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Daily Archive : Thursday August 28, 2014

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    Buffalo Grove Police Chief Steven Casstevens and Aptakisic-Tripp Elementary District 102 Superintendent Theresa Dunkin discuss the arrest of teacher John C. Vastis, 51, on child pornography charges. Officials said there is no evidence Vastis victimized anyone at the school.

    Middle school teacher charged with created porn

    John Vastis, a teacher at Buffalo Grove’s Meridian Middle School, is facing federal child pornography charges after his arrest early Thursday morning. Aptakisic-Tripp Elementary District 102 Superintendent Theresa Dunkin said there are no allegations Vastis victimized any of the district’s students. “District 102 is a family and we will get through this,” she said.

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    David Koschman

    Lawsuit against Vanecko in Mt. Prospect man's death tossed

    Mount Prospect resident Nanci Koschman said Thursday that she was feeling “disappointed, and a little sad” after a federal judge threw out a civil-rights lawsuit she filed that accused Chicago police and Cook County prosecutors of a cover-up in the death of her son, David.

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    In this undated photo provided by the Gilbert family shows Dylan Gilbert, 7, of Naperville, demonstrating how he helped collect samples of bacteria from his foot during a 2012 study. Dylan’s father, microbiologist Jack Gilbert of Argonne National Laboratory, led the Home Microbiome Project that analyzed bacteria in seven homes around the country, including his own, and found the microbes that normally live in people’s bodies quickly move onto their doorknobs, countertops and floors.

    Naperville family helps show that germs travel, and that’s OK

    Sorry, clean freaks. No matter how well you scrub your home, it’s covered in bacteria from your own body. And if you pack up and move, new research shows, you’ll rapidly transfer your unique microbial fingerprint to the doorknobs, countertops and floors in your new house, too. In fact, researchers who studied seven families in Illinois, Washington and California could easily match up...

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    Joshua Paul, front, pictured here with his fiance, Jeff Bolek, died Aug. 18 after being pulled over for a routine traffic stop by Carpentersville police. Paul’s family wants answers from authorities as to what caused his death.

    Family wants answers in Carpentersville man’s death

    The family of a Carpentersville man who died unexpectedly after a routine police traffic stop is demanding authorities provide an explanation of his death. Joshua Paul, 31, died Aug. 18 at Advocate Sherman Hospital in Elgin, where he was taken after being stopped by two Carpentersville police officers for suspected traffic violations. “At this point, the family wants to know what...

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    Glen Ellyn Park District won’t provide land for District 41 school

    If Glen Ellyn Elementary District 41 officials decide to build a new school, it won’t be on park district land, officials say. Leaders from both agencies met recently to brainstorm possible locations for a new school, but park officials made it clear they won’t make any of their open space available. “The park district believes that it would not be within the scope of our...

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    Students and school board members cut the ribbon to open Schaumburg Township Elementary District 54’s new Early Learning Center on Thursday in Schaumburg.

    District 54 opens new Early Learning Center

    Young children, their families and teachers were on hand for Thursday’s official opening of Schaumburg Township Elementary District 54’s new Early Learning Center in Schaumburg. A few of the new students even took part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new, $19.5 million facility, built with district reserve funds.

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    Mitchell Barnes

    Prosecutor testifies about Schaumburg hotel attack

    A Cook County assistant state’s attorney testified Thursday that Mitchell Barnes made statements implicating himself in a 2011 attack on a resident of the Homestead Studio Suites in Schaumburg.

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    Dado Marjanovic of Wheeling shows his 9 month-old daughter, Alijana, the new addition to the family: a giant stuffed Furby that he won shooting a basketball on Thursday, the first day of Buffalo Grove Days.

    Buffalo Grove Days opens

    Buffalo Grove Days, the village’s big annual festival with five days of carnival rides, food, fun and games, opened Thursday night and runs through Labor Day. The event also features free music Friday through Sunday, an arts and crafts fair and a business expo Saturday through Monday, a barbecue challenge Saturday, and a parade and fireworks on Sunday.

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    Cyclist hit by car in Arlington Hts.

    A bicyclist was hit by a car on Kensington Road in Arlington Heights on Thursday evening. The cyclist was cited for a traffic violation and is being investigated for a possible theft from Mariano’s, police said.

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    Demonstrators are arrested outside the White House in Washington Thursday, during a protest for immigration reform. With impeachment threats and potential lawsuits looming, President Barack Obama knows whatever executive actions he takes on immigration will face intense opposition. So as a self-imposed, end-of-summer deadline to act approaches, Obama’s lawyers are carefully crafting a legal rationale they believe will withstand scrutiny and survive any court challenges, administration officials say.

    Obama sets no timeline for action on immigration

    With a self-imposed deadline looming, President Barack Obama said Thursday he still intends to act on his own to change immigration policies but stopped short of reiterating his past vows to act by end of summer. Obama raised the slim hope that Congress could take action on a broad immigration overhaul after the midterm elections in November. He said that if lawmakers did not pass an overhaul,...

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    ASSOCIATED PRESS President Barack Obama addressed Syria, Ukraine, immigration and other topics Thursday at an appearance in the White House briefing room, but it was his choice of suits that first caught everyone’s attention.

    Tongues wag over Obama’s audacity to wear taupe
    are wagging over President Barack Obama’s audacity to wear taupe. The sight of Obama discussing possible U.S. military action in Syria in a light-colored suit lit up Twitter on Thursday, and the reviews of his unusual fashion choice were less than fashionable.

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    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko canceled his visit to Turkey on Thursday due to a “sharp escalation of the situation in the Donetsk region, particularly in Amvrosiivka and Starobeshevo, as Russian forces have entered Ukraine,” he said in the statement.

    Ukraine accuses Russia of sending in tanks, armor

    Ukraine accused Russia on Thursday of entering its territory with tanks, artillery and troops, and Western powers said Moscow had “outright lied” about its role and dangerously escalated the conflict. Russia dismissed the allegations, describing the fighters there as “Russian volunteers.”

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    Injunction granted on retiree premium hike

    A Sangamon County judge issued a preliminary injunction barring Illinois from collecting higher health care insurance premiums from retired state employees.

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

    Governor hopefuls rip each other on hiring, taxes

    The candidates for Illinois governor sharpened their attacks on each other Thursday, with Gov. Pat Quinn saying Bruce Rauner’s plan to tax some services will help wealthy people like Rauner but hurt hardworking families, and the Republican businessman calling Quinn’s efforts to address improper political hiring “a charade.”

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    Chicago police Cmdr. Glenn Evans has been stripped of his police powers after being charged with aggravated battery and official misconduct.

    Chicago commander accused of threatening suspect

    A decorated Chicago police commander who rose through the ranks even as he was the subject of numerous misconduct allegations appeared in court Thursday, facing felony charges that he stuck his gun down the throat of a suspect and threatened to kill him.

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    President Barack Obama, speaking at the White House on Thursday, said degrading Islamic State militants is going to require a “regional strategy” and assistance from partners in the Middle East.

    Obama tamps down prospect of strikes in Syria

    President Barack Obama played down the prospect of imminent U.S. military action in Syria on Thursday, saying “we don’t have a strategy yet” for degrading the violent militant group seeking to establish a caliphate in the Middle East.

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    People stand on the shoreline near a sign reading ‘NO DUMPING,’ among rubbish at West Point, a area heavily effected by the Ebola virus, with residents not being allowed to leave West Point.

    UN: Ebola cases could eventually reach 20,000

    The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is accelerating and could grow six times larger to infect as many as 20,000 people, the World Health Organization said Thursday. The U.N. health agency unveiled a new road map for containing the virus, and scientists are fast-tracking efforts to find a treatment or vaccine.

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    Hanover Park man pleads guilty to battery

    A Hanover Park man pleaded guilty to aggravated battery Monday, court records show. In exchange for his guilty plea to the class 3 felony, Joshua R. Little was sentenced to four years in prison, and prosecutors dismissed charges of kidnapping and sexual assault, according to court records.

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    University of Illinois-Chicago physical therapy assistant professor Tanvi Bhatt, left, walks alongside Mary Kaye, 81, as she demonstrates a treadmill balance session. Kaye, supported by a safety harness, walks on a lab-built walkway that causes people to unexpectedly trip and can teach them quickly how to catch themselves and avoid falling.

    Tripping seniors on purpose to stop future falls

    Researchers are tripping seniors on purpose, and it’s not some kind of warped practical joke. The experiment is among techniques being studied to prevent falls, the leading cause of injury in older adults. Falls in the elderly cost $30 billion yearly to treat and can send them spiraling into poor health and disability.

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    Geocaching new addition at Bartlett Heritage Days

    Geocaching -- the treasure hunt phenomenon -- will make its debut at Bartlett Hertiage Days. Participants will search for a hidden medallion made by a local artist on the opening day of the festival Sept. 5.

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    Wheaton Park District and Wheaton College’s Arena Theater are presenting Shakespeare in the Park for a second year this Friday and Saturday in Memorial Park.

    Shakespeare in the Park returning to Wheaton for second year

    William Shakespeare's work will come to life again this weekend in Wheaton's Memorial Park for the second annual Shakespeare in the Park event. This year's play, "Love's Labour's Lost," will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. “It’s definitely a professional level of theater," said Kristina Nemetz, the Wheaton Park District’s superintendent of marketing and special events.

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    Xueliang Li

    2 years prison for man who bilked Aurora, Elgin casinos out of $50,000

    A New York man pleaded guilty Thursday to bilking area casinos out of more than $50,000 in March 2013 by purchasing comp checks using bank information from Canadian bank customers and later cashing the checks. Xueliang Li, 59, was sentenced to two years in prison; Li and another man also did prison time for similar offenses at casinos in Indiana. Li's co-defendant died of an illness while his...

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    North Chicago Health Center holds patient appreciation day

    The North Chicago Health Center in conjunction with the North Chicago Center for the Arts is holding a patient appreciation day from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13. The event is open to the public and will include free food and beverages, a car show, yoga and Zumba classes, raffles, and music. Activities for kids include face painting, balloon animals, a bouncy house, and story reading.

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    Barrington Hills Village President Martin McLaughlin

    Barrington Hills trustees mad over attorney’s removal

    A dispute over the removal of Barrington Hills’ longtime village attorney played out before a capacity crowd of residents at village hall Tuesday night. Village President Martin McLaughlin asked the previous attorney to resign last week, citing the Illinois Attorney General office’s finding that the village violated the Open Meetings Act in April 2013.

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    A stormwater diversion project will “make a substantial difference” to reduce flooding in Bartlett’s southwest side, said Jim Zay, chairman of DuPage County’s stormwater committee, who is standing alongside Forest Preserve Commissioner Shannon Burns, left, and Eagle Scout Gavin Burseth.

    Bartlett, county officials tour $5 million project to ease flooding

    DuPage County officials on Thursday toured a $5 million project to reduce flooding around Route 59 and Stearns Road in Bartlett. Construction began last year to solve drainage problems near the intersection and improve the quality of water heading into Brewster Creek. "It's going to make a substantial difference," said Jim Zay, chairman of the county board's stormwater committee.

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    Oil companies want the state’s “fracking” permit process to be up and running as soon as possible, so they can build drills like this one in Pennsylvania.

    Oil industry donating to Rauner’s campaign

    Oil producers, drilling companies and geologists frustrated with the slow process of implementing rules for high-volume oil and gas drilling are putting their money behind Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner.

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    Safety guard Renee Green watches as parents walk with their children along a Safe Passage route on the first day of school last year in Chicago.

    Chicago schools getting $10 million for Safe Passage

    A school safety program beefed up after dozens of Chicago schools were closed last year will get a $10 million infusion from the state of Illinois for further expansion, Gov. Pat Quinn announced Thursday.

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    The University of Illinois also is looking into its options, including price points, for adding wireless access at the stadiums in Champaign.

    U of I plans to boost cell reception at stadium

    The University of Illinois hopes to boost cell reception at Memorial Stadium and add high-speed capacity this season, followed by a more permanent digital antenna system next year in Champaign.

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    This is a rendering of the Bill Mueller Memorial, which is scheduled to be constructed next month outside the Victorian Cottage Museum in Lombard.

    Construction to begin soon on memorial for late Lombard village president

    Everything has lined up for a memorial to be built in honor of late Lombard Village President William “Bill” Mueller. The memorial will consist of a garden-like gathering place with a gazebo, which is set to be delivered within the next few weeks to the Victorian Cottage Museum, 23 W. Maple St. “The order’s in, everything is done and we’re ready,” said...

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    Former Arlington Hts. Applebee’s sold

    The former Applebee’s restaurant location on Algonquin Road in Arlington Heights may not be empty for much longer. Earlier this month, Sperry Van Ness, LLC announced the sale of the 5,500-square-foot building at 111 E. Algonquin Road for $1.36 million. No plans for its redevelopment have been submitted to the village.

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    Francisco Espinal-Quiroz

    Trucker charged with reckless homicide in I-55 crash

    An Indiana truck driver involved in a crash that killed five people on Interstate 55 near Channahon has been charged with reckless homicide. The indictment also alleges 51-year-old Francisco Espinal-Quiroz had physical conditions preventing him from driving safely, including a complete loss of vision in one eye.

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    Mark G. Lewis

    Cameras permitted for suspended doctor’s sex assault trial

    A Kane County judge did not impose any additional restrictions Thursday on cameras in the courtroom for a Geneva doctor accused of a 2012 sexual assault of one of his patients. The attorney for Mark Lewis, 55, asked the judge to admonish media members from trying to interview Lewis in the courtroom or hallway outside of court. Lewis faces uo to 30 years in prison if convicted and the state's...

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    Richard Street of Gurnee, left, and his wife Lisa, pose with characters as Six Flags Great America said thank you to village residents for hosting the park and announced plans for its 40th anniversary celebration next year.

    Six Flags Great America to roll back the clock in 2015

    Six Flags Great America will turn back the clock next year to celebrate the park's 40th anniversary in Gurnee. Among the highlights will be the return of three classic children's rides.

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    Hoffman Estates Mayor Bill McLeod

    Hoffman Estates officials take on ice bucket challenge

    The ice bucket challenge to benefit the ALS Association has reached the village government of Hoffman Estates, where it was recently accepted by Mayor Bill McLeod, Village Manager Jim Norris and Police Chief Mike Hish. “I think everyone likes to see a politician all wet,” McLeod said. “A lot of people think we’re all wet anyway.”

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    Lake property tax bills due Sept. 5

    The second installment of Lake County property taxes is due Friday, Sept. 5. Bills can be paid by mail, online, by phone or in person at county offices or one of several Lake County banks.

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    Jason Brown

    Lisle man to spend 21st birthday in jail

    A Lisle man began his birthday celebration Thursday morning on the run from police, authorities said. DuPage County sheriff’s deputies say they were investigating a group of men who gathered around midnight in anunincorporated area near Lisle when they approached Jason Brown, 21, of the 4000 block of Keller Street. They said Brown, who had multiple warrants out for his arrest, fled and...

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    Daniel J. Olaska

    No trial until January for Naperville man charged in fatal stabbing

    Roughly three years will have passed before the man accused in a 2012 stabbing death in downtown Naperville has his day in court. Daniel Olaska’s defense attorney, Ernie DiBenedetto, told Judge Kathryn Creswell Thursday that he will not be able to defend Olaska until mid-January 2015 at the earliest. “Everyone, including my client, his family, the victim’s family and the...

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    State Sen. Dan Kotowski and state Rep. Marty Moylan, seated, along with a Cook County sheriff's police commander and translator, listen to residents of the Blackhawk Estates mobile home park air complaints about their landlord Wednesday night.

    Mobile home residents: Landlord is mistreating us

    Residents of a mobile home park near Des Plaines came to state and local officials Wednesday night to air grievances about their landlord, whom they accuse of being too heavy-handed enforcing rules in their leases. “This is a ridiculous way of handling people who live in a community,” said Tim Hoff, one of nearly 100 residents who attended the meeting at the Des Plaines Public Library.

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    Kareem Perkins

    Gurnee men plead not guilty to drug induced homicide

    Two Gurnee men have pleaded not guilty to drug-induced homicide charges in the March death of a 22-year-old Waukegan resident, authorities said. Haitham Qasem, 27, and Kareem Perkins, 30, are scheduled to face trial later this year on charges stemming from the fatal overdose of Christopher Tiskus.

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    Lisa Mastin of All Around Amusements cleans carnival rides in preparation for Friday’s opening of the Naperville Jaycees’ four-day Last Fling.

    Summer’s Last Fling starts Friday in Naperville

    The signs are up, the stage is rigged, the booths for businesses and food vendors and beer sales are in place, and it’s time for the Last Fling to begin in downtown Naperville. The four-day festival, sponsored by the Naperville Jaycees, opens at 5 p.m. Friday with a carnival along Jackson Avenue and runs through Labor Day at several locations in the city’s downtown.

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    Lake Zurich motorcyclist critically injured in Arlington Heights crash

    A 40-year-old Lake Zurich man remains hospitalized in critical condition Thursday after a two-vehicle crash on Rand Road in Arlington Heights, police said. The man was riding a 2007 Suzuki Boulevard motorcycle southeast on Rand near Kennicott Ave about 10:35 p.m. Wednesday, police said.

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    Pet parade in Wauconda:

    Wauconda’s fourth annual Back to Drool Pet Parade will be held Thursday at the farmers market on Main Street.

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    Oscar Jimenez, 9, left, Ryan Morales, 8, Coral Lopez, 8, and Dania Uribe, 8, work on their miniature wind turbine project Tuesday at the Boys & Girls Club of Elgin. Siemens USA brought its STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) program to the club and gave third- and fourth-graders the opportunity to build models of wind turbines as they learned about clean energy and possible careers in technology.

    Kids learn about wind turbine technology

    Siemens hosted a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) program at the Boys & Girls Club of Elgin Tuesday, and about 25 kids put together wind turbines. The goal is to pique their interest in science.

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    Todd Mandoline

    Trial set for Villa Park man accused in fatal arson
    A Villa Park man accused of setting a July 22, 2012, fire in Lombard that killed his former girlfriend is set to stand trial Nov. 3. Todd Mandoline, 25, is charged with first-degree murder, aggravated arson and criminal damage to property in the death of Paula Morgan.

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    Island Lake’s attorney says the police department’s two sergeants were promoted improperly in 2011. He’s recommending the officers be demoted and the police commission fill the jobs with other eligible candidates.

    Island Lake officials still trying to resolve issue with sergeants’ promotions

    Island Lake officials are still trying to decide how to deal with two police sergeants who may have been promoted to that rank improperly. “The commission must come up with a procedure to deal with the people improperly placed in positions by the last mayor and chief, and properly fill those positions,” village attorney David McArdle said.

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

    Special on governor's race: Quinn, Rauner plans in their own words
    Special to the Daily Herald: Gov. Pat Quinn and challenger Bruce Rauner offer their visions for Illinois' economic future. See their columns outlining their economic proposals for the next four years.

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    A health care worker walking near an Ebola isolation unit at Kenema Government Hospital in Sierra Leone. Federal researchers next week will start testing humans with an experimental vaccine to prevent the deadly Ebola virus.

    U.S. to begin safety testing Ebola vaccine next week

    Federal researchers next week will start testing humans with an experimental vaccine to prevent the deadly Ebola virus. The National Institutes of Health announced Thursday that it is launching the safety trial on a vaccine developed by the agency’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and GlaxoSmithKline.

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    A metal board in the shape of a gunman sits on an old bunker at an observation point on Mt. Bental in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights, overlooking the border with Syria Syria’s Quneitra province, Thursday. From the Israeli side of the de facto border, large clouds of smoke could be seen, as gunfire and explosions sounded in the distance. Israeli soldiers observed the fighting.

    Islamic State group kills captured Syrian soldiers

    The Islamic State group killed more than 150 troops captured in recent fighting for a string of military bases in northeastern Syria, shooting some and slashing others with knives in the past 24 hours in the latest mass killing attributed to the extremists, activists said Thursday.

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    The Kaneland Youth Soccer Organization fields on Kaneland High School property, as well as fields farmed by the school's Future Farmers of America club, will be closed from September until mid-November, as TransCanada replaces three natural-gas transmission lines beneath the properties.

    Gas pipe work to disrupt Kaneland High, soccer club activities

    Replacement of natural-gas transmission lines just east of Kaneland High School will disrupt several high school activities, and the Kaneland Youth Soccer Organization's fall schedule, on short notice. "We realize this is probably not the optimal time to be doing this," TransCanada spokesman Gretchen Krueger said. But increased use of the land above the pipes means stronger pipes are needed, she...

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    State seeks to revamp arts, social studies standards

    State education officials are seeking to revise standards for arts and social studies to improve students’ college and career readiness. This latest review follows the Illinois State Board of Education’s implementation of new learning benchmarks for mathematics, English language arts, physical education and science. “It’s essential to review our learning standards to...

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    An insurance company is suing for $13 million damages for Aquascape’s green roof collapse in February 2011. Several subcontractors could be dismissed from the lawsuit if a Kane County judge determines they’ve reached good faith settlements next month.

    Defendants pared from $13 million St. Charles roof collapse lawsuit

    Several subcontractors could be dismissed from the $13 million lawsuit filed after part of a green roof at the St. Charles Aquascape collapsed in 2011. A hearing in mid-September will determine if the subcontractors have reached good-faith settlements for damages; the main defendant, a Artisan Design Build, a Madison, Wisconsin-based firm, is still on the lawsuit.

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    Mark Curran, left, and Jason Patt, right, are candidates for Lake County Sheriff in the 2014 general election.

    Challenger: Sheriff ignored complaints against donors

    The Democratic challenger for Lake County Sheriff claims incumbent Mark Curran has ignored complaints against a jail service food provider and an office administrator because they are campaign contributors. Curran said both issues were addressed and Jason Patt shows a "complete lack of management ability" by turning them into campaign rhetoric.

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    Kathy Williams, left, of RevelationGolf teaches club speed to Judi Ruiz, right, as part of a monthly golf clinic at Cantigny Golf for veterans with physical disabilities and PTSD.

    Cantigny Golf helps veterans with disabilities get their game on

    Cantigny Golf works with RevelationGolf to conduct monthly clinics for veterans with physical disabilities and post-traumatic stress disorder. “I think it’s very beneficial for veterans," veteran Dawn Mattson said. "I think it helps emotionally as well as physically. Emotionally it just gives you a sense of being able to accomplish something.”

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    Car fire, accident snarl I-90 traffic

    All lanes are open on I-90 after a morning car fire and a separate accident caused major delays, according to the Illinois Tollway’s Twitter feed.

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    Courtesy of Naperville Jaycees O.A.R. will be the Saturday night headliner during the Last Fling festival in Naperville.

    23 bands to take the two stages at Naperville’s Last Fling

    As Last Fling Entertainment Chairman James Bernicky readied the lineup for this year’s festival, he thought not about booking his favorite bands, but about providing what “99 percent of people” would want to hear. “We’re definitely looking for bands that can appeal to the whole family, that a wide variety of people can enjoy,” Bernicky said.

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    Lakeside Legacy Arts Park presents First Friday Gallery Night

    Lakeside Legacy Arts Park invites the community to its next First Friday Art exhibit on Sept. 5. It provides the community with an artistic evening consisting of art, live music, complimentary appetizers, and a cash bar.

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    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s claim that Israel achieved a “great military and political” victory over Hamas in the latest round of fighting in the Gaza Strip has met with skepticism from many Israelis, according to a poll published Thursday.

    Israelis skeptical of Netanyahu’s Gaza victory claim

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s claim that Israel achieved a “great military and political” victory over Hamas in the latest round of fighting in the Gaza Strip has met with skepticism from many Israelis, according to a poll published Thursday.

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    In this image made from video, firing-range instructor Charles Vacca, left, shows a 9-year old girl how to use an Uzi. Vacca, 39, was standing next to the girl on Monday at the Last Stop range in Arizona, south of Las Vegas, when the girl squeezed the trigger, causing the Uzi to recoil upward and shoot Vacca in the head.

    Gun tourism has grown in popularity in recent years

    The death of an Arizona firearms instructor by a 9-year-old girl who was firing a fully automatic Uzi displayed a tragic side of what has become a hot industry in the U.S.: gun tourism. With gun laws keeping high-powered weapons out of reach for most people — especially those outside the U.S. — indoor shooting ranges with high-powered weapons have become a popular attraction.

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    One year ago, President Barack Obama was barreling toward airstrikes in Syria when he abruptly announced that he first wanted approval from congressional lawmakers. The move threw his policy into confusion and the strikes were eventually scrapped. Now, as Obama again contemplates military action in Syria, the White House is suggesting it may not be necessary to get a signoff from Congress.

    On Syria, Obama faces questions on Congress’ role

    President Barack Obama faces a familiar question as he contemplates airstrikes in Syria: Should Congress have a say in his decision? Obama was barreling toward strikes last summer when he abruptly announced that he wanted approval from Congress. But Congress balked aand the operation was scrapped. This time around, the White House is suggesting it may not be necessary to get a signoff from...

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    This undated image shows a fighter of the Islamic State group waving their flag from inside a captured government fighter jet following the battle for the Tabqa air base, in Raqqa, Syria on Sunday.

    A look at the Islamic State militants in Syria

    As the U.S. strikes Islamic State targets in Iraq, extremists belonging to the same militant group across the border in Syria are capturing new territory and becoming bolder by the day. There, in its power base, the Islamic State group controls thousands of square miles of territory, including most of Syria’s oil-producing region. In the areas under its control, it has established an...

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    Chris Rice works on his triceps during a workout at Club Fitness in Decatur.

    Decatur bench presser tops 500 pounds

    When Sylvester Stallone’s character is asked to explain his battle philosophy in “Rambo: First Blood Part II,” he replies: “To survive a war, you gotta become war.” Chris Rice brings a similar take-no-prisoners approach to the sport of bench press weightlifting. That means spending about seven hours a week in Decatur’s Club Fitness gym and waging total...

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    14 Chicago-area suspects face federal gun charges

    Authorities have charged 14 people in the Chicago area on federal gun charges and seized about 100 guns. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago says in a Wednesday statement that federal, state and city law enforcement participated in the investigation that led to an array of charges, including being a felon-in-possession of a firearm.

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    Search on for Indianapolis baby reported abducted

    Police in Indianapolis are searching for a 6-week-old boy whose father told officers was taken when he was attacked while walking in an alley. Authorities issued an Amber Alert early Thursday for Delano Wilson, saying he is considered in extreme danger. The alert says a white man and a Hispanic woman were last seen with the infant in an early 2000s blue Ford Taurus car.

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    Coroner: Illinois woman hit in police chase dies

    Winnebago County authorities say a woman has died after being struck by a vehicle fleeing from police last week. A Winnebago County coroner says 42-year-old Karen Williams of Rockford died Wednesday after being hospitalized in critical condition for a week. The coroner’s office plans to conduct an autopsy.

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    Illinois hospital opens $1 million garden Illinois hospital opens $1 million garden

    Children’s Hospital of Illinois is opening a $1 million rooftop garden for families of patients in pediatric critical care. The (Peoria) Journal Star reports the ribbon cutting is Thursday for the garden. It’s expected to officially open next week after years of planning. The Peoria hospital is based at OSF St. Francis Medical Center.

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    Illinois women charged with cooking meth in church
    Southern Illinois authorities have charged two women with cooking methamphetamine in a rural Hillsboro church.The State Journal-Register reports 53-year-old Judith Hemken of Litchfield and 26-year-old Tiffany Burton of Hillsboro were charged with participating in manufacturing meth in a church Wednesday. They could each face nine to 40 years in prison if convicted.

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    Chicago men sue taxi company over brief kiss

    Two Chicago men are suing a taxi company after they say a driver tried to kick them out of a cab because they shared a short kiss.Matthew McCrea and Steven White filed a lawsuit Monday against Sun Taxi, saying the driver violated the Illinois Human Rights Act and seeking an undisclosed amount in damages.

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    Chicagoan accused of defrauding Chinese

    A 30-year-old Chicagoan faces federal charges for allegedly bilking nearly 300 Chinese of $160 million, including by assuring them their investments would secure them U.S. residency permits. A Wednesday grand jury indictment in Chicago says Anshoo Sethi told investors he was building a nearly $1 billion hotel and convention complex near O’Hare International Airport.

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    Dump truck rolls over at material yard in Carol Stream

    Police are investigating an overturned dump truck at Meyer Material on St. Charles Road in Carols Stream.

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    Sparky Rucker of Maryville, Tennessee, weaves a tale about a man who killed the devil for the crowd at the storytelling tent during the 37th annual Fox Valley Folk Music and Storytelling Festival at Island Park in Geneva.

    Music and stories highlight Fox Valley Folk Festival

    Geneva will come alive with story and song this weekend, when the 38th annual Fox Valley Folk Music and Storytelling Festival takes place at Island Park.

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    An employee of the Arlington Heights Public Works replaces a broken water main near Golf and Arlington Heights roads.

    Arlington Heights OKs water, sewer hike to fix infrastructure

    Water and sewer rates for Arlington Heights residents will be going up each year over the next five years — including a 19 percent jump in 2016 — to pay for what officials said are critical infrastructure needs. A rate plan approved by the village board Monday calls for hikes of 5 percent, 19 percent, 5 percent, 5 percent and 5 percent over the next five years. That would take the...

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    Dawn Patrol: Three fires in St. Charles; Libertyville to reconsider gambling

    St. Charles firefighters battle three fires in one day. Libertyville to reconsider video gambling ban. Waukegan robberies linked to others, police say. Joseph Academy closes DuPage location. Naperville man killed in crash. Palatine man pleads not guilty in one-punch death. Bank exec appointed to Libertyville board. New Cubs outfielder homers in first MLB at-bat.

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    Kane County closing in on balanced budget for 2015

    It only took about one month for Kane County officials to cut a looming 2015 budget deficit in half. But now they only have about three weeks to address the final $1 million gap without raising property taxes. Cutting new jobs and raising user fees throughout the county may be the answer.

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    DuPage County is buying this commercial building at the northeast corner of the Warrenville Road bridge and the West Branch of the DuPage River to prepare for two projects to address flooding.

    DuPage buys building for flood control effort

    DuPage County is preparing for the next step in its ongoing work to alleviate flooding in Warrenville. The county has agreed to buy a commercial building at the northeast corner of the Warrenville Road bridge and the West Branch of the DuPage River. The building will be torn down so the bridge could be replaced next year and the river could be realigned.

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    Man’s death on railroad tracks in Des Plaines ruled suicide

    The death of a 40-year-old man struck Tuesday afternoon by an outbound Metra train in downtown Des Plaines has been ruled a suicide by the Cook County medical examiner’s office. The man was pronounced dead at the scene at 5:37 p.m. Tuesday, authorities said. The collision occurred at the Des Plaines train depot.

Sports

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    Marmion Academy’s Jackson Clark lines up a putt Thursday at the Geneva boys golf invitational at Mill Creek Golf Club.

    Depth keys St. Charles East’s win at Geneva invite

    St. Charles East and Glenbard South dominated the individual and team scores of the 17-school Geneva Invitational Thursday afternoon at Mill Creek. The schools shared to the top four individual scores as St. Charles East senior Gary King defeated the Raiders’ Michael Wittenberg on a scorecard playoff after the two finished the round with matching 2-under 69s.

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    Chicago White Sox starter John Danks throws against the Cleveland Indians during the second inning.

    Abreu hikes RBI total to 97 in Sox' loss to Indians

    Jose Abreu's run-scoring single in the third inning Thursday night raised his RBI total to 97, the most in the American League. The White Sox lost to the Indians 3-2 at U.S. Cellular Field.

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    Girls tennis: Thursday’s results
    Here are high school girls tennis results from Thursday, August 28.

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    Girls volleyball: Thursday’s results
    Here are high school girls volleyball results from Thursday, August 28.

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    Girls swimming: Thursday’s results
    Here are high school girls swimming results from Thursday, August 28.

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    Boys soccer: Thursday’s results
    Here are high school boys soccer results from Thursday, August 28.

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    Girls golf: Thursday’s results
    Results of girls golf meets from Thursday, August 28.

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    Boys golf: Thursday’s results
    Results of boys golf meets from Thursday, August 28..

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    Boys cross country: Thursday’s results
    Here are high school boys cross country results from Thursday, August 28.

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    During his seven-year NFL career, Adrian Peterson has always amassed double-digit touchdowns.

    Charles in charge? Not quiteChiefs’ RB will be soilid but won’t measure up to McCoy, Peterson

    I come to you with another Nostradamus proclamation: Kansas City’s Jamaal Charles will not finish No. 1 among RBs in fantasy points this season.

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    Bears wide receiver Santonio Holmes beats Cleveland Browns cornerback Justin Gilbert on a 32-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter of a preseason game in Cleveland.

    Veteran WR impressive in Bears’ final tuneup

    The Bears concluded a 2-2 preseason with a 33-13 loss to the Browns in Cleveland. With all starters and several top backups sitting out the final exhibition, players hoping to survive the final cuts Saturday got most of the playing time, and a few stepped up with outstanding individual efforts.

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    Northern Illinois rattles Presbyterian 55-3

    Joel Bouagnon ran for 97 yards and four touchdowns and Northern Illinois beat Presbyterian College 55-3 on Thursday night in the season opener for both FBS schools.

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    Another big win for Round Lake

    Alejandro Sotelo notched a hat trick for Round Lake’s boys soccer team. His teammate Freddie Ramirez matched him. Sotelo and Ramirez accounted for all of the scoring for the Panthers in their 6-1 win over Dundee-Crown in a semifinal match of the North Shore Shootout at Lake Forest on Thursday night.

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    Abreu hikes RBI total to 97 in Sox’ loss to Indians

    Jose Abreu drove in his 97th run of the season in Thursday night's 3-2 loss to the Indians, but the rookie slugger is more concerned with the White Sox' poor record than his stellar numbers.

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    Prospect’s Mary Mazurek sets as teammate Brenda Kendziera backs her up on Thursday against visiting Loyola Academy.

    Lovin loves the challenge at Prospect

    As a standout volleyball player at Prospect High School in the early 2000s, Gabrielle Cottrell Lovin played under coach Mike Riedy. “I learned a lot from him,” Lovin said. “He always pushed me to be a better athlete.”Little did Lovin know at the time she would one day replace Riedy as the girls head coach at Prospect. Loyola defeated the Knights in two games on Thursday at the Jean Walker Field House in Mt. Prospect.

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    Olson, North Stars stun Geneva

    If Thursday’s match was any indication, the Upstate Eight River Conference is going to be a whole lot of fun and competitive as the leaves slowly turn colors. Using a header off a free kick from fellow sophomore Jonny Acevedo with just 55.9 seconds remaining, St. Charles North’s Ryan Olson stunned Geneva, 2-1.

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    Wide receiver Santonio Holmes torches Cleveland Browns cornerback Justin Gilbert on a 32-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter Thursday in Cleveland. Holmes also had a 30-yard punt return.

    Bears trying to turn special teams woes around

    There were signs of improvement on the Bears' disappointing special teams in the preseason finale Thursday night against the Browns in Cleveland.

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    Dundee-Crown’s Caleb Parson picks up yardage against Jacobs last year.

    Scouting Week 1 football in the Fox Valley

    Scouting Week 1 football in the Fox Valley

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    Lake County roundup

    Girls golfLibertyville d. Vernon Hills: At Vernon Hills Golf Course, the Wildcats remained undefeated by prevailing in a tight North Suburban Conference match, 178 to 181, as Megan Sturonas and Sara Keefe shot a 41 and 42, respectively.“We didn’t have our best stuff, but Megan and Sara really kept us in it,” coach Greg Pedersen said after his Wildcats improved to 4-0 and 3-0 in the NSC.Medalist honors went to Vernon Hills senior Kari Lee, who fired a 40.Simone Mikaelian added a 45 for Libertyville, and Jessica Lovinger had a 50.Faith Jung (45), Kalina Yang (47) and Fayth Kim (49) also broke 50 for Vernon Hills, which fell to 2-1.Deerfield d. Mundelein: At Countryside, the host Mustangs (200) fell to the Warriors (188).Mundelein’s Jennifer Dimitriou shot a 41, three strokes behind medalist Elyse Emerzian of Deerfield.Marian Central d. Grant: The Hurricanes (212) defeated the Bulldogs (237), who were led by Kylie Diana’s 58 and Sydney Bell’s 59.

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    Lake County roundup

    Boys golfLibertyville d. Vernon Hills: At Pine Meadow, Michael Watson’s match-best 36 and Jacob Mueller’s 38 helped the host Wildcats edge the Cougars, 155 to 160.Michael Watt and Matt Cordan had a 40 and 41, respectively, for Libertyville.Brian Favia’s 39 paced the Cougars, who got 40s from Justin Park and Bo Manso.Warren d. Grant: At Bittersweet, Jack Hansen fired a 36 and was the only golfer to break 40, as the Blue Devils carded a 159 in defeating the visiting Bulldogs in a North Suburban crossover.Karl Tolentino added a 40 for Warren, which also counted Matt Moran’s 41 and Carter Wood’s 42.Grant (203) received a 46 from Sam Saghafi.Lake Zurich d. Wauconda: At Countryside, the victorious Bears (162) received 40s from Sean Baldwin, Matt Clarkson and Matt Gadomski. Teddy Noll and Michael Madura carded matching 42s.Wauconda (182) was led by Bryan Nee’s 44.Grayslake Central d. Woodstock: At Stonewall Orchard, balanced scoring helped the Rams (174) win the Fox Valley Conference match.Cooper Brunk’s 42 led Grayslake Central. Kyle Reynolds carded a 43, Michael Sisk had a 44 and Connor Fitzgerald added a 45.Woodstock (199) had the medalist thanks to Steven Alcaraz’s 40.Hampshire d. Grayslake North: At the Oak Club, the hosts shot a 170 to defeat the Knights (187) in Fox Valley Conference action.Grayslake North was paced by Alex Wrobel’s 44.

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    Cleveland Browns linebacker Jamaal Westerman (49) sacks Chicago Bears quarterback David Fales (12) in the fourth quarter.

    Images: Bears vs. Browns preseason
    Images of the Chicago Bears vs. the Cleveland Browns in preseason football at FirstEnergy Stadium in Clevelend on Thursday night.

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    Masciopinto, Buffalo Grove stay ahead of Elk Grove

    Buffalo Grove captain Zach Masciopinto fired in the decisive goal early, converting a PK at 16 minutes to provide coach Rick Carlson’s team with a 1-0 victory over Elk Grove on Thursday night at Grant Blaney Stadium. That give the Bison (2-0-0, 1-0-0) a quick 3 points in its Mid-Suburban League opener, while Elk Grove (0-1-1, 0-1-0) is still in pursuit of its first win.

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    Girls volleyball: Fox Valley roundup Thursday, August 28

    Girls volleyball: Fox Valley roundup Thursday, August 28

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    Boys soccer: Fox Valley roundup Thursday, August 28

    Boys soccer: Fox Valley roundup Thursday, August 28

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    Prospect overcomes Jacobs

    Prospect forward Alex Whiteman and midfielder Dominick Taldone weren’t allowed to repeat what the Jacobs student section said to them during the Knights’ 2-1 win over Jacobs Thursday night in Algonquin, but it was enough fuel to set the Knights’ competitive spirits ablaze.

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    Prospect prevails at Makray

    Prospect, the Mid-Suburban League girls golf champs, came away with two wins at the Makray Memorial Golf Course in Barrington on Thursday. Knights senior Kacie O’Donnell and Barrington sophomore Reena Sulkar shot 38s to tie for medalist honors. The Knights won the tri-meet with a score of 180, followed by Barrington (184) and Palatine (242).

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    Minnesota beats Eastern Illinois 42-20 in opener

    Mitch Leidner ran for two scores and threw a touchdown pass to Donovahn Jones, leading Minnesota to a season-opening 42-20 victory over Eastern Illinois on Thursday night.

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    Pitcher Chris Bassitt will make White Sox debut on Saturday against the Detroit Tigers. He’ll start Game 2 of the doubleheader.

    Bassitt to make White Sox debut on Saturday

    Class AA Birmingham right-hander Chris Bassitt is going to make his first major-league start on Saturday when he takes the mound for the White Sox in Game 2 of a doubleheader against the Detroit Tigers.

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    Stevenson’s Jalen Brunson fights battles through the Edwardsville defenders in last season’s third-place game in the Class 4A state tournament.

    Stevenson will hit the road for two tourneys

    Stevenson’s boys basketball team, which has earned medals at the state finals in each of the last two seasons, will leave the state for the first time to play in two prestigious tournaments in January, 2015. The Patriots will travel to Wheeling, West Virginia to participate in the Cancer Research Classic at Wheeling Jesuit University Jan. 2-3, then will fly to Springfield, Mass., for the Hoophall Classic at the National Basketball Hall of Fame on Jan. 17. Stevenson will face regional powerhouses in both tournaments.

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    Week 1 Tri-Cities previews
    Week 1 football game previews for teams in the Tri-Cities area

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    College football primer: What to watch for in a new era

    A new era in college football is here. After years of deriding the BCS, fans will finally get what they — well, most of them — wanted with the new College Football Playoff.

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    Week 1 football previews / Lake County
    Here's what to expect from Lake County's team in Week 1 of the high school football season.

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    Neuqua Valley finishes off a win

    It’s a common refrain in high school soccer. Coaches or players say they won or lost a game because they did or did not finish their scoring opportunities.

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    Going beyond the ice buckets to the real challenges ALS poses

    This summer there’s a good chance you’ve joined the smiling, shivering, sopping-wet masses.

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    The football field at Wheaton Academy

    5 things to watch for in Week 1 of prep football season

    The butterflies. Whether you play, coach, watch — or even write about — prep football, there's no avoiding those butterflies rolling through the stomach. And whether it's your first season-opener or, in my case, 24th, the anticipation never changes. Eyes on Five returns this school year, starting with a quick look at what makes this particular Week 1 special.

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    Players aren't the only ones tested on Opening Night

    Keeping track of the finer statistical details of a high school football game is almost a sport unto itself.

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    Scouting this weekend’s DuPage County football games
    Scouting this weekend’s DuPage County football games

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    Notre Dame to hold out 5th player in investigation

    Reserve safety Eilar Hardy has joined four other Notre Dame players being withheld from practice and games as the university investigates possible academic dishonesty and NCAA violations.Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said during a news conference Thursday that Hardy was not at practice. He played in 10 games last season, starting against Pittsburgh and BYU, and finished with 26 tackles. He did not play as a freshman or sophomore.

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    These undated photos provided by the University of North Carolina shows football players, from left, Des Lawrence and Brian Walker, Donnie Miles and M.J. Stewart. North Carolina coach Larry Fedora says the team has suspended the four players for this weekend’s season opener, a day after a report of an alleged hazing altercation left a walk-on receiver with a possible concussion.

    Fedora: No. 23 UNC suspends 4 players for opener

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C — North Carolina coach Larry Fedora said Wednesday the team has suspended four players for this weekend’s season opener, a day after a report of an alleged hazing altercation that left a redshirt freshman walk-on receiver with a possible concussion.Fedora said the four players were suspended for a “violation of team policy,” but offered no other details about what rules were broken. The players suspended were sophomores Des Lawrence and Brian Walker, redshirt freshman Donnie Miles and true freshman M.J. Stewart.North Carolina has said it is conducting an investigation of what it described as an incident involving members of the team. That statement was released in response to a Yahoo Sports report, but did not confirm it was a hazing incident.“We’re going to hold all of our guys accountable for everything they do on the field and off the field,” Fedora said after the afternoon practice. “And we also have very high expectations for guys in this program, and they didn’t meet those expectations.”Fedora said he didn’t know if the investigation being conducted by the school’s office of student affairs was complete. He said he didn’t anticipate any more players would be suspended for violations that he said took place early in preseason camp.The Yahoo Sports report stated that the alleged hazing involved several players and occurred in a room at the hotel where the team stayed for preseason camp. Chapel Hill Police Lt. Josh Mecimore said Wednesday that his department had received no report from that hotel for an incident involving football players and that there was no active investigation.Lawrence and Walker were listed as starting cornerbacks on the depth chart for the No. 23 Tar Heels. Walker has three starts in his career, while Lawrence was to be a first-time starter.Stewart was listed behind Lawrence, while Miles was a backup at the “Ram” position — a hybrid role in North Carolina’s 4-2-5 defensive scheme.The Tar Heels open their third season under Fedora on Saturday night against Liberty. It marks the first time UNC has opened the season ranked in the Top 25 since 2010.

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    In this Aug. 4,2014, photo, Notre Dame linebacker Joe Schmidt lines up for a drill during practice of the NCAA college football team in Culver Ind. Schmidt doesn’t believe he’s made it because he’s now starting middle linebacker. The 6-foot, 235-pound senior says he doesn’t ever want to feel like he’s made it. (AP Photo/Joe Raymond)

    Schmidt goes from walk-on to starter at Notre Dame

    Former walk-on Joe Schmidt doesn’t believe he has made it because he is now Notre Dame’s starting middle linebacker.The 6-foot, 235-pound senior said he doesn’t ever want to feel as though he’s made it.“There’s so much more I want to accomplish, that I want us to accomplish as a team,” he said. “I have to take the same mindset every day, to attack the day, attack the practice, whatever we have — the meetings. ... I don’t really think that it behooves you to get fat and think that you’ve arrived ever.

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    FILE - In this Aug. 9, 2014, file photo, Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett throws a pass during NCAA college football practice in Columbus, Ohio. His teammates and coaches say Barrett has taken over as No. 5 Ohio State’s starting quarterback as if that were the plan all along. It wasn’t, of course. Barrett, a freshman, got the job when two-time Big Ten player of the year Braxton Miller reinjured his throwing shoulder 10 days ago and was lost for the season. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete, File)

    Everyone watching as Barrett takes over for Miller at Ohio State

    There are a lot of ways to describe J.T. Barrett’s new, amplified role for Ohio State.His teammates and coaches say Barrett has taken over as No. 5 Ohio State’s starting quarterback as if that were the plan all along.It wasn’t, of course. Barrett, a freshman, got the job when two-time Big Ten player of the year Braxton Miller reinjured his throwing shoulder 10 days ago and was lost for the season.

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    FILE - In this Feb. 23, 2014, file photo, Tony Stewart is introduced before the NASCAR Daytona 500 Sprint Cup series auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. Stewart will return to Sprint Cup competition Sunday night at Atlanta Motor Speedway, ending a three-race hiatus taken after he struck and killed a fellow driver during a dirt-track race. (AP Photo/Terry Renna, File)

    Stewart returning to competition after fatal crash

    Tony Stewart will return to Sprint Cup competition Sunday night at Atlanta Motor Speedway, ending a three-race hiatus taken after he struck and killed a fellow driver during a dirt-track race.The three-time NASCAR champion has not raced since his car hit Kevin Ward Jr. at an Aug. 9 sprint car event in upstate New York. Stewart pulled out of the NASCAR race at Watkins Glen the next morning, then skipped the races at Michigan and Bristol Motor Speedway.

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    FILE - In this Oct. 13, 2013 file photo, Southern California's Anthony Brown, center, runs the ball in for a touchdown after blocking a punt by Washington's Travis Coons during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Seattle. Brown has quit Southern California’s football team, and coach Steve Sarkisian was stunned by Brown’s apparent accusations of racism against him on social media. “Couldn’t play for a racist man!” was posted Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 on what USC said was Brown’s Instagram account, which was later deleted. Sarkisian calls the apparent accusation “ridiculous.” Several players immediately jumped on social media to defend the first-year USC coach. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

    Another blow for USC football as player quits alleging racism

    Running back Anthony Brown has quit Southern California’s football team, and coach Steve Sarkisian was stunned Thursday by Brown’s apparent accusations of racism against him on social media.A photo of the words “Couldn’t play for a racist man!!!!” was posted on what USC said was Brown’s Instagram account, which was later deleted.

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    FILE - In this March 25, 2014, file photo, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell answers questions during a news conference at the NFL football annual meeting in Orlando, Fla. Players will be subject to a six-week suspension for a first domestic violence offense and banishment from the league for a second under a new policy outlined by Commissioner Roger Goodell in a letter and memo sent to all 32 teams owners Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, and obtained by The Associated Press. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)

    After Rice, NFL increases domestic violence bans

    Acknowledging he “didn’t get it right” with a two-game suspension for Ravens running back Ray Rice, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced tougher penalties for players accused of domestic violence, including six weeks for a first offense and at least a year for a second.

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    Cincinnati Reds' Billy Hamilton, right, steals second base under Chicago Cubs second baseman Javier Baez, left, in the first inning of a baseball game, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/David Kohl)

    Reds run all over Arrieta, beat Cubs 7-2

    Jake Arrieta wishes he would’ve held onto the ball a bit longer.Billy Hamilton stole his 51st base and the Cincinnati Reds swiped six in all, beating the Chicago Cubs 7-2 Thursday.The Reds stole six times in the first four innings, using six hits and four walks to build a 6-0 lead against Arrieta (7-5).

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    Week 1 football previews / Northwest

    Here's a look at the Week 1 football matchups from the perspective of teams in the Mid-Suburban League, plus St. Viator, Maine West, Leyden and Christian Liberty.

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    Taylor Will

    Prospect’s Will commits to Brown

    Although she had a standout all-area season as a freshman, Taylor Will didn’t start thinking about playing basketball in college until her sophomore year. Then she learned about coach Ashley Sandstead-Graham’s stellar basketball career at Illinois State and Buffalo Grove High School. “Coach Graham (former Daily Herald all-area honorary tri-captain) started coaching at Prospect my sophomore year,” Will said “She has always been such an inspiration to me so I was sure I wanted to play in college after seeing how great her experience was. “I am unbelievably lucky to have been taught by such an amazing person. She has helped me tremendously and I cannot thank her enough for all she’s done.” After this season, opposing teams in the Mid-Suburban League will be thankful they don’t to defend the 5-foot-10 Will any longer. That will be the new challenge for Ivy league schools. Will has made a verbal commitment to play for Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.

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    Mike North video: Are the Bears in trouble?
    Mike North thinks the Bears first string should play the entire game tonight against the Cleveland Browns because they need the practice before the season opener at home versus the Buffalo Bills.

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    Kristufek’s Arlington selections for Aug. 28

    Joe Kristufek's selections for racing at Arlington International.

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    Northern Illinois Big XII looking better than ever

    lThe king indeed lived long, the king being the Knights. Kaneland won Northern Illinois Big X11 East football crowns the conference’s first three years. In Week 8 last season Sycamore snapped the Knights’ 35-game regular-season win streak, capturing the title. This makes the Spartans favored this year, right?

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    Aaron Rodgers’ elusiveness in the pocket and his ability to run gives him just enough separation to be ranked the No. 1 fantasy football quarterback for 2014.

    It’s Mr. Rodgers’ neighborhood once again

    There are plenty of reasons not to hitch your wagon to Peyton Manning in the first round of your draft and instead take Aaron Rodgers (and maybe even Drew Brees) over the 38-year-old Broncos QB.

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    White Sox to honor Jackie Robinson West on Saturday

    The White Sox are going to honor the U.S. champion Jackie Robinson West Little League team on Saturday at U.S. Cellular Field.

Business

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    PHOTO COURTESY OF LIFTMASTER A new solar-powered gate opener can be operated via an app on your smartphone or tablet.

    LiftMaster now offers gate operator via your smartphone

    Kukec's eBuzz column features Elmhurst-based LiftMaster and its new technology for a wireless device that can open and close the gate on your property. It works with your smartphone or tablet.

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    A fan looks at a season ticket seating map during NFL football practice at the Kansas City Chiefs’ training camp in St. Joseph, Mo. By making fans feel as though they’re part of the team and offering gifts and experiences exclusive to members, the Chiefs have managed to expand their season ticket sales at a time when many franchises are having a hard time filling their stadiums.

    Buy a mere ticket? How quaint. Be a team ‘member’

    The change made by the Kansas City Chiefs a few years ago was subtle — one word, really — yet it ushered a pronounced change in the way the franchise viewed its most important fans. Season-ticket holders became known as “season-ticket members.” Suddenly, the entire paradigm shifted.

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    Worsening tensions in Ukraine and some weak showings from retailers on Thursday sent U.S. stocks slightly lower for the first time this week. The developments largely overshadowed encouraging news on the U.S. economy and labor market.

    Ukraine conflict weighs on markets; Retailers fall

    U.S. financial markets ended slightly lower Thursday, marking their first loss in a week of record highs. The escalating conflict in Ukraine, disappointing retail earnings and profit outlooks combined to weigh down the market, eclipsing some good news on the U.S. economy and labor market.

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    Baxter International

    Baxter refutes reports of impending move to Boston area

    Baxter International does not plan to move headquarters of either of its spinoff businesses to the Boston area, a spokeswoman said Thursday, refuting a report in the Boston Business Journal.

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    Dollar General, whose $9 billion offer was rejected by Family Dollar last week on antitrust concerns in favor of a lower bid from Dollar Tree Inc., is trying to keep its perch atop the dollar-store industry. A merger between its two peers would create a new market leader and intensify competition at a time when Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is pushing smaller-format stores.

    Dollar General committed to Family Dollar deal

    Dollar General, whose $9 billion offer was rejected by Family Dollar last week on antitrust concerns in favor of a lower bid from Dollar Tree Inc., is trying to keep its perch atop the dollar-store industry. A merger between its two peers would create a new market leader and intensify competition at a time when Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is pushing smaller-format stores.

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    AAR division acquires container manufacturer
    Wood Dale-based AAR Corp. said its Mobility Systems business has acquired the assets of Cool Containers, a manufacturer of temperature-controlled containers used to transport climate-sensitive pharmaceuticals and biological cargo.Terms of the acquisition were not announced.

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    Camping World/Good Sam plans expansions in 2015

    Lincolnshire-based Camping World, the nation’s largest RV and outdoor retailer, and Good Sam, the world’s largest RV owners organization, announced additional markets for their 2015 SuperCenter expansion and future development. The newest developments raise the total number of Camping World SuperCenters to just under 120 nationwide.

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    At list prices, 20 Boeing 737-900ERs cost $1.98 billion, although airlines typically get discounts.

    Boeing, Airbus vie for $2 billion order from India’s Air One

    India’s Air One Aviation Pvt. is seeking $2 billion of jets to take on Singapore Airlines Ltd.’s venture in the country, stoking competition in a market where carriers lost almost $10 billion in seven years. Air One, among six companies that last month got initial approval to start airlines in India, is looking at Airbus Group NV’s A320s and Boeing Co.’s 737s, its director Alok Sharma said in an interview yesterday. At list prices, 20 Boeing 737-900ERs cost $1.98 billion, although airlines typically get discounts.

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    JPMorgan Chase & Co., the biggest U.S. bank, said it increased defenses against computer hackers after an attack against the industry this month.

    JPMorgan boosts defenses against hackers after attack on systems

    JPMorgan Chase & Co., the biggest U.S. bank, said it increased defenses against computer hackers after an attack against the industry this month. The lender is taking additional steps to safeguard sensitive and confidential information., JPMorgan will contact any customers that might have been affected/

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    Investors who piled into Colombia’s local-currency bonds after JPMorgan Chase & Co. increased the country’s representation in its debt indexes are suffering the worst losses in Latin America this month.

    JPMorgan-Inspired Colombia bond buying backfire

    Investors who piled into Colombia’s local-currency bonds after JPMorgan Chase & Co. increased the country’s representation in its debt indexes are suffering the worst losses in Latin America this month. The nation’s peso-denominated notes have dropped 1.7 percent in dollar terms, on pace for the worst month since January. Local government bonds in emerging markets have gained an average 0.5 percent, data compiled by Bloomberg show.

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    A flight attendant reaches out to close the door of an aircraft operated by Malaysian Airline System Bhd. (MAS) at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) in Sepang, Malaysia. The airlines which lost a plane to a missile in Ukraine while another remains missing for months, reported a sixth quarter of losses as its majority owner considers a restructuring plan.

    Malaysia Airlines posts sixth quarterly loss amid delisting

    Malaysian Airline System Bhd., which lost a plane to a missile in Ukraine while another remains missing for months, reported a sixth quarter of losses as its majority owner considers a restructuring plan. Net loss widened to $97 million in the three months ending in June.

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    Riot police cordon off protesters partially blocking one of Buenos Aires’ main access routes over the Riachuelo River in Argentina. CTA, a union umbrella group that opposes the government, started a 36-hour strike to demand more jobs, better salaries and tax cuts on salaries.

    Argentina set for second national strike as economic woes deepen

    Argentina is bracing for a day of road blocks and disruption as labor unions stage a second national strike in less than five months while July’s bond default threatens to fuel inflation and undermine growth. Truckers, train conductors, port workers and waiters were set to walk off their jobs today in a 24-hour strike to demand higher wages and in protest at dismissals.

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    New ship rules come amid worst barge spills since 2008

    Tighter regulation of U.S. ships carrying record exports of diesel and gasoline is coming amid the worst year for oil spills from barges since 2008. Coast Guard rules to be issued within the next 90 days would require commercial vessels nationwide to be equipped with Automatic Identification System, or AIS, technology, which uses transponders and electronic chart displays to alert pilots to neighboring ships, according to trade group American Waterways Operators.

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    Business leaders offer support for Scottish independence

    Some 200 business leaders have offered support for the idea of Scottish independence from Britain, hitting back after a similar letter from other companies argued there are too many uncertainties surrounding the Sept. 18 vote.

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    Aeroflot is reviving plans to build a low-cost arm after discount unit Dobrolet was grounded by European Union sanctions tied to the Ukraine crisis just two months after flights began.

    Aeroflot to revive low-cost plans blocked by Ukraine sanctions

    Russian flag carrier OAO Aeroflot said it will revive plans to build a low-cost arm after discount unit Dobrolet was grounded by European Union sanctions tied to the Ukraine crisis just two months after flights egan. Dobrolet, which halted services Aug. 4 as companies were compelled to end provision of services including insurance and leasing, carried 43,400 people in July, the only full month of flying, with 93.3 percent seat occupancy, Aeroflot said today.

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    CSR soars after rejecting offer from Microchip Technology

    CSR Plc, a U.K. chipmaker that pioneered Bluetooth wireless technology, is “considering its options” after rejecting a bid from Microchip Technology Inc. The shares jumped as much as 39 percent. The company turned down the price proposed by chipmaker Microchip Technology, Cambridge, England-based CSR said in a statement today. Microchip must say whether it wants to pursue a transaction by Sept. 25 under U.K. takeover rules, according to the statement.

Life & Entertainment

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    Joan Rivers remained in a New York City hospital Friday after she was rushed from a doctor’s office when she went into cardiac arrest Thursday morning, hospital officials said.

    Daughter: Joan Rivers is in ‘serious condition’

    Joan Rivers remained in serious condition in a New York City hospital Friday, one day after going into cardiac arrest at a doctor’s office. Melissa Rivers said in a statement Friday that her mother was “receiving the best treatment and care possible.” She also thanked Rivers’ fans and friends for their support. “My mother would be so touched by the tributes and prayers that we have received from around the world,” Melissa Rivers said.

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    Billy Corgan's solo acoustic show at Ravinia Saturday, Aug. 30, will draw on material from “Chicago Kid,” an unreleased set of songs written in the wake of his venture with Zwan, one of his Pumpkins sidelines.

    Billy Corgan goes solo acoustic for his Ravinia debut

    Ravinia might not be the most incongruous place Billy Corgan has ever played. That gig would most likely be the appearance of the Smashing Pumpkins' leader on the final taping of “Bozo's Circus” in 2001. Yet Ravinia has to be right up there when Corgan makes his solo acoustic debut there Saturday, Aug. 30, especially as he readily acknowledges he'll be playing before the “wine-and-cheese crowd.”

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    The Capitol Steps comedy troupe will perform Wednesday, Oct. 22, at the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan.

    Tickets on sale for Capitol Steps
    Tickets for the Capitol Steps comedy troupe's performance at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan, go on sale to the public at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 29.

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    The Temptations Review Featuring Dennis Edwards

    Temptations Review coming to Genesee
    Tickets for the Temptations Review Featuring Dennis Edwards at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, at the Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesee St., Waukegan, go on sale to the public at 10 a.m. Friday, Augut 29.

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    Angelina Jolie, left, and Brad Pitt were married Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, in France, according to a spokesman for the couple.

    Jolie, Pitt wed in Chateau Miraval, France

    Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were married Saturday in Correns, France, in a private ceremony attended by family and friends at Chateau Miraval, a spokesman for the couple says. Jolie walked the aisle with her eldest sons, Maddox and Pax. Zahara and Vivienne threw flower petals. Shiloh and Knox served as ring bearers, the spokesman says.

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    Kody Brown poses with his wives at one of their homes in Las Vegas. A federal judge in Utah has issued a final ruling that strikes down parts of the state’s anti-polygamy law, in a lawsuit filed by a family that appears on the TV show “Sister Wives.” Kody Brown and his four wives sued Utah in 2011 after a county prosecutor threatened to charge them under the state’s bigamy law.

    Judge gives final rule in favor of ‘Sister Wives’ family

    A federal judge in Utah has issued a final ruling that strikes down parts of the state’s anti-polygamy law in a lawsuit filed by the family that appears on the TV show “Sister Wives.” U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups ruled in favor of Kody Brown and his four wives in December, and on Wednesday he ruled in their favor on the final issue, capping a landmark decision for the family that sued Utah in 2011 after a county prosecutor threatened to charge them following the premiere of the TV show.

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    Diane Sawyer signs off on her last broadcast as anchor of ABC’s “World News” in New York. Sawyer told viewers that it has been wonderful to be the “home port” of the network’s news team each weeknight. She will be replaced next week by David Muir.

    Diane Sawyer exits as ABC’s evening news anchor

    Diane Sawyer signed off as anchor of ABC’s “World News” on Wednesday, telling viewers that it has been wonderful to be the “home port” of the network’s news team each weeknight. She will be replaced next week by David Muir. The 68-year-old Sawyer, one of television news’ best-known personalities, has anchored ABC’s flagship newscast since December 2009. While it’s been known for months that this was Sawyer’s last week as anchor, it wasn’t until she tweeted earlier Wednesday that it became clear she wasn’t anchoring on Thursday and Friday.

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    13-year-old Isabella Rose Taylor’s fashion line is debuting at Nordstrom stores, and she’s set to hold her first show at New York Fashion Week. Taylor said she created a fall line with a “street grunge vibe” and “modern hippie” inspiration.

    13-year-old Texas fashion designer finds success

    At the age of 9, Isabella Rose Taylor — a painter since she was 3 — took a weeklong sewing class with an eye toward incorporating textiles into her artwork. She quickly discovered a love for fashion design as well, taking the class twice more that summer. Now, at 13, her line is debuting at Nordstrom stores this fall and she’s set to hold her first show at New York Fashion Week. “It just started out as a really fun hobby, and it grew into a business over the years,” Taylor said.

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    Godinger Ophelia crystal candlesticks

    Home decor taking on new facets

    Fans of crisp, modern architecture and clean-lined shapes will love one of this fall’s strongest style trends: faceted décor. For those who feel that the whole bold, geometric-pattern thing is nearing overexposure, faceted furniture and prints make sense, according to New York designer Elaine Griffin. “Purer and streamlined, the faceted silhouette is the stylistic descendent of geometrics — think geometrics deconstructed,” she says.

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    Perdita Weeks and Ben Feldman discover the gates of hell below Paris in the found-footage horror tale “As Above, So Below.”

    Underground found-footage horror tale should get lost

    “As Above, So Below” is hardly credible, even for a film claiming that the gates of hell lie a few hundred feet below Paris. This low-budget, found-footage, underground experience from director John Erick Dowdle and writer-producer-brother Drew Dowdle provides a few late scares after plenty of eye-rolling setup, with said scares due more to the heavy sound design than the action itself.

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    This dormitory room was decorated with help from Dormify.com, an online design business founded by the Zuckerman family of Rockville, Md., after they were underwhelmed with what was available for dorm décor.

    Designing parents turn dorm rooms into dream spaces

    So much stuff, so little style. The dream dorm room was just not happening. Five years ago, Karen and Amanda Zuckerman hit the malls and big-box stores to decorate Amanda’s freshman dorm at Washington University in St. Louis. The offerings were ... well, underwhelming. The mother and daughter cobbled together a cute-enough room, then did what any creative, enterprising family would do: They founded Dormify, an online dorm design business.

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    Orange-Vanilla Ice Cream Pie offers the creamy-sweet richness of a Creamsicle in a crust.

    Classic frozen pop from childhood remade as a pie

    J.M. Hirsch wanted the creamy-sweet richness of a Creamsicle, but he wanted it as a beverage. After a few misfires, he settled on combining a high-end orange soda with vanilla ice cream in the blender, then pulsing until smooth, but still milk shake-thick. It was simple. It was kind of stupid. It was crazy delicious. Then, he put it in a graham cracker crust. Oh yeah!

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    Orange-Vanilla Ice Cream Pie offers the creamy-sweet richness of a Creamsicle in a crust.

    Orange-Vanilla Ice Cream Pie With Orange Whipped Cream
    Orange Ice Cream pie captures classic frozen pop from childhood

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    Stars Alfred Molina, left, and John Lithgow pal around with director Ira Sachs, right, on the set of “Love is Strange.”

    Gire: 'Strange' more a human drama than a love story

    Ira Sachs directs “Love is Strange' with great perception about the benefits and drawbacks of family relationships. Sachs writes “Love is Strange” not as a gay relationship movie, but a human relationship drama invested in all of its characters, each of whom is granted time and dialogue to establish an identity and earn our understanding.

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    Pierre Niney stars as designer Yves Saint Laurent.

    Gire: 'Yves Saint Laurent' not as inspirational as it should be

    If you'll excuse the wording, Jalil Lespert's bio-drama “Yves Saint Laurent” is ill-suited to tell the story of the French fashion wunderkind who, at 21, took over Christian Dior's Paris empire soon after his death in 1957.

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    Pierre Niney stars as designer Yves Saint Laurent.

    Gire: Blue Whiskey series presents 'When Harry Met Sally'

    The Blue Whiskey Cinema Series presents its fall season, kicking off with "When Harry Met Sally." Dann and Raymond take a look at some of the greatest sex symbols in cinema at the Schaumburg Township District Library.

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    Buffalo Grove High School's new natatorium, shown here, would provide a blueprint for one at Prospect High School.

    Editorial: Rebate should be at top of list for extra tax funds

    A tax rebate should be at the top of the list of ways for Northwest Suburban High School District 214 to spend $45 million in reserves, a Daily Herald editorial says.

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    Pat Quinn, Democratic candidate for Illinois governor

    Quinn: Economic future is in creating jobs

    In a special essay for the Daily Herald, Democratic Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn outlines the economic policies of his campaign for re-election.

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    Bruce Rauner, Republican candidate for Illinois governor

    Rauner: Economic future is in cutting taxes

    In a special essay for the Daily Herald, Republican candidate for Illinois governor Bruce Rauner outlines the economic policies of his campaign.

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    24-hour news cycle hardly enlightening
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: As somebody who remembers the days when TV stations went off the air at midnight or so, and most people’s idea of talk radio was the DJ announcing the next song, today’s 24 hour news is not the source of enlightenment that it was cracked up to be.

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    Batavian unhappy with energy deal
    A Batavia letter to the editor: Our family was thrilled to move to a town as quaint as Batavia less than 1 year ago. We knew that as Batavia residents our ComEd days would be over, but no love was lost at the time — after all, can you name a ComEd customer who “likes” ComEd’s unpredictable responses to power outages and rates that steadily creep northward?

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