fails to force out gov’t in vote

    Ukraine’s opposition failed to force out the government with a parliamentary no-confidence vote Tuesday, leaving the country’s political tensions unresolved with calls for more mass protests. The opposition called for the vote in protest both of President Viktor Yanukovych’s shelving of a long-anticipated agreement to deepen political and economic ties with the European Union and the violent...

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    Anti-government protesters remove concrete barriers outside the Government House in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, Dec 3, 2013. Anti-government protesters swarmed into the Thai prime minister’s office compound Tuesday as police stood by and watched, allowing them to claim a symbolic victory after three days of bitter clashes.

    Thai protests ease as police lift key barricades

    The political crisis that has engulfed Thailand’s capital for more than a week eased suddenly Tuesday after the prime minister ordered police to stop battling anti-government protesters. The move was timed to coincide with celebrations of the king’s birthday later this week, a holiday that holds deep significance in the Southeast Asian nation.

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    A former member of the Kuwol partisan unit, reads a newspaper reporting on Merrill Newman, an elderly American tourist detained in North Korea, at the Kuwol partisan unit association office in Seoul, South Korea.

    U.S. vet detained in N. Korea oversaw guerrilla group

    Six decades before he went to North Korea as a curious tourist, Merrill Newman supervised a group of South Korean guerrillas during the Korean War who were perhaps the most hated and feared fighters in the North, former members of the group say. Some of those guerrillas remember Newman as a handsome lieutenant who got them rice, clothes and weapons, but largely left the fighting to them. North...

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    In a performance hailed as the worst rendition of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” in Wrigley Field history, a frenetic Mike Ditka rushes through the lyrics during the 7th-inning stretch at a Cubs game in 2002.

    Sad Bears fans need a little Ditka, and he's everywhere

    With the bruised and battered Chicago Bears coming off a devastating loss and clinging to slim playoff hopes, football fans need a lift. They need a little Ditka, right this very minute. Fortunately for them, Ditka is everywhere. “You gotta love Da Coach. Ditka just makes you laugh,” says Mike Muhr, a former Daily Herald reporter from Arlington Heights.

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    John Kalmar, left, who has been with the village of Vernon Hills 14 years as assistant village manager and director of community development, will move to the village manager spot when Mike Allison, right, retires Jan. 31.

    Veteran Vernon Hills staffer to be appointed village manager

    After more than 15 years in the top spot, Vernon Hills Village Manager Mike Allison wil retire at the end of January. But village officials didn't need to look far and will be appointing John Kalmar, assistant village manager/director of community development to the post. “It was a real easy decision because he's done such a great job,” said Trustee Thom Koch, who has been on the...

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    Giving can mean many things during the holiday season. Surely it means bringing joy to loved ones with a thoughtful gift. But local organizations are hoping people will consider charitable giving today, the second #GivingTuesday.

    You can help neighbors in need with #GivingTuesday donations

    Thanksgiving is behind us and Black Friday and Cyber Monday are in the books. Now charitable organizations are hoping people take a moment to think about how they can help others during the holiday season. For the second year, organizations are promoting #GivingTuesday to urge people to donate to a cause of their choice. Today, we look at some of the charities we've highlighted this year.

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    Dawn Patrol: Pension vote today? Dominick’s to Mariano’s

    Lawmakers could make pension vote today. Dominick’s stores to become Mariano’s. Bank robbers hit Palatine, Rolling Meadows. Lawmakers get Arlington Park legislation moving. Spree burglar gets 13 years. Thieves steal bras from VS. Pelicans best the Bulls.

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    Carol Stream fire battalion chief suspended without pay

    A Carol Stream Fire Protection District battalion chief has been suspended without pay while his termination hearing is continued until January — actions to fire him he claims stem from his refusal to participate in a cover-up of possible negligence that may have contributed to a choking woman’s death 16 months ago.

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    Barrington District 220 begins planning 2014-15 budget

    Barrington Unit District 220 board members Monday began the winter-long process of setting their approximately $130 million budget for the 2014-15 school year. Superintendent Tom Leonard estimated 12 teaching positions could be cut.

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    National charities at work in DuPage
    In addition to our local charities, a number of national organizations regularly have fundraisers and offer support programs in DuPage County. Here’s a look at a few we’ve highlighted this year.

Sports

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    Prairie Ridge topples Hampshire

    Good luck telling Hampshire boys basketball coach Bob Barnett the ‘it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish’ line after the Whip-Purs’ 53-45 Fox Valley Conference crossover loss at Prairie Ridge Tuesday night in Crystal Lake.

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    The Stars’ Antoine Roussel scores past Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford on a penalty shot for the game-deciding goal in the third period Tuesday night.

    Another Blackhawks comeback, but no victory

    Returning to the United Center on Tuesday night following a highly successful road trip during which they won six of seven games, several in come-from-behind fashion, the Blackhawks fell 4-3 to the Dallas Stars. Antoine Roussel’s goal on a penalty shot at 3:01 of the third period snapped a 3-3 tie in a game the Hawks once trailed 3-0.

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    Tuesday’s girls gymnastics scoreboard
    Here are the varsity girls gymnastics results from Tuesday's events, as reported to the Daily Herald.

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    Tuesday’s girls bowling scoreboard
    Here are the varsity girls bowling results from Tuesday's events, as reported to the Daily Herald.

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    Tuesday’s girls basketball scoreboard
    Here are the results from Tuesday's varsity girls basketball results as reported to the Daily Herald.

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    Tuesday’s boys basketball scoreboard
    Here are the results from Tuesday's varsity boys basketball results as reported to the Daily Herald.

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    West Aurora's Natalee DeJohnette shoots over an attempted block by Rosary's Taylor Drozdowski in the third quarter on Tuesday, December 3.

    West Aurora quiets Rosary

    Six games into the 2013-14 season West Aurora has almost matched its victory total from all of last year. With a 59-32 win over visiting Rosary Tuesday night, the Blackhawks improved to 5-1. A win Thursday over Glenbard East would enable West Aurora to equal last year's 6-win season — and set up an early season showdown in the DuPage Valley Conference against Naperville Central on Saturday.

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    Glenbard South rolls past Timothy Christian

    The Glenbard South girls basketball team showed in Tuesday night’s 61-17 win at Timothy Christian the value of defense. “We’re playing great defensive basketball right now and that’s tough to play against,” said Raiders coach Julie Fonda. “It was phenomenal tonight.” That defense played a big factor in more than 20 turnovers for the Trojans (1-4, 0-1 Metro Suburban Conference) and the outcome being decided early.

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    Ramon Nance, right, of Glenbard East tries to shoot the ball as Bryce Lydon of Rich South defends duirng boys basketball in Lombard on Tuesday.

    Hall scores 30, but Glenbard East loses at buzzer

    As the only returning starter for the Glenbard East boys basketball team, senior guard JaRon Hall has elevated his game this season. On Tuesday Hall scored and assisted almost every way possible to once again score 30 points, but Rich South pulled out the 60-58 victory in Lombard on the craziest of shots.

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    Vernon Hills’ Sydney Smith, at left driving against Grayslake Central’s Savannah Mudd last season, set a school record with 35 points Tuesday.

    Record output from Vernon Hills’ Smith

    Sydney Smith tied Vernon Hills’ single-game scoring record in the Cougars’ season opener. The senior forward didn’t wait long to break it. Smith scored 35 points and grabbed 7 rebounds Tuesday night, as Vernon Hills opened defense of its North Suburban Prairie Division championship with a 51-31 rout of visiting Lakes.

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    Reiser sisters, Antioch rise to the occasion

    The Antioch girls basketball lead had hit 30 points on Tuesday night in North Chicago. Evidently, that was a wake-up call for the home-standing Lady Warhawks of North Chicago. That’s when teammates Kylah Collins and Carolyn Leonard teamed up to make a run at the once-beaten Sequoits. The Antioch lead had been cut in half. And then one of the Sequoits’ freshman twins stepped up to stop the bleeding. Amy Reiser, a clear look-a-like to sister Ashley Reiser, somehow landed a bizarre bank shot. Both Reiser twins hit double figures to help leading scorer Paige Gallimore, as Antioch knocked off North Chicago 71-52 in a North Suburban Prairie Division opener.

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    North Central gearing up for cold

    For the first time since 2010 the North Central College football team has advanced to the NCAA Division III quarterfinals.

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    Boys basketball/Fox Valley roundup

    St. Edward 67, Joliet Catholic 49: The Green Wave (5-0) continued their hot start to the season with a win over Joliet Catholic at the Aurora Christian Classic. Nick Duffy led all scorers with 20 points while Ryan Matthews and Joseph French each added 12 points.Harvest Christian Academy 54, Berean Baptist 43: Riding a big game from John Vislisel, the Lions (2-3) went on the road and got the nonconference win over Berean Baptist. Vislisel finished the game with a double-double, 23 points and 13 rebounds, while his teammate Dan Turpin added 12 points and 8 boards.

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    Bulls guard Marquis Teague, shown here defending against Miami Heat forward LeBron James during game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals last season, had a busy day Tuesday.

    Bulls send Teague to D-League, then bring him back

    The Bulls assigned second-year point guard Marquis Teague to the Iowa Energy of the NBA Developmental League, but he quickly returned to Chicago because veteran point guard Mike James may miss time with a knee injury.

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    Chrissy Baird of Wheaton North brings one to the net during the Falcons’ win at Naperville North Tuesday.

    Wheaton North defense gets just enough stops

    Wheaton North coach Dave Eaton has stressed defense to his team, but he knows it’s still a work in progress at this early stage of the season. The Falcons’ learning curve got a little less steep after a strong defensive effort in the third quarter led to a 63-57 win at Naperville North in the DuPage Valley Conference opener for both teams Tuesday.

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    Katie Conrad is ready for her senior year at Palatine — and her coach, teammates and teachers couldn’t be happier she’s returned to her hometown roots.

    Many happy returns for Conrad, Palatine

    Katie Conrad really enjoyed the time she spent in California. The senior bowler is a Palatine native and spent her first few years of school at Gray M. Sanborn Elementary, but moved with her family to Napa Valley after the fourth grade, where her mother Susan was employed at one of the noted local wineries. But as so often happens in this topsy-turvy world, family employment transfers brought her back to home to Palatine for her last year of middle school year, and then high school. Pirates bowling coach John Burke, as well as Conrad’s Palatine teammates, teachers and fans, couldn’t be happier that the stellar player returned to her Midwest roots.

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    Hinderer paces Harper win with 33

    Harper’s women’s basketball team rolled past Olive-Harvey 76-48 on Tuesday in Palatine to net its second win of the season.

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    Willowbrook takes first step toward conference crown

    With thoughts of a conference title this season, Willowbrook started off the West Suburban Gold portion of its schedule in impressive fashion Tuesday night at Addison Trail.

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    Geneva storms back to down South Elgin in OT

    Things were not looking good for the Geneva girls basketball team in the fourth quarter Tuesday night. But as quickly as the Vikings had fallen behind at South Elgin, they regained the momentum by finding their shooting touch from behind the 3-point line. A 3-pointer by Morgan Seberger with 21 seconds left in regulation tied the game, South Elgin missed two potential game-winners in the paint — one at the buzzer — and Geneva dominated in overtime to come away with a 72-66 Upstate Eight Conference crossover win.

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    Dallas Stars center Cody Eakin, left, celebrates Valeri Nichushkin’s goal as the puck bounces back out of the net behind Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford during Tuesday night’s game at the United Center.

    Stars snap Hawks winning streak with 4-3 victory

    Kari Lehtonen had a season-high 47 saves, Antoine Roussel converted a penalty shot in the third period and the Dallas Stars snapped the Chicago Blackhawks’ six-game winning streak with a 4-3 victory on Tuesday night. Valeri Nichushkin had a goal and an assist for the Stars, who had dropped four of five, including consecutive shootout losses at home in their previous two games. Alex Chiasson and Erik Cole also scored.

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    Fremd starts strong, edges Prospect

    Fremd’s girls gymnastic team knows a bit about setting the bar. After all, the program has secured 20 state trophies, including a third-place trophy last year. And the Vikings aren’t looking to lower the bar this season. Fremd got off to a solid start on Tuesday, defeating host Prospect 143.7-140.8 in a Mid-Suburban League crossover victory.

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    Harper wins sixth straight

    Harper College’s men’s basketball team won its sixth straight game, improving to 6-3 overall with a 79-72 victory Tuesday against visiting Olive-Harvey in nonconference play. Kevin Walsh had 30 points, including four 3-pointers, for the Hawks, while Brad Reibel contributed 12 and Will Botefuhr 10.

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    ACC drops home opener

    Aurora Central Catholic had a tough shooting night in its home opener in Aurora on Tuesday, losing to Glenbard North 42-27.

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    The White Sox reportedly are involved in trade talks with the Tampa Bay Rays about bringing catcher Jose Lobaton to the South Side. Here, Lobaton celebrates a ninth-inning home run against the Red Sox to win Game 3 of an American League division series in October.

    White Sox need to move fast on getting catcher

    With the market for quality catchers quickly thinning, the White Sox might be targeting Jose Lobaton or J.P. Arencibia to beef up behind the plate.

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    Corey Crawford makes a save on a shot by Dallas Stars center Cody Eakin during the first period Tuesday at the United Center.

    Blackhawks’ Kane named month’s first star

    Patrick Kane was rewarded Tuesday for his big November by being named the NHL’s first star of the month. Kane had 9 goals, including 4 game-winners, and 19 points to help the Blackhawks win 12 of 15 games. Kane had at least 1 point in 13 of 15 games, including six multi-point efforts, and he posted a career-long, 12-game points streak from Nov. 3-27.

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    Aurora Christian opens with win

    R.D. Lutze scored 18 points to lead Aurora Christian to a 71-30 victory over IMSA on Tuesday in the Eagles’ season-opener.

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    Cary-Grove’s Abby Jakubicek drives past Dundee-Crown’s Jerrenka Baker Tuesday in Cary.

    Big second half for Barker lifts Cary-Grove

    All Katie Barker needed was a 10-minute intermission to regain her composure and her shooting touch. After making only 3-of-15 shots in the first half, the junior guard connected on 6-of-8 shots from the field and 2-of-3 3-pointers during the final 16 minutes in scoring 19 of her 27 points to help lead the Trojans to a 57-36 win over Dundee-Crown in the Fox Valley Conference Valley Division opener for both teams in Cary Tuesday night.

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    Huntley pulls away from Bartlett

    Huntley sophomore forward Ali Andrews led, and after the first quarter her team followed as the Red Raiders took on nonconference host Bartlett in girls basketball action Tuesday night. The first quarter featured 8 turnovers from both teams and 6 lead changes, but Andrews’ 9 points in the frame helped the Red Raiders to a 15-14 lead. After that, Huntley dominated the next two quarters on the way to a 61-44 win over the Hawks (3-3).

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    A person familiar with the negotiations says the New York Yankees were working toward an agreement with outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury of the Boston Red Sox on a seven-year contract worth about $153 million.

    Source: Yanks, Ellsbury reach $153 million, 7-yr deal

    Free agent outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, fresh off winning the World Series with Boston, reached agreement with the rival New York Yankees on a seven-year contract worth about $153 million, a person familiar with the negotiations said Tuesday night.

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    Dahlstrom, Grayslake Central down Hampshire

    Hampshire just had no answer for Morgan Dahlstrom. Grayslake Central’s 6-foot-1 center scored early and often to lead the Rams past Hampshire, 47-36, in Fox Valley Conference Fox Division girls basketball action in Hampshire Tuesday night.

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    Photos from the Wheaton North at Naperville North girls basketball game on Tuesday, Dec. 3.

    Images: Wheaton North at Naperville North girls basketball
    Wheaton North played Naperville North Dec. 3 for girls basketball at Naperville North High School.

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    Rosary’s Quincy Kellett takes off with the ball.

    Images: Rosary vs. West Aurora girls basketball
    West Aurora hosted Rosary in girls basketball Tuesday, December 3, 2013

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    Photos from the Rich South at Glenbard East boys basketball game on Tuesday, Dec. 3.

    Images: Rich South at Glenbard East boys basketball
    Glenbard East played Rich South Tuesday night for boys basketball at Glenbard East in Lombard.

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    Cowboys’ Hatcher savors rest, shrugs off rust

    IRVING, Texas — Jason Hatcher is happy to have the rest and not worried about accumulating rust.The Dallas defensive tackle and his teammates were back at work Tuesday — but only for meetings — after having nine of the previous 19 days off thanks to a late bye and their annual mini-bye after Thanksgiving. The Cowboys get another day away Wednesday and will have been off the field a full week when they return to practice Thursday. Continuity heading into a Monday night matchup at Chicago? Who cares, says Hatcher. He’ll take the couch time.“You need rest in a stretch like this,” said Hatcher, the team’s sacks leader with nine. “So to get everybody’s body healed up, this is awesome.”That list starts with linebacker Sean Lee, who could return after missing two games with a strained hamstring from a blowout loss to New Orleans. Lee hurried out of the locker room without talking to reporters Tuesday, but said he was “ready to roll” and expected to practice Thursday.The Cowboys (7-5) won twice without their defensive leader to keep pace with Philadelphia atop the NFC East with four games remaining, including the season finale when the Eagles visit Dallas.Ernie Sims took most of the snaps at middle linebacker with Lee and his primary replacement, Justin Durant, both missing victories against the New York Giants and Oakland. Kyle Wilber played where Sims and Durant normally would have been.Wilber was drafted as a pass-rushing linebacker when the Cowboys were using a three-man front last year. Dallas tried him at defensive end first in the new 4-3 alignment this year, then switched him back to linebacker when the health issues arose. Now there’s talk he might be a starter alongside Lee and Bruce Carter.“To have two new linebackers in there, two of the three positions are new guys, different guys,” coach Jason Garrett said. “And that’s a challenge. And a real tribute to those guys, Wilber and Ernie, just kind of learning on the job and learning quickly. You literally could see them getting better within a game, recognizing things better in the second or third quarter than they did in the first quarter.” The Cowboys are moving on without Lance Dunbar after the backup running back injured his left knee and had season-ending surgery Tuesday. He was placed on injured reserve, and the Cowboys signed fullback Tyler Clutts, who played four games with Miami this year and has 36 appearances in three seasons.Dunbar’s injury was significant because it came while the undrafted player from nearby North Texas was having the best game of his two-year career in the 31-24 Thanksgiving win over the Raiders. He had 82 yards rushing on 12 carries, while starter DeMarco Murray did the finishing work with three touchdowns.“We’re certainly going to miss him,” Garrett said. “He was a big factor in the ballgame the other day, really gave us a spark, made a lot of positive plays. But we certainly move on.” Joseph Randle, a fifth-round pick this year who was expected to end up as Murray’s backup, will likely resume that role. It’s not the first time he’s been in it because Dunbar was battling hamstring issues before his knee injury. Randle scored his first career touchdown in a win over Washington and had 91 yards on 33 carries — a 2.8-yard average — in the two games Murray missed with a knee injury.“I know the numbers might not indicate that, but he went in and played football at this level,” Garrett said. “He hasn’t played perfect football. But we have a lot of confidence in him. He runs downhill. He’s got good vision. He’s tough.”While owner Jerry Jones said Lee would play against the Bears (6-6), he called cornerback Morris Claiborne questionable. Claiborne is also trying to come back from a hamstring injury sustained two weeks ago against the Giants.

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    Georgia Tech guard Trae Golden, right, passes the ball as Illinois guard Joseph Bertrand (2) defends during Tuesday’s game in Atlanta. The Illini suffered their first loss of the season, 67-64.

    Georgia Tech hands Illini first loss of season

    Georgia Tech closed the game with a 19-4 run to rally from a 12-point deficit and beat Illinois 67-64 on Tuesday night in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, giving the Illini their first loss. Illinois (7-1) led 60-48 before Georgia Tech (6-3) began its comeback. Marcus Georges-Hunt’s drive with 1:48 remaining tied the game at 60-all. Daniel Miller’s layup with 21 seconds remaining gave Georgia Tech a 65-64 lead. Illinois forward Joseph Bertrand, who had 10 points, missed a jumper and Georgia Tech’s Robert Carter Jr. sank two free throws with three seconds remaining.

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    Dundee-Crown’s Kayla Lawernce and Cary-Grove’s Amy Clemment and Chrissy Sopchyk fight for a loose ball.

    Images: Dundee-Crown vs. Cary-Grove girls basketball
    Cary-Grove hosted Dundee-Crown in girls basketball Tuesday, December 3, 2013.

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    U.S. Ski Team: Vonn cleared for downhill training

    LAKE LOUISE, Alberta — Lindsey Vonn was cleared to get back on a World Cup course for downhill training, the latest step as she works to return from a right knee injury and get ready for the Sochi Olympics. Now Vonn — and the rest of the skiing world — will wait to find out whether she’ll actually be racing by the end of this week.The four-time overall World Cup champion and reigning Olympic downhill gold medalist is expected to start in Wednesday’s first official training session at Lake Louise, the U.S. Ski Team said Tuesday. The team added that not until Thursday would a decision be made on whether Vonn will return to competition for the first time since tearing right knee ligaments in a high-speed crash at the world championships last February. The scheduled races at Lake Louise — a site Vonn has dominated in the past, including three-victory sweeps in 2011 and 2012 — are downhills on Friday and Saturday, with a super-G on Sunday.The U.S. Ski Team said Vonn “felt strong” after doing super-G training in her hometown of Vail, Colo., last weekend, and that her surgeon, Dr. Bill Sterett, feels “her knee is stable.”Vonn was working toward a return to racing last week at Beaver Creek, Colo., until wiping out during a training run on Nov. 19, and partially tearing a ligament in her surgically repaired knee.The American told The Associated Press over the weekend that she needs another operation on her knee but is trying to put it off as long as possible in order to be able to ski at the Sochi Games, which begin in a little more than two months.Vonn is three race wins from equaling the World Cup women’s record of 62 held by Austria’s Annemarie Moser-Proell, and she said over the weekend she was planning to travel to Canada for downhill training. Of her 59 career World Cup race victories, 14 have come at Lake Louise in the Canadian Rockies. She is so successful — and comfortable — on this particular slope, she petitioned the International Ski Federation (FIS) in October 2012 to allow her to compete in a men’s World Cup race at Lake Louise. But FIS turned her down.Originally, Tuesday was supposed to be the first day of downhill training, but that was called off because of travel delays from the women’s previous World Cup stop in Colorado.

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    Tim Beckman, who recently said he would not cheat to win, will be back next season to coach the Illinois football team.

    Would Illini football fans endorse cheating to win?

    Illinois' football program, historically and currently, is so failed that it would be interesting to find out whether Illini fans would mind if head coach Tim Beckman would cheat to win.

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    Bulls forward Luol Deng admits there’s room for improvement as he tries to do better in the role of late-game closer with Derrick Rose out again.

    Bulls’ Deng still learning

    During his nine seasons in the NBA, Luol Deng always had a designated closer as a teammate, whether it was Ben Gordon, Derrick Rose or Nate Robinson. Now Deng has been thrown into an unfamiliar role and admitted he has room to improve.

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    No matter when injured Bears quarterback Jay Cutler returns, the offense’s inability to convert on third-and-short must be corrected.

    Bears’ offense coming up short in key area

    Deciding when to bring back quarterback Jay Cutler from his ankle injury isn't the Bears' biggest dilemma on offense. The bigger problem is improving the unit's inability to pick up first downs or touchdowns in short-yardage situations.

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    Game video: Rolling Meadows vs. Fremd
    No. 1 Rolling Meadows takes on No. 3 Fremd in girls basketball action Tuesday. Follow the action here with video from High School Cube, then come back later for the replay and highlights.

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    Lakes senior T.J. Edwards will be signing with the University of Wisconsin in February.

    Tough call, but Wisconsin wins out for Lakes’ Edwards

    T.J. Edwards has missed games. He wasn’t going to miss an opportunity to play Big Ten football. So the Lakes senior made a tough decision last week, withdrawing his commitment to Western Michigan University and verbally committing to a University of Wisconsin program that has played in the last three Rose Bowls. The Badgers are ranked 21st in both the BCS Standings and AP Top 25 after losing to Penn State last week.

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    Cubs hire Hinske to complete Renteria’s staff

    Eric Hinske, who spent 12 years in the majors playing for seven clubs, will be the first base coach for Cubs manager Rick Renteria, team officials announced Tuesday. The hiring completes the coaching staff for the first-year Cubs manager.

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    Alabama head coach Nick Saban passed up a 30-yard field goal opportunity against Auburn and his offense was stopped on foruth down. His decision to go for a last-second field-goal try to win the game backfired when Auburn returned the kick for a touchdown to win the game.

    Trestman’s judgment calls hurting the Bears

    Marc Trestman needs to improve on his decision-making skills if he want to be an effective head coach in the NFL. His decision to have Robbie Gould attempt a 47-yard field goal on second down with a lot of time remaining was questionable and costly.

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    Geneva’s Nate Navigato, right, blocks the underhand shot of Marmion Academy’s Alex Kirtley Monday in the Wildcat Turkey Classic in West Chicago.

    Images: Daily Herald prep photos of the week
    The Daily Herald Prep Photos of the Week gallery includes the best high school sports images by our photographers featuring state football finals, boys basketball, wrestling and girls basketball.

Business

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    Mondelez International announced Tuesday its Board of Directors has approved an increase of $1.7 billion in the company’s current share repurchase program.

    Mondelez boosts stock repurchase program by $1.7B

    Deerfield-based Mondelez is increasing its stock repurchase program by $1.7 billion. The maker of Oreo cookies can now buy back up to $7.7 billion shares of its common stock through 2016. Mondelez International Inc., which split from Kraft Foods last year, said Tuesday that it also entered an accelerated share repurchase agreement to buy $1.7 billion of its common stock.

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    The Obama administration is trying to move past the woes of its health care website by launching a two-pronged strategy aimed at avoiding enrollment snafus come January while trying to refocus attention on the broader benefits of the law.

    Obama declares health care law is working

    Seeking to regroup from his health care law’s disastrous rollout, President Barack Obama on Tuesday insisted that the sweeping overhaul is working and warned Republican critics that he would fight any efforts to strip away its protections.

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    U.S. stocks declined for a third day Tuesday, as investors assessed reports on car and retail sales before economic data this week that may offer clues on when the Federal Reserve will reduce stimulus.

    Stocks sink as U.S. consumer spending worries deepen

    After eight straight weeks of gains, the stock market pullback long anticipated by investors may have arrived.Stocks fell Tuesday, dragged lower by the Detroit automakers and consumer-focused companies such as GameStop and Amazon.com. The market could be headed for its first weekly decline since early October.

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    A measure of U.S. home prices rose only modestly in October, adding to signs that prices have stabilized after big gains earlier this year. However, the Chicago area was among those that continued to show a substantial gain.

    Chicago sees sharp rise in home prices in October

    A measure of U.S. home prices rose only modestly in October, adding to signs that prices have stabilized after experiencing big gains earlier this year. But some areas bucked the trend, including Chicago, which continued to show a gain.

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    Richard B. Floyd

    Advocate names Sherman’s Floyd president of Lutheran General

    Advocate Health Care has named Richard Floyd the new president of Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, effective Jan. 1, 2014. Floyd has served as president and chief executive officer of Advocate Sherman Hospital in Elgin since 2001. He replaces Anthony Armada, who served as Lutheran General’s president for four years. Armada left Advocate this fall to take over as chief executive officer of Seattle-based Swedish Health Services.

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    Tumblr is flaunting its hipster credentials with a first-ever breakdown of the year’s hottest trends, topics and celebrities. The retrospective starts with an exploration of 20 categories ranging from the most popular musical groups to the most interesting architecture of 2013.

    Tumblr brings hipster twist to year-end lists

    Tumblr is where the Internet’s cool kids hang out. That’s why Yahoo paid $1.1 billion to buy the blogging site in one of this year’s most buzzed-about deals. Now, Tumblr is flaunting its hipster credentials with a first-ever breakdown of the year’s hottest trends, topics and celebrities.

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    Mondelez to invest $190 million in India manufacturing plant

    Deerfield-based Global snacks maker Mondelez International announced plans to invest $190 million in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh to establish the company’s largest manufacturing plant in Asia Pacific. The 134-acre multicategory food campus in Sri City will have annual capacity of 250,000 tons in the end state and will be the largest chocolate manufacturing plant in India. The first phase of the project is expected to be completed by 2015.

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    This undated image provided by Amazon.com shows the so-called Prime Air unmanned aircraft project that Amazon is working on in its research and development labs.

    Amazon’s delivery drones: An idea that may not fly

    Jeff Bezos’ idea to let self-guided drones deliver packages may be too futuristic for Washington to handle. The Amazon CEO is working on a way to use the small aircraft to get parcels to customers in 30 minutes or less. While flight technology makes it feasible, U.S. law and society’s attitude toward drones haven’t caught up with Bezos’ vision.

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    2014 BACC Board of Directors: top row: Dr. Reinhold Llererna, Tom Strenk, Matthew Mason, Barry Schimmel; second row: Jason Hegna, Steve Cook, Frank McGovern, Keith Hanson; front: Christina Currie, Doug McAllister, Liz Luby, Connie Antoniou, Heidi Seagren (not pictured: Andrea Herran, Lisa O'Neil, Regina Verdico)

    Barrington Area chamber names 2014 officers, board
    Daily Herald reportThe Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce recently named its 2014 board and officers.The Chamber leadership consists of four executive committee members and 16 board members, representing a range of industries, who contribute their expertise and business acumen to oversee the programs, resources and direction of the chamber.The BACC represents nearly 900 members including small and large business members, individual professionals, community and governmental leaders and organizations.The 2014 Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce Officers and Board Members are:2014 Executive CommitteeŸ Chairman: Charlotte Neault, Barrington Bank & TrustŸ Vice Chairman, Treasurer: Edmund Tobias, Tobias Family DentistryŸ Vice Chairman, Membership: Lisa Caputo, Morgan Stanley — The Schirmann GroupŸ Vice Chairman, Events: Patricia Jacobsen Jensen, Jensen, Jacobsen & Associates, Inc. New Board Members Appointed for 2014Ÿ Steve Cook, Quintessential Media Group, Inc.Ÿ Christina Currie, Christina Currie Events, Inc.Ÿ Andrea Herran, Focus HR ConsultingŸ Doug McAllister, Douglas Automotive Inc. Ÿ Heidi Seagren, Coldwell Banker Real Estate Ÿ Tom Strenk, Crystal Clean Building SolutionsŸ 2014 Returning Board Members:Ÿ Connie Antoniou, Hunter’s Fairway Sotheby’s International RealtyŸ Keith Hanson, Hanson Law Group LLPŸ Jason Hegna, Daily Herald Media GroupŸ Dr. Reinhold H. Llerena. M.D., Alexian Brothers Medical GroupŸ Liz Luby, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage — The Luby GroupŸ Matthew Mason, Mason Law, Professional CorporationŸ Frank McGovern, BMO Harris Bank BarringtonŸ Lisa O’Neil, Advocate Good Shepherd HospitalŸ Regina Verdico, Deer Park Town CenterThe board of directors is the chamber’s policy-making body. Board Members are active and visible at Chamber events and involved in their community. Board meetings are held monthly at the BACC offices, 190 E. James St., Barrington.

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    AAR awarded contract for airlift services in Africa
    AAR’s airlift division has been awarded a contract to provide dedicated fixed-wing lift services to U.S. Africa Command throughout four Central African countries.

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    Gina Denis, now seen, a certified counselor at Miami’s Boringuen Health Center, works with an unidentified client, signing her up for Obama Care, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013.

    Updated healthcare.gov gets mixed reviews

    Counselors helping people use the federal government’s online health exchange are giving mixed reviews to the updated site, with some zipping through the application process while others are facing the same old sputters and even crashes. The Obama administration had promised a vastly improved shopping experience on healthcare.gov by the end of November, and Monday was the first business day since the date passed.

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    Chicago asks residents to report petcoke problems

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has launched a new offensive against petroleum coke that’s been piling up on the city’s far southeast side. He’s asking residents to call 311 or send an e-mail if they see evidence that petroleum coke — called “petcoke” — is blowing off the piles.

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    Chrysler U.S. sales rise 16 percent in November

    Chrysler says its November U.S. sales rose a surprising 16 percent, a sign that the auto industry will beat strong numbers from a year ago. The company sold just over 142,000 vehicles last month, up from nearly 123,000 a year ago. Chrysler was led by the new Jeep Cherokee. The company sold more than 10,000 Cherokees in the small crossover SUV’s first full month on the market.

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    Ameren, Dynegy close deal on 5 Illinois coal plants

    Houston-based Dynegy Inc. took ownership of five Illinois coal-fired power plants as Ameren Corp. exited the merchant generation business to concentrate on its rate-regulated operations in Illinois and Missouri, the companies announced Monday.

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    Quirky CEO Ben Kaufman looks at a wine and bottle opener his company markets, in New York. Kaufman created an employee “blackout week” once each quarter in which no one besides the company’s customer service representatives are allowed to work. The startup company shepherds inventions to the marketplace.

    Employers step in to prevent worker burnout

    Volkswagen turns off some employees’ email 30 minutes after their shifts end. Goldman Sachs is urging junior staff to take weekends off. BMW is planning new rules that will keep workers from being contacted after hours. This surge in corporate beneficence isn’t an indication that employers are becoming kinder and gentler: It’s about the bottom line.

Life & Entertainment

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    Britney Spears’ latest “Britney Jean” underwhelms.

    Oops, she did it again: Spears fails on new album

    You want to release a good album? You better work harder, chick. A lot harder. Britney Spears’ latest release, “Britney Jean,” is a total letdown. It’s not that we expect Adele-styled songs from Spears, but she was once a pop powerhouse who made music considered a must-listen. Listening to this album makes you nostalgic for those days — nothing on “Britney Jean” would be contenders for any future greatest hits package.

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    The word “science” is een on a page of a Merriam-Webster dictionary. “Science” is the publisher’s word of the year.

    In your face, selfie! ‘Science’ also tops for 2013

    Look alive, selfie. There’s another word of the year that’s not all about you. While Oxford University Press, the British publisher of the Oxford dictionaries, declared those little smartphone self-portraits its winner last month, the folks at Merriam-Webster announced “science” on Tuesday.

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    Ditch the holiday baking guilt with an easy, and flexible, recipe for cherry white chocolate drop cookies.

    A holiday cookie for those of us who hate baking

    And so begins the guilt. Not only are we supposed to be baking, we're also supposed to be enjoying it. To attempt to assuage his guilt, Associated Press Food Editor J.M. Hirsch created his own festive cookie recipe that requires minimal mess, minimal fuss, that is child-friendly and that will satisfy that peculiar holiday carb-driven urge.

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    Cherry White Chocolate Drop Cookies take so little time even those who don’t like to bake won’t mind baking.

    Cherry-White Chocolate Drop Cookies
    Cherry White Chocolate Drop Cookies

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    Ben Bradlee Jr.’s gives an exhaustive account of Ted Williams’ life and death in “The Kid: The Immortal Life of Ted Williams.”

    'The Kid' a definitive portrait of baseball’s greatest hitter

    Fans seeking a complete picture of the beloved Boston Red Sox star Ted Williams now have but one place to turn. This complex figure comes to life in “The Kid,” an absorbing 854-page biography by longtime Boston Globe reporter and editor Ben Bradlee Jr. Based on some 600 interviews that reflect more than a decade of research, this is surely the definitive Ted Williams book.

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    Boston released its first album in 11 years, “Life, Love & Hope.”

    Boston keeps classic ’70s sound on new album

    Give Tom Scholz credit for knowing one of the core tenets of business success: If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. On Boston’s first album in 11 years, and the first since the tragic death of legendary vocalist Brad Delp in 2007, the band sticks with its tried-and-true sound, one that has come to nearly define the classic rock genre.

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    Santa Claus listens to Owen Arnold, 3, of Riverwoods as he tells him what he wants for Christmas at Westfield Hawthorn Shopping Center in Vernon Hills. Avoid shooting the standard picture of everyone smiling at the camera and wait for the better moment when children interact with Santa Claus and capture a memory that will last much longer.

    Learn from the pros: How to take memorable holiday pictures

    It's fun to take pictures during family gatherings, Christmas pageants and holiday festivals. Parents and friends love to pull out cameras to capture those memorable moments and, with a few tips, the photos can be even better. A big difference between professionals and amateurs is that pros shoot a hundred frames to get one great picture and amateurs shoot one picture and think they have it. Little changes occur with each shot and that can make all the difference.

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    People stand around a roadway memorial Monday at the site of the auto crash that took the life of actor Paul Walker and Roger Rodas in the small community of Valencia, Calif. Walker and Rodas died Saturday when the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT they were traveling in smashed into a light pole and tree.

    Officials: Walker crash not part of street race

    While the neighborhood where “Fast & Furious” star Paul Walker died in a fiery crash is known to attract street racers, law enforcement officials do not believe the Porsche he and a friend were riding in had been racing another car. Accident investigators “have received eyewitness statements that the car involved was traveling alone at a high rate of speed,” the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said in a statement Monday.

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    Oscar Isaac stars in “Inside Llewyn Davis,” which won best film at the Gotham Independent Film Awards Monday.

    ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ tops Gotham Awards

    The Coen brothers’ folk music tale “Inside Llewyn Davis” has won best film at the 23rd annual Gotham Independent Film Awards in New York. The win Monday night at a glitzy ceremony was an upset. The slavery epic “12 Years a Slave” had a leading three Gotham nominations but didn’t take any awards.

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    French authorities have filed preliminary charges against Bob Dylan over an interview in which he is quoted comparing Croatians to Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan.

    Bob Dylan charged in France over Croatia remarks

    French authorities have filed preliminary charges against Bob Dylan over a 2012 interview in which he is quoted comparing Croatians to Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan. The charges of “public insult and inciting hate” were filed against the musician in mid-November, Paris prosecutor's office spokeswoman Agnes Thibault-Lecuivre said Tuesday. They stem from a lawsuit by a Croatian community group in France over remarks in an interview in Rolling Stone magazine in September 2012.

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    South Elgin resident Bob Mandarino, left, is pictured with his family -- Alyssa, left, Joey, Robyn and Zack. Three years ago, they struggled to celebrate the holidays while Alyssa battled kidney disease. Now, Mandarino leads a team who spreads gifts and cheer to children hospitalized during the holidays.

    Local hospitals help patients, families celebrate holidays during their stays

    Traditions are an important part of any family holiday celebration. But what happens to those plans when a child is hospitalized and a health crisis threatens? “It's a terribly difficult time of the year for hospitalized children and their families,” says Katie Hammerberg, child life services coordinator at Alexian Brothers Women and Children's Hospital in Hoffman Estates. “For children, it's all about keeping traditions and the magic of the holidays alive — especially when they are sick and away from home."

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    American singer-songwriter Kenny Loggins thought about retiring. Instead, he’s making new music with his band Blue Sky Riders.

    At 65, Kenny Loggins making new music with Blue Sky Riders

    Had Kenny Loggins listened to the logical little voice in his head, the two-time Grammy winner with 12 platinum records would be kicking back at home right now in Santa Barbara, Calif. Instead, at 65, he’s hitting the stage and studio with a whole new act and a whole new sound nearly five decades into his music career.

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    Barbara Kansky, condo manager of Devon Wood in Braintree, Mass., uses a long cotton swab to demonstrate how to obtain a DNA cheek cell sample from her dog, Justine.

    Dog-doo scofflaws get bagged through DNA testing

    Apartment and condo managers, dogged by complaints from those who’ve experienced the squishy and smelly sensation of stepping onto a pile of dog doo, are turning to DNA testing to identify the culprits who don’t clean up after their pets. And it works. “We initially didn’t — for a better part of a month — didn’t find any waste, which just floored us,” said Barbara Kansky, who manages the 398-unit condo development in the town of Braintree that introduced DNA monitoring in July.

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    Andre Sepetavec installs a double-necked guitar in the Elvis exhibit at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland.

    Elvis items featured at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

    Old-time Elvis Presley fans and lots of newer, younger ones flocked to a new exhibit at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Friday to see his stylish ID bracelet, custom-made motorcycle, eye-catching rings and military mementos. The exhibit opened in conjunction with Elvis Presley Enterprises and includes more than 40 artifacts loaned by his Graceland mansion in Memphis, Tenn. Visitors lined up to watch a video montage and check out Presley’s 1975 custom-made SuperTrike motorcycle and the white suit that he wore when he performed the song “If I Can Dream” in a television special.

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    “Brown Dog: Novellas” by Jim Harrison compiles all of the Brown Dog stories into one book.

    Finally, all the Brown Dog novellas together

    In 1990, Jim Harrison wrote a novella about an unforgettable character named Brown Dog. A Native American from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, B.D. is a Bible school dropout who never bothered to get a Social Security card, works only when he has to, and lives in deer-hunting cabins. After the first novella was published, Harrison brought B.D. back for four more installments. Now Grove Press has collected all the novellas in one volume and added a new one for good measure.

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    On Tuesday “The Chew,” co-hosted by Clinton Kelly, left, Carla Hall, Daphne Oz, Mario Batali and Michael Symon, marks its 500th edition.

    ABC’s ‘The Chew’ biting into its 500th episode

    When ABC’s “The Chew” premiered in September 2011, it begged the question: Was it biting off more than a show like this could chew? Here was a rollicking weekday feast devoted to “everything food” — not just cooking but home entertaining, dining out, healthy diets and a satisfying culinary lifestyle overall. And it came with a menu of five co-hosts. On Tuesday, “The Chew” marks its 500th edition with a special hour as its co-hosts savor their chat-and-chew success.

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    Broadway and TV actor Eric Petersen admitted that he used comedy as a defensive mechanism while growing up in Carol Stream.

    Comical Carol Stream kid hits Broadway, and now TV Land

    When Carol Stream freshman Eric Petersen won a role in the Glenbard North High School play “The Hobbit,” he thought, “Wow! Maybe this is something I would really like to do for the rest of my life.” Since then, Petersen has acted in the Broadway productions of “Shrek” plus “Peter & the Starcatcher.” This week, he debuts as Kirstie Alley's son Arlo in TV Land's original sitcom, “Kirstie.”

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    Yuzu are picked by hand while still green in Usa, Japan. Farmers in mountainous areas have long used yuzu citrus peel to produce the seasoning yuzu kosho, a popular seasoning for winter dishes.

    Yuzu kosho adds welcome fire to winter dishes

    Yuzu kosho is produced virtually everywhere in Kyushu. Oita Prefecture in particular boasts a number of producers and is thought of as the home of yuzu kosho. Farmers in mountainous areas have long used citrus peel to produce the seasoning, but there’s no clear record of who first made it or when.

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    The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis returns to North Central College's Wentz Concert Hall in Naperville on Friday, Dec. 6.

    Best bets: Wynton Marsalis, jazz greats at NCC

    Some of the world's best jazz musicians have been brought together for the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, which performs with its founder, trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, at North Central College's Wentz Concert Hall in Naperville on Friday. Augment your holiday shopping with a new nightly Magical Light Show at Randhurst Village in Mt. Prospect. Plus, singer/songwriters Don McLean and Judy Collins team up again for a show Friday at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles.

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    Fallout from the ‘nuclear option’

    Columnists Steven and Cokie Roberts: Republicans were totally unjustified in using the filibuster to block three of President Obama’s eminently reasonable and completely qualified nominees to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. They were trying in effect to overturn the results of the last election, and their dead-end strategy seems deliberately designed to push Democrats to the breaking point. Instead of showing restraint, however, Democrats allowed themselves to be pushed.

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    A mixed message over food stamps

    Columnist Kathleen Parker: If you peruse the news on any given day, the farm bill/food stamp debate produces two general impressions: Republicans are heartless turkey thieves; Democrats are spendthrift welfare caterers. If only neither were a little bit right.

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    Headline missed key point about Elgin
    An Elgin letter to the editor: In the Oct. 31 article titled “Elgin’s finances are ‘not in bad shape,’” the headline gave an incorrect impression of Sheila Weinberg’s primary point, that Elgin’s very large unfunded pension liability is a problem.

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    Too much coddling of our youth
    A Glen Ellyn letter to the editor: In our society, we strive to be safe and comfortable. We like to see people happy and feeling good, and it’s uncomfortable for us to be, or deal with someone when they are upset. So naturally, we have begun phasing these feelings out by simply avoiding the problem.

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