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Daily Archive : Friday August 15, 2014

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    Governor Rick Perry speaks at the 2014 Red State Gathering, in Fort Worth, Texas.

    Perry calls indictment abuse of power

    Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry vowed Saturday to fight a criminal indictment in a defiant response that showed an old slice of swagger that he’s kept holstered lately while seeking to remake his image for a potential 2016 presidential run.Perry called two felony counts of abuse of power issued by an Austin grand jury “outrageous” and made no apologies for his 2013 veto that...

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    Supporters gather on the porch of a house at the intersection of Route 812 and Mt. Alone Road in Heuvelton, NY on Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014 after Fannie Miller, 12, and her sister Delila Miller, 6, were returned home safely after being abducted Wednesday night at a farm stand near their home.

    Two charged with abducting Amish girls

    A northern New York couple has been accused of kidnapping two Amish sisters from their family’s roadside farm stand.St. Lawrence County’s District Attorney Mary Rain says 39-year-old Stephen Howells and 25-year-old Nicole Vaisey of Hermon were each charged Friday with two counts each of first-degree kidnapping.

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    Mr. T poses with courthouse employee Yolanda Johnson of Lake in the Hills while he speaks to her mother on the phone. He was at the Rolling Meadows courthouse Friday for jury duty.

    ‘Mama’s boy’ Mr. T does jury duty in Rolling Meadows

    Mr. T held court outside the Rolling Meadows courthouse Friday where the television and film star was assigned jury duty. “I pity the criminals today,” said the Chicago resident, who was designated an alternate juror for a trial scheduled for Friday afternoon. Then he called himself an “old-fashioned mama’s boy” and encouraged young people to listen to their mothers.

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    This is an example of an M-16A1 rifle, two of which were loaned to the Des Plaines Police Department by the Department of Defense and that have gone missing.

    Des Plaines police investigated for missing rifles loaned by Defense Department

    The Des Plaines Police Department has been placed under federal investigation over the two missing rifles loaned to the department by the Department of Defense, federal officials said Friday. The pair of M-16A1 rifles were given to the department in 2002 under a federal program that supplies local law enforcement agencies with surplus military equipment.

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    Traci O’Neal Ellis, daughter of Ronald O’Neal, talks about her father Friday during a renaming ceremony for Sheridan Elementary School to Ronald D. O’Neal Elementary School in Elgin.

    Elgin school named for first black principal, administrator

    Sheridan Elementary School is no more. The Elgin school has officially changed its name to Ronald D. O’Neal Elementary School in honor of the district’s first black principal and administrator. Officials hosted a back-to-school BBQ and renaming ceremony Friday at the school, located at 510 Franklin Blvd.

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    Jazz guitarist to perform in Barrington Hills

    Acclained jazz guitarist Father John Moulder will perform a benefit concert for Family Service of Barrington Area, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, at Barrington United Methodist Church in Barrington Hills.

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    Mark Parr, executive director of the Children’s Advocacy Center, left, and Hoffman Estates Mayor Bill McLeod talk about the history of the building and 25 years helping children.

    Children’s Advocacy Center turns 25
    Friends, employees and associated agencies came out Friday to help the Children’s Advocacy Center of North & Northwest Cook County celebrate its 25th anniversary.

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    Joey Pavlik, 7, of Grayslake deemed the M&M-covered funnel cake to be the best food item at Grayslake Summer Days. The festival opened Friday.

    Grayslake fest a feast for the senses

    You can smell Grayslake Summer Days festival before you turn the corner onto Center Street. Of course, it smells like summer. There are six local food vendor booths grilling and frying such summer classics as brats, funnel cake and corn on the cob. The festival continues Saturday.

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    Willow Creek Community Church Senior Pastor Bill Hybels, left, talks with Tyler Perry onstage during the Global Leadership Summit on Friday at the South Barrington church.

    Tyler Perry at Willow Creek talks about mixing artistry, leadership

    Faith in God and a desire to champion underdogs like himself took Tyler Perry from a poor and abusive household in Louisiana to being one of the most influential voices in American entertainment. He spoke during Willow Creek Community Church’s Global Leadership Summit in South Barrington. “What I try to do is surround myself with people that are like me,” Perry said.

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    An aerial view of the early Thursday morning crash on the Elgin-O’Hare Expressway near Roselle.

    Driver who fled Elgin-O’Hare crash still at large

    Illinois State Police on Friday night were still searching for a 30-year-old man from Melrose Park who is believed to have fled a crash on the Elgin-O’Hare Expressway that injured two construction workers.

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    Heather Mack, covering her face, is led to a hospital Friday for a medical check by Indonesian police officers. Mack has been charged in the death of her mother, Sheila von Wiese-Mack, in Bali, Indonesia.

    Daughter, boyfriend charged in Bali death of Oak Park woman

    Indonesian police charged an Oak Park woman and her boyfriend with murder Friday after the body of the woman’s 62-year-old mother was found stuffed in a suitcase on the resort island of Bali.

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    U-46 teachers approve new contract

    The U-46 school board is expected to vote Monday on a contract agreement for 2014-17 with the Elgin Teachers Association, officials say. The roughly 2,500 association members approved the agreement Friday; the vote was 1,292 in favor of the 2014-17 while 587 opposed it, according a news release from the district.

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    Northwest Community Hospital CEO Stephen Scogna gets doused by Dr. Alan Loren and Chief Operating Officer Michael Hartke, right.

    Northwest Community CEO joins viral Ice Bucket Challenge

    Sitting next to a big bucket of ice, Northwest Community Hospital CEO Stephen Scogna was "afraid, very afraid." Scogna and hospital employees were doused in the viral Ice Bucket Challenge Friday to raise the profile of Lou Gehrig's Disease. "We're all here to share in the excitement of supporting ALS," Scogna said.

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    Edwin Paniagua

    Medical examiner testifies about victim’s stab wounds

    An assistant Cook County medical examiner on Friday described the wounds prosecutors say a pair of would-be robbers inflicted upon a 52-year-old Mount Prospect man as the murder trial of one of the defendants entered its second day. Edwin Paniagua, 19, is charged with first-degree murder in the July 2010 stabbing death of Jean Louis Wattecamps, a baggage handler for American Eagle who...

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    Liberia women walk Thursday after praying for help with the Ebola virus, in the city of Monrovia, Liberia.

    Aid group: Ebola outbreak like ‘wartime’

    The Ebola outbreak that has killed more than 1,000 people in West Africa could last another six months, Doctors Without Borders said Friday, and an aid worker acknowledged that the true death toll is unknown.

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    Tri-Cities police reports
    Ebony J. Stanford-Trotter, 19, of Batavia, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, speeding and driving while her license is suspended at 11:43 p.m. Thursday in the 0-99 block of West Wilson Street, according to a police report.

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    Carmel Catholic honored:

    Mundelein’s Carmel Catholic High School has been named one of thebestschools.org’s “50 Best Christian High Schools in America.”

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    Lombard budget up 2 percent

    The village of Lombard's proposed expenditures in its general fund total $36.5 million, a 2 percent increase from this year. Proposed revenues in the general fund are budgeted at about $36.3 million, a 7 percent increase. Those are some figures from the proposed 2015 budget revealed this week.

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    N. Chicago man captured after abduction of Zion children

    A North Chicago man accused of abducting his two children early Thursday morning, triggering an Amber Alert, was captured and is in jail, the Lake County state’s attorney’s office said.

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    An MD-87 air tanker lays a line of retardant to flank the Two Bulls Fire burning at the Deschutes National Forest, about 10 miles west of Bend, Ore.

    Wildfire managers: Drones a threat to firefighters

    “We’re seeing an increase in people wanting to film from a distance with hobby aircraft,” said spokesman Mike Ferris, noting wildfires are often buzzing with low-flying planes and helicopters. “If you had one of these would you fly it near an airport?”

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    Ed Brown, right, and his wife Elaine Brown listen to Ruby Ridge survivor Randy Weaver, center, at their home in in Plainfield, N.H. The tax-evading couple are serving lengthy sentences after being convicted of amassing an arsenal of weapons and holding law enforcement at bay for nine months in 2007.

    No bidders for possibly booby-trapped land

    The auction of Ed and Elaine Brown’s fortress-like home on 100 acres in Plainfield was held at U.S. District Court in Concord on Friday. The minimum bid was $250,000. Prospective bidders were not allowed to tour the properties, in part because the U.S. Marshals Service raised the possibility that explosives or other booby traps could be buried on the residential property.

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    2 Chicago teens charged as adults in man’s death

    Two Chicago teenagers are charged as adults in the death of a bystander hit by gunfire intended for someone else. Cook County prosecutors allege 15-year-old Denzel Burke was encouraged by an adult member of the Conservative Vice Lords to wound a rival. Prosecutors say Burke’s friend, 17-year-old Michael Phillips, also encouraged Burke to shoot the 19-year-old target.

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    Bolingbrook man accused of trading guns for drugs

    A 53-year-old from Bolingbook faces federal weapons charges alleging he traded more than 40 stolen guns to support a crack-cocaine habit.

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    Trial date set for suspect in Joliet slayings

    A trial date has been set for another suspect in the 2013 strangulation deaths of two men in Joliet. Joshua Miner, 26 has been described in testimony by a co-defendant as a ringleader in the slayings.

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    Volunteer Heather Engwer, of Lake George, N.Y., examines an artifact during an archaeological field school dig at Lake George Battlefield Park in Lake George, N.Y.

    Colonial battleground turns up artifacts

    Lake George was the scene of heavy military activity over a 25-year span beginning with the start of the French and Indian War in 1755 and running through the end of the American Revolution. Thousands of American and British soldiers and American Indian warriors passed through the forts built along the lake’s southern end, and many of them left stuff behind, either lost or discarded in...

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    Authorities: Man wore burqa disguise to rob ATM

    Authorities say a security guard donned a burqa to disguise himself as he stole $168,000 from a suburban ATM this week. The allegations against 31-year-old Gildardo Lopez Jr. of Chicago and an accomplice are spelled out in a criminal complaint filed Friday.

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    Greenleaf Woods Park in Island Lake.

    Island Lake won’t have to return $239,000 state grant for park, according to settlement

    Despite complaints of financial abuse and other allegations, Island Lake officials won’t have to return a $239,000 state grant issued in 1992 for the purchase of Greenleaf Woods Park. Instead, village officials must promise that three of the town’s parks — Greenleaf, Veterans and Converse — will forever be maintained for outdoor recreation use and follow state...

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    A sign marks the entrance to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

    Report: CDC scientist kept quiet about flu blunder

    CDC’s release of the report is one of many signs the agency is trying to make things right, said Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease expert at Vanderbilt University. But he added that the CDC should at least disclose any disciplinary measures, to reassure the public that the agency is taking the matter seriously.

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    Metra trains will likely be traveling on the same routes without expansions for years to come unless there’s a windfall.

    Metra service expansion called unlikely in face of shortfall

    Metra's strategic plan needs to face the fact there's no money right now for more express trains or new stations -- such as in Marengo, Hampshire, Richmond, Sugar Grove and Oswego -- and other commuter dreams, officials said Friday. Meanwhile, the question of whether a fare hike looms in 2015 remains a mystery. (Plus, video of safety poster awards.)

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    Juan Cuellar

    55 years for 2012 Willowbrook ‘street execution’

    A 25-year-old Willowbrook man was sentenced Friday to 55 years in prison for the 2012 shooting death of 18-year-old Joshua Holmes in a feud over a drug debt. Juan Cuellar had said he feared for his safety, but, “This was nothing more than a street execution,” Assistant State’s Attorney Steve Knight said in court. “This defendant left Joshua Holmes laying in the street...

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    The Wheeling police car is loaded onto the tow truck after a car rear-ended a it on Milwaukee Avenue just north of Hintz Road in Wheeling.

    Wheeling cop, driver hurt during Milwaukee Ave. traffic stop

    A Wheeling police officer was injured Friday when her parked squad car was hit during a traffic stop on Milwaukee Avenue, police said. About 11:30 a.m. the officer was sitting in her squad car behind a truck, in the right northbound lane on the 600 block of South Milwaukee Avenue, when a vehicle crashed into the back of the squad car.

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    The state Friday fired the private company that managed the Illinois lottery after profits didn’t meet expectations.

    Illinois ending contract with lottery vendor 3 years into 10-year contract

    Illinois will end its contract with the private vendor that operates the $2 billion-a-year state lottery over “serious concerns” with company performance, state officials announced Friday. Gov. Pat Quinn directed the Illinois Lottery to end its relationship with Northstar Lottery Group three years into a 10-year contract.

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    Grant High votes to join new athletic conference despite coaches’ opposition

    Over objections from several youth sports coaches, Grant High School District 124 board members voted Thursday to leave the North Suburban Conference and particpate in a new, unnamed conference. The local youth sports coaches said the decision would hurt Grant in the long run.

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    Wheaton residents are being asked to vote online for their favorite style of new LED streetlights before Sept. 15. Sample streetlamps are on display on Briarcliffe Boulevard.

    Hey, Wheaton: Pick your fave streetlights

    Which do like best: Letter A or perhaps Letter J? Wheaton residents can vote online or on a paper ballot until Sept 15 on 10 different styles of streetlights to help officials decide which ones to install throughout the city. The sample lights, marked with letters "A" through "J" are installed on Briarcliffe Boulevard.

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    Does Naperville need its own Freedom Trail?

    Could Naperville pull off its own version of Boston's famed Freedom Trail? Early ideas for such a historic path include a “brickyard to beach” trail showing Centennial Beach’s progression from an industrial quarry to a swimming hole; a “town and gown” trail highlighting North Centra Collegel‘s presence since 1870; or a trail looking at the history of...

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    Island Lake Deputy Police Chief David Walz

    David Walz named new Island Lake deputy police chief

    Island Lake police Sgt. David Walz is the department’s new deputy chief, Chief Don Bero announced. Walz’s promotion — effective noon Friday — came one day after the village board voted to create the deputy chief position in the department.

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    Fred Fest concert in Port Barrington Sunday

    Fred Fest, an annual reunion concert of well-known, Barrington-trained musicians, will be held from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17, at the Fox River Forest Preserve on Roberts Road in Port Barrington.

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    Island Lake trustee resigns

    Island Lake Trustee Shannon Fox has resigned from the board, citing a recent move out of town.

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    Hoffman Estates businesses cited for alcohol sales to minors

    Two Hoffman Estates businesses recently were cited for selling alcohol to minors. The Illinois Liquor Compliance Commission and Hoffman Estates Police Department did checks at 14 businesses in the village on July 14.

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    Elk Grove man competes in trucking contest

    An Elk Grove Village truck driver is competing in this week’s National Truck Driving Championships in Pittsburgh. Nenko Topalov, owner of Nando Express Inc., is competing in the 5-Axle Sleeper class.

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    Demonstrators hold candles and signs Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. Hundreds of people protesting the death of Michael Brown marched through the streets of Ferguson alongside state troopers Thursday.

    Police: Teen shot by cop was a suspect in recent robbery; officer named
    A suburban St. Louis police chief on Friday identified the officer whose fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager ignited days of heated protests, and released documents alleging the teen was killed after a robbery in which he was suspected of stealing a $48.99 box of cigars. Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson released several police reports and documents during a news conference where he...

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    Bliss Wine and Gifts owner Maria Weisbruch, front, and sales representative JoAnn Freeman in their boat, “The Wave,” crash with Point of Sale Remarketing Group’s boat on their way to winning the business division cup during a previous Bangs Lake Advisory Committee Cardboard Boat Race at Lindy’s Landing. This year’s event will be Saturday, Aug. 30.

    Cardboard boat racing set for Wauconda

    A cardboard boat race that benefits the Bangs Lake Advisory Committee will be held in Wauconda on Saturday, Aug. 30.

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    Elgin High students join global movement to save trees

    Elgin High School students will join a global movement to educate people about the importance of saving trees and biodiversity on Aug. 23. Students will conduct ecological educational activities from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., including burning brush piles and dead ash trees and cleaning up the trail that runs along the roughly 40 acres of natural areas adjacent to the school. They also will tie red...

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    D302 board to discuss appointing interim superintendent Monday

    The Kaneland school board Monday will discuss, in closed session, what to do when Superintendent Jeff Schuler leaves at the end of the month, including possibly hiring an interim superintendent.

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    Rod Stewart plays the Allstate Arena Saturday with Santana.

    5 things to do in the suburbs this weekend
    If the crowds at the Chicago Air & Water Show aren’t for you, plenty of other options are worth checking out this weekend. A unique fest in St. Charles will appeal to those who love horses and there are plenty of chances to enjoy the music you love. Here are five great things to do this weekend, plus a link to much more.

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    Health, PC checkup at Spring Hill Mall

    Computer Systems Institute is holding a three-day health fair at the Spring Hill Mall in West Dundee, where students and staff will be providing free health checkups for people and their personal computers. Students enrolled in the CSI health track will offer shoppers free blood pressure and glucose screenings, while those enrolled in the IT track will be offering free PC checkups and...

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    Bottles with water are placed in the back of a truck as Russian Ministry of Emergency Situation decided to show the aid convoy to journalists in Voronezh, about 28 kilometers (17 miles) from Ukrainian border, Rostov-on-Don region, Russia, Friday, Aug. 15, 2014.

    Ukraine: Some Russian military vehicles destroyed

    NATO and Ukraine said Russian military vehicles did cross into Ukraine during the night and the Ukrainian president said most of them were destroyed by his troops.

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    Hamas negotiators in Qatar to discuss Israel truce

    Hamas negotiators met with the Islamic militant group’s leadership in Qatar on Friday to discuss a proposal for a long-term truce with Israel, with an official saying the group was inclined to accept the Egyptian-mediated offer.

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    Pope Francis is presented with a T-shirt during his meeting with youths at the Solmoe Sanctuary in Dangjin, South Korea, Friday, Aug. 15, 2014.

    Pope has tough sell on materialism in South Korea

    Pope Francis called Friday during a trip to South Korea for Catholics to combat the allure of materialism. In the newly rich and hypercompetitive country, that might be a hard sell. Far from being considered an evil, the trappings of wealth are often linked here to the hard work, sacrifice and gritty persistence of generations who hustled their nation out of war, dictatorship and poverty into an...

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    Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has given up his post as prime minister to Haider al-Abadi, state television reported Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014 — a move that could end a political deadlock that plunged Baghdad into uncertainty as the country fights a Sunni militant insurgency.

    Iraq’s PM-designate calls for unity

    BAGHDAD — Iraq’s new prime minister-designate says he is committed to fighting corruption and uniting the Iraqi people in the face of terrorism.In a statement released by his media office Friday, Haider al-Abadi says his Cabinet will be based on “efficiency and integrity, to salvage the country from security, political and economic problems.”

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    Chicago fire kills woman, injures 2 men

    Chicago fire authorities say a woman has died in a fire at a vacant building and two men have been hospitalized.The Chicago Sun-Times reports firefighters responded late Thursday to a second-story blaze in the Logan Square area.

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    Meeting will discuss Pullman neighborhood’s legacy

    An upcoming Illinois Historic Preservation Agency meeting will explore possible options for including Chicago’s Pullman neighborhood in the National Park System. The meeting of the preservation agency will take place Aug. 21 at the Pullman Factory Complex in Chicago.

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    CTA: Longer trains running during air show

    Chicago officials say there’ll be extended bus and train service operating this weekend because of the city’s annual Air &Water show. The show is Saturday and Sunday. In a news release, the Chicago Transit Authority officials say they will be longer trains operating both days on the blue, brown, orange and green lines. Officials say those riding the brown line should allow extra...

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    Jennifer Hudson gives away school supplies

    Jennifer Hudson has again returned to Chicago to give away school supplies ahead of the upcoming school year. The Oscar and Grammy winning artist was joined Thursday by her sister, Julia Hudson, in handing out supplies at a Salvation Army community center on Chicago’s South Side.

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    Chicago police: Missing boater found dead in lake

    Chicago authorities say a body recovered from Lake Michigan has been identified as a man who was missing after falling overboard from a disabled sailboat.

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    Kenneth Hock, 79, of Bloomington, points out a detail a 4-foot square farmstead he made completely out of tongue depressors, popsicle sticks and other various wood products.

    Bloomington man makes Popsicle stick art

    He tried hunting, but that didn’t trip his trigger. He threw out a line to try catching fish, but that wasn’t it either. He likes to read, but that doesn’t involve much use of the hands and, now at almost 80, he is diabetic and blind in one eye. Yes, just being retired — and even better, happy — can be a trying time. “I’m still active. I’m...

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    1 dead, 3 wounded in suburban Sauk Village shooting

    Officials of the Sauk Village Police Department say they have good leads in the shooting death of a local teenager and the wounding of three others. Sauk Village Police Chief Timothy Holevis says the Thursday shootings were preceded by an altercation between two groups of young adults.

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    Hundreds gather in Chicago to protest shooting

    Hundreds of people gathered in a downtown Chicago plaza to voice their solidarity with residents of a Missouri town who are protesting the shooting death of a black teenager by a white police officer. Members of the diverse crowd carried cardboard signs with names of Eric Garner and Michael Brown. The 18-year-old, unarmed Brown was shot to death Saturday by a Ferguson police officer.

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    Officials search for Wisconsin osprey, owl shooter
    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials are searching for whoever is shooting federally protected raptors in Wisconsin. A spokeswoman for the service’s Midwest region tells (Wisconsin Rapids) Daily Tribune Media at least one osprey and one barred owl were shot in Bayfield County in recent weeks. Both species are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

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    Images of police outfitted in paramilitary gear clashing with protesters in suburban St. Louis after the weekend shooting death of unarmed black teenager are giving new impetus to efforts to rein in a Pentagon program that provides free machine guns and other surplus military equipment to local law enforcement agencies.

    Congressman wants to curb military surplus program

    Images of police outfitted in paramilitary gear clashing with protesters in suburban St. Louis after the weekend shooting death of unarmed black teenager are giving new impetus to efforts to rein in a Pentagon program that provides free machine guns and other surplus military equipment to local law enforcement agencies. “Our Main Streets should be a place for business, families and...

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    The Elio, a three-wheeled prototype vehicle, in Royal Oak, Mich

    Three-wheeled Elio gets closer to going on sale

    Your next commuter car could have two seats, three wheels and get 84 miles to the gallon. Elio Motors wants to revolutionize U.S. roads with its tiny car, which is the same length as a Honda Fit but half the weight. With a starting price of $6,800, it’s also less than half the cost.

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    Dawn Patrol: U-46 interim leaders; Man accused of abducting kids sought

    Zion man accused of abducting kids sought. Elgin U-46 names interim leaders Kenneth Arndt and Tony Sanders. Term limits will not be on Arlington Heights ballots. Where to go for help after Robin Williams' death. Suggestions to 'change the culture' of downtown Naperville. Bears rally to win.

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    Glen Ellyn Elementary District 41 adopts 2014-2015 fiscal budget

    Glen Ellyn Elementary District 41 has adopted a 2014-2015 budget with a projected deficit of almost $12.7 million because of construction projects. Operating revenues total about $51.7 million, but the district will be spending about $64.4 million.

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    Glen Ellyn district sets new rules on student cellphones, tablets

    Despite some concerns from parents, the Glen Ellyn Elementary District 41 board has agreed to limit how students can use personal devices such as cellphones and tablets in school. The policy comes after students were caught viewing pornography at school earlier this year.

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    Lacrosse has been an activity for students who attend St. Charles high schools for a long time. But they’ve never actually played for their schools as a school-sanctioned sport until now. School board members voted this week to add the sport for the 2014-15 school year.

    St. Charles high schools adding lacrosse for boys, girls

    St. Charles high schools will debut boys and girls lacrosse as a school sport for the first time in the 2014-15 school year. The sport will increase the district's expenses, but supporters say the athletes will benefit from reduced expenses for their parents and an emphasis on classroom achievement as a prerequisite for participation.

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    Swimming pool renovations are contributing to the costs in the next Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211 budget.

    District 211 projects help create $23.5 million deficit

    Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211 Thursday presented a tentative yearly budget with a $23.5 million deficit overall due to pending capital projects, but a $6.7 million surplus in the operating funds required by law to be balanced. Superintendent Daniel Cates cited major renovations of its swimming pools and the front office of Conant High School, among other projects.

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    Phil Luetkehans, the attorney representing Ruth Lake Country Club, says the country club is going to hire an expert to do a noise study to help county officials determine whether to allow skeet shooting on the private golf course.

    Neighbors rally against Hinsdale club's skeet shooting plan

    Residents opposing a plan to build a seasonal skeet shooting range at a private country club near Hinsdale say the proposal would cause noise, pollution and other problems. More than 100 neighbors urged DuPage County officials to reject Ruth Lake Country Club's request for a conditional use permit for a gun club on its golf course. “This gunshot range ... is going to destroy a way of life...

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    I took this photo of a Jackson Lake Sunrise. The morning of July 3rd was crisp, calm, and definitely the right place to be if you enjoy scenery. This photo was taken from the shoreline at Signal Mountain Lodge in the Grand Tetons.

    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 August 11.

Sports

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    Dayan Viciedo of the White Sox scores in the first inning as Toronto Blue Jays’ catcher Dioner Navarro is late trying to apply the tag in Friday’s contest.

    Abreu leads 17-hit attack for White Sox

    Jose Abreu is going through a power outage, but the White Sox' rookie slugger came through with 3 singles and 3 RBI in Friday night's 11-5 win over the Blue Jays.

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    Chicago White Sox’ Jose Abreu watches his 2 RBI single during the fifth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays in Chicago, Friday.

    White Sox bats wake up in 11-5 win over Jays

    After struggling to score runs on their West Coast road trip, the White Sox pounded out 17 hits in an 11-5 win over the Blue Jays Friday night at U.S. Cellular Field.

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    Cubs left fielder Chris Coghlan can’t catch up to Eric Campbell’s three-run home run for the Mets Friday in New York.

    Cubs strike out 14 times, fall to Mets

    When Zack Wheeler put the first two batters on in the second inning, he dialed it up with three strikeouts. When he saw how his pitch count was a bit high, he threw more to contact. Either way, everything is starting to work for the rising star. Wheeler struck out 10 in a gritty performance, and the New York Mets beat the free-swinging Cubs 3-2 Friday night.

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    Boomers 6, Grizzlies 4

    Riding a pair of home runs, the Schaumburg Boomers earned an important 6-4 road win over the Gateway Grizzlies on Friday night.

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    3 home runs power Cougars to win

    Three home runs helped Kane County to a 7-2 victory at Fox Cities Stadium over the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, giving the Cougars a five-game winning streak.

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    White Sox outfield Avisail Garcia (26) has hit .340 in 13 games with Class AAA Charlotte in his rehab assignment.

    Garcia’s rehab assignment going well

    Injured right fielder Avisail Garcia is still on the disabled list, but he is close to being fully recovered from left shoulder surgery and should be rejoining the White Sox in the next few days.

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    Notre Dame wide receiver DaVaris Daniels, who played high school football at Vernon Hills, makes a catch during practice last weekend in South Bend, Ind. Daniels has been barred from practice and games while an academic cheating investigation is conducted.

    Ex-Vernon Hills star under probe at Notre Dame

    Notre Dame barred four football players from practice and games Friday, announcing an investigation into “suspected academic dishonesty” after allegations surfaced that someone had done course work for them. The players include leading returning receiver and former Vernon Hills High School star DaVaris Daniels.

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    Kathryn Johnston Masser was the first girl to play organized Little League baseball.

    First female Little League player happy for 2 girls

    More than six decades after Kathryn “Tubby” Johnston Massar cut off her braids, tucked her hair under her cap and became the first girl to play Little League baseball, she’s delighted to see two in this year’s Little League World Series. “It’s truly amazing. I’m very happy to see girls playing,” said Massar, 78, of Yuba City, California.

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    Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, left, celebrates a touchdown with tight end Zach Miller in a preseason game against Philadelphia on Aug. 8 in Chicago. Miller was injured during Thursday night’s preseason game against Jacksonville and is out for the year.

    Injury-prone Miller lost for season

    In the latest of what seems a never-ending litany of injuries, promising Bears tight end Zach Miller was placed on season-ending injured reserve Friday, a day after he suffered an injury to his left foot in a 20-19 preseason victory over the Jaguars. Miller was the star of the preseason opener with 6 catches for 68 yards and 2 touchdowns.

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    The Phoenix Mercury’s Brittney Griner as embraced her role as a prominent gay athlete since finishing a record-breaking career at Baylor.

    WNBA players Griner, Johnson engaged

    Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner has proposed to the Tulsa Shock’s Glory Johnson and posted it on social media.

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    Jay Adams was one of skateboarding most iconic figures during the years it moved from empty backyard swimming pools to international competition.

    ‘Dogtown’ skateboarder Jay Adams dies at 53

    Jay Adams, the colorful rebel who helped transform skateboarding from a simple street pastime into one of the world’s most spectacular sports with hair-raising stunts and an outsized personality to match, has died at age 53.

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    Bears quarterback Jay Cutler is completely comfortable in coach Marc Trestman's offense, so much so that Barry Rozner said it's too bad the season doesn't start Sunday.

    Rozner: Cutler has never been more ready to go

    Bears quarterback Jay Cutler already looks dialed in, and if he could tell the truth, he'd probably like the season to start this Sunday. You can see it on the field, in the huddle, in front of the media and even the way he walks off the field. If the Bears can stay relatively healthy, they have the weapons and the line to be one of the best offensive clubs in the NFL.

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    Spellman: My Million pick rhymes with ‘Chagician’

    Time to soak in another Million Week. Oh, and other stuff this week in Spellman's Scorecard.

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    Associated Press

    Fans’ excitement rubs off on Rose

    During his time with Team USA, Derrick Rose is working on some skills that will carry over into the Bulls season. He wants to be a more vocal leader and stay under control on the basketball court. “The feeling is really coming from the love I’ve been getting from the fans,” Rose said after practice on Friday.

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    Kevin Hayes, second from left, was the Blackhawks’ first round draft pick in 2010.

    Blackhawks move on without Hayes

    The Blackhawks have parted ways with their 2010 first-round pick, former Boston College center Kevin Hayes. The Blackhawks and Hayes, the younger brother of former Hawks prospect Jimmy Hayes, had until Friday to reach an agreement on an entry-level contract.

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    Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller warms up during practice Aug. 9 in Columbus, Ohio.

    Buckeyes taking it easy with QB

    Braxton Miller says he’s ready to play in a game. Now. He even challenged a sports writer to go out for a pass, to prove that his surgically repaired right shoulder is sturdy enough to wing a throw on demand. But Ohio State is being extremely cautious with the tender right arm of its star quarterback.

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    Jamaican Usain Bolt strikes a pose during a news conference Friday promoting the ‘Mano a Mano’ challenge in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

    Bolt expects to run under 10 seconds on beach

    Usain Bolt expects to run under 10 seconds in a 100-meter race set up on a Rio de Janeiro beach this weekend. Bolt will be competing against three other sprinters in the “Mano a Mano Challenge” on a track at Leme beach.

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    IndyCar reviews safety for drivers on track

    The collision involving NASCAR star Tony Stewart that killed a driver during a sprint car race in New York prompted a review of safety protocols by the IndyCar racing series.

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    A reunion about lacrosse, and giving back

    Fremd's boys lacrosse program is celebrating its 20th year of existence this weekend. While they observe that milestone, the participants will also be helping give back to the community by assisting a pair of athletes battling cancer.

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    Katie O’Brien

    Jacobs tabs O’Brien as new softball coach

    Talk about a no-brainer. New Jacobs athletic director Jeremy Bauer made it official on Friday — Katie O’Brien is the Golden Eagles’ new head softball coach, succeeding Bauer himself. Could it have been anyone else? Not likely.

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    Roosevelt Smart, here driving to the basket against Fremd’s Riley Glassmann in tournament play at Wheeling last season, will finish his prep career at Sunrise Christian Academy in Kansas.

    Surprise: Smart’s next chapter will be in Kansas

    For the second time in just over a year, Roosevelt Smart is transferring. The St. Viator guard, who’d transferred from Palatine last summer, tweeted out that he would be transferring again, this time to Sunrise Christian Academy in Bel Air, Kansas. Smart announced it via Twitter on Thursday and the transfer became official on Friday.

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    Paul McCartney performs on Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. San Francisco is saying goodbye to the stadium where its beloved Giants and 49ers celebrated some of their greatest triumphs.

    McCartney helps San Francisco say goodbye to Candlestick Park

    San Francisco said goodbye Thursday to Candlestick Park — the stadium where the city’s beloved Giants and 49ers celebrated some of their greatest triumphs. The storied venue shut down after an evening concert by former Beatle Paul McCartney that finished about midnight. It will then be demolished to make way for a housing, retail and entertainment development.

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    The Cubs have parted ways with former first-round draft pick Brett Jackson. They have traded the minor league outfielder to the Arizona Diamondbacks for pitcher Blake Cooper. Jackson was the Cubs’ first-round selection in the 2009 amateur draft.

    Cubs trade former first-rounder Brett Jackson

    The Cubs have parted ways with former first-round draft pick Brett Jackson. They have traded the minor-league outfielder to the Arizona Diamondbacks for pitcher Blake Cooper. Jackson was the Cubs' first-round selection in the 2009 amateur draft.

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    Kristufek’s Arlington Million selections

    Joe Kristufek's selections for Aug. 16 racing at Arlington International.

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    Former WNBA star Becky Hammon of the San Antonio Spurs is the first full-time, paid female assistant on an NBA coaching staff.

    Barkley uncertain Rose has regained form

    Charles Barkley isn’t convinced yet if Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose is back to his true form, and Mike North agrees — it’s too early to tell.

Business

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    A “lunchtime circulator” route that brings office workers to Rosemont’s entertainment district on weekdays may go to the chopping block.

    Pace, Rosemont propose cutting lunchtime circulator route to entertainment district

    An infrequently used “lunchtime circulator” Pace bus route that brings people to and from the Rosemont entertainment district on weekdays may be eliminated.

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    The parent company of Itasca-based Jewel-Osco said Friday that consumer information might have been breached and is offering shoppers ways to protect their identity.

    Jewel-Osco offers help to consumers after data breach

    The parent company of Itasca-based Jewel-Osco said its consumer data was breached and is offering consumers a way to check their data. AB Acquisition LLC said it learned of the criminal breach to obtain credit and debit card payment information in some of its stores, including in the Chicago suburban area. “There is so much hacking out there, it’s become a joke,” one customer said.

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    A puppy rescued from a puppy mill, north of Montreal, Canada at the SPCA in Montreal.

    USDA issues guidelines for puppy imports

    Both the Humane Society and ASPCA said they routinely get calls from people who unwittingly bought a puppy mill dog from a foreign or U.S. breeder, only to have it die because its illnesses was too severe to overcome.It has been hard to track the number of puppies that are imported.

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    A historic marker on Wall Street in New York.

    Renewed fighting in Ukraine rattles stocks

    Renewed fighting in Ukraine rattled markets on Friday. Reports that Ukrainian forces attacked Russian military vehicles that had crossed the border knocked stock markets down in the afternoon and sent traders into the safety of U.S. government bonds.

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    New York State Senator Brad Hoylman speaks Friday during a press conference and rally near state court in New York. Supporters joined a rally of students and faculty from Cooper Union, one of the nation’s few free colleges, after they asked a judge Friday to block the school’s plan to start charging undergraduate tuition.

    Judge asked to stop free college’s tuition plan

    Cooper trustees point to operating-fund deficits ranging from $13 million to $23 million in the last four years. “Dire financial realities required us to make tough decisions to preserve Cooper for future generations,” spokesman Justin Harmon said in a statement. “The long-term survival of The Cooper Union was dependent on making this difficult change.”

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    Kenneth Bouch, center, and Ben Kovler, right, of Green Thumb Industries, an Illinois-based partnership of medical marijuana entrepreneurs, review security plans for a proposed medical marijuana facility with security adviser Terry Gainer during a meeting Wednesday in Chicago.

    ‘Fort Knox’ security for Illinois marijuana trade

    Medical marijuana in Illinois will be encased in vaults, monitored by security guards and protected by fingerprint-recognition biometrics. It will be grown in enclosed, locked facilities. Silent alarms, 24-hour video surveillance and bulletproof glass will safeguard the retail centers where patients with special IDs will be escorted to their cars after buying pot.

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    Elaine Talicska and Tom VanOchten sort potatoes as they roll down to fill 10-pound bags for small markets at the VanOchten farm, in Hampton Township, Mich. Falling gasoline costs lowered the prices that U.S. companies received for their goods and services last month, keeping overall inflation in check.

    U.S. producer prices rise just 0.1 percent in July

    Falling gasoline costs lowered the prices that U.S. companies received for their goods and services last month, keeping overall inflation in check.

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    Wholesale prices in U.S. Rise at slower pace as fuel drops

    Wholesale prices in the U.S. rose at a slower pace in July as fuel costs dropped by the most in eight months.The 0.1 percent increase in the producer price index matched the median forecast of economists surveyed by Bloomberg and followed a 0.4 percent gain the prior month, a Labor Department report showed today. The so-called core measure, which strips out volatile food and fuel, increased 0.2 percent.

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    Coca-Cola is buying a 16.7 percent stake in Monster Beverage for $2.15 billion, with the world’s biggest soda maker hoping to benefit from the rapid growth of energy drinks in recent years.

    Coca-Cola bets on energy drinks with Monster stake
    Coca-Cola is buying a 16.7 percent stake in Monster Beverage for $2.15 billion, with the world’s biggest soda maker hoping to benefit from the rapid growth of energy drinks in recent years. The Atlanta-based company said Thursday it will also place two directors on Monster’s board as part of the deal.

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    Warrem Buffett never split Berkshire’s A shares, although he did create more affordable Class B shares in 1996 that now sell for nearly $135.

    Berkshire Hathaway stock tops $200,000

    Naysayers have been calling shares of Warren Buffett’s company overpriced for decades. But Berkshire Hathaway Class A stock, which first topped $1,000 in 1983, on Thursday surpassed $200,000. “Everybody has now been proven wrong on it,” said Andy Kilpatrick, who wrote “Of Permanent Value: The Story of Warren Buffett.”

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    IRS failed to do background checks on contractors
    A government investigator says the IRS failed to do background checks on some private contractors who handled confidential taxpayer information, exposing more than a million taxpayers to an increased risk of fraud and identity theft.

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    The federal panel that sets sentencing policy announced Thursday that it plans in the coming year to consider changes to sentencing guidelines for some white-collar crimes.

    Sentencing panel to weigh economic crime penalties
    The federal panel that sets sentencing policy announced Thursday that it plans in the coming year to consider changes to sentencing guidelines for some white-collar crimes. The U.S. Sentencing Commission, which earlier this year reduced guideline ranges for nonviolent drug crimes, unanimously approved its latest set of priorities. The top priority will be working with Congress on reducing the scope of mandatory minimum penalties, but another goal will be measuring the fairness of sentences for fraud and other economic crimes, the commission said.

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    Dish Network Corp.’s $26 billion worth of airwaves and national pay-TV service, if combined with T-Mobile US Inc., would create a formidable fourth player in the U.S. wireless market, said analysts at Moody’s Investors Service and Macquarie Group Ltd.

    Dish seen as favored suitor for t-mobile after Sprint pullout

    Dish Network Corp.’s $26 billion worth of airwaves and national pay-TV service, if combined with T-Mobile US Inc., would create a formidable fourth player in the U.S. wireless market, said analysts at Moody’s Investors Service and Macquarie Group Ltd. Sprint Corp.’s decision last week to shelve its plans to combine with T-Mobile has thrust Dish from a sideline observer to a potential participant in the industry’s wave of mergers.

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    American Airlines resolved 99 percent of about 22,000 creditor claims filed in the Chapter 11 reorganization that concluded in November in a merger with US Airways to form American Airlines Group Inc.

    American airlines settles 99% of creditor claims

    American Airlines resolved 99 percent of about 22,000 creditor claims filed in the Chapter 11 reorganization that concluded in November in a merger with US Airways to form American Airlines Group Inc. Known as AMR Corp. while it was in bankruptcy, the airline on Aug. 13 asked a court for more time to resolve about 240 remaining claims asserting about $2.7 billion in liability.

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    Jill Courtney, right, shops for school supplies for her sons, Will, left, and Reid, not seen, at a Target store in St. Joseph, Mo.

    Stores have a solid start to back-to-school season

    The back-to-school shopping season is off to a promising start, but retailers may be sacrificing profit for sales. The National Retail Federation expects the average family with school-aged children to spend $669.28 for back to school items, up 5 percent from last year. That would be the second-highest amount since the industry trade group started tracking spending in 2004.

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    GE in talks to sell historic appliance division

    General Electric confirmed that it is considering the sale of its historic appliance division as part of its effort to focus on selling more complex and more profitable industrial equipment.

Life & Entertainment

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    Spruce up your old deck this summer

    A nice outdoor deck can add a lot of value to your property, not to mention fun times for your family. But a deck can age over time, so let’s talk about how you can correct some common problems and head off some others.

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    Jeff Bridges, who stars with Meryl Streep in “The Giver,” who is a co-producer on the movie, wanted to do the movie 18 years ago as a family project. The movie has finally come to fruition on the big screen.

    'The Giver' arrives, after a two-decade journey

    It was almost 20 years ago, and actor Jeff Bridges was searching for a movie project that would be a family affair. That's when he discovered the Newberry Medal winner "The Giver" by Lois Lowry. It's been a long road to get the movie made. The film version, opening Friday, isn't exactly riding the coattails of book-to-film franchises like “The Hunger Games” and “Divergent.” But you might say it started the whole craze.

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    Mike Nussbaum, left, and John Mahoney starred in Northlight Theatre's 2008 premiere of Larry Gelbart and Craig Wright's “Better Late,” which the company later remounted at the Galway International Arts Festival.

    Northlight Theatre has been a beacon in the 'burbs for 40 years

    John Mahoney has some advice for actors working at Northlight Theatre for the first time. “Don't try any shortcuts. Don't try to fool anybody. Be as honest as you possibly can,” says the Tony Award winner and "Frasier" star, who appeared there earlier this year in the world premiere of Christian O'Reilly's two-hander, “Chapatti.” “They know good theater,” he said. They should. They've had 40 years of it.

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    Night life events: $5 margaritas and a view at Fox Lake's El Puerto

    Enjoy the view at El Puerto Mexican Restaurant at Leisure Point in Fox Lake. Stop in for $5 margaritas, all day every day, to sip while noshing on items from the extensive menu.

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    Rhinestones, 3-D designs, textured topcoats and new offerings from fashion royalty have upped the ante on fingertips.

    5 trends for nails: Flip-side manis, Louboutin red

    Move over, studded bracelets and chandelier earrings. Right now, it’s all about nails. Rhinestones, 3-D designs, textured topcoats and new offerings from fashion royalty have upped the ante on fingertips, said Kahlana Barfield, beauty director for InStyle magazine. “We’re seeing so many nail artists emerging and nail art salons that are launching,” she said.

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    These three border collies inspired emotion researcher Christine Harris, a professor of psychology at the University of California-San Diego, to do a study on pet jealousy.

    Study drops hints that dogs could get jealous

    When Shetland sheepdog Maggie comes home from the groomer, her owners praise and pet her shiny coat, much to the chagrin of pit bull Stormy, who will head-butt her until their family cuts out the compliments. “Stormy’s jealous,” said owner Amy Putnam. “You know how you’re supposed to treat your kids the same? Well, that goes for dogs, too.”

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    Scott Danielson stars in Strawdog Theatre Company's production of “The Arsonists,” which starts previews Friday, Aug. 15.

    On stage: Strawdog presents 'Arsonist'; Ronald Funches plays Zanies

    StrawdogTheatre opens its 27th season with Max Frisch's "The Arsonists," one of this week's happenings in theater. Chicago-born comedian Ronald Funches headlines Zanies in Rosemont, Mary-Arrchie Theatre hosts its annual "Abbie Fest" and Sideshow Theatre opens its season with a "sort of" adaptation of Chekhov this week in Chicago area theater.

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    Michael Anderson operates his popular hot dog stand, where spicy reindeer dogs are the hands-down crowd favorite in downtown Anchorage, Alaska.

    Reindeer dogs from Alaska’s cranky hot dog vendor

    There’s no shortage of hot dog stands hawking that spicy, oh-so-Alaska treat, the reindeer dog, in downtown Anchorage. But only one of them has consistently long lines. M.A.’s Gourmet Dogs is owned by Michael Anderson, who offers seven types of tasty grilled dogs — including one with a little bit of Rudolph in it. It’s the hands-down crowd favorite, every bite delivering a pleasing crunchy pop.

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    Blackberries are especially popular for adding beautiful colors and enriching flavors to blended drinks. Follow the harvest and work with whatever is ripening to flavor your nutrient-rich smoothies.

    Use garden harvest for fruit or green smoothies

    Smoothies are a nutritious way to stir things up in the kitchen, especially if the ingredients come from your garden. Few drinks are as refreshing as fresh or frozen fruits and syrups mixed with milk and yogurt. Many people also add greens. “Follow the harvest and work with whatever is ripening,” said Nan Chase.

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    Neat Kitchen & Bar keeps it casual in Westmont.

    Sophisticated, tasty dishes and drinks impress at Westmont’s Neat

    Neat Kitchen + Bar, which opened at 246 N. Cass Ave. in Westmont last summer, focuses its small menu on simple preparations with high-quality ingredients. What you get are tasty, sophisticated takes on bar food favorites that you can enjoy in a casual atmosphere.

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    Nils Lofgren, center, performed with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in May. Lofgren has forged a relatively unique rock ’n’ roll niche through a willingness to sublimate his ego and take on supporting roles with Springsteen, Neil Young and Ringo Starr in addition to writing and recording his own music.

    Nils Lofgren turns attention to his own work

    Nils Lofgren often wears a big top hat onstage when playing with Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band. But it’s not to cover a big head. The guitarist has forged a relatively unique rock ’n’ roll niche through a willingness to take on supporting roles with Springsteen, Neil Young and Ringo Starr. With Springsteen on a break, Lofgren is turning attention to his own work, including releasing the new album “Face the Music.”

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    The Old Cape Henry Lighthouse, left, at Cape Henry Memorial Park in Virginia Beach, Va., was built by the government in 1792. A new lighthouse was built nearby in 1881 after cracks appeared in the original structure. The park marks the place where English settlers first landed in Virginia in 1607; it’s one of a number of free places to visit in Virginia Beach.

    Virginia Beach: 5 free things to do besides the beach

    Virginia Beach, Virginia, is no generic beach town. It’s the largest city in Virginia, which means there are plenty of things to do throughout the year for free. The city caters to tourists at the oceanfront resort area, but the cost-conscious traveler can find a variety of activities to do without opening a wallet at the oceanfront and elsewhere in the city.

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    Is lawsuit a wake-up call on title insurance?

    A new federal court suit alleging kickback violations by one of the country’s top-producing real estate sales teams raises an unsettling question for homebuyers: Could your agent or broker be pocketing under the table large chunks of what you pay for title insurance?

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    How buyers can protect their deposits if a home sale turns sour

    There are a few options that homebuyers should consider to bolster their chances of getting their good-faith deposit back if the proposed transaction falls apart.

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    Handyman scams elderly homeowner

    Q. I’m distressed about an unethical handyman who has been taking advantage of my elderly mother. She first called him because the nails in her roof were sticking up.

Discuss

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    The General Assembly and a state agency share the blame for a government transparency law that was ignored.

    Editorial: Sharing blame when state agency ignores law

    Lawmakers share the blame for a government transparency law that was ignored by the state Department of Central Management Services, a Daily Herald editorial says.

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    A consensus on criminals

    Columnists Steven and Cokie Roberts: Partisan antagonism rules the capital, drowning out most attempts at constructive compromise. But on at least one issue, reasonable lawmakers from both parties strongly agree: reforming the criminal justice system to reduce the prison population and enable former inmates to become more productive members of society.

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    New leadership needed to fight jet noise
    An Elk Grove Village letter to the editor: As what should have been very predictable from the start of the O’Hare Modernization Plan, the increased noise is drastically affecting quality of life for all suburbs directly east and west of the airport as well as significant parts of Chicago. Of course, many of those now complaining are represented by those who sold out to former Mayor Richard Daley’s power plays, and as a result their complaints are falling on deaf ears (much like their own deaf ears).

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    You’d be ‘crazy’ to miss this show
    Letter to the editor: Audrey Beauvais says the production of "Crazy FOr You" at Cutting Hall in Palatine is marvelous. But the show closes Sunday, Aug. 17.

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    Trash plan puts big focus on recycling:
    A Grayslake letter to the editor: Wow! Each Lake County resident produces 9.6 pounds of trash per day. That is a crazy number. I am glad a new plan wants to increase composting and recycling. But I think we can do so much better in Lake County.

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    Choir director deserved to lose job
    A Roselle letter to the editor: I take offense to Ed Plum’s views on compromise on marriage. This is marriage — man and woman! That is it, there is no other, even the laws of nature are in accord with this view. Animals mate with the opposite sex to keep our land renewed with meat for us.

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    Do we need federal bureau of churches?
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: A church is a private organization. It has a mission statement, either formal or implied or uses the Bible as its guide. I can understand why a church would want to have someone with similar understanding of the Bible.

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