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Daily Archive : Wednesday August 27, 2014

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    Naperville man hurt in Palatine motorcycle crash

    A motorcyclist was seriously injured Wednesday afternoon when a car struck him near the Jewel in Palatine, police said.

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    Melinda Rozell

    Darien woman charged with selling heroin outside high school

    A Darien woman remains held on $200,000 bail in DuPage County jail charged with selling heroin outside Hinsdale Central High School. Prosecutors said Wednesday that Melinda Rozell, 43, of 9 Elm Street, sold heroin to a confidential informant, working with DuPage County sheriff’s tactical narcotics team, at least six times since June.

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    Bartlett police expect minor traffic delays for Labor Day race

    Bartlett police have announced a tentative course for a charity race expected to draw hundreds to the village this weekend. Police expect minor traffic delays and urge drivers to use caution around the Bartlett Lion Club’s Labor Day Dash, which begins at 8 a.m. Sunday.

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    Lori Granger, widow of newspaperman and novelist Bill Granger, shows off his books Wednesday in Chicago. The seventh in his “November Man” series was adapted for the silver screen.

    Late columnist’s spy novel hits silver screen

    A newspaper man who wrote novels, the late Daily Herald columnist Bill Granger clearly would have something to say about one of his books being made into a movie starring Pierce Brosnan. But what?

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    Michael Platt

    Palatine man pleads not guilty to murder in one-punch death

    Michael Platt, 35, pleaded innocent Wednesday to charges of first-degree murder in the July death of Ryan Flannigan, 26, who police say was punched in the head as he tried to break up a dispute outside a local bar.

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    Dorothy “Dee” Horky

    Ex-Wheaton North booster president a no show again for sentencing

    A DuPage County judge issued a no-bail warrant after the former president of the Wheaton North High School Booster Club, who recently pleaded guilty to stealing more than $11,000 from the organization, ditched her sentencing hearing.

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    Mitchell Barnes

    Trial begins in 2011 Schaumburg hotel beating

    A savage beating during an attempted robbery or a sexual encounter gone wrong? Prosecutors and defense attorneys offered conflicting scenarios Wednesday as trial began for a former Barrington Hills man charged with beating a man at a Schaumburg hotel.

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    Elgin marijuana dispensary crosses hurdle

    Ignoring a recommendation by the city’s corporation counsel, Elgin City Council members moved forward with zoning approval for a medical marijuana dispensary on the city’s southwest side. Council members voted 8-1 to approve the petition by Salveo Health & Wellness of Chicago for a dispensary at 1330 Crispin Drive. Councilman Rich Dunne cast the lone dissenting vote.

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    In Elgin, coops would have to be at least 25 feet from neighboring residential structures. Pictured is a chicken coop in Clinton, Wash.

    Elgin OKs first step toward hen pilot program

    A one-year pilot program allowing up to 15 residents to keep hens — but no roosters — in the backyards of single-family homes could be headed to Elgin.

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    Elgin council changes fire, police board makeup

    The hiring of police officers and firefighters in Elgin now will be in the hands of three residents plus the police and fire chiefs. The Elgin City Council voted Wednesday to change the makeup of the board of fire and police commissioners, which has traditionally been composed of five residents but has been short two members since 2010.

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    Chicago police commander accused of misconduct

    A Chicago police commander has been stripped of his police powers after being charged with aggravated battery and official misconduct. The Cook County state’s attorney’s office said Wednesday the charges against Cmdr. Glenn Evans are the result of a complaint filed in January 2013.

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    Gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner is greeted by state Sen. Jim Oberweis, right, candidate for the U.S. Senate, and Illinois Farm Bureau President Rich Guebert, left, as Rauner arrives Wednesday at the Illinois Agricultural Legislative Roundtable forum in Bloomington, Ill.

    Rauner broadens Ag Department patronage criticism

    The GOP candidate for Illinois governor broadened his criticism of state agriculture officials Wednesday, saying the department was “full of cronyism” and has “folks running things that generally don’t have much expertise.” Winnetka businessman Bruce Rauner’s statements at a forum coordinated by the Illinois Farm Bureau featuring candidates for governor...

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    In a meeting with the Daily Herald editorial board Wednesday, Democratic U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky complained that House Republicans who resist compromise are the source of congressional gridlock.

    Schakowsky: House GOP to blame for gridlock

    Incumbent Democratic Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky said she is pushing for an increase of the federal minimum wage and believes the nation's intelligence community was caught offguard by the rise of new terror groups in Iraq recently. She made these statements during an endorsement interview with the Daily Herald's editorial board.

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    Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer, second left, points to an enlargement of an Airsoft pistol used in the robbery of a Wendy’s restaurant on Tuesday, during a news conference at police headquarters Wednesday. Police who opened fire while disrupting a robbery at a fast-food restaurant struck and killed Bryce Dion, a crew member with the longrunning “Cops” television show and the suspect, who was carrying a pellet gun, authorities said Wednesday.

    ’Cops’ crew member killed in Omaha police shooting

    officers who opened fire while disrupting a robbery at a fast-food restaurant in Omaha killed a crew member with the TV show “Cops” as well as the suspect, who was armed with a pellet gun that they thought was a real handgun, authorities said Wednesday. The suspect fired from the pellet gun before officers returned fire, Police Chief Todd Schmaderer said at a news conference. He...

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    People are seen at the Last Stop outdoor shooting range Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, in White Hills, Ariz. Gun range instructor Charles Vacca was accidentally killed Monday, Aug. 25, 2014 at the range by a 9-year-old with an Uzi submachine gun.

    Shooting by 9-year-old girl stirs debate over guns

    The accidental shooting death of a firing-range instructor by a 9-year-old girl with an Uzi has set off a powerful debate over youngsters and guns, with many people wondering what sort of parents would let a child handle a submachine gun.

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    Parents may enroll their children in full-day kindergarten starting in the 2015-16 academic year at Woodland Primary School. Gurnee-based Woodland District 50 board members approved the expanded program this week.

    Woodland to offer all-day kindergarten

    Gurnee-based Woodland Elementary District 50 will offer full-day kindergarten in the 2015-16 academic season, with officials citing support from the program in community survey. About 76 percent of kindergarten students statewide now are in class all day, according to the Illinois State Board of Education.

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    Joseph Academy has moved out of DuPage County's former youth home along County Farm Road in Wheaton. The school at that location was closed because of a lack of enrollment.

    Nonprofit Joseph Academy closes DuPage location

    A nonprofit school that helps young people with severe behavioral, emotional and learning disorders has moved out of DuPage County's former youth home just two years into a four-year lease agreement with the county. Joseph Academy officials this month told county board Chairman Dan Cronin that they weren't able to sustain the program in the facility at 420 County Farm Road, Wheaton.

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    Demonstrators protesting at Freedom Plaza in Washington ask President Barack Obama to modify his deportations policies in this file photo from Aug. 2.

    Obama crafts legal rationale for immigration steps

    The White House is crafting a blame-it-on-Congress legal justification to back up President Barack Obama’s impending executive actions on immigration. Facing an expected onslaught of opposition, the administration plans to argue that Congress failed to provide enough resources to fully enforce U.S. laws, thereby ceding wide latitude to White House to prioritize deportations of the 11.5...

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    A bogieboarder rides a wave in Newport Beach, Calif., Wednesday, when Southern California beachgoers experienced much higher than normal surf, brought on by Hurricane Marie spinning off the coast of Mexico.

    Cowabunga! Storm sends big waves to California

    Thundering surf spawned by a Pacific hurricane pounded the Southern California coast Wednesday, causing minor flooding in a low-lying beach town while drawing daredevil surfers and body-boarders into churning, 20-foot waves as crowds of spectators lined the shore. Despite the danger, surfers, body-boarders and body-surfers flocked to favorite spots such as the notorious Wedge at Newport Beach,...

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    Crews work the scene of a fire at The Office Dining and Spirits on East Main Street in St. Charles Wednesday morning. Some lanes of Main Street (Route 64) were closed to fight the fire.

    St. Charles emergency crews battle three fires in one day

    A fire early Wednesay morning at a St Charles restaurant left the building not habitable, Fire Chief Joe Schelstreet said. There were no injuries as firefighters extinguished a blaze at The Office Dining and Spirits just after 6 a.m. There were two other fires in St. Charles later in the day.

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    Waukegan police believe this man, shown here on surveillance footage, took part in two armed robberies earlier this week in Waukegan. Those robberies also may be linked to similar robberies in Gurnee, Zion and Round Lake, police said.

    Police: 2 Waukegan armed robberies likely linked to others

    Two armed robberies that happened in Waukegan earlier this week may be linked to similar robberies in Gurnee, Zion and Round Lake, police said.

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    Douglas McAuthur McCain, a U.S. citizen, is believed to have been killed in Syria and was there to fight alongside a terrorist group, most likely the Islamic State, according to a U.S. official.

    Q-and-A on Westerners who join the fight in Syria

    Chicago-born Douglas McAuthur McCain, an American killed in Syria while fighting with the Islamic State group, was part of a growing number of Americans and other foreigners recruited by terror groups to help them wage war in the Mideast.Some questions and answers about Westerners traveling to join the battle in Syria:

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    Fire damages Allied Die Casting in McHenry

    A fire broke out in an office area of Allied Die Casting in McHenry Wednesday morning, fire officials said.

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    The DuPage County Forest Preserve District is asking to connect to Wheaton's water system to help clear the way for improvements to St. James Farm.

    Wheaton may provide water for St. James Farm

    With 28 projects planned for the site over the next several years, St. James Farm near Wheaton is on track to be transformed into a more visitor-friendly forest preserve. Before that can happen, though, the DuPage Forest Preserve District needs to take the critical first step of getting clean, potable water into the section of the preserve near the northeast corner of Butterfield and Winfield...

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    Libertyville will reconsider a ban on video gambling.

    Libertyville trustees to reconsider video gambling ban

    Libertyville trustees will reconsider a five-year- old village ban on video gambling. The possible change came in response to a request by bar owner Ed Downing. "When I saw people were doing very will with it, I said, 'Why can't we have it in Libertyville?' " he said.

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    This undated image posted on Wednesday by the Raqqa Media Center of the Islamic State group, a Syrian opposition group, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, shows a fighter from the Islamic State group, armed with a knife and an automatic weapon, next to captured Syrian army soldiers and officers, following the battle for the Tabqa air base, in Raqqa, Syria.

    Mother of U.S. reporter in Syria begs for his life

    The mother of a hostage American journalist pleaded for his release Wednesday in a video directed at the Islamic State group, while new images emerged of mass killings, including masked militants shooting kneeling men after the capture of a strategic air base in Syria.

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    The director of the Sugar Grove Library is quitting to take a full-time job at the Zion-Benton Library.

    Sugar Grove library director leaving for Zion-Benton

    The Sugar Grove Library director is quitting to take a full-time job with the Zion-Benton Library. "It's been a lot of fun to work here," Carol Dolin said. "It's not that I don't enjoy what I 'm doing." But she wants full-time employment, with benefits, something Sugar Grove doesn't offer.

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    This April 23, 2014 photo provided by Dianne Larson shows the family dog 9 month old Ruby waiting for her son, Tanner, at their home in Santa Clarita, Calif. Tanner was working with puppies and met Ruby, a black Lab. “It was love at first sight,” Larson said. Ruby is a 1-year-old now and school has been in session for two weeks. Ruby’s still searching for him when he’s gone.

    Dogs get blues when youngsters go back to school

    Young people aren’t the only ones who get back-to-school blues. Pooches used to months of constant playtime can get upset when their best buddies disappear with the dog days of summer. Many dogs whine and wait eagerly at the front door but eventually adjust to the absence of their young owners when they are in class. But millions of dogs can feel abandoned, sad and unable to cope —...

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    Junior Women’s Club meeting:

    The Libertyville Junior Woman’s Club will host an informational meeting about activities and philanthropic opportunities from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2 at the Libertyville Civic Center, 135 W. Church St., Libertyville.

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    Spirit Fest to help special needs kids:

    The Lexi Kazian Foundation’s annual Spirit Fest will be from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, at the Stevenson High School football stadium, 1 Stevenson Drive, Lincolnshire.

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    Ani Boghossian, left, and Elizabeth Wessel prepare to raise a new U.S. flag Wednesday during a short ceremony before classes at St. James the Apostle School in Glen Ellyn.

    Glen Ellyn school celebrates raising of new American flag

    Reciting the Pledge of Allegiance is a morning ritual at St. James the Apostle School in Glen Ellyn. But on Wednesday, students found themselves saluting a new 5-by-8-foot flag that was raised for the first time in front of the school. Teacher Nancy Palumbo organized the ceremony.

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    Mundelein man accused of possession of child pornography

    A 37-year-old Mundelein man faces child pornography charges after an investigation by Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office. Roman Oletsky is accused of possessing child pornography after a raid on his home by authorities Wednesday. He faces up to seven years in prison if convicted.

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    In this photo taken on Tuesday, Ten Pocket iNet corporation employees take the ice bucket challenge at the Walla Walla Regional Airport in Walla Walla, Wash., to benefit ALS research.

    Cold cash just keeps washing in from ALS challenge

    Approaching $100 million, the ice bucket challenge, the viral fundraising campaign for the ailment better known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, has put the ALS group into the top ranks for medical charity donations. It has caught everyone off-guard, none more so than the ALS Association folks.

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    Members of the Jackie Robinson West All Stars Little League baseball team participate in a rally.

    Images: Jackie Robinson West Parade and Rally
    The U.S. Little League Champions Jackie Robinson West were celebrated Wednesday morning with a parade that ran from the city's South Side to Downtown Chicago.

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    Scott Adams

    Bank executive appointed to Libertyville village board

    Banking executive Scott Adams has been named to fill a vacancy on the Libertyville village board. Adams has extensive community involvement with a focus on issues involving the downtown area. He replaced Jim Moran, who resigned because he moved just out of town.

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    Grayslake preschool screening:

    Grayslake Elementary District 46 offers periodic screenings for 3- to 5-year-olds for entrance into the district preschool program.

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    Fox Valley police reports
    Erick A. Rodriguez, 21, of Streamwood, was arrested early Wednesday and later charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to an Elgin police report.

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    In this 2013 file photo, Cardinal Francis George speaks during an interview at the North American College in Rome. The Archdiocese of Chicago says George will not travel to Rome in October 2014 to meet with Pope Francis. Spokeswoman Colleen Dolan says the archbishop of Chicago had hoped to make that trip in mid-October but will not be able to because of medical treatment. She says the trip may be rescheduled.

    Cardinal George cancels plans to travel to Rome

    The Archdiocese of Chicago says Cardinal Francis George will not travel to Rome in October to meet with Pope Francis. Spokeswoman Colleen Dolan says the archbishop of Chicago had hoped to make that trip in mid-October but will not be able to because of medical treatment. She says the trip may be rescheduled. The 77-year-old George is undergoing treatment for a recurrence of cancer near his right...

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    The historic Jones Law Office building crosses Main Street in St. Charles Wednesday en route to its new location in Langum Park along Route 25 near Devereaux Way.

    Jones Law Office moves to Langum Park

    The historic Jones Law Office was moved from its Cedar Avenue location to Langum Park.

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    Members of the Jackie Robinson West All Stars Little League Baseball team participate in a parade and rally celebrating the team's U.S. Little League Championship Wednesday in Chicago.

    Chicago gives Jackie Robinson West champions heroes' welcome

    A parade and rally worthy of national champions has come to a close in Chicago as the city celebrates the Jackie Robinson West All Stars. The all-black team claimed the U.S. title in the Little League World Series. Thousands turned out for a rally in the city's showcase Millennium Park. “I feel like a celebrity," outfielder Darion Radcliff said as he posed for photos.

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    Resident nominated for open trustee seat on Island Lake board

    Longtime Island Lake resident John Burke is set to be named the village's newest trustee Thursday. He'll replace Shannon Fox, who recently resigned. “I love the town,” Burke said.

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    Stephanie Kifowit

    84th House candidates find slight disagreement on pensions

    Don’t be surprised if the Democratic and Republican candidates for state House in the 84th District agree on a few things. But also don’t be surprised to hear Democratic incumbent Stephanie Kifowit and Republican challenger Krishna Bansal disagree on divisive state issues such as pension reform, as they did during a recent endorsement interview with the Daily Herald.

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    Hanover Park has joined a program that offers a 25 percent discount off the cost to install rooftop solar panels.

    Hanover Park homeowners get discount on solar panels

    Hanover Park homeowners can cash in on a double-digit discount on the cost to install solar panels on their rooftops. The village has joined Solar Chicago -- a first for Illinois -- that works to make the renewable energy source more mainstream.

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    Vallas: Rauner budget plan means big schools cuts

    Democratic lieutenant governor candidate Paul Vallas argued Republican Bruce Rauner’s plans to let the state’s income tax rate drop could lead to teacher layoffs statewide.

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    Check out the carnival along Jackson Avenue as part of the Last Fling Labor Day festival in Naperville.

    6 tips for navigating Naperville’s Last Fling

    Naperville-area residents can expect traditional contests, races, carnival rides, business booths and concerts at this year's Last Fling Labor Day festival, and they should come to explore, festival organizers say. "A lot of interesting businesses come out with all sorts of things to offer," Last Fling Coordinator Chad Pedigo said.

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    Following God’s ways sometimes seems backward

    God’s principles can, oftentimes, appear mysterious and backward to us. But when we are willing to turn our lives upside-down and obey them. We can find the sweet aroma of living a blessed life.

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    Des Plaines surveying residents on city’s needs, assets

    Des Plaines residents, business owners, and other stakeholders are being invited to take a survey for use in developing a city marketing and branding plan. The survey asks respondents for their opinions on what they believe to be Des Plaines’ greatest challenges, opportunities for growth, assets and prospects for economic development.

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    Oakwood Hills Village Hall will reopen to the public Tuesday at the urging of the Illinois Attorney General. Threats against board members forced officials to close the building to the public nearly a month ago and cancel a scheduled Aug. 7 board meeting.

    Oakwood Hills to reopen village hall after threats led to closing

    Oakwood Hills will reopen its village hall Sept. 2 nearly a month after threats forced officials to close the building, an official said Wednesday. The small McHenry County town of roughly 2,000 people, north of Cary and east of Crystal Lake, erupted with controversy over a proposed 430-megawatt natural gas-fired power plant. At the urging of the Illinois Attorney General, the facility at 3020...

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    The bound bodies of two people were found in the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia Wednesday, and a third man who said he managed to free himself is being treated at a hospital for stab wounds, police said.

    Bound bodies of 2 found in Philly river; 3rd hurt

    The bodies of two men who had been bound with duct tape, stabbed and weighed down with makeshift anchors were pulled from a river Wednesday after a third bound man, wet and also covered with stab wounds, was found wandering along a road in the dark, police said. The surviving victim said he had been abducted, thrown in a van and robbed by four or five people before being thrown in the river, but...

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    Northwest suburban police blotter

    A vandal shot a bullet between 6 p.m. Aug. 8 and noon Aug. 9 through a second-floor double-pane window on the west side of a business building at 2600 S. River Road in Des Plaines. The bullet struck a wall, hit a privacy window and came to rest on a desk. Damage was estimated at $2,450.

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    Livia LaMarca, 10, of Pingree Grove gets the audience to clap along as she performs in the talent contest during last year’s Lake in the Hills Summer Sunset Festival.

    End the season at Lake in the Hills’ Summer Sunset Festival

    An expanded wine tasting, a combined business and craft showcase and additional unlimited carnival ride times are some of the changes to Lake in the Hills’ Summer Sunset Festival. The 14th annual festival, which runs Friday, Aug. 29 through Sunday, Aug. 31 at Sunset Park in Lake in the Hills, is “a great way to end the summer,” according to co-chairman Denise Wasserman.

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    Peter Theo Curtis, a freelance reporter who wrote under the byline Theo Padnos and who had been held hostage for about two years in Syria, returned to the U.S. Tuesday.

    U.S. journalist thankful for work to secure freedom

    A U.S. journalist said Wednesday that he was overwhelmed to learn that so many “brave, determined and big-hearted” people were behind efforts to secure his release from a Syrian extremist group. “I had no idea when I was in prison. I had no idea that so much effort was being expended on my behalf,” said Peter Theo Curtis, who was freed Sunday after 22 months in...

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    Just under half of the 70 journalists killed in Syria since the conflict began in 2011 have been freelancers. James Foley, who was beheaded by Islamic militants in a grisly video released last week, was one of them.

    Journalist killing highlights role of freelancers

    Journalists James Foley, Steven Sotloff and Peter Theo Curtis all had one thing in common when they were captured by Islamic militants in Syria, the title “freelance journalist.” The role of freelancers, who make a living by selling individual stories, photos and video to multiple outlets, has expanded across conflict zones in recent years. Some are cautious and well-trained; others...

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    Police: 911 botches call about child locked in car

    TAMPA, Fla. — A 911 dispatcher is in trouble over his response to a mother who called for help after her 10-month-old son accidentally locked himself in her car, police said.

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    Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana filed a lawsuit Wednesday Aug. 27, 2014 against the Obama administration, accusing it of illegally manipulating federal grant money and regulations to force states to adopt the Common Core education standards.

    AP: Jindal sues feds over Common Core

    Gov. Bobby Jindal filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the Obama administration, accusing it of illegally manipulating federal grant money and regulations to force states to adopt the Common Core education standards.

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    Palestinians with their belongings drive back to their homes in Gaza City’s Shijaiyah neighborhood, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014.

    Gaza cease-fire holds as sides weigh gains

    An open-ended cease-fire between Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip was holding Wednesday, as many people on both sides of the conflict wondered what was gained during 50 days of fighting.

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    Ken Sorrick

    Kaneland interim superintendent hired Monday quits

    The interim superintendent the Kaneland school board hired Monday is quitting. School board President Cheryl Krauspe confirmed Wednesday that Ken Sorrick has submitted a letter of resignation. She said, via email, that the board will meet Tuesday in closed session to accept the resignation and discuss how to proceed in naming a new interim superintendent.

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    Civilians gather at the site of a car bomb in the commercial area of New Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014. A parked car bomb exploded on Tuesday in a busy area in eastern Baghdad, killing and wounding scores of people, officials said, the latest in a series of attacks to shake the Iraqi capital as the Shiite-led government struggles to dislodge Sunni militants from areas in the country’s west and north.

    Sources: U.S. considering new relief mission in Iraq

    The Obama administration is considering launching a humanitarian relief operation for Shiite Turkmen in northern Iraq who have been under siege for weeks by Islamic State militants, U.S. defense officials said Wednesday. The mission, if it went forward, would be the second recent U.S. military humanitarian intervention in Iraq.

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    3rd doctor dies from Ebola in Sierra Leone

    A third top doctor has died from Ebola in Sierra Leone, a government official said Wednesday, as health workers tried to determine how a fourth scientist also contracted the disease before being evacuated to Europe.

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    A cyclist passes an anti-bike lane yard sign earlier this month on Ridge Road in Barrington Hills.

    Barrington Hills board shows opposition to bike lanes

    The Barrington Hills board assured residents at a standing-room-only meeting Tuesday night that there are no plans to build bike lanes or widen any of the village's roads. In fact, Trustee Patty Meroni asked the village staff to help craft a resolution preventing future bike lane proposals.

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    1st Lt. Alonzo H. Cushing

    Obama to award Medal of Honor to Civil War officer

    A century and a half after his valiant death at the Battle of Gettysburg, a Union Army officer is being awarded the nation’s highest military decoration, thanks to a decades-long campaign by his descendants and Civil War buffs. The White House announced Tuesday that President Barack Obama approved the Medal of Honor for 1st Lt. Alonzo H. Cushing, who was killed standing his ground against...

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    Chicago man charged with battery of 80-year-old

    Cook County authorities have charged a Chicago man with hitting his 80-year-old neighbor with a board during an argument over fishing tackle and $8.

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    Lombard police officer Brad Bichel stops Wanda Hubbard of Maywood for talking on a cellphone. Hubbard, who normally uses a Bluetooth device but had forgotten it, was let off with a warning.

    Lombard crackdown shows drivers routinely break cellphone law

    The first thing Brad Bichel notices is drivers weaving out of their lanes. "They look a lot like a drunken driver when they're on their phone, when they're texting,” the Lombard traffic officer said. The Daily Herald accompanied Bichel on a recent enforcement patrol. It didn't take long to find violators of the 8-month-old law requiring hands-free use of cellphones.

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    Lowell Parrish, 82, talks to other players before teeing off on the second hole at Elliot Golf Course in Rockford,

    Golf has ageless wonder in Rockford

    Lowell Parrish peaked at age 68, when he shot his age for the first time and was a scratch golfer. “I’m a slow learner,” he joked. Or maybe he peaked at age 80, when he played a personal-best 230 times with his Rockford Park District golf pass. Parrish, 82, has won the Rockford Senior Classic, for golfers 60 and older, four times, but has never won a non-senior tourney.

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    Illinois woman gets 75 years for father’s murder

    A southern Illinois woman has been sentenced to 75 years in prison for soliciting and aiding in the 2011 murder of her father. Williamson County Judge John Speroni sentenced 55-year-old Cindy Stearns on Tuesday.

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    Illinois health centers receive $1.7 million for projects

    Seven health centers in the Chicago area are receiving a total of $1.7 million in funding for construction and renovation projects. U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois announced the funding Tuesday.

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    Man pleads guilty in death of Illinois officer

    A South Carolina man has pleaded guilty in a vehicle crash that killed an on-duty Pontiac officer and his police dog last year.The (Bloomington) Pantagraph reports Jason Collins of West Columbia, South Carolina, entered the plea Tuesday to charges of reckless homicide and aggravated drunken driving in the October 2013 crash near Pontiac.

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    Missing Wisconsin boy found alive in Fox River

    A missing 6-year-old boy was found in the Fox River in Neenah. Police say the child was taken to Theda Clark Medical Center, but there’s no word on his condition. Authorities say the child was reported missing about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at Riverside Park.

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    The Potawatomi casino in Milwaukee.

    Potawatomi withholds payment to Wisconsin

    The Forest County Potawatomi has refused to make its annual casino revenue payment to the state as Gov. Scott Walker mulls whether to approve a competing facility, causing what the governor is calling a “significant” impact on the state budget.

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    Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn said no to increasing speed limits on tollways through the suburbs to 70 mph.

    Dawn Patrol: Man killed by train; No tollway speed limit increase

    Metra train strikes, kills man in Des Plaines. Quinn: No speed limit increase in the suburbs. Elk Grove Village officials: No tarps or blankets at next summer’s concerts. Pierotti: I was surprised DuPage forest exec director was let go. Algonquin man arrested on heroin-related charges. Prosecutors: Deng should stand trial for 2005 Bethell murder. Roskam talks tax reform, health care,...

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    Arlington Heights again is buying a study on whether a new police station can be built to replace the outdated one at 200 E Sigwalt Ave.

    Arlington Hts. approves study for new police station

    Arlington Hts. has started looking into if it will be possible — and how expensive — to build a new police station on the same site where the department is located. The village will contract with FGM Architects to study the space needs of the police department, look at the feasibility of rebuilding on the existing station site and come up with several design concepts.

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    A Little Free Library being built.

    Little Free Library proposal not right for Lake County forest preserve district, committee says

    A Lake County Forest Preserve District committee decided that while a good program, a Little Free Library proposed by the Rotary Club of Long Grove, Kildeer and Hawthorn Woods should not be located in the Heron Creek Forest Preserve because the intent is outside the district's mission.

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    Pathway Senior Living proposes a 120-unit supportive living facility in Lake Zurich. This is Victory Centre in Vernon Hills, a Pathway development open since 2012.

    Lake Zurich's advisory plan commission ponders supportive living facility

    An advisory Lake Zurich panel will continue a hearing next month on a proposed 120-unit seniors facility on the village's north side. Plan commissioners heard resident concerns about noise and other issues at a recent public hearing on the Pathway Senior Living project.

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    Batavia school support workers contract OK’d

    The Batavia school board approved a new, four-year contract with support staff workers Tuesday night. And it was revealed that teachers will be voting Wednesday on a new contract.

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    District 214 might give taxpayers a rebate in 2016

    Northwest Suburban High School District 214 has proposed spending $45 million in excess reserve funds on capital projects at its six high schools over three years, but officials said there still may be cash available for taxpayers to get some of their money back — in 2016.

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    Is your tax bill going up even as your property assessment goes down? Join the crowd. Properties in Avon Township, for example, have experienced a 32.8 percent decrease in value, but taxes increased by 3.5 percent.

    Griffin: Taxes grow even as property values drop

    Over five years, the assessed value of property in 44 suburban townships dropped 26.8 percent. At the same time, property tax levies in those areas averaged an 8.3 percent increase. The comparison is one way of showing how tax bills can climb even as property values go down. “It's scary when you think about it because you really don't own your home,” a tax watchdog group leader says.

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    Hoffman Estates chamber hosts legislative luncheon Sept. 12

    The Government Relations Committee of the Hoffman Estates Chamber of Commerce & Industry will host its annual Illinois Legislative Update Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12. State senators Dan Kotowsk and Michael Noland, and state representatives Fred Crespo, Tom Morrison and Michelle Mussman, will join Hoffman Estates Mayor William D. McLeod at the event.

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    Pablo Morales

    Walgreen Co. employee appointed to Maine Dist. 207 school board

    A Walgreen Co. employee has been appointed to fill a vacancy on the Maine Township High School District 207 board of education. Pablo Morales, of Park Ridge, will serve on the board through April 2015 — the remaining time on the term of Eric Leys, a 13-year board member who stepped down last month.

Sports

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    Dundee-Crown athletic director Dick Storm communicates via walkie talkie with officials as lightning delays opening night of the 2013 season.

    Looking forward to the rites of autumn

    Summer vacation was nice, but it's time to play football.

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    Social media message hasn't changed — use it wisely

    Anyone out there remember Friendster? How about MySpace? I didn't think so. OK, well maybe some of you remember those social media websites but when they were popular the term social media wasn't. In fact, a short six years ago there were still those who didn't think social networking (that's what it was called then) would ever make it. Oh, how wrong they were.

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    Senior wide receivers Caleb Reams of Warren, left, and Cameron Green of Stevenson are friendly rivals. They're also and the kind of players that are helping even Lake County high school football become centered around the passing game.

    Green, Reams extend the wideout megatrend

    Longtime friends Caleb Reams of Warren and Cameron Green of Stevenson are two of the best receivers in the suburbs. Their high school rivalry will continue in college as Reams has committed to Illinois and Green has committed to Northwestern.

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    Football Focus: Week One Preview
    The week in high school football is previewed in this Daily Herald video hosted by preps writer Joe Aguilar.

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    Brian Doll, here directing Elk Grove in practice in 2009, is back on U.S. soil and directing New Trier's football program.

    Doll right at home coaching football at New Trier

    Former Elk Grove football coach Brian Doll is back roaming the sidelines after a stint overseas helping popularize American football. Doll's New Trier team opens its season on Friday at Schaumburg. “Everyone was telling me I would come back,” Doll said with a laugh. “I didn't believe them at first.”

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    Chicago Cubs' Jorge Soler hits a pop fly for an out in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, in Cincinnati. Soler was making his major league debut. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

    Epstein explains why Soler was brought to the bigs early

    Once again, the Cubs felt the time was right. Just as they did with infielder Javier Baez earlier this month, the Cubs went ahead and called up outfielder Jorge Soler from Class AAA Iowa. However, team president Theo Epstein put the brakes on talks that the Cubs' grand plan has been accelerated.

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    Wolves release 2014-15 AHL schedule

    The Chicago Wolves will open the 2014-15 American Hockey League season with a five-game homestand, kicking off opening weekend with back-to-back home games against the Charlotte Checkers.

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    Cougars fall to Cedar Rapids in 11th inning

    In the Cougars’ last five trips to Cedar Rapids, three games have gone into extra innings and four games have been decided by 1 run. Wednesday night was no different as the Kernels (41-24, 72-63) walked off in the bottom of the 11th inning with a 3-2 win over the Cougars (43-22, 88-47).

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    FILE - In this Dec. 3, 2013, file photo, Southern California quarterback Cody Kessler, left, and Josh Shaw watch a news conference for USC's new football coach Steve Sarkisian in Los Angeles. Shaw has admitted to lying to school officials about how he sprained his ankles last weekend, retracting his story about jumping off a balcony to save his drowning nephew. Shaw has been suspended indefinitely from all of the Trojans' team activities after acknowledging his heroic tale was "a complete fabrication," the school announced in a statement Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Los Angeles Daily News, Michael Owen Baker, File) NO SALES; MAGAZINES OUT; HILLS OUT, LOS ANGELES TIMES OUT; VENTURA COUNTY STAR OUT; ANTELOPE VALLEY PRESS OUT

    USC’s Shaw admits to lying about injuries, rescue

    Southern California cornerback Josh Shaw confessed that he lied to school officials about how he sprained his ankles last weekend, retracting his story about jumping off a balcony to save his drowning nephew.The school swiftly suspended him Wednesday from all team activities and acknowledged his heroic tale was “a complete fabrication."

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    Maria Sharapova, of Russia, motions to the umpire during the second set against Alexandra Dulgheru, of Romania, during the second round of the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

    Sharapova survives scare

    As dusk fell and the Arthur Ashe Stadium lights came on, Maria Sharapova came through the way she so often does in the crucible of a third set, beating 95th-ranked Alexandra Dulgheru of Romania 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in the second round of the Grand Slam tournament she won in 2006 but has missed twice in the past six years.

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    Boomers’ magic number for playoffs: 1

    The Schaumburg Boomers reduced their magic number to 1 for the Frontier League playoffs with a 4-1 victory over the Rockford Aviators on Wednesday at Boomers Stadium.

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    Girls tennis: Wednesday’s results
    Here are high school girls tennis results from Wednesday, August 27.

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    Girls volleyball: Wednesday’s results
    Here are high school girls volleyball results from Wednesday, August 27.

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    Girls swimming: Wednesday’s results
    Here are high school girls swimming results from Wednesday, August 27.

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    Girls golf: Wednesday’s results
    Results of girls golf meets from Wednesday, August 27.

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    Boys golf: Wednesday’s results
    Results of boys golf meets from Wednesday, August 27.

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    Boys soccer: Wednesday’s results
    Here are high school boys soccer results from Wednesday, August 27.

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    Dundee-Crown puts away Rolling Meadows

    The Dundee-Crown girls’ volleyball team already had some high expectations coming into the season, but it’s beginning to look like more than just preseason hype. The Chargers registered their second straight win with an impressive 25-15, 25-12 nonconference victory over visiting Rolling Meadows (0-1) on Wednesday night.

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    The Cubs’ Jorge Soler hit a first-at-bat home run and an RBI single, but the Cubs still lost to the Reds 7-5 Wednesday in Cincinnati.

    Soler homers in debut for Cubs in 7-5 Reds loss

    With his father watching from the stands, Jorge Soler had quite a Cubs debut. Soler homered in his first at-bat in the majors and had an RBI single Wednesday night, but the Cincinnati Reds held on for a 7-5 victory behind Skip Schumaker’s run-scoring double and single.

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    The White Sox Carlos Sanchez has taken over for Gordon Beckham at second base after Beckham was traded to the Los Angeles Angels last week.

    Carlos Sanchez trying to show Sox he’s second to none

    When the White Sox traded Gordon Beckham, top prospect Micah Johnson was the obvious candidate to take over at second base. But Johnson (hamstring) is out for the rest of the season, and that is giving Carlos Sanchez a shot to show he can play.

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    The White Sox’s Jose Abreu had three hits and 2 RBIs in the Sox win over Cleveland Wednesday night at U.S. Cellular Field.

    White Sox snap 7-game losing streak

    Jose Abreu had 3 hits and 2 RBI Wednesday night as the White Sox edged the Indians at U.S. Cellular Field, snapping a seven-game losing streak in the process.

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    Boys golf / Lake County roundup

    Justin Park was particularly good and so were the sophomore’s Vernon Hills golf teammates Wednesday.At White Deer Run, Park fired a 2-under-par 34 to lead the Cougars to a school-record 146 and nonconference win over Marian Central (172).Bo Manso added an even-par 36 for Vernon Hills, which carded five sub-40 scores. The Cougars also received a 37 from Brian Favia and 39s from Ricky Schmidt and Tanner Fulton.

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    Boys soccer / Lake County roundup

    Boys soccerWarren 1, Niles North 0: At Glenbrook South, Alex Fratila scored in the second half off an assist from Jacob Luka, as the Blue Devils won their season opener.R.J. Hill earned the shutout in goal.Schurz 2, Stevenson 1: At Glenbrook South, Dennis Katsman’s goal, assisted by Zach Zwirn, had the Patriots up 1-0 in the opening half of their season opener.Schurz tallied both of its goals in the second half.Wauconda 2, Woodstock 0: Alex Reyes and Erick Olejniczak scored for the Bulldogs in their season opener. Ratha Castronova and Gio Marquez had assists.Shane Purcell (5 saves) and Danny McMutt (6 saves) shared the shutout in goal.Libertyville 2, Evanston 1: The Wildcats won their season opener, as Cam Fragassi and Trey Touhey scored first-half goals.Liam O’Connell and Jeff Wagner had assists.

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    Girls volleyball / Lake County roundup

    Girls volleyballWarren d. Glenbrook North: Kim Hengesh posted 6 blocks, slammed 4 kills and served 10 of 10 with an ace, as the Blue Devils won 25-17, 25-22 in nonconference action.Warren (1-1) got 6 kills from Lindsey Biedron, while Nicole Berzin was 19 of 19 from the serving line with 2 aces. She also dished out 7 assists. Claire Lundtveit contributed 3 kills and 3 blocks, and Jenna Walczak notched 2 kills.Grant d. Waukegan: Grant got 4 kills apiece from Jordynn Hundley, Kylie Mueller and Kate Kiser in a 25-16, 25-19 road win.Hannah Johnson added 3 kills, while Kiser set 30 of 31 with 10 assists and served 2 aces. Mueller delivered 3 aces and chalked 5 digs, and Johnson posted 3 blocks. Lexi Gerdes tallied a pair of blocks.St. Charles North d. Stevenson: The Patriots dropped their season opener 25-21, 25-20, despite 5 kills from Isabella Milejczyk and 4 from Jori Radtke. Morgan Berland led Stevenson with 8 digs, while Corissa Kurth dished out 14 assists.

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    Girls golf / Lake County roundup

    Girls golfStevenson d. Mundelein: At Crane’s Landing, Myra Peterson and Stephanie Namkoong each shot a 40 to tie for medalist honors, and the Patriots opened North Suburban Conference action by shooting a 172 to beat visiting Mundelein (209).Stevenson also counted the scores of freshmen Olivia Hancock (45) and Olivia Stomberg (47).Holly Petlak’s 47 paced Mundelein.Carmel d. St. Viator: At Old Orchard Country Club, the visiting Corsairs opened defense of their East Suburban Catholic Conference championship by shooting a season-best 167 to defeat St. Viator (232).Leading Carmel was medalist Alexa Amato with a 39. Fellow junior Kayla Ryan shot a 41, sophomore Erin Kehoe had a 43, and junior Eva Savovich carded a 44.Vernon Hills d. Grant: At Vernon Hills Golf Course, Kari Lee fired a 38, as the host Cougars carded a 175 to win the North Suburban Conference match.Vernon Hills (2-0) also got a 42 from Faith Jung, a 45 from Fayth Kim and a 50 from Mary Paulson.Grant (233) received matching 56s from Bri Burgeson and Kylie Diana.Prairie Ridge d. Lake Zurich: At Village Green, the Bears (216) got edged out by the Wolves (215).Aine Mattera led Lake Zurich with a 46.Warren d. Lakes: At Antioch Golf Course, the visiting Blue Devils shot a 212 to capture the North Suburban Conference match.Lakes (306) was led by Lauren Clark’s personal-best 56.

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    Grayslake Central's Luke Shepherd throws during practice Wednesday afternoon at Central Park in Grayslake. Take a look at the bigger football picture for Lake County in Friday's Football Focus section.

    Friendly rivalry growing between VH, LZ

    Vernon Hills and Lake Zurich might be playing each other every year once the North Suburban Conference unveils its new look starting in the 2016-17 school year. In the meantime, a friendly rivalry might have already started.

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    Lake Zurich’s Collin Foreman controls the ball during Wednesday’s game against St. Viator.

    Foreman, Lake Zurich work past St. Viator

    An early goal from senior Collin Foreman, then another from him just before time helped Lake Zurich earn a 2-0 victory on the road Wednesday night on the turf at Morris Field in Arlington Heights, spoiling the season opener for host St. Viator.

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    Larkin falls twice

    Larkin volleyball falls twice at Wheaton North tournament.

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    Boys soccer: Fox Valley roundup Wednesday, August 27

    Boys soccer: Fox Valley roundup Wednesday, August 27

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    Burlington Central should be in BN-East hunt

    Up for grabs. That seems to be the consensus among coaches in the Big Northern Conference East Division as to who could walk away with what could be the division’s penultimate title in October. A majority of the teams in the BNC East have either committed to or are thinking about leaving the conference for the new Kishwaukee Valley Conference for the 2016-2017 school year.

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    St. Edward’s Dwayne Allen, Jr. runs against Wheaton Academy last season.

    MSC East provides St. Edward a more level playing field

    The musical chairs college athletic conferences have been playing in recent years has morphed into high school athletics in Northern Illinois. A variety of schools have switched conference affiliation in recent times, with the greatest exodus/influx occurring in the expanded Metro Suburban Conference, which now features 14 teams after the defection of seven former Suburban Christian Conference members, including St. Edward.

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    Dan Klaus

    Klaus, Harper ready to get started

    The Harper men’s soccer team will see a different face on the touchline when the Hawks open their season Friday against College of DuPage. The head-coaching void left by former coach Jason Diebold will be filled by Dan Klaus. That name should be familiar to Mid-Suburban League soccer fans, as Klaus has directed the girls soccer program at Elk Grove since 2002.

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    Fremd’s seniors too much for Libertyville

    Fremd’s girls swimming and diving team got the dual-meet season started at home on Wednesday with a narrow victory over a quality team from Libertyville. It was a reunion of sorts for Fremd coach Andrew Kittrell and Libertyville coach Erik Rogers, who once spent time together on the coaching staff at Warren.

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    McGraw: Sizing up the Big Ten

    What's new for the Big Ten in 2014? Well, 14 teams, for one thing. Here are some of the prominent questions heading into the start of college football.

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    Senorise Perry tries to leap over Jaguars defensive end Allen Bradford during a preseason game on Aug. 14. Perry figures to get a long look returning kicks Thursday in Cleveland as the exhibition season comes to an end.

    Some Bears playing for their jobs vs. Browns

    With most, if not all, of the Bears' starters resting Thursday night in the preseason finale against the Browns in Cleveland, it's a great opportunity for players battling for roster spots to get one last chance to make an impression.

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    Barrington senior linebacker and team captain Jake Coon gears up for Friday’s season opener against Jacobs.

    Barrington’s Coon has the scent of a champion

    This dog can hunt. Whether it’s a football or a baseball, Barrington’s Jake Coon is on it. The Barrington linebacker, who has started on the varsity since his sophomore year, has developed into one of the top players in the Mid-Suburban League. And that includes baseball, where he is two time all-area player as well.

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    Steve Lundy/slundy@dailyherald.com ¬ Cubs prospect Jorge Soler connects fires the ball to second as the Class A Peoria Chiefs took on the Beliot Snappers Monday night in Beliot, Wisconsin. Soler signed a 9-year, $30 million contract this summer.

    Welcome to the show! Soler homers in first at-bat

    Outfielder Jorge Soler homered in his first big league at-bat on Wednesday night off Cincinnati’s Mat Latos, a noteworthy debut for the Cubs’ 22-year-old prospect.Soler connected on a 2-1 pitch from Latos in the second inning, hitting the ball onto the netting above the Reds bullpen in center field. He’s the first Cubs player to homer in his first at-bat in the majors since Starlin Castro connected off Homer Bailey in Cincinnati on May 7, 2010.

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    Adjust and adapt if the summer pattern isn’t working

    Everyone has a favorite bait or lure, but one key to angling success is to be flexible enough to adapt when none of the usual stuff is working well, as Mike Jackson explains in this week's Outdoors Column, with help from Ned Kehde, the Finesse Fishing guru.

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    Sloane Stephens, of the United States, reacts after a point against Johanna Larsson, of Sweden, during the second round of the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

    Sloane Stephens upset in U.S. Open 2nd round
    Once a sure bet to stick around for a while at Grand Slam tournaments, Sloane Stephens suddenly can’t even win there.The 21-year-old American stumbled to her earliest loss at the U.S. Open, upset in the second round Wednesday by 96th-ranked Johanna Larsson.

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    Doc Rivers is staying with the Los Angeles Clippers for another five years. In Steve Ballmer’s first big move since taking over as the new owner, he gave Rivers a contract extension through the 2018-19 season.

    Clippers sign Doc Rivers to 5-year extension

    Doc Rivers is staying with the Los Angeles Clippers for another five years.In Steve Ballmer’s first big move since taking over as the new owner, he gave Rivers a contract extension through the 2018-19 season.

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    FILE - In this Aug. 4, 2014, file photo, Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon rests during practice at the NFL football team's training campin Berea, Ohio. Gordon has been suspended by the NFL one year for violating the league's substance abuse policy. Gordon's suspension is effective immediately and he will miss the entire 2014 season. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)

    NFL suspends Browns star WR Gordon for 2014 season

    Josh Gordon’s wait is over, so is his 2014 season. The star wide receiver’s career is now in peril.The Cleveland Browns learned Wednesday that Gordon’s indefinite suspension by the NFL has been upheld and he will miss at least 16 games for another violation of the league’s substance abuse policy. A repeat drug offender, Gordon had appealed the penalty, hoping it would be reduced so he could play this season.

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    Naperville Central High School's offensive backs work on inside runs.

    DVC set for 'strange year'

    It's transition time in the DuPage Valley Conference. With Glenbard East and West Aurora departed to the Upstate Eight Conference — and with Metea Valley, Neuqua Valley and Waubonsie Valley still a year away from joining — the DVC's down to a group of six schools. The biggest impact will be felt this football season.

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    Soler set for Cubs debut

    Another Cubs prospect is expected to make his major-league debut. Outfielder Jorge Soler officially will be recalled in time for Wednesday night's game at Cincinnati. He will join infielder Javier Baez, a top propsect who made his debut earlier this month.

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    Brad Sznajder

    Nazareth stands in Benet’s way

    When asked his opinion on the best football players in the East Suburban Catholic Conference, Benet coach Pat New answered honestly.“Nazareth’s starting lineup.”Maybe it’s not that simple, but the point is sound. Nazareth returns double-digit starters from a team that closed the season with six straight wins before losing in the second round of the Class 5A playoffs. Four returning offensive linemen, two experienced quarterbacks and sophomore running back Ivory Kelly-Martin power the offense while linebacker Decxavier Kelly — who helped hand Benet its first loss in Week 7 last season — leads the defense. In a pack of heavyweights among six playoff qualifiers from a year ago, Nazareth appears to have everything it takes to win one of the state’s most-prestigious conference titles.

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    Mike North video: Signs of Life on the North Side
    Mike North sees a light at the end the tunnel for the Cubs and thinks President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein has been making some great deals with the American League.

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    Wouldn't Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton, watching a 3-run homer sail out, look good in a young Cubs lineup?

    Rozner: Would Cubs go fishing for Stanton?

    Barry Rozner says the Marlins will shop Giancarlo Stanton this winter and they are hoping the Cubs -- with the best farm system in baseball -- will be a buyer. The Cubs will have to at least listen when the Marlins call.

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    Hectic two weeks ahead for WGA staffers

    This may well be the busiest two weeks in the Western Golf Association’s 105-year history. The Hotel Fitness Championship tees off Thursday at Sycamore Hills in Fort Wayne, Ind., and the WGA’s biggest event follows with a Sept. 4-6 staging of the BMW Championship at Cherry Hills in Denver.

Business

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    Dunkin’ Donuts/Baskin-Robbins proposed in Elk Grove

    A combination Dunkin’ Donuts/Baskin-Robbins is proposed for a shuttered Pizza Hut location in Elk Grove Village. The village plan commission will consider a rezoning petition, submitted to the village by 2nd Gen, for the building at 50 Biesterfield Road.

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    Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield, above, along with Delnor Hospital in Geneva, will become part of Northwestern Memorial HealthCare on Sept. 1.

    Healthcare: Northwestern, Cadence to complete merger Sept. 1

    Chicago-based Northwestern Memorial HealthCare will complete its merger with Winfield-based Cadence Health on Sept. 1, the two health care agencies announced Wednesday. The merger will expand Northwestern’s brand to Cadence’s Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield and Delnor Hospital in Geneva. Northwestern operates Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago and Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital in Lake Forest.

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    Itasca-based Gogo lands Aeromexico wireless deal

    In-flight communications services provider Gogo, based in Itasca, will provide in-flight Internet and wireless in-flight entertainment service for Aeromexico, the company announced.The contract will provide service on at least 58 Embraer and Boeing 737 aircraft operated by with the Mexico-based airline.

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    U.S. stocks drifted mostly higher Wednesday as the Standard & Poor’s 500 index set a record for the third day in a row.

    Stocks drift higher; S&P 500 holds on to 2,000

    Even in a daylong sideways drift, the Standard & Poor’s 500 index managed to eke out its third record close in three days.News: U.S. stocks ended essentially flat on Wednesday after spending much of the day wavering between tiny gains and losses. The S&P 500 notched a gain of one-tenth of a point over the day before, extending its rise for the week.

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    Burger King executives insist they are not trying to escape U.S. taxes by purchasing Tim Hortons restaurant chain. But some members Congress aren’t buying it, mainly because the corporate headquarters of the new parent company will be in Canada.

    10 things to know about corporate inversions

    Burger King is drawing a lot of flak over plans to shift its legal address to a foreign country by merging with Tim Hortons, the Canadian coffee-and-doughnut chain. The transaction is called a corporate inversion, a maneuver that is becoming popular among companies looking to lower their tax bills. Ten things to know about corporate inversions:

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    Visitors stream online computer games on the Twitch Interactive Inc. stand at Gamescom video games trade fair in Cologne, Germany.

    Video games come of age as spectator sport

    Video games have been a spectator sport since teenagers crowded around arcade machines to watch friends play “Pac-Man.” And for decades, kids have gathered in living rooms to marvel at how others master games like “Street Fighter II” and “Super Mario Bros.” But today there’s Twitch, the online network that attracts millions of visitors, most of whom watch live and recorded footage of other people playing video games —in much the same way that football fans tune in to ESPN.

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    Time Warner Cable said Wednesday that service was largely restored after a problem during routine maintenance caused a nationwide outage of its Internet service for hours.

    Time Warner Cable says outages largely resolved

    Time Warner Cable said Wednesday that service was largely restored after a problem during routine maintenance caused a nationwide outage of its Internet service for hours. The company said it is still investigating the cause of the problem, which occurred with its Internet backbone — the paths that local or regional networks connect to in order to carry data long distances.

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    Magenium Solutions wins Glen Ellyn building award

    Glen Ellyn-based Magenium Solutions was awarded the annual award for Excellence in Building Design from the village of Glen Ellyn. The traveling trophy is chosen each year by the village’s Architectural Review Commission and resides at the winner’s location until the following year’s winner is announced.

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    Samsung Electronics' Galaxy S, left, and Apple's iPhone 4 at a mobile phone shop in Seoul, South Korea. The two companies face a $3.9 billion challenge as they prepare to sell new marquee phones in the world's biggest wireless market.

    Apple, Samsung face $3.9B wall to selling phones in China

    Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. face a $3.9 billion challenge as they prepare to sell new marquee phones in the world's biggest wireless market. China's state-run wireless operators are slashing subsidies they pay to make devices more affordable for consumers just as the biggest phone-makers are set to introduce upgraded products.

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    Ryanair Holdings Plc started selling flexible tickets targeting business passengers as Europe’s biggest discount carrier seeks to gain credibility among corporate and government customers.

    Ryanair rolls out business-oriented flexi-fare in corporate push

    Ryanair Holdings Plc started selling flexible tickets targeting business passengers as Europe’s biggest discount carrier seeks to gain credibility among corporate and government customers. Starting at $92.2), the Business Plus fare includes priority boarding, free same-day ticket changes and the choice of seats closest to the front and rear exits, or over the wing that provide extra leg-room.

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    Global sugar consumption needs to outstrip supply by at least 3 million metric tons to 4 million tons before prices recover significantly, according to the International Sugar Organization.

    Sugar needs deeper shortages to ensure price recovery

    Global sugar consumption needs to outstrip supply by at least 3 million metric tons to 4 million tons before prices recover significantly, according to the International Sugar Organization. The world market will have a surplus of 1.3 million tons in the 12 months starting October.

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    Etihad Airways’ new “residence” class on board its Airbus A380 superjumbos and Boeing 787 Dreamliners.

    Airlines mull first-class future after success of business beds

    The word’s top airlines are questioning the need for first-class cabins as flat-bed seats cradle corporate customers in once-unimaginable comfort, making the premium on front-row seats harder to justify. With fully reclining business berths introduced this year by Air France-KLM Group, the corporate cabins of top operators in Europe, Asia and the Middle East now all offer an experience comparable to that available in first for almost two decades.

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    Warren Buffett, chairman and chief executive officer of Berkshire Hathaway Inc.Buffett got his entrepreneurial start at age 7, buying six-packs of Coke for a quarter, then hawking the beverages for a nickel apiece on hot summer nights.

    Buffett search for sure thing propels 76-year junk food quest

    Billionaire investor Warren Buffett got his entrepreneurial start at age 7, buying six-packs of Coke for a quarter, then hawking the beverages for a nickel apiece on hot summer nights.Now, at age 83, he’s still betting on simple indulgences. Berkshire Hathaway Inc. agreed yesterday to provide $3 billion of financing for Burger King Worldwide Inc.’s purchase of doughnut chain Tim Hortons Inc.

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    Company to delay formal request for Wisconsin iron ore mine

    Gogebic Taconite says its application to develop an iron ore mine in northwestern Wisconsin will be pushed back until at least the fall of next year. Gogebic had planned to submit an application in the spring of 2015 to develop a $1.5 billion iron ore mine in the Lake Superior region.

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    Mortgage applications in the U.S. rose for a second week as more Americans refinanced their properties and purchases picked up.

    Mortgage applications in U.S. rise on refinancing, purchases

    Mortgage applications in the U.S. rose for a second week as more Americans refinanced their properties and purchases picked up. The Mortgage Bankers Association’s index climbed 2.8 percent in the period ended Aug. 22 after a 1.4 percent advance the prior week, the Washington-based trade group reported today.

Life & Entertainment

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    Ex-CIA agent Peter Devereaux (erstwhile 007 Pierce Brosnan) gets lured out of retirement to race cars and shoot people with his left hand in “The November Man.”

    'The November Man' more James bomb than Bond

    Good thrillers don't always have to make sense, but they cannot cause viewers to break into laughter during action sequences, as Roger Donaldson's “The November Man” did during a recent screening. At least Pierce Brosnan's performance as a CIA agent is a work of cool maturity and calm confidence, the sensible sort of seasoned spy his fussy, jumpy James Bond 007 never was.

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    The rock band ZZ Top has canceled its Thursday, Aug. 28, concert at Ravinia Festival in Highland Park.

    ZZ Top cancels Ravinia concert after injury
    Due to a hip injury suffered by ZZ Top's bassist and co-lead vocalist Dusty Hill, the ZZ Top and Jeff Beck concert, scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 28, at Ravinia Festival, has been canceled.

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    Rebecca Muszynski, co-founder of Rally Theatre Production out of Arlington Heights, will participate in Chicago Fringe Fest this year with “Sessions.”

    Fringe Fest gives Arlington Heights' theater troupe chance to shine

    The annual Chicago Fringe Festival celebrates the "untried and weird." In fact, the performance arts festival prides itself on being different, on offering “boundary-pushing performing artists paired with daring audiences,” organizers say. Rally Theatre Production of Arlington Heights is premiering a new show during the fest, which runs Aug. 28-Sept. 7 in Chicago's Jefferson Square neighborhood.

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    Steve May of Palatine frequently uses chicken broth in his recipes.

    Cook of the Week Challenge: 16 prepare for the heat of competition

    The 2014 Cook of the Week Challenge gets underway today as we reveal the 16 suburban cooks who will battle it out for the title Cook of the Year. Over the next two months, these folks will compete in one-on-one recipe contests that challenge them to use the same “mystery ingredients” to create an entree and at least one side dish or a one-pot meal. The cook with the winning recipe will advance to the next round. The four left standing will compete in a live cook-off, where the winner will be crowned Cook of the Year.

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    Seared ahi tuna rests on a bed of sticky purple rice at Niche in Geneva. The dish is accented with coconut shellfish cream, edamame purée and honeyed snap peas.

    Niche chef continues tradition of unfussy fine dining in Geneva

    If you think four-star dining has to include caviar and white tablecloths, then make your way to Niche in downtown Geneva for an attitude adjustment. Here, chef Chris Ayukawa, manager/wine director Vince Balistreri and their top-notch staff provide a stellar experience in a ruggedly elegant space that has distinguished itself as the pinnacle of fine dining in the Fox Valley.

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    Jon Favreauand, left, shadowed high profile chefs to learn every part of the business for his role in the film “Chef.”

    Filmmakers find we’re watching what we eat

    Ogling food on the big screen has gotten easier and easier now that so many culinary-focused films are hitting theaters. In the past year alone we’ve seen “Haute Cuisine,” set in the kitchen of a French president; “Le Chef,” about a struggling French restaurant. This summer has seen two high-profile food movies: “Chef,” directed, written and starring Jon Favreau, and “The Hundred-Foot Journey” with Helen Mirren, which is now playing.

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    Honeybees are irreplaceable as pollinators, but you can somewhat offset their loss by attracting beetles, butterflies and moths, dragonflies, feral bees, bumblebees and wasps, among others.

    Bees aren’t the only pollinators you can attract

    The dramatic loss of honeybees to changing land use, viruses and pesticides is alarming, and they are irreplaceable as pollinators. But you can somewhat offset their loss by attracting alternative pollinators, such as beetles, butterflies and moths, dragonflies, feral bees, wasps and flower flies. Attracting these beneficial insects requires a long-term landscaping commitment, however. They need a wide variety of forage plants along with protected nesting sites to thrive.

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    Growing fall vegetables is like having a whole other growing season in the garden. Cool weather brings out the best flavor from vegetables such as kale, broccoli, and carrots. And the harvest season is long; fall vegetables just sit pretty, awaiting harvest at your leisure.

    Summer veggies were just the first round

    In the heat of summer, it’s hard to imagine that the weather will ever be cool again. And with dry weather it’s hard to imagine it becoming rainy again. But of course the weather does change, and you’ve got to plan what vegetables to grow for the cool and rainy days ahead that sap the vitality from tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and other summer vegetables. Growing fall vegetables is like having another whole growing season in the garden.

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    Trisha Yearwood and her husband, Garth Brooks, are launching their new tour at Rosemont’s Allstate Arena starting Sept. 4. They’ll be playing 11 shows there.

    Trisha Yearwood re-emerges twice as busy

    Once intent on scaling back her career to focus on family, country singer Trisha Yearwood now has two careers: platinum-selling musician and emerging kitchen mogul. She’s releasing a new album titled “PrizeFighter,” which coincides with the comeback tour with her husband, Garth Brooks, which has them playing 11 shows at Rosemont's Allstate Arena starting Sept. 4. “I kind of feel like Rocky in the first movie,” Yearwood said.

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    An obscure Oscorp employee (Jamie Foxx) transforms into the villainous Electro during "The Amazing Spider-Manj 2."

    Superheroes for sale: Product placement gets bigger and bolder

    Sean Stangland recently caught up with Darren Aronofsky’s “Noah.” While he didn’t enjoy the movie as a whole, he did like one aspect: no product placement. It's become the norm, from movies to TV to video games. But should we, as consumers, just blindly accept it?

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    A bounty of summer vegetables swim together in a bowl of soup inspired by famed restaurateur Alice Waters.

    Soupalooza: Minestrone a melting pot for summer veggies

    Sometimes she can't help herself. M. Eileen Brown gets overwhelmed by the lovely fresh produce at the farmers market and ends up buying more than she can possibly cook. Instead of letting the tomatoes and greenbeans rot on the counter (again) she turned to Alice Waters for a soupy solution.

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    A bounty of summer vegetables swim together in a bowl of soup inspired by famed restaurateur Alice Waters.

    Alice Waters’ Summer Minestrone
    Alice Waters’ Summer Minestrone Soup can be made with whatever vegetables you need to use up.

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    Dining events: Get your tea fix at new DAVIDsTEA
    Stop in and check out the vast tea selection at Naperville's new DAVIDsTEA; Stonewood Ale House has slabs of ribs for Labor Day; Hugo’s offers specials for its 10th anniversary.

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    The new face of evil

    Columnist Richard Cohen: I used to not believe in evil. When Ronald Reagan called the Soviet Union “the evil empire,” I thought it was a dandy phrase but also a confession of ignorance. Reagan had it right, though. The Soviet Union was evil. Now we are facing a different type of evil

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    Company’s move is the ultimate statement
    A Grayslake letter to the editor: Jelly Belly executives announced that production of the iconic jelly bean will no longer take place in North Chicago, where it has been produced for close to 100 years.

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    At long last: A zero star movie review
    A Villa Park letter to the editor: My life is now complete. I’ve been reading Daily Herald movie reviews for years hoping to finally find one with zero stars. My lucky day came on Aug. 15 with the review of “Let’s Be Cops.”

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    Rauner property tax freeze a bad idea
    A Carpentersville letter to the editor: Lately, Bruce Rauner, the GOP candidate for governor, has been decrying the high property taxes in Illinois. Well, I have news for Bruce. The highest property taxes are in the counties run by the Republicans.

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    Nothing Islamic about ISIS
    A Lombard letter to the editor: ISIS self-proclaims to be “The Islamic state of Iraq and al-Sham.” However, the reality is there is nothing Islamic about ISIS. Innocent civilians are dying and minorities such as Christians, Yazidi, Kurdish and Shiites have been targeted by ISIS.

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