Daily Archive : Friday August 1, 2014

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    More than 150 people, including Sen. Dick Durbin, and several state, county and community leaders, attended a recent dedication for the Route 31 western bypass in Algonquin.

    Route 31 western bypass in Algonquin nears completion

    As the Route 31 western bypass in Algonquin nears completion, village officials say they are excited about the roadway’s impact on downtown businesses and the potential for future development. The $33.3 million project includes construction of more than two miles of a four-lane highway allowing traffic to bypass the downtown area at Routes 31 and 62. Work is expected to be completed by...

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    West Dundee man, 44, killed in I-290 crash

    A West Dundee man was killed in a crash on I-290 at Higgins Road in Schaumburg Friday night. Richard Velez was driving a 1999 GMC Yukon Denali west on 290 when the he the concrete median wall several times before hitting the back of a parked construction vehicle pulling an arrow board, authorities said.

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    Carrie Horner of Palatine walks with her niece Ella Van Gheem , 8, of Gilberts in the annual Relay For Life at Boomers Stadium in Schaumburg on Friday. Horner is a 4 year survivor of colon cancer and Ella is a survivor of cancer for over a year.

    Schaumburg/Hoffman Relay For Life raises more than $100,000

    The American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Schaumburg/Hoffman Estates got under way at Schaumburg Boomers Stadium Friday evening having already raised more than $102,000. Though totals were still being tallied during the event, 39 teams and 230 participants had been registered as of Friday morning.

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    10 big things from Torres’ tenure

    In Jose Torres’ six-year career in Elgin Area School District U-46, he started new programs, supported minority student initiatives and helped settle a divisive lawsuit that started before his tenure began. Here are 10 highlights:

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    Grayslake fire quickly extinguished

    Minor residential fire in Grayslake on Friday

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    Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez, a Chicago Democrat who is an immigration reform activist and member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Rep. Nita Lowey, a New York Democrat and the ranking member of the House Appropriations Committee, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Bob Goodlatte, a Virginia Republican, and House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rep. Hal Rogers, a Kentucky Republican, prepare to speak Friday on Capitol Hill in Washington.

    House approves bill that would deport 500,000

    House Republicans passed legislation late Friday to address the crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border by sending migrant youths back home without hearings, winning over conservatives with a companion bill that could lead to deporting more than half a million immigrants whom the Obama administration granted temporary work permits.

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    Four suburban men face drug trafficking charges

    An Elgin man and his two sons, as well as an Addison man, all are facing felony drug trafficking charges, DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin announced Friday, following an investigation that led to the recovery of seven kilograms of heroin with a street value of $700,000.

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    President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks Friday in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington. He decried the latest attempts by GOP lawmakers to fashion legislation that could mean deportation of up to a million people.

    Obama plans executive actions on immigration

    Ideas under consideration could include temporary relief for law-abiding undocumented immigrants who are closely related to U.S. citizens or those who have lived in the country a certain number of years — a population that advocates say could reach as high as 5 million.

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    Be on watch for servere storms

    Severe storms may be moving into the area.The National Weather Service says a batch of showers and locally intense thunderstorms will continue to affect the northern and northwest suburbs of Chicago through 9:30 p.m. The thnderstorms will produce torrential rainfall and continuous lightning.

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    Elgin mayor: Torres’ resignation doesn’t end his community involvement

    Resigning U-46 Superintendent Jose Torres will be working in Aurora, but Elgin Mayor David Kaptain hopes Torres remains an active member of the Elgin community. “I hope he stays in Elgin and continues to be part of our community,” Kaptain said. “I look forward to working with him again.”

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    Police chase ends inside Great Lakes naval base

    A Chicago man being pursued by police on suspicion of drunken driving drove through the Naval Base Great Lakes main gate, was shot at and was later arrested after he rammed two naval security vehicles that barricaded his path, officials said Friday. Paul Sasso, 44, started the chase when Highland Park police attempted to pull him over on supicion of DUI at 10:30 p.m., authorities said.

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    Tony DeFrances of Tower Lakes shot his boss, the CEO of ArrowStream in Chicago, on Thursday and then killed himself.

    ATF investigating gun used by Tower Lakes man in Loop shooting

    The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms is conducting an “urgent” trace to find out where Tower Lakes resident Tony DeFrances got the gun he used to shoot his boss and then himself at a downtown Chicago high-rise office building on Thursday.

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    Amy Thier and her husband, Leo Thier, in 2012. Amy was struck and killed by a Metra train Thursday evening while riding her bicycle in Des Plaines.

    Des Plaines woman killed by train founded Splash Dog

    Amy Thier, the 45-year-old founder of Splash Dog Inc. in Des Plaines, was riding her bicycle home to play with her own dogs during her hourlong break Thursday evening when she was accidentally struck and killed by an express Metra train near the Cumberland depot on Northwest Highway. “She was just the greatest person in the world,” her tearful husband Leo recalled in front of their...

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    José Torres gives a state of the district address last year in Bartlett. He is leaving Elgin Area School District U-46 to take the reins at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy in Aurora.

    U-46’s Torres headed to Illinois Math and Science Academy

    José Torres is stepping down as superintendent of Elgin Area School District U-46 to become the president of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy. “It was a difficult decision to make,” Torres wrote in an email. “Serving you as superintendent the past six years has been one of the most rewarding periods of my life.” Torres is expected to start at IMSA in...

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    Jennifer Nere

    Heroin overdose confirmed in 2012 Wheaton death

    Augustina Taylor’s death in the late night hours of June 27, 2012, was caused by a lethal combination of heroin and cocaine. Former DuPage County forensic pathologist Jeff Harkey testified Friday in the drug-induced homicide trial of the friend alleged to have given or sold the heroin to Taylor, Jennifer Nere.

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    Former Carol Stream paramedic to receive disability pension

    A former Carol Stream Fire Protection District paramedic, who is the subject of a lawsuit regarding a patient’s death, has applied for and will receive non-duty disability pension benefits. Carey Zabran’s benefits were approved Thursday by the fire district’s pension board. The benefits will total 50 percent of her pensionable salary.

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    Jeremy Driscoll

    Two men charged in Arlington Heights, Mount Prospect burglaries

    Two men face residential burglary charges stemming from break-ins to homes in Arlington Heights and Mount Prospect last month. Steven Brown, 25, of Arlington Heights, was ordered held on $50,000 bond and Jeremy Driscoll, 26, as ordered held on $60,000 bond Friday.

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    Kirk seeks investigation of federal disaster funds

    Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk is asking federal officials to open an investigation into millions in federal disaster relief funds that Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration used for a now-defunct anti-violence program.

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    An employee of the Monrovia City Corporation mixes disinfectant before spraying it on the streets in a bid to prevent the spread of the deadly Ebola virus, in the city of Monrovia, Liberia, Friday, Aug. 1, 2014.

    WHO: Ebola moving faster than control efforts

    An Ebola outbreak that has killed more than 700 people in West Africa is moving faster than the efforts to control the disease, the head of the World Health Organization warned as presidents from the affected countries met Friday in Guinea’s capital.

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    Plans are under way to bring back one of the two American aid workers sick with Ebola in Africa. A small private jet based in Atlanta has been outfitted with a special, portable tent designed for transporting patients with highly infectious diseases.

    Plans under way to bring back American sick with Ebola

    Plans are under way to bring back one of the two American aid workers sick with Ebola in Africa. A small private jet based in Atlanta has been dispatched to Liberia where the two sick Americans work for missionary groups. Officials say the jet is outfitted with a special, portable tent designed for transporting patients with highly infectious diseases.

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    Community reacts to Torres’ departure
    Here is what community leaders were saying about Jose Torres’ departure from Elgin Area School District U-46.

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    Mark Davoust

    Kane Co. forest commissioner explains need for better golf

    Kane County Forest District Commissioner Mark Davoust is the leading advocate for golf course enhancements at Settler's Hill. Davoust responded Friday to questions about why the golf course must get better and how the changes fit in with the plans for a neighboring cross country course.

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    Chicago man shot, killed in Aurora

    A 24-year-old Chicago man was shot to death Friday afternoon on the near east side of Aurora, authorities said. Police said Anthony J. Kostrzewa, whose last known address was on the 100 block of North Campbell Avenue, was standing with two other men outside a house on the 200 block of Schiller Street when three men pulled up in a dark gray vehicle that resembled a pickup truck.

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    Maryhelen Kwiatkowski

    Kane authorities want $111,000 in mail order pot scheme forfeited

    Kane County prosecutors have initiated forfeiture proceedings for some $111,000 found in the bank accounts of a California woman accused of helping a St. Charles couple launder money for a mail order marijuana business.

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    2 injured, DUI charged, in Hampshire-area motorcycle crash

    Two men were injured in a two-motorcycle crash early Friday morning near Hampshire. One was charged with driving under the influence ofalcohol, according to Kane County Undersheriff Pat Gengler.

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    Trooper James Sauter

    Vernon Hills trooper killed in crash honored at awards ceremony

    James Sauter, the Illinois State Police trooper from Vernon Hills killed in the line of duty, received one of the force's highest honors Friday. Sauter, 28, was named this year's recipient of the Purple Heart Medal during a ceremony near Springfield.

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    Emily Sheehan, 13, of Huntley shows Alyson, a 2-year-old 1,200-pound red and white Holstein in the Jr. Champion Class Friday at the McHenry County Fair. Emily was showing with her 4-H club, the Huntley Heartlanders.

    McHenry County Fair a family tradition for Woodstock sheep breeder

    Donna Douglas of Woodstock has been showing sheep at the McHenry County Fair for 22 years. She grew up on a farm just six miles from the fairgrounds and started her show career with dairy cows, later raising sheep.

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    Tyler Perry

    Tyler Perry to headline Willow Creek summit

    Actor, filmmaker and philanthropist Tyler Perry will headline this year’s Global Leadership Summit broadcast live across the nation Aug. 14 and 15 from Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington. Perry joins a list of previous headliners that have included such political leaders and activists as former U.S. presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, secretaries of state Condoleezza...

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    Summit on domestic violence:

    Lake County State’s Attorney Michael G. Nerheim is the keynote speaker at the awareness and prevention summit on domestic violence, Saturday, Aug. 9. The summit is from 8:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the St. Anne Catholic Church, 120 North Ela St., Barrington.

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    Hanover Twp. residents invited to drop off used items for recycling

    Used electronics, bikes and batteries can be dropped off at Hanover Township's headquarters in Bartlett Saturday Aug. 2, during the fifth annual "Recycling Extravaganza." The event runs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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    Free concert in Island Lake:

    A big-band orchestra called Night Express will play a free outdoor concert in Island Lake on Aug. 8. The show is set for 7 p.m. at Converse Park, which is on Route 176 east of Greenleaf Avenue.

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    Backpack safety workshops:

    Chiro One chiropractic offices will offer free backpack safety workshops as part of their back-to-school community outreach on Tuesday, Aug. 5, and Tuesday, Aug. 12, from 7 to 8 p.m.

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    Warren hosts frosh tech event:

    Warren Township High School in Gurnee hosts a technology open house for freshman students on Wednesday, Aug. 6, from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

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    Wauconda residents and business owners are thirsty for a deal that would bring Lake Michigan drinking water to town.

    Wauconda drinking water votes delayed until September or later

    Wauconda residents and business owners will have to wait until at least September to learn if they’ll get drinking water from Lake Michigan, newly released village documents show.

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    This is an Aeromedical Biological Containment System, which looks like a sealed isolation tent, for Ebola patients. On Thursday afternoon officials at Atlanta’s Emory University Hospital said they expected one of the Americans to be transferred there.

    Who made the decision to fly Ebola victims to Atlanta?

    The announcement that at least one of these Ebola sufferers will be flown to Atlanta didn’t mention who made the decision. It seems not to have been a high federal official, because the jet being used is a private charter. And just hours before it took off from Georgia, Tom Frieden, the CDC director, was talking with journalists and gave no hint of the impending action.

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    Tri-Cities police reports
    An estimated $300 damage was caused by graffiti in a tunnel under Burr Road near the Royal Hawk Golf Club, 5N748 Burr Road near St. Charles between 10 p.m. Tuesday and 6 a.m. Wednesday, according to a sheriff’s report.

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    Fox Valley police reports
    Gwendell Stewart, 52, of Elgin, was charged Thursday with residential burglary and attempted residential burglary, according to court records.

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    Tropical Storm Bertha approaches Caribbean

    Bertha is expected to generate up to 3 inches of rain across the eastern and northern Caribbean, with isolated amounts of up to 6 inches in certain areas.

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    Members of the Alton High School Marching 100 kneel down during practice moves for their upcoming competition season on Wednesday. Band practices were a little cooler this summer. State Climatologist Jim Angel said Friday that the statewide average temperature in July was 70.3 degrees.

    July ties the record for coolest ever in Illinois

    The state climatologist says last month’s relative chilly temperatures tied the record for the coolest July in recorded Illinois history. And as data are revised he says it’s likely this July will break the record.

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    Pvt. Thomas Bateman, an Army infantryman, was killed in the Philippines June 3, 1945.

    After 69 years of pain, Purple Heart comes home

    John Trinca, a World War II veteran from the Antioch Township, has been haunted by a failed promise he made 69 years ago to a fellow soldier he barely knew. On Sunday, a lost Purple Heart will be returned to the son of Pvt. Thomas Bateman during a ceremony at the College of Lake County. “It means a closure of 69 years of pain — to see a guy die on your shoulder,” Trinca said.

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    Justin Risher

    Police: Two men attack man in Hanover Park, break his arm

    Two 20-year-old men -- one armed with a baseball bat, the other a metal pipe -- attacked a an 18-year-old man walking near West and Walnut avenues in Hanover Park Thursday night, police said Friday. The man suffered a broken arm.

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    The 6th annual Art & Soul on the Fox this weekend in downtown Elgin will feature the works of nearly 70 artists, including ceramics, jewelry, woodwork, photography, mixed media, painting and much more.

    Join in some Art & Soul this weekend in Elgin

    The sixth annual Art & Soul on the Fox in downtown Elgin will feature the works of nearly 70 artists, including ceramics, jewelry, woodwork, photography, mixed media, painting and much more. The outdoor art event takes place Saturday and Sunday along DuPage Court, South Grove Avenue and Spring Street in downtown Elgin, just north of Festival Park.

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    Olympic champion Kyla Ross is expected to compete at the Secret U.S. Classic Gymnastics Championship at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates.

    Skipping Lolla? Five other things to do this weekend

    So you’re not going to Lollapalooza this weekend in Chicago and perhaps would be happy to stay out of the fray. Here are five great things you can do in the suburbs instead.

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    North Aurora police seek man who exposed self to child

    North Aurora police are investigating a report that a man in a car approached an 11-year-old girl, then began touching himself inappropriately, Thursday.

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    National Night Out events are scheduled throughout the region Tuesday night and give participants of all ages the chance to check out some emergency vehicles. One of the newest events will be held at Benedictine University in Lisle.

    Benedictine sponsoring Night Out against crime

    Benedictine University’s observance of National Night Out on Tuesday promises to blend the feel of a block party with some important safety tips for folks of all ages. The observance — held on the same night as Night Out events in communities throughout the region — will run from 5 to 8 p.m. and feature food, hayrides, free raffles, a bounce house, children’s games and...

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    Rescue workers take a 12-year-old stabbing victim to the ambulance in Waukesha, Wis. One of two 12-year-old Wisconsin girls charged as an adult with stabbing the girl, a classmate, to please a fictional online horror character is mentally incompetent and can’t stand trial, a judge said Friday.

    Wisconsin girl, 12, not competent for trial in stabbing

    One of two 12-year-old Wisconsin girls charged as an adult with stabbing a classmate to please a fictional online horror character is mentally incompetent and can’t stand trial, a judge said Friday.The judge also ordered that she be committed for treatment.

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    Palestinian women sit Friday on the rubble of their home in Beit Hanoun, Gaza Strip. A three-day Gaza cease-fire that began Friday quickly unraveled, with Israel and Hamas accusing each other of violating the truce.

    64 killed in Gaza; Israeli soldier feared captured

    Israeli forces, backed by heavy tank fire and airstrikes, moved deeper into southern Gaza late Friday in search of a soldier apparently captured in a clash with Hamas militants earlier in the day. At least 62 Palestinians and two Israeli soldiers were killed in the fierce fighting that quickly shattered a U.S.-brokered cease-fire.

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    Naperville's police and fire departments already offer 11 prescription drop-off boxes, but on Tuesday, they also will be accepting unwanted drugs at 37 National Night Out events across the city.

    Naperville bringing drug take-back to National Night Out

    In April, Naperville stepped up its prescription drug take-back efforts to offer 11 drop-boxes residents can access 24 hours a day. Now, public safety officials are extending the drug removal service one step further. “This opportunity is when we'll actually be in the neighborhood with our National Night Out program,” Police Chief Robert Marshall said.

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    Michael Bucher

    Lisle man sentenced for starting playground fire

    A 23-year-old Lisle man was cold and drunk in the early morning hours of Aug. 13, 2013, when he and another man decided to light a fire in a playground to keep warm. That decision landed Michael Bucher before Judge Blanche Hill Fawell on Friday morning.

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    Basketball court proposed for Lincolnshire’s Balzer Park

    Amateur athletes will be able to live out their hoop dreams at Lincolnshire’s Balzer Park if plans for a small basketball court proceed.

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    Just what is IMSA?

    The Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy in Aurora — where Elgin-area Superintendent Jose Torres is headed — is a world apart from the district he leaves behind. The school opened in 1986. and was the brainchild of Nobel Prize-winning physicist Leon Lederman and others. Their vision was for a a school encouraging students who were apt at science and mathematics to pursue those...

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    Elgin resident Jason Maxwell, a steam department volunteer at the Illinois Railway Museum in Union, starts the day by removing a cap, which is used to keep rain out of the exhaust stack of Frisco 1630.

    Meet the museum volunteer who keeps history on track

    Jason Maxwell, 47, of Elgin is a volunteer in the steam department at the Illinois Railway Museum in Union. He is a fireman and engineer on locomotive 1630, a St. Louis-SanFrancisco 2-10-0 Russian decapod that was restored to service this past spring following a 10-year effort by museum volunteers, including Maxwell.

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    Carpentersville woman faces charges in sham marriage case

    A Carpentersville woman who works as a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer at O'Hare International Airport is accused of hindering investigation of a sham marriage by federal prosecutors. According to court papers, the woman, Enkhchimeg Ulziibayar Edwards, 36, helped arrange the 2003 marriage of a Mongolian national to an American citizen in order to gain citizenship for the Mongolian. She...

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    Riley Woznicki and her twin, Reagan, were born prematurely at 25 weeks. Riley, right, weighed 1.7 pounds.

    Garage sale to raise funds for Streamwood girl's wheelchair-accesible van

    A Schaumburg neighborhood is hosting a three-day garage sale with all proceeds going to a wheelchair-accessible van for Riley Woznicki. The Streamwood girl was born prematurely and diagnosed with cerebral palsy at 3. "She is the sweetest little girl," family friend Jennifer Thing said.

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    For months, CIA Director John Brennan had stood firm in his insistence that the CIA had little to be ashamed of after searching the computers of the Senate Intelligence Committee. His defiant posture quickly collapsed after a devastating report by his own inspector general sided against the CIA on each key point of the dispute with the Senate.

    CIA director reverses himself on Senate spying

    For months, CIA Director John Brennan had stood firm in his insistence that the CIA had little to be ashamed of after searching the computers of the Senate Intelligence Committee. His defiant posture quickly collapsed after a devastating report by his own inspector general sided against the CIA on each key point of the dispute with the Senate.

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    Locals survey the damage from a massive gas explosion in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Friday, Aug. 1, 2014.

    12,000 evacuees return after Taiwan gas explosions

    KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan — The 12,000 people who fled in fear of more gas pipeline explosions in Taiwan’s second-largest city returned to their homes Friday after authorities said there was no more risk of blasts like the series that ripped apart streets overnight, killing 26 people and injuring 267.

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    U.S. citizen Matthew Todd Miller speaks at an undisclosed location in North Korea Friday, Aug. 1, 2014.

    2 Americans detained in North Korea seek U.S. help

    Two American tourists charged with “anti-state” crimes in North Korea said Friday they expect to be tried soon and pleaded for help from the U.S. government to secure their release from what they say could be long prison terms. In their first appearance since being detained more than three months ago, Matthew Todd Miller and Jeffrey Edward Fowle told a local AP Television News crew...

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    Associated Press/CDC The origin of the Ebola virus is unknown, but fruit bats are considered the most likely host, according to the World Health Organization. Ebola jumps to humans from infected animals including chimpanzees, gorillas and bats that live in the rain forest through contact with blood or other bodily fluids such as urine and saliva.

    Frequently asked questions about Ebola virus

    The outbreak of Ebola virus disease in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone is the worst ever, killing more than 700 people this year. Here are frequently asked questions about the disease.

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    The World of Faeries Festival is Saturday and Sunday at Vasa Park in South Elgin. Last year, girls sat down for a faerie tea party where they snacked on cookies, listened to stories and sang songs.

    World of Faeries Festival opens Saturday at Vasa Park

    Fantasyland comes alive at the annual World of Faeries Festival, which opens Saturday at Vasa Park in South Elgin. Organizers say it is a chance for people of all ages to enter a fantasy land and just be a kid.

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    Australian and Dutch investigators examine pieces of the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 plane, near the village of Hrabove, Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine Friday, Aug. 1, 2014.

    Ukraine: Investigators start jet crash site search

    With the sound of artillery blasts at a distance, 70 international investigators arrived Friday at the eastern Ukraine site where Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crashed and started recovering the remains of as many as 80 victims that have been lying in farm fields for two weeks.

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    Palestinians inspect a destroyed house in the heavily bombed Gaza City neighborhood of Shijaiyah, close to the Israeli border, Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. A three-day Gaza cease-fire that began Friday quickly unraveled, with Israel and Hamas accusing each other of violating the truce.

    In brief lull, Gaza’s displaced survey devastation

    Bassem Abul Qumbus looked in despair at the wreck of his home. Shells had punched holes in an upper-floor bedroom. A wall had collapsed into the kitchen. “I’m heartbroken,” said Abul Qumbus. The 35-year-old father of eight had spent the earnings of a lifetime — about $55,000 — to build the three-story home. Now he’s not certain if it can be repaired.

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    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Fire engulfed the side of a home July 27 on the 900 block of Stuart Drive in Bartlett. The owner left ashes to cool from a bonfire the night before. He poured water on them in the morning and threw them into a garbage can. Items in the garbage can ignited and the fire quickly spread.

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    After a stunning primary election loss, former Majority Leader Eric Cantor said Friday that he will resign his seat in the House of Representatives months earlier than expected. The congressman will step down Aug. 18.

    Cantor to resign from House seat in August

    After a stunning primary election loss, former Majority Leader Eric Cantor said Friday that he will resign his seat in the House of Representatives months earlier than expected. The congressman will step down Aug. 18 and has asked Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe to call a special election to enable his successor to take office immediately, Cantor said in a statement, a day after stepping down from...

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    Daniel White/dwhite@dailyherald.comThe Country House is planning to move its Lisle location into a bigger space at the Green Trails Shopping Center along Maple Avenue, just east of Naper Boulevard, in Lisle. The space used to house the Big Apple Pancake House.

    Country House restaurant getting new spot in Lisle

    After nearly 30 years in its current spot in Lisle, The Country House restaurant is moving to a bigger space in another part of the village. Company officials confirmed that the restaurant, which is best known for its “Country Burger,” will be closing its location at College Square Shopping Center later this year. The restaurant then will reopen in a roughly 6,300-square-foot space...

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    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry made more than 100 calls over the last 10 days, including several dozen on Thursday alone, to broker a cease-fire plan to stop the bloodshed in the Gaza Strip.

    Brokering a truce in Gaza no easy deal for Kerry

    John Kerry made more than 100 calls over the last 10 days, including several dozen on Thursday alone, to broker the agreement that he failed to reach a week ago in Cairo to much ridicule and indignation from Israelis who accused him of going soft on Hamas. He announced the deal in the middle of the night Friday with an air of weariness, and solemnity, rather than declaring victory. But the...

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    UCLA facilities management worker Hector Tovar cleans the IM Field Thursday after Tuesday’s flooding from a ruptured pipe under nearby Sunset Boulevard inundated a large area of the campus in the Westwood section of Los Angeles.

    Repairing burst Los Angeles main could take days

    Repair crews on Thursday were shoring up a giant hole in the middle of Sunset Boulevard caused by a ruptured pipe, as officials at the water-logged University of California, Los Angeles, continued to assess damage from the 20 million gallons that inundated the campus.

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    A leading Washington philanthropist is presenting an alternate plan to save the Corcoran Gallery of Art in court hearings this week over whether to break up the trust from 1869 that established the gallery and later its college.

    Opponents offer 2 alternatives to Corcoran breakup

    Opponents of a plan to break up Washington’s nearly 150-year-old Corcoran Gallery of Art presented two alternatives in court this week to preserve the independent museum and art school as a judge considers its proposed merger with two larger institutions.

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    A wolf rests inside the Seacrest Wolf Preserve in Chipley, Fla. The 450 acre preserve is home to 30 gray, Arctic and British Columbian wolves. It is the largest wolf preserve in the Southeastern United States. The preserve was damaged during heavy rains that flooded the region in April.

    Florida preserve brings wolves, people together

    At Seacrest Wolf Preserve in northern Florida, billed as the largest such facility in the Southeast, owners Cynthia and Wayne Watkins say they raise their wolves to become accustomed to humans — and for a $25 fee, they even let visitors mingle with a wolf pack. “We offer one of the rarest opportunities in the world for humans to see wolves up close and personal,” Cynthia...

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    Elgin Area School District U-46 Superintendent Jose M. Torres speaks at the Elgin Chamber of Commerce’s “CEO Unplugged: A Personal Look at the Leader” last November series at Elgin Community College.

    Images: Jose Torres’ tenure in U-46
    A look at Jose Torres' tenure as superintendent in Elgin Area U-46.

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    2nd I-69 ethics investigation report release set

    INDIANAPOLIS — Inspector General David Thomas plans to outline the findings of his investigation of land sales involving a former top Indiana Department of Transportation staffer.Former INDOT Chief of Staff Troy Woodruff’s family earned $1.86 million selling land adjacent to the highway to the state while Woodruff helped lead the agency.

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    2 top Indiana deputy attorneys general promoted

    INDIANAPOLIS — Two top state lawyers have been promoted within the Indiana attorney general’s office.Former Chief Deputy Attorney General Gary Secrest will take over as assistant attorney general, a new post. Deputy Attorney General Matt Light will succeed Secrest as the chief deputy attorney general.

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    Dozens displaced by Northwest Indiana apartment fire

    HIGHLAND, Ind. — Officials say dozens of people have been displaced from their homes by a fire that badly damaged a northwestern Indiana apartment building.Flames shot above the roof of the three-story building in the Highland apartment complex after the fire broke out Thursday. No injuries were reported, but firefighters worked for hours to completely extinguish the blaze.

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    Indiana town promotes businesses during road work

    CARMEL, Ind. — Indianapolis-area restaurant and shop owners say business is down significantly as construction continues on an area highway.Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard on Thursday asked residents to eat and shop at businesses along U.S. 31 every day in August. A social media campaign to promote the challenge with the hashtag (hash)31bites starts Friday.

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    Indiana State Fair gets underway for 17-day run

    INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana State Fair is getting underway with its usual confections and hearty treats as well as alcoholic drinks for the first time in nearly 70 years.Friday’s start of the fair also marks the return of paid concerts in the fairgrounds’ newly renovated coliseum after those concerts were suspended following the deadly 2011 stage collapse.

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    Indiana health centers get $500,000 federal grant

    PORTAGE, Ind. — The federal government has awarded $500,000 to two Indiana health care providers to expand behavioral health services.The Times of Munster reports the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced the funding Thursday for North Shore Health Centers based in Portage and Maple City Health Care Center in Goshen.

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    Semi crash coats I-465 lanes with spilled butter

    INDIANAPOLIS — A semitrailer overturned on Interstate 465 in Indianapolis, spilling what police say are 45,000 pounds of packages of butter and other dairy products.

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    Police: Illinois businesses find counterfeit money

    SPRINGFIELD — Sangamon County and Springfield authorities say they’re investigating reports of customers using counterfeit money at local businesses.

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    Illinois woman gets 7 years for delivering cocaine

    BELVIDERE, Ill. — A northern Illinois woman has been sentenced to seven years in prison after pleading guilty to delivering cocaine to a police informant near a church.

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    Illinois mom gets probation in son’s crash death

    BELLEVILLE, Ill. — A southwest Illinois mother has been sentenced to two years of probation after pleading guilty to providing alcohol to her son before he crashed his car and died.

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    Ticket sales robust for Du Quoin State Fair

    DU QUOIN, Ill. — Organizers of the approaching state fair in southern Illinois’ Du Quoin say grandstand ticket sales for this year’s festival are well ahead of expectations.

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    ‘American Idol’ holds audition at state fair

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A trip to the Illinois State Fair this year could earn you a record contract. The television talent-search program “American Idol” will have open auditions Aug. 8th and 9th. They’ll be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. near the entrance to the carnival midway.

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    Illinois group to display vintage farm equipment

    FRANKLIN GROVE, Ill. — Vintage farm equipment including tractors, corn shredders and potato diggers will be on display Saturday and Sunday in northern Illinois.The Living History Antique Equipment Association is staging the 25-acre exhibition of old-fashioned farm implements in the village Franklin Grove this weekend.

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    Durbin, Kirk push for federal action on Asian carp

    Illinois’ two U.S. senators are pressing federal officials to take action against the threat of Asian carp and other invasive species.Democratic U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin and Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk sent a letter Thursday to the White House Council on Environmental Quality. Other Great Lakes senators also signed the letter.

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    Report: BP, Wood River agree on new police station

    WOOD RIVER, Ill. — A southwestern Illinois city may be getting a new $7.8-million, 20,000-square-foot police station, courtesy of oil company BP.The (Alton) Telegraph reports that Wood River and BP have reached a preliminary deal for building the new department site on BP-owned land.

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    Sony subsidiary leaving University of Illinois campus

    CHAMPAIGN — A subsidiary of Sony Corporation that focuses on biotechnology is closing its operations on the University of Illinois campus and moving to California.

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    Dawn Patrol: Cyclist hit by train; burglary suspect charged in Elgin

    Cyclist killed by train in Des Plaines. Man accused of burglary, attempt on same Elgin street. Drug-induced homicide trial begins in Wheaton. POW memorial moved to O'Hare tollway oasis. Pitcher leaves Cubs with warm memories. Entering his 12th season, Bears LB Lance Briggs appreciates where he's at.

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    Joe Graziano Jr., part owner of Terri Lynn, Inc., in Elgin, doesn’t want Salveo Health & Wellness, Ltd. to get a permit for a medical marijuana dispensary nearby at 1330 Crispin Drive in the Fox Bluff Corporate Center.

    Elgin to consider medical marijuana dispensary

    The city of Elgin will consider allowing a medical marijuana dispensary in an industrial park on the city’s southwest side, but nearby business owners say that’s a terrible idea. Elgin’s planning and zoning commission will hold a public hearing Monday about the application submitted by Salveo Health & Wellness, Ltd. of Chicago for a dispensary in the Fox Bluff Corporate Center...

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    ECC Foundation marks 30 years

    The Elgin Community College Foundation this month marks 30 years of providing scholarships and financial support for students in need. The foundation — the philanthropic arm of the college — was chartered in 1984. Since then, it has awarded nearly $5 million in scholarships to more than 7,000 students. “The first year was pretty modest,” said Katherine Sawyer, ECC...

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    The 33rd annual Taste of Roselle opens today and runs through Sunday with about 20 food vendors.

    Taste of Roselle offers ‘hometown party atmosphere’

    At a time when many towns are competing to make their festivals bigger and flashier, the organizers of Taste of Roselle say they’re primarily focused on maintaining a down-home feel. “It really is a hometown, party atmosphere,” said festival commission member Kathie Fitzpatrick as organizers prepared for the 33rd annual Taste’s three-day run from 6 to 11 p.m. Friday, 6...

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    Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, left, is running for re-election against Republican Bruce Rauner.

    Campaigns working to get people to vote early, by mail

    Labor Day and the unofficial open of campaign season is still a month away, but one potentially big and new strategy in politicians' campaigns for votes starts next week. Wednesday — about 90 days before Election Day — is the first day eager voters can start requesting ballots to vote by mail. And campaigns are developing strategies to capitalize from the new headstart.

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    ‘Got Art?’ show kicks off at Hanover Township Senior Center

    Senior artists will be showcasing their works during Hanover Township's "Got Art?" show next month. A reception toasting the display will be held Thursday, Aug. 7.

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    Barrington to host 4th Summer Wine Walk

    The village of Barrington will host its 4th Summer Wine Walk on Saturday, August 16, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Patrons will participate with an afternoon of shopping, sipping and strolling Barrington's downtown.

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    An ant walks on a red flower in an Elk Grove yard after it was covered in dew drops.

    Images: Photo Contest Finalists
    Each week you submit your favorite photo. We pick the best of the bunch and select the finalists. Here are the finalists for the week of July 28.

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    Wisconsin Supreme Court upholds 2011 union law

    The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the 2011 law that effectively ended collective bargaining for most public workers, sparked massive protests and led to Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s recall election and rise to national prominence. The 5-2 ruling upholds the signature policy achievement of Walker in its entirety and is a major victory for the potential 2016 GOP presidential...

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    American Green’s Zazzz vending machine.

    Chicago landlord wants to evict restaurant with pot vending machine

    A Chicago real estate developer wants to evict an Avon, Colorado restaurant for displaying a marijuana edibles vending machine, claiming the media and social media attention damaged the company’s reputation.No pot products were in the Zazzz machine when it was on display at Montana’s Smokehouse during a private party in April for its manufacturer, American Green.

Sports

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    Adam Eaton, center, scores on a single by Jose Abreu as Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki stands nearby during Friday’s game at U.S. Cellular Field.

    Sox GM Hahn says team may still deal

    White Sox general manager Rick Hahn is a bit disappointed that Thursday's nonwaiver trade deadline came and went without any movement. Hahn said a three-way trade fell through but he'll pursure August waiver deals.

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    Steve Lundy/slundy@dailyherald.com ¬ Carmel’s John George (21) drives on Lake Zurich’s Jeff Zahery, left, and Mike Travlos during action last season.

    D-I Elon lands Carmel basketball player

    A two-year varsity starter for Carmel Catholic, 6-foot-10 center Jack George capped his senior year last winter by averaging team bests of nearly 15 points and 8 rebounds per game in helping the Corsairs capture a school-record 25 wins and Class 3A sectional-final berth for the second year in a row. Now he's headed to North Carolina to play for Elon University, a Division I school.

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    The White Sox’s Alexei Ramirez hits an RBI double against the Minnesota Twin during the sixth inning of a baseball game, Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, in Chicago.

    Sox bail out Sale, Abreu extends streak

    Chris Sale had a rare subpar outing Friday night, but Jose Abreu and the White Sox' offense picked up the ace starting pitcher in a 10-8 win over the Twins.

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    Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is tackled by Ryan Mundy during a game last season. Mundy is trying to win a starting spot in the Bears’ defensive backfield.

    Bears’ safeties all getting a shot

    The Bears continue to shuffle bodies in and out of the safety positions. Adrian Wilson, a 34-year-old veteran who has been voted to five Pro Bowls but is coming off a foot injury that cost him the entire 2013 season, was the latest contender to get an opportunity to work with the first team defense on Friday.

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    Surging Barrington in Legion state finals

    After picking up the pitching win Wednesday night, Barrington’s Scott Nelson used his bat on Friday to help his team advance to today’s finals of the Illinois American Legion state finals. Nelson turned a 10-pitch at-bat into a RBI double in the sixth inning to help spark a 2-run outburst as Barrington Post 158 topped Galesburg Post 285, 4-2, Friday at Recreation Park in Arlington Heights. Barrington (40-7), which has now won 14 in a row and 32 of its last 33 games, will play in the finals of the double elimination tournament at 11 a.m. today.

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    Cubs catcher Welington Castillo, left, and shortstop Starlin Castro celebrate after they defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-2 in a baseball game, Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, in Los Angeles.

    Cubs beat Dodgers 8-2, ending LA’s streak at 6

    Kyle Hendricks scattered four hits over seven innings, Starlin Castro had three hits and scored three runs, and the Chicago Cubs beat Los Angeles 8-2 on Friday night, snapping the Dodgers’ six-game winning streak. Making his fourth major league start after being called up from Triple-A, Hendricks (2-1) allowed one earned run, struck out three and walked one in his return to Dodger Stadium, where he pitched in high school. The rookie had two of Chicago’s 13 hits.

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    Team USA players and coaches huddle after Indiana Pacers’ Paul George was injured during the USA Basketball Showcase game Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, in Las Vegas.

    Rose makes successful return to court with Team USA

    Derrick Rose made a successful return to the basketball court on Friday. But the Team USA scrimmage in Las Vegas was ruined by a gruesome leg injury suffered by Indiana Pacers forward Paul George. The game was called off with 9:33 left in the fourth quarter after George was taken to the hospital.

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    Traverse City ends Boomers’ win streak

    The Schaumburg Boomers saw a franchise record eight game win streak come to an end in a 7-3 loss to the Traverse City Beach Bums on Friday night.Traverse City grabbed a 3-0 lead against starter Hunter Ackerman.

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    Cougars use big inning, snap losing streak

    All of the home offense came in one inning at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark, but that is all that was needed for the Cougars (23-17, 68-42). 9,451 witnessed the Cougars’ 6-2 win over the River Bandits (21-19, 56-53) Friday evening that snapped a three-game losing streak.

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    The White Sox’s Alexei Ramirez hits an RBI double against the Minnesota Twin during the sixth inning of a baseball game, Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/David Banks)

    White Sox coach Cooper back after missing 11 games

    Back with the White Sox Friday night after missing 11 games, pitching coach Don Cooper said his battle with vertigo is something he'd like to forget.

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    The White Sox’s Jose Abreu reached base five times, extending his hitting streak to 21 games, during Friday night’s game against the Minnesota Twins. The Sox beat the Twins 10-8 at U.S. Cellular Field.

    Abreu extends streak, White Sox beat Twins 10-8

    ose Abreu reached base five times while extending his hitting streak to 21 games, and the Chicago White Sox scored four runs in the eighth inning to beat the Minnesota Twins 10-8 on Friday night.Abreu had three singles, scored twice and drove in a run. He also walked and was hit by a pitch.

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    USSSA Pride downs Bandits

    Cat Osterman’s stellar pitching shut down the Bandits as the USSSA Pride won game two 3-0 to even the series at one game a piece.Bandits’ rookie Sara Moulton faced off against Osterman in the circle.For the second time this series it was the Pride who got on the scoreboard first with Madison Shipman’s RBI single in the first inning to open the scoring. Megan Willis’ solo home run in the second extended the Pride lead to 2 runs.

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    Rich Harvest owner Jerry Rich, LPGA star Anna Nordquist from Sweden and LPGA commissioner Mike Whan at Friday’s Launch Party for the International Crown event that will be coming to Rich Harvest Farms in 2016.

    Rich Harvest excited about 2016 International Crown

    The LPGA expects the second International Crown, in July of 2016 at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, to be bigger than last week’s inaugural staging.

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    Kyle Larson drives during qualifying for Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Pocono Raceway, Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, Long Pond, Pa. Larson qualified on the pole.

    Larson wins 1st career pole at Pocono Raceway

    Kyle Larson had one more celebration left during his birthday week, setting a track record of 183.438 mph to win his first career Sprint Cup pole Friday at Pocono Raceway.He broke the mark of 181.415 that Denny Hamlin set in June.Larson, one of the top rookies in NASCAR, turned 22 on Thursday and wants to keep the party going with his first win Sunday.

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    PGA Tour refutes report Johnson suspended

    The PGA Tour is refuting a report that Dustin Johnson has been suspended.Johnson said in a statement Thursday he was taking a leave of absence to seek professional help for “personal challenges” that brought an end to his season. Johnson will miss the PGA Championship, the FedEx Cup playoffs and the Ryder Cup.

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    Caddie Neil Wallace directs Sergio Garcia, from Spain, on the 14th tee during the second round of the Bridgestone Invitational golf tournament Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio. Garcia shot 9-under 61 on the day to stand at 11-under par for the tournament.

    Sergio Garcia shoots 61 to take Firestone lead

    Sergio Garcia has tied the course record at Firestone by closing with seven straight birdies for a 9-under 61. The record-tying round Friday gave Garcia a three-shot lead over Justin Rose going into the weekend at the Bridgestone Invitational. The Spaniard broke the record on the back nine with a 27. He ended his day in style, making a 25-foot putt on the 17th hole and a 20-footer on the 18th. Phil Mickelson, who played with Garcia, took off his cap and bumped fists with Garcia.

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    Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch (24) talks with wide receiver Percy Harvin, left, during NFL Football training camp, Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, in Renton, Wash. Friday was Lynch’s first day attending training camp after staying away due to contract issues.

    Back at camp, Lynch watches Seahawks practice

    Marshawn Lynch was back on the Seattle Seahawks practice fields Friday morning. He was once again just a spectator a day after showing up at the team’s facility and ending his weeklong training camp holdout in the hopes of getting changes to his contract. Seattle cut wide receiver Randall Carroll to clear a spot on the 90-man roster and accommodate Lynch’s return. “Our run game is predicated on Marshawn’s run style and what he does,” Seahawks running backs coach Sherman Smith said. “I’m just glad he’s back.”

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    Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon makes a catch during NFL football training camp, Saturday, July 26, 2014, in Berea, Ohio.

    Browns’ Gordon meets with NFL on appeal

    As his teammates sweated through another training camp practice, Josh Gordon was in a New York office building where his career — and Cleveland’s season — were in jeopardy.Gordon met Friday with NFL officials to appeal a possible indefinite suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. Gordon’s attorney, Maurice Suh, and other members of his legal team were expected to argue that Gordon tested positive for marijuana because of secondhand smoke, a defense they planned to augment with witnesses.

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    Usain Bolt of Jamaica brings the baton home as he runs the last leg of his first round heat of the men’s 4 by 100 meter relay in Hampden Park stadium during the Commonwealth Games 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland, Friday Aug. 1, 2014.

    Bolt makes Comm Games debut after Glasgow uproar

    If Scots were offended by Usain Bolt they didn’t show it on Friday as the Jamaican sprint star made his Commonwealth Games debut.Despite a newspaper claiming that he was disparaging about Glasgow, Bolt’s introduction to a 40,000-plus crowd at Hampden Park was greeted with a roar of cheers.“I was never worried, I was just looking forward to coming out here and showing the people,” the world’s fastest man said. “I am here to have fun and compete.”

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    Former New York Giants defensive end Michael Strahan, shown here in 2008, was a game-changer on the field — but he made his mark elsewhere with his gregarious personality, gaptoothed smile and willingness to step out of his comfort zone. He became a regular in commercials.

    Strahan expects emotions to flow at HOF induction

    Michael Strahan is pleased to know he is scheduled to go last during the Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremonies.That means the former New York Giants star pass-rusher won’t be the first to break down in tears once the 2014 seven-member class is inducted Saturday.

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    Notre Dame football head coach Brian Kelly speaks to the media about the upcoming 2014 season on Friday inside the Gugleilmino Athletics Complex on the Notre Dame campus in South Bend, Ind.

    Kelly: Quarterback competition isn’t artificial

    Coach Brian Kelly is heading into preseason workouts without knowing who will start at quarterback for Notre Dame, insisting it’s not the foregone conclusion many believe. “I’m not playing a game where we’re trying to create artificial competition within the ranks,” he said at a news conference Friday. “I think we have competition for that particular role to show itself. I think it can show itself. When it does, we’ll be ready to make that declaration. It just hasn’t shown itself yet.”

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    Kristufek’s Arlington selections for Aug. 2

    Joe Kristufek's selections for Aug. 2 racing at Arlington International.

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    Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice answers question during a news conference after NFL football training camp, Thursday, July 31, 2014, in Owings Mills, Md.

    NFL's shameful Ray Rice charade continues

    What Ray Rice says or doesn't say is missing the point, according to a Maryland law professor specializing in domestic violence. “The culture of violence in the NFL led him to believe this wouldn't be a big deal, and the disproportionate punishment is disturbing,” Leigh Goodmark says,

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    While Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler is in position to have a big season with his offensive unit returning, Mike North says Cutler doesn’t need the pressure of any MVP talk.

    Is it too early for Cutler MVP talk?

    Mike North sees the Chicago Bears poised for a good year and if quarterback Jay Cutler can stay healthy for a full season, he could even be MVP..

Business

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    A guest uses a cellphone Wednesday to photograph President Barack Obama as greets the crowd after speaking about the economy at the Uptown Theater in Kansas City, Mo. On Friday, Obama signed a bill into law making it legal once again to unlock a cellphone without permission from your wireless provider.

    Law changed to allow ‘unlocking’ cellphones

    President Barack Obama signed a bill into law on Friday making it legal once again to unlock a cellphone without permission from your wireless provider, so long as the service contract has expired.

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    Trader Jonathan Corpina works Friday on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    S&P 500 has its worst week in 2 years

    The concerns over the Argentinian default as well as with European banks were the biggest driver of Friday’s market decline, said Jonathan Golub, chief U.S. market strategist at RBC Capital Markets.“The market doesn’t like anything that could potentially disrupt the credit markets,” Golub said, noting that indicators of market volatility jumped on Friday.Adding to the uncertainty, investors had the violence in Israel and Gaza as well as Ukraine to worry about.

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    Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., on Wednesday, July 30, 2014.

    Why investors prefer petit stocks over small ones

    Small-cap stocks are getting the cold shoulder, unless they come with a nice accent. Stocks of smaller U.S. companies have dropped this year following a spate of warnings that they’ve become too expensive.

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    Chef Alex Tretter carries a tray of cannabis-infused peanut butter and jelly cups to the oven for baking at Sweet Grass Kitchen, a well-established Denver-based gourmet marijuana edibles bakery that sells its confections to retail outlets throughout the state.

    Colorado panel considers new look for edible pot

    “How are we going to be able to make these edibles identifiable to the public, so that they know this is marijuana? This is a very, very heavy lift,” said Gina Carbone, a volunteer for SMART Colorado, a group critical of the marijuana industry.Carbone suggested that some edible marijuana products — such as lollipops or gummy bears — shouldn’t be allowed for commercial sale because they are likely to appeal to kids.

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    P&G to slim down product lineup

    Procter & Gamble is about to shrink. The world’s largest consumer products maker said it will shed more than half its brands around the globe over the next year or two, leaving it with about 70 to 80 of its top performers when the nips and tucks are complete. The maker of Duracell, CoverGirl, Pampers and Tide did not say which products it plans to keep but noted that they account for more than 90 percent of its sales.

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    Chevron Corp. earnings rose 5.6 percent in the second quarter on asset sales and higher global oil prices, though oil and gas production slipped slightly.

    Chevron 2Q profit up on asset sales, oil prices

    NEW YORK — Chevron Corp. earnings rose 5.6 percent in the second quarter on asset sales and higher global oil prices, though oil and gas production slipped slightly.Chevron, based in San Ramon, California, said Friday that net income increased to $5.67 billion, or $2.98 per share, from $5.37 billion, or $2.77 per share, in the same quarter a year earlier. The average per-share estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $2.68, but that does not include the effect of asset sales. The company reported revenue of $55.58 billion compared with $55.31 billion in the same quarter a year ago.Chevron, which produces most of its oil abroad, fetched sharply higher prices for its overseas oil in the quarter. The company’s average sales price rose to $101.15 per barrel, up from $93.71 last year. U.S. oil prices were flat. The company also sold its interest in production and pipeline assets in Chad and Cameroon for $1.3 billion.Global production slipped, however, to 2.55 million barrels per day of oil and gas from 2.58 million barrels per day last year. The company offered updates of several new production projects, and said ramp-up at those projects will help grow production by 20 percent by 2017. Chevron shares fell $1.20 in morning trading Friday to $128.04 per share.

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    Hyundai recalls more than 419K vehicles

    DETROIT — Hyundai is recalling more than 419,000 cars and SUVs to fix suspension, brake and oil leak problems.The biggest of three recalls posted Friday by U.S. safety regulators is of 225,000 Santa Fe SUVs from 2001-2006 to replace front coil springs that can rust and crack in cold-weather states. The springs can fracture and make contact with a tire, potentially causing a crash.The recall covers Santa Fes originally sold in 20 states and Washington, D.C., where salt is used to clear snow and ice from roadways. States affected are Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia and Wisconsin.Hyundai said in documents posted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that dealers will replace the springs for free. Owners will be notified by the end of September.The company received 1,200 warranty claims for the problem, including 90 in which the springs came in contact with a tire. No crashes or injuries were reported.The Korean automaker also is recalling 133,075 Sonata midsize cars from 2011 because brake fluid can leak and cause increased stopping distances.The leaks are caused by an inadequate seal between brake hoses and calipers. Dealers will replace the hoses free of charge starting by the end of September. No crashes or injuries have been reported.And Hyundai recalling 61,122 Veracruz SUVs from 2007 through 2012 because oil can leak from a valve cover gasket onto the alternator, causing it to fail. That could cause the engine to stall, and the driver wouldn’t be able to restart it. No crashes or injuries were reported. Dealers will inspect and replace or repair the alternator and front valve cover gasket starting by the end of September, at no cost to owners.So far this year automakers have recalled more than 40 million vehicles in the U.S., passing the old full-year record of 30.8 million set in 2004. General Motors leads all companies with recalls of nearly 30 million vehicles. The company’s recall crisis was touched off by the bungled recall of 2.6 million small cars for faulty ignition switches. GM has admitted knowing about the problem for more than a decade, yet it didn’t start any recalls until this year. The company blames the defective switches for at least 13 deaths.

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    Sergio Marchionne, chief executive officer of Fiat SpA and Chrysler Group LLC, pauses during the company’s annual general meeting in Turin, Italy. Fiat shareholders have voted in favor of a merger with Chrysler that has been five years in the works and will shift the 115-year-old carmaker’s center of gravity abroad.

    Fiat shareholders vote in favor of Chrysler merger

    TURIN, Italy — Fiat shareholders have voted in favor of a merger with Chrysler that has been five years in the works and will shift the 115-year-old carmaker’s center of gravity abroad.The shareholder approval Friday paves the way for a U.S. listing of the new company, to be called Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, expected by mid-October. It will be legally based in the Netherlands with its fiscal home in Britain. A caveat to the merger remains. Dissenting shareholders have 15 days to opt out, cashing in their shares at 7.727 euros ($10.35), about 7-percent above current share price. If the request exceeds 500 million euros, CEO Sergio Marchionne says the merger would be off — for now.

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    Burger King 2Q profit rises 19 percent

    MIAMI — Burger King Worldwide Inc. said its profit climbed by 19 percent in the second quarter as lower costs and growth overseas boosted results.The Miami-based company said global sales at established locations rose 0.9 percent. While the figure edged up just 0.4 percent in the U.S. and Canada, it rose 3.7 percent in Asia. Traditional fast-food chains such as Burger King and McDonald’s have been struggling to boost sales in the U.S., with more people heading to places such as Chipotle and Panera. But Burger King has been focusing on striking deals with local operators in developing markets to build more restaurants. The company has more than 13,000 locations globally, compared with more than 35,000 for McDonald’s. Burger King executives have said that gives them considerable room for expansion around the globe, particularly because Burger King is such a well-known brand.For the quarter, Burger King said profit increased to $75.1 million, or 21 cents per share. Adjusted for one-time gains and costs, earnings came to 25 cents per share, which was two cents above what Wall Street expected.A year ago, it earned $62.9 million, or 18 cents per share.Revenue declined 6.1 percent to $261.2 million. That was below the $263.3 million analysts expected, according to Zacks Investment Research.Burger King shares have risen $3.52, or 15 percent, to $26.38 since the beginning of the year. The stock has increased $6.62, or 34 percent, in the last 12 months.

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    As General Motors tackles a safety crisis, a look at its numbers from June show just how intent the company is on keeping new-car sales on the rise during a record spate of safety recalls.

    GM boosted June sales with discounts to dealers

    As General Motors tackles a safety crisis, a look its numbers from June show just how intent the company is on keeping new-car sales on the rise during a record spate of safety recalls.The Detroit automaker has recalled nearly 30 million cars and trucks this year, including some models that had barely rolled off the assembly line. Yet sales have been resilient, up 3.5 percent through the first seven months of the year.In mid-June, however, the automaker was headed for a year-over-year monthly sales decline, according to data compiled by automotive research firms. Then, on June 20, GM asked dealers to buy more cars, and it threw in another $1,000 in discounts per vehicle, five dealership representatives told The Associated Press. The company finished the month with a 1 percent gain.The dealers said they were asked to buy the cars for a rental program, one that provides loaner cars for people whose vehicles are being serviced. When they buy the cars for the program, GM counts them as a retail sale. It’s a long-standing practice used by nearly all automakers to boost sales results. At GM, though, the incentive was unusually generous and came as GM executives try to steer the company through the worst safety crisis in its history, including the recall of 2.6 million small cars with defective ignition switches tied to at least 13 deaths. The company has allayed investor fears by saying that recalls have actually helped sales by bringing in customers who see vastly improved new models. “Clearly the timing seems a little suspicious,” said Jesse Toprak, senior analyst for the Cars.com website who predicted on June 22 that GM sales would be down 7 percent for the month, compared with a 2 percent decline for the rest of the industry. “Retail numbers at that point did not show any kind of strength.” The industry eked out a 1.2 percent gain for the month. GM didn’t need the added incentives in July. The company on Friday reported a 9.4 percent sales increase for the month.GM spokesman Jim Cain confirmed that offers were made to dealers in June, but wouldn’t give details. He said GM needed to make more models available as loaners for those whose cars are being recalled. As part of its small-car ignition switch recall, GM is offering free loaners to owners. But dealers have run short of cars for the program and have been forced to rely on rental car companies, which can loan out cars from competing brands.GM has issued more than 83,000 loaner cars since the recalls started in February. But CEO Mary Barra said last week that it had fixed about 550,000 of the small cars, so the need for loaners was waning.The automaker won’t say how many vehicles were purchased by dealers in June. After about two months, the loaners are resold as used cars because of the miles on them, but buyers get low-interest financing and other incentives offered to new-car buyers, said the dealers, most of whom asked not to be identified for fear of reprisals from the company.“There was a heavy push on an incentive program that increased sales,” one dealer said. “If they don’t have the volume they want, they’ll come out to the dealers.” GM’s U.S. sales rose 2.5 percent in the first half of the year, lagging the overall market’s 4.3 percent gain.Some dealers downplayed the importance of the discounts. Mike Maroone, chief operating officer of AutoNation Inc., the country’s largest dealership chain, said AutoNation bought a small number of discounted vehicles for its loaner fleet. But he didn’t think the sales had a large impact on GM’s numbers.“I don’t think it’s as big a deal as it may sound,” he said.Maroone and other dealers said other automakers also offer similar late-month discounts in order to juice sales and improve monthly numbers. Some make the offers every few months.

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    Chrysler says its U.S. sales rose 20 percent in July from a year ago, its best performance for the month in nine years.

    Chrysler US sales climb 20 percent in July

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Chrysler says its U.S. sales rose 20 percent in July from a year ago, its best performance for the month in nine years.The automaker said Friday that it sold 167,667 vehicles in the U.S. during the month compared with 140,102 in the prior-year period.Jeep sales surged 41 percent. That’s the best July performance for the brand ever. The Fiat, Dodge and Chrysler brands also posted sales increases for the month.The Jeep Wrangler, Jeep Compass, Dodge Dart, Dodge Challenger, Dodge Journey and Ram Cargo Van each recorded their best July sales ever. And the Fiat 500L set a new all-time monthly sales record in July. Chrysler Group LLC, now part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV, said Ram pickup truck sales climbed 14 percent — its best July results since 2005. This is Chrysler’s 52nd straight month of year-over-year sales gains.The overall automobile market’s U.S. sales have climbed 4.3 percent in the first half of the year. In June the industry had a 1.2 percent gain.Last month Auburn Hills, Michigan-based Chrysler Group announced it was recalling older-model Jeep SUVs to fix a problem with ignition switches. It has now recalled more than 1.7 million vehicles for ignition-switch problems. General Motors has come under fire for bungling its own ignition-switch recall.Sales at GM and the rest of the industry are expected to improve in July. Edmunds.com expects an 11.1 percent increase in total sales, with GM up 10.6 percent. When all the numbers are in late Friday, it may wind up being the industry’s best July in eight years, Edmunds predicted.

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    Scientific Games on Friday, Aug. 1, 2014 said it will pay about $3.3 billion to buy slot machine maker Bally Technologies in a cash deal that expands its casino management system portfolio.

    Scientific Games strikes $3.3B deal to buy Bally

    NEW YORK — Scientific Games plans to pay about $3.3 billion to buy Bally Technologies in a deal that would combine makers of gambling equipment ranging from slot machines to instant-win lottery games.The electronic gambling machine maker said Friday that it will pay $83.30 for each share of Bally. That amounts to a 38 percent premium to Bally’s closing price of $60.17 on Thursday. The deal value totals $5.1 billion counting about $1.8 billion in Bally debt. The companies expect the transaction to close early next year, but it still needs approval from Bally shareholders and antitrust and gambling regulators. The boards of both companies have already approved it.Bally Technologies Inc. was founded during the Great Depression and started as a pinball maker. It makes reel-spinning and video slots and casino management and accounting systems. Scientific Games Corp. sells instant-win lottery games and sports betting technology. It said the deal also will add table products like automatic shufflers and proprietary table games to its portfolio.Bally CEO Richard Haddrill and Chairman David Robbins are expected to join the Scientific Games board after the deal closes. Both companies completed sizable acquisitions last fall. Scientific Games closed a $1.42 billion deal to buy gambling equipment company WMS Industries Inc. Las Vegas-based Bally finished its acquisition of rival casino device company SHFL Entertainment Inc., a deal valued at $1.3 billion including debt.Bally shares jumped nearly 34 percent, or $20.33, to $80.50 Friday morning after the deal was announced and more than an hour before markets opened. Scientific Games stock also climbed more than 16 percent, or $1.43, to $9.97.

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    U.S. markets steadied on Friday a day after a major sell-off. Investors focused on a relatively strong jobs report, which showed the U.S. economy created 209,000 jobs in July, the sixth straight month of job growth above 200,000. Several large companies reported solid earnings including consumer products giant Procter & Gamble.

    U.S. markets fluctuate a day after a major drop

    U.S. markets steadied on Friday a day after a major sell-off. Investors focused on a relatively strong jobs report, which showed the U.S. economy created 209,000 jobs in July, the sixth straight month of job growth above 200,000. Several large companies reported solid earnings including consumer products giant Procter & Gamble.

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    U.S. consumer spending rose at the fastest pace in three months in June, providing momentum for the economy going into the second half of the year. Consumer spending increased 0.4 percent in June on a seasonally adjusted basis following slower increases of 0.3 percent in May and 0.1 percent in April, the Commerce Department said Friday.

    U.S. consumer spending up 0.4 percent in June

    U.S. consumer spending rose at the fastest pace in three months in June, providing momentum for the economy going into the second half of the year. Consumer spending increased 0.4 percent in June on a seasonally adjusted basis following slower increases of 0.3 percent in May and 0.1 percent in April, the Commerce Department said Friday.

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    Harley-Davidson is recalling more than 3,300 FXDL Dyna Low Rider bikes because engine vibration can turn the switches from “run” to “accessory.” The recall covers motorcycles from the 2014 ½ model year.

    Harley recalls bikes for ignition switch problem

    Ignition switch problems that have plagued General Motors and Chrysler have now turned up in the motorcycle business. Harley-Davidson is recalling more than 3,300 FXDL Dyna Low Rider bikes because engine vibration can turn the switches from “on” to “accessory.” The recall covers motorcycles from the 2014 ½ model year. If the motorcycles have been modified to rev higher than 5,600 RPMs, an engine mount bracket can vibrate excessively, causing the problem.

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    U.S. employers extended their solid hiring into July by adding 209,000 jobs. It was the sixth straight month of job growth above 200,000, evidence that businesses are gradually shedding the caution that had marked the 5-year-old recovery.

    U.S. employers add 209K jobs, rate rises to 6.2 pct.

    U.S. employers extended their solid hiring into July by adding 209,000 jobs. It was the sixth straight month of job growth above 200,000, evidence that businesses are gradually shedding the caution that had marked the 5-year-old recovery. Still, July’s gain was less than in the previous three months and probably wasn’t strong enough to intensify fears that the Federal Reserve will soon raise interest rates to curb inflation.

Life & Entertainment

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    Brody's Irish Pub in Aurora caters to sports fans who want to watch the game at a neighborhood bar.

    Grab a beer and take a seat at new Brody's in Aurora

    With the June opening of Brody's Irish Pub on the west side of Aurora, the bar is filling a need for those seeking a local watering hole in a sea of chain restaurants nearby. Tucked into an unassuming strip mall on the north side of Galena Boulevard, Brody's takes over the former digs of Patrick's Irish Pub. More American sports bar than Irish pub, a loyal following already seems to be developing.

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    Farah Morales

    Acts gear up for final round of Suburban Chicago's Got Talent

    The Top 10 finalists for Suburban Chicago's Got Talent perform at 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 3, at the Prairie Center for the Arts in Schaumburg. The winner of the competition and the Fan Favorite with the most online votes will be announced at the Taste of Arlington Heights on Saturday, Aug. 9.

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    Diana Johnston at work in her studio in Mineral Point, Wis. Johnston lives with her husband, Tom, in the malting tower of an old brewery, which they have converted into an enormous pottery studio. The couple are part of a thriving community of artists who live and work in this former lead mining town.

    Mineral Point, Wis.: Figgyhobbin, the arts and only 3 hours away

    The tiny town of Mineral Point, Wisconsin, just a three-hour drive northwest of Chicago, is a charming place where old stone buildings hug the hills, and artists’ galleries, pottery studios and antique shops line the streets. A thriving arts center draws people from around the country to study everything from blacksmithing and bent twig furniture to the Cornish language. And it is one of the few places in the world — other than Cornwall, England — where you can feast on a raisin-studded pastry called figgyhobbin.

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    The mural “Spy Booth” by street artist Banksy that sparked a local preservation campaign has been defaced.

    Banksy’s ‘Spy Booth’ artwork defaced

    A mural by street artist Banksy that sparked a local preservation campaign has been defaced. “Spy Booth” shows three agents in trench coats and trilby hats eavesdropping on a phone booth. It appeared in April on a wall in Cheltenham, western England, home of spy agency GCHQ.

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    Todd Parr, 52, relies on playful, brightly colored drawings and easy-to-understand messages to win over the age 4-to-6 set, along with their teachers and parents, in his books. In today’s competitive swirl of perfectionism, it’s Parr who declares it OK to draw outside the lines, celebrate your big hair and feel lonely sometimes.

    In Todd Parr’s world, it’s OK to make mistakes

    In Todd Parr’s world, it’s OK to wear your undies on your head, spill your milk, or eat mac and cheese in the bathtub. Most of all, it’s OK to be yourself.Inclusion and acceptance are Parr’s mainstays in more than 30 quirky picture books for young kids, including “It’s Okay to Make Mistakes,” out this month from Little, Brown and Co. Parr, 52, relies on playful, brightly colored drawings and easy-to-understand messages to win over the age 4-to-6 set, along with their teachers and parents.

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    Lookingglass Theatre extends its remount of the theatrical and dining event “Rick Bayless in Cascabel: Dinner-Dancing-Daring” through Aug. 31.

    Theater events: 'Rick Bayless in Cascabel' gets extension

    Lookingglass Theatre and Frontera Grill have extended their remount of “Rick Bayless in Cascabel: Dinner-Daring-Desire,” a theatrical event combining a Mexican feast, music and dance, circus arts and a love story. Silent Theatre Company premiers "The Dueling Gentlemen," its new show about the disintegrating partnership between two performers; the side projects presents the Chicago premiere of "Miles Away," a drama about a couple of pool hustlers; and Genesis Theatricals stages "Down Range" about the struggles of career soldiers returning home, this week in Chicago-area theater.

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    Make your home more eco-friendly with a new floor
    Want to help save the planet and update your home’s flooring at the same time? The floors in your home have more of an effect on the environment — and your home’s value — than you may think.

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    Chadwick Boseman, who stars as James Brown in “Get on Up,” a movie based on the life story of “the Godfather of Soul,” says of his experience: “It was all daunting, to be honest with you.” The movie opens Friday.

    A double-header of biopics for Chadwick Boseman

    A year after playing Jackie Robinson in “42,” Chadwick Boseman was back in biopic spring training. To become James Brown for the film “Get on Up,” in theaters Friday, Boseman needed to rely on an entirely different skill set. But the preparation necessary to transform into a tireless performer like Brown — “the hardest working man in show business,” after all — was oddly reminiscent of working out on the baseball diamond. “I was like, ‘This is deja vu,’” says Boseman. “I’m waking up in the morning and lacing them up. Doesn’t matter whether it’s cleats or if it’s leather shoes.”

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    Researcher Robert Brander carries a GPS-equipped “drifter” into the surf at Carolina Beach, N.C., last week. Brander, aka “Dr. Rip,” is hoping the data from these devices will help unlock some of the secrets of the deadly rip currents that kill an estimated 100 people in the United States annually.

    Researchers looking into beach rip currents

    Vincent Klock was bodysurfing toward the beach when his momentum suddenly turned and he was whisked away from shore. He was caught in a rip current. “The current was just pulling me,” he recalled. Scientists wading into the surf nearby on Carolina Beach, N.C., were hoping to find some answers. Researchers from the North Carolina Sea Grant and the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, launched a series of GPS-equipped “drifters” in hopes of better understanding deadly rip currents.

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    “The Bone Orchard” by Paul Doiron is both a rich exploration of character and a satisfying mystery.

    ‘The Bone Orchard’ is satisfying myster

    Mike Bowditch’s recklessness and insubordination, along with his struggle with a series of personal tragedies, seemed to make him a bad match for his job as a Maine game warden. So, as the fifth novel in this fine series by Paul Doiron opens, it comes as no great surprise that Mike has quit law enforcement and taken refuge as a fishing guide in the state’s great North Woods. But Sgt. Kathy Frost, Mike’s former mentor in the warden service, is in trouble. And so begins the excellent mystery "The Bone Orchard."

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    Flavored vodkas aren’t going away, but many premium brands are focusing on vodkas that taste like vodka.

    Vodka goes back to basics

    We’ve had cream-flavored vodka, candy-flavored vodka, even breakfast cereal-flavored vodka. Now, producers are betting on something different, vodka that tastes like... vodka. From an Icelandic vodka made from glacier spring water to a Colorado potato vodka made from freshly picked home-grown spuds, the latest vogue in vodka is more craft than kitsch.

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    Unclog stubborn shower drains

    A clogged shower drain is one way to cut down on water usage. But there are better ways to remedy this problem. Here are some super tips for clearing a clogged drain in the shower, tub or sink.

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    Finger-pointing leads to a credit score logjam

    Are mortgage lenders finally loosening up a little on their credit score requirements — opening the door to larger numbers of home purchasers this summer and fall?

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    Why sellers shouldn’t attend their own open house

    Nearly every agent agrees that it’s a bad idea for sellers to hang around when their home is shown to prospective buyers.

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    Badgered by belligerent bureaucrats

    Q. I have owned my home for nearly two years and recently applied for a permit to build a swimming pool. That opened a can of worms with the building department. They discovered my septic system was installed 28 years ago without a permit.

Discuss

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    Colin Collette, left, and his and his partner became engaged in Rome last week, and he was subsequently fired as the director of worship at Holy Family Parish in Inverness.

    Editorial: Gay choir director’s firing cause for discussion, not judgment

    The firing of a Catholic church choir director because he got engaged to another man is hard to understand, but hopefully it will open the door to more discussion and less judgment, a Daily Herald editorial says.

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    David Miller

    Biotech industry can lead way to economic recovery

    Guest columnist David Miller and Mark Denzler: The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity’s five-year economic development plan recently identified the biomedical/biotechnical industry as a high-potential industry cluster with projected job growth of 157,000 by the year 2025.These firms are a cornerstone of the economy. And the fight to grow them should start by supporting public insurance programs that keep drugs affordable for low-income Illinois patients and ensure drug innovators are properly compensated.

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    We’re too loose with the hyphen on nationalities
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: I sometimes get a bigger jolt from the columnists than I do from my morning caffeine-loaded coffee. I can basically count on not agreeing with Ruben Navarrette, but I read his column every time it is on the Opinion page. I found it especially jarring that he recently referred to himself as a Mexican-American even though he and his parents were born in the United States.

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    Disagreement OK, but silencing writers is not
    A Prospect Heights letter to the editor: Once again I must take issue with those like Mr. Dennis Johnson (“Leftist writers can’t see error of ways,” July 29), who would silence writers and others who do not agree politically with them. I totally disagree with Mr. Johnson’s opinions and with some of the writers who appear in the Daily Herald. However, I would never suggest that they be silenced.

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    Permanent solution to homelessness needed
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: Since many cities around the country have suddenly discovered that homelessness is either a misdemeanor or a felony, is jailing them and providing food and shelter the answer? Since most homeless people are either emotionally or rationally handicapped, can incarceration, with appropriate medical attention, be just the prescription to treat this urban tourist eyesore?

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    Opponents did not get say on Menard’s
    A Vernon Hills letter to the editor: Your story about Menard’s being approved is somewhat inaccurate. The board held a “special village board” meeting one hour earlier than the normal time.

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    Lawsuit against Obama just frivolous
    A Geneva letter to the editor: The U.S. Constitution, which is the bedrock of our legal system, says in Article II Section 4; “The President, The Vice President and Civil Officers (Supreme Court Justices) shall be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of, treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.”

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    Civilians defending themselves every day
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: Concerning Mr. Zlotow’s assertion (Fencepost July 21) that “odds are it (weapon carried) will more likely be used to one’s detriment rather than one’s benefit, and the detriment of the public as well.” I wonder what news, documentation, or whatever source, he derived this from.

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    Durbin not culprit in immigration crisis
    An Elgin letter to the editor: I suspect Mr. Stack who recently wrote a letter to the editor blaming Senator Dick Durbin for the current crisis at the border has not been following the crisis, or the Senator’s efforts for immigration reform very closely.

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